Whether you knew them already or not, it is always fun to be told some interesting facts about a particular thing or place. And if the something in question is an entire city, you can be sure of some amazing gems. So, here are some facts about Bengaluru that may delight you, surprise you, or make you wonder.
- The people of Bengaluru sure do like to travel, but they it seems like they don’t like the hassles that come with a car. Perhaps that is why Bengaluru has the largest number of two wheelers in the world, with 90 lakh registered scooters and bikes plying on the road.
- Bengaluru is known for being the IT hub of India, and provides a smarter (and cheaper) option for a lot of mega corporations. The outsourcing phenomena wherein foreigners lose their jobs to Indian IT techs from Bengaluru has become so common that the term Bengalurud is used to describe this job loss.
- Started in 1868 by a group of British officers, the Bengaluru Club is one of the most elite clubs in the country. On the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the Club released a ledger which called out some guests for their unpaid dues – Winston Churchill owes Rs 13 to the club. While it may seem like a trivial amount now, it sure carried more weight during the older times.
- As said before and is common knowledge, Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of India. But did you know that nearly 212 IT companies contribute to the title? Biotechnology, one of the most cutting edge fields of technology and science today, also finds a 47% concentration in the city.
- The city has been called Bangalore in the local language for a long while, but before that, Bengaluru was known as Bengalval –Uru meaning, City of guards. Another story traces the origin of the name from the Hoysala king Veera Ballala, who when being fed boiled beans called the place ‘Benda-Kaal-Uru, meaning land of boiled beans.
- Everybody loves dogs. Unless they bite you. In Bengaluru, it seems to happen quite often. Every five minutes, some poor unsuspecting citizen is bitten by a stray dog in Bengaluru. This seems to be mainly due to the very high stray dog population in the city, and dogs outnumber humans by the ratio of 1:37.
- Bengaluru is one of the few places that has a pleasant climate all year around. As hurtful the boast feels to the rest of the country, there is a good reason for it. Thanks to the Deccan Plateau, the city has an elevation of 3020 feet, higher than that of hill stations like Dehradun.
Of course, if one digs deeper, surly they will get plenty of more such quirky facts. That is the beauty of humanity and the cities they inhabit. Under all the serious business, there are plenty of unpaid dues, biting, and explanations of taken for granted facts.