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Spell Bengaluru for entertainment

Understanding the meaning of good food, young crowds and a great pub scene… with some studies thrown in, too, for good measure.

education Updated: Jul 02, 2013 18:09 IST
Ayesha Banerjee
Ayesha Banerjee
Hindustan Times

At the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Bengaluru, you felt you had your fingers on the pulse of the industry, what with teleconferences with people like theatre person and ad guru Alyque Padamsee or former MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad) director Atul Tandan, says Ankita Saha, now 22 and working for an ad agency in Delhi.

“I did my bachelors in journalism and mass communication from Delhi’s IP University and chose Symbiosis for an MBA in communication management with specialisation in advertising because I felt it scored a 10 on 10 on both course and institute,” Saha adds. Lectures by institute director, Prof Maya Chakravarti Vishwanathan, a corporate communication and public relations professional and interactions with experts gave the students a thorough grounding in communications management, she says.

Saha found Bengaluru difficult to handle initially. “I cribbed about the heavy-duty curriculum and fought with my roommate (they are best friends now) all the time,” she says. Soon enough, however, truth dawned. “The hostel rooms were really spacious, very tidy with attached toilet and bath. We also had full run of the hostels 24x7, especially when we had assignments to submit. We would sit chatting late into the night,” says Saha. For outings, “We used to get three late nights and three night outs in a month and most of us made sure we availed of all options,” she laughs.

The food was good too, with a different menu each day. “We got Chinese one day, then Gujarati the next. On Bengali day arrangements were made (non-vegetarian was not allowed in the mess) for maccher kalia (fish curry), egg curry and mutton.”

The one negative point against Bengaluru? The city shuts down after 11 pm. As the campus was in Electronics City and quite far away from the city centre, it was a little difficult for “the girls. There were no special facilities for them to get back to the hostel. Delhi is so different - you have the Metro or buses till late at night and even cabs are reasonable. You have to dish out a huge amount for cabs in Bengaluru. Most people prefer to use their own transport so it’s a little difficult moving around,” says Saha.

Apart from that, where are no complaints where entertainment options are concerned. “MG Road and UB City - where I spoted Siddharth Mallya in his Ferrari - are fantastic . My friend and I used to go to Atriya’s hotel for breakfast. They had a great buffet, from jalebis, curd, chocolate lasagna to continental, chocolate mousse, and huge varieties of gelato, gateaux…Koramangala is another great place for some really sasta (cheap) continental. Two people can have all the pastas and spaghetti they want for a very affordable price. And this is a hot hangout because there are so many students and a floating young IT population. “I made a whole lot of friends here from SJB Institute of Technology, Oxford College of Science, Christ College,” says Saha.

And when in Bengaluru, can one forget the pub scene? “Oh yes, our favourites were the Monkey Bar, Xtreme Sports Bar, Ice at Taj Vivanta, and Purple Haze. You could go dancing at the Leela Palace, too. I remember my birthday, we went out and celebrations continued till 2 am... the guard was not letting us in but somehow, we managed to. Can’t forget that day,” says Saha.


* The weather: It’s awesome 24X7. You don’t sweat and there’s a cool breeze blowing all the time

* People are educated, nice - from your teachers to the mochi fixing your shoes - everyone treats you with respect

* Party, party, party, party and only party

Don’t like

* The city shuts down by 11 pm and if your campus is far away from the city centre, you are in trouble

* Language can be an issue. It’s very subtle but people will single out North indians. Even if they know Hindi people won’t answer if you ask them questions

* Taxis can be really expensive. They charge you a bomb and you don’t have many travel options late at night

First Published: Jul 02, 2013 18:06 IST