Southern Bengaluru Chronicles

Memoirs of life in Jayanagar area, once a village, that is now fast-developing and moderninsing, shedding its relations with the history.

Jan 22 2016
Only one week after re-laying the road that leads to Ryan International School at Brookefields, the asphalt started pitting. Aggregate (jelly) started peeling, and undulations on road surface appeared. The road looked as though it tired of a couple...
Dec 07 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Before television took over the lives of children, trading matchboxes for the artwork on the labels was a way of life.
Nov 11 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Remember the bedtime storytelling sessions of yore? If not, let the author refresh your memory, with the tales of M and fly, The Two Tykes and home-made dosays.
Oct 12 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Reminisces about booking railway tickets in the 1960s, joyrides in the engine compartment, and an unfortunate train accident.
Sep 14 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
The author reminisces about a time when steam engines ruled the rails, and when the 'backside gate' of the City railway station was still the entrance.
Aug 31 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran's hilarious account of what ensues when an Indian Babu interrupts a presentation, is an accurate depiction of what happens when those in power interact with the masses.
Aug 11 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
School-going children often come up with nicknames for their teachers. Here's one such teacher from the author's past - DRV aka Dappa Ravay (V)unday.
Jul 22 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
This humorous account of how the author came to the rescue of a young school-going lad, is truly a lesson in appreciating the little things in life.
Jun 30 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
In yet another trip down memory lane, the author talks about a lake he grew up around and the 'Government Rains' of the 1960s.
Jun 16 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
The roots of people are not always clear. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran reminisces about two such people from his childhood, and says that sometimes, it is quite all right for things to be that way.
Jun 02 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
My primary schooling was at Sri Kamala Nehru Makkala Mandira. The school was housed in old houses, some of them bungalows, others not, dotted about the Yediyur circle area and even in Tata Silk Farm. This was a lower-middle-class kind of school. However...
May 19 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Saturday December 4th 1971. Morning classes had just begun. Schools had “morning class” on Saturdays – an awkward arrangement with classes starting at 7:30 or some such hour and ending around noon. The previous night, Friday December...
May 05 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Kathri . Scissors. That was the connection that first brought this man into my life. In my salad days, learning to ride a bicycle was not quite what it is today. One did not have access to bicycles to fit one’s age, no trainer wheels, no...
Apr 11 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Here are three little stories to take you back in time. Read about a dog named Kiraa, how a burglar may have been dealt with, and a lady who cured cricks in the neck with an iron key.
Mar 25 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
I come from a family that can only be described as bonkers . Come April, amma would ask (I wish I could capture the exact tone of the original Tamizh in English; alas, it’s not to be!), “All right. When does your drama start...
Mar 11 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
There were days when you could hear Venkateshwara Suprabhatam in MSL's voice every morning. How could this affect one's learning? Reminiscences of old Bangalore, National High School and more.
Feb 06 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
The cat that left home one day suddenly reappeared with her off-spring. And no love is lost between the members of the house and the cat!
Jan 19 2015
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
"For him to prosper and, in the future, get a job in Mysore State, he will need to know Kannada. You should put him in Kannada class," says the teacher. The mother obliges, thereby opening a key to a rich treasury, for her son.
Dec 30 2014
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Brindavan Express is not quite as fast as it used to be, nor is it the unchallenged monarch of the Bangalore-Madras route. Similarly, life has changed for the author too, while he misses his childhood and memories.
Dec 10 2014
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
She actually lived Bhagavadgeeta-style, with an uncompromising attitude towards work. While trying to trace the story of a domestic helper, the author also chronicles the memoirs of the lost Bengaluru.