The heart of old Bangalore, Malleswaram is the place where time pauses. A favourite of writer RK Narayan, who lived nearby, it was allegedly the model for his fictional town of Malgudi. Take a look at the place that still reminds people of a more relaxed age.
The centre of all activity in town, the circle was once a stopping point for tongas or ‘jutkas’ as they are called in Kannada. They may no longer be there, but the markets around the circle remain
If you walk down Malleswaram early one weekend to find an unending human chain near 15th cross and Margosa road, it emerges from this store. The small canteen delivers vadas, upmas and sheera to die for.
One of the older theatres in the suburb,renamed Savitha, this is quite the place to be during film releases. Cut-outs, milk baths and flower showers are common before big star releases.
Come sundown, the natives of Malleswaram set out for walks around this wonderfully ancient tank. If you are lucky enough, you might come across an elderly mama who might share memories of years when RK Narayan and CV Raman walked these lanes.
Another old soldier of the suburb, the hotel continues to remain popular for its crisp vadais and Masala Dose. The McDs and Subways still haven’t found a way to beat this competition.
Founded in 1899 with the help of Jamshetji Tata, this institution remains a premier one in the field of science and technology. It continues to be a matter of pride for both old and new residents of the suburb.