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24 Struggles Everyone Who Grew Up In Bengaluru Will Understand

"Chill maadi" is the dominant state of being.

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1. Regularly resisting the urge to be smug about our air-con weather with outsiders.

2. Eventually caving and embracing the inner douchelords we are by saying it out loud.

"Bengaluru is the best because its weather is fantastic. Over and out. Goodbye."
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"Bengaluru is the best because its weather is fantastic. Over and out. Goodbye."

3. Going to Corner House for dates, but mostly because of the delicious, incomparable ice-cream.

4. Cubbon Park, Lalbagh and Bannerghatta National Park were, and continue to be, idyllic picnic spots.

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5. Passing by Blossom's Bookstore and fighting the gravitational pull of its rich collection of books.

6. Explaining that strange story of how you had two weeks off from school when a sandalwood smuggler kidnapped an actor.

7. Getting excited about school trips only to realise you were going to Wonderla AGAIN.

8. Being cheated by auto drivers is the first taste of heartbreak and rejection that Bangaloreans get.

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9. Being told the Bangalorean style of speaking is very melodious or “sing-song”.

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Whatever that is supposed to mean...

10. Feeling mighty chuffed when Forum Mall and Garuda Mall opened.

11. Being a regular at Vashi's for the perfect and, most importantly, affordable pair of flattering jeans.

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12. Being accustomed to the fact that shops open only after 10 am and close by 8 pm. "Chill maadi" is the dominant state of being.

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13. Cursing the air you breathe and the roads your tread when you're stuck in the city's demonic traffic.

14. Visiting Koshy's to stuff your face and stare at all the writers and poets, for whom this was a second home.

15. Nodding aggressively every time you saw Upendra selling UB Expo with "Yella Ok? Cool drink yake?"

16. Knowing your coffee at a very young age and smirking at the sad excuse for the beverage served up north.

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17. Hearing about the late night drag races on Brigade Road and being enamoured at our very own Fast And Furious scene.

18. Going on a long drive to Nandi Hills and being amazed at the beauty every single time.

19. Passing the Vidhan Soudha and wishing every part of the city were as beautiful and well-maintained.

20. Having to choose between Toit and Arbor — only two of the finest breweries in the country.

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21. Having thousands of bars to go to and still bumping into acquaintances everywhere you go.

22. Being mildly distressed about the population burst after the IT Hub happened.

23. Turning a dull day around with a benne masala dosa or a solid ghee dosa.

Also, just being spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious south Indian breakfast food. Give it up already, Chennai.
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Also, just being spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious south Indian breakfast food. Give it up already, Chennai.

24. And knowing that no matter how much we complain about the usual suspects, it's hard to find a city as close to perfect as Bengaluru.