Monday, April 18, 2005

Acropolis, Sun City and Diamond District...

Did you know that Residency means "The house of a colonial resident." or that Riviera means "A narrow coastal region between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea extending from southeast France to northwest Italy. The Riviera, known as the Côte d'Azur in France, is a popular resort area noted for its flowers grown for use in perfumery." Most kids in Bangalore would think that they are names of apartment complexes.

The number of apartments named "Residency" in Bangalore are so many that one would think that the English Raj was back. Bangaloreans are living in houses sounding grander than ever before, given the real estate boom, as mentioned here. If there is an Acropolis bang in the middle of the city, there is a Sun City and a Diamond District elsewhere. There are Redwoods (you got to check out this meaning), Palm Meadows on the newly developed areas and there are enough apartments named after precious stones (Topaz, Garnet, and countless other stones nobody knew existed). Apartments have been named after flowers. Meadows have been converted into concrete jungles and named, what else, Meadows. Coconut groves have been decimated into apartment complexes named, well, Park or Orchard or Palm Meadows!

A walk around Bangalore or a cursory glance at addresses of Bangaloreans would reveal a host of apartment names, each one grander than the other, regardless of how plebian the building is.

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