10 fascinating facts about Bangalore you didn’t know
Bangalore is one of the most popular historical and happening cities in India. You live in Bangalore, love Bangalore and there is no other place in the world you would rather be in.
But, are you sure you know everything about this fabulous city you are in love with? Yes, everyone knows about the pleasant climate and that it’s a safe-for-women city.
But, the city has a host of interesting and mind-blowing facts associated to it and most city-dwellers are unaware of these. Let us surf through some wonderful facts about Bangalore (not all may be wonderful but facts worthy of attention) to check out how much we know it.
Before being called Bengaluru in local dialect, Bangalore was known as Bengalval -Uru meaning ‘City of guards’. Another story originates from Hoysala king Veera Ballala, who when being fed boiled beans called the place ‘Benda-Kaal-Uru (land of boiled beans).
2. Winston Churchill owes Rs. 13 to the Bangalore Club
A ledger entry found in the book that was released on the 125th anniversary of the club states the former UK prime minister owes Rs.13 as part of the unpaid bills at the club.The Bangalore Club is considered to be one of the most elite clubs in the country and was started in 1868 by a group of British officers.
3. Maximum number of two-wheelers in the world
Believe it or not, this city tops the list of those having maximum two-wheelers. We had initially guessed Patna when asked this question. Ugghhh..
4. Fastest growing Indian metropolis
The Forbes magazine considers Bangalore as one of “The Next Decade’s Fastest-Growing Cities”. The last 2 decades has seen tremendous growth of the city.
5. Silicon Valley
Everyone knows that Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India, but how many know that the city houses 212 software companies in its heart?
You may have seen it raining dogs and cats, but in Bangalore you will see it raining engineers. Bangalore has highest percentage of engineers in the world, with more than a million IT professionals making the city their home.
No, that is not the past tense of Bangalore, but a new word frequently used by the Americans which refers to workers being laid off because their jobs have moved to Bangalore through IT Outsourcing.
8. First City to be electrified
In 1906, Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydro power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra. The building in City Market was the honored recipient of first electricity.
9. Foreign Connection
Except for the Gulf Region, Bangalore sends highest number of professionals abroad, especially to USA.
10. Suicide Capital
Though Bangalore is a pleasant place to live in, somehow it doesn’t stop people from taking their own lives. The National Crime Records Bureau shows 35 suicides per 100,000 people in Bangalore, thus acquiring the name of Suicide Capital of India.