Jumpsuit : Zara; Sandals : Forever 21; Bracelets : Thrifted
Once upon a time, us Bangaloreans would take pride in the fact that we never needed air conditioning in this city. When I first moved here as a 10 year old, used to the scorching Delhi Sun, the 4 o clock April showers in Bangalore were what I found most peculiar about this quiet, sleepy city. On summer afternoons when I found it hot enough to justify a dip in the swimming pool, the rain would come pouring down before I could even wrestle (rather painfully) my rubber swimming cap onto my head . I can’t quite recall when Bangalore’s transformation from a sleepy garden city to a vortex of business, commerce and concrete happened. Fuelled by the migration of hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country (myself included) to namma ooru, the transformation turned Bangalore into a creature that grew too fast, too soon, and didn’t know what ever to do with all of its extra mass. And of course, space needed to be made for all of this extra mass. So trees were cut and roads were widened. And this mass needed to be provided for, so the ground was dug in hopes of finding water. And we were quite naive about the whole thing, thinking that even though we cut our trees and used all our water, nothing about Bangalore would really change.
And here we are 15 years later, sweating by the bucket, buying water by the tanker, and left without the pride in saying ‘Bangalore doesn’t need ACs and all!’. At home my parents and I still haven’t succumbed to common sense and made the plunge. This probably explains why I linger on in my air conditioned car, checkin insta while parked in my dingy basement. Or why these days I’ve been spending all my time at my friend’s house, sleeping in her blissfully air conditioned room. Its almost like I’m in denial of my need for air conditioning; in denial of the role that I have played in bringing Bangalore to the state it is in now.
And so to deal with my denial and the heat, I have resorted to all things back-less, like this jumpsuit I bought at the last Zara sale (for just INR 1500. It was originally about about INR 4000, so thats about 60% off! To everyone who’s been told that you can’t build a wardrobe on a budget, they’re LYING)
Rainwater harvesting, solar energy and backless clothing is the way of the future my friends. Believe me.
PS- And proper city planning too.