Book Review: ‘Namma Bangalore’ by Shoba Narayan

Essential Guide to the Garden City's Soul


Book Title: Namma Bangalore: The Soul of a Metropolis
Author: Shoba Narayan
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-9357024662
Date Published: Sept. 5, 2023
Price: INR 336

Namma Bangalore by Shoba Narayan Book Cover

Book Review

Shoba Narayan’s “Namma Bangalore: The Soul Of Metropolis” is a valuable handbook designed to assist newcomers in navigating the vibrant city of Bengaluru. In this eloquent work, the author eloquently elucidates what sets Bengaluru apart and unveils the essence of the city in her book, “Namma Bangalore: The Soul Of Metropolis,” which was officially presented to the public at a ceremony hosted at The Book Worm in Bengaluru on a rainy Sunday, the 18th of September.

The precipitation did little to dampen the spirits of the event, drawing a substantial gathering eager to explore the myriad facets of this city that is both a labyrinth of traffic and a wellspring of joy, encompassing its virtues and shortcomings. The author attests to her intimate acquaintance with Bengaluru, a connection she has channelled into this book, composing a heartfelt tribute to the city.

The book is a collection of essays that offer a personal and animated portrayal of Bengaluru. It includes an insightful guide to the city’s neighbourhoods and historic landmarks, rendering it an invaluable resource for newcomers to the metropolis. The book launch event, held at The Book Worm, was fittingly titled “Namma Bangalore: Soul of a Metropolis,” this publication is brought to you by Rupa Publications India.

Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, stands as a thriving metropolis nestled in the state of Karnataka. This city, perched at a higher elevation on the Deccan Plateau, boasts renown for many attractions, primarily its sprawling parks and gardens that grace its landscape.

Within the essays comprising “Namma Bangalore,” readers are led on a journey to uncover the intricacies of this beautiful city. Bengaluru is the cradle for numerous esteemed educational institutions, colleges, and universities. Moreover, it thrives as a nucleus for the software and aerospace industries.

Despite its burgeoning population, the city maintains a pristine and elegant ambience, even amid escalating industrialisation. It is Karnataka’s industrial epicentre, harbouring a multitude of IT enterprises, and is fondly dubbed the “Garden City” due to its profusion of parks and gardens. The city’s staggering growth rate propels it to the rank of the second-fastest-growing urban centre in India.

Impressive as this development is, Bengaluru retains its allure by remaining lush, unsullied, and unpolluted. As a harmonious blend of cosmopolitan and traditional influences, the city is an exciting crucible of diverse cultures and traditions, with people from various corners of India coexisting harmoniously.

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The book effectively uses descriptive language to depict Bengaluru, vividly capturing its vibrancy and lush greenery. It engages readers with information about the book and its launch event, providing a well-structured flow. The informative content covers Bengaluru’s culture, history, and growth, with direct quotations from author Shoba Narayan adding authenticity.

The text’s varied sentence structures maintain reader engagement. The colourful book cover gives a lovely feeling to the readers. Shobha’s book focuses on the metro lifestyle, culinary delights, libations, artistic expressions, cultural tapestry, and the conviviality of Bengaluru. This 270-page book is a culture booklet, food guide, road map and tour itinerary!

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