Daily Archives: December 14, 2008

Welcome to Bangalore, India’s capital of coat hangers

YOU MIGHT THINK (mistakenly) that Bangalore is the world capital of pubs. Oh no, it is the world capital of coat hangers.

I know this because someone has just moved into the apartment here in Bengaluru and she was suffering a drastic shortage of coat hangers. So she’s been out today, and came back so happy at finding coat hangers that she went out and bought another clutch.

At Rs98 for eight, this seems sort of a reasonable price. She bought pink ones and blue ones and nicked most of mine too. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet unpacked and so I will have to either demand some back, or go down and buy some pink ones for myself.  Foolishly, I forgot to pack any trousers before I left Blighty, so I’ve had to go buy a couple of pair today. And they’ll need coat hangers, won’t they?

Cadburys invades pub

HOW THINGS have changed.  Just a few years back you’d get posses of young women invading pubs in Blighty offering customers free packets of fags and lighters.

Round the corner from my apartment in the Defence Colony in Bangalore, there’s a bar called Take Five, a dark place where you need to light a candle to read the menu. So last night we were astonished by two young women who came round offering people bars of Cadburys chocolate. Chocolate and beer? Well, they certainly don’t traditionally go together that well. ♦