East Parade Church, Bengaluru

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Bengaluru has many churches a relic of the British Raj as a part of the former East India Company and the Madras Presidency. This beautiful church is on busy MG Road (Mahatama Gandhi Road). It lies east of the Madras Engineer Group regiment parade ground and thus the name. The church is more than 150 years old and was a Weslyan Mission Chapel for the Madras Army.–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Army

 

Banana Leaves as Plates

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In most of southern India banana leaves are available abundantly. They are used as plates for traditional South Indian Food. It is believed that when hot food is placed on these banana leaves the heat generates beneficial aroma to rise from the natural plates.

People prefer these to china because they doubt the cleanliness of western style plates.

It does take time in learning to eat with the fingers and direct from the banana leaf.

Windsor Castle? No, Bangalore Palace

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This was built by Rev. J Garret who was the first school Principal of Central High School. It was bought over by the Wadiyar Maharaja of Mysore in 1873 AD for a price of forty thousand rupees which if converted on today’s rates would be a mere 600 dollars. Its 454 acres grounds have  seen Rock Concerts performed by the likes of Metallica, The Rolling Stones, No Doubt, Guns N Roses and many others. It is the number one tourist attraction of Bangalore. Part of the building is a museum with audio guides; the rest of the palace is still used by the Royal Family on special occasions.