Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gallery: Bangalore: IT and the Color Green - Photos

Here's something to phone home about: Mobile handset makers like Moto, Nokia and Vodafone are betting big on India. And for good reason: An estimated 5 million new customers sign up for mobile phone service each month.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Corporate parks are materializing en masse on the outskirts of the city. Jones Lang LaSalle manages Ecospace, a 2-million-square-foot commercial property in Bangalore. Other parks within striking distance include the Cessna Business Park, iLife and, for those who really like office parks, the Utopia.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Some say the yellow brick road leads to Bangalore. Perhaps that's why the local government has dispatched a seemingly unlimited supply of sweepers to keep motorways spic and span.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Bangalore's a tech town, but not for everyone. Many of the city's so-called "untouchables," those at the bottom of India's entrenched caste system, still struggle. Here, a girl and her grandmother represent two generations of subsistence living. But will new money bring new opportunities? Are bloodlines destiny? For now, Bangalore has no answers.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Betting on global commerce isn't the only game in town. Here, at the Bangalore Turf Club, locals play the ponies.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

You know that Razr in your pocket? A good portion of the technology in it was created by the R&D teams and software designers at Moto's hub here. This year, the company is slated to launch 15 new products into the Indian marketplace. Guess who's pulling all-nighters in Bangalore?

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Brigade Road, the town's main retail drag, features stores aplenty. Some new, some old and some seemingly plucked out of Lincoln Park. Want a new pair of Levi's? You can find them here. Aspire to dress like a white male mannequin? Look no further.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

This is India's City of Gardens, but new roads have come at the expense of trees and other greenery. Still, Bangalore is in bloom.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger


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