Letting their hair down

Multifarious shopping malls are a part and parcel of the City. Due to the sophisticated environment and the availability of a wide range of accessories in these places, malls and supermarkets have been attracting all kinds of people. But what is also interesting is that parks around the City are now emerging as new competitors to these swanky shopping plazas. And denizens of Bangalore seem to be going on weekend excursions to not just malls but to parks and gardens in and around the City.

So after wandering in the shopping junctions, these shoppers look out for calm and serene areas to chat and eat. Lalbagh, Sankey Tank, Ulsoor Lake offer the much needed respite from the humdrum and are increasingly attracting people.

Although Anjana Trayambak is a regular visitor to the malls, she likes to relax in the parks and gardens. “Being a businessman, my husband stays busy throughout the week. For Sunday outings, he prefers Lalbagh. Since it’s a lush green paradise, it offers a delightful atmosphere.”

Anjana, at the same time, never misses a shopping opportunity in the malls. “I like to go to Garuda Mall and usually shop, eat and watch movies there. Safina Plaza is another hot shopping centre,” she says.

Amar is a model and an IT professional. He is a regular shopper on M G Road and Brigade Road. “Youngsters are naturally attracted by these streets due to the eclectic mix of hotels, swanky office buildings and old world shops present there. Steaks and desserts here are tempting,” he adds. For relaxation, he depends on locations having pleasant ambience.

“‘The Art of Living campus near Whitefield and Ulsoor Lake help me refresh on the weekends. I need to brace up  for the busy schedules of the week, so I strictly restrict myself from the bustling areas on holidays,” he says.

Swati, an engineering student, votes for Commercial Street and parks in the vicinity of Basavanagudi.

“I prefer M G Road and Brigade Road for window shopping. I pick up stuff from Commercial Street. For dining out, Church Street is the best place. I also feel comfortable visiting parks near Basavanagudi. Many old temples here have good parks and they offer a serene ambience,” she says.

Aravind, a dentist and Usha, an interior decorator, like to haunt the Forum Mall. “But Malleswaram and Gandhi Bazaar are the best places for shopping. To relax, we go to Sankey Tank and savour the cool dusk,” Usha adds. For weekends, many Bangaloreans agree that the glitzy shopping malls offer the best bet with good amenities although they do look out for places offering peace and serenity.

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