Still at home here!

Still at home here!

comfortable Most foreigners feel safe in Bangalore.

The world was Chinnaswamy Stadium whenever an IPL match was played at the venue. A fair sprinkling of the crowd at the stadium comprised foreigners, who applauded and cheered their compatriots' performances, in both the teams. Now that the venue has been shifted out of the City in the wake of Saturday’s blasts, the foreigners in Bangalore too are a disheartened lot.

They wonder what’s wrong in letting Bangalore stage the matches given that they themselves have been feeling at home in the City for decades now. They say the City is too precious a venue to let a few lunatics dent its image as the most secure city.
Metrolife spoke to a few foreigners living in the City and sought to know whether the blasts had indeed rendered their stay here vulnerable. While the breach of security is one thing that has not gone down well with most of them, they hasten to add that getting on with life should be the immediate challenge.

“Blasts can take place anywhere in the country. If one is so scared to venture out fearing an assault or an attack, then one must stay indoors,” Jonas Olsson, an employee with an IT company, reasons.

He says he feels safer here than in any other city. “If you are scared, then you can’t experience anything. I have never felt threatened even physically,” he says. Jonas feels that the approach to security has to be more consistent. “Nobody cares whether the metal detectors at the malls beep or not. Security mustn’t be taken lightly at whatever level,” he says.

 Sharon White, a theatreperson, says she would never have stayed on at the match if she knew she was sitting on a bed of bombs. “I wouldn’t be comfortable sitting in a closed atmosphere to watch a match. I don’t know  to what extent we can protect ourselves. It could happen to us anywhere,” says Sharon.

She thinks while the spirit of the match is important, it must not be done at the cost of
one’s life. “The image of the City has taken quite a beating. The police were lax in the way they handled the whole thing,” she adds. Alla Oberoi is an optimist who believes it doesn’t pay to fear.

 “I am happy that despite the blasts, the match still took place. We should not let incidents like these stop us from leading our lives the way we want to,” observes Alla, who thinks security must be attended to in a more disciplined manner.

Niklas Boman, General Manager, Volvo Aero India, says on a scale of one to 10, he would rate the safety in Bangalore at seven.

“I have lived in this city for the last two years and there have been certain incidents here (Forum Mall in 2008) and across the country, including Mumbai. All these happenings, including the recent blasts at the stadium hasn’t made any difference to me. My family and I feel safe and we continue our daily lives regardless of these incidents,” reasons Niklas. However, he feels the security needs to be strengthened even further and there should be zero tolerance for these terrorists acts.

Shawn Lind-Woolf, a housewife, says “My life will carry on as usual. Let’s hope that both the public and the police learn a lesson from this incident and move forward with proposals for better security measures.”

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