Thindi Beedhi, the street for the hungry in Bengaluru.

by Ananth Monnappa June. 05, 2017 2718 views

Basavanagudi, a striving memory of the old Bengaluru welcomes you with temples, shops, buildings, rituals, and culture that has had a long history in the books of the city. Among all else which survives the reason for a soft corner in the hearts of Bangaloreans, Thindi Beedhi or food street on VV puram makes its mark for the love of food.

I am not a big time foodie but I do look for crowded streets with an ambiance to photograph. So I happen to stumble upon this place in my quest of making photos of places with an essence of old Bengaluru which seems to be fading quickly.

A silent and narrow stretch next to the Sajjan Rao circle was an easy place to find with some assistance from maps, especially if you are on a two wheeler.

Simple ways.

Simple ways.

Thindi Beedhi with not more than twenty outlets to its credit, excites you with its environment of dedicated professionals working for your taste buds and people waiting impatiently for their favorite dish.

Creative ways to eat.

Creative ways to eat.

They work for something more than money.

They work for something more than money.

Old Bengaluru's culture really reflects here with minimal traffic, no extravagant buildings, and no franchise eateries, just local chefs doing what they love best. The Kannada language spoken here is nothing different than the rest of the city, but here it has more life to it as they live the language than merely using it to communicate.

Strangers yet I know them.

Strangers yet I know them.

Most of the people who throng for this street are localities, with a pinch of explorers and foodies from far and wide. I suppose the workers were no strangers to a camera as they were not conscious of one.

Another night.

Another night.

In my encounters with them I realised most of them were localites with generations of their families dedicated to hotel industry. A large chunk of the outlets here have a history of more than thirty years.

Evolution.

Evolution.

Due to this they seem to have an interesting take on the food habits of people who visit them.

Hot and fresh they come.

Hot and fresh they come.

One for the sweet tooth.

One for the sweet tooth.

According to them innovative dishes like a gobi manchurian roll with the mixture of traditional delights like idlis, dosas, holige, chitranna, bondas and bhajjis, and such is something that people look for on a street such as Thindi Beedhi.

The tongue wants more, stomach agrees.

The tongue wants more, stomach agrees.

Irresistible.

Irresistible.

It took me a walk of around an hour and a small expenditure of three hundred to please both my camera and my taste buds. The equipment I used was again a Canon 6D with 17-40mm wide angle and a 50mm prime lens.

Thindi Beedhi was a refreshing and unforgettable experience for me as a photographer. Since discovering it myself I have introduced it to many of my friends foodies and photographers alike. If you haven't tried it yet, please do.

Let me know what do you think of this photo experience. Any suggestion, comments, discussions are always welcome. Thank you for your time.

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Reevan Rego 4 years, 1 month ago

Beautifully written peace bro :) you have captured the essence of the place really well:) looking forward to more of such work:)

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Ananth Monnappa Replied to Reevan Rego 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for the support Reevan smiley

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Savya Shankar 4 years, 1 month ago

I simply loved the article, the pictures are amazing(needless to mention), but the pictures are urging me to visit these places and try the delicacies!!

Keep going! Good luck..awaiting many such blogs smile

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Ananth Monnappa Replied to Savya Shankar 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for sharing this 😊 and yes lot more of better coming up.

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Jisa Mathew 4 years, 1 month ago

Ananth, ..you have succeeded in capturing the nuance of the place beautifully.After reading this post I felt like going to Thindi Beedhi right away...Your writing skills have become more proficient and beautiful after each post.Please explore more of such places and keep posting.Looking eagerly for more post.

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Ananth Monnappa Replied to Jisa Mathew 4 years, 1 month ago

I am glad you loved it smiley such comments will surely strengthen my will to explore more of such experiences.

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Rekha Poojarira 4 years, 1 month ago

Awesome write up and very  good photographs.. food  street  is happening place from ages.  Have been fond of this place since many years and go there  as and when possible.. thank  you for a good  article  .. keep up the good work

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Ananth Monnappa Replied to Rekha Poojarira 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you and yes being residents of the city for such long this place is hard to miss blush

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