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