The City is our story and our product.
When we registered Bengaluru.com in 2004, it was still called Bangalore. Ten years later, on November 1 2014, the city was officially renamed to Bengaluru. So, it can be said that we had foresight of things to come!
Now that we had Bengaluru.com, what did we want to do with it?
We could have simply waited for the best offer and sold it. We could have sold products like apparel, key chains, stickers with Bengaluru splashed all over it. We could have sold tickets to tourist attractions and events in Bengaluru. We could have listed all the hotels, restaurants, malls and movie theaters. If you search for London.com or Paris.com or NewYork.com, most are either a directory for tourists or available for sale. There are probably no websites that really showcase the city as the product. In that sense, Bengaluru.com is probably a ‘first’ in the world – a site that is dedicated to celebrate the city, its history, heritage, arts, culture, food, landmarks and icons.
We want to explore all facets of Bengaluru, talk to its residents, famous or not. We want to focus on our landmarks and the stories behind them. We want to be more than a social media group with random photos from various sources about the bygone age. We want to share well researched, crisply documented stories about the city, invite views from subject matter experts and non-experts.
It has taken nearly 500 years to be the Bengaluru that we are today. We intend to take our time to build the site and build it well. Our goal is to start with English and then follow it up with a Kannada version as well.
Whatever we present on the site, we intend to be positive. Even if we talk of problems associated with Bengaluru, we would like to look at it with optimism and a view of setting it right.
We also have a list of things we don’t want to be – controversial, negative, biased, political. There are plenty of websites, forums and groups that cater to those who look for that type of content.
We would like to present our content to our visitors first, rather than ourselves. So, for now we will maintain online anonymity.
We want to be the go-to site for all about Bengaluru. It’s all about the city we love.