Bellary Road: Bangalore, 

When I was small, I remember going  on a picnic to Nandi Hills in Mr. Longsworth's car, I think it was a Dodge, his Austin wouldn't have made it with all of us. Very vaguely I can remember the hills, and that's all. I haven't been there for a good four and half decades, so my mind is rusty. I could not remember which route we took to go there, until the '70's when my brother David was studying in the Veterinary College on Bellary Road and he did mention that to go to Nandi, it was through this road. Later when he was a Vet on Ruia Stud Farm, we had a glimpse of the hills from a distance, maybe not today there is so much of haze and pollution in the air, one may not be able to see the hills. Bellary Road is to the North of the City as Hosur is to the South.

Going along the road, I came across the building opposite the Airforce Training Command, which had a board saying it was the 'Binny's Mills", but as per historical locations in the 'good old days', the company called 'Bangalore Woollen, Cotton and Silk Mills' under the Agents, Binny & Co. of Madras, was located on the Mysore Road near the Agrahara Tank, about three quarters of a kilometer. There was also the 'Binny's Lion Works' which was adjoining the Mills, and oils were extracted from seeds. The 'Burma Oil Co.' Ltd used to have their kerosene oil stored at this location. Further, there was the 'Binny's Coffee Works' located on Tumkur road, someone said it was a few yards to the left of the Cantonment Railway Station, which is very dubious as Tumkur Road is quite far from the Railway Station, and the only place possible for such activity is at the Railway Sorting office compound on Jayamahal Road along side the east wall of the Palace grounds. Somehow this does not tally with the building I found, but it clearly has the markings on it. This road has changed its features as a new fly-over has been built to connect a Ring Road (Outer Ring Road - ORR). From Mekhri Circle, oH, please don't go looking for a circle, its a gradient or under pass that cuts Tumkur Road / Jayamahal road junction. At this point there is the Kempegowda Tower. Further towards Hebbal, there are some old cottages of a rare shape, some of these have been broken down to widen the road. When one is quite out of the City, going along Bellary road, one comes across the Parsi Tower of Silence ( a place for keeping the dead in the open for the birds to feast on, as per the custom of their religion). Nothing really interesting after that, perhaps only Hesarghatta Lake. Check this out!, No! This is not L.A., this is Bangalore and the new flyover, Inaugurated on 28 Dec 2003. Will give you directions after I get an idea where it goes. [Ps. The picture is pinched from the Times of India, they also use my pictures!]

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