I was fortunate to be sent to Bangalore for work May-June 2015. I was to train a team of engineers for 3 weeks - which gave me 3 1/2 weekends to see as much as I could.
I usually traveled around the city on my own (or with my travel companion, 'Puke' the pukeko), often walking 10-15Km a day. This let me look at things at my pace - not just from the back of an auto (tuk-tuk).
The local people at the hotel and work opened up to me, sharing all I wanted to know about culture, food, religion and site-seeing tips. I was very lucky to have a guide to the 'Commercial Street' markets and shops from a local - thanks Suhi, as well as thank you to the manager of our local team who guided me through the Iskcon Temple - thanks Reddy.
I took a huge quantity of photos. These are a few of what this photographer saw as a tourist - things that are normal in India but so new to my world.
To my Indian friends - I thank you all so much for being open with me and sharing your world.
To the Alcatel-Lucent team. Some of you were scared of me on day #1. You saw that I don't wave a big stick! I invited you all to be open and honest with me as only then could I try to help you. The fact that you ordered an extra-spicy lunch for me shows that you were very comfortable with me in the end! Until next time... (I hope).