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There seems to be a bit of #Bangalore love on Twitter. So here is a a list of books about/on Bangalore that I've either read or enjoyed (in no particular order). Please do share your favourite book(s) other Indian cities. #booksoncities 1/n
Do you have patience? The Gazetteer from the Govt. of Karnataka (karnataka.gov.in/Gazetteer/Page…) is a treasure trove. Do read their home page for more information. There is one from 1990 (karnataka.gov.in/Gazetteer/Page…) and another from 2016 (karnataka.gov.in/Gazetteer/Page…) 2/n
Sharma, Yashaswini. Bangalore: the early city, AD 1537-1799. Diss. Cardiff University, 2012. I have read the thesis from orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/48787. In case you'd like to know how the ಪೇಟೆ's are named and the list of them, skip ahead to page 73. 3/n
Nagendra, Harini. Nature in the city: Bengaluru in the past, present, and future. Oxford University Press, 2016. @HariniNagendra talks about the evolution of the city and the environment, and has some interesting discussions on #urban #commons in Bangalore. Do read it! 4/n
Carvalho, Stanley. PAST & CURIOUS - Forty Tales of Good Old Bangalore. Asian Trading Corporation, 2016. @DeccanHerald readers might be familiar with his columns. It is illustrated by Paul Fernandes (apaulogy.com/contact-us/) who was a part of Bangalore Swinging in the 70s. 5/n
Jayapal, Maya. Bangalore: Roots and Beyond. Niyogi Books, 2014. Want to know more? Go watch this video from @iihsin's event where she discusses the book & more. Do read her first book "Bangalore: the story of a city. Eastwest Books (Madras), 1997." 6/n
Bhat, Mahesh. Bengaluru/Bangalore: In First Person Singular. 2012. A series of lovely photos of the city by @maheshbhat. You can see some more photographs and the details about the book itself at maheshbhat.com/shop/bengaluru… 7/n
Pani, Narendar, Sindhu Radhakrishna, and Kishor G. Bhat, eds. Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: imaginations and their times. SAGE Publications India, 2008. @narendar_pani and others document the various pushes and pulls that have shaped Bangalore, do read this. 8/n
Thippaiah, P. "Vanishing lakes: a study of Bangalore city, Social and Economic Change monographs, no. 17." Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore (2009). Look at page 8, and read on for the complexity in governance of lakes: isec.ac.in/Monographs_17.… 9/n
Sugata, Srinivasaraju. "Keeping Faith with the Mother Tongue: The Anxieties of a Local Culture." Nava Karnataka, Bangalore), 40 49 (2008). Not necessarily about Bangalore, but a nice read about the tussle between Kannada and English for many Bangaloreans. 10/n
De, Aditi, ed. Multiple City: Writings on Bangalore. Penguin Books India, 2008. This is a collection of writings based on Bangalore, some of which are translations. You can find many reviews of this book online. 11/n
Mathur, Anuradha, and Dilip Da Cunha. Deccan traverses: the making of Bangalore's terrain. New Delhi: Rupa, 2006. Do read this if you want to know more about how Bangalore "had" so many lakes, trees and the epithet of Garden City. 12/n
Nair, J. "The promise of the metropolis: Bangalore's twentieth century". Oxford University Press. New Delhi, 2005. If you like details, linkages and relationships, this will make for a nice read. Also, do read the endnotes in this book. 13/n
Heitzman, James. Network city: planning the information society in Bangalore. Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. Want to move to more recent changes in the city? 14/n
Colaco, Peter. "Bangalore. A century of tales from city and cantonment." (2003). Nostalgia and a personal account leads to some nice stories. Lots of reviews are available online. 15/n
Annaswamy, T. V. Bengaluru to Bangalore: Urban History of Bangalore: from the Pre-historic Period to the End of 18th Century. Vengadam Publications, 2003. Names, lakes, gardens, the whole trajectory. 16/n
Schenk, Hans. "Living in India's Slums, a case study of Bangalore." (2001). Read more about the history of slums in India, the state of them, etc. Wonderfully detailed and draws on a lot of data. 17/n
Srinivas, Smriti. Landscapes of Urban Memeory: The Sacred and the Civic in India's High-tech City. Orient Blackswan, 2004. Want to know more about the fairs/celebrations/etc. in the city? Read this. 18/n
Norris, Paul Byron. Follow My Bangalorey Man. BCAS. 1996. Mostly accounts of the British families in Bangalore between 1923 and 1939. 19/n
Issar, Tribhuvan Prakash. Blossoms of Bangalore. Marketing Consultants & Agencies Limited, 1994. If you want an interesting walk around the city to witness all the blooms (throughout the year) follow the dates in the book and you'll be surprised (if the trees exist today). 20/n
Prakasa Rao, V. L. S., and V. K. Tewari. "The structure of an Indian metropolis: a study of Bangalore." Allied, New Delhi 14 (1979). This from the seventies, do read it and you'll marvel at how good we can be at not learning from history. 21/n
Punekar, Vijaya Bhaskar. Assimilation: a study of north Indians in Bangalore. Popular Prakashan, 1974. Bangalore doesn't have people from the North? DO read this, as is the case with many cities, Bangalore is a city of migrants too. 22/n
Hasan, M. Fazlul. Bangalore through the Centuries. Bangalore: Historical Publications, 1970. One more historical account that traces the constant mingling of "migrants" in the city. 23/n
Vyasulu, Vinod, and A. K. N. Reddy. "Essays on Bangalore." Karnataka State Council of Science and Technology, Bangalore (1984). This is a wonderful read for anyone interested and you can find it at kscst.iisc.ernet.in/essays_bangalo… 24/n
Many of the books use some amazing source material, and if you start reading some of them, you'll find the following names crop up: M N Srinivas, Bargur Ramachandrappa, S K Narasimhaiah, Ba Na Sundara Rao, Lakshman Rau (and his notes), A N Krishna Rao, among others. 25/n
You can find more books and links at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliogra… and bengaluru-heritage.mapunity.com/heritage/books.

Finally, these are only books in English, I have not included any from Kannada or other languages. If you do know of other books, I'd be happy to include them in this list. n/n
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