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September 6, 2009

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road




The Tale of Two Peaks. Part 1

Doddabettahalli and Chickabettahalli are two small villages on the newly named Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road (his parents live down the road towards Yelahanka) that connects Jalahalli and Yelahanka New Town. Doddabettahalli's claim to fame is its elevation. The Betta at 962 meters is officially the highest place in the Benglur region. A short walk to the south-west of Doddabettahalli is Chickabettahalli, named after the smaller of the rocky hills.

However, these two spots are no longer the highest places in the city. Doddabetta and Chickabetta have disappeared. The twin peaks have been dynamited and cut into boulders, slabs and jelly to provide the foundation of the houses we live in. You can go to Google Earth and measure the current elevation of the place. It's now lower than the spot behind the Kempegowda Tower at Mekhri Circle.

If you want to visit this place, you can take Route 401 from Yehahanka or Yeshwantpur and get off at the Jelly Machine Bus Stop. You can't miss the quarry.





These pictures were shot within the bowl, the abandoned quarry, that was once the smaller peak or Chicka Betta. This schoolboy who came to check out what I was doing is Phantoosh. (A name also shared by the character in Britannia Treat biscuit ads). He's been in Benglur for 2 years now and lives with his father in his shop on the main road. The rest of the family is back home in Bihar. Phantoosh studies at the local English medium school, where he also learns Kannada.

This abandoned quarry is the community laundry and toilet. It's probably Benglur's second biggest toilet bowl. The quarry at Doddabettahalli would be the largest.

Here are some jaw dropping beautiful pictures clicked by friends who accompanied me and clicked pictures of the place:
Renith Valsaraj
Vivek Dhage

10 comments:

:: flyingstars :: said...

nice captures!

SloganMurugan said...

Thanks man

Sam said...

The bus number is 401. Pics look lovely!

SloganMurugan said...

Thanks Sam. Changed the number.

Abhijit Dharmadhikari said...

nicely exposed, nicely composed images...

Carl Savio said...

I see you're putting your new camera to good use. Good stuff.

SloganMurugan said...

Thank you, Abhijit.

Carl, yes. And having fun.

jyothy karat said...

I loved your shots.. Loved his 'Im a cool dude, look at me" pose! Vivek Dhage.. the name sounds vaguely familiar.. Wonder where I heard that name before..

Prutha said...

jelly machine bus stop...soo cute!!

Curry Spice said...

G- I love these pics. when did u take them. why did u dig them up now?
Lovely lovely lovely.

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