PEOPLE Tsering Dhondup says Bangalore offers expats innumerable opportunities
H e runs one of the most popular eat outs in the city and this joint is a particular favourite for its Tibetan flavour. Tsering Dhondup who has lived in Mysore for most part of his life came to Bangalore in July 2003, the same year in which he set up Taste of Tibet, off Brigade Road.
“There are innumerable avenues for expats who move to Bangalore to set up business enterprises. With each passing year, the city's cosmopolitan culture is becoming its vivid specialty. Any place whose people appreciate the good life is a safe place to start a business like mine,” says the Tibetan restaurateur.
While work was what brought him to the city, Dhondup, like most expats states: “The weather is one of the main things that allure not just foreigners to Bangalore but also people from other States across the country.”
Interacting with customers on a daily basis over the cash counter is something Dhondup enjoys.
“There are people from every language, cultural and ethnic group in the city. The beauty of these people is that despite coming from different backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is that they're all so friendly.”
On the downside, he opines: “The traffic is way too crazy and the pollution level in the city is increasing at an alarming rate. Earlier, one could tell Bangalore apart from any of the other Indian cities but now with people lacking basic civic sense, the city is unfortunately on its way to becoming just like any other metropolis.”
This is probably why he laughs sarcastically when he's asked what he likes doing around the city when he has time to spare. “I enjoy walking around places that have some green cover left!” Considering he's always caught up with work, Dhondup manages to visit Tibet thrice a year. But this is home and he claims he loves it this way!
I enjoy walking around places that have some green cover left!