Venetia Ansell has had a taste of all things Indian, including bike rides and sweets
“I have lived in two Indian cities, Bangalore and Mumbai. Of the two, I have always felt that Bangalore is the better place to settle down. Mumbai, with its chaos and massive crowds is a typical Indian city. On the other hand, though fast maturing into a major city, Bangalore retains the charms of a small, laid back town,” says Venetia Ansell, who has spent seven years here as a marketing executive with an MNC.
“There were many cultural differences initially, but I have been travelling to India constantly and managed to adjust to the pace of life rather quickly. I have enjoyed myself tremendously,” she quips. With her culinary skills restricted to making cups of c hai, she does enjoy bingeing on Indian foods, especially desserts. “I love jalebis, rasgullas and gulab jamuns. I also occasionally binge on gajar ka halwa. However, I cannot cook to save my life,” she grins.
Venetia feels that though differences do exist as far as the work culture is concerned, things are changing for the better. “It is becoming less hierarchical, and young people are getting a say in organisations.”
Venetia enjoys bike rides and is a fairly enthusiastic rider. “I am fascinated by the Bullet bikes. My husband and I often go on weekend trips outside the city on our bikes. It is a superb experience. I love riding on my Bullet, a 1983 model. The trips break the monotony and also bring in elements of adventure in regular outings.”
She feels that Bangalore has grown tremendously over the last few years and like many others cribs about the bad traffic situation. “It is getting worse. Most of the traffic logjams are caused by the fact that people want to reach their homes as soon as possible and try to break basic traffic rules. If these offenders are booked, I feel that the situation would improve a great deal.”NIKHIL VARMA