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    From the editor’s desk:

    With the many services being rolled out each day, now is a great time to be a consumer in Bengaluru, the country’s startup capital. Everywhere you look, someone has been inspired by the entrepreneurial ecosystem. And why not, when we have role models like Bengaluru-based Flipkart and redBus, or the easy acquisition of startups by global internet giants? The young population here is quick to turn ideas into companies, be it food, healthcare or fashion, and bounce back just as fast if the venture fails. Easy access to coworking spaces with networking opportunities and high speed internet have helped their cause. MadRat Games is one such outfit. It is run by husband-wife team Rajat Dhariwal and Madhumita Halder, who create offline games to ensure children grow up calm and wise. The IIT graduates taught sixth-graders at Rishi Valley School over four years, and realised the importance of play and game-based learning. Earlier this year, they designed jigsaw puzzles with an element of discovery and believe the life skills their games offer will help in buzzy Bengaluru. ‘‘We have fallen in love with the startup culture here and the coworking spaces,’’ confirms Dhariwal, promising ‘super suits’ with wearable tech next.
    Elsewhere, on HSR Layout, Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama, 24, finds it exhilarating to be surrounded by startups with a ‘‘shared sense of purpose’’. Hailing from Darjeeling, she opted for Bengaluru as her base after a course at NIFT here. Just two seasons old, Lama showcased her fluid silk kimonos and dresses, titled Abstinence, at a trade show in Paris this month, and is already retailing in Portugal, New York and Italy. Promoting slow fashion with handmade garments and organic fibres, she says, ‘‘To love my clothes, a person must interact with them.’’
    To mark our fifth anniversary this week, many such entrepreneurs share their inspiring and relevant ideas. And we celebrate all that’s great about living in this city – good weather, good drink, fantastic people. Thanks for reading, Bengaluru.Rose Sign

     

     

     

     

    1Bengaluru is a great testing ground for all sorts of businesses; competition is not as cut throat, but it’s healthy. It’s also a city that nurtures creative thoughts and ideas.

    -Aindrita Ray, actor

     

     

     

     

    2I would like to see bands like AC/DC, Rush and Pearl Jam in Bengaluru. Companies take the easy route of bringing commercial DJs instead of a band of 4 to 5 members.

    -Vachan Chinnappa, DJ

     

     

     

     

    3I’d be thrilled if Bobbi Brown were to open a Bengaluru store. I stock up on her products when travelling abroad but having easier access would be even better!

    -Sanchita Ajjampur, fashion designer

     

     

     

     

    I want to see Eli Saab, Ralph & Rousso and John Varvatos in the city. Also, Sweaty Betty — active wear for women. The4
    y aim to inspire empowerment through fitness.

    -Dayana Erappa, model

     

     

     

     

     

    5For me, Bengaluru was pub city, rock city and hanging-endlessly-in-Coffee House city. But that was 10 years ago. Now it’s Ranga Shankara and ‘almost home’ city.

    -Kalki Koechlin, actor

     

     

     

     

    Theatre is not always about comedy. The audience should be more receptive to all genres and become more demanding of the quality of acting, 6and directing.

    -Arundhati Nag, theatreperson

     

     

     

     

    7I’d  like to see relaxed deadlines so that people can enjoy a good meal in peace. And also, lowered taxes on fresh produce so that local growers are encouraged.

    -Gaev Mehta, GM, Escape Hotels & Spa

     

     

     

     

    8There are 120 food startups in Bengaluru today. And, 44 startups catering just  to laundry. They all are answering similar problems. I wish these entrepreneurs were given a chance to work together on one problem. This way, they can roll out a far better product for  their customers.

    -Rohan Patnaik, co-founder of RedCooker

     

     

     

    9Our startup ecosystem should explore opportunities in non-tech sectors as well, such clean energy, education, affordable heathcare and small and medium-sized enterprises.

    - Ganesh, serial entrepreneur

     

     

     

     

    10Milk adulteration is often the cause of poor health among young kids. I’d like to see a device that can check the quality of milk at every step of the supply chain.

    -Sharad Sharma, co-founder of iSPIRT

     

     

     

    11I’ve been coming to Bengaluru since the ’80s. This is where I first ate Andhra food, had my first appam, and discovered the range of the great cuisines of South India.

    -VIr Sanghvi, journalist & food critic

     

     

     

     

    12I would like to see H & M and Uniqlo in the city, because I am all about high street labels.  And they  would do well here too!

    -Karan Medappa, model

     

     

     

    13My dream gig in 2016 will be something that brings together Karnataka’s folk art (music, dance and others) in a way that’s appealing to the youth.

    -Raghu Dixit, singer/songwriter

     

     

     

     

    14I’d like to see Polaroid become as popular as it was. The experience of photography would be immensely richer with a wider availability of  forms of Polaroid.

    -Shibu Arakkal, photographer

     

     

     

    15I wish for  an app that would automatically spray paint a car that’s disobeying traffic rules, or when it is parked incorrectly.

    -Darius Sunawala, RJ

     

     

     

     

    16I’d like to see Bengaluru growing along with its artistes and hope educational institutions recognise art as an integral part of their growth.

    -Rukmini Vijayakumar, dancer-choreographer

     

     

     

    17Indie films need open minds and an intellectual audience, and Bengaluru has that. They will definitely bring in originality, and newer ideas.

    -Meghana Gaonkar, actor

     

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