Probing into history beyond mere historical facts, this book focuses on the imaginations that have determined the course of Bengaluru over the last two-and-a-half centuries. It puts together contemporary accounts of the imaginations of those who were heard at each point of time. This approach is particularly relevant in the India of the current time where debates on history are largely a matter of choosing one set of historical facts over the other.The imaginations in the book relate to those of the Bengaluru of the eighteenth century that the British colonised; the nineteenth century Bangalore they ruled, directly or indirectly; the post-Independence Bangalore of the twentieth century; and the Bengaluru of the twenty-first century. It identifies the events that marked the turning points in the history of the city over those centuries, from the Battle for Bangalore in 1791 to the battles on the citys roads in the twenty-first century. It then picks the words that capture the vision that prompted each event, whether it was in the form of Thomas Munros letter home, Seshadri Iyers report to the Assembly on the plague or the prospectus of the Initial Public Offer of shares by Infosys.This work, which provides a new picture of Bengalurus history as well as a method of looking at the past that is quite different from most Indian historical studies, will interest historians, academics and sociologists.

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