Bangalore A Century of Tales From City and Cantonment
Peter Colaco's book on Bangalore takes the reader back to the day and age when bicycling to Jayanagar from the Cantonment wasn't a cry for immediate professional help. The book displays Bangalore as Colaco had seen for more than 50 years.
The book was borne out of intense peer pressure at a party, where Colaco's friends insisted that he sets down his many stories about Bangalore for all to read. It shows Bangalore in all its facets and aspects, and is an affectionate account of over fifty years of keen observation.
From this prosaic starting point 'Peter Colaco's Bangalore' sweeps back to the turn of the 20th century and forward to the dawn of the new millennium. He discovers that between his mother's ancestral home on Great Road, where he was born and his father's house in Fraser Town, his experiences represent a century of Bangalore's cultural history.
The book is a sequence of loosely connected essays and anecdotes. It often borders on social comment, might even pass as pop-sociology, but is even more enjoyable simply for it's humour, superbly complemented by Paul Fernandes' water colour sketches.