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Die boomende Studenten- und IT-stadt Bangalore ist bekannt für ihre sehr differenziertes und schillerndes Nachtleben mit Pubs, Discotheken und Nachtclubs. Seit 01.01.2008 erhielt ein großer Anteil der Bangalore Nachtclubszene allerdings erneut einen Dämpfer. Während Pubs mit Alkohollizenz weiterhin bis 23:30 Uhr geöffent haben dürfen, wurde Tanzen schlichtweg in allen Nachtclubs und Discotheken verboten. In dem beliebten Nachtclub Taika wurden an einem Abend über 60 Menschen festgenommen, die sich über das Verbot hinweg gesetzt hatten. Darauf hin musste Taika auf unbestimme Zeit hin schliessen. Auch andere Tanzflächen in Nachtclubs und Discotheken blieben dicht, während die Pubs ihre Einnahmen steigern konnten. Dadurch entstand grosse Spannungen zwischen den beiden Lagern. Das Tanzverbot durch die  Polizei Karnatakas geht auf mehrere Umstände zurück: Aufgrund von mehreren Vergewaltigungen sollen laut der Polizei Frauen nicht mehr an Orten tanzen, wo auch Alkohol ausgeschenkt wird. Mehre Gesetze wurden diesbezüglich auch auf bundesstaatlicher Ebene beschlossen. Die Behörden berufen sich aktuell auf ein Gesetz von 1967, um Menschen davon abzuhalten in Clubs zu tanzen, die Alkohol ausschenken. (Vgl. Johnson 2008; Vgl. o.A. 2008a). Es gab bereits in der Vergangenheit Einschränkungen auf das Nachtclubleben in Bangalore, als im Juni 2005 ein Gesetz erlassen wurde, dass eigentlich nur das uneingeschränkte Wachstum sog. erotischer „Tanzbars“ einschränken sollte, jedoch auf alle Arten des Tanzens in öffentlichen Orten wie z.B. Clubs ausgeweitet wurde. Desweiteren wurde die sog. Sperrstunde gesetzlich von 3 Uhr morgens auf 23:30 Uhr vorverlegt. Für Monate konnte nicht getanzt werden, bis im Dezember 2005 aufgrund eines Gerichtsurteils des Supreme Courts Tanzen in Einrichtungen wieder legalisiert wurde, in denen nicht Prostitution oder unzüchtige Shows zu sehen sind. So erlaubte die Polizei erneut Tanzen in Pubs, Restaurants, Nachtclubs und Discotheken und ging nur gezielt gegen Tanzbars vor (Vgl. Johnson 2008, Vgl. Thomas 2006, Vgl. Thomas 2005).

Im Januar 2008 folgte nun erneut ein Tanzverbot für alle Clubs in Bangalore. Diesmal gehen die Behörden eine Beschwerde nach, die von Betreibern der Tanzbars gegen die Besitzer der Nachtclubs eingereicht wurde, die sich durch das Gerichtsurteil des Supreme Courts ungerecht behandelt fühlen. Es scheint eine Verwirrung zwischen dem Unterschied des Tanzens in erotischen Tanzbars und dem in Nachtclubs zu geben, welche dazu führt, dass jegliches Tanzen als sexuell von der Norm abweichend und unmoralisch kategorisiert wird. Gegen die erneuten Einschränkungen gab es zahlreiche Proteste: Radiostationen und Medien haben eine Kampagne gegen die regressiven Maßnahmen begonnen. Auch der Verband der Nachtclubs in Bangalore kündigte mit Unterstützung großer Teile der Bevölkerungen zahlreiche Demonstrationen und und rief dazu auf, sich dem Verbot aktiv wiedersetzen zu wollen. Viele fürchten um Bangalore’s Image als moderne Metropole (Vgl. Johnson 2008, Vgl. o.A. 2008c). Mittlerweile wurde das Verbot etwas gelockert, d.h. Tanzen ist von 22 bis 23: 30 Uhr in einigen Discotheken und Nachtclubs wieder erlaubt. Die Behörden weigern sich jedoch bisher das Verbot ganz aufzuheben (Vgl. o.A. 2008b). Solange Tanzen jedoch in sexuellen Kategorien assoziiert wird und durch diverse Verbote zu regulieren versucht wird, wird das Nachtleben in Bangalore auch in Zukunft mit Einschränkungen konfrontiert bleiben.

 

Literatur:

 

Johnson, T.A. 2008: Cops enforce deadline, but no one is dancing to their tunes. In: The Indian Express (21.02.2008). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/276020.html; zuletzt geprüft am 15.03.2008.

 

o.A. 2008a: Dancing ban: Blame it on the live bands. In: The Times of India (17.02.2008). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Dancing_ban_Blame_it_on_live_bands/articleshow/2788616.cms; zuletzt geprüft am 16.03.2008.

 

o.A. 2008b: State in no mood to amend rules. In: The Times of India (19.02.2008). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Bangalore/State_in_no_mood_to_amend_rules/articleshow/2793523.cms; zuletzt geprüft am 15.03.2008.

 

o.A. 2008c: Bangaloreans want dance floor back. In: The Times of India (16.02.2008). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Bangalore/Bangaloreans_want_dance_floor_back/articleshow/2786759.cms; zuletzt geprüft am 15.03.2008.

 

Thomas, Edison 2005: Rock bottom! In: The Times of India (17.03.2006). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1353313,flstry-1.cms; zuletzt geprüft am 15.03.2008.

 

Thomas, Edison 2006: After the dancing, the music. In: The Times of India (17.03.2006). Online Edition. Online verfügbar unter: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1454225.cms; zuletzt geprüft am 15.03.2008.

 

 


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right after celebrating xmas with an indian friend in bangalore at her parents house i went to gokarna with an overnight bus… i discovered that the single sleeper was the best way to travel til this point i always had unknowingly booked semi-sleeper…  but i have to say you do feel rested much more if you can lay down properly… but anyway, it was also a very nice thing to see how xmas got celebrated here in bangalore in this family of my friend… spicy south indian food including lots of non-veg (fish, pork, beef) and lots of wine… sweet and lulling. xmas carols and songs were played til late at night on the tv… many songs were broadcasted in german, english, tamil, kannada, malayallam and hindi.  the xmas tree was out of green-coloured paper.

when i woke up to the sunrise in the bus on the way to gokarna i got enchanted by the most intriguing landscape and the sunrise turned everything in a golden light. the red earth. the colorful houses… the different shades of green… palm trees… people on the roadside making puja in front of their houses and stores…

i arrived in gokarna which is south of goa in karnataka and took an auto to om beach where 2 of my friends were staying already… om beach is really beautiful… alternative travellers have been slowly abandoning this beach in favour of other and smaller beaches due to the newly built resort.. but still you can find lots of alternative travellers, buget travellers… the accomodation is cheap.. most basic shacks with bed and mosquitonet cost 100 INR. nirvana and namaste also have brick huts with own bathroom and shower for 400 INR… om beach is so beautiful with lots of rocks in the water, a little island in the middle… although i enjoyed being at om beach sometimes it got a bit exhausting (especially over the holidays) when huge groups of male indian tourists took constantly pictures of you or other white women in bikinis… on those busy days i escaped to the other beaches that are more informal and smaller… half-moon, kudle, and my favourite: paradise beach. on paradise beach and kudle lots of people stay long term or sort of drop out for a bit… paradise has the smallest beach but that creates a really secluded and intimate environment… people know each other and so really soon moved to a really basic hut there… you just get a bedroll in your hut and pay 75 INR… new year was totally amazing there… everything got decorated with flavours and colorful ribbons: the hammocks and the whole garden of the shiva moon cafe. people were painting each other with mehendi and colorful body paint… in the evening… people started dancing and drumming and there was also a huge fire… i have to say that the whole evening went by in a state of drug-related slowness yet fastness that makes it difficult to remember details but rather the feelings i felt… it was good way to get into the new year… although it did feel a bit surreal… this party or gettogether seemed like a time travel to a different decade… to the flower-power generation… hippees… those who know me know also my love for certain things of the 60s and 70s and so it felt very much like being at home in that sense that i felt so comfortable with everyone and the kind of people i met there… 

one funny thing on the side maybe… after i crashed in the early morning hours of the new year in a very comfortable hammock i woke up to the sunbeams warming my feet. i looked down on the ground and saw a huge joint, already ready to smoke laying in the sand under my hammock… as i still have not mastered the skill of rolling this seemed to be like a extra special gift to me.. 😉 so my first day in the new year was spent mostly very relaxing in the hammock reading or swimming in the incredible beautiful ocean. i really don´t understand why people make such a fuss about goa which gets so damn expensive during xmas and new year.. for shit accomodation you easily have to pay 2000 INR or more… and gokarna is cheap, quiet, not really busy, beautiful….

gokarna is like a secret tip among a lot of travellers… i don´t know what will happen to it in a couple of years… already modifications has set in through the building of resorts on om and kudle beach…

i also saw two german celebrities there…. georg uecker who plays in the lindenstrasse a weekly soap and another gay famous men which name i have forgotten… tststs… shame on me… id like to think that they picked a really good location to have a private holiday without getting bothered too much.  

but anyway, i really want to visit gokarna again… it was one of the most beautiful places i have been to.  only white haven beach in australia is still my number one.

i sadly have to say… the air in bangalore has become worse than in delhi…. being in a traffic jam in bangalore seems like getting sufficated, one reason might be that all the public transportation in delhi runs on the CNG (gas) and this is not the case in bangalore where you can see dark clouds of dirty smoke polluting the air. but being in a traffic jam here in bangalore just sucks big time… also i personally find delhi much greener than the “garden city”… it would really do some good to plant some more trees here again to fight the pollution in bangalore

yesterday i wrote about my plan to buy some cheap sort of raincoat… you know like a poncho… the kind you wear when riding a bike… big, light, plastic… etc. so my colleague and i went to commerical street because we thought (and were told) that we would get raincoats there… but we walked and walked and walked…. we asked and asked and asked… they all knew what we were talking about but none of them had any… they sent us back and forth to different destinations where we would find a raincoat like that “for sure/pakkha” but sadly to say… nothing could be found… we went straigth after work to commerical street respec. shivajinagar and after 3 and half hours we gave up… the last store we were in a very old muslim gay who had rain jackets and also used to have raincoats told us frankly: “why are you coming so late? season started 2 months ago! i used to have the kind that you want to have… but now they are all gone” when i replied that the rain season/ monsoon will only start today or tomorrow and that til now there was no need to buy any rain coat he would hear of  it… “no no you are coming all too late”… so i still don´t have a raincoat… most probably i will get drenched and soaked til i get lucky someday and found a cheap raincoat… why did i not bring any bike poncho from germany i thought to myself… the reason is simple: i thought that because monsoon is happening here every year india would be the best place to get something cheap and that i didn´t have to carry it over here. but i guess it´s not that simple…

the monsoon will hit karnataka today (according to newspaper reports)… in the last couple of days it always rained in the evening… on friday it rained so much and heavily that the whole traffic broke down completely. i was on a motor bike trying to reach to the movies on time… i got drenched… soaked… was shivering and the raindrops felt like swords slicing my skin… so now its really about time to finally get a rain coat… so i won´t wait another day… today i will buy some cheap stuff… so i won´t get soaked every time i go on the bike.

i actually love the rain… the rain drops are so big and its fun to be in the rain… when i am at home or at my boyfriends place… you know you can do lots of masti on the roof top… but to be travelling during the rainfalls… its really a pain in the ass. first of the drainage doesn´t work properly here… so all the streets get flooded with water.  cars and other bikes passing you will soak you even more…

but anyway…. another very good thing right now is the mango season… so many different sorts of mangos… small… big… round… oval… so many different flavours…. yummy…. i am eating mangos every day… on the weekend i have had my best mangos ever… never before have i eaten anything so good, so sweet, so tasty… its really an advantage living here if you are fond of fresh fruits… in germany fruits like papayas, mangos, melons etc.  never tastes that good. so i am very lucky… that i can have so many mangos here…

yesterday i went to garuda mall to see the new hindi movie metro- life in a city. i liked the movie very much… mainly because it a fresh and realistic view on indian life in a metropolis… plus the idea of short cuts… different parts of narratation that will intermingle in the end was enchanting. the music was excellent. and the dialogues were well written. i never accepted to see a film like this made for mainstream bollywood cinema… it felt very much like an arthouse, independent film.

but actually i wanted to write about something else… before the movie there was a preview for a typical bollywood movie “shootout at lockandwala” which is suppose to be based on some true incident… what i found funny though was the subtitle of the movie that at the same time shows how much artistic freedom the involved person have taken with this film: BASED ON TRUE RUMOURS!!! i think its interesting that they don´t try and sell this film as based on a true story…. to make it more authentic. isn´t that very refreshing…

new designs for swimming, originally uploaded by javeja.

another contribution to my swimming gear series…. summer time…. new designs have arrived. 🙂

ad campaign lee stores india, originally uploaded by javeja.

recently all over bangalore… you can come across those ads for lee stores… very interesting campaign i think…. 😉

here is some article about MSM and WSM in Bangalore in the supplement of the Deccan Herald due to the lee campaigning…

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/May212007/metromon200705202778.asp

an update (30.Juni 07): i had a talk with a colleague of mine, who told me that the effects of this campaign were rather differently received in delhi and mumbai. in mumbai the shiv sena made it possible that all the ads and posters had to be removed within a couple of days after the beginning of the campaign. he told me that in delhi on the other hand it was no big deal at all. they came, stayed and went again without people reacting violently about them… he said that in delhi people are more open-minded about this topic…

bangles, originally uploaded by javeja.

 

the old lady i live with in bangalore… or actually better: live with as a paying guest… she was so freaked out about me leaving the house in the evening… after 8 pm… (although bangalore is not really a dangerous city. especially the area i live in) anyway she could only be convinced to be a little bit calmer after i bought a pepper spray for self defence… ok… i thought it would hurt if i had one. so here we go… so for 8 weeks i have been carrying this thing around with me whenever i go out at night. last weekend i was at some friends place at MS Ramaiah Technical College when i noticed that the top spraying button of the pepper stray had come off… so in order to get it back on there. a very small amount of pepper spray got released. i mean really really tiny amount. but this was so strong that the whole apartment was contaminated… all four of us were choking and coughing and my eyes were burning… then i thought: if so little can do so much harm… an attacker doesn´t stand a chance. hehehehe…  at least i know now it´s working. 😉

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