Near Akshay Bhandar

The Star of Mysore ad proclaiming the opening of a consumer electronics showoom “near Akshay Bhandar” is proof, if any proof were needed, that even if Wal-Mart were to open anywhere along the border of Saraswathipuram and Kuvempunagar, it would still have to declare its co-ordinates vis-a-vis Akshay Bhandar.

Why?

The original provision store, housed in a complex belonging to a brother of a former Mysore University vice-chancellor, has long since been dwarfed by bigger, better, swankier stores in and around the area.

The shop itself holds little magic for consumers any longer.

Still, Akshay Bhandar is on every bus conductor’s lip. It is the rendezvous for real estate agents to meet prospective clients. Every distance is measured from there.

Ditto Paparam House in Vontikoppal.

Ditto Ballal Circle in Krishnamurthypuram, although the eponmyous hotel has long since disappeared.

World Trade Centre, anybody?