TA Writer of the week: Priyanka Varma, the cityscaper

Priyanka Varma has experienced Bangalore in more than the usual ways than many old residents might have.


She has all the right ingredients and mixes in her as a city blogger – wide eyed, curious, introspective and the kind to dive right in than to “test waters”. Priyanka Varma has experienced Bangalore in more than the usual ways than many old residents might have. Here, she talks to us about city blogging, loving Bangalore (although not its malls) and life prior to this.

Priyanka Varma on a trek

Off the corporate life, onto the road and into community work in Bangalore

After graduating with a degree in Information and Communications engineering, I worked for about 6 years in the software industry. Now I have currently taken off from the corporate life with a plan to hit the road, travel and experiment with some new interests I have developed.

I have grown up in Patna, Bihar but since the time I have moved to Bangalore I have always loved this city. The city has given me an opportunity to get exposed to a lot of interesting stuffs.

With the kids at a children’s home

I have also been involved with community work at Bangalore with several institutions working for kids and visually impaired. I used to split my weekends spending time with the kids at these places, cycling, birdwatching in the outskirts of Bangalore, exploring the city and photographing interesting stuffs. I love exploring places and learning about new cultures. Recently due to my health issues I got introduced to healthy vegan lifestyle. I am spending more time now on exploring the healthy eating lifestyle and organic terrace gardening.

I have a small family of three – a very supportive husband and our lovely pet Tuffy. There is an interesting story of how this Indian dog adopted us.

The city explorer who began her stint with blogging in Bangalore

I mostly grew up at my hometown in Patna before I moved out for my engineering to Gandhinagar in Gujarat. That was the first time when I was out in a different culture and environment. I loved those four years of stay in Gujarat and exploring the city of Ahmedabad. I was not a city blogger during that time but I took my time out exploring the city and relishing the cuisine. I bunked my classes to savour Gujarati thali and some basundi (Oh I am feeling nostalgic and its making my mouth water) at our favourite local joints. I with my classmates also got involved in the social issues of the denotified tribes of Chharanagar.

Photographing and spotting butterflies

And then it was Bangalore and it is here where I started my city blogging.

5 things about/in Bangalore that have most fascinated her

1. The best thing about Bangalore is that, to take a break from the madness of the city you don’t have to go too far. The outskirts of Bangalore offer an escape to the silent confines of nature. Just cross the city limits and you might reach a beautiful lake with migratory or native birds or a hill for cycling or trekking or a mini forest.

Cycling on the way to Jog Falls

2. Another thing I love is the climate. Though, I agree that the climate here has undergone a drastic change on the worst side but still the climate is lovable.

3. The diversity in Bangalore – be it the people, culture, cuisine or the activities. The city has something to offer for everyone in the city – for the nature lovers, art lovers, the foodies, the party lovers or the adventurers

4. As an appreciator of arts and craft, I love visiting Bimba – The Art Hut which focuses on creating and sharing art that is ‘earth sensitive’.

5. Another best thing about the city is South Bangalore. As soon as I enter the areas of Basavangudi and Gandhi Bazaar, I feel as if I have time traveled to the age old city of Bangalore.

“Sustainability means re-adaptation to better choices”

Sustainability for me is to make choices which are beneficial to me as well as for others in the society. It can be anything from the food we eat, the mode of transportation, the clothing, the shelter, the mode of entertainment.

Priyanka trying her hand at pottery

We, as human beings, have made it difficult for ourselves by getting adapted to the unsustainable way. I am sure we can move back to the sustainable living by trying to be more responsible in our day to day life, taking small step at a time.

“I love Bangalore Greenest Homes on The Alternative”

Its difficult to pick one article. I loved the series on Bangalore’s Greenest Homes. The series was informative on eco-friendly homes and sustainable living spaces. I love The Alternative’s Untravel Chats and the Green Bazaar idea. Also liked the series on Child Abuse which I think is more important for creating awareness on the issue.

In a traditional Lepcha dress at Dzongu in Sikkim

“Children can be the beacon of change”

The Alternative is already working on the lines of spreading the message on sustainable living in different aspects of life. To spread the message to a wider audience the Alternative can conduct more workshops in schools as kids are a great learner and can also impact the lives of their parents and others. Kudos to all the work that you are already doing and all the best!

[Editor’s Note] The Alternative has a pool of writers and contributors who are remarkable in the wide range of topics they cover, their in-depth analysis, and the extent of their work on topics they care about. Every week, we will feature one such writer who has enriched our platform with interesting and diverse stories and views in our TA writer of the week section.


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  • Abhijit Bhowmick

    On your way to stardom Priyanka !! Honestly you are an inspiration !

  • Abhilasha Trivedi

    Priyanka looks like a very fun person, the picture shows her diversity and commitment. I have read her Blogger. Since I have started blogging recently, I follow Priyanka and have to learn few things from her blog. Very Engaging writing and intuitive Blogs.