Bangalore Bugaboo

3:15 PM -- Attention, outsourcers! Yahoo News reports on a name change underway at the world's help-desk:

    India's technology hub of Bangalore changed its name to its vernacular original Bengalooru on Wednesday in what is seen as a bid to appease locals upset at the influx of outsiders...

    Historians say Bengalooru is derived from Bendakalooru, meaning a town of boiled beans, as the place was named when it was born in the 14th century...
The name change came about under pressure from what the story refers to as "regional chauvinistic groups, seeking primacy for the local Kannada language." They're provoked, it seems, by the recent influx of prosperity to the region. (Oh, Kannada!)

    "We know what action to take if they do not support the cause of Kannada," [an activist] said after a demonstration in the city's fashionable Commercial Street.

    A section of the IT industry is known to have reservations about the name change as they are apprehensive it could hurt the city's branding, but few officials were willing to speak out openly for fear of being targeted by Kannada groups.
Nervous nellies. How could "Town of Boiled Beans" possibly hurt the city's branding?

Now, to judge from this Times of India story, they'll have to settle on the appropriate spelling: Bengalooru or Bengaluru?

Should be worth a riot or two.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:36:05 AM
re: Bangalore Bugaboo Bangalore?
I think you must mean Boogaloo.
Beans + Curry = WMD
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:36:05 AM
re: Bangalore Bugaboo I think Boston will now have to start paying Bangalore for trademark infringement.

Beans are both serious business and magical fruit.

A Larry story about a town of boiled beans and not a single flatulence joke? The monkey must be constipated, figuratively, of course.

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