I have been looking for a house in JP Nagar. At last! I found it. Unlike in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and to an extent in Delhi, no one asked me my “full name”, to figure out whether I am Hindu or Muslim, no one asked me whether I eat non-veg.
The only reason, one landlady rejected me was that I am a single man, and they are looking for a family. Funnily, later they reached out to me with a lesser rental offer for the same place as they couldn’t find a “family”. I politely declined as I found another place, in the same neighbourhood.
While moving around in JP Nagar in search of a home, I was reading the names of owners, they were fairly mixed. One house had Ashiana written in Urdu and the house next to it had a huge OM. Then there was a house of Sebastian and further, another one was Kamat, next to Sarfaraz.
JP Nagar is way more diverse than even its neighbours Jayanagara, Basavanagudi, which have been completely Brahminized or made a large Jain Khap Panchayat. I hope other cities have similar diverse identities living together.