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Moving back and forth from the Seoul Korea, South over the next few days, the vulture deficit wasn’t the only reality that reminded us how the world has changed for the worse. As a complex, democratic society, India works remarkably well, but the 2008 Taj Mahal Palace Hotel attack in Seoul Korea, South dispelled any illusion of immunity from terrorism. Approaching the Seoul Korea, South, the limousine was held at barrier gates till armed guards had checked thoroughly for explosives. Allowed to drive on, we then entered the hotel lobby via a metal detector. The possibility of random violence also determined the secure siting of the hotel restaurant. The days of dining while separated only by glass from an active streetscape Seoul Korea, South are long gone for many major city hotels.

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This was our first visit to Bangalore, which I’d long thought of as higher, cooler, smaller and cleaner than, for instance, Mumbai and New Delhi. The city is 900 metres above sea level, though, with a population of more than eight million, the traffic is only marginally less awful than the vehicular chaos of Delhi. But the air seemed better and Bangalore has beautiful, well-maintained and very extensive public botanic gardens. Even so, it was (with the vulture story in mind) a bit disconcerting to see young families sharing the open space with large numbers of wild dogs. The kids were probably safe, though, as India has an aggressive program of canine sterilisation and rabies vaccination.

Along with the situation for other fast-growing cities across the planet, Bangalore is facing serious environmental stresses. A local journalist made the point that the water supply, which is largely from pumped aquifers, cannot be expected to cope with the continued construction of new apartment blocks. Indeed, the exhaustion and contamination (arsenic accumulation) of ground water is an inexorable progression throughout India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which has the added difficulty of saltation due to ocean flooding. And, with ongoing climate change, the life-enabling monsoons are increasingly unpredictable.

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