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Mahatma Gandhi Road popularly known as the M. G. Road is the lifeline of Bengaluru city and is well connected to all the places within. Many prominent establishments and attractions like the Bible Society of India, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Cariappa Memorial Park and Field Marshal Maneckshaw Parade Grounds, all lie along this busy stretch of road. The M. G. Road bus stop is one of the busiest bus stops around. Named after the 'Father of the nation', there is at least one M. G. Road in most of the towns and cities in India. And Bengaluru is no exception to this popularly proven fact.
Being a metropolis, the city of Bengaluru has no dearth in shopping centres and malls. However, a few like the Garuda Mall on Magrath Road manage to provide a delightful shopping experience. The gigantic mall spans no less than 75000 square meters (807293.28 square feet) and has an excellent array of shopping options ranging from fashion and art to jewellery and home furnishings. Entertainment at this mall is guaranteed with a five-screen cinema as well as a 4D theater. Apart from this, there is an arcade as well as a haunted house to keep the kids occupied. Dining is an experience in itself with a great selection of restaurants, cafes as well as pubs apart from the huge food court for casual dining. With a huge parking space to accommodate as many as a thousand vehicles, Garuda Mall is one of the city's favorite shopping destination.
Tucked away in a quiet street on Bengaluru's iconic MG Road, forgotten old books get a new lease on life, all thanks to owner and book savior KKS Murthy. Founded in 1945 by his father, the Select Book Shop is run today by Murthy and his son Sanjay. Over the years, this gem of a book shop has rescued several titles, and the shelves of books now tower tall over anyone who walks in. One look at the hardbound, yellowed pages of the many vintage books is certain to set bibliophiles into a tizzy.
The Public Utility is one of the tallest and the oldest buildings in Bengaluru. This monumental structure offers panoramic aerial views of the entire city and can be easily spotted from a distance. The building has a total of around 24 floors and it mainly houses arts, crafts and shopping stores like KSIC, jewelry stores, tailors and clothing for men and women. One of the city's oldest theaters called Symphony used be in the premises below Ulhas Restaurant (located in the PU building) but it was then renovated to a more modern setup and the single screen ceased to exist here. Even today, despite the tall towers of UB City in the vicinity, many stores continue to seek refuge within the premises of the legendary Public Utility Building.
Reputed for the stores and brands it houses within its confines, the Safina Plaza on Infantry Road offers an endless variety of products to be bought, especially during sales, exhibitions and fairs which are a regular feature here. Shops stock international brands in watches, clothes, bags, jewelry, home decor, fashion, furniture, handicrafts, accessories, personal care and a lot more. Some of the luxury brands shops that mark their presence here include Titan, Allen Solly, Omega and Scullers to name a few. Also the most attractive thing about Safina's which draws crowds, is its location which is easily accessible from most parts of Bengaluru city.