Avenue Road is located in the heart of the city of Bangalore. It was a thoroughfare that let traffic [horses and animal carts] through the old historic city, some 400 years ago. In the last century plus it has become commercialized as the leading Bazaar for both wholesale and retail trade. Its development is rather complicated, as much of it happened in stages in the pre-British days and much more got rationalized through the British period and recent times. Mostly ethnic traders from different regions of India settled here in small neighborhoods called “pet”s, roughly meaning place, locale and the like. Thus, we have Balepet [for Bangle traders], Kagazpet [for paper traders], Chick pet [for silk traders], cotton pet [for cotton textiles], etc. These ‘pets’ surrounded Avenue Road that provided inter-urban and regional access. Typically each special craft group came from a different region of India that specialized in these crafts. So one would find a number of languages spoken here depending on the provenience. Survey and land use controls made this Right of Way into a 66 feet wide road [one chain length] in early last century. I had driven a Studebaker through this in 1963 without any obstacles to slow me down. However, today one cannot even walk freely on this road. It has become the center of wholesale and retail trade for the region. People work round the clock here, selling during the day and unpacking goods and getting the shop ready for the next day through the night. One can buy items on retail as well as in bulk at wholesale rates in the shops here. Shops are fairly small and have a street frontage of hardly 10 to 15 feet. But the turn over is immense. Behind the shops they have old time homes converted into warehousing space. I shall take the first step of presenting some pictures taken as I walked along the road this morning. This is just an introductory browser to the ambience. Progressively, I hope to go into the different parts of the district and make pictures of the various patterns of settlement here. I used the Praktica Super TL that I bought recently and my Domiplan lens with fixed aperture of f/11.0. The film is ORWO UN54 100ASA and the developer is home brewed.