A view from the south

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Mysore Prasanna reflects on a changed Bangalore, the pursuit of learning and the realities of investing in India

There has been a sea change in what Bangalore was when I left in 1991 and what it had become when I returned in 2010. It was absolutely remarkable. It had transformed itself, but at the same time, it felt a little laid back compared with the buzz of Mumbai. I couldn’t feel in Bangalore the sense of urgency which is palpable in Mumbai both in the professional and personal sense.

Mysore Prasanna
Mysore Prasanna

On the professional side, Bangalore’s legal practice lacks variety and vibrancy when compared with Mumbai and Delhi. However, it certainly fares well when pitched against Chennai. The Chennai legal market is typically very conservative and old school. There is a lot of premeditation, deliberation and discussion before someone can express an opinion – and that too with many qualifications. Family lawyers still hold a sway in Chennai and law firms are yet to gain confidante status.

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Mysore Prasanna is an independent corporate law consultant. He has 40 years of experience in the legal profession and has held senior general counsel roles across a number of companies including Aditya Birla Group, Larsen & Toubro and Brooke Bond. He is based in Bangalore and can be contacted at mrprasanna@gmail.com.