PG or PJ !

Thats a new trend. PG accommodation. PG stands for Paying Guest accommodation. A trend in Bangalore with many young men and women who move from their small towns with big hopes, aspirations and salaries, into the mega city Bangalore is now becoming !

A Paying Guest to me, means a guest in somebody’s home. You pay for your stay. Going by all the advertisements that proclaim PG accommodation is available, well, one may get to think that there indeed are so many houses with a host who is willing to take somebody in as a guest ! Thats what i thought until many years ago, i was lead to some other place!

A paying guest (PG) is a misnomer of sorts. A PG for practical purposes is a ‘hostel’ accommodation. Many a time with multiple ‘inmates’ sharing a room. And many rooms in a complex. With constant movement of people from one organisation to another, there is also constant move from one PG to another !

I guess somewhere the correct understanding has to go in. So if you are in Bangalore, and somebody talks to you about a PG accommodation, and you are going to think of a good host who has given you one room of his or her house, please remember the reality of the case could rest at the other end of the spectrum.

No PG. Perhaps is a PJ ! ( Poor Joke for the uninitiated ) !

The song i chose was Home by Micheal Buble. A favourite song again !
The feelings of wanting to go home prevails for every newcomer to a big city. ” Maybe surrounded by A million people I, Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home..”

9 thoughts on “PG or PJ !

  1. // A trend in Bangalore with many young men and women who move from their small towns with big hopes, aspirations and salaries, into the mega city Bangalore is now becoming !//
    Not for long!! It simply doesn’t have any space anymore. Its already bursting out.

  2. priya says:

    PG- wow I did think you are gonna talk about paying guest. Well I shud say PG- pack and go then just like that.

    We follow the so called British language (English) but landup misusing or not knowing wat it stands for….

  3. Keshi says:

    lol tnxx for the info Kavi!! :):)


  4. Jeevan says:

    PG accommodation is also in proceeding in chennai and their are many brokers waiting to catch the employees.

  5. shark says:

    Aw! These so called PGs in Banaglore are the worst to live in!

    I had few of my friends staying there and my! what miserable conditions. You virtually “live” on 1 cot. A single room is shared by 2 or 3 people… with hardly any place to keep your belongings. So you just stack them up on one end of your bed and try and squeeze and sleep on the other end.
    And you would think such an accomudation will be cheap… no way! they cost a lot of money.

    The only advantage will be that the initial deposit will be less and also the notice period will be almost nill if you can find someone to fill in your place.

    But then, this reminds me of an old concept which was very much prevelant in bangalore called “vaaranna”. poor students from villages used to stay in one of their known people’s house for a week and those used to provide free food for them…

  6. Jam says:

    He he he, these are a few (or actually a lot) stickers that I ve seen dot the Bangalore walls for some years now.

    And yes, this is one post which has eluded me. Even I ve wanted to inform all the immigrants into Bangalore that hey, PG does not necessarily mean Guest in any of its various connotations, but rather means that you ll end up sharing your space with 5 others who probably don’t even know that you exist.


  7. Kavi says:

    Ashok : The folks who come from the smaller towns dont seem to know this fact. Somehow, as usual, the city accomodates !

    Priya : Misuse is turning into a sort of an abuse !!

    Keshi: Always welcome !! 🙂

    Jeevan: you are right ! Infact, i didnt talk about them ! But thats an important element of the chain !

    Shark: Cant agree with you more ! Yes the initial deposits are less ! Interesting to know about Vaaranna.

    Jam: Welcome here ! These ‘printouts’ were too omnipresent for any of us to miss !

  8. Swatantra says:


    I was reading this article, Siddharth came he looked at the picture and asked me is it the train?

  9. Shiva says:

    It will be really good for visitors if some geniune PG accomodation are available. For some reason B’lore has gone crazy in its prices. In 2001, I stayed at Museum Inn for less than 2k and during my recent trip I had to shellout 5k. Hope we get some good options

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