Everybody in Bangalore shed a tear when they dug up the bougainvillea-lined boulevard on MG Road in 2008. Bangaloreans protested, but the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) continued to work on setting up the city’s first Metro line between MG Road and Baiyyappanahalli. Five years later, the boulevard is back, not as green as it used to be, but with several features that might, just might, make you forget what it used to be like.

You can learn to make a clay pot from the artisans seated at the boulevard.

The ground level is a 500m stretch that extends from the Anil Kumble Circle to the MG Road Metro station entrance. It makes for an interesting walk. If you start from the Metro station side, there is a small podium with the crafts of Karnataka on display. An artisan from the state government’s Regional Design and Technical Development Centre sits there all day demonstrating ways of making bamboo baskets, wooden toys and clay pots. If you want to learn, free of charge, you can. Ahead is a children’s play area, complete with a 33.5x17ft tiled snakes-and-ladders game on the ground.

The art pieces and installations have been made by students from art schools in the city