It’s 8 PM in Malleswaram, the local home to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters in Bengaluru. At a popular coffee shop, barely 100 metres from the headquarters, battle-ready strategists, both in-house and external, sit with their laptops open, racking up the numbers on Excel. They get up, wander around the shop. Make frantic calls. Take smoke breaks every 30 minutes.

The setting isn’t so different from the coffee shops in Koramangala or Indiranagar, where some of Bengaluru’s hottest startups took off. There’s an air of intensity about the place, even on a Sunday evening.


Venkat Ananth

Venkat is currently in his tenth year in journalism. Prior to The Ken, he was Deputy Content Editor at Mint as part of the newspaper’s digital team. He also wrote in-depth features on the business of sport for the newspaper. His earlier assignments include Yahoo! (as a columnist) and the Hindustan Times, where he began his career. Born in Mumbai, Venkat holds a Bachelor of Mass Media (Journalism) degree from SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. He currently resides in New Delhi, where he moved nearly five years ago.

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