There is no denying the fact that Chennai is fast changing ,at a speed hitherto unheard of. Old heritage buildings are being razed to the ground giving place to shopping malls and high rise structures. Temple gongs are no longer being manually operated, Mutts where food is served with people sitting on the floor and eating in a banana leaf are forced to have make shift tables or cement ones to cater to people unable to squat, mobiles have become a part of ‘purohits’ of mutts and temple priests’ retinue.The former seem to have no qualms of endlessly talking on them, even halting the ritual they are conducting ,professional cooks take orders on mobiles even while they are engaged in preparing delicacies and the maid informs you on phone that she would be absent for a day or two etc.etc.
But the critics of recently concludedMadrasDay/week/fortnight present a different picture as to what had generally remained consistent. They had written that the speakers, topics chosen and the venue for the events organized had been the same, and the people who turned out were also the same, though less in number this time. The only difference they had noticed was that a good number of them disappeared from the scene after enjoying the goodies to their heart’s content! Where there was only food for thought at some events, the audience silently expressed their protest and displeasure!
Is the annual event becoming stale? I wonder.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao