Come Madras week and the city as well as its suburbs buzz with activities and events of all kind to celebrate the occasion of its birth. I have never seen any parallel celebrations of this kind in any of the other metropolitan cities in the country, infact am not aware of their birthdays either. But the irony is we take pride in declaring the age of the city but do not do so when it comes to announcing our own age or looking our age. We try our best to camouflage it by resorting to artificial means and match our behavior to this, even though it may not be befitting to our true age!
Probably we are justified in our efforts because we Indians don’t think age is just a number. Instead of taking pride in the passing of every year by keeping ourselves mentally and physically active, we believe in counting our years contrary to the saying, ‘you count your years if you have nothing else to count.’
n.meera raghavendra rao