Madras is aging, so are we 21/08/2013

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 

3 thoughts on “Madras is aging, so are we 21/08/2013

  1. V.N.K.Kumar

    Bangalore celebrates its birth on November1st of each year as “Karnataka Rajyothsava day”. Though on Nov 1, 1956 because of the linguistic separation of states the Mysore state was formed, the northern territories of the state felt that this name was connected with the Wodeyar Maharaja’s kingdom and hence Karnataka was formed on Nov 1, 1973.

  2. V Raghavan

    The other major cities of the south, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram, have also rich cultural and artistic heritage spanning several centuries. These are housed in famous tourist places like the Salarjung Museum, Bangalore Palace, the Padmanabhaswamy temple and Maharaja’s Palace, except that these are waiting to be researched and documented. Chennai has been fortunate in having noted historians like S. Muthiah who have devoted a lifetime researching.

    1. Incidentally the historian conducted a Quiz on old/heritage buildings in Chennai as part of Madras week and the highest score was 12 out of 25! Showed how much we needed brushing up our knowledge of the city.

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