Celebrations for the Madras Day have begun with a bang, I observed to my husband who was engrossed in reading the day’s news.
Do you know Jaswant Singh has been removed unceremoniously from the party, this is the plight of being honest in black and white, he chuckled.
You mean in his book? I asked.
Yes, ofcourse, he said.
Though Madras has been renamed as Chennai, we still seem to be calling it Madras Day, and not Chennai Day, I said just to divert the topic.
I am glad that someone thought of reviving the old name, observed he.
Old name with ‘new values and culture of the west’, what juxtaposition! I don’t know whether to feel happy about this “coexistence”, I said.
Well, what’s wrong with the new values and culture? We should learn to adopt ourselves to the changing times, simple, don’t you think so, he said.
No, I don’t think it is as simple as it sounds. People’s attitudes to their fellow human beings seem to be changing for the worse even faster than western fashions, I lamented.
Well, we can’t help that because people will change no matter what the city is called, he said.
Now you talk sense.. I am just wondering if by chance Chennai is called Madras again will it be celebrated as ‘Madras Day’ or ‘Chennai Day’, I said.
Probably the second with ‘no values or culture’ to speak of, he remarked.
That remark of his left me foxed!
n.meera raghavendra rao