Southern Powerhouse of India
I only spent a day in Chennai and I was not too unhappy to leave. The weather was atrocious: high temperatures matched with equally high humidity, even late into the night. The roads were congested and poorly maintained. The drivers were same as those in New York.
However, I am aware that there are many other aspects to this city. One does not stand the test of time by chance or good fortune alone. The people are very religious and adhere strongly to their culture and faith. There is a lot in the city and Tamil heritage the Tamil people can be proud of.
Nothing is permanent. Cities change. Some become better, some slip into disrepair. I hope the next time I am in Chennai I get to experience a different side of the city, the side that made it into the cultural, social, and political capital of South India and Dravidian Civilization.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying