philanthropy, education, & healthcare
Coimbatore is a special sort of place. People here seem to really believe in philanthropy and goodwill. There are so many remarkable charitable trusts which have their origins in this city, started by the members of the local community with a vision to do good and help others.
There are numerous hospitals which provide world class healthcare at extremely subsidized rates to countless people from around the world. The healthcare industry here has the capability and capacity to treat countless more if the central government allows for it.
There is a strong industrial base in the city which has expanded into newer sectors like IT and education as well. It remains a peaceful, affordable city with opportunities to expand and grow. The extent to which it realizes its full potential will be interesting to see.
“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