God’s Own Country
Kochi is a bastion of freedom in India. The city, for millennia, has provided a safe haven for those seeking new shores, incorporating elements of their diversity into the very fabric of daily life. As a result, this is one of the most multicultural and liberal cities in India.
Fort Kochi is a not a place that can be explained in words but a place that everyone should experience, whether it be through Fort Kochi or another bulwark of freedom and openness through times immemorial. Fort Kochi is the embodiment of an island paradise.
Kochi is roaring ahead economically and is actually very underrated compared to cities such as Bangalore and Chennai. The city has all the hallmarks to become a global hub if it can continue on its current pace and reduce its dependence on the Middle East.
“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