Today is Gudi padawa here - the Marathi new year. Just went out to Karve road. The traffic was jammed because of this procession with camels and horses, with little boys dressed up as Chatrapati Shivaji, Sambaji and little girls as Jijabai etc.
This place is very different from where I hail. They still remember their emperors and some are even passionate about them. Ofcourse this passion gets a bit aggressive and bad at times, but at moderation, this was a feeling so nice. Felt happy.
I cant but help wondering rather disturbed, TamilNadu too had great rulers. Three renowned dynasties that spread across the entire state- Chera, Chola and Pandias. I remember the buses plying in the respective regions used to bear those names. That way, Coimbatore had its city transport named Cheran transport Corporation with its symbol being the bow and the arrow - the ones of the dynasty. That was when I was a kid. Then the TN Gvt, specifically JJ as usual thinking herself to be a stud, changed the names to TNSRTC. Why the heck? I always thought it was a nice way of honoring the ancient rulers.
We could only watch helplessly and TN maybe kissed her stars that it didnt become JJSRTC!!