Madras – A Tribute

The founding of Madras is considered to be on August 22nd, 1639. It was on that day, that a piece of land, where the magnificent Fort St George stands today, was bought by the East India Company. Thank you, Francis Day!



What defines Madras, though?


Many would say it’s the 19th century architecture adorning the red faced buildings in the heart of the city. Few would say it’s about the second longest beach in the world. Others would say it’s about churning cars faster than Detroit. But there is another entity, which has transformed into an identity that Madras can proudly showoff. The people. As an ardent enthusiast of this beautiful city, I’ve tried to set foot on every unknown that this city possesses. And everywhere I’ve been to, there has always been a Madrasi who I fondly remember from each and every exploration. Be it the markets of George Town, the Avenues of Anna Nagar, the streets of Vada Chennai, the  slopes of Tirusulam or the bluish mornings in Mylapore and Mambalam, I finally understood that Chennai doesn’t have one single landmark, it has millions. And that’s each and everyone of us.


Our own ever sprawling city, which has always held its hands aloft for outsiders, no matter how cramped it is. Providing them with a home and a chance at survival. The place famous for the vibrant flowers in Koyambedu markets and also famous for the non-blooming of the Lotus here. The land where progressive mindsets come to the fore, with religion pushed to the background.



ஜாதி, மதம், இனம், மொழி, நிறம் இவை அனைத்தையும் கடந்து உலகில் உள்ள அனைவரையும் ஒன்றாக திரட்டி வாழ வைத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் தமிழகத்தின் தலை நகரமான சென்னையின் சிறப்புகளை நாம் அனைவரும் சந்தோசமாக கொண்டாடுவோம்.


There we go again, like every year, we’ve celebrated Chennai for the wonderful home it has become for us. There are the usual cynics in operation as well. The weather, the perennial water crisis, the roads and drainage, the civic bodies and the chaotic traffic during peak hours. We don’t deny any of this but the fact is none of these shortcomings detract us from the several aspects to Chennai that are to be cherished.


Penned by: Sharada Prasad, Final year, ECE department

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