Chennai “What”blogs?

Forget it. Chennai is not seen as a metro. And neither as a Tier I city. Blame in on Thamizh. We should have all been assimilated long back instead of opposing Hindi imposition. Then all these online/offline media from North of the Vindhyas would have written paens of praise about us. Denying them a chance to do so is a basic failure on the part of everyone whose mother-tongue is Thamizh and who is pointlessly proud of that :-).

19 Comments so far

  1. AR (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    I am sure you are aware of the MNC boom currently in chennai. Have you seen what is happening to places like velachery, omr and sriperambathur. once considered too far these are now hot market with 20% increase in land value in the last 2 yrs. I think whether it is considered metro or not is debatable..nevertheless it is an happening destination.

  2. jagan (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    these rediff articles dont mean so much to me or neither you should get bothered about it. The fact is chennai is 2nd most industrialized state in indian and 2nd biggest exporter of software in india. this article is just being biased to hindi speaking crowd. its very pathetic major international companies have made chennai as their preferred destination for technology and production while our own northies dont want to accept the fact. i suppose we r not the losers.

  3. hold ur head high! (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    who cares for wat those ppl have to say? i doubt if the situation would have changed if we had adopted hindi. land prices have significatly increased in last few yrs – million dollar apartments are not so uncommon (4-5 crores+) and within the city i think it is next to impossible to get an apartment for anything less than 50 lakhs. in fact, the prices escalate so rapidly that if one were to book an apt at the time of the bhoomi puja and sell it when it is completed, he would still be able to make a lot of money. anothr observation about the bias in the articles; the same goes about movies too – they think bollywood is ‘indian’ cinema while in reality it is only hindi films.. bengali and malayalam films are often way better (i would have included tamil films in this list a few years ago but the current crop of films have made me stay away from the theatres for quite a while now!!)

  4. sln (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Until now we were satisfied with praise from foreigners. Now it seems we want to be praised by North Indian (media) too, else we go and sulk :(


  5. sj (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 6:39 am

    Thennavan don’t become frustrated with these articles as they don’t mention Chennai is because no matter even if you did know Hindi majority of people from other parts of India will not accpet Tamils. Which is also portrayed in this article Chennai is the heartland of Southern India, which is totally different to the North which they can’t accept. That is why it doesn’t receive press coverage but we all know Chennai is not a sell out to North Indian forces which is the majority of India TN is strong and will hold its ground become developed and still hold its culture and not be influenced or be forced to be slaves to Hindi or North Indians.

  6. annoynomas (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    I am not sure about ‘metro’. I am sure about one thing it certainly the ‘chaos apital of this world’.
    I haven’t been here 36 hours and I am certain the proof for the ‘chaos theory’ is here metro or not.
    Anything GOD has dreamt of is here and they are
    all movin about minding their own biz blisfully.
    If I venture out of the bungaloo and look into
    the river (I am not sure of the name – near boat
    club) I am sure to find the ‘messie’ the Lock Ness
    creature nessie’s cousin.
    The sulphur in the air, the dance performed by the
    tow and three wheelers, the testers of ‘motion’ in four wheelers…Yes… there is GoD , but over here it is more than one and Yes this place surely is ‘metro plus’. A Open tennis championship, a book fair, more than one dance performance, tons of people creating ‘bugs’ (software) to test the intelligence of a few to squash it. If it ain’t metro what is ..

  7. Mahesh (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    There is another reason why Chennai was sidelined.

    Few years back, Bangalore used to be aggressively ‘promoted’ in the media. There even used to be adverts screaming sobriquets about BLR.

    Chennai was seen as a competitor and there was media and off-media propaganda downgrading it. Example were articles highlighting the negative aspects while being published ofteen at same time as articles saying how great BLR was.

    Even a smalltime IT company in BLR was given more attention than some big thing happening in Chennai.

    Only Chandrababu Naidu managed to break the cycle and aggressively promote Hyderabad.

    Now people think HYD is bigger in IT than Chennai and almost on par with BLR. They dont know that it is probably 12% of BLR and smaller than Chennai, Gurgaon.

    People come up with all kinds of sobriquets for BLR. When Toyota set up a factory near it, immediately they started saying it is now becoming the Automobile Capital of India !.

    Probably the only sobriquet applicable nowadays is
    ‘Hype capital of India’

  8. Govar (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    If nobody noticed, the article was by Gayathri Ramanathan. The name is as Chennaish as Chennaish can get.

    But then, who carez for these jokers anywya. Wait for 2010. Wait for the IT highway to be complete.

  9. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    Wait for the IT highway to be complete.

    If it ever is?

    But let Chennai quietly get on with its own successes as somebody else has mentioned.

    What does it matter if the rest of India doesn’t notice?

    Probably quite a lot of Chennai’s international business success comes from its population’s excellent grasp of English. What’s Hindi got to do with it? Why blame the mother-tongue? Don’t knock Tamil.

    (oh dear; I don’t even speak it, to my shame, and I’m beginning to write like the language chauvinists ;) ;( )

  10. thetalkativeman (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    Good that all the thugs, thieves and pickpockets from the BIMARU states go else to plunder and not Chennai :)

  11. randomguy (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 8:32 am

    Thad, I wonder if that was a tongue-in-cheek comment, as going by the English in this blog, I’d never come to the same conclusion!

  12. T.Rajapandian (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Hindi is a language of BIMARU states now.BIMAR in hindi also means sick.English is a language of the educated Indian and its widely spoken and understood in Chennai.Also, the atmosphere in Chennai is becoming more cosmopolitan than Delhi or a smaller city like Pune.More Hindi speaking people are migrating to Chennai in search of jobs and to survive they have to speak English of Tamil depending on their social standards.

  13. sj (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    Well said T.Rajapandian English and the local language is what is needed in Chennai to survive nothing else is needed. Chennai is put in a corner by most Indians as it is able to outshine other cities without the so called National language however the states speaking Hindi have not seen much development example UP, Punjab, MP all backward states.

  14. amalai (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 12:11 am

    I think the best thing that happened to Chennai/Tamilnadu is NOT adopting Hindi therby maintaining our own identity. If we had adopted Hindi, we would just be one of those other states. Now we are our own force. Whoever that talks about one national language/official language should be ignorant. The whole world is moving towards accepting/promoting diversity. Let us not go the other way by being conformists.

  15. Prakash (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    I second that it was good that Chennai did not get into learning Hindi crap. The main issue with Chennai is that it does not market itself aggressively. So many of my friends have remarked to me, “Chennai is not friendly, it is not developed, it is a metropolitan village” etc. While Chennai cannot compete with Bangalore in companies that have moved in, it is way ahead of the other cities. It has changed rapidly in the past 5 years and is very reasonable for anyone knowing English. In areas such as IT, Manufacturing, and Autos, it is eagerly sought out by so many companies. Chennai has some drawbacks, Conservative people (changing slowly), does not have an IIM or equiv, not as fancy as Bangalore etc. However, the political system is very good for getting investment. Also, there are no religious issues (minorities are treated better than most places in India). Please see
    for Economist’s take on Chennai. Do note that The Economist is far more acceptable than rediff.

  16. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 6:42 am

    Chennai maintains its local identity by remaining a Tamil city —as it should, and I hope will continue to do.

    It also provides foundation for its increasingly cosmopolitan status by the number of people who speak and understand English.

    It is also broad-minded enough to accommodate many, many speakers of other Indian languages, including Hindi and not to fall into language chauvanism trap of having all signs in the local language only.

    Seems like a pretty good mix to me! And, as a foreigner living here, I find it a fairly easy city to negotiate.

    No, my earlier comment was not tongue-in-cheek. Take a look at the BBC’s website if you want to see careless English! The BBC used to stand as an example to the world of how to speak and write its mother-tongue. I think many Chennai shop workers speak English that is as good, or better these days.

  17. swarna (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    I totally and strongly disagree that not knowing Hindi has hurt Tamilnadu. Infact looking at India’s development in general we can see that states that adopted Hindi have not been particularly benefitted. On the other hand, Tamilnadu’s growth has been spectacular. Yes, it is
    1. the 2nd most industrialized state
    2. 2nd most urbanized among the states
    3. Scores high on social indicators like good literacay, female education, access to health facilities etc.
    4. development has been multi-faceted and TN has spread its reach into all sectors like IT, manufacturing, textiles, engineering etc

    Yet one wonders, what then is the problem. why is the fact that Chennai is a great, healthy economy not known to many.

    The only answer is extremeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee poor marketing. At a time when hype is overdone by states to the extent of even making frivolous claims, I think the TN bureaucracy should realise that humility is not the need of the hour.

    Marketing has to be 2 pronged.

    1. Marketing at both the institutional and political level that projects the state’s advantages
    2. Good public relations with media (ie press conferences, fairs that involve the media, funding special articles in papers or magazines that showcases the city’s inherent advantages etc) should be adopted in bureaucratic and political circles. This would automatically discourage articles that are frivolous and biased.

    And again the good news is that these rediff articles are not even taken seriously by most people. Chennai in particular and Tamilnadu in general is seeing very robust and brisk ecomonic activity.

    And finally why do we always like to imagine that the world is ganging up against us. Thats just an illusion. Nobody is against Chennai. Its just that the cut-throat competition among developing states has pitted all capital cities against one another. For eg, I have seen sparks and fumes emanate in articles where people are asked to say whether Bangalore or Hyderabad is better. People just throw insuations against each other. That I think is the tradegy of India.

    Anyway with TN being endowed with all the necessary assets and with our state ecomony growing at its best we are all set to win!!!!

  18. sj (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 8:58 am

    Well said Swarna, we have not been disadantaged at all by not learning Hindi. Anyone that wastes there time learning it is at a disadvantage like UP,MP these states are die hard Hindi yet there is not much development in these places. Overall I think Delhi is the only North Indian city that is credible the rest is not even recognised on the world stage.

  19. vijay (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

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