Statues and Cross Roads

Today is Kannadasan’s birthday. Nope, this is not a post on Kannadasan. Today, every politician worth his/her salt made a trek to his statue and garlanded it. the statue is located some where in T Nagar (I did not know until today, that such a statue existed). I was left wondering how long before all the cross roads in Chennai has a statue.

Under the current condition, and expected exponential growth in statues over the next 50 years, Marina beach might not be big enough to accommodate all the statues. My provisional list consists of

1) M Karunanidhi
2) J Jayalalitha

3) Rajinikanth (it’s a 50 year time outlook)
4) Kamal Hassan
5) Anbazhagan (maybe)
6) A few offspring of M Karunanidhi
7) Satyaraj (he acted as Periyar, clearly the DK/DMK will demand a statue for him)
8) Veeramani of DK

In addition to these names, any leader worth his salt, and who has some power in deciding the party ruling Fort St George is going to demand a statue. Some leaders are big enough (the first three in my list?) to warrant a Samadhi somewhere in Chennai, most likely the beach. Clearly the beach cannot hold all of them, and they will have to go looking for signals and junctions to erect statues.

Over the next 50 years, I predict that every tier-2 signal (tier is based on its traffic movement, and location) will have a signal. Already every important signal in the city has a statue in the middle. One advantage of this is that for Signals which are named after the buildings close by like Kalaippa Signal in RA Puram, or Spencer’s signal, it will become easier to remember them if they are identified by the statues located there. Does anyone know the Eras Theatre Bus stop? Its in Adyar, the theatre has long gone and been replaced by the Corporation office. This kind of confusion can of course be avoided. Probably the only bright side of statues.

5 Comments so far

  1. prabukarthik (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    enna koduma idhu?

    Avlo thimira? makkalukku nalladhu seyyanumgradhukaaga oru kalyana mandapathayae thyagam senja thiyaagi ku oru silai kooda illai??

  2. beachsundal (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    Infact Vijayakanth & Actor Arjun should be felicitated with “Bharath Ratna” award for them having saved Tamil Nadu & India from far too many war, devastation, foreign invasion, potential sabotage and blah! A statue would probably have to follow that ;-)

  3. beachsundal (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    BTW, the kannadasan statue is on the G N Chetty road, at the first signal from Panagal Park towards Flyover…just past the Virudhunagar / Murugan Idly Kadai.

    For the above post, you too deserve a silai ;-) LOL

  4. tsk tsk (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    There are others contenders on the next 50-75 years list:

    AR Rahman, APJ Abdul Kalam, Mani Ratnam, Sasikala, Vijaykanth, Ramadoss, Vaiko, MAM Ramaswamy, Mutaiah(industrialist), Pratap Reddy(Apollo), P Chidambaram, Indira Nooyi, Cho Ramaswamy,

  5. Vik Rajagopalan (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    Oh did you forget the great Sachin and who not, perhaps a few here and there and for every darn accomplishment, I too deserve to be portrayed like a monkey in the Beach !

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