The Diary of a North Indian, Who Loves South India

The author, a North-Indian expresses her love for South India and is happy that she did not get swayed by the preconceived notions which people have about the Southern states.

The author, a North-Indian expresses her love for South India and is happy that she did not get swayed by the preconceived notions which people have about the Southern states.

When you have spent all your childhood in the northern part of the nation, it’ll  feel as though you intrinsically convey a negative streak for the southern half. Do not misunderstand me, negative as in- the irritating climate, the language issue, the fluctuation in the kind of food, and some preconceived thoughts that you wouldn’t be invited or welcomed in that part of the country. It is almost like, two entirely different countries bound by a common geographical border.

I had spent most of my time on earth in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in a city called Indore, in the heart of India. I did my schooling from there and even college. In basic and barefaced words, I was eager to move out of that city. I needed to move to another city, begin another life, meet new individuals, do new things. What’s more, I was prepared to accept the first open door that came my way with the offer to empower me to move to another city (or even country, so far as that is concerned!)

Everybody I knew, companions, family, relatives, teachers, even associates were completely negative about my choice of moving to Chennai in the state Tamil Nadu, when I landed an IT job with HCL Technologies. Such huge numbers of recognitions, recommendations, advises were tossed my way,  both face to face and through virtual discussions. They disclosed to me how South isn’t the right  place for us where we, “conceived in the northern part can’t survive or support or alter cheerfully”. I sincerely did not think about anything other than the climate, however I couldn’t have cared sufficiently less to change my choice. I had chosen, I was moving to Chennai, without preconceived thoughts, negativity and biases. I needed to give this new city each possibility it demanded to influence me to begin to look all starry eyed at it, or at least not detest it.

A half year in, and I don’t lament a solitary thing about moving to this city.  I fell in love with the hypnotizing shorelines, supportive individuals, greater equity when contrasted with north and less wrongdoings. I admired that the city accorded more importance and seriousness to education and its individuals were an apex of simplicity.

The majority of the above being stated, doesn’t mean, this city has no imperfections. It does, like any other city on the planet. Also, particularly when you originate from the other part of the country, you will confront new difficulties consistently for about a month, with language, directions, food, conversations, weather- to state a few. However, after a month or two, you’ll begin feeling great around here.

Individuals here have an exceptionally solid sewed network of their own sorts which at times won’t feel extremely inviting. But, the great part is, regardless, they’d be sympathetic towards you. You might not be a piece of their locale but rather they could never trouble you and let you be. Likewise, simply try these individuals in the hour of need and they’d be standing in that spot to support you without caring about your identity, where you originate from, and what you do. I think ‘mockery’ and ‘flaunting’ are things that never reached this side of the nation. How great do I feel about it as someone who originates from “North”. You have no clue!

In the last six months, I’ve been sufficiently fortunate to have set out to a couple of new places and associate with individuals from different social foundations. I tried different food cuisines and perceived how variegated India is, as far as societies, ceremonies and convictions are concerned. The best part about not only this specific city but, rather the whole South Indian tribe is that, individuals are exceptionally appended to their underlying foundations.

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Regardless of how much they move forward financially, they have immense regard to their way of life and character. These are the most literate states in India, who put stock in pushing ahead with the world however not at the cost of stifling their own confidence and qualities. This is commendable and something which we as “north Indians” need to learn. They also trust in empowering their women. You will discover ladies doing truly every job that is just doled out to men in North. They are auto/taxi/transport drivers, toll charge gatherers, oil pump assistants, servers and so forth. And men too do not shy away from doing things which are meant to be a ‘lady’s activity’.

In a nutshell, don’t let others tell you how a place is, until you see it for yourself! Chennai, still in the opinion of a lot or rather majority of the North Indians is a place, they’d never ever want to go to, at any cost. And I honestly do not understand why? I’m both taken aback and disheartened.

In this place, I’ve found some great friends, some very admirable colleagues and some extremely compassionate individuals. If I had to do it all over again, I’d still choose Chennai, in the blink of an eye, in a single heartbeat! This city will always be close to my heart and I do not plan on leaving anytime soon!

To the beaches, the people, the delectable cuisine and the infinite places in the near vicinity that are surreal!

~ A North Indian, almost in love with the Southern India

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Drishti Shastri

A Marketer by the day and a Writer by the night. Books, music, beaches, and french fries make her happy. A hardcore feminist and a hopeless romantic, trying to maneuver her way through the 21st read more...

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