Saturday, May 27, 2006

Pondicherry becomes Puducherry

New Delhi, May 26: The Union Territory of Pondicherry will henceforth will be known as Puducherry as it was known in ancient times !



Ram Viswanathan said...


I guess this part of 'Indianizing' the names (like many other cities have alrady done..)..

I don't see this as a retrograde step..

Raju said...

Kalakkal punch..

Sad to see our politicians spending so much of their precious time in petty issues.. said...

hi my sweet venkitu,

i'm barani's appa. pl.bear with me for a little selfish. my sincere appreciation for your 'unnai paartha....' lyrics. the way the lyric flows reminds me ramakrishna paramahamsar's view on goddess ambal. viewed from distance she's black like a sea, by going near a few steps she looks blue when viewed from beach sand and when viewed from palm as drops of water she's colourless. similarly your description of a sweet heart from a distance speaks of her 'nadai' and 'idai'. by moving closer her beauty of 'kannam' and 'vizhi azagu' are applauded. still on thinking of her future association 'urudi, malai and firmness' of the love predominates. please confide me who's your lucky sweet heart, your lover is a combination of infatuation and wisdom. pl, post more poems...kudos....kannan

thetalkativeman said...

Since when did renaming or the lack of it become an index of progress?
What's a name in the land of neutrals? ;-)

Naming of streets, markets and cities have been going on since time immemorial.

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Ram / The Talkative Man

What is the use of doing this? Will this in anyway benefit Pondicherry. What happened to Bombay/Calcutta/Madras etc. Did Name change bring prosperity?

Why all this nonsense?

Raju - Thank you
Mr. Kannan - Thanks for your comments. I'll send you an email.

The Talkative Man said...

NV Sir,
I do appreciate the fact that in Pondy, tamil people used to have French as the medium of instruction. Also from what I heard, there's that 'soldat' concept where descendants of Indians who worked/fought for the French govt enjoy something like dual citizenship or something to that effect.
All that open-mindedness is fine. But why have names like Auroville, Rue de La Caserene when we have been independent for close to a century now?
[BTW, I learnt French for 7 yrs and know it quite well ;) ]

Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

hmmm... what can we say?

Kary said...

Super Punch Venkitu.

Surya said...

you couldnt have said it any better :-)

Surya said...

Is it that important an issue to waste time on? Arent there other stinky stuff to change?