I was contemplating on writing blog posts for a long time but I was carried away by TV shows and movies. So how did I start ? I got inspired by a friend and a fellow blogger. Thanks to her blogs and hopefully she keeps me inspiring to continue blogging.
So as I was pondering over what I should write about in my first post, what better choice than my city COIMBATORE !!!!!!!!.. (See the excitement and you can feel more in my face)
For me Coimbatore is more than a City its an identity. Though my lineage is from North Canara and Kerala, my sensibilities are that of a COIMBATOREAN. I would say myself and my city evolved together. We both are not the same what we used to be decades back.
What is so distinct about Coimbatore??
It’s the fact that it has all the hustle of a big metropolitan and the calmness of a country side. The other thing is that Coimbatore shares borders with both Kerala and Karnataka. It has imbibed cultures of both these states and has its native Tamil culture. Coimbatore is also home to a significant population of Telugu and North Indians. So going by this fact I would say Coimbatore is more diverse and cosmopolitan than other cities in Tamil Nadu. (Chennaiites would definitely deny this )
The things I love about Coimbatore??
The Western Ghats!!! Coimbatore is surrounded by Western Ghats and all the scenic destinations in the western ghats are easily accessible from here. The Nilgiris is so close to Coimbatore that me and my coterie drive to the tea estates to have fresh Tea. See how fortunate we are !! This love and obsession for the Western Ghats have made me explore further destinations in the western ghats like Chikamagaluru, Kemmengudi, Kudremukha, Bandipur/Masinagudi and Nagarhole (Still lots in my bucket list).
Next comes the warmth and altruism of my fellow residents. Coimbatoreans are considered to be well-mannered and respectful people. This can be inferred by the Tamil slang of Coimbatoreans. I was residing in Chennai for a few years and wherever I go people identify me that I am from Coimbatore by my slang. That’s how respectful we are!!
Then of course it’s the food of Coimbatore. Coimbatore has some unique dishes which you can’t find anywhere else. Trust me even people of Chennai or any other part of Tamilnadu haven’t heard or tasted it. So I would list down the most popular .
The first in the list is eggplant Chutney. I don’t who came up with this recipe but if see that person I would definitely fall on her/his feet. It would be something like you would have never tasted before.
Next is Arisi parupu sadham which translates to Dhal Rice. I know what you are thinking.. What’s so special about a Dhal rice?? It’s about certain ingredients that has to been added that makes it unique from the regular dhal rice.
Last but not the least its the Kaalan varuval (a.k.a Mushroom fry), a famous street food in Coimbatore. Ask any youngster in Coimbatore about their favourite fast food , you would expect the answer to be Kaalan and not the likes of KFC, McDonalds. The reason why it is so famous is it is economical (It comes for just 15 bucks) and tastes so good. My favourite spot for this dish would be ARC (Click the link to know more). This shop has a huge fan following that people have started fan pages in facebook 🙂
There are lots to write about Coimbatore and my experiences with this city which I will doing in my future posts.
Till then ALL HAIL COIMBATORE !!!
P.S: Coimbatore is known for its pleasant climate and the summers are very mild. But as I write this blog the temperature has soared close to 40. The reason for this is definitely me and fellow Coimbatoreans. We as responsible residents have failed to act against the cutting of trees which the authorities have been doing in the name of developement. Hope the authorities come up with sustainable development plan and we raise our voices.