What I Learnt About Cochin

I knew that Kerala was in the southern part of India, but I didn’t know that it was that far south.  Previously I was also not aware that Cochin is now known as Kochi.  The government is trying to do away with the colonial name as it has similarly done by renaming Bombay , Mumbai. Personally I prefer the old names, just like I prefer Ceylon to Sri Lanka because that is how I have known the place since I was a child and any change just doesn’t feel right.  I also feel that you can take back ownership no matter what the name.  It’s all about changing the associations that go with the name.  The reason why I bring up Ceylon is because as the ancient maps will show, Cochin is very near Sri Lanka.  In ancient times I am sure there were cross migrations and I found the people have very similar facial features, expressions and cuisines.  Both cuisines have a heavy use of coconut, but I guess this is because they are coastal cities and they also both have highlands, tea plantations and a highly proportion of people who speak and write English, due to its colonial past.

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