Sunday, April 24, 2005

Oh dear...another Madras!

Who would have thought that in a faraway corner of the world, in Jefferson County, State of Oregon, there exists another Madras? My husband found out by sheer chance a few hours ago when searching for the 1950 map of Madras. He laughed in surprise. I squealed in enthusiasm at the thought that my dear city had a namesake. In my childhood, on hearing about Salem, Massachusetts, I had rushed to my mother and asked if Salem, MA was better than Salem, Tamil Nadu. I don't recall her reply but I do remember how fascinated I had been with the idea that two cities belonging to different countries shared the same name.

[Wearing a pleased grin ever since...]

6 comments:

Karthik said...

Did you know there is one London in Ontario, Canada apart from the one in England ?

perspective said...

There's a reason for it my dear...
Salem as karthik puts it was in England first. Then the English came to India and named an indian town conviniently "Salem" the way they changed other names to suit their pronounciation...then again America and Canada was formed thanks to migration from England and Europe, hence the names there too :) It does have a link!

VJ said...

Dunno about Madras - lets talk about Salem. There is one as we all know in Tamil Nadu, the next we know is in MA, there is a Salem in Virginia & Ohio as well!!! Interesting to know there is one in England too...why not - nice city right?!? Apparently there is a Salem in China - which derived its name from SAI-LAM - which means land surrounded by mountains!

Echo/Lavanya said...

All I know is that we have too many Salems :)

See what happens when a tiny nation conquers a large part of the earth. The British have left a huge legacy indeed.

Prabz said...

you guys have this habit of finding old stuff.... huh.. :)

Echo/Lavanya said...

There is no old stuff Prabz. Everything gets recycled over time.
Think about the simple pleasure of serendipity. That is what this post is all about.