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Thursday, May 05, 2005

How long can they say that everything associated with Chennai is conservative?

Conservatism is Passe, Chic & Trendy is in!

This Outlook article talks about the print & TV wars in some of the metros. There is a mention about the recent developments in the print media in Chennai. ToI is branded as street smart (did ToI coin the term themselves?) and The Hindu is branded as conservative. Well, it may be rhyming to say “Conservative Chennai”, but so does “Cosmopolitan Chennai”. How does it bother them if Conservatism sells? Some of these authors might have not even visited Chennai in the recent past and hence they may not have witnessed the plethora of changes that have happened in the City. If they don’t change their mindset they will continue to brand us as conservative even after 10 years from now.

Deccan Chronicle Ad

BTW, I happened to see the Deccan Chronicle ad in SUN TV. The ad depicts an average educated youth getting enlightened after reading Deccan Chronicle. They are trying to position Deccan Chronicle as a bit more intellectual than the others. The ad fails to strike a chord with the viewer. If Deccan Chronicle is going to continue with the predatory price of Re 1, they are going to bleed pretty soon. My sympathies to the people who invested in the Deccan Chronicle IPO.

Wanna disinfect ToI website? (via India Uncut)


  • The best thing about the NewInd article on South India was the use of "crusty Madrasi". How much more ignorant can that journalist get? Looks like everyone who is not from Chennai has their brains pawned to a Jain or Marwari. Wake up bonehead journos - Chennai has always had the best people in India who excelled in a wide variety of industries. They were so advanced in even creating societal reforms and other stuff while the rest of India were juveniles sucking their thumbs :-)

    By Blogger thennavan, at 1:27 AM  

  • these guys are never gonna learn...let them keep calling us the conservative nerds as we climb higher in prosperity...just hope ppl recognise the crap deccan chronicle sells & drive them away so fast they wont know wht hit them!!!!

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 2:38 AM  

  • India's weird - its either ones an extreme conservative or an extremely westernized - its such a rare thing to meet someone in the middle ground. I'm speaking from the lifestyle point of view.

    Otherwise the worlds just waiting for indian to bloom in fear actually.

    By Blogger visithra, at 12:09 PM  

  • I guess they call chennai as conservative bcoz it has few pubs compared to other cities.They do not consider educational activities,transport facilities,IT,Auto,Auto anciallaries etc ..

    If The Hindu puts more article on pubs and night life then they will not consider it as a conservative newspaper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 PM  

  • chennai remains one of the most conservative cities in india. As a north indian who's just moved 3 months back, after a 4 year stay in bangalore - i can feel it hit in my face every single day !! There are some positives of this - people will usually not disturb families/women in general. But the downside is that single, non-south indian males are looked at like some sort of intruders by quite a few people around here.
    Avenues to eat out, relax and meet new people are limited. Much more than even a smaller place like pune. Education, infrastructure and industry alone dont make a place less conservative. Its the mindset of the people.
    Usually, if you dont know any tamil, you have a hard time. Period!
    And its not the inability of residents to speak english (which i would say unites indians more than anything else), its the goddamn attitude! Most of them would refuse to speak it.
    Anyways, having vented my spleen about how hopelessly conservative and small-townish this metro remains in most aspects, I still enjoy it, coz i love small towns - not metros!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 PM  

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