From ‘Manchester of South India’ to ‘Textile Capital,’ Coimbatore had been given a lot of names in the past, but those aren’t the reasons why we love this cute little city to bits. To every guy and girl out there who has had the pleasure of growing up in this small district in Tamil Nadu, the smallest of things about this urban area are what we would gasp until our last breath.
1. Hospitality, am I right?
You know how bugging it feels when you go to other so-called “better” cities, when the auto guy looks at you like you don’t deserve to live. The warm smile, a cold glass of water in that cute little aluminium tumbler, and the short preambles in Kongu accent are all hallmarks of this beautiful city.
2. The water is just unbearably sweet!
You could just drink the crap out, and you still won’t get enough of it. It’s got the right amount of mixture of every goddamn thing you could ever name, and I am still surprised they haven’t patented the rights of selling Siruvani outside, nicknamed ‘World’s Tastiest Water.’ (I couldn’t verify the authenticity of the information, but c’mon, we ain’t got no time for certificates.)
3. Blink a couple of times — you’ll see an Engineering college!
It’s almost like magic — engineering colleges in Coimbatore are like McDonald’s of the USA. You have no idea when they’re being built or who builds them. One day you’ve had a terrible sleep-in, and BAM, there they are. But laugh all you want, we have some of the best educational institutions in the country.
4. That delicious after-the-tuition chat time with friends
I don’t know who invented the chat “Kaalan,” but I’m pretty sure we all love it not just because of its taste – it gives you a little time off from your tedious student activities – because we all know it, folks: student life in Coimbatore sucks, especially when you’re up for the board exams.
5. You always count on the Gandhipuram Sunday Market, whenever you run out of money!
Because deep down, you know Chanel or A&F are no match for this heaven on earth.
6. You know what lies on the other end of the loooong Mettupalayam road
You know the Queen of Hills is always there at the back of your head, and you can run to her during troubled times. The spongy grass in the gardens, the snorting horses tapping their hooves on the ground, the misty breaths are all in that category that never go outdated.
7. These wondrous vendors that saved your life
No matter where you are, it only takes a couple of seconds to spot these marvellous human beings that decided to open these petty shops — and there’s no stopping you from puffing one out.
8. You easily get irritated when your friends call you ‘small town’
Because you know you’re not afraid of adventures, just a normal human person who hasn’t forgotten his/her roots. And yeah, being a bit extra attached to parents could be annoying sometimes, but hey, who cares?!
9. And you know being ‘Small Town’ has its advantages, too
You just can’t help feel pathetic for people like that!
10. You’re polite, friendly and reasonable — because you grew up here
You weren’t exposed to too much of technology, and you know what it means to respect differences, and for this reason you will always be well-mannered among your peers. Well, that, and the “ass-whopping” you got from your parents — but you don’t talk about that.
11. You never forget where you come from
You never let go of your traditional values just like the girl at the end of your motorcycle — you’ve learnt to live in a cultural belt, and that’s how you’ll stay for the rest of your life.
12. And finally, remember: you’ve seen and been in the rainy days of Coimbatore (and that goes into your achievements diary)
AND FINALLY, HERE’S A GIF FOR NO REASON: