Im very pleased with myself. For a little bit of going with the flow.
Yday we set off of for what we thought was a week’s travel. After clearing out the fridge, stopping the milk, arranging for someone to come and sleep in the house and all the other little nitty gritties of closing up home; halfway down to Coimbatore, a phone call cancels the trip. My husband is so elated that his bit of governmental red tape has been circumvented. My mind slowly gets used to the idea of returning home and I think of all the strings I’ve dropped that I can now pick up. I don’t even spit out even the mildest of invectives with which I can shower my spouse.
Instead I drag him off to see the Sullivan Memorial at Kotagiri. John Sullivan, Collector of Coimbatore, founder of Ootacamund is a man larger than life. Such a spirit of adventure to go haring into the hills, build a house there and slowly found a whole town; introduce new crops and a whole new way of living to the natives and create an artificial lake ‘to water the plains’. And these are only some of his achievements.
I won’t go into the history here because the Nilgiris is one of the most well –documented areas in the world. As a friend puts it, we could probably paper the whole damn district with all that has been written about it.
The Nilgiris Documentation Centre is housed in recently renovated Sullivan’s Centre, in the first house Sullivan built in the Nilgiris. The man behind the restoration is D.Venugopal. Venugopal is also the co -founder of the Save Nilgiris Campaign and is completely committed to preserving the history and the environment of these hills.
Another person with a passion for history is fellow blogger Maddy who meticulously researches various aspects of Indian history and lays it out in generous essays where we, the less devoted to history, can get a good bird’s eye view of how people were.
Men with passion leave the world a better place than they found it; and inspire others too, with their sheer energy and enthusiasm. These men, probably didn’t go with the flow 🙂
May we all find our passion.