Ok let me get this out in the open once and for all. What do we call our city? Cochin, Kochi or Ernakulam?
On Monday the Kerala High Court admitted a public interest litigation which contends that no area other than Cochin Corporation and those included in the Kochi Taluk should be called Cochin. The petitioner also submitted that the names Cochin & Kochi confuses people from out of state. I’ve had people from other states asking me if Kochi, Cochin & Ernakulam are three different towns/cities in Kerala and they get puzzled when they try to book their tickets to come to our fair city.
For example if you want to book a flight ticket you will find Cochin; if it’s a rail ticket you will have to select Ernakulam. A few people from our Bombay office once got down at Ernakulam and asked the ‘route to Cochin’ please! So the petitioner is asking the distinction of the name to be settled once and for all.
Me? I prefer Cochin – it sounds better and I’ve been using it longer than Kochi. As per me the main city area should remain as it is and be called Ernakulam and the old town areas from Thoppumpady onwards should be called Cochin. Personally I do not like the name Kochi.
My fellow Cochin citizens what do you think? This poll is open for a month.
Jeff Healey – for those who didn’t know him, Jeff was a blind blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and who also dabbled in jazz music. Adopted as an infant, at 8 months old Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. The eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements. Due to his blindness he learned to play the guitar in a unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. At the age of 17 he started playing in bands, forming them with local musicians in his hometown of Toronto.
He first came to prominence with the Jeff Healey Band’s 1988 debut album See The Light and an appearance in the Patrick Swayze film Roadhouse. Hell To Pay followed in 1990 & Feel This in 1992 getting him more radio play and a few awards. 1995 saw the release of a covers album, titled Cover To Cover and it was 2000 by the time his next original material was released with Get Me Some. Jeff started being more interested in jazz and paying in jazz bands. He also started a club in Toronto where he would play with blues & jazz musicians as well as offering others a place to show their talent. On March 2, 2008, Healey died of cancer at St. Joseph’s Health Centre; his death came a month before the release of the album, Mess of Blues, which was his first rock/blues album in eight years.