Why I Love My Home Town Kozhikode
I am in permanent love with my hometown Kozhikode. I cannot stop loving Kozhikode. This is my hometown. Kozhikode also known as Calicut is a district in the Malabar region of Kerala, a southern state in India.
While Ernakulam is the Industrial Capital of Kerala and Thrissur, the Cultural Capital, Kozhikode is the capital of Malabar. The name and fame of Malabar were well known for centuries. Those following history would vouch the importance and relevance of Malabar.
Kozhikode has a great significance in the world history itself. The European invasion to India was begun from here. When Vasco da Gama reached the shore of Malabar in the year 1498, it was marking a new chapter in the history. The Portuguese navigator's landing at Kappad in Kozhikode paved way for the colonial rule of India. It was also the discovery of an easy sea route to India from Europe. The Dutch, French and English merchants followed his path. They all slowly gained control of many provinces of India and India came under the rule of these countries. These rulings lasted for centuries until India got independence on August 15th, 1947. Soon, the British left India.
That is history. Why I narrated this portion here is just to highlight the historical importance of Kozhikode. At least every History students should understand the importance of Kozhikode for the above said reason. India's great history is very much related to Kozhikode or Calicut from the year 1498. History is a lengthy subject and may steal our time if started narrating. My purpose here is not to teach you history or to describe the tourism potentiality of Kozhikode. I promise I will write on the sightseeing features of this city on another occasion. Now I simply wish to state my reasons for my love for Kozhikode.
Structure of Kerala
Kerala has 14 districts. They are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. Kerala is often described as a state consisting of two major regions, that is the Southern part and the Northern part. The southern part is described as Travancore and the northern as Malabar. This is a rough description and unofficial too. These include the following districts: The Travancore: - Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur. The Malabar consists of Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. Thus, it is clear that Kozhikode is part of the Malabar region.
People of Malabar region are always considered to be the most lovable, hospitable and friendliest people. They like to mingle with others, help the needy and not at all self-centered The degree of these positive qualities are experienced the most in Kozhikode. This is a fact even people of other districts too admit. The Travancore people always praise the Malabarees and especially the Calicuters. They frankly admit the fact that this kind of love and cooperation they had never experienced in their land. They admitted these facts after their migration to this part for job and business purpose. They said that they enjoyed their life the most when they reached here. They also admitted that people of their region were not at all socializing or helping as the people here do.
As already told, the life in Malabar is something special or interesting. It is all the more so if you are in Kozhikode. The love, cooperation, sympathy, empathy of the Calicuters are so great. On these positive aspects, their toughest rivals are people of Malappuram. They too shower love and kindness. It would be interesting to share here that Malappuram was bifurcated from Kozhikode some years ago.
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The Fascinating Facts in Favor of Kozhikode
I need to explain what influenced my love for Kozhikode. A lot of factors I must say. Friendly people, their decent behavior, helping mentality, co-existence of different religious groups, their communal tolerance, great presence of well-known artists, its typical love for film, music, drama, Hindustani songs, football, etc. are some of the primary factors.
The citizens of Kozhikode are great music enthusiasts. They love songs of other regions and languages also. They are great fans of Hindi film songs. They also love Tamil songs. What may surprise you perhaps is they also follow the Pop music, Gazals, Punjabi songs, Sufi music, Classical music and even Arabic songs too. What makes me so wonder about Kozhikode is though it is Malayalam speaking region, the people here are hardcore fans of Hindi Film songs. After Mumbai, the largest number of fans for Mohammed Raffi, the greatest Hindi playback singer is from this city. Kishor, Mukesh, Lataji and SP Balasubramaniam too have great fans here.
Kozhikode was once the assembly ground of great drama-music-film artists. People of the literary world also had grand get together at some joints of the city. The great Malayalam writers such as M.T.Vasudevan Nair, S.K. Pottekkat and Vaikkom Mohammed Basheer were the residents of Kozhikode.
Like music, Kozhikode has another favorite hot choice. It is football. Kozhikode is known as the 'second Mecca of Football' after Calcutta. Calicut and Calcutta have similarity in their names. Interestingly, both these cities have a large number of fans also for the game.
After music and football, the name of Kozhikode is highly praised for food. The Kozhikodan Biriyani is so famous among the foodies. If you love a non vegetarian dish, Kozhikode is the best place in Kerala to please your taste buds. The 'Mappila cuisine' is so popular. The city has some great hotels to try your food-hunt.
One of the main attractions of Kozhikode is the 'Mananchira Square' and its crowded beach. A picture is worth more than thousand words. Sure, that is why I do not attempt here to describe the beauty of the beach and park of Kozhikode. I am sad to say that I feel pity of the land where there is no beach. What life without a beach to relax! We are lucky that we have a beautiful beach and it is the second longest one in India. Our weekend evenings are leisurely spent here. To give you a clear idea of these beauty spots, I have added some photos here. Please watch the same.
Some fine temples of Hindus, Buddhists and Parses, and ancient churches, mosques, and one Gurudwara, Kozhikode has shelter for almost all religions. Besides, a large number of North Indian people live here peacefully and they are reluctant to leave this peaceful land.
In the history text, Kozhikode or Calicut was described as "The Port of Truth". Centuries passed, but Kozhikode still retains that name and fame. It still holds its tradition and rich culture. The Zamorin's land is not only beautiful but also peaceful. And even at gun point too I will say I love Kozhikode. It is permanent love!