Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The South

What comes to your mind when you think of “The South”?  When I say The South, I mean the Southern part of the United States.
                   
Do you think of a classic movie like Gone With The Wind?
 
Or perhaps its Southern Hospitality…because the people are gracious, friendly, polite, and respectful.
 
Are you a foodie because Southern food is so yummy.
 
Or do just think of the Southern Girls because they are so beautiful and have that wonderful accent.  (Daisy Duke Y’all)
 
Perhaps you think of its history and the dark/ugly side of racial discrimination.
 
Does Martin Luther King come to mind and his struggle for civil rights through non-violence?
 
Maybe it’s George Wallace - the controversial Governor of Alabama.
 
Did you say entertainment? Let’s not forget the KING (ELVIS) is from The South as is Britney Spears.
 
Of course The South is also known for football - not soccer, not futbol but American football.  The South has most of the top high school teams in the nation.  And of course everyone knows that in college football The South RULES!  Especially the state of Alabama (Roll Tide!)
 
Now why am I writing about all of these things regarding The South? Well, we are visiting The South for the first time this week.  We are attending a wedding in Birmingham, Alabama and then we will stay back for a few extra days and visit Atlanta, Georgia.
 
See y’all after I return.
Yes, I said y’all. 
See, I already have a (wannabe) Southern accent.

35 comments:

  1. :) I find their accent so different. It surely reminds me of Gone with the Wind. Do write a post once you are back SG. Would love to hear what you felt about Alabama. Alabama reminds me of Forrest Gump -"Sweet home Alabama" :)

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  2. When I think of “The South”…I think of their largest state – TEXAS.
    When I think of Texas…I think of the great city of Dallas.
    When I think of Dallas…I think of my beloved football team – The Cowboys…and…and…a TV icon known as THE BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET!

    Regards,
    J.R. Ewing


    Man: Why are you dating J.R. Ewing?
    Woman: Because he is an extremely rich man.
    Man: Yes, but he’s also a very, very bad man.
    Woman: I don’t care. I want to date a very rich man.
    Man: Hey, I’m rich too. I make $1 million dollars a year.
    Woman: $1 million dollars? J.R. Ewing tips that much every year.

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  3. Thanks for your comments Ash. Though I will be in Birmingham only for 2 days, I will certainly write a post about what I felt about Alabama.

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  4. Thanks for your comments JR. Though you pay your advisors very well, I am glad I am not your lawyer. Remember, you told your brother Bobby to wake up your lawyer at 2 am in the morning. When Bobby objected, you said for the money you are paying, he (your lawyer) should be sleeping on your front porch.

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  5. Southerners have a peculiar way of referring to any soft drink as Coke, have met a couple of Southerners, namely Texans and Arkansans and their accent is what stands out so much. Have a safe n happy trip SG:)

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  6. Thanks for your comments Reshma. Yes, I know. In South, any soft drink is called Coke, ala any photocopy is called Xerox.

    One more thing. In South, drink means alcohol.

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  7. For me south means..temples..beautiful greenery..yummy food and spiritual educated people..

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  8. Thanks for your comments Renu. HaHaHa.

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  9. Hey..happy Journey...and have fun and enjoy.

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  10. Ahh , the accent. That is the first thing that strikes my mind when I hear "The South".
    A nice crisp post :)
    Enjoy your stay! :):)

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  11. Thanks for your comments Aakanksha. And, welcome to my blog. Please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.

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  12. Thanks for your comments Nikhil. And, welcome to my blog. That "Southern accent" is so lovely.

    Nikhil, please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.

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  13. There is such a vast difference? Interesting. On a totally different note, even in India, South is the best :-D

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  14. Thanks for your comments Ashwini. Girls in Southern India have sexy accent too? HaHaHa.

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  15. As I see in the map, it's easy to divide US into East and West. North and South division looks blurry to me. But I don't know any US history. Have a happy trip and why not take some pics on the streets there and post it for us to see?

    Destination Infinity

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  16. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. Will sure take a few photos in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, and post them here.

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  17. Enjoy your stay and do post few.photos of the place.

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  18. Thanks for your comments Rajlakshmi. Will sure do.

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  19. Thanks for the information about "The south". Although south is a direction, i treat it as a nickname for peninsular/southern india.

    Have a nice time with your family in "The south" and Waiting to read blog posts about it.

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  20. For me South is synonymous with Food and especially Dosa!! :P
    Enjoy your vacations and looking forward to your tales from The South! :)

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  21. KL's one gyanapeetham awardee poet's version-South means the feet of Mother India and north her head.

    Then east and west can be Her stretched hands.

    For me south means a corrugated-leaf like small state that lies with her friends TN and KN on the bed, built exclusively for them by their guardian the 'Indian Ocean'.

    Interesting post.Would like to visualize a that place through your travelogue on the journey.

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  22. As Renu says, South for us is South India, esp. Tamilnadu, which is famous for their unique ancient temples!

    I have read 'Gone with the wind' and seen the movie and loved it! Enjoy!

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  23. Thanks for your comments Asha. Will sure write a few words on my visit to the South.

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  24. Thanks for your comments Shilpa. You are correct. No matter what country it is, South is synonymous with food.

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  25. Thanks for your comments Sarala. Will write a few posts on my travel.

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  26. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. Will try to locate if there is any Indian temple in Birmingham or Atlanta.

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  27. I have never been there,though appreciate your sharing info.
    Enjoy yourself

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  28. I am southern, but not the american southern Lol.

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  29. Thanks for your comments Mr. Chowla. Will write a few posts on my visit.

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  30. Thanks for your comments Ms. Izdiher. And, welcome to my blog. I like all Southerners.

    Ms. Izdiher, please visit here as often as you can. Thanks.

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  31. I know little about Southern United states except that it practiced slavery, racial discrimination. I am not American and what I know is informed by history and literature. I am a great admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Liberties Movement. I have also read John Grisham ( though I really find American law very confusing) and I think these discrimination issues are still there simmering below. It is also the place of the KKK. Not much of a football fan ( sorry Soccer). Sorry I cannot think of anything good to say about the place -except probably the African American cooking from that region. It is very tasty!

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  32. going on holidays? to a place that is picturesque? A place that has lot for taste buds..ahem..have fun!

    And when u r back, post ur pics n the food pics too :P

    BTW, ur blogroll still displays my old post wherein I have posted new one last evening/same time...Tsch technology should reach u fast :P

    www.numerounity.com

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  33. I think of idlis and dosa's. Now, I think of coimbatore as my mom had knee replacement surgery there.


    I know you meant South of America, but then I ended up thinking of South of India!

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  34. Brimingham and a wedding - woww !
    Hope u had fun at wedding and bumped in to few intersting folks ;) South reminds me only the Sawwwth of India :)
    hav fun

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  35. Waiting for the post after your visit. Have a nice trip, and do post pictures.

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