How do you start a community publication in a town that is going through prolonged economic stress, watching a national crisis from afar, but with immediate repercussions for those close to home? Through storms, cyclones, poor connectivity, and lockdowns, as well as the demands of social distancing, around 50 of us planned, shaped and contributed to this pilot issue, Zoom meeting after meeting, dropped call after dropped call, in and around Kodaikanal—and, across the world. (One well-wisher attended her first virtual meeting ever, to join this conversation—hopefully we will get her back, soon!)
We made time to create The Kodai Chronicle even as many certainties shifted around us. Perhaps this made the need to communicate and set things down for posterity even more profound. Perhaps we were crazy.