Chennai: With Democratic candidate for the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris confident of her victory, the people of two villages in Tamil Nadu, which are native to her maternal grandparents, are eager to celebrate her win, an early Deepavali. The mood is upbeat at Thulasenthirapuram and Painganadu, tucked away in a corner of Tiruvarur district, a part of the fertile Cauvery delta region, and people are waiting only for a formal declaration that Kamala has won alongside Joe Biden to start celebrations.
The villagers have now kept firecrackers ready to hail a win for Kamala Harris, also a US Senator. Women are also planning to draw a mega rangoli in front of the village temple. "We have collected Rangoli powders in different colours and are planning to draw the image of Kamala Harris.
It is a matter of pride for the entire womenfolk," said Meenakshi, a housewife at Thulasenthirapuram. The people feel proud that their villages happen to be the native place of the grandparents of Kamala Harris.
The road leading to Thulasenthirapuram and Painganadu villages from nearby Mannargudi town is filled with wall posters and digital banners wishing a resounding win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Though it may sound strange, US presidential election results are an animated topic of discussion presently in this hinterland of Tamil Nadu in public places like tea stalls.