Any American on seeing this would say “Chaos Theory on Practice”.
Well I say “Welcome to Chennai ” a.k.a Heaven
The city which has seen sea of changes over past decade. Chennaites are no more willing to carry a tag of “Conservative crowd”. There are shopping malls and multiplexes springing up different parts of the city. The roads get more cramped by the day (After all its Detroit of Asia). Finally construction for the Metro Rail which seemed to be distant dream has started. This has raised the hopes of hassle free travel inside the city and dependence on personal vehicles could be reduced.
There is nothing like when India wins major cricket match. The celebrations roar from North to South. Its like a Dewali day with crackers , kids on a victory march and people at home celebrating with sweets … wow what more is needed . Chepauk has always been a favorite hunting ground for the Little Master. This has been like a home away from home for him. The win would be the talk of the town where everyone from the office to kids in school. All works would come to stand still and sharing thoughts on this victory would be of more priority. Here is a crowd which astonished the cricketing world by giving standing ovation to Pakistani players when India was defeated in a test match. Where else this would happen ?. Leave alone Pakistan, can anyone imagine Australian crowd doing the same if Aussies lost ashes series??
The most famous and one of the proudest assets of Chennai is the Marina beach which is converging point. The beautiful view of never ending sea and the moon above it has been a great attractions for nature lovers and lovers who are in search of privacy. This is the place which made me feel uncomfortable when I realized we were the only two people of same sex together. ( What was meant to be a reunion of two old friends ). Hollywood scenes of intimacy are put to shame here, in some cases by couples whose age when put together would come around 75 to 80.
If you notice any of the following happen around you, you can be sure you are in Chennai.
-> Everyone right from a cobbler to an executive everyone has an opinion about politics.
-> Almost all people around you are fans of either Rajinikant or AR Rehman or Manirathnam
-> Cricket is more than a game, it’s a religion in fact. Sachin Tendulkar’s posters would be worshiped as idol. (Off late Dhoni has entered the scene)
-> If its shopping then its T Nagar, even for people far away from Chennai, (thanks to urban agglomeration )
-> All roads lead either to Mylapore or auditoriums when it comes to music festival (don’t be surprised if CEO of a famous Cola company sits beside you enjoying Carnatic music )
-> Banners of heroes being drenched with milk on releasing day
-> Tamil spoken in such a way that it would bring tears in tamil lover’s eyes
Dedicated to Chennai which celebrates its 370th birthday. The city around which my life has revolved.