It is an exhilarating feel to just talk about my city Chennai, my home since birth, inspite of brief transfers to other places. I am so reminded of this promo song for a movie called Marina “Vanakkam Vazha Vaikkum Chennai”, a classic description of all our facets, good or otherwise.
A Visual Treat…
- The Marina beach – One can just look at the ocean and keep looking at it, lost in thoughts, for as long as need be. I especially love the view from the Citi Centre terrace!!
- The EA, Citi Centre, Skywalk, (age old) Spencers – movies with friends, hangouts, window shopping (sometimes leading to empty wallets too!)
- Benches on the suburban railway platforms, particularly toward the end, where the stretch of the train does not extend to – occupied by couples who might stare back at you for invading their privacy 😛
- People’s attire ranging from madisars, veshtis with t-shirts, lungis, formals with ties, jeans and kurtis, and maybe even kaavi-udai will never go out of place here.
- Over-flowing buses and share-autos… Autos that have meters just like wall-hangings… inevitable traffic due to some major construction (yesterday it was Kathipara, today it is Metro Rail, tomorrow something else…)
These things can never be found in any other city in the world, but Singaara Chennai!!
The Slang Effect…
Well I aint talking only about the Madras slang, I think the previous writers in the tablog have extensively described the “ootla soltu vantiya”, “saavu grakki” stuff…
However, did you know the less popular ones like “nadu-centre, seri-ok, but-aana, side-orama…” types pleonasm (multiple words with the same meaning) lingos that existed among us?! We all have used atleast one at some point of time, right! 😛
‘Then Vandhu Payum’ Effect…
In response to a general opinion that I will write about music, I am.
However grand a music festival happens elsewhere in the world, Chennai is the city still synonymous with sabhas, kutcheris, ARR… It is only here you can find a sabha per street, all of them jam-packed with professional and aspiring musicians, connoisseurs and aficionados of Carnatic classical music from all over the world, especially during the month of december. Scientists should plan to invent a time-turner (Harry Potter style) specially to help the listeners attend all their favourite musicians’ concerts in all sabhas, even if they have to be at multiple places at the same time!
We get to hear standard music not just from these sabhas, but in the unlikeliest places ranging from parties in 5-star hotels to a blind-fellow in the suburban train.
The Olfactory Pollution Effect…
For the sense of smell, I might have mentioned the aroma of the filter coffee aka degree coffee (adhuvum B.E mudichirukkumo!), or Saravana Bhavan, or flower stalls in front of temples, but nope… There is more.
A city constantly expanding limits, has one big drawback, and we simply tolerate it, ignore it, lament about it. That is all. The dumpyards, the Coovam river and drying stagnant lakes. I have been a victim of the bad olfactory effect throughout my Chennai tenure, because my school was opposite to a cemetary; an open landfill on the way to college; and a massive dumpyard / lake opposite to office 🙁 The latest trend is to get prepared and don stoles/ scarves/ dupattas, so that when we cross these spots, we can simply cover our noses!
The Chennai Feel…
I definitely feel bad when the non-Chennai people blame this place for the silliest reasons. Tamil language, water, color, traffic, dirt, movie-heroes, backwardness/forwardness and what not… All I have to say here is: People, she endures/supports you. She may be conservative, but she has not chucked you out. She tolerates you, please try to reciprocate, if not atleast appreciate that.
It is in Chennai, you will find that even the most educated, and invariably wise people are involved in hero worship, viz., Rajinikanth-ism, Sachin-ism, Vijay-ism, Dhoni-ism…
Also it is only here can we have such a group of fun-loving, friendly and happening blogger community such as the Chennai Bloggers Club, that I am glad to be a part of. Kudos to the CBC, the Tablog, Chennai and its bloggers! Hip Hip Hurray!!!!
Over to Jothivel Moorthi, whose post can be found here, and who likes to be introduced as someone who never blogs 😉
– Until next,