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Monday, April 9, 2012

Singara Chennai!


Not Just for the IPL, Always :-) 


I’m Proud to tell people that I’m from Chennai. I like everything associated with the place. From Marina to Sathyam, From Chepauk to OMR (The Butterfly Building :-D ), I love the active life people lead here. The loud chatter, the constant honking, the noisy crowds of T Nagar are something I’m so used to  that sometimes I miss them, during my late night drives or during public holidays. The constant sound proves that people are always active and so full of life here.

The spicy food, the bhajjis from Marina, the snacks from the shop outside Alsa Mall, the Chaat corners, the Kwality walls Ice cream, the Temples, the Parks and playgrounds all over the city, The MRTS, Island Grounds,Pondy Baazar, Express Avenue, City Center, Ampa Skywalk, Kathipara Grade Separator,ECR, Chennai Super Kings, have their own special place in the map of Chennai, and they make life in Chennai so comfortable ,enjoyable and worthwhile.

 I was recently talking to a friend about something in general when all of a sudden she said, “You know, you are not like most of others in Chennai”. I was shocked. And angry. How dare she says something that way and insults me. She further went on to say that I was not as self centered  as others whom she had met.  It took more than a minute for my brain to register the fact , that she was actually complimenting me. As a person, I was happy, but then, as a true child of Chennai, I was offended. How could she generalize on something like that?

The same day, I left office later than I usually leave and I realized I’d just missed by bus. So I was left with two options, either to wait for another 30 minutes for the next bus, or try some other alternate mode of transport. I decided to take a share auto to Thiruvanmiyur. On the way, I had a doubt regarding the point where I had to board the bus. My fellow passenger, politely and patiently told me where would be the right place for me to get down would be Madhya Kailash and he even told me what buses I should board, to reach my destination. I thanked him . My mind was preoccupied with something else and I got down at Tidel Park, a stop before the one where I should have actually got down.

I was wondering why there were no buses that way. Finally after a few minutes, a bus came to the stop and I asked if it would go to T Nagar.The conductor said it wouldn’t go that way. Just then, a lady who saw me asking the conductor, called me and told that to board buses which go to T Nagar I would have to go to the next stop, since buses from Thiruvanmiyur depot would come that way. I thanked her again, and took another share auto and reached Madhya Kailash. In another few minutes, I boarded the bus.

It doesn’t end here. Luckily for me, I found a seat which wasn’t occupied and sat down, tired. Just then the person sitting next to me asked, if by any chance I was at Karapakkam bus stop. I was taken aback and said “Yes, I was there some time back”. He smiled and said that, He had seen me at the bus stop. He further said that if I’d waited for another 15 minutes I could have boarded the bus and  be briefed me about the various buses and the timings. I thanked him again.

I was lucky enough to meet 3 Good Samaritans, all in one day. If we ask for help, 9 on 10 people will help p us. If we are lucky to come across that one other person, we can’t go around blaming everyone , or the whole city for that matter, can we?

Once, when I was stuck in traffic, I asked the auto driver next to me, the reason for the traffic. He told me that the Traffic police were trying to regulate traffic after many roads were made “one-way-entry”. He asked me where I had to go. I told him the destination, and he very clearly told me a route, that would take me to my destination, without having to worry about the new traffic diversions. I thanked him for his help.

Another day, the signal was just about to turn green and the pedestrians who wanted to cross were rushing by, the traffic police, on seeing that I wanted to cross the road, deliberately asked the vehicles to wait for a few more seconds even after the signal had turned green, to allow me to cross the busy junction. I thanked him and walked to the bus stop.

And some people still say the people of Chennai are selfish? God Save Them!

I agree that, everyone likes their city, the best. We are actually so possessive about our cities that we do not take criticism about our places too well. Yes, Chennai might not be the Utopian world, but we try and make it the best place for us and we like it the way it is. There are problems everywhere, not just in one city. Each place has its own share of positive and negative aspects. You can either choose to look at the beauty or crib about its imperfections. 


We aren't bothered about the flaws, because we are too busy loving our Chennai , for the way it is and not for the way it could be.

63 comments:

  1. Good Ashwini - Well said about Chennai

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    1. Thank you :-), As a True Chennaite, You would know how beautiful it is here :-)

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  2. everyone has its positive as well as negative points...great post...I seriously loved it... :)

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  3. Hey! Super, it was a pleasure reading it till the very end....

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  4. :-) This is one is a nice one! Agree, everybody loves thier city and are fiercely protective about it. Weird how people make assumptions just by meeting couple of people from that city. I mean common, it is more of an issue with the person than the city, isn't it?

    Yet to visit Chennai!

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    1. Yes, it's so weird and Irritating, the way people make their own assumptions about everything, just by meeting a few others. Everyone has their favorite, there is no sense of being right, or wrong.

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  5. Liked the passionate post on Chennai, Ash. Somehow this city has never scored on me. I like parts of it and this is the city I have lived in for most of my years but still something about Chennai gets on my nerves. In spite of having lived in Bombay for only 10 years, Bombay remains close to me. The relationship between people and places is very complex. Sometimes whn I begin to think of places, I find myself with memories.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Yes Susan, Every one has their own opinion and their own choices. Just because you said you like Mumbai better, would it be fair on my part to accuse you for not liking Chennai? As long as one doesn't enforce their opinion on others, I don't see a reason for argument. Yes, some special places, have special memories etched in our hearts :-)

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  6. I too love Chennai, T Nagar, Besant Nagar,Marina beach, Murgan Idli, people, noise, temples, so many nice things:)

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    1. Ah, Nice to have someone from another place say that. Thank you Sir :-)

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    2. Its great to know Ji.. Oh you love Murugan Idli? WOW!

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  7. Generally fellow passengers and the passersby in the road are very helpful. My grouse is the lack respect that the bus conductors have for passengers and the exorbitant charges that auto drivers outside Central Station charge on visitors from rest of Tamilnadu in the early morning.

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    1. I completely agree with you sir, specially with the conductors, Though the situation is slowly changing for the better. And Auto rates are exorbitantly high, for that matter, at any time of the day!

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  8. Nice Read :) Pouring out your love for Chennai

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  9. HEYYYaaaa :) Chennaiiii Super kings fan here :D
    Loved the post thoroughly, agree with the major things you stated :)


    Vaazthukkal :)

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    1. Mikka Nanri :-)
      Chennai Vaazhga!
      CSK Vaazhga :-)

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  10. Yay!! Chennai... Come on Ashwini give me a Hi-5 I am from Chennai too and I looovvveee Chennai..!! I have received the same compliment as you did and felt equally offended too.People say that because first we are conservation as compared to other parts of India and the language makes our accent rude but we are not rude as such. I miss Idly, vada, pongal when I go to Delhi similarly they miss Chapathi and Paneer butter masala here.. I miss speaking tamizh they miss speaking Hindi and their respective languages.. I miss my people they do the same way... I don't complain because I am matured enough to understand that I am not in Chennai maybe they will take sometime! Great post loved it a lot!! Kudos to my saga Chennaivazh !

    Loved your post!

    P.S - I Prefer calling it Madras! :)

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    1. Cheers Gayathri :-)
      Yes, Each of us can relate well to certain places, and for the people from Chennai, we just can't stop showing off or speaking about our magnificent city, everything associated with it, makes it a very special place!

      Thank you :-)

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  11. Really well written, could relate a lot to what you have put down here because I get this sweeping generalization every single time about being not as self centered or introvert as regular Chennai-ites, whatever that's supposed to mean.

    I was going to write a similar piece too based on an argument I almost got myself into with some of my friends who take pleasure in putting down other cities while trying to glorify their own. Maybe I will get down to writing it, thanks for the push.

    You've done Madras proud; it'll always be Madras to me, Chennai somehow sounds distant.

    Cheers :)

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    1. I'm not sure if I've done Madras Proud, But I definitely feel proud to be a part of Madras :-).
      Yes, looking at a few, people tend to generalize. It's got more to do with the mindset of the people, that what it is actually.

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  12. I don't understand why people go on branding people. I have never been to the city but I read on Sujatha's blog and it has a lot of character which anyone who is residing should be proud of.

    Also who is flawless???

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    1. Exactly My thoughts Saru. Who is flawless? Every one has their own share of positives and negatives, what is the use if we keep pin pointing on the negatives, we would left alone with being able to enjoy anything.

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  13. thanks ashwiniji 4 those consoling words..and sorry for late reply.just returned to sharjah..am really touched..will stay connected:)

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    1. Thank you Ramesh ji for dropping by. THank you :-)

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  14. Have you seen that Marina movie song 'Singara Chennai'? Really good na? I love Chennai too - can't be bothered to waste time on people who are so narrow-minded to look only at flaws!

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    1. Yes Anne. I have seen that song, Every bit of it, makes me want to shout out to everyone, That I'm proud to be from Chennai. Yes, as I said, we aren't bothered by those narrow minded people ,right?

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  15. Have to admit, the CSK picture on the top almost pulled me to open the post. I'm an ardent supporter of CSK from the season 1 :D

    About the post- It's again a very neatly written post. What I most liked about it is the fact that you spoke about all the positive aspects of the city. I have never been to Chennai. Few friends are there.... They keep calling me. And yeah I seriously want to visit Marina beach. Heard a lot about it :) :)

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    1. Ha, another CSK fan? Always good to meet a CSK Fan :-)
      And Please come and visit our Chennai, you will fully enjoy the experience :-)

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    2. Yes!! An ardent CSK supporter. Ashwin, Raina and Morkel are my fav. However, CSK is second in the list after Mumbai Indians! I just can't see Sachin Tendulkar on the loosing side. Bangalore comes third :D

      My colleagues almost killed me 2 days back when I was rooting for CSK in a match against Bangalore. That was some match, one of the Best I saw in T20. :)

      And yeah I would love to visit Chennai :)

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    3. Yea, I want to see Tendulkar play well and CSK win :-)

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  16. I have never visited Chennai but I do know its a great city. I have many Tamil speaking friends who are from TN, also from Chennai. I hear great things about the city. Great post Ash, we all love our cities. Your passion for your city is clearly visible in this post. :)

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    1. Yes Akshay, Don't we all love our City? There are a lot of things happening here, do visit Chennai when you can :-)

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  17. Nice to find a fellow fan of Chennai!Its a very good city been there a lot of times but often in transit. never really got a chance to roam around the city. It especially looks beautiful from the sky, that I can vouch for.

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    1. Oh, Thank you so much :-) I'm sure you would enjoy place, even when you are in Chennai :-)

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  18. this has been one of your most passionate outbursts in recent times. as far as i can remember! the post is high on emotion which was really nice because as we go on reading the entire write-up we get involved with you & your perspective

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    1. Yes Sujatha. Thanks to my friend, I got to write this lovely post and got a chance to speak about My City :-)

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  19. Awesome post.. :) Loved reading it.. :)

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  20. Whoohooo! Chennai bondings...same pinch Ash :)
    I agree to everything. I am a hard core - die hard - Chennaiitte. Love and have fond memories of all the places you listed.
    I've lived there for 25 years and never even once I came across such "Self-centred" people. I get awfully frustrated when anyone complains about chennai, as if they come from NY or paris! I see this attitude that people generalise chennaiittes a lot. They say we are conservative, stubborn and now self-centred.
    Anyways,in such times I just remember one sentence "Sooriyana parthu naai koraikardhu" (hope u understand).
    CSK rocks! Chennaikku visil podu!

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  21. Ha. I just Luved the way you mentioned' people complain about chennai as if they come from NY or Paris'. Very True. :-)
    And your quote, expressed what I felt while writing the post.
    CSK ku periya whistle :-)
    Chennai ku oru Periya whistle :-)

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  22. wow... how did I miss this post. :) Brilliantly written as usual. First you brought Chennai alive in front of my eyes. And then you paid a tribute to its spirit. If we ask for help, most of the people would oblige. Very well said and so true. People tend to generalize and assume a lot of things. I am from Pondicherry and Chennai is like second home to me and I loved this post all along. :)

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  23. Thank you Raj :-) Glad that my words brought Chennai to your mind and eyes. I'm honoured at that compliment :-) Thank you :-)

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  24. your native is chennai ? nice blog can feel everything you told about chennai chance less

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    1. Hi Madhumitha :-)
      Yes, I'm from, chennai :-)
      Thank you :-)

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    2. hai nice to meet u and glad to know we are all from chennai yipee:) :)

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  25. Ashwini, I dont think being selfish is related to any city.. Selfish people are there everywhere.. Sometimes the same selfish people can be selfless too! The way you love Chennai, I love Mumbai :) Maybe its more emotional than logical..

    PS: Would love to see Mumbai Indians beating Chennai Super Kings, What say?? :D

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    1. It's just plainly Emotional Binu :-)
      And yes, if I were from Mumbai, I would have loved to see MI beat the other Clubs ;-)

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  26. Its great to know your sweet encounters with good Samaritans. First, ppl should check about themselves before cribbing about others. If you're not a good Samaritan, how can you expect others to be good and the overall city?!

    Yes we are connected emotionally (at least I am) to our cities and we tend to overlook the flip side as we are busy loving what we like the most! Even most of my encounters with ppl are damn good barring few.

    Ok now I need "I love Chennai" tshirt! :)

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    1. Well Said Anand. Be the person you want others to Be. And yes, I would like a "I Love Chennai" T shirt too :-) Cheers :-)

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  27. It's a great read Ash! Fully of emotional outbursts and I wholeheartedly buy each and every point mentioned here :)

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    1. Only another Chennaite would understand the emotions behind every word. Glad that you did :-)

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  30. Awesome post!!!
    Loved reading it!
    I just live in Chennai but I was not born in Chennai
    But I love it like my homeland Trichy.....
    Especially this line touches my heart" WE are too busy....."
    But I recently read a post and I'm against it
    The link:http://goindia.about.com/b/2009/10/14/chennai-most-hated-indian-city.htm
    If any chennaite would read this they would definitely would get on the bloggers nerve
    I just couldn't think of such a thing in the blog( please read the blog by following the above link)

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