Pondy Bazaar

Any festival in Chennai is incomplete without a trip to the shopping haven that is Pondy Bazaar.   Originally called ‘Soundarapandiyanaar Angaadi’, this got anglicised like many other things in Chennai.  Pondy bazaar is the place where you can go with a thousand rupees and still rake in the moolah for that money.   The…

Oh Emm Aar!! 

That’s how OMR is pronounced.   OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road) or the Rajiv Gandhi Salai, is one of the most happening places in Chennai.   Also perceived to be a youngsters haven, this road stretches from the MadhyaKailash junction to Mahabalipuram.  This was an arterial Road that once connected the small town of Mahabalipuram to…

Nirbhaya and Nightlife

Well, One of the most remarkable feature of Chennai as a city is that it is safer than many other metro cities.   With decent connectivity and helpful people, it is easy to survive in Chennai. When incidents of harassment and rapes were haunting the country’s capital, Chennai stood strong with its record of claiming…

Half-Way Mark- Update

It has been quite an experience blogging my way through the A to Z Challenge Thinking about topics, checking if the topic would be fine to be written about, the reception among the readers, the new friends, reading my fellow bloggers’ posts etc have been amazing so far. It is making me a better person and…

Margazhi

Madras or Chennai, is incomplete without the famed “Margazhi” festival. Margazhi is a tamil month which falls roughly between the 15th of December and 14th of January. This month is famous for Fine arts, in Chennai. Numerous sabhas organise concerts and programmes classical dance and music. It is a month filled with music and dance all…

Light House

L is for Life and Love, which is abundant in Chennai. Next in list comes the Light house. Located in the end of the Promenade on the Marina beach, this Light house is an icon in the city’s landscape. It is one of those lighthouses that are well within the city limits. This lighthouse has…

Kabali and Kaapi

Two topics that are very close to my heart. Kabali refers to Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore, Chennai and Kaapi is, of course, our own filter coffee.   Mylai Kapaleeswarar temple is a temple build for Lord Shiva.  Legend says that this temple is equivalent to Mount Kailash among many other interesting stories.   Located in…

Jam Bazaar

This is a guest post by my close friend Raji.  I was asked to do a post on J by Megha. I was a bit clueless. Ofcourse the first J word related to Chennai that came to my mind was Jaam Bajaar (Actually spelled as Zam Bazaar) Even a few of my friends suggested that word….

Idli

Ready for a gastronomic delight??  This is about the staple tamil breakfast named ‘idli’. Made of wet batter of rice and lentils and left to ferment overnight, this food item is among the most nutritious of the lot.   I love idli.  Mainly because of the metamorphosis it is capable of.  You can have it…

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

Chennai is known for its weather which goes along these exact words- Hot, Hotter, hottest.   It’s true.   The normal weather here on any given day is upwards of 33 degrees Celsius.  Summer is scorching with temperatures ranging anywhere between 37-42 degrees.  People have acclimatised themselves to this heat and have been enjoying the…

Gilma

Gilma is a slang word in Tamilnadu used to denote anything related to Sex.   Tamilnadu has many slangs of Tamil. From Chennai in the north to Tuticorin in the south, people identify themselves with the tone, the words and the accents that they speak.  Gilma is one such ‘modern’ word which intends to convey…

Fort and FDFS

The two terms in the title are not connected.  Fort here refers to the St. George’s fort and FDFS refers to the tradition of ‘First Day, First Show’ in the realm of movies.   St. George’s Fort This iconic structure can be claimed as the Father of Chennai.  Once upon a time, the English built…