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 place used to be lined with shops on the pavements on either sides of the road till a few years back.  Latest fashion jewellery and clothing, bags, shoes, books and other goods used to be sold here.  Now all those shops have been moved to a multistoreyed building on one of the sides of the road.  

This place also has a lot of branded shops and many small outlets that sell tasty sweet corn kernels and ice creams.  
Pro tip-

1. Check out the sweet corn with a dash of butter and pepper. 

2. Bargaining is the key.  Don’t feel bad, because the prices would normally be factored in for the bargain.  

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