Zebra Crossing

We all know what a Zebra Crossing is, don’t we? Chennai is known for its signal junctions and busy roads. Everybody always seems to be in a hurry which is known by the incessant honking in signals, even before the lights turn green. The dilemma of how and when to cross the road has been…

YOLO- Chennai Saga

I am back with the “slango” language and I am taking the liberty of using YOLO, which means You Only Live Once.  This is a pensive post, which in a way describes my life in Chennai since 2010. It is going to be a short narrative, which apparently has to be done. Also, I racked…

Xtra Silra

The blog prompt for this comes from my ever vibrant friend Buroos who lives and breathes Chennai. Many cities have their own rules, which might even indicate borderline OCD and obsession. Chennai is no exception to that trait. From “Avoid Rajnikanth and Oh Bangalore so great” to ” CSK is supreme”, Chennai city has its own…

We, The People of Chennai

This post is a memory. A very precious one, which would find place as a seperate chapter in my autobiography, if I ever write one that is. I realised “We” for the first time, when my beloved city was being pounded by rains, in November- December 2015. It was a daunting time for all of…

Vanakkam Chennai!

Imma Chennai City Gangsta!! 😛 Before you guys think I am crazy enough to say this, let me say I am. Chennai means that much to me. Besides having a bazillion memes that glorify Chennai and its people ( Chennai is a name, Madras is an emotion!!), this city is a pleasure to live in,…

Ulaga Nayakan

When one can go and write about the style factor, one should also write about the talent factor. That is what fairplay teaches us. Who else can fit into the tag of ‘Ulaga Nayakan’ better than Padmashri Kamal Hassan? Born in the southern town of Paramakudi, Kamal Hassan has been around, in the filmdom, since…

Tea Kadai Bench

Tea Kadai Bench indicates the benches put outside the tea shops in South India. In this part of the country, this is not just a mere aspect of timepass. It is much more than that. Tea kadai benches are the places were the menfolk in the rural areas catch up with the latest news and…

Sowcarpettai

This post has been written by a good friend Kishor.  He is a story teller and a very talented person who has an inclination towards comedy and movies.  His posts can be read at Blind Man’s Bluff and you can check his videos out at “Moving Images” on YouTube.  Sowcarpettai – First thing that comes to mind…

Rajnikanth

This post is about the one and only thalaivar (leader) for the film crazy population down south, Rajnikanth.   Born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, thalaivar hails from humble backgrounds.  His rags-to-riches story is very similar to many of his onscreen avatars.  He brought in a distinct style into the Tamil filmdom, which till date is…

Quarter Bottle

Good news or bad news, the one thing that remains a constant in the variable equation that is life, is the Quarter Bottle, a.k.a alcohol.   Tamilnadu has its alcohol market regulated in a weird way.  The liquor in the state is supplied by TASMAC, which is a state owned enterprise.  The bars and retail…

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…