J.A.Prufrock on Madras

J. Alfred Prufrock was in Chennai – nee – Madras not very long back and describes the city. I shall take the liberty to quote him here, seeing as how this is the Chennai Metroblog.

On the way back I stopped for a kaapi at a hole-in-the-wall. Right next to another glass-front (blue on brown. Jesus wept!), the Hotel Manhattan. Complete with the “Brooklyn Coffee Bar and Diner”. Next door, four men sat on newspapers spread across the pavement. They weren’t playing cards or even talking, just sitting there watching the morning. Or perhaps they were waiting for somebody. I got good coffee, service with a smile and free advice on whether to take an auto back to the hotel (now that the sun is up). Come to think of it, everybody who’s been of service to me in Chennai has smiled. Wide, brilliant smiles. I’m beginning to like Chennai.

Three cheers then, for Chennai.

2 Comments so far

  1. SLN (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 1:34 am


    Just another blogger with a personal opinion, albeit +ve on Chennai for a change. Am I missing something of significance here?


  2. nandhu (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    it’s well written that’s what…

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