100 metres in 4500 seconds
That’s right. I am not talking about any race that I participated in. Caus at that pace even a tortoise would have comfortably beaten me. This was how long I had to wait outside the gate of Satyam Theatre yesterday night to go park my car. I reached the theatre around 9.15pm as I hadn’t bought tickets. As usual there was no plan, as to which movie we were heading to. I drive past the Noodle House and come near the gate, when the staff asks me to go take a u-turn and join the queue. I oblige and do that in a couple of minutes. My car was the 3rd from the gate. And the gate was closed. And suddenly, it started pouring gutters. Man, I haven’t seen raining this hard in Chennai for a while now. We waited patiently. 10 minutes. 20 minutes. A staff passes by, I roll down my windows and check with him. He tells me that they are waiting for the parking lot to get cleared as the previous show got over and promised that we will be right inside in 5 minutes. 20 minutes later, I was still stuck in the same god damn position though the main parking lot was empty by then. It was 10pm already.
Thank god, a cousin spootted me and had bought tickets for me. Just when things are about to move, a guy approaches from the opposite direction, slides his car right between us to make things only worse. Being the nice guy I’m, I give way to his hurried idiot and inch forward. We are inside the theatre complex finally. Still pouring. To my right was veteran actor T. Rajendar standing for his car to arrive. After another 5 minutes here we are at the mouth of the parking lot. The whole place is empty, but still we are made to wait there. A traffic policeman is also there and showering the choicest tamil words on theatre staff for causing this huge jam on the road. And at 10.35pm, finally I parked my car. Luckily the movie started only at 10.50pm, so we were sorta comforted. But this is bad traffic management from Satyam. They better get their act together. And like Vatsan said, it was Bad Corporate Ethics as my movie was at Subham and I perfectly agree with him on the state of the theatre.