Just to build on the earlier post by Biswanath, Do you have a favourite Chennai/Madras stereotype? Conservative; old-world; tradition meets modernity; provincial; coffee; tam-bram; Mylapore; Carnatic music; Soul. All this and more get big-point-size headline treatment in the Week‘s Chennai beat supplement.
So, what is your favourite Chennai stereotype? And what do you think of them?

5 Comments so far

  1. ASHOK (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    My favourite one is that ppl in North think that all Southies are veggies…..the common remark here is that he is a veggie because he is a southy….I wld like to show these guys todays Hindu which reports that TN has only 8% veg pop compared to 48% in Punjab and 60% in Haryana….so guys all southies are not veggies

  2. hari (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    All southies are veggies come from the point that all southies settled elsewhere are mostly veggies

  3. shek (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 12:47 am

    Tamil brahmins are not as stereotyped as they are normally believed to be.Nowadays one witnesses expletives from their mouths.Check out the tam-brams in the age range of 20 to 30 and u’ll know.

  4. phantom363 (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    the obsession with first decoction peaberry filter kaapi: this one is that is a pure madras craze, that cuts across all economic and social groups. they might not want to make the effort for a good meal, but almost everyone will be more than willing to boil the milk, get the freshest custom ground beans and grind it fresh before each partake. only coffee seems to bring out such fanaticism! but we can take comfort that there are other groups around the world who are as much obsessed with java ie the italians, the austrians to name a few. :)

  5. hopikrishnan (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 9:18 am

    first decoction peaberry filter coffee ? Now you are talking Tam-Bram and not Chennai — and this is mostly a private fetish known to the insiders. For non-B guests, they give barista or the 2nd (3rd) decoction and let them assume that tam-bram coffee is just like everyone else’s – coffee powder boiled with water in a kadai and decanted into hot milky water.

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