Chennai is cool at last!

It’s true! Step out early in the morning and it is deliciously cool. I take Sam, my doggy friend, for his walk every morning. You can notice a temperature change the moment you step out- a lot cooler than inside the house. It’s also slightly damp, and, as you continue walking, you will find a stealthy cold feeling settling on your shoulders!

As you continue on, you notice a few other things: the sky is pale blue with some fluffy white clouds; the sky an angry red towards the East; and the sunlight a pale yellow light settling on the wall and trees. Even as you walk into the sunlight, there’s only a gentle warmth. None of the hot, cloying, sticky feeling of summer! This is the time of year I really love. Hopefully it will remain like this well into February.

It is also the time when The Other Festival on, with an eclectic mix of dance, theatre, music, mime et al from all over the world that is very edgy and alternative in style. Then there’s the Pantomime, that much loved Chennai tradition gifted the city every year by Ayesha Rau and The Little Theatre. Followed by the Chennai carnatic music season, as well as dance and other cultural activities. As well as various activities leading up to Christmas and New Year that make up ‘The Season’.

Shops are brightly decorated, especially the Landmark stores that have set the benchmark for some years now. Hotel lobbies also brightly decorated for the Season, each better than the other, and brightly lit from outside. Most public places play Christmas carols and music associated with this time of year. Entire stretches of road are lit with fairy lights wrapped around the avenue trees, such as Nungambakkam High Road and Thyagaraya Road.

Starting from the first Sunday of December, it is also the Advent season, as the churches in the city focus on the prophecies and events leading up to the birth of Christ. This is also a time of joyful singing of traditional hymns, carols and songs right up to Christmas. Many churches are decorated with the Nativity scene, the scene of the birth of Christ with the manger. Many also have a camp fire celebration, with songs, games and skits, followed by a dinner in the cool weather.

It s a time of year that I love. A time when Chennai comes into its own. Come, celebrate!

16 Comments so far

  1. JoeV (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 2:42 am

    An article dedicated to “Chennai Coolness” and not a word being mentioned about the temperature.
    Happy Holidays!!


  2. sj (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 5:33 am

    The only season Chennai seems to have any cultural activity throughout the whole year which is traditionally part of its culture (its real culture) not some multi cultural event that people rant and rave about down here.


  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 8:08 am

    Chennai’s wonderful music culture goes on all year and never stops.

    Just that this is the time of year when many people feel an obligation to actually go and see it, to pay to see artists that they could see free during the rest of the year, and to behave even more badly, as they sit and chat among themselves, come and go during the music, and make a mass rush for the door during at the start of the thani.

    The weather is great. My AC machine can take rest except for an occasional bed-time blast to de-humidify the air.

    But, despite the day time temperature not making it above the low thirties, there is a fierceness in the light that has made me dig out my sunglasses.


  4. bejharboy (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    and, can one forget the sabha canteens, and their yum-yum palagarams?, or for that matter, the christmas special cakes?
    December – a Chennai food enthusiast delight


  5. sj (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    Yeah all year round right, and the majority of the people in these music fucntions are not from Chennai also did you know that? Chennai is unable to produce any real music talent besides AR Rahman, one thing from a very large list of things that Chennai is unable to do.


  6. adrian (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    Hello everbody, I have visited Chennai recently and I can say that I was diappointed I was expecting more from Chennai. When I visited Spencer Plaza at Music world I was treated quite rudely by the staff working there. He asked me a series of odd questions like where I was from them he said I spoke funny, which i found strange.

    Quite disappointed with the way Chennaiites treat people from other parts of TN. I hate Chennaities attitudes they think they are better than the rest of TN. I certainly wont be coming back here if I don’t have too.


  7. Anjana (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Hi
    As a Chennaiite Adrian, I apologise for the way you were treated. However let me tell you that it is by no way the norm here and I hope you do return to Chennai sometime and change your mind.
    SJ, is it really necessary to be so offensive and rude in all your comments? You are entitled to your opinions but it is not required to express them so often.


  8. Guy (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

    Somebody told me that petrol bombs were thrown near Ayodhya Mandapam in TNagar and one person died. Any info?


  9. Ganesh (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

    I think there are NO MODERATORS for the Chennai Metblogs.

    There are no posting guidelines that are followed here.

    The last time I checked the Terms of Service they had a Troll Policy.

    Are the Chennai Metblog authors listening?


  10. nandhu (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    ganesh, thanks. here’s the troll policy. but am not sure how that’s gonna stop the guys from being rude over here.

    “As Metroblogging is striving to create a welcoming and comfortable online community, it does not welcome attack, harrassment, or any other “bad behaviour” by users. In the event of attack or harrassment by a user, especially in the case of users posting comments to Metroblogging sites using fake names or trying to cover up their identity, Metroblogging reserves the right to use any information provided by the user including name, e-mail address, IP address or other personaly identifying information to stop such harrassment. Metroblogging feels strongly that people who hide behind fake names are big chickens.”

    -the troll policy.


  11. Sudha (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 4:22 am

    Nandhu,

    Hi. Are you implying that we don’t have a troll problem?
    I can point out one regular troll who frequently posts the most crude comments under multiple names. His negative comments add almost no value to the post in question and he can never maintain decency in an argument.

    Quoting the Metroblogging Troll policy,

    As Metroblogging is striving to create a welcoming and comfortable online community, it does not welcome attack, harrassment, or any other bad behaviour by users..

    Metblog author Biswanath Ghosh has been attacked repeatedly in most of his posts on this metblog. The same troll also abuses other users who try to have a sensible debate.

    Whats even more funny is that the troll that claims to be an upholder of Tamil culture is incompetent in Tamil. He’s clearly a fake posting crap here. His posting is to incite North/South flame wars or to say something caustic about Chennai all the time.

    There you have it. Attack, harassment and of course, bad behaviour.

    I’m sure you’re aware of all this. Please look through the archives for evidence of every one of the activities I’ve mentioned.

    Sincerely,
    Sudha


  12. nandhu (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 7:55 am

    all i am saying is having a policy doesnt mean metblog authors can stop the trolls. we have a policy. we dont want people to be rude to us. but many frequently are, including the one u mention. question is what do we do about them? do we ignore them and move on or do we try and block the person or delete comments not relevant to the discussion. i am not trying to say that we dont have a troll problem. we quite obviously do. i rather say the trolls have a problem, anyways.


  13. d (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    Thanks Nandhu. I missed responding to the posts about the trolls. Sudha, up to now we have either ignored or reasoned with the trolls. Perhaps its time we did something more drastic. I’d say its a good topic for discussion at the metblogs authors meet Nandhu. Lets ensure that we discuss this and take a decision. Thanks again Sudha and Ganesh. Its good to know that tyhere are concerned readers who are willing to speak up! Why dont you join us for the meet?


  14. ACLUmember (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    For fairness I like to hear loud noises about bad authors too.

    My favourite authors here are:

    Pavithra S
    Lavanya
    Theenavan
    Biswananth Ghosh
    Nandu

    The rest (authors and commentators) @ various levels of net bandwidth wasters.

    I am a real person, I am a Madrasi, my identies are fake to protect the Iraqi’s democratic aspirations.


  15. Sudha (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    Hi Nandhu, David.

    Thanks for inviting me. I’ll surely try to make it to the meet.
    If time permits, please discuss about the following.

    Here’s the comment disclaimer I borrowed from the Blogcritics site.

    We shouldn’t have any problem implementing it in the Chennai Metblog.

    * Please think of the comments as a conversation between individuals and interact with civility.

    * We will edit/delete spam comments, duplicate comments, unsupported accusations, personal attacks of any kind, and terms offensive to groups when used in a pejorative manner.

    * In addition, we reserve the right to edit/delete comments that are some combination of pointlessly vulgar, vile, cruel, without redeeming qualities, and an embarrassment to the site.

    * Subjective? Yes, but we know them when we see them and so do you.

    * We will also ban repeat or particularly egregious offenders.

    It would really put the readers off when they read a serious article on a Linux website about say, the Beauty of Linux Architecture only to scroll down and see “I HATE LINUX!! I can’t find any drivers. Its too frickin complex. Why would anyone in their right mind use LInux???The operating system suxxxx!” comment from a bawling, yet to be toilet trained windows brat, much like our troll here. And in our case, that kind of comment is worded differently and repeats on every single article.
    I hope you see my point.

    There should be no sympathy for comments that are
    1. Troll
    2. Flamebait
    3. Off-Topic
    4. Offensive Language

    These comments should be trashed mercilessly. Repeat Offenders IPs should be banned. Harsh, yes but its gone too far. We really need to have a system in place.

    Sincerely.
    Sudha


  16. Nilu (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    Sudha,
    Can we also include a minimum IQ threshold for the comments?



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