You know you are in Chennai when…

… 90% of the billboards advertise saree or jewellery brands (the rest advertise politicians)
… you hear ‘let’s go to the beach’ a lot more than ‘let’s go home’
… the auto drivers treat you like a millionaire

… you’re served 4 chutneys with 2 idlis
… you find that not all bakeries are run by non-resident malayalees (introducing iyengar bakeries)
… potential grooms are classified into just 2 categories – IIT-M grads and non IIT-M grads
… sidewalks barely permit one-way traffic of pedestrians
… every street corner smells like an unflushed loo
… every couple you know recounts their first date……………………… on Marina Beach
… you wear sun glasses primarily to beat the glare of gold worn by Chennai’s incomparable ‘maamis’
… you offer a copywriter a job, and he offers you a chance to hire him to your Bangalore office
… you’ve just arrived from Bangalore, and you’re wondering why you took so long

Well I’m in Chennai after 32 years in Bangalore, and I’m loving it. A chilled beer tastes twice as good (CLICK if you’d like to know why). Cheers to Chennai.

7 Comments so far

  1. Govar (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Amazing isnt it, the way different cities have evolved? Cheers! Makes for some fine reading on a sunday morning!

  2. sachin (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    Manoj. in the potential grooms part, dont miss out on the Doctor! MBBS pa!

  3. sam (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    Hello Manoj, yes you have summed up Chennai in a few words, Yes it does smell like a toilet, the Marine beach does also I don’t know how people go there with that foul stench. Also the people are not much to write about they are so confused about what they are. Giving more importance to languages and cultures than there own gee thats a great way to go isn’t it have heard of this practise in Western countries even. Thanks to the Indian government all other people of non Hindian background in India will soon lose there real identity. People have a real inferiority complex here must be something in the water or the air perhaps its own getting worse year by year. So I can understand Manoj you are enjoying Chennai however I have lived here most of my life but have managed to escape this black hole.

  4. david (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Oh please! Wehave our fair share of problems guys but lets not make sweeping statements about every street smelling like a toilet etc. Chennai isn’t all bad, and we have a chance to make it better. Chennai and Kolkata are still the cultural capitals of India with a very strong local culture that includes fostering local music & dance. Chennai is also becoming multi-cultural whic is a good thing, as it makes for a richer city because of many different cultures and influences. And SJ, since when did you start posting under Sam?

  5. sam (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    David you are referring to Chennai and Kolkata as the cultural capitals I know Chennai has a little culture left which will soon be lost. But Kolkata what culture is there that the residents are proud of? In reference to local culture in Chennai there seems to be very little again about your point of multi-culture it may be a good thing but I have been to places with more multi-culture than Chennai however people stay to themselves and interact with other communities on a small scale. So I don’t really think it makes a difference. Kolkata is not multi-cultural yet it is still a metro and is having rapid development, this is a place where Hindi is not respected or spoken so all Chennaities please do not feel you must know Hindi.

    Also Kolkata does not speak there local language mixed with junk like Chennai and they have never protested against there own language and do not feel ashamed to speak there language which is not what happens in Chennai.

  6. Balaji Kartha (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    I have not been to Calcutta since 1981. So that is 26 years ago, but I was there from 1977 and I found that the most parochial city of all our metros. I was asked by a “badralog” (a learned man – you will find them dressed in dothi kurta with an umbrella) “why are you here if you do not know Bengali” – I had asked him direction! The one impression that I had of that city was that they were caught in a time wrap. All the buildings looked like they had not been for a century. They looked decayed and ready to crumble. The people seemed to believe that Calcutta was still the capital of India – British India, maybe.

    Madras was a much better place.

    I have been hearing all about the changes taking place in the new “Kolkata”, but I have my doubts.

  7. deivasigamani t (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

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