Everyone wants a piece of the Chennai pie
Look at the line of contenders.
SIFY (Chennailive.in not yet launched).
MSN has a Thamizh portal but with the news buzzing around of a possible MSN-Yahoo alliance or even an outright purchase of the latter, MSN need not worry about having a city strategy for India.
While Chennaionline.com has been there for a long time and shows up on top for a Google search of just the word “Chennai”, the pure-play group blog(alone)sites are Chennai Metblogs and Chennaiist.com. Other than this are movie sites on Kollywood like Behindwoods.com, Thamizh-only sites (other than web extensions of Thamizh MSM) like Thatstamil.com and a lot of individual bloggers who write on Chennai from time to time (like Yours Truly :-)).
I looked for a city portal on Rediff but did not find it. But, here is a recent photo-feature on the city as I suspect Rediff thinks it does not want to leave out such a lucrative market as Chennai, being a Mumbai-based Internet company and having a history of clubbing “South”-based news or movie happenings in one single bunch. What is interesting is not the photo-feature itself but the passion that Chennai as a city evokes on both sides – people who appreciate it and people who love the opportunity to take pot-shots at it. There is a cure for ignorance, but as a section of responses to that photo-feature show, there is no cure for arrogance. Read on.