Is this the Radhakrishnan Salai I knew?
Yesterday, while coming back from Thiruvanmiyur, we passed thru Dr. R.K.Salai and not having been there on a Sunday evening in quite a while, I was like “is this the Radhakrishnan Salai I knew?” There was bumper-to-bumper traffic and our vehicle had to literally squeeze its way just to cover a small distance, where we could get to a relatively less-crowded R.H. Road. Having lived close to this arterial road for many years, when the weekend traffic then was not even a tenth of what I saw yesterday, I was really surprised at how bad the navigability had become. Not only is this road turning out to be the most preferred way to get to the beach for a lot of people, but is also attracting hordes of weekenders to the City Center mall (which I haven’t visited yet). No wonder the ground value here is at such a premium that it has priced out all, but the most deep-pocketed guys. And about the crowds and the traffic at the beach, which we just passed thru, the less said about those, the better. Chennai is no more what it used to be and that may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the debate you choose to be.