Traditions left behind
If you’ve been on the net long enough, and been a little, what shall we say, fond of Madras, you’d have surely come across a thousand websites which describe Madras/Chennai as a “place where tradition and modernity mingle”. While there might be some truth to that easy cliche, this post is not about that.
I am not sure if this is just a fantasy that exists in my brain or actual incidents, but a long time ago, I used to live in Mandavelli. And because there was very little to do on a Saturday evening, the family would pile up on the old Vijay Super scooter and go to the Marina.
Now, here’s where the tradition comes in. All these trips to the beach would not be taken without a steel-tiffin-box filled with either idlis or kozhukattai or some such light snack. Eating out was not an option, much less at the bajji kadais. (I don’t recall if there were many bajji stalls then)
(Mandavelli to Marina is at most 5 minutes of 1980s Madras roads – we packed food from home for such a trip!)
When families swell in size during the annual festivities, the newcomers would most definitely be taken to the Marina. And gifts bought. Rubber balls. Plastic dolls. I remember my father once buying a murukku making machine in the beach.
Sadly these don’t occur anymore. My questions is, what’s your family’s Marina tradition?