Chennai: She’s a Sullen One, I tell ya.

A friend of mine and I, got together to meet up over coffee, partially entailing to coming up and the inevitable tasks that are pending at hand. I guess the success of any initiative is directly proportional to how stressed and tied up you are at a few days before and after the blessed days, I guess. But I am certainly digressing here.

Apart from the discussions, while he asked me why I still stay in Chennai, I guess the answer was simple, “There is a certain warmth about this city that one can’t deny”.

chennai is blamed and accused of being a traditional lady who just refuses to party with the crowd. But if you ask me, apart from Chennai and Mumbai, there is no other city I would ever live in. Perhaps Pune and Hyderabad in some levels do share the spirit, but they are also a bit behind in terms of the times, the values, the history and all that chennai is uniquely known for.

If you ask me, whats great about this city is that sense of ownership and belonging. Most cities, especially bangalore are having too much of a floating population that it is quite easy to get lost in the sea of immigrants, or perhaps revel in the joy of living among strangers, but for me, I doubt I’d enjoy that.

We dearly love our dosas and idlis, and you know, yet among all the midst of the complaining about the narrow roads, the potholes, and the politicians who take liberty of blocking all the roads just so that they can inaugurate some self-promoting show, this city still has a flair that is hard to resist.

Anyone wanna do something on Jan 26th for this city?

9 Comments so far

  1. Deepak (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    I simply love the city!

  2. sachin (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    Would agree with you on the part that apart from Chennai and Mumbai, there are no better cities to live in India. I prefer these two for their history and people maturity. Probably because people are systemic, law abiding and globalised a long time ago.

    Although its funny that you should like mumbai and at the sametime hate bangalore for the immigrants.

    The only thing that i would like to add to the culture of chennai is a lot more of “Chutzpah” cause most people here are just too normal – no eccentricities and all that. Its difficult to live in Chennai after all the speed, mania and availability of things to do in bbay

  3. udayms (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Probably because people are systemic, law abiding and globalised a long time ago.

    I really have a problem with ‘law abiding’ part of that sentence. People…. we re again comparing ourselves with worse cities and assuring ourselves that we are in a better condition. In reality, we are not. We are just in a different condition. I have felt that Chennai and Mumbai are as bad as the rest of the so-called ‘developed’ cities in India.

    All this heritage and stuff is good and everyone should be proud of it. But, that shouldn’t come in the way of development of the country. If you see places like Singapore, middle east etc. which modernised/developed in recent times, India has been rotting slowly with each passing day over the decades.

  4. Dhans (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

    you are rite that we can’t match singapore or m’east simple because we “reproduce like pigs”

  5. Vatsal (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    Reproduce like rabbits is more like it…Pigs aren’t all that great reproducers. :)

    I never knew that they had birth control enforced in the middle east…beats me! What they have ensured is to enforce the Islamic law and made migration distasteful for a lot of immigrants. India continues to be a safe haven for terrorists migrating from all our borders.

  6. Anand (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    Cannot understand the usage of the adjective ‘sullen’ in your title. The article itself does not convey that impression!

  7. Xman (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:15 am

    Anyone wanna do something on Jan 26th for this city?

    Collect all the ‘garbage’ aka ‘rubbish’ and dump it in front of all the Ministers, members of the legislature, city council members and Political Party offices.

    Consider IT exec’s place of living too.

    That will remind them ‘this land is a Republic’
    not their ‘Nadu’

  8. ela (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 2:42 am

    XMAN ……that´s a goooooood proposotion…….

  9. Manmadh (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    Although I am not a tamilian, I love chennai. I have resided in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The worst place to live is Mumbai. People live like rats in hellholes in mumbai. Delhi is full of sex starved rapists and Bangalore full of snobs aping Americans.
    Chennai has managed to hold on to its values and maintain its identity despite the influence of IT and BPO culture.

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