The Silk Route in T Nagar

Just the other day I accompanied my wife on a shopping trip into T Nagar’s famous Pondy Bazaar. One of our first stops was a saree shop specialising in silks. What I saw blew my mind. Shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves of the 6 yard drape in various blends of silk. And when I came to the end of the store, there was more. Courtesy an elevator that ran up and down 3 floors. All stocked in exactly the same manner as the first.
But wait. I also learnt that day, that there are a few hundred similar shops dotting the Pondy Bazaar landscape. Being just a year old in Chennai, I couldn’t help being amazed. Now if you’re visiting Chennai, I recommend this one route you simply must not forget to take.

5 Comments so far

  1. Kokki_jacobus (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    lol.. you’ve discovered t.nagar! and after a yr!!
    I found this joke about T.Nagar on an orkut community.. full credit to the original guy (or girl) who made this up. Here it goes ;D

    Where is this T.Nagar?
    Nobody knows accurately. It is just this lovely place in Chennai, which if you decide to visit for the second time, you get a free seasonal pass for a window-side bed in Kilpauk hospital.

    Sounds like a holiday package..what if I manage a third visit?
    You get one year free admission at Yervadi, next to Sethu Vikram. Cost of chain included in the package.

    Oh! You said it’s a lovely place. Do people go there for sight-seeing?
    Kinda yeah, it is Chennai’s own version of “Suicide Point”

    Can we shop there?
    There are just two things you can do at T.Nagar. One is shop and the second is to die. The former is optional though.

    My wife wants some good silk sarees. Where do I take her?
    Push her into Pothys and run. This is your best chance to live with some self respect in future.

    What if I stay?
    You automatically qualify for Bihar elections.

    What if I go in too?
    If you are Gopi, you’ll come out as Gopi 65.

    I heard gold is pretty cheap at some place there?
    Very cheap yeah, not just the rate. I guess you are talking about Ranganathan Street, Annachi shop.

    Ya ya. How do I go there?
    You just need to stand at the start of that street. Close your eyes. Open your eyes. You are inside Annachi shop, courtesy : fellow shoppers.

    Can I take my vehicle?
    Shut up! Even Laloo wouldn’t do that!

    Oh is it very crowded?
    Yeah, by the time you count the number of people around you, they can telecast Junoon twice.

    Junoon?? What’s that?
    Kadavule! Paathathu illiya Junoon neenga? Periya athu megaserial. Pesuvaanga maathi maathi thamizh athula.

    Oh! By the way, do men shop in T.Nagar?
    Wise men stay away. Married men do shop.

    I heard there are lots of platform shops?
    There is no platform. Only shops.

    Whatever, how good are they?
    Very good infact. You get all sortsa brands including Nykee, Ribok and Adeedas. At cheap rates that too!

    Hey isn’t that phony? The spellings are all messed up!!
    Naah. They have been changed according to numerology, that’s all.

    Fine. Is there any good restaurant there?
    Ya, Saravana Bhavan.

    Wow! What would I get there for, say 50 rupees?
    Quite a lot. Half a dosa, 5 ml Sambhar and some pebbles.

    Pebbles? Why??
    Huh, you are dumber than a crow! To raise the level of sambhar ofcourse.

    That’s bad. But I heard there’s a hot chips too?
    You’ll be a hot chip yourself once you step into Ranganathan Street.

    How is the air pollution level in T.Nagar?
    One deep breath and you’ll die on the spot, money back guarantee.

    So many issues, eh? Finally, what’s the best thing about T.Nagar?
    Variety. So many shops, so many dresses and so many accessories. Even if you escape death by other mean, you’ll be confused to death!

  2. Navneeth (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    That is no way to experience T.Nagar. Make sure you visit during Di(pa)vali or Pongal. :D

  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 7:21 am

    Auspicious day for shopping in T Nagar…. Tuesdays!

    At least 1/3 of the T Nagar crowd consider it inauspicious. Take advantage of that!

  4. anand (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 9:33 pm


    nice work….it was very funny

  5. Ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    Please also supply this address, Mr. manoj jacob sir.
    Ratan Jhaveri
    Vishwakarma Communications,
    Chnneai City

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