Dreamin’ about Chennai.

Let me start off with a bit of a disclaimer. I live in Chennai, but I doubt that most would qualify me as a native of this place – but then again, that has been the case with most chennai-ites. We all have come here in search of something – jobs, opportunities, essentially a way to make a new beginning and to break new grounds. Most of us are dreamers, and I am probably no different.

When I moved back from Canada about two and a half years ago, my first reaction to this place was “Wow”. Not “wow” as in “Oh Dear God, what did I get myself into?”, but more of “There is so much that can be done here..” since the ambience and the potential is right in front of us. I have to say that I havent been the least bit disappointed with that initial assessment.

Being an entrepreneur, I guess my mind is wired to see beyond what is right in front of me. But perhaps that’s a good thing. Then again, in a city which can be improved in many ways, most of us are entrepreneurs in our own right, in chasing after what we came here for in the first place. But I certainly do digress.

I often do sit back and wonder what I do recollect of this city. Most of the time its the food, the buzzing noise of the traffic, the auto-drivers who seem to have a way of reducing prices if they near a Tirunelveli accent (a mystery I still need to decipher), the beach… T.Nagar and the crowds that serve as a human train that you barely need to make any effort to move once you are in it..the list goes on. What’s fantastic about this place is also the cultural exquisite choices that are offered, and lets face it, this place does have very strong cultural groundings. In other words, lets face it. Most of us aren’t planning to run away, we do plan to be here for sometime to come, and perhaps our generation to follow will also be living here. Shouldn’t we do something for change now, and invest in the future of our generations, for life in this city?

I believe we should. That’s what I want to talk about in the upcoming days here. Feel free to write, comment and raise your views. I do want to hear perspectives so that we can align, work together and make this city a better place. I can’t think of any other city here in India that has this blend of cultural bondage and freedom tied in the right balance, of young and old, of vibrancy and of much that requires to be changed. There is much to celebrate and be part of.

As part of one such hope, there is a community driven initiative put together named The Chennai Tribe. The aim of this initiative is to bring out the musical talent of the public out. The concept is very simple. Every Saturday at 5pm at the Besant Nagar beach, a group of people, whoever is good with percussion instruments come together and they play together. What comes out is a musical evening, of the community, for the community, and completely by the community. Everyone who can keep a beat is welcome to join. Perhaps its democracy at its best.


We are hoping that we can kickstart this on the 15th of December- Yep, that’s next week. I do require your help in passing this news to your circle. Radiocity had expressed some interest in promoting and helping with this. If any other groups wants to help out, do let me know. As I mentioned, I would like this to be a community initiative.

My belief is that, if we are open to bringing out the best of things, and are willing to flaunt those things rightfully in public, perhaps we will also be open to bringing out the things that need to change, and put our hands together to make a change. Here’s me hoping that you’d agree.

The Author is one of the co-founders of the “I Fix Chennai” initiative.

11 Comments so far

  1. Ela (unregistered) on December 9th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    good to see people with positive attitude…all the best for ur initiative…..would miss it though….but if it catches up then i guess it will be there…..

  2. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    Sounds like an interesting initiative – hope to catch it on one of the Saturdays I’m in the city.

  3. Tamizhan (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    Only for percussion players on all Saturdays? Why?

  4. Vijay (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Ela: Thanks

    Navaneethan: Would love to meet you soon.

    Tamizhan: Percussion instruments don’t require power. We are going with percussion instruments, because they are simple. As time goes by, we’ll see :)

  5. desigirl (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Sooper, Vijay! You know already that I applaud your initiative and now to hear you are in my neck of the woods…. please carry on going strong till I get back to India for good. I would very much like to jump in!

  6. Krishna (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    Good thought….

    Though many people would have similar thought, not many would take the action as you are doing now, So, tons of good luck to you and your team to make it a big success.

    I will surely attend this when I come to the city next time.

    I am sure this can be further extended in future to many other cultural activities involving right from kids to adults and senior citizens.

  7. Karthik Thirumalai (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

    Good positive stuff and probably needs all our encouragement and wishes.

    Keep it goin……………..

  8. MJ (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    an acoustic guitar doesn’t need power, and will add some melody to the gathering.

  9. Vijay (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    MJ, Experiments are most welcome. Do you play an acoustic guitar?

    Kartik, thanks. Some participation would also help :)

    Krishna: Very much so. Hopefully we can expand this to other things as well. It will serve as a nice alternative outlet for activities in the city

  10. Real Estate Chennai (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    Chennai has always been the hub for peoples initiatives.I think
    Tamil Nadu represents some of the most acclaimed citizens of our country , as a matter of fact Tamil Cinema is older than independent India.Keep up the good work da.

  11. aarthi (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    good work… would love to be part of this…any way i can help..

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