Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chennai, Mon Amour

It's been long since I penned my thoughts down, no, it wasn't a writer's block. I need to be a writer to have a writer's block no? I guess I just didn't have the time or the inclination to blog. Looks like now I do. Ta-da! So here I am with another one of my rambling bout.
Chennai.. the city I have grown to love. I say, "grown" to love, because it took me a few years and a few visits in different cities to make me realize what I have. There was a time when I used to tell people that I'd stay anywhere but Chennai. And now I refuse to move to any other city and I wish to be buried in the soil of this city. OK I got carried away with that. Well, what brought about this change in me? Honestly, I don't know. The place has just gotten under my skin and I have come to love every little thing about it. The endless stretch of the Marina beach, the greenery all over the place, the language(which I'm trying to learn, I know I know, its way too late but as cliches go better late than never), the local buses and trains, the tea from the tea kadai, the aroma of freshly made dosa, the colorfully dressed women shouting in even more colorful expletives, the bajji and vada shops at every nook and corner, the slow pace at which life moves here, the dappangkuthu songs, the demi-gods of South - Rajnikanth, Vijay, Vijaykanth, the likes (just kidding) and so many other little things that are endearing to me.
It really puts me off when someone tells me, "Oh you should be in Blah city, it is so good, everything is so good there. Chennai sucks." Hello! if you like the Blah city so much why don't you just pack your stuff and leave. Chennai and I won't miss you at all. Hah!
So, I'm starting the I LOVE CHENNAI club, all you need is unconditional love for this city to join my exclusive elite club ;)


ranjani said...

Let me be the first member in your "I love Chennai" club. Born and brought up in Chennai, I love the city to the limits good, bad and evil. I also live in the most coveted area - Anna Nagar :)which makes most people jealous, including the mad musings girl :p

Mariya said...

@ranjani Grrr.. wait I have an exception to I love Chennai*
* - Conditions apply ( I HATE Anna Nagar from the bottom of my bottom!)

Sandhya Balaji said...

i was one of those sick people who hated chennai being a tamilian...but gradually the charm has had its effect on me too and i completely agree with you...." Machi! Chennai rocks"

ranjani said...

They are not ever jealous for the cause, But jealous for they're jealous. 'Tis a monster Begot upon itself, born on itself.

Shakespeare explains your baseless jealousy :p

Hema said...

Mosu i will be the second member in your " I love chennai " club.

But dear you should not hate the hottest place like Anna nagar and Thiruvanmiyur where you get the most relishing food of your choice. We have most extensive outlets which u like the most :)