Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chennai --- Heaven on Earth

Well after a long time i ve found somethin useful to post ... yes am gonna talk abt d place whr i ve spent 21 long years... Since today (22-8) being Chennai day this post wud be relevant... :) Well i ve spend all my lifetime til date in this wonderful city called Madras.. oops sry.. Chennai... It is in the recent past d city has seen many changes... I feel really proud to b a Chennai Vaasi coz it is only Chennai which has managed to keep its old tradition intact nd has also managed to adopt to the changes happenin..... :) Nalla intro kuduthachu... enna ezhudum nu therila...
Hmmm... Well i belong to d generation in which Madras had slowly transformed into Chennai...
Lemme tell about my prospective of Madras nd Chennai...
MADRAS:
The town of Dosa nd Idli... nd d place which has d 2nd longest natural beach.. were the trademarks of this good old city called Madras... oh forgot d most important thing Tamil Movie World "kollywood" which once was known to produce India's best talent... Apart frm this Madras was known as d "Detroit of India" coz it had many automobile industries... Apart frm tat.. Madras was known for d Temples it had.. btw did anyone know??? Madras had its own TRAM service untill early 1960's... The Marina nd d statues present were landmarks of MADRAS.... A metropolis wid less traffic ,active nd happy ppl all around were d trademarks of MADRAS........
Madras had started to transform into a big metropolis in d early 90's.... Spenzer plaza d first shoppin mall in this city was another landmark ....... Madras was geographically small compared to Chennai..... The famous areas in madras were Kodambakkam ,Triplicane , Parrys , Mylapore,Nungambakkam and Guindy.. Talkin abt guindy .. this place was primarily an industrial estate created to accomidate all private offices nd central govt run offices...... Well das it abt MADRAS..

CHENNAI :
1996 was d year wen Madras was renamed as Chennai.... Along wid d change of name came change in d entire appearence of d city....... Gone those deserted roads.. There was a sudden change which was evident.... There were this new overbridges springing up almost everywhere..... Not to forget the IT revolution in which Chennai was d next best destination after Banglore.. nd ppl... Companies prefered Banglore only coz of d climate ther..... The best brains in India were here... this might seem a little chauvinistic but this s d truth... Gone r those days wher u cud only find Idly , dosa nd Sambar.. chennai has many hotels which provides wide varity of food stuufs ranging frm pizza , chinese, contenental nd burgers.. but there r places like d Saravana bhavan which stil provide stiff competition to these places... Chennai s still d "Detroit of India" and wil continue to remain so... Wid BMW , hyundai , Mahindra and a few other companies having their manufacturing plants here..... Then comin to d important thing called infrastructure... Having the most best bridges nd flyovers(Kathipara) to its credit chennai can challenge any other international city in this aspect... The ECR first ever private road construction project... is truly a landmark to Chennai..... The recently opened RajivGandhi road is another feather to Chennai's cap... The one thing which makes chennai more spl is things happen planned here.. Improvement might be slow but every move is planned to avoid d chaois in other cities.......
The MTC bus service is one of d best in India....Oh forgot d most imp thing.. CMBT the largest bus terminus in South Asia is in Chennai..... I ve been to other cities in India jus for tours.. in my observation Chennai has the charecteristics of all d metros in India.. Hotspots of Chn: Taramani, Mount Road ,Marina, Besant Nagar beach, ECR, OMR many more...
post to be continued...

4 comments:

PRASANNA ELANGOVAN said...

Very Interesting post....with lots of detailing.....furnished so well...good...

P.C. Baradhwaj said...

thnks prasanna

Archy said...

Good said.....even i loved the city.... as ihvnt brought up here knowing a lil tamil was difficult for me to handle cicumstances n pepl sometimes.......now been 1 n half yrs its pretty good here except the climate huh... just hate it if i step out of office or the AC bus... just sweating sweating.... the major minus part of the city... at the same time the cool breeze in the evening just amazing............... Also one more thing i wanted to say... Chennai has changed a lot in this 10 years i meant in the way of city getting so dirty all the places.... 8-10 yrs back i used to come in summer vacations that time the city was pretty clean...and now all the places so shitty smell near bustands, near some hotels, the dustbins over the streets getting overflowed.... dunno abt the govt wat they doin out here may be let see wat jaya amma do abt this ....But still i love chennai... Cheers for the post

baradhwaj chandramouli said...

@Archy : hanks for readin d post! hope jj amma does smethn to chng chennai~