When I received the joining letter from Accenture on Aug 17th, 2009, I was super excited that I am going to join my first job, but my family was a little disappointed because the joining location was “Chennai”. I didn’t choose the top-ranked engineering colleges from Chennai (though it was a merit seat) because my parents were not ready to send me there and I was happy with Coimbatore too. Somehow destiny took me there, for good. I did hate it initially but it had its own way to get on to me! I have lived the posh Adyar and Bessy (Besant Nagar, for who don’t know) and also the messy Perungalathur life. Both are two different worlds and taught me so many things in life which I wouldn’t have learnt from anywhere. So, here is my contribution to Madras 377.
- Adyar – Shastri Nagar 5th cross street, Vasantha Bavan rava dosai, New year celebrations at Pizza hut in the midnight, househelp Devi akka, downstairs maamis who gave seedai for Krishnajayanthi, the roti kadai behind the Konika lab and the little boy who left school and also would refuse to take tips, HP1 thali at Mast Kalandar, breads from Adyar Bakery, Zaitoon, the beautiful house from where I copied the window design for our home, kaapi and masala dosa at Tiruvanmiyur Hot Chips on the day of earthquake (even if we are dying today,let’s have kaapi and die), auto anna who would regularly and responsibly drop us at INOX and ask “oru thadaviyavathu nerame polam illa ma? (why don’t you start early at least for one movie) and the lovely kids at the St.Michel’s school for deaf and dumb.
- Besant Nagar – Solo walk in the evenings, playing in the beach when it pours, losing an expensive pair of glasses to the Bay of Bengal, platform stalls selling clothing fabrics, chappals, beads, tender coconut,ice-creams, pan and many more. Oh, how can I not mention Vishranthi and Murugan Idli?
- The OMR – Countless share auto rides listening to A.R.Rahman and RJ Balaji, waiting in the office shuttle at the Tidel signal for hours with a hungry stomach, not-so-boring team lunches at random restaurants.
- Anna Nagar – Some great food and good times with little cousins at aunt’s place. Prima’s bakery brownies, Diva, Waves and PVR!
- Koyembed – Best friend’s flat in Rail Nagar, the waiting at the bus stand with the bags on your feet because there will not be a little space to move an inch!
- Pondy Bazaar – Get down at Kodambakkam, bargain with auto anna and seal a deal for 35 INR, hog at Andra Mess, shop at Instore, Health and Glow,Bobby, Metro, Bata and losing count on the number of times you crossed the road when hopping between stores.
- Express Avenue – God knows how many times I’ve been there. Lifestyle, cinemas and I have even eaten sandwiches and coffee at the Gloria Jeans burning a hole in the wallet!
- MRTS – My favourite part of Perungalathur phase. It will teach you all the life lessons you could ask. If you manage to get on the train from the Mambalam station, you’re a super star!
- Central Railway Station – Stampede at Saravana Bavan to get the parcel, implementing all intelligent ideas to get hold of seat when dining in the first floor, buying Autocar magazine for brother from Higginbotham’s while running for Nilgris, Cheran and Yercaud express and also sipping the filter kaapi from Madras Coffee House (strong, less sugar).
My memories with Madras are not just the above, it’s made of some wonderful people (you know who you are!). Love you Madras and miss you!