Friday, August 14, 2009

MADRAS nalla MADRAS!!!!!

1 year up!!

Is it disbelief or satisfaction or worry or eagerness that 365 days have run by so fast?

Well I donno.. Called amma in the morning..She was walking on 100 feet road, oh my..heard the pom-pom of autos and screeching of buses and a racket from the ppl on road..It feels like there is real world on the other side of the..phone (?!) I almost feel like I am leaving Chennai now..My mind is set to Aug 13-14 2008. The number of (tasty)food items amma made that day- molagu kozhambu, more kozhambu, beans paruppusili, potato, sweet blah blah blah ( she (thot she)rightly judged I wasnt going to get good food for a while, but, let me show her my culinary skills :P). I wasnt able to swallow anything though, a huge lump in my throat. Fear, lack of confidence, paranoia about already-decided stuff- all these are a part of leaving home 1st time ( maybe even second time, I shall write after my chennai trip). With 15 of my people waiting for me at the airport to call after my security check, my mind was thinking of something else, something I thnik of everyday, a larger perspective- CHENNAI- The amazing feel that comes on seeing Central station board as the train enters, after a trip away from Chennai, The Bessi beach balloon shooting and dirty unhygenic molaga bajji, not to forget maanga ( who cared??), The half built kathipara junction that would get on my nerve everytime I was driving in a hurry( i m always in a hurry + kathipara is fully built now), The numerous power cuts, The "good" old words that you hear/say when you/others jump signals ( jump siganls is an understatement, 30 seconds after ur signal is red definitely doesn classify as jumping, I can almost hear saavugraaki now in a familiar automan's voice), The school holidays if it rains overnight ( here they don declare anythin wen its snowing like shit), Venkatramana poli stall's 2 rs samosa, Panneer soda, squashing ptc bus rides ( mmmmmmmm!!, i can smell the sweat now, but i don mind it anymore ), our very own mount road, vetti walking in citi center ( i doubt if i can afford anythin there except in the 5th floor any day of my life), MRTS ride from thiruvanmiyur to beach station, the amazing weather ( I think the heat is a "gethu" for chennai. Like showing the domination, power, brightness, buzzz of it over other cities), a drive on the ECR ( after neelangarai that is), T-nagar shopping, the ease of transport using autos( don mind the price, there has to be a compromise, who else wud go wrong side on a one way to drop u on time?)the 20 min bargain to get a discount of 5 rs in pondy bazaar, panteon road, Sarada kovil, the queue during the Petrol Crisis ( oh my i waited so much to get my car tank filled)..and 1000 other things that make Chennai what it is.

If listening to Madras ah suthi paaka porennn (wat lyrics, wow.."Madras in geetham adhu auto auto satham dhan"..aweosme!!) and santhippoma from E20U18, which shows u all major spots of our very own chennai makes me feel a level more happier, truly, Chennai deserves a huge tribute from my side, for being a part of my bloooood!!

"Onnnu Maamiaar thollai illa mugamoodi kollai aana ismail um ibrahim um onna serndhu vaazhum ooru!!!!!!!!!!"

Can there be a better place on earth???????????? Chennai Wins, HANDS DOWN!!!!

13 comments:

Karthik Murali said...

hey .. nice post .. bfully written.......

vimala said...

Nice to read, nicer to be there

kads said...

nachuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

sundar said...

Very well written..I too miss Chennai a lot !

Aswin Gnanaskandan said...

great preethi..read all ur blogs at one go...ur blogs on ur thaatha(dont want to use grandpa just to maintain the flavor) were just awesome..and the current one is too good..nostalgic...keep writing..

vishnu kannan said...

first of all the title is awesome! By itself it reminds me of soo soo many things. then highlighting what ever we thought as irritation in the past, now seems to have been the stuff that made our life so interesting. I just wish I could ride my bike in chennai. Now all that shouting I used to hear seems to be a melody. All the signals I jumped and policemen i tackled... Ufff! That is exciting life.. I still remember how we used to pray when it rains for the school to declare a holiday. Bessi beach, marina beach and ECR have been a part of my life. Have traveled countless times through the same area, but still there were places unexplored. The joy of shopping in T Nagar cannot be recreated in ant other place. Now we pay freakin amounts in dollars without even thinking twice. There is no Burma Bazaar, ritchie street, ranganthan street, etc here. You have written it really well and it is very inspiring to read. It brings many sweet images in front of the eye as I read. Hats off!!!

bachu said...

enna solla preeth...u brought our singara chennai in my eyes... when we r near something we dont knw its value...but now we do...well I do a looot.... sorgamae endralum athu namboora pola varumaa...really the song that comes to my mind when i read this... u rock...

Priya said...

nachuuuuu o nachuuuu.. i think anyone can tell how u feel now - after reading this blog! though am here amongst all that u ve mentioned, all this is nothing without u beside me...everytime i go to spencers and get a vadapav in shrimithai, with whomever i go, the words that automatically come out of my mouth is "preethu um naanum first inga vadapav a mudichitu than meedi shopping ke povom" believe me - every single time i tell this :) after u went, still i ve not gone to pantheon road...come back soooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn preethuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.... Missing u like helllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Preeths said...

Hey Priya, me too de.. solave soladha.. i jus want to cum there right now.. :( luv u lots de M :D :D :D

Shree mithai, gangotree, HSB, hot chips, mc.renett, hot breads edhayum vida vendam...

Chennai is the best, ur better than the best..luv u chellam :)

Yashwant said...

good post! Though I haven't roamed around Chennai as much as you have, I felt nostalgic while reading it. Now I feel like going to Chennai, catch the train to west mambalam, eat at HSB and shop at pondy bazaar :)

ammu_lav said...

lovely post Preeth... makes me completely nostalgic! wish I knew I would miss Chennai so much after coming here, would have done much more things! keep writing...

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gowthaman said...

hai preethi this is gowthaman...i have recently visited your blog...i saw the pictures of priya i think...she was realy beautiful in saree da....i tried to make a friendship....try saree da it will good to see you in saree that will make you more beauty.....do you like it this just my opinion da...ir you dont like this juct ignore it...