Monday, 3 March 2014

My one-year in Chennai

Chennai na Central thana kattanum :)

Its been a year in Chennai, moreover its one-year away from Coimbatore for the first time. This one-year was good, new place, new job, new friends, new lifestyle, so many things have changed this year except a few.

First of all, as everyone warned me, Chennai was too hot. Yes it was, but last few months the weather was as good as it's in Coimbatore, really. And, of course very less power cuts compared to any other place in Tamil Nadu :).

When you are out of your home you have to pay for everything even for drinking water, thank god air is still free :). And, have to wash my clothes, which is the toughest job being alone this year. Then, booking tickets in IRCTC to go home is always a war and if it's a Tatkal its always mission impossible. I have even managed my comments to get published in cricinfo twice, but I am yet to book one Tatkal ticket successfully.

Lessons learned here, nobody ever obeys the signal, never ride back or close to a share auto they will take a left or right or halt or even turn it 90 degrees suddenly, never buy popcorn in any cinemas you will end up spending more than the ticket price, don't park your bike in shopping malls parking you will regret while paying during the exit, you may start early or late, but you will never reach your destination on time, and as we see in movies none of the auto drivers scold others 'saavu giraki' haven't seen anyone using that word yet.

My new job and office was too good compared to last two years at my old job. No need to wear formals, so jeans and round neck tees are my regular outfit daily. I really like working here so one big good plus for me after moving to Chennai. I didn't have a single night-out in office which was very rare to me, leave alone night-out, I haven't stayed beyond 7pm at my office. Still I have two complaints, first, I have office on Saturday, I am still getting adjusted to it even after a year. Second, not even a single girl in my office (why god why).

My room's located in a good place, 2kms to my office, 1.5kms to the beach (Thiruvanmiyur) and less than 3kms to a theater (S2 Cinemas). What else I can ask for I don't have to get struck in Chennai's traffic mostly. So many different roommates within this year, played cricket, rummy, cooked, watched cricket, movies with them, its good to be with roomies away from home. But still I miss my mami's filter coffee in the morning.

I have visited few malls in Chennai, City Center, SkyWalk,  EA, etc. And, cinemas Satyam, Escape, PVR, Mayajaal, Inox, AGS. Whenver I visited Chennai before I tried to watch a movie in Satyam and I never did, finally I saw many movies there this year, finally its out of my bucket list. Spotted few celebs, Actors Naren, Vishal, Premji, Directors Venkat Prabhu, Karu Palaniappan. And, Sarathkumar and Raadhika, they are our neighbors :).  Visited Chennai Book Fair this year, I was only reading about it every year in Vikatan and Kumudham, it was good to be in there finally. Then, to Chepauk twice, first for a CCL match then for CSK vs MI. So many other places in Chennai are pending.

After coming here, started watching more movies and series in laptop and at least one movie in theater every week. Started this blog. Got a lot of time to read books. It's been a good one-year. Chennai is a good place to stay, despite the weather and traffic not as bad as everyone warns you, but Coimbatore is always better.

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