The Outsiders’ Guide to Madras (Chennai)

Madras. The fifth city I have stayed in. Well, sixth almost, if you count my omnipresence in Bombay during my Pune days. I came here in 2009 and there’s been no looking back since then. Quite a few people I know don’t get it. The city has bad weather; Tamil is not the easiest language to understand; and well, the naysayers have a pretty long list! Changing people’s opinions can be a futile exercise and there is absolutely nothing in this whole wide world, without a few cons. I say change your perspective. Happiness too is just a point of view, at the end of the day. 🙂 Now, getting down to business. Continue reading “The Outsiders’ Guide to Madras (Chennai)”

Notes from Chennai

Dated – May, 2009

Somehow life has a habit of never living up to your expectations. So, the cool way of living it is to have low expectations. If this law holds true, life will do a reverse swing and surprise you pleasantly. I don’t make much sense, do I? In my twisted mind, I do. So, when I was asked for location preferences for my internship, I had comfortably struck off Kolkata and Chennai from the list. But thanks to the infallibility of Murphy’s Law, my dreams of going to Bombay/Pune were torn to smithereens and Chennai was handed out as my location for two of the hottest months of the year. My dear friends smirked, made jokes and had a hearty laugh. Yes, the more the love, the more is such disguised affection. Or so I like to believe. Continue reading “Notes from Chennai”

Ignitink Article: For the Love of Rasam

Travel & Lifestyle section of the online magazine >

As cyclone Thane swept the city with a vengeance, we stood at the Elliot’s beach, with wind in our faces and sand swirling by our feet. The waves were huge and we were drenched and cold. Some call it stupidity. I call it love for this city and its beaches. It is not Goa, but it is quite something. For a Bengali brought up in Bihar, Chennai has slowly and surely become a home far away from home. A potpourri of old and new, this place probably depicts India better than most cities. For those who blanch at the name of this city, come with a clean slate and maybe, just maybe you’ll see the place how I see it. And this is how I see it. Continue reading “Ignitink Article: For the Love of Rasam”


Dated – April, 2011

Elections in Tamil Nadu. Two long peaceful days stretching ahead of us and we were without a plan. They say the best trips happen without a plan to constrain them. So S and I woke up at a very lazy hour, threw in a few things and dragged ourselves to one of our favourite places for lunch. The idea was to reach Pondicherry somehow and then well..just reach I guess.

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