The last month has been such a blur. Whirlwind of changes.
The new found freedom and the wings to fly into the unknown. It is all very exciting. Chennai, you have been kind to me! There is so much life in this city, so much diversity, so much life. There is so much to love. This post is dedicated for all the beautiful memories in Chennai.
I was so skeptical about taking up the job because I had to shift to Chennai. Everything I have heard about the place from people who have sworn not to return to Chennai kept ringing my head the minute I saw the reporting mail from Cognizant. I kept praying like a maniac! Even God was surprised, I’m sure!
MEPZ Tambaram, it said.
It was my worst nightmare! I DID NOT want to leave Bangalore. In the end, after mind numbing contemplation, I decided to go. I told myself that was going to be okay.
The first few days were hard. Especially for someone who has been in Bangalore. The weather was a pain in the neck, sweating from every pore in my body. The thirst, the sweat.. I just wanted to run away. The only reason I didn’t was because I couldn’t. HAHAHA! Slowly things started working out. My body stopped being in shock from all the sweating. I stopped over thinking.
One thing I looked forward to was the beaches 🙂
One of the biggest pros of being in Chennai is its proximity to the coast line. My one true love. The beaches! You need to really get away from the mainstream beaches for you to continue being in love with them. Iconic beaches like Marina beach or Bessy beach are way too crowded. If you don’t mind rubbing shoulders with random people, then it may not be that bad after all.One beach that I have frequented with the family I lived with in Chennai is the Thiruvanmiyur beach. Perfect for an evening stroll. So much peace and so so beautiful. I may be a little biased here but who cares!!!!! There are stalls that sell snacks in the evening. Anything from raw mangoes with a smear of chilli powder to piping hot freshly fried Bhajjis! Let me tell you that these are things that will make you forgive and forget the heat. I DID!
When it comes to food I don’t think Bangalore even stands a chance of winning when you compare it to Chennai. Over the past two months, I have loved everything about the food and the enthusiasm with which food is perceived in Chennai. Iconic places that has so much history and the food is to die for. YUUUMMM!
At the top of my list is a hotel, in my opinion, that defines culture and also goes on to show dedication of the people involved to continuously strive to produce quality food. Ponnusamy Hotel, located at Royapettah started in the year 1954. So much has been said and heard about it. I’ll tell you why! THE FOOD!!
No gimmicks! No show! They just get right to the point and they mean business. The kind of food that you will always remember 🙂 I have been there twice and the amount of food I ate is sinful.
*hides in shame*
The mutton roast and the chicken roast are to die for! *drooolsss* I preferred the mutton over the chicken. It was cooked perfectly, the spices hitting all the right notes.
Another dish that I tried and loved(not as much as the much roast :P) is the kothu porotta. It comes in variants of chicken, egg and mutton. I tried the one with the egg in it.
So, what have they done to the humble porotta?? They’ve elevated the taste of the porotta by sauteing it with egg and a lot of yummilicous indgredients (I have no clue what was in it but the result was a happy tummy!)
Mindblasting Egg kothu porotta!
It’s highly recommended if you ever go to Ponnusamy.
On another occasion I had the non-vegetarian meals with fish fry(neymeen-that’s what they call it in Malayalam). The meal was very elaborate with chicken, mutton and fish gravy to go with it. Plus along with it, there was sambar, rasam and all the shabang of a proper south Indian meal. Now, if that doesn’t satisfy the glutton in you, I don’t know what will.
Something else, that I have discovered is the beauty of an Andhra meal. Let me tell you this, the pappu, the poriyal(fried vegetables) and the podi, if this does not satisfy your insatiable hunger, maybe you don’t belong here. Anywhere you travel, apparently, there is always an Andhra mess serving you these meals. For 60 bucks a meal, you will leave with a high. I have absolutely loved every Andhra meal that I have had. The food keeps coming and you keep eating till you drop. Vegetarian meals have never excited me as much.
What happens when all the things you love(well at least two :P) is all in in one place. I felt infinite that night. A wonderful view of the beach, good food and brilliant ambiance.
Is that what heaven feels like? I wonder.
This place is called The Beach club on Neelangare. We were seated at the table facing the beach. It was pretty late in the night, so the waves almost looked like white froth. I don’t think I’ll ever be eloquent enough to tell you why I felt infinite.
I don’t remember much about the food. It wasn’t bad. I’ve had better food. Good service. Great decor. Hits all the right notes. A little too pricey, but hey, that’s what the price you pay for feeling infinite.
This post will be incomplete without mentioning Vandalur Zoo. I was amazed at how well the place was maintained. Kudos to the Chennai government. When you compare it to the pathetic condition of the Bannergatta Zoo in Bangalore, this place is pretty amazing. The place is huge, with Amma stickers everywhere! So its pretty tiring to walk around the place owing to how humid Chennai is all the time. But, the day we ended up going there, the weather was pretty good. Yayyyy!
Another initiative that was amazing was that one could rent cycles at an hourly basis. How cool is that!?!
But, on a weekend, you have to be there early or you won’t get a cycle! Boy, the place was crowded. People everywhere. It was a memorable experience. My quota for the yearly zoo visit was met. I was as happy as a seal on the beach 🙂 They have a lot of animals. Lions, tigers, leopards..! It’s a long list. This is when its apt to use the word “etc”.
I would definitely go back there again.
I am not going to complain about Chennai. It’s just the crappy weather. Chennai holds a very special place in my heart- to all the new friends, countless movies, late night pub hopping, impromptu drives, the ‘Mahab’ experience, gluttony, and all the madness.
Thank you, Chennai.