Chennai checklist….

Chennai, India

Chennai, India (Photo credit: sjdunphy)

Things to do before you leave chennai… Or checklist for a person to be called “Machha”

  1. Have sweat it out winters here
  2. Have been to sowcarpet atleast once and tried the thali
  3. Tried waking across Marina  beach… Tried
  4. Have been to atleast one of the multiplexes and saw a movie for Rs10 … wonly… 😀
  5. And speaking of films… have seen atleast one SUPERSTAR film
  6. Lived long enough in chennai to see atleast one Rajnikant film release – and then booked a 4am show
  7. Walked across Ranganathan street during festivals or first week of the month
  8. Tried Murugun, Saravana, Sangeetha, Geetha, A2B and other restaurants only to realize that Idli “toh sab ek jaisa hi hai”….
  9. Attended at least one Tamilian mariiage at 7 in the morning
  10. Started your diwali celebration at 4am in the morning -after visiting the temple
  11. ECR ride… with friends and prospective family
  12. started your day with “THE HINDU“… and ended it with songs on Chennai Live
  13. Strolled around in the only true multiplex EA, and then went off to Specer’s, Pondy Bazar or your neighbourhood store for purchases…
  14. 15th Aug means more than independence day – its Landmark quiz @ Music Academy
  15. And while we are on Music Academy – have attended atleast one concert/play there
  16. Chennai style buffette – had chennai/andhra meals – with all you can eat rice and “side dishes”
  17. Bhajji on the beach – and for the non-veg – grilled fish at besant nagar beach
  18. Rode a Royal Enfield – Handcrafted in Chennai
  19. TASMAC – hated it to the core, but still….
  20. but for the quality/price seekers – got contra from Pondicherry or Bangalore – or better from your “videsh” touring friends
  21. ditched the cappucinos of the world for some good “kaapi” – filter coffee
  22. Ate rice all day – breakfast to lunch to dinner – idlies – dosa – utthapam – rice meals – evening tiffin – rice cakes – and still not missed the humble roti…
  23. Danced to ~Gemini gemini~ or ~Apdi podu~ in clubs…
  24. Missed Curd Rice in a 5-star – 7 course all-you-can-eat buffet
  25. Learned the art of communicating in sign languages with domestic help (only for non-Tamil speaking junta)
  26. Cursed non-tamil speaking junta for their inability to learn the language (for Tamil speaking junta only)
  27. went trekking/holidaying atleast once near chennai – tirupati ranges – nilgiri ranges – coorg area – ooty region: realized there is life 120kms beyond the city in any direction (except east maybe)
  28. Bought winter wear for your trip to bangalore…
  29. Spent a day at Madras Race Track…

The list is endless… feel free to add more here in comments…

also see the Ahmedabad checklist:

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One comment

  1. Shekhar Ruparelia · December 14, 2011

    Ha ha. Good one dude. Although haven’t been a frequent visitor to Chennai, can imagine the fun you had while writing this post.

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