2007-07-11

My city, my attitude.....

What is a good indication that a city is cosmopolitan and is attracting people from other parts of the country? The cars will have other states' registration. Not so in the city I live in; 99.99 % of the cars (of whatever cars that I see on road), are registered as TN xy xy xxxx. Just in case you did not know, 80 % of the vehicles on Chennai roads is two/three wheelers. Btw, two wheelers include bicycles. About 20 % of these 4 wheelers is ambassadors.

The passport office should be equipped, at the least, to handle people speaking, apart from local language, English. If I am asking for more, then at least equipped with people who understand English. Chennai passport office has only one official who can understand or speak English, the chief of office himself.

My driver can speak only Tamil and I cannot. He does not understand any language that I can speak. He takes leaves galore. If I ask him as to why he took unauthorized leave, he tells me - "No Problem Saar". I try to tell him that if he takes leave, he has no problem, but I have. His response would be - What saar? No problem saar.

I had to buy Worldspace subscription. Because in Chennai there is no FM channel which airs Hindi songs. If there is one, then it must be at some godforsaken time.

I travel a lot and on an average it takes about 40 minutes from home to airport and back. I cannot complain the distance, because I knew that I have to travel a lot and that airport is far off and still I opted for this house. That is not the point. Though I try to focus my attention on the newspaper / magazine in my hand, I get distracted by the photos which are pasted one every 10 feet across the roads the cab traverses. These are the photos of Karunanidhi with various options. Karunanidhi with his son, with his daugther, with his party people....each party fellow will have the photo taken in some unique way. Some photos show how Karunanidhi evolved...photos from his 30s till date...Immense pleasure effuses!

PS: the last clause is styled on Amit Varma's

6 comments:

Krishnan said...

Chennaiz no doubt a wee bit more xenophobic. People are very conservative in their spending and the weather doesn't change much throughout the year. But apart from that, I think itz pretty good in lotsa other aspects - Safety, transportation, cleanliness, road sense, cost of living, hospitality. Damn, I had to bat for my city ;)

Ford Prefect said...

Vijay- This is one of the funniest blogs I have read in a long long time ... Having survived 10 days in that city myself , I can truely sympathise with you ... Lucky for you , you dont have to deal with the autowallas there ... Now thats a clan of people , no amount of expletives could do justice to ...

Krishnan - I am sorry mate... I know its a good city for Tamilians , but for people from other parts of the country , its totally alien ...

itheabsolute said...

krishnan

Ford has answered you. Honestly, this place is another world altogether.

There are a few goods in the city, but you never get to see them thanks to the idiosyncrasies of the city.

Ford

I missed out adding this - the city has 9 months of summer and 9 days of rains.

Thanks for your support.

Cheers

Kapil said...

dude ...get out of thr !! am sure ul land up in a cushy job elsewhr !

Rhapsoder said...

Well, you can't really change the culture of a place. Just like you can't change Hyderabadi drivers from cutting from the left most lane to the right most lane, or make Bangaloreans stop at Hosur road traffic signals.. you can't change some aspects of Chennai.
What you can do though.. is attempt to learn the language quickly. Would ease the pain.. IMHO, knowing Tamil, Hindi and probably Bengali is ultimate power in India. You can survive anywhere.

Autowalla's.. well, I'd kill them myself if I got a chance! miserable race of rats!

Anonymous said...

Vijay - Chennai is not in your preference list for so....long, I could understand that in 2001 itself. As you correctly observed...the political climate (Dravidian parties) and the party in power spends more time and peoples money to accuse and project the previous government's failures and to setup their own TV channels....than to focus on people and infrastructure.

Best....Srinivasan Vedhantham.
(9962183085)

2007-07-11

My city, my attitude.....

What is a good indication that a city is cosmopolitan and is attracting people from other parts of the country? The cars will have other states' registration. Not so in the city I live in; 99.99 % of the cars (of whatever cars that I see on road), are registered as TN xy xy xxxx. Just in case you did not know, 80 % of the vehicles on Chennai roads is two/three wheelers. Btw, two wheelers include bicycles. About 20 % of these 4 wheelers is ambassadors.

The passport office should be equipped, at the least, to handle people speaking, apart from local language, English. If I am asking for more, then at least equipped with people who understand English. Chennai passport office has only one official who can understand or speak English, the chief of office himself.

My driver can speak only Tamil and I cannot. He does not understand any language that I can speak. He takes leaves galore. If I ask him as to why he took unauthorized leave, he tells me - "No Problem Saar". I try to tell him that if he takes leave, he has no problem, but I have. His response would be - What saar? No problem saar.

I had to buy Worldspace subscription. Because in Chennai there is no FM channel which airs Hindi songs. If there is one, then it must be at some godforsaken time.

I travel a lot and on an average it takes about 40 minutes from home to airport and back. I cannot complain the distance, because I knew that I have to travel a lot and that airport is far off and still I opted for this house. That is not the point. Though I try to focus my attention on the newspaper / magazine in my hand, I get distracted by the photos which are pasted one every 10 feet across the roads the cab traverses. These are the photos of Karunanidhi with various options. Karunanidhi with his son, with his daugther, with his party people....each party fellow will have the photo taken in some unique way. Some photos show how Karunanidhi evolved...photos from his 30s till date...Immense pleasure effuses!

PS: the last clause is styled on Amit Varma's

6 comments:

Krishnan said...

Chennaiz no doubt a wee bit more xenophobic. People are very conservative in their spending and the weather doesn't change much throughout the year. But apart from that, I think itz pretty good in lotsa other aspects - Safety, transportation, cleanliness, road sense, cost of living, hospitality. Damn, I had to bat for my city ;)

Ford Prefect said...

Vijay- This is one of the funniest blogs I have read in a long long time ... Having survived 10 days in that city myself , I can truely sympathise with you ... Lucky for you , you dont have to deal with the autowallas there ... Now thats a clan of people , no amount of expletives could do justice to ...

Krishnan - I am sorry mate... I know its a good city for Tamilians , but for people from other parts of the country , its totally alien ...

itheabsolute said...

krishnan

Ford has answered you. Honestly, this place is another world altogether.

There are a few goods in the city, but you never get to see them thanks to the idiosyncrasies of the city.

Ford

I missed out adding this - the city has 9 months of summer and 9 days of rains.

Thanks for your support.

Cheers

Kapil said...

dude ...get out of thr !! am sure ul land up in a cushy job elsewhr !

Rhapsoder said...

Well, you can't really change the culture of a place. Just like you can't change Hyderabadi drivers from cutting from the left most lane to the right most lane, or make Bangaloreans stop at Hosur road traffic signals.. you can't change some aspects of Chennai.
What you can do though.. is attempt to learn the language quickly. Would ease the pain.. IMHO, knowing Tamil, Hindi and probably Bengali is ultimate power in India. You can survive anywhere.

Autowalla's.. well, I'd kill them myself if I got a chance! miserable race of rats!

Anonymous said...

Vijay - Chennai is not in your preference list for so....long, I could understand that in 2001 itself. As you correctly observed...the political climate (Dravidian parties) and the party in power spends more time and peoples money to accuse and project the previous government's failures and to setup their own TV channels....than to focus on people and infrastructure.

Best....Srinivasan Vedhantham.
(9962183085)