Its been like 3 months in Chennai and ILP is done. ILP was like an extra semester of College. When it began we used to be slightly apprehensive about the people from the other colleges. During group activities we felt handicapped trying to get people to do work and also by people’s sense of humour. It was amazing how closte-minded people could be. But we somehow survived it. Got into our streams and finally passed after much distress. I did however meet some amazing people. I became SPOC. Had a great time with MS70 and made new friends. Like someone said “ILP is your honeymoon in the Software sector”. Pity, that its over. Oh yeah i think i learnt a bit of Java as well.
So Ambattur’s done and so is our beloved Anna Nagar West Extn. I know the room is a cramped one where the 4 of us stay but it was close to a lot of places. Anna Nagar, 2nd Avenue is a lovely street. Will Miss it. Also sad that we didnt visit all the 3rd Avenue food joints.
Places I Love:
Cafe H awesome food joint.
Parfait 3 wouldnt have discovered it if we hadnt gone that night for dessert.
FoodSpot for the Breakfast everyday.
Ganga Sweets for the Cold Badam.
Kairali for the homely “kerala” rice and Chicken Biryani.
Rajasthani Dhaba for the unlimited Thali.
Nalas for the Aapam and Sweet Lassi.
SeaShell late discovery but a filling sizzler.
Pasta Bar for being italian.
Sarvana Bhavan for the Sunday Morning breakfasts! oh and awesome tea.
This was an Ode to our stay here at S2, Accord Buliders, Anna Nagar West Extn.
We went House Hunting to find a place closer to OMR as thats where our offices are located. We hunted a lot before we fell in love with this one slightly expensive place. Yes, I got yelled at for not saving enough. Dreaming about moving there this weekend.
Things have Changed. Circumstances forced this move to Chennai. Its been a month here so far and the schedule is hectic. I have just got down to blogging again. For people who do visit to check my blog posts, Geekd.in would be the place i would tend to update more often.
So how has Chennai been so far? Not entirely unfriendly. I knew that Language was to be a problem and Water too. We dropped by in October to find a place to stay at Ambattur as our ILP centre was close by. We ended up with a small room in Annanagar West Extn., after a wild 3 days which saw us roaming around in marshy areas finding something that sounds like ‘Abhinjyam Stage 1’ Flats in Mogappair West at night and Going to the MMM Hospital to get Bottled water at 11pm. Lot of New experiences definitely. But then every one of us who came here had their own list to share.
So back in November, we left Mangalore on 31st. Around 32 of us travelled in Train to Chennai. That was the beginning of our Adventure. Arriving at Chennai for the third time in 2 years , i had grown accustomed to some of the things. And we learnt more along the way in the past one month.
1. One of the basic things we were confused about were bus journeys. The Buses had fares which were completely indecipherable with respect to bus type and distance covered. Finally i was enlightened to the fact that the bus fares are ruled by the bus boards. The White board buses are the cheapest and the Blue the costliest (i think). Also a M prefixed to the bus means you get charged 1 buck extra. Travel is cheap here in Chennai. This link helps us at times. Rab.in.
2. Food didn’t turn out to be a problem although the notorious white rice is everywhere. Never try Non-Indian food at Vegetarian hotels no matter how good they are supposed to be. Had a bad experience ordering American Chopsuey at Saravana Bhavan. But i Found their tea heavenly and its pricing (Rs 16) too.
3. Language was and still is a problem. Thanks to Karthik and Rathan, i can survive with my limited knowledge of Tamil. Broken English is a great help at times.
4. We discovered Share Autos as a more viable option over the meterless autos any day. There were lots who got looted by rickshaws. Travel can be dangerous too. We had a ride where the driver thought he was playing ‘Grand Theft Share Auto’. He broke a lot of those so-called traffic rules. But then not many people in Chennai seem to stick to them. I’ve had many close shaves trying to cross the road here.
5. Chennai has freaky weather patterns. Cyclone one day, Sunny the next. I Caught a cold thanks to that and had sore throat thanks to the water. Bathing is horrible due to the salt water and feels almost redundant.
6. Chennai has an English Radio Channel, Chennai Live! 104.8 fm It plays good music and glad i discovered it. i Bought a new Nokia 5030 to manage my new Chennai number and this was a pleasant surprise.
7. Diwali in Chennai is like being in a WarZone. People just burst crackers left and right, On the road and near vehicles. Scary stuff. And deafening too.
More News from Chennai soon.
Image Courtesy: Deepsan
At the beginning, I was so different, Life was so different. Lets look at how my expenditure went on in 1st Semester .
Now Let see the situation in 8th semester:
*Rs 11 for the Rickshaw in the Morning. Cause i am always late to catch the bus at 7:00 and end up talking a rick to RTO.
I saved that because Dad started dropping me to the bus in 3rd year.
* Rs 10 for the Journey to college..thats becoz i take the college bus..5 rupees cheaper than the average express bus…10rupees cheaper if we bribe the conductor..[doesnt work now].
Still did that. It cost us 10 but i’ve heard its 15 now. Mornings were spent on bus 7/17 .
* Rs 7-9 on the mid morning break..all that listening to lectures makes us Hungry….
If there was a mid-morning snack then the spending was 25 but these werent regular in 8th semester. This was because either our class ended by 12-1 or we didnt go to class 😛
* Rs 10-20 forthe afternoon Meal/food….Whatever else we eat like ice creams and juices just add to the bill.
Now this portion got inflated to a lot bigger number partly thanks to the economy partly due to our lunches outside the campus serving non veg fare. 40 buck approximate??
* Rs 15 for the evenning Express bus Home…College bus cheaper but has its timings…Who’s gonna wait????
Who would have thought that this would change? Who’s gonna wait? Well we did. No going home early. 4th semester was the turning point. oh and it now costs 16 for express. Evenings were spent usually on bus 23 with the Rs. 10 ticket.
So if you forget the fact that we also dropped by at fast food joints on our way home in the evening i would spend a minimum of 75 on a day. Keep in mind my monthly allowance is 1500. How did i manage? My ‘fest’ income supplemented it. Pity, thats ended.
How Things changed.