Chennai is 374 years old today. What started as a small settlement by the British East-India company along the south-east coast of India, Bay of Bengal, is now a ever-bustling, modern yet traditional metropolitan city.
Already, I have talked a lot about Chennai, especially through my A-Z challenge posts. Yet, I can't stop myself from talking about this city. From the irritating but exulting feel of bearing the unbearable Chennai heat, the ride in the earthquake-like-shaking share autos, bargaining with flower sellers and auto-kaarargal, quenching thirst from cool tender coconuts, water-melons, the road-side tea stalls selling hot Bondas to hot spicy biriyani, filter coffee, cotton candy, kolams to crowded railway stations, temples, mosques, churches, buses to star hotels, IT corridor and its people, Tanglish (Tamil+English) speaking people like myself, High-class English speaking people etc, to considerable amount of Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam speaking people, the city has many aspects that define it. Chennai is everything. It has seen 374 summers and monsoons. Madras -----> Chennai, though the name changed, many of its places and qualities still remain to this day. That fact heartens me. I wish 'her' a very happy birthday. And for her to be happy, we (citizens), her children, must continue and strive hard to protect and glorify her even more. There are still many problems that damage her such as traffic, sanitation, pollution etc; to name a few. According to me, the day when Cooum river looks and used like River Thames (just a wild thought), Chennai will be an even a greater beauty to look and enjoy to live in.