Chennai... flashed in my mailbox. Considering Pune or Bangalore for the training location, anxiety struck me when I got to know that I will be spending at least 3 months in Chennai. I was scared a little, but a couple hours later I found myself googling about the places that needs to be visited in Chennai.
And then the real deal started. The more number of people I told about my training location, the more absurd advises I got. Advises that I didn't pay heed to. Thankfully! I was flabbergasted to see that all these people who are advising me about the 'unbearable Chennai life' haven't even visited that place.
Chennai is so hot.........The language barrier.......The food.........The orthodox mentality. Basically, they left no stone unturned in making me believe how wretched a child I was to have got Chennai as my training location. On the contrary, I was excited to take this thought provoking journey.
This ideology is pretty common. The other day I shared my cab with a guy who belonged to Chennai. We started talking and I told him that I have lived in Chennai for a year. Excepting all complaints, he asked me about my experience and was shocked when I told him about the normal happy stay that I had there. And it made me realize why they find it shocking to come across someone praising their land. Because the opposite is what they have been hearing all their life.
Yes, Chennai is hot. But so is Delhi.
The Language barrier? Isn't Delhi, like many other states, an amalgam of all religions?
Food? Learn how to cook or stop nagging.
Orthodox mentality...... Period
There are people who stand out because of their 'Don't pollute our culture' behavior, but that is too little in comparison to the love you get. And you will find such people everywhere you go. Don't we face that discrimination at times in the western countries? But we never forget to praise them and rather change ourselves to fit in.
To all those people who have been criticizing Chennai by virtue of hearsay, it's time you keep your preconceived notions aside, spend some days here and decide for yourself. You wouldn't be disappointed.
The mighty Beaches