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To some people, this city is a mixture of memories and emotions. To others, it is a city of dreams and hopes, while to some others, it is a beautiful holiday. Chennai is celebrating it's 373rd birthday today, and I thought creating a thread to celebrate what Chennai stands for in the realms of culture, tradition and the modern era shouldn't be a bad idea. It has one amongst the world's oldest corporations. What do you think we should learn today, what is it that appeals to you most about Chennai? What do you think we should improve about our city. Thoughts and Ideas please?

Chennai is known by various things it is famous for - Health Capital, Developer's Capital (of India), Cultural Capital, Longest Urban beach - of the world!

What do you love about Chennai? Please share your thoughts and ideas for Chennai - Cerebral City.
 

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IMO, chennai is the most under-rated city in this country... Though the city is rich in almost every aspect (culture, industrial, technological, political, media), some people have been successful enough to pull down the beauty of the city virtually...

The city has its own flaws which almost every city in this country has... At the same time it always had something to be proud for.... We have different threads to find faults about the city which is really important to discuss on how to improvise the city... But we desperately need a thread to cheer something for the city.. I mean a thread that should always remain positive for this beautiful city..:cheers:
 

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IMO, chennai is the most under-rated city in this country... Though the city is rich in almost every aspect (culture, industrial, technological, political, media), some people have been successful enough to pull down the beauty of the city virtually...

The city has its own flaws which almost every city in this country has... At the same time it always had something to be proud for.... We have different threads to find faults about the city which is really important to discuss on how to improvise the city... But we desperately need a thread to cheer something for the city.. I mean a thread that should always remain positive for this beautiful city..:cheers:
I agree with you completely. People always tend to see the negatives readily and forget to appreciate the good things the city provides. Chennai welcomes everybody with open hands even those who bad-mouth it. Chennai is the best city there is no doubt about it.
 

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IMO, chennai is the most under-rated city in this country... Though the city is rich in almost every aspect (culture, industrial, technological, political, media), some people have been successful enough to pull down the beauty of the city virtually...

The city has its own flaws which almost every city in this country has... At the same time it always had something to be proud for.... We have different threads to find faults about the city which is really important to discuss on how to improvise the city... But we desperately need a thread to cheer something for the city.. I mean a thread that should always remain positive for this beautiful city..:cheers:
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Tamil Nadu student wins U.K. MBA scholarship

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Special Arrangement Sruthi Vijayachandran with the award presented to her by Dr. Michael Milanovic, Chief Executive of University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
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Sruthi Vijayachandran, a postgraduate student from Tamil Nadu, has been awarded a scholarship to study MBA at the London School of Business Finance after being awarded the First Prize in the final of the Best Young Speaker from Asia competition held at Robinson College, University of Cambridge.

Ms. Vijayachandran, who hails from Coonoor, was among nine young English language students from across Asia flown to Britain to take part in the competition that involved giving two presentations with a business theme and answering a series of questions put to them by an expert panel.

She described it as “an amazing experience”.

Simon Wright of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (English for Speakers of Other Languages Examinations), which organised the competition, said: “Sruthi has a real flair for communications and this really showed on the day. Her talent and ability really caught the eyes of the judges and I’d like to congratulate her for such an impressive performance.”

Organisers said that Ms. Vijayachandran, who holds a Master’s Degree in public relations, secured a place in the final by “impressing judges with her English speaking ability” at the regional rounds held earlier this year.

She also recently passed Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC) – a high level business English qualification developed by Cambridge ESOL.
 

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I agree with you completely. People always tend to see the negatives readily and forget to appreciate the good things the city provides. Chennai welcomes everybody with open hands even those who bad-mouth it. Chennai is the best city there is no doubt about it.
It is also out ability to laugh at ourselves... and also remember India vs Pakistan match at Chepauk???
 

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Ok ....since the topic is " cerebral city" , why not post all the intellectual happenings, establishments and news from the city...??? hope the thread starter wont mind..:)

let me start off.....

Chennai has a Mensa Chapter functioning since 2003.

Mensa is a High Iq organization established in 1946. It has City, college and university chapters all over the world. In India i think it is present in the cities of Bombay ,Pune, Delhi, Madras, Bangalore and Calcutta . The Chennai chapter consists of 70 members ( according to their website )

http://www.mensachennai.org/
 

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Chennai is one of the few cities in India which have a good " foreign language learning" culture....name the language and you've got an institute teaching the subject.

Some Important language centres in Chennai include :

1) Goethe Institue/Max Mueller Bhavan

The premier institute in Chennai for learning German and involving oneself in german culture, the Max mueller Bhavan was established way back in 1988. Having recently relocated from Khader Nawaz khan road to Rutland gate , this institute sees thousands of students registering themselves for learning the german language. They also have loads of events going on at their centre every Week.

2) Alliance Française de Madras

Few can miss the Alliance Française in Nungambakkam :). More than 3000 students enroll for French classes every year in the AF Madras. The institute has a vibrant cultural atmosphere with events happening throughout the year.

3) The Russian Cultural Centre :

This Cultural centre , situated on Kasturi rangan Road, is one of the few centres in the City which still reflect the long standing collaboration with the once mighty Soviet empire. Of course there is a regeneration of interest in russia and it's culture primarily due to India's growing collaborations with Russia, particularly in Defence.

4) Japanese langauge centres: Japanese has become a sought after language because of the growing presence of Japanese companies in Chennai and the whole of India. Chennai has the most number of Japanese language learners in India:- close to 10,000 every year ( Calculated based on the number of students taking up the japanese proficiency exams ). This drastic increase has happened over a short period of 5-7 years. Traditional Japanese Culture, a culture based on respect and honour, finds special concurrence with our own Tamil culture.

Centres for japanese language learning are ABK-AOTS, Indo Japanese Chamber Of Commerce and several other reputed centres across the city.

5) British Council : How can one forget about the British council. The British Council Library is the first library i had visited when i was 12, and when I visited it after 10 years, I was amazed to see that they had improved it by leaps and bounds. Still the best bet for bettering one's English
 

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Chennai is where Superstar is living :banana::banana::banana:

Its always a gateway for trend setters in indian cinema...

Maestro Illayaraja
Isia Puyal ARR
MS Subbulakshmi amma
Kamal Hassan
Manirathnam

yeppudi.. summa athiruthulla

And it is the Birth place of Modern Indian Cinema, where contemporary art film like story telling meets the commercial elements..
Kollywood is taking the indian cinema into big leagues in forms of Tecnology, Budjet, etc
 

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Chennai is where Superstar is living :banana::banana::banana:

Its always a gateway for trend setters in indian cinema...

Maestro Illayaraja
Isia Puyal ARR
MS Subbulakshmi amma
Kamal Hassan
Manirathnam

yeppudi.. summa athiruthulla

And it is the Birth place of Modern Indian Cinema, where contemporary art film like story telling meets the commercial elements..
Kollywood is taking the indian cinema into big leagues in forms of Tecnology, Budjet, etc
Completely agree with these points... Adding to it further, chennai is the city which has maximum no. of film studios in india...
 

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Completely agree with these points... Adding to it further, chennai is the city which has maximum no. of film studios in india...
Even the most number of theaters i think. But then one correction. The word Superstar is not a single person's title. Any actor with a mass fan following is a superstar and all the people mentioned below are superstars.

Anyways Katrina Kaif's mother lives in Chennai itseems running a charity trust. Does anybody know about it?
 

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Even the most number of theaters i think. But then one correction. The word Superstar is not a single person's title. Any actor with a mass fan following is a superstar and all the people mentioned below are superstars.

Anyways Katrina Kaif's mother lives in Chennai itseems running a charity trust. Does anybody know about it?
Boss appo little superstar pattam simbu thanakku thaana vechikutadha? illa makkal virumbi vechangla? :lol:

The anthem of youth "Kolaveri" also roots from chennai... Vishwanathan anand is from chennai or palakkad?
 

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Boss appo little superstar pattam simbu thanakku thaana vechikutadha? illa makkal virumbi vechangla? :lol:

The anthem of youth "Kolaveri" also roots from chennai... Vishwanathan anand is from chennai or palakkad?
look if u have good fan following you can call yourself superstar. With Rajini and Simbu they show it as if it only belongs to them. Flip through the pages of any filmfare or stardust, they would casually call even Ajay Devgan a superstar. In franaticism we are like the flintstones even in this era.

Vishy Anand has a house in Chennai Besent Nagar where he stays for like 50 to 100 days in a year at most and also his mother and Father stay there however most of the time stays in his Spain based house(Gifted to him by Spanish government). Thats where his seconds come and analyze during match times.
 

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Nalla Madras to Chillax Chennai


It’s officially Madras week till Sunday and so the licence to kill with nostalgia is still valid. The list of landmarks of our youth that have disappeared is endless and we can delve into it freely.

Of course, there is no real argument against progress, so too against gentrification. GenNext can take heart from the fact that ‘Namma Madras’ has given way to ‘Chillax Chennai’ with its emerging landmarks that dwarf the LIC building in grandeur.

The place we miss the most may be the old Moore Market, which was quite the spot to laze around and look at old books.

Precious first editions were rare but at least you could lay your hands on some ancient books with notations on the opening page that lent the identity of the original owners certain mystique.

Moore Market, which gave way to the expansion of the Central station, was always the place to go for things for your pets, fish tanks, fish food, etc.

It was a one-stop shop for curios and quite curious things that you probably did not really need.

Old gramophones, telephones that had to be cranked before you could hear voices that seemed to come from mysteriously deep places and just about everything else to ignite the curiosity of the young were on display.

A visit to Devaraja Mudali Street in Town was to pick up imported goods, including salted almonds from USA, perfumes from France, etc.

Nowadays the whiff of perfumes invades your nostril even as you enter stores that sell you a lifestyle even more than goods.

Burma Bazaar was to take over as the ultimate smugglers’ haven, once a must visit place for ‘phoreen’ things like video tapes, cameras and ‘imported’ Scotch that was probably filled up in some nefarious local distillery.

There were restaurants that served liquor in ‘Eversilver’ tumblers in days of ‘Prohibition,’ the funny state policy that was on-off in the ’70s before governments realised that the business was otherwise going to bootleggers and ‘speakeasys’.

For the best of fresh toddy straight off the palm tree one had to ride the two-wheeler across the border to Tada and Sulurpet.

The Golden Bowl in Savera was an early Indian and European cuisine dining place that seemed luxurious in the olden days. A late night snack at the ice cream parlour in Dasaprakash was a must for night bird Madrasis.

The idly sambar tasted doubly delightful if eaten at 3.00 am. Sadly, the whole place has gone to a realtor although the change is good because the popular and Dasaprakash brothers, who sportingly owned horses like Rock Haven and Youg Turk that swept the classics for a year or two, get a breather. Their ‘AVM Dosa’ or ‘Dasavin dosa’ on Mount Rod served a nut cutlet to die for until that too had to shut down.

A ticket to the annual military tattoo on Island Grounds used to be precious. Army riders on Bullet motorcycles thundered past on an evening doing marvellous tricks of balance and taking off on an incline to pass bravely through rings of fire.

The acrobatic show was matched only by the daredevil motorcycle rider who would go on endless spirals in a rollercoaster cage in the circus tent pitched behind Moore Market.

The ground would also host crazy, zany events that were a precursor to today’s WWE on television. King Kong against Dara Singh would be the feature event on the wrestling card of long evenings when the show hit town.

As youngsters we took whatever happened on the mat inside the ring seriously with a sense of wonder although names of supporting cast like Chief Sitting Bull should have been a dead giveaway on how much of a fake all that could have been.

Road shows featuring marathon cyclists who rode for 18 hours a day with a supporting cast of gypsy acrobats on makeshift arenas in the inner ring were a common enough feature.

When the organisers came around with the collection ‘towel’ we would disappear since there was never more than a few annas that were reserved for ‘kamarkat’ (beastly black sweets) or the much more colourful rose candy.

Visits to George Town were not complete without a meal at Ramakrishna Lunch Home although I must confess the North Indian snacks like ‘bhel puri’ and ‘paani puri’ seemed more delicious, so too the ‘kulfi’ from the Mint Street vendor’s tricycle. ‘Sone papdi’ was a sweet to die for while tins of rasgoolas started reaching the shelves slowly from KC Das of Kolkata.

Madras was not complete without a visit to the ball our Anglo-Indian friends held in various halls in the western part of the city.

Ballroom dancing was great fun even as a spectator although you may hear the odd comment about “Indian fellows are dancing with our dames da” from the fun-loving, outgoing community whose younger generation all but seem to have disappeared from the city to settle mostly in Perth, Western Australia.

There is so much that we miss of Madras but then Chennai offers so much more to compensate. Maybe, it’s our good fortune that we grew up in one and lived long in the other too to enjoy the best of both wordls.

For the young, romance lies in city’s cool factor

Old timers may miss the draughty old red-brick colonial buildings of Madras, but for the young Chennaiite, the romance of the city lies in its jazzy new multiplexes, its glass-façade IT parks and shopping malls and the watering holes where the food comes in miniature versions — inch-long samosas and coin-sized crab cakes that may drill a hole in your pocket and may not satiate your hunger, but more than make up because of their ‘cool factor’.

Young Chennaiites have no qualms in paying Rs 1,500 to sample a shot of absinthe flown in from Amsterdam or spending Rs 6,000 on a haircut because the hairdresser is a gay Frenchman with impeccable taste and crafty fingers.

They prefer multicoloured Converse flipflops to the good old blue and white Bata chappals, would not be seen dead in generic sunglasses and would rather head to the nearest Barista for a mug of overpriced latte, than drink the free coffee from the humble dispenser in the office cafeteria.

Nobody really realised when the cautious, thrifty people of Chennai transitioned into this new breed that flaunts its branded merchandise and devil-may-care attitude.

Perhaps sometime around the point when ‘Bessy’ a.k.a Besant Nagar beach became a cooler hangout than Marina beach.

Or when Khader Nawaz Khan Road took over from Pondy Bazaar as the place where you can buy literally everything, including the kitchen sink.

Or the time when most of the top Indian brands in Spencers Plaza shut shop and moved to the sparkling hallways of Express Avenue, to give the FCUKs and Calvin Kleins there a run for their money.

This transformation is striking now — from a time just a few years ago when our mothers dragged us through crowded markets over beds of squashed vegetables to haggle with vendors hardly visible behind mounds of neatly arranged fruits and vegetables to now, when buying vegetables entails picking up barcoded cellophane packets of pre-cut veggies off the rack in an air-conditioned hypermarket.

Buying meat and fish is no different — you don’t have to endure the flies in a fish market or the squawking of the poor chicken about to be killed for your dinner table, when you can get neatly cut and cleaned portions of meat from the neighbourhood supermarket.

The way of life in Chennai is miles ahead of simple yesteryear Madras, and, crib as you may about the traffic and the pollution; GenNext would never trade in their luxurious lifestyle for a million dollars.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/chennai/nalla-madras-chillax-chennai-038
 
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