3 Loves of my life

ALERT!!!! LONG POST AHEAD.

Obviously the post has been titled this way to misguide you and to draw more hits to my blog :D But yeah..true to the title this post is about the 3 lovely maidens who have traced through my entire lifespan till date.

"Singara" Chennai:

I would be lying if i speak up for the whole of chennai. Let me be precise here and stick to MYLAPORE. Whenever i think of that place, Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven on earth" song plays in the background. Its not that i get goose pimples the moment i step down there :D but something similar to that effect i should say :). A sense of security..a feeling that.."YES..i am in a place where i can manage come what may"...a place which really makes me feel at home. Whats there that make me hold it in such high esteem?? In early 90's.. for close to 5 years it went through acute water shortage..with people where running helter skelter to "procure" a bucket of water in the middle of the night. Residents of the houses where water was coming became instant friends and for a brief period caste, religion everything was forgotten when survival became the issue. Still..the point was..no one left the place!!! Rents didnt come down. Square feet rate kept on increasing!!! Plots got sold even before the existing houses where demolished. The amazing thing about that place is, people think of Kapaleeswara temple at the mention of Myalpore or Santhome church which form the 2 extremes and sandwiched in between are 2 mosques!! Touchwood ..till date there are no issues of any tension between any of the communities. Every sect of christian church can be found dotting the line towards Marina beach and we evenhave a jain temple also for that matter close by to Kapali temple. The entire place is such a close knit family. Every house will have atleast one person who would've spent 50 or more years in Myalpore and would be knowing every single building with its history!! My family has been there for 4 generations and part of one of the oldest families still in the locality. I did all of my schooling..colleging and for 2 decades it was the center of the universe for me. And then came Banglore.

The beauty called Bengalooru:

During my school days..my friends who went to Bangalore for vacation used to say so much about the climate of Bangalore that in my imagination that place was akin to switzerland with lot more snow :) so much for my geo knowledge :) I might still have million miles to go.. but when i get time to turn back and view my journey called life (ajcl madam pls excuse :D )..the starting milestone would definitely be here only. My world expanded with a big Bang(lore) :) lot of very good friends and acquaintances...over night life changed and everything for the better. I was lucky to join the best ever workplace, filled with so many lovely people that it hardly felt like office :). I got the best managers to work under who were more like mentors to me than managers. My team was/is more close to my heart than even most of my relatives. I can put my neck on the block and say they are the best ever colleagues one can ever get :) a lot of them became friends for life. Bangalore, to me, is the most romantic city i've ever been. Its hard not to fall in love being in Bangalore :) oh yeah. I fell in love with that city :) It may not have the same charm now, getting overcrowded, loosing its greens and maddening traffic. But i remember only the good things about it :) I thought i could never ever settle in any other place apart from Banglore or chennai. Then i met Mumbai- the maximum city.

Mummmmbaaaaaaiiii- The city of dreams:

My love affair with Mumbai began in typical filmy fashion. Hated this city at first sight. Had horrible experiences one after another. Slowly reconciled and now it feels like home :) Till i came here, i used to wonder in disbelief how can one eat vada with bread!!! And now its almost my staple diet!! :D Have fallen in love mouth over paav :) For a city which is known for its traffic snarls and crowds, i manage to commute around 12 kms in under half hour!! The place where i am located is strategically placed from my office and has the maximum bus routes and share autos plying in that area!!! I got the most devoted group of roomies here (soru podra deivangala muraichika koodathula) who take such good care of me. At times i wish, given no choice, i might even settle here. But my first love's tug is bit too much of a pull to neglect.

So.. here i am.. completing my circle of life and going back to chennai. In all probability.. next week, this time, it would be Chennai time.. again :) New adventure beckons. So long folks. Catch you all from chennai :)

Comments

Aaarti said…
Looks like u've had quite a journey in life.... wonderful experiences we gather and take with us for the rest of the journey...here's to more!! :D

All zeee best for chennai pooting up with u and poruthufying ur paduthals.. :P
RS said…
Senti post!! S. Ramakrishnan-oda oru book padichaen-namma vaazhra ovvoru oorleyum uyir irukuthaam...makkaloda uyir attached to the places they live in! How true,illa?? And you have emotionally put them down, in your once-awhile-unusual-rockong style!!
Best wishes, baas!! Let life at Chennai give you all that you look forward to.....

PS:wherever be you, please keep writing!! It spreads so much of cheer!!
RamMmm said…
<Sivaji Ganesan style>
Thirumbi unga oorukkey varreengalaaya. vaangayya vaanga. vaelaiya ozhunga mudicheengalaayaa.
</Sivaji Ganesan style>

Have a wonderful time back. Now, no more living out of a suitcase, I presume.

Nalladhu nadakkattum, as you land in mother-town. Nothing beats the town that bred you.
Pallavi said…
I can so relate to this Post!!! Just like for me Delhi was always akin to Newyork :) actually still is. Despite all the flaws I can't help but love it ...!
nandoo said…
oyee thalaivar.. welcome back to Chennai...

unga post padicha... enaaku apdiye oru 4 - 5years rewind panna mathiri irukku....

mee too the same feelings for bangalore and mumbai.... enna naduvuala oru chinna bit "pune" vera vanthuduchu....

i used to travel from lokhandwala to powai hiranandani every day... lot of memories... juhu beach, victoria, andheri stn solli kitte pogalam...


but enna sollunga... nothing can replace our sontha oor
sorgame endralum athu namma chennai pola varumaa :D
Swetha Guptha said…
he gils!! welcome back!!!
G3 said…
//All zeee best for chennai pooting up with u and poruthufying ur paduthals.. :P//

Repeatae :)))))))))))))))))))))))
lakshmi said…
enna sollavarenga appo... neenga chennai, mumbai, bangalore elam poitu vanthuteenga na...

chennai, mumbai, bangalore kae ivlo scene na.. US, UK, SWIZZ na evlo paesuvenga!!!

funny ppl :D:D:D
Swaram said…
Wowww! Never knew so much abt Mylapore or rather that there's so much to it. I have visited the Universal temple of Ramakrishna Math there .. now, it makes a lot of sense to hv it in a area which is the true embodiment of unity in diversity :)
Swaram said…
Bengaluru .. my home sweet home .. loved what u hv written abt it. I hv written one longgg post abt it already and hv nthg more to add here :P But yes, every place hs its one -ves, so I luv it for what it is and the way it is :)
Swaram said…
Aaha .. so, this is a post to tell us abt it ;) Gud luck Gils n hv a gr8 time in Chennai :)
Ippo namma meeting in Chennai ;)
all the very best Gils, for ur life has come full circle.. like i said earlier.. wish u lotsa love, luck and prosperity in Chennai..new life in a comfy old place ..
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idhuku thaane ella build up um? kilambu kilambu mumbaikarangaluku kaathu varattum ;)
Vidya said…
Nice journey! Change is always good. :D I wish you the best in Madras! :D
chennaigirl said…
So atlast veettu saappaadaa.. hmm..Welcome back.
gils said…
//Looks like u've had quite a journey in life.... wonderful experiences we gather and take with us for the rest of the journey...here's to more!! :D
//

:) danke :)

//All zeee best for chennai pooting up with u and poruthufying ur paduthals.. :P//

muahahahaa :D :D
gils said…
//S. Ramakrishnan-oda oru book padichaen-namma vaazhra ovvoru oorleyum uyir irukuthaam...makkaloda uyir attached to the places they live in! How true,illa??/

!!! u read S. Ramakrishnan!!! avvvvvvvvvvvvv...ambutu peria aala u? :D
gils said…
//Best wishes, baas!! Let life at Chennai give you all that you look forward to.....//

:) hope so :) thanks athivasi :)

//PS:wherever be you, please keep writing!! It spreads so much of cheer!!//

avvvvvvvvvvvvvvv..unga paaasathuku oru alavay ilaya :d btw..itha thaan sontha selavula sooniyamnu solrathu :D
gils said…
//
Thirumbi unga oorukkey varreengalaaya. vaangayya vaanga. vaelaiya ozhunga mudicheengalaayaa.
//

ussssssssssssshaaabbbbbbbbaaaaaa..ipvoay kanna katuathay !!! :D

// Now, no more living out of a suitcase, I presume.//

yes.. :) atleast..thts wat i think..dunno for how long :)
gils said…
//Nalladhu nadakkattum, as you land in mother-town. Nothing beats the town that bred you.//

nandri nandri :D :D
gils said…
//I can so relate to this Post!!! Just like for me Delhi was always akin to Newyork :) actually still is. Despite all the flaws I can't help but love it ...!/

delhi n NY?? thot mumbai was NY :D :D anyways...let NY be the new Delhi from now on :D :D way to go pally wally :)
gils said…
//oyee thalaivar.. welcome back to Chennai... //

yesss baassss.... hows sat? sounday kaanum..u've achieved the impossible :D

//unga post padicha... enaaku apdiye oru 4 - 5years rewind panna mathiri irukku.... //

same blud? :D

//i used to travel from lokhandwala to powai hiranandani every day... lot of memories... juhu beach, victoria, andheri stn solli kitte pogalam... //

:) been there seen them :)
gils said…
//

but enna sollunga... nothing can replace our sontha oor
sorgame endralum athu namma chennai pola varumaa :D//

ejjjaaatleeee :)
gils said…
@swetha:

dankx :) hope we all can make a meet sometime :)

@carpe:

//wow..lucky u//

hehehe..engayo posungara smell varuthay :D :D
gils said…
////All zeee best for chennai pooting up with u and poruthufying ur paduthals.. :P//

Repeatae :)))))))))))))))))))))))//

overa santhoshapadaatheenga...ungaluku iruku :D
gils said…
//enna sollavarenga appo... neenga chennai, mumbai, bangalore elam poitu vanthuteenga na... //

thupparuku thuppaya thuppaki thoo thoo mazhai :D :D ( u the understud? :D)

//chennai, mumbai, bangalore kae ivlo scene na.. US, UK, SWIZZ na evlo paesuvenga!!! //

onuum pesa maten :D no plans to leave thaainaadu :D
gils said…
//Never knew so much abt Mylapore or rather that there's so much to it. I have visited the Universal temple of Ramakrishna Math there .. now, it makes a lot of sense to hv it in a area which is the true embodiment of unity in diversity //

yup...hey u've been to mylapore..?? next time coming..u the me ping :D
gils said…
//I hv written one longgg post abt it already and hv nthg more to add here :P But yes, every place hs its one -ves, so I luv it for what it is and the way it is :)/

i love it for all those fond memories i've abt tht place..i came to know abt many facets of myself when i was there..if there is a time machine..i wud want to visit tht phase of my life time and again :)
gils said…
//Aaha .. so, this is a post to tell us abt it ;) Gud luck Gils n hv a gr8 time in Chennai :)
Ippo namma meeting in Chennai ;)/

suuureee kattabommi :)
gils said…
//wish u lotsa love, luck and prosperity in Chennai..new life in a comfy old place ../

thank u ajcl :)
gils said…
@rambam:

:) danke...i thot u wud make fun of this post :)

@kedi:

//idhuku thaane ella build up um? kilambu kilambu mumbaikarangaluku kaathu varattum ;)//

hehehee...ellam oru velambram thaan:D
gils said…
//nestu kannalama anne..? :P//

godukay lightu :D
gils said…
//Change is always good. :D I wish you the best in Madras! :D//

!!! :) veeedu kitti?

//So atlast veettu saappaadaa.. hmm..Welcome back./

LOL :D i wud rename myself frm gils to chennaipaiyan :D
lostworld said…
Lovely post again.. got me soo nostalgic.

What Mylapore is to you is what MRC Nagar/RA Puram is to me in Chennai :-)) There's definitely something about the city. I love it despite the yucky sticky weather & stinky odours.

As for Bangalore, I can go on & on. B'lore is in my blood you see ..and will always be;-) Uff!

Mumbai..I don't remember the city at all..was too small when we were there:)

Going back to Chennai for good? Maybe it isn't a full circle..How can 3 cities in South India alone complete a life cirle ;-P
gils said…
!!! u ver in all three places as well??!!! RA puram!!! woww!!!
gils said…
3 south indian cities? mumbai also ni south india? :D :D welcome to geo haters club :)
23-C said…
welcome back!

lets meet if time permits here...

nan chennai la than kadantha 9 varushama k___ kotitu irukan!!!
23-C said…
oops maranthitan...naduvula oru 1 varusham bangalore la yum kotinan
gils said…
!!! 23c vanga vanga :) sooraha wl meet
Ramesh said…
Oh wow gils - you are moving back. good luck "back home".


The romantic in you is freaking out. Surely the rommies are not so great in Mumbai - after all one woke you uup at 3 AM !!

Now I know that you are an incurable romantic. Banaglore is a romantic city ??? None but AJCL will say that. Bein stuck for 3 hours and 14 minutes on Marathahalli bridge cannot be in the least bit romantic.

Can't help but tease you a bit - for a quite a few posts I have been observing. Puratchi thalaivar romba formla irukkare ... ?? (running round the tree variety :)
gils said…
//Oh wow gils - you are moving back. good luck "back home".///

nanri nanri nanri :D :D


//The romantic in you is freaking out.//

?? ijit :D :D

// Surely the rommies are not so great in Mumbai - after all one woke you uup at 3 AM !!
//

soru podra deivamaacha..athaan pona potamnu manichiten :D
gils said…
//Now I know that you are an incurable romantic. Banaglore is a romantic city ??? None but AJCL will say that. Bein stuck for 3 hours and 14 minutes on Marathahalli bridge cannot be in the least bit romantic.//

LOL :D :D well i shd say i got more than one friend in ajcl to vouch for that and many of my friends wud join the band too :)) forget traffic snarls..they are part of blore lifestyle :D it merges the gap between time and distance..and makes them a continuum :) but watever said and done..unga gf kootitu corner house parlorla corner seat usaar panni oru tub icecream vachitru rendu perum kadalai podra sugam irukay!!! avvvvvvvvvvvv...vidunga vidunga...
gils said…
//Can't help but tease you a bit - for a quite a few posts I have been observing. Puratchi thalaivar romba formla irukkare ... ?? (running round the tree variety :)////

naanu romantica!!! ennoda anticsayum roaming profilayum sethu poatu solreengala?? enna vachu kaamedi keemadi ethuvum panlaye :D
Annam said…
cuming to home town ensooiiiiiiii(vaarum vanthu tholaiyum:))))))))apdinu naa sollala thakali:)
Annam said…
3 loves/////////////

இதுக்கு தான் இவ்ளோ பில்டப்பா...:))
//////////////////
Annam said…
fifty fifty :)
oye gils, full flop show wonly. I thought it was about your love stories. I looooove Blore toooooo :D :D
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