February 03, 2006

ON THE WAY HOME…

Many a time, my class mates and I just decide that we can’t take any more in college and mass bunk. As my college is located at the other corner of the city from where I live, I have an hour and a half of bus travel to do!

I LOVE the travel!!!

It’s first of all with the great feeling that I’m going back home, that the way back seems twice more beautiful! People say ECR is one awesome way to buzz past, but I believe even OMR(Old Mahabalipuram Road) is a quaint dear way too! :)

The dear old spots whiz past me and fills me with a very nice feeling…The words written in the ‘House of Prayer’ near Madhya Kailash never go un noticed… the Okkiyam lake in Karapaakkam is my faeryland- a source of perennial joy… the Koovum under Kotturpuram bridge or its distributary under Saidapet Bridge(whichever way I come) fills a strange sense of sadness and silence in me… The sweet smell that emanates from near Dollar Biscuit Company brings in the hunger pang… Oh I could go on!!!

And then if I get down at Thiruvanmiyur junction, the walk till the terminus passing by the thiruttu VCD kadai, the pasha kadai, the pirated book kadai, etc…waiting for my favourite bus M7-that takes a circuitous route via Vijayanagar are things that are dear to my heart. I love the way time starts to go slower when you pass by Vijayanagar, Baby Nagar, etc… sweet memories of mapping entire Velacherry in my first semester floods me. Especially how Ahaladini and I went about baby Nagar, first mapping it and later, knocking at doors and taking a survey of thermal comforts, how few people shut the door on our faces, how some invited us inside and gave water… how the two of us were followed by a mad limping dog that made us run in circles…how her lens dried up and she had to wash her eyes vigorously…how we sat down at the centre of the road and ate jam sandwiches… he he… we’ve done a million foolish things in three days there and best part was our class boys saw the two of us sitting in the middle of the road and spread it to EVERYONE! Not that we cared!

And if I get down at Saidapet, how I walk all the way to the boarding point and catch another bus, get down at the T.Nagar terminus and walk walk walk… :D Sometimes, I take an auto.

Walking is a better option though! I love crowds, people and activity. And t.Nagar has it all in the most vibrant and best of forms!!!

If ever you get to see a salwar-clad girl with a cap over her head, carrying a weird long t-shaped scale and a chart holder, easily balancing a cup of hot Aavin milk or Vivekanada’s coffee(ah…. Yumm!!!), that’s Me!!!:D

Well, I drink my cuppa slowly, watching the crowd, pausing at a shop or two, buying an ear-ring or a book or something, walking, pausing, observing…then dropping the Styrofoam cup into the dustbin opposite Kumaran and then walk on. Then just before my home comes into view, I there’s this junk dealer. I stand there for a while, chat with the owner there or his wife, ask for any second-hand novels or sportsstars or cricket talks. Home comes into view and the pleasant deep happiness-bubble expands!

I love my life… :)

22 comments

kausikram krishnasayee said...

yennama ulagam suthhum valabhi ayitiya?

Vani Viswanathan said...

hehehe nalla routine!
and t.nagar bursting with life? can't agree more, i miss my LOVELY place sooooo0 much!!!
p.s.: check the word verif that i had to type: xhzwhqsk. eye check-up la padikardu madiri irukku! :P

hamsini said...

wow..nee romba lucky..my walks are confined to strolling along stella campus..

and when I got to college correcta I see a HSE bus..na ompathi dhan nenechindrepen!:)

neighbour said...

Travel--enjoyable and lovely time pass.

on reading ur blog.. it remembers the sweet memories of my school life where i have to travel in bus for 30 mins from my place to school.. I never want to miss that and missed only once in that period...

Sheks said...

Koovum under Kotturpuram bridge

a correction there.tht's not koovum but adyar.adyar and koovum r two mutually exclusive rivers.it shud be "adyar under kotturpuram" err... "adyar river under kotturpuram".

Sheks said...

i shud say,this is a nice way to bunk classes.it's much better than studying in a jungle amidst rodents.the scnenery along OMR's a pleasing sight though the road surface may not be tht pleasing.i'm waiting for the expressway to happen.

Vikram H said...

You seem to be livning life in its entireity! Thats a great way to be among people who keep cribbing the negative side all the time!

Sandhya Ramachandran said...

Mark...
My mom calls me a 'thendal pervazhi' of the highest order!!! :D

Vani...
Amaan di T.Nagar has no beat!!!

Hamsini...
That's Sooooooo sweet.En coll bus paatha en gnyabagam varuthu na, i'm feeling very honoured! Wat du u do? I have a few freinds in stella...

neighbour...
glad i could evoke nostalgia in you... :)

Sheks...
Clarification-ku unakku oru periya salute!!! And yeah... road karaara than irukku, but iteez ogay!

Vikram...
Thanks... :)

hamsini said...

I'm in my first year..doing sociology.

rsubras said...

yep sandhya me too echo Vikram's comments.... the daily routines, the boring stuffs, the tiresome places ah ellorukkum thonarathu (incl me :D) unakku vera vithama thonuthe......... Great..great... :applause: hope you enjoy and love your life always..........

The Talkative Man said...

back after a long while. cant believe u still shell out money for sportstar when the writing quality's dwindling and some of its contents are available on the net. Hurts to say this about subscribing for 13 yrs.
-*

Krithiga said...

Boy, you are a dreamer! I travel by MTC everyday to college - spend around an hour to do it, I am not happy about it. No way! Being squeezed and suffocated isn't exactly fun.

Harish said...

Sandy
U r blessed! There are very few people in chennai who take so much of love for this cuty living here. I have heard my friends cribbing about the fact that this is not proper here, that is not proper...and a few like Vani who miss this city from other end of the world.
Hats off to ur enthusiasm. Hope to catch u suttifying in T.Nagar someday :-)

view from the fareast said...

reminds me of my journey from anna nagar to IBMS taramani. IBMS never pays their MD residents and I was working part time in a hospital. Used to wait for hours to get a bus from IBMS to anywhere! (telling excuses to go late to duty was sooo painful) surprising that you are now able to have the luxury of enjoying rides in the same route...hmm old books..what a great feel..I used to read old out of the track from Thanjavur platforms and I should admit that they certainly have contributed a lot to me!

Vinesh said...

Old memories nyaabagam varudhu :-)

Vasu the terrible said...

interesting...

I lived a chunk of my life in t.nagar. If you look closely esp. near saravana bhavan/burkit rd. etc.. you might actually find some of my footprints.. :D

Actually, I like chennai the most of all the places I have lived.

vasu

Rakesh Ashok said...

hey i'll try to keep a look out for you in t.nagar since i often go through that place. but I too like the Old mahabalipuram road than the ECR. I don't know many ppl don't like tnagar for its crowd you being an exception...;)

Saranya Kishore said...

Sweeet!!!
Of course makes me miss India/college life all the more! :(

rsubras said...

>>Of course makes me miss India

How could this make u a Miss.India? puriyaliye :p

Priya said...

> If ever you get to see a salwar-clad girl with a cap over her head, carrying a weird long t-shaped scale and a chart holder, easily balancing a cup of hot Aavin milk or Vivekanada’s coffee(ah…. Yumm!!!), that’s Me!!!:D
>
Neenga dhaana adhu?!! Ooooh..next time Hi solren :-)

Love Chennai to death man! Somehow it always reminds me of summer holidays and my grandmother! (Me used to live in Trichy with relatives in Chennai - so it was like this exotic place you go on vacation to)..

Great post! :-)

spark said...

cute post. the little observations are outta the world :-)

chikuado said...

sigh!! u've got me all tranced in college memories... all the stupid things, all the small things that seemed of paramount importance back then... man! sure miss them like hell!!

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