My outings in chennai are painfully limited. Monthly once to the Chennai Central between 4.30 pm to 7.30pm, rarely to adyar to have lunch and city center during the big sale!
Every time i go to the central station, im so exited to be going home! Along with my besties, i bord the 21H ac bus from this far flung place where my college is located. We gossip all the way to the station,almost an hour and if caught in the traffic even 3hours! what happens outside the bus is oblivious!
Once we get to the Parrys bus stand we hog our heads out at some budget restaurant to compensate for all those "no choice but skip" meals at hostel days. We run to the station just in time to find a berth and sleep our way home.
But when we get back, its an entirely different issue.The train arrives around 5.30am and we sleep walk out of the station with donkeys load of luggage stuffed with home food to last a week, into a taxi that our parents have arranged. ( apparently no risk!). It is usually an indica that picks us up,and once we are seated we invariably go into the "post domestic bliss sadness syndrome" or PDBSS!
The ride back to college takes about 45 to 60 minutes and the Chennai roads are almost empty except for a few outdated 2 wheelers, and animal driven carts. This is when i love chennai the best specially the streach of road along the Marina beach.My FAVOURITE! The taxi covers that streach of road in 3 or 4 minutes.Those 4 minuts sum up Chennai for me.
The beautiful sunrise form depths my eyes just wont reach, the clear sky, the yet to be tainted air ,loads of birds, above all the people who walk the sands! To see men, women, children and animals move together harmoniously gives me a lot of unexplained happiness. Life looks so simple and happy when i see these strange faces walk through the morning.
Old men sitting on the benches reading the newspaper; younger old men with tell tale bellies sweating their heads out; housewives in their 40's walking in groups another set of ladies with serious faces probably discussing about their children..endless possiblities. I most definetly cannot hear them, but you can always know for certain! :)
Romeos lurking and passing comments, calorie concious young girls ignorant to the world but for their i pod, uncles in lungis, aunties in sarees and nike! This place has it all and im in love with it.
All these people are here to walk..just that. Stay fit. Little do they realise that its not the distance or the speed walk that that Kick starts the day for them, But the wonderful art in motion around them, which the expensive treadmills in the privacy of our homes facing the lcd tv jarring the newz just cant provide.Its all about walking and socialising.
There is no other place id want to be but here, early in the morning.A place that symbolises chennai for me.
To be alive is to be awake, and no better place to wake up to than the marina.