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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai January 21st 2014

We got dropped off at the train station and our journey began. Finding out which platform to be on is only made available a few minutes before the train leaves and then it’s a mad scramble to the correct one. In this case it was more or less going to be platform 4 and then where will your coach be? Trains are very long with many different classes – we had booked 2nd class a/c . there is first class locking doors and comes with 2 or 4 berths, 2nd class a/c 2 tier and 3 tier – with curtains to give you some privacy, 3rd class same deal but no curtains, seats for express trains in two different categories and then unreserved 2ndclass with wooden or plastic seats crowded with a gazillion people but very ... read more
mirrors and things
sweet little girl

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai January 13th 2014

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai January 11th 2014

VGP Universal kingdom is an amusement park about 20 Kms from Chennai. This is one of the oldest amusement park and has been quite popular in Chennai in past. The place is popularly known as Golden beach. img= I have visited the place atleat 5 times at different periods, first time probably in 1985. During that time (1985) the ticket was probably Rs 30/-. We could see shooting of some Tamil films. The overall impression was very exiting. img= (The statue man in Golden Beach)Subsequently when I visited the place I did not find any substantial improvement. However I liked the statue man as I had demystified the ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai December 30th 2013

I think I will skip telling about the temples. They were extremely cool and we walked barefoot through thousand year old temples but you can google the info or look through my pictures to get a good grasp of that. What I would like to tell you about is the Children's Home we visited. Billy had a contact with a Madam here who ran a home for children and he secured us an invite to come play with the children. After arriving through the gate, there were a group of girls playing in a little entrance area. I actually am not going to talk much, Ill just post some videos for now. Here was the greetings we got... Here are some kids Explanation about where the kids came from and where they are going.. Me ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai » Elliot's Beach December 23rd 2013

-- So it's raining here. I'm going to take this opportunity to blog real quick about the first day or so in Chennai. We arrived pretty late the day before last to the Chennai Airport, SO MANY PEOPLE. Trying to get our bags was just.. well.. it would have been funny if I wasn't so tired. Basically there are a million people trying to do the same thing at the same time, with no queuing, or lining up. Everyone is very helpful, it is just hard to get anything done fast when everyone is trying to get things done fast. Driving in Chennai We get into our cab, and we have a substitute driver- because our original driver hit a cow a few days ago and his car will not be fixed for a while or ... read more
The Cookie Man

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai » Elliot's Beach December 12th 2013

On the 25th November, myself and seven fellow dancers travelled to Chennai for a four day night shoot. Chennai is a city in South India and the fourth largest in the country. As we flew in I could see that the buildings of the city were all different colours and fairly low in height - a nice change from Mumbai's maze of beige/cream high rise apartment blocks. On the drive from the airport to our hotel I also noticed there were loads of cows wandering around at the edges and sometimes on the busy roads. Unlike the black and white dairy cows I am used to seeing at home, these were huge creatures with humps on their backs, folds of extra skin underneath their necks and huge horns which were painted red. I have seen a ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai July 16th 2013

'Welcome to the Jungle' - Guns 'N' Roses So, Incredible India..... We arrived in the dark at Chennai airport, so it would be hard to see what India looked like in the flesh just yet. 5 minutes into our journey from the airport to our pre-booked hotel however and already it was starting to look we were in for one hell of a ride........What we saw when we first arrived here certainly was Incredible! It would of course be stupid, ignorant and harsh to judge somewhere in that amount of time, but wow….. straight away, we knew this was something else. I don’t think I have ever in my life seen so many cars, Tuk Tuk’s motorbikes, trucks and Lorries on one 2 lane road. It was unbelievable. The lane separator painted on the ... read more
Our friendly doorman
These guys were relentless!
A position I would adopt for most of our stay here

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 30th 2013

my first trip to Chennai was after the disastrous event at Bangalore and I arrived by an early morning flight and left for the guest house only to be told that I had been shifted to another guest house and of course because of the event the previous day I hadn't checked my mails so words were exchanged with travel desk but it didn't make much difference. In India we have a saying " Whatever Happens happens for the best" I'm not sure if it originated in India but we do believe in it a lot. the next guest house was this amazing house somewhere in the best locality in Chennai maybe altamount Road and it was beautiful. It was meant for the likes of the Chairman of the Company and here I was an assistant ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai May 13th 2013

Day 214 (Tues 9thApril) I had a 6am start this morning, well a 5am wakeup call. I got picked up by a tuk tuk and taken to a hostel where a mini bus turned up soon after to take us to the border. This took around 3 hours, the border crossing being a lot more speedy than the reverse trip last Tuesday. I was approached by a bloke offering a minibus to Bangkok, after chatting for a minute or 2 decided to go with him as even though it was a little more expensive than the bus I was told it was straight through, with no messing about and a drop off point. Quite often this is all lies to get business but for once I went with it and all worked out fine. I was ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai April 21st 2013

Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se. As cidades ruidosas, sujas, aparentemente desorganizadas. Mas sob o caos tantas formas de vida! As peles escuras, as cores dos tecidos, tudo atirado ou pendurado no meio da rua, um senhor passa a ferro a carvao no meio do passeio, outro agachado conserta calcado com agulha em cima de uma pedra, os cegos, os aleijados, o muculmano de ar grave com a barba a emoldurar o queixo, os jovens de "saia" ( Doti) comprida ou dobrada acima do joelho, o tasco de fritos e chai quente e aromatico, com os homens agrupados no passeio a segurar o copo quente de vidro entre o polegar e o medio, sorvendo goles curtos e olhando o movimento, as velhas enfeitadas com as banhas a sair do sari, as meninas perfumadas com flores brancas de jasmim ... read more

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