We were on Sardar Patel road heading towards adyar and onwards to LB road when suddenly we felt a jolt while waiting at the signal.
Three head turned. We spotted the motorcyclist struggling to get his bike straight. The driver got out of the car to inspect the damage- bump in the rear bumper.. Ouch!
He biker surprisingly waited and came forward to tell us ” the vehicle backed up and that is why I crashes into it”
“No, we dint and you know it” she said.
Seeing the commotion at the signal the traffic cop made an entry, asking he vehicles to pull over to the side of the road. He walked away leaving us to discuss and sort it out..
“the vehicle backed up and that is why I crashed ma’am. Plus you can claim insurance”
“I don’t buy it, and this damage is not covered by insurance. So give me something, am not asking for the entire amount, just a portion”
By this time the traffic cop on duty had changed and the new cop was amidst us trying to make sense of what was happening.
“I don’t have any money on me, only 120bucks where 100 is for application for and 20for a ciggie” he chuckled sweat dripping from every pore on his body..
The cop made some noise about calling the nearest station so we could file an FIr, but quietly suggested to the biker to sort it out else it was bound to be painful long and expensive.
” ok ma’am, I’ll give you the money on 15th”, the biker said .. My dad works at XYZ, mom is unwell at home and I am a freelance web designer. What more do you want to know? I like at Abc st a my name is advit* ..”
“can’t you call and ask a friend for a loan? I can’t be chasing after you..” she countered..
“hello machan, this is ankid here da… Bla bla bla” he spoke for a minute before hanging up. No luck ma’am. 15th I’ll give it to you ma’am, 1800 bucks..
The cop- call your home, let them speak to your mother.. We can’t believe all this story you are feeding us. Your license has Another city address and you don’t have papers for the bike”
He called, spoke abt the sun, the moon and the accident and hung up before passing it on to her..
” see, I dont mind waiting but what guarantee do I have that you will pay up? Give me something as surety.. Give me your watch.. I shall return the minute you pay” she gave him the ultimatum..
After a few mins of deliberation, realizing he had no choice he gave in.. They exchanged addresses and we went on with the day wondering if anything the biker had said was genuine..
The traffic cop made sure both parties understood they were acting on their own will and he had no hand in their compromise..
And lo behold, within an hour he called our driver and said he had made arrangements and the money was ready!! We met him around 4 and took the money..
He gave my friend’s address back and asked for the paper where we’d noted his down.. Strange character!
I was so proud of my friend for not backing down, or giving up.. She stayed so calm and Infact reasoned with him… Way to go babes!!
No, this is not a piece of fiction.. It happened for real on Tuesday afternoon ..
Chennai – 600008
Directions: It is 2 doors from Cake walk, adj to Alsa Mall..
F-1, 15th Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai
Through the window, i peered out trying to see if the towering chapel was in view, my neck was starting to hurt and the lady in adjoining seat was giving me a look “are you ok?, is this your 1st time here?”. I replied in affirmative to both her questions and was just about to get back to my seat when i spotted the Chapel in all its glory.
As i walked around the Church, the stark resemblence of Gothic style architecture stood out.It is quite imposing building that almost seems to reach the skies. All the buildings are painted in white, but if you look up, you will notice the roof is made of red tiles.
church in Chennai, at one end of the Besant Nagar beach, where you will
find crowds thronging to say a prayer on Sundays and other special days. My granpa believes in the powers of the Mother Mary hailing at Velankanni Church deeply.. Infact, if anyone at home is ill, including the cow or the dog, he immediately sends a contribution with a letter, and receives a word of thanks along with a photograph of the Mother.. He believes the Mother has helped him tide over quite a few difficult situations. So, it was a special moment for me visiting the church, and being in the main chapel. I lit a few candles, one for each member of the family, and one for friends, said a prayer before moving on.
I also noticed a row of shops just outside where they sold small metal pieces of eyes, legs, human figure and many others. Apparently, if you have an ailment in the eye, you drop a eye piece in the donation box, and there is one of a couple, meant for those eager to get married 🙂
The church took quite a beating during the 2006 Tsunami, with many devotees being washed away. And that is when they had to rebuild pieces of the church, and today it looks just as amazing as it did before.. [yes, i did manage to do a visit post the Tsunami with friends]
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lanes resembling a beautifully laid out cobbled street, with brightly
painted walls, stores brimming with antiques on either side lead us
towards the one of the oldest Synagogues, heading to a dead end.
are not allowed inside, unless it is a two wheeler. The stores have
items literally spilling out into the streets, which leaves just about
enough space for people to walk on. It feels like we are in a different
country altogether, that is how different the atmosphere here is.
belongings, including mobile phones and cameras with the storage space
provided near the Synagogue and then enter the premises. The hall before
the main synagogue showcases a brief history of the place, through
photographs and content lining the walls. Built in 1568 by the Malabar
Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin, this
is called the Paradesi Synagogue. Situated in an area called Jew Town,
this is probably the only one of the 7 synagogues that is still in use.
In all, there are about 13 Jew families living in the area, and the
lady we met at the entrance shooed us away saying “we have had enough of
reporters and journalists prying into our lives, please leave us in
Just outside, in the path around the synagogue i spotted a few stones and pieces of wall with Jewish inscriptions on them. Wish i knew what they meant, there was no one around or no board that explained the words. And before i knew it, the lady at the entrance was beckoning me with her head, it was time to leave. I walked out with so many questions in my mind, but alas, they remain there…..
The German agency Jung Von Matt has created this cool ad campaign called the ‘Imagine’ . The print advertising campaign plays with your imagination. With such simple pieces, and design, the agency has created quite an ad campaign.
I could guess all but the last one, off i go to stare at the image to see if i can guess that as well 🙂
I have been here twice and both times came out smiling, and happy! A meal for 3.5 hungry souls worked out to about Rs840, which i thought was quite reasonable, going by Chennai standards.
Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8/10
Cuisine-Across Indian, Chinese, Japanese & Continental – Pure Veg
Car park- On the street [secluded and so no fear or getting towed]
Value add: There is a play pen for children, a Mehndi lady and a man who performs simple magic tricks/ventriloquism
VM Street, Mylapore Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Turn right next to Yellow pages when approaching from Gemini flyover and you will see the restaurant few doors down on right hand side.
Phone: +(91)-(44)-42054881, 42054882, +(91)-44-66598988