Tag Archive: Chennai

Theme restaurants are in vogue now and I was quite impressed by my recent visit to a restaurant in Chennai , Kaidi kitchen ( Convicts kitchen )  This restaurant  is modelled like a prison . The restaurants is well lit . One can see kaidis and police moving freely inside.

A lobby of restaurant leads to a big hall. which has  cells with dining arrangements . The walls are adorned with pistols and we see the gun toting policemen in full uniform taking orders and the kaidis serving food in kaidis dress. They offer a wide variety of menu from many parts of the world. This is a pure vegetarian restaurant. The food is quite good and is served with a smile. Here, they say, one becomes a kaidi of their food . The queuing of people in the lobby is an indicator how popular the restaurant is among the locals. Good ambiance and good food. Do visit if you are in Chennai.
See you soon.



My Beach trips.

Chennai is getting hot and humid and in the coming days she will become hotter and hottest. The heat and humidity is becoming unbearable. But there is something that I love to do during these days. To cool myself and to break the monotony of my daily routine; I just  walk up  to the beach which is a couple of kilometers from  my house.  A trip to the beach is rejuvenating. It is  like opening a new window everyday,  endless sea ahead, the shining white sand ,the blue sky which keeps changing its tone now and then,.the colorful motor boats, ships moored in the deep sea visible as if through a smoke screen and smaller boats plying in shallow waters   are always a feast to the eyes.

The sound  “chundal”…… ( it is snack made of  Bengal gram or ground nuts ) pierces the ear when one wants to concentrate on the sound of waves kissing the shore.  These small time vendors selling chundal pattani laced with raw minced mangoes try to woo the customers by showing off  their container right under your eyes( nose) and many fall for it. There are also vendors selling murukku and kuzhipaniyarams. Apart from these traditional normal eats there are also the chatpata items  like  panipuris , chats and the super duper favourite of all . the  ice creams .

I also fancy watching  toddlers and young children playing in the sand and water. Those who are fitness savvy ; old and young , walk, jog or do aerobics. There are quite a few who  come to enjoy the evening breeze. One can also see huge dogs, pampered ones  brought by their owners for a good exercise. There also dogs of lesser God moving around in search of food or basking in the evening Sun worrying  how to get their next meal.

On weekends the crowd swells and so do  the vendors, Early morning walkers enjoy buying fresh vegetables  as the vegetable vendor who frequents the beach gets a captive crowd.. It is  good for morning walkers as it saves them a trip to market albeit the prices are  slightly high .

The beach is small and is frequented by neighbouring people. The resident association takes care of the upkeep of the surrounding areas.  Police provide security to the people and it is intensified in the evening when darkness sets in.

Shall get some pictures soon .

take care.

Teacher with a difference.

Teacher’s day again, a day to remember all my Gurus, I had  already written a post last year in honour  of my teachers who helped me to hone my skills and to be what I am today. Click  here to read more.

Today, I am going to write about yet another wonderful personality,  Ms. Vedavalli who was the class teacher for my son in his early school days . She is a  a brilliant, positive , enthusiastic lady  oozing with energy, warm and kind- hearted with a pleasing smile  on her face.  She really had all the characteristic of a good  teacher.  My son who came from a different State was made to settle down  amongst his classmates through  this wonderful mentor who could instill in such a tiny age the meaning of friendship, bonhomie and  sharing.  She also played a  principal role in removing fear from all the children about teachers and accept them as friends , advisers and  guides to whom they can look upon whenever required.

I still remember,when I went to meet her during one of the   ‘open house routine’, on my questioning her about my son’s performance and  activities in school , she readily replied that we need not have any worry as teacher would take care of every single requirement of the child, inside the school.

She encouraged competitiveness amongst fellow students without fighting each other and to complete their home work in the school itself so that they can be free to play and enjoy after they go home. She was strict but easily approachable and ready to forgive with a pleasant smile. I would say, she has influenced  my son a lot, understood his potential and motivated him and the end result is tremendous. He studied for himself and enjoyed it , he planned his own things and came out with flying colours.

When my son went to meet her after completing his 10th standard after a gap of over 5 years, she readily recognised him . I wish there will be more teachers, a la Ms.Vedavalli who would  exert profound influence on youngsters.   For Ms. Vedavalli teaching was/is  a passion and she worked with a mission and zeal. I don’t think her students will ever forget her.

I thank  this great lady, who taught in  Hindu Senior Secondary School Indira Nagar, Chennai.  I pray for her well being and her family. On the occasion of teacher’s day I am happy to salute her.

Happy Teacher’s day!!!