Whoa – an expression used to express surprise, interest or alarm.
Chennai is a city like any other. Ever so often though it manages to make me go Whoa, with sights that are so typical of this metro.
The Sun rises over the city earlier here and the Sunrises and Sunsets are spectacular. Want to catch one?
Head to Napier Bridge. If you get there early in the morning (really early in the morning) you may even forget that you are in Chennai. Just practice breath control (thank you Yoga and Pranayams) as the Coovum River makes its presence felt with the terrible odour it emits.
Stand by the white washed arches of this beautiful bridge and watch the sun slowly crawl out of its blanket of clouds. I assure you that it is a breath taking sight (and no , not because of the Coovum)
Come festival time and you’ll see giant cut outs of various Gods all lit up colourfully and adorning the streets, generally around temples or Pandals. Some are so massive that you need to walk the length of it to see, others so high that a crick in the neck is a possibility. The sight of these is so exciting to me, even after spotting them year in and year out.
The ‘Drishti Bomma’ manages to startle me each time I see it. This frightening mask could be found outside Homes, Shops and Establishments. It is usually hung near the entrance, facing the gate, so it is the first thing you see when you enter the premises. To keep the evil eye away is the purpose of it.
My friend introduced me to Eco Park in Chetpet. This wonderful Park has a great walking track with a big circumference (1.35 km) just the perfect place to practise for Marathons. The landscaping is gorgeous, with an artificial lake sitting pretty in the middle of the park. Since I walk in the evenings, ruby sunsets manage to take my breath away!
Then there are sights like these that defy gravity (those are plastic water containers called Thanni Kodam) and make me want to buy whatever the ingenious vendor is selling!
After all isn’t it the quirks that make one city stand out from the rest, and make you go whoa? Aren’t these what possibily endear a city to you?
All the pictures shared above are point and shoot pictures shot on my Mobile Cam. No framing and no filters.
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