Hectic Chennai & Bloggers Meet – Chennai Diaries Part III


Why is life in India so busy??? No time to stand and stare….

No time to blog, even! Or perhaps it is just me, unable to adjust myself to the really hectic lifestyle in India.

This is how a typical day starts … Wake up to early morning calls from the Milk(wo)man and sounds of stairways being swept and cleaned. And ofcourse, the newspaper neatly tucked into the grill by a really busy newspaper-boy 🙂

This followed by a quick breakfast of toast (or dosai, if lucky 😉 ) complemented by the noise of a wholesome fight over water, between a skinny, grumpy watchman and an obese, grumpier apartment resident!

Following this fiesty morning start, the day just whizzes by uneventfully, punctuated by umpteen rings on the poor little doorbell (indicating visits by servant maid, watchman, servant (again), salesgirl, post, watchman (again), courier folks, medical shop assistant, courier folks (again), flower-woman, laundry (iron) boy, laundry boy again – this time to deliver neighbour’s clothes as neighbour isn’t at home, exactly 15 mins later, neighbour himself, to collect the pile of laundry!, casual visit by some other neighbour…the list goes on. If lucky, we are also blessed by a visit from above-mentioned-grumpier-resident’s grumpiEST wife who rattles on for half an hour, about her plight and that of her entire family tree!

In between all this, naturally, the phone rings ATLEAST once an hour. Crank calls, Telemarketing guys, Relatives whom we like, relatives whom we hate too ;-), Ex-colleagues, Calls for little birds who have already flown this nest, a couple of wrong numbers…. (hey, what fun is it without those wrong numbers!)

And to think that in between all this interesting socialization, we also need to take care of our mundane chores and Live a little…. phew…!

Like I said, Life in India, is absolutely hectic.

Which explains why, despite having such fun in Chennai, and taking notes in the mind, about interesting events/tidbits, I’ve found no time at all, to log into my dear virtual world!

There was this one scene that has been captured in my mind. Unfortunately, I did not have a camera on hand at the time. It was THE MOST CREATIVE lighting solution EVER! Enroute to the airport (to pick up my lil sis who flew in all the way from Hyderabad), we saw this road rather dug up towards one side. Someone had put up a shabby little wooden fence, more as a ‘sign’ and less, as a protective measure! The best part was, the lighting solution on the fence. The same someone had simply fixed a little bulb onto one wooden pole, and had upturned a red plastic pot (the ones we use to collect water in!) over it. And voila! We had a beautiful red lamp glowing away in the hazy darkness of a typical Chennai evening 🙂 This is one time I REALLY cursed myself for not having taken a camera or phone along! Sigh!

And did I mention our little Blog Meet? A few of us (the same group that had met earlier on in January this year) met up at this supposedly quaint restaurant called Dhaba Express. Uma was the first to arrive. Dressed in a chic blue kurti, one would never imagine she was a Mommy, and that too, of teenage kids! She brought her vintage chocolate cake, as always. And it was such a treat!!! The darling that she is, she even gave me a huge chunk to take back home for the Brat! Thank you, Uma, and May You Bake many more 🙂

Aaroo joined almost immediately. We never read each other’s blogs, but trust me when I say, no trip to Chennai is complete without meeting her 🙂 The three of us managed to squeeze into the low-levelled tables and got chatting.

Kanagu walked in a few minutes later. First, we did a Hi-Five to celebrate our Success in the BPL contest (and to show off to Ums and Aaroo 😉 ) Once Anish joined, we are all chatting away like long-lost friends. Anish again, has been off the blogging radar for long, but it was fun to meet him in person.

As you know, VIPs always arrive late. So did our Prince Villiam! After many phone calls and SMS-es between him and Ums, he finally made it to the event! Looking neatly scrubbed and perfumed, he barged into the scene, gulped down some Aam Panna, and rushed out after a few pics were clicked! So much for a guest appearance!!

Amidst all the chattering, the power went out for about half hour. We diligently used this time, to hog the totally yummy and absolutely delicious chocolate cake without being seen by the restaurant authorities ;-).

Pics will be posted soon(est). Why I cannot post them today, is a sad story in itself. But that post, is for another day!

For now, let me just say, I am glad to be back on WordPress and Facebook 🙂 Hope to catch up on all those posts in my Reader really soon.

Cheers folks!

🙂

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40 thoughts on “Hectic Chennai & Bloggers Meet – Chennai Diaries Part III

  1. So you are back to lazy, rainy UK? Don’t you dare put up pics of you gorging on those Cucumber outside kumarans wokay?

    Haa so you guys met up once again? sigh I hate when you guys write about all the fun you had. I am gonna make sure that we land in Chennai when we book our trip to India as I see Chennai is a hot destination for Bloggers Meet. I can always tell the shocked husband that I goofed up on the name of the destination city 😉

    Vimmu was all perfumed?? Hmmm…was he perfumed up the previous time you guys met? If not, I think there was a reason for his breezy departure. He just wrote in his post that his stomach was upset after eating Pizza for dinner :mrgreen: Did you guys meet up at a place which didn’t boast of a bathroom? Poor Prince Villiam I tell ya 😥

    Photos sheegaram post pannre kanne 😆

    1. Sanski, yesterday was rainy and cloudy, making me miss Chennai even more! LOL @ your scheming idea to visit Chennai 😉 Please do, and lets meet u sometime! ROFL @ Prince Villiam’s ‘perfumed appearance’ 😉 Photos will follow soon…. waiting for the cables to arrive!

  2. yea.. life’s hectic here… :mrgreen:
    We really need to stop and smell the coffee beans more often!!! 😉

    Waiting for the pics! Uma’s delicious cake has become phamous!! 😉

  3. ha ha ha that pole light is most common these days specially in the areas where construction is happening… the lack of resources does make us very innovative doesnt it 🙂

    and the blogger meet sounds so much fun

  4. as I am not doing any of the things u have mentioned life is easy paced for me 😀 😀 maybe my mom will feel the hecticness of the life :mrgreen:

    Yeah.. Vimmuuu made wonderful guest experience shown us how he has become a responsible man in a short time and went off 😆 😆

    Meet is amazing.. I can say time flied away… 😀 😀 I thought it will end by 1 PM itself.. But by 2 we forced ourselves out 😀 😀

    Wishing more of your chennai coming and more Chennai blogger meets.. they are synonyms you see 😀 😀

    1. LOL, ofcourse you must as your Mum! She must be the busiest person ever, wit hanswering all those phone calls and door-bell-rings! Yeah Kanagu, time passed by very quickly. Already waiting for the next meet 🙂

      1. hahahaha….. prats and i are just not destined to meet! Big jinx!!! bah… so, told him that i shall make a trip, not tell a soul, meet him and scoot back..

        Pal – yep, meet was amazing!! as always… i keep wishing we meet more often, atleast those who are in town…

        i met Kanagu 2days later with another blog friend G3 😀

        Aww, lucky you, Aaroo!! You are one happening woman, I have to admit 🙂

  5. Yay yay! Gr8 to hv u bk Pal and :grrrrrrrr :mrgreen: @ all u ppl who meet again and again.

    With ur sis in Hyd, u shud make it here for her 😛 If nt for me 😉 Hope u dnt do this to us next time 😦 😦

    That red lamp sounds awesome – what creativity 😉

  6. OH !!! Pal….its was wonderful to meet all you guys again.

    Thank you, thank you for all the praise for the chocolate cake…when it is made with love, it turns out better. 🙂

    Absolutely agree to the fact that Chennai is so hectic sometimes – I thot I had so much time in Hyd…but here, I never seem to be having time for other stuff. Sometimes, its good to be busy. 🙂 😉 But I need my time too….

    Wish to meet u again, and for a longer time – next time you should come home. 🙂

    1. Uma, your Chocolate cake is world-famous now 🙂 And yeah, Chennai is very hectic 🙂 but thoroughly enjoyable, what? Would love to come to your place next trip. More chocolate cake for me? LOL! You’ll run away at this rate 🙄

  7. Thats the best part of India, na ? never are we idle here ! 😀 There are so many stuffs happening in and around us which keeps us engaged directly or indirectly ! 😀

    I know, it wasnt the best of my guest appearances ! 😀 😀 😀 but you know what, I had never given such appearances before. During such blogger meets, I have always been the first person to come and the last person to leave ! 😀 😀 Cheyy, couldnt enjoy more of Umas cake the other day. Infact, that chocolate that you gave, her cake and that aam panna was my lunch that day ! 😀 😀 😀

    1. Bang on… we are NEVER idle in India!!! As for your Guest Appearance, read Sakshi’s comment, Vimmu 😀 You seriously ate only cake and chocolate for Lunch that day? That’s bad…those poor calories missed u 😉 😉

  8. I am getting so jealous of these meeets in india now , when will they have in uk.. IT seems I am missing on all thiese cakes and meets 🙂 I got to ask Uma to courier me one of her specials 🙂

    Life is indeed hectic.. and the wrong nubmers Areeeee why say wrong number start talking to them 🙂 its fun when after 10 -15 minutes you say Sorry WHO is it you wanted .. no its wrong number he he he I have done it a few times 🙂

    1. He he he! Even I wish we had a meet in the UK. Let’s see when Smitha is back, and if we can round up a few more bloggers, we should definitely try for a meet!!
      LOL @ your plan to talk to wrong numbers.. guys can take the risk, you see, while girls cannot 😉

  9. Welcome back Pals! So we are all back from our respective breaks, barring a few of course :)!
    Know what, I love the busy feel I get when I’m in India..the milkmen calling out, or the maids ringing the doorbell persistently or the honkings of the school-buses…aah I feel so nostalgic :D. Maybe its more to do with the fact that I’m away from home. But yes sometimes it does get overboard and you end up wishing life were a bit easier. LOL @ grumpier neighbor’s grumpiest wife…they are everywhere, arent they?? 😆

    So you guys had a blogger-meet..now I’m all green with envy. Do upload the snaps..cant wait to see them 🙂

    1. Deeps, I missed you!!! I totally agree with the ‘busy feel’ of India. Abroad it can get quite mundane, isn’t it? And because time management is almost entirely in our hands, it gets very quiet too, at times!!! Grumpy and grumpier… oh gosh, they are Everywhere 🙂

  10. I live in Chennai too – when I’m not in the US that is 🙂 Sounds like you guys had lots of fun…

    But you know, that’s one of the things I like about India. There’re lots of people around all over the place. As you said, the milkman, watchman etc…In the US, if I step onto the road, it’s empty! Absolutely no one. Just cars whizzing by.

    I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.

    1. You live in Chennai too? Wow, that sounds good! So the next trip, we have one more member 😉 Like what you said about the US, its the same here in UK. Unbearable quiet at times!!

  11. Blogger meet sounds fun. It must have been a good time. Vimmu is a famous guy in WP. I like his writing – full of humor and ironies of life 😀

    1. Yeah we did, Renu! Dhaba Exp was good. Very good , actually, Just that the power-cut bothered us (what with a little back thingy, either a lizard or a rat, running about the walls… it was quite scary!).

  12. Aha Pallavi Ji,

    Thanks for reminding me of Dhaba Express. Those were the days when I was alive and I could enjoy the flavor and the texture of food – and those were the days when I could just get into Rajdhani express and reach Chennai…those were lovely days…sigh!

    Hectic is good, Pallavi Ji…it’s good!

    – Gorakh Nath.

  13. Even in part-II you mention the cake..My mouth waters. Don’t blame me for the drool all over your blogpage 😛
    Awwww, that cake was HEAVENLY…but wait, my keyboard is getting all slippery…..woooo….

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