Sunday, 1 November 2015

Namma Chennai: 10 Interesting Things About The City You Might Not Know

"Namma Chennai": 10 Interesting Things About The City You Might Not Know

Chennai, the first city of Modern India in Tamil Nadu completes 375 years today on August 22nd. The occasion is celebrated annually as Madras Day. On this occasion, we present some interesting facts and trivia on the South Indian city.Chennai- the beaches, the buildings, the very old colleges, the heat, the lights, the traffic; one of the cities that never sleeps! But is that all? Read on to discover how much you know about this city.

1) From Madras to Chennai

We got the name Chennai only in 1996. Until then it was Madras, believed to be derived fromMadrasapattinam which is a fishing village north of Fort St. George. An interesting explanation is that it could have been derived from a fisherman named Madrasan. We South Indians are still being grouped under the term ‘Madrasis’ which evolved from Madras.

2) The Detroit of India:

Chennai is now known as the Detroit of India. Most major manufacturers such as Ford, Hyundai, BMW, Renault Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Daimler have transformed the city into an automobile hub. The perfect combination of a number of factors such as the location, proximity of sea port, our infrastructure, flexible industrial and government policies have attracted the giants of the automobile industry to set up their plants in Chennai.

3) Shopping in Pondy Bazaar:

If you are in Chennai you cannot miss visiting the Pondy Bazaar, one of the busiest shopping streets in India. It is also known as “Soundarapandia Bazaar” named after Justice Party politician W.P.A. Soundarapandian Nadar. If you ever wondered about the bronze statue at the entrance to Pondy Bazaar, it is that of Soundarapandian Nadar. All the streets in and around this area have been named after Justice Party leaders. One interesting fact is that Lifco Books shop which functions even today was set up years ago when there were just three shops in the area.

4) Connemara- not just an old library but a National Depository:

We all do know that Connemara Public Library at Egmore is one of the oldest libraries that have overcome the test of times. It is also one of the four National Depository Libraries that receives a copy of all the books, periodicals and newspapers being published in India. It is also a depository library for the United Nations.
5) The delicious Chicken 65:

The famous chain of Buhari Hotels has been in Chennai since 1951. One of the favourite dishes of Chennai, the Chicken 65, is believed to be introduced at Bhuhari by its founder A.M. Buhari. Interestingly they also offered Chicken 78, Chicken 82 and Chicken 90. A.M. Buhari was also made the Sheriff of Madras in 1973-1974. Ever wondered that there could be such a history for that dish on your plate?
6) The Big Banyan tree:

One of the oldest banyan trees in the world, around 450 years, is located inside the Adyar Theosophical Society. The area it occupied was around 40,000 square feet but after a cyclone hit in 1989, the main trunk was uprooted leaving only a part of it now. It boasts with the pride of being acquainted with great personalities such as Annie Besant and Maria Montessori who addressed a number of people under the tree. The Theosophical society is open between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is one the calmest and serene places located in the middle of the city.
7) The Madras Boat Club- one of the oldest in India:

The Madras Boat Club in Chennai is almost 140 years old. It was founded by a few Englishmen in the year 1867. It was first started in the backwaters of Ennore. In 1892, it was moved to the location on the banks of Adyar River. Now the club has acquired the latest boats and oars from USA and is well-equipped. So, what are you waiting for?
8) Go bargaining on the cotton street:

The cotton street in the Pantheon road is a one stop destination if you want to explore cotton clothes with a combination of vibrant colours. The better you are at bargaining, the less you spend on this street. It is up from almost 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is definitely worth a walk through the street.
9) Backwaters of Alamparai Fort:

A very lesser known place on the outskirts of Chennai is the Alamparai Fort. It is in an almost destroyed state now. The sandy beach and the scenic backwaters is a must-see attraction of this place. The scenic beauty of this place is also a favourite of some notable Tamil movie makers. You might also get to tramp some sea shells and a variety of crabs on the shore.

10) The World Bank Office at Chennai:

One lesser known building in Chennai is the World Bank Chennai Office in Taramani that is certified as a LEED Silver building. It is built on a 3.5-acre campus. By 2012 it had almost 500 staff after it set up a permanent back office in Chennai. Recently the World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim visited the office for the first time and appreciated the improvements made in the automobile industry.


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