Chennai’s Kathiri Veyyil (SCISSOR HEAT) is actually more popular than CSK. Since I was burning inside an oven (my room), I decided to take a break and go see what the heat is doing to others. I found three people who were braving the Chennai heat under extraordinary circumstances and hence they became my inspiration. I decided to interview them and publish it in my blog so that others can also be inspired.
Venue: Anna International Airport, Chennai.
Situation: A couple from Norway had come to celebrate their honeymoon in Chennai.
“Hi guys. What made you choose Chennai as your holiday destination, that too in May?”
“It’s so cold back home and we wanted change. We got to know that Chennai is a hot travel destination”
“Well guys, ‘hot’ doesn’t exactly mean ‘happening’ in this context. It needs to be taken in a more literal sense”
“Ah, we are dying to take a sun bath in the famous beaches of Chennai. We plan to visit the Marina beach in the morning, Elliot’s beach in the afternoon and Mahabalipuram beach in the evening. We are so excited”
I read a newspaper article on the next day morning that two foreigners were admitted to a hospital due to sun-stroke, as they were taking a sun-bath in the empty Marina beach at 9:00 AM in the morning. Thank God they escaped the afternoon heat in the Elliot’s beach and the Mahabalipuram beach!
Venue: A thinnai (a raised structure made of cement and concrete, near the entrance of a house for people to sit and chat) in West Mambalam, Chennai.
Situation: A Mama sitting and chatting with his group of all-retired friends. They were brainstorming on how to make India corruption free, at 2:30 PM in the afternoon.
“Mama, I appreciate your devotion to the nation. I want to know what drives you and keeps you passionate in-spite of this hot kathiri veyyil?
“(Turning away from me) Pattu, we seem to have a guest di. Get us two hot filter coffees immediately so that we can discuss an important issue. That will keep me charged for the next few hours (Turning towards me) Hey, where are you?
I am already appeat (escape!).
Venue: Chepauk Stadium, Chennai.
Situation: KKR had just won the IPL-V trophy. At 12:00 AM in the mid-night, one man was dancing alone around a group of sweating and confused youngsters.
“Mr. Khaan (name changed to protect the identity of a media-shy celebrity), what drives you to celebrate and dance even in this hot temperature and terrible humidity?”
“Chammak chalo; Chammak chalo”
“Well, I don’t know poetic Hindi. Can you translate that into English?”
“Chammak chalo; Chammak chalo”
I then realized that it was a movie song. Well, his efforts for marketing a .one movie that has long since stopped playing in movie halls, braving the 100 degrees night-heat and humidity of Chennai has to be definitely appreciated. Old habits die hard?
Chak de, Chak de Chennai……. 🙂
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