Monday, December 28, 2009
A screwed up trip...
A stay is better than a mere visit. Literally, I would love to stay in Chennai all my life if needed but a visit to that place is a strict no-no! Unfortunately, last week I had to visit Chennai. I was visiting the city after 4 long years but nothing changed. Chennai is a city which doesn’t change much. Let me list out few problems at Chennai for visitors.
1) Exorbitant charges by auto drivers-They will charge you 100 bucks for taking you across the street. Pretty cheap in case you don’t know how to cross a road.
Auto: 80 rupees!
Me: That much? It’s just nearby right?
Auto: But there is lot of traffic, sir.
Me: So what? I should pay for the traffic too? I will give you 30 rupees.
Auto: Go by walk for free.
So much for customer satisfaction. I somehow cleverly bargained him for 50 bucks and got into the auto. He steered it into some weird lane. I asked him” which way is this?”
His answer “Shortcut sir, to avoid the traffic.” left me scratching my own head.
2) Language problem- whichever language you ask in, you get reply only in Tamil. The word, communication has a new meaning in this place.
3) Roads- The roads look like they have been last laid some hundred years back. To top it, if it even drizzles, you will have to walk with your pants up.
I thought of listing at least 10 points, but right now I am down with viral fever which I caught at Chennai thanks to rains. In short, my trip was totally screwed. As I said earlier, I would never ever visit that place but would be glad to stay there provided I have a vehicle and a good flat.