Viva Chennai!


Blast from the past…

SPEAKZEASY

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CHENNAI celebrated her 375th birthday last week.  The celebrations ought to have been nationwide, highlighting all the wonderful dimensions of Chennai and her residents.  Chennai rocks.  Chennai has a heart.  Chennai has culture, Chennai has a mind-blowing history.  Chennai is cosmopolitan,  Chennai has great food, a superb coastline, iconic historic buildings, space for thousands of techies —– Chennai has FILTER COFFEE.
 
private-tour-half-day-chennai-sightseeing-with-government-museum-and-in-chennai-119647On the Marina, there is a circular building known as the ICE HOUSE.  Chennai, then Madras, imported ICE by sea all the way from the US, as far back as 1845, and stored it in the ICE HOUSE, where the ice remained, without melting, for months.  The building still remains, but it does not store ice any longer.  The building has been re-named VIVEKANANDAR ILLAM.  Chennai is 50yrs older than Mumbai, and 35yrs older than Kolkata.
 
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Chennai far pre-dated the British settlement at Fort St…

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