At the age of 22, I was compelled to bid adieu to my favorite city in India to pursue my career. It was indeed with a heavy heart that I had finally let go of several memories that had shaped my personality. Now, six years later, I am back to sringaara Chennai, a place that made it all happen for me.
Acquaintances of mine have questioned my affection for the city. ‘Chennai is boring’, ‘It is a mess’ – and the comments never end. Then again, it is the only city that I connect with.
Having traveled and lived in some of India’s most ‘popular’ cities, I can confidently say that the residents of Chennai are truly proud Chennaiites. Indeed, they are conservative. But in several ways, this attitude has worked to my benefit. Especially in terms of security and comfort. Personally, this place does have its own charm. You have to wish to experience it.
Thus, begins yet another chapter in my life. I chose to start afresh at city’s Marina Beach. Incidentally, this is also the second longest beach in the world.
Marina Beach is more than fishing boats, sand and water bodies. It is a place that showcases life in its truest sense. For each time I see the ocean, my heart skips a beat at the sight of its power and force with which its waves lash the shores. This beach represents one of my life’s greatest philosophies – there is more than meets the eye.