Madras to me is…

A large, bustling, overcrowded, hot, but homely city. Thinking of Madras, I visualize a vendor yelling at the top of his hoarse voice selling the “filter coffee”.

Though not a foody myself, I feel Madras stands unique in food, with its melt-in-the-mouth pongal, deep fried vadais, pure, white idlis, and many more delicious delicacies.

Madras is the city of temples, dance, music, beaches and education.

What with its long, wide beaches, and the second longest beach in the world, the seaside certainly forms a popular tourist spot. Madras also plays host to quite a few prestigious universities such as Anna University, IIT and SRM and hence is an educational hub, along with its fine schools.

Traditional temples scattered across the city such as the Marundheeshwarar, Kapaleeshwarar and Parthasarathy temples together form a sacred city filled with God-fearing men.

Whenever the word, “Bharathanatyam” is uttered, a pretty picture of talented dancers, made up in the familiar saree attire with their prominent anklets dancing under a banyan tree is painted in my mind.

Last, but not the least is Chennai’s renowned Carnatic music festival occurs during the Tamil month of Margazhi wherein music enthusiasts from all over the world come to attend performances of this splendid form of music.

But, if you want to get a true taste of this diverse city, the best option is to board the “21L” bus at its starting point, Velachery, and get off at the end, Triplicane. This route takes you through the heart of this grand city so you can experience the sights and smells of Madras yourself. So, hop on a bus!

Post By: Aparna Ram, Runner Up Winner
Student of Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matriculation Higher Secondary School

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