The Residency Hotel, G.N.Chetty Road, T.Nagar houses one of the best restaurants serving Chinese Cuisine, called “Chin Chin”. My good friend, Mr Muthu Nedumaran from Malaysia invited me and few other friends with common interests in Tamil Computing, to the restaurant today. I expected a treat for my brain, which was certainly there – along with it I got to eat a tasty lunch that I enjoyed thoroughly. The Head Chef – Mr Shanmugam from Malaysia, who had worked in Hong Kong and other South East Asian countries, presented us with a vegetarian gastronomic delight.
We got to eat over half-a-dozen dishes, that included: Vegetable Lhothe (Steamed), Yiek Seek (Vegetable) Spring Roll, Crispy Lotus Stem (the speciality of this place), Fried Rice, Vegetable Noodles, Tofu & Vegetables, Mixed Vegetable, and, more.
The friends I was with:
Mr Nana Shaam, a well known creative artist and journalist with India Today, talked about his experiences on becoming a photo-journalist after being unable to get the field photographers to bring him photos that can make the cut for magazine covers. Nana travels around the world and he shares lovely photographs from those trips in his Facebook page – for some of the photographs I could never decipher the angle from which he could’ve taken them, that’s his brilliance.
Mr Mani Manivannan, former Director of Symantec Corporation and Mr Badri Seshadri, Publisher of New Horizon Media books, shared about Tamil scripts – Vatteluttu, Tamil Brahmi, Grantha and how these scripts spread across Tamil Nadu, South India and South East Asia. It was a fascinating discussion which showed to me how little I know of my mother tongue! They continued with talking about Asoka scriptures, Palm Leafs and pre-paper age Typography – was amazing.