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    Ranganathan Street on an early morning

    In Chennai aka Madras, T.Nagar’s Ranganathan Street is one of the most popular destinations for shopping. You can buy everything you would need for a small army here, right from textiles, footwear, kitchen utensils, grocery, electronics, jewellery, and everything in between. The area is known to be packed with a bustling crowd on any given day, especially before festival days when you will be squeezed from all sides even when you are just passing through the place. With basic caution from the shopper’s side, the place is safe to visit – while physical harassment of ladies and pickpocket thefts are non-zero occurrences, they are not common as well – the…

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    Coffee flavoured Bread

    I like it when popular brands experiment. The centuries-old (Since 1903) baker in Chennai, the McRennett has introduced a new variety of bread. Called Rich Coffee with Walnuts, it is priced at INR 65 (USD 0.9) for a loaf. Made with refined wheat flour (Maida) and palm oil, it may not be having the healthiest ingredients, but it tastes different and is good. I had a few slices toasted and with cheese slices, they were yummy. Disclosure: I write reviews about restaurants and food items that I have tried myself. There were no sponsorship or advertisement, or commission of any sort involved in this post. #breakfastitems #newflavors #chennaifoodblogger #ரொட்டி

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    Chennai Rains 2021

    Last week Chennai city received record rains (five-and-a-half times more than normal) for the month of November. Since the cyclone “Vardah” in 2016 and the massive floods in 2015, we, the residents were rightfully scared and held our breath for the worst. Thankfully, the India Meteorological Department had given an accurate forecast about the intensity of the rains a few days in advance. The roads were flooded, subways below the railway lines were submerged, power was unavailable in many parts of the city, but things were restored quickly after the rains stopped. Below is a chronological list of my social media postings: 7th Nov 2021: Non-stop rains for over 12…

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    Chennai Nandanam’s skyline

    This is the skyline view of the Nandanam area in Chennai, as seen from the ninth floor of Hotel Raintree, Anna Salai. In the foreground are rows of low-income houses built by the Tamil Nadu Government Housing Board and in the background are the high-rise apartments and offices.

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    Is there a best time to shop in T.Nagar, Chennai?

    Most Indians can afford to buy new clothes only once a year, so they time it for important festivals like Diwali (Deepavali) or Pongal (practised in Tamil Nadu state) or for weddings in the family. I dislike going shopping during the crowded festival season and I am not a fashion person, so my clothes purchase happens once in few years only. To satisfy my mother’s desire for me to wear new clothes for Deepavali every year, I keep aside a set from previous years’ purchases. For this years’ Diwali, to replenish my stash I went shopping today. Having been born and brought up in T.Nagar area in Chennai, I know…