The other day I ran into a friend of mine while shopping at one of the Malls in the city. We were meeting after a gap of over a decade and when asked where she was all along she said she had shifted to Bangalore but decided to come back to good old Madras for good.
Are you sure you took the right decision? I asked.
‘Well, Madras is where my heart is’, she replied sounding very nostalgic.
She asked me whether we continue to live in the same place which she visited us last.
Nodding my head I said ‘same place with changed surroundings.’
What do you mean by that? she asked looking surprised.
I told her Old independent houses have given place to high rise apartments and we have hospitals of all stature and eat outs suiting different pockets which serve as landmarks to find our address.
‘You must be joking’, She said.
As far as I remember there were just a few Banks in and around your neighbourhood, she added.
That was in Madras but now it is changed to Chennai and along with it the surroundings too have changed, I explained.
So, it is hospitals to the left, restaurants to the right and you live in their midst, she laughed.
Wait, I had forgotten to mention one more change in our neighbourhood, the latest to happen and a prime attraction . ‘It is a new kancheepuram silk sari shop’, I said excitedly.
Then I promise to visit you at the earliest, she said in the same vein!
n.meera raghavendra rao