e music season in Chennai has almost come to an end with the beginning of the New year which surprisingly received a luke warm welcome by the cross section of Chennai society for obvious reasons, I imagine. Normally at the stroke of 12 midnight we hear bursting of crackers on the streets and at homes it is celebrated with the head of the family keeping awake watching insipid programmes on television until the clock strikes 12 to usher in the new year by cutting the cake and feeding a piece to his children and grand children. From what I ‘ve gathered from friends and relatives, it appears most chennaiites have given this practice a go by, and having an early night as is their habit occasionally interrupted by the sound of racing bikes whizzing past their apartments situated in some areas which reminded them of the occasion!
Again, we are used to the scene watching the new year beginning quite early with the devout, dressed in new clothes rushing to a temple nearby to take their place in the queue to have darshan of the Lord and seek His blessings. As the day progresses we find people queuing up at a different place and time of the day –both at reputed hotels as well as smaller outfits for lunch and dinner. But it looked like the regulars seen at these places, rather the stomach conscious ones have departed from their practice preferring to go for home food .Perhaps what has begun with a whimper will end with a bang this year!