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Chennai: Most Hated Indian City?

By October 14, 2009

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Uh oh, based on feedback, Chennai has made it to Lonely Planet's world-wide list of 9 Cities You Really Hate.

So, what has poor ole Chennai done to deserve this dubious honor? Lonely Planet describes it as lacking Mumbai's prosperity, Delhi's history or Bangalore's buzz. Even the movie stars are "not that hot." And Lonely Planet don't want you to think that they are being generous!

I can't comment too much, because I've only briefly visited Chennai once. However, I have expat friends there, and they're convinced they would much rather live elsewhere in India -- such as in Mumbai!

What do you think? Is Chennai charming or not? Is it your most hated Indian city? Why?

Comments
October 14, 2009 at 8:29 am
(1) Arun Damodaran says:

I hate You. See the poll and not even one has hated chennai. I Don’t like to hate any other city as well. If you want to write try to write some thing optimistic. Write about cities you like.

October 14, 2009 at 9:35 am
(2) goindia says:

Hi Arun, don’t take it personally. I’m always writing about cities I like, and people’s favorite places. Here’s something different.

October 14, 2009 at 8:43 am
(3) venkatesan says:

Bangalore seems to be more hated than my dear old chennai…! There are more to chennai than those three attributes you mentioned and you will not find those anywhere coz chennai is as it always been my favourite city. You will not find a place where both the culture and modernity are so excellently blended.

October 14, 2009 at 10:50 am
(4) Senthil says:

This is absolutely baseless, ignorant and amature comments. There is no details also. If you don’t have any idea about Chennai’s history and if you are not visited recently then don’t write about Chennai.

October 14, 2009 at 11:57 am
(5) Magesh says:

This is false.. Lonely planet’s report is not correct.

October 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(6) goindia says:

Lonely Planet based their list on the feedback they received. ie. What people who are familiar with Chennai said to them. It has nothing to do with me, but rather is opening the way to discussion. Perhaps you’d like to provide some details as to why you like Chennai.

October 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(7) Bangalorean says:

It would be nice if people actually visited and stayed in a place (anyplace) before commenting on the place. To an outsider, New York city might seem to be one of the most rudest places in the world. But in reality, it is one of the most hospitable places – if you understand the attitude of the Yankees. I am not saying Chennai is similar to NYC. But. without staying at a place for an extended period of time and understanding the culture, the only comment you can make on is the tourist spots and nothing else.

October 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(8) Arun says:

lol.. I am sure LP would have got some hate mails now. Very contentious topic! :)

October 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(9) CKot says:

Depends on who you ask. I am an American expat living in Chennai and have been to several other cities that I find far more lively, cultural, beautiful, clean, and fascinating than Chennai, including Bangalore, Mysore, Panaji, Madurai, and Mumbai. It’s not to say that Chennai is a bad city, but I would agree that it is my least favorite/most hated. venkatesan made a good point about the balance of culture and modernity, but I would argue that while Chennai does have that, it is stagnant and there is little progression in either direction. Furthermore, that’s a characteristic that you can find in most cities in India, but the culture and modernity are explored and interactive, not just exhibited like in Chennai. I can see why people would claim Chennai as their most hated Indian city.

October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(10) tanush says:

this is ridiculous…

Chennai is rich in tradition, culture, values, virtues…and what more???you name them and we have them….

Just because few people think so and hate chennai doesnt make it bad to live….

and the last part…not so being hot?? i think you guys have forgotten the immense talent that lies within the walls of the town…to name a few

A R Rahman
Manirathnam
Kamal Haasan
Sri Devi….and this list is endless…

October 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(11) Mani says:

Each place has its charms and failings. People visit places for various reasons and will have a tendency to compare, which is natural. Why be offended by that? I’m from Madras and I love my city, but I’m glad to accept its drawbacks as well. Welcome those who come your way with open arms and hearts. Don’t worry about the rest. Peace!

October 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm
(12) Vidya says:

I am a Chennaite and am proud of my city. I agree there are some drawbacks but that is true of any city around the world. Chennai has something for everyone. If you want to be traditional and have a laid back atmosphere you can get it here, if you want party and fun you can try that too. You can eat on a banana leaf and you can have a big mac. You can shop for traditional Kanchivaram silks and you can find Espirit T shirts with Swarvoski crystals to go with it. You can enjoy Shakespeare theater and Mama Mia here as well as Kollywood hits….the list of how awesome this city is can go on….more than anything else I think everyone loves a city for something it offers and making a list of the most hated city just seems ridiculous and downright obnoxious!

October 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm
(13) Srkpriv says:

Don’t like Chennai?

Suck it up or choose a different city for your living! and BTW who gives a damn! whether goindia says this or not!

October 15, 2009 at 12:16 am
(14) goindia says:

Vidya, now that sounds really appealing. :-) Thanks for sharing.

October 15, 2009 at 12:49 am
(15) Rex says:

I am glad people hate Chennai because, I want Chennai to feel like Chennai and not like Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore.

October 15, 2009 at 5:08 am
(16) Venkatesh says:

This is some report by people who think ignorance is bliss i would say .They are least interested to know about my city. Chennai has its own unique characteristics. I have written a blog on this “http://www.venky-says.blogspot.com/” . No person who has lived in Chennai for long enough would accept this.

October 15, 2009 at 5:20 am
(17) goindia says:

Your blog is really interesting Venkatesh. You should write more. :-)

October 15, 2009 at 7:04 am
(18) Venkatesh says:

Thanks a Lot Sharell Cook …. its Chennai which is seen as automobile hub , in near future you can find lot more malls than what you wanted . Its one of the most peaceful cities in India, which has set an eg in many ways …. Its not justified in saying its most hated city .. I accept there are lot things to be improved here and I take it as a constructive criticism but People who have not lived here should understand what chennai is really about .. I pity on people who go by the ratings of Lonely Planet …

October 15, 2009 at 10:51 am
(19) Manu says:

Chennai like many captivating cities around the world offers the whole landscape as part of the experience. Chennai offers its visitors much more than delineated tourist attractions, the city is the destination”…….Chennai is the second largest exporter of softwares, countless MN fabricating industries, HVF (military vehicles production) and numerous others like it…….The music season in December is a feast to senses to anyone with a ounce of taste..I think Chennai is summed up quite beautifully by this line from Kipling’s If
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch…Chennai is exactly that, we do what we do better than others, we just dont like to show off….

October 15, 2009 at 11:48 am
(20) Rajeswari says:

The person who has commented about the city has to first live in it, jsut going by some North indians words or report will not work out.

Does anyother India city is as clean as Malmo or Copenhagen, Then so called American expat who has commented here has travelled in mumbai suburban train from Thane to VT, has he seen those stations with horrible spitting everywhere, has he seen places like Masjid bunder in Mumbai, has he travelled length and breadth of Bangalore- place like JC road, Siddiah road, Jalahalli, KR Puram and to count many… has even ever see Delhi Nizamuddin station, in and around it…

I can just point and say all the bad things about cities in India…but what is the use.
So in many ways Chennai is far more better than other cities. Beautiful beaches, nice hotels, shopping places, ever developing economy…I don’t want to elaborate further…

American culture is babes and booze …so he likes other cities..

October 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(21) DeepuRaj says:

Why the hell you have such a biased and stupid website contents. I can read from your website that you are also a person who hate Chennai & Tamil nadu. Because you have not highlighted Tamil Nadu at all in your blogs, this reveals that you have all half baked information about India. (not even half baked)

Tamil nadu has famous four hill staions, wild santuries,worlds second longest beach, it has beautiful temples you can see no where in India.
It is temple state of India and rich in cultural heritage.

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur & Mahabhalipuram are world heritage sites!!!!.
http://www.indiapicks.com/Heritage/Intro.htm
http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/in

Just go to proper sites about tamilnadu and know more..See if you are not well aware of India don’t write about it and mislead people by giving all biased informations..

There should be some rule imposed : if this many number of people report a website to be biased and abusive one..then it should be scrapped and unreadable to public,then only website with such wrong information like Lonely planet and yours will not thrive. Also, before publishing they will try to get proper information and throw to public.

Movie star not that hot…
AR Rahman winner of oscar is from Chennai
Maniratnam “the best director of India” is from Chennai
Hemamalini- once upon a dream girl of Indians is from chennai
Vijayanthimala, Sridevi, Asin, all rocking ladies in bolly wood are from Chennai…

October 16, 2009 at 4:53 am
(22) goindia says:

DeepuRaj, you may like to refer to my blog dated Thursday July 23, 2009, and revise your opinion about me hating and not highlighting Tamil Nadu. :-)

http://goindia.about.com/b/2009/07/23/what-to-see-and-do-in-tamil-nadu.htm

October 17, 2009 at 5:31 am
(23) Mahesh says:

I would agree but I would not call Chennai a hated city. Its just a very depressing city.

People are very argumentative, very selfish, every time they cut the line, they will have a 5 minute long rapid fire explanation of why they need coffee before you and everyone else in the line. Sometime its hard to follow what they are saying when they speak rapid fire English.

I agree with film stars too. Too overweight and very very average looking.

I have lived in Chennai for years. It used to bellwether of the Indian culture. But lately you can see how it is crumbling. I feel so depressed in Chennai that I would not go to chennai again if I can.

October 23, 2009 at 3:29 am
(24) Priyadarshini says:

YOu guys r disgusting to even think of a title like this. And if u guys hate our city…all I have is a biggggggg thank u for u guys for hating us. That way u guys atleast dont populate and pollute our city more like how u guys did to bangalore and mumbai. We love chennai. This is heaven. Our stars rock. Our freedom and freestyle and uniqueness always rock….Love u chennai. i wud be nowhere other than chennai

October 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm
(25) Michael says:

You can gather from my name that I’m not likely to be Indian-born. No, I have never lived in Chennai either. But my wife and I spend considerable time travelling India, extensively. Our last visit was for 6 months duration. Prior to that, numerous visits ranging from 4 month and 3 month duration and this coming February we are returning yet again for another 3 months. We have travelled from Leh in Ladak to Trivandrum down south amd from East to West.
Having said that we feel reasonably qualified to comment on the matter that is causing so much angst to those who have grown up and love their Chennai.
The point that is being missed by all the posters so far, I think, is that the Lonely Planet is a very experienced and useful resource for travellers who are only likely to spend a few days, at best, in any par particular places in anyew dayto only spend a favellers who are likely

October 27, 2009 at 12:04 am
(26) Michael says:

Michael continues his broken posting……..
As I was saying, the average tourist wants only to see the sights and to enjoy those things that differentiate him or her from the native of that place.
On that basis, the Lonely Planet seeks and receives feedback from TOURISTS. It is not concerned, nor should it be, with the many strata of culture etc. that only a native would or could be engrossed in.
My wife and I, regrettably and with respect, feel that Chennai is one of the most unsatisfying cities for TOURISTS.
For those who feel bewildered may I suggest that to start with, just have a look at the dirty condition of your beautiful beach . Clean it up and maybe tourists could start feeling differently. I could go on but I don’t want to hurt feelings any more.
So don’t be too upset with LP. They publish opinions as expressed to them by tourists. Accept this criticism as an opportunity given to you to do something about it.
My wife and I will not be going out of our way to spend time in Chennai unless we have to. That’s our opinion.
Cheers ! Namaste !

October 28, 2009 at 3:16 am
(27) goindia says:

Thanks Michael for your valuable contribution. Visiting a city is indeed very different to living and being brought up there!

October 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm
(28) Paul says:

As somebody who is putting together an itinerary for a four week trip to Southern India, I must say that I value such information.

People usually only tell you about the nicest places they visited, not about the ugliest ones. It is thus very interesting to know what others have listed as their most ‘hated city’! This is a valuable heads up to me as well as many others.

And the fact that some people would like to censor this information instead of engaging in a discussion about its merits, just makes it more believable.

And by the way, I will still go to Chennai, because I like to see things for myself and form my own opinion. But thanks to the heads up, I will make sure to only book one night in the hotel and make tentative plans to move right on if I don’t like it there.

And I will post my own impressions here upon returning, be it negative or positive.

October 30, 2009 at 12:15 am
(29) Madhan says:

Michael,

Those are wonderful comments. You are right, one sees what they want to see. Isn’t that all of life after all!

I agree, Chennai has a beautiful beach. A while ago when I was living in India, my apartment was right by the beach.

With more than half the world’s poor in India, corruption that runs to it’s roots, and with 2 in every 5 homeless/malnutrition child in the world living in India – cleaning the beaches, might not be a significant priority, I’d say.

Cheers!

November 4, 2009 at 7:31 am
(30) Jaya says:

Michael, You did not clearly mentioned whether you visited Chennai or you just Felt about chennai with the comment and writeups you read. You mentioned that you travelled to Trivandrum down south of india. Sir, the down south of India is not trivandrum, but Kanyakumari which is more than 500 kms south to chennai.

I do agree that the article in lonely planet is for travellers and not for people living in the city. But popular website must refrain from giving such factless comments and ranking for cities.

The reason given for ranking Chennai at 7th hated city is so stupid that it does not talk about cleanliness, non availability of hotels or any useful reason for travellers, but highlight is that it does not have “hot” actors.

Chennai as compared to Mumbai is a very calm, quiet place till date there were no terrorist activities and no bombblasts, religious violence in public places (the only mishap was Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination in 1991 that too in a political gathering.

We have top class hotels as well as budget hotels, mass transport service (train, bus) a good international and domestic airport.

Like any city, there are traffic snarls, but not that horrible like calcutta & Mumbai.

Chennai is not that “hot” as we do not have much partying.. boozing and babes. Chennai is not that where you can find alcohol in all hotels/restaurants and nor you have a designated ‘redlight area’.

Chennai is also famous temples, sarees, Mahabalipuram (town knows for sculptures) port, beaches…and what not.

IT corridor with IT Companies, Automative industries with Ford, Hyundai in chennai.

Chennai was in world top with AR Rahman bagging Oscar and accepted with his speech in Tamil.

Chennait’s English is better than bombay or calcutta.

November 30, 2009 at 8:18 am
(31) Tahir says:

lol.. thank u.. chennai is better then so called india financial capital..

n talkin bout tamil actors.. i wanna say somethin.. bollywood is copyin everything from tamil.. rite from ghajini, kambakth ishq, all the best etc etc and the list goes on..

chennai has produced kamal hassan , rajinikanth, sri devi, mani ratnam and oscar winnig ar rahman.. so change yur opinion..

every city has some drwbacks but for tat u cant post it lik tat

December 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(32) Nandini says:

I have lived in Hyderabad for 2 years and currently living in Bangalore for the last 2months… I have lived in chennai for the most part of my 29 years … and i would say ..i loved it … I still yearn to go back .. Married to a man from delhi whose job do not have a branch in chennai and my genuine love for him is the only reason i am still here in bengaluru …

yes.. chennai is different from other cities .. you do not have many pubs which are accesible for every budget, perhaps the weather is not gr8 .. hey but even if california was in that part of the globe it would be hot … you cant blame the goddamn city for it…

if its from a bunch of hindi speaking racists who have mentioned to LP that “we dont like the chennai peoples” then i suggest that LP should send out staff and make them live in the city …

and what is LP going to do with movie stars man … the average crowd n chennai is by far more intelligent than the crowd from rest of india …

bloody bunch of racists …

perhaps the expat who commented should go to delhi or bangalore and travel alone in the night .. and NOT get mugged or raped ..

December 17, 2009 at 9:48 am
(33) Chennai LOVER says:

Chennai is lacking in nightlife…..THANK GOD My Chennai is safe from stupid things :-)

December 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm
(34) Shaan says:

Why is Chennai hated? It depends on whom you ask.

Indians from outside South India may not like Chennai because they cannot speak Hindi in Chennai.

Some foreigners may not like it because there aren’t many Westernized places like Leopold Cafe of Mumbai in Chennai. Chennai prefers to stay Indian rather than Western.

Exactly because Chennai is more Indian, some foreigners like it due to its rich culture, art, dance and music. But the casual visitor may not know these things about Chennai.

An example of the ignorance about Chennai is your comment that it neither has the prosperity of Mumbai nor the history of Delhi. In Mumbai more than 50% of population lives in slums. Is this what you call as prosperity? Besides that in Mumbai you will never know when a bunch of terrorists will land up and spray bullets on you. Localities of Chennai like Mylapore and Triplicane are thousands of years old and Chennai was one of the first settlements of the British East India company in India, long before Delhi.

You are saying movie stars are not hot. How does an actor who when acting in Tamil movies is not hot becomes hot when he/she acts in Hindi movies? Example – Madhavan, Kamal Haasan, Genelia, Shriya, Asin. The current Bollywood heartthrobs Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai’s initial movies were in Tamil and even now Aishwarya Rai is shooting for a Tamil movie.

When it comes to cleanliness, no city in India is clean. But Chennai is less polluted than other cities. Source: Times of India, India Today

I agree that Chennai is not welcoming to the average north Indian and it is not Westernized to appeal to the average Westerner. But Chennai has its own way of life which will interest anybody who is really interested in exploring places. It is not suitable for the unplanned visitor.

December 21, 2009 at 3:58 am
(35) Karthik says:

LP’S version does not always have to be correct. its just one of those many magazines. A friend of mine from Italy had tried to step into a Health Spa in Cochin as advised by LP, turned out to be a sidey massage centre. Now say, it really happened very recently and i am not gonna complain over this , since people should learn through their own experience and not through text books. My italian friend just threw the book away after that incident. Well she visited chennai with me and liked it maximum, next to bombay. Yes certain things can be improved regarding cleanliness but certainly the vibrant city. why is LP bothered about film stars? I guess its a book that i will never let anyone buy from now. GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR BUSINESS

December 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm
(36) shaan says:

The much maligned Marina beach of Chennai has been renovated. Check the pictures here – http://tinyurl.com/yl6n9uo

December 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(37) Rameez says:

The finest metro in the world….

That is what Tamil people think about Chennai. It must be the only place in the globe where you can describe the weather in just three words, i.e., HOT… HOTTER… HOTTEST… Trust me…. That is Chennai.
But Chennai doesn’t end here. Place where people hardly use water except for drinking and cooking. It doesn’t mean they never bath. Some men do take bath when they cut their hair. As far as women are concerned they already use water for cooking and so not interested in wasting any more water. I guess Chennai would be the only place in the world with underground water by 2050 or even till the world ends. See, how nature loving the people are! Never mind, ladies do compensate the body odor with the bunch of flowers. It seems to me sometimes that the flowers are part of their body. Anyway, hydrogen sulphide would be better compared to combined smell of flowers and body odor.
But one aspect requires special mention, the kind of recognition you get. Trust me… Unless you are an IITian or a Tamil Brahmin please don’t come to Chennai. Please… please… please… I am not going deep into it.
Oh my God, the main attraction in Chennai is the auto walaas. These guys deserve a place in Guinness Book for their in-depth knowledge in mathematics. For 2km journey, the fare would be as less as Rs.100 if you ask in English and may be around Rs.50 if you can manage with Tamil. See what generous people they are! Where else in India you can find such caring, understanding and kind auto walaas.
The horrible thing in Chennai is the rain. Just a few centimeters of rain is enough to put the entire city under water. Thanks to the basic infrastructure of the city. Drainage system is so good that it never allows any water to flow through them and maintain their dryness.
Chennai Police is the best of the lot. Show your PAN card when they ask for license and they will salute you thinking you are an income tax officer.
Its gonna be an endless one… But stopping for now…
P.S. Only climate is hot in Chennai… But not the galz… just kidding…

January 6, 2010 at 11:55 am
(38) Vijay says:

Whow!! People hate Chennai huh? Great!! then stay away!!

I know Chennai is not the best place on earth to visit or live .. but it is one of the safest! Unless yr involved with loan sharks or political problems , this place is heaven. At the most u ll find the traffic police a little too rough and corrupt.

And there s something about auto waalas.. :-P Bangalore and Hyderabad are worser in this aspect!(esp after 9 pm) esp for foreigners.

And definitely with stable governments and less violence Chennai is THE place to take yr girl frend out… anytime round the clock!!

Of course the best thing about chennai is also the worst – People are not ready to change … so still u don find smoking girls,sleeveless tees,mini skirts. People are still old fashioned.

Only fools would say girls are not not hot. Most of the settlers are malayalam and any sane man would say malayali girls are the the hottest!! just cause the girls dont expose enough it doesn mean they aren’t hot. If u don want it, don try :-P

February 20, 2010 at 12:27 am
(39) Ginesh says:

For sure, terrorist don’t like chennai…..
they love all the other cites in India.

March 11, 2010 at 7:06 am
(40) Arun says:

I have lived in abroad, in other states of India and also in Chennai for years…I would say Chennai is better than most cities in India but they need to improve in many front such as Infrastructure when compared to cities abroad.

India is a land of diversity. One cannot expect things to be same from Jammu to Kanyakumari or from Mumbai to Nagaland.

Chennai is a good place for tourist who would like to experience the ancient Indian culture, traditions and even language. She is also bit conservative.

Note: Tamil or Dravidian Languages are one of the oldest living languages in the world and also one of the National Languages of India. It can be experienced in Chennai.

Chennai is not the place for westerners, who would like to experience cool weather and western style pubs.

I was also wondering, why tourist would like to be bothered about local hot actors/movie stars on their casual trip?

Looking forward for Pauls comments …

March 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(41) Shankar says:

The biggest thing that a city depends on is its local residents. When local residents are quarrelsome, narrowminded and do not accept change then it’s a matter of concern. I am a native of chennai and have lived in a 4 Indian cities till now. I find chennai the least embracing of them. Mumbai is India’s true city, Bangalore is full of youth and Ahmedabad is the ideal family location.
What about chennai?
Its not the hot climate, its the absence of buzz too much politicisation and too much of dogma and moral policing are things that make it sick.
Its time to rethink why the city is being hated by a lot of people. Let’s accept feedback and ask what can we do to change the city.
Embrace change, listen to others then there is growth else we have to remain locked in the 90s..
Its time to realise that middle class and upper middle class are the assets of a city, there is no active decision making that lands up in the hands of them; most of the decisions are politically taken.
It was city in which I was born, I used to like it… but things are not changing, we need to move with the changing world.. EMBRACE change guys…. Visit lot of places, stay there and get the good things from there to our good old chennai then see the place is going to change for the good…
I know that I could get abused for my candid reply and the facts I say could make no sense to lot of people… But as a irreverant idealist i have ranted…

March 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(42) Shaan says:

@Shankar,
What do you mean by buzz here? Do you want a lot of people crowding around pubs and discos? ‘Too much politicization’ of what? Political parties will always raise the heat against each other, but why does it bother you? You are not clear when asking people to ‘embrace change’. What is the ‘change’ that we should embrace? I used to own a tape recorder, now I own a DVD player. Similarly girls who used to wear half saree changed to churithars and now to jeans and even skirts. Is this something that is essential to like a city? Nobody stops your girlfriend/wife from wearing a miniskirt. A lot of movie stars do that when they come to functions. So where exactly is the moral policing? You can do whatever you want to do but don’t blame other people who themselves don’t want to wear miniskirt or shorts.

I do accept one thing. People are not much extrovert as compared to other cities. But then certain cultures have that naturally. While many north Indians are extroverts, many Tamils are introverts. That is the reason many north Indians even in TN make good businessmen while Tamils excel well in science, technology and higher executive positions.

March 29, 2010 at 9:00 am
(43) Pankaj says:

@Naveen
I think u made it a good point here.. I agree with you to an extent.. We do have talented people in India from just everywhere.. and we have this discussion limited to city and not movies(but movies do constitute a part of social media).. India is proud of A.R.Rahman for bringing Oscars here for the first time.. (whether he is from x city or other it doensnt matter) coz he has created music in many languages including tamil, english, and hindi..Kamal Hassan (“and not Haasan”) is an exemplary artist.. So are other names in Bollywood..I never said that there are no good actors/ musicians in Tamil entertainment industry.. It cant be… but on an average actors are not interested in looks or health..Cinema across world has grown above the love triangles and flab actors.. Be it Salman, Hritik Roshan,Bipasha , Aish, Aamir. kareena and the list goes on… the effort they put on their bodies is visible and socially no flab actor succeeds in bollywood now a days..as opposed to generic(definately not all) actors in… .

Naveen, Yes you are right in making this point regarding language.. Every city has its own language and whoever comes to visit shud make attempts to learn at least a few words.. (which I did).. Every one has a tendency to speak in native language (be it bengali or tamil or hindi)..but as long as its just a tendency its good but when its used to eliminate other language people from discussions it becomes closed mindedness..(U cant force some 1 to learn a language I agree, and onus is on someone who visits the city true.. but if a person knows the other language and dont want to speak purposely then its a big time problem *(and hindi is not local language its national language).. I know a few cases who can speak hindi almost fluently but wud not do so .. even while interacting with customers… (Your other point also holds true.. I agree “Every place there are gud and bad people” may be I just found too many of them).. I do not intend to hurt any ones feelings
Probably its just that I have met a few people ony who were of this type(I have infact very good collegues at office all are localites).. I never said that its a bad city .. I just listed out some of its pros and cos and its only about how they affected me in particular…. usp of chennai is that its safe and peaceful… Delhi on other hand is not at all safe (not for women or family in the evenings forget about late nights)..

You also its more Indian city than any other city because its less westernized.. Agreed to an extent. But we should not just relate western aspects with development/globalization..These terms are interchangably used many times..

Its like saying “this is me accept me as I am”…
In todays global world.. Countries like Afghanistan where women do not have freedom or rights are seen as un-developed by rest of the world (including India).. But from their perspective its a tradition.. women are not supposed to work.. (This is just an example and shud not be related to the current scope of blog).. What I mean is that its a difference of perspectives….

I also do not want to make a point that having many 5 star hotels in a place would make it developed (while still having slums nearby (like that in Dharavi )), Its about economics of demand and supply, if we dont have places for people to spend money there will be less employment and flow of money. Just take an example of Fruit stalls in Pune or just Tea stalls.. If people stop drinking tea outside saying it can be prepared at home many poor people will lose jobs and on the other side many others will find it difficult to have something while being out and they wud straight away say that its an unhappenig city..

Tourists may consider this as traditional way of simple living and may appreciate (for a duration of time may be a couple of months).. It will not attract them to be here for long..

This is what happens when a person from other city comes to chennai and find very less hotels or restaurants.. Its not bad to not have big restaurants(but its not good too)..

On an ending note I woul say 1 thing- Every 1 likes the city in which they have been born and brought up coz humans are reluctant to change (I like my hometown too).. but how others like it (and how many kinds of people) like my hometown is the question..

What matters is What is the breakup of population which is staying in that City? Its a question to the forum localites Vs other state people (which would be one of the true indicators to decide which city has heterogenous population (Im not aware of the answer)

@nomad
I think I did not make my point clear..I did not say that I could not find 1 gud hotel..Its not that if One chinese or may be Rajasthani hotel is found in the area of 25 kms its great. What also matters is how many places and how accessible is for evey 1.. Taj cannot be present in every part in India. but at least a variety of small decent hotels in a vicinity of 2 knms would sound decent….

For overall discussion- I reckon Indian Culture is the best coz we have lots of diversities (be it bengali, tamil, marathi or hindi)..(Indians are known for their bondings with their families and parents)..Its not just about practicising out own tradition but also how open are we for others..

Some may see it as an intervention to their community but facts have proved that cities which are open to other public and accepts them into society have grown far beyond compare.. I have visited Paris, HongKong, Germany, Canada, Netherlands,Austria Belgium..FDI do drive many countries, foreigners bring in their investments and a variety to the society.. (It can however not change the culture its just seen as a topping the basic culture remains intact).. Being introvert is one thing and being indifferent is the other..Paris runs on tourism, Switzerland has tourism as one of the major source of income.. India on the other hand has huge resources, many many beautiful places to see, clear beaches in Chennai, Temples at Mahabalipuram and all over India, Ajanta Ellora Caves, Forts, greenary, forests, Santuaries and what not..All these attractions which we are not able to encash due to indifference to foreigners.. A shopkeeper who would charge 500 bucks for a gift item would sell it to a foreigner at 1000 bucks.. Forget foreigners In this blog I see all indians representing different parts of India…. If we dont bargain in marathi in outskirts in pune or mumbai we cant get the best deal, smilar is what happens to an outsider coming to chennai.

(I do feel that no Indian would hate any indian city, (Coz we are the same at the bottom of our hearts- we all have family bondings and well treatment of parents etc.) there might be some differences in the way of living though, which we need to address :) )

P.S- I dont want to hurt any ones feelings This is just my view *(which may be wrong)

March 30, 2010 at 4:52 am
(44) kartheeson says:

people hate chennai ?????

April 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(45) sangu says:

hehe.. by this time i think you must be regretting the post.. i would have at least :)

actually, when people say theres little to do in chennai as tourists, i will fully agree.. theres really little one can do there even for 2 days..

for expats, again, this is not the place as it is not the most westernised metro in india. so no booze and sex (if one is into that sort of thing ofc). bangalore, mumbai, or even delhi (its considered pretty racist, but in a good way for white folk) would be ideal for that.

what chennai is: a laidback place full of simple middle class folk who have good/simple family oriented values and are intellectually inclined. im not saying this isn’t the case with other cities, but it is more in chennai. this kinda reflects in the lack of must-see places cos the ppl are too simple to actually want such a place. basically, its a good place to grow up in. great atmosphere for studying learning and enjoying a life of peace.

touching on the LP article, well, to say a place is not particularly enticing is one thing. but to call it a “hated place” is quite another. for that, they must have some proper reason. its not like tourists need to hate chennai just because they find it boring. ie. indifference is not the same as hate. so when they arbitrarily claim the city is hated, without giving any valid reason (such as racism, touts, poor facilities/infrastructure etc.. none of which actually applies particularly to chennai), that is just insulting to the people who live there.

another point you must understand is that a lot of people, esp youngsters, from north india hate chennai. this is cos, apart from these younger ppl being really stupid and ignorant and all (i say tht purely from experience. with no bias), chennai is a minority populated city which is highly different from what they are used to back home. so they frequently crib about chennai. so chennaites are particularly sensitive to this sort of random meaningless needless hate hurled against their city.

if u want to see the local backlash, look at this:-
http://krishashok.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/dear-lonely-planet/

thanks, and hope you actually get to read it, considering the effort i put in writing all of this.. :)

April 3, 2010 at 1:46 am
(46) goindia says:

Hi Sangu, I really appreciate the effort you put into writing your reply. It’s much appreciated. I actually think this post has been excellent for prompting debate and discussion. So many people have been kind enough to come forward and share their views about Chennai, so in my eyes, the post has been a great success. :-) I deliberately put a question mark at the end of the post’s title, and I’m happy to say that the question has been very well answered by so many people. Thanks again for your time!

May 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(47) Dileep says:

I hate Chennai!!…

If you grew up in Kerala, like I did, you’ll hate Chennai instantly on arriving…

why?

Horribly hot climate(add the lack of greenery to it),
tainted water supply(seriously tainted),
rude and unwelcoming people,
tainted non-veg food,
Bland veg food and that too at cut throat prices (I dont wanna die eating your Rs10 sloppy meal),
Autorickshaw drivers who totally rip you off(I dont wanna fight with Baasha at the end of every rickshaw ride),
Extortionists at every corner

All these are from a Visitor’s point of view…

I guess If you grew up in Chennai you will disagree coz you know your way around, cook your own food, own a vehicle, know what sort of people to avoid etc etc….

As for films, I love tamil Films(but not the Vijay action types) and I also like Tamil Film Music(always better than the new wave of Malayalam film music). Tamil cinema has got the prettiest heroines ever even though some are not Native.

May 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(48) Devi Shan says:

Survey says that ranking:

Singapore maintains the highest quality of life in the world for Asian expatriates, according to the latest Location Ranking Survey on expatriate living conditions by international HR consultancy ECA International.

Chennai has been ranked highest among Indian cities at 138 position followed by Bangalore (153), Mumbai (156), New Delhi (169) and Kolkata (193) as the best place to live for Asians in the world.

I think this itself enough for people who understood.

Chennai is rated 4 in Top Ten Wealthiest, Highest Consuming and Most Aware Towns of India
For Hot actresses?? Here is the list:

Rekha
Hema malini
SriDevi
Vidya Balan
& will continue…..

May 20, 2010 at 6:25 am
(49) sagoo says:

Chennai- So far the worst city in India.

Horrible people, horrible language and horrible attitude.

Tamilians are racists and hate anything other than tamil and tamil nadu..

May 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(50) hari says:

Hi govinda.. u r a gouity guy. pls visit ur hydrabad city and talk about chennai.. In hydrabad there is no clean space expcept airport.. pls shut up.. how much money u got from other states to put this post. andrapradesh is the most hated state in the world

May 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(51) Arjun says:

ha ha.. I’ll tell you why people don’t like Chennai – Especially north Indians cannot manage in Chennai because they don’t know the language and get looted by autowallahs & cab drivers. Some of my friends stayed in Chennai for a week and didn’t even manage to see the beach, because they were scared of going out without knowing the language.

Anywhere else in India, you can stay knowing jsut Hindi, but not in Chennai. Chennai is a heaven for madrasis, and hell for others. Thats why Chennai didn’t have to protect its own people like MNS is trying to protect Mumbai from others.

Oh btw, Chennai is MUCH MUCH cleaner than Mumbai, and has a MUCH better infrastructure than Bangalore!

Whoever hates Chennai is because Chennai hates them too – at some stage they would’ve been looted by autowallahs in Chennai!

May 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(52) hari says:

hi Dileep do u know one thing, the world health organisation question many of the kerala foods on the basis of cleanliness, food habit and taste. The other thing u have to understand is actually kerala language orginated from tamil language. Dubai country insists that kerala people are the worst in their country based on discipline, cleanliness and culture.. kerala people are only people who are uncultured

May 31, 2010 at 1:17 am
(53) vino says:

I can see how people HATE chennai.My question is “Every city has problems.MUMBAI IS THE BIGGEST SLUM IN WORLD.TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN BANGALORE SHOW THE POOR INFRASTRUCTURE OF CITY.But will any one of u dare to speak above the following?”

1.Ugly face of mumbai.
2.Flip side of bangalore.

.. no one would speak about these.because they hate only chennai.chennai is the only city which has less hindi influence.that is the reason why others hate chennai.they say tamils are racist.but it seems that people who commented above look like racist as they cannot speak hindi in chennai.Some people say it is hot.They how can a city near to equator ?you expect like moscow?.

This blog is complete absurd.The creator of the blog has hatred in their mind about chennai and tamil.

June 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(54) baboo says:

Show me one good looking women in chennai… As we called in IIT, there are males and nomales…. Unfortunately, its true

June 21, 2010 at 8:26 am
(55) Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy says:

This is just to inform the wise men of India that Hindi is NOT the national language. Well, the government tried hard in 1965 or so, but failed. Hindi and English are the official languages of India. I repeat – There are no national languages in India. Going to a city outside your roots and expecting the autorickshaw drivers to know Hindi is the worst form of patronizing that we Chennaiites have been constantly subjected to. We have no problems speaking Hindi…we do so in Hindi-speaking cities. Just don’t expect us to abide by your rules in our city of nativity.

The intelligentsia in Chennai have preferred English to Hindi as it offers them more opportunities in this age of globalization. Which is why you find more Chennaiites and South Indians working with Americans (and others) across continents.

The most telling response to the “Hindi” imperalism in India was provided by C.N. Annadurai. When asked why he did not feel that Hindi should be made India’s national language, he replied, “Just because we have more of them, we didn’t make the crow our national bird.”

I do think that Chennaiites/S. Indians are subjected to taunts based on our skin colour. I studied and worked in the US for 9 years, and, believe me, we were stereotyped there (e.g., as uncool, as dark-skinned and ugly) too. The point is not to project ourselves as saints or victims, but it’s just that a foreigner does not get to know a minority culture from a “half-baked” majority that doesn’t even know Hindi is not the national language. A foreigner also thinks Tandoori and Punjabi/Peshawari food is Indian food and Indian music equates to Hindustani music(see, the name itself is patronizing).

Even Gandhi wanted to impose Hindi/Hindustani on every citizen on India. Thankfully, we had progressives such as Jawaharlal Nehru and T.T. Krishnamachari.

The way Chennai is merely points to self-affirmation.

June 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(56) goindia says:

I don’t believe everyone from Chennai can speak Hindi, particularly Hindi that’s good enough for them to survive in another Hindi-speaking Indian city. I have a good friend from Chennai who’s an outstanding professional photographer, and highly educated. He wasn’t taught Hindi at school in Chennai. He would like to come to Mumbai to work where there are a wider range of opportunities. However, he said it wouldn’t be possible for him to do this because he doesn’t know Hindi. He feels frustrated as a result. Sure, learning English is great for going global, but what about all the Indians who want to remain in their beloved India, put their talents to good use, and help India progress.

June 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(57) Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy says:

English is the way to make India prosper. The Tamils that migrate to Mumbai, Pune, Delhi et al. for white-collar jobs are at least partially knowledgeable in Hindi. Being the “non-revolutionary” type, they play it safe, mingle, and pick up Hindi. The central government employees/civil servants inevitably learn/know Hindi. The construction workers/members of the unskilled and unprotected labour force learn Hindi at their places of work. Jobs in photography are rare as are Social Workers, who need to converse in the local language. Most Social Workers are locals anyway.

Hindi, then, is merely useful for social interactions. Herein lies the problem. To an “actually-conservative-but-self-labeled-liberal-metrosexual” at work or at a yuppie bookstore, Tamil accented Hindi is cause for derision. The differences between Standard Hindi and Tamil are vast. Frequently in Tamil words, alphabets may have different sounds depending on the positions therein, the context and/or the meanings thereof. It’s not surprising that a Tamil speaks Hindi such that it seems like a byproduct of a Hindi-to-written-Tamil-to-Tamil-sound conversion.

I am not writing this to prove that all Tamils are Bodhisattvas. We are definitely not. However, our Northie bashing/stereotyping stems out of resentment in contrast to pure contempt. The central government does impose Hindi in its Navodaya/Kendriya Vidyalaya schools, and adopts a big-brotherly attitude in its promotion of Indian culture. S. Indian culture has been deeply marginalized post-Independence. Even the classical status awarded to Tamil and Kannada were political gimmicks. India’s projection to the west has also tilted many into favouring/feeding the popular misconceptions about Hindi and India.

Finally, as to the “ugly” actors/actresses, I do believe that our conceptions of beauty have been clouded by a dominant culture’s notions. In a historically local community, a dark moustachioed man may be considered handsome and a dark-skinned woman beautiful. The Social Darwinism assumed by the dominant culture in India has been defeated at least by the fact that there are three Tamil Science Nobel laureates. Also, there are two Bengali Nobel laureates. And I guess most know that there is some sort of anti-Hindi imposition sentiment in Bengal. What does that prove?

India is the world’s unlikeliest democracy. America may be a young homogeneous mix of diverse cultures but India has it distilled, pure, and heterogeneous. Apparently, we speak 800 of the world’s 5000 languages. Hindi imposition, then, is anti-pluralistic. And I see nothing wrong in being subjected to Tamil in Tamil Nadu.

June 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(58) Venkat Ayer says:

I was born and brought up in Chennai . It is not as comfortable as other cities. It doesn’t have good public transport . In fact it doesn’t has any.The trains cover only 25% of the regions.Its difficult to go anywhere without bikes and scooters.
Not to forget auto rickshaws. My parents were tamilian and i know to speak Tamil though reading and writing is a different story. Even if u know Tamil, the autowallahs behave as if we were going for a free ride with them.I find autowallahs in Mumbai curteous . Chennai’s autowallahs are RUDE.
Chennai isn’t as safe as it used to be. My parents say that there has been sharp increase in incidence of crimes .
Speaking of traffic jams. Where I lived(porur) a suburb on the west, it will take 30 minutes to cross a junction(intersection in america).Don’t get me started on that.
The climate is HORRIBLE. When I get up to brush my teeth and step out of an air conditioned room, sweat runs over my face .It is surely irritating.

Having lived there for all my childhood and during college, there are no beautiful places except for the beaches.
The parks in Chennai SUCK as they are places where criminals group together(except fpr the Guindy National Park).

July 4, 2010 at 8:57 am
(59) Naveen says:

Judging a city based on how the people look. Disgusting!!
I was, until now a big fan of Lonely Planet.

Btw, Chennai is one of the best cities to live in India; not expensive, cleaner than other metros(except probably Delhi), excellent transport system and it is also a very safe city for women(way more safer than Mumbai and Delhi).

Of course people from the northern part of India may find Chennai unwelcoming as most people don’t even have a basic understanding of Hindi which others unfortunately misinterpret it as being rude. Why don’t they try speaking in Hindi in Berlin?

As far is the climate is concerned. Yes it is hot but way better than Delhi!!

Cheers!!

July 4, 2010 at 9:11 am
(60) Naveen says:

@Chandekar

Mind your words mister. I did my schooling in Chennai and we do have parades on Independence Day and Republic Day. We are no less, in fact more patriotic than you. We don’t like to show off. Its not there in the southern states.

And, Tamil is NOT mandatory in schools. I didn’t study Tamil in school.

July 5, 2010 at 3:03 am
(61) Naveen says:
July 6, 2010 at 2:55 am
(62) goindia says:

Chennai is attracting so much attention! Well, you know the saying… “it’s better to be talked about than not talked about at all”. And “all publicity is good publicity”. ;-)

July 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(63) Praveen says:

Great article? Give me a break… Chennai is the only city in India still maintains its history. We still speak our native language. Prosperity.. How do you measure prosperity? Please let us know… We are from the land of Ramanuja(Great mathematician). We can disprove your false theory in seconds. Actors not hot? Are Actors living in Mumbai hot? Please…I cant take it anymore… Shah Rukh Khan looks like a Shemale..? Is he hot? Only when he gets a 109 degree Fahrenheit fever. Amitabh Bachan..? Hot? Are you blind…? I don’t say they are not talented… How do you measure hotness..? Tamil actors have charming face… Coz thats what people in Tamilnadu like… Their staple foods are Idli, Sambar… Not Hamburgers or Pizzas… I could still find a place in chennai where i can eat pizzas and burgers… The point is Chennai has it’s own culture… Like every city in India, it also needs improvement.. But the facts mentioned against Chennai could be suitable to other Indian Metros as well… So don’t ever say Mumbai is the most prosperous in India or Bengaluru is the Fashion city… If you want Chennai to be like Mumbai..better stay in Mumbai … Why waste your time travelling so many miles to visit a another Mumbai…? Change your attitude… You are kinda people who go to places like America and try to find a movie theater that shows Hindi movies… If you don’t fit into or experience the culture of a place and better don’t go there… good for you narrow minded attitude…

July 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(64) Vinaykumar Rehi says:

Add to more chennai is not only most hated city, but it would be better if we call it “cheatnai” because every one in the city is cheater, may it be auto rikshaw wala or railway coolie, it is hawker or it is businessman ! I have personally felt this thing at my visit to chennai. It is not so in much larger cities like Mumbai or kolkata, nor like the smaller ones , hyderabad or Ahmedabad

August 28, 2010 at 11:07 am
(65) saran says:

how can you say that Chennai is the most hated city in India
ok common tell me how many times have you visited chennai
i cant accept your idea and it is baseless
its better you just take off this article or else modify this after well knowing about Chennai

got it

August 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(66) goindia says:

I’m not saying that Chennai is the most hated city. It’s not my view. You also seem to have overlooked the question mark in the heading.

August 28, 2010 at 11:11 am
(67) saran says:

pls just remove this topic ok and stop spreading rumours like this

August 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(68) Chennaite says:

The people of Chennai whoever has stayed in other city of India would definitely realize the difference..Outsiders go to Bangalore and they become of Bangalore. Same is true for Mumbai, Pune, Hyderbad and other cities of India except Chennai. Anything fun and entertainment in Chennai comes with Guilt. Prefer to stay in your flat rather going outside. City should also accept outsiders from heart. There is no warmth in this city..Chennaites rather arguing with points should think what makes the outsiders feel uncomfortable in the city. Why same is not true in the city like Bangalore, Pune etc.. My last wish to God is to conspire me to go out of this City. Thanks.

August 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(69) goindia says:

That’s a really interesting point, Chennaite. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :-)

August 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(70) SJ says:

Thanks for all who written about Chennai.
Recently I had a job offer for Chennai location, I never been there, but after reading these reviews I could make my decision.
And it is clear… I rejected it!!

September 1, 2010 at 4:19 am
(71) goindia says:

Hi SJ, it’s probably a wise decision. Chennai isn’t cosmopolitan (such as say Bangalore or Mumbai) and it’s difficult to adjust to for people who aren’t part of that culture, plus the weather is challenging there. It gets very hot and humid!

September 5, 2010 at 3:38 am
(72) chennaivasi says:

Chennai and chennaiites has the best qualities in every aspect of the city and its residents which makes any outsider feel a little inferior. This definitely makes them hate the city which no can deny.

September 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(73) Ashok says:

Chennai is for tamilians only. of course Chennai good in tradition, culture, values, virtues blah blah but these are for only tamilians and who know tamil, can only survive there. and this is 100% true. no doubt they have a good unity but btwn their people. i 100% agree. No other stay people can dare to relocate to chennai if he/she is getting other city like bangalore or mumbai. hope this survey will make new generation that they should come forward.

some one has written about A R Rahman, Manirathnam, Kamal Haasan, Sri Devi… so, people should visit chennai as these people are staying there? nice survey. only tamilans can stay in chennai. 100% true.

September 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(74) Ashok says:

Every one likes their city, state and country. i like my city even if others dont like… but this survey is about every one not for only tamilans. ofcourse tamlians would like their own city even if they are staying malaysia or singapore or US. they will defntly comment good. i would like to know one person who is nt tamlians and would say its better city? i dont think so… only n only tamilans will say its good city.

yes, its true that Chennai is rich in tradition, culture, values, virtues…but who cares???? if i would like to go/visit a city why should i check these things? i would check how the place and people are? if u dont know tamil then u just gone. taxi or auto guy will rape u by asking huge money or he wont care u. this is true. Kuwait is rich in tradition, culture, values, virtues… how many people traveling there? this survey is not chennai is bad. its hated city as compare to other city. i like my city but others may not like it. good survey.

September 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(75) Ravi says:

Pls ignore tamilians comments. I think, non-tamilans can only suggest or give better feedback. ofoucrse tamilians will say its good city. Do other state people would like to visit or stay or relocate in chennai? My view, i can relocate to pakistan but not chennai. No doubt its a good city for tamilans, cost of living is cheap, food is cheap, no terror activity but….i wont prefer if i have bangalore or hyd option. tamilians wont think why this survey came to the pic and why people are speaking like this rather than they will talk about AR Rahaman and Sridevi and Rajnikanth. its very simple and clear, chennai is for only tamilians and its really good for them as others dont like.

September 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(76) Ravi says:

For sure, terrorist don’t like chennai…..
they love all the other cites in India.

terrorist will harm in cities or metro not villages. why they will go chennai where they can get only tamilians. ha ha.. nice one… even terrorist dont like chennai. ha ha.. superb…

September 23, 2010 at 10:34 am
(77) Naveen says:

@Ashok,

—————————————————————————
some one has written about A R Rahman, Manirathnam, Kamal Haasan, Sri Devi… so, people should visit chennai as these people are staying there?
—————————————————————————

Mr.Clever, it was people from the north who have unnecessarlly made provocative statements about tamil actors/movies…please shup up and go and watch your “kabhi kushi kabhi gham” kinda of movies…nobody asked you to come to chennai because of these film personalities…u better stay in ur place…

@Ravi,

—————————————————————————
My view, i can relocate to pakistan but not chennai.
—————————————————————————
Cool. Thanks.

September 23, 2010 at 10:52 am
(78) Naveen says:

Chennai does not need racist people to stay here (be it from north/south/east/west)…Don’t like chennai? You can stay in some other city…
Don’t like tamil stars/movies??? go and watch your salman khan movies….we don’t care….BTW, english/hindi/telugu/malayalam movies also run in chennai theatres….

any open-minded person can make a decent living in chennai…there might be some communication problems in the beginning…but, nobody would ridicule you if you dont speak in tamil…in most places, u can still manage with basic knowledge of english….this is my personal opinion…

September 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(79) xtrmR says:

Oh people !! Come on, get a life. Corrupted cops huh ??? Tamil Nadu police is the second best in world after Scotland Yard.. All u Hindi racists, please stay in north India. Go to pub, get mugged, date chicks, have fun.. Leave us alone with our own style of enjoying things.

Each individual has his/her own way of having fun. If u want me to have fun in the way of yours, i am not the one for tat. Education: SRM University best in medical and engineering, VIT and many more are in Chennai. Most of the north Indians come to Chennai to study and work.

If u dont wanna stay here, then dont take the high paying job which chennai offers u..

Stay out & have fun !!

Cheers

September 28, 2010 at 4:26 am
(80) RAVANAN says:

This is the good thing from which you can make popular of your website, right? Hello, CSK (cHENNAI sUPER kINGS IS ROCKING). A.R.Rahman winner of two oscars is from Chennai.

Why have you not listed any australian cities? Worst culture. Naked woman on the beach. Drug addicted people. This is the symbol of australian cities, right?

The Chennai foods are world wide famous and so much of variety. Why you mentioned Mumbai, a prosperous? A city which is being attacked so many times by terrorists. He.. He..

The Chennai has world class infrastructure and it will soon become the No.1 position.

Being an australian, why you came and settled in India? Do you hate Australia? Better go to your own home place. You people don’t have any rights to comment about cities in India. Stupids…..

September 28, 2010 at 4:44 am
(81) goindia says:

Ravanan, I really don’t think such a negative comment is warranted. In the post I’m discussing a list prepared by Lonely Planet — if you read the post properly, it’s not MY personal view. I am merely throwing the issue open to debate… hence the question mark at the end of the blog title. I am actually giving people the opportunity to agree, or disagree and defend Chennai. So there is no need to be rude towards me. Thank you.

October 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(82) Reyjivnald says:

I think no big indian city is deserve to be live by human beings…. they are nasty polluted crowded and ugly buildings … When i travelled to india couple of times. Even Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Hyderabad all major cities look nasty, smelled urine everywhere. I say Pondicherry is much better, Panaji is Okay and Cochin is not bad. I visited Mysore, quite charming.. but even though these cities are not upto the standard of international cities. I hate Mumbai,,, Nasty place to visit, but Chennai or Mumbai u cant skip because , u ve to go there atleast at international airports are not present in Pondicherry or Goa.

October 7, 2010 at 7:46 am
(83) bihari says:

chennai this tamlians are abnormal u know biharis are ruling in chennai bangalore and mumbai all chennai people are abnormal black dogs their daughter and sisters love bihari boys so south indian boys are whinp like marathis

October 9, 2010 at 2:54 am
(84) Ravi says:

The cause for Chennai being most hated city is because the Tamils deliberately want this to remain so that all outsiders don’t come here and settle down. By the way, Chennai has very good infrastructure and very good educational institutions. People from outside states should look at only these 2 aspects and settle down here and build their community so that they can change the city. Also , the positive and negative aspects of Chennai should be highlighted on every possible public forum so that people world over understand what these people really are !

October 11, 2010 at 8:40 am
(85) Asish says:

Answer to these questions?
Compare than any other cities with Chennai (such as Blore)
– do u find any buses running in Chennai without English words?
– Any ppl who will respond in English? (reason for foreign ppl like Chennai than any other Indian cities)
– Afford from minimal price to maximum price
– Connected to all networks (Land, Air, Sea)
– Most preferred safest city with respect to blasts, terror threats etc,.
– No obscene dress codes except for the Northies who always show like foreign ppl once they enter Indian cities.

Last but not least, if Chennai is the poor why all Indian MNCs still perform shine there other than any North cities?

All North ppl migrating to Chennai even they blamming worst?

October 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
(86) raman says:

chennai is filthy
lots of garbage smells bad

water is dirty and saline
people split in open
traffic is bloody congested.

December 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(87) Chennai sufferer says:

Chennai is indeed one of worst place in
india/World to live. I always felt that this place is cursed in many ways. First of all, it has saline water; you’ll lose your hair within months. unhygienic city, with open drainages and garbages, they even have a river called kovam river that cover the entire city thats smells awful. Climate is horrible, always hot and dry! They call it as a metro, but no features of metro, just that they have good roads, People(tamils) have typical character, either talk about cricket or movies 24hrs and not bothered about anything around the world. If you’re working in any corporates in chennai, you can find lot of tamil brahmins running the show, they’re very unprofessional and narrow minded people I must say. They always talk about tamil culture and their language, but all are addicted to western culture. Tamils are movie freaks and always associates their lives with cheap tamil masala movies and have stupid devotion towards heroes (eg:rajni kanth). About politics, they have some dictators like karunanidhi or Jayalalitha, all are their slaves. As somebody said above. only the climate is hot not girls in chennai. You ask me I have a lifetime to talk about this horrible place. I have to somehow escape from here and never gonna come back…..

January 10, 2011 at 7:49 am
(88) augustein says:

Hello mr.chennai sufferer……. can i know, which city you belongs to?

January 14, 2011 at 6:31 am
(89) Krishnan says:

I second “chennai sufferer” in all thoughts..!!!Absoulutely right….adding more to it:

bad choice for variety of food and booze at lower prices for the commoner…

ppl always think they are right about their attitude and culture and has absolutely no concern for others languages as they only eat tamil, sing tamil, listen tamil, and talk tamil.
So you feel out of place…!

January 14, 2011 at 6:34 am
(90) krishnan says:

To add to…there is absolutely no weekends here…other than 2 beaches and movie houses which is crowded than a ant farm….no nearby weekend getawayas, you have to spend atleast $50 or more for a decent nighout….

January 22, 2011 at 4:40 am
(91) basu venky says:

ask robert clive :-)

why we are like this… prioritize hatred?? is this indian mentality? unique poll where no one in this world enquired about their own cites and states!!! good !!! proud to be an indian…. lol…. so wat you need… to know??? the hatred??? can you create one more poll like this to know who is the most hatred person among one’s family??? :(

u reap wat you sow !!!

January 25, 2011 at 12:23 am
(92) VijayB says:

Dumb ***** Chennaisurfer .. there are lot of facts provided above to nullify ur argument, so i dont want to say anything extra.. get the hell out of here if u dont like.. u would be the most ***** guy in the world if u lives in a place for MONEY alone.. even i can call u a GIGOLO.

Every city in the world has got both +ve and -ve points.

Indian might be the only worst country in the world where people criticize their own country man’s place and living. very proud to be a INDIAN.

Comments are very well accepted , but idiotic baseless criticism should be tarnished.

January 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm
(93) param says:

One thing I would say pretty sure is this city is getting ruined day by day. This city is filled with garbage even in the places that alomst every city try to keep it clean, like airport, temple. Isn’t that when city getting prosperous, wouldn’t it get cleaner? that is not definetly happening to Chennai. There was a day when I thought only thing Chennai lacked is nightlife, but now, I want this city to look clean. by born chennaite.

February 9, 2011 at 6:17 am
(94) Indian says:

Stop saying Asin is from ur Chennai…She has nothing to do with chennai except that she acted in Tamil films…Asin is a pure Malayali from Kerala..Her house is in Kottayam district..

February 26, 2011 at 6:11 am
(95) Nishant says:

You are all missing the point, going on and on about Chennai’s virtues.

The point is that a LOT Of travellers from EVERYWHERE in the world voted Chennai to be among their least favourite cities in the world.

This is NOT about Western and Indian culture, or about Sharell Cook’s likes and dislikes or about one or two reviewers in London Planet. This is merely research that has been done. Maybe you need to take a step back and at least try to understand why so many people dislike Chennai. instead of blindly saying “Chennai is great. Everybody who disagrees with us is stupid.”

March 5, 2011 at 5:01 am
(96) Ana says:

I have been living in Chennai for almost two years and I heard all sort of arguments for and against Chennai. The fact is the root of Chennai’s unpopularity is hardly touched in any of them.

Until and unless you are just a passer by, you would not bother about what brand of booze you get here or how the girls look or dress like or how many hotels you have for diner out or how the people smell or how corrupted there pronunciation is etc.

But still if there is smoke and has to a fire as its source. And that fire is “Closed-minded people”. As I am from a small town, I do not need these extra glitters to live my life happily. But how would you feel if in an MNC people start talking in Tamil in a meeting and completely ignore if there are people who may not understand it? How would you feel if you are segregated and exploited every minute outside your doorstep because you are an outsider in your own country? How would you feel if at every point people (some of whom are IITans!!!!) make it clear that if any thing originates outside the limits of there state has to be foreign and hence unacceptable and should be stared at and mocked? And how would you feel if the flag bearers of the great 2000 year old “Culture” look at every girl from outside there state as a prostitute (and this is probably the reason of insecurity and cause of conservativeness)? And the great bosses like to spend hours talking to you just because you are a woman staying alone (now a days I have started to generalize this type of men here and probably this is because they are not satisfied)?

Rude Autowalas or Bus drivers are just secondary to these.

March 5, 2011 at 5:02 am
(97) Ana says:

In past 2 years I have to spend my time in office hardly speaking 10 sentences. And this is nearly the same for most of the visitors to this city (at least i was told so by almost all of them i have ever met).

I have been to rest of the four metros. They have there problems. But they are called metro because they welcome you to be there. Chennai is not like them.

“Hate” is a strong word to use for such contexts. I rather say I just won’t prefer to live in Chennai if I can.

March 29, 2011 at 4:32 am
(98) Firos says:

I was there in Chennai for some times. There is no any problems so far to make a post something like this ‘hate’.
The people in Chennai are more friendly, nice and closer than the people in Bangalore or in Mumbai. If you are get into an accident or a problem, there can be many people to help you in Chennai than Bangalore or Mumbai or other North Indian cities.

The only problem (not a big problem) or the personal reasons why IT professionals least prefer Chennai to work may be due to the climate and scarcity of better food and water. But I am sure there are places in Chennai you will get good food. Then, we cannot change climate there. But you know, there are lot of other cities in India has more hot.

April 4, 2011 at 1:50 am
(99) nathan says:

mmm…… when you see a problem we should see what is cause or ingredients of the problem , its so easy and convenient to point fingers what you see in front of you but you never consider the major ingredient is you, your attitude towards various aspect of life.

First foremost problem with Chennai is non acceptance of people( who speak Hindi ) that Chennai didn’t bothered to learn Hindi. The non inclusiveness or the seed of hatred started there once you don’t include somebody or community you will hate what ever they do so you may list all those buses, auto-karan food etc and etc with unbiased mind if you think u urself know its no better or worse than any other city in our country

For example do you guys think attitude of autowala in Bangalore is different than from Chennai ask bangalorean or Bangalore hatred forums you will get your hatred stories but u might argue “comparatively Chennai is WOrossTTT” the extra stress on worst n Chennai, from where it comes from not because of auto guys different just because ur fundamental non inclusiveness or hatred of a group of people whom you consider as different just because they speak different language.

April 4, 2011 at 1:51 am
(100) nathans says:

People who complain and lecture about Chennai should speak more language are not actually concerned about people should know more language they r just concern people should know their language(hindi) so that they feel like home when they travel to another state with different culture or else they will curse u as being less patriotic n wat not phewww..They simply cant celebrate the diversity they cant accept people speaking different language. Note if bangalore openly says pls respect our local language n culture too all these people will start hating Bangalore too Its already happening listen to the northies in bangaolre atleast in blog they start to complain kaanadiga fanatics n activities cos they simply asked to learn their language too while living iin their city its just show u respect them equally.But I have seen personally many northies shamelessly claimng I and my family are living in Bangalore for 15 years and we don’t even want to know a single word in kannadda.. northies love on Bangalore relatively higer than Chennai not because they love bangolre ppl or say”namma bangalooru” and know banglaore local culture festivals n interact they remain untouched but force or ask others to know their language movie star n food otherwise criticize them of being anti national.. all fellow south Indian state feel n put their head down in shame for simply basic lie except TN that’s is”If you an Indian u shiuld know hindi” which a lie I say If ur Indian n fit enough to live the grand idea of india you should respect diversity not to enforce one(your) own language n culture on to others that’s like people saying im immature of being in diversified culture I cant accept people who don’t speak my language n my customs.

April 4, 2011 at 1:53 am
(101) nathans says:

All the things which you say people know exist on all cities not specific to Chennai each city has its own culture. I know the floating community of north india generally shrink their face in disgust as If saying a swear word when people tell culture, traditions etc… for them being culture or being Indian means closed mind person, being inwestern style is open minded person.Its just pure wanabe ness makes them feel n judge people on their dress n appearance( how rude n immature is it to do so) wearing western or varied culture dress or trying differnt things is not an issue but when u attach to particular style n criticize others r some wat inferior n” only ur way is way- farward” is most vulguar that attitude is seed of all haterd in world whether religious philosophy or politics, sticking, to your style view and criticizing other .

April 4, 2011 at 1:56 am
(102) nathan says:

Some of you said in Chennai its only tamil and for tamils only. Fine if that’s the case u cant explain rising population of norther Indians by everyday in Chennai besides already huge population of ppl from Andhra pradesh here, note north Indian who r generally in non IT or mnc based or not complaing cos they don’t have this closed mind attitude of expecting a city to behave the way their home town shud. They r open minded n involved n accept the local( not converting themselves,acceting means they don’t complain, local too accept varied cultures always that I know cos I live here).

April 4, 2011 at 1:57 am
(103) nathan says:

Ana says people(manager) misbehave Cos she is girl..DO you think is it because ur not from here and it doest happen to local girls or you think its not the situation of many girls in many other cities particularly in delhi or any northern cities. You would know urself its not based on a city or state its common all over india I hate taking advantagus n making trouble to girls( or for boys) using office hierarchy. But don’t paint with ur closed mind attitude as it’s the attribute to people in Chennai alone. I have worked in Hyderabad wher every one even the head of operations mostly speaks in telegu people gather n talk in telegu in important meeting.I have also worked in delhi there even worst every one including ur frinds n colleuges slap you with on hindi crude attitude towards other language speaker especially if they speak any south Indian language they look down on them and criticize every thing about them abt how I eat white dall n rice with hands, abt my movies, stars, festival) they cant accept others for them only being them speaking their language is great.. I am sure both climate as well as people attitude towards other language speaker in delhi is many times worst wen compared to any south Indian state but still the city is I respect local culture festivals custom n tried to learn local languge which people from north hardly do they aske everyone in india to respect their language even in their own state so that wen they come( if they come) they feel like home.. its highly closed mind hypocritical attitude which spurns out haterd n judgement n raw cave man like judgement on people on just looking at them even their dress n skin color n sense fashion that’s uncultured n rude.. may be fit on some young developed civilization of west not for india.

April 4, 2011 at 1:58 am
(104) nathan says:

People complain Its only tamil here, well for others its only hindi in delhi or north cities n wish to see in Bangalore n Mumbai not only in their home town they wish to see only hindi every where they breathe hindi slepp hindi, how abt that… they cant accept any one other than hindi that’s ur attitude(whom critisy chenai genrally) we in Chennai or tamil nadu never ever asked every one in nation to learn tamil wat we say is allow individual to learn a langue of their choice n need not to force anyone to learn a particular language to make it easy for u. we r for respecting all, ur for respecting only urs(hindi) else curse them with anti national stuff( as I said other sate might fall for this argument n hung their head in shame, but we wont, we r for diversiy n eaqual respect , self choice not impositions)

Author of this article be brave enough to accept its ur view that Chennai is worst why you try to act like neutral wen some one ask n later comment with a highly biased procative comments.

PS: sry If spilling of my taughts is not congruent enough or with spelling or grammer mistake but I think it will convey wat I intented that’s all needed, 

April 18, 2011 at 8:25 am
(105) kavita says:

i m here in chennai from last 6 months but i have found nothing “METRO KIND OF THING” here… ppl here r so non-co operative that they understand HINDI till its their benefit and the very nxt moment they forget HINDI once their breads r baked… huh!!! dont knw WHY the HELL is this discrimination???? why ppl here, try to cheat NON TAMILIANS rather than helping them out as they dont knw TAMIL(our NATIONAL LANGUAGE.. as stated by one of my colleagues…after seeing her confidence i doubted my own GK, wats right???? the one which i know from 22 years or the one which i have just now discovered).. GOD!!! this is really disgusting… if we r complaining against the city… then y dont u understand that we r really facing HELL lot of problems here… instead of listening to us.. and trying to improve on this… y u tamilians r involved in such arguements that CHENNAI is good… u love it…. and so on.. and plz… for the records let me tell u…. tamil nadu government has given land to IT FIRMS on “very very” cheap rates… thats y all companies r here… otherwise NOBODY wud like to come here… including me… this is hell here… and the irony is…u tamilians dont even accept the truth… dont knw wat else u will do to satisfy ur ego… grow up guys!!! grow up!! accept the truth and take a step forward towards improvement…

sorry for being rude… this is the TRUTH…. and its always bitter!!!!

April 18, 2011 at 8:30 am
(106) Yogendra says:

@ kavita……Abolutely true!!!!!!

April 18, 2011 at 9:46 am
(107) shruthi says:

excuse me….who has given u the right to speak about chennai and tamilians.jst shut up……. if u cant live here……thn pack ur bags and settle n mumbai or delhi….TAMIL is our language….v dont need HINDI at any point n our lives..DO U SPEAK TAMIL N MUMBAI ,THN WHY SHUD V ACCEPT HINDI HERE…..i ve been to most of norh indian cities AND THEY HAVE THE WORSTTTT ENGLISH SPEAKING POPULATION..we R THE BEST be it cinema or education we rule……if u cant survive thn u better leave chennai instead of complaining……COMMON CHENNAI WE ROCK.!!!!!!!!!

April 30, 2011 at 11:02 am
(108) sethu says:

chennai is not a most hated city.the repot was wrong one…

April 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(109) Raghav says:

I read all the comments….I would like to quote Mr. Bihari,who said,

‘chennai this tamlians are abnormal u know biharis are ruling in chennai bangalore and mumbai all chennai people are abnormal black dogs their daughter and sisters love bihari boys so south indian boys are whinp like marathis’

Sir,your comment best defines ROTFL ( Rolling on the floor,laughing )…and sir,you are being racist,thats not good for you…Biharis are ruling in Chennai??? I must say,you have got it confused sir…..Here,no one rules the city…You say,people in Chennai don’t wish to help people who speak Hindi….that maybe true…..But,as someone said earlier,Why dont you guys go to NYC(Newyork City:touted to the best city in the world) and speak in Hindi……If they help you,please do tell us….We will forcibly enroll every Chennaite in Hindi-learning classes…….will there be a time when you realise that Hindi is not the National language of India and the reason behind not making it the national language is that the government has no right to impose a language on its citizens……Its attrocious that you demand 90% of the city population to learn Hindi only to help the rest 10% and moreover,you have come here and not the contrary…….I’m not saying.Chennai is the nest place……..ALL I’M SAYING IS THAT CHENNAI IS THE BEST CITY FOR ME………We love it…..We love it crazy…..If you dont love it,you’re still welcome……….

April 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm
(110) Raghav says:

To start things,I would like to quote Mr.Bihari…..

‘chennai this tamlians are abnormal u know biharis are ruling in chennai bangalore and mumbai all chennai people are abnormal black dogs their daughter and sisters love bihari boys so south indian boys are whinp like marathis’

Sir,your comment best defines ROTFL ( rolling on the floor laughing )…..and stop being a racist,its certainly wont do any good to you………Biharis are ruling in Chennai???? Man,you are nuts….

When people complain about Chennai,they say We dont help people who speak in Hindi….That maybe true……As someone mentioned earlier,You guys should try speaking in Hindi on the streets of NYC ( Newyork City,touted to be the best city in the world) ..If they help you,please do tell us.We will forcibly enroll every chennaite in hindi classes…..
you must realise that Hindi is not our national language,and the reason behind not making it our national language was that,the govt felt,it had no rights to impose a language on its citizens.. its attrocious that 10% of the city’s population demand the rest 90% to learn a language only to help them…..I’m not saying Chennai is the best place in the world…..ALL I WANNA SAY IS THAT,CHENNAI IS THE BEST CITY FOR ME AND US…….If you wanna complain,do complain..if its genuine,we will change,if it aint,WE DONT GIVE A DAMN

May 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(111) say says:

North indians come and study, does job and finally settles down in south and they insult south india……………shame less people…if u don’t like here then, just go back we never wanted u guys……..I think India should be divided………. because in coming days they both will fight one against the other…to avoid such a problem we should split…and one more thing, south India is too small and if lacks of north Indians come and reside here…where will the south Indian go??????

May 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(112) CowBoy says:

See , Chennai is very different from it’s other cities ! And that’s why it’s awesome !
Chk out this very interesting article that i came across which explains why chennai is AWESOME and not lame like like the stupid author of this article claims it to be.

http://badabingbadabambadaboom.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/chennai-sucks-or-does-it/

May 22, 2011 at 2:25 am
(113) goindia says:

Interesting blog post. But I hope it’s not me that you’re calling stupid. It’s not my opinion, and I didn’t say anything negative about Chennai. I only raised the topic for debate.

May 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(114) vivekan says:

@kavita are u an uneducated … it seems u are an uneducated by seeing ur comments .
do a IT company wil have their office is only because of cheapest land provided buy government ? such a innocent u are .. tamilnadu has many best institutions and universitys in india and bright intelligent minds in south india than north india thats why IT companys prefer chennai and bangalore .

many north indian students coming and studying in tamilnadu .. the people coming for education from north india to south india is much much higher than people go for study to nothindia from south ….

and tamil nadu institutioins provide north indian mess and food facilities to the north indian students and its much higher in tamilnadu .

for eg. IIT madras ,anna university, SRM , VIT , and much more and more …

u cannot point out even a single institution in north india provide these kind of facilities for the people from south india

so u have no rights to talk

May 31, 2011 at 9:30 am
(115) mahesh says:

i love chennai and tamil…… bt ppl in chennai r using wrost tamil then any other place in tn .then frequently used “otha”,”bamani”,”omala”such a bad words …and when come 2 infrastructure OMR & ECR have better i agree then what bt ranganathan st,vyasarpadi,chintadripet,etc when rain fall we cant walk on that roads…the auto walas behave rudely with non local (esp with northindians) that mad them feel chennai to hate …some friends telling that rahaman,rajini,kamal etc r from chennai..its true bt even more reputed persons r from mumbai,delhi,hyd,kolkotha etc…hot climate ,wrost marina beach ,critising of other languages ,etc made me feel chennai should do better(ppl should) and not to hate chennai

June 6, 2011 at 4:49 am
(116) jamie says:

Just because I love something doesnt necessarily mean it is the best. I love my country and I know its not the best in the world. Theres lot more to be done. But I myself being a Delhiite acknowledge the foolishness of North Indians cz we cnt expect people to speak the language of our choice rather than theirs. How can we even expect people to speak Hindi all across? National language or not, doesnt matter. Their culture, their traditions are best for them, as is for everybody else. So why blame them? Tamil, biharis, marathis, punjaabis, Gujaratis…seems like the whole of country is eager to rip apart the other one, if given a chance. I really ponder if India really is One or Great in any sense. Smashing each other with words aint gonna help, neither Chennai , nor any other city. Rather than using this forum as a means of getting to know and acknowledge the drawbacks and shortcomings, we are using it furthermore to spread the animosity amongst ourselves and it wont help. Try it out. Tamils start hating North Indians and they reciprocate in the same manner. So where are we guys headed.

June 6, 2011 at 4:50 am
(117) jamie says:

I know no city in this country is picture perfect. I have been in chennai and been out. Chennaiites say, others should rather go see the world and we are not welcome if we complain. But you guys, who are the most educated ones in this country (No doubts about that)tell me if that is the right approach? Complaints are meant to be resolved. I havnt seen even a single person using the dust bins on the roads. The roads are full of debris, filth, and faeces(potty). Try to keep urself in our shoes and tell me Wud it be a pleasant sight for any of the outsiders?
If you travel to bangladesh you wouldn’t like it but if you travel to US/Europe, you would certainly like to see environment atleast as good as your country, if not better. Its the human tendency to compare things, you cant help it. We are not here by choice and if asked to rate this city, we have our fundamental right to voice our opinions on a particular subject without expecting an abusive reprisal.

June 6, 2011 at 4:52 am
(118) jamie says:

So why there should be no complains.. Have u guys raised your voices ever…buses are scarce in number as compared to the no of people…Did u ever go and ask ur govts to be accountable..roads are in bad shape and drainage is adverse to the extent that people in a few localities near velacherry literally keep boats in their houses to be used during monsoons..Did u ever notice that…True – Ignorance is bliss…What did u guys do to raise the city standards…How can it evolve and be great if you are hell bent on making it great on forums like these and not on ground..I know what you’d all do after reading this…You’ll go back into your routines and forget about this post..What you’ll probably remember is tht “North Indians are bad and if given a chance you’d like to beat the shit outta them”. Though I hope nothing of this sort happens. Trust me, I have seen people all across the country and I havnt seen any of them being taken for granted by their govts as you people are. They protest and stand for their rights…Here,DMK and AIADMK are condsidered as gods and therefore nothing much can be changed.
As far as racism is concerned, people from all cultures are respected and are not discriminated against up north.
As for the MNC’s, they are all over India and they are jst running their businesses, doesnt matter which city it may be. Corporates are the boon to Chennai economy, they are not because of Chennai but chennai’s economy is because of it.

June 6, 2011 at 4:52 am
(119) jamie says:

As for the people, nobody wants to work out of their homes, If we are here because of corporate policies of transferring people, then I am sure, your Sons, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts would be up north as well.
No parks, No civic centres for youth cultural events, choked arterial roads, Filthy beaches, delayed projects, bad drainange, poor civic and road sense (People driving against the traffic, i.e, right side driving), single side single lane flyovers worth crores of Rupees (Adyar flyover and many more) are a mere wastege of money. If you call it the best, then you certainly havnt been out of your home (Chennai).
Moreover people and policemen being harsh and rude to the couples shows the kind of modernity to claim to have ascended to. You certainly have the degrees, but are you educated or are you educated enough, that you shud rather ask yourselves. Have you ever thought what is it really that others hate about Chennai. Not millions can be wrong. But rather than looking into the concerns and try to make efforts on your own to make it a better place to live in, you all are being rude and inhospitable to the guests. Remember they bring prosperity as well. I think your Education has to play a part now. Show the world what you’ve got and if you cant, then accept the criticism.
As for the love and liking, you love your mother whatever she be like, bad or good, best or worst, never matters. Bring in your expertise and your overrated EDUCATION.
So this sunday, when you visit beaches with your friends, gfs and family, try and locate the dustbins atleast. Stop giving the world reasons to point fingers at you.
I truly admire the souther beauty and culture and traditions and I want it to be with this country forever as it adds another dimension to our integration and diversity. If you all still want to throw abuses..come’on…go on

June 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(120) UJJAWAL says:

I am from Jharkhand. Honestly Speaking, I dont like Chennai because here the people are too much fanatic regarding their language nad culture. Here i cant find any radio station playing hindi songs. I cant understand why the general people fear that other languages will erode Tamil. I have lived even in Bangalore, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar where regional languages are spoken. But i didnt hate them because they had a national character with both hindi and local language spoken parallely. Considering Kolkata’s mindedness towards Hindi, i was also encouraged to adopt Bengali culture and learn the local language.

June 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm
(121) sampan says:

i think the most important comment so far has come from parthasarathy ramakrishnan.u r right regarding language-english is the ultimate destiny and ur also right about thoughts regarding people of bengal regarding hindi.kolkata which has produced 5 nobel prize winners(some of the world reknown personality like tagore mother teresa,swami vivekananda,satyajit roy(who is regarded amog worlds four greatest director-3of his movies in all time 100 list) and some worthy nobel prize winners like jc bose(REAL INVENTOR of PRACTICAL FORM OF WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY0,sn bose(FOR PROVING HIS THEORY ALTHOUGH 7 nobel prizes is being awaeded,mn saha(4 times nominated) who did not win it for colonial rule and carrying indian nationality) and many reknowned mathematician an d statistician -were not affluent in hindi. thats why tagores writing is more populer in europe,north america,latin americaor east asia compared to hindi oriented states in india.so if calcutta is dubbed as intellectual and cultaral capital tamil nadu which has cv raman(NOBEL PRIZE WITH INDIAN NATIONALITY),ramanujan,gn ramachandran are also there from tamil nadu.these are the two states that has produced more than 90% intellectuals are both in same mental setup regarding national language concept.but one problem in south india is that althugh they speak english extensively due to first language inflence or so it becomes very difficult for outsiders to follow-thats why a communication gap occours which often result into disbelief,hatered and doubt-perhaps that reason combined with food habbit result into that sort of grudge amongst outsiders.

June 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm
(122) sampan says:

ihave heard from many foreigners that apart from climaste they felt bengal as home away from home-because of peoples warm behaviour,secular and radical thought and helpful attitude. ithinh tamilnadu is slightly lacking in these aspects which alongwith cultural and communication gap result into terrible grudge amongst outsiders.althoug apart from food i like that city more than mumbai or many north indian cities.

June 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm
(123) Balu says:

I have lived in cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad.Unfortunately Currently i am in Chennai the worst city in the world.The people there are ruthless and greedy.You can see how conductors and auto fellows illtreat the commuters. You have to pay huge rent for the nasty houses.The rent is much more cheaper in Bangalore.Beware For outsiders Chennai will be a hell.There are lot of cheats and pick pockets in Chennai which is not the case in Bangalore

July 14, 2011 at 7:29 am
(124) BD says:

Chennai to be hones is worst than worst.. not because of climate but because of language, food and living style. It’s not rich in culture, its biased for tamilians. Have lived in 9 cities in India so far including all metros but living in Chennai was a nightmare..

It may be good for locals but not for anybody else.. I wud prefer to go to Pakistan but not to Chennai… or may be people should kill themselves in cruel ways trust me it will be less pain rather than living in Tamil Nadu, Chennai…

July 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm
(125) Arun says:

I am from Kerala, and was living in Chennai for 5 years. This is the worst city in India to stay for a non-tamil person.

1. Auto rickshaw drivers are a nightmare
2. till recently all bus boards were written in tamil
3. Horrible people
4. The only one govt in India to ban national language
5. All major scams are centered around Chennai

are to name a few.

July 25, 2011 at 8:46 am
(126) pawan says:

Chennai is the worst city to live…. it doesnt seem like a metro… Among the cities in south india.. Bangalore and Hyderabad are better places than chennai…

August 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm
(127) siddharth says:

i lived in chennai for 17 years,now living in the north..i ve travelled to almost all parts of india so i can prove it to people that why chennai is the best city in India..
1)its valentines day u take ur girl friend out on a date u wont ve any sena party asking ur girl to tie a Rakhi..
2)Its 12 in the nite you are a girl and u wanna go to ur friends house u dont need to get scared of gettin mugged or raped or watever when u leave ur house alone.
3)I saw a lot of comments abt actors in tamil dont look good…DUDE they are called actors for a reason because they are here to act not to walk on a ramp…if u are not satisfied and u feel actors shld ve a physique please take a look at surya,Vishal (physique alone ).
4)weve the chennai super kings 2 time ipl champions and the chennai super stars who happen to be the icl champions
5)we ve the world’s 2nd longest beach which has been revived and we also ve the elliots beach (where u do find hot girls )
6)No city in india celebrates its foundation day like Chennai does !! no city in India has any fest for tht matter organised by its ppl (pls correct me if i am wrong )
7)we do ve the MRTS but we dont ve ppl rubbing against u in the train
8) just walk along mount road u would kno how clean the city is

August 14, 2011 at 5:59 am
(128) PUNJABI says:

YEAH EVEN I FELT CHENNAI IS THE WORST PLACE IN INDIA ….NO GOOD LOOKING GIRLS..WANNNA LIVE LIFE ALL COME TO CHANDIGARH

August 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(129) aryan says:

i lived in chennai 4 a year..nd i can swear nd say it is d worst place in d plannet 2 live in 4 a outsider(i dnt noe hw d localites survive here)..d part whch i hate abt dis city d most is its weathr…i tuchwud say i nd my frnds 4m north usd 2 tak bath 4 evn 6 times a day nd 3 times was regular! If u dnt hav a ac u wil die in chennai…it was like hell living dose months of feb-july…we all boys had rashes nd many knd of skin diseases dose we nvr heard of…u wil nt believe dat i nd many of my frnds evn tuk injections 4 itchng nd skin infections…bt stil cudnt get rid of al dat…nd let me tel u dat it is nt at al a metro…nthng like a metro! City is closd aftr 10..no nite life…nd people of here r d worst i hav evr seen in terms of hospitality…nly u cn hav 1 exception in 100 dat 2 wid a persn whom u noe…nd nw takng abt auto drivers, dey thnk dey r driving bmw….no limits…nd pls dnt explain me abt bangalore ny of u chennai luvrs…i hav been dere just 4 a day nd a nite bt i swear i enjoyd dat day more dan i enjoyd whole chennai in full 1 yr…u wud nt believe d organisation of bangalore…evrybdy gets a seat in a bus..whch i nvr got in chennai 4 most part of my jurney in whole yr…nd nw let me tel u abt d auto drivers of bangalore…i wid my 4 frnds came out of d ipl match at abt 12.30 in d nite! Nd dn we needed 2 go 2 d hotel near d bus stand..it was almost 10 km away…bt d auto d adjustd wid only 100 bucks 4 5 of us..had it been chennai d rate wud hav been ovr 600 at 1 in d nite…dis is vy it is wurst!

September 5, 2011 at 10:27 am
(130) nix says:

frogs in a pond … that’s what all you people who support chennai are! Seriously, just get your a**es outside this stupid place and you’ll see what you are missing. The place by itself is not that bad actually. Decent infrastructure and all (although you have slums spread across the city) … but the people (again, not all but MOST) suck big time … bloody you go out shopping at pondy bazar and all you need to do is to look at something in a shop to get showered by local abuses. Auto drivers, need I even talk about them? I have spent some good time in this city (I have been stuck rather) and I can count on my finger tips, the number of warm people I have come across. People here are so much self centered, so introvert in nature … cunning many a times … sheesh! I lack words to describe. Someone said it right – you’ll have to come down and see for yourself (how bad things can get down here), before you can judge it. A couple of years and you’ll lose interest in life staying here. Bloody – crazy man! someone get me out of here !!!

September 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(131) Poppy says:

I cannot agree with this. Probably has got to do with racial stuff. I am an Indian by race, born and brought up in Singapore and London. I feel Chennai is one of the best place to live. If I were to settle down in India with my husband and family, definitely Chennai will be our choice. It’s populated but lot more better than Mumbai and Kolkata or Hyderabad. Chennai is lively, cultural and approachable. Usually the north indian people or hyderabadis call chennai as Madrasi , it has just racial hatred. Chennai is best place to live!

September 7, 2011 at 4:11 am
(132) chandrika.sm says:

i am living in chennai for more than a year.
evn though i heard lot of negatives abt it, i came here with a hope.
but frankly chennai is hopeless …. no neatness for ppl, surroundings,evn temples will be dirty!
Horrible to speak with ppl, since thy knew only tamil.Atleast national language(hindi) or international language(english) known ppl are damn less.
Even boards at Koyembed bus stand will be only in Tamil.
worst of all…. cities is chennai only !

September 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(133) Raghu says:

Well said,
Chennai is not cosmopolitan. You need to know the local language. Also the local auto rickshaws waallas are rude and waiting to suck your blood. The place is dirty and very inward looking. Outsiders are not welcome. You cannot compare Chennai to San Francisco (where I live) or to Bangalore (Where I schooled)

Raghu

September 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(134) Raghu says:

Totally correct. Chennai, people are rude, outsiders are not welcome and the place is dirty. Auto rickshaw wallas will suck your blood and most public info boards are in the local language. Outsiders don’t feel welcome here

I would prefer Bangalore or Pune

Raghu

September 27, 2011 at 6:37 am
(135) Rama says:

I am a person from Karnataka. I have been to Chennai and i seriously did not hate it as it is put up here. It may not be great for tourists, but finally its good for people who stay there. Its a peaceful city. And language, u cant complain about it. All the north people, if we come there without knowing hindi, and we start speaking kannada or tamil, will we get reply back in our language??. No right, same way, if we go to one place we must pick the local language rather than complain. And HINDI IS NOT NATIONAL LANGUAGE OFFICIALLY. LET EVERYONE KNOW THIS. I have many friends from Tamil nadu in Bangalore, who speak good kananda. Same way if anyone goes there try to pick language than complain. Chennai is wonderful city in its one sense. Other Indian cities are equally good in their sense. Cant compare everything.
And all chennai people, this is discussion about cities. :) Don bring in the film stars here. A city’s like or dislike is not recognized by a film or film stars:)

October 5, 2011 at 12:00 am
(136) Bangalorean says:

You can never, ever compare Chennai to Bangalore. Bangalore is most beautiful city in south india where all language ppl r respected unlike chennai where they ll cheat to the maximum if you know ur non-tamilian. And auto driver idiots if they find u don’t knw tamil they ll cheat to maximum and suck ur blood even then they won’t leave u, just for 2 kms they ll ask 250 RS!!! shame on u tamilians…..
Tamilians wont respect other language ppl esp hindi/kannada ppl….

October 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(137) inraj says:

sharell cook plays game on indian hearts……and make them separate…….

October 13, 2011 at 1:02 am
(138) goindia says:

sharell cook plays game on indian hearts……and make them separate…….

What rubbish! I can’t make anyone do anything. You’re all responsible for your own actions, and can choose your behavior accordingly. Isn’t it?

October 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm
(139) Beth says:

I have to say, I’m not in favor of how this topic was approached. I understand your goal was to learn more about this city, but to even make a list of the most-hated cities is unbelievably rude and offensive, even to someone who has never been there. If you want people to help you find ways to enjoy Chennai, or any place you don’t know much about, just ask! You don’t need to insult them or their home. This whole thing has greatly colored my view of your credibility as a writer. In the future, I will regard your articles (if I read them at all) braced for the drama you obviously like to create.

October 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm
(140) goindia says:

Hi Beth,

You’ve obviously understood wrong then! If you read the article again, carefully and properly, you may come to realise that I did not make the list up!
Lonely Planet did.

In case this is not clear to you, I wrote:

Uh oh, based on feedback, Chennai has made it to Lonely Planet’s world-wide list of 9 Cities You Really Hate.

So, what has poor ole Chennai done to deserve this dubious honor?

I am not Lonely Planet, nor am I associated with them. The purpose of my post was to raise the issue for debate, and to give people a chance to defend Chennai if they so wished. If you have an issue with the list, please take it up with Lonely Planet, as many people already have done. Refer here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ghana/travel-tips-and-articles/9782 Thank you.

October 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm
(141) Asif says:

This discussion is one classic example on how Indians hate each other. Being a non-tamilian (basically from north Karnataka), currently working here in Chennai, I do not find anything wrong living here. It is yet another Indian city. Initially I did feel little difficult because of language difference. But, still it is their choice whether to maintain their identity. And they are not killiing or hurting anyone if they don;t know Tamil. Its been 4 years, and I am having my own friends and having good fun. No body stops me watching Hindi films, as almost every possible movie gets released. If anyone say nightlife is missing, I would say a big NO. It has good number of hangout places. Just that we need to take that extra step.. My only suggestion to my fellow Indians, its in our hand whether to find positive out of things. As a whole, I am not happy with this discussion..

October 26, 2011 at 1:16 am
(142) goindia says:

The discussion has indeed brought out a very disturbing side of India.

October 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(143) Anand S Pillai says:

Hahaha… Sharell Cook.. u have stirred up the Hornets nest… U donno what u r playing with.. the great saying in India “Unity in Diversity” is a MYTH and is just bullshit.. it doesn’t hold good in reality.

Yea, u get it now right… not a big surprise how the Brits rules us ffor over 200 years with just a handfull of troops.. :D if we were united.. even partially.. we cud have beaten the shit out of the Brits long back..

October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am
(144) goindia says:

It’s a crazy world we all live in!

November 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm
(145) Kumar says:

All Chennai Lovers who live in Chennai will surely love Chennai . But people come to Chennai don’t find it pleasing or friendly. Whatever culture and modernity you may have but don’t know how to respect the new comers .The fact is if any Software engineer is transferred to Chennai from Bangalore or Mumbai they will not take that or they will quit the job itself about 75% people.

November 14, 2011 at 9:00 am
(146) sanjaysingh says:

I am a north indian visiting chennai regularly. I have had not real problems here. Also, people are good in their own way. Lonely planet’s ratings change quite frequently, and is a little subjective. As you can see they have placed a city like canberra in their top 10 hated cities list. So really there is nothing to get offended.

November 18, 2011 at 12:42 am
(147) pon says:

chennai ah pathi pesriyaa da..gomma lakka dey..othaaa vaa da un sunniya kilikren

November 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(148) Uncomfort says:

Hate would be bit harsh word. Nevertheless not an easy place to live for outsiders. Those who are reciting hindi as language is issue, its not actually. Millions like me don’t speak hindi, neither its our mother tongue.
Call up any service provider (gas to telephone, private to public) they don’t respond for 20 times or more. Absolute rude behavior. Agree it exists everywhere, but not this far. You don’t get a refill LPG for 25 days. Not sure whether that standard exists in other city. Garbages all over, even mosquitos are not scared off all out.
It has positive sides as well, but Chennaites have one thing to consider, those who come from outside have to be accommodated in reasonable manner. We don’t speak tamil because we don’t know it, not that we don’t want to.
Simply rubbishing north india sentiments its excuse, there are other 2 parts of india i.e. east and west.

December 5, 2011 at 3:37 am
(149) Akarsh says:

Infrastructure : Chennai better Mumbai, Bangalore etc.. it has been rated as the second fastest moving City traffic (Avg: 17kmph).. plz note.. population per sq Km is higher than bangalore.. why.. coz other plan bad.. TN plans better and faster project execution.. ppl who remember Old airport road flyover (banglr) agree i am sure.

Power Outages: industrial power houses arent avoiding Delhi, bangalore and mumbai for nothing… Remember, Chennai is the Detroit of Asia..

Movie Stars: Salman Khan, Mithun da and many many others make a living out copying Tamil Movies.. If actress in Tamil arent hot, then I wonder why there is this regular need in Mumbai movies for tamil actress… the only incorrect statement i must say in your write up.. AR Rahman is def hotter than himesh Rashamiya (MF) – talent wise… Santosh Shivan, Mani Ratnam, Shivamani etc etc.. Rekha is Gemini ganeshan kid and so is hema malini from chennai… the entire country was in admiration of these ladies..

Education: well… after pune and delhi.. this city has a definitive stand…

Safety: Recent survey shows.. Chennai safer than bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.. well do we need a survey to proove that.. we dont have underworld crimes, women rapes, cab drivers attacking etc etc…

Cost of living: well.. I rather speak of the quality of life.. Own a Car in Chennai and u will love this city… unlike bangalore and mumbai..

History: definetly better history and tradition than bangalore and mumbai.. but in this regard.. delhi rocks..

Finally.. thank god.. ppl hate it… why..
Delhi: getting ruined by immigrant population from harayana and UP
Bangalore: a mini Kerala.. over crowded.. pretentious immigrant crowd who never belong there…
Mumbai: need we say its over crowded.. quality of life for a common man is pathetic.. dingy apartments, crowded trains and bad infra.. Not to forget the thackrays..

Grow up ppl.. Lonely planet and ppl who base a poll on there baby logic..

December 7, 2011 at 1:09 am
(150) firos says:

Hi,
its does’t make sense that, any one says chennai is bad. Chennai is one of the biggest city in India and many people works there from other states. The only problem may be food and climate. But we had problem for that in other city too. People in Chennai is really good and very supportive.
But I also found in many blogs, IT professional has a least interest to work in Chennai. Many consultancies says that, if some body get a call with an offer to work Chennai, then he simply rejecting it. I think its because lack of awareness. But still Chennai is good..

December 8, 2011 at 10:36 am
(151) Arjun says:

Good topic by Sharell Cook and go india, none of the place is good or bad, but the people living there makes it so, tamilians are most crappiest creature i’ve ever seen, dirty as nomads, i mean no human being can live with them, they are so proud and egoist. they are like the frog from the well who thinks that the well is the whole world, They dont discuss anything they just argue. and playing dirty politics is like their hobby, ass holes first learn some behaviour then talk about 2000 years old culture,
and for Gods sake stop promoting Dhanush he seriously looks like a rickshaw puller/beggar…
some one was taking about remaking of tamil movie in hindi, for example ghajini, that itself is the remake of Memento (2000) english movie, huh dumbo no idea about outer world and simply speaking blah blah blah…
go out and get a life, at-least then you guys can realize what life is and how to welcome people.

December 9, 2011 at 1:27 am
(152) Arjun says:

best city— http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V5BRfpyR5FM...

There is only one good tamilian in this whole world and he is Dr. Subramanian Swamy. God bless him.

December 9, 2011 at 7:04 am
(153) puneet says:

I have lived in Chennai for a year, and I hate it to the core. Rudest people, racists and dirtiest of all. Horrible humidity and temperature, cant get proper potable water to drink, cant even think about travelling in autos. Biased police always favor locals, people always on their toes to loot outsiders. And horrible of all people haven’t got any sense of hygiene, the whole city stinks!! The one year I had spent was worst experience in my life.

December 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm
(154) Sathish says:

Chennai is the worst city in the world. I have sent link to all my friends so that they do not to loose the opportunity to hate this city.

December 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm
(155) Disha says:

EXCELLENT COMMENTS ARE HERE BELOW….I CAN BET EVERYONE WHO IS NOT FROM CHENNAI BUT LIVING IN CHENNAI KNOWS THESE FACTS…Thank you Arjun.

(154) Arjun says:
Good topic by Sharell Cook and go india, none of the place is good or bad, but the people living there makes it so, tamilians are most crappiest creature i’ve ever seen, dirty as nomads, i mean no human being can live with them, they are so proud and egoist. they are like the frog from the well who thinks that the well is the whole world, They dont discuss anything they just argue. and playing dirty politics is like their hobby, ass holes first learn some behaviour then talk about 2000 years old culture,
and for Gods sake stop promoting Dhanush he seriously looks like a rickshaw puller/beggar…
some one was taking about remaking of tamil movie in hindi, for example ghajini, that itself is the remake of Memento (2000) english movie, huh dumbo no idea about outer world and simply speaking blah blah blah…
go out and get a life, at-least then you guys can realize what life is and how to welcome people.

December 9, 2011 at 1:27 am(155) Arjun says:
best city— http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V5BRfpyR5FM...

There is only one good tamilian in this whole world and he is Dr. Subramanian Swamy. God bless him.

December 15, 2011 at 2:35 am
(156) DJ says:

Hi Guys

If u say “Bloody racists” to Hindi speaking people then you yourself are being a racist. Chennai is a part of India and Hindi is our National language. Respect it!

I am a Bangalorean, staying in Chennai for the last 5 months and trust me this place is unwelcoming … The local people do not talk any other language other than Tamil, whether it is reviews meets in Office, A client meet or the Tea Shop people …. everybody is so Tamil centric…

I do not generalize my comment as there is a bunch of good learned and civilized group as well …

everything here is so difficult, auto drivers are bloody loots, They look at you, analyze your competency with the Art of Tamil and then quote as much as 50 bucks for a km…. Man, this is not acceptable …

Its not the other people reviewing this place who are being racists, its you Chennai’ites who are being racists…

Who the hell made this place a Metro City!

Bad roads, No Gutters by the roads, Its like driving in a river after every rain, horrible Public transport, No night life, no hangout places… Look at the world around, there is so much more to have in a city then what we have today in chennai …

Take all the criticism in a sportive way, Drive the change and make it a better place to live!!

December 18, 2011 at 4:06 am
(157) Siddharth says:

I have stayed in different places in India like Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai , Bangalore, Pune and finally Chennai.

I liked Hyderabad the best for its very good people and I had very good muslim friends there. The food there is awesome and people are very friendly. Next is line is Bangalore. It is one city which is truly cosmopolitan. Lot of varieties of food and excellent weather the best in India.

I got a chance to live in Chennai for 1 year and I will like to honestly say that my experience was not very good. For people outside of Chennai , the people are not very welcoming and they are quite open about it. I dont know what the Anti-Hindu movement was and i too personally hate Hinduism but i found chennai to be quite the opposite. In fact the Hindu nonsense is most apparent in Chennai. Caste system is extremely pervasive here. I was denied house 4 times in different areas simply because I was not a Brahmin. One brahmin restaurent was very rude to me while giving food while another denied me entry!. I told the hotel owner I am going to the police but he calmly told me that this is Chennai and we Brahmins rule here!!. Plus the infrastructure is really bad and it floods during rains. There is a real water crisis in Chennai and noone including Government or people want to do anything about it. And the Autorickshaws……the less said the better. piece of advice….take the shared auto and never take a personal auto…..they will fleece you out of 500 re for a single drive of 5 Km. They will literally attack you if you refuse or the standard threat comes :This is Chennai we rule and they are pretty serious.

I dont know many people are saying that they are proud of being a part of Chennai. I dont understand why?. Yes and air of selfishness is so apparent here. People refuse to give you directions nor help you even if you beg to them.

December 18, 2011 at 4:25 am
(158) Siddharth says:

Oh and for those people who are saying that “To hell with Hindi”…..my mother tongue is also not Hindi but Assamese but I respect Hindi. I have a piece of advice for Chennai people. Being a part of India you have to respect the national language and national identity. It is all good and well storing your local culture(which according to me is extremely rude, racist and bigoted) but learn to respect other Indians and Hindi too.

Otherwise get the hell out of India or merge to Sri lanka or do whatever frankly we DONT CARE !.

December 18, 2011 at 5:00 am
(159) Sunil says:

I talked to a IT Manager from a leading company. He told me that IT companies really arent satisfied coming to chennai because of the lack of Manpower. (speaks volumes about the quality of intelligence among the local population).

The only good thing IT companies find AND the only reason why they came to chennai in the first place was 2:
1. Free land with freebies.
2. NO Taxes to pay whatsoever.

So IT companies rather than coming to Bangalore or Hyderabad or Pune or Delhi come to chennai for lack of expenses. But now they are having second thoughts and within a year there are considering moving out of chennai. They cite 2 important reasons for this:
1. Lack of manpower in the existing local population or quality of talent.
2. Difficulty of people coming from out of Chennai to set up their staff in Chennai. Most people when getting an opportunity refuse to move to chennai but even after moving start demanding transfer to other cities within 6 months because they dont feel welcome there !.

So now IT managers are really considering moving out of Chennai. This is not a threat but reality and any loss of IT industry will be then a loss of chennai.

Perhaps then they can take their Tamil pride and shove it up their.

December 22, 2011 at 3:26 am
(160) santhosh says:

This discussion set by Ms Sharell cook looks like she intended to start a split India movement. And I must really say she had been very successful so far.

Just for the records may I please know which country would you be targeting next?

Just Kidding :-)

Ms Cook may I please know what is that you have learnt out of this discussion?

December 23, 2011 at 12:34 am
(161) goindia says:

Hi Santhosh, I’ve learned something really compelling — sadly this is a prime example of how there is very little unity in India. No, I didn’t create this post to start a split India movement, but unfortunately that’s what many people have turned it into. This is a travel website, and the discussion is supposed to be from a TRAVEL perspective. It is quite tragic that all you Indians are simply fighting amongst yourselves. The lack of unity in this country (north, south, fair, dark etc… the list could go on) really is one of the most disappointing things I’ve found here.

December 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(162) SM says:

I recently visited Chennai for the third time and frankly it felt better than the last time I was there, since I knew what to expect.

I agree with the comment that the Auto drivers are not very honest, but I have had similar experiences in most parts of India, with the exception of Mumbai.

I feel that, to appreciate a city/ region/country one must try to understand their world-view and respect it, which might be completely different from our own.

So Chennai-ites are very open about their identity, wear it on their sleeve, and do not communicate in Hindi, to the point of rejection—> So what?

The people in Chennai feel the need to do so, which is alright by me, as long as they don’t prevent me from doing what I want or try to subvert my free will.

From a visitor’s perspective, I felt that Chennai was very good, cheap and took good care of its own people. If you are willing to adopt and adjust, it has fantastic options to eat, that are cheap and good quality.

A lot of visitors including westerners who participated in the poll, might have viewed Chennai through the looking glass of their own world view; hence the city may have failed to live upto their expectations.

I really thought that by Indian standards (that are not very high), the infrastructure of Chennai was second only to Delhi- (Delhi leads by good margin though)

December 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm
(163) SM says:

What I also admired about Chennai was the fact that even though they dont work very hard to fit into the Indian mainstream– they do work very hard to ensure that their city and their state is quite progressive (by Indian standards), and dont let their politicians lead them down a self destructive path. They are very proud of their state and city and are firm and united in their stand. Its very hard to take down a people like that. I do hope that they take equal pride in being Indian as well; which I am sure they do.

To seal of my post, let me share my credentials.

An Indian, born of south Indian parents (not Tamil) in Delhi and spent most of my adult life in Mumbai.

December 27, 2011 at 3:20 am
(164) Santhosh says:

Thanks for your response Ms Cook.

In your response you stated that “all you Indians are simply fighting amongst yourselves. The lack of unity in this country (north, south, fair, dark etc… the list could go on) really is one of the most disappointing things I’ve found here”.

Please read the below comment

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings…
– Buddha (said by an Indian)

Unfortunately the comments that you see on this post are posted by 102 Indians who have below average IQ levels among the 1.2 billion Indians hence I would request not consider these comments to measure our unity.

We are united and will stay united.

Ms cook I would want to give a feedback :-)

Next time when you create a post like this, design your website in such a way that when an Indian wanted to leave a comment, when he/she clicks on “Leave a comment” a small pop-up window should appear on their computer screen where he/she must take a online IQ test, only if he/she passes the online IQ test is when they must be allowed to post their comments.

By doing this you can avoid a lot of comments being posted by Indians whose IQ levels are below average like that we see throughout this post :-)

For all the travelers come to Indian and experience the best :-)

December 29, 2011 at 2:40 am
(165) Senthil says:

Ok Sharell Cook… let me come to the actual point here. If you have asked for cities like Bangalore or Mumbai you wouldn’t have seen these many hate comments. I am from Tamil Nadu and I am Tamilian, I visited Hyderabad, Delhi, stayed in Belgaum for an year(Karnataka) and stayed in Bangalore for 6.5 years.

To understand why so many outsiders(I mean people from ouside Tamil Nadu – no other meaning ..fine) hate this city… you need to know how India was before 80′s and how it turns after the year 2000. Politics wise and industrial wise and you name what ever it is.. was ruled by North Indians. AND NOW it turning.. Am not speaking here only for Chennai.. after 1990 All three cities from South India grown to the maximum. To list them .. it’s Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. So now you can get some view about the topic spoken early by all. And people don’t hate Banagalore or Hyderabad because there everyone speak Hindi too.. I agree that we have problem and who does not???? All international car factories lining up in Chennai.. there are many reasons for that…transport… for export and import is easy etc etc… but if they don’t get manpower then how they can survive in Chennai. Somebody here said about manpower in Chennai.. bullshit Chennai is famous for Manpower and for intelligent crowd.. go and search for details, am not simply saying it. The best colleges Universities in India most of them are from TN. North Indian girls and boys don’t like Chennai bcos they cannot touch or speak to other gendors in the college campus.. we are not against to freedom of students but we have seen people what they do if we allow them. So at least till they complete their studies let them not do this in college buses and inside campus.

December 29, 2011 at 2:41 am
(166) Senthil says:

Chennai and TN going up up up in all industries and in all the way.. all over the world business people want to open their companies in Chennai which is the real problem and other state people don’t like us growing. Hard to say and hard to beileve but this is true.. they are not able to accept our growth, I am in IT industry and in very good position but believe me outsiders don’t like us growing in IT too.

All other comments like people not friendly or City is not clean etc etc is not the actual reasons. I agree that we need improvement. Come now and see the City… it will not be clean and will not look good for another few years. Becasue we are building Metro rail roads and Mono rail project also started … both are covering nearly 250 Kilo Meters with in City!!!!!!. So these projects definetely will not keep the city clean for 2 to three years. Once the construction is over then all roads under the tracks will be kept clean. Not saying just like that, I challenge people who ever said about cleanlyness of the city..let them come after all these projects got over and see us. We understood our problem and we are rectifying it.

December 29, 2011 at 2:41 am
(167) Senthil says:

We don’t spak Hindi.. it doesn’t mean that we are not friendly… don’t try to speak in Hindi when you are in Chennai… becasue people don’t understand it.. when they don’t know what has been asked with them then how they will give answer. Speak in English and they will try to reply in broken english or if they know English well then they will answer you properly. As many people said above if I speak in Tamil whn I am in Delhi.. will I get answer???

North Indians expecting Pubs and freekout areas like how it is availble in their place..we don’t have and we don’t want it around us in all the area.. if you want you need to go to find the place and we have lot.. but not in all places. I can write more, but want to convey the base problems and lets see whether people accept my view…wht ever I have given here is true.. when ruling party sits in opposite side then how they feel bad .. same like that North India going down and South India going up and especially Chennai growing faster which is the base problem why outsiders from India hate this City and TN.

December 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(168) Disha says:

See… Senthil, A Tamilian is EXEMPLIFYING what has been uttered all over in this article which is why Chennai is the most hated city.

December 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm
(169) attak says:

I am Tamilian from Chennai. I have never given a thought to whether I like it or not. I have been raised in Chennai and I like its crowded bazaars and temples. But for a tourist spot, we don’t have much. Plenty of temples and the beach is what probably tourists see. We do not have Mughal architecture here. We don’t have forts and palaces. In fact, the entire state has famous places of worship and to a foreigner it will be boring. I would get bored if I had to visit churches and chapels all the time.

The people are not to be blamed for the weather. Visitors find it very difficult to put up with the humidity. Most of us don’t speak Hindi which is yet another problem for outsiders.

December 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(170) attak says:

Though not a great tourism option, people who settle here get used to it and I have some Marwari, Gujrati friends who have been raised here and who speak Tamil. They seem to love it here. They never claim to miss their native places. In fact, they speak our language and are content to live here. So, I guess once you learn the language and get accustomed to the climate, you will have nothing to HATE

Our actors may not be fair and handsome, but they act well. They may not be treated like the kings of Bollywood. They want a normal life apart from their acting careers and they have it. They have the best of both worlds.

There are Tamilians in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad,etc who speak Hindi like pros. If the need arises, people do learn. I think your photographer friend should have taken up the challenge and gone to Mumbai. He would have picked it up in 2 years in the least. There is nothing man cannot do once he puts his mind to.

Since we don’t need it here, we don’t learn Hindi. My friends learnt Hindi in school for 10 years but say they cannot speak it. When we can’t practice speaking, it is futile learning. But if we move to North India, we learn and use Hindi. Learning Hindi is based on need. I learnt Hindi mostly from movies and by staying in Hyderabad. It is not that we don’t want to learn. We love Hindi movies. All Hindi films release here. Infact, a lot of Telugu films do too.I think we are open to other cultures. We love to travel.
So please don’t hate us. We may not be great tourist destination and we don’t claim to be one. We are a warm lot once you get to know us.

December 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm
(171) attak says:

Why is LA on the list? I loved visiting it.
Even San Salvador was beautiful. Lovely lush place. I loved visiting the San Salvador volcano and the coastline. I guess, a beach is only as good as the sand:) It maybe one of the murder capitals, but it is beautiful.
I guess, the title is right “Cities so misunderstood”

January 6, 2012 at 12:58 am
(172) navin says:

i really wonder, how people say i hate chennai. I have certain question towards people who say i hate chennai.

1. tell me how many people are natives of banglore and other cities they say they like, most of the coward north indian run away from ur cities and get migrated everywhere in india. Point out how many people who say i like banglore,know kannada. I can say zero. All ignorant people who dont stay in their cities run away to different cities and get their population multiply, Cowards and shame on u guys who say this. Take surveys how many people are getting migrated to australia and other parts of world. All from north indian cities do that.All racial attacks or towards only north indian who spread like a disease everywhere in the world.Not one typical chennaite is getting attacked anywhere. Anyways i dont wish 2 argue for junks who dont like to stay in their city and getting migrated to other cities for bread and butter. so according to me, All people who say iam a north indian staying in tamilnadu,kerala ,karnataka and andra are cowards and stupids who cant live in their place and running to other places for their bread and butter.

if anyone has points to validate iam here to reply u

cheers
navin

January 6, 2012 at 7:56 am
(173) Senthil says:
January 6, 2012 at 8:01 am
(174) Senthil says:
January 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
(175) Ramneet says:

Look every place in India is not a heaven including Bangalore which is considered the most cosmopolitan among all cities. But even then Chennai has to be the worst among all the cities in India.

The reasons are:
1. Poverty is extreme here. Coming from Bangalore I know that poverty in bangalore is also present but do you see people lining up in the streets every night?. Visit any place in chennai in the night and you will see people sleeping.
Beggars and poor people are most visible here.

2. Auto rickshaws are extortionists. nothing more to add.

3. Overall Bus travel is pretty ok but once my shirt was pulled and I was pushed by a conductor for ABSOLUTELY no reason. When I asked ….he said me he wanted to check if I had a ticket……….I guess this is the kind of culture here.

4. DIRTY – Dont know about maintanence of city but I noticed that the city apparently does not have a drainage system. Also visit any ROAD in chennai even the MOST posh commercial and residential area and you would see Trash lying around with noone caring one bit.

I saw Rats having a field time in almost all the areas of chennai. Overall it is undoubtedly the most dirty city of India.

During Rain the stench was terrible (Oh and I stay in a so called Posh area of chennai). Water mud ponds are everywhere and you will see people doing around and spitting on that water……..and people walk without care on that same water…….overall hygiene is very poor out here.

BTW in a clear day you will see people doing it out in the open. I mean it isnt as if in other cities it is not there but out there it is quite rare and in chennai it is seen everyday.

Anyway I have stayed in Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and my home town is Bangalore. Overall I would say that Chennai is the least developed among all the other cities.

I stay in a so called most Posh locality in Chennai and this locality is no better than any medium locality in Bangalore or delhi.

January 15, 2012 at 4:19 am
(176) hansdeep singh says:

i love chennai … i shifted to chennai 16 years back and i love this city … carm and silent ….. thou its a metro but still no maramari peacefull areas … good dicipline people …. everythin is in chennai … jus the weather is diffcult to adjust in the start rest chennai rockssssssssssssss

January 15, 2012 at 4:22 am
(177) hansdeep singh says:

guys stop fighting on noth and south india and stop saying blabla bal say reality …. dont jus saya nything

January 25, 2012 at 2:40 am
(178) rahuk says:

Worst citiv of India Chennai HAHAHAHAHAh Very True.

January 29, 2012 at 10:51 am
(179) gary says:

i am an unbiased party who just shifted to Chennai..and who unfortunately is a north indian and here for a management job.. i wanted to form my own opinion about the city , even though a lot of people warned me of the so-called horrors of being a northie here and not knowing the language.

2 weeks here and I am irritated with the city. Here’s why

1) language is definitely a constraint and even though u try to learn it the accent is very typical and hard to pronounce.

2)Food is another issue.You cant converse with the maid and they will do what they want even if u say otherwise in broken tamil

3) the crowd is definitely not upstream .You cant really check out ppl here..(no pun intended)..

4) tamilians are reserved and not very friendly and wont really mingle with you even if you go out of your way ( quite unlike pune/mumbai , bangalore or hyderabad)

5) Cant really comment on the weather bit, been good so far!!

Good to vent out here..and Needless to say, i miss pune , mumbai , hyderabad and bangalore terribly :( ..in a nutshell, chennai is not a very welcoming city for sure!!

January 30, 2012 at 7:08 am
(180) Gagan says:

After reading so many comments and what I am going to write its trully from the bottom of my heart. I am north Indian I request everybody who is North o South Indian. We all live in India and India is our motherland so live like a small child who naps under the arms of her mother.Don’t divide this country otherwise we have to face the same situation what we saw before Independence.

February 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(181) cheran says:

Hi,

Please remove this article from your site. Or else you will be taken into custody by Chennai Cyber crime police. You would probably not like to be in their custody even for an hour. But its a Real warning.

Take care,

Cheran

February 3, 2012 at 12:05 am
(182) goindia says:

Hi Cheran, please do tell me on what grounds? Quote the relevant section of the relevant act please. And why would they take me instead of the author of the Lonely Planet article about Chennai? If they tried such a thing, I would certainly be writing about it. I don’t think they would like to have me in their custody for even an hour. It would not be a wise move on their part, especially over something so trivial as my blog post, which is merely commenting on and questioning an article. Surely, there are plenty of serious actual cyber crimes that they can devote their resources to.

February 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(183) Karthik says:

Chennai,the worst orthodox city with unfriendly people.I hate this city and state.Its climate is like a fireplace.Neatness is not there in the city.I think if we ask 10 people which city they hate,definitely more than 6 people will say undoubtedly Chennai,the ugly,orthodox,unfriendly city.It should be renamed as Yuck.Sambar city,sweat driven city.If one wants to commit suicide.It is the best place.I think in South India,Hyderabad is the best followed by Bengaluru.That udupi city is far behind.Unfortune to have such a city in our country.Chennai=Yuck+sweat+bad smell and nothing else.It is completely waste.It is represented in above polls.Other than Tamilnadu people,nobody loves that city.It is simply waste and worst.I hate Chennai

February 7, 2012 at 1:18 am
(184) Pranav says:

Mumbai’s prosperity? I am a Tamil Brahmin who has lived in Mumbai at Colaba and Chembur. It is be the financial capital of India.I do think Mumbai is a nice place but how can someone forgot that it has Asia’s two largest slums in Ghatkpoar and Dharavi.

I agree we Chennai people aren’t as friendly as Delhi people but we are not aggressive and narrow minded. We have tolerance and don’t make fun of people who talk in other languages unlike a North Indian who ridicules people talking Tamil..

February 10, 2012 at 5:01 am
(185) demo says:

Seriously, this is it? is this all you ppl have got against chennai. I do no want to compare it with other cities. But ppl in chennai are the best critiques I have ever seen , which is why movies, music and any other art form has been developed. Ppl are possessed about Tamil, culture and tradition. Frankly, before the entry of IT MNCs where were other indian cities ? People must be proud of their Vidhana soudha than their FTV pubs. Globalisation is good, but wheres the line between westernisation and the real development. To be frank, chennai which is present now was not planned by british like chandigarh, kolkata and other indian cities. The present chennai is all but one big collection of the corrupt politicians who do their bits and pieces whenever they wish. Only the aam admi who tries to make the two ends meet has got this place where it is now. Mumbai, Kolkata and even Delhi is plagued by so many NGOs to transform or to get a cut out of its development. Chennai has only a fraction. for the people who ask tamils to develop chennai, why dont you people who have come from different parts of country work together to make it a better place? Dont throw me the hindi crap. How are the biharis and UP wallahs working in chennai metro and flyover projects? How are the bengalis and gujaratis working in govt offices, IT MNCs? How have the marwaris flourished here? Most of them who come here for IT cos. tent in OMR or ECR, which is developing and was by far a reservoir or a fisherman village. How much can you expect you to transform in 5 years? Have you come to Kellys , where gujaratis rejoice? How many hindi movies have you missed coz. of you being in chennai,? Have you been to nungambakkam or any of the popular north indian restaurants here? Ok , quality and cheap food is a daily need. Ask the bachelors in Triplicane and Mehta nagar about it.

February 10, 2012 at 5:06 am
(186) Demo says:

Until you have a friend who is a native, you really will not where to look for it. Dont tag us as unfriendly. The first thing any non tamil try to do is to spot a hindi speaking or a non tamil guy to mingle with. Be it a break, lunch dinner, bar hangouts , you ppl never even talk to tamils in english. You expect them to speak in hindi. It might be common in other parts of india. Not in chennai. Yes, we dont have couples smoking in the malls and roads. Yes, we dont have carelessly clad woman. They are not good looking. What do you wanna do ? Change genes?

Empathize , fellow indians! try to build a better India, be proud of your own values or at least let others be. Dont ask every indian girl to be clad in a sleeveless top and mini skirt. Tamil girls know what they are doing. If they dont attract you , good for them. Color is just a human perception. Frankly, Im proud of my chennai, for all the abuses it has got, from the villagers, celebrities, aam admiand still has shown significant improvement. It still welcomes everyone and gives them a chance to grow and an opportunity to prosper.

February 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(187) Anand says:

****Hahaha… Sharell Cook.. u have stirred up the Hornets nest… U donno what u r playing with.. the great saying in India “Unity in Diversity” is a MYTH and is just bullshit.. it doesn’t hold good in reality.

Yea, u get it now right… not a big surprise how the Brits rules us ffor over 200 years with just a handfull of troops.. :D if we were united.. even partially.. we cud have beaten the Brits long back..

February 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(188) Anand says:

NOW COMING TO THE CHENNAI TOPIC..

I have spent a long while abt 15yrs in Chennai.. now comfortably living in Bangy for 8 yrs… I did Love it when I used to live there so can understand the Localites ire.. U dont fall in love with chennai.. u have to learn to like it.. something that all cant do!

But seriously i cant stop laughing at you bunch fools.. who are unfortunatly my brothers and sister blurt out rubbish for and against the TOPIC.

Firstly.. All Chennaites.. please stop exagerrating stuff.. just coz CSK won IPL, that doesnt make any city awesome.. we arnt even playin with a all chennai team!

February 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm
(189) Anand says:

Dont expect Hindi everywhere u go! South indians dont get the same priv in the North..

Learn to adjust a lil.. thats something that everyone who goes to a new place needs to DO. northie or southie.

north indians are generally.. a tad more arrogant than south indians. thats a fact.. historically.. agression has always been from the north.. except a few exceptions..

Lastly.. INDIA is a dirty country… All Indian Cities are filthy! roads everywhere in India are Pathetic… In India you might run into the best and worst mannered ppl.. cant help denpends on your LUCK. Stop complaing.. and Do your BIT!

February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(190) Vicky Rathore says:

I can understand all you Chennai lovers what you have been going through after all those hate comments about Chennai.
However,try to question yourself if you can ,why the hate percentage for Chennai is at 45%.
I hope you guyz and the so called “Chennai girls”, would understand that people do not hate something or somebody without a reason.
Hope someday you may get the ability to question yourself and try to change and become a part of the country called “India” and not Sri Lanka.

February 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
(191) Babur says:

I have been living in this wretched City of Chennai for last 17 years..and I request all my brothers of other states and my brothers of the other REAL Tamil Cities like Madurai, Tirunelveli, Trichy, Coimbatore, Erode etc.. to unite in one front and teach these, arrogant, ignorant natives of Chennai a harsh lesson!!
…these idiots r crossing their limit with their adamant attitude and overflowing superiority complex. Majority of Chennai natives blatantly disregard India as a country and the rest of Tamil Nadu as a state!!!
They think they have descended from skies and can do anything they want! These morons disrespect Mahatma Gandhi, make fun of Bagath Singh, ridicule Tagore…. what is more worse is they ridicule all Tamil martyrs like Maha kavi Bharathi and Kattabomman who gave their lives freeing the state.
They Insult people coming from other parts of Tamil Nadu …saying it is their Chennai throwing food to them daily!
These dickheads Cant speak 2 words in correct Tamil.. but will ridicule and abuse people coming from other parts TN, who know the True meaning of Tamil culture and live accordingly!
These Scums open their eyes every morning on liquor bottle, scream and yell constantly for trivial things..fight and brag with innocent and helpless people, create havoc on roads..cause abundant accidents daily g and go to bed bathed in liquor…
women laud men who drink and disobey the law…, a teen age chennai kid will abuse elders in unutterable words.. and onlookers will laugh and praise him as next kollywood hero!…
It is totally because of a few million original Chennai natives…. that the whole Tamil Nadu with more than 7 crore Humane people is mis represented hugely..!
Value for Good deeds and honesty is fast dying in Chennai and equally fast dying here is the true Tamil Culture which teaches its subjects to show empathy and respect to people speaking other languages !!
I am a Staunch Tamil hailing from Tirunelveli.

February 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm
(192) gp says:

WHAT THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS GOING TO GET FROM ALL THIS IS THAT WE INDIANS ARE CRASS, CRUDE, ARROGANT, EGOISTIC AND CRAZY… PLEASE DON”T GET SO EMOTIONAL OVER YOUR OPINIONS. THERE WILL BE LIKERS AND HATERS FOR ALL THINGS IN THIS WORLD. PEACE!!!!

February 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(193) goindia says:

Yes, it certainly is appearing that way. My blog post was written from a TRAVEL perspective (since that is what my website is about), questioning whether the original Lonely Planet article had merit (please note the question mark). I sure didn’t expect it to elicit such emotive responses, mostly from residents, fighting amongst themselves. It’s quite sad really. But lesson definitely learned for me. :-(

February 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm
(194) Rajendra Joshi says:

i donot hate any city but chennai has more scope to improve upon like trafic condition, good sanitation, accepting whole heartly the stay of other state people, better communication form chennai people at least in min. unerstading in english / hindi.

February 24, 2012 at 1:37 am
(195) Karthik says:

Every other state people hate Chennai even before they know anything about it.. But once they come here for work/pleasure they never return back to their homeland and try to settle in Chennai. Thats the beauty of this city. Love at first sight is not for Chennai ( For that try Paris or Barcelona ).

But if u want to walk in two piece in the middle of the street kissing/hugging then i would recommend Bangalore ( i lived there for 2 years and i know what im saying ).

February 24, 2012 at 2:01 am
(196) goindia says:

But if u want to walk in two piece in the middle of the street kissing/hugging then i would recommend Bangalore

Goodness! I thought the moral police would put a stop to that! If people aren’t allowed to dance in bars, how could they possibly kiss in the street. ;-)

February 24, 2012 at 4:15 am
(197) Karthik says:

But we never ever gatecrashed inside the bar and beat up young women.. Thanks to Tamil Nadu for being a most literate state of India.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_in_India#Tamil_Nadu_literacy_successes

February 24, 2012 at 6:31 am
(198) Karthik says:

And by the way for those who say Hindi is India’s National Language..Please grow up and learn some general knowledge. There is no National Language in India.

February 26, 2012 at 1:43 am
(199) Suraj says:

Karthik
Who told you that people who come from outside and never leave. Everyone who comes from outside are struggling, desperately looking to go out. Even private service providers are pathetic in giving service, from all outsiders its a nightmare.

February 27, 2012 at 6:49 am
(200) AmericanVisitor says:

instead of this pathetic quarreling, how about some productive information from the chennai-lovers to people who are new to chennai or just visiting?

i’m and american woman living in Chennai for a few months and have had some fairly negative to mediocre experiences so far. i am, however, optimistic that there is more to this city than meets the foreign eye, and eager to hear some SPECIFIC ideas of places to go, eat, explore etc. within Chennai (not Pondicherry, or other places in TN) that make this city so wonderful to the people who love it.

or, am i to understand from this 2 year argument that what is appealing about this city is that it is safe, has good schools, and is a nice environment to have a quiet, family-centered life if you are a native and your only desired source of entertainment is an occasional movie?

and it’s okay if the answer is yes. no hard feelings, really!

February 28, 2012 at 10:12 am
(201) Tamizhan , not the one u expect says:

And this is the only city perhaps in the whole world, that talks so ill and pass such intolerably damaging remarks on Military men who are sweating out their blood to save these moron’s wives and sisters from Pakistani and Chinese Cocks.
Fools here Wont even bother to understand it coz…for them whole world ends with 475 square kilometers of the City! Just..Count the number of Chennai men in Military and you will know
Fools here think any one who joins Military is an OLD FASHIONED CRAP! but just look these at those who think so.. they all exactly look like pigs popped outta all protruding Manholes of Chennai!
When a crisis occurs in Chennai seeking military intervention I feel all Sikhs and other state people in Military should refuse to come here and help these Morons who thoroughly Disrespect them.
Friends of Other States.. Chennai is a so called city with 90% of the population who does’nt know.. and are very least bothered to know, What Consists of the Country India. For majority of Chennaities India means some more extension of land where all NORTH INDIAS( even Andhra, Karnataka , Maha, Gujarat, Orissa and WB are North India!!! for these Ignorant fools who twitch and scratch hearing the words Geography and History ) are packed, and they think the whole people living in India number a little more than 6 or 7 crores!…Well…. I am not Joking in this context. Come here and u will laugh to death. see for yourselves.

March 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm
(202) Disha says:

Please look at the poll results before commenting. The poll results are really eye openers.

March 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(203) johny says:

tamil language is worst language in india . It is really sucking language.Our national language is best as this language is given by Gandhi ji.

March 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm
(204) Venkatesh says:

just thought following link would be of good help in understanding chennai

http://venky-says.blogspot.in/2009/08/370-and-getting-stronger-by-day.html

Thanks

March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(205) Rajesh says:

1 Why do you chennai guys have such huge inferiority complex ? Because your beloved city came last in some poll and u cant take it?

2 > Since we are all Indians we just don’t know how to accept a criticism / anything negative. We need to be told good things about ourselves to feel good about ourselves.

3> Unless Indians ( including tamilians – even though some of you tend to think you are something more special than a mere indian, you are not ) mature up and leave there fake, hypocrite, advantage seeking, coward, racist, hatred filled, inferiority complex ridden natures and grow up we will always be a highly corrupt and poor country with illusions of better future which will never come.
( Becoming the no. 1 in defense expenditure, Population and No. of AIDS patients in the world dosent make it a great country)
A country is made of its people and when the people do not have principles, values and courage its going to the dogs. The nature of most Indians are at least one of these
fake, hypocrite, advantage seeking, coward, racist, inferiority complex ridden..

4> The issue here is not kissing on the street or csk winning some cricket cup ( dosent mean shit ) … Brazil won the football world cup 5 times ( and football is the most popular game in the world ) and it didn’t make Brazil better country ( It has one of the highest crime rates in the world ) .. So when u juvenile imbeciles start talking crap, keep it to a limit. The issue here is much deeper.

5> I have lived in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Chennai i have spend only few days but i didn’t find it very interesting. I wouldnt say i hate it but the least liked.

Now get back to fighting.

March 25, 2012 at 7:53 am
(206) ramkumar says:

Chennai suckss!!

In chennai, if a girl wears rather modern apparel(clothing) people tend to lookup awkwardly. This does not happen anywhere in India except Chennai or few south indian states. People here are old believed and narrow minded and these people talk about culture on other hand. The police here is very strict which is good but the worst part it they dont even give you any sign of respect. They speak vulgar if you are caught driving without driving license.

The worst part, few colleges or engineering universities in Chennai & Tamilnadu said to have co-education system which means girls and boys studying together but in fact, if you boy caught speaking to another girl inside the college campus, he’s then suspended. The best example of it is Sathyabama University.,

March 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(207) chennai lover says:

is ur hindi better than anything?
on wat basis u call tamil the worst?
it is the only widely spoken classical language in india

is hindi classical ?
and i find absolutely no harm in being patriotic towards our language n city
wat is wrong if u learn the regional language
it is u north indians who come here to earn a livelihood
so learn to show gratitude

cleanliness
it is u north indians having this habit of spiting everywhere
go n see sowkarpet in chennai where north indians live n
mylapore in chennai where we live
u will run back to ur north in shame

n wat do u mean by no hot actresses?
does it just mean exposing everything in films ?

we dont expect that becoz we respect women
we dont look at them just as glamour models
i guess ACTING means acting only n not walk half undressed

please dont compare chennai with ur north cities n bring disregard to chennai
it is way better n safe

climate
how come i was ignorant that delhi turned into kullu manali recently?
chennai is better

my advice to north indians
please dont show that u where born in fairy land there as we know that it is a filthy land
have common sense and develop good manners when u come south
please become more mature n stop complaining that u were cheated by automen
its a shame on u

finally dont talk about our skintone
as u dont have something like that ur blank- colourless

still be happy that u r not thrown out from here
for wat gratitude u have shown us

March 31, 2012 at 11:19 am
(208) firtz says:

what is the matter with you people??
just take the criticism in a positive way and move on…make it a better place for tourists instead of behaving like blind, obnoxious kids who cannot take criticism well. sell your city to travelers…but i ‘m not sure if boasting about your temples or film stars or the abusing any other city will do the trick…

Chennai like all other cities has its charm…but its not exposed to travelers who visit for a short time…neither is it attractive to the glancing eye which searches for something new and interesting to experience or discover…but things can definitely change for the better!

March 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(209) tarun says:

why do you people say chennai has a language problem?it may be true that people in chennai maynot know hindi .but they will surely communicate in english .wahts wrong if they dont know hindi.hindi is not our national language but its a official language as english.
chennai doesnt stink at all if it stinks then it maybe due the north indians and slums.chennai is the most safest place in india wher a woman can walk on a road @ 12 o clock.who said you can see girls with half saree and slawar only.come to chennai now you can find girls wearing short dress and bikinin also .chennai has good infrastructure + good education .chennai also has many clubs ,pubs and discotheque such as pasha my favorite , the leather bar, dublin 10 downing streets etc and some temples also its not dirty nor very clean.
so i request everybody to stop commenting on other cities which you dont like.if you dont like keep it in your heart but never comment like this ok .you are not only spoiling the state reputation but also the country reputation also. we are indian and we shouldn’t spoil our satetes and countries name

April 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(210) Thiyagarajan says:

Chennai is safe place.. U say?? Get one thing straight! … In all other Indian cities a woman walks on road at 12AM, gets groped and raped by goons, next morning she goes to police station and reports her incident. Police take action or not is a diff matter.. but 8 out of 10 women report the incident and hence going purely by police records and complaints registered, cities like Delhi SHOW a high crime rate.

Now come to THE GREAT CHENNAI -’city with Horns’…. at 12 AM a woman walks on road, goons rape her saying VOTHTHA…. SEMMA ITEM MAAM.., VOTHTHA , VOMMAALA SOOPPAR SARAKKU MACHHI…. the woman crawls back home cries to her father or husband, Being already a conservative city she is poured on with advices to keep the incident a secret! So, 8 out of 10 woman in Chennai never report the incident at all..!
The other 2 who muster courage 2 step out and reach the Chennai Police are in for a Big Surprise..!
Police declare..if she had walked the Chennai road at 12am she should be a prostitut!! Bcoz according to them, Tamil girls shut themselves in thir home at 9pm. So police go to the extent of investigating the woman for prostitution rather than taking her Rape Complaint. Only then She realises How CRUEL Chennai Is..!
All those Ignorant Fools who call Chennai A SAFE CITY, Have you ever bothered to study the statistics about Which City in India Has the Most Number Of Crimes That Go Unreported…????
CHENNAI WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY ON TOP OF THE LIST…!
WAKE UP Indians…..Chennai Is a WOLF wearing a Sheep’s skin. Beware!!!
I had to write this article with a great deal of pain and grief… coz I shifted from my native Tiruchy and I am living in chennai for the past 10 years . And here I am witnessing a generation that is mis-educated, ignorant, arrogant and greedy. Chennai is only misrepresenting the whole TamilNadu and misleading the whole Tamil youth. GOD SAVE Tamilnadu.

April 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm
(211) Maxwalker says:

not sure why chennai has this reputation. delhi, the rape capital of india is easily the city i hate the most, where all the women are socially backward and all the men have more than average tendencies to rape.

April 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(212) Mukesh says:

Chennai rocks for ever. The ppl in Chennai are really too good compared to all other cities. And the ongoing metro project can move 45000 ppl per hour to their destination in any part of the city in just 50 mins. Chennai is best city in India. Its has two big airport domestic and international as in my language golden quotes are “CHENNAI IS THE SYDNEY OF ASIA” we rock all over the world.

April 6, 2012 at 12:46 am
(213) Senthil says:

So Chennai won the IPL and thats the issue for most of the people who have given hate comments for last few months. Again..you are not able to tolerate it(even winning a cricket match by Chennai team).

The actual topic is completely different and what we speak here is something else than the topic. Sorry Sharell.

One monkey wrote that Tamil is a pathetic language…hmm so you think your lang is better. Then the truth is all South India language lang(Kannada, Telugu and Malayaalam) are from Tamil and we have proofe for it. And Tamil have taken many words from Sanscrit(we never deny), Hindi even don’t have words for N number of things like Bus, Train, Road etc..

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW GOOD HINDI TO LISTEN…JUST LISTEN THE CRICKET COMMENTRY IN HINDI. YOU SHOULD NOT THINK ABOUT THE MEANING WHEN YOU LISTEN IT..JUST HEAR HOW IT SOUNDS…how sweet it is..expect comments on this. All please try and give your comment here.

Take a daily papper from each lang Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and Malayaalam. And show it to a person who don’t have any knowledge in these languages and ask which one looks good and aligned properly. Test it and without testing it never ever try to give comment here. Try first….

April 6, 2012 at 1:10 am
(214) Senthil says:

Mr. Thiagarajan a Trichy lover. Good…how you know girls are being raped in Chennai more than other cities and they are not reporting it. Don’t try to be very intelligent and fail. I am also outsider for Chennai(am from Madurai-TN) but I am understanding whats going here and how it is being improved. I too don’t like the slang used here by local people, every language has this issue. Area wise the slang may change a bit and sometime it reaches worst(for others), but for the natives it’s a common usage of the lang. Shall i list the bad words used by people from othe part of TN. As i mentioned in my other comment some words won’t be good to listen(like Hindi I mentioned). Some words will be very difficult to spell too in many langs like this one in English “Honorificabilitudinitatibus”.

Chennai really lacking in enjoyment part, this is the actual problem for people who come from outside. Because when they are out from home they want to enjoy more and when they reach Chennai they are bot able to find places to like Pubs and Disco bars and full night enjoyment centers. So they easily come to the conclusion that this city is not for enjoyment. Thats true too and also we don’t have places to go and spend time(like historical places) inside city. Thats another problem in Chennai. We too have to accept some facts.

April 6, 2012 at 1:26 am
(215) Senthil says:

The poll result in this article shows that Bangalore is the hated city in India. H ah aha hahahahahaha… check it now. Only 100 votes to reach Chennai. So Chennai is on top with very few votes and everyone speaking about it, what about the second one in the poll(Bangalore). Hah aha ah aha ahahaha ha..Bangalore will beat us with in months and like us(Chennai people) they will start shouting that how come Bangalore in hated city and then we can sit and relax by reading the comments by Bangalorians. They will fight replacing us…just wait and enjoy Chennai guys……. :-)

April 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(216) Anagha says:

chennai lacks history??? I think thats a load of shit! Chennai has been in existence for about 1000 years now around the ‘village’ of Mylapore (which is now the heart of the city). It grew into Madras presidency under the british and has been a major centre of trade since 1639. The number of heritage buildings (Indo-sarcenic and temples) speak volumes about our history. Chennai also celebrates somethinf called ‘Madras Day’ on 22nd August every year to mark the day the East India Company bought a small strip of land in this former fishing village, which would one day become Chennai (Madras).

Certainly I could have expected something more competent from Lonely Planet. This in itself is a pointer why you should not follow Lonely planet for travel ideas. Period.

April 8, 2012 at 3:18 am
(217) Senthil says:

Hey what a surprise with in a day…just i checked the poll. Now Bangalore on top. Bangalore is the now the most hated city in India Chennai’s vote is 1331 and Bangalore is 1341.

Sharell please remove all the comments given for Chennai and start one for Bangalore.

April 8, 2012 at 8:41 am
(218) goindia says:

Incredible. I guess the comments will keep flowing for another few years! I now know better than to open another can of worms though. ;-)

April 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(219) Suman says:

Chennai.. clearly the most noisiest city! How do you people do every thing with a loud noise..?? Be it normal talking, eating, or even reading a newspaper.. should u all squeeze the pages of the paper and create a noise…? And you insecure guys yell for everything! Shouting is Not Confidence.. it is the Lack of it!
… Enter Chennai via road for the first time, you can easily go mad because of the HONKING here. Honking is a patented property of this Mad City. With immense Honking everywhere, you all prove to outsiders that you are not united among yourselves.
And…You people call yourselves educated and cultured???
Where is education and culture? when there is an absolute scarcity of basic manners.
…and Pls…. You say Chennai won IPL 2 times and hence all others are having a grudge…?!!!!.. Cant imagine a more immature human being! …Even if you win all IPLs, when you guys demonstrate such disrespectful behaviour the whole world will soon hate you.
I see from some previous posts that your own state people hate you. Shed the fighting attitude and grow up to accept your mistakes. Learn to show empathy towards fellow human beings and try to make your city a better place for everyone without discrimination.

April 9, 2012 at 2:59 am
(220) Balakrishnan says:

@ Anagha
Every city would have been a ‘ village’ 1000 years back. That is not how you determine a city has history or lacks it. Chennai’s history begins after the hamlets were integrated by the British and ‘Madras’ was formed, which was barely 370 years ago. So whatever buildings you mention, all of those ‘Speak Volumes’ of a history that is just 370 yrs old.
instead look at Delhi or even Madurai.. they were already cities and important capitals 2000 years back. They have abundant buildings and monuments of rich culture several thousands years old. That is what is real history! …please understand the huge difference.
Madras day, Chennai sangamam festival are all fine. But can you name any other city which celebrates an Insane ‘Bus Day’…?? just see how much violence and chaos the college students create. Do you know how many poor souls on their way to hospitals for emergency treatment were stranded on roads because of Bus Day…?? Even I am a resident of chennai and I have been witnessing their plight!!
There is no point blindly supporting chennai when we have a loads of shit to be discarded first. Education should give us value not violence.

April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm
(221) Gupta says:

Forget the Attitude. Never ending summer, bad mouthing drivers, bad roads, no nightlife… there’s everything negative about Chennai. I want more people to hate Chennai so what we can be left alone in this hell hole ;-)

P.S. Seriously, don’t come to Chennai if you expect anything like good weather, amicable population etc. We don’t want the scum from the other regions / countries visit Chennai and multiply… We have enough foreign scum here which we want to get rid of. We are busy and no time to fool around with unknown people… So we keep our city this way. You are the suckers, guys. you always are ;-)

April 11, 2012 at 10:39 am
(222) Kalpesh Shaw says:

Chennai ppl dont want to know anything about any other country..except US. If u say Tsunami could come ,and Sumatra is just 1800 kms southeast of Chennai and there is no big land mass lying in between to protect the city from Tsunami… ppl here say..”hey.. I cant see any Sumatra in east, I know only Sumitira” !! Once Tsunami comes and thousands die, they will be busy blaming other state people saying no one informed them. Chennai is exactly like Pompeii..! people very Similar in attitude, Goodness is extinct here. Nature is tolerating this selfish city with proud and arrogant people. Chennai awaits the Same fate as Pompeii. only diff ,that was Volcano here it will be Tsunami.

April 11, 2012 at 11:03 am
(223) Arvind says:

Full of in sensitive People…roads are pathetic in chennai and traffic sense and road manners..HORRIBLE !

April 23, 2012 at 9:14 am
(224) Abhi says:

See..I want to put this very straight forward….I am a software engineer working in an MNC. I have stayed majorly in bangalore, kolkata and pune. Was there in chennai too for 1 month for official work. I have several friends from various parts of India. I must admit that 100% of them except those from Chennai have told me frankly that they will never go back to chennai ever. They dislike the city most, mainly because of the unfriendly behavior of people over there towards outsiders. I must say here that I agree totally to what they feel. So, all the comments over here coming in favor of chennai and disagreeing lonely planet post, are mostly from people born there and staying there from the beginning.
Common guys, accept this fact. You very well know this is the truth.

April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(225) Thiyagarajan says:

Many of other state’s people fail to understand one very essential fact..! As ABHI rightly pointed out…. only those born and brought up in Chennai have an insanely blind love for this city! and they are the ones who love and adore the derogatory TAMIL spoken in Chennai.
Great Majority of people born and brought up in other districts of TamilNadu.., especially southern districts HATE Chennai and Chennaikaarans like a cancer on their body.
That is Coz these people have such a derogatory and insensitive approach to life Which is NOT AT ALL…. WHAT THE TRUE TAMIL CULTURE IS! I request all other state people NOT TO JUDGE THE WHOLE TAMIL PEOPLE BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE IN CHENNAI…AS CHENNAI IS EVEN NOWHERE NEAR TO WHAT REALLY REPRESENTS THE ACTUAL AND REAL TAMIL NADU ! you will be judging 90% of the rest of the TN people just by seeing 10% of this wretched City’s people!
PLS Dont Commit this Crime.
யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்! வந்தாரை வாழ வைக்கும் தமிழ் நாடு! தமிழன் என்றால் பண்பாளன்! விருந்தோம்பலில் முதலிடம் தமிழனுக்கு! ஆனால்……… சென்னை என்ற ஊரில் பிறந்து வளர்ந்துவிட்டால்… தாய்மொழியாம் தமிழை கசக்கிப் பிழிந்து, கடித்து துப்பி, கார் உமிழ்ந்து தான் பேசுவீர்களா…..??? மானம் கெட்ட மடையர்களே…! தன்மானமில்லாத அற்பர்களே..!
சக மனிதனிடத்தில் அன்பும், மரியாதையும், கனிவும், காருண்யமும் காட்டுவோர்களில் முதன்மையாக இருப்பவன் தான் உண்மைத் தமிழன்! அவனே தமிழ் நாட்டின் நிலப்பரப்பில் உள்ள அனைத்து இடங்களுக்கும் சொந்தக்காரன்…!!! வெள்ளைக்காரன் கோட்டை கட்டிய பிறகு உருவான இந்த மதராஸப்ப்பட்டினம் எனும் சென்னை நகரம்…. தமிழ்நாட்டின் உண்மையான அடையாளமும் அல்ல!! இங்கு பிறந்து வளர்ந்து, இன்ன பிற உண்மைத் தமிழர்களைய்யும் வேற்று மாநில மக்களையும் கூட்டமாகச் சேர்ந்து கொண்டு “ கலாய்க்கும்” முதுகெலும்பில்லாத அற்பப் பிறவிகள் , வீரம் பொங்கும் தமிழர்களும் அல்ல…..!!

April 24, 2012 at 2:42 am
(226) Abhi says:

Thanks Thiyagarajan for that touching response which I believe must be true to some extent. But you know, it’s a human nature that we judge a place just by the experience we have staying there for few months. That might not include traveling to all the regions of that place.
One best example would be a foreigner visiting any slum area in Mumbai will go back to their country and will conclude that India is not clean and some other negative reveiws about our country. Don’t you agree to this!!

April 25, 2012 at 3:20 am
(227) firu says:

chennai is good.. No any major issues to live. It is not fare to say like you hate a city. There are thousands of people living there.
I think may be the climate and food may be the issue why IT professional have least interest to prefer chennai. But ii love chennai

April 27, 2012 at 1:26 am
(228) T.Sengadir says:

Many non-tamils after staying in Chennai for some years decide to stay in Chennai. By the process of sankritisation, the rest of India has proabably attained a uniformity which did not take place in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has also undergone some amont of sansrikitisation but they have also manged keep their identity.
Sengadir

May 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(229) manisha says:

In Chennai city (TN)there is not much tourist destinations other than temples…there is no much greenery in this place and there is nothing modern in this city…….apart from this talent n history of the state is good ….If politicians can do something good for the state and increase tourism here it would be good for the state as well as me n i can proudly say chennai is my city…………….i’am born in bagalore n a bangalorean but mother tongue is tamil…so chennai is my city too

May 7, 2012 at 4:07 am
(230) Rajath says:

“NON TAMILS”, “SANSKRITISATION”….???? ANTI INDIAN..!! ANTI HINDHI…all these stubborn arrogant words tell the world how much you ppl hate to be with India.
Well…We Indians also hate to have a scorpion like you right under our foot….So y dont u wage a war against other Indian states and try to carve ur Tamil nadu as a separate country…?? And when China come to invade You, manage them yourselves!

May 18, 2012 at 8:33 am
(231) karthik says:

For all those who speak about the so-called Tamil culture, here it is: Tamil Nadu is the only state in India where in the Legislative assembly, a woman (Jayalalitha) was dirobed by Karunanudhi. People are still voting for him. Shame on you people. You don’t have right to speak of culture.

And yes, the best thing in Tamil Nadu is their power-cuts. An average of 10 hrs. power cut in cities like Coimbatore, 2nd biggest in TN, round the year. What to speak of the villages.

Needless to say about traffic control.
Unfortunately, they stink a lot. Not kidding….look at their hero Vijay.

Sad that i am in TN. Hope i get out soon.

May 22, 2012 at 1:24 am
(232) Mohamed Azad says:

I amazed, What do you know about chennai? Finally one thing is true, there is lot of jealous and selfish for other city fellows, thats why they hate. But for me, regarding the same vote results, we are more well forword than other cities…….

May 26, 2012 at 3:34 am
(233) Anonymous says:

I hate Chennai because most of the people over here unprofessional .
They dont like any north indian coming to chennai and working with them.
They don’t respect other people . They are selfish people more than nice people. I have some nice chennai people but they are very few in %. rest all are selfish.

May 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(234) Rajesh says:

Both are overcrowded places with no pinch of humanity.
The only reason why people move in here is for a JOB and of-course admiration on a big city.
The only reason why people wont move back is , because if you go back to whatever small town you came from You ll be jobless…
But if you ever made money and you are financially confident its because of Chennai or Bangalore.
So its like a Bad boss who feeds you.

May 30, 2012 at 12:20 am
(235) eisha says:

ppl keep an open mind. u are no foreigner so u dont noe how it feels . they noe because dey r travelling d city for first , second or der respected times. so just chill, i mean i am from delhi n i’d accept that delhi , esp. northeast delhi , is no less than awful , it is, five minutes way is made a twenty minutes tough bbumpy (n if u r a gal) den lewd ride also …… so yeah i mean i hate dis place , and its definitely not safe for woman and foreigners for dat matter , bad points of ur cities is something all of us will accept in our own houses n discuss about it too but when d same things get published in international forums we go flabbergasted as if somebody as punched our egoes. and please accept , there are hot girls , but not that hot ….. seriously . so be cool , stay calm, those who want to visit , visit dis place , dos who dont , stay away , dos who feel nostalgic, go to ur amma’s place n have rasam , dos who dont feel nostalgic , settle somewhere better , whatever suits u , why fight ? IN hindi ; ek internet forum pe kisi ki taang thodi na tod doge , jus chillofy , no ladofy . ;)

June 2, 2012 at 8:25 am
(236) reddy from Hyderabad says:

reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaalllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…………….. think tamil brothers…….. why hated all the people out side from chenai …
reaally worst lives in chennai

June 20, 2012 at 3:29 am
(237) Rahul says:

The best place to visit in India is the NORTH-EASTERN part of India, truly natural, lovely people awesome climate. Rich in cultural and musical heritage.

June 21, 2012 at 7:09 am
(238) pram says:

chennai by climate is worst. People are not good very narrow minded. food problem,etc. I see only problems.

June 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(239) swathi says:

it has everythng,,,,name it malls,hotals,world cls hotals,shoppng,education,,wat else u want……it has traffic,cleaniness a bit but look chennai after 3 r 4 yrs,,,,,,,,,u wil shut ur month…….and chennai crowds r the most intelligent ones………,.and every citiy has 2 sides,,,bt u ppl sayng abt -ves ,so called hated thngs…..,,it has alot good thngs,,pls accept tat too…..lets v all make tis city,,,most luvd city 2 b in..luv u chennai:)))

June 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm
(240) swathi says:

luv u chennai………..

July 9, 2012 at 7:29 am
(241) Krish says:

Hahah…this has never stopped…I dont know when i posted last msg!!!

I’ve been living in this city for 5 years and still unable to move out…since this is the only city which Corporates feel that will make maxium money for their companies, be it MNC’s, Indian Cos, No why are hey shifting base…bcos of cheap labour and nothingelsetodo after work syndrome…. and squeeze more work frm people at lesser costs, sadly bcos there is hardly anything to do for he working populace after work….No im not talking about food, booz and party…even if there is something else…now who will go out there when ther is nothin opne after your work or everything is limited and hugely crowded…everytime i feel something bad about this city…i hit this website, sitback and enjoy..No pun intended…true!

It lacks everything what a tourist needs and is becoming hugely expensive day by day with limited choices and classy ony if u r a rich guy to spend money like paper….Or you have to be the one borne in a white scorpio with DMK flag or AIDMK flag…or a real estate guy…these guys are making a killing spree…

No Chennai ppl please let me know your weekend chores other than
1. Mahabalipuram
2 Mahabalipuram
3. Mahabalipuram..
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.
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..and more mahabalipuram…

July 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(242) Apurva Chatterji says:

Hi Guys,

I have been living in Chennai for the past one year.. and I do find it depressing you know why… the first time in the whole country I found myself a foreigner can you imagine.. I have been to places like Hyderabad, Bangalore they are south too but I never felt so animosity which Chennai offers….
Every step I took , it refrains me from liking Chennai.. I really would have liked to find this place nice .. but it is far from that…
Auto Rickshaws are rude as sick…..I have been robbed by both police guys who took 1k bucks just because I didn’t had a pollution paper… once I went to an Internet Cafe and he refused to provide me a system.. just because I am from North…
I have never felt anything in here that is worth buying or doing it… overly expensive … rude and I am sorry to say chennaites you may find your city the world’s best city but from an outsider point of view the reality is far from that…
I believe chennai never grew.. the people in here still lives in that colonial mind set , they hate hindi and everything that is associated with it … and this is not a bias opinion , I am witnessing it every day… you guys really need to grow yourself and accept your short comings.. the hospitality in here is a shock…. I will never come to this God forsaken place no matter how much I am offered..

July 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(243) Vineeth says:

Firstly noone criticizes anything without any justification.
If these tamilians feel that outsiders are criticizing chennai because they are jealous then God help them.The bottom line is that the CITY SUCKS.

A. There are hardly any places to visit here. The shopping scene here is pathetic. Even villages have more malls.

B. Infrastructure – The less said the better. Dirtiest city in the whole of India by a long shot. I thought Bhopal was dirty but looking at Chennai I feel Bhopal is spotty clean. Trash, Garbage, Waste lying on the streets and people walk on it without any care.
3/4 of the city has no drainage system. The people are lucky it hardly rains here but when it does the sight is to be seen. Water and sewage get mixed and sometimes the drainage (im sorry rivers) from Adyar river overflows into the city and straight into the houses of the people. When it rains 3/4 of the city walks and moves around in the sewage without care. The terrible stench would desist a person from even living there but people out here simply dont care.

c. Hospitality – Its ok to be chauvinistic but even then there has to be limits. Multinational and fortune 100 companies have people speaking TAMIL in meetings.

d. Traffic – Did I say rules?. Apparently in Chennai people dont really understand rules. Only rude stares and sudden stoppages and sudden twists and turns out of nowhere works here. If you travel smoothly you will be honked to death by a nearby AIDMK car.

e. Cost of Living – Did I say Chennai was expensive?. yeah….Even los angeles does not have rents of 60,000 /month for a 2 bedroom flat in decent area.If you want a house for 20,000 per month better be reaady to stay in an old dilapidated apartment that looks straight out of a 70′s hindi movie.(that is if you can find one which ALLOWS non-veg).

In short this is no city where any sane person might dream of living.

July 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(244) Rickboy says:

Apart from its attractive centro historico and some posher neighbourhoods like Miraflores I found Lima (Peru) a rather depressing city with poorly dressed and sad-looking people standing next to or amidst polluted streets trying to sell paper-handkerchiefs or chewing gums to people in cars. Besides that: graffiti-sprayed walls for miles and miles, many shabby areas, a very dry terrain, often hazy skies. A world apart from beautiful Cusco.
Guatemala City (again except for some parts) is just as grim, especially after sunset when all the shutters are down and almost nobody dares to walk around. Get out as quickly to the beautiful natural treasures of the county.

July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am
(245) ancy says:

this article dates to 2009……chennai has developed rapidly in the following years.
so this article is irrelevant now

August 8, 2012 at 2:48 am
(246) Shruti Sharma says:

In 2012 .. My view is…

North Indians .. Continues hating chennai
Tamil People .. Continues loving their chennai

Dont know till when this story will continue

August 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm
(247) Pravin says:

I happened to see this 3 yr long post yesterday and before that I never thought people hated Chennai. Was it my ignorance..?! May be… But I think its not. Because I studied in a KV where people from all parts of India study. I have never experienced such hatred towards this city from them. I had classmates from Delhi and Mumbai also. They dont complain about Chennai except the wheather and night life. It is obvious. In fact people should be proud that at least one city has retained core Indian values yet not compromising on modernisation.
Chennai has attracted so many MNC s including Nokia, Samsung, BMW(to name a few)… Is it possible if it is really hated this much..?! Chennai is called the ‘Detroit of Asia’…Around 40% of the cars and 60% of the automobile parts manufactured in India come from Chennai ( source:Wikipedia)..So if u hate Chennai dont drive your car because lt will have atleast one part manufactured in Chennai. It is the second largest exporter of IT products in India.
Chennai has some of best schools and colleges in the country. (This is evident from the number of MNC s in the city if u still doubt that). Also it is called the medical capital of India. Medical tourism flourish here because there are world class medical amenities available at affordable price. People come from all over the world to get treated here. (You hate Chennai and still we save your lives).
It is also called the banking capital of India. So many countries have set up their consulates here. It has the third busiest airport and second busiest port and the list goes on…..
These factors clearly states Chennai s economy is so diversified. It is not dependent on only one sector. It has one of the highest per capita income in the country. ( Thats the reason people flee to the city and still complain about it..!!)

August 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm
(248) Pravin says:

(…continues..)
To those who complain about Chennai s beach…Atleast we have a beach here…!! (which is second longest in the world..)
and those from Bangalore who question Chennai s metro status…According to the actual definition of a METRO ,Chennai was declared a metro long before Bangalore..!! ( It is true that Bangalore has grown tremendously ..i am happy and proud about that)
There are some negatives in the city.. Climate being the first.. Yes,some people are rude but it is due to the huge population. In a big place like Chennai we can not expect everyone to be the same. But large portion of the people are very friendly.. They are always ready to help you..
After completion of the work in airport,metro train and mono rail,the city will be totally different..
I am not against anyone from anywhere… I am just explaining the real Chennai…

P.S. : I am not a tamilian… I am from kerala..

August 17, 2012 at 10:24 am
(249) Savarimuthu says:

One.. Mr Thiyagarajan has rightly pointed out the exact scenario of Chennai city. I completely agree with the point that Chennai city hugely misrepresents the real Tamil behaviour.

Lakhs and lakhs of people like me, who have come from other districts of TN, and settled in Chennai are ourselves feeling very Alien here. So, no wonder regarding the plight of north Indians. The reason is original chennai people living here(people born and bought up in Chennai) are extremely self centered and extremely narrow minded with loads and loads of arrogance. All the outsiders when they come to Chennai pop into these local Chennai people first. And from then on… everything gets ruined for them…!

If Chennai people can be defined in one sentence…
‘These are the lot who want everything in life, but wont care an ounce to see whether they possess the qualities to deserve what they want ..! ‘

August 19, 2012 at 8:02 am
(250) Vignesh gr says:

All useless guys now see the chennai at present …still Mumbai did nt start metro rail project … Mumbai has the olds biggest slum.. It’s nt a city.,. If we see the city view of Mumbai it wil be like mini newyork ..bt if we see interior many place r gud bt many place r yuck …chennai has the 2nd largest beach… World famous people r many frm chennai. A.r Rahman . Chess player vishwanath anand No metropolitan city has this gud beach …. Dhanush from chennai wo created the record. Bt I agree tht sum area is dirty bt nt all area . India s high budget film was produced by kalanathi maaran from chennai. Due population problem it’s facing poverty & nt having a proper government . If u notice this is the saftiest city wer terrorist cannot enter…thts all I can say. The person wo got chevalier award Sivan ganeshan I from chennai .. Bt am nt telling chennai is superior

August 21, 2012 at 9:08 am
(251) hello says:

Chennai is the worst city anyone can stay. Illmannered curdrice eating monsters.

August 21, 2012 at 9:32 am
(252) H.R. Reddy says:

@vignesh
“Terrorist not Attacking Chennai” Well…. you have any idea which Cities Terrorists will target..?? They only attack places where loss of lives through their attack will create a huge National impact.. Terrorists are not fools to give away their life in suicide attacks and so on..for nothing.
Talking about ‘NATIONAL’ impact… there is very little of ‘Natoional feeling’ in Chennai. I lived in Chennai for 16 years and now I am living in Hyderabad. I sensed that even your own Tamil Nadu’s Coimabatore has more National feeling !, but in Chennai….all you ppl hate other state ppl, and in return all the other state ppl of India collectively hate Chennai ppl.
Now telling you…. Even if there is going to be a huge terror attack and loss of lives in Chennai, only very little proportion of other Indian people are going to sympathize with you haters.
From the perspective of India… attack will be thought of for a few days, talked about for a week, and forgotten the next week. So terrorists who want to inflict damage on India, will never intend to waste their expertise in a city like Chennai which behaves like a ‘separate country.’
you are so immature to assume ‘Terrorists can not enter Chennai’. The Fact is…. Terrorists do not wish to waste their time in a city for which other Indians care the least.

Bragging about Maran..!!!! Fool ….whole India knows about your Marans and Rajas and how much they have Swindled India.

Mumbai is a True City in both Urban Agglomeration as well as in the Spirit of People! Go and see how people in Mumbai follow Traffic rules! Say… does there any traffic rules exist in Chennai..????? not to mention those killer roads with Craters and Manholes everywhere…, with the most arrogant drivers on Earth, and all those incessant Honking….

August 22, 2012 at 9:49 am
(253) Yuck says:

“Danush created a record”, so chennai is a great city !!!!!!!!!!! ROFL……..! ….

August 23, 2012 at 6:46 am
(254) max says:

STAYING IN CHENNAI IS A TORTURE FOR LIFE ,GOD KNOWS WHAT SIN CHENNAI PEOPLE HAVE MADE .NO GOOD WHEATHER,NO GOOD FOOD,NO ELECTRICITY …..IF ANY COMPANY IN CHENNAI OFFERS JOB PLEASE DONT COME HERE…COMING TO CHENNAI IS SCREWING ONES LIFE HAPPINESS……..I HATE A LOT CHENNAI

August 23, 2012 at 6:55 am
(255) dhole says:

i hate chennai a lot…dirtiest place on earth with lot of plastics bags and food waste on road side ..everywhere u go u get stinking smell…yuck

August 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm
(256) Sanjay says:

Did someone say chennai was the original metro in India?……..yes it was when other cities were sleeping…

You idiot chennaites come to Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad and see for yourselves how these cities have developed and have left chennai far far behind.

Comparing Chennai and Bangalore?…..what a Joke. Even a mentally retarded person will not say Chennai is better than Bangalore.

Someone was saying since Dhanush created a record the city is nice…..ha ha ha what a logic……drinking and lying on the road side outside TASMAC shop wont give you brains idiotic chennai.

If you want to know what Chennai is about…….visit any TASMAC shop in 11 PM ……..you will see chennaites drunk and lying on the road unconscious.

I stayed in chennai for 1 year and it was hell on earth.

August 24, 2012 at 12:38 am
(257) Kaushik@ Coimbatore says:

Mr. Sanjay,, these ignorant fools assume world ends within Chennai. Those Super brainy creatures.. who say Rajini gave hit , danush created record, so chennai is best, are abundant in chennai. (80%are like that)
yes….! your example about Tasmac is 100% right..!
Chennai = Loud Talk + Unnecessary noise+ Mad Driving+ Praising Sin+ everyday night Quarter Brandy + Chicken Biriyani and Lying MATTAI ( a tamil word for passing out after drinks)
Stupid asses will comment on all other cities, without even knowing where they are located.
Chennai tops the country in number of Accidents! maximum lives lost in Chennai in ambulance itself…, as there is always haphazard traffic jams everywhere, no one gives way for ambulance so before ambulance takes the victim to hospital, they die… ! but ask a chennai idiot… he will say world’s best roads are in chennai, and city has best traffic management!!!!

August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am
(258) Mohan@blore says:

I am a tamilian and i hate the climate of chennai an not chennai and yes my native also like tat and i am not calling anyone to love chennai or our people….

We are qualified and surviving everywhere in the world and yes i was hated by some nonsense peoples in corporate itself and they were not north indians…..I like northies.

We love our language and we love our state and if any one misspell our people, i hate them. better if you not like chennai or TN .take ur ass off and go to ur native. we have our own cultural values and i am not asking to follow those better dont disturb us. I love INDIA and I love Tamil Nadu.

WELCOME foreigners, auto wallas are for business they will cheat better find a educated guy in chennai, he will help you at any situation by sacrificing his life..vande mataram

August 26, 2012 at 7:01 am
(259) Salam says:

hi all,

Am from kerala, and lives in kerala. But i like to live in Chennai. Any good or bad comments coming from their experiences if some one getting bad experiences from chennai for some reason, i dont think he will emotionally support chennai. This is true in world’s best cities case also. But in south India I prefer chennai right now, in future may be some other cities may over take. But till today, till now Chennai Rocksssssssssssss.

August 27, 2012 at 6:17 am
(260) SRINI says:

The haters of Chennai are the people who dont like the city growing. Infact TN is the only state that has shown YoY growth very high than the national average in the big states category for 2010-2011. These guys can shout whatever but we show the results.
1. Chennai’s climate is horrible: None of the cities except BNG and Pune to some extent has a somewhat better climate for the 6 summer months. In Delhi and HYD, you bleed from your nose, in mumbai and kolkata you sweat. The remaining 6 months – from october to march are good weather months. You wont be dying like it happens in delhi or in north india. Even bangalore gets colder rather than cool during these months.
2. No hindi: HINDI IS NOT THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF INDIA. Get the facts correct. Our language is the oldest surviving language in the world and we are proud about it. But we also use English unlike cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune for the comfort of the visitors.
Do people in north learn any other language apart from hindi. Then why us? Note that I’m a IIM bangalore MBA holder and it was unfortunate that even the dean of IIMB thinks hindi as national language. The union government functions with Hindi and English as the official language. The communication between the states and the centre is divided into 3.
1. Group A: The BIMARU states where the communication is only in hindi between the union and the centre
2. Group B: States like maharashtra, gujarat, odisha, WB etc., where the communication can be in hindi or english
3. Group C: The four southern states and puduchchery where the communication is only in english.
This means we need not learn hindi officially.

August 27, 2012 at 6:18 am
(261) SRINI says:

3. No Nightlife, malls etc: Chennai has all these at a required level. We are not showing off type of people and we believe in people and not what they wear etc.,
4. No Places the visit: Funny…Chennai has most tourist places around it. TN is the most visited state by foreign tourists, according to GOI. What more you expect???
5. Transportation: Chennai has the best and economical transportation system in India. Autos are a problem but you have call taxis which are metered, if you dont want to use autos or public transportation.
Sanjay,
Yes…your observation about TASMAC is correct. But what are doing in the pubs and discotheques of bangalore. not the same thing???You do get drunk and create nuisance. But one thing is that in these places you get along and you ll ask your wife to dance with another person and you ll dance closely with his wife. That is good…isnt it.
Chennai is one of the best cities to live.

August 29, 2012 at 12:28 am
(262) christofer says:

My brother frm mumbai came to chennai for higher studies..i ask how is ur mumbai town.when i hear his words about mumbai i was shocked.he said that mumbai becmes slum nw a days. people living in mumbai fear to go out bcoz of terorist attack. And quit pretty word i heard from him that majority of tamil people were ruling mumbai and 45percent people r tamilians and other then people r marathis..

August 29, 2012 at 12:38 am
(263) christofer says:

Onother thng my brother said to me that in mumbai people r friendly with tamil people bcoz they lve tamil culture rather then others.and education he said that very worst in mumbai thats the main thng he kame to chenai i thng so bcoz education in chennai was very gud next to kerala..

August 29, 2012 at 12:54 am
(264) christofer says:

People said that mumbai banglore etc r the richest and trade mark city thats y terorist targetng but chennai is a poor city so terorist didnt focus on chennai. I wont acept ths.”UYIRA VIDA PANAMA DA MUKIYAM.PANAM INAIKU VARUM NALAIKU POGUM.UYIR PONADU PONADU TAN TIRUMBA VARADU.ada terinjikonga da arivu keta naigala.The truth is chennai also one of the trade mark city. And terorist also try to enter chennai and try to blast chennai.but their fate wat to do they caught by chennai police.they are the main pillar for us.and thats y world report says tamil nadu police rankd numb 2nd next to swiss police.go back to 2011 ipl semifnal match there was a bomb blast in banglore stadium.even terorist try to kep bomb in chennai stadium too atlast they was caught by chennai police ths show banglore police didnt have responsble about their city.

August 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm
(265) max says:

Please for Gods shake agree that chennai is dirtiest place.It might be culture of chennai people to live in dirt and i dont wont to say anything.Grow up dont be frog in well.See how clean chennai people are staying in other states and when they come to native again repeat the same culture keeping everywhere waste in city.India is growing all cities are keeping cleaniness why cant chennai people.what a fun to stay in dirt dont know.

August 31, 2012 at 4:43 am
(266) Arun says:

When there is lot of dirt in their hearts…how will the dirt outside look strange to them…??

August 31, 2012 at 5:01 am
(267) Ranjith says:

Christofer has vomited the rubbish.. which his Chennai schools have taught him in the name of ..” education”

August 31, 2012 at 9:36 am
(268) SRINI says:

Max,

I think you are from sydney or venice. Yes. for you chennai should be dirty. But pls see around other cities in india and you’ll appreciate chennai for its cleanliness

September 5, 2012 at 2:27 am
(269) shweta says:

I actually started hating chennai from the time i have been shifted to this city a year back. Earlier when I used to hear from others about how worst the city is I ued to think they are just throwing rude comments, but now I can realise very well why they think so and told so. I hate Chennai to the max, apart from the worst climate ever anyone can expericence, the dirty roads are full of garbage everywhere. The people are so not worried at all about spreading dirt every corner possible. A city is good when you feel he warmth and acceptance from others but here like they hate each other so much that they hardly have the time to welcome others…lol
Hindi being the ntional language, noone in Chennai bothers to speak or try learning it. English is also like an alien language to the locals.
The narrow minded locals makes it miserable to lead a modern lifestyle …actually there are so many things I could write about this worst city ever but i choose to stop here as its a waste of energy time as this city can never ever change.
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to describe about Chennai.

September 5, 2012 at 2:55 am
(270) Preeti says:

I’m a South Indian and I lived in Chennai for about two years. Most locals would take me for a North Indian and kind of react with repulsion. When I’d go to a local store/shop, none of the salespeople would help or guide me. Why? Because I couldn’t speak their language and looked like a north Indian! I felt like an outsider, like I was living in some strange country. Never have I felt this way before in any other Indian city. I’ve also lived in the UK and never felt like an outsider even in a foreign country as much as I was made to feel in Chennai.

My colleagues in office would force me to learn Tamil and this kind of made me develop aversion towards all things Tamil.
In addition to this, people in Chennai are just spontaneously very very rude! It just hurts that you are in the middle of a road and people refuse to speak to you in anything other than Tamil.

Chennaites expect others to appreciate their culture and language. But cannot demonstrate the same tolerance towards other people, cultures and languages! I remember this Tam Brahm lady making the most ludicrous statement – she’s never eaten bisibelebath prepared by a Kannadiga (a local dish from Karnataka) but goes on to make this sweeping generalisation that Tams make better bisibelebath than Kannadigas themselves! See, it is this kind of intolerance and lack of appreciation for others’ cultures that is alienating the Tamil people and the Chennaites in addition to building an aversion towards them in other people’s minds.

September 5, 2012 at 3:09 am
(271) max says:

SRINI,
Please visit koyembedu (C.M.B.T) bus stand and roam on platform without handkercheif on nose,if u do that ur a chennai localite who can bear the smell of garbage ,if not your not for chennai.You will find all the decent outsiders or even good decent chennai people holding handkerichief on nose while standing on the platform of C.M.B.T.

September 5, 2012 at 7:54 am
(272) Mohan@blore says:

I want to ask all my north indian friends or friends of other states.

you expect all the south indian states need to speak hindi and i can ask you one thing will a localite in mumbai,kolkatta,delhi knows tamil/kannada/telugu.

you guys always want south indians to speak hindi and if not u will say chennai sucks,go to brazil ask them to speak hindi they will tell you are crazy and i am too saying the same thing dont expect that if u hate us we will be more worried. I am an Indian try to respect your countrymates or if not try to adapt yourself to new conditions. thats what man is meant for and dont behave like alien..

In INDIA , we have rights to speak our own language…if you want to live in chennai/bangalore/hyderabad try to learn local language……how you can expect the localite to speak ur language….this is stupid and you think chennai is dirty wat abt mumbai and kolkatta bosss….dont you have nose and eyes while living there.

September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am
(273) Mohan@blore says:

We are satisfied on what we have in literature,films,songs,foods,relationships,good elders and last but not least a great language……

Dont ever expect others to adjust you ,try to adapt and live….if u want to live without dirt and smell in India better to go to villages…..If you think we Chennaites are aliens and yes we should treat u guys as aliens…..If any company offer me a job in NORTH i will say no……but you ask any professional from TN they love to be in chennai……chennai rocksssss and people who doesnt know to enjoy there always Suckssssssss.

Go to Beach travel in to sea and look out for enjoyment,drive out in ECR,go to theme parks,weekend trips to temples,least cost movies,traditinol elders, Chettinadu samayal,Super star movies,lovable traffic are the things to enjoy and we LOvE it……try to enjoy and dont hear all nonsense idiots who speak about cheenai at their foot…More hates will make us more strong…HAHHAHA…..

September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am
(274) Ulaganathan says:

@Mohan
It is Clear from the way u speak that u are born and bought up in chennai as all others who have an extremely insensitive attitude towards fellow humans, as u never see any1 else other than ur city pals as as humans!!
u said chennai has “LOVABLE TRAFFIC.”..!!!??… u insane Idiot. even i am a chennaite but no one can be more foolish to say Chennai’s Traffic is lovable!! and by piling up hatred of your country men, u are neither going to become strong nor a bit more sensible either. U reflect the exact Spontaneous Rudeness of an immature, arrogant, gross chennaite which @ preeti mentioned here. Scums… like u are the ones that make this city a hell for every one.

U have any idea how many Tamil people hate chennai..?? Many who come here from other parts of Tamil Nadu are very patiently tolerating u chennaities coz unfortunately their lively hood is based here. y shud people from other states go and ask tamil people whether they love chennai..?? If they are thrown heaps of hatred by guys like u..that is it! they need nt’ care more, Do only chennai constitute India??? If tomorrow China attacks chennai , can chennai say…Oh we hate India, we dont want any help from Indian Military, We will fight China ourselves???? …Fool…!
Have U read any Tamil literature…?? In which Tamil literature it is said to hate and be rude to outsiders…????? U brainless scowl.. Tamil Nadu is always ” Vanthaarai Vaazha Vaikkum Tamizh Nadu” (Welcomes and Nurtures Outsiders) It is ur arrogant Chennai city which is like a drop of Poison in a can of pure milk.

I am a native of Coimbatore dist. Vaazhga Tamizhagam!! and JAY HIND brothers and sisters!!!!

September 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm
(275) Mohan@blore says:

@ulaganathan: i told the values bro, instead of saying chennai is bad come and adapt …tats my point and can u go and say in mumbai learn telugu it is second largest spoken language…u cant …it is INDIA better adapt and lead life…….JAIHIND

September 6, 2012 at 8:16 am
(276) Anand says:

I had so much fun reading through people fighting!! Ha ha.. Thanks so much Sharell.. You now know how to get attention from Indians. We are a very emotional lot and can fight over most trivial of the issues – languages, races, skin color, religions what not! It is a source of great amazement how we can still stay united despite harboring so much hatred for each other :) The famous humor blogger Krish Ashok once observed that analogous to Godwin’s law for internet forums (every discussion on internet will degenerate into people accusing each other of being Nazis) there is a corresponding law for Indians – “Every discussion will degenerate into either 1. South Indians vs North Indians, or 2. Hindus vs Muslims.” Fascinating innit? ;)

September 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm
(277) goindia says:

Hi Anand, yes, I have certainly learned more than what I expected to! :-o And three years later, it’s still going. I’m astonished!

September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am
(278) Manish says:

I was born and raced in Delhi , I worked in lot of cities in India .. I lived in Chennai for 2 years and I enjoyed my stayed very much over there . Mostly people are conservative in Chennai .. they will not say hello to you unless you say first … that is my observations .. I might be wrong .I enjoyed good food in Chennai .. I been to so many friends ( from Chennai ) houses and stayed with their family so many times . They didn’t hate me because I was from Delhi ( North ) , they treated me with respect all the time .. the only thing is most people in Chennai don’t speak Hindi , I was fine with that and I understand the culture and the language barrier . I grew up speaking Hindi and Tamilians grew up speaking tamil .. there is nothing wrong to it . If you are staying in Delhi learn Delhi culture and if you staying in Chennai it is a good thing to learn their culture and pick up some Tamil words … be open minded any where you go in India or anywhere else in the world . I like the fact that in Chennai people are very family oriented and respectable .

September 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(279) Mohan@blore says:

@manish first time you accepted the fact……We will also worry if a guy hiited in Australia/USA and we will also celebrate if india won gold coin in olympics,nevertheless we will not let india before any foreigners….there were guys who will be doing racism inside INDIA and will tell Australians are racist….first look out ur own bad habits then finger it out for others……Being an indian love all and adapt everything….we were getting jobs for the habit of adaptability…dont forget friends:-)

September 8, 2012 at 4:42 am
(280) SRINI says:

MAX,

If you feel koyambedu BS is so bad, then tell me which other BS in India is neat and clean??? I dont know which part of India you are from and I can definetely argue about cleanliness.

Chennai is cleaner than bangalore, mumbai or kolkata and old delhi.

For Others like Preethi,

In Chennai we speak only Tamil. Period. But we also speak in english with outsiders. No other languages. If you dont want to speak tamil or english better stay out.

September 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(281) Sharat says:

Chennai, is the worst metropolitan city, I have ever been to. and I can certainly say, it is the worst atleast among the cities that were presented to poll.

What I personally hate the most about it is its native people. most of them, are irrational and not friendly to non-tamil speakers.

September 13, 2012 at 8:04 am
(282) Ganu says:

Hi guys….I hate chennai.
bcoz of so many reasons.
1.Bad weather,
2.High cost of living,
3.Food.
4.Mischevious peoples
5.Every place is a dump yard.
6.dirty city
7.no proper bus facilities.
7.Rash drivers & abusers.&
last but not least.
8.Black fat ass ugly Tamil girls.

1.Bad Weather-

it is difficult to live in chennai during summer season.it is like hell come on earth.
When i compare this city with bangalore,bangalore is the best one with chilled weather,well behaved peoples,good transportation facilites & mostly you will get all varities of delecious food @ affordable price.

2.High cost of living:

Here room rents are very high…owners will as ask your entire salary for just only one single room.PG accomadations charges are also to high,they will charge around 4000 to 9000 rupess for just to provide a coat & bed with are without AC that means we cannot save money at all.

3.Food:

i wonder how peoples live without proper food.you will get only idle sambar,dosa,rotten porrotta,worst fried rice nothing else.I fond of both north & south indian but daily eating only idle make me fell sick.

4.Mischevious peoples

Human can live @ any place without or with proper food & weather,but it is difficult to live in a society where peoples thinks about themselves.
Peoples in chennai are arrogant,shameless,hopeless,helpless,greedy,self centered.peoples wont listen to you they think whatever they are saying is correct & they dont even realise how much they hurts the feelings of others.

REST I DONT HAVE WORDS TO EXPLAIN ABOUT CHENNAI,BUT I SURELY TELL ONE THING IF YOU WANT TO SEE HELL COME TO CHENNAI.

September 13, 2012 at 9:33 am
(283) Babu says:

SRINI
Chennai is “Cleaner” than Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkatta? you say…? this shows how adamant you are in supporting your chennai when it is the WORST, WORST dump yard in whole India. But there is no surprise in you natives of Chennai calling this city as .. clean , heaven and all that..bcoz “Kazuthaikku theriyumaa karpoora vaasanai.??” your own tamil proverb.

September 13, 2012 at 11:26 am
(284) SRINI says:

Babu,

I’d like to answer your comments but not the idiot like Ganu who is uncultured(mentioning like tamil aunty ass etc.,). Just mentioning something without proof is idiotic. You come up with the same points and I’ll argue.

Now coming to your point.

If you go to perungudi dumping yard or kodungaiyur dumping yard and say chennai is unclean, then I’m sorry my friend. Tell me which other part is unclean when compared to other cities. Have you seen Bangalore now without the garbage getting moved. Slums are in all cities and slums are unclean. No second thoughts and Chennai is no different. Have you been to adyar, alwarpet, nungambakkam, chetput, anna nagar or any other residential locality. Can you really say it is unclean when compared to other cities. Visit marina and eliots beach – they are kept much cleaner than mumbai beaches/sea fronts. Just dont comment openly. Give instances and argue.

One thing about Bangalore – We are not the people who fly kannada flag and write kannada number plates (both illegal) and collect money in the name of kannada (karave etc.,), hit other state people and tell themselves soft. Infact kannadigas are more chauvinistic than tamils.

September 14, 2012 at 2:06 am
(285) max says:

SRINI,
you are coward dont have any comparison power and date base of other cities your frog in well from chennai gutter , no point in aruging with you and dont argue on my comments. thanks.

September 14, 2012 at 2:21 am
(286) SINGH says:

I will just say the Epitome not the story.
Chennai is like hell on earth.Before coming to Chennai i never believed in hell and heaven but after coming to Chennai i actually start believing that hell exists on the earth and its none other than CHENNAI.
Its the place that sucks you like anything thing, make your life worse that you have never ever dreamed and thought to be.

So Guys if your planning to come to Chennai please don’t come to Chennai cause you are not coming to Chennai but its HELL where you are coming to screw up your life.

September 14, 2012 at 2:35 am
(287) MK says:

chennai is metro city……WTF………i dono for wat reason they call it metro city…….its a gutter city…..big garbage of india…….i am totaly agree wid max n singh not because we are from other cities but we have seen n experienced the same……… i will request all the localite people from there please grow up…….start behaving like human beings…..see the other part of india….

September 14, 2012 at 3:07 am
(288) SRINI says:

Max and others who hate chennai,

You continue to hate!!! Who cares.

Chennai is one of the highest growing cities in the world and even if you hate it to the extreme, nothing is going to Change. Please hate and don’t come so that the local people will get more employment and they can live happily. Please continue to hate!

You guys dont know and dont want to adjust and you feel you are from swiss and not from other parts of India. Please spread hatred towards Chennai.

September 14, 2012 at 3:31 am
(289) Man Vs Wild says:

Facts Remains Facts….

I am not saying Chennai is bad or I hate it….

Just need few answers from all Tamilians over here:-

1. Why do they hate National Language?

I ve seen one comment that People dont even speak Hindi in Berlin also.. but the fact is Berlin is in German and I believe everyone over there respect their National Langage(i.e. German) and Tamil Nadu is in India.

2. Why shopkeepers ask everytime Hindi aa or tamil aa?
If hindi aa 15Rs & if tamil aa 10Rs..!!

3. I ve seen many posts above- Rajnikant is from Tamil Nadu(though he is not.. he is born in Banglore, started his carrier from Maharastra), but why people here in Tamil Nadu want to become Rajni???…

Exp – Auto Rickshaw driver, Bus Driver, Bikes Driver??. Do they care about life.

Today’s Paper » NATIONAL » TAMIL NADU
Published: June 6, 2011 00:00 IST | Updated: June 6, 2011 04:11 IST
“Chennai ranks high in road accident deaths”
Staff Reporter

September 14, 2012 at 4:34 am
(290) INDIAN says:

1. Learning & Speaking hindi is not a crime……………..being a national language………..

I don’t say to leave tamil and start speaking hindi……………..just learn it as a second language atleast……….

2. Most of the successful shopkeepers in Chennai are the people coming from other parts of the country…………(just have a look at rich street near mount road) the best example of this is Rajnikant……who is from karnataka and is earning from tamil nadu…….

3. Cost of living in chennai is more than in Mumbai or delhi……..and the best thing is you are still eating dossa even after spending…………

September 14, 2012 at 4:39 am
(291) Indian says:

The best thing about chennai are the highways………………………….but still the fact is…….as said above…….Chennai is No.1 in road accident deaths…………”All hail rajni influnce in people living here…………..”
They have the ability to ture best into worst………….

September 14, 2012 at 4:52 am
(292) SRINI says:

Man vs wild

Answer to your questions

1. INDIA HAS NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE. This has been recently confirmed by a verdict from Gujarat High court. There are 22 official languages in India out of which Hindi is one. The concept of Hindi is the national language is wrongly spread. So, there is no mandate for anyone in this country to speak Hindi. We are not opposing hindi but we dont need hindi. It is as simple as why people in UP dont learn tamil.

2. The second point is valid but is applicable to all the cities. Chennai is no different.

3. Bad drivers are everywhere. Have you been to Gurgaon/NCR. Have you seen one car in new condition. It is because they drive rash,

with respect to your comments on Rajni, we feel all people who speak tamil are tamilians irrespective of what their native place is. That speaks our broad mindedness.

Chennai/TN ranks in high road accidents because of the high density of vehicles. I’m not justifying this and this could be improved.

September 14, 2012 at 6:04 am
(293) Mohan@blore says:

Ok all my dear friends who hate chennai/tamilians.

Answer my question:

Why You need all indian people need to learn hindi and why a localite from kolkatta\mumdai and delhi doesnt want to learn other language.

second: the racism begins with you guys who doesnt even know how to handle simple situation at chennai and started blaming tamilians.

third:If you have source to say that chennai is the unclean city prove it

Fourth:a basic knowledge you should have before judging a community and how can you tell that one guy spoken harshly to me,so the all tamilians are like that.

September 14, 2012 at 8:48 am
(294) Man Vs Wild says:

343. Official language of the Union
(1) The official language of the Union shall be Hindi in Devanagari script.

U even know why it is selected as Official language @ Parliament, consitituion??. Because more than 80% of Indians understand this language. No one is saying we are not interested in learning Tamil. People who have migrated or working in Tamil Nadu understands Kunjum Kunjum tamil. Idea to promote it, so that it may serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture.

May be ur a member Anti-Hindi agitations of Tamil Nadu concerned the official status of Hindi in the state and in the Indian Republic.

We dont hate Tamil, but we expect you to learn a common language which is understood by majority of people in India. May be ur not a Indian civilian.

Now when u talk about MP/UP they dont speak tamil or hindi but they understand the most common language used in this country to interact. Every person who is migrated to chennai or wokring in chennai understands kunjum kunjum tamil and have the affinity to learn it.

So this is enough for you I guess.

Secondly about Hindi aa and tamil aa.. it never happens in other part of country. No salesperson ask before charging that u r tamil or hindi.

If this is wat u want than let me clear u we have better ways to fish u up.

Third about scratches in cars My dear… u can recover those scratches but once life is gone u cannot bring it back.

The fact of most accidents in Chennai was told to me by a tamil guy(RTO member) and he felt so ashamed of being in the no. 1 list.

rather than accepting that fact u r arguing.

I cant argue more with u nemore…!!!

So just chill

September 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(295) SRINI says:

Man Vs Wild

See the way I replied and the way you got tensed.

Let me explain your fact about official language in parliament. The two official languages in parliament or union government is hindi and english. The states are divided into three:
1. Group A: The northern states. Comm between union and states only in hindi
2. Group B: WB,MH,OR.GJ etc., comm between union and states can be in english or hindi
3. Group C: southern states. comm between union and states only in english.

So, why do we learn in hindi in TN. If I go to northern states, I’ll learn hindi. I’m not against that. We follow a two language policy – Tamil and English. If you dont know tamil, speak in english, English is the global common lang. isn’t it?

Reg your other question, if I go to Delhi and speak in english, I’m asked more money and I have seen it.

I have told you I’m not supporting the accident rate but that’s because of the traffic density. There is nothing to be ashamed of but to get worried. Hope it’ll change.

September 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(296) Chennai Born US educated says:

I have travelled the world in the past 12 years and have used lonely planet extensively.

I have been to four cities, LA, Detroit, Seoul (and Chennai).

for example, there are places like disneyland, hollywood, beverly hills, rodeo drive around LA which are amongst the best places in the world.

Seoul airport is amongst the best airports in the world. Detroit offers a lot of history for car lovers.

I am disagree and disappointed with Lonely planet.

After living abroad for 12 years, i came back to Chennai. I noticed most hindi speaking people don’t like Tamil people. Streotyping is very common in Indian and Indian people are very racist (most of the society still practices casteism). Look at the ads in t.v., it is all white people posing for some indian product..Dark Skinned Chennai people don’t stand a chance in this rascist indian society..

So for rest of you, anti chennai bitches..from the looks of it, Chennai will be one of the fastest growing cities in the next decade and will be the industrial heartland of India.

So learn to respect tamil people, how to wear lungi and support CSK.

September 15, 2012 at 10:35 am
(297) Daniel Chellappa says:

@ srini…..
Open your eyes and look around..
Your downpour, in defense of your favorite city opens you up as an immature MBA graduate who is yet to see life and experience its reality. It is precisely, the educated fools like you, who make life in Chennai more miserable. Chennai has not shown any major improvement in providing a quality life not only to outsiders but even to ppl like me who are residing here for so long. This You can understand Only if you have stayed in other metro cities and Bangalore,Hyderabad, Ahamedabad and Pune.
mmm…You earlier said Chennai has “Economic Transportation??!”!..may be so for guys who shell out 50 bucks for a coffee in CCD. Such ppl wont mind commuting by the “metered Taxis” of chennai and even ending up paying much more than the meter cost, which is so common in Chennai’s taxis!
Come down from your MBA Bird’s Eye View and sit with common man and think.
Do you know how many buses ply daily from Guduvanchery to Broadway?? You have any idea how many of them are expresses that charge double the rate? and the new ‘Comfort buses’ that charge more than triple ?? 6 out of 10 buses are from these two categories which majority of passengers avoid as they aren’t able to afford!! so they are packed like herd of sheeps into normal fare buses which are so scarce!
Will they all say… “WOW!! Chennai has Economic transportation!”..??
U said TN is visited by most tourists as per reports!! We all know how good a tourist place TN state is. The discussion is about Chennai city. Don’t pull TN to Chennai’s defense, when u guys from Chennai care the least about people from other TN cities who come here. Every One In India know that excellent tourist spots like Kodaikanal, Ooty, and Madurai are in TN, and they are warmly welcomed there.

September 17, 2012 at 9:06 am
(298) SRINI says:

@Daniel Chellapa,

I have lived in chennai for more than 30 years and I know most places in chennai. I studied in the same guduvanchery as you have mentioned (SRM engineering college -potheri). So, I know the ground reality.

I’m not sure how you are saying bus fares are costlier in chennai than bangalore. I dont know about ahmedabad and pune. The bus fares in TN is still cheaper than many states in India. wrt the diff types of fares, it prevails in other cities like blr. The fares were not revised for 10 years and it was an idiotic move by karunanidhi – The buses could not be maintained and omni buses lobby swallowed SETC. MTC is the best best service in India as claimed by the india metropolitan transport survey, even for 2011. I’m not sure how you say it is bad. Infact in chennai you have EMUs which is not in any other cities except mumbai. So, you are well connected.

Enough of this auto rickshaw stories. Everybody knows they loot and nothing is done. But I have travelled only 20-25 times by auto in my entire 30+ years in chennai. I travel in bus and in ordinary bus. My MBA has nothing to do with you thinking that I always travel by a benz car.

Your guduvanchery is 42 kms from chennai city and it has developed with high end apartments, 4 lane highway, IT parks etc., in past few years. What more you want. You want the comfort of boat club road in guduvanchery???

September 18, 2012 at 3:37 am
(299) Shruti says:

@ Srini

CHENNAI NEED MORE 10 YRS TO DEVELOP LIKE OTHER CITIES(DOUBTFUL)….AND SRINI NEEDS ANOTHER LIFE TO KNOW OTHER CITIES AS HE ALREADY CROSSED 30+ YRS…I WILL PRAY TO GOD IF RE-CARNATION HAPPENS U WILL BE BORN IN BANGALORE….HOPE THE BEST HAPPENS IN UR LIFE … I READ SRINIS ALL BLOGS…AND ALL VAGUE REPLIES….UR GONE CASE…..STILL LOVE CHENNAI THE WAY IT IS ..ATLEAST THERE IS ONE CITY WHERE PPL HATE AND THNKS TO CHENNAI PPL DOING SO….FINALLY CONCLUSION INDIA HAS HATED CITY AND GOOD CITY TOO….

September 18, 2012 at 5:25 am
(300) SRINI says:

Shruti,

First learn to frame the sentences properly before you complain.

Funny person.

Srini

September 19, 2012 at 5:15 am
(301) ChennaiSpice says:

To all those Chennai haters…you will go work in Dubai if you get paid handsomely even if its 50 degrees of scorching heat there, but you will hate Chennai weather. Simple..Chennai is not a global city yet..but Dubai is. You want to live in a place considered as great city by others, than what you really intend to do there. You morons will throw litter on streets and complain that the city is not clean..How many of you in this list don’t litter or urinate on roads? Every city in India sucks big time in some way or the other…stop complaining and move on in life. When u dont like a city just move out of that place…Its the most unethical thing to stay and eat food at one’s home and then criticize the person who offered you the place and food. Having said all this..trust me..I have lived all my life in Chennai and never have i seen so much development happening here at the same time. Chennai will not be the same in 5 yrs from now…be prepared to flock this city then and spoil with your hindi spreading practices. Seriously…all u hindi speaking guys…i dnt hate ur language or ur people…but i hate ur attitude of expecting all Indians to speak to u in Hindi…Chennai is part of Tamil Nadu..and we are called Tamil Nadu for a reason…We are not called Hindi Nadu..so dont expect us to talk in Hindi here..Learn Tamil before you come here or after u come here like how u wud learn French or German before u go to those places. To enter US or UK, ur ready to write GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, all just to prove you know English to some retard who is allowing u to go wash his plates in some McD or KFC, but you dnt want to adapt to anything in Chennai? Just leave if you dnt like the place and stop whining…This is my home..my family…I will never hate it even if its the worst home in the World…who cares what u aliens think…go work in some country where you get perfect weather..perfect environment..perfect hindi speaking people..and perfect transportation. I love Chennai!!

September 19, 2012 at 10:43 am
(302) A.R Chatterjee says:

There are so many blogs about people pouring their opinion on many Indian Cities. but No blog is as lengthier than this one. This itself is a solid proof that Chennai is hated by majority of people in India.
Well…In all those blogs whenever someone tell why they hate a particular Indian City, The defense in favor of the City comes both from people who belong to that city as well as from people who belong to other parts of the country and are currently staying in that p city.
But.., one very interesting thing I noted in this blog is
Regarding Chennai…, 9 out of 10 who thunder on others hating Chennai are those who are born and bought up in chennai….This is a very very Weak defense…mind you. It is like preparing a sweet delicacy with absolutely no sweet in it…. and then bragging that you have made the best sweet in the country when others who tasted it are busy vomiting outside !
It is very Easy to order others to get out of your City… but you must be mature enough to visualize who will loose more if other state people start doing the same thing to you chennai folks. Your Chennai is absolutely not a great city to miss.., and feel for.., it if others are forced outta here and Indians will be very happy and prosperous in other real Cities of India
Now get this into your small head.. Chennaikars …..For every single Chennai man who hate and harm other state people or Northies (like how ignorantly you Call them) ….there are 100 men from the rest 27 Indian States and 6 Union territories(xcuding ur Pondy) collectively to hug and comfort them and give You back what you have given them… 100 times more powerfully!!
Know your limits first b4 yelling at others.

September 19, 2012 at 10:52 am
(303) A.R. Chatterjee says:

born and brought up …i mean

September 19, 2012 at 11:13 am
(304) SRINI says:

@chatterjee

I have already mentioned in my mail that even though you guys hate, it doesnt change the city;s growth in any sense and the city is the main target for MNCs to set shop. Your Kolkata has virtually nothing . Mind it. If the city is not tolerable tell me a single reason why even the foreigners are willing to come and set their business? Pls explain.

Again, nobody cares about your grunts. We are growing and we’ll grow. If you are not willing to be a part of growth story, better dont come. We ll take care.

We’ll not allow Hindi to rule our city as it is happening even in bangalore. Period.

September 20, 2012 at 2:44 am
(305) aditya vikram says:

hi every one , those who said who hate chennai are wrong , my company transfered me from Gurgaon delhi to chennai for 2 years although i am basically from south , i never felt any thing as if i was in alien city ,

the city is good i learnt few words of tamil language and could speak with local people , they are so friendly every where u would find hot climate even in delhi , gurgaon also it is so hot ,

we all need to adjust our lives then only we can suceed in lifes , i liked chennai so much my office is located in BASCON FUTURA IT PARK Tnagar i stay near by

September 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm
(306) Hameed says:

ANY ONE entering this forum for the first time….jus read this guy…SRINI’s Comments. and U will exactly know why so many people hate Chennai. This guy is a pucca example of how adamant, rude and senseless Chennai people are. He represents the true arrogant spirit of Chennai…so totally !
People disliking Chennai..jus be quiet. As long as this moron SRINI is replying in this forum even people who think of liking Chennai will shed that idea instantly after reading his senseless comments. So Jus patiently watch the fun this fag SRINI is providing.

September 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm
(307) SRINI says:

@Biswajit,

You can do the same thing in the streets of chennai and get beaten up too. It is funny that We (the chennai people) should not have the same patriotism as you have for your cities. Funny guys.

Further people with great wisdom like Hameed points to me and shout something. I welcome them. But why is that they are willing to argue with points rather than shouting at me. I know they dont have any :)

If Hindi is the reason behind all the grunts, guys understand your office work is done in english – why cant you speak english outside. In chennai unlike places even like mumbai, bus numbers and names are in english, shop names are in english and people understand and speak basic english. Then what’s the problem. many hindi films gets released (no body is opposing that) too.

Better understand the reality and argue.

September 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm
(308) Aravind says:

I am a mumbaikar and have stayed in chennai for over a year now. People here are very gud and the friends are gr8. Peoplw here live in reality unlike in my city where everybody lives in a fantasy word. Mumbai has its essence which chennai lacks, but chennai is no way lower than any other city. Trust chennai roads are better and lot cleaner compared to mumbai.
Culture and tradition is visible in chennai and family values are clearly seen. So ya, chennai is a pretty gud place and I am not complaining at all.

September 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(309) Balakrishnan@Chennai says:

@ Aravind
Roads are better in Chennai than Mumbai?!!!
Well.. you probably always travel by car in Chennai with your headphone on for ever….. or you sit in the backseat with a laptop or Cellphone that keeps you hooked all the time when the poor driver takes all the brunt of the disgust of driving on Chennai roads.
Guess that is why you are oblivious to the relentless and crazy honking people here in Chennai do. Don’t tell me people honk in Mumbai also. I have traveled all the nook and Corner in Mumbai and there is a high order and understanding among people when it comes to road sense and road discipline.
Mumbaikars use the horn VERY VERY sparingly, which proves that there is a free flow of traffic with a a very good lane discipline in Mumbai.
Okay..Can you spot a single Manhole popping out in any of the Mumbai’s lifeline roads like Eastern Express Highway…???
Now look out properly in Chennai…, and make a note of How many Manholes are protruding right in the Center of all the busiest and Important roads of Chennai making the two wheeler riders constantly travel in a zig zag pattern.
Again I tell you… only if you are a regular commuter in a 100 cc two Wheeler with very basic Shock absorbers and poor drum Brakes you will understand the pain of traveling in Chennai roads. ( 50 % of the day to day Commuters you see on Chennai roads are the ones with a very basic 100cc motorcycles with lean Skiddy tires and without nitrox Shock abs , Disc Brakes or powerful head lamps)

September 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(310) Balakrishnana@Chennai says:

@ Aravind
I very well know about Mumbai.., and in Mumbai even the most notorious people do not Just like that park their vehicles anywhere they wish . There is some Collective Discipline seen among all Mumbaikars when it comes to adhering strictly to Road Discipline.
Now..,In Chennai, Just take a good look and Observe in how many places you have to stop your vehicle or slow down to insane crawling speed just bcoz an idiot has parked his vehicle just so much into the road and caused a dense traffic congestion! Well I bet…you will get more than Hundred instances on your way to office daily.
Leave alone other things…Don’t you know how people board a bus in Mumbai…??? there is a queue in every bus stop and one who comes first boars the bus first. there is absolutely no pushing and pulling and yelling.Now That is what is meant by “Discipline!!”
Now… have you ever bothered to see what happens in Chennai bus stops and more importantly inside the loaded MTC buses…??? pathetic….!
Are you really a Mumbaikar?? coz No Mumbaikar in right sense will even think of saying Chennai is better than Mumbai!
any ways thank God.., Mumbai has got ridden of you. Enjoy your stint in Che.. nai.
– Balakrishnan – An once Proud Chennaikaaran…, now sinking in disgust and despair about my home city after spending many years in Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

September 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm
(311) SRINI says:

@Balakrishnan

You are portraying yourself as a chennai person. Fine.

The problem here is not to prove mumbai or any other city is bad but to discuss that chennai is a good city. Every city has its own weakness. In Mumbai, the rents are so high that a normal person couldn’t afford. It may not be a compliant as there is demand. No body is asking to reduce the rents as it is market dependent. You have mentioned about buses and bus queues. I doubt if you seen trains in mumbai. There it is mere rush. You will be forced to move in and out. Again it has to be like that as trains are the major source of commuting.

It is funny that people bring in points that everything is bad in chennai which is where the problem is. If it is real then why is in the top 10 list of growing cities in the world. Everyone knows that majority of the compliants are directly or indirectly routed to the “Hindi” issue which has been answered many times – Learn tamil or speak english.

September 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm
(312) anil says:

i dont like chennai i dont want to live in chennai chennai is so hot every time sweat coming from neck,body everwhere in ac sweat is coming no north indian food is there only rasam and idly you get and rice , skin rashes , food poison cases are very common in chennai people dont talk in english they hate north indian if northindians and telgu people go there they hate them so chennai is bad and worst city to live in india and when rain come in chennai the hot water falling down u get acid rain staying all places are worst to live and very costly

October 1, 2012 at 11:51 am
(313) Michael says:

You can gather from my name that I’m not likely to be Indian-born. No, I have never lived in Chennai either. But my wife and I spend considerable time travelling India, extensively. Our last visit was for 6 months duration. Prior to that, numerous visits ranging from 4 month and 3 month duration and this coming February we are returning yet again for another 3 months. We have travelled from Leh in Ladak to Trivandrum down south and from East to West.
Having said that we feel reasonably qualified to comment on the matter that is causing so much angst to those who have grown up and love their Chennai.
The point that is being missed by all the posters so far, I think, is that the Lonely Planet is a very experienced and useful resource for travellers who are only likely to spend a few days, at best, in any particular places in the country they visit..

October 1, 2012 at 11:57 am
(314) Michael says:

As I was saying, the average tourist wants only to see the sights and to enjoy those things that differentiate him or her from the native of that place.
On that basis, the Lonely Planet seeks and receives feedback from TOURISTS. It is not concerned, nor should it be, with the many strata of culture etc. that only a native would or could be engrossed in.
My wife and I, regrettably and with respect, feel that Chennai is one of the most unsatisfying cities for TOURISTS.
For those who feel bewildered may I suggest that to start with, just have a look at the dirty condition of your beautiful beach . Clean it up and maybe tourists could start feeling differently. I could go on…. but I don’t want to hurt feelings of patriots of this city any more.
So, don’t be too upset with LP. They publish opinions as expressed to them by tourists. Accept this criticism as an opportunity given to you to do something about it.
My wife and I will not be going out of our way to spend time in Chennai unless we have to. That’s our opinion.
Cheers ! Namaste ! Vannkam!

October 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm
(315) chennaikaran says:

@ இ Michael
மைக்கெல்.. ஒரு வாசகம் சொன்னாலும், திருவாசகமா சொன்னீங்க…!
Very Correct . We will try to improve our city.
Best Wishes! thank you.

October 2, 2012 at 4:06 am
(316) goindia says:

Chennaikaran, I note that you have the same IP address as “Michael”. Hmmm.

October 3, 2012 at 8:55 am
(317) Mohan@blore says:

Hi friends,

I want to ask all one basic question, why you northies dont want to learn any language other than hindi and how you can expect all south indians to learn your language….see we are same human beings like you where we have our own mother tongue and speaks tamil…..simply blaming people for not speaking hindi is something not natural…..if we visit to other states we are ready to speak other language but y you guys never think about that…..stop fighting for silly reasons and do adapt to the situations

October 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm
(318) Rahul says:

Interesting to see how a simple article published in ’09 is creating havoc among my “fellow indians” till ’12. This is exactly the East Indian Company took advantage of and ruled us for nearly 200 years. We just cant learn to look past petty issues and look at the big picture. So if someone says “chennai is the most hated city”, why do you have to justify it. Dont be stupid. Move on! There is lot more to life than these squabbles.

October 7, 2012 at 6:34 am
(319) selvaganesh says:

@srini,

u r only seeing the things only at ur prospective.. bcoz u might be living in chennai for many years.. but it has no comparison with other cities.. when a new guy comes he has a big expectation from the so called metro cities.. u just tell me how u can say chennai is a good place to live..
it is a dumpyard.. the smell is from everywhere in roads.. very tough climate… water problem… u have to spent more in maintainance rather than living… it has only industries..companies.. buildings. buildings… but no development.. no maintainance… i don’t want to comment any furthur… but pls accept what it is… this may be heaven for you people.. but for a newcomer it’s like hell..seriously… which is not in other cities…

October 8, 2012 at 6:20 am
(320) Purushothaman says:

Selva ganesh..Not only new Commer … it is the same case even for outsiders, residing in chennai for many years .
Ignore that person .srini, Right from beginning he is passing egoistic and arrogant comments without any practical sense. may be he is a ‘born with the silver spoon type’ of a guy.
Valuable Comment @ Rahul! I think it is in our genes.generally Indians have a quarrel first and think later mind set.

October 12, 2012 at 11:41 am
(321) Globean says:

Being in Chennai from childhood and visited many places in India, I am proud and happy to be in Chennai. A genuine good place to live on earth sans the cruel weather. I don’t think there is any better place in the world than Chennai.

People hate chennai because:-
1) First and foremost reason-its weather
2) Openly allowed Frauds in the name of Autorickshaws-whom any one visiting the city would meet first.
3) In spite of being a modern city, there is flow of alcohol/pubs
4) Not much of western/modern influence with boys and girls. You have to wear decent clothing wherever you go, whereas other places, he he he
5) Main reason for North-Indians, this is the only major city you cannot survive with Hindi!

October 16, 2012 at 9:59 am
(322) Guna says:

@ Globean
As long as idiots like you are overflowing in Chennai, it will certainly Stink.

October 16, 2012 at 10:11 am
(323) Kamlesh Shah says:

I wonder Why India is still tolerating this town called chennai Full of insane people, which is thinking it is a Major City!! . People living in chennai are extremely hostile to rest of India … cut it off …and be more united and feel more healthy brothers!
dont let a snake take shelter under ur foot. !
Just a matter of 7 crore vs 115 crores!.. India has nothing to lose without this foolish town.but it is HELL Ruinous if it is going to be with India.

October 16, 2012 at 10:14 am
(324) Aparna says:

chennai people lack Manners…. terribly….!!!!

October 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm
(325) goindia says:

Aparna, Kamlesh, and Guna… I can see that you all have the same IP address, which leads me to believe you are all possibly the same person commenting.

October 18, 2012 at 6:34 am
(326) ramshid says:

chennai is one of most hated city then bangalore… but always i like these two cities according to me it should be hyderabad…

October 18, 2012 at 11:29 am
(327) Mohan@blore says:

Loving our language and city doesnt mean we hate others…..think i am coming to mumbai asking people to speak my mothertongue is stupid…same as here you guys were doing…..never going to happen at any cost!!!!…..chennai is not best but it is not worst……

October 22, 2012 at 6:35 am
(328) SriHarsha Tadepalli says:

I want to say one thing. I’m from Andhra n is now staying in Chennai for over 4yrs. When I jined into my job, I had an option to chose any city out of Pune/Bangalore/Chennai/Hyderabad but I have picked up Chennai because I felt it is mre peaceful than the other three. Even though I’m from AP I preferred Chennai over Hyderabad. Coming to your criteria of History, Prosperity and Buzz, I mean only a fool can say Chennai doesn’t have history like Delhi. One should open up History books and read about Chennai. Since, it is not being advertised in our syllabus that never means it doesn’t have history. Prosperity is a relative term n changes from person to person and I feel Chennai has the prosperity. It is good that Chennai doesn’t have the BUZZ of Bangalore. Because Bangalore n Hyderabad are two cities which I feel are in some pseudo western culture. I’m glad that Chennai is more Indian in culture. I too accept that ppl here are not very open to outsiders and hell I too had few problems initially n still some persist. But,those are common in every city. I had more problems in Pune n Bangalore as well regarding the region n language. I feel [b]CHENNAI is easily the SAFEST PLACE to live in…[/b]

October 25, 2012 at 7:46 am
(329) rehan says:

Chennai is place where the most communication problem occurs. they dont understand Hindi, nor they respect it. they think as Tamil is the national language of the country n Chennai is the capital of India..

other south Indian cities like Bangalore n Hyderabad understand fair amount of Hindi n respect the language…. i don’t understand that’s wrong with Chennai.. here people play cheap politics over languages….

very sad to say but its true that , i feel ashamed to say Chennai is a part of India.

October 26, 2012 at 6:18 am
(330) Pavan Kumar GRS says:

I stayed in many parts of India which includes Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Pune. Among all I hate ONLY Chennai than any other place. I just describe it as a “HELL” in India. Other than temples there is nothing much Chennaites care about. I am staying in IT corridor which is occupied on 20KM radius. I know each and every corner of this IT corridor areas as I struggled a lot to get one good house to stay. No water other than bloody ground hard water, No roads, No drainage, No transport, No connection to one area to other, No proper hotels, No parking places, no parks, no greener, full of mud, full of mosquitto area, won’t speak other than Tamil….ohh god, what to say the list is too much. Above all Chennaites have so many restrictions like Only Veg, Only this caste, only family etc etc and they feel this kind of nature as their great culture. They say it so proudly. Above all the cost of living in Chennai is very very high compare to any other cities by considering the amenities they provide. It is a place that needs to be stayed in “HELL” only…..I just HATE Chennai……………

October 26, 2012 at 6:22 am
(331) Pavan Kumar GRS says:

I am staying in here for last 2 years. I know each and every corner of the city…..I just describe it as “HELL” in India…I am not partial as I was in Hyderbad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Pune. I know all cities very well……among all these Chennai is only place which can be synonymised as “HELL”. It is so true………….

October 27, 2012 at 11:13 am
(332) Vaibhav says:

I visited this city only once and that too in 2009 itself for just five days, I think people over there hate rest of India and whole world infact. They are just creeps who don’t know how to respect fellow Indians. They have arrogance of feeling themselves to be best (which no one is) and can never be receptive to anybody else. From rickshawala, conductors, vegetable vendors or someone educated, they all have only hatred in their heart. I don’t know twhat great their language did to the whole world that they are living in their superstition. They must be believing that they invented nuclear power or something more important but they never did. Frogs of their well……Shiiii.

October 29, 2012 at 2:15 am
(333) Padmanaban says:

Hi Chennai is nice city. I born in Trichy but choose Chennai to live and work. Chennai nice people traditional , good hotels (murugan idly shop etc.), Good beach and sea. Why some people ask if Chennai speak Hindi. Tamil is language in Chennai and we do not know other foreign languages (except english). Learn tamil . Vary easy. Then you love Chennai.

October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am
(334) Subramanian says:

Hi,

Funniest article ever i have read in my life.
Look at authors comment that chennai doesnot have hot celebs.
Diid author mean hot celebs to wear less and glamour dress??
what about AR Rahman double oscar winner..
Ok Which city is clean.??Every city has slums..

November 2, 2012 at 9:55 am
(335) Catty says:

There are N reasons I can give for Chennai being the shittiest place in India. I feel it should compete with Afghanistan or Iraq.
and, why are the other metropolitan cities even vying for the most-hated list at all? Chennai wins by and far :D

Im living over here, ask me, take a personal interview, I got LOADS of stories to say why I hate this place like ANYTHING.

I’ll still give a few reasons:

1- TAMIL and TAMIL culture: boys and girls talk, walk,eat, shit all seperate!
girls cant go into boys homes, (no, not even for a bathroom emergency, I mean wtf, is it their business? )
I’ll tell you what, its their frustration with their culture.
And there’s a load more I can write.
Even dressing.

2-She speaks Hindi, :O take care to speak in only Tamil with her!

3-Weather: It’s shit. Everyone agrees.

4-Tamilian frustration: All the Tamil-culture loving ladies like to speak in loud voices, yes, this happens even in the banks, in professional environments etc- All of these people like to create scenes till the rest are actually staring at them.
Many women are jealous that you actually got a life and they don’t! lol

5-BIAS and PREJUDICE and DISCRIMINATION: Colour, Region, Language. They promote you if you’re Tamil. Why, you’ll get a 10 mark bonus in exams if you’re a South Indian to them. You get -5 for being N.Indian.

6-ANTI-INDIANISM: NO Indian flags on any building could be seen on Independance day, instead, I saw Pakistani flags flogging the dividers on the lanes from 14th AUG on 15th AUG too!
Back there in the North, small children rally around with out tri-colour articles.
I doubt if these people even want to be a part of India or not.

7-A certain hate towards north festivals. . Its enough that we get a day’s holiday. A lot of them is made of nothing but hate and frustration seeing the other sections of society.

Seriously, facing all this shit man. Its too much to bear. I so wanna get outta here!

November 3, 2012 at 2:39 am
(336) Mohan@blore says:

the true fact is that the hindi speaking people doesnt want to change and they want the whole indians and it doesnt matter they wont consider what others mother tongue is……they need every one should change….

if anyone not speaking then they will say they were pakistanis……u r coming to a new place and you should change my dear friend and we are adapting to north conditions but you wont it is lacking in u and so u blame…….

November 5, 2012 at 3:50 am
(337) Jeevan kumar says:

Chennai… “The NOISE CAPITAL of India” ..Loud Talk.., Honking Honking Honking everywhere on Chennai Roads.. Honking even when the road is empty!!!!!
Some lousy empty headed dumbos here say Chennai has the best hospitals..and even pakistanis come here for treartment!
No surprise at all Fools.
if a healthy person lands in ur garbage city within 2 minutes he will get infected all the gravest diseases on earth. If he travels 1 km on ur wretched chennai roads his spine would require surgery. Travel 5kms in ur chennai traffic with incessant honking any healthy person developds high BP and all types of heart diseases. Talk to any chennai guy for over a minute daily, his arrogant and adamant attitude will get into ur nerves and u build tension and anxiety and evelop diabeties in due course.
out of 1 crore ppl living in this city 80 lakh people will hav all the health complaints listed in medical directory!! so is there anything surprising in chennai having numerous hospitals..???
other cities dont have them, coz they hav more healthy people living in them. Healthy in Body as well as in Mind and most importantly healthy in Attitude!

November 5, 2012 at 6:57 am
(338) Indian says:

my fellow Indians

First of all we should not be happy to see one of our OWN cities rated as one of the worst/criticized cities in the world. We should all be working together to make it a better place if not so(as many people think it is).
Its high time we realize this, the country is growing and we should all grow under ONE INDIA banner.

Mohan@blore : the only reason i think we should all as Indian at-least know or try to learn Hindi is, as it is the only language understood by most of the population. Imagine if people from Kashmir speak only Kashmiri, from Punjab only Punjabi, from Gujrat only Gujrati, from Maharashtra only Marathi, from Bengal only Benagalli and from North-East and Sounth India only their regional languages.

Then where will the country go.

really sad to see the above discussions

UNITED WE STAND !!!

JAI HIND !!!

November 5, 2012 at 9:44 am
(339) Jeevan Kumar says:

@ Indian
you are 100% right.
But I sincerely pity … that your pristine reasoning as to why one should learn Hindhi will be a horn blown into deaf ears to people like Mohan Blore and the alike.. who are steadfastly intent in exercising their wrath and hatred towards our brothers who speak Hindhi.
As long as chennai people fail to see the exact reasoning behind why they are asked to learn Hindhi, there is absolutely no use in having a discussion even.
at this context I, wish to tell that I am a Tamil residing in chennai for 21 yrs. I have traveled throughout India including other Tamil Nadu cities, but nowhere else…, are people so ignorant, narrow minded and arrogant toward fellow humans as in this city…
Jai Hind has a its own respectablity! But ,,,,what to say about a city in India which is hostile to Indians ?? and so welcomingly receptive to “States” as these people here call, and Australia…????!!
There is absolutely not even an ounce of India in Chennai.

November 7, 2012 at 9:16 am
(340) stj says:

The first thing that strikes you about India is how dirty it is. In a word, the place is disgusting. All of it. The entire country. Never before have I seen mountains of garbage the size of a small house stacked on the side of a road, in broad daylight, in the middle of a city, repeatedly. Dumpsters tipped over and overflowing. Mounds of trash — wrappers, cups, papers, napkins, strewn all about, mixed with sludge from the soda and urine and spit coagulated from thousands of daily passersby.

November 11, 2012 at 5:50 am
(341) amal says:

I prefer mumbai better than chennai becozzzzz chennai locals are so rude also
they are not giving priority for cleanes!

November 12, 2012 at 9:44 am
(342) vineesh says:

what do you know about chennai. I am a malayali but Ilove chennai as my mother .you know why, I never felt that i am a migrant in chennai I always felt that am a chennaietie that is th speciality of chennai culturally rich city.
Its modernisation happening all over city it is not located in one or two place like other cities like bangalor and hyderabad as those cities consentrated on only on information techenology they can consentrate on a perticular type o0f development only but Chennai is not like that

chennai is the most happening city in India after Mumbai.

1-Chennain has the second largest film industry After mumbai

2-Second largest exporting Port is Chennai port

3-CHENNAI is the Automobile hub of india 35% of Indias total automobile industry located in chennai city 45% of the total hardware industry located in chennai

4-Chennai is the 4th largest metropolitan city in India after Mumbai,Delhi Kolkatha
Bangalore is the 3rd largest city in India after Mumbai and Delhi because Bangalore has made its full size as city corporation thats why when considering largest city Bangalore considered as third.But Chennai And Kolkatha keeps a little bit smaller City and other parts of Chennai considers as metro politan area Full size of Chennai three times larger than Bangalore.

4-Chennai has Two PORTS chennai and Ennore
Another on will come in Kalpakkam by MARG and Tata also planning One public private partnership Port in chennai to reduce the future congession in Chennai ang Ennore port.

5-Chennai has th second largest air cargo

6-Chennai has the third busiest airport after Delhi and Mumbai .

7- Chennai has the Second Longest natural Beach in the world MARINA BEACH.

8-Chennai has the largest number of cinema theater screens about “150″ screens it is in Chennai only

9-Indias largest Multiplex is in Chennai “Mayaajaal” 14 screens in one complex

November 13, 2012 at 4:27 am
(343) SNUB says:

@ Vineesh
hmm ..
another over enthusiastic chennai supporter who cant frame a single sentence with proper English. anyway I appreciate the enormous effort you have put in to search 100s of websites to CUT, COPY and PASTE all these details in favor of your “CHELLAM’ city chennai, which many people here already know
well
Chennai has the second largest film industry After mumbai!!!
Chennai has the largest number of cinema theater screens about “150″ screens it is in Chennai only!!!!
Indias largest Multiplex is in Chennai “Mayaajaal” 14 screens in one complex!!!
Dont you have any sense …???!!
Every @@@@ing time you wanna tell anything worthy about your Chennai, first thing all you morons say is chennai has Best Cinemas! and we have a “Superstar” !!
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad -as Rajinikanth is originally called is a pucca Maratha ( native of Maharashtra) by birth with mother tongue in Kannada. All your current heartthrob heroins like Amalapauls, Asins, Namithas, Nayantharas, Hansikas, Tamannas, Genilias, and even kushboo are all either North Indians or Malayalis!
you stupid people always have your head filled with ….cinema cinema…. and Cinema….!
STEP down to Reality… you Fool

November 13, 2012 at 4:29 am
(344) SNUB says:

@ Vineesh
Usually Kerela people are very practical and are very much Unlike these chennai people that always float in silverscreen illusions. But i think you are a Disgrace to all Kerela people!
Lemme tell you frankly.. not a single person other than Tamils will bother to take any decent effort to go and watch your Tamil movies!!!
For you fools.. meaning of DEVELOPMENT is having more cinema theaters and multiplexes…???
Cant imagine a more Foolish reasoning!
Anyway it is not very surprising…as 90% in Chennai think the same way and Kollywood always trail f..ar behind Mumbai’s Bollywood.
Even in every day life, all normal expression you chennai people give.. is ‘extremely cinematic’ that is jus….Disgusting.
As long as you chennai morons are like this .Americans will use you guys as their slippers and rest of Indians will have a very good entertainment discussing the foolish mentality of you stupid chennai supporters

November 13, 2012 at 5:49 am
(345) manju says:

chennai is the best city to live for any people who comes from oter states
chennai city is free from terrorist . chennai is the only indian cities which has not made hindi as a compulsory language but it doesnot mean we hate hindi speaking people .u hindi speaking (not everyone) make fun of us when we doesnot how to converse in hindi and if we ask anything english u hindi people make fun of us.but we chennaities would respond to u polietely.beauty it should be in your heart .dont say south indians are black people .chennai is not lacking in entertainment we have beaches temples,EAMALL,CITY CENTER,SKYWALK VARIOUS THEMES PARKS ETC…..all the indian cities are dirty it does not mean chennai is dirty even bangalore delhi mumbai are more dirtier than chennai

November 13, 2012 at 6:36 am
(346) Mohan@blore says:

I love all but i hate who hate me and it is my right……..

November 14, 2012 at 8:23 am
(347) Abdul Haq says:

Bloody Hell don’t Judge Until You Visit.
These Some Bloody North Indians, or Mumbai People’s Make Chennai Bad, Where as The Well Known Bollywood of Mumbai, is Totally Copy Cats of Tamil Movies,More than 60% Remakes are Tamil In Bollywood Movies, About the Girls list Many But i Know Few Like Asin, Genelia, Tamanna, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka, Trisha, Nayandhara etc., are they Ugly Kick off Urself. Only Hated thing is Weather which cant be done anything. Even I am Bangaloreaa , My Dream is To
Get Married with Tamilian and Settle in Chennai

November 21, 2012 at 10:23 am
(348) Well-wisher says:

It’s really amazing to see that after all these years, we Indians are united as one body, even though each provinces differ from each other. India is no more if one part of the body is broken. Some cities are bit forward than the others but we all are developing. When development happens , we face obstacles. It’s a good sign. Each person is unique likewise the provinces and cities .Let’s not grumble , but adapt and respect each other. Let’s hope the good for all the cities and places in India.

November 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(349) Rahul says:

CHENNAI – The City that sleeps and when it doesn’t sleep it cheats.

December 1, 2012 at 6:18 am
(350) Nadim Qumar Khan says:

It is the Most Developed VILLAGE Of the World…Most Backward City of India…So many problems which are faced normaly by people coming from other states are given below…
1.No Hindi & No English …Only that TAMIL..
2.The Most Dirty city…
3.Hot Summer season throughout the year.
4.Transportation Problem..as there is no METRO SERVICE..
5.NO Difference between public place & personal area..as they urine & stool everywhere…
.MAJOR PROBLEM IS FOOD PROBLEM..ONLY DOSHA,SAMBAR,CHATNI,CURD RICE,LEMON RICE …FOR ALL THE THREE TIMES…
6.FULL SHORTAGE OF POWER …
7.INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF FLY OVERS..SO HUGE TRAFFIC CONGESTION…
8.THE COST ONE PIECE OF APPLE IS RS 50…U WILL NOT FOUND SUCH SITUATION ANYWHERE IN INDIA…
9.PEOPLE CONSIDER OTHER STATE PEOPLE AS HINDI PEOPLE.. they treat TAMILNADU As one Separate COUNTRY..
10.The most WORST Part is Most tamilians consider Tamilnadu’C.M is INDIA’s P.M

December 2, 2012 at 12:07 am
(351) Chelladurai Raja says:

I think chennai is the most hated city in india.

December 2, 2012 at 2:05 am
(352) Max says:

T.N. tops the list in dengue deaths
Another great achievement by chennai

…..The hindu Times

http://www.thehindu.com/health/medicine-and-research/tn-tops-the-list-in-dengue-deaths/article4150400.ece?homepage=true

December 4, 2012 at 4:49 am
(353) Guest says:

I am at chennai currently.I agree to the above post.I was in pune mumbai .have been to bangalore..And given the option i would have relocated to any of those places.There is nothing wrong with people here as many talk about in the comments.Its just the climate is not good..The place is like a desert :(
And well the only thing i can find wrong about tamilians is that most love to fight..and many will think of tamil first and give India the second priority..I cannot brand them as racists too..Also for many fights are like a war of words..The person with a bigger sound or a bigger moustache is deemed as a winner or a leader i suppose..
And yes the rent is too high..Cannot even travel in an auto..
But the trains r there which s very cheap..
Anyway i have adjusted to chennai after long time..So im happy :-)
every state has its own shortcomngs and goodnesss.

December 5, 2012 at 9:03 am
(354) I dont hate chennai but there is nothing to love... :( says:

Hahahaha….

The above comments about “hate chennai” are mostly based on experience than rumors, and “Love Chennai” are mostly “LOCAL EX “Being a Chennaite I love my city most but with all the things present here this city lacks the attraction that a Metro should have. I’ve lived in almost all the mtro cities in INDIA and some overseas. For last 3 years am here only ‘coz I’ve family here.

What could be more embarrassing for a chennaite that my frend was to join in a company here by 2010 , But when she came here with her father, within 3 days her father got fed up with this “MESS” and took her back without joining.

If you really wanna know the status , go in any software company in chennai and ask the northies , they prefer any other place than this. The only reason they are here is ‘coz of the job.

Our answer might be “Then Leave my city….” And thats ridiculus. If you say job satisfaction… then I’ll tell you even in other metros(like delhi) people are not satisfied with the job but given a choice they wd not leave for chennai.

This city really lacks the charm of being called a metro.

December 5, 2012 at 9:15 am
(355) A country says:

The places in the world can be divided into 4 major sections

1) A place where you can find happiness and satisfaction: — Such kind of places are rare

2) A place where you can find happiness but not satisfaction— Like BANARAS… ‘the reason is it cant provide proper JOBS in huge quantities.

3) A place where you can be satisfied but not happy (completely).. Like delhi Banglore LA…you will be satisfied with your job(may be less) … earn huge but will never be happy.

4) Its a unique quality of a city which fails to deliver both happiness and satisfaction….. Now the other name for this is CHENNAI…. If people are here for a job then they are forced to be here… never happy never satisfied.

December 6, 2012 at 2:47 am
(356) Nadim Qumar Khan says:

CHENNAI Is the MOST NASTY PLACE of the World..I am Realy THANKFUL & GREATFUL To all my Sweet Friends Who have passed Comments AGAINST CHENNAI….As it is just Below Standard VILLAGE…

December 9, 2012 at 5:34 am
(357) guest says:

Someone here just said Chennai lacks flyovers…! Sheer ignorance…! It is also called the city of flyovers.. As the city has largest no. Of flyovers in the country..

December 9, 2012 at 10:26 am
(358) Kiwis - Indian Origin says:

I’m an expat.I have traveled all over the world. I met Tamil speaking people in Geneva,Sydney,Melbourne,Chicago,London,Malaysia,Singapore.That is something to be proud of. These people seems to be all over the world. I read an article that Tamil literature is being described as “one of the great classical traditions and literature’s of the world.

India? I have visited cities like Mumbai,Delhi,Jaipur,Chennai and Bangalore… All these cities shares the same common ground. Don`t have proper sanitation departments and sewage systems.The shopping malls restrooms are not well maintained. the people are rude,pee in public area (bangalore). urine smell outside Taj Hotel (mumbai).Honking all the time,no one adhere to road safety (motor bikers without helmets).

One of you commented about the food… Chennai only serves idli and dosa?When i was in Mumbai n Bangalore…the hotel served idli and dosa for my breakfast…There was a scene in Taare Zammen Par where the mum served idli. Isn’t it an integral part of breakfast of every south indian home?

As a tourist, I enjoyed my trip to India. Although i had unpleasant moments and incidents, its something that I will cherish.Each of the city has its own distinctive characteristic and that makes it unique from one another.My personal favourite cities in India are Mumbai and Chennai. Why Chennai?Not Bangalore or Delhi. Chennai rush really is the Mumbai of the South.

I’m totally ashamed to look at such nasty comments. To be honest,you guys have a long way to go before becoming a rich nation.

Well wishers – thumbs up.I totally agree with you.

December 9, 2012 at 11:42 am
(359) India says:

Dude above…. you pointed out good…. But I don’t understand your dilemma.

Of course Tamil has very great literature essence, But Mr smarty pants, Every language does let it be Hindi, Eng, French, marathi else.

You say Delhi. Mumbai etc Don`t have proper sanitation departments and sewage systems.The shopping malls restrooms are not well maintained. Dude grow up, this pathetic city doesnt even have a Sanitation system( have you ever been to COYAMBADU Bus stand??? or Railway station???)……

( the people are rude,pee in public area (bangalore). urine smell outside Taj Hotel (mumbai).Honking all the time,no one adhere to road safety (motor bikers without helmets)………) Dudeseems lyk you r describing chennai in more beautifool words.

At last food is very regional thing…. Northies will never like dosa n idly anytime.

December 11, 2012 at 5:12 am
(360) Elangovan says:

@ guest and all those who brag alike
Chennai is called City of Flyovers!!??
I am a resident of kodambakkam in chennai and let me tell u this is the most awfully ignorant comment i’ve ever read!
Having one large ‘Kathipara’ flyover can never put chennai on top of cities with maximum number of flyovers. There is a severe scarcity of Flyovers in this city. Chennai will surely top the list of cities with least number of flyovers.
Have u ever been to Mumbai?
iif u travel through the important roads of Mumbai u will lose the count of Flyovers.there. Every Signal junction has a Flyover there. A distance of 40 kms can be easily covered in 40 mins there even in peak hour traffic. More importantly the ride will be Honking Free.
Now take the Mount Road of chennai which runs from Airport to Broadway covering a distance of nearly 25kms. Do you know how many flyovers are there? Just 3!!! One before airport, one in Guindy ( which is Kathipara) and the next is Gemini flyover in Nungambakkam. It takes nearly 1hr 15 minutes and many times more than that to cover ths important stretch in peak hour traffic with enormous Honking all the way. chennai is not even in the league when we talk abt Metro and especially abt Flyovers.
When Compared to all other Indian cities with over 50 lakhs population , chennai ranks at the lowest when it comes to number of flyovers. Change ur attitude chennai guys… u have an everest to climb before this city becomes least loveable.

December 13, 2012 at 7:50 am
(361) SurenWolf says:

You know, one has to only search the Google to figure out most of the “Facts” thrown at Chennai are so not true.

Why all this hatred dude ? Why this racist behaviour ?

Chill out dude this was a travel survey not Life condition survey.

I live in Nungambakkam. Good place to live. I wish they would start generating power from the Nuclear Plant to meet the needs.

Chennai Metro rail would be finished by 2014-15. They’ve setup a Solar power plant, but this would go for near by districts not Chennai.

FYI there are 10 well known Flyovers in Chennai. 3 in the outer chennai.

As I said, all you have to do is look in to the facts not the fictions being posted here.

Peace Out :)

December 17, 2012 at 2:07 am
(362) Bhuvanesh says:

I will list out advantage and disadvantage in chennai.I have lived in chennai for 28 yrs now

Compared to other cities most autowalas are really bad..If they knew U r from outside Chennai ,,even outside chennai they understand ur slang and charge u accodingly. Never go to a Auto stand….but off late I can see autowalas have improved a bit..PS….I got cheated in blore and hyderabad too but it is not much….

Weather is quite hot and humid.U can withstand heat which is better than hyd or delhi but humidity is pretty high compared to any places in india Its like singapore..

Now the power cut situation is bad which I think would be resolved in 2 yrs….

Ppl did know hindi or converse that could be a disadvantage of outsiders….Yes I accept that ……..I would see like this
I want ppl to learn and speak hindi to survive but I want Tamil to dominate unlike Hyderabad where ppl almost forgotten telugu and prefer Urdu and half baked hindi…..

How sanskrit faded ????? How copied hindi over took…where is sanskrit now ………letz have a larf……….Only ancient languages available in india is tamil & sanskrit one is already faded…think think

PPl are not broad minded as north indians I agree…..but ppl are here more forward thinking than anywhere in India..

Some public servants are rude like bus conductor,traffic police…..
but cant say when u compare with hyderabd traffic rule,,,when ppl see red signal they go….

Since chennai neighbourhood was bad ppl started migrating…U see ppl wer lungi spit gutka like marwari I hate that

December 17, 2012 at 2:08 am
(363) bhuvanesh says:

U have the best theatre even outside India u cannot find like in malay,singapore could offer..
not talking abt IMAX…Sathyam in EA offers the best cinema experience in India for 120 Rs….No one else can show that Value for money….

Less terrorist activities……

U can buy the best products in chennai go visit pondy bazzar or Usman Road for jewellery….Blore and hyderabad are just overrated in this….
Two big malls aret there EA and Now Phoenix city in velacherry to visit..

India’s second largest library anna centenary U can visit……

U can buy cheap electronic gadget in rithcie street or buy cheap dvd from burma bazaaar.nevertheless u have to be careful…

U can find lot of resorts near beaches in ECR…..

Chennai is the city that is for everyone…Riches can live poor people tooo like mumbai…

Fruit shop is one good place to hang out where it is cheaper fruits u get…………

All I want to say from 2008 Chennai has shown great progress in terms of recreation,improved infrastructure like flyover,,currentlying laying white top roads.,food…If no north Indians or Outsiders NRI ‘s dont see Chennai as potential desinaation then why they invest lot in chennai….why in the world Chennai properties have not gone down admist of global financial melt down or recession…..not fluctuating….

FYI In OMR Old mahabalipuram road most of the aparmtents bought by NRI and North Indians

If blore has chennai weather and vice versa….It would be allthe eay chennai inspite of greeneries in blore…….

Neverthless Chennai experienced 14 degree iduring mid of Jan-2011…My colleagues North Indians was surprised by that

Alternatively to Autorikshaws…U can take cab like call taxi for 1 hr lt is only 100 rs per 1.hrs not sure though

December 18, 2012 at 11:59 am
(364) Sivakumar says:

Hello All,

I totally disagree the comments given in the LP. Chennai is good and peaceful city in india and i could say in the world based on experience. People in chennai are follows their own unique cultures rather slaved by other cultures and we do not need such kind cultures. Chennai is the city where helps the people to get a job opportunity for both literate or illiterate because i can see many people from northern part of india working in chennai.

For people who are expecting the western cultures like pubs and babes, Please no need to visit and destroy own cultures as well.
Thanks a lot for understanding and better if you can remove the stupid post from LA about wrong information.

December 19, 2012 at 6:51 am
(365) Tushar says:

I am an IT Professional who has stayed over in a lot of places all over India. But being completely honest, Chennai is the worst place to live. The people are unfriendly. The place is just to humid and hot and dirty especially during the rainy season. It sucks that you can’t even enjoy the rains that actually cools down the city. I must say that Bangalore is the best city as of now in India. It has the perfect temperature. Even in the hot days there is always a cool breeze flowing. The people – not very friendly but better than Chennai. If you make a decent salary it is a very good place to live. Lots of malls shopping places and most of the city is clean which is the best part of the city. The traffic sucks but atleast everyone follows lane discipline among other traffic rules.

December 19, 2012 at 7:29 am
(366) Mohan@blore says:
December 19, 2012 at 10:20 am
(367) SurenWolf says:

Heat: Sorry, can’t turn off the sun mate. You’ll just have to put up with it.

Unfriendly people: You know thats like North Indians saying Australians are racist people. Speculation. Just because you couldn’t fit into a community dosen’t mean the community is at fault.

Auto Fares: Seriously dude, auto fares? Is that what you are going to use to judge a city? You know there are buses running around the city.

Dust: Ummm- I seriously don’t know how to react to that. I mean, are you suggesting that there is no dust found anywhere else? Hot places naturally are dustier.

Please don’t speculate. Most of the complains based on Chennai are hearsay.

December 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(368) vidya shankar says:

@Surenwolf
Fag…Your grouping of all other state people as ‘North Indians’ show your stinky narrow mindedness. And U are branding others as Racists!!!
A few trendy words here and there in your comment cant neither scholar nor justify all the nonsense you spit about chennai. Well…whole India knows people in Chennai are LOYAL SLAVES of Australia and U.S. and steadfast haters of India.
We very well know you hyenas wont even mind pledging your dignity and self respect to fetch a job in U.S.or Australia , as you scums are hated in every bit of land inside India ..including your own state.!!
So ..Don’t act too smart. chennaites ARE CERTAINLY AVERSE and UNFRIENDLY to other state people, this is the fact. Even if outsiders are kind and polite, U guys are doubly rude and spiteful to them!
U still cant give one F@@@@@G reason why you spineless cowards, full of hatred and wrath for other Indians.. are still clinging to India. wannna hav your own way… want all other state people to get outta your Gutter City….. Fight rest of India… sore loser..! Fight rest of India and carve separate country called chennai .@@@ @@@@ !!

December 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(369) SurenWolf says:

@vidya shankar

“Well…whole India knows people in Chennai are LOYAL SLAVES of Australia and U.S. and steadfast haters of India.”

Need I say more? Oh no, I am no scholar. My great grandfather fought in Bangladesh against the Japanese Tanks with a rifle in his hand. Yes he was in the INA.

And yet here I am being called a traitor.

Blind patriotism = Religious fundamentals.

As I said, please don’t speculate. Hatred never leads to any good. As you can see you seem to have a lot of hatred.

December 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm
(370) SurenWolf says:

The Tamils contribution in the fight for freedom of India is never taken into account. The Indian National Army was hunted down by the British India and was betrayed by the Japanese Government.

Its like as if we never fought for the freedom of India.

Why this bias towards tamil people. We are a part of India. We belong to India. We are Indians.

@ vidya shankar, please don’t treat us like we don’t deserve to be Indians. Yes we have our differences. India’s strength is Unity in Diversity.

Please don’t throw your words, for it hurts. :(

December 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(371) SurenWolf says:

Yes, I am sorry. I will apologies for stating “You know thats like North Indians saying Australians are racist people. Speculation” .

I should have put it like- “most of the indians” rather than “north indians”

I don’t what made me type it out like that, but I apologies.

PS. I think “Australian racism” is being ebbed on by the media for their ratings.

December 20, 2012 at 9:45 am
(372) Mohan@blore says:

there are so many drawbacks in INDIA other than chennai…..so concentrate on tht dont point out others…….fight to hang that rapist not for speaking hindi

December 21, 2012 at 3:54 am
(373) Thiyagarajan says:

sum1 said Chennai is safe place.!! especially for women!?
Get one thing straight! … In all other Indian cities a woman walks on road at 12AM, gets groped and raped by goons, next morning she goes to police station and reports her incident. Police take action or not is a diff matter.. but 8 out of 10 women report the incident and hence going purely by police records and complaints registered, cities like Delhi SHOW a high crime rate.

Now come to THE GREAT CHENNAI…. At 12 AM a woman walks on road, goons rape her saying…. VOTHTHA…. SEMMA ITEM MAAMU.., VOTHTHA , VOMMAALA SOOPPAR SARAKKU MACHHI…. the woman crawls back home cries to her father or husband, Being already a conservative city she is poured on with advices to keep the incident a secret! So, 8 out of 10 woman in Chennai never report the incident at all..!
The other 2 who muster courage 2 step out and reach the Chennai Police are in for a Big Surprise..!
Police declare..if she had walked the Chennai road at 12am she should be a prostitut!! Bcoz according to them, Tamil girls shut themselves in thir home at 9pm. So police go to the extent of investigating the woman for prostitution rather than taking her Rape Complaint. Only then She realises How CRUEL Chennai Is..!
All those Ignorant Fools who call Chennai A SAFE CITY, Have you ever bothered to study the statistics about Which City in India Has the Most Number Of Crimes That Go Unreported…????
CHENNAI WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY ON TOP OF THE LIST…!
WAKE UP Indians…..Chennai Is a WOLF wearing a Sheep’s skin. Beware!!!
I had to write this article with a great deal of pain and grief… coz I shifted from my native Tiruchy and I am living in chennai for the past 10 years . And here I am witnessing a generation that is mis-educated, ignorant, arrogant and greedy. Chennai is only misrepresenting the whole TamilNadu and misleading the whole Tamil youth.
GOD SAVE India and Tamilnadu from Chennai.

December 26, 2012 at 10:27 am
(374) prakash says:

I Love chennai. Im proud of my culture….
please look at this website before reading further….
http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/life/most-hated-cities-861160
New delhi is on the list but not chennai….
hi chennai mates no worries….. chennai is most happening city in india.. by all fact…. tamil nadu is now 2nd biggest state contributing to indias gdp in 2012 , you can google it or you can see govt stats. tamil nadu produced more nobel laureate than any other indian state… needless to say autohub of the country… manufacturing from car to battle tank…. 2nd in IT export… tamil nadu stands first when it comes to hosting large number of engineering colleges…to give you a simple example nearly 30000 engineering students are recruited from tamil nadu alone for TCS in this year …. which is no 1 IT company in india… incidantly its CEO is also from tamil nadu…medicene capital of the country…. chennai stands first in medical tourism in india… let it be any country or state it has to excel in 5 parameters… economics,science,culture,diplomacy and military…. diplomacy and military is at the hand of central government… in economics, science and culture Tamil nadu excelled… Im proud that we achieved all this while retaining of our culture… of who we are and what we are….
if you think i have provided any wrong facts…. Please contact me at pakas.vetty@yahoo.co.in… im ready to assist you with govt urls to the stats. coming to compliant from people other part of the country…. you have to grow up is all i can say… you have to understand that it exist everywhere… dont generalise your individual experience….

December 27, 2012 at 11:54 am
(375) Sivakumar says:

@ Prakash, Thanks a lot for pointed out those valuable comments and appreciate it.

Dear All,

As we all know About , the great mathematician Mr.Ramanujan and Mr.APJ Abdul Kalam are from Tamil Nadu and We to be proud of them.

Regarding best food ,please refer the article at http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/eat/worlds-best-food-cultures-453528

As an indian we have to consider the india as whole rather than splitting into states or cities whether its good or bad. In my opinion we can be better and well developed in the world by avoiding corruptions, crimes, malnutrition etc soon if we are join as unity.

December 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm
(376) krishna aditya says:

chuck the lonely planet man…………i am a hyderabadi living in chennai and i love it……………i think it has got the best cultural thing going on than any other state, let alone andhra pradesh and pl respect that

December 29, 2012 at 6:33 am
(377) Anish says:

This result is because of the general belief of non south indians. This really is a wonderful place. Everyone likes their own cities. Each cities has their own Highlights. I think most of them would not have visited chennai or been only at the central station for catching the next train.

This is a general myth which is spread in north india for yrs.

December 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm
(378) Suresh says:

If south indians were polled, most north indian cities will be ranked as most unwelcoming with constant taunting and racist stereotyping over skin color. The ugly patronizing attitude of north indians who wants everything their way is the reason. A north indian is basically a backward racist that loves white skin over dark and judges everything with those lenses. Both men and women are very pretentious, showy, mistakes western clothes for modernity. The girls force wear western clothes even though the shape of their bodies do not seem to match the western attire. (They are quite intelligent though) Warning: Delhi especially seems to be very dangerous to tourists both local & foreign and especially women with rising rape incidents. If you are a woman, please be indoor after sunset.

January 3, 2013 at 4:52 am
(379) Shyam says:

I think the person who started this poll is probably regretting it. I will tell you a few things about chennai and my opinion is that of a person from North India who is now settled here.

Chennai is not a great place to visit as there are not too many places apart from beach, ECR, spencers, fort etc. but having said that among all the metro cities. CHENNAI IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE.

it is the best place for my wife and me and my children to live in this wonderful city, no law and order issues, women are respected, people are generally well behaved and help in times of crisis etc.

I will give you a simple but powerful example, i grew up in Lucknow, where law and order is unheard of and there are no civic infrastructure over there.

In Lucknow, when you enter a bus, the bus conductor will come to you and ask you to buy a ticket and sometimes beg or even try his best to threaten as people in North just do not CARE.

In Chennai, when i first entered a bus, i was shocked to see the ENTIRE people who got on the bus with me rush towards the conductor to buy a ticket. It speaks volumes about the character of people of Chennai.

I LOVE THIS CITY, i have purchased a flat here and will retire here too, even my parents who are aged who have never left Lucknow, like it in Chennai when they come.

These days apart from some unpleasant elements both from North and South, the locals here also learn to understand and try speaking in Hindi if they realize you are from North.

Safety for my wife and daughters is also paramount and in Chennai, it is the best.

So to the Lonely Planet people who polled Chennai as an unfit place, i am glad and do not want you to come here and ruin it to the level of Delhi and other places. please stay away and get your jollies in Noida or Goa or somewhere. Chennai is a peaceful, family oriented city.

January 4, 2013 at 3:48 am
(380) Aashish says:

Ha Ha. well well…Mr Shyam….. I admire your skill. You have succeeded in your attempt to impersonate a Uttar Pardesh wala living in Chennai. But In reality you are a pakkaa chennai local. Stop acting!

January 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm
(381) sandhya says:

i hava a doubt that some same chennai walas continuously vote for bangalore to beat chennai and to save their name, As there is no comment by hating Bangalore

January 7, 2013 at 3:43 am
(382) Aashish says:

Dear Aashish – not sure what your issue in life is, i do not care either. As long as you live in this city peacefully and not engage in any foolery, you can think whatever you want like a madman, it is the wonders of the democracy we live in.

January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm
(383) navya says:

In 1960 TamilNadu ban Hindi language from state. this is the effect to Chennai got the name “Most hated Indian city” now. As people feel difficulty even atleast to maintain some basic hindi here, a north indian comes here goes mad.

January 8, 2013 at 3:30 am
(384) Chennai Lover says:

Navya ,

Why do u want to come to chennai … If you are in chennai , better u learn Tamil and come … Thats what you guys expect us to learn Hindi when we come to North …So learn Tamil & come or come & learn … Else stay away … This for tamilians only ….

January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm
(385) navya says:

chennai lover;
hey u misunderstand me.Also i am not like a person to abuse one thing in predetermined mind. Actually when i see this forum, i am very surprised as “is City also be hated like this”, after reading some comments. then after thinking the reason i got this answer. if u dont know hindi anything, how do you co-operate to north indians. is it u r problem? No.. it is the effect that hindi ban. is i tell any wrong. reply me

January 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(386) Tamilan from abroad says:

@ Chennai Lover .. and other few who have the same mentality a few days back…. Tamil Nadu chief minister – your மாண்புமிகு அம்மா (respected mother as people call Jayalalitha) sitting in Ripon Building in your சிங்கார சென்னை ( Singaara Chennai) requested other states of India to immediately help the people dying in hunger in Tamil nadu by sending Rice to Tamil nadu. Many of other states, including north indian states readily sent more than 5 thousand tonnes of rice to Tamil nadu in time and saved all those poor tamilans here from dying! NOW..With all the infinite and relentless “ANTI HINDHI” and “ANTI NATIONAL” remarks thrown up by numerous immature nuts here in chennai and with many idiots like you STUPIDLY ‘COMMANDING” other state people to “speak TAMIL…OR GET OUT…” all rest of Indian states could have very easily refused to send any help whatsoever to Tamil Nadu. BUT instead, they helped and saved your dying poor.

January 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(387) Tamilan from abroad says:

@ Chennai Lover .. and other few who have the same mentality

The Jawans of UP and Bihar and Kashmir and Punjab and Haryana and Rajasthan are fighting Pakis in siachen in freezing minus deg cold…. jus to save your sisters and mothers from being groped and Gang Raped by enemy soldiers in front of your own eyes! But …FYI Tamil nadu tops the list in having the minimum representation in Indian Armed Forces, and your ‘Singaara Chennai’ tops all other cities when it comes to sending ‘ LEAST number of men to Indian Military’. when some one saves your women from losing their modesty, no human being will mind learning his language….
But suckers like you here ‘ HAV A BIG PROBLEM WITH HINDI SPEAKING!’ Even Bigger Problem is that… Many of you who command outsiders to speak Tamil, can’t speak Good Tamil Either. …

January 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(388) Tamilan from abroad says:

@ Chennai Lover .. and other few who have the same mentality

you bloody scum drippers…you fat asses are sitting in chennai, with i phones and laptops, scuttling to all theaters and beaches and bars with your girlfriends..and not a pinch bothered about the pain those dying poor farmers and poor labourers undergo in your own state……!

WHEN rest of Tamil nadu is in dire need of Power, food supplies and finances from OTHER STATES, rascals like you with ur asses in chennai beach sands and headphones on ears… are asking OTHER STATE PEOPLE TO “GET OUT”….!!! you… @@@@@@ @@@@@@@ must be thrown outta chennai First, to cleanse Tamil Nadu.
WITH THE SORTS OF COMMENTS U guys make….U look like a lill boy pissed in his pants n crying for mama to come and change…. GROW UP First… jerk

January 11, 2013 at 2:27 am
(389) Karthik says:

Every city has its own positives & negatives. I’ve lived in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore & Chennai, if you want to make some noise about the city, Yes you can. Being a Chennaite, I agree there are some notable issues in Chennai, but it doesn’t make a “Most Hated City”. Take the positives of any place, you’ll love to live.
When you are cared about others, be in the situation and raise your voice. Its pretty easy to sit in a A/c room and write some essays. Grow-up Kid.
@ Navya – The ban of Hindi language is not of people’s choice, its by few politicians for their own benefit. If you think that is the reason, then the title of the article should be “Most Hated State, Tamil Nadu”.

January 12, 2013 at 8:43 am
(390) Mumbaikar says:

It’s Absolutely True. Other than tamil people Really no one likes chennai. i have been stayed almost all the cities it has been mentioned.And i found much more difficulties in chennai. Tamil peoples are extremely complicated they don’t have respect for hindi speaking peoples.They think they are from other planet and are extra ordinary. Chennais Climate is also one of the worst climate.Crime and Hate are very common in Tamil areas.Food is really Horrible.If you are from west or south then i am pretty sure you have to live with fruits,Biscuit and bread.These people are dominating in nature. I hate Chennai If some one will give crores of Rupees to do a job in chennai then also i will not go.Only i would like to go as a tourist max for 2-3 days to chennai. One of the worst Place in india to live.

January 12, 2013 at 9:15 am
(391) Mumbaikar says:

Language Is not a problem if so It would have been like entire south is the worst place to live but it’s not, karnatak, andhrapradesh and keral are good states but As long as Tamil nadu is concerned it’s s the worst 80% becuse of ploticians and 20% is because of it’s own people. Tamilian are most alcoholic.tamilians are extrimist. Any north or east or west or east indian people going to chennai be care ful there are much more chances all the chennai peoples will try to loot you and they will make you mad.If some one also understand Hindi they don’t pretend like they don’t know Hindi. Hyderbad, Banglore are thousand times better cities in South compare to Chennai.What a worst place in this beautiful country.

January 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(392) Paul says:

The problem with Indians is that we live in a pretentious world look around and see a better living and infrastructure that exists across the world this stupid paper as with many others written is exactly the reason why India sucks . China is 20 years ahead in its infrastructure and growing stronger while we stupid racist Indians still argue over north south east and west of India

January 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(393) bihari says:

dear Paul please understood, here no one blames whole south india. No one hates Bangalore, Hyderabad. We very much respect Kannadigas for their indianness as i am working in Bangalore now. You once go to chennai and please tell u r experiance and also tell us as they are indians or non-indians, as u thought all who said here are said purposefully.

January 17, 2013 at 7:48 am
(394) saish says:

Chennai sucks

snobbish arrogant locals ,everyone thinks he is superman
cheating rickshaws
pathteic night life
no good pubs
no moden ppl exc ep for some mad overt the top show off in adyar
very hot
sick parchoial attitude of not tamils but the dmk culture
ppl are traditional and boring
no young happening ppl ,

January 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(395) nethra says:

It’s very surprising. The most suffered peoples from tamil politicians(not from tamil people) are Kannadigas. High level injustice to karnataka in Cauvery water share of just 270TMC to karnataka and 470TMC to tamilnadu even thougth tamilnadu had extra 200TMC of underground water. And for irrigation land, Restriction only for Karnataka,but no restriction for tamilnadu. Also yearly 3 crops for TN,but 2 for KN.
But no karnataka people here, doesn’t hate tamilians or Chennai.
But the haters of tamilians are North Indians. very amazing………

January 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(396) Siva says:

People always get things wrong if they speak based on racism. Well, history of racism comes from the Hindu religion and Indian culture. Read all those Ramayana and Mahabarada. The Northern light skinned ” Aryan ” looking down on Southern dark skinned ” Dravidian” who is consider the untouchable to most Indians till day now. It is sad and pathetic of Indian class, sect and social system.

Yes, South Indians in generally have the fame of being less attractive, bit protective of their culture, language due to 1000′s of years of oppression from the north.

Despite all theses. South Indian ( Karnataka, Andrea, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) are much more educated, humble, modest and smarter. They evolved from survival. The North Indian evolved from endless war, killing, cheating with their good looks. North Indian has been copying ideas like music, movies from the South. But things like Education they can’t. Why? They are not really smart enough.

Times has changed, stop the old myth what your grand parents use to teach you. Think outside of the box. Don’t think based on religion, color, race,look, sect, class. Learn to love each other. Remember, North Indian might hate south indian. But when Indian travel, foreigners might hate just all Indians doesn’t matter if you are North Indian or South Indian. You all just Indians in the eyes off others and hated.

January 18, 2013 at 4:55 am
(397) Shatrugan says:

@ Siva
Hmm… what do you know about Ramayana?? What colour was Vibeeshana who assisted Rama? was he Llght skinned like Rama ???? or Does being Dark skinned like Ravana qualify someone to abduct another’s Wife???? Do you know “yugavirumsas” – dark skinned hunters who were on Rama’s side fighting Ravana.?? Remember One thing… In Ramayana Rama waged war against Evil and NOT Colour!
Having a wikipidea page open in next tab and copying and vomittng some quotes… flavored with Anti Hindu remarks doesnt hide your insecurity pup.

And GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. South India is Different and Chennai is Different. Karnataka Andhra and Kerala ,why even many other interior parts of Tamil Nadu are very much receptive of ‘North Indians’ ( a term which you guys coin for all rest of Indian state people) Tourism in Madurai Kodaikanal,Ooty etc flourishes coz of North Indians. People living there are not stinkily narrow minded like Chennakarans.
and …

A Msg from your brother to people writing against Chennai in this blog: Jus Stop addressing Chennai lovers with respectful wordsl ike ” Please Understand” ” Please tell me ” “please” etc.. these arrogant thugs does’nt deserve any ounce of respect.. give back doubly what these brats have been giving you all these time.

January 19, 2013 at 12:56 am
(398) Roy says:

Chennai is indeed the worst of all major indian cities….most of the people don’t speak anything other than tamil….they hate people of fairer skin…weather is extremely hot and humid…a nightmare if you are a tourist from a cooler place. Worst part….there is no season change..and its summer all the way….i have stayed in chennai for over 4 years now….n my experience has been worse…mainly bcoz of the people who can’t withstand anyone from any other parts of the country or world..where as Bangalore….just 300kms from chennai, is a cosmopolitan city ….where you can feel that you are in India….
I just hope that I get a transfer to any other city in India other than Chennai.

January 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm
(399) vikram says:

continuing by nethra,
shame on you karnataka for sacrifying that much of natural resource to those cheating,cunning,arrogant TN peoples. It is atmost worst thing of union system of government. Shame on India. People who are real Indians are cheated by Indian government. But people who are non-Indians are contributed by Indian government. Did god doesn’t see all this cheating….

January 21, 2013 at 4:31 am
(400) pavan says:

The worst city of india and cheap people lives in chennai…. Now south india metros are hyderabad and banglore….. chennai is like nut less bolt

January 22, 2013 at 11:27 am
(401) praveen says:

@ pavan – Correction.. it has never been a metro at all.. just been a ‘dump yard’ for all base things of life.

January 25, 2013 at 10:51 am
(402) Akshi says:

I dont like Chennai

January 30, 2013 at 10:52 am
(403) Student at Chennai says:

I’ve been studying in Chennai for the last three years, and there aren’t many good things I can say about the city at all. As mentioned above, the climate is terrible, and the food needs a lot of getting used to. North Indian cuisine isn’t easily available either, and when it is, is exorbitant and not affordable for students like us. The native people have a phobia towards Hindi, and not many speak good English either. In fact, about 50% or more of the Tamilians in my college (an English-medium institution) are unable to communicate well in English, and frequently revert to their mother tongue, expecting people from outside the state to keep up with their Tamil. This is unfair, since English and Hindi are the two official languages of this country, and they are supposed to facilitate easier communication across the different states. We were forced to take Basic Tamil classes (which were compulsory), but they didn’t help us make much headway since Tamil is a fairly complicated language which takes a fair amount of time to learn. Also, pronunciation in Tamil is significantly different from Hindi (or Bengali, my mother tongue) and this makes it harder for us to pick it up easily. Heck, the whole point in me spending the greater part of my childhood slogging after English was so that I wouldn’t have to struggle with interracial communication. To any Tamilian asking tourists or visitors to learn Tamil before they enter the state, I ask this: What if every community in the world asked everyone else to do the same thing? Would it be possible for a human being to learn every single language there is? I wonder why most people fail to see logic. Sure, Tamil is an extremely old language recently relegated to classical status, but that doesn’t justify any of this snobbery.

February 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm
(404) Ravi says:

This survey seems to be ridiculous. Of the three places only Bangalore appears to be in any way better than Chennai. Chennai is much safer (esp for women) than Delhi and much richer past than the Moghul city. There are many monuments in Chennai which are more than 1,000 years old. And little known is the fact that Chennai is the birthplace of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Mumbai is highly materialistic and money-minded. someone cud be stabbed to death in the middle of a crowded street in busy hours and no one care the heck abt it. Chennai is far far better. i guess the Lonely Planet survey has been conducted among a bunch of UP-Biharwallahs. It is time that the Westerners understand that there is more to India than bhangra culture or Mughal buildings or bollywood.

February 8, 2013 at 1:31 am
(405) Ritchie says:

chennai does not have any ‘PAST’ before 1650 when fort st geoge was built. Before that there were only 3 fishing villages with some hundreds of people living in it. even Iam staying in chennai for past 19 years but your immature comment is damn FUNNY.
you cant be more foolish when you say Delhi is a Mughal City. Delhi has a very Rich history dating back to 2000 years. Mughals came to Delhi only in 1426AD.( Babur) Only Madurai in Tamil nadu can be compared to Delhi. your chennai does’nt stand a chance here.
you said people are stabbed to death in busy roads in Mumbai and no one cares…??

But in your chennai no one needs to be stabbed to death, instead, if they just walk on the city roads for half a kilometer, they will surely be run over by your MTC bus, or a share Auro, or a Load auto or a Tanker lorry. No surprise at all…. chennai is the all time leader in accident fatalities. 70% of drivers here drink and drive and harsh speech and rash driving are in their blood.
The whole India knows that people in Mumbai are the most empathetic and Caring.
and the 30 crore people living in UP and Bihar are very much staying in this country and contributing to India’s growth whereas you chennai people are settling in america and cleansing your american bosses’s arses. so….dont try to spin a yarn here cheap crap. Eat your Beef meat and just shut the @@@@ up.

February 8, 2013 at 2:50 am
(406) bhuvanesh says:

Only chinese & Tamil is classical survival language in the world

Hindi spoilt Sanskrit………..

Ppl in north thinks Hindi > Sanskrit & Tamil…See now what is happening…

As an Indian I just advice ppl to learn hindi for survival not to learn as a big language…

In hyderabad who respects Telugu…..Telugu is more beautiful than hindi…..Kannada is older than hindi………..

Ppl forget these things and moreover in Singapore

Chinese Mandarin speaking ppl = 82%
Malay = 10%
Tamil = 7%
Others = 3 %

If you argue that hindi is official language,Then how abt singapore which has Mandarin dominatiion from 1950 not like india where ppl in south north east learn hindi language for the past 20- 30 yrs max due to compulsion…

Notre—In singapore english is used by all,,,nobody force to study mandarin and Tamil was given good status even though its minority….

I would not support Anti hindi but Indian govt dominated by north indians forced ppl to learn hindi ….this is pathethetic…..if this is opposite north indian ppl will die pronouncing south indian language

February 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm
(407) Bala says:

@ Bhuvanesh
you are demonstrating a very very typical chennai mentality…!that has been discussed infinite times in this blog!
Get something straight into your brain – No one in India, except you Chennaikaarans are going to be amused or awestruck by all your references to “videshi” ( foreign) examples(Malaysia, Singapore, China, U.S etc)
Neither are people of India fools to blindly regard every bloody foreign nation as Superior to India, as all u chennaiwalas normally do.
So stop quoting examples like a child and try to be assertive. Or leave INDIA.

February 9, 2013 at 1:08 am
(408) Bhuvanesh says:

@ Bala u fool moron I have written 1000% fact …. Where & whom this was discussed in this particular topic or blog …. U just give a valid reply if u can….u mean to say lee kuan yew and others had childish mentality…..y should I leave India it is place of dharma ..actually u r against dharma….u speak like dominating american or Chinese ….so u have to leave India..
I am also an indo aryan but I follow dharma…I empathize for north east ppl tooo…u should also know we came we came not me but we came from somwhere & settled down in India

February 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm
(409) Sinduja says:

This whole thing is so sick and disgusting. Shame on the writer to actually set a tone for an article as this. Firstly, I fail to understand why the theme ‘hated cities’ needs to be surveyed. It is short-sighted and immature. Every city holds dear moments to people who have been born and brought up in it and where generations have built homes, lives, and memories. And to call a city as a hated one and demean it is going to offend a lot of sentiments. I don’t think hatred or boredom are objective things that can be measured scientifically. This whole slant was simply to grab more eyeballs and create a viral effect.

The essence and spirit of travel lie in respecting every place and appreciating the little things that it can offer. If you tourists feel Chennai has nothing to offer, well, please don’t come here ever. If you gain more pleasure out of visiting malls and pubs and cannot grasp the simplicity of raw life, then you are better off not coming here and ruining the spirit of Chennai.

February 11, 2013 at 5:22 am
(410) vikram.K says:

If international level indian cities like Bombay or Bangalore is hated then there is no surprise as positive side also had negative. But hating towards 2nd grade cities like Chennai is very much surprising.

February 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm
(411) Kanna says:

you are very much right in 2nd part of your sentence.. Vikram.

February 14, 2013 at 3:24 am
(412) Tamilswamy says:

Chennai is the worst city to live in.
Basic education is the problem,ppl dont know how to walk,drive,have no sense of cleanliness,will clean their houses and throw garbage on the road,you will find garbage bins placed in the middle of the road,have no sense of traffic,dont understand indicators,have lowest literacy levels- if there was nay how come the city is so dirty,unplanned, conjested etc.

February 14, 2013 at 9:08 am
(413) Diwakar says:

Tamil Nadu is the worst, stinky, base, pathetic Dump yard not only in Whole India…but in whole World. It is the most dis organised state in India. But Its only speciality is.. these **** always occupy all blogs and forums like this one and flood them with comments praising and favouring their state and City(the sickest Chennai). But in reality they themselves don’t know even an ounce as to what constitutes TamilNadu.

Chennai is the Number 1 city in India when it comes to ‘ANTI INDIA’ AND ‘ANTI RELIGION’. Chennai is the most stinkiest Dirtiest, Disorganised, Greedy, Narrow minded, Quarrelsome, Intolerant, Most Alcholic city in India. yet..as I already told, Tamil people will always be the first to comment and comment with lot of abuses in all blogs and forums like this one. So the general public reading them will get an illusion as if rest of Indian state People are biased against Chennai and T.N. ALAS!!!!! DONT EVEN CONSIDER CHENNAI AS A PLACE WHERE SOME HUMANS LIVE! IF U THINK SO WELL…. GET READY FOR THE MOST DISGUSTING SURPRISES OF LIFE.

- I am a Tamil Living in Chennai for 23 yrs. But Iam now clear about the demerits of this Diabolic city called chennai.

February 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(414) mona says:

i’ve been to many places in India and found Chennai to be the worst city in India. Helping nature in Chennai is nil. It do not deserve the title of a metro. Hyderabad & Bangalore must be considered as metros.
Great people in Chennai are from tamil nadu but not from chennai.

February 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(415) seshatreya says:

I need to let you know every place has its on importance. Chennai has good temple and places of spiritual interest. Secondly Chennai is the only city in India we you get Bus service though out the Night. Safety wise Chennai is the best. Place to live.

If you compare any city in India and living standards are economical that suites a common man. If i go on there are lot many things to talk about it.
Although, I don’t hail from this city.

If look at news : Mumbai, Delhi have come for so many bad things like rape, Lute and robbery etc. Bangalore is expensive living .. Since you used the word hate i tried to compare it.

However Mumbai is the business capitol and Bangalore is the It hub of India and so on… so every place in India is great in Its own way…
Hope i have answered your question.

Please visit again and re-explore the city… Keep love and forget hatred :)

February 20, 2013 at 6:18 am
(416) venkata bhaskar says:

i hate this judgement it is absolute non-scence,
chennai is the most advanced city in india
after or equal to mumbai
metros such as bangolore,hyderabad does not deserve the title of metros

February 21, 2013 at 12:54 am
(417) kailashh says:

@ venkata baskar
Idiots like you make chennai even more miserable. chennai is not a CITY first. it is just a overgrown town with colossal pandamonium everywhere. Hyderabad and Bangalore??? there is absolutely no comparision at all! Both are Great Metros unlike this pathetic Towncalled chennai.

February 21, 2013 at 11:23 am
(418) Maverick says:

To all my Dear Chennai Haters

Thanks you can only hate something of which you are jelous…

Comparing Chennai to Delhi and mumbai would not be fair because chennai does not live in perpetual fear of being killed by Bhai log or extremist violence. It is just a poor old peacefull city where everyone has the same equal right to live. Okkey let us try to match up with Hyderabad and Banagalore might not be fair to afterall we do not have the same nightlcub or the violence against women or the kind of safety that hyderabad has from all the comunal and regional violence. And oh yeah our films and stars are so boring who wants to watcha kamalahasan, rajini , ARR or maniratnam to name a few…and yeah all other indian citie roads stay so dry when it rains and only chennai floods….well atleast we do not have to wait for water tankers to provide us water we have ample ground water unlike mumbai, delhi, or otyher so called metros…..

well thanks for writing an article without understanding the soul of a city …. Every city has it own culture and i do not want to hurt the feelings of any of the residents of the cities mentioned….Well again this respect also comes from the culture we are raised in…

February 24, 2013 at 9:38 am
(419) Tara Rajan says:
February 24, 2013 at 10:11 am
(420) Shyam says:

Hello,

I totally condemn the fact that Chennai is in the list of hate cities. I mean this concept cannot be accepted as Chennai has far less crimes, high degree of education, high culture, perhaps night life lacks but that isnt the choice here. As the year goes by, there are so many malls, temples and beautification taking place. I feel why people hate Chennai is they speak very less Hindi, that could be a hindrance to North Indians but that cannot be accepted as language is given importance in so many countries like Germany and France across the globe. I am so disappointed that such a fact is issued in public where people must encourage and improve any city’s image.Feeling too bad !!!.

Regards

Shyam

February 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm
(421) Ravi says:

@Ritchie

Thanks a lot for your polite comments!!! From your comments it is evident that you r one of those pathetic brainwashed chaps who knows little abt india. delhi is 2000 yrs old – how come??? i dont want to hear the stupid crap that the mahabharatha war was fought in delhi. there is no proof that delhi existed before the 10th century AD. and most of delhi has been created by muslim invaders. show me one really old indigenously contructed hindu structure in the city.

recent discoveries in and around chennai have proven that mylapore, pallavaram and thiruvanmiyur were flourishing cities (not villages), 1,500 years before the british came. mylapore is mentioned in the “periplus of the erthrean sea” alongside madurai as one of the biggest cities and one of the best ports in india. these 3 cities were of grt value to the pallavas. st. thomas came and settled down in mylapore; thiruvalluvar lived there. pity u knw nothing of our history.

it is not even possible to buy an independent plot in mumbai. do you knw the land rates??? and if you do have the money u still have to please the land mafia. oh yeah, india is growing.. by the hard skilled work put forth by tamilians.. if biharis r responsible for india’s growth can u tell me why bihar has a literacy of 63%, UP has 71%, jharkhand has 63% and chennai, 90%.

February 25, 2013 at 5:32 am
(422) Qualia says:

The thing that people complain most about chennai is basically the weather but other things that people complain about are those that I feel that are a little exaggerated.Talk about hygene, which city is India is so clean(maybe Bangalore to a little bit)?, also pollution level,as if other cities are having pure oxygen

Chennai is a city that caters to middle class and lower middle class.So you may not find so many bars or clubs or night life as you would expect in other cities but for such people there are places in Chennai for that,maybe its not as much as you find in other cities

For all the complaints,Chennai is undergoing some revamp and will come out better,there are new road development projects,more malls,more shops.So it is improving

February 25, 2013 at 5:41 am
(423) khaleel says:

a thread started in Oct 2009 is continuing even after 3 years. wow. amazing. but my vote will be for chennai. it is not the best city to live in india. it is just like any other city. some merits. some shortfalls.

February 25, 2013 at 5:42 am
(424) Qualia says:

Another thing is that all of you are harping on cities like Delhi,well Delhi is the capital city and the center has poured the entire money on Delhi,so there is no comparison.

February 25, 2013 at 7:09 am
(425) Qualia says:

Those who talk about rudeness and unruly crowds,they shouldnt be speaking.Auto Drivers can be rude but thats generally not the way people are.I have had people coming from the villages down South to Chennai who find the Auto drivers rude,I can understand them saying that but not people who are coming from other cities

In which part of India do we have crowds throwing stuff in cricket stadium when the Indian team performs badly?,certainly not Chennai where people are generally more tolerant people.I’m just giving an example,so dont say that my analysis is based on crowd behavior in a cricket stadium.

I know there are a lot of crap that Chennai has but a lot of it has been contributed by the politicians and not by the people.People dont like to isolate themselves from north Indians, we all like to mingle with North Indians and have this idea called “India” intact

February 25, 2013 at 9:25 am
(426) manju says:

refer to India today .OVERALL BEST CITY HONOUR WAS BAGGED BY
CHENNAI.refer feb 22 paper

February 26, 2013 at 7:58 am
(427) Ravi says:

The India Today survey confirms the beliefs of many that Lonely Planet is all crap. Lonely Planet India is actually managed by one Sarina Singh. The only real problem with Chennai is its climate. Still it nvr gets as hot as Delhi. As far as cleanliness is concerned true Chennai is bad but tell me which city in India is clean as per western standards. Bangalore might probably be the only city where there is a determined effort to keep the streets clean. The slums of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyd are some of the worst in the world. Chennai is definitely btr than them. As far as hatred for hindi, ive lived here for 26 of the 29 yrs of my lyf and i havent seen one instance of someone being discriminated against for not knowing tamil. there r many northies working in L&T and DLF. the bus conductors r quite kind to these fellas and ive seen them replying in hindi. tell me if any bus conductor in bangalore will reply in tamil if u ask them for tickets in tamil. most of the conductors, auto drivers in chennai r definitely rude but they r also rude to localites. u can find moody ppl everywhere even in other parts of india. the hate comments of north indians arise from xenophobia or shame at their inability to adjust to sumthing which is “different”. the chennaiites who complain abt the city r those who havent lived anywhere else. they think theirs is the only city which is backward and the rest of india is some sort of paradise. but u can ask the marwaris and saurashtrians who had settled here for many centuries or punjabis who came here during partition and they’ll give u a different story.

February 26, 2013 at 8:10 am
(428) Ravi says:

@Sharell Cook

There are far many tourist spots in and around chennai city than it may seem. the sad part is that they rnt advertised properly. of course, taking the ECR to pondy is a must. u will come across VGP golden beach, Muttukadu, crocodile bank, tiger cave, mahabalipuram, kalpakkam, sadras and auroville. or u can drive to kanchipuram (75 kms frm the city) which has some leading hindu temples many stretching back over a thousand years and on the way visit rajiv gandhi memorial at sriperumbudur (40 kms frm chennai). u can visit the archaeological site of uttiramerur (abt 60 kms from chennai) and the bird sanctuary at vedanthangal (75 kms frm chennai). or can make a trip north to the dutch cemetery at pulicat (60 kms N of chennai) and visit the rocket launching station at sriharikota (abt 80 kms north- u wud need special permission though).

February 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(429) bangalore bihari says:

Friends these Chennai people are not suited for us. Thats ok,after knowing all these,lets all northies stop going to there. But do you know what these Cunning chennai people made to Bangalore. They made heavily short supply of river (by name Cauvery) that is the main supply of water to Bangalore. If water scarcity arises in Bangalore then it should definetely become problem to us. Instead of migrating to our own states let us join our hands with native karnataka people.When whole of India does with Bangalore,then is it easy to get Bangalore’s water share.

February 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(430) Sunny says:

Yes, I learnt from several of my friends that Chennai is the only city where they would never like to go back for any other purpose.

February 28, 2013 at 12:37 am
(431) Ravi says:

@Bihari

your assumptions seem ridiculously stupid. The Cauvery rises in Karnataka and flows downhill into TN. how can chennai ppl create water shortage in bangalore. All this Cauvery water issue is b**s**t politics. I’ve spent 3 yrs in Bangalore and in general Kannadigas r very nice and cultured ppl. at least those frm bnglr r helpful and gud. it is only these organisations like kannada raksha vedike etc. which r fuelling hatred. they often complain that tamilians dont learn kannada but they dont utter a word against north indians. during my stay in bnglr, i observed many tamilians (abt 50%) though not all know kannada or atleast try to learn kannada but none of the north indians in the city though they have stayed there for years have tried to learn kannada. of course, kannada raksha vedika etc. r not bothered abt all these. they seem to love north indians and promote hindi – i guess they team up with these ppl just to make tamils feel unwanted. bt yeah, kannada is a gud language and i can spk it quite well. and tamilians have contributed enormously for the early development – ppl like seshadri iyer, r. narayanasami mudaliar who built the high court and arcot ramaswamy mudaliar.

February 28, 2013 at 1:38 am
(432) Ravi says:
February 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm
(433) Chennai Tamizhan says:

Comparing Chennai to Delhi and mumbai would not be fair because chennai does not live in perpetual fear of being killed by Bhai log or extremist violence.

Yeah, exactly, there r some very bad areas in chennai. but atleast even if the ppl r rude you can very well judge whom u can rely upon and whom not to. it is quite safe for women to travel during late night hours. Women need not be in perpetual fear of being raped by strangers like in delhi or mumbai. not that there have not been any crimes. murders usually take place as revenge killings or gang wars but as long as u keep away from controversy or bad company u can be sure no one wud cause bodily harm. corruption is the biggest problem – a legacy of DMK rule. but other cities in india??? where do they stand in the corruption scale??

Perhaps the only major drawback is its climate. true the city is not clean but i dont other parts of india r any better. the same goes for corruption too. as for autorickshaws even locals detest them. anyway few ppl travel by autos these days as there r cheaper modes of travel like share autos and tata magic vans. if u have heavy luggages with u u can rely on call taxis. autos r in perennial decline nw. my office is abt 15 kms frm my house and with a season ticket i can travel by train for rs. 85 a month or rs. 3 per day. is it possible to travel so cheaply in any other metro in india? buses r also cheaper than bnglr.

February 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(434) chennai tamizhan says:

as for the language thing, tell me – dont u, hindi-speakers, face any dangers in mumbai with mns and regional parties lurking . is it gud to liv in mumbai bcos u get beaten up and not in chennai bcos u dont. as for dark, moustachioed movie heros – oh yeah, thats part of south indian culture. chetan bhagat remarks in his “two states” that in tn “ur uncles could be movie stars”. now, how “young” are bollywood stars SRK, aamir, salman or akshay??? if u count and compare the no of 40+ aged stars in tamil cinema and bollywood ull find that the nos r higher in bollywood. apart frm rajini and kamal, no 40+ tamil hero comes to my mind.

March 1, 2013 at 10:44 am
(435) Mohan@blore says:

First time seeing Bihari speaking for Blore water issue…..i guess there is no problem in bihar!!!!……

March 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(436) bangalore bihari says:

@ravi
dont think,as a bihari dont know the regional news in bangalore. May be i am one of the rare north indian who reads both national and regional news in newspaper. I got the information that,
total need of water to bangalore is 30TMC,but River cauvery tribunal awarded just 8TMC of water to bangalore. I am not too much affectionate on karnataka. But it is definitely a high level injustice.
As ur all southies it is easy for u to learn ur neighbouring languages,but we northies takes more years to learn kannada. May be thats why, kannadigas even having a much more sensitive water issue with tamil nadu,no kannadiga in this forum doesn’t hate chennai,as tamil may be manageble for them.

March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(437) Patli Putra says:

@ bangalore bihari..Stop saying banglore bihari. kanndigas,punjabi,marathi,gujurati,tamil,telugu r no way comparable to patli putras(Bihari),magadhi or kalingas.we have a very good history compare to the rest of the india.In south chennai is the worst city it’s true and the fact u have told abt water is absolutely right.Racism in Mumbai and Chennai is on top.like the way arrogant marathis’ hate bihari the same way entire india hate chennai.Al these because some utmost stupid peoples and polticians are living there.

March 6, 2013 at 9:23 am
(438) srini says:

Are you guys dumb??? If whatever you say are true, then why is Chennai growing. Let me answer the problems you guys cite.
1. Climate: Do you guys complain about singapore? Or even kualalumpur, dubai etc., The city is a tropical city at sea level and you cannot expect a cool weather. Do you know how bad new york in winter? Stop complaining about climate. If you dont like the climate, better dont come.
2. Tamil: Tamil is the state language. English is also understood well. So, what’s your problem. Hindi is not the national language for India. In that sense there is no national language for the country. Even the central government communications to all south indian states is only in English. No Hindi..mind it. If you want us to speak in Hindi in Chennai, better re-think where the problem is
3. Food: Have you been to sowcarpet, ayanavaram etc., Full of marwadis and north indian food. 95% of the people eat south indian food and so SI food is available more. Isnt it natural. Do you have Idli/Dosai available in all hotels in delhi/north india???
4. Autos: Yes. it is one problem. But the public transportation is well developed and call taxis (metered) are available in abundant. Is this still a big issue.

One great guy called “Bangalore bihari” commented about cauvery issue. The share of cauvery water to KA is 270 TMC. If they are so very needy about Bangalore water supply, they can easily take the water from this share. only 1/9th. Else they have to provide alternates like what you have in chennai – from lakes, from rivers and from desalination. Of course you cannot have desalination plants in bangalore but other alternatives are possible.

Bangalore was never a kannadiga only city. Until 1991, the city was officially tamil majority city and even now the urban areas are tamil dominated and they are not migrants. Pls get the facts correct before arguing

March 7, 2013 at 10:57 am
(439) Arokiyasamy Sagayam says:

@ Srini
First readthe Comment no- 342 by Jeevan Kumar.

“Tamil is the State Language and English is understood here.” So, you say TamilNadu is a part of States(U.S)…?? Have some Indian Feeling fag. Did your mother @@@@ an Indian or an Englishman? to give birth to you..?

March 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(440) srini says:

@arokiasamy

Fine. Then how about your mother. You were born for a hindi father? Talk in a decent way.

If there is no national language for India, tell me a single reason to speak hindi to be an Indian. If you go by majority, then English is spoken in majority worldwide and only an idiot can say, speaking in english is wrong.

Mother tongue is important for anyone. English is needed because it is required for work. No patriotism associated with English but it helps to live life that’s all. What I’ll get by learning hindi???

March 7, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(441) Bhushan says:

This blog will remain the same even if I come back after 20 yrs….and Srini would Still be the same immature calf as nw.
But Still…. I will luv it. We need a Cheerleader like srini for sum entertainment!

March 8, 2013 at 4:21 am
(442) nalina says:

@srini
youuuu just stop ur non-sense tongue. How u have the rigths to say to karnataka to adjust urself in 270 TMC of water even though u having 420TMC of water. By this type of Over ruling on others,Superiority complex you people got the name most hated community,most hated city,thats all.
Then u come to overrule on bangalore by telling lies. Bangalore first born by kannadigas. Now became city of all indians. Tamils are came before just before 200-250 years back for British contonment to fought against Tippu Sultan of Srirangapattana, But kannadigas are there from when the Bangalore born. Tamils are second majority in Bangalore. That is true. Did u tolerate,if any body say Telugus are the single largest majority in Chennai,as they are second majority in Chennai? Did maharashritians tolerate if any body say Gujarathis are largest majority in Mumbai as they are second majority in Mumbai? Actually when India got independence tamil,telugus are in 50:50 ratio in Chennai.
Not only Bangalore’s root is Kannada,but Kannada’s root is also Bangalore. When kannada Literature Conference (kannada sahithya Sammelana)starts before Independence,first 2-3 years it will happened only in bangalore. Then in coming years it starts to celebrate in all other districts of Karnataka.
Once upon a time Kannadigas are there in bangalore in 80% majority.Now after due to ‘IT’ revolution migrants majority rises.But still a first majority are Kannadigas.
@bangalore bihari, @ravi
We heartfully welcome these type of gentlemens to our Bangalore. Thank u so much for ur concern. I respect tamilian like ravi even though he not fully accepting injustice to Karnataka on Cauvery river,his talks show how he respect the local language and local people.
But Bangalore should beware of this type of lying srini

March 13, 2013 at 1:10 am
(443) rahul says:

tamils are the biggest jokers. While whole of india hate them,they go to hate kannadians. Even no kannadian here don’t hate chennai or tamil, But Chennaiwalas get jealous of just one Bihari supporting Bangalore (karnataka), so people like srini,KB starts to scold kannadians.
This is a forum of North indians V/S Chennai,why u drag others..

March 15, 2013 at 3:16 am
(444) Krishnamoorty says:

Chennai people hate all other state people and even their own state people – It is in their blood from childhood. As chennai kids grow up loathing and cursing 2 vital subjects. History and Geography. If you do not beleive, come here and have a conversation with chennai youth on these two subjects, they will laugh at you as if u popped out of an ancient grave and say… History is past! I dont care. Why do I care abt Geography? my world is Chennai! Well… this is truth. and I can definitely tell this after living in this city for last 22 yrs… Unless a child grows into an adult knowing History and Geography, you can not expect any ‘National sense’ in him. Nor can he understand the true and vast diversity of the country and visualize who are dependent on whom? and for what?. He only grows into an ignorant, adamant and extremely selfish person capable of causing discord and harm to the country. This is how all chennai peopl are. SAD.

March 16, 2013 at 1:26 am
(445) saravana says:

Mumbai is the Best city, because there are no communal riots over there in the History of India..Hindus and Muslims are so friendly, People of Mumbai don’t beat people from northern eastern states who come and work for their poor family, The city has always been a safe place to live in because there has not even one Terrorist attack in the Mumbai city. It has a legal red light area. Nice place to be live in.

Bangalore is another best city to live in because it is Hi tech city. You enjoy all seeing all modern girls out there, They have lot of night clubs. Lovers especially love to spend their time in Bangalore Feb 14th out there. If u want to spend some time in beach every day, you take a car leave to Goa. You enjoy lot of water facility because they patent rights on the cauvery river.

Delhi is the capital of India..It has lot of freedom, girls can just roam around in nights out there and they are safe back in their home. Ste chief minister is the one who has complete control over the state. Again Delhi too has not seen any communal riots in history. The climate of Delhi is super its either too hot or too cold.. Can enjoy both extremes.

March 16, 2013 at 1:27 am
(446) saravana says:

Chennai is the worst city to live in.. We have seen a lot of communal riots here, All Muslims are afraid to stay in chennai.. People from Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala and Many north India have not migrated to chennai because it is the worst city in India..You can hardly find these state people in chennai. One of my friend who is a girl from delhi came to work in chennai because her father said chennai is not safe for girls. Chennai does not have any history, It is a city just evolved after all north indians settled here.. Tamil is worlds worst language because it is the only existing classical language in India. Tamilians are most hated people in India. examples are AR Rahman, APJ.Abdul Kalam and Chess Mater Vishwanath anand, Kamal hassan, Director Shankar. We are worst people in Business world our companies like HCL and TVS are running under great loss.. Worst education is at chennai because Anna University is At 100th position in world best universtiy. IIT madras is place for dumbs.. When the Mughals invaded north india for more than 200 years. When all States have one city to be proud.. Tamil Nadu has infamous places like coimbatore machestor of south india, Kanchipuram temple city of India, Trichy , Madurai, Ooty, Vellore, kanyakumari the southern tip of India.

March 16, 2013 at 7:01 am
(447) Clement Legori Dileepan says:

@ Saravana
“When all States have one city to be proud..” – The sentence is true only for ur TN. Not any other state. In TN it i always…. chennai chennai chennai..! Even we know the value of Madurai and Coimbatore! They are faaaaaaar better cities than ur chennai. yet in Tamilnadu it is ever ever …chennai chennai chennai…!! phew.
Ur words prove that u are the very same foolish and adamant chennai dweller trying desperately to defend ur “Detroit of India” ( Detroit, not in production and prosperity but in ‘sheer lawlessness’!!!)
Now can u give a list of number of Andhra, Karnataka ,Kerala and those so called “many north Indians” who have migrated to ur ‘chellam’ city chennai??????
they just form 6-8% of total population of chennai. while in Other major COSMOPOLITAN cities, they form at least 35-40% of total population Thats the telling difference.

March 16, 2013 at 7:08 am
(448) paul says:

is tamil the OLNY existing classical language in Indai ???!!!!
man…. u r a racist but u call all others as one.

March 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(449) Kronos says:

Chennai is the best. the reason why people hate is bcos north indias try and dominate us particularly with hindi , they succeded in the past by now they know they’ve lost it. We proved though chennai is all abbout inner beauty or charecter rather than glamour. brains and charecter than beauty and show off. Simplicity is our pride while northies try to show of. Exceptions are turban punjabi’s. Most safest city in India is Chennai. Most relaxed city as well .

March 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(450) Bangalore lover says:

i must tell this.. Bangalore 2nd most polluted city in india, a city that is also becoming the most expensive city next to tokyo, london, dianpro…paris etc.., 3 not even in the list of cleanest metro or ciy..Chndigar is first, chenni 2nd cleanest. Health care..no comparison with any TN city ( if some one wants to counter this pm me). 39% automobile of india manufactured in chennai, 2nd largest exporter of software, asia’s biggest bust terminus, 2nd longest beach, while ret of india was trying to figure out what city means, Chennai had the first mall (spencer plaza ) more than 100 years old. Biggest zoological park, the best cini industry next to b town,
shore temple, port, IIT, Anna University, several medical colleges, CSK, inter city railway and now metro and mono in progress..50 storey residential apartment under const..ITC grand Chola worlds larget LEED hotel, leela palace sea facing, 3 race tracks were official races are held, 18 malls + amazing t nagar, cultural capitol of south…all others sutha Poth.CHENNAI ROCKS…JUST THAT THEY DONT HYPE ..CHENNAI HAS EVERYTHING WHAT ALL OTHER CITIES OFFER. BUT CHENNAI HAS SOMETHING THAT NONE OF THE CITIES CAN OFFER. >>>> safety from terrorism. all other cities had a bomb blast in the recent past while our friends from those cities were working for a mnc ( sorry) typing their reply back to an email.

March 18, 2013 at 11:34 am
(451) Loving Citizen - Madhu says:

Only people with no senses will hate Chennai. You need to grow with it to enjoy everything. You require GNANAM even to enjoy.

You should be an immature young boy with no sense of belonging.

If you are born there, you will not hate. If you still hate, you are a creature who hates his own mother.

Our culture…….We do not hate anybody. God bless you boy…..

March 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(452) Murugan from Madurai says:

Ignore this fool who claims to be a Tamilian. If you carefully observe, ….All these “chennai supporters” who thunder on other state people will have one thing in Common. 95% of them will be be born and brought up in chennai with very llittle exposure to even other parts of Tamil Nadu. and all of them will neither know to read or write fluently in Tamil.
As a result, these nuts never know What is actually written and practised for centuries in the name of ‘TRUE TAMIL CULTURE”. “The TRUE Tamil Culture teaches its people to treat all outsiders, regardless of their language, color and culture with utmost respect and reverence! “வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் தமிழ்நாடு! யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்! விருந்தோம்பலில் தமிழனுக்கு இல்லை நிகர்!” These ancient Tamil proverbs prove it with evidences abundantly prevalent even now across Tamil Nadu.
People in Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem, Tirunelveli, Thanjavur, and all other interior parts of Tamil nadu are NEVER HOSTILE to other state people of India!
It is Only the ‘Chennai Born and Brought Ups’ that are hostile to both north Indians as well as people coming from other parts of their own State!!!!

March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
(453) Murugan from Madurai says:

Friends,Please try to know one thing Clearly. These brats just form 6-8% of the entire population of Whole Tamil nadu!
Now… A sincere request from your brother to all the other state people……. Please Don’t Conclude that ‘Tamil Nadu’ is hostile to you just by landing in Chennai first and bombarding right into desperate hypocrites called ‘Chennai Born And Brought Ups.’(You are most likely to, as there morons are the ones who swarm the Streets of Chennai and all the social Blogs)
Please Understand that Tamil Nadu is F…………….aar more than just 475 sq kms of this arrogant and insensitive piece of land called Chennai. Please make an effort to connect to people from interior parts of Tamil Nadu… I assure you.. you will Instantly feel a reliving difference and your attitude on Tamils as a cwhole will surely change for better!

March 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm
(454) Ravi says:

@Saravana

No communal riots in Mumbai??? That was a nice joke!!! I laughed for nearly ten minutes on seeing ur crap. Have u ever heard of the 1993 bomb blasts. Were u born then or not??? You seem to have gone overboard in claiming that there has been no communal riots in Mumbai. Or are you simply being sarcastic??

March 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm
(455) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Murugan

Oh yeah, ur Madurai is a true “Tamil” city and ur all true Tamil ppl. Do u guys even have the guts to stop MK’s son frm rigging elections??? Again, why there are no protests in madurai in support of sri lankan tamils or atleast why there is nothing in the news abt what u madurai ppl r doing abt it. again do u ppl have to rely on chennai and chennaiites to plan and execute such agitations.

madurai is nothing more than an overgrown village. as uve already said it is even less cosmopolitan than chennai and has a rural outlook. madurai has not even a fraction of the number of north indians that chennai has so u ppl have no right to say that chennai is not suitable for north indians or even those frm outside tn.

frankly speaking, ive spent most of my life in chennai. ive lived here since the mid 1980s. it used to be such a nice city back then. clean and good. it was only after the IT boom of the mid 1990s that the city really started to deteriorate. ppl frm southern districts of tn started to migrate enmasse to chennai and settled in the outer suburbs. repeated govt have proved thoroughly incompetent of handling the rapidly growing population or improving civic amenities.

March 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm
(456) Chennai Veriyan says:

@Murugan

can u pls tell why there are so many caste-communal riots in Madurai and surrounding areas??? why u cannot get so many “other state people” into your city despite ur “love” for them??? as per my knowledge madurai people are more conservative than chennaiites.. if chennai-ppl do not take kindly to guys flirting with girls madurai ppl are known to beat them up.

the madras of those times did not have such a bad reputation. u might find there were many gujaratis, marwaris, punjabis and sindhis who had migrated to the city and settled here. they have their own associations and live happily here. they also love the city. those who are complaining are mostly recent migrants (those had migrated after the city’s character had been significantly altered due to both intra-state and inter-state migrations). so it is for you to decide who is responsible for the city’s bad reputation.

March 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(457) Chennai Veriyan says:

@Clement Legori Dileepan

Mumbai is culturally dominated by hindiwallahs. And bangalore’s culture has been significantly altered by migrations. north indians find it easier to settle down and assimilate into the local population than in say, some city like chennai. of course, though most of my malayali friends would not like to hear it, trivandrum or cochin rnt so cosmopolitan either. ive come across as many hate-blogs against mallus as against tamilians.

i don’t think many chennaites would have preferred to boast abt their city or even speak in its defence of it here if it wasn’t for the so many racist and hate-filled comments we see here or the unjust and exaggerated abuse of chennai and its ppl. Why does every Discovery Channel documentary carry a shot or two of the Dharavi slums..Can you answer?? i advice critics of chennai to introspect before canvassing their “bhai-bandhu” to vote against chennai in this poll here.

My take is :- ” Chennai is definitely a hot, bad an unclean city. But is ur city or state a paradise on earth. So, shut ur a$$ and mind ur own business!”

March 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(458) Chennai Veriyan says:

Chennai people hate all other state people and even their own state people – It is in their blood from childhood. As chennai kids grow up loathing and cursing 2 vital subjects. History and Geography. If you do not beleive, come here and have a conversation with chennai youth on these two subjects, they will laugh at you as if u popped out of an ancient grave and say… History is past! I dont care. Why do I care abt Geography? my world is Chennai! Well… this is truth. and I can definitely tell this after living in this city for last 22 yrs… Unless a child grows into an adult knowing History and Geography, you can not expect any ‘National sense’ in him. Nor can he understand the true and vast diversity of the country and visualize who are dependent on whom? and for what?. He only grows into an ignorant, adamant and extremely selfish person capable of causing discord and harm to the country. This is how all chennai peopl are. SAD.

So u dont lyk chennai bcos of ur perception that its ppl dont like history and geography???? funny!!!!!

March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am
(459) Neutral says:

I have been reading this blog for quite some time… and i have a small question to all who all love Chennai…
You all are shouting for such a long time saying, “Chennai is great!!”, “Tamils are awesome” and so on…. I don’t have a problem. India is world’s biggest democracy and we have all the right to speak and think. Now, tell me, how many tamilians died or gave their blood for India’s independence? What’s the %? What’s the contribution of Tamilians? It won’t even come to 1% … It was most of the people from North, Punjab, Bengal and Maharashtra who sacrificed their life to give you people the independence to say bad abt hindi and north Indians today… You should be ashamed of yourself..

March 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(460) Anantha Narayanan says:

@ Neutral
Though Iam a Tamilan…..(தமிழன்) living in chennai, I will agree with you to some extent In this point. Except VEERA PANDIY.A KATTABOMMAN of Tirunelveli, PULI THEVAN of Tirunelveli, V. O CHIDAMBARAM PILLAI OF Thoothukudi, SUBRAMANIAM SIVA of Thoothukkudi, TIRUPPUR KUMARAN of Tiruppur… there is Not a single person ..Mark My Words ‘NOT A SINGLE PERSON from this disgraceful land called ‘Chennai..’ who even considered it worthwhile to fight for Indian Independence!!!!!
All the contribution from Tamils to India’s Independence have come from the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and in No way remotely related to Chennai borns.
From time British built Fort St George in Madras in 1657………….till 2013 people of Chennai are amused and attracted by Americans and Englishmen but are VERY VERY HOSTILE AND AVERSIVE TO INDIA. This is something which all Indians must try to understand about this black Sheep called Chennai.

March 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(461) Skandha says:

True it is if you consider only climate, skin colour & most relevant to any non-indian, its non-submissiveness to dominant Hindi Imperialist attitude of imposing their mother tongue as “National Language”. Its so true. It would be loved or hated as Hyderabad if & only if it had a soceity that talked the Pakis language. Heard it from colleagues who are from Gujarat, Bengal & Bihar.
I have a question fr them though ” What is your Problem in having English as National Language ? “. Its foreign to u as hell as it is to us, if that’s the reason.

March 22, 2013 at 5:08 am
(462) Ashwin Kumar says:

This is so naive. Chennai is a peaceful city. I am born and brought up in bangalore, but lived in Chennai. Only the weather is something you can hate, and the people are not so pleasant. but other than that, there is nothing about the city that will make u hate it. just visit the old parts of chennai (Adyar, Mylapore, Tiruvanmiyur,, Beasant Nagar) don’t think you will find such posch places any where in India which has so much culture in it. And finally not to forget, the beautiful beaches, be it in the city or the East coast road, just beautifyl. You north Indian only know about Mumbai and Delhi and expect people else where to speak your language?? C’mon, grow up.

March 23, 2013 at 1:08 am
(463) Prakash Seshadri says:

@ Aswin Kumar – “just visit the old parts of chennai (Adyar, Mylapore, Tiruvanmiyur,, Beasant Nagar) don’t think you will find such posch places any where in India!!!!!!!!!!”

As a resident of Adyar and Mylapore for 31 years, I wonder How Grown up are you? when you make such a Silly comment !. Go and visit the posh localities of cities like Mumbai , Bangalore, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and get the real meaning of the word “Posh”

Now.. all that welcomes you when you enter the Posh localities you mentioned in Chennai are…Fractured and punctured roads with popping manholes, Overflowing gutter and smell urine everywhere, relentless honking noise all the time, spits of mucus everywhere on road, slum boys swarming the ‘Posh Streets’ screaming all the “Most auspicious” words in tamil, stray dogs everywhere.. – all these and many more have long been the chief characteristic feature of the POSH places you mentioned in Chennai.

When I traveled to cities like Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bangalore and visited the real posh localities there I was ashamed to be a citizen of Chennai.

March 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm
(464) srini says:

@prakash seshadri

It can be clearly understood that you are not from chennai.

But in the case iff you are from chennai and you dont like it what stops you from leaving the city and stay in your list of posh cities????

March 24, 2013 at 8:44 am
(465) Mohan@blore says:

@nueutral…..i wonder do u know subhash chandra bose and i guess u should know INA….check out the % of tamilians in tat…it is also the part of independence. We are indians mr.neutral….

March 24, 2013 at 9:02 am
(466) Prakash Seshadri says:

@ srini
only thing that stops me leaving chennai is in other Indian cities I wont find a nutcase like you that can make me ROFL!!! jus.. don wanna miss this fun..!

March 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(467) navya says:

@ bangalore lover(453)
actually u r not a bangalore lover. u r a chennai lover. U tell the most biggest Lie. 2nd cleanest Indian city is Mysore not chennai. just stop lying.

March 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(468) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Neutral and Ananta Narayanan

So here comes someone ignorant of South Indian history and an equally ignorant Tamizhan supporting him. Oh yeah, there have not been so many freedom-fighters from TN bcos only a few-select North Indians have been designated as “freedom-fighters” and promoted by Punjab/UP/Bihar dominated Indian govt. The day when Bhagat Singh had been hanged has been commemorated as “Shaheed Diwas” but does anyone outside TN know abt Vanchinathan. it is bcos the indian govt doesnt care to perpetuate his memory or perhaps ppl up north dont wish to recognise south indian freedom fighters bcos they run contrary to popular notion prevailing in north india that s. indias are by nature docile and collaborated with the british

March 25, 2013 at 2:18 am
(469) Ashwin Kumar says:

@Prakash Silly? watch your language before you make a comment. i have lived in Bangalore AND Chennai for quite a long time to make a comment. And what part of bangalore did you find so POSCH that makes you hate chennai so much? Have you seen the better parts of the city? Besant Nagar, Adyar etc. maybe you live in a filthy place, and hence the perception about the city. And which city doesnt have slums. It’s not like other cities are world class. Have you seen the narrow streets of Bangalore?

March 26, 2013 at 9:32 am
(470) Mohan@blore says:

For all tell me one good reason why u hate tamilians………..language and black are not included coz its regional culture…if u hate for tat then u should not blame australians……..

March 27, 2013 at 1:31 am
(471) Ananta Narayanan says:

@ Chennai Tamizhan
So.. you assume I am Ignorant of Tamizh people’s Contribution to Indian Freedom??? that too you are saying this after reading my previous Comment!!. This hows how Mean you are.
Get one thing straight into your small brain. Iam very well aware of What Contribution ‘WE TAMIZHANS’ made and Iam more aware of what ‘YOU CHENNAIKAARANS’ failed to do for India’s Freedom. so.. spit your crap elsewhere…
You talk about Vanchinathan?? My simple and straight question is Was Vanchinathan from Chennai?? Answer is NO!. Vanchinathan was a valorous freedom fighter from Tirunelveli district. who shot the then collector of Tirunelveli – Aurthur Ashe in Maniyachi Junction railway station near Tirunelveli.
Dont pull all the freedom fighters from other parts of Tamilnadu when the question is… Who all were from Chennai.
In fact 70% of the indian police who took orders from British and beat up fellow indian freedom fighters were from Madras. Your Chennai is a spineless traitor licking the feet of British then and Americans now.
Chennai doesnt have any contribution to Indian freedom nor do the people in this city care about other Indians who gave them this freedom.

March 27, 2013 at 10:25 am
(472) tushar says:

people should stop fighting over this silly topic.each city has its own pros & cons.everyone should accept that english & hindi are only languages that can help you to connect to people of other states.i once travelled in an auto(malyali driver) in bangalore.he did not know kannada & english.
i somehow managed to communicate with him in hindi.i have experienced in bangalore that at times street vendor do not know english but they understand hindi..thus hindi acted as connecting language.people residing in other states should put effort in learning local language.english is connecting language for elite but i think that hindi connects everyone(even auto drivers,street vendors).

March 27, 2013 at 11:45 am
(473) Daniel says:

Chennai is the most stinkiest Dirtiest, Disorganised, Greedy, Narrow minded, Quarrelsome, Intolerant, Most Alcholic city in India. yet.. chennai people will always be the first to comment and comment with lot of abuses in all blogs and forums like this one. So the general public reading them will get an illusion as if rest of Indian state People are biased against Chennai and T.N But In reality it is chennai people who are biased.

March 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(474) muthu says:

I am from chennai, and its is absolutely wrong to say that Tamilians hate other languages, Chennai is one of the friendly city, chennai has the heart to welcome people of other States and allow them thrive here, but after getting everything from chennai, some state people always has the habit of telling, it is bad and bla bla bla, They are all TRAITORS and should be hanged to death immediately.

March 28, 2013 at 5:31 am
(475) srini says:

Mr. Anant Narayan

Funny guy!!!!

Bharathiar lived in Chennai. so do rajaji. These are just 2 examples. If you go by chennai and not TN in full, then please list out the freedom fighters from other cities and not states.

Everyone know you are not from TN but just projecting a tamilian name. You guys didnt until now answer my basic questions.

1. Is Chennai Unclean : Just visit Chennai – perungudi has a dumping yard so do other cities. So, if you are guy working in OMR and say chennai is dirty, check the facts. Visit Chennai city and come to a conclusion.

2. Hindi: The matter has been explained umpteen times. Hindi is not out national language. We dont oppose screening of hindi movies, nor we stop hindi channels or news paper. We see no value in learning hindi. We love our mothertongue and we learn english as a tool for career. That’s all.

3. Climate: I think you guys will not visit singapore. kualalumpur, dubai or even new york/london if you get an opportunity. correct! Also, if you are from any other city except bangalore/pune, probably you dont have any justification to talk about climate.

You know we play telugu, malayalam, kannadam songs in our FM. Listen to “aahaa fm”.does any other tier 1 city does it. We are not against any language but we are not for forcing anything on us also.

March 28, 2013 at 7:55 am
(476) tushar says:

@srini:how can you say you see no value in learning hindi?you can not communicate outside tamil nadu if you do not know hindi(english understood only by elite class).if you ever move outside tamil nadu you will realise this.
suppose you are posted in north,east or west india,how will you communicate without the use of hindi?hindi is widely spoken & almost understood everywhere.suppose you go to bengal,will you then learn bengali there(hindi is easily understood there)?better learn hindi for your own betterment.you will not do any one a favour by learning hindi.

March 28, 2013 at 11:49 am
(477) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Anantanarayanan

I find ur comments extremely immature and stupid. There were fewer freedom fighters born and brought up in chennai but there were many who settled in chennai. it is pretty obvious why, the area of chennai is just abt 1 or 2% of tht of tn and its population is barely 10% of tn’s. It was even lesser in older times. By ur logic, the people of mumbai could be named traitors because most freedom fighters had ancestors from poona.

rajaji, bharathy, g. subramania iyer of the hindu, kalki sadasivam, kamaraj were some freeom fighters who settled in chennai. bhaktavatsalam, thiru vi ka were freedom fighters who were born in chennai. there were of course ppl who thought otherwise – rather it was not due to their love for british rule but probably they felt that independence would mean their vanquishment by UP-Biharwallahs and traitor TamBrahms like you. Ur argument seems to be extremely immature. i advice you not to be so short-sighted.

March 28, 2013 at 11:58 am
(478) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Anantarayanan

Sry that “traitor” accusation was directed at Prakash Seshadri

March 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(479) Chennai Tamizhan says:

“When I traveled to cities like Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bangalore and visited the real posh localities there I was ashamed to be a citizen of Chennai.”

Your so-called “posh cities” dont depict the real India. These gated communities and sprawling malls give a superficial impression of a “shinning india”. and eager to please their asian-origin voters, british MPs and American senators make speeches heaping praises on india and predicting that india’s economy will overtake china etc. but such predictions are far from reality. side by side with all the progress there does exist widespread poverty and illiteracy.

It has become a fashion among most city dwelling youngsters of cities like delhi, mumbai, etc., to wear american dress, imitate amerian style and culture. i Wonder how many of these hifi youngsters in delhi who go abt wearing sleeveless clothes or miniskirts or go around with the latest gadgets or expensive cars , accompany their bfs to pubs, etc., i wonder how many of these ppl have actually been to villages in neighbouring haryana or punjab and seen conditions there. with khap panchayats, female infanticide and high illiteracy the situation in rural n. india is bad indeed. Those localities you speak of dont depict progress, on the contrary they are symbols of our own ignorance of the other india.

and yeah, a person from a decent (not posh) locality as adyar or thiruvanmiyur is more simple, educated and cultured than those from the “psh” areas in mumbai or delhi.

March 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(480) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Seshadri

if you want to booze or flirt with girls 24 hrs a day chennai might not be the place for you (the posh localities u mentioned might be the best suited). but if ur interested in history, indian dance and music, theosophy, purchasing sarees or jewellery or just strolling around to see some gud temple or church or interestng monument chennai mite b a gud place. u claimed to have lived in such a “miserable” locality for more than 3 decades bt i wonder why did u live there 4 such a long time without either trying to change it or opting to move out.

March 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm
(481) srini says:

@tushar

You have to understand that there are virtually no central government vacancies anymore. People became impressed with hindi for central government jobs only. Further people from TN move max to bangalore and to a certain level to hyderabad of late. In mumbai, the movement is either towards the high end jobs or towards the low end jobs. For High end jobs, english will sell and for extreme low end , tamil may take care with huge tamil population. Further they can learn hindi/ marathi it they need to there. In bangalore, people can survive with tamil (as with kannada people can survive in hosur area) and in hyderabad they can learn telugu which is much easier than to lean hindi. There are no jobs in north/north east etc., which south people are moving. I again emphasise, we are willing to learn hindi, if needed and no against it. But we want the northies to learn our language if they come to our place. That’s it.

March 30, 2013 at 1:10 am
(482) tushar says:

@srini
I also have this view that non native residents should learn & respect the local languages.they should have the courtesy to appreciate the local culture & tradition.I do not agree with you on the point that there are no central govt jobs anymore.A lot of jobs are being advertised by upsc,ssc,ibps,army etc which are on all india basis.A lot of south people are in govt jobs in north india(railway,banks,army etc).many people from south work in IT sector in noida.

March 30, 2013 at 2:49 am
(483) Jack Nicolson says:

Well…1st of all i was born and brought up in new mumbai.it is an awesome place.its known ,
cause it is the largest planned city in the world.and has high tech amenities and services.i
hve been to bangalore ,delhii,mumbai,chennai.etc.i am from TN.and was very proud to visit
chennai for 4 months on a vacation at T.Nagar chennai,cause i had that tamil feeling in me,
and i hve to say those were the worst 4 months in my life.i mean,”what has chennai got??”NOTH
ING.it just rots.people are mannerless.culture is not good.etc.
Food:
The native south Indian food over here is good.i mean if u want to eat pure north indian,
chinese,american,u haven’t got a lot of options.i mean it aint like that in mumbai,u would
get the same original taste of food..u wanna eat idli sambhar,ull get it,cause u got many
native tamils over here..and its available evrywhere..whereas variety infood in chennai
wont b availble everywhere…People over here have a very bad taste.i mean they would eat
south indian cuisines for ages without gettin bored….Learn from delhi and mumbai people..
Culture:
Tamil people boast off of their culture…its not that i dnt like my cilture.its just that
tamil people boast of it,as the best culture in the world..who gave u the “bst in the world
culture” 2 u,it would b some tamil ass..Marrying ur own cousins,mothers younger brother is
tamil culture,which they say proudly,no other culture in the world has such disgusting
culture…and Tn has the most no. of divorces in india(TOI article,search in google)Nows
thats the culture..plz.dont boast of the culture..each and every culture is beautiful
and has its own values..u need to respect western culture even though u may not like it..

March 30, 2013 at 2:50 am
(484) Jack Nicolson says:

Safety:
chennai people are rude comparetly to other places…women are more safer in mumbai than
any other major city in india….now a tamil guy will tell thats not true …chennai is
the best.FU.it is a survey conducted by NGO’s.google it guys safest city…in chennai girls
wear sarees and chutidhar..in mumbai chutidhar,jeans,skirts,etc…still girls in mumbai are
less teased and less raped than in chennai..
Language:
i respect tamil language..but what tamilans feel is that it sounds the best in india…
tamilans are very jealous that tamil was not selected as the official language of india
…..karunanidhi banned hindi not beacuse he hated it,cause he feared that tamil would
get extinct…already tamil numbers are extinct…tamil numbers are not used..people hve
4got it….if u know only hindi a person can manage nywhere xcept TN…even people in
kerala understand hindi..
Terrorist attacks:
terrorists in afganisthan wont attack terrorists in pakistan…they attack countries
which prosper,cause they r jealous,they dnt like ny 1 to come above them..similarlyterrorists
wont attack chennai cause terrorists exist there..the tamil tigers were gud ..they fought for
the tamil but they killed an Indian leader…so they r termed as terrorists….terrorists
attack mumbai ,bangalore,delhi cause these cities prosper unlike chennai….;)
nature and cleanliness:
okay i know mumbai has got large slums,and is unclean,but go to the bright side my friend.
it is the skyscrapper city of india..within 2020,mumbai will hve some of the tallest buildings
in the world(work has already started,india tower,world one).it has the highest number of
tallest skyscraper in india …about 85 out of top 100.chennai is equally dirty as mumbai.

March 30, 2013 at 2:51 am
(485) Jack Nicolson says:

half of the city looks like slums,unorganised etc.. u say u got marina beach…well we dnt
have any beaches cause the sea is deep here compared to bay of bengal..its nature…but
our marine drive is much beautiful than your marina beach…..
i got lot to say,i can prove in watever way u want tht chennai is much worse than mumbai…
i regreat spending my 4 boring months in chennai..
Chennai has got no entertainment…i kno that EA and PMC hve come up now…but people wont
buy things from there…not because they are poor but because they are kanjoos..i know i
would b gettin lot of swear language but accept the fact u guys r boring,slow nd lazy
FU chennai nd FU chennaites

March 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm
(486) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Jack Nicholson

Ur wonderful Mumbai has got Dharavi – the largest slum in the world. I have never said anywhere tht Chennai is btr than Mumbai – but Mumbai (or any any other city in India for that matter) isn’t much btr than Chennai.

I find it strange that u cudnt eat any n. indian food in chenrnai. and s. indian food is definitely btr than n. indian food. most n. indian food are oily and deep fried and help u die early.

i dont ustand wot s wrong in marrying a cousin or distant relative. such marriages occur in most cultures. sibling and cousin marriages wer common in ancient iran, egypt and the inca empire. it is also common in british royalty. only an ignorant fanatic hypocrite wud oppose it. u must be a member of some khap panchayat.

March 31, 2013 at 1:14 am
(487) IluvChennai says:

Chennai is best of best city in the world in India. The Madurai temple has the best engineering and archtecture. Shree Padmanabasa Temple is the richest temple and Mylapore temple is the beautiful temple of chennai.

In addition, chennai is the IT hub of the world in India. Chennai scientist designed ‘Chitti’. It is world best robot in India. But Mr Rajnikanth killed Chitti to save the world.

There are so many world best tourist place in Chennai.
Egmore museum, LIC building is the tallest building in South India, Guindy zoo, if u love nature you can go to visit IIT campus. Other tourist places are Marina beach, Gemini flyover, Triplicane mosque, Cafe Coffee Day, Santhome light house,Central Station, Vandarloo Zoo, EA, Pondy Bazaar where you can experience french culture and also purchase wine. Liquor available everywhere in Chennai. Many people love drinking and it is not a great social taboo to drink. And chennai ppl very friendly. Even at 10 am in the morning you can get liquor in TASMAC and many Chennai friends making big line and waiting outside TASMAC in the morning for shop to open. And TASMAC is govt owned shop. So govt also friendly. If you want to immediately drink liquor near shop then they also give u plastic glass and water for mixing. If u want to do toilet you can do near the shop and also sleep there if cant go home. Also ppl eat all non veg so no riot problem for cow or pig safety.

Chennai has many hot actors

Suryaa (my favourite)
Asin
Mamoothy
Dhanush
Rajnikanth
Vijaykanth
Silk Smitha
MS Dhoni
Jayalalithi
Kanzhimozhi
Katju

March 31, 2013 at 2:54 am
(488) Chennai Traveller says:

Being well aware that many IndiaMikers are passionate “Chennaiites” (the city doesn’t even have a proper demonym), this is an earnest yet unabashed attempt to dissuade potential travellers from wasting their time in India’s least appealing city.

What is it that draws many people to the same conclusion about Chennai? Lonely Planet sums it up fairly well- “No matter how determined you are, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find much to gush about when it comes to Chennai”. I find a lot wrong with Lonely Planet but in this instance the erstewhile superior guidebook of almost all India travellers has it right. But why is it that this guidebook, along with almost every traveller imaginable, regards the city with such disdain? What is it that crawls under people’s skin and gives them nothing but an enduring urge to leave as soon as possible? This is a mere attempt to find out.

March 31, 2013 at 2:56 am
(489) Chennai Traveller says:

1) The city is cultureless

It is. Let’s not beat around the bush trying to defend Chennai as the epitome of Tamil culture. The city has nothing of the sort. There are no cultural events in Chennai because there is nothing to have events about. Incidentally there’s not even a social scene to build a culture around, either, because its Tamil population, by and large, do not understand drinking.

This lack of culture stems from the fact that almost all Tamil “culture” stems from several thousand years ago- when Chennai itself is barely even half a millenium old. What do you get when you have a Tamil populace based on century-old traditions and try and put them into a modern city? A plain lack of culture.

March 31, 2013 at 2:58 am
(490) Chennai Traveller says:

2) There’s nothing to do

Well there are some things. Yet there’s still little of interest, and what there is is so far spread apart, that India’s fourth biggest city (the Chennai authorities frequently seem to infer “best” from “biggest”) is barely worth getting off the bus for.

You can look at the Big Mosque. Half an hour. An hour if you’re slow. A day if you LOVE reasonably modern Islamic architecture. It’s not even a nice mosque by any standards.

You could go for a quick stroll on the Beach, but only if you can stand the pollution from the nearby harbour, as well as the incessant staring of a “modern” populace that still finds great bemusement in a real life white person frequenting their “cosmopolitan” city.

Maybe you’d like to visit Fort St. George- one of only two places in Madras of any note. I am no Colonialist- I wrote my second year college coursework on the negative effects of the Raj on North Indian trade- but it is such a shame that this interesting and historically important set of structures has been either left to rot by short-sighted Tamil politicians or build upon with huge concrete structures to accomodate one of India’s worst state governments.

Or perhaps you’d like to visit the Museum, which is actually pretty good (no guesses on who built it). There we are. Get off the bus and spend at least an hour in the city’s notoriously disgusting roads just to see one museum.

March 31, 2013 at 2:59 am
(491) Chennai Traveller says:

3) The rickshaw drivers

Because you will inevitably be on those roads in a rickshaw, whose drivers rank amongst the worst in India, if not, in terms of wider transport, the world. Chennai’s drivers are ear-marked for their astronomical prices, their poor driving (yes, even by Indian standards) but, above all, their uneducated and highly disturbing racism.

And they are racist. There’s no doubt that not all Chennaiites are not racist, though proportionately they are less tolerant due to Chennai’s relative lack of integration with the rest of the subcontinent and the wider world. But the rickshaw drivers are racist. I accept paying double, even triple, for rides all across India, because I am foreign, but four or five times the price? Forget it. And they’re even racist to fellow Indians, forgetting perhaps that it is effectively North Indians bankrolling Chennai that have kept the city (and the state) financially viable. The rickshaw drivers should always be treated with disdain and distrust.

4) It has no feel

No ambiance. No reason to say “I like the feel of Chennai”. The culinary scene is non-existent. The movie scene is of a disturbingly poor and too-oft-politicised nature. It masquerades as a cosmopolitan “capital” city of major importance, but is really just a dirty collection of Tamil villagers who found themselves drawn to a British trading post that went very wrong.

March 31, 2013 at 3:01 am
(492) Chennai Traveller says:

5) It is the only place in India that needs re-colonising

No, really. India has flourished since the repressive rule of the British was finally deposed of in 1951. The disturbing rise in post-Colonial attitudes in Britain fails to understand the awful nature of foreign rule. But Chennai is not India. Chennai is in its own, separate category of awfulness, underlined by the fact that quite unlike Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad, all cities that have bred their own- highly impressive- domestic identities- Chennai has merely managed to breed cholera.

The only good things about Chennai are what the British left behind. Years of Tamil mis-management have left it little more than a giant slum, punctuated by disturbingly terrible attempts to install a pride in a history that does not exist. Chennai- Madras- was a Colonial trading outpost. Where Mumbai built itself into a city, Chennai built itself into an extended flea-pit for the masses, hankering on to hollow words from corrupt leaders promising radical improvements to the Tamil world. But they can’t improve it. Mostly they are just as uneducated and clueless as the city’s populace who vote for them.

Would the return of the British help anything? No. Of course not. Do not be so preposterous and if you understand the first thing about Raj history, you would know it’s a monstrous idea anyway.

But would “colonization” by the rest of India make improvements? Probably so. Just look at Bangalore. What if Bangalore’s authorities were permitted to run Chennai? Just think of the improvements. The education. The eventual growth of a much needed culture.

So until that happens, wide-eyed travellers, give India’s worst city a very wide berth indeed.

March 31, 2013 at 5:20 am
(493) Silk Smitha Lover says:

I agree Silk Smitha was the hottest actress in Tamizh cinema. Some of her films are cult favourite even to this day. She was the true epitome of South Indian beauty, grace and endurance.

March 31, 2013 at 5:37 am
(494) Tamil Girl says:

Every time I am watching a Tamil movie songs in the theatre in Chennai, there will be a fat middle aged woman dancing and the camera will be fixed at her big bossom and her very big rear. She will be thrusting these body parts really hard on the camera. You can recognise most of the Chennai actresses better by images of their sexual body parts than their face pics.

In the theatre, I see Tamil boys and men ogling at the naked flesh of these actress like sharks, vultures and wolves. And then you say that Chennai is the most cultured city. I am a Tamilan girl and I have lived in many cities in this world and exploitation of women in cinema is common in many other places including bollywood. But the sad part is that Chennaiites have double standards. Despite this daunting tragedy they think that they are the most cultured. This misconception among these people is a result of having lived their entire lives in the same city and having never experienced or intended to experience other cultures.

April 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm
(495) Chennai Tamizhan says:

@Jack Nicholson

Hindi is a damn f***ing language invented by fanatical Afghan, Persian and Turkish invaders who killed thousands of pp and destroyed so many temples. Indians should be ashamed of using Hindi – it lacks the grace, beauty and antiquity of classical Tamil.

April 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm
(496) Ravi says:

@Chennai Traveller

Your statement that Chennai lacks cultural events seems to depict your ignorance. There is the month-long Madras Music Season which takes place in December-January every year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Music_Season). There is is also an annual Chennai Book Fair which has been held for the past thirty-five years. It is obvious from the discussions in this forum that most travellers who passed by Chennai did not care to learn about the city or understand it. Oh yeah, if you measure “culture” by the number of rave parties then chennai doesnt have one.

April 2, 2013 at 12:03 am
(497) Ravi says:

@Chennai Traveller

Lonely Planet reviews are based on opinions and experiences of lay travellers. The surveys by magazines like India Today appear more academic. The magazine has rated Chennai the best city in India by considering various factors and consulting intellectuals.

April 2, 2013 at 12:15 am
(498) Ravi says:

@Chennai Traveller

Chennai has many more monuments than the Big Mosque or Govt Museum. There are grt many places within a hour’s drive from the city. I had already given a list of them above.

The cosmopolisation of a city does not improve it – mass migrations rather destroy its original character. i find new migrants to bangalore massing up in the southern IT corridor. they tend to accumulate in neighbourhoods such as madivala, BTM layout, koramangala and electronic city where a new bangalore has emerged. non-kannada migrants rarely learn kannada and lead lives separate and disconnected with the rest of the city. instead of helping these new migrants learn kannada, shopkeepers and store owners go out of the way to please these new migrants by conversing with them in hindi. on weekends these ppl go to m g road or brigade road wearing miniskirts or shorts. it is okay to adopt certain western practices but it is necessary that we respect local traditions and sensibilities – oh no, i am not speaking in favour of the culture police or saying that miniskirts or shorts are bad – but there is a popular saying :- “Be a Roman while in Rome”.

April 2, 2013 at 12:20 am
(499) Ravi says:

@Chennai Travellers

Autorickshaws – It is your mistake. Why do you choose to go around in autorickshaws when there are so many buses, trains, share-autos, Tata magic vans and call taxis. The Metro is also coming to Chennai so you can do away with autos. Even amongst locals, few ppl use autos nowadays.

April 2, 2013 at 12:36 am
(500) Ravi says:

@Chennai Traveller

I agree with you on two counts – firstly, on ur view that Chennai wud have improved if bangalore civic authorities have been allowed to run it. Yeah, definitely, the city wudve been more clean and there wudve been less corruption in the administration.

Secondly, I agree with you that chennai has deteriorated since india’s independence. yeah, both DMK and ADMK have done little to improve the beauty of the city. corruption has been rampant for atleast two or three decades. but then, most of india’s cities face the same problems – kolkata, mumbai, all r threatened by increasing ghettoisation.

April 2, 2013 at 5:33 am
(501) vijayakanth says:

@ Chennai Traveller
No One could have hammered a nail so precisely and spot on into those arrogant and disgusting heads of chennai people better than you. Really Loved the way you threw those facts right on their ashamed faces..man!!! .KUDOS!!!

April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(502) Ravi says:

@Chennai Traveller

You appear to be ill-informed about Chennai. Chennai has a rich culinary tradition; not all movies are politicized, most of them are, in fact, not. Coming to the first point, you can find good quality vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian South Indian food in the city – the city has plenty of Udupi restaurants (most of whom have been here for close to a 100 yrs) and eateries like Krishna Sweets, Grand Sweets and Snacks and Adyar Bakery. Some regional food chains like Adyar Ananda Bhavan and international ones like Saravana Bhavan and Murugan Idly Shop are headquartered in Chennai. There are also many coffee shops – many serving the fabled Kumbakonam Degree Coffee. As far as non-veg is concerned, you can find lots of Chettinad restaurants and Thalappakattu biriyani outlets in the city. There are also many restaurants serving Salem, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Kongunadu food varieties. The only culinary varieties in which Chennai might be poor are N. Indian items. Even then, you get Punjabi, Peshawari, Mexican and Italian food in the city. Some views stated here are extremely ill-informed. Others, such as ur opinion of “politicized films” appear pretty outdated. There are not much politicized films made nowadays though many used to be made sometime back. I strongly suggest that you either read books by S. Muthiah or Michael Wood’s “Smile of Murugan” to get a btr idea of the city.

April 3, 2013 at 1:39 am
(503) Balakrishnanan says:

@ Ravi
Why do you feel such a dire need to flood the whole blog with your replies defending chennai with maginary facts..???
Your obsession in trying to disprove CHENNAI TRAVELLER, itself proves that Chennai Traveller is absolutely right and you guys are radically wrong ! Only when one is not sure and confident of what he supports, he will talk NONSTOP like you.
Develop the maturity to accept the truth and make chennai a better city for everyone and not just for chennai people. Stop squealing like a child, when someone points out your mistakes.

April 3, 2013 at 1:55 am
(504) Asish Kapoor says:

@ Iluvchennai
Ha Ha Ha Ha …! . you rock man! Cant do more damage to that already damaged chennai…! I had a longest laughing session of my life reading how you described chennai’s TASMAC scenario….! (Have lived in chennai for 2 years and you are… Bang on target )

April 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(505) ganesh says:

These tamil people are second majority in bangalore. Bangalore gives job for both educated and non-educated tamils. But what they tribute to bangalore? Voted here for Bangalore to save the name of their Chennai.
I am very much sure that just 10-15 tamilians repeatedly vote against bangalore to save gaurd Chennai’s name,but are defeated in acheiving their goal. These people are Untrustable.

April 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm
(506) vishaal says:

you are a ‘sadvic’ guy Ganesh! Many bangaloreans are same like you and they deserve great respect. but…… ALAS!!! …..all these chennai people are ‘asura vamsa neechaas’…so pls .. just ignore them.

April 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm
(507) Ravi says:

@Balakrishnan

Chennai Traveller’s replies are rather naiive and I sometimes even feel pity for you guys. If at all an outsider goes to a city (either as a traveller or as a settler) he ought to make background research before doing so – instead you go to some place without knowing what to do and what not, where to stay and where not and then blame the locals for it. Each place is different in its own way – what is applicable to most indian cities is not applicable to Chennai. If u cant learn to adapt to it then u cant blame it as a bad place to live in.

April 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm
(508) Ravi says:

@Ganesh

Your fears are all imaginary. I don’t think many Tamilians would have voted here against bangalore as you seemed to say. Nor do i consider some crap poll here to depict realities. and if u rnt aware of it, bangalore owes as much of its existence to tamilians as tamilians owe their progress to bangalore.

April 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm
(509) vikram says:

@ ravi
shut up ur mouth ravi. Why bangalore owe for tamils for its existance. Its a most funny and stupid talk.
Bangalore grow revolutionarily only by Kannadiga’s power. Narayana Murthy of Infosys, Former chief minister of Karnataka S.M.Krishna(many CMs work for the development of Bangalore but majorly SM Krishna), Vijay Malya of Kingfisher Airlines, Ashok keni who constructs NICE and important ringroads of Bangalore and so many persons but mainly i know these persons,all are pure Kannadigas.
As u say its like ‘jayalalitha,karunanidhi,MGR work hard for the development of Bangalore..ha ha ha’. Tamilians just work in jobs of Bangalore and get lakhs of salary.

April 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm
(510) Ravi says:

@Vikram

Bangalore as we know today was constructed by a Tamilian, Sir K. Seshadri Iyer after whom Seshadripuram is named. The Bangalore High Court was constructed by a Tamilian from Vellore, Arcot Narayanasawamy Mudaliar. BESCOM chairman is a tamilian. Most of bangalore originated during the Mysore samasthana period. And in case you dont know the mysore samasthana partonized tamil and telugu ppl and a lot of tamil and telugu civil servants worked for the kingdom. Sir visveswarayya was a mulukanadu brahmin from andhra. the post areas of bangalore were part of the old bangalore cantonment which owes its rise to the british and soldiers of the indian army who were mostly tamils. shut up if u dont know history. bangalore is a kannadiga city and belongs to karnataka but not all tamils and telugus migrated there bcos of the IT revolution. there were ppl who had migrated long ago and have done a lot for bangalore. recognizing the contributions of these ppl would not hurt u in any way.

April 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm
(511) Ravi says:

@Vikram

And u also have tamilians of marathi origin like t. ananda rao (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Ananda_Rao) – after whom Ananda Rao Circle is named and V. P. Madhava Rao (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._P._Madhava_Rao) who had served as diwans of Mysore. Jayalalithaa also spent her childhood in Mysore and as far as i know still owns land in mysore district.

April 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm
(512) Ravi says:

@Vikram

i find it very funny if you claims Vijay Mallya has done lots for bangalore. Can u pls tell what has he done for bangalore’s poor. has he done any works of charity??? all he has done is make money for himself and his family.

April 6, 2013 at 7:58 am
(513) kumar says:

@Ravi
Vothaa koothiya moodu di..

April 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm
(514) Ravi says:

i’m a north indian and i lived in chennai for about 8 months. i was working in a reputed central govt firm which was located in the outskirts of chennai…….i must tell u i faced a terrible language problem there which was like…..’if u don’t know tamil, ur life is worse than a living in a alien planet”……..even english doesn’t work many a times…….i faced problem especially iduring travelling …. with buses being the main transport……almost all buses through which i traveled had display of source/destination in tamil…..not even english which left me in the hands of fellow traveler/conductor for information and most of the times they know only tamil or whatever be the reason they just refuge to cooperate even after most humble request (i guessed they were infuriated to see northy in TN) …….once i decided to go to meet my friend holidaying in mahabalipuram …it was quite late around 10 pm so i boarded punducherry bus (i knew for sure that it has stoppage in mahabalipuram) which was more frequent than mahaba… bus.. a passenger next to me was a tamil and was also go’ng to mahabal.i..so i was bit relaxed (finding that someone is there to wake me up if i fell asleep)when the conductor came my fellow passenger got the ticket easily but when my turn came b’fore i could speak mahabalipuram completely……..i was hit by his violent scolding in tamil…which continued for 7-8 min with me completely shocked and silent…..i could not understand anything except ‘puduchery’ and some question mark expression on his face…..from which i realized that he wanted only puduchery passenger ……..then to quell his anger i offered him to give me puduchery ticket (which was double the ticket price of mabali….) but i would get off the bus at mahabali….minor such incident was a commonplace for me while living in chennai……

April 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm
(515) Chennai guy says:

@Kumar

poda the****** mavane

April 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(516) Vinod says:

Mr. Ravi the discrimination u say can be found everywhere. i am a south indian and once we had halted at delhi enroute to shimla. we had our dinner at a roadside motel in karnal when a family of four came (a husband and wife and two girls) and sat next to us. all the time they were talking abt us referring to us as “south indian lungees”. it was a really bad experience. i spent just a couple of hours in the city but that was enough for me to hate it. i have also heard frm ppl that they dont give u ration card in pune if dont knw marathi.

April 7, 2013 at 8:11 am
(517) Ravi says:

@vinod
but i suppopse …………. nobody would scold u/charge u extra/ or completely ignore u for being a south indian in north india

April 7, 2013 at 11:17 am
(518) Chennai Traveller says:

Chennai is the safest city because even the terrorists do not want to waste their RDX on this city.

April 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm
(519) Rajkumar says:

My experience about the hell city chennai:-
Mai bahut umidoo aur sapno ke sath chennai aaya tha socha ye india ka ek bahut achha metro city hai aur yahi soch kr yaha admission liya par mai bahut galat tha yaha aane ke baad mera sara soch badal gaya sara sapna chaknachur hokar kaanch ke tukro ki tarah bikhar gya jb chennai aaya.yaha aakar aisa lga jaise jeewan ka aant ho gya khud yamraaj se darshan ho gya yaha ke sabhi aadmi aur aaurat kisi yamraj se kam nahi hai.mera khud yamraaj se darshan ho gya.lga jaise jeewan se kisi ne masti hi cheen liya.jaise ki phuloon se unka rus chus liya jata hai.yaha aane ke baad mujhe aisa mehsus hua jaise ki dharti pr narak se bhi badhkr ek duniya phool aur panap raha hai.aisa lga jaise jeewan aur jwani dono hi barbad ho gya yaha na to man lgane ka kuch sadhan hai na jwani katne ke liye kuch yaha charo taraf aadimanaw ghum rahe thai mujhe aisa lga jaise 200-300 century peche pahuch gya hu aadimanaw ke yug me.aisa lga jaise jeewan kisi bahut bade dark hole me chala gya jaha aane ka to rasta hai pr wapas jane ka koi rasta nai jeewan barbaad ho gya.he ishwar kisi bhi insan ko aise narak me na bheje.

April 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm
(520) vikram says:

@ravi
Ur first line is completely wrong.The founder of Bangalore was KempeGowda not sheshadri iyer. I dont tolerate u passing wrong informations. search in web..
So many Iyengars shifted from tamilnadu to Mysore kingdom as almost entire india under british rule,but in Mysore kingdom(now karnataka) there is Maharaj’s administration(but some migrated to here during RamajujaCharya’s period) to work under Maharaja’s court. So Seshadri Iyer,Arcot Narayanasawamy Mudaliar and others done their duty honestly.
Never forget these are all the Diwans of Mysore Kingdom. If u say like that directly its becoming like ‘Bangalore founded by srirangam, kanchi . . peoples not by Mysore Wodeyars’. And as a kannadiga i am huge fan of Sir.M.Vishveshwaraiah,do u know mulakanadu brahmin of karnataka are a blend of kannada and telugu.how dare u to tell the heart of all kannadigas is a telugu.i dont know is he able to talk, telugu or not.. And then british bring tamils to bangalore to fought against Tippu sultan before 200 years,beyond that expect our iyengars,iyers no tamils in bangalore.

April 9, 2013 at 12:24 am
(521) Muthu says:

Dear All,

Went through the comments randomly, There are pros and cons in every city. I was brought up in chennai and lived in bangalore for 6 years. in My opinion i feel chennai pros are Safety, Helpful and kind nature from people who haven’t been born and brought up there as it so happens people who come from other regions of tamilnadu and make a living in chennai are more kind and helpful compared to the earlier ones, if you know tamil it becomes even more easier to explore the city, education is good/econimical,transport is cheap, eats out are a lot cheaper compared to bangalore. Chennai cons are it is polluted, very hot and humid, if you do not know tamil;, the city gets really tough.

What i notice in my fellow chennaites are they are similar to ones in delhi who for any silly matter want to catch up a fight, Which is really sad. Before you support chennai and hate other cities, give a try and live in other cities for a while not just visit, then you would be able to appreciate things even in other cities, dont be a cucoon and take a silly pride and glorify a city just because it is your native and you live there. Grow up guys, Cheers !!

Best Regards
Muthu

April 9, 2013 at 1:35 am
(522) IluvChennai says:

The only think one could be proud about is the language. It is said that it is the oldest. But more research is needed, since there is some overwhelming evidence that Telegu in fact could be the oldest language and not Tamil.
Be that as it may, Tamil is losing its significance because the young generation is destroying the language by non-standard usage. This really is disheartening that such a beautiful is dying a slow death :(

April 9, 2013 at 6:05 am
(523) bangalore tamilian says:

@vikram’s 512th comment
Do you know the promtness of bangalore tamils. when u say tamils voted against bangalore please refer whether it is TN tamils or karnataka tamils. U may be right if u clearly refer as tamilnadu tamils voted against bangalore as most of all northies like bangalore. And in tamilnadu there are some foolish, arrogant guys in tamil nadu who compared karnataka from film industries. Is we responsible for such silly persons? i tell u rudely that we are not responsible for them.
Native tamils and tamils who work in bangalore from more than two-three years are having a huge respect on karnataka.Only guys who doesn’t see bangalore,mysore atleast once show superiostic nature over karnataka and kannadigas.

April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm
(524) bangalore tamilian says:

sorry my above reply is not for vikram. it is Ganesh of 508th message. i little bit confused.

April 10, 2013 at 12:08 am
(525) PRAVIN says:

I am basically from Maharashtra I am just 4 months old in Chennaiy. But i feel like i have lived my worst part of life.
When I landed in the city the first I witnesses is the irrtating smell. Even bathroom smell better than this. Secondly the auto driver asked more Rs 100 after dropping at guest house and when i refused to pay he said he will not return the bags.
Once while going room from company at nights one bike rider try to run over bike on me, when Imanaged to pull myself from bike direction, the pillion rider split on me. This is how this city Chennai wel come their guest.
People here hate north indians. They always decieve us. Price of the goods suddenly becomes double when any north indian goes to buy that. This people don’t know Hindi and they pretend to know English. They like to speak in foreign language and not in National Language.
Plople are so unclean and even all Chennai. I saw people throwing waste on the road when dustbin is just of their house.Chennai is full of mosquitos. Even people are migrating from some of the part of the city to other part because of mosquitos problem. If people throw waste on the road , why mosquitos will not be there? I visited all the beatches, not even a single is clean. The most clean beach consider as is Besant Nagar beach, which I visited first and I found it the most unclean then you can imagine cleanliness of others beach, I dont need to say for this anything.
Considering atmosphere it is the most worst any part can have. It is so hot and sweating.
There is lot i would like to write but I dont want to as whatever already wrote is sufficient enough to explain wht north indians should not come to Chennai.
Only one sentence “Chennai is good for Chennaities only”.
And people here will try to make it good for other.

April 11, 2013 at 9:41 am
(526) srini says:

Pravin

Yeah…Mumbai (and whole of maharashtra) are the most cleanest places in India(probably the world)…correct. You can just eat on the streets of mumbai. Not even plates are needed. just put it on the street and eat it…correct. The places are so clean. Funny guys.

About Hindi…You guys again prove you are zero in GK. India has not national language (as discussed infinite times in this forum itself). We dont need hindi and we dont speak it. That’s it. I think you cannot dictate what we need to speak in our land. If you are not comfortable, why the hell you stay here. You should have moved out the same day.

I think you guys think mumbai and ooty has the same climate. correct. If you dont like the climate better move out. It is not even in anyone’s control to change the climate.

So, as you say ” Chennai is good for chennaites”… You change as chennaiite and you’ll obviously like chennai. End of the day you are in Chennai…Then you can change before advising others.

By that I mean that no one should comment about chennai. What we need is a constructive comment and argument and not some bull sh*t comment just because someone needs to post it.

Srini

April 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(527) Ravi says:

@Vikram

I never said Sir Seshadri Iyer founded bangalore. but he is regarded as the founder of “modern bangalore”. he actually rebuilt the city after it was devastated by the plague of 1897. and wot is wrong in saying that there are tamilians who have contributed towards bangalore’s growth. telugu ppl have done lot for my city chennnai and i really salute them. I’m not saying that bangalore is the creation of tamil or telugu ppl but i object if u say that tamilians settle down in bangalore only to earn money and that they have done nothing for the city.

April 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(528) Ravi says:

@Muthu

You are right on spot with your first point :) there have been a select few who have been spreading bad notions abt chennai

April 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(529) South Indian says:

Frenz i came across this blog and was surprised but the opinions expressed in this blog against N. Indians. Comments criticizing northies have been made in all 4 south indian languages and southies generally feel that most northies r arrogant, unadjusting etc etc perhaps rightly so.

http://englisharuna.blogspot.in/2009/06/north-indians-vs-south-indians.html

April 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(530) Ravi says:

@Pravin

If Chennai is good only for Chennaiites then Mumbai is gud only for Mumbaikars.i can’t speak for others but i won’t be going to mumbai even if im sent for any official work. If 3,500 ppl die every year on mumbai trains it speaks a lot for the safety of the public transportation system u have.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mumbai-killer-local-trains-mishaps-railways-blames-commuters/1/188058.html

April 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm
(531) cool says:

this survey makes no sense to anyone . This is not worth …everyone has likes and dislikes abt any city or place…..it really depends on wat they want …jus bec most ppl preferences are different it DOES NOT MEAN the place is not GOOD…better set your criterias for evaluation right before u survey ….one of the most stupidest criteria was evaluation based on movie stars …

April 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(532) Vj says:

You hate chennai ? Does it matter? coz chennai has enough or more lovers :D Tamizhan da !!!

April 13, 2013 at 6:04 am
(533) Manjunath Chellappa says:

It is very interesting to see..almost all chennai supporters ca!l themselves ‘EDUCATED’ and hence consider they are superior to other Indians. If you guys are really ‘Educated’ then one meaningful reply from you must be enough to silence all the so called anti chennai people.
But what is happening here is.. even if someone utter a few words against your city .. all you ‘Educated’ people are rushing in madly like a herd of wildebeests crossing a river in African Savanna to pour in your insane comments. Really educated persons never talk more like you. They always ‘ DO’ more to correct the situations.
@ SRINI and @ RAVI
If you are going to bang in 20 replies for every single comment against your city, it will only present you as obsessed and desperate guys trying in vain to win a losing game. If at all people should listen to what you say..first learn to be content and self assured about what you believe. Your flooding of comments actually give an opinion that you must be very immature guys with an adolescent attitude..no matter how educated you claim to be.

April 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm
(534) deepak says:

I read some of the comments. Actually Ravi is a Nice guy not like some typical tamilians such as Srini. But for the first time,he tells some peculiar word by saying bangalore should owe for tamils for its progress. Friend here is accurate information, KempeGowda(a Kannadiga) is a founder of Bangalore in 16-17th century. Sheshadri iyer is a maker of Bangalore who served as Diwan of Mysore(a kannada kingdom) from 1883-1901. I really salute Sheshadri iyer. He is a precious property of Mysore kingdom(now called Karnataka).
U being a tamil,know more of karnataka’s history. u r a resourceful person.Its good for bangalore to have ur type of outsiders.

April 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm
(535) Ravi says:

@Manjunath Chellappa

Read all the posts above before speaking. Most people have been saying that they hate Chennai because “people are dark, climate is hot, etc”. Do you consider such comments mature enough? This whole forum has been flooded with such extremely stupid hate comments. More than 200 of the 537 posts here have been made by such ppl. The 20 posts we have made amount to a miniscule minority.Some people have even resorted to abusing Chennai and Chennaiites calling them brats etc. A person resorts to name-calling only when he knows he is wrong. So, you ought to decide who the cry-babies are. Now someone from Maharshtra says people from Chennai are “unclean”. Oh yeah, we know how clean Dharavi is. Oh yeah, I agree that Chennai is indeed dirty. Constructive comments on improving sanitation conditions of the city are indeed welcome. But instead, most of the people who commented here have been exaggerating calling it the “Worst place to live in” and abusing tamilians. Oh yeah, we know how clean your Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Patna are, which is why the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” set in Mumbai, not Chennai

April 14, 2013 at 5:36 am
(536) Sukumar says:

@ Ravi
I am a native of Coimbatore and I have lived a good part of my life in both Chennai and Mumbai. I lived in chennai for18 yrs and then moved to Bombay for last 16 years. Now i have returned to my native.
Slum dog Millionaire or for that matter any other Hollywood movie will never be made in chennai slums. Simple reason is Chennai slums are dangerous place for outsiders be it foreigners or people coming from other states. I see many people here speaking in favour of Chennai thundering on Mumbaikars, telling that Mumbai has the ‘biggest slum’ in Asia and ridiculing them. Well I tell you something… during my 16 years of work as public relation officer in Mumbai, I have had frequent and numerous interactions with Dharavi slum dwellers in Dharavi. The slum dwellers of Dharavi are very much receptive and cooperative to outsiders and never look to loot them. Slum dwellers all across Mumbai are approachable, very kind and very helpful to outsiders. They are known for their hard working and immaculate skills.

April 14, 2013 at 5:39 am
(537) Sukumar says:

Whereas, slum dwellers of Chennai are extremely vicious and quarrelsome. Most of them are perennial drunkards who live to quarrel. Outsiders can not just like that get into Chennai slums and film a movie. There will be trouble at every corner. Even if you pay them out of your skin those greedy thugs will make sure you are robed of your last paise for nothing much in return and more.. If you try to stick around long.. you will end up losing your dignity too. Tamil Nadu Police Department has made it clear that 80% of crimes in Chennai are committed by the city’s slum dwellers. No other city in India has this high percentage.
You think that the crew of Slum dog Millionaire does not know all these…?? They did know. They did do a thorough research on where to film their movie in India before landing in Mumbai Dharavi.

Mumbai has stolen a march ahead of other Indian cities when it comes to humanity, unity and all round prosperity. This is the reason why terrorists target Mumbai more than any other Indian city.

April 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm
(538) srini says:

Mr. Sukumar

I dont know what you want to prove with your slum statistics.

But let me explain. The slums in chennai are primarily for low class people and are comparatively smaller. Dharavi is a huge slum and it is not restricted to low class but also to middle class due to the huge cost of living in mumbai. So , comparing ayodyakuppam or dumeelkuppam with dharavi is wrong.

Further is you look into crime statistics, chennai has one of the lowest compared to rest of cities in India. So, If you want to compare crime rate also, it is wrong.

@Manjunath

I accept that you are more “educated” then me. But pls check the facts – mr.educated guy. The total number of replies that support is very less than those who oppose. My replies are quite less in number too.

Also, pls check my replies. I have put forward answers with facts to you guys’s questions and have raised questions which have not been answered with facts. Even now I’m open to discuss. Pls put forward your questions and reply in a genuine manner.

April 15, 2013 at 12:48 am
(539) Ravi says:

@Sukumar

Perhaps, you should explain why Mumbai slums are the biggest recruiting grounds for dawood ibrahim and co. It might your perception that mumbai slum-dwellers are extremely good and kind. my perception is that slumdwellers are one and the same everywhere. I don’t say that mumbai slum-dwellers are bad to outsiders. they might be very kind indeed. but there are breeding grounds for terrorism and antisocial activities. Chennai’s slums might be more safe that mumbai’s – atleast nothing remotely resembling mumbai’s hindu-mumbai riots or bomb blasts have ever taken place in the city.

Though pickpocketing and conning is a regular occurence in chennai, stats say that no ” eveteasing murders” of any great magnitude like this one have happened in mumbai.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-05/mumbai/35619673_1_satish-dulhaj-sunil-bodh-keenan-and-reuben

I believe there are valid reasons why india today has rated chennai as the best city in india.

April 15, 2013 at 1:11 am
(540) Ravi says:

@Sukumar

This article probably says everything abt the culture of the so-called “big cities” up north.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/16-year-old-kills-teenager-who-protested-eve-teasing-301190

A gang of minors misbehave with a girl and stab to death a guy who comes forward to protect her. Also, North India is not so safe for foreign women.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/swiss-gang-rape-case-chaos-in-madhya-pradesh-assembly-343926

April 15, 2013 at 6:30 am
(541) Ayan Ray says:

uuff…aahh..oohh.. …CChheennaaiii!!!!…staying here atleast 9 months…in my whole life I have never seen the most suffering place.The suffers in everything ..1.Food, 2.Language(Staying in India they don’t respect the national language..shame..).3.Terrific weather.4.Transport ,,Bus service is very good no doubt,but autos feel themselves kingfisher owner.

Here in food there is no taste..only dhosa,idli,curd rice..yulk!!!!!..
oopss..in BIRIYANI you can feel the taste of all vegetables ..

Nothing is cheap here..The house rent????Don’t want to confess..just like a nightmare….

Staying in chennai is like a nightmare…..

April 16, 2013 at 12:06 am
(542) Chennaiite says:

@Ayan Ray

It is absurd that you expect non-Hindi ppl to learn Hindi instead of trying to learn their language. Hindi is as different from South Indian languages as French or Afrikaans. It is more shameful that you go to a place and expect ppl there to speak ur mother tongue than trying to learn the local language. According to our constitution, India is a federation of states and it wud be btr if u respect india’s rich diversity. You say autos are bad but buses r gud why dont u get around in buses alone. since u knw autos r bad y do u hire them in the 1st place when there r alternatives.

April 16, 2013 at 7:19 am
(543) Chennai Traveller says:

Chennai has the highest crime rate. It is only that the cops of Chennai and the political class know how to tamper evidence and twist the truth. This is very evident by how the same news is presented in exactly opposite versions on the two competitive news channels aired in TN.
This kind of deceit with people through media would never happen even cities such as Jaunpur or Ghaziabad.

Do you know how many cops were bad injured during the riot in front of the American Consulate a few months ago? You would say ‘none’. You should have been there to know the truth.

Many riots and gang wars happen in Chennai. I would say not more but at least as many as in other cities known for their high crime rate. But the only distinguishing factor about Chennai is that the media is just a pawn in the hands of you know who.

Let me conclude by saying that Chennai is crime-free is just a bitter lie.

And someone said earlier that Chennai cops rank as the second best police after Scotland Yard.

Let me tell you that this is the shittiest joke any Tamil has pulled on fellow Tamil brothers and sisters.

April 16, 2013 at 8:08 am
(544) vincent says:

As iam an chennai guy i wont say chennai is only better city to live but i can say its good place to live like other cities.every city has its own drawback but i dont want to pin point those.my point here is chennai has s own culture but people from other state think thats funny and difficult to carry on their wrk.. they should know one thing their city also has sum diffirent culture and if we go ther we may found their diffculties.

April 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm
(545) South Indian says:

I completely hate not only Chennai but the whole Tamilnadu. Me a very big fan of Jyothika. She doesn’t know the bad things of this world.She is like a baby. But this dog goutham menon, what he plays in movie ‘Pachai kili muthu charam’ by Jyothika’s hand.
No women association doesn’t protest against that pig menon. But they ban Vishwaroopam by concerning muslims(but not concern about jyothika’s image),protest against Kushboo for her westernise talks(but they don’t ran away this westernise pig from TN),College students strike for Lankan tamils(but they never beat that cunning pig menon)
I hate surya also for that.He doesn’t know to take care of the God’s gift(jyothika) that he had.He thinks every thing as ‘acting’,talent. Just think,if a comman man marries Jyothika,then he does allows his wife to act in bad roles(that too after marriage)?
If i becaming a Chennai Guy, i group with my friends and bang,beat that dog gouthan harshly as to suffer from guilt throught his life. Friends actually i wrote all this here,as some Chennaites see this forum. If anybody are jyothika’s fan please beat him or arleast protest against him.

April 17, 2013 at 12:35 am
(546) Srinivasan says:

I agree completely with this assessment. Chennai is indeed the most horrible city in India and possibly in the world. Most Tamilians are violent, hateful people and the culture is repressed to the core. Also disgusting, unhygienic & prying. The nicest parts of Chennai still have daily power outages and the water which comes out of the taps is brown and murky. I was there for 4 months last year and hated every single day of it, I wouldn’t go back even if my life depended on it.

Bombay is the most accommodating city in India with relatively interesting and sane people, but I’d really pick the most destitute villages to live in as opposed to going back to Chennai. A lot of their ills probably stem from lack of diversity. Bombay is successful because of the population’s diversity. This is evident even in the cities’ willingness to trade. Most Chennaites are averse to doing business with non-Tamilians. I was luckier in that I am ethnically Tamil & have a Tamilian name but their xenophobia was evident nevertheless. They are hostile towards those who can’t speak the language. Case in point, the first McDonalds in Tamil Nadu opened only in 2009 in Chennai & the franchise is managed by a local business. In 2009 there were already hundreds of McDonalds all over India for more than a decade. To this day many well known brands & companies simply aren’t present in Chennai, unless they have Tamilian connections.

I posted about my stay on here.

April 17, 2013 at 6:00 am
(547) srini says:

@srinivasan

Thanks for not going to visit us again. Infact we are not desperate to have people like you, because you dont and cant understand something called culture. You guys want whatever you have in your town to be replicated in other places. That is the reason, even after informing many times, many idiots post Hindi as national language and we are not respecting it. You guys have screwed a beautiful city, bangalore and want chennai to be screwed also. You dont want to adapt after coming to our city and want us adapt to you. I dont know what your profession is but if at all you have travelled abroad, will you want those places to be like your city? Remember, India is not a country, it is a mix of different states with their own culture.

April 17, 2013 at 6:43 am
(548) Chennai Traveller says:

They are the most hostile people in India.

Once I was at an ATM, withdrawing cash. A 12 year old boy came in and stood next to me checking what I was doing. His lungi-clad goon father was outside. Apprehensive about the security of my PIN number, I, out of mistake, keyed in the wrong PIN and had to start over again. Meanwhile, two more boys of the same age came in and started watching what I was doing. It was amusing and a bit scary all the time. If they were all that curious about how the ATM works, they could waited for their tribal father’s turn to show them how the machine woked .Soon the father and another man joined the brigade and were carefully watching the keypad when I was keying the PIN. I looked at him and he pretended to look elsewhere. I got really worried since I had been a victim of a credit card fraud a month ago. Resultantly, I called the security who was an ageing, about-to-die-any-moment tamil man. He told them to leave the ATM room and wait outside. It took me two minutes to finish the transaction, and when I turned to leave, there was a crowd of ten ugly looking local goons. As soon as I stepped out they pushed me and started uttering abuses in classical Tamil, I guess, the sweetest language of the sweetest people on the planet. Frankly speaking, it sounded like empty vessels falling off the kitchen shelves.

I made a quick move, fearing being thrashed. I know I could not do anything. Cops wouldn’t register a complain. This is because the second best police in the world, as alleged by some inhabitant moron of the city, wouldn’t know English.

I am a very respectable man. I am a doctor. Never in my life was I subjected to such humiliation by people of such low class and character.

April 17, 2013 at 10:04 am
(549) Srinivasan says:

@srini I don’t know what you’re talking about. Of course I’d like for other cities to have populations as varied & interesting as Bombay does. If you’re referring to the dirt on the roads & other cosmetic conditions, it’s still a lot better than Chennai is.

@Chennai Traveler, I hear you. The exact same thing happened to me at an ATM but I didn’t pay much attention to them or reply to their questions. Luckily I had a ride waiting nearby. If not it’s likely that I may have been mugged. The same thing happened (people staring, asking questions and following) when I picked up some cash at a Moneygram location. Like I said, it is a violent population.

I was also beaten up by 7-8 people at Paddington sports bar on Chamiers road.

At the Savera Hotel, they raised hell and were very rude yet again over a trivial issue.

Only people suffering from the same mental problems as the population could possibly want to go there. The heat, humidity and contaminated water definitely contribute. I got a nasty case of jock itch within a week of arriving in the horrible town. It’s no wonder then that so many of them are so irritable and prone to scratching their crotches in public, not to mention the coughing, spitting etc.

April 18, 2013 at 3:56 am
(550) Ayan Ray says:

@Chennaiite

U r telling me to learn ur baseless language TAMIL!!??? Tamil language is like river without water….Have no intensity to learn Tamil…One more thing u chennai people live in India,it is a country and Tamilnadu–>Chennai is not a country…So respect the national language…My mother tongue is not also hindi but I love hindi and respect it…

Last week I asked one tamil person , can u tell our national anthem??..ho ho ..he only spoke two or thee words and with absurd pronounce..and if I ask him who is the writer..might be he will beat me…These are the cultures of ur native….????

April 18, 2013 at 4:41 am
(551) srini says:

@ayan ray

How many times in this forum we need to inform that India does not have a national language. So before complaining others check the facts. If you are an idiot to learn Hindi assuming it tobe national language. What we can do?

April 18, 2013 at 5:47 am
(552) srini says:

@ayan ray

Also can you explain why you call tamil as river without water.

Further you guys will never understand that tamil pronounciation is much different from hindi/bengali/marathi/gujarathi etc., as all these are aryan languages and we are dravidian. If the national anthem is in tamil, you may not even sing it. atleast we are singing it. so keep quiet.

April 18, 2013 at 8:25 am
(553) Ayan Ray says:

@SRINI anna..!!

po po po…… Thats why the national anthem is not in tamil…excpt u people no one can speak…..u njoying the sweet climate in chennai???what a climate..aha aha…thanda thanda ..cool cool..

April 18, 2013 at 9:13 am
(554) srini says:

@ayan

Infact we don’t want people with zero common sense to speak Tamil. And our climate is better than your place. Remember you are not able to answer my other questions.

April 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(555) Chenniite says:

@Ayan Ray

Hindi is a disgusting crappy language. It is barely 500 years old tamil is more than 2,000 years old. and u knw our national anthem is one of the most anti-national among all anthems in the world. it was written in praise of king george V of england. there r many who want it to be changed. u can very have a national anthem sung by a tamilian. subrahmanya bharathi has written a no of beautiful songs praising india. it is ur loss that u dunno tamil. u nvr get to appreciate its beauty and richness.

April 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm
(556) Ravi says:

@Srinivasan

Oh yeah, Mumbai is the best city in the world. That’s why cops arrest a couple of girls for speaking their mind abt bal thackeray and a bunch of shiv sainiks threaten them.

April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm
(557) Ravi says:

@Srinivasan

u can get into trouble with drunken ppl anywhere in the world even in Australia or the US. i dont ustant what ur trying to mean here.

April 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(558) Srinivasan says:

@Ravi I never said best in the world but certainly the best big city in India. And the politicians here don’t have a cult of personality like Jayalalitha does down there. Every other day there are propaganda pieces in the newspapers about how awesome she is, how she’s given free money to someone, how someone set themselves on fire because another slighted her and so forth. And those giant dictator-esque posters of her staring down at you on so many roads. Mumbai doesn’t have a one party system & for the most part politicians here are just business-people doing what they have to do to keep the wheels spinning.

And it wasn’t an ordinary bar-fight, not only can they not hold their liquor they are also hateful & crude.

April 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(559) srini says:

@srinivasan

If mumbai politicians are doing so great job, then can you tell the reason behind mafia controlling the city. Dont say “no” as everyone knows it is the truth. Can you tell why a common man cannot afford to live in mumbai and everything is mafia controlled. Isnt it in mumbai that south Indians were targetted in 1970s and now the north indians are getting targetted and being hit. Is it so soft city. Can you tell a single instance when a non-tamilian was targeted physically in Chennai on a mass scale?

April 19, 2013 at 8:29 am
(560) Srinivasan says:

@srini, No that is not the case. Organized crime isn’t a /10th of what it used to be in the 90s and earlier. If you have evidence to the contrary then go ahead & post it. Mumbai doesn’t have a crime problem as much as Chennai does. Hardly as much violent crime. Store owners and businesses don’t pay protection money. Getting licenses still involves bribes but that is the same throughout India and it’s a lot more streamlined & egalitarian here than in other cities. Nobody cares about who you know or what language you speak as long as you can pay. And that’s a governmental problem, not organized crime.

Mumbai doesn’t aspire to socialist ideals, I know that Jayalalitha does, but that’s not how things work here. There is no real estate cartel pushing up the prices. It’s simple supply & demand. The farther out of the city that you go the more affordable it gets. Rental prices are very affordable in the suburbs, Thane & New Bombay.

And since you asked, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Hindi_agitations_of_Tamil_Nadu

April 19, 2013 at 8:43 am
(561) Srinivasan says:

Re: comment #541 by srini:
“But let me explain. The slums in chennai are primarily for low class people and are comparatively smaller. Dharavi is a huge slum and it is not restricted to low class but also to middle class due to the huge cost of living in mumbai. So , comparing ayodyakuppam or dumeelkuppam with dharavi is wrong.”

What are “low class people”? Do you hear yourself? This is just the kind f discriminatory mentality by Chennaites that gets you a bad reputation.

April 19, 2013 at 8:52 am
(562) Venkat says:

This is a foolish survey.Chennai is the seed bed of Carnatic music and Baratha natyam.It is not liked by brainless hedonistic wayward guys and bitchy girls.It the hot bed of cinema industry.It has originality unlike bollywood.Most of the top palyers in Bollywood are from Chennai including Rahman.If you sat fashion is low and style is less I agree.all the cities have criminal bacground but chennai has good people except some draviadian parties.Chennai locals /non brahmins have anti brahmin culture.

April 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(563) Ravi says:

@Srinivasan

I find Chennai Traveller’s remarks on “tribals” and “lungi-clad goons” more racist, discriminatory and hateful.

I agree with you that there are parts of Chennai which are extremely unsafe and violent. But most big cities in India have such places. The most common reasons ppl have given for hating Chennai are – bad climate, poor sanitation and lack of safety. These are problems which affect all (or atleast, most if not all) big Indian cities. Most of these issues are due to unplanned growth in recent years partly due to the Indian IT boom and partly due to globalisation and “opening up” of India. It really irks me if you selectively criticize a particular city when the problem affects all India. Mumbai’s eve-teasing incidents and Delhi’s rapes are as heinous or perhaps more than the worst crimes committed in Chennai. Your argument only makes it clear that you’ve had the worst of Chennai but that you’ve not yet seen the worst of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata or other “big Indian cities”.

April 21, 2013 at 10:20 am
(564) Sukumar says:

Mr. Srinivasan…, Dont waste your time and energy in replying to that ‘well frog’ called Srini. Let us answer only to sane people.

April 21, 2013 at 10:54 am
(565) alfred says:

after reading the comment of ‘ chennaitte’ it became very clear to me why so many Indians hate chennai people! Jana gana mana.. is ‘anti Indian…!!???’ cant get more stupid.

April 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm
(566) srini says:

@sukumar

Everyone knows that you are a loser who have no points to argue and now since you are not able to answer any of the questions you are calling me a well frog. I m not surprised.

@others

If you want to hate Chennai, pls go ahead. You have full right for the same. We continue to grow despite your problems with the city. We are not saying Chennai is the best city in the world. But most of your reasons doesn’t have its merits.

April 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(567) Ravi says:

@alfred

It is widely believed that jana gana mana became national anthem only because some fundamentalist muslims opposed to usage of vande mataram. anyway, there are very good nationalistic songs in tamil and some are far better than jana gana mana.

April 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm
(568) rakesh says:

There are many examples which shows the mentality of tamilians. They don’t tolerate if any language or state to be above them.
One such thing is,
They made the name “Karnataka Shasthriya Sangeetha” or Classical Music of Karnataka” as ‘Carnatic music’.They try to change the name both literally and in pronounciation.
The name Karnataka Classical music comes,because it is created by Purandara Dasa of Bellary district,Karnataka. to get information kindly search in internet.

April 22, 2013 at 7:24 am
(569) Srinivasan says:

@Ravi Having lived in both Mumbai & Delhi I can definitely confirm that there is no comparison between either city & Chennai. Chennaites are plain hostile and malicious. While Delhi’s middle class population is somewhat loud and dismissive they lack the real malice and hatred which is so naturally present in Chennaites. There isn’t a single area or part of Mumbai where I’ve ever felt unsafe, including bylanes of shanty slums. Whereas in Chennai I had to be on guard at all times. It’s the people that make the city so hostile and unwelcoming.

April 22, 2013 at 8:12 am
(570) Srinivasan says:

Greed is another thing that’s ever present in Chennaites. And not in a good creative way either. There is no market really. Which other Indian city would have drivers and other unskilled workers making $1k+ per month? Police bribes are also way out of proportion. Let’s face it, your city has a lot of unemployment and violence. The prices need to reflect this. And the IT industry that you brag about is a joke. I haven’t met a single expat who likes staying in Chennai while many in Bangalore & Mumbai are far from being completely miserable. If you want to hear what expats really think about Chennai go the BBQ Chicken restaurant on Shafee Mohammed road. I stopped going to that restaurant after befriending a few of them, the staff are almost certainly going to put nasty things in the meal if you say anything bad about their city. Tamilians are very jingoistic like that.

April 22, 2013 at 8:50 am
(571) srini says:

@srinivasan

Hostile for whom? You say you are a born tamilian. Is it hostile for you or anyone who is not a tamilian or born tamilian? If you think it is hostile in general can you pls justify how the crime rate in Chennai is very less than Mumbai or Delhi

April 22, 2013 at 11:33 am
(572) srini says:

@rakesh

Pls check the same internet for details. Carnatic music was there was long time and it was patronised by king of mysore (along with many others elsewhere) in the recent times. Even now theyagaraya utsavam held in thiruvaiyaaru has all songs in telugu. Would you guys tolerate if the same thing is held in Karnataka. Basically kannadigas, mainly in old mysore region cannot understand who to oppose. They have to check two things
1. Visit Belgaum and see how kannada is virtually dominated by marathi. They cannot do anything there but shout at tamils who are near majority in the erstwhile bangalore urban areas who didnt oppose the forcing of kannada and got adapted.
2. There is no enforcement on anyone even in neighboring hosur not to speak kannada. Infact telugu is official there along with tamil. However there is an enforcement on BMTC bus drivers/conductors not to speak tamil, even though many know and speak tamil fluently. however they are very happy to speak in hindi (which is not the national language of India as wrongly understood by many) and the hindiwalas never learn kannada while tamils do learn kannada.(I’m in mysore for past 6 months, leave speaking I can even read/write kannada now).

You guys have to understand who your enemies are and then fight them. Not your friends.

April 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(573) srini says:

@srinivasan

Looking into your recent post it is very obvious that you are not a born Tamil and you are envious of the cities growth. TN in whole is the second most industrialized state in India and Chennai holds a big portion of economy in the country. I don’t know how you say it leads in unemployment. Better you consult a psychiatrist to solve your problem. Good luck

April 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(574) Srinivasan says:

@srini I was born Tamil Brahmin and my name helped me get into a lot of circles in Chennai but they all gave me the cold shoulder and regarded me as a traitor upon finding out that my Tamil sucks and I don’t care much for the local culture or their primitive mindset. This is what I mean when I speak of malice. Of course most people there are unemployed, haven’t you noticed the large number of shirtless guys everywhere who seem to do nothing all day? It’s precisely because they are unoccupied that they are so inquisitive, keen to gossip and pass judgment on others.

April 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm
(575) Ravi says:

@Srinivasan

It is obvious that your views and opinions have been shaped by the refusal of Chennaiites to appreciate your contempt for the local culture. Having said that I do agree that Chennnaiites are rude and sometimes disrespectful if you don’t pay them what they demand. But muggings, connings and rapes are very much less in chennai than places further north. So, that makes the scores even.

if you expect chennaiites to garland ppl speaking in hindi or offer goods free-of-cost then don’t come to chennai. you might probably expect such a welcome from ppl in bangalore perhaps but not in chennai. but having said, i never witnessed a single incident wherein a person is discriminated against or ill-treated in buses or trains because he speaks in hindi. of course, ive come across misunderstandings due to communication gap.

April 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm
(576) Ravi says:

@Rakesh

“Carnatic” is the Anglicized form of “Karnataka”. It was not changed due to Tamilians. Though Purandaradasa contributed a lot to carnatic music, a music genre cannot be invented by anyone. They evolve over long periods of time. And most frequently-sung carnatic songs in tamil nadu are actually in telugu.

April 26, 2013 at 5:15 am
(577) Indian says:

ok… cHENNAI IS THE MOST HATED CITY IN INDIA.sO WHAT TO DO THEN NEXT.SHOULD WE CONTINUE TO HATE .dELHI IS THE RAPIST STATE OF INDIA.mUMBAI IS THE CITY OS RASCISM.bANGLOLORE IS THE HUB OF BLODDY BANKERS AND INDUSTRIALIST,hYDERBAD IS THE CITY OF EXTRIMIST AND CORRUPTION ,hARYANA,uP,bIHAR ARE THE CITY OF HARD CORE CRIMINALS.Just tell one city whic is good from all angle.

April 26, 2013 at 5:57 am
(578) rakesh says:

The very first song to learn Karnataka classical music is a Kannada song to devote to lord Krishna that is “Krishna nee begane baaro”. Till now i thought , tamil nadu is the state which utilises Karnatik music more,but may be as there is huge population of Telugu in chennai,cause the more telugu songs of karnatic music there.

April 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm
(579) mani says:

chennai is best city in the world cities chennai has many faces but your about.com says that chennai city is wrost than the other cities in india

April 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm
(580) wehatechennai says:

Then why you tamilians keep flocking to bangalore in huge numbers and never leave if you dont hate chennai.you people are spoiling bangalore’s culture as well.I am saying this because I stayed in chennai for 5 months and I had worst time there ever.whether its food people , environment everything out sucks.

April 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm
(581) telugu citizen says:

is it right for tamils to tease us,by saiding “we gave ipl team for u,we brought ur team,when ur team is going to bid”. Just stop saying that. Actually urs karunanidhi and family looted the central government,then they must have to convert that black money to legal money. thats all…. if there is no ipl team for us,then what is the problem..nothing..
We are not like u people. we don’t have superiority nature as you on other states. If we don’t have a team,then half of AP people who are the fans of tamil heroes will support chennai super kings and other half of AP people will support royal challengers bangalore those who depend on karnataka for job and technical education and also those of AP districts which shares border with KN.

April 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm
(582) srini says:

@wehatechennai

Before commenting go through the comments in detial.

If you are a kannadiga pls check comment @575 by me.

If you are a non kannadiga, there is no need to argue because there is no meaning in it.

Anyway to answer your question, Tamils are there in bangalore for long time than many of you kannadigas (not all by the way). So, better check the facts before arguing. In what way tamilians spoiled bangalore? prove.

April 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(583) akhil says:

on yesterday voting of Chennai is above 2995(40%), for bangalore above 1835(24%). Now just in one day how is it possible for bangalore to reach 2000(26%). It clearly shows the voters who vote against bangalore are definetely tamils. no doubt in that. Before chennai reaching 3000,they tried hard to reach bangalore 2000. This shows actually no community doesn’t hate bangalore.

April 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm
(584) wehatechennai says:

@srini
Here is one of the article which will testify why we kannadigas are in complete hatred of chennai and its people. And you didnot answer about why do tamilians keep flocking to bangalore when chennai according to you is the ‘best’ city in the world.the ground reality is chennai is hot and humid,tamilians are harsh dirty and loud by nature , there is no hygiene, standard in anything , the food is horrible, the air stinks, people dont know any language apart from tamil , autowalas are horrible ready to loot you, ican go on and on…. where as bangalore and its true people are friendly, peace loving and welcoming.

http://www.ourkarnataka.com/Articles/save_kannada.htm

April 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(585) akhil says:

actually tamils love bangalore. But without no other ways,they done this inventory job. They drag bangalore name for all their karmas.

April 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(586) wehatechennai says:

@srini check the below link .this is how tamilians are spoiling bangalore.

And you didnot answer why tamilians keep flocking to baangalore if chennai is the ‘best’ city according to you.Dont tell me because of opportunitiesThere are opportunities else where also like hyd, pune, mumbai why do you go ther instead. I feel sad for my pepole when one of the tamilian takes his/her job which belongs to my people .Ground reality is chennai is hot and humid, there is absolutely no hygiene and standard in anything, people are harsh, loud , conniving( horrible experience with house owner) and think they are the most proud people on earth.not a single person can speak any other language apart from tamil, autowalas are impossible to deal with, environment is dusty and polluted, open gutters, hoarding of jayalalitha everywhere which is so funny and stupid , and you call yourselves are metro city where as bangalore is clean, charming ,cool climate and cosmopolitan. During my stay in chennai I often heard localites complaining about chennai and its culture .I think this prompts to you tamilians shift to blore which is not doing any good to our city and cramping it further.first make your city a better place before coming here.see I can go on and on.

http://www.ourkarnataka.com/Articles/save_kannada.htm

April 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(587) tamizh in bangalore says:

@ Tamilan from abroad- 389th comment

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND

36. The Government constituted “The Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund” to render assistance to the affected people in Gujarat in the earthquake on 26.01.2001. As on 31.03.2002, a sum of Rs.58,50,08,828.42 has been received in this fund. Out of this, a cheque for Rs.30 crores was handed over to the Prime Minister for undertaking relief works in Gujarat, and a sum of Rs.6,14,11,473.00 was spent towards the supply of relief materials like asbestos sheets, bed sheets and skimmed milk powder to the Government of Gujarat.

http://www.tn.gov.in/policynotes/archives/policy2002_03/public2002-03-a.htm

http://tamilnadu.com/personalities/shri-kalyana-sundaram.html

April 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm
(588) Ravi says:

@wehatechennai

Of course, I dont expect to find something different in a website run by some fringe hate group. It is also strange that you only feel sad that a tamilian snatches your job not a bihari or a malayali. Agreed kannadigas are not in a favourable position in bangalore but that is of your own making. the position of ur city as an IT hub has resulted in the presence of too many outsiders. tamilians form only abt 20-25% of the pop of bangalore and though there are the second largest group there are also 15% telugu ppl, abt 20% north indians etc. Why preferential criticism of tamilians alone?

April 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(589) Ravi says:

@wehatechennai

Bangalore is an excellent clean city with a wonderful climate and nice ppl. but it is not that bangalore does not have its share of disadvantages. its traffic is perhaps one of the worst in india. everywhere the roads are narrow and easily get clogged. there have been instances when it has taken more than one and half hours for me to travel 10 kms. and public transportation is costly. though autowallahs are nice guys travelling by bus is really costly. and there has been a couple of bomb blasts and rape of BPO employees in the city in the recent past. nevertheless, all cities have their advantages and disadvantages and bangalore is overall quite good.

localites need not bother abt jobs as long as they have enough talent and ability. having said that there are plenty of kannadigas working in chennai too – and there are many Udupi hotels in the city. Accepting a kannadiga guy as our “Superstar” perhaps exemplifies tamilian tolerance.

April 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm
(590) Ravi says:

@wehatechennai

first of all, bangalore does not have cultural values. Women standing on street corners and smoking or drinking in pubs, whole families strolling down MG Road with all of them (including married women) wearing shorts or low-cut clothes do u call all this “culture”. i know that this is not part of kannadiga culture – this is imposed by outsiders indeed. but then this is definitely not something to be proud of. i know where bangalore’s real authentic south indian culture but it lies repressed and almost invisible. on the contrary u will find chennai to be somewhat better. it has been a major hub of carnatic music and bharatanatyam for 85 years. ppl like m s subbulakshmi, d k pattammal are some of its products. there is also a well established sabha culture that has produced good drama artistes actors and comedians. The film industry is also well established – you will find a number of interesting and innovative films made in chennai. and certainly more tolerant – there arent ppl calling for a ban of some film (as it happened in the case of H2O) due to linguistic antagonism.

As far as food is concerned, though food in chennai is somewhat costly hygenewise there is not much difference from bangalore. and then most of the vegetarian hotels are run by udupi ppl like woodlands, sangeetha etc.

April 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm
(591) Ravi says:

@wehatechennai

I had a look at the link you provided (http://www.ourkarnataka.com/Articles/save_kannada.htm). These are my answers

4. In Bangalore, you find Andhrites, Sindhis, Gujarathis, Marathis, Keralites, Sikhs, Anglo-Indians etc., living peacefully in the state without causing undue tensions to the localites and to themselves unlike “Others”.

I find this to be a bit-of-a-joke. A hate comment not supported by on-ground evidence. Not at all worthy of being replied to.

5. What is undesirable however is, taking undue advantage of mildness and goodness of locals (in this case Kannadigas), (Pl. visit Okalipuram, underneath the flyover linking Sirsi Circle and Narasimha Raja Road, Shivajinagar interiors, Krishnarajapuram, Attibele etc. you can hear Tamil Songs shouting on the Loud speakers almost 24hours). Shivajinagar is the un-official capital of Tamilnadu and shortly Bangalore will be too.

Shivajinagar is the un-official capital of Tamil Nadu??? It can even be the capital of Pakistan considering the large number of Muslims who live there.

April 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm
(592) Ravi says:

Bringing more and more of their own “Others” into the state when the locals can cater adequately to the need and disturb the natural balance prevalent. (Please visit BEL, BEML, ITI, factories of Bangalore and many software majors in Bangalore and you find locals hardly in number when compared to organizations such as Banks, MRL, CRL etc. in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and such other places where you find hardly any “Others” for their states.). Many of these “Others” recruit only graduates hailing from PSG of Coimbatore, Anna University, Madurai Kamraj University, Calicut University and such “other” universities and the localities are just not considered just because “that” candidate can speak “Other’s” language.

This is entirely your problem. You have to revamp the education system in your state not blame outsiders from reputed universities from stealing your jobs.

April 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm
(593) Ravi says:

Go and visit cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Madurai, Coimbatore and check for yourselves if you can see one Kannada cinema! Let alone finding one cinema theatre showing Kannada movie, you will not find even posters to that effect. This is how the “others” are treating us. We must be ashamed of this!

Tamilians form more than 20% of bangalore’s population which is why tamil films are shown in bangalore. however, you wont find tamil films shown in belgaum or hubli because there are no tamilians there.

In contrast, kannadigas form just about 0.5% of chennai’s population. an important factor is that chennai is quite far away from the karnataka border. however, many telugu films are released in chennai as telugu ppl form abt 11% of the city’s population (2001 census). kannada films are not shown in tamil theatres due to economic considerations – kannadigas in chennai are few and localites dont ustand the language. Theatres will be running in loss if they run empty shows. The same goes for coimbatore, madurai and hyderabad too.

April 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm
(594) Ravi says:

@ihatechennai

Most of your problems are of your own making. I can speak some kannada though not fluently but i can understand kannada well. However, during the days when i was in bangalore, whenever i spoke in kannada to anyone anywhere they easily found out that i was an outsider and replied in hindi. Atleast, why cant they help me learn kannada by replying in kannada itself. Also, the moment that someone finds that you are a tamilian he speaks to you in tamil. Bangaloreans dont help outsiders to acclimatize with their city on the contrary they go out of the way to adjust to outsiders. And in the end when you realise that things have gone out of control then you indulge in violence and intimidation beating up outsiders.

April 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(595) Ravi says:
April 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(596) Ravi says:
April 29, 2013 at 10:43 am
(597) srini says:

@wehatechennai

I think you are looking into the thread in detail and writing something stupid

Anyway to answer some of your questions.
1. Why are we flocking Bangalore?
First of all Bangalore was never a Kannada only city. Not even Kannada dominated. So you have no right to question. Further it is also because employers think most Kannadigas are skill less they offer job to us and we are there. Infact Bangalore grows because of our jobs.

2. Your explanation about Tamils and Chennai?
Funny. Which part of Chennai you stayed? You haven’t seen Chennai and just writing something? Even I had karave guys threatening for money in my office. So can I say all Kannadigas as rowdies?

3. Climate
Chennai is a tropical city on the shore. So it has to be hot and humid. Nobody can do anything. Further it is only the heat in tn and others places, that result in the abundant rainfall in your coasts and mountains. So you have to be thankful to the heat.!else mst of Karnataka would have been desert.

April 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(598) ajanth says:

@akhil
i am affectionated by ur language. u r right. really tamils made an Innovative idea to save chennai name. I also thought that, from staring of the votings, tamils drag,drag,drag bangalore with chennai. Come to bangalore,and ask my collegues(assamese,other north indians). No one will not hate bangalore,instead we are happy working here.See other cities, all struck. And another ur attractive speaking is tamils drag bangalore for all their karmas. is so perfect..

April 30, 2013 at 3:09 am
(599) rohith says:

I am now living in Chennai and I have lived in other parts of the country and also abroad also.

Chennai displays good indian culture through music and art and has some very talented artists in the movie industry also.
Chennai is also the place to be if you are a die hard cricket fan.

The negatives are. Chennai climate. I know nothing can be done about it but its very hot. Delhi and mumbai are hot but not throughout the year. Chennai is hot and the humidity is impossible to take.
Bad quality of water in bore wells and power cuts are really disturbing and make it difficult to live.

Traffic is a common issue with all big cities but then in the heat to get in stuck in a traffic is really tough.

The autorickshaw in chennai is something locals don’t care about but rest get looted. I have personally gone to the police office to complaint against it couple of times and they never bothered to even file a complain. I beg everyone to do something about it as I have to depend on it. I heard the reason is politics. I don’t know.

I also have bad experience while driving with the locals where I got nearly beaten up for not a mistake of mine just because I was driving a 4 wheeler.

The chennai population is well educated but then people don’t wear helmets or seat belts. If we are smart lets show it.

The other negative point which already mentioned is lack of varitey of food outlets.

I am sorry to say all this but I am finding it really tough to live.

I like the temples and music and culture but so many challenges which is really taxing given I have to work 8 hours a day and then face all this.

May 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm
(600) Mani மணி says:

Hmm. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. And, don’t women feel safer in Chennai than the rape capital Delhi? And do drivers enjoy being stuck on congested roads of Bangalore? And can the other cities match the Marina beach of Chennai?

May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(601) chethana says:

@ravi,srini
u suddenly pick up one kannadiga by replying him in so many paragraphs. Reply also to telugu citizen, akhil, ajanth. why u dont reply them?

May 3, 2013 at 1:20 am
(602) srini says:

@chetana

If you read the replies properly, you could see that we have answered to your questions. We have no issues let be telugu, malayalam or kannada or any language people in TN. There are a number of telugu political leaders in TN. same is malayalam and kannada. We feel them part of our state and city. Telugu is played extensively in thyaraja utsavam and margazhi music season as tamil i used extensively in vaishnavite temples in andhra. How may tamil MLAs/councillors are there in bangalore/karnataka with a huge chunk of tamil population, we are not like that. Visit hosur to see telugu used along with tamil even in government offices. Infact northies are the problem to the whole of south India. But many people dont understand this.

Srini

May 5, 2013 at 10:40 am
(603) IluvChennai says:

I am surprised how Chennai made it to the 7th most hated city. In fact it should be number 1.

I have many expat friends who tell me their every day ordeal living in that city. Most of them are on a contract and cannot leave the city soon without having serious repercussions on their career. While in most cities in India, foreigners are left on their own, there is incessant staring that most European and American travellers have to go through. Even the Koreans and Japanese are not spared. Most people in Chennai stare at foreigners as if they witnessed a ghost sighting.
People reek of dirty body odour so cant take public transport. Deodrants are unheard of by people of Chennai. And taking a bath everyday is like expecting a cat to take a swim. Auto drivers are the biggest muggers on the face of this planet. It’s like Italian mafia- pay an exorbitant fare or get bitten up. Leave alone foreigners, Chennaiites are not kind to their own brothers and sisters from small towns in TN who come to Chennai in search of livelihood.
There is also a penchant for fairer skin. Tamils are not proud of their dark skin like what you would notice among African people. Fairer girls and boys from have it really easy in Chennai.
Actors are not. If most actors were to become auto drivers for a day , no one would take notice. Most actors and actresses are painted with white make up. I don’t understand why? While rest of Indians can be found in all shades from pink to brown, there is an obvious preference for one over the other, but almost all tamilians are dark unless they are brahmins. Then why this shamefulness for dark skin?
There are only three great people in Chennai one can immediately think of

Honorary CM M/s Jayalalitha
M S Dhoni
Superstar Rajnikanth

And more worrying than surprising is the fact that all the three are not originally from Tamil Nadu.

Rest of the famous crowd are nothing but local her

May 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(604) Radhakrishnan says:

The disgusting and barbaric act of “Staring at people” is so very true and unique to Chennai than any other cities of Tamil nadu. Even in Coimbatore and Madurai, this kind of staring is not present. These are the kind of acts of which guys flooding their replies in favour of chennai here like Ravi and Srini approve and are very proud of..

May 6, 2013 at 3:14 am
(605) Chennai Blues says:

I was born and brought up in Auckland, which is often rated among the top 5 best cities in the world.

I often travel to different cities in India, and in the past I have expressed displeasure about cities like mumbai and bangalore to their residents.

But never have I come across people behaving like hungry stray dogs pouncing on u to tear your flesh. I have noticed this kind of behaviour from people of Chennai.
My travel experience in Madurai and Coimbatore have been great. People are truly polite and kind. You can see great work of architecture and engineering by Pandyan dynasty. Madurai is truly the epitome of true Tamil culture. On the other hand, Chennai is a cultureless place. There is no respect for children or elderly. If you have children or aged parents don’t bring them here.

When it comes to security, Chennai doesn’t have to face even 1/10th of the challenges of Delhi and Mumbai. Looking at the sheer volume of migration and anonymity of people and the chances to get away after committing a crime, I would rate Mumbai as the safest place for women in India.
Mumbai has several challenges which are way graver than Chennai.

May 6, 2013 at 3:19 am
(606) Chennai Blues says:

The population is almost 3 times of Chennai. Many people do not have a proper address or any identification on them . Its not easy to nab such people after a crime is committed. The gap between the haves and have not is wider in Mumbai, which inclines some people towards crime. There are many financially independent women living alone in major cities like mumbai. Such women are more subjected to harrassment and other crimes against women. Women in cities like mumbai have greater independence to live life on their on terms. In places like Chennai women are less independent on a scale compared on a global level. There is more emotional blackmailing and exploitation of women in the name of superficial moral values and cultural rigmarole. In cities like Chennai, men can smoke, but women can’t. women have to dress like plain Jane. The problem with the low mentality of people of Chennai is that their definition of culture is what women can do and what they can’t. Men can drink, party, go to pubs and clubs. As soon as they talk about culture, they talk about women’s clothing. That is what their definition of culture is.

May 6, 2013 at 3:21 am
(607) Chennai Blues says:

The problem is that most people in Chennai don’t have enough knowledge on any topic to hold a decent level of intellectual discussion. They are very hostile in the sense. If you point out their shortcomings they will not think twice to pounce on you like a hungry dog. The quality of comprehensible spoken is the lowest among all cities. I can tell this because I am a native speaker.
On the other hand, as a foreigner, I have noticed that people in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore listen to what you are saying carefully and they laugh it out. They don’t get personal.

It’s a really sad state of affair in Chennai. I am not saying that these problems do not occur in other small towns. But people of Chennai have a penchant to blatantly ignore all the cons about their city.

May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am
(608) Chennai Blues says:

@ Stuggi

There is something terribly wrong with you. I am a neurolinguist and when i analyse what you have written i come to the conclusion that you need psychiatric help.

May 13, 2013 at 3:06 am
(609) Asin fan in Goa says:

Chennai is a dump.
Bangalore and Kochi are the best cities in the south.

May 16, 2013 at 5:14 am
(610) tamizh in bangalore says:

@srini – comment # 605

The last two lines – VERY TRUE

There are lot of job(IT and Engg) opportunities in north India now. Don’t worry,soon all the north indians leave south india(at least Chennai).,because they have lot of self-respect and they are not thick skinned. You can come to Bangalore and ask every house owner. They’ll tell you their hatred for north indians and they prefer south indians. I lived in Delhi(3 yrs)-in Chennai(1 yr)-in Bangalore and abroad(4+7 yrs).

North Indians are the ultimate racists.

Now it is the north indians’ turn !!!

Start …. !!!

May 17, 2013 at 7:48 am
(611) afzalkhan says:

Most of the ppl have very bad opinion about chennai because of climate and the ppl who doesn’t know any other language apart from TAMIL. ppl who visited chennai always complaining about these issues. If you ask the ppl who is working in bangalore or other places to shift channai, they will straight a way refuse. Apart from this chennai is a good city

May 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(612) tamizh in bangalore says:

@afzalkhan

I still travel between between Bangalore-Chennai and my native (the hottest HELL) in Tamil Nadu.
(few of my friends,born and brought up in Bangalore, refused to go North India :) but they went to Chennai)

Do we need ILLITERATES,PERVERTS,RACISTS,RAPISTS etc to pass comments about Tamizh and our own city ?

You can’t find any South Indian beggars at the traffic signals in any North Indian cities. But …. :) :) :) :)

If one is EDUCATED,then they would know about GEOGRAPHY and also about Chennai. If they need a cold place, then they would not prefer Chennai (they would dump their job offers/business proposals). I think google is banned in North India. But those who come to Chennai from North India are the 3rd rated.So,we have to expect every $*!+ They(mostly youths through campus) come to Chennai and work in some XYZ for 2 yrs. When they want to kill time,they pop up here and crap. After that they re-locate to Bangalore or North India or abroad.

If someone really likes Chennai and Tamizh, then PLEASE, just don’t post anything. Let the pigs oink. They never stop., because they are thick skinned. But we always help BEGGARS.

May 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(613) tamizh in bangalore says:

World Bank has selected Chennai to have its back office.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Bank_office,_Chennai

Why not in North India ?

(In Mumbai and Delhi, they have offices)

Come on, my dear North Indian friends, tell everybody the reason why the World Bank has selected Chennai,if you CAN.

On top of all your crap (ITES,cheap labor etc), there is a very SPECIFIC reason.

May 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(614) Rosa says:

I am from France. i had planned a trip with my family to chennai to south India , with a 2 day stay in chennai. but now I just cancelled the chennai plan after reading the comments here and after knowing it’s the seventh worst city in the whole world.

May 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(615) South Indian says:

In south india various regions keep fighting with each other everytime. i hv never met a single keralite or kannadiga in my life who told me tamils are good.

First south indians must solve problems among themselves before pointing out fingers on the rest of the world.

May 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm
(616) Tamizh lover says:

Some moron also posted wikipedia link about world bank in chennai.

Back offices of the developed countries constantly move to places which are the cheapest . thats the whole idea on which outsourcing works.

Back offices do nothing but clerical work which can be done by anyone even if their IQ is 78.

Quality has to be compromised because if you pay peanuts you only get monkeys.

In the future dont cut pastye wikipedia links , grow up and get a life.

May 19, 2013 at 1:20 am
(617) sury says:

Hi, I happened to read this long discussion forum and surprised to see many hate posts and the many desperate measures of defending their actors, beaches, temples et al. I am a Tamilian by birth and a Chennaiite for more than 30 years now. There is always some past to all of us. The fact of the matter is, Chennai used to be the gateway to South India for so many years, especially when the Britishers came into India, Chennai was one of their key ports. Prior to that when the Mohammedans invaded and plundered the country. They looted the NOrth, the West and the East to a large extent. But somehow the intensity of the damage was very less in the South, except for Kerala, where the portugal / french came and changed the culture completely. Keralalites hate to accept that they were part of the Madras Presidency for many years. But who wants to know facts. Thanks to the hot climatic condition of Chennai, perhaps which made all these foreign invasions not to consider Chennai favourably for camping here as their headquarters. Moreover, in remote areas of Tamil Nadu, we see some of the temples not touched by these looters.

May 19, 2013 at 1:21 am
(618) sury says:

The fact of the matter is, we are able to keep some of the old school of thoughts intact, maybe due to the fact that we are one of the most hated cities. There are many more such untold historical facts about this hot city which may not appeal to the North Indians and the Westerners alike. But this is what we are and who we are. This is how I see this, If a young guy or a girl meets an old person, they make all kinds of funny remarks about the old person and make fun of their old age. But old age is a process and nobody can make fun of it, nor can blame the system for getting old. We are old and let’s accept the fact and go with the reality. Most of the comments are shallow remarks and nothing insightful about a place, leave alone the long term guys who want to come and make a living out of here, even for those who come for one-night standings! If westerners decide travelling a place based on these posts, not surprised as to why media is so corrupt today with all these biases, prejudices.

May 19, 2013 at 1:22 am
(619) sury says:

Ok, having said about all that, here is what is Chennai is ideal for, If a place is determined by the bars, beaches, girls,(as a matter of fact we are the ugliest people dark in colour and have no sense of dressing etc., our actors are not handsome or the macho types) then Chennai is the wrong place for you, if you have a question about yourself and you want to follow your heart, then here is that place. If you want to find solace and want to look for answers to those deep intriguing questions, then here is that place. If you want to know what life really means, then here is that place. If you want to see who you really are, then here is that place. Unlike other popular tourist destinations, we don’t highlight the rosy side of our country, as a traveller, we would like to help you with some deep insights about you as a human being, eventually leading to GOD, nothing but the YOU! YOU CAN SEE THE RICH PAST AND YOU WILL FEEL THE CHANGE IN YOURSELF. IT IS THE MYSTICISM WHICH WILL TRIGGER YOUR MIND AND LEAD YOUR THOUGHTS TO AN EVEN HIGHER PLANE, IT IS AN EXPERIENCE WHICH ONE SHOULD GO THROUGH AND NOT GO BY HEARSAY! DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE LOOKS OF ANYTHING, FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF!!!

May 19, 2013 at 10:56 am
(620) French guy says:

@Sury, I agree with some of the points you wrote but the below part is total rubbish and a figment of your imagination.

“as a traveller, we would like to help you with some deep insights about you as a human being, eventually leading to GOD, nothing but the YOU! YOU CAN SEE THE RICH PAST AND YOU WILL FEEL THE CHANGE IN YOURSELF. IT IS THE MYSTICISM WHICH WILL TRIGGER YOUR MIND AND LEAD YOUR THOUGHTS TO AN EVEN HIGHER PLANE, IT IS AN EXPERIENCE WHICH ONE SHOULD GO THROUGH AND NOT GO BY HEARSAY! DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE LOOKS OF ANYTHING, FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF!!!”

May 20, 2013 at 5:06 am
(621) John Main says:

The problem with Chennai is purely political and nothing else.It has a comparison with Kolkatta in that there has been no comprehensive development plan for the city.Most of the serious money has moved out to the suburbs and the inner city has been left to rot.The roads are a disgrace and the bus and train stations are really very bad.There is no night life to speak off and the once vibrant Marine Drive is a sad reflection of what it once was. Its a place you travel to on the way to somewhere else.Chennai is rich in history and culture but it lacks the political will to do anything about it. The Chief Minister should have booted out long ago as she is absolutely corrupt and this is reflected in the poor state of the city. Chennaites deserve more than this bunch of parasites who are in charge now.

May 24, 2013 at 10:41 am
(622) Dutch Tourist says:

My request to all tourist from Europe is to avoid this place like plague.

This place is not for us Europeans or any person from a developed country.

They say they know English. But they don’t know any other language. You will have the worst time. If you wanna experience culture, go to Kerala or Mysore or Mangalore.

May 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(623) Keshawar Rao says:

I am 70. in my life i have never seen any place worse than Chennai. In my three years stay with my son, our house got robbed once, i got mugged outside an ATM, my mobile phone got stolen on a bus and i once was hospitalised because a young tamil boy was drunk driving with his father.

We have now moved to Bangalore and we have been living here for 2 years. This is the best city for senior citizens.

If you have young children, dont bring them to chennai. Overall, personality development of your child will be hampered. If you are a senior citizen, then dont think of coming here. there is no respect for the elderly.

May 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(624) BlahBlah says:

Yay , This is the best web page ever.

Its Open Season for Racism.

Come on down ya’ll and vent your anger by bashing Chennai. No need to hold back.

Proud to be an Indian.

May 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm
(625) Srinivasan says:

Post #490 is hilarious. Even funnier as IluvChennai probably isn’t being sarcastic.

May 26, 2013 at 4:29 am
(626) BlahBlah says:

Man O’ man I tell ya, this page is like watching a Tennis match.

The amount of hypocrisy being hurled at each other is simply astounding.

You know what this page deserves?

This page deserves a sponsorship. Maybe Congress or BJP. But then who else to support this lunacy of our nation than the Politically Incorrect.

May 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(627) N Srinivasan says:

Honestly speaking , no one gives a damn about Chennai. Most people know that they would prefer to die than ever make Chennai their home.

If you are from modern and progressive cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, living in Chennai would be like going back in time for all the wrong reason.

Crime rate is low because filing an FIR is the hardest thing to do in Chennai. I know its not easy in other cities. But if u can get an FIR filed in Chennai, then it is nothing short of a Vatican approved miracle.

—–Chennai ranks second among all cities and towns in India for human trafficking.

—- Third in child labour.

— Second for the dirtiest and unclean city preceded by Patna for the lack of any organised garbage disposal system

—- Number one for cholera, Hepatitis D, and Dengue infections in India

— Second in the number of all Domestic Violence cases in family court

— third in equality rights for women and children and elderly. In some parts of TN, Euthanesia is also practised on senior family members.

Chennai films are a joke and are an accurate reflection of the low taste for anything fair and non racist.

India is among the top 10 racist countries and Chennai is number 1 in racism.

Chennaiites have the worst comprehensible English. BPO and IT never really picked up in this city like how it did in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgoan, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Later on some office started opening up in Chennai. That is because of the very nature of outsourcing which ideally goes for the cheapest labour. Labour is cheap because people here don’t have any communication skills.

According to NASCOM, only 20% of engineering graduates from Chennai are employable, compared to 83% from Mumbai and 78% from Delhi.
Some big IT companies moved in here, but by that time it was too late. The IT boom was over, and BPOs are almost on their death bed.

May 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm
(628) CSK says:

The only saving grace for Chennai was the CSK. Found out recently that that was too a fix.

What a corrupt and cultureless city!

If you are a foreigner and if you are hell bent on seeing great work of engineering, you can visit Madurai for a day to see the Meenakshi temple.

The only golden age for this region was the medieval age during the Pandyan dynasty who chose Madurai as their capital.

Chennai was formed only a couple of centuries ago. Chennai was less vulnerable to foreign attacks because there was nothing there to attack. It never had the wealth of Delhi. It never was the best port like Mumbai, due to shallow waters on the east coast. The weather was always bad, but its turned worse in recent years due to illegal constructions which have lead to all lot of indiscrimate cutting of trees.

May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am
(629) An Indian says:

Hi, I am by heart true Indian and really like each part of India and its culture. I have stayed at almost all part of India for a considerable time say 6+ months on an avg. I have also stayed in Chennai for a year and have worked over there and I am not from North. I must say everything is good about Chennai but believe that it is not place which creates happy feeling about living…it is people who live there and the way they treat others makes a difference.
In Chennai people are completely in to Chennai culture and never accepts anyone from outside. If you do not know Tamil then you are gone and your life will be miserable. Start from Auto..if you speak in any language apart from Tamil then you will taken for ride. People have no respect for their own Indian brother from different region. They are straight way against them. In office…they are not professional and always like to talk in Tamil rather in all accepted language. Tam Brams (Tamil Bramins) are really inhuman have illusion ed superiority complex. People talk there are famous personalities from Cheenai/TN but just forget that most of them left TN/Chennai and moved to North or other part of globe realizing that they need to come out of this hypocritically created culture.
Chennai/TN people treat others (non TN) like lower class and think that only they have all rights to live in Chennai/TN. They hate speaking/ learning Indian official language and groom their children with same philosophy. There is always that ting in mind about Dravidian clan and they are true Indians (while actually they are not).

Whatever I have said is based on my interaction and experience with majority of people in Chennai..there may be some other reality to it which I have not experienced. But once I have suffered and surely will not like to stay/go there any day.

May 28, 2013 at 11:51 am
(630) srini says:

@ An Indian

some questions to you.

1. what is the language you expect us to learn and speak in Chennai. When you mean “Indian official language”, it means all the 22+ languages that are listed by the govt. Let’s take an example that a guy from South goes to Delhi or Patna or Lucknow. Can we complain that the auto rickshaw people speak no other language than hindi. Worse they cant even speak a language in english. In chennai atleast they try to speak in english.

2. I have worked in Gurgaon. I need not say they talk only in hindi without even realising whether everyone can understand hindi. In Bangalore IIM, one professor was talking in hindi without understanding that kannada is the state language and bangalore was not in BIMARU belt. what can I say?

3. TN is the state where most of the elected representatives and party leaders are non-tamilains. do you know that? we are open to others but they have to respect us as we respect them. is that wrong?

May 29, 2013 at 4:33 am
(631) Dutch Tourist says:

The tourists around the world have rated Chennai as the seventh worst city to travel to.

It really doesn’t matter what the localites or the North Indian think about Chennai.

This survey was done for tourists mainly from the US and European countries who form the majority of tourists travelling around the world. An average traveller from any other part of India wouldn’t come to Chennai to spend his holiday. So it’s not the North Indians who have chosen Chennai as the worst city.

As an avid traveller from Europe who has seen more of India than majority of Indians, I have met many North Indians and other South Indians who have said that Chennai is a better city than their own. But I have never met a Chennaiite who said Delhi or Mumbai or Bangalore or Trivandrum is a better city than Chennai.

It is not about which city is better than the other, but it is the mental attitude of Chennaiites that sucks.

May 29, 2013 at 9:54 am
(632) srini says:

Mr.Dutch tourist

Everyone knows who you are.

Anyway leaving that aside, let me explain since you are “Dutch”.

I worked for Alcatel and Ericsson in Chennai where many of my bosses/peers were from Belgium and Nederlands. All of them stayed for atleast 3 years in chennai and really dont want to go back. Many got extensions and some even got transferred to India. They travelled all over India and the following is the feedback by many of them. Chennai although hot for 4 months is better than many other cities in India because of less pollution and cultured people. You may oppose but I have proof. (I have named the companies where the people worked also).

For your point reg a NI accepting Chennai is better and a SI not accepting, it is the fact that Chennai is better and they have to accept. Except for central govt jobs and a few corporate jobs, none from south india are moving to NI while the reverse is happening heavily. If you ask a chennai guy, “whether bangalore is cooler than chennai” – he’ll accept whereas if you ask a bangalore guy “whether chennai is cooler than bangalore” – he wont. It doesnt mean the bangalore guy is adamant but “fact”.

Further if you have some many complaints against chennai, pls dont visit chennai. Nobody is falling on your feet to visit chennai.

May 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm
(633) Dutch Tourist says:

Some Dutch people don’t want to go back because when they work as expats their life is luxurious. Most expats live along ECR in bungalows with a swimming pool. Life is a struggle back there in Europe.

This doesn’t mean they like Chennai. Such expats don’t mingle around with the local crowd. They don’t have to step out in the heat. They travel in chauffer driven cars. They don’t have to interact with the local crowd. After they work they socialise in their own community and they are hardly interested in anything local, other than a few who like all that out of personal interest.
They rarely socialise with chennaiites in their office outside work.
At any given point there are not more than a handful of dutch people in Chennai who live here as expats

This survey is not about expats. It’s is about tourists. I hope you understand the difference.

I have visited Chennai. It’s a burning hell. And I am not talking about the weather here. I’m talking about the people.

I’m writing here so that other European travellers know what they are getting into.

I still like Madurai, but not Chennai.
Such forums have already had a positive effect. Number of visitors from Europe dropped by 74% in the last two years.

This should make you happy because you are so xenophobic. And this makes me happy because many tourists were saved from the agony of visiting hell.

Your opinion about what how good Chennai is does nt really matter. Coz the survey was done for tourist and you are a localite. Millions of tourists who took the survey and rated Chennai as one of the worst cities cannot be wrong.

May 30, 2013 at 2:01 am
(634) GD says:

My Friends,
Most Hated Indian City? No wonder… That is the Hell’s own planet… CHENNAI

Historical Reasons:
As per the Geologists opinion it was a part of Indian sub-continent, before Ramayana epic. Because of the evolution( planetary &earth’s evolvements) Lanka portion started parting away from the sub-continent. The portion was Ruled by Kubera. Ravana cheated him with his lust and wisdom, and started ruling his own way as Jaya Lalita AMMA and KARUNANIDHI APPA do it today. Daughter Kani Mozhi, Sons -Stalin& Azhagiri, their chela D Raja, nephews Marans are the part of history.

Culture:
Film Heros resemble Sugrivas and rakshasa’s descendants(old is gold). But they want heroines beauty like Ayshwairya Rai and Katrina Kaif . Film Songs are hauling and barking ( dogs are better).Film Dances are similar to drunken monkeys moves. Dialogues are the substitutes of VAGINa Monologues… totally …Kolaveri— Kolaveri –di…!!! What a classic macha…
Any over acting heros will be hailed and are recommended for national award and Academy awards…

Autos:
For 2 Km- Rs. 50/- (minimum) .Waiting Charge including ( if you want)- Rs. 200/- Tea shops:
No tea or coffee. Morning Idli/ dosai. Noon to night Chineese.
Hotels:
Any item like dosai, poories, chapatis- per item. Side dish – chatni, sambar, kanta, water everything will be charged extra.
For tea – always give order with cup. Eg. A chai with cup.
Dress Code:
Half shirts, Lungi, chaddi , dark coloured T shirts with LTTE Prabhakarans / Vaiko/ Amma photos. Monologues like kiss my Ass, Chinna Samaan Periya Sugham etc. are sold like hot cake.

May 30, 2013 at 3:23 am
(635) Prakash says:

“Chiina Saman Periya Sugam” – Yes!! you r Bang on target i about the mentality of chennai people when you said this !!!

June 1, 2013 at 3:51 am
(636) Marshal says:

I have lived in 10 cities around the world including Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. My wife was born and raised in Mumbai. We both agree that Mumbai is far worse than Chennai in every aspect. The traffic is worst and chances of being pinched and groped in public places is many times more in Mumbai than Chennai or Bangalore. The cost of living is higher in Chennai but be amazed by the kind of treatment a Rs 10 can get u in Chennai. Indians are by nature poor tippers but tipping badly can get u spit on ur food in US, so why blame Chennai. Next to Canada my choice of a retirement place is Chennai

June 1, 2013 at 7:45 am
(637) Marshal's real father says:

Let’s not beat around the bush trying to defend Chennai as the epitome of Tamil culture. The city has nothing of the sort. There are no cultural events in Chennai because there is nothing to have events about. Incidentally there’s not even a social scene to build a culture around, either, because its Tamil population, by and large, do not understand drinking.

This lack of culture stems from the fact that almost all Tamil “culture” stems from several thousand years ago- when Chennai itself is barely even half a millenium old. What do you get when you have a Tamil populace based on century-old traditions and try and put them into a modern city? A plain lack of culture.

June 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm
(638) Madurai veeran says:

YES! indeed. Of all Indian capital cities it is this chennai…. which has the dubious distinction of having citizens who thouroughly disrespect and who are incapable of understanding and verbalising their STATE’S mother tongue – TAMIL..
It is utmost pity that such a rich and regal language called TAMIL that has its first and foremost preaching as follows……
” Respect and adore people From Other Culture ” should be so … so… so….. gravel ‘misrepresented’ by this worthless ‘Garbage of a city called Chennai. More so when real epitome of Tamil Culutre ci’ties like MADURAI, TRICHY, TIRUNELVELI, COIMBATORE, SALEM, TANJAVOOR are left so overshadowed in this ARROGANT CITY CALLED – CHENNAI

June 9, 2013 at 5:18 am
(639) Vasudevan Chennai says:

For third straight year Chennai retains the distinction of being the
” Road Accident Capital Of India” – (Courtesy – Times Of India – 9/6/13 issue)

Every day at least 3 people Die on Chennai Roads. Maximum Drunken driving and maximum reckless driving cases coupled with worst maintained and most encroached roads in the whole Country is the main reason.Some moron here said chennai has lot of flyovers!!!!
Ignorant chap… chennai has least no of Flyovers amongst Indian cities with over 50 lakh population. And more disgusting fact is that this is the only city which has Very Very Short railings on flyover. Already many have died crashing and falling down from flyovers in chennai.two wheeler riders are thrown off and fall head down on roads below and die on the spot( many consider wearing helmets as boring routine and think they are not stylish if they wear helmets)Despite of numerous such accidents,not a single person in chennai will speak about raising the height of the railings.
One must see the Flyovers of Mumbai to know how safely flyovers should be constructed. The railings in Mumbai flyovers are really tall and strong. Even if an accident happens on the flyover, tall railings prevent vehicles and people in them from falling down to the busy road below, thus preventing more colossal damage.
give thousand reasons… you just cant justify having a mere 2 feet railings on a traffic packed city’s flyovers. With gross lot of chennai people being Extremely insensitive to danger.. city will surely hold on to its first spot for many many years to come.

June 9, 2013 at 9:40 am
(640) Civil Engineer says:

@ Vasudevan Chennai

Very informative comment!!!

June 16, 2013 at 7:44 am
(641) shilpa says:

I agree with the survey: Chennai has to be most hated. The local people are unfriendly towards north indians, non tamilians intolerant towards modern or westernised culture. They tend to think “how we live is perfect whoever deviates from our norm are simply inferior to us.”

June 21, 2013 at 5:10 am
(642) Jack Nicholson says:

WoW….Just viewed Google Earth and saw Mumbai city….it has got a hell lot of slums around it.but 1 should not forget that there are very tall buildings near it.I was sad…but then i saw chennai in google earth…the whole city looks like slums from top….no proper planning.no good buildings,bad infrastructure.chennai just sucks…mumbai always the best in India…

June 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm
(643) simon says:

see.. chennai is a place where u live for 3-4 years and u madly get in love with the city….. i come from the state which is the seventh best place in the world to live–kerala…. still i love chennai for plenty of reasons though i hate climate and various other things.. see unlike bangalore or mumbai, this city has its own culture… if u want to see wats called culture, live in chennai…. and another thing, unlike those rude ba*tards of bangalore, people in chennai are so nice and so helpfull… trust me, once u become friend with a thamizhian, they will die fo u… they will do any help for u…. chennai is the best city… bcos there is no other city like chennai…..

June 22, 2013 at 8:25 am
(644) Chennai Culture says:

What Chennai culture are you talking about? Can you explain please? I have lived there, but I have never come across any culture. Chennai is like a mentally retarded 13 year old. It neither has the maturity of an adult nor does it have the innocence of a child.

People who are talking about Chennai culture, please look up a good English dictionary for the meaning of the word ‘culture’.
If being socially backward, dirty and polluted means culture for you, then may be it has the richest culture.

The golden age for Tamil culture was between the 4th and the 15th century. During that time, Chennai wasn’t even existent. Later, the British got interested because it was a natural port. So labourers were needed to work at docks. As a result, the villagers and slum dwellers from the near by villages settled in Madras, which is present day Chennai.

When one talks about historic cities of the South, one thinks about Mysore, Mangalore, Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. These cities are also top priority on tourist lists because they have magnificient temples. They are not dirty and polluted like Chennai. If tourists are looking for night life they go to Bangalore, Delhi or Mumbai.

June 22, 2013 at 8:26 am
(645) Chennai Culture says:

Chennai does not have the cultural appeal with ancient architecture and temples like cities such as Istanbul, Barcelona, Madrid or Cairo have. On the contrary, it also doesn’t have the glamour and night life of cities such as Dubai, KL, New York and Mumbai. These cities have recorded History and have been the focal point of culture and tradition or modernity unlike Chennai, a city born out the necessity for cheap labour for the British.

Parents of young adults in Chennai force and emotionally blackmail their children in to dressing like labourers and house helps (aayas).

Girls can’t wear decent modern clothes like jeans and T shirts. Most boys or girls can’t wear three fourths. Girls can’t do minimal make up like use a light lips stick or get their eyebrows done. Most girls have bushy eyebrows and so much hair on their arms. Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate a girl from a boy. This also helps save a lot of money for Chennaiites to buy and eat chicken which they love and buy cheap and adulterated cheap booze which Chennai men line outside TASMAC from morning till late night.

If everything anti-western and progressive is Indian culture, then you are right. Chennai has the best culture.

June 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm
(646) muralidharan says:

@ Chennai Culture
very good reply!!

June 25, 2013 at 6:07 am
(647) Sreedhar says:

Mr. Jack U r great. U need to be in NASA. Oh so u r judging a city by seeing it through Google Maps.!! Man what an insight & technical diligence u hav got.

For all those who hate Chennai only one word.. GROW UP

June 25, 2013 at 11:56 am
(648) Puli kutty says:

but….. is ‘Grow Up’ not two words…?!!?

June 26, 2013 at 1:38 am
(649) Jack Nicholson says:

well comparing the three indian cities of Mumbai,Chennai and Delhi.
Cleanliness………………………………..:Delhi>Chennai>Mumbai
Clealiness based on particular area in the city:Delhi(NCR)>Mumbai(Navi Mumbai)>Chennai(ECR)
Behaviour of Local People…………:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai
Elevation from Sea Level…………..:Delhi>mumbai>Chennai
Metropolition area………………………:Mumbai>Delhi>chennai
Culture……………………………………….:Chennai>Mumbai>Delhi
Safety of women(alone at night)…:Mumbai>Chennai>Delhi
Religious(in terms of different religion people)………………………………………..:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai
Night Life……………………………………..:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai
Art-Deco Buildings………………………:Mumbai>Chennai>Delhi
Infrastructure………………………………..:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai
Food(availabilty of different cuisines)…………………………………….:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai
How Foreigners feel about the language:Hindi>Tamil
OVERALL:Mumbai>Delhi>Chennai

June 26, 2013 at 6:17 am
(650) srini says:

Mr.Jack

Can you prove all you mentioned with data points.

June 26, 2013 at 9:30 am
(651) Jack Nicholson says:

@srini

point 1,2:cleanliness:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleanest_cities_in_India
new delhi at 4,5
navi mumbai at 11
chennai at 13.
.
point 4,5,8:

http://asian-cities.comparical.com/comparison/delhi-vs-mumbai-vs-chennai-MTgzNzMyOQ

point 9:There are only eight cities in the world which have earned the name “City that never sleeps”,for a genuine reason.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_That_Never_Sleeps

point 10:
Most number of art deco buildings in the world is from miami,second is mumbai.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Deco

See in the page under the Asia column.

point:11
majority of skyscrapers are in mumbai.i know chennai is city of flyovers,but still there are many projects like sealinks,metro,monorail which leave chennai far behind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_India

point 12:
chennai and delhi may have many north,south restaurents..but u wont get that originality..i hve been to chennai..i know it…wheras in mumbai u get orginality,as there are many north indians and tamilians here

point 13:
if u listen to english music,you would know the famous katy perry and maroon 5,,,they have tatoos in hindi..tamil i dont think so any famous guy has it :( ..

point 6,3:
Everyone knows it..:P ;)

point7:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-28/india/37351194_1_safest-city-incentive-for-solo-vacations-safest-state
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/delhi-voted-most-unsafe-metro-city-mumbai-safest-survey/375190-3.html
http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/Mumbai-the-safest-city-for-solo-women-travellers-in-India-survey/5621736659
i guess i have given valid reasons…whats your take on this Mr.Srini?

June 27, 2013 at 2:42 am
(652) srini says:

Mr.jack

Here are my comments. I hope you’ll argue in the same way as you are doing now (without using bad words etc.,)

1,2:

Your argument about NCR vs ECR is wrong. Reason…New Delhi and Delhi cantonment are primarily government owned places and primarily beauracratic places. Comparing that with whole of a non-capital city (for a country) is not fair. Further i you consider on whole, pls check where Gurgaon and noida stands compared to alandur, subrb of chennai. Greater mumbai is down below. correct?

4.

elevation from sea level… This is geographic.I dont know what you want to compare from this. Pls explain

5

Metropolitan area: You are correct. But whether it makes a city inferior to others. Is sydney, which is supposed to be one of the best cities in the world to live is inferior to mumbai just because it is smaller in area and population?

8

Religious: I’m commenting based on your link. is the presence of multiple religion means the city is religious. Eeveryone knows vatican/tirumalai is primarily place for a single religion. Are these places less religious than other cities, according to your argument? Pls inform.

June 27, 2013 at 2:42 am
(653) srini says:

9

Donno what you want to compare. Further pls note that we dont say other cities are bad, but we argue that our city is good. Do you think this point holds any good for the same?

10

Art deco building. Yeah…mumbai is bigger than chennai and mumbai was always the financial capital of india, right from british times. Good for mumbai. Again cant understand how it makes chennai a bad place to live????

11

Comparing in the real sense should be facility/per capita. Mumbai being twice or thrice the population if chennai, should have 2-3 times more infrastructure. Do you have any data on this comparision?

12

Yes. Mumbai is more cosmopolitan, so is bangalore. Good. But do you think that makes chennai a bad place to live. You have 95% tamilians and so 95% of the restaurants has to cater to their taste. correct? In mumbai and bangalore since the % of local population is less, restaurants are accordingly developed.

13

Hindi doesnt have a original script. It uses devanagari script. So, how is it sure that these guys’ tatoos are in hindi. Further are these real data point to prove foriegners like hindi more than tamil. Tamil is national language in atleast 3 more countries apart from India where it is a official language along with hindi. This is a big discussion. If you want you can open a seperate thread on this and I’ll answer.

6,3

I prefer data points and argue, even though you have given chennai the top spot for culture.

7

Good if mumbai better than chennai but not sure.

June 27, 2013 at 10:06 am
(654) Jack Nicholson says:

1,2:
My mistake i have compared NCR with ECR.But i have noticed that places in new delhi,like that near India Gate and Parliament are much more beautiful than ECR in chennai which i feel is the cleanest in chennai.I am not known of any place much cleaner than that.
In point number 1 i have given preference to delhi,then chennai and then mumbai,when compared as a whole,whereas in point no. 2 i have given preference considering individual places(places from the same district).delhi,then navi mumbai and then chennai.greater mumbai was never mentioned by me as cleaner than ECR.

5:
More Metropolition area means more development,more value in terms of reality,etc.im not comparing mumbai with sydney on basis of development.im just comparing it on basis of basis of area,that also with delhi and chennai,no other city.

8.
What i meant was that people of various religions live together,people of varios religions like mumbai.

9.
The think about nightlife is not only about party,pubs,its also for those people who work in night.there is a lot of safety of people who live and work late nights in mumbai.Mumbai being the business capital is active even in the night.People wont trouble you,and make note that lot of single women work too.you cant roam around in delhi or chennai alone,the police will enqire you.I remember once when i had been to marina at 8 with my family and relatives.The police asked us to vacate and the beach was empty.you should visit marine drive at 1 am.no one is there to bother you,no drunkards as you wont get cheap liquor every where unlike Tn,where TASMAC is there.

June 27, 2013 at 10:09 am
(655) Jack Nicholson says:

1,2:
My mistake i have compared NCR with ECR.But i have noticed that places in new delhi,like that near India Gate and Parliament are much more beautiful than ECR in chennai which i feel is the cleanest in chennai.I am not known of any place much cleaner than that.
In point number 1 i have given preference to delhi,then chennai and then bombay,when compared as a whole,wereas in point no. 2 i have given preference considering individual places(places from the same district).deli,then navi mumbai and then chni.greater mumbai was never mentioned by me as clener than ECR.

5:
More Metropolition area means more development,more value in terms of reality,etc.im not comparing mumbai with sydney on basis of development.im just comparing it on basis of basis of area,that also with delhi and chennai,no other city.

8.
What i meant was that people of various religions live together,people of varios religions like mbi
9.
The think about nightlife is not only about party,pubs,its also for those people who work in night.there is a lot of safety of people who live and work late nights in mumbai.Mumbai being the business capital is active even in the night.People wont trouble you,and make note that lot of single women work too.you cant roam around in delhi or chennai alone,the police will enqire you.I remember once when i had been to marina at 8 with my family and relatives.The police asked us to vacate and the beach was empty.you should visit marine drive at 1 am.no one is there to bother you,no drunkards as you wont get cheap liqour like TASMAC

June 27, 2013 at 10:41 am
(656) Jack Nicholson says:

11:
Well i honestly think that mumbai has got a way lot of infrastucture than that of chennai.Mumbai cant expand more,as alrady a lot of land has been reclaimed…however the government has many ambitious projects which have started and some of them running.there are currently 2 main roads which connect north south.the western expressway and the eastern expressway.however that is insufficent and so the government has come up with of more freeways.the eastern freeaay and the western freeway…eastern freeway is 75% complete and has significently reduced traffic during peak hours..the 1st phase of western freeway has been complte with bandra-worli sealink and has freed up space in mahim cause way…mumbais traffic would improve if all the freeways are opened and work is going on in full swing…metro and monorail will reduce burden on locals.also note that western freeway is made entirely over the arabian sea.All slums are being rehablitated into tall builings with good homes for free..

12:i never said chennai is bad,i just rated it low on food….people in mumbai eat food even which are not in their own habits.for example a marati person eats idli dosas atleast three times in a week,whearas a tamil mumbaikar eats north indian food even too….Whereas people in chennai are not so fond of North indian food AS MUCH AS the bombaites do…i studied in chennai and lived in hostel,i know how local guys react to north indian food..north indians love south indian food and south indian in mumbai love norht indian food..
have you thought of this ,y north indians dont like chennai…1 main reason would be the food…..if u dont give north indian food to them how they expect u to love the city..

June 28, 2013 at 1:01 am
(657) Jack Nicholson says:

Well Tamil may be the oldest language nd it has also been in many asian countries like sri lanka,singapore,mauritus,malaysia….but that doesnt mean it is more influential than Hindi…By pouplation Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in the world,tamil comes way below..Also it is much more influential than tamil..Tamil is not the official language in singapore;but in fact is ONE of the official languageS of singapore…chinese is also the official language in singapore but i donk think so chinese people go about everywhere saying that their language is great cause its official in singapore and all…Hindi was alwys in india and so it is the one of the two official languages including english,in india..tamil is not the official language…and plz understand u cant expect abt 500 languages of the indian country to be the official..imagine boards in highways having all the 500 languages :P lol….
.Tamil is recognized language,and not official in india….
also understand one thing…tamil nadu is the only state in india where majority of the people dont know hindi except a few….people in kerala,karnataka,andra atleast understand….not all of them and not fluently but yes they do…People in these states respect hindi and even thier own language,,,unlike in chennai….some guys over here make fun of the national anthem…pathetic..
When u ask foreigners abt what is indias language they say hindi…no one knows tamil or any other as indias language..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

http://list25.com/the-25-most-influential-languages-in-the-world/2/

Okay:old language ,own script,official in foreign countries…Tamil wins,,,but most influential,most spoken(by native poulation)..Hindi wins…

@ srini u can give me more points,on comparision..im ready 2 argue..

June 29, 2013 at 7:13 am
(658) Manas Bhai says:

Staring like “Devouring” at people who are t lighter skinned.. and disturbing such people in public places are the two of the most unique characteristics of the local people of Chennai…!

July 4, 2013 at 3:56 am
(659) Kunal says:

Dear all,
I am a North Indian and coming to Chennai soon for my Post Graduation studies. I have been taught by many South Indian faculties & I really respect & appreciate them. They all were learned & impartial.
The only thing I want to know is how is the atmosphere for the students in Chennai? I don’t know Tamil.

July 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm
(660) Mohan@blore says:

@ kunal….welcome to chennai….a good tamil friend will solve all your issue in a day….Try to mange dont blame city instead…

July 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(661) Diwakar says:

To
Kunal…

“Try to Manage and don’t Blame The City Instead” Kunal..what this guy means here by saying ‘ try to manage’ in chennai…., you wont even have vaguest idea!!
In chennai you should be prepared to lose your Dignity to the last degree for no mistake of yours and still be able to come out and say ..’thats ok’ to continue to exist there. That is what this blind chennai supporter means here by saying ‘ Try to Manage’.
I am a resident of Chennai for past 21 years my name is Diwakar working in Railways, now residing in Adyar, chennai.
My sincere advice to you is Chennai has the WORST IMAGINABLE ATMOSPHERE for Students… Check Out articles on “Bus Day in Chennai which is only a tip of an Iceberg.
Plesae avoid this city (don’t think you can treat it as a challenge…etc .. you will only end losing yourself completely in the inhuman arrogance of this city in this regard you have numerous predecessors )
If you still wanna come to chennai……Welcome to hell.

July 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm
(662) Killed in Chennai says:

Guys you will not like it and that is understood, however i hate to admit that Chennai is in-fact the worst city i have ever worked in. Its not about the people its about the infra. This city enjoys the stature of a metro since a very long time however the infrastructure and the basic amenities in the city are equivalent to that of a Tier C city.
1) It may have rained a week ago but the waterlogged roads will tell u the tale for many days.
2) Real estate is still in its nascent stages and good gated communities are a distant dream, there are few which are mostly in the outskirt of the city.
3) For a North Indian its hard to find play schools where the teacher’s and the support staff can at least understand what the child has to say. Had faced this issue personally, my kid obviously started speaking Hindi first and had torrid time at school just to explain what he wanted.
I have stayed in this city for 5 years now and i have learnt to cope with this place, the people may in the beginning come across as hard to converse but they are mostly very good at heart. Some of my very good friends are from Chennai and they too agree with the 3 points i have stated above for disliking Chennai.
Its a great city that needs to be served well so that it justifies the status of a Metro.

July 13, 2013 at 4:36 am
(663) Rishi says:

This is seriously ridiculous….chennai is rich in tradition and cultuure.it is also the safest metro in India.hw kum ppl hate chennai wen all sorts of social evil happens in other cities.i dnt like hating any city after all evry state is in an Indian state.crime rates are less in chennai when compared to delhi.nly thing is corruption bt wat it has got 2 do with d ppl,its entirely politics bt its nt like it happens nly in chenai it happens. corruption is spread everywhere in india,its dat in chennai the election comission is strict whereas it does not kum out in other states.ppl of chennai are so friendly.chennai is xperiencing rapid growth in terms of development.but inspite of all this chennai is most hated state in India.very sorry.

July 14, 2013 at 9:59 am
(664) srini says:

@killed in Chennai

Pls tell where you live. If you think OMR road is chennai, then pls correct yourself…It is a suburb. Have you seen the ORR in bangalore to check what lack of infrastructure means. I’m not complaining about bangalore but just want to mention that the issue is in all cities across india. Can you tell me how good public transportation in Gurgaon??? Tell me exactly where you faced the problem and how. Chennai is at sea level and it has a flat terrain which means flooding is natural as it happens in mumbai. In Delhi for just 40mm of rain the city gets flooded. The public transportation (MTC) has been rated the best in India and the city also has trains, taxis etc., only autos fleece people but you can very well live without autos.
Each city has its own culture. Chennai has a culture of house living rather than apartment living. Now apartment living is catching up as land prices are very high. Still there are n number of gated communities available. If you want to hate the city for that, you may do it very well. I can counter it in a different way.
Dont you think this is a stupid argument (sorry to use the word). My child if he comes to Delhi or even to hyderabad will face the same problem as he expresses in tamil. You are putting your child in english medium school and not in tamil medium. Even if you are delhi or elsewhere you’d put your child in english medium only and so the child learns in english and not in hindi. Further it is the mistake of the NIs to think that Hindi is the national language (which obviously isn’t) and complain that they dont speak hindi in TN. So the fault is on the other side not ours.

July 14, 2013 at 10:00 am
(665) srini says:

@killed in chennai

Also, if you are staying for 5 years in the city and still complaining, dont you think the problem resides with you and not the city. If I dont like the city I’d have moved out after some time. If you guys can adapt to the continental climates and non-existance of hindi in US/europe, when not the tropical climate and meagre existance of hindi in chennai?

Srini

July 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm
(666) BlahBlah says:

@srini

Dude, your like an one-man-army. Keep the fight going dude, let me cheer for you.

WoooHooooo *sparkel**sparkel*WoooHoooo*sparkel**sparkel*

“We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turnin…”

BooooYeah.

Ok,ok.Who’s next?

July 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(667) Srimurali Ranganathan @ Chennai says:

@ Srini
First stop drawing comparison to places which doesnt’ deserve to be compared to your city. you and all blind chennai supportors here every time equate Chennai with cities of Europe, America, Australia etc.. !!!
When the fact is that chennai doesnt even come anywhere close to the quality of even some of the tier C cities across India.., where is the comparison to Europe here…??? (Coimbatore in T.N itself is an example. The city is far better than chennai in every respect.) your attitude stinks more than your sewage river “cooum”.
Comparing chennai with Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, New york and Toronto…??? phew….! cant get more insane.
Shed your snobbish and arrogant attitude and wake up to reality of chennai. Go out.. walk the streets of chennai inhale a healthy dose of ‘stink’ everywhere, step on mucous split that is so abundantly found on every road, Take that earphone off and find out how people can get deafened by that insane honking that is so common here, ride a vehicle and get stopped at every 10 metre by a signal, and more frequently by the craters and manholes everywhere on your city roads, go home and open the tap to amusingly tasty “Salty” water or even ‘not a drop of water’, open your windows of your home and get absorbed in the most derogatory use of language found anywhere on earth, with even a 5 year old kid screaming “Oththaa” “ommaalaa” “saavadichchiruveen “etc… … give him a candy and may be even crown him as the next srini of chennai.

July 17, 2013 at 7:34 am
(668) srini says:

@srimurali

Is that really your name ????

Anyway I have seen cities round the globe and most cities in India.

You read my arguments in detail before commenting. How could you say I’m rude if I support my city with my arguments. I brought in other international cities only when people complained about the climate. So, your other points related to this are irrelavant.

Now, I ask you a question – Leave tier 2 or 3 cities. Tell me which indian city is so beautiful and complete in your sense. Also, whether in all other indian cities are neat, no bad smell, people don’t honk, people come and help you etc., Talk realisitic.

Also, the primary concept of the thread and related arguments are to argue whether chennai is a good indian city to live and not whether other cities and bad/good.

Srini

July 19, 2013 at 9:42 am
(669) Hari says:

we are very reserved people. How come u biharis and other north Indians can coment on us.
1.why north indian people come to Chennai for job – because you don’t have a good company to live in
2. you say Chennai is not clean – it is because you migrant workers from other states flood our city and make it dirty for ur filthy jobs.
3. I saw a comment companies come to Chennai for free lands why cant ur state provide it . if ur state can do it we are doing fine here.

July 24, 2013 at 1:08 am
(670) prakash says:

Does reserved people create a lot of Noise always….?? chennai is known for its Noise more than anything else.

July 24, 2013 at 2:41 am
(671) srini says:

@prakash

How come your ears become deaf when you go to other cities? Which cities have you been? I want to learn to secret of getting deaf in noisy places…

July 24, 2013 at 5:45 am
(672) aamaadmi says:

@ Srini: I see that you are a blind supporter of Chennai and have used buses extensively. Let me raise a few points here : Do you seriously beleive that MTC is the best in the country? SHows a very very myopic view – MTC is one of the worst, dirtiest and poorly managed systems. Just see the frequency of 21G bus route vis-a-vis the ones going into the suburbs. Just see the condition of the buses – broken seats, broken indicators, dirty seats, broken doors – even MTC drivers often complain that they are forced to bear this s**t. Next : Do you think use of slang, foul words, singing the so-called ‘gaana songs’ and using the bus doors as drums, footboard travel on empty buses are part of the Chennai culture – this is sheer idiocy. Bangalore is blessed with good weather – yet they have plenty of volvos on the road – this pathetic weather in Chennai and hardly any AC buses – CMBT – the dirtiest, stinkiest bus stand – MGBS in Hyderabad, Shanthinagar and Majestic in Bangalore, Mysore, COimbatore bus stands are better than this stinking CMBT. SETC buses are lousy – look at KSRTC & APSRTC – they offer value for all travelers – from volvos to ordinary buses they offer choice unlike the so-called AC buses of SETC which is full of gaping holes. Roads : They literally fill up if it rains for more than 2 hours. Language : Among the most fould mouthed in entire TN – Madurai, Trichy can lay claim to Tamil culture, but Chennai can only lay claim to PAETTAI BASHAI – the nonsense version of Tamil which otherwise is a beautiful language. Chennai like many other Indian cities is a nightmare for walkers – more so because of the pathetic weather. The parks here are big jokes. As regards Marina – the city is on the coast and hence has a sea – I am seeing arguments as if Chennai-ites themselves created the Marina. And Marina is not a very clean beach although some considerable activity has been done to clean it up. Quality of life has detoriorated over the years for sure. Cheers.

July 24, 2013 at 6:03 am
(673) aamaadmi says:

Let me put more points here which our dear friend and loyal Chennai person @ Srini will answer : On why IT/ITeS are coming here instead of North – the answer was already provided in some of the above posts – because of freebies, low tax rates. Ok lets talk on the great educational system : I urge you people to just visit Saidapet bus stop or LIttle mount bus stop and watch the school guys who travel on footboards of buses, who talk all ridiculous slang, who dress as if they are heroes and the like – I am just giving a sample – I seriously feel that the majority are not here to study but to enjoy the freebies that the government is giving them. Then comes the YMCA, New College and PAchayappas gans – unruly students musbehaving under the guise of studies. Oh and the great phenomenon called a bus day – wow what a culture. As regards safety : try roaming in North Chennai in the dead of the night – I would not dare it. Some aspects of the city have improved – some of them have just become pathetic. I liked Madras – but Chennai, it is a poor replica of what Madras was – any old timer will agree to this. Cleanliness and Chennai – oxymorons – this city can never be clean – if some one says boat club road looks clean then I will point out to the railway tracks near Korukkupet, CMBT etc which are hopeless places. More to follow…

July 24, 2013 at 7:25 am
(674) srini says:

@aamaadmi

Good Points. But not true though!

It was by a study across transport corporations that mentioned MTC has the best service in the country. You cannot compare BMTC to MTC as MTC is not for profit organization whereas BMTC is. The number of volvos karnataka has is equal to that of whole India outside KA. The reason is volvo is manufactured in KA and the govt is supporting it. MTC buses are cheap and efficient. It was during karunanidhi’s regime that the govt bus transport corporations got into trouble as he didnt increase the bus fares that caused huge losses to the corporations so there was some problems in maintanence. Now it is fine. In bangalore walking is better than going by buses whereas in chennai, you can still save time going by buses.

As your comment says’ “marina is created by nature” and we cannot held responsible for, pls stop praising about bangalore’s weather as that is also something nature created and not by humans.

SETC: Have you traveled in Rajahamsa (KSRTC) between bangalore and mysore. The charge now is Rs.209. If you travel in the new SETC buses (again the corp was under trouble in the previous regime but now it is good) between vellore and chennai (same distance) the charge is Rs.105. A huge 50% less. Still the buses are of same quality. Dont bring in volvo buses here as if you are rich and want to use only volvo, you can still use private buses though in TN

July 24, 2013 at 7:34 am
(675) aamaadmi says:

I am simply judging the comfort factor – Rajahamsa is way more comfortable than SETC buses anyday. Road taxes and toll also paly a part in fare on which I wont comment. Forget buses – where is your comparison of CMBT with Majestic – I thought they were building a mofussil bus stand, and not a dumping ground – how is the kodungaiyur dumping ground ifferent from CMBT – and how do you rate Chennai as clean? Its one filthy mess – agreed some wards are clean – again thats cheap politics – and the power supply – at its worst now – you can atleast sleep a night without power in places like bangalore – but cant imagine that in Chennai. And to think that the useless EB guys just have a single telephone line and dont reply properly to calls ; water scarcity; the city has several problems – lets accept the truth – while not the worst, this is not the best either. Just dont go by the notion that this is the best on the planet – there are a lot of -ve factors here too. For an open minded citizen, the city does offer +’s and -’s. for old timers, give them Madras any day over Chennai.

July 24, 2013 at 7:34 am
(676) srini says:

@aamaadmi

CMBT: There are 2 Bus stands in CMBT. The govt bus stand which i supposedly one of the largest in asia and the other -omni bus stand. The govt bus stand is very well maintained and clean (according to indian standards). The omni BS is not maintained at all. Majority of the commuters use govt bus stand and only the marginal few who want to use only omni buses use omni BS. Maintaining the omni BS is the responsibility of the omni bus owners and they are not doing it. Many people just look into omni BS and mention it a CMBT which is wrong.

Chennai Tamil: In Chennai Tamil is spoken in different flavours. The people in slum speak an accent which sounds rough. You cannot do anything there. The same is in all the languages. Not all the people in chennai speak that accent. What is the harm you encounter because of that. If you are really a wellwisher if tamil, I’m sure you wouldn’t keep your name as “aamaadmi” and mention yourself as “podhumanidhan”.

Bad areas: All cities in the world has good and bad areas. Parts of North Chennai is somewhat problamatic. But why do you want to go there . Even when I went to new york, sydney etc., I was advised of avoiding certain areas. So, avoid them. 90% of chennai is safe and much safer compared many cities in India.

Bus day etc., These are small things in which a common man is not going to get affected. Is it affecting you. Are they rowdy elements like KRV or MNS? Let them enjoy. you are not going to get affected anyway.

July 24, 2013 at 7:43 am
(677) aamaadmi says:

CMBT as clean and well maintained – guess you are blind or have the typical Indian mindset that anything goes. CMBT mofussil bus stand on a crowded day is literally strewn with food, parcels, waste, litter and what not. It does get cleaned up but does not stay clean for more than 1 hour max. and the stinking toilets – sorry, the worst in any bus stand that I have seen – really among the dirtiest, mind you I have traveled to so many interior places in AP, TN,KAR and also to many major cities – probably the worst is in CMBT. I guess most of the commenters here incl the Chennai praisers will agree that CMBT is really dirty. Omni bus stand is another farce and a big joke. Lets not talk of that. Rowdy elements – each and every area has those rowdy elements – and they are trouble. he he he he – ask a Mumbaikar – its not everyday that MNS guys trouble them – they are no different from the local goons except that their presence in stronger. I am a common man – hence the name – I dont wish to call myself a Tamil man -I call myself an Indian. I am broad minded enough to understand and appreciate the good and +ves in a city than to blindly and narrowly beleive that there is only +ves in a city like Chennai.

July 24, 2013 at 8:21 am
(678) aamaadmi says:

Lets look at it like this : Lets see what Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata ,Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad offer. In terms of tourist spots, guess Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore have a lot more to offer than Chennai. Kolkata, once the cultural capital and one of the finest cities of India is now a spoilt place solely because of the way the politicians have handled the growth of the metropolis. Once the seat of the British Raj and one of the few cities blessed with a navigable water system, the neglect now stares at the traveler’s face. Mumbai, the financial capital of INdia presents a picture that is at once rosy as well as gray – from the towering skyscrapers to the poor slums, from the crowded trains to the costly cars from the cosmopolitan tag to the MNS trouble, the city thrives and goes about in its own inimitable way – a true ‘city that never sleeps’ – inspite of the rapid strides towards urabnization and the ever growing boundaries of the metropolis, there are a lot of areas that need to be addressed on priority – the strain on the infrastructure is obvious..contd

July 24, 2013 at 8:22 am
(679) aamaadmi says:

contd…Hyderabad, the city of Nizams was suddenly a global city attracting investments from world over and becoming an increasingly cosmopolitan city till the Telangana agitations suddenly arrested the growth. Bangalore with its laid back culture was suddenly on an upward spree with the growing IT sector – and today, its a good city but without its old world charm. The infrastructure is the biggest problem there in addition to the depleting water levels. Chennai – as long as it was Madras, it was an intellectual city. Then came the spiralling prices and the IT boom and the IT cos spilt over from B’lore to Hyd & Chennai – today, its a growing city, but cursed with poor weather, infrastructure that is not on par with the growth levels, spiraling costs of living and ridiculous real estate prices (even in traiditonal low lying areas such as Velacherry and Madipakkam). All through the problem is that none of the city administrators have considered the problems which a common man faces in terms of escalating costs of living, poor infrastructure, poor facilities – the planners seem to have been blind to the fact that the investments that each city attracts must also be supplemented with proper resources for the public. My contention is that the dirty politics and policies have eaten away into the current culture and the unique identities of each of the cities is fast disappearing. While some of the changes are welcome, the identity is being lost in an effort to ape westerners. Each city has its +ves and -ves, each individual has a story to share and each city has its own memories. One stray incident, of say a pickpocket in a crowded bus, does not make a city bad – nor does one city become the best over the other. Comparison of cities is useless at this juncture. Instead of wasting your time on this pointless debate, I would suggest that all Indians and the taxpayers unite and fight for a better corruption free country.

July 24, 2013 at 10:13 am
(680) srini says:

@aamaadmi

I’m sure you are not a tamilian and anyway that is not related to the discussion here. I mentioned this just to mention you are faking. Coming to the point

1. Which CMBT BS are you talking? can you provide proofs. Can I mention how dirty many areas in bangalore are? and how worst the road conditions are? with the mountain like speed breakers when the roads themselves are like speed breakers. I dont want to that. My point is not to prove bangalore a bad city. Majestic in no way can be compared to CMBT govt BS. Again I’m not pulling in omni BS but I have explained that already.

2. SETC: have you travelled in any SETC buses recently? Dont just comment. Do you how much is the leg space, seat width and ergonomics of a SETC bus and Rajahamsa? Both are state run corporations and the example I cited was within their state limits. So where from other issues come into place.

3. Real estate: understand that chennai has very strict FSI guidelines. In bangalore even on a 30 ft road, I see high rise buildings being constructed. In chennai You cannot do that. Further the expansion is restricted to east a you have sea. Also unlike blr, chennai’s economy is multifaced and so the growth. Further I am from velachery and note that all parts of velachery, madipakkam doesnt get flooded. Never ever in the past 40 years, have water entered our house. So, if you are a non-native person to chennai, get facts correct.

If you still want to find fault about the city, pls go on. That’s your right. Onething is sure…Chennai is not better and not worse than any indian city and good and bad in its own way as well as how you take it also. It is surprising to find people happy with Singapore weather and blame chennai. Same with mumbai,delhi or kokata. Even blr has an unhealthy climate. Finally take it or leave it.

July 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm
(681) aamaadmi says:

@srini you are entitled to yiur views and I to mine. Like any other myopuc chennai ite you too can stick to ur views. I have lived in madras as well as chennai. My mother tongue is tamil fyi. But I dont worship chennai like you do. I know enough history of madras and other cities. Talk of leg space and comfort setc is hell. For a person like me spending 20 days a month touring south ibdia setc is the least preferred govt service. And cmbt is something which I have seen being built from scratch till date. Fyi that place is rotten. You can verify yourself on pf 1 where tn bound buses leave and near the place from where buses enter its one stinking lavatory. Go near counter 23 where ksrtc tickets are sold you can experience the toilet perfumery a mile away. And jyst open ur eyes and see the dirt there. As regards culture madurai is the epitome of tamil culture. Marghazi season is a commercial venture on which sabha has a better eatery. Give me old madras I will take it any day over this lousy chennai. I rest my case here.

July 25, 2013 at 2:14 am
(682) srini says:

@aamaadmi

You have to understand one thing. For any native people of a city, they feel that the new devolopments have killed the city. You know how many people in bangalore feel that the development of the city has killed its charm and many people in karnataka alienate bangalore’s culture. Same is with mumbai and maha people. So, you cannot get the old madras back. Life has become very materialistic and the so-called cultures are changing fast to no-culture even in villages. If you are really from TN, you may know about beautiful “kolams” which are inside part of tamil culture. You cannot see that even in villages of late. How may people celebrate pongal or other festivals. People in cities are interested to celebrate english new year with booz and nothing else. Only booz and girls have become entertainment aspects. Atleast chennai is reasonably ok in this compared to other cities (except for tasmac kudimagans).

Since you are complaining so much…can I ask you a question – “have you tried to changing anything as this is your city?”. If you are a real lover of old madras you would have tried something.

July 25, 2013 at 2:34 am
(683) aamaadmi says:

When the authorities are not open for discussion or people are not willing to listen, there is no scope for change – do you feel Chennai is just perfect? When the ruling political class is naive as is seen today, you cannot do anything to change the city. You can only take the horse to the water …. guess you know this. On a similar note, you can only see as much as you want – typical story of the frog in the well. So you continue with your views and I mine. Missing kolams is because of todays pathetic culture wherein you have flats and only flats with no space – reason : Tamil culture has been spoilt by the so called Chennai-ites in the name of development – even today in villages and smaller towns you can see this – I have seen so much of old world charm in smaller towns – case in point : Go to Cuddalore, go to Omalur, go to kovilpatti – you will see that the old world charm lingers. And I never said B’lore is the best – for idiots like you, you only see the word B’lore in the post and start blabbering… ha ha ha…. you are paranoid. Can you tell if you really are born and brought up in Chennai and if your ancestors are also from here? you can hold your chennai close – no one needs idiotic people like this – I will continue my stance as an Indian

July 25, 2013 at 3:00 am
(684) aamaadmi says:

Hey chennai lovers and Srini in particular, also answer this : for 3 years running Hyderabad and Bengaluru airport are rated among the top airports in Asia. Where is Chennai? is this new airport as good as it is made out to be or are the paper clippings and news on this true – I feel its better than the old one, but not good.

July 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm
(685) srini says:

@aamaadmi

I think you are out of senses.

You are not able to sensibly answer to my questions as expected.

Further what makes a diff, if blr or hyd airport is voted best and chennai not. Is it going to affect the citizens anyway. Further blr and Hyd are private maintained airports FYI. Get facts fully.

To refresh you, I’m born brought up, studied and worked in chennai and recently for 1 year working in bangalore. will return back soon. I’m a IIMB alumni (full time) and have travelled extensively across india and the world. I have the guts to prove who I am.

I can understand you dont have any points to argue in details as you are pointing me and scolding me and not concentrating on the issue. Further you mentioned that you want everyone to fight for a corruption free India whereas the ground level is you dont want to fight at a city level itself. Grow up, my friend.

July 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(686) Jai says:

Dear Srini,

I dont understand . What is your education has to do anything with this. There are tourists who travel all around the world. I was born in chennai n brought up is Seoul.

I often travel back here to visit my ancestry n quite frankly am more than disappointed about how this city has managed to be repugnant to the outsiders let alone who are from here but spent their life outside.

I know you can blame me for lack of empathy for my own city but this is just a fukked up mess. I dont even understand why people call it a metro, this city is just a below average city.

Lastly May be the hyd and mum Airport terminals have been privatized but that doesent answer the question about why chennai lacks the standard. With your answer the only clear conclusion could be that the govt here is not capable of handling these things in serious manner.

July 27, 2013 at 8:54 am
(687) srini says:

@ Jai

My level of education and exposure has a direct relevance on how I perceive the pros and cons of my city, which I express in this forum.If you feel Chennai is below average, tell me which other Indian city is at par with Seoul? First visit other Indian cities before criticizing chennai. Chennai leads many Indian cities in numerous aspects which I have already elaborated.

If you still find it a worthless place, better don’t come to chennai. Chennai will grow better without guys like you.

July 27, 2013 at 9:07 am
(688) srini says:

Chennai people are more educated and more wise than the people of other Indian states. That is why they are in need all over the world. Many of those commenting against chennai here are outright jealous of our knowledge and the opportunities we get. India will be severely lagging behind in development, had it not been for the presence of well educated people of chennai holding key posts in all the key sectors of the nation.

I think people from all other Indian states, north Indians in particular are Devoid of the knowledge gene in their bodies, So any discussion that involves the application of brain easily irritates and angers them. They must realize that it will take centuries for them to match even an ordinary chennai man’s wisdom and courage.

India survives because of chennai people and not that we are dependent on India. Our knowledge and skill gets us invitation from all over the world, and so we possess the right to express our superior wisdom. If someone cant take it… better Grow up.

July 28, 2013 at 12:57 am
(689) BlahBlah says:

Come on people, we all belong to the same nation. Aren’t we all brothers and sisters. These are turbulent times for India, with all this corruption and all. Lets stop with this hatred please.

Look I understand that most of you hate Chennai for various reasons. But Chennai is changing and it will take some time to build all the necessary infrastructure. We don’t hate Hindi here, its just that most of us are not taught Hindi in school. Most of us take Tamil (mother tongue) and English (global lang.) Hindi is most welcomed and Tamil isn’t some dying language either.

There is already enough unnecessary hatred in India and lets not add fuel to the fire. Please understand Chennai does not hate anyone.

July 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(690) srini says:

@ BlahBlah

Why should most of them hate chennai particularly when they very well know there are so many other Indian cities way worse than chennai..? This shows they are biased and do not have any valid points to argue.

Unlike you I don’t feel any compulsion to prove that chennai is changing or growing to those who hate chennai. And I am not going to butter my words like you saying no one in chennai hates hindhi. Majority of Tamil people here in chennai definitely hate hindi.

Tell me one aspect in which hindi is better than tamil? or does learning hindi going to fetch immediate job opportunities for chennai people all round the globe and enlighten their lives?? why should we learn that worthless language when we are reaping high benefits by mastering English?

Chennai doesn’t want to become like Orissa, Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal,etc where their state’s original languages were cremated to welcome hindi with red carpet. And now you can very well see what happened. All those states are behind Tamil Nadu in development and all their capital cities no way match Chennai in any developmental aspect.

Entry of hindi only obstructs the growth of all non hindi speaking states..this is a fact. In that way hindi is certainly an evil for India.

July 29, 2013 at 12:59 am
(691) joker says:

Hey Srini, If all the great points that you highlighted are available, then why did you go to IIM B ? You could have instead opted for staying in Chennai and did an MBA from say Anna University. And why do you want to travel the world? Only to compare the cities with Chennai? Like many other Indian people, you also want to enjoy all that the other cities have to offer and then demean them saying only Chennai is the best. Agreed there were some good people in politics and nation building – but those were the good old days when there were equally and sometime better people from other regions also. If indeed India is surviving because of Chennai – please note that you are talking plain s**t. India can survive and still be great without this Chennai economy. You sound like the hollow politicians who say that they are the greatest blah blah blah… why not seek a separate country status for Chennai city and watch if the city can survive for 10 years without being attached to Chennai. I challenge you that the entire city people will migrate elsewhere. So please shut your mouth and dont make such foolish statements like this. As pointed out, old Madras was much better than this Chennai. You are a pompous ass who works in Bangalore, enjoys all that the other cities give and fail to recognise what it gives you – boss, you go to any part of India – you can survive if you have an above average income. To survive anywhere in India you dont need the marinas and tamil and whatever it is that you argue for… understand… that you are patiently replying to queries after 3 years and that too sitting in B’lore proves that you are a pervert.

July 29, 2013 at 1:10 am
(692) indian says:

@ Srini : if India were to sruvive because of this city then why is this city contributing only $66 bn to India’s GDP (as of 2012 oct) and is placed 6th behind smaller cities than B’lore and Hyd? With the intellectual capital this should have been India’s capital and should be leading the way. Can you answer this

July 29, 2013 at 4:42 am
(693) srini says:

@joker, @wehatechennaii etc., etc.,

Again and Again you guys are proving your lack of knowledge in the subject of argument.

I have clearly explained in many of my arguments that the comparision I made was not to mention that bangalore/any other city is bad, but to illustrate that all cities have their own problem. I have also mentioned that chennai is not superior to nor inferior to any other indian city. It is you guys who unnecessarily complain without understanding the merits.

If we are not worried about whether the economy has grown better or not for chennai, why should you be worried. You should be happy.

We are happy with our growth and we are not asking you to help us. Better look into your problems and sort them out instead of just spending time blaming at us.

Long live tamil. Long live tamil nadu.

August 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm
(694) Sangram says:

The fact is someone on online boasting of IIM-B which has nothing to do with topic only suggest one thing. This guy is a super useless from some god forsaken university and jobless primarily who spend hours and hours in replying.
Every place is good or bad on its own merit and demerit. Outsiders tend to like any city on their own which cant be changed on emotional rants.
Facts: already stated Chennai is 6th in GDP distribution way below Bangalore and Hyd, forget about Mumbai or Delhi!

August 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm
(695) Sangram says:

“It was by a study across transport corporations that mentioned MTC has the best service in the country”. Do you imagine on clouds or get drunk at TASMAC and write nonsense.
Show the study from where you get? In 2011 KSRTC has received an award (UTIP I guess) as best public transport during 2011.
Stop writing imaginary things, show credible facts rather repeating your frustrations!

August 3, 2013 at 5:12 am
(696) srini says:

@sangram

Answer to your second question

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-03-01/chennai/31113051_1_mtc-breakdowns-commuters

So, I’m not drunk. Are you?

Answer to your first question

How many times I need to say the point here is why are you guys worried about the economy of chennai. Anyway, to answer your questions.
1. TN has a more spread economy than other states. Unlike KA or AP where more than 50% of the economy is restricted in the capital cities, TN’s economy is diverse with a decent chunk in chennai.
2. The economy of chennai doesn’t include the economies of neighbouring districts like kanchipuram and thiruvallur district as many industries are located there, unlike BNG or HYD where the economy is primarily driven by IT which is mostly insdie the city limits.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Tamil_Nadu

Better wake up. Long live tamil. Long live tamil nadu.

August 3, 2013 at 10:33 am
(697) srini says:

@ Sangram and all chennai bashers..

As long as Hindi speaking people live in India, cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune Hyderabad etc will tend to find a place above Chennai in any such survey. The actual reason for this is the results of all these surveys are tampered to favor the hindi speaking regions by top officers belonging to those cities.

So if Chennai is way below those cities in any such survey, it is because the city had been made a victim of conspiracy by North Indian racists who can not tolerate the prosperity of a Tamil speaking city.

And for those who often quote TASMAC to hurl abuses on Chennai…

TASMAC is by far the best government run liquor sales unit in the whole world which generates huge profits. It is with the fund generated by TASMAC that the T.N govt carries on majority of the infrastructure works through out the state. That is why T.N has the best infrastructure among all Indian states.

In that way ..TASMAC is certainly the pride of T.N!

And FYI… Any drunk chennai man behaves far better than those of the so called developed cities like Mumbai Delhi etc. So there is absolutely no comparison on the moral side also.

If u guys find Tasmac shops and bars are dirty, what about all those Baang shops of North India that sell illegal liquor and even drugs..? Do those shops give a feel of five star hotels??

There are many such points where I can argue to prove the superiority of Chennai…So…Chennai bashers give up being jealous of Chennai and Grow up soon

Long live Tamil. Long live Tamil nadu

August 5, 2013 at 8:35 am
(698) Daniel thomas says:

i dont kno abt chennai bcoz ive never been der.but wen takingTamil nadu as a whole even now people consider their toilet as waste lands and road sides.im in coimbatore and i can see it everyday.HELL.trying to escape..

August 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(699) Siva says:

I used to live in chennai for 8 years and moved back to my village.

All cities mantra is “Quick” quick money, quick pass thro traffic, quick result … Chennai is not exceptional

Its good to admit the fact
1. The Autorickshaw drivers loot you(even if your tamilian)
2. Garbage mountain will smoke like hell near madipakkam, velachery, etc…
3. Crowded Buses
4. Horribles Traffic and no gurantee for life on the road (people make their own rules, you can ride bike on platforms)
5. its very tough to keep your bike & car without damage (mainly indicators)

Rich peoples , IT guys can survive and For middle class family its very tough to survive in chennai with the increasing house rents…

August 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(700) srini says:

@ Daniel thomas

I wonder whether your sense organs go on a strike when you visit cities like kolkata, delhi mumbai etc… I think you should be from coastal kerala or belong to some other country, as I can sense your inherent hatred for Tamil people. You are a snobbish.
I bet even if the place you mentioned is going to become as clean as Singapore,you will still complain

August 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(701) srini says:

@ Siva
Your comment is very immature. You are basically a village guy who entered chennai expecting everyone will garland you with respect like how it is in your village. But when you realized how big and diverse the Metro of chennai is… you felt snubbed. And ultimately realizing your failure, you have packed your bags!

August 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(702) srini says:

@ Siva

Now let me answer your grievances..

If you feel autos are worse in chennai, who prevented you to take call taxis.?

Garbage mountains are found in every single Indian citiy. I have traveled round the globe and throughout India and so I can tell that. Kolkata, Mumbai, Dellhi and Surat have bigger and more stinkier garbage dump yards than chennai… you don’t know because may be you don’t bother to visit other Indian cities.

Crowded buses!!?… How else do you expect a bus to be when it is running in a metro city with a population of over 1.5 crores…?? that too more than 75% being middle class or lower middle class!

Riding bikes on platforms are the acts of few insane youth. Don’t judge the whole city by this. I absolutely disagree with you when You say there is no guarantee for life on chennai roads. Chennai has the best hospital network in India and you can be guaranteed up to 80% at least that you wont Die when you run into an accident on chennai roads.

Yet..I feel your fear of chennai traffic is justified. You are barely accustomed to seeing bullock carts and TVS-50s on your pathetic dusty, stinky village roads and hence.. when you land in a megapolis like Chennai for the first time… even the Ordinary traffic here sends shivers down your spine.

Price of any commodity rises when there is a high demand for it..! The reason for high rents in chennai is people like you migrating from all villages of T.N to Chennai.
You people are all very eager to settle down in our City ..but complain that rent is high!….ridiculous! It is because of you guys that the rent in Chennai has gone up! All you hypocrites from stinky villages get out of Chennai and the rent will surely become less!

As I always say….Stop Complaining and Grow Up..!

August 7, 2013 at 2:28 am
(703) venkat says:

srini ..

you are the biggest idiot i’ve ever come across…

August 9, 2013 at 10:05 am
(704) ashutosh srivastava says:

this is very absurd to ask? should i ask that who hate you most? being an indian, i strongly object over this questionnaire. Chennai along with each and every corner of india is equally dear to us.

August 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(705) prem says:

no no no.. this is a very bad statement.. u may visit chennai once, but u may not know about its culture and people… hot stars wont make a good city.. according to me chennai is the most safest place in the world.. safety will be the first preference for living… chennai also won many awards for best living places in india.. dont spoil the name of chennai..

August 15, 2013 at 7:35 am
(706) Padmanabhan says:

I feel chennai is on the bad side, sadly. Garbage, Level of dirt in the air, no pedestrian tracks, un regulated auto fares, rude motorist, open sewage with garbage floating, dengue and big mosquite problems, reckless bus drivers, unplanned narrow lanes (even new areas which developed recently) and much more.

For those this message is disheartening, i am sorry, but these are true, u can continue to cheat yourselves by ignoring these. We all are busy and does not have time,will and energy to question the authorities, or do something to improve these.

The only thing to appreciate is its historc Temples and again these places had become dirty.

August 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm
(707) Vishwanath says:

@ Padmanabhan

Thanks for coming out with honest comment. I am a resident of Chennai and I certainly agree.

August 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(708) newbie says:

a simple open ended question ? why did this turn into a blatantly racist blog,
different regions but all ONE country.
The energy spent hating on here could be better spent improving the things you hate

August 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(709) Maadesh Shiva says:

@ newbie
The enormous energy spent to prove that all those countless human beings who hate this city are wrong…could as well be in a much better manner spent in improving the aspects of the city which so many of them hate

August 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
(710) karthik says:

I hate Chennai Why because People are not repecting to other langauge people compare to chennai banaglore and hyderbad better

August 23, 2013 at 12:36 am
(711) Smita says:

I am from Jamshedpur, now settled at Mumbai. I love Mumbai but I like Chennai too. Got the opportunity to be there several times, stayed there for few months. and I loved the city… food, people, beaches, warmth in atmosphere, culture … its a lovely city.

August 27, 2013 at 6:21 am
(712) Random Thinker says:

Hate of Chennai(which comes mainly from visitors from outside South Insia) can be traced to these factors:

1.Chennai doesn’t have a cosmopolitan culture, unlike mumbai, b’lore, ie, though it has different communities living here they need to learn the local language i order to feel like they are a part of this city.

2.The locals simply DON’T KNOW Hindi, and moreover cosidering the size of the city, the % of english speakers is also bound to be less

3.Classical dance and music are very popular, unlike other cities of India(eg. Madras Music Festival in Dec-Jan each year is one of the biggest art fests in the world, for which even NRIs return in huge nos.)

4.The locals seem to have appreciation of a strange sort of style in movies, and a strange taste in liking movie stars.

So Chennai is a unique, with a different language & culture.
But that is no reason to hate it, unless you already have something in mind while coming (like expecting to see a smaller version of mumbai, etc).
Bear in mind that, despite it’s best attempts to integrate with the country,
1.Chennai is the heartland of Tamil, which is the purest existing Dravidian language, making hindi a very alien hence difficult to learn language for the locals(eg. even kannada, also a Dravidian language has a lot of sanskrit in it, but not tamil)
2.Historically Tamil Nadu has ben ruled by a separate set of kings than the rest of India hence it has a distinct culture(the ‘Tamil Culture’)from the rest of the country(which mostly had what historians call the ‘Vedic Culture’)

So what we have in Chennai is uniqueness which should be treasured, rather than despising the city just because Hindi speakers don’t feel at home at first.

Remember that India is ‘unity in diversity’. However, I don’t think a lot of Indian people today get this concept-else they wouldn’t be hating a city that speaks a different language or racially profiling North-East Indians. I can pray India remains united in the long term. Jai Hind!

August 28, 2013 at 10:57 am
(713) Karunakaran says:

@ random thinker
chennai is the heart land of Tamil” – extremely Foolish and ignorant statement!!
Don’t blabber the same elsewhere in Tamil Nadu. You will end up with black eye.
Neither is chennai geographically the heartland of our beautiful Tamil Nadu, nor does the city has an ounce of representation of what in reality is the actual Tamil language and Tamil culture.
Chennai in fact is the most derogatory representation of Tamil and Tamil culture

A Quote from ‘ Thirukkurall’ considered as the Bible of Tamils…

“வித்தும் இடல்வேண்டும் கொல்லோ விருந்தோம்பி
மிச்சில் மிசைவான் புலம்.”
the Meaning-
“Tamilan is one who pleasantly welcomes his guests without discriminating on their cast, creed or language, provides them food and shelter with love and takes true care to ensure they are at home in his place.”

I bet .. go to Madurai.. go to Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem or Tirunelveli… even if you happen to be a Hindi wala who doesn’t understand Tamil, majority of People there will help you and be polite in attending you. Now how many of those who come to chennai from other Indian states experience such warmth…??
I can elaborate on an array of such points.. but I have given up on ignorant people who think only chennai is the whole Tamil Nadu

For the people coming from other states who land in chennai first…
‘Judging Tamil Nadu by your experience in chennai will be a HUGE mistake’.

August 29, 2013 at 2:37 am
(714) Ravi says:

Chennai is definitely a hot and dirty city but there is more respect for women that in most n. indian cities. Autowallahs and low-class businessmen are definitely rude and money-minded but outsiders are less-likely to come across confidence-tricksters as in mumbai or delhi.

Chennai is not situated in the heartland of Tamil Nadu, rather, it is a frontier town. Thought historically and culturally, a part of TN, it has been under Telugu kings for long periods due to which it has a syncretic Tamil-Telugu culture than the pure Tamil culture of cities like Thanjavur or Madurai. (CBE also is not in the Tamil heartland for the matter, it is situated in TN-Karnataka-Kerala border. Most ppl there can speak Malayalam and Kannada and there are also many Telugu ppl there). Chennai has also been welcoming of North Indian Punjabis and Marwaris in the past. The presence of many Hindi-Urdu words in Madras baashai is an evidence of this. Madurai might have many good-natured ppl but the ppl of Madurai are far more conservative than Chennai. This is a serious drawback as the aruvaal culture and caste associations are powerful there.

August 29, 2013 at 2:47 am
(715) Ravi says:

I have always found Chennaiites to be proud of their language but I’ve never found them to be rude or jingoistic towards outsiders who dont know Tamil. There is a great degree of resentment towards North Indians because North Indians have always come to Chennai in large numbers and tried to dominate the local economy; Madurai does not have same amount of resentment because many of them simply visit the city on vacation and leave after a few days; there are few ppl from outside TN who are permanently settled there. The case of Coimbatore is different; Tamilians form the majority only by a slender margin, outsiders make up more than 60% of the population. Naturally, a businessman tries to be more friendly with outsiders if most of his customers are from outsider TN.

August 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm
(716) Viswanathan says:

@ Mr. Ravi
I am Viswanathan aged 53, former IFS officer living in Anna Nagar Chennai. I am a resident of Chennai for the past 41 years I am not at all satisfied with the affairs of my city at present.

I read this forum extensively and noticed that several residents of Chennai have come out with honest comments here in this forum and many of them have repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction about how the city is shaping up now.

But you…’Mr. Ravi’ and ‘Srini’ (don’t have a clue whether both are the same person).. are very fond of disrespecting and utterly disregarding their opinion and are intent on thrusting your opinions glorifying chennai!

Well ..I don’t care about your passion to be the foremost amongst the Rebel group. Yet.. I do care to point out to my other Indian brothers about the FALSE INFORMATION you often give.

You said
“There is more Respect for Women in Chennai than in most other Cities ”

Mr WOLF….please shed your Sheep Skin.

“CHENNAI RECORDS 42 RAPE CASES IN THE LAST 7 MONTHS…!” Want proof ?
Refer-
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-29/chennai/41580330_1_22-cases-11-cases-molestation-and-abduction

Along with this in the same period Chennai has 24 cases of molestation also!

Now Mr. Ravi I have a question to you

When a city records 42 cases of Rape in just 7 months..Can any sane person call it a city that… “RESPECTS WOMAN” ???

As Pointed out in this blog by many honest Chennaities who have been living there for so long..Chennai is a city with a HIGH CRIME OCCURRENCES, but it is THE ONLY CITY WHERE THE CRIME IS RARELY REPORTED! particularly Crimes against the Modesty and dignity of Women!!!

HERE WOMEN ARE FORCED TO SILENTLY ENDURE THEIR PAIN!

September 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(717) Venkatesh Naicker says:

@
Mr .Viswanathan

I appreciate your credentials of being an IFS officer …Iam An MSE MBA Graduate and a PPL pilot trainee . A tamilian living in chennai for long from birth and I too know all the nook and corner of Chennai

After reading your comment…

I Feel… you have been personally affected by Rape crime among your family members or relatives…

Because….. your entire comment speaks only about This issue…

You are like….

Dhuryodhana … as you are affected …So you see ….

“We Chennai people are Proud of our city, our language, and every thing that goes along with this city….”

Like one of the north Indian, after visiting this city, rightly pointed out in this Forum …..

comment no ; 166….

” What I admired about Chennai was the fact
They are very proud of their state and city and are firm and united in their stand. Its very hard to take down a people like that. “.

unquote.

This attitude ..

can even be seen in our CSK Team .. that makes them unique superior and dominating

We Chennaites Wear it on our sleeves

So Chennai is like ..

” Owners pride and Neighbours envy ”

like

” CSK is chennai’s pride and our rest of India’s envy.”

Coming to the issue of Rape in Chennai .

Comparing the total no. of women Population that live in Chennai… the % of women raped is less than 1% …. and I recommend death penalty to end this issue because a terrorised mind is always weak to do this act …

Finally..

Yet again….

I’am proud of my Chennai city ,its language, culture, and its talented people and I wear this attitude on my sleeve every day when I greet my fellow Tamilians ….

I love my city Like I love my Mother…

As Saying goes …

“Out of Site is out of mind…”

So If you don’t like our Chennai city…. get out from here… find your paradise else where ….

so that you will forget about our city … and don’t come here to complain about it …..

Thanks Regards

Venkatesh Naicker .

September 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm
(718) viswanathan says:

@ venkatesh naicker

kid…
You Claim yourself to be an MBA!!??
Get one thing straight into your miniscule brain.
Not even a single Indian is gonna envy csk. Once srinivasan and his daughter’s darling were trapped and their fraud exposed, people know how those brats won the cup twice.
so people wont be wasting time on csk…

And.. moreover people of India are not so immature like you to judge the nature of a city’s residents based on its cricket team.

Well.. you said you have been living in chennai Long from birth.
But ..kid you need to grow up an awful L……..otttt !!!

your comment… that too your view on Rape and… equating the nature your city resident’s with a Fraud cricket team..! announces your immaturity even before you physically show up.

your comment reflects the mindset of a.. “Just attained puberty boy..” whose hormones run havoc making him throw up even at a hint of slightest provocation.

Hey.. anyways Thanks for replying to a subject on rape with such a… Buffalo Skin!
Hope your comment contributes a great lot in turning even the neutrals against Chennai. (curse your Snobbishness)

All the best kid..
regards – Viswanathan.

September 3, 2013 at 12:41 am
(719) srini says:

@viswanathan

Really dont know the validity of your credentials. But that’s not the issue here anyway.

As told umpteen times in this forum, Chennai is not a perfect city. In that sense no city can be perfect. Chennai has its own set of problems, many of them can be corrected.

But the issue is about many people mentioning it as worst city and other cities they are referring are perfect and great. Chennai is definetely one of the good cities to live in india and other cities also have their own problems.

So, it is not about arrogancy. Even in courts people argue for both the sides. I dont know how you guys says that when we support we are arrogant?

If you are an IFS officer and worked in a high profile government job, it is shame that you cant get this difference.

Srini

September 3, 2013 at 5:26 am
(720) aamaadmi says:

@ Srini : The comment reg arrogancy stems out of the fact that some people, you included, are hell bent on painting this city as a paradise. While ‘hated’ is a strong term and you people can argue whether this city deserves such a tag, one must also understand the shortcomings and the glaring deficiencies here. Justifying that and trying to demean the other cities will only spawn more of such comments. Each and every one is proud of his/her own culture and identify with a particular city – that neither enhances nor diminishes the value of the place. Chennai is + in some aspects and – in many. Guess you get the point I am driving.

September 3, 2013 at 7:58 am
(721) srini says:

@aamaadmi

Can you pls list down other Indians which has more+ than -. This is important to validate your argument.

Srini

September 3, 2013 at 9:40 am
(722) SANTHOSH says:

Chennai is the best ..n famous ..sme best thingsi wish to sy for chennai..
1)superstar Rajnikanth
2)AR.Rahman
3)chennai super kings
4)chennai merina beach is the second longest beach in the world
5)chennai police is the world’s second best police
etc……………

September 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(723) Venkatesh Naicker says:

@ Reply to (721) viswanathan :

Oh Yeah….

So you are Mr. Tiruvalluvar who is living in our Chennai city for more than 2000 years and you know better about chennai than we kids… living here…. And we have to grow up ….
Good nice .. Now I understand who has to grow up..

You want to know Iam An MBA with distinction from Madras University … come to my office , iam the CEO of my Business Organisation
Present yourself in front me for 10 minutes with a talk of your IFS Credentials ….
Then I will tell your complete history…

Iam a Master in reading Vibes and body language and eyes than your So called talks …. While making a business move , judging people or while recruiting best employees …
Get in touch with me Personally .

Then you will know. whether Iam an MBA or not … and where you stand in front of me as an IFS officer .

I know very well that A cricket team’s success doesn’t make a city….

What I meant was the attitude and the vibes that they give out … on the field…
( May be the team owners may be frauds and they are caught…But not all team players )
watch the vibes of Dhoni Bravo and the entire team… They Just reflect the Attitude and the Vibes that the Chennai people as a mass give out …..

It has been my personal experience with the Chennai mass….
Though they don’t work hard to fit into Indian mainstream .. they work very hard to see their city and state progress.. that’s the reason TN is no.2 in Economic development After Maharashtra , they are proud of their language…and will not allow any other language (Hindi) to dominate them.. they love their culture and are orthodox at heart even while living Modern city life… that’s the reason no late night-life in Chennai city , And they enforce it on the outsiders and that’s they way we are.. Which the outsiders hate…

If you Ignorant so called Retired IFS officer doesn’t know about Chennai in 2013 see the below link

September 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(724) Venkatesh Naicker says:

@ Reply to (721) viswanathan :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2283072/Chennai-bags-honour-India-Today-best-city-awards.html

so that it gets into your one ounce brain and the so called Vishvanathan Barathiyar who is living in Annanagar (Triplicane) and keeps track of the entire chennai happenings that we kids dont know.
I think even Madam Jayalalitha wont be knowing better about chennai than you..
why dont you be her personal adviser to update her about chennai drawbacks ..
since you are retired and jobless.
You are Talking about RAPE…

What RAPE.. RAPE..
Rape and Prostitution is there in this world ever since the civilisation began..
you can only stop this by creating terror in the mind like giving maximum sentence.
lesser punishment will not have any effect on this issue…

Let me be straight with you ..

If you are presented with an opportunity to Rape the most beautiful women 2013 in this world suffering from acute AIDS (with out condom) … Will you rape her …. ?
You got it..
You will run miles because you know the after effects…. That’s what I meant…. by death penalty… for rape … to end this issue ..
Even after reading this comment if you still have doubt that I’am a Boy Attained puberty just yesterday… Then meet me in person..

There is a saying in Tamil ..

Vaya kuduthu vangi katikarathu ..

iam not just a master in MBA .. Iam also good in showing a person where he stands if he acts like a New Yorker while living in chennai city ( Kazhivi khazhivi utharathu kelvi patu irukiya nee .. Atha nan nela seiven.. I normally do it for my employees who act smart )

I don’t think you are a Tamilian , You should be a kannadiga or a Mallu who normally grudge us .. Who run into this city to find food for your starved stomachs and when your stomach becomes full then you start complaining of the city which has fed you and your family and safely guarded you ..AND you call us ARROGANT…

September 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm
(725) Viswanathan says:

@
venkatseh naicker

Good self advertisement..lad!

I loved to see you were compelled to mention Dhoni and Bravo in the lead and not any chennai cricketer when it comes to saving chennai’s dignity in a discussion.

Are Dhoni and Bravo not outsiders to Chennai..??

Readers please note: ‘THIS IS THE TYPICAL CHENNAI ATTITUDE!’ (favouritism propelled by selfishness)

Dhoni is gladly gonna do more than he does for csk if another franchise is gonna pay him 3 times more.

And Bravo behaves exactly the same on field whenever he gets a wicket or takes a catch regardless the team he plays for. – so nothing special to chennai or the chennai crowd.

The same follows with..

Rajinikanth – a maharashtrian
Karunanidhi – A telugu descendent
Miss. Jayalalitha – Bangalore born.
all the leading heroins of Tamil Film Industry..like..
Hansika (Mumbai)
Jothika ( Mumbai)
Nayantara ( kerela)
Asin ( kerela)
AmalaPaul ( kerela)
Simran ( Punjab)
Kushbu ( Mumbai)
Saroja devi (yesteryear) Karnataka…etc etc …

Well I am sorry.
coz.. If i mention these things you guys will get ANGRY!

September 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(726) viswanathan says:

You presume that being dogmatic and rebellious makes one grown up…? I agree.. it is certainly the case in chennai. But neither is it so in rest of TN nor in rest of India.
I am sure you will indeed take another 2001 years to grow up..lad.

Madras…. was an awesome city with many things so perfect about it. But soon during 90s and early 2000s when other Indian big cities grew rapidly, Madras felt threatened whether it will lose its 4th spot.

Hence like one with no self belief when feels threatened, barks and claws at his opponents in a fit of frenzy…rather than negotiating the situation with his brains, majority of ‘Madras’is who shaped up the current ‘chennai’ harboured a hatred and animosity towards rest of India and people who are either a little fair skinned or a little forgiving in nature.

Chennai is the only city in India that hates Mother Theresa and argues that Gandhi’s Non violence agenda was timid and… ‘not Trendy’

Are guys of chennai are so valiant…???
Then why are you so less in number in Military as well as Police and allied services.??

Are you aware that majority of men who took orders from British and beat up defenceless fellow Indian freedom fighters (Including Tamil) were from the older ‘chennai region’ ?

Chennai has progressed to become the only city in whole world which gets the meaning of the word ‘Self Confidence’ so diabolically wrong!!
Here self confidence automatically translates into Arrogance.

And lad…. you are a living epitome of that.

September 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm
(727) Venkatesh Naicker says:

@ Reply to (721) viswanathan :.

Anyway….
Now Iam 100% confirmed you are some useless village guy dreaming to be an IFS officer ….and you are from some poor village in south tamil Nadu…. unable to cope up with this city….

Because We chennaites dont say pundai they say kuuuuuuthi

We dont tell sunni they say poolu …
LOL …
it was not that I felt confronted by your comment Iam posting a reply…
But…. Reading your words and phrases clearly showed me it doesn’t sound of an dignified IFS retired officer of age 50+

So I thought of taking you for a ride LOL thats what I did now,

But Iam a busy person…. I wont be coming here to post a reply for this…Because Iam not useless and jobless like you ….

Anyway…

be careful…

If your Next reply comment catches the eyes of our Chennai youngsters. Then they will take you for a Even more Royal ride. Iam a gentleman and you cursed me as snobbish… But they will give you sleepless night and you will curse their entire family to end up in hell LOL…

Better….

login to Youtube and listen to the great Legend MS Subhalakshmi Ammas Venkatesha subhrabhatham….
mesmerise it and come to my office and recite it to me …If you can recite exactly as MS Then I will give you 2000 Rs. As prize money……

Take a month time to memorise… than coming here to write useless unrewarding comments

ON A HUMOUR NOTE :

You should have been born and living in KABUL and in BAGHDAD then your whole family would have been pumped from behind by the US soldiers…

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2004-05-10/red-cross-told-iraq-abuse-part-of-the-process/1973664

Then you will know how lucky you are to be in This beautiful Safe CHENNAI city with good facilities and democracy to voice your opinion like this….

I think you like comedian vadivelu

Let me end Like Tamil comedian vadivelu says..

Aiyyo Aiyyo……

Venkatesh Naicker…

September 4, 2013 at 1:16 am
(728) Karunakaran says:

@ viswanathan

comment 728 and 729

GOOD REPLY!!!

September 4, 2013 at 2:46 am
(729) aamaadmi says:

Some answers are here : MTC in Chennai runs 3100 odd buses for the entire city area against which Bangalore MTC runs 6000 + buses – why this disparity? Dont argue that trains cater to the other areas – that is not the point of discussion. You can search wikipedia for the grossly inadequate buses. 2. The green cover of the city is vitrtually non-existent. Cities like Hyderabad, Delhi etc have a good green cover. 3. The misplaced attitude of some guys here thinking that entire Tamil Nadu is only Chennai – highly ill conceived idea, look anywhere in India and you will find that the capital cities are miles ahead of other districts and towns – thats because of ‘n’ no of factors that I will not dwell upon, but what I am trying to put forth is that the city does not define the state – it is only the seat of power for TN. On some aspects I would say that city is relatively stable and safe – note, I use the word relative. In some ways the city seems crazy – take for eg the incident on Sunday when ADMK/DMK cadre tried to outdo each other on taking credit for flagging off the Egmore-Tanjore train? ha ha ha ha…feel like laughing at this incident. There are lots more – for eg – power : just because Chennai is the capital it is spared , else this city must suffer outrageous power cuts…. some +ves that I mentioned are that it is relatively a stable and a very laidback city compared to the fast paced lifestyle of some other cities. While I will not call it cosmopolitan, I feel that the culture has become a cross between the orthodox and the ultra-modern which is like a kudumi-mama trying to enjoy a pizza in dominos. ha ha ha ha ha. I still hold that people is Madras were a better lot and the people who have had a previlige of enjoying madras will surely miss the city and squirm at this pseudo-modern image that has spoilt the city for old timers

September 4, 2013 at 5:20 am
(730) srini says:

Mr.aamaadmi

You are again missing the train. I have told enough times that Chennai is not a problem free city. It has its own set of problems as do other cities. But your argument that the negatives outnumber positives is what that needs to be proved by you. Also how other cities, according to you scores more positives than negatives.

Even in the points you have mentioned you are comparing chennai with different cities for different issues (i.e.) no city is perfect and it is very easy to list down the problems those cities have too.

Pls come to the point

Srini

September 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(731) Venkatesh Naicker says:

Reply @ (728) Viswanathan

So …. The so called IFS Officer Viswanathan Living for 2000 yrs in Chennai who knows more about Chennai than any one in the world…..

you are gathering protesters of Chennai against me in this forum ….
telling

“READERS HAVE A NOTE OF THIS …..”

You know one thing ….

You might have seen many ladies in Chennai but not a strong lady like Madam jayalalitha

Same way …. You might have seen many chennaites…. but not a chennaite like me …..

Iam More than enough to handle all these people here in this forum who speak against Chennai…. starting from comment 1….

Because…

there are no Ambanis , Tatas ,Birlas here complaining about chennai As they have planned to invest in crores if the city meets their requirements…

If it is the case…. then we would do it very fast and develop the city even more rapidly.. which is already developing at a faster phase….

All the people who speak against Chennai here are just …

Ordinary junks who have come here from Lower TN and outside our state to fill their starved stomachs with their degree certificates in their hands…

once that is met… they feel this city not meeting their dream City which they have in their mind where they can wag their tails and live as they prefer .

And few tourist who come here to see all the tourist spots and assume themselves , as if …. they have assimilated the entire Chennai life within 2 days stay spending few dollars which they had in their bags …

Neither Bill Clinton nor Hillary Clinton who visited Chennai said…

“Chennai sucks Man… Its so hot… Dam it…” And they also wont Say too .

As… they are learned people and diplomats who know very well…. every place has its history and its way of life and development … and they wont GO with American Expectations every where they go …

Continued Below …

September 6, 2013 at 2:17 am
(732) Venkatesh Naicker says:

Reply @ (728)
…. The so called IFS Officer Viswanathan
continued …..

And they are not craps like few tourists and Few North Indians . To Expect Chennai to be like Switzerland… When geographically it is close to the equator. As you can not change Switzerland Hot and Humid . you also can not change Chennai to Snow Slopes ….

People Who have well learned brains will know this fact and Adjust to the way of life. and make the best out of their stay here… only empty and preconceived brains with lots expectations Vomit their minor Inconvenience here when they have enjoyed maximum comfort….

When you are in Rome Be as Roman….. When you are in Chennai Follow the Chennai way of life ….instead of crying Chennai is not like your sweet backyard at home…

Every city has its + and – . Enjoy the
+ and keep away from the – . Or contribute to change the – to + with action and not by complaining here ….

And vishwanathan

With Your Knowledge of celebrities list from Rajinikanth to Sarojadevi
I feel you are More a Cinema poster pasting guy than the so called IFS
guy… Even Wikipedia may not have such details that you have Posted …. LOL …

Finally …

Don’t keep complaining about Chennai and its people when you live at Annanagar Chennai…

Or Else

Some 10 AIADMK cadres will knock your door for sure … Because I will Send them… as Iam staying next to VAIKO’s House in Anna Nagar Opposite to the Tower in Ayyapan Koil Street …. and pick you up and teach you lesson so that you don’t keep loose talking about Chennai ( Like “Are the Chennai guys VALIANT ? then why are they not in army and police? .(Indirectly mocking Chennai Lads are Cowards” and stuff like that here….
You will be dealt like SIVA SENA Cadres do in Mumbai….

BE CAREFUL!!!

Its not tough to find your Address with your IP Address of your net connection … So don’t think you are Anonymous …

Venkatesh Naicker ….

September 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm
(733) Ravi says:

@Vishwanathan

I don’t understand what point you are trying to make here. The posts I’ve made are only in response to migrants who make too much of a fuss about the conditions in chennai as if their own cities are so good, so crime-free and nice. My point is in what way is mumbai or delhi better than chennai.

I was born and brought up in Chennai and I clearly remember good old days when streets were considerably clean, crime rates weren’t so high and most autowallahs were honest and good guys. The situation has certainly changed for the worse in the past ten years or so- this is due to a variety of factors including the IT boom, increase in costs, interstate and intrastate migrations, unplanned development and extreme corruption in the civic and state governments. This is the trend in many cities across India. If you had been in Chennai for forty years as you claim here, you’ve gotto agree with me.

One cannot simply sit and watch if someone keeps complaining always that Chennai is bad – firstly, it was not so always; secondly, oh yeah, we people wear lungi, our women are dark and there are fewer private pubs – if these are all the only harbingers of “culture” our city isn’t cultured.

September 9, 2013 at 2:38 am
(734) umar says:

friends we are indians ………………..

September 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm
(735) satya says:

Good one!

I live in US and am living in the part of the city where most of them are from Chennai.Chennai people are the terrible people of all.
They don’t like to speak Hindi and argue for Tamil to made a national language. I came across a lot of Chennai people who cheat people and still think high of themselves. They are big hypocrites..who go to temple every day but yet do all the bad things.

They are extremely ego-centric. Tamilians are great..tamil food is great..temail heritage, culture is great. If started arguing..they mention Rahman and Ilayaraja. Those are pretty much only celebrities they have.

I’m from Hyderabad and have been to chennai once for one day. OMG terrible weather. I don’t understand how they even live there.

September 14, 2013 at 6:48 am
(736) gorish says:

omg chennai has very hot climate .we cant stay there not only prblm vth temperature i dnt knw y it is cld as metro city wr evr we go see the garbages n dirt……….n they even dnt knw hindhi thats our national language their the major prblm is language only few ppl replies in english most of them dnt knw english but if v go to bnglr or hyd ppl speaks english mostly so there is no lange prblm in that two states bt in chennai only ….tamil n ppl are also very dffrnt

September 19, 2013 at 4:46 am
(737) Senthil says:

It’s better this way, atleast we Tamils now know that the Indians from other states hates us, may be we should start behaving like Kashmiris to get more attention and development fund :)
Anyway about tourism, lets not kid about ourselves by arguing that we got any major tourist attractions in Chennai, so I completely agree with Chennai is not a place for tourists but I am also completely surprised by the hatred shown by our fellow citizens, from other states, may be we don’t belong together.

September 20, 2013 at 5:05 am
(738) aadaadmi says:

@ Senthil : On tourism, you are spot on. As regards hatred shown by other people from other states : I feel its a somewhat strong term and is mutual. I know quite a no of Chennai guys who go to other cities, enjoy what the city has to offer – but crib, they cry as if they were taken out of this world – they lament day in and day out saying that their idlis were better, their sambar was better, their culture was better blah blah – same idiots who land in US praise it sky high – same is the tendency of those other people who come here. And, I am of the view that all Indian cities are equally poor and equally pathetic as well as equally rich – where one city scores over another, it may lose elsewhere. Overall there is no difference – yet there are morons who try to argue even on this and say that you need to list out +/- etc to prove your point – lets accept this : No Indian city can be hated, no Indian city is perfect, no city is just gonna let you down – with will you can easily get into the groove and enjoy what it has to offer – so lets cut out this ridiculous rigmarole and argue that one city is better than other – look at this : China is launching bullet trains that will cover 3000 km in 10 hrs and here we are trying ot build city roads on which cars can clock 30 km/hr…. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

September 20, 2013 at 5:08 am
(739) aamaadmi says:

@ Srini (729) : point is nothing will entr your thickheaded skull. you have gone bonkers in the Chennai heat and you have lost your onion to inflation. This city is actually caught in a time warp – just wait for a few more years till the administration crumbles – then watch your beloved city : I dont know how far this concrete jungles will mess up this city in the so called name of development. Guess you will live to see a day when the stench of the cooum will pervade through your senses even if you live as far as possible from the cooum.

September 23, 2013 at 9:01 am
(740) Senthilkumar says:

@aadaadmi

In an ideal India, every citizen should consider all cities as Indian cities and all Indians as brothers and sisters. I don’t care whether Chennai is best or worst for tourists but I do care when fellow citizens from other states abuse the people who live here, same goes for Chennaites who abuse others for giving their opinions.
As for as I know Chennai is a very well functioning city and if one have means, he/she can access to all infrastructures available in developed countries. Tourists spots are very few and the weather makes it impossible for tourists to enjoy, what the city has to offer, without getting skin burned.

September 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(741) Being Indian says:

Draw Backs of Chennai:
1.Bad Weather
2.Worst drainage and dump yard system.
3.Vernacular English and No hindi at all.
4.people feel politically disassosiated from india.(eg:Anna hazara impact is very less in T.N eg2. In the case of srilanka issue T.N is opposite to rest of india. )
5.People are Biased.
6.People feel over proud of themselves.(This is like what germans did during world war2.)
7.No historical places to visit.(since chennai’s glory started from 1600 when st.george came.)
8.Drinking water problem.
9.Media coverage is less when compared to Delhi,Mumbai,Hyderabad.
10. Monopoliton culture.Delhi ,Mumbai, and Hyderabad are truely cosmopoliton.
11.Amusement parks are unhygenic and not well maintained.
12. Less no of multi plexes when Compared to other indian metros.(So watching other indian language movies like bengali,marathi and punjabi movies is bit dificult. But in Delhi,mumbai,pune,hyderabad,banglore this is not a problem.)
13.No metro or suburban train system to newly developing it highway.
14. Rest of india’s cuisine is very limitedly available.
and so many .Step out from chennai central you can feel dirty smell from the drainage near park station.
I lived in Chennai for 4years. I visit indian metros frequently. I found chandigarh and noida are well mainted. For good weather and cleanliness I vote for Pune,Bangalore and hyderabad. I like Delhi for its chiiling winters,cosmopoliton culture and especially for the history.I n my view mumbai is the global city.(mumbai’s infrastructure is not enough for the population residing there.But still it is city of dreams)

September 26, 2013 at 1:05 am
(742) aamaadmi says:

Witnessed two incidents yesterday, wanted to share here – some may agree, some may vehemently oppose – but the fact remain that these incidents keep occuring. In the morning in route 19G, there was a guy who called the conductor to ask if the bus would halt at a particular stop- the guy spoke with a hindi accent, the conductor did not even bother to reply. In route M18C in the night, a hindi speaking lady mistakenly got into the bus – when the conductor immediately pointed out that the bus was not going to her destination, she requested the drive to stop the vehicle and allow her to get down – the driver could have told her to get down at the next stop – instead the driver and the conductor mimicked her voice and the way she pleaded and kept moving – am dead sure that the bus would have stopped if a Tamil guy had asked for it. These are the incidents that rankle and cause other people to vote against Chennai. For a city that is trying to be cosmopolitan these incidents are a blot. I am not saying that these guys should speak hindi – not required. I am not against hindi speaking people, nor do I advocate that ever tamil guy should speak Hindi. All I am saying is that the basic courtesy is lacking – the conductors/drivers could have either kept quiet or not responded rudely – after all they are also fellow passengers. I have not heard about Tamil people being abused in Mumbai for not knowing fluent hindi – but this is not acceptable… Chennai supporters and opposers – let the war begin….

September 26, 2013 at 2:14 am
(743) Ravi says:

@aamadmi

Such incidents happen to everyone, everyday, everywhere. I have personally come across North Indians travelling in Chennai buses along the Guindy-DLF stretch and I’ve never come across a single instance wherein a North Indian has been treated as badly as you say here. Most conductors are polite and reply in English if they do not know Hindi. And some reply in Hindi too. Some conductors are impolite and arrogant; some do not even bother to give balance change regardless of whether the passenger speaks Tamil, Hindi, Telugu or whatever language.

FYKI, I have seen numerous instances of discrimination against Tamil-speaking ppl in Bangalore esp by bus conductors. And as for the Hyderabadi guy we know how safe ur hyderabad is. and how it is teeming with paki terrorists. There have been many, many grt tamils. and we r justly proud of it. and chennai is free frm any political violence. we dont fight each other like u ppl do for telengana.

September 26, 2013 at 2:38 am
(744) ravi says:

Crazy fellow : Like your politicians with vested interests few are fighting for Telangana. And Hyderabad is very peaceful save for minor incidents in the last 3-4 years. who said Hyd is teeming with terrorists? You are imbecile – it was near Chennai that Rajiv Gandhi was assasinated – FYKI – no assasinations have taken place in Hyderabad. And crazy fanatics like you are enough to spread terror in the country – you are worse than a terrorist.as for Bangalore – this is a perennial dispute – always fighting for Cauvery. atleast hyderabad does not have such a problem like your constant bickering with neighbroing states – one day TN will fight with kerala, next day with Kar – fools. Atleast Hyderabadis dont fight like this over these stupid issues. And your great tamils – let me name a few : A Raja of the 2G scam, M Kanimozhi who shamelessly goes to RS nomination, N Srinivasan, G Meiyappan, Chidambaram who won a false election – no wonder you r proud of these Tamils. Boss, time and again I have stuck to one stand, Madras was good, Chennai is bad – tamils of Madras were good, tamils of Chennai have spoilt their image beyond repair. Thank god they are not PM of India; and wait till a new state is formed – TN will disintegrate into pieces…. I only pointed out two things – I never said this makes the city poorer – but said that these incidents will rankle and the majority will vote against Chennai on these grounds – pl do understand that the hindi speaking population will easily outnumber the tamil speaking populace any day. And tell me : when other state people come to TN they learn the language, but when TN guys go elsewhere they struggle to even learn the local language or even attempt it – instead they keep on cribbing. whats your explanation for that?

September 26, 2013 at 2:47 am
(745) aamaadmi says:

Idiotic Ravi, I am as proud of Hyderabad as you are of Chennai. I can easily use the same strong tone and be equally virile in ridiculing Chennai – pl dont insult a city and use strong words as on Hyderabad. Sample this – this is my opinion of chennai : Chennai is the lousiest place for people. Overflowing drains, stinking rivers, idiotic fools, only kudumi brahmins and paettai porikkis,corrupt police, stinking crowds, not a place for tourist, cheating auto drivers, pathetic buses. A chennai-ite has only a few malls to go for entertainment. Chennai CMBT is the worst managed bus stand where people dfecate in the open as well as serve food near the toilets. Chennai central always stinks of fish. The cooum in chennai is the filthiest drain that flows in the city. And more and more…. here porikkis outnumber everyone else. Here in Chennai people wearing Naams and pattai will drink in secret and smoke in secret … but they claim to be orthodox and god fearing. I have nit heard of telugu movies being blcoked in Hyderabad on religious issues or vote bak politics unlike what happens in Chennai. And FYI – Hyderabad contributes more to the country’s revenue/GDP than Chennai with its unkempt port and the so called great auto manufatcurers. In TN, COimbatore is much better than this lousy Chennai. Coimbatore’s GDP is also more. And Chennai is where the language is at the lowest – people spit everywhere, they urinate in public, they litter everywhere, they keep on cribbing that this is the best place which it certainly is not…. after listening to the hatred with which you speak, I support lonely planet’s claim – this Chennai qualifies for the most hated city….keep your lousy Chennai to yourself…. Hyderabad is any day better than this stupid orthodox city thats caught in the past and hides itself behind the socalled cloak of modernity…

September 26, 2013 at 11:05 am
(746) Being Indian says:

I strongly support “aamaadmi”.For “ravi”:Ravi very few people attracted to terrorism in rest india but in TamilNadu all political parties supported LTTE. I’ve seen huge vinyl posters displaying LTTE chief in chennai. Tamil guys Dont even like the nearby states.In tamilnadu even muslims speak in tamil and also jains. This is the naked proof of cultural supperession by local tamils.In rest of india muslims speak urdu and jains speak in gujarati like lingo.

September 27, 2013 at 12:13 am
(747) aamaadmi says:

@Being Indian : Thanks for your words. @ Ravi : Narrow mindedness never pays. I too grew up in Madras – I hold that Madras was way better than the present day Chennai.

September 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(748) Raj says:

Hi Friends..

i am gettiing very scared that i put down the paper in my current company as got one nice offier from chennai, but now after seeing your comments i am getting doubt and im scared as what to do…i heard very bad about chennai everytime but i thought may be there wil be some hope for that..
but now after reading all thise i am getting scared as i do not anybody there in chennai…

and most part is that i am from north india and staying in bangalore from last 8 Years..

and believe me bangalore is the most beautiful city in india and now felling that i had eaten a bitter grape.

Please suggest me dudes and i will check the webside everyday…

i have 2 months to move there..

thanks in advance for your suggestion .

September 28, 2013 at 7:33 am
(749) srini says:

To others except aamaadmi

The reply 744 by aadaadmi shows how stupid he is in arguing. If someone blames hyderabad, he feels offended and he feels he is right in supporting the city. But if others support chennai, they are all idiots for him. This is the same mentality of all who just blames the city without appreciating its good things. These guys are better treated as “barking humans”.

September 28, 2013 at 7:33 am
(750) srini says:

@Raj

If you havent visited chennai and just want to go by the words of many people in this forum, it is upto you. But if you come with a open mind, then you can understand the merits of chennai. The comparision between chennai and bangalore(since you say you are from bangalore) are as follows.

1. Chennai has Much much better infrastructure – after driving in bangalore you’ll feel driving in chennai is like a dream
2. Chennai has Less pollution due to proximity to sea- people will argue about the dumpyard in perungudi but if they live there, that’s what they can say. Any city has its own large dumpyards and perungudi and kodungaiyur are for chennai. And perungudi is a suburb and not core city
3. Chennai speaks tamil and english and very rarely hindi. If you want everyone to speak hindi…sorry this place is not for you. But why would want that? correct.
4. Chennai is hot and humid for 7 months in a year. True but you work in AC and you have AC in your home. Some you can definitely sail through. In that sense it doesnt get very cold like bangalore and you can reduce weight easily if you want to. Evenings and mornings are almost always pleasent.

September 28, 2013 at 7:34 am
(751) srini says:

5. Food – Chennai has all kinds of restarant of late and for south indian food, chennai is better than bangalore. for other varieties bangalore may still have better options.
6. Transportation is better and cheaper than bangalore. You dont have that may AC buses but the normal buses are cheap and efficient. The govt has recently made it mandatory for autos to use meters and it is working. This may become a full stop to autos issue for decades. Further you have lots of local trains.
7. You have beaches, temples (including tirupati) and small forests closeby. lots of malls have been started recently. Malls are lesser than in bangalore or gurgaon. But do people really buy things from malls? you have the well known TNAGAR where the volume of sales is in the order of 20000 crores per year. Highest in the country. Why do you need malls then.
8.People dont respect on the basis of how you are dresses but what you are? Many north indians do not understand this but this means people like the truth and not the fake.

The decision is yours.

Srini

September 29, 2013 at 2:39 am
(752) Ravi says:

@My namesake Post no: 743, Date: September 26, 2013 at 2:38 am

That was highly commendable attempt to impersonate me. It is not difficult to spot you with your IP address.

September 29, 2013 at 2:54 am
(753) Ravi says:

@aamadmi

That was a great attempt at impersonating me. But you see I am perfectly aware of how good my city is.I can very well understand your ignorance from your argument. Are N. Srinivasan and Gurunath Meiyappan, the only Chennai guys you know about? Many Telugu people have made their fortunes in Chennai from N. T. Rama Rao to Nageswara Rao to politicians like Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Just tells how open-minded the city is. And there are some great individuals in today’s Chennai too. Take Romulus Whittaker, K. Balachander, Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman, Telugu guy SPB. Very fine directors like Murugadoss, etc. Now tell me why are all Telugu singers, directors, etc. settling down in Chennai when they don’t like the city. You people settle down here to make money and yet blame the city.

September 29, 2013 at 3:04 am
(754) Ravi says:

@Being Indian

So what if so many tamils support the LTTE??? The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee declared the killers of Indira Gandhi as “martyrs of the Sikh faith”. And the wife of one of the assassins is an SAD MLA. And in case you are not aware, many of the city’s muslims speak in Urdu and most of Jains are Marwari and speak the Marwari lingo as mother tongue (though they might be proficient in Tamil)

September 29, 2013 at 11:38 am
(755) Pasupathi Raj says:

@ Srini attenntion @ Raj
Driving in Chennai is like a dream ??? Are you in your sense when utter that ?
How can you give such a radically wrong information to an outsider who asks advice in this forum??

If Infrastructure is so Intact and driving in chennai is like a Dream… then why is chennai continously topping the list of Indian cities in road accident fatalities..???
How can it be a Dream for anyone to drive in a city where he is gonna get killed or gravely injured in accidents..???

Research by TOI, clearly showed Chennai is the most chaotic city in India when it comes to the quality of roads, prevalence of other key Infrastructural necessities like fly overs etc. Chennai is the least safe Indian city on roads!

The city has the worst imaginable roads among all Indian Metropolis. Barring mount road, all the important roads in the city are unfinished and half laid just for namesake. With infinite poth holes, cracks and manholes popping out at every 5 meters chennai roads are dangerous death traps.

Here roads overflow with vehicles driven by the most Rashest and Rudest drivers of the country (many of them are so called educated people..mind you) There is absolutely NO Traffic sense nor Civic sense in them.

September 29, 2013 at 11:40 am
(756) Pasupathi Raj says:

@ srini attention @ Raj

Just wait at the Teynampet signal and it is enough to understand the disorder and Chaos of the whole city. Red light will be on..but the vehicles would have already started rushing madly in opposite direction that too with record levels of Honking!!
Police man there would have given up already.. and moved to some corner or he will be busy stopping and extracting money from some poor north Indian bike rider. This is the scenario at every signal and roads in chennai

Not to mention the packed traffic that moves at a snail’s pace due to enchroachments eating into the already futile roads. start from Tambaram and try reaching Parrys Corner in peak hour it will drain the life out of you. 25 km can even take more take one and a half hours to cross when the same distance in other metros can very easily be crossed within 50 minutes.
When this is the fact..where is the bragging about infrastructure??
There is absolutely no comparison between Bangalore and Chennai on Infrastructure!! Chennai is an example of how a city should not be while Bangalore is a city that leads by example!
You need to have some Order to realize the fruit of any so called Infrastructure. But in chennai there is neither Infrastructure nor Order.

September 30, 2013 at 12:41 am
(757) aamaadmi says:

@ Raj : There is some merit in what Srini as well as Pasupathi Raj say. You can consider the following:

1. Weather : Bangalore is blessed with good weather while Chennai most certainly is not. As srini says mornings and evenings are pleasant – but during summer it hots up by 7 AM and the evenings are very sultry. The humidity is the biggest deterrent here and you will find that sweating is a perennial problem here – however if you work in AC offices and you install an AC at home, this can to some extent be negated. But dont expect winters here – the best that you can feel is about 19-20 deg C with a lot of dew and only the early morning mist in winter. Rains, if and when it occurs, is a big pain because it pours. Weather most certainly is not chennai talking point.
2. Infrastructure : as with any other metro city, this city is also plagues with infrastructure problems. Traffic snarls, heavy honking, disrespect for signals, driving on the wrong side of the road are all common as with many other Indian cities. It will take some getting used to adjusting to this. Roads are good only in some areas like mount road (even this is temnporaily blocked for the metro works). While the suburban railway network is an added advantage over Bangalore, the IT corridor’s nearest station will be Thiruvanmiyur or Kasturba nagar/Velacherry. Overall its not much, only problem is driving takes a lot of time these days.

September 30, 2013 at 12:41 am
(758) aamaadmi says:

contd…
3. Food : South INdian food is available in plenty – Vada is anyday better in Bangalore than in Chennai. Idlis are also ok here. Rice based meals are better in Chennai than in Bangalore. No comments on non veg as I am a pure veg – North Indian – dont expect much unless you are ready to pay a sizeable sum. COffee and tea are good in some of the restaurants. Roadside food is not recommended for outsiders. drinking water is safe in some of the hotels, however you will do well to use canned water like hundreds of residents do, for drinking.

4. Entertainment : Chennai has a beach (called different names in different areas) – while efforts are on to clean the Marina, the place is yet to see the fruits of these efforts. Chennai has a lot of temples for the religious minded. Churches and mosques are also seen in many places. MAlls have come up in many places and are ok for whiling away time. Theatres mainly cater to Tamil movies, Hindi & english movies. Telugu/Malayalam movies are seen in a few theatres. No other major attraction. Amusement parks are above average, but dont go with high expectations. MGM & Kishkinta and the like are ok for one or two visits. The Zoo is a good place to walk but not many animals to see. Overall choices are limited, but the distances will cause you to kill time easily during weekend. You can even drive to Pondy or Mamallapuram or Vedanthangal or the like. December sees a vibrant Margazhi season if you like classical music.

more to follow….

September 30, 2013 at 2:35 am
(759) srini says:

@pasupathy Raj

If you say that Bangalore’s traffic is good, then sorry there is no sense arguing with you. Everyone knows the traffic problem in bangalore.

My comparision was a comparision viz on viz and nothing further.

Anyway to provide further stats.

1. Yes Chennai (and in general TN) has more accident rates. The reasons are
a. TN and chennai has some of the highest traffic density in india. check the details on the number of vehicles in TN and chennai compared to other states in india. Further the fatal accident to accident rate is less, as can be seen from your link itself.
b. The average speed of vehicles in the city is higher than many other cities, thanks to better infrastructure. This indirectly translates to increased accident rates also.

Srini

September 30, 2013 at 5:12 am
(760) aamaadmi says:

@ srini : why no comments on my post? because its unbiased, right…. shows what you truly are… haha hahahahahahahaha…..

September 30, 2013 at 11:40 am
(761) Pasupathi Raj says:

@ srini
You are absolutely wrong.
I think you have not been to Bombay or Pune. Or you have not driven there. You will understand the real meaning of speed in these cities, particularly in Bombay.

Do you know that In either of the two express highways in Bombay that run right into the heart of the city, if you reduce the speed below 90 or 80kmph there is always a great chance that a series of vehicles will ram into yours from behind. But that never happen!! Everyone who drive in Bombay know that. Such kind of Speed with Safety is only possible when the infrastructure is Above Par.

Those roads in Bombay are really wide, flawlessly laid with equally broad and flawless flyovers at all intersections. Same is the case in Pimpri Chinchwad – Pune road in Pune city.
Now this is what is precisely lacking in chennai!

Due to the enormous breadth of the roads, Bombay gives an impression that that are not many vehicles on road. But it is a deception. If the same no. of vehicles are to travel on chennai roads..it will choke up the traffic twice there.

Speed of vehicles in chennai city is far lesser than in many other large cities of India. In fact this is an often overlooked major reason for many accidents in chennai Wonder how?
Think about having to travel on worst roads.The congestion..the wait.. the delay.. the 40 degree heat.and suffocating humidity!…the relentless Honking etc etc..gets into the nerve of the commuters and force them to speed up insanely when they spot a small stretch with less congestion.

And this is precisely when many Accidents occur!

September 30, 2013 at 11:45 am
(762) Pasupathi Raj says:

@ srini..

Okay, I wil give you the best road in chennai.. themount road. Try accelerating more than 80kmph for a mere half a KM stretch on mount road. You CAN’T!! you will either ram into a share auto or a load carrier or a ‘maa nagara perunthu’ ( the city bus) moving at a snails pace before you.
If at all you miraculously manage to speed up and race ahead.. just within another 50 meters a Red Signal will be waiting to greet you. So in Chennai it is ..Stop.. Stop Stop..and rarely…..Go!

In chennai..traffic congestion starts right at Perungalathur in south, Royapuram in north and Porur in West. Once you hit these places and enter chennai City from any of these directions .. it is just chaos on road! It is ..clutch Break!!…clutch.. Break !!..clutch… Break!! all over the entire city with signals at every 100 meter.

This is the Kind of Infrastructure prevalent in chennai that you have thanked!

Like in Bombay.. to have broad and spotless roads running for more than 40 kms right into the city, with every signal having a fantastic flyover (unlike the narrowest fly overs in chennai that choke up the traffic further more) is what is meant by True infrastructure which any citizen who pays his tax can really thank or be proud of.

September 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm
(763) srini says:

@aamaadmi

I appreciate your recent posts.

@pasupathy raj

You argument doesnt make sense.

1. I compared the infrastructure only against bangalore as he was from bangalore. I dont know why you are bringing in other cities.

2. If you want to drive at 80 kmph inside any city in India – IT IS ILLEGAL. The speed limit mostly is 50 KMPH. In Anna salai as any road inside core city, the limit is only 50 KMPH.

3. If Mumbai has so good infrastructure, then why even the rich wants to use the local EMU instead of driving his car. Parking problem is also an infrastructure gap. Can I provide info about the conditions of roads in mumbai. Every indian city, except may be chandigarh has bad infrastructure problem.

4.

September 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(764) aamaadmi says:

@ Srini : Precisely what I am driving at : Views should be unbiased and bring out both good & bad and not go on arguing only on the good and trying to deman other places and other cities. You and Raj quickly jump at anyone who utters something against Chennai – and, please give an unbiased opinion to anyone who seeks advise on moving to a new city – please dont paint a rosy picture of chennai – it is more of grey than rose. ha ha ha ha

October 1, 2013 at 1:05 am
(765) srini says:

@aamaadmi

You are getting my opinion wrong.

I have told umpteen times chennai has its own set of problems. Infact every city has its own. if you see in the list of other hated cities you could see highly developed western cities in the list.

The problem with many of you guys is that you just portray the city is virtually non-livable, which is not true. If your argument takes a neutral stand, my response will also be the same manner.

Srini

October 1, 2013 at 3:53 am
(766) aamaadmi says:

@ Raj : here is more:
Public Transport: Transport is mainly by Bus/local trains/autos/call taxis. To a large extent the trains (EMU’s or locals) are reliable and on time. Occassionally or late in the night you may get that odd feeling of insecurity – stations like Chetpet/Chromepet/Tirusulam are dark late in the night – however very few non-locals commute so late in the night – hence no issue here. Buses are woefully inadequate – some reports cited earlier say that they are good, however I have been using them for close to 25 years and I must say this : buses here are pathetic. Services in the suburbs are erratic and limited. For a city of its size the fleet is too small and is already stretched to the core. buses are not well maintained. As regards state transport, they are no different. Dont expect SETC to provide comfy volvos or multiaxle buses – they have a very poor fleet. Thumbs down on quality of buses. Bangalore/Hyderabad fare better this way. Autos : lets not get on this – the auto drivers are generally brash and are rough, few exceptions are there. While the recent order on meters for autos is a welcome move, nothing can be said about the efficacy of this move for some more time – till then auto drivers will fleece customers – even locals with a knowledge of the topography get fleeced. so the lesser said on this, the better. Call taxis are a good option and available in plenty. If you are in IT, guess most IT companies in OMR provide co buses – so no issues there.
more to follow

October 1, 2013 at 4:11 am
(767) aamaadmi says:

On security : Chennai is relatively secure and peaceful. I am of the view that most of the major cities in South India (Chennai, Coimbatore,Hyderabad, Vizag,Bangalore,Cochin,Mysore) are all safe and with not so high crime rates. Major criminal incidents are not much in Chennai. Criminal activity is restricted to some pockets – in some areas it is on the rise, but not at alarming levels. Some stray incidents of gangs clashing with each other are reported from North Chennai, again I guess you will be staying away from these areas and will not encounter these issues. Women safety is also given due consideration in Chennai. An occassional lewd remark may be passed at some ladies, untoward incidents do happen and may or may not get reported. But generally it is safe . In the night policing is good and general safety of the public is also good (you will see Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai have more or less good policing in many aspects, as compared to Mumbai or Delhi or Kolkata). Though not many areas will be crowded after about 10 PM (outer limit) you still will find people who are kind enough to help you find your way, should you get lost. As with any other cities, be careful and wary of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas like T nagar, Parrys etc. You may encounter some odd looking characters ,but they are mostly wierdos and rarely engage in attacking or duping others. Be aware of touts, auto drivers may charge heavily and you must try and get a local to atleast guide you on the distance so that you can bargain, bus frequency drops drastically in the night (say after 10 PM or so), heavy vehicles play the city roads in the night – so be careful about driving. Drunken driving menace is a big problem on ECR – some curbs by police are in place but still stray incidents occur…. overall the public safety is addressed to some extent, if you keep away from the north areas and dont venture to lonely areas too late in the night.

October 1, 2013 at 4:21 am
(768) aamaadmi says:

Culture : To a large extent this city is caught in a time warp. On the one hand classical forms try to prevail while on the other hand the western influence looms large. First the people – you will find all sorts of people here – from the traditional tamil brahmin to the friendly muslim to the rude and gossipy next door neighbour you will find it all here, as with any other city. On a light note : I have always found that a snoopy and gossipy neighbour is more trouble than anything else and I have even shifted my residence once. There are very orthodox people where there is a big list of protocol to be followed when visiting their homes. Traditional brahmins are now more or less limited to Mylapore, Triplicane, Nanganallur, Chromepet, West Mambalam. Generally people are helpful and some families have shed their orthodox inhibtions and emraced change to a large extent. Thats why I say that the culture here is caught in a time warp… being from the North, I guess you will be mingling more within your society – so no major hassles here. Some areas do have reservations against muslims – but by and large cultural views are restricted to pockets. I will not call the city as truly cosmopolitan – no, that tag belongs more to Mumbai/Bangalore/Hyderabad type of cities. But yes, the city is trying to work towards that too. Classical music season is the most vibrant time here – if you dont like classical music, no issues. Else, there is a whole lot to explore.

Banks/doctors/ATM’s/Medicine : As with any other metro, this city is dotted with banks, doctors, hospitals, speciality clinics, ATM’s, 24 hrs medical shops etc and you will not have any problems on these fronts. Provisions and your day to day needs can be met – there are many super markets and multi speciality stores in addition to your local provision stores. so no qualms on that aspect.

October 1, 2013 at 4:26 am
(769) aamaadmi says:

@ Raj : to sum up : Chennai and Bangalore are similar in many ways and different in some. If you are gonna spend your time cooped up in some office 5-6 days a week and only one day for entertainment, then it makes no difference whether you are in chennai or bangalore. If you are looking from a weather perspective : Bangalore is better. Safety & security : Tie ; Weather : Bangalore ; Sight seeing & weekend relaxation : Bangalore ; Workplace : Tie ; Rental :Tie ; Cost of living : tie ; Availability of water : Bangalore (the situation in Chennai has not changed much and in bangalore it is dwindling, but B’lore by a small margin) ; Public transport : Bangalore by maintenance and connectivity, Chennai by options (bus/train) ; Malls & multiplexes : Bangalore ; Cultural activities : Chennai ; Sports : Bangalore for cricket and Chennai for chess; Policing : Chennai ; Food: Tie. Overall : if you can live with an AC in the night and can accustom to more rice based food ,you will not see much difference. END OF MY SOJOURN

October 5, 2013 at 4:21 am
(770) Zorro says:

Chennai doesnt have beauty.
Climate conditions are worst here. Everywhere is dust and dark. Limited food options. Tamil people know English and Hindi but still they talk in Tamil with new comers or non-Tamil people. Castism in prominent here. People must ask your caste if you go to search a house of rent. Chennai is tasteless. No place to visit. No gardens. No park. No shopping place. I can not understand how i spend my weekends in Chennai.
Please somebody develop Chennai and people of Chennai.

Cheers!

October 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(771) yuvraj sharma says:

chennai – Done and Dusted in this forum!!!

October 7, 2013 at 5:41 am
(772) Murali KR says:

Hi,
Im a south Indian who knows to speak fluent tamil and lived in chennai for 3 years from 2008-2011 in an IT company in OMR. My observations about chennai +ves of chennai. 1. Ladies are treated with respect here 2. Good but expensive veg restaurants(a decent breakfast with tea costs 60+) -ves 1. People are arrogant and selfish and are not interested to know about cultures/places rest of India 2. They will not speak english/any other language even if they know (Pls understand that bengalis, assamese, NE people also speak hindi as a common language to communicate between diff states) 3. City is generally filthy (few areas near mount road from guindy and CBD eg:-chetpet, nungambakkam are good. 4. It is difficult to get boiled rice in nearby shops as the market forces also are against other cuisines. 5. Even the AC volvo buses are mismanaged by conductors who shout on top of their voice to fill people like cattle inside the bus 6. There is an organized forcefullness to convert you to a half tamilian ( by speaking, ways of living). I moved to bangalore in 2011. I find it much more easier to live here. I used to take 1 hour to travel 15 kms in chennai(frm velaachery to Karapakkam). Not its only 45 mins for 22 kms (frm hosa rd to kr puram). I personally feel due to the pride of language tamilians and chennai forgot to understand the wave of change sweeping across India.

October 12, 2013 at 8:31 am
(773) Yuvaraj says:

My dear fellow Indians,
LP blog is true for veryshort visitors who expect everything to be perfect.
I may sound rude, but after seeing all those above comments, I think I am OK as long as you think we are a Filthy creatures.
I do agree that our autowalas charge extra from others, they do charge the same to all high paid Tamilians too. they are more of communists and charge more from the rich looking. just try to pretend a normal looking guy/poor and they will indeed help you.

(when I see a poor lady selling small toys on road side I dont bargain with her, just buy it at her price just to help her. not that I like the toys.
we dont complain luxury brands for high prices but blame middle class people to charge high)

yes we are dark, thats there in our genes and we never asked for that, and what is your contribution to your Being whitier? its all about origin.
what look so hot to you need not be hot for me.

You hate Chennai for its climate? well I dont as my skin tone helps me bear it.

Whom do you think more beautiful? your mom or Iswarya Rai?

October 12, 2013 at 8:32 am
(774) Yuvaraj says:

I have been in Bangalore and feel so bad I could not find any essence of Kannada culture except in the traditional buildings and few Kannadiga girls following their tradition. but full and full of girls in Ts and skirts(ofcourse i like them but never expect my sister to wear them). I thank God that we Chennaites never let our culture and city being westernised. wearing shorts and skirts doesnt mean they are civilised.

We dont speak Hindi? why not you speak English?
Even a common man in Chennai understand English and can help you.
(I dont mean British english)

consider this, I am in Kolkata; I know you are a Bengali; (just for example no offense)
I come to you and ask for a route in Tamil. how will you react knowing that I know that you dont know Tamil? and how will you react if I start talk in english?(even in a bad english)

for the matter of fact you will find lot of Malayalis, and Telugu people in Chennai living without any complaints.

if you are a temporary visiter, speak in English.
if you are moving into Chennai, learn Tamil.

October 12, 2013 at 8:33 am
(775) Yuvaraj says:

please understand that our looks are rude and you only mis understand our language (you just dont understand Tamil right?)

when it comes to Higher studies, I just dont understand why Keral/Bihar govt set up more institutions so as to avoid their students to flood TN colleges with hefty donations encouraging more low grade colleges (kind of diluting the standards).

In Tamil nadu , only the elderly people and uneducated goondas chew pan and spit in public. how about in North? I have seen More Northies in Chennai Spit on walls/Roads than my own people.

Chennai is more safer than any city in India only because its conservative.

We never attacked cheaper North Indian labors who took the job from our own people. we never turn against the minorities.
(Bangalore/ Mumbai??!!!)
Chennai is not for riches buddy.

Terrorists dont target Chennai only because its secular.
Many Tamils started hating Hinduism and Sanskrit only because you portrayed Ravanan as a Tamil in Ramayana and Most of the Bramins treat tamils as a “bad Creature” for the same reason and hate Tamil. how do you expect me to react to this? inturn i start hating Sanskrit and all it child languages. this did not happend yesterday, but by over centuries.
(I do love Rama in our version of Ramayan in which Ravan is depicted as Uncle of Sita and he reclaims her from his enemies. (he hijacked his Bro’s daughter for affection,not Rama’s wife for love)

That is the root cause of South-North Devide.

October 12, 2013 at 8:34 am
(776) Yuvaraj says:

No problem would arise if you know how to behave to different people rather than expecting them to behave the way you want.
people of different race have different characteristics.
you cant expect an African to be as white as a Korean.
you cant expect an Arabian as polite as a Japanese.

I am damn sure not everyother culture in India are as friendly as westerners in hospitality.

There are lots places to look around in Chennai and in Tamilnadu if you are looking for Culture (you may not find all of them with simple google search. ask your friends here(who travel)). But I am sorry if you are looking for Chicks, bars and pubs. Rest of the country got them all and they are just expensive here :-)

I agree we are most conservative people in our country.
(I am happy to hear that keeps the outsiders away. still if you love your culture you will find a club of your coommunity here. be it Bengali, Be it sowrashtra and you can live in Harmony)

I am sure you wont accept my arguements.
you will say Angkor wat is so beautiful, wonderful, unbelievable blah blah blah. but not after if you know it was built by a Tamil King.

When you ask us to change, we may expect you to adopt.

“we expect justice for others mistakes; and excuses for our own mistakes”

@goindia,
How about changing your ID to goIndia? (“I” should be in Capital)
when some one use rude language in support of Chennai, you step in and not for those who are against. dont I read you biased?

October 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(777) Bala says:

@ yuvaraj – (????)
I am sure you are the same Srini with a different ID this time trying to fool others.

fine..

Just because tamils are dark skinned and chennai’s sun is hot it doesnt give license to you all to be RUDE, ARROOGANT OPINIONATIVE and UNSYMPATHETIC to fair skinned fellow humans. If you think people with fair skin are not human beings well, then I don’t care. But it is up to you to care and consider whether you have any iota of humaneness left in you.

Terrorists will never attack chennai!?

UNDERSTAND THIS CLEARLY

All of the terrorists groups that attack Indian cities like Mumbai, Pune etc are muslim groups and they wish to target an Indian city. Chennai is the LEAST Indian city and so terrorists wont be wasting their time and expertise here!

So..Don’t think chennai is secular and hence terrorists are not attacking. You are fooling yourselves to the Extreme!!!. Chennai is also the least prosperous amongst the large Indian cities. Many parts of chennai already look so pathetic like a big bomb blast has just occurred! so..no new attack needed.

October 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(778) Bala says:

@ yuvaraj

Chennai is one city in world where all the basic human values are ransacked and run havoc in opposite direction!!!

Your say
“(I do love Rama in our version(Tamil) of Ramayan in which Ravan is depicted as Uncle of Sita and he reclaims her from his enemies. (he hijacked his Bro’s daughter for affection,not Rama’s wife for love)”

So Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman are alll enemies and your Ravana is the white hearted hero???

Well, I am a Tamilian too and I know the nooks and Corners of “Kamba Ramayana”. yet.. I am not a fool like you to say Rama is a Viliain.

This is what learned people accurately said….
“vinash kale viprit buddhi”!!!

You Say … “Most of the Bramins treat tamils as a “bad Creature” for the same reason and hate Tamil”

You are absolutely Wrong.

Dont think Brahmins are going to be bothered by your immature expression.

The Reality is….
All of the Dark skinned base mannerred insensitive tamils in Tamil Nadu treat Brahmins like bad creature and ridicule and harrass them in all available spheres of life. ( Specifically after the Anti Brahmin and anti Indian DMK led by Karunanidhi came to power)

NOTE THIS PHRASE – ”யோவ்… ஐயரே.”

(Meaning ” Hey useless Brahmin” ) This is the most frequently and readily used phrase in chennai city by a dark skinned base looking so called Tamil… sees and beckons a Brahmin who is donned his traditional attire!

Now…Where is your “CULTURE” here???

DONT ACT!!

REAL INDIANS ALL OVER THIS WORLD… know the true Colours of Tamilian’s like You!!

You Are Evil!…… So better Stay Evil!!

October 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(779) Siva says:

@ yuvaraj..

I dont think goindia Is Biased.
But..,
On the other hand you are outright biased.. yet like all other chennai supporters.. you try to cover it up with seemingly intelligently phrased words.

Now – Reference: Comment No – 731 by Venkatesh Naicker

["Don’t keep complaining about Chennai and its people when you live at Annanagar Chennai…

Or Else

Some 10 AIADMK cadres will knock your door for sure … Because I will Send them… as Iam staying next to VAIKO’s House in Anna Nagar Opposite to the Tower in Ayyapan Koil Street …. and pick you up and teach you lesson so that you don’t keep loose talking about Chennai ( Like “Are the Chennai guys VALIANT ? then why are they not in army and police? .(Indirectly mocking Chennai Lads are Cowards” and stuff like that here….
You will be dealt like SIVA SENA Cadres do in Mumbai….

BE CAREFUL!!! "]

Now… This is the first open confrontation in this forum to rough up a person who has placed his comments against chennai.
BUT,
‘goindia’ ….. dint even WINK at this confrontation but let this comment prevail!!

So… I think ‘goindia’ is not biased at all…. but is decisevly sponsoring Open Hooliganism amongst Indians in this forum!

October 13, 2013 at 2:17 am
(780) goindia says:

Goindia thinks this discussion has reached ridiculous proportions, including the behavior amongst Indians! Seriously? The post is more than three years old now and people are still carrying on like this! Since this is a travel related website, it baffles me how this has degenerated into a silly fight amongst locals.

October 15, 2013 at 2:52 am
(781) Viswesh says:

@ goindia

IS It?? Do you really think so??
Then why don’t you just terminate the forum instead of letting continue for 3 yeras?
Actually you love to see Indians fight among themselves. It gives you great pleasure to see Indians Disunite and fight among themselves.

October 16, 2013 at 1:02 am
(782) goindia says:

Please don’t bring me into this by making inaccurate assumptions about what I feel. I’m hoping commonsense will prevail, but clearly not. The disunity is not pleasing but rather concerning and highlights a huge issue. It is reaching the point of me having to close the post for commenting unfortunately.

October 17, 2013 at 5:10 am
(783) goindia says:

Due to the number of ridiculous and immature troll comments recently received, which I had to delete, this post is now closed for commenting.

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