It gives me great pleasure to take up the A-Z challenge. For a long time, I was trying to come up with an idea for a theme to blog upon the 26 days (letters) of April. After giving much thought, I decided to blog about the things, areas, places, celebrities and what-not related to my hometown, Chennai (former name: Madras).
|Part of Anna Salai -|
Image source: http://www.hindu.com/
For those who don't know where Chennai is, it is a charming city located in the southern state of India, TamilNadu. It is also one of the four metros in the country, the other three being- New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Now enough with the introduction. For the first letter A, I decided to talk about the most, most important road in Chennai - Anna Salai. But the more popular and commonly and also formerly used name by Chennaites is Mount Road. The name Mount comes from St. Thomas Mount, the Apostle who is believed to have matyrdom here in Chennai.
There are some words which when pronounced gives you a powerful feeling. For example: The
F-word in English. Try it for yourself. A powerful feeling exuberates from yourself. I am not implying Anna salai is bad as the F-word. I meant only the stress you give when you say the word. This road is famous and anyone coming to Chennai must know about it. It is also old almost 400 years old. There is much history connected to it but I am not going to bore you with it.
|The End points of Anna Salai are the red circles. Google Maps|
This road is a host to major business and corporate offices. Also, much of the city's star hotels are located in this busy road such as Le Royal Meridien, Taj Connemara etc and many more. Some of the important buildings in this stretch are: American Consulate, The British Council, The LIC building (In the pic), Higginbotham's (India's oldest Bookstore), Spencer Plaza (oldest shopping mall built by the British) etc;
This road also experiences intense traffic during peak hours, thereby the cause of many careless accidents.
That's all for today. I am trying my best to cut short the length of my post, lest it could bore people :)