Wednesday, 3 April 2013

C --- Chennai Central and Cooum!

These two names are known to all the residents of Chennai. If not, he/she is not a Chennaite. The funny thing, though, is that both these are strikingly contrasting.

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Chennai Central is the main railway terminus present in the city. You may ask what is so special about this place. Chennai Central is a very famous landmark known in South India and served as a kind of gateway to other places in the south, that is, those people who wished (in British Times) to tour south India have to go past Chennai Central to reach their destination. The terminus connects to every part of India and is an important junction. It is also one of the oldest and busiest railway stations in the country. The 138 year old beauty was designed by architect, Irwin Harding. Indeed, he did a wonderful job. Also the government ensures it looks magnificent all year by repainting it often. The grand building in brilliant shades of sandstone red and white is built in the Gothic Revival style. Declared as a heritage building which also has a clock tower, I smile inwardly every time I leave Chennai by train. Of course there are cleanliness issues. Some parts of the station stinks with the stench of urine. But then, Chennai Central is the relatively more cleaner station than its other counterparts. Now think of those
stations. :P. Central has also played major roles in many movies.

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  Now coming to the second name, this is rather notorious in Chennai. The Cooum is a small river that meanders like a snake through the city. During the Raj, the Cooum was once clean, to the extent that it was used for boating purposes. But after the 1960's the river has undergone terrible and beyond worse pollution. It is the only thing in Chennai which destroys the otherwise Charming image it should get. The river's stench is unbearable. This is due to various disgusting activities.

But people got used to it and continue the illicit things, still. I am looking forward for the measures (Rs 2600 crore project- to clean the river) announced by the government, hoping it would be put to action. I am still waiting for that day to ride in a boat along the cooum.


  1. C for Clean Chennai in days to come! I hope !
    good post! :)
    Keep smiling

  2. C for contrasts which were presented in this post. I hope that in my lifetime, I see Cooum restored to its former glory.

    Joy always,

  3. What a nice way to honor your hometown. Visiting you on the A-Z.

    1. Thank you for visiting this blog ...Shayla :)

  4. Yes, I hope the cooum is restored as well! Very nice and educational post! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Welcome to WAIT FOR IT! Sandy :) THanks for dropping by :)

  5. Quite an interesting Challenge... And you are doing read good so far :), I hope Cooum gets clean again... I have been to Chennai, Nice station it got :)


  6. This is so cool. I have never been to India, and I am looking forward to learning more about your hometown. Great to meet you through the A-Z :)

  7. Wish to see a Clean Cooum and a Cleaner Chennai :)
    Nice post :)

  8. Eventhou our country lacks a bit of cleanliness, it's still our place which we are so damn proud of. :)
    Good post!

    - A fellow blogger from A to Z!

  9. Hehe I have witnessed both ,, As a child when I used to visit Chennai, I always used to call it smelly chennai to tease my cousin!I hope a drive is initiated soon to change that!

  10. Hoping to see a lean Cooum one day !

  11. Super :) The two lifelines of Chennai !


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