I know.. I know... You all must be wondering that I am crazy coz I am writing about Chennai!!! One of the most hated cities.. Bad weather, unfriendly culture, language problem, etc. etc. But what if you are given your first job here.. You tried to escape but couldn't. You started thinking that the Chennai chapter would close soon right from day 1. But you had to spend 3 years of your life here. Well guys. This is me!!! I almost broke down when I heard my allocation place right after my training program in Hyderabad. The place NOT being among my 3 options!!! I was destined to be here and destined to be here for long..
Well it wasn't that I didn't try to get out of here but nothing worked out coz I guess I was destined to be here :) I still remember my Day 1 in Chennai when my friends had put up at a hotel near Chennai Central:
Chennai Central is very important in the lives of Chennaites coz of obvious reasons. You can never find it less crowded. Another special feature of the railway station can be experienced outside the railway station :P The autowallas or the taxiwallas who will always ask you for a fare almost 5 times the original one :D
Our Hotel was a cozy one (in Chennai) and I never wanted to step out of it. Infact I didn't but for the recharges.
Ah.. I would have loved to stay there for longer but we're shelling out around 1k per day together :( We had to move out.
I met the person with whom I was supposed to stay. Sanket. The guy was from my college. We studied in the same branch for 4 years but never had a chance to interact. In short we belonged to different groups in college. :)
There was one more person whom I had just heard of in college. Rohit Mathur.
The reason for we staying together was that we all were allocated to the same office. The Great Tata Consultancy Services Office at No. 1 JNR, Vadapalani, Chennai. The office was big enough for us at that time.
Our next big task was finding a house. Finding a house in Chennai is next to impossible if you are a north indian and a bachelor. Your called will be dropped the moment they come to know that you are both. But Finally by God's grace we got a house. The house wasnt great enough but then we had to compromise. First job and Chennai!!!
My roommates were in a different project at office. I was with other friends in our first project at office "Nationwide - On your side" . We were all in Insurance Domain as JNR (our office name) was an Insurance Solution Centre of TCS. Our first two months were spent in asking for work every now and then from our manager. We were bunch of friends from college and had a gala time together. Work was really a team work!!! :)
Apart from office we guys started settling down. Food is a problem in Chennai. But we started discovering new places for eating out as well as hanging out. (haha) One of the best discoveries was the Skinny Chef of Chennai. This is an awesome American food joint of Chennai which is run by real Americans. So.. "Never Trust a Skinny Chef" :)
Also our experiments with cooking had started by then. Sanket being our Master Chef. Mathur (Rohit) was our Paratha/Roti maker, Sanket our chicken/fish/ mutton specialist, and I could cook Rice, Dal very fast. :)