I hated chennai when I first came here. It was just not the place I had ever dreamt of coming. Being smitten by the larger and more happening metros like b'lore or mumbai, I just felt Chennai was just like any other normal town. The only difference being, Chennai was just super huge with nothing great around. Atleast, that's what I have always thought about Chennai.
The long distance travel across the city through buses and trains was maddening and I always wondered why were metros this massive. But I do accept that metros are always huge but then the others metros always have something new to offer or so I assumed.
And so it went that I realised at one point that I would't miss Chennai a bit if I had to ever move out. 'The place sucks big time', I told my friends so that they would't have to out up with my misery.
I hated everything, the food being number one which would'nt have been much a prob if I were a south indian hogging over rice but rice just seemed to be another dish I detested.
Next, people. I was shocked when I discovered that Chennai, in many areas, was still as conservative as the smaller towns. They still held up to their values which bored me to the core.
An awful climate added to this was just enough to drive me nuts. At the end of my one year stay, I had decided ' I would never settle in Chennai, I really gotta get outta here'.
All things said and done, as life went, there came a gradual acceptance from me towards the city or may be the city had finally accepted me. What followed later was truly magical. I slowly found myself looking at it as my second home (first being my parent's place).
And even if I had to be out of town for a few days, I would eventually be looking ahead to get back to Chennai. I am not sure what is it but there is a strange friendship between me and the city, despite the bad climatic changes, despite the heavy downpours, despite the daily-same-dish-rice, despite the conservativeness, I had begun to respect Chennai for what it is.
I think I have finally fallen in love with it after I let the city offer me with all it's richness and love.
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