You know you have arrived at a major Indian city when you experience an “assault on the senses”. First the sea of people, then the funk from the blend of rubbish fecal matter and urine; followed by the incessant tooting of motorists and the roughage of the pavements; and finally the most divine cuisine. In that regard, Chennai holds its own among the metropolises of India. The capital of Tamil Nadu, and gateway to the South is the fourth largest city in India.
To discover the origins of Chennai – or Madras as what it was formerly called—in more recent times head for its centre piece, Fort St George. Another relic of the British Raj named for, well, St George the dragon slayer, which now serves as the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu. You may notice the very wide disparity in the entrance fee for locals versus foreigners. With its walls fortifying the coast, settlements thrived around the area, giving birth to the area known as George Town.
George Town offers Mint Street, dubiously dubbed by some as the world’s second longest street. Not that claims like these really matter, the street is interspersed with temples, goldsmiths, jewellery shops, spice vendors tea shacks and dosa places. For those familiar with Kuala Lumpur, imagine Brickfields on a heavy steroid overdose.
Not far off is the Marina Beach. It’s a nice place to chill although you will be hounded by begging mommies and persistent murukku hawkers. For a more youthful vibe head south to Eliot’s beach for a taste of the nightlife. At Eliot’s is also where you will encounter the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Temple dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi.
This being my fourth week in India, I’m feeling the onset of temple-church-mosque-synagogue fatigue. In Chennai the grounds of the Theosophical Society offers an alternate belief system. To be sure, it was its beautiful gardens and the Adyar Banyan Tree (apparently the oldest one in the world) rather than their ideas of the cosmos that drew my interest. It’s a blissful refuge from the chaos and pollution of the city.
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AirAsia’s “What’s Your India” Contest terms & conditions
1. The “What’s your India” contest [“Contest”] is organised by AirAsia Berhad [“Organiser”]. The Contest will run from [“Contest Period”]: 10:00 (GMT +8) 9 February 2010 and end 23:59 (GMT +8) on 9 May 2010.
During the Contest Period, one (1) winner will be picked for each blog post. The will be nine (9) winners to this Contest and each of them will receive the following prize:-
• ONE (1) souvenir from India by AirAsia Berhad.
2. The Contest is open to all members of the AirAsia blog except for the following [“Participant”]:
a. Permanent and/or temporary staff or employees of AirAsia Berhad, P.T. Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia Co., Ltd., AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. and Go Holiday Sdn. Bhd and its immediate family members;
b. Representatives and/or agents (including advertising & promotion) of AirAsia Berhad, P.T. Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia Co., Ltd., AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. and Go Holiday Sdn. Bhd.
3. By virtue of an entry to the Contest, Participants signify acceptance and agreement to all terms & conditions set out here.
4. To qualify for the Contest, participants will have to do the following:
Week 1: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 9 Feb 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 14 Feb 2010
Week 2: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 22 Feb 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 28 Feb 2010
Week 3: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 2 March 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 9 March 2010
Week 4: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 16 Mar 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 22 Mar 2010
Week 5: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 29 Mar 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 5 Apr 2010
Week 6: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 12 Apr 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 18 Mar 2010
Week 7: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 19 Apr 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 25 Mar 2010
Week 8: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 26 Apr 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 2 May 2010
Week 9: 10:00 (GMT +8) of 3 May 2010 – 23:59 (GMT +8) of 9 May 2010
a. All participants need to be a registered member of the AirAsia blog.
b. A new blog post about a city in India will be posted over a period of 15 weeks. (Total 9 posts )
c. Participants need to submit a comment describing why this city (according to the blog post) resonates as their India, and to end the comment with the sentence “What’s your India?”
5. Only entries in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese will be accepted.
6. All entries must be submitted and received by 23:59 (GMT +8) on 14 Feb 2010, 28 Feb 2010, 9 Mar 2010, 22 Mar 2010, 5 April, 18 April 2010, 25 Apr 2010, 2 May 2010 and 9 May 2010.
7. Only Participants that fulfill the Contest Mechanism stated above shall be eligible to win the Prize. Incomplete entries and/or participants that fail to fulfill the Contest Mechanism will automatically be disqualified from the Contest without notice.
8. The winners will be selected based on the most relevant and creative answer by a panel of judges appointed by the Organizer.
9. Selected winner will be contacted, at any time deemed appropriate by the Organizer, via email.
10. Under no circumstances shall the Organizer (including its respective employees, staff and agents) be liable for any loss (including loss of opportunity and consequential loss arising therewith) and/or damage suffered by any Participant and/or winner in connection with the Contest.
11. The winner is bound by the terms and conditions that come with the prize. The acceptance of prize indicates the acknowledgment and agreement of such terms and conditions.
12. The Organizer reserves its sole right and discretion to delete, remove, not consider or reject comment with content that is deemed by it to be improper or offensive in whatever nature.
13. The Organizer reserves its rights to publish or display materials or information, including but not limited to the names of all Participants for marketing, advertising and publicity purposes in any manner it deems appropriate. The Organizer further reserves its right to use any personal data of Participants in any manner and/or for any purpose it deems fit and Participant is deemed to consent to such use with no monetary payment.
14. The Organizer reserves its right to cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest with or without any prior notice and reason. For the avoidance of doubt, cancellation, termination or suspension by the Organizer shall not entitle the participant to any claim or compensation against the Organizer for any and all losses or damages suffered or incurred as a direct or indirect result of the act of cancellation, termination or suspension.
15. The terms and conditions herein shall prevail over any inconsistent terms, conditions, provisions or representations contained in any other promotional or advertising materials for the Contest. In the event of any inconsistency, conflict, ambiguity or discrepancy between the English version and the Bahasa Malaysia version of these terms and conditions, the English version shall prevail at all times.
16. The Organizer reserves its right to vary, delete or add to any of these Terms and Conditions and/or substitute or replace the gifts from time to time without any prior notice.
17. By participating in the Contest, it is deemed that the participant agrees to be bound by the terms and subject to the conditions herein set out upon submission of entry. The decisions of the Organizer in relation to every aspect of the Contest including but not limited to the type of prize and winner shall be deemed final and conclusive under any circumstance and no complaint from any participants will be entertained.
18. The decision of judges appointed by the Organizer are final, conclusive and binding and no further appeal, enquiry and/or correspondence will be entertained.