First time back in Madras after two years, and yessir, this city really is growing. We landed today and had to wait for 5 minutes on the tarmac before we could get to a gate. Once inside, the airport has been renovated, though still lacks the aesthetic consideration you find in so many other buildings all over the country.
While waiting for my ride outside the arrivals area, little swallows swooped down low and skimmed over our heads, like Tom Cruise in Top Gun.
Construction of flyovers going on, traffic now accounting for a good 45-50 minutes drive from the airport to town. New buildings up all over.
And most telling, in the hotel, where we used to see channel after channel of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayallam movie music videos, now, there are some 10 Hindi channels on offer, plus RAI, and DW, some French channel, and of course BBC and CNN, but only one channel each of Vijay and Jaya. As one of the staff said “All the world is here now.”
So, while doing some work, I’m enjoying a salute to Rajni (punctuated by ads with Amitabh in Tamil, for Himani Fast Relief). Interestingly, political posters of local politician Stalin have him portrayed in such a way that he bears a striking resemblance to the Southern fillum hero…
Up now, a Dakshin version of Nach Baliye.