For me and my family Chennai is the city of Destiny.
My daughter Deepali was destined to be settled here in this miraculous city of unknown but blissful souls.
She came here for a brief interlude of IT posting but was destined to get mingled up permanently after marrying with Sathish ,a young IT Exponent of brilliance.
I and my wife came to Chennai on 19TH January 2017 to spend some time with Deepali and possibly to celebrate 6th birthday of our grand daughter Annanya fondly called Zooni.
Jalli Kutta Protest
The journey from Chennai Railway station to home was ardous , intercepted by the Jallikutta protesters ,the young college youth demonstrating for restoring Tamil pride by lifting ban on the Annual Bull Taming sport. The sport is part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.
The words “Jalli “and “Kattu refer to silver or gold coins tied to the horns of Bull.
The Bull is released into the crowd of people who attempt to hold on to the hump of bull till it is tamed to a stop.
JALLI KUTTA — BULL TAMING SPORT.
The whole movement was organised by non political activists ,joined by Actors, general public gathering into mass congregation at Marina Beach the heart of the City.
The protesters peacefully conducted themselves and thus forced authorities both at State as well Centre to pass an ordinance to allow the Jallikutta Bull Taming sport across the Tamil Nadu State.
Despite passing Ordinance by the Tamil Nadu State Assembly to end the impasse, some agitators refused to budge from the Beach site on the plea of “permanent legislation “etc.
Ahead of The Republic Day Celebration on 26th January, The police on Monday 23rd Jan tried to clear the area by removing protesters from Marina Beach.
As the protesters were in no mood to disperse ,the police resorted to mild lathi charge.
The protesters in turn resorted to burning a few of vehicles engulfing the city into a violent chaos.
The vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt ,with people facing hardships in reaching their homes.
The political parties described the clampdown as deporable and uncalled for.
Sea Beach Stroll
NEELANGRAI SEA BEACH
But all this Jallikuta stir did not dampen our spirits to enjoy the pleasant cool weather of Chennai .
The months of December and January are best to visit this city and enjoy its hospitality.
As we live closer to the sea beach in Kalpleeshwarar Nagar , we took to Casuarani bay route to the sea beach for a stroll in the setting sunset.
The sunset on the sea shore presented a magnificient panorama to take a deep breath and enjoy the bliss of Nature.
The water was rising in steep tides and thus splashing on to the shore almost touching our feet.
we stretched our legs but not enough to get the joy of gushing waters reaching to our bare knees.
My wife , more adventurous of walking through the seas, nudging me to follow, went a little deeper into the rising and receding waves of waters.
The other evening visitors joined the frolicking game of water sports— lapping up the water on to your knees and kicking it away to the far end.
We enjoyed playing with water for quite a while.
A gusty windy breeze crooning across our faces and body made us to sit up and enjoy the splendid moment.
One would like to spend hours together in such a state of ecstasy.
As Evening was slipping into Night ,we made a retreat to our home .
Kalpleeshwarar Nagar area is a huge Housing complex with magnificient posh houses stretched over long green areas in close vicinity of the Beach.
We noticed Beach Club Restaurant and resolved to have Birthday bash of our grand daughter Zooni in this very restaurant the following Evening.
The birthday of Zooni was celebrated with gaeity
and glory .
Zooni , looked awesome in the red frilled frock, bedecked with small sliver crown .
The long dark hair combed down her shoulders like a cascade . She was queen of the day.
The guests assembled in the open lawn of the Beach club restaurant facing the swimming pool.
The tables were laid in a row facing the sea .
A gorgeous look ahead the sea where waves were lapping up to the shore in concordance of rhythm of a musical instrument.
Zooni’s friends Vishnu, Anvita,Shivani , Gokul , Aahan Ira,and Suhani were smartly dressed ,fully agog with the party mood.
‘” Hey Zooni , congrats “ hollered Anvita getting down from the red car carrying a nicely packed gift in her right hand.
“Hai Anvita ,” Zooni embraced and attended to other friends waiting for the birthday bash.
“ Iam going to cut the cake ,”Zooni declared with an air of authority.
GUESTS SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ZOONI
The Cake was put on the table in the middle of the sprawling lawn and all children gathered to sing the song ‘Happy birthday to Zooni — “ while Zooni cut the cake gleefully.
The children made a riot of cake color on their faces and ate the delicious pieces with great ferver.
The mild windy weather was nauseating and much enjoyable to the music of the band that sang songs,Bollywood and local ones to the rhythmic tune.
All guests swayed their bodies to soulful music and gleefully enjoyed the moment of pleasure and tranquility.
Zooni was a little upset to hear that Krish and Zitni , our grand children could not participate .Shyamji ,and daughter chikli explained they did not take risk of travelling from Bangalore due to disturbance in the city.
Zooni spoke on phone consoling both krish and Zitni “when you come next we will have one more party . I promise,” she spoke confidently.
The menu was specially ordered to the choices of the guests and included delicious dishes ,both Veg and Non veg.
The Service and food was excellent , guests enjoyed the dinner to their fill.
The mothers busy keeping a tab on the children to prevent any unpleasant naughty prank that could spoil the upbeat mood.
Luckily all went well.
The evening was splendid one.