Thursday, February 02, 2006

My 4 minute essay on "Chennai" ...

As part of a writing skills training session I attended recently, we were asked to do a small exercise on freewriting to try and overcome writer's block. Here's what I came up with on "Chennai", the topic for the group which I was in. Copied verbatim from my notes ...

I have been in Chennai close to 30 years or so now. Over a period of time, have grown to both love and hate it. Love it for, believe it or not, the predictable weather, decent infrastructure, communal harmony, peace etc. Hate, a rather strong word, for what I consider to be a lack of avenues for entertainment. While there are indeed the proverbial cinemas, malls, amusement parks, eat-outs, etc, there still seems to be something missing. Nearby weekend getaways are one. Closeness/reachability to other places within budget travel can be troublesome. There are other things I can't exactly lay my finger on. Something, for sure, seems to be missing in Chennai !!

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