01 October, 2020

Chentucky Fried

Chennai is no longer a puritan, hidebound town. New blood is coursing through its veins.

Chentucky Fried
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It's paradoxical but true. Not very long ago, the spirit of official revivalism that had infected many other parts of India finally reached Madras-and overnight it was reborn as Chennai. The southern city, already the 'marked' one among India's four metros for being perhaps the most regionally-flavoured, was dressing itself up in history. But if this was meant to erase the effects of British colonialism-and take a standing leap back into some glorious, virginal past-it was too token a gesture. And, in these uptempo days, it came one backbeat too late.

For, all the signs are that Chennaiites (a dubious improvement on that much-maligned term, 'Madrasis') have finally unhinged themselves from the force of ingrained conservatism. Time was when in the much-touted puritan milieu, eating non-vegetarian, even drinking and smoking (in that order), was strictly taboo. Call it the effect of movie and TV-mediated westernisation or the spell of the market, a new liberal spirit is sweeping across Chennai's social strata.

The Marina beach and Elliot's beach, once harmless weekend...

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