20 January, 2021

Lonely Lady Of Poes Garden

Lonely Lady Of Poes Garden

MADRAS is still abuzz with the J. Jayalalitha saga. Conversations in bars, buses and living rooms inevitably centre on the latest scandal Sasikala. And soon enough it becomes clear that she has emerged as the city's premier tourist attraction. The visitor is advised to start his Jayalalitha tour with a morning outside her house to catch a glimpse of the cloaked lady as she drives out from her house. Poes Garden, the street on which she lives, reflects her fall from power. In Jayalalitha's chief minister days, entry to the area was banned for ordinary mortals. Now the security barricades which monitored traffic have been removed and there are no policemen to note down your name, address and licence number even as you turn into the street.Adding to Poes Garden's touristy appeal is her bete noire Rajnikant's residence nearby.

The itinerary I was recommended was hot filter coffee at the Woodlands Drive-In, a stroll down Poes Garden and the morning darshan of Rajnikant. While I decided to skip the filmstar, I did catch a glimpse of Jayalalitha. There is always a...



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