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21 Struggles Every Chennai Kid Will Understand

There is no such thing as too many appalams or too much powder on your Sathyam popcorn.

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1. The most pressure you ever faced was having to pick a flavour for your popcorn at Sathyam.

2. The word "melting" still evokes memories of awful summers spent in the city.

3. The beach was always a good place for a first date, especially when you were broke AF.

Sun, sand, waves, kadala vendors, friendly strays, the occasional policeman doing his rounds, what could be more romantic?
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Sun, sand, waves, kadala vendors, friendly strays, the occasional policeman doing his rounds, what could be more romantic?

4. Sharing the corn and bhajji from the beach kadais never felt nicer as it would then.

5. Until of course, you were rudely interrupted by a josiyakaari.

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6. You were deceived by idly maavu in the fridge when hungry.

7. You always got that look filled with expectation from your parents when you passed IIT Madras.

8. You got really excited about Power Rangers till you heard the theme song in Tamil.

"Power Rangers SPD naangal ulagathai kaapom!"
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"Power Rangers SPD naangal ulagathai kaapom!"

9. Having to go to school on a Rajini Friday was the worst feeling ever.

10. You got really excited about field trips till you realised you were going to Guindy Zoo AGAIN.

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Or Mayajaal, Planetarium, Crocodile Bank, Dakshin Chitra. WHY.

11. You have been heavily judged by uncles and aunties when you asked for a fifth appalam at the kalyana saapadu.

Totally worth it.
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Totally worth it.

12. While all your other friends visited the Taj Mahal, you were stuck with the same visits to Mahabs and Pondy every. damn. year.

13. You always wondered what the hell P. James had in store for us at the magic show.

I was blindfolded and made to hold a cucumber that turned into a live snake. SO, THERE'S A LOT THAT HAPPENED.
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I was blindfolded and made to hold a cucumber that turned into a live snake. SO, THERE'S A LOT THAT HAPPENED.

14. Shopping at Pondy Bazaar or Ranganathan street just reminded you how much you hated crowds.

15. And god forbid if you lost your mom in this place.

16. You still cry every time you catch a glimpse of the yellow CSK jersey.

But, they're back next year so — joy!
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But, they're back next year so — joy!

17. You have, at some point, pretended to understand the nuances in a Kamal Haasan film though you didn't get shit.

WE GET IT, KAMAL. YOU CAN BE ANYONE.
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WE GET IT, KAMAL. YOU CAN BE ANYONE.

18. You had to haggle with the auto drivers because there is no other accurate way to calculate the fare in Chennai.

19. TV time was officially done for us when either Chithi or Kolangal were on.

Rerun of Alaipayuthey? Forget about it.
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Rerun of Alaipayuthey? Forget about it.

20. If you were ever in a circle of North Indians, you'd just nod politely because it's too much Hindi to process.

21. And of course, you'd watch every sunset with the same joy because no other city has the magic (and filter coffee) that Madras does.