Get Above 45 On This Checklist To Prove You're Really From Chennai

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  1. 1. Check off the statements that apply to you:

    You have nearly gotten into a fist fight with an auto guy over the rate
    You have wished horrible things on some auto drivers, and you have shared your life secrets with some other auto drivers
    Whenever friends from other cities talk about how great their place is you have shut their argument down with the ₹120 ticket cap for theatres
    You know who the Aandavan of Alwarpet is
    You've gone to the 4 a.m. show at Rohini Theatre for a Thalaivar release
    You've stood in line for a ₹10 ticket
    You've stood in line at a TASMAC
    You don't have any shame in asking your foreign return friends to pick up copious amounts of booze from the duty free store for you, because TASMAC
    You used to have a bootlegger before "elite" TASMAC opened
    Now you know which of the Elite TASMACs have the best stuff
    It's taken you a while to digest, and accept the fact that Anna Nagar and Shollinganallur are considered "city limits"
    You've watched the sun rise at Elliot's beach
    You've watched the sun rise at Marina beach
    You've watched the sun rise at Thiruvanmiyur beach
    You cannot get enough of the maanga and kadala sundal at the beach despite your mother's warnings about its possible effects on your stomach
    You've shot balloons at the Marina beach and felt very dangerous
    You've had biryani at SAMCO
    You've had biryani at Velu Military
    You've had tiffin from a Kaiyendhi Bhavan
    Your first pizza was from Hot Breads
    You've had food at Saravana Bhavan so many times now that it's literally the last place you'll go to when you're hungry
    ...And yet, every time you travel, you end up going to an HSB branch at least once. AT LEAST ONCE. ADMIT IT.
    You've had chaat, jalebis and baadam milk at Mint Street
    You've had the keera vadai at Karpagambal Mess
    You can't stand sweet sambar
    Your school field trips/excursions have consistently been to Birla Planetarium, Egmore Museum, Guindy Zoo and Crocodile Bank
    Your first "road trip" with your friends/cousins was to Pondy
    Your vehicle has been checked by the police for booze smuggling on your way back from Pondy to the city
    You've bribed a policeman
    You've refused to bribe a policeman
    Your vehicle has been apprehended and you have been made to blow into a policeman's breathalyzer while returning home late
    You've been to a kutcheri at The Music Academy
    You've frequented sabhas during the December music season not for the concerts, but for the canteens
    You've seen a play at The Museum Theatre
    You've taken the MTC bus to get around
    You once passed on ticket change from the bus conductor that was actually meant for you
    You honed your elbowing skills by taking the 21C
    You’ve taken the suburban train
    You've taken the MRTS
    You've taken the MRTS during off-peak hours and spent your time in the (empty) station and in the (empty) train praying that you don't get abducted
    You hate the metro rail construction that's happening right now and blocking up all the roads
    When a part of the metro was inaugurated though, you took a ride anyway, just to see what the fuss was about
    Each time you pass the first (and original) Landmark, you look in that direction and your heart sinks a little
    You've been to a cricket match at Chepauk
    You've been to a rained out cricket match at Chepauk
    You think, no, you know, that the greatest IPL team ever is the Chennai Super Kings
    You know whose number 9841072571 is
    You judge people based on whether they say "Chennai" or "Madras"
    Girls: Your first bra was from Naidu Hall. Boys: Those headless bra statues on Naidu Hall's display were a subject of endless fascination during your teenage years
    You miss street shopping at Pondy Bazaar
    You have a guy at Ritchie Street who can fix any gadget
    You've gotten lost inside Spencer Plaza
    You've gotten lost in Ranganathan Street
    You've always wanted to shop at Amethyst and Anokhi but ended up becoming too broke for it just by paying for the coffee there
    You still refer to Crowne Plaza as Adyar Gate
    You don't know from where this trend of adding "ji" to fully tamil sentences came from, and you don't understand it.
    You add "ji" to fully tamil sentences.
    Most of the swear words you know are those that you picked up while yelling at/being yelled at in traffic
    You would never admit this openly - but you're actually not offended by the word 'Madrasi' because as far as you're concerned, you *are* Madrasi
    You volunteered during the Chennai Floods of December 2015, and thought the whole 'Spirit of Chennai' thing was a little silly at first, but you don't ever remember being more proud of your city than you were then.

Get Above 45 On This Checklist To Prove You're Really From Chennai

Saar, neenga North Indian a? Because you sure as hell aren't from here.

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Thambi, are you new to this city? You're as Chennai as Chennai Express right now, which is not particularly a good thing. But now that you're here, it's time you got to know it better.

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So you're from Oragadam, which, if real estate ads are to be believed, is Chennai. But we all know that's not true. The good news is that you obviously like this city, so let's look at ticking off the rest of those items in this list, wokay?

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You're a Chennai-ite! A Madrasi! You belong to one of the greatest cities ever. Thank you for making the city the awesome place that it is.

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You're P. James. There's no other explanation.

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