India… Day15… Leo in Chennai… Shopping…

So Leos, may be others also,

Today I participated in the second Leo Club project, during my visit to India, second to the project done in Bangalore. I’m glad that I got the opportunity to join hands with our twin club, Leo Club of Sri Lakshmi Ammal Engineering College and I hope this is a rare to occur in our Leo Clubs to do join projects with foreign Leo Clubs.

So I decided to go to with Vimal, and I confirmed it with Hemalatha, VP of the host club, and we were to picked up by their principal near a hospital in Thambaram. So we got up early (at around 7.30am is early ;-)) and went to the Thiruvanmiyur Bus Stand. From there we took a bus to Thambaram. The bus route was through Old Mahavalipuram Road(OMR), where a lot of IT companies and IT parks are there and coming up.

We reached Thambaram at around 9.00am and we were picked up by there principal with in 10 minutes. In the mean time we got the chance to see some Indian Air Force planes practising over the skies. We reach the children’s home after a 30 minutes drive in the principals car. Leos of SLA. Engg. College arrived in a few minutes and we got our selves introduced. There were around 12 Leos from there Leo Club, headed by their vice president Hemalatha, and their Leo advisor Mr. Puhazhraj was present.

After that for about an hour or so we had a get-together like thing with children, where Leos and the children did various entertainment items. Leo Hemalatha performed a dance, while another Leo did a superb(?) mimicry performance. I also got a chance to sing, and they wanted me to sing a Sri Lankan song, and I sang a few lines from our ‘Rothu mela poran oru kedi…’. Also many children did dances and singing. Following this their Leo Advisor, who is a lecture at their college, taught the children some subject matters, even other Leos joined him in clearing some of the doubts the children had in their subjects.

Then the children were given gifts which were brought by the Leos. After that we exchanged mementos between Leos of Leo Club of SLA. Engg. College and myself. Also I took a couple of photos with all the Leos present. We left the place at around 1.30pm.

We came back to Thambaram with the Principal and we were asked to join him for lunch, but as I had to go for shopping in the evening we thanked him and got down near Thambaram train station. Vimal and I decided to try going on train, as I had to go to Bank of Ceylon, which is near Egmore and Central. But we didn’t know which station we had to get down. So we got a ticket to Chennai Beach, which I think is the last stop on that line.

When we came down to the platform, train had just started to move, and we managed to get in. It was not like the Sri Lankan trains, bit more wider in space aswellas it operated in electricity (I think). We passed so many stations, but both of are not sure about where to get down. I knew if we get down at Egmore we could go but we missed to get down at Egmore, and we got down at the next Poonga Station, which indeed is near to central on that line.

As it was already around 2.30pm, we had our lunch in front of Central Station Hotel Buhari. Vimal is a vegetarian, but I had some chicken for me. As we were so hungry we had enough for the time. Then we came out and walked for a bit and got a auto-rickshaw, to Bank of Ceylon, where I had to meet Linda Acca. I wanted to buy some dresses for my sisters, so I thought she could help me out in selecting. When we went there she was just finishing her work and with in five minutes she was ready to go.

We got another auto-rickshaw from there to Purasaivaakkam, which is an area in Chennai famous for the garment shops in the area. First we went to Madar Sha and bought shalvar for Rosy and Mythily and sareee for Lukshy Acca. Vimal and Linda acca helped me in selecting some of these and then we went to Ranjanas and bought another Shalvar there. Finally we went to a jewells shop and bought some of the stuff my sister waned me to buy. But it didn’t stop there, and for a suprise I got some sweets for me from Adayar Anandabavan, from Linda Acca.

Then we got a 23C from there and came back to Besent Nagar, and came Saie’s place. There I met Prem going home, so it happened to be the last meeting. I had to go to Mr.Rajendra’s house and Vimal had to catch his bus back to Bangalore. So Vimal got ready with his bag and we came out and took a 5E and got down at Vadapalani, and walked some towards Koyampet and got a share-auto to Koyampet.

Vimal went to the bus stand, and I got an auto-rickshaw to Anna Nagar, and got down near Chinthamani junction, as the auto driver didn’t know the exact address which I had. So got another auto from there and went to Mr. Rajendra’s house. He gave me some parcels to be given in Sri Lanka. I came back to Anna Nagar junction with Mr. Rajendra, and got a 47D to Thiruvanmiyur and then came to the room in an auto from the bus stand.

As it was already late and I had to get things ready, I couldn’t have dinner. So I packed my bags and get a bath, and Saie called a taxi, and asked him to come at 3.30am. So all my activities in Chennai came to an end as I went to sleep…

By Nimal

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