Sunday, October 09, 2005


I've been here since Wednesday, and haven't really done much.. it's pathetic, really. But then, there really isn't that much to see in Chennai -surprising for a city of 6 million people.

I've seen a film at the cinema, read about 500 pages of tolstoy, and rarely left the street where i'm staying (which has my guesthouse, a good restaurant, and cheap cheap internet).

I knew before coming here that India would be difficult -andto be honest, it hasn't been very bad.. but then, I haven't done much, or tried to go anywhere.

Admittedly, the taxi drivers here are evil. Chennai is known for the fact that Taxi drivers refuse to use their meters (how can every meter in the city be broken)..

On the street where i'm staying (The Triplicane district), there are a decent amount of homeless people - mostly women and children. The children are mostly young, and naked...

The other day, at around 2pm, I saw a child's body wrapped up in cloth on the street, with only the bare feet showing... People don't really take siestas here, and so I can only assume that this was some poor dead child,waiting to be taken away...Which would be the first dead body i've ever seen... even if it's just a pair of feet.

I've resisted the urge to go back to the Cinema, mainly because the only 2 films showing right now are both awful...

With any luck, I'll be able to leave here on Tuesday morning, but I have a feeling it might take a bit longer. And after that, i'll still have to come back here a week later to get a cap put on my tooth.

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