An unforgettable bus ride
I have also travelled by bus in Chennai and once after a trip back from Europe, I hurriedly got into a bus as I was running late for college and was relieved to see it almost empty. Soon to my dismay, I saw only women getting onto the bus and then the realization dawned on me that it was a Ladies special! Even now, when I pass Besant Nagar bus stand, I get the feeling that the bus conductors are still glaring at me in disapproval.
Some of my most cherished Chennai memories imprinted vividly in my mind are the warm welcome accorded to me when I won the World Championships. It was awesome to have so many people come out to meet you. I distinctly remember a bus driver parking the bus and running across, just to shake my hand. It moved me! I will never ever forget the way Chennai received me. Sometimes when I go shopping, there are people who enquire about my latest event, which makes me feel just a tad special and pampered.
Image: Anand and Aruna Anand at their wedding.