“I was born and raised in Chennai and for me, this city has always resonated a warm feeling of being at home. I remember playing games on the streets of Vadapazhani and raising pigeons with my friends. We used to play with them and have competitions. But all of that has changed now. Grown-ups and kids alike are lost in their cellphones, completely incognizant to their surroundings and people.
But one thing that I like about this city is, it allows everyone to live. For instance, six years ago, I decided to set up my business and started a Soda stall outside Mylapore temple. It has been going great, and I have so many people coming in enthusiastically every day to quench their thirst. On festive days and special occasions, the business is high as the temple-footfall. On other days, it goes at a relatively decent pace. Kapaleeswararan – the presiding deity never lets anyone down. On days when business is low or I don’t feel particularly useful about something, I go out and watch a film or two of Thala Ajith. Seeing him on screen or watching his interviews gives me a morale boost. It makes me feel that nothing in life is impossible if you have the will to do it. On that high note, I get back to my business and I go back home with a happy heart and a full pocket!”
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