First Day In Chennai

My first day in Chennai went like this:

I had arranged a cab to pick me up at my apartment and take me to the airport at around 8:30 am My Air India flight to Chennai was at 12:20 pm and I wanted to be early by atleast 2 hours as I had never been on a flight since 1988 and wasn’t sure of what I would do before getting in the plane. I was ready by 8 am and called the cab company to check on the arrival. At 8:35 am I said goodbye to my folks and got into the taxi and it started to rain. Heavily too! We took almost 90 minutes to reach the airport in Nedumbassery and I stopped at an ATM to get some cash out. I paid the taxi guy and got into the airport to get to the check in section.

As the check in counters for Air India weren’t open yet, I took a seat and waited for a bit. Then 10:30 a, I had my luggage go through the conveyor belt for checking and then got myself checked in. I carried my laptop bag with me but the big bag went through. Then it was onto security check before I went to the lounge area. As I got in i got a message that the plane was delayed till 1:20 pm, an hours delay so I thought I might as well get some coffee. It said that it was a mochaccino but it tasted nothing like one and I bought a chicken cutlet as well and as I was leaving I also bought a Snickers bar for later. As I sat back on a comfy sofa I met a guy who I had worked with in Idea and he was in the same flight as me, taking a connection flight at Chennai to Dubai. We sat and talked until it was time for us to board the flight.

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We got into the coach and were taken to the plane. I had an aisle seat and we waited for takeoff. I must say that having seen all the gorgeous chicks who are staffs of Air Asia, Jet Airways and IndiGo Air, Air India is such a disappointment with the older ladies with too much makeup. One of them was surely my mom’s age! We had just over an hour’s flight, slightly shaky and a bit noisy for a plane that looked awesome from the outside. Lunch was half a sandwich ???!!!, a box of juice and a small bottle of water which everyone finished in 2-3 minutes flat. I got off at Chennai, got my luggage, called the contact at the Chennai office and then got a prepaid taxi to my guest house. I got there and the caretaker let me in. I have a room with a bathroom attached, two bed (but only I will be using this room). It’s a really old building / apartment complex with they have air conditioning in each bedroom, an old tv with cable and most importantly, WIFI!

Dinner was chappati, rice, daal and a veggi kofta which was good. I tried watching some tv but was mostly online till 11pm when I went to sleep. A stupid cat in heat woke me up at 2:20 am after which I couldn’t get back to sleep so I laid back till 5:30 am. I got some coffee and then went to the loo and shaved, took a shower and got ready for going to the office. I needed to get there earlier than usual. Here we go!

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