On a hot and humid summer day, Francis Day and his superior, Andrew Cogan struck a deal with the local Nayak rulers. A sliver of land was transacted on behalf of the East India Company where Fort. St. George stands tall today. What started off as a small settlement outside the fort, is now a bustling metropolis.
Madras Day celebrates the city of Chennai and the people who call it home. Chennai is our identity, but Madras is a sentiment – one that encompasses everyone right from the Cathedral of St. Thomas Mount to the temples of Mylapore, from the Mosque in Thousand Lights to the Gurudwara in T. Nagar.
Mylapore, a stone’s throw away from Appaswamy’s Azure The Oceanic, is one of Chennai’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The city’s skyline is incomplete without the towering Kabaleeshwar temple ‘gopuram’ and the Santhome Basilica. Considered the cultural nucleus of the city, Carnatic music concerts and Bharatanatyam dance recitals still ring loud in its shabha’s and auditoriums. But, Mylapore isn’t just for history and culture connoisseurs. The closeby Marina Beach is the biggest attraction in Chennai, particularly amongst youngsters. A Mylaporean’s love for the beach sundal and molaga bajji is on par with most people’s love for biryani.
Situated on the banks of the Adyar River, Kotturpuram is the pinnacle of luxury. Riverview apartments, mansions and large villas are common here. There is a calmness and serenity to the locale, under the green canopies. It’s probably why Carnatic music legends like MS Subbulakshmi, DK Pattammal and ML Vasanthakumari once called it home! The locality is surrounded by iconic landmarks like The Madras Club, Adyar Villa, and Guindy National Park, making it all the more crucial to a Chennaite’s way of life. The neighborhood is also a hub for countless intellectuals with the city’s most prestigious educational institutions, and the Anna Centenary Library at its center.
Located on Chennai’s IT corridor, Sholinganallur is a newly developed residential hub. Thanks to its close proximity to other IT-based suburbs such as Perungudi, Siruseri and Taramani, most IT workers consider Sholinganallur the ideal place to be. Its young and diverse population attracts a wide variety of entertainment options like multicuisine restaurants, malls, cinema theatres, gaming centres, and bowling alleys. Restaurants like The Black Pearl and Sian in Sholinganallur also offer good options for a fine dining experience in the city.
Vadapalani is, in many ways, a reflection of most Chennaite mindset. Despite attracting scores of population to its Palani Andavar temple, the locality is also known for its film-studios and shopping malls. It seamlessly blends in modernism with history and culture. With easy connectivity and high-class amenities, Vadapalani is one of the most happening places in Chennai.
To say that we at Appaswamy are a part of the rich history of these places is both an honor and a pleasure. We’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to our humble home. Happy Madras Day everyone!