Guess what ?My blog hit new milestones yesterday thanks to you guys.I am really glad you enjoyed the posts of the last 3 days of the challenge.I am super excited to share with you the post of day 4 of the challenge.It was today(21/6/2017).Its all your encouragement and positive motivation that keeps me going.Thank you all so much.
Are you reading my blog for the first time ?Okay so I have decided to do a 10 day street photography challenge where I will be visiting random locations in my city and taking pictures.I currently reside in Chennai which is the capital of the Southernmost state of India,Tamil Nadu.Tamil Nadu is located right above Sri Lanka,both these places are separated by the Indian Ocean.
Day 4 was relatively unproductive as my city’s traffic outnumbered the pictures.But today was what I call a ‘real challenge’.However day 4 was a productive teacher of life lessons,something I intended to learn during this challenge.
Especially two important ones-:
1.Never trust google maps especially in India.
2.Laziness can be fatal.
I have noted down everybody’s suggestions in chits which would decide where I would be going.It is a lot system,I shuffle them and pick up a random chit.So I didn’t know the bus route to get to today’s destination and the points that were assigned for clicking pictures.
So I thought google maps would be my best friend and these are the results it gave me-:
It said that my destinations were 51 minutes away from each other.I am pretty sure if you live in Chennai you’re ROFLing at the moment.I was stupid enough to believe this so I boarded the 45 B bus from the bus stop nearest to my house.I got down at the specified destination which happens to be the last stop of this bus.I walked and walked in the direction that google maps showed me but I couldn’t find Guindy national park anywhere.Hence,I asked an auto rickshaw (tuk tuk in other parts of the world) driver.He laughed and told me that Guindy National Park was nowhere close to where I was.He asked me if I had assumed if Guindy national park was in the locality Guindy ?
He offered me a ride and after a huge bargain I made him turn on the rickshaw meter.Yes,bargaining with auto drivers is one of the tasks in the daily routine of an Indian.It cost me 130 Indian rupees to reach my destination.I would rather have taken an uber from home and paid the same price or lesser.Hence,never trust google maps in India only rely on advice given by locals.
Spoiler Alert:The 51 minutes google maps showed me turned out to be 51 seconds
So the picture spamming starts from here-:
After this point was the ticket counter and I could only proceed beyond this point if I bought a ticket.I am not a huge fan of wildlife and I detest visiting Indian zoos because they are all at the heights of poor maintenance.It wasn’t my intention to visit this place.My wildlife enthusiast mother suggested that I cover this park for two reasons :
1.Its a popular tourist destination
2.It was located in the area that came on the chit I had picked up.
So I made my way back to the main gate.
I had a chat with the tender coconut seller about the bus route back home.Upon his instructions,I boarded the direct bus numbered 5c and I captured a few pics on my ride.
You should have imagined by frustration at my laziness when I got off the bus.The bus to this place was just one street away from where I live,I knew it and I was lazy to walk one street that’s all.The laziness cost me 130 rupees.
Anyway today was an adventurous day.The weather conditions in my city are currently like a patient suffering from bipolar mood disorder.So only they would be able to determine when I will be back with day 5’s post.Because the temperature dropped by 5 degrees the moment I got back home from today’s session.
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