Suburban trains to be partially cancelled between Chennai and Gummidipoondi


Southern Railway will either cancel or partially cancel some suburban train services between Chennai and Gummidipoondi on January 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30, February 2,4,6,9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 and 27, and March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12. The changes are made to facilitate repair works on the on the Chennai Central – Gudur section.

The following suburban trains will be partially cancelled.

Chennai Beach – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42601), scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 9.40am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to Moore Market Complex (MMC) railway station as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42015), scheduled to leave MMC at 10.25am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42017), scheduled to leave MMC at 11.35am, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42019), scheduled to leave MMC at 12.10pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local (Train No 42413), scheduled to leave MMC at 12.40pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Sulurpeta. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

MMC – Gummidipoondi EMU local (Train No 42021), scheduled to leave MMC at 1.15pm, will be partially cancelled between Ennore and Gummidipoondi. It will be turned back from Ennore to MMC as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 42406), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 10am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Sulurpeta as a passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42020), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 10.50am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42022), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 11.20am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 42408), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 11.10am, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as passenger special.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42024), scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 1PM, will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Sulurpeta as passenger a special.

 Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42026), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 1.35PM will be partially cancelled between Minjur and MMC. It will be turned back from Minjur to Gummidipoondi as a passenger special.

Sulurpeta – MMC EMU local (Train No 66026), scheduled to leave Sulurpeta at 12.00pm, will be partially cancelled between Ponneri and MMC. It will be turned back from Ponneri to Sulurpeta as a passenger special.

The following suburban train will be fully cancelled.

Gummidipoondi – MMC EMU local (Train No 42030), scheduled to leave Gummidipoondi at 3.15pm will be fully cancelled.

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#ChennaiRains – Helpline and other important numbers and information


The rain-ravaged capital of Tamil Nadu was cut off from the rest of the world on Wednesday as flooded runways forced authorities to suspend all flights till 6am on Thursday while trains packed with passengers were rendered immobile on tracks overflowing with water.

Cars, trucks and buses could not enter Chennai, or go out of it, as most of its main roads were blocked by several feet of water. Several roads were closed after big sink holes were found.chennai_rains

The non-stop torrential rain, pouring since Monday evening, submerged most areas in the city and virtually broke a 100-year-old record with one day’s rainfall covering a month’s average.




Just a quick compilation of how we can help. It is by no means a thorough list; drop me a message if there’s anything I’ve missed, and I shall add it here. If possible, please check if it’s verified; now is not the time to be spreading false information.

If you’ve got a place to stay/know of anyone in need of shelter:

There’s a crowdsourced spreadsheet available.
Rescue: Add details to this form.

If you have trouble using the form/sheets, or if you are a government authority, police, or associated with rescue and relief in any way, please get in touch so we can help you co-ordinate on Twitter. Here are our Twitter handles: @weshnoo, @sowmyarao_, @shrinivassg, @tvabhinav and @hatamurali.

Stayzilla and BIG FM are collaborating efforts for this purpose as well. If you can assist, call at O44–46946000.

RJ Syed Mohsin is compiling screenshots of individuals offering assistance. If you come across a lead, send a screenshot here.

If you were on the roads recently:

FloodMaps is a crowdsourced effort to map inundated roads in Chennai. To help planners and city authorities understand the flooding problem, contribute to the here. You can also tweet to @zophopchennai.

[On that note, Genie is offering to recharge for people in need. Just tweet them at @thehellogenie if you know anyone who is unable to reach out to people due to insufficient balance.]

If you can donate:

EFI is putting together flood emergency kits to donate to those in low-lying areas. Put together bread/biscuits/bun, fresh water, clean blankets and towels, paracetamol, bananas, candles and matchboxes and drop it in one of the EFI collection points. Contact Gowthami Ashok at +91–9952890690.

Tribal Hearts is collecting contributions in the form of blankets, clothes, footwear etc. if you would like to donate, contact +91–9884075804 or +91–9841035249.

Rice, Dal, Tamarind, Salt et cetera are sought after. If you can donate, call Thanigai at +91–955126220, or Iyyapan at +9444915803.

RapidResponse is attempting to raise funds here: if you would rather contribute monetarily.


If you’re talking about this, please use the hashtag #ChennaiRains. The news channels are yet to pick the news up, and the hashtag trending will hopefully catch their attention.

Do not use the hashtag #ChennaiRainsHelp, unless you’re offering/in need of assistance.

If you know anyone in need of help, direct them to these:

Basic helpline numbers:

Treefall/Waterlogging — 1913

Sewage Overflow — 45674567

Handling poisonous reptiles — 22200335

Blue Cross — 9176025265

Power Failure — 1912

Private Boat Helpline and Rescue — 9445869843/47 , 09962634858

Army Helpline — 9840295100

There are a lot of hoax forwards being passed on. If you know other verified numbers, drop a message.

#ChennaiRainshelp was originally published here on Medium. If this information has helped you drop a thanks to the author. Images ( except the twitter marked one) were sent in by our friends in Chennai. 

Budget food and other eating places in Chennai

A while back we had done a post – What is so awesome about Chennai, in which elaborated over the distinctive colours of the city. In this post we bring to you handpicked eating places in Chennai you could often eat at (absolutely delicious food) –

1. Dakshin9, Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers – yes, so we went a little overboard with the first suggestion. But it is a fine dining place nevertheless.

2. Kati Roll Shop, Golapuram

3. Chennai Rawther Thalapakattu – give the biryanis here a try.


4. Dindukal thalapakati – plus one for biryani and non – veg


5.  Friends park valasaravakkam

People Chennai is proud of

A melting pot of many cultures, Chennai is a well known city in India. But this fast paced metropolitan city apart from anything else is known for its people. The warmth & hospitality of the Chennaites is known to the one who visits this culturally rich place. Chennaites are devoted to their culture & tradition and are very particular in following the age old rituals daily.

There is a popular saying in Tamil called as “Vandharai Vazavaikkum Chennai”, which literally means that Chennai gives life to all those who seeks refuge in it. These fine aspects of Chennai attributed towards the birth of the many legends who have etched their name forever in the history.

1. R.K.Narayan (Creator of Malgudi Days)

He is widely considered to be one of the greatest English language novelists known for his simple & unpretentious writing style. His stories were grounded in a comparison in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of the ordinary life. He is best known as for his works set in the fictional South India town of Malgudi. He is considered to be one of the best novelist India has ever produced as he brought small-town India to his audience in a manner that was both believable.

In a writing career that spanned over 60 years, R.K.Narayan received many awards & honors which includes the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature and Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award along with the nomination at the Rajyasabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament.In 2014, Google commemorated R.K.Narayan’s 108th birthday by featuring a doodle showing him behind a copy of Malgudi’s Days.

His Famous works included:-
The Bachelor Of Arts (1937), The Dark Room (1938), The English Teacher (1945), The Guide (1958) which has also been adapted to a full-fledged movie in 1965 starring Dev Anand , Malgudi Days (1982) and The Grandmother’s Tale (1993).

2. C.V.Raman (Indian Physicist)

Sri Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman’s ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics. His phenomenon now known as ‘Raman Scattering”, is the result of his Raman Effect Project. The “Raman Effect” is now considered a very significant in analyzing the molecular structure of chemical compounds & his inventions has proved boon to the scientists. Sir C.V.Raman became the ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1924’. His sincere advice to aspiring scientists was that, “scientific research needed independent thinking and hard work, not equipment.” In 1954, he was awarded with the highest civilian award in India, The Bharat Ratna.

3. Dr.A.P. J.Abdul Kalam (11th President of India)

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher”

Little did Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India. An Indian scientist and administrator, known as ‘Missile Man’, Dr. Kalam (15th October 1931) served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. One amongst the respected people of the country, Dr. Kalam has contributed immensely both as a president and scientist. His contribution at the Indian Space Research Org. (ISRO) has been immense. Dr. Kalam has authored numerous influential and inspirational books, amongst them ‘India 2020’ was widely appreciated as it forcasted an action plan about advocating India as one of the developed nations of the world by 2020. In 2011, he launched his mission for the youth of the nation called the ‘What Can I Give Movement’ with the main aim to defeat corruption in India. Currently, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam serves as a visiting professor in various esteemed institutes and universities of India. This incredible story of a boat maker’s son who from a newspaper boy went on to become the 1st citizen of India is truly an inspiring in its truest term and strengthen the fact that hard work indeed never fails.

4. M.S. Subbulakshmi (Vocalist)


It would be difficult to overstate the impact made by Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi (16th September 1996 – 11th December 2004) not just in the field of Carnatic music but also as a philanthropist and a person who placed her life at the service of her country and its people. Introduced to the carnatic music at the very early age, she successfully released her first album at the mere age of 10. This flawless singer whose voice had a divine power was the first Indian singer to be presented with Bharat Ratna.

5. Rajnikanth (Charismatic Actor)

Born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (Born 12th December 1949) in an impoverished Maharashtrian family, Rajnikanth went on to become one of the highest earning actor by his sheer grit, hard work and down to earth persona. We need not say any more right?

6. Kamal Haasan (Acclaimed Film Maker & Actor)

Kamal-Hassan-Pardaphash-108073 Kamal Haasan (7th November 1954) is a widely recognize film actor, producer, screen writer, songwriter, director, playback singer and choreographer. He is also a leading method actor having experimented with different kinds of roles.

He has won four National Film Awards and several southern Filmfare awards. He also holds the distinction of appearing in most of films that are submitted for the Academy Award for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. He was awarded Padma Shri for his amazing contribution to the Indian Cinema. His daughter  Shruti Hassan and Akshara has already took on a step forward in the industry to carry their father’s legacy.

7. Ilaiyaraaja (Music Maestro)

Born and raised in a normal middle-class family in Pannaipuram, Tamil Nadu, Ilaiyaraaja (Born 2nd June 1943) Ilaiyaraaja became the first Asian to compose a symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Since the late 1970s, working predominantly in South Indian Cinema he has composed over 5000 songs and background songs for more than 1000 films. Being acclaimed as ‘The Maestro’ of the Indian Music Industry, he has won several popular and critics’ awards and has thrice won the Indian National Film Award for best Background Score. He is the gold medallist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London. Popular world cinema portal ‘Taste of Cinema’ placed Ilaiyaraaja at the 9th position in its list of 25 greatest film composers in the history of cinema.

8. A.R.Rahman (Music Director)

Born as A.S.Dileep Kumar, Allah-Rakha Rahman (6th January 1966) is now the man who is credited with over hauling the tone and the style of Indian music industry. He is a composer, singer, songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, a notable humanitarian and philanthropist. His extensive body of work for the film and the stage has earned him the nickname ‘The Mozart of Madras’ from his fans and critics alike. Working in Indian & International cinema has garnered him the praise of representing Indian music around the world through his works. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has won 2 Academy Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, 4 National Film Award & 28 Filmfare Award in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. The nation is proud of A.R.Rahman’s success. Jai Ho!

9. Vishwanathan Anand (Chess Player)

Vishy Anand (Born 11th December 1969) went from 6 year old curious boy wanting to learn chess from his aunt to conquer the world through his spectacular game of Chess, thereby winninng FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000-02 and again from 2007-13. He became India’s first grandmaster in 1988 and the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India’s highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan award making him the first sports to receive the award. In March 2015, a minor planet was named ‘4538 Vishyanand’ after him.  Vishwanathan Anand was the only sports person to have been invited for the dinner hosted by Indian PM Narendra Modi for US President Barack Obama on 7th November 2010.





Why Chennai people don’t give a damn about other cities

“It is always burning hot in there!”
You’ll be sick of eating dosa-sambhar every day!”
“You don’t speak Tamil? OMG, you will not be able to survive in Chennai then!”

These are just three reasons why people love to hate Chennai. But you know what they say about cliches right? Cliches are just cliches. Fact of the matter is Chennai is so much more than these oft-repeated statements. Below are a few things which people do not believe until they have been to Chennai. Also some facts which will make you envious of the southern Indian city –

1) Tickets so cheap you wouldn’t believe it!
Unlike other metros, you can watch a movie in Chennai for approximately Rs 120 per ticket. We heard front row seats in some theatres cost Rs 10 a show. Now that’s a steal. Oh and this 120 deal is on for all days of the week!


2) Predictable weather
Yes, Chennai is hot but it is not always unpleasant. Also you do not have to worry about having separate clothes, beddings or gadgets for different seasons in a year, something our Delhi friends have to.


3) Non-evaluative people
You can be caught dead wearing something very simple and inexpensive and no one will give you a second look. People here do not ogle or stare and you feel safer and more secure.


4) Fantastic Commute System
MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System). The name speaks for itself.
Price: Rs.5 one way.
Monthly pass: Rs. 120.


5) Beautiful Temples
Temples in Chennai are not only beautiful, they are also very well-maintained. There are so many of them and some are carved out of just one piece of stone, like the one below.


6) Beaches
Unlike many other metros, Chennai boasts of several beautiful and pristine beaches, including the famous Marina beach, the longest urban natural beach in the country, Elliot’s beach & Thiruvanmiyur beach

Point-7 (3)

7) Authentic South Indian Food
Let us admit it, the kind of South Indian food we are used to have in metros is nowhere closer to how they are really supposed to taste. You will know what real filter coffee tastes like only here.

Point-8 (2)

8) Smooth Roads
Roads in Chennai are wider and smoother as compared to other metros, including neighbour Bangalore.

Point-9 (1)

9) Lower Cost of Living
As compared to other metros, the cost of living of people who live in Chennai is lower. This can be attributed to cheap sub-urban railway service, shared autos, lower cost of bus tickets and cheaper food.


It is Union Territory we know, but it still lies so close to the city and it is so beautiful. I was there last December and the place is simply amazing with its painted houses, vast blue beaches, colorful streets and relaxed crowds. Plus one for cafes, bars and roads too.


We did a little picking of facts from here and here. We also spoke to our friends in Chennai and well I had been in the city last December. Pictures links – 1, 2, 3, 4, mine, 6, 7 , 8, 9, 10

Changes in pattern of Chennai Suburban Trains Services

Due to line block/power block to facilitate engineering works in Chennai Beach – Tambaram section, the certain changes will be made in the pattern of suburban train services on Saturdays and Sundays from 07.03.2015 to 10.05.2015.

Local residents and others who will be travelling to Chennai during the above mentioned time period are advised to go through this notification.