Are you returning from abroad?

வெளிநாட்டிலிருந்து திரும்புவாரா  நீங்கள்?

I took this pic when one of friend retuning to India from Kualalumpur, Malaysia(வெளிநாடு , மலேசியா, கோலாலும்பூர்).

Some of thing that my area people will by while returning to India fron abroad

Some of thing that my area people will by while returning to India fron abroad

I went to Malaysia as Senior Web Designer in 2003. That was my maiden journey(முதல் பிரயாணம்) to abroad. After one month of initial work I came back to India. That time I didn’t purchased much. I just got the salary and left Malaysia in a hurry. When the second time I came back to India from Chennai I bought few thing like dresses, sweets, medicines, toys, body-spray, …etc,. One of our family friend came to receive me in Chennai airport.
I thought of traveling in evening by train but I got a call from my house that I will have to leave Chennai immediately (Later I came to realize that my wife had few relatives over in Chennai).  So I took a government bus to go to Madurai along with my family friend. From Madurai I took a bus to Ramanathapuram.

Next day afternoon we reached Ramanathapuram(இராமநாதபுரம்), and my parents and my brother were excited to see me. After a while my family friend (15 year old boy I hope) said he has to make a move. So I opened my luggage and took a t-shirt, few sweets, pens and a body-spray . I thanked him for his accompany from Chennai to Ramanathapuram. He went to his native after a few minutes. I dropped him in the Railway station.

Ramanathapuram Luggage Opening Rules

When I returned to home my mum was in great angry on me, because I broke the RLOR (Ramanathapuram Luggage Opening Rules).  Latter I realized why my mum was angry on me. In my city, if any one come from abroad, all the friends and relatives will visit that guy to chit-chat with him about his trip, work over there. Most of the peoples main motive will be the uy will be giving them small gift (this is personal opinion). Especially it’s our duty to invite our close relatives and we will have open our luggage in front of them it seam.

Let’s consider my neighborhood friend last trip to Singapore(சிங்கப்பூர்). He gave me a two sets of best pens. So before opening my luggage (after I returned from any country) I have to call my neighbor.  I started collecting the full rules and regulations in the near by small towns and villages. The data gave a amazing trend and valuable information.

Let us consider our South Indian Marriage(தென் இந்திய திருமணம்) or any other function. In the day, after the lunch (Once the function got over) a guy or two will be sitting out side the function hall with a note book. Friends and relatives will give gifts as object/things or money. They will written their Name, Address, Relationship and the amount.  For example if I attended a friends marriage and gave a 1000 Rs. as gift,they will make a note of it in their notebook. Later, in my family if we are have any function, regardless of we are inviting that guy or not he will have to come and gift that 1000 rs or more. If he gifted more than I will have consider that extra money the next function which would happen in his house in future.

Lessons learned:

What I learned from this second trip to Malaysia, I always have two luggage boxes. One box will contain the things according to my wish ad the other box contains this like sweets, dresses, powder, body-spray … refer the above picture.

The funniest part is, you might have bought things by have a friend and relatives list in your mind and what to buy for them. But if they came there asked a specific thing which was allocated by you for a different person then you will have re-arrange the gifts for the other people.

Ranganathan street has a great deal to offer

Ranganathan street (T Nagar, Chennai | ரங்கநாதன் சாலை, டீ நகர் சென்னை )  has a wide range of products to offer. Like J.K.Rowling’s Diagon Alley, it is a cobbled street with variety of interesting things queued up by the vendors on the side walks. Walking up this street is a herculean (Displaying superhuman strength or power) task. One has to put-up with the fellow shoppers and the advertisers who pester(continuously calling you to shop in their shop) or persuade you to get into their shops.

Ranganathan Street

Ranganathan Street, T-Nagar Chennai - ரங்கநாதன் சாலை, டீ நகர் சென்னை

The most attractive fact about this street is that the vendors bring in some seasonal things which cost exactly “Ten Indian Rupees”. These things are usually colorful and flashy and they capture the attention of children.


Samosas and Bondas

The ten rupee things include ear-buds, naphthalene balls, teeny weeny toys, Dora items, Spider-man things, caps and hats, then “ Veetukkul Vaanam | வீட்டுக்குள் வானம் ” starlight stickers are simply fabulous (ரம்யமான). The whistles stuck up with color paper, paper helicopters with the rubber band, colorful caps, “fatty patty” pencils with erasers, light pens and different models of key chains. The list goes on and on but I just can remember only these few things.

You can munch all the way when you are in this street. The road-side shops have Sammosas, Chenna Masala, Cauliflower Bajjis, Cakes, Bondas, Puffs, Sweets, Popcorns, 5 rupees Choco-bars, Badam Milk and also soups available in different flavours (Tomato, Veggie and Mushroom etc,.).All in all it is an “Adventure Island”.

What my friends brought from Chile? sweets.

My friends from TCS,  who have been to Chile brought some sweets for us.  Always it is a good thing to bring some thing for the kith& kin and friends. It is our tradition too.

They shared their experience in Chile for example what they had (food and drinks as well 🙂 ), where they stayed, where they were worked and some places they visited. Some of the photos were mind blowing. I am sharing some of the pics here.

Selvaganapathy standing in front of a lake in Pucon, Chile

Selvaganapathy standing in front of a lake in Pucon, Chile

Three kids were praying and a couple also prayin :) Chile

Three kids were praying and a couple also praying 🙂 Chile

Cattle in Chile

Cattles in Chile

A water fll in Pucon, Chile

A water fall in Pucon, Chile

They brought “Costarama” (Chocolate de leche), Vizzio (Almendras cubiertas con chocolate) and “Milka Triolade” (Alpine Milk Chocolate)




Nestle Swiss Chocolat brut




Costa rama


Vizzio costa