Part of a 3-bedroom apartment, of which one is available, a private double-bedroom with split air-conditioner and attached private washroom. Kitchen ( vegetarian only) and living room facilities, like refrigerator, cable TV, etc are shared.
Flip side first: no parking inside the complex available, and little weather-beaten, due condos come up on either side. Room and attached washroom private, exclusive; kitchen, refrigerator, drawing room with TV, common.
Positives: privacy guaranteed, pet(dog)-friendly, wi-fi connectivity, cable tv, kitchen and fridge amenities ( pure vegetarian only though ). Would suit someone who wants to keep himself or herself, to himself or herself.
A daily newspaper, apart from all the news channels, to keep you engrossed and updated on the world outside, and an eclectic collection of books.
Breakfast consisting of the local veg cuisine, plus tea/coffee, can be had for the asking - the do-it-yourself way ! For lunch or dinner, guest may have to step out, for which there are plenty of restaurants including McDonalds, KFCs, Dominos and Pizza Huts, all within 2km radius. And that's because only diabetic meals available inside home, perfectly insipid and bland - welcome to have that.
As the location is on the main road, slight sound of traffic can be heard till about 10pm,. and then towards midnight, may hear the slight sound of Boeings and Airbuses flying overhead skies on international routes in the wee hours, since airport not too far.
Comfortable for one person, but can accommodate two - it's a double bed now (not twin).
Your own room with an attached washroom, clean and spic enough
The living room with TV and cable, is shared, though guest is likely to be alone throughout the day, with the friendly dog for company ( that's what friends are for !)
Interaction with Guests
If it's your first visit to Chennai, arriving at airport,and I am free that day, you may count on me for a gratis pickup.
I will always be reachable during your stay, though from 9am till 7pm I will be away. I shall ensure that I am present when guest is coming for the first time, and during final departure, irrespective of the time. Sundays, I expect to be wholly at the disposal of guests.
You get into the thick of things here. The best thing about this place would be that it is neither in the heart of the city, nor far away from it...wins either way. Crowded, as any metro city would be. The new metro that's going to be in operation shortly, has its station nearby.
Hired cars and taxis, autos ( tuk-tuks ), and public transport available. The new Metro Rail is going to commence operations shortly nearby
Other Things to Note
Do note that only vegetarian food to be consumed at home.
* When alone / stepping out, to take particular care dog does not rush out with you, - important. Cannot permit pets, as there is already a large Labrador at home.
* Only pure vegetarian food inside home please. Smoking permitted in balcony area.
* Do need a copy of your passport on your day of arrival - local rules require.
Gk is a very kind person and my entrance to India was very smooth because of his help. He picked me up at the airport which eliminated my need to hitch a cab, negotiate the price, describe the way etc etc.
I liked that there was a private bathroom. And that there was food available at home on my request the day before. It's vegetarian and I'm a non-vegetarian, but it was still nice to have that option.
What I wish to see improved in this place is the way of keeping out mosquitoes, and the internet speed.
Generally friendly and easy-going, and am not perfect, don't expect a guest to be so, either ! Dog at home, is like me, a vegetarian, and expects guests to be that, too.
Favourite movies: by Sir David Lean, Mel Brooks, Billy Wilder, Madhur Bhandarkar
Music - Abida Parveen, Kailash Kher, Led Zep, Freddy Mercury, Pandit Jasraj, Ilayaraaja
Books - by Arthur Koestler, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, Salman Rushdie, John le Carre, Nadeem F Paracha, Sunanda K Datta-Ray
Food - Am veg myself; guests may please have only vegetarian food inside home.