'Namma Ooru Makkal are Grounded'

Sriram Ayer, founder of NalandaWay (an NGO that works with kids), loves to cycle on the bylanes of Mylapore and the road near Theosophical society

Published: 11th February 2016 06:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2016 06:50 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Sriram is the founder  and CEO of Nalandaway, an NGO which works with the children from the underprivileged backgrounds helping their voices be heard through various art forms like theatre, dance, film and music.


How long have you been living in Chennai?

I did all my education in Madras. However, I have been travelling and living in other cities both within the country and outside after I started working.


Srirama.jpgYour favorite spot in the city, and why?

Ellliots Beach at Besant Nagar. Lots of memories with friends.


A historic place that you often admire?

Kapaleeswarar temple


Places you still haven’t been to?

Madras Literary Society


How do you think the city has changed overtime?

Chennai has not changed so much beyond recognition unlike other cities. But bad city planning and management has made life difficult. I see more cosmopolitanism with people from across the country settling here.


Where would you take a friend who is visiting our city for the first time?

Amethyst Cafe


What do you think is special about the city?

Chennaites are the most grounded and less superficial in comparison to other city residents. The way the citizens came together during the recent floods was heart warming and reassuring.


What is so special about your locality? Can you jusify?

I love Anna Nagar. It like it because it is so self-sufficient.


An incident at a public place that made you smile and think ‘this is namma Chennai’?

A madisar maami riding a scooter with her two children and rushing towards the school.


Someplace in the city that you find quite and peaceful?

I love walking and cycling. I find the by-lanes of Nungambakkam, Alwarpet, Mylapore and especially the stretch near Theosophical Society in Besant Nagar very quiet.


Describe your home and neighbourhood in a couple of words?

The place I can be myself.


One thing you would like to change about the city?

I sincerely wish drivers of both two wheelers and cars followed rules on the roads.


Masala dosa or idli?

Masala dosa


Three words in Madras bashai that you would teach a person who visits Chennai.

Veetla sollittu vantiya? :)


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