Chennaiites are not used to the weather being cold. Even when it is a pleasant 20-something (deg C), you can see swarms of chennaiites out for their morning walk wearing their monkey caps or their shawls. You can even see people sitting around a fire to keep themselves warm from the cold 20 deg outside!
But, this time, it is really cold in chennai, really cold. Why else would a sane chennaite like me get up in the middle of the night and switch off the fan? Agreed that the electricity board does that often, but no one would do that by himself in their house. It is an open invitation for all the chennai-born mosquitoes to come and have you for dinner! But, i was forced to do so. I was never prepared for this and hence i don’t have a quilt or something similar. So, i had to switch off the fan and put up a brave face against the mosquitoes.
As a result of this exceeding cold climate, the sale of monkey caps sky-rocketed and monkey caps manufactured by world renowned brands like rheebok, odidos and nikey started making an appearance on the streets of T.Nagar. Tamil Nadu police had even relaxed the rule in the mornings for two-wheeler drivers (which forced them to wear helmets), as they anyway wore 2 layers of monkey-caps which was equally thick.
While the scientists and other equally bright scholars at IIT Madras were blaming El-Nino for this phenomenon, Jayalalitha made a statement on Jaya TV:
“My dear brothers and sisters of Chennai, don’t believe the statements made by the scientists. They are in connivance with the minority DMK government. It is not “E” “l” (pronounced eee-yell) Nino which is responsible for your suffering, but EEE-Yell-ThamizhThanniMagan (Cousin of ThamizhKudiMagan) who is responsible. EEE-Yell-ThamizhThanniMagan is the minister of state for caps and his son has recently started a factory manufacturing monkey-caps. To increase sales, their TV channel started showing lower temperatures in their weather forecasts thus leading people to believe that it is actually cold. It is not! Throw away your monkey caps. Even I have removed my shawl to prove that it is not cold (there was a highly greyed image of Jayalalitha shown without her shawl)”
Whether it is El-Nino or EEE-Yell-ThamizhThanniMagan who is responsible, I don’t care! But, it is cold in Chennai!