23C

For four years during my engineering days, I travelled in Route 23C to commute to college.

The commute in the morning was usually spent on reading The Hindu or for the tests/exams. Had some wonderful friends sharing the commute too. Sabine Saravanan was the most regular and we both used to board at the Ayanavaram Bus Stand, the start point. Sitting next to him on exam days was useful in resolving any doubts or complex problems. Prakash used to join us most days at the Shanti Theatre bus stand as the bus entered Mount Road. Others like Keerthi and Sabesan joined us occasionally, as 23C was not their primary route.

The route touched several landmarks. The Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk; Purasawakkam Tank (fast becoming the second T Nagar of Chennai); Egmore Station; Commissioner Office; LIC; Spencer Plaza; Raj Bhavan; Anna University; Gandhi Mandapam; IIT; Kalashektra; Elliots beach (five minutes from Besant Nagar Bus Stand, the terminus).

I have an idea. Narrating the history of the city through different bus routes. Should give it a shot sometime. Or a newspaper can run it as a column in one of its city supplements.

Thanks to Google Transit, now covering Chennai, for the map of the route, and thus this post 🙂