I am a middle aged man, with comfortable means that lets me live happily if I did plan carefully. I have been an avid listener of concerts from the time I remember. My wife loves to watch Bhartahnatyam solos. We live in Mumbai. My parents live in Chennai. Whenever time permits we visit Chennai during the Margazhi saeason and try to attend as many concerts a spossible within the week or 10 days of our stay in Chennai.
Since our parents are retired they have moved out of the city centre and are now some 13 kms away from T-Nagar. So when we decide to go to a concert, we usually end up taking the bus or usually at most times, auto. We get to pay around Rs 150-200 to travel one way to the concert venue usually in T-Nagar or Mylapore Area. The distance travelled I guess would be around 15 kms. If my parents are with us we use a cab who charges us around Rs. 500 -600 for taking us up and down. I was just wondering how is it that Chennai-ites are used to paying so much for the auto or taxi. I think the cost for these services are three times what an Indian gets to pay in Mumbai. In Mumbai I have frequently seen hawladars/constables keeping an eye on taxi drivers/ auto drivers. If need be they intervene and make the drivers pick up aged/handicapped passengers. I have never encountered this “over the meter” business. Don’t people in Chennai deserve the same service as those in Mumbai?
The minimum amount for a kutcheri today is Rs. 100. My understanding is that the festival receives no/minimal support from the Government. So I am Ok with paying this amount which goes towards the livelihood of artistes. I am also appreciative of the fact that they are quite a few free kutcheris during the season thanks to corprorate sponsorship. But if it is 4 of us going to a concert it costs us a minimum of Rs 900/ concert. If it is 2 of us it works out to about Rs.600. Isnt this a little too high? I can understand others who feel that they could buy 4 CDS for the money and repeatedly listen to them. Yes of course they miss the ambience of the concert venue! But not everyone can afford it and pay towards what????- AN UNFAIRLY INFLATED AUTO RATE??? CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHEN, WHY AND HOW DID THIS PRACTICE START AND HOW AND WHY IS IT ACCEPTED AS PART OF CHENNAI LIFE? SHAME ON YOU CHENNAI!