ECR or OMR? & The Best Networking Events in Chennai #FindYourTribe #EventHopping #GrowTogether

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Weekend: November Third Week


OMR and ECR are like the Vijay and Ajith of a geographical Chennai! So the answer here is very simple! Just like how Vijay is clearly better than Ajith. There is no debate, it's pretty one-sided. Obviously OMR and Thalapathy! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Showkali: Kaushik, manda bathrum! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ”ช


Disclaimer: This is going to be super biased toward OMR. If you're a fan of the ECR, not my problem! ๐Ÿ˜›


If you ask any of the folks on the southern half of Chennai as to where to go on a long drive, we're going to either say ECR or OMR. Well, we should just say OMR but there are still some who might say ECR. ๐Ÿคฅ


Alright, there are soo many angles in which we can look at this. Let's go with the first thing that comes to mind. Long drives? Long drives.

Is ECR or OMR better for Long Drives?


Hands down, OMR. Next question?


Showkali: Motha dead body ne tha da.


I can hear so much uproar, abuse and oh there's so much profanity coming my way as well! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Guys, go easy this is a U Rated Blog, we have little kids reading this! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿผ

Well, at least I'd like to hope so. *realizes they don't and crawls into a corner*


Showkali: Happy realizations Kau. This is the only correct thing you've said so far! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅณ


Alright, so your house is on the ECR, you start from home fully pumped. You rev the bike full-on, let people know that you're a Biker and you're going on a ride and what do you do?

Correct! Stop every 100 meters in a signal!

I will never understand the ECR signal logic! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Whereas, if you're leaving from the OMR, THE OLD MAHABALIPURAM ROAD! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

You can keep cruising through. You feel as though you're gliding and floating on air! We have six lanes that ensure that no matter what you can keep going on ahead.


Guess which picture was taken on the OMR and which one was on the East Coast Road?

Very evident right? They're worlds apart!

Clearly OMR being the better world.


Showkali: ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช


The truth is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow Showkali! ๐Ÿ˜›

But yea, they both have their own feel. As a rider, you get different experiences in each. Do you want to zip through a concrete jungle then eventually witness that change into an open canopy with tress as you start entering Navalur or would you rather feel the sea breeze on the ECR!?


Just because of the Sea Breeze and my colleague who's sitting next to me and pestering me saying eventually you'll have to join the ECR from the OMR to go to Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry, I'm going to conveniently ignore that and yes we're calling this a tie and leaving it to personal preference. ๐Ÿ˜„


Showkali: Atrocious! Preposterous! Outrageous! Ludicrous! Unreasonable!


Showkali shh! Another word from you and I'll say you were on one of those rides on the ECR, met with an accident and admit you in the hospital for a couple of weeks! ๐Ÿ˜‚

OMR - 0 | ECR - 0

Which has a better view? ECR or OMR?


Does ECR even stand a chance!? Well, unfortunately it actually does! Probably a better chance than OMR! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


Yes yes, I know. You guys have the beach. This colleague of mine is talking too much now. ๐Ÿ˜‘

He's like people work in IT on the OMR, get cholesterol and end up coming to the beach to burn it.

For the ride also he was like sea breeze, sea view. If I say highrise apartments, he's like you can see the beach without the highrise apartments. Do y'all have anything other than the beach!?

See didn't I tell you, it's the same with ECR and Ajith, for anything and everything Mangatha daa! Beach daa! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


Showkali: โ™ ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž


But yea, got to give it to them though. Can't really beat the beach. We still give the ECR a run for its money though with the views from our highrise apartments. Let alone the beautiful backwaters on the OMR like the Perungudi Lake and the magical sunset opposite the TCS office in Sollinganallur which is a place people barely know about!


Both are beautiful in their own way, right?

For the folks here, we just can't give up on the beach and as much as it pains me to say this. This one goes to the ECR Folks! โš

OMR - 0 | ECR - 1

Is ECR safer or is OMR safer?


Not just comparing the East Coast Road and the Old Mahabalipuram Road but even with the rest of Chennai, OMR is one of the safest places!


Showkali: I knew you were going to say this! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


No Showkali, this is a very unbiased opinion. OMR truly is one of the safest places to be in Chennai. No matter what time of the day you might be out on the road, you will always find people! It is always well lit and thanks to the IT crowd working in shifts, people are always on the move regardless of time as I said.


There's a Tea Anna on his cycle with some folks standing around him to always run to your aid. Auto and lorry driver annas always on the lookout. No one can even think of trying anything funny.


A question to all the Singapengal, the womenfolk out there. Would you feel safer walking alone on the ECR or OMR at 2 AM?


Showkali: Fine.. fine... OMR.


I rest my case! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

OMR - 1 | ECR - 1

Aaand we're on the scoreboard as well! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Err my colleague just won't let me be, he's fighting for ECR and won't let me write in peace and there's so much content about OMR and ECR that I'm going to do a sequel of this next week and write the rest later! It's a tie for now, but it's very obvious who the winner is going to be.


If you guys insist on doing a thorough analysis and then losing, guess that can't be helped! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Let me know what other aspects of OMR and ECR you'd like me to cover in which OMR will be better anyway next week! ๐Ÿ˜„


Huge shoutouts to Smitha, Shravan, Rajesh, Ismail, Naman and Abdul for the kickass pictures you see here! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’


Seri let's go do our work. Where to be this weekend!?

Friday - 22nd November 2019


I've done some basic vetting and removed the events which seem sketchy. Hope this helps!


Agile Chennai: Agile Transformation Journey Day @Chennai


03:00 PM - 06:00 PM


You and your company need to keep up with the phase at which this world is moving! You weren't adopting agile before!? That's A-okay! Here's how you do that now! ๐Ÿ˜„


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Network-India/events/265866118/

Event Location: SopraSteria

Saturday - 23rd November 2019


FREE Digital Marketing Workshop


10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Lol looks like they're doing this just to hire, so if any of you are looking for a career in DM, here's your chance!


Event Website: https://www.townscript.com/e/free-digital-marketing-workshop-201431

Event Location: Spencer Plaza Mall


Womentechmakers - Unconference - 2019 Special Edition - (Women Only)


10:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Purely a networking event in which you get to decide what topic you want to talk about! Nicee! Let me innn!


Showkali: Hold your horses' buddy. Atha solrangala. This is only for us. Buzz off!


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/GDGChennai/events/266512937/

Event Location: FourKites - BLOCK 1A


History & Evolution of JavaScript


10:00 AM - 02:00 PM


And I thought I was done with History with 10th Grade! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Oh well, all you hardcore techies find out the history of what you guys are using to build kickass products day in and day out!


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Chennai-Sci-Fi-AI-DS-Machine-Learning-Meetup/events/266581525/

Event Location: Trust Conference Hall


All about Hackathons


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Going to go to a Hackathon. Going to hack into all the systems there. Break some firewalls and crash the government server! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Makers-Tribe/events/266634126/

Event Location: Makers Tribe


Context Analysis in Natural Language Processing


11:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Where are them techies ah!?


HelloMeets are going technical this weekend and are talking about what's in trend now. Localization and Natural Language Processing!


Event Website: https://hub.hellomeets.com/e/building-highly-accurate-nlp-models-by-providing-for-contextual-understanding

Event Location: Animaker


Build Actions for Google Assistant ๐Ÿค– ๐Ÿ“ฑ (Workshop) - Day 2


12:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Remember the first day of this workshop last week? Well here's the second edition and you can register for this directly even if you missed the first one! ๐Ÿ˜„


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/GDGChennai/events/266488541/

Event Location: ThoughtWorks Technologies


PyChennai - November Meetup


03:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Pythons Assemble! ๐Ÿ

(You see what I did there!? ๐Ÿ˜Ž)


Showkali: Avengers amam! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


Ey enna di prechana unake!? ๐Ÿ˜‘


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Chennaipy/events/266283445/

Event Location: IMSc, Ramanujan Auditorium


Startup Growth Networking Meetup in Chennai x Cardinality.ai


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Yassss the best of the best in town! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


You have a brilliant vision and a kickass product. What next? You need a team to count on, who believe in you and the vision. Find out how to grow and scale your team with us this Saturday!


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/eChai-Chennai-Startup-Network/events/266355553/

Event Location: Cardinality.ai


Parley with Startups


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Woot woot!


All the students and fresh grads, y'all don't want to miss this one! Here's your chance to work with some of the best start-ups in town!


Event Website: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chennai-presents-parley-with-startups/

Event Location: The Hive Collaborative Workspaces, OMR Chennai

Tuesday - 26th November 2019


Next week would be too late so!


The Journey to Product Manager.2020


05:45 PM - 08:30 PM


Looks like Product Management is in full demand. Maybe I should consider a new career path!? ๐Ÿค”


Showkali: Product Managers, be scared be very scared! He's done torturing all the storytellers and now wants to torture you guys! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Biz-Knight-Chennai/events/266130436/

Event Location: ThoughtWorks Technologies


Abeba abeba, that's all folks! ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป

Again, there's

kaushikkannan.com/events that's always updated much in advance before the post comes out!

So please check that out if you want to plan your weekend earlier and not want to miss out on the weekday events because of some delay! ๐Ÿ˜„

Don't forget to tell me what's better on the OMR and ECR so that we can try to give the East Coast Road some fighting chance or see if the Old Mahabalipuram Road is going to crush it! ๐Ÿ˜›


Add me on LinkedIn and if you're in a customer-facing team, join bit.ly/chennaistorytellers! Exciting updates and development there!


Let all the other Chennaites and the rest of the world know about the glory of the OMR and ECR, mainly OMR! ๐Ÿ˜›


Showkali: ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค


Until next weekend where we crush ECR completely, unga Chennai Paiyan Kaushik signing off. ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿป

Much Love! Godspeed! ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿผ


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