Chennai Journal
Sunday, December 04, 2005

It seems like a lot of my posts lately have been about rain, but unfortunately we aren't done with it yet in Chennai. Yet another tropical depression formed over the Bay of Bengal, the leftovers of a cyclone that had started near Singapore. A number of low lying areas in the city are flooded (this picture was taken yesterday on the way into the central city) and as of today the bridge that I take to work over the Adyar River is closed---the water only has a few inches clearance under the bottom of the bridge. Half of the track at the Madras Club is under water. On the other side of the river, thousands of people have been evacuated. It is a combination of poor planning---the water has nowhere to go and seems to pour OUT of drains instead of into them---and extraordinarily heavy rains for this time of year. The only good news is that fewer trees seem to have fallen than in October. (for more pictures of the flooding see www.princeroy.org)

In more positive news, below is a picture of our new vehicle, the Fiesta. It is getting great reviews and we have signed on a famous Bollywood actor, Abhishek Bachchan, as the brand ambassador. (He is an Elvis sort, a real hearthrob). Below you can see me inspecting a test vehicle under a management drive program that is part of the certification to release vehicles to the dealerships. The car has fantastic drive qualities, is very quiet, luxurious interior, great sound system, and just purrs. We should do very well with it here.

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