Chennai! The minute I stepped off that 4-hour long flight and finally met my sister, everything just felt a lot better. And there is this sense of freedom I feel whenever I am in India. The sound of cars, buses, and rickshaws don’t really bother me. The hustle and bustle of the place just make me happy. No visit is ever the same. Every time the roads look a little different, new movie posters stuck at every possible turn, a new restaurant or tea place to try out, having Cornetto ice cream, and most of all the joy of driving by watching the every day of Chennai whizz past me. Even if it’s for a few days with my favorite people. Yes, clearly I miss India 🙂
I love vibrant and colorful Indian stores. Be it clothing, or home decor. And then I have a not so good habit of collecting many, many little things. In my ideal home, I would have a room full of shelves with all the things that I’ve picked up over the years. This trip wasn’t any different. I just thought it would be fun to have a gallery of all the cute merchandise that I got this time round. So here is my Chennai haul featuring tea things & other things.
For the longest time, I have been wanting to visit Chumbak. All credit for that goes to the amazing pictures of their collection on social media. I finally visited their outlet in Phoenix Marketcity, Chennai. It was one of their smaller outlets. My friends said that they had bigger outlets elsewhere in Chennai.
Talking about the outlet it showcases items like clocks, those very cute bird cages, storage boxes & wallets in unique designs, shawls, mugs, magnets, phone cases, funky journals, travel accessories and a lot more.
My favorite was bobble head Ramu Kaka, the chai walla! There is a cheer about him and he pours my favorite chai. So happy to have him bobbling his head as he sits on my work desk.
There is not much I need to say about this wallet. A wander-must wallet. Stuff that you would only find in India 🙂 I initially thought of how I was going to pull this one out each time I had to make a payment (or how mature I would look :D). Well, that internal conflict was quickly settled. Mine!
This journal illustrating all the specialties of different Indian states. Whenever I see journals, there is an automatic mental reminder (“Stop! You have journals that you haven’t used yet because they look too nice.”). That mental note has an automatic snooze button 😀
The inside is a regular notebook. But I loved the cover.
Women cannot do without storage options. The more the better for those many, many long neck pieces that are tangled together and to organize all the small and big earrings and bangles and everything else. These boxes come in unique designs. The drawback would be that they don’t have a divider. I intend to use these to store tea bags or letters or things like that.
The HomeStop outlet in Phoenix Marketcity, Chennai is a store that showcases home decor options, furniture and basic kitchen tools and appliances. I loved a lot of their furniture like their bookshelves, a unique bar table, and vibrant cushion covers. I was drawn towards two tea tools and also the potted plants. The plant pots were so colorful and I really wanted to get one for home. But thinking it would get in the way of travel I chose not to buy them.
I am a sucker for teaware. Cute teacups and saucers in particular. This grey teacup and saucer. I love the detailing on it.
And then this teapot. It isn’t prim and proper. The lines aren’t perfect. But the imperfections combined with that bamboo like handle add to the charm of this piece.
From the street shops at Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is a town with a significance. It is home to World Heritage-listed temples and carvings. We visited the Moonrackers restaurant which is famous for its freshly prepared seafood. There are more than three Moonrackers restaurants and we visited what was supposed to be the oldest and the best. The beef fry and fish fry were SO good!
We walked out to a little town with shops and restaurants on either side. The shops mainly featured stone carvings, sea shell necklaces, clothes and other accessories.
And finally got this bag of San- Cha green tea from the airport. Looking forward to trying this one out.