In her two years in the city, Kelly Sharma has managed to travel extensively across Europe and the Maldives. After living in Hyderabad for over a year, she came to Chennai with her husband in December 2010 and was instantly enchanted with the people and sights. She is married to Ankur Sharma, the General Manager of Courtyard by Marriot. Her one peeve is that Chennai has fewer parks, which restricts her evening walks, a luxury she enjoyed in Hyderabad.
That said, Sharma finds the people of Chennai refreshingly warm. With a well established group of friends that she meets on a regular basis to catch up with over a quick lunch or movie or a cuppa at Lloyd’s Tea House, she adds, “People on the street are very friendly. They are always eager to strike up a conversation.” Language, she declares, is not a barrier, as she has found ways to communicate effectively.
Volunteering at a home for children with special needs as well as Rising Star, the outreach program of Marriot, she spends four days a week at volunteer programs. On the food options here, she says, “I am a big meat girl,” and she enjoys that glass of wine with her husband over dinner. Since the stand alone places in the city do not serve alcohol, they frequent places like 601 or Paprika. She will always have a soft corner for this city as she got married in St Thomas Basilica and had a Hindu ceremony in Marriott. ‘‘We were on a lone beach in Maldives when Ankur got out a ring and asked me to marry him on Valentine’s Day,’’ shares Kelly. The couple celebrated their first anniversary earlier this year.
– Anjana Palepu