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A resident of Chennai is called a Chennaiite. As of 2001, Chennai city had a population of 4.34 million, while the total metropolitan population was 7.04 million. The estimated metropolitan population in 2006 is 4.5 million.In 2001, the population density in the city was 63,926 per mi, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The average literacy rate is 80.14%, much higher than the national average of 64.5%. The city has the fourth highest population of slum dwellers among major cities in India, with about 820,000 people (18.6% of its population) living in slum conditions. In 2005, the crime rate in the city was 313.3 per 100,000 people, accounting for 6.2% of all crimes reported in major cities in India. The number of crimes in the city showed a significant increase of 61.8% from 2004.

The majority of the population in Chennai are Tamilians. Tamil is the primary language spoken in Chennai. English is widely spoken especially in business, education and white collar professions.

According to the 2001 census, Hindus constitute about 81.27% of the city's population, and Muslims (9.37%), Christians (7.63%) and Jains (1.05%) are other major religious groups

Chennai is a major centre for music, art and culture in India.[77] The city is known for its classical dance shows and Hindu temples. Every December, Chennai holds a five-week long Music Season celebrating the 1927 opening of the Madras Music Academy

Among Chennai's festivals, Pongal is celebrated over five days in January, is the most important. Almost all major religious festivals such as Deepavali, Eid and Christmas are celebrated in Chennai. Tamil cuisine in Chennai includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Many of the city's restaurants offer light meals or tiffin, which usually include rice-based dishes like pongal, dosa, idli and vadai,


Chennai has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate. The city lies on the thermal equator and is also on the coast, which prevents extreme variation in seasonal temperature. The weather is hot and humid, for most of the year. The hottest part of the year is late May to early June, known locally as Agni Nakshatram ("fire star") or as Kathiri Veyyil,[32] with maximum temperatures around 38–42 °C (100–108 °F). The coolest part of the year is January, with minimum temperatures around 18–20 °C (64–68 °F). The lowest temperature recorded is 15.8 °C (60.4 °F) and highest 45 °C (113 °F). The average annual rainfall is about 51 in. The city gets most of its seasonal rainfall from the north-east monsoon winds, from mid-October to mid-December. Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal sometimes hit the city. The highest annual rainfall recorded is 2,570 mm (101 in) in 2005.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Here's some awesome news, we had a baptism! That took forever...
Vikas was baptized, he's awesome, I'll attach a pic.
Unfortunately I have to keep it short this week, Elder Mickelson is with Elder Sekar and I as a threesome and we have to pick up his new comp at the airport.
If it's possible, I love the Indian people even more than before. I love teaching the people and bringing happiness and understanding into their lives. I love to see the blessings of following the gospel creep up on them and make them better people.

Fun things: i made pancakes, syrup,
onion rings, and a barbecue chicken sandwich for the 4th of July. GO USA!

I love you and wish you the best!

Here are some common things that I eat:
Ramen noodles
2. Oats (Muesli)
Breakfast cereal stuff
Scrambled eggs
4. Curd w/ rice (curd=sugarless yogurt, like sour cream)
5. CURRY w/ rice (curry=garlic paste, tumeric, onion, chili powder, oil w/ chicken parts or potatos or eggplant, you name it.)
Chinese noodles or fried rice
7. Biryani (rice cooked with oil and masala(clumps of spices) and often with chicken in it, it's not wet like curry, but a delicious blend)

That's mostly what I eat. Basically if you want to summarize Indian food you can say: curry and rice, sometimes biryani, and north indians like bread items like nan, roti, chipatti (they are all like tortillas.)

Anyways, I still love it! Baptisms are really nice. I've noticed that there's been a serious decline of them in our area (I think due to laziness and unorganization) and I've been working to get everything in order and planned so that we can change that.

It IS pretty crazy that I'm turning 20. It IS so weird. Sorry. I'll be exactly the same though. Except, when I come home I'll look different. I'll be missing some of my weight and my muscles will be toned and I'll have an impressively white neckline from my shirt.

Yeah... we're on foot, did I forget to mention that 3 months ago? We end up spending plenty of our money on travel, especially since Elder Sekar is not a fan of buses (he's broken his right arm 4 times on a bus.) I don't really blame him, the buses here are notoriously dangerous. They don't stop completely to wait for people, either you push people out of the way and hop on before it speeds up or you don't get to ride... dangerous. So we end up taking tons of autos, which quickly whittle away our funds. No problem.

love youu!

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