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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.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jan 20th 2010

Hey Family

Do you still work for LDS family services? If not, then you should change your footer. It says that you are. Just to let you know...

All is going very well. I'm happy, healthy and thankful that you emailed me this week. Dad, your book started really well, I'll finish it later, I'm printing it. Thanks.

Sorry that Americans aren't concerned about religion. You can inspire them though. I'll get the Elders some investigators. Don't worry about me returning too soon, I've got, what... 9 months left? Plenty.

We'll have two baptisms from our companionship this Sunday. A FANTASTIC COUPLE. The wife read the Book of Mormon in 1 week. They are happy, smiling, participating people. They are going to be a wonderful addition to the branch.

I played frisbee this morning, it made me very happy. I made a sliding catch that I really had to run for and barely got. I slid into the fence and have a small bruise, but it feels amazing to have been able to do that again. Today I'm going back to the Import store. I'll be buying stick deodorant and some British cheese... and some salt and vinegar chips. I'm excited.

We go to Bangalore next week and get to see Elder Kent D. Watson of the seventy (again.) I'm excited for that too. I love you, I'm healthy, I love to teach people the restored gospel. Kyle

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