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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.


Monday, February 15, 2010

FEB 3 2010

First, sorry. This is going to be compact.

Beth, the tie is in the mail... as of today. Sorry. I have been extremely busy, I promise.

Mom, thanks for the support. I'm glad you like my update.

Marie, sorry about the wrong email... what's the right one?

Dad, wow. Thanks for the short BMW concept article and picture. BYU basketball sounds like they are amazing. I haven't done the math riddle you sent me, I'll get it done back at the apartment should any free time come along.

Here's the deal. Elder Sorensen has some viral fever that has kept him out of commission for a full week. I have been working to balance our area and exchanges with his companion (Elder Elliott) so that the district can keep functioning and investigators get taken care of. This has required much of my time. I have also gone on exchange with Elder Mackay, and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Living in the apartment with 3 other people has been tough on me because I have become increasingly more concerned with cleanliness and obedience.

It's part of my calling and it's also my desire.... Anyways, the sisters are finishing their missions in 2 weeks and my district will be down to 6. This means that I'll be moving out of my current apartment and into their old one and that we will inherit some of their area and investigators. More things to do. Fortunately, I'm happy. My testimony is being strengthened and my love for missionary work is too. I love you all. I'm so glad to have a fantastic family.

Love, kyle

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