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© 2019 by Kaushik Kannan

Things to do in Besant Nagar & the Best Networking Events in Chennai #FindYourTribe #EventHopping

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Weekend: November Second Week

So one of my colleagues landed in Chennai yesterday from the UK and apart from asking for Tea, he asked me what places he should checkout in Chennai.

I did not even have to think. I immediately said Besant Nagar!

I mean there are so many amazing places in Chennai. However, when he asked me what the best places to see in Chennai were, I didn't even have to think twice!

Why Bessy though!?

What makes Besant Nagar Special!?

Besant Nagar is an Atti!

Grab a beer, get a tattoo, go on a date!

From the international Kentucky Fried Chickens and the Italian cuisines at Mash to the authentic Thalapakatti Briyani and the local Vada Pav overseeing the beach.

The question my friend is, what can you not do in Besant Nagar!

Do the Zumba!

Besant Nagar is always bustling with a lot of emphasis on fitness!

Kaalaila aaru manikku apdiye oru jogging ah pottu, oru arugampul juice kudicha nanna irukkum! 👌🏼

Hungover? Detox? Fitness Freak?

If you haven't heard of Arugampul juice, you've missed out on the good side of life! 😂

This deadly, I mean delightful juice will kill any pesky germs and keep your intestines kicking! 💪🏼

Every morning folks old and young take brisk strolls, ride a bike or jog to their heart's content in the morning here!

Every weekend, The Hindu organizes something called the Car-Free Sunday as a part of the Namma Chennai Namakke initiative in which they block all motorized vehicles from entering the stretch from Annai Velankanni Church all the way up to Subway on the other end.

They have all sorts of activities themed around the occasion that weekend and they're super fun! They have competitions, fun activities, and group fitness activities like Zumba!

Lol, that reminds me! Yours truly anchored the Pongal weekend where they had competitions like Rangoli and Uriyadi!

Turns out some of my friends were there on the beach they were like,

Dai leave us alone at least here! Your voice is echoing all over the beach! 😂

Ah yes, what fun indeed! 😌

There's roller skating, people playing frisbee, soccer and some of my friends even organize long-distance cycling rides from our beloved Elliots Beach. Let me know if you'd like to ride along, I'll put you in touch with them! 😄

Red Bull Chennai organized their Neymar Junior 5 Regional Qualifiers here as well! If you ever need support from Red Bull for any of your events, get in touch with Shreyas Kulkarni, Aditya Narayan, Tarini Kalingarayar or Sweta Shankar and if none of them respond to you, let me know and imma snitch on them! 😂😂

Indulge in the extravagancies!

You are spoilt for choices with food in Bessy!

Every nook and corner of the Edward Elliot's Beach has a small show that has mouth-watering food!

Heavy wallet, check out places like Mash, Blind Chemistry and Thalapakatti.

Mid Month? Adaminte Thattu Kadai, Cheesy Juicy Burger got you covered.

Month-end ah? This is the best time to go to Bessy!

If your more of the refined, no no ey I don't know Tamil ya crowd, you can always grab a vada pav or a spring potato.

Namba paiyan ah ne? ✋🏼

Head over to the beach and eat some of the most mouth-watering dishes you'll ever taste in your life! 🍤

The hot mozhaga bajjis, fresh fish right off the sea, the prawn pakodas, ohh the prawn pakodas, I'm drooling just thinking about it! 🤤

Pop some balloons with a riffle, get a tattoo done, get blessed by God, do a photoshoot with the ghosts, watch turtles go back into the sea, grab a beer or even go on your first date.

This is not me and the people in this asked me not to disclose who they are! Isn't that right Sha.. oops almost called you out there! xD
Do it all at Namma Besant Nagar Beach! 😄

So after a long day of hustling, you know where you can go chill and blow off some steam!

On to the hustle! 🖖🏼😎

Some signature conferences and very interesting events lined up this weekend!

Thursday - 7th November 2019

Well, this is probably a little irrelevant now! 😅

I'm going to go ahead and skip this avoiding some scrolling time for you! 😋

Also, if you're saying,

Kaushik I don't want to read all your yada yada, just show me the events!

You'll be able to check all the event listings and add them to your personal calendar as well!

I'll be updating them much before I post the article so please have a look at that just in case there's some delay in the blog!

Well, we're pretty much done with Thursday, literally! 😅

Onward to Friday!

Friday - 8th November 2019

Yass! Now let's get to the good stuff! 😋

CII Connect 2019

09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

One of the biggest conclaves that Chennai hosts! The CII Connect is here! An event that needs no introduction. Grab your free passes soon!

Event Website: https://ciiconnect.org/

Event Location: Chennai Trade Centre

Clean Code - Hands-on Hiring Workshop by ThoughtWorks

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM - Friday

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Saturday

Woah, this is big! ThoughtWorks is opening their doors for you to come learn and also hire you if you prove your caliber! Are you a developer? What are you waiting for mate!?

Event Website: http://bit.ly/2MOz0Sn

Event Location: ThoughtWorks Technologies

Strategic Thinking Workshop

09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Strategize! Plan things out! Set long term goals and see how you can actually achieve them! Change the way you think and the things you do day to day to achieve your goal!

Event Website: https://www.genesiseventsindia.in/strategicthinking.html

Event Location: Taj Coromandel

GoToWebinar - Whats APP Business Experience Simplified

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

We all use WhatsApp right!? I'm pretty sure most of us even get yelled at for texting on WhatsApp "ALL THE TIME"! 😂😂 WhatsApp Business has become a mandatory for every business. Learn how you can capitalize on this feature and improve your customer experience!

Event Website: https://www.nasscom.in/events/whatsapp-business-experience-simplified

Event Location: Online

Micro Networking with Mr. Pravin Shekar

05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

So I keep posting about all these events right? What do you basically do at them? I'll give you 10 seconds to guess... Too slow! 😛


Okay, now how do you do that!? This is probably one of the most important topics to discuss and skill to acquire for these events! Learn how to kick-ass at other events at this event! 😂

Event Website: https://hub.tie.org/e/mnps

Event Location: IIT Madras Research Park

Saturday - 9th November 2019

A couple of interesting one's today!

How to get into Product Management?

10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Our favorite PM Padmini is going to give you all the tips and tricks required to kick start your career in Product Management and how you can go about it!

Women in Product just launched their Podcast, The Prodcast (Love the Pun!) Heads up for a lot of promotion on that! 😛

Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Product-Thinking-Chennai/events/266040349/

Event Location: Calydon Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd

How FrontEnd gained Limelight ? & Voice UX: Moving towards a vocal future

10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

You'd use an App or a tool only if it looks good right!? If it's user-friendly, simple and attractive!

This one's talking about FrontEnd, UX and much more!

Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/techpod/events/265205840/

Event Location: Wolters Kluwer - Ramanujan IT City

One day introductory workshop on Product Development - With Syed Sameeullah, Ayaz Shaik

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Get your hands dirty and learn all that you can about an Arduino.

Event Website: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/chennai/331cde5b0f3aa541d7fe4406c6f58545-one-day-introductory-workshop-on

Event Location: Enarxi Technology (Near Government Estate Metro, Ritchie Street)

Native APP Vs Hybrid APP

10:30 AM - 01:30 PM

This is like the Android vs Apple debate in the development world! What would you pick!?

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/622960484904936/

Event Location: 32 G/13 A Vettavalam Road, Opps to Vijaya Mall

Lunch and Learn Edition 11

12:30 PM - 02:30 PM

In between your busy schedule, wouldn't you catch up with someone over lunch? Love the idea of networking over a meal!

Event Website: https://tinyurl.com/y6yo8nk3

Event Location: Siam Computing

Networks - A Highway to Cloud

02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Aatralz has set out on a mission to bring all the tech enthusiasts of Chennai together and they're talking about networks this weekend!  One subject that was so annoying in college! 🤦🏻‍♂️

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/594755357998091/

Event Location: Aatralz

Artificial Intelligence for Beginners (Webinar)

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Well if by some chance you don't know what Artificial Intelligence is, it's high time you attend this one! 😅

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/672974829776834/

Event Location: Webinar! Duh!

Sunday - 10th November 2019

HelloMeets is pretty much owning this Sunday being the only flagship event!

Also, looks like they're trying to make up for putting us through the mental stress and agony of us wanting to attend all four of the events they hosted simultaneously a couple of weeks back! 😂😂

See you there! 😎

Building successful global products from India - Product journeys of Konotor & Freshchat

11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

India, especially Chennai is starting to dominate the global SaaS space. They're even calling Chennai the SaaS Capital of India. Let's all join hands and learn how we can make it the SaaS Capital of the world with Srikrishnan Ganesan this Sunday! 😎

Event Website: https://hub.hellomeets.com/e/building-global-products-like-freshchat-from-india-successfully

Event Location: CaratLane Design Studio

And that's a wrap, folks! Guess what I'm going to ask you to do now!

Yes! Bingo! Go ahead and please share this with all your friends, fellow Chennaites and people who might find this useful! Thanks, I love you!

Also, are there any other things about our beloved Besant Nagar that I've missed out!?

Please do let me know in the comments below, I'll do a spin-off in the future posts! 😛

Yes, I know you're looking for Yoda's picture, it's here! 😛

Yes, my LinkedIn Handle!

Don't forget, the kaushikkannan.com/events page is updated on Wednesdays!

Even if the post is delayed just in case you'd like to plan your weekend or not miss out on the events because I delayed!

Anyway, I'll try and make sure it doesn't get delayed in the first place. 😁

Much Love! Godspeed! 🖖🏼

Until next weekend! Sayonara! 👋🏼

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