Iam from Chennai as well and happen to love this place. I've been in north for quite sometime and none of my friends there , NONE , had anything gud to say about Chennai , sad though, except for the beach. Most of the times, the complaint was about auto drivers ( something to be done about this ). Almost everyone of them had run in to trouble with these drivers. And the next issue..LANGUAGE..it sometime feels funny to hear my friends say, no body would want to respond in English, even if they know English !!! ( I remember my neighbourhood MAAMI ( barely a 10th class ) talking to us ( with all her might
) in English , although she could talk in Agmark Tamil ) . Point is , if they know English, ofcourse they'll answer in English. Since Hindi penetration is not good in the whole state, people from North feel very much out of place and they are always scared to travel interiors; All they know is ooty, kodaikanal and madurai , apart from Chennai. we've been all over India with not much of trouble, inspite of the fact that my husband and me can barely talk Hindi. Overall point i would like to make is CHENNAI IS A GOOD PLACE TO BE ( and will always be my personal choice ).