Address: Mr. Indu Chandok, Wallace Garden 3rd St (Next to Nilgiris Supermarket), Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006 .
Name of the owner/phone: Mr. Indu Chandok
Single or Sharing: Single and sharing. The PG usually gives out rooms on a long term basis. If you can manage to sweet talk the owner, he may agree to give out a room on a monthly basis. If all the rooms are occupied, there is a guest room reserved for family members of the owners which he may agree to give out for a month or two.
Boy’s/Girl’s: Girl’s and Boy’s
Amenities: Every room (except the guest room for family members downstairs) is equipped with a fridge, AC and basic furniture. If you find a friendly roommate who is already staying there, they may agree to share their stove or utensils. Cooking is permitted in the rooms, however the induction stove/ cookpot will have to be carried by the individual.
Gas stoves are not permitted. There is a washing machine facility available but that is charged extra per month, if you wish to use it. The other option is to wash your own clothes and hang them up on the terrace.
There is a Nilgiris Supermarket located right next to the PG which is very convenient to pick up food and other supplies. The PG is located centrally in Nungambakkam area, which is one of the more cosmopolitan areas of Chennai. There are several restaurants/ food joints nearby from where one can order food to the PG or visit.
Rent: The PG does not provide food. Rent per month varies between 6000/- (sharing) to 7000/- (single). Washing machine usage is charged extra. AC usage is charged extra too on a per unit basis.
The PG does not provide food. However some people in the PG get dabba meals delivered daily for dinner. This can be arranged for during the internship period. There is a bahadur who takes care of the PG who can arrange for the dabba.
Other Things: The PG is well connected by public transport (bus) to other areas. Autos taken from this area tend to quote a higher rate (autos in Chennai do not run by a meter system). Try and haggle with the auto drivers as far as possible. One should be willing to pay around 60-70 rupees for distances of 4-5 kms.
How was the Owner: Mr. Indu Chandok is a very friendly person who will stop to have a chat each time you run into him. His wife and he stay in the same house, however they are most non-intrusive and do not bother you too much. In fact, they even hand over a key to the back entrance of the house when you reach so you can enter and leave the house at whatever time you wish without disturbing the others.
The bahadur and his wife manage the PG and are your go-to persons for any help. They are most willing to run errands for you and eager to help out in any way. The best part is the location of the PG. There are plenty of restaurants and food joints around that one can explore. The area is lush green and makes for wonderful walks/runs in the evening.
The only negative is that this PG is usually for people who wish to stay for longer periods of time (most inmates are working/ students who have been residing there for over 6-8 months). So this is an ideal place to stay at if you are working. But if you are lucky, you may manage to find accommodation for a month or two.
Mr. Chandok’s relative runs a PG in the house just behind this one, so if you are unable to find accommodation at his place, do enquire about the other one.