A good place to be in

HOT AND humid Chennai was a good place to be in, for Maldives Tourism Minister, Hassan Sobir, who was here looking for visitors to his island retreat. Many would gladly flee the torrid days here.

The visiting Minister was apparently mixing business with pleasure and had come with his wife and daughter.

``For me it was a trip down memory lane. Because, I showed my family where I took my B.Com — at the Madras Christian College, Tambaram. The majestic edifice looks the same, without much of change,'' Mr. Sobir said sharing memories of student days and ``ragging'' by his seniors who refused to believe that he was from abroad.

The Minister was a picture of informality for the media who spotted him at the Taj, wielding a camcorder, and attired in a casual outfit — jeans and checked shirt, matching the holiday spirit of Male, and quite appropriate for Chennai's scorching summer heat.

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