Off late in and around chennai there are too many malls are emerging. One such is the Abhirami maal in purasaiwalkam. My personal opinion is, its a place where you just lose money for nothing. You wont find anything good for yourself or for your family (Kids too).
There are only 4-5 entertainment areas inside the very very SMALL building. A snow world, Dashing Cars (Renamed as Kissing Cars), Scary home (Ghost house), Kids Area, Fish world (Aquarium) and a common public eating area (Can never call this a food court).
Snow world, Costs Rs.150 per person (No exclusion for Kids even if they are less than 5 years). Maximum of 20 minutes is allowed inside the Show Hall (Its not a world, Its a Hall and nothing more). All you can find is a Small IGLOO not constructed using iceblocks but with bricks. You can also find an ice slider (MAX 20 feet) and you are allowed to slide only once. Even though there was not so much crowd (I could count 20 persons inside the hall) the care taker was adament in stopping us from going for a second slide.
No way, this can be compared with the Snow world in Esselworld-mumbai (Skate area) or the Snow-world in Hyderabad. You get solid 1 hour time for Rs.200. Huge place, good play areas inside the snow world arena.
Coming to Abhirami maal, Dont get tricked with the advertisement and the write-ups on the website http://www.abirami.in/. It even went to the extent of propagating that “everyone can have the divine darshan of mount manasarovar and Amarnath Ice Lingam”. I couldnt find anything of that kind inside the small hall.
Yes, 20 mins over and We were sent out by the care takers. The Rs.150 also includes a hot dinks. I knew it because I read this in the web site. I dont know how many of them are aware of it. We were not given unless we are asked for. At the end, I regretted for asking for the hot drinks. It tasted YUCK. Water + Color Powder + Salt was served in the name of a soup. Yes, we wasted it. Cant help much. I am a spoit brat when it comes to food. After eating my mom's cooking all these years nothing comes closer and my wife is following my mom's footsteps.
Dashing Cars (Kissing cars), Old book with a new cover. Way too costly, you have to pay Rs.40 For single seat, Rs.70 for double and Rs.80 for baby + Adult. You get exactly 240 Seconds. Done.
Fish world, 20 Fish tanks in a squalid room closed completely. No Air condition. You will start sweating the moment you enter. You spend Rs.20 for getting sweat.
Kids area, I really didnt care to enter into the room I was waiting outside for 45 mins. I was upset and felt that I have wasted my time, moreover my kids were not happy too.
You are not allowed to take one snap in any of the places. If you want Mall employees will take a photo “Do touch up” and will sell it to you for a minimal cost of Rs.100. I have never seen such things before. Remember you are not supposed to take photo using your mobile too. I saw some people taking photos using their mobile, but I wasnt interested after seeing the posters on the walls saying “Camera not allowed”
Wont we get the value for the money we spend in such malls. Are we taken for a ride or is it the same situation in other places also. Yes, I have been to many malls before but never had such a bad experience like I had in Abhirami mall.
Abhiraami the name says “Who is attractive every moment of time”. In the case of Abhirami maal, it is repulsive every moment of time.