Another lively day in Tamil politics. So, the new chief minister, Palaniswami - loyal to the recently jailed Sasikala, who in turn was confidante and companion of the late Jayalalithaa (do please keep up!) - today sought to demonstrate that he has majority support in the state assembly.
It wasn't straightforward. The session was adjourned twice - the speaker was jostled - the leader of the opposition emerged with a torn shirt - his party colleagues were ordered out of the chamber ... but eventually, Palaniswami won through.
The opposition - the DMK, led by Stalin and replete with splendid syndicalist-like red-and-black flags - cried foul. How could a confidence vote be taken in their absence? And they did what all self-respecting Tamil would-be leaders do - they headed for the beach.
Once there. Stalin and his friends staged a sit down protest at Gandhi's statue and announced they were going on a hunger strike. Before the first hunger pangs could assail them, indeed with minutes of launching their protest, they were taken away in police vans.
DMK supporters hurried to the spot to express solidarity ... with journalists in their wake. By the time I got there, Stalin had already been detained. But I was able to see busloads of dharna-doers get sent packing to the local police station - one so anxious to get on the bus that he fell off.
'Be careful' said my auto-rick driver as he dropped me off at the protest. I'd been thinking of saying the same to him several times during the journey. The police were well prepared, and both they and the crowd were good humoured.
'Do these things happen in your country?', one passer-by asked me. 'Not quite like here', I replied.
Given the dramas and dharnas in Chennai, I have almost forgotten about Brexit. Trump's astonishing arrogance and egotism seems a lot less outlandish from here.
And the nice thing about a beach protest is that you can saunter off afterwards and get a freshly grilled corn-on-the-cob. Delicious!
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