I pass by the toll plaza at least twice or thrice a year, but never had I seen such a rush at around 8:45 AM in the morning. Scores of vehicles fleeing Bangalore possibly for a quick weekend getaway. It is a fact that the highway to Chennai going east and all the way up to Namakkal in the south is as smooth as Hema Malini's cheeks (reusing a Lalu comment on state of the roads) leading people to waltz on the roads. Beyond Krishnagiri, the road towards Dharmapuri was deserted. The puzzling aspect is that where could they be headed to? Chennai simmers all the time (definitely not a tourist destination, but maybe a homecoming for the Tamilians @ Bangalore), Pondicherry is no better, Tiruvannamalai (nay, not many religious minded folks here). Vellore (the hinterland of the Golden Temple) may be a reason.