Known for its delectable idli, sambhar, vada and dosa and the artistic dance form of Bharatnatyam, Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and it is undoubtedly one of the of the most significant cultural, educational and economic centers in South India. The city itself is a conglomerate of urban villages as well as diverse neighborhoods. The people of Chennai boast of their South Indian artistic, religious and culinary traditions. The people of Chennai are infectiously enthusiastic about their city and unfathomably passionate about their language. Tamil is the most used language in Chennai, followed by English. Hindi is not popular in this city, which can be a glitch for Hindi-speaking North Indians. Being a city in the southern tip of India, Chennai is known for its notorious sweltering southern heat. Yet thousands of tourists flock to Chennai to peak around the museums, savor the authentic South Indian delicacies, enjoy the scenic beaches and explore the beautiful temples. Recent years have thrown in a new layer on Chennai as the city has recently seen a cosmopolitan makeover. Luxury hotels, sparkling boutiques, contemporary restaurants, quirky cafes, a lot of swanky bars and clubs have sprouted all over the city, attracting a cosmopolitan crowd to this beautiful seat of ancient culture and heritage.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.