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 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.