|Language(s) Spoken:||Tamil, English|
Chennai, India is the fourth largest city in the country, with a population of nearly seven million. Largely industrial, it is considered the automobile capital of India. It is the former home of Chandra and Mohinder Suresh.
- Sanjog Iyer
- Mohinder's mother
- Mohinder's student
- Mira Shenoy
- Chandra Suresh (deceased)
- Mohinder Suresh
- Shanti Suresh (deceased)
- A vendor
Mohinder is teaching a class at Chennai University when Nirand comes in. He tell Mohinder that his father has been murdered. Mohinder rushes to his father's apartment, where he starts to collect up his father's research. When he hears a man on a cell phone in another room, he quickly takes a picture of the map and leaves.
Mohinder returns to his father's office at Chennai University after spreading his father's ashes at Kanyakumari. He is met by Mira, his former lover, who offers him a job at a genetic research site. As Mohinder is cleaning the office to move into it, he falls asleep. He has a series of dreams about his his father and mother discussing Chandra's trip to New York and his father's death. Both dreams include a a small Indian boy with a soccer ball.
Mohinder searches the streets of Chennai for the Indian boy in his dreams with a nay-saying Nirand. Finally, he finds Sanjog Iyer who confirms his suspicions. Back at the university, Mohinder and Nirand argue about the veracity of the boy's claims. Saying he's had the conversation before, Mohinder finds himself in another dream. Chandra and Nirand, in the dream, argue about the trip to New York. In the same dream, Mohinder comes to Chandra, saying he read his book and wants to help his father. Chandra rebukes him for this, saying that he doesn't have the "heart of stone" needed for this research. Mohinder wakes up and tries to enter into the algorithm, and after a few password attempts, uses "Shanti" and finds the list. He decides to return to New York.
In Chennai, Mohinder teaches a student on plate tectonics. Once she goes, Mira Shenoy notes that he makes a good teacher. Mohinder offers to make her dinner, but Mira shows him the box of his father's work from the 1960s. Mira says that they have a good life and is disappointed that he hasn't thrown it away. She warns that every time he studies his father's work, it leads to a dark place. Mohinder admits that she might be right and places the box in the garbage.
Later, however, Mohinder gets up to retrieve his father's box and then takes out a spool of film. He plays it and watches his father make an entry from the Coyote Sands Relocation Center on March 5, 1961. Mohinder reads the equations on his father's chalkboard in the film. He assembles a device and then dozes off. In the morning, Mira comes out and wakes him up, angry that Mohinder is doing his father's work again. Mira tells him that if he disappears again, she won't wait for him. As she leaves, Mohinder contemplates the compass.
- In late 2008, the assignment tracker map was updated to list the current location of Molly Walker as Madras, India.
- In 1996, the city of "Madras" was renamed to "Chennai", thanks to a reform movement in India that is eliminating colonial names in favor of native ones. However, most of the major institutions, including the University of Madras, continue to use the original name.
- According to Heroes Interactive, some scenes that take place in Chennai (including those from Brother's Keeper) were filmed in Pasadena, California.
Chandra's office in Madras