A cat prowls on the entrance to the Saidapet Fish and Vegetable market owned by the Karneeswarar Devasthanam.
This wooden door frame has very intricate and artistic carvings including Gajalakshmi, some birds and mythical figures.
A ruined house on Bazaar Road, Saidapet.
Columns and Beam of the same house.
The kolu bommais vie for space with jewellers offering jewels with no wastage and making charges.
North Mada Street, Mylapore (near Kapleeswarar Temple.
Samudra manthan or Sagar manthan is a well known episode from Hindu mythology. The devas and asuras churn the ksheera saagara with a mountain as the churning rod and snake Vasuki as the rope.
Several things emerge from the process and each has a long explanation behind it. This episode is depicted beautifully in the Bangkok Suvarnabhoomi airport. Here a kolu doll on display at Mylapore.
Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, music, and arts. This bommai is part of the endless display of golu dolls for sale in Mylapore.
There is no doubt that Mr. Abdul Kalam was the most popular President. His popularity is spread over all sections of the society. No wonder, dolls of his likeness vie for space with gods and other divine figures in North Mada Street, Mylapore golu doll market.
During my college days in the 1960’s, there were many local laundries in Madras which went under the general category of Pinmen. I could never fathom the etymology of this name. My father once told me that it was perhaps derived from the idiom, ‘Neat as a pin”. I wasn’t convinced.
Most pinmen (plural of pinman !) have almost vanished, giving way to some swanky launderers and dry cleaners.
I was happy to see one Pinman still surviving with the same name on RK Mutt Road, Mylapore.
Incidentally, RK Mut Road was then called Broadies (Castle) Road.
Do Not Urinate Here
A wall painting on Welders Street, off Anna Salai, Mount Road.
An abandoned WC on the street.
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