Bioscope returns

modern bioscope
modern bioscope

In the days of Multiplexes and Netflix, it was interesting to see a modern version of the old bioscope. Bioscope was a staple in most temple festivals of olden days. Short film strips were exhibited in a small box. Viewers looked through peepholes and lenses.

I saw a modern version of it in a recent Pongal vizha in a suburban school. Interestingly, the box had a feed from a laptop placed on top. Happy to see that it was popular enough among the children to pay Rs 10 for a short peep. The exhibitor looked quite happy too and so were the curious viewers.

I also recall the old Tamil film song, “ Paaru, paaru nalla paaru, bioscope padatha paaru…. click for YouTube

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Selfie on the Beach

Morning selfie at the Elliot's Beach
Morning selfie at the Elliot’s Beach

Anytime is selfie time; any place is selfie place. Morning scene at Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar on Pongal day.

 

Pongal Colours

Colours for Pongal
Colours for Pongal

Colour powders being sold at a village like fair arranged by a school 2 days before Pongal.

Earlier only natural colours were used for kolam (or Rangoli). Nowadays synthetic colours are not uncommon though awareness of the danger of synthetic dyes is increasing.

Happy Pongal

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Pongal.

Yesterday was Bhogi and the whole city was engulphed in one gigantic fog. I went for my customary walk at 7-30 a.m. The visibility was near zero but life went on.

I captured some of the everyday scenes in the smog.

Fruit vendor starts the day with a colourful kolam
Fruit vendor starts the day with a colourful kolam
Sugar cane purchase
Sugar cane purchase
tailor in the fog
It s 7-45 a.m The city is just waking up to a Bhogi day or should I say smoggy day. This tailor was at his workstation near a bank to earn his bread for the day.
Morning walk
Morning walk

Animal Intrusion. Chennai Airport ranks low

Airports around the world are ranked on many parameters. I am sure the Chennai Airport ranks low on most metrics.

I explored a new metric to see if my Chennai can have a better rank.

A front-page item in The Hindu reported on the variety of mammal intrusions into airport runways.

Airport landing at Meenambakkam, Chennai - a file photo
Airport landing at Meenambakkam, Chennai – a file photo

This is my compilation of that report:

  • New Delhi – Hyenas and Jackals
  • Nagpur – Wild Boars and Spotted Deer
  • Surat – Buffaloes
  • Ahmedabad – Cows and Monkeys
  • Chennai – Common Stray Dogs!

Doesn’t the primary airport in Tamil Nadu deserve better? At least a bull!

Stray Puppy - a file photo
Stray Puppy – a file photo

 

The Cortege

A funeral complete with decorated can and drummers
A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers

As we entered Mylapore maada veedhi, a procession with drummers, dancers, firecrackers and a van decorated like a ratham, greeted us. It was no festival but a funeral. While we took this in our stride, a group of curious tourists started clicking away.

A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers
A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers

The Young Photographer

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The young photographer at the Kolam Contest, Mylapore Festival 2018
The young photographer at the Kolam Contest, Mylapore Festival 2018

 

The Kolam competition spread over two days, is always the most popular item at the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival for the last 16 years. Nowadays, you find a hoard of photographers covering the event.

This photographer was perhaps the youngest in the crowd with a DSLR.

The Long Wait

Visitors waiting for the Mylapore festival to begin
Visitors waiting for the Mylapore festival to begin

The Sundaram Finance Mylapore festival events on the stage start at 5.30 pm. The early birds had a long wait. Gratefully, there were chairs to sit on.

Indian Medicine Practitioner

100 year - old shop in Mylapore
Kannan, 44 years in a 100-year shop

(Dr.) Kannan, as the board says is an ‘Indian Medicine Practioner’. I was attracted by the quaint shop and its contents and layout. Mr Kannan was happy to pose. He said that the shop is 100-years old and he has been there for 44 years.

TN Bus strike and the passengers

TN Bus strike and passengers
Damocles’ sword over TN Bus passengers

As the strike by the employees of the monopolistic TN Transport service enters the 4th day, there appears to be no relief for the passengers. This bus shelter in Luz, Mylapore has a prominent poster of a shaving razor (announcing a new eponymous Tamil film).

It seems to indicate the fate of the passengers.

The Chennai Photowalk; Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018