Family playing pallankuzhi
Family playing pallankuzhi

Pallankuzhi is a traditional board game from Tamil Nadu. It is also played in other parts of South India. The board is usually made of wood with 2 rows of depressions (kuzhis) of 7 each. The 14 kuzhis are loaded with counters – usually cowrie shells or manjadi beans. The board can also be made in other materials like steel, brass, bronze, ivory, granite, etc. It is designed for 2 players who take turns in picking the counters and distributing over the other kuzhis in a specified manner.

It was popular with children and older women. It is believed to improve counting abilities and hand-eye coordination among growing children.

Above, a family playing Pallankuzhi during The Chennai Photowalk Retrowlak #68 Car Free Sunday at Bessie beach.


Ramanujan IT City

Ramanujan IT City
Ramanujan IT City

Ramanujan IT City is a Special Economic Zone developed near Tidel Park by the Tata group in association with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO). It has a built-up area of 5.7 Million sq.ft. spread over 25 acres on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR).

It is named after the famous Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan. The above picture was taken before sunrise. The recently added pedestrian ramp is prominent.

Ganesha’s Favourite

Erukkam Poo [Crown Flower]
Erukkam Poo [Crown Flower]
Erukkam Poo or Crown flower is a shrub native to India and some other Asian Countries. It grows even in dry places. The botanical name is Calatropis Gigantea. The flower of this shrub has 5 petals and a unique crown. The flower is believed to be a favorite of Lord Ganesha. The shrub which is usually neglected suddenly gains importance during Vinayaka (Pillayar) Chathurthi.

The latex from the stems and leaves are poisonous and have been used on arrow tips.

This was spotted on the banks of River Adyar near Manapakkam during Chennai Photowalk #140.


The Weekend Fisherman

A part time fisherman
A part-time fisherman

Meet Mr.Perumal, a part-time fisherman who was trying his luck in the near stagnant waters of the Adyar river, behind the Officers’ Training Academy. He didn’t have much of a catch for his efforts but seemed to be quite happy with what little he got.

From the Chennai Photowalk. walk #141 Secret Trail, Manapakkam.

Alcohol De-addiction

Quack’s advertisement

This poster in Tamizh is obviously from a quack who is offering magic thread for alcohol de-addiction. This ‘spiritual baba’ also adds that he can be consulted for ‘all other matters’ as well. Alcoholism is ruining many families and the remedies accessible for the poor are very limited. No wonder, such quacks thrive. 
While playing on people’s gullibility, he is also harming the avenue tree by hammering all those nails.  
A quick phone grab in Adyar. 

Pied Piper and the Film Star

Another migrant eking his livelihood
Another migrant eking his livelihood

Take any street and you will find an industrious migrant from states like Bihar, Odisha or Bengal hawking something or the other. This hawker adds music to his selling efforts in front of a poster of a popular film star on North Mada Street during the Mylapore Festival.

May his efforts bring him success!

#Mylaporefestival #SFMF

Naamam at Nemam

Naamam on a temple wall
Naamam on a temple wall

As you turn from the Chennai Tirupati after Thirumazhisai and the Coca-cola plant, you come to the Nemam junction. There is a small temple in the corner – Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple. I was happy to see the walls well maintained devoid of any garish posters or graffiti. I hope it remains so for long.

From The Chennai Photowalk #140 Nemam Village