Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a hot tin roof
Cat on a hot tin roof

A cat prowls on the entrance to the Saidapet Fish and Vegetable market owned by the Karneeswarar Devasthanam.

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Artistic

Artistic door tympanum
Artistic door tympanum

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.

columns and beam
columns and beam

No Wastage

Jeweller and the potter
Jeweller and the potter

The kolu bommais vie for space with jewellers offering jewels with no wastage and making charges.

North Mada Street, Mylapore (near Kapleeswarar Temple.

Sagar Manthan

Samudra manthan golu doll
Samudra manthan golu doll

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

Saraswathi for golu
Saraswathi for golu

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.

President’s Row

Abdul Kalam dolls
Abdul Kalam dolls

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.

Pinman

Pinman for laundry
Pinman for laundry

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.

Will it Last?

A heritage house on Broadway
A heritage house on Broadway

Two years ago, during a photo walk, I spotted this interesting building on Broadway. Wonder if it is still there.

Its balcony grilles are particularly interesting.

 

Two Commandments

Wall painting
Wall painting

Two commandments:

No Parking

Do Not Urinate Here

A wall painting on Welders Street, off Anna Salai, Mount Road.

 

 

Abandoned

Toilet seat on the street
Toilet seat on the street

An abandoned WC on the street.

#swatchbharat #disposal #abandoned