Remnants of Diwali revelry

Deepavali crackers
Deepavali crackers

You can still see the vestiges of Deepavali even after two days, They do make a nice pattern.

Vestiges of Diwali
Vestiges of Diwali
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Photography in Chennai Metro

Hand straps on Metro
Hand straps on Metro

The Chennai Metro network offers many photo opportunities. However, for some reason photography is prohibited if you are carrying an SLR.

On the other hand I saw many taking pictures with their cell phones and the staff were turning a blind eye.

This snap of the hand straps is what most photographers with a trained eye would attempt. I did too.

Fuchsia Ambassador

Fuchsia painted Ambassador car
Fuchsia painted Ambassador car

One of my earlier blogs was about a Fuchsia coloured Herald car. Now in Mylapore, I  spotted the workhorse Ambassador painted in the same colour.

Perhaps the garage had surplus paint of the same colour!

 

Why Fear When I am Here?

Reassuring isthiri wallah
Reassuring isthiri wallah

This isthiri (ironing) wallah (or wali) is boldly assuring, “Why Fear When I am Here”. He spells the next line as “Sthree (woman) cart” Instead of Isthiri cart.

Probably he is reassuring the victims of #metoo campaign that he is there to protect.

Trashed

A car mockup trashed
A car mockup trashed

A mock up of a car abandoned  near trash can in front of a school.

Note that the bin is not full but the garbage is all around it.

Violations

Anna Nagar has several IAS Training ‘Academies’. No wonder you see many posters announcing various courses. These posters are plastered all over the place – on walls, electricity and telephone distribution boxes, trees, road signages etc.

Those who claim to train the future bureaucrats are themselves violating with impunity several laws, e.g The TN Open Places Prevention of Disfigurement Act 1959.

One famous ”academy” had the audacity to use the Government of India emblem (The Lion Capital) in their poster which is in direct contravention of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005.

What does the future hold for governance of the country!

Healthy and Environment Friendly Commuting


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Bicycle sharing station
Bicycle sharing station

Chennai is one of the 10 Indian cities where the cycle sharing service called Pedl has been introduced by Zoomcars. This is a very healthy, economical and convenient mode of commute which is also environment friendly. Technology is a great enabler for such initiatives and I pray that the concept succeeds. Knowing our traffic and our lack of discipline, i wonder if this will succeed.

Recently, many roads have signages for bicycles but there is no dedicated lanes or crossings. Our traffic is also notorious for its indiscipline. This makes me sceptical about the success of this venture.

Mobile app and QR Code driven
Mobile app and QR Code driven

Nonagenarian

Guruswamy, 94 years ? earns Rs400 p.m as assistant in this vegetable shop
Guruswamy, the Nonagenarian dynamo

While at our Photowalk in the Saidapet Vegetable market we were impressed the diligence and briskness with which this gentleman was cleaning the shop and shifting heavy loads of vegetables.

A shopkeeper in the adjoining stall told us that he is Guruswamy and he is 94 years old(?!) He works as an assistant in a stall and earns Rs400 per day.

Though he did not look 94 to me, hats off to his industriousness.

 

Saloon Again


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Hair cutting salon in Saidapet
Hair cutting salon in Saidapet

In my series on salons, this one is one of my favorite images.

A salon on Bazaar Road, Saidapet (M.A.R. Menz Salon)

I was also amazed by the intuitive power of Google Maps.  I had uploaded some photos from the Saidapet Photowalk on to Google Photos and geotagged an image manually as my DSLR does not have GPS. Google automatically suggested the correct location for this image even though it was a good 300 metres from the tagged image.

Burning Trash

Burning Trash
Burning Trash

Solid pollutant being turned into a gaseous pollutant. A scene from the automobile spares and repair market off G.P road.