Mercedes (Hub Caps)

This ancient car (Standard Herald) was spotted in a narrow lane in Royapettah. Reminded me of my Blue Herald I used to drive in Bombay between 1974 and 1979.

This car is probably used for some ceremonial occasions. For now, it occupies half the width of the narrow street.


Rest Well

Appropriate Brand Name

Doing full justice to the brand name of the mattress. An early morning scene on Pycrofts Road, Triplicane.

Shot on Red Mi Note 4. Tweaked with Snapseed.

Future Coca Cola?

Shikhanjiwalla to Coca Cola
Shikhanjiwalla to Coca Cola

Lemon juice cart in Royapettah, Chennai. A wannabe Coke?

Street Artist

Today is Amavasai – New Moon day , considered auspicious by many. Anjalai from Mylapore is busier than usual. She paints pumpkins for sale. These pumpkins are ‘broken’ at homes and business premises to ward off evil and bring good luck .

While a pumpkin sells for 60 to 80 rupees Anjalai gets an additional 40 or 50 rupees for her painted ones.

Taken with phone camera – Redmi Note 4.

Nothing Local About It.

No. It is not a local (pub). It is a restaurant claiming to serve authentic Punjabi food, complete with famous dialogues from Hindi movies emblazoned on the staircase.

The Hazards of e-Waste

Abandoned among e-waste

While the awareness about pollution and its prevention are gaining momentum, the same can not be said of e-waste and its hazards. There are efforts in the unorganized sector to reuse and recover. However, these are harmful to the workers and the environment.

I was happy to note that there are organized initiatives from the private sector to manage e-waste. At a seminar which I chaired sometime ago, one of them even presented me a memento plated with gold recovered from PCB’s!

The picture of the baby doll among e-waste is from a wayside market in Pallavaram, Chennai.

[ A week after I posted the above, the Hindu carried an article on ‘A to Z of E-Waste Managment’

Very timely]

Door Mats

Syed Ali Badsha selling doormats from hosiery waste
Syed Ali Badsha selling doormats from hosiery waste

Meet Syed Ali Badsha at the Friday Sandhai at Pallavaram. Badsha sells floor mats made from hosiery waste. He has started early (7 am) and spread his ware for the customers. He procures the goods from Tiruppur and nearby areas and sells at half the supermarket prices.

Watches galore

Watches for sale at Pallavaram sandhai
Watches for sale at Pallavaram sandhai

Every Friday morning hoards of traders assemble on a road at Pallavaram for the weekly sandhai. They sell everything from ‘pin to elephant’. This is a stand selling cheap electronic watches.

Once upon a time, “foreign goods” were available only at Burma Bazaar or Kasi Chetty Street. With such goods permeating even street markets in far-off places could be a sign of democratization of ‘foreign goods”.

True Blue English

True Blue  casual slippers
True Blue casual slippers

Cheap footwear on sale at the Pallavaram Friday market. You will be amazed at the variety.

Hero’s Next Target?

Eyeing the next game
Eyeing the next game

At the poultry section of the Pallavaram Friday market.