It is obvious from the brand names and packing that the users had expensive tastes. However, when it comes to disposal of trash, their tastes are rather cheap.
Couldn’t they have dropped the trash into the garbage bin just a few yards away after their gastronomic tete-a-tete ? Or do they, like most others, believe that the trash is always someone else’s responsibility.
[A scene from a park in Indira Nagar, Adyar captured during my morning walk with my MotoG]
That Xerox has become the a generic name for any photocopying is old news. Now you find the brand name splashed all over, including this kerbstone on a busy street off LB Road Adyar, near Eros theatre.
There are many ancient temples in the George town area of Chennai, formerly known as the Madaraspattanam, or Black Town. The 700 -year old Mallikeswarar temple, is not as popular as some of the others. It however, does not lack in antiquity or spiritual vibes.
The Maragadambal samedha Mallikeswarar temple is located in the busy Linghi Chetty street at the Mannady end. On a weekday, it may be impossible to reach in your 4 wheeler, but it is only a short distance from the Beach station.
The temple was discovered while digging and a Shiva lingam was found covered with jasmine flowers. Hence the name Mallikeswarar. The temple also finds mention in some British chronicles of 17th century.
Besides the main shrine there are also several shrines for Ganesha, Brahma Vishnu, Murugan and 63 Nayanars (arupathi moovar).
The best time to visit is early morning on a Sunday.
This picture of the 85-year-old Sarafaly building on Broadway (Popham’s Broadway, or Prakasham Salai) was taken by me 4 years ago. Even at that time, it was rundown, sealed and silently awaiting the onslaught of the bulldozer. Wonder what is it’s condition now!
Elsewhere, I had briefly reviewed the book, The Tamarind City, by Bishwanath Ghosh. Today, at the club library, I came across another book on the city,”Madras, Chennai and the Self” by Tulsi Badrinath (Pan Macmillan). After reading a specimen chapter, I am looking forward to an experience similar to the one I got from reading Tamarind City.
The ‘Car-Free Carefree Sundays’ scheme at Elliot’s’ Beach continues to be popular. While some popular activities are retained, there are new activities too. Some boys who are regulars at the beach, continue with their acrobatic training. A home- fabricated spring board seems to be a new addition. There was a lot of camaraderie among the boys […]
Now the temple management of Sree Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane has strapped Lord Ganesha with a steel band around the legs. This is on the pillar in mandapam in the front. Ganesha and other images have all been strapped with a nice steel strap, probably to support some other structure or poles. Have they thought of the damage they are causing to the sculptures and to the sentiments of the devotees?
Imelda Marcos, the wife of the President (1965 -1986) of Philippines was notable for her legendary collection of over 3000 pairs of footwear.
This lady in front of Sree Parthasarathy, Triplicane temple does not own all these footwear. She is only a caretaker of these footwear of the devotees. She may collect a rupee or two for each pair.
Tamil nadu temples provide stalls for depositing footwear free of charge. These are normally inconveniently located or unmanned. In many temples, devotees prefer private service by independent operators or shopkeepers who provide the service for their clients.
The month of Margazhi just passed by. Margazhi was the month for bhajans, thiruppavai , kutcheris etc.
It was also the month for Mylapore Festival. To coincide with this, a photowalk was organised. Though I am member of this group from its inception in 2007, I had not participated in any walk before, as I had moved to Trivandrum for a post -retirement assignment for 8 years. Now back in Madras, I could participate in my first photowalk. I was perhaps the oldest in those present but was happy to see the diverse group that took to the streets of Mylapore enthusiastically that morning.
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