It is Pongal time. You can see some long and disorderly queues in front of some shops. These are people waiting to collect some freebies from the government, causing traffic dislocation and tension in the air. This time, the package consists of a kilo of rice, some sugar, Rs.100 and a stick of sugar cane. It is going to cost the state about Rs.320 crores.
There was also talk of free saris being distributed and the poor quality of the sari. This could not be verified.
It was heartening to see this wayside shop selling painted terra cotta pottery in Adyar. From the looks, the vendor seemed to be a migrant from some other state. Wonder what she gets for Sankranti / Pongal?