Another Reflection

Near Flower bazaar Police station
Near Flower bazaar Police station

After overnight rains, Chennai city is either flooded or full of puddles. Small consolation that it at least gives some photo-ops!

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Newspapers

Tamil dailies spread out on the pavement for distribution
Tamil dailies spread out on the pavement for distribution

All over the world, the electronic and online media have affected the print media adversely. India is one of the few countries where the newspapers and magazines are holding out against this onslaught in terms of circulation, readership and advertising revenue. May not be for long. Tamil Nadu, despite lagging behind Kerala in literacy and media penetration, still has a healthy press in terms of variety, and circulation.

A scene from NSC Bose Raod, Sowcarpet, Chennai. Scott Kelby Photowalk, October 1, 2016, led by Stuart Kinkade.

Newspapers ready for distribution
Newspapers ready for distribution

Impounded?

Impounded tricycles?
Impounded tricycles?

You might have noticed impounded two-wheelers, cars and heavy vehicles rusting in the vicinity of police stations.

Is this police booth emulating the parent stations by impounding children’s tricycles?

NSC Bose Road, Chennai. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, Oct.1, 2016

Banaras Sarees and Woolen Shawls?

Wrong goods dispalyed
Wrong goods displayed

The shop advertising high-end Banaras Sarees and Woolen Shawls may not be aware that after shop hours different kinds of materials are displayed in front.

A scene from Godown Street, Sowcarpet,Chennai. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, October 1, 2016

The Goddess of Kothawal Chavadi

Kanyaka Parameswari temple.
Kanyaka Parameswari temple.

The prime locality of Kothval Chavadi, the erstwhile wholesale vegetable market of Chennai was owned by the Kanyaka Parameswari Temple. The land recovered from the market is now an Arts & Science College for women.

Brisk trade still continues in the area under the benign gaze of the goddess.

Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk, Chennai, 1st Oct 2016

Moringa – the wonder plant

Muringakkai swamyMuringakkai swamy

Our grandmothers knew the health benefits  of Moringa (the humble Muringai, in the form of kai or keerai). It is no wonder that recently it has climbed high on the ranks of wonder plants listed by the Western experts.

Here the muringakkai seems to be twice blessed by being sold by an ‘ayyappa swamy’. He says the moringa comes every day from Tirunelveli to the old Kothwal chavadi (Malaya Perumal street) to be sold to retailers.

Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk, Chennai, 1st Oct 2016. 

Inviting samosas

Hot and spicy samosas
Hot and spicy samosas

The hot and spicy samosas with green chillies look very inviting here. But early morning around 6 am on the narrow bylanes of China Bazaar , it did not look so appetizing while dodging puddles and cycle rickshaws.

Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk, Chennai, 1st Oct 2016. 

Looking out for customers

Looking out for customers
Looking out for customers

It was early Saturday morning in China Bazaar (NSC Bose Road). This shopkeeper had just opened his shop. Perhaps, later in the day, he will be so busy  vending  toffees,snacks, and hundred other items that he will hardly have any time to lean out and gaze.

Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk, Chennai, 1st Oct 2016. 

Disappearing Enamel Boards

Disappearing blue enamel board
Disappearing blue enamel board

Once upon a time, the blue enamel board was the gold standard of name boards.In table and kitchenware, the enamelware ranked much lower than porcelain and stainless steel. The enamelware has almost disappeared.

So this sight in Godown street Sowcarpet was worth capturing. Note the spelling of coconut.

Scott Kelby photowalk, Chennai on 1st October 2016.

 

Abandoned

Abandoned Quarters in Fort St.George
Abandoned Quarters in Fort St.George

Fort St.George Chennai has so much history to showcase.  But the whole site is pathetically neglected and abused. There are multiple authorities which claim ownership of various segments or installations – Archeological Survey of India (ASI), Ministry of Defence and the Government of Tamil Nadu. Heritage ultimately suffers.