Almost every Hindu temple has a wooden chariot or “ther” to take out the idols on procession on designated occasions. Though they are used only occasionally, great attention is given to the chariots. Most have very elaborate wooden carvings matching or even surpassing the stone sculptures in beauty. They are also adorned with all ‘alankarams’ when needed: otherwise, they are confined to their sheds. Modern technology is nowadays used for wheels, axles, brakes etc to enhance the safety factor.
The above ‘ther’ is from the Kodanda Rama Temple, West Mambalam. It has recently been spruced up for a festival.
These two anxious-looking youngsters were rushing their puppy to the Kannammapet pet clinic. Unfortunately, being Sunday the centre was closed. The duo returned disappointed.
The name board of the centre says that it is not only a pet welfare centre but also dog neutering point. A website dated 2013 says that the centre has a dog shelter, dog burial ground, and other facilities – perhaps a first in India. http://bit.ly/2q5uWmV. I am not sure if all the planned amenities are in place.
Chittibabu, the potter near Kannammapet cemetery used to have his own kiln and pottery here. However, the urban pressures made him abandon the making of pottery. Now he only sells pottery from a small thatched shed. He procures the wares from the districts of TN and Andhra. Despite the truncation of his business he seems to be happy and contended.
Vivekananda Kalvi Nilayam is one of the biggest and most popular spoken English training institutes in India. They started in a small place near Madley road subway before spreading out to various centres. The old centre is still functioning.
This sleeping man in front of the centre seems to have a different idea of ‘convenient classes’. Who knows, technology may enable us to learn subconsciously while sleeping!
One of the many crumbling bungalows of Egmore. This one with a polygonal projected balcony was situated on Gengu Reddy street. A tethered cow in front of the classic structure added to the visual effect as it awaits its inevitable fate.
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