If it is baraat in North India, it is Maapillai Azhaippu in Tamil Nadu. The bridegroom is taken round the streets in a decorated vehicle. There are specialists who provide customised cars for this purpose. Usually, these are very old cars (many are Heralds, some are even Dodges and Studebakers) which are not fit for normal use.
This car was in front of a mandapam in Washermanpet. It looked like a Herald which had undergone a major body transplant. Just opposite to this mandapam was the garage of a contractor who supplies such vehicles for weddings and movies.
CN Krishnaswamy Road opposite the Big Mosque in Triplicane is a typical lane, full of small shops and eateries with people and vehicles darting in and out. The road also houses a couple of embroidery workshops and stores specializing in zari and gilded materials. we managed to peep into one of them for this photograph.
The Ramzan month has come to an end. Last Friday, I was fortunate to be part of a heritage walk to Wallajah Mosque and surrounding areas of Triplicane. It was led by Mr. Kombai Anwar. The walk ended with an iftar party at the Wallajah Mosque (Big Mosque). The was taken after the iftar.
The judicial system is notorious for its tardiness in dispensing justice. This scene of a sleeping commoner in front of the Madras Law College adjacent to the Madras High Court seems to illustrate that.
As per a report in Times of India, nearly 300,000 cases were pending in the Madras High Court as of December 31, 2016.
Legal education started in Madras in 1884 as a course in Presidency College and became an independent institution in 1891. The Law College moved into the present premises in 1899.
The Madras High Court complex is one of the largest in the world and is a classic example of Indo- Saracenic style.
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