Local competition

Shakthi soap
Shakthi soap

FMCG giants like Hindustan Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and ITC better watch out!. Here comes the local competition ‘Shakthi Soaps’ – door delivered in a moped.

A scene in Nandmbakkam


Single Window Clearance

Locks for houses, saris for marriage, mini cradles for progeny. All in one counter. 



Navaratri is around the corner. This festival over 9 days celebrates and worships many forms of the Goddess.

A view a temple wall in Ekkattuthangal.

See also 10 Mahishasuramardinis  in my other blog, Stone Stories 


Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus
Homeless Jesus

Statue of Homeless Jesus at St.Thomas Mount, Chennai.

The original concept is attributed to a Canadian sculptor who put up the first such image of Jesus sleeping on a park bench in a church in Toronto. Since then, several facsimiles have been put up in several churches around the world.


superman mural
superman mural

At the entrance to the Park Town MRTS station.


Aattu kallus on the Main Road

People in Chennai do not think twice before throwing their discards on the streets – be it garbage, abandoned furniture , construction debris, packing materials and what-not.

Recently I saw three grinding stones (the pestle part of an Aaattu kallu, used for grinding idli -dosa batter) right on the busy Rama Krishna Mutt Road opposite to Mylapore tank.

What next?


Trendy Chennai

Chennai anointed as the trendiest city for shopping, dining and nightlife by  SilverKris, the Singapore Airline Travel Guide.

Read the full article here.


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Upcycled Lamps

kerosene lamps
kerosene lamps

In a narrow but crowded street in Villivakkam, I was amused to see these lamps being sold. I have seen these during my childhood in areas where electricity had not reached. We called them ‘Kozhi muttai villakku’ (egg shaped lamps) . These were used for light duty in small rooms and for carrying between rooms. I had not seen them for quite sometime.

What was more interesting was that the bodies were made out of upcycled (repurposed) tin sheets. I hope organisations like www.golisodastore.com  which specialize in Upcycled products, stock such items.