Age no bar for Sea and Selfie

Enjoying the sea and a selfie
Enjoying the sea and a selfie

There is no age bar for enjoying the beach and taking a selfie.

These senior citizen visitors are from Gwalior and they were at the Elliot’s Beach to enjoy the sun, sea, and surf. In fact, the lady in the middle had a recent knee surgery and was walking with an aid. This did not deter them and their local host from visiting the beach in the short time they had.

I hope we Chennaiites realize how fortunate we are to have excellent beaches in and around the city. Let us take some effort to keep them safe and clean.


Egalitarian Sports

During my younger days, cricket was more popular among the upper and middle classes. football, on the other hand, had a mass following.

Currently, both games are popular among all segments. It was heartening to see a group of boys from a fishing village playing cricket on a concrete pitch laid not far from the sea.

Cricket on the beach
Cricket on the beach

Not far from this pitch there were a few boys playing football.

Football tricks on the beach
Football tricks on the beach

Playboy Bunny Trafficator

Playboy bunny trafficator
Playboy bunny trafficator

A trafficator on a van somewhere in Kilpauk Garden, Chennai.

Was the owner trying to convey something more?

From The Chennai Photowalk #122. Phone capture.

Different perspectives

five perspectives
five perspectives

Five different photographers with their own perspective including a worm’s eye view.

A housing colony in Kilpauk, Chennai

Hindi Imposition

Posters in Hindi and Tamil for cures for Piles, Sex Problems etc

Hindi imposition even in advertisements for cures for sex problems, piles etc? A scene from Kilpauk but could be anywhere.

Why aren’t our activists protesting?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4


Waiting for the Guru

Waiting for the Guru
Waiting for the Guruji

These Marwari women were waiting near the entrance of their apartment complex to welcome their Guruji who was visiting Chennai. The menfolk had gone ahead to accompany the Guruji.



CSK shut out

Yellow shutter
Yellow shutter

A few days ago I had posted a yellow wall with a window which I thought was a metaphor for the Chennai Super Kings returning to their home ground after two years.  The fans’ joy was short-lived as all IPL games for this season were shifted out of Chennai following unruly protests by various groups under many banners.

Now, this solid, yellow steel shutter firmly closed signifies the fate of the team in yellow as far as their home ground is concerned.

Another scene from Periamet – Vepery. The Chennai Photowalk


Kodukkapuli vendor in Luz
Kodukkapuli vendor in Luz

I had always associated kodukkapuli with my school days in Madras. Coincidentally, it is from a tree called Madras Thorn or Manila Tamarind. Both monikers are technically inaccurate according to Dr. Wikipedia. The Botanical name is Pithacellobeum Dulce.

I had not seen this much in recent times. However, my daughter, a keener observer, tells me that it makes its annual appearances on the streets during the season.

This vendor was displaying his ware early in the morning near the Sanskrit college.

Yellow Returns to Chennai

Yellow wall and wooden window
Yellow wall and wooden window

Yellow is back! #CSK #whistelpodu

Chennai Super King returns to IPL 2018 after a hiatus of 2 years. In the first match against Mumbai Indians, CSK put ups a creditable performance to beat their fancied rivals. I was surprised to see a lot of support for the yellow-clad CSk at Wankhede stadium.

Now CSK moves to the home ground, M A Chidambaram Stadium tomorrow. Best wishes to the Dhoni-led team.

For the first time, IPL has two teams led by Tamil Nadu players – KKR by Dinesh Karthik and KXI Punjab by Ravichandran Ashvin. Both these players have acquitted themselves well in their respective opening matches by trouncing their opponents. good luck to them too.

The image is a scene from the Chennai Photowalk – Retrowalk # 49 – Vet Walk.

Fighting for Survival

Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar Choultry
Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar Choultry

The Rajah Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar choultry in front of Central Station was built in 1884 as a rest house for travellers. The building which is notable for its aesthetic and cultural values is one of the structures mandated to be preserved by the High Court.  Now it is on its last stand against ‘development’. God only knows what lies in store!