Stigma and Style

Light mast
Light Mast

The light mast at Elliot’s Beach reminded me of my early lesson in Botany. parts of a flower (hibiscus) with its stigma and style (or is it pistil?). Let the experts label them.


Changing Skyline of Chennai

Sky walk the pedestrian bridge to Ramanujan IT park
Skywalk – the pedestrian bridge to Ramanujan IT park

Recently a skywalk was constructed to connect the Tiruvanmiyur MRTS station and the Ramanujan IT park and other IT parks nearby.

At night it is lit by lights of different hues.



Beyond the runway
Beyond the runway

Ranga thottam is a little-known oasis near Cowl’s Bazaar just behind the Chennai International airport.

It is a large tract of land where jasmines, okras, chillies, greens and other vegetables are grown.

Farmer Brothers

Vinoth Kumar and Sanjay Kumar
Vinoth Kumar and Sanjay Kumar at the farm

Vinoth Kumar and Sanjay Kumar are brothers. They help their father Ramesh at the jasmine farm at Ranga¬†thottam, a green oasis near Cowl’s Bazaar behind Chennai Airport.

Vinoth is a silambam artiste and he practices regularly in the village grounds. Both attend the local government school.

From the Chennai Photowalk

The title ‘Farmer Brothers’ is inspired by the eponymous bakery and juice shop in Dadar Circle, Bombay which I used to frequent in the 1970’s as a young executive.

Can you solve this puzzle?

changeover switch conundrum
changeover switch conundrum

A conundrum. Which is off: which is on? I was confused. Hope the operators of the standby generator understand.

From the Chennai Photowalk.

The Trio in the Cockpit

chasing a cock

Three determined photographers trying to shoot a cock in a temple in Ayanavaram.

From the Chennai Photowalk.

Maxi or Madisar

Maxi and madisar pudavai
Maxi and madisar pudavai

Maxi and madiasar. Both seem to be acceptable to Perumal.

From Triplicane Sree Parthasarathy ther festival.

“Off with their Heads”



“Off with their heads”, said the Queen in Alice in Wonderland. ‘50% Off the body’, seems to say this display outside a store in a mall in Chennai.


Ranga thottam
Ranga thottam

If I tell you that this location is just on the other side of the Chennai International Airport runway, you may be surprised. It is part of the Ranga¬†thottam, near Cowl’s bazaar used to cultivate flowers and vegetables.

Master Gardener

Old Gardener
Old Gardener

An old gardener tends to the plants early morning. This garden is at Ranga Thottam near Cowl’s Bazaar, behind the airport. This green oasis in the city grows jasmine, chilli, okra, greens, brinjal, bottle gourd, etc.

Faces of Chennai

Humans of Madras

The Chennai Photowalk #126 Urban Oasis