Dickensian Curiosity

The Old Curiosity Shop
The Old Curiosity Shop

The shop that reminds you of the eponymous novel of Charles Dickens is situated on Mount road opposite Spencer’s. The 8-decade old shop is also called Kashmir Art Palace.

The original shop in England selling odds and ends which inspired the novel was started in the 16th  century, though Dickens wrote the novel only in the 1800′ s. The shop renamed itself the ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ after the novel became popular.

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Alternate Therapy?

Posters
Posters

One poster offers cure for impotency. Another offers family and bachelors on rent. Different strokes for different folks.

Art and patriotism

Diesel tank art and protection
Diesel tank art and protection

Artwork and patriotism in the most unexpected place.

I love my country but do not trust my countrymen.

Full Service

Milestone
Milestone

This milestone provides not only distance information but also spare tyres.

On Mount Road (Anna Salai), Chennai

Grounded

Jeep and boat
Jeep and boat

A jeep which is damaged beyond repairs and a grounded boat both vie for space on Uroor Olcott Beach.

Salt under the Wheels

Triplicane temple ther
Triplicane temple ther

During the Thiruvallikkeni Sree Parthasarathy Temple ‘ther’ festival I observed that rough granular salt was poured in front of the wheels. Is this a religious ritual or is there any scientific reason for this?

Floriculturist

Farm worker at Ranga thottam
Farmworker at Ranga thottam

Vasantha and her husband work in the jasmine gardens at Ranga Thottam. Ranga Garden is green oasis near the Chennai International Airport.

Inter-religious Connectivity

Junction box for connectivity
Junction box for connectivity

They say communication helps reduce conflict. This telephone junction box between the two religious images seems to reflect this thought. From a footpath dweller’s wall in Periamet.

Morning Cheers

Early morning kolam
Early morning kolam

The temple may be small and just a wayside shrine, but that does not deter this girl from giving her best with the kolam. An everyday cheery sight in Chennai.

Rise and Shine

Early bird
Early bird

The sun is just coming out, but this young lady is already at her station to sell flowers.