The walls in Tamil Nadu are made unsightly by posters and paintings by political parties and social organisations, of which there seems to be no dearth. Compared to this, I was pleased to see the public walls in Odisha – Bhubaneswar, and Puri- painted with attractive local motives.
I know that there have been some initiatives to have more pleasing walls in Chennai, but the political juggernauts always have their way.
Here, a popular leader boldly glares at passers-by ( now that he is out of the shadow of his father). Or is he eyeing the car?
Nimble as a peacock, darting like a butterfly and soaring like a bird. This silambam artiste seems to be doing all that.
Silambam or Silambattam is a traditional martial art, originating from Tamil Nadu. References to silambam, silambattam, and related phrases are found in the Sangam literature, confirming its antiquity.
Glad to see a bunch of children and bunch of enthusiasts practicing on a Sunday morning on this skating rink.
The flour mill (மாவு அரைக்கிற மெஷின்) where we get our grains and spices freshly ground was very much part of our lives in the olden days. They were conspicuous by what emanated from them – shrieking sound, pungent odour, and fine grain dust.
Now, used to packaged groceries, I thought these mills had gone into oblivion. No. Only the sound has been muffled by the traffic noise, the smell neutralized by the gutters and garbage and the fine dust indistinguishable in the polluting particulate matter.
The flour mills continue to survive in many localities. Sometimes you see them in the most unlikely places if you are observant. Like this one sandwiched between two posh commercial buildings.
India is one of the few countries where the print media is still growing, albeit slowly, in terms of circulation and ad revenue, despite the digital disruption.
The sight of freshly printed dailies being briskly distributed early every morning by a team of dedicated men and colourful display of an array of magazines and journals on wayside stalls are common in all localities of the city.
Here, the dealer of print media seems to be happy with his dose of digital news and content.
A scene from the Chennai Photowalk – Perambur captured on phone camera.
John de Kadt on the hang drum and Ganesh Kumar on the Kanjira form the perfect fusion of Western melody and Carnatic percussion instruments. They were seen jamming for a video at a small wayside temple in West Mambalam. The Youtube video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOrhuBjdASA
This embroiderer is from Hooghly District of West Bengal. He works at a leading textile showroom embellishing blouses under the supervision of a local master embroiderer. Each blouse as shown in the specimen can cost several thousand rupees.