Levitation

Boys perfroming somersaults at the Marina
Boys perfroming somersaults at the Marina

Marina beach is the pride of Madras. People throng the beach for various reasons.

These boys and their master are here today to try our the gymnsatic abilities on the sands.

AZERTY Keyboard

Hermes Manual Typewriter with AZERTY Keyboard
Hermes Manual Typewriter with AZERTY Keyboard

An old manual  Hermes typewriter from an antique shop. Did you notice the keyboard? Instead of the conventional QWERTY  layout, it is AZERTY in the first row and corresponding changes in the other rows.

I understand this layout is preferred for French typing. If so, this must have come from French-administered areas like Pondicherry. Can someone confirm?

It is Jackfruit time

Jackfruits from Panruti for sale in pallavaram
Jackfruits from Panruti for sale in Pallavaram

It is time for Jackfruit – the Jack of all fruits. Though Tamil Nadu celebrates the ‘pala pazham’ , the fruit is part of everyday life in Kerala. Almost every house will have at least on ‘Chakka maram‘ in the compound.

Trivandrum even has an event called Jackfruit mela with exhibitions, stalls and workshops.

Why not Chennai or Panruti have a ‘Pala pazha vizha?

Faces from Thiruvallikkeni

Many faces from Triplicane
Many faces from Triplicane

Thiruvallikkeni or Triplicane is one of the ancient localities of the city of Madras (that is, Chennai). Among other things, it is well known for the Sree Parthasarathy Temple, the streets surrounding that and the festivals associated with it.

These street portraits were taken during the Temple thiruther when the deity is taken around the area in a chariot.