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.

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Manchester United Fast Food

Fast food by Manchester United
Fast food by Manchester United

I did not know that the famous football club runs a fast food kiosk on our own Marina beach.

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?

Changing Colours

Wheels of the chariot
Wheels of the chariot 2019

Change is inevitable. Even the wheels of the Parthasarathi swami ther have undergone a transformation in colour and design.

Here, a devotee places granular salt under the wheels before the thaer with the deity is taken out.

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New design and colours

Picture from last year is below.

Wheels of the chariot 2018
Wheels of the chariot 2018

 

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?

One-stop Shop

A shop for the devout Muslim
A shop for the devout Muslim

As we move from Sree Parthasarathy temple to the other end of Triplicane High Road, you come across shops like this selling all the requirements of a devout Muslim. near the Big Mosque.

Hijabs of various hues
Hijabs of various hues

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.