Underwear and the Economy

Imitations of branded underwear on sale at Pallavaram Friday market

The humble underwear, once categorised as ‘the unmentionables’ is in the news in a big way.

First it was the Oxford English dictionary which included ‘chuddies’ as an English word.

Then came Azam Khan, who used the underwear jibe against his female opponent, Jaya Prada.

Now with the discussion on the economy getting the media space it deserves, the ‘Alan Greenspan Underwear index’ hit the headlines. According to Greenspan the sale of Men’s Underwear gives a fair indication of the state of the economy.

The Economic Times reported that the sale of inner wear fell sharply in India in the previous quarter indicating a slump in the economy.

Does the slump in underwear sales reveal so much about the economy and increase in sales cover up something? (pun intended)

Anyway, men of India, gird up your loins to pull up the economy. Go out and by your underwear.



Hair Stylist at Work

A barber and his client
A barber at work

A barber at work in his salon in Seven Wells. From a photowalk many months ago.

MGR Lookalike

Man dressed as MGR
Kailasam in front of Vauxhall 14 , 1938

Mr Kailasam likes to dress up as the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran. He was conspicuous at the Heritage Motor Show at the Ramachandra Convention Centre Thiruvanmiyur. He was keen to be photographed with the cars and the visitors. Here he is in front of 1948 Vauxhall.

Heels and Wheels

Heels & wheels

At the Heritage Auto Show organised by The Madras Heritage Motoring Club at the Ramachandra Convention Centre. Visitors admiring a prize winning two-wheeler.

From Darkness to Light

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At the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

असतोमा सद्गमय। तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमया।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥ ॐ शांति शांति शांति – बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद् 1.3.28.

“Aum Asato mā sad gamaya
Tamaso mā jyotir gamaya 
Mṛtyormā amṛtam gamaya
Aum śānti śānti śāntiḥ ” (Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 1.3.28)

meaning of which is –

“From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light; 
From death, lead me to immortality
Aum peace, peace, peace

Courtesy: Quora

From The Chennai Photowalk.

Thanks also to IIT Management and Prof.Sachin Gunthe.

Madras Club

Madras Club on Adyar
Madras Club on Adyar

How can a blog of Madras Nalla Madras be complete without an image of the ‘prim and propah’ Madras Club?

This picture was taken 3 years ago around the same time of the year in the morning from across the river Adyar.

Cafe Coffee Day

A Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Besant Nagar
A Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Besant Nagar

One of the many outlets of the highly successful Indian Brand Cafe Coffe Day. A brand that is in the news now for all the wrong reasons after the suicide of its founder Siddhartha.

From my archives.

Baby on a Bus – Truck Art 2

Baby on a Bus
Baby on a Bus

More on the Truck Art series. A bus at Ekkattuthangal.

From The ChennaiPhotowalk.


Truck Art

Truck art on the windshield
Truck art on the windshield

Trucks, buses, vans and other commercial vehicles sport very interesting pictures and wordings. ‘Horn OK Please’ is universally known.

My idea is to showcase some of these graffiti here.