Football and Fast Food

Fast food kiosk on the beach
Fast food kiosk on the beach

Manchester United branded Fast Food kiosk on Marina Beach

Unofficial Guard

Children at the burial ground
Children at the burial ground

Some of us were hesitantly exploring the area near the St. Antony’s Church under the Park Town flyover [adjacent to the Commonwealth War Cemetry] when this boy approached us with a request to be photographed. He decided on the pose and insisted on the venue – the burial grounds where he seemed to be quite at home. He looked like a guardian angel to me.

Public Transport – MRTS

Chintadripet MRTS station on the Cooum
Chintadripet MRTS station on the Cooum

Chennai has many modes of public transport. The suburban trains from Tambaram – Beach and beyond, The Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) from Velachery to Beach and beyond besides the METRO and the bus service.

Of all these, I am familiar with the MRTS, a very convenient way to commute from one end of the city to the other (almost) for a mere five rupees. Above you see the CHintadripet MRTS station on the banks of the Cooum. It looks very picturesque but one had to close one’s nose due to the stench.

From The Chennai Photowalk: Retrowalk #70

Multi-denominational Horse

Tethered horse with many religious symbols
Tethered horse with many religious symbols

Elsewhere, people are fighting over communalism and secularism. This horse, or rather its owner seems to be spreading his bet by displaying symbols from all three major religions.

A scene near Bodyguard mosque, Chennai.

During the British regime, the sepoys of the Governor General’s bodyguard brigade were housed here. Hence the name for this area. At some point in time, the predominantly Muslim sepoys put up a mosque [1904?] and a home for the Mullah. After independence, the property was handed over to the Provincial Government and in turn to the State Transport Corporation for their offices and depots. The mosque still exists.

This court case gives some more details: https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1748519/

Today, the road has been renamed Pallavan Salai and is known for the Transport offices, the worker union festoons, posters, and banners and for the Muneeswaran Temple, fondly called Bodyguard Muneeswaran.

The Commonwealth War cemetery is close by.

Old Stationer

An old stationery shop and its owner in Pondy Bazaar
An old stationery shop and its owner in Pondy Bazaar

Meet Mr.Sukumar, the 69-year owner of G.D.Sekar & Co. Stationers on Pondy Bazaar. The shop was started over 60 years ago by his father for selling paints. A few years ago, the paint section was closed and Sukumar is happy with his stationery business.

He also volunteered the information that he was interested in photography which he no longer practices. His passion now is travelling. He has recovered most parts of India and neighbouring countries. He uses the services of a T’Nagar based travel agent.

From The Chennai Photowalk Retrowalk #69