Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Thiruvanmiyur beach temple

This beach in Thiruvanmiyur is sometimes referred as RTO Beach. A small temple acts as a landmark in the otherwise featureless seafront.


Face lift

Another neighbouthood space is getting a facelift. This time, it is the wall of the Hindu Senior Secondary School. The work has just begun. According to the painter on the spot, the entire compound wall of the school will be covered. He added that similar work was undertaken for the school’s Triplicane branch also.

This is a very welcome move. I hope this inculcates a sense of aesthetics and cleanliness among the students, the citizens, and all stakeholders.

Cow & Bike

Reminds me of the old Cow & Gate tins of baby food.

Clever Marketing Strategy?

Women’s garments

A store selling only bottom wear for women. They have a chain of outlets and seem to be quite popular. A focussed market strategy that has worked.

Shot on Samsung Galaxy Note 9


Children practicing the ancient Tamil martial art Silambam
Children practicing Silambattam

On my morning walk, I was happy to see a bunch of youngsters practicing Silambam in the newly minted plaza near Indira Nagar MRTS station. The next day, I also met Mr. Raghunathan the man who initiated this program. He says the children come voluntarily from the neighbouring area. They are required to pay Rs 300 per month. Mr. Raghunathan says that otherwise, they will not have the seriousness and self-discipline. Not all of them pay regularly. Yet, he spends part of the amount collected for the staff (kambu), T-shirts, etc. He has plans to provide shoes too.

Though the programme is an individual initiative, I hope it will sustain to provide some healthy outlet and discipline for the underprivileged children in the neighbourhood.

Silambam or Silambattam (சிலம்பம் or சிலம்பாட்டம்) is an ancient form of martial arts from the Tamil region of Southern India traceable to Saint Agastya. That makes it arguably one of the oldest style of martial arts. The kalaripayattu of the Kerala region is also closely associated with it. Interestingly, the Chinese Shaolin style of martial arts is said to have derived its inspiration from Silambam through Bodhidharma who visited China in the 6th Century from India.

Mr Raghunathan, the Silambam trainer.
Mr Raghunathan, the Silambam trainer.