Divine Watch

A temple scene

A priest waits for devotees at a small temple while the saints watch over him.

Kalmandapam, Royapuram.

The Chennai Photowalk. Retrowalk #77

Shot with Sony ILCE 6400 and E 18-135 – F3.5 – 5.6 OSS @ 24mm.

f/6.3 S.S 1/15 ISO 125 Handheld.


Warning! No Parking

Original warning

A no parking sign in front of a gate in Royapuram, Chennai.

From The Chennai Photowalk ; Retrowalk #77

Shot on Sony ILCE 6400 with Sony E 18-135 f 3.5-5.6 OSS

Missing the Target Audience

Chennai suburban train

A commuter looking out from a suburban train in Chennai.

Note the Corona related message in Hindi. Strange are the ways of the Government departments. 90% of the people in Chennai can not read and understand Hindi. Total waste of resources in trying to communicate an important message.


Pin code 600013 welcomes you.

A post box opposite the historic Royapuram Railway station.

Snail mailbox competing with broadband cable.

Taken during Chennai Photowalk Retrowalk #77

Sony A ILCE-6400 , Sony E 18-135 F3.5-5.6 OSS at 38mm.

Manual setting f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 320

Hydrating Pets

Water break

It is sunrise and already it is time for this group of family and friends to hydrate their pet on Elliot’s beach. North India is experiencing a heatwave. Chennai is not far behind, though we had a respite for 2 or 3 days.

Mango Season


Mangoes have arrived in the market.

This man in Besant Nagar is selling luscious ‘banganapalli’ mangoes at Rs 120 per kilo. A kilo may have 2 to 3 mangoes depending on the size.



Recently, a well known English daily published a picture of painted storks and wrongly labelled them as flamingoes.

My knowledge of birds is not very good either but at least I know that these flamingoes are not real. 😊

Eastern approach to Indira Nagar MRTS Station.

Monarch of the Milk Crates

Man with Milkcrates

The colourful milk crates and the (im)posing man made an inviting photo op on Coral Merchant Street Mannady during the Chennai Photowalk.

My interest, however, was more on the heavy carved door and doorframe behind.

The man said that he has been living there for the last 10 years but the house must be at least 70 years old. I would reckon that the house must be much older.

Unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of the door due to various constraints.

Chat Group since 1965

Chat Group

Looks like a chat group from 1965. Taken on Labour Day – 1st May 2022 on Armenian Street, Mannady, Chennai.

The Chennai Photowalk Retrowalk #76

Sony A 6400 with Sony E 18-135 F 3.5-5.6 OSS @39mm

f/5.0, 1/60 sec ISO 320. Processed on Lightroom.


a baby raptor
A juvenile shikra

A juvenile Shikra ( also called Banded Goshawk- a kind of raptor) (Tamil: வல்லூறு) has been hovering around in our park in the last few days. From the looks it appears to be injured and may need attention.

Shot with Samsung Galaxy Note 9