“Off with their Heads”


“Off with their heads”, said the Queen in Alice in Wonderland. ‘50% Off the body’, seems to say this display outside a store in a mall in Chennai.



Ranga thottam
Ranga thottam

If I tell you that this location is just on the other side of the Chennai International Airport runway, you may be surprised. It is part of the Ranga thottam, near Cowl’s bazaar used to cultivate flowers and vegetables.

Master Gardener

Old Gardener
Old Gardener

An old gardener tends to the plants early morning. This garden is at Ranga Thottam near Cowl’s Bazaar, behind the airport. This green oasis in the city grows jasmine, chilli, okra, greens, brinjal, bottle gourd, etc.

Faces of Chennai

Humans of Madras

The Chennai Photowalk #126 Urban Oasis

Colours and Patterns

Temple door colours
Temple door colours

Photography in a place of worship offers several opportunities as well as challenges. This simple door of Sree Kasi Viswanathar Koil in Ayanavaram is a study in colours, lines, and patterns.

Evil Eyes: Benign Eyes

The various devices to ward off the evil eye – drishti- are ubiquitous. They are on storefronts, house doors, vehicles, and machines. They are so common in Chennai that one takes them for granted. Yet, they make interesting study.

This is from a parked van somewhere in Ayanavaram.

You will see many such post in my blog elsewhere.

Prayers at the Door

Prayers can open doors. A devotee at the Kasi Viswanathar koil in Ayanavaram, also known as Brahma puri.

Drive-in Tea shop

Drive-in service
Drive-in service

Chennaites may miss the iconic drive-in Woodlands, but Chennai has not lost its drive-in habits.

Here in Ayanavaram, like in most other places, a tea shop offers service in an autorickshaw to this middle aged couple.

Enterprising Electrician

Enterprising Electrician
Enterprising Electrician

It was early morning on a Sunday, but this handyman was in his shop repairing electrical appliances and motors at his cubby hole of a workshop.

Kalaiselvam had just moved into this shop at Ayanavaram two months ago and keen on establishing himself.


Universality of Prayers

Woman devotee prostrates
Woman devotee prostrates

A woman devotee was one among the many who prostrated before the Jeer and his disciples who were reciting the holy verses in Triplicane.

This reminds me of the shloka:

Aakashaat patitam thoyam Yadha gacchati saagaram;

Sarva deva namskaaram kesavam pratigacchathi.

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम् ।
सर्वदेहनमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति ॥

Just as the rainwater falling from the sky ultimately reaches the ocean, so also all prayers go to the Supreme God.

Tattered Flag

Boat with tattered flag
Boat with the tattered flag

The boat with a tattered black flag at Uroor Olcott Kuppam, off Besant Nagar, probably reflects the mood of the fishermen after a poor day’s catch.