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.


Ganesan, the Crab Harvester

Ganesan with his crabs
Ganesan with his crabs

Ganesan harvests crabs for a living. On the beach near the broken bridge and Adyar river mouth, he digs deep into the sand and collects crabs with his bare hands. He neuters the claws of the captive crabs with his deft fingers and packs them in a bag for the market. He says he gets about Rs.300 for a bag of about 15 to 20 medium-sized crabs. He added that he can get crabs throughout the year irrespective of the season.

This hardworking man was happy to pose for the battery of photographers during the photo walk. He was happier to receive a few rupees from us as a token of thanks.


Digging deep
Digging deep


Age no bar for Sea and Selfie

Enjoying the sea and a selfie
Enjoying the sea and a selfie

There is no age bar for enjoying the beach and taking a selfie.

These senior citizen visitors are from Gwalior and they were at the Elliot’s Beach to enjoy the sun, sea, and surf. In fact, the lady in the middle had a recent knee surgery and was walking with an aid. This did not deter them and their local host from visiting the beach in the short time they had.

I hope we Chennaiites realize how fortunate we are to have excellent beaches in and around the city. Let us take some effort to keep them safe and clean.

Egalitarian Sports

During my younger days, cricket was more popular among the upper and middle classes. football, on the other hand, had a mass following.

Currently, both games are popular among all segments. It was heartening to see a group of boys from a fishing village playing cricket on a concrete pitch laid not far from the sea.

Cricket on the beach
Cricket on the beach

Not far from this pitch there were a few boys playing football.

Football tricks on the beach
Football tricks on the beach

Lament of the crows

Crows on the beach
Lament of the crows

“Nobody photographs us (except this crazy uncle)” seems to be the lament of these crows on Elliot’s Beach.

Consoling at the National Roller Skating Competitions.

A competitor consoling another
A competitor from Maharashtra consoling another

You need your friends more at the time of disappointments than at victories. So, no fair weather friends.

Here a competitor from Maharashtra is seen consoling a co-competitor after an unexpected elimination. at the National Roller Skating Competition, Besant Nagar.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem,”If…” and its lines emblazoned at Wimbledon entrance come to mind:

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;  

For a National Level event, it did not attract much media coverage as far as I know. A search on the web showed the venue of the competition as Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. Was it a last-minute switch to Besant Nagar due to bureaucratic bungling?


The Corn Seller at the beach


Roasting corn at Elliot's Beach
Roasting corn at Elliot’s Beach

Today’s daily photo blog was shot at the Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar.

The young lady sells roasted sweet corn cobs. The sparks coming out of the oven is an interesting sight, but difficult to capture. Here is my attempt.


Abandoned 2

Abandoned boat
Abandoned boat

Elliot’s beach is becoming a dumping yard for discarded items.  Earlier we saw an abandoned cart. Now a boat.

This dilapidated boat may be photogenic. It could also be a cosy coop for a tete-a-tete. But it has become a dump for trash and a breeding place for mosquitoes.


The Lonely Fisherman

The lonely fisherman
The lonely fisherman

Muggy Monday morning at Elliot’s beach, Besant Nagar.

The lonely fisherman is trudging his way back home after his foray into the sea with the net.