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.


Abandoned push cart
Abandoned push cart

This abandoned and rusty pushcart was a forlorn sight on a cloudy weekday morning at Elliott’s  Beach.

Car-free roads, leaf-free trees

tree skeleton
tree skeleton

Besant Nagar Elliot’s beach road on a Sunday morning.

It is heartening to see vehicles off the beach road on Sunday mornings. However, it is sad to see the trees on the beach front with hardly any leaves. This is not a seasonal phenomenon but round the year. Maybe these trees can not withstand the sea breeze. If that is the case, other species may be planted. Experts, your views, please.


Leafless tree on Elliot's Beach
Leafless tree on Elliot’s Beach

Scooter or Devil?

Devil faced scooter
Devil faced scooter

Spotted near Besant Nagar (Elliot’s) Beach, Chennai.

Could this qualify for a place in the ‘Faces of Chennai’ album?

Remembering Gandhiji on this Independence Day

Gandhi beach, Marina in the morning.
Gandhi beach, Marina in the morning.

Happy Independence Day to all

Ice House

Ice House - Vivekanandar Illam
Ice House – Vivekanandar Illam

The iconic structure on the marina derives its name from the fact that imported ice used to be stored here.

Swami Vivekananda stayed here on his return from the famous Chicago address.

Post # 200 from The Chennai Walk # 100