Meet Neelamegam. He sells kitchen utensils from his two-wheeler around Ezhil Nagar tenements. The vehicle is completely covered with his wares that I fail to understand how he would sit and ride.
He has a loudspeaker which blares out pre-recorded sales message in a professionally catchy yet natural voice. A photo of his mother decorated with flowers adorns the top of the headlamp. He procures the utensils from Salem and other places. The way the women of the area were thronging around this handsome young man indicates that he must be doing brisk business.
Kannagi Nagar, a township of lower-income tenements has been selected to be developed as an Art District. It is a collaboration between St+Art and various other organizations. About 15 renowned artists from India and abroad participate in this effort.
This mural is by Kashmira Sarode depicting a mother-daughter duo affected by the tsunami, facing life again with hope.
A few years ago, I had posted a picture of a blue enamel signboard from George Town. These signboards, which were ubiquitous once in shop fronts and street corners are disappearing. Occasionally you come across a signboard like this one above in Triplicane.
The brand ‘Rashiklal’ for betel nut powder was so popular that some outstation visitors to Madras used to buy in bulk for their year’s requirement. The brand is still alive and popular. I recently had to guide a visitor from Mumbai to a retail outlet where he could buy some for his senior relatives back in Mumbai.
ON a Monday morning, a small park by the lakeside (Talao Pali) . A group of senior citizens gathered around a mike and loudspeaker belting out old Hindi film songs. When I passed by the song rendered was” Dil tadap, tadap ke…” from the 1956 hit Madhumati.
A wonderful idea for morning/evening walkers in Chennai to emulate.