This old woman with her meagre belongings was loitering on the beach. Maybe she was looking for some remnants of fish or for some alms.
Again this was in Thane, Maharahstra.
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.
School Children today are overworked. Besides schoolwork, they may have to undergo coaching in Personality Development, Empowerment, Self Esteem, Brain BUilding, Focus, Efficiency, etc.
This dog seems to say, “Don’t burden me with all these. Let me have my siesta.”
Taken with Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Madras city and surroundings had many natural water bodies once upon a time. Over time, most of them have been encroached upon, leveled, built upon “developed” or abused in many ways.
So, I was happy to see a lake (eri – ஏரி) in Nemam village being protected by a proper bund and the water being used for irrigating rice fields in this area. I have also heard about several initiatives by the Government, NGOs, and citizen groups, to protect and retrieve several water bodies in the city. Let us wish them luck and offer whatever support they need.
On the one hand, we have children who have no access to playground equipment. On the other hand, we have such equipment hardly ever used.
A scene from a new development in Manapakkam.
It was a lazy Sunday morning. The usually busy Pondy Bazaar was just coming alive. The conservancy workers were active, the security staff was taking charge from night shift colleagues, other service providers on early morning duty were scurrying. Some shops were just opening for cleaning or for custom. A few health freaks were taking a walk or jogging while some foodies were enjoying their breakfast in one of the many bhavans or cafes. Among all these activities, this man walking past a menswear store caught my eye for a typical Street Photo.
“Want to have a smoke?”
Ronald McDonald and wayfarer relaxing in front of a McDonald’s outlet. The way McDonald’s has developed the clown figure as its brand mascot is a classic case study. A lot of literature is available and it is discussed in many management courses.
Pipes for digital optical fibre cables waiting to be laid.
It was Sunday morning. Most shops on Pondy Bazaar were closed for the day or yet to open. This cleaner was already at work precariously perched to clean the facade of a well-known garment store, Naidu Hall.
Naidu Hall was established in 1939 and was noted for ladies’ innerwear at a time when they were ‘unmentionables’. Over the years they have added a comprehensive range of garments for the whole family and also have undergone some rebranding exercises.
Another thought that enters my mind is the utter disregard we have for occupational safety in such situations. While this worker has some rudimentary safety harness, most workers work without any safety harnesses or with only very rudimentary rigs.
I had shared my album of post budget Pondy Bazaar with the IIMA- Chennai group. One of the alumni Mr Srikant pointed out that this Pillayar has a Shanku and Chakram, normally associated with Vishnu. Only after his response, I noticed this uniqueness.
I have no idea about how Pillayar came to have the Sangu and chakram, but I am aware that the masons and sculptors of gopurams take liberties with the terracotta or stucco figures that go on the gopuram, often deviating from the accepted norms of iconography. If anybody has any other explanation, please do share it with the readers of this blog.