The Indifferent, the Involved and the Curious

Attitude towards news
Attitude towards news

It is Madras Day.

The hot news of the day is the merger of the two factions of the ruling party and related realignments. The attitude towards this news is amply reflected in the body language of these three.

The old man seems to be indifferent with a ‘I-have-seen-it-all’ attitude.

The middle aged man is deeply involved in the news.

The younger guy is curious.

From the Madras Week Photowalk in Mylapore today.

 

Muneeswaran

Muneeswaran at Burma colony, Ekkattuthangal
Muneeswaran at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal

The Muneeswaran statue towers about 40 feet at Burma Colony Angaleswari Temple, Ekkattuthangal.

From a Photowalk in 2016.

Vinayaka Chathurthi

Ganeshas for chaturthi
Ganeshas for chaturthi  

Vinayaka Chaturhti (or Ganesh chathurthi or pillayar chathurthi) is around the corner. I am longing to see the array of clayey and colourful Ganeshas in the market. More exciting would be a visit to the place where they are made. In Trivandrum, I could easily locate and visit centres where the pillyars were made. Can someone give me some locations in Chennai? I heard someone say, ‘Kosappet’.

 

 

Pattanam Podi -Snuff

A passage in Fort bearing signs of s snuff brand
A passage in Fort bearing signs of a snuff brand

How can a blog about ‘Pattanam’ (Madras City) be complete without reference to ‘Pattanam Podi’ or snuff?

It was once very common to see men (and some women) snorting the tobacco snuff into their nostrils and sneezing: An agony for those nearby. The most salient brand was TAS Rathinam Pattanam podi. Tulsi Badrinath, in her book ‘Madras, Chennai and the Self’ dedicated a whole chapter to a family which was in the snuff business and still manages to survive.

The above image from Fort St.George indicates that the Snuff {Pattana Podi} is very much part of the city’s history.

11 days more for Madras Day

 

Government Stationery Store

 

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Government Stationery Store

This is on the corner of Arbuthnot Lane and  Rajaji Salai. Obviously it is a relic from the British era. I could not get much information about it. Does anyone have any information on its history?

Terracotta Bulls

Terracotta Bulls
Terracotta Bulls

Terracotta horses and bulls are a common sight in Ayyanar shrines in Tamil Nadu villages.

This image is from a 5-star resort near Madras.

Free Urinal

The city is one urinal
The city is one urinal

The blue sign in Tamizh says, ‘ Municipal Corporation of Chennai – Free Urinal’. I will not blame you if you think it proclaims that the whole city is one big free urinal.

The Chennai Photowalk

Just 16 days to Madras Day.

 

 

Hiding Cherub

Hiding cherub
Hiding cherub

The cherub behind the bush seems to be hiding from public view yet peeping out to see the Sunday morning visitors to the St.Patrick’s Church, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai.

The Chennai Photowalk, The Retro-walk #43

Young Devotee

Boy at Mar Thoma Church
Boy at Mar Thoma Church

The boy at Mar Thomagiri St.Mary Orthodox Church at Magazine Road St. Thomas Mount. As I took a quick snap, he became shy and ran to his mother. Even after being goaded by the mother he was hesitant to appear again. I am happy I got it the first time.

This church comes under the Madras Diocese of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church – mostly patronised by Malayalees. The crosses in their church are also quite ornate similar to the stone cross at St.Thomas Mount (Parangi malai, in local parlance)

From The Chennai Photowalk Retro-walk #43 St. Thomas Mount

 

 

East India Company and Hindustan

East India Company
East India Company

Ever wondered what happened to the hallowed East India Company?  There is a company in the UK which claims to be the successors to the original EIC with intention of becoming a luxury brand.

In our own Madras, that is Chennai, there is a company which goes by the same name. Located on Thambu Chetty Street, they are dealers for Hindware brand of bathroom fittings. Hindware is a product of Hindustan Sanitaryware. So who is colonizing whom – Hindustan or East India Company – I do not know.

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East India Company and Hindustan

Photoes taken with Xiaomi Redmi 4 Note.