The Old Woman and the Sea

Old woman and the sea
Old woman and the sea

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.

Ideas Worth Emulating 2

Karaoke in the park
Karaoke in the park

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.

Here is a Karaoke link

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Water Body

Bund of Nemam Lake
Bund of Nemam Lake

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.

Early Bird

Early pedestrian on Pondy Bazaar plaza
Early pedestrian on Pondy Bazaar plaza

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.

Precariously Perched

Hanging Cleaner at work
Hanging Cleaner at work

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.

Rare Ganesha

Shree Shiva Shakthi Vinayagar at Sivapraksham St.
On the Shree Shiva Shakthi Vinayagar koil gopuram at Sivapraksham St.

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.