Idle Viewer or Active Stakeholder?

Rice Mandi on Mada Street

A rice retailer views the Kolam competition and a balloon seller outside his shop. His ‘Mani Mandi’ seems to be modern and money savvy. He accepts all credit cards and also uses other payment gateways.

At first, I thought he was an idle observer waiting for the event to end, but a small board in Tamizh announcing ‘Kolam Powder sold here’ made him an active supply chain member in the Kolam event and beyond.


The Seafood Supply Chain

Last mile service

When we think of the seafood supply chain we only think of the fishermen and local fish vendors. there is a whole lot of other important links in the chain like the wholesalers and the transporters, the storage units etc.

Recently I discovered another important link. These are persons who sit outside the fish stalls with a kitchen cleaver (aruva manai) or chopping board. The customers bring their fish for cutting cleaning and descaling, for a few rupeees thus relieving the consumers of a nasty chore at home. Very useful last mile service for fish consumers and some livelihood for a few.

Thirupporur Temple

The Kandaswmy temple at Thirupporur also known as Thirupporur Murugan Koil is an ancient temple tracing its origin to the Pallava period. The temple was renovated in the 18th century and later.

Though Thirupporur is only about 25 Kms from my place in Chennai, I could have darsan only recently. Fortunately, another occasion followed.

The temple is the abode of Lord Muruga and his consorts, Valli and Devanai.

The gopuram seen above is seven-storied and rises to a height of 70 feet.

Vaikashi Vishakam (May-June) is an important festival in this temple.

Service Providers

It has been raining heavily this morning. I could have only a glimpse from my window. Our street had about 5 inches of water. Yet some diligent service providers like maids, sanitary workers, newspaper and milk vendors, and health care workers were making their way to work.

I salute these anonymous service providers.



A stucco bas releif of Gajalakshmi on an old building in Mannady, Chennai. Wonder how long this old building can withstand the onslaught of development!

The two cherubs with wings (angles?) look rather unusual in an Indian design. Or do they?

Newspaper Vendor

Magazine stall

This magazine vendor off Armenian street stocks an array of dailies and periodicals in many languages and genres. He also stocks items of stationery to untilise the shelf space optimally.

From The Chennai Photowalk – Armenian Street

Intense Devotion


Steel bars are no barrier for devotion for this lady in Triplicane. During the temple procession and Ghoshti .

From the Chennai Photowalk #150

“Annie Get Your Gun”

“Target practice

It is Sunday morning. 7 a.m. at Marina Beach. This lady has already laid out the balloons and air rifles to invite clients to try out their shooting skills.

Three Generations

Three generations of devotees

Taken at the Manavala Maamunivar Utsavam of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruvallikkeni, Chennai.

Three generations of Vaishnavites await the Lord returning from the Peyalwar Sannidhi accompanied by 18 ceremonial umbrellas.

From The Chennai Photowalk #151

Feeding the Birds


Some philanthropists feed the pigeons daily at the Marina and Elliot’s beaches. The quantity of grain fed every day runs into hundreds of kilograms.

It is always a pleasure to watch the flock of birds take off together and land again for no particular reason after a quiet meal. This also gives a great photo opportunity. Even if you have hundreds of such pictures, every frame is different. One such frame from a recent visit to Elliot’s beach. The famous Schmidt Memorial is hidden behind the flock.

Sony ILCE-6400 with Sigma 30mm F 1.4 DC DN

f/1.4, S.S 1/1600, ISO 640

Processed on LR