Fetching Water

Water shortage
Fetching water

Chennai has a long history of water shortage. Despite occasional heavy rains and flooding, no permanent solution has been implemented to provide adequate supply for the city’s residents.

A Chettinad Mess on Mookker Nallamuthu Street has to ferry pots of water to the first floor from a street pump.

A nearby shop advertises ‘Tasty Palar water available here’. Wonder where they get their supply from. Many on the banks of Palar river themselves do not get an adequate supply.

The Chennai Photowalk. The Retrowalk #44




Sleeping devotee
Sleeping devotee

This street dweller seems to be paying obeisance to his Gods in his own special way.

From Linghi Chetty Street.  George Town, Chennai



Wings and Wheels

Carts & Angels at a temple
Carts & Angels at a temple

At the entrance of Malleeswarar Temple, Linghi Chetty Street, Mannady, Chennai.

The Chennai Photowalk: Retrowalk #44 -The Bankers’ Walk.




Navaratri is around the corner. This festival over 9 days celebrates and worships many forms of the Goddess.

A view a temple wall in Ekkattuthangal.

See also 10 Mahishasuramardinis  in my other blog, Stone Stories 


Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus
Homeless Jesus

Statue of Homeless Jesus at St.Thomas Mount, Chennai.

The original concept is attributed to a Canadian sculptor who put up the first such image of Jesus sleeping on a park bench in a church in Toronto. Since then, several facsimiles have been put up in several churches around the world.

Upcycled Lamps

kerosene lamps
kerosene lamps

In a narrow but crowded street in Villivakkam, I was amused to see these lamps being sold. I have seen these during my childhood in areas where electricity had not reached. We called them ‘Kozhi muttai villakku’ (egg shaped lamps) . These were used for light duty in small rooms and for carrying between rooms. I had not seen them for quite sometime.

What was more interesting was that the bodies were made out of upcycled (repurposed) tin sheets. I hope organisations like www.golisodastore.com  which specialize in Upcycled products, stock such items.


Lungiman and foreigners
Lungiman and foreigners

Our Lungi man keeping an eye on the foreigners.

From The Chennai Photowalk – Harrington Road

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.


Superman’s Abode

Superman's house?
Superman’s house?

A young man with a Superman T-Shirt in front of a humble abode. Near Arulmigu Kothandaramar Temple, Manapakkam


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.