The Chennai city enforced a very strict lockdown for about 3 weeks. The only outside activity was a walk on the terrace. The sunset provided an intriguing sight like a flame thrower against the dish antenna receiver.
Another face from Chennai. An old watchman in one of the shops in Pondy Bazaar pedestrian plaza.
Next in the series on last mile in the supply chain.
A migrant vendor selling 3-D pictures in Pondy bazaar a couple of months ago. Wonder where he is now!
An immigrant minding the store on Kutchery Road Mylapore.
Migrants, Casual labourers, self-employed, small time service providers etc. are all value adders in our economic chain. I call them DEVAs (Deep End Value Adders). They are visible, yet invisible because we ignore them or take them for granted.
From my archives I am posting a few of these DEVAs (includes both genders) in a series.
While the lockdown continues, I pulled out this photo from my archives. September 2018. By lanes of Mount Road. (Anna Salai)
Take any street and you will find an industrious migrant from states like Bihar, Odisha or Bengal hawking something or the other. This hawker adds music to his selling efforts in front of a poster of a popular film star on North Mada Street during the Mylapore Festival.
May his efforts bring him success!
The world celebrates Gandhiji’s birthday today as Gandhi Jayanthi. The Navaratri golu dolls bazaar on North Mada Street, Mylapore had many images of the Mahatma along with the usual divine figures.
Mylapore streets were chock-a-block with bommai shops, people and vehicles. This boy was looking at the chaos outside from the quiet interiors of his house. From the Photowalk conducted by Photographic Society of Madras.
It is Navaratri golu time. This young girl is giving some last minute touches to a doll house that a customer has just chosen. At North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai.
The festival was over. The ‘ther’ decorations were taken down and stored in a mandap. Here, a figure of Perumal looking pitifully at a fallen Yaali.
Kothandaramar Temple, West Mambalam, Chennai.