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.
The well-manicured Madras War Cemetery on the main road at Nandambakkam is very prominent and popular. But there is much older war grave on Pallavan Salai in Park town right by the side of the flyover to Central Station. This is part of St.Mary’s Church in Fort St.George, whose on-site cemetery could not be expanded due to space and security concerns.
The Chennai Photowalk. Retro walk # 70 Bodyguard Muneeswaran
Long distance trains coming into Chennai halting at Mambalam is a great convenience. However, due to the short time and limited infrastructure at this station, life can be a blurry and dangerous rush as seen by these passengers hurrying.
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It is true that the digital revolution is sweeping through India. However, there are concerns about the Digital Divide – the gap in access between urban and rural, rich and the poor, young and the old, etc. This gap is now slowly closing.
This young boy in Nemam Village near Chennai City is playing with a cellphone while his father is having a bath in a nearby pond.
Chennai has its fair share of migrant labourers from Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and other parts of the country. Some of the migrants are also self-employed. During our photo walk in the revamped Pondy Bazaar, we found Omkar from Agra selling peacock feathers. There were also others selling different articles like drums etc. Perhaps, this was an interim activity till they find a regular job or some other vocation.
Weaving through the narrow lanes of Srinivaspuram near Santhome beach can be an unpleasant experience. However, the same shanty town seen from the luxurious Leela Palace room windows makes a pleasing sight.
The stretch between Central Station (by whatever name you call it) and the Ripon Building was a nightmare for motorists and more for pedestrians. But, if what I saw last weekend was any indication, Chennai is going to have a very pedestrian friendly plaza in and around Moore market complex. There are wide walkways devoid of motor traffic, convenient subways with steps, escalator and lifts to cross the road.
Unauthorised vendors are kept away (though there are a few random ones). Whatever heritage structures remain are spruced up and well lit.
I hope all stakeholders, especially the public will help maintain this for the benefit of all.