Pleasing shanty town

Srinivasapuram as seen from Leela Palace
Srinivasapuram as seen from Leela Palace

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.

Through the windows

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Resting on the steps at Marina
Resting on the steps at Marina

After a vigorous walk, resting on the steps of the Marina at Gandhi Statue with friends and facebook.

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Pedestrian-Friendly Plaza

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Exit from Central Metro Station
Exit from Central Metro Station

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.

Pedestrian friendly

Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge
Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge connecting Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station and Ramanujam Knowledge City across Old Mahabalipuram Road – photographed on Bhogi day 2019 when the smog was much less than the previous year.

“Esteemed” Leader

The Leader and the Esteem
The Leader and the Esteem

The walls in Tamil Nadu are made unsightly by posters and paintings by political parties and social organisations, of which there seems to be no dearth. Compared to this, I was pleased to see the public walls in Odisha – Bhubaneswar, and Puri- painted with attractive local motives.

I know that there have been some initiatives to have more pleasing walls in Chennai, but the political juggernauts always have their way.

Here, a popular leader boldly glares at passers-by ( now that he is out of the shadow of his father).  Or is he eyeing the car?

Before and After?

before and after
before and after

Cellphone Towers

Tree and cell phone tower
Tree and cell phone tower

A recent blockbuster movie 2.0 by Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth had highlighted the ill effects of cell tower radiation on birds. ( I have deliberately listed Akshay Kumar first because he had a bigger role which he carried out with aplomb).

Looking at this tree in Besant Nagar which is always bereft for leaves all year round, one tends to believe that the radiation seems to affect leaves too.

Dickensian Curiosity

The Old Curiosity Shop
The Old Curiosity Shop

The shop that reminds you of the eponymous novel of Charles Dickens is situated on Mount road opposite Spencer’s. The 8-decade old shop is also called Kashmir Art Palace.

The original shop in England selling odds and ends which inspired the novel was started in the 16th  century, though Dickens wrote the novel only in the 1800′ s. The shop renamed itself the ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ after the novel became popular.

Floriculturist

Farm worker at Ranga thottam
Farmworker at Ranga thottam

Vasantha and her husband work in the jasmine gardens at Ranga Thottam. Ranga Garden is green oasis near the Chennai International Airport.

Competition

Street food and KFC
Street food and KFC

At Besant Nagar Beach on a Sunday morning. This street food vendor has placed himself opposite to the KFC outlet, yet doing roaring business with his ‘health’ foods under the colourful umbrella. Meanwhile, the child seems to be amusing himself with a hop skip and jump.