Speeding up communication

Liquor bottle in a telephone junction box
Liquor bottle in a telephone junction box

I have always wondered how the wired telephone works in spite of all the chaos and tangles on the way.

The empty liquor bottle in the junction box on a busy road probably has the answer – or more questions!

Taken with phone camera Redmi Note 4 on Radhakrishnan Salai.


Rest Well

Appropriate Brand Name

Doing full justice to the brand name of the mattress. An early morning scene on Pycrofts Road, Triplicane.

Shot on Red Mi Note 4. Tweaked with Snapseed.

Future Coca Cola?

Shikhanjiwalla to Coca Cola
Shikhanjiwalla to Coca Cola

Lemon juice cart in Royapettah, Chennai. A wannabe Coke?

Nothing Local About It.

No. It is not a local (pub). It is a restaurant claiming to serve authentic Punjabi food, complete with famous dialogues from Hindi movies emblazoned on the staircase.

Hindi Imposition

Posters in Hindi and Tamil for cures for Piles, Sex Problems etc

Hindi imposition even in advertisements for cures for sex problems, piles etc? A scene from Kilpauk but could be anywhere.

Why aren’t our activists protesting?

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Kodukkapuli vendor in Luz
Kodukkapuli vendor in Luz

I had always associated kodukkapuli with my school days in Madras. Coincidentally, it is from a tree called Madras Thorn or Manila Tamarind. Both monikers are technically inaccurate according to Dr. Wikipedia. The Botanical name is Pithacellobeum Dulce.

I had not seen this much in recent times. However, my daughter, a keener observer, tells me that it makes its annual appearances on the streets during the season.

This vendor was displaying his ware early in the morning near the Sanskrit college.

Funny Signs

Funny signs Chennai
Funny signs Chennai

Human trafficking?

A sign posted on an electrical junction box (RMU)  in Adyar.

A common sight.

‘Heritage’ becomes part of History



Heritage Fresh name board on the sidewalk

The Heritage Fresh chain of retail outlets owned by the family of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu has been taken over by the Future Group of Mr. Kishore Biyani (Big Bazaar).

Now my neighborhood Heritage Fresh store has been brought under the Nilgiris brand.  Nilgiris was taken over by the Future Group some time ago.

The Heritage name board lies unattended on the sidewalk, while the new neon-lit Nilgiris board glows.

Change is inevitable?!


The new Nilgiris board 




Happy Pongal

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Pongal.

Yesterday was Bhogi and the whole city was engulphed in one gigantic fog. I went for my customary walk at 7-30 a.m. The visibility was near zero but life went on.

I captured some of the everyday scenes in the smog.

Fruit vendor starts the day with a colourful kolam
Fruit vendor starts the day with a colourful kolam
Sugar cane purchase
Sugar cane purchase
tailor in the fog
It s 7-45 a.m The city is just waking up to a Bhogi day or should I say smoggy day. This tailor was at his workstation near a bank to earn his bread for the day.
Morning walk
Morning walk

DTH – Direct to Heaven

perungudi cremation grounds
perungudi cremation grounds

DTH- has a whole new definition: Direct to Heaven.  Or is it Direct to Hell? A satellite dish antenna is a prominent fixture in the Perungudi crematorium.

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