The Old Woman and the Sea

Old woman and the sea
Old woman and the sea

This old woman with her meagre belongings was loitering on the beach. Maybe she was looking for some remnants of fish or for some alms.

Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass window at University Senate House
Stained Glass window at University Senate House

The Madras University Senate House was built in the 1870s. It is one of the classic examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The stained glass windows here are outstanding.

This is one view after a recent renovation.

 

Ideas Worth Emulating 1

Donating abandoned bicycles
Donating abandoned bicycles

This is not from Chennai but from Thane, Maharashtra, but something that can be tried here too.

A large apartment complex had many abandoned bicycles and tricycles cluttering up the nooks and corners and passages. The society collected all of them and donated them to an NGO who would refurbish them and give to deserving children. The owners were given sufficient time to claim the cycles if they want.

Are there such NGOs in Chennai that can take responsibility for refurbishing and identifying genuine candidates?

This is one of the ideas I picked up from my recent travel.

Captured with Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Water Body

Bund of Nemam Lake
Bund of Nemam Lake

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.

Commonwealth War Graves

Commonwealth war grave
Commonwealth war grave

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.

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Early Bird

Early pedestrian on Pondy Bazaar plaza
Early pedestrian on Pondy Bazaar plaza

It was a lazy Sunday morning. The usually busy Pondy Bazaar was just coming alive. The conservancy workers were active, the security staff was taking charge from night shift colleagues, other service providers on early morning duty were scurrying. Some shops were just opening for cleaning or for custom. A few health freaks were taking a walk or jogging while some foodies were enjoying their breakfast in one of the many bhavans or cafes. Among all these activities, this man walking past a menswear store caught my eye for a typical Street Photo.