Cute Gatekeepers



World Theatre Day

Museum Theater, Egmore, Chennai

Yesterday was World Theatre Day and I happened to pass by the Museum Theatre which was the venue of many a plays by various troupes from Madras as well as from all over the world.

The structure built is the late 19th Century (1896) is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style. Fortunately for us it has been fairly well maintained.

The Museum complex as a whole wears a totally new visitor-friendly look both inside and outside. It appears that some thought and resources have gone into it.

Golden Cover

Flowers of the Copper pod tree

During the morning walk, I came across a parked car covered with yellow flowers of the Copper pod tree (also known as Rusty Shield Bearer of Yellow Gulmohur) Botanical name:  Peltophorum pterocarpum

Shapes and Colours

March past

A man walking past the murals of Indira Nagar MRTS Station wall.

The Indira Nagar MRTS station situated on the IT Expressway (OMR) now wears a new look. Street artist A-Kill and the St+Art Foundation (who were involved in the Kannagi Nagar Project also) have collaborated with the Tamil Nadu Aids Control Society to paint the walls with themes aimed at destigmatizing aids patients.

More details:

Taken with a phone camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Hope Springs Eternal

Green shoots

At the peak of the pandemic, one of the trees in the Indira Nagar Park fell . The trunk was sawed off and removed. One piece of the trunk however was left behind to dry and rot. It was cut off from the roots and lanced by steel rods on the fence.

One day, the dry trunk started sprouting green shoots.

There is always hope even in the most hopeless situation.


Mural abstract

An abstract from the Indira Nagar MRTS station wall mural.

Taken with a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Domino Effect

Domino effect of the pandemic?

Used motorcycles parked in front of a two-wheeler showroom, post lockdown. Didn’t the food delivery business grow during the pandemic? Are they abandoned or traded-in for new ones?


Lest we forget

Lest we forget when the lockdown started. A tear-off daily calendar on the dashboard of a taxi parked near a school since March 2020.

The Day after NEET

The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Undergraduate medical programs was held yesterday. By most accounts it went off well despite the pandemic constraints.

The above is a scene from a centre where the exam was held yesterday. There is a sense of calm after the excitement. Unlike earlier, there were no brochures and handbills strewn all over.

there were, of course some unfortunate incidents associated with such exams. Politicians and Tamil film personalities are already using this to divert the limelight on themselves.

Hope all will work towards providing quality educational and fair access to all.

Covid Casualty?

In the dumps

An abandoned Teddy Bear in the junk along with a toilet bowl.