Nero of the Newspaper

House demolition
House demolition

Nero was playing the fiddle while Rome burned. This man is happily reading the newspaper even while the house around him is being demolished.

Despite the growth of digital platforms, print still rules!

Captured with a phone camera – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

 

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Matsya Avatar

Matsya, the first avatar of Vishnu rendered at the entrance of an eponymous restaurant in Adyar.Xiamoi Redmi note 4.

Traditional and Digital Media

Traditional and digital media
Traditional and digital media

India is one of the few countries where the print media is still growing, albeit slowly, in terms of circulation and ad revenue, despite the digital disruption.

The sight of freshly printed dailies being briskly distributed early every morning by a team of dedicated men and colourful display of an array of magazines and journals on wayside stalls are common in all localities of the city.

Here, the dealer of print media seems to be happy with his dose of digital news and content.

A scene from the Chennai Photowalk – Perambur captured on phone camera.

Embroiderer

Blouse embroidery
Blouse embroidery

This embroiderer is from Hooghly District of West Bengal. He works at a leading textile showroom embellishing blouses under the supervision of a local master embroiderer. Each blouse as shown in the specimen can cost several thousand rupees.

Taken with a phone camera.

 

Victim of Brand Wars?

Broken arm of mannequin
Broken arm of mannequin

An abandoned arm from a mannequin. Probably the victim of some intense marketing warfare in the retail segment.

Why Fear When I am Here?

Reassuring isthiri wallah
Reassuring isthiri wallah

This isthiri (ironing) wallah (or wali) is boldly assuring, “Why Fear When I am Here”. He spells the next line as “Sthree (woman) cart” Instead of Isthiri cart.

Probably he is reassuring the victims of #metoo campaign that he is there to protect.

Trashed

A car mockup trashed
A car mockup trashed

A mock up of a car abandoned  near trash can in front of a school.

Note that the bin is not full but the garbage is all around it.

Violations

Anna Nagar has several IAS Training ‘Academies’. No wonder you see many posters announcing various courses. These posters are plastered all over the place – on walls, electricity and telephone distribution boxes, trees, road signages etc.

Those who claim to train the future bureaucrats are themselves violating with impunity several laws, e.g The TN Open Places Prevention of Disfigurement Act 1959.

One famous ”academy” had the audacity to use the Government of India emblem (The Lion Capital) in their poster which is in direct contravention of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005.

What does the future hold for governance of the country!

Healthy and Environment Friendly Commuting


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Bicycle sharing station
Bicycle sharing station

Chennai is one of the 10 Indian cities where the cycle sharing service called Pedl has been introduced by Zoomcars. This is a very healthy, economical and convenient mode of commute which is also environment friendly. Technology is a great enabler for such initiatives and I pray that the concept succeeds. Knowing our traffic and our lack of discipline, i wonder if this will succeed.

Recently, many roads have signages for bicycles but there is no dedicated lanes or crossings. Our traffic is also notorious for its indiscipline. This makes me sceptical about the success of this venture.

Mobile app and QR Code driven
Mobile app and QR Code driven

Abandoned

Toilet seat on the street
Toilet seat on the street

An abandoned WC on the street.

#swatchbharat #disposal #abandoned