Madras (yes, it is still Madras for me) is the city I love. Though born in Kerala, I spent my childhood in Madras before moving to IIM Ahmedabad in 1969 and later pursuing my career in Bombay and Africa. I returned to Madras in 1985 and has been here since, except for an 8-year stint in Trivandrum. Though I am from this city, being an amateur photographer and a management professional makes me a curious observer of this city.
As a log of such observations, I have put together this photoblog on Madras
, with some random photographs and brief text or captions.Mostly, street photography (photographie de rue,
The images may not be technically perfect (some are taken with my cellphone), but I think these reflect aspects of life around us here in this city which we sometimes take for granted.
and give your suggestions.
As a Madrasophile, I recently read ‘Tamarind City – where modern India began’ by Bishwanath Ghosh. He has cleverly covered the modernity and tradition of Madras with a lot of love and sensitivity. Mylapore, George Town and Triplicane appear prominently in his book. This blog contains a handful of images from these and other areas.
The other book on Chennai which I read recently was ‘Madras, Chennai and the Self – A conversation with the City’ by Tulsi Badrinath. She has also covered the city, its people and the paradoxes with affection and appreciation.
24th Dec 2016. Though I have been blogging continuously everyday from January 2016, I realized from the archives that my first blog on this site was on 25th December 2009. That means, this blog is 7 years old already. Awesome feeling.
Thanks and regards
Harihara Subramanian V
“To me, every hour of light and dark in Madras is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space in Madras is a miracle.”
Apologies to American poet Walt Whitman
” Every street scene has a story in it and it is the task of the photographer to discover it”. –apologies to Michaelangelo.
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