The extent of urban chaos in a metropolis like Chennai is evident in this scene from Meenambakkam. A quick snap while waiting for the signal.
Air, rail and road transport compete for space.
The proposal to have a modern airport for Chennai is periodically postponed due to land acquisition issues. Last few years the existing airport has been expanded and ‘modernized’ with the available space resulting in one of the worst Metro airports in the country.
“Better to Light a Candle Than Curse the Darkness” goes the old saying.
It wasn’t exactly dark, but an old devotee trekked up all the 150 odd steps of Pachai Malai to this temple of Mahayuga Kali on the hilltop to light a lamp in front of the shrine. Due to the high wind, she wasn’t successful in the beginning but finally succeeded after several attempts.
By the way, the original quote is attributed to several people from Confucius to Kennedy. I have no idea who said it first.
It is a small hill near Tambaram Sanatorium. You can approach it through the TNHB road off the Chennai Nagapattinam highway near the Export Processing Zone. To reach the top of the hill one has to climb about 150 steps. May not be an issue for most people. Senior citizens and those with ailments need to take care. There is a well kept small temple on top. On a Sunday morning, we could see a few devotees and many fitness freaks climbing the hill along with our Photowalkers.
The view from the hill is really worth the climb. The above image is looking North towards MEPZ and Peria Eri. The lake is close to Thiruneermalai.
Today is Amavasai – New Moon day , considered auspicious by many. Anjalai from Mylapore is busier than usual. She paints pumpkins for sale. These pumpkins are ‘broken’ at homes and business premises to ward off evil and bring good luck .
While a pumpkin sells for 60 to 80 rupees Anjalai gets an additional 40 or 50 rupees for her painted ones.