Young Devotee

Boy at Mar Thoma Church
Boy at Mar Thoma Church

The boy at Mar Thomagiri St.Mary Orthodox Church at Magazine Road St. Thomas Mount. As I took a quick snap, he became shy and ran to his mother. Even after being goaded by the mother he was hesitant to appear again. I am happy I got it the first time.

This church comes under the Madras Diocese of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church – mostly patronised by Malayalees. The crosses in their church are also quite ornate similar to the stone cross at St.Thomas Mount (Parangi malai, in local parlance)

From The Chennai Photowalk Retro-walk #43 St. Thomas Mount



Two-headed cow?

2 cows
Two headed cow?

These two cows were grazing on the streets of Madampakkam. Their feed mainly came from the garbage heaps.

The two cows standing one behind the other gives an illusion of a two headed animal.

East India Company and Hindustan

East India Company
East India Company

Ever wondered what happened to the hallowed East India Company?  There is a company in the UK which claims to be the successors to the original EIC with intention of becoming a luxury brand.

In our own Madras, that is Chennai, there is a company which goes by the same name. Located on Thambu Chetty Street, they are dealers for Hindware brand of bathroom fittings. Hindware is a product of Hindustan Sanitaryware. So who is colonizing whom – Hindustan or East India Company – I do not know.

EI comapny2
East India Company and Hindustan

Photoes taken with Xiaomi Redmi 4 Note.



Summary Punishment for Traffic Violation?

Traffic violation
summary punishment

Enforcement of traffic rules is notoriously slack in Chennai. So I was pleasantly surprised to see traffic police pulling up offenders on Radhakrishnan Salai. What caught my eye was a black noose made out of cable hanging from a nearby tree.

Maybe summary punishment for grave traffic violations? !

Captured in Xiaomi Redmi 4 Note

Fashion Show

Fashion show in triplicane
Fashion show in Triplicane

No marks for guessing where this is. A shop window Triplicane High Road


Car for wedding procession


Car for wedding procession
Car for wedding procession

If it is baraat in North India, it is Maapillai Azhaippu in Tamil Nadu. The bridegroom is taken round the streets in a  decorated vehicle. There are specialists who provide customised cars for this purpose. Usually, these are very old cars (many are  Heralds, some are even Dodges and Studebakers) which are not fit for normal use.

This car was in front of a mandapam in Washermanpet. It looked like a Herald which had undergone a major body transplant. Just opposite to this mandapam was the garage of a contractor who supplies such vehicles for weddings and movies.


Zari work

woman on zari work
a woman on zari work

CN Krishnaswamy Road opposite the Big Mosque in Triplicane is a typical lane, full of small shops and eateries with people and vehicles darting in and out. The road also houses a couple of embroidery workshops and stores specializing in zari and gilded materials. we managed to peep into one of them for this photograph.



Friday Prayers at the mosque

Prayers at the mosque
Namaaz-Prayers at the mosque

The Ramzan month has come to  an end. Last Friday, I was fortunate to be part of a heritage walk to Wallajah Mosque and surrounding areas of Triplicane. It was led by Mr. Kombai Anwar. The walk ended with an iftar party at the Wallajah Mosque (Big Mosque). The was taken after the iftar.

Old Star Talkies

Star theatre
Dress circle?

Star Talkies in Triplicane used to bring the latest Hindi movies to Madras during my college days. The theatre closed down some time ago and is awaiting the kiss of the bulldozer.

Meanwhile, one of the booking counters has been converted as a dressing table by the caretaker’s family.

Is this what is meant by Dress Circle?

Part of Ramzan Heritage Walk.



Tangled wires

Tangled wires
Tangled wires

Despite the advances in communications technology, the last mile connectivity seems to be primitive. Here is a telephone junction box in a busy commercial area of Chennai.

Sometimes you wonder, how these things still work!

The Chennai Photowalk. Retrowlak # 42 Broadway.