Navaratri is around the corner. This festival over 9 days celebrates and worships many forms of the Goddess.

A view a temple wall in Ekkattuthangal.

See also 10 Mahishasuramardinis  in my other blog, Stone Stories 



Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus
Homeless Jesus

Statue of Homeless Jesus at St.Thomas Mount, Chennai.

The original concept is attributed to a Canadian sculptor who put up the first such image of Jesus sleeping on a park bench in a church in Toronto. Since then, several facsimiles have been put up in several churches around the world.


superman mural
superman mural

At the entrance to the Park Town MRTS station.


Aattu kallus on the Main Road

People in Chennai do not think twice before throwing their discards on the streets – be it garbage, abandoned furniture , construction debris, packing materials and what-not.

Recently I saw three grinding stones (the pestle part of an Aaattu kallu, used for grinding idli -dosa batter) right on the busy Rama Krishna Mutt Road opposite to Mylapore tank.

What next?


Trendy Chennai

Chennai anointed as the trendiest city for shopping, dining and nightlife by  SilverKris, the Singapore Airline Travel Guide.

Read the full article here. is also endorsed as the cool place for sustainable products.



Upcycled Lamps

kerosene lamps
kerosene lamps

In a narrow but crowded street in Villivakkam, I was amused to see these lamps being sold. I have seen these during my childhood in areas where electricity had not reached. We called them ‘Kozhi muttai villakku’ (egg shaped lamps) . These were used for light duty in small rooms and for carrying between rooms. I had not seen them for quite sometime.

What was more interesting was that the bodies were made out of upcycled (repurposed) tin sheets. I hope organisations like  which specialize in Upcycled products, stock such items.


Lungiman and foreigners
Lungiman and foreigners

Our Lungi man keeping an eye on the foreigners.

From The Chennai Photowalk – Harrington Road

The Indifferent, the Involved and the Curious

Attitude towards news
Attitude towards news

It is Madras Day.

The hot news of the day is the merger of the two factions of the ruling party and related realignments. The attitude towards this news is amply reflected in the body language of these three.

The old man seems to be indifferent with a ‘I-have-seen-it-all’ attitude.

The middle aged man is deeply involved in the news.

The younger guy is curious.

From the Madras Week Photowalk in Mylapore today.


Superman’s Abode

Superman's house?
Superman’s house?

A young man with a Superman T-Shirt in front of a humble abode. Near Arulmigu Kothandaramar Temple, Manapakkam


Muneeswaran at Burma colony, Ekkattuthangal
Muneeswaran at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal

The Muneeswaran statue towers about 40 feet at Burma Colony Angaleswari Temple, Ekkattuthangal.

From a Photowalk in 2016.