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.



Graffiti on abandoned bridge
Graffiti on the abandoned bridge

Graffiti greets visitors to the Broken Bridge across Adya river at Uroor Olcott kuppam

Mercedes (Hub Caps)

This ancient car (Standard Herald) was spotted in a narrow lane in Royapettah. Reminded me of my Blue Herald I used to drive in Bombay between 1974 and 1979.

This car is probably used for some ceremonial occasions. For now, it occupies half the width of the narrow street.



Early morning sun makes its own patterns in the partly demolished Bharat Insurance Building (Kardyl Building). The 120 – year old building was a grand specimen of Indo-Saracenic style.

This shape resembles the old arcade game Pacman, nibbling away what remains of the building.

Abandoned 2

Abandoned boat
Abandoned boat

Elliot’s beach is becoming a dumping yard for discarded items.  Earlier we saw an abandoned cart. Now a boat.

This dilapidated boat may be photogenic. It could also be a cosy coop for a tete-a-tete. But it has become a dump for trash and a breeding place for mosquitoes.



Abandoned push cart
Abandoned push cart

This abandoned and rusty pushcart was a forlorn sight on a cloudy weekday morning at Elliott’s  Beach.

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?


Collateral Damage by Metro Rail.

Abandoned generator panel from a defunct petrol station.

The advent of Metro rail in a locality normally signals progress and prosperity. However, the extended construction process has left many adversely affected. Most businesses near the  Metro line  are tottering on the brink waiting for very rosy days once the metro rail is commissioned. Some businesses have completely shut down giving a ghost town effect to the area. One such business is a petrol station in Anna Nagar. This is the image of a  panel of an abandoned generator in that defunct petrol station.

Let us hope for better days once the Metro line is commissioned.


Impounded tricycles?
Impounded tricycles?

You might have noticed impounded two-wheelers, cars and heavy vehicles rusting in the vicinity of police stations.

Is this police booth emulating the parent stations by impounding children’s tricycles?

NSC Bose Road, Chennai. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, Oct.1, 2016

Another one waiting for the bulldozer

Milk crates
Old house in Mylapore

A house in one of the bylanes of Mylapore awaiting the ‘developer’s’ long arm.

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