Rural Setting

This typical rural scene is not very from the city. Nemam village – A suburb about 45 minutes drive from the city.

From The Chennai Photowalk


Mother and Child

Mother and child

Just before Navaratri, the streets around the Kapaliswarar Temple are filled with shops selling Golu dolls made of Papier mache, terra cotta, POP, wood metal etc.

The shops are usually set and up and managed by families including women and children. It is not uncommon to see mothers taking care of infants while transacting business, as in this frame.

From the Photowalk by Photographic Society of Madras on 25th September 2022.

Bridging the Digital Divide

A village child playing with cellphone
A village child playing with a cellphone

It is true that the digital revolution is sweeping through India. However, there are concerns about the Digital Divide – the gap in access between urban and rural, rich and the poor, young and the old, etc. This gap is now slowly closing.

This young boy in Nemam Village near Chennai City is playing with a cellphone while his father is having a bath in a nearby pond.

Baby on a Bus – Truck Art 2

Baby on a Bus
Baby on a Bus

More on the Truck Art series. A bus at Ekkattuthangal.

From The ChennaiPhotowalk.


Instant Delight

GN Ramaswami sharing the image
GN Ramaswami sharing the image

One of the delights of digital is the ability to see image instantaneously for review and rejoicing.

Here, fellow photo walker and friend, GN Ramaswami sharing the photo with the subjects prior to the therottam at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane.


The Young Swami

ayyappa swamis
Ayyappa swamis

Three Ayyappa Swamis including a toddler relaxing near the Kapliswarar Temple, Mylapore.



At the Rath Yatra

Curious eyes at Rath yatra

The Hare Krishna Movement or The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, for short)  conducted a Rath yatra on Saturday, starting from the Elliott’s Beach Besant Nagar. This Young devotee was spotted at the start of the yatra.

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



Starting Early

Newspaper vendors
Newspaper vendors

I have always appreciated the newspaper vendors and milk distributors of Chennai.  Even when there were natural and man made disruption of normal life, they provided the requite service in time.

Both these groups have to start the day very early to meet the dawn deadline of the customers.

This boy in Anna nagar seems to be starting even earlier in helping his father.

The Cherub

winged cherub on a temple roof
winged cherub on a temple roof

At Nungambakkam, Chennai.

The Chennai Photowalk.