Idle Viewer or Active Stakeholder?

Rice Mandi on Mada Street

A rice retailer views the Kolam competition and a balloon seller outside his shop. His ‘Mani Mandi’ seems to be modern and money savvy. He accepts all credit cards and also uses other payment gateways.

At first, I thought he was an idle observer waiting for the event to end, but a small board in Tamizh announcing ‘Kolam Powder sold here’ made him an active supply chain member in the Kolam event and beyond.


King Coconuts

Mr.Mani tender coconut seller

This gentleman sells tender coconut at Besant Nagar. He specialises in the red variety, called king coconut (especially in Sri Lanka). In Thamizh it is called ‘Sevvilaneer’. It has less sugar than the green variety but is considered more nutritious and tastier, by some. It also imparts health benefits by itself or in combination with other ingredients for gastric and urinary issues.

Faces of Nanganalur 9

Knife sharpener

The traditional knife sharpener (சாணை பிடிக்கிறவர்) goes round with a grinding wheel calling out to housewives to bring out their kitchen knives for sharpening. Now, these craftsmen have upgraded themselves. The grinding wheel is hooked onto a two-wheeler. A speaker plays sales messages. More products like cast iron pots and pans have been added to the offerings.

Adaptation and up-gradation to changing technology and trends for survival.

The Chennai Photowalk #145

Sony A6400 with Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN

f/3.2; ss 1/125; ISO 160

It is a Dog’s Life for Singles

At Besant Nagar Beach

The beach is no place for singles.

Sony A 6400 On manual mode. f/6.3; 1/200; ISO 250

E18-135 @42mm

Banaras Sarees and Woolen Shawls?

Wrong goods dispalyed
Wrong goods displayed

The shop advertising high-end Banaras Sarees and Woolen Shawls may not be aware that after shop hours different kinds of materials are displayed in front.

A scene from Godown Street, Sowcarpet,Chennai. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, October 1, 2016

Ogling at Legs

A photographer shooting a shop display
A photographer shooting a shop display of legs and leggings

The Chennai Photowalk, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam.


Cradles on a peepul tree
Cradles on a peepul tree

Devotees hand these representations of cradles in temple premises, usually on a peepul  tree to be blessed with a child.

At a temple in Villivakkam

Upside down studio

Upside down photogs

Upside down photogs

The World is My Studio, even if upside down. Photographers from the Chennai Photo Walk on bridge on Adyar at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal

Young Beauty : Faces of Chennai

young girl at a wedding
young girl at a wedding

This little girl was attending a wedding at the Angala Amman Temple, Burma Colony. Initially, she was shy. After seeing her friends, she insisted that I take her photograph and I obliged.