Smart Phone and Obesity

Mount Road, Chennai

“Obesity is the mother of all diseases”. Smartphone is the mother of obesity!


Selfie at Shore Temple

At Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

A group of lady pilgrims from Mel Maruvathur at the 8th Century Shore Temple, built by the Pallavas.

NEET & JEE Classes

Coaching Class

My Isthiri wallah also seems to be milking the Entrance Test system. No. He is not offering coaching for JEE or NEET. He has lent his space to display a banner for some material benefit.


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.



A stucco bas releif of Gajalakshmi on an old building in Mannady, Chennai. Wonder how long this old building can withstand the onslaught of development!

The two cherubs with wings (angles?) look rather unusual in an Indian design. Or do they?



On an evening stroll in the Indira Nagar MRTS plaza, I saw a handful of beautiful butterflies flittering from plant to plant. With some effort, I could capture the above on my camera. A quick google image search revealed that this is called PlainTiger – a rather underwhelming name. It is also called African Queen or African Monarch. Now it sounds impressive!

Wikipedia also tells me that this specie is not uncommon. You need not be rare to look beautiful. Everyday things can also be beautiful. Right?

By the way, I thought lantana is an invasive plant. Wonder why the park is planting this species. 

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Sony ILCE 6400 E 18-135 mm OSS @ 135 mm f-5.6, SS 1/1000, ISO 640

Milk by the Metre

Tea shop

A common sight in tea shops in South India (maybe, elsewhere too).

The Chennai Photowalk #146 From 10th Century to present day Velachery

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.

The Street is My Studio

Street Studio

A common sight. Aspiring models and photographers use the painted walls of Indira Nagar MRTS station walls as a backdrop for their shoots.

Faces of Nanganallur 10

Mr Dawood Basha, auto driver.

Mr Dawood Basha was waiting for a savari near a temple. I walked up to him and chatted. On a casual enquiry about uniforms, he mentioned that it is mandatory, but being Sunday he is taking it easy as most of the trips will only be local.

The Chennai Photowalk #145 The Streets of Nanganallur

Sony A6400 with Sony E 18-135mm F 3.5-5.6 OSS @ 18mm (cropped) f/5.0; ss 1/125; ISO 400