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.
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.
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
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.