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?

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

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

Faces of Nanganallur 4

Flower selling couple on the streets of Nanganallur.

The Chennai Photowalk #145

Sony A6400 Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN

f/14, ss 1/125 ISO 2500 EV -1.0

Photowalk in Nanganallur


This lady photographer seems to be happy with the review on her monitor.

From The Chennai Photowalk #145 Nanganallur

Sony A6400 with Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN (Contemporary) f/4.5 SS 1/125 ISO 500

The Oldest Bookstore


Higginbothams – one of the oldest bookstores in Asia. The iconic structure has been well maintained by the owners – The Amalgamations Group.

Shot during The Chennai Photowalk on 12th June 2022

Sony ILCE 6400, E 18-135mm F 3.5-5.6 OSS at 18 mm

f/6.3, S.S 1/125, ISO 320

Cropped to get rid of an ugly modern structure on the left.