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.
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.
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.