The Moore Market built around 1898 near today’s Chennai Central Railway Station was a famous shopping destination in Madras city. Unfortunately in the late 1980s, the complex was lost after a massive fire accident. In its place, the city corporation had constructed Lily Pond Complex.

Lily Pond Complex (அல்லிகுளம் வணிக வளாகம்) has hundreds of small shops selling phone cases, second-hand books, textbooks, fashion jewellery, antiques, knick-knacks and more. It used to be the destination of choice for me to buy old vinyl records and comics. Unfortunately, the pandemic in the last two years and the resulting lockdowns have devastated the businesses here – today I found most of the shops here have been closed – I hope they open soon and get back on their feet.

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