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I have been to Dakshina Chitra a few times, mostly accompanying my clients  (Yes, I know, it sounds like a cliché) who visit from abroad as a pit stop on the way to Mahabalipuram. It is a living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India, presented in an enjoyable way – They certainly have succeeded in that mission. The place is convenient to visit from the city, well maintained -…

After seeing Chettinad Palace and Kanadukathan on Monday, on Tuesday we went around Tanjore. I have written earlier detailed posts on my visit in 2012 to Thanjavur Palace and Big Temple, so I will keep this post brief. First stop was தஞ்சை பெரிய கோயில் (Tanjore Big Temple): Tanjore Art museum aka Palace: In the evening we went to Salangai Natham, an exhibition of dance from around India. The next day we went to Trichy and…

After seeing Thirumayam fort we went to Kanadukathan (கானாடுகாத்தான்) to see Chettinad palace, the palatial house of Sri MAM Ramaswamy and family. Chettiyars hail from Chettinad region are a prosperous banking and business community who traveled across South East Asia doing trade especially during Cholas and later the British empire. To go inside the Chettinad Palace you need to get prior permission from the family which we were lucky to get through a friend in Tanjore. After Kanadukathan we…

It’s Sunday evening! “Where do we go”, asked my wife. Not to Marina Beach. No to malls. Definitely not to the parks. I had to think fast and suggest a place that both of us will like. We are not devout, we go to temples only when we had to. For a change I suggested Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple. We decided to go there to see around  and praying was just an excuse. Glad we did that. There was so much…

For about 200 years if it was shopping in Chennai (Madras) it would have been a trip to Parry’s corner aka Town Area which was near to Sowcarpet, Broadway, Mint street & Burma Bazaar. In the 1990s trend changed and the popular shopping destination in Chennai was T.Nagar area which included Ranganathan Street, Panagal Park and Pondy Bazaar. Nowadays there are many malls around the city, but still T.Nagar remains as the go to place…