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Every January I make it a point to visit the annual Tourism and Trade Fair (இந்திய சுற்றுலா தொழிற் பொருட்காட்சி, சென்னை) that happens in Island Grounds, Chennai. Roaming through the shops and the stalls reminds me of the simpler times from my childhood when I used to hold my father’s hand and go there. It used to be fascinating just to see the variety of ‘cheap’ toys available there and intrigued by the displays in the Government department stalls. Now, the world has changed, everything is available on the Internet. My son doesn’t want to join me, he feels it is…

Chennai Book Fair is an annual pilgrimage for me: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010. For those who are not in Chennai and will miss out on the annual Chennai Book Fair, I would like to share this photoblog with nearly a hundred photos that I shot for your benefit. Hope you all get a feel of a virtual tour of the fair, since it is about books, I have focused on the book titles readable and not the shops and surroundings :-) [Disclaimer: By no means this coverage is comprehensive or the photos are my endorsement/liking. I have…

A UNESCO world heritage site and the most famous stepwell in Gujarat is the Rani ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell). It is about 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad, and, we didn’t have the time to travel. Instead, we visited the smaller one – called the Rudabai Stepwell at Adalaj, this was a few kilometres from Ahmedabad city. In the Gujarati language, the stepwell is called a vav, (leading down to the level of water). It was built in 1498 for a beautiful lady known as Rani Roopba (or Roodabai), who was the wife of Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty, a…

It’s surreal to watch this iconic location during (heavy) rains, like today morning. The rain filter you see in the picture are real water drops seen through my car glass and not digitally applied :-) Below are more pictures of the Chennai Central Railway station taken during a late evening last week. Inside view of Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station – Higginbothams book store and iD Restaurant புரட்சித் தலைவர் டாக்டர் எம் ஜி இராமச்சந்திரன் மத்திய ரயில் நிலையம் [Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station]