நானும் பாரதியும் – கவிதை
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Ranganathan Street on an early morning
In Chennai aka Madras, T.Nagar’s Ranganathan Street is one of the most popular destinations for shopping. You can buy everything you would need for a small army here, right from textiles, footwear, kitchen utensils, grocery, electronics, jewellery, and everything in between. The area is known to be packed with a bustling crowd on any given day, especially before festival days when you will be squeezed from all sides even when you are just passing through the place. With basic caution from the shopper’s side, the place is safe to visit – while physical harassment of ladies and pickpocket thefts are non-zero occurrences, they are not common as well – the…
Sankagiri Fort in Erode, Tamil Nadu
Today I felt wonderful as if I have accomplished something significant – feeling this way after a long time. This was after I completed the trek/climb to the top of the Sankagiri Fort in Salem District. It took me about 75 minutes to reach the top – a height of 2300 feet. Since it is a pandemic out there, and we had gone on an afternoon on a weekday I saw only a few others inside the fort – a group of young college students, a couple and a solo traveller. The fort is open for all and has no entry fee, which translates to having no security guards around…
Gingee Fort or Senji Fort in Tamil Nadu
Though it is only 150 kilometres from my city, Chennai, I have never visited Gingee fort aka Senji fort (செங்கிக் கோட்டை). Today I got the chance during a trip this week with a friend to Salem for a few days. We opted to travel by the GST Road towards Ulundurpet, instead of the Bengaluru Highway via Krishnagiri. We started from Chennai at 8 AM and reached Gingee town in three hours (at 11 AM). To the west of Gingee town is Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu at 30 km, and the same distance to the east is Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu. History of Gingee aka Senji Fort: Wikipedia says Gingee fort was ranked…
Life grows anywhere
Grass growing tall on the surface of an abandoned lorry (truck). Just like Artificial reefs are used to promote marine life, this too can be a technique for growing crops and moving them wherever water and sunlight are available! Location: Chennai-Bengaluru highway, near Sriperumbudur.
Chennai Nandanam’s skyline
This is the skyline view of the Nandanam area in Chennai, as seen from the ninth floor of Hotel Raintree, Anna Salai. In the foreground are rows of low-income houses built by the Tamil Nadu Government Housing Board and in the background are the high-rise apartments and offices.
Navarathri Golu 2021
Today marks the beginning of Navarathri (Nine Days) festivals in Tamil Nadu, it is called Dasara in many other parts of India. During Navarathri the dolls and idols of Gods and Goddesses are kept exquisitely decorated in what is called in Tamil as Golu (கொலு). Last year, due to the horrible pandemic we had a small display (2020. You can view the display we had in our earlier years here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2007 & 2004. This year we went for doing a little better, still scaled down, and started the work of bringing down the wooden planks, clothes, the dolls and the paraphilias two weeks back:…
Selfie with Mr T M Krishna
I was happy to have taken a picture with the famous Carnatic singer & author Mr T.M. Krishna. It happened this weekend at a lunch event, when I recollected the time, we were both in the same (adult) swimming class at a pool in Chennai many years ago. Best wishes for him to keep giving us wonderful art forever.