Paving way to the retail revolution!!!

I live in Luz Corner in Mylapore and the landscape here is changing dramatically. The famous Thanithurai Vegetable Market (actually it is Thaneer Thurai, a docking station in earlier days) seems to have been sold off. The buzz is Saravana Stores has bought the piece of land, a good 15 grounds. Now, once that is up, one can imagine the state of traffic in this stretch. Next big one, is the once upon a time famous Santhi Vihar. Oh, what a popular restaurant it used to be. They used to rock those days and their Idli Sambars where on par with Ratna Cafe. After all, they were run by the same family. Appasamy Real Estates have bought this piece of land and coming with multi-storeyed apartments. Rate per sq. ft. is a good Rs. 6000-7000/- And the place has just one entry and it is right at the signal. Imagine 100 apartments. Means 100 cars jamming in there. Next on the line is the ever famous Kamadhenu Theatre. Rumours are that Pothys have picked up this huge property. And thats it. I can already see a Pondy Bazaar in the making. What will happen to the quintessential platform kadais of Luz? God help them.

9 Comments so far

  1. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    Didn’t I read (maybe here, even…) that the Luz street traders are to be relocated to the land adjacent to Thirumalai station?

    Maybe I’m just a stick-in-the-mud (I am…). maybe I’m just a foreigner who wants ‘progress’ stopped so that the he can still enjoy some kind of quaintness — all these things are probable true, but I don’t suppose that I am the only one here who very much regrets that in 10 or 20 years Mylapore and it surrounding areas will become another area of high-rise shops and flats.


  2. Prem (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    yes.. progress is the word that we coined to break the deepest of our emotions and sentiments.. ah luz.. the place that we grew up in.. congested time immemorial but always took more.. like mother earth.. ever inviting “growth” with her open arms….

    The murudys lodge, shanti vihar’s Rs. 2.50 masala dosai, new bombay halwa house samosa, sukanivas, the Re. 1 Nellai pazharasam store.. king aap kings (in tamil) .. millions and millions and cut piece juntions.. man .. a breeding grounds for the emotions in innocent teens hearts…The days will never come back…only if I dare to dream into my teenhood.. the fear of breaking down into a tear prevents me…

    To deepend the wound is are these developments that not only compete to erase these memories but also breed disordelyness and chaos…

    luz you will always be green in our hearts… brave torch bearers who aren’t afraid or ashamed of our pond of origin.


  3. Nancy (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Shanthi Vihar was a nightmare to get into, through that tight bottleneck and with little parking. So I stopped going there years ago. Sorry to hear that it’s gone, though. The food was great, and cheap. It’s a terrible location for a residential complex!


  4. suppamani (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    The speed of this makes me to fear even these people one day put a price to MYLAPORE TANK by declaring the same as environmental hazard and go ahead with building of multistoried complexes for residential and commercials purposes.GOD ONLY CAN SAVE LUZ AND MYLAPORE.


  5. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    T best, I am afraid the temple and tank will be soon surrounded by high-rise. The temple is surely sacrosanct, even if they take the tank. Maybe a street of old Brahmin houses as a museum piece.

    I can’t see it stopping, and to be honest, if I owned a piece of land there I wonder what I would do? :(


  6. saravana (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 7:51 am

    Hello my fellow Tamilians I would like to bring to your attention if you already didn’t know that the Tamil language and culture is dieing in Chennai and no one seems to be doing anything about it. I think the state government should make it compulsory for everyone in the state to learn Tamil with no exceptions for any minorities that live here, if they can’t handle it they should go back to there own state instead of coming here. Long Live Tamil.


  7. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    …Just what would that language that I hear spoken all around me on every street, and by my own wife, when she isn’t speaking to me, be then?

    OK, I’m an outsider, but it certainly seems to me that a whole heap of tradition will disapear (and is disapearing) long, long before the language does.


  8. saravana (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    Hi Thad, so you are saying that the Tamil language is well and alive, so do people know Hindi as well or not. What are the parents doing to teach the children the traditions there so don’ the parents care about that. You say your are an outsider where are you from may I ask? What language does your wife speak to you then. What is your mothertoungue how long have you been in Chennai?


  9. jayanthram goplan (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    hey jus 1 thin i wud Like to say …..
    100 appts = each appt min of 2 cars Ooops!!! there goes 200 cars plus with the heavy traffic as usual …Gosh!!!
    with all these comin up n to top it up with the city centre near by with it’s multiplex ……
    voow…!!!!



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