The Chennai Photowalk – I

The call for The Chennai Photowalk by Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan materialised on Sunday (11/11/2007) with Anand,Geeta Padmanabhan,Srivatsan Murali , Sharanya, Navneeth,Mihir and me assembling near Kapaleeswarar Temple around 9. Two others joined us at Parry’s Corner later.



After a brief walk in the street near Chithira Kulam, we proceeded towards Mylapore MRTS station to take the train to Beach Station.


Srivatsan had to leave and assured to join the group in the afternoon.


The Thirumailai Station looked as if the The Chennai Photowalk group were the only travellers that Sunday morning.


You don’t see much crowd in the Mylapore – Beach corridor unlike the Beach – Tambaram corridor. That too on a Sunday morning the whole compartment was ours. With the Velachery – Thiruvanmiyur segment becoming operational on November 19, 2007 we can expect the patronage in this route to improve and reduce the congestion in the Chennai roads.

The travel time from Thirumailai to Beach station takes about 17 minutes. During this time, photos were taken within and outside the train. The photos taken from the moving train follows :


View of Chennai City Centre as the train approaches Light House Station.


MLA’s Hostel view from the train.

Ravages commented on this photo in flickr “The first time I saw it on PC, I was a little doubtful – it didn’t look anything at all like India.”


Anna Salai near Simpsons – View as the train neared Chintadripet Railway Staion


The view of Rajaji Salai from the foot overbridge at Beach Station. Image manipulated with PICASA. The General Post Office, SBI Main Branch are seen with the suburban trains in the foreground.


Some of the participants on the foot overbridge at Beach Railway Station.

We resumed the walk at the Beach Station.

(To be continued)

22 Comments so far

  1. Srivatsan K. Iyengar (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    Hi there,

    It is awesome……….may be something more than that……..really nice to see those pics, well shot, next time I visit Madras, I certainly would try and see these places………great job guyz……all the best. Looking for more snaps…hope you guys must have shot the Marina too?

    PS: I presume a person sharing my name was a part of the group, nice to know that too……….

  2. Srivatsan K. Iyengar (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    AWESOME……..SOMETHING MORE THAN THAT…… GREAT JOB GUYS. LOOK FORWARD TO MORE PICTURES….Madras looks so clean…….hope no editing is done to do away with the filth? Just kiddin.

  3. Murali (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    Nice pictures. Wonder why Chennai looks deserted?

  4. Radman (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 3:19 am

    my first reaction to the pics was the same as SKI above. Chennai looks so clean, at least in comparison to the filth in other Indian cities. maybe i should retire to chennai instead of bangalore or goa. cheers.

  5. maruthiah (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 7:02 am

    Great photos folks… i love it… keep em coming

  6. Sharanya (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    Yes, Chennai did seem particularly deserted that morning… Strange. Never thought I’d be on such an empty train in India.

  7. Ram (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    A Madras I have not seen before with so many new buildings !! Fantastic

  8. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    From the empty train, it does appear that the government has yet again wasted an enormous amount of public money on a building castles in the air.

    Of course, there maybe people who will argue that the rush will increase when the extension is completed. But so far, it does seem that there was an utter lack of proper estimation of the need for this expensive train. But who cares really? Not the politicians who get the ‘cuts’ – thats for sure.

  9. Ela (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    Hmmmm….. nice pictures…beautiful, clean, calm and less polluted and congested Chennai city… Well i felt that Coimbatore was much more clean than Chennai… but i really appreciated last time the effort of government to have more parks in the city and green corners and dividers (or whatever it is called)on the roads…although they were also cutting down trees for extension of the roads…

    I won’t complain….every long journey and greater tasks needs to be started at some point by someone and a government with some futuristic views, if not in all aspects but atleast in a few, should be appreciated……Looking at the congestion on our roads and the attitude of our fellow drivers, i think it will do some good if we have a properly planned public transport system to take away the load on our roads.

    I liked the thirumailai st. and MLA hostel picture….they are really beautiful.

  10. Carlos Rigueira (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm
    Deutschkurse mit dem Lehrer Carlos Rigueira

  11. Carlos Rigueira (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm
  12. tsk tsk (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    great pics

    All authors,

    I have a Blog suggestion:

    “Why are there no billionaires in chennai?”


  13. Shiva (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    Those are really good pictures. I wish every day as Sunday, especially with traffic when I looked at the Anna Salai picture here! I know I am day dreaming, but…

  14. Ramaswamy (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    Amazing “walk” …… Awaiting for more to follow on the walk ……. any chitrakulam, bylanes of mylai, karpagambal mess, shops around the mylapore tank, santhome snaps included? Wud love to see these olden habitats too ….

  15. Sanjeeva (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    Flickr is banned in the UAE, where I live. Can u upload the pictures in any other way please???/

  16. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    very nice…

    Keep me on the mailing list. I might just make it one day, although 9.00am isn’t really ‘daytime’ for me!!!!

  17. Navneeth (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    We didn’t spend much time in Mylapore, so not many snaps from that part of town. Hopefully, in a future instalment of the walk, we will weave through the tiny lanes and get more shots.

    You can intall Firefox (which is a good thing to do, anyway) along with this extension to access Flickr. I haven’t tried the add-on, since I have no use for it, but it seems to have worked for others.

  18. Krishna (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    Wonderful pictures…

    Some of the pictures are really nice. Its nice to see Chennai so clean, with lot of buildings etc.

    Job well done guys….


  19. k.venkatramana rao (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    the poor patronage on chennai beach-mylopore -tiruvanmiyur is not due to the lack of interest of the is sheerly due to the non-running of trains frequently.due to lack of frequency,commuters are under the impression that
    they have to waste lot of time in waiting time at station.other wise this is the fastest mode of transport between tiruvanmiyur and parrys opening of velachry section.and running of more trains both commuters and railways will be mutually benefited.crushing crowd during the peak hours can be avoided. another reason for poor patronage/underutilisation is bus stops are not kept nearer the stations.the existing bus stops were fixed even before the metro trains werr start running in the city.For example,mandaveli and tiruvallikkeni.the mtc buses should go thro the station like facility available at chennai central/egmore.

  20. A for [Pine] apple (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    Loving it :-))

  21. backpakker (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Beautiful photographs..and an awesome this an activity for public as well wherein others can join ?

  22. Aarthi (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    Cool and interesting… Your pics are good and Chennai looks awesome. Guys next time you plan something like this, let me know… its good to explore Chennai….

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