Archive for the ‘Leisure & Travel’ Category

Are you a photography enthusiast?

Some of you may know Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan. He used to write here at Chennai Metblogs. For the select group of metbloggers, he was captain of the team. For photography enthusiasts over at flickr, he is known as Ravages.

Now Chandrachoodan is encouraging us to join him on a photowalk through some of the city’s most scenic locations. The walk begins from the famous Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. It starts at 9 am on Sunday (tomorrow). If you are keen on photographing the city with Chandrachoodan along your side, please be there.

Further details are here.

Tic Tac: A short note

Tic Tac is on Third Cross Road, Raja Annamalai Puram. I think it’s one of the biggest DVD/VCD rentals in the city. For those with the odd LP players, it also stocks those big laser disks. The Hollywood movies section is the biggest and includes movies dating back to the 1940s. Romantic comedies, thrillers, cartoons, the collection includes films of many genres. For example, the entire Bond collection is available on DVD.
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ECR Stretches

I dont know how many of you know these places but if you drive by ECR and after Mayaajaal there is an entire line of small roads that lead to the beach.

Most of these small roads end with big bungalows and houses that are owned by rich people, cine stars and politicians and i guess they hardly come out of their houses since the doors are locked all of the time and there is not a soul around to see in these places.
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Kovalam Kathai

Hunger led us to the nearest potti kadai, of the kind, I’d seen only in my childhood – of almost endless depth but extremely limited width. Butter biscuits, stale murukku, and camarkat toyed with our imagination before we saw it swing gaily in front of us. `Gud Look Superstar’ captured our attention, as Rajnikanth’s face grinned alarmingly out at us. Rice puffs for Rs. 1. With `Superstar’ branding. Welcome to Kovalam.

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Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Thiruvanmiyur Beach

The report appearing in The Hindu of July 29, 2007 talks about the Chennai Corporation’s plans of inviting landscaping architects for beautification of Thiruvanmiyur Beach.

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Airconditioned Buses at Chennai – An update

In an earlier post I have written about the plans of Metropolitan Transport Corporation to launch Airconditioned Buses soon.

Bangalore

Airconditioned Bus at Bangalore
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Bookworms’ Library

The latest in the hearsay department is BookWorms Library. Here we go with a tag-cloud-like post on it:

Books Library Lending Online
HomeDelivery Mobile KKNagar
Static Donate Read Borrow
Subscribe Member Doorstep
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Get to know your chennai city better

A website seems to be picking up attention, which has a mashup tool of Google maps so called Wikimapia, and a wide variety of other choices to search for.
Chennai city

The best part is the events, members seemed to contribute in this section and the navigation is greatly categorized as “All Events”, “what’s going on”, “what’s coming up”, “what’s over”.

Local search is one more important feature, I guess the site has tied up with other search engines/ portals to give you the best results for your city. So next time you want to know the where abouts of a restaurant, this site is a cool place to hang around.

word of mouth one more interesting section where users recommend a service or product – bad and good times.

Ok enough of me telling stories, check out the website http://www.ilaaka.com

One thing led to another….

I was searching for some examples of art-deco styles in Madras, and it lead me to this page:
Roman Virdi’s collection of photos of Chennai. Some fantastic images, there, as well as a very glowing endorsement of the Residency Hotel (the old one -on GN Chetty road). Check it out. Meanwhile, here are the pictures.

Copycats
“hey! Lookee there! Some guy in a white vest and black jeans! Copycat!”
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Sunsets at Chennai

Sunset at Besant Nagar Beach

Sunset through Schmidt Memorial, Besant Nagar

There is something magical about the sunrise and sunset. And I am always fascinated by the sunsets. At different points of time, I have photographed the sunset at different places at Chennai. I am presenting a few of the sunsets at Chennai here
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