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Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai

Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai

The National Art Gallery in the Museum complex is located in the Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai.

Filter Coffee Tours

Just read about Filter Coffee Tours at Sambhar Mafia and then hopped along to see what Filter Coffee Tours offers. The website appears very professional with no irritating pop-ups and other jazz.

As Kaps rightly summarizes,

With the increase in business visitors, tourists and NRIs, there is a definite demand for professional tour operators. Lot of these visitors could look for customized tours and thats where tour operators like Filter Coffee Tours can make a mark.

Filter Coffee Tours sounds worthy of recommendation.

“Day is as silent as the night …”

Thi Janakiraman was an enthusiast. Of life, of words. No matter what he wrote, he touched upon the subtle nuances of the topic in such a poignant way that it left you wondering for hours afterwards, about the mastery of his pen. His women were magnificent; his charcters were never two-dimensional, making you struggle to visualize them, his descriptive powers were the ultimate – and when he wrote about carnatic music, you knew at once that he was a connoisseur. He was the master of understatement. Never more so, in his classic novel, “Amma Vandhal.”

Here’s an excerpt from the master, where he decribes the Chennai of the ’50s and ’60s, in the novel, translated by Malati Mathur.

Chennai Line

Sometime ago I was trying to locate an address in Ayanavaram. After getting that task done, on a whim, much like searching for your own name on Google, I typed in ‘Ayanavaram’ and clicked on search. I landed here as a result and was pleasantly surprised to see that the site had considerable information on Chennai.

Chennailine, yet another one in the long line of Chennai based sites. The categories, area based useful numbers, dining, shopping, services addresses are done well. Take a look.

Bangles and more

A friend of mine got married a couple of weeks ago. In preparation for the wedding, there were plenty of shopping activities that were planned, agonized, exclaimed over and executed. One of these shopping expeditions was to Prince Plaza on Pantheon Road, Egmore. When my friend mentioned that we were going there to buy bangles, I told her we should probably go to Ranganathan street or Pondy Bazaar because we will have several shops to choose from and not head out to Egmore with bags full of silk sarees (because we had to match bangle to saree). In response she just said, wait and watch.

Mudindhadha shopping?

You are a last minute shopper?
of course I am, don’t be accusing me.
I am only helping no accusing. Take a deep breath and then repeat this in a single breath.

If you want simple pattu sari go to Varadharams,
if you want it fancy go to RMKV,
if you want it snooty, go to Tulsi or Sundari,
if you want andha kaala ninaivugal go to Kumaran go to Nalli,
if you want a lekha go to Rasi,
if you want the kundans, go to Man Mandir,
if you want chiffons of the world walk the length of road Cathedral,
if you want paaramparyam go to Pothys (bayangara pon gopura varaverpaakum),
if you want plain pattu sari go to S.M.Silks,
if you…

Stop ma stop. I want men’s clothing.
What? Who will get your wife a sari then?
She got it long ago. Her amma veetu seeru.
Adhu seri. That doesn’t count. Endha ulagathula iruke nee?
I want men’s clothing.
Just buy a dhothi. That will do.
Tell me about the men’s stores. Like your sari list.
Oh! That is beyond me. Go ask the guys here. Potiya avanga oru post potaalum podalaam.
Okay advice rani, have you finished shopping?
Ahem…ennakum amma veetu seer dhaan.

Warm Deepavali Wishes everyone!

Trees of Gold :O

Remember it is Aadi and every shop has its discounts and its sale. And Pothys evidently wants to make it a striking experience. Have you seen its latest facade? Trees of gold – striking is quite an understatement. Go, go, go see it…

Update: Aug 1: Sorry it took me so long, here is the picture


Where is this?


Which temple is this? And what is it famous for? ;-)

Clue: Category is marked as sight seeing, in the philosophical sense :-D

LIC Building gets a new colour

LIC Building in Mount Road, the quintessential landmark of Madras is getting a new colour. It is now being painted in Pista Green (what is the correct name of the colour). I think it looks awful with this new colour. I can’t remember what was the previous colour, any one has an idea?

Chennai goes High-Res!


Finally. Google Earth acknowledges the presence of Chennai. A part of Chennai can now be seen in High-Resolution. I wasn’t exactly sure what to spot(given the excitement, and wanting to post this good news :-) ), so I leave it with the readers and fellow Chennai enthusiasts to spot interesting sites. Keyhole Community will be a good place for posting them.

The above picture is the run-way of Chennai Airport. You can spot a plane too! Ofcourse, it would have been awfully nice to spot Anna Square or Freedom of Labour Statue.

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