Archive for May, 2006

Namma Mylapore and Korean Film Festival

Six Foot Two reviews the movies screened at the recent Korean film festival in Chennai, except for 1 which he hasnt seen.

And Vincent D Souza, the man behind Mylapore Times group writes about a initiative in Mylapore called Namma Mylapore.

How did Kutchery Road get its name?
Why were the tanks of two temples linked to each other?
If ThiruMayilai is a busy station on the MRTS railway line, how did Luz come to be the hub of the trams of an earlier time?
Interesting questions can provide insightful answers and provoke interesting debates.
And this is what a small group hopes will happen when a new project gets underway in July for the schools in the Mylapore neighbourhood.
The project is an initiative of the ‘Namma Mylapore’ group, which has been addressing heritage, civic and community issues at the core of this well known neighbourhood.

The Barber Shop

At the intersection of R. K. Mutt Road and Greenways Road is a barber shop, barely large enough for two chairs, a narrow counter and a mirror. Gods look down from lithographs hung above the mirror. In the afternoon the barber pulls down his rolling shutter and goes elsewhere. In the evening he opens the shop and sits in one of the chairs, reading a newspaper. A customer from the nearby auto-rickshaw stand walks in and sits in the other chair. The barber puts down his paper, drapes the man in a cloth, and takes out his round brush and cup of shaving soap. He works up a foam while the customer inspects himself in the mirror. The half-open saloon-style doors are wood-framed panes of blue glass. The horizontal white tube-light between the mirror and the gods reflects off the glass, bathing the scene in a blue glow. The signal changes and you’re gone.

Calling photographers

Here’s a call from the Chennai Metblog team to all Chennai based photographers. Join us in blogging Chennai with your images. Take a look at the Chennai Metroblogging group on Flickr. Join up and post your photos. Get them blogged by us on the Chennai Metroblogging pages.

Khaana Ghaana, Chamiers Road

Khaana Ghaana is one more amongst the multicuisine restaurants that dot Chennai. It is situated in Chamiers Road (Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Salai) adjacent to the Nandanam Arch and opposite to the Aavin Milk Booth. The restaurant is spacious, well lit, but parking is limited though. They serve Tandoor, Chinese and Continental.

In conversation: Santhanagopalan Vasudev

Ive been a vocal critic of Lok Paritran from the day it was formed. i realised most of my views were based on second-hand published information, therefore decided to meet one of their leaders in person and decide for myself. A call to Mr Santhanagopal, who readily agreed to spare some time to meet me and Vijay Krishna of Vkpedia. The entire conversation we had with him is available on Vijay’s blog

Strokes of Karthik

Chennai Book Fair is an annual event which takes place around Pongal time in January 2006. Not only books are sold, you have food stall of Arusuvai Natarajan, Chilli Bajjis, Giant size Appalam, Pop Corn Ice Cream etc., This time there was a mobile blood bank. An airconditioned van with facilities to bleed about 4 people at a time. In a corner, I found Karthik, a pencil sketch artist, making pencil sketches for Rs 50/- a sketch. He was making a pencil sketch of a girl. I took some shots of Karthik creating a pencil sketch of this girl. There was a huge crowd surrounding Karthik to witness the strokes of Karthik.

Chennai Book Fair 2006

Triplicane Pavement Shops And Election Results

Today I decided to make a trip to Triplicane, to buy a few books and also visit the roadside book market. Pycrofts Road on Triplicane, is lined with college book stores selling new books. Since many students cannot afford new books or wish to save some money they resort to second hand books.

Taking advantage of this demand, small time sellers have set up shop on the streets, selling books on the pavements. They sell everything from engineering, management to accountancy books. Typically these shops operate from evening 4 pm till roughly 10 in the night, when college students return home. There are two shops though, which sell second hand books but are housed in pucca shops, these two shops operate from the morning 10 am till 10 in the night. There is one pavement seller who doesn’t sell second hand books, but pirated books, usually at one third the cost. He sold Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, ten days after its official launch, at Rs 150, compared to the retail price of Rs 895.

Chennai Results

The city of Chennai is considered a DMK bastion, never has the ADMK except in 1991, riding a sympathy wave for Mr Rajeev Gandhi managed to win the constituencies in Chennai. Out of the 14 seats, DMK has always managed to hold onto atleast 10 seats. in 2001 when there a clear ADMK wave across the state, the DMK won 13 out of the 14 seats.

Election Results and Burma Bazaar

Today evening, I decided to venture out into Richie street, Chennai’s electoroics market and market for pirated movies and music, and from there I made a trip to Burma Bazaar to basically gauge the mood, after the DMK alliance sneaked into power.

DMK likely to sweep back to power

The DMK is most certain to sweep back to power in Tamil Nadu and in great style too. Out of the trends available for 200 of the 234 constituencies in the state, the DMK combine has crossed the magic half-figure mark of 118.

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