Blue Skies of Chennai

Chennai skies are presented here to provide a contrast to Berlin and Lahore

Marina on Full Moon Day, Apr 04, Chennai

Marina , the second longest beach after Miami, as it appears on a Full Moon Day in April 2004

Great Drama in the Sky says Pandiyan

The sky over Adyar River on May Day, 2004. Pandiyan commented “Great Drama in the Sky” and that became the title for this image in flickr.

Yellow and Blue

Some time in September 2005 the sky at Mahabalipuram, near Chennai

The Loner

aarthyr from Canada commented ” The Loner and the Tiny Little Couple” – Shot at Mahabalipuram near Chenai – September 2005


The sky as reflected in the front glass panelled exterior of Orchid Towers in Sterling Road Corner, Nungambakkam

Clouds in Chennai - June 2005

Sky as seen from my apartment terrace manipulated with Picasa – June 2005

Horse Rider Statue,Anna Flyover,Chennai

This statue was installed some time in 70’s in remembrance of abolition of Horse Racing in Chennai. There were reports that statue of the man is made with the features of Vandhiya Thevan of Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan. Two identical statues are installed on both sides of Anna Flyover. This is one facing Uthmar Gandhi Salai (i.e.Nungambakkam High Road)

It’s another matter Horse Racing has come back to stay in Chennai

16 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    You are certainly an expert at capturing beautiful scenes over the Adyar ‘River’. Very nice.

    I’m tempted to request you to point me to an (official) source which states that the Marina is the second-longest in the world, but due to the fear of my comment getting deleted, I won’t. ;-)

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    comments are NOT deleted indiscriminately. for a long time, the policy on this site was not to delete comments. but in the face of personal attacks that hurt the author of the blog, other commentators and general readers, we decided to delete some. we would, of course, like you to continue commenting. if your comments are deleted without perceived proper reason, please bring it to our notice. at the same time, pls refrain from making possible personal attacks. you can be vociferous in your reply, but that should remain at the level of ideas. these are just my suggestions.

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 2:49 am


    Alas, Lahore is neither on the coast nor does it lie next to a live river.

    We only can imagine the city-scape when river Ravi used to flow in gushes…

  4. Opee (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:20 am

    Some nice captures there bro. Lahore Salutes! :) Cheers.

  5. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    i took a few pictures on ecr once. they came out really well cause there was no ambient light around.

    what is the appropriate channel to contribute pictures related to a blog?

    nice pics tho..

  6. Kokki Jacobus (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Well, I doubt if the Marina by itself qualifies as the second longest beach in the world. I am referring to the strech starting from the Napier bridge at the Northern end and ending at Broken bridge/MRC Nagar at the other. Including Elliot’s beach as a part of the Marina is probably not acceptable as it is a beach in its own right. I have been trying to verify this claim using online sources but couldn’t really get a ‘verifiable’ list of long beaches. In my opinion, Madras probably has the second longest urban coastline in the world and not the second longest beach as is often claimed. It would be great if anyone can clarify if this is indeed the case.

  7. Kokki_ Jacobus (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    And oh, wonderful pics GV sir.. love the one over the Adyar river :) Btw, I’ve always wondered about the ‘man and the horse’ statue – thanks for the info. Does anyone know when Nungambakkam high road became Uthamar Gandhi salai? I was under the impression that it was M.G. Road.. another useless idea of our politicians, no doubt.

  8. Anonymous Coward (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Everyplace can have coastlines but not beautiful beaches. May be Chennai has the second longest, sandy, natural beach in the world.

  9. Aparna (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    Nice pics :)

    Btw, can any of you tell me what’s the old name of Kavignar Bharathidasan road

  10. ag (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    I don’t know about the second longest beach title, but it is one of the best sandy wide beaches i have ever seen. The beaches here in the US really pale in comparison. But one thing i like here in the US, is the fact that many major metros here have beautiful well preserved rivers/lakes within their urban confines, which provide a wonderful contrast to the flashy concrete jungle. I hope in the near future , Cooum, Adyar and other small lakes are cleaned and preserved. Wouldn’t it be great to have scenic drives within the city?

  11. potpourri (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:32 am

    Well shot pics :)

  12. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    @ AG – An ecological park has been inaugurated by CM Karunanidhi today. One hopes that the concerned authorities follow up on the inauguration with some concrete (well, perhaps not “concrete,” since it’s an Eco Park; hehe) action. It is to be all of 358 acres, and hopefully, by the time it’s done, it’ll be fantastic. If only they could get the rivers clean by then…

    @ GV Sir – what fantastic pictures! Love them! Please continue your patronage of skyscrapercity, also! We love your photography.

  13. girl in the d (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    Love the pictures, especially “Great Drama of the Sky”.

  14. till (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    Wow, congratulations on capturing those moments. :)

  15. ag (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    Clean rivers, inland waterways, city boat tours, riverfront and lakefront parks with great views, hmmm…hope the Chennai Corporation keeps this a priority!Most of the other metros don’t have such water bodies in their urban regions. Hyderabad’s hussain sagar lake was polluted and stinking. Today it has been cleaned and is lined with a park, necklace drive, has tours to the buddha statue and i heard also has parasailing sometimes. We can definitely have much more than this in Chennai.

  16. Prabhu (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    tsk tsk,
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