Archive for the ‘Chennai’ Category

Street Photography Workshop

The Photographic Society of Madras in tandem with Pixetra Club is organizing a workshop on candid/street photography on Sunday, 11 Oct ’09 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at S. S. S. Jain College for Women, (near T. Nagar bus terminus/Madley Road subway), Chennai. The first session will be at the venue. For the second session, they will go on to the street.

The workshop will be mentored by Mr G Sethuraman, a professional photographer of more than 25 years and a passionate teacher.

The fees will be Rs.600.00 and is to be paid using credit card at the Pixetra site or by cash at the venue before the start of the workshop.

For more details contact Sethu at 93823-43437 or email at

Asia’s largest blood bank in Chennai

Yes, Chennai would be famous for one more reason!

It will have the biggest blood bank comprising a storage capacity of 2laks units of blood. The place is allocated near GH, opposite to central. Though part of it has been used by OP’s we(Chennaiaties) should be proud of this initiative.

Hope similar initiatives will soon happen in and around chennai. The credits to this post goes to indiatimes group which has the complete details.  Here’s the link.

Chennai Music Season

The Music Season (Margazhi Mahotsavam) have begun and the schedules can be found here.

Via – Ram’s abode.

An Expression of Solidarity

Sunday, 7th December ’08
Venue: Marina Beach, Chennai
Time: Between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m

To express the concern towards the affected persons at the hands of the terrorists during the recent attack in Mumbai and as an expression of our solidarity with the security forces that valiantly fought for us, we as citizens of Chennai wish to pledge our support and feelings for our fellow Indians.

This is the objective of the CITIZENS FOR CHANGE – CHENNAI CHAPTER []

citizensforchange (Chennai Chapter), therefore, plan to have a gathering of the concerned citizens of Chennai at the Marina Beach behind the Mahatma Gandhi Statue (service lane) on Sunday, 7th December ’08 between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. They will all assemble there, observe a minute of silence for the all the brave men and women who lost their lives in terror attacks and take a pledge for PEACE and CHANGE.

Please make it if it is possible for you. I know the post is up a bit late, but if you are somewhere nearby and reading this post before the event, do make it to Marina beach and express your solidarity to this good cause


Tamil Pulp Fiction

Tamil Pulp Fiction is an extremely interesting and entertaining set of stories, translated from Tamil into English.

Got it as a gift from my cousin and was lying idle for quite sometime, until the recent rains marooned me at home and then i decided to devour this book with some vadas and kaapi.

Tamil pulp fiction

Boy, it was really good, i managed to finish the book in a day and am already planning to check the book stores if there is more of tamil pulp fiction translated into English.

What interested me to take up this book was the back cover…Mad Scientists! Hard-Boiled Detectives! Vengeful Goddesses! Murderous Robots! Scandalous Starlets! Drug-Fueled Love Affairs! ah it can’t be better! a good potpourri

17 Stories by 10 Tamil authors

Here are the ones..

Hurricane Vaij” by Subha
“Idhaya 2020” by Rajesh Kumar
“Matchstick Number One” by Rajesh Kumar
“The Rainbow” by Rajesh Kumar
“Silicon Hearts” by Rajesh Kumar
“The F.L.R.” by Rajesh Kumar
“Me” by Vidya Subramaniam
“Ripples” by Vidya Subramaniam
“The Rebirth of Jeeva” by Indra Soundar Rajan
“The Rich Woman” by Ramanichandran
“Dim Lights, Blazing Hearts” by Ramanichandran
“Sweetheart, Please Die!” by Pattukkottai Prabakar
“Tokyo Rose” by Tamilvanan
“My Name is Kamala” by Pushpa Thangadorai (excerpt)
“A Murder and a Few Mysteries” by Brajanand V.K.
“Revenge” by Brajanand V.K.
“Glory Be to the Love That Kills!” by Resakee

My favourites were Hurricane Vaij, Matchstick Number one and The Rebirth of Jeeva. I will not go into individual review of the stories, but trust me this book is a good time pass on a rainy day.

The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction translated by Pritham K. Chakravarthy. Published by Blaft. The paperback costs Rs 395.

go, grab a masala vadai and kaapi, sit back and enjoy the book.

Information source – Blaft and Amazon

Chennai Beach Ultimate Championships ’08

Kathipara Grade Separator 2006-08

Kathipara Grade Separator is finally operational, details you would have read in the earlier post of praddy. Here i present three images – during construction , partially operational and fully operational stages.

Construction in progress with A R Rahman billboard in background – July 2006


The First Chennai Photoworkshop, Oct 08, 2008

Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan, of the popular blog Selective Amnesia the person who initiated Chennai Photo Walk, along with Mahesh and Seshu Badrinath are conducting The First Chennai Photoworkshop on October 8, 2008 at Chennai.


Painted Pumpkins and the like

In my post “Painted Houses at Chennai” moyra commented “I am hoping someone could please explain to me about the effigy hanging in the last of three pictures” The picture referred to has an effigy tied  to a new building under construction at Velachery.

I thought I would do a post on this subject of painted pumpkins and the like. (more…)

Mamallapuram Guest House

This is the Mamallapuram Guest House inaugurated by erstwhile CM of Madras Mr K Kamaraj 51 years ago and was under the ITDC Management subsequently. Taken over later by the GRT group and rechristened as GRT Temple bay.

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