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Retrowalk #40: Amidst garden houses of Egmore

April 13, 2017
The Houses of Egmore are a Quaint amalgamation of Vernacular & Colonial styles. The once preferred area of the British is now a crowded mix of small & medium continuous housing units.
 
A new route, and the streets many wouldn’t have stepped in…
 
Date: 16/Apr/2017
Time: 6:30 Am (we’d aim to start as planned so don’t come late as the route goes through bye-lanes and we’d not be able to navigate you if you join us later)
 
Starting Point: Presidency Girls School Entrance.
 
Call Ram @ 9444062684 .. if you’ve lost your way and need help in locating the starting point. (Google Map is clear, anyways)
 
Parking: Pls arrive 10-15 Mts earlier to search for one, as we’d not be able to locate one for you.

Photowalk #110: Walk thru the Commercial Capital of Chennai

March 30, 2017

This Sunday let’s explore a locality which puts all other crowded places to shame…In fact, the so-called top 3 “crowded places in the world” put together would not be able to beat this place. Any guesses?

So here are the clues – 1) You throw a glass of water high up in the air, and not one drop hits the ground! What if every drop landed on a person? 2) Narrow strips of land, no longer than a quarter-mile and no wider than 40 feet holding over 450 shops and over 1.2 million people walk through it everyday….

Finally yes, it’s T.Nagar!!! Unofficially, the commercial capital of Chennai which covers 15% of the city’s retail sales everyday…

What would we be covering? – Everything with highlights this area! … fewto mention…

1. Siva Vishnu Temple
2. Ranganathan Street
3. Mambalam Railway station
4. The vegetable Market
5. Annai Sathya Bazar

Date: March 2nd April 2017
Time: The standard 6:30 Am

Starting Point: Main Entrance of Siva Vishnu Temple – Usman Road
Location on Map: goo.gl/YPPsnq

Note :
1.Park your vehicles at close to the starting point and away from tow zones.
2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3.Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group… Arivannal @ 9840014409

Retrowalk #39: Kosai Nagar

March 24, 2017

Yes, this place finds mention in Thiruppugazh as Kosai Nagar, and was once called Kusa-Lava-Puri and later Koyambedu.

When the vegetable market moved from KothavalChavadi to its current location in Koyembedu, it was viewed as being outside the city and lacked the public transport connectivity of KothavalChavadi.

But now Koyembedu is a bustling with activity especially since the bus stand has moved there, and no one seems to be complaining about shifting the market there. The flower market in Koyembedu is a lovely place for a photowalk, and so the next one shall be there. It does not allow for the entry of sunlight and is almost entirely lit up by incandescent bulbs of various colours to make the flowers look good. The market is interesting for awesome low light portrait shots.

Date: March 26th 2017

Location: Meet outside the Main Entrance of the Flower Market

Time: The standard 6:30 Am

Note :

1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations

2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.

3.Incase anyone lands up at the vegetable market looking for photowalkers, call Ram @ 94440 62684 or Aswin @ 97100 60463

Photowalk #109: Walk amidst Peace

March 2, 2017
This Sunday, we’ll walk amidst new (not so new) suburb of Chennai named after Arignar Annadurai. We’ll start from Mcrennet and walk crossing the new metro route which is going to be inaugurated, Valliammal College, the famous Roundtana, the shopping district of Anna Nagar – Shanthi Colony and the avenue trees. We’ll end at the thirst quencher – Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam.
 
Starting Point: McRennett
 
Date: 05-03-2017
Time: 6:00 AM
 
Note :
1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations
2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…Kumar Vel @ 8939572638

Photowalk #108 : Agasthya, Maharani and MM Talkies

February 3, 2017

This time, we head further into the so called black town areas of Washermanpet and Royapuram covering three awesome theatres of the previous era… The Agasthya, Maharani and MM Theater.

We’ll start at Maharani Theatre, and walk down the ‘City’s Cinema Street’ aka Tiruvottiyur High Road which was almost a theatre road, with every bus stop named after a theatre. At the Agasthya stop we can spot the metro work taking place in full swing blocking the theatre entrance. Something peculiar? Yes, Agasthya was one of the theatre which holds a 70mm screen in city and could anytime be knocked down for the Metro. Right after this, we’ll cross the famous Cholera Hospital, Sir Theagaraya College and end the walk at MM Theatre.

This is going to be a short and sweet walk, so come join us!!!

Starting Point: Maharani Theatre
Route: https://goo.gl/ZMKTuA

Date: 05-02-2017
Time: The usual 6:30 AM

Note :
1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations
2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…Aswin @ 9710060463

Retrowalk #37: Parry’s Corner

January 19, 2017

We’ll walk through the maze of Attorney at laws offices’, the Kaligambal Temple, 150+ years old Muthialpet School, Mannady, Krishnan Koil, Coral Merchant Street Nagarathar Chathirams, The Lungi Merchants, Kachaleeswarar Koil, YMIA’s Gokhale Hall, Catholic Centre, St Mary’s Church & Armenian Church. Hopefully we get to see the trade starting in the morning around the places of worship and thereby a melange of colours to capture. (We could end the walk heading for a breakfast at the Cosmo Cafeteria for many and for a few at the Hot Chips and for very few at Ramakrishna Lunch Home)

Starting Point : Front of Anderson Church, NSC Bose Road.
Time : 6:30 am
Date : 22nd Jan 2017
Route Map: https://goo.gl/JMgdic

Walk Lead By: Arivannal Vajjiravelan

Note :
1) Find your own parking spaces, preferably near the starting point, as we’ll be ending up close by this area.
2) No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…  Arivannal @ 9840014409

Photowalk #107: Othandeeswarar & Jagannathar

January 5, 2017

This time, let’s explore the western corridor of Chennai – ‘Thirumazhisai’. Starting from the Othandeeswarar temple, we’ll walk down the streets to reach Jagannatha Perumal temple aka Thirumazhisai Aazhwar temple. We’ll be covering these two heritage temples, and later explore the surroundings to spot the dhoti weavers in action. Out of 25 + hand looms, 5 are in working conditions and sure these will put an end card soon. Thirumazhisai is also best known for the brick fields, which we’ll visit while returning. Being a Sunday, we’ll try our luck to spot the brickfields that are in action.

Starting Point: Othandeeswarar Temple
Route: goo.gl/41YU98

Date: 08-01-2017
Time: 6:45AM

Reaching the place:
1. From Chennai take the Poonamallee high road.
2. Just after Motel Highway on the left hand side, take the immediate right (usually taken en route to Tirupati).
3. After making a right go for 500 yards, and you’ll spot Othandeeswarar temple on your right.

Know more :
1. Othandeeswarar Temple – located in Thirumazhisai, a village in Tiruvallur district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located 22 km from the state capital Chennai. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple was built during the 11th century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola II. Shiva is worshipped as Othandeeswarar and his consort Parvathi as Kulirvithanayaki.

2. Jagannatha Perumal Temple – Thirumalisai Alvar, a Tamil saint revered in the Srivaishnavism school of south India, in Tondai Nadu (now part of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallurdistricts). He was born in 4203 BCE.[1][2] The legend of this saint devotees of Srivaishnavism believe that he was the incarnation of Vishnu’s disc, Sudarshana. He is believed to have been born at Jagannatha Perumal temple, Tirumazhisai by divine grace.

3. Weavers: myshot365.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/india-weaved-in-dreams/

Note :
1)Park your vehicles on the street next to Othandeeswarar Temple
2) No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…Aswin @ 9710060463