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Retrowalk #42: Neither ‘Broad’ nor much ‘Way’!

June 15, 2017

Yes, it’s Broadway!!

Broadway is neither ‘broad’ nor it has much ‘way’, with shops spilling on to the road and vehicles fighting for the space left. This is a road which has morphed into one of the most important commercial streets of George Town. Several commercial establishments, especially those of opticians, have their shops on this street. The Broadway bus terminus, the largest bus terminus of the Chennai Metropolitan Transport Corporation, is located on the southern end of the road.

This Sunday, we’ll walk down this road, starting from Khadi Craft and cover the listed places. We’ll end the walk at Akhil Bharatiya Gujarati Samaj.

The Walk Route Covers the following:
1. Mannadi Metro Rail station which is under construction.
2. St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral
3. Arcot Church
4. CSI English Wesley Church
5. Shree Gujarati Mandal

Date: 18-Jun-2017
Time: 6:15 Am

Starting Point: Khadi Craft
Route Map: https://goo.gl/z5aylC

Call Aswin @ 97100 60463 or Ram @ 9444062684 .. if you’ve lost your way and need help in locating the starting point.

Parking: Pls arrive 10-15 Mts earlier to search for one, as we’d not be able to locate one for you.

Photowalk #112: Shenoy Nagar – Walk by the Metro Station

June 2, 2017

This time we hit Shenoy Nagar, a neighborhood in Chennai located between Aminjikarai & Kilpauk. Thiru-Vi-Ka Park is located here. A Skating park was also opened in the year 2006 by Mr. M.K. Stalin to encourage the kids to learn skating. Shenoy Nagar Metro construction was just completed and recently the Metro rail route between Nehru Park & Tirumangalam Inaugurated. So let’s explore these new highlights of this area!

Starting Point: Zaitoon Restaurant, Pulla Avenue Junction
Route: goo.gl/5Kzchq

Date: 04-06-2017
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

Retrowalk #41: Purasawalkam

May 18, 2017

Hello, everyone. The May edition of the Retro walk is here. This time we hit the areas in and around Purasawalkam. In fact there are so many interesting sights over here that we have planned to have the next few walks in the same area to do justice to the place. For starters this is what’s in store:

We start at Raja Annamalai Road Traffic Park. This walk has an interesting confluence of cultures. We will be passing by Baynes Baptist Church, Jain Temple, Salvation Army Church, Wesley Church, Erstwhile Dasaprakash & MCtM Schools.

Being summer we would like to start the walk early and finish early (the heat can be sapping). We request all of you to be on time.

Day: 21st May 2017, Sunday
Time: 6:00AM

Route: goo.gl/maps/QyR6PTBDEhE2
Starting Point & End Point: Traffic Island at Raja Annamalai Road.

If you need directions contact Ram (9444062684)

Please find your own parking near Ewarts School.

Photowalk #111: Walk thru the Madley Streets

May 5, 2017

Once again its T Nagar! This Sunday we’ll walk down the CIT Nagar main road, catching glimpses of the CIT Nagar Nandhi Statue, the popular Kannammapet crematorium and we take the busy Muthurangan salai to reach Madley Subway. We end the walk at Kasi Viswanathar Koil.

Starting Point : DSC Hyundai Entrance, CIT Nagar Main Road, Anna Salai

Time : 6:00 Am
Date : 07 May 2017

Route: https://goo.gl/IVQxzs
Walk Leaders : Balaji Ramachandran (9962515330)

Note: Note :
1.Park your vehicles opposite to the starting point.
2.No need for registrations, just land up at the starting point at the mentioned date/time.

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