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Thursday, October 21, 2010,Thursday, October 21, 2010
ROADSIDE SHOPPING
glass bangles

oh this is not an air conditioned showroom in a fancy shopping mall. these are the streets of Mylapore. you keep walking, spot the thing you like and you stop.


glass bangles

a PhD or an illiterate, everybody loves bangles, here you find glass, plastic or cheap metal bangles.  You don't have to spend much money to feel good. 

And the conversation always begins with  Hey ! lovely bangles ! where did you buy them ?


Go ahead  ....  try them on.



glass bangles

Lovely hands. The bangles make your hands look beautiful. i like the tingling sound they make. And they make you very very feminine, even if you are wearing jeans and  a t shirt.



In a fancy showroom you hesitate to bargain. 
Here on the streets you spend a lot of energy bargaining before you pay. You have to.  Its part of the fun shopping on the streets. 

Happy ?  

yes she is. 


glass bangles

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Thursday, September 30, 2010,Thursday, September 30, 2010
CHINTADRIPET
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Well, this is Chintadaripet a notorious area of Chennai, right in the heart of the city, close to Egmore and Central Railway station

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Has your car been ever stolen ? Your motor bike or your scooter perhaps ? You'll never get it back even if you lodge a complaint with the police. Within hours your car motor bike or scooter would be ripped apart piece by piece and sold to these shop keepers. 
This area is ruled by thugs.

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the cops know where your car has gone but they'll do nothing. They know who has stolen your car if you tell them where you had parked it. The cops get the cut from the car thief of that area. plus these shop keepers have to part with good sum of money every week to the local thugs and the cops to run the business of stolen spares, under the guise of legitimate used car spares.

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In this area you'll find hundreds of work shops and some of the best automobile mechanics in the world. 

The welder here had just finished his job as i approached him.
i want to take some pictures i said
i'll weld something for you he said. actually he was working on the wheel in the foreground. So be brought a frame and cut it for the picture. 
sweet guy.

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oh these guys can put a completely dead jeep back on the road.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010,Thursday, September 23, 2010
OVERSEAS
overseas call

The morning newspaper horoscope said you'll receive an overseas call today. Here she is with her mobile phone waiting for the call coming over the seas.  
Been waiting there for long ?  
The body language says she is angry.

 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010,Tuesday, September 21, 2010
SPOOKY
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Early morning today oh deeah ! 
what is the date today ?  
21st september  2010
i went downstairs to pick up the news paper 'The Hindu' which my sister subscribes, not me
i am as allergic to news papers as i am with intelligence and wisdom

i carry the news paper like i would carry a dead rotting stinking fish to throw, i'll have some respect for the dead fish though.
My neighbour was telling me some spooky incidents which i treated with my usual contempt. That story was still on my mind
So i walk towards the newspaper, i heard the news paper talking to me. 
in an American accent

oh deeah ! this is not happening to me.  
of all the people  meeee ?  What ?
i was scared out of my wits
i heard the word Volkswagen  
what is this ?
still in a state of shock afraid to touch the news paper

pick up the milk....  pick up the milk,  my neighbour said from the floor above
Huh ?   The news paper was still talking to me, some rubbish about volkswagen.

on the last page i saw a black box like contraption ( black box of air crafts is orange in colour )  and some voice was coming out of  the holes
some chapee was talking about volkswagen

this is absurd i said to myself aloud

what is absurd my sister asked, i said nothing, gave the news paper to her

i wanted to take a picture of the talking device, i think such contraptions are implanted in talking dolls
This was a news paper advertisement for Volkswagen

i was talking to Uma  i told her that this guy is not shutting up
she said  fold the paper and he will shut up, which he did.

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Friday, September 10, 2010,Friday, September 10, 2010
VINAYAKA
Vinayaka idol making


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vinayaka idol making


vinayaka chaturti


vinayaka chaturti

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vinayaka chaturti

pooja material



This pooja material shop is in Pondy Bazaar. Had Kollu kattai and sundal Sathya brought, her mom made it for Vinayaka Chaturti pooja

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,Friday, September 10, 2010
MARINA BEACH 1
Marina beach chennai


marina beach chennai


Marina Beach

i will not recommend eating anything here. Take a picture and run.

You can't have all the activities on Marina beach in one post. There will be more coming in the near future.

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,Friday, September 10, 2010
STREET PERFORMER