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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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11 Comments:


  • September 30, 2010 at 7:05 PM, Blogger Claudia

    Oooo, I wouldn't like to go for a stroll around Chintadaripet.

     
  • October 1, 2010 at 5:48 AM, Blogger Ruth

    I am so dumb, I don't know how anything works. I wish I'd learned how to put things together. I admire people who have mechanical understanding. I guess these guys have to make a living.

     
  • October 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Blogger monsoon dreams

    The guy in the sixth snap is sure gonna beat you up next time he sees you.I can tell that from the way he looks at you.

     
  • October 2, 2010 at 8:50 AM, Blogger rauf

    CLAUDIA, the area is ruled by thugs. Our thugs are different. They all want to be movie heroes. if you take a stroll you'll be surprised at the help you would receive by these thugs in buying stolen goods for your car. Fitted with additional stolen goods you will drive out in style.

     
  • October 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM, Blogger rauf

    i have seen magic RUTH, these guys know the soul of an engine. They bring back dead engines to life.
    Its painful to see child labour here
    but they grow up to become great mechanics. All the mechanics you see here may have started off as helpers
    at a very young age. You'll see only hand to mouth existence, i haven't seen any rich mechanic. When they talk its a pleasure to listen to them.

     
  • October 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM, Blogger rauf

    NEENU KUTTA, if i steal your car and bring it here, i'll get kicked first.

    where is the front wheel ?
    there was no front wheel. Saw this lady driving only with three wheels
    Is this a car or an auto ?

    then i'll get ten rupees for my efforts

     
  • October 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM, Blogger vishesh

    one of the few areas in the city, I haven't been to...

     
  • October 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Blogger rauf

    VISHESH, you would have crossed Chintadripet many times on the way to Egmore

     
  • October 31, 2010 at 5:06 PM, Anonymous Boo

    Poms, is this the same place as Pudupet? Or am I get my Geography mixed up? Never been good with places and directions!

     
  • November 2, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Blogger rauf

    hau ree Boo ! its pudupet. the whole area which extends till our fragrant couvum river bridge near metro rail is Chintadripet.

     
  • April 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM, Anonymous mass

    ALL MERCHANTS ARE NOT DOING ILLEGAL BUSSINES.PLS. TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF OLD AUTOMOBILES SPAER PARTS MERCHANT.THEY R COLLECTING USED AND CONDEMEMD VEHCLES, SPARE PARTS FORM ALL OVER INDIA ABROAD TOO.AND RECONDITIONG IT AND SOLD VARIOUS PLACES.SO PLS.....

     

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