Launching RelicsStore

RelicsStore is launching today with an uber-small collection of 3 classic film cameras. Do some window shopping at https://madrasrelics.com/store, make a purchase if you like what you see, or just spread the word. All products include free shipping and hassle free returns. Cameras on sale this month are Agfa Clack , Yashica D and Yashica... Continue Reading →

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Triple Lens Reflex?

Dhruv is experimenting with a Agfa Billy-Clack 51 that was handed down to his mother from her grandmother. Four generations in the family have put this camera to use in some way or the other. Agfa manufactured the Billy-Clacks between 1934 and 1940, but I presume these were not available in India until the mid... Continue Reading →

Curator of Relics

The scale model you see in the picture is of a wartime Willy's MB Jeep. The actual scale model didn't come that way. The camouflage paint, jerry cans, guns, and figures were all painstakingly made by hand and then assembled on the model. This set-up, including the truck in the background is a representation of... Continue Reading →

Litigants turn accidental conservationists

There is a particular spot on the long meandering route I take to work, where my gaze is almost involuntarily drawn towards two (once fabulous) dilapidated British era mansions. These are two different but adjacent residences built on expansive grounds now overrun by untamed greenery. Both the properties are locked down and off limits to... Continue Reading →

Matchless Makto

Matchless G3 and G3L were first designed and manufactured for use by the British Army during the second world war. These motorcycles continued to be produced after the war for both civilian and military use up until the 60s. The Matchless in the picture is a 1950 G3L that belongs to Kalyan Kishen Singh. The... Continue Reading →

Fiat’s X-Men

There were three exposures left on my last 120mm film roll that I took with me on a trip to Kashmir. So I headed out to the beach early one Sunday hoping to capture something interesting  before sending the roll to the lab. In the first forty five minutes all my dull mind could frame... Continue Reading →

Once I Was – Part 1

Every time I am on the road, I take sneak peaks into front yards or open garages of houses I pass, with the hope of finding stunners from the past. As a result of this diverted attention I have been a target for expletive bombs from irked motorists. However, this has also helped identify some... Continue Reading →

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