I am forced to visit Pondicherry at least once every year as a consequence of one person's spiritual intrigues. Once in Pondicherry, the reluctance however is replaced with a certain enthusiasm to explore and re-explore the gridded lanes of the Heritage Town (a.k.a White Town). This year I made a conscious effort to forgo my... Continue Reading →
Oh you marvellous blend of engineering and art. Your beauty still shines through the thick veils of neglect and dirt. Your expansive arched balconies must have turned wallflowers into prolific storytellers. Your curves and edges must have put aesthetes into dreamlike spells. I wonder why your master has let you languish and deteriorate, To the... Continue Reading →
Old neighbourhoods of Chennai were once filled with fabulous street houses. These heritage residences are being steadily replaced by multi storied buildings that bear no likeness to their ancestors. Read on to find out how and why this transition is taking place.
Running errands in a historic neighbourhood one day, I chanced upon two properties, each having expansive grounds overrun with untamed greenery. A closer look revealed what appeared to be dilapidated but firmly rooted mansions with strong colonial architectural influences. An inquiry at a near by tea shop revealed that both were British era residences endowed... Continue Reading →