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.
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 →