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 →