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 →
Drenched in the golden glow of the morning sunlight, The old city street is full of vibrance and delight. People, they make this organism alive. There are residents who welcome with warm and gentle smiles. Brisk delivery vendors of indifferent types. And inquisitive passers-by who accumulate quick bytes. Woman, they ferry water with an energy... 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 →