Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Got it covered

As a shopping hotspot, Purasawalkam does not quite have the draw that T.Nagar has, but it can hold its own against almost any other locality for retail shopping. But a few decades ago, Purasai was the place to go to for almost anything; and it was especially favoured for clothing and textiles. Some of the early clothing 'store brands' of Madras were from this area. Glimpses of old glory can still be seen today - clothing stores line both sides along a stretch of Purasawalkam High Road.

In the early 1920s, this building - Venkatarathnam Mahal - would have been one of the many that housed several families. Carrying out their trading activities, these families would have used the ground floor more for their business, with the upper floor being the more private, family quarters. Today, hemmed in by its newer neighbours, it attempts to cover all its shortcomings by the catchy signages and displays at the street level. Upstairs is another story, though!


4 comments:

Lumbergh-in-training said...

Was this taken on a bandh-day?? There seems to be no traffic on Purasawalkam High Road -- an impossible situation!

Jacob said...

Fascinating slice of your life!

lviss said...

IT HAS BECOME A STATUS SYMBOL TO GO TO T NAGAR TO BUY THINGS. EVEN THOSE WHO ARE FAR AWAY COME ALL THE WAY TO T NAGAR TO BUY AN UNDERWEAR.YOU GET EVERYTHING EVRYWHERE IN THE CITY.

Shantaram said...

@ LIT: 4 pm on a Sunday is as good as a bandh-day, right?
@ Jacob: Isn't it? The more I see, I know that I know less than I knew before :)
@ Lviss: Everywear everywhere you mean? :)
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