Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fork in the road

Maybe that's a shop in the building at the end of the road, with its wooden doors still shut below an awning which appears to be falling under the weight of the previous night's rain. Mundagakanni Amman Koil Street, from where this photo was taken, veers off to the right; the spur on the left is Nattu Subbarayan Street.

This is in Mylapore, very much part of Old Madras and yet, quite different from the streets of George Town. Indeed, these areas were populated much before George Town was. Predominantly revolving around religious activity, these bustle on these streets had God, rather than Mammon, in mind. These are streets where a new face is spotted quickly, and the residents wonder what the stranger is doing, walking their paths. Of course, they are not all that insular, what with many vehicles trying to take a quicker route to their destination through these back roads. But the pedestrian still invites curious glances.

Many of the buildings are over half-a-century old, but several have been refurbished and expanded to keep pace with modern day requirements. The building on the corner, however, seems to be just the way it always was!

3 comments:

akboo said...

Hi Shantaram..
Finally I get around to posting a comment on ur blog!!!

This place serves as a "Kaiyendhi Bhavan" in the mornings...has been like that for quite a while i think..Can see hot tiffin served here in the mornings...I used to pass by that way for my CA classes...

akboo said...

Am quite sure u wont know me by the name akboo...U know me as Karthik Bhatt

Shantaram said...

@ Karthik: Hey, good to "hear" you!

Thanks for the update: guess it is literally a hole-in-the-wall joint!