I m back as promised.Thank you so much for the amazing response you guys gave me for day 1 and day 2.If you haven’t read my day 1 and day 2 posts yet I have attached the links at the end of this post.
If you don’t know what I m talking about,I decided to take up a 10 day street photography challenge.In this challenge I will be visiting random locations in my city for 10 days,taking pictures and posting it on the blog.This is to show the rest of the world the beauty that exists within my own city.
I live in Chennai,a metropolitan city in Tamil Nadu the Southernmost State in India.Tamil Nadu is right above Sri Lanka and is separated from Sri Lanka by the Indian ocean.
I did a very short tour today(19/6/2017).Hence,this post may not be as exciting and elaborate as the other two.Initially,I had been planning on something much cooler.But,last night there was a continuos and overdue power fluctuation at home(12 am-8am) and I hadn’t slept for even a nanosecond.Even though we do have a power backup,the fan speed would keep changing from 1(lowest) to 5(highest) every few seconds which was extremely disturbing.Its impossible for me to sleep without the air conditioning in this summer heat.I was too tired to go anywhere far away.Hence,I decided to go to a tourist worthy location in my own locality.
I live in Mylapore,which is the city’s main center of Tamil culture and heritage.It is located in South Chennai but very close to the central parts of the city making it a very convenient location to travel to other parts.Its also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chennai being home to the renowned Kapaleeswarar temple.Tourists never fail to include Mylapore in their itinerary when they visit Chennai and it is always covered in the Chennai city tours hosted by various tourism agencies.
I decided to explore North Mada Street,which is where the Kapaleeswarar temple is located and all the tourist activity takes place.South Mada Street,the street that is perpendicular to North Mada Street is also quiet a busy place.Mada Street is a popular location for shopping and eating.
These streets are a 20 minute walk from my house but as I mentioned I was too tired.So I took a sharing taxi from the bus stand.
I got off at the Thirumailai Railway Station(the Mylapore local train station) diagonally opposite to which the North Mada Street is located.
Then I decided that my visit to Mada Street was incomplete without relishing some delicious traditional Tamil Nadu delights.Mylapore tank is full of restaurants and tiny messes which serve the best food ever.However,I needed some place that was airy and empty.I wanted some peace and I was already sweating despite the pleasant weather.
Hence,I went to Gitanjali restaurant and ordered some vada sambhar,filter coffee and iced lemon juice.
Even though it was delicious,I still wasn’t very satisfied because the vada was soggy and not crunchy.The sambhar had become cold by the time I had finished clicking this picture(which was like 2 minutes post service).
I would have stayed back and ordered more food but I didn’t for two reasons :
1.I wanted crunchy food and sogginess of the vada put me off.
2.I ate breakfast late and it was a heavy one.
Oh,I forgot to mention.I went around 11 am in the morning and got back home by 12.
At this point,fatigue was really starting to get to me and I decided that I needed to get back home that very second.
Hence,I waved to a rickshaw(also known as tuk tuk in other South Asian countries) and hopped in after a bargain over the price.Bargaining with rickshaw drivers and roadside shopkeepers is a daily thing in India.
I managed to capture a few pictures on the short rickshaw ride back home.
I don’t think it was just the lack of sleep but also my choice of outfit that added to the exhaustion.Since,Mylapore is the heart of Tamilnadu cultural activities there is an unwritten rule that women have to dress conservatively and wear only Indian clothes.I wear only sleeveless and full sleeves,never liked wearing half sleeves or 3/4ths .Considering the above explanation of this place I would have obviously worn the latter.Besides,I had forgotten to tie my hair into a bun.
I didn’t go inside the Kapaleeswarar temple because I haven’t worn a bindi(forehead dot) as you can see in the picture which will invite several glares and snares.
The material was extremely thick and I should have worn something of thin material.
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Day 1’s post-click here
Day 2’s post-click here
Day 4’s post will be out either on Wednesday or Thursday.Please stay tuned