I know I promised I ll be back on Tuesday. Apologies for the delay,blame my internet connection which prevented me from uploading media.I assure you that I shall never make promises next time on wards,instead of giving you all a sense of false hope by telling you that promise to be on time.
I am done with half of the challenge and the response has been really overwhelming.Thank you all immensely for that !
What on earth am I up to ?Oh,I m sorry I forgot that you maybe reading my blog for the first time.So hi there!I m doing a 10 day street photography tour of my city Chennai which is located in the Southern most state of India,Tamil Nadu.I will be visiting random locations in my city,taking pictures and posting them on this blog.
So on 26th June 2017,I began the second half of my challenge.I am sure you guys are as tired as I am of the overcrowded traffic infested streets I have been showing you all this while.This time I decided to do something different.I googled ‘list of tourist attractions in Chennai’ to see what I can find.I found two interesting places both located in the outskirts of my city.
It was supposed to be a long and exciting day but it was cut short by the previous night.I got so drunk that I was knocked out.Aunty,uncle,mummy and daddy I m sorry if I gave you a heart attack.Please don’t die,I know it’s a taboo for girls to drink in India.The truth is,I don’t drink I was just joking.
I started binge watching You tube videos and I lost track of time.When I decided to go to bed I realized that it was time to wake up.Hence,I had only 4 hours of sleep and woke up at 10 am which meant that I could only leave my house by 11:30.So,I had to choose only one of them as I wouldn’t have been able to cover both fully within their closing hours.
Day-6’s challenge was relatively smooth and I didn’t encounter any hassle or mishap along the way or in my destination unlike the other days.This good and bad in a way;good because things were easier for me,bad because I don’t have an interesting story for you guys to laugh at or cringe at.
So,I decided to go to Cholamandalam Artists Village which is located about 40 kms away from my house.The other place I was talking about is Dakshin Chitra,it is about 10 kms farther away on the same road.I am an art aficionado,hence I chose arty places in the outskirts for a change.Besides,timing was perfect.These two are popular destinations for school field trips.Yesterday was a public holiday for Ramadan,so I wouldn’t have to worry about being disrupted by the clatter and loitering of noisy groups of school kids. I used to be one among such kids back in school.But it’s just that right now I m more concerned about clicking pictures.
Anyway this artist’s village is located in the 800 km long East Coast Road which connects Chennai with the Southernmost city in India, Kanyakumari.Initially I didn’t know if it was a very good idea to go to such an isolated place that is located so far.But everyday I am set out for a new adventure to conquer something and I had to do this.
East Coast Road is one of the most scenic roads in Chennai.I am glad it was a holiday else I would have been stuck in a traffic jam with the ‘Hotel California’ song playing on the radio.It’s a song by the band Eagles.Listen to it and you’ll know why I am making reference to this song.
When I entered the starting point of this road I passed through possibly every Indian and International chain of restaurants and branded clothing store that can possibly exist.I thought I would stop by a biryani restaurant for lunch and haagen-dazs for dessert post my visit.
This place was contradictory to my expectations.I expected it to be a mini village full of artisans and art galleries but that wasn’t the case.So the visit starts NOW -:
Even though the international sculpture park was very small.It was extremely calm,serene,clean and peaceful.There was a dilapidated cafeteria there which looked out of place amidst the beautiful scenery.I forgot to capture a picture of it.My bad !
I was the only person there and I loved it that way.
I then proceeded to the other pathway to see what it had to offer.
I then purchased a ticket in the gallery for 30 rupees.Photography was strictly prohibited inside.It was all abstract and modern paintings done during colonial rule when artists felt that art was becoming too westernized.They wanted to bring Indian elements back so these were either purely Indian or a combination of Indian and Western.All the galleries were filled with the same genre of art work.Everything was either acrylic,oil painting,water coloring or ink on paper.
I then asked the lady at the ticket counter if there was anything else to see and to my shock she said that was it and that the rest of the gates were residences to the houses of the artists.Hence,the name artists village.Even though I enjoyed this visit as it was different from the mundane streets of Chennai.I love visiting art museums due to my passion for works of art but if you aren’t an art aficionado you might get really bored here.There was a family of four and a couple visiting this place but they got extremely bored so they had long picture taking sessions at the International Sculpture museum to get some worth out of this visit.
I wore a tank top along with a denim pant,so that I can trick the officials into thinking that I was a tourist and I acted like I didn’t know Tamil.Because,girls my age from Chennai usually wear conservative Indian outfits(this category of outfits excludes sleeveless tops or any bottom that is above ankle length) or a simple jean and tee to places like these.They would easily able to identify my age group if I dressed like that.Wearing tank tops to public places is SOCIALLY out of question for locals in Chennai.If you are identified as a local you will get these awkward glares,snares and stares everywhere.I mean it’s just Chennai is much more conservative compared to the other parts of the country,especially with respect to dressing.Coming back to the point,the reason why I decided to dress all touristy was because I didn’t want people to conduct an FBI like interrogation on why I was travelling all alone to such a long distance.Two standard questions that arose every time I struck conversation with someone on this challenge tour:
1.Why are you travelling alone ?
2.Don’t you have any friends ?
I don’t get it.Is it a crime for a girl to roam around alone ?In fact,I don’t think 12 years of schooling and 3 years of college has taught me as much as this street photography tour has in just 5 days.In fact,solo trips are as much fun as ones with friends you discover aspects about yourself.The more you discover about yourself the more you can go about creating the kind of LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE.
It was time for me to book my uber.I was debating whether I should go home or for the biriyani and haagen dazs.I decided to go ahead with the former option because I am a binge eater at solo meals at restaurants hence my bank account will get thinner,not me.I was told that I need to keep my eating habits under control.
Wait for the day-7’s post soon,when it is out you will know.
If you have something to tell me or if you have a place suggestion for me to cover on this challenge comment below or E-mail me.
Hope you enjoyed reading !