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From the high point of Madras

aerial view of parrys sowcarpet and georgetown

Madras Panorama

From what was once the tallest structure in the city.

I came to Broadway to buy a bus guide for the chennai bus map project. I didnt get the guide, i found a hidden gem instead.

Sometimes i wish i could share all my experiences, but then i realise i might as well let others discover the city  themselves. And im lazy to write too 🙂

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where will you find it?

And happy birthday Chennai! This week has been one of the best ever, specially the Madras Musings lectures, each one of them was absolutely fantastic 🙂

Chennai photo quiz 28

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where am i standing?

Chennai photo quiz 27

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Where would you find it?

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although an interesting strucure from the outside, this one remains largely empty inside.

who is the man in gold?

Chennai photo quiz 25

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And as promised, a photo a day for Madras Week.  All the answers at the end of the week. so keep guessing and discussing. Starting off with an easy one 🙂

Name the person this building was built for?

Madras Week 2008 events map

While going through the event listing for the upcoming Madras week, i realised that even i had no clue as to where half the venues were located. It took me about an hour to finally locate the places using google and wikimapia. Its a shame really, that people are made to hunt so much for some simple directions.

I thought it would be really useful if i could make a google map mashup for anyone interested in these events so that they know whats happening where.

So check out the Madras Week 2008 events map
See the complete event listing here

Gearing up for Madras Day

The city seems to be celebrating its birthday with style this year. If you were to take a glance at the list of events that have been planned for an entire week from 17th to 24th August (See Event List), you know that this is one week you definitely wont be sitting at home watching tamil soaps. The enthusiasm with which people have embraced this city is simply outstanding and i wonder if any other city in the world has such a culture to boast of.

chennai central station

chennai central station

One can feel the intellectual energy of the youth here, quite different from the partying crowds of Bombay and Bangalore. Here people want to make a difference to society and life, and are slowly doing it. With a little more organisation, we can easily create a revolution if we wanted to. Living in this city for three years, i can say that my life has been entirely transformed by the people i have come across and the experiences that i have had here.

This blog was supposed to document this transformation, and i know that i have failed miserably at that. There is so much to write about, my hostel life, my college life, my city life, my private life. From unusual experiences to strange adventures, i have more stories than i could wish to remember. Someday i hope that that the blog will ultimately catch up with my life.

And this is a good opportunity to revive the photoquiz, i’ll be posting a photo a day during Madras week starting on the 17th of August.

And good friends Chandru and Sharanya are organising a couple of events themselves, check it out on their blogs.

Chennai gets a spanking new website

The new website of the Corporation of Chennai has not only caught me off guard, but left me gaping in awe. This could very well be the best designed corporation website in the country beating Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and even the country’s IT capital Bangalore in terms of visual design. There was no way i would have ever expected this from the CoC. Even more surprising is the footer which reads “© 2008 Corporation of Chennai” and not some 3rd rate web developer. Surely this cant have been done by the in house IT unit in the Ripon building, no way in hell.

chennai ripon building

Apart from stealing my photo off wikipedia, i have no complaints with their work, whoever it was. Now lets hope they keep it updated and make it more informative. This is a great start, and hopefully signs of things to come for this city.

I think the corporation has been doing some really commendable things of late and they deserve praise for that. I have always wanted to meet a ward councillor and see how much they really care about the city and its residents. So one of these weekends, Im planning to go to my corp zone office and see how receptive they are to my idea to have detailed neighbourhood maps at bus stops. Or if anyone knows a councillor personally, do let me know.

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York Street, Chennai on google doesnt show up anything positive. Proove google wrong?

And by the way, this is actually a guest post from NavneethC, so quite obviously Ravages is barred 😛

Do check out navneeth’s flickr album for some super pics from the Chennai photowalk.