Okay! For the first time since the Photowalks began, I have had to change the sacred order of things. I am sorry, but I had no choice. I am referring, of course, to the great and holy tradition of holding the Chennai photowalks on the second Sunday of every month. But, like I said, I had no choice. I shall offer penance and bribes to the lords of the walks later but first, the details all you good folk await so patiently.
The 8th Chennai Photowalk will be on the 15th and 22nd of June, 2008. That’s right. Two different days, same walk. Seeing how we have quite a bunch of people willing to sacrifice their Sundays (at last count, 65 people. Yes. 65!) but not all of them willing to do said sacrifice on same day.
The route I have in mind for this walk is interesting. As well as slicha heart-in-mouth exciting. And, again for the first time since the Photowalks started, we will do an evening walk.
That’s right. An evening walk. We will, or I will if no one else turns up, begin the 8th Chennai Photowalk at Panagal Park in T.Nagar and proceed in an easterly direction down Thyagaraya road, or Pondy Bazaar for those not 100% clued in, and end the walk at Residency towers. In the process, we (or I) will shoot the enthusiastic (read foaming-in-the-mouth) shoppers and the characters that populate Pondy Bazaar and make Madras the retail destination it is.
Of history, Pondy Bazaar has a good deal to offer. Of photo-ops, a lot more. Once upon a city-time, T. Nagar was a large lake running parallel to Mount Road. Called the Long Tank, it fed the paddy-fields of Nungambakkam and what is now Saidapet and Ashok Nagar. Sometime in the early part of the last century, the tank was filled up and Pondy Bazaar (and T. Nagar) created to help ease the pressure of George Town.
The jewellers and the cloth merchants, the grocers and their friends have turned Pondy Bazaar into a shopper’s wet dream. And the commuter’s wet-nightmare. And that, my dear walkers, is what we will try and record on the 8th Chennai Photowalk. That will be, to repeat, on the 15th and 22nd of June, 2008, at 5:30 PM.