Friday, April 18, 2014

Foto Friday!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Iniya Puththaandu Nalvaazhtthukkal! Hosa Varushada Shubhaashayagalu! Happy Baisaakhi!


Vishu Ashamsakal!

              Let this year bring happiness, prosperity and peace to all of us! 
                                                        God bless us all!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Mornings Are Happy Mornings Too, Nowadays!


Sunrise over the Bay of Bengal!  I took it today morning!

 All my friends who know me, know that both I and my husband go for our morning walks regularly.  We had stopped it in our old house because of the heavy traffic and mud road pollution, for a couple of years.  We were using the exercise cycle then.  Now, we have started going out in the morning again in the new house.  The area where we go for walk now, is, sort of, made for morning walks.  The road towards the beach road (Elliots beach, Besant Nagar),  has got avenue trees on both sides, mostly neem trees which have started blooming now. The neem flowers,  have got their own fragrance! We start around 5.15 am and come back around 6.45 am...the to and fro distance is around 4 km. We buy flowers, vegetables etc. on the way!  I had mentioned about the flower woman here.

The best area/road, for morning walkers...serene, peaceful!

We see all types of walkers here...young children, young adults, middle aged people, old people...everyone.  Some people walk, some jog, some walk very slowly/sit on the seat most of the time enjoying the scenery.   We have noticed that the area is more crowded on Mondays and Saturdays!  People might decide on Sunday to start walking 'from Monday'! Saturday is a holiday and they might think they have got more time! Some walk in groups, chatting, some hear shlokas, some film music...One elderly person drives his car and when he gets out of the car and walk with a cane, we guess that he has got some problem.  He drags one leg.  We admire his spirit.

Another elderly person comes by car with his young grandson who has got some problem.  Plays Frisbees with  him.  A couple walk with their hands held in front of their chest, just move them according to their pace!  Both of them walk in the same manner.  I see some foreigners too, most of them jog! Some do meditation in the sand, some do exercise on the pavement.  Some bring their children along with them on is fun to watch small children running before their mothers and mothers shouting at them! Some young girls and boys come alone with music fixed in their ears! Most of the walkers are elders and they come in pairs. Many middle aged women wear chudidars now...easy to walk?! Include me in that category! Chennai is changing in that way!

It used to be quite dark until a couple of weeks back in the early morning but now, since the summer has started, sun comes out early and it is hot...typical Chennai weather. Now, to some pictures!

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The area is full of stray dogs.  Some people give them biscuits.  They never fight with each other while taking biscuits from people! We see all sorts of 'walking dogs'! Labradors, pooches, poms...! Some people give them (stray dogs),  biscuits and they take them without fighting with each other.  They wait and catch biscuits when they are thrown at them, in turns! We sit here for 10-15 mts. and watch people and the Nature!

This area is full of crows! Here, they come to pick food particles dropped by the previous evening's visitors. One 'beach cleaning' group cleans the beach often and boards are kept everywhere to drop wastes in bins...we saw the bins in 4-5 places! But our people will never change.

This is beach gym! I always notice quite a number of youngsters using the gadgets!

This is the Aloe vera juice seller! They sell banana stem juice, arugam pul juice (Bermuda grass?!) etc. too on the pavements! Tender coconut sellers also can be seen.
He keeps the aloe vera pulp in the steel vessel.  It looks quite clean.  The aloe vera leaf is slit open by a knife, the pulp drawn out by a spoon. Then  he puts the pulp in the smaller vessel, mashes them with a wooden masher (we call it maththu, in Tamil).  It looks foamy.  He puts quarter cup pulp in a cup, adds curd and buttermilk, mixes and gives to the customers.  Without buttermilk or curd, it might taste slightly bitter, he said. It costs Rs. 20 and it tasted bitter...we had it today morning! He laughingly said, 'bitter things are good for health'!

This fisherman is very close to the beach.  We saw him lifting a small net full of fish, often! The boat was going up and down in the waves!

When we went near the water, we noticed this man,  tying a small wooden plank (5 x 3 inches) with a nylon rope.  I noticed small oval beads at equal distances of 4-5 inches in the rope.  He had earth worms in his hands.  He plucked the worms into small pieces, pinned them in a thin pin and inserted inside the beads.  Then, holding one end of the rope, he threw the plank  with worms, into the sea! And waited! It was getting late, so I didn't wait to see how many fish he caught on that day!

The beach sand is full of Snacks shops selling bajji, fish cutlet etc. All the waste was thrown on the sand! Most of the shops had Idea/aircel mobile advertisements!

Crows, crows...everywhere because of the food particles!
These boxes never overflow...all wastes are seen on the sand!
We never get bored, walking on this road! Some sort of entertainment is there on most of the days!  It was 'beach volleyball',  tournament, last Saturday! The tent was ready!

Beach volleyball net and tent! The next day the area was full of waste plastics!/torn posters etc.!

Group exercise on the beach road! Groups like this, come often and start exercising...just for a day or two! Different groups at different places on the road and sands, exercise, do skipping...interesting to watch!

One day, this group of young children were dancing and somebody was taking a video! Classical dance with classical music.  It was nice to watch.  Many people have taken photographs!
This has become a permanent attraction for me...the sparrows! Notice the green home made bird feeder! A male sparrow is sitting on the grill, at one corner! I hear their chirps always on this road.  They seem to love old houses, not flats! These houses have bushes, small flowering plants etc. unlike our concrete platforms surrounding the buildings.  So many birds seem to live here!
Hmmm...we try our best not to skip our morning walks.  It is good for health plus entertaining! We come back home with a happy feeling!

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