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  • Narendra 10:54 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chennai, , Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Petronas Towers   

    East Bound – Travel update 

    Petronas Towers

    Image by meu336 via Flickr

    Thinking hard on where to begin. It has been over a week since I got back from my maiden overseas trip, unlike most of my friends who flew west, I went east to the most marketed nation in Asia, Malaysia.

    Before I flew, like any first time traveler I was anxious and excited. Going by the amount of marketing material Malaysian government has invested in their tourism campaigns ( though I wasn’t their for a holiday ) I expected nothing short of a visual delight. I was all geared up to be awed and blown away.

    Off I went in the wee hours of August 30th, my first night flight and it was fabulous, I must say Chennai city looks stunning from the sky. In flight entertainment kept me occupied through the 3hr 30min flight however, the last 15 minutes was rough, I guess we were flying at a higher altitude and the descent was terribly steep, felt like we were on a free fall. We touched down safely at an sprawling, ultra modern ariport, never before had I seen anything of that magnitude, was left gazing all over like a child at a theme park. Must say it was an exciting moment.

    I hit the road with my friend and her lovely little nieces, the landscape was beautiful, it was refreshing to see trees everywhere. My first stop was the sleepy town of ‘Melaka’, which is apparently heavily hyped up by the travel & lifestyle channels. Personally, I found the place boring, so much so that I refused to visit the famous fort there. I chose to spend time with the kids there instead of loitering around ruins. There were quite a few kids but little Melissa stole my heart, extremely endearing kid with a million dollar smile. Me ❤ Melissa.

    Day later we moved to my actual destination, Johor Bahru City. It’s right next to Singapore. Over the next few weeks whatever I experienced isn’t worth a mention, the food was uninspiring, people looked sedate and sleepy, there’s is no concept of LOL there, people seldom smile. For me it looked like everyone was in a hurry or too very self centered. People sit in groups at restaurants but each one is doing their own stuff, there is hardly any interaction. Coming from India, where we’re used to over the top, loud and animated conversations, I found the Malaysians disinterested and deficient in enthusiasm.

    So, what’s really good there? I was expecting Malaysia to be closer to a developed nation, with less than 30 million population they should have got there long ago. Anyways talking about the brighter side, People are disciplined, roads are well kept, food and retail businesses are organized and what else? hmmm guess that’s all. ( Actually, there’s lot more but nothing special to write about )

    It’s definitely not an exciting place as it is portrayed in the campaigns. They have smartly developed about a dozen tourist locations and gone ga-ga marketing those centers otherwise it’s an ordinary place. If you leave out the roads, cars and malls Malaysia is clearly behind India and that for me is exasperating. The standard of education is pathetic, ministries obsession with local language has hampered the overall education levels. Standard of living is not all that great as well, any metro in India can give you a better and lavish living than what they got there. And the worst part is it isn’t a free nation, loose comments against the government or anti-government activity can land you in jail for an indefinite period. Well, I can go on bashing them for ages but it isn’t worth it.  😐

    But hey, it wasn’t all that bad afterall. I met few lovely people, they were instrumental in making my life peaceful and entertaining throughout my stay. Other than little Melissa, who clearly caught my attention, Jaya was marvelous, she was a perfect host. Nobbel and his family provided the much needed sanity. Hoshan was a live wire. Nagesh and family were welcoming, her mom made lovely food but it was her beaming face which touched my heart. Last few days were terrific thanks to Nagesh, Meary and her 3 lovely daughters, they provided the best of entertainment and treated me as one of their own. Meary is an unbelievably good cook, she made the most delightful Biriyani I had tasted in ages.

    However the real star was Bhairavi, I was totally charmed by her child like innocence and witty sense of humor, she was full of energy, kept me in good spirits. I can shamelessly confess, me super likes her. Her younger sister Gouri was sweet and caring, she accompanied me to watch the Petronas Towers, the best moment of my trip. The magnificent twin towers made up for all the disappointments, a stunning piece of engineering. The 20 minutes at the menara KL, overlooking the towers and KL skyline was truly special.

    After all the highs and lows, I flew back with loads of memories and guess what I miss all the lovely people I met. Hoping to see them again for without them the trip meant nothing to me.

     
    • sufia 10:21 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      not as developed??? wha???? why do ppl make it sound like malaysia is a developed country then??

      • Narendra 10:32 am on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, It’s baffling. Other than few areas in KL city most places I visited were quite ordinary. Public doesn’t seem to be too very evolved as well.

    • Single Malt Monkey 12:52 pm on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You’re a real people person, Naren. That makes the trip worthwhile.

  • Narendra 8:03 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chennai, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, , Rail, Rail transport, Rapid transit   

    Chennai Rail 

    MRTS Train station in Chennai

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    In couple of years time, Chennai city will join select band of cities which will operate 4 different types of intra-city rail network. Currently city has the conventional broad gauge train, it covers the as well as the entire metropolitan area. The second format is again an broad gauge train however the difference is it’s completely on an elevated platform, locals call it ‘parakkum rail’ (Flying rail ). Third is Metro Rail, it’s currently under construction, it’s expected to add the newage and hi-tech dimension to Chennai’s transport network, the first phase is expected to be functional in 2013. And now two days ago the new government has approved a mono rail project, that again will add to the megacities transport needs. Unlike other metroes in India, Chennai has always been a step ahead in terms of thinking long term and providing multiple modes of transport for the citizens.

    Road network is still a mess though, I hope in coming years we will have broader roads which will support traffic at high speeds and host best of the safety features.

    Chennai is fast emerging as one of the busiest cities in Asia, already nick named as ‘The Detroit of Asia’ infrastructure and transportation is extremely important for the city to do well in the long run. The government seems to be making the right moves.

    Personally, I would want to see chennai become one of the best in the world, atleast during my lifetime. The people of this city deserve it. And it’s so very pleasing to know that things are moving in the right direction. Big yyyaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy to ‘singara’ Chennai.

     
    • Arvinth 8:25 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Singara Chennai!!!! Yaayy!!!

    • Single Malt Monkey 3:27 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My wife has been to Chennai but unfortunately I haven’t. I’d love to see some pics. I could Google search I guess but I’d like your thoughts/choices if you have time sometime. A sort of “My Home City” portfolio. 🙂

      • Narendra 9:06 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, Al. I’m not much into photography n stuff, will ask my photographer friends to spare few clicks.. Chennai isn’t like a modern metro..it’s a conservative city

        • sufia 3:04 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          hawww, 2, 2 posts and im just seeing this now.

          how crowded is chennai?

  • Narendra 8:30 pm on May 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afforestation, , Chennai, Drinking water, Government, , Marina Beach   

    My Chennai, Singara Chennai 

    Chennai city is home to about 10 million people, which makes it one of the most crowded cities in India. Like most megacities chennai faces host of issues, Poverty, medical facilities, drinking water, electricity, drainage etc. On top of that, Chennai is the least green city in India, only a measly 4.5% is vegetated, rest is all concrete and that’s is scary truth. Luckily, the civic authorities have finally woken up to the situation, over the last 2 years the mayor and a popular ruling party leader [ thanks to their numerous trips to Bejjing, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai etc ] have brought things under their watch. Many a parks have come up, Adyar poonga’s first phase was completed, a botancial park was thrown open, Marina beach is getting a face lift and finally an enthusiastic project of planting 1 lakh saplings is underway. The project is expected to increase the green cover of Chennai by at least 5%, not enough however, a decent start.

    Chennai has historically sported a trashy image for its lack of hygiene. This is slowly set to change thanks to some ambitious plans laid out by the civic authorities. What’s good is that these plans are translating into reality. Slow start however, the government deserves a big thumbs up on this.

     
    • Arvinth 10:59 pm on May 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yyyaaayyy!! Singara Chennai!! 😀

    • Single Malt Monkey 1:11 pm on May 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Cities can be rejuvenated by forward thinking authorities. It takes time but you have to keep going. Good for them. Nice one.

    • sufiaz 1:21 pm on May 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      good job 🙂 hope u will put pictures up soon?

  • Narendra 1:33 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chennai, heat, summer   

    Hot, Hotter, Hottest 

    Starting yesterday for the next 25 days, Singara Chennai will burn under the fierce Sun. Temperatures will be well over 40C, locals call it “Agni Nakshatiram”. Having lived in Chennai for over 2 decades, this season doesn’t really make any difference, I’m so very used to the sapping heat like the millions of fellow Citizens. However, word of caution to kids, elderly and the tireless salespersons, heat might just knock you out so make sure there is enough intake of fluids. For me, I love this season as I get to sweat a lot with minimal exercise 🙂 but the crazy power cuts are a huge dampener. In case you are from a cold country, this is the best time to visit Chennai, its the time we go bonkers, so book a holiday to Chennai, come feel the heat.

     
    • sufia 1:36 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      im very sorry to hear. this is also a good time to take a vacation to australia 🙂

      seriously tho, kairi ka sharbat (the home made kind) helps kill sun stroke

      • Narendra 1:41 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hmmm..What’s Kairi?
        Aur haan we don’t have a sun stroke…we are so used to this crazy weather 😛

        • sufia 2:00 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          kairi. the unripe mangos u get before the actual mango season! u DO live in india right?

          • Narendra 2:06 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Ohh..not familiar with that term..love the kaccha aam..Mangoes are slowly getting into d markets…early nxt mnth am visiting my uncles farm..huge assortment of fruits thr..really excited

            • sufia 2:57 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              slowly getting into the market? what varieties do u get?

              • Narendra 3:21 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                No idea about the varieties..all I know is, a huge assortment is available..

                • sufia 3:44 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                  🙂 well good for you 🙂 our mangoes come late may-june. abhi were enjoying the kairis 🙂 tell yr mum to make sharbat for u (dont ask me, i dont know). chill it and drink it. the best summer drink ever.

                  • Narendra 4:51 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                    ummmm..interesting..
                    Yehaan we generally have aloe or aamla juice..not sure if it helps during summers..but thts something nice early up in d morning…

                    • sufia 5:47 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                      aloe??? the aloe vera wala aloe?? u can drink that??

    • Bianca 5:00 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Chennai = Summer = TENDER COCONUTS!!!!!!
      THE BEST TIME FOR IT!! ^^
      And “nongu” =/ =/
      Am srry i dont know what its clled in english =/

    • Narendra 5:07 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ohh yes!!! Coconut is amazing.. nongu thingy is yucky..hate that..mom’s bought that stuff..forcing me to eat >< DISLIKE!!!

    • Bianca 5:32 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      YOU DONT LIKE NONGU!!!!
      Me cravin for it here -.-“

      • Narendra 7:29 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Awwwhh…I thought it wud be available in abundance in that part of the world..Check Check..

    • Single Malt Monkey 7:59 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      “…this is the best time to visit Chennai, its the time we go bonkers, so book a holiday to Chennai, come feel the heat…” Great……you should be in marketing !!

      • Narendra 8:23 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Incidentally..I’m a Marketing professional 🙂

        • Reno 1:24 am on May 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I wanna holiday to chennai soon,can you help me ?

          • Narendra 1:31 am on May 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hahahahhhaa..good thing is u wud loose atleast 10kgs..so ya, u are welcome..

            • Reno 1:58 am on May 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              LOL ..are you serious .. i will visit you.wait for me Okey 🙂

        • Single Malt Monkey 11:55 am on May 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          You’re in the right job, then 🙂

  • Narendra 8:10 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chemistry, Chennai, Education, , High school, Mathematics, Teacher   

    Teacher 

    I had never imagined I would write about my school teacher’s but then such is life. By and large I didn’t have any “favorite” teacher. However, I would pick two of my science teacher’s for their humongous impact on me.

    Ms.Alamelu was my science teacher at junior high school. Those were days when a teacher could easily make or break a student’s confidence in a subject. We had a very ordinary mathematics teacher naturally, I disliked Maths. The exact opposite was the case with Science. Ms.Alamelu was an extremely considerate and polite lady. She was a master at inspiring kids, not by lengthy lectures or melodrama, in turn she let the subject do the talking. Her method was practical, she believed in allowing students to experiment and ask more questions. Hers was one the few sessions where I would open my mouth else I was as good as non-existent. She generated lot of curiosity in me, which sparked lot of interest in Science and General Knowledge. She always encouraged the kids to try out new experiments and innovate, her encouragement proved little costly as I almost set my building on fire while trying out a silly experiment however, the mishap never dampened my love for stupid practicals. For her impeccable understanding of kids psyche I would rate her my favorite teacher.

    The next teacher who had a tremendous impact on me was Ms.Rajini, my Chemistry teacher at high school. I wasn’t particularly a bright kid during the 10th grade,  guess lacked inspiration. For the final 2 years of schooling I moved to a different school. All was good till I got into trouble with Ms.Rajini. I was caught because I was Mahesh’s friend and she assumed I was masterminding the pranks he played in her classroom. She took special disliking towards me and started targeting me in class and lab alike. I remember in one of the first set of exams, I didn’t do well so she asked me to sit in the front seat [ At that school, kids were seated as per merit, dumb kids occupy the front benches and the bright one’s take the last row ] So it was an embarrassing scenario for me because I didn’t deserve to be in the front row. She constantly taunted me by asking unanswerable questions and bullied me for fun. It was getting increasingly difficult to manage her sessions. Two subjects which most of my classmates failed were Maths and Chemistry. We had to score 75/150 to get a pass in Chemistry theory paper and She was extremely miserly when it came to giving marks, the top score would usually be around 100. which meant, one had to be extremely sharp to get through Chemistry. I wasn’t brilliant at it however, I had to step it up to escape her fury. After some initial struggles and thanks to my sister’s timely help, things got better. With time the hatred  had vanished, my output had improved and more importantly I found a  place in the back row. Though I never shared a comfortable equation with her the constant pressure and bullying kept me super alert. Thanks to her I raised my overall standard when it mattered the most and that is the very reason I have very high regards for her.

    That’s about my favorite teacher’s. How about yours?

     
    • sufia 9:17 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      • Narendra 9:47 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        ummmm…but i dun relate to those scenario’s..hardly encountered those..maybe my faculty were dumb or …………………me 🙂

    • sufiaz 10:06 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      not dumb….maybe u havent studied math related courses then.

      • sufiaz 10:07 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        im not talking basic math…stuff like calculus and things

        • Narendra 10:12 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Awwwhhh..we went beyond calculus..stuff like Z-transforms..multinomial numbers 😦
          HATE mathematics..want to forget everything abt it

          • sufiaz 10:14 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            give me ten mins my next post shud be up soon 🙂

          • sufiaz 10:15 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            bah…dont remind me either. maths was a nightmare for me.

            • Narendra 10:39 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Okay..here we go – obliviate – [ memory charm – harry potter way ] here n maths wont trouble u 😛

    • Single Malt Monkey 11:46 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I had a Physics teacher like Ms.Rajini. Mr. Barton was his name (we called him JEB, his initials). I was useless at Physics and consequently afraid to say anything. I even ended up doing an additional class every week with a few others to try to keep up. JEB bullied us 90% of the time – the other 10% he supported us. When you got his support you felt great – it was so rare. Then, as if by magic, we got better at Physics cos we wanted more of the 10%. 10% became 20% and then 30%…but no further, he was tough. The end result was that we passed both Physics exams with high grades after not being given a chance. I have a lot of respect for him now.

      • Narendra 6:04 pm on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hheehhhehee..isn’t it strange..almost every school has atleast one such specimen..

  • Narendra 9:17 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chennai, Color, Holi, Holidays, Holika, Prahlada, Toilet seat   

    Happy Holi 

    Holi Feest 2008

    Image by FaceMePLS via Flickr

    Today is Holi, festival of Colors. One of the brightest festivals of India. It’s a big rage in Upper and Central half of India but, down south it isn’t huge, only the North Indian community gets into it. I remember as kid I was mighty scared of Holi day. I used to hide under the bed, almost all day. One particular year, I was behind the toilet seat for hours, you see once people have these colors all over them, it is scary sight 😀 . I evaded this festival for many years but I was finally caught in 1994. I hid myself in the cupboard, but mom wanted to teach me a lesson so, she informed my friends I was in there, they caught me and even before I could shout, I was pink with color. And magically, all the fear was gone in micro seconds. I smothered generous amounts of color in return. I was a moment of total chaos.

    little later, we kids left for our school ground to play what we knew best – Cricket. I remember, we were 6 of us, six zombies, colored pink, blue and green. We played our hearts out in the sweltering Chennai heat, I vividly remember I was trying to bowl leg spinners and for some strange reason almost all deliveries took off spin, not even a single ball turned the way I intended but it was fun, we had great time. There was no one else in that ground, it was exhausting however, we were relentless. After couple of hours and few desi crushed smoothies, we decided to visit another friend and catch him as they had caught me earlier in the day. We ganged up and trapped in his kaccha [ underwear ]. Next, stop was his apartment’s terrace. Once guy climbed over the water tank, I don’t know what he did, all I remember is stream of water splashing all over, it was like a mini waterfall. I had never been so thrilled under water. We were jumping, yelling, pushing, it was mental, bunch of morons out on loose. I don’t remember what happened that :D. A fantastic day came to a colorful end as we all dispersed to get our lunch, We were shouting and howling along the streets, it was totally insane but believe me it was AMAZING!

    When I got home, I couldn’t get the color off my skin, I was pink for next few day 😀 but, it was truly worth it.

    Happy Holi ^^

     

     
  • Narendra 9:40 pm on March 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chennai, Chicken Sandwich, Pubs, Restaurants and Bars, whiskey, Zara Tapas Bar   

    Last evening I went to a pub with… 

    A bartender at work in a pub in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Image via Wikipedia

    Last evening, I went to a pub with couple of my childhood friends, Mahesh and Avinash. This is my fifth ever visit to a drinking place. Out of which 3 have to been to this very bar. Both my friends are compulsive alcoholics, they guzzle down beer and Whisky at will, upto 3 times a week. The last time I went with them was 12 years ago, after that I would refuse to go with them or anyone else. I don’t consume liquor and neither do I enjoy the dim lit, creepy pubs. Off late, I had a slight change of heart, and got curious to visit a pub, just to see if things have changed or would I feel any better inside those chambers.

    So, I was ready in a jiffy. Mahesh and I reached early. Mahesh with his usual flair had befriended a waiter at the Pub, so we got a table with effortless ease despite the weekend rush. The menu card came out. I quickly scanned through the menu, guess about  6-7 pages of drinks were listed and the last section had a humble list of mocktails, I ordered a “Cricket” – a blend of Orange Juice, vannila and mint. Also, a Chicken Sandwich. Mahesh went for a whiskey, same for Avinash, who caught up after 10 minutes.

    Then the slow process of consuming a glass of liquor over 60 minutes started. We had conversations ranging from Cricket, Politics, School days, Cars, trains and lot of other random stuff. By the time they got their second peg, the pub was full, the decibels levels had gone up thanks to a bunch of college kids. Cricket match was drawing lots of uffffffffffff’s and Aaahhhhhhhhhh’s from the drunk gentlemen. The wry smiles, exaggerated body language and higher vocals made me uncomfortable. I was like ” Finish, let’s go home ” it’s getting late [ Clock was at 8.30pm, for me it’s late, I seldom stay out beyond 10pm ]. Mahesh thundered back “Be a man, don’t squeal like a kid”. I quickly realized there is no point in pushing, these guys were in no mood to finish quickly. So,I didn’t want to play spoilsport so, I kept quiet and indulged in further conversations. They went for a third round and I spent most time nibbling nuts and chips. Luckily, Cricket match kept me engrossed otherwise, I wouldn’t have lasted so long.

    A little later, they were done and when they saw the bill they were grounded, didn’t make them any happy, it stood at Rs2600 [ ~ $ 55 ],  after exchanging few sheepish smiles, Mahesh flashed his card. I was so happy to get out of that place. I can neither say I had great time nor I would say I was disappointed. I went there just to experience something different but I didn’t enjoy it. I doubt, I would visit pubs any frequently. I would rather do something I enjoy, even if it were to mean having a coffee all alone. However, there are few top end pubs in Chennai which boast of yummulicious food. So, I would want to give it a try. First in my list in Zara Tapas Bar, its an award winning pub and said to be the finest in Chennai. Eager to give it a try. 🙂

     

     
    • Selvakumar 9:52 pm on March 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Watching a live cricket match, that too a game like yesterdays’ with beer, friends and noise is the one of the best things I would always love to do..

      • Narendra 10:07 pm on March 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes, I could see that..most of the folks at pub had come with their pals, they were vociferously cheering..collective uffffsss n ahhhssss were thrilling..but, I didn’t like the alcohol bit 😛

        Hope u enjoying all the matches,dude…Go India Go! Go Selva Go!

    • Elsie 7:36 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My dear party pooper friend…i love you just the way you are 🙂

      • Reno 10:39 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        OMG 😦

        • Reno 10:41 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          yanggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg.

      • Reno 11:17 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        what happen my dear? , “YOU n HER”

        • Reno 11:21 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          who is she ?,

          • Reno 11:22 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            just up set 😦

            • Reno 11:54 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Oh God Please give me strength,feel sad now.

    • Single Malt Monkey 2:05 pm on March 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You tried something to see if you’d like it. That’s okay and a good thing. But you are right, you don’t have to like it. And you will save yourself a lot of money by not making trips to pubs a habit ! 🙂

      • Narendra 8:19 pm on March 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I like myself a lot for not getting into all this..l love myself..don’t believe in guzzling alcohol..moreover, am happy..artificial high is not required at all 😛

  • Narendra 11:08 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chennai, Coca-Cola, colgate, , , Sharad Haksar, stori   

    Father of Indian Digital Photography 

     

    Sharad Haksar is one the finest Digital Photograpers India has ever produced. In fact it would be perfectly alright to call him the “ Father of Indian Digital Photography“. He hails from Chennai, which gives him the distinct advantage of access to cutting edge technology and latest editing softwares. I vividly remember, Mahesh and I used to stop at a hoarding space [ Which was owned by him ] to admire his Social Banners. He would put up hoardings covering an array of social evils. My personal favorite was the one on Sex-detection of babies. It’s is illegal in India. I tried to search for that photograph but no luck, so sad. However, I found few of his most fascinating works, which made him what he is today. Below Photographs are not from his Social campaigns but they are mind blowing. Take a look.

     

    Brand Irony 1 – Colgate

    Colgate

     

    Brand Irony 2 – Coca Cola [ He was sued by Coca Cola for hosting this on his hoarding space 😀 ]

    Coca Cola

     

    Brand Irony 3 – Nike [ They were a good “Sport”, no suit filed 😛 ]

    Nike

     

    Brand Irony 4 – Master Card [ Swipe here ]

    MasterCard

     

    One of his classics for a Clothing Brand – Stori [ This was during the Iraq war. Great Improvisation ]

    Stori

     
    • Single Malt Monkey 1:52 pm on March 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good stuff, Narendra………an Indian Banksy-type ?!

    • Narendra 2:05 pm on March 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just looked up Bansky’s profile…he seems more like an activist…Haksar on the other hand sticks to photography…After the Cola incident he pulled out his hoardings..and now focuses only on professional engagements…

  • Narendra 12:23 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cheer, Chennai, crackers, death dance, tradition   

    The Death Dance 

    As the auto turned left under the flyover, it came to a virtual halt. A group of youth and few kids were dancing away to mad beats ( Trust me, even Sivamani cannot produce such drum beats ), foot tapping music to say the least. Ear deafening crackers added to the excitement. You could it see all in the thrilled faces of the crowd, I couldn’t stop smiling. Wish I had pulled out my mobile camera on time ( Grrrrrrrr…Redddyyyyyyy )

    This was the scene of a funeral procession.True. I’m damn serious. Of course, this is a normal sight down south but someone who hasn’t seen or heard about this, it has to be a “Ripley’s believe it or not” moment. Check out one such video.

     

    I won’t say people are celebrating someone’s death, no way. I’m not too sure about the religious or traditional connection to the death dance but all I see is we have managed to figure out ways to give our loved ones a thunderous exit and add some cheer to the gloom called death.

     
    • sufiaz 8:00 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      WIOW. thats interesting .. …. i like.

    • Blockader 8:05 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Once again I learn a little more of your culture…It is like I am travelling the world while stuck in the snowbanks of my own home.

      • Narendra 10:13 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes..Out here we have never seen snow..All we seen in sun..sun..n more sun

    • Arvinth 4:46 am on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Singara Chennai!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAY!!

  • Narendra 10:40 am on January 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: APD, car, Chennai, , , Letika Saran, scotland yard, vigil,   

    Chennai Police 

    The other day my good friend Arvinth made a comment on Chennai city’s relatively risk free environment for women. Today’s TOI issue confirmed his statement – Click here to read more . Chennai ranks 34th amongst 35 major cities in crime against women. For a city with over 70 million population that’s is quite an achievement.

    One of the main reasons is, Chennai is culturally more tolerant and conservative. There are no bandhs, no strikes, no road roko, no public rallies. It’s like people of Chennai refuse to get carried away by hysteria ( The left might say we are not united ). There’s no major chaos barring the traffic. Even the terrorist don’t seem to take a liking for Chennai, that’s is where the next biggest reason for Chennai’s safe city status lies- The Chennai Police

    Chennai Police is a subset of Tamil Nadu Police department which is apparently headed by a lady – Ms.Letika Saran. Unlike most states TN police is most well equipped in terms of artillery, Intelligence , Infrastructure ( They even got a cyber cell to curb cyber menace ) and manpower. By the way check out their swanky patrol vehicle, cool right.

    To top it up lot of cops are being trained at Scotland yard, APD and World Police Academy ( Now that makes me S**t in my pants, I have given up my dreams of robbing a bank long ago..spare me you lovely cops ). With these well trained cops on vigil, we can feel a lot safer and secure. Yes, there is crime in our city but we also have one of the best Police force in India. Cheers to Chennai Police.

     
    • Arvinth 11:30 am on January 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      U forgot to mention.. Its being led by Captain VijayKanth of the 51st Brigadier Front of the Elite North Chennai Patrol team 😉

      • Narendra 11:35 am on January 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        haahahhhaha…Captain saar..saari I forgot to mention about you.. He’s is on man who can clean by the entire mess single handedly ….in movies that is… 😛

    • sufiaz 4:15 pm on January 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      very impressive i must say 🙂

    • Bianca 1:00 am on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yay Chennai!! 😀

    • Anonymous 10:16 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i do not know which policing r u speaking about? i will say only thing they r expert in hiding the things to show clean files and go to any extent to make them look effiecient . i think that’s whee the difference lies

      • Narendra 10:20 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure if you lived in Chennai..things are definitely much better than the other mega cities..

    • kanchan 10:19 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i do not agree with u. i feel chennai police is expert in hiding the things by somehow closing the files o not at all opening them to reduce the reported cases. can give u the examples of my life not once but three times.

      • Narendra 10:22 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh..poor you..sorry to hear that..pls feel free to share your experiences..

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