Mar 31, 2011

Kishmish Restaurant Egmore, Chennai

If you want traditional North and South Indian food, head to Poonamallee High Road to enjoy a meal at Kishmish Restaurant near Egmore.

Mar 29, 2011

Porur Road Chennai

Porur Road Chennai

Chennai Bypass Road

Chennai Bypass Road

Mar 26, 2011

Chetpet Chennai

VR Ramanathan Road Chetpet near Egmore in Chennai, India.  To the right in the photo, you'll see a guardrail where small shops used to be.  The city started to clean up the sewage in the river and, as part of the process, eradicated the make-shift shops alongside the road.  Although the government has provided housing for the homeless at the city limits, most of the poor work in the city and it's too expensive to take a bus or auto rickshaw into town each day.  Sometimes, the homeless will accept the government housing, rent the place out to someone else and continue to sleep on the road.

Mar 25, 2011

Noombal Village Chennai

This is Noombal Village in Chennai.  Actually, it is just outside the city limits near Porur, not far from the semi-famous Hanuman Temple.  The road is dry as a bone right now because it's not the monsoon season, but in November and December this road resembles a lake.

Mar 24, 2011

Chennai Traffic Picture

Chennai is a perfect place to learn how NOT to ride a motorcycle.  This is a fairly common occurrence with Mom driving and the child precariously sitting on the back--in this case, completely backwards.  Notice--no helmets.

Chennai Rooftop Garden

A Typical Rooftop Garden from Chennai

Mar 23, 2011

Chennai Road Signs

A road sign near Adayar Bridge Chennai.

Mar 5, 2011

Semmozhi Poonga Chennai

Chennai opened a new 22-acre botanical garden on Cathedral Road in November 2010 called Semmozhi Poonga, which roughly translated means "Classical Language Park".  The Rs. 80 million park contains more than 500 different plants, some rare, some imported from China and Thailand.  Inside the garden are 25 neat and clean themed gardens that feature specialities like aromatic plants, topiary, herbal plants and a Bonsai garden.  The garden is about 500 meters beyond the American Consulate on Cathedral Road near the famous Gemini flyover. It opens early for walkers, but the general population can visit from 10am to 8pm for the price of Rs. 10 per person. The garden is closed Tuesday.  If you have a camera, you'll be charged another Rs. 15 for the pleasure of taking pictures.

Botanical Garden Chennai

Semmozhi Poonge Photo

Poonga Chennai Picture