This blog marks a hiatus in dispatches from Chennai. My resilient father celebrated his 93rd birthday on February 03 with a mild stroke. He downplays the event and has stubbornly told his doctor not to share information with me, so I’m going to see for myself. As T. E. Lawrence explained when asked what he was doing in Arabia, “I’m here to appreciate the situation.”
I’m leaving you with photos of the people–one cow, and one dog–who make up our local community. They represent the neighborhood and embody everything that I have come to enjoy about the past two years in Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.
I’ll let you know about my dad’s health status when I learn it, and resume posts when I return.
All the best.
One of many.
The banker who changes my big bills.
Postmaster, Valmiki Nagar
My coffee vendor.
Shankar, our favorite auto driver.
Muthu, the coffee man and assistants.
The ladies at Indane Gas.
The always-smiling kabadiwalla.
The small grocer a few steps from the house.
The tailor on our street.
The brothers at Chandamama groceries.
The always-smiling street sweepers.
The cane juice man.
The leaf plate maker.
The idly / dosa batter shop.
A lovely dog who I pass many times a day.
A neighbor and her wares.
The ladies who sweep their thresholds.
My barber, times 4.
The tea/coffee stand at 4:30 AM.
We shake hands every time we pass.
A passing parade.
Our maid having breakfast.
The apartment building’s gardner cutting the lawn.
Milk men at 4:00 AM.
Road repair team.
Cashier at our veg market.
Government liquor store.
Veg market owner.
Phone recharge man.
Ladies selecting coconuts.
Askar Ali of Five Star Classic grocery.
Very happy young neighbor who always has a smile.
Itinerant knife sharpener.
Seven on a bike!
Ladies admiring their kolam.
Joy on a bike.
Daily cricket in our courtyard.
Mom and daughter.