Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Destination - Tamil Nadu ,India


Its been a while since I posted a post - as in write about a destination and I hope to do that in my next post. Until then, here is an attempt to be alive in the blogging world. I have been travelling extensively all of August and all roads pointed to Tamil Nadu. I started with Chennai aka Madras , then drove down to Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry and smaller villages and towns around these places. The next trail took me to Madurai and Kodaikanal and then again to Chennai, the capital city which recently celebrated its birthday. I will be doing more of TN in the next few months. For now, I am back in Bangalore with a sore throat .

This picture of MGR,(M G Ramachandran) former Chief Minister and famous actor framed on the wall was taken on the roads of Triplicane . In a way he represents the spirit of the people there .There is a reason why I say this. I saw a carton of cardboard boxes lying on a bench and this picture of MGR hanging on the wall. Not a soul around. .When I was busy framing a shot, a lady ran from the other end of the road, screaming in Tamil which I'm penning down without editing a single word.

"Avaroda sethu ennaiyum oru photo edungama ..Avar en deivam .Avarthan innivarikkum ennakku saapaad poduraru.."
Please take a photograph of me along with his picture. He is my God .He is the one who feeds me even till day .

I learnt later that she runs a book shop and all the books are locked inside the cartons. She claims that he is the one who has inspired her to run the book shop .It doesnt matter to her that MGR died more than two decades ago.I took two pictures - one close up as well as she requested .

23 comments:

vishesh said...

:)

Which Main? What Cross? said...

Like Meera is to Krishna.
A God and his favourite devotee.

Anonymous said...

Lovely work...living in the past is an escape route to forget the present...sadly misused by powers to be..

Atleast they have his memories ( at least his screen memories) to give them a few minutes of happiness....the world of the make believe..do we call it a boon or a bane. vj

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Her loyalty is so touching!

mitr_bayarea said...

Lakshmi-

This is so great that you are covering TN in the upcoming months....looking forward to seeing a whole new dimension to the city I love so much.

MGR is the epitome of poor tamilianz, sicne he always came across as the helper of the needy. Good one.

Priyank said...

Nicely portrayed :)

In Konkan I met a similar fan of Bal Thakrey.

swati said...

Your Pic shows that people exits after the death too......... so the relationships continue to exist with loved one forever.

I am said...

Waaoo.. it amazing to find out how, where and what can inspire people to take some bold steps in their life.. am sure this lady will make it big in her life in her own way ...

did you send the snap to her ?

Sivaram Kannan said...

As you said the is different. Though MGR may not be the best CM TN had, sadly there is no model CM who could be looked as great in South India, or perhaps in India. Thinking back who was the best CM TN ever had, no one comes to mind except Kamarajar.

Pete said...

Nice artistic pictures!

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Nomadic Matt said...

Sorry I have been MIA. Traveling didn't give me enough time to check blogs!!!! I'm back now though!!!

I love these destination guides!! Great way to "see" india.

Indrani said...

He did make a mark!

Wendy said...

Your travels sound wonderful. Can't wait to read more about them.

Jeevan said...

He is one more person to inspire film actors to turn politician with a CM dream! The picture holds familiarity in new angle. Looking forward to see more about our state TN.

Anu said...

The people of TN beleive his era to be a dream era..if someone gives them hope to continue, I think thats justification enough for picture hanging about! nice one Lakshmi..!

flyingstars said...

Nice that you are still alive in the blogging world...I'm taking an extended break now from blogging once again due to moving to a new place...anyway nice reading your posts after a long time along with those lovely pics...stay well & keep blogging!

GMG said...

Hi Lakshmi! First of all many thanks for your comment on my post of 08.08.08 at 08h08 at Blogtrotter, now in Kos, Greece! It was great to read you there. Second, sorry for the long delay to come here, but August was a terribly busy month, as everybody else seems to be in vacation… ;))
Anyhow, I found sometime now to land here and enjoy your blog. Great treat!
Hope everything is fine with you!
Wish you a great weekend!

bendtherulz said...

Thats a nice experience and I am sure you will enjoy telling people even in future.
I found it amazing that this lady wanted you to take pic of her....along with her hero...!

Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

wonderful!!!

hemant said...

The picture shown on the blog is of former chief minister and famous actor M G Ramachandaran.

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dharmabum said...

he is the greatest political mastermind we have ever seen. it was evident with the influx of people into the city on his death.

Musemahi said...

Nice Article!!