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Monday, April 6th, 2009
9:10 pm
Help needed: Theatre in Chennai
Hi All,

I am with a theatre group in Bangalore and we are looking to perform in Chennai. I unfortunately wasn't active on the stage scene when I lived in Chennai, so would need help and advice on the following:
1. existing theatre halls in Chennai with details of location, facilities, costs, performance timing rules, etc.;
2. contact details of people we can approach for performing in these halls.

Google has not yielded much useful information.

Kindly do forward this post to artiste friends of yours who might be in the know. I can be contacted via:
1. a comment to this post (all comments will be screened) with further contact details;
2. an email to karan[point]shah[at]gmail[point]com.

Many thanks, Karan.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
8:29 pm
Descent of the Ganga

Mamallapuram, about an hour south of Chennai along India's East coast, hosts India's largest and most dramatic relief-sculpture representing the celebrated myth of the descent of the river Ganga from heaven to earth. The Great Penance, is carved out of a giant granite rock wall 27 meters wide and 9 meters tall, and the project was believed to be initiated during the reign of the Pallava King Mahendra Varman, ca 7th century bce.

While a traditional sculpture (or other work of art) would memorialize a climactic scene, this Great Penance is depicted as a "continuous narrative," wherein multiple scenes from a series of events are portrayed on the same canvas, permitting the observer to focus on different parts of the work and recollect different scenes in the narrative. The more details one observes and associates, the more richer the experience.

Three more pics and rest of writeup

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
1:46 pm
Chennai photo scanning services
It's been a long time since I've been back. Last time I lived here for more than a few months was in 1986. Somehow my heart still feels really comfortable here. Despite 8 years in Bangalore and loving it, and 12 years in the Oosa (USA), I find that Madras has managed to maintain a lot of grace and social community concepts while Bangalore has given way to a more individualistic westernism. This and that I can speak the language makes a tremendous impact on my sense of belonging even though I've never been an adult here.

In April 2007, I expressed some of my Madras memories, which some of you may recognize or share. I am here again now, fully realizing the weight of adulthood, for the death of a family member.

With the passing comes a need to record memories in some permanent way. I need a service that can carefully scan piles of black and white photographs, and will not empty the bank or destroy the photos in the process. If there are any near Mylapore or Nilgiris that would be even more soopar.

Udavi please ?
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
4:48 pm
Hi All,

Are there any public good basketball courts around Chennai (outdoor\indoor doesn't matter)? That could be used by anyone freely (or with membership or whatever).

I know IIT has a couple but that's a bit far for me. Anything else?

So far all the ones I've seen are in schools and colleges which, I've been led to believe, are not for use by anyone outside the institute.

I'm in Kodambakam. Anything near there?
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
9:41 pm
Fast Food: Murugan Idli Shop

Fast Food, Coz Enlightenment is Too Damn Slow!

In Chennai, after our migraine inducing Saree Shopping binge, our driver recommend we try Mugugan Idli Shop. An interesting place. There was a long line and we had to wait about 30 minutes to get a table. But once inside, the service was very fast. Despite it being a Idli place, we all ended up ordering different types of dosas! In lieu of plates, servers bring banana leaves, which we wipe clean. Another serves several different types of chutneys on each leaf (plate). The dosas are actually brought on a tray and the server (with gloved hands) carefully places each dosa on our leaf.

I think M got this Onion Uttappa. I was like: I want that! :-E Mumbai-side, the onions are usually minced, here these round sliced onions give it an artistic touch!

Two more pics

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
2:07 pm
Kanchi Kamakshi

Kanchi is verily the City of Temples. Poems composed in the 2nd century ce refer to a shrine dedicated to the love goddess (Kamakshi - eyes of love). The current Kamakshi temple (Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Peetham Sri Kamakshi Ambal) was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century.

Replicating the original shrine, Adi Shankaracharya installed the Shri Chakra Yantra in front of a beautiful Lalita Kamakshi seated in padmasana - lotus pose. Puja and archana (offering) are made not to the murti, but to the yantra in front - how cool is that!

Write-up and three more images from Kanchi

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
1:50 pm
An official India community for LJ

Greetings from LJ_India, the new official India community we’re piloting to connect all our India users.

We’re writing to invite you to take a first look at the Community as it’s launched and share your feedback. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)

Do join us at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started!

Cheers and thanks,


Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, May 29th, 2008
4:08 pm
hey ppl,
ive hung in live journal for quite some time now 
i dont post often .. ve been in chennai for quite some time now....nice place it is ...but its burning hot these dayz
anyone wants to add me go ahead ..u'll gt quite a few reads now on.. um holidaying ..will keep updating ...
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
9:57 pm
Tirth Yatra: Temples of Tamil Nadu

Even as a kid, I enjoyed visiting temples. The prasad was certainly a big draw. I'd stop by random SatyaNarayana Pujas, just to partake of the nectarine prasad. But the aarti bhajans were equally soothing. At annual GSB Ganapati celebrations at Wadala, while we were enticed by stalls selling bhajiyas and bondas, we first paid our respects to Ganapati, our friend and confidant, with whom we traded future visits for good performance in exams.

Long write-up and one more pic

Sunday, May 11th, 2008
3:45 pm
THIS is a Saree!


A bit dated, but saw this recently on a forward.

Notes at Arun Shanbhag
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
7:48 pm
FilmCamp.TV 1:1 Filmmaking Workshop in Chennai on 27th Jan
Hi Guys, I'm going to be in Chennai on 27th Jan with my FilmCamp.TV colleagues. You didn't know we started a startup called FilmCamp.TV, right? Read on!

FilmCamp.TV is a community of independent filmmakers that don’t pay lip-service to our love for cinema. We believe in making unique cinema rather than talking or dreaming about it. We also believe that one only gets better at filmmaking by keeping at it - honing the writing, preparing for the shoot and investing in the edit.

We are in Chennai, on Sunday, 27th Jan, 2008 with a 1:1 Filmmaking workshop where YOU make YOUR one minute film in a day.

More information about the workshop is here.

Registration Open - Limited Seats!

To Register mail us your • Name & • Phone number to direct@filmcamp.TV or Call us on 0-92434 22797 (Raghu) or 0-99013 04972 (Hari)

See ya there guys! :)

Hrish Thota (Dhempe)

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, January 18th, 2008
12:25 pm
Ten Tips to Survive Saree Shopping
We had the wonderful time touring Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu, last month. One of the highlights of the city was going saree shopping with my family. Based on that experience, I came up with a few tips for those of us who have to accompany saree shoppers. Cross-posted from my blog.

Yes, Guys! That day will surely come. You will have to accompany the wife or significant other for saree shopping! How you respond to the not-so-subtle hint is going to mark you for ever. In the good old days of the joint (or extended) family, you were safe. She may go saree shopping with her MIL, or SILs and other relatives. And you could just give her the funds and then safely curl up with a book. With modern nuclear families - no such luck! You will have to do the accompanying.

On our trip to Chennai last month, M and my mother both wanted to go saree shopping. They conspired on the research and identified the store to visit. And believe it or not, they planned it for the same evening we arrive in Chennai. I softly recommended shopping at the end of the trip. My argument: "you won't have to carry the sarees around for the entire trip" did not go far. "We will just put the sarees in the car, which will be with us the entire trip," was the quick rebuttal.

I resigned and enthusiastically went along. ... and I survived. And you will too!

Here are Ten Survival Tips!
And pics from our shopping extravaganza at Nalli's (Nalli Chinnasami Chetty), Chennai. Apparently THE place for sarees! Don't fret, all the cabbies know the place! :-)

See Ten Tips and Five more saree pics
Friday, December 21st, 2007
10:10 am
At a staggering 4 posts a year, this community sucks just a tiny bit more than the city itself.

Which, believably, is a difficult feat.

Wont anyone stand up? Tell me what you hate/love about the city.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
1:10 pm
hi all :)
hi all,

new to the group... wanted to share my online store, promise i won't spam the group!

hope everyone is well :)

small hands designs
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
4:40 pm
Aye, a chennai LJ community.

I was going to go all "woohoo!" until I saw how inactive it has been.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
11:07 pm
Information needed

As my userid might explain, I am a Madrasi living in Missouri. I am currently visiting Madras for a few months.

I need help designing a CD cover. Also need help to market the CD. Perhaps I am going blank, but I don't know where to look for information! The recent copy of yellow pages is not the best, as the phone numbers are still messed up and I am tired of reaching the wrong people. Second, the marketing agencies listed seem to be interested in corporate connections....so, where can shop for the kind of help I need?

Saturday, November 18th, 2006
3:38 pm
Day trip!
I'm on a 1-day trip to Chennai on the 21st and was wondering if I could get some info.

Especially on how far these places are and how to travel between them.

I'll be landing by train at Chennai Central at 8am (Would Perambur or some other station be closer?)
I have some work at Anna Salai, Chennai - 600006 at 1pm
Then I have a flight back at 10pm

Any other info - good hotels / Five stars, good places for breakfast / lunch / dinner etc etc would also be greatly appreciated!

TIA :)
Friday, October 13th, 2006
3:09 pm
A few days ago a friend of mine and I came up with an idea. That idea culminated into PostIndia.

"PostIndia is an experiment to delve more into the Indian psyche and find of the common threads the runs through the diversity of this magnificent nation. It seeks to tell the story of our great nation, its bustling cities, its myriad by lanes and of the people that inhabit it. A lot has been written about India, and a lot more will be, but we wish to explore what it means for you to be part of this country and some place you call home. Tell us about the place you come from, the place you go to work and the experiences that you have along the way. In a place as diverse as ours one could not help but be daubed with colors, black and white, saffron and green, and a multitude of colors along the way."

Please do visit and send send in your opinions.

Ankita & Vibhanshu
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
2:15 pm
30th-Chennai LJ meet
Can you make it on 30th??
Sunday, September 24th, 2006
6:03 pm
Chennai LJ Meet
x-posted to my LJ.

If you're from Chennai,and interested in coming to the LJ meet,do the following:

1)List all the Chennai LJers you know,and make sure they see this post.:)

2)Post a convenient time,place and date.

<lj-cut text="My Chennai LJers list>

1)<lj user="ringwraithe">
2)<lj user="poisonivy88">
3)<lj user="krritika">
4)<lj user="vyshnavi">
5)<lj user="al_nuts">
6)<lj user="quirky_circe">
7)<lj user="divacandid">
8)<lj user="itsalouwelylife">
9)<lj user="notanangel78">
10)<lj user="kadambarid">
If I missed anyone,I'm sorry!!

Time: Anytime Evening.
Place:A coffeeDay/someplace in the middle of the city?
Date: Okay,here's the catch,I have my internals from the 28th to 4th,but I'm okay(but only just) for a meeting after the 30th.:) And end of October to say,the 14th of November, have my End-of-Semester Exams,so no chance then!:-(

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