Saturday, June 24, 2017

ருசியியல் சில குறிப்புகள் 25: எலுமிச்சை - கொத்தமல்லி சூப்!

ருசியியல் சில குறிப்புகள் 25: எலுமிச்சை - கொத்தமல்லி சூப்!: சமீபத்தில் என் நண்பர் சவடன் பாலசுந்தரன், எலுமிச்சை - கொத்தமல்லி சூப் என்றொரு நூதன ருசிமிகு திரவத்தை எனக்கு அறிமுகப்படுத்தினார்.

Thursday, March 23, 2017



WEDNESDAY, 22-03-2017

Vijaya and I left house by 3-45 PM in an UBER taxi for the koil. We reached there by 4-15 PM (Rs 145.00).

There was not any crowd and we had a good darshan of the Perumal at a close distance. After worshipping here, Thayar Vedavalli Sannidhi, Yoga Narasimhar, and Aandal Sannidhis, we came out. We walked to Bharatiyar Memorial, Sri Raghavendra Mutt on the TP Koil Street nearby.

Then we walked about 1/2 km on Thiruvallikkeni High Road, reached Rathna Café, and had their famous hot and tasty idlis with sambhar. 

Booked another Uber and returned home by 7 PM. (Rs 140.00).

A good outing, enjoyable.

Our previous visit to this temple was on 05 Jan 2015 with Arun and his family.



Sunday, November 6, 2016




A small obit advt in today’s (6th Nov) paper caught my eyes and took me back 15 years, to the time when my wife and I landed in Chennai in December 2001. That obit note was the remembrance of Haji Madharsha the owner and founder of a great cloth store. The name kindled many sweet memories of Purasaiwakkam, a beautiful locality.

We lived in Kilpauk first, halfway between Anna Nagar, and Purasaiwakkam. On the third side was the Poonamalee High road, another fabulous road. Also, Vepery was nearby. Having never been to this part of Chennai earlier, I was pleasantly surprised to see many roads named after English gentry.

Landons’ Road, Harleys Rd, Ormes Rd, Taylors’ Rd, Halls Rd, Strahans Rd, Waddle’s Rd, Kellys’ Rd, Barnaby Rd, Flowers’ Rd, Millers’ Rd, Balfour Rd, … the list continues.

Starting from our house at Aspiran Gardens, we come to Rajaji Vidhyashram, then proceed along Balfour road, come to the Kellys corner; the road on the left is the Purasaiwakkam High Road. with hundreds of shops on both sides including Abhirami multiplex and Abhirami Mall, it was a pleasurable window-shopping time.

Opposite this mall, there is Millers’ road that leads to Poonamalee High road near KMC hospital. Millers road cutting across the Purasaiwakkam high road leads to Perambur (29 C bus route).

Madharsha, the famous cloth store was at the other end of PH road. Our first purchase [and 70% purchases for my son’s marriage] was from this Madharsha only. An excellent cloth shop.

Next to Madharsha is the Welcome Hotel, one of the busiest restaurants in Chennai. Opposite to Madharsha, there is Vellala Street. RK Narayan and RK Laxman spent their life here in this road. The trimurthys of Tamil writing – Raa ki Rangarajan, Ja Raa Sundaresan, and PV Parthasarathy lived here. At the other end of Vellala St is an ancient, beautiful Sri Srinivasa Perumal  Koil.


Just opposite to Madharsha, there is a road leading to PH road at Dasaprakash. On this road is the famous Sri Gangadeeswarar Koil. The river Ganga flows from the head of Shiva here. The Amman Sri Pankajakshi is extremely divine beautiful. You will be going on seeing Her, forever, you won’t have a mind to take away your eyes from Her! காண கண் கோடி வேண்டும்.

If you go further away from Welcome Hotel, on your left is the busiest road – TANA Street, leading to Perambur. Tana Street, oh my, you get “a to z” traditional and modern things on this street. Right from vetrilai, paakku to 52” Samsung TV, from a Mouse Trap (I purchased one here) to the very latest iPhones – you name it, you will get it. A veritable shopping heaven.

Do not turn left to Tana St but go straight – you get the Doveton flyover and then after the flyover, VEPERY, and beyond that Poonamalee High Road, and Central Station.

We lived at Kilpauk for over 5 years and during this period we explored the whole of Kilpauk, Poonamalee High road, Purasaiwakkam, Kellys, Vepery, Chintamani, and Annanagar. We visited tens of dozens of koils here.

I LOVE Purasaiwakkam.

One small word in one small corner has triggered these nostalgic emotions.