August 20, 2018

Seafarer's Club - Chennai

The lesser known club for the seafarer's community and their family members is located in Rajaji Road, right opposite to the Reserve Bank of India, in Chennai. Towards the end of the Second World War (in 1945 CE), the Seafarer's Club was constituted with the initial grant by the Joint War Charity Committee.

The Club, which was functioning in a rented building in The First Line Beach, shifted to the current building in 1962 CE. The Chennai Port Trust carried out the construction of this building.

The club provides rooms for accommodation along with many recreation facilities for the Seafarer's community. The hall is let out for the events even for the outsiders.


Some of the noteworthy features of this site include the statues of Seaman and Seamen's family (a mother with two kids). These statues were unveiled by Mr. G.K.Vasan in 2011 CE, when he was serving as the Minister of Shipping. The Seaman's statue is named as "The Unknown Sailor".

In order to honour Sri V.O.Chidambaranar, who ran the first native shipping company, his statue was unveiled in 2012 in the premises.

Happy travelling.













August 11, 2018

VR Chennai

VR Chennai - it's a new shopping mall in Chennai. It's a massive mall sprawling over an area of aorund 9,88,000 sq. feet and is located in Anna Nagar locality.

There are around 250+ international and national brands, which include some of the famous and familiar ones like Adidas, Allen Solly, Arrow, Bata, Calonge, Color Plus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Life Style, Max, Pantaloons, Peter England, Raymond, Reliance Trends and Westside.

The parking area is vast and well organized. On the top most floor, the dining area is spacious with a lot of options. In addition, there are many options for dining in the other floors too such as Amaravatihi, Domino's, KFC, Sangeetha's and Krishna Sweets. For kids, there are entertainment options such as video games. A 10 screen multi plex from PVR is coming up in this mall which has a cultural theme.

Happy travelling.





August 8, 2018

Amrita Pushkarani, Selaiyur (Waterbodies of Chennai - 10)

Selaiyur is called as the Tirukadaiyur of Chennai. The 250+ years old Abirami-Amritakadeswarar Temple is located here.

The temple has a huge tank that covers an area of around 0.25 acres. It is called as Amrita Pushkarani. The tank must be as old as the temple. The images of personified rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Krishna, Narmada, Kaveri, Tamrabharani and others are found on the four sides of the boundary walls of the tank. It is depicted that the holy water from all these rivers flow into this tank. Unfortunately, although all these rivers flow into this tank, the tank is dry nowadays, thanks to the poor maintenance.






Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.