I reproduce here some vintage photography of Chennai or Madras as older generations still like to call the city.
These photos have appeared elsewhere before and in my understanding the copyrights on them have expired. Quite nostalgic they give glimpse into the city that still lies beneath the modern high-rises, concrete flyovers and shopping malls.
The old Madras is still present to a certain extent but for how long? Recently there have been plans announced to bring the demolition workers to some buildings of distinct heritage value. Voices of concern and a call for more aware development policies have been raised also.
Development is essential, as is constant change, yet one still hopes for some restraint and patience so that Chennai will continue to be the jewel among cities that it is if you have the eyes to see.