Friday, December 19, 2008

How cozy?

How cozy?
Originally uploaded by ~HARI~
.... the monkeys are a very comon scene in many parts of Chettinad area ....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

From the Bride to the Groom's family

Originally uploaded by ~HARI~
.... a section of "seeru"

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Originally uploaded by Kuppuraj
a view from the Oorani ....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Indian Bank in Pallathur

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Originally uploaded by nain.
... Nostalgic for me .... just near my Native home.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

1000 Jannal Veedu

1000 Jannal Veedu
Originally uploaded by i L a V A n J i
... tipped to have 1000 windows in this house ...... a must visit in your Chettinad iternary.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Athangudi tiles

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Originally uploaded by highdepth
.... the famous tiles from a tiny village in Chettinad, called Athangudi.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Originally uploaded by kalairajah
கழுத்தீறு .....

Friday, August 29, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008


Originally uploaded by Geist An Sich
A fine example of the door architecture in Chettinad

Thursday, July 31, 2008


Originally uploaded by Geist An Sich
Well treated by Suraksha

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Classic Chettinadu street

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Originally uploaded by Gireesh G V
superb depiction of the classic chettinadu street ......

Thursday, July 17, 2008

An house in Kottaiyur

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Originally uploaded by narayananm
..... the hall veedu, just before the "valavu"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Key to a Chettinad house

Amazing silhoutte by Eric, of a key to Chettinad home.

Check out a wedding snap from CHETTINAD

Uploaded by Rakesh Ashok in Flickr.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

F/A series - 7

This is an unique example of the chandlier's / Lightings at Chettinadu Mansions. The lights, glasses used to come from Belgium, predominantly Europe in those days.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Chettinadu in The Hindu

Today's The Hindu carries an article about Chettinad hospitality ...... check it out .....

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Flickr pool

The Flickr pool about Chettinad has grown phenomenally to 50+ pictures from photographers across the globe.

Check Eric, Coffee on the house, FabIndia for some lovely shots of Chettinad .....

Saturday, March 22, 2008

F/A series - 6

The doors are having a tale of its own in Chettinad, the ones what i'm posting here are not exactly the inner / intricately carved varieties, but the simpler, exterior, backyard doors.

Posted both the BnW & Colour versions of the same.

Monday, March 17, 2008

F/A series - 5

The window glasses are also very unique in this part of the country ....

a few examples here ....

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

F/A series - 4

The Knob .....

A very interesting piece of the architectural splendour from Chettinad, the Knob. These ornamental knobs are seen at the main door, room doors (arai).

shown here are knobs on different doorset's .....

P.s. : what's an antique? what the Grandfather buys judiciously, Dad sells at throwaway price, the Grandson buys it back at a fancy price .... :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

F/A series - 3

நிலை or Nilai :-

This is the entrance design in the main door. The "Nilai" shows the grandeur of a someone's home. These are also done in the main rooms entrance too. Especially in the 1st "kattu" or கட்டு or the main "Valavu" , the rooms are the main அறை, for which they decorate with such an artistic Nilai.
Normally they depict a scene from Hindu mythology. Will follow this with more such closeup's on the Nilai.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Furniture / Architecture series - 2

In short, henceforth, F/A series ....

Check this out .... மனை or Manai ...

As informed earlier, these manai's are used predominantly in the marraiges, on which the Bride & the Groom get married to each other. These designs are almost simlar in every household in this area. The base made out of wood and the seat made of tiles, which are placed delicately over these base wooden planks.

Friday, January 25, 2008

2 more days to go

i'm kicked to think that i'd be carrying the new toy to Chettinad and might be able to click a few snaps for this blog as well the Flickr group ...... hopefully we find time among the 2 marraiges to be attended in 2 days ... :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Furniture / Architecture series - 1

Like the easy chair shown earlier .... there are some unique chairs, furnitures, utensils pertaining to this topogragphy ..... will be covering them too soon in this space .....

I hope to capture quite a bit of live examples when i'm travelling to Chettinad on Jan 27th & 28th,07.

For now ......