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A Lonely Walk To Remember – Theosophical Society, Chennai

It was a very busy week for me, was tied up to my laptop most of the time writing codes and fixing unexpected bugs. Phew.. Luckily issues got subsided by friday which paved way for a much needed and a relaxing weekend. After getting bored of doing nothing in the morning, I decided to hangout with friends in the afternoon (not the google hangout). One friend suggested Theosophical Society in Adayar, as I haven’t been there before, I agreed to the plan. As usual I reached there on time, but unfortunately (fortunately) my friends couldn’t make it cos of last minute hiccups. So I have to spend the rest of my time there alone.

This Theosophical Society campus in Adyar is its international headquarters. You can know more about the Theosophical Society from its Official Website  & Wikipedia . It’s open  for  visitors only from Monday to Saturday  (Morning: 9:30am-12:30pm; Afternoon: 2:30pm-5:30pm) and closed on Sunday and on public holidays.

At 2.45pm I made an entry in the visitors register and the security guard informed me to return back by 4pm. The place is very green, all i could see are trees and old buildings then and there. It’s really a silent place and apt to take a calm walk. Even the people are sparse there, I could see a few taking the walk and very few sitting on benches reading book. I walked around enjoying the nature and clicking few pics in my mobile. I was stopped by a security guard and warned not to go beyond as walking further would lead to woods which got dangerous insects and snakes, must be a forbidden forest. The security guard’s name is Mr Durai, he also enlightened me about the famous Adyar banyan  tree (adayar aala maram) which is believed to be 450 years old. Its central trunk was uprooted by a cyclone in 1989, but it’s aerial roots span around 60,000 sq ft. He also pointed me to the direction where I could find few interesting things. As I advanced I found a small buddhist temple with a beautiful pond in front of it. What I saw next really shocked me, It’s couple of tamarind trees filled with thousands of large fruit bats hanging upside down. It’s time said my watch. I wish I could be there for some more time, but security guard didn’t wish the same, So have to return signing back the visitors register. And the heart felt light and delight when I walked out of those gates.

Following are few pics which I clicked during the walk.

Its definitely A Lovely And A Lonely Walk To Remember.

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The One Who Went To A Photowalk Without A Camera – An Experience

As you guessed “The One” is me 😀 and the following is my experience from my very first Photowalk.

This photowalk is no ordinary one, It was jointly organised by The Indo-British Health Initiative & The Chennai Photwalk, the CareWalk is a special edition of the Chennai PhotoWalk. The main purpose of the walk is to raise funds for the Mahesh Memorial Trust which work towards creating public awareness about cancer and provide financial aid to economically challenged cancer patients. There will also be similar Photowalk next week which starts from MIOT Hospital. Around 35 best pics from both these Photowalks will be selected, these shortlisted pics will be put into auction and collected money will be given to Mahesh Memorial Trust.

If you wonder what i was doing there, I am also wondering the same. All credits to my CBC friend Gopal ji, He is the one who insisted me to join the walk with him. Initially i hesitated as i didn’t have a camera, but he convinced me that he also doesn’t have one and many  would come with out a camera.

But that turned out to be wrong when i went there. Every one came with a camera, mostly DSLRs. Some had camera with arm length lenses and only thing which i could shout is with my Nokia Lumia 620 😀 . It just looked like i hold a pistol and they all hold a rocket launcher ready in their hand to shout. Happy to meet Dr. Ganesh and Ram Anna of CBC there.

After brief talk on cancer awareness the walk started from British Council Library, then covered whole of Greams Road and ended up in Thousand Light’s mosque. I observed lots of thing on the walk like people, their lifestyle, existence of both extremes, posh buildings on a side and slum on other. I also tried to figure out what other photographers try to click and their perspectives. Its a nice walk and a great experience to me.

I extend the purpose of the walk to my blog, i.e creating awareness about CANCER.

HERE ARE 4 KEY SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR.

  • Any blood, no matter how small, that has no obvious reason to be there.
  • Any lump, again no matter how small, that you cannot explain.
  • Any pain that you cannot find the reason for, and which persists for a long time.
  • Any significant weight loss you do not have reasons for.
  • Any black mole on the skin (new or preexisting) that is enlarging in size.

If you spot any of these above signs, speak to a Doctor right away.

Prevention is better than cure – Ways to reduce chances of getting cancer

Quit Smoking – It is never too late to stop smoking. No matter how long you have been smoking, it pays to quit now. And if you aren’t a smoker, do not start now. No matter how cool you think it is.

Eat Well, Eat Healthy – Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid heavy fat and carbohydrates consumption, always eat whole grains foods and cereals. These foods reduce risk of cancer significantly.

Walk – Walking and gentle exercise will help you control weight, and release good endorphins in your body. This will help cut down cancer causing cells improving your health.

Watch out for the sun – In a city like chennai, it might seem hard. But try and limit your exposure to sun. Use a sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or more.

At last some of the pics which i clicked in my mobile phone during the walk,

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