Saturday, April 11, 2015

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் - ஸ்ரீவத்சன் & பிரசன்னா

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் #16 - ஸ்ரீவத்சன் & பிரசன்னா  (29 & 30)  




இடம் - அபிராமபுரம் / தொழில் - பேராசிரியர் & பொறியாளர்

" நாங்க 21x 21 ஓடனம்னு திர்மானம் பண்ணியிருக்கோம் .. இன்னிக்கு ஆறாவது நாள் ....." 

ps: I caught up with Srivatsan & Prsanna on the sixth day of their 21x21 and ran about 6k with them.  It takes a lot to run half a day for 21 consecutive days in April in Chennai.  The heat & humidity is punishing.  Here is a short video on their motivations for taking on this challenge.  Stay safe and good luck guys.. God Speed.

Tags - #HumansOfChennai, #Chennai

Sunday, April 05, 2015

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் - ஹரி

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் #15 - ஹரி  (26)  


இடம் - அபிராமபுரம் / தொழில் - இஸ்திரி

" ராஜமுந்த்ரி பக்கத்துல ஒரு கிராமத்துலேந்து ஏழு வருஷம் முன்னாடி சென்னை வந்தேன்.  இப்ப தமிழ் நல்லா தெரியும்.." 

Tags - #HumansOfChennai, #Chennai

Thursday, April 02, 2015

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் - செம்புலிங்கம்

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் #14 - செம்புலிங்கம்  (67)  



இடம் - ஆழ்வார்பேட்டை  / தொழில் - இளநீர் விற்பவர்

" பதினோரு வருஷமா இந்த வியாபாரம் பன்னறேன்.. சிவனுக்கும் மூணு கண் நான் விற்க்கும் இளநீர் தேங்காய்களுக்கும் மூணு கண்.. சந்தோஷமா வாழ்க்கை போயிகிட்டிருக்கு.." 

ps: Sembulingam is a regular fixture at the corner of CV Raman and Ashoka Road and I drive past him almost everyday from work.  I sometimes stop to buy a ilaneer from him and have a engrossing conversation. 

Almost always, he will be wearing a bright smile and upbeat about life.  He opens his shop bright and early and closes down when his target is met.

Thank you Sembulingam for giving me a healthy alternate..

Tags - #HumansOfChennai, #Chennai

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reminiscing Val Vil Ori Ultra - Getting to Nalla Thambi Resorts

Reminiscing Val Vil Ori Ultra - Getting to Nalla Thambi Resorts

As Krishna and team get ready for the second edition of Val Vil Ori ultra, I cannot not think about the first edition in which I participated.  The buzz around second edition kind of kindled me to do a few posts on the ultra.  Here is the second installment (Link to first post here). (They may be running as I click post button).

Like this year, Val Vil Ori Ultra started and ended at Nalla Thambi resorts.  It is a small resort on top, where the time moves slowly and employees of the resort move slower.

We took a train from Chennai to Salem and from there a car to Kolli Hills.  There are buses from Salem, but they are sparse and one may have to switch buses to get to Kolli Hills.

We took a brief pit stop at Rasipuram market enroute to Kolli Hills.  Not sure if it was a weekly or daily market, but the place was packed.  It was happening right on the main drag was hard to miss.  Farmers from the surrounding area were selling their farm and poultry produce.  Interestingly, the prices were comparable to what you would pay in Chennai.  Here is small video clip of the market scene.

This photo was taken near the entrance to Kolli Hills.  The climb up to top has about 70 'hairpin bends' as the road winds its way to the top which is about 22kms. Our initial plan for the Ultra was to run down till the arch and run back, but after some discussions that we partially changed it to run halfway down, climb up and a loop to Arapaleeswarar temple.  Here is a short video clip of the gateway to Kolli Hills.


Kolli Hills is still fairly untouched by commercial tourism and the accommodation options are limited.  Nalla Thambi Resort is one of the decent ones.  It has about 25 rooms and a restaurant.  But be prepared for things to move slowly.  From getting the room keys to food serving everything took time and at times tested our patience.. But then, there is no hurry, just sit back, relax and soak in on hills beauty.  Nalla Thambi is surrounded by thick vegetation and the greenery was a feast to our eyes if not to our stomach.

Nalla Thambi's only restaurant is in the open air and perhaps that's the way it ought to be.   They fare is limited but fair enough for vegetarians.  We chatted, chatted and chatted while waiting to be served.  While waiting, Krishna converted the restaurant to a mini Ultra expo and distributed our bibs.

With Bibs in hand, we are ready to run..


Val Vil Ori Ultra - Photo Collection