Contrasts

New old city

Print edition : September 05, 2014

At Elliot's Beach. Chennai's tryst with modernity does not mean a disconnect with orthodoxy. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

At Dakshin, Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers, demonstrating the preparation of filter coffee. "Coffee-drinking is the morning habit in the city. And habits die hard," says a long-time Chennaiite. Photo: R. Ravindran

Living in Chennai, in a 200-year-old house in Triplicane. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

A modern apartment. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Phoenix Mall at Velachery. The real estate boom that has transformed south Chennai into a megpolis has bypassed the north. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

A general view of Govindappa Naicken Street in George Town in north Chennai. Photo: V. Ganesan

A woman cyclerickshaw driver in Besant Nagar, a file photograph. Chennai's development has not been inclusive. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Madras encompasses the traditional and the modern; the historical and the contemporary; and the poor and the rich.
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