Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chennai Central

Chennai Central

Today, I was at Chennai Central. I was crossing the road from Chennai Central station to Park station on the other side. I used the huge Foot Over Bridge (FOB) provided by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) to cross the Poonamallee High Road.

When I was at the bridge deck, I thought of taking some snapshots. I turned around facing Victoria Public Hall/ Rippon Building and clicked few photos. I was using my brand new HTC One M8 Eye mobile. I recently bought this HTC One M8 Eye mobile through Snapdeal. I will write a separate article on my shopping experience with Snapdeal and the performance of the HTC One M8 Eye mobile.

I started playing with the various options provided by HTC to make the photos look better. One of those special effects applied to the Chennai Central photo is shown below:

Chennai Central
Photo taken at Chennai Central, showing Victoria Public Hall and Rippon Building
I liked this water colour effect; and thought of sharing it with you. It does not look like a real photo. Rather, it looks more like an artistic impression generally created by Architects.

Chennai Central area houses several heritage structures, with historical importance, from the British era. Some of the heritage structures situated in this area include:

Chennai Central Railway station,
Southern Railway headquarters,
Victoria Public Hall (the red colour building in the forefront of the above picture),
Rippon Building (the white colour building seen in the picture. The tower you see to the left of Victoria Public Hall along the same road),
Siddique Sarai and
Ramaswamy Mudaliar Choultry.
The Chennai Central area had lost its charm slightly due to the construction works of Chennai Central Metro station. Its beauty is slightly compromised by towering heavy machinery parked all around the area. But, we need to appreciate one good thing that has happened due to Chennai Metro Rail construction. Several tall builidngs that were obstructing the beautiful view of the heritage structures had been brought down; like Hotel Picnic that stood in between Rippon Building and Victoria Public Hall. Earlier, I would not be able to see Rippon building from where I took the photo; the six-storeyed Hotel Picnic would obstruct the view. But, now, the two heritage buildings look great without any hindrance.

It is inconvenience to public at this point of time. But, we can hope that Chennai Central area will come alive and will be the symbol of Chennai once the Metro Rail starts its operations. Let us look forward to that day! Until then

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