You'll either love it or hate it.
Well, I love it.
After constantly seeing Madras through coloured glasses - as a city filled with with lungi-clad men, woman who begin the day by making a kolam, cooking idli-dosa and curd rice, I have realised that the city has a lot more to say about itself. From a proud traditional culture, joint families, Tamil - one of the oldest languages, kathak and classical music, a history of excellent vernacular literature and people who enjoy living the traditional way - it is what forms the essence of the city. Lines, patterns, textures, motifs and colours is what I have been drawn to, amidst the cities own obsession with temples and their architecture.
These however, remain my own ideas formed much by the going - ons within the city and what I observed around me. I fortunately know locals who love - making a day out - of a visit to a temple, making my day in return.