Outside the 17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Madurai, a group of old women sweat it out to make a living. They sell a few knick knacks, some colourful bags and trinkets. I met these old women who were trying to sell me a few bags that I did not want. But I was caught by their warm smiles and their desperation to make a living at this old age. I took their pictures – one of them coyly smiled as she was just preparing to have lunch. We bought a few bags as well and a small trinket ..just to make their day

I am to Madras (Chennai )again for a couple of days and will see you all later in the week. I would like to thank Aaarti and Jeevan for giving me these awards. I give them away to everyone who take time off to visit my blog everyday and motivate me with their comments. Here are the two awards – the first one is from Aaarti and the second fron Jeevan . Thanks guys.


  1. I am 16 September, 2008 at 03:20 Reply

    Congrats girl …how do ppl give awards, have to figure that out.. but you for sure owe ONE from ME πŸ™‚

    AND I LOVED your today’s vision of India

    I have a thing for collecting bags and trinkets..from all over πŸ™‚ !! someday hopefully i can visit this place in Madurai and buy them for myself πŸ™‚

    these bags looks like are made of saree borders. did they make it themselves or just bought the borders?

  2. ugich konitari 16 September, 2008 at 18:17 Reply


    The people you choose to photograph, besides having enormous style, have so much substance. None of the fancy people at counters in shops are a patch on these two ladies , trying to be happy with what they are doing, and making the best of what life offers them.

    Any possibility of you doing a blog on Ganpati festival in Karnataka ?

  3. dintoons 18 September, 2008 at 22:49 Reply

    congrats honest golden blogger! πŸ™‚
    lovely reading through your travel posts and reliving your adventures imaginatively… and such meticulously researched detail too!! loved your 100th post on the history of chennai/madras, am much knowledgeble and wiser about that wonderful city now!! thanx lakshmi, and don’t ever stop travelling, shooting and blogging!!

  4. Anil P 19 September, 2008 at 20:12 Reply

    Upping 100 will have taken quite an effort. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as reaching a milestone.

    Most importantly the blog will remind you of things once years pass by, there’s nothing as important as this.

  5. GMG 20 September, 2008 at 22:15 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! After a short break but a long absence, I’m finally back to the blogosphere and found some time to enjoy your excellent blog!
    Congrats on the award! Always love to see India through your eyes… ;))
    Many thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, while I was off. It’s now still in Kos on the way to Crete! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great weekend and a nice week ahead!

  6. Lakshmi 25 September, 2008 at 18:01 Reply

    Vishesh – Thanks

    Skj – Welcome to backpacker . Thanks for the words and do drop in again

    Priyank – The first one especially was quite happy..its nice to bring a smile on someones face

    I am – Thanks.I think it is made by a group and these women were selling it..thats what i gathered

    Sameera – they look quite ethnic ..my sis in law was saying the ankets were so beautiful and they didnt lose the shine

    Anu – Thanks ..oops..guess its published now

    Anwesa – welcome to backpacker and thanks..i gifted them to my dancer sis in law

    Uk – You summed it so well..completely agree with u..didnt do a ganesha post as it sort of became a stereotype..maybe next year πŸ™‚

    yosee – welcome to backpacker and yes, they are very vibrant despite age

    Wendy – thanks..people always make a place beautiful

    Stephanie – πŸ™‚ people and places are so interconnected …they were very happy . I also bought some stuff

    Travelmuse – thanks for those words and welcome to my blog .Hope to see you more often

    Indrani – Couldnt resist it

    Diana – Thanks..I know, I felt exactly the same, underneath those smiles, who knows what they are really going through

    Ajeya – true …thats why I bought something

    Pallavi – Thanks ..I liked her too

    Vasanthan – Welcome to backpacker and thanks for dropping in..will visit your space shortly

    Dintoons – Glad you liked reading my blogs and great to see you back again in the blogging world .Thanks

    Chaggoholic – I guess they are everyone’s favourites πŸ™‚

    Sukku – Thanks

    Matt – haha πŸ™‚ thanks ..

    Anil – The milestone is just a way to pause and say, ok..here I come again..the journey is always what excites me, not the destinations..Yes, Im already feeling that way. thanks for dropping in

    celine – thanks ..chennai always makes me feel special

    Mitr – Thanks..:)

    Hobo – Will come to Mumbai soon..love that city

    Gil – Good to see you back..Hope you had a good trip . I will be visiting your space shortly

    jeevan – Thats so true..they are stronger than most of us living life the hard way

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