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Tawa 9 Mandaveli – Affordable Vegetarian Food in Chennai

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We heard few of our friends talk about Tawa 9 in Mandaveli  and decided to check it out. Located near the State bank of India branch of Venkata Krishnan Road (Near Mandaveli Bus Stand), Tawa 9 is a decent vegetarian restaurant.  We met the owner Maitri and got to know her recommended items to try it out. We were a mixed group of South Indian and North Indian / Continental food lovers and this place had items to cater to our various needs. We were there at lunch time and we saw Tamilnadu and North Indian meals available.

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Light House in Chennai is Now Open to Public

The eye of the Night

The eye of the Night (Photo credit: R.Srijith)

The Light House in Santhome has reopened to the public. Union minister for shipping and ports, G K Vasan did the formal launch this morning and let guests have the first ride to the top and get a great view of the sea, the beach and the San Thome and Mylapore neighbourhoods.

A brand new lift takes you to the top and you get to take the scenes in from the gallery which has been gated so that people do not jump off it or cause an accident. Visits are regulated and kept short since the access to the gallery space via  staircase is narrow.

There is also a smart and small museum at the rear which showcases all the instruments used in lighthouses down the ages, including two ‘live’ lights.

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Mylapore Festival Begins on March 28

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The annual Panguni Peruvizha of  Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore will begin on March 28 with flag hoisting.  A major attraction of the 10-day Panguni celebrations, the ‘Arupathumoovar Vizha,’ in which the idols of the 63 Shaivite saints would be taken around the streets of Mylapore in a colourful procession, would be held on April 4.  Also, the ‘Vidayatri Kalai Vizha’ will be held between April 8 and 17 in which spiritual discourses, music and dance programmes will be held.

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Know our Divine Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, Mylapore

Ramakrishna Mutt Temple, Chennai

Like to spend time to meditate or have a pleasant early morning walk in the gardens? This is the ultimate relaxation place you can find in and around Chennai. It is a very quite place, where people are not allowed to even speak at meditating hours. The Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna located within the premises of the Ramakrishna Mutt in Mylapore is a standing monument dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, a symbol of Universal Religion. The temple’s architecture blends with the traditional South Indian Temple architecture.

At the centre of the shrine is a 7 feet tall statue of Sri Ramakrishna. Carved out of pure marble, it depicts the image of Sri Ramakrishna, seated on a marble lotus. It also houses shrines for Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The main entrance presents a magnificent view with its structure built on traditional Dravidian architecture.

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Our Weekly Food Scoop is Back

In the interest of providing interesting and quality food, we are back with another collection of food joints and kiosks, you can give a try. Do leave us your comments for fellow visitors.

This week we are covering Maami Kadai, Soup on the go, Authentic chat shop outside Rangoli Sarees (Karishma Dresses). Read on..

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Fat or No Fat, Ghee Matters

Ganapathy’s Butter and Ghee, is a Mylapore landmark that opened in 1942.

Many Chennai traditionalists buy their butter and ghee only from here, something most of them have been doing for the last three generations. As the enthusiastic shop boy takes the lid off a comfortingly dented tin to scoop out a creamy pat of white buffalo butter for a customer, G. Sankaran, the owner of the store explains why they stubbornly resist change.

“The butter has been coming from Uthukuli, in Erode district, ever since my father, Ganapathy Pillai, started this business,” he says, adding that they even use the same supplier his father did. Sankaran’s son S. Saravanan adds that the dairy merchant too has been doing the same business since his grandfather’s time, so the flavour doesn’t change.”

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Nivedhanam – Vegetarian Restaurant For a Lip Smacking Family Lunch or Dinner

Nivedhanam, is a month old restaurant, promoted by Amithra Hotels and Restaurants. They serve Indian, Chinese and Continental vegetarian cuisines. The Restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner.

Be treated to a traditional ambiance with international menu items, a unique fusion for the gourmet lovers. Menu items include Chinese specialties, Continental dishes like Veg Au-gratin, baby corn fries, American cheese balls , North Indian Tandoori Dishes and last not the least sumptuous south Indian cuisine.

For Dessert lovers, be sure to try out sizzling brownies with ice creams, fruit salads that live true to their name, fruit truffle, banana splits, and more.

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