Mylapore - just down the round from where I am staying - is Chennai's Tamil Brahmin heartland. And at its core is the vibrant Kapeleeshwarar Hindu temple, a Shiva temple which while not the most historic in Tamil Nadu is among the most entrancing to visit.
In the congested streets around the temple grounds, there are dozens of small eateries set up principally to serve those coming to visit and seek blessings at the temple. This photo was taking in one of these cheap and informal restaurants, the Karpagambal Mess, where three of us had a memorable meal the other evening.
The mess's menu is entirely in Tamil but with a bit of help from other diners we had a range of dosas, stringhoppers, sambar and chutneys, finished with a filter coffee for which Mylapore is renowned.
Some of the design details were sumptuous. It feels a little like a leftover from another era - but it is still doing the business, and maintaining a tradition which is so much a part of Mylapore.
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