I took a stroll down Mint Street at the weekend, a narrow, congested, thoroughfare which happens - at four kilometres - to be the longest street in Chennai. Its southern end lies in Georgetown - known earlier as Black Town. And it remains home to communities which are incomers to Chennai, though now established here for generations: Gujaratis, Jains and Telugu-speakers in particular.
This was a walk with a difference - an organised culinary tour round the eating places of Mint Street, With camera in hand, I had: lassi, see an earlier post; paan; aloo tikki; kulfi; jalebi ... and a lot more, including freshly-pressed sugar cane juice -
It's a lively place - and while many of the original buildings have gone, it still has an array of fine and colourful buildings, as well as wonderful street traders and businesses which point to aspects of the city's history..
And here's our host and guide on the Mint Street walk, the excellent Sriram V of Chennai Past Forward:
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