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thanks kasturi...appreciate the thought. I am hoping to do some work/documentation on chettinad architecture...


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3/30/10 01:30 PM

@rayma...thanks. Keep staring :-)


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3/19/10 01:44 AM

Thanks Karaye and Jacasi for the compliments. St. Joseph's college was built in 1935...it's a typical gothic stone structure. I am quite surprised they decided to demolish one section of the college to build a new building. Yup, there are historic preservation policies in India but only for certain structures that are declared heritage sites; not for all old structures sadly.


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2/1/10 11:35 AM

Thanks Bella for the encouraging comments :-)


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1/28/10 01:14 AM

Thanks anusha and 'ciscogirl' for the kind comments. Neha - you are a saviour. My trip is pushed to next weekend; will definitely try and make the rounds of chor bazaar.


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1/27/10 01:56 PM

sorry...i meant the athangudi tiles CAN be laid down only by chettinad masons ...


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1/26/10 11:21 AM

Hey Neha...The athangudi tiles cant be laid down only by masons from chettinad as it's a very traditional method! pls do let me know of any good corners in chor bazaar, iam coming this weekend to sunday and hoping to drop in there if possible.


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1/26/10 11:19 AM

Hi Neha

Once you hit the antique circuits you very much get to know who are the 'demolition guys'...most antique guys collect their wares from demolishers, who in bangalore are mostly from the muslim community which is very close knit. When i had designed the lounge area, i had sketched exactly the same windows. When i was describing the same to a friend, he told me that St Joseph's college was undergoing a partial demolition. So i rushed there and luckily the demolisher was right there and next to him, where these two windows all worn out. I paid him the cash then there and booked them :-)


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1/25/10 12:10 PM

Hey Neha! Thanks for appreciating. p.s. my apartment is also a flat in a building and not a 'house' as most people mistake it for :-) So go right ahead and salvage your antiques pls


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1/25/10 04:18 AM

Hey 'rustypatina'

Thanks. Glad you found the tiles video interesting. I am quite keen to see how i can revive some of chettinad's architectural glory and also document it. If you would know of any international organisation that funds projects on preserving ancient arts n culture, kindly let me know. I am very keen to do something in this.


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1/24/10 10:38 AM

Thanks all...hope people would look at India for their inspiration soon :-) We have many wonderful architectural stories to tell and the CHETTINAD architecture is amongst the many beautiful ones. One can also see the whole process of making these floor tiles 'called athangudi tiles' on youtube.
Attached is the link -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8TcEph-iB0
The houses shown in the beginning of this video are the typical Chettinad palatial houses.One would find huge eurpean influences like the stuccos at the entrance and windows, etc. coexisting beautifully with the traditional Indian stuff. You can also find many stories and pics on 'Chettinad', my native land online! This is my small attempt to revive these lost stories and traditions from my native land in India.


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1/23/10 11:24 PM

Thanks all for the lovely compliments. Feels nice. THe silk cushions in blue and red are from Delhi, a city in Indian where you can get some lovely stuff. They are a rajasthan-inspired theme picked up at a store called 'Rattan' in Meherchand market, Delhi, India. Karthik.


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1/23/10 07:44 AM