On the move: Wanderings and a city

Wandering takes you places.

Places of change.

Places in transition,

That are not so abandoned after all.

places soon to be abandoned,

Of old and new.

places old and new,

The mixed and used.

the mixed and the used.

some careworn.

Some careworn,

and some that lead to one's home.

and some that lead to someone’s home.

Places that are 'small' businesses

Places of ‘small’ businesses,

places from 1914,

places from 1914.

Tangled in time.

Tangled in time,

Some forgotten but still standing

some forgotten but still standing,

Yet others buried under layers of paper.

yet others buried under layers of use and re-use,

standing side by side with the geometric old.

standing side by side with the geometric old.

Wandering takes you to streets

abutting streets that lead you to the divine,

that lead you to the divine,

streets with long shadows,

streets with long shadows

where golden light and water falls,

where golden light and water falls,

where some things are cast in stone.

where some things are cast in stone.

Wanderings reminds you of childhood.

of long gone care-free days spent playing on streets,

of long gone care-free days spent playing,

of the days spent settling the dust and earning a living,

of the days now spent settling the dust and earning a living.

Wandering make you think of priorities in this world

Wandering make you think of priorities whether you want space for  parking a car or provide livelihood for three,

of the silent fight between the rich and the poor.

Wandering brings you the smell of mangoes long forgotten,

Wandering brings you the smell of mangoes long forgotten,

and flowers

and flowers bright.

And that life goes on...

and reminds you that life goes on, even if it is bananas at times.

Wanderings teach you to rest,

Wandering reminds you of creature comforts,

to be patient,

and makes you think of home, much like what may lie behind those shuttered windows.

Wandering lets you meet people; some inviting, some guarded, others too engrossed in their lives to notice you pass by,

..and let the world go by.

letting you find some peace and quiet amid all the noise and let the world go by.

It also makes you aware of time,

and instills a fear of second childhood, maybe?

a reminder of the second childhood yet-to-come, maybe?

Last light

a little more aware of the last light.

Wanderings makes for stories. Of being. Of curiosity. Of self-reflection. And sometimes, stories of sorry neglect and defeat – of failures to preserve the old and to shape the new.

This post was inspired by two factors: First, a magazine feature on the BBC on the slow death of aimless wanderings – about walking being essential in understand the world around you, clearing the mind and inspiring thought. And the slow death of such pursuits, one factor being the lack of walk-able neighborhoods in cities these days. Second, a walk in memory of Jane Jacobs and her seminal work on cities organised by the Urban Design Collective and Jane’s Walk that led me to Mylapore, a historic religious center in Chennai, India and trying to seek out a little of what makes it a place.

Created for: “On the move” theme of the weekly photo challenge.

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22 thoughts on “On the move: Wanderings and a city

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    • It is, is n’t? In a world where you are meant to achieve so much and have a purpose in everything you do, aimless walks definitely are looked down upon. Not to mention the lack of pedestrian-friendly routes. Personally, I wished I walked around my city a lot more!

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  9. Wow, all these pictures are so textured! I especially like the pictures in the beginning with buildings in. It feels as if I can touch the walls when looking at the photo’s!

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