Aesthetic! Or Negligent?

By K. Manjula

Many retailers have the habit of decorating the front of their shops with serial lights to attract customers. While this is acceptable to a certain extent, using avenue trees to hang lights or wind serial lights around the tree branches is completely unacceptable.

Such blatant misuse of our environment, just for the sake of marketing is irresponsible and the Corporation should take strict action against the offenders in our locality, say the residents. The ill-effects of tying electrical lights to the tree branches are plenty. The heat emitted from the lamps will weaken the branches and they might even affect the natural photosynthesis in the leaves.

Further, there is always a threat in the form of branches dangling on top of the commuter’s heads. After the devastating Vardah storm, beautiful Adyar has lost plenty of its green cover; such negligence will create more damage to the existing trees as well.

‘Connecting people to nature’ is this year’s theme for World Environment Day. In this context one has to be more considerate of the existing trees, birds, open space and the natural resources around us.

A new book from R.V.Rajan

R.V.Rajan, a resident of Sastri Nagar has released his new book ‘A Difficult Choice,’ which is a collection of short stories. The book has 15 short stories dealing with contemporary issues and has a foreword by Indira Parthasarathy, Tamil novelist and playwright. Rajan is also familiar to the readers of Adyar Times through his column ‘Rajan’s Random Reflections.’

After a very successful career in marketing, Rajan took to writing post retirement at the age of 65. This book is Rajan’s sixth book and is published by Bookventure of Chennai; the book is priced at Rs.199.

The book is available in Amazon, Odyssey outlets in Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur and Words and Worth, Besant Nagar. The proceeds from the sale of the book will be utilised for the activities of Prabaha Rajan Talent Foundation. The author can be contacted on 98403 92082 or

Biriyani cooking competition at Taramani

The Institute of Hotel Management, Taramani hosted ‘The Battle of Biriyani’, a cooking competition on July 7. This was held as a part of the Chennai Cooking Challenge, a monthly cooking contest by Sengu Paal Enterprise.

Over 200 participants took part in the challenge held in professional and non- professional categories. The professional category saw participants from hotels and hotel management colleges separately. Differently-abled members from Sai Bakery also participated under the non-competitive category. The participants cooked biriyani in three categories – veg, chicken and mutton.

The biriyani was served to the inmates from Aruwe, an NGO, and to others. Chef Damu and Chef Senthil Kumar presided over as the jury for the battle.

Chef Kalaiarasan and team from Benz Park, T Nagar were selected as the winners under the professional group and Bathuluah Bie, a home maker was selected as the winner under the nonprofessional category. Karthik and his team from Selam were declared as the winners under the student category.

“Chennai Cooking Challenge seeks to unify food lovers and cooking enthusiasts for their passion towards gastronomy,” say the organisers.

To know more details about their monthly challenges visit www.chennaicooking or call 98846 73648.