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Monday, September 04, 2006

Shopping and Parking in T.Nagar

T Nagar is widely regarded as Chennai's premier shopping district as it is home to most of the prominent jewellery and saree shops. Even though the traffic and parking situation have gone beyond control, people still flock to Usman Road, Ranganathan Street and Pondy Bazaar. What's amazing is that there is no off-season period for this shopping belt. Business Line has a feature on how T.Nagar's shopping landscape has changed over the years.

Back in the early 90s (when cable channels were yet to find favour with the audience), Sunday evening was a safe bet to venture into Usman Road as most people would be confined to their homes, watching the feature film on Doordarshan. In the recent past, the crowd levels are supposedly lower when India plays a cricket match.


  • Ha.. T.Nagar, always brings fond memories inspite of all the traffic and congestion. As someone born and broughtup in W.Mambalam, we had the best of both worlds, the quite of Mambalam (not anymore) with the shopping and conveniences of T.Nagar.

    Of all the places in Chennai, a walk in Ranganathan street or Pondy Bazar is what makes me feel like being in Chennai.


    By Blogger SLN, at 4:37 AM  

  • Although I did wonder where everyone has parked their cars (couldnt see them anywhere arnd or maybe i was blinded by Nalli) I liked the fact that the Pondy bazar street was wide - something not common to Bangalore's shopping areas

    By Blogger Siri, at 7:06 PM  

  • Nice post. Brought back lots of memories...

    Go back to the 1980s and it was even better...you could acutally walk on Usman Road...you could cross the road from Panagal Park to Bombay Stores and Swapna Stores...by the 1990s the place became way overcrowded.

    The same is true for Pondy Bazaar. You could actually cross the road...even though this place was always crowded...Pondy Bazaar today reminds me of Mint Street in Town.

    By Anonymous Kamla, at 12:59 AM  

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