Wow, almost every one is driving between the lines. Note the yellow and black auto-rickshaw just ahead. Basically a 3 wheeler bike with a frame.
A Nokia store somewhere in Chennai, don't ask me where
The pool at the Trident Chennai hotel. Note the Bougeanvillea hedge in the background.
four of the India Unix team members
Hemanta - Linux team member
Me talking while having my picture taken with linux team members.
Note the one hand on the shoulder, this is typically all they use to hang on. And side saddle is traditional, but it seems to depend on how they are dressed and who they are with.
Another family of 4, haven't see 5 or 6 yet. Note the helmet clipped to the back. Doesn't do a lot of good back there.
Elliot's Beach on the east coast of India. This is facing southeast.
2 more feral dogs at Elliot's Beach
Looking southwest from the water's edge on Elliot's Beach
Out on a date
Some very fine needle craft at a shop in Chennai. It's about 4.5' x 4'
Ripon Building, headquarters of the Corporation of Chennai. The Chennai Corporation is the civic body that governs the city of Chennai, India.
The High Court of Judicature at Chennai
Some of the team and me with the gift
Veeramani, the supplier
2 of the Unix team members....
My room at the Taj West End Resort. So far much better than the hotel in Chennai.
David by the pool
David, Darren, Frank at the hotel's main restaurant
Another view from the front balcony
Roof top above the main part of the hotel.
The Barber Shop and Beauty Parlour
Sunday at the Racetrack across from the hotel.
This was the 3rd race. Note that they run the opposite direction than in the U.S.
Shot of the traffic from the car, this really doesn't do justice to the frenetic chaos
Taken from the pool facing away back toward the hotel. The fitness center on the right, my room window is just out of frame on the left.
Veeramani - Linux team member
Mohan - Linux team member
a few vechicles actually stop for a traffic light. The bus is typical of Chenai's mass transit fleet.
Elliot's Beach facing northeast
some sailboats in the Bay of Bengal
More from Elliot's Beach looking north
Mother and daughter preparing to leave
tried to get some shots to show the detail of the work.
Chennai Central Train Station
they have a subway?
Domed tower of the Madras High Court buildings.
Part of the High Court from another angle, just really liked the stained glass with the sun directly behind it.
2 wheelers parked along Marina Beach. This beach was struck by the 2004 Tsunami. I've read that about 250+ people were killed.
Mohan, Darren, Linda, Mike
The IBM India Unix/Linux Team
A rare instance of Anandalakshmi (aka Grandma) standing still and trying not to smile.
More Unix team members with Mike on the right. That's Hemanta from my Linux team in the back.
That's a steam shower. The control is to the left outside the stall, the steam comes in through the square opening under the bench.
The main swimming pool. That is a ledge kind of like ours that is above ground but the water spills over it into a shallow pool.
A very VERY large bat out a dusk. Probably 18 to 24 inch wingspan.
The front entrance to the hotel, the porte cochere is to the left.
walking back through the property....
under the arbor by the pool
This man lead the string out for each race.
A hawk soaring over the track. They were all over, dozens of them. Like we have seagulls. They were moving so fast I wasn't able to get a good shot of a group of them so that they were recognizable.
The new Flyover (aka raised roadway or overpass)
Family of 4 on a Scooter
My original room, 2nd floor facing the road before moving downstairs facing the pool and fitness center.
View from the window. Note the white square box in the center of the picture - wifi antennae. Also orange roof line in background is Petrol station next door.
Shanmuga - Linux team member
another mode of mass transit, not typical but not uncommon.
Waiting at the bus stop
Baskin Robbins? Yeah!
one of the many feral dogs, this one on the beach.
looking back toward the city from the water's edge on Elliot's Beach
Darren and Mike looking all touristy on Elliot's Beach
Chennai Central, and that is an extremely modern bus pulling in. The only one of it's kind I've seen while here.
Madras is the previous name of Chennai.
more High Court Architecture. This place took up a huge area, maybe a NY city block.
Fort St. George boasts the country's tallest flagpole at 150'
Mohan, the team's manager, say a few words to thank me for coming and spending time with them.
Many helpful hands to assist with opening and setting up the gift.
the leftoevers, they even have Domino's Pizza in India! Yes, Domino's.
Mike and one of his Unix team members
At a traffic light in Bangalore on the way from the airport. He sat there staring down at the ground out the window through the whole light. Wondered what was going on in his head.
Double the price but worth it. Rps 9000 which comes to roughly $180 per night.
The Zinnia building, more rooms.
The entertainment. Singing American songs for American Independence Day celebration. For us they sang Brooks and Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl"
View from the front balcony outside my room, They use Frangipani, bougainvillea, and purple lantana here.
Another path around the grounds. This place better fits the description of 'resort'.
A hawk looking to make a meal of another bird down in the bushes below. A guard was trying to shoo him off and protect the bird but it appeared to already be injured, probably by the hawk.
Zinnia building. This is where David's room is. It is a bit more modern than mine, I think more recently updated or maybe they just chose to give each building a different flavor.
The horses being led out to the track.
The tote board. No fancy electronics. Human labor is cheaper.
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