ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Different Face of a Metro - Slice of Chennai

Updated on January 29, 2008

We Hubbers surely have a lot of things in common - a fact that explains the activity, the comments and the fan clubs. As I was thinking of the backgrounds of us Hubbers and the things that we write about, a question popped up in my head: Why don't I write about people who work in my neighbourhood, not neighbours but workers who are productively engaged and contribute to the immediate community? I believe that these little stories about ordinary folks will present an important aspect of daily life in an Indian metro - Chennai, which is where I live - and enable those interested in India to get a closer look at people who keep the wheels of the economy moving in a very special and interesting way.

The locality I live in is called Thiruvanmiyur, lying in the south of the metro, about a km from the beach. For more information click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruvanmiyur

Here is the first story.

Iron Men - Keeping us neat and tidy

These men that you see in the pictures operate from a make-shift workspace on a busy street. (You will find at least one such Ironing Shop in every street in Chennai) The man at the back (in the picture) collects clothes from houses and delivers them neatly pressed before the end of the day. They work from 9 am to 9 pm for six days in a week, pressing on an average 300 pieces of clothing every day. They work hard right through the day, with short breaks for lunch and a cup of tea. They have a ready smile and are always willing to stretch themselves for the sake of their customers.

Notice the old-fashioned Iron Box (with a wooden handle) that is filled with hot coal pieces and used for pressing.

Pressing along nicely

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ParadiseForever profile image

      ParadiseForever 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Hi Vaidy,

      I really enjoyed this slice of Chennai--the way you focus to the world. Also your other hub which is tailor-made is quite interesting. Keep writing!

    • vaidy19 profile imageAUTHOR

      vaidy19 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Shalini,

      Thanks. Nice to have you drop by.

      Vaidy

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Today, visiting Chennai for us means Tiruvanmayur!

      There's nothing quite like the freshly pressed clothes these men churn out, is there?

    • vaidy19 profile imageAUTHOR

      vaidy19 

      10 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks people. This morning when the Collector Iron Man came home, I showed him the hub and the pics and told him that anybody in the world can see these pics and read about them. A quiet man, he gave me a big grin of satisfaction, picked his pile and left - One of those who haven't the foggiest of what Internet is.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Love the smell of clothes being ironed that were sprinkled with water....This was one of my very first jobs as a child. I was 10 and got paid a nickle for each item I ironed...be it shirt or pillow case or pants..a nickle was the going price. What an interesting place you live in. More more more....G-Ma :O) hugs

    • vaidy19 profile imageAUTHOR

      vaidy19 

      10 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow what a response! Thanks guys. I am enthused to feature at least a few more similar stories shortly. Keep watching.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      I will run out of money, if I keep wanting to go to all these wonderful places

      Thanks for an innovative hub

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I would love to stand by and watch the ironing and smell the clean hot smells of water sprinkled on fabric, heated away by a diligent hand. Lovely Hub! Now I want to go to Chennai. Bravo!

    • profile image

      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      thanks for sharing the pics and info. I have an insatiable interest in other cultures and people. :)

    • In The Doghouse profile image

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      So interesting. My great grandfather was a tailor and I still have a coulple of his irons that he used that are like the ones in the picture. WOW! I would love for somebody to pick up my clothes and iron them like that. lol. Nice HUB.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Vaidy! Please keep your hubs coming. We world-wide should get to know each other. This is the most fascinating part about the internet; it has shrunk the globe. I didn't know those type of irons were still being used...That is very hard work for sure...no dial to control the heat.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Great that you have taken the initiative to write about the people of Chennai, Vaidy. This evening, I told a soup-on-wheels guy that this was the best city in India.

      I love that sizzling smell -oldfashioned iron box on clothes sprinkled with water.

      Thank you.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)