Ever since we came to live on Eldams road (I still do not know how it got its name) more than four decades ago, I have been witness to many changes that have undergone on and off this main road. The beginning of the road is called the Alwarpet circle and the other end is known as Teynampet and somewhere half way we find to the left a fairly broad road which connects Bharatidasan road where SIET college is situated. Apart from this there are a few lanes which take off the main road. Some are blind lanes leading to apartment complexes, temples and shanties.
The first change in one of the lanes I noticed was an old house being struck down and a new sprawling bungalow coming up in its place with a new occupant who in turn sold it to another after just a few years. Again the road and the lane off it which once boasted of Independent houses has given place to High rise building complexes (one of them most shoddily built) and commercial establishments including shops for canine food .Therefore the once residential locality is a mix of residential and commercial with all the accompanying hassles.
I don’t feel nostalgic about any of the above changes though it has become next to impossible to cross the main road even though it’s not the peak hour of the day but feel sorry for the building which is being razed to the ground because of the fond memories I have when I first set foot in Madras. I still remember the warmth and affection with which my husband’s grand parents –late Shri Panini Rao and Smt. Yamuna Bai received me when I visited them in ‘Hamsa’ (the name of their house) soon after my marriage .
I am still guessing as to what would come in its place—whether another High rise or a Commercial complex cluttering the road even further!
N .Meera Raghavendra Rao