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A fine merge between then and now

From Madras to Chennai This series of pictures will tell you just how much has changed MadrasDayThe Bank of Madras - Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.
news Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 14:20

 

Chennaiites are going all out in celebrating their love for Chennai or Madras, 376 years after it was originally formed.

It was on August 22, 1639, exactly 376 years ago , that the city was given a name “Madras” after Francis Day, belonging to the East India Company entered into a deal over a land which currently houses Fort St. George. Thus began the growth of this city. 

As week-long celebrations continue across the city in the spirit of this day,  a community page “I am Madras” has hosted a series of photos detailing the city in quite a different way.

Created, shot and compiled by Raunaq Mangottil, have a look at them as you celebrate the Chennai-ness in you.

According to Deccan Chronicle, Raunaq  who handles the Facebook page "I am Madras" came up with the idea during a traffic jam and took two days to get all the shots and match them correctly.

 

 

Then: It was a time when Mount Road was a cart track leading from Fort St.George to St.Thomas Town, as well as...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Thomas Munro was an official of the East India Company who arrived in Madras in 1789 and served the firm for close...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Old ambassador taxis plying in and out, while the rest of the commuters preferring to take a cycle. Before its...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: History says that, 'Madras Egmore' was previously a fort called the Egmore Redoubt, a place used to store...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Started by an English librarian named Abel Joshua Higginbotham, Higginbotham's, arguably India's oldest bookstore...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Another shot of India's then-largest bookstore as vintage cars park comfortably, and its occupants to grab their...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: There was no Burma Bazaar back in the day, yet, First Line Beach Road was one of the main commercial centers of...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Constructed in a Neoclassical style, the all-white Madras Corporation building was one of the finest structures in...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Even in the 60's, apart from Ambassadors, bullock carts frequented Mount Road. There's no median, and you can see...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015
 

Then: Commuters stop by to check ongoing Test Match scores on the manually-operated scoreboard on the balcony of The...

Posted by I am Madras on Thursday, 20 August 2015

 

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