As last photo of 2004, may I guide you symbolicly to the dining room of the Chettinad Palace where the festivities can start to say goodbye from 2004 and to welcome 2005, a year of solidarity for Asia, a year of richness in our heart !
Happy Newyear to you all or in Tamil: Ellaam putiya varusam vaaltugal.
Dining hall where at least 250 people can dine in the traditional style, that is, by squatting on the floor. Two massive mirrors fitted to the walls are meant to help those who are serving to find out who needs more helpings, without actually walking up the length of the hall to the guest.
Marble from Italy, wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium, crystals from Europe ...... The woodwork and stone work were inspired by what Dr Chettiyar had seen in France and other European destinations.
Here a detail of the dining hall with the door to the central inner courtyard and some nostalgique old paintings from our hosts.