From the front courtyard of the Chettinad Palace I took a view of the old house where the Chettiyar family was living before.
The old Chettinad house, built 120 years ago, stands right next to this "new" one, across a narrow street. It is not maintained like the new one is (by a staff strength of 25 including a manager and an accountant) beacuse "it is just too expensive". The family still holds over 100 acres of wet land, nearly 600 acres of dry land and 50-60 acres within built-up areas. Most family members live away from their homeland, in Chennai or in Delhi, and notable among them is former union finance minister P. Chidambaram, grandchild of Dr Annamalai Chettiyar by his daughter Lakshmi Achi. A.C. Muthaiah, former president of the Indian cricket board, is the son of M.A. Chidambaram Chettiyar, third son of Dr Chettiyar.
90% to reality of digi, only reducing a blue halo around the green palm trees and slight general purple-red color-cast, no sharpening or saturation adeption or crop .... missing the sun !