reStoring links with the organic way in Chennai

The best way to get to reStores organic produce outlet in Kasturba Nagar, Adyar is by the MRTS, particularly if you anywhere within shouting distance of a station. I decided to test this out by taking a train at 5.30 p.m. from Chintadripet to No. 27/ 10, 2nd Main Rd., Kasturba Nagar, Adyar Chennai 600020, where reStore sells fresh vegetables, pulses, rice, jaggery and so on at specified timings. Check out the schedules on the reStore website here.

It worked beautifully, despite the clunky nature of the MRTS, its vacuous stations appearing all the more ghostly under the poor lighting. At Kasturba Nagar, the station was almost completely dark, with a handful of flourescent lights illuminating the platforms. A thick darkness enveloped the concourse, relieved only by the odd reflections of steel banisters. A completely strange approach to a mass rapid transit system in a metro that has grand notions about itself.

A two minute walk brought the reStore point in view, and there was a small dedicated band of shoppers, and an equally enthusiastic group of volunteers. There was bitter-gourd, okra, cabbage, brinjal, potato and onions, besides the dals and jaggery, honey, bees wax balm and so on. 

The purchase was efficient and the ambience quite relaxed. Being pooja season, the offerings had been pared down as there may be fewer patrons. Once this phase is over, it will rise to usual levels, the staff informed the visitors. Among today’s shoppers was a noted Tamil writer.

Meanwhile, today’s “Prices and People” feature in The Hindu turns its attention to the state of the farmer. One of the articles is on the growing popularity of organic produce in Chennai. It does not provide much insight on where the produce is coming from (to establish its organic credentials), but assuming that there is no worry on that score, the growing “green way” in Chennai is certainly good news. Read that piece here. The main article is here.


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