Philatelist and historian D. Hemchandra Rao has been an integral part of Madras Day for many years.
He made it a point to release a Special Postal Cover themed on the city every August 22.
This costs a bit and the less than warm support from the P & T Dept., even from its seniors does not make life easy for Rao.
Rao is currently researching on the Buckingham Canal; he has been at it for some years now and travels often to parts of the Canal for field trips.
During his recent trip between Ongole and Sulurpeta, he volunteered to design two Walks for August.
One on the B Canal, as it is called by engineers in AP. Starting the walk from Basin Bridge, where the Canal was formally started on its northbound course and exploring it all the way to Central Station zone.
The quays, the boat yards, the locks, the godowns and all that made the Basin a buzzing centre for the boats from south and north.
The second Walk will be on old bridges, built during the time of the British. Starting with Laws Bridge in Chintadripet, the walk will tae people down to the May Day park side and on to Napier's Bridge, near the Marina.
Rao's intends to make people walk down to the less seen sides of these bridges to appreciate their structures.
So look out for these two Walks; planned for top of August.
And be prepared to get dirty. These aren't easy ones.