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The Nattukottai Chettiars from Chettinad in Tamil Nadu is a prosperous banking and business community, many of whom went to establish successful businesses in Sri Lanka and Burma in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Those who returned built elaborate palaces in their hometown, Chettinad.

The Chettinad Palace in Chennai is one of the few palaces built outside Chettinad. The palace, built from 1902 to 1912 is exquisite in its use of Italian marble, limestone and teak.

The palace is now the home of M A M Ramaswamy (the grandson of Chettinad's last Raja), a prominent industrialist who owns the largest stable of racehorses in India.

An overcast day. I must go back when Chennai's sun is at its usual fiery self!

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