Every home has a story to tell. The connection we form with home is deep-rooted and not easily forgotten. There are these fascinating homes found in the villages of Chettinad, a massive departure from the typical image of rural India. Streets lined with mansions greet one in a typical Chettiar village, plunging one into memories of an era gone by. In a collaborative effort with kamalan, The New York Times travelled through the region tracing the origin and examining the current state of these mansions.