The Tamil writer C. S. Chellappa (1912-1998) was a great fan of jallikattu. His novel Vadivasal is the story of a youth who tames a bull at the Pongal festival. In 1954, he went to the bull taming in Madurai armed with an Agfa 11 that he had bought for `150 to capture the scene. The result was one of the earliest photo essays on an enduring rural pastime of Tamil Nadu. After returning to Chennai he set up a dark room and learnt how to develop photos. I met him in 1998 and spoke to him