A mansion in Chettinad. This was from a story I did for the magazine 'Interiors India' (now defunct) in mid 90s. There isn't a village/place called Chettinad..Several villages around Karaikudi were collectively called Chettinad, because Chettiars lived there. They were great merchants, who traveled to many places around the world, made lots of money and built magnificent mansions. .