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Unbelievable! A Government project to build a dam that cost 15% less than the budget estimate. It happened in British India in 1862 for the construction of Pooniar Annicut on the Pennar river in (1973) South Arcot District. I am not able to identify this dam in modern-day Tamil Nadu, which one is it now? PS: I found this page in one of the old Lifco Publishers Private Limited stotra (religious hymns) books.

During every visit to Fort St. George Museum, I learn something new about the British era. It may be because I keep forgetting most of what I saw the next day of the visit! It was 2010 when I had last visited the Fort St.George Museum which is in the same compound as that of the Tamil Nadu State Government’s Secretariat. Today after my meeting at the secretariat, I had some time to spare, so I visited the museum. There is an entry fee of Rs.25 per person (Indian Citizens) collected by Archaeological Society of India (ASI) who own and…

The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future. A story of famines and trade, science and cupidity, by the Economist This is a wonderful article in the Economist magazine (sorry, you may need a subscription to read it in full) giving an introduction to monsoons in India and a historical overview of the water crisis in India. I understood more about the North East (Summer) and the South West (Winter) monsoons than whatever I have read in my school textbooks. The report also gives explains in simple terms how Jet Streams works, what is El Nino, and why cyclones are…

If you want to feel sick, watch the Netflix TV Series “Sick Note”. The characters are pathetic, the storyline has been poorly thought of, the screenplay was illogical – overall sickening. Yet, I finished watching the full Season 1 and can’t resist going to Season 2. Yes I know, I am a sucker for British Comedy and all things in Netflix. Daniel Glass (played by Rupert Grint) is a disgruntled employee of an insurance company in London, a girlfriend who throws him out and his whole life was falling apart when suddenly he was (mis)diagnosed with cancer. His life takes a…

The World’s End (2013) is the last of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy from Edgar Wright. The first in the series, the zombie comedy thriller Shaun of the Dead (2004) set the trend and was by far the best in the trilogy, the second Hot Fuzz (2007) was about an overachieving cop discovering the dark secret of a model village in the UK. If the first two films in the series, takes place inside “a” pub – The World’s End (2013) is about five childhood friends getting together after like 25 years for a drinking spree at 12 “different” pubs in their sleepy…