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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) is a kind of a historic spoof about King Arthur of Britain on his quest to find the “Holy Grail”. If you get British comedy and can see the humour in nonsensical events, then you will enjoy this film, otherwise, you will find it tough. I liked it, but the carnage and blood (though all in humour) were a bit too much for me – I was told that the style is familiar to the fans of the famous comedy troupe Monty Python. The film is available on Netflix. The film starts with…

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…