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In India, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu, everyone celebrates the Hindu festival for Goddess Saraswathi (the God of Education and Learning) as the festival of Tools (in Tamil called as Ayudha Poojai). On this day, in offices and factories around the state, production is stopped by evening, all the main hand-tools used in the place including (select) computers are stacked in front of pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddess – students keep their school…

There is something nice about going behind the Golu display steps. Sitting there reminds you of your childhood. I have played for hours under these steps despite my mom shouting me to come out for the fear of me kicking all dolls down. My 15-year-old son thinks I am being stupid and childish. He is asking me why all the ‘oldies’ (note the word your Honour) want to recollect their young days and act childish now,…

My friend Pravin Shekar invited me to a talk on wildlife photography by Dr Srinivasan Periathiruvadi. Dr Srini is a renowned physician, an accomplished entrepreneur of healthcare-related companies and co-founder of Jeevan Blood bank (now Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation). As many in the hall at Odyssey bookstore in Adyar were wondering what is a Doctor doing with Wildlife photography, Dr Srini started to tell the story of how in 2005, following a series of surgeries…

Sahapedia had organized a heritage walk as part of Madras Week, to the famous Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore. Conducted by a friendly host Mr S Jayakumar, who is a Carnatic musician trained at Kalakshetra and an independent researcher on the cultural history of South India.  The walk started early in the morning around 7 AM from the East Gopuram entrance to the temple. In many of the Hindu Temples, the presiding deity faces the East side, here…

Chennai’s favourite historian Mr Sriram V had conducted a heritage walk around the famous Boat Club Road – this is a posh area, and, half of Madras walks in the Boat Club area. Leading businessmen have home here, such as Venu Srinivasan (TVS Motors), Kalanithi Maran (Sun TV), Shyam Kothari (Mukesh Ambani’s brother-in-law ), N Srinivasan (India Cements), R Seshasayee (Formerly with Ashok Leyland and Infosys) and Kris Gopalakrishnan (Infosys). Directors of Business houses such as…