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Today marks the end in South India of the nine days of Navarathri (Nine Days) festivals, its called Dasara in other parts of India. During Navarathri the dolls and idols of Gods and Goddesses are kept neatly decorated in what is called in Tamil as Golu. Given below are the new in the display we had in our home for this year: Araiyar sevai (அரையர் சேவை) We had a set of Ariayar Sevai displays where we included Acharayans too. Araiyar sevai (அரையர் சேவை) is about singing and enactment of the hymns of the Divya Prabandham. The legend traces the origin of…

For all those born in Madras aka Chennai, seeing this 15 story building (build in 1959) invokes a pleasant feeling. For almost a decade, its beauty was obstructed due to Chennai Metro’s underground tunnel construction work. Now it can be seen in its full glory again. //Before the construction of the LIC building, establishments such as Murray & Company auctioneers and Pioneer Laundry service (started in 1918) stood on the same plot. M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettyar, the founder of Indian Overseas Bank and the United India Insurance, identified the location on Mount Road to construct an 18-storey building for his…

Worldwide transportation experts and Governments are focusing heavily on Electric Vehicles, mainly as a way to handle the growing pollution and greenhouse gas issues. Initially, many believed myself including, that Electric will first come for consumer vehicles like two-wheelers and cars – I even (stupidly) bought one early in 2008. Other than the big successes with Tesla and Nissan Volt, consumers aren’t enthusiastic towards electric scooters and cars anywhere in the world especially in developing countries like India. Reasons for the slow uptake has been the huge upfront cost, lack of charging stations, poor performance and “range” anxiety (which was…

கோலமாவு கோகிலா படம் பார்த்தப் பிறகு நான் திரு யோகிபாபு விசிறியாகி விட்டேன். இதை உளவுத்துறை மூலமாகக் கண்டுகொண்ட எங்கள் வெள்ளிக்கிழமை திரைப்படக் குழு நண்பர்கள் கட்டாயப்படுத்தி எடுத்த புகைப்படம் இது.

Rules are meant to be broken in India. Even our kids do that! No training is required. Seen in the picture above is my son during a vacation trip in 2005. #rules #vacation #india #kids_of_our_world