• Travel Review

    Visit to Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

    As I walked down from the top of the fort, half-way-down, a young man in his late twenties, wearing a smart jean and sports t-shirt who was climbing up, approached me. Drenched in sweat and gasping, he asked “Excuse me sir, do you have water?”. Luckily, I had half-a-bottle of water left with me, which I gladly gave, grabbing it, he drank it at once, thanked me profoundly and continued his climb. I stood there for a few minutes trying to understand what had just happened! The above incident happened last week, during my visit to the Golconda fort. 💎The present fort was built by the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.…

  • Chennai

    Tamil Nadu Police Museum, Egmore, Chennai

    Last month, one weekday afternoon, I went to see the recently opened Police Museum in Egmore, Chennai. Tamil Nadu Police Museum is situated in the erstwhile Madras Police Commissioner’s Office in the city. The british-era building, an Indo-Saracenic structure, was built in the 1842 and following the City Policer Act of 1856, the 14 acre property with its bungalow became the first Police Commissioner’s office. It continued to function there till the second millenium, for over hundred-and-fifty years. Following an extensive conservation and renovation activities undertaken by the state government it was opened to public as Tamil Nadu Police Museum by (then) Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami on the 26th…

  • Flashback,  Lounge,  Rostrum

    Remembering my days with NCC

    What you see above is me dressed in NCC uniform in 1988 as the Troop Sergeant Major (TSM) of my unit. When I was studying in middle school, in 1988 and 1989, I had joined the unit of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) that was in my school. The two years I attended the NCC programs and camps had given me many memorable moments and had a role in shaping me. About NCC NCC was set up in 1948 just after Indian independence by the constituent assembly. The aim of NCC is to develop character and comradeship amongst the young citizens of India. Students at registered schools and colleges in…

  • Chennai

    The three-hour traffic jam when coming into Chennai city

    Yesterday I had a good (or should I say bad) life experience – Google Maps is NOT perfect – and when it comes to driving in India it is better to have prior knowledge of the route and to heed to advice. Sunday (20th Feb 2022) evening, I was returning to Chennai from Tiruchirappalli by Grand Southern Trunk (GST). For a week now, I been reading in news and from posts in Facebook from friends that the river bridge in Palar River near Chengelpet is under repair. Traffic is allowed from Chennai outwards in the second bridge, but the traffic coming into the city using the first (older) bridge under…

  • Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai [அருள்மிகு கூடலழகர் திருக்கோயில் யானை, மதுரை]
    Faith

    Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai

    After my brief visit to Rameswaram, I am staying for two days in Madurai. Today, I went to Madurai Meenakshi Temple and then to Thiru Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai [அருள்மிகு கூடலழகர் திருக்கோயில், மதுரை]. Sri Koodal Azhagar temple is a South Indian Hindu temple in Madurai. It is believed that Koodal Azhagar had appeared to slay the demon Somuka who abducted the four Vedas. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to God Sri Vishnu, who is worshipped as Viyooga Sundarrajan and his consort Lakshmi as Mathuravalli.