Columnist Takes A Trip Down The Memory Lane

Our family consisted of a huge number of people. The family strength was more than 25 in our Vysial street house ‘Raju Bhavan’. We moved over to ‘Sri Krishna Nivas’ on Trichy road in 1977. Fourteen of us lived in one old house and it was good fun. Summers were spent with our maternal grandparents. A short trip to Ooty used to precede our trip to Salem with mummy, Aravindakumari. Dad Govindarajulu used to take us to places like Chennai once in a way. The trips were by car or…

The Fond Memories of Vinayagar Chathurthi Celebrations

Lord Ganesha or Vinayagar is the remover of hurdles. He occupies a central place in Indian mythology. Every Hindu family has its own favourite Ganesha. He was the Divine Scribe who took down the dictation of Veda Vyasa. This dictation is the ‘Mahabharata’ The Siddhi Vinayak temple is famous in Mumbai and so are the other famous temples of this deity. They are known as the ‘Ashta Vinayaks’. Many devotees undertake a visit to these temples. Adi Sankara founded ‘Shanmatham’ or six paths. ‘Ganapathyam’ is one of the paths, according…

Memories of Crosscut Road Still Linger

Cross Cut, Gandhipuram is a big shopping destination today. The commercial district has had an interesting past. I remember Cross Cut from my childhood. We used to visit the road as a family. Grandfather, parents, uncles, aunts and cousins used to go to Gandhipuram in two cars on Sundays. It was after filling ourselves up with our ‘signature’ idli, vadai and sunday sambar. The same sambar recipe is being followed even now. Our first stop used to be Ramakrishna bakery. “The bakery was promoted by Abbuluswamy Naidu those days. It…

Fresh Memories of Old School Days

Golden Years of Peelamedu GRG GRG Matriculation Higher Secondary School was founded in the year 1969. Eminent industrialist G.R.Govindarajulu of the PSG family had founded the school in order to serve the growing educational needs of the society. The school was built on Avinashi road in Peelamedu and this suburb can rightfully be known as the educational capital of Tamilnadu. It was a CBSE school for about a dozen years or so. Subsequently it became a matriculation school around the year 1980. The white coloured paint, green coloured windows, white…

Rathina Sabapathy Puram, Once A Little India

My father K.Govindarajulu used to bring me to the Rathinavinayagar temple on my birthday. We used to park the car on D. B. Road and visit the temple. Our family members used to celebrate the star birthday and not the date of birth. The visit will be complete after an archanai and arathi. Subsequently daddy used to take mummy, my brother Suresh and myself to ‘Toyland’ on D.B.Road. It was a famous toy shop those days and it was known as Balus. I used to pick up a tiny car…

The Stalwarts of Coimbatore’s Bygone Era – Part II

V.C.P.Kittu, the son of V.C. Palaniswamy Gounder (Minister) was born in 1918 and he had passed wireless engineering in 1938. He studied a textile course in Bombay and joined the freedom struggle in the same year – 1942. V.C.P.Kittu had toured many parts of the country. He was the leader of the deputation for supply of power to agriculture with success. He worked for the formation of a strong union for agriculturists pump set users in the undivided Coimbatore District. V.C.P.Kittu was also a Honourary Bench Magistrate. He was associated…

Kalam Vanam, A Tribute To Missile Man of India

Kalam’s Closeness With Siruthuli The ‘Kalam Vanam’ at Anna university (Coimbatore) is a standing tribute to the great son of India. Abdul Kalam was born in the tiny island Rameswaram but had won the hearts of every Indian. The wonderful People’s President was very fond of nature and he was keen to motivate environmentalists all his life. People remember him as a scientist who had assured India’s space in the comity of nations. However, Coimbatore was one city which was close to his heart and the green NGO Siruthuli was…

The Stalwarts of Coimbatore’s Bygone Era – Part I

The book 1000 Great Lives by Plantagenet Somerset Fry (1931 – 1996) had been a best seller. Very few Indians were featured in the book. The author was a British Historian who had taken part in a television game show in order to raise money. He won 512 Pounds and this made him well known. The Historian wrote about 50 books and the book ‘Biography of Elizabeth I’ was the beginning of his successful career as a writer. He wrote history for adults and children. The Council of Independent Archaeology…

When Temple of Learning Turned Agraharam For Slum Girls

Maranna Gowder’s Patasalai Taught That All Are Equal Coimbatore town had ‘Thinnai Pallis’ those days. A number of learned Tamil scholars and math teachers took care of the educational needs of the students. The Anglo Mysore wars had taken a toll on the region. Coimbatore became the headquarters of a big multi lingual district on 24/11/1804. The place came under the grasp of the East India Company and the small ‘thinnai schools’ began to flourish post 1822. It was 1831 when the reorganized system of education was introduced and growth…

Rathinasabapathypuram (RS Puram), The Pride of Coimbatore

Coimbatore the Rome of Kongunad is a symbol of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. The city is blessed with diverse political views and is also a MINI INDIA. Coimbatore has been on the global commercial map for a long time. The Romans had a settlement at Vellalore on the suburbs of the current city. A huge number of villages were stitched together to create the modern city. Today the villages are seamlessly found within. Commerce during the Roman times, water harvesting due to the efforts of the Cholas, military supremacy during the…