Perur, The Heritage Village With A Hoary Past

The Kongu country in the Coimbatore region is known for its hardy and creative people. Lack of sufficient rainfall and the nature of the soil have made people seek fresh methods. The forest soil, red soil and black cotton soil offer enormous diversity. Migratory birds, the sweet waters of the Noyyal were home to a River Noyyal Civilization. Perur is a village on the banks of River Noyyal and its Padithurai is really famous. The temples, choultries and mutts at Perur make it unique. Kachiappa Munivar wrote the Perur Puranam…

Tales From The Wild: Forests Were Home For V A Muthumanickkam

“We are a forest civilization, an aaranyakshada. Our Upanishads, our vedas came out of the forests, out of the banks of rivers, the mountains. Unlike the Greeks, an urban based civilization, or the Islamic civilization, a desert based one, ours was a forest civilization. Our sages lived in the forests and that is why the Vedas are full of hymns to the trees, the forests, to all creatures. There is a 63 verse hymn in the Atharva Veda, which must go back at least 4000 years and represents one of…

Remembering K M Krishna – The Epitome of Friendship And Fellowship

K.M.Krishna was an epitome of friendship and fellowship. He was the son of K.C.Mannarswamy Chettiar and Ramarathnammal. His siblings consisted of one brother and four sisters. The 1933 born K.M.Krishna was a student of Stanes Anglo Indian School. Krishna was an outstanding student cum sportsman and will always be remembered as a stylish batsman. He went on to complete his higher studies from the Madras Christian College. Krishna hailed from the Kulur family and the elders in his family had been into banking, jewellery and industrial investments. He began his…

Coimbatore Is A Paradise, Reminisces Palakkad Born Retired IPS Official

Sekaripuram Subbaraman Vaidyanathan divides his time between the old and the new worlds. He lives in the USA and in Coimbatore. His wife Nirmala keeps him company and a few relatives live nearby in the retirement home chosen by the hospitable couple. Vaidyanathan was born to Subbaraman and Arundhati who was known as Ponnammal. The family hails from Sekaripuram near Palakkad in Kerala. The Palakkad and Thrissur regions are known for the presence of a large number of learned people who speak Tamil. Many of them were Sanskrit scholars and…

Vincent Colony, A Charming Locality of RS Puram

Rathinasabapathypuram came as an answer to plague. The Pettai and Kottai were insufficient to hold a growing city. Diwan Bahadur C.S.Rathinasabapathy Mudaliar created R.S.Puram. The idea had been on the boards during the tenure of T.A.Ramalingam Chettiar. Kovai Kizhar C.M.Ramachandran had helped in the task. The roads are named after the former Chairpersons of the Municipality. These gentlemen had provided yeomen service. A number of citizens purchased new plots and began building houses in the new extension. It was bound by Sukrawarpet and the Forest College. A number of progressive…

Amazing Academician Dr R Subbayyan, The First Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University

“My mother Ammani Ammal brought me up. She bought cows and buffaloes in order to run the family. I just went to school along with the other kids and it was spontaneous. The authorities asked me to bring my mother and she came over the next day for the purpose of fulfilling the formalities. My entire education was through scholarship. I joined the Government Arts College to my Intermediate (Maths, Physics & Chemistry). Thereafter I did my B.A Hons in Maths from Pachaiyyapas. I was drawn towards civil service and…

Gynaecologist Dr K S Maheswari Recounts The Services of Mangalambal Paatti in Maternity Care

Annai Nursing Home on Raja Street is a landmark. The Chief, Dr.K.S.Maheswari is a well known gynaecologist and obstetrician in this area. She was awarded the Best Doctor Award by the Coimbatore Corporation in 2009 and was also honoured with the IMA (Indian Medical Association) Community Service Award in 2019. The popular doctor is also keenly interested in local history. She has collected a lot of information from her elders, friends and is very keen to share snippets about the Coimbatore of the yonder days. The communicative Dr.Maheswari and her…

Remembering Tyagi Vellalore Annaswamy Sundaram During Coimbatore Vizha

History is full of stories. These stories talk about the big leaders all the time and important contributors are missed out in the process. However, the picture of the society is incomplete without the stories of the not so visible contributors. The part played by the good Samaritans who fulfil the dreams of the leaders need to be remembered. The great leaders would not have been able to execute their plans if not for the many self less souls who worked along with them. Vellalore Annaswamy Sundaram alias V A…

Life Threat Judge Sowrirajulu Naidu Faced During His Stint In Coimbatore

Sowrirajulu Naidu (1875 – 1928) served the judiciary in Coimbatore for some time. “My grandmother Padmavathi Ammal (1900 – 1991) was 9 years old when my great grandfather was serving in Coimbatore. She used to tell me about the old Coimbatore. They lived in the Judges quarters in Ramanathapuram. It was convenient to travel to Podanur everyday in his carriage. Great grandfather was an important personality in Coimbatore. He knew Rao Bahadur A.T.Thiruvengadaswamy Mudaliar, Diwan Bahadur C.V.Venkataramana Iyengar, T.A.Ramalingam Chettiar, T.S.Balakrishna Iyer, V.C.Vellingiri Gounder, Sivakavimani C.K.Subramania Mudaliar, Diwan Bahadur Sulur…

A Peep Into The History of Neighbourhood Newspapers In Coimbatore

Local Newspapers Turn Residents Favourite Kovai Metro is a little over five years of age. I remember my friend senior journalist M.Rafi Ahmed talking about it and thereafter the paper used to come home every Sunday. Week after week, it came out with interesting info with happenings around the city. Despite a local newspaper, it had a global reach for its info-packed edition. Most of us were fed up with crime and scandal reporting of the opinionated kind. And neighbourhood newspaper came as a blessing in disguise giving much relief…