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…

From Peasantry to Pediatrics, Dr.M.Ramasamy’s Magical Touch Brought Smiles To Children

“Don’t worry, your son is as heavy as an American baby. He is well nourished and has the strength to withstand the whooping cough that is bothering him. Your child will be okay soon, “were the comforting words of the iconic paediatrician Dr.M.Ramaswamy to Aravindakumari and Govindarajulu of Vysial Street. Today the once chubby child Suresh is working as a gemmologist at Toronto in Canada. The magic hand of Dr.Ramaswamy has ensured that many a child became fine. His autobiography ‘A Million Children’s Lives Touched: A Journey from Peasantry to…

Tradition Kept Alive At Madheswaran Temple On Thadagam Road

Indians have been grazers and farmers from time immemorial. The people of the Kongu region specialized in cattle rearing. The herders led a nomadic life. They lived in settlements called ‘Pattis’ along with their cattle. Indian people lived in villages, city clusters, in the forests and also as nomadic cattle grazers. It was a diverse and complete country. The wealth of a person was measured based on the heads of cattle owned by him or her. Ancient epics like Mahabharata talk about the cattle wealth of the land and the…

Where Doyens of Coimbatore Were Mostly Known By Their Titles And Initials

People used to address each other in a respectable manner since long. It was during the early part of the twentieth century that tradition was carried forward while welcoming change in the form of the English language. The colonial rulers were really smart. They made people think that they denoted progress in spite of the fact that they had ruined the economy of the country. English began to prevail and people accepted the language during their period of submission. It started entering mainstream life through cinema and education. Words like…

Arthur Hope Sowed The Seeds For Technical Education In Coimbatore

Hope College At Peelamedu Turned A Landmark Coimbatore has been a city of techcellence for a long time now. A number of developments and the work of quite a few pioneers helped the city to evolve not just itself but the entire region. Industrial Scientist G.D.Naidu was among the top 30 people who had worked to make the city great. Its thanks to the efforts of such great people that Coimbatore is known as the Rome of Kongunad. The sing song ‘Mariyadhai Tamil’ of this region had spawned technology, linguistic…

Multi-talented Sandow M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar, A Staunch Devotee of Lord Muruga

Sandow M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar was a popular devotee of Lord Muruga all his life. This famous film maker had produced movies with animals and his house used to resemble a zoo. Devar is well known for producing movies in a short span of time. His partnership with Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran is legendary. He had produced several super duper hits with MGR as the hero. ‘Neela Malai Thirudan’ was his movie and it was the first instance when he used animals. Devar was deeply devoted to Lord Muruga all his life. He…

At 75, Still Donating Blood To Save Precious Lives

Arun Gokuldas, The Pride of Coimbatore Arun Gokuldas was born in 1944 to Maniben and Gokuldas Thulsidas. His father Gokuldas had been a cotton waste pioneer. The members of this noble minded family have donated a maternity home and also built a temple for Lord Sathyanarayana. Arun, the youngest among his brothers did his schooling from Stanes Anglo Indian High School and completed his B.Tech in Textiles from A.C.Tech. He has been associated with Rotary Club of Coimbatore – Texcity and is happily married to Vandana. The couple are blessed…

Bab’s Flash, The One Man Army Photographer of Coimbatore

Europeans travelled all the way to India in order to create portraits and sceneries. Many of them specialized in street life. The rich and the powerful commissioned them to produce enduring pieces. A lot of facts and fiction have been spun around the lives of these creators. Movies and novels have been made on this subject. In fact, the author Gayathri Prabhu in her book ‘Untitled’ has strung together a fine story based on the times of Tipu Sultan. The story is based on the life of a painter who…