Peelamedu Turned A Mill Destination Besides An Educational Hub

Chronicles of Peelamedu – Part II Peelamedu became an exceptionally large ‘Mill Destination’. Thousands of people got employed and their children received quality education. This made Peelamedu world famous and the P. S. G. Institutions a common word globally. The horse-shoe shaped development brought luck to Coimbatore. Avinashi road, Kamaraj road & Trichy road formed the horseshoe. Racecourse was on the southern side. This horseshoe had many industries, mills, and ventures. Of course, the neighboring Pappanaickenpalayam, Avarampalayam, etc., added to the prosperity. In fact, Pappanaickenpalayam had also come up around…

From ‘Poolaimedu’ To ‘Peelamedu’, The Story Behind This Famous Suburb – Part I

This village was known as ‘Poolaimedu’ (origin from ‘Poolai’ flowers) long ago. Popular human inhabitation began on 11/11/1711. Several Telugu speaking farmers had been living in Krishnarayapuram for about two centuries. They had migrated during the Vijayanagar era and had added to the cotton seed diversity over the centuries. The cotton produced by them was spun by people and made into fabric. These fabrics were exported & sold in other parts of India for centuries. According to Prof. VijayaRamaswamy’s research, over 100 seaports were used for exporting cotton textiles to…

A ‘Golden’ Era For Jewellers of The Yesteryear

Coimbatore is known as the jewellery capital of south India. There have been many big and small jewellers who have added to the flavour of the business. Let us try to recall some of them. Most of the jewellers belonged to the community who worship Goddess Vasavi. However, there were others who enriched alongside. Kirtilal Kalidas Mehta was the most well known amongst them. He established himself in the year 1939 and eventually became a diamond jewellery pioneer. The custom made jewellery from his outlet attracted Zamindars, mill owners and…

The Literary Relationship of Ku Natesa Gounder And C S Kannayiram Mudaliar

Ku.Natesa Gounder was a wonderful teacher. This learned Tamil scholar had served the City Municipal High School and later the Perur Tamil College. He has contributed much towards Tamil literature. Natesa Gounder was good with Tamil, English and Sanskrit. He believed in loving all languages. He had a number of good friends and students. His son Dr.N.Muthukumarswamy is a well known happy Tamil scholar. He is associated with a number of Tamil projects. Scholar C.S.Kannayiram Mudaliar happens to be husband of Mangayarkarasi, the foster daughter of Sivakavimani C.K.Subramania Mudaliar. The…

Where ‘Hindi’ Turned Commercial and Cultural Connect For Kovaiites

Hindi is used all over our country. Bollywood (Mumbai), in Maharashtra produces Hindi movies. A large number of people know Hindi. Coimbatore has its own Hindi Prachar entity. It is located near the Devanga High School and the teacher had protected the library from being burnt down during the anti Hindi agitation. Gandhiji had wanted an Indian language to be used by everyone domiciled in our country. English was the language of the oppressors those days. This led to the founding of the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha. Several men…

B.V.Sundararajan Traces The History of ‘Ram Nagar Dramatic Society’

Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi had rightly said, ‘A customer is an important visitor in our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him.’ Similarly, readers are more important for newspapers as their feedback, suggestions and interesting info are a real value to publishing houses. And Kovai Metro recognises its readers in its columns. Here B.V.Sundararajan, who is an ardent reader of the neighbourhood weekly ‘Kovai Metro’ was kind enough to share some interesting info connected with his family while also talking about the Ramnagar…

Neighbourhood And School Memories of A Senior Journalist

Looking back at the locality where one grew up is always fascinating. True. Senior journalist M Rafi Ahmed recalls his childhood days at Hafispet Street residential area in the heart of the city. Back to B1 Police Station, one needs to cross the row of rice mundies on both sides to reach the neighbourhood situated at the tailend. Opening up his heart to this historian and columnist, he said, “I alongwith my elder brother and younger sister lived with my parents SSS Mohamed Haneef and Ummul Ihasan Bibi at a…

Where Queues And Shortages Were A Way of Life

Sundararajan of R.S.Puram was an advocate, corporate executive and a consultant later. Now he leads a retired life with his wife Lalitha, a mathematics tutor. His wife has spent time in several cities while growing up. It is a pleasure to catch up with the lively couple. The house is full of books and curios. Sundararajan has retained a lot of information about his forebears. Perhaps he could record his stuff on http://www.lumhaa.com. This interesting memory site is promoted by Shreya Sekhsaria, a girl who grew up in Coimbatore. The…

Periya Govindaswamy Naidu, A Real Hero To Treat Plague Affected People

Periya Govindaswamy Naidu (1858 – 1916) was a real life hero. He treated a number of plague afflicted people during the year 1903. The good Samaritan moved around with his set of native doctors – Sodalamuthu and Bhashyakarulu in order to help the sick. A dalit assistant would keep him company. His horse was famous too. He advised people not to move out for he felt that the new location could be even worse due to the lack of sanitation. Therefore people were advised to stay on without the knowledge…

The Story of First Jagirdar of Myleripalayam In Coimbatore

Sarkeel Govinda Rao was the first Jagirdar of Myleripalayam near Coimbatore. Sarkeel was a title given to people who dealt with accounts and money. Long ago, 300 families of Deshastha Madhwa Brahmins migrated to Thanjavur and Kumbakonam. This took place during the era of Chatrapati Shivaji. The ancestors of Sarkeel Govinda Rao were part of this group. The good work of Govinda Rao earned him rich rewards. He was much appreciated for his honesty. The English rewarded him with the Jagir of Myleripalayam near Coimbatore. Govinda Rao could collect the…