Radio jockeys and scribes are seeking celebrities for quotes on why Madras is special. They also depend on historians for facts and figures related to erstwhile Madrassapattinam. But one part of Madras is neither reported nor documented. Kosapettai, Pudhupettai, Chindatripettai, Vannarapettai, Saidapettai, Kanamapettai, Krishnampettai and Tondiarpettai are often forgotten though these pettais have unique identities and for centuries have been hubs for specialised trades. These are the places that really allowed cultural and ethnic diversity to spread when the coastal town expanded as city.
It was Mr Srinivas Parthasarathy’s five-year-old dream to start a centre that would teach the Tamil language to students who didn’t know how to read and write the language. His dream came true last month with Tamilmozhi Koodam. “We wanted to do something for our mother tongue Tamil and started working on developing Tamil websites from 2005.
Our dream was to start an exclusive centre that would teach Tamil language, literature and religious songs to students and adults.Our dream came true with Tamilmozhi Koodam, which was started last month,” said Mr Srinivas who, along with his team, is into web development for more than a decade now. The centre teaches students to speak, read, and write the language.
Communicating properly plays a vital role in creating the first impression. More so in the Indian context, where communicating fluently in English or Hindi takes you farther ahead career-wise. For those seeking jobs in most States in the country, knowledge of Hindi is an added advantage. Today, opportunities are aplenty for people who have a good command over Hindi and English.
Keeping these in mind, the State Bank of India Officers’ Association (SBIOA) Institute, Chennai, has been conducting courses in spoken Hindi and spoken English through correspondence. The courses are designed for part-time learners too as they incorporate easy-to-use printed self-study books, audio CDs, graded question sets and response sheets for self evaluation. A six-month duration course comprises as many personal contact programmes — and telephonic guidance is available too — to help students acquire communication skills, both written and oral.