Automobiles have become such a phenomenon that 125cc scooters are the second largest market in the world. Scooters with their stylish design and ease of use has become an affordable form of commuting and so has since become a part of lifestyle. And naturally the demands and expectations too increase with acceptance as it gets absorbed into the family and community at large. Suzuki Motors launched their All New Access 125 in Chennai at Taj Coramandel on 17th March 2015. We saw the Senior management team of Suzuki India at the event – Mr. Kenji Hiroshawa, VP Sales and Marketing launching the vehicle and Mr. D. Suresh Babu, Product and planning explaining the features that makes it unique. We are not auto bloggers nor do we fancy knowledge on them and so our focus was more on what the ALL New Access has to offer to normal person be it a father, mother, daughter or a son in terms of comfort and convenience.
It was Pongal, Makara sankranti, the day Sun sets its feet into Makaram (Capricorn) . Tamilnadu celebrates this day as harvest festival and beginning of the month ‘Thai’, the month considered to start the beginning of everything auspicious. Our breakfast included the day’s special ‘Sakkarai Pongal’. We set about travelling west from Tirunellveli to Sankaran Kovil, the temple that spells the culmination of Shiva and Vishnu as one in the form of Sankaranarayanar. There were multiple routes to reach the place and we took the help of our navigation system in the SUV to guide us and we were so happy we did it because it was travel through the villages displaying a show of rural festivities, an unplanned bonanza of our trip.
Our experience travelling to Thiruvalangadu, a serene Shiva temple located in the Thiruvallur to Thiruttani route. Thiruvalangadu is a beautiful village retaining its old charm with tiled houses and is located quite off the busy Chennai city yet easily reachable for a calm peaceful spiritual journey.
Chennai, one of the old metropolitan cities of India, is the capital of Tamilnadu and home to diverse population from India and abroad. Chennai is home to rich culture, heritage and tradition and for our local food items including the famous Idli, Dosa, and Sambhar. Chennai, known as Madras earlier is an old city that came into existence during the British regime as ‘Madrasapattinam’. The borders of the then Madrasapattinam ranged from Nellore to Cuddalore. Any one from Chennai can imagine the area Madrasapattinam has covered in the name of Thondaimandalam. I am sure everyone here would have recollected the movie ‘Madrasapattinam’ which showcased the place in its fervor to an extent. Many areas of Chennai have come into existence during this time and earlier too. For example, Pallavaram, a locality in Chennai is Pallavapuram established by Pallava king, Mahendra Varman in 7th century. This place is considered one of the oldest settlements in South India.
Of late thoughts of this nature haunt my mind. Have we made our life too complex to live? Do we have the time to be on our own into those beautiful moments of solitary refinement to introspect and gain those wise insights of absolute wisdom? Privacy has become a public entity. We can live those moments without bothering about our child who is yet to come back from school but not without the mobile phone that was just misplaced. Everything is getting digital and the world is becoming totally virtual sans any personal face to face interactions. Meaningless communication, unseen posts and random forwards have become the idea of keeping in touch but the big question here is do we really connect? Do we enjoy the togetherness we feel when we meet each other in Whatsapp? Do we get that warmth that we treasure when we hold each other’s hands when we like and comment in Facebook? The answer is a Big No.
Now let us move to the pleasant side of things. It is the season of Navaratri in Tamilnadu, a celebration of 9 evenings culminating on the 10th day, Vijayadasami.
Coffee is an important beverage used all over the world. Coffee or kaapi is a drink every household wakes up to in Tamilnadu. Coffee table talks have become synonymous with sipping a coffee and discussing a hit or hot topic. Methods to arrive at the ultimate brew have always been a subject of discussion and it has the terms Peaberry, Plantation A, Plantation B, chicory popping up very often. Many of the ardent coffee lovers of Chennai walk to their favorite coffee shop to get the coffee roasted, ground and packaged in small packages to retain the aroma and flavor. Just an insight into the terms and the lovely bean that quenches the thirst of a degree coffee…
Soundaram Ramasamy (46) is a livestock keeper and breeder of pure Kangayam cattle, and popularly known among the fellow residents of Kathasamipalayam village in Tirupur district as ‘Kalai Kara Amma’ (or Bull Lady) since she possesses seven sturdy Kangayam bulls. (Right Picture – Kolukkatai’ grass fed to the bulls )
For the villagers of N Panjampatti in Dindigul district, hockey is a way of life. They play the sport for the sheer love of it. The village’s tryst with hockey dates back to pre-Independence, for even then, it produced an exceptional player, K V S Maria Soosai, who was with the British Army and played for the British team then. The seeds of hockey were planted in the village from pre-Independence era due to its association with the defence services as Panajampatti is also known as a military village as many are in the armed services.
Can you build a house with just $300 (less than Rs18,000)? If your answer is the predictable ‘no’, read on for a ‘second opinion’. The ‘three-hundred-dollar’ (THD) house has become a reality, thanks to Tamil Nadu born Vijay Govindarajan, the globally celebrated innovator-strategist and Professor of International Business at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, USA. He teamed up with friends to evolve the prototype for the $300 eco-friendly house that could be built for the poor anywhere in the world. Find it interesting? Read on to for a chance to view the prototype…
Our festivals coincide with specific occurrence and intend to remember and celebrate nature which has bestowed us with its resources. We strive to bring in interesting and valuable information on such festivals for the benefit of our readers. Aadiperukku is an unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi which occurs between July 15 and August 15. The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties. It is celebrated near river basins, water tanks, lakes and wells etc. of Tamil Nadu when the water level in the rises significantly heralding the onset of Monsoon.