Ashoka Mithran

  Chennai, for a city of its size and importance, is singularly lacking in buildings of any antiquity, mainly because the original settlement was a creation of East India Company purely as a trading centre. In the early part of the 17th century, it...
There is a training institute in Choolaimedu High Road. The Asian Research Institute functioning from Chennai is sponsored by the Japanese. Japanese is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. And if you by any chance master it, it...
At one time there was a plan to improve the facilities at the Perambur railway station to match that of the Central Station. But that is a pipedream now. If only the road over-bridge could be completed there may be some improvement, perhaps. For the...
Today, if someone says that Saidapet is synonymous with elephantiasis would anyone believe it? They might think that the Adyar River flowing there should be the reason. But when elephantiasis was prevalent, the Adyar River was very clean indeed. In...
  The Valluvar Kottam is a memorial for the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot. It is said that this chariot is, in fact, the duplicate from the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the saint has been installed...
Muttukadu, located at a distance of 36 km from Chennai, is a small town which is a preferred picnic spot along the backwaters of the East Coast. It is about a one hour drive south of Chennai, and about a two hour drive north of Pondicherry. The drive from Pondicherry to Muttukadu is relatively scenic. The drive from Chennai to Muttukadu is mostly through increasingly larger suburbs of Chennai. It is off of the East Coast Road.  Muttukadu is adorned with greenery, including coconut...
Muttukadu, located at a distance of 36 km from Chennai, is a small town which is a preferred picnic spot along the backwaters of the East Coast. It is about a one hour drive south of Chennai, and...
Chennai Central, is the main railway terminus in the city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras. It lies adjacent to the current headquarters of the Southern Railway, as well as the Ripon Building, and is one of the most important railway hubs in South India. The other major railway hub stations in the city are Chennai Egmore and Tambaram. Chennai Central connects the city to New Delhi and prominent state capitals of India such as Bangalore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow,...
Chennai Central, is the main railway terminus in the city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras. It lies adjacent to the current headquarters of the Southern Railway, as well as the Ripon Building...
The Code Chennai-18 always raised the query 'Alwarpet or Teynampet' because Chennai post offices were not provided with the six digit pin codes then. If it was Alwarpet then the question to follow would be new Alwarpet or the village? And if it was Teynampet, whether it was Vellala Teynampet or Vanniya Teynampet? Even today such questions may be asked when we say Chennai-600018.If there is one place in Chennai, which has got four roads as its boundaries, then it is Alwarpet-Teynampet....
The Code Chennai-18 always raised the query 'Alwarpet or Teynampet' because Chennai post offices were not provided with the six digit pin codes then. If it was Alwarpet then the question to follow...
The Pursawalkam area in Chennai is one of the oldest residential localities of the city. The Pursawalkam Gangadeeswarar Temple is an ancient and beautiful temple. But the temple tank has been only referred to as a landmark for the past fifty or sixty years. The prominent bus stop of the Pursawalkam area is the tank bus stop where ‘tank’ refers to the temple tank!In the past when the tank was very well maintained the flight of steps and the tank filled with water was visible from...
The Pursawalkam area in Chennai is one of the oldest residential localities of the city. The Pursawalkam Gangadeeswarar Temple is an ancient and beautiful temple. But the temple tank has been only...
When one happens to pass through Jaani Jan Khan Road in Royapettah, there is a feeling of moving about in a Persian street. The reason for this is that if one listens keenly, one is sure to hear some Urdu words. But it is not easy even for a Hindi speaking person to converse here. There are Urdu speaking Muslims in Tamil Nadu, but the Royapettah dialect has its own distinct cadence. Processions through this area and Pycrofts Road mark festivals like Ramzan and Muharram. A number of Muslims,...
When one happens to pass through Jaani Jan Khan Road in Royapettah, there is a feeling of moving about in a Persian street. The reason for this is that if one listens keenly, one is sure to hear...
There is a park in T. Nagar, known as Jeeva Park. This is situated opposite to the playground of Ramakrishna Mission High School. The playground is about 250 meters away from the school. There was a time when there was no relaxation to the rule that the playground should be within the same campus as the school. Anyway, the Park is situated opposite to the Ramakrishna Mission School’s playground. And the park was wearing a dull and deserted look. All that has changed in the last 7 ...
There is a park in T. Nagar, known as Jeeva Park. This is situated opposite to the playground of Ramakrishna Mission High School. The playground is about 250 meters away from the school. There was...
I am sure you must be aware of the saying ‘a good government is one that governs the least’. But when anyone attempts to have a look at the city’s residential areas, it can be easily concluded that this statement is far from reality. If the lust for wealth and women in society is curtailed through proper rules and regulations, then it becomes feasible to lead man in the path of development. The orderliness that is visible in Anna Nagar can be seen in another area located...
I am sure you must be aware of the saying ‘a good government is one that governs the least’. But when anyone attempts to have a look at the city’s residential areas, it can be...