Dr. J. Jayalalithaa: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Her

Dr. J. Jayalalithaa (hereafter referred to as Jaya for the sake of simplicity) was born in Mandya district, Karnataka (Mysore State) – Not in Tamil Nadu. But she was born to a Tamil Iyengar family. Her name was a combination of two houses she resided in Mysore Jaya Vilas, Lalitha Vilas. The double ‘aa’ at the end of her name was added only in 2001 for numerology reasons. Jaya’s father died when she was 2. Her mother Sandhya became an actress after shifting to Madras where her younger sister lived. But her mother’s real name was Vedavalli. Jaya initially studied […]

PV Sindhu wins Silver Medal for India at Rio Olympics – Yoohooo!!

Yoohooo!! At last, India wins a Silver Medal at The Rio Olympics 2016 in Women’s Badminton through PV Sindhu. Did you know that she’s the first Indian woman to win a Silver medal at the Olympics? We’ve had four bronze medals from Indian women before, but no Silver or Gold. Until today. There were a lot of expectations from Saina Nehwal, World No. 5 & the London Olympics Bronze medal winner, but PV Sindhu blitzed into the finals in spite of being World No. 10 & relatively inexperienced. This is her first Olympic appearance and what a fantastic way to end […]

Veerapandiya Kattabomman

Veerapandiya Kattabomman was one of the first small-time Indian/Tamil Vassal King to rise and revolt against the British. He fought the British during the times of Hyder Ali/Tipu Sultan (end of 18th century), but there was one difference: The Sultans matched the British prowess (and almost won), but Veerapandiya Kattabomman was just a Vassal King controlling a few districts near Tirunelveli, under the Arcot of Nawab. Kattabomman’s father actually paid taxes to the Arcot of Nawab, the then ruler of South East India. He also helped the Nawab collect taxes from neighboring Kingdoms. After his father’s death, Kattabomman continued the tax […]

Creating an Impact for the Visually Challenged in India: IAB

Journey of IAB – A 10 minute Movie: Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) is an organization based out of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India that works to educate, train and rehabilitate visually impaired persons. I met their representatives at the recently concluded Chennai Pongal Book Fair 2016 and was impressed with the books and articles they had in display to help blind people read. They gave me a CD containing the above embedded video – I think all of us should see it.

Steve Jobs in India

Did you know that Steve Jobs, who introduced many innovative products at Apple Inc. briefly worked in Atari – the video game maker – and then traveled to India in 1974, as a 19-year old teenager, after dropping out from college? He stayed for seven months in India wandering aimlessly (as his biographer puts it) across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh (mostly). But why did a broke Steve Jobs travel to India and what did he (hope to) learn?

M. Visvesvaraya – The First Eminent Engineer of India

Nowadays, Engineering mostly means time-pass in college, and every second person is an Engineer! But there was a time when Science and Technology was not omnipresent (especially in India) and the few people who studied Engineering were passionate about the advancement of society. One such Eminent Engineer from India was M. Visvesvaraya.

V.O.Chidambaram Pillai – Kappalottiya Thamizhan!

‘Kappalottiya Thamizhan’ means ‘The Tamilian  who Sailed a Ship’. What makes V. O. Chidambaram Pillai’s sailing, a feat, is – he was the first Indian to form a shipping company (and provide commercial shipping services for Indians), breaking the monopoly of the British India Steam Navigation Company in the seas (during early 1900s). Born in 1872, in Ottapidaram, South Tamil Nadu, V. O. C was a lawyer by education. Being a nationalist at heart, he wanted to do something beyond law, and decided to form a shipping company (Swadeshi Company) to carry people and goods between Tuticorin and Colombo. His […]

Amar Singh Rathore & Ballu Champavat: LEGENDS

Legends are people who do extraordinary things, irrespective of the strength of the powers they are fighting against, irrespective of the threat to their lives. Leaving aside right & wrong, let us read the story of two legends – Amar Singh Rathore & Ballu Champavat – who attempted (and succeeded) in doing the next-to-impossible, but had to pay with their lives. This is a true story. Year: 1644 CE. Place: Agra Fort, Headquarters of Mughal Emperor – Shahjahan.

Can Anyone Travel 100,000 KM across 5 Continents on a Bike?

[Comments ON] Meet Jay Kannaiyan. Of JamminGlobal.com. Like many, he too left Chennai to pursue the American Dream. But after sometime, he decided to return home. In style. Instead of taking a flight and coming home in a couple of days, he decided to ride a two-wheeler (Suzuki DR650) across many countries on five continents and finally reached India after 3 years. Now that’s what I call a journey! 🙂