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Thursday, November 9, 2017

At Maruthamalai last week ! Divine darshan at dizzying heights ! Comfortable drive up the winding ghat road flanked by dense forest. Cool and cloudy climate. An Incredible experience. A glorious and incredulous coincidence was that we could witness the circumambulation of the Golden Chariot drawn by devotees around the sanctum of Lord Subramaniaswamy.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NMR Locomotive - Coimbatore

The locomotive engine of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway(NMR), which was brought from Mettupalayam, was mounted on a pedestal constructed for the purpose at the entrance of the Coimbatore Railway Junction on Sunday night.
The engine X 37389 was built in 1925 at the Swiss Locomotives and Machine Works factory in Switzerland. It was operated between Mettupalayam and Coonoor and was withdrawn from service in 2012. It was replaced with a new oil-fired steam engine in 2012. The total weight of the engine was 50.3 tonne and its hauling capacity was 979 tonne.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Champion Papaya Grower

Here is my son holding aloft a huge Papaya fruit grown in our backyard. Will be cutting it in a couple of days when it becomes juicy and ready to eat ! She is a beauty isnt she ?

Kovai Kutralam

Visited Kovai Kutralam yesterday around 38 kms from Coimbatore nestling in the foothills of Siruvani.A scenic and picturesque locale amidst dense teak forests. The climate was salubrious with cool breeze and overcast sky with ever so mild drizzle.The waterfalls are captivating - cascading downhill in a thin stream gradually gaining momentum and finally emerging into a powerful waterfall plummeting down gently but forcefully. The pummelling effect on your body is therapeutic and rejuvenating. Took me all of 14 years stay in Coimbatore to visit this astonishing waterfalls.


the Benz Patent Motorwagen built in 1886 by Karl Benz was awarded the German patent..It was the first automobile in the world.It was propelled by a single cylinder four stroke IC Engine powered by gasoline.
This is a prototype built in Coimbatore and is on display at the GeeDee Museum here.
The Motorwagen was considered dangerous & unsafe when first introduced.To prove them wrong Bartha (Benz's wife) set out with her sons Richard 13 yrs and Ruben 15 yrs without telling her husband or obtaining permission of authorities. She drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim on 5 August 1888 & became the first person to ever drive an automobile over a distance of 106 kms.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Vintage Motorcycle

Pictured here is third vehicle that was registered by RTO Coimbatore - CO3. This was originally owned by one Mr.Lancashire and was sold to young 17 year old Mr.G.D.Naidu for a princely sum of Rs.250/- in 1925.The very first vehicle registered in Coimbatore belonged to Mr.Robert Stanes - the man who played a major role in developing Coimbatore. G.D.Naidu went on to become a leading Industrialist of Coimbatore building many educational Institutions, Hospitals & Factories. This bike is exhibited in the G.D.Naidu Car Museum in Coimbatore. The museum has an incredible collection of Vintage cars.For more details log onto:

Thursday, November 2, 2017


All rooms in the resort are lake facing with a splendid picturesque view. The kids were very excited and they took no rest or respite. Dinu's & Vinod's kids had packed their  swimming costumes and rushed to the swimming pool with big whoops of joy ! Vinod and Siddharth accompanied them - primarily to keep an eye on the kids and but also have a bit of splash themselves.
After good rest and relaxation we gulped hot cups of evening coffee & crisp cookies. The bathrooms were fitted with high pressure shower heads which enabled high intensity shower spray hammering down on your skin. Next dressing up for the evening meet - scheduled at an outdoor atrium besides the Vembanad backwaters. Men in veshti-shirt-kurta or churidar kurta and women in their finest silks dazzlingly bejeweled. Girls wore skirts or pajama bottoms and tank tops. A impromptu stage and amateur sound arrangements were made. Soft drinks were served for the tea-totalers and kids. Scotch whiskey for the spiritually oriented & non vegetarian dishes were arranged clandestinely in a back room cottage.The evening congregation was fun. Kids were the shining stars with supremely talented performances drawn from Bollywood themes. This was followed by some powerful delectable crooning by Priya and enthralling Bharatha Natyam by Krithika. Kalidas joined in the fun with some energetic singing and dancing from his side. He also sang a few stanzas from his latest movie Poomaram. Some of the family seniors like Jaya, Narendra, Narayanaswamy,my mother Ramal, Malampuzhai Ramu & myself were given an opportunity to talk briefly about Perumbavoor days and interaction by Anna and Manni. It was amazing to hear these extempore speeches which were delivered with confidence and conviction. I was most astonished to hear my mother (aged 92 years) addressing the gathering with no prior preparation or notes. She was the first daughter in law in the family and her experiences of the early days were delivered crisply and with clarity. Her oratorical powers and incredible reminiscences of her days in Perumbavoor 78 years ago were astounding. The fitting finale of the evening was a beautiful & Mohini Attam performance by Aswathy - executed with great poise, charm & panache. Jaya took this opportunity to distribute a nice attractively bound booklet written by her about her summers spent in Perumbavoor. It covers a wide gamut of subjects - the lifestyles, food habits, storage bins,servants,festivals, weddings in the family,anna and mannis special qualities,anecdotes,horrors of visiting the open pit toilette, the avanaka ennai treatment and so on. It is a priceless document containing a wealth of information and a fascinating record about life and times in Perumbavoor.
Dinner was at the restaurant - multi-cuisine menu strictly vegetarian both  Kerala & Tandoori - preceded by a range of salads, delicious starters, soups. Deserts included payasams, sweets like gulab jamun & basundhi and ice creams.
An eventful day starting with breakfast at Sarovaram, then an exciting five hour cruise with traditional kerala style saddi and finally a power packed family entertainment at the resort. After dinner most of us wearily trudged back to our rooms (some traveled in golf carts) for a well deserved deep slumber in the cosy confines of our rooms.
The next day was relatively quieter and less eventful. We all met up in the restaurant once again for breakfast. Breakfast was a leisurely affair with both continental and Indian spreads available.After breakfast we gathered in the sprawling lawns for group photos. We re-assembled at the same atrium on the banks of the lake for an informal and impromptu session lasting a couple of hours. Cool drinks, butter milk and Kerala Kallu were served.There were a few inebriated souls. Some wandered away to take a walk around the resort and explore its ambiance and enchantment. Kalidas topped the popularity charts - maximum demand for selfies with young girls and kids in the family.
Finally it was time to pack up and check out which we all did before proceeding for lunch. Golf carts were deployed to collect all baggage and deposit them at a central point. Post lunch we all proceeded towards the exit gate where out Tempo Travellers were waiting to collect us and our baggage. It was time to say good bye to the Lake Palace Resort. Our reunion had virtually come to a conclusion. We returned to Sarovaram disembarked and final said our good byes and went our respective ways.

Concluding Remarks: 

One of the greatest & most memorable weekends in our lives. Adjectives would be insufficient to describe the camaraderie happiness enthusiasm & wonderful bonding. Fabulous & fantastic holiday in idyllic picturesque settings of the Vembanad backwaters amidst swaying palms and whispering winds - stirring & scintillating - loads of fun merriment & laughter. And oh what entertainment provided by the maestros in the family - Kids juniors & seniors alike.We really do have such a great talent pool in the family and youngsters with a huge future. The buggy rides were comfortable and convenient. Rama periamma/athai/pati seemed to be in her elements enjoying and every moment. She had a spring in her steps and made effort to  participate in each and every event. Assertive & commanding as always, she was was effortlessly jumping in and out of the buggies.
A memorable two days indeed. Superb arrangements aboard the Rainbow Cruises with a barman par excellence. and exquisite Kerala sadya on plaintain leaves with three payasams to boot. And an unforgettable stay and experience in Lake Palace luxury resort. All rooms with a lake view.The hospitality was impeccable.
The countless demands on Jayaram & Kannan for selfies shows their immense popularity in Kerala. 
The dining experience under the skilled and vastly experienced chef Krishnan was thoroughly satisfying.
Kudos and thanks to Jayaram and  Aswathy for organising this first family reunion. Kudos also to all family members who made immense efforts and  participated and made this memorable reunion possible.
Of course due to short notice many in the family could not participate. They really missed out on an awesome experience. Surely they will participate in the next reunion.
Cheers & Hip hip hurray 👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏💥💥💥