The Kirk and the Wedding

A heathen’s haven Technically, I am a heathen:  I have no business visiting a church. But churches always fascinated me, and I probably have seen more churches than the average man of the Faith. Now, in my list of the most remarkable churches in the world, St Andrews Kirk of Egmore would be somewhere on…

The Frenchman & the Shiva Temple

The French Connection Dr.U.Ve Swaminatha Iyer (Uvesa) was a 19th century scholar, who published over 90 books on ancient Tamil literature. In 50 years, he collected over 3000 heritage manuscripts by  house-to-house hunts across the Madras Presidency. Strangely, one Tamil treatise was  even sourced from France! Here’s the French connection.   Dr. U.Ve Swaminatha Iyer …

The Temples of George Town -2

  The melting pot I had earlier written about a South Indian Temple patronised by North Indians ( Please see The Temples of George Town -1 ). This is about another interesting community who built a popular temple in George Town. KANDAKKOTTAM TEMPLE OF EVENING BAZAAR The Dream… Mari Chetty and Kandaswami Achari had a…

The Temples of George Town -1

I reconnect with the past The Brits set up shop here in 1639. They stayed in White Town (now Fort St. George) and Indians from all over filled up the adjoining Black Town (the present day George Town).  These two settlements expanded radially in 3 directions (the fourth direction was just sea) into what became…

Indian Gods & British Lords

The British ruled India for around 250 years. If folklore was to be believed, they probably had the complete blessings of our Gods to do so! Here is “evidence”, maano ya na maano! Yeri Kaatha Ramar Whenever I pass via Madurantakam, I remember the story my father told me. The town is famous for the…