Misnamed Monuments of Mamallapuram
TRAIL ADMIN , September 28, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
India is rich in monuments, and richer still in mythology. Sometimes the two get mixed up and confound even informed Indians. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are the most famous Indian epics. Over the centuries, these highly popular epics have been narrated, written and rewritten ever so often. The end result is that these epics have spawned many sequels, prequels, and quaint regional variants. In most Indian villages, you will find locals insisting that some real or apocryphal event from these epics happened right in their village. They are not trying to con you: these epics are so strong, that they […]
The Ice-King, the Ice-Doctor, and the Ice-war | Frederic Tudor
TRAIL ADMIN , September 8, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
A tall frosted glass of something delicious, clinking with ice – is there anything to beat this on a hot summer’s day in Chennai? Today, it just means a walk to the ‘fridge, but what about the days before refrigeration? Would you believe that there was ice in Chennai much before refrigeration was invented? All thanks to a 19th century businessman from far away Boston. His name was Frederic Tudor. It’s because of him that Chennai has a handsome round building on the Marina beach front – the Ice House, now called Vivekananda House. Let me connect all the dots for […]
Yale University is named after Elihu Yale. Back in 2007, the University had quietly removed a picture of Elihu from display, and replaced it with another. Why? And how is this university connected to the South Indian city of Ch
The Pious Armenian of Madras: Coja Petrus Uscan
TRAIL ADMIN , April 22, 2020 , 1 Comment
The Armenians started coming to Madras (old Chennai) around the 16th century. Most of them migrated from Julfa, a suburb of Isfahan in Persia, because Madras was fast becoming a cosmopolitan trade centre.
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