Today is Chennai Founders Day

Blogged on 22-Aug-05 07:20:59 pm in DrainBrain -- Viewed by : 1594 views Fans

Chennai History

The region of Chennai was called Tondaimandalam in those days and had its military headquarters at Puzhal, which is now a small and rather insignificant village on the outskirts of the city. Modern Chennai grew out of a small village when in 1639 a fishing hamlet called Madraspatnam was selected by early English merchants of the East India Company as a site for the settlement. Founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri,the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of Hampi.

A small fort was built at a fishing settlement in 1644 and a town, which subsequently became to known as George Town, which grew in the area of fort St. George. The settlement became independent of Banten, Java, in 1683 and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II. It thus has the oldest municipal corporation in India, a fact which Tamil Nadu state governors are only too keen to point out at every available opportunity.

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, when the British and French
competed for supremacy in India, the city's fortunes waxed and waned. It was briefly occupied by the French on one occasion. It was used by Clive of India as a base for his military expeditions during the Wars of the Carnatic and, during the 19th century, it was the seat of the Chennai Presidency, one of the four divisions of British Imperial India.

After independence the city continued to be known by the name Madras until the government in 1997 officially converted it to Chennai . Compared to other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.

A Brief Calendar of Events...

1639 --Grant given to English Company for the construction of Fort St.George
1716 --The starting of St.Mary's Charity School
1733 --Preparation of map of Madras and its surrounding village
3rd --10th Sep 1746 Bombardment of Madras by De La Bourdonnais
10th Sep. 1746 --The capitulation of Madras to the French
Nov 1746 --The battle of the Adyar River between the Nawab's troops and the

Sep 1746 - Aug 1749 --Madras remains in French occupation
April 1752 --Madras again becomes the seat of the Presidency
1793 --Erection of the Madras Observatory. Building of the Madras Lunatic
1806 --The Mutiny at Vellore
1809 --The threatened White Mutiny
1817 --The starting of the Madras Literary Society
1834 --Started Government Survey School
1835 --Started Madras Medical School

1841 --The opening of the High School (Presidency College)
1855 --Abolition of the titular Nawabship of the Carnatic
1856 --University of Madras was incorporated
1868-1871 --Protected water supply for Madras
1871 --First census of Madras was taken
1876-78 --Great Madras Famine; construction of the Buckingham Canal through
1876 --Construction of the Madras Harbor was started

1895 --The first tramway line of the city opened
1905 --The Madras Port Trust created
1907 --Starting of the Indian Bank
1915 --Leather Trade Institute was opened
1916 --Madras Trade School was opened
1932 --Mayor of Madras was revived
Aug 4th 1939 --Celebration of the Tercentenary of the Foundation of the Madras city

Courtallam, Kumbax and Pondy weekend - Part 1

Blogged on 19-Aug-05 01:19:17 am in DrainBrain -- Viewed by : 3512 views Fans

Mani had come down to India for a vacation and sometime last Tuesday decided that we needed a break. He had never been to Courtallam Falls, so we decided to take a two day trip.

17 & 18th August - Wednesday night / Thursday

While Mani and I took the Nellai Express to Virudhunagar, Raghu travelled by bus to Sivakasi.

Viji had sent his car to pick us up at the railway station and we stopped over for a shave-shower-breakfast at his place in Sivakasi where we were joined by Raghu. After a typical full-house Viji hospitality, we hired a cab to Courtallam, which is about 105 kms from Sivakasi. It was 10 am and we had planned to get back by mid-night.

The driver, Adhi was a cool guy and we reached C'llam at 2 pm, after several halts along the way for chai, smokes and growing more trees.

We headed to 5 Falls, but we returned not comfortable with the crowd. Folks were desperate trying to get their fingers wet at the least. I had called Paandy at Chhenai on the way and he said that we could shack up at his empty house opposite Esakki Resorts. The care-taker of the house, Narayanan was very happy to see us and advised us to head over to the Old Falls if we wanted a comfortable mega-shower.

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New Music system in my Car

Blogged on 17-Aug-05 04:38:30 pm in DrainBrain -- Viewed by : 801 views Fans

Got a new system on my car...

I shout ROCK and it plays Deep Purple. I shout BLUES and it plays Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The other day, while driving, 2 kids ran across the road. I shouted FU**ING KIDS and it played Michael Jackson.

Driving Test Question

Blogged on 08-Aug-05 11:41:40 pm in DrainBrain -- Viewed by : 789 views Fans

You are driving along a two-lane road with a NO OVERTAKING signpost, and come upon a bicycle rider. Do you follow this slow-moving bicycle rider for the next two miles, or do you break the law and pass?

Which is the correct choice?

Answer first and then ........................................

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Google India - a Direct approach

Blogged on 03-Aug-05 02:11:37 am in DrainBrain -- Viewed by : 5077 views Fans

I sent the entire content of my previous post to Google HO adressing it to their PR heads. I raised a few queries too

So what I’d asked is

  1. Your feedback form on the site is categorized and so the feedback/ complaints are also being recd accordingly. So who is accountable for queries? Your Hyderabad office is not aware of Indian queries?
  2. I understand that approving Ad-Sense for Feeds is your prerogative, but can’t an automated simple declined mail be sent to keep the applicant informed ?
  3. I noticed in a few blog postings that others had a similar experience regarding Ad-Sense with Bangalore office. Some of these are top Indian bloggers and the traffic to their Blogs is very high. So who takes the decisions and on what parameters?
  4. RSS itself is a less-known / less-used technology as compared to e-mails. This means that not as many applications like the regular Ad-Sense for Content. If the ASC can be organized, why not ASF?
  5. Google has a extension and translations in several Indian languages, an R& D centre here and what more, according to Google Zeitgeist, India is the most popular country searched in June 2005. So why isn’t there a PRO for India?
  6. So who exactly is accountable or answerable of Google’s behalf in India? Google site does not mention anything and I’m sure your helpful staff in India would be of no help in this regard.

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