Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Cyclone Vardah hit Chennai on 12th December '16.  We had never experienced such a cyclone as long as I remember.  The wind blew with a hissing sound.  We could hear breaking of the tree branches near our house.  Since last year's December flood had given us a good lesson about natural calamity, this year lot of preparation was there by the State and Central Governments.  More than human loss, this time natural loss was more.  The avenue trees, huge ones too had fallen down.  Many very old trees inside the IIT, Kalakshetra, Theosophical society etc. had fallen down and repairs are still going on.  Some trees were lifted and re-planted.  Huge amount of green waste was seen everywhere. Many compound walls have got huge gaps now.  It will take a long long time to get back the green cover in Chennai.

Many volunteer groups have started planting new saplings everywhere.  Rainfall this year, is not helping.  Hope it rains soon as is predicted, which will help the trees to come up fast.

Let me write what happened to a beautiful tree behind my house:

This is my favourite tree in the neighbourhood.  Everyday we could see many parrots coming and chatting on this tree.

Same tree...spring is coming! This picture was taken in 2014.
I have got many snaps of this tree in my album.  My favourite one is this with Rufous Treepie birds!

During the Vardah cyclone...this is the same tree which is shown in the first picture. Many branches have flown away (On 12.12.16). Picture taken from our window.

Next day (13.12.16)
This was taken on 9.1.17...It has survived! It should be back to normal like the first picture by next year! Parrots and other birds will be happy...Me too!
Some trees which were affected during the cyclone are fighting back to come out now! Feel so happy to see them during our morning walk!

A tree which was damaged during Vardah...the new branches have started coming out (1.9.17)

Many huge trees had fallen down but some like this, survived even after losing all the leaves which had flown away during Vardah.  Many tree are like this in our neighourhood!

On the Elliots beach road.  The small ones are given support now by volunteers and they are coming back! ((9.1.17)

Only a small base is remaining...still they are surviving!
Now, let us wait for Chaennai to become green city Bengaluru ones was! Reading about many groups taking action! Hope for the best!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Father Of Family Planning In Our Country!

T.T. Vasu, The Father of Family Planning in India.

As soon as I read this article in 'The Hindu' today, I wanted to post it in my blog for future reference!

I have seen this person, a couple of times at The Music Academy, when I went for the December classical music concerts. My husband said that this person was the son of TT Krishnamaachari, the Union Minister during Pt.Nehru's time.  He was at the helm of administration of the Music Academy. Now, after reading the Hindu article, I googled about him.  This article said:

CHENNAI: The industrialist T.T. Vasu, who passed away on Tuesday a few weeks after his 76th birthday, has been lauded as a versatile personality, one who excelled not only in promoting business and industry but also art and culture. Born on April 24, 1929, the last of the four sons of T.T. Krishnamachari, who served as Union Minister of Industries and Commerce and Finance, Mr. Vasu grew up to inherit his father's capacity and interest in several fields, funding and sponsoring projects that marked his space in the realm of business, philanthropy and classical arts. He also contributed in large measure to the promotion of health care, travel and communications. 

This article is very interesting.  I had never known this fact about Mr. T.T. Vasu.  Have a look at the article:

‘The Father of Family Planning’

T.T. Vasu
It was 50 years ago that another ‘make in India’ venture got going. It was the first condom-manufacturing plant to be set up in the country. It was a joint venture between London Rubber of the U.K., manufacturer of the famed Durex condoms, and the TTK Group which had been importing the brand. T.T. Vasu was in charge of the project and before the project could be approved and the plant set up in Madras, he had a problem on his hands; a Central Government committee, set up to examine whether India needed family planning, felt that manufacture of contraceptive measures in the country was not necessary.
As Vasu in typical irreverent fashion kept repeating over the years, he went to Nehru in appeal and wondered what a bachelor, spinster and widower knew about family planning. The three were, respectively, Ashok Mehta, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission; Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Union Health Minister; and Vasu’s father, T T Krishnamachari, Union Finance Minister. In the event, London Rubber India’s plant was set up in Pallavaram in 1967.
With sales slow to get off the ground, the factory had little work till the Swedish Government gifted the Government of India 85 million condoms for free distribution. Vasu persuaded the donor to have the contraceptive manufactured in Madras — and he played a key role in advising the Government of India on how to distribute them as the 1970s were born. Nirodh had arrived — and it was no wonder many in the know called Vasu the ‘Father of Family Planning in India’.
A similar Vasu story told in a recently released, rather frank biography of him is of his wanting to set up a TTK plant in Madras to manufacture on contract Pond’s cosmetics. Apparently, when the papers went up to Rajaji, Chief Minister 1952-54, for approval to set up the factory in Madras, Rajaji is alleged to have minuted, “Sita never used cosmetics; I do not understand why Indian women need such products now.”
Off Vasu went to Nehru and the Prime Minister is said to have told the Industries Ministry’s Principal Secretary who brought him the file. “Sita was a naturally beautiful woman and not many Indian women are blessed like her, so they must have all the help they feel they need.” And so, permission was granted to set up the plant — but Vasu took it to Bangalore.
He brought it to a spanking new plant in Pallavaram in 1967, when there was a more sympathetic Chief Minister. In Tamilnadu!

I should have read about this before he died in 1975.  I would have seen him at the Music Academy with more reverence.  He looked like a very ordinary person then.  But he was an interesting personality.  Hope this deed of him (Family Planning), spreads.  

Picture courtesy: here

Friday, January 6, 2017

Foto Friday!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Small Replica Of The Grand Canyon Of The U.S. In India!

The river Pennar has created this gorge in Kadappa, Andhra Pradesh through the years.

We had been to the U.S., a couple of years back and visited The Grand Canyon over there and I did a post on it too here! The place was amazing.  There, the Colorado river's flow/force, made the designs in the mountainous route it flowed.  Here, in Andhra Pradesh's Kadappa, Pennar river flows through the rocky/mountainous region and has created beautiful designs on the red granite rocks.  Until we visited here, I hadn't heard about it before.  To look at this gorge, we have to climb uneven rocks. I too climbed up to some level and took some pictures!

This picture was clicked by me from a bit lower level! The red granite rocks give more beauty to the area.
My son climbed up on the uneven rocks which looked as if they were piled up on each other and took beautiful photographs.

Son climbed up these rocks and clicked the first picture from the top most rock! It was like a rock climbing sport!
Now, let me tell you a little history of this gorge.  Gandikota (Gandi means Gorge and Kota means Fort in Telugu) is a small village on the right bank of the river Pennar, 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadappa district, Andhra Pradesh. The gorge, which is a natural one, forms as a protective barrier on one side of this fort. The mountains are around 300 ft.above sea level.  The fort was built by the Chalukya in 1123 A.D. by Kapa Raja of nearby Bommanapalle village and a subordinate of Ahavamalla Someswara I, the Western Chalukyan king of Kalyana. More details can be had from this video and wiki link.

To reach this place we have to go through the zig zag route inside the Fort (I saw this type of zig zag routes inside the fort in other forts we visited earlier too, to cut the speed of the enemy troupes).  Our car went up to a km. inside and then had to stop.  Then we climbed up the rocky area and visited the old Jamia Masjid. Walked further through the rubbles of the old remains of the ancient buildings.  The whole area was uneven with stones.  All were red granite rock bits.  It was noon and the sun was high.  But we walked.  Son had said earlier that he was going to surprise us (we never knew about this place before!) and yes, this was a beautiful surprise for us.

So many designs, the flow of the water has created through the years and more will be there after another 20-30 years.  I liked the colour of the rock...bright colour.  The rock/stones were seen all over the area. They look sort of beautiful.

In Arizona, U.S., the Grand Canyon hasn't got this colour but more unique, unbelievable designs were there.  You can see them in my post referred to above.  They have promoted the place very well there but here, no symptom of promotion is seen.  We can put a bridge across the gorge and make way to reach the place easily.  Now, the way is via the fort and through the remains of the old fort...stones are strewn all over and it is very difficult to walk.  I think this rock climbing expedition also must be interesting for youngsters but for others, some easy way should be created. So many natural treasures and man made treasures are here in our country but maintenance and promotion is nit.  People also abuse these places. Hmmm....

Now, to more pictures of the place:

These temple-like structures were seen in the Grand Canyon too! Water force has created this through the years.  But now, the river looks so calm! Monsoon was not good this year too!
Story material for a movie? Male & Female footwear:)
Nearby airport is Hyderabad and then we can take taxi.  We went by road from Chennai, stayed at Kadappa and visited this place.  You can stay at Haritha Resorts at Gandikota, run by Andhra Pradesh tourism. 

We visited Belum caves after this, another nature's wonder. 2 hours' drive from Gandikota! Our India has got many treasures!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Foto(s) Friday!

Great Egret

Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egrets
Click on the picture to view clearly pl.
This picture is not very clear, so skipped last night...but I love this picture, so it is here now, the next morning!

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