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  • Recreation at the Mukkombu Dam

    There is something about the blues and greens of flowing water that attracts and soothes our minds as we gaze at its twinkling flight downstream. The large expanse of green surroundings usually found around water bodies is also another source of balm to our city-bred eyes that need a change from the concrete-walled structured life that we lead. The Mukkombu dam, also known as the Upper Anaicut is such a source of inspiration for sore eyes. The dam is nestled on the Kollidam River at the spot where it branches out from the main Cauvery River. It’s located about 18km away from the culture-rich...

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  • Paal Pongal – An essential of Pongal Festival

    The middle of January heralds in the famed Pongal festival of Tamil Nadu that is celebrated over a period of four days, with each day having its own set of unique activities. The foods prepared on these days are special and cooked using the newly harvested rice, the staple food of Tamil Nadu, a state nestled along the eastern coast of southern India. This colorful harvest festival heralds in times of prosperity and marriages are traditionally conducted during this period, as the farmers would have enough cash from crop sales to take care of wedding expenses. It’s also a time when the farme...

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  • Chettinad’s Bounty of Arts and Crafts

    The Chettiars of Tamil Nadu, also known as the Nagarathars had a special knack of turning everything they touched into gold; their business acumen was visible even as far back as the 17nth century when they became established salt traders while they were settled along the eastern coast of India. Due to some catastrophic events, the Chettiars moved inland and received a parcel of nine villages from the Pandya King to settle down in. These expanded to 96 settlements as the Chettiars travelled far and wide in their business ventures, but of recent these settlements have been reduced to 78 villag...

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  • The Traditional Utensils of Chettinad

    The cuisine of Chettinad has established itself as a worthy opponent to be reckoned with among the various other dishes of India. The old rustic charm of the Chettinad region and its multitude of palatial mansions are not the only reasons why the rich Chettiars of the state of Tamil Nadu became so famous; their aromatic cuisine is something worth trying out at least once in your lifetime, and once you have tried it out, you will only want more! It’s believed that the cuisine is made special by the fact that they use freshly roasted and stone-ground spices for each meal prepared by the ‘ac...

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