Kids will Love this – The Grand Bazaar @ Vanilla Place

Vanilla place at  Greenways Road in R.A. Puram, Chennai is conducting the Grand Bazaar on December 14. The bazaar has few interesting activities for the children and products. Activities include building sky scrapers with citiblocks and jungle story time. Check out the details for location, registration and time.

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Learn Basic Quilling and Shapes

Quilling has become a popular hobby and the kits are commonly available in leading shops selling hobby materials. It is interesting to note that quilling is done with paper and a right tool. We thought it will help our enthusiasts to check out the basic quilling technique and few shapes used to make some marvelous designs in time for Christmas and New year decorations.

How to Make a Tight Coil

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Southern Railway Specials for Clearing Sabarimala Rush

Southern railways announced new Sabarimala Special trains between Ernakulam and Chennai central for avoiding extra rush of passengers during the season. Following are the details

Train No. 06345 / 06346 Ernakulam – Chennai Central – Ernakulam Weekly Super fast Specials (via. Coimbatore):

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Light House in Chennai is Now Open to Public

The eye of the Night

The eye of the Night (Photo credit: R.Srijith)

The Light House in Santhome has reopened to the public. Union minister for shipping and ports, G K Vasan did the formal launch this morning and let guests have the first ride to the top and get a great view of the sea, the beach and the San Thome and Mylapore neighbourhoods.

A brand new lift takes you to the top and you get to take the scenes in from the gallery which has been gated so that people do not jump off it or cause an accident. Visits are regulated and kept short since the access to the gallery space via  staircase is narrow.

There is also a smart and small museum at the rear which showcases all the instruments used in lighthouses down the ages, including two ‘live’ lights.

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Maritime Heritage Museum at Mahabalipuram

The Tamil Nadu maritime heritage museum, coming up at Mamallapuram, near here, will have 3D shows in the auditorium to give a real-life feeling to visitors, especially children.

Simulators for submarines, depiction of the maritime history of the state from the Sangam era till the end of the 20th century, are also planned at the museum in which the decommissioned INS Vagli submarine will be the centrepiece of attraction.

The themes for display was proposed by R. Kannan, principal secretary of tourism. He said each era would be depicted separately and in the modern era, from 1900 AD onwards, there would be sub-sections for each type of technology like papyrus ships, palmyrah ships, steam ships, wooden ships, steel, diesel ships, buoys communications, lighthouses, etc.

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Offbeat Destination – Mathur, Karnataka

downloadA first-timer would love to classify Mathur, about 10 km from Shimoga in Karnataka, as yet another “sleepy village with lush green fields’. But, there is more to this village than stately arecanut farms, winding roads and friendly people. For more than 25 years now, the village has been in the forefront of a movement to keep spoken Sanskrit alive. And, you notice the difference from the minute you step into the village.

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First All Women Commercial Bank in Chennai

An ensemble of uniformly dressed eight women employees in a yellow silk saree marked the grand inauguration of Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB) in Chennai on Tuesday. Chennai was one of the privileged seven cities to get an exclusive branch of the country’s first all women commercial bank.

The brainchild of Union finance minister P. Chida­mbaram, launched with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore, hopes to empower women by primarily taking care of their special needs and requirement.

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Now it is a Search Engine for Tourism

The government launched a search engine that will help people in searching tourism-related queries across websites in five Indian languages. The search engine, Sandhan (, was launched by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) Secretary J Satyanarayana here.

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Visit Chickmagalur to Merge with Nature

Chickmagalur, meaning ‘Town of the younger daughter’, is a beautiful town located in the foothills of Bababudangiri range. The town is known for its coffee and tea estates. The scenic hill station of  Kemmannugundi is about two hours away from Chickmagalur. In the early 1980’s, Indira Gandhi contested for elections from Chickmagalur and won by a huge margin. It was then that the town gained popularity. Hiremagalur, meaning ‘Town of the elder daughter’, is about 5 kms away from Chickmagalur. This village boast of a unique temple of Lord Rama.It is common folklore that when  Parashurama met Lord Rama he asked to see him in the pose when he got married to Sita Thus, it is said that the temple at Hiremagalur has the positions of  Lakshmana and Sita interchanged.

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Amudham outlets across Tamilnadu to sell Super Fine Rice

Two varieties of Puzhungal (boiled) rice, equivalent to IR 36 category will be now sold through “Amudham,” retail outlet of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, and cooperative societies.

R. Kamaraj, Minister for Food inaugurated this on Sept.15 at the outlet in C. P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet.

This super fine variety rice is priced at Rs.31 for 1 kilo and Rs.155 for 5 kilo, another category IR36 is priced at Rs.25 for 1 kilo and Rs.125 for 5 kilo.

A new brand of tea, Indco’s Tea (Ooty) has also been introduced here. This is priced at Rs.13 for 100 grams.

These will be available at all the “Amudham” outlets across the State. The government has bought out this scheme to beat the increasing price rise in the market.

Do we have it in us to Motivate this Future Chess Champion from our Slum?

It is an unlikely setting in which to find a chess champion. An asbestos-sheeted single-room house in a slum at Erukkancheri with the family struggling to make ends meet. However, the tough conditions have made M. Mahalakshmi, who is the world under-12 girls’ chess bronze medalist, more determined to win the forthcoming world under-14 girls’ chess championship.

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Know about Thoppukarnam, a Super-Brain Yoga Class

It’s a strange sight — a hall full of people, young and old, comically springing up and down on their haunches. Look closer, and their hands are crossed over their chests, fingers clutching the earlobes – not some kind of mass punishment, but a ‘super-brain’ yoga class.

The longstanding punishment for naughty children and a means of showing obeisance to Lord Ganesha, ‘thoppukaranam’ is now packaged as ‘super-brain’ yoga and taught to people who feel their brains needs sharpening. In fact, this form of yoga has also gone abroad, and is taught along with the other asanas at yoga schools.

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