Friday, June 28, 2013

Interesting stories behind the names of areas of the awesome city we live in Chennai

• Avadi - Armoured Vehicles and Ammunition Depot of India
• Adyar - Banks of Adaiyaaru
• Ambattur - Aimbathi ondram oor (51st Region) in the list of 108 Shakti temples
• Amjikarai aka Amaindhakarai - Bank of Cooum
• Anna Nagar - After Annadurai and was developed during his reign by TNHB.
• Ashok Nagar - After the famous Ashoka Pillar
• Ayanavaram - Ayan means "The one", accounting to a shiva temple situated in the area
• Besant Nagar - After Annie Besant
• Chetput - Named after a Chetty Zameen who ruled here
• Chindadripet - Chinna Thari Pettai, due to the weavers population in the locality has evlolved its name into its present form.
• Chromepet - After the old Chrome factory
• Egmore - The land of the rising sun. (Anglicized from Ezhumboor) Higher Mean sea level than the other places in Old Madras. There is a Shiva temple here commemorating the same fact
• Guindy - After the Guindy (Rammer) which Bringi Maharishi planted in this place to begin a great Yaha (Sacrifice) against Goddess Parvati
• Kodambakkam - After Karkodagan, the mythical snake which worshipped Shiva, who has a temple here as well
• Kothavalchavadi - Tax collectors are known as Kothaval. Chavadi is the tamil term for Kiosk/ Booth. This was the frontiers of the old city where taxes were levied.
• Koyambedu - After the Ashwa medha yagam done by Lord Rama, his sons Luv and Kush tied the horse in Koyambedu. Koyam means horse in Sanskrit.
• KK Nagar - After Kalaignar Karunanidhi and was developed during his reign
• Mambalam - Maha Vilva Trees.
• Mandhaveli - Mandhai means herd and Veli means space. Must have been herdland previously.
• Mylapore - Mayil means peacock. The goddess Parvati is said to worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock here, to get absolved of a sin. So, Mayilapuram (puram meaning city) - became Mylapore
• Nandhanam - Previously Gambier's gardens, was renamed by Rajaji as a part of creating Greener Chennai. Nandhanam means Garden. And apparently thename of the Tamil year "Nandana" it was chistined.
• Nanganallur - Nangai Nallur/ Thillai Ganga Nagar, coined by Kanchi Shankaracharya
• Parrys - Named after a merchant Thomas Parrys who estabished it as a trade center.
• Perambur - After Pirambu trees in the locality
• Pondy Bazaar - After Soundarapandian.
• Poonamalee - Poo Irundha Alli, abundance of Jasmine.
• Porur - Por means war. Believed to be a battlefield since ancient times. Contans the Arcot road which connects the Arcot Nawab with the capital. Home to a chola temple, etc.
• Purasaiwakkam - Due to the Purasai trees
• Saidapet - Named after Sayyid Shah
• Sowkarpet- after the Sahukars who settled there.
• Sunguvar Chattram - Again, Sungam means tax. Chattram is a Inn/ Resting Spot. This is presumably the other end of the city to attract taxes.
• Teynampet - Due to abundance of the Cocnut trees in the region
• T.Nagar - After Sir Thyagaraya
• Thiruvanmiyur - Named after Valmiki
• Thirisoolam - Home to Thirisoolanathar temple on the hill.
• Thondaiyarpet - Coined by Masthan Sahib after his birthplace Thondi.
• Thousand Lights - Derives its name from the thousand lights that were lit when an Indian National Congress Annual Session was held for the first time in Madras
• Triplicane - Thiru Alli Keni, Pond with the Alli flowers: Parthasarathy temple tank.
• Vadapalani - Palani in the North, after the famous Murugan temple
• Vandalur - Derives its name from Vandal, which is the sediments from a river.
• Villivakkam - Real name - Vilvaaranyam. A very old Shiva temple is situated here. Built by sage Agasthiyar. A lot of Vilvam trees were found there. Hence it got the name Vilva Aaranyam. As days pass by the name got changed into Villivakkam. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What Indian advertisements taught me.???

Note: Read this somewhere and had a hearty laugh. Hope you too like it. 

What Indian advertisements taught me.???

1. Kareena has dandruff problem, Katrina has dry hair problem, Shilpa has hairfall problem and Priyanka has chip-chip.

2. If you've a hot wife, make sure your neighbor doesn't use a deodorant in your absence.

3. Your complexion is more important than your qualifications.

4. If there is no salt in your kitchen you can use Toothpaste.

5. Every second oral care brand is No. 1 and recommended by every dentist in India!!!

6. If your daughter is not Ready to Get married, take her to a jewelry/textile shop.

7. Only reason why men use deodorant is to get girls.

8. Most colas cure all kinds of phobias. You will be close to a superman, if you drink these regularly!!

9. All superstars are so poor that they prefer to risk life for a cool drink than to purchase it for Rs:10

10. The special effects in shampoo ads are greater than special effects in Avatar.

11. Fruit content in shampoo and soap is more than fruit content in 99% of juices.

12. Amul has better satirical cartoonists than people who make better milk products.

13. Most people buy vehicles to travel in bad roads but complain about roads in India.

14. You can't eat Dairy Milk Silk without spreading it all over you face.

15. Nobody uses motorbikes for commuting, its only to pick up girls.

16. All soaps kill 99.9% of germs.

17. People believe that Bacardi makes music CD's and Directors special/Kingfisher make mineral water.

18. The only time mothers and daughters talk to each other, it's usually about hair oil.

19. No matter what kind of expert one is, he'll always wear a white laboratory coat.

And, finally this