Tiger airways is introducing flights between Trichy and Singapore four times a week starting from Nov 2010. ( Monday, wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Trichy will be Tiger airways’ third destination besides Bangalore and Chennai  in India.

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The following Anna university Trichy semester results have been posted in Anna University website.

We were all ecstatic when Trichy was identified as a venue to host an IIM. Well.. The progress on that stays where it was. Nothing happened after that. ( atleast that is visible to someone like me). Now I am reading that two other IIMs which were approved at the same time frame as Trichy has already on its way to start and function.  Yes…. IIMs in Rohtak and Ranchi have started under the mentorship of IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta. The IIM-T is under the mentorship of IIM-B and it is yet to get off the ground. Is it the government red tape that has caused the slowness or the lethargy of IIM -B caused the slowness, who knows..

R.C. Bhargava, the Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for the IIM-Ranchi while for IIM-Rohtak, the Vice-Chairman of Tata Motors Limited was appointed the Board Chairman.

And for the IIM-T, Zippo…

Not sure why ?

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Recently I had a chance to visit some Super Markets in Trichy.. Trichy has quite a few retail outlets now where you can go in and pick what you want and pay the bill before exit and they are quite busy too.

I visited Femina Supermarket recently and observed that it is a popular hang out spots for families. The femina mart has fast food, fruit juice outlet, Children play area, Clothes and general goods mart in one location. Very convenient location near Central busstand.. Lots of people in the evening .. All the outlets are cramped and loaded with goods. There are lots of attendants to help you out but mostly they get in your way of choosing the products you want. Most of the time , you will be interrupting their chatting with other employees also … The shopping experience can be much better if they reduce the number of people work there along with some clear arrangement of the existing goods.   ( Not throwing stuff in the floor) But I guess for many people, convenience of having variety of things inside one compound trumps everything.

Another Supermarket (Hypermarket, as it is called) is Spencer’s Hypermarket in Cantonment.  I was surprised to see very spacious and quite a nice arrangement of goods.  There was not many varieties of every product available here. I was looking for some biscuits for kids and surprised to see very little variety there.. But the layout was clean and actually spacious for Carts also. It also has a fast food place inside and a special location for hair care products and personal care products.. Not many employees were there when I went but I was able to find employees when I had some questions. The checkout process could have been smoother. I used my credit card to pay for that and they have to try about two CC machines before it connected to the bank.. But atleast they accepted CC which I found is increasing in Trichy..

I was also told that there is a smaller version of Spencer’s retail outlet called Spencer’s Daily… Have not been to that yet.

The Thanjavur highway was wider and nicely laid out..Two lanes on either side of the median which can handle the heterogeneous traffic very well.  My daughter was astonished to see bulls and buffaloes casually loitering the highway and I was amazed at the dexterity with which the drivers go around them without disturbing them.  We went through BHEL, Kailasapuram Township and NIT. The BHEL has added more greenery and  Kailasapuram township had added quite a bit of Commercial establishments.  It was great to see the Joined Hands Statue in front of BHEL intact.

The road after NIT was under construction in some parts. We saw that there was work in progress to construct a toll booth. It was in its infancy now but Toll is coming soon on this road.  We saw Shanmuga Campus grown in leaps and bounds with so many buildings catering to so many disciplines. Amazing growth ….

But the sad part till Thanjavur is all the trees we had before lining the road from Trichy are gone. All the lush , thick trees that lined the road are gone. All we have is “Mullu Cheddis” on both sides of the road and barren land.

Romba Sogam!!!

We hit Thanjavur in about 45mins from Trichy.. Traffic from Vallam was slow due to narrow roads. Yep.. The highway gets over before Vallam.. Not sure when it will be constructed till Thanjavur town. But whenever it is, lots of homes on the side of the roads will be gone.

We took velankani road from Thanjavur and Boy!!! it was beautiful with so much Greenary.

The road from Thanjavur to Velankanni goes through some of the great Vazhai Thoppu and Thennai Thoppus.  The road, although narrow, ( Two lanes) was lined with tall , thick trees.  For most part they are Banyan Trees, Puliaya Maram( Tamarind Trees) and some Thennai Marams… There are lots of Valai Thoppus to look at, which showcase the pride of Thanjavur district.   It was magnificent to see those trees silently towering and looking over the increasing traffic and the carelessness with which people treat the sides of the road.. Lots of papers and plastic bags on the sides. ( Signs of Progress and advancement of lifestyle !!!!!!!!!!:(   ) Some people were taking rest from hot sun under those trees and some dogs too were sleeping there…

We hit Needamangalam after some driving. In Needamangalam, very close to railway station, we saw some food grain storage places.. They looked like giant greenhouses in first sight but then we realized they are grains stacked up high after harvest and waiting to be transported to various places. We saw some lorries loading them and transporting them to a Goods Train in the station.  Surprisingly there were hardly any people in the vicinity and nothing else there other than grains and lorries (with drivers!!!!!)

We stopped in Needamangalam Tea shop for a cup of tea before continuing.. We had an awesome tea in a small tea kadai.

Next stop for us is to find a place under a tree shade for lunch…..

Lunch Menu: Lemon Rice and Thayir Sadham prepared by my mom…Potato Chips on the side.

Hmmm….

I took  a day trip to Velankanni from Trichy last week and it was quite a trip. I had some of my friends come down from Mysore who joined me in this trip. We hired a Toyota Innova and piled on to that in the morning at about 08:00 AM. Being a week day , trichy roads were busy and people were going somewhere ( schools, offices, shops, movies, Shopping etc..) .

Breakfast : What is trip without a great Breakfast !!  We decided to have our Breakfast in a small restaurant which really gives us the South Indian flavours and settings. My Mysore friends were really particluar in eating in a place where they serve hot brekfast in Banana Leaf.  My dad told us about this great small restaurant called Jayram Vilas, in Thillainagar 10th cross and said they will serve hot, delicious breakfast in banana leaf. True to the word, it was a best breakfast ( South Indian style) we had and I was very happy that my Friends loved it. We had Idli( malligai Poo), Vada ( Moru Moru Vadai) , Pongal and Ghee Roast Dosai.. Man …. It was awesome.  And Topped it off with Narsu’s Coffee..  What a way to start !!!!!

Drive: The route we took to Velankani passed through Thanjavoor, Needamangalam, Thiruvaroor, Sikkal and Nagapattinam.

From ThillaiNagar we caught the Thanjavoor highway, after driving close to Cauveri banks near ERHSS School, in ariyamangalam. We can see Trichy’s breadth of change in this route. We passed through Chattiram Busstand which is a mess with buses, people and animals but it had so many restaurants and general shops, you will get almost anything there. Reached Anna Silai watching dilapidated Ramba, Oorvasi theatres and passed ERHSS.. ( yeah .. My alma mater) to reach the banks of cauvery. There is no water ( or very little) in cauvery which I promptly pointed out to my friends showing how it is if we do not get water from KRS. Took the Bypass road / bridge to Ariyamangalam and noticed many cars going on wrong side of the highway in order to save some driving.. ( Asked my driver about this practice and he said “Petrol vikkira velaiyile ithalam sagajam Saar” . Eventhough most of the cars are using diesel !!!)

Will continue this journey details in my next post.

Trichy has joined selected cities in TN which has 3G Mobile and data services through BSNL.  Although we are getting this service after Coimbatore, Nagercoil, Conoor, Erode, Tirupur, Namakkal, Tirunelveli, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Virudhunagar, Thanjavur,Tiruvarur, Tuticorin, Ooty, Pondicherry, Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari, and Sivaganga in Tamilnadu,  it is better late than never.

Those who wants to know about 3G can get more information from Wikipedia.

BSNL 3G Services will provide high quality multimedia features like video calling, high speed Internet browsing up to 3.6 Mbps through Mobile phone/Data Cards (modem) and also subscribers can enjoy Live Mobile TV & VoIP services on 3G Compatible mobile phone.

BSNL Services

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