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Brahmin Settlements of Kerala : Myth and Reality – Dr N M Nampoothiri


Dr N M Nampoothiri

Dean of Academic affairs CHS , Governing Council Member Centre for Heritage Studies.

{Convener, Heritage Survey Project Committee, Centre for Heritage Studies, Department of Cultural Affaires Government of Kerala, Hill Palace, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala,India.}

Settlement study was initiated by this author in 1973.It was based on Toponomical analysis. Calicut taluk was the area surveyed. Most important source material for Toponomy was Grandhavaries of temples, Zamorins of Calicut, various families, Lakanarkaavu, Paimashi records of Haider and Tippu, British Settlement records etc. Settlements in Kerala have their origin in megalithic sites and gradually they emerged as a “janapadam “...

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Statesman, Administrator Extraordinaire the Life and Times of Rajah Sir. Thanjavur Madhava Rao

Urmila Lal 

 By Urmila Lal

{The great granddaughter of Thanjavur Madhava Rau, who was a Diwan of the erstwhile State of Travancore in the mid-19th century. Ms. Urmila Lal is an Ex Senior Scientist, Defense Research & Development Organisation, Ministry of Defense, Government of India}

The second half of the nineteenth century saw the consolidation of British rule in the Indian sub-continent. The years following the revolt in 1857 A. D. witnessed a qualitative shift in the policies of the colonial power, as well as a period of change in the princely states of the country which too had to engage  with the British administration...

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On the quotients of Education

Satish Kumar Menon

Satish Kumar Menon

By Satish Kumar Menon

Esri Global UAE; Sharjah, E-mail:

Our scriptures (the Upanishads) tell us about the mental attitudes required for knowledge acquisition specifically with respect to obtaining Self Knowledge. Dispassion, Discrimination, Discipline and Desire are the four Ds that drive knowledge acquisition.

We are now living in the 21st century, where ‘knowledge is power’.  Knowledge based economies drive the world.   In the Bhagavad Gita, which is the essence of the Upanishads, there are further discussions on the process of knowledge acquisition and the mental traits that are needed...

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Kuzhi Malika Paintings Restored


Uma Maheswari

 {S UMA MAHESWARI, is a freelance journalist based at Thiruvananthapuram. Her articles in   Malayalam and English have appeared in leading dailies and periodicals. She has authored the biography of Sree Padmanabhadasa Uthradam Tirunal Marthanda Varma titled “Travancore:The Footprints of Destiny” and “Truppadidanam” (in Malayalam). She has contributed the text for  “‘visual History of Travancore” -published by Malayala Manorama. She is working at the Office of the Kerala University}.

I am a frequent visitor to Kuthira Malika the royal residence of Maharaja Swati Tirunal. Near this there is a single storied structure.  It is a high building. In the ground floor functions the office of the Kuthira Malika...

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Environmental Protection


Dr K T Ashraf
By Dr K T Ashraf

General Manager, Wayanad Bio Garden

(Dr KT Ashraf is well known educationist in Kerala, residing at Muttil , Wayanad. He was the chief coordinator of “vijayabheri” education quality improvement project implemented by kerala education dept. at present he is one of the members of state education planning body, Thiruvananthapuram).

Environmental protection is an increasingly pressing issue all over the world. Ozone depletion, green house effect, global climate changes or global warming, etc, are the main
About environmental issue, we could not deny it is unrealistic to expect individual nations to make, independently, the sacrifices necessary to prevent environment changes...

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The riches belong to nobody, certainly not to our family – His Highness Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma


Padma Rao Sundarji, Hindustan Times
July 09, 2011

A nice interview : The head of a former royal family renounced any personal claim to billions of dollars’ worth of ancient treasure discovered in a temple in Thiruvanantharam, the kingdom his ancestors once ruled. Padma Rao Sundarji speaks to His Highness Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma)

PRS: What is your family’s connection with the Padmanabhaswamy temple?
Varma: We are the Cheras, one of the four erstwhile royal families of South India and have a long and dynastic family tree. By 1750 Travancore had become rich and big. So my ancestor, the then king, made a unique spiritual and historical contribution. He decided to surrender all his riches to the temple – Padmanabhaswamy is also our family deity...

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