Octavio Paz Lozano (1914 – 1998) was a Mexican poet and diplomat. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1977 Jerusalem Prize, the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1962 he was appointed the Mexican Ambassador to India. TheRead More →

(That Charing cross of Ooty was modeled on its name sake in London is another enduring myth. According to the Historian David Sullivan (a direct descendant of Sullivan) cross–roads leading to Westminster at a place called Charing became Charing Cross in London.  Similarly, the flat land where the four mainRead More →

(May 8 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of Second World War. This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Elizabeth Perez of Stockport Libraries on behalf of Margaret Ledger who worked as a nurse in India in several places during the war including Gudalur and WellingtonRead More →

(Around the middle of the 1800 Ooty was so popular that it attracted people from most of the European countries. They came for missionary work, for research, for business and trade or for rest and leisure. Here are some interesting Paris links to Ooty) Around 1850s, Ooty was a happeningRead More →

(The following report is based on a Letter to the Editor in the Indian Engineering dated September 3,1904 by a local well wisher).  There was first the selection of Mettucherry for the purpose by Sir Arthur Havelock (Governor) who did so after receiving a deputation of the leading residents ofRead More →

(Interestingly, roads were named after British Governors in Madras before 1870 when the Governor’s Secretariat moved to Ooty for nearly eight months in a year. Since then roads were named after Governors in Ooty. Hence Wenlock, Connemara etc roads. Governor Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff had a road and a hillRead More →

(If all Badagas could dance, most Badagas can sing. But there have been only a few Balladeers. These Bards composed, improvised and entertained and educated the community about the epic songs and stories handed down over generations orally. The Bards could easily carry on their narration for hours, even throughRead More →