Thursday, September 28, 2017


Some  fifteen kilometers from Calicut Kozhikode is a place called Kunnamangalam..which would translate into a hamlet with Malayalam.  Karanthur is adjacent to Kunnamangalam towards Calicut (Kozhikode) and Koduvally adjacent to Kunnamangalam towards Wayanad. Kunnamangalam is on the kozhikode-wayanad road.

Kunnamangaslam has a theatre called Sindhu theater which we students used to frequent.IIM Kozhikode is in Kunnamangalam.

There was no full fledged bus-stand in Kunnamangalam prior to 1984 and the first moffusil bus stop came at this place around this time and presently there are two such stands.

As we proceed from Calicut (Kozhikode) towards wayanad the road at Kunnamangalam branches into another that goes towards the right to Chatamangalam where NIT Calicut is located some eight kilometers ahead .At Chatamangalam there is a river which has to be crossed and the location presents an excellent view a combination of water-ways and hills.

One of the shorter routes to Calicut (Kozhikode) from this place is via Karanthur through the Medical College Calicut.

Kunnamangalam must have changed a lot by now and must be in the memories of  NIT Calicut alumni and IIM Kozhikode alumni as well.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Mark Cubbon was the longest serving Commissioner of Bangalore from 1830 to 1861.These dates are in dispute for clinical accuracy,however he served in the post for nearly 31 years assisted actively by Francis Cunningham on whom the Cunningham road in Bangalore is erected. He held the rank of Major General and  more precisely was designated "Commissioner of  Bangalore and Coorg".

The post of Commissioner of Bangalore was a prestigious one and directly reported to the Viceroy and was in charge of the Mysore kingdom and had control as far as Jolarpettai. The railway track from Bangalore to Jolarpettai was laid during his time and from Madras to Jolarpettai by the Madras Presidency.

Not many are aware of a statue of Mark Cubbon erected in 1866 silently presents itself in the city.The statue is on the other side of the High Court building facing the Cubbon Park.This is one of the earliest statues erected in Bangalore which pre-dates the high court building which comes in 1875 and so does the Cubbon Park.

Mark Cubbon had  Administrative discomfort during his later years and was on a collission course with the English Establishment giving up office in 1861 and is dead in Egypt on his way back home.The ICS or the Imperial Civil Service was created and Military officials were being replaced by ICS staff on senior posts.Mark Cubbon is succeeded by L B Bowring who appears to be from the ICS.