Friday, March 22, 2024


Not many know of a hill-station relatively close to Bangalore which has the trappings of Ooty and Kodaikanal.The hill-station called Yercaud thirty five kilometers from Salem.Salem is five hours journey from Bangalore through the towns of Hosur,Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.

Ooty and Kodaikanal  are on the Western Ghat mountains while Yercaud is on the Eastern Ghat mountain ranges and Salem as a city is in the midst of the Eastern Ghat mountain ranges.Yercaud is thirty five kilometers from the city of Salem ;five kilometers to the foot of the Yercaud hill and thirty kilometers of climb through twenty hair-pin bends.

Yercaud is some three hundred square kilometers and with certain villages around it added could be around nine hundred square kilometers they say. This place is some five degrees less cooler than Ooty during Summer and five degrees warmer than Ooty during Winter..

The key aspect of Yercaud is the Yercaud lake which forms the heart of the place with parks around it and the bus stand is slightly in an isolated corner from the main township.

The city of Salem is basically a Colonial town created and developed by the British.East India company officials evinced a keen interest in Yercaud and developed it on the lines of Ooty and Kodaikanal.Yercaud translates into Yeri and Kaad.Yeri means pond and Kaad  means forest.In some aspects Yearcaud is a temple town of yore which must have been a piligrimage site as some temples are seen at some junctures which transformed into a Hill-station with time.

Any one wishing to visit this place must take care because this isolated hamlet shuts down all economic activity by  8pm if not earlier.It is preferable not to be here in the night if you are a first time traveller as the place is desolate and forlorn.Preferably stay in Salem itself.Make detailed enquiries of warm wear needed before proceeding to this place.

Saturday, March 9, 2024





From within the Vidhana Soudha relating to some information technology matter  I was directed to meet Shri.Pranab Mohanty of the IPS currently the ADGP. later I came to know his office is in the complex opposite to Lokayukta ..and I set out to meet him.His office is in the  seventh floor  of the building.In the lift was a smart dressed professional person with whom  I started a conversation and later he told he was SP of police Shri. Lakshman Nimbargi but dressed in civilian attire. However I had a brief chat with him and he told me ADGP sir is on leave. I thought I must make a record of this meeting.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


 Recently I met Shri. Munish Moudgil  IAS in his offfice.I had gone to the office complex to meet some one else but landed up in his office and had a chat with him  and we were talking about Punjab his home state for some time and he told me he is from Jallandhar. He was kind enough to give me his visiting card.

I found him to be very sharp minded and a methodical approach to work and happened to talk to him few times on the phone thereafter.