Textile city

Textile city

Sunday, October 28, 2007


The third largest city of the state, Coimbatore,is one of the most industrialized cities in Tamil Nadu, known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South, the city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal, Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd or 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers were Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunadu fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai. In the rain shadow region of the Western ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate all the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows through the 25 kms long Palakkad gap. The rich black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact the successful growth of cotton that served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry. The first textile mills came as far back as 1888 but there are now over a hundred mills. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.
There are more than 25,000 small, medium, large sale industries and textile mill. Coimbatore is also famous for the manufacture of motor pump sets and varied engineering goods. The development of Hydro electricity from the Pykara Falls in the 1930 led to a cotton boom in Coimbatore.Coimbatore serves as an entry and exit point to neighbouring Kerala and the ever popular hill station of Udhagamandalam (Ooty). It is the disembarking point for those who want to take the Mountain train that runs from Mettupalayam, just 35 kms from Coimbatore. There are also regular bus services from Coimbatore to Ooty.
Tirupur is situated at 55 Kms east of Coimbatore is one of the big town in Coimbatore District. The Municipal area of the town is spread over 27.20 Sq. Kms and the population, within the municipal limit as per 2001 census is 3.44 lakh.The Noyyal river runs all across the town, virtually dividing it into two halves.
The Knitwear industry in Tirupur is broadly segmented as,
Knitting and/or stitching units : 2500
Dyeing and/or bleaching units : 750
Printing units : 300
Embroidery units : 235
Others(Compacting, Raising, Calendering) : 200
Besides knitwear units catering for exports and local markets, there are large number of other ancillary and supporting industrial units operating for manufacture of elastic zippers, buttons, cartons, printing or labels, polythene bags and other packaging materials

THE ROAD-Cormac MeCarthy

THE ROAD is a novel on environment literature which is highly interesting, thrilling and thought provoking. Its characters are in the form of a father, son, a man with a wife and two children, prisoners and of course cannibales. Describes what would happen if a great cataclysm destroys our civilisation, plants and animals leaving humanbeings in our world. And how humanbeing without biosphere, hunting for food among the dead wood and soot. Several years after the great cataclsm destroyed biosphere, a father and son moves together for many months for survival. Father is well versed in human biology and woodcraft realises the danger whether they could survive for next winter. As there was constant threat from the cannibals, he moves with his son southeast. Through that journey, they faces several threats, tension and starvation. Father's soul aim was to protect his son despite his failing health. But the son desires to help other wanderers. As his wife already committed sucide because of nightmare she faced, they carry a pistol with two bullets meant for suicide. The father with the fear that he will have to euthanise his son to prevent him from facing a terrible fate on seeing the fate of the prisons how they were kept in a basement for live food. They were moving further with great faith that still there is moral and compassion left in the humanity. After facing a lot of extreme hardship, the father brought the son towards south and succums to his illness and dies. The son was left alone on the road. Three days latter, a compassionate man who has a good wife and two children, meets him and adopts. And so on life moves. The father and son journey was heartbreaking through the well known cities and towns. It remains us how we are moving our life without minding the future. The Road was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection.