Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 2

This one is far simpler.

Pic courtesy Outlook
What connects this building and Boston, US of A? CCG not to answer :-).

15 comments:

ammani said...

Swami Vivekanda?

Hey, I like this series. Good one. :)

Chenthil said...

No, not Swami Vivekananda. I seriously am thinking of making this into a weekly series of questions about Chennai :-).

ada-paavi!!!! said...

wild guess is vivekananda
or someting do do with the architect or some building i boston which had same architecture\identical replica?

Chenthil said...

Swami Vivekananda gave his speech in World's Parliament of Religions, 1893 in Chicago. So people, that is not the correct answer.

Clue : This building is now known as Vivekanandar Illam, but the previous name will give you the answer.

ada-paavi!!!! said...

ice house,okie the first ice house was located in boston and this in chennai ice house??

Chenthil said...

Srivatsan, close but not correct.

Ravages said...

Oh But I want to try.

FOlks, think Titanic. Think large blocks...

Chenthil said...

Not fair Ravages, not fair at all.

tilotamma said...

DO you want me to respond or no ?
Remember, I am a Madrasi and a Bostonian

sai thilak said...

Gusesswork..This is the place (icehouse) where the ice from Boston arrived. later swami vivekananda arrived madras,he was accomodated here.

Chenthil said...

I give it to Sai Tilak. Ice blocks from frozen lakes of Massachussets were exported to India and were stored here, hence the name Ice house.

The journey took 120 days, and ice was wrapped in saw dust to prevent melting. This trade went on till 1880s. The exporter was one Frederick Tudor of Boston.

Tilo, I assume you knew the answer :-).

tilotamma said...

http://tilotamma.blogspot.com/2005/04/ice-house.html#comments

But of course, had written this a while ago.

Also there is supposed to be an Ice Museum at Lake Wenham with some tools of the trade as exhibits.

I have promised Mr.muthiah an article about that this summer but still haven't gotten around to making concrete plans.

Ravages said...

Ice meant for Madras was also cut from the freezing waters of Greenland, and then shipped to here.

tilotamma said...

CCG - Never heard of ice from Greenland for Madras.

Certainly the Tudor Ice Company did not stop over there though I am sure they were not the sole suppliers for madras.

Chenthil said...

Now that we are into Ice imports history, this is of interest

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1587

There is this quote of Thoreau that might help your article Tilo.

" Thus it appears that the sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta drink at my well.... The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges"