Sunday, January 31, 2016

Anil Kumble Circle by Shyam Sridhar – SKCH

Anil Kumble Circle

Circle Name: Anil Kumble Circle named after Anil Kumble (October 17, 1970)

Famous for/ Contributions to society:


Anil Kumble born 17 October 1970 is a former international cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker—only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne—as of 2015. Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, rather relied much on pace and accuracy. His ability to make the ball bounce with subtle variations in pace made him a tough bowler to face for the batsmen; thus earning him the sobriquet "Jumbo". Kumble was selected as the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1993 and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.

Detailed Description:

In October 1996, Anil Kumble along with Javagal Srinath helped India to win a scintillating ODI match against Australia in Bengaluru in Titan Cup.The duo added 52 runs for 9th wicket partnership, after Sachin Tendulkar got out at 88 when India was 164/8, chasing a target of 216 runs. India eventually went on to win the Titan Cup.In February 1997 India visited the West Indies for a series of five tests and four ODIs. Kumble was part of the squad and he was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series. He picked up 19 wickets, averaging 30.31 with the ball. Kumble was the leading wicket taker by a large margin when Australia visited India for Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1998. He picked up 23 wickets in 3 test matches at the average of 18.26.

Kumble is one of only two bowlers ever (the only other being Jim Laker of England in 1956) to have taken all ten wickets in a Test innings, taking 10 for 74. Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi in February 1999. Although by failing to dismiss Pakistan's Waqar Younis in either innings, he missed out on the achievement of dismissing all eleven batsmen in a Test match. It has been said that once he had got nine wickets his friend and teammate Javagal Srinath started bowling wide outside the off stump, so that Kumble could take the 10th. The performance was rated by Wisden as “The second best Bowling performance of all time", The achievement was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bengaluru after him, and gifting him a car with the customized license plate: KA-10-N-10. In 1999 he was the third highest wicket taker with 88 wickets at the average of 30.03 behind Glenn Mcgrath and Shane Warne.

When the Indian opener, Sadagoppan Ramesh tried to take a catch off Srinath, he was cautioned by Javagal Srinath not to try and take any catch so that Anil Kumble could take all 10 Wickets. This was revealed by Ramesh in an interview via 10 Sports; about the particular match "Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi in 1999″.When Kumble was looking to take his tenth wicket in the India-Pakistan test in 1999, Srinath, who was bowling from the other end, was trying to bowl way outside the off stump to avoid taking the final wicket in order for Kumble to get to the record. Anil Kumble always gives full credit to him for his perfect 10 against Pakistan as Srinath bowled two wide balls in test match to avoid taking wicket.

Educational Qualifications:  B.E from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) in Mechanical Engineering in 1991–92.

Contributed by: Shyam Sridhar, 9-C, Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE

·        Lal, Kuldip (7 February 1999). "Kumble takes all 10 wickets as India rout Pakistan”. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 May 2012.

·        Ayanjit Sen (2 December 2004). "Kumble reaps reward for commitment". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2007.

·        Garg, Chitra (2010). Indian Champions Profiles Of Famous Indian Sportspersons. Rajpal & Sons. pp. 128–. ISBN 978-81-7028-852-7. Retrieved 14 May 2012.

·        "Kumble to be chairman of ICC Cricket Committee". Wisden India. 10 October 2012.

·        MD Ritti (15 February 1999). "10 wickets – and phone overload". Retrieved 9 August 2007.

·        Abhijit Chatterjee. "Jumbo spinner". The Tribune. Retrieved 9 August 2007.  Hemanth Kashyap (14 July 2008). "Bitter-battle". MidDay. Retrieved 6 June 2012.

·        Oral History : Interactions with Mr.Kumble himself

DVG Road by Harshitha Kalyanaraman – SKCH

DVG Road

Road Name: DVG Road named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa

Road Location:  Basaveshvar Nagar, Basavangudi

Famous for: Literary Works such as Manku Thimmana Kagga

Detailed Description:

DVG road is one of the famous roads in Bangalore, which is usually crowded and full of traffic. It passes through Gandhi Bazar from Nagasandra Circle and was originally called Nagasandra road.

DVG road is named after the renowned Kannada writer, philosopher, Devanahalli Venkatramanaiah Gundappa. The road was named after him for he lived there for long. He was born on the 17th of March in 1887 in the subtle town of Mulbagal in the Kolar district. He was known for his versatility. He wrote plays, biographies, poems, and essays on philosophy, religion and politics. DVG belonged to an ordinary family of Tamil Brahmins who had settled in Mulbagal. 

He studied at a local school and went to High School in Kolar. He attempted the Matriculation examination but didn’t get through Kannada, Mathematics and Science. His formal education ended at this time. He was a linguist and went on to master Kannada, Sanskrit and English. He has written a lot on his favorite subjects which include- History, Jurisprudence, Economics, and Political Sciences.

This versatile man was also a journalist and started Kannada newspapers, “Kannada” and “Bharat”. This earned him a lot of respect. He also started a weekly publication called “Sumathi”, which published dozens of book in a course of eight months. He also started “The Karnataka”, an English magazine that was to be published twice a week with the help of Diwan Visveswaraih. The first issue was published on 2nd April 1913.

His contribution to literature is immense. Some of them are listed down below:

·       Vasantha Kusumanjali (1922) – poem

·       Mankuthimmana Kagga - poem   

·       Saahitya Shakti - essay   

·       Samskruti- essay

·       Vidhyaranya Vijaya – drama

·       Kanakaaluka – drama

·       Tilottamey – drama

·       Diwan Rangacharlu- biography

·       Gopala Krishna Gokhale- biography

The road is home to some amazing stores such as Vidhyarthi Bhavan whose business has been running successfully since 1943. The food quality and the menu card continue to remain the same and is a ‘must visit’ for every Banglorean or tourist.

DVG has been awarded the Padmabhushan by the Government of India in 1974 for his contribution to the vast literature of India. He has also won the respect and love of the people.

This great man left the earth and reach heavenly abode on the seventh of October 1975. He has left behind an ocean of literature that will keep giving memories about him for generations to come.

Contributed by: Harshitha Kalyanaraman, 8-E, Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE


Thursday, January 28, 2016

DVG Road by Yeshaswini. R – SKCH

DVG Road

Student Name: Yeshaswini. R

Standard: 8-D

School: Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE

Road Name: DVG road named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa (born in 1889 - died on 7th October 1975)

Road Location: Basavanagudi

Famous for/ Contributions to society:

Detailed Description:

The road which is broad, outstretched yet busy and full of life, that very road who has the daring to cut straight across Ghandi Bazaar and stretches from   Nagasandra Circle is named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa [DVG]. This road was originally called the Nagasandra road.

DVG a self made man who combined in himself all the good qualities of a journalist, a social thinker and activist.  He was also a man of letters.   A titan of Kannada literature, a man who used his deep Sanskrit knowledge and his love for Kannada with his poetic diction gave deep meaning to his writing.

For his immense contribution in the field of literature this man received several awards one being the Padmabhushan.

D.V. Gundappa, born in 1889, was a matriculate.  At the age of sixteen, DVG started his carrier in journalism.  But he soon started his own newspapers namely “Bharat” and “Karnataka”. This earned him respect and honor from all quarters.  DVG went on to publish numerous books related to the governance of the sate involving many political views.  He became a passionate activist and was ready to give his time for a worthy cause.

‘He possessed deep public sympathy and faith which was firmly rooted in democracy’. This very thought made him write one of his very many biographies on Gopala Krishna Gokhale.  He also had strong faith and belief in Gokahle’s quote ‘Public life must be spiritualised’.  He was inspired by this quote, one of the reasons which lead to the establishment of ‘Gokahle Institute of public affairs’, Bull temple road, Basavanagudi.

DVG’S magnum opus was “Manku Thimmana Kagga” translating to “Dull Thimmana’s Rigmarole”, this piece inculcated in all its readers : to face life’s challenges with a smile and understanding everything as a divine play.  Honoring human dreams and above all dissolving ones ego in mature thinking. This was something that all his readers could follow.

DVG believed in mutual respect among different cultures. He said this can be attained by reading the culture’s very own literature.  He thought that the west must read our epics if human civilization and peace are to last. He told that it is of foremost importance that the different traces of the earth attain a world vision.  To begin with he translated Shakespeare’s plays into Kannada while retaining the environment of it.  These thoughts aren’t a common man’s, surely DVG was an inspiring someone. 

DVG had, sure a serious character is what we perceive.  Writings about him prove that DVG, Masti and many others went down to Vidhyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi bazaar for a lip smacking meal of bonds, dosa’s and coffee.  They all had a bit of laughter and happiness in there as well.   In Vidhyarthi Bhavan the pencil sketch of DVG, Masti and many others can still be seen as the hotel retains its position and menu card!!!

DVG has received not only the Padmabhushan and Sahitya Akademi award but he has won peoples love, admiration and gave them all immense knowledge in return.

The love and pride towards him is clearly seen with the magnificent statue of DVG towering the murals of many others who contributed to Kannadanadu.  This can be seen in Bugle Rock Park near DVG road.    

“D.V.G’s exposition of the concept of duty is not just academic and theoretical. It covers the entire range of duties that are woven into the social structure.” Prof. G. N. Sharma

And we all surely agree!!


Oral interviews of   
1.      The management –Vidyarthi  Bhavan
2.      Spoke to a teacher who gave out a couple of interesting stories on DVG.

Visit to Park in bull temple road {with the statue of DVG}

Dickenson Road by Kaustav Sen – SKCH

Dickenson Road

Student name: Kaustav Sen

Standard: 9-E

School: Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE

Road Name: Dickenson road named after John Dickenson (28/12/1815 - 23/11/1876)

Road Location:  F M Cariappa Colony

Famous for/contributions towards society:

John Dickenson was the son of a papermaker. He was not anxious to follow his father’s footsteps and took up no career in his entire life. He was educated at Eton College, which enabled him to become a great writer. He came to India and became a part of the India reform society (IRS). Literature was the tool he used to reform India. He wrote letters, books and designed many schemes to reach out to as many people as possible. On 23rd November 1876, India lost a man with great potential, whose contributions have made it worth naming a road after him.

Detailed Description:

Born on 28 December 1815, John Dickinson was the son of the papermaker of Nash Mills in Hertfordshire, England; and was educated at Eton College. He declined to take part in his father's business. Dickinson travelled in Europe, and began to write on behalf of liberal causes.

Taking up Indian reform, Dickinson had support from his uncle, General Thomas Dickinson, of the Bombay Engineers, and his cousin, Sebastian Stewart Dickinson. A public works commission was appointed by Lord Dalhousie in 1852 to inquire into the deficiencies of administration pointed out by Dickinson and his friends. On 12 March 1853 a meeting was held in Dickinson's rooms, and a society was formed under the name of the India Reform Society. Initially involved, besides Dickinson, were two Members of Parliament, John Blackett and Henry Danby Seymour. John Bright came into the committee, and his contacts gave the Society access to many more MPs. Bright’s interests included Indian cotton as an alternative source to the United States, and lobbying the British government to have Indian infrastructure improved. Another activist was Francis Carnac Brown who had been a committee member of the earlier British India Society.

The debate in parliament of 1853 on the renewal of the East India Company's charter gave the society a short-term objective, and the maintenance of good faith towards the Indian states a major theme. The Indian Rebellion of 1857 made for another push, in efforts towards moderation, and to prevent exclusive attention to penal and repressive measures, Dickinson organized a series of public meetings.  In 1861 John Bright resigned the chairmanship, and carried a motion appointing Dickinson his successor. By 1865 the Society had ceased to function.

On the death of his father in 1869, Dickinson inherited a fortune, but was in weak health. On 23 November 1876 he was found dead in his study in London.

Dickinson’s contribution towards Indian reform through literature includes:
·        Letters on the Cotton and Roads of Western India (1851) based on a series of letters appeared in The Times in 1850 and 1851
·        India, its Government under Bureaucracy, London, 1852. It was reprinted in 1853 as one of a series of "India Reform Tracts".
·        The Famine in the North-West Provinces of India, London, 1861.
·        Reply to the Indigo Planters' pamphlet entitled "Brahmins and Pariahs", published by the Indigo manufacturers of Bengal, London, 1861.
·        A Letter to Lord Stanley on the Policy of the Secretary of State for India, London, 1863.
·        Dhar not restored  in 1864.
·        Sequel to "Dhar not restored", and a Proposal to extend the Principle of Restoration, London, 1865.
·        A Scheme for the Establishment of Efficient Militia Reserves, London, 1871.
·        Last Counsels of an Unknown Counselor, edited by Evans Bell, London, 1877; another edition 1883. A reply to Holkar's critics.


1.      S. N. Sen. (1 January 1997). History of Freedom Movement in India. New Age International. ISBN 978-81-224-1049-5.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Consolidated List of Reference Resources

This is a consolidated list of reference resources for the Kumaran City Idols Challenge. If any of you come across any other useful resources or references, please add it as a comment to this blog post.

Kumaran City Idols Challenge

                                                  RESEARCH RESOURCES

Online Resources

1.   Google Advanced Book Search was suggested by Prof. Sharmadip Basu in the Orientation Session as an important resource for conducting serious research online. If one enters in the right key words, it is highly probable that the search results will contain the required information. Which, in this case is about the person after whom the road selected by you, is named after.

2.   A Bangalore enthusiast seems to have made efforts to chronicle the history of popular roads/ parks/ circles. Worth a quick read to get some information. Obviously in most cases more research is required for KCIC submissions.

English Reference Books

1.     The City Beautiful, by T. P. Issar
2.     Monkey Tops: Old Buildings in Bangalore Cantonment, by Elizabeth Staley
3.     Notes and Monographs, by Kora Chandy
4.     Bangalore Roots and Beyond, by Maya Jayapal
5.     The Story of a City, by Maya Jayapal
6.     Bangalore: A Century Of Tales From City & Cantonment, by Peter Colaco
7.     Bangalore Through the Centuries, by Fazlul Hasan
8.     Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: Imaginations and Their Times, by Narendar Pani

Kannada Reference Books

1.     Bengaluru Nagara Nirmapakaru, by Suresh Moona
2.     Jnapaka Chitrashale, by D.V. Gundappa
3.     Bengalurina Itihasa, by B.N. Sundara Rao
4.     Bengaluru Darshana, published by Udaya Bhanu Kala Sangha, Basavanagudi

Libraries and Institutions

1.     Mythic Society, Nrupatunga Road
2.     Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi
3.     Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs, Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi
4.     The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Banashankari 3rd Stage
5.     Indian Council of Historical Research, Palace Road

Other Resources

1.     BBMP (Using RTI)
2.     Oral History Research (Interviewing relevant individuals)