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Hot Hot Thirunelveli

                          Thirunelveli always remains hot like its Halwa from the  hot plates of Shanthi Sweets. Apart from its scorching climate, this city has changed its face to lookalike a mini metro. Has all leading textile showrooms, branded watches, cars. You can see the fashion hooked guys and gals on shops, casual wearing men and women on Sunday morning, pizzas, chocolate fondue and burgers in Arasan Sweets.                  But its old fashioned streets with crowded, little houses and small pathways( 'sandhu' or 'mudukku') leading to another set of houses behind the first ones. The old architectural form is preserved well in this city.                          The famous Palayamkottai Jail, Palayamkottai Railway station, slightly modernized Perumalpuram, Nellaiappar temple, St. Xavier's College(where my father studied), Hindu College(where my father-in-law studied), STC  - Sarah Tucker College (where I studied from baby class to std.III and girls in our fam…


CSAT - A Small Step towards betterment

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) - one of India's biggest examination conducting board has announced the new pattern for the Preliminary Exam, the CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test).             CSAT differs from the old Prelims pattern by having two common papers for all. One paper testing the candidate's General Studies and another one tests the comprehention skills, logical reasoning, data interpretation and numerical ability. Professional entrance exams like CAT tests these skills for the candidates managerial capabilities and decision making skills. By testing the same in CSAT the UPSC openly admits that they are in need of good administrators. I accept UPSC at last came out of their shell, but not to full appreciation. Again they play the same old level ground in the Mains exam.                     Prof. Yoginder K Alagh committee admits that testing one's knowledge in a particular subject would only produce specialists, but w…