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City of Destiny - genesis and growth

The book as answers to all the FAQs about this city


What is the origin of Visakhapatnam? How did it grow over a period of several decades blossoming into an important city for the region? When did Mahatma Gandhi visit the city? From where the princely families of Vizianagaram and Bobbili came? What led to the famous Bobbili Yuddham? What was the role played by Muslim and British rulers? When did industry begin taking roots here? When was Visakhapatnam called the City of Destiny?

These are only some of the FAQs (frequently asked questions). One has to go through books relating to the history of the city or the region to find the answers. Or go to a knowledgeable man well-versed with the history or rely on newspaper supplements brought out from time to time.

Penmetsa Somaraju, a retired professor of Library and Information Science of Andhra University, has provided a brief account of the history of the city, including important events and personalities of the region up to Ganjam (since it was part of the erstwhile Vizagapatam district) in his 'Chronology of Visakhapatnam' ('Visakhapattana Kalavruttanta Pattika').

The 65-page booklet chronicles the city from 2nd century AD to the formation of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation last year. In addition, it carries an index and bibliographical references.

The chronicling of events includes personalities who shaped the destiny of the city and those associated with it. For instance, Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao's learning music at Vizianagaram, since it is a turning point in the legendary singer's life. Bhimili which had attracted the attention of the Dutch and was a commercial port in the 19th century gets due attention.

Several cultural and literary events of significance and milestones in industry and education find mention in the booklet. For the elderly it will be a nostalgic trip to thumb through the book, and for the young an introduction to the hoary past of the region. For all, it will be a handy ready reckoner.

G.V. PRASADA SARAM

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