October 5, 2017
Coimbatore’s place in the world of inventions through wet grinders has been documented. A book titled ‘Automatic Aattaangal – Kovaiyin Seethanam’ by CR Elangovan was released in the city on Wednesday. It is all about Coimbatore’s pride and achievement through the invention of the wet grinder which has gone places.
Elangovan has published 11 books, including ‘Coimbatore Oru Varalaaru’, ‘Siruvani’ and ‘Coimbatore Cyclopaedia’.
The first copy was handed over by Elgi Equipments Managing Director Jairam Varadaraj to Sri Krishna Sweets Chairman and Managing Director M Krishnan.
The wet grinder is considered a pride of invention as it helped do away with the grinding physically with bare hands, Krishnan said. The invention made making of vada, idli, dosa or murukku easy.
Elangovan said that it was 40 years ago that the grinder was invented and before that there were community grinders in the centre of village which has now vanished.
The invention is not just simply about conversion of physical energy into mechanical one. It was first invented by a Coimbatorian Sabapathy and brought out through his own company Electron Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1950.
Changes were made over the years and after 1970, wet grinders were further developed by Lakshmi Grinder’s Krishnamoorthy and Saravana Grinder’s Nanjappan. The two companies are even now manufacturers of the leading brands.
”The book title has these two words ‘Kovaiyin Seethanam’ because in Tamil Nadu every family will gift a wet grinder to their daughter after her marriage, all because of this invention in Coimbatore,” said Elangovan.
Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, president Vanitha Mohan was also on the dais.