This stands inside the Law College in Madras. It doubles up as smokers corner judging by the number of cigarette packs lying around. What is amazing is the weathering course of this monument. Not a drop of water, and when I visited it had just rained, enters the chamber below the obelisk.

Interestingly Elihu Yale married Catherine, Joseph Hynmer’s wife after the latter’s death. David Yale was born to Elihu and Catherine and died young. The monument, built by Elihu Yale, commemorates his friend and his own son. Yale of course lent his name to Yale University as it was through auction of books and other articles gifted by him that the famed institution began life.