This mill is at least 5 times older then its miller, 300 years like the officer told me.
I had just a tea in the main street behind, joking around with a bunch of policemen in front of their station and I ask them if there was nothing really interesting to see. One officer took me around the corner and proudly he showed me the mill and how they were gaining the oil from sesam seed.
The bullocks, on one side blinded, pull this mill around all day and the whole kind of umbrella above turns around too, a curious sight.
The conventional oil mill, also called "chekku" in Tamil has got a long history..
During the British Raj, the political prisoners were made to pull one - they have to pull, not the cows.... so it became some kind of symbol for the Independence movement of Tamils.