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Vol. XXIX No. 16, December 1-15, 2019

Featured Articles

Tree policy – the need of the hour

by The Editor

Trees have never had it so bad, or so good, depending on which way you look at it. On the one hand, everywhere from Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai, to the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Egmore, they are being cut down in the name of development. On the other hand, all of this felling, which would […]

Pedestrian plazas good, but not enough

by A Special Correspondent

The T. Nagar Pedestrian Plaza has just been inaugurated under the aegis of the Smart City project. The project kicked off in mid-2018 and, at an outlay of Rs. 33.8 crores, it has been completed in eighteen months, except for the planned multi-level car park. Similar Pedestrian Plazas are to be constructed in Velachery, Anna […]

Making Chennai water positive

by Varsha Venugopal

Last month, The Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Urban Thinkers Campus held a two-day convention focused on Making Chennai Water Positive. The meet featured addresses from an assorted panel of experts and dignitaries from corporate, administrative, educational and non-profit sectors, providing attendees with a wide perspective on the challenges involved in resolving […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


To many in Chennai, December is synonymous with Carnatic music. But for around 23 years or so, between 1918 and 1941, there was much of the art to be enjoyed in summer too. This was due to the Summer School of Music, which convened each year during the months of May and June. It did […]

Artiste and artist – The story of Dhanapal

by V. Karpagalakshmi

Rarely do we come across a visual artist who is also a performing artist. S. Dhanapal, whose centenary is being celebrated this year, was an exception. In addition to being an acclaimed sculptor with several outstanding creations to his credit as well as a painter, he also made a mark as a Bharatanatyam dancer. He […]

On the fine art of detection

by S.K. Chettur, I.C.S.

This being the Music Season, it is perhaps appropriate that we bring you a story in which the name of M.S. Subbulakshmi too was unfortunately involved. A reading of this excellent summation by S.K. Chettur, ICS reveals unknown facets – 1. that it was in the Trivandrum Mail and not the Boat Mail that the […]

Women doctors and women’s hospitals in Madras

by Ramya Raman and Anantanarayanan Raman

– with notes on the related influencing developments in India in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. At least 30 years before qualified women doctors from Britain, America and Australia came to India to assist in the health care of women, Mary Ann Dacomb Scharlieb living in Madras (now Chennai) graduated with an LMS […]

Madras Men in India’s first English cricket tour – 2

by Karthik A. Bhatt

Four years senior to Seshachari, Jayaram was born in April 1872 in Bangalore. He took a keen interest in sports at an early age, learning both cricket and tennis. Though nothing is known about his family, he presumably hailed from a wealthy background, for in his piece ‘Memories of Mysore Cricket’ in the Mysore Supplement […]

Let’s waste water once more

by The Editor

The year 2019 promises to be one in which Chennai will receive adequate rains. This is one of those quinquennial occurrences that does much to restore faith in the future of our metropolis. For the rest of the time we are quite happy to lament loudly about the shortage of water and indulge in doomsday […]