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Vol. XXVIII No. 20, February 1-15, 2019

Featured Articles

Why can’t ASI tend the Fort better?

(by the Editor)

The Baillie Ground Gate to The Residency, Lucknow, demonstrates the care the ASI had taken with preservation of heritage here. Going to Fort St. George has become an increasingly depressing experience. The maintenance of the place leaves much to be desired and it is really a surprise that the various Government departments that operate from […]

Issues to resolve in war against plastics

by A Special Correspondent

The Tamil Nadu Government which did not even provide information to the Central Pollution Control Board, for the latter’s Annual Report for 2017-18, on the action taken to implement the provisions of the Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016, has jumped into action. The features are: ban on forms of plastic that are not easy […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


A pharmacy that helped found a Society Pharmacies are now dime a dozen in Madras that is Chennai but in the early years of the last century that was not so. The trade was restricted to a few very well known names of the city. Mount Road had an enclave of sorts where no fewer […]

From India’s Digital Archives

- Karthik Bhatt

The Digital Library of India (DLI) project, an initiative of the Central Government, aims at digitising significant artistic, literary and scientific works and making them available over the Internet for education and research. Begun in 2000 by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and later taken over by the […]

A retail chain that’s different

by R.V. Rajan

Giri stores, Mylapore. Mylapore is home to many iconic shops. One of them near the main entrance to the Kapaliswarar Temple is the Giri Trading Agency, popularly known as Giri Stores – a “one stop shop for all religious products”. Interestingly, Giri Stores had its origins not in Chennai but in Matunga, known in the […]

The shootout with political recoil

The first in some famous crimes recorded in various Tamil Nadu police journals.

The injured MGR signing his nomination papers for elections from his hospital bed.M.R. Radha. In several superhit Tamil movies of the 1960s, M.G. Ramachandran, or MGR as the 50-year old matinee idol was popularly known, played the role of the hero, and M.R. Radha, aged 57, acted as the villain. (MGR later became the Chief […]

– The newest and fastest growing Indian community

by Sajith Pai

There are two distinct ways to look at Indo-Anglians. One is to see them as casteless, or even as an example of a post-caste community, where the traditional caste identity is subsumed under the new Indo-Anglian identity. The alternate approach, which I prefer, is to look at them as a distinct ‘caste’ parallel to the […]

Introduction to classical Jallikattu

by A Special Correspondent

Jallikattu, or Eruthazhuvuthal, the traditional bull taming event, dates back to the Tamil Classic period (400-100 CE). Jallikattu is an annual event where men try to tame and hug the bull and has been a part of the traditional celebrations of the four-day Tamil Nadu harvest festival, Pongal. The word Jallikattu has two components, Jalli […]

Our State of Freebies

By The Editor

Crowding for freebies at a ration shop. There was a time when Tamil Nadu was defined by a strong work ethic. This was what put the State in the forefront when it came to industrialisation and, later, the IT revolution. Now no longer. The lack of skills development is partially to blame for this. But […]

The Metro has promised heritage-friendly designs for stations by the sides of heritage sites. Above: the station next to Law College and below: the one next to St. George’s School. (Photos by R. Raja Pandiyan.)