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Vol. XXIX No. 8, August 1-15, 2019

Featured Articles

Why celebrate Chennai?

by The Editor

There we go again, asking everyone to celebrate Chennai, for Madras Week is just around the corner (August 18-25, 2019). The cynics we are sure, must be already practising their counter chorus beginning with the usual litany – Chennai was not founded in 1639, the weather here is uniformly bad, there is a perennial water […]

Then and Now

Our THEN is a sketch by artiste Vijaykumar of old Woodlands hotel, Westcott Road, where in the 1930s, Krishna Rao began the first of his restaurant chain. Our NOW is Saravana Bhavan (Courtesy: The Hindu), also equally significant in Chennai’s food history and whose owner died earlier this month after being in the news till […]

Better facilities needed for Athi Varadar

by A Special Correspondent

Thaipoosam arrangements at Palani were reportedly exemplary, with the district administration working closely with the HR & CE, police, fire and rescue, health & other departments to ensure that pilgrims have a memorable spiritual experience. So, the fatal lack of planning for the Athi Varadar Darshan at Varadaraja Perumal temple, Kanchipuram, came as a nasty […]

The Other Chennai

by Sushila Ravindranath

Kissflow, a leader in business process and workflow management software used by organisations in over 160 countries, recently announced its expansion into the digital workplace segment. It has come up with a first-of-its-kind platform for fast-scaling enterprises. The launch was not happening in Silicon Valley, but in one of the conference rooms at the Leela […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

- Sriram V

An Ayurvedic health farm in Avadi (Contd. from last fortnight) Dr. Lakshmipathi and his wife Rukmini. The death of Pundit Gopalacharyulu on September 29, 1920 threw the Ayurvedic College into turmoil. It was closed the same day, with 50 students facing an uncertain future. The next afternoon a meeting was held at the SKPD Ayurvedic […]

Three cases of cheating illustrating ‘White Collar Crime’

by J. Lakshmikanthan, Asst. Prosecutor, II President Magistrate Court, Madras 1

Man, with his selfishness, greed and egoism, on the one side commits crimes because of his wants, avarice, aspirations, fear, self-respect etc., and on the other, is a victim. Greedy and cunning persons prey upon the gullible and unsophisticated members of the society, and upon persons placed under difficult circumstances and subject to financial strain. […]

Tamil Journalism – Post-Independence and its progress

by Mrinal Chatterjee

(Continued from last fortnight) When Dinamani, sponsored by the Express Group, made its appearance in 1934, it electrified the atmosphere of Tamil journalism. It was a low-priced newspaper (six paise), but it was different from its rivals in presentation of news and views. Within a month of its publication, its circulation shot up and it […]

Tamil lessons in Taramani

by Shreesh Chaudhary | GLA University | shreesh.chaudhary@gla.ac.in

(Continued from last fortnight) Arumugam had a flair for languages. Besides Tamil, he spoke Bengali, Telugu, Hindi and some English. He became my self-appointed Tamil teacher and with the philosophy of one teaching a foreign language, he focussed on what I would need in daily life. So he included numbers, asking and answering polite social […]

How smart are Smart City projects?

(by The Editor)

It is now around five years since the Central Government announced its Smart City project, under the auspices of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The mission, aimed at 100 cities of India, was meant to make them function better under various heads such as Mobility, Energy, Water, Technology and Environment. It was expected […]