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Vol. XXVII No. 23, March 16-31, 2018

Featured Articles

More heritage ground to dust

by The Editor

As citizens watch helplessly D’Angelis hotel when it was opened Close on the heels of the demolition of Binny’s Building on Armenian Street, the old D’Angelis building, which stood at the corner of Anna Salai and Blackers Road has been ground to dust. Those not so familiar with its past will know of it as […]

State’s Public Health Services need to work better

by A Special Correspondent

A NITI Aayog survey, in collaboration with the World Bank, published in February 2018 ranks Tamil Nadu as the third best State in India for 2015-16 in terms of medical infrastructure. At the ground level, however, results of a grassroot study by an NGO reveals unsatisfactory working conditions in Primary Health Centres and tertiary hospitals. […]

Inglish made easy in recent book…

The Words in Indian English: A Guide to English Communication in South Asia by S. Muthiah, (Palaniappa Brothers) was recently released. The overflowing hall reflected the audience’s interest in the etymological theme of the evening and their high regard for the author and his writings. Dr. Albert P. Rayan, a Professor of English, and Editor […]

The Missing Link

In the 1980s, Madras pioneered in India the elevated railway system, MRTS, the Mass Rapid Transport System. In the first phase, 8.55 km was constructed from Beach to Mylapore. The original estimate of around Rs. 55 crore overshot and ended with Rs. 269 crore due to much delayed construction. Extension of this again got stuck […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


A street of illrepute no more Post office street once Odakkal Street We have thus far in this series been looking at lost/barely surviving landmarks in our city, but what of an entire street that has vanished from the map? That may not be fully correct, for Odakkal Street does appear to exist but with […]

The beat of happiness

by Avis Viswanathan

Vikku Vinayakram Vikku Vinayakram’s home in Triplicane in Chennai has a sparse study-cum-meditation room on the second floor. Huge portraits of the seer of Kanchi – the Paramacharya or Maha Periyava – Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati (1594-1994), in different styles from posters to paintings to stained glass works, adorn the walls. In the middle of the […]

Metallic substances in Indian medical practice recorded in 1813

by Dr. A. Raman

(Continued from last fortnight) Section 2 refers to metallic substances used in Indian medical practice. Section 3 explains the medicines of the Tamil Materia Medica, based on a Siddha medical text Agattiya Vythiya Murai 500, also used by the people of Telugu country and Muslims, which he thinks will be of value to European practitioners. […]

Bird Count 2018 at Stella

Kalpana Jayaraman

The black kite The shikra A February weekend was hectic, with the faculty of the Zoology Department at Stella Maris College going all out to interest students in birding, especially on campus. Interested students were taken around the campus and at the end of four days, we had 88 checklists that documented 27 species. Apart […]

The eco-tree par excellence

by Dr. P.J. Sanjeeva Raj

“Moringa in my garden” – Dr. Sanjeeva Raj An eco-tree is one that offers both ecological as well as survival benefits to humans. The Drumstick tree, popularly known today as the Moringa, has suddenly shot into global fame, as a ‘miracle tree’. Moringa oleifera is a tropical and sub-tropical multipurpose tree, because every part of […]

Destined for greater things

by V. Ramnarayan

Washington Sundar Not often in the past has Tamil Nadu provided three or four Test, ODI or T20 aspirants knocking at the selectors’ doors at the same time. With R. Ashwin and M. Vijay an essential part of the Test squad for years now, the recent arrival of Washington S. Sundar and Vijay Shankar under […]