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Vol. XXX No. 20, February 16-28, 2021

Featured Articles

More museums for Madras

by The Editor

On the one hand it is good news. The Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) is looking at creating a museum at the Kilpauk Water Works. The Police Commissioner’s Office in the city is setting up a museum at its old office in Egmore. The Corporation is debating the possibility of a city […]

A pro TN & Chennai Union Budget in election year

by Our Special Correspondent

It was to be expected of course – with a high stakes election to the State Assembly just around the corner, Tamil Nadu and Chennai were bound to receive special attention in the Union Budget. Not that we are complaining. Following the Finance Minister’s presentation of the 2021-22 Union Budget, Madras Musings spoke to Srivats […]

Heritage Watch

A Series of Disconnects The Man from Madras Musings has in characteristic fashion expressed his views on the latest memorial to go up on the Marina (see Short N Snappy). These are days when those in office do not take kindly to criticism of any kind but we are constrained to point out that there […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

- Sriram V

More on the Madras Glass Works A report from Vivekabodhini.

Going digital @musicacademymadras

by Sriram V

The 94th annual concerts of the Music Academy, Madras are over. The season, such as it was, met with a fabulous response from audiences across the world, and the numbers though modest when compared to the following for more popular art forms, were greatly encouraging.

App revamps street-parking in Madras

by Padmaja Jayaraman

Parking attender wearing reflective jacket assists car-parking in Pondy Bazaar. Taking a step towards sustainable parking management in the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation launched the GCC Smart Parking app on January 1 this year. A Smart City project initiative, the app manages 9,200 functional parking spaces across the city. Its service is available for […]

O Pulla Reddy – Another View

Karthik Bhatt

C. Narasimham One of the joys of life is the reading of a bureaucrat’s biography and then reading a contrary view of the same person as given by a professional rival. The Indian Administrative Service is full of such instances, the most famous perhaps being the rivalry between K. Natwar Singh and Romesh Bhandari. While […]

When Srikkanth drove Imran Khan to despair

by Partab Ramchand

K. Srikkanth. (Pictures Courtesy: The Hindu.) Thirty four years have passed but the memory lingers. Pakistan captain Imran Khan having his hands on his head in a gesture of despair and shaking his head in disbelief wondering what to bowl next, what to do next. The protagonist responsible for the great man’s unusual response was […]

Confidence building needed for vaccination drive

by The Editor

Vaccination in progress. Picture Courtesy: The Hindu. With the receipt of its allotted consignment of covid vaccines earlier this month, CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated the state’s vaccination drive in Madurai. Tamil Nadu has reportedly received 5.56 lakh doses of the covid vaccine, split as 5.36 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses […]

‘Master’ of recklessness

by Padmaja Jayaraman

During Bhogi, old and worn out things, ranging from torn clothes to termite-eaten furniture are discarded. But this year’s Bhogi saw something different. COVID-19 precautions were discarded in the cinema halls of Madras, to catch the ‘first-day-first-show’ (FDFS) of the film, Master on January 13, 2021. “People huddled together, foregoing social distancing. There was a […]