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Vol. XXXI No. 2, May 1-15, 2021

Featured Articles

A wish list from Chennai to the new government

by The Editor

By the time this issue is in circulation, the results of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be out and a new government in place. It does not matter as to who wins as far as we are concerned. We only hope that the elected representatives do what is right when it comes to governance. […]

Planning open spaces for Covid-19

by our Special Correspondent

Tamil Nadu is seeing a steady increase in fresh coronavirus cases, with the number of active cases in the state touching 1,05,180 on April 25. Chennai reportedly accounts for 30 per cent of all active cases in the state, recording 31,535 cases. In fact, the city’s covid positivity rate is said to be almost twice […]

Heritage Watch

The Madras Literary Society steps into the e-age with #KnowMLSIn30Days

Voices of Chennai: Living through a pandemic

by Varsha Venugopal

A vegetable a day keeps the doctor away: Vijaya Vijaya, with her vegetable cart. For most residents of Alwarpet, Vijaya is a familiar face.

In Memoriam: Dr. R. Krishnamurthy – Journalist-turned-Numismatist

by Suresh Sethuraman*

RK receiving Tholkappiar Award from Dr. Pranab Mukherjee.

In Memoriam: Remembering P.N. Kumar, the Murugan in Avvaiyar

by Sriram V.

The iconic sutta pazham scene in Avvaiyar. After all these years, and no matter what Rajaji thought of it, Gemini’s Avvaiyar remains a landmark film. Much of its success was in the way S.S. Vasan transformed a series of disjointed episodes concerning the lives of various ancient women Tamil poets into one seamless film, featuring […]

John Shortt and his works on Indian cattle

by Ramya Raman, Chitra Narayanasamy, and Anantanarayanan Raman

Cover page of Manual of Indian Cattle and Sheep (1889). John Shortt (1822–1889) of the Madras Medical Service also practiced as a veterinary surgeon in Madras after qualifying as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of England. Based on his veterinary practice in Madras Presidency, he wrote an invaluable book A Manual […]

Plastic pollution becomes a reality in Chennai

by Padmaja Jayaraman

Kaushik Dowarah observing microplastics under a microscope in Pondicherry University. It is utopian to imagine a world without plastic, and it has its uses. At the same time, excessive utilisation of plastic without safeguards for disposal of waste can do immense harm. It is likely to cause various health issues affecting hormones, lungs, nerves, and […]

Meeting up with boyhood heroes

by Partab Ramchand

by Partab Ramchand

Sir Garfield Sobers. Picture Courtesy: The Hindu Archives. As a teenage sports fan in Madras in the 60s I had my boyhood heroes and as luck would have it they were all-time greats. I followed closely the feats of Gary Sobers, Rod Laver, Muhammad Ali and Pele on the radio and read about them in […]

Special issue commemorating S. Muthiah

This special issue commemorating S. Muthiah features the following authors and their books: Ranjitha Ashok and Biswajit Balasubramaniam, Chennai Latte, A Madras Brew, East West Books (Madras) Pvt Limited, Chennai, 2005 D.P. Ramachandran, Empire’s First Soldiers, Lancer Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Limited, New Delhi, 2008 K.R.A. Narasiah, Madras, Tracing the growth of the city since […]