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Vol. XXVIII No. 16, December 1-15, 2018

Featured Articles

Can Carnatic music cope with ‘mic’less auditorium?

by The Associate Editor

The M.S. Subbulakshmi Auditorium, Taramani. Entrance to the auditorium with Asian College of Journalism at the rear. (Photo: R. Raja Pandiyan.) October 20th saw the Asian College of Journalism inaugurate its state-of-the-art auditorium. Named after arguably the best-known name in Indian music – M.S. Subbulakshmi, it can seat 342 people. Located in the sylvan recesses […]

A TN gas network before long

- S. Viswanathan

Gujarat and Maharashtra and later Delhi realised the value of gas and built vast sectors of consumption that flourished. These include fertiliser plants, petrochemical units, power plants, LPG gas-fractionation, ceramics, glass units, transportation and piped supplies for domestic use. Gujarat imports gas through special port facilities and accounts for close to 60 per cent of […]

The tree that chrome replaced

Anantanarayanan Raman

Senna auriculata watercolour illustration from William Roxburgh. Note the ear-like leafy structures at the bases of compound leaves, which provide the name ‘auriculata’ to this species. William Roxburgh formally described this species studying Indian populations of Senna auriculata.

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


The store that brought music into homes Saraswathi Stores. On its site stands a building, all multi-coloured plate glass and geometric patterns, that looks as though it is a UFO that has landed on Mount Road. Who would believe that here stood a landmark outlet that was synonymous with gramophone records? Ask any music-loving old-timer […]

Some progress in restoring heritage

by N.S. Parthasarathy

Elegance of the running verandahs.Lower arches vs. restored upper arches.PWD Building entrance with arched ceiling.Disentegrating ceiling of Grand Meeting Hall under restoration.Upper wooden floor held by iron pillar with decorated head. Last year July, it was in the papers that the Building Centre and Conservation Division (BCCD) of the Tamil Nadu PWD, would be embarking […]

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 […]

Hungry husbands and cookbooks

by Geeta Doctor

Ummi AbdullaV. Abdulla. It’s a fact universally acknow-ledged that hungry husbands inspire cookbooks. At the recent release of Ummi Abdulla’s limited-edition coffee table book, A Kitchen Full of Stories, the contribution of her husband, the late V. Abdulla was not only acknowledged, but also celebrated by all those who know him. Releasing the book, N. […]

Memories of Round Tana

- Bharati Paul

Recently, my husband and I were driving home from Egmore. The route that we took was the beach road via ‘Round Tana’. We hardly go to that side of town, as Adyar, where we live is self-sufficient with all kinds of stores, restaurants and services. I felt a mounting excitement looking this side and that. […]

Three generations of herbal medicines

- R.V. Rajan

It was a week before Diwali when I had gone to interview Badrinath, the current owner of the iconic Dabba Chetti Kadai – well known for ‘Naattu Marundu’ (traditional herbal medicines). The small shop on the busy Kutcheri Road in Mylapore was teeming with customers. It took me almost 50 minutes to get the attention […]