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Vol. XXVIII No. 24, April 1-15, 2019

Featured Articles

Discipline needed at Kapali festival

by The Editor

As summer dawns, the search for water begins and the tanneer pandals also come up. (Courtesy: Mylapore Times. Photograph by Ganesh Natarajan.) The ten-day annual festival of the Kapaliswarar Temple has just got over. As in all its previous editions, this year too saw a grand spectacle unfolding, with the deities being brought out twice […]

Can MPLAD not be revamped?

By A Special Correspondent

The Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme was introduced in 1993 to enable MPs to create useful community assets in their constituencies. Currently, each MP is allotted Rs. 5 crores per year, that is, Rs. 25 crores per term which is a substantial sum of public money to be placed at the disposal of […]

Our Readers Write

Queries to red brigade With reference to the letter titled red brigade in the last issue (MM, March 1st), I record my complaints to Swiggy and Zomato. I do not expect much action though, because their business model is such that they have little or no control over their delivery persons. I have the following […]

Is matrimony a monotony?

J.S. Raghavan

During early sixties, the private buses I commuted from Poonamallee to Guindy where I boarded the electric train to my college opposite the Madras aerodrome were on the dot. They seldom broke down en route. Only flaw was they raced with one another, as competition was the mantra of free enterprise.

Hooker’s brief sojourn in Madras – an ignored page in history

By Dr. A. Raman

Even today Joseph Dalton Hooker’s monumental 7-volume Flora of British India (1875-1897)1 remains valid and is referred to extensively not only within the Indian subcontinent, but also throughout the world. During his stay in India, Hooker spent his time in Calcutta and neighbourhood, mostly travelling further north into the Himalaya and its foothills. He explored […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


A paragon of a theatre Arihant Narayana Ocean Towers is a tall building by Chennai standards. It sticks out, all 18 storeys of it, from the still rather low skyline of Triplicane. The ocean or for that matter the sea is some distance away and I presume that from the 18th floor you do get […]

From India’s Digital Archives

– Karthik Bhatt

Supplying chlorinated water to the City 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 […]

Preparing for Antarctica

by N.S. Parthasarathy

Dr. Salim Thomas with Indira Gandhi. In 1981, Kerala newspapers hailed that it was a Malayalee, Dr. Salim Thomas, Indian Naval Officer Surgeon, that was selected as doctor-member of the historic first Indian Antarctic Expedition. Thomas studied in Lawrence School, Ooty, stood first, completed his medical degree and joined the Navy. He had lived all […]

Madras girl for the US President

by R.V. Rajan

Kamala during one of her campaigns. A few weeks ago, when Kamala Harris, an African-American her entry into the 2020 US presidential race, there was a lot of excitement in India, because of her India/Chennai connection. When she was firstsworn in as a Democratic senator from California in 2017, she became only the second African-American woman […]

Anonymous telephone callers

by F. V. Arul, I.P., Deputy Inspector General of Police, C.I.D. & Railways (later IG of Police, Government of Tamil Nadu).

Some famous crimes recorded in various Tamil Nadu police journals. Just as there are Peeping Toms there is also a class of being, happily too rare, who apparently finds a certain amount of gratification by indulging in lewd talk with members of the opposite sex taking cowardly refuge behind a telephone. These perverted people apparently […]