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Vol. XXXI No. 13, October 16-31, 2021

Featured Articles

Spending on archaeology is fine but what matters is how

by The Editor

The recently unveiled Tamil Nadu budget allotted Rs. 5 crores for scientific excavation at archaeological sites at Sivakalai, Keezhadi and Kodumanal. In addition, there was an allocation of Rs 16.6 crores to the State Archaeology Department. Besides this, there was an announcement that the findings from sites such as Keezhadi would be housed in a […]

Broader operational strategies may help Koyambedu Market tackle its wastage crisis

by our Special Correspondent

Among Asia’s largest perishable good markets, the Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) was in the news last month following reports that traders had dumped unsold stock of vegetables and flowers on the road. Wholesalers pointed to a drop in demand, underlining that apart from other factors, commercial demand from hotels and catering services had dropped […]

Heritage Watch

The Four Homes of the Madras Cricket Club Tucked away under the massive MA Chidambaram Stadium is the historic Madras Cricket Club which turned 175 this year. During the course of the writing the coffee table book on the institution, your editor thanks to young researcher Karthik Bhatt managed to lay his hands on the […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

- Sriram V

The Cricket Pavilion that Chisholm built Though the Madras Cricket Club was established in 1846, it was only in April 1866 that it moved to Chepauk, the location with which it remains associated ever since. Within a month there was talk of building a pavilion for the Club. The design and execution were entrusted to […]

Chitira Bharathi – a visual documentation on Subramania Bharathi

Karthik Bhatt

September 12 marked the death centenary of one of the greatest poets of the country, Subramania Bharathi. His fiery writings evoked the nationalistic spirit amongst the masses and greatly inspired them in the cause of independence.

Connected by Water for Life

by Padmapriya Baskaran

Chief Executive, Sanitation First www.sanitationfirstindia.org On 22nd of September, 2021, the villagers of Kumudimoolai, a non-descript village in Cuddalore district, got together to celebrate the 90th birthday of legendary writer, Ashokamitran. They placed “pori and kadalai”, on a plantain leaf, decorated his image with garlands, and took turns to offer flowers. Most of them had […]

The Ola scooters

by S. Viswanathan

The integrated Ola electric scooter manufacturing facility spread over 500 acres at Hosur, Tamil Nadu will house production areas for batteries, motors, paint shop, welding, general assembly and finished goods as well as two supplier parks. The plant will have its own test track. The description of Ola’s electric scooter project by promoter Bhavish Aggarwal […]

When Bedi spun his web at Chepauk

by Partab Ramchand

On the occasion of his 75th birthday on September 25 it is worth recalling that one of Bishen Singh Bedi’s favourite venues was Chepauk. Like his three other famed contemporaries S. Venkatraghavan, Erapalli Prasanna and B.S. Chandrasekhar, Bedi too spun his web around international batsmen in Tests at the MA Chidambaram stadium and finished with […]

City celebrates World Tourism Day – but is that enough?

by The Editor

September 27 being World Tourism Day as declared by the United Nations, it was heartening to see the Department of Tourism, Govt of Tamil Nadu, celebrating it with many events spread across the State. In the city, the festivities began on Sunday 26th, with your editor leading a heritage walk at Fort St George (see […]

Putting the brakes on congestion & pollution

by our Special Correspondent

City gears up for new parking policy The Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) is working with the Greater Chennai Corporation to finalize the city’s new parking management policy. In a comment to the media, the ITDP said that the goals of the new framework included reducing the demand for parking and reclaiming on-street […]