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Vol. XXVIII No. 14, November 1-15, 2018

Featured Articles

A nod or two for restoration

(by The Associate Editor)

The Connemara Hotel, Madras’s oldest and now the Taj Connemara, celebrates a 2-year restoration (Also see the article Tea-time at the Connemara again). The pillbox in Kasimedu after restoration by the Indian Oil Corporation. But note the litter already around it. (Pictures by R. Raja Pandiyan.) It is not often that we at Madras Musings […]

Are conditions for ‘Ease of Living’ poor in State?

by A Special Correspondent

A healthy practice is in place over the last three years or so to measure the efficacy of public services in terms of outcomes. The latest one in the series is the Ease of Living Index at the initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, of the Central Government. The survey, commenced in […]

Printer’s Devil leaves story unfinished

by N.S. Parthasarathy

The Printer’s Devil was at work on the last issue of Madras Musings (October 16th) and rather unfortunately forgot to deliver on his commitment to continue on page 6 what he had promised on page 5: to continue the last portion of the Jagdish shop story. We regret the carelessness and make good the omission, […]



All that’s left is a road and an area name It gave its name to an entire suburban district of our city – Chromepet. But of the factory or the several acres it occupied at one time, there is not a trace. In its time, it was a well-known employer of the city and its […]

Tea-time at the Connemara again

by Geeta Doctor

… And one alive and preening The Connemara Hotel main block before remodelling began in 1934. Jackson and Barker’s sketch of what the remodelled Connemara (1930s) was expected to look like when completed. Like the legendary Phoenix, Chennai’s iconic hotel, now called the Taj Connemara, has gone through as many transformations as the City itself.

The best little bird sanctuary

by Vijaysree Venkatraman

Painted Storks Spoonbill. Pelican. Black-headed Ibis. If you went to school in Chennai, chances are you have visited the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, some 75 kilometres south of the city. As an eighth grader, I went there on an excursion. Oblivious to the birds in the distance, my friends and I sat in a circle, chattering […]

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 […]

From staid to daring

Once upon a time… If Tamil publications of the 1950s had a staid and decorously clad Bharatiya nari (Indian woman), or a conscientious, God-fearing middle-class man on their covers, today’s feature a typical, fashion-conscious, daringly clad college girl leading a ‘fast’ life. Is the media reflecting social changes, or society being influenced by media depictions? […]

Surprise TNPL winners

(by A Special Correspondent)

The Siechem Madurai Panthers The 2018 Tamil Nadu Premier League threw a surprise when the unfancied Siechem Madurai Panthers beat the tournament favourites Dindigul Dragons in a near one-sided contest. The hero of the winners was opening batsman Arun Karthik who finished the game with a scintillating unbeaten 75. With this score, Karthik also emerged […]

Elevated road, threat to Cooum?

by The Editor

Towers to nowhere on the Cooum River bed. (Photo by R. Raja Pandiyan.) The elevated road corridor from Maduravoyal to the Harbour is back in the news. A Committee recently reviewed progress on the project with particular reference to the issues of land acquisition. Earlier in the year, it was decided that the road, planned […]