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Vol. XXXI No. 9, August 16-31, 2021

Featured Articles

It’s a dog’s life: Chennai needs to take better care of its stray dogs

by Padmaja Jayaraman

“There can be wild animals and pet animals. We believe there should not be the concept of street animals [in society],” observes Shravan Krishnan, an animal rights activist. He believes that the city’s stray dogs are domestic animals that deserve a place in our homes but are instead on the streets because their situation has […]

Quirky Eye

The Chairman It is quite common in our city to see motorcycles being used for anything and everything.The number of chairs stacked here must be a record of sorts.

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

- Sriram V

When the vaccine first came to Chennai The memorial to Dr. Woodayagiri Singadivakkam Samy Nayak or W.S. Swamy Naick at the intersection of Langs Garden and Harris (now Adithanar) Roads. Recently, I was asked to give a talk for around ten minutes on the life of Dr. W.S. Swami Naick, whose life needs no introduction […]

When the flag was unfurled in 1947

by Karthik Bhatt

August 15, 1947 is a day that will be etched in the history of our nation forever. It marked the birth of a free country, breaking the shackles of foreign rule and the end of a long struggle. The celebrations in Madras, much like in the rest of the country, were grand. The Hindu, in […]

Saravana Bhavan Saga Redux

by Geetha Doctor

Murder on the Menu – The Sensational Story of the Tycoon Who Founded Saravana Bhavan. Nirupama Subramanian. Juggernaut. (Non-fiction. True Crime) Price. Rs. 499/- Pages 190 “Pour the sambar on the idli, ­canteen boy! Tra-la-la-lah! Put the idli on the sambar, canteen boy!” Ahah! Tra-la-la-lah! All through the first chapters of Nirupama Subramanian’s racy retelling […]

Returning to Chennai during a pandemic

by Vallabha Srinivasan

The day had come for my return to India from the US. The trip had been four months in the offing — it took a full month to plan for it and three more to tide over the second covid wave that had hit my city. The day before I was due to travel, I […]

Ranji Trophy final 1967-1968

by Ramnarayan V

When Madras fought back – and so did Bombay The splendid rearguard action by Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the recent India-Sri Lanka ODI series in Sri Lanka took one’s mind back to similar acts of heroism in the past, though mostly in the longer form of the game, and not always resulting in […]

Looking beyond the dump yard

by The Editor

It was only a month ago that we, in our editorial, commented on how the Buckingham Canal was soon going to be subject to a series of cosmetic fixes wherein the banks of the waterway were to be beautified, with no commitment on what was to happen to the water itself. And then last fortnight […]

Trouble in Ennore: Citizen Panel writes to the Madras High Court flagging TANGEDCO operations

by our Special Correspondent

A backwater located in North Chennai, Ennore Creek is an important vein of the city which drains the Araniyar and Kosasthalaiyar rivers as they flow into the Bay of Bengal at Mugathwarakuppam. Once home to a thriving mangrove swamp, the creek is under heavy stress from industrial activity – according to a report published by […]

Heritage Watch

She captured Madras in miniature In the past few years readers of Madras Musings must have become familiar with Pavithra Srinivasan. Her column, titled Pavithra’s Perspectives appeared once a month in page 3 of our paper. In each instalment she featured one of her miniatures of some heritage building or marker of our city’s past. […]