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Vol. XXX No. 22, March 16-31, 2021

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Heritage Watch

A Corporation without a Council Our OLD features Ripon Buildings, photographed in 1913, the year it was inaugurated. Our NEW is of its Council chamber, all empty, photographed by Vinay Aravind in 2013. It is ironic that in the British days we had an elected civic body, while now we don’t have one.

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

- Sriram V

From Kotwal Chavadi to Koyambedu

Vax Populi

by Ranjitha Ashok

All conversations among citizens now begin with a set of terse, predictable questions:

A Scoop for Sun TV, in 2006

– The Editor

The two stalwart rivals of the past – J. Jayalalithaa and M. Karunanidhi. Pictures courtesy: The Hindu Frontline. (The forthcoming elections will see parties sweating it out at the hustings as usual. What makes it interesting is that this is a poll sans the two stalwart rivals – M. Karunanidhi and J. Jayalalithaa. At our […]

SOPs for Elections, since 1957

by Karthik Bhatt

Voters being ferried in a party car – 1957. Our State goes to polls on the 6th of April. The campaigning, which began much in advance has gained momentum with top national leaders visiting the State multiple times, with more visits being scheduled in the coming weeks. The Election Commission has intensified checks across the […]

Is Buchi Babu now a forgotten memory?

by V. Ramnarayan

A recent conversation with P. Ramesh, a gifted left handed opening batsman, who played a stellar role in Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy campaign in the 1970s, led to both of us wondering aloud if the Buchi Babu Memorial tournament had been abandoned once and for all from the TNCA’s annual cricket calendar. If so, it […]

Why not make the Covid vaccine available to everyone?

by The Editor

For the past few weeks, the daily statistics as regards the virus indicate that the city has entered a deadlock phase in its battle. True, the numbers are not alarming when compared with metropolises such as Mumbai and even less so when you compare them with figures from abroad, but it cannot be denied that […]

Marina’s proposed Smart Carts turn problematic

by our Special Correspondent

The Greater Chennai Corporation plans to introduce ‘smart carts’ to the Marina beach. The move is part of a larger beautification plan in line with a 2019 Madras High Court directive to transform Marina Beach into a world-class beach – it aims to regularise the beach vendors by capping the number of smart carts at […]

Heritage Watch

Bicentennial of a Lovely Landmark The Kirk by day

Remembering a medical couple

by Dr. Anirudh Nandan

Dr. K.V Thiruvengadam & Dr. Malathi Thiruvengadam