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

Featured Articles

Pavithra’s Perspective

A very colourful Pongal It is one of the busiest thoroughfares of Chennai – this junction which leads to Kodambakkam, while roads to the right and left lead to the Lake area, Nungambakkam, and T. Nagar respectively. It is the focal-point where residents split off to several of Chennai’s nerve-centres. Cars, bikes and buses blast […]

Dates for Your Diary

Till April 28: Exhibition of paintings by R. Rajenthran titled Nature Dwellers. Rajenthran is an alumnus of the Government College of Arts and Crafts. He joined as Head of Dept. in MGR University and served as Principal of the Grand Institute of Fashion Technology for visual arts and also taught at SRM University. His painting […]

The last year was generally good for heritage structures in the city. After the mayhem caused by the Chennai Metro Rail project in the previous ones, 2018 was relatively peaceful. We have even seen restoration happening on a slew of buildings – Chepauk Palace, several Court structures and the PWD Buildings on the Marina. 2019 […]

FSI necessary, but more is needed

by A Special Correspondent

There is an implicit expectation of grandeur when the increase in Floor Space Index (FSI) is spoken of as a changer of the City’s skyline. While it is a right step to utilise the spatial potential of land, a precious resource, FSI being only one of the components of modernising the City, it cannot work […]

Hicky takes on Calcutta

R.V. Rajan continuing the story of Hicky's Bengal Gazette.

(Continued from last fortnight) Hicky, Chief Justice Impey, Rev. Kiernander. Hicky’s Bengal Gazette became a sensation within a few weeks of its launch. Printed on Saturdays, each issue was four pages and cost Re. 1/-, similar in price to newspapers in England at the time. Hicky dedicated the first two or three pages to news […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

A star-crossed venue The Hyatt Regency where Abbotsbury was. (Picture by R. Raja Pandiyan.) Just mention the name Abbotsbury and the eyes of old timers will light up. It reminds them of grand society weddings where the Who’s Who of Madras congregated, the swish of silks, traditional delectable South Indian fare when it came to […]

Opening up at last, to fading beauty

(All pictures by R. Raja Pandiyan.)

But can Senate House be year round exhibition space?

Pharmacy education evolves in Madras

by Dr. A. Raman anant@raman.id.au

Structure of a standard prescription (1850s). After the 1950s, doctors prescribed medications using brand names rather than their chemical names. For example, the extensively used analgesic, antipyretic acetyl`aminophen (paracetamol) is better known in India by its brand name Crocin® or Metacin®. Before the 1950s, in general, doctors wrote prescriptions at great length, instructing the pharmacist […]

The Lord returns to His abode

by J. Ramakrishnan, Former SP, Crime Branch, Madras

The Sivapuram Nataraja. Some famous crimes recorded in various Tamil Nadu police journals. Six metal antique, idols including that of a Nataraja idol belonging to the Chola Period (Tenth Century), were excavated on June 2, 1951 at Sivapuram Village in Thanjavur District. At public request, these were handed over to the Siva temple at Sivapuram […]

Should pavement get hawker space?

– Vincent D'Souza

There was a time when I took guests who were on a Chennai tour to Pondy Bazaar. We would get off the auto at a point opposite Holy Angels school and walk on the pavement. My idea of showing them the city included a brush with its maddening shopping paradise. I hardly shop. But I […]