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Vol. XXIX No. 18, January 1-15, 2020

Featured Articles

Pavithra’s Perspective

Pavithra Srinivasan

Once I opened my eyes to the beauty and heritage of Chennai, things seemed to pop up literally before my eyes in unexpected places. And a site where I regularly stumbled upon surprises was, unsurprisingly, the area surrounding Chennai’s Central station.

Making Chennai water sustainable

Indukanth S. Ragade

Apropos your report on Making Chennai Water Positive (MM, XXIX, Volume 16, December 1st issue), may I submit that the various seminars held periodically on the topic of Chennai’s water problem do not talk about the basic factors that contribute to Chennai’s citizens being starved of water which, if addressed, would dramatically transform Chennai’s water […]

Lost Landmark of Chennai

A home for the fine arts For years it stood, its white pilaster façade hiding its rich musical history. The music had of course long fled and even memories had faded sometime in the first decade of the present century. The house had of late been used a godown and even that use was not […]

Serving the nation well – with his administrative skills

by R.V. Rajan

P. Sabanayagam, the veteran administrator, decided to publish his memoirs only in 2018, thirty eight years after he retired from the IAS because he felt that Governance today does not believe in truly serving people. By sharing his life story, he hopes to inspire the younger generation of administrators to learn about how he handled […]

The tadpole’s lament

Ranjitha Ashok

Chief, thought it would be nice to check in with you every now and then, give you an update maybe, on all the goings-on here. Have you heard the latest? We’re in a fine mess – linguistically speaking. The Apostrophe, the little tadpole of the grammar world, is increasingly feeling very left out…very out of […]

Early women doctors and the various associations that worked towards better healthcare facilities in India

Ramya Raman and Anantanarayanan Raman

(Continued from last fortnight) At the inauguration of the First All-India Obstetrics and Gynaecological Congress, presided over by Ida Scudder of Vellore, Guha remarks, ‘…The practice of female-oriented midwifery had deep roots in Bengali society which accounts for the fact that despite Bengal being the bastion of British imperial power in India, it lagged behind […]

A city that fears the rain

by The Editor

It is true that in 2015 Chennai was battered by unprecedented rains that left the city a devastated area. A year later came a cyclone of mega proportions. Both of these left the metropolis scarred for a long time to come. Since then we have seen a year of adequate rains, one of a total […]

Old & New

The December Music Season is in full swing.

Crop insurance – and its dependence on risk mitigation

by A Special Correspondent

Agriculture, by its nature, is exposed to the ravages of climatic change and produce-price volatility. Growers plant crops in the face of this twin uncertainty hoping that the money and effort they put into the soil would be recovered and rewarded. These risks cannot be totally avoided but can be coped with. Crop insurance aims […]

Profit for Good: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation

by Varsha Venugopal

Editor’s note: Some time back, Chennai Heritage, which owns Madras Musings, was taken over by the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation. As CWCF turns 20 this year, the team thought it an opportune moment to carry a piece on the institution which has contributed so much