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Vol. XXVIII No. 22, March 1-15, 2019

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

The alien tongue Among the various things that The Man from Madras Musings detests is this easy familiarity that leads people to address a person older to them as Uncle or Aunty, as the case maybe, even at the first meeting. And the older MMM gets, the more he dislikes it, for it destroys the […]

Our Readers Write

Orange brigade dots Chennai roads The complexion of the Chennai roadscape, especially in the residential areas, has turned orange! Hordes of motorcycles with uniformed delivery persons wearing orange-coloured SWIGGY shirts are busy picking up and delivering food for an ever-hungry market! You will find a cluster not only outside popular restaurants but also near modest […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

Wedding Bells Season With the Music and Dance season drawing to a close, it is wedding season in our beloved Madras that is Chennai. Everywhere you see the banns being put up and people being united in holy wedlock. The Man from Madras Musings is simply flooded with invitations. Left to himself he would hide […]

Dates for Your Diary

Till February 28: Invisible Truth – an art exhibition organised by the interns of DakshinaChitra. The exhibition will showcase the hidden truth behind nature and the rituals followed through installations, sculptures, reliefs etc. and the importance of the five elements in human life (at DakshinaChitra). Kalasha Trishool February 23-24: Workshop on Spanish tile making hosted […]

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The National Awards Up North, in the capital, the Beating the Retreat ceremony has just concluded and, along with it, the dust settles over the Republic Day celebrations. It is with considerable amusement that The Man from Madras Musings notes that denizens of Chennai’s art world have also beaten the retreat from the capital. In […]

Our Readers write

The faces that sing Yet another Music Season has gone by giving ample indication of the fact that the Bhakthi-drenched tradition of Carnatic music is fully alive and kicking. While many of the veterans were seen fading into the sunset, a rich crop of youngsters from both within the country and from the USA has […]

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Out with the plastics And so, the much-awaited deadline has come – the Man from Madras Musings alludes to the State Government’s decision to ban plastic, especially the use of non-biodegradable carry bags. The powers-that-be, in keeping with their powers have taken a lofty decision and left those down the line, namely the lower orders, […]

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No thanks, Government I do not agree with your contention that the Government of Tamil Nadu is “indifferent “to the largest Music Festival in the world.(MM, January 1st).When former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa inaugurated the Festival as CM in 2012 (at which I was present), she generously offered to assist this largest festival in the […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from December 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1.A special commemorative stamp was released in honour of Nobin Chandra Das. He is credited with ‘inventing’ which famous sweet? 2.Name the Indian movie that has been shortlisted for the Oscars in the Documentary Short […]

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Last mile connectivity This is a phrase that is much in use these days. The Man from Madras Musings notes that it is employed in just about any context – from Metro rail to the capability of a deliveryman in reaching a parcel to the destination where it is intended. MMM is, however, of simpler […]