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Vol. XXVII No. 5, June 16-30, 2017

Regular Articles

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MMM

Dancing Doctors & other Jis These are times when in the worlds of politics and arts, you can earn brownie points by prefixing people’s names with a ‘Doctor’ and suffixing them with a ‘ji’. The latter, incidentally, appears to have penetrated the Tamil lexicon, at least in Madras that is Chennai, for even the most […]

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Did a Native Medical School function in Madras in the 1820s? The English East India Company (EEIC) established the Bengal Medical Service in 1763. EEIC established similar services in Bombay and Madras shortly after. By 1775, a Medical Board in Calcutta and Hospital Boards in Madras and Bombay began administering public hospitals. At this time, […]

Quizzin with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from May 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu. 1. What image will appear on the new Re. 1 currency note that the RBI is planning to bring back into circulation? 2. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s new nation-wide campaign to promote […]

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– MMM

Heat of the moment This column falls due just as what little there is of the mind of The Man from Madras Musings (MMM) has got all addled with the heat. MMM can think of nothing other than the heat at this point in time and conversely, he is forever dreaming of cooler climes. But […]

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Still being vandalised One of our city’s simple yet striking landmarks is the K.A.J. Schmidt Memorial on Bessie Beach in Besant Nagar. There are two kinds of people who get drawn to it. One lot are the love-lorn ones. They amble to the memorial, scribble a message or draw the figure of a bleeding heart […]

Quizzin with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from May 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu. 1. On May 4th, what important announcement did Buckingham Palace make as regards the Prince Consort? 2. Which neighbour of India recently established full diplomatic relations for the first time, following a meeting between Pope […]

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– MMM

The ways of those in office Dear DeMo from Delhi (sorry Chief, this fortnight’s column begins with the same obeisance as the last but The Man from Madras Musings cannot help it) is all for Government offices changing their ways if his speeches are to be believed. MMM who belongs neither to the loony left […]

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Memories stirred Was pleased to read that “Cooum now has a good guide that none of our other rivers have!” (MM, March 16th, 2017). ‘Chitti’ Sundararajan and T. Janakiraman’s Nadandai Vazhi Kaveri, a brilliant bit of Tamil non-fiction crossed my mind, and I remembered having feverishly read it as a high-school student in Madras several […]

Quizzin with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from April 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu. 1. With what prestigious literary award was eminent Bengali poet and critic Sankha Ghosh honoured by the President on April 27th? 2. Name the spacecraft which recently dived successfully through the space between Saturn and […]

Dates for your Diary

WORKSHOP DATES For adults May 19-21: Rajasthani Miniature painting on canvas supervised by Madan Lal (At DakshinaChitra). May 20: Workshop on Terracotta jewellery making. Earthen clay will be moulded into different shapes, either rough or glazed finish, embossed with patterns, fired and made into wearable jewellery (DakshinaChitra). For children May 21: Miniature animal/birds figures made […]