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Vol. XXVIII No. 6, July 1-15, 2018

Regular Articles

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Swacch moves up paper scale Years ago, The Man from Madras Musings, when he was a Cherubic Child of Calcutta, had read a story in the Arabian Nights of a man who slept on a palm seed and his body warmth made it germinate. When he awoke, he found he was several feet above the […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from June 1 to 15. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Where did the much-hyped meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un take place in early June? 2. The world’s most powerful and smartest scientific super-computer, with a peak performance of 200 petaflops, was unveiled […]

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Lessons for learning Reading the article “How not to maintain educational campuses” (MM, June 16th), I was reminded of the words of F.L. Billows of the British Council who was taken aback by the greenery in the Board High School, Sathyamangalam in Erode District. He remarked “Here I see no school, but a poem. I […]

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More on thanneer pandals What with summer being here and showing no signs of leaving, though The Man from Madras Musings must admit that the heat is not a patch on what it was last year, the political parties, whose sympathy for the poor and deserving is well known, are going overboard in setting up […]

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 title was bestowed upon Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their wedding on May 19th? 2. Which central Indian city emerged as the cleanest in the Government’s Swachh Survekshan 2018 carried in over […]

Dates for your Diary

Till June 30: Journeys to the Centre – an exhibition of paintings by Sovan Kumar – at DakshinaChitra. June 23-24: Gramiya Makkal Thirunal. The annual village festival is back with its myriad activities of the village community. Various competitions have been organised such as the Kolam competition and a Kho kho match for women, top […]

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A house that should be saved I have been doing my walking and work-outs at the YMCA Nandanam every day for the past 15 years. And there, a bit of Indian sports history is being totally neglected. My picture is of a derelict house, the one in which Harry Crowe Buck lived in. Buck was […]

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How to look positively at summer By the time you read this column by the Man from Madras Musings, the designated peak hot weather aka Agni Nakshatram aka Kathiri will be over. But before you begin to air your winter woollies let MMM assure you that this is not the beginning of Chennai’s long and […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from May 1 to 15. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Which world-leading Chinese banker has launched China’s first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund called ‘Industrial and Commercial Bank Credit Suisse India Market Fund’? 2. Which state-run lender recently became the first to face curbs […]

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Tom-toms over a thanneer pandal The Man from Madras Musings is a light sleeper and was woken up by some strange noises in the middle of the night. His first suspicion was that it was a burglar. Now MMM is no poltroon and unlike others who would have drawn the sheets over their head with […]