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Vol. XXVI No. 24, April 1-15, 2017

Regular Articles

Communicating with Saars

The Man from Madras Musings has been flooded with queries from readers wanting to know if he, MMM, did attend the Government sponsored event in which he was asked to address bureaucrats on heritage. For those who did not read it, a quick look at the previous issue of Madras Musings, either in paper or […]

Our Readers write

Remembering PKS The remarkable museum (MM, March 16th) that commemorates Srinivasa Ramanujam is entirely due to the selfless dedication P.K. Srinivasan whose two passions were Ramanujan and making Maths interesting. He worked in Muthialpet High School, one of his students being Bose who offered his space for the museum. It is sad that the Government […]

Quizzin with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What is special about the polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) discovered recently in Argentina? 2. Name the world’s longest serving warship that was decommissioned on March 6th after nearly six decades of service. […]

SHORT ’N’ SNAPPY – Communicating in -Govt. ishtyle

Have you ever noticed that our Government is stuck in the 17th Century or thereabouts when it comes to its communication style? Or, rather, ishtyle, as it is pronounced by brethren from up North? This aspect was brought home rather forcefully to The Man from Madras Musings recently when he was at his desk with […]

Our Readers Write

T’ Nagar has its Season, too While Mylapore may be the main hub of the December music and dance festival, T’Nagar and surrounding areas are also active players. In addition to leaders, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (at the Nalli Gana Vihar hall) and Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (at Vani Mahal), Mudra conducts its festival at […]

Quizzin’ with Ramnan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period February 16th to 28th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Vikas Swarup, India’s new envoy to Canada, is famous for writing the novel ‘Q&A’ that was made into an multiple Oscar-winning flick. Name the film. 2. The new long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train […]

Dates for your Diary

Till March 30: Group show by Pudu-cherry artists, L. Candappane, A. Soucoumarane and Gopal Jayaram (at DakshinaChitra).

The week that was – SHORT ’N’ SNAPPY

At the outset Chief, please accept the apologies of The Man from Madras -Mus-ings. He does know that you, Chief, are averse to any political overtones appearing in this column. MMM’s rejoinder to that being such is the standard of MMM’s column that no politician worth his/her salt is likely to ever understand even a […]


Elections, the heritage way Several years ago, when The Man from Madras Musings was new to this city, he depended a good deal on people like the Chief to show him the ropes. And the Chief’s idea of showing the ropes was to get MMM, then a mere mm (man in Madras), to become a […]

Dates for your Diary

Till February 26: Recurrence – painting exhibition by Akhilesh. Akhilesh is a painter, writer and curator from Bhopal. He has had 45 one-man shows in major metros in India and abroad (at DakshinaChitra.) Till February 26: Small formats by JK, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jayakumar (JK). Jayakumar is known for his surrealistic […]