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Vol. XXVI No. 21,February 16-28, 2017

Regular Articles


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 […]


Protests over Protests The Man from Madras Musings missed it all, just as he did the floods of 2015. Well not entirely. He was in our Madras that is Chennai during the peaceful and dignified part of the Jallikattu protests but was away when the peaceful sit in became a fairly chaotic break out. He […]

Our Readers Write

Time for a push The piece W(h)ither Tamil Nadu? (MM, January 16th) poignantly describes the quality of leadership. The contrast is provided by neigh-bouring Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. These states have been aggressive in focusing on development in contrast to the focus on emotive issues and freebies by Tamil Nadu. Remember the predilection of Tamilians […]

Quizzin with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from January 1 to 15. Questions 11 to 20 -relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. In which Capital city was India’s first international -exchange India INX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange, inaugurated by the PM recently? 2. Which European country -recently became the first one to […]

Dates of your Dairy

Till February 22: Exhibition of flowers by Mi Yeon Kim who practises the art of Oriental painting and sketching. (At InKo Centre, Boat Club area.) February 15-March 15: Embrace our Rivers – Public. Art. Awareness programme initiated by the Goethe Institut, Chennai, in association with several partners to establish an emotional and techno-social connects between […]

Short N Snappy

All Just in Jest It was yet another morning at the old magazine and The Man from Madras Musings lazily switched on his computer to see if there were any emails from ye faithfulle readership. And having seen, he continued seeing with a wild surmise rather in the manner of stout Cortez’s men on a […]

Our Readers write

Naming it right Several readers have pointed out that we made a howler with the publication of the feature on JJ Road (MM, January). They tell me that it is a road not named after the late Chief -Minister and long pre-dates her. Tara Murali, who lives off the road, writes: It is definitely not […]

Quizzin with Ramanan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period December 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Name the substance that was recently identified as the world’s most heat-resistant material, withstanding record melting point temperatures up to 3958°C. 2. How did eminent modern Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh make news recently? […]

Dates for your diary

January 25-February 22: Exhibition of flowers by Mi Yeon Kim who practises the art of Oriental painting and sketching. (At InKo Centre, Boat Club area.) February 4: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is organising an all-India essay and painting competition My City My Heritage for school students of Classes 6-9 across […]