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Vol. XXVI No. 23, March 16-31, 2017

Regular Articles

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 […]


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 […]