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Vol. XXX No. 2, May 1-15, 2020

Regular Articles

Pavithra’s Perspective

By Pavithra Srinivasan

Paddler’s Paradise Description: 3.5” by 5” approximately. Medium: Black and White Micron Pens; 0.20mm and 0.35mm. My first ever introduction to the Adyar River was as a wide-eyed nine-year-old, newly arrived in Chennai, still adjusting to a seething city’s rhythms as I trundled to school in a bus that bumped over potholes and teetered around […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Enough is Enough At a time when people are dropping dead owing to this virus, there is a whole host of people going live on social media. The Man from Madras Musings notices that anything and everything is grist to their mill – haircuts, washing vessels, cooking, workouts, yoga sessions and much more. MMM realizes […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

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Kindly wait, you are in queue These are very dark times indeed and The Man from Madras Musings feels like a character out of a Russian or to bring it closer home, a Bengali novel. The atmosphere, as a wordsmith once put it, is so fairy tale that it is Grimm. Imagine a whole world […]

Quizzin’ With Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to ­Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On March 27, which nation became the 30th member of NATO? 2. How did Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh make news on March 20 following an incident in December 2012? […]

Our Readers Write

Freebies for Covid This refers to the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to provide cash incentive of Rs.1000 and free supply of rice, lentils, oil etc for the rice card holders and, sugar, lentils and oil at free of cost to the sugar cards to tide over the situation arising out of the lock […]

Heritage Watch

Very often, a building needs to be preserved because of the style of architecture that it represents. Appar Acchagam is a classic instance. Designated a Grade 2a status by the Justice Padmanabhan Committee, the building located in Broadway/Prakasam Salai has, according to the same committee report, the following features – “Arches of the front façade […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

These are not the best of times, definitely. Here we are, locked down against a virus, with the end, by which The Man from Madras Musings means the lifting of restrictions on movement and not anything else, quite some days away. Suddenly, all our known ways of recreation have been taken away and we are […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

The entrance to what was once the Deorhi of Mahfuz Khan. When Arcot nobility lived in Black Town The name Mahfuz Khan Deorhi (Devadi in local parlance) does not strike a bell any longer. It is now known as Mofuzkhan Garden Street, in George Town. That such a place existed first came to my notice […]

Quizzin’ With Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 1 to 15. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu. 1. Name the legendary former CEO of General Electric who passed away on March 1? 2. Name Egypt’s oldest pyramid (4700 years old) that opened to the public after a 14-year restoration. 3. What momentous […]

Our Readers Write

More on Tamil Nadu budget In analysing the budget of Tamil Nadu, the correspondent has made unwarranted statements about the quality of education in Government schools. Tamil Nadu was the first State in India to have fully trained, qualified teachers in Government and aided schools, as early as 1964. There is not a single unqualified […]