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Vol. XXX No. 7, August 1-15, 2020

Regular Articles

Short ’N’ Snappy


Window Man & Shop Man Here today gone tomorrow is more or less the motto of the times. The Man from Madras Musings reflects on the number of people he knows who have fallen victim to the current pandemic and pays a silent tribute to them all. Yes, these are depressing times. You could almost […]

Lost Landmarks Of Chennai


The San Thome Redoubt – a Lost Landmark of Chennai While Fort St. George is a familiar landmark in the city, not many may remember the other protective structures that once existed all around it. There was the Old Town Wall, which has been documented extensively in Madras Musings. Besides this, there was Clive’s Battery […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next 10 on Krishna and Ganesha, whose festivals are being celebrated in August. 1. Name the initiative launched by the Union HRD ministry that provides psycho-social support to students, teachers and parents and addresses issues related to mental health and emotional well-being. 2. Name […]

Quizzin’ With Ramanan

Beginning with this issue, quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions will be on current affairs, and the next 10 will be on a specific theme. The inaugural theme is Indian classical music. 1. Following the withdrawal of the USA, which private foundation is set to become the largest funder of the World Health Organisation (WHO)? […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

-by Sriram V

A Lost Bridge and a Forgotten Governor Madras United Club on Fraser’s Bridge Road. Have you ever heard of Fraser’s Bridge Road? No? It is a small thoroughfare that connects Esplanade and North Fort Roads to Rattan Bazaar. Over the years the name changed to Frazer’s Bridge and then, a couple of years back the […]

Pavithra’s Perspective

Lord of the Island I had driven across the length of Anna Salai twice, when my cab-driver turned around to ask me exactly where I was bound – not an uncommon occurrence during heritage city trips as I usually went in seemingly aimless directions. When we finally arrived at my destination and I gazed up […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

(Wo)MMM, Parotta and Masks We live in times of gender equality and The Man from Madras Musings, long at the helm in this column is happy to yield space to a new writer, the (Wo)Man from Madras Musings. And no, she is not MMM’s Good Lady, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed, and […]

Our Readers Write

Our website had quite a few comments, which we are publishing below: P.G. Wodehouse writes to P.G. Sundararajan (Vol. XXIX No. 24, April 1-15, 2020) S. Venugopalan says: April 20th is the birthday of our beloved dad Chitti, so I consider this article a birthday gift for his 110th birthday from the magnificent Madras Musings! […]

Heritage Watch

by S. Muthiah, published by the Taj Connemara, 2006

The Connemara Hotel All pics courtesy – A Tradition of Madras that is Chennai, the Taj Connemara Most cities of colonial origin/growth will have at least one hotel that was witness to much of their history. Chennai may have lost D’Angelis but it still takes pride in its Connemara, now managed by the Taj Group […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

When Madras sent out migrant labour The first wards of the Isolation Hospital. The Communicable Diseases Hospital, Tondiarpet. The COVID crisis has brought to the fore the problem of migrant labour. States are closing down borders and one Chief Minister has even gone to the extent of stating that if in future other States need […]