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Vol. XXX No. 18, January 16-31, 2021

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

Sorry, wrong wedding A December evening was drawing to a close and a group of friends had gathered at chez Man from Madras Musings. His good lady, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed had earlier that week declared that she had had enough of COVID restrictions (had not we all?) and it was […]

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Putting to public use an unused lane Under the Smart City Mission, the Greater Chennai Corporation [GCC] has been coming up with various projects in T. Nagar, ostensibly to provide hassle-free movement of the public. The continued apathy of the officials to the ever-growing encroachment by the shops/commercial establishments/hawkers/vendors on Ranganathan Street/Natesan Street and Railway […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on medical conditions, ailments and cures. 1. What important decision was the Congress deliberating on January 6 when Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol? 2. Which reigning seven-time World champion was honoured with a Knighthood recently? 3. Who is/are Time magazine’s Person(s) […]

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–(Wo)MMM

Hello 2021 – A ‘new normal’ Wishlist The new year is here, and one hopes the covid vaccine will also be here soon. The Woman from Madras Musings has been reflecting on how strange 2020 has been. While one is happy to bid it – and the coronavirus – goodbye, one can’t help but hope […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on the month of January. 1. What is ‘Variant of Concern 202012/01’? 2. In a rare instance, which famous European Capital city was fined 90,000 euros for breaking a law ‘aimed at correcting gender imbalances in government service’? 3. Best-selling author born David […]

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Understanding Bharati The article by K.R.A. Narasiah on Understanding Bharati – differing perceptions (MM, Dec.1st, 2020) makes interesting reading. It is well-researched and well presented. Bharati was recognised by the discriminating few during his lifetime. It was only after his premature death that his reputation developed. Even The Hindu of 13 Sept 1921 (The day […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

Fighting Covid in the air And so the long-dreaded moment arrived. No, it is not what you think it is, or at least that is what The Man from Madras Musings thinks you think. He alludes on the other hand to travelling by air during this year of pandemic. MMM had put off going anywhere […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on traditional Indian culinary preparations. 1. According to a recent decision by China and Nepal, by how much has Mt. Everest’s height increased from the generally-accepted height of 8848 metres? 2. How did 90-year-old Margaret Keenan of the UK make news recently? 3. […]

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Karma Veeran “Cre-A” Ram The deadly pandemic covid has swallowed many a hapless being on its inexorable march and the latest to joint this list is the formidable figure in Tamil and English publishing worlds, famously known as “ ‘Cre-A’ Ramakrishnan”, in Chennai. What fills us with wonder is that he managed to launch the […]

A new reservoir after 76 years

by The Editor

On November 21, 2020, the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, inaugurated the fifth reservoir of the city, located at Thervoy Kandigai in Thiruvallur District. It will have a capacity of one thousand million cubic feet (1 tmcft) and is expected to go a long way in solving the water crises that the city faces in […]