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Vol. XXIX No. 19, January 15-31, 2020

Regular Articles

Heritage Watch

It was in 2010 that the High Court of Madras in a landmark judgement, listed around 400 heritage buildings of Madras, which it deemed worthy of protection. Since then, much time has been wasted by the Government in setting up toothless committees that have done little or nothing. In the meanwhile, a subsequent judgement watered […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


It was D. Krishnan, formerly of The Hindu, who first called me sometime in 2018 and asked if I knew that the Gordon Woodroffe building on First Line Beach/Rajaji Salai had been demolished. I said I had, for it was only some weeks prior to this that leading a heritage walk, I saw a gaping […]

Short ’N’ Snappy


Contrasting between song and dance Come 31st December the curtains come down on the Music Season. To the Man from Madras Musings it always ends the year on a great note. But of late MMM finds that there is more happening post January 1st, when the dance festivals begin. MMM of course is not so […]

Our Readers Write

Praise from Vasishta Just finished reading Short ‘N’ Snappy by MMM. What riotous fun! Of course I’ve never been a fan of MMM. Neither the earlier avatar (may his memory live long) nor the current claimant to that pseudonym. I sincerely feel that both were/are snooty colonial sympathisers who looked down on mere mortals like […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from December 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On December 17, which former Asian head of State was sentenced to death in absentia on treason charges stemming from his imposition of a state of emergency in 2007? 2. On December 27, which […]



Several New Years ago Yet another year has drawn to a close and a new one has begun. The Man from Madras Musings peers into the past and recalls at this moment several items closely traditionally associated with a new year calendar year and wonders as to where they have gone. Time has certainly moved […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from December 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Who took over as the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Inc. on December 3? 2. Name the body that banned Russia from competing in all major international sporting events for the next four […]



You are cordially invited… By the time you get this issue in your hands, the December Music Season with its vast following of 20,000 people and its fake statistics of 60 organisations putting up 2,000 music and dance performances will be in full swing. The Man from Madras Musings has long doubted the figures that […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from November 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Why was Akkitham Achuthan Namboodri, a renowned Malayalam poet, in the news recently? 2. Which entity on November 28, 2019, became the first Indian company to cross Rs. 10 lakh crore market capitalisation? 3. […]



Back with the Music Season By the grace of Guru and God, and with the blessings of all the elders, friends, rasikas, scholars, canteen managers, light boys, press photographers, reporters, publicity agents, critics, taxi drivers, microphone and sound system experts (if such a category exists), yet another Music Season is just around the corner. The […]