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Vol. XXVIII No. 17, December 16-31, 2018

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

The school admissions saga This is that time of the year when the mind of The Man from Madras Musings naturally turns towards music and other related festivities. Like Good King Wenceslaus (or was it Old King Cole?), MMM likes to see smiling faces about him. But what he sees are several haggard and careworn […]

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. Which form of music that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s was recently added to UNESCO’s coveted list of “intangible heritage”? 2. Which story-dialogue writer was honoured with IFFI 2018 Special Award for […]

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Welcome articles Thank you for enlightening us on the statue and plaque in front of General Hospital (MM, Nov. 16th). I’ve been seeing it for decades while using the bus stop opposite Central, and often wondered who this illustrious person was! I feel MM is doing a great job by publishing such articles – so […]

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December 26-30: Marghazhi Fest: Kolattam, Kummi, Thappattam and Oyillattam by Salangai Oli troupe from Thanjavur (at DakshinaChitra). Till December 30: Aananda – exhibition of recent works by K.Balasubramanian (at DakshinaChitra). Till December 30: Kaleidoscope – an exhibition of paintings by D. Ravi and Pooja S.I. (at DakshinaChitra). Workshops at DakshinaChitra December 22, 23 and 30: […]

Dates for your Diary

One of Balasubramanian’s work. Till December 30: Exhibition of painting by K. Balasubramanian titled ‘Aananda’. DakshinaChitra is hosting an exhibition of paintings of K.Balasubramanian titled ‘Aananda’. Balasubramanian’s works are minimalistic in nature. The abstractions worked in monochromatic colours have strong base in tantric art and hindu philosophy (at DakshinaChitra, 10 am-6 pm)

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

Why it will not rain They came, they saw, and they left. The Man from Madras Musings alludes to the clouds that descended rapidly on Chennai and then left as soon they arrived, leaving not a wrack behind. They poured their plenty on to the sea, they rained just outside city limits, and they wreaked […]

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Poor workmanship While the IIT-M has observed that the workmanship in the Metro Rail (MM, November 16th) was bad, it would have put the IIT, and also your correspondent, in better light, if a root cause analysis for poor workmanship in this country had been carried out by them and explained to the readers. We […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from November 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On November 1st, who became the fifth Indian cricketer to be formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame? 2. The Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has decided to cut listing time […]

SHORT ’N’ SNAPPY

-MMM

Bring on the plastic pots The Man from Madras Musings is perpetually looking up at the sky, rather like one of those cultivators in famine films that the 1950s so specialised in. And not a cloud can he see. The weather department, whose words nobody can trust, had promised monsoons as early as October 10th […]

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Pillboxes and litter Apropos pillboxes/bunkers, (MM, November 1st) although I am not an Army man, I agree with the Editor that these are mainly for coastal defence. I had seen some of them on the Belgian coast in Europe. We see them also in WWII films like The Longest Day. I had seen the ARP […]