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Vol. XXXI No. 6, July 1-15, 2021

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

(Wo)MMM

Taming tornados The Woman from Madras Musings is at that age where many friends have progressed to taking on the mantle of parenthood.   On listening to their stories, (Wo)MMM has a new respect for parents – especially young parents – these days. Entertaining a child under normal circumstances is hard enough; keeping them occupied in […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 are on India and Indians at the Summer Olympics. 1. In one of the toughest rulings for a law-enforcement officer in the US, for what action was former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison? 2. Which […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

To Lockdown or not to Lockdown The Man from Madras Musings has nothing but sympathy for the head that wears the er… crown (now what did you think MMM meant?) in our state. We all know he had to wait long to be entrusted with the responsibility. Some had even written this as an impossibility. […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 are on The Adventures of Tintin. 1. Who recently became the eighth in line to the British throne? 2. Which US billionaire has announced that he and his brother will make a spaceflight on July 20? 3. What Greek alphabet has […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

– (Wo)MMM

Lockdown days Lately, The Woman from Madras Musings has been thinking a lot about The Little Prince, a story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Perhaps you have read it, too. It is about a little prince who lives on a planet not much larger than a house. As (Wo)MMM recalls – it has been a while […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 are on capital cities. 1. The cast of which world-famous sitcom, which ran for 10 years till 2004, came for a special reunion on May 27? 2. Who, a month shy of his 51st birthday, recently became the oldest man to […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

To be ill or not to be It has been quite a while since The Man from Madras Musings wrote this column, there being so little to laugh about in this city of ours. Both MMM and his good lady, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed are safe and maintaining all safety precautions. […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 are on the great filmmaker Satyajit Ray whose birth centenary was observed this year. 1. A Belgian farmer made news recently after moving a stone, he found in his tractor’s path, by about 7.5 feet. How? 2. At the recent Oscar […]

Our Readers Write

The vanished tribe of Mukunnamama – A tribute to an original ‘Madras Walker’ Talakkodi Madathil Mukundan Nedungadi, whom we all knew as Mukunnamama (the Malayalam pronunciation of the name) was Father’s younger maternal uncle. He was nearly of Father’s age and was the complete antithesis of Father’s elder uncle who was tradition bound, ill tempered, […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

– (Wo)MMM

Living with the Corona virus Last year, The Woman from Madras Musings had been rather optimistic about 2021. Like many, she nursed hopes that we would leave the worst of the pandemic behind as we stepped into a new year, better informed and better equipped to fight the virus. However, it looks like the war […]