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Vol. XXVIII No. 13, October 16-31, 2018

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Public Service, Chennai Style Mylapore, which to The Man from Madras Musings is the centre of the universe, becomes quite unapproachable during the festival of nine nights aka Navaratri. Doll sellers occupy the pavements, such as they are, and set up displays of their wares. The civic authorities, who in MMMs view, consider our street […]

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Greens of Madras The natural history cameo in Geeta Doctor’s ‘Memories of Chetpet’ was excellent. It ties in neatly with my experience when I was out on a morning walk – not in Chetpet but T. Nagar – and saw a woman picking some pavement greens. What she was gathering was the leaf of the […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from September 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Government recently proposed to merge which three State-owned banks to create India’s third largest lender? 2. Which State has the highest number of people living with HIV, according to the HIV Estimations 2017 report […]

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Taking people around Madras The Man from Madras Musings has been around for quite some time in this city of ours. He therefore is ideally placed to give advice on where to go and, more importantly, what to see, particularly if those spots are of the historic kind. This appears to be the understanding of […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from September 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What major initiative towards financial inclusion was launched by Prime Minister Modi on September 1st with a capital of Rs. 14.35 billion? 2. Who is the author of the recently-released book Moving On, Moving […]

Dates for your Diary

Till October 28: Paradise Lost – an exhibition of paintings by Adam Khan. Adam is a British artist who lives and works from Kodaikanal. As a backpack traveller in his twenties he travelled to most parts of the world and then from Uganda he landed in Bombay, and finally fell in love with Kodaikanal and […]

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WhatsApp wonders The Man from Madras Musings rarely writes about social media, chiefly because the Chief does not quite like these things. Neither does MMM, but then unlike the Chief he cannot afford to stay away from them either. There were many occasions when he was sorely tempted to write about the menace that lurks […]

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Well foundations Karthik Bhatt (MM, Sep-tember 1st) has wondered why the “unique well foundation” of St. Andrew’s Kirk finds no mention in W.T. Munro’s The Madrasiana, 1868. But it may be noted that a 1982 publication on St. Andrew’s Kirk contains the following observation. “Almost the whole of Fort St. George is seated on wells in […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from August 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Name the West Bengal athlete who became first Indian to win a Heptathlon gold in the Asian Games. 2. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently unveiled details of its first indigenous human space […]

Dates for your Diary

September 21-23: South Indian Puppet Festival 2018. This festival presents the varied arts of Katta Bommalaatam, Tholpaavaikoothu and Gombeyaata from a diverse set of artistes and troupes specially invited from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka – (at DakshinaChitra 11 a.m. -5 p.m.) Till September 29: Painting exhibition by Dhinakara Sundar titled Padma. Dhinakara […]