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Vol. XXIX No. 9, August 16-31, 2019

Regular Articles

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from July 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. As per the recently passed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, for how many years can a Muslim individual practicing instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) be jailed? 2. Who recently became the […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

The Tower of Babel The Man from Madras Musings was quiet for a change. All around him a perfect Babel of voices rose and fell, each in its own cadence, pitch and punctuation. We were all standing in a newly-constructed toilet, of 4’x4’ dimension, the temperature was at an all-time high and there was dust […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from July 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On July 1, what unprecedented act for a sitting US President did Donald Trump do in an Asian country? 2. Which two countries (both Asian) have jointly topped the Henley Passport Index 2019 based […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

–MMM

Meandering down the Marina It has been quite a while since The Man from Madras Musings sauntered down the sidewalk by the Marina. Now, circumstances have so arranged themselves that he can do that on practically any day he wants and MMM has begun to do just that, enjoying himself thoroughly in the process. What […]

Our Readers Write

Horses that raced hearts Once, Poonamallee, Alandur and Butt Road flaunted many lively race enthusiasts who dreamed of making a killing at Guindy. That the racehorses took them for a ride when they put their shirts on a ‘hot tip’ is the stark reality. A thoroughbred expected to gallop on thundering hooves and win by […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from June 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What colour coding will be required on the front side label of Indian packaged foods to represent high fat, sugar and salt content levels as per Food Safety and Standards Authority(FSSAI) ? 2. As […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

BYOF/BYOC/BYOW No, The Man from Madras Musings has finally not lost his marbles, and that clarification is only in case you did not think it had already happened. Those are all abbreviations that the IT world has given us. The first is Bring Your Own Food – a scheme when subsidised canteens were wound up […]

Our Readers Write

More on matters life and death This has reference to MMM’s article in the Madras Musings issue of June 16th, 2019. Every new incumbent of the Government Pensions seat at the Madras Main Branch of State Bank of India was handed down this story and I received it with a word of caution. Once every […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from June 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Which is the highest-ranked Indian company (71st) in the list of “world’s 2,000 largest public companies” compiled by Forbes? 2. On June 12, who was felicitated with the 54th Jnanpith Award for his “outstanding […]

Short N Snappy

–MMM

Matter of life and death The Man from Madras Musings has often heard those employed in the private sector lamenting about the index-linked pensions that their counterparts in Government service get. The money they say keeps increasing with time, though here MMM does have a counter – it keeps dropping in value anyway. But that […]