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Vol. XXX No. No. 11, October 1-15, 2020

Regular Articles

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next 10 on Indian flora and fauna. 1. Which two Arab countries recently signed the ‘Abraham Accords’ with Israel in a step toward a realignment of the Middle East? 2. In a historic judgement, which global telecom company recently won a decade-long battle against […]

Chennai under ‘Unlock 4’ – what now?

The Editor

The question that is uppermost in the minds of most residents of the city is whether there is any lockdown at all in place. Yes, those with school and college-going children do know that educational institutions are still out of bounds for physical attendance. The entertainment industry is still under lockdown, at least that part […]

CMRL – back on track after a 5-month hiatus

by A Staff Correspondent

With the lockdown gradually lifting in Chennai, it remains to be seen how the city will handle free public movement even as it continues to battle the pandemic. A layman’s analysis of data published by the Tamil Nadu government seems to give hope.

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 on Chennai Super Kings. 1. According to WWF’s ‘Living Planet Report 2020’, which type of animal population has seen an alarming decline of 68% from 1970 to 2016? 2. Which businessman recently became the first person to be worth $200 billion? […]

Heritage Watch

The Madras Literary Society Building Nestled in one corner of the Directorate of Public Instructions campus on College Road is the Madras Literary Society. Its origins go back by 200 years, for it was meant to be the library of the College of Fort St George, which operated from this campus and gave the road […]

Short ’N’ Snappy

Mangosteen Musings The lockdown has given rise to several unsolvable mysteries as far as The Man from Madras Musings is concerned. Who for instance are the people who ring your doorbell? There was a time when you could identify the local butcher, baker and candlestick maker even from a distance. But now they all appear […]

Our Readers Write

Barricading Houses Your view on Barricading Houses is very sensible. Such a tactic truly belongs to the middle ages. Hope the concerned authorities learn from the Bangalore example. Salim Khakhi Open book examination I agree with the suggestion of N.S. Venkataraman (MM: Sep. 1st, 2020) to try Open Book Examination, as recommended by the […]

Speculating on life after Corona

by A Special Correspondent

For some time to come, Corona will not yield place to any other subject in social conversations and for publication in print and electronic media. Media people have a tough job, every day, and every hour, finding subjects that pass the tests of relevance and audience interest. The Chinese intrusion and Bollywood mysteries provide some […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy


Zoomed out Ye Gods, when will this year end was the question most often on the lips of The Man from Madras Musings until he read that the current pandemic is all set to extend well into the next year. And so, MMM has recalibrated and would like to know when 2021 will end as […]

Our Readers Write

Master of Express Estates I read with great interest the article Master of Express Estates. As a sub-editor working with him from Nov. 1988 till end-1995, my image of him was more of a respected elder (he should have been well into his seventies then) than a journalist. Though he was seated behind a huge […]