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Vol. XXVIII No. 19, January 16-31, 2019

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Out with the plastics And so, the much-awaited deadline has come – the Man from Madras Musings alludes to the State Government’s decision to ban plastic, especially the use of non-biodegradable carry bags. The powers-that-be, in keeping with their powers have taken a lofty decision and left those down the line, namely the lower orders, […]

Our Readers write

No thanks, Government I do not agree with your contention that the Government of Tamil Nadu is “indifferent “to the largest Music Festival in the world.(MM, January 1st).When former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa inaugurated the Festival as CM in 2012 (at which I was present), she generously offered to assist this largest festival in the […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from December 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1.A special commemorative stamp was released in honour of Nobin Chandra Das. He is credited with ‘inventing’ which famous sweet? 2.Name the Indian movie that has been shortlisted for the Oscars in the Documentary Short […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Last mile connectivity This is a phrase that is much in use these days. The Man from Madras Musings notes that it is employed in just about any context – from Metro rail to the capability of a deliveryman in reaching a parcel to the destination where it is intended. MMM is, however, of simpler […]

Our Readers write

Indian English of two kinds Hariharan’s letter in (MM, 15th December) has prompted me to share some of my thoughts based on my experience. A respected friend of mine, when I was teaching in Loyola College, was Michael Vivian Joseph, who taught English Language and Literature. Michael and I used to spend our free time […]

Dates for your Diary

Mylapore Festival time again Tamil theatre and traditional puppetry get more space at the 2019 edition of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival ( January 10th-13th). Two short plays and one full-length play by Augusto will be staged in the open air at the main Sannidhi Street stage area of Sri Kapali Temple. The two short […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from December 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Name India’s first locomotive-less train that crossed the 180 km/ph speed limit during a test run on December 2nd. 2. Name the Croatian footballer who won the coveted ‘Ballon D’Or’ for 2018 to break […]

From India’s Digital Archives

- Karthik Bhatt

Introducing Madras to the scientists The Digital Library of India (DLI) project, an initiative of the Central Government, aims at digitising significant artistic, literary and scientific works and making them available over the Internet for education and research. Begun in 2000 by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and […]

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 […]