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Vol. XXX No. 20, February 16-28, 2021

Regular Articles

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on the favourite childhood author Enid Blyton and her work. 1. Which term/word has been chosen by Oxford Languages, which publishes the Oxford English dictionary, as its Hindi Word of Year 2020? 2. Name the Oscar-winning actor famous for playing Captain von Trapp […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

– (Wo)MMM

Learning to cycle in Chennai The better half presented The Woman from Madras Musings with a bicycle last week. (Wo)MMM was quite thrilled, having never had a cycle of her own before. Actually, (Wo)MMM is learning to ride a cycle for the first time. It’s all very exciting of course, but she is only now […]

Our Readers Write

A note on Temple Tanks With reference to the article that appeared in Madras Musings January 16th, 2021 on Temple Tanks, I wish to make the following comments and observations: A temple tank should be thought of as an open (dug) well at the macro level. It is supposed to collect seepage water from the […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next 10 on feats by India and Indians in India-England Test history. 1. In which South East Asian country did archaeologists announced the discovery of oldest known animal cave painting (of a wild pig) said to be created about 45,500 years ago? 2. On […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

Sorry, wrong wedding A December evening was drawing to a close and a group of friends had gathered at chez Man from Madras Musings. His good lady, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed had earlier that week declared that she had had enough of COVID restrictions (had not we all?) and it was […]

Our Readers Write

Putting to public use an unused lane Under the Smart City Mission, the Greater Chennai Corporation [GCC] has been coming up with various projects in T. Nagar, ostensibly to provide hassle-free movement of the public. The continued apathy of the officials to the ever-growing encroachment by the shops/commercial establishments/hawkers/vendors on Ranganathan Street/Natesan Street and Railway […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on medical conditions, ailments and cures. 1. What important decision was the Congress deliberating on January 6 when Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol? 2. Which reigning seven-time World champion was honoured with a Knighthood recently? 3. Who is/are Time magazine’s Person(s) […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

–(Wo)MMM

Hello 2021 – A ‘new normal’ Wishlist The new year is here, and one hopes the covid vaccine will also be here soon. The Woman from Madras Musings has been reflecting on how strange 2020 has been. While one is happy to bid it – and the coronavirus – goodbye, one can’t help but hope […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and next on the month of January. 1. What is ‘Variant of Concern 202012/01’? 2. In a rare instance, which famous European Capital city was fined 90,000 euros for breaking a law ‘aimed at correcting gender imbalances in government service’? 3. Best-selling author born David […]

Our Readers Write

Understanding Bharati The article by K.R.A. Narasiah on Understanding Bharati – differing perceptions (MM, Dec.1st, 2020) makes interesting reading. It is well-researched and well presented. Bharati was recognised by the discriminating few during his lifetime. It was only after his premature death that his reputation developed. Even The Hindu of 13 Sept 1921 (The day […]