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Vol. XXX No. 5 June 16-30, 2020

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

An Elegy on the Success of a Presentation Around six months ago, O what a happy time that was, the Man from Madras Musings was invited to give a presentation on Making Money in Madras. This was to a group of financial advisors and MMM had 45 minutes. In his usual fashion MMM put together […]

Heritage Watch

The National Gallery, Egmore As we are emerging from a lockdown, we thought we will begin it with some positive reporting. Of course, the very word positive has different meanings today, but we being dedicated to heritage, assure you that we mean the word in its old sense. And so we resume our heritage watch […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

- MMM

What is with the AC remote? The weather is the absolute pits. As Perhaps Greatest Writer once said, the city is divided into two groups – the first which says it does not mind the heat as much as the humidity and the other which says just the reverse. The Man from Madras Musings prefers […]

Our Readers Write

During the lockdown, we at Madras Musings were thrilled to find quite a lot of feedback on our website, where we were updating articles every fortnight. We are publishing some of these below: J.S. Prabhu – An Institution Builder and Patron of Arts (Vol. XXIX No. 23, March 16‑31 2020) AK says, this is a […]

Pavithra’s Perspective

By Pavithra Srinivasan

Paddler’s Paradise Description: 3.5” by 5” approximately. Medium: Black and White Micron Pens; 0.20mm and 0.35mm. My first ever introduction to the Adyar River was as a wide-eyed nine-year-old, newly arrived in Chennai, still adjusting to a seething city’s rhythms as I trundled to school in a bus that bumped over potholes and teetered around […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Enough is Enough At a time when people are dropping dead owing to this virus, there is a whole host of people going live on social media. The Man from Madras Musings notices that anything and everything is grist to their mill – haircuts, washing vessels, cooking, workouts, yoga sessions and much more. MMM realizes […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

Kindly wait, you are in queue These are very dark times indeed and The Man from Madras Musings feels like a character out of a Russian or to bring it closer home, a Bengali novel. The atmosphere, as a wordsmith once put it, is so fairy tale that it is Grimm. Imagine a whole world […]

Quizzin’ With Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to ­Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On March 27, which nation became the 30th member of NATO? 2. How did Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh make news on March 20 following an incident in December 2012? […]

Our Readers Write

Freebies for Covid This refers to the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to provide cash incentive of Rs.1000 and free supply of rice, lentils, oil etc for the rice card holders and, sugar, lentils and oil at free of cost to the sugar cards to tide over the situation arising out of the lock […]

Heritage Watch

Very often, a building needs to be preserved because of the style of architecture that it represents. Appar Acchagam is a classic instance. Designated a Grade 2a status by the Justice Padmanabhan Committee, the building located in Broadway/Prakasam Salai has, according to the same committee report, the following features – “Arches of the front façade […]