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Vol. XXIX No. 2, May 1-15, 2019

Regular Articles

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

Bye Bye Chief For once, The Man from Madras Musings is at a loss for words. It had been a great friendship between Chief and MMM and at the end of it, he, the Chief, has shaken MMM’s hand off and gone to a distant land. With whom is to MMM now laugh over Madras […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

A short quiz on the life and career of a respected family friend, Guru, well-wisher, historian (chronicler) and writer synonymous with this wonderful city. 1. Where was S. Muthiah born and what does the initial S stand for? 2. A qualified engineer, from which prestigious Ivy League university did Muthiah get a Masters degree in […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Canvassing like Cheshire Cats It is getting to be hotter than the hinges of Hades already but nothing deters the band of volunteers. The Man from Madras Musings alludes to the campaigners of the various parties as they go around the different areas of our city, palms pressed together in greeting, the face permanently split […]

Our Readers Write

Altruism with trees The Firangipani tree, (paneer pushpam in Tamil) stands majestically tall, enveloping all its sinewy arms with its white and pink hued flowers, within the compound of the house opposite mine. One day, on an impulse, I picked the fallen flowers to adorn my earthen bowl and lengthen their lives for perhaps one […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Which Bharat Ratna was recently given the Bodley Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford’s world-famous Bodleian Libraries for his contribution in literature, culture, science, and communication? 2. Name the two […]

Dates for Your Diary

Till April 30: Chithirai Ther Thiruvizha – drawings by K.G. Narendra Babu and photo art by Dr. Sushil Pani. Temple cars are chariots that carry Hindu deities on annual festival days called ‘Ther Thiruvizha’. This is celebrated in a grand manner in Temples of Puducherry, Thiruvarur, Chidambaram, Mylapore and in many other places in Tamil […]

Dates for Your Diary

Till April 28: Exhibition of paintings by R. Rajenthran titled Nature Dwellers. Rajenthran is an alumnus of the Government College of Arts and Crafts. He joined as Head of Dept. in MGR University and served as Principal of the Grand Institute of Fashion Technology for visual arts and also taught at SRM University. His painting […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Stones in Books The Man from Madras Musings thinks it was Shakespeare who said that there were sermons in stones and books in running brooks. That was the first quote that came to mind when MMM was asked recently to release a book commemorating 90 years of the oldest Rotary Club in the city. MMM, […]

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from March 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. On March 13, which enterprise became the third Indian company to achieve a market value of more than Rs.6 trillion? 2. On March 6, which famous cultivar from the State was given a Geographical […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

Learn to say MGR Station And so the highest in the land arrived and gave a speech in the outskirts (and mercifully not in the middle of the city thereby causing traffic jams) of Chennai that was Madras. The Man from Madras Musings notes that he, the Numero Uno that is, reiterated his Government’s decision […]