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Vol. XXIX No. 5, June 16-30, 2019

Regular Articles

Dates for your Diary

June 23: Hanu Reddy Mango Tourism is organising ‘The Great Mango Festival 2019’ on June 9, 16 and 23 from 6.30 am to 12.30 pm at Hanu Reddy Raghava Farms located at Othivakkam, on the outskirts of Chennai. The participants will get an opportunity to walk through the farm and sit down for breakfast at […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from May 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What record has Biju Janta Dal’s Chandrani Murmu set as far this Lok Sabha elections go? 2. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has for the first time recognised which syndrome, associated with workplace stress, […]

Short N Snappy


The Isthmus of T’Nagar The Man from Madras Musings has often heard of the expression that it is from chaos that order was born. Sir Theyagaroya Road in T’Nagar appears to disprove this maxim for here you can see chaos born from what was once order. Time was when this arterial road leading to Panagal […]

Readers Write

Remembering an election of the past In the panchayati elections that were round the corner that summer in Poonamallee, where I grew up, the final contenders were Ganshyamdas (GD), a Rajasthani whose ancestors had settled in Madras Presidency decades back and Kalivaradan, (KV) a son of the soil, as he had proudly dubbed himself to […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from April 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. Name the former India cricketer who has become the first woman to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees. 2. NASA’s recently announced planned mission to put humans back on the […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy


Blame it on the Metro Nomophobia, so The Man from Madras Musings learns, is the fear of not having a mobile phone. True the Chief managed without one all his life but then he was an intrepid man, allowing such material possessions to pass by him like the idle wind, which he respected not. But […]

Our Readers Write

Great contributor The stalwart chronicler is no more. I am deeply grieved to hear the news of the demise of our beloved friend. The contributions he has made to the heritage and history of Madras would remain as the hallmark for years to come. The historiography behind all his exemplary enterprises no chronicler can ever […]

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from April 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What was the name of Japan’s imperial era that came to an end on April 30? 2. The RBI recently announced the issue of Rs. 20 banknotes. Which UNESCO World Heritage Site will feature […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy


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 […]