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Vol. XXIX No. 24, April 1-15, 2020

Regular Articles

Our Readers Write

More on Tamil Nadu budget In analysing the budget of Tamil Nadu, the correspondent has made unwarranted statements about the quality of education in Government schools. Tamil Nadu was the first State in India to have fully trained, qualified teachers in Government and aided schools, as early as 1964. There is not a single unqualified […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

by Sriram V

The Gaiety Palace which occupies the space where the Gaiety theatre stood Not much Gaiety in its history Whenever conversation turns to the vanished theatres of the city, the Gaiety is sure to be among the first subjects of discussion. And yet very few people actually have memories of watching a film there. That is […]

Quizzin’ With Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from February 16th to 29th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.) 1. What was the theme of this year’s National Science Day observed on Feb. 28? 2. In which station in West Bengal did the Indian Railways recently launch their Restaurant on Wheels by refurbishing two […]

Heritage Watch

by The Binny Headquarters

There will always be a Binny in Madras was once a boast but that has since been proven false. The company, founded in the closing years of the 18th century struggled along till the 1980s and now even its beautiful headquarters on Armenian Street has gone. The Binny building, witness to over 200 years of […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

When Aught Befalls Us This article is going to take some time to type out for The Man from Madras Musings has to take frequent breaks to wash his hands with sanitizer, adjust his surgical mask, take it off to drink rasam and munch his way through two cloves of garlic and finally ponder over […]

Our Readers Write

Managing City traffic You have highlighted the woes of city traffic and ways to keep it under control (MM, February 1st). There are a few simple measures that can be taken to manage the traffic better. Synchronisation of traffic lights will enable traffic to move more efficiently and is applicable when two traffic lights are […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

By Sriram V

When Madras clothed the Army The spelling is enough food for thought but the history of this thoroughfare is even more interesting. next fortnight) Among my favourite research materials are the old street directories of Madras that is Chennai. From these you can get a fairly good idea of street names, the names of thoroughfares […]

Heritage Watch

Last days of Last House on Snob’s Alley It has survived from the 1640s, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in the whole of Chennai city. But Last House to the left of Snob’s Alley may be on its last legs if the Archaeological Survey of India has its way. Listed as being […]

Pavithra’s Perspective

by Pavithra Srinivasan

The House where Netaji stayed One of the endearing side-effects of my re-discovery of Chennai’s heritage was the many cabbies I befriended, who overrode their skepticism of my history trails to actively become interested in my quests to find this or that unfamiliar site. What usually started out as outraged curiosity (“I have been a […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-MMM

(Im)Mobile Technology Unlike the Chief, whom the Madras from Madras Musings misses on a daily basis, MMM took to cell phones very early. He progressed steadily from pagers to the large brick-sized instruments and the smaller ones. With time cell phones became larger and smarter and MMM kept pace. He can still recall those old […]