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Vol. XXXI No. 24, April 1-15, 2022

Archives: Vol. XXXI No. 24, April 1-15, 2022


Much Ado Over Malls

by The Editor

The Hon’ble Chief Minister has just returned from a quick visit to the Middle East. The details of the business deals concluded have since appeared in the Press – Rs. 6,100 crores worth of MOUs have been signed and these cover a wide range of industries – food processing, retail, steel, textile, healthcare and logistics. The news has created quite a buzz around Tamil Nadu, which has been set a target by the present regime to become a trillion dollar economy by 2030.

The excitement needs to however give way to some clear reflection on the composition of the industries that have promised to invest. It is also important to remember that these are MOUs – which are expressions of interest. Not all such promises become reality and with the passage of time, many of these are forgotten. It therefore becomes necessary for the voting public to monitor the progress of such projects very closely.

A Chief Minister of a State of India going abroad to drum up trade does make the news chiefly because it happens rarely even in these liberal times. The big names of the past in Tamil Nadu never stirred out and it was after a long such ­hiatus that the immediate predecessor to the present CM went on a road show in 2019. When he returned it was with a declaration that the three countries that he visited would be investing a total of Rs 8,830 crores with an employment potential for 37,300 people in the State. Reality after the four years makes for sobering reading. The Middle Eastern leg of the former CM’s tour


Rising heat, climate change forecasts call for comprehensive heat action plan for the city

by A Special Correspondent

On March 22, Chennai experienced one of the hottest days in the year so far. The temperature reportedly soared past 38 degree celsius in many parts of the city, with weather stations at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recording a maximum temperature of 37.6 degree Celsius and 38 degree Celsius respectively – a level which is reportedly four degree Celsius above average for the day.


Heritage Watch: Chennai, by Cycle

The Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) in association with Cycling Yogis has come up with a unique initiative to showcase the heritage of the city. Cycle rides are being organised to highlight the international connects that Chennai has had since historical times.

This initiative from TTDC is a big boost to Eco Tourism based activities in the city and


When Chennai got its first woman Mayor

by V.V. Radhakrishnan. Courtesy: The Illustrated Weekly of India, February 2, 1958.

Following our featuring the three women mayors of Madras in our Heritage Watch section of MM dated 16th March 2022, Ramineni Bhaskarendra, our go to person for printed material from the past, sends us this interview


Vyasarpadi Vinayaka Mudaliar

by Karthik Bhatt

An interesting sidelight of the Kapapleeswarar temple Brahmotsavam is the display of antique dolls, paintings and memorabilia belonging to Vyasarpadi Vinayaka Mudaliar at the Chittira Chattiram (also known as the Bommai Chattiram) constructed by him on South Mada street. The collection is open for public viewing only during the festival,