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Vol. XXXII No. 9, August 16-31, 2022

Archives: Vol. XXXII No. 9, August 16-31, 2022


Madras Week Events

Wishing our Readers a Happy Madras Week.

We are pleased to present the events we have lined up for Madras Week. The schedule for all programs (unless specified) is as follows: 6.00 pm – 6.30 pm: Refreshments, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Programme.

1. Sunday, August 21 – A Tribute to SPB. Talk by actor and writer Mohan V Raman at GRT Convention ­Center, T. Nagar.

2. Monday, August 22 – Dilip Kumar: Signboards to Stories, a Journey. Writer Dilip Kumar in ­conversation with Justice Prabha Sridevan at Ashvita’s, Mylapore.

3. Tuesday, August 23 – Historian & Madras Musings Editor Sriram V. in conversation with pioneering social worker Poonam Natarajan at the Museum of Possibilities, Triplicane.

4. Wednesday, August 24 – Tête à Tête with Manuel Aaron. Anchor and commentator Sumanth Raman in conversation with chess legend Manuel Aaron at Hotel Maris, Cathedral Road.

5. Thursday, August 25 – Culinary Notes From ­Madras: Tracing the influences of communities that were integral to the city of Madras. Talk by Rakesh Raghunathan at Hanu Reddy Residences.

6. Friday, August 26 – Staging Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan. Talk by artist and director Pravin Kannanur at Hotel Savera, Mylapore.


The Great Dig

-- by The Editor

The city of Madras that is Chennai is now one large excavation. Every road resembles a surgery, with a patient having been opened up, awaiting an operation. There are three principal agencies at work – the Chennai Metrorail Limited, TANGEDCO and Chennai Corporation. While the first is a long-drawn project, to last over many years, the other two are (hopefully) timebound and need to be completed before the monsoons set in. If the experience of the last few years are anything to go by


Chennai’s second airport at Parandur – A mixed bag of hope and apprehension

-- by A Special Correspondent

The construction of the city’s proposed second airport at Parandur, approximately 68 kilometres from Chennai Central, is expected to commence in a couple of years with a projected outlay of Rs. 20,000 crores. It has been a longstanding view that Chennai requires a new airport. The passenger traffic at the Meenambakkam facility is said to be among the busiest in the country, serving around 2.2 crore passengers a year;


Happy Madras Week

In celebration of Madras Week, we’re pleased to present a series of photographs encapsulating moments of everyday life in our city. The photos are the work of Rekha Vijayashankar, a self-taught photographer and recipient of the Kanavu Fellowship awarded by the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation.


Memories of Luz Church Road

-- by Indukanth Ragade,

V. Sriram’s translated excerpts from, Ambujammal’s autobiography (A Long-Lost Luz Church Road – MM, May 16th, 2022) prompts me to recollect my own memories of the road in the period 1943-1960. In May 1943, when I was five, my father died prematurely and my mother with

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