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Vol. XXXII No. 19, January 16-31, 2023

Featured Articles

Minority groups and social welfare at Chennai’s 46th Annual Book Fair

-- by Shwetha Bai

With the buzz of Pongal in town, Chennai has been taken by storm once again by the 46th Annual Chennai Book Fair. Held at the YMCA grounds, the Book Fair has more than 400 stalls. While the fair serves as a place of zeal and fervour for bibliophiles, it has also become a medium to […]

Golden Jubilee of Women in Tamil Nadu Police

-- by Sriram V

The first proposal to recruit women in the Madras Police was made as early as in 1919. That was when the city police were trying their best to eradicate prostitution. F. Armitage, then Commissioner of Police Madras was all for tightening laws and the Government of India went to the extent of suggesting that the […]

Public Hospitals in Madras and the people associated with it – Part 1

-- by Anantanarayanan Raman, anant@raman.id.au

In this article, we refer to the public hospital facilities of Madras, viz. the Lock and Naval Hospitals, the Native Infirmary, Lunatic Asylum, Eye Infirmary, Maternity Hospital (Egmore), and the Queen Victoria Hospital for Caste and Gosha Women, some of which are operational today. We also include brief notes on a few of the pioneering […]

Dr. Beatrix D’Souza – the voice of the Anglo-Indian Community

-- by Richard O’ Connor

Dr. Beatrix D’Souza is well known in Anglo-Indian circles in India and overseas, and is certainly a household name in the city of Madras and the State of Tamil Nadu. She has represented the Anglo-Indian community in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly during 1991-96 and in the Lok Sabha during 1998-2004. In fact, she holds […]

Chennai-Mysuru Vande Bharat – A review

-- by Sridhar Joshi

The talk of the town – an Indian Railways innovation that is probably the best thing to happen since April 16, 1953 – finally made a stop in our Singara Chennai. Yes, our city now has its own Vande Bharat (VB) Express to Mysuru. Given that nearly every social media handle including that of Minister […]

Ashwin joins the ranks of the all time greats

-- by Partab Ramchand

Before Ravichandran Ashwin exploded on the scene around a dozen years ago with immediate impact, Indian cricket had produced two world class all-rounders in Vinoo Mankad and Kapil Dev. Now it is crystal clear that with his ubiquitous qualities the 36-year-old from Chennai is not only the third world class all-rounder but is also among […]

TTK Auditorium turns sixty!

The pictures on this page are all kind courtesy the Music Academy, Madras. They were taken on inaugural night, which was on 21st December, 1962.

The Alcohol Conundrum – an interview with Dr. Shanthi Ranganathan

-- by Shobha Menon

Tamil Nadu’s Prohibition history’s chequered past and present: 1937 – Madras Presidency implements Prohibition, but the State grants individual permits. 1971 – DMK under M. Karunanidhi lifts Prohibition as a means to supplement the State’s income. 1974 – Prohibition back (and continues to ‘come’ and ‘go’ many times, till 1991). 1981 – AIADMK under M.G. […]

Self-discovery and exploration of mental health issues

-- by Srinivas Chari

Who better than our Chennai cohort Ganesh N. Rajan to illustrate American poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s words “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Ganesh would know! He suffered what is believed to be the most devastating of psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia, in his late teens circa 1980. After going […]

The Puzzle of the Aadu Puli Aatam Board Reserved for a Player – Yeri Katha Ramar Temple, Maduranthakam

-- by Vinita Sidhartha

The game of the goat and the tiger is one of the most popular folk games across India. The board varies from place to place across the country and so too does the number of goats and tigers. Perhaps the most popular version of all is the one played in South India on a board […]