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Vol. XXXII No. 15, November 16-30, 2022

Featured Articles

Centenary of a Loved Landmark

-- by Sriram V

It has stood on Poonamallee High Road for a hundred years, its Porbandar stone cladding giving it a distinct character among the surrounding plethora of red brick Indo-Saracenic structures. The offices of the Southern Railway, just across Walltax Road from Central Station, will complete a century on December 11 this year, for it was on […]

A device used and some methods practised by Tamil mariners in the mid-19th Century

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

Notes of Harry Congreve, Madras Infantry An article entitled A brief notice of some contrivances practiced by the native mariners of the Coromandel coast, in navigating, sailing, and repairing vessels by a Madras-based British military engineer Harry Congreve is available in the Madras Journal of Literature and Science (1850).

Chennai’s role in fostering commercial education in India

-- by Karthik Bhatt

One of the lesser talked about aspects of Madras is its contribution to the development of commercial education. Over the years, it has also been home to several stalwarts from the field of accounting and audit, who have in their own ways been pioneers and have contributed to immensely to the growth of the profession […]

How ‘Green’!

-- by Shobha Menon

Green Hills, Green Nest, Green Paradise, Green Valleys, Green Acres, Green Mantra, Green Woods, Green Retreat and Green Vista are all names of new townships / apartments/ gated communities across India! And while the past decade has definitely seen more sustainable design and construction practices across metro cities including Chennai, the gaps are stark too.

When old rivals met in Kangaroo Bhoomi

-- by Vijaysree Venkatraman

“Twist Dance theriyuma, Test Match puriyuma?” With these lines, Saroja Devi teasingly asks the male lead, MGR, if he is hip enough to hang out with her crowd. This hit film song from 1966 suggests that the ability to follow a cricket match was a marker of hipness back then. If my Madras-born mother who […]

A loss to the world of small journals

-- by Sushila Ravindranath

I feel such a sense of loss and grief over the passing away of S. Viswanathan, the founder, publisher and editor of  Industrial Economist, the business magazine published from Madras. I do not think he approved of the name change. Viswanathan was truly an under appreciated pioneer and icon of Chennai. He dared to launch […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

When Madras too had a Globe Theatre How can Madras not have had a Globe Theatre? That name, forever associated with the Bard of Avon ought strictly to have been a playhouse but for some reason cinema took to it and practically every city in the English-speaking world that had a significant film following seems […]

A legendary Madras writer-author and her work on a Madras legend

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

I am unable to recall precisely. I must have been in senior class in the M. Ct. Muthiah Chettyar Boys’ High, Purasawalkam. But what I remember vividly are my regular push-bike trips to the then new District Central Library (presently the Devaneya-Paavanar Nulagam) in Mount Road. I first chanced on the book Doctor Rangachari by […]

Bullet the survivor

-- Business Houses of the South by Sushila Ravindranath

The very first Bullet motor bike outside UK was manufactured in Madras by Enfield India. It was also the first bike to be manufactured in the country. This was in 1955. The Bullet has gone through many avatars since then and today, according to Economic Times, is the market leader. It is the only two […]

The three TN cricketers who played in over 50 tests

-- by Partab Ramchand

Figuring in over 100 Tests is quite commonplace these days given the proliferation of matches though the feat is certainly a significant one for the player concerned. India itself has 12 representatives in this club but there is none from Tamil Nadu. The state’s representation in the national team over the years has not been […]