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Vol. XXXII No. 11, September 16-30, 2022

Featured Articles

Before we scoff at Bengaluru… … Let us recall 2015, 2016, 2021, etc.

-- by The Editor

Last fortnight saw unprecedented rains in the city of Bengaluru. There was widespread flooding, and a crisis of severe proportions unfolded, exposing the woefully inadequate and faultily developed infrastructure of the city. There followed the usual barrage of angry posts and articles by social media warriors from the city. And then came posts from other […]

Marina Loop Road: Civic body begins to clear encroachments, leaves fisherfolk dismayed

-- by A Special Correspondent

Extending from the Marina Lighthouse up until Foreshore Estate, the Marina Loop Road is a concrete stretch that skirts the shores of the Marina beach, encompassing several fishing hamlets such as Nochikuppam, Duming Kuppam and Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, to name a few. Take a drive down Marina Loop Road and you will see a row […]

Heritage Watch

Last fortnight social media was awash about the international coffee major Starbucks appointing an Indian CEO. That the man was of coffee-loving Tamil origin was made much out of. There was plenty of good-natured banter about his name – Lakshmi Narasimhan and it was speculated that Starbucks had been inspired by that good old Chennai […]

Physician to The Bronze Gods

-- by Vijaysree Venkatraman, v.vijaysree@gmail.com

‘Archaeological Chemist, temporary … at cost of Rs. 1,500 for the year 1929–30 … required for work connected with the treatment of bronze images in the Museum,’ the advertisement read. The superintendent of the Madras Government Museum, F.H. Gravely, had written to the government, saying that hundreds of archaeological bronzes in his collection were ‘affected […]

Madras Teachers Guild and the South Indian Teachers Union

-- by Karthik Bhatt

While Madras’s distinction as having been home to the first labour union country is well-documented, a fact that is lesser-known is that it was a pioneer for welfare organisations for the teaching community as well. This article is a brief profile of two of the earliest teacher organisations, the Madras Teachers Guild and the South […]

On the quarter-millennial anniversary of the Madras General Hospital

-- by Ramya Raman, Anantanarayanan Raman

The English-East India Company (EEIC) established the Bengal Medical Service in Calcutta (presently Kolkata) in 1763. Similar services were established by the EEIC in Bombay (presently Mumbai) and Madras (presently Chennai) shortly after. By 1775, a Medical Board in Calcutta and Hospital Boards in Madras and Bombay started administering hospitals. Surgeons holding British medical licences, […]

The fragrance  fades from Chennai

-- Business Houses of the South by Sushila Ravindranath

An entire generation is not likely to know that Pond’s Dreamflower Talc was manufactured in a factory in Pallavaram in Madras once upon a time. At one point it was the largest selling talcum powder in the world. Really. Just think of the Indian population and the numbers make sense. It changed the face of […]

That eventful India-Sri Lanka Test at Chepauk

-- by Partab Ramchand

India and Sri Lanka these days meet so often across formats that the reaction is generally one of ‘oh, no, not again’ or ‘so what’s new’. But there was considerable interest when the two teams met for the first time in a Test match at Chepauk in September 1982. It did seem fitting that the […]

GCC eyes the creation of Sponge Parks to help Chennai combat floods

-- by A Special Correspondent

As part of a wider goal to tackle inundation during the rainy season, the Greater Chennai Corporation has unveiled plans to establish sponge parks throughout the city. Sponge parks are, as the name suggests, functional public spaces that can absorb water and recharge the groundwater table, thus limiting water stagnation.

Heritage Walks

If there is one activity that has really blossomed owing to Madras Week celebrations, it is the heritage walk. Absent from the Chennai cultural scene at least till 1999, though it was always very popular elsewhere, it has since grown manifold. This year, during Madras Week, apart from the walks that were led by your […]