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Vol. XXXII No. 13, October 16-31, 2022

Featured Articles

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

Kalki Krishnamurthy in Madras PS-1 is all the rage at present. I use the word rage advisedly, but it does seem the mot juste given the reactions and discussions that have since erupted (to put it mildly). But what role did Chennai or Madras have in its creation? Plenty. Kalki was after all a man […]

Remembering Ranganatha Mudaliar

-- by Sabita Radhakrishna

During the early years of my marriage, I was introduced to family history, of days gone by, of the associations my husband’s family had with stalwarts during the colonial rule, and it was truly fascinating. We walked in the Theosophical Society every day whenever we visited Madras, and all the landmarks were pointed out to […]

The changing face of Shenoy Nagar

-- by Srinivas Chari

I need to put this on record. Never mind if I don’t remember dates and names. Never mind if I sound a bit fuzzy. Never mind if it all comes tumbling out as a stream of words. I need to get this off my chest before I stop caring. The stark truth is that my […]

Remembering OTR

-- by Shobha Menon

In 1994, the Spring Bulletin of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, (Vol. 9 No. 1) recorded that collections from Madras were ‘lacking in botanical art, except for the prodigious private collection of artist O.T. Ravindran, nurseryman, landscape designer, ecologist, journalist, and interesting personality.’ They were praising an extraordinary man with […]

Lost Leisure: Sculpture at play? The curious case of the Thiyagarajaswamy temple, Thiruvottriyur

-- by by Vinita Sidhartha

Traditional games have a rich and interesting history. There is much we know about them and much that we don’t. In some cases, we remember the rules, the names and how we used to play the games. But who came up with them? Where did they come from? Do these games perhaps carry a deeper […]

On the quarter-millennial anniversary of the Madras General Hospital – II

-- by Ramya Raman, Anantanarayanan Raman

(Continued from last fortnight) The action of the Jury caused some dissatisfaction among the British community, since the community considered that a case of criminal negligence had been made out. This is the first recorded medical forensic autopsy in India done in Madras in 1693.

The WTA Chennai Open is here to stay

-- by Partab Ramchand

The city has been deprived of key international tennis ever since the ATP Chennai Open – the only ATP tournament in South Asia – shifted to Pune in 2018. So it was with great enthusiasm that fans of the sport welcomed the recently concluded WTA Chennai Open, which was held at the Nungambakkam stadium from September 12 […]

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 […]