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Vol. XXXII No. 4, June 1-15, 2022

Featured Articles

When the Gandhi statue attracted tax

-- by Sriram V

The Gandhi statue on the Marina is in the news owing to the necessity of having to shift it from its current location to facilitate Metrorail work. One of the few pieces of public art that Chennai can truly be proud of, it was unveiled by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India, in […]

Kalaimagal, the literary Tamil monthly turns 90

-- by R.V. Rajan,

As a new initiative, the Madras Management Association has begun to conduct a series of meetings in Tamil, so that is can cater to its members in Tamil Nadu who are more comfortable listening to lectures in the said ­language. The third speaker in the series was Kizhambur Sankarasubramanian, the fourth editor of the 90 […]

Representing the Anglo-Indians in the State Legislative Assembly three times

(Richard O’ Connor, Courtesy: Anglos in the Wind, April 2022.)

Alice Suares was the first lady of Anglo-India in the State of Madras after Independence. Handpicked by Congress Chief Minister Kamaraj in 1957, she represented the Anglo-Indian Community in the State Legislative Assembly for a record three terms, extending up to 1971. Nobody, either before or after her, has had this distinction. In the Assembly […]

Prof. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas – a look at this life and his work – III

(Continued from last fortnight) Prof Krishnamoorthy Srinivas (1933-2017) – an eminent neurologist, brought to his practice an old world grace, charm and much empathy. We remember this true friend of Madras Musings by publishing extracts from his book – Tusitala, Celebrating the Life and Work of Prof. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas, brought out last year. Our thanks […]

The Squash World Champions from Chennai

-- by S.R. Suryanarayan

It was one of India’s finest moments in the sport of squash. For the first time, Indians rose to win not one but two titles in a World Championship. Glasgow 2022 will remain etched in the minds of all squash lovers for a long time to come, thanks to the exploits of Saurav Ghosal, Joshna […]

Thank you, Donors

We today, publish donations received with thanks for the period February-April 2022. – The Editor February 2022 Rs. 100: T. Premkumar Rs. 200: B Subramaniam, P. Sundareshwar, Jennifer Gwynne, Dr. D. Janakiraman, K. A. Narayanan Rs. 400: K.S. Rao, Sabita Shetty, R. Venkatesan, K.P. Subramanian, S.V. Ramakrishnan Rs. 500: Shankar Pejavar, T.Q. Sheriff, K.M. Vedapuri, […]

Can we grow beyond renaming roads?

by The Editor

The State Government is back to what it does best – renaming roads in the city. There is of course the other thing they do equally well – unnecessary ‘beautification’ of neighbourhoods but we will not go into that. At least not just now. Since these are times when being critical of anybody in power […]

Perungudi landfill fire — A harsh reminder why waste segregation at source is non-negotiable

by A Special Correspondent

On a Wednesday in the last week of April, residents in and around the Perungudi dump noticed a haze of smoke enveloping their localities. It became harder to breathe and vehicles plying the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam 200 feet radial road found themselves driving in conditions of poor visibility. It was reportedly around 12.30 pm that day when […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

-- sriram V

A Long-Lost Luz Church Road Luz Church Road is today just another road of the city. It has a whole lot of humdrum buildings, plenty of traffic and accompanying congestion. This can be considered its third phase of existence. The earlier phase was around seventy years ago, when it was a quiet thoroughfare, with a […]

Sanmar, what Sankar built

-- The Way We Were by Sushila Ravindranath

I met Sankar in 1985 to do a feature on Chemplast. He was not reluctant to talk but was surprised that anyone would want to do a story on the Chemplast Group. Halfway through our conversation, he said with an air of surprise, “We do have a story to tell.” He had just put his […]