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

Regular Articles

Chennai Sangamam – A welcome revival, but let’s keep politics out

-- by The Editor

Chennai Sangamam is back, after a gap of 11 years. By the time this issue of MM is in your hands, the event will have concluded and here is to its success. May it prosper and may the residents of Chennai once again have an opportunity to soak in all aspects of culture that the […]

Chennai ranked the most suitable Indian city for working women

-- by A Special Correspondent

That South Indian cities tend to fare better in social indices than their Northern counterparts is a matter of general acceptance. This fact has been borne out yet again by a recent study of 111 cities conducted by consulting firm Avtar on the inclusivity of women in the workforce.

Heritage Watch: Fifty years of Women in Tamil Nadu Police

December 2022 marks the beginning of the golden jubilee of women in Tamil Nadu Police. It was in that month, in 1973 that an all women team comprising one Sub Inspector, one Head Constable and 20 Police Constables was recruited for Madras City. The women were trained for one year and on November 1, 1974, […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- MMM

Inclusivity, Government Style The Man from Madras Musings, being a hard-bitten cynic, has always held that equal opportunities are a myth and that discrimination of some kind is the very foundation of human nature. The late Chief was however truly all-embracing and disagreed often with MMM on his view. MMM and Chief agreed to disagree […]

Why TN continues to dither on its Heritage Act

-- by The Editor

The Hindu on December 27, 2022, carried an interesting article on how the Telengana State Government, while it has been doing its bit for heritage conservation in fits and starts, lacks a holistic vision and a plan for what it wants to do with its past. The article pointed out that despite five years having […]

City police tap into Facial Recognition Technology to the alarm of people and politicians alike

-- by A Special Correspondent

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in administering the city, if you notice. This year alone, Chennai has used many tech-based solutions to solve a swathe of civic problems – March saw the usage of drones to spray water bodies with mosquito larvicide, October’s scramble to complete stormwater drain work leveraged precast technology,

Heritage Watch: Diamond Jubilee of the Music Academy Auditorium

It has been a citadel for the performing arts for sixty years. Yes, the Music Academy’s TT Krishnamachari Auditorium completed sixty years on December 20, 2022, for it was on that day in 1962 that Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, former Maharajah and then Governor of Mysore, formally cut the ribbon

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- (Wo)MMM

Margazhi Mishaps The Woman from Madras Musings loves the city at this time of year. Each Madras December holds promise of beautiful cultural performances and (Wo)MMM loves the whole scene, from concerts and theatre to classical dance and kutcheris. It is curious though, that – in (Wo)MMM’s experience, in any case – while the former […]

Our Readers Write

Gandhi Nagar Memories The article on Gandhi Nagar (MM, December 1st) brought back memories of my childhood (late forties, early fifties) when my father Dr. T.M.B. Nedungadi had purchased a plot in the newly formed layout and built a house which was let out. The address was No.23, 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar. One of the […]

Manohar Devadoss – a life of indomitable courage and cheer

– The Editor

It is hard to believe that Manohar Devadoss is no more. He was so full of life. Born in 1936 at Madurai, Mano was blessed with a natural sense of perspective that led to art as a hobby. He found his métier in ink-on-paper, a tough medium, but a fortuitous choice. While in his thirties, […]