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

Regular Articles

Dates for your Diary

Exhibition: URUVAKKAM: from Prints to Golu from September 3-25 at Kadambari Gallery, Dakshina Chitra Museum. Inauguration on September 3, 4 p.m. by Dr. Chithra Madhavan.

Our Readers Write

More storm water woes Many thanks for carrying an article on the woes of Chennai residents brought on by storm water drains. Perhaps the point that was missed out relates to unplanned excavation work very close to roots of trees and in many cases under the roots too. Many trees have been cut when the […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- (Wo)MMM

The Drones Club It happened in August, with alarming regularity. The Woman from Madras Musings would be tottering about on the tennis court when the heavens would suddenly manifest an unearthly din. The buzz of what sounded like a swarm of mosquitoes would tear through the silence of play, bringing the game to a screeching […]

Madras Week 2022 — A Big Thank You!

As the curtains come down on Madras Week 2022, we at Madras Musings are filled with a deep sense of gratitude to the city that we are proud to be in and call home. That it can have so many positive-minded celebrants is by itself a matter of pride but then, we would have expected […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- MMM

Madras Week Musings It has come and gone and The Man from Madras Musings is still recovering from it. There were ribbons to be cut, prizes to be awarded, speeches to made, babies to be kissed, interviews to be given, talk shows to be hosted, heritage walks to be conducted and at the end of […]

Chakkarai, Cheeni, Askã in the 1970s Madras

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

Many of us in Madras may recall that white sugar, chakkarai (spoken Tamil), was popular as cheeni (rather cheeni-ch-chakkarai) and askaa as well, in the 1970s. Gritty, crystalline, particulate véllam (jaggery), as against the ûrûndai-véllam (mandai-véllam), is sarkarai — a term that originates from Sarkaraa (Sanskrit). Historically Sarkaraa meant ‘gravelly’, ‘gritty’, and ‘dirty’, although these […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- (Wo)MMM

Six degrees of separation The natural bonhomie of Chennaiites never fails to charm The Woman from Madras Musings. We, much like the rest of the country, love to prove that the world we live in is small, indeed – make a new acquaintance and the conversation will invariably reveal that he or she is a […]

Our Readers Write

Obstacle race on Chennai pedestrian walkway Chennai roads particularly the walkways (so called) offer a fascinating variety of obstacles that make a stroll down the walkways truly adventurous. The small stretch of walkway between our residence on Westcott Road, Royapettah and the neighbouring Wesley High School/Meston College compound offers a delightful mix of ordinary and […]

Madras Pinjrapole

-- by Sudha Umashanker

Over 2000 cows in all – old, middle aged and young (in fact, one delivered on the day of my visit) are well cared for in this remarkable facility. Set up over a hundred years ago over a sprawling area

Mylapore Recreation Club – Winners of Palayampatti shield

-- by V. Ramnarayan

The annexation of the Palayampatti title last month by Mylapore Recreation Club ‘A’ was celebrated as a first time triumph in the TNCA First Division cricket league by a team barely five years old in the senior division. The team has been portrayed as a kind of David that defeated such Goliaths of Tamil Nadu […]