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Vol. XXXII No. 6, July 1-15, 2022

Regular Articles

Chennai’s trees deserve better care

-- by Shobha Menon

World-over, accepted standards directing the management of roadside greenery include guidelines around the preferred species or shapes of trees grown. These primarily refer to the design of space created and managed by humans. When it comes to an already mature ecosystem of trees or a green patch that is integral to its surrounding natural landscape, […]

Storm water drainage works gather momentum as rainy days loom ahead

-- by A Special Correspondent

The recent spate of rains left multiple localities inundated, bringing to the fore once again the subject of the city’s stormwater drainage systems. When Mayor R. Priya assumed charge earlier this year, it was reported that the Corporation’s primary focus would be the expediting of storm water drainage

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- MMM

The trees are sporting new colours In Chennai that was Madras, there are we know only three seasons – hot, hotter and hottest. Of late, The Man from Madras Musings notices that there is a deplorable tendency to celebrate the hot season as winter, with many people going around in shawls, monkey caps and earmuffs. […]

Our Readers Write

Levying of penal interest Reacting to the news report which stated that the Greater Chennai Corporation [GCC] will withdraw the rebate/incentive of five per cent, if the property tax is paid after April 15 [for the half-year period of April/September] and after October 15 [for the second half-year period of October/March], and, instead,  levy a […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- (Wo)MMM

Chennai once made quite the racquet The Woman from Madras Musings fairly skipped to the living room in joy, for she was watching a very thrilling French open match with the better half. In true millennial fashion, the match was playing on OTT – a choice that turned out to be a poor one for […]

Our Readers Write

Growing beyond renaming of Roads This refers to Can we grow beyond renaming roads? (MM, May 16-31, 2022).  The penchant for renaming the roads does not seem to have diminished a wee-bit among the political parties, no matter  even if they come to power after a long hiatus, promising good governance.  As far as the […]

Heritage Watch: The Mahatma moves (temporarily) for the Metro

There are many statues to Gandhi all over the world but to the Chennai-ite there is only one – the statue that has stood at the intersection of Radhakrishnan Salai (Edward Elliots Road) and Kamaraj Salai (South Beach Road) since 1956. It has served as a meeting point, a focal point, a marker and also […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy

-- (Wo)MMM

Get on with it MMM! The Man from Madras Musings fights shy of blowing his trumpet, but it cannot be denied that over the years he has done his fair bit of writing on the city’s history. A large portion of the credit for this must of course go to old Chief, peace be upon […]

Our Readers Write

Special Issue on N. Sankar Thanks a million for the very nice MM issue covering N. Sankar’s achievements. As a fellow alumni of AC Tech and subsequently Sr. Manager in Chemplast, I had the privilege of knowing him well. He was one of a kind. I am sad that he is no more with us. […]

Heritage Watch: Restoration of Chepauk Palace

It is certainly easy to construct a building. It is easier still to neglect it for years and then watch it go up in flames within a few hours. Restoration, however, is a painstaking effort, lasting many years. At the Chepauk Palace, work is proceeding slowly but surely. Both the wings, the Khalas and Humayun […]