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Vol. XXXIV No. 1, April 16-30, 2024

Regular Articles

Good tidings from Gokhale Hall

-- by Sriram V

The built heritage of Chennai has never had it so good. It was only a few months ago that we in Madras Musings had reported on how Bharat Insurance (Kardyl) Buildings is soon to be restored, with the Life Insurance Corporation of India, the owners of the heritage structure, moving ahead at long last with […]

Bigger not always better – Can Chennai Airport convert features into strengths?

-- by Varsha V.

JetArena – a handle on X (formerly Twitter) that covers news and insights from Indian Aviation – recently announced that FlyDubai airline will stop operations between Chennai and Dubai from mid-May, opting instead to ply flights between Kochi and Dubai. The update recalls the media coverage earlier this year which stated that the Chennai airport […]

Heritage Watch: A Brief timeline of Gokhale Hall

It was in 1914 that Annie Besant founded the Young Men’s Indian Association (YMIA). She planned a home for the association which would have hostel facilities for outstation students, a library, a gymnasium, canteen facilities and above all a central hall which would function as an oratory. Constructed by her close associate A Ranganatha Mudaliar,

Short ‘N’ Snappy

– Wo(MMM)

Man-go The Woman from Madras Musings was receiving a package when she noticed the watchman peering suspiciously at the exchange. He lost no time in shooing away the delivery personnel after the transaction and stomped up to (Wo)MMM’s house with a rather stern, determined look on his face. He remarked that the bag seemed to […]

Our Readers Write

Gokhale Hall Dear Sriram, Trust this mail finds you in the best of health and cheer. I am writing this mail in connection with the article on ­Heritage Watch in the 16-31 March 2024 edition of Madras Musings (Vol. XXXIII, No. 23) on the status of the Heritage Act 2012. Non-implementation of the provisions of […]

Before we gloat over Bangalore’s water shortage…

-- by The Deputy Editor

The last few weeks have seen several news items on Bangalore city’s water crisis. It is indeed a sad spectacle to see what was once a green city now grappling with appalling shortage of one of life’s most essential elements. What was even more saddening was the spate of posts on social media by seemingly […]

Questions arise over structural safety assessments following nightclub collapse

-- by A Special Correspondent

News about collapsing of buildings is not new in our city. If the victims are of the kind whose kin can be tapped for votes, then solatium will be forthcoming at once from the Government. What is of concern is that the fundamental cause for such accidents is not being addressed. Unless of course it […]

Short ‘N’ Snappy


On the benefits of tobacco Cigarette smoking is injurious to health as we all know. Many of us can, The Man from Madras Musings is quite sure, repeat this message in many regional languages as well. Tobacco in any form, be it just a wad, or a cigar, or pressed into a pipe, or puffed […]

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It is election time – guard your compound walls

-- by Sriram V.

By the time this issue reaches the readers, the dates of the general election to the 18th Lok Sabha will most likely have been announced. Which means the model code of conduct would have kicked in. Which in turn means compound walls of private and public properties cannot be defaced by poll graffiti and posters. […]

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