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Vol. XXXIV No. 4, June 1-15, 2024

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Creator par excellence The narrative of Shobha Manickam about her visit to the farm house of C.Ramakrishna is like taking us for a journey to the nature-blessed abode of Ramakrishna, (Remembering C. Ramakrishna, MM, May 1st). The way she walked us through the landscapes, the fruit trees, the orchards, the fragrance emanating from the flower […]

Neglect has given way to Restoration, but what of Maintenance?

-- by Sriram V.

The Hindu recently published a news item that the Public Works Department of the TN Government has finalised a plan to restore six heritage structures in the State at a cost of Rs 67 crores. This has been submitted for formal approval which will most likely be given once the code of conduct imposed by […]

Can the discussion move beyond ‘Pet Rights’ to ‘Responsible Pet Ownership?’

-- by Varsha V.

Earlier this month, a terrible incident took place: A five-year-old child was mauled by two Rottweilers at a public park in Thousand Lights. The dogs were not leashed, which led to the attack; intervention did not come in time and the child sustained severe injuries to her

Heritage Watch: A Pleasure Pavilion in a Pitiful State

To those who may not be aware, Kalyan Mahal is an architectural treasure. Located on the banks of the Cauvery at Thiruvaiyyaru, this was one of the pleasure pavilions of the Maratha rulers of Thanjavur. The series of mansions that dot the riverbank are mentioned in a composition by Tyagaraja as well. Kalyan Mahal has […]

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When Grandaunt voted The Man from Madras Musings has been writing this column for several years and apart from his good lady, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed, no other relative of his has ever had so much as a mention in this space. MMM does not like nepotism; to the extent that […]

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Madras Housing Unit quarters Please find attached a picture of the Single Person Quarters by the Madras Housing Unit. Must have been in the 1950’s or 60’s on New Avadi Road, Kilpauk. This is now a bunch of shops near Hotel Krishna Bhavan. Thought it was a great initiative by the then Government to have […]

Finally, a (Notified) Heritage Act in place

-- by Sriram V

And so a long battle winds to a close. The Tamil Nadu Government informed the High Court of Madras that it has notified on March 1, 2024, its Heritage Commission (Amendment) Act 2017 and that the same has come into effect on that date. With that, the decks are finally cleared on having a Heritage […]

Low Voter Turnout – Is it solely due to Voter Apathy?

-- by Varsha V.

On April 5, the Election Commission (EC) convened a meeting at New Delhi with Municipal Commissioners and District Election Officers (DEOs) from select districts. Chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, the conference was aimed at augmenting voter turnout in parliamentary constituencies by increasing engagement and creating the conditions for voters to be self-motivated in […]

Heritage Watch: The Heydays of Cinema Theatres

A newspaper of 1973 was being perused in connection with some other research when the reverse revealed the city entertainment column. It is published alongside and for those who cannot read Tamil it gives the full list of functioning cinema theatres in the city and outskirts. There are 66 theatres in all and shows what […]

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Chasing apples through mazes These are exciting times, at least for those who live in the vicinity of Chennai Metrorail work. To give the authorities due credit, they have planned the activity well and kudos to our police too, for identifying streets that nobody ever knew existed before and convincing Metropolitan Transport drivers to steer […]

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