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How to buy autographed copies of Chennai A Biography
I have been receiving a lot of requests for autographed copies of my book from readers outside Chennai and abroad. Here is how you can order.
Chennai, A Biography – my take on my city
Chennai, a biography, my book on the city and published by the Aleph Book Company is now on sale.
The Hole in the crown
Heard of bowl food? It is not meant for dogs but is meant for guests at dinners at embassies of impoverished European nations. The Man from Madras Musings ponders.
The Chellammal Connection across Chennai
What do a furniture shop in Royapettah, the Pachayappa’s Trust and a women’s college in Guindy have in common – a woman called Chellammal. Let us explore the Chellammal Connection
Yet Another Buckingham Canal Restoration
The Government is planning to spend crores once again on Buckingham Canal restoration without addressing core issues
Randor Guy – Remembering A Social Historian
In the passing of Randor Guy, the city of Madras that is Chennai has lost a social historian who kept alive memories of an era long gone. Today heritage may be back in fashion but at a time in the 1970s, 80s and 90s when much of it was forgotten, it was a few such…
SA Govindaraju – Tribute to Rare Book Collector and Bibliolater
SA Govindaraju was an avid collector of rare books. A tribute.
75 Years of Chandralekha
Though we all know that Chandralekha was a mega hit when released, what was its real impact? A 75th year tribute.
Chennai History in Bits
Of late the Man from Madras Musings has taken to the electronic medium to hold forth on what he has gleaned over several years on the city’s history. The redeeming feature of these episodes, in MMM’s view, is that they are brief – ten minutes apparently being too long in today’s world where the average…
More on Round Tanas…
Further to last week’s update on why Round Tana, this article looks at the difficulties of constructing the Mount Road, Harrington Road and RBI subways.
The song Neeli Magan Nee Allavo from Malaikallan
VAK Ranga Rao and I now correspond by SMS. He does not believe in smart phones and given his hearing, it is impossible to call. So SMS it is. A couple of months ago he texted asking if I recall the Tamil version of Ra Ra Yasoda Nandana, the hit dance number in Aggi Ramudu.…
Why Round Tana?
The name has been around for long, in fact so long, that nobody knows how it came about. As is usual, a number of stories with no facts to support them have been bandied around. There is no round tana in fact – all that remains is a statue of Annadurai marking the spot where…
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