1. Henry Davison Love (author of Vestiges of Old Madras)
2. E Talboys Wheeler (author of Madras in the Olden Time)
3. All right Girish, I concede that The Mail deserves a place
4. Sisters Javanthi Singaram (in Chennai) and Chandrika from the UK want Arya Bhawan to be added
5. Ragothaman wants R Krishna Rao who designed the Tamil Nadu government logo, to be added.
6. I am probably biased, but I am going to now add a few who have given us delightful personal memoirs that capture olde Madras – first – Justice WS Krishnaswami Nayudu (My Memoirs)
7. ND Varadachariar whose diaries were published by his children
8. Sir PS Sivaswami Aiyar (The Great Liberal)
9. KV Raman whose Early History of the Madras Region is a treasure
10. VC Gopalratnam for his A Century Completed (100 years of the Madras High Court)
11. Now some other great magazines – Kumudam
12. Kalaimagal
13. Amudasurabhi
14. Gokulam
15. Chandamama
16. Surprisingly Jayakanthan is not on the list and Arasi has suggested him
17. Arasi and Jess have recommended the Arcot twins – Dr Sir A Lakshmanaswami and Dr Sir A Ramaswami Mudaliars
18. Viji Ganesh wants Sangu Dance (funeral processions!)
19. Another fab rec from Urmila – Vanathi Pathippagam and its Tirunavukkarasu
20. and therefore Tamizhvanan as well
21. What about the Book Fair?
22. Govindarajulu wants Exnora
23. Someone has suggested Gandhi Nagar as the first cooperative housing scheme in the country but I am not sure of this
24. At least three people have sent in Somasundaram Grounds. Where or what is it?
25. The great water bodies that keep Chennai happy – Chembarampakkam
26. Chingleput
27. and Red Hills
28. Udavum Karangal
29. The practice of judges being preceded by maces (only in Madras)
30. Velukudi Krishnan!!
31. VL Ethiraj and the eponymous college
32. Ammu Swaminathan
33. Where is Womens Christian College asked Javanthi with a compelling stare.
34. Mary Clubwalla Jadhav
35. Tara Cherian (first woman Mayor)
36. Adyar Poonga and therefore
37. Consumer Action Group (Tara Murali, NL Rajah, Bharat etc)
38. Venkataramana Ayurveda Dispensary
39. Dr Thambiah
40. Dr Tiruvengadam
41. Dr Rangabhashyam
42. Dr EV Kalyani
43. Dr Kanthamani
44. Dr Lakshmi Kumari
45. Dr CV Krishnaswami
46. Dr Girinath
47. Dr Cherian
48. Balu Ulaganan
49. YMCA Nandanam
50. Sowcar Janaki
51. Tamil Nadu State Cooperative Bank (first in India)
52. AG Ram Singh and his family of Chennai Super Singhs
53. BCCI and its Cheeni Mama?
54. Ungal Viruppam of Vividh Bharati
55. Island Grounds
56. Munro Statue
57. St Thomas Mount
58. Stanley Medical College and its specialisation in hand surgery
59. The decision to get transgenders to help in traffic management
60. The Reservation policy (first in India -1921)
61. Madras Terrace
62. Well foundations
63. The Chemplast Sanmar group
64. The Rane Group
65. The CLRI
66. The Central Polytechnic
67. The Koyambedu Bus Terminal
68. Siruseri
69. Olive Ridley turtles
70. KB Sundarambal
71. MR Radha
72. Saravana Stores for inspiring Big Bazaar
73. The brothers Benegal – Sanjeeva, Sir Narasinga, Sir Rama and Shiva Raos
74. Swadesamitran
75. TUCS as suggested by V Srinivasan

That is that. Not by any means exhaustive but truly representative. The number of repeats only went to reaffirm that these are really indicative of Chennai.

And by the way, Happy Birthday Madras that is Chennai!