Madras Musings

We are back in print since July 1 but for those who wish to see the updates online, here are the articles –

The Greater Chennai Corporation’s plan to ensure citizens segregate garbage at source has failed miserably owing to a combination of weak political will on the part of the administration and a strong resistance from residents for any change for the better. Get to know more

The continued increase in fuel prices is causing untold hardship to the less fortunate in the city. Further details are here

One of the heartwarming happenings during the second lockdown was the successful running of a trans community kitchen entirely by members of the transgender community. Padmaja Jayaraman reports.

Heritage Watch in this issue ponders over the relevance of Reading Rooms, a thought process triggered off by a photo that Sampathkumar Srinivasan sent us of one such facility in Thiruvallikeni. More here

We all know of NS Krishnan as Kalaivanar but when exactly was the title given to him? Karthik Bhatt unearths the details here

Beginning with this fortnight we have a column titled Quirky Eye, which will feature photographs of the city, as captured by Rags Raghavan. See details here

The passing of actor Dilip Kumar saw a renewed interest in his autobiography which carries many glowing tributes to Chennai, his favourite city. We carry details, with the focus being on a droll story featuring Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, SS Vasan and Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. More here

Our regular contributor Ranjitha Ashok has published a collection of her short stories under the title Half a Kilo Mixture. Associate Editor Varsha Venugopal is in conversation with her on this. Read

The second part of the article on the Ecological History of Chennai, by R.J. RANJIT DANIELS, N. MUTHU KARTHICK, ANJANA VENCATESAN AND JAYSHREE VENCATESAN is up is here

Poor Man’s Educational Paradise by CK Subramaniam looks at the history of the Sir Pitty Theagaraya College in North Chennai. More here

Dr KR Sitalakshmi writes on Chennai as seen through the lens of her life. The first part is published here

V Ramnarayan pays tribute to Ghouse Khan who shone briefly on the cricket firmament. Details here

The Man from Madras Musings had to renew his driving licence recently and the experience, though better than what had happened in previous instances, was still memorable for various reasons. You can read the details here

Quizmaster VV Ramanan challenges you with his questions on Current Affairs and the Summer Olympics. View the questions here