Sun, Sep 26, 2021

  • My memories of old Madras will fill too many pages - so it is best to stick to the place where I was born and raised - Adyar.
    'Simple, contented lives and liberal ideals in old Madras'
    In the 50s and 60s, crossing the Adyar Bridge was like travelling to another ooru. Adyar itself was a very cosmopolitan place when compared to neighbourhoods like Mylapore, Chintadaripet or Triplicane. Each of these localities had its own cultural identities. But in all the residential areas of Madras, it was difficult to see people on the streets after 8 pm. Adyar had a flavour vastly different from the rest of Madras. The Theosophical Society and Kalakshetra (located in Adyar then) created a distinct and unique ambience in Adyar.  I think they made the ideals of universal brotherhood and the spiritual power of the arts an everyday reality for the Adyar residents. Many foreigners - Spanish, Colombian, British, Belgian, Kenyan and Dutch - visited or worked at the Theosophical Society. Kalakshetra too had its share of these people from...
  • 'Madras lets everyone evolve and adapt at their own pace' 'Madras lets everyone evolve and adapt at their own pace'

    The true spirit of Chennai is that it allows you to be who you want to be, says Shreya.

  • 'Madras memory that stands out? Mango ice-cream from Kunhiramans' 'Madras memory that stands out? Mango ice-cream from Kunhiramans'

    Updated On: Aug, 29, 202111:02 PM

    Talking about the positive changes, the advocate said he would like Chennai to solve its water scarcity and mosquito menace.

  • 'Created a game called Memories of Madras as a tribute to this city' 'Created a game called Memories of Madras as a tribute to this city'

    Vinita's favourite memory of madras is growing up in Adyar.

  • Wrap up Madras Week with these events today Wrap up Madras Week with these events today

    Discover the history of medicine in Madras with historian Sriram V or enjoy a session storyteller Sudha Umashanker. There's much to do this Sunday.

  • ‘Suburban Chennai fostered our ability to imagine and explore’ ‘Suburban Chennai fostered our ability to imagine and explore’

    Updated On: Aug, 29, 202111:33 AM

    Listening to English, Hindi, and Thamizh songs in the old Ambassador car with its booty of tapes is as vivid as the pride with which we took our visiting cousins to Marina Beach and the many temples...

  • 'Public spaces in Chennai must be elderly and differently-abled friendly’ 'Public spaces in Chennai must be elderly and differently-abled friendly’

    Updated On: Aug, 28, 202103:19 PM

    Speaking about the changes she would like to see in Chennai, Janaki talks about making public spaces more inclusive.

  • 'People of Madras supported us in times of trouble' 'People of Madras supported us in times of trouble'

    Amritha credits the growth of her business to the support of the local community.

  • 'For me, Chennai is one of the safest cities for women' 'For me, Chennai is one of the safest cities for women'

    Apart from safety, Naveena also finds the proximity to the beach a good reason to call Chennai home.

  • 'Nowhere else have I seen such a frenzy after a Rajinikanth release' 'Nowhere else have I seen such a frenzy after a Rajinikanth release'

    Updated On: Aug, 27, 202107:06 PM

    From picking her favourite places for filter coffee to exploring beach side food stalls, Bobby shares some of her earliest memories in the city.