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Books on Madras that is Chennai

Two books have been by my bedside this season. Both have to do with our city. To some this city continues to be Madras. To many it is Madras and Chennai. And to others it is Chennai. Books, fiction and non-fiction which have all or something to do with our city interest me. Timed with the annual Madras Week celebrations which were held in August, were the launch of two books. One, on the Anglo-Indians. And the other which called itself a ‘Biography of Madras’. The first claims to take a comprehensive look at the Anglo-Indians,...

Archived: Ramzan, Christmas, Deepavali: no more sharing?

Twice a year, my friend S. Anwar invites me over for lunch at his home in Royapettah. Both calls come on the eve of festivals. And rarely do I skip these dates. So on Thursday night, Anwar called to invite me over on the occasion of Ramzan. There are two reasons why I try not to miss this invitation. One, we get to feast on some wonderful biryani that is prepared by traditional cooks specially for the occasion. And served on the ‘elai’, are at least two traditional side-dishes which are unique to this part of the country. Also, the...


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