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Adyar was a self-sufficient area, emracing its inhabitants and yet throwing its gates open
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The Hindu Adyar was a self-sufficient area, emracing its inhabitants and yet throwing its gates open Photo: The Hindu Archives

Adyar: On this side of the bridge

In the 1950s, sisters Ambigai and Uma Nataraja had hopped on to their cycles daily, and made the quick trip from near McRennett Bakery (now Adyar Bakery), where they lived with their parents, to T... »

The Chennai that was

Less than a month from now, Chennai, that was Madras, that was Chennapatnam, will blow out a whopping 375 candles on her birthday cake. On August 22, this year, she will turn 375.This city,... »
Namratha with Adithya and Karna.

Tiger cubs are the latest on the ramp

4-month-old cubs have been released into open-moated enclosures in the zoo »
The combined area of Mambalam and T. Nagar was one of the Madras Corporation's first urban-planning initiatives
Photo: The Hindu Archives

A model colony with a sense of community

One rarely ventures into the commercial jungle that Theagaraya Nagar has become, without a single-minded purpose — to shop. Rewind to a couple of decades ago, and this mercantile quarter pa... »
TASMAC outlet no. 914 is very close to residential buildings in R.A. Puram and poses a major hindrance to residents — Photo: M. SRINATH

‘TASMAC outlet must go’

TASMAC outlet no. 914 in R.A. Puram where Canal Bank Road joins 3 Cross Street is very close to residential buildings and poses a major hindrance to people »
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A resident looks at the spot where the fire broke out on Sunday. Photo: V. Ganesan
CHENNAI, July 29, 2014

Dark days ahead for fire-hit complex

Darkness enveloped the homes at Block A of the Tower Block Apartments on MTH Road in Villivakkam on Monday. Barely 24 hours after a fire triggered panic among the occupants of the 62-apartm... »
S. Esther Shanthi, S. Praveena and P.N. Shanthi have taken their work as a challenge to break the male-dominated space. Photo: K. Pichumani
July 29, 2014

Facing their fears to build a new life

Some people passing by this place on New Avadi Road, Anna Nagar, may cringe or hurry along. But three women, undaunted by the eerie silence, mild stench, and smoke that shrouds the area, spend lon... »
The swarming Chintadripet market accommodates both age-old trades and 21st-century demands. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 29, 2014
Madras 375

Chintadripet: Weaving its way through the ages

Stroll down the streets of Chintadripet — conceived as a ‘village of small looms’ — and you will see how an old neighbourhood has paused, even if hastily, to take account of time. Buildings... »
Triplicane in 1968. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 28, 2014
Madras 375

Triplicane: Confluence of cultural riches

 Jaya and her friends used to hurry home from school so that they could spend as much time as possible on ‘Radio Beach’ — the stretch on the Marina bang opposite Sunkuwar Street and the... »
Devotees make ‘koozhu’ at a temple in Villivakkam as part of Aadi festivities. Photo: M. Prabhu
CHENNAI, July 28, 2014

Festivity-filled month a boon for traders

July has been a month abuzz with activity for residents across communities, and a busy time for traders too. For the past few weeks, Chennaiites have been busy observing religious practices as par... »
CHENNAI, July 27, 2014

17-year-old killed in bike accident

A teenager died on the road after he crashed his brand new motorcycle into the gates of the University of Madras on Wallajah Road, close to Beach Road, on Saturday morning. Police said he w... »
Not only have people moved away but a number of the old houses too, in George Town, have made way for commercial establishments, during the last quarter of the past century.
CHENNAI, July 26, 2014

George Town: The narrow streets with big hearts

George Town is a fine example of excellent town planning, with all its roads intersecting at right angles in a grid pattern. Its main thoroughfares — NSC Bose Road, Walltax Road, Rajaji Sal... »
July 24, 2014

Kotturpuram library employees file plea in HC

Employees of Anna Centenary Library in Kotturpuram have moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the State government to frame ad hoc or special rules governing their employment. In th... »
July 29, 2014
on the move

Smoking commuters the bane of public transport

Recently, the Charminar Express from Chennai to Hyderabad was held up for over an hour after smoke was noticed emerging from one of the AC compartments. Fire and rescue teams rushed in, along with... »
CHENNAI, July 29, 2014

Breaking bread, bringing down walls

The past month of Ramzan witnessed a few notable inter-faith Iftars where people of different cultures and religions came together. The Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions (ID... »
The Parsi community in Royapuram has grown up around the club in the neighbourhood. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 29, 2014
Madras 375

Royapuram: Wheel of time takes the sea away

In the 1970s, Ajit Diaz’s family was among the very few non-Anglo Indian families to make Royapuram their home. What he vividly remembers about this north Chennai locality is its tranquil su... »
It took over an hour and four water tankers for firefighters to put out the flames at Tower Block in Villivakkam. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, July 28, 2014

Building fire throws light on lack of safety protocol

A fire broke out in the garbage receptacle of an apartment complex in Villivakkam on Sunday afternoon, resulting in panic amongst the residents. It took over an hour and four water tankers... »
Long time residents fondly recall the well-planned and spacious Anna Nagar of the 70s. A scene from 1972. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 27, 2014
Madras 375

Anna Nagar: A locality a fair wrought

If not for the World Trade Fair of 1968, it is doubtful whether Anna Nagar would have taken shape. The locality hosted the world expo and the venue was later converted into a residential la... »
At the Koyambedu wholesale market, the price of onion had dropped slightly since last week owing to fresh arrival of produce. Photo: K. Pichumani
CHENNAI, July 26, 2014

Wholesalers make roaring sales in veggies

R. Sundari used to shop at a retail vegetable store until last month. But now, she is scouting for wholesale shops or those that provide subsidies. With costs fast spiralling, she no longer... »
Egmore Railway station photographed in August 1947.
CHENNAI, July 26, 2014

Egmore: from paddy fields to shopping malls

In the 1960s, when Gopi Prasad was growing up in Egmore, children from the neighbourhood would play hide and seek inside the Government Museum. “Back then, there was no charge to get in,” s... »
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