The residence of Ramalinga Vallalar in Seven Wells. Photo: K. Pichumani
The Hindu The residence of Ramalinga Vallalar in Seven Wells. Photo: K. Pichumani

Where a work in praise of god’s grace was born

No other regional variation of Tamil language has been subjected to as much ridicule as Madras Tamil — a dialect with inflections that make it sound rude, while it’s actually intimate. Late... »
‘Madras’ Rajagopala Radhakrishnan, otherwise called ‘Nadigavel’ M.R. Radha, was a Dravidian ideologue who took to the stage to talk atheism and social reform. Photo: The Hindu Archives Madras 375

M.R. Radha: The star who questioned it all

While it is a common practise to prefix the place of birth before one’s given name, very rarely would one find someone having ‘Madras’ in their name. One of those men was ‘Madras’ Rajagopal... »
With the confirmation of leopard movement, officials have placed a trap cage inside Vandalur reserve forest. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Second leopard sighted in forest

Forest officials recorded the movement of a second leopard in Vandalur reserve forest in Karanai Puducherry village near Urappakkam, Kancheepuram district, last Saturday. The department offi... »
Contractors refused to relay Anna Pillai Street in Geroge Town in the absence of a quality control manual. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Builders of bad roads to be debarred

Ban will be for 6 months; work of contractors to be monitored real-time »
The mouth of the river has been silted up at Alambara in Kadapakkam. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Fisherfolk seek desilting of blocked canal estuary

Fisherfolk of hamlets in Alambara in Edaikazhinadu Panchayat want the State government to desilt the South Buckingham Canal’s estuary that has been blocked for the past three months. Boats... »
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The new disabled concessions form is not available online, nor is it there at all railway stations. It is not available at primary health centres or government hospitals, say activists. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, August 1, 2014

New concession form for disabled creates confusion

On Tuesday, when B. Chandrakumar went to Egmore station to book tickets to Thiruchendur, officials at the special counter told him his disability concession form was no longer valid.“They t... »
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014
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Animal planet in Chennai

A century and 61 years ago, Edward Balfour, the director of the two-year-old Government Museum at Egmore was struggling to come up with ways to attract more visitors to its premises. It was then t... »
An auto driver since 1984, Mr. Sambasivam’s tryst with music started much earlier. Photo: R. Ragu
, July 31, 2014

When every journey is a musical one

A trip in an autorickshaw for even a short distance could be a harrowing experience in this city, what with haggling over the fare and the bumpy roads. But S. Sambasivam sweetens passengers’ rides... »
The city has 165 Indane distributors who supply around 60,000 refills to 4.5 lakh consumers every day. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014

Shortage of LPG cylinders hits city’s Indane consumers

Delay in arrival of new gas cylinders and pulling out of old Indane ones by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), for statutory tests, has resulted in a shortfall in the city.Thousands of... »
The work remaining on the bridge will be carried out only after the Corporation devises a plan to reduce inconvenience to motorists. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014

Kodambakkam bridge opens, finally

Two-way traffic flow was restored on Kodambakkam bridge on Wednesday, after nearly two months. Motorists had some respite from traffic congestion, as a result. However, the Chennai C... »
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Boycott defence conference: Vaiko

Vaiko, general secretary of the MDMK, an ally of the BJP, on Tuesday urged the Centre not to participate in the defence conference to be hosted by Sri Lanka in August. In a statement, Mr. V... »
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Corporation schools turn offices

Buildings that housed school classrooms are gradually turning into office spaces for the Chennai Corporation and government agencies. Yet another school building is all set to fall a prey to the Co... »
Purasawalkam High Road developed into a shopping hub only after the 80s, when trading communities began set up businesses there. A scene from October 1994. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014
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Purasawalkam: From old town to shopping hub

Vellala Street off Purasawalkam High Road mirrors the metamorphosis that the once quaint neighbourhood has undergone over the past three decades. Remnants of old houses on the street tel... »
Gopi, who runs a tea shop, thinks awareness of the benefits of green tea is increasing. Photo: R. Ravindran
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Nothing a cuppa green can’t heal

A line of share autos effectively obscures an innocuous blue bunk shop on the margins of the road opposite Nungambakkam railway station. Approach the shop and you will see S.M. Gopi turning... »
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Tangedco identifies low-voltage pockets

The unbearable dog days may be over, but some areas of Chennai are still witnessing power cuts and low-voltage conditions.Roy Rozario, a resident of Pattabhiram, said though the frequency o... »

1.22 lakh seats fall vacant at the end of counselling in Chennai

Dark days ahead for fire-hit complex

Krishna water to arrive in August

Breaking bread, bringing down walls

Royapuram: Wheel of time takes the sea away

Change in suburban train timings announced

Triplicane: Confluence of cultural riches

Building fire throws light on lack of safety protocol

V. Sethu Raman will play a psychiatric patient in his next film, set to hit the screens in September. Photo: V. Ganesan
August 1, 2014

Meeting a star behind the hospital screen

Most patients to the department of cosmetology at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in the mornings gape at one consultant, seemingly star-struck. Meet V. Sethu Raman, a trainee... »
A leopard in Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Jomish Mohan
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014
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Tales from leopard country

“Those who have never seen a leopard under favourable conditions in his natural surroundings can have no conception of the grace of movement, and beauty of colouring, of this the most graceful a... »
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014

Cool weather to last till Friday

A thick cloud cover over the city and peripheral areas may translate into light rains and Chennai will continue to experience cooler than normal weather till Friday. An upper air circulatio... »
CHENNAI, July 31, 2014

Railway job racket busted

The police busted a job racket gang that cheated nearly 100 men of over Rs. 3 crore by promising them jobs in the Railways.The fraudsters conducted medical tests, took the victims on railwa... »
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Survey of manual scavengers begins in urban areas

: Tamil Nadu has started its survey of manual scavengers in urban areas as mandated by the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. The survey, whic... »
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

Civil services exam row takes linguistic colour in Chennai

The controversy over the pattern of the civil service preliminary examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), seems to be turning into a row between Hindi-speaking and non... »
A. Sathyanarayanan says he started selling kites at the age of 15. Photo: V. Ganesan
July 30, 2014

‘Ban sounded death knell for art of kite flying’

“My son will never know the thrill of flying a kite... the rush of the wind and watching the kite dancing in the skies,” says 40-year-old kite seller and maker A. Sathyanarayanan.He is one o... »
Tambaram Sanatorium hospital was opened in 1928. This photograph was taken in 1936. Photo: The Hindu Archives
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014
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Tambaram: A suburb older than Madras itself

It is a little-known fact that the southern suburb of Tambaram is older than Madras itself. A few centuries before East India Company acquired a small patch of land, now known as Chennai... »
The Supreme Court, in 2012, banned the use of sun-control films in four-wheelers to curb crime. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
CHENNAI, July 30, 2014

It’s a no for cloth screens on car windows

Following the ban on sun-control films, many car owners, especially tourist cab operators, have started using cloth screens for some respite from the heat. However, senior traffic police of... »
A view of the Bisale forests in Sakaleshpur taluk in Karnataka Photo: Prakash Hassan
Hassan, July 29, 2014

Missing Chennai techie traced

The Hassan police on Tuesday traced the Chennai-based techie who had gone missing in the Bisale forest on Monday. Police said he has contacted his father. Srikant Balaji, an Infosys empl... »

PG medical students, house-surgeons go on strike seeking more stipends in Chennai

Smoking commuters the bane of public transport

Facing their fears to build a new life

Chintadripet: Weaving its way through the ages

Techie from Chennai goes missing in Bisale forest

Stem cell banking gets a star nod

Up and About: Shutterbugs in Chennai flock together to walk

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

Animal planet in Chennai
With Madras Corporation taking charge by 1866, the Madras Zoo as it was called, became the country’s first public zoo to be formed.

Purasawalkam: From old town to shopping hub
Vellala Street off Purasawalkam High Road mirrors the metamorphosis that the once quaint neighbourhood has undergone over the past three decades.

Tambaram: A suburb older than Madras itself
It is a little-known fact that the southern suburb of Tambaram is older than Madras itself.

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