*Did you know that there is a Tank Bund Road linking Loyola College and Valluvar Kottam, asks Gratiaen de Mello and adds, “Where could it have got its name from? There's no tank here.” There certainly was a large water body here till the 1920s, de Mello. From Saidapet to near Gemini, west of Mount Road, was the larger Long Tank and it flowed from there to near Aminjikarai, along Sterling Road, as the Nungambakkam Tank. T'Nagar was developed on land reclaimed from the Long Tank, and the Loyola College area from the Nungambakkam Tank fill. The bund must have been the northeastern edge of the Nungambakkam Tank and I think the road's correct name should be Nungambakkam Tank Bund Road. There is, another Tank Bund Road in Perambur, south of the ICF campus — and here the tank is very much there.
*Is the Wallajah Mosque (Miscellany, October 10) the oldest mosque in Madras, wonders M.A. Kuthdoos. From all that I've been able to find out, I wouldn't say so. There is mention of a mosque in Old Black Town which grew from 1640 on what is now the High Court campus. This, it is said, was located about where the High Court subway now is, and was probably destroyed when the Esplanade was created in the mid-18th Century. Better recorded is a mosque in Muthialpet built in the late 1670s. This mosque was built on Moor Street (not Moore), later known as 2nd Line Beach, and is said to have been Chief Merchant Kasi Viranna's gift to the Muslims of the area. Kasi Viranna, who succeeded Beri Thimmappa as Chief Merchant, was so close to the Golconda Sultanate that he was also called Hasan Khan. A mosque that's still in this area is said to be a later development of the Kasi Viranna mosque.
*Sister Broughton certainly carried on her shoulders the nursing home of Dr. A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar and then of his son Dr. A. Venugopal, writes Nalini Ramakrishnan. But, she corrects me, she did not emigrate; she died in Madras in 1986. Her daughter Pamela emigrated and is now a pathologist in the U.S.