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Book records Gymkhana Club’s glorious years

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For the record: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala launches a coffee-table book to mark 125 years of the Madras Gymkhana Club, in Chennai on Saturday. — PHOTO: S.S. Kumar
For the record: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala launches a coffee-table book to mark 125 years of the Madras Gymkhana Club, in Chennai on Saturday. — PHOTO: S.S. Kumar

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Club brings together likeminded persons

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala released a coffee-table book, ‘The Glory Years,’ commemorating 125 years of the Madras Gymkhana Club here on Saturday.

The book, put together by Rain Tree Media Pvt. Ltd., offers several interesting anecdotes from the club members.

Speaking on the occasion, club president Arvind Ramarathnam said that the Madras Gymkhana Club was formed in 1884 and had several leading British and Indian personalities as members.

In the post-Independence years, it served as a unique space for the crème de la crème of society to get together.

“The club has brought together likeminded and successful persons, including entrepreneurs and industrialists. Being a member here is considered a privilege,” he said. Mr. Barnala congratulated the club members for being part of one of the leading, oldest clubs in Chennai.

Started by colonial gentlemen, it had, over the years, promoted Indian culture by celebrating various festivals such as Deepavali and Pongal. He described the newly released book as “impressive and lively.”US Consul General Andrew T. Simkin, who received the first copy of the book, spoke.

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