When there was counterfeiting , in reverse !

It was actually a counterfeiting in the reverse. When the intrinsic value of metal within a coin became more valuable than the established denomination itself, people started hoarding coins in Madras as elsewhere in the country. No wonder for there was a world war going on and feud usually was a Glutton for metals. Copper…

BUTCHERING A ZOO

Madras had a long tradition of exhibiting animals and boasted of a choicely-kept menagerie from the Nawab times. The zoos were seen later as the symbol of British Empire’s economic power as it built a global empire. The earliest public zoos was established within the Egmore museum premises giving rise to the term ‘uyir college’…

Quit India movement – A damp squib in madras

In 1942 the Congress met in Bombay. The nation was strife with rumours that a mega event of the freedom movement was in the offing and a nervousness on part of the colonial establishment was perceptible. Even the archbishop of Canterbury in his weekly prayer asked people to keep India in their prayers. Gandhi maintained…

Video – Obsessed with Madras of the 1940s

Video of Lecture hosted by Tamil Heritage trust. Madras is a relatively new city in India which has many boasting of several thousand years in History. But the events that have happened to shape the city and its people are unique .A chronicler of the city Venkatesh Ramakrishnan speaks on its people, the city and…