TAMILISAI MOVEMENT

In 1943, Tamil was good to speak in but not to sing? Ironically a bias had crept into a system brought on to break biases. The Carnatic music Sabhas that had sprung to be the patrons of regional music- a post hitherto held by the zamindars soon fell a trap to their own pomposity. In…

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…

The Queen from Alwarpet

The Madras racing season of 1943 had just begun. In Madras, bets were being made on the horse‚Äôs haste even when the Mughals were ruling in Delhi. But the Madras race club was not just a sporting space. The rich and famous did not come from afar to devote their hours to watch equine sprints…

REFUGEES SEEKING A DESERTED TOWN

Ironically when long term residents were fleeing a fast emptying Madras, a new set of refugees took sanctuary in that city. Rangoon in Burma suffered aerial bombardments on the Christmas day 1941 when 40 Japanese Zero bombers wreaking havoc. One lakh people died and their bodies lay uncleared for days. Tamils were the commercial backbone…

Madras and the Stealer of Locks

The world war times were periods of paradox. It was 1942 and the height of world war 2. The British said they would defend Madras at any cost. And the people believed them. But when nearby Colombo , Vizag and Kakinada were bombed mercilessly by the Japanese Fear entrenched itself in the minds of the…