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’…

Waiting for a Japanese bomb

For a year every flying fowl in the skies was suspect.  Likewise, every utensil that slipped out of the housewife’s hand had people scuttling for shelter. “What if it was a hot headed Jap pilot discharging his volatile cargo?” was the sheepish response. With dramatic suddenness, lives had been changed when on   Easter Sunday, 75…