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…

A demon from the sea. The Emden bombing.

Today is the 104th anniversary of the Emden bombing of Madras. It was after a gap of more than a century that Madras was being attacked by an enemy and it caused a lot of flutter Unlike the later world war india was not a participant and had the least inkling it would be attacked….