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Everyone knows that Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre in South India. we have collected various unknown facts about Madras and presented them with images.  An article by Pavithraa Swaminathan .Edited and curated by Srivatsan Sankaran. Image Copyrights: Dayanidhi, Raghav K, Srivatsan S, Balu Velacherry, Mustansir Lokhandwala, Chandy, World YMCA.Read More
Superstar
Well, Chennai saw the extravagant opening for Thalaivar’s Magnum Opus Kabali and how could we miss that celebration! Bus conductor and stage artist Shivaji Rao from Karnataka to World Superstar Rajnikanth. This happened when the stage actor decided to take up the Film School in Madras looking for a career in the Film Industry. The வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் சென்னை ,  accepted this man like everyone else but took him to a whole new level. His sophisticated acting style and his mere stage presence is more than enough to create the mass quotient. After his initial Kollywood stints gave a positive outcome in Tamilnadu, he decides to continue further and took Chennai his home.  With a unique style and body language in every movie, he gets into the heart of billions of people all over theRead More
Triplicane
Niranjani, a street photographer, recently explored Triplicane, one of the oldest localities in Chennai. Triplicane still carries the flavour of ‘Madras’ in its narrow, bustling lanes, old buildings and cultural richness. Triplicane is one of the few areas where cows casually amble alongside humans in the congested streets. Read on, to explore this fascinating locality through Niranjani’s lens. In Niranjani’s own words… “I was walking alongside a cow. We were surrounded by two-wheelers, autos and two buses wedged in a road that was just wide enough to accommodate them. It was a typical Triplicane traffic jam. My soul mate was nestled in my arms, waiting for a gap in the traffic jam, through which he could escape into the narrow lanes of Triplicane and capture excited young faces, vibrant houses,Read More
Doctors
Doctors. The living God figure for all life on earth. A Doctor is the one who heals even the worst of health ailments and brings back the life and secures it to earth.  In fiction, “Super heroes wear masks and capes”. In reality “Super heroes wear Masks and White Coats”. With Chennai as the Medical Hub of Asia, how can we not  miss our doctors who took our city to this level. Ranging from a minor injury to world class transplant surgeries our doctors have mastered it in accomplishing them with flying colors.  Chennai housed India’s first hospital during the British Raj at Fort St George and this one later moved to broadway which stands as Rajiv Gandhi Govt General Hospital. Not only from India, patients from middle east countries, Afghanistan,Read More
zero hour
In the light of some of the incidents in this beautiful city, we are forced to confront and question some of the basic moral values which have governed us humans. A dark day It was a beautiful morning and the day looked promising enough to be called a fitting run-up to a well-earned weekend. It is not always one gets the luxury of a day off. It was something that I was looking forward for a long time. What began as a normal day, turned out to one of the worst days ever. A girl of 24 was hacked to death, in broad daylight, at one of the busiest suburban stations of the city. Reportedly she bled to death with several onlookers apparently stunned to act. Her dad had justRead More
Safest Metros
Chennai ranks as the 113th safest place in the world, in a global survey, which was conducted recently, among other international cities in the world. And currently, it is considered to have one the safest metros rails in India ranking as number 2 as against Mumbai which ranks first in this order. This in turn brings to light the various facets of the metro rail which makes it safe compared to the others in the country. From a generic view, Chennai is emerging to be one of the cities of choice because of its relatively lower crime rate, less pollution and better education standards. Now with the Metro Rail in tow, the city has climbed one step further in providing quality life to its people. The first phase of theRead More
Medical
Adyar la enga thambi?”, “Cancer institute pakathula na”. “Madras medical college la kadaicha my life will be awesome”. “Inga illana kandipa Sugam pharmacy la irrukum”. “Kannuku mai mattum azhagu illa Shankar nethralaya um azhagu dhaan” All these are few things every Chennai person could easily hear on a regular basis. All of us know Madras is the cultural cub of South India but how many of us know that Chennai is the medical hub of India?   Medicine has always been an important part of Chennai. Starting right from the British times, Chennai has been a magnet for medical tourism. This progress didn’t happen overnight. It dates back to the days Chennai was called Madras. Let’s get into some facts: First Indian artificial insemination was done in Chennai by Dr.KamalaRead More
Flower market
Flower market is one of the most fascinating parts of city since all kind of scenes are encountered. One of our MPB members Hasan M has given a visit to apprehend the daily life style and documented activities like selling flowers, busy scenes in narrow lanes, lighter moments. We believe most of the whole sale flowers will be directly transporting from different parts of Tamilnadu and few are being exported to foreign countries to make revenues. Koyambedu is considered as a hub of flower wholesalers though George town is the main place since its located in the heart of city. Small venders from different parts of city gather and buy in kilos of flower for daily deals. Whenever you are there, Cacophony is the music to your ears since itsRead More
yoga champion
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga An art for the mind, soul and body. A very peaceful art which requires constant dedication and extraordinary skills to master in it . With the chill morning summer breeze, in Neelankarai beach, Madras Photo Bloggers,MPB interviewed the eight year old Avanthika, a Gold Medal winner in the International Yoga Championship. She is naughty, witty and hyper but just wait until she is instructed to do an Aasana. ( a yoga posture) Her way of greeting the waves and her friendly battle with the sand showcases her age but one can rapidly see her personality change when she is told to perform yoga. She sits in padmasana with sheer elegance, maturity andRead More
idli
அண்ணா சாம்பார் !! I bet, no one would have missed this call when you are in a south Indian restaurant. Sambhar being a south Indian curry has wide variances across all the states. But the traditional Madras Tiffin Sambhar or the idli sambhar is a trademark of Chennai’s food scenes. Golden yellow split pigeon peas boiled with fresh ripe tomatoes and shallots, spiced up with ground chillies and coriander, fenugreek, mustard , asafoetida and finally seasoned with cumin seeds and curry leaves. The heavenly pleasure when you check in at a Mylapore breakfast joint, cleaning the banana leaf with a handful of water , the Madras sambhar poured where you control its flow on the leaf using the jasmine soft idlis. Breaking down and devouring to relish the morning joy after aRead More
madras
Let’s begin with ” Hey macha ! Chennai is a name, But Madras is an emotion” This place holds a mega emotional aspect for many people. Well one can argue with the flaws, but which and what creation of God doesn’t have a flaw. So why don’t we just stick to the part ” Why we love-u Madras”. Let’s begin with our language, Tamil, one of THE oldest. Such knowledge *lifts collar*. Coming to our Madras slang, we could be a little intimidating with our slang and words but we are just the best at heart. Once you set foot in Madras, have you seen anymore friendly people? Maybe. Everyone is ready to help. Trust me, some people make you feel home with their gestures and smiles, some things thatRead More