What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city
Cities can be huge or small, bustling or tranquil, charming or squalid, but the only question worth asking is: is it yours ?
Madras on my Mind, a collection of twenty odd short stories that takes us through tree-lined streets and mounds of garbage of Madras/Chennai as we wander through the patchwork of communities that piece the city together. There’s the Telugu settler whose earliest memories are bound up with it, an Anglo-Indian lad and his reminiscences of a laid-back life and men with Brylcreamed hair, the Gujarati community of Sowcarpet, and a Muslim girl growing up in a Tam-Brahm environment of rasam and Carnatic music.
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