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‘Madras Bashai’ and All Things Chennai

Published: 02nd September 2015 03:40 AM

CHENNAI: Author N Meera Raghavendra Rao wrote her seventh book, Chennai Collage, in just seven weeks! “I wanted to write about the city and get the book released during Madras Fortnight. With just seven or eight weeks at my disposal, it was quite tough for me to come up with chapters and also the apt content to write the book,” said the author at the launch of the book in Odyssey recently.

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Rao explained the significance of smaller aspects of the city that she has touched upon in the tome. The launch was presided over by B S Raghavan, former policy advisor to the United Nations, and KRA Narasaiah, historian, author and columnist, who spoke about the book. After the launch, there was a reading session wherein excerpts from the book that touched upon the various aspects of Madras, including Madras bashai, which is exclusive to the city.

For instance, Rao read several conversations from the book between grandparents and grand children where the grandmother visits a star hotel for the first time. She also engaged with the audience and answered questions about her experiences while writing the book. Rao said that she was inspired by people, many of whom encouraged her to write the book. She also spoke about her previous book on the city, Madras Mosaic, which again showcased Chennai from a different perspective.


Life is not all sugar and spice and all things nice. Life is a bitter-sweet pill enriched by variety and creativity and often swallowed with self pity or piety. It all depends upon the liver (pun intended) whether he/she looks for sympathy or empathy at  unavoidable unpleasant situations life presents.

It is little wonder that features which are also known as “people journalism”  are increasingly becoming popular in today’s tension filled world as people would love to read about experiences of others like them and feel they are not alone to moan and despair or feel helpless.

As a feature writer of long standing and a columnist as well as an optimist looking at the Lighter side of Life, I would like to share my thoughts on a variety of topics through my site “Just Li’ES”(Life’s experiences) which I hope kindles the mind of my readers especially students pursuing journalism courses to give expression to their creativity, be it through prose or poetry. Feedback to this site is more than welcome.

Experiences are classified under categories: Lighter side of Life, Travel, Book Launches/ Reviews and Chennai Potpourri. The categories are sub-classified as sub-pages under each of the categories for easy readability. Enjoy the experiences.  Comments are welcome!

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