In conversation

Memories of Madras

Print edition : September 05, 2014

The historian S. Muthiah. " I collect every scrap of information I can find about Madras in newspapers, magazines, books, etc.," he says. Photo: V. Ganesan

A Madras sepoy of the early 19th century. The sepoy wore a scarlet coat and drawers fringed with blue. He wore sandals or travelled barefoot. In his pouch slung on the shoulder were rice and condiments. At times even his spacious cap was used to carry supplies. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Darbar Hall in Amir Mahal, the residence of the Nawab of Arcot, situated in Royapettah. "From the time I started writing in the 1970s on Madras, there has been an immense growth in interest in heritage issues, but immense is purely a comparative word," says Muthiah. Photo: V. GANESAN

S. Muthiah shares his thoughts on the city he has chronicled extensively from its origins.

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