Everybody is saying it, so why not us? Many happy returns of the day, Madras. Today, August 22nd marks the 375th return of the day in 1679 when Francis Day and Andrew Cogan leased the villages of Chennaipattinam and Madraspattinam from the Nayakar representatives of the Vijaynagar empire (notwithstanding disputes about the date). Many festivities are in progress, spearheaded by the Hindu, the Mahavishnu of Mount Road, no less. They have a lovely and historic set of Chennai photographs here. Less lovely is the Madras song (fluff isn't the strong point of the Hindu!). However, do have a look. Maybe you will like it.
More on the topic, by and by.
This blog post is by Neelima Gupte and Sumathi Rao.