Happy Birthday Madras!!! Yaay Madras celebrates its 379th birthday today. Wondering what Madras is? Well, it is the old name of Chennai. Chennai basically had a lot of names. Initially, it was called as Chennaipattinam, Madrasatnam, Madras and now Chennai. From a small city, it has now grown into a bustling metropolis.
While Chennai is the official name associated to the city, it is perhaps for nostalgic reasons that the Chennaites still call it as ‘Madras Day’.
You may think what’s great about Madras. Here are some amazing things to know about it:
⦁ Marina is the second largest beach in the world
⦁ SIPCOT IT Park (Siruseri) is Asia’s largest IT Park.
⦁ “Higginbotham” is the first and oldest existing bookshop in India which was started in 1844.
⦁ LIC building was considered as the tallest building in India when it was completed in 1959
⦁ Spenser Plaza was built in 1863 and it is the first and oldest shopping mall
⦁ Buhari Hotel is the first one to introduce the recipe of Chicken 65
⦁ Madras was the only city to get attacked during the World War-1
⦁ Madras has the oldest universities and colleges in existence
⦁ The Fort St. George, known as the first English fortress in the country, today houses the Tamil Nadu Assembly.