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.\r\n\r\nWhile Chennai is the official name associated to the city, it is perhaps for nostalgic reasons that the Chennaites still call it as \u2018Madras Day\u2019.\r\n\r\nYou may think what's great about Madras. Here are some amazing things to know about it:\r\n\r\n\u2981 Marina is the second largest beach in the world\r\n\u2981 SIPCOT IT Park (Siruseri) is Asia\u2019s largest IT Park.\r\n\u2981 \u201cHigginbotham\u201d is the first and oldest existing bookshop in India which was started in 1844.\r\n\u2981 LIC building was considered as the tallest building in India when it was completed in 1959\r\n\u2981 Spenser Plaza was built in 1863 and it is the first and oldest shopping mall\r\n\u2981 Buhari Hotel is the first one to introduce the recipe of Chicken 65\r\n\u2981 Madras was the only city to get attacked during the World War-1\r\n\u2981 Madras has the oldest universities and colleges in existence\r\n\u2981 The Fort St. George, known as the first English fortress in the country, today houses the Tamil Nadu Assembly.