August is an exciting month for Madras, now Chennai. It was 380 years ago that the British East India Company purchased Madrasapattinam from an Indian. A sleepy hamlet that the British set their sights upon is now a bustling metropolis, always in a state of flux, and yet, by all accounts retaining its original character, even as the old gives way to the new.
Did you know that Chennai houses Asia’s largest library? Or that it has the world’s second largest urban beach?
Madras, now Chennai, is always full of surprises. As we take you through the 380 years of Madras’ journey, sit back and soak in the history and culture that Chennai has to offer
Article source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/madras-day-2019-how-chennai-grew-from-an-english-settlement/article29223039.ece