Wednesday, 17 December 2014

MIDS Monthly Seminar - December 2014

Urbanization and Governance in China and India: Informal Settlements, Land Disputes, and Citizen Rights
Dr. Xuefei Ren
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Global Urban Studies Program, Michigan State University
Dr. M. Vijayabaskar
Assistant Professor
Date & Time
December 18, 2014     Thursday     3.00 p.m.

Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS

Monday, 15 December 2014

Submission of Essays - Reg

Dear Students of I MA English Literature,

I haven’t forgotten the deadline! J 

And, a big thank you to all of you who’ve submitted your essays online to me. 

Others, who haven’t, please do submit the same by 19 December 2014 to my mail id at 

For those of you who are yet to get your topics, contact your class representative Ms. Hela rightaway.

Thank you so much.

God bless.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Saturday, 23 August 2014

'The Colloquium' in Progress

Dr. Joe addressing our students on Theory
The first part of Dr.Joe's lecture was on traditional criticism, and the second part was an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of modern and contemporary literary theory.

Excerpts from his lecture:

Literary History is an irreconcilable binary of theory. M. H. Abrams who is the Father figure of Liberal Humanism, in his famous work The Mirror and the Lamp, brings out the four coordinates of criticism corresponding with four theories.

The first coordinate relates to the primacy of the Universe as the source (or fountainhead) of literature. It was Plato who first talked about the mimetic theory in literature. The word Mimesis is a Greek word meaning imitation. The world that we look around is not real. There is an ideal world – a prototype. So, writers imitate this world (the prototype).

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Guest Lecture Invite...:

for two lectures in a row, by two eminent scholars
on Saturday, 09 August 2014.
Dr. Daniel David speaks on 
Myth, Legend and Romance from 9:30 am - 10:45 am.
After a short break for tea and interaction, the second session by 
Dr. Sivaraman, on 
Contemporary Indian Theatre, will start at 11:00 am and end by 12:30 pm. 
All UG, PG, MPhil and PhD Students are welcome...!

Monday, 4 August 2014

"To Write is to Know Who You Are...!"

Mr.Bishwananth Ghosh, Senior Editor, The Hindu, releasing Eclectic Representations
Mr. Bishwanath Ghosh, Senior Editor with The Hindu, was the chief guest at the inaugural of the English Literary Forum, today at 11 am. The occasion saw the release of the seventh issue of Eclectic Representations, the peer-reviewed International Journal from the PG & Research Department of English, Madras Christian College. In addition, a book that guides in effective preparation for UGC-NET-ENGLISH, containing a descriptive overview of literatures in English, alongside a detailed analysis of the previous years’ question papers [paper II & III], titled NET... SET… GO: Literatures in English was released by our Bursar.  

Excerpts from his address: 

Writing is not a glamorous profession. Rather, it is a lonely profession – wherein you might have a deadline staring at you, prompting you to be prepared all along! If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get published, and if you’re still lucky, you’ll also get to be famous!

Release of Seventh Issue of Eclectic Representations and NET Preparatory Book

Our Bursar, releasing the first copy of the UGC English Preparatory Book "NET SET GO... Literatures in English"

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Guest Lecture Series - I: An Overview of Literatures in English

Dr. Benet gave the maiden guest lecture of this academic year, today at 11 am, on “Preparing for UGC-NET: A Panoramic View of Literatures in English”.

Excerpts from his lecture: 

Our mind has a way of connecting and associating information. How do we retain pieces of information, and string them together in order to have them recollected in the long run, forms the basis of preparing for any competitive examination.

There are two types of Principles in Memory: One is, the remembrance principle. I ask you and you are quick to respond. The second is the Recognition principle. You look at the answer in print and then you recognise the answer. It really helps if you can raise your memory from recognition principle to the remembrance part.

History of English Literature and History of Literary Criticism are both inseparable. Hence it is important to develop a historical sense of chronological time. Look out for major schools, major writers, major genres etc in your preparation.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Existentialism in 'Waiting for Godot': An Overview

Prof. Daniel David addressing our PG Students

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Postcolonial Studies wrt Indigenous Studies: An Appraisal

Dr. Armstrong, Professor & Head, Dept of English, University of Madras, delivered a thought-provoking lecture on Contemporary State of Postcolonial Studies with reference to Indigenous Studies to our I & II MA students, today at 11 am.

Overview of Professor’s Lecture:

Dr. Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong began by outlining the domain of Postcolonial Studies, which focuses on the reading and writing of literature written in previously or currently colonized countries, and seeks to critically investigate what happens when there is a clash between two cultures. This clash is where one of them ideologically fashions itself as superior and assumes dominance and control over the other, Hence, the field of postcolonial studies has itself been hotly contested ever since its rise in the 1970s.

Although the term “postcolonial” avoided some of the terminological problems of its predecessors, namely Commonwealth literatures, World Literatures, New Literatures, etc, it sought to create problems of its own especially when related to Indigenous studies. Moreover, Dr. Armstrong, rhetorically asked, if the space for Indigenous studies in the broad field of Postcolonial studies was much less when compared to other areas like diaspora, comparative literature,  hybridity, post colonial gender studies etc?

While there are two types of Post colonialism – Oppositional Colonialism and Complicit Colonialism, the latter cannot be applied to indigenous texts. Only complicit colonialism provides a minimal space for the indigenous peoples interest.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

"Truth in Drama"

Dr.Radmila Nastic, Professor of Philology and Arts, Serbia, gave a talk on “Truth in Drama” to our students, today, from 10.45 am to 1.30 pm.

Excerpts from her talk:

Nobel laureate Harold Pinter is one of the greatest modern dramatists, who “cleaned the gutters of the English language, so that it ever afterwards flowed more easily and more cleanly”. His Nobel Prize acceptance speech titled, “Art, Truth & Politics” was in a way, a manifesto for his literary career. He says: 

There are no hard distinctions between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false. I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?

Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond to the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Talk on Postmodernism, Media Studies and Subaltern Studies..:

Dr. Marx delivered a thought-provoking and spell-binding talk today, from 9.50 am to 12.50 pm, on Postmodernism, Media Studies and Subaltern Studies, to an ardent and enthusiastic audience, comprising students from III BA, I MA, II MA, M.Phil & PhD Scholars. 

Excerpts from his talk:

To Fanon, silence is dishonesty. Although there are millions of angles and thousands of opinions available to get a perspective of an object or a person, we always prefer to go by the binary, wherein one is prioritised over the other. The first problem of any language is knowability. It is seemingly knowable, but in reality it is not knowable. What then, is real? Reality is relative. In Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, we have a clear case of different versions of truth given to the police by different people. 

A typical rainy day at MCC (today):

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Inter Hall Sports Meet - 2014

Our Principal with Shri K. Baskaran
The Inter-Hall Sports Meet 2014 got off to a rousing start with the customary Commemoration Meet. Dr. Stephen Jebanesan, Head, Department of English gave the commemoration address. The Chief Guest of the Sports Meet was Shri K. Baskaran IAS., District Collector, Kanchipuram, an illustrious alumnus of our College. 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Professor J. Vasanthan - A Tribute

I am stunned when I look with respect and awe at a picture of Prof. J. Vasanthan. The fire in his eyes, the grace in his looks, the nobility in his visage, the determination in his firm lips, his royal bearing and his majestic posture compel me into a wild guess of what an enigma of a professor he must have been!

Loved all, loved by all, hated none, and hated by none.

J.Vasanthan, started his teaching career at Madras Christian College, and later retired as Professor of English with the American College, Madurai. His passing away recently in Madurai, has created a void which cannot be replaced now or in the future. Such was his style! such was his verve! such was his commitment to his vocation!

JV (as he was fondly called by his students and admirers) was a versatile personality - a professional cartoonist, writer, actor, professor all rolled in one. He also had a wonderful sense of humour and an artful way with words. One could sit with him, at his dinner table, and listen to him recollecting fond memories of days past in MCC, or talk about Tom and Jerry, or bring out the aesthetic and the sublime in Shakespeare, or Milton or Wordsworth, or Keats, with abundant verve and gusto. He was teacher to famous stalwarts in academics, like Dr.Nirmal Selvamony, Dr.Benet, Dr.Premila, Prof.Daniel David, to name a few, and eminent politicians like Prakash Karat, etc.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Chennai Book Fair - 2014

The Chennai Book Fair is getting better and better, by the year, going by present indications. The YMCA Grounds that played host to the Fair this year, was a lot more effective in crowd management and parking management. Unlike last year, when volunteers from BAPSI controlled the parking lots using their own volunteers, this year saw the traffic constables and SIs doing a really commendable job in traffic management and parking management. They facilitated neat parking of cars and bikes.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Celebrating the Eternal Woman...

Dr. Dasan delivered the key note address on “Celebrating the Eternal Woman:  A Note on the Heroism of the Feminine Psyche” at the National Seminar on Women’s Writing in English, held at St.Mary’s College, on 10 January 2014.

Excerpts from his address:

This keynote address aims at the figural portrayal of the female self. While attempting to highlight the contrasting perceptions between the ‘female self’ as a biological and natural construct and ‘the woman’ as a social construct, it underscores that ultimately it is the paradoxical differences in gender sexuality, differences which simultaneously reiterate the beauty and richness of the biological complementarity ingrained in the very act of the creation of man and woman, which prevail in terms of true humanity. I am one of those who subscribe to the view that the social construct of woman, woman as objectified Other, ‘reified as a sexual and linguistic commodity fixed, written about and traded among men’ by the metaphysical Self, ought to be dismantled and deconstructed, and the natural construct of the female self, attuned to the biological and the eternal feminine, should prevail as a liberating force.

Monday, 30 December 2013


Ring in the New Year with a Noble Deed!
1st January 2014 (Wednesday)
9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Venue: Lotels Serviced Apartments,
No: 6, 4th Main Road, 
Jayachandran Nagar, 
Ph: 43304252/53
In Partnership with:

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Back in Shelf..:

Dear Students of III BA English Lit., Copies of Achebe's Things Fall Apart are now available at Landmark, Spencer's. 
Clicked at Landmark, Mount Road

Monday, 16 December 2013

Release of the Sixth Issue of Eclectic Representations

Dr. Ranga Narayanan receiving the first copy of ER
Dr. G. N. Devy, Chairperson, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, released the sixth issue of Eclectic Representations, on Monday, 16 December 2013, in the Media Centre, Madras Christian

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Friday, 13 December 2013


The Department of Humanities and Social Science (DoHSS), IIT Madras is conducting its third Academic Conference structured around the theme Urban Spaces. The Conference is inter-disciplinary in nature, with the Call for Paper proposals open in the three streams of Economics, Development Studies and English Studies.

Taking place in the February of 2014, between 7th and 9th, the Conference will have a session on each of the streams, featuring leading thinkers in their respective fields of work and research while also offering an array of events including paper presentations, movie screenings, and workshops. Paper-proposals are open to undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students.
For more details, click HERE

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Prakriti Poetry Fest @ MCC

Kabir Kala Manch performing...

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Elizabethan Age - Lesson Outline - I

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Hearty Congratulations to Prof. Udayaraj, on receiving the 'Top Notcher' Prize and Certificate from the Vice-President of India, for excellence in his MA English Programme here at MCC. We wish and pray that you win many more laurels in the years to come. God bless you!
Photo Courtesy: Dina Thanthi (scanned picture)

Monday, 11 November 2013

All geared up..!

A security blanket has descended on the salubrious portals of Madras Christian College, even as inquisitive eyes in grey and white corduroys strut across the length and breadth of the campus, with walkie talkies to assist them in their zealous mission. Barricadings in vantage positions  have been strategically placed to help usher in the dignitaries to the venerated venue. 

Interestingly, 'chaos' of all hues and colours, has been asked to fall in line for the big show, and for once, the id card got its respect at the entrance points. For absent-minded professors who happen to have lost their id cards, solace is nearby. They could now sport any 'one' from among the govt. issued identity cards like passport, driving licence, voter’s id etc. on D-day.

Yes, the reason for the season is that, MCC's  D-day is at hand. Wednesday, 13 November 2013 - the day that celebrates the 34th Graduation Day and the Valedictory of the 175th year celebrations. Distinguished dignitaries who are expected to adorn the hallowed dais of the Anderson Hall on this memorable day include, the Vice President of India, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, the Deputy Chairman - Rajya Sabha, and the Minister for Higher Education. Students and staff, past and present, are expected to throng the venue in large numbers, to reminisce their eventful days in their alma mater. God bless MCC. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of the ultra-modern indoor sports stadium, was performed by the retiring staff members in an august ceremony conducted near the Pavilion today at 10:45 am. The event also saw the dedication of the RO Drinking Water Purifiers, which are strategically placed, one on each side of the Arts and Science blocks respectively for the benefit of the student community. Dr. Stephen Jebanesan, Head, Dept of English was given the honour of inaugurating the RO Purifier located in the Arts Block, while Dr. Ramesh Sundar, Head, Dept of Pol. Science inaugurated the RO Purifier in the Science Block.  

Monday, 21 October 2013

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Withdrawn books for Sale at British Council

The withdrawn book sale is being organised from Sunday 20 October till Thursday 24 October between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the British Council Division.

All books which BCD had in their IT, Science, Medicine, Engineering, History and India Collection will be on sale. Junior books and magazines will also be on sale. 

The books are priced between Rs.50/ and Rs.500/- based on their value and condition.

The sale will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the sale is extended only to library members, you are requested to carry your membership card with you. There is no restriction on the number of books an organisation (in the case of institutional membership) can buy.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Seminar @ Madurai - A Report

Dr. Ganesh was the Chief Guest at the UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on Indian Writing in English, organised by MTN College, Madurai, in association with TJELLS on Saturday, 28 September 2013. His brilliantly absorbing and thought-provoking talk was on “Indian English Literature: Shifting Terrains”.

Outlining the broad framework of Post-Independence Indian Literature in English (ILE), he classified the post-Independence ILE into two broad generations of writers – the 1950–mid-1980s and late-1980s–current, respectively.

Identifying the general trends in the Poetry of the First Generation of Writers, he outlined the shift in themes and techniques, from idealistic nationalism  and romanticism to personal engagement with the problems of a newly formed, extremely diverse nation, wherein national identity came into conflict with personal experiences.

Praising Amitav Ghosh as a novelist with substance, he said that, Ghosh belongs to a relatively new genre of novels called the research novel.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Theatre @ WCC..:

Women's Christian College, Chennai, played host to the staging of two brilliant plays – Mahesh Dattani’s "Where there is a Will" which revolves around improving interpersonal relationships, and the other, “Jokumaraswamy” which centres on the superstitious life and schemings of a village zamindar named Gowda. The fund-raiser plays were staged on three consecutive days (26 Sep. to 28 Sep.) to a packed hall of enthusiastic spectators.

Both the plays were directed by our former professor Dr. Rajani, whose ‘director’s touch’ was palpable not only in the brilliant performance of the actors but also in the carefully made-up stage props as well.  

Both the plays were fine(time)-tuned to 50 minutes duration each, and the characters made themselves endearing to the audience by their passionate performances which led to thunderous ovations and applause all along. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Research Methodology Workshop: A Report

Dr. Joseph Dorairaj, Professor of English, Gandhigram University, conducted a workshop on Research Methodology today, (04 September 2013) for our MA, MPhil and PhD scholars. The workshop started with the invocation by Dr. Ann Thomas, followed by Dr.Stephen’s welcome address. Dr. K.Ganesh introduced the resource person of the day, Dr. Joseph Dorairaj. The first session of the workshop touched upon the theoretical framework of Research, and its various nuances, while the second session highlighted the best practices in research.

Defining Research as a “systematic activity that is directed toward discovery and the development of an organized body of knowledge” (Best and Kahn), he also outlined the three elements or components, namely: (1) a question, problem, or hypothesis, (2) data, and (3) analysis and interpretation of data,” respectively.

A good research, then, is “expected to make a contribution to knowledge. It is expected to be ‘original’. . . It does not have to be ‘original’ in the much more daunting sense that it springs fully armed from the head of the  researcher without reference to any previous account”, but, “on the contrary, in fact: it is much more likely to involve assembling ideas that have not been brought together in quite that way before. And it does not have to shift the paradigm: the contribution can be quite small, a piece of the jigsaw”. Citing Belsey, he said, that, “research is expected to make a difference to the standard account of a topic, whatever the topic might be”. Dr. Dorairaj also outlined the three basic concepts in Research Methodology, like the Research Tools, Research Methods and Research Methodology, and the three domains of Research activity, which are broadly divided into: Physical and Life Sciences: (experimental – laboratory-based),     Social Sciences: (empirical & numerical – quantitative and qualitative), and, Literature: (textual analysis).

Professor then proceeded to detail on the various types of research, namely, Pure/Basic/Fundamental and Applied Research, Experimental (lab-based) research, Deductive and Inductive Research, Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Diagnostic Research, Intervention Research, Action Research, etc.

On choosing a topic for one’s research, Dr.Joseph Dorairaj quipped that, most research starts with a hunch, or, an inspired guess. Moreover, it should be interesting, and one should be passionate about it. The work should not only be original, but also preferably non-canonical, and that which contributes to the existing body of knowledge. Most of all, it should have a usefulness or relevance to society. He also suggested around five key texts like Research Methods for English Studies, which  would provide a frame of reference for the research scholar. 

The session ended on a happy note, with feedback by Sebastian (MPhil), Ajil (II MA), Lemma (I MA) and the Vote of Thanks by Prof.Phebe Angus.

Our sincere thanks to our Photographer Mr. Jagadeesh Kumar (BA English, MCC), and to our Videographers Mr. Albert and Mr. Naseem of the MA Communication Department, MCC.            

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Seminar Review:

walking with the leader...
The two-day National Seminar on “Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis: The Scope of Postcolonial Theory and Literature” organized by the Research Department of English St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu, on 2nd & 3rd September 2013, was informative and thought-provoking by all means. All the plenary sessions and satellite sessions were well-organized and resulted in rich exchange of ideas. Plenary Sessions on Postcolonial Studies, Diasporean Literature etc were very informative and challenging to both teachers and researchers in these fields. Dr. K. Ganesh gave a brilliant talk on Diaspora Literature, while Prof.A.S.Dasan and Dr.Joseph Albert spoke extensively on Postcolonial Studies. to be contd...

Friday, 23 August 2013

And the rich legacy continues to live on...

Legendary (late) Dr.Vishnu Bhat's grand daughter little Isha's (II Std) spontaneous short story on caring for mother Nature, that appeared in Young World, The Hindu, Bangalore Edition, recently. Three cheers to little Isha. We, at MCC are so happy that the legacy continues to live on... God bless.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Petition the Speaker for a Noble Cause...:

As India finished celebrating sixty six years of Independence, political parties in the country are making amendments to the Right to Information Act (RTI) in order to keep themselves out of its purview. The Central Government has acted  in a hasty manner by introducing the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in the Lok Sabha and it is likely that the amendments would be passed next week.

This would in effect: Exclude all political parties from the purview of the RTI Act…

As Citizens of this country, we all have an equal stake in saving the RTI Act as it ensures that organisations working in the public interest are answerable to the people.

I encourage you to sign  this petition and demand the Speaker to facilitate widespread public consultation on the RTI (Amendment) Bill, because, without the freedom of information, our Independence would mean nothing…

PS: As told to me, by our alumnus, Vidya Venkat. This post is on her behalf, and on behalf of every responsible Indian. To petition the Speaker, click HERE

Friday, 26 July 2013

Plants, Politics and Society - Past and Present

Dr.Narasimhan’s lecture was on Plants, Politics and Society, and how plants have been used as economic and political tools in the past as well as in the present. Excerpts from his speech:

There’s an interconnection that exists between every field of study. However, we don’t have the eye to see this interconnection among the various subjects of study.

A holistic approach is very important today but unfortunately it is missing in our present curriculum, because we have the habit of looking at subjects as water-tight compartments. If we look at history even Before Christ, plants have always been resources for building kingdoms and empires. Wars, especially Kalinga Wars, and Alexander’s were fought mainly to access land resources, especially fertile lands to feed the growing population and vast armies of their countries. And, whenever they went for a war, they also took along with them a section of people as slaves. Hence, agreement and slavery are inseparable. In India, our slavery system is caste-based.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Dr.Rajeevnath Ramnath delivering the lecture on Applied Linguistics

Friday, 19 July 2013

Guest Lecture - Invite

Dear Students of I MA/II MA English Literature,

You are invited for a lecture by Dr.Rajeevnath Ramnath, Associate Professor of English, Assumption University, Thailand, on the topic, "Why not an "app" for Applied Linguistics?", on Monday, 22 July 2013 between 9.30 and 11.30 am in the M.Phil Classroom.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Inauguration of the English Literary Forum

The English Literary Forum was inaugurated by Dr.V.Rajagopalan, former Head, Dept of English, MCC, to a packed Anderson Hall which listened with rapt attention to his spellbinding lecture on 'Appreciating Literature.' 

Good literature, according to him, should deal with the tension between good and evil. Knowledge has to be demystified and subjects defamilarised, he said, and added that the burden of his address was to validate the classics. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Global Reunion 2013

Join us at MCC for the Gala Global Alumni Reunion 2013 on 27, 28 July 2013. 
You can register online by clicking on this link HERE.
Mobile: +918056195510

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Postponed by a Day:

The MA English Lit entrance test scheduled for 21 June 2013 has been postponed by a day. It will now be held on Saturday, 22 June 2013, at Selaiyur Hall Indoor Theatre, due to unavailability of the Exams Office on that day.
Kindly look up the Dept Notice Board for the shortlisted candidates.
for The Head

Friday, 14 June 2013

Thoughts for a new academic year...

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Entrance Exam - MA English: Reg

All candidates who have applied for MA English Literature are required to sit the entrance test to be held on Friday, 21 June 2013 at the Examinations Hall. The test will comprise an essay question [25 marks], and  25 objective type questions [25 marks]. All questions will be based on the BA English Literature syllabus.
For more details, you are requested to follow the 'announcements' put up periodically on the Department Notice Board or, contact the Head, Department of English.
With all best wishes, 
for The Head

Gone are the days when one had to hop from one leading library to another looking for that one book that has been eluding you all along. And, if the OPAC gives the word ‘OUT’ against your favourite book, you are bound to go wild with disappointment, more so, if you’re a passionate bibliophile!

Today, thanks to the burgeoning online portals that specialise in renting textbooks, you may heave a great sigh of relief.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

the latest cutie pie from our garden... [click to enlarge]

Oh what needless pain we bear..!

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As he raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on his face, he inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

He replied, “The absolute weight does not matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm.  If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

How to Pursue a Medical Administrative Position [Guest Post Exclusive]

If you are looking for a career change and are interested in medicine then a career in medical administration may be what you are looking for. The first thing you need to do is understand what medical administration entails. Medical or healthcare administration is a specific field which involves the maintenance of relationship within a medical environment such as clinics, hospitals and health centers. As with anyone who works in a hospital or medical center, such individuals are considered to be health care professionals. Medical administration encompasses a wide range of different tasks. These include the management of different departments to ensure a smooth-running establishment, the analysis of different hospital policies, taking care of finances and dealing with accounting. There are also some medical management professionals who are going to specialize in specific areas of the industry.


In order to be qualified for medical administration it is pertinent to get a bachelor's degree within the field. While it is possible to be certified with such a degree, this is not always going to be enough. Many people consider the standard credential to be a Master's degree. As a result, it is

Monday, 3 June 2013

Back in the Reckoning and how!

It’s official now. English Literature has rightfully regained her regal ranking as the royal choice for applicants to the arts and the humanities courses. For the first time in many years, MCC witnessed an epoch-making event when, the admissions office, ‘admitted’ that, this year, application sales for BA English Literature far exceeded the demand that usually lays in store for the BCom Course. Once regarded as the hot pick among Chennaiites, the coveted BCom course in MCC had for long held monopoly as far as demand was concerned. Indeed, applications this year showed a remarkable trend. There were as many as 35 students who had scored above 1110/1200 and were all eyes on taking up English Literature.

One of the most established and widely recognised courses in the realm of academics, the English Literature course per se has evolved a lot over the decades, and today, it holds a preeminent position among the arts and humanities. There are quite a few interesting reasons as to why English Literature is and has always been a great course for study.

First of all, the efficiency of the course lies in its elasticity. I wish I don’t sound out of place when I pull off T.S.Eliot’s term ‘compatability’ to come to my rescue here, in order to augment my point better. Dictionaries the world over have a more or less similar definition for the word ‘compatible’, meaning, the capability to exist or perform in harmonious, agreeable, congenial combination, with efficient integration. Indeed, English Literature has the capacity to absorb the various literary schools and philosophical movements into its rich repertoire and thereby engage the students with a wide variety of texts (both literary and non-literary), in a lively and supportive learning environment.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

One more year..!

snippets from our little garden...

When we moved into our new house, the first things that met my eyes were the trees and plants around our house that were in a ‘withered, withering, about to wither’ condition. The coconut trees were almost dying as they were not properly cared for. In short, the whole garden was  kinda chaotic.

So, with the help of two good gardeners, we had the coconut trees pruned, and had the flower-bearing ones cut to size. The crotons, the lily plants and the rose plants were given a ‘facelift’ and then, with a long garden hose to assist us, we began the regular routine of watering them. Soon, the plants began responding with gusto to the water-treatment. Moreover, watering the plants had by now become a profoundly therapeutic exercise, and the results were there for us to see.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Adieu! Adieu!

Dear II MAs and III BAs!

You were a great and awesome class. Some of you were here with us, in the Department of English for five long years, while some of you joined us two years ago, and some others joined us three years ago, and yet, you made your stay in MCC impactful and memorable.

For the past one week, the department was witness to scores of grateful students coming in, and bidding adieu to each and every staff member. We are so proud of you guys.

We, the faculty wish you the best in all your endeavours, and remember, the Department of English is always open to you, as you are a part of the grand old English department family, and we all join in wishing you all a very Bright and Prosperous Future filled with Happiness, Peace and Joy.

As a proud and cheerful student of MCC, go out into the world, and make a mark for yourselves in whatever you do! Dare to be different! Make a mark! And… always stand up for what is right.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Unexpected behaviour:

A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the apple of their eyes.

One morning, when the boy was around two years old, the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for work so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and put it in the cupboard. The mother, preoccupied in the kitchen, totally forgot the matter. The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to it and, fascinated with its colour, drank it all. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages.

When the child collapsed, the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned; she was terrified. How would she face her husband?

When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just four words.

“I Love You Darling”.

The husband’s totally unexpected reaction is proactive behaviour. The child is dead. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Gemini Ganesan and his College Days

[Excerpts from THE MCC Magazine]
By Ms. Narayani Ganesh

The Madras Christian College used to be located at Parry’s Corner, close to where the High Court stands today. First established in 1837 by British missionaries as a school, the institution was upgraded to a college in 1865, and renamed ‘Madras Christian College’. A hundred years later, the College acquired four hundred acres of what was known as the Selaiyur forest estate in Tambaram. The institution shifted here in 1937, in a move that is still referred to as the ‘great migration’. Here, Appa studied Chemistry and after graduation, worked as a lecturer-demonstrator for some time before changing tracks.

Other reputed colleges in Madras then were Presidency College, Loyola College and Pachaiyappa’s College, all exclusively for boys. M.C.C was co-educational. Appa was a good student and sportsman and enjoyed the good things of life. The diary he maintained in 1942 has a few gems that reveal the kind of life he led as a college student. M.C.C encouraged extracurricular