Pattanam Podi -Snuff

A passage in Fort bearing signs of s snuff brand
A passage in Fort bearing signs of a snuff brand

How can a blog about ‘Pattanam’ (Madras City) be complete without reference to ‘Pattanam Podi’ or snuff?

It was once very common to see men (and some women) snorting the tobacco snuff into their nostrils and sneezing: An agony for those nearby. The most salient brand was TAS Rathinam Pattanam podi. Tulsi Badrinath, in her book ‘Madras, Chennai and the Self’ dedicated a whole chapter to a family which was in the snuff business and still manages to survive.

The above image from Fort St.George indicates that the Snuff {Pattana Podi} is very much part of the city’s history.

11 days more for Madras Day

 

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