I heard this little tidbit of information a long time ago. But I’m not sure how many people know:
* Chennai was formerly called Madras. (No surprise there)
* Madras is a city in Oregon. (Surprise! Surprise!)
* It was supposedly named after the checked cloth that was sourced from Madras, India.
So the next time someone calls you a “Madrasi,” you know what to do. :)
*With my sincerest apologies to Jhumpa Lahiri.