Who would have thought that in a faraway corner of the world, in Jefferson County, State of Oregon, there exists another Madras? My husband found out by sheer chance a few hours ago when searching for the 1950 map of Madras. He laughed in surprise. I squealed in enthusiasm at the thought that my dear city had a namesake. In my childhood, on hearing about Salem, Massachusetts, I had rushed to my mother and asked if Salem, MA was better than Salem, Tamil Nadu. I don't recall her reply but I do remember how fascinated I had been with the idea that two cities belonging to different countries shared the same name.
[Wearing a pleased grin ever since...]