About Us

ARCOT ROAD TIMES started as a free, English, weekly local area newspaper in 1999 for the neighbourhoods of Ashok Nagar, K. K. Nagar, Vadapalani, Virugambakkam and Valasarawakkam.

In May 2008, the weekly newspaper was ‘frozen’ and we launched the local area web site. Its URL is – www.arcotroadtimes.com

This web site is possibly one of the best local area site of Chennai city.
It provides daily coverage of this neighbourhood, has regular  updates and interactivity and provides a host of useful info.If you live in this area and are Net connected, then this is the web site to book mark and visit now and then!

From mid-April 2011 we restarted publication of ARCOT ROAD TIMES newspaper – it comes out on every other Sunday ( once every 2 weeks) and now circulates 12,000 copies in select colonies of the region, extending into pockets up to Porur.

The editor and publisher of these ventures is Vincent D’ Souza.

He also manages and runs two other community newspapers in Chennai – Adyar Times and Mylapore Times, and a web site for classical music and dance, www.kutcheribuzz.com.

If you want to know more about us, call us at 2376 4320.

Or email to – arcotroadtimes@gmail.com

31 Responses to “About Us”

  1. vedicravi on June 19th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Namaskaram
    i am very happy to see our arcot road times now in online hope it will rech world wide and give more intersting news and events i am also intersted to send weekly once sprituval and religious column to make use for our community
    vedicravi

  2. B Krishnamurthy on June 25th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I am very happy to read the Arcot road Times online. Though a resident of Ramakrishnanagar, Valasaravakkam, presently I am in Newjersey USA on a holiday. So was thrilled to read the paper online.
    Congrats to Vincent D souza.

  3. B Krishnamurthy on August 8th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Arcot Road Times is very junior compared to other two from Vincent D`Souza but got the elevation to online status. We are very happy about.
    There are lot of good articles in Mylapore times and Adyar times and we would definitely like to read these two weeklys also ONLINE. Will it materialise soon?

  4. Rtn K Sethuraman on August 31st, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I am very happy to see the changes in our local paper . But you have to send information to all your readers through email /sms / hand bills to reach .
    secondly how this will reach the public to view your site .I am talking about very ordinary person .

  5. admin on September 2nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    The Arcot Road Times web site is a new and small venture. It needs time to grow. It will in the months to come.
    As a local web site, we will be useful to all those who live in this area and those who are Net-connected.
    That is our constituency.

    And in three months, we are truly the best neighbourhood and community web site.
    As of today, we get an average of 15 visitors who spend 3/4 mins on the site.

    The site is update every other day and has a variety of information and more will follow.

    In course of time, as we spread the word to Net-users, the user community will grow.
    And we should get better!

  6. Mahadevi on September 29th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Sir,

    It is indeed pleasure in reading your newspaper that to online, updating ourself with our neighbourhood news.

    I would like to give a small suggestion. Instead of opening all the categories by the readers, it would be better if the updated categories is highlighted. It would be easier for the reader’s just to open the respective category.

    Hope you will consider the same.

    With best regards,


    Mahadevi

  7. admin on September 30th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment Mahadevi.

    But your suggestion cant be implemented.

    The best way to find out the updated stories and info is to subscribe to the RSS (Entries) service that you see on the top right corner of the Home Page of our web site.
    Once you do this, all stories find an alert in your mailbox!

    Please remember that we post an average of one story a day!

    You too are welcome to contribute. . .

    – Editor

  8. Mahesh on December 8th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Thiruvalluvar Salai 2nd Street, Nesappakkam, West KK Nagar, Chennai – 78 was in very bad shape from 26th November 2008 to 30th November 2008. The flooded street faced several issues. Water did not recede easily. It was shocking to see someone kept the manhole open for the water in the street to recede VIA underground drainage still the underground drainage was overflowing. Flats like Yokesh Mahal was submerged with water from Nov 27th to Nov 30th, it is very sad to see no authorities turning up nor local newspapers such as Pillar Talk, Arcot Road times giving importance to our street and its citizens. All residents of our flat were deprived of basis amenitites such as food, water and unable to use toilets in these three days, even first floor people. But we had to manage the situation ourselves.

    Hope situation improves in future and this area is given importance by media.

    Even we dont get the free circulation of this newspaper in our street or flat. Kindly arrange for our residents to get benefited with your service.

  9. VINOD on January 8th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hello Sir,
    Nice to see the paper online.
    Please keep up the good work.
    Vinod

  10. S Raghavan on January 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Dear Mr Vincent D’souza

    I am thrilled at the online publication and become an ardent reader of “Arcot Road”times. It is novel idea indeed. Congratulations for this innovative idea and action.

    As a resident of Ashok Nagar, I am too keen to offer my contribution for improvement of the area thro social work and this publication. Do let me know of the avenues where I can be useful for voluntary service in civic, health improvement and makiing the locals aware of the development.

  11. K s Supraja on January 26th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    A good change-over from newspaper to online….
    Hope I’d get updates of the MUSIC COMPETITIONS taking place in the area -from the website
    —SUPRAJA

  12. T.Nandakumar on March 7th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Arcot Road Times going online is a felt need fulfilled. Certainly it will help many to highlight the plight of the living conditions that are crying for improvement as also to laud the authorities for effecting quick redressal. Kudos to your effort to keep abreast of the changing times. I am confident that the website will attract scores of readers and will become poplular within a short time.

  13. Lakshmi on April 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hello:
    I used to work for Arcot Road Times as a part-time reporter. I am glad to see the online version of this paper. It is easy to catch up with news in and around KK nagar now.

  14. RAMKI on April 25th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Dear Editor
    we are looking out articles on current topic/festival/health awareness day also in our e-bulletin. Pl consider.
    RAMKI

  15. Krishna on April 30th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I came across this online edition of Arcot Road times when i wanted to see the local candidates contesting in the upcoming elections. I was a resident of Virugambakkam for 21 years and now live near Indianapolis, USA. I still remember the first days of Arcot road times when it would lay plugged int he gates or sitiing on the compund wall ( is it still the same?? ) and I am a big fan of Arcot road times.
    Nice to know what is happening locally and we are grateful to ART. Thank you again
    –Krishna

  16. RAMKI on May 23rd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    ART – NO.1 NEIGHBOURHOOD E-NEWS PAPER……..CONGRATS TO EDITORIAL TEAM…..GOOD SHOW…KEEP IT UP.

    RAMKI

  17. DR.G.PARTHASARATHY, on July 18th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I am very happy to see the progress .
    Congrats to ARCOT ROAD TIMES EZINE.
    We are doing lot of community work locally in and around our area.
    I reside in venkatesa nagar 2nd st,virugambakkam,
    I will be contributing lot hereafter about local activities.
    GPS
    [23765448]

  18. DR.G.PARTHASARATHY, on July 18th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    LOCAL WOMEN
    in and around our area conducted Lalitha sahasranamam PARAYANAM ONE CRORE recitation in Harihara temple Chinmaya nagar since 3 months and celeberated grand gala on 17th july .
    A Marathon exercise!
    GPS

  19. Narayanan on July 28th, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I used to live in K K Nagar. Currently I live in CA, USA. I found the articles
    in this site is very useful and get to know the happenings in and around.

  20. sundar on August 31st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    web page is very nicely designed.can i post some common interest problems/queries.if so how/where?
    sundar

  21. Shridhar Raja on September 24th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    A very well made Ezine for the local community, who are away from Home.
    Such efforts are worthy to praise. Keep it up

  22. R. Narayanan on November 14th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Hi I am R. Narayanan residing at Saligramam, MGR STreet. I am here since 1995 and your weekly is a very useful and informative one. Pls keep up the good work.

  23. B.Krishnamurthy on February 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Now that we read the online edition, it is time the Editor considers publishing the articles in English and Tamil appering in Mylapore and Adyar times.
    Good articles in your other two publications should be available to others also. Why this restriction?

  24. admin on February 17th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion. Adyar Times and Mylapore Times are going online soon so you have a bounty there!
    - Editor / http://www.arcotroadtimes.com

  25. k.kumar on July 18th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Sir,
    I’ m a resident of valasaravakkam. i’ ve come across arcotroadtimes paper last month only when i picked up the paper from k.k. medicals at valasaravakkam. now i’ m reading the paper online. hats off to you. there is no much news about valasai. Garbage bins are over flowing. lots of garbage is thrown on the vacant plots. there is no sign off removing the same by the concerned authorities. Still its a wonder that people are patronising the mobile food carts ( kaiendhibhavans) serving samoosas, vadas, etc. mostly sitiuated near the stinking garbage bins.
    regards,
    k.kumar

  26. parimala on October 29th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I am a resident of k.k.nagar but presently i am in seattle, USA for the vacation. I feel at home when i read arcot times online. I appreciate your good work. congrats.

  27. C.S.Rajan on August 13th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Publishing news on Classical Music events and Spiritual events is an unique feature of Arcot Road Times only. Thank you. Persons from US migrated from Virughambakkam area , keep in touch with the happenings here through your site, I learnt. C.S.Rajan.

  28. Magesh Ramani on December 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Even though I am not staying in Virugambakkam, Arcot times really helps me update the happenings in around Vadapalani /virugambakkam through their online newspaper.

    The commitment of Mr.Vincent D’ souza is really appreciated.

  29. Editor on January 2nd, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for the warm words. We’d like to do better; with inputs from readers. Lets do this in 2014.

  30. aarthi on February 11th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Your newspaper is really awesome and its a pleasure to read it online! I give my warm wishes and prayers for it to become really popular.
    I have a question. The articles published are only written by your newspaper staffs or can students also write about few articles and send it? If yes,can we send it via mail? If yes, may I know the mail id please!

  31. Editor on February 13th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for your warm words for ART. All our local area newspapers use content that is generated by our team as well as readers. But content must be 100% local and news and info, featurish too….on people, local events, civic issues, shopping, campus news, etc. We encourage sustained contributors. Mail to – arcotroadtimes@gmail.com

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