The sarcastic jibe that marked open section of the Madras Day series of events was that a bunch of people headed to the Madras Musings' series of Talks only for the 'tiffin' or snacks that the hosts provided.
This group would clean up the snacks even before most guests arrived and made the best of a spread at the big hotels who were hosts.
This left a bad impression on the hosts as well as some guests.
There were occasions when the 'food raiders' would take two or three pieces of the snacks. Some stayed back for the talks, some slipped away.
The dirty side of the series; and it keeps happening year on year.
A shame indeed.