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Ergo July 17

Ergo July 17

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Ergo tabloid published by The Hindu Group, Chennai

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For Mandela
Vol. 3No. 134
When the world listened to him
Seventeen-year-old Samuel Venkatesan from Krishnagiri district makesa point talking on child rights at the Junior 8 summit held in Rome.
Dear readers,
 There is no be t ter  wa y  to break a hard ne ws  than up fron t: Ergo  will close i ts prin t edi tion this mon th-end.  The issue da ted Jul y 31  will be  the las t prin t run o f  the  tabloid.In e f fec t,  the coun tdo wn has begun  to  the  final10 editions. And  while  the curren t economic slo wdo wn makes i t  tough  for us  to sus tain  the prin t run,  we arealread y gearing up  to re tain Ergo as an online publica tion. So keep an e ye openon  w w w.goergo.in. I t will soon be bols tered no t  jus t in  terms o f design bu t also in  terms o f compulsi ve online con ten t made for  tha t medium.Ergo  wasmean t  to bea pioneering e xperimen t and inman y  wa ys i t  was. I t is one o f  the  firs t  – i f no t the  ver yrs t  –  free dailiesin  the coun tr y  to bebacked b y a publica tion o f repu te. And i t  will cer tainl y beremembered as  the  firs t publica tion in  the coun tr y  to ha ve had a  targe ted readership a t i ts core.I t  was managed en tirel y b y a small bu t e f fec ti ve  team o f  young pro fessionals, aided b y someproac ti ve s tuden t repor ters. Our en thusiasm did no twane e ven once in making  the  tabloidas much  fun to read as  we ha ve had oursel ves in bringing i t ou t.And as arun up  to  the  transi tion o f Ergo in to acomple tel y online en tit y,  we  welcome  from  you ideason ho w  to makean impac t online.  We  will  fea ture 10  wa ys  to li ve on onlineo ver  the remaining issuesbased on  your  feedback and our o wn ideas.  These  will be implemen ted in our online-onl y run.Mail  your ideas  to  feedback@goergo.in.  You can also  follo w us on  t wi t ter  – w w w. t wi t ter.com /goergo.Looking  for ward  to our con tinued associa tion. Thanks  for  your  timeS.Kar thikEdi tor
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Namma Chennai
Learn about blood donation
Do you and your colleagues want to donate blood? But, you do notknow how to go about it. Or, are looking if someone can conduct acamp in your campus? K.R. Ramesh, who is the district chairperson forLions District (324A6) for blood donation camps, is ready to offer youany assistance. Do call him at 98415 85865 to know more.
Make a difference
Four films on climate change and environment made under theU.K. Environment Film Fellowship 2009 will be screened on July 18,in association with Discovery Channel.The films are:
Don’t Rubbish it 
by Chandrasekhar Reddy;
by Gurmeet Sapal;
India’s Climate Fever 
by ArjunPandey and
The Final Tide
by Vikram Mishra and Praveen Singh.The screening starts at 6.30 p.m., followed by a discussion withfilmmakers.
Quiz bytes
The Indian Quizzing League has come outwith ‘KnowBytes’. The online quiz-letterwill be delivered every weekend andcomes with facts, titbits and the latestfrom across the globe. The letter iscustomised to the needs of quizenthusiasts and is for all age groups. Toget your copy email iqlteam@gmail.com orvisit http://iquiz.wordpress.comFor details call Karthik (9962070090)/ Ananthashankar (9176287344).
Want toact?
Theatre group Evaminvites you to join intheir theatre class,where variousaspects of the artincluding acting,body language,voice, creativity andstorytelling will betaught. Theworkshop will beheld on July 18 and19.For details call9940438669/ 9840281513
Krishna Mehta’selegant spring/summer2009 collection is ondisplay at Amethyst.Extrovert creations,mono-design shapeswith gay colours,woven silk ikats,luminous chiffons andgeorgettes, sequinsand woven gotaembroidery … there islot to choose from.Shop between 11.30a.m. and 6 p.m. atAmethyst, 14 / 30,Padmavathi Road,Jeypore Colony,Gopalapuram
Sizzling delights
Society, the casual dining restaurant at The Ambassador Pallava, ishosting a Sizzler Fest. The fest offers a variety of hot andscrumptious sizzlers. The festival is open for dinner (7.30 pmonwards) from July 18 to 26.For reservations please call 2855 4476.
“The condition of young girls inShoolagiri is pitiable. They have to do household chores before rushing to school. With only twobuses plying in the village, chil-dren are bound to miss the class and hence fail in their examina-tions. Once out of school, they are married off, then they are ha-rassed for dowry and later they commit suicide… .” 
amuel Venkatesan summedup the life of an average vil-lage girl in Tamil Nadu –from birth to death – for thenext 10 minutes. Listening to the17-year-old’s talk in chaste Tamil was an august audience repre-senting the G8 summit in Rome.On Thursday, Samuel recount-ed all his J8 experiences at a pressconference.He is among the three Indianstudents who represented thecountry in the Junior 8 (J8) sum-mit. Sanjukta Pangi from Orissaand Narendra Kumar from UttarPradesh, his counterparts, spokeon equal rights for the girl child,school transport and quality edu-cation.
Two years ago, Nalanda Way  was in Krishnagiri to select stu-dents for training in filmmaking,an initiative they did jointly withthe UNICEF. “For the audition I was asked to speak on any topicof interest for a few minutes. I ama chatterbox and I spoke asusual,” recalls Samuel, who is thefirst person from his village inKrishnagiri district to completesecondary education.Thanks to the training given by the NGO, Samuel already has twoshort films –
 Accham Thavir 
 Nipped in the bud 
– to his credit.His other credential: Samuel is astudent reporter and writes for
Vaandu Soundu, a newsletter 
cir-culated in schools, Collectorateand other government organisa-tions in the district.
Call for J8
 While J8 and his meeting withother delegates will remain a his-tory, Samuel cannot forget re-counting his first flight journey.“When I told my mom she was worried,” he says about his moth-er who is a domestic helper inBangalore. “
Plane la pogaatha..adhu thannikulla vizhundirum
..(Do not travel by flight. It will fallinto water),” were Shanta’s initialreactions when Samuel said hehas to fly to Rome. It is his ma-ternal uncle, Ramamurthy, a lorry driver, who supports his educa-tion. He gave him confidence tocarry on.“Rome was very beautiful andthe Italian Parliament was huge. Ialso met Italian Youth Minister.She was always smiling and Iliked her. My first dinner there was fun. I was waiting to have agrand feast, but they gave me so-mething like our snacks in smallportions. With that they said thedinner was over,” Samuel jabbersaway innocently.
Ladies first
But Samuel also has an unful-filled wish, that he missed thechance to meet Prime MinisterManmohan Singh. “My counter-parts knew Hindi and they wereat ease, but everything was Greek and Latin for me. They showedme a piece of paper and told meto sign on it. Only later I realisedSanjukta Pangi was the personselected to meet him,” he smiles.However, he pacified himself saying, “It’s always ladies first inour country.” One thing was forsure, Samuel was everyone’s fa-vourite— drawing attention forhis sign language but still min-gling with the guests. For in-stance, Samuel spoke for close toan hour to an Italian Chef, saysSatish of NalandaWay, who ac-companied him to the Summit.
To the point
So, what was Samuel’s learning experiences. “Many. We shared alot, I actually learnt about childright in Rome,” he says. The stu-dent of vocational training, how-ever, is sad that he and many others like him in Indian villagescannot speak English. “When thechildren of developed countriesdemand right to watch movies, we from the developing countriesask for basic education,” he con-cludes, saying he will implementthe action plan of the J8 in hisvillage.
Samuel Venkatesan, achirpy Plus One student of Government Higher Secondary School inShoolagiri, wasthe favourite of the delegatesat the J8  summit held recently in Rome
The“rockstar”of J8 summit
All smiles: Samuel Venkatesan
Samuel shakes hands withItalian Youth MinisterGiorgia Meloni.
Watch for a cause
Chennai Social Service, an NGO, is selling tickets for Harry Potter and theHalf-Blood Prince for the 8.30 a.m. show on July 19 at Sathyam Cinemas.The tickets are priced at Rs.150 for premium class. The proceeds will gotowards charity. For booking and more details contact,Balaji - 9884734284 or Venkat - 9841550476

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