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A BYTE OF LIFE

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SALLU UNDER PRESSURE
Parents want Salman Khan to wed FREE CIRCULATION
Vol. 3 No. 98

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DEV VERMAN
Eyeing a turnaround

MEET LEFTIE
Find out more about Chennai’s most expensive bicycle
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What’s the name of the band?
Deepa Venkatraman finds out from local rock and metal bands the secret behind their names.

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Ready, Steady, Write
SMOT Business School, a premier management school based in Chennai, is organising an English essay writing contest – Ready, Steady, Write - for the final year students of arts and engineering stream, who are passing out of college this current academic year (2008 – 2009).

Topic
The contestants have to write an essay on the topic ‘As a responsible citizen of India, how will I take my country through this financial slowdown’ (or) on ‘Out of 30 Lakh students, who graduate every year, only 5 lakh choose a management course for their PG. In what ways this figure could be doubled?’ The word limit is minimum of 1000 words.

How to send
The essay needs to be first submitted through email to pg@smot.edu.in (MS Word format) and the handwritten copy to be couriered to SMOT campus address.

Prize money
The best three essays will be awarded the prize money of Rs. 25,000, Rs. 15,000 & Rs.10,000 respectively. Winners who are aspiring to join SMOT Business School for PGPM course stand to win a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh or 50 % scholarship on the course fee as first prize, Rs.50,000 or 25 % scholarship as second prize and Rs.25,000 or 10 % scholarship as third prize.

Registration
The contestants have to regsiter at www.smot.edu.in and get the Unique Registration Number (URN) and this number needs to be quoted for all future communications. Last date to register online to get URN is June 15 and last date to submit is June 30, 2009. The contest is open to students across India. For more details mail pg@smot.edu.in or call SMOT @ 98845 45898

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ASSION AND URPOSE ARE THE RIZE
help. “I even make stops on the highways and check my email through wi-fi,” says Sawhney, adding that she doesn’t think of it as a job. “You lose track of time, because it’s not work”. Her colleagues include accountants, lawyers, MBAs and computer professionals whom she describes as “articulate and rational, and the extra thing everyone has is compassion”. Speaking about the difference between a regular job and one in the social sector, she says: “I know that no one in my office is hurting an animal. We don’t have chairs made of leather. Only vegan food is consumed here. And we all have one common goal.” Our interview is interrupted by a cheerful bark. She puts me on hold to ask someone - “Why’s Rex jumping about like that? Is he ok?” Rex, who was rescued by PETA (from people who kept him habitually chained), is a regular at her office, alongside other companion animals who can come to work provided they get along with him. Like her colleagues, Sawhney is always looking towards the next goal, the next cruelty issue to address. “I might get into politics to speak out for animals. And I’m planning a book on animal welfare in India,” she says, quoting from Robert Frost’s poem “What’s that line again? Miles to go before I sleep”. She walks the talk, and mentions that she hasn’t switched off her phone in nine years. Has it all been worthwhile? Her answer comes without hesitation. “I can’t believe I ever did anything else with my life”. ■

A career in a non-profit organization comes with big challenges and even bigger rewards according to Anuradha Sawhney, PETA India’s chief functionary
SRIYA NARAYANAN

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nuradha Sawhney loves her job. A former employee of a top leather buying house, Sawhney is now a formidable campaigner against leather products. “Like many people, I never gave a second thought to the fact that my shoes used to moo,” she says, denouncing the leather-manufacturing process as “abhorrent”. In her role as PETA India’s chief functionary, she’s seen the international non-profit group through many milestones including PETA’s entry into the Limca Book of Records as the country’s largest animal rights organization. She reveals that a career in an NGO is far from being a hobby as popularly perceived and that though they officially have fiveday weeks, employees are always on call for emergencies routed to them in the absence of other

I can’t believe I ever did anything else with my life

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Enchanting music
Osher Moosica, a rapidly growing group of talented musicians, will be performing at the Alliance Francaise auditorium on May 29 at 7.30 p.m. The performance is organised by Alliance Francaise of Madras (AFM) in association with Musee Musicals. For details call AFM at 28279803/28271477

There is more to a name
Deepa Venkatraman explores the secret behind the names of bands that have been entertaining you with foot-thumping and head-banging music Incarcerate Blood Covenant Pralayam

Skrat
This is one rock band that has a name nothing to do with their music or songs, but it is a funny tale. Satish, the bass guitarist, recalls, “We were watching the film Ice Age just before our practice session and one of our team members suggested why not we name the group after one of the characters – Scrat. It was cute and we all liked the idea. The character is always seen hunting and loves food and so do we.”

They didn’t know each other till they formed a band about a year ago. They were from different genres of music but had a lot of energy to give best form of music from their cell and hence they came up with the name Incarcerate which means prison in Latin. Prasanna percussionist of the Blues-rock band says, “There was a suggestion for Rock Incarcerate, but later changed it as we would be branded rock group. Within this confinement there is this force that is expected to bring out the unexpected.”

Blood Covenant is one of the first Christian death metal bands formed in the city in 2005. All their lyrics are coined based on the New Testament, when Jesus sacrificed his blood for the wellbeing of the people. Ronald, the guitarist, says, “As our songs reflect Biblical sayings sung in the death metal format, we stuck to this name.”

They are a threemonth-young Tamil metal band comprising Naveen on drums, Athithya on bass, Erick on lead guitar and Eddy on vocals. Their band name means ‘flood’ in Tamil. Naveen says, “Our music unleashes like a flood and since our songs are in Tamil we thought of keeping the name of the band in the same language.” Yet another acoustic band with an extremely witty name, L.E.M. (Liberty, Equality and Masala Tea), formed by Naveen is going to rock the city next month. When asked about the funda behind the name, he says, “Wait and watch but our songs are full of life for the people of Chennai.”

Armour of God
It was a pleasant evening and the band members were racking their heads outside a church for a name. Eureka! Farah, one of their former vocalists, came up with Armour of God. Guitarist Addy says, “Although we are a death metal band we are not anti-Christ and our songs are a blend of fierceness and melody. Our name reflects the kind of music we compose.”

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Crazy name

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A couple in Sweden has appealed to the country’s supreme court in their fight to name their baby boy Q.

Pammie hits Malibu beach in style
She may be over 40, but Pamela Anderson has still got the body to die for. The former Baywatch star looked hot in a tiny pink bikini as she hit the beach in Malibu to hangout with boyfriend Jamie Padgett. The two met when Padgett, 42, reportedly offered the actress a ride to the beach in his golf cart. Besides soaking up the sun, Anderson is also investing some time in charity work.
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Tiger kills Kiwi zoo keeper
A rare white tiger mauled and killed a New Zealand zoo keeper on Wednesday, local media said. The attack occurred when two keepers went inside to clean the tiger’s cage at the Zion Wildlife Gardens in the city of Whangarei, about 200 km north of Auckland. The NZ Press Association reported the tiger had grabbed one of the keepers and would not let go despite the efforts of other staff. The attack was said to have been witnessed by a group of tourists. The wildlife park was closed and the tiger killed. Police, agriculture and health and safety officials were investigating the attack. A white tiger at the same park was reported to have been involved in an attack on another keeper earlier this year. The keeper had to have surgery to the knee.
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Girl in coma wakes up singing Mamma Mia
A three-year-old girl fell into a coma after being struck down by meningitis, but stunned her family when she woke up five days later - singing Abba hit Mamma Mia. Layla Towsey was so ill after getting the brain bug she had been put on a life support machine. The little girl’s family was told to give her a final kiss goodbye when she fell into coma. However, it was far from the final curtain for Layla, who regain consciousness singing Abba tune. “We had been preparing for bad news as the life support machine was keeping her alive. But I could hear her singing Mamma Mia quietly. I couldn’t believe it. I knew then she would be OK," the Sun quoted Layla’s mom Katy as saying. Layla had learned the song after seeing the Mamma Mia! movie.
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Tyson’s daughter dead
Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson’s four-year-old daughter died, a day after accidentally catching her neck in a cord on a treadmill at her home, police said. "I was just advised by investigators that Exodus Tyson was pronounced deceased at 11:45 am today at the hospital," Phoenix police spokesman Andy Hill said. "Our sympathies go out to the family." Exodus Tyson had been hospitalized on life support since Monday, when she was found with her neck wrapped in the cable of the exercise machine by her seven-year-old brother. “We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and prayers from all over the world,” the family said in a statement.
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RONALDO TURNS TO GARDENING

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occer ace Cristiano Ronaldo has found a new way of relaxing before the Champions League final - gardening. The Manchester United star has developed a passion for pottering, which he reckons leaves him completely chilled out. The 24-year-old hunk believes his newfound love will help ensure everything comes up roses when United take on Barcelona, reports The Daily Star. A Portuguese source said: “Cristiano loves to be outside in the garden when the weather is good.” “He says it makes him so relaxed just looking at the beauty surrounding him.” ■

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Granny wins lottery
A grandmother in Australia landed a multi-million dollar windfall from a lottery ticket left forgotten for four years.

Websites of the day
Love movies? Rent them online at www.lovefilm.com Rest your reactions with a sheep-inspired game: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/reaction_version5.swf

From behind the bars to handlebars
Jailbirds get their own Tour de France

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lose to 200 prisoners will cycle around France next month, watched by scores of guards on bicycles, in the first penal version of the Tour de France, authorities said. The 196 prisoners will cycle in a pack and breakaway sprints will not be allowed. They will be accompanied by 124 guards and prison sports instructors. There will be no ranking, the idea being to foster values like teamwork and effort. “It’s a kind of escape for us, a chance to break away from the daily reality of prison,” said Daniel, a 48-year-old prisoner in the western city of Nantes, at the official launch of the event. His last name was not given. “If we behave well, we might be

able to get released earlier, on probation,” he told reporters. The prisoners’ Tour de France will take them 2,300 km around the country, starting in the northern city of Lille on June 4 and stopping in 17 towns, each of which has a prison. However, participants will sleep in hotels. The finish line will be in Paris, following Tour de France tradition. “This project aims to help these men reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem,” said Sylvie Marion of the prison authorities. “We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life,” she said. ■
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T20 WC to be telecast in 216 countries
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he global broadcast and production partner of the International Cricket Council, ESPN STAR Sports, has announced that the high-profile Twenty20 World Cup cricket to be held in June will be telecast in 216 countries. This was disclosed by R C Venkatesh, Managing Director ESPN Software India Private Limited at a press conference in New Delhi. Also present on the occasion were former Test players Sanjay Manjrekar of India and Wasim Akram of Pakistan. The women cricket is also all set to get a boost as the sports broadcasters have announced that they will relay live telecast the semi-finals and finals of the women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket scheduled later this year. Star Cricket and ESPN, both have tried to ensure that the commentary panel has representation from almost all cricket-playing countries, which they say is done to lend truly a global colour to the telecast. Some of the former cricket stars who will don the hat of commentator are Wasim Akram, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Chappell and Nasser Hussain. The ESPN STAR Sports witnessed phenomenal viewership in the first edition of the event in 2007. ■
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Men at work

Ex-cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar with the T20 World Cup trophy in Mumbai.
PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE

Two young men play with a basketball on a section of Broadway closed to cars in Times Square in New York. Sections of Broadway from 47th to 42nd streets and 35th to 33rd streets have been closed to cars in a city effort to reduce traffic and pollution and cut down on pedestrian accidents. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT

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McCullum likely for Otago

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Brendon McCullum is in a two-way race to play in the tournament and is likely to turn out for his home side Otago Volts instead of New South Wales. Having played for NSW in the Australian Twenty20 final last season, McCullum is eligible to play for both the Sydney side as well as Otago in the Champions League to be held in India in October. But as per the regulations of the tournament, if a player is eligible for more than one Champions League team, his overseas side will have to pay his home side a US$ 250,000 as transfer fee to secure his services.

Stuck in curfew, Bhajji flies out
Harbhajan Singh, who came for a short visit to his residence in Jalandhar, was struck in the curfew that erupted after the murder of a religious Sikh guru in Vienna and had to fly to Chandigarh in a helicopter for his further journey to Mumbai. “:I came to visit my family on May 23 and as I have to attend an urgent meeting with Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians team on Thursday in Mumbai, Reliance company arranged a helicopter for me and I flew to Chandigarh to take my further flight to Mumbai,” Harbhajan said. Harbhajan boarded the helicopter from PAP Ground at about 7.30 AM, where a special helipad was made by the District Administration, sources said. “Even my brotherin-law was struck in the violence on May 23 and had to spend the whole night in a nearby hospital along with his family,” the off-spinner added. Terming the Vienna incident as “very unfortunate”, Harbhajan appealed to the residents of Punjab to restore peace and harmony.
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Eritrea’s Beckham
Lajja finishes eighth
Promising shooter Lajja Gauswami finished eighth in the women’s rifle three position event in the ISSF World Cup at Milan, Italy. The 20-year-old shooter, who made her second consecutive finals, shot 677.7 (581+96.7) on Wednesday. She shot scores of 196 in prone, 189 in standing and 196 in kneeling to find herself tied with another shooter for the last berth in the finals. She, however, sealed the final berth by firing 48.3 in a nerve wrecking shoot off. Lajja had shot 682.4 (587+95.4) to finish sixth in the previous World Cup at Munich, Germany. Another Indian, Tejaswini Sawant, who won a bronze in the Munich World Cup, finished 18th in Milan. She shot a score of 576 (Prone 193, Standing 191, Kneeling 192), 12 points less than what she shot in Munich. The third Indian in the fray, Meena Kumari improved her Munich performance by seven points to finish at the 19th spot with a score of 576.
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Long-distance runner Zersenay Tadese is the toast of the newest and smallest African nation
ritrea’s long-distance runner Zersenay Tadese was such an innocent at his maiden international competition that he missed the starting pistol. “I thought it would be like home, when the flag goes down. I didn’t know I had to start when a gun went off,” the country’s best-known athlete said, chuckling at memories of the 2002 world cross country championship in Dublin. Zersenay was also handicapped by over-size shoes for that first big race, yet still managed a respectable 30th. He went on to take gold in the same competition five years later, in Kenya, in a career that has won him the love of a nation and let Eritrea hold its head high next to more illustrious east African running powers Kenya and Ethiopia.

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2004. “To see my country’s flag rise, that was amazing. Yes, I have come a long way,” said Zersenay, who has also won the IAAF world half-marathon championship three times. No wonder heads turn wherever he goes in Eritrea – Africa’s youngest nation and one of its smallest, with just four million people. Children clap and shout greetings as Zersenay trains on the hilltops outside the capital Asmara. “His popularity in Eritrea is believed to be more than that of David Beckham in Britain,” one local magazine wrote adoringly.

though sometimes too I would run the full 14 km back,” the 27-year-old said. “Many of us runners come from these backgrounds. It is basically the lifestyle. If you say to yourself you can do something, you have the strength and will to do it.”

Cycling first
Despite the school-run training, Zersenay’s sporting life began as a promising cyclist, another popular sport in Eritrea, until a row with team mates cut that short. Spotted by a local teacher, he then turned to running. Right now, the Eritrean is training to run the 10,000 metres in the world championships in Berlin in August and a half-marathon in Britain later in the year. “My goal in the future is to break the world record for the half-marathon,” he said. “You need luck on the day though.” He plans to run the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics after finishing fifth in the 10,000 metres in Beijing last year. ■
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Run to school
Like many of Africa’s great runners, Zersenay’s roots are rural and humble. He tended livestock as a barefoot boy in the village of Adi Bana in southern Eritrea and laid the foundations for his running career getting to and from the 14 km to school. “For about two years, I would run from my house to school every morning. Coming home, I would normally walk,

Olympic glory
His greatest moment was bringing home Eritrea’s first Olympic medal – a bronze in the 10,000 metres at Athens
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Lalit Modi

America throws up challenges but the format we have developed works. It is an opportunity for families to spend a day out. Apart from watching great cricket they have an enjoyable evening out. That will work anywhere. It has shown that the tournament can be in any region, in any country.

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n unexpected run to the final at his home tournament in Chennai marked the beginning of the 2009 season for Somdev Dev Verman. Hailed as the next messiah of Indian tennis, the Assamese has stuttered since then although showing some promise here and there. Though he has done well for India in the Davis Cup and at minor events in the circuit, his tryst at the Grand Slams has been far from impressive. After failing to reach the main round of the Australian Open, Somdev faltered at the final qualifying hurdle of the French Open too. Taking things in his stride, in an email interview with Ergo he reveals how he now wants to make a mark at the grass courts in Wimbledon.

How disappointing was it to lose at the final qualifying round of the French Open?
It was pretty disappointing. More than the result, it was the way I played. Just couldn’t get going in the match.

Where do you head from here?
I am heading to Nottingham to play in the Challenger there and begin my preparation for Wimbledon. I need to spend a lot of time on the practice court getting used to the grass. And, more importantly, I need to get some matches under my belt too, to regain my confidence.

‘Playing for India top priority’

You started well in Chennai and then the Davis Cup, but those victories were not translated in the circuit consistently. Why?
It’s tough out on the tour. There are a lot of very good and motivated players. I just need to get a few wins in a row and get the momentum back my way.

How difficult is it to be constantly travelling on the tour?
It’s a part of what I do. Luckily, I have my coach travelling with me so it doesn’t get that lonely nowadays.

What’s your goal for this year?
I want to keep improving as a player. I have never set a number vis-à-vis the rankings. I don’t get to play too many doubles. But if I play a little more it can help improve some aspects of my singles game too. I need to constantly keep working and improving.

How important is the Davis Cup for you?
It’s my top priority. Playing for India is the biggest honour and responsibility.

When a Sania Mirza is basking in media and corporate attention do you feel a bit neglected even after doing well in a short period?
Not at all. My management company Mamba International looks after that aspect. I just have to focus on my tennis.

Do you still find some time to play your guitar?
I play the guitar a lot in my free time. It’s a way for me to relax. ■

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A cycle for
Mono shock absorber for riding and seating comfort

Under TI Cycles’ new theme Track &Trail, a line of imported state-ofthe-art bicycles has now arrived in Chennai

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he most expensive bicycle sold in Chennai costs a whopping Rs. 170,000. And the only place you can buy it from is Shastri Nagar in Adyar. India’s renowned cycle makers TI Cycles has brought in a line of imported bicycles under the theme ‘Track & Trail’ for those sporadic and serious bikers of our country. State-of-theart bicycles from world-renowned Italian brand Bianchi and America’s Cannondale are now available at the BSA GO store in Adyar. Apart from Chennai, TI Cycles had rolled out the imported cycles, both mountain and road bikes, in New Delhi and Bangalore too. Cannondale Scalpel 4, Chennai’s most expensive bicycle on sale, is an eye-catching red and black vehicle beaming a unique single front fork, hydraulic disk brakes (front and rear) and a hand-made frame. “Scalpel 4, nicknamed ‘Leftie’, is a mountain bike with a light-weight frame and bigger button tyres. Biking becomes a wonderful ex-

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The gear system with a total of 27 gears for riding pleasure

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Rs 1.7 lakh
Gear levers available on both ends of the handlebar Hydraulic disk brake on the front and rear

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perience with this cycle as it has 27 gears, adjustable front shock absorber and mono shocks in the rear, an ergonomic body and comfortable seating position on the go. The cycle also comes in sizes like small, medium and large, for people of different builds,” says L. B. Sureshkkumar, proprietor of BSA GO, Adyar. Scalpel 4 also features exclusive pedals, which the biker should preferably ride wearing special cycling shoes. Cannondale’s six other models, starting from a price range of Rs. 18,200, are also available at the store. Sureshkkumar, an experienced dealer in the bicycle business, adds that the cycling scene in Chennai is changing as people of late are seeing it as sport and a good option towards physical fitness. “In the last two months since we launched we have sold 30 pieces to avid bikers, including professionals,” he adds. Apart from mountain bikes, there are also road and hybrid bikes by Bianchi. While a basic hybrid model at Bianchi starts from Rs. 29,200, there are six other models, including professional pieces, with prices going up to over Rs.1.5 lakh. Bianchi’s road bike Via Nirone 7 Alu at the store features carbon forks, professional wheels and racing handlebar. “Only those who are physically fit will be able to manoeuvre the road range models. In order to satisfy the larger clientele Bianchi has also launched the hybrid models with all features of the road model but with the racing handlebar replaced with a straight one” Sureshkkumar says. The top-end hybrid model is priced at Rs. 40,600. ■
(All prices are subject to change)

Pedal on
Check out the ‘Track & Trail’ bicycle range at BSA GO, Land Marvel, No. 29/2, M.G. Road, Shastri Nagar, Adyar. For more information contact Sureshkkumar at 98401 26666 or email bsagoadyar@gmail.com

Professional biking pedals which should be used with special biking shoes

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Parents want Sallu hitched
Salman Khan is ready with the second edition of his television show ‘10 Ka Dum’ while awaiting the release of four of his big films. In a candid chat, the actor answers every question in good humour
RITESH SHARMA We finally manage to catch you. Yes, I have been running all this time. I am tired and need a good sleep. I am just back from London after shooting for London Dreams and now I start shooting for 10 Ka Dum. It’s work, work and work and nothing else. Do you still feel the same about the media, hold grudges and wishfully avoid them? I never avoided the media. Truly speaking, I don’t have any grudges. I am ready to give all the answers. Actually, I have changed. There was a time when I would show my annoyance but every action is guided by a reason. The media annoyed me. I still feel there are certain questions that are personal, which only my parents or maybe the ones who are really close to me have the right to ask. If someone asks such questions, I can always get annoyed. Now it’s different. I have grown over the years and avoid all the questions. (Laughs) But controversy never seems to elude you. I don’t create it. I know the media’s problem. A good article is always boring but if you spice it up it works and that is how people get such stories. The latest one is Claudia… Which Claudia? (Laughs) Schiffer? Or are you asking about Ciesla? It’s former Playboy model and actress Claudia Ciesla who is being linked with you. I know. I too have been reading about all these in the newspapers. Let me clear it out. I know Claudia as an actress, she had come to my house only once, spent some time and even met my family. That’s all and nothing more. Apparently, you had to compromise on you fee this year for 10 Ka Dum. Compromise! Recession… recession!!!! See, they made me cut down my fee citing recession as a reason. In fact it is said that you are doing it at half price. No…no…Come on! I also have some market value. I can’t cut it down so much. You must be thrilled to host it once again. Of course, I am thrilled. It was only last year when I knew this show would be a hit. And now that it’s a hit, I am hosting it for the second time and would now love to host it for another couple of seasons. I love this show. It is a common man’s show and my fans also get to see me as the common man. I am just like them and today whatever I am it’s because of the public. They have made me what I am, or else I would not even get the job of a darwaan (gatekeeper). They have the body and height and I don’t even have that. Why didn’t you vote in the just-concluded General Elections? I know this is one thing that will be asked now, but I wasn’t in India. Had I been here, I would certainly have voted. I was shooting in London… a lot of money has gone into the project and I was doing my work with my costars, director and producer. I don’t want to show off by flying down to India to vote only to get clicked outside the polling booth. And where there were only 27 per cent, 36 per cent and 47 per cent votes in some places, my one vote wouldn’t have mattered much. But yes, had I been in India, I would certain have cast my vote. But Shah Rukh Khan flew down all the way from South Africa to vote. Perhaps he has more money than me. I am not that rich. However, you campaigned for everyone in Bollywood this year. No, not everyone. Only my friends. Who would you invite as guests on 10 Ka Dum this time? This time it’s up to the channel. They will take a call but I am really looking forward to having some interesting guests. Last time was fun and I still feel Aamir should have attempted the last questions and made more money. It was one of the best episodes. So you have no problems with Aamir? I don’t have any problems with anyone. And why are you asking me only about Aamir. I don’t have any problems with Shah Rukh. And even if there’s a problem why should I tell you? Look I have matured now. But last year you invited so many of your friends to the show. I think I am not left with any friends. But I would really love to have people like Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), Govinda, Sunny (Deol) and Dharmendra ji on the show. Among women, I would really love to have Madhuri (Dixit) and Sridevi as guests. Let’s see what happens. How has your shooting been going on? I have four releases. First it’s Wanted and Main aur Mrs Khanna and then London Dreams comes sometime near Diwali and then Veer. And both Veer and Wanted are action films. In fact, Veer has more action. The story is based in the 18th century and it was more taxing than Wanted. And I am not saying this because it’s my production. We have shot most of the film and the shooting in Jodhpur is over and the rest will be shot soon. You have also written the story of Veer. So are you seriously considering scriptwriting? It’s in my blood. It’s as simple as that. I will write more in the future and I am enjoying life. I have four releases this year and it’s after a long time and all are different kinds of films. So you know how immersed I am in work. When do you get married? Soon… very soon. My parents are putting pressure on me (laughs). So eventually I will. ■ Trans World Features

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Friends urge Jennifer Aniston to get over Brad Pitt
Actress Jennifer Aniston’s friends are worried about her as she is unable to find someone to fill her ex-hubby Brad Pitt’s shoes and urging her to get over him. The actress’ friends feel that she will never get over Pitt if she doesn’t distance herself from him, reported contactmusic.com

Crowe and ‘dangerous territory’

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ctor Russell Crowe has revealed that he dangerously gained weight after filming his flick Body of Lies, which even made it difficult for him to get out of a car. Though the actor has lost and gained weight for multifarious flicks, he admitted that he had never got so fat. Crowe revealed that he decided to have a health check when once he found himself struggling to get out of his car. He said that test results showed that his cholesterol levels were dangerously high. “At one point I worried about it from a health point of view because I had my cholesterol checked. It had reached dangerous territory,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying. “I was surprised that my body was taking all of it so seriously. I was enjoying myself, because I was eating and drinking what I liked, but my body was objecting. The most frightening thing was having to rock back and forwards to get out of a car. Instead of stepping out, I had to tip myself out,” he added. ■
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Kylie engaged?
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ylie Minogue has revealed that she is planning to marry boyfriend model Andres Velencoso who reportedly proposed to her secretly. The couple has been inseparable since meeting at a party in Paris last year. People close to Minogue insist she is about to announce their engagement, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Minogue recently gushed about her relationship at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. “I’m happier with him than I have ever been before, you never know he could be the one... He is great, who knows what the future holds but hopefully things will work out,” she said. ■
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I’m happier with him than I have ever been before, you never know he could be the one...
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Cine City
Arjun to debut in Bollywood
Action King Arjun is all set to enter Bollywood. The actor, who starred in hit film like Gentleman, Jai Hind and Mudhalvan, will pay the roles of hero, director and producer in his Hindi debut. Arjun was planning to enter Bollywood earlier through Bharathiraja’s Bommalaattam, as the movie initially planned to be released in Hindi. But circumstances forced it to be made in Tamil.

Nandha in Shankar’s films
Actor Nandha, who made his debut in Tamil cinema with Mounam Pesiyadhae, has been roped in to play the lead role in director Shankar’s S Pictures. He has been signed up to act in Eeram, to be directed by Shankar’s associate Arivazhagan. Impressed by his dedication towards work, Shankar signed him for one more film, Andhapurathu Veedu, which is to be directed by Nagaa.

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Wednesday’s Query If you were to start a part time business, what would it be and why?
■ Tea shop. It’s only never losing on going business
Venkatesh, Nisanth, HCL Technologies

no hit of recession
John Kaliath, Wipro, Ahalya, Tata Consultancy Services

■ Sundal sales at beach. To see young beautiful girls
CP.Rajesh, Allsec, Ranjith R Menon, IBM Ramya Hariharan, Deepa Matheswaran, HCL Technologies

■ Mini appakadai where spicy garlic gravy with aappam will be at the top of the menu
Ramya Jayaseelan Cognizant Technology Solutions

■ SIM recharge point since its d profitable business at low investment
Prasad Allsec Technologies

■ Travels because it is one of the most important need of the present world
P.Raj, Perotsystems

Amit Gupta from Accenture Services Pvt Ltd. has nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This Photo was clicked at Munnar.

■ Samosa kadai because if no sales, I’ll eat everything so no wastage
Selvam, Technosoft

■ Open a fun school, to teach humour especially for geeks who are always so serious
Sugan, IBM

■ Sales of hand fan recession la enga AC podranga
TSJ Praveen, Cognizant Technology Solutions

■ Open an Andhra mess near any software company
Pranitha N, Hewitt Associates, Shareef, HCL Technologies

■ Restaurant to give cheapest food with quality to people
Vinoj, Hexaware, Suresh.R, Navin, Tata Consultancy Services, Arunachalam, Cognizant Technology Solutions

■ Herbal medicine for bald head with free suggestions how to reduce the tummy. Exclusively for IT people
Saranya M, Cognizant Technology Solutions

■ Physio therapy centre, because now a days it is very much required for majority of people who sit maximum time in their job
G.Rajeshkumar, HCL Technologies

■ A wig (hair) shop. Even youngsters need that nowadays, specially designed for software industry people
Lalith Kumar Cognizant Technology Solutions

Sakthivel A. from Tata Consultancy Services has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This pic was taken at Someshwara temple near Mysore.

■ Paani poori bcoz the only silent way for a slum dog to become millionaire
Hemu, Wipro Technologies

■ Fast food shop, since there will be

■ Making & selling of artificial Jewels like chains, bangles, studs, drops bracelets & anklets. Making on weekends & selling on the weekdays inside the organization so that can get good earnings with friendly atmosphere
Subhashini, TCS-eserve

Today’s Query Any funny moment you experienced during your first flight journey

Dilip from Infosys has nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked when their team was at work. They were trying to motivate their Module leader to work more.

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Jeyan from Softeon India Private Limited has been nominated as Office Angel by OPM Team.

■ Dear Kathir, Let the God decorate each Golden ray of the sun reaching u With wishes of Success, Happiness and Prosperity 4 u, Wish you a Happy Birthday.
With Best Regards SOA Team – Sella Synergy India Private Limited

■ Dear S Kumaresan ( kulanthai ), Baby happy birthday to hope u will always have a good health, more career in life..and hope that more birthdays to come.. always take care and i love u so much.
By Zoho Support

Jeyan is a Linux freak and a great entertainer. Well known for his mokkai comedies. He is well versed in languages like Tamil, English and Java. He is also fond of Tamil literature and Tamil culture.

■ Dear Gomes, You are very special and you deserve the best. We Wish you a wonderful life filled with love and happiness. We hope others bring you joy, just as you’ve brought joy to us, then you can weather any storm and be all you want to be. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead. We wish that you get all expected gifts and wishes. Enjoy your day and smile always!!!
With love, Abi, Sang, Raemo, Dipu and Shuu. Tata Consultancy Solution

■ Hi Ramya, May all your wishes come true for the upcoming years. May each hour and minute be filled with delight, Let your smiles and joys increases miles. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!
Hearty Wishes from BAAIS-DIT Team Verizon Data Services India.

■ Hi Sarathy, Many More Happy Returns of the Day… You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, Happy B’day! May your special day be filled with memories and flowers, friendship and happy hours.
With Warm Wishes, DATAMARK Prodaptians

■ Hi Thangadurai, May all your wishes come true for the upcoming years. May each hour and minute be filled with delight, Let your smiles and joys increases miles. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!
Hearty Wishes from BAAIS-DIT Team Verizon Data Services India.

■ Dear Esh, From the heart wishing you a very happy Birthday and Many more happy returns……..
From Dharani dharan S. FLSmidth (India) Belated Wishes

Jyothi L. of Polaris doodled this.

■ Dear Pradeep, Your Birthday is a special day.. One that’s just for you A time for doing everything You specially like to do.. And on this day that belongs to you, The wish this greeting brings Is for the joy you so deserve And all life’s nicest things! ~ Happy Birthday ~
-Nokia CCMS, Tata Consultancy Solution

■ Hi Sakthi:) Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Let this day bring you lots of happiness and success in future. Best Wishes, Bhagi & Shobi ■ Dear Anto, So many wishes, So many smiles, Too many memories, Too few words, With one big Birthday, Happy Birthday!!!
Hearty Wishes from, Jacob, Kannan, Vasanthi. Sify Technologies Limited.

Husband : Un thalai mudi udhirvadhai kooda thaanga mudiyaadhu anbae… Wife : Yen maela avvalavu paasamaa? Husband : Aamaa! Needhaan oru mudi vizhundhaa kooda hair specialist kitta koottittu poga solli yen kaasai karachudiviyae…
Mohamed Yusufdeen J HCL Technologies

■ Hi Tamilselvan May this special day be filled with sweet memories and happy hours. Wishing you all the fun and excitement that only birthdays can bring!
With Cheers, Human Resources, Coastal Training Technologies India (P) Ltd, Chennai

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Penguin man

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A mathematician loved the cartoon series Pingu so much that she decided to smash the world record for a collection of toy penguins.

sudoku

Prakash from Wipro Technologies shot this picture on a winter day in New Jersey using his Nikon L11 camera.

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Word’s worth
Gleimous (glay-mus) a rare word meaning ‘full of phlegm or mucus.’ If only the condition of being full of phlegm was as rare as this word for it. Gleimousness is stickiness, but if something is engleimous it is both slimy and venomous (a winning combination). The etymology of gleim itself is thankfully obscure.

Snappy side-order
A New York man regretted changing his side order from chips to vegetables after finding a snake’s head in his broccoli.

B.C
ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20
Melancholy is miles away from you and the credit goes to your good mood. Prime responsibilities will occupy your mind today. Finishing tasks whose deadlines are just round the corner will be part of your agenda.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20
The lively and creative part of you will help you come up with amazing ideas at the workplace. A generous dose of confidence will help you accomplish your tasks with ease, suggests Ganesha. It may be party time at your home.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20

BORN LOSER

Is the task you will deal with today technical in nature? If yes, then postpone it as today’s astral configuration may confound you and you may remain stuck in the labyrinth. You will have mushy conversation with your partner in the evening.

CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20
A great start to a great day! Your presentation skills will put the spotlight on you. Opt for projects that involve technology. A helping hand from a colleague and a pat from your boss for a job well done will make your day.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
They say half knowledge is more dangerous than no knowledge at all. This applies to you at your office today. If you don’t be circumspect, you may find yourself slogging throughout the day. Be patient and tolerant in love life.

VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20

FREE RANGE

WORKING IT OUT

The positive aura surrounding you will keep you in an optimistic frame of mind. This promises healthy relationship with co-workers. This positive energy shall help you enjoy a pleasant evening. Doing your beloved’s bidding will make him/her feel lucky.

LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20
Kudos to your creative inputs! You will be able to glide smoothly into the good books of your colleagues and superiors today. This will be very beneficial for you in the long run. In love, adjustment will be the key to relationship bliss.

SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20
With your stars shining very bright, you will enjoy this rather lovely day. At the workplace, your colleagues will agree with your ideas. Your stars are such that today, you may be quite impractical. Plan a leisure trip with your beloved.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20
Today, Ganesha finds you rolling your sleeves and getting ready to finish all pending tasks. But make it sure that it doesn’t take a toll on your health. In love life, emotional matters need to be handled with care.

CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20
This may be a stressful day for you, says Ganesha. It’s not just physical stress but your emotions may also play havoc. On the personal front, holding hands with your darling will afford you the kind of comfort and inner peace that nothing else can.

PREVIOUS ISSUE’S SOLUTIONS

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20
You will able to finish work at jet speed today. You won’t even mind spending some extra hours at the workplace. Of course, hard work will pay off handsomely, assures Ganesha. There are chances of stomach disorders.

PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20
Sharpen your skills today, advises Ganesha. This will improve your performance at work. The perfect combination of creativity and technology will be very beneficial. Are you planning to propose someone? Ganesha gives his green signal.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

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A child watches the water fountain in front of "La Moneda" presidential palace in Santiago.
AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

A caricature of Barcelona captain Carles Puyol poses with tourists in Rome on the eve of the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United.
AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV

A helicopter places a red cottage, designed by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, atop the Ericsson Globe Arena, where it will remain for the summer in Stockholm.
PHOTO: AFP