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A BYTE OF LIFE Friday, January 16, 2009

10 03
DEEPIKA SECOND BEST The Angel of God
thanks to that wily fox Akshay Kumar HR professional releases her fourth book
in the city today
FREE CIRCULATION Vol. 3 No. 9

PHOTO: PRABHAKARAN SAMBANDAM

take a
HIKE
Ergo’s pick of
lesser-known
weekend
destinations.

» PAGES 4 & 5
02 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

Lights on

Namma Chennai
Now, say goodbye to power cuts. BPL in
association with Sankara Netralaya has launched
rechargeable study lamps called ‘StudyLite’. The
built-in rechargeable back-up promises to provide
light for up to six hours without the main power.

Music

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Getaway

Theatre

Just chill
GRT Temple Bay has an exclusive winter package, where one could stay
for three days and two nights by paying Rs. 22, 222. A chalet room on
Being earnest twin sharing basis with buffet breakfast, plenty of activity cum health
club voucher... there is lot more. The offer is valid till March 31.
It’s theatre time, folks. Evam presents ‘The Importance of being For reservations call 2744 3636.
Earnest’, which it terms “trivial comedy for serious people.” The plays
will be staged at Chinmaya Heritage Centre on January 16 (7.30 p.m.)
and January 17 (3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.). For tickets call 98402 22363/
99404 38669. Book launch

Where are you


Entertainment
going, you
Abracadabra monkey?
Magic is up their sleeve. In the Blaft Publications will play host to
city are two groups promising the launch of the book, ‘Where are
to entertain you. Jadukar you going, you monkey?’ by Ki
Karan and the P.C. Sorcar Rajanarayanan. The book has
magic show are being held at folktales from Tamil Nadu, and will
Kalaivanar Arangam and Rani be launched today at the Chennai
Seethai Hall respectively. For Book Fair Grounds, St. George’s
details call 98841 52200/ 99410 Anglo-Indian Hr. Sec. School, Opp.
18686. Pachayappas College at 4 p.m.
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Theme nights
Paprika, the all-day diner at Courtyard by Marriott, has
introduced delectable food-based theme nights. Enticing Tuesday
with Italian food, seafood Wednesday, Just for Women on
Thursday, regional specialities on Friday, each promise to be a
culinary treat. The buffet is open from 7.30 p.m.

Writer’s stock With four books


already in Jyothi
Menon’s kitty
and three more
getting ready for
release this year,
a full-time career
in writing is
not far in
sight for this
HR professional
LIFFY THOMAS the woman”. He encouraged me
liffythomas@goergo.in to paint my canvas. And today it is
the same love to work with differ-

A
jet-setting life – first as a ent people that has made me get
dutiful wife and mother, into fiction writing too.
then as senior vice-presi-
PHOTO: R. RAVINDRAN

dent of HR shared services About Angel of God: There are


centre of Scope International, many books on leadership in the
where she heads a team of around market and nobody will read one
360 people. A well-maintained more authored by Jyothi Menon.
blog, www.jyothimenon.in, with Writing The Angel of God was like
writings on 17 categories. Plus, painting a canvas. Every time I
three books to her credit – The wrote a chapter, I wanted to add
Power of Human Relations, Brand something more, edit some lines...
Wise and Me! A Winner. It took us seven years to complete
It is amazing how some find the book, more because of the
time to delve into one’s passion many breaks we had to take from
amidst the many responsibilities. work. But it is special as Bobby
This evening will go as another and I wrote it together. It has in-
special day in Jyothi Menon’s ca- cidents brought together by the
reer as writer. Her fourth book two of us. We take readers on a
(and first work of fiction), The An- tour around multiple geographies
gel of God, will be released in the – Mumbai, Kerala, Libya and the
city. But, that’s just the beginning Middle East.
for this HR professional. Three
more titles from her stable will be My mummy strongest: Writing
out on stands this year. a book is like giving birth to a
Ergo caught up with Jyothi Me- child. There it is nine months;
non, or Jyo as she is popularly here it took me seven years be-
called, for a friendly tête-à-tête to cause of the gaps I took. I manage
listen to her talk about juggling my time well. Pooja (my daughter)
roles. is off to sleep by 10 p.m. and it’s
when I open my canvas. Pooja
The writer in me: Writing has loves to paint, so these days I have
always been part of me. My dad’s started dabbling with colours, too.
globe-trotting profession took me Three more to go: My next work
to six different schools and places, is based around a gold fish. It is a
and Bengali was my first language bed-time book. Also, there will be
– all this has widened my hori- two more books on self-develop-
zons. It was the same love to work ment, which will be released in
with people that made me switch 2009. Later this year, The Angel of
from an Engineering background God will travel to the London Book
to human relations. Post-mar- Fair. ■
riage, getting Bobby Menon as (The book will be released today
partner was like “the man behind at GRT Convention Centre at 7 p.m.)
04 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

Big Story
The roads less travelled,
It’s another extended weekend next week and if you are bored staying indoors or visiting the same old places, here’s
Ergo’s pick of lesser-known weekend getaways. Go there, come back and tell us if they’re worth the recommendation

TREKKER’S ZONE
Place: Alamparai Fort
How to get there: It lies near Kadapakkam,
a village 50 km from Mamallapuram on the
land overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The fort
can be reached by driving down the East
Coast Road, about 100 kms from Chennai
and 50 kms from Puducherry. Start early in
the morning as it is a pleasant drive along the
ECR.
Why the place holds good: If you wish to
have a scenic view of the sea and backwaters
from the great heights and enjoy an adven-
turous trek, the Alamparai Fort is the place to
visit.
The Alamparai Fort, also called Alampara,
was constructed during the Mughal era and
it had a 100-metre-long dockyard stretching
into the sea. It was destroyed by the British in
1760 and further got damaged following the
2004 tsunami. Local fishermen assist tourists
in a pleasurable boating experience around
the fort.
Best time to get there: October to Decem-
ber
What you can do: Boating and trekking

VIEW FROM THE TOP


Place: Amrithi Forest
How to get there: This is 25 km from Vellore. It
should take you around three hours to reach there
by road. You need to take left from the Golden
Temple.
Why the place holds good: Some places main-
tain their charm as they are not frequented by
many. Amrithi Forest is blessed with a tribal land-
scape, sandalwood forest, small zoo... making it a
must-visit place for the adventure seekers. Be-
sides, the forest is rich with flora and fauna. The
Amirthi Zoological Park is located below the Java-
du Hills, where you can do animal and bird spot-
ting.
What you can do: Its picturesque location
makes it a perfect place for trekking. You could
check up with the Forest Department as they con-
duct treks. There is a tractor ride organised some-
times. For those seeking some spiritual bliss, the
famous Padavedu temple is close by.
Check http:ecologin.ning.com for some more
pictures.
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Backpack
During ancient times, the backpack
was used as a means to carry the
hunter’s larger game and other types
of prey as a way of easier transport.

quite literally
ALL IN ONE

Place: Pulicat Lake


How to get there: This lake flows along the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border, along the Coromandel
Coast. On the National Highway 5 from Chennai, drive northward toward Nellore, then turn right after the
toll gate on Thatchoor Kootu Road to Ponneri village. The straight drive takes you to Pulicat village.
Why the place holds good: Pulicat Lake, which is the country’s second largest brackish water lagoon, is
preserved as a wildlife sanctuary and is paradise for bird lovers.
Its history dates back to the 13th century when the Arabs were the first to land here and then followed
by the Portuguese and Dutch. The Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary boasts of various species of birds.
One can explore the Dutch cemetery, which has 76 tombs, mausoleums; visit the dilapidated masonry
houses once occupied by ethnic Arabian Muslims and also trek to the ruined Dutch fort. But when it
comes to food, one has to carry their own provisions as there are hardly any restaurants or resorts around.
Best time to get there: October and March. Thousands of birds migrate to the lake at this time of the
year.
What you can do: Fishing, boat riding, bird watching, trekking to the ruined Dutch Fort and shopping
for handicrafts made of Palmyra leaves in the local market.
The Dutch Cemetery. PHOTO: DEEPAK GUPTA

SAY CHEERS Place: Tranquebar


How to get there: This getaway is 35 km north of Nagapattinam on the Pondicherry-Chidambaram
highway, which has frequent bus services. Buses to Chidambaram from Chennai also go through
Tranquebar.
Why the place holds good: Three years after the formation of the Danish East India Company in 1616,
the first Danish ship reached the southern coast of India. After some initial skirmishes with the French,
Portuguese, and Ceylonese navies, the Danes signed a treaty with the nayak of Tanjore in November 1620,
ceding to them the village of Tarangambadi, which they re-dubbed as Tranquebar.
The place remained an important Danish trading centre and outpost before it was sold off to the British
in 1845 for £10,000. India’s first printing press was also set up here in 1712 and the first-ever Tamil
translation work was published from this press in 1715.
Where to stay: The Neemrana Group has converted the old Danish Governor Bungalow into an
eight-room hotel. The Bungalow on the Beach, as the name suggests, offers a panoramic view of the
unruly waves of the Bay of Bengal and is a stone’s throw away from the now restored Danish Fort built in
1620. The rooms have an antique look. A must-see is the two-faced ‘Love Chair’.
What to do: For a lazy traveller, Tranquebar is the place to be. The unspoiled beach is a perfect place to
go for a swim or just sun bathe. It is reported that Tranquebar has the thickest ozone layer in India. Fort
Dansborg, now under the control of Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, is the most important
landmark and houses a museum. Other places of interest are the Zion’s Church built in 1701, the Town
Gateway (1792) and also the Masilamani Nathar Temple.
For bookings email bungalowonthebeach@nivalink.com or call 04364-288065. A standard double
room costs Rs. 3,500. The hotel also offers a 14-bed dormitory facility at Rs. 150 per bed.
06 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

Dementieva crushes Serena

Sport
Elena Dementieva overpowered a weary Serena Williams 6-3, 6-1 at the
Sydney International on Thursday to set up an all-Russian final against
Dinara Safina. Dementieva cruised to victory against the American, who
ran out of steam after a gruelling run to the last four in which she had
saved seven match points in her earlier rounds.

W Man U
ayne Rooney is facing three weeks out
Indian-Kiwis add an of Manchester United’s title charge af-
ter scoring the winner and then being
extra Test struck down by a hamstring injury as
New Zealand has agreed to add a third Test and the champions sealed a narrow 1-0 win against
an extra Twenty20 match to India’s tour starting Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
next month. India asked
earlier this month to play an
extra Test during the tour to
help offset losses after the
cancellation of matches
against England and Pakistan.
The Board of Control for
Rooney, 22, lasted just seven minutes of Unit-
ed’s win, which takes them to within two points
of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand,
before limping out of the action. Unit-
ed can claim top spot in the Premier
League for the first time this season
if they defeat Bolton at the Reebok
close in
Cricket in India (BCCI) and on Saturday, but Rooney will be United inches near
New Zealand Cricket forced to watch from the sidelines
announced the extended after suffering his injury blow. table-toppers
schedule Thursday after the
host country had worked to reschedule other Pressing for a speedy Liverpool but face
matches. India will arrive in New Zealand on recovery
February 20, eight days earlier than originally United manager Sir Alex Fergu- losing Rooney for
scheduled, with the first tour match being an son said that he hoped Rooney
additional Twenty20 match in Christchurch on would not be out for longer. three weeks
February 25. An extra Test will be played in “Wayne has done his hamstring,”
Napier on top of the originally scheduled two said Ferguson. “It’s one of those
Tests in Hamilton and Wellington. “India is things, but it’s a three-week job
probably the most exciting side in the world at I’m afraid. Hopefully it
present, packed full of superstar players, and the won’t be any longer than
chance to see six more days of high quality that, but he gave us a
international competition will be welcomed by great start with a great
all New Zealand cricket fans,” New Zealand finish from Ronaldo’s
Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said. BCCI cross. We were carry-
secretary N. Srinivasan said he was grateful the ing injuries throughout
two cricket authorities had been able to work the game and that says
together to extend the tour. “To have such a a lot for the character
strong mix of Tests, one-day internationals and of the team. Carlos Te-
Twenty20s will be good for both teams, and for vez limped through-
cricket followers in India and New Zealand,” he out the second-half,
said. Jonny Evans, Paul
AFP Scholes, Ronaldo.
They all seemed
to be limping
Size matters for Indian about
place.”
the

soccer Tough game


Tall, strong and physically imposing – that’s the Ferguson had
new mantra for talent scouts in Indian soccer. warned his players
Skill-wise, India is on a par with other nations ahead of the game that Wigan,
but the team lacks physique, All India Football guided to six wins in seven league
Federation’s technical director Colin Joseph Toal games prior to this clash by boss
said this week at an under-13 soccer festival in Steve Bruce, would prove a stern
the eastern Indian city of Jamshedpur. “Hence, test at Old Trafford. And the man-
we are focusing on talented footballers with ager’s words were proved accurate
good height and strong physique,” the UK-based as the visitors threatened to de-rail
Toal said. United’s charge to the title. Ferguson
India is ranked 20th in Asia after clinching the said: “Wigan are the best team we
AFC Challenge Cup last August, a victory that have played here this season by far. It
secured them an Asian Cup berth. The national was an outstanding performance by
team has shown improved results in the last two them and they really made us work.
years under British coach Bob Houghton but are We should have had the game put to
still ranked 142nd in the world. On Wednesday bed by half-time with the penetration
they lost 1-2 in a friendly to Hong Kong. we had and the chances we created, but
Reuters Wigan are a very good side, so it’s a big
result for us.”
Victory at Bolton will ensure top spot
before Liverpool return to action at home to
Everton and Ferguson admits that being
top is a prize worth chasing at this stage
of this season. He said: “You don’t mind
when you are top, but in my experi-
ence, being top is where you want to
be, there is no question about that.
So hopefully we can be top by Sat-
urday night.” ■
AFP

PHOTOS: AFP
Friday, January 16, 2009
07

‘‘
Of course there is going to be a certain amount of expectation and
pressure as the Grand Slam champion but I will try to use it in my
favour and look at it as a positive challenge.
Defending Australian Open champion and world number three Novak Djokovic

Shooting star
W
hen Fred Perry stepped
off court in 1936 after his Murray eager to break British drought
US Open win over Don
Budge, most Britons a petulant streak into a genuine tip Murray for Grand Slam glory,
would have assumed the nation’s force in world tennis, highlighted expectations are high that the tal-
tennis future was secure. After all, by his displays over the past six ented Scot will end the British
Perry was world number one with months. After reaching his first drought here.
eight Grand Slam titles to his Grand Slam final in New York, But with eight matches needed
name, and Britain could count it- Murray sealed his second consec- for victory, together with the Aus-
self as a sporting force in all four utive Masters series win before tralian summer’s searing heat,
corners of the empire. Seventy- reaching the Masters Cup semis it’s far from a foregone conclu-
three years and countless disap- on debut and reaching a career- sion.
pointments later, with both Perry high fourth ranking. So far this
and the empire long consigned to year Murray has been the tour’s More to do
history, the country is still waiting best player, beating both first and “Andy’s shown for a year that’s
for its next Grand Slam cham- second-ranked Rafael Nadal and he’s knocking on the door,” said
pion. So it’s not surprising that Roger Federer at an exhibition Federer. “He’s playing with good
the emergence of Andy Murray event before besting Federer confidence. But winning a slam is
has been greeted with consider- again as he successfully defended different animal, not many guys
able fanfare in Britain. his Qatar Open title. have been able to do it.” Murray
“Sometimes you just have to has always had the game to beat
Bookies favour him give credit. He played great. He is the best but credits intensive fit-
With Murray now the bookies’ probably in the best form of any- ness and strengthening work
favourite for the Australian Open, body in the world right now,” with giving him the extra power
excitement is at fever pitch. Mur- said American Andy Roddick af- and stamina to survive at the top.
ray, 21, has transformed himself ter the Doha final. With former The six foot three (1.90 metre)
from a gangly, fragile youth with greats and experts queuing up to Murray controversially split with
coach Brad Gilbert, hired at great
expense by Britain’s Lawn Tennis
Association, in late 2007 and now
travels with two fitness trainers as
well as coach Miles Maclagan.
Results came quickly as he com-
piled his best season to date in
2008, becoming the first Briton to
win five titles in one year in the
Open era.
Famously reticent in front of
the TV cameras, Murray has been
slow to win over a British public
which retains fond memories of
the popular, albeit less success-
ful, Tim Henman. His career be-
gan aged three when, encouraged
by his mother Judy, a former
Scottish national coach, he start-
ed playing in his home town of
Dunblane.

Shooting tragedy
Tragedy struck when scout
master Thomas Hamilton went
on a killing spree at the eight-
year-old Murray’s school, mur- Tennis messiah
dering 16 young children in one An unheralded wild card entrant took everybody by storm
of Britain’s worst massacres. at the recently concluded Chennai Open. Double NCAA
Murray largely avoided the sub- champion Somdev Dev Varman on his first year in the
ject until last year, when he de- professional circuit reached the final of the US$ 450,000
tailed in his autobiography how ATP meet, claiming some big scalps on his way.
he knew Hamilton from a youth A counter-puncher and a solid base-liner, Somdev is a
group and hid under a desk to modern and more powerful version of former French
escape the gunman. “I could Open champion Michael Chang and pundits are already
have been one of those children,” out, predicting a bright future for him. A quick learner
he said. Murray won his first Fu- and with a never say die attitude, one hopes Somdev lives
tures tournament in 2003, leapt up to the reputation that he has earned over the past
into the top 100 in 2005 and won week.
his first ATP title in 2006. He won (We feature a player every Friday who has defied odds and come out
two out of four finals in 2007 and as a winner during the past week. For this week, we pick tennis
broke into the top 10 but was also young-gun Somdev Dev Varman. You can send in your choice for
out for nearly four months with next week at feedback@goergo.in.)
back and wrist injuries. ■
AFP
08 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

The short and long of it is that


the baby doll dress is a type of
mini dress (at least 6 inches
above the knee), just a little
more frilly, lacy, ruffled and em-
bellished with bows and rib-

R
emember the blue-eyed, bons. Moreover, it was first
long-eyelashed, pink- intended to be worn as negli-
cheeked doll in bows, frilly gee, not the outerwear it has
organza, matching hair- now become (a la bikini top?).
band and stockings you so en- The origins remain unclear.
joyed playing with? As much as We don’t know if the 1956 mo-
you loved dressing it up, you vie Baby Doll, which got its 20-
wouldn’t have imagined your- year-old actress Carroll Baker an
self in similar attire. (Barbie, by Academy Award nomination,
the way, doesn’t fit that descrip- has anything to do with the no-
tion. The makers have ensured menclature. Many credit the film
that she becomes every little for popularising the baby doll
girl’s idea of perfection dress, till then chiefly a garment
personified.) for children and their playth-
Baby doll dresses, however, ings, among women.
are called cool now, thanks to Even now, despite its frequent
Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku sightings, the baby doll dress
girls, the stage background isn’t quite likely to get you on
dancers named after Harajuku many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. The
Station in Tokyo, who toured fact that it looks more like an
with her to promote her Haraju- attention-seeking high school
ku Lovers album. The recently- prom dress narrows down the
launched Harajuku Lovers fra- number of people who can carry
grances, Love, Li’l Angel, Music, it off. Also, a baby doll dress is
Baby and G (for Gwen), are just the kind of outfit you’d most
new additions to the Harajuku likely imagine Paris Hilton in.
Lovers line that she had intro- Fashion-wise, you wouldn’t
duced way back in 2005 under want to be spoken of in the
her fashion label L.A.M.B. same breath. ■

The baby doll dress is not for


babies and dolls now, but it’s
not the best thing around either

(Left) An outfit by Agatha Ruiz de la


Prada and (right) by Elie Saab
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Globe-trotting

PORTFOLIO
A t the recent Golden
Globes, strapless
gowns, chandelier
earrings, bold colors
and black emerged the
top choices.
Black and dark blue
were popular with
some bright
exceptions. Golden
Globe nominees Kate
Winslet, Amy Adams,
Sally Hawkins and
Viola Davis were
among the many
actresses who chose
black dresses for the
evening event in
Beverly Hills, California.
“It made me feel a
little bit sexy, and I
needed to feel a little
bit sexy tonight,”
Davis, nominated for
best supporting actress
for Doubt, said about
choosing her Max
Azria plunging V-neck
gown.
Evan Rachel Wood of
The Wrestler also
sported a black gown
with a plunging V-
neck. “People keep
asking me how I
picked it, but I think it
picked me,” she said of
Angelina Jolie in a the sequined and
Versace beaded gown by Elie
Saab.
Anne Hathaway, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew
Barrymore, Debra Messing and Sigourney Weaver
were all in blue.
Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire said she was
taken with her “mustardy gold” gown by Christian
Lacroix.
“When you wear one dress you feel absolutely
‘wow’ about, you have to wear it. And this one
was it,” Pinto said.
Angelina Jolie was a notable standout in a shiny
but simple silver-beaded dress by Versace. Jennifer
Lopez also went metallic in a gold dress. ■
Reuters

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku


Girls and (top) Paris Hilton

Viola Davis (left) in Max Azria and Freida Pinto in


Christian Lacroix
10 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

Flick Jackie Chan to star in The Karate Kid remake


Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is in final talks to star in the remake of The Karate
Kid. The film is the starring vehicle for Will Smith’s son Jaden.

“I hope
Deepika
does not
beat me”
She has done a good job in the
film and I helped her here and
A
ction hero Akshay Kumar Bangkok. Though the purpose of don Liu was like a childhood
says he helped co-star Dee-
pika Padukone match his
the journey is different but the
drama is definitely the same. I
dream come true for the actor.
“You know how fans react there. But I made sure she al-
action skills in their forth-
coming film Chandni Chowk To
have fought as many villains in
this movie as I have in my ca-
when they see Aamir Khan and
how they run behind him. That’s ways came out second best to
China but made sure she came
“second best” to him.
reer.”
Chandni Chowk To China is
how I see Gordon Liu. I have ad-
mired him and his martial arts me: Akshay
“She (Deepika) once said she being talked about for its aggres- since the beginning. It was su-
wants to be the female Akshay. I sive promotional activities as well perb working with him,” said
hope she doesn’t beat me. She as for the association of interna- Akshay.
has done a good job in the film tional names like renowned Chi- Chandni Chowk... also holds
and I helped her here and there. nese actor Gordon Liu and action the credit of being the first Indian
That way I made sure she always choreographer Dee Dee Ku. film to be shot at the Great Wall of
came out second best to me,” For Akshay, training under Ku, China.
Akshay said. Though Akshay was who has worked for films like Kill “We had a fabulous experience
slightly apprehensive in helping Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden shooting at the legendary monu-
Deepika considering “how good Dragon and Matrix among oth- ment of the world - the Great Wall
women are at picking up skills”, ers, “was like squeezing blood of China. It was spiritually
he was quite sure he wouldn’t be from a stone”. breathtaking and probably the
“outshone” by his leading lady. “He is super quick. Whenever highlight of our shoot,” he
Chandni Chowk To China, slat- he would have crazy stunt ideas, shared. A part of the film has also
ed to release Friday, features the one couldn’t figure if he was seri- been shot in Chandni Chowk.
two actors in a story of an Indian ous or joking. He is incredible in Akshay has a lot of fond memo-
cook, Sidhu, played by Akshay, his field. And I trusted him with ries of the popular market place.
who goes to China and is mistak- my life. “Shooting in Chandni Chowk
en for a martial arts expert. “If I would have met him be- was a unique experience. I was
The film is apparently based fore, my life would have been dif- born there. I thought it was sheer
partly on Akshay’s own life as he ferent. He has only worked with madness to shoot there in the
was also born in Chandni Chowk the best. So pleasing him was like narrow lanes but people there
in Delhi and grew up to go to squeezing blood from a stone. were overwhelming. I am an ex-
Bangkok to work as a chef. When he used to say ‘Akshay the pert regarding the food available
About his character in the film, take is okay’, that used to be a there so I used to treat the unit of
he said: “I love my character. It’s huge compliment coming from the film to the best delicacies
so much like me. Come to think him, he said. there,” he said. ■
of it, Sidhu is a man I was once in Sharing screen space with Gor- IANS
Friday, January 16, 2009
11
Penelope Cruz treasures Woody Allen’s glasses
Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz has taken home a special souvenir from the sets of
her latest film Vicky Cristina Barcelona - a pair of director Woody Allen’s trademark
spectacles. The Spanish beauty admits she was taken aback when Allen presented her
with the gift, because it was so personal.

I’m not going to risk


my life for any film Cine City
B
ipasha Basu, who abruptly left
the shooting schedule of Lam-
haa in Kashmir last year, says
she left in a huff because a cer-
tain security she had been promised
wasn’t provided at the location.
“Too much was made out of the
whole thing. Lamhaa is a difficult
film. There was bound to be ups and
downs. The producer and director
knew why I left. A certain amount of
security was promised. The first sev-
en days were absolute chaos - noth-
ing was organised and there was a
lack of security.”
“Yes, my work is my life. But then
I’ve a life beyond work. I’m not going
to risk my life unnecessarily for any
film. Who comes to hold your hand
when you’re in pain? Let’s be opti-
mistic,” Bipasha told IANS.
Bipasha has now returned to Kash- I will never do item numbers
mir to shoot forLamhaa, with the as- Actress Divya who recently played a prominent role
surance from the producer Bunty in Gowtham Menon’s Varanam Aayiram was
Walia and director Rahul Dholakia of approached to do an item number in actor Vijay’s
GETTY IMAGES

beefed-up security. Villu. But the actress had denied the offer saying
After last year’s incident, Bipasha’s that she will never do an item number as it’s her
security is of special concern and her policy. Stating that she would be happy to share
co-star Sanjay Dutt, in fact, proceed- the screen with Vijay as his ladylove, the actress has
ed to Kashmir a day ahead of her to added that she is a great fan of Vijay. Divya is at
ensure the atmosphere is conducive present busy shooting for Kadhal to Kalyanam,
for the actress to resume shooting. ■ opposite actor Arya’s Younger brother Sathya.
IANS

T he 39-year-old pet lover, who shares the


screen with a golden retriever in her new mo-
vie Marley and Me, said that her first dog hated
her, reports the China Daily.
She said: “My first pet was Demetri, a white poodle.
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But he did not like me much because I would always


pull on its tail. But I was three; I thought he was a toy.” Priyan busy in Bollywood
However, now the former Friends star is much nicer to her Director Priyadharshan who enthralled everyone
current furry friend, corgi-terrier cross-breed Norman. with his parallel cinema Kanchivaram has no plans
She said: “There’s no dog like him. He’s just a person in a furry to continue with serious cinemas it seems, as he is
outfit. I don’t even know how to describe him. busy with lot of commercial flicks. The immediate
“He’s a wise old man who could, with a look, with one stare, one to get into theatres is Shah Rukh Khan’s Billoo
could crush me. He’s a laser light beaming into my soul.” Barber a remake of Malayalam hit Katha
ANI Parayumpol. Next film to reach theatres in April
will be Bhum Bhum Bole, a remake of Iranian
masterpiece Children of Heaven, where in Darsheel
Safari of Taare Zameen Par fame will don the lead
role. Other movies are Pirate featuring Kunal

Jennifer Aniston’s first Khemu, Deepika Padukone, Rajpal Yadav and


Paresh Rawal, De Dhana Dhan starring Akshay
Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Sameera Reddy and Paresh
pet pooch hated her! Rawal.
12 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

yarum... ivlo nalla music kaetruka


maatanunga and I’m simply mad about
you.
Mukund SCB, Scope International Today’s Query:
Tuesday’s Query: ■ Ithu chumma trailer thaan...pinadi ’Taare Zameen Par’ missed out on
varum parunga main picture.
Your message to A.R. Nivedhan, Infoview Technologies. Oscar nomination, which Indian film
Rahman for winning the ■ Two hands on keys have made would you nominate for Oscar 2009?
millions of heads proud. Great work.
Balaji Sundar, Wipro
’Golden Globe’ award?
■ AR Rahman is now Allah Rewarded ■ Rahman made India proud, we all
Rahman for his simplicity, dedication, had goose bumps while seeing Rahman
nobility, his hunger to fly India’s flag receive the Golden Globe. He deserves
high and his belief in god. this award. U rock Rahman. Keep
Thouhid, Cognizant Going! Jai hind.
Angelin Golda, Arti, Abi,
■ AR Rahman is the lord of music Glory, Gowri Shankar, RBS
according to me. Not only the Golden
Globe award, the genius would ■ A.R again you have proved that you
certainly get to win an Oscar. are the student of Ilayaraja. I proudly
Amritha Sridharan, want to say to all world music lover
G. Saravanakumar, TCS, Guna Sekar, PMC, Summa Athirudhula..........
Chris Ganes, Perot systems, Senthilkumar, Perot Systems
Janakipriya R, Congruent Solutions,
Shaik Dawood CSS, S Dheepa, Infosys, ■ I thank God because he gave me a
Sathyanarayanan FSS, Mali, Birlasoft, chance to hear good music through
Sivasundaram, RR Donnelley, you. Proud to be an Indian. Jai Hind.
Minu, Sutherland Manikandan, Heartland Info Centre

■ AR Rahman scale more heights with ■ The Man. The Music. The Mozart.
your music. With an Indian base, Western influence
S.Ramesh, Wipro and Global Appeal, kicking off from
Roja jaaneman to Jai ho, Rahman ji
■ Bring home the Oscar, the Mozart of your compositions have been
namma Chennai. phenomenal. You have made us all
Karthick, FSS proud by winning the Golden Globe. A
sense of spiritual fulfilment is what
■ Congrats, He is legend and I’m one gets after listening to most of your
proud to be an Indian because he is melodies. We are sure you will make it
the only Indian to have achieved this in the Oscars too. Rahman..’ Rahe
feat, we pray for him. Mahaan’. Love you Guru. Best wishes
Gopinath R, Kalaivani R, Kumari R, Sarah from all of us.
Joyce D, Gomathi. P, Manimala V, Ramya, Akhila, Divya, Varshini, TCS
Durga.S, Vanarani.N, Senthil K, PMC
■ Isai puyalukku innoru viruthu...
■ Dear Rahman uncle... Oscar is not isai virunthukkae isai virutha!
very far... Stay in US, grab it and then viruthaal unnakku yenna perumai
come to India... It’s for you only. unnal antha viruthukkae perumai
Robin M, Wipro intha indhiya mannukkum perumai!
aduthathu Oscara?...
■ Gr8 work A.R.Rahman sir. Hoping for agila ulagamae un isaikku adimai
more such gr8 BGMs in your Tamil un kai meetum yethuvum isai
films too. Your songs are always agairathu un yennam thaedum
ultimate. yevaiyum isai agiarthu nee vidum
LM Kaushik, Infosys moochu kaatrru kuda
isai aga maarukirathae!
■ Great music maestro, a living legend. yengu katrai intha vithaiyai!
God showers his blessings always on isaikku nee oru agarathi
you. Long live Rahman Ji. isaikku nee oru munnodi
Ruba, Wipro isaikku neeyae aathichudi! petru vidu
antha Oscaraiyum, irunthu vittu
■ He deserves more than all awards. pogattum varalatril oru tamilanaal
Usually people will be waiting for Oscarukku perumai yendru!
awards. But Awards are waiting for Geetha B, Sangeetha N,
him. Jeyanthi B, Srimathi Y TCS.
Arun Kumar C, Congruent Solutions
■ This is great achievement for this
■ Hearty congratulations you deserve musical wizard. He has been composing
it. Keep rocking like this. beautiful lyrics for long time but now
Srinivasan, Lakshmi, RC, CTS, this award will catapult him into
Jarks, Ramco Systems international arena.A perfect example
of natural genius, salute to him.
■ Hi Rahman, Idha nan solliye Prince
aaganum. Hollywood’la ivlo nalla music (TCS Client Delivery - US)
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Thiagarajan Boopathi,
Process Associate of CGSL ■ Dear Ergo, ■ Hi My One and Only Suresh,
has been nominated Office U r always thought of in a very
Angel by his team mates special way. Wish you a happy Let this special day brings you all
Thilagavathi, Pavani, Ven- pongal. the joy and success, wish you a
kat, Vignesh, Saleem, Ma- Regards great birthday wish from the
nonmani, Sonalisa, Preetam Saravanan V, deepest part of your beloved
HCL Minu’s heart. Love u dear more
He is always young at heart, than ever before. Treat enga?
energetic, enthusiastic and an ■ Hi Meera, Minu,
ever-smiling person. He is very Advance happy birthday to u Sutherland
polite, humble, friendly, easy- and have a splendid year
going and accessible by one ahead!! ■ Dear Saravana (THALA),
and all. When it comes to May God bless U with Wish you a many more happy
work he is very dedicated and Happiness,peace. Let this returns of that day
sincere. His sense of humor, birthday make ur life brighter We wish u a day brings the best
timing and the limitless spirit than ever and let all ur dreams in life for u.
makes him very endearing to come true. May life lead u to great
all of us in office. Regards, happiness and success.
CASL Team. Hope lovely surprises ,Are
AIG-TCS. coming your way,To make your
Birthday a Wonderful day
■ Dear Mamtha, (Belated Happy birthday THALA…..
wishes) Hearty Wishes,
We all wish you a very Happy From Your Dear Colleagues
Birthday! UST-Global,
May God be with you & all your ASV Sun Tech Park
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with love, ■ Dear Anusha,
Bhuvana, Raju, Sakthi, Wishing you a wonderful life
Viji, Kavitha, Tapas together,
May there be no hill too steep,
■ Dearest Nightingale Renu… And the ground forever rise to
Joyous B’Day Wishes to you meet your feet.
darling. For the bride and groom,
This year is gonna be really May your tomorrows be ever
rocking for you. New project more jubilant and beautiful?
career in your life and wish you Best wishes on your wedding
win the “Airtel Super Singer” day,
title too. To a wonderful beginning,
Loads of love, And a rewarding lifetime
Chris, together.
Wipro Technologies With Best Wishes
Srividya, Subhalakshmi, Vaishnavi
Namrata Bhure from Tata ■ Dear Karthikeyan Rajan
Consultancy Services doodled (RIDER), ■ Dear Subhu,
this. How much you mean A smile is a curve that sets
Although you surely must know everything straight and wipes
That without a doubt wrinkle away hope u share a lots
There’s no-one nicer than you and receive a lots 4 days 2 come.
Or anyone dearer Your birth day is the perfect day
To wish Happy Birthday to to say I care,
Many More Happy Return Of the because you will remember me
DAY. when u certainly make it a big
-Hearty wishes from all affair,
Nokia COACH Team, and when you do hold a party...
Tata Consultancy Services. I bet you will
be the one who would care to
■ Dear Friends. make ur special day a costly
Wish you Happy Pongal to THD- affair!!!!
Chennai With lots of love,
NON-PROD Team. Gayathri, Karthika, Ila

■ Hey Tamil (Dumil), ■ Dear Senthil Kumar,


Wish You Many More happy Wish you many more happy
returns of the day!!! Have returns of the day,
1. Cyclela poana cycling,
another exciting year ahead.. May god bless you and may you
Trainla poana training-aa?
With Best Wishes, have a great year ahead.
2. Cream biscuitla cream irukkum,
Rosco Team, Best Wishes,
Ana naai biscuitla naai irukkumaa?
Excelacom Technologies Gayathri, Wipro
Regards
.
Saravanan V,
HCL
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Prison boss’ costume row Word’s worth
A prison boss is under investigation after he recruited riot wardens to "Maisterel" (mays-ter-ell) a rare
escort him to a fancy dress party - in a bid to make his costume look and obsolete term for an imp or
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trying to steal the bride. French maistral, meaning ’servant.’

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ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20


Ganesha finds you at low energy level today. You
might have to put in more effort to find solutions to
simplest issues at work. You may be ‘emotionally
attached’ with the job responsibility. In love
relationships, you may learn to ’let go’ and ’adjust’.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20


Today you may be in front of your computer or at
your desk at least, dealing with various activities.
You may finish all work attentively as you may be
in a mood to rush home. Ganesha finds you
spending a wonderful evening with your beloved.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20


Today, you will be inspired by someone. You may
BORN LOSER try to improve your basic skills. In relationship
matters you may be very considerate and may treat
your beloved in the best way possible. In return,
you will receive lots of love from the counterpart.
CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20
You may not be in a very good mood to deal with
your routine work, but ensure that you don’t spend
time behind loitering around. On the other hand,
work pressure may be there. In the evening, you
may entertain your beloved and have a good time.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
It may be a stressful yet encouraging day. You may
be in a mood to finish off your work. Your logical
abilities are at best, which may help you a great
deal today. In relationships, sweet communication is
possible. In a nutshell, it’s a wonderful day.
VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20
You could be dealing with some technical hassles
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT today, but you may be able to find root cause of
the glitch and fix it soon. If you wish to place
demand to HR, this is the right day. Lovers may
need to guard against argumentative nature.
LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20
You may handle work diligently. Ganesha foresees
you developing better professional relations. Those
in public relations may perform well. You may strike
perfect balance between practical life and emotional
realm. Your beloved will find this impressive.
SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20
You may need to be careful in routine work, else
you may miss out on some important point. Those
dealing with coding may find something fishy which
may leave you perplexed. On the personal front, you
may remain passionate and romantic, feels Ganesha.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20
Ganesha finds you guiding others on some
important technicalities related to work.
Alternatively, you may do some value addition to a
programme. Your beloved may be in a very good
mood which may add charm to the day.
CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20
The day favours important meetings. Ganesha finds
you pretty busy with work today. You may use your
power discreetly and remain the best at work. There
may be slight conflict with the beloved. You may
remain concerned about domestic and romantic life.
AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20
PREVIOUS Ganesha finds you highly concerned about
performance at work today. Luck favours for the
ISSUE’S groundwork or beginning of new projects. In the
second part, you may chill out with friends. You will
SOLUTIONS remain in joyful mood throughout the day.
PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20
You may remain defensive in some particular
situations at work today. You may need to handle
responsibilities with utmost care. You may feel
mentally stressed till evening. You will remain
emotionally attached to those whom you love.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ERGO Friday, January 16, 2009

!
Roja
AR Rahman’s first soundtrack Roja was
listed in TIME’s ’Top 10 Movie
Soundtracks of All Time’ in 2005.

Rahman returns home


to a rousing welcome
AR Rahman in Chennai after receiving the Golden Globe Award in
Best Music category for film ’Slumdog Millionaire’ on Wednesday.
PHOTO: R RAVINDRAN

M
usic maestro A R Rahman after receiving the coveted
Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Music Score for
Slumdog Millionaire returned home in the early hours on
Thursday to a rousing welcome of his fans and well
wishers.
Avid fans thronged the airport to receive their hero even as
traditional musicians playing the ‘Nadaswaram’ and other folk
artistes’ performances were in place to receive the musician.
Rahman, whose fans followed him all the way till his house,
said he was sharing the award with all Indians and Tamils.
“Slumdog Millionaire reflected India and its subject and content
encouraged one to come to the limelight despite being from a
humble background,” he said.
It was the story of a small time slum resident striking it rich
after winning a jackpot in a quiz show, on the lines of ‘Kaun
Banega Crorepati’ and is directed by British filmmaker Danny
Boyle. ■
PTI

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