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Glitterati's favourite, the lights of fame shine on you. Red carpet affairs, glamorous times. Flip to page 8 for our SPOTLIGHT section, this issue we have Pooja Chopra to dazzle you!
VOL 01 | ISSUE 06 | 15-31 JANUARY 2013 | FORTNIGHTLY | FREE | RNI - TNENG05547 / 22 / 1 / 2012-TC
Arsenal, Man-U and Chelsea make for entertaining league games and pub nights. But what about Indian Football? Flip to page 6 to our VOICE IT section, its where you can finally have your say!
WTF celebrates you in its relaunch edition this month. WTF is more electrifying, more controversial, more of you! We’ve got the latest music band on the college scene, must-go events this season and exciting personalities in your own college backyard. This issue celebrates the youth of the city. We want you to know, you are the stars. Who cares what Kim Kardashian wore this morning to walk her dog. We want to know what you think about college life, your friends and the city. Be part of the WTF revolution. Speak your mind out,
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It’s time to tell them to WTF!
Being young and in times like this is both exhilarating and challenging. WTF in its new avatar brings to you a quick-fix of what’s happening with the thousands of young minds like you in the city. With conversations moving to BBM smiles and Whatsapp pings, we’ve decided to keep it crisp. We know the attention spans are shorter and there is really no time to waste, the time has come for us let our true voices speak. Whatever maybe your interest we have something for everyone. WTF can become your BFF when it comes to wanting to express yourself or simply enjoy a breezy reading experience. Keeping it current and spiffy is very important to us so we’ve tried to include everything from sports, relationships to events coming up! Edior-in-Chief
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Look where a pint or two can take you
Ever wondered why you get philosophical when inebriated and are under the influence, its because our guards are down and our creative juices are flowing. We spend our sober days being exactly what we’re told to be and then that moment when our lips kiss a cold chill glass of elixir it realises none of this really matters. WTF-Guzzlers Cue is your chance to find out if there are things inside of you that needs a little nudge, a little liquid courage to get things going. Come grab a drink with us and we will let you express yourself in words to share with others who may find some earthshattering gyaan or well maybe just plain funny!
W YOU, SCRE CESS! PRIN
t was a busy day so I am tired, stressed out and totally drained, then I decided to take my bottle, because tonight I know the bottle won’t let me down. Whenever I see this bottle, she just cuts across my mind like the ocean waves that touch the shore and leaves. What only did I do, I spoke to another girl, is that a big sin, should I go and beg to some God for this. No, no, no, I didn’t do anything, it’s her fault , stupid she is. OMG! now you have come like a ghost form in front of me and standing to frighten me ugh???? Brr! I’m drunk you can’t do anything in case if your powerful than that I will take this bottle only and hit you. Okay fine! You stand here only give me company, but one condition I will only drink, I won’t share my drink with you. Now tell me what did do…ugh , I spoke to your friend just to know more about and love you more, but that girl just changed what all I said ,joined with your gang of friends and put things to you in such a way that it turned me against you. Who said I am I drunken fellow or what all that your friends said. Usually I don’t drink, but now I’m doing it just for you to take away the pain from my heart, that you didn’t trust me but your friends. I was damn happy that I got a princess for my kingdom but I never knew that there will be enemies coming along with the princess to drop her off at my kingdom. You know what the kingdom is falling down brick by brick, and I promise you that I love you till that last brick falls down then even if you want to cement up all the bricks , you can, but you can use the broken bricks, you can only replace it by a new one. John Anna University
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We’ve all been there, from lining up to first day show Rajnikanth movies to making it home in time to cat the end of a cricket match. Meet S Aravind, a rece graduate who is also a stand-up comedian, who did one thing wrong in life---he wanted to go watch h favourite football team play live in the UK. Read on discover his misadventures...
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n a land where every Tom, Dick and Harry seem to be an Arsenal, Manchester United or a Chelsea fan (in that specific order), I present to you the curious case of Leeds United. My single biggest claim to fame as I’m probable the sole Leeds United fan in the whole of India. To describe Leeds United to an average football fan… they are one of the bravest, one of the coolest, one of the biggest and the greatest club in English Football to have never made it to the English Premier League in the last 10 years. But my passion and loyalty towards the club has remained undeterred. So what if they suck at football? So what if their name is ‘Leeds’ United when they’ve never led in a game? I still love them. I have managed to stay connected to the club for the last ten years quite actively through an internet message board. Hey their matches don’t come on TV okay! But I’ve followed each and every game of theirs in my spiritual stadium, i.e Chat Rooms. Yes I’ve been quite jobless but in the process, I have validated my facebook account by adding a lot of loyal Leeds supporting firangs. So what is the ultimate dream of any English football fan? It is to go to UK and watch your team play live in a stadium a where fans don’t have to break their keyboards to celebrate a goal (chat room, spiritual stadium - remember?). That is exactly what I wanted to do, so I applied for my Visa, and in the application form, there was a question that said – reason for visiting UK and I wrote one of the most passionate essays ever, about my decade long passion, unwavering loyalty and undying love for Leeds United. Few weeks later, I get a letter from the Visa office and it read, “ Dear Mr Aravind, your story sounds endearing, engrossing and fascinating, and would make one heck of a bollywood film but unfortunately, it does not sound CREDIBLE enough for a VISA….“ Here is the best part “ If you had been a Manchester United fan, we would have probably let you in! “ Pause. Manchester United and Leeds United are like the biggest rivals in the football community. They are like India and Pakistan. They are like Obama and Osama. They are like Apple and Google. They are like Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. Therefore comparing me to a Manchester United fan is blasphemous. I told my Firang Leeds friends about this in the message board online and they decided to make it an issue. They started a petition, that was signed by 5000 Leeds fans from all over the world, testifying my love for Leeds united. Wipe that surprise off your face because there are 5000 of us in this world okay! That petition was immediately sent to the House of Commons in the UK and my issue was discussed by the Leeds MP. He fought for my case in the house and the next day. There was a walkout staged at the house of commons by all the Leeds supporting MPs ! A grand total of 2 out of the 650 MPs walked out.
I became an overnight star of sorts, every radio station wanted to interview me, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC World, BBC International, BBC 5 live, BBC Asia etc. They wanted to tell the story of the small town boy fighting against the system, to realise his childhood dream. But there was just one small problem, my story sounded way too similar to one of their films that had just swept the oscars, as I was going live on air. So one of the interviews went like this “ So tell me Mr Aravind, how are you feeling right now ? “ “ Oh well I am agitated .. devastated … frustrated …. “ “ Yeah but come on, slum dog just won the oscars ! “ “ Eh ? So ? I want my visa and I will fight, I will scrap, I will graft till the very end “ “ Oooooohhh ! So are you from the slums as well ?“ “ Alwarpet is not a slum ! I live right opposite Rajnikanth “ “ Rajni Who? “ “ Rajni who ah ? Rajni Who ah ? yeeeeee , thalaivar ah paathu yaarunu ketutan, adinga *censored stuff*… saroja samanikaloooooooo.... “ That is how this radio interview went but the rest of my media coverage was a lot better. So by the end of all this drama, I had great paper work. I had letters of support from BBC Radio Leeds, Leeds United’s Chairman, Leeds MP and I had a petition signed by 5000 Leeds fans. So along with all these I re-applied for Visa. As I was heading to the airport with a night flight for Leeds, I stopped at the embassy to pick up my visa. I was given an envelope and I opened it. BEHOLD. I was introduced then to one of the finest, one of the simplest, one of the most effective yet most abused inventions of the digital era - CONTROL C CONTROL V. I was given a copy pasted version of the first rejection letter all over again. Dear Mr Aravind, your story sounds endearing, engrossing and fascinating, bollywood blah blah … !! but with two changes.. First, the date was changed. Quite clearly they are not as bad as our Indian Govt. Second, remember the Manchester United part ? IT WAS IN bloody BOLD !!!! So thanks to the British Embassy, I now have two black marks in my visa. This probably means that I am eligible for citizenship in Pakistan. Anyways, I slapped my thigh like Annamalai and told the British High Commission - ‘You can take me out of Leeds but you can’t take Leeds out of me’. But then I was politely reminded that I’d still need a Visa for that punch dialogue to hold true. Damn it! S. Aravind
Tambrahm by birth. Comic by woes. Other way round also holds true. Read: www.satiredrants.wordpress.com Watch: www.youtube.com/yessae Follow: www.twitter.com/_satired
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Have a sad love-story, a not-so-happyending to tell us, we will let you vent, rant and get feedback.
o, there is a guy called Shan, he was a major addict to social networking activities as compared to what the today’s youngsters do have. His life has always been moving on with the social networking pages like Facebook and Twitter. On this path he finally lands up into the serious facts of life, that is, chatting with girl’s which he thinks to be serious. The day came when he accidently sent a Facebook request to a girl Anjana by falling for her profile display picture. A day and a two went by, she didn’t really get into his groove. He started sulking in thoughts of reasons why she didn’t accept. Not replying to her, or he is not good looking. So there he chucks it and goes for another hunt, but doesn’t turn out to be a positive one. The third day was a surprising day, she actually replies to it with apologies. From that time a lot of hi and bye’s went on over chat. Then he decided to meet her, and she agrees to it, and they finally meet up , but Anjana brings her friend Aicha and they get introduced.
The cat fight begins…
Aicha starts liking Shan, and she gets in touch with him. On the other hand Anjana deeply falls in love with Shan too. But on seeing this relationship building up steadily she starts to react in a way that leads her to throw a fit in Anjana’s house by telling about her love with Shan. Shan gets to know it and feels terribly sorry for his girlfriend and tries to reason what went wrong. But Anjana gets to pick up her mother’s phone and was surprised to see why Aicha is calling, so she keeps quiet and finds out that her friend was the culprit for all the mishap caused.
Indian football MATTERS!
Bring it on! Opinions, arguments and ideasyou feel strongly about something just voice it out.
Nitin Joseph Samuel
and importance as cricket in this part of the world ,we would be a competing at international level.Yes, maybe we could but the fact of the matter is that we aren’t. There is no point in saying that we care about football and not Indian football. There is no point in holding grudges against people for appreciating the European leagues and not the Indian league. Honestly, there is no barrier. Fans who like to watch good football will watch it and I certainly enjoy it especially the Turkish league too. (Ask me why? Turkish babes are hot? Hell ya!) Let me ask you all a question how many of you can name all Barcelona or Real Madrid players with your eyes closed and how many of you all can name all players from Mohun Bagan and East Bengal club with your eyes open? I bet you only know a few. I don’t blame you because most of the Indian broadcasters show European football rather than Indian football league. All I want to say is that I want to hear the Indian national anthem at a FIFA World cup before I die. As a true Indian football fan, I am sure if we all join together and support our football clubs in India. I am pretty sure we can make that happen! Because together is amazing. Last but not the least guys anyone has Playstation 3 with FIFA 13 add me @ nitinsamuel. I promise I will put you all to sleep playing with TEAM INDIA because they are on FIFA 13!!!! WTF?? Yeah I am serious they are on FIFA 13 and your reading WTF!! Peace out and Jai Hind!
Friendship, relationships, love, life...some difficult realities of your young-adult life. Tell us and we will help you with them. Q: I have been seeing my girlfriend for 2/3 years and I have known her for 5 years and we have a pretty good relationship. Recently she met a guy who is a friend of her friend’s and they now text and message each other on the internet (which I don’t have a problem with), but last week she asked me if she could go out with this guy for a drink due to her being stressed at college and she doesn’t go out much...I said it was OK as I do trust her, but I now hear rumours this guy is only interested in sex with her and has offered sex to her once before. I confronted her about this and she said she had turned him down straight away and told me the rumours were just jealous people. Last night she asked if she could go out with him again and I refused and said I wasn’t happy about it as to why she needed to go out with a guy and spend time with me. She claimed she needs an outlet and he is her only friend she can speak to. Most of my friends who know about this say that she should not even entertain the possibility of going out with another guy even if it was just for a drink to unwind, and say I should confront her about if she is cheating on me, but I have done this before and she said she wasn’t cheating and claimed I did not trust her at all. My question is am I being selfish and too demanding of her and making a mountain out of a molehill or should I have the right to ask her about this guy and not be happy she is seeing him at all? A: You know her for 5 years and you need to be trust her, if she says it’s just an outing let her go, but go along with her. Tell her that you do trust her but not that guy so you just want to go along with her and this way you also get to spend time with her. Be her friend and also her boyfriend. It’s a tricky balance to maintain but remember the time when you were just friends and work your way from that memory.
ey WTF peeps! I am here to talk about a very interesting sport in today’s world known as Football or I must say Indian football so for few minutes stop dreaming about your Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea and come to the reality of your own club in India and trust me, every kid wants a Real Madrid or Barcelona jersey as much as he does a team India one. The present situation is bleak. The Indian cricket team is at the peak of their game. The IPL is a massive milking cash cow. Our footballers, in contrast, are paid poorly and not recognized. Money is the heartbeat of cricket. Hence, by induction, Cricket is the root of all evil. Yes? Is that your argument? Fair enough. Now look at the larger picture. IPL has captured the public eyes and has reached my Facebook news feed all over my friends walls screaming Chennai Super Kings na summa va??My reply to them is summa illa da unga ayya da? Does it rhyme? If it doesn’t don’t worry I have plenty in stock. We could argue that, had football been given equal status
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DON’T MISS EVENTS
Get your game face on and be at these events. Packed with oodles of fun, exhilaration and entertainment, these are the places to be at this season.
MILAN 2013 is back and better Think, ideate and share
Rotaract is a youth wing of Rotary International and a voluntary organization focusing on professional development of individuals leading to the inevitable service to the community. The Rotaract movement in R.I.District 3230 (In and around Chennai) has a total strength of 23,000 consisting of members between the age group 18-30. The Annual District Rotaract Conference – THINK!, is an ideal platform for the delegates from various clubs in the district and from other districts to come together and share ideas, issues and solutions that will help in overall development of the youth in general. THINK! Conference is scheduled on 22, 23 and 24th February 2013 at the Kumara Rajah Muthiah Hall, R.A.Puram.
Milan is back with lots of enthusiasm and zest! Milan is the SRM’s cultural fest which will be held for five days from 23rd to 26th January. This time in Milan, SRM is doing something which no other college has ever done - Milan’13’ has three special events apart from the choreo-night, the fashion show, Milan Jodi –a duet event which tests the coordination between the couple, the Milan Quiz – is the quizzing event about general awareness and our final round will be republic day special. After Movie - where the participants have to cover Milan events till the final day and make a video and the best video will get a cash prize. MILAN ‘13’ we will also see popular stars like Hariharan entertaining the crowds.
Festeve set to dazzle
Festeve 2013 is here! A much-anticipated event on college students’ calendars, the annual inter- collegiate cultural extravaganza from Women’s Christian College is back in its newest, coolest avatar yet. Known for its excellent competitions and truly rewarding prizes, over 1500 students from all over the city attend Festeve annually and battle it out in several spheres-
dance, music, art, dramatics, quizzing, oration. In the past, Festeve has been graced by several eminent personalities, including actors, directors, musicians and young entrepreneurs. This year’s edition of the fest promises to be amazing, with quirky new events and awesome attractions in store. Vummidi Jithendra , Managing Director, VBJ says this of their collaboration with Festeve- “Today’s youth have a strong voice, strong opinions and many forums by which they can be heard. VBJ hopes to connect with the youth on one such forum- cultural events like Festeve.” Festeve 2013 will take place on the 1st and 2nd February, 2013 at WCC, Nungambakkam and is open to both participants and non-participants upon production of their bon afide certificates and ID cards. Registration cost per person is Rs. 100.
Rock it in style
A Musical programme called”Rock –on” to be conducted in the St. Micheal’s school grounds on 9th February with playback singer Karthick, accompanied by performance from France by Abarquesdes et mudras and dance performance by Raack academy of dance. The programme will be best of its kind in terms of visual presentation and sound effects. The programme will also highlight never seen before Rock style singing and also spectacular dance movements.The proceeds of the programme will be used for Charity for infrastructural facilities to SMA students. The donor passes are available at St.Michael’s Academy office, Adyar, Chennai. For bulk booking please contact 9940511955, 2491 5331, 2440 2181. Its at St.Michael’s Academy Ground on 9th of February.
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Meet Pooja Chopra, Chennai- based model, graphic designer and music lover
How did you get into modelling and what did you think about modelling? A lot of people want to be a model because it’s glamorous, lucrative and you might want to be recognized in the modeling world. Modeling is extremely competitive, and the industry is filled with rejection. To speak honestly, I just wanted to experience it once and that’s why gave it a shot and of course I am a typical girl who loves make up, clothes and dressing up. I just totally love fashion because it is like an extension of my personality. Fashion gives a certain amount of freedom to people and allows them to be who they want to be. Apart from modelling I am working as a graphic designer and I am also a freelance emcee. How was college life, did you have fun? I studied in WCC, I just passed out this year and I did my B.Sc in Visual Communication. When I was in college I really put my heart and soul in my studies it was an indescribable time, I loved every minute. What do you like doing apart from work? My hobbies..hmm.. I just love watching TV. I really cannot imagine my life without television and I love watching movies. I love sketching and painting.. that’s something I can do all day and also candle making. Of course music and yes I love learning new things. What is you favourite memory in your modelling career? Favourite modelling moment was when I was doing a photo shoot for a magazine and I had to wear a saree and that was the first time I got dressed as a bride and I was really exciting for me since It was a new experience. Who is your favourite designer, who would you like to walk the ramp for? Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla! They are the best designers in India and I just love their collection.
Owned and published by Rohit Ramesh, Old no. 7, New no. 15, Parthasarathy Gardens, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018. Editor-in-chief: Liz. RNI - TNENG05547 / 22 / 1 / 2012-TC
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