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A BYTE OF LIFE Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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WINDOW MYTHOLOGY WITH SURABHI
SHOPPER 124-year-old drama group to perform
Wrapped in Wrapture in Chennai

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Davis Cup tie a goner? » Page 03


02 NAMMA CHENNAI ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Air Max+ from Nike


Nike has launched the Air Max+ shoe for men and
women. The shoe combines features like ultra-strong,
ultra-lightweight Flywire, Cushlon midsole, single-layer
Ortholite sockliner and full-length, articulated Max Air
unit, to name a few. The men’s shoe is priced at Rs.
10,900 and women’s shoe comes at Rs. 9,900.

Philanthropic thief
arrested after 10 years Folk Rockers
A Folk fusion band Swarathama will come on the
modern day Robin Hood who
burgled from houses in Chennai and
distributed money from the loot to his
people in his native village in Internaltional music map this May
Kancheepuram was arrested by the Chennai
city police on Saturday.
The philanthropic culprit, identified as DEEPA VENKATRAMAN sions. Two weekdays we practice by EMI Virgin Records. Soon they
Malarmannan alias Immanuel (46), fell into and on weekends we give perfor- were rated four-star by the Roll-

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the police net after robbing a man at warathma which was re- mances.” ing Stone magazine. The icing on
knifepoint in Velachery on Saturday night. cently rated four-star by the cake was when they were se-
According to police sources, Malarmannan Rolling Stone is all set to Folk melodies lected as one of the best bands by
had broken into houses in areas like rock Namma Chennai with When it comes to composing renowned UK based music pro-
Nungambakkam, Egmore, Adyar and Shastri their foot-tapping music this eve- songs, the band which boasts of ducer John Leckie at the contest
Nagar after widening the window bars. He ning. So get unwind at Citi Centre about twenty odd songs, it is held by British Council.
had been booked under the Goondas Act from 7.30pm onwards and enjoy completely a group effort and the Vasu says, “We are one of the
and was sent to prison five times. the great music of the band that is genre of music is folk fusion. The five Indian bands who got select-
After his release from prison in 1998, he soon to get International fame. popular peppy numbers—Patte ed out of several others across the
completely went off the police radar and Sare, Eshu Allah aur Krishna and nation. Leckie has produced an
continued his burglaries in Adyar. Birth of Swarathma Pyaasi, blend of folk and rock album—where each band has
Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery and Mylapore. Most bands are formed during highlight social messages—ill ef- two of its newly composed songs.
With his loot money, he purchased land in college days by some passionate fects of urbanisation, hypocrisy We will be launching the two
his village in Wallajahbad, Kancheepuram and budding talented students in the name of religion and Kaveri songs in Mumbai at the end of
district, in his wife’s name and built a fully and they vanish in course of time issue respectively. A noteworthy this month and in May we will be
air-conditioned house. He also purchased a but Swarathma, the folk fusion mention is that all the lyrics are at London for the launch of the
car and an autorickshaw. band is an exception. Although original and penned down by Va- album.” They have also participa-
Malarmannan even turned social worker by there was a span of time when the su. “We sit together and compose ted at the SARC nation band fes-
donating money to a school for the visual band was inactive, they came the songs as each of them are tival at Delhi. The band is also
and hearing impaired in Kelambakkam, back with few new members to trained musicians with some eagerly awaiting the result of the
bought sports goods for children in his continue their all time passion. amount of experience. The Asian band contest held at Singa-
village and helped perform last rites for Classical music trained singer Va- themes of our songs are a reflec- pore. Hope some lady luck
unclaimed bodies, police added. su, founder of Swarathma recalls, tion of our thoughts. Sometimes, knocks their door again. Ask Vasu
A total of 325 sovereigns of gold and “It was tough to reform our band I also take help of my friends who whether they are coming up with
diamond jewellery, 13 kilograms of that was started in 2002 as some are strong in Hindi while writing a video for their album, he says
silverware, five laptops, three cameras and of our band members went off the lyrics,” says Vasu. up, “Soon as we return from Lon-
three cellphones were seized from him. The but thankfully our new team— don, we plan to shoot one in
worth of the seizure is estimated to be Jishnu on bass guitar, lead guita- Laurels and the path ahead June.” Few of their songs have be-
close to Rs. 40 lakh. rist Varun and Montry on drums Their first tryst with fame was come popular in Bollywood. Vasu
Malarmannan was remanded to custody and Pavan a percussionist and when they bagged the best band sums up, “There are talks with
and sent to the Puzhal Prison. ■ Sanjeev lead violinist are also ve- title in national level contest or- some people in the industry who
Ergo Correspondent ry talented and dedicated to the ganised by Radio City in 2008 and wish to take in some songs in
band besides their other profes- that’s when their first CD was cut their movie.” ■
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Davis Cup
TIE A GONER?
Tennis Australia not keen about playing the
tie scheduled in Chennai from May 8 to 10
AYON SENGUPTA again going to approach the ITF on Thursday, 23 April to submit
ayon@goergo.in for a change of venue with some an appeal, and we are expecting
fresh facts.” However, he re- an appeal by this time. The ap-

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ndia may get a virtual wal- fused to elaborate what those peal will then be considered as
kover to the next round of fresh facts are. But another offi- soon as possible by the ITF’s
the Davis Cup after Tennis cial at TA were more forthcom- Board of Directors.” they want to field a second-string
Australia continued to voice ing and said that players like Expressing their satisfaction side. It is desirable that they send
their disapproval over Chennai former world No. 1 Lleyton He- over the security arrangements the best possible squad but at the
as the host city for the Asia- witt and burly Chris Guccione at the SDAT Stadium, venue for end of the day it’s their decision,”
Oceania Zone Group 1 tie from has expressed their concern the tie in Chennai, Imison add- Khanna said. “Security arrange- It’s their
May 8-10. The Australians, who over the security situation in ed: “The ITF’s security consult- ments will be at par with any in-
had their first appeal for a venue Chennai prior to the Lok Sabha ants have already complied their ternational tournament and if prerogative
change turned down by the In- elections. report, which was presented to necessary we will also engage pri-
ternational Tennis Federation Tamil Nadu goes to poll on the Davis Cup committee. If vate security guards.” if they want
on Friday, are again expected to
approach the Davis Cup board
May 13 and with the Indian Pre-
mier League already moved out
there is another appeal the
Board of Directors would con-
Chennai city police commis-
sioner K. Radhakrishnan said that
to field a
of directors. According to sourc-
es in Tennis Australia the asso-
of the country for security fears
during the polls are said to have
sider all the existing material
and also any added information
adequate security will be provid-
ed for the tie. “It wouldn’t be a
second-
ciation will pitch for Singapore instilled fear in the minds of the available at that time.” problem for us as the elections string side
as a possible neutral venue. Australian players. Meanwhile, All-India Tennis falls three days after the tourna-
Confirming their move to the Elaborating on the appeals, Association secretary, Anil ment. But we haven’t got an offi-
ITF, Darren Pearce, media man- Nick Imison, ITF’s communica- Khanna, said he expected the cial word from the tennis
ager for Tennis Australia, said tions officer said: “Tennis Aus- Australians to field a full-fledged federation yet,” he added. ■
over the phone: “Yeah, we are tralia has until 1.00pm (UK time) side. “It’s their prerogative if With inputs from Petlee Peter

AITA secretary
Anil Khanna
04 KALEIDOSCOPE ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The stuff mythologies are made of


SHALINI SHAH Surabhi is a 124-
shalinishah@goergo.in
year-old drama

T group that’s been


hese are the
days of mini-
malist theatre,
where a performing
wooden chair could
be the life centre mythological plays
and sole prop of a
two-hour skit with since 1885. On April
three
Surabhi,
characters.
clearly, 25 and 26, they will
comes from anoth-
er era. And it’s be performing at
coming to Chennai.
Evam, Chennai’s Chennai’s Music
very own entertain-
ment company, is Academy, courtesy
bringing Surabhi to
the city on April 25 Evam
and 26. Surabhi, or
Sri Venkateswara
Natya Mandali, will
be performing two
of their plays, Path-
ala Bhairavi (April 25) and Maya Even during the days and college in the mornings and of our daughters’.” Book your ticket
Bazaar (April 26), at Music Acad- then work on the plays,” says R. On their famed visual effects,
emy.
of no electricity, we Nageswara Rao, or Babji, who Babji says, “Even during the days
The tickets for the shows
are priced at Rs. 500, 750 &
For starters, Surabhi is a 124- were famous for it. now handles Surabhi’s day-to- of no electricity, we were famous 1,500 (premium) and Rs.
year-old drama group that owes Now, because of all day functioning. for it. Now, because of all the 100, 200 & 300 (Balcony).
its name and origin to a tiny dis- Surabhi is particularly famed A.C.-D.C. engines, we have be- Tickets are available at
trict in Kadapa district in Andhra the A.C.-D.C. engines, for its spell-binding visual effects, come highly advanced.” Maya Sathyam Cinemas, Landmark
Pradesh. Staging mythological we have become a factor that has garnered it an Bazaar, he says, is watched with a (Nungambakkam, Spencer
plays in various parts of the coun- audience spanning all ages. And lot of interest from start to end Plaza, Citi Centre), and Fruit
try for over a century, Surabhi’s
highly advanced they’re fiercely protective about because of the visual effects. Shop on Greams Road
plays are the stage version of my- their “trade secrets”. Is there any ‘vacation’ time for (Kilpauk branch).
thology you see on film. Think la- or backstage is from out of the Sunil Vishnu, co-director of the group, we wonder. “We per- Tickets can also be bought
doos magically flying into hungry family. Doesn’t the younger lot Evam, at a press conference on form everyday. There are times online at special discounts
demon mouths, mid-air arrow rebel for a change of profession? Monday to announce Pathala when we do even morning shows. at www.bookmyshow.com
fights, song-and-dance, rolling “We’ve never had that prob- Bhairavi and Maya Bazaar re- In a 365-day year, we might even For door delivery of tickets
chariots, light tricks, fireworks… lem. We are 60 people, all from called, “I once asked them if do 400 shows,” says Babji. “In the call 4224 4224
The kind of visual spectacle many the family, performing at present. they’ll teach us a few of their vi- year 2005-06, we did 421!” More information, pictures
tech-age theatre buffs would be I have 16 students under me, sual effects tricks. I was told, ‘Su-
and videos are available on
“There is no obscenity or vul-
www.evam.in
left trying to decode. which range from those studying nil, everyone in Surabhi is family. garity. And irrespective of wheth-
Call 98406 12333/99404
Surabhi is an ‘only family’ unit. in class I to those doing their M.A. The only way we’re going to tell er there are 500, 50 or five people 38669 for more details
Not one person you see onstage and M.Phil. They finish school you anything is if you marry one in the audience, we perform.” ■
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
05

Wrapped in
WRAPTURE
This store in T. Nagar is a good destination
to pick some envy-inspiring casuals

and go up to 4,000. While jeans for


women are priced from Rs. 300 on-
wards, for men they begin at Rs.
600. T-shirts start from Rs. 150. “We
specialise in denims,” says Shakeel.
“And I’m very particular about what
goes on the shelves.”

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t’s hard to miss the bright or- The clothes are mostly sourced
ange-walled Maverick gym on from Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirupur
G.N. Chetty Road. In a lane just and factories in and around Chen-
opposite it (on the left if you’re nai.
coming from Mount Road) is a Belts, footwear, perfumes and
store called Wrapture. The shades are available, too.
year-and-a-half-old While we tour the
store specialises in ca- store, hits from Billu
suals for both men and Rock On!! play
and women and the away in the back-
store name is testimo- ground.
ny to owner Shakeel’s The bunch of pretty
fascination with music silver-strapped suede
(‘w’ + rapture, he tells leather sandals for wom-
you). en lying huddled in a car-
For women there are eve- ton, we discovered, are
ning dresses, day frocks with designed by Shakeel himself. A pair
elastic smocking, floral tube tops, comes for Rs. 450. More are in the
spaghettis, denim and non-denim pipeline, he says, pointing out to the
tunics and shirt dresses, skinny single pair of canary yellow Roman
jeans, t-shirts, beach shorts and sandals sitting pretty at the store
skirts. Dresses start from Rs. 600 window. “We will soon be launch-
ing our in-house label. It will be
called Wrapture (what else!),” in-
forms Shakeel. The man is also a
Address: drummer of a band and the store
Wrapture, keeps hosting gigs where its loyal
New No. 11 (Old No. 3), customers are invited to listen, and
North Boag Road (next to shop. ■
Singapore Consulate),
T. Nagar,
Chennai – 600 017
Ph: 42649464
Email:
wrapture001@hotmail.com
Store timings: 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. daily
PHOTOS: R. RAVINDRAN
06 VILLAGE ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Unacceptable losses
A German football club has offered to refund
600 fans who travelled to see them lose a
game - their sixth defeat in seven matches.

Now learn to use EVM on YouTube


Going all guns to attract voters in New Delhi for
the Lok Sabha elections, the state Election Office
has uploaded a video on using the Electronic
Voting Machine (EVM) on popular video-sharing
website YouTube.
“Sometimes people are confused and unaware of
how to use EVMs. So, in order to spread more
awareness, we have uploaded a training video on
usage of EVMs on popular video-sharing website
YouTube,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Silas
Bedi told reporters.
IANS

A cow that drinks up all its milk


Shoe woes for Morkel A Chinese farmer has much to complaint after her cow
The secret of why South African Albie Morkel failed to started to feed on its own milk, leaving her empty-
appear on the field for Chennai Super Kings at the handed.
inaugural match of the IPL against Mumbai Indians in Cape Owner Guli Nisha, from Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang
Town on Saturday is finally out. Uygur autonomous region, said the animal had found a
Morkel could not play for a lack of shoes. unique way of being self-sufficient by turning its head
Morkel had to withdraw from the side at the last minute around and drinking its own milk, reports the China Daily.
because his baggage had disappeared without trace and he Guli revealed: “I do not know what caused the cow to
could not find shoes of the right size with any of his drink its own milk, but I know I got no milk from it and
teammates, the Afrikaans weekly Rapport said. had to spend some 30 yuan (4.40 dollars) to feed it.”
“It was very frustrating Meanwhile, a livestock official was left baffled with the
as I was keen to make news, which was reported the first of its kind.
my mark early in the ANI
tournament, especially
after being satisfied with
my batting in the ODI
series against Australia,” Aniston to direct a movie
Morkel said. Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston will
The Morkel brothers be directing a movie, reports the
appear jinxed with Dailymail Online.
regard to shoes. Just a Aniston, 40, is due to direct and star in
few days earlier, Morne Goree Girls, a movie about an all-girl
Morkel had to borrow a country and western band that becomes
pair from Ntini after his a hit while in jail.
bag went to Cape Town The Marley and Me star has also asked
instead of the Wanderers Scottish actor Gerard Butler to star
in Johannesburg, where alongside her.
he was playing. IANS
IANS

Bad breath biggest worry on dates


Almost eight out of 10 women say bad breath is their
biggest worry before a romantic encounter

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ad breath is unpleasant women were more likely to fret healthy our teeth look when we
and can be a major cause about their teeth and breath be- smile and talk.”
for embarrassment. And fore worrying what their partner “Our research shows people
when it comes to dating, a thought about their clothes or make instant assumptions about
majority of women admit that it’s general appearance, The Daily your confidence and character
their biggest worry, a new survey Telegraph reported. dependent on how healthy your
has revealed. However, only four per cent teeth are and how fresh your
According to the survey, nearly said they were concerned about breath is. If you always feel happy
eight out of 10 women in Britain what underwear they should put with your teeth you will smile,
consider bad breath as a hea- on when on a date. and if you smile more you will
dache before a romantic encoun- Miranda Honan, a Spokeswo- boost others’ perceptions of
ter with a bloke. man for Macleans, which com- you.” “Then, in turn, other people
Researchers have based their missioned the survey, said: will see you as more confident
findings on a poll of 1,000 wom- “People’s impressions of us are and attractive.” ■
en. They found that 78 per cent of heavily influenced by how PTI
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
07

Politicos want to
cash in on IPL fever
If the crowds want IPL and the politicians want the crowds, what else can happen!
ERGO CORRESPONDENT

T
he clash of dates between the 15th Lok
Sabha election and the IPL forced the
lucrative League to cross shores to
South Africa for the second edition of
the tournament. But with the match timings
clashing with election rallies, politicians
have come up with a plan to install giant
screens at rallies to ensure greater footfalls.
Senior Congress leader and Minister for
Science and Technology, Kapil Sibal says:
“People in India are mad for cricket. We will
put giant screens at election rallies in Delhi
so that people can watch the matches live
before the rallies start.” Sibal is the Congress
candidate from the Chandni Chowk
constituency.
Congress secretary and AICC spokesper-
son Rajiv Shukla who is also the vice-presi-
dent of the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) says: “The election rallies in
India are usually in the evening and so are
also the IPL games. There’s nothing wrong
in putting up some screens at election ral-
lies so that those who come to hear the lead-
ers can also catch the matches. It can be a
win-win situation for the public.”
But on more official note, Shukla adds:
“Soniaji is a “The Congress party has not yet come out
with a decision to implement this idea
couple of across constituencies. But individuals are
thousand feet most welcome to bring in their own ideas
taller than for campaigning.”
The opposition too have warmed up to
Advaniji. No the idea and the Bharatiya Janata Party too
parallel can be are mulling to go the Congress way. “I have
been showing cricket matches earlier too
drawn in their and will do it this time also. I will put up
statures” LCD screens and IPL matches will be tele-
Shekar Suman cast so that voters don’t miss them.” BJP
candidate from New Delhi constituency Vi-
jay Goel says.
Navin S. Kohli convenor of BJP’s media
cell, however, chose to ignore the matter
and said the party is not giving much
thought about it. “I don’t think there’s
much to contemplate about this issue. It’s a

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call that any local level leader organising the
rally can take,” he says.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist)
though does not feel election rallies need
added attractions to garner crowds. Senior
CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu says the whole
process is a systematic gameplan of the two
heavyweight parties to trivialise the elec-
tion. “It’s a sad situation that so called na-
tional parties and national leaders have to
bank on the IPL to keep their supporters
tuned to their rallies. They (Congress and
BJP) are making a determined effort to veer
the public attention from the real issues,” he
says. ■
08 SPORT ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Narang sixth
Gagan Narang was the saving grace for a strong Indian contingent as he ended up
sixth in the 50m free rifle prone event in the shooting World Cup in Beijing on
Monday. Narang shot a 696.6 following a 595 in qualification. In air rifle, Narang
failed to make the final, and finished ninth with a 594.

Now American P
Business tycoon signs six
Pakistani stars in an
ambitious bid to popularise
cricket in the U.S.

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n American entrepreneur its league has been delayed this
who hopes to establish an year. Inzamam said he had got
international Twenty20 the offer from the President and
tournament in New York CEO of American Sports And En-
has signed up former Pakistan tertainment Group Inc, Jay Mir,
captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and six who has drawn up plans for a six-
other Pakistan players for his pro- team American Premier League
ject scheduled to be launched lat- to be staged in October on a con-
er this year. verted baseball field in Staten Is-
Inzamam said on Monday that land, New York.
he along with six other players Inzamam said the players were
who have been playing for the keen to play in the American
unofficial Indian Cricket League league as it was a new concept
has signed up for the proposed and new venue and it would be
American league. “Myself, Rana exciting to play in America.
Naved, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Na- Sources said Inzamam and the
zir, Imran Farhat, Azhar Mah- other players had got the approv-
mood and Saqlain Mushtaq have al of the ICL before signing up.
agreed to play in this league when The sources said that Mir was
it is launched in New York,” In- also looking forward to signing
zamam said. on other Pakistani players includ-
The former captain didn’t elab- ing pace bowler, Mohammad Asif
orate if he had got clearance from who will complete a one-year ban
the ICL organisers for the Amer- for a failed dope test in Septem-
ican league as the ICL claims it ber. Inzamam said the American
still has valid contracts with the league was not an official tourna-
Pakistani cricketers even though ment because it is not ICC-rec-

Bayliss warns of early retirements


Sri Lankan cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has warned that players may opt for premature retirements if they are asked to tour troubled
countries in the aftermath of the Lahore terror attack on his team in March. Bayliss was in the Lankan team bus when it was ambushed
by heavily armed terrorists in Lahore on March 3, leaving six players injured. And Bayliss said a fallout of the attack would be the fear of
more such incidents among players, who would consider giving up the game altogether instead of risking their lives.
“I am sure that will be the case,” he said. “If we happen to have a tour to a certain country and there is a little bit of a threat I am sure
that some of those players will have that in the back of their minds,” he said. The 46-year-old coach said the players would be fighting
back strong emotions the next time they board the team bus for a venue. “Obviously it is hard to know how everyone will react the first
time we jump back in the bus on the way to the ground somewhere. But at this stage everyone seems to be handling it pretty well,” he
said.
PTI
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
09

‘‘
The relations between the two (PCB and ICC) have not been particularly good in recent times espe-
cially after we criticised their match referee, Chris Broad following the attack on the Sri Lankan team
and his subsequent statements on the incident. I think the ICC and its members should have waited for five
to six months to see how the security and political scenario developed in Pakistan.
Former PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan

Premier League
ommended. “But the organisers say they
are hoping to get clearance from the ICC
for the event,” he added.
The 32-year-old businessman Mir has
lined up a three-year staging deal with the
minor-league baseball team, Staten Is-
land Yankees. Using a franchise and auc-
tion system similar to the IPL, he hopes to
draw up six international sides – Premium
Pakistan, Premium Indians, Premium
West Indies, Premium World and Premi-
um America – the final side drawn from
the best of the talent on show from ap-
proximately 15 million cricket fans who
already live in the USA.
A spokesman for the Yankees con-
firmed that they were in talks, adding that
they were “very excited” at the prospect of
bringing cricket to the city. ■
PTI

Munaf takes the plunge


Speedster Munaf Patel got engaged with Baroda girl Taslima before leaving for South Africa to play in the high-profile Indian Premier
League-II. “It was kept a private affair and very few closely related family members from both the parties had attended the engagement
ceremony,” Ikhar village sarpanch (village headman) Makbulbhai Khankhara said.
Taslima, who has completed her higher secondary, and Munaf know each other very well, Khankhara said. Her father Amanulla Haji
Basher has been working in a managerial capacity in a mill at Palej, he added.
“Taslima used to be glued to the TV set to see her fiancé, also known as Ikhar Express,” the sarpanch said. Asked when the nikah will be
performed, Khankhara said “It would depend on the schedule of Twenty20 World Cup matches to be held in England as Munaf is very
eager to play for the country. The bunglow built by Munaf in his native Ikhar village is also nearing completion. And only after its
completion are the two planning to tie the knot.”
PTI
10 FLICK ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Matt Damon turned down Star Trek role


Actor Matt Damon turned down the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek, director J.J.
Abrams has revealed. “I actually approached Matt and we had some discussions, but
everything happens for a reason. On the one hand, it would have been great to
work with Matt – but at the end of the day, it was such a better move to cast the
movie with unknowns,” The Daily Star quoted J.J., as telling Life magazine.

Paparazzo kicks back in


Madonna
horse fall row
T
he paparazzo blamed for spooking Madonna’s horse and sending the
Material Mom tumbling to the ground this weekend says he is in-
nocent.
“I arrived more than 10 minutes after the accident happened,”
snapper Thomas Hinton told TheCelebrityTruth.com website Monday.
Madonna (50) fell from the horse while riding on Saturday at a friend’s
mansion in the ultra-exclusive Hamptons region outside New York.
She suffered minor bruises, according to her spokeswoman, and was
reported to be resting at actress friend Gwyneth Paltrow’s home in the
area.
According to the spokeswoman, “the accident occurred when the horse
Madonna was riding was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the
bushes.” But Hinton – who snapped the sole picture of the fallen enter-
tainer sitting on the sand arena surrounded by aides – said: “I am certain
there were no other photographers there before me.”
Earlier in the day Hinton had taken pictures of Madonna, who was
wearing a black riding helmet, black boots and a dark ensemble of jodh-
purs and jacket, as she rode a bay horse in the arena. The New York Post
published the exclusive shots.
Police in the area appeared to be siding with the photographer, celebri-
ty gossip site TMZ reported.
TMZ quoted Sergeant Herbert Johnson saying: “There is no mention of
photographers. It’s a matter of spin control that went out of control. If
they felt there was something else, they would have written ‘paparazzi’ in
the form – if they felt there was a problem.” ■
AFP

Winslet tops Christian Bale to star


Ultimate Natural in The Fighter
Beauty list C hristian Bale will star in director
David O. Russell’s The Fighter

A ctor Kate Winslet has topped


the list of Ultimate Natural
Beauty by beating movie
along with Mark Wahlberg.
The movie recalls the life of
Boston boxer ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward
legend Audrey Hepburn. and his unlikely path to become the
Winslet was declared as having world lightweight champion with
“a classic English rose the help of his half-brother Dicky
complexion without needing Eklund.
lots of make-up to look The Batman Begins actor, who has
stunning”. Close to 3,000 men been re-teamed with Relativity
and women took the survey, Media, will play the role of Eklund,
thesun.co.uk reports. who himself was a professional boxer and trained Mickey after
The 33-year-old Winslet beat kicking his drug addiction in jail, reports Variety.
out Hepburn. Actress Kelly Bale had been making the headlines for his infamous rant on
Brook was third, followed by the sets of Terminator Salvation after being interrupted in a
Cheryl Cole, Angelina Jolie and scene. The 35-year-old later apologised for the profanity-laden
Scarlett Johansson. ■ tirade against the director of photography. ■
IANS ANI
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Big B teams up with Kingsley
Amitabh Bachchan is set to share the screen space with Oscar-winning actor Ben
Kingsley in Leena Yadav’s “Teen Patti”, which is said to be inspired by Hollywood flick
“21”. Amitabh posted on his blog: “Soon after we (have to) get into a photo shoot
and (start) reading rehearsals for the shoot with Sir Ben Kingsley. He plays an
important part in the film.”

A
fter failed efforts for com-
mercial success in Bolly-
wood, actor Randeep
Hooda is planning to go
back to his passion – theatre.
“I am going to go back to theat-
re and (will) start doing plays
again. It’s so purifying for oneself
and one’s art as an actor,” says
Randeep.
“In fact, I thought I was stuck
with Monsoon Wedding (2001).
So I did theatre with Motley The-
atre Company headed by Nasee-
ruddin Shah for four years till D
(2005) happened. That is where I
learnt all my acting skills and I am
sure to go back to it,” he added.
Hooda has lately been in the
news for his role as 19th-century
painter Raja Ravi Varma in up-
coming biopic Rang Rasiya, a bi-
lingual directed by Ketan Mehta.

IANS

I thought I was stuck


with Monsoon
Wedding (2001). So I
did theatre with
Motley Theatre
Company headed by
Naseeruddin Shah for
four years till D (2005)
happened. That is
where I learnt all my
acting skills and I am
sure to go back to it

Low Denial drama


If what we hear is true, Nayanthara
profile has upset her fans due to her
Ajith has followed the nonchalant behaviour at the
footsteps of Rajini Kamal Killikaavu Temple in Manicheri on
Hassan. He has decided to Vishu and all plans of building a
have a low key birthday temple in her name has been
celebration, citing the turned down. As the buzz goes,
plight of the Sri Lankan Nayanthara was denied by the
Tamils as the reason. As he temple authorities to enter the
is out of the country for a premises as she was wearing
shoot, he has appealed to salwar kameez which is
his fans to circumvent the against the rule of the
stress of trying to wish him temple. She threw a fit
in person and has asked and on her fans insistence,
them to cooperate with the she apologised to the
Ajith Kumar Narpani concerned people.
Iyakkam to revamp the However Nayanthara has
organizations. Apart from rubbished the story and
the plight, the general stated that the controversy
elections are another broke out when people
reason for the minimal outside the temple who
celebrations. were under the influence of
alcohol abused her.
12 ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday’s query:
If you were to stand for elections, what symbol
will you choose and why?
■ Halwa. I can tell them symbolically what I’ll do in future
Saranya.M Cognizant, Naren FBSC, Sheena Wipro, Madan CSS
, Ponsekar, Dhandapani RBS
■ White flag, to make my India a peaceful country
Nasurudeen Allsec, Sanu Cognizant
■ Tree to promote green revolution
Adhi, Viji, Parthi Williams Lea
■ Thiruvodu. Appa thaan pitchai paathiram enthi vanthaennu paada
mudium
Sivanandham TCS-eserve
■ Pen because the power of a pen is as mighty as an ocean
Nisha Rameshkumar TCS
■ Exclamation mark, as no one can predict the changes n everything will b a
surprise
Hashim Allsec Alex from TCS-eserve has nominated his friends as partners in
■ Sunflower. That shows our party works towards growth & development crime. The pic was clicked at Mahabalipuram.
for society. And it will bring happiness in people face as like sunflower
Athiseshu Konathala Wipro
■ Patai naamam. I just symbolically indicate to public what I’ll do in future
Ravikumar TCS, Velu AMI, Sridhar Wipro
■ Nano it’s very famous in India
Hemadri TCS-eserve
■ Mobile, bcoz connecting people without discrimination
Kamal EMS Technosoft
■ Laughing Buddha bcoz it gives luck to win the election
Anand.K Infoview Technologies
■ Monitor because I watch it all the time and tell people I’ll take care all
the time
Mohan Sridharan TCS
■ White pigeon and ensure people a peaceful life
Shantha Kumar Infosys
■ Rice since it is the basic necessity of life
Revathy Rajalingam TCS-eserve
■ Flowers, future la kadula suttuom ngrada symbolic solludulla
Praveen CTS, Prakash.V TCS-eserve
■ Fruits to give our people a fruitful life
Nagarajan.K Wipro (CDC2) Rachel from Cognizant has nominated her TS006 batch
■ Thoppi (cap), bcos the leaders usually give thoppi to the people after members as partners in crime. The pic was taken on the
election occasion of their trainer’s (Mrs. Dhanalakshmi) farewell.
KB.Santosh TCS
■ Cricket bat because people who are crazy about cricket will vote for me
sure
Rajakumar TCS
■ Dry tree, this is the condition of India now and statement would b 2 make
it green
Aakash CSS
■ Rose bcoz it’s the symbol for care and love
Surendar CTS, Ganesh Babu HCL
■ Kite because I’ll fly like kite and see good high
Leela Lakshmi Wipro
■ Bow & arrow. Fight for people with no expectation and credit
Jerin Brosnan (USAA) TCS
■ Smiley symbol like this :-). It means I’m ready to face the challenge, bcoz
my smile have the ability to tackle the problems by giving myself energy and
confidence
Kavitha Cognizant,
Soumya HCL

Today’s query:
Come up with a slogan for Chennai Super Kings Santhosh from HCL Technologies, Ambattur has
nominated his friends as partners in crime. This pic was
taken in Queensland.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
13

April 22
Mal Manikanda Siva ■ Dear Anuraj,
working in Mphasis On your Birthday we wish you much
Limited has nominated his pleasure and Joy;
best friend and colleague We hope all of your wishes come
Muralidharan as an Office true.May each hour and minute be
Angel. "He is very jovial. filled with delight,
He likes to pose for photos. And your Birthday be perfect for
He is always looks with you!
smiley face and a down to Wishing you a VERY VERY HAPPY
earth person. He had the BIRTH DAY!!
ability to face any kind of Cheers,
hard situation,” he writes AS Team,
about him. Tata Consultancy services.

■ Dear Maha,
There is a gift that gold cannot buy
A blessing that’s rare and true
That’s the gift of a wonderful person
coming into my life
Like I have in you!
Happy Birthday!
Gomathi K
Tata Consultancy Services,

■ Dear Karthik,
God gave a gift to the world when
you were born - a person who loves,
who cares, who sees a person’s need
and fills it, who encourages and lifts
Balaji people up, who spends energy on
Chandrasekar others rather than himself someone
(23) of who touches each life he enters, and
Accelfrontline makes a difference in the world,
doodled this. He because ripples of kindness flow
says he has outward as each person you have
always been touched, touches others. May the
inspired by love you have shown to others return
Yashoda Krishna to you, multiplied. We wish you the
art. happiest of birthdays, and many,
many more, so that others have time
to appreciate you as much as we do.
Cheers,
OSTeam,
Wipro Technologies.

■ Dear Ravi, Vengi and Shreejith,


Congrats on buying a new house!!!
Have a hearty Housewarming ...
We will be warming your house from
Miles away!!!
Love,
Vinodh, Sainthavi, Thawin and The entire
family

■ Dear Jayaraman,
Wish you many more Happy returns
of the Day & wish you all success in
all your endeavors in the coming
days. May all your weird dreams
come true.
Kaadhal Pada DVD ya fridge la vecha enna aagaum? Regards,
"Jillunu Oru Kaadhal" Pada DVD Kidaikkum. Kumar Hari – Kalpana - YS alias
Jayaraman V. Yugaswaroopini
HCL Technologies Ltd Infosys.
14 TRAFFIC JAM ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mom behind bars


An American woman is in prison after
she told her teenage daughter to have
a catfight with another girl.

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15
Tipple tale is untrue Put a ring on it
Scientists have disproved the concept of Hundreds of women stopped traffic in London’s
beer goggles - which allegedly make Piccadilly Square - when they performed the dance
men view women as sexier after from Beyonce’s Single Ladies video while wearing
drinking alcohol. high heels and leotards.

B.C

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20


This is a terrific day to launch a new venture.
Brimming with dedication, you will accomplish your
tasks efficiently. Avoid running into hot discussions
with your beloved. Measure your words, advises
Ganesha.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20


Today, you want to call a spade a spade; but
remember that you may not escape unhurt. Say the
right word at the right time. On the love front,
practice diplomacy if you want your life to be a
sanctuary of love and joy.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20


With everything moving at a smooth pace, nothing
BORN LOSER will bother you today. A good day to schedule
maintenance activities. As far as love life is
concerned, be ready to compromise and see where
it takes you.
CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20
Because you will get completely busy with work,
your professional life will grab the limelight today. It
is diligence and commitment which will add an
extra rung to your success ladder. But amid all this,
ignoring your sweetheart will be quite unfair.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
Everything seems hunky dory today. With creativity
finding its way in your work, you are sure to receive
a pat on the back from your bosses. On the
personal front, chances are bright that you may get
a nod from that scintillating someone.
VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20
A day loaded with work awaits you. Toiling at the
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT office, you try to finish up all pending tasks on
hand. But ensure that you remain fit to handle next
day’s work. After a hard day, you will want to be
alone.
LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20
Today will be motley of work plus pleasure.
However, with an increase in responsibilities, you
must not expect a rise in pay, says Ganesha.
Shopping with your darling may be a costly affair.
A day marked with a bundle of activities.
SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20
Launch of new projects is going to keep you
engrossed in multiple tasks. The give-and-take in
your relationship will make way for a satisfying love
affair.
Riding too many horses will make the reins slip
SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20
away from your hands. At the work place, getting
restless is only going to confuse you further. Avoid
being moody in your personal relationship and let
love show.

CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20


There are perfect days and then there are imperfect
ones, like today. Your debilitated energies prevent
you from utilising a rather opportune day at the
work front. Sharing sweet nothings with your
darling will be on your mind, predicts Ganesha.
AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20
PREVIOUS By sharing your knowledge and ideas, you will
enlighten others today. Also, this will expand your
ISSUE’S professional horizons. Diplomacy on the love front
should help you control the ups and downs, opines
SOLUTIONS Ganesha.
PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20
Eying perfection, you may find that there is
something missing in the tasks you have
accomplished. Even the amazing support from your
colleagues will fail to reassure you. Things should
be fine in the love lane.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ! ERGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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jewellery during the
launch of a jewellery
store in New Delhi.
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which helps Marathon in Boston,
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vision of a
robot at the
Hannover
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for industrial
technology
at the fair
grounds in
Hanover,
central
Germany.
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