Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vol. 3 No. 126

Nadodigal goes to Bollywood
Director Samuthirakani’s film, Nadodigal, which is making waves in the city has more good news in store. The film is ready to be remade in Hindi and Telugu. The director confirmed about his plans, though the actors are yet to be finalised. “I am excited that Nadodigal is taking me to Hindi and Telugu. It was not pre-planned, the story was rejected twice and I have been working on the idea since I entered the industry,” said the director. Vivek Oberoi is considered for the role played by Sasi Kumar in Tamil. While Bellamkonda Suresh is producing the movie in Telugu, the production house for the Hindi remake is yet to be confirmed. Samuthirakani is keen on retaining the lady leads of the original – Abhinaya and Ananya. Sundar C. will be scoring the music again.
Monisha Mohandas

Badri to lead
Three players from TN make it to the squad
amil Nadu middle-order batsman S Badrinath was on Monday named skipper of the Indian team for the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia with Virat Kohli as his deputy. Two other faces from the state – Murali Vijay and R Ashwin – also made it to the squad, which include the Delhi duo of Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan. Apart from India, domestic teams from New Zealand, South Africa and hosts Australia will compete in the Twenty20-cum-ODI tournament starting July 20. India will take on AIS in a Twenty20 match on the opening day at Redlands CC in Queensland. Indian Ranji Trophy side Karnataka had won the inaugural Emerging Players Tournament in 2005, while South Africa won it in 2006 and 2007 before New Zealand denied them a hat-trick.


S Badrinath (Captain), M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Vice-Captain), Manoj Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, Pankaj Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan and Sudeep Tyagi. ■
Ergo Correspondent

MJ month on SS

ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

SS Music has dedicated this month to the king of pop, Michael Jackson. The channel will pay tribute to the late singer playing hit numbers from his album and bytes from fans. Reach Out, PCO and Just Connect will also play numbers. Also, their are MJ merchandises as prizes to be won.

23 good years, a celebration
utherland Global Services celebrated its 23rd birthday on July 1 at all its global locations. The company was incorporated in 1986 with its first office in the U.S., this at a time when Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) was at a budding stage. Today, the company has established itself as a leader in IT Enabled and Business Process Outsourcing market. The 23rd birthday celebrations were marked by humungous cakes being cut at each of the six Chennai centres. The largest cake weighed 230 kilos, which was cut in the Velachery office. The birthday celebrations also included special decorations, ethnic wear competitions for the employees and a live band that played throughout the night. Team photos were taken and the best dressed teams were rewarded.
Contributed by Rommel Mitchell

Dada’s day out

What the Budget has in store for you and me

tional Rs. 10,000 as surcharge.

Onlookers watch as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee delivers his budget speech in Parliament on the digital broadcast on the facade of the BSE. PHOTO: AFP

he Budget was a disappointment considering the huge expectations people had from it, but the positive point is that it has not created large disturbances. Here’s Pranab Mukherjee’s budget you should understand more:


Goodbye FBT
The painful Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) has been scrapped. This means your company will save close to 30 per cent of the expenses incurred on giving you a better work culture. Earlier, perks like travel, telephone and tickets sponsored by the company for personal travel, etc, were considered fringe benefits and taxed at 30 per cent of the amount deemed as fringe benefit. So, now you could now look forward to your company providing more perks. One of the major boosts would be Employee Stock Options (ESOPs) and superannuation schemes. full exemption from Income Tax. Also, any dividend paid will not have the Dividend Distribution tax and in case the NPS is involved in sale/purchase of equities, no Securities Transaction Tax will be applicable. Looks like it’s a good time to plan your retirement with the NPS!

Income Tax
The income tax slabs have been raised by Rs. 10,000 for tax payers and Rs. 15,000 for senior citizens. The taxable income will hence go down by Rs. 10,000. Based on this the new exemption limits will be: Rs. 1.6 lakh per annum for men; Rs 1.9 lakh per annum for women and Rs. 2.4 lakh per annum for senior citizens.

Take a break to study
Earlier the interest that we paid on educational loans was considered as a deduction. But, the hitch was that it was only for specific fields of study. The new act will provide relief to all fields of study after completion of schooling.

Deduction for dependents up
The deduction under Section 80-DD, which relates to maintenance, including medical treatment of dependents with severe disability, has been raised to Rs. one lakh from the present Rs. 75,000.

Away with surcharge
The surcharge on personal Income Tax has been abolished. Earlier, there used to be a surcharge of 10 per cent of your tax amount as payment to the government in case your taxable income was above Rs. 10 lakh. Meaning, if your tax payable was Rs. one lakh, you had to pay addi-

For spend-a-holics
LCD, TVs, branded jewellery and blankets will cost lesser. Mobile phones will probably be the same prices for another year on account of exemption of CVD. There is a lot of clarity that will come out in the next few days once the notifications are available. ■

The earnings of the National Pension Scheme have been given

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


The tale behind

Even a London restaurant has a chicken recipe named after it. The tale of Chennai’s Buhari Hotel is one of perseverance and smart business
ment and Buhari was forced to leave the country because of political tension between India and Ceylon. There started the businessman’s second innings in Madras, in 1951. Buhari launched Buhari Hotel on Mount Road, a major centre of trade. “With the help of chef Shamydeen my grandfather tried more than 200 recipes of biryani,” says Nawaz H. Buhari, one of Buhari’s grandsons who now runs the Mount Road joint.

Chicken 65, a tale
There are many anecdotes associated with this restaurant. They are known to be the pioneers of ‘Chicken 65’. “Apparently, it was the 65th item on the menu and the fry was made from a 65-day-old chicken,” says the director. “But in reality we started serving chicken fry from 1965. Until then it was only available with gravy. Since then we introduced many versions – Chicken 78, 82 and 90. But Chicken 65 is famous and has found a place in all non-vegetarian restaurants. Interestingly, my cousin found the item on the menu of a famous London restaurant and it was called Madras Buhari Chicken 65,” Nawaaz says.

Nawaaz H. Buhari, Director, Buhari Hotel. Photo: R. Ravindran

also claim that their grandfather was the first person to provide chilled water free of cost to his customers. “He introduced uniforms for his staff and table settings in his restaurant, which was only practised in star hotels then.” “At the Marina restaurant we had a jukebox, which attracted college students,” Nawaaz recalls. The hotel staff are mostly relatives of the family who are trained by the elders. “We have certain secret ingredients, which we don’t want to leak,” he explains. Well-known personalities who have visited the restaurant include actors Sridevi and Jayachitra and former CM Jayalalithaa’s mother and actress Sandhya. “The cassata icecream was a favourite with late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran,” Nawaaz adds. Buhari’s loyalists can now see a renovated fine-dining restaurant on Mount Road. “We also have plans to open restaurants in Malaysia and Australia in the near future.” ■
Made in Chennai is a column that showcases the evolution of home-grown businesses that began when the city was Madras.

Going places

xperimenting with 200 recipes of biryani before starting a restaurant is not an easy task, especially in 1950. But the late A.M. Buhari was a perfectionist, keen on providing the best to namma Chennai. Today, though he is no more, the Buhari family led by the third generation carries forward his legacy. Hailing from a lower middle-class family in Tirunelveli district, young Buhari had to go to Colombo to assist his uncle in a business in the preIndependence era. Buhari then came to know that Hotel Mardhana Buhari, surprisingly by his own name, was


on sale in the island nation. Though Buhari was not interested in the hotel business, he was pushed by his well-wishers to buy it. There started the birth of the Buhari restaurant in Colombo.

British influence
In the 1940s, Colombo was a major European colony. So, Buhari’s early customers were westerners, who turned out to be strict disciplinarians. This helped the school dropout learn the nuances of the hospitality industry. The biryani served in the hotel was a hit. The elite Sinhalese called it “Buhari rice” instead of biryani. Post-Independence, the hotel was taken over by the Sri Lankan govern-

By 1965, Buhari Hotel branched out to four places – Flower Bazaar, Central, Egmore and Marina – of which two are closed now. “Each area was dominated by a different community, so our hot-selling items were prepared in accordance with the local flavour,” says Nawaaz. The famous Buhari halwa was a recipe from Ceylon and it was made from wheat. Also, Buhari was the first person to prepare parotta with wheat instead of maida. The Buharis also own Hotel Imperial and Blue Lagoon Resort in Neelankarai. A.M. Buhari, who was conferred the title Sherif by Kalaignar Karunanidhi, was also offered the Padma Bushan, which he declined. He died at the age of 86. The third generation

1951 A.M. Buhari starts restaurant on Mount Road 1955 Flower Bazaar (now closed) 1957 Central 1958 Egmore 1965 Marina (now closed) 1956 Hotel Imperial 1982 Blue Lagoon Resort 2005 Tirunelveli 2007 Dubai

Prevent your PC from overheating

ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

PC users should clean out the fans on their computers before the summer really heats up. The dust that collects on the fans over time can reduce their effectiveness in cooling, leading to computer crashes from overheating. The easiest option is to simply vacuum the dust away from areas like the air intake grille on the rear of the PC, reports Munichbased Gamestar magazine. The vacuum head shouldn’t be held too close to the fans, however. Otherwise, the rotor bearings could be damaged.


BlackBerry introduces handsfree speaking option
quency zone between 20 hertz and 20 kilohertz. They cost 49.99 euros (70 dollars).


esearch in Motion (RIM) had car drivers in mind with the hands-free speaker option in its newest BlackBerry mobile device. The Visor Mount 605 attaches to the sunshade with a clip, allowing drivers to use their smartphone while driving. Data can be transmitted wirelessly with Bluetooth. The new phone costs 79.99 euros (112.50 dollars) at the official BlackBerry shop.

AVM presents new wireless USB sticks
AVM has presented a new line of WLAN sticks. Dubbed the Fritz!WLAN UBS Stick N 2.4, they support a standard 2.4 gigahertz WLAN frequency and allow data transmission at rates of up to 150 megabits per second. Installation is not necessary, since the stick comes prepackaged with all necessary files. The recommended price is about 49 euros (70 dollars).

entire bicycle path network, courtesy of the ADFC Nationwide German Bicycle Club. Version 4.0, an eightDVD set, is on the markets and retails for 49.90 (70 dollars). The new version allows specific route planning for all of Germany and can provide door-to-door directions.

JVC presents new Blu-ray player
JVC’s new Blu-ray player, the XV-BP1, includes USB, HDMI and LAN connections and can also access data via the Internet. JVC says the features make the player ready to fit into the multimedia home entertainment system of the future. The device supports the BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, BD/DVD Hbyrid, DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, Audio CD and CD-R/RW formats. ■

New cube-shaped speakers perfect for on the go
Verbatim’s new PC loudspeaker system come in a cube shape small enough to make them practical for people underway with a laptop. The Bluetooth Audio Cube allows wireless data transmission and measures a mere seven-centimetres wide. The loudspeakers can handle up to 4 watts of power and operate in a fre-

Navigation software lets cyclists map precise routes
The newest version of Tour Explorer 25, a navigation system from MagicMaps, includes data on Germany’s

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Take a break
Sitting at the computer for long hours will take a toll on your body. That’s why it’s important to get up, stretch, and move your legs from time to time. If you have trouble remembering, download a program such as Stretch Break (www.paratec.com), which will not only remind you to take breaks but also show you examples of how to move around to increase circulation.

otebooks are made to hit the road. But many people don’t actually travel very often with them - until vacation time, that is. Thieves love notebook computers and for many of the same reasons you do. They’re light, easy to transport, and they have a decent resale value. So before you go, be sure you’re not going to satisfy the needs of a notebook thief. First of all, consider ditching the notebook carrying case, since these scream “notebook computer” to everyone around you. Notebooks and their accessories are small these days, and they can fit just as easily in a less conspicuous carrying case, such as a backpack or inside of carry-on luggage. Of course, notebooks can be stolen in all sorts of ways, and some of those ways you really can’t prepare well for. So if you keep valuable or sensitive data on your notebook, consider investing in tracing software that will help you or the authorities locate your notebook, should it get stolen. Laptop recovery software includes packages such as Absolute Software’s LoJack for Laptops, PC PhoneHome or zTrace. These programmes spring into action once the thieves attempt to go online with your notebook. Depending upon the software, once the burglar goes online, either the notebook’s location is tracked, the computer is locked down, or the data on the notebook is deleted or encrypted. If the hard drive in your notebook computer is going to go belly up, the bumps and bruises of the road are likely to be the cause. So before you start moving, back up the data on your notebook computer. External storage today is cheap, and using an external hard drive for backups is as easy as plugging in a USB cable. So don’t put the task off. For critical data files, you may also want to consider using an online backup service, such as Mozy, which could make your most valuable data available to you from anywhere that you have an Internet connection. If you’ll need to use your notebook computer for long periods of time on battery power - as on a long flight, for instance you’ll need to think about how best to conserve power. First, before you go, assess the longevity of your notebook computer’s battery. Remember that older batteries lose their charge more quickly. By far the biggest power drain on a battery is the notebook’s LCD screen. Turning the LCD’s brightness down can help conserve battery power, as can setting the LCD up so that it powers off more quickly than when you’re at home. If your notebook computer is equipped with features you don’t use - such as Bluetooth or WAN - turn them off. Doing so will conserve yet more power and extend


the life of the battery. These days, a notebook computer without Internet access can be pretty useless, depending upon your needs. So scope out your access to the Internet before you leave, and make provisions for having no access well ahead of time. If you need Internet access only at a hotel, make sure that the hotel you stay at provides wireless or wired access. If wireless is the only access available, ask for a room as close to the wireless access point or router - as possible. If you need to stay connected while travelling by car, use a cellular data card for roving Internet access. This type of Internet connection is available anywhere that you can get cellular phone service. Contact your wireless provider for details. Finally, don’t forget to make a list of all of the little accessories that make you truly productive with your notebook. Do you rely, for example, on a compact flash or other digital card reader to get images into your notebook? Be sure to throw that in the bag. And will you be travelling to a foreign country where the electrical outlets are different? Get a universal power adapter at a local electronics store, and be sure to pack that. Everyone’s notebook toolkit is different. Just remember to take yours. ■

On the road with your notebook
Here’s a checklist of things to remember when you’re preparing your digital travel companion for the big trip

A model poses with a newlylaunched Lenovo notebook.

Nude airline safety video

ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

An airline in New Zealand has made moves to encourage its passengers to watch their safety videos - by featuring naked airline hostesses with uniforms painted on their bodies.

World’s steepest rollercoaster opens in UK
A rollercoaster, which was recently opened at a British theme park, has made it into record books as the world’s steepest ride. The terrifying Mumbo Jumbo, at Flamingo Land, near Malton, North Yorks, is a 98ft-high ride and is worth a whopping 4 million pounds. The roller-coaster plunges down at 112 degrees before twisting through a series of tight turns. “It puts us in the theme park premier league,” The Sun quoted chief executive Gordon Gibb as saying.

Oldest Bible goes online
The oldest surviving Christian Bible has been launched on the Internet, thanks to a painstaking conservation project involving institutions in the UK, Germany, Egypt, and Russia. Scholars will be able to view about half of the 1,600-year-old Codex Sinaiticus, meaning The Sinai Book, in one place for the first time since the manuscript has its home in four different libraries across the globe. Dr. Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the British Library, said that the wide availability of the document would boost many research opportunities. “The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world’s greatest written treasures. This 1,600-year-old manuscript offers a window into the development of early Christianity and first-hand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation,” the Scotsman quoted him as saying.

Scientists unveil robot rat
British scientists have developed a robot rat, which they claim can seek out and identify objects using its whiskers. A team from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the University of Sheffield has unveiled the ‘SCRATCHbot’ robot as part of a project to develop biologically inspired artificial intelligence systems. According to the scientists, the robot will help in understanding how the human brain controls the movement of the sensory systems and this technology relies on sophisticated touch technology, enabling the robot to function in spaces such as smoke-filled rooms, where vision cannot be used. The new technology has the potential for a number of further applications from using robots underground, under the sea, or in extremely dusty conditions, where vision is often seriously compromised, they said.

Caffeine reverses Alzheimer’s
Caffeine given daily to ageing mice with Alzheimer’s reversed their memory loss, says a new study. “The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable ’treatment’ for established Alzheimer’s disease, and not simply a protective strategy,” said study author Gary Arendash, University of South Florida (USF). “That’s important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease process,” he added. Buoyed by these findings, Florida researchers hope to begin human trials to evaluate their effectiveness in people with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s disease, said Huntington Potter, investigator for the caffeine studies.

Wanted: Doggy detectives
ame and Richy help bust drug smugglers and guard royal events in Thailand. These law enforcement volunteers are also great at sitting and fetching. The German shepherd and Labrador are graduates of a boot camp


for canines run by the Royal Thai Police to help pet owners with basic obedience training, but to also create a network of doggy detectives to boost its own ranks. “If the dogs can work, they can help society and its owners’ family. This is what we consider our success,” said police dog handler Lieutenant Colonel Chatchai Setthipanlan. “When dogs pass the elementary level, we train them on discipline, and then after they finish

the advanced level, we specify a particular field that we use for crime suppression tasks.” The force has only 33 professional police dogs, and this is the second year the volunteer programme has been conducted. Training stars with basic commands, such as “sit” and “wait.” Many pets do not go beyond this stage, Chatchai said. Chaiwat Ruangkittikul, the owner of the talented Richy and Jame, was one of a few whose

dogs finished the programme last year. Richy took part in guarding the cremation ceremony for one of the royals while Jame is in the narcotics squad. Chaiwat and his wife have also become volunteer police dog handlers. “The program was initiated to make police dogs familiar with civilians’ dogs so they can be united. They (police) want to encourage people to help society,” said Chaiwat. ■

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rabbit obsessive jailed
A woman has been arrested after she was banned from looking after rabbits and was found sitting in a hotel room with a dozen of the creatures.

Websites of the day
Advice for lovers in long-distance relationships http://www.lovingyou.com/content/advice/ldr/ Sarcastic? This is the place to be. http:// www.sarcasmsociety.com

Jason Jackson, a Michael Jackson tribute artist poses outside his Sydney home. PHOTO: AFP

Business booming for Aussie Jackson impersonator


e may be mourning the death of his idol but business is booming for Jason Jackson, Australia’s answer to the late King of Pop. The tribute artist, who has turned his Sydney home into a mini-Neverland Ranch, said he had been inundated with booking requests since the star’s death. “Before Michael Jackson’s passing I was, I would say, 50 to 70 percent booked,” he said. “Now I’m 200 percent.” Jackson, 35, changed his name by deed poll from Jason Zamprogno aged 18 and credits the Thriller icon with curing him of bone cancer.

He said the phone in his suburban home - decked out with concrete tigers, rhinos and elephants in homage to Neverland’s famous zoo - had been ringing off the hook. Hundreds of managers and agencies from Las Vegas to Beijing had called to make bookings, said Jackson, who performed an emotional moonwalk at a memorial concert on Saturday. “It’s been quite a rollercoaster for me, what happened with Michael. I was in such shock when the news broke out, I didn’t want to believe it,” he said. “Everyone wanted to sign me up and all I wanted to do

was grieve for Michael and it’s been very hard for me.” Jason Jackson has pursued his career since the tender age of 10, bringing the star’s trademark moves, tunes and costumes to weddings, nightclubs and corporate events. Diagnosed with bone cancer as a baby, the impersonator’s obsession began during a trip to hospital for treatment, when Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough came over the car radio. Inspired by the man he considered a “second father,” Jackson studied the pop legend’s footwork and taught himself to sing and dance. “I saw him doing Billie Jean

and I thought ’I want to be just like him,’ so I started to do talent quests, and I got over my cancer because of Michael,” said Jackson. “I had so much passion and I’ve built this (show) from nothing to something. Michael Jackson gave me the strength to do that.” Jackson’s “Michael Jackson Dance Spectacular” has played thousands of venues, including many of Sydney’s major arenas, and he believes the show will now be more popular than ever. “There’s something fantastic, it’s spectacle,” he explained. “When people go to one of his concerts they expect the

best showmanship that Michael can give, it’s amazing to watch, he’s got so much talent and so much charisma.” His promotional material boasts an “uncanny likeness to the King of Pop himself,” but it’s the spirit of his hero that Jackson values most. “I am not Michael Jackson but people look at me and go ’oh this guy’s got talent, this guy’s got the same thing as Michael,’ and it makes me happy to show what Michael can do,” he said. “I am very blessed and very honoured to pay tribute to him, the biggest artist in the world.” ■

Back at No. 1

ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Federer returned to the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, a day after winning Wimbledon by edging Andy Roddick 16-14 in the longest fifth set in Grand Slam final history. Federer moves up from No. 2, switching places with former No. 1 Rafael Nadal. A year ago at Wimbledon, Nadal beat Federer in the final and overtook him atop the rankings in August. That ended Federer’s record stay of 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Lee takes a leaf out of India’s book
Australian pacer Brett Lee has revealed that he managed to get devastating reverse swing against the England Lions after employing an Indian strategy. Lee bagged six wickets against the Lions which got him a place in the Ashes side. During Australia’s tour of India last October, pacers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan bowled with a scrambled seam so the ball would deteriorate and start to reverse swing quicker and Australia is planning to use the same strategy against England in the first Test. “Normally in Australia with greener wickets and greener outfields we tend to try to bowl seam up for the first 20 or 30 overs and then see what happens after that. Over here in England and in a place like the subcontinent, it is a little bit different,” Lee said. “We thought the first three or four overs, we would just see if the ball swings, but it didn’t swing a lot. So then we changed it around and bowled a bit across the seam to try to scuff it up and it started to go (reverse) after about 10 or 12 overs. We have worked with (bowling coach) Troy Cooley on different techniques to get the ball to swing. We have been working hard and hopefully that will pay dividends in the first Test,” he said.

Greatest Ever: Roger Federer holds the Wimbledon scrapping past Andy Roddick to win his 15th Gran on Sunday. PHOTOS: AFP

Death of an umpire
A cricket umpire died at the weekend after being hit on the head by a ball thrown by a fielder. Alcwyn Jenkins, 72, was officiating on Saturday in a local league match at the St Helen’s ground in Swansea, South Wales when the accident happened. He was airlifted to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Indians drop down
A second-round loss at the Wimbledon championships cost Sania Mirza seven places in the WTA singles ranking as the Indian slipped to 85 but maintained her 37th position in the doubles list. A failed bid at Wimbledon also affected Somdev Dev Varman’s and Prakash Amrittraj’s rankings as the former lost three places to be 132 and latter went down by five spots to be at 159. Somdev had lost his first qualifying round and Prakash faltered in the third and final round. Mahesh Bhupathi gained a place to be at eighth in the men’s doubles ranking courtesy a semi-final appearance at the All England Club and Leander Paes maintained his sixth position despite making a shock first round exit.

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In a way, I still feel like we share it, just because he was such a wonderful champion.
Federer on Pete Sampras

It’s great that tennis has someone like Roger. We always look at Roger, he and Tiger Woods are good friends, fighting to see who can have the best number of Grand Slams in golf and tennis.
Rod Laver

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

n trophy after nd slam title


Andy Roddick

He (Federer) was having trouble picking up my serve today for the first time ever. But you didn’t even get a sense that he was even really frustrated by it. He kind of stayed the course and just toughed it out. He gets a lot of credit for a lot of things, but not for how many matches he kind of digs deep and toughs out. He doesn’t get a lot of credit for that because it looks easy to him a lot of the times. But he definitely stuck in there today.

With the legends: Switzerland’s Roger Federer (second right) poses with the Wimbledon Trophy with former tennis champions Bjorn Borg (left) Pete Sampras (second L) and Rod Laver (right) after Fereder beat Andy Roddick of the US 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14, in the Men’s Singles Final of the 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club.

Notions of greatness
Federer comes full circle with sixth win


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He’s got 15 now. He could get 17, 18 when it’s all done. He’s a stud.
Pete Sampras

For me Roger is the greatest player ever who played the tennis game. We are going to see so much more of Federer in the future, he is going to win more grand slam tournaments.
Bjorn Borg

ix years after getting a taste for grand slam titles, Roger Federer returned to the scene of his first major triumph on Sunday to rewrite the record books. His titanic 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 ,3-6 ,1614 victory over admirable American Andy Roddick clinched a sixth Wimbledon men’s singles title and took his tally of grand slam triumphs to 15 – one more than seven-times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras who flew in from California to watch the epic on Centre Court. When he beat Australia’s Mark Philippoussis on the same rectangular lawn in 2003 it was clear that Federer was no one-hit wonder but even the absurdly talented Swiss could never have imagined that 14 more grand slam titles would follow. The sporting icon said he was glad that he had been able to carve another statistic in his remarkable career at the tournament he holds most dear. “I’m happy I broke the record

here because this is always the tournament that’s meant the most to me because of what we spoke about with my heroes and idols being so successful,” he told reporters. “It definitely feels like it’s come full circle for me, you know, starting it here and ending it here. Of course, my career is far from over. But it’s also nice to think especially so many legends were sitting there today.”

vous but with Pete it was a bit special. When he walked in and I saw him for the first time, I did get nervous. I said hello to him, which is unusual...I didn’t want to be rude. I know how much the record meant to him and he knows how much the record means to me.”

Monumental achievement
Asked how to describe the feeling of winning 15 grand slams, the 27-year-old Federer said it was “staggering”. “I knew what it took to win the big ones. But it’s crazy that I’ve been able to win so many in such a short period of time,” he said.

Surpassing the legends
Five-times champion Bjorn Borg was also in the Royal Box, as was four-times winner Rod Laver, but the presence of Pete Sampras, who arrived with wife Bridgette Wilson to generous applause after three games of the final, clearly pleased Federer, even if it added to the big-day nerves. “I used to get nervous when a friend would come watch me play as a kid, then it was my parents, then it was legends,” Federer, who was told on Saturday that Sampras was coming, said. “Today anybody can come and watch me play. I don’t get ner-

Next priority
With 15 grand slam titles in the bag, back at world number one after playing second fiddle to Rafael Nadal for nearly a year, life cannot get much better for Federer. “The next priorities? What do you think? Not tennis,” said Federer, whose wife Mirka will soon give birth to their first child. ■

Hungry for more


ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Always Potter
aniel Radcliffe has acknowledged that he will always be known as Harry Potter after starring in the movies inspired by J.K. Rowling’s books. He gave a classic example of the film Withnail and I to relate his case. “It’s a bit like Withnail and I. With Withnail and I, every year there is a group of students introducing the next lot to that film,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. The actor also revealed that he finds it hard to distinguish between the eight different films of the wizard franchise in which he has acted. He said: “They blend into one. Even with different directors. But in terms of the people I see every day, not much has changed – make-up and costume has been pretty much the same right the way through. So it doesn’t feel like huge amounts of change.” Radcliffe also hinted at what to expect from his character and his experience with headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film. He added: “It has always been very much that of student and teacher. Now it is soldier and general. Probably the note I got more than any other on this shoot was a reminder of how high the stakes are.” The sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will soon hit the screens in London. ■

Cruise celebrates 47th birthday



om Cruise celebrated his 47th birthday with a soccer game in his ex-wife Nicole Kidman’s native country, Australia. The actor swapped a Hollywood birthday bash in favour of some quality time with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri in Australia as he turned 47 on Friday (July 3), Female First reported. Cruise caught an AFL (Australian Football League) match between between Geelong and St. Kilda at Docklands from a private box before heading off for a quiet family meal in Melbourne. The star became a huge fan of the game when he split his time between the U.S. and Australia during his 10year marriage to Kidman. Cruise will be spending a lot more time in the country to be with wife Holmes who would be busy filming her next movie, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, in Melbourne. ■

Guess who’s back, back again


apper Eminem is making a return to Hollywood after seven years with the comedy Funny People. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, won critical acclaim for his role in the autobiographical movie 8 Mile in 2002, but put his acting career on hold to focus on music, reports contactmusic.com. Now the singer is picking up where he left with the small part in Judd Apatow’s latest project. He will appear on the big screen alongside Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana and Jonah Hill. ■

Actor Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Katie can dance
Katie Holmes’ choreographer for her special performance on the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance says that the actress is a brilliant dancer. “She’s really blossoming into a gorgeous triple-threat star, so, I’m excited. I saw clips of it and it’s brilliant,” People magazine quoted choreographer Mia Michaels as saying.

Kailash Kher’s organic album


inger Kailash Kher, who shot to fame with the famous ‘Allah Ke Bande’, says his new album Kailasa Chaandan Mein is organic as only traditional instruments were used in creating its music. “We have not used any electronic instruments in Kailasa Chaandan Mein. I would rather call it an organic album as only instruments like morchang, ektara, chimta, kartaal, mandolin, saaz, ud, bagal-bachcha and ravan hatha were used in all the songs,” says the singer. “This is also the first time that my album has been released worldwide. I have dedicated this album to my father, who is no more,” he adds. The album, which has music by Kailash, Naresh and Paresh, is a compilation of eight songs. Kher’s song ‘Allah ke Bande’ from the movie Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, made him a household name in 2002. His last two albums Kailasa and Kailasa Jhoomo Re were also record sellers. He has also composed music in films like Daasvidaniya and Akshay Kumar-starrer Chandni Chowk to China. Talking about the video of the latest album, he says, “‘O Jee’ is the video song shot in the holy city Pushkar in Rajasthan. The director Rajat Nagpaal has done a very good job.” On the usage of unique words in his songs, he says, “I have grown singing bhajans of sant Kabir, sant Raidas and Guru Nanak. So I try using those words in my songs too. And these words are not something new but very much Hindustani.” ■

Cine City
Gautham delays his upcoming flick
It seems Gautham Menon is not keen on finishing his Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya soon. The shooting of the movie with Silambarasan and Trisha in the lead roles, which started with a bang, has slowed down now. And the reason was that Menon, who wanted to release the movie in Tamil and Telugu, had planned to cast Mahesh Babu in Telugu. Since the actor’s dates were not available for a couple of months, the director had slowed the process. He is firm on his decision to release the movies together, as he thinks that any one of them releasing earlier would affect the chances of the later release, especially if the box office results were not favourable.

Mano’s sons enter tinsel town
Singer Mano is all set to introduce his two sons in tinsel town. Shaheer and Rafiq will be crooning for the Tamil version of the Telugu film, Bujjigadu, starring Prabhas and Trisha. Mano’s home banner, Lakshmi Venkateshwara, has bought the dubbing rights of the movie titled in Tamil as Kumaran Rajini Rasigan. The songs have already been recorded at Nivetha Studios in the city. The movie directed by the Puri Jagannath will hit theatres soon.


ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday’s Query: Actor Vijay is rumoured to start a new political party. Help ’Ilaya thalapathy’ to coin a party name.
■ Varutha padatha vaalibar sangam
Asathkani.M TCS, Vijayan Rsystems, Syed Ali Shell Transource

■ Remake munnetra kalagam
Subramanian.K Wipro, Rajkumar RRD

■ Youngster political party
J.Arunkumar, Shell Transource

■ Cinema rasigargal tharkolai katchi
Raghav, Tata Consultancy Services

Senthil from Nittany has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This photo was clicked at Queens Land.

■ Remake munnetra kazhagam
R.Jayashree, Tata Consultancy Services

■ Pokkiri murpokku dravida kalagam
Rajeshkumar.P, Tata Consultancy Services

■ Naadika thaeriyathoor munaetra kalagam
Mohan Raj, Tata Consultancy Services

■ Ilaya Thalapathy comedy kalagam
Jelin Packia Dhas.D, Allsec

■ Ilaya Thalapathi Ilaingar Munnetra Kalagam
Baskar, Ponmudi, Nantha, Siva.S Tata Consultancy Services

■ Panam kodhuthu padam voottuvor kazagam
Balaji, Wipro

■ Akila indhiya gilli kalagam
Karthik, Indus Ind

Murugan and Saravana from Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has nominated their team as Partners in Crime. This picture was clicked at Siruseri office during the Ethinic Day Celebration.

■ Agila inthya thalapathy kazhagam
Sureshkumar.J Shell Transource

■ Varuthapadatha remake kazhagam

■ Praja Rajyam. Asusual bringing the latest Telugu hits to Tamil
Aravindkumar, Cognizant

■ Ilaingar murpokku kazhagam
S.Subhashini, TCS-eserve

Today’s Query: Your favourite shopping spot in Chennai and why you like it.

Mohan Rengaraju from RBS Group has nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked at Queens Land theme park.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Latha has been nominated as Office Angel by her team member Prem from California Software.
She is the most enthusiastic girl in our project. She always carries smile on her face and organizes fun events to make others relax. She is a very jovial and sweet hearted person with helping mind.

■ Hi Umapathy, Many More Happy Returns of The day!! May god bring all the success in the year ahead!!
Best Wishes, Your Friends!!

■ Hey Mahendra! Wishing you another wonderful year of happiness and joy. Happy Birthday! Have fun!
Cheers, BODC-TechComm Team

■ Hi Raj, On your birthday, I wish for you the fulfilment of all your fondest dreams. I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise. I wish for you that whatever you want most in life, it comes to you, just the way you imagined it, or better. I’m so glad you were born, because you brighten my life and fill it with joy. Happy Birthday!
R.Ranjan of Cognizant Technology Solutions doodled it. The sketch had appeared earlier under some one else’s name. It was an oversight on our part to have not verified it properly. It is sad that some people indulge in this sort of cheap tricks to steal the limelight. But credit is given where it is due. Congrats Ranjan on your artwork Editor
With Loving friend S. Barakkathullah Firstsource Solutions Ltd. Tidel Park

■ Dear Hema, MANY MORE HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY ! May this year bring with it all the success and fulfillment your heart desires. Wishing you all the great things in life, hope this day will bring you an extra share of all that makes you happiest.
Greets, ITC team - Verizon

Belated Wishes
■ Dear Rasgulla, On this wonderful day, We wish you fine and simple pleasures. We wish you many years of laughter. We wish you all of life’s best treasures. May each new birthday be the best one ever for you; You deserve it! Happy Birthday Dear..
With Loads of Wishes Senthil, Nisha,Bala, Nithya, Nitya, Yogitha, Ajanth, Lokesh, Kamal, Gopi, Matrum AHD 08 ILP Mates

1. Rendu poochi night walking pochu Apa oru poochi ku romba kuliruchu enoru poochiki kulirula.... Yen????? yenna athu "kambali" poochi 2. man1:yen da saapidum pothu fan a off panra?? man2:enga appa enna vervai sindhi saapida sonnaru!!!! man1:???? Thanks and regards:
Saravanan V HCL

■ Dear Abhi, Lumos !!! Let dis light enlighten your life and make it as flavoured as Bertie’s Flavoured beans...N hey beware !! Have cast Wingardium Leviosa to make objects fall on ur head anytime u remain sad so better watch out :) U’ve been a grt frnd... Keep Smilin !!Wish u a wonderful b’day n a year filled wit happiness....
Cheers to our friendship !!! Shiva. Sivashankar Natarajan Tata Consultancy Services


ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Knife man disarmed with deodorant
A taxi driver who was threatened with a knife to his neck by a passenger in Chicago, Illinois escaped from injury by spraying the man’s eyes with deodorant.


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Word’s worth
Scabilonian (skab-uh-loh-neeun) the OED glosses this word as a contemptuous term for some kind of garment.

Remote control stops fire
A woman in Zurich called the fire brigade because she thought her TV set was on fire. When they arrived they realised it was simply an image on the screen and turned it off using her remote control.

Ganesha wants you to be careful with expectations from superiors as it might lead to disappointment. Just for today, try to avoid important projects, rather concentrate on pending work. On the romantic front, be prepared for tough times.

Ganesha thinks you might depend heavily on your lucky charm today. In case luck doesn’t show up you seem to be ready to achieve results by hook or crook. For matters of heart, you tend to have a subtle and sacrificing attitude.



Perfection is definitely hard to attain. You will realise this when confusions crop up with work and work related strategies. Nevertheless, as hours pass by, you will regain the ability to take proper decisions.

Your mind today will be charged up for creative stuff. Hence when ideas come naturally to you, taking decisions might seem a little difficult. Ganesha advises you to be firm. You seem to develop amiable relations with everyone around you.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
Ganesha feels that inspite of spending good times with colleagues; you might choose to remain low profile. The day would be spend working on your weak points, as far as work is concerned. Do not try to woo the opposite sex too much today.




Ganesha feels you might be worried about domestic affairs, but work won’t get disturbed as work will keep you busy. In meetings, you might have to agree to the views of other members. But at home you will have a fantastic time.

Today is favourable day for technical and developmental work. Ganesha feels it is a favourable day for you where you will be super charged at work and equally pleasant with family members! Have a ‘happy’ day!

New ventures and projects might achieve fast success or progress rapidly today, thinks Ganesha. You tend to be innovative and creative today, making it a good day at work. On the romantic front, you might be more aggressive and possessive.

You might feel as if you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Your usual happy-go-lucky self might feel upset and low at work. Since emotions are already on a high, you might express the same for your beloved. Romance on the prowl!

Ice-cream and hot tea might seem like a weird combination, but you might end up thinking about stuff like that today. Ganesha feels you might face something called ‘battle of grey cells’ today. Not to worry as the second half of the day is much better.


Ganesha thinks you will be able to carry out all the pursuits fruitfully. Though the first part of the day might just seem mundane, the later part might be exciting. In personal life, expect good moral support from your partner.

Recharge yourself back to life, says Ganesha. You might think of doing something new, but the way ahead will be full of confusion and difficult to attain. Ganesha advises you to apply brakes to your thought machine for a day more.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

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ERGO Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Spanish matador Jose Tomas is caught by a bull during a bullfight at the Plaza Monumental bullring in Barcelona. PHOTO: AFP

A young girl attends a dance class during their summer holidays in Hefei, in eastern China’s Anhui province. PHOTO: AFP

Actors Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone during the Tata Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament at CCI, in Mumbai. PHOTO: PTI

Members of aid agency Oxfam are dressed like ancient Romans and wear masks of the Group of Eight (G8) leaders as they eat grapes and recite ancient poems while huge flames in the background symbolise the destruction of Rome at the Circo Massimo in Rome, two days before a G8 summit in the Italian city of L’Aquila. PHOTO: AFP