Thursday, July 9, 2009

chasing the elusive FREE CIRCULATION
Vol. 3 No. 128

Keeping the stories alive
Less than a year after Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan died fighting terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a group of youngsters take forward his and many more jawans’ stories through an online platform
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Two for the road The Mitsubishi Cedia Sports
Great Driving Challenge is for all enthusiastic couples to explore their favourite road map

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ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Take me home
Mister Grey is a sophisticated kitty who enjoys relaxing on the couch and sipping warm milk from his saucer. To adopt him or his siblings, call 9884097862.

SANOG in Chennai
he Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) is hosting the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) in the city from July 15 to 23. The aim of the nine-day event is to disseminate the latest technological trends and to give networking opportunity to ISPs/Network Operators. Organised for the third time in the South Asia Region, the event promises to attract many enthusiasts. The event will see participants from across Asia, the U.S. and Europe. The nine-day programme will cover topics like IPv4 and IPv6 Routing, BGP Multi-homing, Peering and IXP, understanding, identifying and migrating network attacks, etc. In all, SANOG promises to be the destination for all Internet and managed service providers, carriers, system integration organisations to debate, listen to and interact with experts.
Ergo Correspondent

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What, When, Where
What: SANOG-14 When: July 15-23 Where: Hotel Green Park Who can attend: Engineers working in NOC, Data Centre, IT/Networking engineers, CEOs, CTOs, etc. For details email Shankar Vridhagiri at shankar.0088@gmail.com or call 98842 66999; Puneet at puneet@ispai.in / 9811304099. Website: www.ispai.in/sanog14

Female Doberman is one of the three Dobermans at the shelter

Female Pomeranian

An adult female German Shephard

Male Terrier

A friendly Yorkshire Terrier

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Less than a year after Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan died fighting terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a group of youngsters take forward his and many more jawans’ stories through an online platform


emember the fables of Birbal and Akbar, Krishnadevarayar and Tenaliraman that your granny used to narrate? Twenty-one-year-old Nandini Sathyamoorthy is like a granny for many children at various orphanages in Chennai. But the stories she narrates are not about Akbar or Tenaliraman, but of martyrs from the Indian Army. A student of physiotherapy at Vel’s College of Physiotherapy, Nandini along with a group of youngsters from different cities visit orphanages and schools to narrate paeans of soldiers who died fighting for the country. ‘Mission Sandeep’ is a drive to spread peace and patriotism through stories of bravery and valour. Above all, it is also a tribute to the brave, young NSG Commando, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life last November in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Immediately after the Major’s demise, eight youngsters from various parts of the city started this mission through a website www.sandeepunnikrishnan.org.

“The only prerequisite to join this group is one has to be ready to contribute to the mission to bring in a change"
nai, the members meet on weekends to discuss their monthly agenda. Funds are collected from members’ city wise for their various expenditures, which include donation through books, cupboards, food, clothes, and social visits. For those who cannot contribute their mite, the online presence is a dynamic medium. Biju Krishnan, a marketing executive in the U.K., regularly keeps track of the community as well as donates funds for their activities. “We have just begun by taking up small community activities. Sacrifices of brave soldiers shouldn’t be hidden behind those who simply talk about peace,” he says. K. Unnikrishnan, father of late Major, who keeps tab of the activities being done in the name of his son feels that as far as it goes with a good intention, such platforms can be welcomed. “I am happy that though my son is not with me, his sacrifices and initiatives have been made him immortal through www.sandeepunnikrishnan.org. There are many soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the nation. But how many of us know their brave deeds? The team’s effort to spread peace and patriotism shows the fire in today’s youth.” ■

Eight and Growing
Zaheer Abbas, Anurag Chathurvedi, Ambika, Tarannum and Biju Krishnan are among those who initiated the idea. “We recount stories about soldiers in a lively manner for children to remember, this is besides distributing food and clothes,” says Nandini, the main coordinator from Chennai. Today the community has 1600 volunteers. The website is maintained by moderators from different fields including software engineers, army officers, doctors and students. “The only prerequisite to join this group is one has to be ready to contribute to the mission to bring in a change,” says Zaheer Abbas, one of the founders based in Rajasthan.

Anurag Chaturvedi (right), member of Mission Sandeep, with Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s parents.

Celebrating late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s 32nd Birthday at an orphanage by Mission Sandeep members

One of their recent biggest events was celebrating the late Major’s birthday. “We conducted competitions like poetry writing and poster making at various orphanages. The best poster was gifted to Major Sandeep’s father,” says Anurag Chaturvedi, a software engineer based in Bangalore. Chennai, Hyderabad, Nasik and Pune are some of the cities where the mission is very active. In Chen-


ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Stolen wallet from 1982 reappears
A wallet that was stolen in New York in 1982 has been found inside a tree, with only $20 missing - all of the lady’s credit cards were still in the purse.

Hitler tree faces the axe
An oak tree planted in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday may soon face the axe if the local mayor has her way. Authorities in Jaslo in rural southeastern Poland discovered the origins of the tree when plans were lodged to fell it to make way for a traffic roundabout. “We obtained information that this is no ordinary tree but was put here to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday,” said Jaslo’s mayor, Maria Kurowska. “So should I try to improve our town’s communications or should I allow a memorial to that criminal to remain standing? The choice is simple for me.”

Youth held for threatening Sania
A youth was arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to Sania Mirza and creating nuisance at her residence here demanding to cancel her engagement, police said. Mohammed Ashraf, (28) a civil engineering student, who claimed to be in love with Sania, was allegedly sending messages and making threatening calls to Sania’s mobile phone asking her to stop her engagement, Banjara Hills police said quoting a complaint lodged by Sania’s father Imran Mirza. Ashraf went to Sania’s house at Banjara Hills and reportedly had an argument with her father asking him to cancel Sania’s engagement stating that he was in love with Sania, a senior police officer said. “We had already put up a police picket at Sania’s house after her father’s complaint. Ashraf was arrested after he created nuisance at their house,” he said.

Say hello to pre-cooked eggs
For those who lack the most basic culinary skills, or are simply too lazy to boil an egg, you have your prayers answered, for ready-to-eat free-range eggs are just around the corner. The Happy Egg Company has struck deals with supermarkets, and is offering eggs “cooked to perfection” in packs of two or four. The shell is also removed for those who have trouble peeling an egg. “Happy Boiled Eggs are the perfect solution for people who love free range eggs but don’t have the time or knack to prepare a boiled egg,” the Telegraph quoted Rob Newell, marketing chief at the firm, as saying. “As the summer months approach, we are confident they will be a real hit for picnics and offer fresh inspiration to those wanting a tasty and nutritious snack in minutes,” he added.

Miniskirts biggest eyesore in S Korean workplace
Almost three-quarters of South Korean male office workers feel uncomfortable when female colleagues show too much leg or cleavage in the workplace, a survey has revealed. A poll of 1,254 employees by the job portal site CareerNet found that 74 percent of men felt upset with the attire of their female coworkers. Some 56 percent of them cited micro-miniskirts as their chief complaint, while 51 percent objected to excessive cleavage. Women meanwhile complained mostly of stains on the shirts and ties of their male colleagues.

MJ, King of Facebook


acebook said that its users were at times firing off 6,000 comments per minute as they watched Michael Jackson’s memorial online at CNN Live. “The 6,000 is just for CNN Live,” said Facebook marketing directory Randi Zuckerberg. “It is significantly higher than that when you factor in E! Online, ABC, and MTV, which each have their own Facebook Connect implementations.” The same technology used to stream CNN coverage of US President Barack Obama’s inauguration - Facebook Connect -

allowed people to watch the Jackson memorial in CNN Live video players. Facebook status updates, essentially brief posted thoughts at given moments, related to the inauguration peaked at 8,000 per minute at the start of Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Zuckerberg expected the Jackson tally to eclipse that record. “The most interesting thing is how many people are writing in internationally,” Zuckerberg said, referring to Facebook updates from Switzerland, Israel, Britain and Barbados posted just seconds earlier. Facebook posts during the me-

morial included a user identified as Elycia Cook of Japan saying “I am at work in my MJ T-shirt trying to get something done between the tears and popping in and off of CNN.” Another Facebook user theorised that in many parts of the world, “nothing will be getting done right now.” Online video news traffic in the United States, Europe, and other places on the globe surged above normal during the memorial, according to Akamai Technologies, which specialises in delivering data online. ■

A screen grab of the live streaming of the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Michael Jackson on its way to the Staples centre in Los Angeles. PHOTO: AFP/FACEBOOK/CNN

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Viagra-laced coffee seized
Over 900 boxes of a coffee laced with viagra have been seized in Malaysia - the product was advertised as an energy booster.

Websites of the day
Check out the stunning diverse regions Thailand has to offer: http://www.tourismthailand.org/ Elephants are an endangered species. Find out what you can do to help: http://www.save-the-elephants.org/

o an outsider, the complicated world of cricket can seem mundane and impenetrable and the last thing that a rock musician would write an album about. But this has not deterred Irish musical all-rounders Neil Hannon, best known for his work with The Divine Comedy, and Thomas Walsh, member of the band Pugwash, from taking up the challenge. Performing under the name Duckworth Lewis Method, after the complex mathematical technique used to set a target for raininterrupted matches, the pair have penned a tribute to the ancient game, just in time for the Ashes. “There’s a complete absence of cricket songs,” Hannon said. “Because of its long and varied history it lends itself to good writing. There’s so many subtleties to it.” They are bidding to join a limited group of cricket-themed songs, including 10CC’s hit Dreadlock Holiday featuring the line I don’t like cricket, I love it, and Lord Beginner’s 1950 calypso hit Victory Test Match, written after the West Indies first Test win on English soil. The album’s release this week coincides with the start of the oldest and most bitterly fought sporting competition in world sport. England and Australia will


do battle over five Tests, potentially 150 hours of fierce competition, to claim the coveted urn, which is currently held by Australia. “I think England ought to win but I wouldn’t like to venture by how much,” Hannon said. “Half the reason we made this album about cricket is that it represents something that goes against the incredible pace of modern existence,” he added. “You can just sit and exist, it’s like meditation.” “We’re living in a Twittery world where everything is ridiculously instant and pared down to the minutest degree,” bandmate Walsh added. “Cricket is the complete opposite of that.” The surge in popularity of cricket in Ireland, where it was long derided as a symbol of British colonialism, has been due to impressive performances by the national team and the popularity of Twenty20, the shortest form of the game. “Maybe people will stop thinking of cricket as just an English thing because it’s not. If that was the case why do so many ex-empire countries play it and beat England regularly.” “People are coming to us and saying ’I’ve always loved the game, I’ve just been afraid to say it,’” Walsh added. “Ireland beating Pakistan (during the 2007 One Day

World Cup) on St Patrick’s Day was incredible.” “We’re not making any political statement, it’s just good that countries took the game from Britain and said: ’We can play it this way.’ That’s what makes the game brilliant.” There is concern among fans that the razzmatazz and instant excitement of Twenty20 cricket, which rewards risk-taking and power-hitting, could dilute the appeal of the more studious five-day Test match version. “It’s a worry but I think there’s a large enough number of real fans who know that Test cricket is the absolute pinnacle of sport,” Hannon claimed. The duo, who picked their name as it sounded like “a psychedelic band name of the highest order,” have received glowing endorsements from ex-

players Michael Atherton and leading cricket commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins. “They (Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis) sent us a lovely mail saying: ’We’re very honoured you took the name, we think the album’s great and wish you every success’,” Walsh said. One player yet to respond is former England captain Mike Gatting, who is the subject of the track Jiggery Pokery, which deals with the batsman’s ignominious dismissal by then unknown leg-spinner Shane Warne. The “ball of the century,” delivered during the first Test of the 1993 Ashes series in Manchester, signalled the arrival of the greatest leg-spinner of all time and helped to cement 16 years of Australian Ashes dominance. ■

Frank Duckworth (L) and Tony Lewis the inventors of the DuckworthLewis method.

DuckworthDuckworthLewis aim Lewis aim to reign to reign album charts album charts

Lightning Bolt

ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jamaican athletics phenomenon Usain Bolt recorded the fourth fastest time in history in the 200 metres of 19.59 seconds in Lausanne at the Grand Prix meeting despite it pouring with rain. The 22-year-old triple Olympic champion –world record holder both at 100m and 200m – eased home 82hundreths of a second ahead of the United States’ 400m Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt.

A couple of close finishes and a few untimely crashes have made sure that Force India’s Adrian Sutil is yet to score his first championship points in the F1 circuit. But the German is still clinging on to hope and remains confident, Ayon Sengupta finds out
he next Grand Prix takes place on your home soil in Germany. What does it mean to race in front of your home crowd?
The German Grand Prix is always a special event for me and to race at the Nurburgring has a great feeling. The atmosphere is really special there it’s perhaps one of the most famous circuits in the world.


has gone so far?
I think it’s been a good season so far. We have been able to finish a lot of races and in the last two or three events it was possible to go into Q2, which was a big success for us. For sure the last race in Silverstone was a bit disappointing as it was an important race with our new updates and we had an incident in qualifying. Without this I think we could have been really close to the points, or even in the points. But overall we are making progress and that’s the most important.

How do you rate the circuit?
I like it a lot. It’s a good circuit that can be quite tricky to get right. There’s a lot of banking and the corners make it difficult to find a good set up as the car behaves differently in different corners, it surprises you.

What can we expect from you in Germany?
Q2 would be very nice and hopefully it would be enough for some points. It’s definitely time to get a few. Let’s see what the other teams have updatewise as I expect maybe one or two to move a bit to the front and we don’t have a major update this time round. But we were pretty strong in Silverstone and I expect to be similar in Germany. ■

Have you raced there many times in your career?
I have a lot of memories from the track. It’s where I did my racing licence, and one of the first circuits I drove on with a racing car. I’ve raced there in nearly all the categories I’ve done in my career, so Formula BMW, F3 and now F1 of course, so nearly every step up the ladder has been at the Nurburgring.

Did Michael Schumacher influence you as a young rookie?
Yes for sure. When I started racing he was at the highpoint of his career so I always saw him winning. He was a really impressive driver, a complete package, and is still a hero for a lot of drivers in Germany. He was really pushing the sport up there. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times now but it’s always a special thing to meet him.


How do you see your season


Thursday, July 9, 2009


Wasim Akram

Mohammed Yousuf scoring a ton in his comeback Test is a way of telling the selectors that how great a player he is. A player like Yousuf cannot be kept out of the team. Yousuf is a kind of player who can fit into any side of the world. I think, he is a long-race horse.
The Format

Videocon comes calling
The electronics giant wins bid for Indian franchise of World Series of Boxing

iving a rest to speculation, Videocon Industries Ltd. on Wednesday confirmed their role as the promoters of the World Series of Boxing’s Indian franchise. The Indian multinational came top in the bidding process, where the minimum value for the franchise was set at $10 million. It is believed Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher group as well as national cricket and hockey team sponsor Sahara were interested to join the bandwagon. “We are excited and enthusiastic about our association with WSB. Through this partnership we would want the Indian audience and boxers to experience a sea change by taking Indian boxing to the next level,” Pradeep Dhoot, President, Videocon Industries Ltd., said. “Our commitment to boxing is long-term and we will invest in promoting the sport by developing boxing rings and gyms across the country. We also intend to pro-


mote the game at grass-root level through schools and colleges.” Set on the lines of the very successful IPL franchise model, the event is expected to be a global hit, bridging the gap between professional and amateur boxing. Citing India’s growing importance in the world boxing map, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President and WSB Chairman, said: “India has tremendous potential and the confirmation of a franchise-holder from there illustrates that fact. With a huge support base and a growing talent list India can usher in a new era in boxing.” According to initial reports, Delhi will host the team, which will have a minimum of 10 boxers. Modelled after professional boxing, the pugilists will fight in five rounds of three minutes each without vests and headgears. Giving us a preview of the adrenaline rush, boxer Akhil Kumar said: “Amateurs like us will need a lot of heart to fight in WSB. Fighting without headgear can be a scary

proposition but boxing is not for the fainthearted. Wherever you are, be it an amateur ring or professional ring, there is going to be pain and we have to take a conscious decision.” The move, though scary for longtime amateur boxers, is all set to bring in a financial windfall. “Each boxer will be selected after the world championship and stands to gain something between Rs. 15 lakh and Rs. 1.5 crore. Such high income on a regular basis was unthinkable for boxers in the country even yesterday,” Akhil said. “And because of the franchise system there will be a greater demand for a reserve pool and more and more individuals will find a way to sustain themselves by boxing. There would be more to look forward to than a government job.” Akhil, along with Beijing bronze medallist Vijender Kumar, is expected to be part of the initial list of 100 boxers to be put up for auction at the end of the World Championships in Milan this September. ■

Team Competition Teams in each region will compete against each other during the regular season. Each team will play its regional rivals four times – twice at home and twice away – resulting in a total of 12 matches per team. Each match will consist of five individual bouts, including one in each weight class. The top team from each of the three regions, plus a fourth (2nd best finisher) team, will face each other in a playoff format to determine the World Championship team. ● Individual Championships The individual championships for each weight class will take place after the conclusion of the playoff series. The top two boxers in the regular season will compete for the individual title of world champion. ● The Five Weight Categories Bantam Light Middle Light Heavy Heavy ● Schedule Sep-Dec 2010 Regular Season Jan 2011 Play-off Series Feb-Mar 2011 Exhibition Matches Apr 2011 Individual Championship Bouts ● Rules & Scoring The bout will be of five rounds, which would be three minutes each. The scores will be awarded by three judges on a 10-point system to be announced at the end of each bout. The boxers will not wear any headgear or vests.

Olympian Akhil Kumar flanked by Asian Boxing Championship silver medallist Thokchom Nanao Singh (left) and bronze medallist Jitender Kumar (right) celebrate another medal haul by Indian pugilists. PHOTO: PTI

CR’s cars for sale

ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo is putting three of his luxury cars up for sale for 195,000 pounds. According to The Sun, his close friends also believe that he plans to sell his four million pound mansion in Cheshire. First up for grabs are his Bentley Continental GT Speed (114,950 pounds), Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Tiptronic S (69,995 pounds) and Mercedes C220CDI (10,795 pounds).

Is it Leh, the Himalayas, North East or Ooty that you wanted to explore on road? The Mitsubishi Cedia Sports
Great Driving Challenge

Two for the
registrations from across India, with Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi topping the participants’ list.

invites all enthusiastic couples to decide the route

The Great Driving Challenge (TGDC) is a Web-centric campaign for couples. The challenge is to drive 3,000 km in 10 days and tell the world about your travel in the most interesting way by tweeting and blogging about it. But, for that challenge you need to cross various hurdles (read stages). Starting from completing the registration form answering questions in the most creative fashion to gathering the maximum votes and writing the best profile of the couple, it’s a long process before three winners are short-listed to vroom on the sports car. So, essentially your passion for driving comes later, before which you need to impress the jury with the best credentials and testimonials. “You need to be a travel and automobile enthusiast, plus harness the power of technology to win the challenge,” says Rajesh Chokhani of Experience Commerce, the campaign designer. “This is more a Web-based reality show conducted for the first time.”

The road not taken... Sounds clichéd? Well, the much-loved poem of Robert Frost sums up our life story in more ways that one. Our work, passion and interest have taken us to places far and wide. Be it rugged NCC camps or a sophisticated business trip, our travels have given us rare and interesting insights into myriad forms of culture. Our travel plan: We are working on a concept of a ‘Freedom

Trail’ covering five states and one UT, starting from Mumbai. The last leg of the trip will follow the famous Dandi March route from Sabarmati in Gujarat to Dandi in Maharashtra. During the course of the trip, we aim to celebrate our freedom movement and pay tributes to the scores of inspirational individuals who led from the front. – Sowmya and Guru

passion for the roads, curiosity to explore inaccessible places and an undying spirit to travel, to name a few, have brought thousands of couples like Sowmya and Guru to the Mitsubishi Cedia Sports Great
Driving Challenge, organised by


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Write your way
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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Royal entry
Prince William left onlookers grasping for breath recently as he made a royal entry for a charity event on his black Ducati 1198s motorcycle. The 27-year-old British Royal caused a stir as he arrived at Coworth Park club in Ascot, Berkshire, for a charity polo match, wearing red and black leathers and a crash helmet with a blacked-out visor.

Yamaha launches Fazer
The 153 cc vehicle is priced Rs 72,000


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apanese two-wheeler maker Yamaha on Monday launched its new bike ’Fazer’ 153cc at a price of Rs 72,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company also inaugurated its new facility at Surajpur (Uttar Pradesh) which will also be used to make Frazer and other models, India Yamaha Motor said in a statement. “It gives us great pride to say that we have reached yet another milestone in the history of India Yamaha Motor as we inaugurate the new plant and launch Fazer,” India Yamaha Motor Chief Executive Officer and MD Yukimine Tsuji said. The Fazer has been positioned along with the company’s existing FZ portfolio bikes – FZ16 and FZ-S. “The new Fazer is the latest addition in our portfolio of technologically superior bikes including YZF-R15, FZ16 and FZ-S which exhibit Yamaha’s global ingredients — performance, innovation and design — and are the best prod-

ucts currently in the market,” Tsuji said. The new Surajpur plant will have the capacity to produce six lakh motorcycles annually including Fazer and other models. ■

Website lets you configure baby Rolls-Royce before it debuts
The company’s website gives a detailed preview of the vehicle


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he new Rolls-Royce Ghost has not even made its official debut, but potential buyers can already configure a personal version of the “baby Roller” online. The company’s website “visualiser” gives a detailed preview of the exquisite automobile which has been seen at car salons in Geneva and Shanghai this year but not in the showrooms. It will probably be launched at this autumn’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The feature allows users to click on an image of the stylish limousine and choose from a variety of colours and sumptuous trim options, including bold deep purple and metallic turquoise paintwork. Customers can combine these shades with a bonnet sprayed in contrasting satin silver. These new hues hint at a different clientele for the Mercedes S-class-sized limousine which is the first entry-level model from Rolls-Royce. Company CEO Tom Purves said the new car will “be as re-

fined and as cosseting as anything that this marque has ever produced” with “impeccable poise.” The Ghost, with its distinctive rearopening coach doors, will be built in Goodwood in Britain on a dedicated production line but shares paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom range of cars. To view the internet preview logon to http:// www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/200EX/en/ main.html. ■


ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Penelope Cruz doesn’t believe in marriage
Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz will never marry her boyfriend, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, because she doesn’t believe in the concept of matrimony. The Oscar winner does plan to start a family one day but is not sure about marriage, reported contactmusic.com.

‘Jackson wanted to marry me’
ctress Brooke Shield, who described her relationship with Michael Jackson as “the most natural and easiest of friendships”, has revealed that the pop star wanted to marry her but she turned it down. The actress, who fought back tears as she remembered her long-term friendship with Jackson in a memorial service on Tuesday, said that Jackson proposed to her because he was afraid of losing her. “There were times when he would ask me to marry him, and I would say, ‘You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me, I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you’ll always have me,” Shields said in an interview to Rolling Stone magazine. “I think it made him relax. He didn’t want to lose things that meant something to him,” she added. The Blue Lagoon actress married television writer Chris Henchy in 2001 after her divorce to Tennis player Andre Agassi. Shields, now 44, first met Jackson when she was 13 year old and she has always maintained that they shared a unique bond of friendship. “Both of us needed to be adults very early but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun,” she had said recalling their early fame. “Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date... We had a bond and maybe it was because we both understood what it was like to be in the spotlight from a very, very young age,” Shields said at the memorial. ■

We had a bond and maybe it was because we both understood what it was like to be in the spotlight from a very, very young age

Micheal Jackson (R) and actress Brooke Shields arrive at the shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where Jackson ran away with a major part of the Grammy awards on February 28, 1984. FILE PHOTO: AFP

Will Smith with wife Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith’s daughter set to make TV debut

Jolie enrols daughters in dance classes


ill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow, is all set to make her debut on the small screen by appearing in a show on Nickelodeon later this month. Willow (8) has already appeared in her father’s 2007 action film I Am Legend, and voiced a character alongside her mother in hit animated film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. And now she will be doing a guest-appearance in a one-hour episode of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. The child star will play a younger version of actress KeKe Palmer’s title character True Jackson, an executive of a popular fashion house. Her star father has claimed that the role was perfect for his little girl. “I get my style ideas from True Jackson, VP. If I had my own fashion company, I would call it Willow’s Reign,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying. The episode featuring Willow will air on July 25. ■


ngelina Jolie has reportedly enrolled her eldest two daughters in dance classes in Los Angeles. The actress was photographed with her girls Zahara (4) and Shiloh (3) as they stepped in the Creative Station in Studio City. A news story published in OK! magazine says that the young ladies will be spending the coming few weeks picking up dancing pointers, reports Contactmusic. They have allegedly been signed up for 10 of the Princess Series Ballet/ Tap classes. ■

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mohanlal to join Territorial Army today
Actor Mohanlal will be commissioned into the Territorial Army on Thursday by Army Chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor in the rank of Lt. Colonel. The 49-year-old actor had in October said he was interested in joining the Territorial Army. Rules had to be amended to accommodate the National Award-winning actor as men above the age of 42 are not eligible to join the volunteer force.

Chef Keanu!
ctor Keanu Reeves has been honing his skills in the kitchen and is considering taking a break from his movie career to focus on cooking. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee actor has also been inspired by the book Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor by French TV chef and chemist Herve This, reported femalefirst.co.uk “I am dabbling in cooking and looking at becoming a chef. Herve is fantastic. I didn’t really cook before but this book may be changing my life,” said the actor. ■

Cine City

Asin’s no to PETA
Recently actor Asin was invited by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to promote vegetarianism. But the actor declined the invitation saying she is a strict non-vegetarian. The Ghajini girl who loves to eat fish and chicken said that she can’t remain without eating meat for a single day. Madhavan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Manisha Koirala are some of the stars who have promoted vegetarianism in the past.

Vikram to turn producer
Actor Vikram is all set to produce a movie of his own. And Internet grapevine says that the Kanthasamy star has picked none other than Sasi Kumar of Subramaniapuram fame to direct his production venture. Sasi Kumar’s stint as the lead star in the recently released Nadodigal has also received rave reviews. It is reported that if everything goes well the movie will hit the floors after Vikram completes Raavan.


ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Roshind Raghavan from Sutherland Global Services has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked in their office.

Palanivel from HCL Technologies has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This photo was taken during their trip to Ooty.

Fingilton from Cognizant Technology Solutions has nominated his Astrazeneca hr.1 team as Partners in Crime. This photo was taken during their visit to Kodai.

Kotteeswaran M. from eNoah i solutions Pvt Ltd has nominated his colleagues as Partners in Crime. This picture was clicked inside their office during an occasion known as Decorative December.

Hemalatha from Ramco Systems has nominated her friends as Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked at Ooty.

Aditya from Wipro has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked at Blue Lagoon Resort during their team outing.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Leema David from Infosys Technologies Limited has been nominated as Office Angel by her friend Ariff.
Leema is very caring, cool and calm friend to be with. She is a great singer and got an amazing voice. Music is her passion. She is a cool thinker and her smartness in work is really adorable. I feel lucky to be one of her good friend.

■ Dear Ann Congrats for completing TWO years..
From Madurai Mohana, Kovai Meena Trichy Jayalakshmi, Kovai Ashok Kodambakkam Vino, Hexaware

■ Dear Balu, Wish U Many More Happy Returns of the Day. We wish U have a great and successfull year ahead both in ur work side as well as ur family side. We all are expecting you to achieve great height sooner in the field of ur liking (BOXING). May God bless you and all your dreams come true this wonderful year ahead. It’s your Day, enjoy and have a blast. Stay Happy.
Best Wishes from FSS Card Ops Team.

Latha Viswanathan of Cognizant Technology Solutions doodled this.

■ Dear Teja (Our Beloved President) How do you expect me to remember your birthday, when you never look any older? happy birthday! Many More Happy Return’s Of The Day...
Wishes From Team HP OTP, Chennai.

■ Hi Balasubramanyam G., Wish you a very Happy Birthday. May all your wishes come true...
By, Golden Girls (Jayasree, Lakshmi, Isabella, Sasirekaha, Harini, Kavitha, Fatima) Bejaru Boys (Vignesh, Rajesh,Gokul,Boopathi) of Hurix Guys.

■ To my Gopinath Sweetheart! Enough of all the pain you tolerated all these days Even in all hard times you never failed to express your love to me I really wonder if a person could ever be like the way you are to me Though the scar still remains in our heart it’s time for us to celebrate your success Your new journey will bring shine to our life You deserve the best as always my dear.. All the best to you !!
With loads of love, Yours Pradheepa CTS

1. Man-1: What do you think about ’Doora Doora azhagiya doora’ song? Man-2: I think this is related to a carpenter song... 2. Paarthiban: Cheque-i vachu criket vilayaadalaama? Vadivel : no, Ball-i vachuthaan vilayaada mudiyum Paarthiban: yeppadi? vadivel : Ball bounce aagumae Paarthiban: Appa, Cheque bounce aagaadhaa?
Mohamed Yusufdeen J, HCL

■ Dear AVR, Wish you a very happy birthday. Let this year give u more reasons to smile, by filling you with Joy & Success!!! Let God shower his best blessings on you forever.
Hearty wishes from, Rocky, HCL


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Healer sets fire to patient
A spiritual healer set fire to his patient while she was bathing in a bath of alcohol by accidentally dropping a candle onto her.


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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Word’s worth
Upaithric (uh-pay-thrik) an adjective meaning ‘having no roof’ (usually intentionally, so as to see the stars). A synonym is hypaethral, and both words come from a Greek word meaning ‘under the sky.’

Jumbos prove it again
Three people challenged three circus elephants to a hot dog eating contest on New York’s Coney Island - only to unsurprisingly lose.

At the beginning of the day you may need to be more attentive in routine activities. As the day progresses, you may be able to regain focus. You may be looking very presentable today. Your life partner or beloved one may shower love on you.

Today, you may need to be careful of ’scattered thinking’. If you try to handle many things at once, you may end up nowhere, hence you should handle your work – stage by stage. You can be overexpressive while communicating with your partner.



You should avoid heavy thinking and too much of mental exercises. If you just go with the flow, everything will be fine but don’t push yourself to finish something which is practically not possible. In personal life, everything seems to go smooth.

Luck factor is supporting you in the second half of the day but at the beginning of the day you may remain impractical which may hamper your career progress. On the personal front, you are advised to take good care of your partner’s emotions.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
The day may start with a dull mood but as the day progresses, you may find everything in top gear. You will remain busier in second part of the day. You will express your love dramatically. In brief, day is good in the second half.




Ganesha finds you busy with various activities in first half of the day. You may need to remain careful while communicating with superiors as you may be little direct in your conversations. On the whole, it is an average day for you, says Ganesha.

Ganesha finds you getting busy with important activities the moment you enter office. As the day progresses, you may find the stress level and fatigue increasing Sweet conversations with sweetheart may reduce your stress, says Ganesha.

You could be interested in developing a skill no one might have mastered before. However, you may not be able to spare much time from busy office schedule at least till afternoon. In the second half, you have some scope to begin with a new subject.

You may be at peace today hence you will be able to handle office work in due course of time with require precision. Your creative projects may reach closer to culmination point. You would be able to spare time for family and dear ones.

You may be ready to take risks today so you will take up challenging or difficult tasks and handle them successfully. Your plus points will be counted and superiors will appreciate you. You may share delightful moments with the partner.


It is a progressive day for you, says Ganesha. At the beginning of the day, you may have some important communication regarding work with someone. You may have good dinner time with your beloved or life partner. It’s a delightful day ahead.

If you were confused about something related to work, today you may attain more clarity on the subject. Your decisions may be firm and positive which will help you handle work efficiently. You may share very nice time with your beloved.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

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ERGO Thursday, July 9, 2009

Actress Aishwarya Rai smiles at the launch of Beautiful Beginnings - free training in beauty services for underprivileged girls in Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP

Actress Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Leicester Square in central London. PHOTO: AFP

Children play in a giant lake of mud at the annual Mud Day event in Westland, Michigan. The mud hole is made with approximately 200 tons of topsoil and 20,000 gallons of water. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Chinese passengers pose with Japan’s tourism ambassador Hello Kitty in a photo session upon their arrival at Narita International Airport, Chiba Prefecture. PHOTO: AFP