Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Shutterbugs alert!
It’s a good time to unleash the amateur photographer in you. The Photographic Society of Madras has invited entries for its competition ‘All India Salon of Photography, 2009’ under the theme ‘Incredible India’. Those interested to compete can send in their entries under six sections: flora & fauna, streets at night, water, emotions, monochromes and temples of India. The last date for receipt of entries is 20 July 2009. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Society’s website www.photomadras.org. Selected entries will be displayed at the Lalit Kala Academi, Chennai from 18 to 23 August 2009 to coincide with the World Photography Day on 19 August 2009. ■



Beautiful ALWAYS


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For adoption
Graceful Sparky has a fondness for human company, games with a ribbon and posing for the camera. To adopt her, call Ananya Ashok at 9952040339.

Mexico MANIA
he Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation and the Embassy of Mexico, New Delhi is organising a Mexican Film Festival from July 20 to 23 at the South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, Anna Salai. The festival will be inaugurated on July 20 and will be followed by the screening of two short films, At the end of the furrow and The Desire at 6.45 p.m. Feature film, News from Afar, will be screened at 7.15 p.m. On July 21, short fictions Good Intentions and Tide will be followed by More than anything in the world. Other films to be screened include: It’s very easy, Reality show and 1973 on July 22. The last day will see The Eye in the Nape, The Passenger and Tropic of Cancer and Island Being screened. Among the films More than anything in the world has bagged a couple of awards. The feature film is the story of a young girl’s overactive imagination and how her single mom’s emotionally stressed lifestyle breed a combustible domestic scene. The screening starts from 6.15 p.m.

Michelle Ann Gilles had a saviour in the form of her adoring dog
Hulk with Michelle’s son



y dog Hulk was born in April 1999 and strolled into our arms when he was a month old. He was trained in his manners and at the same time thoroughly spoiled by me. One winter night, the night my husband was returning from his usual flight, Hulk proved his love and loyalty. I was watching the television till about 1.15 a.m. and then went to bed. Twenty minutes later, Hulk was barking furiously and was on top of me looking into my eyes and then looking towards the door. I kept asking him: ‘What is it, baby?’ He ran to the door barking, and then back to me. I sensed danger and went to

the kitchen for a knife. I went close to the door and to my horror, I smelt alcohol. It was an intruder. With trembling hands, I called my neighbour. He told me to come to the front balcony and I threw the house keys to him. He was up in a jiffy, opened my door and Hulk ran to the terrace. The intruder was smart to latch the terrace door while escaping hence we could not gain entry to the terrace. We had to keep banging and kicking the door, only then the latch let go. Once on the terrace, Hulk ran to one end and we realised that the intruder had scaled the pipe and escaped.

On two other occasions, Hulk came to the rescue of my family by alerting us about intruders who often tried to break in at night when my husband was out of town. Dogs are like children who want to be loved and cared for; you can see affection on their faces. On July 12th, Hulk was laid to rest due to Degenerative Myelopathy, a chronic disease that German Shepherds are predisposed to. We all loved him very much and thank God for sending us his guardian angel in the form of a dog. We are grateful to man’s best friend, who asked for nothing but gave us his all. ■

Thursday, July 16, 2009


All for a clear skin
Say bye to dark circles
Apply any gentle cleanser on cotton pads and wipe under the eyes very mildly daily twice. Drink 1 to 2 litres of water daily Consume 2 soaked almonds, raw carrots and cucumber daily Twice a week, make sure you apply an under eye pack with cucumber or carrot juice. Make a fine powder of rich almonds, mix with raw milk & a drop of honey, apply around eye area, and keep it for 20 minutes. Rinse with raw milk and wash it with normal water. Exercise for the tired eyes: Close both the eyes and rotate the eye ball for few seconds and relax your mind. This can be done, once in every hour.


Cleansing, moisturising blended with regular exercise and right intake of food are the mantra for an ever charming face


f pampering your face with face packs, creams and toners have not helped or improved your skin texture, then its time to ponder on a serious note. According to skin specialists the first step is to identify the type of skin. K. Veena of Naturals says, “Applying lotions and moisturisers without proper knowledge of the skin type will mar the skin.” Read on to know your skin type, how to apply cleansers and the role of food: Identify your skin type Clean the skin with the help of a mild cleanser followed by a toner. Pat it dry with cotton or a soft towel and notice the pores on the skin.

If the pores are small, then it is normal to dry skin. If the pores are enlarged, then your skin is of dry to oily. If you find a combination of small and large pores, then you skin is of the third type, oily to combination. Cleansing Immaterial of your skin type, washing your face at least thrice a day – morning, noon and night with lukewarm water is a must. However, Veena cautions, “Avoid washing your face very often since over cleansing would reduce the natural moisture of the skin and make it dry.” Every night make sure you remove traces of make up with cleansing milk otherwise that

may clog pores and can lead to unwanted breakouts. How to do Splash lukewarm water on your face. Take a few drops of face wash and mix it with equal amount of water in your palm. Apply it all over the face in an upward circular movement except around the eye, and wash it off with lots of water. After every face wash pamper your skin with a fine line of moisturiser. Application of scrubs once in a fortnight helps to remove the dead skins. Types of cleansers For oily skin : Oil-free, waterbased cleansers. For normal skin: Wash with

cleansers that contain glycerine. For dry skin: Soap free and mild cleansers Moisturisers Moisturisers make your skin feel supple and are required for all types of skin. Make sure to apply a moisturiser all over your body after a bath. For people with dry skin, normal moisturiser will do, whereas for oily and combination skin, gel-based moisturisers are ideal. Usage of sunscreen Sunscreen is a must and probably the most important step when it comes to protecting the skin from harmful environmental factors. Make certain to use a sun-

screen or moisturiser containing SPF (sun protecting factor) of 15 or 35. A regular usage of sunscreen helps to protect your skin from skin tan, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Nutrition and Lifestyle Apart from external cleansing and moisturising, intake of right food also has an effect on your skin. Proper nutrition and ample rest contribute to healthy skin. Eight hours of sleep is a must, but make sure you adhere to a fixed time. “It is quite simple to look young, healthy and beautiful provided you take care of your skin,” sums up Veena. ■
As told to V. Haripriya


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Bad weather insurance
French travel agents are offering their clients insurance in case their holidays are blighted by bad weather and no-sun.

Man dumps baby in shop bin
A Chinese medicine practitioner was on Wednesday beginning a five-year jail sentence for dumping a newborn baby in a waste bin in a Hong Kong supermarket. Tsui Chi-lam claimed he thought the prematurely-born baby was dead after a woman gave birth unexpectedly in the bathroom of his clinic in November last year. The 67-year-old wrapped the baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached in newspapers and plastic bags and dumped her in the bin at a supermarket in the city.

Aggressive women earn big bucks at work
Being a nice girl would not take you ahead of others in the professional race, for a new study suggests that being aggressive and having a masculine approach is what makes you earn big bucks at workplace. The academic study has shown that “alpha male” women earn an average of 40,000 pounds more over their lifetime than female colleagues who are “nice”. It was found that personality traits are just as important as intelligence in determining how much people earn in their career. The team found “alpha male” women earn 4 per cent more than those who are deemed to be “passive” - this amount to 40,000 pounds over a lifetime, based on a 40year career with a 25,000 pounds annual wage. Led by Guido Heineck, the study titled ’Does it Pay to be Nice?’ also showed that “conscientious” women, who display self-control and persistence, generally earn 5 per cent more than sloppy colleagues.

Meet Obama the pitcher
Barack Obama is one sporting President, and he gave a glimpse of his game recently by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols before the All-Star baseball game. Although it was not a perfect strike, left-handed Obama managed to throw the ball just short of the home plate, as Pujols reached out to catch it before it hit the ground. Obama was on the ground sporting a White Sox jacket to represent his favourite team. Obama planned to throw a few pitches before taking the field for the ceremonial first pitch. His predecessor George W. Bush, warmed up in the indoor batting cage at Yankee Stadium before throwing the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. “Well, I think it’s fair to say that I want to loosen up my arm a little bit,” the New York Daily News quoted Obama as saying earlier. As a US Senator, Obama threw out a first pitch at a White Sox game in 2005.

Pope Okays Potter flick
The latest in the wizard film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been approved by the Vatican, which said that it was the best adaptation yet of JK Rowling’s hit novels. L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican City that is ruled by the Pope, stated that the film’s treatment of adolescent love achieved the “correct balance”, and made the story more credible to the general audience. However, the paper criticised Rowling, 43, for failing to make any explicit “reference to the transcendent” in her books.

Writer publishes novel on Twitter


n American writer who failed to find a publisher for his novel is putting the book on Twitter - 140 characters at a time. Matt Stewart, a San Franciscobased novelist, began “tweeting” his first book, The French Revolution, on the micro-blogging service. “As far as I can tell, I’m the first person to release a completed full-length literary novel on Twitter,” Stewart wrote on his website, thefrenchrev.com. “Loosely structured on the

greatest identity crisis ever, The French Revolution tells the story of a San Francisco family forging its place in history,” he said. Stewart said putting the book on Twitter was a “social experiment” to “see how the world reacts to a long-form tale told in snippets.” He also acknowledged that he had been unable to find a publisher. “My agent submitted The French Revolution to all the major publishing houses,” Stewart said.

“Many of them loved it, but none were willing to buy what they viewed as a ’risky’ novel vivid language, elements of fantasy and farce, raunchy humour,” he said. Stewart said it would take approximately 3,700 “tweets” to transmit all of the 480,000 characters in his book. Stewart also said he is already at work on his next novel, Duct Tape, which he said is about a “homeless man in search of his imaginary son.” ■

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Police bike thieves
Police in Lancashire, U.K. are stealing bikes in the city in a bid to raise bike owners’ awareness of bicycle thieves in the area.

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Lost and found in Down Under
British teen survives 12 nights in Australian wilderness


British teenager is “back from the dead” after surviving 12 nights in Australia’s unforgiving bushland by eating seeds and sleeping under his jacket, his father said. An exhausted and dehydrated Jamie Neale, 19, was discovered by chance by two hikers in the rugged Blue Mountains west of Sydney, ending an ordeal, which began when he set off for a lone trek on July 3. Television pictures showed Neale sporting a beard and looking bewildered but largely unharmed as he arrived at Katoomba Hospital wearing a police uniform for warmth. Neale’s father Richard Cass, who flew out from Britain to join the search, was about to board his return flight home when he was told the news. “I was at the airport when I heard the news. I gave a great shout, ’My boy’s been found!’ I was surrounded by Chinese women and Thais about to get on the plane,” Cass said. “He must be the only teenager in the world who goes out for a walk and leaves his mobile phone behind.” Cass said his son ate seeds and weeds which tasted like lettuce to survive, huddling under his jacket at night and waving it at passing search helicopters. He carved Neale’s name, lit a candle and buried a red rose “for England” in an emotional ceremony before giving up the search for his son, who also thought he would not survive. “Every time that helicopter flew over he was worried. He did think he was going to die, he was that scared,” Cass said. Neale’s mother Jean said

Child stumps BlackBerry creators


British backpacker Jamie Neale posing with a koala in Australia.
she never gave up hope for her son, whom she described as tearful when they spoke on Wednesday. “He just said, ’Hello, Mum.’ He was nearly in tears," Neale told Sky News. “He said he didn’t think he’d ever see me again and it was just so good to hear my voice. I told him you don’t get rid of me that easily.” The Briton had set off from a Katoomba hostel for the Ruined Castle rock formation, where he was last sighted. A major search party had been scouring the rugged Jamison Valley for Neale, using helicopters and dogs, as well


as police, fire brigade officers, park rangers and emergency service volunteers. The harsh terrain is popular with bushwalkers, but can be deadly, with a 17-year-old hiker dying after becoming lost on a trek at the height of summer in 2006. ■

t took a child to stump the creators of the BlackBerry, one of the world’s top selling smartphones and a part of most executives’ attire. “Are you going to make a phone more for kids so that my mom will let me get one?” the child said from the packed audience at the annual general shareholders’ meeting. The world’s No. 2 smartphone maker has so far aimed its near-ubiquitous BlackBerry mobile phone mostly at executives, with US President Obama being its highest-profile user. The child’s question met with hums and haws by RIM Co-Chief Executives Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis before they summoned up a vague response. “There’s lots of opportunity and, you know, if the current BlackBerries aren’t acceptable to your mother, hopefully the next ones will,” Lazaridis said. The interaction was striking in light of a recent research note written by 15-year-old Matthew Robson, an intern at Morgan Stanley, on “How Teenagers Consume Media,” which caused a stir after it was published by the bank. ■

Goa to host Lusofonia Games

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Goa has won the right to host the next Lusofonia Games in 2013 after being confirmed as hosts during a meeting of the Associacao dos Comites Olimpicos de Lingua Oficial Portuguesa (Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees) in Lisbon on Tuesday. Goa, represented by Goa Olympic Association President Subhash Shirodkar and Secretary (sports) M Modassir, made a strong bid and impressed upon the 35-member committee that Goa was the best venue to host the Lusofonia Games in October 2013.

Freedy bids adieu
Flintoff to quit Tests at end of Ashes Dhoni returns home
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned home after a gruelling threemonth cricketing assignment on Tuesday night. Sporting a T-shirt and a pair of jeans, the cricketer was received by his brother and friends at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi. Dhoni, who led Team India to a 2-1 victory over West Indies in the limited-over cricket series after the team’s disappointing show at the Twenty20 World Cup, drove home amid tight security personnel. Adequate security arrangement has been made at his residence.


Indian cadets impress
Three Indians finished within top 10 in individual categories of both recurve and compound sections and figured among top six in team qualification in the cadet (under-16) category of the 11th Youth World Archery Championship at Ogden (Utah) in the United States. However, the toast of the day were again Korean archers who set three world records, according to information received from the Archery Association of India (AAI). The best individual placing was earned by senior and sub-junior National champion Deepika Kumari in the women’s recurve section. She finished fourth overall with a total of 1345 points. Jeon Hun Young of Korea established a world record with a total of 1380 points, surpassing compatriot Lim Su Jis’ record of 1377 set last year at Kundu (Antalya) in Turkey.

Mosley to stand down
Max Mosley backed former Ferrari boss Jean Todt as his ideal replacement on Wednesday after ending speculation that he would seek a fifth term as International Automobile Federation (FIA) president. “If he agrees to stand, I think he would be the ideal person to continue but also to extend the work of the past 16 years,” the 69-year-old Briton said in a letter to all FIA member clubs. “He can be relied on in all areas where the FIA is active. I very much hope you will give him your support.” Finland’s Ari Vatanen, the 1981 world rally champion, is so far the only declared candidate to run motor sport’s world governing body.

ndrew Flintoff will retire from Test cricket at the end of the ongoing Ashes series against Australia, the injuryprone England all-rounder announced on Wednesday. The 31-year-old, who has so far played 75 Tests for his country since his debut in 1998, will though continue to make himself available for selection for One-Day Internationals and International Twenty20 fixtures, a statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said. Flintoff was the star of England’s 2005 Test series win over Australia as the team regained the Ashes for the first time in 18 years. But injuries have blighted his career and he now has to overcome a knee problem, sustained in last week’s drawn first Test against Australia, if he is to play in the second match of the current Ashes series starting at Lord’s here on Thursday. “My body has told me it’s time to stop,” Flintoff said in an ECB statement. “Since 2005 I’ve had two years when I’ve done nothing but rehab from one injury or another. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I think this last problem I’ve had with my knee has confirmed to me that the time is now right.” ■

Thursday, July 16, 2009


PCB chairman Ijaz Butt denies boycotting a meeting in India that handed the country’s World Cup 2011 matches to co-hosts and called again for talks on winning back the fixtures

No, we did not boycott the meeting. Since it is a legal matter we do not want to make comment on that, but I can tell you that we are still trying to solve the matter through talks. We are definitely trying to solve the matter out of court and I am going to meet the ICC president soon.


ormer India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay has criticised the newly-formed Hockey India for joining hands with erstwhile IHF chief KPS Gill and said the recent development is disheartening for the future of the national sport. Dhanraj, a member of the Hockey India selection committee, raised questions on Indian Olympic Association’s decision to join hands with Gill on the formation of Hockey India, a unified body with men and women’s associations under one roof. He also criticised the IOA for appointing Spaniard Jose Brasa as the coach of the national team without consulting the selection committee members. “We came to know through media whether it is the formation of Hockey India or the appointment of Jose Brasa. I don’t know whether our hockey is going in the right direction. I don’t know what were the reasons behind shaking hand with the same Gill saab whose Indian Hockey Federation regime was suspended by the same IOA,” said Dhanraj, who has 339 international caps under his belt in his illustrious career spanning 16 years. “We know only about selection matters. Whatever else is happening in Indian Hockey, we are unaware of it, but whatever is happening is disheartening,” he said. “I don’t want that whatever happened with me, happens with the new players. There should be no infighting among the players and establishment,” he added. Dhanraj many a times vented his ire against Gill-led regime during his playing days. He had also lost his captaincy and place in the national team

immediately after winning the gold medal in 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. The mercurial forward once again reiterated his support for Indian coaches and said it makes no sense in roping in an overseas coach for the eight-time Olympic champions. “There is no point in having a foreign coach when our coaches are doing well. Our team won the Azlan Shah Cup under then coach-incharge Harendra Singh. We could not repeat the performance in Asia Cup, but by that time there were rumours about the appointment of foreign coach. It might have affected the players negatively,” said Dhanraj, who was the manager of the team during the Asia Cup in June, where the defending champion’s finished a disappointing fifth. On a more personal note, an emotional Dhanraj, who will be celebrating his 41st birthday on Thursday, said he is still waiting for a dignified farewell from international hockey. “I am still waiting for that opportunity. It’s not only me but great players like Zafar Iqbal, Pargat Singh, Surjit Singh and Ashok Kumar also could not announce retirement on their own. We deserved a chance to bid adieu,” he said. “I now assess the performance of the players sitting in the galleries as a selector. But I still feel like playing with them and I bet with a month’s training I can play better than anyone else. After all, I have been playing in domestic circuit and in foreign league.” said the veteran of four Olympics, who had last represented India five years back in the 2004 Busan Asian Games. ■

Dhanraj criticises HI for joining hands with Gill

Still at loggerheads


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olkswagen will apparently present at the Geneva Motor Show early next year a new Sharan van featuring sliding doors and a third row of seats that can be lowered into the floor area, according to spy pictures revealed by Germany’s auto-motor-sport magazine. The disguised new model reveals a modified front with new

skirts and headlights and a ridge between the bonnet and windscreen. Technologically the Sharan is based on the VW Passat, closing the segment between the Touran and the VW Bus T5. Among the engines planned are the 2-litre TDI in the range 140 to 170 hp and the 1.4-litre petrol TSI with the 150 hp unit serving as the entry model, the

magazine reports. Volkswagen is also planning a fuel-saving BlueMotion and a natural gas (CNG) version. The Sharan was first introduced in 1995 with the current version reaching the end of its run after four years, serving mainly the family market with children under the age of 18. ■

New VW Sharan with sliding doors for

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Thursday, July 16, 2009


Opel presents road version of Ampera
Opel has presented a road-going version of the clean-drive Ampera, based on the US Chevy Volt that it plans to introduce on European markets in two years time. According to Opel, the Ampera would allow clean electric drive for the distances of 50 kilometres travelled daily by most commuters. The 111 KW electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion T-shaped battery unit fitted to the car floor. If the batteries are empty a conventional 1.4-litre petrol engine takes over, increasing the range to 500 kilometres. It is a fully-fledged four-seater sedan with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in nine seconds. Boomerang-shaped front headlights emphasize the difference to the more conventionally-styled Chevy Volt.

Aston Martin’s car for the man in the street
Audi with new high resolution navigation
ston Martin, famous for its highend V8 and V12 super performance cars seen in many a James Bond movie, is working on an eco-friendly small commuter car based on the platform of the Toyota IQ. The Aston Martin Cygnet will however bear the classic sports car badge with a luxury interior orientated closely to the bigger models. While showing typical Aston Martin features such as the badge on the bonnet, the technology itself would come from Toyota. “There is still much work ahead but I’m confident that this project will be realised in the near future,” Aston Martin’s CEO Ulrich Bez said in announcing details of the project. He added that Aston Martin had to move beyond preconceived ideas about the small-car market, applying craftsmanship and brand values to a new market segment. Plans are to sell the Cygnet for under 23,000 euros (32,000 dollars) or as a mobility package in combination with the Aston Martin DBS and DB-9. ■


Audi has updated its high-end navigation system with high resolution graphics on a six-inch screen and a much faster route calculation. Costing between 2,270 (3,177 dollars) and 2,565 euros (3,600 dollars) the extra is available for the A3, TT and R8 super sports car. In the R8 it can be combined with a rear-view camera. Graphics from the park-assist are superimposed on the live image from the camera. Apart from a traffic lane guidance system, a topographic map view allows vertical and horizontal scrolling along the route.

New arrival

Models pose with a new hybrid compact car by Kia motors in Seoul. The ’Forte Hybrid LPI’ powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and an electric motor with lithium ion polymer batteries is the company’s first hybrid car following a belated foray into the growing market by its parent Hyundai Motors in a bid to catch up with its Japanese rivals. PHOTO: AFP

Scents of Jackson

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Bottles of late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s yet unreleased “putrid” perfume may soon hit the shelves in the U.K. markets. Jacko had planned to launch his own fragrance, described as “dangerously seductive”, 19 years ago, reports The Sun. However, the idea was dropped after his 1993 child molestation accusations were revealed.


magine being stranded in heavy rain and then getting a lift from Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. That’s what happened to a few women here recently. Big B did his bit by giving lifts to a few women in his car to help them escape the Mumbai rains that have jammed life in India’s financial capital for the last three days. The road outside Amitabh’s house Prateeksha is waist deep in water, which has entered his reception area too. When the actor decided to take a ride in his SUV to his second home Jalsa in Juhu, he found the women wading through the waterlogged street. “I muster up courage and help and pull out the SUV...that’s the only one that shall go through in all this mess, and float out into the streets now jammed with people wading through and the cars blocking any movement. “I open the door, well just about, to assist a few young ladies in distress who were beginning to lose their composure, and give them a ride towards Jalsa. Everywhere there is just chaos,” Amitabh posted in a recent entry on his blog www.bigb.bigadda.com .

At his Jalsa home, water leaked through into the bedrooms causing more distress to the actor. “At Jalsa, the water in the bedrooms has leaked through despite the tarpaulin protection monsoon covers. I tell them (workers) to put towels, swabs, water resistant solutions, anything,” he wrote. The situation became so chaotic that the actor had to ask son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, who are in Singapore along with politician Amar Singh, to stay there for a while. “I quickly inform them of the deluge warning them not to come in today as scheduled. I put all the mobiles on charge and the walkie talkies. Fill up water in buckets from the rain outside and store it just in case the power goes and the pumps get disconnected. And wait, and wait and wait…,” he said. For many others living here, the situation has been just as grave ever since rain started causing water logging in many areas, traffic snarls and even affecting rail service -- paralysing life in Mumbai. ■

Amitabh had asked his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, who are in Singapore along with politician Amar Singh, to stay there for a while

Big B, the good samaritan
The actor gives lift to women wading through the water-logged street in his SUV Potter may topple Bond as top-grossing movie franchise of all time
The ‘Harry Potter’ film series seems set to topple James Bond movies as topgrossing franchise in box office history. The last five Harry Potter films are said to have raked in a total of 4.48 dollars billion around the globe, while the James Bond movies stand at five billion dollars over the course of 22 films. According to Variety.com, the Harry Potter series is expected to overtake the British spy thrillers by the end of this month, after the latest film in the former series hits the theatres on July 15, reports the New York Daily News. Rick Butler, the Chief Operating Officer of Fandango, said: “It’s our fastest ticket-seller since The Dark Knight, and Harry may eventually outpace Batman in advance ticket sales.”

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hugh Jackman to star in ‘Avon Man’
Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in a new comedy film Avon Man. 20th Century Fox has confirmed that Jackman will star and co-produce Avon Man with his Seed Productions partner John Palermo, and Gary Foster of Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, reports Variety.

It’s not Smriti, Sakshi… Cine City
Now, fresh faces woo audiences on television
include young actors like 11year-old Avika Gor, who has become a household name after featuring as child bride Anandi in Balika Vadhu. And 17-year-old Aasiya Kazi, who plays wife to a much elder man in NDTV Imagine’s Bandini, is also lapping up compliments for her acting skills. “I think new faces have relatively more potential than older ones. They have a spark and passion to prove their mettle. They work harder to prove themselves,” said Aasiya. “It took me three years to be where I’m, but I’m finally happy to be working in Bandini at such a young age,” she added. Kritika Kamra, who essays the role of Arohi in Kitani Mohabbat Hai, echoed similar sentiments. “New actors are easier to mould when it comes to work because they are raw and natural. Getting them into a character is not a tough task. In fact, my team tells me that I’m good because I’m natural at acting,” said Kamra, who shifted base to Mumbai from Delhi to pursue her acting career. “For example, it will be very difficult for audiences to watch Smriti Irani in a character other than Tulsi Virani because they have already established a kind of image on TV and if at all they (actors) do, it becomes too hard for viewers to accept them into new roles,” she added. Apart from actresses, new actors in lead roles have also thronged the small screen. According to Sarwar Ahuja, who is a part of NDTV Imagine’s show Jyoti, says global recession forced producers to opt for new faces. “Recession has hit the TV industry and so directors are going for new faces rather than the expensive old ones. New faces are more economical. Also, with several channels, it becomes hard for senior actors to be able to give time to multiple serials,” said Ahuja. The other young actresses who have made a mark on the small screen within a short time span are Anjali Abrol of Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat fame and Sneha Wagh of NDTV Imagine’s Jyoti among others. ■

Ash in action
We have seen the dainty damsel Aishwarya Rai Bachchan doing action scenes and sword fighting with Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar respectively. Now the buzz is that Ash is getting trained in karate from noted master Ramesh for some dare devil stunts in Shankar’s forthcoming movie Endhiran. If online story is true, she will be seen doing a martial arts act with none other than superstar Rajinikanth. It looks like Ash enjoys the Charlie’s Angel image of being a stunt queen.

Shivshakti in Sabki Laadli Bebo in Star Plus

Smriti Irani

Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee in Balika Vadhu


or almost a decade, the television world remained synonymous with women actors like Smriti Irani, Sakshi Tanwar and Shweta Tiwari. But a slew of new shows and channels have introduced fresh faces that seem to be winning many hearts too. While Star Plus has an array of new leading ladies as protagonists like 16-year-old Shivshakti Sachdeva in Sabki Laadli Bebo and Hina Khan on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, relatively new players like NDTV Imagine and Colors have also launched new talent through their shows Bandini, Jyoti and Balika Vadhu.

According to Hina, who plays Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya..., this trend is because each channel wanted to break the monotony in content on the small screen and become more appealing to the younger generation. “Young and new faces are being given preference today. This is because people want to reach out to the young generation as well,” Hina told IANS over phone from Mumbai. “It’s also happening because people are now tired of the saasbahu soaps. The audience is quite reluctant to watch postmarriage drama,” she added. The new brigade of stars also

No marriage for now
Navya Nair was in news about her ‘so called’ wedding plans. The actress who was amused about the rumour mill spun around her has rubbished the news of getting married. She said that there were no wedding discussions and now that she has completed her MBA she has other goals. The actress is currently working in Aval Peyar Thamizharasi and a few other projects.


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Anoop S. from HCL Technologies has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. The picture was clicked during their trekking to Swamimalai hill in Yelagiri.

Rajeshkumar Muthuraj, Associate Trainer from Firstsource Solution has nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This photo was clicked by Nancy during the traditional day celebration.

Jeevan S. Prasad from Infosys has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. The photos was taken at Tigercaves in ECR.

Santhosh Kumar from Allsec Technologies Limited has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This photo was taken during their trip to Yercaud in July 2009.

Hari Ginjupalli from Tata Consultancy Services has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This picture was clicked at VGP Golden Beech during their team CRMS MSTR’s outing.

Raj from Technosoft Global Service Pvt Ltd is buying carrots from his colleague Sathish. This pic was taken during their trip to kodaikanal.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


■ Hi Vinoth, Each year your birthday reminds me that I really want to say I’m very glad I know you; I think of you each day. I hope you enjoy your birthday, All the pleasures it has in store, And because I appreciate you, I hope you have many more! May God Bless U In Abundance And Have A Blast
By, Gershom, Kevin, James, Srini, Vandana, ATG rockersPraveen, Ragu, Prakash, Sushma, Serena, Rafiya, Saipratha, Mala, Prathiba, Ramya (Team ATG), Allsec Technologies.

himself I’m so glad that you’re my friend. Happy birthday to hope u will always have a good health, more career in life and hope that more birthdays to come..
With Luv, CODC Bench, HCL Technologies, ETA1,Navalur.

■ Dear Divyaa, Wish you Happy Birthday. May God Bless You!!! May you be gifted with lots of Happiness, Health, Love, and Joys to last all year through!!! May your entire wish come true!!! ?? "O Tanajobi ni Omedetou Gozaimasu"
With Loads of Love & Friendship Giri, Sherwin, Khattah and Faridha Jawahir ETA-2, Navalur, HCL Technologies Ltd

■ Hi Ram, On your Birthday… Hope you look back and feel proud of all you have achieved. And look ahead at all that you are aiming for! Happy Birthday!!! Once again a Very Happy Birthday to you… May your Dreams Come true with the blessings of god, Enjoy the day with lots of fun with your dear ones… Stay Happy & Stay Young…
Endrum natpudan, Shalini, Ramesh, Nithyanand, Geetha, Lokesh, Shanmugavel Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Honda bike dealers in GOOGLE]. You glow with sensitivity and compassion generated from the depths of your warm heart and kind soul. May ur day be filled with laughter, happy memories, wonderful moments and shining dreams. We wish you the happiest of birthdays, and many, many more, so that others have time to appreciate you as much as we do.
Loving Wishes from, BP4 TRACK HCL Technologies.

Surprises, love and happiness, And when your birthday’s done, We hope you feel deep in your heart, As your birthdays come and go, How very much you mean to us.
Best Wishes, Barclays Team, Steria.

■ Dear Lekha, May you have all the joy your heart can hold, All the smiles a day can bring, All the blessings a life can unfold, May you have Gods best in everything. Wish you many more happy returns of the day.
Best Wishes, DCB Team, TCS

■ Dear Joey, Many Many Happy Returns of the Day. You have been a wonderful friend, a brother, a dude, etc. Oh and not to forget your laugh it’s just contagious. Be it good times or bad times you are there always sharing the happiness or giving your shoulder. Thanks for being what you are. Be a blessing to others.
With tons of love Little Tanya, Lucia, Baly, Thyagu, Master, Lydia, Dan, Shyamala, Sree Priya, Annie & all your dear Allsec friends

■ Dear Naga, On this your birthday, we wish you a life of blessedness. May all your fondest dreams come true, That with every candle on your birthday cake, A lovely surprise await you. My wish for you -that whatsoever you want most in life-come your way, just the way you imagined it or maybe better. I hope you treasure this friendship and nothing can succedaneum this, as much I do. Look forward, for many more happy birthdays to follow, in friendship with you, Here is a wish coming in this wonderful occasion for you from your friends… Happy Birthday dear friend
Ur ever dear frenz, Sowdha, Manju, Ruby, Suriya, Subha, Jasmi, Lakshmi, Jayanthi, Krishna, Ravindra, Kirti, Stephen, Vinoth. HCL Technologies Ltd.

■ Dear Hema, You met the challenge with determination, strength, and total confidence! Congratulations on your 5 year completion! Stunning performance! Sheer perfection! Great job!!!
Best Regards, Team Panasonic R Systems International Ltd.

■ Dear Lakshmi, Side by side or miles apart True friends are always close to your heart Whether you’re turning five or fifty-three You know that we are true friends because you’re here beside us We are here, right now, on your special day We wish all your dreams come true & brightful future. Happy birthday dear
By Lovable Friends, Jayasree, Isabella, Kavitha, Fatima, Sasirekha, Harini Hurix Systems Pvt Ltd.

Belated Wishes
■ Hi Vipin, On your birthday I wish you much pleasure and joy; I hope all of your wishes come true. May each hour and minute be filled with delight, And your birthday be perfect for you! "May God bless u today and forever"
with cheerz, Sanju, Prashant, Ram, Jebarson, Shiv, Mayuri, Shivani, Milee Tata Consultancy Services.

■ Dear Jerin, It’s neither Never Too Late nor Too Earlier to wish you a Very Happy Birthday. May God bless u with many more years of happiness & Success in all that you say or do.
With Best wishes from Anoop Nair, Mithun.V & From team TTSL ABU KL Circle, Allsec Technologies Ltd, Velachery

■ Hi Sushil (Future Pilot), A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man

■ Dear Vaishnavi, A Sweet happy birthday wishes to a Sweet, Young, Ambitious, Extroverted, Dogmatic, Spectacular, Caring person VAISHNAVI [B’day Bash Organizer]. Anyone who spends time with you is privileged to know such an extraordinary person [Always interested in doing extra activities like searching b’day pictures, cooking recipes &

■ Dear Vinoth Kumar "Many More Happy Returns of the Day" On this wonderfull day, we wis you fine and simple pleasures. We wish u many years o laughter. We wish u all of life’s treasures. May each new birthday be the best one ever for you; HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR!!! Cheers!!! Have a great year ahead!!!
With Luv, Gershome, Kevin, Srini, James, Praveen, Raghu, Prakash, Rafiya, Sai, Remya and Pratheeba (Team ATG), Allsec Tech

■ Hi Keerthi, Belated birthday wishes. I Missed to be part of ur birthday celebrations on the special day of this year. I will definetly be besides you with a cake full of suprises and would like to hold ur hand for the next year celebrations.
Yugzzz.. :-) Tata Consultancy Services

■ Dear Srinivasan, Millions of Birthday wishes to you!! Wish you all success in all your endeavours in the coming days.
Regards, Kumar, Hari, Kalpana, YS, Deepa, Jayaraman Infosys Technologies

■ Dear Kamal Vallinayagam, We are wishing you another year of laughter, joy and fun,

Cunning cats

ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pet cats have developed cunning ways to manipulate their owners into giving them what they want, according to new research.


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Word’s worth
Aspectabund (uh-spek-tuh-bund) an adjective meaning ‘having an expressive face.’

Sailor avoids drowning after 10 mile swim
A sailor who was capsized from his boat near Somerset, U.K., managed to escape drowning to death after swimming ten miles to shore.

You may lose some valuable time due to your inattentiveness at work. This waste of time may affect your efficiency. Ganesha advises you to slow down and not exert too much pressure on yourself. Things will get better on the latter half of the day.

Haste makes waste. Hence, Ganesha suggests that you look before you leap. The best way out is to deal with things things one at a time. In the evening, you will have a wonderful time with your darling.



You have been wrecking your head over a few problems for quite a while now. Don’t lose hope, be a little patient and everything will fall into place. Ganesha advises you to stop thinking about the troubles in your life. Love life may be monotonous.

Ganesha observes that you will waste precious moments on pointless debates and conversations. This may also lead to frustration. But, you need to exercise a little patience. Things will take a turn for the good after lunch.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
A busy day ahead. You will be on your toes for the entire day. You will remain occupied with work and there’s not much you can do about it. Ganesha says, your love life will be on a roll today. Lovers will be in an adventurous mood.




You may be very vocal at office today. Ganesha finds you offering suggestions to all those around you. Make sure rejection of your viewpoint by others does not upset you. Be attentive at work and finish it as per schedule.

Ganesha envisions a taxing and frenzied day ahead. You will need to do the relaxation exercises before the day begins and after it ends. But it’s not just work that will keep you occupied. There is a lot of socialising and networking involved.

You will be lively and full of energy throughout the day. Ganesha notes that you will experience a strong ardor to excel in all spheres of life. Being hasty may pose a few problems and you need to pay attention to your personal life.

An uneventful day ahead. Your performance will be at its peak at work, and deadlines will be met. But besides that there is little to mention. A good time to spend with family and friends. Arrange a small get-together to brighten up the day.

Professional and personal life both demand undivided attention today. You will feel the heat and will struggle between the unfair demands of both. But being practical and prioritising things will solve most of your problems.


You have a wonderous day ahead of you. Progress and an amazing sense of fulfilment awaits you. You will succeed as well as excel in everything that you take up today. Romance is in the air and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in every aspect.

You will be able to avail new opportunities to expand your knowledge and familiarize yourself with innovative things. You will be motivated to enhance your skills and apply them to your personal life! Ganesha finds you in a lively mood.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

16 !

ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fireworks burst over the Eiffel Tower, 120 years old this year, during traditional Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

UK’s Royal Ballet dancers Spain’s Tamara Rojo (L) and Cuban born Carlos Acosta perform during the Royal Ballet rehearsal in Garcia Lorca theatre in Havana. PHOTO: AFP Disney character Mickey Mouse stands on a ship with large fans and splashes water sky-high on a hot day during a special summer attraction "Cool Service, Deluxe" at Tokyo DisneySea at Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, in suburban Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP