Friday, July 17, 2009

Vol. 3 No. 134

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When the world listened to him
Seventeen-year-old Samuel Venkatesan from Krishnagiri district makes a point talking on child rights at the Junior 8 summit held in Rome.

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Namma Chennai

Learn about blood donation
Do you and your colleagues want to donate blood? But, you do not know how to go about it. Or, are looking if someone can conduct a camp in your campus? K.R. Ramesh, who is the district chairperson for Lions District (324A6) for blood donation camps, is ready to offer you any assistance. Do call him at 98415 85865 to know more.


Sizzling delights
Society, the casual dining restaurant at The Ambassador Pallava, is hosting a Sizzler Fest. The fest offers a variety of hot and scrumptious sizzlers. The festival is open for dinner (7.30 pm onwards) from July 18 to 26. For reservations please call 2855 4476.

Make a difference
Four films on climate change and environment made under the U.K. Environment Film Fellowship 2009 will be screened on July 18, in association with Discovery Channel. The films are: Don’t Rubbish it by Chandrasekhar Reddy; The Change-makers by Gurmeet Sapal; India’s Climate Fever by Arjun Pandey and The Final Tide by Vikram Mishra and Praveen Singh. The screening starts at 6.30 p.m., followed by a discussion with filmmakers.



Spring/ summer
Krishna Mehta’s elegant spring/summer 2009 collection is on display at Amethyst. Extrovert creations, mono-design shapes with gay colours, woven silk ikats, luminous chiffons and georgettes, sequins and woven gota embroidery … there is lot to choose from. Shop between 11.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Amethyst, 14 / 30, Padmavathi Road, Jeypore Colony, Gopalapuram


Quiz bytes
The Indian Quizzing League has come out with ‘KnowBytes’. The online quiz-letter will be delivered every weekend and comes with facts, titbits and the latest from across the globe. The letter is customised to the needs of quiz enthusiasts and is for all age groups. To get your copy email iqlteam@gmail.com or visit http://iquiz.wordpress.com For details call Karthik (9962070090)/ Ananthashankar (9176287344).

Want to act?
Theatre group Evam invites you to join in their theatre class, where various aspects of the art including acting, body language, voice, creativity and storytelling will be taught. The workshop will be held on July 18 and 19. For details call 9940438669/ 9840281513

Friday, July 17, 2009

Watch for a cause
Chennai Social Service, an NGO, is selling tickets for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the 8.30 a.m. show on July 19 at Sathyam Cinemas. The tickets are priced at Rs.150 for premium class. The proceeds will go towards charity. For booking and more details contact, Balaji - 9884734284 or Venkat - 9841550476

The “rockstar” of J8 summit

“The condition of young girls in Shoolagiri is pitiable. They have to do household chores before rushing to school. With only two buses plying in the village, children are bound to miss the class and hence fail in their examinations. Once out of school, they are married off, then they are harassed for dowry and later they commit suicide… .”

He is among the three Indian students who represented the country in the Junior 8 (J8) summit. Sanjukta Pangi from Orissa and Narendra Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, his counterparts, spoke on equal rights for the girl child, school transport and quality education.

Nipped in the bud – to his credit. His other credential: Samuel is a student reporter and writes for Vaandu Soundu, a newsletter circulated in schools, Collectorate and other government organisations in the district.

Call for J8
While J8 and his meeting with other delegates will remain a history, Samuel cannot forget recounting his first flight journey. “When I told my mom she was worried,” he says about his mother who is a domestic helper in Bangalore. “Plane la pogaatha.. adhu thannikulla vizhundirum.. (Do not travel by flight. It will fall into water),” were Shanta’s initial reactions when Samuel said he has to fly to Rome. It is his maternal uncle, Ramamurthy, a lorry driver, who supports his education. He gave him confidence to carry on.

Two years ago, Nalanda Way was in Krishnagiri to select students for training in filmmaking, an initiative they did jointly with the UNICEF. “For the audition I was asked to speak on any topic of interest for a few minutes. I am a chatterbox and I spoke as usual,” recalls Samuel, who is the first person from his village in Krishnagiri district to complete secondary education. Thanks to the training given by the NGO, Samuel already has two short films – Accham Thavir and

“Rome was very beautiful and the Italian Parliament was huge. I also met Italian Youth Minister. She was always smiling and I liked her. My first dinner there was fun. I was waiting to have a grand feast, but they gave me something like our snacks in small portions. With that they said the dinner was over,” Samuel jabbers away innocently.

Ladies first
But Samuel also has an unfulfilled wish, that he missed the chance to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “My counterparts knew Hindi and they were at ease, but everything was Greek and Latin for me. They showed me a piece of paper and told me to sign on it. Only later I realised Sanjukta Pangi was the person selected to meet him,” he smiles. However, he pacified himself saying, “It’s always ladies first in our country.” One thing was for sure, Samuel was everyone’s favourite— drawing attention for his sign language but still mingling with the guests. For instance, Samuel spoke for close to an hour to an Italian Chef, says Satish of NalandaWay, who accompanied him to the Summit.

All smiles: Samuel Venkatesan

amuel Venkatesan summed up the life of an average village girl in Tamil Nadu – from birth to death – for the next 10 minutes. Listening to the 17-year-old’s talk in chaste Tamil was an august audience representing the G8 summit in Rome. On Thursday, Samuel recounted all his J8 experiences at a press conference.

Samuel Venkatesan, a chirpy Plus One student of Government Higher Secondary School in Shoolagiri, was the favourite of the delegates at the J8 summit held recently in Rome

To the point
So, what was Samuel’s learning experiences. “Many. We shared a lot, I actually learnt about child right in Rome,” he says. The student of vocational training, however, is sad that he and many others like him in Indian villages cannot speak English. “When the children of developed countries demand right to watch movies, we from the developing countries ask for basic education,” he concludes, saying he will implement the action plan of the J8 in his village. ■

Samuel shakes hands with Italian Youth Minister Giorgia Meloni. PHOTO: PTI


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Cops arrest opium-laced hat maker
Thai police have arrested a Hmong hill tribe woman on charges of embroidering opium into handicrafts for export to the US, according to a media report. Police arrested Payia Saesong, 46, who was caught in the act of embroidering 710 grams of opium into six tribal hats in her home in Nan province, 300 kilometres northwest of Bangkok, The Nation reported. Payia, a member of the Hmong ethnic minority group, told police it was the first time she had sewed opium into the handicrafts on the instructions of her husband Tongpor, who was at large.

A Swiss chocolate that doesn’t melt
A Swiss company has claimed to have developed a new chocolate that won’t melt in hands or room temperature, and it eyes India and China as potential markets for the new product, according to a media report. The chocolate “Volcano” produced by Barry Callebaut company will only melt when the temperature crosses 55 degrees Celsius, RIA Novosti news agency reported quoting Germany’s Die Spiegel newspaper. “This is an impressive idea!” said Daniel Burki, a financial analyst from Switzerland’s Zurcher Kantonalbank, commenting on the sales prospects for the new chocolate. The company believes Volcano will become a hit in such countries like India and China where chocolate melts on shop shelves, and where owners do not have enough money to buy expensive refrigerators, the report said.

Man tries to fix airbed, blows up apartment
A German who tried to fix his leaky air mattress blew up his apartment instead, the fire brigade in the western city of Duesseldorf said. The 45-year-old man used tyre repair solvent to plug a hole in his airbed and left it overnight. But it blew up when he went to inflate it the next day. “A spark from the electric air pump ignited it,” a fire brigade spokesman said. The blast pushed his living room wall into the building’s stairwell and caused extensive damage to walls, windows and furniture. Fire fighters evacuated the 12-apartment building and a neighbouring housing block while they checked for structural damage. The man suffered burns on his arms, while a three-year-old girl suffered first degree burns.

Beckham gets new tattoo
David Beckham is so fascinated with tattoos that he ignored his wife Victoria’s pleas to avoid another one and went ahead and inked his body again - this time with a ring of roses on his left arm. Beckham is said to be planning a pair of ’tattoo sleeves’ covering his right and left arms. In December last year, he is said to have angered his wife by adding a biblical proverb to his arm, reported dailymail.co.uk. “Victoria doesn’t think David should have any more tattoos and tried to stop him having another. She likes them but wants a bit of his skin to be left, but David went ahead with it anyway,” said a source close to the couple.


arla Bruni-Sarokzy will lead a glittering line-up of stars at a concert to mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday, in what will be her first public show since becoming France’s First Lady. Bruni-Sarkozy, a modelturned-musician, will perform for the first time in public since marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the concert at Radio City Music Hall in Madison Square Garden. The event, which also stars Stevie Wonder and soul queen Aretha Franklin, ends a week of celebrations for the 91st birthday of the former South African President. “Mr Mandela is an iconic statesman whose sacrifice and leadership has had an enormous impact on humanity,” the organisers said in a statement. The concert aims to raise funds for Campaign 46664, named after

Mandela’s former prisoner number when he was jailed for 27 years under the South African apartheid regime before becoming the country’s first black President in 1994. Other stars to take part on Saturday will include Hollywood stars Forest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon and Matt Damon, the organisers said. ■

Friday, July 17, 2009


Bollywood tweets
Celebrities are now keeping followers up to date via the web
aking a lead from their Hollywood counterparts, Bollywood stars are getting online, using the Internet to get closer to their fans. Actresses from Shilpa Shetty and Celina Jaitley to actors Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are posting photos, videos and their thoughts on films and life on personal websites. Social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut are also a preferred medium to keep fans up to date with new releases and events. And although no Bollywood star has yet to surpass US actor Ashton Kutcher’s massive 2.75 million followers on Twitter, Bollywood is also taking to the micro-blogging site to interact with fans without traditional media filters. Leading star Priyanka Chopra says writing is therapeutic and that she is now hooked on Twitter. “It started as a lark, a quest of discovery, and now I find my fingers twitching for my Nokia or my laptop wherever something interesting happens,” she told The Hindustan Times. “I have great fun interacting with my ‘Tweeps’. At least they believe it’s the real me, unlike some of you guys, who still aren’t sure that it’s me reading your mails.” Chopra’s Twitter feed - www.twitter.com/priyankachopra - reveals her recent thoughts on everything from Michael Jackson’s death to updates about her shooting schedule and even the monsoon rains. Sonam Kapoor follows a similar line, “tweeting” on the banal, like her favourite television shows, to her next film project, Aisha, based on English author Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. Mayank Shekhar, national cultural editor at The Hindustan Times, said the switch to technology - despite the low Internet penetration in India - makes perfect sense given the growing hunger for Bollywood news. “There’s been an increase in the number of newspapers and television stations that are after the same five people. Most newspapers have five to 10 pages (on Bollywood) every day,” he said. Bachchan, for example, updates his blog bigb.bigadda.com daily, musing at length on life and responding personally to his many fans’ comments. He also picks apart every news item written about him, giving his own response. Most recently, the 66-year-old has been giving updates on his health after a recurring stomach complaint. “Reporters got the entire story from his blog. All the information was in his post that day. It was as good as the reporter having spoken to him,” said Shekhar. Actor Aamir Khan also flew into a storm after writing on his website www.aamirkhan.com that he had named one of his dogs “Shah Rukh”, fuelling the rivalry between him and his namesake Shah Rukh Khan. But mostly, new technology is used to maintain a strong fan base. “People find it awesome that a movie star writes to them,” said Shekhar. ■


Check Shilpa’s posts on www.shilpashettylive.com. For latest info on Celina visit www. mycelinajaitley.com. Follow Priyanka on www.twitter.com/priyankachopra. Aaamir blogs on www.aamirkhan.com. Read Big B’s musings on www. bigb.bigadda.com. Find out more about Sonam on www.sonam-kapoor.net. Salman blogs at www.salmankhan.net. PHOTOS: S. SUBRAMANIUM, RAJEEV BHATT, AFP, PTI


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Sport Honour for
ormer India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly added another feather to his cap when he was awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire. Ganguly, who retired from international cricket late last year after playing 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, was conferred the fellowship for his “unparalleled determination coupled with grit and talent”. “It is a huge honour. When I came to know about this a few months ago, I felt proud and I’m happy to be here,” Ganguly said after personally receiving the fellowship from Dharma Kovvuri, acting dean of UCLAN management faculty, Wednesday at Lancashire. “I have a long-term association with Lancashire – I had my first One-day International (after comeback) at Old Trafford 13 years ago and had a stint with Lancashire County Cricket Club,” the 37-year-old cricketer said. “The best thing I

Toro Rosso fire Bourdais
France’s Sebastien Bourdais has been fired by Toro Rosso team, the Formula One outfit announced on Thursday. The Frenchman fell out of favour following lacklustre performances in this year’s Formula One campaign and will not race for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26.

Lancashire University confers honorary fellowship to Ganguly
remember about Lancashire was in April 2000 when I turned up at 10 degree temperature. I was standing in the slips and couldn’t take my hands out of my pockets as it was so cold. Luckily, Michael Atherton asked me to go at midon where I put some hand warmers in my pockets and kept myself warm,” he added. Ganguly said he would set up his own institution for children from pre-school to college age in Kolkata and build links with UCLan. Praising Ganguly for his contribution in cricket, Dharma Kovvuri said, “It’s a great honour for the university that we have been able to nominate Sourav and it’s great he has accepted. He (Ganguly) has been a great ambassador for Indian cricket and as we all know, he has been the most successful Indian cricket captain and for him to accept the award from the university is a great honour for us.” ■

Love all
Barely a few days after her engagement, tennis ace Sania Mirza has returned to the courts, but this time in the company of her fiancée Sohrab Mirza. Sania for the first time turned out for practice at the L B Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday along with her childhood friend Sohrab with whom she got engaged on July 10. She is expected to depart for the US on Thursday night. “We have tried to spend as much time as possible. This is where (stadium) I am most of the time, so he (Sohrab Mirza) decided to join me and he is also getting interested in tennis,” Sania said. “He can also enjoy watching me practice and enjoy watching me play. He is a lot into other kind of sports but he follows my career whenever I am playing,” she added.

TT squad announced
Promising paddler Soumyajit Ghosh and G Sathiyan have been included in the 16-member Indian squad for the 15th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship to be held in Jaipur from July 22. Both Soumyajit and Sathiyan will be competing alongside Raj Mondal and Harmeet Desai in junior (U-18) boys’ category, while Ankita Das, Mallika Bhandarkar, Shreya Ghosh and Charvi Kavle will be vying for top honours in the junior girls’ section. In cadet (U-15) boys’ category, India will be represented by Sandipan Dey, Rajeeb Sarkar, Abhishek Yadav and Utkarsh Gupta. Mallika Bhandarkar, T R Rishiya, Camila Sil and Monika Batra will lead the hosts’ challenge in the cadet girls’ section. Sunil Babras, V K Agrawal and Mantu Ghosh will accompany the team as coaches for the five-day tournament to be held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Junior boys: Soumyajit Ghosh, G Sathiyan, Raj Mondal, Harmeet Desai; girls: Ankita Das, Mallika Bhandarkar, Shreya Ghosh, Charvi Kavle. Cadet boys: Rajeeb Sarkar, Abhishek Yadav, Sandipan Dey, Utkarsh Gupta; girls: Mallika Bhandarkar, Monika Batra, Camila Sil, T R Rishiya.

Friday, July 17, 2009

‘‘ Europe
Beckham eyes another half-year loan in Europe
avid Beckham says he expects to find another half-year loan deal ahead of the World Cup next year to keep himself in England manager Fabio Capello’s plans for the tournament in South Africa. Beckham spent the Major League Soccer (MLS) off-season – and the first part of this current season – on loan at AC Milan in Italy and said he hoped to find a similar arrangement next year. “Leading up to the World Cup, the England manager has made it very clear to me that I need to be playing at a European level,” Beckham said ahead of his return match for LA Galaxy against rivals New York Red Bulls. “So I will do everything possible... I’ll always regret it if I didn’t do everything and to give myself a chance to be involved in that. At the moment my priority is the rest of the season and also playing and keeping in every squad for England and representing my country... Going forward of course I want to be involved in the World Cup, I’ve not hidden that fact.” Beckham’s extended loan with Milan upset many at the Galaxy, with resentment spilling over into a public spat with team-mate Landon Donovan who questioned his commitment to the team. The pair have said their differences are water under the bridge, but the prospect of Beckham not starting next season with the team he is contracted to is unlikely to win over sceptical fans.

Ricky Ponting

If he plays to the end of the series, whether Andrew (Flintoff) wanted it that way or not, I’ve been in teams where it’s happened in Australia, and it can be distracting. Knowing the stature he has in the game in England, I can see it turning into a farewell tour. The know this is his last chance to play here and then at Edgbaston and Headingley and so on I’m sure there will be a bit of a circus around him.


great 30 years coaching. This is a high point. Not a low point. It’s fabulous to have a player of this calibre on our squad. I look forward to working with David the remainder of the season.” Beckham, who previously stated he would like another stint with Milan, said re-joining the Serie A club would by no means lead to a place in the World Cup squad, were England to qualify. “At the moment all I’m concentrating on is being part of this team (L.A) and being successful with this team. Once the season is over, then I will decide and decide what I do from then on.”

Aiming for South Africa
Beckham said a six-month deal was necessary to be in top shape for selection, rather than a shorter January-toMarch deal that would fit in the MLS off-season. “I think it would have to be (six months), obviously, leading up to the World Cup. But with the last loan, it worked out pretty well,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and say it was ideal and it was perfect, because at the end of the day it was great for myself.” ■

Coach unconcerned
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, however, said he was unconcerned about any disruption that might be caused by Beckham’s movements. “I think having David Beckham on our team is just a fabulous asset. It was a little bit awkward, the loan process, but fully within the conditions of his contract. And we were fully in agreement with it and signed off on it. We knew the pros and cons attributed with David leaving on loan,” he said. “I’ve had a


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An invitation
Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, has urged the U.S. President Barack Obama to visit the city on the anniversary of the attack as part of his drive to rid the world of nuclear arms.

On their own, and making it work
The story of fashion designers Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra
ver since Prabal Gurung left his employer in the garment district, last winter, and sank his savings into his own label, at the worst possible time, he has been more aware of the silly and duplicitous nature of fashion. It may just be him, or the economy, but he doesn’t think so. Gurung learned to make beautiful clothes at Bill Blass. There was really no reason for a young man to work at a dusty firm like Blass except to learn things that only old tailors knew. He stayed five years. But when friends in the industry heard of his plans to start a line, they seemed to forget about tailoring and craft. They told him he should make clothes like Balmain. Gurung wanted to laugh. Balmain was hot, but he couldn’t see how it benefited anyone to have another designer do torn jeans and $12,000 beaded minidresses. “It’s not my voice,” he said. Before the recession hit, the sophisticated voice was something that American buyers and editors said they wanted to see. It was as though the system, at least in New York, had become awash in brand-spouting hipsters, trust-fund kids with handbag lines and ‘Project Runway’ rejects. Where were the smart grown-ups? Gurung, a calm, observant 30year-old who grew up in Katmandu, in Nepal, impressed people at his debut in February. His clothes had conspicuous polish, both in sensibility and cut. Nobody uses the word chic much today, but that’s what they were. His lanky cashmere jackets, masculine trousers in wool or leather, and splashes of feathers recalled Saint Laurent. The proportions were modern. Women’s Wear Daily put his one-shoulder red silk faille dress on its cover. Four stores bought the line, including Blooming-


dale’s and DNA, a boutique in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, owned by Princess Deena Abdulaziz, whose advance payment helped Gurung pay some bills.

Young and going
Although sexier, the clothes of Joseph Altuzarra, another new designer (he spent two years at Givenchy), have also shown unusual finesse. Altuzarra, 25, who designs and produces his clothes in Europe but lives in a small one-bedroom apartment on Lexington Avenue, admits he is pushed by the creativity of European stars like Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga. Yet the designer he probably admires most is Tom Ford, the former Gucci creative director, because “he knew what women wanted at a certain moment.” Altuzarra’s draped dresses in ivory or lilac georgette dresses with ruched details express that balance between extreme modernity and feminine practicality. In business for two seasons, he picked up half a dozen new stores for fall, including Holt Renfrew and Colette in Paris, in addition to Barneys and Ikram in Chicago (the pipeline retailer to Michelle Obama). Despite the terrifying economic news of last winter and then the broad reappraisal of luxury spending, Gurung and Altuzarra, whose prices are $1,500 to $2,500, have done pretty well for themselves. Yet it is clear from talking to them that their main struggle has been with the expectations of an industry that has enjoyed too much money and celebrity, is prone to mystification and is fast losing the ability to recognize what makes a design original or modern _ and not. “I’ve certainly been told who I need to be hanging out with,” Gurung said one afternoon in his tiny studio apartment on East Fourth Street. Although the

Prabal Gurung with one of his works (right)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Chinese touch
German designer Michael Michalsky is to design clothing for a Chinese fashion brand, daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Joseph Altuzarra

Madame Carven, petite women’s favourite designer, turns 100
outure brought me happiness, they were the best years of my life,” Madame Carven recalls with a smile at a celebration to mark her approaching 100th birthday. Only a diminutive 1 metre 55 (five foot one) in her stocking feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women. In recognition of her contribution to fashion and imminent birthday on August 31, the French Federation of Couture threw a party for her in the gardens of the Musee Galliera at the end of the hautecouture shows for next winter. “I know this place very well. This is where I always showed my collections,” she told AFP. Frustrated by the lack of clothes suitable for small women like herself, Carmen de Tommaso dropped plans to become an architect or interior designer and took the remedy into her own hands. In 1945, she opened her own house under the name Carven. Her fresh and carefree style was an immediate hit with actresses like Leslie Caron and Martine Carol and young girls around the world, including the future wife of President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, whose wedding dress she designed. “Couture brought me great happiness, the joy of creating. I did everything I could to make women beautiful,” she says, still immaculate herself in an elegant green suit, her favourite colour, with a pearl necklace. “I started out without anyone. Now you need a


place was clean and neat, with room for a bed, a bookcase, a table and an area for fittings, he typically shows his clothes to buyers in an apartment that belongs to a rich friend. Five or six years ago buyers expected to find a young designer sleeping in a hole next to his fabrics. That’s where they found Miguel Adrover. He had even stopped paying the rent, he was so down and out. Now, though, they expect to see a designer in a luxury apartment he can’t possibly afford. So Gurung obliges. That’s the game. “I like being frugal,” he said. “It limits you; it makes you think.” Because of the recession he has been able to get deals on fabrics. And because of his background on Seventh Avenue, he has been able to negotiate with local factories eager for extra sewing to keep their workers busy. “You have to go to Nepal to understand what real difficulty is,” he said. “The East Village – it’s not that bad.” Both Gurung and Altuzarra said they had received good advice from retailers. Altuzarra, who started his business with money from his father, an investment banker, and recently needed a new injection to cover production costs – said buyers wanted to see more variety in his line. They said American women wouldn’t wear dresses without a bra. ■
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sponsor, everything is very expensive, very difficult.” Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, nephew of the late Socialist President, paid tribute to her as “one of the most eminent creative forces in French and international fashion.” On a more personal note, he recalled that his mother “was always dressed by Madame Carven” and that for him she felt like “part of the family.”

For all ages
“I sold Carven Junior dresses and took the Carven Junior collection to the United States in 1964,” he admitted. In the immediate post-war years, marked by the return to prominence of male designers like Christian Dior and Jacques Fath, Madame Carven “was something of an exception,” according to Florence Miller, who teaches at the French Fashion Institute. “She had the intuition to appeal to young girls at a time when the couturiers mostly dressed older women.” Her style was practical, flattering, very feminine, very close to what women actually wanted, she explained. “She wasn’t into building a spectacular image for her label, like Dior, for example.” Madame Carven only finally gave up designing in 1993, in her 84th year, to concentrate on her passion for old furniture and antiques. Today her house is owned by the Paris group SCM and has abandoned hautecouture to focus on ready-to-wear. ■

Couture brought me great happiness, the joy of creating. I did everything I could to make women beautiful

MJ danced for hours to beat insomnia

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Flick Extreme City, another film on Mumbai slums
A friend of Michael Jackson has revealed that the late King of Pop tried to beat his insomnia by dancing for hours. Publicist Rob Goldstone has revealed that during his Bad tour in the late 80s, Jackson used to have a dance floor installed in hotel rooms.

Hollywood’s Paul Schrader to make the film
ducer does sound strange, doesn’t it?” “He didn’t give an immediate answer. But at the Toronto Film Festival in October 2008 he finally agreed. He’s writing and directing a drama-thriller tentatively titled Extreme City for me. We’ve otherwise been interacting for two years,” said Sinha, who has directed films like Cash (2007) Dus (2005) Tum Bin (2001). Schrader’s scriptural collaborations with Martin Scorsese for movies like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and his hugely influential directorial projects like American Gigolo, Cat People, Mishima and Hardcore have made an impact on several filmmakers. Extreme City will be shot largely in Mumbai and Schrader will soon finalise his script for the film. “Paul has started work on the script. It’ll be an English-language film. But the Indian characters will speak their natural language. The Mumbai underworld is familiar to Hindi filmgoers but not to a global audience,” said Sinha. ■


et another foreign director has set his sights on Mumbai’s slums. After Danny Boyle’s dark and passionate look at the city in Slumdog Millionaire, it is American director Paul Schrader’s turn to make a film in Mumbai. Schrader is set to direct Extreme City, a Mumbai-based underworld drama. Produced by Anubhav Sinha, the film will be shot in and around the slums of Dharavi and will star both Hollywood and Bollywood stars. “I can’t deny there’s tremendous interest in another Mumbai slum saga after Slumdog Millionaire. But our project was firmed in much before Danny’s film released,” said Sinha, who had a hush-hush meeting with the director-producer. Mumbai, already under much global scrutiny after Slumdog Millionaire, is expected to get more tourist boost with Schrader’s film. “To have Schrader agree to make a film for me is a dream come true. Paul came down to India first in July. When I suggested he make a film for me, he was surprised. Paul Schrader making a film for an Indian pro-

Robert Redford ties the knot with longtime girlfriend
Hollywood actor Robert Redford has married his long time girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars. The wedding ceremony visited by around 30 guests took place in Hamburg, Germany. The pastor revealed that the ceremony was carried out in the local language, as the actor understood German. According to the Hamburger Abendblatt daily the couple now plan to celebrate in an “official” wedding party in Mexico in September. The pair had been seeing each other since 1996.

Shakira sheds clothes in new video
After pop star Britney Spears stripped for her song Toxic, now singer Shakira does the same for her new track She wolf. The Colombian singer will be seen dancing provocatively in a cage for the video. Flicking her blonde locks around, she hangs upside down as she warbles along in her trademark sound, reported thesun.co.uk. She Wolf is the first single taken from Shakira’s forthcoming English language album of the same name.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Anne Hathaway’s pizza treat
Anne Hathaway has apparently shown how much she cares about her fans, for she treated people waiting in line to see her final performance in Shakespeare play ‘Twelfth Night’ with pizza. According to reports, fans had to wait overnight for tickets to see Hathaway close her run in New York’s annual Shakespeare in the Park event last week, as the tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Diaz owes it to her parents


ollywood actress Cameron Diaz credits her parents’ 39-year marriage for her success in Hollywood. The 36-year-old star, who lost her father to pneumonia last year, still believes that the long-lasting love her parents shared is one of the key contributors to her sterling on-screen success today. “It’s a bond that is so true, so pure, and so powerful, it is the most beautiful and inspiring thing that I have ever witnessed – the eternal love that my mom and dad shared,” Fox News quoted Diaz as saying. “It was what has given me the strength and courage to live this extraordinary life and it is what powers the light that burns inside of me,” she added. Meanwhile, Diaz is reportedly in talks to star in comic book movie Green Hornet. According to EW.com, the Charlie’s Angels star has been offered to play the lead, opposite Canadian actor Seth Rogen. The film to be directed by Michel Gondry is set to go before cameras later this summer.

Cine City

Keen to work with Kareena, not Ash
Imran Khan says he would rather share screen space with Kareena Kapoor than Aishwarya Rai. “I am most keen to work with Kareena. Both of us shot for a chat show last week and I had great fun,” Imran told reporters. Imran was at his wittiest and generous best at an event to celebrate the success of FM Radio Mirchi’s show “18 Hamesha” along with RJ Stutee.


Amy Winehouse divorces
roubled British singer Amy Winehouse divorced from her estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, in London on Thursday after two years of marriage, her spokesman said. The 25-year-old won five Grammy awards off the back of her debut album Back to Black and the hit single Rehab, but has since been engaged in a well-documented struggle with drugs. Fielder-Civil’s spokesman said in January that the 27-year-old had begun divorce proceedings against Winehouse “on the grounds of Amy’s adultery.” The couple married in Miami in May 2007, but have had a tempestuous relationship, while Fielder-Civil spent much of last year behind bars for a vicious attack on a pub landlord and a subsequent attempt to cover it up.

Katrina concerned about global warming
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, who is riding high on the success of her recent hit New York, may not be worried about her career graph, but is sure concerned about global warming. “Global warming is becoming a very serious issue. It is crippling the world and as individuals it is our responsibility that we make a conscious effort to deal with it in our own little way and make the world a better place to live,” Katrina said in a statement. IANS


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Sakthivel S. from Mindtree Ltd has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This picture was taken at the Paranur Railway Station.

Atul Kumar form Verizon Data Service India Limited has nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This picture was cliccked during their team lunch at Rain Tree, Chennai.

Stanley Davidson from Hexaware Technologies has nominated his team as Partners in crime. This pic was clicked at Bala Gurukulam orphanage.

Alston Daril Alex from Wipro has nominated his friends for Partners in Crime. This picture was taken at Mayajaal.

M. Ramachandran from TCS E-Serve Ltd has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This picture was clicked at Valparai.

Vignesh Dhakshinamoorthy from HCL Technologies has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. The picture was taken at Queensland.

Friday, July 17, 2009


July 17
Gokulnath of Firstsource Solutions has been nominated as Office Angel by Harinder Chaitanyaas.
Gokul is a guy with friendly approach. He is very jovial with everyone. He would make the entire atmosphere with fun and creativity and he is also very hard workering.

■ Dear Nithyalakshmi, Advance Happy Birthday I’m wishing you another year Of laughter, joy and fun, Surprises, love and happiness, And when your birthday’s done,
Regards, Scope Friends, Scope International Ltd

life can unhold……..Stay happy & stay young!!!!!.
With tons of love, Maria Vinita, Rashma, Infosys.

■ Dear Ranjani, Wish You Many More Happy Returns of the Day ! Wishing you a lot of happiness and good health in the year ahead !! Keep smiling :)
Lots of Luv , Revathy.G, Sowmya, Srividya, Samata, Reva, Wipro

■ Dear Princy Wish you a happy and joyful birthday .your all wishes be granted by god in the upcoming years and may you have a bright .successful future ahead.wish you fantastic birthday. cheers! god bless you...
By Vinoop, Sanumon, Gladson, Sruthi, Sinuver, Riya .

■ Hi Prasanna, Wish you many more happy returns of the day!!!
Special wishes from: Sangeetha, Chintu, Sathya and Dhivya, Infosys

■ Hi Lavanya, May god smile upon your face and gift you with everything that your heart desires now and always! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAVANYA.
By, Your loving KURTLS.

■ Hi Lavy, Wish U many many more Happy returns of the Day.... May God bless u with all His Grace throughout ur life... Wish U a Happy and Prosperous Life ahead... Enjoy the Day... and Keep smiling.. Hope U will get a new mob from ur dad atleast for this birthday...:-)
Regards, Testing-29 Batch mates, Cognizant

■ Hi WINGS (sivagami), ADVANCE many more happy & prosperous returns of the day. I should definitely say this, we accept a person as a friend when he/she good to us, but sivagami is an exception because she is too good to all. Have a long life darling.
Saranya Mahadevan, HCL TECHNOLOGIES

Akshita Jain of HCL Technologies Ltd. doodle this

■ Dear Kokki Kumar, We wish you another year Of laughter, joy and fun, 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, More than you can know. Wish You Many More Happy Returns of the Day… May God Bless you so that you receive all you wish… Have a Delightful day…
Endrum natpudan, Madhuram , Shalini, Hema, Sathish, Karthik, Madhu, Jegadeesh Matrum NT-Nalam virumbigal Cognizant Techonology Solutions.

■ Dear Suganya Sekar, This special Birthday greeting is being sent your way, With may happy wishes For a truly perfect day. Here’s hoping that Your birthday Will bring, All you really do deserve – The best of everything. Happy Birthday Sugan!
Ammu, Dhiv, Nivi, Sasi, Suji, Sumi, Wipro Technologies, Chennai.

July 18
■ Dear Sathya, I’m so glad you were born, because you brighten my life and fill it with joy. Wish you a advance happy Bday!!!
With Love, Dhivya Infosys Technologies Ltd

■ Dear Malathy, 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
1. Man 1: Unnoda sondha ooru edhu? Man 2 : Sondha ooru vangura alavukku enkitta vasadhi illinga, sondha veedu thaan irukku 2. Student : Teacher en thalai-la erumbu erudhu paarunga Teacher : Adha yenda enkitta solra? Student : neenga thaane sonninga en thalai-la edhuvume erramattengudunnu.
Bharani Kumar.S (RMT Server Team) TATA Conslutancy Services Limited Best wishes, Shanthini, CTS

■ Hi Saravanan May this special day be filled with sweet memories and happy hours. Wishing you all the fun and excitement that only birthdays can bring!
With Cheers, Human Resources, Coastal Training Technologies India (P) Ltd, Chennai

July 19
■ Hi Thanga Anna, 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 happiness And your birthday be perfect for you!
Regards, Shanmugam B HCL Technologies

■ Dear Sowmiya, Wish you a happy birthday .May you be gifted with lots of happiness,health,love and joys to last all year through.May you have all the joy your heart can hold.All the smiles a day can bring.All the blessings a


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Traffic Jam
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Dog’s fork brain
A Chihuahua managed to survive after getting a barbeque fork stuck in his brain in Kentucky, U.S., and went on the run for two days.


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Word’s worth
Bezoar (bee-zor) a small hard mass that sometimes forms in the stomachs of certain animals, especially ones that chew the cud, such as goats or sheep. In former times, these lumps were believed to be an antidote for various ailments or conditions; they were either swallowed or rubbed on the affected part of the body. The term comes from a Persian word meaning ‘antidote.’

Cocaine golfer arrested
A woman who tried to smuggle cocaine in golf clubs through Manchester airport was caught by security staff when she didn’t understand any golfing terms.

Your mood may play tricks on you. Try to remain focused, all will be fine. Ganesha feels that the day ahead may be dull with not much excitement. You will be occupied with work. On the love front, a day to solve some old issues with your partner.

Your confidence and decision taking ability will rock today. Ganesha feels that you will be able to correctly judge things long before they happen. This will be helpful not only on the professional front but it may also help your relationship with your beloved.



Today you may have to prioritize out of the three most important things; work, home and friends. The positive part is, you will feel wanted and this may boost your spirits. Thanks to your good mood today, your efficiency at work may double!

There is no end to learning, but you seem to be in a mood to overdo it. Make sure it is ‘one thing at a time’, advises Ganesha. Also, do not forget to note down all the important information you may come across. The day will end on a happy note.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
You may need to be vocal about everything today, be it at office or at home. So stretch your vocal chords a little. However, don’t let your words hurt anyone, warns Ganesha. The easiest bet would be to choose the right words.




You need to schedule your timetable accurately today. Ganesha predicts a busy day for you, on the professional as well as domestic front. Do not let this busy day affect your relationship with close friends. Haste makes waste, advises Ganesha.

Investments if made for a long term may prove profitable, feels Ganesha. Other than that, the day may be spent discussing money matters with experts, friends or colleagues. You may find it difficult to solve issues associated with domestic life.

Everyone has to face rivals in life, in one form or the other. Ganesha warns you against rivals in disguise, some of your colleagues. The only mantra to lead the ‘rat race’ is to work with honesty and devotion. Hard work pays, says Ganesha.

A pretty dull and vapid day, feels Ganesha. You can spice it up with some fun filled activities with family, friends or better yet, your beloved. At office nothing special is expected to happen, so it is the perfect time to wrap up any pending work.

Be prepared for surprises as luck maybe on your side today. Ganesha feels it is the day to take over new responsibilities. You may spend a lot of time in meetings and discussions for the betterment of your company today.


Your health may be at its best, but Ganesha warns you against health problems of a family member. However, there are very little chances of anything major. At office, domestic issues may rule your mind. If the need be, take an off.

Let the mind take over all matter. Simple meditation exercises may help you fight stress effectively, suggests Ganesha. Your being emotional or sentimental might not help today. On the brighter side, you may get a lot of support from friends.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni



ERGO Friday, July 17, 2009

Snapshots from the premiere of Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince held at Sathyam Cinemas on Wednesday night

Cool and Cosy: Dhanush and Aishwarya

Back from Mumbai:Trisha.

Charlie Angels: Akshara, Subbulakshmi and Gowthami

Pep-talk: Parthiban and Silambarasan

All alone: Vivek