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A BYTE OF LIFE Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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ONE NIGHT IN EVERY
CALL CENTRE
BPO-Sutra with 150 such stories
FREE CIRCULATION Vol. 3 No. 132

» Page 08

Rinku Singh
and Dinesh
Patel, winners
of the Million
Dollar Arm
contest, have
had a rollicking
start to their
professional
baseball league
02 NAMMA CHENNAI ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Up to 60 % off
Reliance Footprint has started its end of season
sale, where it is offering up to 60 per cent off on
various brands.
The sale is on till August 23 at its outlet opposite
Breeze Hotel, Poonamalle High Road, Kilpauk.

Game for some Sathish and Sathish

SPORTS The Pupil with run this joint in


Besant Nagar that
has been churning

T
he third edition of the Corporate
out affordable

many followers
Sports Olympiad is back. Conducted for
corporate teams in Chennai, the event
aims to encourage companies to burgers for almost
support employees’ pursuit of a more active
and healthy lifestyle. The sporting action a decade
also aims to bring out the skill set of
employees in various sports.
The olympiad would cover events like
cricket, football, volleyball, basketball,
swimming, track and field, tennis, bowling,
karting, snooker, table tennis, badminton,
carrom, chess and darts. The competitions
are open to both men and women.
In 2008, around 40 corporate houses
participated. This year the competitions will
be spread across two months, starting from
the end of August. Teams need to register
before August 14 and there are no
limitations on the number of teams that
can represent a corporate.
For further details contact 9840220110/
93823 14839/9840273090

Sea, sand and burgers: At Tasty Jones PHOTO : R. RAVINDRAN.

AKSHATA G.J. 2000, which was renamed Pupil


in 2003, considering the large

“I
came to Chennai with number of student customers.
just Rs. 2,000 in hand,” They claim to be the ones to in-
says Sathish K., one of the troduce sub sandwiches in the
owners of Pupil, a well- city. Burgers were made available
known food joint in Besant Na- to customers at affordable rates,
gar. His partner, Sathish J., sits starting from Rs. 35. Pleased with
beside him with a pleasant smile the overwhelming response from nu and instead increase the qual-
on his face. Amongst the buzzing Chennaiites, they started spread- ity of the food,” say the young
crowd of youngsters, the two ing their wings by opening up a and successful entrepreneurs.
young men can easily pass off as few more outlets in the city. Pupil has a wide range of burg-
customers rather than the proud “Pupil is one of the best places ers, priced between Rs. 35 and 80.
owners of the place. for burgers in the city. The burg- Located just a stone’s throw away
With dreams of making it big in ers here are both lip-smacking from the beach on 4th Main
the hotel industry, the 19-year- and affordable,” chimes in 18- Road, Besant Nagar, Pupil cer-
old graduates from a catering year-old Priyanka, hogging on tainly captures the attention and
school in Trichy moved to Chen- her burger along with her gang of taste of its regulars. ■
nai to accomplish their mission. friends. (Too Good for Critics is a weekly
“We came to Besant Nagar by bi- Today, they have five outlets in column that celebrates Namma
cycles in search of a place to start the city – Eatalica (R.A. Puram Chennai’s ‘Kaiyendi Bhavans’ and
our food joint. We were shooed and Nungambakkam), Tasty small eateries. If you can think of a
away from the Jones (Besant Nagar, T. Nagar) similar place, mail us at
area when the and Pupil – which are brimming feedback@goergo.in)
owners heard of with customers. While Tasty
our budget. But Jones, which started more than a Address: No. 11, 12,
within a month, year ago, serves pastas, sizzlers TNHB Complex,
we somehow and steaks, Eatalica specialises in 4th Main Road, Elliots
managed to buy a mix of Italian and American cui- Beach,
it,” says Sathish sine. Besant Nagar, Chennai –
J. “We are aiming at opening five 600 000
They started more outlets by 2010. We also Ph: 45587848
Veroonas in plan to reduce the size of the me-
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Celebrate Raksha Bandhan


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TNT India has introduced a special service for Rakhi. The package
comprises of teeka, akshat (holy rice) and a personalised message in a
handmade scroll, all packed in a beautifully handcrafted box. Also, get
50 per cent discount on tariff. The offer is available from July 15 to 27.
For details call 60009999 or toll free no 1800-425-9999.

Elegante Fashion
Boutique
Address: New no 38, (old
Elegante Fashion Boutique has a galore of no 27), A/1, 2nd Main Road,
Kasturba Nagar, Adyar,
affordable designer wear chudidhar suits, Chennai - 600 020
Ph: 9444058836
kurtis and tunics. Store timings: 10.30 a.m.
to 8 pm (Closed on
Tuesdays)
DEEPA VENKATRAMAN The collection is all de- then in that case I give
signer wear sourced special instructions to

I
n the serene bylane from Jaipur and Kolkata. my designers. The com-
of Kasturba Nagar in For an evening social fortable knee length
Adayar is Elegante gathering or a corporate multi-cotton kurtas are
Fashion Boutique meeting, there are some the fast-sellers.”
welcoming one to its ethnic kalamkari cotton Speaking about the
wide range of exclusive and chanderi silk suits USP, she says, “The in-
chudidhar suits, kurtis with elegant and classy tricate workmanship in
and tunics. brochette, brocade and the suits with dupattas
The place is owned by appliqué work to choose having a blend of two or
Suba Selvan, who from. The entrepreneur more fabrics – chiffon
opened the boutique who was a fashion con- and net, crochet and
this Women’s Day and sultant in a high-end lif- chiffon and so on –
has her flat and shop estyle store in California are my specialty. The
housed in the same says, “Known clients and designer wear clothes
apartment complex. The word-of-mouth publici- are pretty affordable.”
inter-lock patterns, ty have kept my business Just before Diwali,
styles, colour combina- going. Based on the built Suba plans to get festive
tions of the readymade and look of my clients, I suits and tunics. “Even-
suits, kurtis and tunics do suggest what suits tually, I plan to expand
arranged neatly in the them. Some times they to a bigger place and also
red-painted wall are request for different col- take my business over-
unique and a class apart. our combinations, and seas,” Suba signs off. ■

PHOTOS: R. RAVINDRAN
04 KALEIDOSCOPE ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

F
inns are known to be quiet, re- After World War II, my soul into the song,” Rauhko ex- and over again,” Kukkonen said.
served and taciturn but every July plained after his performance. Many songs use the four seasons as an
some 100,000 of them unleash their
tango was the rage in But many young Finns do not share the analogy for life: summer represents hap-
passion for the tango, singing and Finland, sung and same burning passion for tango as the piness and youth, which fades as autumn
dancing under the Arctic midnight sun. danced at thousands older generations. and winter sweep in.
For four days this past weekend, vis- “In 20 years tango will be fading away “Finnish tango’s power is that it is mel-
itors to the annual Tangomarkkinat - or of outdoor dance (in Finland). If there was no Tangomark- ancholic but has hope in it. Summer
Tango Market - listened to old and new halls on the shores of kinat, tango would have faded away comes again every year,” Kukkonen
tango singers and strutted their stuff in a completely 10 years ago,” said Pekka summed up.
cordoned-off street in Seinaejoki, some
its picturesque lakes, Gronow, an expert in the history of Finn- Despite Gronow’s gloomy forecast
360 kilometres northwest of Helsinki. peaking in the 1960s ish popular music. about the future of tango in Finland, the
“I am here to listen to the music and to He said many Tangomarkkinat contest organisers of the event are confident it
meet people,” Paeivi Kuntsi said, enjoy- winners ditch the tango after just one will still be going strong for years to
ing the sunshine at the market square. album for a more radio-friendly, dance- come. Pekka Leinonen, managing direc-
However the rise of rock ’n’ roll and able brand of pop music. tor of the Tangomarkkinat festival, said
pop music in the late 1960s and 1970s Compared to the Argentinian tango, it successfully overcame the challenge
saw the tango’s popularity take a hit. the Finnish version is much slower and its from disco music in the early 1980s.
But tango, which has its roots in Ar- lyrics often recount tales of Finland’s “The beginning was difficult, but after
gentina, made a comeback in the 1980s countryside and pristine nature. a couple of years more people started to
with the first Tangomarkkinat being According to Pirjo Kukkonen, a re- come to the festival,” she said.
held in 1985. searcher at the University of Helsinki, the Leinonen said Tangomarkkinat would
Arto Puisto, visiting the festival for the Finns love for the tango stems from their continue to champion tango music, but
first time, said: “Tango is the best dance melancholic nature. would try to lure a younger crowd by
in the world. It is all about feeling and “They are fairytales for grown-ups, booking rock and pop bands. ■
(how) you can be close to another who want to hear the same stories over AFP
person.”
Baby-faced Amadeus Lundberg, 20,
who won the tango signing contest final,
in which he was pitted against five oth-
ers, said: “All I can say (is) that this must
be a dream. I am pinching myself.”
The contest has provided many a big
break for Finland’s young singers. Not all
the festival-goers have mastered the tan-
go’s tricky and twisting step and prefer
to sing along to the music instead.
Jouko Rauhko, a burly man in his 40s,
sings in Finnish to his wife Nina Glasberg
in one of the event’s many karaoke bars.
“I always choose songs that I know
by heart, otherwise I will just read
out the lyrics and then I cannot put

Dancers performing
during the tango
festival. PHOTO: AFP

Finns find their feet at tango fest


I
nternet road-mapping service 360-degree images recorded from

Street View Google Street View is now


starting to cover areas like
Stonehenge, which are far
away from driving routes.
eye level.
People in 25 British towns and
cities can access 360-degree
views of roads and homes via this

goes to Rickshaw-style tricycles, carry-


ing 3-D cameras, will be used to
film several popular off-road
spots, including Loch Ness and
application.
Street View also includes pho-
tographs of millions of residential
addresses, people and cars.

Stonehenge
the Angel of the North, reports It has been hailed as a helpful
the Telegraph. tool for home hunters and would-
Street View allows web users to be tourists. ■
“walk” along streets, exploring ANI
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
05
One night in every call centre
Former VP of MphasiS, Sudhindra Mokhasi, chronicles his and many others lives spent
working in India’s BPOs in his debut book

LIFFY THOMAS hindra was born long time back.


liffythomas@goergo.in But his commitments at a senior
management position left him

H
is intended readers have with little time to pursue his as-
given the book a thumbs piration. “I quit my job in 2007
up, while a critic tweets for a short break to jump start
‘Go Read Die Laughing’. the book before I started my
Sudhindra Mokhasi is riding a own company, e-Sutra
wave, a book wave that began Chronicles.”
with the launch of his debut ti- The book has been in the
tle, BPO-Sutra, four months back making for around 30 months
in Bangalore and then in Mum- where the writer met up with
bai. The fact that it is an indus- Booked!: different people from the indus-
try-specific experimental genre Sudhindra Mokhasi try to recount their stories, and a
and one of the first book of sto- large part gathered from his
ries from India’s BPO and Call wide experience in the industry.
Centres only seems to have got- So, was it a cakewalk finding a
ten it more spotlight. publisher?
Over 10,000 copies of the book “Kind of! I went to Rupa & Co
were sold in the first two months with 30 per cent of my complet-
and it is now on its fifth reprint, ed work. That helped as they had
which numbers to another a concrete idea on the genre and
20,000. my style,” he says how the pub-
That’s quite a boost for a te- lisher reverted in five days time.
chie, with bits and pieces of Besides his full-time profes-
writing experience confined to sion as CEO of e-Sutra, the au-
tech articles, travelogues and thor is an avid traveller and
management gyan. Sudhindra is photographer. “It’s necessary to
now getting ready to launch the have a creative passion to de-
book in the U.S. and the U.K. stress while writing helps me
“Any subject which is a matter of maintain good mental health
debate…should click and off- and equilibrium.” ■
shoring is a topic with a lot of The book is published by Rupa
talk,” says an optimistic Sudhin- & Co. and is priced at Rs. 95.
dra, who quit as vice-president
MphasiS to turn entrepreneur as
well as quench his love for writ-
ing.
BPO-Sutra – True Stories from
Inside India’s BPOs and Call
Centres is a celebration of the
BPO life, providing a “360 degree

o y o u h a v ea
view of the BPO life, with hilari-
ous, touching, thought provok- D
ing and stereotypical scandalous

O s t o r y t o
stories.”
Like, ‘In the void of monotony’
talks about the depressing mo-
BP
say? l be launching Volume 2 of
notony of a call agent, ‘Living-in
Peril’ narrates the misadventure
of a live-in couple, ‘The moon-
lighter’ is the tale of a student The writer wil h e hopes people
d th is ti m e
BPO-Sutra, an
who moonlights in a BPO to
ve
earn for his sister’s weddin-
u t to h im a b o u t stories they ha
will reach o
g…and another 150 stories, each
promising to make even a non-
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been longing to
reader run through these short
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and individual stories.
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story, mail th a.com. This is yo
ur
The writer in me
w w w .b p o su tr
Incidentally, the writer in Sud-
post it on
to d is co ve r th e writer in you!
I went to Rupa & Co chance
with 30 per cent of my
completed work. That
helped as they had a
concrete idea on the
genre and my style
06 VILLAGE ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Smooth touch
A moisturiser is going down a storm at Belfast Zoo - it’s helping
keeps elephants’ bottoms smooth.

Microsoft touts feedback Now, a novel


on Bing in SMS format
Microsoft praised its freshly-launched Bing Tired of reading
online search engine and said it is taking a content in a book
long-term approach in its quest to break format?
from third place behind Yahoo! and Google. The number of people that used Bing in June for Now, mobile phones
online searches was eight percent higher than the number that used its predecessor, MSN Live, can be an alternative
in the same month last year, according to Microsoft. as a leading publisher
Meanwhile, figures released in recent weeks by industry analytics firms reveal mixed data, has come up with,
leaving it unclear whether Bing is doing much to close the gaps with Yahoo! and Internet what it claims to be
search king Google. the first work of
AFP fiction in the Indian
subcontinent in SMS
format.
According to HarperCollins India, Pinki Virani’s Deaf
Coming soon: Talking cars that Heaven is the first literary cell-novel and an adult audio-
mobile book in the subcontinent.
avoid crashes The literary cell-novel will be made available in 90 SMSes
Talking cars aren’t science fiction anymore - thanks to and the adult audio-mobile book in two short-duration
scientists who have developed a set of algorithms that will downloads by Reliance Mobile.
allow robotic cars of the future to communicate with each “Our cell phone novel will introduce an interesting
other to help avoid collisions. element to how novels are read; readers will get the
An international team, led by Indian-origin scientists Dr entire book condensed into a few SMSes. The concept that
Bhibhya Sharma and Dr Utesh Chand of the University of a novel can also be ‘read’ via SMS and ‘heard’ at any time
the South Pacific, has developed the mathematical via voice portals is itself an unique and innovative idea,”
equations, which would also instruct robotic cars how to says Krishna Durbha, head (VAS) of Reliance
change lanes safely. Communications.
According to Dr Sharma, the series of mathematical PTI
equations would instruct robotic cars when and how to
merge lanes, which could lead to less accidents and ease
traffic congestions.
“Flocking is a Woman escapes wrong turn into croc-filled
biologically inspired
technique and a river
strategy commonly An Australian woman had a lucky escape after making a wrong turn
used in robotics. One into a crocodile-infested river in the country’s remote north, police said.
of the advantages of The woman mistook a boat ramp for a road crossing the East Alligator
flocking is that robots River, about 300 kilometres east of Darwin, police said.
can work together Officers who retrieved the vehicle after the accident found it
and achieve what surrounded by deadly saltwater crocodiles.
would take Police said the woman, from New South Wales state, had to scramble
individuals far through the water as her four-wheel drive sank into the river near the
longer,” he said. world heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
PTI AFP

Beckham slams rumours of steamy ad with Jolie


F
ootball star David Beckham has slammed ru-
mours that he is set to strip for a raunchy post-
er ad with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie,
saying he is married and can’t take up such
assignments.
After Beckham unveiled his new steamy adver-
tisement for Emporio Armani, it was rumoured that
officials at the fashion firm wanted him to team up
with Jolie for a traffic-stopping billboard campaign.
The footballer admits he’s a Jolie fan, but insists
the news isn’t true, reported contactmusic.com.
“I definitely don’t think that’s true. She’s an
amazing person and so is Brad Pitt. They’re an in-
credible couple... got an amazing family. You know
she wouldn’t do it and I wouldn’t do it. At the end
of the day, I wouldn’t do it because I’m married,” he
said. ■
IANS

PHOTOS: AFP
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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A
British girl who was given of the heart muscle, was relative-
an extra heart as a toddler ly common in children in the first
has become the world’s year of their life.
first heart transplant pa- Victor Tsang from Great Or-
tient to make a full recovery af- mond Street Hospital, who was

Girl recovers ter having her donor organ


removed and function restored
to her original heart.
Hannah Clark, now 16, had a
“piggyback” transplant oper-
the other surgery team leader,
said Clarke’s case offered hope
for other patients with heart
failure.
“Hannah’s case highlights that

fully after ation in 1995 aged two, when a


new heart was inserted in paral-
lel to her own failing one.
The donor organ had to be re-
moved 3-1/2 years ago because
in cases of cardiomyopathy such
as hers, it is possible for the pa-
tient’s own heart to make a full
recovery if it is given adequate
support to do so,” Tsang told

donor heart
the immunosuppressant drugs reporters.
she was taking to avoid organ Her case study was reported in
rejection caused cancer - but by the Lancet medical journal.
then her own heart had reco- Clark, who was forced to take
vered sufficiently to work on its 16 different drugs at one stage

removed
own. to control her illness, burst into
Since the surgery, which took tears when a journalist asked her
place in 2006, Clark has made a to relate how her life has
full recovery from the cancer and changed with the surgery.
has a normal cardiac function, She said she was cherishing ev-
her doctors said. ery moment and now has a Sat-
“Now we are a lot more confi- urday job working with animals.
dent (about this procedure),” “Thanks to this operation, I’ve
said Magdi Yacoub from Imperi- now got a normal life just like all
al College London, who co-led of my friends.”
the surgery team. Her mother Elizabeth Clark
“The heart muscle itself, which said: “She doesn’t think about
Couples living in sin was not doing anything at all,
has recovered.”
tomorrow, she thinks about to-
day. She wakes up smiling every
day.” ■
more likely to split later He added cardiomyopathy, or
the deterioration of the function Reuters

A British girl who had a donor heart grafted onto


her own after suffering cardiac failure as a baby
has had the transplant removed and is living a
healthy life with her own heart, doctors said. The
case of Hannah Clark is thought to be the only one
in the world where a child’s failing heart recovered
enough for the donor organ to be removed

C
ouples living together be- commitment and what living to-
fore their engagement are gether might mean for the future
more likely to split than of the relationship before mov- Hannah Clark. AFP
those who wait until their ing in together, especially be- PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY
wedding, or at least wait until cause cohabiting makes it
they are engaged, according to a harder to break up compared to
recent study. dating,” Stanley added.
Besides, couples who cohabit The three researchers also
before their engagement and found why couples decide to live
then get married reported a low- together. They want to spend
er satisfaction in their marriages. more time together.
The research was conducted The second most popular rea-
by University of Denver (DU) re- son is convenience, followed by
searchers Galena Rhoades, Scott testing the relationship.
Stanley and Howard Markman. “Cohabiting to test a relation-
“We think that some couples ship turns out to be associated
who move in together without a with the most problems in rela-
clear commitment to marriage tionships,” Rhoades said.
may wind up sliding into mar- These findings appeared in
riage partly because they are al- the Journal of Family Psychology.
ready cohabiting,” Rhoades said. ■
“It seems wise to talk about IANS
08 SPORT ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grand plans
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold lectures for national players to help them
deal with the constant pressure from media and passionate fans. "We’re planning a series of sessions
on personality development, dealing with pressure and other things, where we’ll bring in experts to
talk to the players and help them," BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said.

Bangladesh celebrate rare


Test victory
Bangladesh savoured only their second victory in 60 Tests
on Tuesday after their team overcame a makeshift West
Indies in the first test in Kingstown, St Vincent. However,
the celebrations were restrained as West Indies were forced
Brothe
in arms
to field seven debutants in a hastily-assembled squad after
a boycott by leading players due to contractual and
payment issues. The only previous win for
Bangladesh, granted test status in 2000,
had come against the visiting Zimbabwe in
2005. Victory was still uncertain when
Bangladesh fans went to bed as the team
had only 80 overs to bowl out West Indies
after setting a fourth-innings target of 277
runs on the final day. Bangladesh wrapped
up a 95-run win, taking the lead in the
two-test series.
In 2003, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by one
wicket and also had Australia and New Zealand reeling in
2006 and 2008 respectively, only to let them escape and
clinch identical three-wicket wins. Bangladesh spin bowlers
Mohammed Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan shared
eight wickets in the second innings to dismiss West Indies
for 181 runs with just over 40 minutes of play left. Sweets
were distributed at the Bangladesh Cricket Board Rinku Singh a
headquarters and board president Sina Ibn Jamali
congratulated the team. winners of th
Reuters
Arm contest, h
rollicking star
Aiming ahead professional b
Blindness has not been able to diminish his thirst for life
and 15-year-old Ankur Dhama is out to win the world when
he takes part in the IBSA World Youth and Student Dinesh Patel (left) and Rinku Singh (second left), winners
Championships, beginning in Colorado Springs from of a nationwide baseball pitching contest, watch as U.S.
Wednesday. Dhama is the only one who is totally blind in a ambassador to India David C. Mulford (right) speaks after
group of eight visually challenged athletes who will handing them visas in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP
represent India in the world meet. He clinched gold in both
400 and 800m at the 16th National Sports Meet for the
Blind in Ludhiana that fetched him a spot in the national AYON SENGUPTA der professional coach Tom But they have also made sure
team. ayon@goergo.in House before being signed by that few of their American team
“I had some good practice seasons in Delhi in the lead-up Major League Baseball side Pitts- mates to get a taste of our desi

A
to the tournament. Now I am looking forward to perform farmhand a year back, Rin- burgh Pirates during the yearly beats. “In their (dorm) room they
well and make my country proud,” said Dhama, who will ku Singh on Monday tasted players’ draft. Earlier last week play their traditional Indian mu-
compete in the 400m and 800 metres race. “I will try my his first professional victo- the pair had each threw an in- sic. It’s catchy,” second baseman
best to fetch medals in the six-day event although I don’t ry on a baseball field far ning in relief in a game against Gift Ngoepe said. “It’s good to
want to promise anything right now as I am concentrating away at the Gold Coast in the the Gulf Coast League Yankees. have them around. They are on
on my events starting from July 17,” added the class IX U.S. “It’s very tough and hard. Eve- either side (of my locker) and are
student from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. Believed to have a fast throw, rything follows like a clock and constantly chattering in Hindi. I
PTI the lad from Uttar Pradesh stuck people are very particular. We don’t understand a thing but
down the only batter he faced, wake up at 7 am, stretch and con- they are very committed and
handing his minor league team, dition. All day long we’re just dedicated.”
Mixed day for Indians Bradenton Pirates a comfortable
10-5 win over Lakeland Tigers in
working out,” Dinesh said about
their “changed” daily routine.
Feeling homesick at times, the
pitchers are in constant touch
Indian recurve archers finished second in the qualification a Gulf Coast League doublehead- “Back home we just used to wan- with their home and Dinesh
round of the 11th Youth World Championship at Ogden, er. “It’ll still take some time to der around and maybe help my boasts here too. “I talk a lot, four
Utah, on Monday. Korea and hosts United States took the sink in. But it’s a huge step for- brothers in the field after times a week. One or two hours is
Day One honours. According to information received, ward. In our first game, I was a breakfast.” minimum, at times it goes till
Bengal’s Atanu Das, who is with Tata Archery Academy, bit overawed,” Rinku, who had They are slowly getting im- four. You can’t live without talk-
stood fifth overall in individual qualification with a total of occasionally dabbled in javelin bibed to the American way of life ing to friends and family,” he
1294 points. Pawan Xalxo of Jharkhand was 10th overall throwing back in India, said from and both Rinku and Dinesh have says. “All of them are excited to
with 1279 while the third Indian, Hemanta Bradenton, Florida. “But now their favourites. “Shopping malls. know how things are different
Basumatary of Assam, was 28th with 1249. everything is good. It’s a very big I like American music too ... Rap, here.”
The three combined to give India a total of opportunity and we have to make Eminem,” Dinesh blurts it all out Both dream of making it to the
3822 points that fetched the country a India look better.” in one breath. A more sedate Rin- highest level – the MLB – and
creditable second place behind Korea (4018) Winning an unheard television ku though chooses to be a bit Rinku says: “Our main focus is
in the team qualification. India will take on reality show ‘Million Dollar Arm’ more diplomatic: “First is base- baseball. We are getting nice
15th ranked Khazakstan in the first round of back in India, Rinku along with ball. I like American music and training facilities and we need to
team elimination. It was a disappointing day Gujarat’s Dinesh Patel had trav- American food. I listen to make the most of it. Learning En-
for the junior women trio of Balemai Hansda elled to the U.S. and trained un- everything.” glish is also important because
(1224), Seema Verma (1210) and Sumita Kumari (1187) who
ended 38th, 44th and 53rd, respectively.
PTI
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
09

‘‘
Whisper it...but the injury to Andrew Flintoff is not necessarily bad news for England. That is no longer the kind
of heretical statement that would, once upon a time, have brought upon the perpetrator the Inquisition. There is
now a general realisation that the talismanic all-rounder of four years ago is not as central to England’s success as before.
Like a second-hand car with plenty of miles on the clock, Flintoff’s body has become unreliable. It is a truism that when
you set off on a long journey, you are just not quite sure whether you will reach the destination.
Mike Atherton

ers
s
and Dinesh Patel,
e Million Dollar
have had a
t to their
baseball league

communication is vital in base-


ball. We need to keep on working
hard and hope for the best.”
The more talkative, Dinesh has
already set a timeframe of five
years for the final pitch. “It will
take time. We don’t have experi-
ence. I don’t know the future but
I can make it there in four or five
years maybe.”
Other players too agree. “I do, I
really do, after this year they’ll get
a better feel,” says rehab pitcher
Justin Vaclavik. “They haven’t got
a break from throwing. Being the
first year they’re doing really well
... it will take a couple of years.”
A rank higher, Bradenton Pi-
rates first team pitcher, Brent
Klinger adds: “Right now, no, but
over the period of a few years Rinku Singh pitches during a professional
maybe. They have the potential, baseball game in the Gulf Coast League in
they have to just apply them- Bradenton, Florida. PHOTO: AFP
selves. I’ve been playing since I
was eight, they have just started
playing.”
Meanwhile, the two are mak-
ing the most of the opportunity
and also dream of making it to
the Olympics with the Indian ba-
seball team. ■
10 FLICK ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Emma Watson to play princess


After playing a witch in the Harry Potter series, British actress Emma
Watson will be seen as a princess in a musical in which she teams up
with rocker Marilyn Manson.

“I’m blown away


by Shah Rukh”
“H
e had written reams of written the lyrics of my production
notes on how he wanted “Wake Up, Sid”.
to interpret his character How was it directing Shah Rukh
(in My Name Is Khan). and Kajol again?
And to him it was no big deal. He’s I am blessed to have them in my
ready to direct a film any time. He film. I don’t know what it is about
will be outstanding at it,” Karan, them. It’s just magic. They build an
whose last directorial venture Kabhi inexplicable energy on screen. They
Alvida Naa Kehna fell flat at the box instinctively understand each other’s
office, told. acting. When I direct a scene with
For My Name Is Khan, Karan is Shah Rukh and Kajol, I know I’m do-
bringing Shah Rukh and Kajol to- ing my best work. These two charac-
gether on screen after a long time ters in My Name Is Khan had to be
and he says they bring out the best in Shah Rukh and Kajol.
him. You almost didn’t get Kajol?
“I’m blessed to have them in my She had to read the script. That
film. I don’t know what it is about was it. She said yes. I wouldn’t want
them. It’s just magic. They build an any actor to say yes to my film just
inexplicable energy on screen. When because he or she is a friend. I want
I direct a scene with Shah Rukh and my actors to really do the role. I’ve
Kajol, I know I’m doing my best great friendships, but I don’t want
work,” he said. any actor to compromise on his or
My Name Is Khan is her basic tenets on cinema.
about a Muslim who suf- Was Kajol weighed down on
Their last outing together was a damp squib, fers from the Asperger location by her motherly duties?
syndrome, a form of au- Not at all. I’ve worked with Kajol in
but Karan Johar hasn’t lost his faith in Shah tism that impacts social various stages of her life. I’m working
interaction abilities, and with her again eight years later. When
Rukh Khan. He has once again teamed up with he is arrested as a sus- we worked the last time, she didn’t
pected terrorist in post-9/ have a daughter. So, of course, she’s a
him and Kajol for My Name Is Khan and 11 Los Angeles after au- different person. Today, I find her
thorities mistake his calmer more focused on her work
says the superstar is not only good at emoting disability for suspicious than ever before. Kajol manages to be
behaviour. fantastic wife-mother and actress.
but is capable of directing a film too. Excerpts from the inter- I find Shah Rukh and Kajol alike in
view: their attitude to work and family.
My Name Is Khan has They’re both so much into their
no lip-sync songs? spouses and kids. When the shot is
No, none. The songs are all in the over, they rush to their respective
background. In LA, we had fans com- family. On location in LA between
ing to us to ask if there was any track shots they spoke to each other about
like “Suraj hua madham” in “My their respective families.
Name Is Khan”. This time there’s no How was Shah Rukh?
“It’s the time to disco” and “Where’s Time and again I’m blown away by
the party tonight”. But there’s guts, Shah Rukh. How can he think of so
soul and heart in the music. I’ve a many things about his character
huge comfort zone with my compos- when he has so much on his plate?
ers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. That’s the He has done monumental research
only way good work can be done. on his autistic character. I was
Apparently, Javed Akhtar zapped by how much he knew on the
refused to share lyrical credits subject. And he brought all the
with Niranjan Iyer? knowledge on the sets.
Javed-saab is a father figure and He had written reams of notes on
our rapport goes way beyond work. how he wanted to interpret his char-
Niranjan has written the dialogues acter. And to him it was no big deal.
and two songs in My Name Is Khan. He’s ready to direct a film any time.
Javed-saab was gracious enough to He will be outstanding at it. His un-
let Nirajan write the rest of the songs. derstanding of human nature and
And when I insisted, Javed-saab had emotions can never be matched by
to write one song that only he could me. ■
and he very kindly agreed. He’s also IANS
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
11
Spears under pressure to lose weight
Pop star Britney Spears has gained 14 pounds in just one month following a break
in her world tour and is now under pressure to lose it. “She was in tears saying
they’re calling her fat again,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying.

MJ’s coffin moved Cine City


To basement of
Forest Lawn
Memorial Park

L
ate Michael Jackson’s coffin has
been secretly moved in Motown
founder Berry Gordy’s private
crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial
Park, according to the sources.
The Jackson family decided to move
the casket after the Thriller hitmaker’s
fans started gathering try and get a
look at the coffin.
“The Jackson family was not pleased
and ordered the casket to be placed in
the basement for security reasons,”
the Sun quoted a source as saying.
The source also revealed that Mi-
chael’s sister LaToya, in charge of her
brother’s body, picked out everything Reshoot
he wore in the viewing casket. There has been delay in the making of Mani
The 50-year-old singer, who appar- Ratnam’s star-studded movie Ravana and the
ently died of the cardiac arrest, was reasons were always kept under the wrap. We now
wearing two black gloves, black trou- hear the movie is almost complete but yet there
sers studded with black beads, a pearl- has been a halt. If the grapevine is to be believed,
beaded white jacket he wore to the Mani seems to be unhappy with the outcome and
Grammys, and an over-sized gold belt has decided to reshoot a few scenes of the film. It
that resembled a championship box- is believed that he has requested the star couple
ing belt. Aishwarya and Abhishek to block some dates for
Michael’s signature white glove has the reshoot. Best of luck Mani Ratnam.
also been placed in the casket. ■
ANI

Fox’s phobia

M
odel-turned-ac-
tress Megan Fox
says that she is
not very fond of
watching herself on
screen.
The Transformers star
avoids checking out her
own performance, report-
ed thesun.co.uk. “I usually
don’t watch myself. I
don’t watch playback. I Prithvi tied up with work
don’t look at still photos. I With a line of projects in Malayalam and Tamil in
have a phobia of it,” she his kitty, actor Prithviraj’s schedule is busy till the
said. end of 2010. Prithvi is also making his foray in
“But I forced myself to Telugu with Police Police. He will be seen in
sit down for Transformers Ninaithale Inikkum and Mani Ratnam’s Ravana this
2,” she added. ■ year. Industry sources say that he is the most
IANS sought after actor in South Indian film industry.
Way to go Prithvi!
12 ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shiron from Allsec Technologies has nominated his Batch 315 as Partners Mohandass from Technocrat Automation Limited has nominated his
in Crime. This picture was clicked during their VGP trip. team as Partners in Crime. This photo was taken at Siruvani, Coimbatore.

Pallavi K. from Accenture India has nominated her friends Vijji, Ancy, Sunandan K. from HCL Technologies has nominated his team as Partners
Saras and Pallavi as Partners in Crime. This photo taken in Besant Nagar in Crime. This photo was clicked at Manjolai.
Beach.

Venkatesh from Sify Technologies has nominated his friends as Partners Kumar from Cognizant Technology Solution, ASV Sun Tech Park,
in Crime. This picture was clicked at Calicut near Reji’s home. Thoraipakkam has nominated Team GENESIS as Partners in Crime. This
photo was taken during thier Graduation Day 2009.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
13

■ Hi Vipin, shower his blessing on u always & keep


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been nominated Office An- filled with delight, and ur birthday be my life so beautiful with that simple rare
gel by her friends Arthi and perfect for u! "May God bless u today smile of urs.
Savitha. and forever" with love ur fuffy (manu) RR Donnelley
with cheerz, Sanju, Prashant, Ram, Jebarson,
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Once a year I get the chance to wish u
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say, I wish u another great year. So Belated Wishes
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Swearing reduces pain


Scientists at England’s Keele University say people swear when they hurt
themselves because it actually reduces the pain.

sudoku

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HCL Technologies
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using Sony
camera.
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Genie in a court room Word’s worth
A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a Winx (wingks) an obsolete word meaning ‘to bray
genie to court - for throwing stones at like an ass.’ If you’d rather sound like the other
them and stealing their mobile phones. laughing animal, the hyena, the word for making
that sound is hau-hau.

B.C

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20


An average day on the professional front, says
Ganesha. Mundane tasks may consume a lot of
time and energy, despite that your concern for
quality work will remain high. Later in the day, you
may be worried about pending work.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20


The day will start chaotically. You will have a lot of
work piled up on your desk and you will have to
sweat it out at work, irrespective of the temperature
outside. As the day progresses, you may feel
worked out and tired.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20


You will get a couple of lessons in doing well in
BORN LOSER the professional world during the first half of the
day. The second half will be about implementing
the lessons learned. The day will demand maximum
use of your brains.
CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20
Ganesha predicts you will enjoy your time at work
today. The day at office will be all about you
flaunting your skills. Time is good for working on
new assignments. You may be able to strike a
better level of understanding with your sweetheart.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
Ceaseless thinking may keep you preoccupied the
entire day. Be it home or office, you will be
contemplating something or the other. All this
thinking will be mostly about matters related to
your personal life, especially your love life.
VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20
In the first half of the day, you will talk more and
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT work less. But things will dramatically turn around
in the latter part of the day. Here you will hardly
have time to talk or even think. A nice romantic
dinner is on the cards, says Ganesha.
LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20
At the beginning of the day, you will focus on
yourself but as the day progresses, you may start
thinking about money matters, job responsibilities
and job security. Your relation with your loved one
may strengthen up because of a positive event.
SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20
The day may not begin with any good news. But
don’t worry. The latter part of the day is entirely in
your favour. You will be duly recognised by your
peers and superiors for your decision-making skills
and ability to read a situation well.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20
Ganesha predicts that you will be very busy with a
wide range of activities at the office. Your
colleagues will constantly seek your guidance and
suggestions. The latter part of the day is slightly
unfavourable for important professional decisions.
CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20
You may be brimming with energy during the first
part of the day but lack of favourable results will
eventually lead to a burnout. You may want to get
a little more organised and disciplined at work.
Your loved one may demand a lot of attention.
AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20
PREVIOUS You will share your views and plans with your team
members and even your superiors. It might get
ISSUE’S slightly difficult to convince all of them on every
issue, but will eventually succeed if you persevere
SOLUTIONS hard enough.
PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20
Ganesha confers you as the Sultan of mood swings
today. In the beginning, you will be bored, lax and
lethargic. The work will be routine and boring. But
in second half, you will take up the mantle of
motivating others.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ! ERGO Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A dancer with the group Pilobolus performs a scene from Nine Alphajets from the French Air Force’s Patrouille de
"Dog-Id" during a dress rehearsal before the opening night France, or French Acrobatic Patrol, fly in their arrow
at the Joyce Theatre in New York. PHOTO: AFP formation over the Arc de Triomphe monument during the
Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue
in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

A bee drinks nectar from a flower in the eastern German An athlete is seen in silhouette as she competes in the
town of Hohen Neuendorf. PHOTO: AFP women’s triple jump during the IAAF Athens Grand Prix
Tsiklitiria 2009 at the Athens Olympic stadium. PHOTO: AFP