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A BYTE OF LIFE Friday, January 23, 2009

OF SPEECH Latest from Milan men’s
Asin upset with Aamir fashion week



Our city seems to be getting more con-
scious of personal security and fitness. Cor-
porates are bringing in martial arts
professionals to offer self-defence training
to the women staff on their campuses. And
fitness freaks find a new way to keep
themselves motivated – a gym partner.
» PAGES 4 & 5
02 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Namma Chennai

Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger end of the season
FILM sale is happening at the Flagship
Store on Cenatoph Road from 23
January ’09. Pick out the latest
Mexican Film Festival collections of women’s’ wear with
discounts of flat 50 per cent on
The Embassy of Mexico, New Delhi classy dresses and party wear.
and Indo Cine Appreciation Check out hot designs of winter
Foundation are organising a wear and elegant tops and
Mexican Film Festival. Bad Habits bottoms with discounts ranging up
will be screened on Monday, Pan’s to 50 per cent. Avail discounts on
Labyrinth on Tuesday, Silent Light all accessories and home
on Wednesday and Carnival of collections. For details, contact:
Sodom will be screened on 65719591 /90
Thursday. For details: Contact E Where: The Tommy Hilfiger
Thangaraj, 98401 51956. Flagship Store, 5, Cenatoph Road
Where: South Indian Film Chamber When: From January 23
Theatre, 606, Anna Salai
When: From January 26 to 29 , 6.30
p.m. FOOD

Mylai Maami
The Hunting of Deccan Plaza organises food
festival, Mylai Maami Samayal,

the Snark from Januray 23 to February 8 .

Some of the dishes are Panagam,
Neer More, Vazhathandu Charu,
’The Hunting of the Snark’,
paintings and drawings of Hans Seedai Vazhapoo Vada etc. For
Kaushik, will be exhibited at The details, contact: 6677 3333 or 98409
Madras Terrace House, 15, Sri 87713
Puram 2nd Street, Royapettah from Where: Olives multicuisine
January 25 - February 15 . You can restaurant, Deccan Plaza, 36,
see the paintings from 12 noon to Royapettah High Road, Royapettah
7 pm. For details, call: 4503 8391 When: January 23 to February 8 .
Where: The Madras Terrace House, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12
15, Sri Puram 2nd Street, noon to 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 to 11.00
Royapettah p.m. on other days.
When: From January 25 to
February15, 12 noon to 7 p.m.


Republic Day
Ssshhhh Phir Koi Hai
Promising a true horrifying
On Republic Day, Radio City has
experience with this new narrative, lined up various interactive
Ssshhhh Phir Koi Hai brings to yet programmes throughout the day
another teeth-chattering tale - between 7 am and 9 pm. The
Qayamat; encapsulating fear, breakfast show, Vanakkam Chennai,
panic, terror, anxiety, romance et will be totally dedicated to heroes.
all. ‘Speak up Chennai’ - a segment of
When: From January 23 , every the show will invite people to talk
Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. on about whom they think of as
Star One heroes. Alli Durbar with RJ Aarti
will pay tribute to women who
have made India proud.
When: January 26 , 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, January 23, 2009

We will, we will rock you

Saarang – the mother of all culturals hosted by IIT-Madras – only seems to be getting bigger and
bigger. Apart from the plethora of events, this year’s attraction, for all those music fans, is the
light music show by Sonu Niigaam and Benny Dayal. Yes...Sonu Niigaam believes in numer-
ology (if you been wondering why more vowels have been added). You are the lucky one if you
have already booked a ticket for the January 23 concert, otherwise there is the Theatre Fest
promising to leave you entertained. The theatre groups performing are: Evam Entertainment
(January 23), Ashish Sen and Group (January 24) and Primetime Theatre Company (January 25).
The plays will be staged between 6 and 7.30 p.m. at Students Activities Center, IIT-Madras.

Infant’s body found amidst Thirst choice

containers at harbour

A newborn baby was found

dead in the container yard in-
side the Chennai Port Trust on
opened it to find the infant in a
dead and decomposed state.
They alerted the police,” said P.
Wednesday. Harbour police are Nagarajan, Assistant Commis-
investigating soner of Police, Harbour.
The infant, a boy, was found in The harbour police conducted
a plastic bag amidst the contain- preliminary investigations and
ers that were stacked up after be- sent the infant’s body to Govern-
ing unloaded by lorries for ment Stanley Hospital for an
export. The bag was spotted after autopsy.
a crane lifted the containers to Whether the baby was placed 쒀
load onto a ship at the dock on between the containers at the Geese quench their thirst from a hosepipe from a lawn inside a private engineering
Wednesday afternoon. “The bag yard if it came to the yard along college campus in Adyar. PHOTO: R. RAVINDRAN
had fallen to the floor and some with some container lorry is un-
yard workers in the vicinity der investigation. ■
04 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Big Story
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valid only till February 15.

It’s never too late to meet your weight
loss goals for the year, provided you
find a suitable gym partner

ou’ve admired Salman Khan for being consistent in keeping
up that six-pack? Or wondered what it takes Shilpa Shetty to
maintain that 36-24-36 raving figure? But both cases
haven’t been motivating enough to drag you to the gym as
you are plain lazy.
One handy solution for all you lazy, motivating-seeking, wan-
nabe fitness freaks is getting hold of a perfect gym partner.

Workout partners
“My blood started to boil when I saw Shah Rukh Khan’s six-
pack. At 20, I have a six-inch flab and he at 50 flaunts his six-pack
abs. I tried working out, but the motivation did not last long and I
was back to square one until I joined a gym with my school
friend,” recalls Anirudh Nagarajan, a medical student.
“We two pot-bellied sob partners decided to gym together,
which surprisingly proved to be of great help. Six months down
the line, I lost four-and-a-half kilos and we still workout together
and he is a kilo behind me.”
Prajeev T.K., 23, works for an event management company and
is a regular gym goer. What drags him to the fitness centre?
“When I workout with my friend I don’t know how time flies and
the session goes smooth. Especially when I do weights, I tend to
lift more knowing that my partner will help me out if needed,”
Prajeev says. “Not only that, I feel safe checking out girls as I have
a company,” he winks.
A good number of youngsters will swear that a good gym
partner is their inspiration behind hitting the treadmill.
“A gym/fitness partner can prove a good motivator. When one
is lazy the other pushes, and vice-versa. Sometimes, it can also
act as healthy competition,” says Jayavarma J., fitness specialist,
Maverick gym, Indira Nagar.
However, a few fitness experts say the partner doesn’t matter
once one enters the gym, since individual needs are different and
each body type requires a unique workout routine. ■

Things you must see in a gym partner

~ My friend next door: Proximity plays an important
role as whenever you are lazy your gym partner can drag
you to the gym or vice-versa. A lot of time is saved as one
doesn’t have to wait for the other.
~ Ageing gracefully: Find a person who is in and
around your age. There are three levels of working out –
beginner, intermediate and advanced. It gets more effective
when you belong to the same age group. It also becomes
easy to relate.
~ Size does matter: Instead of being inspired, you
would end being envious if your partner is fitter-looking
than you. So, choose a friend whose gym requirements are
the same. You might end up competing with each other for
a better body.
Friday, January 23, 2009

I kick, spray, hit…

it comes handy
Those late working hours should
get safer if you have equipped Reshma Sharma’s
workshop in
yourself with a crash course in progress

self-defence, as many women

have discovered Wipro, HCL,
MONISHA MOHANDAS encouraging them to go
CTS and take up a lesson or two. Perot
As the safety of em- Systems

epper spray, chilli ployees is paramount for
powder, knife and companies, a majority of have
blade. These are not firms today have the karate approached
the ingredients of a instructor brought to the
dish, if you thought so, but campus to equip staff with
us to
a new recipe that is in- the necessary skills. conduct
creasingly being tried to Paradigm Shift, a Chen- training
safeguard one from mis- nai-based self-defence
chief-mongers – anywhere, centre, conducts pro- classes, so
any time of the day. grammes for corporates we go to
Whether you are travell- and well as open sessions
ing alone in the night or once a month. Their self-
want to defend yourself defence programme called campuses
from some unwanted male ‘Give It To Them (GITT)’ is and train
advances, the city’s grow- conducted by Tharuna
ing self-defence classes Shah. nearly 100
have the answer to all your “Wipro, HCL, CTS and employees a
complaints. Perot Systems have ap-
Crime and harassment proached us to conduct
against women has forced training classes, so we go
many women to take up to their campuses and
self-defence classes as a train nearly 100 employees
protective gear. Though a month,” says Tharuna,
Chennai has not see many founder and director. Tharuna Shah’s
incidents of the kind in the From personal develop- self-defence
recent past, the cases in ment to handling handy class
Bangalore and Delhi were equipment like chilli spray
enough to send a “chill to kick-boxing, women are
down the spine” of their taught how to use simple
Chennai cousins. objects as a weapon. How karate helped me continue my job
Safety first Lessons or two It was after the murder and rape of a BPO
Ajuba Solutions, for ex- “A number of women employee in Bangalore that my parents got more
ample, conducts self-de- want to learn self-defence cautious about my safety and insisted that I enrol
fence programmes techniques as they face vi- in a self-defence class.
periodically for its women olence and lewd com- After making a few enquiries, I decided to join the
employees. ments at office as well as at crash course offered by Shihan Hussaini. I chose
Various tips and tech- home,” says Reshma Shar- the one-week self-defence capsule called L.S.L.T –
niques on how to antici- ma, who teaches karate Life Saving Lethal Techniques. It taught me the
pate and avoid getting into and conducts self-defence importance of presence of mind.
a potentially dangerous camps on request. “These Impressed with the coaching I decided to take up
situation, how to diffuse a classes can pull up their a full-fledged course in karate. I joined the
physical strength and
Isshiryu Karate’s Tough Track to Black Belt
situation while protecting
(IKTTBB), which is a one-year intensive
oneself from bodily harm mental ability to handle
programme. This is a step-by-step process for one
and how to defend one harassment.” to graduate from white belt to black belt. I have
physically in case the sit- Karate master Shihan now reached the brown belt (second kyu) and am
uation requires are among Hussaini is also of a similar looking forward to the test. Though I am not
the practical classes im- opinion. “I have IT em- subject to any abuse, the classes have boosted my
parted. It doesn’t stop at ployees taking classes from confidence to handle any situation.
that. me as a safety precaution (Samantha Roddericks works with Cognizant
Tips and techniques re- as many are of the opinion Technology Solutions as technical writer)
lated to self-defence are that Chennai is not safe,”
displayed on the compa- says Hussaini. “Some get
ny’s intranet and emails so involved that they take
are sent to all employees up a one-year course.” ■
06 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Tough day for Armstrong

Lance Armstrong avoided a serious crash which ended the race prospects of eight
cyclists, including defending champion Andre Greipel, during the third stage the Tour
Down Under. Strong winds, hills and a helicopter also tested Armstrong’s patience and
stamina in his comeback race after three years in retirement. For the third straight day,
Armstrong finished among the main pack. He was officially 32nd of the 124 riders.

Ruthless Rafa
Serena, Mauresmo put through paces
Sri Lanka revise India

merciless Rafal Nadal
tour schedule barged into the Australian
The central town of Dambulla will host just one Open third round on
match instead of two during India’s upcoming tour Thursday but patchy three-
of Sri Lanka, the two cricket boards said in a time champion Serena Williams
statement on Thursday. Dambulla, which was due was put through her paces. In hot
to hold the first two matches of the five-match and blustery conditions, the
one-day series, will now host only the opening Spanish world number one
game on January 28. crushed Roko Karanusic of Croa-
The remaining four matches and a Twenty20 tia 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 to stay on track for
international will be played in Colombo during the his first hardcourt Grand Slam ti-
brief tour, which ends on February 10. The first and tle.
fifth one-dayer will be day games, while the other In contrast, Williams needed to
matches will be played under lights. The series was mount a second set recovery after
finalised to partly fill the gap created by India’s Gisela Dulko took a 5-2 lead. The
cancelled tour of Pakistan in January-February American finally woke up to reel
following the Mumbai attacks in November. India off five games in a row and tame
last toured Sri Lanka in July-August of 2008, losing the Argentinean 6-3, 7-5. Nadal
the Tests 1-2 before winning the one day series 3-2. wrapped it his one-sided match
Revised schedule: Jan 28 - First one-dayer, Dambulla in 97 minutes to set up a clash
Jan 31 - Second one-dayer, Premadasa stadium, with 79th-ranked German Tom-
Colombo (day/night) Feb 3 - Third one-dayer, my Haas.
Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (d/n) Feb 5 - Fourth
one-dayer, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (d/n) Feb 8 Comfortable win
- Fifth one-dayer, Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo “He played aggressively, it’s
Feb 10 - Twenty20 international, Premadasa not easy to play against someone
Stadium, Colombo. who plays inside the court and
AFP hits big shots with the forehand,”
Nadal said. “But I feel very com-
fortable here and I’m very happy
with the victory.”
Williams acknowledged her
Visa warning for Zimbabwe performance had been good, rat-
ing it a D minus. “Today I was at
cricket chief like a D minus at best,” she said.
“But it’s good that I was able to
The Australian government on Thursday warned win, too, when I wasn’t playing
Zimbabwe cricket boss Peter Chingoka that he must my best. I definitely will try to do
have good grounds to enter the country to attend better. She had some opportuni- PHOTO: AFP
an International Cricket Council conference. ties but I never felt like I was go-
Chingoka is one of 254 Zimbabweans not ing to lose.” playing right now and I just want Seeds sail
permitted entry into Australia because of their links She joins top seed Jelena Jan- to go as far as I can, just enjoy
with Robert Mugabe’s regime in the strife-torn kovic, third seed Dinara Safina every single match I play here.” Among the men, Chilean 13th
African nation. But Chingoka’s position as chairman and fifth seed Ana Ivanovic in the Also safely through was eighth seed Fernando Gonzalez sped
of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) means he is required to third round after they all assured seed Svetlana Kuznetzova and past Argentina’s Guillermo Ca-
attend the two-day conference of directors that their berths on Wednesday. 2006 champion Amelie Maures- nas. The 2007 finalist out-
begins January 31. While the Williams’ are consi- mo, who survived a scare from punched Canas in a tight first set
The ICC on Thursday could not confirm whether dered favourites, the unassuming British qualifier Elena Baltacha to before winning 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in
Chingoka had applied for a visa Elena Dementieva is in a rich vein win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The experienced two hours and 19 minutes, set-
to visit Australia, and attempts of form. Frenchwoman, in her 14th year of ting up a clash with 24th seed Ri-
by the domestic news agency, Grand Slam tennis, warned she chard Gasquet. “I’ve never played
Australian Associated Press Russian challenge would get better as the tourna- him but I know he’s a great player
(AAP), to contact ZC’s The Russian fourth seed steam- ment progressed. Next up for her and it’s going to be a tough
headquarters were unsuccessful. rolled Czech Republic’s Iveta is dark horse Victoria Azarenka, match,” Gonzlaez said of Gas-
Australia’s Department of Benesova 6-4, 6-1. The Beijing who continued her recent im- quet.
Foreign Affairs and Trade Olympic gold medallist is seen as pressive form by breezing past They were joined by sixth-
(DFAT) said that Chingoka one of the most consistent the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvito- seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon
would need “very particular players never to have won a va 6-2, 6-1. The Belarusian teen- who bounced back from losing
grounds” for Foreign Minister Stephen Smith to Grand Slam and she senses her ager, ranked 14 in the world, lurks the first set to down big-serving
grant him entry. “Australia’s sanctions are an time is coming. “I’m not thinking as an outside chance here after Australian Chris Guccione 6-7
important mechanism for applying pressure on the about my chances,” she insisted. winning her first WTA tourna- (5/7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. ■
Mugabe regime,” a DFAT spokesman said. “I’m really enjoying the way I’m ment in Brisbane two weeks ago. AFP
Friday, January 23, 2009

I know he (Shoaib Akhtar) has said he wants to play on for another three or four
years. But I don’t think he can now handle the pressures and demands of five-day
cricket. He is a very good bowler but I think he would be well advised to restrict his career
to one-day and Twenty20 matches that way I can see him carry on for another two or
three years.
Waqar Younis


Sunil Chettri going for trial with English

Championship side Coventry City
AYON SENGUPTA sign for the Washington club. But I am go- ing to play abroad next season, that’s for
sure,” he adds.

elhi lad Sunil Chettri seems to be the Chettri, who is under contract with Kol-
toast of Indian soccer the current kata side East Bengal for the current sea-
season. After being linked with En- son, will play the club’s opening fixture of
glish clubs Fulham and Leeds Unit- the second phase of the I-League on Janu-
ed over the last couple of months the ary 24 against another Kolkata side Chirag
diminutive striker is at last heading to Eu- United before departing for London. “I am
rope for a trial with English Championship a professional and my coach has requested
side Coventry City. me to play that game,, so I think I will only
According to club sources, club manager travel after that.
and former Fulham star Chris Coleman My contract with the club states that I
was impressed with Chettri’s prowess and can go for trial abroad if the situation
had studied a detailed recording of the arises,” Chettri says.
striker’s performance both in the national East Bengal’s ASEAN Cup winning coach
side and his club East Bengal. “My agent Subhash Bhowmick, who took charge of
had presented the City management with a the club after a disastrous first leg, also
CD of my games and they seem to have doesn’t have a problem with Chettri mis-
liked it. They were impressed with the fact sing out on crucial second leg matches. “If
that I had scored a hattrick at the AFC Chal- he can get a foothold in England it is only
lenge Cup final,” Sunil says. “I know noth- going to serve Indian football better. So we
ing about the trial; I am expected to travel should think about the larger picture. My
with the team and watch them play a best wishes are with him,” Bhowmick says.
League game on January 28. After that I Coventry, who were relegated from the
think they will work on my trial.” top division of English football in 2001 after
Chettri, who already has an offer from a gap of 34 years, are right now struggling at
MLS side DC United, says his first aim is to the 13th spot in the English second divi-
play in England. “The DC offer still stands. I sion.
just need to go and sign it after three The club is looking for some bold new
months. But I think playing in England is a signings during the January transfer win-
bigger challenge so I want to give this a dow and also for the next season to make a
shot. Otherwise I can always go back and bid back to Premiership reckoning. ■

Money matters
He may not have seen much
action on the football field but
with speculations running left,
right and centre about his record
breaking move to low-lying En- ship deals linked to him remain-
glish side Manchester City, Kaka ing at Milan, City were presented
made sure that he always re- with a complex scenario. But
mained in the media spotlight. while City had three lawyers, Ka-
As accusations and counter ac- ka’s father tried to personally
cusations flow thick between that handle negotiations himself. “It is
player, his agents and the two like buying a business, you have
clubs involved – AC Milan and to carry out your due diligence so
Manchester City – many say foot- you know what you are buying,”
ball has won the battle against City officials said. “If each one of
commercialism and capitalism as those sponsors decides if the
the Brazilian refused a move to player goes to Manchester City
the relatively unknown Manches- they are pulling out, there is a
ter side bankrolled by a Saudi consequence for the player.”
millionaire. (Each week we feature a player who
AC Milan had agreed to the has defied odds and come out as
whopping transfer fee on the of- winner during the past week. But
fering but ultimately the player this week’s pick, Kaka is here for
and Man City failed to reach a something totally different. If you
PHOTO: RAJEEV BHATT common point. With Kaka have a pick for next week send it to
backed by 20 personal sponsor- us at
08 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

What men w
The men’s fashion week in Milan has emerged with some rather interesting finds and re-finds that cou

Gabbana of stealing his quilted tie showcased in Milan might be-

trouser look, which he show- come menswear’s answer to last Studded jacket from
cased in June 2008, in their 2009- season’s two-toned tights by Roberto Cavalli
2010 fall/winter collection. Chanel.
D&G retorted, “We surely have The fashion house’s stole jack-
plenty to learn, but certainly not et, too, might catch up on the de-
from him. The Armani style was mand list.

men’s fashion week is, never a source of inspiration for While Karl Lagerfeld recently
more often than not, much us and it is years since we have and famously declared the usher-
duller and low on drama in bothered to watch his collec- ing in of the new modesty and ex-
comparison to the wom- tions.” it of bling, Roberto Cavalli and
en’s wear ones. The clothes, spec- Come to think of it, quilting Prada seemed to think otherwise.
tators and critics complain, have might be next season’s next big While the latter went all out with
little distinguishing character. thing. Besides the before-men- studded shirts, trousers, over-
(Does one remember anything tioned feuding designers, the coats and even shoes, Cavalli
but the skinny ties from last sea- menswear week has also seen showed relative restraint with
son?) The fall/winter 2009-2010 quilting in Vivienne Westwood studded leather belts and jackets.
edition of the men’s fashion (trousers again) and Etro’s collec- While skinny is on its way out of
week in Milan, however, threw tions. Moreover, besides the women’s wardrobes, Gucci went
up some drama. Quilted trousers trousers, D&G has opted for quilt- retro with rock ‘n’ roll. Read
here were the centre of debate. ing even on jackets, either whole leather and fur jackets and very
Giorgio Armani accused designer or on the collars. skinny shiny disco pants. A case of
duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Emporio Armani’s two-toned one’s loss and another’s gain? ■

The stole jacket

from Emporio
Armani Skinny pants
from Gucci

Armani’s two-
toned tie
Friday, January 23, 2009

uld be the coming season’s next big thing
Lesser-known labels that
are now not so
S he’s been called a one-woman design
stimulus, the leader of the fashion
world and a practitioner of change you
can wear. But whatever silly title you
bestow upon USA’s new First Lady
Michelle Obama, 45, there’s no doubt
that in the first hours of her husband’s
presidency, she injected a sense of style
and modernity that has long been missing
Bling from Prada. PHOTOS: AFP from the White House.
In the process, she generated the first
Quilted pants, front-page headlines for fashion in a long
again, from time, with everyone from The New York
Vivienne Times to the Wall Street Journal deeming
Westwood her choices worthy of careful analysis and
explanation. No disrespect intended to
Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton or Barbara
Bush, but Obama’s recent predecessors on
the arm of power were defined by tastes
in fashion that were more frumpy than
fresh. Now, the younger first lady mood is
young, vibrant, democratic and supportive
of a distinctly American sense of style.
So it was out with fancy gowns and
accessories from foreign fashion icons like
Oscar De La Renta, Christian Dior and
Yves St Laurent. Even old school US
designers like Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren
and Calvin Klein didn’t get a look in at
the first lady’s wardrobe. Instead the
clothiers of the historic day were the
previously little known designers Isabel
Toledo and Jason Wu.
Most people watching had never heard of
either of them, but quickly learnt that
Toledo is a Cuban-American who has
been designing under her own name for
20 years in New York, selling her
creations at the exclusive department
store Barney’s and briefly serving as the
creative director for Anne Klein. Wu, who
is only 26, is even more obscure. The
Taiwanese-born designer only graduated
from fashion school three years ago and
was recommended to Obama by the
owner of one of her favourite Chicago
boutiques. In an interview Wednesday,
Wu explained how he was asked to make
a gown for Obama but had no idea she
had picked
out his
creation for
the historic
occasion. In
fact he was
sitting on his
couch eating
pizza when
he saw his
dress had
been chosen.
“I was
excited and
happy,” he
told MSNBC.
“To be part of
history is my
dream come
true.” ■

Quilted pants and jacket from D&G PHOTOS: AFP

10 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Akon insists on being just 21

Rapper Akon is totally confused about his age.
His birth certificate suggests he was born in April
1977, but he refuses to believe he is 31 years old
and insists he is in his 20s.

Mono earring is back

Angelina Jolie revives the trend that was
popular among Madonna, Cindy Crawford
and other stars in the late ’80s

ngelina Jolie revived the
trend of the mono ear-
ring by wearing it at the
Berlin premiere of The
Curious Case of Benjamin But-
The 33-year-old actress mod-
elled a lone diamond-encrusted
feather earring by jeweller Asprey,
under her ‘50s glam bouffant
alongside boyfriend Brad Pitt at the
premiere, reports the New York
Daily News.
They were popular among Ma-
donna, Cindy Crawford and other
stars in the late ’80s.
Meanwhile, the Tomb Raider
star has sparked rumours that she
may quit the film industry for
good by planning another long
break from acting this year.
She has often spoken about
giving priority to her family’s
well-being over films.
The mother-of-six
stayed most of 2008
away from work so
as to prepare for
the birth of twins
Knox and Vivienne.
She is now plan-
ning another long
hiatus. ■

Maguire to produce film Jim Carrey reveals fears

based on ’Good People’ over gay kiss in film
Tobey Maguire has been signed on to Canadian-American film actor Jim Carrey
produce big screen adaptation of Marcus has revealed that while deciding on whether
Sakey’s crime novel Good People. to take up the role of a homosexual convict
The Spiderman star is also the in I Love You Phillip Morris, he battled fears
frontrunner to play the male lead role. that he might discover that he enjoyed
The novel tracks the tale of a couple in kissing men, which could affect him in real
debt from several rounds of futile fertility life. The film stars Carrey as jailed con artist
treatments who think their problems are Steven Jay Russell who falls in love with his
solved when they stumble upon money cellmate Phillip Morris, played by Ewan
found in their deceased tenant’s McGregor. The two actors locked lips for the
apartment. The 33-year-old actor, who comedy drama, prompting the actor to
rose to fame with his role as Peter Parker, wonder what effect it would have on him
has been signed on for Spider-Man 4 and and his relationship with Jenny McCarthy, if
5 too, reports Variety magazine. he found himself enjoying it. “I did find
He is set to work with director Sam myself wondering what will people think?
Raimi, who too has been roped in for the And what if I like it? And how will that
future instalments. ■ affect me? And Jenny?” Contactmusic
ANI quoted him as saying. ■
Friday, January 23, 2009
Jennifer Hudson to perform at Grammys
Jennifer Hudson has confirmed that she will be performing at
the Grammy Awards, and is ready to face the spotlight again
after having faced the horrors of her tragic family murders.

Asin upset Cine City

with Aamir

e have heard of actors throw-
ing tantrums during the sets,
but Asin is doing that post
Although, she has gained immense
popularity amongst Bollywood indus-
try, she is upset with actor Aamir Khan
for his dictatorial terms of not giving
her the deserving media attention
and recognition. As per sources, Aa- New venture
mir did not allow her to talk to the After several decades in Kollywod, actor Prabhu has
media before the release of the movie decided to enter the Kannada film industry.
and what worsened the situation was According to sources, he has flown down from
that the publicity stills that were re- Kolkata, where he was shooting for Mani Ratnam’s
leased to the media consisted of on- Ravan, to Mysore to take part in the shooting of his
ly Aamir. upcoming Kannada movie titled Boss. Directed by
Though Asin had agreed to this debutant Raghu Raj, Boss is produced by Ramesh
in the beginning, she realised that Yadav. Prabhu dons the role of an investigative
this was a big mistake later on. officer in the film.
Sidelined by the actor and the
producers, the lady had insisted
with Vipul Shah, the director of
London Dreams, that she be al-
lowed to talk to the media when
she wished or else she would ter-
minate the contract.
Joseph Tottumkal, her father
and also her manager, says that
she was merely demanding the
right to freedom of speech.
Whatever said and done, with
the Nokia Screen Awards for
female debutant in Bollywood,
she has made her mark in this
industry. ■
Ergo Correspondent

Fan following
Unlike other film promotions which involve lot of
fanfare, Dhanush recently chose to be around his
fans to popularise his latest release, Padikadhavan.
He visited two cinema halls, Albert and Kasi, and
saw the movie with the masses. We heard that a
customary ‘palabishekam’ was done for his cut-out
at Albert theatre. He is expected to tour Trichy and
Madurai to meet his fans.
12 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday’s Query: Rajamani TCS,

Infoview Technologies,
Which is your Rajesh, Siva ,PMC,
Upendrah, FSS,
favourite motorbike Uday, Barry-Wehmiller,
Manjula G,
and why? Cameo Corporate Service,
Amarnath, TCS
■ Royal Enfield Bullet. A bullet is
the best cause of its pioneering ■ Yamaha RX-100. The roaring
thump for over 50 years and sound during the top-gears and
enduring performance on any the beat it has, thrills the rider
surface. Everybody gives way to and of course almost everybody
the legend and I’m proud to be a who are hearing it from a long
Bulleter. distance.
Vijay, SathyaNarayanan,
Mohan Kumar, FSS,
TCS Senthil Arjunan,
Calsoft Ltd,
■ Bajaj CT100 the best fuel ARS, Perot Systems,
efficient vehicle. Amudhan, Sify Vasanth from IBM Daksh, Chennai, has nominated his friends as
Gunasekar, Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked in Ooty.
PMC ■ Samurai just because it has
crossed one lakh kilometers going
■ Bajaj Discover because it’s strong. Vasu,
simple and powerful. AdventNet
Wipro ■ Scooty comfortable for ladies,
reducing the petrol in traffic
■ Bajaj Pulsar DTSi 220CC signals by auto kick start.
because it is "Definitely Male". Ramya Selvaraj,
Kalyan V, Infosys, Perot Systems
Cognizant, ■ The real road ruler’s bike, Hero
Vijay, Technip Honda Karizma. A guy is a real
hero only on this bike.
■ Evergreen TVS 50. Aparna,
Kesavan, Murali, HCL
Ravi, PMC,
Arun, Sify, ■ Yamaha R1, no others beat it.
Shiva HCL, Yamaha only for men .
Michael, Sebanto, Levi,
Cognizant, Infoview Technologies
Vibina Rajakumar, Ganesh Babu Jagadeesan from Infosys has nominated his friends as
Infoview Technologies ■ Yamaha RX 135, great look, Partners in Crime. This photo was clicked at Aaliyar Dam, Pollachi,
sound, pick up etc. during their team trip.
■ Unicorn with a rocket engine. Mohamed Siddiq A,
Wow and then drive. TCS,
Biraja, HCL, Senthil Kumar,
Lalitha, Infosys HCL
Art featured in this column will receive
■ Harley Davidson because it’s ■ No doubt, it’s new Bajaj Pulsar gift coupons from Fruit Shop on Greams
the only bike that can bet with 180. It looks very well. Good Road. Send in your addresses so that we
cars and in fact Bajaj Discover mileage. I feel comfortable while can post the coupons.
bcoz simply it’s my bike. riding the bike. Better disc break
Goutham, to save our life.
Infoview Technologies Sabarinathan M,
■ Hero Honda Splendour easy to (Web Team)
ride and maximum mileage. Sutiksha
Kesava, Srikanth,
Today’s Query: Sudhakaran of
Wipro Technologies
Prakash, PMC, doodled this.
Balaji K M, If you could take up
Mindtree Ltd
an oath for Republic
■ Bajaj Pulsar because it is stylish
and powerful pickup. Day, what would it
RR Donnelley, be?
Friday, January 23, 2009

■ Dear Ammu, ■ Hi Vanitha, ■ Hi Priya,

As we observe your birthday now,
Your cake and gifts don’t matter much. We If there’s something that you’re dreaming of Wish you many more happy returns of the
celebrate a person who then may it all come true, because you day!!! May god bless you and all your dreams
Brings happiness to everyone, deserve it all. Many More Happy Returns In come true.
Someone who gives more than she gets, And Advance By Siva....
fills our lives with joy and fun. So Happy Best Wishes, Sathiya & Team, HCL Tech,
Birthday, and many more! ■ Hi Senthil
Chennai Future Bright Team, Wipro ■ Dear Chandini, Birthday HAPPY Birthday man. I wish u say this
Wish you Advance Happy Returns of the day, along with wo angel’s accompanying u always
■ Dear Vidhya, May your very special day overflow with joy with Health & Wealth to blossom U forever.
Wish you a many more happy returns of the and peace thank god for his grace and mercy Cheers!!!
day. May God bless ur future with lots of his wonders to you never cease we love you With Love & Affection, Kamal TCS
surprises. We wish for u that whatever u want and cherish you we wish that every one of
most in life, it comes to u, just the way u your birthday will be the happiest yet ■ Dear Angu Nanba
imagined it or better. Wave-2 & UM-non prod team Wish you a Happy Birth Day.We turn not older
From your ever loving team. Aghi, Albert, Charu, with years but newer every day.
Karthika, Krithika, Lawrence, Luxmi, Manik, Mani V, ■ Dear Mummy, Hearty wishes from,
Merlin, Rajesh, Rekha, Rohini, Samu, SathisK, Sathis, Wish you a very happy birthday. Sekar, Kishore, Sweatha, Karthik, Vinoth, Arjun
Shankar, Sudha, Suganthi, Tamil, VijayB, VijayC, PUTINA ROJU SUBAKANSHKALU:). Trimble, 3I, CI, WEIR, HCL
Vimal. TCS Wish you all success and hapiness from this
moment. May god bless you with all wealth ■ Dear Neenu Merry Stephen
■ Hi Mathini, and happiness. Have a great year ahead dear... Its another day For you . GOD picked another
Many More Happy Returns of the Day With love... Akila & Lakshmi, HCL petals on your flower, wishing your flowers
MATHINI - 23/01/09... Mathini Means for M – may bloom for year.
Morale; ■ Dear Jo, Wish you Many More Happy Returns of the
A – Affectionate; T – Talented; Happy Happy Birthday!!! Hope you get your Day.
H – Humble; I – Innocent ; N – Noble dream guy (6.2) this year:-) Determination Jo Gourisankar T S
I – Instinct character; Come on dear….Spread will pay. Cheers! Hexaware Technologies Ltd
your smile for Ever!!! ILP team Gomathi, Krithika, Shankar, Jay
Sajini, Viji (Infosys), Kasthuri & Sankari, Five star ■ Dear Krishna,
group, TCS ■ Hi Lourthuraj ( Rajkutti) We Wish U A Very Very Happy Birthday.
Wish you Many more Happy Returns of the May God Bless You with all your wishes come
■ Dear Porkodi, Day & Wish you all success and happiness from true this year.
Greetings for you B’Day. Wishing you a day as this moment . Have a Wonderful and Prosperous year
special as you are. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We wish From, Justien , Kani,Rakshan & Prabu ahead...
you Many many more happy returns of the Wth Luv,
day. Have a very nice & prosperous year ■ Hey Everloving GE Team
ahead. May all the forthcoming days pour First you forget names; then you forget faces;
happiness and joy on you for your lifetime. then you forget to zip up your fly; and then ■ Dear Ibrahim
Pirandha naal nalvazhthukal. Padhinaarum you forget to unzip your fly. May u grow to He is not born once, He does not die once, He
pettru peruvazhvu vazhga!!! be toothless ! happy b’day simple. have a gr8 is born everyday,
4ever your frndz, day and a fabulous year ahead. He is trendy and his name is Ibrahim.
Ramachandran G, Manikandan, Indhumathi and with luv...Collins n Sreejith Many Many Many More Happy Returns of this
Vishal kutty, TCS - SNR. day baby!
■ Dear Veecharuva VIKY Wishes from,
■ Hey Siva(Jack), Yengal vizhak kuluvin saarbaka viky techyin Balaji, Senthil, Gopi, John, Vimal, Rakesh,
Happy b’day Jack. We wish you a wonderful piranthanaalai munittu yengalathu Mark, Navneeth, Aravind and all other Allsecians.
life filled with love and happiness. You are vazhthukkalai therivithuk kolgirom."Porom
very special and you deserve the best. Oru porom kondada porom viky techy yoda ■ Hi Senthil
treatukaga ewlo panna wendiyadhu iruku ;-) piranthanaalai kondada porom !" Wish u a Birthday HAPPY Birthday man...
Cheers, Friends, Cognizant happy birthday viky! I wish u say this along with
Hearty wishes, Two angel’s accompanying u always with
■ Hi Raj, Commitee Members. Health & Wealth to blossom U forever
Wish u many many more happy returns of the Cheers Buddy!!!!
day...May this year ■ Dear Azar, With Love & Affection
and the ones to come bring great laurels to Wishing u a Happy Birthday and many more Kamal, Kamalakannan S, TCS
you. to come. We wish all ur birthday dreams and
Sadhana, CTS wishes comes true & Also may the god bless u ■ Hi Wiproites
with all u desire & deserve! u’re older today Happy Republic Day.
■ Dear Seshadri, than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, Lukeson
"Many Many Advanced Happy Returns of the Happy Birthday. Happy B’day to mom’s Kanna Wipro
Day. Enjoy a real cool birthday. (maa)!!!
Deepak Vasudevan, Verizon Data Services With love, ■ Dear Kevin,
Aman & Parveen, Parjan, Anand & Inayath Let this Day brings u all the joy and success, as
■ Dear Nandhini, u ever asked for. Wishing u A Very Happy
Once a year we get the chance ■ Dear Nithie, Birthday!
To wish you birthday cheer. So happy birthday Wishing you health, Happiness and love on Let ur B’day Lights up with smiles & glows
to you Nandhini, From the bottom of our your special day and always! Have a with all love and care.
heart. And may your good times multiply, Till wonderful Birthday! cheers!
they’re flying off the chart! Hearty wishes from, Friends Wishes From,
Wit love, Changamithra & team, HCLT Gershome, Srini, Team ATG, E&A & P&U, Allsec Tech
14 ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

Music madness

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Floorboard fugitive Word’s worth
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Your honesty to work is projected today. You will
make a plan for work and stick to it. Personal life is
going to play secondary role. Your soft heart may
inspire you to have a lovely conversation with your
beloved. In short, it is a positive day, in your favour.


Ganesha finds an intense lover in you today. On the
other hand, on work front, it is important day for
discussing long lasting projects and day also favours
serious brainstorming sessions. Towards end of the
day, you may wish to spent time with beloved one.


There may be conflict of emotions and practicality
BORN LOSER today. Ganesha feels that best is to have objective
approach towards your work so that you can take
right decision. Your attachment with your beloved
may become stronger today, feels Ganesha.
It may be the day of team work. If you remain low
profile, you may learn more in group discussions.
Ganesha’s insight says that you may also be quite
concerned about life partner. Those expecting to
meet someone special have stars in favour.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
In case of joint efforts, you may feel little strained
so if you are working on a project, just watch out
and try not to be apprehensive. Ganesha feels that
you should be bit careful while dealing with your
superiors today.
This is a favourable day if you are in R and D
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT department. On the personal front, you may need to
avoid being apprehensive about your partner’s
behaviour. In second part of the day, you can have
merry times with beloved one or spouse.
You may wish to avoid complexity at work so you
may remain attentive and cautious. If you are in
serious relationship, you may wish to take a
decision. If already married or in relationship, day
indicates harmony with the partner.
Today, you may be focussed on one particular
subject and may wish to think about it till you find
solution. Towards evening, you may put off
someone close to heart, unknowingly. Ganesha
advises you to handle relationship with care.
Ganesha feels that you may have pragmatic
approach towards your work. The day is good for
working on important projects. Personal front and
relationships do not seem to have any problem. So
you can expect smoother sailing today, in general.
You may be pretty confident today. Anger is
something you need to control. You may also
expect your team members working harder. Due to
your charming outlook, your beloved one may
remain in a cheerful mood and make your day!
PREVIOUS Financial planning may draw your attention so even
while you are working at office, this factor may be
ISSUE’S running on the second track in your mind. You may
need to curtail expenses. You may not be able to
SOLUTIONS devote full time to your life partner or admirer.
Ganesha finds you in a mood to finish your targets.
You may be pretty energetic with lots of new ideas.
Ganesha advises you not to deviate and keep
working on current projects, so as to finish them
first. Personal life is fine today.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ! ERGO Friday, January 23, 2009

A gardener woman
kumquat trees for
the lunar New Year
celebrations makes
her way toward
downtown Hanoi on
Thursday. AFP PHOTO

Miss India Parvathy

displays designers
Shane and Falguni’s
collection during the
Gitanjali Luxury Fest
2009 in Mumbai on
Wednesday night.