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A BYTE OF LIFE Friday, August 22, 2008 18 11 ROCK ON Animal Spotting At
A BYTE OF LIFE
Friday, August 22, 2008
18
11
ROCK ON
Animal Spotting At
Farhan Akhtar on singing
and acting
Mudumalai Sanctuary in the monsoon
FREE CIRCULATION
Vol. 2
No. 164
WEAR YOUR
MUSIC
drink
Rock, punk,
electric or jazz, let
your clothes show
what you like. Be
it The Rolling
Stones’ iconic
tongue and lip
design that adorns
t-shirts around the
world or
Converse’s new
Kurt Cobain shoes,
music-inspired
wear is a cool way
to let your clothes
sing your taste.
Page 12
Worried about beer bellies and
vodka waists? Mithra Suresh
profiles some low calorie drinks
from the city’s pubs
» Page 04
PHOTO: R.RAVINDRAN
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Namma Chennai

Madras Day Alert

Executive Chef G. Amsa Raju is organising a food festival titled – ‘Cuisines of the Madras Presidency – A journey into the Past’. The festival is on at Hotel Green Park, Vadapalani, from 10 a.m.

Top Ten Fiction

1.

Brida – Paulo Coelho. Rs.

Man held as a result of outdated data at airport

295

2.

– Chetan Bhagat. Rs. 95

3.

The 3 Mistakes of My Life

Sea of Poppies – Amitav

2. – Chetan Bhagat. Rs. 95 3. The 3 Mistakes of My Life Sea of Poppies

Ghosh. Rs. 599

4.

Jeffrey Archer. Rs. 270

5.

A Prisoner of Birth –

The Kite Runner – Khaled

Hosseini. Rs. 315

6. Six Suspects – Vikas Swarup. Rs. 495

7. Shantaram – Gregory Roberts. Rs. 475

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled

Hosseini. Rs. 395

9.

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri. Rs.

450

10.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. Rs. 195

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1.

The Secret – Rhonda

Byrne. Rs. 550

A red corner notice issued by the Interpol on a Hungar-

ian national in 2004 was re-

2008.

Unfortunately, thanks to outdat- ed computer data with the immi- gration authorities here, he was detained when he landed at the Chennai airport on Thursday morning. Police sources said the Hun- garian national was Peter Wil- liams (48), who had come from Frankfurt in Germany to meet his son in Chennai by a Lufthansa flight in the early hours of Thurs- day. After disembarking, Williams proceeded to the immigration counter at the Anna International Terminus, where the immigra- tion authorities found that his passport number matched one on Interpol’s wanted persons list issued to the world’s prominent

voked in

2.

The Last Lecture – Randy

Pausch. Rs. 295

3. 2700 4. billion Dollar Battle for a Global Industry – Tim Bouquet & Bryon

3.

2700

4.

billion Dollar Battle for a Global Industry – Tim Bouquet & Bryon Ousey. Rs. 650

Mario de Miranda – Rs.

Cold Steel: The Multi

5. 6. 7.

5.

6.

7.

Greatness Guide 2 –

Robin Sharma. Rs. 195

Go Kiss The World: Life

airports. Williams was detained and handed over to the CBI in Chennai. A CBI probe revealed that Wil- liams, a businessman now resid- ing in Sweden, was served with an Interpol red corner notice in 2004 for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent business deal with the Ukrainian government. Later it came to light that the notice

was withdrawn in January 2008 following the Ukrainian govern- ment’s intervention. Early Thursday, Williams land- ed in Chennai, only to be de- tained because of an invalid red corner notice that was still valid on the Chennai immigration au- thorities’ computer data. He was released after the au- thorities realised their blunder.

Lessons For The Young Professional – Subroto Bagchi. Rs. 399

Lonely Planet India – Rs.

1095

8.

Execution – Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan.

Rs. 650

9.

We Are Like That Only – Rama

Bijapurkar. Rs. 495

10.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin

Sharma. Rs. 185

 

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fered in 11 languages and a re- minder alert about a must-watch programme are just a few of its services. If BIG marks its presence with a bang, then it has many more am- bitious plans in the coming year, too. “By next year, we are plan- ning to add another 100 channels and more movie channels,” said Mahesh Prasad, president – Ap- plication Services Group, Re- liance Communications. It also hopes to target five million cus- tomers every year.

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Friday, August 22, 2008 03 Q : Who is the Director of the film Wall
Friday, August 22, 2008
03
Q : Who is the Director of the film Wall E?
Options : A) Mark Osborne B) Brad Bird C) Andrew Stanton
Over the next five edition days, we will give away 50 tickets
for the ’quickest fingers’ with the correct answers.
Clockwise: From Katyn and Wild Strawberries; Director Ingmar Bergman Triple treat A festival of Polish
Clockwise:
From Katyn
and Wild
Strawberries;
Director Ingmar
Bergman
Triple treat
A festival of Polish and Brazilian films is at
Film Chamber Theatre
Brazilian Film
Festival
Polish Film Festival
The Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi
and the Madras Film Society is host-
ing a festival of Brazilian films. It will
be inaugurated by director Balu Ma-
hendra on August 23 at 6.30 p.m.
Films to be screened are: Cabra Sega
(Aug 23; 6.30 p.m.), Onde Anda Voce
(August 25; 61.15 p.m.), Estorvo (Au-
gust 25), O Invasor (August 26), Dois
Perdidos Numa Noite Suja (August
26), Aventura Continua (August 27),
Cidade Baixa (August 27).
Selected films will be shown till
August 30 at the Film Chamber The-
atre, Gemini Circle.
For details, call S. Mahadevan at
94449 45367
The Embassy of the Republic of
Poland, New Delhi, Indo Polish
Chamber of Commerce and Indus-
tries, Chennai and the Indo Cine Ap-
preciation Foundation are
organising a Polish Film Festival.
The two-day festival, starting from
today, will screen Oscar-nominated
Katyn (August 22; 6.30 p.m.), Time to
Die (August 23; 3.15 p.m.) and Tricks
(August 23; 5 p.m). Films will be
screened at the South Indian Film
Chamber Theatre. Katyn was the
first movie shot not only in Poland,
but in the entire Europe, in which
the 4K technology was used.
For details, call 98401 51956. Or
log on to www.chennaifilmfest.org
Ingmar Bergman’s films
The Chennai chapter of the free Ingmar Bergman Retrospective is hosting
some of the late Swedish director’s films today.
Films to be screened are: Wild Strawberries (Aug 22; 9:30 p.m.), Summer
Interlude (Aug 23; 9:30 p.m.), Through A Glass Darkly (Aug 24; 9:30 p.m.), Winter
Light (Aug 25; 9:30 p.m.), The Silence (August 26; 9:30 p.m.), Summer With
Monika (Aug 27; 9:30 p.m.), The Devil’s Eye (Aug 28; 9:30 p.m.)
Make sure you call 99679 70320 and book your passes.
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Big Story

LOSE A KILO A COCKTAIL

Going drinking? Clubs introduce diet drinks for those with an eye on their waist

introduce diet drinks for those with an eye on their waist For all those weight-watchers who

For all those weight-watchers who have groaned at their beer bellies or vodka waists, clubs around the city are introducing low calorie drinks.

Fruity change

are being targeted. And to top it all, syrups are used in drinks such as Blue Curacao and Strawberry Crush, which are quite popular. And this is why bartenders around the city are opting to mix syrup- free drinks and use fresh fruits which will considerably reduce the calorie count. Bartender Prakash of Le Royal Meridien says, “A cocktail normally contains 300 calories, and by using fresh fruits in drinks, I have brought them down to 100-200 calories.” However, seeds and pulp add to the fat content. So, for a

drink like Masala Guava Cocktail, the drink is filtered three times to bring down the calorie count to 200, while the fat content stands at .9 grams.

Big deal

Does this make much of a difference? Dietician Daphne says, “Of course it brings the calorie count down, but it really depends on the fruits that are used. If its watermelon or apple which are low calorie fruits, it will help. But since it is the alcohol that is calorie-rich, having a low cal cocktail in pints will

not help.” And this is exactly what bartender Sebastian of Zara’s had to say. Since any cocktail more or less contains 70 per cent of alcohol, the thirty percent which normally contains juice or syrup will not make a difference to the weight watcher. “And if you’re a daiquiri or a margarita drinker, a low calorie cocktail is not possible. However, using fresh fruits in drinks is healthier, nutrition- wise.”

Barrel are going as far as employing in-house nutritionists to assess the calorie content in an existing menu of low-cal cocktails. Club manager Charles Fabian says, “We did have four such cocktails which were not very popular because of the fruits we used. We did not use cream-based liqueur like Baileys or any chocolate, but people still like that taste at the end of the day. So come September, we should have developed drinks that combine taste and nutrition.”

Since alcohol such as vodka, gin and rum are high in calories, it is the
Since alcohol such as vodka,
gin and rum are high in
calories, it is the cocktails that
Try, try again
Still, some clubs like Bike and
Get them!
Masala Guava Politan
Cranberry & Apple Cooler
Key Limi Vodkatini
Casis
Contains gin, guava juice, pinch of
salt and pepper, Tabasco sauce
Calorie count: 200 calories, fat
0.9 gm 3% calorie from fat, 0 mg
cholestrol
Contains cranberry juice, apple juice and
vodka
Calorie count: 131 calories, fat 0.2 gm,
1.1% calorie from fat, 0 mg cholesterol
Contains blackcurrant syrup, fresh lime
juice, apple juice and sparkling wine
Calorie count: 103 calories, fat 0.1 gm,
1% calorie from fat, 0 mg cholesterol
Contains vanilla vodka, Malibu
rum, coconut syrup, fresh lime,
vanilla and dash of sprite
Calorie count: 89.3 calories, fat
0.1 gm, 3.1 % calorie from fat, 3
mg cholesterol
Fuzzy Splash
Fizzy Orange
Cool Classic
Contains vodka, rum, litchi juice, mango juice,
pinch of salt
Calorie count: 75 calories, fat 0.4 gm, 4%
calorie from fat, 0 mg cholesterol
Contains orange squash, bitter lemon, lime
juice, apple and ginger flavouring
Calorie count: 111 calories, fat 0.7 gm, 3.2%
calorie from fat, 3 mg cholesterol
Contains rum, coconut milk, cream, banana syrup,
strawberry crush and mint leaves
Calorie count: 183 calories, fat 0.3 gm, 2% calorie
from fat, 0 mg cholesterol
A cocktail normally contains 300 calories, and by using fresh fruits in drinks, I have brought them down to 100-200 calories

Cocktails courtesy The Dome, Le Royal Meridien; Photos: R.Ravindran

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

05

Glimpses of Chennai

A photo exhibition organized by Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan and Chennai Photowalk is on till 24th August. Photos are of Chennai, taken by all the photowalkers over the last 9 Chennai Photowalk aimed at presenting a very different and very unique view of Chennai and its heritage. Venue:Big Hall, Vanilla Children Place, 8/57 1st Street, Luz Avenue, Mylapore

Kutti Revathi and the snake people The poet-doctor’s one-year stay with the Irula tribe culminated
Kutti Revathi
and the snake people
The poet-doctor’s
one-year stay with
the Irula tribe
culminated into a
photo exhibition
with the Irula tribe culminated into a photo exhibition PHOTO : R. RAVINDRAN MALATHI K. A
PHOTO : R. RAVINDRAN
PHOTO : R. RAVINDRAN

MALATHI K.

A lot of people know Kutti Revathi as a feminist poet. But few know her as a Sidd- ha doctor.

It was during her doctorate re- search on curative herbs that she met the Irula tribes with whom she stayed for a year. Her first photo exhibition on the life of the Irulas was recently held at Alli- ance Francaise. “I met the Irulas when I was visiting Pandukarai (near Maha- balipuram) for a research project to collect data on their indige- nous medical knowledge system for my thesis. Their lifestyle took me by surprise as they seemed to be satisfied even without the basic necessities of life, like electricity, water and shel- ter. They add colour to their life through song and dance. I lived there for a year and so I grew close to them. That was how I got an opportunity to capture their two main festivals, Kanniamman Thiruvizha and Thiruli Kumbam, which they celebrate with grandeur. They do not believe in idol wor- ship and pray only to the seven ‘virgin goddesses’,” says Kutti Re- vathi. “Another striking fact is that there is no male domination in the tribe. Everybody is down- to-earth,” she adds. With a population of below one lakh, the Irulas depend a lot on snakes for their revenue. The an- cestors of the Irulas had mas- tered the art of snake-catching. Herpetologist Romulus Whitaker had commented that the Irulas are the only people in the world who know all of the snakes’ se-

crets. Sadly, this community is now dependent on the mercy of the government. “They are struggling to get their community certificate to contin- ue their further studies. But the government is demanding proof of their snake-catching abilities to provide them with the com- munity certificate,” says Revathi. The government had banned snake-catching in 1972, but since the present generation of Irulas do not practise the skill they are unable to get their certificates, ending up as bonded labourers for a mere Rs. 1,000 a month in rice mills and brick kilns in the southern districts.

“But some of Irulas have got li- censes to catch snakes and help extract venom for medicinal pur- poses. Moreover, they have their own herbal remedies to protect themselves from snake venom, which have been passed down through the generations. This way, they are always dependent on nature and co-exist in harmo- ny with the natural world. This is something we can learn from them. This is what I wanted to portray through my exhibition. It is up to the government to pro- vide them with a right to life. I have tried to bring to light their problems so that we can find so- lutions,” she finishes.

a right to life. I have tried to bring to light their problems so that we
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06 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008 Village Websites of the day This quirky blog shows a

Village

Websites of the day

This quirky blog shows a skull made out of different items every day. http:// skulladay.blogspot.com/ Create your own galaxy http://www.galaxiki.org/

Bigger perks for more babies In a desperate attempt to convince couples to have more

Bigger perks for more babies

In a desperate attempt to convince couples to have more babies, Singapore’s government is offering a bonanza of tax benefits, leaves and other perks starting January. The 1.6-billion-Singapore-dollar (US$ 1.1-billion) package outlined in the media on Thursday will benefit all parents. Encouraging more births has been a national priority since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong focused on the escalating problem of low birth rates in 2004. The current fertility rate of 1.29 is far from the replacement level of 2.1.

DPA

German men spend more time grooming

German men are surpassing women in the amount of time they take on personal care, according to a study conducted by Germany’s cosmetic association in Berlin. Every day men take an average of 17 minutes for personal care - not including facial care. They need an additional 13 minutes for that, and they need time to shave and shower or bathe. Women take an average of 26 minutes, the cosmetic association said. Cleansers, moisturisers and fragrances have become part of the average man’s routine. The study shows that four different fragrances now can be found in an average German man’s bathroom cabinet. Twelve per cent of German men use make-up.

fragrances now can be found in an average German man’s bathroom cabinet. Twelve per cent of

DPA

NY neighbourhood complains about bad ‘Apple’

A lower Manhattan residents’ group has lodged a lengthy complaint against a neighbour over screaming parties, loitering crowds and late-night disturbances, said a letter published in US media on Wednesday. The offender is none other than the Apple Store on the corner of Greene and Prince Streets in Soho, one Manhattan’s most posh boutique streets. “Since the Apple SoHo store moved in six years ago, it has become the worst neighbor in SoHo,” wrote SoHo Alliance director Sean Sweeney. “No bar, nightclub or construction site comes close to ruining continually our quality of life like Apple SoHo has.” The final straw was a Jonas Brothers concert at the trendy store earlier this month, he said. “This concert attracted teenage girls who screamed incessantly on the street for hours for their idols and blocking traffic”.

attracted teenage girls who screamed incessantly on the street for hours for their idols and blocking

AFP

attracted teenage girls who screamed incessantly on the street for hours for their idols and blocking

Man shoots himself 5 times in head and survives

An attempted suicide failed after an 84-year- old Argentine man who shot himself five times in the head miraculously survived. The man also shot himself once in the stomach, state news agency Telam reported on Wednesday, in Punta Alta town. “Despite the serious injuries he was even conscious when we found him. He could not speak, but he sat on a stool and made himself understood through gestures,” police officer said.

DPA

him. He could not speak, but he sat on a stool and made himself understood through

‘Beatlemania’ contract on auction

The first fully-signed contract of the troupe with Brian Epstein is expected to fetch 2,50,000 pounds

T he ‘life-changing contract’ which launched the ‘Fab Four’ on the road to Beatle- mania is set to go under the

hammer in Britain. The Beatles’ first fully-signed contract with manager Brian Ep- stein is expected to fetch at least 2,50,000 pounds at an auction next month. They could never have dreamed that the paper to which John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr added their signatures would one day be worth 250,000 pounds. Epstein’s copy of the contract will be up for grabs at The Fame

Bureau’s ‘It’s More than Rock ‘n’ Roll’ sale of rock and pop memor- abilia at the Idea Generation Gal- lery in London on September 4. “It was a life-changing contract for The Beatles,” Ted Owen, the managing director of The Fame bureau, was quoted as saying by the Mail online. According to the report, the contract, which gave the manager 25 percent if they made more than 200 pounds a week, was signed on October 1 1962, shortly after Epstein secure The Beatles’ first record deal with EMI. Two additional signatures are on the paper - Lennon and

McCartney’s fathers signed their names, as their sons were under

21.

The contract has been put up for sale by an anonymous busi- nessman who collects pop mem- orabilia. It last came up for auction at Christie’s in May 2004, when it fetched 122,850 pounds, the re- port said. The Fame Bureau auction will include the Bechstein piano that The Beatles used in recording ’Hey Jude’, with an estimated val- ue of 300,000 to 400,000 pounds.

PTI

an estimated val- ue of 300,000 to 400,000 pounds. ■ PTI The first fully signed contract

The first fully signed contract between the Beatles and Brian Epstein. AFP PHOTO

Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008

Killer baboon

A male baboon can kill a leopard.

22, 2008 Killer baboon A male baboon can kill a leopard. This day, that year It
22, 2008 Killer baboon A male baboon can kill a leopard. This day, that year It

This day, that year

It was in August 22, 1932 that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) started its first experimental television broadcast in England.

07

Pokemon teens shock Chile

The band, which has little to do with ‘Pokemon’, desires to kiss as many as possible

A band of kissing-crazy, spiky-haired teenagers known as the Pokemons, who have a penchant for

alcohol-free afternoon raves, is sending shockwaves through conservative Chile. But unlike earlier historical youth movements, these disaf- fected kids, aged between 12 and 18, are totally uninterested in pol- itics and changing the world. And they have little to do with the popular Japanese animated ‘pocket monster’ creatures of the same name. Instead a kind of androgynous fashion sense accompanied by the latest gadgets and a desire to kiss as many people as possible in one of their afternoon gatherings in the Chilean capital, Santiago, seems to be the glue which holds this urban tribe together. “It’s great to dress like this, it gives you the freedom to mix and match many things,”said 16- year-old Maria Jose. At a typical gathering, hun- dreds of boys and girls compete

to see who can kiss the most number of people on the lips. They talk openly about sex, and have no problem with gay or les- bian relations.

sex, and have no problem with gay or les- bian relations. Teenagers hang out outside a

Teenagers hang out outside a ‘Pokemon’ nightclub in Santiago. AFP PHOTO

All this in a seriously conserva- tive country where abortion re- mains illegal and divorce was approved only in 2004. It is unclear when or how the ‘Pokemon’ phenomenon began, but sociologists have begun to dub them as an ‘urban tribe’ rec-

ognisable by their spiked hair, tight jeans and body piercing. They straighten their hair with gel or heating irons, and dye strands green, violet or pink. Plastic bracelets, necklaces, and oversized earrings are popular, while belly, nose and tongue

piercing are common. The kissing ‘is super-massive in the discos,’ said Jorge, 17. “I have friends who love going to these parties just to kiss girls.” Another Pokemon activity is fully clothed simulated sex, often

on the dance floor. A recent New- sweek article suggested that they engaged in public oral sex with as many anonymous partners as possible, but that caused a storm of denials from Pokemon mem- bers.

AFP

Engineer turns artist after stroke

A cerebral haemorrhage turned out to be a blessing in

disguise for a British engineer, whose brain was ‘rewired’ to

turn him into an artist after the stroke. Ken Walters, resident of Orm- skirk, Lancashire, suffered mul- tiple spine fractures and massive internal injuries when he was crushed against a wall by

a fork lift truck when a driver

lost control. Two life-threaten- ing heart attacks further dee- pened his gloom. The cerebral haemorrhage, however, rewired part

of his brain and

spawned an artistic flair he never previous- ly possessed. “Al- though I didn’t realise

it at the time, having a

stroke was the biggest

blessing in disguise I ever could have wished for,” Walters said. Doctors convinced the abstract musings

were the result of a ‘rewiring’ of the brain encouraged Walters to develop his new found hobby, the report said. “My doctor told me following a stroke your brain usually re- wires itself to avoid the dam- aged bits and often leads to discovering hidden talents,” Walters said. The former engineer soon be-

come an expert in digital imag- ery and created his own software. In October last year computer giant EA games was so impressed with a gallery of computerised crea-

tures he had dreamed up they commis- sioned him to design 100 digital dinosaurs for a new educational game called Spore. According to the re- port, Walters has al- ready netted 30,000 pounds from his back bedroom creativity.

PTI

After the ‘rewiring’ of the brain,

Ken Walter is now an expert in digital imagery

Amidst marathon rain Spectators watch the Men’s 10km Marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Amidst marathon rain

Amidst marathon rain Spectators watch the Men’s 10km Marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in

Spectators watch the Men’s 10km Marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

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Technorama

Bouncing facts

A ball of glass will bounce higher than

a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel

will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

Where’s the wire? Wireless recharging could be the new innovation in consumer electronics I ntel
Where’s the
wire?
Wireless recharging could be
the new innovation in
consumer electronics
I ntel has made progress in a
technology that could lead
to the wireless recharging of
gadgets and the end of the
power-cord spaghetti behind
electronic devices.
It says it has increased the ef-
ficiency of a technique for wire-
lessly powering consumer
gadgets and computers, a devel-
opment that could allow a per-
son to simply place a device on
a desktop or countertop to pow-
er it. It could bring the consum-
er electronics industry a step
closer to a world without wires.
The chip maker plans to dem-
onstrate the use of a magnetic
field to broadcast up to 60 watts
of power two to three feet. It
says it can do that losing only 25
percent of the power in trans-
mission. ``Something like this
technology could be embedded
in tables and work surfaces,’’
said Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief
technology officer, “so as soon
as you put down an appro-
priately equipped device it
would immediately begin draw-
Chip maker Intel has made progress in a
technology that could lead to the wireless
recharging of gadgets and the end of the
power-cord spaghetti behind electronic
devices.
ing power.’’
The presentation is part of
the company’s Intel Developer
Forum, a series of events here
that the company uses to show-
case new technologies in perso-
nal computing and related
consumer technologies.
The research project, which is
being led by Joshua R. Smith, an
Intel researcher at a company
laboratory in Seattle, builds on
the work of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT)
physicist Marin Soljacic, who
pioneered the idea of wirelessly
transmitting power using reso-
nant magnetic fields. The MIT
group refers to the idea as Wi-
Tricity, a play on wireless and
electricity. Both the MIT group
and the Intel researchers are ex-
ploring a phenomenon known
as `resonant` induction,’’ making
it possible to transmit power
several feet without wires.
Induction is already used to
recharge electric toothbrushes,
but that approach is limited by
the need for the toothbrush to
be placed in the base station.
The MIT group has demonstrat-
ed efficiencies of 50 percent at
ranges of several meters.
Intel is in the midst of an in-
ternal debate over whether the
technology may also permit the
shift to supercapacitors, which
can be recharged far more
quickly than today’s batteries.
``In the future, your kitchen
counters might do it,’’ Rattner
said. ``You’d just drop your es-
presso maker down on them
and you would never have to
plug it in.’’
The Intel team describes its
system as a ``wireless resonant
energy link,’’ and is experiment-
ing with antennas less than two
feet in diameter to remotely
light a 60-watt light bulb.
In 2006, the MIT researchers
demonstrated that by sending
electromagnetic waves around a
waveguide it was possible to
produce ``evanescent’’ waves
that could permit electricity to
wirelessly tunnel to another wa-
veguide ``tuned’’ to the transmit-
ting loop.
Several start-up firms, includ-
ing WildCharge, based in Boul-
der, Colo., and WiPower, based
in Altamonte Springs, Fla., have
already announced related
wireless charging technologies.
But these demonstrations have
required that the consumer
gadgets touch the charging sta-
tion.
The Intel researchers said
they were thinking about de-
signing a system that would
make it possible to recharge a
laptop computer without wires.
``From Intel’s position that
seems like the thing to shoot for
right now,’’ Smith said. The re-
ceiving antenna is about the
size of something that could
easily fit against the bottom of a
conventional laptop computer.
``It could be that cellphones and
PDAs are even more compell-
ing, but I think we are going to
start with the laptop. It’s easy to
dial down from laptops,’’ he
said.
The researchers said that In-
tel could produce a prototype
design and that it might con-
tribute to products by develop-
ing chip sets for manufacturers.
At Thursday’s research present-
ation, Smith plans to demon-
strate an application using an
electric field sensor _ a natural
capability of some fish _ to give
added dexterity to robotic arms
and hands. He has designed a
sensor system that makes it
possible for a robot hand to
gauge the size of an apple and
then grasp it. The hand then
carries the apple to an out-
stretched human hand. When it
senses the hand, it drops the
apple.
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Put it in ‘Sport’ mode and it’ll get
a move on. Or for complete
manual control choose, er,
“Manual”. Honda’s own Motor-
cycle Navigation kit GPS is built
in, with on-screen guidance,
voice prompts and Bluetooth so
you can hear the directions and
use your phone at the same time.
The ride, meanwhile, was de-
scribed by T3 UK’s resident ex-
pert as “snatch free”. High praise
indeed.Rs 7,62,000* www.suzuki-
gb.co.uk
Boardrooms may never be the
same again! Arm yourself appro-
priately for boardroom battles,
and get the ultra-chic, yet ultra-
secure EliteBook 6930p. Part of
the new business range of laptops
from HP, it’s packed to the gills
with features, including an air-
craft-inspired design, a brushed
aluminium combined with a
magnesium alloy chassis, shock
resistant hard drive and a spill-
resistant keyboard. The machine
conforms to military standards of
reliability and its protective coat-
ing comes unscathed even after
acerbic encounters with steel
wool and catty colleagues. De-
spite the heavyweight features,
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this 14.1inch portable weighs a
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perfect business sense, doesn’t
The WiFi Detecting Watch
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remains is for you to whip out
your laptop and purchase some
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in order to hide its “distinctive”
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008

Nikon Coolpix P6000

Meet Nikon’s Coolpix P6000 point-and-shoot camera. There’s a built-in GPS sensor for geo-tagging. While most camera makers use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for uploading images to websites, Nikon has added a full- size Ethernet port that allows you to plug the camera right into the Internet. The P6000 uploads images whenever it is connected. The GPS feature adds geographical data to every photo, but it can be turned off to conserve battery life. The camera, at $500, will be available next month online and in stores.

at $500, will be available next month online and in stores. NYT News Service 09 PHOTO:

NYT News Service

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next month online and in stores. NYT News Service 09 PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR PODCASTER’S DREAM TOOL

PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR

PODCASTER’S DREAM TOOL

At just Rs.100, cheap electronics does not get any more exciting than the telephone recording adapter

KARTHIK SUBRAMANIAN

karthik@goergo.in

conversations. I have to admit though that the audio quality was not exactly top-class. There was considerable hissing. If you are using the recording adapter to do a podcast interview, then it might require considerable work on Audacity. The adapter has an audio out pin that can be connected to your PC’s audio in. Essentially it has be placed in between your P&T line and recording device, to complete the circuit. A quick primer on the ethics issue though. This won- der tool is easy to misuse. So we would recommend that you inform your telephone partner that the conversa- tion is being recorded. Though several shops stock the adapter, the safest bet to find it is at Ome- ga Electronics, which by the way stocks several more odd electron- ic goods. Happy hunting.

Ritchie Street Chronicles is a weekly geek peek into the wonderful world of electronic goods sold on the Street also known as Narasingapuram Street.

R itchie Street never ceases to amaze the true seekers (or

should we say geekers). I have heard from one of my friends Kiruba Shankar, who is al- so one of namma Chennai’s prominent bloggers, of a simple yet effective tool to record tele- phone conversations. Last week, I set off in search of the telephone rec- ording adapter. It gets a 10 on 10 for its sheer tacky appeal: just your av- erage plastic case with a couple of wires sticking. The one I got was named ‘Hible’. For that, I would give a 9 on 10 for innovative cheap product naming. My all-time favourite though are the Takai audio goods and Tony headphones. The best part though was its pricing: at Rs.100 a piece, it does not get any Ritchier. That deserves a 11 on 10. The adapter connects your tel- ephone or headset to the record- ing device such as tape recorder

or your PC to record telephone

device such as tape recorder or your PC to record telephone Nitrogen in the tyre N

Nitrogen in the tyre

or your PC to record telephone Nitrogen in the tyre N itrogen for my car tyres?

N itrogen for my car tyres? Aaaagh! What has the world come to? Now before you start

cringing, let me tell you that air- crafts, race cars and some trucks commonly use Nitrogen gas to inflate their tyres. There are very few vendors here in Chennai who have the Nitrogen vending ma- chine, in case you want to try it out on your car, write to us and we shall help you with more information. But why Nitrogen, you may wonder? Nitrogen has larger mol- ecules than oxygen. This makes it difficult for it to leak through the rubber as easily as oxygen does, thus maintaining the pressure longer than oxygen. This also translates to better fuel efficiency. Nitrogen being more stable and less corrosive than oxygen helps preserve the tyres more than its normal lifetime. Oxygen being the root of oxidation that eats through rubber just like it

does on any other metal whereas nitrogen does not harm the same. 5 good reasons Why would we want to fill Nitrogen gas in our tyres? 1. Reduces heat to build up during running period; 2. Increases tyre life; 3. Maintains consis- tent pressure; 4. Slows the rate of pressure loss; and 5. Does not react

with the tire and rim materials. If you are the kind who is not interested in making too many pit stops for checking air pressure at your petrol bunk, then this could be a so- lution. A word of cau-

tion though: You may end up paying Rs.100 just to inflate the tyre every time.

up paying Rs.100 just to inflate the tyre every time. ■ Shutterbugs, alert! Managing Director, Nikon
up paying Rs.100 just to inflate the tyre every time. ■ Shutterbugs, alert! Managing Director, Nikon
Shutterbugs, alert! Managing Director, Nikon India, Hidehiko Tanka holds a Nikon D700 digital SLR camera

Shutterbugs, alert!

Shutterbugs, alert! Managing Director, Nikon India, Hidehiko Tanka holds a Nikon D700 digital SLR camera during

Managing Director, Nikon India, Hidehiko Tanka holds a Nikon D700 digital SLR camera during the launch at New Delhi on Thursday. Nikon India launched five new cameras including D3, D300 and D700 featuring robust technologies designed to make photography easy and fun.

PHOTO: RAMESH SHARMA

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Backpackers

Hello Backpackers, Send us pictures of your team or family outing with a small write-
Hello Backpackers,
Send us pictures of your team or
family outing with a small write-
up on the place, mentioning why
the trip was special, how you got
there or any travel experience for
that matter. Anybody been to
the Beijing Olympics?
Email: snapshot@goergo.in

Made in China,

CAST IN KOCHI

China, this time not for Olympics but for their fishing nets

SINDHU VASANTHAKUMAR

sindhu.vasanthakumar@wipro.com

T he Chinese fishing nets at

Fort Kochi in Kerala make

up for a very popular tourist

attraction. Also known as

Cheenavala among the local peo- ple, these fishing nets are be- lieved to be introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Od- dly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China. In this simple, shore-based fishing system nets are suspend-

ed in mid-air all along the coast, with the help of bamboo or teak poles and are basically fixed land installations. These nets are hori- zontally suspended over the sea, giving an appearance of a huge hammock. For balance these nets are counter-balanced by stones tied to ropes. Each net spreads to about 20 metres.

Mesmerising art

The technique of fishing by Chinese nets differs from ordi- nary nets. In the former the fish-

ing nets are submerged into the sea, kept for a few minutes and raised delicately by six fishermen. All of these fishermen must maintain balance while picking the net out of water. The whole paraphernalia is such that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea. The net is left for a short time, possibly just a few minutes, be- fore it is raised by pulling on ropes. The catch is usually mod-

it is raised by pulling on ropes. The catch is usually mod- est and is sold

est and is sold to the passers-by in a jiffy. Take a stroll along Vas- co-Da-Gama Square, near Fort Cochin and you are bound to come across a number of Chinese fishing nets, suspended in mid- air, alongside the sea coast. Their size and elegant construction is very photogenic and the slow

rhythm of their operation is quite mesmerising. However, this art is slowly losing its charm due to the mad rush among the city-bred people.

(The writer works with Wipro Technologies and her hobbies include painting, photography and reading fiction)

hobbies include painting, photography and reading fiction) (Left to Right): Venkat, Raja, Dhananjay, Arun, Pandiya,
hobbies include painting, photography and reading fiction) (Left to Right): Venkat, Raja, Dhananjay, Arun, Pandiya,

(Left to Right): Venkat, Raja, Dhananjay, Arun, Pandiya, Guru, Rajkumar, Sankar, Anand, Akilan, Joe, Durai, Thiags, Rams and Karthik

Aspicytrailintothewild

Thiagarajan E writes about one of his most memorable trips to the ‘Land of Spicy Hills’

W ayanad has been on my wish list since long, so much so that I was will- ing to allocate a large

portion of my holiday to visit the ‘Land of Spicy Hills.’ This was my second trip after my wedding and it was a memorable one with my colleagues and friends along. Wayanad was exceptional as we had friends from other firms join- ing us on our trip. Special thanks to Palaniappan, Raja, Danan- jayan, Joe, Anand and Venkat who joined us despite short no- tice.

Road to Wayanad

We boarded Mangalore Mail on Jan 6 at Chennai Central and reached Palagat the next morn-

ing. The breakfast served at Hotel Asma Towers was yum. From here we headed to Hotel Haritagi- ri, Kalpetta in Wayanad. The weather was not as pleasant as we had expected. Since I was the one who suggested Wayanad, “Manasukulla oru chinna bayam

enga ellorum

kalandha uruthal

serndhu oorugaa panna poraan-

gannu

nalla

velai evanum ud-

haikala

After a cool splash on

the pool we were all set to leave for Wayanad. Our first stop was at Edakkal caves, where the cave walls have

carvings dating to 3000 BC. Though it was a steep climb, it was worth the effort. It was also a great trekking experience as the caves are at an altitude of 4000 ft above sea level, currently being maintained by the Archaeology Department of Kerala. On our way to the hotel we stopped at a toddy shop to have kallu and fried fish. Thanks to Joe, our interpreter, some of us got a taste of fresh nadan kallu. We had cordial reception wait-

Must-see places: Edak- kal Caves, Kuruwa Dweep, Muthunga Wildlife Sanctu- ary, Chembara Peak – the highest Peak in Wayanad, Soochipara waterfalls and Pookot Lake Best season to visit: Be- tween August and April Things to keep in mind:

The best time to visit the sanc- tuary is around 5 p.m. where the chances of seeing animals are more. While entering the Edakkal cave, wear use of trekking shoes. Places to shop: Uruvu Eco Shop at Pookot lake, Har- itagiri – Malabar food at Kalpetta

ing at the hotel, too. Arun and Akils played the CEO (Chief En- tertainment Officers) for the eve- ning, after and before dinner. Arun, Raja and Rajkumar had a good lesson to learn out of that night.

Animal spotting

Kuruwa Dweep, which is 955 acres of green forest on the trib- utaries of the east flowing river Kabini, was our stop for the sec- ond day. The dress code to visit this place is T-shirt, shorts and slippers as you need to cross the river, which is usually two to three feet deep. We swam through the river, and again to go into the island. I wished we had hired a guide; we could have ex- plored Kuruwa better. Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary was worth a stop as we spotted bisons, spot- ted deers, elephants and wild boars. As we were left with just half a day before boarding the train to Chennai, we had to make a choice between Chembara Peak and Soochipara Falls. As a major- ity of the guys wanted to visit Soochipara Falls, we headed to see nature at its best.

(The author works as Project Manager with Birla Soft. thiagarajan.e@birlasoft.com)

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JUNGLE MEIN MANGLE The monsoon is a perfect time to visit Ooty and its surroundings
JUNGLE
MEIN
MANGLE
The monsoon is a perfect time to visit
Ooty and its surroundings
LIFFY THOMAS
liffythomas@goergo.in
“G rrr
,”
our Sumo
screeched, throwing us
from our seats with a
jerk. “Whoa! That was a
close miss,” I screamed.
The panicked driver narrowly
averted a mishap from a herd of
elephants and lucky for us he was
alert enough. That was our closest
to getting an up-close view of a
group of elephants – four baby ele-
phants and an angry mother –
storming on to the main road, less
than a kilometre before reaching
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Our driver was almost shaken after
the narrow escape, and his vehicle
started behaving tizzy.
I was on a holiday to Ooty with
my family, and we were en route to
meet our ‘jungle friends’. But, after
the encounter we were arguing if
we need to go inside the sanctuary.
The argument did not go long as
the driver announced that the
and seek the two days that we
camped in the hill town. The light
showers are a welcome if you don’t
mind taking a tour of the town in
the rain.
Also, unlike April to June, when
this hill station is thronged by
tourists from across India, plan-
ning a holiday in July was a mid-
summer’s dream. In fact, taking a
trip this time of the year is less of a
hassle as you don’t have to book
the hotel room in advance and you
will have all the peace you were
looking forward to.
Animal spotting
tyres were shaky after the jolt and
he had to get them fixed.
It was 1.30 p.m. and the forest
vehicle would only be starting its
rounds to the thick jungles at 3
p.m. We decided to hang out with
other tourists, while our Sumo got
repaired.
With more than a dozen mon-
keys entertaining us we did not
know how time passed by. The
gates opened for the bus ride into
the lush wilderness of the sanctu-
ary at 3 p.m. and in 10 minutes
over 45 of us were seated in the
jazzy bus, painted in the colours of
animals.
“Deer”, one of the tourists sitting
behind us screamed. And you had
the whole bus turn 90 degree to
capture them on their mobiles and
digital cameras. A little distance
away was a peacock in its full glory.
Bison, more elephants (the friend-
ly ones) and spotted deer were
some of the fauna we got a close
view of. What we saw that day was
probably nothing compared to
what the sanctuary had to offer.
Maybe, it was best to make anoth-
er trip in the night to say hello to
our nocturnal friends. ■
AT A GLANCE
How to get there: The place
is around 80 km from
Coimbatore. You could hire a
taxi and go around the place
Accommodation: Tourist
guesthouses are available
near the sanctuary
Monsoon merry
Best Time to visit: July –
September, if you like the
monsoon and a quite holiday
Other places to visit: Pykara
dam, Five Miles
The rain gods were playing hide
PHOTOS: LIFFY THOMAS
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M usic and fashion have always been interlinked. Besides the very obvious influence of celebrity musicians on street

wear, the effect has a more graphic, more direct form. Yes, wearing your music isn’t just about wearing iPod- fitted Nike trainers. Music-inspired designs can find a way to your wardrobe, and what bet- ter way than the most expressive form of clothing – the t-shirt. Coming to music-inspired prints, nothing can be more iconic than the Rolling Stones tongue and lip design. When it first appeared on the cover of the band’s 1971 album, Sticky Fin- gers, it created a sensation of sorts. It still does. Many still wonder what it actually symbolises – rebellion, lust, or the band’s literal big-mouth, Mick Jagger. Graphic designer John Pasche was the man behind the de- sign. The UK and US have a host of brands specialising in music-in- spired clothing. EBTM (for Everyth- ing But The Music) has clothing on bands like AC/DC, Blink 182, Green Day, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Iron Maiden,

Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. Besides, there are chains like Hot Topic, MIC (Music Integrated Clothing) and Amplified (worn by Kate Moss, David Beckham and Sugababes). Fingerless gloves, popularised by bands like My Chemical Romance, are another example of music-in- spired clothing. The Converse Limited Edition Kurt Cobain shoe was released this May

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SHOW OFF YOUR

AN WEARING

THEM!

as part of the company’s year-long 100th anniversary ‘Welcome to the Converse Century’ celebration. The Nirvana front- man’s drawings and writings from Jour- nals, the book he released in 2002, will feature on the shoes. (P.S. Did you know that Kurt Cobain wore a pair of black suede Converse when he died?) In India, locally manufactured Kurt Co- bain tees are perhaps one of the bestsell- ing music-inspired clothing items. Coming to brands that specifically cite music as their inspiration, there’s UMM (Underground Music Movement) that re- tails from Pantaloons. While music-in- spired brands aren’t a very common phenomenon here, keep your eyes open for those one-off pieces.

Portfolio

BULLETIN Diddy’s new scent Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs knows he might raise a few eyebrows by
BULLETIN
Diddy’s new
scent
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs knows
he might raise a few
eyebrows by calling his
latest scent I Am King, but
he doesn’t care. “I Am King
is a statement about all
men,” said Combs, during
an interview at his Bad Boy
Entertainment offices in
Manhattan. “We are all
descendents of royalty. And
if we carry ourselves and
respect ourselves in that
manner and believe in
ourselves, then we are all
kings.” It’s a matter of
mind-set, he opines. “I
believe in positive affirmations. If I say, ‘I am not going to
succeed, I’m a loser,’ then that’s what I am going to be. If
we say we’re kings and we say we’re queens, that’s what
we’re going to be. It has nothing to do with being
arrogant. I Am King is not a statement about myself. I Am
King is about every man who is going to go and buy the
fragrance.” (As for empowering the female sex, there will
be an I Am Queen women’s scent in fall 2009.)
Stella McCartney
in India
Stella McCartney recently
opened her first store in
India, in Bangalore. The
1,600-square-foot space is
located at No. 1, Vittal
Mallya Road, at the centre
of the city. The store carries
McCartney’s ready-to-wear,
accessories and lingerie
collections along with her
fragrances and skin care line,
Care by Stella McCartney.
Next up, Stella McCartney
will open a store in New
Delhi.
Jean in a bottle
Jean Paul Gaultier, who has
dressed bottles of Piper-
Heidsieck Champagne in
snug red corsets, is now
turning his
subversive
sensibility to
mineral water.
Word has it the
couturier has
been tapped
to design a
limited-edition
bottle for
Evian.
NYT News
Service
Gaultier’s previous design
for Piper-Heidsieck
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Wellness

14 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008 Wellness Facts about noodles Of about 350 million cans of

Facts about noodles

Of about 350 million cans of chicken noodle soup of all commercial brands sold annually in the United States, 60 percent is purchased during the cold and flu season. January is the top- selling month of the year.

You name it and exercise helps it R andi considers the YMCA her lifeline, es-
You name it and exercise helps it
R andi considers the YMCA her lifeline, es-
pecially the pool. Randi weighs more
than 135 kilos and has borderline dia-
betes, but she controls her blood sugar
and keeps her bright outlook on life by swim-
ming every day for about 45 minutes. Randi
overcame any self-consciousness about her
weight for the sake of her health, and those
who swim with her and share the open locker
room are proud of her. If only the millions of
others beset with chronic health problems rec-
ognised the inestimable value to their physical
and emotional well-being of regular physical
exercise.
“The single thing that comes close to a magic
bullet, in terms of its strong and universal ben-
efits, is exercise,” Frank Hu, epidemiologist at
the Harvard School of Public Health, said in the
Harvard Magazine. Exercise has many protec-
tive roles. It can lower the risk of heart attack,
stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depres-
sion, dementia, osteoporosis, gallstones, falls,
erectile dysfunction, peripheral vascular dis-
ease and 12 kinds of cancer.
Choose an exercise that suits
your daily needs, medication
schedule, side effects and
response to treatment
father had a heart attack in 1968, he
was kept sedentary for six weeks.
Now, heart attack patients are in
bed barely half a day before they
are up and moving, Moffat said.
The core of cardiac rehabilita-
tion is a progressive exercise pro-
gramme to increase the ability of
the heart to pump oxygen and to
pump nutrient-rich blood more effec-
tively throughout the body. The outcome
is better endurance, greater ability to en-
joy life and decreased mortality. The
same goes for patients with congestive
heart failure.
increasing exercise improves blood flow to
the brain and may diminish the risk of a full-
blown stroke,” Moffat said. And aerobic and
strength exercises have been shown to im-
prove endurance, walking speed and the
ability to perform tasks of daily living up to
six years after a stroke. As Randi knows,
moderate exercise cuts the risk of de-
veloping diabetes. And for those
with diabetes, exercise im-
proves glucose tolerance – less
medication is needed to con-
trol blood sugar – and reduces
the risk of life-threatening
complications.
Water exercise
Exercising right
Yes to aerobics
But what if you already have one of these
conditions? Or, an ailment like rheumatoid ar-
thritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease,
congestive heart failure or osteoarthritis? How
can you exercise if you’re always tired or in
pain or have trouble breathing? Can exercise
really help?
You bet it can. In years past, doctors were
afraid to let heart patients exercise. When my
Aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure
in people with hypertension, and it im-
proves peripheral circulation in people
who develop cramping leg pains when
they walk – a condition called intermit-
tent claudication. The treatment for it, in
fact, is to walk a little farther each day.
In people who have had transient is-
chemic attacks, or ministrokes, “gradually
Exercise can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension,
diabetes, obesity, depression, dementia, osteoporosis, gallstones,
falls, erectile dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease and 12
kinds of cancer.
Exercise that builds gradu-
ally and protects inflamed
joints can diminish pain, fa-
tigue, morning stiffness, depres-
sion and anxiety, she said, and
improve strength, walking
speed and activity. Exercise is
crucial to improving function of total
hip or knee replacements. Water exer-
cises are particularly helpful for peo-
ple with multiple sclerosis, who must
avoid overheating. And for those with
Parkinson’s, resistance training and
aerobic exercise can increase their
ability to function independently and
improve their balance, stride length,
walking speed and mood. Resis-
tance training, along with aerobic
exercise, is especially helpful for
people with chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease; it helps coun-
ter the loss of muscle mass and
strength from lack of oxygen.
New York Times Syndicate
PHOTO: N. SRIDHARAN
Why seek liberation? SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV W hy should one seek moksha or liberation? Firstly,

Why seek liberation?

SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV

W hy should one seek moksha or liberation?

Firstly, there is no choice, so one must seek.

But, what one needs to keep in mind is to

seek it consciously, whatever be the limita-

tion. Seeking moksha in instalments is a foolish thing, because it’s not going to work. If you do so- mething that definitely will not work, that is stupid-

ity.

mething that definitely will not work, that is stupid- ity. Is there something within you which

Is there something within you which does not like limitations? Life in general wants to break and go. Now, out of your fear to break it, you may hang on to it, but given the choice you would like to break it.

An individual choice!

This is the way life is being pushed all the time. The very life in you is longing for this. Human life has become more conscious about it. There is nobody who doesn’t want to break his limitations. They may be afraid to break it; they may be calculating the pros and cons So, if you are seeking moksha, seek it con- sciously or it doesn’t work.

To learn more about Isha Yoga and Jaggi Vasudev, log on to www.ishafoundation.org. Call them at their Chennai Centre in T.Nagar at 2433 3185.

Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008 Eye packs Cucumbers are the most wonderful and natural eye pads you

Eye packs

Cucumbers are the most wonderful and natural eye pads you can find for yourself. The puffiness and the tiredness in your eyes may just leave you, if you do this in a relaxed fashion. Use slices of colf cucumber after a long day at work

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WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD!

Were you caught red-handed sleeping at work? Read on… some of our tried and tested tips

VENISHA SHETTY

Time: 11.30 a.m.

A n important client present- ation is in progress and half way through it your thoughts go tizzy. You

mumble to yourself, ‘must not fall asleep’… . This awkward scene could just be a nightmare or an embarrassing reality if you have been skimping fastidiously on precious sleep. Sleep is a ‘complicated’ natural process and it varies according to the person’s age, health and ac- tivity levels. Those with sleep problems complain or even boast of insomnia caused by work dea- dlines, graveyard shifts or sweet eternal nothings on the phone. These become either the inevita- ble intruders or imperative ritu- als, depending on whether they sneak into your hours of sleep uninvited or willingly.

Sleeping beauties

Your body and skin protests to inadequate sleep with pale skin, aggravated acne, rashes, the in- famous ‘panda eyed’ look, altered appetite, nausea and indigestion,

eyed’ look, altered appetite, nausea and indigestion, Forty Winks: Napping at work is not always welcomed.

Forty Winks: Napping at work is not always welcomed.

FILE PHOTO: A. ROY CHOWDHURY

to name a few. At the workplace, chronically sleep deprived employees’ show

a gradual decrease in output, ha-

zy memory, lethargy and fatigue, which eventually slacken perfor-

mance. Those folks who have success- fully won the battle of the elusive

nod have suggested some tried and tested ways to snag some restful time.

 

Battling sleep

Fix and stick to a bedtime. Go to bed with a positive idea

that you need your rest. A warm glass of milk or a relaxing shower or a soak in the tub are said to soothe frayed nerves. Avoid caffeinated beverages, fad diets or very heavy dinner close to bedtime.

Reading is a good idea, but keep it light and strictly leave

all stressful work-related matters outside your bedroom.

Get some form of mild to moderate physical activity like

swimming, aerobics, walking in the morning or evening but not close to bedtime. - Yoga and meditation offer holistic and effective ways to calm you and ensure restful sleep.

Let the music play – Soft string, melodies, nature and

spiritual chants are common favourites.

Avoid barbiturates and excess alcohol. They prevent the

natural dream sleep cycle and pose as potential dangers in the long run. Chronic insomnia could in fact, be the result of extended drug usage and sedatives.

If you really got to think of a problem, do so in a calm and

composed manner. Make up your mind to sleep over it and wake afresh with renewed hope and energy.

Finally, if you’re among those who have tried everything,

then don’t hesitate to consult your physician. Chronic insom- nia is no badge of honour to flaunt.

Chronic insom- nia is no badge of honour to flaunt. Love across longitudes MITHRA SURESH mithra@goergo.in

Love across longitudes

MITHRA SURESH

mithra@goergo.in

T here are certain road tests to pass when it comes to relation-

ships. When everything is right – the looks don’t matter, the teeth- ing problems are done with, the parents love you and space is not an issue, what can possibly mar the perfection that both of you have achieved? Distance. For Janaka, an eight-year-old relationship with her childhood friend Vedant broke off after he shifted to New York on a job post- ing. “After that long, I was sure we were going to get married. But the shift made it difficult for us to continue because I could not af- ford to call him often enough, he would find it difficult to spend enough time with me when he did come down to India once in a year,” she says pensively.

Expensive affair

For some others like Rachana,

it all began with a long-distance

call. “We were anyway phone buddies who met once and hit it off immediately. In fact during that one weekend visit we be- came an official couple and noth- ing has changed.” Rachana, a student, loves the fact that her boyfriend Pranoy wakes her up in

time for college or even makes an effort to talk to all her friends. “I think the geographical distance between two people is a true test of commitment for another per- son. You have to work that much harder,” she says. Of course it is more expensive and according to Pranoy, “The amount I spend on my calls to her can be used to buy

a 2 BHK flat.”

Physically handicapped

The hardest obstacle to cross in

a long distance relationship is the

lack of sex. George Thomas, who was studying cyber security solu- tions in the U.S, says that he had

a hard time being faithful. “I had to keep reminding myself that I would lose the love of my life for one night’s folly. And after a few mugs of beer, I would find myself flirting with other women.” Ge- orge’s girlfriend, Sneha said that she was often insecure during George’s time abroad. She says that she would often hear female friends in the background during their phone calls. “I was certain I could trust him, but where the other women were concerned I was insecure. One of them even invited him home despite know- ing that he was seeing me,” she says. There is no sure-fire way to

work a long-distance relation- ship. As Rachana says, “It took a number of phone fights, misun- derstandings and break-ups for

us to end up together. But long distance or not, I guess every cou- ple has gone through their bad phase.”

for us to end up together. But long distance or not, I guess every cou- ple
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16 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008 Sport Lee confirms marital troubles Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee

Lee confirms marital troubles

Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee on Thursday confirmed that the breakdown of his two- year-old marriage was behind his decision to skip the three-match one-day series against Bangladesh starting August 30. The 31-year-old speedster in a brief statement released through CA said that the break-up with Liz was the reason behind his decision of skipping the Bangladesh series.

CREATING Spain, Italy want Danes’ gold annulled Spain and Italy have asked the Court of
CREATING
Spain, Italy want Danes’
gold annulled
Spain and Italy have asked the Court of
Arbitration for Sport to rule on a
controversial Olympic final in which
Denmark took the gold medal despite
sailing the deciding race in a boat borrowed
from a Croatian crew. The Danish crew of
Jonas Warrer and Martin
Kirketerp Ibsen were
awarded the gold medal
on Monday in the 49er
skiff class. The Spanish
crew took silver and
Germany the bronze.
Italy finished fourth. The
Danish crew’s mast had
broken during practice
ahead of the start in the
gold-medal final. They
two got back into port
and borrowed a boat
from a Croatian crew —
with nationality markings CRO — and
managed to get across the start line just
before the deadline. They finished seventh
in the race, good enough to top the overall
point’s standings. Race juries rejected
protests by Spain and Italy, so the second
and fourth place finishers took the case to
CAS, which has the final word in such
disputes. A statement from CAS said the
Italian and Spanish committees want the
decisions reversed, and want the court “to
declare that the Danish team was not
entitled to take part in the gold medal race,
to disqualify the Danish team and to
reallocate the Olympic medals to the Spanish
team (gold medal), to the German team
(silver medal) and to the Italian team
(bronze medal).” CAS said a closed hearing
is set for Friday in Beijing.
HISTORY
A n Olympic
bronze
medal may
have dif-
ferent meanings
to different ath-
letes, an achieve-
ment
or
a
AFP
IAAF decides to act tough
Track and field’s world governing body is
exploring the option of banning athletes
who test positive for doping from
competing in the next possible world
championship. IAAF president Lamine Diack
of Senegal said that his group should follow
the International Olympic Committee and
keep dope cheats who serve a two-year ban
out for the next global championship
showdown. “It may well be that we will
have to act,” Diack
said. “The IOC said
that whoever tests
positive will not
disappointment.
For Afghan taek-
wondo player Ro-
hullah Nikpai, it
has more signifi-
cant meaning.
“After more than
30 years of war in Af-
ghanistan, I think this
medal is a very great
message for peace and
the future of Afghanistan,”
said the 21-year-old.
The bronze after tough
competition against world
champion Juan Antonio Ramos
of Spain ended a half-century
medal drought of the country
since it joined the Olympic family
in 1936. It missed the Sydney
Games as the International
Olympic Committee (IOC)
banned Afghanistan from the
Olympic Games in 1999 for the
Taliban ruling.
Afghanistan’s best Olympic re-
sult was Mohammed Ebrahimi’s
fifth place in wrestling at the To-
kyo Games in 1964.
Nikpai, bronze medallist of this
year’s Asian championships,
seized the chance of repechage,
after losing to Mexican player
Guillermo Perez, who later
claimed the title in men’s 58kg
category, and made all-out efforts
to fight for the medal.
Afghanistan’s
first-ever Olympic
medallist sends
message for
peace
more points,
while the oppo-
nent received a
reduction penal-
ty before the
match ended.
He won the
match with 4-1.
Nikpai, one of
the four athletes
from Afghanistan,
drew almost the
same attention as
the gold medallist
did at the press
conference.
He said following
his brother, he started
learning taekwondo 11
years ago. Compared with
his two compatriots, 100-
meter sprinters, who have
never trained on a proper run-
ning track in their home country,
Nikpai is more fortunate.
“My training situation is like
my country’s situation. It’s good
for me, not bad,” he said. He has
a
coach from South Korea and
the team also has a training camp
in
South Korea.
compete at the next
Olympics. Maybe we
will do that for the
next world
championships.”
While the Olympics
come only every
four years, the
worlds come every two, so a two year ban
will ensure at least one missed IAAF world
event already.
Great start
His teammate Nesar Ahmad
Behave, 23, a world silver med-
allist, will compete in the men’s
68kg category on Thursday, seek-
ing another medal for the coun-
try. He will get a bonus of 50,000
U.S. dollars offered by a mobile
company.
“I’m not sure how to deal with
it,” he said in the mixed zone.
However, it’s for sure that he will
continue the training for next
Olympics.
“I’ll strive to achieve a better
result in my next Olympic
Games,” he said. ■
He launched aggressive attacks
to Ramos in the history-making
match, taking a two-points lead
in the first round. It was evened
when the Spanish scored one
point in round 2 and another
point at the beginning of round 3.
Nikpai continued his offensive
attacks, forcing the pre-game fa-
vourite to fall down at least twice
with obvious bitter expression in
his face, and managed to get two
Xinhua
PTI
Rohullah Nikpai of Afghanistan. AFP
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008

‘‘ once I entered the straight I told myself to keep it up -

’Don’t die on me now.

I got out good. I ran the corner as hard as possible and

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who set a world record of 19.30sec in winning the Olympic 200m gold, days after winning the 100m in a world record.

200m gold, days after winning the 100m in a world record. 17 Knockout UU HH AFP

17

Knockout UU HH
Knockout
UU
HH

AFP

I ndian middleweight Vijender Kumar was

mobbed by dozens of excited journalists after

sealing the country’s first ever Olympic boxing

medal on Wednesday.

Kumar was vigorously hugged and kissed by Indi- an media as he left the Workers Stadium after his historic 9-4 victory over Carlos Gongora of Ecuador. The Indian boxer fought a great tactical bout, playing the “defend and wait” game to perfection against his opponent. The 23-year-old bus-driver’s son, and part-time model, said he fought the bout of his life to reach the semi-finals. “This is a great day for Indian boxing. We’ve been under a lot of pressure recently so one of us had to do it,” Vijender said. “This was the best

fight of my life because I’ve achieved something for the country. I want to thank all the Indian people for praying for me.” Vijender, who has recently joined Haryana Police as an inspector, was not willing to give up even after two of his compatriots were shown the door in the quarter-finals stage and had his sights on a medal. He had planned it out well, not leaving anything to chance. “I could not sleep the whole night. We had discussed every small point, and I kept repeating it to myself. Yes, I was very tense but this morning I was relaxed. I knew I could do it.” Vijender boxed with his arms close to his face, jabbing with the left to keep his opponent away. In the first minute of the first round, Gongora decided

to move in, trying to open Vijender up and he was rocked by a right, straight into his face. That set the trend for the bout.

Boxing in his blood

Vijender comes from India’s “Village of Boxers” – Kalwash in the northern state of Haryana. His father, who worked overtime on the buses to pay for his career, and his mother, went on a pilgrimage to the river Ganga before the Olympics. He will now take on Cuba’s Emilio Correa for a place in the final and a crack at the gold. “He is a tough boxer and I will have to plan well,” Vijender said.

AFP

Vijender mobbed after historic medal

I LEARNT TO PLAY THE GUITAR AND WAS A GREAT ROCK FAN BUT I SHOULD
I LEARNT TO PLAY THE
GUITAR AND WAS A GREAT
ROCK FAN BUT I SHOULD
ALSO CREDIT SHANKAR-
EHSAAN-LOY WHO SHOWED
FAITH IN ME
IN FACT, IT
WAS SHANKAR WHO
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HONED MY SINGING SKILLS AND A LOT OF CREDIT GOES TO HIM T here are
HONED MY SINGING SKILLS
AND A LOT OF CREDIT
GOES TO HIM
T here are few things Farhan Akhtar
hasn’t tasted success with. From
making his directorial debut with a
landmark film like Dil Chahta Hai
Do you plan to act and sing in
the future?
to a hit remake like Don, Farhan has
come a long way. And now his fans
await him in yet another avatar, as an
actor and singer in the forthcoming re-
lease Rock On. The director-actor-singer
on his new roles:
Why not, if I enjoy the script? I am,
in fact, acting in my sister Zoya Akhtar’s
Luck By Chance. As of singing, I haven’t
thought much. I am right now im-
mersed in Rock On.
How did Rock On happen?
So from a director you are now an
actor and singer…
It’s nothing like that. I am doing this
film because I liked the story and the
role. That’s why when director Abhish-
ek Kapoor came to me I did not hesitate
much.
Abhishek came up to me with the
script. He wanted me to act. I too liked it
and it just happened. But he was very
clear from the beginning that whoever
plays the lead vocalist has to sing. He
knew me for a long time and he trapped
me. (Laughs)
But you did justice to the songs.
I learnt to play the guitar and was a
But we never knew there were an
actor and singer in you.
great rock fan but I should also credit
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who showed faith
I was never averse to acting. I always
liked acting, only that I never thought
of giving it a serious try. But I was al-
ways open to it. I was waiting for a
right time because I don’t think I could
do so many things at a time. I started as
a director and wanted to focus on my
work.
in me. I have worked with them earlier
in Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya and Don so I
know how talented they are. In fact, it
was Shankar who honed my singing
skills and a lot of credit goes to him.
But you are a brilliant singer, too.
Didn’t you think of singing
someday?
Won’t you say another reason
people are waiting for Rock On is
that rock music hasn’t found much
place in Bollywood?
Oh…is it so? I was also interested a
lot in music but, again, I never gave it a
serious thought. It just happened but I
really enjoyed the whole experience.
That’s because Indians have heard in-
ternational rock music and sound. But
there are so many good musicians here
who haven’t been tried out. Had they
been utilised, we would have got rock
music in Hindi films long ago.
So you’ll be the person to look out
for once the film releases?
Don’t say that. It’s a film about four
friends and the story doesn’t move if
one is missing out. It is a film of four
people, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny, Pu-
rab and myself. But at the end of the
day it’s Abhishek’s film. I must say he
has done a brilliant job.
What next after Rock On? Acting or
back to direction?
In fact, both because I am gearing up
for my next directorial, Voice From The
Sky, and at the same time I will be acting
in Luck By Chance. I take my job serious-
ly so once I start these two things my
focus will shift there completely.
What’s your next film about?
Farhan
I won’t say much but what I can prom-
ise is something interesting… ■
Trans World Features
and further
Instead of directing, Farhan Akhtar
sings and acts in his next film, Rock On
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008

Ricky Martin becomes father of twins

Singer Ricky Martin has become the father of two twin boys who were born via a surrogate mother. The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky’s full- time care, a spokesperson said.

under Ricky’s full- time care, a spokesperson said. 19 UNESCO City of Music Glasgow was named

19

UNESCO City of Music

Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music on Wednesday in recognition of its musical past and role in present-day music- making and enjoyment. It becomes only the third such recipient of the honour, after Bologna in Italy and Seville in Spain, and joins the UN cultural agency’s Creative Cities Network, which aims to promote the development of the arts in cities worldwide

Straight from the horse’s mouth Christian Bale says he toned his acting techniques by watching
Straight from
the horse’s
mouth
Christian
Bale says he
toned his
acting
techniques
by watching
horses
W elsh-born actor Christian
Bale, who has won acclaim
for playing Batman and other
roles, says he honed his acting
techniques by watching horses.
“I love horses. I’ve learned
from them,” said the 34-year-old
star of the latest Batman block-
buster The Dark Knight.
“Once you master a horse – but
it also masters you – you gain
more confidence in yourself,” he
told Thursday’s issue of The
Japan Times.
Bale, a vegetarian since
childhood who takes in
stray cats and dogs as pets,
told the newspaper that riding
horses has “a rhythm that’s rath-
er Zen-like.”
“When you can mount it and
move it and move along with
it, that is a hard-won and ve-
ry real accomplishment,”
he said. ■
AFP

Britney saddled with hefty legal fees

T roubled popstar Britney Spears has been burdened

with huge legal fees, following her custody battle with ex-hus- band Kevin Federline. Court documents obtained by CNN clearly indicate that Spears’ legal bills from two law firms who represented her in trying to gain custody of the couple’s two sons Sean Pres- ton, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to- tal more than 4,66,000 dollars. The pop princess also has to shell out 250,000 dollars for Fe- derline’s legal fees, reports The New York Daily News. Lawyer Stacy D. Phillips has billed the singer nearly 407,000 dollars for four months of work. Attorney Laura Wasser took over the case after Phillips and negotiated the custody agree- ment between Federline and Spears’ that gives Federline full custody but allows Spears fre- quent visitation of the two boys. Wasser’s bill came to around

60,000 dollars. The ‘Hit me baby one more

came to around 60,000 dollars. The ‘Hit me baby one more time’ popstar is also suppose

time’ popstar is also suppose to pay ex-husband Kevin Fe- derline 20,000 dollars a month under an agreement finalised last month.

ANI

Kuwait bans Salman-Amitabh starrer God Tussi Great Ho

THE MOVIE REPORTEDLY VIOLATES TEACHINGS OF ISLAM, SAYS MINISTRY

THE MOVIE REPORTEDLY VIOLATES TEACHINGS OF ISLAM, SAYS MINISTRY

F ollowing UAE banning Salman-Amitabh star- rer Bollywood movie God Tussi Great Ho, Ku-

wait has decided to stop its screening as well. The country’s ministry of information decided to impose a ban on the movie as it ‘reportedly violates teachings of Islam,’ a Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) official told Arab Times. Interestingly, Bruce Almighty, the Jim Carrey- Morgan Freeman movie of which God Tussi Great Ho is a remake, ran in Dubai with cuts but was banned in Kuwait. Bruce Almighty has been repeatedly telecast on Western movie channels that are aired in the region. Pirated copies of the movie are already available in these countries and hundreds of co- pies are believed to have been sold already. Kuwait banned the movie Kingdom last year as it reportedly portrays Saudi authorities in a negative light.

PTI

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20 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008 Scan One More Feather to His Cap According to TV.com,

One More Feather to His Cap

According to TV.com, Jackie Chan became the only male singer to release an Official 2008 Beijing Olympics album in August 2008.

PICK OF THE DAY - Friday

   
 
   
 
   
   
   

Zee Café

HBO

Animal Planet

Zoom

The Wonder Years – 6 pm

The persuit of Happyness

The Crocodile Hunter III

The Rakhi Sawant Show

American TV series set in the early seventies that tackles issues and events of that time through the eyes of main character Kevin Arnold. The story is narrated by an older, wiser Kevin in an alternately nostalgic and ironic tone.

 

– 9 pm Struggling salesman Chris Gardner leaves his dead-end job to train as a stockbroker. The problem is, he won’t get paid until he passes and, with no money, times get tight for him and young son Christopher.

7 pm

7-30 pm

America’s Deadliest Snakes. Steve and Terri travel across the United States in search of some of the most remarkable Rattle Snake species this country has to offer.

Vidya Balan. Watch all the spicy gossip about our colourful film industry via the bold, brutally honest and much talked about host, Rakhi Sawant.

PICK OF THE DAY - Saturday

   
 
     
   
     
     
     

Sony

9x

Discovery

Filmy

King Uncle - 2 pm

Bhool Bhulaiyaa – 9 pm

Man Vs. Wild - 11 am

Sarkar - 7 am

Multi-millionaire Industrialist Ashok Bansal presides over the rest of his family like a dictator. A run-away orphan who ends up with him must either live up to his rules or try to change him.

 

Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a thriller-comedy revealing undiscovered dimensions of human psychology which many of us could never even have imagined.

Bear Grylls shows viewers how to survive the toughest and most remote environments on the planet

Subhash Nagre has been found guilty for acting as a power unto himself. Watch how circumstances force Subhash to come to terms that he no longer is influential.

by putting himself in the position of

a

stranded tourist.

PICK OF THE DAY - Sunday

   
 
     
   
     
     
     

Animal Planet

HBO

Star Gold

Sony Pix

Young and wild – 10.30 pm

Final Destination 3 – 5 pm

Conan The Destroyer – 8 pm

Strange days - 10.30 pm

The Dating Game: From an animal’s first breath to his first steps to when he finally leaves the maternal bonds he is moving with one purpose, to find a mate.

 

A high school senior has a premonition of death and manages to save her friends and herself, but death is out to take back their lives.

Princess Jehnna has been captured by a sorcerer, so the evil queen Taramis asks from Conan to find her and bring her back to the castle. Conan accepts, because Taramis has magical powers.

The movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals

with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing

   

prostitute. Lenny investigates the case.

a

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

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Naked ambition

A hiker jailed for walking across Germany naked has been allowed to go nude because prison clothes depress him.

Word’s worth

"Yemeles" (yeem-lis) an obsolete word meaning ’careless, negligent.’ To take yeme is to observe or be careful.

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B.C
BORN LOSER
BORN LOSER
FREE RANGE
FREE RANGE
WORKING IT OUT
WORKING IT OUT

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ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 You may be very much dedicated to your work

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 You may be very much dedicated to your work in

You may be very much dedicated to your work in the first half of the day. In the second part, you may focus on fiscal gains. You will work with better concentration in the second half. You will appease your beloved very much to receive love in return.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20

At the beginning of the day, you may be wasting energy behind fruitless pursuits. Post lunch time, you will achieve your targets. You can impress others in meetings post lunch. Lovers and married couple will be deeply involved in the relationship.much to receive love in return. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 20 GEMINI MAY 21 -

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20

involved in the relationship. GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 You may start the day with

You may start the day with a very positive note. You will be able to work at double speed. In second part, you may be put off by someone, hence you will need to control your emotions. In the evening you will receive love from your beloved.

CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20

receive love from your beloved. CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 20 Ganesha’s foresight says that you

Ganesha’s foresight says that you may be struggling

a lot to resolve a technical problem. In the second

part you will be able to fix the problem successfully.

Married life or love life may be smooth provided you avoid heated arguments and inflexibility.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20

heated arguments and inflexibility. LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20 You should try to remain low

You should try to remain low profile at workplace as others may be jealous of your progress. After lunch time, avoid confrontation with superiors. You will spend wonderful time with family. In love life you may have compromising attitude, feels Ganesha.

VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20

attitude, feels Ganesha. VIRGO AUG 21 - SEPT 20 You will be rewarded well for the

You will be rewarded well for the hard work that you have been putting in at office. Take care of your health. You may plan to take your beloved to

a nice restaurant for the dinner. Alternatively, you can also go for a movie, suggests Ganesha.

LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20

go for a movie, suggests Ganesha. LIBRA SEPT 21 - OCT 20 It is slightly unfavourable

It is slightly unfavourable day for you. You must not

confront with anyone, else you may not be able to prove your points. Your personal life may undergo some stress. You may get angry at your beloved for no reason! Handle personal life with due care.

SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20

Handle personal life with due care. SCORPIO OCT 21 - NOV 20 At the beginning of

At the beginning of the day you may list out pending tasks and in the second half, you may finish them off successfully. The day is favourable for technical works. Your evening may be full of delight in the company of someone you love most.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20

of someone you love most. SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 - DEC 20 At the beginning of the

At the beginning of the day you will be very restless. If you take up more than one activity, you will not be able to finish. Instead, you must go with proper planning. In love life, your approach may change and you will become more responsible.

CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20

you will become more responsible. CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20 First part of the day

First part of the day is average for you, but in the second half you have stars in favour. Do not plan important meeting before lunch time. Love life may seem more charming as you will express your love very nicely in front of your partner.

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20

nicely in front of your partner. AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 20 Others may demand your

Others may demand your attention so you may not be able to focus on your work. In the second half, you will handle work easily. There may be demands on the domestic front. You may be in a romantic mood but cold response from lover may put you off.

PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20

from lover may put you off. PISCES FEB 21 - MARCH 20 In first half of

In first half of the day, you may take initiative and

try to handle your work with best of your abilityYou may get irritated due to noise at office. Ganesha suggests you to maintain focus. It is favourable day to express your love through email or SMS.

Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

24 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008
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ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008

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24 ERGO Friday, August 22, 2008 ! Big nose A life-size model of an 18th century

Big nose

A life-size model of an 18th century Yorkshire man with the longest nose in history is among the attractions at London’s newest tourist attraction.

Chinese children play in the fountains outside the National Aquatic Centre in Beijing. Coke bottles
Chinese children play in the
fountains outside the National
Aquatic Centre in Beijing.
Coke bottles feature Chinese
hurdler Liu Xiang at the
Olympic Shuang Zone as the
company makes a limited
edition to honour the injured
Olympian. According to
Xinhua agency, Liu Xiang has
said he will run even faster
after he fully recovers from a
tendon injury that forced the
Olympic champion out of the
Beijing Games.
A local fan displays his
painted head outside the
National Stadium in Beijing.
Iain Percy
and Andrew
Simpson of
Great Britain
compete on
their way to
finishing first
overall in the
Star class
event held at
the Qingdao
Olympic
Sailing Centre
during day 13
of the Beijing
Olympic
Games. GETTY
IMAGES
Agnes Valkai of
Hungary takes a shot at
goal during the water
polo bronze medal
match against Australia
held at the Yingdong
Natatorium of National
Olympic Sports Centre
during Day 13 of the
Beijing Olympic Games.
GETTY IMAGES