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EVENT & EXHIBITIONS 2 CHENNAI INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR 14 SPICE CONTENTS 21 PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS 23 KITCHEN KEMISTRY 24 CELL PHONES BOON OR BANE 27 EVENT & EXHIBITIONS 30 HAIR RAISING QUERIES 37 TETE- A- TETE 41 ART & CULTURE 43 WE LOVE THIS STUFF around Chennai this week.

Parveen Sikkandar, CEO, Damini Artisans shares her views on entrepreneurship.

Can it motivate children? Dr.Mini Rao analyses.

Cheryl Rajkumar’s Banana Bran Muffins

Sheethal Jayakrishna takes a look.

Last week in Chennai

Dr. Talat Salim replies.

with Kamalika Krishmy, Super Chef Contest Winner

Learn & Play with AIMA

Product Catalogue by Paisley Bay

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EVENTS

CinC

AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

EDGE DESIGN HOUSE, CHENNAI.

& EXHIBITIONS

CLARITY IN CONFUSION

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013. 6:00PM - 8:00PM.

CinC - A Melodic Rock, Alternative, Fusion & Indian Light Music Band. CinC consists of a blend of musical influences. Arjun Menon is trained in the varied elements of vocals ranging from Carnatic to Hindustani and Western and currently works with well known names in the industry such as Mr. Harris Jayaraj. Bharath Ram is an extremely talented and motivated bass guitarist who constantly pushes himself to outperform himself and also represents popular bands such as Oxygen. Karthik Ananth, the primary composer for CinC is a grade 3 Trinity student who focuses his musical skill to compose songs for the band and also numerous jingles, some for Websites as well. Rahul Ramachandran is a professionally trained Carnatic percussionist who has now forayed into Western percussion to improve his understanding of music. Eric Irani is one of the well known Western Classical guitarists in Chennai. He plays for some of the top bands in the city.

Registration fee of Rs.100/- is payable at the venue, Edge Design House, Chennai. Limited seats. Entry by RSVP only.

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By Hand From & EXHIBITIONS The Heart AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

FEBRUARY 2013 SHOW, GALLERY SRI PARVATI, ELDAMS ROAD, TEYNAMPET

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8th & 9th FEBRUARY 10.00AM - 8:00PM

10th Edition & our 1st event for the new year! 1. THE HANDMADE MARKETPLACE: A marketplace for all things handmade presented by participants from Delhi, Rourkela, Satara, Vijayawada, Bangalore and Chennai. This segment at the event will showcase handmade, handwoven, handcrafted and homemade creations in different areas of craft and design. 2. CRAFT SHOWCASE: FOLDING FOR A CAUSE - a display of Origami sculptures by Kartik & Subash, Co-Founders of Origami Society of Madras. The sale proceeds of the Origami Sculptures will go towards funding Origami Workshops for under-privileged children. 3. SATURDAY LIVE!: Ojo-de-Dios Workshop - A Native American Hand Weaving Art, workshop will be conducted by Ms. Jayashree & Sandhya (Chennai). Stay connected to the event page for Vendor announcements, product previews, product spotting, contests and workshop info.

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EVENTS

Chennai Rises With & EXHIBITIONS One Billion Rising AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

PHOENIX MARKET CITY MALL

THURSDAY, 14th FEBRUARY 06.30PM - 8:30PM

One In Three Women On The Planet Will Be Raped Or Beaten In Her Lifetime. One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity One Billion Women Dancing Is A Revolution On 14 February 2013, ONE BILLION women and those who love them will WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, V-DAY, CHENNAI RISES to support this GREAT fight against gender-based violence! Join us at the brand new Phoenix Market City Mall, at 6:30 pm for an evening of ACTION, for an evening of CONNECTION through ART and an evening of SOLIDARITY! Performance by various bands and dance troops Appearances & motivation by several celebrities & artists Call to action by established activists and organisations This is the most unique & energetic way to raise our voices... Be there!

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Madras & EXHIBITIONS Shopping Sandhai AROUND CHENNAI NEXT WEEK.

EXPRESS AVENUE, ROYAPETTAH

THURSDAY, 16th & 17th FEBRUARY 06.30PM - 8:30PM

The biggest flea market cum carnival that Chennai has ever seen! Catch a celebration of arts, crafts, music, flea market, food and more at the Madras Shopping Sandhai! Catch live bands, folk performances, arts & crafts activity center for kids and more! A flea market by artists, designers, hobbyists etc! A bazaar cum carnival which has something for everyone!A platform to showcase your products! There is also a Baker’s Bazaar for the home bakers, competition for kids and women! Gear up Chennai for a soul filling weekend in Feb! Express Estates, Whites Road. Feb 16-17, 2013. Interested in keeping a stall or conducting workshops or sponsorships? Mail us at madrasshoppingsandhai@gmail.com Want to just volunteer and have fun? We would love to have u on board! Just mail us what your interests are!

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Palash presents & EXHIBITIONS Valentine Bazaar. AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

AMBUJAM’S LOUNGE, WHITES ROAD, ROYAPETTAH

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9th & 10th FEBRUARY 10.00AM - 8:00PM

This exhibition is for your loved ones. Gift your loved ones with lots of exciting stuffs. Designers from across India are coming down to Chennai only for you and your loved ones. Products on display are -

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Exclusive Sarees

Salwars

Kurtis

Designer Womens Hangbags

Designer & Customized Jewelry

And Much More.

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Landmark Sale & EXHIBITIONS Upto 70% off AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

UPTILL MONDAY 25th FEBRUARY 10.00AM - 8:00PM

ALL LANDMARK STORES

Landmark Sale – Upto 70% OFF! The sale is on till the 25th of February, the Landmark sale has never before discounts on products across all categories. And to make this Sale even more enticing, Landmark has tied up with Axis Bank, to offer customers an additional 10% discount on bill values over Rs 1500/-, if they use their Axis Bank debit or credit cards, to make the payment. This year’s sale outdoes the last year, with heavy discounts on assorted merchandise. The highlights of the sale include: bestselling books at a starting price of Rs. 49/-, 3 for 2 on the Top 500 new releases and bestsellers in books, 70% OFF on Graphic Novels International Magazines at the Landmark price of Rs. 99/-, Upto 50% OFF on toys with great discounts on Squap, Scrabble, Pictionary, Puzzles, and a whole range of remote controlled toys that will ensure that there’s something for each one in the family!

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One Day Study & EXHIBITIONS Management AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

SCHOOL OF SUCCESS, R A PURAM; MAHALINGAPURAM

MONDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 10.00AM - 4:00PM

It’s Exam time! Creative techniques to stay focused; increase memory; concentration skills. And most importantly, Helping children take charge and make studies FUN! :-)) School of Success, a Chennai based organisation that conducts ‘transformational’ programs for children helping them take charge of their lives at an early age, announces its Study Management Leadership. Price: Rs. 850/- per child (includes snacks and lunch)

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Organic Tasting & EXHIBITIONS Session AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

NATURE’S NEST, G-1, GEMS COURT, KNK ROAD

SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2.00PM - 6:15PM

Is Organic Food More tastier than the conventional food? Is Organic food healthier? Is Organic Food better for my Child? Well these are some of the questions that we have. Get an Answer to all your questions. Drop in on 10th Feb 2 pm - 7 pm and get a taste of Organic at our “Special Sunday Tasting Party”.

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QUOTIENT THIS WEEK

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This season, get stylish with watches from French Connection. Rare and highly sought after British design features have been combined with perfection in this new timepiece by French Connection. The casing, polished ion-plating in yellow gold with stainless steel, are enhanced with a single row Czech crystal stone bezel, all encasing an elegant black mother-of-pearl 39.5mm dial. The inner standout features of gold indices at 12, 3, 6 and 9h, highlight the centrepiece brand name, flowing into the natural beauty and sleekness of a black calf leather strap/ bracelet. This timepiece connects British style with French elegance, creating a timeless and fashion forward statement every woman spends their life searching for. These exquisite time pieces are available at Helios stores, Shopper Stop, Lifestyle stores and select multi-brand outlets. CHENNAI SPICE | FEBRUARY 9th 2013 | 11


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Organic Terrace & EXHIBITIONS Garden Workshop AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

ASHVITA BISTRO, NO.11, BAWA ROAD, ALWARPET

SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY 4.00PM

Eco Alternatives and Ashivta Bistro invite you to an ‘Organic Terrace Garden Workshop’. All gardening enthusiasts keep yourself free on Sunday, Feb 17th. By popular demand we are having our rooftop gardening workshop once again between 4pm - 6pm at Ashvita Bistro, Chennai. Horticulturalist Mr. Harish Krishnamoorthy will tell us simple traditional organic farming techniques that can be applied to your home garden. A good way to learn the basics of growing your own veggies at home. Special topics include a practical look into the usage of Panchagavyam, Vermicompost ,Coir Pith for potting, hints on pest, disease management, identifying and trouble shooting disorders in plants.

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EVENTS

Cocktail Fashion & EXHIBITIONS Collezione AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

ARINGAR ANNA ARANGAM

MONDAY 6th & 7th MARCH 10.00AM - 8:00PM

50 Unique Designers under one destination, presenting the finest collection of Haut Couture, Pret Wear, Indian Couture, Designer wear, Jewelry, Accessories, Home furnishings, other lifestyle products and much more. Stall bookings open.

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Get ‘Tagged’ this Valentine’s Day The laws of attraction are brought to life with Titan’s exciting range of watches Valentine’s Day has found its place as a special occasion that draws people of a kind together. The new range of watches for young men and women recently added to the Tagged collection from Titan gives relevance to these laws of attraction. Starting at Rs. 1495/-, these watches are colourful, bold and reflect the attitude of young adults who know what they want and choose to play for keeps. The name itself is derived from the popular Internet term of ‘tagging’ yourself to all that you feel a part of. The collection represents coming together of like minded individuals making it a perfect gift for the occasion. Tagged by Titan is available in all Titan stores, Departmental Stores and all leading Multi-Brand Outlets. CHENNAI SPICE | FEBRUARY 9th 2013 | 13


CHENNAI SPICE FEATURE

INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR PARVEEN SIKKANDAR CEO, Damini Artisans IN CONVERSATION WITH

Sumita Pai

Ask yourself if you would do this on a daily basis for the next 10 years! PARVEEN SAYS

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Q.What do you typically tell people when they ask you what you do? A.The first thing I check with them is whether they know about

my brand DAMINI? If they do, I go on to tell them that I head the team. And if they don’t, I still tell them that I am the Creative Head / Founder-Director of DAMINI ARTISANS. I am also a freelance food critic, a broadcast journalist and a visiting faculty at a number of colleges in Chennai. Q.How did you come to be an entrepreneur? A.I was widowed in 2002 at the age of 27 with my seven-year-

old son by my side. I didn’t have to worry about my finances as everything was taken care of. But I felt a need to make something of my life. I used to get frustrated as I didn’t know about anything beyond the confines of my household. So, I enrolled for a correspondence course in MA Journalism. While pursuing my degree, I applied to Doordarshan’s National News Channel for a job in political news reporting for the Metro Scan segment. The turning point came one day when I was doing a documentary on rural craftsmen selling their wares at the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Most of the shops from where I had purchased little things during my childhood were gone. Many sellers blamed the advent of malls for this decline. And, I noticed how even the wealthy buyers haggled over the prices with the craftsmen. But then, these shoppers would never bargain at malls. M: +91 44 4218 8774

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INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR PARVEEN SIKKANDAR CEO, Damini Artisans

I thought about this for many days and found the answer to why we bargain with poor vendors. It is because all of us are inherently afraid when we look at modern-day systems. From credit cards and security checks to computer generated bills, bar-coded products, fancy carry-bags and so on. The rural vendors do not have any of these contraptions. Hence, we haggle with them even if we know they are offering us the best price. I wanted to build a brand where vendors could sell their products at a fair price under a trusted label. So, I set up the brand DAMINI ARTISANS within a month.

from such reactions, nor did it bother me as it was I who was heading the brand. No one knew how I operated, or what my long team plans or goals were. I had started the business with the sole objective of running it successfully and not closing it at any point in time.

Q.When you started out in business, what specific idea,

at Damini, now with Landmark, Dubai), “Ms. Parveen is extremely honest and punctual. Timely payment of salary to the staff and ensuring their well-being is high on the list of priorities for her company. Ms. Parveen believes in 100% adherence to the payment of taxes and duties to the government.” Syed Imran (former staff member at Damini, Kozhikode), “Ms. Parveen places immense faith in people. She never hesitates to tell them on their faces if they had done something wrong. She ensures timely remuneration to her employees and is extremely focused on her business.” Dinesh Jain (Designer based in Meerut), “Ontime payment, every single time, is her strength.

purpose or vision was your key driving force? A. The purpose of the business was to provide a global platform

for skilled artisans. The only way to reach the masses was to piggyback on chain stores in prime locations. When I spoke to the merchandisers of chain stores, they liked the idea of selling products I had sourced from villages. I had a vision to establish the brand in all major metros, which became a reality in 2007. Q. What’s the toughest feedback you’ve ever received and how did you learn from it? A. Many in Chennai said that the brand was too small to

make it big and would not sustain even for a year. Even members of my family thought it was some sort of a pastime and that I would eventually give up. I didn’t imbibe anything SHOP NOW

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Q.If I called three people who have worked with you, how would they describe you? A. Thomas Joseph (former manager

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INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR PARVEEN SIKKANDAR CEO, Damini Artisans

Parveen is brutally honest and will call a spade, a spade. She would never sit around and make small talk when on business. She always has her agenda marked clearly. She has a wonderful sense of humour and is totally committed to her work.”

achievement as the brightest minds from the IITs and IIMs were competing in this event.

Q. What makes you stand out from the others?

A. Sometime back, at an investor meet in New

A. Our products are not generic or factory-churned replicas.

We specialize in jhumkas and we are clearly a monopoly in this category. Q. Who has inspired you in your life and why? A. I draw my inspiration from small

scale vendors who are specialists in their businesses. They aren’t armed with the financial backing of multi-Crore bank loans or a rich uncle who can fund them. They work harder than a colony of ants and ensure that they sustain their business inspite of all hurdles, because for them, it is their only source of income.

Q. What’s your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur?

Delhi, I was explaining my business model to a panel comprising three Canadian bigwigs. They were all smiles throughout my presentation, much to my wonder. Towards the end of the session, the trio fished out a set of wind chimes made by Damini Artisans. Apparently, they had bought the chimes at the Indira Gandhi International Airport that morning, en route to the meet.

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? A. Setting up a sustainable business model and knowing that it

is one of India’s top business ideas in recent years. I was selected as a finalist in the Economic Times Power of Ideas (2009) from 17, 800 entries across India. I consider this to be a huge SHOP NOW

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INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR PARVEEN SIKKANDAR CEO, Damini Artisans

Q. What does a day-in-the-life of Parveen

Q. What’s the biggest issue you struggle with as an

consist of?

entrepreneur?

A. I am a newspaper junkie. I read five

A. In business, 90% of the people you encounter are never

newspapers in a day. I don’t have a set routine and I still love cleaning the kitchen! I used to do that full time before I became an entrepreneur. I call my mom every day and give her a roundup of all the gossip in the city. Mornings I spend replying to emails, meeting up with staff and new vendors, finishing bank work, sorting out bills and running a few errands. Lunch is usually at home. At noon, I watch something on the telly or read a book and rest for an hour. In the evening, people would drop in to meet me and discuss ideas to help run their business. I then meet a few staff members informally over tea and snacks, spend some time with them and inquire about their families. My dinner is always early – at 5. 30 or 6 pm max. I eat out a lot. Since most restaurants in Chennai open at 7 pm, my son and I often have a good sit-down dinner and talk about the day’s happenings and share jokes. I have lots of friends living overseas. I chat with them for a while before calling it a day at 11.

Q. How do you generate profitable customers for your

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honest. Honesty is certainly my greatest asset, but it’s also a liability in these times. I expect honesty from everyone. However, even artisans tend to mislead me. There was this one craftsman who told me that he made original, exquisite jewelry boxes all by himself and sold a huge quantity to me. But I spotted his same ‘unique creation’ in the Thai Exhibition at Chennai Trade center. Every day, I get to meet dishonest people. As an entrepreneur, I find it tough dealing with them on a regular basis. Most of them have no respect for other people’s time and seldom keep their word.

business? What unusual approaches do you adopt for marketing your products/services? A. Repeat customers are our greatest strength. We have

exceptional products desired by customers all over the world, who want to own exclusive items. Our staff members are taught to be polite at all times and dissuaded from arguing with customers, even if the latter are in the wrong. We are present in high profile stores like Odyssey and Landmark, which again offers a wider reach. Damini, as a policy, does not use pictures or stories of artisans to market its products. We believe the product sells by itself. www.daminiartisans.com CHENNAI SPICE | FEBRUARY 9th 2013 | 17


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INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR PARVEEN SIKKANDAR CEO, Damini Artisans

Q. If you could be anything other than an entrepreneur,

Q. What creative things do you do to

what would it be and why?

develop a friendly corporate culture?

A. I would just like to read a book, sit at home and cook a

A. I do not do anything ‘creative’ to form a

meal for my family. We constantly look forward to approval and acknowledgement from others. I guess that’s why many of us run around in circles. I don’t want to be anything if I were not an entreprenuer.

company culture. I believe people gravitate towards you if you are genuine, truthful and do not put on an act. Birds of the same feather flock together, don’t they? (laughs)

Q. Looking back, what’s the one thing you would do

Q. How do you think being an entrepreneur

differently?

has turned you into a better person?

A. I was very focused on setting up the business on a solid

A. I am more tolerant towards the viewpoints of

foundation. I wouldn’t do anything to disrupt that plan. I got the formula right and if I were to change that, I could go wrong. So, I would not have done anything differently.

others. I have also learned to exercise patience on the home front. I value money as it is never easy to earn. I am more at peace knowing that life is so unpredictable and fragile.

Q. If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be? A. Ask yourself if you would do this on a daily basis for the next

10 years. If the answer is no, never get into business. Q. When starting out on a new business, who are the likely possible partners or professional service providers you would recommend every entrepreneur work with? A. Work with someone who has more experience than you. Go

with a professional service provider who has noteworthy clients and ensure they do not experiment with you. SHOP NOW

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Chennai Adoption & EXHIBITIONS Drive (CAD) AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

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SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 10.00AM - 3:00PM

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Chennai Adoption & EXHIBITIONS Drive (CAD) AROUND CHENNAI THIS WEEK.

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PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS

DR MINI RAO

There is nothing wrong in parents having expectations from their children but very high expectations are very damaging for their children’s self-esteem and confidence.

Parental expectations can motivate children to build a strong mind and encourage them to achieve their best academic performance.

school/college and added nagging by parents to achieve makes their lives miserable. Let’s face the truth. Not every child is extraordinary or an achiever. The extraordinary

But to expect them to reach the impossible will only lead to

ones comprise only 1-3 percent of the child

disappointment and lowering of their child’s self confidence

population. That is to say, most children are

in the long run. Parental expectations should be realistic

ordinary and should seek an ordinary development

and achievable as parents are the ones who know the exact

path. Sadly, many parents have unrealistic

potential of their children. Pushing them to achieve what

expectations for their children which results in

is beyond their capabilities leaves a long term negative

a huge gap between expectations and actual

impact on their child who may suffer severe consequences

achievement.

due to the failure.

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PSYCHOLOGIST

Why the focus only on only academic

Parents attach overriding importance to education instead

performance?! It is well known that a child’s

of focusing on the all-round development of their child.

comprehensive development involves physical and

The need of the hour is to emphasize on values, ethics

also cognitive, intellectual, emotional and moral

and developing the child’s personality. Academics are very

development. Every parent wants their child to

overrated compared to an all-round development which is

achieve to their potential but it is time for some

underrated. Many children get depressed and stressed by

parents to curb their expectations and keep

the fierce competition that they face from their peers at

them realistic.

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FROM CHILDREN TO PARENTS

FOR PARENTS

1. We know ourselves better than anyone else. Listen to us

If you want to have your children behave well, achieve to

and we’ll listen to you.

the best of their potential, it’s not going to happen if you

2. We have our best interests at heart and also yours in

nag or reprimand them. You will have to tell them how and

mind.

in a positive way. Negative words like “don’t” or “no” will

3. Learn to appreciate our strengths and acknowledge our

never work.

weaknesses.

1. Explain to your child what you expect of him or her.

4. Talk to us. We want to know what is happening.

PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS

DR MINI RAO PSYCHOLOGIST

With children... it is a fact that most parents criticize children more than they laud or congratulate them. We tend to be quick to

2. Give them positive reinforcement like appreciation or a

criticize, slow to praise. We should be careful

little gift for the good things they do.

to keep the praise and the expectations far

6. Be honest with us and we will do the same.

3. Have your child repeat back to you what you

ahead of the criticism.

7. We all have limitations. This is all we can do, don’t push

expect him/her to do and how it will benefit him/her.

us beyond that.

4. Wait for your child to start meeting

8. Smile, laugh, and enjoy life. Your enthusiasm is

the expectation, and then give

contagious to us, your children, you are our role models

positive attention or any other

after all.

reward to reinforce

5. Initiate communication with us, we would really like that.

that behaviour.

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CHENNAI SPICE YUMM SERIES

BANANA BRAN MUFFINS CHERYL RAJKUMAR FOOD BLOGGER Wholesome breakfast muffins made with ingredients right from your pantry. Ripe bananas lend sweetness, plain yogurt lends moisture and wheat bran lends texture to these fibre rich nutritious muffins.

MAKES 12 STANDARD MUFFINS INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup all purpose flour or Maida ¾ cup wheat bran 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Can be replaced with jaggery 1 cup mashed ripe banana ½ cup plain yogurt/curd, lightly whipped 6 tbsp unsalted butter or 5 tbsp oil 1 ¾ tsp baking powder 1 egg * can be replaced with flax meal substitute for egg free muffins Pinch of salt ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

METHOD • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F/ 180 degree C. Line the muffin pan with liners or grease with oil. • Cream butter/oil and sugar until fluffy. Stir in egg/ flax meal sub until combined. • Mix bananas and yogurt. Mix flour, bran, salt and baking powder. • Fold in the butter mixture with banana mixture. Now add the flour mixture gently stirring only until combines. Do not over mix. • Spoon the mixture into liners or greased muffin pan to twothirds full. Sprinkle nuts on top of the muffin batter. Gently press. • Bake for 25-30 mins or until a skewer inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. • Cool muffins in the pan for 5 mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. • Serve warm or store at room temperature for 2 days. Refrigerate for a week or deep freeze for a month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and microwave for 15-20 seconds before serving.

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CHENNAI SPICE FEATURE I wake up and lazily stretch my hands out to pull aside the curtain. The sun is not fully up Cell Phones yet, but in the hazy morning light I can see BOON OR BANE all the plants lined up outside my balcony. SHEETHAL JAYAKRISHNA The Ceenias are still in full bloom and the LANGUAGE MENTOR little tomatoes on my little tomato plant seem to be a tad bigger than yesterday. I doctor’s clinics and hospitals. Their home being far away smile contently glad to have woken up with from the city, this gadget gave her parents some comfort. the alarm. But usage was heavily restricted as the incoming and

Automatically my hands stretch out pick up my phone and click on the Facebook icon. No, no, screams a little someone in my head, not now. But I find myself glancing quickly through status updates. It barely takes a few seconds if not a minute, before I put the phone down and plunge headlong into the morning rush of getting the family off to school and work. Okay let me make something clear here. I am not talking about Facebook but about the ubiquitous Mobile….what it has come to mean in our lives today. I remember my friend getting her first mobile phone in 98’or 99’ a giant Motorola. A heavy thick instrument which she purchased and which was approved by her parents only because she had started working with a reputed pharmaceutical company and her job meant long hours at the

outgoing charges were at Rs. 8. I marvelled at the phone which my friend claimed could also be used as a selfdefence weapon. Believe me that phone weighed nearly 500 gms and if used correctly, could prove lethal. My sister got herself a Nokia a couple of years after she started working, for similar reasons as that of my friend. Being in an AD agency meant late hours and I harassed her happily on the phone. My boyfriend then went on to get himself a phone which again piqued my interest. This was much smaller, a Mitsubishi which had to be flipped open to dial or speak. I thought it was smashing as I had always been a huge Star trek fan and his phone reminded me of The captain and Dr.Spock. Around this time, on a holiday to Hong Kong, I came across a street sweeper busily chatting with somebody on her mobile phone. This completely threw me!! Note, that I still did not have a phone of my own even though I was working for a reputed airline at this time. CHENNAI SPICE | FEBRUARY 9th 2013 | 24


I am sure on some level this spurred me on to finally get my own phone. By this time, Prepaid plans suited to the pocket saw the usage of mobile phones shoot up. Free Sms or Sms packs spurred us on. As the software developed, we could even express our emotions, which until that time, was restricted to the correct combination of symbols. Emoticons had arrived! As the software developed more and more it seemed ironically that people grew more and more apart. Were we more connected, or on another level, starting to completely disconnect from those around us.? Have you ever met up with friends or family and found them more deeply engrossed in some virtual conversation with a friend, rather than with you who is with them in person. How did it make you feel? Have you ever felt annoyed or have you become indifferent and started a conversation of your own on your phone. Then again there are another section of people who become completely oblivious to their surroundings the moment they are on a call. It would be wise to contemplate for a moment as to what this states about your relationship with each other. DO CHECK

Today there is so much being said and written about Mobile phone etiquette and it would be wonderful if all users could abide by some rules and regulations. Sometimes I wonder if Mobile phone etiquette should actually be included in some part of the school curriculum. So what is Mobile phone etiquette? In simple terms it is the common courtesy used while using a mobile phone in public. How many of us get annoyed when a person is seen talking loudly in public. While many of us can ignore such an occurrence, the same cannot be said of a person who finds themselves stuck near such a stranger for e.g.; in a public transport or a queue at some place. Another major irritant is when you are engaged in a deep conversation with someone and they choose to answer a call. This causes a complete break in our thought process and also makes you question if the other person was paying any attention to the conversation. Answering calls at private social engagements is also considered rude by many. There are a few simple dos and don’ts that should be followed by all Mobile phone users. Firstly

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switch to the vibrate option when at restaurants, waiting rooms, private social engagements etc. Switch off the phone when at places of worship, funerals, doctors and most importantly interviews. Believe me, I have personally seen a candidate who was applying for a very senior post, walk into an interview with the VP and Chairman of a certain company with his blue tooth device stuck to his ear. Needless to say he was excused from the interview in a matter of minutes. Do not answer calls while at the check-out counters or at the cashiers. They can be very distracting for you and annoying for others. If you do need to answer urgent calls, excuse yourself and make it a point to step away from the person, group or queue, and talk in a low tone, thus ensuring your privacy and respecting others. Make calls taken in public as brief as possible. One of the most important rules is to avoid talking while driving a vehicle. A huge section of people are afflicted today with a Mobile phone related illness. TSG. Short for Texting, Surfing, Gaming. Perhaps some of you may not agree to calling these activities an illness. But when these three facilities are over used or abused it is DO CHECK

most definitely an illness. When used wisely, these facilities can be great for communicating, entertaining and gathering information. But more often than not, we find people especially teens who have finally got their own device feverishly engaged in one of these activities oblivious to all that goes on around them. One can easily imagine how dangerous that can be in today’s world. Another concern among parents today is that they seem to be unsure on how to monitor their child’s activities with the phone. With the number of apps available today that password protects just about everything on the instrument, snooping around their rooms late at night hardly helps. To all those parents out there who are giving their child their first phone, it would be wise to sit down with them and outline the rules and regulations that go with the phone. If in doubt as to what should be communicated to the child , perhaps we could all take a few tips from this mother who has made out a set of rules to be followed by her son. Perhaps many of you have already come across this piece which has been

viral for a short while now. But for those of you who haven’t here’s the link. http:// www.huffingtonpost.com/janell-burleyhofmann/iphone-contract-from-yourmom_b_2372493.html I, for one definitely plan to write out a similar contract for my daughters!

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Beauty Because Club THE LAUNCH

FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY

Whether it is the cutting out of sagging skin by a cosmetic surgeon, chemical peeling supervised by a dermatologist, undergoing the alternate treatment of Unani, Homeopathy, Ayurvedic massages and medicines, or the relaxing gold facial at a beauty parlour, the ways of enhancing one’s beauty are many. Beauty Because Club is the single space at which ideas can be exchanged by experts who have shown results to give individuals the best possible options. “Often, I get models and people in the lime light who come to me with the lament that during photo shoots, photographers want them to look a certain way. They want to achieve that ‘certain’ way. And going On Feb 1st Chennai Plastic surgery opened a new

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and thought out by Dr. Karthik, the founder of

now founder of Beauty Because Club.

Chennai Plastic Surgery.

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Club, I was impressed by his unique concept and was more than

because it is confluence of all genres of beauty

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the good of the beauty industry, and yes, everybody has a right to be

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FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY

Chetpet lane, Chennai Plastic Surgery has brought together dedicated doctors and other beauty specialists to form its team. Every team member has been carefully chosen for their genre of specialization and the individualized personal attention they give each patient, while making them feel completely comfortable. Dr. Karthik Ram: Specializing in Cosmetic Surgery and all kinds of liposuction, fat transplants, body sculpting and body contouring, Dr. Karthik has the expertise of a surgeon and the finesse of an artist. As word of his dedication to liposuction and the various other cosmetic surgery procedures spreads, his popularity increases, making him Because Club from Chennai Plastic Surgery. It is

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Till date i have not been able to judge my hair type, the scalp is very oily, where as the strands are ultra-dry, frizzy and rough. What kind of shampoo should i use?

ANSWER Many people have this problem, as your hair roots are closest to your oil glands the distribution of oil from scalp towards the hair is minimal. That is why your scalp is oily and hair is dry and frizzy. The best treatment is, Wash your scalp 3 times a week with a shampoo meant for oily hair, but lather the shampoo into your hair only twice a week, washing it lightly. When you need to wash only your scalp, avoid lathering into your hair. Use a conditioner meant for dry hair. Apply a serum or protective spray to your hair while it’s still damp. Do a deep conditioning or protein treatment at least twice a month to give your hair that extra nourishment it needs. Do a warm oil treatment at least 3times a month. Massage the oil well into your scalp to help increase blood circulation and stimulate the oil glands. Keep the oil on for no less than twenty minutes and no more than 2hrs, then shampoo it off. Brush your hair regularly, from root to tip,as this too will help stimulate the oil glands and carry the natural oils from your scalp to your hair.

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This is very rich treatment which is great for dry, damaged hair. Makes 1 portion: Fully ripened avocado 1 Egg yolk 1 Honey 1 tbsp Sweet almond oil 1 tbsp Plain yoghurt 2 tbsp PREPARATION: 1. Peel away the skin avocado. Cut into halves and remove the seed. 2. Place avocado in a food blender and blend until smooth. 3. Beat egg yolk, sweet almond oil and honey together until homogenous. Add yoghurt and mix until smooth. 4. Pour the mixture into the food blender together with the avocado puree. Blend until smooth. APPLICATION: 1. Dampen hair and pat dry with a towel,. Leaving the hair slightly damp. 2. Stir the mixture before use. 3. Apply the hair mask evenly onto hair, section by section. Apply on your hair shaft only, avoiding the scalp. 4. If you have long hair, bun it up before covering it with a shower cap. Then wrap with a towel to keep the hair firmly in place. 5. Allow the mask to work on your hair for 45mins before rinsing off thoroughly with warm water. 6. Shampoo your hair as usual. 7. Finish with apple cider vinegar conditioning hair rinse if you wish.

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EVENTS LAST WEEK SUMITA PAI REPORTS

Baker Showcase Edition 3 EDITION 3 SLURPED UP BY CHENNAI-ITES!

This brilliant idea by KP Balakumar and Nanditha

tools and accessories on sale while Gourmet Market gave away their

Sashidharan has sent waves of delight through

ecofriendly bags and discount coupons. Both were co-sponsors of

many a foodie and dessert lover in the city. What

the show along with restaurant Crimson Chakra, which hosted the

idea you ask? The Baker Showcase event,

earlier two Baker Showcases last year.

that’s what! Started by the two above-mentioned

Each Baker Showcase event sees a number of new and aspiring

founders of the Home Bakers Guild (a Facebook

bakers along with those who have over a decade or two of baking

group), the Baker Showcase Edition 3 was a

experience. Almost all the home-bakers are homemakers. The few

super sold out success in less than 2 hours!!

that are still holding a day job, one day aspire to quit corporate slavery

The spacious auditorium with ample parking on

and start their own bakery/café/restaurant, or at the very least, set up

the school grounds of Asan Memorial School,

a home-based enterprise.

Anderson Road, Egmore, on the 2nd of February

An array of goodies ranging from Arabian desserts (Baklava), Orange

2013, saw many a footfall. Indeed, a sweet way

Tea Cakes & Lime Bars, Mixes-in-Jars, Exotic Berries-based Curd

to welcome the month of love with everyone’s

Jars, Pannacottas and Parfaits, Coloured and Flavoured Homemade

common passion for food! :-) All 14 participating

Chocolates, Pizza Muffins, Mini Pizzas, Bengali Sweets, Paan

bakers had empty tables and practically nil

Flavoured Cupcakes, Masala Chai Biscuits alongside the wide range

leftovers proving that Chennai-ites have a

of Brownies, Cupcakes, Puddings & Muffins were up for grabs. To

major sweet tooth! Their membership with the

add flavour to the Showcase and spice it up a bit, this time Biryanis,

Facebook group has propelled them out of their

ancient Muslim Sweets, Malabari Combo Meal Specialities, Quiches

kitchens and turned them into entrepreneurs with

and Lasagnes were added to the menus. Needless to say, each and

successful businesses almost overnight.

every item grabbed eyeballs and filled tummies, in that order!

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

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SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

For more coverage of the event, click here: http://suetospeak.blogspot. in/2013/02/humane-hbg-and-smash-hit-showcase.html. Many of the bakers have been profiled in detail on the blog as well. If you missed out on the event, their write-ups will give you an idea of what they offer and you can place orders for their signature dishes. Meanwhile, give your eyes a feast for the soul by ogling at the photographs of their goodies! The Baker Showcase is a quarterly event and if you’re a baker/chef or aspiring to be one, this is the page to follow and keep abreast of all things sweet, sugary and salted.

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Super Chef Chennai

A CS REPORT

THE PARK HOTEL, CHENNAI

LAST WEEK

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Bringing to Chennai a first-of-its-kind cooking competition

women and children - with one common characteristic- the love of creating great food.

called SuperChef Chennai, the Madras Cosmopolitan Ladies

Best of all – proceeds of Rs 10 lakhs went to the Mahesh Memorial trust of the Adyar

Circle (MCLC) 38 had a two-day, high profile, competitive cook-

Cancer Institute for children.” says Farheen Pasha, Chairperson, MCLC 38.

off over the weekend of 2nd-3rd February 2013. The event was

The event was open to non-professionals and amateur cooks, aged above 15 for the

sponsored by the top German Kitchens Brand, Poggen Pohl and

general category, and 8-14 years for the Junior SuperChef category. The event called for

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the whipping up of fantastic signature recipes in any of four categories – Entree, Main

“We at MCLC 38 have brought to Chennai a LIVE cook off

courses (either vegetarian or non-vegetarian), Desserts and the ‘Juniors’ category. There

- never before been done at this scale. We are very excited

was an overwhelming response of close to 500 applications across these 4 categories,

to have tapped the very current & very relevant trend of

from applicants from different walks of life in both English and Tamil.

competitive live cooking - that has dominating our collective

40 recipes in each category that impressed the judges on criteria of originality, creativity

conscience through our TV screens! We have targeted men,

and complexity made it to the Precooked Preliminary round on February 2, 2013. The

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Park hotels was a hub of activity as 160 contestants vied and

SuperChef pantry with undisclosed contents, all in front of the media’s and the celebrity

plated their dishes to impress The Park judges, comprising

judges’ watchful eyes. Up for grabs was the grand first prize in each category of exotic

Chef Rajesh, Chef Santosh and their teams, along with celebrity

holidays for two to Kumarakom or Goa sponsored by Jet Airways and The Park hotels

judges like Tarla Dalal and Vicky Ratnani of NDTV Good Times.

and high end kitchen appliances by Weber and Butterfly and gift hampers by Peekaboo

The Juniors Round was the most popular with the judges

Patterns and Naidu Hall.

bowled over by the knowledge of the children about cooking.

The result was a cracker of a competition with the most innovative and creative recipes

12 finalists in each category won and were presented their

taking center stage and the most dynamic cooks winning the hearts of the judges.

coveted ‘SuperChef Chennai Finalist’ aprons and were to be

The winning recipes were Zuchini Jalepeno Cheese Balls on a bed of capsicum salad

present for the final round the net day.

with herbs served with mint chutney by Kamalika Krishmy in Appetizers. Manoj

The Ultimate final cook-off took place on February 3, 2013 and

Padmanabhan won the Main Course category with his rendition of Caper & Orange

surpassed all expectations of participants, audience and judges

Glazed Fish. Mehak Melwanis Western Twist to an Indian Sweet- floored the judges in

in terms of organization, enthusiasm and culinary expertise.

Desserts whereas Roshan Raj won the Juniors segment with his Roasted Bell Pepper

This round comprised the 12 finalists being given their well

stuffed with Risotto.

earned spots in the SuperChef Chennai Kitchen with complete

The Madras Cosmopolitan ladies Circle felicitated the Mahesh Memorial Trust of the

individual workstations for the ultimate cooking challenge of

Adyar Cancer Institute for Children and presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs to them at the

their lives- live-cooking with a surprise ingredient box, and a

Awards banquets night as part of the proceeds of the event.

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EVENTS

Super Chef Contest Winner

A CS REPORT

TETE-A-TETE WITH KAMALIKA

LAST WEEK

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2nd & 3rd FEBRUARY

Q. How did the journey into Chennai Super Chef begin?

to make and then proceeded to the pantry to collect the necessary items. I kept cleaning

I saw the ad in Hindu and three of my friends had passed on this

my table while cooking and kept a close watch on the time running

information to me. Then I went on register myself in all the three

Q. Describe how you came up with the winning entry.

categories. Two reasons why I registered under all the three, one

Appetizers are otherwise also known as finger foods or bite size foods. I wanted to make a

chances of getting selected is more and two, the noble cause for

finger food kind of thing and wanted to make it look and sound exotic. that is how I came

which the money collected was going to. The proceedings of this

up with zuchini Jalepeno cheese balls served on a bed of capsicum salad served with a

competition goes to Adyar Cancer Institute.

mint dip.

Q. What was the most exciting moment in the contest apart

Q. A brief recipe summary of the winning entry.

from the winning moment under the appetizer category?

I decided to make zuchini Jalepeno cheese balls. Made bread crumbs from the bagel

The moment I was called to receive my SuperChef apron after

given. Cut zuchini and jalepeno into small piecesI used Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese

the semi final round. I did not think for a minute that I will cross

that was scrapped and readily available. Added some fresh herbs, parsley and thyme to it..

that hurdle. It was god s blessings that helped me sail through

Made small balls with the mixture , stuffed it with red pepper and tomato mixture. Rolled

all the rounds and win the title.

these balls in maida flour. Dipped it in Maida and Corn flour batter, rolled it on freshly made

Q. Describe your experience during the final contest

bread crumbs. then deep fried them. I served it on a bed of Tri color capsicum salad and

The final cook off was very exciting and it was something I was

Minty dip.

looking forward to the most. It excited me that I will be cooking

Q. Describe your experience through the entire Chennai Super Chef contest.

in The Park with ingredients from their pantry. We were given

Very very exciting and wonderful experience. It is a dream come true for me. Cooking

a mystery basket with three ingredients. And were asked to

has always been my passion. I had always regretted that realisation of my passion came

prepare an appetizer using any of the two and all the three

very late in life. I would have been a very good chef. Im happy that , I achieved this level.

ingredients. I was given Zuchini, Jalepeno and Bagel.

Winning the SuperChef Title under the appetizer category. I dedicate this title to my

The moment the basket was opened..absolutely nothing struck

grandmothers , Muthulakshmi Paati , who left us 4 years ago and Janaki Paati who still

me. I was staring at the basket for about 5 minutes, while my

inspires me with her cooking skills. She was very thrilled to know that I won the title. Im

fellow contestants were already running to the pantry to collect

satisfied by the fact that I made my family proud.

ingredients to make their dishes. I made a note of what I wanted

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9. A Carnatic music concert is also called this.

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