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ne word that resonates from the shores of India is “Youth” or (to be more in sync with today’s times) “Youngistaan”. A word that blasts apart the norms, echoing through all strata of society, earthing those age old vibes which still beat at the heart of this country, defying the confines and breaking through the barriers practiced by our long lost. Yes we are the youth of this country, the mavericks of our field, the creators of our nation’s ulterior, scripter of our own destinies. Today we enter into this realm of youth jour-

nalism and begin our journey through our fortnightly student newspaper/ journal/ magazine titled TILT-The I Like Times. Orbiting the globe of Pune colleges, exploiting the tons of stuff associated with college life, explaining and defining your lives, TILT aims to become a part of your opinion, of your voice. TILT’s horizons define, how this generation is eager to mull over questions like “why the police treated students like criminals just for a fresher’s party without a license?”, “why going to Pubs is considered not in tune with our culture in some so called holier than thou places” or on a lighter note the ultimate battles of the sexes “who’s better at

cheating? Boys or girls?” etc while broadening its spectrum to include how does Pune’s college machinery drills its youth, who hooked up with whom, whose crush was crushed, which party set the scene for the week, which movie, music, college event etc. is worth your eyes, ears, money and time and basically everything, in a quest to seek transition for you, from your daily mundane grind. We all have a child prodigy within us; we just need to TILT from the monotonous to reach to those depths and beyond. On the other hand even the Earth has been a one of its kind, unparalleled planet, “TILT”ing for us.”

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College events & party scene in Pune.

HOW I MET YOUR ADDA

A popular student hangout reviewed.

CHALTI HAI KYA 9 SE 12 Movie Review

SEEK & DESTROY

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here’s no stopping 29-year-old, Hip Hop Star Tramar Dillard, better known as Flo Rida. He describes his music as Hip-Hop and House. According to him, “Music is like a quality with which some are born, some acquire it, and some just get into it. In my case it was all three. There was a basic musical background in my family, I had a natural inclination and years of experimenting and learning made me develop a keen interest for music.” Flo Rida finds inspiration in the chirping of birds and the sound of waves among other elements. About Indian music, he feels that it has its roots in divinity. “The more I get familiar with the local culture, the more I am intrigued,” he admits. Music lovers in Pune were in for an exceptional treat. Morph Entertainment & Boombox Entertainment brought in the ‘Low’ and ‘Right Round’ star for the first time ever. The rapper performed live at Solaris Lawns at Stone Water Grill to a packed audience. Hundreds of people flocked to the venue to get a glimpse of the international star. The crowd went wild as they heard the hiphop sensation churn out his chartbuster tracks including ‘Jump’ and ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’. This is something that Pune had never seen. Flo Rida is the King of Hip-Hop and getting him to the city was a big achievement. We were in conversation for a long time. In fact, they were not aware of Pune at all! So, in a way, we have put the city on the global map,” says Shailendra Kekade, Executive Chef at Stone Water Grill. >> Arjun Majumdar


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TILT : The I LIKE Times O

ne word that resonates from the shores of India is “Youth” or (to be more in sync with today’s times) “Youngistaan”. A word that blasts apart the norms, echoing through all strata of society, earthing those age old vibes which still beat at the heart of this country, defying the confines and breaking through the barriers practiced by our long lost. Yes we are the youth of this country, the mavericks of our field, the creators of our nation’s ulterior, scripter of our own destinies. Today we enter into this realm of youth jour-

nalism and begin our journey through our fortnightly student newspaper/ journal/ magazine titled TILT-The I Like Times. Orbiting the globe of Pune colleges, exploiting the tons of stuff associated with college life, explaining and defining your lives, TILT aims to become a part of your opinion, of your voice. TILT’s horizons define, how this generation is eager to mull over questions like “why the police treated students like criminals just for a fresher’s party without a license?”, “why going to Pubs is considered not in tune with our culture in some so called holier than thou places” or on a lighter note the ultimate battles of the sexes “who’s better at

cheating? Boys or girls?” etc while broadening its spectrum to include how does Pune’s college machinery drills its youth, who hooked up with whom, whose crush was crushed, which party set the scene for the week, which movie, music, college event etc. is worth your eyes, ears, money and time and basically everything, in a quest to seek transition for you, from your daily mundane grind. We all have a child prodigy within us; we just need to TILT from the monotonous to reach to those depths and beyond. On the other hand even the Earth has been a one of its kind, unparalleled planet, “TILT”ing for us.”

KASA KAY PUNE

IS S UE # 0 0 O CT O BE R 2 0 1 0

PUNE

FLORIDDEN!

>> Shantanu Mehrotra

TILT-The I LIKE Times is what (are)/ our (“YOU”)TH (about?)/is?

MEET THE

TEAM Managing Partners

ROOBAROO

A one on one with students.

Vidur Uthappa VOCAL VISTA

Varun Sarda

Your voice your opinion.

Chirag Agarwal TREBEL Music

Shantanu Mehrotra

03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 15

T

KASA KAY PUNE

College events & party scene in Pune.

HOW I MET YOUR ADDA

A popular student hangout reviewed.

CHALTI HAI KYA 9 SE 12 Movie Review

SEEK & DESTROY

Editor-in-chief Shantanu Mehrotra mehrotra.shantanu@tiltindia.com Editorial & Advisory Mrs. Falguni Gokhale, Design Directions Pvt. Ltd. Piyush Singh: pifactor@tiltindia.com Design Team Saloni Soni, MIT ID Anuja Pitre , MIT ID Tanya Bhandari, MIT ID Publishers TCube Youth Media LLP. Printers Rashmi Enterprises

GRAPEVINE Celeb gossip

CAUSE TILT CARES

Socially responsible youth.

THE SCORE

Sports

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DISCLAIMER:The publishers regret that they cannot accept liability for errors or omissions contained in this publication. The opinions and views contained in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. The publishers are not responsible for any damaged caused to any person or object through this publication. No part of this publication or any part of the contents thereof may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form without the permission of the publisher “TCube Youth Media” in writing. Copyright 2010. All rights Reserved.

here’s no stopping 29-year-old, Hip Hop Star Tramar Dillard, better known as Flo Rida. He describes his music as Hip-Hop and House. According to him, “Music is like a quality with which some are born, some acquire it, and some just get into it. In my case it was all three. There was a basic musical background in my family, I had a natural inclination and years of experimenting and learning made me develop a keen interest for music.” Flo Rida finds inspiration in the chirping of birds and the sound of waves among other elements. About Indian music, he feels that it has its roots in divinity. “The more I get familiar with the local culture, the more I am intrigued,” he admits. Music lovers in Pune were in for an exceptional treat. Morph Entertainment & Boombox Entertainment brought in the ‘Low’ and ‘Right Round’ star for the first time ever. The rapper performed live at Solaris Lawns at Stone Water Grill to a packed audience. Hundreds of people flocked to the venue to get a glimpse of the international star. The crowd went wild as they heard the hiphop sensation churn out his chartbuster tracks including ‘Jump’ and ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’. This is something that Pune had never seen. Flo Rida is the King of Hip-Hop and getting him to the city was a big achievement. We were in conversation for a long time. In fact, they were not aware of Pune at all! So, in a way, we have put the city on the global map,” says Shailendra Kekade, Executive Chef at Stone Water Grill. >> Arjun Majumdar


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THE I L I K E T I M E S

HOW I MET YOUR ADDA

1. My Course is: BBA L.L.B 2. I chose this course because: I liked the idea of getting paid to argue. 3. If I were to invent a course it would be: Something that involves food tasting and traveling, after which we get to go home for vacation. 4. My college would have been cooler if: it had a bigger campus. 5. The craziest thing I’ve ever done is: going skydiving. That was pretty crazy! 6. My most embarrassing moment was: being pulled up in front of the

Daman Patel 4th Year Symboisis Law College

whole school on children’s day for throwing a bomb in the chemistry lab.

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f there’s a bar in Pune that I go to on a Monday afternoon, listen to the Doors and have a chilled beer, its TOONS. If there’s a bar in Pune that I go to on a Friday night with five of my closest friends, sing along and watch crazy videos (Best idea ever- Video nights!) of AC/DC, have two beers before a beer and two more after that, you guessed right, it is TOONS again, the most fun basement in all of Pune!

TOONS is special to me because that’s the place I started drinking. It’s the place I took my best friend, my sister and all my friends from home that visited Pune, and not surprisingly, everyone loved it just as much as I do. Some common words that I hear whenever I take someone to TOONS for the first time are “I’ve never ever seen anything like this!” It’s probably because it’s the only place I’ve ever been to, where every single person present knows every lyric to all the amazing songs that play there, whether it’s classic rock, alternative or metal. That’s something that adds to the crazy electric atmo-

8. I’d like to be reincarnated as: Sir Richard Branson

10. My favorite hang out spot in Pune is: The Hidden Place 11. My top holiday spot: Melbourne

mocha mornings

12. My favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Milk Chocolate Chip 13. One superstition I follow: I don’t shave during my exams or during a tournament. 14. One thing I’d like to change about myself is: my short temper. 15. The quote I live by: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

1. My Course is: Architecture 2. I chose this course because: I don’t lack the aptitude and because it’s one of the only courses that involve everything from Humanities to Physics. 3. If I were to invent a course it would be: something that has like majors in

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Architecture, Media and History. 4. My college would have been cooler if: I didn’t have to report at 0730 every morning. 5. Celebrity I would stalk: Sachin Tendulkar 6. My favorite band is: Def Leppard, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd and Dave Matthews Band. 7. My favorite hang out spot in Pune is: Toons Cafe 8. My top holiday spot: Goa, Prague. 9. My favorite ice cream flavor: Mango at Naturals! 10. One superstition I follow: Never start or buy anything new on a Tuesday! 11. One thing I’d like to change about myself is: I wouldn’t want to change anything, just yet. 12. The quote I live by: Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you’re sta n d i n g a l one.

Kavy as h r i C h e r ala 3rd Year Dr. B. N. College Of Architecture

ocha is where time becomes subjective… Early morning sojourns turn into afternoon lunches and evening meetings give way to sundown sessions. An experience that goes beyond regular dining, Mocha has always been a pioneering concept that sets benchmarks. Whether you drop in alone or with someone else… You can read a book, hum along to a favorite tune, work on your laptop or just listen to the sounds of laughter and chatter Mocha is always filled with.Known for its all-day breakfast menu, Mocha now introduces breakfast combos to kickstart your mornings and indulge every hunger pang. Mocha uses its award-winning gourmet coffees and wholesome eats to create a breakfast menu that lets you pack in a punch with a variety of tastes, flavours and options. You can warm up to their famed Cappuccino or Masala Chai that will refresh you while you pair it with mouthwatering Muffins, Waffles, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs or Eggs Sunny Side Up. For those who like a touch of the familiar, there is the Masala Omelette and Keema Ghotala. Or if you don’t want something gourmet and just want to dig deep into a comforting bowl of Maggi cooked with Mocha’s signature style, you can do that too.

sphere. Being a hardcore cricket fan and not a keen football follower, I actually started liking the ManU anthem which plays full blast after the team wins (which is often I think, considering they do every time I’m at TOONS and there’s a ManU game on) and when everyone just sings along, whether a fan or not, it’s super fun. Maybe it’s just the beer! And then, the IPL matches! Let me share this one experience, when the Deccan Chargers played Mumbai Indians last season. It was one of my best experiences ever at Toons because it was my table versus the rest, no exaggeration! After the Deccan Chargers won the game, everyone was in such good spirit that they came and cheered with us by the end of it. Again, maybe it was just the beer! >> Kavyashri Cherala

“If you like your beer cold, favourite rock music loud & crazy people to sing along with, Toons is the place for you!”

7. Celebrity I would stalk: Emmanuelle Chriqui

9. My favorite band is: a tie between ACDC and Kings of Leon.

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Priced perfectly at Rs. 100, breakfast at Mocha is a combination of taste and a heady boost of energy to keep you going through the day! Adds Chef Siddharth Sawant, Research & Development, Mocha, “Breakfast is undoubtedly the day’s most important meal and we at Mocha have created a fine balance of taste and nutrition to start your day right. We have taken everyday breakfast favourites and added our signature twist to them to keep you coming back for more.” So head to Mocha and find out what great mornings are made of, as you say hello to sunshine and delicious breakfast treats.


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05 ROOBAROO

THE I L I K E T I M E S

HOW I MET YOUR ADDA

1. My Course is: BBA L.L.B 2. I chose this course because: I liked the idea of getting paid to argue. 3. If I were to invent a course it would be: Something that involves food tasting and traveling, after which we get to go home for vacation. 4. My college would have been cooler if: it had a bigger campus. 5. The craziest thing I’ve ever done is: going skydiving. That was pretty crazy! 6. My most embarrassing moment was: being pulled up in front of the

Daman Patel 4th Year Symboisis Law College

whole school on children’s day for throwing a bomb in the chemistry lab.

I

f there’s a bar in Pune that I go to on a Monday afternoon, listen to the Doors and have a chilled beer, its TOONS. If there’s a bar in Pune that I go to on a Friday night with five of my closest friends, sing along and watch crazy videos (Best idea ever- Video nights!) of AC/DC, have two beers before a beer and two more after that, you guessed right, it is TOONS again, the most fun basement in all of Pune!

TOONS is special to me because that’s the place I started drinking. It’s the place I took my best friend, my sister and all my friends from home that visited Pune, and not surprisingly, everyone loved it just as much as I do. Some common words that I hear whenever I take someone to TOONS for the first time are “I’ve never ever seen anything like this!” It’s probably because it’s the only place I’ve ever been to, where every single person present knows every lyric to all the amazing songs that play there, whether it’s classic rock, alternative or metal. That’s something that adds to the crazy electric atmo-

8. I’d like to be reincarnated as: Sir Richard Branson

10. My favorite hang out spot in Pune is: The Hidden Place 11. My top holiday spot: Melbourne

mocha mornings

12. My favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Milk Chocolate Chip 13. One superstition I follow: I don’t shave during my exams or during a tournament. 14. One thing I’d like to change about myself is: my short temper. 15. The quote I live by: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

1. My Course is: Architecture 2. I chose this course because: I don’t lack the aptitude and because it’s one of the only courses that involve everything from Humanities to Physics. 3. If I were to invent a course it would be: something that has like majors in

M

Architecture, Media and History. 4. My college would have been cooler if: I didn’t have to report at 0730 every morning. 5. Celebrity I would stalk: Sachin Tendulkar 6. My favorite band is: Def Leppard, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd and Dave Matthews Band. 7. My favorite hang out spot in Pune is: Toons Cafe 8. My top holiday spot: Goa, Prague. 9. My favorite ice cream flavor: Mango at Naturals! 10. One superstition I follow: Never start or buy anything new on a Tuesday! 11. One thing I’d like to change about myself is: I wouldn’t want to change anything, just yet. 12. The quote I live by: Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you’re sta n d i n g a l one.

Kavy as h r i C h e r ala 3rd Year Dr. B. N. College Of Architecture

ocha is where time becomes subjective… Early morning sojourns turn into afternoon lunches and evening meetings give way to sundown sessions. An experience that goes beyond regular dining, Mocha has always been a pioneering concept that sets benchmarks. Whether you drop in alone or with someone else… You can read a book, hum along to a favorite tune, work on your laptop or just listen to the sounds of laughter and chatter Mocha is always filled with.Known for its all-day breakfast menu, Mocha now introduces breakfast combos to kickstart your mornings and indulge every hunger pang. Mocha uses its award-winning gourmet coffees and wholesome eats to create a breakfast menu that lets you pack in a punch with a variety of tastes, flavours and options. You can warm up to their famed Cappuccino or Masala Chai that will refresh you while you pair it with mouthwatering Muffins, Waffles, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs or Eggs Sunny Side Up. For those who like a touch of the familiar, there is the Masala Omelette and Keema Ghotala. Or if you don’t want something gourmet and just want to dig deep into a comforting bowl of Maggi cooked with Mocha’s signature style, you can do that too.

sphere. Being a hardcore cricket fan and not a keen football follower, I actually started liking the ManU anthem which plays full blast after the team wins (which is often I think, considering they do every time I’m at TOONS and there’s a ManU game on) and when everyone just sings along, whether a fan or not, it’s super fun. Maybe it’s just the beer! And then, the IPL matches! Let me share this one experience, when the Deccan Chargers played Mumbai Indians last season. It was one of my best experiences ever at Toons because it was my table versus the rest, no exaggeration! After the Deccan Chargers won the game, everyone was in such good spirit that they came and cheered with us by the end of it. Again, maybe it was just the beer! >> Kavyashri Cherala

“If you like your beer cold, favourite rock music loud & crazy people to sing along with, Toons is the place for you!”

7. Celebrity I would stalk: Emmanuelle Chriqui

9. My favorite band is: a tie between ACDC and Kings of Leon.

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Priced perfectly at Rs. 100, breakfast at Mocha is a combination of taste and a heady boost of energy to keep you going through the day! Adds Chef Siddharth Sawant, Research & Development, Mocha, “Breakfast is undoubtedly the day’s most important meal and we at Mocha have created a fine balance of taste and nutrition to start your day right. We have taken everyday breakfast favourites and added our signature twist to them to keep you coming back for more.” So head to Mocha and find out what great mornings are made of, as you say hello to sunshine and delicious breakfast treats.


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VOCAL VISTA

IF YOU WERE TO PARTICIPATE IN A

REALITY SHOW

WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

CHALTI HAI KYA 9 SE 12 If any of you have heard that Anjaana Anjaani is a copy or an adaptation of some other movie then please ignore it, coz nobody’s that daft to make a movie as overwhelmingly idiotic as this one. Directed by Siddarth Anand, movie starts off as a sequel to Ranbir’s Rocket Singh (only this time his company is on the verge of a financial disaster) and Miss. Chopra doing a pathetic Devdas. Well Devdas ends himself by committing suicide and you can’t do much when recession engulfs you so, Kaira (Priyanka Chopra) and Aakash (Ranbir kapoor) respectively decide to do themselves in, coincidently and “accidentally” at the same place. After which, four feeble attempts of self destruction, sadly, go begging and we have to undertake a 2.5 hour journey of yawns, short naps and more yawns. The film loses out in a big way on two major aspects; first is the highly predictable and an insipid storyline, which one could have

G I VES

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guessed had it been scripted in Arabic while the second being miserably defined characters, with Priyanka’s overacting oscillating from being superficially soulful to an accented NRI while Ranbir is totally lost in his directionless character sketch. The second half doesn’t get any better and adds to the meaningless. The humor factor also is negligent and laughs are few and far off, the supporting actor Zayed Khan being one of them. The music though, is quite decent with Salim Sulaiman’s background score just about keeping one awake while Mohit Chauhan mellifluous voice does complete justice to the beautiful track “Tujhe Bhula Diya”. But then again music needs a CD player and your ears. Rest your eyes a bit and save whatever you were about to shell out for this “Romantic, not so much of a Saga”. >> Shantanu Mehrotra


06 THE I L I K E T I M E S

VOCAL VISTA

IF YOU WERE TO PARTICIPATE IN A

REALITY SHOW

WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

CHALTI HAI KYA 9 SE 12 If any of you have heard that Anjaana Anjaani is a copy or an adaptation of some other movie then please ignore it, coz nobody’s that daft to make a movie as overwhelmingly idiotic as this one. Directed by Siddarth Anand, movie starts off as a sequel to Ranbir’s Rocket Singh (only this time his company is on the verge of a financial disaster) and Miss. Chopra doing a pathetic Devdas. Well Devdas ends himself by committing suicide and you can’t do much when recession engulfs you so, Kaira (Priyanka Chopra) and Aakash (Ranbir kapoor) respectively decide to do themselves in, coincidently and “accidentally” at the same place. After which, four feeble attempts of self destruction, sadly, go begging and we have to undertake a 2.5 hour journey of yawns, short naps and more yawns. The film loses out in a big way on two major aspects; first is the highly predictable and an insipid storyline, which one could have

G I VES

IS S UE # 0 0 O CT O BE R 2 0 1 0

guessed had it been scripted in Arabic while the second being miserably defined characters, with Priyanka’s overacting oscillating from being superficially soulful to an accented NRI while Ranbir is totally lost in his directionless character sketch. The second half doesn’t get any better and adds to the meaningless. The humor factor also is negligent and laughs are few and far off, the supporting actor Zayed Khan being one of them. The music though, is quite decent with Salim Sulaiman’s background score just about keeping one awake while Mohit Chauhan mellifluous voice does complete justice to the beautiful track “Tujhe Bhula Diya”. But then again music needs a CD player and your ears. Rest your eyes a bit and save whatever you were about to shell out for this “Romantic, not so much of a Saga”. >> Shantanu Mehrotra


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09 TREBEL

THE I L I K E T I M E S

QWERTY

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SEEK & DESTROY

RAMIZ RAJA W

ith his looks, he could have been two things in life after his blip in international cricket, either a star for a low budget porn movie (eventually a heartthrob of paki chicks) or a mascot for Pakistani cricket team as being the only player to be given out “obstructing the field”. But a country which boasts of having fewer literate people than the number of children Tulsi Virani gave birth to, going by those standards, this man has the mind numbing potential of connecting a few words in English, thereby concocting a sentence. As other educated ex Paki cricketers were busy betraying their own country or moaning because their wife was screwing someone else (read as Wasim Akram training Irfan Pathan and Jemima Khan doing Hugh Grantrespectively) ICC sought Mr Raja to comment on cricket matches. And “Oh Boy!” (his sole contribution to the vocabulary of cricket) what foresight he had on a cricketing situations, some excerpts from his pathetic and “subtle” optimism.

GOA+++ TRANCE

“What a match! With 2 wickets remaining, Pakistan need 10 runs from 2 balls! I don’t see any reason for Pakistan to lose this” “India need 6 runs from 6 balls with 5 wickets remaining, Pakistan can stillsnatch this one” “India, might have won the T20 World Cup, but what a player Misbah Ul Haq!”

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erceptions of the music were as subjective as the psychedelic experience. No one could seem to agree much on what made good trance. After every party, no matter how great a time everyone had, there were always but always people b******* about the music. One of the worse things about the whole phenomenon of the trance movement is that it spawned a whole new generation of music critics who considered themselves expert in the field. This was precisely because the music was personal, melding as it did with your particular trip. Music gave you the waves but it was up to you to surf them. Goa is a place where people usually go to bed early and the wake up in the middle of the night, to go to the party. Parties in Goa are a major tourist attraction. They are the most popular entertainment forms, which tourists from all around the world love to enjoy. Goa parties are famous parties through out the world. The origin of these parties in Goa can be traced back to the 1960’s, which began with an inflow of hippies. Earlier, foreigners and hippies crowded Goa’s beaches in drugged and drunken state, who thronged the beaches and partied the night away. Nowadays these parties have changed and have generated a new king of music called Goa Trance, which is played through the nights. Trance parties that spawned the music called Goa-Trance since the early nineties have become a big fashion among foreign tourists in regions of the North Goa coastal belt. People from Mumbai, Delhi or elsewhere are joining the bee-line to these beach events. Astral Projection, Cosmosis, Dimension 5, Doof, Hallucinogen, Infected Mushroom, MFG, Juno Reactor, Pleiadians, Prana, Shiva, Shidapu, The Infinity Project, Total Eclipse and Transwave are the most famous artists. Goa Trance is an outgrowth of techno that is characterized by multi-layered fused lines and sub-bass rhythms. Parties are held every night around the time of

He might as well have said the cup should be jointly shared by India and Pakistan. ”WHAT? Oh boy! Sunny they just lost by 4 runs. A boundary. Just one shot. C’mon man okay we’ll split the prize money! ” But coz I take the “Aman ki asha” campaign seriously I will end here by making an offer to him: “A free invite to join the mallu porn industry no audition required we are dead sure you’ll fit the bill perfectly. You may write your own script”. That’s the best our nation can offer to you!

New Year and Christmas, and have been under control ever since Goa Tourism decided to promote up market tourism over backpackers in Goa. These parties are full of dance, music and fun, and can be engaging pass times for tourists. So if you want some fun and entertainment of your own, get on a bike and ride off into the night in Goa. >>Arjun Datta Majumdar

“Goa Trance is little more than a bunch of repetitive beats.

It’s an experience”

CALIFORNICATION It’s hard to explain everything that this show has going for it, and if the first three seasons are any indication then we are in for a fantastically brilliant series. The show is about a depressed and reckless writer (Hank Moody) who’s out of work due to a serious writer’s block caused by his long-term girl (and the love of his life) when she leaves him. What ensues is a long series of flings, booze addled nights and a thousand other mistakes that only keeps driving her farther away every time she leans back in towards him. It is a remarkable balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery and moral value, the likes of which I have rarely seen. Duchovney’s character has this amazing combination of ‘The Devil may care’ attitude (stemming from his depression and regret over his ex and several other things), conceit, vulnerability, bitterness, and misogyny, while simultaneously being utterly moral and upstanding, especially in his desire to do the right thing for his ex and daughter. It is a remarkably refreshing change from the usual ‘cool-parent’ liberal permissive attitude that one has come to expect in these situations. And coming from a character like Hank (Duchovney) its especially redeeming. He is an amazingly complex character, and Duchovney pulls it off flawlessly.

The writing is nearly perfect, as is the casting and acting. The soundtrack is as brilliant and evocative as anything I’ve experienced thus far in television or film, and it all comes together in a hilarious, poignant and extremely entertaining package. >> Mani K Rao


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ith his looks, he could have been two things in life after his blip in international cricket, either a star for a low budget porn movie (eventually a heartthrob of paki chicks) or a mascot for Pakistani cricket team as being the only player to be given out “obstructing the field”. But a country which boasts of having fewer literate people than the number of children Tulsi Virani gave birth to, going by those standards, this man has the mind numbing potential of connecting a few words in English, thereby concocting a sentence. As other educated ex Paki cricketers were busy betraying their own country or moaning because their wife was screwing someone else (read as Wasim Akram training Irfan Pathan and Jemima Khan doing Hugh Grantrespectively) ICC sought Mr Raja to comment on cricket matches. And “Oh Boy!” (his sole contribution to the vocabulary of cricket) what foresight he had on a cricketing situations, some excerpts from his pathetic and “subtle” optimism.

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“What a match! With 2 wickets remaining, Pakistan need 10 runs from 2 balls! I don’t see any reason for Pakistan to lose this” “India need 6 runs from 6 balls with 5 wickets remaining, Pakistan can stillsnatch this one” “India, might have won the T20 World Cup, but what a player Misbah Ul Haq!”

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erceptions of the music were as subjective as the psychedelic experience. No one could seem to agree much on what made good trance. After every party, no matter how great a time everyone had, there were always but always people b******* about the music. One of the worse things about the whole phenomenon of the trance movement is that it spawned a whole new generation of music critics who considered themselves expert in the field. This was precisely because the music was personal, melding as it did with your particular trip. Music gave you the waves but it was up to you to surf them. Goa is a place where people usually go to bed early and the wake up in the middle of the night, to go to the party. Parties in Goa are a major tourist attraction. They are the most popular entertainment forms, which tourists from all around the world love to enjoy. Goa parties are famous parties through out the world. The origin of these parties in Goa can be traced back to the 1960’s, which began with an inflow of hippies. Earlier, foreigners and hippies crowded Goa’s beaches in drugged and drunken state, who thronged the beaches and partied the night away. Nowadays these parties have changed and have generated a new king of music called Goa Trance, which is played through the nights. Trance parties that spawned the music called Goa-Trance since the early nineties have become a big fashion among foreign tourists in regions of the North Goa coastal belt. People from Mumbai, Delhi or elsewhere are joining the bee-line to these beach events. Astral Projection, Cosmosis, Dimension 5, Doof, Hallucinogen, Infected Mushroom, MFG, Juno Reactor, Pleiadians, Prana, Shiva, Shidapu, The Infinity Project, Total Eclipse and Transwave are the most famous artists. Goa Trance is an outgrowth of techno that is characterized by multi-layered fused lines and sub-bass rhythms. Parties are held every night around the time of

He might as well have said the cup should be jointly shared by India and Pakistan. ”WHAT? Oh boy! Sunny they just lost by 4 runs. A boundary. Just one shot. C’mon man okay we’ll split the prize money! ” But coz I take the “Aman ki asha” campaign seriously I will end here by making an offer to him: “A free invite to join the mallu porn industry no audition required we are dead sure you’ll fit the bill perfectly. You may write your own script”. That’s the best our nation can offer to you!

New Year and Christmas, and have been under control ever since Goa Tourism decided to promote up market tourism over backpackers in Goa. These parties are full of dance, music and fun, and can be engaging pass times for tourists. So if you want some fun and entertainment of your own, get on a bike and ride off into the night in Goa. >>Arjun Datta Majumdar

“Goa Trance is little more than a bunch of repetitive beats.

It’s an experience”

CALIFORNICATION It’s hard to explain everything that this show has going for it, and if the first three seasons are any indication then we are in for a fantastically brilliant series. The show is about a depressed and reckless writer (Hank Moody) who’s out of work due to a serious writer’s block caused by his long-term girl (and the love of his life) when she leaves him. What ensues is a long series of flings, booze addled nights and a thousand other mistakes that only keeps driving her farther away every time she leans back in towards him. It is a remarkable balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery and moral value, the likes of which I have rarely seen. Duchovney’s character has this amazing combination of ‘The Devil may care’ attitude (stemming from his depression and regret over his ex and several other things), conceit, vulnerability, bitterness, and misogyny, while simultaneously being utterly moral and upstanding, especially in his desire to do the right thing for his ex and daughter. It is a remarkably refreshing change from the usual ‘cool-parent’ liberal permissive attitude that one has come to expect in these situations. And coming from a character like Hank (Duchovney) its especially redeeming. He is an amazingly complex character, and Duchovney pulls it off flawlessly.

The writing is nearly perfect, as is the casting and acting. The soundtrack is as brilliant and evocative as anything I’ve experienced thus far in television or film, and it all comes together in a hilarious, poignant and extremely entertaining package. >> Mani K Rao


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‘down for some hookups’ in NYC New York, (ANI): It seems single Kim Kardashian is ready to mingle. The brunette babe and sister Kourtney touched down at JFK Airport, and it looks like their stay will be semi permanent. The two are starring in a new E! reality series, called “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” set to debut in January.

And it seems the phrase “take New York” might actually mean “take New York’’s men.” (At least for Kim – Kourtney remains committed to son Mason’’s dad, Scott Disick). Kardashian, who split with NFL player Miles Austin last month after their longdistance relationship proved too hard to manage, says she’’s “down for some hookups” in the Big Apple. “Everyone is now trying to hook me up,” the New York Daily News quoted her as telling Ryan Seacrest on his KIISFM radio show. “In a way, since I hate meeting new people and I hate that first-dating thing, it’’s kind of reassuring to know, ‘’Okay, this [person] knows them, so maybe they’’re normal.’’ “But is she really ready to take on Manhattan as a single woman? Yes. In fact, she’’s quite excited. “I never have really given it a shot to be single,” she explained. “I tried to play that role, but I really wasn’’t single. And now, I’’m really officially on my own, and I’’m in a whole different city.” Kardashian added, the move “couldn’’t have come at a more perfect time for me to just get out of my [current] life and start anew.”

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‘Love-rat’ Peter Crouch Abbey Clancy in Dubai London, (ANI): It seems Abbey Clancy has decided to forgive fiancé Peter Crouch after he was accused of cheating on her with a prostitute. The model – who is 14 weeks pregnant with their first child – has apparently decided to give the football star one final chance, a close friend has said. And the couple, who became engaged in July 2009, celebrated by escaping the rain with a three-day trip to Dubai. “They looked like any normal, loving couple enjoying a romantic getaway. They were touchy-feely and kissing in public,” the Daily Mail quoted One fellow holidaymaker as saying. “They seemed really happy and certainly appeared like they had put all their problems behind them,” the fellow holidaymaker said. “They have worked through it,” a close friend added.

Salman Khan concerned over rising students’ suicide in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Jan 19 (ANI): As 20 people have committed suicide over the past 18 days in Maharashtra, claimed Bolly-

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Wellington, (ANI): A New Zealand television station has suspended its breakfast show host Paul Henry for mispronouncing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s name several times in a crude manner. Henry’s slurs featured as a clip on TVNZ website in which he ridicules the name of Commonwealth Games troubleshooter Sheila Dikshit. The Video Extras section of TVNZ’s website promoted the Dikshit clip, which now appears to have been removed, under the heading “Paul Henry laughs about the name Dikshit”, Stuff.co.nz reports. “The dip shit woman. God, what’s her name? Dick Shit. Is it Dick Shit ... it looks like ‘Dick Shit’. It’s so appropriate, because she’s Indian, so she’d be dick-in-shit wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean? Walking along the street ... it’s just so funny,” Henry said. TVNZ has received at least four complaints about the clip, in which Henry deliberately mispronounces Dikshit, despite being told. New Zealand Indian Central Association president Paul Singh Bains said the fact TVNZ was still promoting the clip on its website showed it had “totally lost the plot” and was insensitive to the offence Henry had caused. He said that had been worsened by subsequent comments in which Henry said Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand did not look nor sound like a New Zealander. TVNZ spokeswoman would not say whether TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis, who suspended Henry from his Breakfast role and is TVNZ’’s editor-in-chief, had control over the content on the website, Stuff.co.nz reports. Greens human rights spokesman Keith Locke said the clip, first aired last Friday, was a “particularly graphic illustration of Paul Henry’s cultural insensitivity.”

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wood actor Salman Khan. He said it is a matter of great concern and parents need to talk to their children. “If every year there are ten kids committing suicide (in a week on average), it is a thing that will... can happen to you as well. It’’s something to worry about. We think that it won’’t happen to us but how do you know, if it happens tomorrow then what will we do. So before it happens it’’s better that parents sit and talk to children, advice them that they should study but at the same time they should say that if it’’s not happening, if you don’’t pass then it’’s okay, it will happen next time.” said Khan. Khan advised kids to do things in which they had a genuine interest. “I told the kids that you should do things you are interested in. And I told them that you’’d be successful in the field only if you’’re interested in it,” he added. As per the counsellors, possibly the pressure by the parents in copying the success of the intelligent ones is forcing youngsters to take such extreme step. Psychiatrists are also trying to come with a strategy to tackle the surge in students’’ suicides.

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he Vision statement of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune lays a lot of emphasis on Industry, Society and Students. The concept of Centre for Excellence (CFE) at SIBM Pune is an amalgamation of all three with a vibrant application of this thought process, while reinforcing SIBM’s commitment to give something back to society. The Centre For Excellence at SIBM, Pune is a student driven initiative and offers immense learning opportunities. It is the best way to implement our learning in the classroom to real life situations. SIBM, through CFE, provides consultancy to Self Help Groups to help them overcome their shortcomings related to the financial, marketing and operational activities. The Centre For Excellence is an exclusive consulting and training partner for Yashaswini Abhiyaan, an organization that unites over 2 lakh Self Help Groups in Maharashtra. CFE is committed to scaling up businesses of these SHGs, to increase their revenues by a minimum of 10% by providing consultancy on all aspects of business like Revenue calculation, Margin Contribution and Product Portfolio Analysis of SHGs. CFE has also worked with the National Association for the Blind, and aims to corporatize the working of NAB, particularly in marketing their products. In order to make every elected woman member an ideal Government representative and a role model for her family by 2015 , SIBM, through CFE in association with the Election Commission have designed and customized effective training programs for the capacity building of the elected female representatives to make them efficient elected members of the government. What CFE recommends is implemented, and thus results in an immense responsibility on the team since the livelihood of people is at stake. The team is therefore carefully selected and comprises students from all streams of specialisations offered at SIBM, so as to have a balanced team structure. The Faculty at SIBM also plays an important role in providing

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invaluable insights and guiding us in our efforts. Apart from the Social initiatives CFE has worked on a wide range of projects, including some of the most widely respected institutions in both the public and private sectors. CFE is currently exploring tie-ups with top FMCG companies to create an alternate rural distribution model. The strategy will be to leverage the SHGs to penetrate the rural market through direct sales. Furthermore, CFE has now enhanced its consultancy services by providing comprehensive market research on the rural sector, developing different strategies for top companies. >> Chinmay Bhogle

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Single Kim Kardashian

‘down for some hookups’ in NYC New York, (ANI): It seems single Kim Kardashian is ready to mingle. The brunette babe and sister Kourtney touched down at JFK Airport, and it looks like their stay will be semi permanent. The two are starring in a new E! reality series, called “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” set to debut in January.

And it seems the phrase “take New York” might actually mean “take New York’’s men.” (At least for Kim – Kourtney remains committed to son Mason’’s dad, Scott Disick). Kardashian, who split with NFL player Miles Austin last month after their longdistance relationship proved too hard to manage, says she’’s “down for some hookups” in the Big Apple. “Everyone is now trying to hook me up,” the New York Daily News quoted her as telling Ryan Seacrest on his KIISFM radio show. “In a way, since I hate meeting new people and I hate that first-dating thing, it’’s kind of reassuring to know, ‘’Okay, this [person] knows them, so maybe they’’re normal.’’ “But is she really ready to take on Manhattan as a single woman? Yes. In fact, she’’s quite excited. “I never have really given it a shot to be single,” she explained. “I tried to play that role, but I really wasn’’t single. And now, I’’m really officially on my own, and I’’m in a whole different city.” Kardashian added, the move “couldn’’t have come at a more perfect time for me to just get out of my [current] life and start anew.”

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New Zealand TV host suspended for mispronouncing

Delhi’s CM name as ‘Dick-shit’

‘Love-rat’ Peter Crouch Abbey Clancy in Dubai London, (ANI): It seems Abbey Clancy has decided to forgive fiancé Peter Crouch after he was accused of cheating on her with a prostitute. The model – who is 14 weeks pregnant with their first child – has apparently decided to give the football star one final chance, a close friend has said. And the couple, who became engaged in July 2009, celebrated by escaping the rain with a three-day trip to Dubai. “They looked like any normal, loving couple enjoying a romantic getaway. They were touchy-feely and kissing in public,” the Daily Mail quoted One fellow holidaymaker as saying. “They seemed really happy and certainly appeared like they had put all their problems behind them,” the fellow holidaymaker said. “They have worked through it,” a close friend added.

Salman Khan concerned over rising students’ suicide in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Jan 19 (ANI): As 20 people have committed suicide over the past 18 days in Maharashtra, claimed Bolly-

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Wellington, (ANI): A New Zealand television station has suspended its breakfast show host Paul Henry for mispronouncing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s name several times in a crude manner. Henry’s slurs featured as a clip on TVNZ website in which he ridicules the name of Commonwealth Games troubleshooter Sheila Dikshit. The Video Extras section of TVNZ’s website promoted the Dikshit clip, which now appears to have been removed, under the heading “Paul Henry laughs about the name Dikshit”, Stuff.co.nz reports. “The dip shit woman. God, what’s her name? Dick Shit. Is it Dick Shit ... it looks like ‘Dick Shit’. It’s so appropriate, because she’s Indian, so she’d be dick-in-shit wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean? Walking along the street ... it’s just so funny,” Henry said. TVNZ has received at least four complaints about the clip, in which Henry deliberately mispronounces Dikshit, despite being told. New Zealand Indian Central Association president Paul Singh Bains said the fact TVNZ was still promoting the clip on its website showed it had “totally lost the plot” and was insensitive to the offence Henry had caused. He said that had been worsened by subsequent comments in which Henry said Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand did not look nor sound like a New Zealander. TVNZ spokeswoman would not say whether TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis, who suspended Henry from his Breakfast role and is TVNZ’’s editor-in-chief, had control over the content on the website, Stuff.co.nz reports. Greens human rights spokesman Keith Locke said the clip, first aired last Friday, was a “particularly graphic illustration of Paul Henry’s cultural insensitivity.”

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wood actor Salman Khan. He said it is a matter of great concern and parents need to talk to their children. “If every year there are ten kids committing suicide (in a week on average), it is a thing that will... can happen to you as well. It’’s something to worry about. We think that it won’’t happen to us but how do you know, if it happens tomorrow then what will we do. So before it happens it’’s better that parents sit and talk to children, advice them that they should study but at the same time they should say that if it’’s not happening, if you don’’t pass then it’’s okay, it will happen next time.” said Khan. Khan advised kids to do things in which they had a genuine interest. “I told the kids that you should do things you are interested in. And I told them that you’’d be successful in the field only if you’’re interested in it,” he added. As per the counsellors, possibly the pressure by the parents in copying the success of the intelligent ones is forcing youngsters to take such extreme step. Psychiatrists are also trying to come with a strategy to tackle the surge in students’’ suicides.

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he Vision statement of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune lays a lot of emphasis on Industry, Society and Students. The concept of Centre for Excellence (CFE) at SIBM Pune is an amalgamation of all three with a vibrant application of this thought process, while reinforcing SIBM’s commitment to give something back to society. The Centre For Excellence at SIBM, Pune is a student driven initiative and offers immense learning opportunities. It is the best way to implement our learning in the classroom to real life situations. SIBM, through CFE, provides consultancy to Self Help Groups to help them overcome their shortcomings related to the financial, marketing and operational activities. The Centre For Excellence is an exclusive consulting and training partner for Yashaswini Abhiyaan, an organization that unites over 2 lakh Self Help Groups in Maharashtra. CFE is committed to scaling up businesses of these SHGs, to increase their revenues by a minimum of 10% by providing consultancy on all aspects of business like Revenue calculation, Margin Contribution and Product Portfolio Analysis of SHGs. CFE has also worked with the National Association for the Blind, and aims to corporatize the working of NAB, particularly in marketing their products. In order to make every elected woman member an ideal Government representative and a role model for her family by 2015 , SIBM, through CFE in association with the Election Commission have designed and customized effective training programs for the capacity building of the elected female representatives to make them efficient elected members of the government. What CFE recommends is implemented, and thus results in an immense responsibility on the team since the livelihood of people is at stake. The team is therefore carefully selected and comprises students from all streams of specialisations offered at SIBM, so as to have a balanced team structure. The Faculty at SIBM also plays an important role in providing

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invaluable insights and guiding us in our efforts. Apart from the Social initiatives CFE has worked on a wide range of projects, including some of the most widely respected institutions in both the public and private sectors. CFE is currently exploring tie-ups with top FMCG companies to create an alternate rural distribution model. The strategy will be to leverage the SHGs to penetrate the rural market through direct sales. Furthermore, CFE has now enhanced its consultancy services by providing comprehensive market research on the rural sector, developing different strategies for top companies. >> Chinmay Bhogle

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the three goals conceded, and overall he had an absolutely rubbish game. Fabianski and Mannone are barely replacements either. Arsene Wenger seems to have missed a beat by not breaking the bank for a world class keeper. It might come back to haunt us come May. At Stamford Bridge, we were in it until the Drog did it again. Alex scored an absolute belter to give Chelsea all three points. Liverpool has finally been sold. The funny part is, it’s been sold to ‘Yanks’ again. The mood is very dull on the red half of Merseyside as Pool finally did the unimaginable by slipping into the bottom three after a poor, poor performance at home to Premier League new boys, Blackpool. Supporters were heard chanting Liverpool legend Kenny Daglish’s name during the latter half of the game, as the tenure of Roy Hodgson went from being a transition period to a period of complete crisis. Ian Holloway’s men have enjoyed every bit of their short Premier League career so far, beating Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool in away games. They sit pretty in the top half of the table. Manchester City seem to have finally come to the party after

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est Brom at home. Chelsea, away. Yeah, it would be a massive understatement if I said I was feeling a little low key after the past couple of weeks. The game against West Brom really proved that Arsenal cannot go all the way to the title without a top-class keeper. Almunia was at fault for one (some might say two) of

dispatching of Chelsea at home. The Eastland’s club now sit 4 points off Chelsea in second place. Rafael Van Der Vaart put in yet another stellar performance to lead Tottenham to late win against Villa. Manchester United seem to be having troubles on the road, not recording a single away victory all season. Alex Ferguson was quoted in newspapers saying that his team ‘lacks that killer instinct’. United need to get their away record up and running. Everton finally won their first game of the season in a 2-0 win at Birmingham. The monthly awards were given out earlier this week, and for the first time ever, the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards went to West Brom. Roberto Di Matteo and Peter Odemwingie picked up those two awards. The Baggies enjoyed a terrific September, picking up seven points from a possible nine, including the famous 3-2 win at the Emirates, to finish the month in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League. The International Break is now upon us. Euro 2012 qualifiers will take the center stage. October 16th is the day we all switch back to watching the greatest league in the world. Until then….. Keep the faith! >> Zafar Khan

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idiculed as ‘The Conwealth Games’ and ‘The Corruptionwealth Games’ by a rabid media and given up as a bad idea by the majority of the public, there wasn’t much going right for New Delhi as it set about trying to successfully stage India’s first ever Commonwealth Games. Even right up to the very day that the event began, reports of widespread corruption on the part of the Organizing Committee seemed all encompassing and never ending. Try as you may there looked to be no way that you can talk about the one and not the other; the two seemed to have become synonymous. It was thus hardly surprising that amidst the feelings of anger and betrayal towards the government, a few influential voices had even called upon the public to boycott the Games altogether. They had urged the common man to stand up and repay the organizers wrongdoings by not attending any of the sporting events and by showing as little interest as possible in the unfolding of the entire tournament. In short, people were being implored to overlook a fortnight of sporting achievements from various domestic and foreign athletes, the likes of which the Organising Committee has probably already ensured we will not be seeing any time soon in our country. And looking at the number of empty seats in the initial few days of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games, it seemed their calls had been heeded. Thank god then that on the whole towards the conclusion of the event, common sense prevailed.

the Games and the athletes therein and this ensured that India’s first ever tryst with the Commonwealth Games was truly be for, of and by the people.And yet there is another, often overlooked but perhaps even more important reason why India needed these Games to be a success. It is the much pitied Indian athlete. Our nation had a stellar overall performance in these Games, much like the feats of the Chinese during ‘Beijing 2008’ and those of the Canadians during ‘Vancouver 2010’. And neither of these would have been possible without the fervent home support that the ‘home’ athletes received throughout. We in India often malign the government for not taking proper care of our non-cricket playing sportspersons and though the cynical might say that that has not much changed even in the aftermath of the Games in Delhi; we at least made an effort to use of this opportunity to right some of the wrongs that we as a non-supportive public have done to these same sportspersons. Though the absence of many top performers takes some of the sheen of the medals won by them, the fact still remains that the job needed to be done and they did it, even in the face of some really harsh public expectations. We needed to show support for our World Champions so that would be able to better World Records – and they did, we needed to back our potential contenders so that they would raise their levels a notch and land those elusive Gold Medals - and they did, and we needed to prop up a national interest in the entire Indian contingent so that their performances were appreciated all over the country – and they delivered on our efforts.

There are two glaring reasons why such calls for boycott were utter foolhardiness. Firstly, to tow a line that the Government in its shame hard already taken up to minimize its failures, we needed to support the Games, especially in their most dire hour to uphold the integrity of out country in international circles. The rest of the world has regardless been casting smirks and sarcastic smiles in our direction but we must remember that the majority also knows that the current predicament is to be blamed on the ineptitude of the organizers. We as citizens needed to take the reigns and (as they say) ‘put on a show’, and that is exactly what we did from The Opening Ceremony onwards. This coupled with the hospitality and general love displayed by the Delhites to all the visitors to the city highlighted the power of the Indian public to rise above our petty political squabbles and bring much kudos to the nation. We also ensured that by taking such affirmative action we were finally providing more than the usual lip service that is given to India’s tag as ‘The Largest Democracy in the World’. We make a concerted effort to love

This takes my mind back to Day 3 of the Games, when a little known Indian paralympic swimmer, Prasant Karmakar became India’s first ever medal awardee in CWG Aquatics when he took Bronze in the 50m Butterfly. That day I was among a 2000 strong crowd of my fellow countrymen who were cheering his every stroke as he made his way to the finish line and though it is true that not many of them would be able to recall his name with the same familiarity as a Dhoni or a Sehwag even now, the fact remains that for those 25 seconds on October 6 we all shared in his jubilation. And that is why we needed the Games; we as a country needed something to cheer about, to make us forget our myriad troubles and unite us in celebration at the same time. If poor Karmakar had had no one to share his achievement with on that magical evening, it would have been a bigger slap on our collective conscience than the disrepute that Kalmadi and Co. brought to India through their misconduct. >> Piyush Singh

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e all know that exercising is good for health, but Just Knowing that it is beneficial, is no longer a point of contention. It is common knowledge that exercising not only improves the quality, but also the span of one’s life to a very great extent. But then again when you’re in college, and in your late teens or early twenties you really don’t give a rat’s ass about living longer, because this is probably the age when you feel like you’re immortal and will live forever. No matter how much people repeatedly try to drill hundreds of reasons for you to get fit, into your head, it really won’t register, and even if it does, that effect will not last for more than a couple of days, a week or maximum a month

YOUR HOTTEST AT 20, WHEN ELSE WILL YOU? A new research in Columbia university medical centre stated that hitting the gym also prevents memory loss. I know you all don’t really care about that either, and moreover why should you, because as far as you’re concerned, that didn’t seem to help Aamir Khan in Ghajini. Also, in a recent survey it was found that girls in their early twenties are more scared of putting on weight, than getting breast cancer or even aids. I am not saying be THAT scared, but if

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so many people fear being unfit so much, then imagine the competition out there girls! So yes, my point being that if you don’t look your hottest at 20, when else will you? Moreover this unhealthy lifestyle will eventually take a toll on you. Plus, once you get fit, the attention you get from the opposite sex (or in some cases the same sex) is intoxicating, and that should be enough of an inspiration for you all. Starting today, in this section we will be covering different workouts for girls and guys, and we will give you valuable health tips on what to eat and what not to. Do keep in mind, that this section is not only for the fat KFC loving people (By the way, I also was one of them) but also, thin people, who

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have the misconception that they are fit. I know that if you all start off with weights at the very beginning, then the body pains will make you run away from the gym in lesser time than it took you to even finish reading this article. So we’ll start the week with light Cardio, which includes jogging outside and using the treadmill, cycle, stepper and the cross trainer. Next week, we will start with weights. I’ll give you all a beginner’s weight training programme. As you begin exercising on a regular basis, there will be body pains initially, but then again; No pain, No gain >> Vidur Uthapa

So get off you!re a**** and hit the gym today! NOT Tomorrow! It!s high time... Get fit or die trying!

The Biblical Teachings Of A Fashionista

By Shanna Sandhu

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ow can one begin stylizing their wardrobe for the coming months ahead? While the daily fashionista has her trends down pat, and can lay her hands on Giambattista and Antonio Marras, it is a major dilemma for the everyday girl who has to keep in mind the tight loops of her ‘moolah’ bag. But should that be a cause for high fashion eluding them? Well, with a few essentials, this month can be an ‘all you can flaunt’ orgy of great trends without necessarily busting the bank. And whoever says achieving head turning style is a herculean task might want to reconsider after this lowdown on speed styling.

While it is never a good idea to OD on trends, paying emphasis to one can do just the opposite. For instance, a solid color dress with a printed clutch or shoes can take your outfit up a notch. Nail colors like turquoise blue and orange are doing the rounds on all major runways and go hand in glove with neutrals. Prints, both flowery and abstract have also found their way back from grandma’s era. And while jeans are going higher at the waist, certain classics like the white T-shirt are here to stay. Who knew that a high waist skirt paired with a plain white T-shirt (Yes, bands also draw inspiration) and loafers could ascend you to front row status? Add a chic up-do and wayfarers making it the perfect lunch/shopping/first date/art exhibition/whatever your heart may desire outfit. And while you may love to spend hours getting dressed for that special evening, those strapped for time can just add a boyfriend jacket (another big trend this season), a statement necklace and heels for an instant glam look. While this month is all about effortless chic and unlikely duos like distressed jeans and pearls, leather booties and lace, embellishments and

messenger bags, it is also an amalgamation of the best years in fashion. So go ahead and style your heart out!


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the three goals conceded, and overall he had an absolutely rubbish game. Fabianski and Mannone are barely replacements either. Arsene Wenger seems to have missed a beat by not breaking the bank for a world class keeper. It might come back to haunt us come May. At Stamford Bridge, we were in it until the Drog did it again. Alex scored an absolute belter to give Chelsea all three points. Liverpool has finally been sold. The funny part is, it’s been sold to ‘Yanks’ again. The mood is very dull on the red half of Merseyside as Pool finally did the unimaginable by slipping into the bottom three after a poor, poor performance at home to Premier League new boys, Blackpool. Supporters were heard chanting Liverpool legend Kenny Daglish’s name during the latter half of the game, as the tenure of Roy Hodgson went from being a transition period to a period of complete crisis. Ian Holloway’s men have enjoyed every bit of their short Premier League career so far, beating Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool in away games. They sit pretty in the top half of the table. Manchester City seem to have finally come to the party after

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est Brom at home. Chelsea, away. Yeah, it would be a massive understatement if I said I was feeling a little low key after the past couple of weeks. The game against West Brom really proved that Arsenal cannot go all the way to the title without a top-class keeper. Almunia was at fault for one (some might say two) of

dispatching of Chelsea at home. The Eastland’s club now sit 4 points off Chelsea in second place. Rafael Van Der Vaart put in yet another stellar performance to lead Tottenham to late win against Villa. Manchester United seem to be having troubles on the road, not recording a single away victory all season. Alex Ferguson was quoted in newspapers saying that his team ‘lacks that killer instinct’. United need to get their away record up and running. Everton finally won their first game of the season in a 2-0 win at Birmingham. The monthly awards were given out earlier this week, and for the first time ever, the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards went to West Brom. Roberto Di Matteo and Peter Odemwingie picked up those two awards. The Baggies enjoyed a terrific September, picking up seven points from a possible nine, including the famous 3-2 win at the Emirates, to finish the month in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League. The International Break is now upon us. Euro 2012 qualifiers will take the center stage. October 16th is the day we all switch back to watching the greatest league in the world. Until then….. Keep the faith! >> Zafar Khan

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idiculed as ‘The Conwealth Games’ and ‘The Corruptionwealth Games’ by a rabid media and given up as a bad idea by the majority of the public, there wasn’t much going right for New Delhi as it set about trying to successfully stage India’s first ever Commonwealth Games. Even right up to the very day that the event began, reports of widespread corruption on the part of the Organizing Committee seemed all encompassing and never ending. Try as you may there looked to be no way that you can talk about the one and not the other; the two seemed to have become synonymous. It was thus hardly surprising that amidst the feelings of anger and betrayal towards the government, a few influential voices had even called upon the public to boycott the Games altogether. They had urged the common man to stand up and repay the organizers wrongdoings by not attending any of the sporting events and by showing as little interest as possible in the unfolding of the entire tournament. In short, people were being implored to overlook a fortnight of sporting achievements from various domestic and foreign athletes, the likes of which the Organising Committee has probably already ensured we will not be seeing any time soon in our country. And looking at the number of empty seats in the initial few days of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games, it seemed their calls had been heeded. Thank god then that on the whole towards the conclusion of the event, common sense prevailed.

the Games and the athletes therein and this ensured that India’s first ever tryst with the Commonwealth Games was truly be for, of and by the people.And yet there is another, often overlooked but perhaps even more important reason why India needed these Games to be a success. It is the much pitied Indian athlete. Our nation had a stellar overall performance in these Games, much like the feats of the Chinese during ‘Beijing 2008’ and those of the Canadians during ‘Vancouver 2010’. And neither of these would have been possible without the fervent home support that the ‘home’ athletes received throughout. We in India often malign the government for not taking proper care of our non-cricket playing sportspersons and though the cynical might say that that has not much changed even in the aftermath of the Games in Delhi; we at least made an effort to use of this opportunity to right some of the wrongs that we as a non-supportive public have done to these same sportspersons. Though the absence of many top performers takes some of the sheen of the medals won by them, the fact still remains that the job needed to be done and they did it, even in the face of some really harsh public expectations. We needed to show support for our World Champions so that would be able to better World Records – and they did, we needed to back our potential contenders so that they would raise their levels a notch and land those elusive Gold Medals - and they did, and we needed to prop up a national interest in the entire Indian contingent so that their performances were appreciated all over the country – and they delivered on our efforts.

There are two glaring reasons why such calls for boycott were utter foolhardiness. Firstly, to tow a line that the Government in its shame hard already taken up to minimize its failures, we needed to support the Games, especially in their most dire hour to uphold the integrity of out country in international circles. The rest of the world has regardless been casting smirks and sarcastic smiles in our direction but we must remember that the majority also knows that the current predicament is to be blamed on the ineptitude of the organizers. We as citizens needed to take the reigns and (as they say) ‘put on a show’, and that is exactly what we did from The Opening Ceremony onwards. This coupled with the hospitality and general love displayed by the Delhites to all the visitors to the city highlighted the power of the Indian public to rise above our petty political squabbles and bring much kudos to the nation. We also ensured that by taking such affirmative action we were finally providing more than the usual lip service that is given to India’s tag as ‘The Largest Democracy in the World’. We make a concerted effort to love

This takes my mind back to Day 3 of the Games, when a little known Indian paralympic swimmer, Prasant Karmakar became India’s first ever medal awardee in CWG Aquatics when he took Bronze in the 50m Butterfly. That day I was among a 2000 strong crowd of my fellow countrymen who were cheering his every stroke as he made his way to the finish line and though it is true that not many of them would be able to recall his name with the same familiarity as a Dhoni or a Sehwag even now, the fact remains that for those 25 seconds on October 6 we all shared in his jubilation. And that is why we needed the Games; we as a country needed something to cheer about, to make us forget our myriad troubles and unite us in celebration at the same time. If poor Karmakar had had no one to share his achievement with on that magical evening, it would have been a bigger slap on our collective conscience than the disrepute that Kalmadi and Co. brought to India through their misconduct. >> Piyush Singh

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e all know that exercising is good for health, but Just Knowing that it is beneficial, is no longer a point of contention. It is common knowledge that exercising not only improves the quality, but also the span of one’s life to a very great extent. But then again when you’re in college, and in your late teens or early twenties you really don’t give a rat’s ass about living longer, because this is probably the age when you feel like you’re immortal and will live forever. No matter how much people repeatedly try to drill hundreds of reasons for you to get fit, into your head, it really won’t register, and even if it does, that effect will not last for more than a couple of days, a week or maximum a month

YOUR HOTTEST AT 20, WHEN ELSE WILL YOU? A new research in Columbia university medical centre stated that hitting the gym also prevents memory loss. I know you all don’t really care about that either, and moreover why should you, because as far as you’re concerned, that didn’t seem to help Aamir Khan in Ghajini. Also, in a recent survey it was found that girls in their early twenties are more scared of putting on weight, than getting breast cancer or even aids. I am not saying be THAT scared, but if

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so many people fear being unfit so much, then imagine the competition out there girls! So yes, my point being that if you don’t look your hottest at 20, when else will you? Moreover this unhealthy lifestyle will eventually take a toll on you. Plus, once you get fit, the attention you get from the opposite sex (or in some cases the same sex) is intoxicating, and that should be enough of an inspiration for you all. Starting today, in this section we will be covering different workouts for girls and guys, and we will give you valuable health tips on what to eat and what not to. Do keep in mind, that this section is not only for the fat KFC loving people (By the way, I also was one of them) but also, thin people, who

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have the misconception that they are fit. I know that if you all start off with weights at the very beginning, then the body pains will make you run away from the gym in lesser time than it took you to even finish reading this article. So we’ll start the week with light Cardio, which includes jogging outside and using the treadmill, cycle, stepper and the cross trainer. Next week, we will start with weights. I’ll give you all a beginner’s weight training programme. As you begin exercising on a regular basis, there will be body pains initially, but then again; No pain, No gain >> Vidur Uthapa

So get off you!re a**** and hit the gym today! NOT Tomorrow! It!s high time... Get fit or die trying!

The Biblical Teachings Of A Fashionista

By Shanna Sandhu

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ow can one begin stylizing their wardrobe for the coming months ahead? While the daily fashionista has her trends down pat, and can lay her hands on Giambattista and Antonio Marras, it is a major dilemma for the everyday girl who has to keep in mind the tight loops of her ‘moolah’ bag. But should that be a cause for high fashion eluding them? Well, with a few essentials, this month can be an ‘all you can flaunt’ orgy of great trends without necessarily busting the bank. And whoever says achieving head turning style is a herculean task might want to reconsider after this lowdown on speed styling.

While it is never a good idea to OD on trends, paying emphasis to one can do just the opposite. For instance, a solid color dress with a printed clutch or shoes can take your outfit up a notch. Nail colors like turquoise blue and orange are doing the rounds on all major runways and go hand in glove with neutrals. Prints, both flowery and abstract have also found their way back from grandma’s era. And while jeans are going higher at the waist, certain classics like the white T-shirt are here to stay. Who knew that a high waist skirt paired with a plain white T-shirt (Yes, bands also draw inspiration) and loafers could ascend you to front row status? Add a chic up-do and wayfarers making it the perfect lunch/shopping/first date/art exhibition/whatever your heart may desire outfit. And while you may love to spend hours getting dressed for that special evening, those strapped for time can just add a boyfriend jacket (another big trend this season), a statement necklace and heels for an instant glam look. While this month is all about effortless chic and unlikely duos like distressed jeans and pearls, leather booties and lace, embellishments and

messenger bags, it is also an amalgamation of the best years in fashion. So go ahead and style your heart out!


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ne hears a mention of the word ‘sport’ and immediately there pops into one’s mind images of great physical prowess: Of tennis players straining every muscle while making a running cross court volley, or footballers grunting their way past opposing defenders or even Chess players racking their brains in order to make that one game-changing move. Nowhere in one’s mind’s eye will you imagine sport to be in any way related to a bunch of (mostly) guys sitting around their PCs hooked up to a variety of paraphernalia ranging from mice to headphones and showing as much physical prowess as a couch potato surfing the TV. And yet ‘sport’ this most certainly is and more importantly it is increasingly becoming as popular if not more so than Tennis, Football or Chess. Welcome to the wonderful world of competitive Computer Gaming, or as the purists will like you to call it, ‘E-Sports’. Even in this growing category of sport there is one particular game that is perhaps revered above all others, it has been there since the very beginning of the competitive Gaming revolution and seems to be its mainstay for the foreseeable future as well - Counter Strike. Of course anyone who has ever been to a college in India in the last decade has perhaps tried their hands at it. The ones who found out that they were decent at it became hooked instantly while those who couldn’t quite cut it probably just bemoaned what an enormous waste of time the whole thing was and moved on to less engaging things. Well its their loss because for the rest of us Counter Strike quickly becomes much more than simply a computer game or even a sport, it becomes a way of life. You begin to eat, live and breathe within those in-game maps. Your sense of time starts to limit itself to those couple of minutes from the beginning of an individual round to its end. Your head is filled with strategies to outmaneuver the opposing team, Terrorists trumping Counter Ter-

rorists or the latter err…countering back. So what is it that makes Counter Strike so terrifyingly addictive? For starters, its appeal lies in its simplicity because at its heart the game is nothing but a plain old shoot-em up. You win if you and your ‘clanmates’ (teammates is passe) manage to kill of every last member of the opposition. There isn’t really any kind of complicated plot to talk of. Even the graphics of the game scream simplicity. Its not stretching the truth to say that Counter Strike runs on anything, be it your dad’s old hand-me-down laptop or the ancient desktop systems in the university labs, all you need is a LAN connection and your pretty much good to go. And yet paradoxically it is Counter Strike’s complexity which really acts as the major hook in luring people to the game. There are countless little nuances and strategies related to it that go a long way in separating the winners from the losers. Like any other team sport, the importance of individual brilliance is dwarfed by proper team coordination; you will not find many players taking out the entire opposition all by themselves. But still like any other team sport, it is very usually such moments of individual brilliance that settle the outcome of a matches in one side’s favor or another’s. This of course is liable to fuel the debates on which the fan base of every sport thrives upon, “Who is the better player of the game?” And that like all sports is the driving force behind the success of Counter Strike, the desire to be a better player or a better clan than your opponents. Its easy enough to learn and yet notoriously tough to master and so you practice long, hard sleepless hours on de_Dust2 or de_Train or de_Nuke or de_Inferno or so many otheris for a chance to hear the sweet screams of “Headshot” or “Terrorists/Counter Terrorists Win”. And once you do that, you go right back and practice some more because by this time you are already hooked! >> Piyush Singh

The Indian Sports Bike Segment is ‘KWACKING’ UP! //FEATURES B

id adieu to age old looking half faired so called ‘sports bike’ . Finally the kawasaki Ninja 250R, makes it to the Indian shores, Bike enthusiasts rejoice, now you wouldn’t have to spend a million rupees for a genuine sports bike. Bajaj has put up a perfect platform for amateur Indian bikers to climb up the class by introducing the ninja, which fills up the huge gap between the existing bigger pulsars and the litre class bikes. The 250 cc Ninja is powered by a 33 bhp engine and is priced just a shade below 3 lakh rupee on road, but is the baby Ninja worth the Moolah? TILT India puts the Ninja on an exclusive road test to check that out.

//DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY The Kawaski Ninja has been brought to India through the CKD route (completely knocked down) and this bike is assembled at Bajaj Auto’s Hi tech Chakan Plant. This allows Bajaj Auto to price the bike competitively and at par with European prices. The fit and finish of this bike is premium and flawless. It has a full sports bike fairing that eases into the side cowls. Overall the bike is aerodynamically designed and by the looks of it , is no short of a 600 cc. The bike has a steel diamond tube frame that adds to extra stability and has been provided with tubeless tires both at front and rear. On closer inspection we see that the bike has analogue speedometer, which looks dated.

The Ninja is a feature rich bike with fuel injection, tubeless tyres. Liquid cooled engine, 2 into 1 exhaust system and dual disk brakes, with 290mm petal disk in front and 220mm petal at rear. The only drawback on the feature front is the analogue speedometer, which looks dated and does not gel with the overall modern looking bike. Also a low fuel indicator replaces the fuel meter.

//ERGONOMICS The Ninja 250R is one of the most ergonomically suited bike for the Indian Youth. Bajaj has strategically placed the bike between the existing 220s and the higher capacity busa’s and R1’s. It is the perfect stepping stone for a biker who later wishes to upgrade to a litre class bike. Initially the bikes take a little bit of getting used to, but once in the saddle it is miles of painless, joyful biking. Handling is sweet, while that extra power adds to confidence while overtaking.

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ur lives can be personified as a machine, a machine which has all the gears, all the levers, all the switches being mastered by the grind of assignments, exams, the helplessness from being jobless, pressure from parents, the quest for being successful in life but somewhere down the line we lose ourselves in that great battle of reaching the stars. The era of purity, the era of sinless ness, the era of naturalness is lost in the maze that is called Life. I’ll try to continue this thing on a less depressing note by journeying through the plainness of the bygone days, when life was all about watching Powerzone on Cartoon Network, playing Mario on Little Master, feeling disgusted on seeing someone smoke, waiting for the month of May (summer vacations for most of India), whiling away time by playing gully cricket or just being overjoyed by the fact that there’ll be a power cut for the next two hours so you wont have to study, those were indeed the “giving no f**k” days of our lives. Our existence was so less complex with the only thing in the world to care about was how to avoid the daily dose of atrocious Bourn-

vita/Milo chocolate milk (I wondered how much that boy in the advertisement was being paid to mislead us by having that overzealous expression on his face) or how to hypnotize your parents into seeing that you are not well and need to take a leave from school. Having a 500 rupee note in your pocket was as impossible as Doordarshan winning the “Youth Channel of the year” award! Melody, Kissmi bar, Poppins, Gems were the packets of energy that kept us alive and kicking while the Indian cricket team fed on victories at home but were plundered and violated abroad (literally, considering his voice, I heard, Tendulkar was once asked to dress up like a chick!). Dekh bhai dekh, Disney Hour, Small Wonder Hip Hip Hurray, Hum Paanch etc. etc. were the reasons why the optical companies survived wherein the software companies couldn’t get a foothold in India, initially, because Chacha Chaudhary was doing a pretty decent job. Yeah and there was actually a time when Backstreet Boys were the coolest thing alive. So in essence the more we explore the domains of the past, the longer this article gets which

will eventually add up to the printing cost. After this pathetic attempt at humor, I move on from the nostalgic mode. Today we define the forthcoming future, a future which has no being. But do we always have to think about the road ahead when laying of tarmac for the present is still an unfinished business? This thought in itself is a paradox and I wish I was that 10 year old kid who couldn’t understand what the last line meant. Can we give up on our present and be pensive about our future or can we be drunk on the present and damn the future? As the intellectuals will tell you the answer is simple and lies in the cliché “balancing the delights of your present while paving a way for a brighter future.” I don’t know what the right balance between your past present and future is, nor do I know how to go about achieving it. Basically my point is, I know that dwelling on the past can never be fruitful but the age of innocence had its own captivating appeal and taking time out from your daily life to relive those moments from time to time wouldn’t hurt either.

//PERFORMANCE & ENGINE As soon as the engine is switched on and the bike is throttled, we feel the power that this bike is capable of generating. The Ninja powered by a 250 cc engines generates a maximum of 33 bhp power @ 11,000 rpm and has a max torque of 22 Nm @ 8500 rpm. The Ninja has a liquid cooled, four stroke parallel twin engine which is fuel injected. Each cylinder is provided with four valves, two inlet and two outlet. Coming to the numbers, the Ninja 250R clocks 0-60 in 2.98 seconds and has a top speed of 170kmph, which is breath takingly quick. The quality of the gear shift is superb and you can easily toggle between the gears of the six speed gearbox. In the city the Ninja returned 25.4 kmpl, which is quiet, respectable. DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY PERFORMANCE & ENGINE ERGONOMICS FEATURES VERDICT

//VERDICT All in all the Ninja is a great bike to ride around and is sure to turn some heads, some in appreciation, while some in sheer jealousy, whatever the case maybe, this bike is a show stealer. Coming to the price front, the bike seems to be a little overpriced, but thanks to the CKD route, the prices are still competitive and at par with the European prices. If you have the money go for this one !! >> Karan Patni

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e couldn’t understand it. What had gone wrong? Again. After hours of concentrated effort, wads of cash and countless counselling sessions, things were exactly the same as they had been this time last year. He had sacrificed so much – received so little. Waves of self pity and self contempt crashed upon him and soon his face and chest were drenched. How could it be?! It was perfect – he had been sure it would work this year and yet it hadn’t. What were they looking for? His mails had gone unanswered; telephoning was out of the question. He went through his profile again. He had described himself with humorous self-deprecation. He had confessed himself to be a libertarian agnostic. And it was true. He had looked up the meaning of the words – and they were exactly what he was. He had to be. It was what everyone was these days. If you weren’t one of them – you stood absolutely no chance. In activities and interest, he had positioned himself carefully – he played tennis and football, avidly followed politics – you could have quizzed him on the latest political sex scandals across the globe and he would have answered them as nonchalantly as he updated his status. He liked travelling and was very interested in lateral thinking – he had figured out that it was a midget who took the elevator every day. The lateral thinking bit was particularly ingenuous – or so he had thought. Books – they had been a little tricky. But if you followed the right fo-

rums, got the right feeds, it was quite easy. He had cleverly chosen a collection of humour, classic literature, history and philosophy. Of course The Fountainhead was there. That was a nobrainer. Anyone who was anyone had read it. It was the intellectual’s bible. He had liked it actually – it had struck a chord with him – he was sure only a few could identify with the book the way he had. So they really couldn’t fault him for authenticity. The movies – Ah! Those had been his trump card. He had been a movie buff since he could remember. He had displayed a rare taste – all time epics, marvellous directors jostled for space with forgotten masterpieces. He had to have stood out. This was his differentiation.

Of course, there were all the other regular features. He had been voted most sexy by 790 friends, been sent thousands of gifts, had taken most of the quizzes and scored highly on them (General knowledge was one of the things he prided himself on most – he even got a 100/100 for the “how many celebrity children do you know” quiz). He was most likely to be involved in a threesome, most likely to go on to be a Mars explorer, most likely to help a three-legged puppy and most likely to be able to detect the difference between Chateau Margaux and Chateau Haut-Brion by just sniffing them. These were only the most notable “Most Likely…” of course – there were hundreds of others. He had far surpassed the minimum requirements in all

>> Abhishek Mehrotra categories. the minimum requirements in all categories. His picture had been carefully chosen – his mom had sifted painstakingly through all of them and picked the best one. He had then used his favourite image editing software to make a few subtle changes – the rules were strict and the picture had to be at least 75% authentic. After all this work, he had sent his complete profile to KYBY (Know Yourself, Be Yourself), the best company for vetting profiles. They had gone from a start-up to a billion dollar company in 6 months 3 days. These guys were geniuses. They simply did not miss. It cost him $2000 dollars, but it had seemed worth it at that time. Now it did not. He stared at the glossy envelope in his lap. To: Jack Crick, C/O Mr. Jonah Crick, 23 Hemingway Street, New York City - 50686 New York. Dear Jack, Thank you for your interest in the Facebook “Do you have the best profile” Awards. We regret to inform you that your entry has not been deemed worthy of entering the second round. We hope you will work harder and return next year. Wishing you all the best, The Facebook Team.

It was late. He had not slept for three days in giddy anticipation of this letter. And here it was. He put it back in the envelope. The monitor’s light was too bright. He switched it off. He stood and stretched. He felt free. The wait was over. He had been taking sleeping pills he got off the net to help him sleep – two a night. They had not worked obviously. Tonight, perhaps he would take a stronger dose. Tonight he would sleep well.


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ne hears a mention of the word ‘sport’ and immediately there pops into one’s mind images of great physical prowess: Of tennis players straining every muscle while making a running cross court volley, or footballers grunting their way past opposing defenders or even Chess players racking their brains in order to make that one game-changing move. Nowhere in one’s mind’s eye will you imagine sport to be in any way related to a bunch of (mostly) guys sitting around their PCs hooked up to a variety of paraphernalia ranging from mice to headphones and showing as much physical prowess as a couch potato surfing the TV. And yet ‘sport’ this most certainly is and more importantly it is increasingly becoming as popular if not more so than Tennis, Football or Chess. Welcome to the wonderful world of competitive Computer Gaming, or as the purists will like you to call it, ‘E-Sports’. Even in this growing category of sport there is one particular game that is perhaps revered above all others, it has been there since the very beginning of the competitive Gaming revolution and seems to be its mainstay for the foreseeable future as well - Counter Strike. Of course anyone who has ever been to a college in India in the last decade has perhaps tried their hands at it. The ones who found out that they were decent at it became hooked instantly while those who couldn’t quite cut it probably just bemoaned what an enormous waste of time the whole thing was and moved on to less engaging things. Well its their loss because for the rest of us Counter Strike quickly becomes much more than simply a computer game or even a sport, it becomes a way of life. You begin to eat, live and breathe within those in-game maps. Your sense of time starts to limit itself to those couple of minutes from the beginning of an individual round to its end. Your head is filled with strategies to outmaneuver the opposing team, Terrorists trumping Counter Ter-

rorists or the latter err…countering back. So what is it that makes Counter Strike so terrifyingly addictive? For starters, its appeal lies in its simplicity because at its heart the game is nothing but a plain old shoot-em up. You win if you and your ‘clanmates’ (teammates is passe) manage to kill of every last member of the opposition. There isn’t really any kind of complicated plot to talk of. Even the graphics of the game scream simplicity. Its not stretching the truth to say that Counter Strike runs on anything, be it your dad’s old hand-me-down laptop or the ancient desktop systems in the university labs, all you need is a LAN connection and your pretty much good to go. And yet paradoxically it is Counter Strike’s complexity which really acts as the major hook in luring people to the game. There are countless little nuances and strategies related to it that go a long way in separating the winners from the losers. Like any other team sport, the importance of individual brilliance is dwarfed by proper team coordination; you will not find many players taking out the entire opposition all by themselves. But still like any other team sport, it is very usually such moments of individual brilliance that settle the outcome of a matches in one side’s favor or another’s. This of course is liable to fuel the debates on which the fan base of every sport thrives upon, “Who is the better player of the game?” And that like all sports is the driving force behind the success of Counter Strike, the desire to be a better player or a better clan than your opponents. Its easy enough to learn and yet notoriously tough to master and so you practice long, hard sleepless hours on de_Dust2 or de_Train or de_Nuke or de_Inferno or so many otheris for a chance to hear the sweet screams of “Headshot” or “Terrorists/Counter Terrorists Win”. And once you do that, you go right back and practice some more because by this time you are already hooked! >> Piyush Singh

The Indian Sports Bike Segment is ‘KWACKING’ UP! //FEATURES B

id adieu to age old looking half faired so called ‘sports bike’ . Finally the kawasaki Ninja 250R, makes it to the Indian shores, Bike enthusiasts rejoice, now you wouldn’t have to spend a million rupees for a genuine sports bike. Bajaj has put up a perfect platform for amateur Indian bikers to climb up the class by introducing the ninja, which fills up the huge gap between the existing bigger pulsars and the litre class bikes. The 250 cc Ninja is powered by a 33 bhp engine and is priced just a shade below 3 lakh rupee on road, but is the baby Ninja worth the Moolah? TILT India puts the Ninja on an exclusive road test to check that out.

//DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY The Kawaski Ninja has been brought to India through the CKD route (completely knocked down) and this bike is assembled at Bajaj Auto’s Hi tech Chakan Plant. This allows Bajaj Auto to price the bike competitively and at par with European prices. The fit and finish of this bike is premium and flawless. It has a full sports bike fairing that eases into the side cowls. Overall the bike is aerodynamically designed and by the looks of it , is no short of a 600 cc. The bike has a steel diamond tube frame that adds to extra stability and has been provided with tubeless tires both at front and rear. On closer inspection we see that the bike has analogue speedometer, which looks dated.

The Ninja is a feature rich bike with fuel injection, tubeless tyres. Liquid cooled engine, 2 into 1 exhaust system and dual disk brakes, with 290mm petal disk in front and 220mm petal at rear. The only drawback on the feature front is the analogue speedometer, which looks dated and does not gel with the overall modern looking bike. Also a low fuel indicator replaces the fuel meter.

//ERGONOMICS The Ninja 250R is one of the most ergonomically suited bike for the Indian Youth. Bajaj has strategically placed the bike between the existing 220s and the higher capacity busa’s and R1’s. It is the perfect stepping stone for a biker who later wishes to upgrade to a litre class bike. Initially the bikes take a little bit of getting used to, but once in the saddle it is miles of painless, joyful biking. Handling is sweet, while that extra power adds to confidence while overtaking.

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ur lives can be personified as a machine, a machine which has all the gears, all the levers, all the switches being mastered by the grind of assignments, exams, the helplessness from being jobless, pressure from parents, the quest for being successful in life but somewhere down the line we lose ourselves in that great battle of reaching the stars. The era of purity, the era of sinless ness, the era of naturalness is lost in the maze that is called Life. I’ll try to continue this thing on a less depressing note by journeying through the plainness of the bygone days, when life was all about watching Powerzone on Cartoon Network, playing Mario on Little Master, feeling disgusted on seeing someone smoke, waiting for the month of May (summer vacations for most of India), whiling away time by playing gully cricket or just being overjoyed by the fact that there’ll be a power cut for the next two hours so you wont have to study, those were indeed the “giving no f**k” days of our lives. Our existence was so less complex with the only thing in the world to care about was how to avoid the daily dose of atrocious Bourn-

vita/Milo chocolate milk (I wondered how much that boy in the advertisement was being paid to mislead us by having that overzealous expression on his face) or how to hypnotize your parents into seeing that you are not well and need to take a leave from school. Having a 500 rupee note in your pocket was as impossible as Doordarshan winning the “Youth Channel of the year” award! Melody, Kissmi bar, Poppins, Gems were the packets of energy that kept us alive and kicking while the Indian cricket team fed on victories at home but were plundered and violated abroad (literally, considering his voice, I heard, Tendulkar was once asked to dress up like a chick!). Dekh bhai dekh, Disney Hour, Small Wonder Hip Hip Hurray, Hum Paanch etc. etc. were the reasons why the optical companies survived wherein the software companies couldn’t get a foothold in India, initially, because Chacha Chaudhary was doing a pretty decent job. Yeah and there was actually a time when Backstreet Boys were the coolest thing alive. So in essence the more we explore the domains of the past, the longer this article gets which

will eventually add up to the printing cost. After this pathetic attempt at humor, I move on from the nostalgic mode. Today we define the forthcoming future, a future which has no being. But do we always have to think about the road ahead when laying of tarmac for the present is still an unfinished business? This thought in itself is a paradox and I wish I was that 10 year old kid who couldn’t understand what the last line meant. Can we give up on our present and be pensive about our future or can we be drunk on the present and damn the future? As the intellectuals will tell you the answer is simple and lies in the cliché “balancing the delights of your present while paving a way for a brighter future.” I don’t know what the right balance between your past present and future is, nor do I know how to go about achieving it. Basically my point is, I know that dwelling on the past can never be fruitful but the age of innocence had its own captivating appeal and taking time out from your daily life to relive those moments from time to time wouldn’t hurt either.

//PERFORMANCE & ENGINE As soon as the engine is switched on and the bike is throttled, we feel the power that this bike is capable of generating. The Ninja powered by a 250 cc engines generates a maximum of 33 bhp power @ 11,000 rpm and has a max torque of 22 Nm @ 8500 rpm. The Ninja has a liquid cooled, four stroke parallel twin engine which is fuel injected. Each cylinder is provided with four valves, two inlet and two outlet. Coming to the numbers, the Ninja 250R clocks 0-60 in 2.98 seconds and has a top speed of 170kmph, which is breath takingly quick. The quality of the gear shift is superb and you can easily toggle between the gears of the six speed gearbox. In the city the Ninja returned 25.4 kmpl, which is quiet, respectable. DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY PERFORMANCE & ENGINE ERGONOMICS FEATURES VERDICT

//VERDICT All in all the Ninja is a great bike to ride around and is sure to turn some heads, some in appreciation, while some in sheer jealousy, whatever the case maybe, this bike is a show stealer. Coming to the price front, the bike seems to be a little overpriced, but thanks to the CKD route, the prices are still competitive and at par with the European prices. If you have the money go for this one !! >> Karan Patni

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e couldn’t understand it. What had gone wrong? Again. After hours of concentrated effort, wads of cash and countless counselling sessions, things were exactly the same as they had been this time last year. He had sacrificed so much – received so little. Waves of self pity and self contempt crashed upon him and soon his face and chest were drenched. How could it be?! It was perfect – he had been sure it would work this year and yet it hadn’t. What were they looking for? His mails had gone unanswered; telephoning was out of the question. He went through his profile again. He had described himself with humorous self-deprecation. He had confessed himself to be a libertarian agnostic. And it was true. He had looked up the meaning of the words – and they were exactly what he was. He had to be. It was what everyone was these days. If you weren’t one of them – you stood absolutely no chance. In activities and interest, he had positioned himself carefully – he played tennis and football, avidly followed politics – you could have quizzed him on the latest political sex scandals across the globe and he would have answered them as nonchalantly as he updated his status. He liked travelling and was very interested in lateral thinking – he had figured out that it was a midget who took the elevator every day. The lateral thinking bit was particularly ingenuous – or so he had thought. Books – they had been a little tricky. But if you followed the right fo-

rums, got the right feeds, it was quite easy. He had cleverly chosen a collection of humour, classic literature, history and philosophy. Of course The Fountainhead was there. That was a nobrainer. Anyone who was anyone had read it. It was the intellectual’s bible. He had liked it actually – it had struck a chord with him – he was sure only a few could identify with the book the way he had. So they really couldn’t fault him for authenticity. The movies – Ah! Those had been his trump card. He had been a movie buff since he could remember. He had displayed a rare taste – all time epics, marvellous directors jostled for space with forgotten masterpieces. He had to have stood out. This was his differentiation.

Of course, there were all the other regular features. He had been voted most sexy by 790 friends, been sent thousands of gifts, had taken most of the quizzes and scored highly on them (General knowledge was one of the things he prided himself on most – he even got a 100/100 for the “how many celebrity children do you know” quiz). He was most likely to be involved in a threesome, most likely to go on to be a Mars explorer, most likely to help a three-legged puppy and most likely to be able to detect the difference between Chateau Margaux and Chateau Haut-Brion by just sniffing them. These were only the most notable “Most Likely…” of course – there were hundreds of others. He had far surpassed the minimum requirements in all

>> Abhishek Mehrotra categories. the minimum requirements in all categories. His picture had been carefully chosen – his mom had sifted painstakingly through all of them and picked the best one. He had then used his favourite image editing software to make a few subtle changes – the rules were strict and the picture had to be at least 75% authentic. After all this work, he had sent his complete profile to KYBY (Know Yourself, Be Yourself), the best company for vetting profiles. They had gone from a start-up to a billion dollar company in 6 months 3 days. These guys were geniuses. They simply did not miss. It cost him $2000 dollars, but it had seemed worth it at that time. Now it did not. He stared at the glossy envelope in his lap. To: Jack Crick, C/O Mr. Jonah Crick, 23 Hemingway Street, New York City - 50686 New York. Dear Jack, Thank you for your interest in the Facebook “Do you have the best profile” Awards. We regret to inform you that your entry has not been deemed worthy of entering the second round. We hope you will work harder and return next year. Wishing you all the best, The Facebook Team.

It was late. He had not slept for three days in giddy anticipation of this letter. And here it was. He put it back in the envelope. The monitor’s light was too bright. He switched it off. He stood and stretched. He felt free. The wait was over. He had been taking sleeping pills he got off the net to help him sleep – two a night. They had not worked obviously. Tonight, perhaps he would take a stronger dose. Tonight he would sleep well.


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