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Blink 12 times a minute, not thrice! Computers are increasingly becoming a necessary part of our life, at work, home, and even play, so much so that, now computer classes are being included even in primary school teachings! No wonder we are seeing a significant proportion of our patients attending our eye clinics and hospitals coming with complaints of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is not a disease. It refers to eye related problems people develop after long hours of computer work or work with any other electronic visual display units like television, laptops etc. These complaints can be - dryness feeling in eyes, burning sensation, itching, redness, and irritation, pain in and around eyes, general tiredness and sometimes even headache. However computers are not to be blamed directly. The problem lies with the way one uses the computers and how we constantly stare at the computer monitor.
Wearing improperly corrected spectacles or many times not wearing spectacles will also increase eyestrain. In some cases, increased watering from eyes during computer work may occur. This can also be because of dryness! The irritation from dry eyes sends signals to brain to secrete more tears. But quality of these extra tears will not be normal. These are of not much help to the eyes. Prevention and Cure Avoid working in low humid dry air-conditioned environment Give rest to eyes for 2-3 minutes after every 30-45 minutes of concentrated work Look at distant objects or keep eye closed for few seconds Decrease contrast and brightness in monitor to comfortable levels. Always maintain proper sitting posture Frequent voluntary blinking during working is essential. Use prescribed lubricating eye drops
In a normal healthy eye, a thin layer of tear film covers the front exposed part of the eye. This tear layer is required for normal functioning of eyes. The tears layer acts as a lubricant and as a protective layer. During waking hours a healthy adult blinks around 12 to 14 times in a minute. This blinking is required for smooth spreading of tears secreted by tear glands. Any abnormality in the tear-blink mechanism can cause dryness of eye surface, which will cause blurred vision, eye pain, irritation etc.
If you have symptoms of CSV, consult an eye specialist. Eye specialist may suggest some lubricating eye drops to be used every few hours to keep the eyes moist and prevent dryness. Avoid using eye drops available over the counter in medical shops without doctor’s prescription. These drops usually contain some additives called preservatives, which can damage the eyes if used more frequently. Use only preservative free eye drops prescribed by an eye specialist.
A person who works with computer for long hours with concentration tends to blink only 3-4 times in a minute instead of 12-14 times. This happens without his knowledge. Decreased blinking will cause more evaporation of the tear layer leading to dry spots, which will manifest as dryness, irritation, burning sensation and sometimes even painful eyes. This cluster of problems associated with computer use is CVS.
1. Rays coming out from monitors are harmful to the eye. Not true. No scientific study or report has shown this till now.
Low humidity associated with air conditioning exacerbates the problem. Persons who use contact lenses get more dryness and suffer more from computer vision syndrome.
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2. Wearing of antireflective or antiglare glasses prevents eye damage. Not true. No scientific proof is available. 3. Long hours of computer work or staring at television increases glasses’ power. Not true. Changes in glasses power occur because of general body growth and because of aging.
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Bad Breath: Causes & Solutions Store shelves are overflowing with mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to help people control bad breath. Yet these products help control bad breath (halitosis) only temporarily.
Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with proper dental hygiene.
Causes Food The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can cause a foul odour. Eating foods containing volatile oils is another source of bad breath. Onions and garlic are the best known examples. After these foods are digested and the pungent oils are absorbed into your bloodstream, they’re carried to your lungs and are given off in your breath until the food is eliminated from your body. Alcohol behaves in the same fashion, allowing
the measurement of alcohol levels by breath tests. Alcohol itself has almost no odour, however. The characteristic smell on your breath is mainly the odour of other components of the beverage. Dental problems If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, collecting bacteria and emitting hydrogen sulfur vapors. Plaque forms on your teeth. If not brushed away, plaque can irritate your gums (gingivitis) and cause tooth decay. Eventually, plaque-filled pockets can form between your teeth and gums (periodontitis), worsening this problem and your breath. Dentures that aren’t cleaned regularly or don’t fit properly also can harbor odour-causing bacteria and food particles. Dry mouth and Tobacco products Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate and decompose and cause odour. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It’s what causes “morning breath” It is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications or problem with your salivary glands can cause dry mouth. Smoking can also lead to a chronic dry mouth, Tobacco users are also more likely to have periodontal disease, an additional source of bad breath. Diseases Illnesses like chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce foul or distinctive odour. People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odour. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach and a slight protrusion of the stomach into the chest cavity (hiatal hernia) also can produce bad breath. Mouth, nose and throat conditions Sinus infections can cause odour
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because of nasal discharge from the sinuses into the back of the throat. A child with bad breath may have a foreign object lodged in his or her nose. Strep throat, tonsillitis and Bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections in which you cough up odorous sputum are other sources of bad breath. Severe dieting Dieters may develop unpleasant “fruity” breath from ketoacidosis, the breakdown of chemicals during fasting. Bad breath can usually be eliminated with good dental hygiene. When to seek medical advice If bad breath persists despite self-care, see your dentist. If the cause isn’t dental, see your doctor to determine a possible medical cause. Self-care Try the following steps to improve or prevent bad breath: * Brush your teeth after you eat * Floss at least once a day. * Brush your tongue.Clean your dentures well * Drink plenty of water * Change your toothbrush every three to four months, and choose a softbristled toothbrush. * Schedule regular dental checkups. At least twice a year, see your dentist to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.You can teach your school-age children to brush and floss their teeth regularly and to brush their tongues to prevent bad breath. However, don’t give children mouthwash to use, because many mouthwash products contain alcohol and can pose a risk for children if swallowed.
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BTM residents stop hotel,
and shun media The construction of a hotel on 16th Main 1st Stage BTM Layout is being opposed by the residents in the neighbourhood. Fourteen residents including noted filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli have filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court against the developer. Mahesh R Shetty, 67, an electrical engineer and the principal petitioner speaking to Citizen Matters said that two 50x80 sites have been combined to construct a 65room hotel with four levels above the ground and two underground levels. "No one in the neighbourhood was aware of this as they had put up screens," he says. Once the residents became Pic: Yogaraj Mudalgi. aware of the palns, they immediately went for judicial redressal. Shetty alleges that locality is deemed residential in BDA's Revised Master Plan 2015 and a commercial project is a violation.
A similar PIL was filed by the residents of Jayanagar 5th Block in early 2000s when a popular restaurant chain had built a three storey building on 10th Main. The High Court had ruled in favour of the restaurant chain but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in favour of the residents. The petitioners appear reluctant to speak to the media. After his initial conversation, Shetty remained unavailable for further enquiries. When Citizen Matters visited his home, he shut the door on the reporter.
The High Court advised the builder to wait till the hearing is complete, to avoid having to demolish the building if it rules against them, Shetty told Citizen Matters.
Brigade aptt citizens get Traffic Signal approved connected to Puttenahalli The Puttenahalli Main Road at Main Road, through L&T South the Brigade Millennium arch City Road and Nataraja Layout is chaotic during the peak Road, and as Elita Promenade hours. PNLIT representatives will get fully occupied in the had discussed the feasibility near future, traffic is likely to of getting a signal, with our get heavier. Puttenahalli Corporator L Ramesh. Subsequently, in early July, Inspector M D Hari who took We requested the Traffic Police Pic: O P Ramaswamy over from Inspector Dharnesh, Commissioner, Praveen Sood took the matter forward by to look at it. At the junction of Jayanagar) and Inspector Dharnesh Brigade Millennium arch the two visited the junction to make the carrying out his own inspection. roads lead to Kanakapura Road on assessment. They concluded that And within a month we have traffic one end and Bannerghatta Road presently, there was a need for a policeâ€™s approval for the traffic on the other and vehicular traffic is signal during the peak morning and signal. Kudos to the Traffic Police for their swift action. virtually uncontrollable. evening hours. Within two weeks of sending the However, given that Arekere Arathi Manay Yajaman is a trustee of PNLIT. request, two inspectors, Nagaraj (of Mico Layout is now directly 6 CITIZEN MATTERS 16-29 Jul 2011 Vol-3 Issue-12
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Fresh air at the crack of dawn A hot cup of kaapi with the day’s newspaper is a routine for many of us. The familiar noise of the newspaper falling on verandahs or sliding under the door ushers in the day. However, for thousands of newspaper distributors and agents, the day began atleast three hours earlier. Each morning, around 3 am, vans loaded with newspapers unload them at designated venues across the city. I caught up with the organised frenzy of newspapers sorting, counting and distribution at the 4th Block Complex in Jayanagar. Much like companies that work with the double tier of wholesalers and retailers, newspapers too have distributors who in turn work with agents. The agents deliver the newspapers themselves or engage delivery boys.
Below: Sorting the papers; Left: Inserting the pamphlets,; Right: Ready for distribution. Pics: Uma Swamy.
At 4th Block, every day, more than 40 agents receive nearly 15000-20000 newspapers published in 6-7 languages. Usually, each agent is in charge of taking delivery of one or two newspapers. He then ‘purchases’ other newspapers from other agents and ‘sells’ his newspaper to others. For example, S Shivakumar, Manager of Shakuntala News Agency is the distributor for Deccan Herald and Prajavani as well as an agent. He then buys the required number of other newspapers from fellow agents. Once this is done, in between sips of tea or coffee from the nearby carts, he and his team quickly insert the leaflets and supplements that come from a different place. Although the purchase and sales of newspapers, sorting and counting is done in an atmosphere of bonhomie, the sense of urgency intensifies by the minute. Shivakumar makes a pile of different newspapers to be taken by his delivery boys to different locations. A veteran in the field with 25 years of experience, Shivakumar is now managing the business started 8 CITIZEN MATTERS 16-29 Jul 2011 Vol-3 Issue-12
by his father. He and the other agents cover 15 kms to deliver newspapers to houses, offices, and stalls. Although largely a male dominated world, a few women can be seen at the venue. By 6 am, the place is almost empty with the occasional tell-tale signs of the hectic activity that just got completed. Delivery boys are hard to find and retain, says Shivakumar, as it requires hard work and getting up early. On the other hand, although the competition is increasing, the work can be lucrative as newspapers give commissions. As the volume of Pic: Uma Swamy. work is increasing, this indicates more money. In some cases, they also give monthly salaries. As the work gets over by 6.30 am, many have time to get ready for their regular work or college. Another reward is getting a chance to cruise on traffic free roads and lanes, breathing fresh air at the crack of dawn. The day may have begun for many of us but for the agents and the delivery boys, “tomorrow is another day.”
6th Avenue’s specialty restaurants 6th Avenue, located at 15th Cross, 6th Phase J P Nagar is a 3 star hotel with specialty restaurants and a coffee shop named Café Au Lait that is open round the clock. Started in April 2011, 6th Avenue has Asian Trails, which specializes in Oriental cuisine including Thai and Chinese. The other is Sky Lark which specializes in North Indian food as well as what it calls as north west frontier cuisine. Sky Lark’s specialty dishes include the ajwain fish tikka, lobster tandoori, and murgh kali mirch. A meal for two would cost upto `600. UMA Swamy is a JP Nagar resident and columnist. Each fortnight, she will take you through our interesting neighbourhoods.
'Healthy' and 'tasty' really go together here!
Pic: Uma Swamy.
If you have something exciting, intriguing, or just cool to report from your area, write to her at uma@ citizenmatters.in
When you feel really really satisfied after a meal, it's worth a mention. In the Pink is tucked away on a road where you least expect it; a thoroughfare but maybe you missed noticing it because you were trying to beat the traffic? But what's so special about the place anyway? Well, for one it boasts of being "Organic", a restaurant and a store all in one. The store has been around for over a year now and stocks vegetables, bulk rice, lentils, wheat flour etc., as well as organic brand names such as 24 Letter Mantra and Kumaon. The spacious restaurant that opened recently provides only South Indian thalis for lunch and dinner; North Indian thalis will be launched soon.
Pic: Vasanth R.
The restaurant claims their chefs are trained on Ayurvedic cooking style and Indian traditional cooking methods to make the food nutritious and hygienic. The South Indian meals have everything you could hope for complete with soft pulkas/puris, curry, pakoras, papad, rasam, sambhar, koorma and organic rice in four varieties - plain, curd rice, fried rice and pulao. And a couple of sweets to ensure you go home happy! In the Pink. 93, 6th Cross, N.S.Palya, Dollars Colony, BTM Layout, 2nd Stage, Bannerghatta Road. From Jayadeva flyover, go south and take a left just before Mantri Elite Apartments (before the Mandovi signal) and you'll see it on your right within 100 meters]. Ph: 9945001003/ 9845168462 ⊕
Aradhana Janga is a resident of Bannerghata Road. Vol-3 Issue-12 16-29 Jul 2011 CITIZEN MATTERS 9
Bengaluru’s Guidance Value to go up by 30 - 100%
File pic: Meera K
Property values in the city are set to rise
Registration department. with hike in guidance value. Rates are expected to go up Guidance Value is defined for two categories - land by 30-100% this year (minimum of 30% within core areas value (for land only) and composite value (for land and buildings - this includes construction cost and and maximum of 100% in outskirts); associated taxes for buildings. rates would go up by more than When guidance value is 200% in outer areas like those near increased, market rates may not Shivappa says “the hikes are the proposed Peripheral Ring Road, supposed to be done annually, but go up immediately in the same since the market rates here have proportion, so the gap between the due to the last market crash it was rocketed since the last revision. two may reduce to a small extent. postponed. According to rules, guidance value should be on par The previous hikes were in 2007, But if stamp duty and capital 2005, 2004 and 2002. During the gains tax is brought down by 50%, with market value, so we try to catch up with it, with the information 2007 hike, the value of residential, it will considerably bring down we have. It would help control commercial and industrial properties unaccounted money (as there unaccounted money and generate were hiked by 50%, 60% and 25% on would be no need to show a lower more revenue,” he says. average. sale consideration to evade taxes) Builders are not very happy about Guidance value hike will be affected -Ajit Prakash, realtor. the hike since they fear that rise in in the five revenue districts in BBMP property prices will cause a market limits - Jayanagar, Gandhinagar, Rajajinagar, Shivajinagar and Basavangudi. There are 42 crash. Santosh Bhurani, Managing Director at Bhurani Real Estate agency, says, “Majority of builders are sub-registrar offices combined, under all of them. Officials at the Department of Stamp and Registration unhappy about the hikes as it would push up prices and will affect sales. say that the hike will be gazetted soon. The final rates are decided by the Central Valuation Guidance value hike is supposed to bring down black Committee (CVC), which functions under the money generation because registrations cannot Department of Stamp and Registration. CVC includes happen below the guidance value. top officials from government departments, and Since black money is needed to pay for the difference representatives from FKCCI (Federation of Karnataka between guidance and market values, increasing the Chambers of Commerce and Industry), NGOs, Karnataka guidance value has the effect of reducing the demand Apartments and Owners Association, Karnataka Land for unaccounted cash. However, realtors disagree. Developers Association etc. Chairman of the Committee They say that increasing the rates would only increase is B Shivappa, Inspector General at the Stamps and revenue for government, not reduce black money. ⊕
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Report slams new BMTC terminals A recent report by state
government’s Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has exposed several problems with BMTC’s massive `440 crore Traffic and Transmit Management Centre (TTMC) project. TTMCs are jargon for the swanky new terminals BMTC is building around the city, 45 in all, of which 10 are completed. For instance, only 15 buses can park in the Banashankari terminal at a time, giving each bus only 31 seconds in the bay. This is considered stressful and much less than acceptable time to offload and load passengers. South West Bangalore has two terminals now – one in Banashankari and another in Jayanagar. While the Jayanagar TTMC has been operational for some time, the Banashankari centre is expected to be open in August first week. Together, the terminals cost BMTC Rs 44 crores.
Cover credits: Banashankari TTMC. Pic: Pranav Nandan.
These two are among the 10 TTMCs that BMTC has constructed with partial JNNURM funding. The DULT report has found several problems with all 10 TTMCs. Design for the TTMCs was done by Bangalorebased Sundaram Consultants. ⊕
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Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission was announced by the Government of India in 2005, to solve infrastructure problems in cities. TTMC funding is 35% by JNNURM, 15% by state government and 50% by BMTC.
Banashankari TTMC Cost: `31.33 crore Location: Junction of Marenahalli Road and Kanakapura Main Road -Total site area: 7756 sq m -Trips per day: 686 -3-storeyed structure -Bus terminal in ground floor -Private vehicle parking facility in basement and part of first floor for 154 two-wheelers, 168 cars -Commercial space in part of first floor and second floor.
Problems • Only 15 buses can park in the terminal at a time, giving each bus only 31 seconds in the bay, which is much lower than acceptable duration • Private vehicles have dedicated entry to parking space, but no dedicated exit. Exit is narrow which will cause vehicle queuing • Lack of pedestrian markings at junction heightens accident risk
Banashankari TTMC Opening date Inauguration date for Banashankari TTMC will be decided after consulting New Delhi. In Jayanagar TTMC, there are a few pending works, including roof construction for terrace parking area. This will be completed in a week. - Palanetra Naik T K
Chief Civil Engineer at BMTC in-charge of TTMC projects.
• No pedestrian access to Banashankari temple and proposed Metro station nearby • No separate parking for autos and taxis • Demand assessment for parking space was not done
Jayanagar TTMC Cost: `12.9 crore Adjacent to Eidgha Masjid, Jayanagar 4th block -Site area: 3700 sq m -Trips per day: 2808 -3-storeyed building with bus stand in ground floor -Commercial space in first and second floor -Parking in terrace for 50 twowheelers and 60 cars
Problems • Site is odd shaped, underprovisoned for number of buses • Two of five platforms are very small. Airport passengers are allotted the widest platform space though they are less in number compared to regular passengers. • One lane of the adjacent 30th cross road is used as bus bay during peak hours. The footpath of this road is used as passenger platform • Street parking near entrance at 30th cross road restricts movement for buses • Lack of pedestrian markings and barricades around TTMC is causing pedestrian-vehicle conflicts
Jayanagar TTMC. File Pic: Uma Swamy.
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Population of the elderly is set to increase by 17% by 2025. What are the best ways to address their health issues? One who always serves and respects elderly is blessed with four things : Long Life, Wisdom, Fame and Power” Manusmriti Chapter 2:121 Advances in healthcare means that individuals live longer. The rising percentage of elderly population, however has its own challenges. Elderly population is projected to rise from 8% to 25% by 2025. Amongst those older than 60 years, 10% are bedridden and 10% are hospitalised at any given time. Whereas among those above 70, more than 50% suffer from one or more chronic conditions. (Source: Ingle & Nath, Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Oct 2008) 60th National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Round reports that in urban areas 77 out every 1000 elderly are bed ridden and have impaired mobility. This number
rises to 84 in rural areas. The common ailments includes obesity and lifestyle diseases, infections, cancers, heart diseases, impaired hearing, impaired vision, dementia, Alzheimer’s and so on. The elderly, if staying alone, face many challenges when it comes to health care. They need someone to escort them to medical facility. Repeated visits, waiting time for reviews , diagnostics, dressings and injections become more difficult. Risk of cross infection with drug resistant organisms while visiting hospitals, may have fatal outcomes. Professional health care at home could be an answer to this. Home healthcare is also solution for working professionals with very little time for travel to hospitals and waiting. Krishna Prasad Nadig, CEO, Plus at Home Lifecare, Bangalore, explains that they have been providing nursing care to more than 15000 patients at their homes, large
number of them being elderly receiving post surgery care. Wound management, care of bed ridden, assisting in activities of daily living, injections and medications, and prevention and management of bed sores are done. They also have an innovative concept of virtual rounds by treating doctors, who provide support using video over 3G phone, and get feedback from nurses, who also administer treatment to the patient inside their homes. They even help new mothers with lactation counselling, breast feeding techniques, baby bath, burping, dos & don’ts. These nurses don role of mothers and mothers-in-law. ⊕ Col (Retd.) Dr Mukul Saxena
has over 30 years of cross-functional expertise in healthcare, both in the public and private sectors. email: mukul@ citizenmatters.in Disclosure: The author is Chief Operating Officer at Plus at Home, Bangalore.
JPNCA elects new team JP Nagar Citizens’ Association (JPNCA)has a new set of office bearers. The 15 members were elected during a general body meeting on 26th and 27th June. JPNCA has one thousand members from six phases of JP Nagar.
planning health camps in each of the three Government schools in JP Nagar. Rama Rao, one of the founding members of JPNCA recalls its beginnings. JPNCA was started in Pic: Yogaraj Mudalgi. 1978 when JP Nagar
The new President M A Chowdappa succeeds Dr D B Meundi, a twotime President. Chowdappa, 71, a former advisor in the Ministry New Office Bearers of Telecom has M A Chowdappa – President Ravi Shankar P V – Vice- President been living in Chakrapani Rao - Vice President JP Nagar for the Desai Rama Rao – Secretary Gopal Padmanabhan – Joint Secretary past 10 years.
Anantha Murthy D R – Joint Secretary
C h o w d a p p a V Iyengar S K - Treasurer says they are
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was but a forest on the outskirts of Bangalore. “There were hardly a dozen houses,” says Rao. The association was then known as Sarakki (RWA). ⊕
The racks at Lalbagh. Pic courtesy: RAC-F.
Cycling evangelists make some progress Cyclists no longer have to scramble
for parking space when they visit Lalbagh through the South Gate. On Sunday, 10th July, a bicycle stand was opened to the public by Suresh Kumar, Minister for Urban Development. Speaking at the inauguration, Suresh Kumar, a supporter of bicycle commuting, said that there was a need for a clean and green way of commuting and that cycling could go a long way in making Bangalore greener and pollution-free. He added that he would make provisions to create cycling infrastructure at bus and metro stations so that commuters can make effective use of public transport. Suresh Kumar, General Manager, Bharathi Cement Group, that sponsored the bicycle racks said that the parking stand was one of the many to come up in Jayanagar. He said that Bharathi Cement in collaboration with BBMP would install more stands. They have plans to install similar stands near educational institutions, libraries, shopping complexes, parks and other prominent public spaces.
Namma Cycle in Bangalore University RAC-F has also initiated ‘Namma Cycle’, an experimental public bicycle sharing project soon to be launched in Bangalore University (BU). The initiative aims to promote use of bicycles within its Jnanabharathi campus. The campus will have seven to eight bicycle stations situated at several key locations, such as the Library, canteen and administrative offices.
The Lalbagh cycle rack installation was organised by Ride-A-Cycle Foundation (RAC-F), a city-based NGO that encourages use of bicycles for commuting.
“Cyclists who frequented Lalbagh had always felt the need for a stand and RAC-F pursued the idea with the BBMP and also approached sponsors for the stand,” says Murali H R, Associate and Design Consultant Murali H R. File Pic: Meera K. for RAC-F
RAC-F spoke to over 200 people including staff and students of BU and found that 75% of the people currently walk to commute within the university and only 4% use a bicycle.
Design for the stations from Bang Design. Pic courtesy: RAC-F.
The library is the most frequented destination. 55% of people regularly visit the Library. 85% of the people said that they would use the bicycle sharing service if implemented. A registered user can rent out a bicycle from any one of the stations and use it to commute around the campus. They can be dropped off at any one of the stations. The bicycles will be rented out at an average of Rs 3 per hour. The stations have been designed by Bang Design, a Bangalore based design consultancy. The project has already got a tentative green light from BU ViceChancellor, Professor N Prabhu Dev. ⊕
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Venu, Veena, Violin: Grand Instrumental Ensemble M.R. Shashi Kanth: Veena, Charulatha Ramanujam: Violin, A.P. Sarvotham: Flute, C. Cheluvaraju: Mrudanga, B.N. Chandramouli: Khanjari, Dayananda Mohite: Ghata, S.V. Giridhar: Morsing Sat 23 Jul, 5.30 pm, Shree Ramana Maharshi Academy for the Blind, 3rd cross, 3rd phase J.P. Nagar. Near Ragigudda.
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theatre Rangashankara Plays Children’s Storytelling programme – The Little Cloud 16 Sat & 17 Sun: 3:30 PM – Kapila Venu, India – Koodiyattam (10 years and above), 5:30 PM – Vayu Naidu, UK (6 to 12 years), 6:30 PM – Padmavati Rao, India (6 to 10 years), 7:30 PM – Stefo Nantsou, Australia (5 years and above) 19 Tue , 20 Wed SIC (E) 21 Thu Mayamruga (K) 22 Fri , 23 Sat Good Hands / Godspeed (E) 24 Sun Taramandal(E/H)(also at 3.30 pm) 26 Tue Saayo Aata (K) 27 Wed Tadroopi (K) 28 Thu Heegondu Prema Prasanga (K) 29 Fri Mysooru Mallige (K)
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Sahitya Namge Yeke Beku Samvaada Trust July month Program 17 Jul 10am, Jagadeesha Vignyana Kendra, National College, Jayanagar Dignity Dialogue “Why grandparents can be a boon rather than a bane in families” 10 am, Sunday 17 Jul Manandi Samskruti Sadana 9th Main Opp 42 cross, Jayanagar 5th block. (near BSNL Tel Exchange Road) Bangalore International Centre Events “India and Nepal - Uneasy Friends?” by Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secy. 6 pm, Monday, 18th July, 2011.Ph: 98865 99675. Book Launch of “An Economist’s Miscellany” By Prof. Kaushik Basu , Chief Economic Advisor. Ministry of Finance. Moderated by Gopalkrishna Gandhi. 6 pm Wed, 20 July TERI Complex 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage
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Contest: Name a Meenmaach Taranauts is an 8-part fantasy-adventure series for children. The fifth one is due to be launched in September 2011. There is a contest associated with the new book. Children are encouraged to create words in ‘Taratongue,’ the language the Taranauts speak in their fictional home universe of Mithya. Contest rules: Your name for the meenmaach should be short, not more than 12 letters; Should be created from a combination of words from two Indian languages, or from an Indian language and English. It should describe the meenmaach, and send shivers down your spine when you hear it! Prize: Winner’s name will go into Book 5 as the earth’s Most Mastastic Meenmaach Namer! Ten other entries we love will also feature in the book, along with the names of those who thought them up. Contest closes Jul 30, 2011 See www.taranauts.com for more details.
The author Roopa Pai, a third generation Bangalorean is one of the duo that conceptualised ‘Bangalore Walks.’ She has been awarded by Children Book Trust for science writing and the Marriott award in the travel genre.
Reversing Diabetes - A life saving seminar
Dr. Nandita Shah, offer spractical solutions to reversing diabetes and taking charge of one’s health through proper food choices. The programme is based on breakthrough research led by Neal D. Barnard, MD, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, showing that people with type 2 diabetes can improve dramatically. In some cases, you would never know that they had ever had diabetes. The key is to make simple, but powerful changes to your daily diet. This programme will give you all the tools you need to get started. Rs 2,250 (Special rates for couples, families, groups). The programme includes 3 vegan meals and course materials. Advance registration is required. Ph: 2844 1173 (OR) 944 985 3834 23 Jul, 9.15 am - 5.30 pm, Bhoomi Centre, Prakriya School Campus, No. 70, Chikkanayakanahalli Road, Off Doddakaneli, Sarjapura Road
Soulful, insightful cinema Bettada Jeeva lacks sensationalism and bawdy entertainment like most films of today. But it is an insightful movie, inspiring the mind. In a world dominated by crass commercialism, mindless madness and sterility, cinema with a soul is a rarity. Directed by P Sheshadri, Bettada Jeeva is based on Dr Shivaram Karanth’s novel of the same name. It has also won the national award for the best environmental film. It tells the story of a freedom fighter on the run from the law, who takes shelter in the home of an aged landlord and his wife, both unaware of his identity. Through this situation, the film explores the relationship that develops between the young
man and the elderly couple, still mourning the loss of their son who left home to participate in the freedom struggle.
The individual story is placed against the larger canvas of the life, tradition and landscape of the people of the Western Ghats. It has special contemporary relevance as the Karnataka government continues to oppose UNESCO’s intention to name this endangered area a world heritage centre. This film is not playing in the theatres now and I hope it is released on DVD soon.
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Weekend getaway, Shivanasamudra
Day trip to Bluff 160 kilometres from Bengaluru, Bluff or Shivanasamudra is an ideal getaway. Roaring water falls, lush greenery and serenity is what you sign up for.
Shivanasamudra is a beautiful place near Malavalli, Mandya. River Cauvery splits in to two branches, Gaganchukki and Bharachukki; The best time to visit Shivaeach branch nasamudra is from June- Feb. cascades down The journey from Bangalore to the rocky cliffs as Shivanasamudra takes about 3-4 hours. a waterfall.
One tip: Please do not attempt
Gaganachukki to dive, the river bed is full of is 106.6m tall rocks. Also beware of monkeys and it has the here who are Asiaâ€™s oldest h y d r o - e l e c t r i c always ready power station to pounce on (set up in 1902) your bags. located near the waterfall. The power generated here was used to supply electricity to Kolar gold mines, Mysore and Bangalore. During monsoon the waters are in full volume and though luring it is not advisable to swim here. Bharachukki is about 13 kilometres from Gaganchukki. This waterfall is calmer and a more happening place compared to Gaganachukki. The best part about this waterfall is that you can trek down the hills, catch a glimpse of the splendid waterfalls and hire a coracle too to take a closer look at the waterfalls.
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This is a part which you must not miss the coracle can take you very near the waterfalls making you come alive to the torrent of water gushing beside you. We started early at around 7 in the morning. We had our breakfast in Channapatna and then we set out towards Maddur. The road was bad after we turned left at Maddur, a sleepy little village with its lush green paddy fields and sugarcane fields. At 11 we reached Gaganachukki and spent about 30-40 minutes here. After taking a pack of deliciously looking raw mangoes and gooseberries here we set out to Bharachukki. As the rocks were slippery, we did not attempt any kind of trekking activity at Bharachukki waterfalls.
The Bluff at Shivanasamudra. Pic: Usha Hariprasad.