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Coffee & More @ Wonderland Wonderland is a unique theme-based coffee pub which is hip, hot and happening. Immerse yourself in the warm coffees, many teas or chill down with their iced specialties. The list is endless from short eats, pastries, dessert to smoothies. Wonderland, 139 AC, Shanthi Colony Main Road, Anna Nagar. Contact: 42170629, 9944008080

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On till January 24, 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm Sheraton Park’s Residency will present the evolved cuisine of the Nawabs of Awadh, ‘Awadhi Dastarkhwan’. Chef Mohd Shareef, Master Chef of Dum Pukht, will be the artisan who will bring alive the magic and memories of the royal cuisine from the era of the Nawabs. Dinner only, price: Rs.1100 + taxes

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Sheraton Park, 132, T T K Road, Alwarpet. Contact: 24997101

Do you want to own an original piece of art work? Start by visiting the art galleries in the city and understanding more about art, before you start investing.

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Watch Your Style @ Fastrack Fastrack offers its most stylish watches and sunglasses on a sale of up to 40% off. This is valid on all Fastrack sunglasses and over 100 models of watches. It sure is time to move on.

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Oye, It’s Punjabi @ The Residency Towers

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Versatile ‘n’ Vivacious As this month draws to a close, we catch up with Kaveri Lalchand who carved her own success story and rocketed her way through namma Chennai circuits. he is one of the most popular multi-faceted women in Chennai. From theatre to publishing, not to forget setting up the famous Madras Terrace House, Kaveri Lalchand has indeed carved a niche for herself in society. Her publishing house was recently invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Back with great memories and loaded with plans for the terrace house, Kaveri shares her success story with us. The Wonder Years I am from Chennai – born here and I love this city –you can make anything happen here – but Chennai being as laid back as it is, takes a bit of an effort to stir things up and get people excited. I am one of those easily excitable people and as I usually say – I am someone who gets “highly kicked” about a lot of things! So I try and do as much as I can. I did my schooling till the 10th grade here and then suddenly thought I needed a change of scenery, and hence went off to Himachal Pradesh where I completed my last two years of schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. I came back here for college, then left again for New York before coming back here to join the family business. I was able to juggle my time between the business and my love of the theatre that I did after work. The Making of The Madras Terrace House The Madras Terrace House as a space I would say just simply evolved on its own. The house and the layout helped the space to be created by itself. It lended itself to art exhibitions, book launches, poetry readings, film screenings, music concerts,

solo theatre performances, a space for meetings and exchange of ideas. Shopping at MTH It’s like a little treasure chest waiting for you to dig deep and explore. Unique, funky products and clothes that you will not find anywhere else, like the range of the ‘Chennai chattai’, or the hand painted “truck art” boxes. The clothes are comfortable, well-made and can be customised to your fit. There is a range of organic, eco-friendly clothing that is not available anywhere else in Chennai. The Making of Blaft Publications I am a director of Blaft Publications, along with my friend Rakesh Khanna and the whole idea of a publishing company evolved from one book – The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction - which was borne out of Rakesh’s curiosity about the Tamil books that are sold in the tea shops and railway stations. We do not have any fixed role in the company – since it is just the two of us, so we do everything – from editing, to running to printers, to packing books and organising book tours. Blaft @ The Frankfurt Book Fair We went to the Frankfurt book fair on an ‘Invitation Programme’ that included free plane tickets, hotel accomodation, a chance to attend seminars and training programmes and were given a little stall at the fair to exhibit our books. For us, a new publishing house, it was a great opportunity to be there. We got a lot of exposure, we met some wonderful people and saw some great books and learnt a lot.

The Tea Kadai @ MTH It’s the ‘Tea Kadai’ and yes - there is a very select crowd that comes in to enjoy the masala chai and Bablu’s piping hot samosas (that are becoming world famous). New Year @ MTH and Blaft This year, MTH will see a lot of changes and additions in terms of the store and the events that happen there. We have a lot of interesting things planned - so watch out! Blaft has a busy year up ahead with many new releases, book tours, book fairs and literary fests!

- Fortune’s Ransom by Surender Mohan Pathak - Kumari Loves a Monster Art by Shyam, concept and text by Rashmi Ruth Devadasan - A Collection of Short Stories (as yet untitled) by Ki. Rajanarayanan. Translated from Tamil by Pritham K. Chakravarthy - Shivani Arora On Sale Express wishes this multi-talented lady a happy new year and much greater success in her future endeavours.

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The books that will be released in 2010 are : - The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol. II selected and translated by Pritham K. Chakravarthy edited by Rakesh Khanna - Doctor Dread by Ibne Safi translated from the Urdu by S.R.Faruqi - Daylight Robbery by Surender Mohan Pathak Kaveri Lalchand

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Bored of designer boutiques? Get the real feel of the city as we take you shopping through the buzzing Pantheon Road.

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fter a lot of fun, sweets, festivals and shopping, I am pretty sure, the fire is not put off in most of you. If you see your shopping bag staring at you, then you should just pick it up and head to the cotton route of Chennai – the Pantheon Road. Chennai was never the streetshopping haven, at least not as much as the other metros (Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata). But I should say the two most famous and legendary markets, Pondy Bazaar and Pantheon Road Cotton Street have it all for the Chennai-ites. With mall culture reaching the top and most malls reaching the ‘sky’, a lot of us still like walking on the roads, occasionally to pick up some of our favourite stuff at a much favourable price. You can be sure to be treated to some brilliant colours and patterns and also some pocket-friendly prices at Pantheon Road, 1st Street, Egmore, Chennai. This street has been selling exclusive dress materials for some decades now and today it can be regarded as one of Chennai’s mustvisit zones. With bold and bright colours, unique patterns, creative combinations, all in cotton, this route has something special in store for every person who walks through it. With bright pinks, reds, yellows, purples and greens, a lot of Chennai’s street style comes off this

sandwiches, ice creams, peanuts and spicy chaats on your way to this place and enjoy it, as you plan what you want to grab out of the lot. A rather remarkable idea for spending a lazy, languishing evening, you are sure to get excited and pepped up once you feel the air of this actionpacked street. The hawkers admit with pride that they cater to a wide cross-section of crowds - from people of Chennai to Indian and foreign tourists as well; basically anyone who wishes to satisfy their fetish for clothes.

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stretch. And what better than having to choose from over 50 vendors who have their very own dashing shades and patterns. The costs of these fabrics are priced anywhere between Rs. 40 and Rs. 240 per meter and are absolutely negotiable. The hawkers certainly quote a hiked price, so you could bargain

as much as you can, to get your little discounts; that is perhaps the very charm of street shopping. The most ideal time to visit this place is around 3 pm or 4 pm in the evening (it however opens by 2 pm itself). Pick up some typical Egmore snacks,

Shopper's Talk We got talking to some Chennaiites on why Pantheon Road works for them, and here’s what they said: “I re-located to Chennai three years back and since then I have been shopping in Pantheon Road. This street is worth it, not only because it is less expensive and has more variety but also because the value for money is very high. They have it all kalamkari prints, cute tops, shorts, tie and dye and many other fabrics.” – Divya Menon, Student, MOP Vaishnav College for Women “I am a teacher by profession, so most of my wardrobe is filled with saris, but a few of my favourite salwars are from this place. I simply love this street for shopping because I have a liking for the bold colours and big prints and this street has many such designs. This has been my favourite shopping spot for quite a number of years now.” – Pramila, Teacher, PSBB School “I have been a dancer for a couple of years now. I dance for my college team and I find this place extremely reasonable for materials that we use in our dance shows. We generally buy in bulk from this place because of the quality, price and variety.” – Purnima, Student, Ethiraj College

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Raymonds

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3 Readymade Shirts or 2 Readymade Pants @ Rs.999/-

No: 92, Pondy Bazaar, T. Nagar, Ch -17. Ph - 28152865

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JAN 22 - JAN 28, 2010

Gizmo Planet around the world

We have some really interesting gizmo news from across the world. Read on!

Bit by the Social Bug? Now your mobile gets more social. Xperia X10 comes equipped with a touch screen that provides fast access to social media sites with a user-friendly interface. There are two social media applications that will come with the Xperia X10 - Mediascape and Timescape. Timescape, specifically, was designed with sites like Twitter and Facebook in mind. You should also be able to access their text messages, emails, and photos quickly without having to open many windows at the same time. Mediascape is perfect for the entertainment-starved youngsters. With Mediascape, the user is given easy access to music, videos and sites like YouTube. The Android OS powers the Xperia X10. The phone also comes equipped with a built-in GPS system and location-based services like Google Maps and Wisepilot. It also impresses with an 8.1-megapixel camera with a LED flash.

Xperia X10

Be with the Flo! The FLO TV Personal Television is a hand-held digital television that was designed for those who want a bite of the small screen anywhere and everywhere. The FLO TV Personal Television has a 3.5-inch screen with 320 by 240 pixels. The device offers ten channels which include NBC, Nickelodeon, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNBC, Comedy Central, CBS, Adult Swim and they plan to add more in future. FLO TV claims that the personal television should offer up to five hours of battery life, so if you are in love with the idiot box, just grab it along. The model FLO TV PTV 350 is available in US for $249. (approx. Rs. 12,500)

FLO TV

Power in your Pocket! The much awaited storage device from Imation, the Pro WX Wireless USB hard drive is finally available in the USA. It’s claimed to be the world’s first Wireless USB external hard drive! The USB hard drive offers a whooping 1.5TB of storage capacity. It renders a perfect blend of speed, capacity and security in a compact 3.5-inch form factor. The storage device is compatible with both PC and Mac. With data transfer rate of up to 15MBs/second, the Imation Pro WX can backup a standard CD within 50 seconds as well as store up to 300,000 photos or 750 hours of video. The Imation Pro WX wireless USB hard drive can be purchased in the USA for an MRP of $449.99 (approx. Rs. 20,966).

Imation Pro WX Wireless USB Hard Drive

Safe in thy Arms Ford has just introduced the auto industry’s first inflatable seat belts. These are designed for rear-seat occupants only (we do have air-bags in the front, don’t we?) and, in the event of a frontal or side impact, it will inflate the belt across a passenger’s chest in 40 milliseconds. When expanded, the belt covers five times more surface area of the body than a normal seat belt, which helps distribute the forces of a crash. Their belt system uses cold compressed gas to inflate the bags, unlike others that rely on a heat-generating chemical reaction. They also inflate slower and to a lower pressure than a traditional airbag, mainly because they don’t have to cover the distance between the passenger and an object (steering wheel, dash).

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Poetry in a Palett

‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ and it is so true when it comes

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he city seems to be producing a new breed of art connoisseurs, who are well-informed to fill their homes with paintings or sculptures that will double up as an investment and smart enough to buy when the time is right. Here’s a look at contemporary trends in the fine art market in the city, post--global economic slowdown. Collecting art pieces is no more a privilege of a select few. With art galleries trying to woo in new customers and fire up the fine art scene in the city, more people are walking into art galleries and spending tidy sums on artwork that strikes their fancy and also on pieces that turn out to be an investment. “The past decade has seen a piqued interest in art; more people in the city are interested in buying art. The fine art scene in Chennai is still slow, but there definitely is an increase in the number of collectors in the city over the past few years,” quips Sarala Banerjee, Director of ArtWorld. Buying art is no more reserved for merely the rare art collector or interior decorator. ‘‘Earlier, interior decorators favoured only prints and commercial art-

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work ,such as landscapes and people. But today even that is changing. There is an interest from that sector towards contemporary artwork also, because it complements mod angular lines in decor. But interior decorators contribute to a very minimal percentage in the fine art market; they usually buy expensive fine art only if requested by a client. Nowadays, people are willing to pick paintings or sculptures they find aesthetically appealing,’’ explains Ashvin Rajagopalan of Ashvita Gallery & Café. The Best Price The global economic slowdown last year has had its effect on the national and international fine art market. The natural tendency during such times is to put a tight leash on spending, and think twice before splurging on a painting or a sculpture that will surely invite fascinated gazes from party guests, or make a valuable collector’s item. “The fine art market in Chennai has always been a bit slow, and did face a downturn with the global economic slowdown. Things are looking up now, although prices of

artwork have taken a dip. People are now looking for a middle path - valuable and aesthetic art work that will not empty their pockets,” says Ashvin. This obviously does not signify good tidings for a lot of artists, who have in turn had to reduce the prices of their work. ‘The city has never really been particularly kind to artists who have made a full-time profession of their passion for painting or sculpting. A lot of them, especially younger artists, hold down an alternative job. In other metros in India, there are full-time artists, and art exhibitions are met with greater response. Here, the fine art market is still very nascent. People here have always been appreciative of aesthetic art, but are just beginning to be more informed and have the opportunity to view more art; today, people are walking in and buying artwork they like, and even specifically request for a particular artist’s work,’ says Chitra Raghulan, Owner of Studio Palazzo.

The Rise of Contemporary Indian Artwork The global economic slowdown has interestingly brought better tidings for contemporary Indian artists. ‘Today, 70 – 80% of fine art sold at high-end auction houses across the globe, like Christies or Sothebys hold signatures of contemporary Indian artists. Their work has become popular in international circuits too. Since it has become harder to sell artwork with chunky price tags, Indian artists sell their work at a comparatively less price and people are more willing to shell out a not-so-exorbitant price for these aesthetic pieces,’ explains Palaniappan Ramanathan, Owner, The Faraway Tree Gallery. - Krithika Sukumar


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s to appreciating art! FBI (For Beginner’s Information) How often have you seen a piece of art and wondered, ‘so, what does that mean?’ Well, you are not alone, it is often very difficult to connect to what the artist says or perceives. Perhaps, when we look at the various art movements that helped in shaping art as we see it today, it may give us a better insight. So, here we go. Initially, paintings were just like photographs meant to capture an event or a portrait. Slowly, it evolved into a form that has more meaning than what meets the eye.

Impressionism This was the first time, paintings moved from their job of just framing a moment or a person. Impressionists played with light and tried to capture the transit of time in their frame. They captured movements as if the subject was unaware of their presence, much like how candid photographs are taken today.

Fauvism Fauvism comes from the French word, ‘wild beasts’. Primarily, fauvists went bold with their colour themes and they portrayed landscapes in a distorted fashion. Their paintings were a riot of colour that stressed less on form.

Cubism This style was hugely popularised by none other than Picasso himself. In cubism, the artist first perceives the object in more than one dimension. Then, he simplifies them into cylinders, spheres and cones. Soon, synthetic cubism saw the introduction of different textures to bring out the message.

Expressionism Expressionism got rid of the physical form and sought to connect with the emotions that lie beneath. It was basically poetry in art wherein the artist unleashes his feelings. Van Gogh was a famous artist of this genre who vividly translated his emotions on the canvas. His ‘Starry Night’ takes us through the deep blue sky and beyond.

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s you step off the busy Sterling Road at Nungambakkam into the sprawling bungalow that houses Rasvihar, you would have already bade goodbye to all the noise and humdrum of the city life. The vast halls are lined with pretty paintings and old world artifacts. There are cushy couches and the few shelves that line the wall twinkle away catching the natural daylight that falls in through the lush greenery around. You will be greeted in with the utmost courtesy by women in neatly draped saris. You find yourself wondering if you are at a store or the VIP lounge of a luxury resort! Just as you get used to the surroundings you will remind yourself what your purpose at Rasvihar is- to shop for jewellery. Ahalya, the co-founder of Rasvihar personally designs fine pure gold and silver jewellery drawing inspiration from both

conventional and unconventional muses such as the flora and fauna, geometry, shells and even laces. She is one of the few jewellery designers in India to fuse the art and science of jewellery making together, while reviving the high art of handcrafting jewellery. Ahalya believes that while machine-made jewellery can provide perfection, it lacks the persona of a jewel piece that is painstakingly crafted by a goldsmith who puts in a bit of his own spirit into it. True, how many times have we seen our grandmother’s jewellery take our breath away and trigger the desire to own it, while the so called mass produced antique jewellery miserably fail to make an impression.

One can find here varied ranges on jewellery starting with those quaint little nose pins to grand necklaces, that are only grand due to the subtle sophistication and not because they want to be loud. Rasvihar has till date launched many jewellery lines that one can find in the store. The ‘Geo Collection’ is inspired by geometry and perfect architecture. This line blends in the solid gold cubes and spheres to create artistic versions of age old jewellery designs. It strikes that perfect balance between the dazzling diamonds and the yellow gleam of the gold. The two elements of this line - gold and diamond - twinkle together in harmony without overshadowing each other. The ‘Lace Collection’ is fashioned after the mysterious fabric that hides and reveals in sensuous ways. The jewellery looks like golden lace that is woven by some ethereal hand. There is no resisting the pieces of this collection. Another element of Rasvihar is the attention to singular pieces like earrings. A well designed pair of earrings is all the accessory that a woman needs to complete her look. One can find everyday earrings designed after flowers and mango motifs. These humble earrings bowl you over with their simplicity and affordability too. Price of a pair of earrings starts at as low as Rs.8000. In the other side of the

While at Rasvihar, you will not miss out on sari shopping as well! The same bungalow also houses Sarangi, on the first floor. This store houses beautifully designed pure silk saris that come from the handlooms of the silk city of India. Fine jewellery and traditional silks from kanchipuram, a combination that can never go wrong, right?

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spectrum comes in the stunningly crafted jhumkas. These danglers are showstoppers. They incorporate massive design detailing along with a combination of gold, silver and priceless precious stones like rubies, emeralds and yellow sapphires. Get ready to be blown away by them.

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Of all the places in Chennai, one can find the true meaning of the words ‘aesthetic’ and ‘exquisite’ through fine handcrafted jewellery at Rasvihar.

Rasvihar has recently added another dimension to its store - Babyrasa - a new wing dedicated to toddler and their jewellery needs. The child friendly jewellery in Babyrasa are nickel free and hypo-allergenic for the sensitive skin on children. The design and jewellery style toes the line with Rasvihar. The jewellery for children is beautiful, comfortable and easy to wear. The range comprises chains, earrings, waist chains, kurta buttons for boys, pendants and anklets. The prices start at around Rs.2000. - Swetha Venkataramani

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Latte or Goli Soda? Zha café – It’s not just the name that’s different! ou thought Chennai has enough cafes already. Well, think again! This one proves to be way different from your ‘cool’ coffee pubs. For one, it caters to more than just the college crowd. Its cosy ambience and fusion menu ensures that the elders aren’t left out. It’s a place where you can probably party with your family! A few days back, we saw this invite for a trial run put by a ‘Zha Café’ The Chettinadu décor looked interesting enough to tempt us for a test drive. As we stepped in, the décor was fascinating enough for us to forget our hunger momentarily. It is a traditional building that has been aesthetically modified to suit their different themes. The first room has ‘traditional games’ as its décor theme, with a big ‘ (snakes and ladders) running across it. If you aren’t a fan, they have other interesting artefacts put up for sale, which includes a small ‘rattinam’ (merry-go-round). Next, we move on to a room designed like a Kerala boat. It looks very com fy though bigger guys may

find it difficult to fit in. The room opposite is designed like a pal ace complete with diwans et al. Our fa vourite was of

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leads us to the next room which was designed like a film set, with chairs named after a heroine, villain other actors. They have a collection of old VCDs and audio cassettes which can be played on that ancient TV of theirs. Interesting! The last room was swanky, complete with a LCD display. The manager said they were planning to rent this space for friends to see movies or even to have presentations (that’s a fantastic idea!). They also have added a small garden sit out, incase, you like it better with the breeze. And yes, they are wi-fi enabled, if you are looking at a place to sit and ideate, this should work out. Did we forget something? Oh, yes, the food!

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If the ambience excites you, the menu promises more surprises. You have the café regulars like iced tea, brownies and other all-time favourites, but then they have a tangy tasty twist. They also serve goli sodas ( Eena, Meena, Teeka) and tea kadai vadas and sundal. While my friend settled for a regular chilly cheese sandwich, I ventured for a cup of sundal and rose milk. The sundal was steamy and nice and then we went splurging on the vadas, brownies, samosas, iced teas and more. Their iced teas were on a par with the best in the city and the best of the package was the adirasam that came sandwiched with slices of banana. The pricing was mostly moderate, but don’t expect the same tea kadai price for those mittais though. If the ambience and the food don’t tempt you, they also have an interesting section of books ranging from Tamil classics like ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ to books on traditional Indian recipes. If you are looking for a quiet place to hangout, read and relish, Zha does fit into the scheme of things. The café was launched around Pongal, so get the taste of this quiet retreat before the crowd catches on. - Catherine Gilon

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Nutrition Facts on Food Labels Most packaged foods are required by law to carry a nutrition label to help consumers make a healthy choice.

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ll packaged food products sold at supermarkets and grocery shops carry a label giving details of the name of the product, name and address of the manufacturer, net contents in terms of weight, measure or count, a list of ingredients used, best before date and nutrition facts. Barring a few discriminating consumers who are strict about the calorie count, most buyers have neither interest in such labels, nor care to check the particulars given. Labelling is meant to help the consumer make a healthy food choice by comparing products from different suppliers. Each package must also specify the quantities of nutrients such as total fat, cholesterol, sodium and food constituents for one serving. Nutrients like potassium and Vitamin K need not be listed. Consumers can compare products based on the calories and fat if they are concerned about their weight. Similarly, one can look into details about total fat, the amount of transfat and even the cholesterol and sodium contents. Diabetics should pay attention to the amount of carbohydrates, sugar as well as fibre content. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules want all packaged food items, including fruits, vegetables and poultry, to carry the complete nutritional information. Food labelling is compulsory in the European Union. But in India, food labelling standards are not strictly adhered to and the manufacturer stops with providing limited information about the product quality, safety and food value. The following excerpts from an article on food labelling in Consumer’s Digest of CAI provide valuable information to readers. The printed label on a packed commodity

is one of the most valuable tools consumers have. A detailed reading of the food label can help him/her to choose the best value not only for the money spent , but also for their health. But, consumers often compare prices of food items at the grocery store to choose the best value for their money. All other information available on a label is not read. The food label gives information about a product besides the batch number, best before date and storage instructions. INDIAN DEFINITIONS Government regulations require nutrition information to appear on most foods, and any claims on food products must be truthful and not misleading. In addition, low sodium, reduced fat and high fibre products must meet strict government definitions. A consumer who wants to reduce sodium intake can rest assured that a product claiming to be low in sodium or reduced sodium has met these definitions. Just look at the label to compare the claims of different products with similar serving sizes. Most nutrients listed on the label must declare the “percent Daily Value” (%DV) to give the consumer an idea about the percentage of the recommended daily intake in a serving of that product so that he can plan a balanced diet. The %DV allows one to see at a glance if a product has a high or low amount of a nutrient. The rule of thumb is 20% DV or more is high and 5% DV or less is low. Health experts recommend taking an intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol as low as possible because these nutrients may increase the risk of heart disease. This is where the %DV on the Nutrition Facts Label can be helpful. There is no %DV for trans fat, but one can use the label to find out whether the saturated fat and cholesterol are high

or low. When comparing products, look at the total amount of ‘Saturated Fat’ and ‘Trans Fat’ to find the one lowest amongst both of them. The terms ‘natural’, ‘healthy’ and ‘organic’ often causes confusion. Consumers seem to think that ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ imply ‘healthy,’. But these terms have different meanings from a regulatory point of view. According to the US FDA policy, ‘natural’ means the product does not contain synthetic or artificial ingredients. ‘Healthy’ means the product must meet certain criterias that limit the amounts of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and require specific minimum amounts of vitamins, minerals, or other beneficial nutrients. Food labelled ‘organic’ must meet the standards set by law. Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it has been grown or produced. But US FDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. For example, a premium ice cream could be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ and still be high in fat or saturated fat, and so would not meet the criteria for ‘healthy’. Consumers who go to hotels or fast food centres can seek nutritional information about the dishes served. Providing nutrition information is voluntary unless a nutrient content claim or a health claim is made for a menu item or meal. When such claims are made, the restaurant is bound to give customers the appropriate information asked for. This information does not have to be on the menu or on a menu board that is clearly visible to the consumer.

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Kenworth Trucks

School Buses Daimler Trucks is recalling a certain model, year 2008- 2011Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses and FCCC B2 chassis, manufactured from June 1, 2007 to September 28, 2009. Fasteners used to connect the rear suspension spring to the suspension hanger bracket may not have been torqued to specification. Under torqued fasteners may become loose and potentially fall out. Loose or missing fasteners may allow the rear suspension to become misaligned, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and adjust the fasteners as required and damaged fasteners will be replaced. The safety recall is expected to begin in February 2010.

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Baby Food US FDA notified healthcare professionals that Nurture, Inc. is recalling selected varieties of HappyTot Stage 4 and HappyBaby Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouch meals with date codes expiring between November 2010 and January 2011 due to a packaging defect that could cause a possible bacterial contamination. The meals are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps.

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product recalls

Kenworth is recalling about 3000, Model Year 2010, trucks manufactured between July and October 2009 as the fasteners attaching the steering gear to the front drive bracket may have received insufficient torque during the installation process resulting in less than required clamp load. The insufficient clamp load may allow the fasteners to become loose. The vehicle steering may wander and would result in a crash.


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Drive in the Theatre The new generation of ‘in-car’ entertainment systems re-create your living room experience with comfort & style.

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ntertainment – what most of us need to keep our blood cells from bursting before an exciting day or after a calamitous one. But where to find time in our busy schedule (even if you are just making it look like one) to get the much needed relaxation? Just plug it on your way from home to office, of course. And this is where ‘in-car’ entertainment set-up comes in to play (literally!), to soothe and rejuvenate our mind and body. CD/DVD players with USB, iPod and Bluetooth support have become the basics of car audio systems. Add to it, the sub-woofers and amplifiers that are sure to rock, if not the sky at least the roads for sure. Adding zing to the style are the video systems which not only provide visuals but also make your day more colourful. Car video systems complete your in-car entertainment. So, to keep you loaded, here are some of the systems you can choose from, for that complete entertainment experience. Pioneer AVH-P4150DVD True to its name, Pioneer has proved to be a front-runner in the league of car audio and video accessories. Once again the company has showed its competence with the P4150 system. The 7” QVGA wide TFT allows touch slide operation that is clear and user-friendly. The system plays DIVX, MP3, WMA, AAC files with élan. Front USB terminal that supports USB memory device or other USB compatible gear is simple and fast. You can also pour in the music and visuals from your audio and AV system via the AUX-in mini jack built into the head units. And you can make your iPods, MP3/MP4 players, digital cameras and more to bend to your will with your in-car setup. With the Advanced Sound Retriever technology, boost your audio up to 20KHz frequencies. Deal?

Kenwood DDX8034BT

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Kenwood has partnered with India’s leading car manufacturers and that shows its value. With their latest in-car entertainment systems they have solidified their position. And leading the show is the DDX8034BT. Visual quality of the 7” wide VGA screen is topnotch. Experience Dolby digital and DTS with 5.1 channel surround processor. Built-in USB port, SD card slot and disk drive plays every file ranging from DIVX, MP3, WMA, WAV to files from your iPod or iPhone. Thanks to the Parrot bluetooth unit, hands-free phone operation and wireless music streaming is obtainable. And the multi-language menu and text makes this Kenwood product a hot buy.

Sony XAV-W1 Coming from a leading electronics manufacturer, the XAV-W1 is up there with lots of expectations. Features such as 7” touchscreen display system playing every popular format of music and videos, iPod ready, 5.1 channel surround sound, karaoke modes make it the regular entertainment system. But, what gives this Sony dude the edge are the factors such as satellite radio support, zone by zone capability and more. Not satisfied? Connect the XAV-W1 system with your rear monitor camera and get the output in the display which makes reverse parking as easy as the front. The quality of the display and the audio setting makes you coveting for more. C MYYKK

Not just roof mounted displays but also sun-roof mounted and head-rest mounted displays are out there for you to flaunt. Imagine how watching Shakira or Mariah Carey dancing in your displays can make your day brighter on the way to your office or out from it. “But I don’t have a video unit in my car.” Buddy you sure are missing the delight. Anyone else?

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Flying on the tracks The train, the owl and the kingfisher

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ave you heard of the 500-series Shinkansen Japanese bullet train running between Tokyo and Hakata? It is said to be one of the fastest trains in the world. So, what does this man-made wonder got to do with nature? Well, it owns atleast a part of its origin to the owl and the kingfisher. It is said that the owl plumage inspired the designers to work on the reduction of air resistance noise whereas the air piercing nose cone design owes it to the kingfisher’s beak. The Bullet Train The Shinkansen also known as the ‘Bullet Train’ is a network of

high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japanese Railways Group companies. They have been renowned the world over for their high speed. Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996 and have even set a world record of 581 km/h (361 mph) for Maglev train sets in 2003. Shinkansen literally means ‘New Trunk Line’ and is also the world’s busiest high-speed rail line. Carrying 151 million passengers a year, it has transported more passengers (over 6 billion) than any other high speed

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line in the world. Though largely a long-distance transport system, the Shinkansen also serves commuters who travel to work in metropolitan areas from outlying cities.

Scientists observed the aerodynamics in it and designed the front part of that train like the beak of our kingfisher bird.

So, that’s about the magnificence of the bullet train. And now here’s how good ol’ owl and kingfisher helped. The kingfishers which are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds have a long dagger-like bill. The bill is usually longer and more compressed in species that hunt fish, and shorter and more broad in species that hunt prey off the ground. The largest and most atypical bill is that of the Shovel-billed Kookaburra. It is used to dig through the forest floor in search of prey.

Owls as such are smart hunters; they have at least two adaptations that help them achieve secrecy. First, the dull colouration of owls’ feathers can render them almost invisible. Second, the serrated edges on the owls muffle its wingbeats, allowing its flight to be practically silent. To explain it further, the owl is blessed with saw-toothed wave feathers which generat small vortexes in the airflow that then breakup the larger vortexes that produce noise. Hence, they make less noise and are unnoticed by their preys. So, that’s how we got less air resistance noise in the bullet trains. Inspiring, isn’t it?

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Color Craze Dear Kids,

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atients will soon breathe in and out, while doctors use MP3 players instead of the traditional stethoscopes to hear their heart beat. Researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada, are testing whether the music player can help doctors record respiratory sounds by pressing their in-built microphones directly to the patient’s chest. The researchers say that the quality, clarity and purity of the sounds were better when using a stethoscope. The heart iPod Stethoscope beats can be recorded, stored, sent to specialists and added to a patient’s file.

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Dora is ready to get back to school after the Pongal holidays to learn and also meet her friends. Colour her uniform and ring the school bell!

The Sound of Life

The team also tested respiratory specialists in training to see if they had more accurate results with lung sounds recorded on an MP3 player. But, they found that the specialists were better at recognizing breath sounds and wheezing using the new device. They are also studying whether the devices could help doctors to listen to heart and bowel sounds as well. The sound of life seems to have gone hi-tech!

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er Tamil career took off with Madhavan in ‘Yavarum Nalam’ and there has been no looking back for bombshell Neetu Chandra. She reappears in a glam avatar this time, in ‘Theeradhu Vilayattu Pillai’ . We catch up with Neetu to find out more about her and what she likes about Chennai. How has your experience with Tamil films been so far? It’s been great! I got to work with people like PC Sreeram in my very first film and then an actor like Madhavan in ‘Yavarum Nalam’. The film did very well in Hindi too, so it was great for me. Working with Vishal in my second film has also been a superb experience. Did you have any problems with being one among the three heroines in this film?

Chennai and you? I love buying jewellery here; the traditional gold kind. I spent nearly Rs.20 lakhs buying gold jewellery for my mom. I shopped at Vummidi Bangaru Chetty and Shree Temple of Gold. So, jewellery is the one thing that comes to mind when I think of Chennai! Last year, you came to Chennai quite often, besides your shooting schedule. Tell us about that. I modelled for the Chennai International Fashion Week for a designer friend of mine. Then, I was at Influence, endorsing the green card for vegetarians recently. So yes, I have been here quite often apart from shooting!

No, not at all. We didn’t have any cat fights! Each role is well defined and mine has shades of grey and takes the story forward in the second half, so, I was game for it.

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Do you want to do more Tamil films? Yes, but the script has to be exciting for me to take it up. I want good performance-oriented roles. What is your take on your hot image? I can easily carry off the clothes I wear and it’s all about the role you play onscreen. I have to do what the script demands. If it’s a beach scene one has to wear a bikini. A lehnga won’t be apt, right? (laughs) Tell us about your career in Hindi? I am looking forward to the release of Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Rann’ with Amitabh Bachchan. I also have ‘No Problem’ with Sanjay Dutt and ‘Apartment’ directed by Jag Mundhra. Totally, I have seven films on hand right now and it feels great!

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The blackberry which I just bought, an electronic pen that closes its nib on its own (oh, yes!) and my iPod.

Hangouts I love in Chennai

Style Statement

Cuisine Addiction

I like small earrings, freaky hairclips and huge stone finger rings. My dream is to buy a ten carat diamond ring someday!

Traditional home food.

Blend and the coffee shop @ Le Meridien.

My Fitness Mantra Yoga and dance.

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