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With the wedding season on, it’s time to go jewellery shopping! Here are a few stores you should call and check out.

A feast is served, after which guests can take a dip in the swimming pool, play outdoor games, take a tour of the farm, visit the dairy or just stroll in the garden. The Sunday brunch is by prior reservation only and is priced at Rs. 500 + taxes per person The Farm #1-277, Semmencherry, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Sholinganallur. Phone: 24500655 / 9176050562

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It’s Christmas Time! Though we don’t have snow in Chennai, we sure do have Christmas trees and loads of Christmas decor. This is the season, bring home a tree, decorate it together as a family and spend a merry and cherry Christmas. For all you know, Santa Claus might just drop by! Raave Christmas Trees & Decor No 18, Opp To DON Bosco School, Casa Major Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600008 Phone: 2819 3715, 28193716, 98407 88494

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Wedded to Success ‘Marriages are made in heaven, and marriage cards are made in Menaka’ Menaka, sure does live up to this tagline! Meet the man who made it possible. hen you are in love, you’ll want the world to know! And finally, the day has come, to join hands with your beloved, you can call all your friends and relatives to share the celebration of your love. Wait a moment; don’t you want this little piece of paper to be unique? Don’t you want it to reflect the happiness you have piled up in your heart? Yes, wedding cards are special indeed. This week, we get talking with Mr. S Shangaralingam, CMD, Menaka Cards who has been in the business for the past three decades. Making my first imprint Having studied printing technology in 1980, I wanted to try the then new form of printing – screen printing. Opportunity came in the form of a friend’s wedding, for which I designed the wedding card. The second card I designed was for my own wedding. Both the invites received much appreciation and this inspired me to specialise in wedding cards. And, here I am. Climbing up the ladder From an organisation that had just two employees, our company has grown not only in numbers. We always give our customers the best. From imported machinery to the latest technology in print, we are constantly updating ourselves. At present, we have screen, foil, thermal and offset printing. Delivering it right We constantly innovate. And since we do mass production, we are able to deliver good quality at an affordable price. Prompt service is another major factor

that helps us succeed. We have something for everyone Our price range varies from Rs. 1 to Rs. 500 per card. The different choices we offer are the Market Range (just one to five rupees per card), XL Range, Premium and Status Range. We want to cater to all classes of people. Whatever be your choice, we seek to give you a price worthy product. Choosing the right one for you When it comes to selecting your wedding card, a) First, have a look at the different price ranges we offer. b) Check our catalogue and choose the print style. From the type of card, colour to the font size, you’ll be able to opt for the right one from our samples. c) Then, you can have a look at the proof for your complete satisfaction.

monly, out of which the card designed like a chariot is a super-hit. Choose to be different We have an interesting range of handmade cards. At present, they make up 10 % of the total sales.

factory in a village in Tirunelveli, even as we work collectively towards success, I am happy that this initiative helps men of that area get jobs. Expanding horizons

There are many. I like the sari border series in particular. They have also garnered much attention among customers.

As of now, we have around 36 dealers; we are looking at reaching the 100 mark soon. Also, we are looking at expanding our foreign offices to 12 countries across the world.

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When you come to choose your card, you’ll have to look at as many options as possible and then decide. We have over 1000 designs and pricing is also very reasonable. Never, look at one design and decide, if you look further, you might find something better!

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d) Finally, delivery is done at the promised time with an accuracy of 99.9 percent. We even comply with 24 hours deadline in case of emergency. Voted the most famous design There are around 10 designs that people opt for com-

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The Bessie Bead Bazaar Looking for that rare shade bead for your ethnic wear? Seventh Avenue in Besant Nagar has it all in its gypsy kadais.

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stroll around Besant Nagar for sea breeze and quick snacks is a great idea for Chennai summers. But ask college goers and they will vouch the area to be one of their jewellery hot spots. The credit goes to a handful of roadside gypsy jewellery shops in the Seventh Avenue road near the beach. The gypsies have lived in Chennai for almost a century now and though a few have diversified into other jobs, a chunk of them still uphold the tradition of selling colourful beaded jewels. These gypsies live in

the gypsy colonies in Kotturrpuram, Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur. Most often than not, your wardrobe might have a rare shade of sea green or wine shade of maroon for which finding jewellery would be a difficult task. Drop in at any of these roadside shops and your search is sure to end. The gypsies travel to Mathura, Delhi and buy beads in loose. “We know the popular shades people look for and

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also when we look at a particular shade, our instinct tells us if it will sell,” says Mariappan, one of the hawkers. So, what are the different varieties offered by these roadside sellers? The bigger beads are the attractive lot, as they come not only in vibrant rare shades, but also because the colours never fade. The beads are also in different shapes like oval, rectangular, square and come in mixed combinations too. Long chains with small rind beads intercepted with bigger transparent ones also give a trendy look. Bracelets, rings and earrings are also available at these shops. This beaded jewellery adds on a natural look to your attire when matched well. The north Indians in the city and the foreigners are a regular source of income for these sellers. The foreigners especially purchase in bulk to take it back to sell in their country. However, the local jewellery dealers don’t

seem to strike a balance with the prices negotiated by these gypsy merchants. The shops open as early as ten in the morning and close by nine at night. They are also open on all seven days and December is the peak sale month. The prices range from Rs. 10 for rings and go up to Rs. 60 for the heavy beaded jewellery. These roadside gypsy shops have struck a great rapport with youngsters and event managers as well. And making these vendors put up stalls in their events is the recent trend, be in college fetes or music concerts. Mariappan excitedly shows us the business card of the Earth Sync event coordinator who offered them an opportunity to set up free stalls at the venue. “We made great sales there and we hope more such opportunities cross our path,” smiles Mariappan. - Nandhini Ramkumar

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Memories Unlimited Do you love those moving picture frames in the Harry Potter series? Well, they are closer to reality with the digitised version of our good old photo frames.

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hat an immense pleasure it gives us when recalling those precious moments we treasure in life. And what better to way to immortalise those memories than with a picture frame. Now, technology has ensured these frames are more than mere holders, they now add on to the experience. From being introduced in the millenium year 2000, digital photo frames have undergone many upgrades in respect to its value added features, display quality, size and even connectivity. Based on their extensive capabilities, photo frames these days are classified as: a) Digital Photo Frames - Basic ones with just digital photo viewing. b) Multimedia Photo Frames - Photos, music, video etc... c) Wireless Photo Frames - Wireless connectivity along with Internet access and all multimedia features. Go Digital! Some basic features that almost every digital photo frame boasts include:

- Slideshow function (with in-built transition effects) - Auto picture orientation - Auto picture correction with ‘Imaging processor’ for higher image quality

- A built-in memory card reader - Touch screen interface (to scroll and view photos) - Graphical menu and photo search option - Some frames even have ability to provide filters to display colour images as black & white, sepia or blue in tone. - FM radio function (Eg: Transcend Models)

- Alarm clock & Calendar - USB connectivity - Bluetooth connectivity via bluetooth adapter - For high definition viewing, some have even got HDMI connectivity (Eg: Sony DPF-V1000/B)

The latest trend now is the cool design of these photo frames. They tend to match with the natural photo frames on our walls or desk. They even come with interchangeable design frames!

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Wireless Photo Frames - Photos and videos can be uploaded wirelessly - Access to your photos from any PC at home - Capability to connect to the internet and enable RSS feeds for photo updates - Show off various photos from leading online photo sharing websites such as ‘FLICKR’ etc... - The latest models with internet connectivity allow you to display weather, breaking news and even help you e-mail photos at the touch of a button. With so many features and capabilities, one can guess that our future walls and desktops are sure to go all digital! Now, what do you say?! Ready to flaunt your memories in style?

Framed Here are a few photo frames that have redefined the way you capture your memories. Kodak Easyshare P720 Digital Frame with home décor kit (Rs. 6250/-) Enjoy your pictures without a computer with a Kodak Easyshare Digital Frame. Just insert your memory card and watch your pictures come alive on the sleek, vibrant display. What’s more, you can store more pictures with two SD card slots given. The convenient drag-and-drop feature seems just perfect for transferring pictures for slideshows.

Philips SPF1017 Digital PhotoFrame (Rs. 4999/-) Refresh your memories with the picture perfect ‘Philips PhotoFrame’. Check out its unique image enhancement technology which automatically corrects colours and gives optimal contrast. Sony DPF-A72 (Rs. 5990/-) Featuring an easy to use 7.0 (17.8 cm) digital photo frame that has a WQVGA LCD , this Sony product has other attractions like 128MB internal memory (it can store up to 250 pictures) and multi-card slot options . It also has a wide choice of slideshow, clock and calendar display modes.

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I do, in Style!

Belly dancers, bejewelled elephants, beach weddings, nothing seems too extr a detail for themed weddings in the city

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edding planners in the city are probably used to sourcing unusual requests: professional belly dancers, a traditional Malayali orchestra, vintage cars rarely spotted outside of good old MGR flicks or a sixteenth century palace setting snuggled into a kalyana mandapam. With more weddings entrusted to professional hands, brides and their grooms are more than willing to give shape to their ideal wedding, and speak what their dreams dictate. “About a decade ago, one had very little choice; except to like or dislike some things their parents picked for their wedding. Today, people are more forthright and specific about what they want. And wedding planners can give shape to their dream wedding and source everything for them. “When the option of having your dream wedding is available, then why not dare to dream,” says Rekha Rangaraj of Sumyog, a wedding planning company which she runs with her partner, Vidya Singh. “Nine out of ten weddings we plan are based on a theme. It may be something as simple as a colour code, or a motif, or even a lotus: from the wedding invitations to the ‘thank you’ cards, the theme will be followed down to the last detail. Of course, there are grander themes and more curious demands, like vintage cars straight out of old time movies for the bridegroom to arrive in. People want to be unique, and that’s a good thing, we enjoy having to do different things at each wedding.” Themed weddings have gained favour among many; and gives people the chance to add a touch of their own individualistic flavour when planning their special day. And with wedding planners to manage logistics, it has become easier to be more inventive. “It’s a special day that comes once in a lifetime, and people are willing to go the extra mile to make it special. Also, themed weddings have probably caught on because of peer pressure; everyone seems to be doing it, and so others want to give it a try,” says Saraswathi Kumar of Event Arts, an event management company that handles weddings as well. Whether or not the concept is catching on, one thing is for sure: themed weddings are going the extra mile in trying to find originality. “Everyone wants to stand out, and make their weddings unique, so people are coming up with more innovative ideas, and their preferences get more spectacular. Event Arts has done an Arabian Nights theme, complete with belly dancers flown in for the event, and got elephants for another wedding on the outskirts of the city. But obviously people understand we had limitations, if we tell them that animals aren’t allowed within the city limits, then we offer them other options,” she says, “Mostly, with the media’s coverage of hi-profile themed weddings, and people’s growing

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exposure, they are more conscious of the fact that their dream wedding can be possible.” Do the extravagance and exclusivity that a personalised themed wedding affords come at a steep price of seven figure amounts? “Not really,” says M S Sowmya of Vivahas, a Chennai-based event management company. ‘It really depends on the client’s budget. We start off by asking a client what their budget is, and then we offer them options. For small budgets, wedding planners may obviously not be able to provide extravagant flourishes, but wedding plan-

ners are becoming popular not just with the elite, but with the middle class weddings also,’ she then adds with a smile, “At one wedding, we had to provide four white horses, drawn like Lord Indra’s chariot, and it turned out very expensive.”

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A Bag of Thengaai It’s a tradition to give a gift to your wedding guests as they leave. The usual is the ‘thengai pai’, which includes a coconut and betel leaves, packed in a plastic bag or the traditional yellow cloth bag. But recently, some families have opted for trendier and more stylish versions of the regular ‘thengai pai’. Here are a few:

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looks like imaginations are sure running wild it comes to planning weddings. - Krithika Sukumar

Just Jute An eco-friendly option that’s fast becoming popular are jute bags. Instead of using plastic bags or plastic baskets, jute bags are being used as ‘thengai pais’. You can get jute bags from Rs. 30 onwards, so they are not too heavy on the pocket!

Go Bling Why not bling thengaai bags? They add colours, charm and bring in just the right amount of excitement! A little expensive and often for such large quantities, they have to be custom made, but it’s worth it!

Say ‘yes’ to Paper If it’s to keep a coconut and a few other items, try paper bags. It does not have to be the regular brown bags, but you can opt for the recycled paper bags, which come in different colours and allow you to print your family name on!

Basket Wise Why should it always be ‘bags’, and why not baskets, we ask? Give your guests a ‘thengaai basket’ which they can later use at home. It’ll be easy to carry and user-friendly!

A Starry Wedding! The phrase ‘The Big Fat Wedding’ completely applies to some big and famous families in India. Topping the list are the wedding ceremonies of Sahara Shree Family and the Mittals. The wedding of Vanisha Mittal, the daughter of London-based steel tycoon Laxmi Niwas Mittal with Amit Bhatia, a Delhi based investment banker was much talked about. Taking place at the famous Palace of Versailles in France, the wedding celebrations went on for six days and the total estimated budget of the wedding was £30million (almost Rs.200 crores)! Other Star Performers! Raveena Tandon’s wedding took place at the Jag Mandir Palace on an island in Pichchola Lake in the Udaipur city of Rajasthan. Hrithik Roshan’s ‘almost fairy-tale-like’ wedding to his long time sweetheart Sussanne took place at the Golden Palms Resort and Spa, Bangalore. The latest show stopper was none other than Shilpa Shetty, this time it was her dressing that got her the attention. She looked radiant in designer Tarun Tahiliani’s two piece outfit in gold with Swarovski-encrusted bodysuit along with a satin sari-gown in the same shade while hubby Raj chose a black half sherwani suit. And yes, who’ll forgot our own Jyothika who wore a splendid pink sari with numerous Zari work. Her pretty red and white garland sure did get the fancy of a many bride-to-be.

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Drape a Dream Getting married and thinking about your bridal trousseau? A little bit of planning will make sure you look your best on the most memorable day of your life.

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sk any married woman and she would without a single thought, proudly say that the most memorable, most treasured and most loved ensemble in her wardrobe, is her bridal sari! Whether she wears it again or not is a completely different issue, but her bridal sari has to be the best and she does not mind spending a fortune for that one day.

Here are a few bridal wear saris that are in vogue and becoming very popular amidst the young and trendy:

Silk saris, preferably Kanchivaram saris are the preferred choice for most South Indian brides. But, for the contemporary bride there are aplenty options to choose from.

It’s true that a sari can make any women look beautiful, but when buying your sari for ‘the’ day, there are certain parameters you should take into consideration, like: your weight, height and skin complexion. The fabric and design of a sari has to be complement your body type and make you look extra special on the most important day of your life. Here are some tips for choosing the right sari for your body type.

- Embellishments should be in vertical lines.

For the Plump Bride

So are you someone who likes modernity with a touch of tradition, then Vastra kala saree from Pothys is the one for you. It is available at a price range of Rs.10,000 – Rs.2,00,000.

- Banarasi saris with their fine zari work - Mysore silk saris - Kashmiri embroidered silk saris - Rajasthani embroidered saris - The Bandhej saris - Italian crepe block printed Find Your Sari

- Buy saris made of lighter fabric, like crepe saris as these will drape and fit close to your body giving you slimmer appearance. Avoid saris made of heavy glossy material. - Dark colors work well. - Learn how to drape the sari properly or else it might make you look plumpier. For the Slim Lass - Buy saris of heavier fabrics like brocade saris and heavy silk saris. Tissue saris and organza saris also give a fuller effect and are apt for slim women - Light coloured saris work very well.

- Heavily embellished lehenga style saris also go well with a slim body type. It’s even better if you can even get customised saris to accentuate your figure. For the Pear-shaped Lady - Buy slightly heavier fabric with fewer prints and avoid high neck blouses as they make you look heavier. - Dark coloured saris work for this figure, you could contrast it with different blouses.

For the Apple-shaped Bride - Buy light fabric and avoid loud patterns - Dark coloured saris work very well. - Full sleeves or puffy sleeved blouses should be avoided, as they make your arms and shoulders look bigger. What’s haute in Chennai?

It’s your D Day, so get all the attention with the ‘Bridal Seven’ collection from RmKV which comes at a price range of Rs.2,500 – Rs.20, 000. And as for the Chennai silks’ Vivaaga, it is for the bride who dares to be different. Are you ready to be the cynosure of all eyes? - Jayanthi Somasundaram

The Making of A Bride A marriage is a one day celebration and you need to look your best, from head to toe! There are plenty of bridal packages available across the city today and you have to choose a beautician and parlour who works with you. Whoever you chose, ensure that they understand your needs, your style and more importantly your skin type.

Beauty Package Bridal hair, skin care, make-up and sari draping – Rs. 7,000 – 20,000

Slimming Package

Exercise and diet help - Rs. 5,000 – Rs. 25,000

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Mehendi Packages Mehendi for brides hands and feet - Rs. 3000 Mehendi for family & friends - Rs. 200 each Please note: These prices are ‘basic’ rates at reputed organizations and will vary according to your needs.

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Eat, Drink & Make

Merry!

Now that the knot is tied, let’s have the feast of our lives…

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edding is that one occasion in life that is of utmost significance.

At a Muslim friend’s wedding, where I was the only person to starve and celebrate their unison for being a pure vegetarian, Basha Biriyani had put up a riot of

delicacies. Different varieties of biriyanis - chicken, mutton, prawn and so on – and several other delectables kept the guests and well wishers, well, wishing well. Two long tables of food were catered in the buffet style and people kept going back and forth for more chom chom, doi or monsuri. And to my surprise, I discovered that Basha Biriyani can be contacted not just at #30/32, 2nd Main Road, Jawahar Nagar, Chennai 600082 or on 9003096660 but also at bashabriyani@yahoo.com!

And in a country like ours, where food is not just a part but the lifeline of any occasion, wedding brunches, luncheons and dinners have emerged into a trendy affair than just the usual serving of ‘sambhar-koottu-poriyal’. Catering at weddings and in fact, all kinds of unique Indian (espcially Tamilian) functions that involves feeding a minimum of 50 guests is a flourishing business in the city. And like any other business, caterers have also tried to adapt to the changing world and evolved with a splash of modernity. Starting from names like R.S. Catering Services (where R.S. probably stands for Raghuveera Saranathan) or C.V. Marriage Caterers (where the proprietor could possibly be a fan of Captain Vijayakanth), we have today amongst us, the likes of La Fest Catering and Food Swing. And the change doesn’t stop with the names, but also with what they have to offer.

And recently, when I had to recommend a caterer for a family function, I got the contact of La Fest Catering from my friend, at whose wedding, I had nearly collapsed after having too much of delicious food. As the couple were international travellers and great foodies, they had placed the order for a menu which was a mish mash of specialties from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and even China (!) for their fairly private wedding celebration with just 75 invitees. La Fest can be contacted at spsinglafest@hotmail. com or 044-65196682 / 9840098865 or New no.5, Old no.1, 5th street, Shakti Nagar, Choolaimedu, Chennai 600094 not just for weddings but for other occasions like birthday parties, corporate get-togethers, high tea and cocktail parties too.

Another memorable wedding that I attended was my Iyer friend tying the knot with his Bengali girlfriend. On the night of reception, we fell in love with this charming girl and their awesome Bengali food. The menu consisted of pulao (the authentic Bengali fried rice), Chingri macher malaikary (a preparation of prawn in mustard), alu dum (a preparation of potato), macher chop (Fish chop), chingrir cutlet (Prawn cutlet), begun bhaja (Fried brinjal), doi mach (Fish in curd) and many more. And desserts like khaja, nimki, kheer, rabri and sandesh just left our taste buds pampered royally. When I enquired about the caterer I was told to contact Sai Shankar of Saligrammam. And you can imagine my delight when I found the same caterer at a distant cousin’s engagement party. My joy knew no bounds when I saw those dhoklas , khakras, kachoris, basundhi and shrikhand. There are several other recommended caterers in the city like Buhari Biriyani Feasto, Annai Catering Service, C. Kesavan Catering and Abirami Caterers in various parts of the city like Egmore, Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur. Also, apart from such independent caterers, let us not forget that we have other options in the form of HSB, Sangeetha and hotels like the GRT Grand Days,Taj Fisherman’s Cove and even Dakshin Chitra, where a wealthy friend of mine could afford to have his sister’s wedding reception and marriage respectively. I wished, “God bless the couple and the caterer!” - Shruti K M

Did you know?

It is believed that if an unmarried person sleeps with a piece of a wedding cake under their pillow, they will dream of their future spouse. In Bermuda, it’s common to have a small cedar sapling atop a wedding cake. This symbolises the growing love the couple nurture for each other.

Slice of Life Planning to celebrate your special day with a sumptuous slice of cake? Here are a few bakers who are sure to whip up a delight for you:

Cake Walk Besant Nagar Phone: 24917022, 45511816

Hot Breads T Nagar Phone: 28153998, 28153928

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The current cake-cutting ceremony originated from a tradition where the groom used to break the bread over the head of the bride.

Cakes n Bakes Nungambakkam Phone: 28277075, 28205554

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Look Out for fake ISI mark It is estimated that nearly 10-30 per cent of the consumer goods market is accounted for by fake products. You can be taken for a ride if you are not careful.

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e all know that standards are formulated to ensure desirable characteristics of products and services such as quality, safety and efficiency at an economical cost. When a product is certified as conforming to the specified standards, we regard it as a quality product and worth the price fixed for it. With a view to enforcing standards for different products according to international specifications, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS was previously known as Indian Standards Institution) was set up after the enactment of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. Under a product certification scheme, BIS has till date granted more than 30,000 licences to manufacturers in different sectors. The certification entitles licensees to use the ISI Mark, which is considered the symbol of quality in India.

Act, Atomic Energy Regulation Board, Environment Protection Act, The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Food Act. Some of the items brought under mandatory certification are LPG cylinders, milk powder, condensed milk, cereal food for infant, clinical thermometers, packaged drinking water and natural mineral water, electrical iron, immersion water heater, cables, switches, bulbs, circuit breakers, energy meters, dry batteries, steel tubes, oil pressure stoves, X-ray equipment, plastic feeding bottles, diesel engine, cement and steel and steel products (altogether a total of 17 items). In spite of periodic inspection by the authorities, the misuse of the ISI Mark is on the rise due to the growing demand of quality products. Sub-standard products using fake ISI Mark sneak in quietly and pass off as genuine items and the unwary consumer suffers. Nearly 10-30 per cent of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market is accounted for by fake products. Counterfeits account for a revenue loss of Rs 50-80 billion annually

to the manufacturer and the government. Also, 10 per cent of all major soft drinks sold are spurious, while 10-30 per cent of cosmetics and packaged food are counterfeits, according to a recent media survey. Many consumer activists have been suggesting that manufacturers should use packaging in such a way that does not lend itself easily to duplication or re-use. We are supposed to destroy plastic bottles containing soft drinks and water after use, but how many of us do that? In some shops you will find bottled water with broken seals. These are old ones collected and re-used by those in the ‘duplication business’. If the pre-packed items carry toll-free numbers, a consumer can call and check, in case of doubt, the genuineness of a product.

INFORM BIS WHEN IN DOUBT Now, have you ever been a victim of fake ISI product and how have you reacted when you found out? BIS wants to curb this menace and expects the consumer to help in identifying unscrupulous people.

The ISI mark on a product indicates conformity to the relevant Indian standard. Consumers should be aware of the fact The licence to use the ISI mark on prodthat manufacturing units which do not ucts, is issued only after due inspection / have a valid BIS licence shall not use verification of infrastructure, capability Bureau of Indian Standards Certification of the manufacturer to produce a product Mark and if they notice any misuse of ISI conforming to the relevant InMark, they should immediately bring dian standard on a continuous it to the attention of the authorities basis and thorough testing What is the Standard Mark? concerned providing the details of of product samples. Even products and address where misuse after grant of licence, surprise The Licence number (a seven digit number, represented as CM/L -------- is also given along with the is taking place along with name/ checks are done. Products standard mark. This helps in identifying the unit which has manufactured the product at a specific address and telephone number of the kept for sale in shops and at location. It conveys that the product carrying the mark conforms to the relevant Indian Standard certicomplainant. the source are collected and fied by BIS. The Indian standards fixed for each product is unique. sent for testing at indepenThe Address is: dent laboratories to ensure Some illustrative examples are: DDG (Enf), Bureau of Indian that the prescribed standard is IS: 366 for Electric iron Standards,Third Floor, Manakamaintained. laya, 9, Bahadurshah Zafar IS: 2347 for Pressure cooker The certification scheme is basically voluntary in nature. For items in the healthcare sector, certification has been made mandatory by the government through various statutory measures, besides the BIS, such as Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, EC Act, Indian Explosive

IS: 4246 for Domestic LPG stove IS: 10914 (Part 3) for Passenger car tyres IS: 14543 for Packaged drinking water IS: 11536 for processed cereal-based food for Infants MISUSE OF THE STANDARD MARK: Using the Standard ISI Mark or its colourable imitation by those not licensed by BIS is illegal and an offence.

Marg, New Delhi- 2.Phone 01123233650/23232636

Complaints may also be sent by email to: enf@bis.org.in, henf@bis. org.in, ddgenf@bis.org.in. The name and address of the complainant will be kept secret.

- Correspondent

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Novemeber 19 a voluntary recall of about 300 units of stainless steel cookware manufactured by Kraftwares of Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, since it was suspected that the handles on the cookware could break. This recall involves three stainless steel cookware sets, a 4-piece multi cooker set, a 3-piece steamer set and a 1.5 quart egg poacher. CMYK

Gas Ranges About 900 units of Electrolux ICON and Kenmore Pro 30” Gas Ranges, made by Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Giorgia. have been recalled on Novemebr 24 in the USA. According to CPSC, an incorrect part allows more fuel to pass to the range’s oven, causing incomplete combustion and the release of carbon monoxide. This poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to users. Electrolux has received four reports of incidents involving carbon monoxide being released from the recalled gas range. No injuries have been reported.

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X - Factor G

listening alloy wheels, sparkling paint, thumping music, soothing seats – things that make your car stand apart from the regular boring four-wheeled species. While cars are being rolled out with market fitted accessories, some won’t be the way we want them to be. Customisation is the new fashion. But in customising, problems like quality and warranty crop up more than often. Bringing all these to an end are car boutiques. Though many car boutiques are available throughout the city, one has to climb up and down more than three of them to get your ride fully loaded. With audio system in one, seats and covers in another, the number of shops goes high with the options you want to be fitted in your car. An all-under-oneroof car parlour is what we need and Xenos Auto Boutique is the place to drive to. Launched in 2002, Xenos Technologies Ltd was started to market auto accessories, with uncompromised quality and service. Xenos has a national wide reach and service across 22 states. Xenos Auto Boutique provides a one stop shopping experience for purchase and installation of automotive accessories. Ranging from safety and security,

infotainment to interior cleaning and polishing and a variety of other auto products, Xenos promises quality sales and superior service for its customers. They got their own inhouse brands and International tie-ups to provide exhilarating experience. Under the safety and security line-up, you have remote central locking, keyless entry with alarm, vehicle immobilizer, two-stage impact sensors to name a few. And if some thief gets past these, not likely though, then he has to deal with gear lever lock. Not being easily copied, this lock is made of high grade steel and will lock the gear lever in a position. Give your car eyes on the back by installing sensors or camera, fitted into the bumper and managed by display unit in the front. Apart from this there are other accessories like mobile charger, handsfree, mobile holder, tyre pressure monitor, sun-guard window films and on and on and on. And GPS. Find where in the maze you are caught. With touch screen TFT display, turn-by-turn voice assist, USB mass storage and plug & play options, this will keep you mapped and hooked.

You got head units – DVD players with LCD display, units that are MP3, USB compatible etc, speakers,amplifiers, sub woofers in all sizes and shapes. A wide range to suit your needs, the products is sure to confuse you to make a choice. If making your ears tired is not enough, give them the company of eyes. TFT LCD monitors, with features as full function remote control, built in IR transmitter, are sure to grasp your attention, not for the driver though. Xenos also provide car care products to keep your car clean and gleam. From car wash shampoo and wax to tyre dressing and wheel cleaner, you get everything for your cars’ guard. And if you are lazy to do all the cleaning, Xenos also offers interior polishing and cleaning. And to add glam to your wheels, grab the alloys. Alloys add a fashion quotient to the car, so pick one to suit your car.

All these are for cars, what is there for the two wheelers? Well not to leave them empty handed, Xenos offers alarm and remote start system that is water resistant for bikes with one year warranty. So does Xenos pass as the one stop shop for car accessories? Sure it does, with flying colours. Their product range, warranty and after sales service are sure to pull you. Don’t roam around. Go to Xenos. Add that X factor to your ride. - Balasubramaniam N

Coming to the fun part - the car audio and video system.

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Follow Traffic Rules

Wear your Seat Belts

Have a Safe Drive

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Green is in! go green

Are you a gadget freak? Or are you a soldier fighting it out for our dying earth? If you are both, check out our roundup of cool green gadgets that bridge technology and nature.

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t’s time to go green! With ‘Mission Green Earth’ being the buzz word, all we can do as consumers of luxury items, is to invest in these green gadgets, of course to reduce the size of your carbon footprint.

Let’s go Eco! Samsung E200 Eco Edition With smart looks, this phone leaves a great impression even at the first sight. What sets it apart from other phones in this category is that it is a brilliant result of tireless research and development. Made of bio-plastic material and natural plant-based material, it is remarkably packaged with a non-coated recycled paper box. The company is hoping that folks will take notice of it for another reason: its casing is made of corn,to be more specific, a corn-based bioplastic!

An Apple a Day… Apple Mac Books Did you know that Apple’s MacBook is itself a green gadget? This luxury computer brand proudly claims its onus of being eco-friendly through all its products. The Apple MacBook has amazing technology which acts as an efficient energy saver. Furthermore, these notebooks are designed to be free from harmful toxins such as arsenic and Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) that are predominant in many other computer brands.

The Secret of your Energy Eco-button

Charge Up! The HY Mini Think about charging your iPods, mp3 players, cell phones and PDAs on portable wind-powered charger. This charger is very compact and can be carried for an instant charge of your gadgets. This charger has no technology employed; however, it is very well designed and can be put to effective use. Better yet, you could add solar panels to it to improve productivity.

Here is a chance for you to put your computer in a deep sleep mode and save energy by just a tap on this powerful eco-button. This USB ensures that you can save as much energy on your computer as possible. This smart gadget will also keep you updated on the amount of energy and money saved once unplugged. This USB gadget is a must buy if you are one of those ‘disciples’ of the computer.

Revamp your Style! Nokia 3110 Evolve

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A chic and smart phone, Nokia 3110 Evolve is a phone that is made up of renewable materials to charm the buyers into a rather innovative technology. With remarkable features and a flamboyant look, this phone is a call from our dear mother nature. It has biocovers made from more than 50% renewable material. The device is also presented in a small package made of 60% recycled content and it comes with a battery with high efficiency. The charger even has the ability to stop energy consumption when it detects that the battery is full! - Puja Prakash

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Color Craze Dear Kids,

Colour this picture and mail your artwork to

in.creativity@ingen.in (or) to the address below to

win exciting prizes.

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ave you ever wondered why your dog is barking? Or what he is really thinking? Japanese toymaker Takara claims it can get you in touch with your inner canine through its new Bowlingual. A radio microphone is attached to the dog’s collar, and a handheld receiver ‘translates’ his yelps, growls and whines into such phrases as “I can’t stand it,” “How boring” and “I’m lonely.” How did they figure it all out? Well, samples of dog noises were collected, interpreted by animal behaviourists and stored in a doggie database. When your dog barks, the sound is beamed to the handheld and matched to the database. So, what’s next? A cowlingual?

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Simply Sameera S

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he’s the hot Bollywood babe who’s making waves in our own Tollywood now. After the super-hit ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ with Suriya, she’s now shooting with ‘Thala’ Ajit for Sivaji Production’s ‘Asal’. We get talking with the dashing Sameera Reddy who shares her gyan on movies and life. What made you choose a film like ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ for your Tamil debut?

to do films for their quality and don’t believe in notching up numbers. I am excited about Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Yeh Hosla’. It’s not a glam look unlike my other films. I have got great co-actors like Tanuja and Tanvi Azmi and it was amazing working with them. ‘Red Alert’ and ‘De Dhana Dhan’ are the other films I am in. So, how is the Chennai experience?

I had heard a lot about Gautham Menon and his work. I became a huge fan after watching his ‘Kaakka Kaakka’. So when a chance to work with him came along, I just went for it. I knew there would be three heroines with Ramya and Simran also in there, but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity. And here I am! How is ‘Asal’ shaping up? Well, it’s been great so far! We have been shooting in Switzerland, Lyons, Paris, the Far East and now, Chennai. It’s a really stylish film. I play the role of an Attache at the Embassy in Paris. And Ajith is a man on mission! How is it working with Ajith? He’s simply superb. He put me at ease during the shoot and even helped me with tips in the emotional scenes. His humility is amazing though he’s such a big star. Currently, we have been shooting a song sequence in a studio here with dance master Ganesh Acharya. It’s a wonderful experience being a part of this team with director Saran and Sivaji Productions.

It’s been great. I have personal friends in this town and I like to stay with them whenever I come down. Thanks to ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’, I have been coming here for the past two years. I love the food and the people and my friends really pamper me, so what more can I ask for? What do you do in your free time after shooting in Chennai? Well, some of my friends have beach houses and have been inviting me for parties there. If I can grab the time after the shoot I am planning to party but it’s been difficult so far. I am not much of a night bird, so, I haven’t really seen the nightclubs out here, though I’ve heard there is a rocking night life here! - Rinku Gupta

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