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Come Home


Carry it off in style


Taste of goodness Your baby’s first food

The six-legged scientist


How great things come in small packages?



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Tough Cookie



Fashion for two

Are you ready for the big little move?


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A Touch of French! ver the last decade, several bakeries have opened up in the city, many which have International chefs making exotic cakes. One little bakery which has grown by leaps and bounds and has won people’s hearts with its Coffee Éclairs, quiches and croissants is La Boulangerie. It was a small little French Bakery which had its beginning in Anna Nagar and today has outlets across the city. La Boulangerie was taken over by R R hospitality in 2009. Anuradha Subramaniam of R R hospitality shares with us the secret of the success of these French goodies in Chennai and the role of R R hospitality in promoting La Boulangerie.

The selling factor

Before La Boulangerie I have graduated from OCLD-Oberoi centre for Learning and Development, and worked in Food and Beverage for a few years, before taking up this assignment. I am the manager for business development with R R Hospitality and La Boulangerie has been one of my most successful projects.

The bread, especially the baguette and the country is a hot favourite amongst the expatriate crowd. Our quiches, puffs and croissants are also hot picks with our customers. The ones with a sweet tooth usually dig into our mousses, entremets and éclairs! But I guess the Cheese Croissant and Almond Croissant can be conferred with the title of the most popular products in our bakery

The Beginning

Your favourite product

La Boulangerie was started by a French man in 2007 to support his bakery school for the under privileged. RR hospitality took over La Boulangerie in Feb 2009, with the sole aim of making it the most recognisable authentic French bakery in Chennai. Having been closely associated with the hospitality industry, the management spent a considerable amount of time professionalising the set-up and re-defining the brand. And I am proud to say that we have managed to work towards our aims successfully and match the expectations of our customers.

La Boulangerie gives you high quality products at an affordable price. We use only butter in all our recipes and all our products are prepared from authentic French recipes. We have a wide range of Bread that is made in the traditional manner and hence it tastes very different from what you get at other bakeries. Our USP is that we give the customer authentic, tasty French products and we do not compromise on the quality of ingredients used by us.

Spreading wings From a single outlet in March 2009, we have grown to six in Chennai. We are present in Kotturpuram, Besant Nagar, Anna Nagar, Ampa mall, Nungambakkam, Harrisons Hotel and we also sup-

ply to American International School, INOX and Nilgiris. The secret of success The fact that in ten months we have grown ten times goes to show that we have been truly and greatly accepted by the Chennaiites. Our secret of success is best quality raw material, total commitment to customer satisfaction and authentic French recipes.

- Shivani Arora

Voted, the most popular!

Anuradha Subramaniam

My personal favourite is the Quiche: I love a fluffy, creamy and wholesome quiche, and that’s exactly how we make it! The Leek and Onion Quiche is exotic! Amongst the confectionary, I usually dig into our Éclairs- Coffee & Chocolate for a light bite. But if I have some serious chocolate cravings, then the Chocolate Entremets is the best medicine -

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Whoa Mama! p e o p l e . t r e n d s . e v e n t s

ho can deny that pregnancy is the most cherished chapter of a woman’s life. Ask any mother and she will have unforgettable tales to tell about her days of pregnancy. Leave alone the fun and happiness, there are a lot of things that make this phase an indelible one. So if you are an expecting mom, remember to get the most of this priceless time in your life, because it is what you are now, that will make your baby.

is that, this store also caters to the needs of your little angel or prince as well. Be clothed in the most trendy garments flaunting a enviable style statement. You could also try the Mermaid store in Khader Nawaz Khan Road, a store that offers some of the most casual, comfortable and cool maternity wear, from dungarees to fabulous tops, all at prices extremely inviting.

Apart from foods and spas that make you feel good, you can also indulge in the most fashionable clothes and look good as well. Maternity fashion is something that has been evolving over time, and now, I must say mommas want to be no less in creating a fashion statement for themselves. So go out there and pamper yourself to all those frightful and sinful ‘wants’ on your wish list. It is time to go berserk and have a great nine month journey.

If you are looking at making a very elegant statement and sophistication is your style mantra, then it is time you head to the Lifestyle showroom, in Citi Centre, Chennai. This store has it all for you. The racks with maternity dresses in this store are chic and classy with smart patterns and colours and rather impeccable fitting. Lifestyle also has some of the most unique patterns of clothes for expecting mothers and also mothers post-delivery. So, now you know where you can pick up your kind of clothes. You should not be worrying about the price here, just take a peek into this limitless collection.

One very special thing, a lot of people will agree, is that during pregnancy you sure can revamp your entire wardrobe, and get new and interesting stuff. Yes, a reason why a lot of mothers walk in and out of some of the best stores in town filling their shopping bags. The super cool mom Here is a path you need to tread, if you want to be the cool mom! Mama and Bebe, a leading store in Chennai, is sure to be your companion through your best ‘nine month’ stint and give you more than what you simply need to be bright and beautiful. The best part

Smart n stylish

Chic in ethnic Fabindia, has some of the most brilliant ethnic collection in the newly found maternity wear section. A lot of you might like to flaunt your favourite block print patterns

coupled with earthy hues with panache; and this is the place you have got to be in. Fabindia has been there for quite some years. This brand is now known for its classy fitting and exotic prints. Not very expensive however, this store has a lot to offer if you are one of those pretty ethnic apparel lovers. For the haute mom If you are one of those modern mommies, then find yourself some of the most casual and comfortable modern maternity outfits at Cherish – The Mother Store. This exclusive mother’s store has a lot to offer from stunning and irresistible skirts to chic and sexy pants. Make a pick from one these dazzling and modern outfits to flash in your wardrobe. These clothes are so reasonably priced that you would want to simply dive in and would not think twice to dress well.

Gone are the days when pregnant moms were said to be dressed in circus tents; now their fashion quotients are certainly on the increase with such remarkable stores coming their way. So get up, get going and get trendy. It is your time to have a blast and yes, do it in utmost comfort and style.



- Puja Prakash

After-baby Wardrobe Once your little one arrives, you’ll not fit into those maternity clothes anymore, nor will your old clothes be good enough. So, get your wardrobe altered to fit in this passing phase. Go back to jeans Getting into your old jeans will have to wait for sometime, meanwhile be generous and get yourself a slightly larger pair of stretch jeans. Wrap shirts While you get to conceal your belly with this style, it is also convenient for feeding your baby. Black out Nothing makes you look fitter than a basic black look. Then go crazy with that huge bag, throw in a scarf and be the coolest mommy ever. Tunic sweaters Sport a wide neckline or go for off-the-shoulder cuts that lets you show a little skin without bothering about the the trouble zones like hip, belly etc.



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Agony A(u)nt Every problem comes with a solution, ants tell us how!


ll of us must have heard of the innumerous ways in which ants prove to be a source of inspiration. Hard working, they can carry twice the weight of their body; self-organised to mention a few. Here are a few scientists who have gone one step further to invent a technology/device after having been inspired by ants. Tracking your Route It is believed that desert ants do use ‘Pheromones’ (a chemical factor that triggers communication between species of the same kind) to mark the path they travel. Rather, they either use path integration or visual landmarks to locate their way back. Egocentric path integration involves following an uninterrupted line. In the case of a local vector, the ants store a two dimensional visual landmark of their path which helps them identify the next landmark on the way back. A global positioning path is used by the ants in case the local vector fails. The global vector helps them identify the new path by determining the combination of the two consecutive paths which is a straight line that connects its current path to the way back to its nest. The scientists, having derived that the ants locate their path by measuring the distance travelled and path taken, are trying to devise a tool that is similar to a GPS (Global positioning system), only more accurate.

(SANs) that connect a set of hosts from which data is requested and a set of storage devices where the data is stored. This method has proved to be most cost effective and helped companies save millions of dollars. Leaving behind a trail Ant hypothesis was used to predict the theories of kin selection and evolutionary stable strategy. Ant robotics is yet another invention which is usually referred to as swarm robotics. These robots have the minimal sensory and computational capabilities. These robots cannot devise alternative ways of solving an error due to limited sensing capabilities; rather, they follow their local vector like the ants to follow one particular path. They either follow a long lasting trail like a path following area coverage, short lasting trails like odour, alcohol and scents or virtual trails. The scientists have proved that such ant robots, as an individual or as a group, can solve robot navigation tasks like identifying locations and area coverage most effectively. A unique yet useful inspiration derived from the hordes of ants is the

Ant inspired Hexapod Robot. It performs almost every function that a real ant does. Not only does it move things from one place to another, but it also scares you! Its six legs and a head with a pair of mandibles make it look unique enough. Did you know that the Pharaoh’s ants are posing a challenge to the modern computer systems? They are known to use multiple pheromones for communication over different time scales. This smart way of maintaining multiple solutions for a problem while having alternatives available when dealing with errors in autonomous and automated systems has saved time aplenty for the IT and software industry personnel. Thus, we have a self organized system that is flexible and adaptive, those which respond to changing conditions in a manner which is desirable in emerging computational systems. - Madhumita Prabhakar

Smart Storage Ants have proved their mettle in almost every field of research. On the basis of their storage methods, IT companies have devised a way to minimise storage area requirements. In a company which is located across the globe with millions of employees in different geographic locations, it becomes difficult to access shared data. To eliminate this problem, they have introduced Storage Area Networks




FEB 19 - FEB 25, 2010

Social Buzz-ing


On the lines of Facebook and Twitter, Google brings you the Buzz.


oogle Buzz – the next big thing from Google after Wave. But unlike Wave, Google brought out Buzz rather unannounced. So what is Buzz? What is it used for? Remember RSS feeds? Well, Google Buzz is just like a RSS with a fusion of social networking features in the Gmail edifice. With comments, links, photos and videos, Google Buzz is being considered as a direct competition to Twitter and Facebook. Without confusing buttons or never-will-be-used options, Buzz is simple in its initial stages, and will be good if it continues to do so. Acting as a dashboard for the messages, photos and posts that you put in your Gmail, Buzz is bang on with their ‘the-simpler-the-better’ policy. Embedded within Gmail, Buzz gets you updates and comments by others in real time so as to engage in a compact conversation or an elongated one (it

doesn’t have the 140 character limit as in Twitter). Giving prior importance to privacy, the Buzz gives you the option of posting public or private. Your public post goes to everyone and your private posts are available only to your followers as chosen by you. That’s one big advantage the Buzz has got over Facebook. You can select who to follow and others can also choose you to follow them. Also you don’t need to go in search of friends or followers. These will be built based on your Gmail contacts list. After posting your messages, you can edit, delete or email them. You can also create a link to your message that opens as a standalone web page for the post. Anyone who views the post can also email it using web email editor. The web email editor includes fonts, attachments and all the features that a full email editor has. This helps Buzz in a big way and makes it different from other no-editing email op-

tions we generally see. Importing stuff from other sites is limited to only five apps currently - Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader and Google Chat. But this helps in more than one way. You can get all these updates linked to your Gmail which makes it very convenient. The notifications are sent to your inbox. Be it your comments on a post, or someone else comments on your post or someone buzzing you, everything comes to your inbox. You can opt to stop receiving notifications by using the ‘mute’ option. Photo-sharing is done by integrating Picasa or Flickr but it is yet to get the feature of sharing a whole album. Buzz can pull updates from Twitter, but it is a one-way operation. The updates can come in and be commented upon in Buzz but you can’t respond directly to Twitter. This will surely be worked to make it a twoway integration in the near future. Google Buzz is also accessible from iPhone and Google’s Android phones. The revved up app for mobile, though working only in Safari browser (as of now), feels vibrant. You can also view who are available for buzzing in your vicinity. And if you don’t want your location to be shown to others, Google offers the hide option before sharing your GPS coordinates. A pulverized mix of Maps and Wave, Buzz is an improvisation upon Twitter’s simple SMS-based application. Still in its initial stages, Google Buzz is unlikely to be considered a serious competition for Facebook or Twitter. Miles to go and many more features to come, before Buzz can really make a buzz.

Inside Out!

No setup needed Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail. Share publicly or privately Publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends. Inbox integration Comments get sent right to your inbox so it’s easy to keep the conversation going. Photo friendly See thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites. Connect sites you already use Import your stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader. See updates in real time New posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required. Just the good stuff Buzz recommends interesting posts and weeds out ones you’re likely to skip.


- Balasubramaniam N

Flaunt your font

Part II

Do you know that you can change the font types of your Nokia 5800? If you are not a hardcore mobile enthusiast, then you don’t. Here’s how. You don’t need to be a spectacled book nerd to do it. You need to use only Open Type Font (OTF), the one with the symbol O in its thumbnail and not TT or A. Though there is no need to use any external application, you have to create a folder with the font files inside.

- Connect the phone in “Mass Storage” mode to your PC.

Part I - Create a folder named “Fonts” - Place four copies of the same font in the folder.

can’t find any). - Copy the “Fonts” folder into the Resource folder. - Disconnect the phone and restart it. And if you got bored with it and want your default font, just delete the font folder, restart your phone and we are back to square one.

- Rename the fonts: s60snr.ttf, s60ssb.ttf, s60tsb.ttf and S60ZDIGI.ttf

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Bringing Home



or first time parents, bringing home a baby and the few weeks that follow can be both a stressful and rewarding experience. Constantly taking care of the infant’s every need and being in the know-how of taking care of their baby is something that mothers are instinctive about, but a little help might get you into the groove of parenting quicker. Sure, you’ve probably stocked up on your dose of baby care books; and here’s a quick run of things to watch out for when welcoming your baby home… Make your home baby-friendly! - Make sure the house is properly ventilated, and the surroundings are clean and hygienic. Fix mosquito nets on the windows or over the baby’s bed, and clean the nets twice a week. - Studies show that babies are very perceptive to sound and colours. Make sure the baby’s room is painted in soft or bright colours: a relaxing blue, a sunny yellow, or a demure pink. Avoid bold and contrasting colours.


- Make sure the infant’s room has soft lighting, and allow enough sunshine to filter into the room. - Very soon, your little bundle of joy will be on his knees and crawling around the house. So make sure the house is filled with soft-edged furniture; move sharp-edged furniture to places the child cannot reach. - Make provisions for an extra chest of drawers to stock diapers, milk bottles, etc in the baby’s room. - Create storage space for toys. The gifts will come pouring in, and most of them will be toys; so a handy drawer that fits in below the baby’s bed might be useful, and optimises storage space as well. - Keep a CD player in the room, and play soothing music for a minimum of an hour a day. Music is found to have a positive effect on infants.

Stock up! It’s going to be hurried days of activity ahead - changing nappies, feeding the child at odd hours of the night, and rocking him or her to sleep. So it’s best to stock up on whatever you need - talcum powder, baby food, towels and diapers – before your return home itself. Think of the various everyday activities of the baby – like feeding, nursing and bathing, and make a list of supplies you will need for the same activities. Research on the most suitable brands and stock up on the items a month before your delivery date itself. For feeding activities, stock up on baby food, and keep ready feeding bottles, a set of soft towels, and a sterilisation kit. Sterilise the feeding bottles regularly. For bathing needs, buy baby oil, bathing soap, moisturiser

cream, talcum powder, a small bath tub, and some rubber mattresses. Don’t forget to buy a mild laundry detergent for washing the baby’s clothes. Keep atleast half a dozen clean sheets and a pair of warm quilts. Stock on booties and mufflers that will keep the infant warm, and save them from catching a cold. Keep a diaper rash cream, and baby wipes close at hand too. Keep a thermometer, and other handy medicines in a cabinet too.

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hine Here’s our checklist for your little angel:

Baby Closet - Infant gowns. - Cotton side-snap undershirts - blankets and burp cloths - booties and mittens (to prevent scratching) Nursery Needs - Crib - Waterproof mattress pads - Rocking Chair - Infant Seat - Changing table with necessities: • Diapers • Baby wipes or lots of baby washcloths and warm water • Diaper Pail • Diaper Rash ointment (such as Balmex, Himalaya’s natural rash cream) • Baby oil

- Sterilizer

- Pacifier

- Bottle Warmer (if needed)

- First aid kit

- Bibs - Formula (ask your pediatrician for recommendation) Bath time essentials - Baby Tub - Sponge-Form to lay baby on - Gentle Baby Bath - Baby Shampoo - Baby towels - Baby-safe scissors or clippers

Diaper Dilemmas?

First aid kit

Keep at least a dozen diapers stocked up at home at all times. If you run out of diapers and cannot leave your house, then use services that will bring diapers to your doorstep. For instance, Dial A Diaper (can be reached on 9884003650).

- Vaseline - Sterile gauze rolls and pads - Rubbing alcohol for cleansing supplies - Gas drops - Infant Tylenol

- Disposable or washable nursing pads

- Saline nose spray

- Nursing bras

- Liquid Benadryl

- 6 4-oz. Bottles, 6 8-oz. Bottles with matching nipples, rings and accessories

Vanilla, Mylapore: 9940012756 Just Born, Nungambakkam: 28250017 Mothercare, T Nagar: 42641851 Shanthi’s, Adyar: 9940169111 Also there are lot of shops in Maya Plaza and Singapore Shoppe, in T Nagar that stock up on imported baby ware.

- Baby washcloths

Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding requisites

- Nursing pillow

Some shops that stock on baby ware:

- Baby thermometer - Bulb syringe - Cotton- swabs. Travel Supplies

Do it Together You might have some help around, but make sure you involve your spouse in everyday parenting activities from an early stage itself. Fathers-to-be can visit the bookstore and pick some books that might come in handy. Finally, make the best of these harried times and enjoy the experience – it surely is rewarding. - Krithika Sukumar

- Neck pillow for tiny babies to keep head from flopping - Car window shade to avoid direct sun - Diaper Bag - Stroller


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Definitely, f a s h i o n . s t y l e . i c o n

Charity begins at home, so does fashion! Maybell is here to revolutionise the way women dress at home. he first time I came to know about Maybell was at their annual sale. Within a few years, they had become so famous that some of my friends used to wait for the Maybell sale to pick up their lounge wear. So, when I heard that they had opened a store in Chetpet, I was pleasantly surprised. Now, here I go on yet another assignment in the interest of public welfare – a visit to the Maybell store! I had googled and found out that it was in Nowroji road, so there I went with the hopes of finding respectable night wear (and not just drabs in the disguise of night wear). There, I found the shop in a quiet corner, huddled among other residential buildings. I entered and saw a line of kurtas to my left, I quickly reminded myself of my mission – nightwear and no more kurtas. So, I went in and asked politely, “the night wear section please?”. The girl there smiled and said, “it’s on the right mam, but do check out our new mix n match section, we have some new stuff line-up.” I didn’t want to disappoint this sweet little girl, so there I went with her, my mission temporarily forgotten. When it comes to kurtas, there are two major shops in Chennai – the one that stocks upon the ethnic wear and the other than has similar lines running across all its kurtas. Most other boutiques stock up kurtas brought down from the Delhi market. So, I was hugely relieved to find some novel designs and cuts here. Maybell apparently has their own designer team, their designs are definitely unique and you can be assured that your best friend wouldn’t wear the same kurta to your birthday party. From pleasant pastel shades to colours that shouted ‘look at me’, they have it all. The

Photos: Nagoor J

If you were too busy shopping for yourself, you could easily miss the fact that they have a wonderful collection of kids night wear. Now your little one too can look like a prince/ princess at their own kingdom (aka home). How thoughtful!


pricing too was surprisingly moderate.

in focus


Then, I stepped onto the night wear section. They had a good collection of nighties from the sensuous satin ones to the comfortable cotton ones. It is no wonder that Maybell had made a mark on this often neglected sector. They have seamlessly integrated stylish designs without compromising on the comfort factor. Though there weren’t many designs for small made women like me, they promised to alter it to my fit. Now, did I have a choice? So, I picked up two good-looking satin nightwear. Let them be mercilessly cut down to fit my petite self. Then, I moved on to their loungewear section. If their night wear collection was sultry, this one was smart. I quickly picked up a striped pair and a chic blue set. These guys sure do seem to know how to dress up a girl (lady) comfortably. So, ladies, gear up to bring home some fashion.

- Catherine Gilon

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Tummy Tales The first steps in life are the biggest and most important. So what have you done to help your toddler take its first step?


very parent is keen on handling his or her tiny toddler with utmost care. Right from painting the baby’s room with bright colours, adorning the cradle with cute wind chimes and soft toys to dressing them up like a doll; they pick and choose the best of the lot. And, when it comes to feeding the baby, the right food is given to ensure that the baby is healthy. Nestle and Heinz with their innumerous varieties of baby food dominate the market today. Here we share a few tips for you to take some stress off yourselves. As recommended by expert doctors, it is safe for your baby to get the first glimpse of solid food only beyond 4 months of age. Till then, apart from breast feeding, Nestle introduces to you a whole new range of Infant Formulas. Supplementing the

baby with protein and iron, such items help easy digestion and prevent any allergic reaction. As for Heinz, it offers three stages of Infant formulas and Toddler nutrition. These also contain the appropriate amounts of Iron, Calcium, proteins, vitamins and minerals.

on the other hand, has a variety of cereals in different fruit and vegetable varieties. Cereals with milk, like, Multigrain cereal with pineapple, apple, banana and Cinnamon and Organic multi grain cereals without milk are a rich source of calcium and iron.

For all the somewhat grown-ups out there (we mean the ones which are more than 6 months old!), it’s time to give them the first taste of solid food. This is the stage when the baby’s iron stores start depleting and it will need some extra nutrients to get a balanced diet. Then again, look out for signs of your baby showing interest in the food you eat. Try giving the

Cereals give way to powders, biscuits and snacks. Made of multivitamins which prove to be a good source of energy, the Toddler nutrition powder, Original Heinz biscuits and other vegetable and gravy snacks by Heinz are sure to make your baby wanting for more! Nestle has a lot to offer too. For babies between 9-24 months, Graduates puffs in different flavours like peach,

child bits and pieces of vegetables, mashed rice or fruits. If it seems to develop a taste for that, then it’s a ‘go ahead’ for feeding solid foods. Try out the GERBER Graduate toddler meals by Nestle. Made of real vegetables, wholesome pastas and tender meat, they help in bone and muscle growth. Heinz,

your baby. So we tried our best to list out the delicious baby foods and give you some tips to keep your worries at bay. Now go ahead and enjoy the pleasure of raising your little one with the best you can offer! But, do consult your paediatrician before choosing any of these infant formulas. PS: The flavours are here to ensure that you don’t run around the whole house whenever it’s tummy time! We bet they’ll like at least one of ‘em.

- Madhumita Prabhakar

strawberry and apple are quick fixes to help better growth for

How not to feed your baby? Never overfeed your baby

soon after feeding.

Never insist on the little one finishing the full bottle you have given him/ her. If your child stops drinking, stop feeding her/him. Try to swap arms and feed the child again, if it still says no, it means no, so stop there.

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Don’t feed them less either If your baby is done with the formula and is looking out for more, give it an ounce or two more, if it becomes an habit, then start making more formula in each bottle. Throw away the left-over Whatever your baby doesn’t finish should go to the garbage. Do not store unfinished formula in the refrigerator. Your child’s saliva, when mixed with the formula, can breed bacteria. Throw away the leftover and rinse out the bottle thoroughly

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Remember babies don’t stick to time schedules, so keep adjusting to your baby’s feeding needs. If the little one hasn’t had food in four hours, don’t force the food upon it, the child will let you know if she/he is hungry. Through the nights If your baby sleeps through the night, you might want to wake the child up to feed it right before you go to bed. This way you’ll at least get few hours uninterrupted sleep before the next feeding. But except for this bedtime feeding, try to avoid feeding her/ him until they ask for it.


ON SALE EXPRESS | FEB 19 - FEB 25, 2010

Look for BEE label

Court indicts bank


The aim of enforcing energy efficiency labelling is to provide the consumer an informed choice about energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the marketed household and other equipment. This is expected to have a good impact on energy saving in the medium and long run. Consumers will stand to gain if they look for BEE label while buying electrical appliances. These Labels are provided so as to standardise energy efficiency ratings of electrical appliances and indicate their energy consumption under standard test conditions. The labels have a number of Stars highlighted in colour and the Star Rating System ranges from One Star (least energy efficient and least money saved) to Five Stars (most energy efficient, thus most money saved). It is said that every unit saved is every unit produced. Now, how to save energy with the existing appliances? Here are some easy-to-follow steps: Lighting First let us take up Lighting. Turn off lights when you do not need them, especially when you go out of the room. Try task lighting for specific work like reading


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few weeks back it was reported in media that Bureau of Energy Efficieny (BEE) Star label had been made mandatory from January 7 for Frost-free refrigerators, Room ACs, Tubular flourescent lamps and Distribution transformers. The scheme for labelling was actually launched in May 2006 and invoked for the following equipments/appliances: Frost Free(No-Frost) refrigerator,Tubular Fluorescent Lamps, Room Air Conditioners, Direct Cool Refrigerator, Distribution Transformer, Induction Motors, Pump Sets, Ceiling Fans, LPG, Electric Geysers and Colour TV. It has been made mandatory for a few items only now.

– a table lamp will help.when you do not have to light up the entire room. Nowadays, automatic devices such as sensors, dimmers and timers are available and can be put to use for getting optimum output and conserving power. Dust tubelights and lamps regularly for dirt absorbs much of the light given out. And above all, as said in the first part of this article (ON SALE EXPRESS January 29 - February 04), remove all old incandescent lamps and fix compact fluorescent lamps(CFLs) since, a 15-watt CFL gives as much light as a 60-watt ordinary bulb. Air Conditioners The energy consumed by air-conditioners can be reduced by almost 40 per cent by using glare control films on glass windows. Trees can be grown to check hot rays from sun. Set your AC thermostat at 25 degrees Celsius to provide optimum comfort since every degree lesser than that consumes 3 to 5 per cent more energy. Keeping the ceiling fan on will keep the room cool and enable you to set the thermostat at a higher degree. A good

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AC should dehumidify the room in 30 minutes. Clean the air filter every month in summer since it improves air flow and saves energy. Above all, always go a energy efficient air conditioner with BEE stars. (To be continued) - Correspondent

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Most of you readers are smart shoppers, but the following tips are given just to keep you on the alert: - Park your car/two wheeler in a well-lit area.write down the name of the store or shop nearest to the vehicle (especially when you shop in Pondy Bazaar).

- For big shopping, such as jewellery, take someone with you and the dealer will certainly oblige you if you ask for escort up to your car.

- Check if the vehicle is locked properly.

- Never show off your purse or jewels you have.

- Do not leave valuable items on car seats so as to

- Be aware of what is happening around you . never get your attention diverted.

tempt the passersby. Try to put them in storage area.


legal jottings

One unit of power saved is one unit produced. How to save energy with the existing appliances? Some simple and easyto-follow steps will help.

A lady had applied to ICICI bank for a car loan of Rs.300,000 which was sanctioned to her, repayable in 35 monthly instalments. As per bank norms, the bank took from the applicant 35 post- dated cheques in lieu. Due to recessionary conditions then, the consumer decided not to avail of the loan and requested the bank to cancel the loan.

The bank accepted her request and the loan was never disbursed to her. She requested the bank to return her post-dated cheques, but to her shock found that a cheque had been presented for clearing by the bank. She immediately informed the bank about this and the bank admitted that it had happened by mistake. Another shock came a few days later when the lady received a notice from the bank to pay a sum of Rs.9,029 due to the dishonour of the cheque. She received another notice which asked her to pay Rs.18,085, failing which the bank threatened to sue her under the Negotiable Instruments Act. She claimed that the bank also sent a recovery agent to intimidate and harass her. The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission headed by Justice J.D. Kapoor found the bank guilty of deficiency of service and asked the bank to compensate the consumer. “Nowadays legal remedy is becoming costlier day by day. Rich and powerful business and other service providers drag the poor consumer to the last forum and a poor consumer gets a final decision after ten years or so,� observed the Judge.

Builder fined The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has imposed a cost of Rs.20,000 on a real estate developer for dragging a customer to it in a case relating to non-delivery of a flat on time. The apex consumer body also asked a Ranchi-based builder to pay the enhanced rate of interest to the consumer who booked a flat, which was cancelled despite his making payments on time. As the complainant-consumer had been dragged up to the level of national commission, the respondent builder shall pay Rs.20,000 as costs to him, the commission ruled. The State commission, had earlier expressed its inability to ensure delivery of the flat to the consumer as the builder had already sold it to some other party.


FEB 19 - FEB 25, 2010

V8 Wonders T

his week we take a look at the machines that are taking the world by storm with their V8 engines. Hop on for the fiery ride.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Though the comfort levels are weak to boast about, the performance of the car takes all the laurels. Powered by 4.7 litre V8 engine, the Vantage pumps out 420 hp and reaches a maximum speed of 290 km/h. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a supreme example of modern automotive design, a hand-crafted sports car that offers exceptional performance, outstanding agility and everyday usability.

Approx. priced at 132,500 USD

With aluminium space frame body and gull wing doors, SLS-AMG is one hell of a powerhouse. The AMG 6.3 litre, V8 engine produces a mammoth 571 hp with a max torque at 650 Nm. Whizzing 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, the gull wing reaches a maximum speed of 317 km/h. Weight distribution between the front and rear axles and its low centre of gravity accentuates the sports nature of this beast of a machine. Approx. priced at 243,375 USD

around the world

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Ferrari 458 Italia

9000 rpm – a first on a road car. That is what Ferrari 458 Italia promises you -an experience like never before. The new 4499 cc V8 is the first Ferrari direct injection engine to be mid-rear-mounted with maximum power output of 570 CV and a top speed of over 325 km/h. This red hound of Ferrari with its uncompromising design, performance oriented efficiency and intelligent aerodynamics will take you for a spin for sure.

Approx. priced at 275,000 USD

Audi R8

Inspired by the Le Mans winning racecar design, the mid-mounted V8 engine with 4.2 litre displacement and DOHC FSI technology makes the Audi R8 to produce 420 hp. Reaching 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, the R8 can reach speeds up to 187 mph. The comfort and handling is at its best with the Audis’ and the R8 doesn’t seem to differ. Approx. priced at 130,397 USD



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Ford India opened 28 new authorised dealer facilities in 24 cities to improve market availability and service. Inaugurating the new showroom of MPL Ford at Taramani, Chennai, Mr.Nigel Wark, Executive Director (Marketing, Sales and Service), said that with the new facilities, Ford aims to provide better services and to meet the demand that Ford Figo is going to bring. He also said that Ford has launched Quick Service – a process that performs routine service in less than 90 minutes for the need of the customers. Way to go, Ford

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ON SALE EXPRESS | FEB 19 - FEB 25, 2010

Bring me a Potion! I

t was a pleasant afternoon; we had called up and fixed an appointment for a food review of a niche Mediterranean restaurant in the city. I had dragged along another friend, so that she could try out their non-vegetarian fare while I relish the leaves. We were received with much aplomb than usual as we were here to judge the show. So, there we went with smiles drawn on our face, yet scared to think of what laid ahead (on our plates). A pleasant looking (and chubby) chef came our way, he made us as comfortable as possible and lined up before some leafy looking Mediterranean dishes whose spellings were even more mind-boggling. Then, of course, there were those succulent lamb potions (as described by my friend), fishy fare and more. Just as we were trying to note down their names, the waiter came in with a small bowl that had a tablet like dish, he

poured water over it and pop came out a rose. We were intrigued to say the least. The dish smelled of rose water. Once he left our table, we had a serious discussion as to whether this whitish delectable was vegetarian or non-vegetarian (with me hoping it would be some white cabbage). We had decided it should taste good as it smelled quite good. But just before I could gobble this appetizer, I had to lay my doubts to rest. So, there we called the waiter. The cheerful waiter came back to us hoping nothing had gone wrong with the food, we smiled and took courage. “May I know whether this is vegetarian or non-vegetarian?,” I asked with a plastic smile. The waiter looked totally puzzled, he said, “Pardon, mam.” With my mind voice thinking, “is he dumb?”, I asked again, “Is it vegetarian?.” He replied without a single trace of emotion, “it’s tissue


paper, mam.” I almost choked in embarrassment. Just as he left us alone with our poor white appetizer, we burst out laughing. It was the most memorable starter we almost had. - From a Reporter’s diary


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FEB 19 - FEB 25, 2010

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Ravishing Reema he has had a long innings in Kollywood and played the sultry and sexy dream girl of many on screen. But with her latest avatar in Selvaraghavan’s ‘Ayirathil Oruvan’, she has had a dream run herself. In this power packed role, she had ample scope to show her acting skills apart from a scintillating dance number, sword fights and plenty of gun wielding action scenes. We catch up with the Bong babe to find out more about her experiences with the film and more about her as a person... How was it working with a director like Selvaraghavan? It was an amazing experience. There were times when I would badger him with questions about my role and why I should be doing whatever he asked me to. But I eventually learnt that he had a vision in mind and it will all fit in at the end. With him, one can just go on the sets and let him take over. He has everything planned to the last detail about the character. What are the preparations you did for the role? I was asked to learn sword fighting and believe me it was tough to take classes after a tiring day at shoot. We had real swords that were several feet long and were so heavy to handle! I was asked to learn a bit of classical dance too. You shot in various locations that were tough terrains. Can you tell us about your experience ?

Yes, we shot in various locations from the tropical forests of Kerala to the deserts of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, the sands were really cold in the morning and we had to run on it barefoot for several days. It was so cold that one could almost get frost bite. So we used to run for the shot and then quickly run to the fire nearby to get warm again! It was quite an experience!

Yes, we spent so much time making it and the entire unit went through so much together in two years so I formed many friendships during its making. I have also become more patient as a person after this film.

Close Up! I have a fetish for: Bags bags and more bags. My favourites are Dior, D and G and Louis Vuitton. Clothes in my closet: Brands like Armani and Roberto Cavalli Some Indian designers I adore : Shane and Peacock, Rocky S I love shopping at: Dubai and in the streets of Mumbai. I love shopping and can shop just about anywhere! My style statement: I go for good cuts and fits. I like solid colours and avoid prints.

Actress: Reema sen

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It has such a vast canvas and is a different sort of film. Has it changed you in any way?

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What does Chennai mean to you? I would say that Chennai is my second home since I have done so many films here and I am known more as a Tamil actor. I have many good friends here.

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