Page 1



VOL. 01 ISSUE 02


Yakshagana is a musical dance drama popular in coastal and Malenandu regions of Karnataka. Traditionally, Yakshagana would go on all night and performed as ‘seva’ to the Goddess. It’s called “Aataa” in both Kannada and Tulu, which simply means play. Yaksha-gana literally means song of Yaksha (a tribe in ancient India). Yakshagana consists of Himmela (background musicians) and mummela (dance and dialogue group) who in coordination perform a Yakshagana prasanga (story). A performance usually tells a story from an Indian epic or a Purana. It has a narrator (Baghawatha) and an actor. The Baghawatha narrates the story by singing while musicians play traditional musical instruments in the background. The actor narrates the same story through his dance. The music is Yakshagana Raga and Yakshagana Tala, both of which have folk influences. The instruments used are maddale, taala (bells), chande (loud drums) and harmonium. The costume (Vesha) depends upon the character being depicted in the play and the Yakshagana style. The costume consists of the kirita or pagade on the head, the kavacha on the chest and bujakeerthi on the shoulder. Facial painting is an important part of the costume and depends upon the character being portrayed. Other variations of Yakshagana seen along the coastal districts. —Ranganatha Y.P. (‘08)









Semanti (09)

Jacqueline(AHS) Queena (07)



Rutajeet 10

Denver S Pinto (SPIT)













Shreyas (SPIT)

Gayatri (07)


Anshul(AHS) Amit & Rahul (09)

Gaurav(07) Lini & Ridhi (07)

Subhansh(08) Shrey & Supreet(08)










Shreya (09)

Shrayas (SPIT)

















Raichand(SPIT) Joseph(AHS) Pratik (08)






Suvarna(08) SPIT, '10 Rahul Venugopal(07) Gaurav Uppal(08) 07 SPIT 08, '10 Apurva and Aishvarya)

Vismaya(07) Gaurav(08) Parama Sahoo(09) Rahul Venugopal(07) SPIT,’10,'09 08



Faheem(SPIT) & Prithvi (08) 08


Gaurav(08) SPIT 08 09 Sahil(07) 09


BEST Among the Best… Best director- Arjun Suri (‘07) Best actor- Temoor (‘07) Best actress- Aimy (AHS) Best MC (general variety)- Jacqueline Fernandes Best MC (fashion show)- Jacqueline (AHS) Best model (male)- Benji (‘07) Best model (female)- Yvonne (‘08)


Collected and compiled by: Supraja Subramanian (‘08) Akshay Naik (‘08) Sarah Naushad (‘08)






Life in a Metro

—Deeksha Sikri (‘06)

After almost five years in a small town, which I saw grow in front of my very eyes, I am back home- to Delhi. I feel like a small town girl in a big city. There is a pace here that keeps you on your feet all the time. People are always rushing. There is no Froth on Top to sit and just talk about the day in. There is no beach five minutes away. There is no fort to sit on, and count the stars- the sky just isn’t clear enough. Maybe the Mangalore sky was different. There are no processions to dance in or convention centres to go to. Some people say Delhi has everything. They may be right. But for me, Delhi doesn’t have everything- it doesn’t have anything that made Mangalore. I travel by Metro and I miss the fifteen rupees rides in the auto to college when I got late for class. I go to a huge white and blue hospital and I miss the new pink walls of Wenlock with the new white boards. I meet up with friends in the evenings and I miss the random trips to Hanumangundi and Goa. I go to an awesome bakery and I miss the Crumbz uncle who played along with all my crazy cake requests. I eat the chat here and I actually miss Chat Junction’s passable chat which I complained about all this while. I go to the huge food courts here and miss the Empire Mall food court with almost half the shops closed down or unopened. I go for movies with expensive tickets and sit on plush soft seats, and miss the 80 bucks tickets and Adlabs ( Big Cinemas). I sometimes think it didn’t happen. The last few years just went past and I just landed here, without knowing how or why. I wonder whether I had really messed up end postings. I wonder if I really did break (or bend) as many rules as I did. Did I really help make a magazine? Did I really laugh on stage while singing? Was it me who made Maggi at 5:00 am and talked for hours together? Was it me who helped plan all those birthdays? Did I actually stay up nights to make a scrapbook from scratch? Was it me who broke down walls and then sometimes put them up? How and where did everything go? If there is an account for all the time I spent there, where is it? If time is spent somewhere, it should show right? So where is it? I was thinking all this when I was in the Metro the other day, watching a huge group of friends planning a trip after their exams got over. I sighed and wondered whether Goa after exams really happened. I took my phone out and saw three messages, from three Mangalore numbers. First said, “I went to Sizzler’s Ranch and ordered peach iced tea. Not the same, female.” Second said, “Help me make a plan. I’m in the Library and everyone is freaking me out.” Third said, “This could have been our year. Why did you leave?” And fourth was, “You are cordially invited to our house warming party tonight. At 9.” And I smiled. Here was the account. Right here. In my phone. In all the messages, status updates, comments, pictures and calls. I might have left the place, but I did not leave the people. I made memories, I made a difference. I helped someone open up, so now he can bond with people better. I supported someone through a tough time, so now she knows she doesn’t have to face anything alone. It might have been just a moment or five years, but it will not be forgotten. I will not be forgotten. And the people will not be forgotten. Mangalore will not be forgotten.



—Parulle Sarwal (‘09) Did you know? Osama isn’t dead. And the AIDS virus was created in a laboratory. And the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was the result of an Indian nuke experiment. And global warming is a hoax. And Shakespeare was not Shakespeare, but somebody else. Exhale already. Even if you were holding your breath not in shock, but because you smelled something fishy here. These are just a few arguments that are discussed louder than the others. Just theories. Not that I am calling them sham either. ‘Conspiracy theory’ is the belief that a specific event is actually just a step in a series of reactions that will ultimately lead to, (a) the end of the world through a massive war, or (b) establishment of an authoritarian world government by a secretive collective, or (c) otherwise culminate in a world-changing occurrence. The term New World Order (NWO), for conspiracy-theorists, is used to refer to the working of a secret organization that is all-powerful and wishes to ultimately establish an autocratic rule over the world, dissolving all states, sovereign or otherwise. This move towards a new dawn is apparently facilitated by various occurrences on a global scale, like current political and economic events which are all cogwheels in the machinery of this supposed group of elites. These people conspire to achieve world domination through these machinations. The term, derived from the Latin phrase "novus ordo seclorum", appearing on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States (1776) since 1782 and on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill since 1935, means "New Order of the Ages" and only alludes to the beginning of an era where the United States of America is an independent nation-state, but is often mistranslated by conspiracy theorists as the "New World Order". [Wikipedia] Sceptics and political scientists warn that leakage of this phenomenon into popular culture will translate into a large number of people becoming paranoid, and that this may trigger a revolution in response to a possibly fake enemy. My conspiracy theory: If and once at it, we all shall end up trying to save ourselves from the NWO, and set into motion a series of events that will culminate in its establishment. Read about some of the coolest, shadiest conspiracy theories of all times. Check out:


A Sneak Peek into the Lives of Your Favorite Teachers Based on popular student vote, the following teachers received the Best Teacher awards on the College Day which was held on March 25, 2011 at the T.M.A. Pai Convention Center. The BWM team interviewed them to see what makes them tick. The following responses were recorded to the questions asked:

Dr. Rukmini (Biochemistry) 1.If I hadn’t picked this profession…..I was always interested in pursuing medicine. Before the PUC level I was interested in English literature and Sanskrit, unfortunately I didn’t get any exposure about those fields at PUC level. I still enjoy listening to shlokas from time to time. 2. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate…..participated in a strike against the head of the institution. We swept the roads in protest, however, I regret it now because despite all our efforts no change took place. 3. My views on morning (9 am) classes….should be there! 8:30 would be better! 4. If you could live anywhere on earth…...Mysore, because I was born and brought up there. 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality...I’d hope to be Amitabh Bachchan, because I’ve always been a huge fan. I doubt there is anyone who I’d dread being. 6. Cooking…..I enjoy cooking for my daughter. Cakes are my favourite, though there are a lot of other dishes I enjoy too.

Dr. Ashok Shenoy (Pharmacology) 1. My view on 8 am morning class….What more is required than being fresh after a good night sleep and peak cortisol levels to start the day? 2. If I hadn’t picked this profession…..I’d be a Veterinary doctor 3. If I could live anywhere on earth….First choice: home sweet home Alternatively: a mosquito free cool room in any jungle/ forest. 4. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate….Starting at 12:30am from Manipal and reaching Mangalore by 2:00 am in an auto alone! 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I would want to be Rahul Gandhi. I would dread being Rahul Mahajan. 6. Cooking….Yes I like cooking (have to!)I am not allowed to prepare my favourite dish at home (Fish curry).

Dr. Anand (Pulmonary Medicine) 1. If I hadn’t picked this profession…. I’d be a Lawyer 2. My view on 8 am morning class….Teacher’s delight. Student’s nightmare. 3. If I could live anywhere on this earth….Any place that cuts you off from the rest of the world. 4. Cooking….Yes, I like cooking. Favourite dish- Bengan Bhartha 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I would want to be Amitabh Bachchan. I would dread being a politician. 6. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate….Dance with two left feet! 7. Message to students….Enjoy your student life, it never comes back. Don’t repent anything in life.

Dr. Anupama Karanth (Ophthalmology) 1. If I hadn’t picked this profession… I’d be pouring over bygone tales in tomes of history 2. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate….Took down copious notes. 3. My view on 8 am morning class….necessary evil. 4. If I could live anywhere on this earth….2.5 Km east of Timbuktu. Why not? 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I’d hope to be Captain Spock. I’d dread being Dexter Morgan 6. Cooking….Yep, I like to cook. Waiting for the perfect veg biryani. 7. Message to students….I don’t have one. But keep left and follow the signals

Dr. R.V. Bhat (Medicine) 1. My views on morning 8am classes...With the new trend of late nights amongst both professors and students, I feel maybe the concept of morning classes needs to be reconsidered. 2. If I wasn’t in this profession...I would have been interested in English literature. Idioms and phrases of English literature have spilled into medicine. And these were the ones that had piqued my interest in this particular field. Out of the four books I’ve written, three are on medicine- one on chest x rays (my personal favourite), one on tuberculosis (a tribute to my father who was a TB specialist), one on clinical medicine and lastly, one on poems for children, thus, justifying my interest in the English language.

3. Wildest thing I did in my under graduate days….When I was in Manipal, in my first year, I had an instance of food poisoning from the mess food. I approached the mess secretary and made my complaint. He then advised me it would be more effective if I had my complaint in writing, so I did, I wrote “I’ve had a bout of food poisoning due to the mess food and I’m writing this complaint hoping it will bring the necessary change” The very next day I was kicked out of the mess because the then hostel warden (also the HOD of anatomy) took it personally that I had complained against the mess. Following which for fifteen days I ate outside, which was terrible, because besides the odd timings of our classes, it was a huge drain on my pocket money. But my bigger fear was that due to my one complaint, it might have greater

Dr. Latha Prabhu (Anatomy) 1.If I hadn’t picked this profession….Maybe I would have become an architect or an interior designer 2.Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate ….(Laughs) I’ve done too many! I don’t think I can tell you! Once I got into trouble because I took a Rickshaw with my roommate late at night in a dark and dingy corner of Mysore. I got really scared and promised that I would never venture out in the dark again! 3. If I could live anywhere on earth….Las Vegas because I’ve been there once and stayed in one of the hotels on the strip, and I liked it a lot! It’s a real happening place. Maybe once I’m old I can sit in the casinos and gamble to earn lots and lots of money! 4. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I’d hope to be Angelina Jolie because I think she has the best life, she has adopted kids, she is doing lots of charity work, she has the best lips and is married to the best guy. 5. Cooking….My children say I’m a good cook but I hate cooking. I wish god blesses me with a great cook in the kitchen one day. My favourite cuisine is Italian and Chinese.

Dr. Hema Kini (Pathology) 1. If I hadn’t picked this profession….can’t think of a better profession than this one .I feel like a medical detective every day. If I hadn’t gotten into medicine , I would have probably been a mathematics or science teacher at school/ college level. 2. My view on 8 am morning class….good time to have class. Everyone is fresh – the teacher and the taught- better understanding of lessons. Also this way we finish off classes early in the day and deal with the departmental and lab work without a break. 3. If I could live anywhere on this earth….. Mangalore : home is where the heart is! Kodaikanal: love that place 4. Cooking….Yes, I very much like cooking. Favourite dishes are trifle pudding, vegetable au gratin, guava pudding, rasam, masala chana bake, bhel puri, shrikand etc. 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I would love to be just me. Don’t want to be any famous personality! I would dread being a politician or not being a normal, healthy person- physically and mentally.

Dr. Ismail (Medicine) 1. If I hadn’t picked this profession….Ever since I’ve known myself I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. It was my dream. 2.My views on 8 am morning class….Very good! Wonderful! Really brings a lot of concentration. 3. If I could live anywhere on this earth….Switzerland. It’s the most beautiful place. God’s bounty- it has everything, 4. Cooking….Yes of course! But I don’t know how to cook. Favourite dish-Fish Curry 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I’d hope to be myself! And I wouldn’t dread being anybody. 6. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate….I didn’t sleep on the night before my Biochemistry exam. I was scared because I hadn’t read.

Dr. Priya Ballal (OBG) 1. If I hadn’t picked this profession…. I would’ve been a musician. 2. Craziest thing I did as an undergraduate….Ehem! No way this question can be addressed on this forum. Don’t want my Best Teacher award revoked!!:) 3. My views on morning (8 am) classes….its a great way to start your day. 4. If I could live anywhere on earth…. I’d live in my home town Mangalore!! No other place I’d rather live in :) 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I would dread being a politician. 6. Cooking…. I love to cook!! My favorite dish is Date Walnut Cake (I have a sweet tooth!) repercussions in the form that I wouldn’t be allowed to pass Anatomy. So I went and approached the secretary and said please help me out. Initially the warden was a little reluctant to forgive me immediately, but eventually the matter was sorted out and I could eat in the mess once again. 4. Cooking….Cooking has never really been my forte , rather I would cook up a reason not to cook. My favourite dishes are Mulgawtoni soup (pepper water), butter chicken, yellow dal and khaman dhokla. 5. If I woke up in bed one morning and found out I was a famous personality….I would choose to be Jules Verne. He had the remarkable ability to think ahead of his time (he described a submarine even before its creation) and his spark for imagination was just sheer brilliance. I would dread being sai baba on his death bed,

where in despite all your fortune one isn’t allowed to even die in peace. 6. One of my HAPPIEST MOMENTS in life…. Dinner time revision classes 7. A message for the students : The profession we are in is one based on trust, so my message to my students will be is to have faith. Not just in yourself, but also in your thoughts and actions. Simply have faith in the future. Everything else Compiled by: Jayati Dureja, Sarah Naushad, Rutajeet Chatterjee, Surabhi Chattree, Aaron Charles Lobo, Riddhi Joshi


Two Sides of a Coin: Shireen Rachel George (‘10) The right to live cannot be dependent on the depth of one’s pocket. Generic drugs are a cost effective alternative to branded products available in the market. These are biochemical equivalents of an available, effective drug produced after the parent products’ patent has expired. These drugs offer brilliant options for developing countries, which get better aid, hence improving life expectancy. Expensive, essential drugs like those for AIDS, can be made available for economically backward populations. Yes, it is true that these products only come out years after the manufacture of the original drug, but this is a classic case of ‘its better late than never’. Generic drugs are in fact IDENTICAL to the original drug in dose, strength, route of administration, safety and effectiveness, ruling out possibilities of side effects. These drugs save money on R and D, clinical trials, patents, marketing, hence not compromising on the quality of drug. Branded drugs spend almost 15% of their total cost on marketing their product, to ensure doctors and pharmacies prescribe their drug. And the money for this is borne by the poor patient. Generic drugs, on the other hand, require no marketing gimmicks. They aim at reaching out to a larger number of people, at a more affordable rate. And healthcare MUST be about people, not profits. It’s not so much the research that’s costing us this much, we end up paying through our noses for our greatest enemy, greed. The greed of the company which produces the drug. Generic drugs must be made an integral part of our future healthcare system. Would you rather save a million lives, or sympathise with the poor little rich pharmaceutical companies who cry about their exclusivity?

Generic Drugs Akshay Sethi (‘10) Health care. An essential part of our society today. And an essential part of health care is the administration of drugs. If you’ve seen one side of the coin, you’d know what generic drugs are and why its important to have them. Well, here’s why you shouldn’t. In the recent times, there has been a lot of hue and cry about saving lives. And everybody knows that money is not as important as a life. Nobody ever said it was. But, one of the main aspects that people tend to overlook when the concept of generic drugs is discussed is that it might seem very helpful, but there is more than meets the eye. That main aspect is the issue of patenting. A pharmaceutical company invests millions of dollars into Research and Development of a drug. The company pays for proper trials and testing of the drug, before it finally hits the market. The goal of this pharmaceutical company is to develop an effective drug for the treatment of a particular disease. And when that is done, the company, as is natural, expects some profit out of it. But, as has been stated earlier, money is not as important as a human life. However, the opposite is what seems true when the company demands exclusivity and a longer patent life. Is this justified? Yes. Without recouping the expenditures that have been taken up by the company to develop the drug, there is no scope for another research project. Moreover, the incentive for companies to develop more drugs is lost altogether. Though, on the face of it, it appears that the company is greedy for more money and is regardless of humanity, it is not so. Generic drugs might save a million lives right now, but when more diseases develop and there’s no one around to produce an effective drug against it, we’re dead meat, to put it crudely. So, we need to ask ourselves this question: Would there even EXIST a concept of generic drugs if it weren’t for the endless efforts of the parent company to produce the drug? The answer need not be written to be understood.

The Lit Club The Lit Club is looking for bright, inquisitive minds with quizzing skills to conduct various quizzes, pictionary, puzzles etc. on Thursday evenings. The topics can be as varied as movies and TV shows to popular advertisements, books and corporate trivia! It’s a great opportunity to brush up on your G.K. and win some contests for the college! Those interested, please contact Sarah Naushad (‘08) at 9886564634. This issue’s pictionary is again depicting a song. Its from a popular British alternative rock band, the lead singer of which is married to a Hollywood actress. Their daughter is named Apple and son, Moses. You should have guessed the band by now! Now figure out the song. Pictionary by Supraja Subramanian (‘08) Last month’s answer: ‘Pichle Saat Dino Mein’ from Rock On.

Closer to a Cure for HIV? More So Now Than Ever —Surabhi Uppal (‘09)

HIV resistant cells developed by researchers at Penn This latest development, which might just be the next major breakthrough in the eternally ongoing search for a cure for HIV, can probably be traced back to the December of 2010. It was in that month that, soon after the World AIDS Day on the 1st of December, doctors from Charite Hospital, Berlin found reason to believe that an HIV-positive man who had undergone a stem cell transplant may have been cured as a result of the procedure. Timothy Ray Brown, who was HIV positive and battling acute myeloid leukemia as well, received a stem cell transplant in 2007 as a part of his lengthy leukemia treatment course. During follow up investigations, it was found that not only did the HIV remain undetectable, HIV antibody levels declined to the point that the patient has no antibody reactivity to HIV core antigens, and only very low levels of antibodies to the HIV envelope proteins. Seventeen months after the transplant, a brain biopsy and lumbar puncture were carried out, and HIV was undetectable in the b rain and CSF too. And that’s the way it has been for the past 4 years. Timothy is now referred to as ‘The Berlin Patient’ in the medical spheres. Apparently Timothy had received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection i.e. the donor had a mutated CCR5 gene -which encodes a protein that allows HIV to enter cells. Now doctors believe him to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection. Brown's case paved a path for constructing a permanent cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells. Today, researchers at Penn Med (University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine) have successfully altered the DNA in immune cells to be HIV-resistant in nine different patients. As the doctors knew that a mutated CCR5 gene provides natural resistance to HIV, they utilised this knowledge for altering the DNA code in non-resistant genes. Researchers at Penn Med took blood samples from nine HIV positive volunteers and modified specific T cells to make them HIV resistant. These resistant cells have lasted since June 2009 without any negative side effects. The next step planned is infusion therapy which puts the treatment directly into the blood stream of the patient and if successful, this should increase the number of HIV resistant cells in the body. Although this successful effort doesn’t mean there is a cure in the near future, it sure does imply that we are getting there. Definitely. Albeit slowly and gradually. But then again what is it that they say about the slow and steady...


TV Guide: Raising Hope —Aaron Charles Lobo (‘08) So what makes Raising Hope a TV show that you must watch? Well for starters the show is based on Jimmy Chance (played by Lucas Neff) and the many awkward challenges he faces as he desperately tries to raise his daughter Hope. You see Jimmy, for better or for worse ,ends up with Hope after a one-night-stand with Hope’s mother, who finds herself on Death Row and unfortunately gets the chair. So now Jimmy has to balance his absolutely eccentric family, his love-interest Sabrina (played by Shannon Woodward) and Hope. The show may not have your witty one-liners or that polished British - sort of humor. But the sheer eccentricities of the Chance family, like the crazy delusional Grandma who thinks she’s still fighting in WWII or the weird control-freak hoarder Mom , will leave you rolling on the floor, begging for more. The funny situations that the characters manage to get themselves into will leave a taste of that raw slap-stick humor in your mouth that not even the most hardened of hearts will be able to resist . Also, just watching Hope as she delivers her well timed baby giggles and smiles is a treat you wouldn’t want to miss. This is modern day American eccentricity at its best. Hats off to the Emmy award winning director Gregory Garcia for this one.

Watch out for the ones you

MUST WATCH! —Surabhi Uppal (‘09) Come 2011 and what we get is a whole bunch of rather promising new movies releasing over the year. The pickings ain’t slim and here’s putting your options on the table: 1. Thor (Kenneth Branagh), scheduled to release in mid- April starring Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins among others, is based on the comic book character created by Marvel Comics. Thor, a powerful warrior recklessly sparks off an ancient war and as a result is thrown out of Asgard and sent to live on Earth as punishment. One thing leads to another and precipitates into the evergreen ‘hero against bad guy’ sequence. 2. Green Lantern (Martin Campbell) is a 3D superhero film based on the character created by DC Comics and will be release in June this year. 2011 seems to be the year of comic book adaptations and Green Lantern is yet another one for the list. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong and Blake Lively, the storyline revolves around Hal (Reynolds), the newest recruit of Green Lantern Corps who with their gifted rings are the protectors of peace and justice. His mission is to protect Earth from the evil Parallax. And for support and encouragement he’s always got childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Lively). 3. Delhi Belly (Abhinay Deol) starring Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Shehnaz Treasurywala is set to release on the first of July this year. Coming from the trusty Aamir Khan Productions banner this one is probably worth a watch. 4. Cowboys and Aliens (Jon Favreau) set to release toward the end of July is a science fiction Western based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (2006). With a rather unique take on the usual storyline followed by Westerns and a rather impressive cast comprising of Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde this film in one to surely look out for. 5. Contagion (Steven Soderbergh) starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow among others is an action thriller set to release late October. The movie revolves around the threat posed by a deadly disease and a team of international doctors brought in to deal with the outbreak. With the rather ‘relevant-to-us’ storyline and promising cast this one deserves a watch.

8. Not to forget the holocaust of sequels and prequels coming out this year, which need no introduction whatsoever, we’ve got: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

May 20 (USA)

6. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher) is an English adaptation of the novel by the same name by the late Steig Larsson which was a part of the phenomenally successful Millennium Series. Set to release in December with Daniel Craig (who seems to be another fixture of 2011) playing the protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, this film is bound to attract all the fans of the books and then some.

The Hangover II

May 26 (USA)

X- Men: First Class

June 3 (USA)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

July 15 (USA)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 7. The Adventures of Tintin :The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Speilberg is a 3D film based on the comics and is set to release in late December. With Tintin, Captain Haddock and Thompson and Thomp- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol son to look forward to, I think all Tintin fans would agree with me (and I know there are rather a lot of Don 2: The Chase Continues those) when I end this right here with- ‘nuff said!

Dreams It's a beautiful, beautiful night A thousand 'n' one stars sparkling in the sky It's pixie dust and glittering lights It's magic, it's happiness, it's only dreams tonight Looking up at the full moon I know it's time, to just close my eyes To open up my heart and spread out my wings It's my time to fly, my time to shine The world is waiting, it's my oyster tonight, Waiting for me to reach out And grab my rainbow real tight No doubts, no fears, it's out there for me to find

Dec 16 (USA) Dec 16 (USA) Dec 23 (India)

—Jaini Gala (‘10)

A soft breeze blows, whispering in my ear Don't lose the hope, don't misplace the faith Believe in yourself at the end of each day Because it's only YOU who can hold you back So I hold my breath and take that leap Not knowing if I'll land on my feet Or fall into a great bleak chasm And never find my way back to the light again I take that leap Because I know in my heart That the sky's the limit I just have to make my way up...


SAMPOORNA Kranti —Sujay Iyer (‘06)

It was coined by Jai Prakash Narayan in the 70s and was the tagline for the JP Movement that ended Indira Gandhi's autocracy. It's time to bring the legendary words back again. It's time we bring about 'Total Revolution'. These past few years have been annoying, frustrating, disappointing and above all insulting. Our self-respect as Indians has been hurt. Scam after scam, they just don’t seem to stop. What keeps increasing with them though is the prefix to the crores of rupees stolen. And what's even more annoying is the fact that none of them are held guilty, none of them show even a glimpse of shame. Our beloved and respectable Prime Minister keeps repeating the phrase again and again, whenever the questions are raised, "I don't know". It's not the government that's to blame though, it's a problem that plagues our system. Be it the party in power or the party in the opposition, there are corrupt leaders everywhere. We have to go to the root of the problem, drive out corruption from all spheres of our life. This is possible only when the people stand up and say, "Enough is enough!"


It was awe-inspiring to be in the company of such a selfless man. I was very lucky to hear Anna Saheb Hazare speak. He was not only articulate and patriotic in his speech, but also witty and intelligent. His angst and disappointment were evident. He was not happy with where our country was going. He said it made no sense to gain independence; we are plagued with the same injustices that we revolted against in 1947. The sacrifices of Bhagat Singh and Gandhiji have been insulted by the politicians of today. What made me instil more faith in him was that he was apolitical; he did not want any politician with him on the dais. A fantastic example was the driving out of Mr. Om Prakash Chautala who is well known for his corruption in the state of Haryana from the meet. The more I read about him, the more I'm inspired. Twice before he's fasted unto death- 6 ministers from the Maharastra cabinet and 400 IFS officers resigned during his first fast and his second led to the installation of the RTI act sans edit. He's served our country in the two wars of the '60s. He's donated almost 25 lakhs to charity. He's established a perfect village in India. I could go on with his accolades but this page doesn’t have that kind of space. He truly is a Mahatma. We really need another one at this stage, a man without a single blemish, a man who is selfless in the service of his nation, a man who does not side with a political party because he's wise enough to understand that corruption has seeped into every politician's soul by now.

There were at least a thousand people at Jantar Mantar that day, 160 people were fasting with him. Let's hope the number increases. Let's hope everyone reading this decides it's time we get up off our lazy asses and do something about an issue we constantly discuss. We now have a medium and an opportunity, let it not go to waste. Let him be our Jai Prakash Narayan and let corruption be the emergency. Let’s bring about Sampoorna Kranti, let’s pass this bill and drive the corrupt politicians out! POWER OF PEOPLE STRONGER THAN PEOPLE IN POWER. India begins to dream again. Victory.

he te: T io n t or’s s ar Edit r of thi f o e writ as one nds w sa cle hou up at t e thos showed r to a who r Mant a a Jant ort Ann fight e supp re, in th ption. a u Haz st corr n agai

team A Rewind— JAPAN

—Akshay Sethi (‘10)

Not so much as half way across the world from where you are right now, not so much as a few hundred kilometres below Founders your feet, a tremor shook the very existence of this world. A sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust. An earthquake. A Sarah Naushad tsunami. March 11, 2011. Indeed, a black day for not only Japan, but also the rest of the world. Jayati Dureja “Forget the past”, people say. Easier said than done. One of the biggest earthquakes in history hit Japan at around 14:46 of March 11, with a magnitude of 9.0, on Sanriku Coast. Editor-in-Chief A 10-meter high tsunami swept inland in many places across Japan, including cities and villages of Tohoku district off the Jayati Dureja Pacific Coast, causing widespread devastation. Ships, boats, cars and houses were wrecked brutally. Though Tokyo was not affected as much, relatively lower magnitudes of seismic activity were observed there. Damages were inflicted in Kanto disDesign | Formatting | Graphics trict, too. Waves of muddy waters swept over farmlands near the city of Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, Parulle Sarwal If you are at the beach and see the tide receding strangely and com- inland. Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, was inundated Illustrations pletely, evacuate immediately; this is not an invitation to investigate but with cars, trucks, buses and thick mud deposited over its runways. Fires spread through a section of the city. The one to run in the opposite direction. Supraja Subramanian As you move very quickly, away from the sea, warn as many people as death toll has climbed to 12,915 and 14,921 people are Parulle Sarwal possible whilst doing so. Once the tide suddenly recedes, it is likely that still unaccounted for, according to official reports. Upyou have only a couple of minutes at best before the tsunami arrives. turned and partially submerged vehicles are still a comEditorial Board If a distant tsunami is detected, major cities are alerted a few hours or mon sight in the waters. In many regions, basic ameniless before the tsunami hits. Heed these warnings! Aaron Charles Lobo ties like electricity, gas and water remain disconnected The first time you hear of a tsunami coming and want to be safe, pack up Aaron Mascarenhas and drive inland to a city/town where you are safe of being hit until the and transportation facilities are suspended. Apart from the humungous damage to life and property Riddhi Joshi storm has resided. the earthquake and tsunami resulted in emergency Keep away until the all clear is broadcast. A tsunami comes in waves. Yvonne Mak There may be many, many waves lasting for hours and the next wave may situations including failure of the reactor-cooling sysParulle Sarwal be even larger than the last. tems in TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company)'s nuAbandon belongings. Save lives, not possessions. You will lose valuable clear power stations in Fukushima Prefecture. Even Surabhi Chattree time trying to retrieve things and belongings and this may hamper your now, fear of radiation in water and vegetables remains, Surabhi Uppal escape. Grab your safety pack, something to keep you warm, your family only making the situation worse. Work to remove radioand leave immediately. Rutajeet Chatterjee active water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s stricken FukuTry to get reliable information. Listen to the radio for updates on what is Siddharth Singh happening. Do not trust word of mouth. It is better to wait than to return shima Daiichi nuclear plant fell behind schedule over the weekend as the company focused on limiting the damtoo early and be caught by more incoming waves. Arjun Suri React quickly if you are caught up in the water. If you did not manage to age from toxic leakage into the environment. Jaini Gala For ensuring the safety of nuclear power stations, conevacuate but find yourself caught up in the tsunami for one reason or another. Grab onto something that floats. Use a floating object as a raft Akshay Sethi trol rods have been inserted immediately in the 11 reacto keep you above the water. Items that float such as tree trunks, doors, tors which were in operation in 3 nuclear power stations fishing equipment etc. may be in the water with you.Realize that concen- in Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaragi Prefectures, automatiStaff Advisor trating on survival continues after abatement of the tsunami. Once the cally suspending power generation. A nuclear emertsunami has subsided, there will be debris, destroyed and buildings and Dr. Ajay Kamath gency situation has been declared with respect to broken infrastructure. There may also be bodies. Fresh water supplies may be destroyed or disrupted. Food supplies will most likely be unavail- TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi and Dai-ni Nuclear Power Student Advisor able. The potential for disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, star- Stations in Fukushima Prefecture, and evacuations and vation, and injuries will make the post-tsunami period just as perilous as emergency measures are being undertaken. Dr. B.Unnikrishnan The Government of Japan immediately set up its during the tsunami. An emergency plan should also consider the aftermath and what needs to be done to protect you, your family and your emergency headquarters with Prime Minister Kan as the community. The reality is that coping with the aftermath of a tsunami is head, making all-out efforts for search and rescue as not an individual effort but a community one. If your local authorities well as for reconstructing various lifelines. The whole Send your entries to have not put action plans into place, insist that they do so or form a comworld has come together and many countries have munity action group to consider a post-tsunami plan. fered their assistance to Japan in its time of need. Rescue teams from 14 countries and regions as well as a United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination (UNDAC) View the online flippable version or team have arrived in Japan and started operating. get your own copy in PDF format at So, while we Indians rejoice and glorify 11 men in blue lifting a golden trophy and earning huge amounts of money, our Facebook page: let us stop for a moment and remember those thousands of people who have lost much more than just money. Let us pay our respect to humanity.


What to do in a tsunami


FIVE FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2011 1) Neymar- one year after quite astonishingly having turned down an offer from Chelsea , to prepare himself for European football at home club Santos, Neymar has finally hit the world stage. From scoring two goals for brazil in a friendly match against Scotland to attracting racist attention in the form of a bananathrowing incident,he sure has been in the headlines. With 30 million pounds being his price tag last summer, it is sure that some big club is going to snap this 18 year old for some big, big money.

PSV Eindhoven, Afellay joined Barcelona in a dream move last season. Despite limited opportunities in the star studded lineup of Barca, he has still managed to make an impression. The prospect of him realizing his full potential in the near future is mouth watering, in an already almost perfect team.

3) Ryo Miyaichi- Arsene Wenger surely has gifted scouts under his wing, having spotted this Japanese teenager playing for his high school team. Currently on loan to Feyenoord, he has been the star player for the club this 2) Ibrahim Afellay- perhaps the most promising season. Perfectly fitting the prototype of an out of the new Dutch brigade of pacy and crea- ideal arsenal player, fast and possessing good tive footballers. Having tormented defenders technical ability, he has been nicknamed as for five years in the Dutch league, playing for ‘Ryodinho’ for his similarities with Ronaldinho. PS: He clocks 100 m in 10.84 seconds

When KMCites bled blue! —Surabhi Chattree (‘09), Riddhi Joshi (‘08) The Kaprigudda boys led by Mayank Jain put up a projector in their mess to watch the much awaited India- Pakistan clash in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2011. A similar setup followed for the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, only this time with much more vigour and enthusiasm. The Nandagiri girls were not to be left behind on one of the most exciting days of the decade for the country. On 2nd April 2011, the dull, drabby, orange mess of Nandgiri Ladies Hostel turned into an eclectic, blue stadium full of screaming girls. Thanks to Deepti Padbidri and her friends, and with the generous donations given by all the girls, the girls’ hostel got the last available projector in Mangalore. And voila, there was a humongous screen right where the TV used to be. Pepsi, chips, dressed in blue with the tricolour painted on every visible part of the body, everyone went all out. And why not, it was the world cup final! And the girls of Nandgiri hostel watched it in style. And it wasn’t just the students who had the cricket fever, the mess ladies (and some men) were spotted screaming, jumping (!), banging utensils and making a whole lot of noise. Even the first year students in Bejai, equipped with drums and trumpets, set up a TV in their mess to watch the semi final and final match. The game began excitingly with Sri Lanka winning the toss and batting first. Initially, the Indian team showed good promise with excellent fielding. It got a little dull in the middle with the Sri Lankan team’s solid batting effort and India’s average bowling. With the help of Mahela Jayawardene’s fine 103 of 88 balls and some late batting assault, Sri Lanka managed to reach a competitive total of 274/6 in 50 overs. Then it was India’s turn to bat, and at one stage everything seemed lost when India chasing a total of 275 runs lost Sehwag and Tendulkar for just 31 runs. However, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir steadied the ship with their batting efforts. Yuvraj did some sensible batting along with Dhoni, who played a true captain’s knock, ending the game by hitting a huge six! With that shot India became World Cricket Champions after 28 long years. And with so many ‘blue babes’ supporting the men in blue why would they not. But the party had just begun! And the Indian cricket team members were not the only one’s partying that night. While the Nandagiri girls were stuck in the hostel, the Kaprigudda boys started a rally unfurling the Indian tricolour flag all the way to Lalbagh. In our three years in Mangalore we have never seen the city so alive at that time of the night. The noise and enthusiasm equated that of a festival and even more! Festivities which included dancing on the streets and bursting fireworks continued late into the night. For that night it seemed everyone had forgotten all other worries and were revelling in the glory of the Indian Cricket Team. I know I woke up with a smile on my face the next morning!

4) David Luiz- having scored two vital goals against the two Manchester clubs, he has completely overshadowed the other new Chelsea signing, the 50 million pound Fernando Torres. A gifted ball player at center back with a good header and a bullet shot, he is a monster. Not alien to throwing a few dirty tackles here and there, he is the perfect partner at the back for John Terry. 5) Javier Pastore- this attacking midfielder from Argentina is currently plying his trade in Italian Serie A club Palermo. Quite in the Pavel Nedved mould is all about individual brilliance and creativity. Having been linked to top clubs like Manchester United, Porto and AC Milan, he has a bright future ahead.

—Siddharth Singh (‘08)

Sepak Takraw A sport to be discovered Sepak takraw or kicking volleyball is widely played by Southeast Asian countries namely Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and inadvertently has made its way to Europe and whether you know it or not, India! ‘Sepak’ means ‘kicking’ in Malay. There are two regus (teams), each with 3 players. One of the three players shall be at the back; he is called a “Tekong”. The other two players shall be in front, one on the left and the other on the right. The player on the left is called a “Left Inside” and the player on the right is called a “Right Inside”. Played by both sexes, a woven rattan ball is kicked, smashed a ddefended by means of any parts of the body (head, leg, body) except their hands ,over a badminton net. Hard isn’t it? It is basically a combination of football, volleyball and gymnastics. The rules sandcore system are similar to volleyball. So if you’re imagining 6 players flying around a badminton-sized court like how Shaolin kung fu masters would on a battle field, you got it spot on! Originally, this game was brought in from China to Southeast Asia through early trade routes (time to brush up your history!). It was called ‘cuju’ (kick ball). To date, Thailand is the world champion in sepak takraw. Watch the game in action and be awed! Visit

—Yvonne Mak (‘08)


Discovering Mangalore Gastronomical Series (Part two) — Riddhi Joshi (‘08)


Hailing from Mumbai, I have been in the constant search for a place that serves decent chaat. My quest for such a place has ended with the opening of a new chaat corner called Chaat Zaara which is located in the lane behind Deepa Comforts. The part I like the most about this place is that it uses the correct ingredients in the preparation of the chaat items instead of using wrong and not to mention unappetizing substitutes. For instance, they actually use papdi in the preparation of sev puri instead of using the same puri used in pani puri that seems to be the choice of most other chaat joints in Mangalore. From pani puri and sev puri to samosa chaat and basket chaat, you name it and they have it. My personal favorite is the Suji pani puri which is served with mouth watering pani. Chaat Zaara is definitely a good substitute to the roadside pani puri vendors because they maintain good levels of hygiene and therefore the food is easy on the stomach. To accompany the chaat I would recommend the regular or the mango lassi although it is a little too thick but delicious at the same time. A variety of sweets are offered to end the meal on a sweet note, none of them extraordinary, although if I had to choose I would go with the ras malai. The consistency of ras gullas and gulab jamuns is a little too hard for my liking. It has a good ambience and good seating arrangement so that you can sit back and relax with your friends and enjoy a meal that is easy on the pocket. If you’re the kind of person that thinks chaat is the kind of food that is enjoyable only when it is eaten in a small stall on the roadside, then Chaat Junction might just be the place for you. Situated in the Casa Grande complex, in close proximity to the Kaprigudda and Sturrock hostels, it is already a popular hangout among the boys. The pani puri here is served with pani that is just the right chatpata taste, not too spicy not too bland. The samosa chaat is appealing to the taste buds as well. The sev puri (ask for the paapdi otherwise they give the same old puri) and the paapdi chat were a little more on the sweeter side so request them to make it spicier if that’s what you like. And, most importantly, nothing on the menu is over Rs. 15. But mind you, this is not a place for hypochondriacs! Lucknowi Chaat in the Empire Mall food court has food that is surely edible but there is nothing on the menu that would make me want to go there again. The food is also slightly overpriced compared to the above mentioned eateries that have far more delicious options. Rating (out of 10)


Chaat Zaara


Value for Money 7

Chaat Junction




Lucknowi Chat




FASHION DOSE —Yvonne Mak (‘08)

Ambience 8

A special thanks to fellow foodies Lakshmi Jayaram, Sujay Prabhath and Vishesh Sharma for helping me with the ‘research’ involved for this article!

<< Utsav was held this year from 11th to 15th April, 2011 ,and like every year, the Council took the participants and jumped in to join the eccentricities of the fest. The mornings were reserved for shorter events such as rangoli, painting, collage etc and the evenings saw the glitter and glamour of the much awaited stage events. Day 1 started with a bang, with Mahesh and Sutopa bagging 1st and 2nd in painting, the topics for which were ‘folk culture’ and ‘freedom’. Mahesh also walked away with the 3rd prize in cartooning which was held after painting. Our points suffered a major blow when ‘Chicken Tikka Hallal – Faheem, Rohit, Hemanth (06) were denied their rightful spot of 1st place due to a tiff with the organiser. Despite this, they came in at 4th. Day 2 saw a lot of ‘almost winners’, with KMC Mangalore only managing to grab a 3rd in Eastern Solo dance by Ranganath(08). The Nava Durgas put up a fabulous performance which left the crowd cheering for more, praising the intensity of their graceful, powerful movements. Day 3 started with a heated up debate on ‘euthanasia’ ,which was followed by extempore, where Sarah Naushad grabbed 3rd place. Semanti (09) also won 1st place in singing.The evening saw Rakesh Rollands(07) perform exceptionally well, deserving the 1st place he walked away with. The western dance group saw a collaboration of 08 and 09,who also put up a good show. Day 4 started with KMC Mangalore winning 1st place in collage [Akshay (08), Reshma(09), Pratheeksh(08)] followed by an evening of glamour , with the fashion show participants scorching the ramp in accordance with the theme ‘ alternate universe’. Kudos to the organisers – Varsha, Supraja, Shravya, Aaryani (08) and the models, for putting up a brilliant show, as always! Day 5 culminated with Atreya(08) winning 3rd in JAM, which was followed by the awards ceremony. KMC Mangalore placed 4th overall in Utsav.

—Sarah Naushad (‘08)

Black, White and Moron  

The KMC Mangalore Newsletter