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Spiritual quest A painting exhibition by Padmanabh Bendre titled Spiritual QuestLord Shiva will be held from November 3. The exhibits will be on display from 11am to 7pm. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 3 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Rang spand A group show of paintings titled Rang Spand is being held. Where: Daira Art Centre, Banjara Hills, Rd No 5 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 80197 62868

Kashmiri food festival Koshur Saal a food fest is being held at Deccan Pavilion. Sample the distinct flavours of Kashmir. Where: ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 4008 1801

Exile in the wind A painting exhibition by Sisir Sahna is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills from November 28 to December 8. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 28 onwards, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Karadi tales Head to Shilpakala Vedika On November 6 for a theatrical presentation of popular childhood tales. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur, Hitec City When: November 6, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2704

Nothing like Lear The play Nothing like Lear, directed by Rajat Kapoor is being presented by Mumbai’s The Company theatre productions at Ravindra Bharati on November 5. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 5, 7.3pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

Pochampally mela A Pochampally mela is being held by YWCA from October 31 to November 7. On display is a colour ful range of fabrics like home tex-


The passing out parade of the 64th RR (2011 Batch) at NPA Shivarampally on Friday. tile to apparel fabrics, stoles , scarves, and sarees in silk and cotton, duppatas, table mats, covers, cotton shirts and kurtis, hand bags, and engineered blends. Where: YWCA, St Andrews School, Marredpally When: Ongoing, 1.30pm onwards Contact: 94904 40986

Marital blitz Lift Theatre Production from South Africa will present it’s play Marital Blitz at Nift. Where: Nift, Madhapur When: November 4, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 4537

Terracotta exhibition An exhibition cum sale of exquisite Terracotta Jewellery and Souvenirs is being held. The exhibition-cumsale which is offering a variety of classic designs and new designs is on from November 2 to 4. Where: Kalinga Function Hall, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12

When: Ongoing, 11am to 6pm Contact: 98853 13050

Exhibition-cum-sale A product-cum-sale of garments, jewellery, handicrafts, food products (including Spices)/food technologies, jute products, paper products, solar technologies is being conducted. Where: Kalinga Function Hall , Road No 12, Banjara HIlls When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 4008 1801

Play time A Seagull Repertory Production from Assam, Aakash will be staged as a part of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre festival on November 3. Where: Nift, Madhapur When: November 3, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 4537

Laal Pencil An interesting children’s play that narrates the tale of a young girl


who mysteriously starts writing beautiful poetry because of a magic pencil. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Shilparamam, Madhapur When: November 5, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2704

Divine feminity A painting exhibition with artwork by 30 artists is being held at Iconart Gallery. The exhibition depicts the various form of Goddess Durga. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwards Contact: 98499 68797

Jai ho dance! This is a presentation of six different Styles of Indian dance, from Classical to Contemporary. Circle of life dance show they present six mixed styles of dance . Where: Leo Theatre, Shameerpet When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 6640 0000

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icrosoft is gearing up for the release of the sixth game in the Halo series, a game they claim will take gamers back to the glory days of Halo: CE — an overpowered pistol, great gameplay, an even greater storyline and dear old Master Chief.






Govt to blame for State’s power crisis Resource-rich AP is being deprived of its share of power, and the blame should be shared by the Congress governments at Delhi and Hyderabad, say experts and political leaders.



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eonardo DiCaprio is back in the market. The perennial bachelor and his latest very hot girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton, have broken up. DiCaprio and Heatherton coupled up late last year following the actor's split from Blake Lively, and that coming shortly after his split from model Bar Refaeli. Phew!



Face-to-face at GHMC

TRS meeting postponed


Job mela in Banjara Hills


ublic grievances on civic issues will be heard by the mayor and officials from various departments between 4 and 5pm. People can call the mayor between 4 and 4.30pm and between 4.30-5pm. In the face-to-face programme people can represent their grievances on telephone numbers 04023221978, 23222018 and 23261330, today.


he politburo meeting of Telangana Rastra Samithi has been postponed due to the ill health of party president K Chandrasekhara Rao. According to party sources the politburo meetings will now be held on November 7 and 8 at Karimnagar instead of the earlier November 5 and 6.

he second job mela by GHMC will be conducted at Banjara Function Palace on November 19 and 20. Some 70 to 100 companies are expected to participate, where students and other aspirants can grab the opportunity and also attend training classes for job interviews. The mayor has directed officials to ensure the mela is conducted smoothly.


While the downpour brought cheer and helped bring down the temperatures in the City, the faulty sewerage system and power cuts played spoilsport. N SHIVA KUMAR



yclone Nilam may have helped cool down the temperatures, but the incessant rains have only spelt doom for the City’s infrastructure. While the City has barely recovered from the irregular monsoon spell this year, this cyclone has only helped make matters worse with power cuts, bad roads, degrading health and sanitation and traffic woes. Fingers are being pointed at the decadent sewerage system that still runs the City, even as officials admit that a severe lack of funds has stopped the ambitious renovation of the City’s sewerage network. For all the low-lying areas around tanks and lakes, cyclones and monsoons such as these are only an added misery. Areas

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such as Lakdikapul, Khairatabad and BS Makhtha were waterlogged through the night, causing traffic to be thrown out of gear. Added to this is the bitter truth that constant overflow of sewerage and stormwater will only degrade the already-bad roads in the City. Statistics show that among the 26 low-lying areas, there are 43 to 45 colonies that have their sewerage system lines interspersed with storm-water drain lines and open drains. Senior officials from the HMWSS&SB say that remodelling the entire City’s drainage system will have to wait as there is a severe crunch of funds. A sectional engineer of Banjara Hills division said, “The original plan to renovate City’s sewerage and drainage lines was proposed at the cost of `2000 crores. However, there has been no mention of the plan as the funds are yet to be released.” In 2007, the Water Board initiated the plan of renovating the Old City’s sewage system under the JNNURM scheme. A master

plan was designed to meet the City’s sewage and water needs until 2021 and the Old City was divided into 6 quarters. `300 crore were sanctioned to complete the project. Despite being late by 5 years, the project is yet to be completed in many interior parts of the Old City. Residents in these swamped areas are up in arms against the municipal corporation and the sewage board for disregarding their complaints. Karunakar Prasad of Prakashnagar area in Begumpet says, “ Half the roads in the City are already in pathetic condition. Whatever new roads they have laid for the CoP11 will begin degrading in a few weeks. Rainwater, storm water and drain water mixes with drinking water pipelines in the slums, especially in the interiors of Rasoolpura. It makes me wonder why we pay road tax and property tax when the governing bodies are incapable of doing anything.” J Syamala Rao, MD of the HMWSS&SB was unavailable for comment.

Police role in temple controversy? Enquiries by senior police officers reveal that when the renovation works at the Bhagya Laxmi temple were undertaken in the dead of night on Wednesday, an inspector of Charminar police station was present. Mohd Subhan




id a police officer play a partisan role in the temple renovation controversy near Charminar that led to communal tensions the other day? Enquiries by senior police officers reveal this to be true. Witnesses and video footage show that when the renovation works at the Bhagya Laxmi temple, that stands at the foot of the Charminar, were undertaken in the dead of Wednesday night, a police inspector of Charminar police station was present. The contention of the other community is that the renovation is likely to mar the view of the historical heritage. The furtive manner in which renovation was undertaken led to clash-

es and tension and imposition of prohibitory orders. The City police commissioner Anurag Sharma and DCP South Akun Sabharwal had to rush to the spot, late at night to contain tension which was threatening to spread to other parts of the Old City. Some suffered injuries and properties were damaged. Police view the entire

episode as a conspiracy because soon after the renovation work began around 1.30am, a crowd of devotees reached the spot and held an ‘aarti’ which further aggravated the situation. The law and order situation in Charminar had been intact for many years and the police suspect that both the MIM and the right wing parties have a role in disturbing it. Sabharwal said that the police have evidences of mischievous elements in both communities trying to kick up a row and create tension. “We will take strong action,” he said. Police have stopped the renovation to study the original structure and decide if the renovation would mar the view of the iconic structure. Till this is done, it’s status quo.




AP finds itself ‘power’less Resource-rich AP is deprived of its share of power and the blame should be shared by the Congress governments in Delhi and Hyderabad, say experts and political leaders. Why do you want us to undertake meaningless agitation? Natural Gas is a natural resource and Centre’s subject.



ormer petroleum minister Jaipal Reddy could claim damages from AP State leaders for defaming him in the KG basin gas to Reliance controversy while the State is nearly paralysed with acute power shortage. The reason is that the UPA government had executed a five-year contract with companies in 2009 and it will be due for renewal in 2014. The power paucity in AP has not only derailed normal life but has also led to shutdown of about 40 per cent of total 1.80 lakh small and marginal industries. The social consequences, besides economic loss of this, is not properly accounted for. The tragedy is that AP is rich in natural gas, and if it had got its due share, could have been a power-surplus state, experts and political leaders point out. Its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) resources in abundance in the Krishna-Godavari Basin is being extracted by corporate companies like Reliance Industries, Cairn India, ONGC, and five others. This in turn, is being sold to various State and private agencies. But intriguingly, it is the Reliance that has the access to the exact data of the gas resources, says TRS leader B Vinod Kumar whose extensive study on the subject have made him an expert. Even the government is said to be in the dark about the gas reserve. This leads to the government playing into the hands of a corporate company. Neither the State government nor opposition political parties have launched a concerted protest to ensure that the State received additional supply of gas from Reliance Company to meet the power demand in the State. Kumar, says that neither the Central government nor the State government can do anything to impress upon the corporate company for getting additional supply of gas from the KG Basin. “Why do you want us to undertake meaningless agitation? Natural Gas is a natural resource and the Centre’s subject. The Union government had executed a contract with Reliance Company in 2009. It

will expire in April 2014. Therefore, it is not possible even for the PM, leave alone political parties of the State, to intervene at this juncture and direct Reliance to meet the requirements of AP. If it was possible, we would have pressed for this demand long back,” Kumar revealed. Kumar advised the State government to put its focus, instead, on raising the thermal power generating capacity of the State to overcome the shortage. “There is a lot of scope for us to hike the thermal power generation. Our neighbour, Karnataka can be an example for us to tap thermal power generation to optimum level. Karnataka has set up its own plant in Chattisgarh, which has abundant coal reserves to produce power for its own requirements. AP government can also follow it,” he noted. Kumar says the State government should immediately explore possibilities in that direction. However, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party said that the failure of the State government in convincing the Centre about genuine power requirements has led to the present crisis. “We have been demanding the state government to put its focus on future energy requirements of the State since the Congress came into power in 2004. But the rulers simply ignored our demands and led the entire State into the present crisis. If the state had taken steps to create an additional capacity of 5,000MW in its eight-year long rule, we would not have faced this problem,” TDP senior leader and former minister E Peddi Reddy told Postnoon. Reddy said that AP can still seek additional gas supply from the KG Basin if it strongly impresses upon the Union government. “The Congress can still do it. We did the same when we were in power during United Front Government. Our leader N Chandrababu Naidu succeeded in getting 1,000MW of dedicated supply of power from Simhadri power plant,” Reddy recalled. He also said that the nine year rule, the Telugu Desam also succeeded in installing 5,500MW of power generation capacity in the State. CPI Leader Chada Venkat Reddy said that the agitations launched by the left party to address the power crisis did not have any effect on the State government. “The ruling Congress has become completely nonreactive. It is not at all bothered about our agitations. It appears to me as if we are blowing a horn before a deaf man,” he said.

B Vinod Kumar TRS Leader

We have been demanding the government put its focus on energy requirements since the Congress came into power. E Peddi Reddy TDP Leader



Bodies of sailors found

Aakash tablet goes to UN



odies of all five sailors, who went missing after an oil tanker ran aground off Chennai hours before cyclone 'Nilam' made landfall on November 1, have been recovered. While four bodies were recovered yesterday, one more was found washed ashore near Minjur coastal area early this morning, the police said.

ndia will showcase its low-cost Aakash tablet at the UN, highlighting the country's innovation involved in creating the "most competitively priced" tablet computer. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said a presentation on the tablet will be held on November 28 at the world body's headquarters.



BJP struggles to clean Bangalore — and its own mess BANGALORE: Karnataka’s ruling BJP has been hurtling from one mess to another for the last four years. The way the party, which also runs the Bangalore civic body, has handled the city’s garbage mess indicates the problem will continue to fester. The BJP came to power in Karnataka in May 2008 for the first time. It captured the Bangalore city body, the BBMP in 2010. Bangalore’s garbage disposal problem has been mounting for years as the city’s population has grown rapidly since the 1990s. The city was home to around four million people in 1990 and now has over eight million — generating around 5,000 tonnes of both solid and wet waste each day. Though the waste generated increased as the population rapidly grew, successive state governments and the city’s civic authorities did not keep pace in upgrading disposal mechanisms, prefer-

ring mostly to dump the garbage at three landfills. About five years ago, a private firm was given the contract for scientific disposal of garbage. The government only have a litany of complaints against the firm. Now, the garbage is intermittently cleared and sent to either the same or newer dumping yards as authorities feverishly search for a solution. The search, however, has not brought any hope even after four months. In the last two weeks, the garden city was again turned into a virtual garbage city. The problem is that state assembly elections are due in six months and the BJP is facing a possible split as its first chief minister in the state, BS Yeddyurappa, says he is firm on leaving the party to launch his own outfit on Dec 10. Even as Bangalore’s garbage mess made its way to columns of New York Times this week, CM Jagadish

Shettar, two deputy chief ministers and several ministers were in New Delhi pleading with their leadership to placate Yeddyurappa to prevent the split. As Yeddyurappa’s December plans and elections near, the ruling party is bound to be more preoccupied with sorting out its own problems. The way the BJP has handled its squabbles gives a clear indication that its own problems will get top billing as prospects of retain-


ing power in the fast approaching assembly polls look increasingly difficult. A small ray of hope, ironically, is that the re-entry of Congress leader SM Krishna, who quit recently as external affairs minister, to state politics may force the BJP to scramble for at least a stopgap arrangement to keep Bangalore clean. The state Congress is hoping Krishna will help it capture as many of the 28 assembly seats in Bangalore. The BJP had bagged 17 of the 28 seats in May 2008. Krishna is credited with turning Bangalore into an IT hub during his chief ministership in 1999-2004. The Congress is confident that these qualities, coupled with the reputation of turning what was known as a 'pensioners paradise' into much touted 'Brand Bangalore', will woo Bangaloreans to vote for the party. The BJP has only itself to IANS blame.

Khemka to get security




A woman performs a ritual on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Karva Chauth in Amritsar on November 2. Married women observe Karvachauth by fasting and offering prayers seeking welfare, prosperity, and longevity of their husbands. AFP PHOTO

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Friday said senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka would be provided security cover. The announcement follows two threats to Khemka within a fortnight and his request to the state government for security. Talking to mediapersons in Panchkula near here, Hooda said he had already directed the chief secretary and director general of police to provide security to Khemka. “It is the responsibility of the state government to provide security as and when required by anybody,” Hooda said. Khemka has been in the news for cancelling the mutation of a `58 crore land deal between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and realty IANS giant DLF.

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WW-II spy Noor gets her due

LONDON: A bust of Noor Inayat Khan, the Second World War secret agent of Indian origin, will be unveiled here next week by Britain’s Princess Anne. Noor was the first woman radio operator to be infiltrated into occupied France and did crucial work for the allies. She was eventually captured and killed in Dachau Concentration Camp. The bronze bust, sculpted by London-based artist Karen Newman, will be unveiled November 8 in Gordon Square, near the house where Noor lived. The event marks the end of several years of campaigning by the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust to revive the memory of the forgotten war heroine, the trust said in a statement on Friday. The campaign, led by Noor’s biographer Shrabani Basu, has received the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, and several MPs and peers, as well as from eminent women like Shami Chakrabarti, Gurinder Chadha, Anoushka Shankar and Nina Wadia. “We are delighted that the Princess Royal is unveiling the bust. It will be the highest honour for Noor,” said Shrabani Basu, author of “Spy Princess, The Life of Noor Inayat Khan” and founder of the trust. “The memorial for Noor will ensure that her story of bravery and sacrifice is not forgotten by future genIANS erations,” she said.

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Real spy work

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he review of the new Bond movie is so good that I shall be watching it very soon. I have not been a great fan of the spy series, as I was given to understand that it’s just girls and gadgets. But real spy work is more than just smooches and pressing of buttons. Vijay S Gachibowli

he US elections has reached its peak in terms of fervour. Polls now suggest it could be a tie. How’s that? A national daily says it could end in a way where a Republican president and a Democratic deputy are put in the White House. And the explanations are just bizzare. Phew! Sam Villie Via email

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Big blow


ough times are ahead for the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu with one of the party’s stalwarts dying in a road accident. As it is TDP is struggling to gather support and hasbeen on the job of trying to muster strength before the elections. But Yerran Naidu’s death is a big blow. Ram Babu Via email

EDITORIALS WHEN WAS THE LAST Sarve survey? There are times when we cannot contain our joy and know not what we do expressing it. The other day supporters of Sarve Satyanarayana, who has been made Union minister of state for transport, were in a similar condition. All along the road right from the junction that takes you to Mahindra Hills, in Secunderabad, where Sarve has a home, they had ‘adorned’ both sides with posters of their dear leader: Sarve waving, or smiling, or greeting — big —and just below a sizeable mug of the local leader, who may have splashed out for the offerings in flex banners. Mother superior and the heir-apparent also found places in some. Even Shanker Rao found representation in one. All of that is fine. All of that’s understandable. What’s not is digging up the road, bang in the middle, a little away from the junction, to erect life size flex banners of the leader. That road is already in a bad condition; any biker would tell you sorry tales of his or her sore back. That place where they had dug up happened to be one of the very few spots which was not riddled with potholes. Now, it’s raining. In a few days, the gravel laid by our “superior road-making process” will have rolled out, leaving a pot-hole that’s even more of a symbol that will remind us of our dear leader. Hope Sarve takes a ‘survey’ of the state of the roads in his constituency after the celebrations are over.

WHY WE MUST NOT forget Haiti Let’s not forget Haiti amidst our vows of solidarity for the US reeling from the Sandy strike. The situation there is more severe after Frankenstorm hit the Caribbean nation.

An invisible connection Soul Curry SUMAA TEKUR


y mother’s oldest brother passed away around this time last year after a brief illness. He was 86 and the patriarch of the large extended family of five siblings. His passing on shook the other siblings and their families, despite his age, ill health and the fact that he would have to pass on some day. This uncle was the extremely social sort. He managed to crack jokes in the few minutes that we met at family gatherings. He always enquired after us but also knew when to back off in a world where family ties are increasingly drifting apart. He wasn’t particularly my favourite uncle. In fact, I have no favourites. I endure most family occasions with stoic bullheadedness – like it were anoth-

er bad day to get through. But there seemed to be something about this particular uncle. After he passed on, he started appearing in my dreams. The dreams didn’t have anything to do with him. Yet, he would be starring in a side role in a way I could vividly remember his presence. I once dreamt that I was back in London. My parents visited me there and we were walking around Central London. And there was this uncle tagging along with us. Another time I dreamt that he was sitting on the couch in my living room enjoying a cup of tea. Over the past year, these dreams only increased and I couldn’t figure out why or what incident had caused this connection. Last month, my mother told me that the uncle’s first death anniversary puja was being organised. Busy at work, I dismissed it as just another family function I could easily give a miss citing work engagements. But then, I sat to think about it that evening and wondered if it

HALLOWEEN IS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL PLANES. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PARANORMAL WORLD AND KNOW THAT WE’RE PERHAPS NOT ALONE. might help to attend this puja. Maybe if I sent my prayers during this puja, where we supposedly make a connection with our Other Worldly ancestors, we find peace here in this mortal world. I decided to give it a shot. I attended one ceremony among the varied rituals and observances organised over three days. It was supposedly the most sacred ritual, in which the connection is made to those who have passed on. I didn’t know what to pray for. So I simply prostrated and sent a silent prayer for peace. I don’t know if my weird dreams will stop. But I

do know that I felt calmer and more restful after that ritual. I didn’t feel agitated with the presence of so many relatives around me. I ate lunch in quiet contemplation and even offered to drive a few relatives back home. It’s too early to say if this ritual worked. I haven’t dreamt of this uncle since that day. Maybe it was a ritual for me to overcome my restlessness and not so much for him (wherever he is) to know that we’re thinking of him. Our connection to the Other World reminds us of our mortality and helps us deal with death. Halloween also serves the same purpose. It’s a bridge between the material and spiritual planes. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the paranormal world and know that we’re perhaps not alone. The departed may be using our dreams, thoughts and memories to let us know they’re thinking of us. In fact, it wouldn’t baffle me or bother me so much if my uncle continued to appear in my dreams.



Somethings don’t change, then and now My World SHRADDHA JAHAGIRDAR-SAXENA


ust a few days ago, I returned from a trip to Thailand — a fun-filled work trip. To capture a few memories of the outing, I carried my small — literally and metaphorical — camera that is perfect for family and home occasions. Needless to add the few images I took (novice photographer that I am have found their place on my computer — looking at them made me realise that for me words speak more than pictures. But, these efforts — and the results — took me back to the time when we had prints to refresh our memories — prints that we could put into albums, where photographs were stuck with little gold corners and separated by thin tissue paper to keep them from getting spoilt. Those were the prints that we could take out and frame. So the best of them found pride of place on the mantelpiece in our homes.


Today, I have a black and white collection from the good old days — and some even in colour when the black and white world began to take on coloured hues. Gone are the days though, when families used to troop out on special occasions to photo studios to capture the moment for posterity. I have a few albums — these specifically shot on birthdays where my paternal family of four trooped out to do the honours. In these days of digi-photography and e-reading, I somehow miss the feel of paper. It is an odd thing to say but book lovers will always vote for the smell and feel of a book that has come straight off the book shelf. Walk into any big bookstore and more particularly, into a small one like the Strand Book Shop in Mumbai, and I am instantly overwhelmed by the familiar essence of a book. So, am I a dinosaur in today’s world where younger generations are reading books on kindle and tablets and what you will? Perhaps yes, perhaps not. For as I was discussing the issue with a friend who was perusing a book on his kindle,

he opined that if the book was a really good and gripping one the medium did not matter. It just drew you into its plot and kept you engrossed. It was where the author seemed to lose the storyline that a physical book worked better than an e-one. For at least then at a quick glance one can tell how much was left – and if to continue or not. The world is changing faster than the speed of lightening —

and I am trying hard to keep up. But as the French say, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. For looking through images of my family then and my family now, I found almost identical groups of cousins posing – naturally of two different generations. But, the feeling, the bonding and the naughty grins on each were the same. Yet another emotion that has remained a constant is the

awaiting of festivals – as one calendar day rolls into another, we all look forward to the arrival of days where we can come together as one, celebrate with gusto, fun, merriment. Generations may come and go, time may work its inevitable effect but it cannot erode our traditions and culture. Even as karva chauth passed by yesterday, it is now but a few days to the Festival of Lights. Though a full-time professional, I, like so many others run a family-filled home too. And that space is right now filled with cleaning, fraught with discussions as to who should do what work and where things should be placed. A lot of the purchasing is still to be done as for now the weekend hours will be spent inside, scrubbing, mopping and supervising the domestic help. And, at the end of it all, the house will be a cleaner place, the lights will be shining all through and goodies will weigh the table down. And all will be well with my world. Shraddha JahagirdarSaxena, currently Executive Editor, VERVE magazine, is a senior journalist who has written on a variety of subjects in the last two decades and more.

Global edits

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Syria’s misery


s the war continues in Syria, with civilians caught in the stalemate between President Bashar alAssad’s troops and rebel forces, the United States, the United Nations and others are looking for political ways out. The latest proposal by the Obama administration is pragmatic. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that Washington was embarking on its most aggressive effort yet to reshape the Syrian opposition. It has withdrawn support from the Syrian National Council, which was established last year by exiles who have lived abroad for decades, in favor of a new structure that would have heavy representation from Syrians actually fighting in the war. Hundreds of opposition figures are supposed to meet in Qatar next week to discuss this idea. The Americans’ frustration with the Syrian National Council is understandable. Most of its members are out of touch with what’s really happening in the country. They have been hopelessly divided, incapable of making decisions, and have failed to persuade Syrians that they offer a

viable alternative to Mr. Assad. Since the war began, scores of new local opposition organizations have sprung up in Syria. They are much better positioned to help the US and other donors direct humanitarian and other assistance. They also offer a better chance of reaching out to those who still back Mr Assad and persuading them to abandon him in favor of a new order. Mrs. Clinton has acknowledged that she has recommended individuals and organizations to be part of the new leadership structure. But there is a risk that the new group could be seen as an American-made entity. The rebels would have more support if they committed to marginalizing the jihadists who have joined the fight. If there is a deal in Doha, the United States and its partners are prepared to help quickly carry out assistance projects. China also weighed in with a proposal this week that seeks to end the conflict with a phased-in truce. The plan differs little from the initiative of the UN peace envoy, which has gotten nowhere. Beijing undoubtedly feels uneasy about how its support for Mr. Assad has soured relations with Arab governments. But it still refuses to join Western and Arab nations in pressuring him to give up power.



Google loses appeal


Paris appeals court has rejected a request by Google to invalidate the search and seizure of documents by French tax authorities, according to a copy of the decision obtained by AFP on Friday. The court rejected Google’s arguments against the 2012 tax raid and ordered the US company to cover legal expenses for the appeal.

Hyundai, Kia to pay clients

CREDAI holds property show



he Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India’s (CREDAI) mega Property Show was inaugurated by CM Kiran Kumar Reddy. The show which is at Necklace Road is exhibiting 15,000 dwelling units and commercial spaces worth `10,000 crore by more than 150 developers and stakeholders from the manufacturing and financial sectors.

outh Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia said they will reimburse car owners in the US and Canada for having exaggerated the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. The announcement came after the US Environmental Protection Agency said it had discovered inflated gasoline economy numbers on Hyundai and Kia models in an investigation sparked by complaints.

‘I wanted to break free’ He was never cut out for a regular 9-to-5 job and after trying his hand at a couple of jobs, Rajive Dhavan finally decided to set up WIN. Two years later the media house has reached revenues of `68 lakh and now there’s no looking back.




regular 9-to-5 job is not everybody’s cup of tea. And for Rajive Dhavan, a journalism graduate, entrepreneurship was a childhood dream. But as most stories go, life had other plans for Rajive, who ended up working for various companies. There was always something missing though for this youngster, who eventually found himself in a now-or-never situation. It was this situation that finally pushed him to launch What’s In a Name Creatives (WIN), a full-fledged Media House that renders advertising and communication services across various verticals. The business that started with an investment of a mere `50,000 in August 2010, has reached revenues of `68 lakh (2011-2012) with a 28 per cent growth rate in the last fiscal. Talking about the business idea, he says, “There was always a will to break free and do something on my own. However, the final push came due to some difficult circumstances too. I’d joined an advertising firm as a creative writer. They were doing decent business but we had not been paid for more than three months. That’s when I started toying around with the idea of starting something on my own. “Though my experience was mostly in the corporate sector, the advertising bug bit me when I started working here. I knew that this was where my future was. My logic was that the situation could not get any worse. I looked at it as an opportunity to prove my mettle and put all my experience, in various spheres, to test.” Fortunately, support from family and friends gave Rajive the morale boost to establish the business. “I discussed the plan with a close friend, and now business partner — Harini Prabhu. She was game to take the plunge. I spoke to another friend for some initial loan and rented a small apartment in a residential complex. My family also supported me,” he explains. What is it that sets his business apart from the rest? “The approach here is 3dimensional; it involves the perspective of our clients’ customers, along with a fine blend of the client’s sensibilities and ours. The idea is to go beyond providing creative inputs, and get totally involved in our clients’ endeavours. In the last two years we’ve created a stronger point of

differentiation in our offerings; we now work on integrated branding solutions. We work towards integrating and mixing our services to provide an all-round solution to a brand’s communication needs,” he replies. The company’s name too often has

Qualities an entrepreneur should possess Passion, confidence, innovativeness and creativity, ability to adapt to change, people skills, perseverance, risk taking capability, strong work ethics, quick learner, pro-active approach and be able to scrap your own ideas or thoughts.

Services included Brand management (advertising), web development, social media, event management, marketing, publicity designing, media buying, public relations and photography.

people wondering, but Rajive says, “In this highly crowded market, it was unique. We felt that it would have a strong recall value. Plus, it was also an underlined message to our potential clients that even we could do what the established names could. We believe that it is the quality of work that will take us places.” Things were not always smooth sailing. “Initially, people did not take us seriously. They’d wonder how a 24-year-old would help them brand their business. That was one big hurdle we overcame. It used to be really difficult to convince people that we knew our subject and all we needed was a chance to showcase our talent. Then it was about hiring and building the right team. But we’re glad that we’ve got an amazing team. Lastly, competition has always been fierce and it was a challenge to beat some “big names” and bag some crucial projects,” he says. Talking about the current status of the advertising industry, Rajive says that the market here is yet to wake up to the power of creative communication. For instance, in some cases, branding is

directly gauged by the ROI. However, it’s imperative to understand that some media are purely to either have a recall value or build a brand tone only. What’s mostly overlooked is the fact that a brand is the biggest asset one can have. A good agency simply does not execute some great work but also make it saleable. WIN also created creative social networking site, The site has got very good response with 1,400 visitors in less than 48 hours. Currently, live in India, Piclog will soon be open to other countries and will appear on mobile platforms as well. The idea is to seamlessly connect writers, photographers and other creative people with a larger and likeminded audience base. It is looking for investments to develop it as a separate entity. The company will soon introduce Piclogs for brands and that would be a crucial aspect of its business model. On the personal front, Rajive likes music, photography, writing, reading and hanging out with friends. He says, “Photography and cooking help me unwind.”



BBC show raises stir

One dead in train collision

The case of the boozy birds

LONDON: Internet speculation was circulating on Saturday after a BBC

SYDNEY: One man died and at least

PARIS: A bizarre spate of young black-

six other people were injured on Saturday when a train collided with a truck and derailed in the southern Australian state of Victoria, police said. The accident happened when a truck attempting to drive across a level crossing in Dandenong South was struck by the passenger train, police investigators have been told.

bird deaths at a school in England was likely caused by the feathered teens getting drunk on fermented berries, crashing mid-air and falling from the sky, vets said Saturday. Police and animal experts were called in after more than a dozen birds were found dead at a primary school in Cumbria last August.

news programme embroiled in the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal aired a report in which two men claimed they had been abused by a top politician. The report on Newsnight did not name the man but said he was a leading Conservative politician from Margaret Thatcher’s time as PM.

More jobs bolster Obama hopes LIMA, OHIO: President Barack Obama evaded a lastminute time bomb on Friday as the economy pumped out more jobs than expected in October, delivering a boost to his re-election hopes as the final weekend of campaigning begins. Republican Mitt Romney, however, seized on an uptick in the jobless rate by a tenth of a point to 7.9 per cent to bemoan an economy at a “virtual standstill,” and said Americans would choose on Tuesday between prosperity and stagnation. After several weeks of polls suggesting a neck-and-neck race, there were new signs that Obama’s position, as he seeks a second term, may be solidifying. National polls of the popular

US President Barack Obama arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. AFP vote now mostly show a tied race or with either man up one point — but with time running out Obama’s line of defence in key

battleground states seems to be holding. All polling leads were within the margin of error, however, and both campaigns, though expressing confidence, will face a nervous night as results roll in on Tuesday and test their assumptions about the race. Obama, perhaps mindful of millions of Americans suffering from the lingering impact of the worst recession since the 1930s, avoided a triumphal tone on the jobs data that sent relief rippling through his team. “We have made real progress,” Obama said, in Hilliard, on the first stop of a day-long swing through small towns in Ohio, which could be a tipping point state in a tied-

Army trucks at poll stations

Obama maintains lead



rmy trucks will serve as polling stations in Tuesday’s US election as authorities in states stricken by Sandy race against time to get voting ready. Amid predictions that tallies could be delayed because of the devastation, authorities are still unsure how many stations will be ready.

up election. Romney quickly highlighted the fact that, although the economy is creating jobs at a moderate pace, unemployment remains at historically high levels.

S President Barack Obama maintains a lead over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, in the key battleground states of Ohio and in Florida, a new public opinion poll has found. The survey made public on Friday indicated that three days before the vote, Obama holds a six-point advantage.

“For years, Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class,” Romney said .“When I’m president, I’m going to make real changes that lead to a real recovAFP ery,” said Romney.



WEBSITE OF THE WEEK PROJECTFLOW n easy drag and drop project tracking method. It is also a simple way to visualise and organise your projects. It's strictly a tool for getting a quick overview of what's going on in your organisation.





n iPad app built by a student journalist, for students and journalists. SoundNote lets you record an interview while taking notes, with the written text acting as a marker. It’s a paid app.

Monster Life is like Little Big Planet except the gemplay is more like Pokemon. Nevertheless, the papercraft universe is cute and offers loads of fun. You get to make your monsters stronger so they have a higher chance of winning.

Master Chief is back! DId you know?


n 1999 Steve Jobs demonstrated an upcoming game for Macintosh computers developed by this new developer called Bungie. He thought the demo would encourage other companies to start developing games for the platform. However, much to his ire Microsoft snapped up the studio and made Halo, the game that Jobs demoed, the launch title for their new Xbox console that was released in 2001.

In a universe studded with shooter-games Halo 4 will stand out. NT BALANARAYAN


long long time ago just when the world had stopped worrying about the Y2K bug Microsoft debuted a console and they had a game the kind of which the world hadn’t seen before. It was called Halo: Combat Evolved and you played it as a space marine, a one man army, a space rambo and the world has been hooked to the series ever since. Now, 12 years later Microsoft is gearing up for the release of the sixth game in the series, a game they claim will take gamers back to the glory days of Halo: CE — an overpowered pistol, great gameplay, an even greater storyline and dear old Master Chief. Unlike the previous Halo games, the latest installment will be developed by 343 Industries who picked up the franchise from Bungie, after the developers decided to cut off ties with Microsoft and go independent. The game picks up where Halo 3 left off and brings back Master Chief as the protagonist. The Chief is floating in space, in a cryogenic sleep after the events of Halo 3 and is woken by Cortana an AI, when they reach a Forerunner planet. The rest of the game is about the events that follow on the new planet and the love affair between Cortana and Master Chief. It takes more than imagination to make such a crazy plot involving love between a human and an AI to work, but the developers seemed to have pulled off a great job according to initial previews. What makes this game similar to Halo:CE is the sense of exploration that kicks in as you’re introduced to a new race you knew little about — Forerunners. Along the way you’ll face hordes of Forerunners who are an older race and much advanced than human beings. Though it’s the sixth game in the series, it is the beginning of a new trilogy

with Forerunners playing the role of villain-in-chief. According to previews of the game 343 Industries have managed to squeeze out the kind of power no one knew Xbox games had. Some of the screenshots have a PC game quality to it and this is coming at a time when game developers world over are clamouring for newer consoles so they can push the limits as far as graphics are concerned. For die-hard Halo fans this game also goes into detail about the Halo universe and adds in bits and pieces that makes sense of the past events in the series. Multiplayer has always been one of the core strengths of the Halo series and Halo 4 will not disappoint on that front. Apart from the traditional multiplayer combat scenarios, there will be the new Spartan Ops, weekly episodic missions, that can be completed solo or with a bunch of friends. The developers also seem to have taken a leaf out of Call of Duty series and introduced infinity multiplayer in which gamers get to build their own supersoldier and advance them through the ranks. This feature also lets Spartans specialise in roles instead of being an all-round killing machine. The game will release in India on November 6 and if you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, do grab a copy for it promises to best Halo game made to date.



PET NEWS Dogs honoured


he first national monument to pay tribute to military dogs will be unveiled in California. The US Working Dog Teams National Monument will honour every dog that has served in combat since World War II.


On the tree tops

Know your dog



he 3.3-million-yearold toddler was a member of Australopithecus afarensis, pioneers of upright walking. Yet her apelike shoulder blades hint that they may have taken longer to fully come down to earth, a new study says.

he Norwegian Buhund is a breed of dog of the spitz type. Because the Norwegian Buhund was bred to work all day, you must provide a good amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation.

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Canine Control An often overlooked area of canine welfare and care is neutering. Though vets do perform the service for pets, it’s the stray dogs that are more in need of the operation as they are ignored or are hauled off to crowded GHMC pounds.

PFA volunteers helping a dog

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any animal welfare organisations in the City encourage the practice of neutering for stray animals and intrestingly there wasn't a dedicated facility for the same until recently. To fill this void, the People for Animals (PFA) shelter in Muslim Jung Pul area recently inaugurated an Animal Birth Control (ABC) centre and operation theatre. Raseel Ahluwalia, the founder of NS Ahluwalia Animal Sanctuary, said, “The WHO (World Health Organisation) has stated that killing stray animals is not the solution; they have to be neutered. Though you can approach a vet to do the operation, they typically charge a lot. Not everyone can afford to take an animal to the vet and get it neutered, especially if it is a stray.” Ahluwalia adds, “Another problem is that there is no postoperative care available at vet clinics. A male dog requires around four days of post-op care after the neutering, while a female dog requires around five to six days. At this ABC centre, pets and strays can be operated upon for a nominal charge, which includes post-operative care. The rates are around `1,000 for a male dog and `1,500 for a female.” Though the GHMC also regularly rounds up and neuters stray dogs, Ahluwalia says, “I have a fear of GHMC pounds — it might be unfounded, but it persists. The GHMC keeps no log of the animals brought in, the number of days it was kept at the pound, no record of who brought it in... they just release the animal after a while. The most important thing about stray dogs brought in for neuter-

ing is that they have to be released at their old home. Dogs are very territorial — if they are released in another area, the dogs of that area will attack the newcomer.” The inauguration ceremony for the ABC centre was a lowkey one. Vasanti Vadi, the founder-secretary of PFA, spoke about how she and her husband, Krishna, first became interested in animal welfare after seeing

the plight of performing bears. Talking about how the organisation came to be set up, she said that Maneka Gandhi wanted her to open the Hyderabad chapter of PFA, and that the organisation was now deeply involved in the implementation of animal welfare laws and taking action in cruelty cases. Since PFA is almost completely dependent on donations, Vadi invited interested citizens

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to donate money and render their services to the cause in any way possible. She assured the people at the event that they could contact them if they ever came across a case of animal cruelty, and that a PFA team, headed by their chief inspector Dattatreya Joshi, would come as soon as possible. She also said that they plan to have three more helpline numbers for the organisation.



SHORT READS Title: The Big Sleep Author: Raymond Chandler Publisher: Penguin Books UK The Big Sleep, which marked the debut of Chandler's staple character, detective Philip Marlowe, is universally hailed as the writer's tightest work, a hotbed of blackmails, deception, and, of course, murder.

Title: Flicker Author: Theodore Roszak Publisher: Chicago Review Press Flicker is a movie lover's dream centered around one movie lover's ultimate nightmare. Roszak's thoroughly engrossing novel is at times placed firmly within the parameters of psychological horror, but it's also quite funny and far more concerned with its characters than genre conventions.

Title: The Intuitionist Author: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell One of the most important novels about race is a testament to the genius of Colson Whitehead. The Intuitionist is a mish-mash of noir, Afrofuturism, and Kafka. It’s cerebral, challenging, and belongs on your bookshelf.

Title: House of Leaves Author: Mark Z Danielewski Publisher: Pantheon Books Will Navidson moves into a bizarre house with his family and on the other hand, you've got Johnny Truant, a tattoo shop worker who's reading about Navidson's experiences through a mysterious stack of papers compiled by a blind guy. And Johnny's also losing his mind.

Beating the system Read The Guilty One not as a brilliant courtroom drama but an insightful social commentary on class and family. Padmini C

Dark angels

The Wrath of Angels cements Connolly’s place in the pantheon of great horror-crime novelists. Andrew Josef


hat would you get if you crossed Elmore Leonard with a young Stephen King? You’d get John Connolly. Connolly has the narrative verve of classic Leonard and the capacity to terrify and make you squirm in uneasiness that harks to the days when Stephen King was churning out novels like Pet Sematary, Carrie, and The Shining. If you’ve already read any of Connolly’s Charlie Parker novels, then you can skip this review immediately and go out and buy the book. But if you have no clue who Charlie Parker is, let me venture an explanation. Charlie Parker is an enigma. A private investigator, his past is as troubled as the Hudson when Sandy struck. But lurking behind Charlie’s slightly apathetic persona is a secret that even he is loth to admit. Charlie could very well be a fallen angel, and in his fall, he became extremely dangerous to those

Name The Wrath of Angels Author John Connolly Pages 474 Publisher Hachette India who would choose to resurrect the architect of the underworld. In The Wrath of Angels, Charlie and his lovable (though frighteningly efficient, even ruthless) henchmen Angel and

Louis, are called upon to find an aircraft that crashed in the Maine forests decades before, and recover its contents. So far so simple, but not quite: Charlie must not only learn to trust two ancient men he would rather not, but battle the macabre secrets of the plane as well. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a diabolical serial killer on the loose with a list of names of the people he must kill, and Charlie’s name is on that list. While Charlie has his hands full, other fallen angels are converging on the site of the crash, and almost all of them want Charlie and his friends dead. The Wrath of Angels is a spooky tale that melds a Lovecraftian sense of the macabre with thrills of a hardboiled PI saga. The writing is outstanding, the dialogue clipped and dripping with sarcasm, and the narrative hurtles along at break-neck speed. To call The Wrath of Angels mere fiction is to do it a great disservice: It’s a work of art, that while may never be called a classic, is certainly one that cements Connolly’s place in the pantheon of great horror-crime novelists.


n a plush London neighbourhood, a young boy is found dead in the playground. Sebastian Croll, an 11-year-old, is accused and charged with the killing. Solicitor Daniel Hunter is assigned to the defense. Even for one such as Hunter, the champion of all lost causes, this is a challenging case. Sebastian claims to be innocent and it's easy to believe that the cherubic, precocious, vulnerable child is indeed guileless. Yet, there's something unsettling about Sebastian's attitude and his fascination for blood and death, and all things morbid. But it's Sebastian's troubled home life that brings up Daniel's own demons from the past. After being forcibly separated from his drugaddict mother, and a long broken trail of foster homes, Daniel finally finds a home with Minnie, before a heartbreaking lie tears them apart. In alternating chapters, the parallel events — the recent death of his adopted mother Minnie and that of Sebastian’s trial — intertwine to make a touching tale of dysfunctional families and its victims. But having said that, as crime thrillers go, The Guilty One is neither original nor unpredictable. For those familiar with the genre, expect the sense of deja vu which will not come to pass until you turn the last page. So this is not a whodunnit or a did-he/did-he-not thriller. In fact, Lisa

Ballantyne makes it amply clear that she doesn't care either which way. It comes through in David's repeated assertions that irrespective of whether Sebastian is guilty or not, he shouldn't be sucked into the “system.” Justice

Name The Guilty One Author Lisa Ballantyne Pages 454 Publisher Hachette India and criminal responsibility for juvenile delinquency or even murder be damned. The obvious prejudice and complacency of the argument may be the only concrete flaw in an otherwise solid debut, for Lisa Ballantyne. Read The Guilty One not as a brilliant courtroom drama but an insightful social commentary on class and family and you will not be disappointed.



The body talk

Jyotsna Nambiar


he way Wolf talks about her privates, the reader could be forgiven for thinking it is a circus rolled in one, instead of just an anatomical feature. Colours seem brighter, connections more apparent and creativity is at its highest when the vagina is happy and protected, claims Wolf. Conversely, when men use obscene words for the vagina in her presence, Wolf develops writers' block for months. Talk about a sensitive organ. The first inkling that this book isn't really going to redefine female sexuality comes in the first few pages. Wolf goes to her gynaecologist to figure out why her orgasms aren't as explosive as before (essentially an LCD vs. HDTV experience) and nearly falls off the table when the doctor tells her that every woman's neural wiring is different. Not feminism, not Freud, but neural wiring... that's what explains the difference in orgasms between women, she asks, breathlessly. You can almost see the cogs in her mind spinning wildly 'I bet that would make a great book!' I'm not sure how Wolf spent so much of her life, even if she wasn't a feminist interested in female sexuality, not realising that neural wiring differs from person to person. Every part of the body is connected to the brain. That's the whole idea of the neural network. Kids who have just started learning about the nervous system know that people have different responses

If Naomi Wolf is to be believed, her vagina wrote her latest book, Vagina: A New Biography. Not literally, but figuratively. to stimuli. But Wolf, now that she has been 'enlightened', plunges headlong into a pseudoscience ride of the vagina's connection to the brain, and attempts to explain a wide range of phenomenon, from rape and pornography to relationships and vulgar language from the vagina's angle. Frankly, as a woman, the idea that the vagina is the seat of all female consciousness is insulting. Applying the idea of 'thinking with his dick' to

vagina through the ages, especially in music and books, the case studies are interesting and often endearing. Learning how the female body was at turns revered, shunned, shamed and reclaimed makes for an interest-

ing chapter. Wolf's ideas on pornography and its effect of human sexual behaviour is engaging as well, but the ideas she talks about are already well-established. In the second part of her book, Wolf abandons pseudo-science and heads off into 'Goddess' territory. Reclaim the goddess, worship the 'goddess-shaped hole', attend

thing that is necessary to ensure the well-being of all women. The book tries to mix science, culture and spirituality in one tome, but does justice to none. It's easy to see why Wolf would write a book called Vagina — there is a ton of research dedicated to the digestive system and as many books dealing with hunger, but it isn't as glamorous to author a book called Stomach, is it? Consid-ering that Wolf is considered an influential feminist thinker, Vagina is neither as shocking nor as enlightening as it promises to be, and that's a shame.

Frankly, as a woman, the idea that the vagina is the seat of all female consciousness is insulting.

women is not empowering in any way. Women are at their most creative only if they are sexually satisfied and that any insult, perceived or real, to the vagina could bring a woman to a grinding stop — how are these the theories of a renowned feminist? Does Wolf really believe we are all that fragile? There are points when the book is tolerable. When Wolf examines the portrayal of the

to a woman's 'goddess array' — Wolf's breathless, trying-hard-tobe-mystical tone makes for an exceedingly terrible end to the book. She tries to establish that the whole flowers, candlelight and chocolate routine is not just a romantic construct, but some-

Name Vagina: A New Biography Author Naomi Wolf Pages 400 Publisher Hachette India

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WEBSITES OF THE WEEK No one combines history and insight into selfassertiveness like the Bad Ass Of The Week website. That, and since women like bad boys, this is one of women’s favourite websites.

Cooking for Engineers is a site reaches out to those women who build homes,or anything else for that matter. They tell you what to do, and why, just as any good geek would want it.

Parenting covers the gambit from pre-pregnancy to childhood. Articles by experts in the field, parents, and product reviews are some of the features of the site.

Under the surface

Celebrating masculinity

Having battled an incurable skin condition, Aparna Suri doesn’t just scratch the surface with her take on life. She enjoys it thoroughly.



oing by appearances you’d think Aparna Suri leads a charmed life. A successful entrepreneur, perfect wife, doting mother to two young boys, prominent face in the Bangalore social circuit… it's the stuff that champagne wishes and caviar dreams are made of. Not quite. Life was hunky-dory until she was afflicted with Lichen Planus in 2009. It’s a rare skin disease with no known cure, which manifests in itchy bluish black marks all over the body, and gets aggravated by stress and emotional turmoil. While there are no known causes for the disease, Aparna attributes it to a highly traumatic botched anaesthesia for caesarean section during the birth of her second son four years ago, which resulted in post-partum depression. Add to that unrelenting work pressure. Aparna is the owner of fine-dining

restaurant Spiga and Salon Mousse, both in Bangalore. As a restaurateur and the face behind Salon Mouse, Aparna knows all too well how both enterprises thrive on appearances: “It was difficult because I had to be present at many social events. As a result, I hated the idea of being invited as I would have to go through the ritual of covering myself from head to toe and applying concealer on the exposed areas, which caused a lot of stress. That in turn adversely affected my skin condition as stress triggers more eruptions. I couldn’t look at

myself in the mirror.” Feelings of shame, withdrawal, embarrassment, depression, resentment, tiredness, frustration, restlessness, sadness and shock — she experienced it all at once: “Luckily my family and friends were very supportive and understanding apart from the occasional bunch of people who mocked and looked at me like I had the plague.” After being subjected to steroids, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, antihistamines, psychiatrists and counselling sessions, Reiki and then Homeopathy, which only

This experience has taught me not to take my body or mind for granted and look at life as being a precious gift, and to look after myself physically and mentally. Aparna Suri aggravated the condition, Aparna finally found succour three years later in Dr Padma Rajamma, an Ayurvedic doctor, who effectively cured her in a short span of four months. Today the marks have almost vanished except for a few telltale signs around her ankle. “This experience has taught me not to take my body or mind for granted and look at life as being a precious gift, and to look after myself physically and mentally. It also has made me more spiritual and therefore much stronger. Instead of getting bogged down with insignificant struggles, I just look back at the time I was battling the disease and remind myself that it’s not worth complaining about the small things.” The responses to my "coming out" about this disease have been incredibly positive and it is immensely gratifying to be able to help someone suffering from the same condition. I get many calls and enquiries regarding my doctor and have been gladly referring many people to her. What would be the point of exposing myself regarding my battle and not being available to help? Anyone suffering from a similar condition can contact me at and I would be happy to assist in every way I can.

All About Eve



t's that time of the year again where men bring out their inner retrosexual and forego shaving. Yup, it’s Movember — Moustache November, for those of you not in the know — and facial hair is all the rage again. November is a man’s month. Even International Men’s Day (bet you didn't know that existed) falls in this month. Which is why we’re dedicating our weekly Eve column to the men. The idea behind Movember is to raise awareness about prostate cancer and encourage men to get checkups. Though Movember rules are ridiculously strict (the moustache cannot touch the sideburns, for that makes it a beard), people around the world have expanded its range. Now all sorts of hair is permitted, facial or not. Women are feeling left out. Men can wear pink for Pinktober (for breast cancer), so shouldn’t we be pitching in to help the boys? Magazines are full of advice on how to give a girly twist to Movember. Get a moustache tattoo — on your finger, not your upper lip. But the simplest idea? Stop shaving your legs and armpits. The men aren’t pleased. They feel that women have hijacked an essentially macho thing (yeah, facial hair, grunt grunt). They hate that they have to deal with a light fuzz instead of satin-smooth skin. They're drowning their sorrows in a manly glass of whisky, grunting to other moustached men and grousing about women and their prickly skins. We feel your pain, boys. After all, we have no idea what it is to put up with hairy arms and legs. We enjoy getting our hair ripped out with hot wax and whirring machines. But just for you guys, we’re willing to forego the pleasures of waxing and shaving. Only ‘cause we love you. So grow your moustaches, guys. Go get a prostate check-up. Celebrate your manliness. Your women are waiting to greet you with open, hairy arms.








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Fashion Mavens


Designers Shantanu and Nikhil launched their flagship store in Hyderabad at Road no 36, Jubilee Hills on Friday. Tennis champion Sania Mirza was the chief guest at the event. 7



The third edition of the Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival was inaugurated on Friday by Chandana Khan, special chief secretary, AP tourism, Rana Daggubati and writer-director Krish Jagarlamudi. The event took place at Middle Lawns, Taj Banjara.

1 Nikhil, Swathi 2 Zara Shah (R) 3 Kamini Saraf, Padmaja Gopal 4 Sarvanand, Sirisha 5 Sruthi, Bobby 6 Sania Mirza 7 Sridevi 8 Amala 9 Manchu Vishnu 10 Asmita Marwa 11 Shilpa Reddy

Haute Style

12 Bunty Bajaj 13 Lakshmi Manchu, Charmee






The Red Carpet Store, Banjara Hills on Friday held the launch of its couture section with celebrity designers Neeta Lulla and Arjun Khanna adding to their collection.

Antique twist Musical start:

The Grand Finale of the first ever youth classical Carnatic music competition was held in the City on Friday. Seen in the picture is governor ESL Narasimhan with the winners of the competition.

Designer Swetha Reddy will be exhibiting her latest jewellery collection at Hiya, Somajiguda, Flat no. 302, Nest Apartments, Kapadia Lane.The exhibition will be on from November 3- November 6.





ama 28-year-old woman. All my friends are getting married and my parents are forcing me to toe the line. I however am still not prepared to take such a big step. I am not financially sound and not comfortable with my love life either. How do I tell my parents to take it easy? Please help.

Dear worried kid, This herd mentality has led many a family to break up. It’s usually when parents notice other children getting married that they panic. They are basically worried you will die an old maid and that once you reach closer to the dreaded 30, alliances will be difficult to come by. But you can explain that unless you have a proper bank balance and your priorities in place, marriage will be a mistake.


he number of couples in which the woman has a higher level of university studies than her male partner is growing steadily and in many countries this trend surpasses the opposite situation, which historically has been the predominant. This is the conclusion reached by the Centre for Demographic Studies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CED-UAB).

The friend ‘virus’

A broken-hearted friend could very well break up your happy home. Forget about dengue, this season keep your eyes peeled for the break-up bug. DHWANI DESAI


friend in grief is a friend indeed. But how far are we ready to go to help our besties in their moments of need? A study has revealed that the likelihood of splitting up with your partner increases by 75% if someone in your social circle has had a divorce. So, it’s something like getting a flu, where the chances of spreading the ‘virus’ are high-

er among those that are closest to you. Bizarre, you say? Read on. “I think breakups can be contagious. I have seen it happen with two of my friends. One ended her relationship just days after her friend broke up with her man,” says Smita Jayaram, a media professional. As friends, you share your problems with each other and tend to put yourself in the other persons place. This is when you start questioning your own decision and analyse your rela-

tionship, and if your bond with your partner is not strong, your relationship takes a hit. “This is because basically the problems that couples have are quiet similar,” explains Smita. Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy, consulting psychiatrist at Medicity Hospital, says he has seen a spike in such cases and attributes it to the expectations that people have when they get into a relationship and the disappointment that follows when they are not met. “When you hear of a friend going through a tough a breakup you automatically find parallels in your own life because of your vulnerability and lack of self confidence at the time,” says Dr Chakravarthy. It is natural to empathise with our friends in their time of need, but it becomes problematic when you begin sympathising. This is when you start generalising and look for quick solutions, which is often the one that your friend has chosen. Looking at how much fun a newly-single friend is having sometimes stirs the desire for a life with no commitments and no

one to answer to. The nostalgia of the good ol’ days can make your partner’s shortcomings much more annoying; tempting you to find a way out. “Ours was a happy group of couples; then came a disaster in the form of a breakup. It was not the same group anymore since it was my good friend who had broken up. Spending time with him I realised that his life looked better than mine. Needless to say, I was also single soon,” says S. Nikhil, a student. But Dr Chakravarthy warns that the thrill of being single is usually short-lived. People instinctively want others to be in the same position they are in. They tend to sub-

consciously influence their friends to prove to themselves that they have taken the right decision by calling it quits. It may sound harsh, but seeing a peers’ relationship end is simply a means of satisfying your own ego. But does it also work the other way around? Are makeups also contagious? Model Charisma Bharadwaj seems to think so. “Seeing your friend makeup with their ex makes you feel insecure. In women, I think it’s more

about the fear of being alone, or left behind,” she says. Men and women alike would echo Charisma’s sentiment. Being the only single one in a group of couples is likely to leave you craving for the security and comfort that a significant other brings. So if someone else’s relationship is making you question your own, then maybe it’s just time for you to take a long hard look at yourself.




riya Anand has launched a new campaign, in association with PETA, to stop caging of birds. The campaign is part of PETA's new initiative to spread awareness about how cruel it is to keep the birds away from their natural habitat. Talking to the media after the launch, Priya Anand said, “Birds are born to fly

Mani Ratnam shoots during cyclone

free, and no one should steal their freedom from them. When they are captured and put into cages, smart, sentient, fun-loving birds become depressed and withdrawn.” In the past, she had supported PETA's campaign to stop killing of street dogs in Chennai and we hear that she's going to be actively involved in more initiatives by PETA. Meanwhile, she's

busy shooting for her upcoming Tamil film Edhi Neechal in Chennai and she's expected to join the sets of Ko Ante Koti later this month to shoot few songs. Ever since English Vinglish turned out to be a big hit, Priya Anand has been flooded with offers especially in Hindi. She'll soon be seen in Rangrez and Fukhrey in Hindi.



rust Mani Ratnam to push the boundaries everytime he makes a film. Be it Roja, which was shot in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, or Raavan, where he explored spectacular locales in Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra, Mani Ratnam has chosen a path less travelled. Now, for his upcoming film, Kadal, we hear that he braved choppy waters of Bay of Bengal right in the middle of Cyclone Nilam to shoot the climax. For the past few days, the film's climax was being shot in the coastal region in North Madras. Despite bad weather and a storm looming large, Mani Ratnam convinced his team to shoot in the rain to get more authentic footage for the film's climax. Gautham Karthik, Thulasi are playing the lead roles in this romantic film set in a the backdrop of a fishing village in South Tamil Nadu. Arvind Swami and Lakshmi Manchu are playing important roles. AR Rahman has composed the music and Rajeev Menon is the cinematographer.

Dhenikaina Ready's team calls for truce


he week long drama which unfolded shortly after Dhenikaina Ready's release seems to be coming to a happy ending. For the past few days, several leaders from the Brahmin community had been protesting against several objectionable scenes in Dhenikaina Ready. The controversy took an ugly turn when a group of protesters thronged Mohan Babu's house couple of days ago that led to a major fracas. Soon, both Vishnu Manchu and the Brahmin community approached the Human Rights

Commission to resolve the issue. Couple of days ago, the film's writers BVS Ravi, Kona Venkat and director G Nageshwara Reddy took part in a debate with few leaders from the Brahmin community. After a heated debate, where Kona Venkat and BVS Ravi explained their constraints, the team seems to have decided to call a truce and resolve the issue amicably. Talking about the issue, BVS Ravi tweeted, “Sri.Dronam Raju Ravi Garu Mr. G. NageswaraReddy Garu n myself on TV9 has come to a peaceful alliance on d issue surrounded against #DKR. The pact

will be applied n implemented in accordance to the technical support and availability ASAP. I sincerely shower my concern to the physically n emotionally affected people and extend my support in safeguarding their feelings r.Arguments,debates n discussions are paths n platforms for a better social existence. (sic).” Even Vishnu Manchu confirmed that issue is going to be resolved soon and posted on Twitter, “Everything resolved. Director and BvS Ravi have almost resolved things. Allah o Akbar (sic).”



Love is the secret recipe

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a delectable film about a young man's journey to connect with his family and a secret recipe which holds the key to continue the family tradition HEMANTH KUMAR


uv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a heartwarming tale of a young man who returns home after ten years and finds his true calling. Family of Omi, played by Kunal Kapoor, used to own a dhaba which was famous for Chicken Khurana. Sadly, the dhaba is shut down shortly after Omi’s grandfather falls sick. He’s the only person who knows

I miss doing masala movies: Tabu

the secret ingredient of Chicken Khurana that gives it a distinct taste. When Omi returns home, his younger brother, aunt and former friends believe that he’s back for good and they are proud of him when Omi tells them that he’s a lawyer. However, his uncle and childhood sweetheart Harman (Huma Quershi) are angry that he ran away from home chasing his dreams. How Omi mends his relationships with everyone in the family forms the rest of the story. One of the stand-out features of the film is that it avoids all the cliches associated with films, which are set in Punjab. Since

Movie: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma Directed by: Sameer Sharma Rating:

it’s devoid of stereotypes, most of the drama is centred around the family drama between Titu (Rajesh Sharma) and Omi, apart from Harman and Omi who fall


appy with her “successful life” and “achievements”, Tabu takes pride in saying that as a Bollywood actress, she deftly balanced mainstream and art movies but admits “missing” being part of masala movies. She says that she would like to do a comedy and won’t mind teaming up with David Dhawan. The actress, who will turn 41 next month, described her over twodecade journey in showbiz as satisfactory. “A lot has been achieved. I believe my life is a success story. I am fortunate enough to have achieved everything. I never thought I would be an actress; so each and every achievement looks big to me. It’s been a long journey. It’s great to see I have made something out of myself,”

in love all over again. Their love for food forms a major subtext in the film and it forms a perfect backdrop to the main theme of the film which is essentially about how they all get together to make the perfect recipe. Kunal Kapoor is good in his role as a guy, who’s struggling to bond with his family while he faces an imminent danger from a gangster. But the film’s best performances come from Huma Qureshi and Rajesh Sharma, who help Omi to connect to his roots. Each character in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is filled with so much energy and

Tabu said. If she entertained Hindi-speaking fans with Hera Pheri and Biwi No. 1, she had a grip over Telugu audiences with potboilers like Ninne Pelladatha and Coolie No. 1. “I had a great time doing Bollywood and Telugu films and it’s been an interesting journey. I did only masala films down south and I really miss doing masala films. I love song and dance films in Bollywood. I love it and I miss it,” Tabu said. Asked what kept her away from such films, she said she didn’t want to be typecast. She also featured in offbeat films like Machis, Astitva, Maqbool, Chandni Bar and Cheeni Kum, among others. She will be next seen in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, releasing on November 23, and is also doing Bijoy Nambiar’s David. IANS

humour that it’s almost impossible to not like them in the end. As the story unfolds, it does get a tad too predictable and the climax too doesn’t hold much surprises, but it’s the treatment that makes the film shine. Amit Trivedi’s peppy music and Mitesh Mirchandani’s cinematography are major assets to the film. Sameer Sharma, who had earlier written films like Swades, Bhoot and Khoya Khoya Chand, makes a good debut as a director. Thank you for keeping it real and simple. That, is the real secret of the film’s success. Go watch it.

Proud of Aishwarya’s French honour: Big B


mitabh Bachchan says he is proud that his daughter-in-law, actress Aishwarya Rai, has been chosen to receive a civilian award by the French government for her contribution to the arts on her 39th birthday. Aishwarya received the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ from Francois Richier, ambassador of France to India. “Aishwarya celebrates her birthday and also a recognition by the French government. They confer on her the medal of honor for arts and letters, their second biggest award,” the 70-yearold posted on his blog, “Many years ago, the French had decorated me with the Legion d’Honor, their highest medal, and now the family prides itself with having two of the family gaining recognition from the French,” he posted. IANS









hris Brown is to stay on supervised probation, a court has ruled. Brown was ordered to return to court on January 17, 2013, for a progress update. He is due to undertake a series of world tour dates in November and December. Brown was sentenced to five years pro-

Jamie Foxx to play Spidey villain? I

s Jamie Foxx about to get tangled in Spidey’s web? According to Variety, Jamie is in talks to play Electro in Sony’s upcoming The Amazing SpiderMan 2. The actor, who will next be seen on the big screen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, seemed to hint he might be taking on the voltagewielding villain. “Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Costume fits well.” The Marc Webb-directed project is also working on casting Peter’s best friend/enemy, Harry Osborn, Variety reported. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel will swing into theaters on May 2, 2014.

bation and 180 days of community labour in August 2009, after being found guilty of an assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. During Thursday’s hearing, the judge did not address concerns raised at a previous court date about how many hours’ community service Brown has completed.

Actors treat me differently now H

ollywood star Ben Affleck says actors treat him differently after he turned into a director. The Argo star says he is not let in on any secrets, reported Showbizspy. “I’m not one of the guys any more. I remember I was walking over to the house guests and I heard one of the guys talking about getting stoned — I think somebody had brought something into the house — and as I arrived, everybody clammed up. I thought, ‘When did I become this guy? What am I, the dad?’,” the 40year-old Pearl Harbour star said.







How to play kakuro


Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: ‘How do you play kakuro?’, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish. – Steven Wright

QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Texas A&M athlete 6 Hoof-on-cobblestones sound 10 Burlap bag 14 ‘Bad, bad’ Brown of song 15 1871 Verdi opera 16 Villain in ‘Star Trek II’ 17 Maternally related 18 Wine cask sediment 19 The good olde days 20 It may occur in a palace bathroom? 22 Harp ancestor 23 Part of a graduate’s cap 24 Boxing legend 26 Use the flat part of the shovel 29 Beautiful wading bird 33 Didi of ‘Grease’ and ‘Grease 2’ 37 Slapper of Larry 38 ‘Is it cold ___, or is it just me?’ 39 ___ code (three-digit number) 40 Element no 5 42 They can put you out 43 Beetles-to-be 45 Small Vermont hotel 46 One-armed bandit’s ‘mouth’ 47 ‘Pretty Boy’ of crime 48 Heavy metal 50 When repeated, Yogi’s pal 52 Move with stealth 57 Unsurpassable rating 60 Lady’s place to freshen up 64 Bloodsucking insect 65 Opera diva’s solo 66 Wound dressing 67 Sitcom legend Alda 68 What homeowners don’t pay 69 ‘Abandon all hope, ye who ___ here’ 70 50 Cent pieces? 71 Bedsheet, at some

parties 72 Smart-mouthed DOWN 1 ‘Heads up!’ eg 2 Birthplace of Columbus 3 Ages visibly 4 ‘I’ and ‘i’ in Ithaca 5 A hole near the sole 6 ‘Safe!’ or ‘Out!’ 7 ‘In ___ of flowers ...’ 8 Poems with honorees 9 Former Ottoman title 10 Features of some bright rooms 11 ‘___ there, matey!’ 12 Vocalist Vikki 13 Joint for a beggar? 21 Blazing, on a menu 25 Novelist Deighton 27 Drive time sound? 28 Jeopardy 30 Honest-to-goodness

31 Word used in logic 32 Put to the proof 33 Fleshy area behind 34 Like most folklore 35 Infamous Roman emperor 36 Small, white dried legumes 38 Existing from birth 41 Till bill 44 Trivial bother 49 Very sad songs 51 ‘60s painting style 53 Life force in yoga 54 Advertises 55 Acts like slime 56 ___ board

(nail file) 57 From some distance 58 Earthenware pot 59 Tide type 61 Popular cookie 62 White House section 63 Research output PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER









Knight of Cups

Six of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles

Four of Wands

Four of Swords


ork – No point pushing yourself if you’re unable to focus at work. Give yourself a little more time and you should settle down well by next week. Romance – You like this person but are unwilling to make the first move because of all the previous bad experiences you’ve had. Think it through again. Health – A bad stomach or an unexpected allergy attack may ruin well laid plans for the weekend. Take it easy and rest it out. Money – Finances are in good shape. You’ve planned well and have accounted for most of it. Indulge in some shopping for yourself. Tarot message – You’re in a comfortable position from where you can take risks. Take the plunge.


ork – There’s much for you to learn at work. Pay attention to what seniors in your industry tell you. Be open to new ideas. Romance – A new relationship brings the promise of stability and love. But if you’re looking for that passion and chemistry, wait before you commit. Health – Socialise whenever you can. Avoid spending time by yourself too much. It may bring up all kinds of emotions you find difficult to deal with. Money – Finances are well taken care of. You have accounted for everything in a traditional way, and are also managing some substantial savings. Tarot message – You prefer it when everything is structured. Be open to new concepts and experiences, too.


ork – There’s the threat that you’re spreading yourself too thin, unable to manage all the jobs you have committed to. Be clear about your priorities. Romance – Your partner needs more time to feel reassured that the relationship is going well. Singles need to spend more time looking for a partner. It won’t just happen. Health – You need to take out more time to exercise. It will be difficult, initially. You have to do this to maintain good health. Money – You have a philosophical attitude towards money. Realise that it’s needed to survive and keep your dreams afloat. Tarot message – Balance is the name of the game. You can be an expert juggler when needed.


ork – Your work involves a physical move to another city or state to handle another project. It may be the result of a new job opportunity as well. Romance – Your commitment deepens. You have the important conversation about marriage, or, if married, having a baby. Health – You decide to take matters into your own hands and go the healthy way to create your own good health. Think alternative lifestyles and organic food. Money – Think of how you’re going to invest all the money you’ve been making. Hire a good finance consultant to show you the way. Tarot message – Your firm beliefs and solid foundation in sound principles will take you a long way.



ork –You’re putting all your emotions where your work is. Not that it’s a huge problem. But you have no emotions left for anything else! Romance – You woo a loved one with gifts, chocolates, dinner outings and all things nice. This is the golden time of your relationship. Enjoy! Health – You’re feeling good about the fantastic start to the New Year and it’s reflecting on your health. Your body is responding well to your happy state. Money – Hire a good tax consultant and don’t try to do it all by yourself. Let an expert help you through the financial mesh. Tarot message – Emotions run high and you take things to heart rather easily.




Three of Cups

Seven of Pentacles


ork – You have a spring in your step. Your colleagues are noticing the bounce and will approach you with many questions. Romance – Not everyone can gel well with another. Most people have to work very hard at it. Coordinate your plans with your partner. Health – Those who have been regularly going to the gym for the past six months or more need to up the ante. Challenge yourself, your body. Money – Businessmen will need to promote their brands better. You need to spend much more on marketing and advertising. Tarot message – This is not the best period to start on new projects. But do plan and let the idea run in your head for a few more days.

ork – Just making it once will not make you a winner at the work place. You need to repeat the success, and you can do this with help from others. Romance – Focus on adding an extra touch of love and togetherness to all your dates. Be careful of the tone you use while speaking to a potential date. Health – It would help to maintain a diary of your eating and exercise habits so you can keep track of your health. Money – This works for some people – keep a race with yourself to save more money by a particular date. This will motivate you to cut down unnecessary spending. Tarot message –You’re on the ladder of success. To keep going on it, you need support.


Sagittarius Ace of Swords


ork –You may have to butter up your bosses in order for them to understand your point of view and where you’re coming from. Romance – There are going to be strange coincidences and in one of these, it is highly likely that you may fall in love. Health – You may experience pain in some part of your body. You may feel lethargic and unable to perform to the best of your ability and strength. Money – You are tempted to spend a lot of money in making your young ones happy. Your children are, after all, why you earn and work hard. Tarot message – You are calculative but also do certain things that completely defy logic.


Date 4-11-2012


The Moon

Queen of Pentacles


ork – You’re in a comfort zone you do not want to get out of. You need to look beyond your area of expertise if you want to grow. Romance – You’re beyond that state where one is looking for true love. You have more practical intentions, and it’s less about emotions. Health – You surround yourself with things you like – music, art, pets, beauty – and that makes you feel good. Money – You’re well taken care of and money is there when you need it. You’ve also clicked on the right way to spend. Tarot message – You feel happy and content being where you are and are in no hurry to change that situation unless you’re forced to.

ork – Don’t be lazy at work. No matter how small the job is, or what the circumstances are, you need to continue to work professionally. Romance – You feel like taking a break and you want to stop meeting your partner for a while. Explain this feeling to them so they don’t feel odd. Health – is your iron intake sufficient? You may need a full body check-up to ensure you are healthy and fine. Money – There are new ways of saving money and you need to consult an advisor on the best way to do this. Have a finance plan customised for you. Tarot message – You are moody and irritable. You tend to take your anger out on people who come in your way.

ork – Expect lots of changes in the coming year. This means that you may have to be prepared to work in new teams with a new role. Romance – Matters of the heart are going fine. It provided the much needed stability for you to focus on other aspects of your life. Health – The routine of exercise and the intake of fibre foods is doing you a world of good. Just keep at it. Don’t binge during the holidays. Money – You’ve locked enough money in the bank to make it possible to play with some amount in the markets. Tarot message – You’ve achieved a good balance between stability and change. You know which aspects of life to keep stable.


Pisces Ace of Cups


ork – You’re full of good ideas. Make sure to note them down. But be careful who you share them with. There are chances that you’ll be compromising your position. Romance – This is a fantastic time for romance. Singles find someone interesting and those already committed are likely to deepen their commitment. Health – You feel good on the inside and your body responds to that happiness within you. Money – You may not be too bothered about making more money right now. It’s there and you’ve taken care to ensure it flows right. Tarot message – Listen to your intuition and be amazed at how it can send out the right signals. Your heart is vulnerable but don’t be scared.

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7. The Hobbit, an upcoming film series consisting of three epic fantasy-adventure films, is supposed to be the prequel of which movie? 8. Which album of singer Taylor Swift sold 1.208 million copies in its opening week?

9. Which state has implemented the law that allows anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm to carry a weapon out in the open on their person? 10. Who is the senior Syrian air force general who was killed by rebels in central Damascus this week?



He is an Indian business magnate, who is the CEO of one of the largest Indian companies. His company was ranked 99 in Fortune Global 500. He was lately the target of activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal who alleged that this business tycoon is running the country and not the Prime Minister. Who is he?


to have bought a 10 per cent stake in Virgin Australia this week? 5. The 2015 Solheim Cup will be hosted by which country? 6. Which popular Somali poet, playwright and songwriter was gunned down in the capital Mogadishu?

1. Shanghai 2. Four 3. Disney 4. Singapore Airlines 5. Germany 6. Warsame Shire Awale 7. The Lord of the Rings 8. Taylor Swift’s Red 9. Oklahoma 10. Abdullah Mahmoud al-Khalidi

1. Which is the most populous city in the world? 2. How many astronauts are each Orion spacecraft projected to carry? 3. Which company bought Lucasfilm, which is behind the Star Wars films, for $4.05bn? 4. Which airlines announced


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White House Áras an Uachtaráin

Malacañan Palace 10 Downing Street Rashtrapati Bhavan


He is an English actor who had made appearances in films like Elizabeth, The Power of One and on Sharpe's Eagle and Zorro on television. He rose to fame after being cast as a British secert agent in a series. His latest movie is a blockbuster which shows him fighting cyber crime. Who is he?



24 Sussex Drive Premier House

1. Mukesh Ambani 2. Daniel Craig



1. President of United States 2. President of Ireland 3. President of Philippines 4. PM of Britain 5. Indian President 6. President of the People's Republic of China 7. Pakistan President 8. Prime Minister of Canada 9. Prime Minister of New Zealand 10. Prime Minister of Norway


Along with which country has India signed a Protocol amending the Convention on avoidance of double taxation?

Who directed the movie Life of Pi which is a fantasy adventure story based on an Indian boy from Pondicherry?

PICTURE PUZZLE 39 with Santosh Ghule Find here the punctuation that marks exclamation.

Answer for 38:


The fish seem to be in motion but it’s only an illusion.

Who was appointed as the junior Shipping Minister this week?

Answers: 1. Salman Khan 2. Balakrishna 3. Johnny Depp 4. Suriya


WHO AM I? I was in the news at least two weeks before I paid my visit to the US. I was so “dangerous” that precautions were taken so that I don’t cause much destruction. Who am I?

Answer : Hurricane Sandy

Which tropical cyclone hit southern India including parts of coastal areas in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh this week?



Inkognitogata 18

1. Neelam 2. Milind Deora 3. UK 4. Taiwanese-born American director Ang Lee




NY marathon cancelled

Royal Delta wins Breeders'

Messi becomes a dad

NEW YORK: New York City is can-


BARCELONA: Barcelona superstar

celling its annual marathon, scheduled for Sunday, after a backlash against plans to hold the race in the wake of hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday. Bloomberg had earlier sought to allow the race to go ahead, but a chorus of opposition grew in the days after Sandy hit the area.

old Royal Delta posted a convincing triumph under Mike Smith on Friday at Santa Anita in the featured race of the first day of Breeders' Cup action here. Having come from behind at Churchill Downs last year, Royal Delta has shown that she has plenty of weapons in her arsenal and has owner Benjamin Leon again dreaming of Dubai.

Lionel Messi announced on Friday the birth of his first child, Thiago, although the club say he will still play on Saturday. Messi's partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, delivered their son at a hospital about 700 metres from Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium. "Today I am the happiest man in the world, the 25year-old Argentine said on Facebook.

Plenipotent for feature LVR Deshmukh-trained Plenipotent, who was not fully stretched in race No 194 and finished 3rd in the Monsoon Races, will be hard to beat in The AP Commemoration Cup, the feature event of the first day (Sunday) of Hyderabad Winter Races 2012-13 at the Malakpet racecourse in the City. 1st Race: The Nagarjuna Sagar Plate (Div-II) (about) 1200 metres, Cat-III A handicap for horses 3-year-old and upward, rated up to 50; 1-00pm 1 Mr Glorious 61 (F Hassan) Harinder Singh (10) 2 Golden Dash 57.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (2) 3 Laughing Eyes 55.5 (Satyanarayan) Christopher (9) 4 Kohinoor Revanta 54.5 (A Sharma) N Rawal (5) 5 Desert Bloom 53.5 (SinivasR) PS Chouhan (3) 6 Guiding Spirit 52 (Kassam) K Anil (7) 7 Pranavi 50.5 (Netto) Sai Vamshi (8) 8 Art Ace 50 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (4) 9 Fortunate 50 (Prasad R) Sai Kumar (6) 10 In Reality 49 (Netto) Uday Kiran (1) Selections: 1 Desert Bloom 2 Guiding Spirit 3 Kohinoor Revanta 2nd Race: The Beginners Plate (about) 1000 metres, Cat-II Terms for maiden horses 2-year-old only; 1-30pm 1 Amazon Princess 53.5 (Z Shaikh) Christopher (4) 2 Lavish Gift 53.5 (Satheesh) B Sreekanth (2) 3 Most Impressive 53.5 (Netto) PS Chouhan (3) 4 Nano Belle 53.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (5) 5 Roses in Bloom 53.5 (S Abbas) Imran Khan (1) Selections: 1 Amazon Princess 2 Lavish Gift 3 Roses in Bloom 3rd Race: The Nagarjuna Sagar Plate (Div-I) (about) 1200 metres, Cat-III A handicap for horses 3-year-old and upward, rated up to 50; 2-00pm 1 Cannon Law 61.5 (Prasad R) N Rawal (2) 2 Kohinoor Vikrant 59 (Vatsalya) Sai Vamshi (8) 3 Prince of Arabia 57.5 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (4) 4 Transition 55.5 (Satheesh) K Anil (5) 5 Hidden Power 54.5 (N Rao) DK Ashish (7) 6 Lioness Heart 53 (Netto) Deep Shanker (3) 7 Symbol of Beauty 51.5 (A Sharma) Ravinder Singh (1) 8 Mystic Deer 50 (Satyanarayan) MF Ali Khan (6) 9 Sprint Saloni 50 (Netto) Sai Kumar (10) 10 Merry Maid 49 (Kassam) Uday Kiran (9) Selections: 1 Prince Of Arabia 2 Lioness Heart 3 Cannon Law 4th Race: The Welcome Plate (Div-I) (about) 1100 metres, Cat-II A handicap for horses 4-year-old and upward, rated up to 75;

2-30pm 1 Blazing Asian 61 (S Abbas) M Mark 2 Rajkumari 60 (Netto) Imran Khan 3 Kings Cruise 59 (Netto) RB Shinde 4 Vijaykiran 58 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan 5 Best Pal 56.5 (Satheesh) B Sreekant 6 Fine Racer 56 (Prasad R) Sai Kumar 7 Kohinoor Fighter 52.5 (Vatsalya) N Rawal 8 Invincible India 52 (A Sharma) Ch K Chary 9 Robust 50.5 (Kassam) Ravinder Singh 10 Bharatanatyam 49.5 (Silvester) Sai Vamshi 11 AnnArbor 49 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh 12 Chayanandan 49 (Srinagesh) Harinder Singh 13 Silver Liner 49 (Fayaz) AK Pawar Selections: 1 Vijaykiran 2 Silver Liner 3 Blazing Asian

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5th Race: The Appeaser Plate (about) 1400 metres, Cat-II A handicap for horses 3-year-old and upward, rated up to 75; 3-00pm 1 Pavan 61 (Z Shaikh) Deep Shanker (7) 2 Heros Choice 58.5 (Sequeria) K Anil (11) 3 Ring Of Fire 54.5 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan (6) 4 Stylish Chieftan 53.5 (Laxman S) Harinder Singh (1) 5 Crown Castle 52.5 (Satyanarayan) MF Ali Khan (8) 6 Brahmani 51 (A Sharma) Neeraj Rawal (5) 7 Bribe Madi 50.5 (Srinagesh) Ravinder Singh (9) 8 True Scholar 50.5 (Kassam) N Rawal (2) 9 Any give Time 50 (F Hassan) Ch K Chary (10) 10 Royal Craft 49.5 (Z Shaikh) Ajit Kumar (3) 11 Sea Runner 49 (D’Silva) AK Pawar (4) Selections: 1 Ring Of Fire 2 Heroes Choice 3 Any Given Time 6th Race: The Deccan Star Cup (about) 1100 metres, Cat-III A handicap for horses 5-year-old and upward, rated up to 50; 3-30pm 1 Victorious Sally 61.5 (Kassam) AK Pawar (1) 2 Iceland 60.5 (D’Silva) MF Ali Khan (3) 3 Winning Strides 60 (Sequeria) M Mark (11) 4 Geography 57.5 (Srinagesh) Deep Shanker (6) 5 Queen of Habshe 57 (Shamsuddin) Ch K Chary (5) 6 Palace Affairs 56.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (2) 7 Royal Sword 55 (KV Sinivas) A Ramana (8) 8 Art Connoisseur 54.5 (Fayaz) Kuldeep Singh (9) 9 Victory Sky 53.5 (Kassam) Uday Kiran (12)

10 Zulu Punch 53.5 (Vatsalya) Sai Vamshi (4) 11 Caladium 51.5 (A Sharma) Ravinder Singh (7) 12 Sugar Deal 50.5 (F Hassan) N Rawal (10) Selections: 1 Palace Affairs 2Winning Strides 3 Iceland 7th Race: The A P Commemoration Cup (about) 1400 metres, Cat-I A handicap for horses 3-year-old and upward; 4-00pm 1 Vijay’s Conquer 60 (Laxman S) PA Culhane (6) 2 Guiding Light 59 (N Rao) DK Ashish (11) 3 Proof 58.5 (Sequeria) K Anil (3) 4 Windsor Manor 57 (Satyanarayan) Christopher (1) 5 Melody Queen 56.5 (Prasad) N Rawal (12) 6 Plenipotent 54.5 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan (4) 7 Don Valentino 53.5 (S Abbas) Ch K Chary (13) 8 Vendetta 53.5 (S Abbas) MF Ali Khan (8) 9 Kuchipudi 52.5 (A Sharma) NeerajRawal (2) 10 Garcia Marquez 52 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (10) 11 Vijaykeerti 52 (Deshmukh) AK Pawar (7) 12 Jabel Queen 51 (S Abbas) Ravinder Singh (5) 13 Arabian Dancer 50.5 (Prasad R) Sai Kumar (9) 14 Da Xia 50.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (14) Selections: 1 Plenipotent 2 Guiding Light 3 Vijay’s Conquer 8th Race: The Welcome Plate (Div-II) (about) 1100 metres, Cat-II A handicap for horses 4-year-old and upward, rated up to 75; 4-30pm 1 Garibaldi 61 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (10) 2 Twenty-five Pips 61 (Srinagesh) Christopher (9) 3 Naughty Gal 58 (Laxman S) PA Culhane (1) 4 Handsome Hunk 57.5 (Satheesh) B Sreekanth (4) 5 Oru Oru Oru 57.5 (N Rao) DK Ashish (5) 6 Precisely That 54.5 (Srinivas R) PS Chouhan (2) 7 Phenomenal Speed52 (Shamsuddin) Sai Kumar (11) 8 Confidential 51 (Kassam) Ravinder Singh (7) 9 Star Value 51 (S Abbas) Ch K Chary (8) 10 Kohinoor Pride 49.5 (Vatsalya) N Rawal (6) 11 Play the Music 49 (Deshmukh) Harinder Singh (12) 12 Sun Bird 49 (Netto) Udaykiran (3) Selections: 1 Precisely That 2 Garibaldi 3 Naughty Gal Days Best: Precisely That, Jackpot Race Nos: 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 1st Treble Race Nos: 1, 2 and 3, 2nd Treble Race Nos: 3, 4 and 5, 3rd Treble Race Nos: 6, 7 and 8

Ashwa Shakti and Maharadhi please HYDERABAD: Ashwa Shakti, Maharadhi, Custodian, Star Striker, Combined Force and So Super pleased when horses were exercised here this morning. Sand track 800 metres Vijay’s Winner (Joshi) 58, 600/44 Moved freely. Wedding Gift (rb) 12.5, 600/47 Easy. Custodian (app) 57, 600/41.5 Moved well. Elegant Approach (Sai Kumar) 2y Dandelian (N Rawal) 56.5, 600/40.5 Latter moved well and finished together. Street Magic (Ali Khan) 58, 600/43 Moved freely. 2y Natalia (Harinder Singh) 2y What’s Up (Deep Shanker)

59, 600/42.5 They moved together. Superb (app) 58, 600/44 Urged. Mystic Deer (Christopher) 58.5, 600/42.5 Pushed. Carson Troy (rb) 57, 600/43 Moved well. Ice Mountain (Anil) 1-0, 600/45 Easy. Saravagnya (app) 58, 600/43 Extended. Victory Sky (Christopher) 1-2, 600/46 Moved freely. Rebut (Ali Khan) 59, 600/43 Easy. Arriviste (Christopher) 57, 600/42 Urged. True Friend (M Mark) 59, 600/42 Moved well. Sporting Star (Deep Shanker) 58, 600/44 Moved freely. Combined Force (app) 55.5, 600/42.5 Pleased. Key Note (rb) 1-1, 600/47 Easy. Original Gladiator

(app) 56, 600/43 Pushed in the last part. Aneres (Joshi) 57.5, 600/43 Moved on the bit. 2y Fearless Moment (Christopher) 59, 600/43 Looks good. Khabza (rb) Green Gift (rb) 59 600/45 They moved together. Star Sensation (B Shinde) Midnight Beauty (Sai Kumar) 1-0, 600/43 Former finished a length in front. Anagalekha (app) 58, 600/45 Urged. Moment of Roses (rb) 1-1, 600/45 Easy. Royal Bird (Ravinder Singh) 57.5, 600/44 Moved well. 2y Princess Cruise (rb) 2y Winning Shot (Deep Shanker) 1-3, 600/46 They moved freely. Overtaker (B Shinde) Bold Brigade (rb) 57,

600/43 Former finished in front. Okai Okai Okai (rb) 59, 600/43 Easy. 2y Goldie (Kuldeep Singh) Grande Camore (rb) 1-0, 600/45 They moved together. Max Baby (app) 12, 600/48 Easy. Attenborough (AK Pawar) 59, 600/43 Un-extended. Sand track 1000 metres Golden Jewel (app) 1-15, 800/1-0, 600/45 Easy. Kohinoor Angel (rb) 1400/400 in 1-16 Moved freely. Winning Tactics (Joshi) 1-16.5, 800/1-0, 600/46.5 Moved on the bit. Star Striker (app) 1-12.5, 800/56.5, 600/43 Moved well. Ashwa Shakti (Joshi) 1-11.5, 800/56, 600/42 Ple-

ased. Maharadhi (app) 1-11.5, 800/ 56, 600/42 Speedy. Audacious (rb) 1-15, 800/58, 600/43 Moved freely. Sand track 1200 metres Always Bullish (Imran Khan) 1-33.5, 1000/1-17.5, 800/1-2, 600/48 Easy. Strategic Command (Ravinder Singh) 1-28.5, 1000/1-13, 800/58, 600/44 Moved well. Nasheeta (Imran Khan) 1-32, 1000/1-16, 800/10, 600/44 Moved on the bit. Sand track 1400 metres So Super (Imran Khan) 1-41.5, 1200/1-25, 1000/1-12.5, 800/59, 600/45 Impressed.



Hamilton plays down pole chance Vettel inching towards 3rd championship title

ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton played down his chances of preventing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel from claiming pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Despite topping the times after first practice and running only one-tenth of a second off the 25-year-old German’s pace in the second session, Hamilton said he had struggled with his car, notably on the softer tyres. He added that there had been no significant upgrades for his McLaren car and that his only real hope of taking pole rested on Vettel making mistakes. Hamilton said: “If we get pole it will be fantastic, but we shouldn’t get our hopes up — Sebastian has a faster car. Nothing has changed. We have not improved so I don’t know why anyone thinks we can beat

ABU DHABI: Sebastian Vettel on Friday moved a step closer to becoming the youngest triple world champion in Formula One history by topping the second practice times for Red Bull ahead of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel clocked a best time of 1min 41.751secs to head the time-sheets above nearest rivals Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of McLaren. AFP them (Red Bull). It’s not the case. “The reason I say that is because the last four races have been won by a certain guy and (his) car is very quick around

here, but I’m going to give it my all, everything I can, and hope maybe his lap isn’t so great and mine is. If we get ahead it will be a huge bonus for us.”

Hamilton was six-tenths faster than his McLaren teammate and Jenson Button, in third place. He added that he was happy

Tsonga out Simon in Indian pair in semis PARIS: The Indian pair of

French Gilles Simon celebrates after he won his Paris Tennis Masters Series indoor tournament match against Tomas Berdych on Friday AFP/LIONEL BONAVENTURE

PARIS: Gilles Simon thrilled home fans by reaching the semi-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday as he beat Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4 - only to find himself next facing the surprise packet of the week. There was disappointment for fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he lost to Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer 6-2, 7-5. Tsonga went down after saving two match points as Ferrer, winner of

his sixth title of the season last week in Valencia, advanced in 80 minutes. “I lost, and, well, I won’t have much time, anyway, because I will be in London tomorrow and Monday I will be on the court, I guess,” said Tsonga. “So if I had played a bit more here, it wouldn’t have changed things much.” France put a second man into the last four as unseeded Michael Llodra defeated American Sam Querrey 7-6

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna booked the final berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London after advancing to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Masters here on Friday. In a winner-take-all quarterfinal clash yesterday fifth seeds Bhupathi and Bopanna defeated the Polish Power pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4. They will now be up against the Australian-Britih combination of Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray. Bhupathi and Bopanna will make their team debut at the season finale. (7/4) 6-3 to next play Ferrer. Simon will attempt on Saturday to end the dream run of lanky Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, who reached the final four as eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic quit with illness (“sudden fatigue”) after being seen on court by the doctor, 3-6, 6-1, 4-1. The victory was the second surprise in 24 hours for Janowicz, ranked 69th, who stunned Andy Murray on AFP Thursday.

with his car on the harder ‘prime’ tyres. He explained: “We seemed quite good in P1, but P2 was a bit of a struggle for me. It was very difficult to get the time (on the option) - we had a good time on the prime, but people seemed to find eight-tenths on the option and I wasn’t able to get any time out of it. “I don’t really know why perhaps it’s about switching the tyres on. I expected that Sebastian would all of a sudden go very quickly. I don’t know what they do in the first session, but I guess they’re cruising and then second session they switch everything on. They picked up some good pace. I generally didn’t have great pace, I was struggling with the car. I’m, not really sure why, but we have plenty of time AFP to figure it out.”

Kabaddi in foucs for India, Pakistan LAHORE: As long-frozen cricket ties between Pakistan and India thaw, the two arch-rivals are also hoping this weekend’s Kabaddi Asia Cup can bring the countries closer together. The traditional team sport, in which players try to tag opponents while holding their breath, is hugely popular in the Punjab provinces of both countries and is putting down roots among expatriates in other Asian countries. Teams from Iran, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Indonesia are all taking part in the tournament in Lahore, but it is old foes India and Pakistan who are expected to fight it out for the $15,500 winner’s purse in Monday’s final. For Indian team manager Gurmail Singh, the harmony and brotherly spirit of kabaddi is what matters most. “We are here as ambassadors of India,” said Gurmail as his team were given a rousing welcome at the Wagah border crossing. “We believe we can cash in on the popularity of kabaddi to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer.” Most sporting relations between Pakistan and India were suspended after the 2008 terror attacks, which left 166 people dead and which Delhi blamed on extremists from across the border. But while a resumption of bilateral cricket ties was only agreed in July, kabaddi was never a victim of the freeze, with Pakistan visiting India to compete in the last two World Cups in 2010 and 2011 and Indian participation in the current event never in doubt. Pakistan Kabaddi Federation secretary Rana Sarwar said the Asia Cup had proved “auspicious” for cricket as the itinerary for Pakistan’s tour to India was announced on Thursday, the day the tournament began.

Knicks rip Heat in big NY game

McIlroy at Nike gets tick from Molinari

40 Indians in IAAF dope offenders list

NEW YORK: Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points

DONGGUAN, CHINA: Francesco Molinari Friday

NEW DELHI: India has nothing to boast of in terms

and the New York Knicks beat reigning NBA champion Miami 104-84 on Friday in the first major sports event in New York since killer superstorm Sandy struck. A packed house in famed Madison Square Garden cheered the Knicks in their season opener against the Heat. The Knicks had been scheduled to play Thursday at Brooklyn but that game was cancelled due to storm damage. “It tells a lot about New York City,” Anthony said. “We come together in tough times. AFP

played down fears over Rory McIlroy’s expected bigmoney deal with American giant Nike after Nick Faldo called the plan “dangerous” for the world number one. The Italian, who was McIlroy’s teammate at the Ryder Cup and has been sponsored by Nike throughout his career, called it a “good match” and backed the Northern Irish star to quickly adjust to new clubs and equipment. “You never know until he does it but I think it’s a good match,” Molinari told AFP AFP

of achievements at world stage in athletics, but the country has topped in the number offenders caught for doping under IAAF rules. In the latest IAAF list of dope offenders updated till October 31, a whopping 40 Indian athletes figured in the list out of 204 dope offenders all over the world. Among the top Indians in the list were double Asian Games gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji and other top quarter-milers Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose who were caught by the NADA in Indian athletics’ worst doping scandal PTI that hit the headlines last year.



Aditya Mane reaches semis Maharashtra’s Aditya Mane beat Ankit of Himachal Pradesh +12:12 in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Light Welter (64kg) of the 59th National Boxing Championships. HYDERABAD: Aditya Mane of

Aditya Mane of Maharashtra lands a punch on Ankit of Himachal Pradesh during their quarterfinal bout of the 59th Boxing Nationals held at the Lal Bahadur Stadium on Friday.

pic) said on Friday that it was “unthinkable” that referee Mark Clattenburg had racially abused a Chelsea player during Manchester United’s controversial victory last weekend. United’s 3-2 Premier League win was overshadowed by allegations from the losers that Clattenburg, who sent off two Chelsea men, used “inappropriate language” against two of their players during the match. The claims are being investigated by both London’s Metropolitan Police force and the Football Association, with the focus on allegations that Clattenburg used a racist slur against Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel. A second accusation, relating to Spaniard Juan Mata, has been dropped by Chelsea while Clattenburg maintains his innocence on all matters. Now, after words of support from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Clattenburg has received the significant backing of Ferguson, the manager in the

Watson: Aus’ latest scare

visitors’ dug-out during the contentious afternoon at Stamford Bridge. “I don’t believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comments like that,” Ferguson said Friday. “I refuse to believe it. I think it’s unthinkable. In the modern climate, I just don’t believe it. Simple as that. There is no way a referee would stoop to that, I’m convinced about AFP that.”

BRISBANE: Talismanic allrounder Shane Watson has become Australia’s latest injury scare ahead of next week’s Test against South Africa after pulling up with a sore calf during a Sheffield Shield clash. Watson left the field after bowling his first over of the day for New

the toss and elected to bat in their second warm-up game against Mumbai A at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai today. The visitors rested captain Alastair Cook, pace bowlers Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan, batsman Kevin Pietersen, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and leading spinner Graeme Swann from the team that played in the first warm-up game at the Cricket Club of India against India A. They included Stuart Broad, who will lead the side, wicketkeeper Jimmy Bairstow, Joe Root, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan and Monty Panesar in their place. The home team left out leg-spinner Sagar Gorivale, Neelkanth Parab, Bravish Shetty and Balwinder Singh Sandhu Jr. from the playing PTI eleven.

Amitoze, Manpreet trouble Hyderabad

MOHALI: Amitoze Singh and Manpreet Gony shared six wickets between them as Punjab restricted Hyderabad to 244 for seven on day one of their Group A Ranji Trophy league match at the PCA stadium, here today. It took Punjab some time to take the first wicket as Hyderabad openers Akshat Reddy (63) and D Ravi Teja (36) put on an impressive 77-run stand after being invited to bat. Almost all the Hyderabad batsmen good starts but could not convert those into big ones. Hanuma Vihari (28), skipper VVS Laxman (23) and Arjun Yadav (34) batted well in the middle-order but could not carry on with their good work. Ibrahim Khaleel (38) and Pragyan Ojha (4) were at the crease when stumps were drawn. Brief Scores: Hyderabad 244/7 in 90 overs. (Akshat Reddy 63, Ibrahim Khaleel 38 batting; Amitoze Singh 3/33; Manpreet Gony PTI 3/51) vs Punjab.

South Wales in their match with Queensland in Brisbane on Saturday. On Friday, Ricky Ponting was withdrawn from Tasmania’s Shield match against South Australia on Friday with hamstring soreness, while Pat Cummins was ruled out for season with a stress back complaint. AFP

MUMBAI: England won

Brief scores

Tendulkar slams ton

At Bhubaneshwar: TN 66/2 vs Odisha. At Vadodara: Baroda 308/4 (A Waghmode 121 n.o., I Pathan 105 n.o.) vs Karnataka. At Guwahati: Assam 220/5 (D Jadhav 127 n.o., T Chanda 5/50) vsTripura. At Indore: Gujarat 327/5 (Parthiv Patel 162) vs MP. At Nadaun: Kerela 196/8 (S Samson 100 n.o.) vs HP. At Jammu: J&K 195 (S.Rao 3/50, S. Nadeem 3/50) vs Jharkhand 81/1. At Rohtak: Haryana 55 (U Yadav 5/18, S Singh 4/11) vs Vidarbha 78/2. At Anantapur: Services 73/5. At Mumbai: Mumbai (A. Rahane 105 n.o., S Tendulkar 137). At Delhi: Delhi 235 (P Kumar 3/19, I Ahmed 5/18) vs Uttar Pradesh 40/1.

MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar looked in good form ahead of a home Test series against England as he smashed a solid 137 in domestic first-class cricket on Friday. The 39-year-old, the world’s leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket, cracked three sixes and 21 fours in his 136-ball knock for Mumbai on the opening day of a four-day Ranji Trophy match against Railways. Tendulkar, whose last Ranji appearance was in 2009, put on 200 runs for the fourth wicket with Test-hopeful Ajinkya Rahane (105 not out) to help his team post 344-4 in their first innings at stumps at the Wankhede Stadium. AFP






Singh, who has been in and out of the national circuit for the last couple of year due to back problems, says he is looking forward to this tournament as his big break and his ticket into the national camp. “The last couple of years have been tough, but I am physically fit now and hoping to get into the national camp with a good performance in the nationals.” He next faces Ashish Gautam of Uttar Pradesh. V Durga Rao of Karnataka made a place in the penultimate round with a victory over Yudh Veer of Madhya Pradesh. He will now compete against Haryana state champion Ajay Kumar of in the semis. Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh of the Railways and 2009 Asian Championship gold medallist Nanao Singh of the Services team continued their winning streak and advanced into the round of 4 of the light PTI fly weight category.

Number game

Ferguson defends ref Clattenburg


Maharashtra beat Ankit of Himachal Pradesh +12:12 in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Light Welter (64kgs) of the 59th National Boxing Championships held here on Friday. Meanwhile, South Asian Games gold medallist Chhote Lal Yadav bowed out after losing his quarter-final bout 11-17 to Manipur’s S Santosh Singh. Chhote Lal’s defeat in the the bantam weight category was a major blow to the Services team. Chhote Lal, last year’s nationals’ bronze medal winner, was slow off the mark and Singh took complete advantage of his sluggish start. The Manipuro said he was under no pressure going into the bout. “I have sparred with Chhote Lal many times in training camps before and I know his game. I have been working very hard for this tournament and I was sure of making it into the semi-finals,” Singh said.

England win toss

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