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Why net connections are more in City Hyderabad hurtles past Bangalore to stay connected. Small office, home office and SME concepts give Hyderabad the extra edge. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB survey said that the claimed Internet users were 2.2 million each in both cities, the actual users were 17 lakh in Bangalore, while the number is 18 lakh in Hyderabad See more on pg 2

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We’ll bury Cong: TRS T camp is preparing for an unrelenting struggle after the PM’s statement

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A child labourer outside Telangana Bhavan on the eve of Children’s Day

CBI arrests VD Rajagopal, more in the line of fire D Sree Charan


he CBI has, in a decisive step towards dealing with the vexed question of OBC mining case, today arrested the former Andhra Pradesh Mines and Geology director VD Rajagopal on charges of granting mining leases to Obulapuram Mining Company. However, his exact role in the illegal mining case is still not officially declared by the CBI sleuths. It is known that several

times after the arrest of Gali Janardhan Reddy, the CBI officials had questioned VD Rajagopal and Y Srilakshmi, former Mining Secretary in connection with the alleged violation of rules for granting mining leases to OMC during their tenure. On Saturday morning, VD Rajagopal was taken to Dilkusha Guest House for questioning. According to sources, late in the evening he along with some of the CBI officials went to his house and returned to

the guest house after collecting some clothes. On Sunday morning CBI declared his arrest and shifted him to CBI office in Koti. It is expected that he would be produced before the Magistrate in his house this afternoon. After the arrest of Gali Janardhan Reddy on September 5 from Bellary in Karnataka, the investigating agency told the special court that the illegal mining was carried out in collusion with several public servants.

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he prime minister, despite having eyes, is unable to see the democratic fight and spirits of Telangana people for a separate state. The prime minister’s statement is evidence that the Congress has scant respect for democratic values and rights of the people of Telangana. The Telangana society will bury the Congress and the prime minister. This is my curse,” The TRS founder and leader K Chan dra sekhar Rao spurted in anger and frustration at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s stance yesterday that a Telangana was not possible at this juncture. Asking the people of Telangana not to be disheartened over the PM’s statement, Chandrasekhar Rao said that he was with them and would start all types of agitations to achieve Telangana. The mood in the TRS camp on Sunday, a day after the PM dropped the bombshell, was sombre but agitated. The T leaders are meeting individually and would hold a meeting of all like-minded forces soon. What gleamed through the talks with them points to a resolution to step up agitation in a more forceful way.

K Taraka Rama Rao, TRS MLA and son of KCR while speaking to Postnoon on Sunday morning said that the PM was showing more concern for Kingfisher Airlines, which was owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya than for the sentiments of Telangana people. The Nizamabad MP Madhu Yashki said, “The statement by the prime minister is like breaking news of a death coolly. I will talk to other leaders to proceed on the issue.” “The Prime Minister’s statement is highly irresponsible,” said the TRS MLA Etela Rajendra. Convener of the Telangana Joint Action Committee Kodandaram said that the time has come to “bury” the Congress. “Only then will Telangana be achieved,” he said. Meanwhile, the prime minister has made one party happy with his statement. BJP leader Kishan Reddy said jubilantly that the “T is possible only under the NDA in 2014.” Reddy said further, “If you need any more proof that the Congress is playing games, the PM’s stance has come handy, said the BJP leader, Kishan Reddy. It’s now quite evident that the Congress will not give Telangana.” (With inputs from Inkeshaf Ahmed)

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Spirit of Twin Cities


Tweet, like, socialise or converse A Saye Sekhar

HYDERABAD: If left and right thumbs of a teen are busy dancing on the keys of a smartphone, you can be sure they are posting a comment on Facebook or tweeting. A love story could be blossoming or flourishing or an affair could be breaking. A head honcho could be checking her business mail on his Blackberry or an executive must be navigating to find a location on his iPhone. What’s common among all of them? They are all connected through the internet. Hundreds of students in engineering colleges stay glued to the net, thanks to free Wi-Fi offered on their college campuses. Hyderabad proudly surpassed India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, in number of internet users. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB survey said that the claimed internet users were 2.2 million each in both cities, the actual users were 17 lakh in Bangalore, while the number is 18 lakh in Hyderabad. Of course, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai are ahead of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad hurtles past Bangalore to stay connected. Small office, home office and SME concepts give Hyderabad the extra edge

Youths drive growth The survey finds that while internet usage within the older men’s segment (35-58) along with women continues to gauge constant stability, the newer generation dominates the usage. More than 75 per cent of internet usage is still driven by youngsters. Schoolchildren have started using internet more than they have ever had in the past decade owing to the now existent elearning services and educational information available on the internet. In the 30 cities, where the survey was conducted, 89 per cent use it to access emails, 71 per cent use it for social networking activities, 64 per cent access it to search education-related content, 55 per cent use internet for chatting purposes and 49 per cent access videos, music and images. Experts in the domain feel staying in touch with peers and friends through social networking sites moved from the being a favourite pastime or hobby to a habit and in some cases business for many.

e-payments make life hassle-free Officials spokesperson of Tata Indicom says that the basic rea-

son for the spurt in internet usage is the manifold growth in avenues (touch points) and also necessities. For instance, many people are logging on to internet to make bill payments on line. It is lot more easier and one can

avoid travel and standing in long queues. This trend is catching up in the city. He also goes on to add that a large chunk of student community is making use of the internet for studying online, taking online

tuitions and preparing for examination and project reports. Even schoolchildren are using internet for this purpose.

Internet penetration holds the key

Wi-Fi hubs and wireless internet connections by almost every national service provider and transformation of internet onto mobile phones and the smartphone revolution have contributed their might to the rise in internet user base. Hyderabad’s quick adaptability to the everchanging landscape of internet technologies perched the city among the top eight metros. Very high speeds — from 256 kbps and 512 kbps to 3.2 mbps and 6.2 mbps — revolutionised the access, he observed. P Sridhar Reddy, managing director of Pioneer Online, one of the earliest internet service providers in the city, feels that growth of internet penetration in Hyderabad is not a big surprise. The activism of cable operators, who have been doing a far better job than many service providers, have really taken internet to the doorstep of common man. The penetration is very high and it is because of increased participation of people in social networking sites. “After all, internet is available wherever we are,” he observed. Pioneer Online supports the bandwidth of subproviders of internet service. Allipuram Rajasekhar Reddy, Managing Director of BRIO Factors group, which is mainly into internet technologies, says the presence of large student community, large Telugu diaspora staying abroad and wanting to stay connected with their near and dear, and, of course, social networking—“as we are outgoing people” — have shown their impact. He recalled Hyderabad alone used to have 9,000 cyber cafes and his friend Mohan Reddy had launched 45 cafes with an investment of Rs3 crore some 10 years ago in the city. That shows the enthusiasm of people here, he points out. Availability of hardware for an affordable cost, telecom revolution, and now tablets have improvised internet craze into an opportunity and then necessity. Managing director of Beam Telecom Brijesh Chandwani said: "Small office, home office and SME concepts are very active in Hyderabad. While a large section of youth are migrating from other parts of the State to the city, they are also driving the growth of internet mostly in entertainment-related content — music, videos and movies. The spike in internet use only going to grow here."

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New Praja Rajyam launched to fight for T

T champions disturb United Andhra forum

Konda Lakshman Bapuji calls upon political parties to set aside their individual agendas and unite in the fight for a separate Telangana state

HYDERABAD: The erstwhile PRP leader Parakala Prabhakar has thrown a challenge at the Telengana agitators to come to open debate on why a Telangana State is untenable. He said “Vishalandhra Mahasabha,” the forum for a united Andhra, that began here on Saturday, would hold open debates in Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Karimnagar and Warangal soon. Prabhakar was speaking after the pro-Telangana activists disturbed the Mahasabha that began at the

HYDERABAD: The Central and State governments have are likely to have their hands full as more Telangana statehood voices join the fray. Telangana Praja Rajyam, a new political party, was launched under the leadership of Supreme Court lawyer Venugopal. Freedom fighter Konda Lakshman Bapuji, Telangana TDP leaders Errabelli Dayakara Rao and Motkupalli Narasimhulu were present. Some of the leaders, who had earlier worked for the PRP of

Parakala challenges pro-Telangana leaders to open debate on viability of separate State

Chiranjeevi have also joined the new party. Speaking on the occasion, Konda Lakshman Bapuji said all the political parties were working for their own selfish ends and none of them was totally devoted to the cause of Telangana. He called upon parties to keep their flags and agendas aside. He said time has now come when political leaders should decide whether Telangana or their parties were important to them. He said there was need for all to work together.

Children with visual impairments, along with their families, take part in the 10th annual “Fun camp for Visually Impaired Children” organised by the Vision Rehabilitation Centres of LV Prasad Eye Institute at Jalagam Vengal Rao Park, Punjagutta on Saturday.

Diabetes day events 1. Walk for diabetes awareness on November 14, 6am. From Apollo DRDO, Kanchanbagh. Free screening and consultation at DRDO. 2. Free diabetes screening camp and blood sugar testing on November 13, 9 to 12pm. At Secunderabad Nursing Home. 3. A parent-child meet on childhood glaucoma on November 14, 10am to 1pm. At LV Prasad Eye Institute. 4. A talk on diabetes and its complications for doctors on November 14, 1.30pm to 3pm. at Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda. 5. Dialife 2011, an awareness programme on November 20 at People’s Plaza.

Cops foisting cases on us: Hindu Vahini Vahini leader suspects mischievous plan hatched by hidden forces behind sporadic violence in the City HYDERABAD: The Hindu Vahini has cast aspersions on the city police officers who, they said, are hand-in-glove with the MIM. Hindu Vahini State president B Rajavardhan Reddy told media on Saturday that the police have been harassing the Hindu Vahini workers at the behest of MIM chief, who was acting as “de facto ruler of the Hyderabad city.” The MIM leaders were also coercing officials of the labour department and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation not to take up

drive against child labour and illegal constructions respectively in the Old City. Rajavardhan Reddy said that on November 10, unruly elements attacked the “Karthika Pournami” function held by the RSS at Rajiv Nagar, Erragadda. But, the police have failed to take action against the attackers and remained silent spectators. He said the Vahini had petitioned city police commissioner AK Khan on November 8 opposing the visit and participation of Franklyn Graham in the City Children

festival, which began on November 9. In a shocking move, on the same afternoon, the police arrested Hindu Vahini workers. He said that they first thought it to be preventive arrests in connection with the Franklyn Graham Children festival, but later came to know that they were taken into custody in connection with sporadic incidents of violence that took place at Kachiguda, Baghlingampally and Bowenpally.” Reddy that the Hindu Vahini State vice-president

Press Club on Saturday. “They are timid fellows who cannot answer our questions,” he remarked. The former PRP leader, now with the Congress, said people indulge in violence when they can not respond to queries reasonably. “Violence is the consequence of failure of reason,” he said. No amount of acrimony can bring Telangana and he wanted the T-leaders to understand the need for a united State rather than small regions which will only harm everybody's prospects, he said.

Mallesh Yadav and treasurer Srinivas were among those arrested. The city police had been resorting to such illegal arrests to please the MIM leaders, he alleged. He also suspected that the mischievous plan hatched by hidden forces was the reason behind sporadic incidents in the city. Rajavardhan Reddy appealed to the police to be impartial and conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents to find the real culprits.

6. An exhibition on diabetes awareness along with a cookery show on diabetes recipes and screening on November 14, 10am to 2pm. At MHC Centre, International Block, Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills. 7. A public awareness lecture on diabetes by Dr Raman Boddula and team on November 14, 2pm to 3 pm. At conference hall, KIMS Hospital. 8. Free diabetes screening by Elbit Diagnostics, Banjara Hills. 9.Exhibition on diabetes to educate people about the disease on November 14 from 2pm to 8pm at Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Centre, Lower Tankbund.

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Crowd cheers as Berlusconi quits he had promised the European Union prompted fears of a prolonged political crisis. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have all called on Italy to move quickly to form a new government instead of declaring early elections. Speaking on the eve of an Asia-Pacific summit in Hawaii, Obama said: “There is still work to be done in the broader European community to provide markets a strong assurance that countries like Italy will be able to finance their debt.” In a tumultuous parliamentary session that voted through economic reforms including state asset sell-offs and a liberalisation of the labour market, opposition lawmakers spoke of their relief at Berlusconi’s exit. “We hope today marks the beginning of a new spring in Italy,” said Massimo Donadi, a lawmaker from the opposition Italy of Values party.

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ROME: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quit power on Saturday to cheering from a crowd of thousands in Rome after a wave of market panic that shook the eurozone and brought his long rule to an end. Berlusconi submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, triggering an explosion of joy in the Italian capital with people uncorking bottles of champagne, dancing in the streets and honking car horns. “I am deeply embittered,” the 75-year-old Berlusconi, who has been in power for 10 of the past 17 years, told reporters after he was greeted following his last cabinet meeting with shouts of “Buffoon!” and “Go Home!” “Ciao! And above all don’t come back!” shouted one man, while another declared: “We are very, very happy!” “We’re all delighted. We’ve had enough of this person who always acted in his own inter-

A woman celebrates in front of The Quirinale, the presidential palace in Rome, after the prime minister resigned on Saturday ests. Italy is headed for a better future,” said 50-year-old Tommaso Romito, muffled up in a white scarf on a cold night in Rome. Napolitano said he would hold consultations with all political forces until around 1700 GMT on Sunday, after

which he is expected to nominate former EU commissioner Mario Monti as head of a new transition government. The outgoing premier’s announcement this week that he would resign following parliamentary approval of a package of economic reforms that

Facebook on mat Sabrina Guillard

VIENNA: Austrian law student Max Schrems may be just one of about 800 million Facebook users, but that hasn’t stopped him tackling the US giant behind the social networking website over its privacy policy. The 24-year-old wasn’t sure what to expect when he requested Facebook provide him with a record of the personal data it holds on him, but he certainly wasn’t ready for the 1,222 pages of information he received. This included photos, messages and postings on his Facebook page dating back years, some of which he thought he had deleted, the times he had clicked “like” on an item, “pokes” of fellow users, and reams of other information. “When you delete something from Facebook, all you are doing is hiding it from yourself,” Schrems told AFP in his home city of Vienna. Shocked, Schrems decided to act. Hitting a dead end in Austria, he took his complaints in August to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in Ireland, where Facebook has its European headquarters. Believing that Facebook was contravening European Union law, and had more data on him that it is not releasing, Schrems has filed 22 complaints with the DPC, details of which can be

found on his website: “It’s a shock of civilisations. Americans don’t understand the concept of data protection. For them, the person with the rights is the one with the data. In continental Europe, we don’t see things like that,” Schrems said. “If a company wants to operate in a country it has to abide by the rules.” Facebook, he says, has agreed in Germany to stop keeping records of users’ IP addresses -- information showing where someone is connected to the Internet -- but in other European countries the practice continues. “This is Facebook strategy. When someone gets really annoyed, they back off one step, but continue advancing in other ways,” Schrems said. The problem is that most people don’t take the time to read the small print in Facebook’s terms and conditions, he says. “For the average citizen data protection is too complex and subtle,” he says, believing it is therefore the responsibility of the state to ensure that users’ rights are upheld. The David-versus-Goliath battle is is by no means the first time that Facebook has come under fire. In spite of everything, Schrems remains an avid Facebook user. “Social networking sites are a great invention. Depriving yourself is not the answer.”

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Dario Franceschini of the main opposition Democratic Party said: “Today the curtain falls on a long and painful phase of Italian political history. In the cold streets of central Rome, crowds gathered chanting “Resign! Resign!” and holding up placards reading: “Bye Bye Silvio!”. Motorbikes streamed past waving Italian flags and an impromptu choir sang: “Hallelujah!” There were also smaller groups of Berlusconi supporters who shouted “Silvio! Silvio!”. His supporters said they were bereft that their beloved leader was leaving. His possible replacement, 68-year-old economist Monti, has a formidable reputation: as the former top trust-busting bureaucrat in Brussels, he took on US corporate giants Microsoft and General Electric. But has no experience in political office. Under the current timetable, the next elections are only due in 2013.

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Spaniards back to barter business Daniel Silva

MADRID: When Jorge Lucero decided he needed a bigger home for his growing family, he knew it would be tough getting a loan from Spain’s risk-shy banks. So instead of buying, he swapped. Like an increasing number of Spaniards, the 36-year-old engineer short-circuited the hardpressed financial system by agreeing to swap his apartment directly with a retired couple’s house and garden. His new 260-square-metre (2,800-square-foot) house in Mahon, capital of the Balearic island of Menorca, has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and office — nearly three times the size of his old home. It is valued at 560,000 euros ($770,000). To make up the price difference between the two properties, Lucero agreed to pay 160,000 euros on top of giving the retired couple his smaller flat in Mahon and parking space. “For a big house that is a small mortgage, which the bank had no problem granting us. The house is practically all paid for,”


said Lucero, whose wife is pregnant with their second child. “I think it is a very good option at a time when it is very difficult to buy and sell a home. I think both sides emerged as winners.” Lucero is part of a small but growing number of homeowners looking to swap their properties to get around having to ask for big mortgages at a time when banks are loath to issue loans. With many homeowners reluctant to buy a new house before they can sell their old one for fear of being stuck paying two mortgages, especially in a housing market slump, swapping provides some peace of mind.

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n November 10, when the clock struck 11 am, every one – if not all, almost everyone – at the Satyam Infocity, the corporate headquarters of Satyam Computer Services Ltd, thought of Ramalinga Raju. What could Raju be doing sitting at home on being released on bail? Some guessed that he could be browsing through the business news channels. A few others blurted out that it could be déclassé for him to brood over what went wrong? So much does he know about Murphy’s Law that ‘if anything can go wrong, it will’.

So, no point in crying over the proverbial spilt milk. Then, what? Sources indicate that he is mulling a thought of floating a business afresh. Savant businessman that he has proven himself to be, he sprang surprises every time – from converting his construction company into a software firm to scaling dizzier heights. Raju was the most-soughtafter guest to many. Who are visiting Raju these days? One of the early birds was sensational director from the tinsel town Ram Gopal Varma, giving rise to speculation that Raju’s story could be the plot for his next movie. But that seems to be far-fetched. After having spent 32 months in custody, will the man, who spearheaded the software movement in the State, sit idle? He is only buying time for something or the other to happen in the corporate fraud case. Even without participating overtly, “If he floats a company, I am ready to join him,” said a senior executive in Satyam. And, he says one shouldn’t be taken by surprise, if a large chunk of them follow suit demonstrating herd culture, given the business acumen and leadership Raju can provide.


s if to lend credence to the speculation, his brother-in-law Srini Raju of iLabs and Peepul Capital is exiting from popular media house, Associated Broadcasting Company Ltd, which owns TV9. Srini Raju is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. He was the founding CEO of Cognizant Technology Services too. His company, iLabs Venture Capital Fund, was an investor in the pharmaceutical chain, MedPlus. He was associated with DQ Entertainment, UniverCell chain of mobile stores, and many other companies. He was also part of ventures like Sri City special economic zone (SEZ) in Chittoor district, Oriental Cuisines, and VSoft. If his existence in TV9 as an investor made news during the Satyam crisis, his exit from the channel again made news now. While he is regarded as a leader promoting successful enterprises, the available information indicates that he will once again take forward the thoughts of his brother-in-law. His nephews, Teja and Rama Raju Jr (Ramalinga Raju’s sons) are anyhow

available to carry forward the businesses which most likely are to be conceived by their father. Srini is not only popular, but powerful too. The worldly wise Srini Raju is a philanthropist and contributes his might to the growth of education in premier Bschools like Indian School of Business and IIIT. He is the glimmer of hope for those looking forward for funding, while his critics call him as an arriviste business man. Will he become a benefactor for the embattled Ramalinga Raju clan is only a conjecture of time.

Second is better Poor, substandard W

anna buy a car? Doesn’t suit your budget? It doesn’t matter. Rajiv Dubey came up with an answer and Mahindra rolled out its company-owned outlet at the upmarket Kondapur in the city, the other day. Colour, mileage, upholstery, engine and even tyres – all are reconditioned to give a feeling that the customer chose a brand new car. Of course, the speedometer is not altered. It indeed indicates how many kilometres of road the car stamped in its arduous journey before it reached the First Choice. Permeating the air is happiness. That is the bonus for you, besides the car. For you it is a new possession and for the car it is a rebirth. And, what is more, you

select a car of your choicest brand and colour, switch the gear and drive out. The ratio of new to pre-owned cars in Andhra Pradesh is 1:1, while the preowned car market in Hyderabad stood at about 4,000–4,500 cars a month. Mahindra FirstChoice Wheels plans to sell over 1,000 cars in Hyderabad by the end of this financial year. We prefer seconds. As if to prove this, the size of the Indian pre-owned car market is estimated to be about 2.1 million vehicles a year. This market is growing at the rate of approximately 20 per cent annually, indicating great potential for organized players. The new car market took a toll in October owing to a variety of reasons.


t is the season of rating agencies. On August 5, when Standard and Poor (S&P) downgraded the rating of United States of America (USA) from ‘AAA’ to AA+, the markets bled. The baronial land of opportunities began making cold stares at the world on being jolted. When economists made a beeline writing off the US of A, the unfazed Barrack Obama regime infused confidence into the system and kept the spirits revved up. Then came the Moody’s downgrade of several Eurozone countries. For a while, it was ‘Greek’, if not Latin, to the rest of the world. As the Greece debt crisis overcast the skies of the 17-nation Eurozone economy, Italy followed suit. Eurozone rattled and American and Asian markets faced the ripple effect.

Then Moody’s downgraded the ratings of Indian banks, while the S&P bolstered the sagging morale of the Indian banks by hiking their grading with a few hours of gap. Meanwhile, the S&P downgraded the rating of France from ‘AAA’ by accident. Though it retracted in less than an hour and a half, the message that went out to some subscribers spooked the investors and rattled the debt-ridden Greece and Italian markets that have been suffocating. French Finance Minister Francois Baroin did his best to quell fears, calling the error a “rather shocking rumour of information that has no foundation.” Rating agencies are part of the problem by entire world’s economy.


Play Field


A critical look at games and players


Flower concern for Test cricket


ngland team director Andy Flower insists the International Cricket Council must act quickly to maintain the primacy of Test cricket. Flower pointed to the retirement from the longest form of the game of Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga in order to concentrate on playing in lucrative Twenty20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League as a dangerous sign. He also believes financial considerations currently play too great a part in the planning of fixture lists in the international game. Asked if other top players may follow suit with Malinga, he told the Independent: “There’s a great danger. The rewards out there for playing less cricket are obvious.” Flower added: “The ICC have to address that as a serious problem looming in the future. They

Andy Flower

have to act very responsibly and make decisions on what’s good for the game in the future. I’m not sure that’s the case at the moment.” Flower said he could not understand why one-day international series routinely stretched to seven matches when Test series like the current one between heavyweights South Africa and Australia were limited to two matches. “The intent behind creating the fixture list has to be addressed,” he added. “We want to find out who the best side in the world is and we want to have them competing in exciting conditions and exciting series but at the moment the intent is a financial one and that’s why the fixture list is comprised (the way it is).” Flower’s next assignment as England boss is the series against Pakistan in the United

Bopanna-Qureshi in Paris Masters final PARIS: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi entered their first ATP World Tour 1000 Masters final, stopping Canadian Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi of Belarus from reaching their fourth consecutive final Saturday, winning 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) at the Paris Masters. Seventh-seeded Bopanna and Qureshi, who made their first season-ending World Tour final from Nov 20-27 before coming here, muffed two match points and saved a set point in the second set before sailing through in an hour and half. The Indo-Pak Express won two ATP titles this season — Gerry Weber Open in Halle beating Dutchman Robin Haase and Canadian Milos Raonic and the Stockholm Open defeating Canadian pair Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares - have a 37-23 record. Bopanna and Qureshi had seven aces and broke their opponents’ serve twice. “It’s a tough loss but we now have to concentrate on London,” said Nestor. “It’s too bad we can’t go there with a win but we got out-

played today.” Bopanna and Qureshi will meet the winners of the match between French wildcards Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and his German partner Christopher Kas in Sunday’s final. Meanwhile, world No 4 and third seed here Roger Federer cruised past fifth seed and 2005 champion Tomas Berdych

and will meet 2008 winner JoWilfred Tsonga in his first BNP Paribas Masters final today (Sunday). Federer, who has won 801 career matches, beat Czech in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, while Frenchman Tsonga saved three match points in the third set before overpowering big-serving American John Isner in the tiebreak, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).

Federer, who will be playing in his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title round (17-12 overall), has become the first player to have played in the finals of all the nine Masters 1000 tournaments. However, this year he has not won even one Masters event, Serb Novak Djokovic dominating the year with five titles, Scot Andy Murray two and Spaniard Rafael Nadal one.

Arab Emirates early next year. The series comes soon after custodial sentences were handed to former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for their part in a spot-fixing conspiracy during the Lord’s Test between the countries in August 2010, but Flower is adamant his players should not approach this series any differently to any other. “I envisage us playing a good series, played hard but played in the right spirit, and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case,” he added. “There’s been a very public trial and a very serious trial for these young men and it’s a sad story. None of us are perfect and we’ve all made mistakes of varying degrees over the years. We should not sit too high on our pedestals.”

Cricket writer Roebuck found dead SYDNEY: Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck was found dead at his hotel in South Africa where he was covering Australia's Test series with the Proteas, his employers said on Sunday. British-born Roebuck, 55, studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first-class matches before making a career writing about the sport, quickly establishing an avid following with his forthright, intelligent prose. He regularly commentated for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and wrote for the nation's Fairfax newspapers, and was covering the South African Test when he was found dead in a Newlands hotel, according to the media firms. The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear, but the Sydney Morning Herald said he had reportedly been "spoken to by police earlier in the day". "Peter was a wonderful writer who was the bard of summer for cricket-loving Australians," said Ian Fuge, the Herald's sport managing editor. "He was also an extraordinary bloke who will be sorely missed."

Sunday Special



Terry is not a racist: Lampard


Why there’s no grey area when it comes to fighting racism Jason Cowley


iger Woods, according to his former caddy Steve Williams, is a “black a***hole” or words to that effect. England captain John Terry is the subject of police and Football Association investigations for allegedly calling Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender and young brother of the more famous Rio, a “f*****g black c**t”. Williams has been called New Zealand’s wealthiest sportsman (if carrying a set of golf clubs qualifies as a sport). He disparaged Woods at a private awards dinner at a Shanghai hotel attended by many of the game’s best golfers. Golf has a long history of racial discrimination, with many clubs refusing to accept people of colour as members. We have all met the stereotypical golf club bore, sipping his gin and tonic as he rants about the “darkies”. Williams has since apologised for his racial slur and insisted that he is not racist, just as Ron Atkinson did after he was heard, during an ITV broadcast, calling the FrenchGhanaian defender Marcel Desailly a “lazy f*****g nigger”. The polyglot Desailly was one of the great players of his generation and since retirement has worked as a broadcaster and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. In every sense, he is Atkinson’s superior. There is too much double-

think in sport. Too often we are asked to believe by officials and apologists that the man who uses racist language is not a racist. But no non-racist would have the hateful word “nigger” in his vocabulary. No non-racist would use the adjective “black” pejoratively as former Spain coach Luis Aragones did when he casually dismissed Thierry Henry as “a black s**t”. Terry was foolishly reinstated as England captain by Fabio Capello having previously been stripped of the role. He has said that his remark about Ferdinand has been misunderstood or misinterpreted. He did not say what he is being accused of saying, even if video evidence seems to suggest otherwise. He is, of course, innocent until proven guilty. In the meantime, he should not have been selected for the latest England squad. He is too tainted, even by association in this instance. When I first began to watch football in the 1970s, the English national game was institutionally racist, from the boardroom to the terraces. All of us of a certain age remember hearing England-born black players, mostly from Caribbean families, being racially abused as they were trying to establish themselves in the game. Most television commentators, with the exception of Barry Davies, used to ignore the monkey chants that could be picked up by microphones during matches. Had they denounced

what was going on it may have had some beneficial cultural effect but they remained complacently silent. The racial abuse remained widespread in the late Eighties. I remember being at a Southampton-Millwall First Division game at the Dell, and, standing among the away fans (my paternal grandfather supported Millwall), I was appalled by the hatred being directed at the black Wallace brothers who played for the home team. It was unceasing - a cacophony of loathing. On another occasion one of my friends was at Anfield for a game against George Graham’s Arsenal, when, in anticipation of the emergence of David Rocastle, Michael Thomas and Paul Davis, a section of the crowd started chanting “bring on the niggers”. A few years later, I was at a press conference after a First Division game and heard one of the managers, a former England captain no less, say of the black players who had taken part that “they all looked alike”. The journalists surrounding him in a tight cluster merely chuckled along. “It was particularly bad at Sunderland, Leeds and at Chelsea and West Ham,” Davis, who made his debut for Arsenal in 1980, once told me. “Those four grounds stick out in my memory. You just had to find a way round it and concentrate on what you’re doing. Concentrate on your work. Don’t retaliate. Try to get a result for yourself and the team.”

Davis, Cyrille Regis, George Berry, Bob Hazell, Garth Crooks, Laurie Cunningham, Viv Anderson, the first black man to play for England - these were the pathfinders whose extraordinary resilience and determination opened the way for all those who would follow them, from all over the world. Today, the atmosphere at grounds, especially in the Premier League, is much more benign. Black players are among the most popular and celebrated at most clubs. Yet the old racism remains, even if it operates more covertly. Just recently at Emirates Stadium a colleague of mine, who is Jewish, pleaded with a man sitting in front of him to stop making anti-Semitic comments. An argument followed and a steward was forced to intervene. My friend was correct to call out the Arsenal bigot. There should be no tolerance of racism in society and one is not being pious, humourless or politically correct to say so. Adam Scott, for whom Steve Williams now caddies, should have done the decent thing and sacked the erratic Kiwi bagman. If the accusation of racism against Terry is proved, he should never be picked for the national side again. It is a simple black and white issue. You are either on the side of the racists or against them. There are no spaces in between, no shades of grey. Jason Cowley is editor of the New Statesman

rank Lampard has launched a strong defence of England skipper and Chelsea club-mate John Terry and insisted: “He is not a racist.” Terry has been in the spotlight after he is alleged to have racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand three weeks ago, an allegation which is now the subject of a Metropolitan Police investigation. Lampard will lead his country against world champions Spain in Saturday evening’s friendly at Wembley with Terry not under consideration to start the game for footballing reasons. When asked if Terry was a racist, Lampard said: “That’s a ridiculous question. No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not.” Lampard, who is also a close friend of Ferdinand’s brother and England team-mate Rio, admits he has left Terry to deal with the allegations in his own way.

He said: “I’ve dealt with it in my own way. With these things, you have to keep your counsel and get on with your job. I work with John closely. I speak with him all the time and work with him, as I always have. It’s a difficult time for him. “If it was a difficult time for me, I wouldn’t want someone coming in and asking me ‘what’s going on, how do you feel?’ so I’ve let him be. He’s getting on with his job, as he always has done. In terms of Rio, I haven’t spoken to Rio, but I’ll remain good friends with both. It’ll be an easy thing to talk about once it’s all probably been dealt with in the right way.” Lampard also understands why Terry has not felt the need to address the England squad over the issue.



Fair, free and forthright comment

Holy Bankrollers ROSAMUND URWIN


he Christian banker who can marry God and Mammon - may seem like an oxymoron now. But Ken Costa, the 62year-old City grandee enlisted by St Paul’s to play mediator between banking and its critics, is an evangelist who reads the Bible every morning - after the FT, of course. If anyone can preach morality to the City, it is this righteous rainmaker. Costa, who was chairman of investment bank Lazard International until earlier this year and spent more than three decades at UBS, is the top bankroller and chairman of Alpha International, the interdenominational programme that introduces non-believers to Christianity. The ultimate God Squad has been a big success in the City, converting scores of financiers to the Christian faith. But, as research from the St Paul’s Institute showed earlier this week, the bonusobsessed Square Mile is still a “less pro-God community” than society at large. And despite the use of money being the number one moral issue in the Bible, more than three-quarters of bankers do not think the City should listen more to the guidance of the Church. And yet Alpha’s popularity is undeniable. Despite emptying pews elsewhere, the Holy Trinity Brompton in Knightsbridge and its fellow Alpha course churches preach to bursting congregations each week. Since Nicky Gumbel took over the programme two decades ago - and chose to focus its attention on encouraging non-Christians to explore the faith - the movement has mushroomed, with more than 16 million people attending its courses worldwide. A course lasts 10 weeks and includes a day or weekend away but Alpha also runs a swifter, lunchtime version Alpha in the Workplace - in both offices and venues around the City.

Jeremy Crossley, the rector of St Margaret Lothbury, which is the centre of the Alpha course in the City, says: “Alpha appeals because it is a way of responding to people’s enquiries and musings about the meaning of life.” But it is not without its critics, some of whom have accused the programme of “brainwashing” and being almost cult-like. Even fellow Christians call it “happy-clappy”, say it places too little emphasis on the gospel, or express discomfort at its practice of speaking in tongues (members chant in a language “from heaven”). “Speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the spirit,” says Crossley. “It is one small aspect of the course and more a feature of newspaper articles about Alpha than a feature of Alpha courses. But I speak in tongues, lots of people I know speak in tongues.” Their reservations aside, Alpha has been such a success that it has sparked a boom in evangelical organisations focused on the City, including an annual City Prayer Breakfast (which is next Wednesday) and Christianity Explored, which runs London’s only floating church at Canary Wharf, and which has a programme much like Alpha, minus the tongues, inviting non-Christians for a meal and discussion. St Peter’s Barge is itself testament to God-fearing City folk, who paid for it and continue to fund it through donations. Its senior pastor, Marcus Nodder, believes the financial crisis has had a positive effect alongside all the negatives, encouraging City workers to reevaluate their lives: “Spiritual needs are always there whether you are rich or poor but when crises happen, you become more aware of your needs and realise that some of the things we have been relying on are not lasting.” Jeremy Marshall, a trustee of Christianity Explored and the chief executive of the private bank C Hoare & Co, adds that the recession has made banking believers more open about their faith: “When everything is going well, it is not so obvious that there needs to be a solution to the world’s problems. When things are not, people are more open to talk-

ing about it.” But while senior figures such as Costa, HSBC’s Stephen Green and hedge fund star Paul Marshall have all discussed their faith, Jeremy Marshall (no relation) believes it is harder for the young: “They constantly fear they’ll be fired so the last thing they want to do is stick their head above the parapet and say, ‘I am a Christian’.” But does the City need an injection of Christian ethics? Jonathan Ruffer, an evangelical Christian and the founder and CEO of investment management firm Ruffer, believes so: “Our industry is a moral disaster. In Genesis, the tower of Babel [signals that] man has got above himself - the financial world now has all the flavour of Babel. It is undoubtedly bad for people on the wrong side, but it also sucks too much money to a very

small number of people who are utterly miserable because they are under too much pressure, so it’s not even fun for them.” Despite Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein’s declaration that bankers are “doing God’s work”, what of the apparent contradiction between chasing money and serving God? The Bible isn’t exactly fond of wealth: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God” and “The love of money is the root of all evil”, just for starters. So is it possible to square the two? “You can love money as a poor person,” says Nodder. “And there are rich godly people in the Bible - Abraham, Job. Those who are rich need to be committed to doing good, rather than living in luxe and self-indulgence. We are not encouraging people to give up their jobs, but wallets should be included in discipleship.” Jeremy Marshall agrees: “The Bible teaches, ‘To those to whom much is given, much is required’. If Christians make


money, then as Christians we believe we will meet God and he will say, ‘What did you do with it?’” Both bankers Marshall and Ruffer - live by their word. Marshall is cofounder of philanthropy group Generous Giving UK and Ruffer gives huge sums to charity. He recently splashed out £15 million to buy and then redonate paintings to the Church of England. He describes his pay packet as an “absurdity, not a disgrace”: “It becomes a disgrace if I come to regard that money as mine to do whatever I want with. To sit on it is wrong: people who have telephone numbers of wealth shouldn’t see it as theirs. Money is meant to go into you, pass through you and go somewhere else. It’s not a sacrificial thing, it just seems right: I’ve got plenty to roll about like a pig in clover.” This isn’t just evangelism to ameliorate a troubled conscience. To those who have despaired of the absence of ethics in the City, Marshall’s final words may offer a little hope: “There are more of us than you’d think.”



Fair, free and forthright comment


Godman in the goldfish tank SUMAA TEKUR


he news of Shyam Vepa Rao, better known as Swami Agnivesh, entering the TV reality show Bigg Boss, sent ripples of shock across the country in the political, entertainment and spirituality circles. Raised eyebrows and smirks met social media comments, both furious and funny. Bigg Boss, for the uninitiated, is a celebrity reality show in which a bunch of celebrities are locked in a house for three months with cameras watching their every sneeze and every expression. Catfights break out over kitchen duties; egos are bruised and enemies are made in seconds as the nation watches these celebs without

make-up and their tantrums, which are mostly made up. Enter Swami Agnivesh. The nation reacted to the news with disgust and anger. The Arya Samaj banned Swami Agnivesh and refused to be associated with the Godman. He has tainted the saffron-clad community, they said, and added that if he, indeed, wanted to enter the Bigg Boss house, he should have not worn saffron. As if in response to this reaction, Swami Agnivesh said in a press conference before entering the Bigg Boss house that religion has too much dogmatism and ritualism today. If it does not serve the purpose of the modern world and cannot help us lead better lives because it’s just too difficult, people will gradually opt out of it. Of Swami Agnivesh’s decision, member of Bharatiya Janata Party and Bollywood actor Kirron Kher said it’s

bizarre. Congress party spokesperson Renuka Choudhury expressed shock and, in her inimitable style, left no stone unturned in taking a dig at this publicity circus. Jammu & Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted “I did not see this one coming and cannot wait to watch his entry.” Among the top trending topics on Tuesday was, no prizes for guessing, Swami Agnivesh’s participation in Bigg Boss. Though the responses were from people with different political affiliations, they all seemed to agree on one point: They didn’t watch the show till now but now they definitely would. Purpose served for Endemol and Colors channel in this clever idea coup they seem to have pulled off. But have they, really? A good idea with half-hearted execution can only take you half the way. I tuned in to Bigg Boss expecting action, a few catfights and to watch how the

saffron-clad swami would break up the fight between house inmates at each others’ throats. Instead, what I got was a meek-looking, smiling sadhu tripping over his dhoti while walking on the treadmill, getting the house inmates to pray before eating and asking an inmate Pooja Mishra to avoid the sun and sit in the shade. The swami organized a meditation and pranayam programme in the morning for all inmates and, for some time at least, it seemed as though the catty and crass Bigg Boss house had turned into a spirituality camp. Until, a fight started to brew. But Swami Agnivesh simply watched and didn’t react when he saw a fight bubbling up between two inmates (it lasted all of three minutes). He initiated a discussion on female foeticide in the house, and smiled and clapped to singing and dancing inmates. When a swami with a che-

Soul Curry quered history as varied as his – with a stint as lecturer of business and economics at St Xavier’s Institute of Management, and two arrests that had him spend 14 months in jail before he was acquitted — decides to play the game, at least we know that the intention to stay in the limelight is very real. But what thoroughly disappointed me was that having gone that far, the swami is aloof and distant. In a man-eatman world, wouldn’t it be an absolute delight to show how a swami tackles troublemakers? Use the cloak-and-dagger approach or open attack, but tell the world that the swami is human, too, after all. Maybe Swami Nityananda would have been a better player. Just may be.

Having it all – be nice to your husband SARAH SANDS


he public cannot quite make up their minds about the Tory MP Louise Mensch. In her favour, she is spirited and good on television especially when she is challenging the powers of the tabloid press. Against her, she boasts that her palms sweat at the sight of her husband and hints that she has gone under the knife in order to look nice for him. My sympathies are the other way round. Mrs Mensch’s TV triumphs look vain and sloppy. After her courtroom drama performance on the culture select committee in the summer, she had to apologise to Piers Morgan for “misreading” her evidence. Would Helena Kennedy have allowed her prey to slip away so carelessly? There is also too much palm sweating in her appearances on Have I Got News for You. It is unseemly to relish appearing on television so much. Yet in her private life she is

thoughtful and analytical. Her flattery towards her husband is savvy. She may sound like a surrendered wife but she lives apart from Peter Mensch in order to build her political career in Britain. I like to think that her slightly crazy television appearances are in fact a mating call across the Atlantic. They are Skype sex. Louise Mensch is clever and she knows that for men admiration is like sunshine. Saying your husband’s attractiveness and virility make you hyperventilate at the sight of him is never going to go down badly, is it? It strikes me as a sign of confidence rather than submission. Whenever wives of public figures denigrate their husbands it looks like insecurity. Michelle Obama learned quickly that her snappy remarks about her husband’s early morning breath did not play well in the polls. Using your career as a vehicle for nuptial flirtation may not be recommended in the feminist handbook but it has its uses for high maintenance husbands. It neutralises any implicit rebuke in women’s professional advancement. The female fighter jet pilot who

returned to the Norfolk RAF base from Libya wearing full make-up had a touch of the Mensch. I doubt whether Nigella Lawson would bother

with television much were it not a method of entertaining her husband. Refusing to make heavy weather of your job should be

regarded as enlightenment rather than weakness. Why, Aung San Suu Kyi was passing herself off as a housewife, even as she led the revolution in Burma. And for Margaret Thatcher, Denis’s dinner was a sacred calling. Having it all means keeping your husband happy without making any professional sacrifice. Would Mensch’s critics be happier if she made Angela Eagle-style gestures to describe her beloved? We celebrate almost every variation of relationships except married ones. I would rather listen to Louise Mensch on how to keep the show on the road than to her erratic political philosophy. n The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Graeme Knowles, was ridiculed for citing healthand-safety issues as a reason for closing the doors. St Paul’s has not shut since the Second World War. How could a few tent ropes be considered as great a threat as the Nazis? Weeks down the line, there are reports of protesters using the doors to the Cathedral as a makeshift latrine. Now it really does sound like me like an urgent matter for Health and Safety.



ather than reaching for the heavy creams, think in terms of treating your skin with light layers of protective products. A creamy cleanser that leaves skin supple is a good start, followed by a hydrating serum to plump up your skin cells with a reservoir of moisture. To stop all this watery goodness escaping into your Sahara-like office atmosphere, you need your usual


moisturiser to seal it in. Joanne Evans, one of London's best facialists, has other tips, too, "It is so important to exfoliate! People tend to slow down or stop routines because it's cold and dark. When you exfoliate, any serum you are using will be better absorbed. And remember your hands. Colder air will really dry them out." She is also keen on omega-3 supplements (three times a day), which


your face

help keep the membrane around each skin cell in good nick — if these membranes are doing their job, they lock moisture in the skin. If you ask acupuncturist Annee de Mamiel, there is a larger picture to think about. She works with the principles of Chinese medicine that see life and health entwined in a series of seasons and cycles: in autumn, seasonal symptoms of lethargy and vulnerability are likely to show up in the skin. “Adding an extra level of moisture to your routine will help prevent dehydration and give you extra protection and nourishment,” she says. Annee advises choosing ingredients rich in essential fatty acids like natural vegetable oils such as evening primrose oil, blackcurrant or Argan and seabuckthorn. Her own handblended oils can be used neat on damp skin in the evening, or a couple of drops can be used to super-charge your morning moisturiser. And if you find your skin dries out during the day, take your skincare with you. One of the top dermatologists carries a vial of Shinso Mist in her bag to spritz on as needed. It's full of moisturising and anti-ageing ingredients which, because they are in nanosized particles, vanish into her skin straight through her make-up. Alice Hart-Davis


It is a cruel quirk of fate that as the clocks go back and we shiver as winter looms, our skin protests as well. It feels dry — thanks to the heating and the colder air — so you slather on more moisturiser, or use a thicker one. Then you get spots. So you stop using so much moisturiser and your skin feels tight and scaly. Join the club — you've got Office Skin. And somehow every year it comes as a nasty surprise, just in time for the party season

Special Notes


Music and dance of all genre




Fallen Empires now Patrol began recording their sixth album in California’s Joshua Tree National Park, a location synonymous with U2, but the band they most closely resemble is Coldplay. Like Chris Martin, frontman Gary Lightbody specialises in arms-aloft choruses and lyrics that are drippier than water torture. It’s been three years since the Northern Ireland band’s last album - Lightbody having suffered from a bout of writer’s block - and initially it seems that the break has done them good. Opener I’ll Never Let Go, complete with its Gimme Shelter-style crescendo, is as bold and vital as Snow Patrol have sounded. Unfortunately, it proves a false dawn. When Lightbody croons: “It’s like we just can’t help ourselves” over Called Out in the Dark’s plodding chord pattern, you start to think “No, perhaps you can’t”. Part of the album’s problem lies in the fact that its songs are so repetitive. Inspired by the success of their mega-hit Chasing Cars, Lightbody seems to believe that repeating a chorus indefinitely magically makes it meaningful; it doesn’t, it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Yet there are moments when the band make good on

The Dreamer his is the retirement record from Etta James. She was born in 1938, so she has put in a good shift. Perhaps best remembered for her coruscating performance on I’d Rather Go Blind, James had a voice that could simultaneously strip paint and repaint at the same time. Time has inevitably turned those vocal cords to emulsion. The Dreamer is immaculately arranged, ingeniously suffused with snaky guitar, organ and brass. It starts with the relaxed funk of King Floyd’s Groove Me and makes its imperious way through songs like Champagne and Wine, Cigarettes and Coffee (both Otis Redding), Ray Charles’s In the Evening and Bobby “Blue” Bland’s Dreamer. All the songs here were written by men for men to sing. Etta James turns that around.



their claim that this is their “best album”. The Garden Rules - not a prohorticultural statement but a slow-burning acoustic ballad - is Lightbody at his most affecting, while The Weight of Love is testament to his unerring ear for a melody. Ultimately, though, Snow Patrol sound too safe and predictable: a Celtic Coldplay with little new to add.

CDs of the week S N O W PAT R O L , E T TA J A M E S A N D J L S THE DØ JLS Both Ways Open Jaws innish chanteuse Olivia Merilahti and French multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy inhabit a peculiarly Scandinavian place, not quite as inspirationally gifted as Lykke Li but more listenable than Björk, with nods to Joanna Newsom and The Cranberries along the way. Their first album, A Mouthful, topped the French charts, but its successor is a more confident beast entirely. Merilahti’s floaty voice may be an acquired taste but once acquired, most notably on the lavishly orchestrated standout Smash Them All (Night Visitors), it’s a hard habit to break. Levy thumps away on everything from harpsichord to percussion via keyboards and trumpet. There’s much lyrical nonsense to relish and the overpowering sense that, at the very least, cult status beckons.


Jukebox ith The Wanted, One Direction and this quartet of X Factor runners-up all riding high in the charts, the boy band is back in fashion. However, unlike the early days of Take That and Boyzone, while your mum may secretly crave one of their bestselling, pec-heavy calendars, there’s nothing of cross-generational appeal in their music. This is all-gloss pop for short attention spans, which on Do You Feel What I Feel? even stoops to swiping its melody from Little Drummer Boy. The buzzy, trancey synths of She Makes Me Wanna and 3D are high on energy and infuriatingly catchy, even if the latter’s promise to “turn you on just like a TV” sounds less than appealing. It’s all over quickly, at least.


ANOUSHKA SHANKAR Traveller noushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, has a dual career as a classical sitar player and using the instrument in various fusion projects. This one, a meeting of Indian music and flamenco, is terrific. The flamenco expertise came from Grammy-winning producer Javier Limon, who brought in vocalists Concha Buika and Sandra Carrasco, as well as flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. From the Indian side there’s the classy singer Shubha Mudgal and Ravi’s favourite tabla player, Tanmoy Bose. She includes Basingstoke and the QEH on her tour from November 20.


Brave New World Neuroscientists consider defence applications of recent insights into the brain

From the world of science & research


Future wars may be fought by synapses

Laura Sanders


nstead of the indiscriminate destruction of the atom bomb or napalm, the signature weapon of future wars may be precise, unprecedented control over the human brain. As global conflicts become murkier, technologies based on infiltrating brains may soon enter countries’ arsenals, neuroethicists claim in a paper published online in Synesis. Such ‘neuroweapons’ have the capacity to profoundly change the way war is fought. Advances in understanding the brain’s inner workings could lead to a pill that makes prisoners talk, deadly toxins that can shut down brain function in minutes, or super-soldiers who rely on brain chips to quickly lock in on an enemy’s location. The breadth of brain-based technologies is wide, and includes the traditional psychological tactics used in earlier wars. But the capacity of the emerging technologies is vastly wider — and may make it possible to coerce enemy minds with exquisite precision. In the paper, neuroscientists James Giordano of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va, and Rachel Wurzman of Georgetown


University Medical Centre in Washington, DC, describe emerging brain technologies and argue that the United States must be proactive in neuroscience-based research that could be used for national intelligence and security. “A number of these different approaches are heating up in the crucible of possibility, so that’s really increased some of the momentum and the potential of what this stuff can do,” Giordano says. In the not-too-distant future,

technologies called brainmachine interfaces could allow the combination of human brains with sophisticated computer programs. Analysts with a brain chip could quickly sift through huge amounts of intelligence data, and fighter pilots merged with computer search algorithms could rapidly lock onto an enemy target, for instance. Neuroscience could also find its way into interrogation rooms: As scientists learn more about how the brain generates

feelings of trust, drugs could be developed that inspire that emotion in prisoners and detainees. Oxytocin, a hormone produced by mothers’ bodies after childbirth, is one such candidate. Perhaps a whiff of oxytocin could dampen a person’s executive functions, turning an uncooperative detainee into a chatty friend. Other sorts of psychopharmacological manipulation could be used to boost soldiers’ performance, allowing them to remain vigilant without sleep, heighten their perceptual powers and erase memories of their actions on the battlefield. Because neuroscientists are beginning to understand how the brain forms memories, it’s not inconceivable that a drug could be designed to prevent PTSD. Such technology could enable more sinister applications, though, such as creating soldiers who wouldn’t remember atrocities they committed or detainees who couldn’t recall their own torture. Some of these abilities are more probable than others, says bioethicist Jonathan Moreno of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Drugs that increase alertness exist, but so far no drug has clearly boosted brain function. “Honestly, there

isn’t much, compared to caffeine or nicotine,” he says. Giordano and Wurzman also describe drugs, microbial agents and toxins derived from nature that could harm enemy brains in a more traditional way. The list includes a neurotoxin from a shellfish that is water soluble, able to be aerosolised and causes death within minutes; a bacterium that can induce hallucinations, itchiness and strange tastes; and an amoebic microbe that crawls up the olfactory nerve to invade the brain, where it kills brain tissue. “The article contains an arsenal of neuroweapons, and these raise lots of ethical and legal issues,” says bioethicist Jonathan Marks of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. “Any kind of drug that you administer for national security purposes raises profound questions.” Some scientists have already committed to resisting the application of their research to what they consider illegal or immoral military purposes. “It’s not enough just to study the issue of ethics. The potential for misuse of this knowledge is so strong that the responsibility of neuroscience goes further than just studying,” says Curtis Bell of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

From government scholarships to the Nobel Prize H ar Gobind Khorana, (born in Raipur, India), India-born American biochemist passed away earlier this week (Wednesday) at the age of 89 years. Khorana was conferred the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968, which he shared with Marshall W Nirenberg and Robert W Holley for research that helped to show how the nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cell’s synthesis of proteins. Khorana was born into a poor family and attended Punjab University at Lahore and the University of Liverpool, England, on government schol-

arships. He obtained his PhD at Liverpool in 1948. He began research on nucleic acids during a fellowship at the University of Cambridge (1951) under Sir Alexander Todd. He held fellowships and professorships in Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Canada at the University of British Columbia (1952–59), and in the United States at the University of Wisconsin (1960–70). In 1966 Khorana became a naturalised citizen of the United States, and in 1971 he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he remained until he retired in 2007.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Khorana received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (1968) and the National Medal of Science (1987). In the 1960s Khorana confirmed Nirenberg’s findings that the way the four different types

of nucleotides are arranged on the spiral ‘staircase’ of the DNA molecule determines the chemical composition and function of a new cell. The 64 possible combinations of the nucleotides are read off along a strand of DNA as required to produce the desired amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Khorana added details about which serial combinations of nucleotides form which specific amino acids. He also proved that the nucleotide code is always transmitted to the cell in groups of three, called codons. Khorana also determined that some of the codons prompt the cell to start

or stop the manufacture of proteins. Khorana made another contribution to genetics in 1970, when he and his research team were able to synthesise the first artificial copy of a yeast gene. His later research explored the molecular mechanisms underlying the cell signalling pathways of vision in vertebrates. His studies were concerned primarily with the structure and function of rhodopsin, a lightsensitive protein found in the retina of the vertebrate eye. Khorana also investigated mutations in rhodopsin that are associated with retinitis pigmentosa, which causes night blindness.

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A War of Choice: The British in Iraq 2003-2009 by Jack Fairweather

Operation Telic, Tony Blair's great contribution to George W Bush's war on terror, the climax of which was to be the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and the creation of a model democracy in Iraq, all that and more...


few days after the British entered Basra in April 2003, a company commander led his patrol of armoured carriers to a village on the bank of the Shatt al Arab waterway. In festive mood old ladies, clerics and elders mobbed the vehicles, and the commander snapped it all on his digital camera. A few weeks later, he showed the snaps to his wife, saying, “At least some people were glad to see us.” She retorted, “But look at the eyes of every young man — they are looking at you with undiluted hatred.” The commander, who I believe is still serving, then told me that he was against the Iraq invasion in the first place, and so were many of his men and their families. This was far from exceptional among British units I interviewed soon after. So began Operation Telic, Tony Blair's great contribution to George W Bush's war on terror, the climax of which was to be the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, who had hardly a passing acquaintance with al Qaeda, and the creation of a model

democracy in Iraq. Now we are coming towards the close of that enterprise as the Americans prepare to quit Iraq at the end of the year, their original mission less than half accomplished. Jack Fairweather, the accomplished correspondent of the Daily Telegraph for much of the Iraq venture, gives a brilliant summary of the British entanglement for the fourth time in that country in A War of Choice. It is very much an account of the story so far — and this conflict is by no means over, according to latest reports — and by far the best of its kind yet. It should provide an ideal introduction to the forthcoming, and much delayed, report about British involvement in Iraq by the Chilcot committee. That inquiry should finally lay bare who took the decisions for what, who knew what and at what time, and who should take responsibility. It won't do all that, we know already, because Sir John Chilcot himself has said he won't apportion blame. He should, and the fact that he won't means we will have to

rely on Jack Fairweather's pithy analysis for a long time ahead. From the first, this was Blair's war. Fairweather rightly diagnoses Blair's hubris in believing the Iraq incursion would vindicate his ‘new’ doctrine of humanitarian intervention laid down at Chicago in 1999. With full UN backing, the overthrow of Saddam would help create a new order in the Middle East and pave the way to resolving its most enduring conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. The Iraq adventure was illplanned, underfunded and

under-resourced by the British from the off. The American effort, for all the vast scale, was scarcely better, which this book doesn't emphasise enough. The British came for only a brief stay —and their forces weren't configured for a long occupation, let alone getting involved in a bewilderingly complex civil war. The numbers of troops necessary were never available. By 2006, the British Army was sinking in a quagmire of guerrilla war in Basra and Amarah in Iraq, and was up to its neck in trouble in southern Afghanistan. A squalid deal with a captured insurgent commander of Moqtada al Sadr's Jaish al Mahdi militia army allowed the British to pull their forces out of Basra to the airport complex in the southern desert. The JAM militia took over the streets, and it was only when the Iraqi Army, backed by the Americans, returned in Operation Charge of the Knights in March 2008 that peace and prosperity were restored to Basra. Fairweather is too shrewd to swallow entirely this version,

put about by the most rabid pro-American generals in the Army. The fact is that the Sadrist militias were defeated only after Iraq's Shiite President Nuri Al Malaki had got the nod from the Iranian authorities. Iran is the net winner in the Iraq debacle of the past 10 years. The American forces are about to retreat from Iraq this December with a similar sense of underachievement as that of the British two years ago. The growing tensions between the UK and US over both Afghanistan and Iraq raise the question of whether British commanders should be prepared to be treated like a military Eliza Doolittle by the overbearing Henry Higgins of the Pentagon. There is now every indication that a new and potentially more violent phase of the conflict in Iraq is about to open. This will pit the Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia against the disparate forces of President al-Malaki and the Shiite militias backed by Iran. Only this time, the UK will not, or should not, have a dog in the fight.

BOOK: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Author: Robert K Massie ISBN: 0679456724 Publisher: Random House orn into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne,attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire.

BOOK: Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Author: Janet Evanovich ISBN: 0345527712 Publisher: Bantam efore Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee-deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man supposedly had.

BOOK: Spontaneous Happiness Author: Andrew Weill ISBN: 0316129445 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company r Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more. It also contains advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives.


At your nearest bookstore... BOOK:11/22/63 Author: Stephen King ISBN:1451627289 Publisher: Scribner n November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. King sweeps readers back in time to another moment— a real life moment— when everything went wrong. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.


BOOK: The Litigators Author: John Grisham ISBN:1444729705 Publisher: Hodder he Partners at Finley & Figg — all two of them — often refer to themselves as a boutique law firm. Boutique, as in chic, selective and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. After 20 plus years together Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple, but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy offices in southwest Chicago. And then change comes their way.





Aspire What are Projectors?


orget what you know about 8mm and 16mm projectors. They are now a thing of the past, as they’ve been replaced by superior machines. New advances in image information have made compact LCD projector machines available for classrooms and boardrooms. Today, you can shop for a home theater projector, home entertainment or professional projectors that project electronic information, images and interactive graphics. Using a digital or analog signal, we can utilise any data source for projection: VCR, DVD and a computer. This technology enables classroom teachers and business executives to communicate easily with large groups and be more creative with their information material. Projectors have also enhanced personal home entertainment systems, allowing for a sharp and vibrant picture quality.

How do they work?


rojectors function via an electric signal much the same way remote controls, TV and radios do. The source of the signal can be analog or digital, and will depend on the application used. For instance, most video projectors are now run on digital signals. When the LCD projector receives a signal, it’s processed into a digital signal. Many analog projectors are becoming a thing of the past, since they must ultimately be converted to digital. Once the signal is digitized, the original image forms and is projected onto a screen. There are currently two types of projection technologies used to create digitised images: Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) Digital Light Processing (DLP) LCD technology has allowed for more intricate color projection. Its dichroic mirrors separate color wave lengths, filtering the light image through polysilicon panels. Now activated by the pixel process, the LCD digital signal is now projected as a true-to-life image. The DLP process varies from LCD in the process of the digital signal. Light passes through a colour wheel, which ultimately reflects off of something called a DMD chip. This chip utilises 1,310,000 moving mirrors to create high resolution images. DLP technology is new on the market and allows mini-projectors to be used virtually anywhere. When you go online to shop for LCD Projectors , you will come across a language you may not be familiar with.


See ‘em big


You get to see your movies and presentations bigger and better With these little babies, entertainment gets a whole new meaning

ViewSonic PJD6531W 3D DLP Projector

Optoma HD20 DLP Projector

LG BX327 3D Projector

BenQ W6000 DLP Projector





3D-ready Display Technology Image Brightness Image Aspect Ratio

HDTV Formats

he ViewSonic PJD6531w is a wide format 120Hz / 3D-ready DLP projector which includes BrilliantColour technology to produce more vibrant colours, while the high brightness and contrast ratios make this projector shine in virtually any lighting situation. Bright in virtually any setting with 3,000 lumens With 3200:1 contrast ratio, it s the bright choice for mobile presenters BrilliantColour technology Latest BrilliantColour technology delivers stunning alldigital clarity with life-like colour, sharp graphics and outstanding video. The sophisticated 5-segment colour (RGBWY) wheel provides greater colour accuracy than standard DLP projectors with a 4-segment colour wheel Closed captioning Integrated closed captioning decoder for the hearing impaired.

Weight Contrast Ratio HDTV Formats

6.4lb 4000:1 720p • 1080i • 1080p Type DLP Projectors Display Technology DLP Image Brightness 1700 ANSI lumens Image Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Wide Screen) • 4:3 (Standard) Native Resolutio1920 x 1080 Video Modes Cinema • Game Analog Video Format NTSC • PAL • SECAM Colour Support Full Colour (1.07 Billion Colours) Screen Distance 4.92ft–32.8ft Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 (Interpolated) Image Size (Diagonal) 37.6in–301.1in Operation Noise

34dB Speaker(s)

Interfaces Video Input

Technical Features Audio Output Interface Video Input Lamp Type

RCA Jack USB • Serial (RS232) Composite Video • Component Video DMD


Video Input Light Source Power Lamp Type Light Source Life

Composite Video • Component Video •HDMI x 1 230W P-VIP P-VIP 4000 Hours

Other Features Projection Method Platform Special Features

Front • Rear • Ceiling PC • Mac On Screen Menu • Keystone Correction

Warranty Warranty

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15 pin D-Sub VGA x2 • HDMI x 1 • S-Video x 1

Other Features Projection Method Special Features • Keystone

Yes DLP 3200 ANSI lumens 16:9 (Wide Screen) • 4:3 (Standard) Analog Video Format NTSC • NTSC 4.43 • PAL-M • PAL-N • SECAM

Interfaces 5.9 lb. 2000:1 720p DLP Projectors DLP 3000 ANSI lumens 16:9 • 4:3 Resolution 1280 x 720 NTSC • SECAM 3.9ft–32.8ft 27in–300in (Diagonal)

Technical Features Operation Noise Audio Output

lso at this year s IFA is the BX327, a Dynamic 3D-type 3D Projector with a picture boasting a diagonal span of up to 150 inches. Delivering the outstanding brightness of 3,200 ANSI-lumens and the superb colours and contrast of 0.55 DMD, the BX327 also produces a beautifully sharp 2D or 3D picture with crisp, perfectly aligned edges. Also, among projectors using DLP Link 3D Technology, the BX327 is the only one with HDMI, meaning users can enjoy 3D images without 3D-compatible graphic cards. Key Features

Technical Features

Key Features 3D-ready Yes Weight Contrast Ratio HDTV Formats Type Display Technology Image Brightness Image Aspect Ratio ` Analog Video Format Screen Distance Image Size

he Optoma HD20 brings a new level of flexibility to your highdefinition home theater/multi-media experience. With true 1080p resolution, the HD20 delivers excellent colour saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. With its sleek design and weight of 6.4 lbs, the Optoma HD20 is perfect for sharing big-screen movies, sporting events and concerts…or for taking your video gaming to the next level by connecting the HD20 to your favourite game console. Key Features

Rear • Ceiling On Screen Menu Correction

A quick run down on many different technologies used in modern projectors include Hertz, Horizontal Scan Rate, Iris, BriteOptic, RGB, and Colorview. Each technology has been created by leading manufacturer sources, to bring you better sound, colour spectrum and lighting for

Key Features 720p • 1080i • 1080p • 480p Type DLP Projectors Display Technology DLP Image Brightness 2500 ANSI lumens Image Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Wide Screen) Native Resolutio1920 x 1080 Screen Distance 3.28ft–32.81ft Image Size (Diagonal) 18.9in–300in Interface USB Video Input 15 Pin D-Sub VGA • 4 Pin - Mini DIN (S-Video) • HDMI x 1 • Component x 3 Lens Shift Horizontal • Vertical Light Source Life 2000 hours

Casio XJ-A245V Projector


he Green Slim incorporates a Casio developed and patent pending hybrid light source which combines laser and LED technology for amazing high brightness and can last up to 20,000 hours. The Green Slim is an earth-friendly, low maintenance, 5 pound projector with features such as a 2x power zoom lens making it a great portable projector. The Green Slim Projector eliminates the need for a short life (3000 hours typical) mercury lamp and is economical to operate. Key Features

Display Technology Image Brightness

all your images. With so many projectors available online, you may wonder where to start looking! First, identify what you need a projector for and where you will use it. Projectors can be ceiling mounted, portable and microsized. The most important features

he W6000 is home projection at its best, incorporating top technologies for luxury, cinemaclass entertainment at home. Engineered with Texas Instruments#8217; DLP technology, W6000 delivers outstanding HD cinematic enjoyment via advanced Brilliant Colour processing, high brightness, and high contrast.

DLP 2500 ANSI lumens

of an LCD projector machine include: Resolution, brightness, zoom focus, quality lenses and display technology. To determine the best image resolution and brightness, check out the projector’s ANSI lumen rating. Also, remember to look at the

size and weight of a projector, as well as the source of data output. Quality Digital Projectors should provide great picture technology with automatic sensors for correcting contrast and resolution. For professional use, it’s important to find a projector that allows for quick and easy setup.





Seeking to fill the lacuna that exists in Western music in the city, is Swissnational Joe Koster

Spreading the music

Padmini C


ompared to other cities like Bangalore or Kolkata, Hyderabad is way behind in terms of Western music. Here, musicians just cannot make a living. There is also an acute shortage of proper teachers and instructors. A lot has to be done,” he rues, albeit with a glint of determination in his eyes. Joe Koster is already well on his way to doing just that. Along with a few others, he’s founded the Western Music Forum, Hyderabad. “I realised that while there was a lot of cultural

SWEET NOTES: Joe at the piano; (top right) with wife Ines



number of works of drama and prose emerged in France as a result of the horrors of World War II. They believed that the human condition is essentially absurd and that the only way to accurately describe it with any authenticity can be possible only in works that were themselves absurd. It was, in a sense, a rebellion against preexisting beliefs and values of traditional culture and values which held that man was a rational creature who lived in a reasonable intelligible world. However, after the 1940s, existentialists started to propound a theory that man was an isolated entity, living in a hostile universe which has no inherent

truth, value or meaning. Describing the philosophy, Camus wrote in the Myth of Sisyphus (1942) that “In a universe that is suddenly deprived of illusions and of light, man feels like a stranger. His is an irremediable exile...This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, truly constitutes the feeling of Absurdity.” But incidentally, within the depths of this existentialist angst were born some of the best works in modern literature. Samuel Beckett, the most influential dramatist and writer in both drama and fiction staged Waiting for Godot (1954) and Endgame (1958) which led to a dramatic increase in interest in the Theatre of Absurd. The plays of this time were irrational, grotesquely comic, filled with meaningless dia-

spaces which showcased talent from abroad, there was a lack of home-grown talent. So the Forum is an attempt to create a platform for local musicians to learn and perform Western Music. It also aims to bring together people who love music,” explains Joe, who also happens to be a curator at La Makaan, as well as a music teacher in the International School of Hyderabad. Incidentally, the Forum happened to Joe quite by chance. His NGO was what brought Joe to Andhra Pradesh in the first place. Subsequently, Joe packed up his consultancy business and moved here from Zurich with his wife Ines, to do more substantial work in the state. It was during that time that he got involved in the city’s cultural scene. “In 2007, I joined the Festival Choristers and I met a number of interesting people. Slowly, I realised Western music here was largely limited to expats. I wanted to change that. I wanted to introduce Western music to the people here and at the same, create interesting fusion music,” says Joe, who can play the piano, trambone and trumpet with equal ease. A life-long music lover, Joe grew up playing in a number of bands including the Swiss Army Band. “I have had the privilege of playing in different kinds of bands and learn different kinds of music. It teaches you a lot of things about yourself,” he explains. Now, he conducts and

plays in a jazz band called The Deccan Voices. Joe spends a lot of his time in school outreach programmes to spread awareness and inspire children to take interest in music. “I believe music can influence a child in a very positive way. It inculcates practical intelligence. Playing in a band, for instance, will need you to develop discipline, hard work, practice, teamwork, reading and interpretation. It is very, very, challenging. There are no shortcuts,” he states. Joe is also special in that he is a Westerner who knows India more than most Indians. He has travelled extensively across the countryside, even the state and says that he now shares the joys and burdens of the aam aadmi. “A lot of foreigners have a very cliched view of India. They just see as it as an exotic place with warm and friendly people. But we’ve seen the social ills and the kind of suffering people undergo in the rural areas,”says Joe, whose collection of photographs on rural India have received rare reviews.

Literature of the Absurd The Absurdists posed a fundamental question — how can one’s work be sensible if it has to accurately describe the senselessness of man’s existence? logue and defied all conventions of conventional drama. Incidentally, the genre also lead to influencing a number of playwrights and novelists in the

next 50 decades who specialised in creating naive, inept or innocent characters set against fantastic, horrifying and nightmarish worlds. Some of them being

Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, Stanley Kubrick, Harold Pinter, among others.

Body & Soul



Stress-related burnout is no longer the classic middle-age malaise. More than 13 million working days were lost to stress last year. It’s not always possi ble to change the cause of the stress. But we can change the way we react to it. Here are a few tips

Work getting to you? A

s far as Don is concerned, all he has ever suffered from was a worry about the likely banking crisis. “I don’t use words like stress and depression… I’d never in my life had any illness or problem,” he explains. “It was

simply a nagging anxiety that the bubble was going to burst.” But for a senior banking executive, as Don (now 60) was, that worry was strong enough to keep him awake at night - and from 2007-2008 he never slept more than an hour or two

a night. It was the first sign of the super-stress that is spreading among city workers and which last week caused Lloyds Banking Group chief executive António HortaOsório to take leave of absence. Sharon De Mascia is a

programme manager at the charity that trains employers to identify the early warning signs of stress-induced anxiety and depression in their workforces: irritability, impatience, poor concentration, social isolation and heavy drinking.



on’t cancel your workout. Exercise is one of the best stress-busters around. Working off your frustrations physically is a great way to reset your personal pressure valve. Plus exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that improve well-being, confidence and alertness. Find something that requires mental focus too. Yoga, martial arts and pilates are ideal. The more you have to focus, the less you can worry about tomorrow’s meeting.


A cuppa



ost stressful situations especially in the workplace are marathons, not sprints. Pace yourself. A 20-minute nap is a great way to recharge during the day, especially if you’re not sleeping brilliantly at night.

nd last but not least, the classic cure-all for everything from insomnia to a broken leg, tea is another great stress-buster. If you’re already feeling wired, ditch the caffeine and go herbal. Mint’s my herb of choice.





hether it’s wry gallows humour or a hysterical hoot until you can’t draw breath, laughter is a great endorphin producer. It decreases stress hormones, eases tension, boosts resilience and brings a vital sense of perspective into our lives.

ater. Stress is a physical as well as a mental phenomenon — the adrenaline is running, your heart and respiration rate increases and it’s easy to become dehydrated — without noticing it. Aim for 2-3 litres a day.

Design Talks


The cheapest furniture by far is from boot fairs, charity stores and junk shops. Or you may have some pieces already. It’s easy to give them a face lift, says Barbara Chandler

A chic facelift for

wooden furniture

Painting your furniture A painted finish is easiest as you can usually paint over old varnish or paint. Allow around three days. It is not particularly labour-intensive but drying times are essential. Make sure your furniture is free from dirt. Wash it over with warm water and allow it to dry completely. If your furniture is very dirty, add a few drops of washing up liquid to the water, use a soft scrubbing brush, and give a final clean rinse. Sand the surface to smooth out rough areas, scratches and dents. Wear a mask to avoid inhaling dust. Use mediumgrade sanding paper, working with the grain, and then wipe over with a cloth dampened in white spirit. Using a small flat brush, apply a primer and allow to dry for at least six hours. Choose a good quality gloss paint colour for the final surface. Apply two coats, allowing at least 16 hours between coats.

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or the most effective furniture makeover, choose pieces made from solid wood, and check that joints are well made and sturdy. Do any small repairs before painting or varnishing. Don’t waste time on rickety chairs or flimsy drawers. Change any handles for that final finishing touch.

You will need: An old cloth or sponge, bucket, washing-up liquid and white spirit, medium-grade sanding paper and mask, small brush, your choice of finish (whether primer and paint, or varnish), and brush cleaner.

Varnishing wooden furniture

Stripping old furniture If the finish on your old furniture is very poor (for example, uneven, cracked or flaking), you should strip it off. And of course you will need to do this if you want to simply varnish the bare wood. Modern paint strippers can remove layers of paint with ease Decant the active gel into the lid of its tin. Using a brush, apply a generous even coat over the furniture surface. Leave until the paint begins to blister (from two to four hours) and gently test scrape, using a paint scraper or shave hook. You can leave it on for upto six hours if necessary. When ready, softened paint should scrape off easily. Don’t try and hurry the process: you may score the surface of your furniture.

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A simple way to varnish stripped wood is with a varnish pack, which comes complete with a pad for easy and quality application. Prepare furniture as described above, stripping back to bare wood, wiping over with white spirit, and sanding to a smooth surface. Gently lower pad onto surface of varnish, making sure that the flock underside is evenly covered, but keeping foam pad dry. Scrape off any excess onto sides of tub. Use pad flat to cover all flat areas in long smooth strokes – it’s quick and easy. Use the angled front edge to reach any intricate bits, such as chair backs.

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Remove all of the peeling layers of paint. Repeat the process if any paint remains. Wipe over with white spirit to remove any remains of stripper/paint/varnish – this will avoid raising the grain of the wood. Clean brush with soapy water.


A varnish pad can be used on intricate bits of furniture, such as chair backs

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Hair care for cats


hen it comes to emotional support, nothing compares to the support you get from a pet. Adopt a pet and give it as much love and care as you can. Adoption is the loving option. Consider adopting from the Blue Cross before buying an animal from the pet store. Contact: 91 40 3298 9858, 2354 4355 / 5523; Website:

The independent and full-of-attitude feline friends are now becoming popular as pets in Hyderabad. Their love to groom themselves and keep themselves impeccably clean is wellknown. But there are of course, problems that come with self-grooming. Here, we discuss a common problem in cats — hairballs Indira Atluri






hile your kitties love to keep themselves clean, they also ingest their own hair. Fortunately, most of the times, this hair passes through the gastro-intestinal system, and is expelled in their stool. However, cats with long fur have a comparatively not so easy run. The long hair, rather than being expelled from their systems, get accumulated in the stomach wall’s lining that gives rise to the hairballs problems, also in medical terms called Trichobezoar. Dr Surijit Puri, a vet based in New Delhi says, “If you hear your cat hacking a lot, he is most probably trying to expel hairballs from his system. This needs a thorough examination by a doctor. But to avoid the problem in the first place, try to comb the hair of your pet with a wide-toothed comb to take out the excess hair. So the next time your cat is grooming itself, it will ingest less of its own hair.” Smitha Kumari, a home-maker and an ardent lover of cats, lives with her family in Hyderabad. “I had seven cats a few years back, but now

I live with two — Whiskey, a Siamese cat, and Wine, an Indian cat. I had a tough time when I started with cats, but now I know what exactly they are saying, or going through when they have a problem. Both my cats never experienced the hairballs problem, but I am vigilant when it comes to their diets, and requirements. They are a happy pair, and seeing them happy makes me happy too,” she says. Some of the other remedies come in the form of homeopathic medicines, available on doctor prescrip-

tion. Mild laxatives available exclusively for cats help keep their digestive tracts clean and are available in various flavours. Dr George M Alexander, a veterinary doctor based in Bengaluru adds, “Good fibrous food for cats helps in cleaning up the system. The fibre in the food is supposed to attach itself to the stubborn hairballs and naturally expel it from the systems.” Agrees Dr Ravi Kumar, a vet based in Hyderabad says, “I have a lot of my clients who have cats as pets, but are in many ways ignorant on how to take care of them. Fibre is yes, important, but cats don’t require much, so don’t overdo it. They are meant to eat meat, and a vegetable matter, but not in excess. So you should know where to stop feeding them the fibrous foods.”



A Cat’s Prayer


Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray this cushy life to keep. I pray for toys that look like mice, And sofa cushions, soft and nice. I pray for gourmet kitty snacks, And someone nice to scratch my back, For windowsills all warm and bright, For shadows to explore at night. I pray I’ll always stay real cool And keep the secret feline rule To never tell a human that The world is really ruled by cats!

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Don’t pick a kitten or a cat up by the scruff of its neck; only mother cats can do this safely, and only with their kittens. Cats knead with their paws when they’re happy. Your cat loves you and can read your moods. If you’re sad or under stress, you will notice a difference in your cat’s behaviour. The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs.

Everyone can help preserve the world’s amazing, irreplaceable endangered species. One should time and again educate oneself about the dangers facing them, volunteer at conservation organisations and write to local officials highlighting issues facing conservation of animals

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Producer’s job not my cup of tea B

Gul has crush on John M

arriage or no marriage, pretty lady Gul is still looking out for some eyecandy. No, her marriage is not in trouble. Earlier the actress had confessed about having a crush on Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey and even heroine Deepika Padukone; her latest crush as

she revealed is the dimpled John Abraham. The actress wrote on the microblogging site twitter, “Also present was the super hawt and extremely humble John Abraham event ambassador for #SCMM #nowhavecrush.” John’s fan base only keeps increasing by the day.

Motwane’s next is Rs50 crore heist caper


ikramaditya Motwane is shelling out Rs50 crore to get the old world look right in his next project, a heist caper set in the 1950s. Apart from hiring vintage cars, the Udaan director has set aside Rs5 crore just to get actor Ranveer Singh’s look bang on in the film. “The entire ethos of the

1950s is being recreated. When Motwane did Udaan, he went on location to Jamshedpur to get a flavour of the 1970s in the Steel City. But this time the sights, sounds and flavours of the 50s have to be recreated on a studio set. The cars and the clothes alone would cost around Rs25 crore,” said a source close to the project. The producers, Phantom Films, are going all out to ensure that the period feel in the film doesn’t look fake. Vintage cars are being sought out from private owners in the country and from international car dealers, so that the aura of the era remains intact. Even Ranveer, who will feature alongside Sonakshi Sinha in the film, is working IANS hard on his look.

ollywood action hero Suniel Shetty, who launched his own production company eight years ago, describes producing movies as difficult and stressful and says “it is not my job.” In 2003, the 50-year-old launched his production company, Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd, which produced films like Khel (2003), Rakht (2004), Bhagam Bhag (2006) and the latest, Loot. “The transformation from being an actor to a producer has been difficult. A producer’s job is very demanding. It is not my cup of tea, it is not my job, I know this for a fact,” Suniel said. “It is difficult to maintain relationships in this business. A lot of misunderstandings happen and also there is too much stress. I don’t think I want to be connected with stress,” he added without revealing whether he will discontinue with the moviemaking business. But his ultimate aim he says is that people should remember him as a good human being. IANS




@FarOutAkhtar Delhi bound. Hope to get a real feel of what Nov weather should be like! Come on Mumbai, get into winter mode asap!!

@imarshadwarsi Gd mrng ppl of the wrld...

@kjohar25 Been shooting crazy hours..hectic but super fun...watched ROCKSTAR...and am a certified Ranbir Kapoor fan!! His performance is unbelievable!

@iamsrk Fifa soccer nite...going into morning...its too much fun...

@SrBachchan T 557 - Its late but not without cause .. just back from ‘RockStar’ and living in the brilliance of all - Imtiaz Ali, Ranbir, AR and Nargis

@udaychopra There is no place like home. No, Literally! I mean it doesn’t exist! Not for me anyway!

@akshaykumar ‘U know u are DESI when u don’t know whether to call the man next door Bhaiya or Uncle :) #DesiBoyz

@DuttaLara Celebrate Bandra kicks off 2nite at the Bandra Fort. 15 days of fun! As we Bandra buggers wld say- come our side we’ll show you! :-)

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kids with Russell

inger Katy Perry thinks her husband Russell Brand will make a great dad and is looking forward to start a family with him.”I would love to have children. I think that’s one of the reasons you get married. You think, that person is going to be a good partner, a good parent,” a website quoted the 27-year-old as saying. “But I’m not sure it’s yet. We’ll see, ya know,” she added. Brand married Perry in India IANS October last year.


Download Donatella’s brain


cottish designer Christopher Kane has admitted he loves working with Donatella Versace because of her knowledge about the fashion world. The two had collaborated for the Versus collection and explained he would love to download her brain, reports a website. “I learned a lot working for Donatella”.

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Winslet proud to be curvy K

Beyonce paid highest for performances B

eyonce Knowles has been named the highest earning entertainer in the world who charges per minute for appearing on the stage. The Love on Top singer topped a poll by social media website by earning 1.25 million pounds for a five-song performance at a private New Year’s Eve 2010 party, equating to 71,040 pounds for each minute she was on the stage, reports a website. In second place was Mariah Carey, who earned 63,000 pounds per minute for a four-song set at a similar party held the previous year on the same

Caribbean island. Third highest earner per minute was Kylie Minogue, who commanded 33,000 pounds every sixty seconds or two million for her whole hour set. She had sung at the launch party of the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, November 2008. Next was Jennifer Lopez, who received the equivalent of 25,000 pounds a minute from Russian tycoon Andrei Meinichenko to appear at his wife’s birthday party in IANS 2007.

George Clooney wanted to die A ctor George Clooney considered killing himself six years ago, after he injured himself while shooting a film. The 50-year-old injured himself while filming spy thriller Syriana in 2005, and he was so racked with pain as a result of the spinal condition that he thought about ending his life, reports a website. “I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this.’ I was in a hospital bed unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke,” Clooney told a magazine. “You don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive,” he IANS add ed.

ate Winslet loves her curvy figure and makes sure to wear clothes that flatter her hour-glass shape. “I’m lucky to go in and out at the right places, proportionately that’s something I have inherited from my mother. I enjoy my shape and my curves. At the same time, you have to know how to dress,” a website quoted Winslet as saying. “If you are hippy, then pleats off the waist? Forget it! You absolutely cannot wear them. It’s about knowing how to work with the right fabric,” she added. The 35year-old has two children, Mia, 11, her daughter with first husband Jim Threapleton, and seven-year-old Joe, her son with estranged spouse Sam Mendes. IANS

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Rihanna goes for natural look S

inger Rihanna has opted for a natural look for her latest album Talk That Talk. The We Found Love singer is renowned for having crazy, ever-changing hairstyles and colours and making outrageous music videos, but has decided to focus on her singing for her next album, reports a website.

Schwimmer to play mafia killer F ormer Friends star David Schwimmer is all set to play a mafia contract killer in his next film The Iceman. Schwimmer will play Richard Kuklinski opposite actor Ray Liotta’s portrayal of a Mafia boss in the movie, reports a website. Kuklinski claimed to have killed more than 250 people between 1948 and 1986. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal.


“I didn’t want to make it such a big deal, like what hair colour. I wanted to go back to something simple, something flexible, something a little more natural. It’s more about the music,” she said. “I don’t want to become a gimmick, ever,” she added. Talk That Talk will release on IANS November 18.

Fergie excited about home decoration


ip hop group Black Eyed Peas’ star Fergie is getting a break from her hectic work schedule and is excited about decorating her house The singer’s group is preparing to go on an indefinite hiatus and the 35-year-old star admits she can’t wait to live a quieter life and sleep in her own bed for long stints, reports a website. “I won’t miss sleeping in different hotel rooms all the time. I want to be home, because I moved into my house but I haven’t really been able to decorate it fully. I’ll be excited to be in my own IANS bed at night,” she said.

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Ileana in Akshay Kumar’s Khiladi 786 I leana has reportedly bagged her second Hindi film. Her debut film in Bollywood, Barfee is still being shot and she’s co-starring with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in this Anurag Basu’s film. The latest news in Bollywood is that she has been signed up for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film titled Khiladi 786. Akshay Kumar, Himesh Reshammiya are playing the lead roles in the film, which is expected to hit the screens in late 2012. An official announcement about the project is expected to be made soon. In Telugu, Ileana is going to star in Trivikram Srinivas’ next film where she’s paired up with Allu Arjun for the first time in her career.



@shraddhadas43 Found an amazing book at shoot yesterday on princess diana’s assassination!had been tryn to find it for years n got it there!

@actor_Nikhil November 18th is the day :-) “Veedu Theda” releases this week.. Exciting one week ahead :-)

@iamkrishnudu Manali wow at manali for killer in kulumanali shoot.wit bhopal Kayyum sushanth ANIl.we r shooting from tommaroo.

@richyricha hey tweeps..just finished up w the CCL season 2 presscon in Dubai..headed back 2 Bom tonight! was nice seeing foiks frm hindi & south

@sneha_ullal HYD lo unnanu..wohoooo

No biopic on Rajinikanth


ew days ago there was a rumour that director Lloyd Baptista and producer Atul Agnihotri wanted to make a biopic on Rajinikanth’s life. Atul Agnihotri even went on record to say that he has been trying to talk to Rajinikanth’s family to seek permission to make this film. Now, Rajinikanth’s daughter, Soundarya Rajinikanth has clarified that the news about the biopic on her father was just a rumour. She tweeted thus: “Appa’s Biopic rumours are false, if we work on something as big as that you guys will hear it from us first.” On the other hand, she also stated that her dream project, Sultan — The Warrior has been shelved due to various reasons. She’s planning to come up with a new storyline and title for this dream project.

Anand Ranga turns producer with Poga


nand Ranga who had made his debut as a director with Oy is all set to produce a film titled Poga. Shankar Marthand is going to direct this film. Randhir Reddy and Bindu Madhaviare playing the lead roles. Jayanan Vincent is the cinematographer and the buzz is that the entire film is going to shot on digital format.

@mmkeeravaani “@kanchi5497: waiting in a bus station or a rail station is far more interesting than waiting amidst the zombies in the airport...”

@taapsee Jst realised shiva sir is one of d fastest directors I’ve worked with. Finished 4 days work in 2 n half days!!! Amazing team work

@shrutihaasan happy to be a part if this project and celebrate its success!!go team omf!

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67 Circumvent 69 Roswell crasher 70 Any ship 71 Ms. Thurman 74 Nudges 75 Japanese straw mat 77 Golly! 78 TV Tarzan portrayer 79 Hwys. 81 She loved Lancelot 84 Mae West persona 87 Ice-cream treat 89 Big pitchers 90 Motel vacancy 91 Beauty parlor 93 Noise from a pager 97 Centurion’s moon 98 Zoo workers (abbr.) 99 Powder base 100 Charles Lamb 101 Bites 102 Compelled 103 Arafat’s org. 105 Prima donna 106 Kennel sounds 107 Works as a tailor 109 “Absalom, Absalom” writer 111 Sagan’s “pale blue dot” 114 Steps to the Ganges 115 Nigerian tribe

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April 19 – May 19 A good news is expected. Marriage may be settled for any one of your blood relatives. Powerful officials are advised not to misuse their power as times ahead could bring trouble.



June 21 – July 21 Avoid fresh loans or any other type of financial transaction today. Avoid con‑ frontations as much as possible. Post‑ pone taking important decisions for now. Be careful while driving.


July 22 – August 21 Unexpected fortune to surprise you today. Be cordial with blood relatives, especially with elders. Politicians will have a boom time. Artistes will be rewarded for good performance.



September 22 – October 22 Keep away from bad friends. Avoid ge‑ tting into disputes. Spend your time w‑ ith family today and keep them happy. Your prayers will yield a good result today. Take decision of future today.


October 23 – November 20 Increase your self‑confidence and face hurdles with bold mind so that your works will end successfully. Avoid any travel planned for today and making friendship with a strange person.

SAGITTARIUS November 21 – Dec 20




January 20 – February 18 Avoid thinking inferior about your capabilites. Be alert while driving. Those who want to involve in writing poems, articles, etc, can start a project today. Certain adverse situations likely.

August 22 – September21 Your stock is set to pile up. A good day to buy vehicle, assets or undertake pil‑ grimage. Those appearing for interview today will attain success. Many will fol‑ low your advises and suggestions.

Those in romance will have a favourable day and their marriage is on the cards. You look cheerful today. Donʼt try to take anyone for a ride as it might rebound. Take financial decisions after analysis. February 19 – March 19 Enemies might target you and chances of facing humiliation. Try to keep your cool and keep them away. Extra care to be taken during journey and driving. Avoid making fresh investments.





King of Cups – Youʼ‑ re going by what yo‑ u feel rather than w‑ hat you think is the right solution. This may work well, con‑ sidering your intu‑ itive abilities are good at the moment.

Nine of Swords –Pay attention to your dr‑ eams. Youʼre feeling extremely anxious about something an‑ d that is reflecting t‑ hrough your subco‑ nscious mind in your dreams.

Seven of Wands – Someone close to you is hatching a secret plan against you. Nothing to feel unduly worried abo‑ ut. Just donʼt ever ke‑ ep your guard down.




Seven of Pentacles – Youʼre feeling tir‑ ed and exhausted by the routine and by taking care of everything. You ne‑ ed to make chang‑ es to feel refreshed.

Two of Wands – This is a waiting period. You have made your moves and are now waiting for the results. Keep your fingers crossed and be patient.

The Devil – Youʼre itching to do some‑ thing out of the ordi‑ nary. Be practical and check if you wo‑ uld be investing too much time on some‑ thing you wonʼt get back enough from.




Knight of Cups – Youʼre charging ahead with new energy and are feel‑ ing creative and in the mood to go all the way with your plans. Go ahead!

Ace of Wands – This is a creative time when you learn something new. You use this new skill in innovative ways to bring effective results.

Queen of Wands – Youʼre in control and need to do little to make your plans work. Your wealth of experience comes to the rescue and you use it to grow.




Nine of Cups – All your plans are coming to fruition. Your wish‑ es are all coming true. Do not get unduly worried about any‑ thing. You are getting exactly what you want.

The Moon – Youʼre feeling moody and it is reflecting on your close relationships. It takes away their energy and they feel tired and begin to pick fights with you.

The Star –Not all is lost. If youʼre feeling disappointed that a certain plan didnʼt w‑ ork, it may have be‑ en for the best. Ev‑ erythingʼs working to a larger plan anyway.

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That’s G Dubbya Bush eorge W Bush, in an airport lobby, noticed a man in a long flowing white robe with a long flowing white beard and flowing white hair. The man had a staff in one hand and some stone tablets under the other arm. Bush approached the man and inquired, “Aren’t you Moses?” The man ignored Bush and stared at the ceiling. Bush positioned himself more directly in the man’s view


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Dec 21 – January 19 Avoid being greedy and try to over‑ power greed. Employees are advised to be cautious at work place as cha‑ nces of minor accidents possible. To‑ day must be spent with patience.

May 20 – June 20 Chances of receiving unexpected money. Spend good time with family by taking them to outdoor locations. If facing hurdles, try to stay patient and resolve the same. Donʼt follow others.



and asked again, “Aren’t you Moses?” The man continued to peruse the ceiling. Bush tugged at the man’s sleeve and asked once again, “Aren’t you Moses?” The man finally responded in an irritated voice, “Yes I am”. Bush asked him why he was so unfriendly and Moses replied, “The last time I spoke to a Bush I had to spend forty years in the desert.”

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