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Shashank, the teenager son of MLC MN Prabhakar, was slapped and robbed by two bike-borne desperados in the posh Banjara Hills P2 last night.
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While a lot of Bollywood stars are planning to tie the knot this year, Bipasha Basu says she is loving her single status. “I am single and am enjoying this phase,” Bipasha told reporters at the music launch of her forthcoming film Jodi Breakers. P21
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A childhood favourite of every Hyderabadi, The All India Industrial Exhibition is on.Head to Numaish for a fun filled outing with fun and food. Where: bñÜáÄáíáçå========= ÖêçìåÇëI= k~ãé~ääó When: Ongoing Sunday’s are that one day of the week when everyone can sit together and have a meal. Arena’s sunday brunch has something for everyone. Where: ^êÉå~I= q~à=aÉÅÅ~å When: All Sundays Contact: (040) 66663939
Students of IIT Hyderabad smash a 50-foot model of cigarette during the “Kick the Butt” antismoking campaign at IIT Hyderabad Campus on Saturday.
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amaging public health is a grave crime and the City restaurants and hotels have been accused of serving unhygienic food. But, the appalling state of GHMC health department can be gauged from the fact that one health inspector has 800 hotels and restaurants under his charge. Customers can breathe a small sigh of relief though; from next month onwards hotels will have to practice mandatory health norms. “I was eating a burger in one of the City’s largest chain of bakeries last month. Imagine my horror when I found roasted remains of a cockroach in it! I was instantly grossed out and ran to the wash basin to vomited.” Recalling a similar nauseating experience, Vishal Arya, an IT professional says, “I am a vegetarian. What I want to ask is if this is what you get at a branded restaurant what is the situation in the street food
joints such as pull-carts and wayside eateries? Is there nobody to check on this gross negligence?” There are food inspectors but they are so hamstrung and illequipped that they say it is a losing battle. Most kitchens of our City hotels are unclean, agree health inspectors. “The biggest crime of our eating joints is that crockery remains unsterilised as they are not placed in boiling water,” says Dr RN Kripakar who had once been a part of the GHMC health check wing, which conducts inspections in hotels. Last week, during surprise inspections carried out in the areas of Malkajgiri by the Health and Sanitation Wing of GHMC, three eating joints were made to close business while 17 others were served warnings to improve their hygiene. While exasperated customers like Vishal recount horror stories, health inspectors tell their own tales of woe. There are 18 circles, which come under the GHMC preview and the Corporation has only five food inspectors. These inspectors have to take care of more than 4,000 restaurants in the City. It is
Average closure orders issued a month to hotels: 10–15 Average prosecution cases in a month: 30–40 Number of hotels and restaurants: 4,000 obvious that there is an urgent need of manpower. “Ideally for our City we need more than 30 inspectors. After years of pleading, we have one extra officer on deputation. With such a limited staff it’s impossible to conduct inspection in all circles”, says Aleem Basha, additional commissioner, health and sanitation. The main problem with City hotels is lack of hygiene. Officials claim the root cause of the problem is that the hotels and restau-
rants do not clean their kitchens on a regular basis. Hotels are expected to clean their utensils with hot water, better still use autoclave vessels, but most hotels fail to do so. The hotel surroundings too ought to be kept clean too. But what we see today are pushcarts set up smack on top of a sewage lid. Some other common problems are unfiltered drinking water, unhygienic storage, especially meat, lack of protection from pests (rats) and lack of personal hygiene among staff members itself. “We have asked the medical officers to help us with the inspection. Hyderabad has grown but the number of officers did not increase since the MCH days. There are only 8 officers to carry out the inspection,” said M Surender, health officer. The GHMC also carries out surprise checks on street-food stalls. But, all they do is dismantle their stalls and throw away the food. In a recent check on Secunderabad eateries it was found that most of the hotels use artificial colour, which is carcinogenic. “To tackle the problem of
lack of awareness on food hygiene, from April, GHMC will be printing the norms on the back side of permission certificates it issues. How food gets contaminated in hotels and restaurants Artificial food additives, using overheated oil repeatedly, materials and processess used such as chemical ripening, and genetically modified ingredients are the most common ways of making unhealthy food. And what you can do n Eternal vigilance is the key. Customers should look around the food joint and see how things are managed. If you see unhygienic handling you can make a protest and leave. n Choose hotels that promise organic food. n You can inform the food inspectors at the following numbers when you come across with unhealthy practices in hotels. Aleem Basha, Addl Commissioner Health n Sanitation: 91777 01937 Dr K Devrajhief, Medical officer of health: 98490 06074 Samrat Ashok, Joint Commissioner Health and Sanitation: 99899 22091
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he law of diminishing returns seems to have hit the social media, which had the world’s young in its grip for some time now. The young who had plunged headlong into the broad vista of social network five years ago have slowed down, as a social development foundation of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry study shows. Facebook, Google and Twitter have claimed the young mind more than others. But Orkut, Linkedin, Myspace, Friendster, Hi5, BigAdda and a host of others too, have enticed the youthful netizens. A survey of 2,000 young men and women in the age range of 12 and 25 years spread across Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabd, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Pune for three months from October 2011 showed that the young are now more enamoured with one-on-one communication rather than mass communication as a medium of socialising. “Tech overload is apparent among youth and their fixation with social media seems to be diminishing as they have started focusing on more important things than grooming their digital identities,” said DS Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the survey. Where the Gen Y stand today About 55 per cent surveyed conscious-
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Michelle Obama ly reduced the time spent on social media websites. Nearly 30 per cent have deactivated or deleted their accounts and profiles from these websites. About 20 per cent hardly log on to social networking and switched to chat applications like Blackberry Messenger, Whatsapp, and Google Talk. An interesting aspect that has emerged out of the survey was that young Indian women seem to flock social networks more frequently as compared to their male counterparts. ‘Shadow boxing’, referring to assumed and anonymous people misusing the wellmeaning social media is said to be one of the reasons for the youths to be vary of the social media. This apart, majority of the respondents said that compulsive social networking has led to insomnia, depression, poor inter-personal relationships, lack of concentration, and high level of anxiety.
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ntil five years ago, no one had imagined that a village could develop so rapidly that for the land you then paid `400 a square foot will now only fetch you 1/6th of it. Medchal has truly evolved from a tiny quiet village to an area bursting with activity. Located close to Kompally in Secunderabad, Medchal is fast becoming the locality to invest it. Lush green surroundings, large open spaces and flawless roads come with buying property here. Yet, the rents and property rates are cheaper than Secunderabad. Medchal has always been an industrial area, but of late, it is being developed for residential purposes. It is also the dhaba capital of Hyderabad with some of the best dhabas located here. What is noteworthy is that despite being further away from most suburbs, it is still in demand making it one of the most sought-after localities this side of town. Postnoon takes a look.
Why Medchal Medchal is the preferred choice of people who work in adjacent areas. “My husband works in Bolarum. The apartments in Medchal were affordable. We did not think twice before we shifted here,” said Maha Ansari who shifted to Medchal from Bowenpally three years ago. “Medchal is home to businessmen whose factories are located here. They don’t want to travel too far every day and neither do they want to compromise with their standard to living and Medchal has everything to offer them,” said Rane E, a real-estate agent.
Rental & property rates An apartment can range between `1,900 and `2,500 a square foot. “When I bought my flat in 2008, I paid `12 lakh. Now the same apartment can fetch me above `20 lakh. With the amount of development happening here, it
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LIVING SPACES With the City bursting at its seams we visit the top 5 locales that are luring Hyderabadis looking for a new urban adventure is perfect for people who are looking into investing their money,” said Kumar, who has been living in the locality since then. However, land is priced high here as a lot of factories have make Medchal their base.
Schools & hospitals Two reputed schools, Niraj International School and Gowtham Model School, are located in Medchal. “There are over 20 schools in the area and they cater to every budget as well. Families have a lot of choice,” said Rane. Thankfully, there are just as many hospitals. MediCity Hospital, a prestigious chain of hospitals is located here too. “We don’t
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have to drive much to get to a hospital. There are some very good hospitals in the area,” said Maha.
Security There were mixed reactions when we asked residents how safe the area is. Kumar said that there are regular police checks and patrolling, especially late in the night. However, Varun Ranganeni, a resident since last September, said, “Crime rate here has increased. We hear of murders and thefts very often. The police to patrol the area, but we are very scared to step out after 10pm in the night. We have to be very careful while crossing the road as a lot of drunken lorry drivers use this road.”
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Connectivity Residents are content. Varun said that hundreds of buses pass through the road, not just to the City but to villages as well. “Medchal lies on the highway and we are fortunate to have inner-city as well as inter-City buses. Shared autos too, are aplenty. Public transport has never been a problem for us. Anyway, most of the people who live here own either a car or a twowheeler,” he added. However, the closest MMTS station, Bolarum Bazaar is about 14 kilometres away. National Highway 7 passes through Mechal. Needless to say, the drive is practically pothole free. But residents allege that some of the inner-lanes are not even tarmacked.
Water & electricity “Electricity is a major problem here. There have been instances of 12-hour-long power-cuts. Since Medchal is an industrial area, po-
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wer-cuts are longer than in central areas,” decoded Rane. “In summers, the power-cut duration increases. Last summer, we had to patiently live through a 48-hour power-cut. You cannot live here without a generator,” opined Maha. Water too, seems to be a problem here. “We hardly get water. The municipality supplies water for only an hour every alternate day. Digging a bore-well is also not practical as investment would be very high,” said Kumar.
Do you like it here? “Medchal has a lot of greenery and open spaces for children to play. It is an ideal place to live. Having said that, I think there is a lot more that needs to be developed,” said Maha. Varun said that if water and electricity problems are solved, Mechal is one of the best areas in Secunderabad. “Medchal to me is home. I can’t think of anywhere else I can live,” said Kumar.
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WARRIORS GO FOR THE WIN Stars thronged the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in support of their teams in the CCL tournament. Chennai Rhinos beat Kerala Strikers to win the first match. The second match was won by Telugu Warriors who beat Karnataka bulldozers by 4 wickets.
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‘Game On’, a sporting arena opened its doors to the city’s youth through its first outlet in Karkhana, Secunderabad
Rupam Sarmah’s directorial debut, ‘In Search of God’ celebrated his movie’s win at the Indian Film festival held in Houston, USA
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STARDUST Actor Shah Rukh Khan, arrives with wife Gauri at the red carpet of the Zee Cine Awards 2012 in Macau on Saturday. PTI
RED TERROR STRIKES Security personnel shift injured to a helicopter after a police vehicle was blown up by Naxals killing 13 in Jharkhand on Saturday. PTI
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Bhanwari suspect’s property to be seized JAIPUR: The CBI will seize the properties belonging to a Congress legislator’s sister Indra Bishnoi if she fails to surrender by February 11 in the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, sources said on Saturday. An arrest warrant has already been issued against Indra, the sister of Luni MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi who has already been arrested in the case.
Nitish Kumar convoy pelted with stones PATNA: A group of protesters pelted stones at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s car convoy in his home Nalanda district on Saturday, injuring a doctor and an ambulance driver, officials said. Nitishs vehicle escaped unscathed in the attack in Nagarnausa in the district. It is first such incident since Nitish became the CM six years ago.
LITTERATEURS ILLUMINATE Left: Lyricist Gulzar speaks at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Saturday. Lyricist Prasoon Joshi is also seen. Right: Booker Prize winning Nigerian author Ben Okri speaks at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Saturday. PTI
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GLOBE AT A GLANCE Syria deserters capture another key town
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Saturday took the town of Douma northeast of Damascus on Saturday after fierce fighting, activists said, a day before the Arab League decides the future of its Syria observer mission. The League looks set to extend the mission at a ministerial meeting on Sunday, despite heavy criticism that it has failed to stem the violence, and fresh reports on Saturday of civilian deaths.
Libyans storm NTC office in Benghzai BENGHAZI: Angry protesters threw home-made grenades and stormed Libya's ruling National Transitional Council offices in the city of Benghazi, setting its front ablaze on Saturday, witnesses said. The attack, the first such violent act against the NTC — the body which is ruling Libya since the fall of the regime.
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dismissed a plan proposed by critics of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to hold a 50,000-strong march on February 4. A group of activists planned a march along the Garden Ring Road in downtown Moscow. But deputy mayor Alexander Gorbenko said "the route cannot be approved due to security concerns".
6.2 quake hits off coast of southern Mexico MEXICO CITY, : A magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit off the coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Saturday, shaking the state from the capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez to Tapachula on the border with Guatemala. The quake, which hit at 12.47 pm local time, broke windows in Tuxtla Gutierrez and sent frightened residents into the streets in cities across Chiapas.
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aoists have struck again, this time killing 13 Jharkhand policemen. The Centre and states have come up with several strategies to combat the Naxal menace and reduce casualties among security forces. However, the Red rebels are always managing to find a way around these and strike. Each time there is a Maoist attack with fatalities among security forces the top brass either engage in interagency blamegames or fault the affected unit for not being cautious enough. This time a ‘mineproof’ vehicle took the full brunt of the blast and only two of the 15 passengers survived. It is quite disappointing that the security forces, despite their superior numbers, equipment and training, fall victims to the Naxals. All the tall claims being made by the home ministry and security forces about their ‘success’ in eliminating top leaders of Maoists and ‘clearing’ Naxal strongholds have been laid bare by the latest attack.The government and its men in uniform need to get their act together before more blood is spilled.
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oday Laura Dekker became the youngest successful solo, around-the-world sailor. At 16 she has proved that age is no bar when it comes to grit and sheer determination. The Dutch teenager will undoubtedly go on to do great things, and hopefully inspire an increasingly lethargic youth to chase their dreams outside of the comfort of their parent’s homes.
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I have only read in novels and stories about sailing and the feel of the sea, its thrills and dangers. But the fantastic escapade of Jonathan Paturi that was featured in your paper stands out. His narration of what was going on his mind when he was assured by the captain that all was well when the ship was actually sinking is just terrific in every possible sense of the word. You guys have done a wonderful job in capturing his feelings while on board and after his homecoming. It’s a true story that inspires hope and shows the strength of a man who held his own when he stared death in its face. Karthik Verma Sitaphalmandy
The Intelligent Transport System planned for the Outer Ring Road is a welcome move even if it is coming late. Precious lives have already been lost due to speeds at which drivers have been motoring on this road not only because it is new and hence in good condition, monitoring by the traffic department is also not enough. With this step by the government authorities many parents like me can be peaceful when their children take their vehicles out. Hope this initiate does not take an eternity to complete like most government works do.
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Thieves have no gender Why does it make such big news when a woman is behind the crime? It reeks of gender bias if you ask me. Every community will have its share of a notso-morally-right percentage. Chenchu Lakshmi is just a criminal, like any other. Projecting her like she is a sole representative of a particular section shows that section in poor light. For that matter crime done be women are very very less. This is just a one-off case and we have to hang our heads in shame for it. Rupali Himayatnagar
Our satanic ways While one person is forced into exile from his motherland, another one is being encouraged into that very country. The reason behind both the controversies is the same though; the two exercised their freedom of speech. But when you look at our handling of the two cases one thing comes through — our hypocrisy. We need to get over the attitude that Gods and religion need our policing to survive. While discriminate against each other in the name of caste and creed, what right do we have to criticise others.
Ramkumar PT Hyderabad
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
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hen I told Dean Williams, the Editor of this newspaper, about the Supreme Court’s verdict on Income Tax department losing a contentious tax case against the British telecom major, Vodafone, he first ughed and then smirked. That provoked me to read more between the lines into the story that was breaking just then, decipher the legalese and dissect more and more. It took longer than usual for me to deconstruct the case. But I concluded that what Dean meant to communicate was that law was interpreted effectively that saved the telco from bleeding and that the I-T sleuths had to cut a sorry figure in front of the nation for their overzealous approach. Fortifying this view is my own observation of the news on the verdict by different newspapers and websites. It is a case involving crores of rupees. On realising the magnitude, I fondly recall the observations of Justice SH Kapadia about himself in a letter written to Justice VR Krishna Iyer: “I come
Macro problems of
tax of Rs11,218 crore for acquiring the stake of Hutchison in the joint venture with its Indian partSunday ner, Essar. The assertions of the jurists on Soup the emphasis of ‘form’ over ‘substance’ and that one has to 'look A Saye Sekhar at' a transaction rather than 'look through' a transaction unless one is concerned about fraud or a similar situation surely escalates busiI started my career ness asconfidence and may act as a booster dose for foreign investa class IV employee ments in India. and the only asset I However, jolted by the embarrassment caused by the judgment, possess is integrity... the spin doctors and custodians of the Government exchequer began Justice Kapadia hectic parleys on enacting a new piece of legislation that would from a poor family. I started my avoid any such loss in future. The Finance Ministry is said career as a class IV employee and the only asset I possess is integri- to be mulling the idea of amendty...” His impeccable integrity ing the tax laws to bring under indeed gave him the natural ease the tax net any overseas transaction between companies with to judge the case the way he did. Justice Kapadia’s authority on assets and business interests in business issues added authentic- India in the upcoming budget ity to the verdict he pronounced session itself. Against this backin the Vodafone case. The Bo- ground, the Government is planmbay High Court had earlier ning to go for a review petition held that Vodafone should pay a over the judgement.
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Microfinance campanies L
ending is a big business. Microfinance made hay, even before the sun shone in Andhra Pradesh landing the industry in trouble. Even before the euphoria of listing of the SKS Micro Finance settled down, the other players angling for an entry into public markets had beaten hasty retreat. The reason: a slew of suicides by loanees who could not repay. Then the State began to act. Malegam Committee, Andhra Pradesh Government’s ordinance and the eventual RBI rulings wrenched the whole industry, more so the lone listed entity. When the company announced its third quarter
results, every one religiously looked at the rise in losses to Rs. 427.79 crore. The company had taken an annual and sequential beating. But only a few noted the shrinkage in its topline. The third quarter revenue fell to Rs. 83.83 crore from Rs. 384 crore in the yearago period. The loan book slimmed down from Rs. 2,635 crore at the
WITH SKS MICROFINANCE SOMERSAULTING, THE OTHER MFIS, WHICH NURSED THE AMBITION TO GO PUBLIC, SILENTLY WITHDREW FROM THE RACE
end of the first half year to Rs. 1,810 crore at the end of Q3. This means a drop of 31 per cent. So far, the company has been attributing the losses and its failure to the conditions that aggravated in Andhra Pradesh. But the share of Andhra Pradesh in the loan book is Rs. 488 crore. This would naturally mean that there is an overall decline even in the markets outside Andhra Pradesh. Scraping the surface itself exposed a surfeit of problems. This was the first quarterly review of the company after Vikram Akula demitted the office of the Chairman.
errill Lynch, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Shell and DSC Ltd. These large corporations formed part of the sponsors of various events of the Jaipur Literary Festival. There is much ado about the ‘fatwa’ on Salman Rushdie and his ‘Satanic Verses’. Rushdie created more buss around himself more by staying away rather than descending on the fest. Several authors made a beeline to rub shoulders with the litterateur fraternity. Exactly, a couple of days before the Hyderabad Literary Festival was conducted which was more like a cultural fest with music and dance events entertaining the audience. It ended up more as an event to let their hair down by P3Ps of yesteryear. The
presence of Gulzar and Ompuri and a few intellectuals only added dignity to the event. I want to ask the organisers a few questions: 1) Why did you organise the festival exactly when Jaipur LitFest is scheduled? 2) Why could you not invite celebrity authors? 3) Why did you fail to impress upon the Hyderabadi industrialist-business community to come on board as sponsors? 4) Except for HarperCollins and Oxford, why aren’t there big publishers either? Time they review the timing and work on the five Ws and one H of organising the event, for Hyderabad is no way inferior to Jaipur at a time when Indian English book market is said to be nine times more than that of e America’s.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
hen tired of chasing Babas and Lamas with a sickle in his hand, rationalist Guru BABU GOGINENI, settles down with an Asterix or Wodehouse, for too serious and sickly are the issues he deals outside to carry out serious readings at home too. But in the home turf he’s often drawn to friendly sparring with his family. His wife Sahana and their only son Arun, aged 7 (“and half,” he corrects you) too, have brownie points to earn on rationalism, which he willingly yields for domestic peace. “I don’t’ believe in god,” declares Arun, startling you. “I too,” chips in his mum, “But what I hate is rationalism becoming another bullying religion,” says Sahana throwing a side-glance at Babu who returns a piercing look through his lenses. Babu Gogineni is at the forefront holding the flame of humanism in AP and India. He has till recently been executive director of International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a world union of humanists. A prolific writer (he writes in French too) and a brilliant debater, Babu believes the youth of India today are far more comfortable with humanism and rationalism than their predecessors but they grow in an ambience that stifles free thinking. Delivering them from the yoke of falsehood is his mission. In a dialogue with PK SURENDRAN the other day, Babu shares his beliefs, his fights against orthodoxy, his hopes and despairs on battling religion and superstition. Why does India seem to be moving away from secularism? Not the fault of the Constitution, I can tell you. The Constitution’s Preamble says we are a Secular Republic, Art 44 of the Directive Principles calls for a Uniform Civil Code, and Art 51 (a) (h) of the Fundamental Duties of the Indian Citizen asks all of us to develop the scientific temper. But most of us are failing the Constitution, particularly the intelligentsia, the politicians, the bureaucracy and the scientific community. Here we’ve space scientists conducting puja before launching a satellite. What more to say! Many contend that India is a spiritual country. Actually it’s ritualistic religion and superstitions that rule, not spirituality. That is why consumerism is on the rise, and so are astrology, rahu kalam, varjyam, numerology, vaastu and miracle mongering. How many Indians are non-believers today? In Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura, Rationalist and Communist parties were elected
PREACHING IN A GODLESS WORLD Some famous atheists Confucius, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Huston Smith, Paul, Jean-Paul Sartre, Aldous Huxley, Jawarlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Vinayak Savarkar, Periyar, Abraham Kovoor.
Is Humanism the same thing as atheism? No. Religious humanists believe in the existence of God but don't accept claims of inerrancy. Atheism is the total negation of the concept of god.
to power. As to real numbers, we don’t know because the Census enumerators are not trained to take the information accurately. Census ought to have a column for those like me who have rejected caste and religion. (But, Japan Research Centre — 2006 is quoted saying 6.6 per cent of Indians have stated they have no religion.) How does rationalism help humanity? Rationalism tells us that this is all the world that there is and this is the only life we have. We can do well in this life and expect that the good we do will last even after us. Rationalism is an approach, which rejects all dogmas and arbitrators so we don’t accept any book or prophet as the final authority. Freethinking has been the basis of reform and is the cornerstone of the scientific method. It has helped us discover human values and democracy as well. Reason and reasonableness go together. Rationalism liberates you.
BABU’S CLASSIC COMMENT IN A BBC INTERVIEW “The small bunch of unmarried, celibate, medieval thinkers (in Vatican City) should stop being obsessed with the sexual behaviour of the lay public.” Supposing that the majority of Hyderabadis become Humanists, what changes will it bring along? They will save a lot of money, which they are spending on paying purveyors of astrology, vaastu, gemstones and numerology! Financial transactions will also take place on Tuesdays! More seriously, 30 years ago, Hyderabad was the theatre of conflict between Hindus and Muslims. Because the virulence of religious extremism has lessened, our city has become more peaceful! It’s the triumph of reason. The faithful ask you (rationalists) to prove God does not exist. Do you take up the challenge? Actually that challenge is based on a fallacy in thinking. If you say something exists, it should be for you to say how it looks and to prove that it exists. If you say there is an elephant in this room, it should be for you to prove it, not me. Is it possible to leave God and tackle religious bigotry? Yes. And it is necessary because religious people are not bad people; it is those who exploit people’s ignorance in the name of religion who are. Very often devotees are pious, and they want to do good, even if their charitable instincts are wrongly directed! We ridicule the beliefs not believers.
Etta James 1938 – 2012
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Beyonce hails a ‘fearless and gutsy’ singer
The Blues was her business... A And business was good
ioneering US blues singer Etta James, who flitted effortlessly from jazz, pop standards and love ballads to feisty R&B and who plunged into drug addiction before resurrecting her career to win six Grammys, has died. James, who would have turned 74 later this month, died Friday after a battle with leukemia, her manager Lupe De Leon said. Doctors last month said her cancer was inoperable. James sang about love, lust, loss and redemption, notably in her best known songs such as At Last and I’d Rather Go Blind, and often lived the part in a drama-drenched personal life that saw her grow up with little parental guidance, enter into perilous romantic relationships, head in and out of rehab, and suffer legal problems tied to her drug abuse. From the late 1950s she shook up the American song book with her silky but fiery voice, which ranged from a soft coo to a ferocious raspy howl. Widely considered among the most influential of US singers, she inspired Diana Ross, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse and Adele. “Etta is the matriarch of R&B music,” Billy Wilson of the Motown Alumni Association said. Of her three dozen albums, James released her last in November at age 73, nearly 60 years after first finding success as a young teenager with a doo-wop group, The Peaches. Her landmark 1960 album At Last! and 1968’s Tell Mama highlighted her voice’s split personality, morphing from a tender sweetness to a feral growl in merely a syllable. Her voice was “an instrument of overwhelming power,” wrote David Ritz, who helped pen the singer’s autobiography Rage to Survive in
From the late 1950s Etta James shook up the American song book with her silky but fiery voice, which ranged from a soft coo to a ferocious raspy howl. Michael Mathes pays tribute to the legend who died on Friday
1995. Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938 in LA at the end of the Great Depression. Her mother, described by some as a prostitute, got pregnant at 14. At age 14, Jamesetta met the bandleader and promoter Johnny Otis, who flipped her world upside down — and her name, to Etta James — by taking her and The Peaches on the road. Otis died on Tuesday at age 90. There was much more of a bad girl in Etta James than her early ventures in pop standards would allow. Her instinct could be perfect; on stage in 1963, in a show that has been immortalised on the concert album Etta James Rocks the House, she brought music to its primal, guttural core. Life on the road was rough for James, and like many of the male blues and rock legends with whom she toured and collaborated, she caved in to the ravages of drugs. She described herself as a “junkie in the Sixties”, with heroin nearly killing her, she wrote, and she came perilously close to trading sex for drugs before finally entering the first of many rehabilitation centers. In 1994, nearly four decades after her debut hit, she won her first Grammy, for Mystery Lady, a jazz album of Billie Holiday songs. She won a Grammy for best contemporary blues album as well, and in 2003 earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. But that same year, she issued a stark reminder that life’s challenges, and not its rewards, provided her soundtrack. “If trouble were money, I’d have more money that any man should,” she sang on her album Let’s Roll. “I’m open for business in your neighbourhood. The blues is my business, and business is good.”
THE JAMES GANG: ETTA’S RAGE TO SURVIVE l Her hit songs included The Wallflower, At Last, All I Could Do Was Cry, Something’s Got a Hold on Me, Tell Mama, I’d Rather Go Blind and Stop the Wedding. l James was born Jan. 25, 1938, to a 14-year-old girl in Los Angeles. Over the years,
her mother mentioned several different men as her father, including Rudolph Wanderone, the legendary pool hustler best known as Minnesota Fats. James came to think of Wanderone as her father and sought him out at a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel in 1987. She
was unable to confirm he was her father but told an interviewer, “When he passed, he sent me a beautiful golden watch that hung on his clothes that had his name on it. And he sent me a letter and told me that he wanted me to write a song about him and stuff.”
l James fought a long battle with heroin addiction. In her autobiography, Rage to Survive, she wrote how she and an accomplice stole her own band’s instruments and pawned them to buy drug money. After stints in rehabilitation programs, she broke the habit at age 50.
mong the first to pay tribute to Etta James was R&B diva Beyonce, who sang At Last at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — prompting a furious James to announce she couldn’t stand the younger singer and that she would “get her ass whipped”. “This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime,” said Beyonce in a statement. James infamously launched the attack on Beyonce shortly after the singer — who played James in the 2008 movie Cadillac — sang At Last for the Obamas. “I tell you that woman [Obama] had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whipped. The great Beyonce. Now like I said, she ain’t mine. I can’t stand Beyonce!” she told a crowd in Seattle the following month. “She had no business up there singing. Singing on a big ole, big ole president day and going be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.” However, in the statement paying tribute to James, Beyonce said: “When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. “She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Because you are what you wear
FASHION FIESTA Sao Paulo Fashion Week opened the 32nd edition of its winter collection at Ibirapuera Park, broadcast live on the Internet for the first time, to showcase Brazilian designers
atin America’s premier fashion event launched a week-long celebration of Brazilian creativity, style and glamour on Thursday, dogged by perennial questions over a lack of racial diversity. Until next Tuesday, it will highlight some 30 labels, including Animale, Tufi Duek, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Gloria Coelho and Fernanda Yamamoto, Reinaldo Lorenco, in South America’s largest metropolis of 20 million people. “Brazil is going through a very privileged moment,” said Sao Paulo Fashion Week’s creative director Paulo Berges, referring to the country’s boom that has propelled into place as the world’s sixth biggest economy. But as occurred at the Rio fashion show last week, the celebration was marred by charges of racism in the Brazilian fashion world because the overwhelming majority of models are white in a country where more than half of the population is of African descent. In an open letter to the press and Brazilian society, David Santos, a Franciscan friar who heads Educafro, a lobby group fighting for the labor rights of blacks and indigenous people, publicised his legal feud with Sao Paulo Fashion
Week over the issue. And Educafro staged a protest show at its headquarters at which activists demanded that blacks’ demographic weight be reflected in all aspects of economic life, including fashion. Brazil, home to 190 million people, has the world’s second largest black population after Nigeria. Visibly irritated, Borges rejected charges of discrimination and accused Educafro of trying to use fashion week to publicize its cause. “This is not a territory for inappropriate discussion (of race),” he told reporters who were present at the event. “This is a creative territory.” In 2009, Sao Paulo Fashion Week was forced to set quotas requiring at least 10 percent of the models to be of African ancestry or indigenous people. Previously, only a handful of black models featured among the 350 or so that sashayed down the catwalk — usually less than three percent. Two years ago, the 10 per cent quota for “Afro-descendants and indigenous people” was removed as it was deemed unconstitutional. Borges said Sao Paulo Fashion Week urges labels attending fashion week to recruit 10 per cent of “afro-descendants
and indigenous people” but cannot force them to do so. Sao Paulo Fashion Week said it had no information on the percentage of black models appearing at the show. Borges insisted his fashion group Luminosidade values and promotes diversity and Brazil’s mixed racial heritage. Santos however vowed to keep the pressure on, pointing out that following a complaint by Educafro, federal prosecutors this week questioned the city of Sao Paulo and the ministry of tourism about their transfer of public funds to Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which stands accused of discrimination. He said federal law stipulates that public funds cannot be used for events or companies that discriminate against the black race. Santos told reporters that prosecutors also asked the show’s organisers to turn over by next month a list of all its members by next month. Educafro said it planned to launch legal action against all fashion houses that do not promote diversity. The Sao Paulo Fashion Week is held twice a year, in January for the winter collection and in June for the summer collections. AFP
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Because you are what you wear
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Gone are the days when you would find only shaving cream, soap and aftershave lotion in a man's bathroom cabinet. Contrary to popular belief, men are in fact, concerned with keeping up appearances, albeit to a lesser extent than women
TALL, DARK AND
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
ART FOR DUMMIES
A matter of taste
No matter how many avant garde movements come and go, classicism remains a cornerstone of art Padmini C firstname.lastname@example.org
roadly defined, classicism as a movement of art is characterised by elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It is a school of thought inspired by the beauty and excellence of the Greek and Roman literature, art and architecture. Unlike avant garde movements, classicism relies on specific academic canons as it adheres to principles of the ancients. Nicolas Poussin contributed significantly to its spread, later influencing both 18th and 19th century painters. Classicism’s first revival came during the Renaissance when there was a re-emergence of interest in classical themes and standards in the works of Romans and Greeks, particularly in the works of Plato and Cicero. The second phase came in the 18th century with the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii and during the American and French revolutions and was widely prevalent in art, music and architecture. Interestingly, classicism has even found a place in a period as recent as the 20th century with elements in the works of painters like Paul Cezzane and Pablo Picasso. A 20thcentury neoclassical revival saw musicians like Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, and Béla Bartók revel in the aesthetics of it. Even today, classicism continues to inspire painters, musicians, architects and artists alike.
Hyderabad-based Badrivishal Pannalal Pitti Trust launched Ayna — its maiden theatre contest, which not only provides a platform for new talent but also raised a toast to some of the best theatre groups in the City
Theatre is not an individual endeavour
heatre is not and should not be a literary form of expression. A theatrical celebration can take place anywhere; out of doors, in a garage, in a stable,” quoted Jerome Savary in James Roose Evans’ Experimental Theatre. And what a theatrical celebration it was. Ayna, a theatre competition, just in its maiden year, witnessed what can be defined as something that was close to a sold-out run. The venue could only seat 300 people and didn’t deter passionate theatre goers to even pass on a comfortable seat. The brainchild of Radhika Pitti, who is an avid lover of theatre herself, Ayna was launched by the Hyderabad-based Badrivishal Pannalal Pitti Trust (BPPT) and was in sync with the trusts’ mission of encouraging local art and culture which promises to promote budding talents in the field of theatre, at the same time, creating awareness amongst the people at large. If one were to create value in theatre for a new generation, it could only be done by letting them experience great theatre. Asking people to go watch plays cannot be taught or required if there is to be real meaning and ‘value’. Speaking on the occasion, Radhika said, “There is a lot of talent in this city but theatre in Hyderabad is still in an adolescent stage. We, at Ayna, believe that these budding artists need encouragement in whatever way possible. As a way of providing a platform, we have chosen to organise a competition. Not only do they get a bigger audience, they will also get monetary benefits and the opportunity to be seen by some of the most prominent names
in theatre space.” Out of the eight theatre groups that were shortlisted for the semi-finals, only four were chosen for the final round The competition opened to Rangadhaara’s play Waking Up, which dealt with a woman’s desperate struggle to find her place in the rat race, simultaneously trying to be a responsible mother and a dutiful wife. While D-Fir Dramatics chose a woman-centric subject for their play A Piece of Me, theatre groups Dramanon and Udaan both chose to delve deep into what goes into making or breaking relationships. Dramanon’ staged, A No Play, which revolved around a husband and wife who, like chalk and cheese, would agree to disagree on almost anything while co-existing within the same space. Udaan’s play Miya Biwi about a
Hyderabadi couple on their way to court to get a divorce, proved to be a laugh riot. Dramanon, however, stole the show and was announced the winner of the evening. The plays were judged by an esteemed, well-known panel headed by actor Om Puri, writer and poet Rajnit Kapoor and theatre actor Prayag Shukla. Gracing the occasion, Rajnit Kapoor praised the efforts of all those involved and said, “Theatre is not an individual endeavour. It comes alive with the vision and the chemistry of so many people. This was definitely not amateur theatre. Everyone who performed today is a winner,” he said in his closing statement. Well, Hyderabad has always been a city that experiments and applauds the efforts of those who try and Ayna definitely is worth being added to that list.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
This week that year
Hello, said Alexander Graham Bell Jan 25, 1915 From New York, Alexander Graham Bell called his assistant in San Francisco, ringing in the first transcontinental telephone service in the world.
THE CHALLENGER EXPLODES
Jan 28, 1986 US Space Shuttle, The Challenger explodes just after 73 seconds of its takeoff at an altitude of 48,000 feet. All seven crew members are killed.
Shah Jahan dies Jan 22, 1666 Shah Jahan, descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur, famous for building the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, died at the age of 74. The name Shah Jahan in Persian means 'King of the World.'
First Personal Physician to the US President Jan 26 1961 Dr Janet G Travell, a researcher of the concept of trigger points as a cause of musculoskeletal referred pain became the first personal woman physician to the US President John F Kennedy.
US withdraws from Vietnam, peace accord signed Jan 23, 1973 US President Richard Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, putting an end to direct US military involvement, and also marking a truce between North and South Vietnam.
National Geographic Society launched Jan 27, 1888 With the noble aim to protect the Earth, the world's largest not-for-profit Organisation, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington DC today.
California Gold Rush Jan 24, 1848 When news that James W Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California spread, around 300,000 people from the United States and abroad reached there through sea and land to test their fortunes. The discovery led to what is referred to in history as the California gold rush of '49.
The Victoria Cross founded Jan 29, 1856 Queen Victoria founded The Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for bravery in facing the enemy. This honour is also given to countries that were the erstwhile British territories.
Fidel Castro hits batter, quits baseball Jan 22 1951 Fidel Castro gets ejected from a Winterleague baseball game after hitting a batter. He gave up baseball to pursue a career in politics.
Carnegie Institution established
Money and more money for Mariah Carey
Jan 28, 1902 Carnegie Institution was established in 1902, with a gift cheque of $10 million, from Andrew Carnegie.
Jan 23, 2002 Ending their association with Mariah Carey, EMI announced a payment of 28 million. The association, which was supposed to span several of her albums was estimated at around $100 million.
Food & Wine
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
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he aroma of slow cooked kebabs as they are roasted on coal fills the airit’s as much a feast to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. This is probably why Awadhi cuisine is a spectacle in it’s own right. The food touches your inner most senses, as you slowly, most intricately, lose yourself to the food that melts in your mouth. And I kid you not, so fine the food is, it literally melts in your mouth. This is why I say that you must try Ista’s Awadhi food festival Dastarkwan-e-Awadh to experience the region’s cuisine and all of its delicacies it has to offer. The buffet is the effort of Chef Javed, who hails from Lucknow and grew up learning secrets that went into making these delectable dishes. Perhaps, it was why I couldn’t stop eating and indulgence took the better of me. As I entered the dining hall,
I was instantly transported into the royal darbars of Lucknow, as live ghazal singers graced the evening. They added to the charm and believe it or not, the food tasted even better. The journey started as soon as I was served lamb Kakori kebab and Galouti kebab, which set the course for a superb evening. Needless to say, the Kakori kebab, shaped much like Sheekh kebabs were made with superminced meat spiced with unique herbs like beetle roots. Galouti kebabs, made with the same spices is fried and not roasted and was uniquely different. Of course, I had the Ulte-tawe-kaparantha to go with it. Although traditionally it has seven layers, the two layered parantha that I was served, was just as
tasty. Kudos to the chef! Next on my plate was the Nargisi Kofta curry, Arabi Dal, Lucknowi fish curry, Lauki lazeez, Neoni vegetables, Shahi paneer accompanied with Shahi jeera pulao and Lucknowi biryani. Enticing, truly isn’t a word that will do justice for it. I fell is love with Lucknow without ever visiting the city. Each dish demanded respect, capturing the moment of ecstasy — this very moment can stay with you — this is the power of good food. I was lost. I didn’t realise how time flew. It seemed as if time stood still, waiting for me to encounter every ingredient. It was difficult to realise that there was something else waiting for me to be dug into. And it arrived, as if it were a bride coming to me in a palanquin. The sight of hot Firnee was soothing. I went into foreplay with it before I even tasted it. I judged it from all angles. And then the moment arrived — I tasted it and fell in love with it, much like how a husband unveils his new bride. The end result was ultimate satisfaction and it ended. I was sad, but happy that I had time until 29th of this month to take this ticket again. And I will. You should too.
Lost in the bylanes of Lucknow Stalking food Syed Shoaib
anchurian, gongura chutney, papad or fryums, curd, unlimited daal, multi-vegetable curry, sambar (again with a vegetable or two) and rasam along with a plate of piping hot white rice for a mere Rs 30. This is not an Indian coverage of Ripley’s
A vegetarian’s delight Believe it or not; it is the typical plate meal on the menu of Rayudu’s. A takeaway of the same stuff, clinically packed and costing only Rs50 will more than satiate two hungry adults. Situated at a cricket-pitchlength distance on the road to Yerragadda at Motinagar Chaurasta, Rayudu’s Tiffins & Meals is a vegetarian’s delight by lunch time and the perfect foil
when night dawns. While breakfast too, is an all-vegetarian affair here, the night menu is loaded with chicken and eggs... in fried rice, noodles and manchurian. What makes this inconspicuous little eatery a regular haunt of the prevalent middle-class population that lives in the vicinity is its homely taste. And of course, the pricing, which could run you tight should you deem
to prepare food yourself. “I liked the egg noodles that I ate. It was very tasty and filling,” said a visibly satisfied Dinesh Kumar, a schoolboy, endorsing the food, even as his kid-sister Divya Vaani nods in agreement. With self-cooking comes the risk normally associated with amateur produce. A professional will seldom go wrong. Professionalism one is assured of at Rayudu’s; no frills and no pretence. You can most definitely get what you turned up here for — your fill.
Widespread Gourmet Trip Haute Cuisine Sana Mirza
hen you step into Park’s restaurant Verandah, you are welcomed by a panoramic view of the lake and city. The restaurant most recently introduced it’s dinner buffet, which is suitable for group dining — be it dinner with the family or with friends. If being holistic is your style, then the buffet boasts of a lavish spread of low-calorie Modern European, Indian and Oriental cuisines, and if you have these three on the list, then you know its a sweet deal. The buffet is served in another section, which provides the guest abundant space to move about. For us, it was a four-spot ride through the menu and we got started with a refreshing bowl of cucumber and yoghurt soup flavoured with garlic and herbs. There were about seven varieties of salads of which the South-Indian chick pea salad with cottage cheese made it’s way to the plate over and over again. Go all out on the tenderloin beef rissoles with vodka, apple and sage chutney, and the vegetarians will love the chilli fried noodles with garlic and spring onions. Let the pampering continue with the Rogan gosht, a lamb dish cooked in gravy in pickling spices. Nothing goes better with it than the sizzling hot, crispy butter naan. The desserts deserve a feature of their own since everything is heartbreakingly good — from the peanut butter mascarpone gateaux to the chocolate marble pastry and the cheese cake. The food at Verandah is good and filling. The dinner buffet is priced at Rs1,050 + taxes and is served from 7.30pm–11.30pm.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The glamour behind the glitz
Amy Jackson joins Yevadu’s cast R
am Charan Tej’s upcoming film Yevadu is going to start its principal shooting from February 23. Vamshi Paidipally is to direct the film and Dil Raju will produce it. While Samantha has been cast as one of the lead heroines in the film, the search for a second lead has been
Siddharth teams up with Vetrimaaran
012 is turning out to be quite an interesting year for Siddharth. He has as many as six films to look forward to in four languages this year. Currently, he’s acting in David Dhawan’s Chashme Badoor and Balaji Mohan’s Love Failure and will soon begin shooting for Ashok’s Sukumarudu and Nandini Reddy’s upcoming film. Now, he’s teaming up with National Award winning director Vetrimaaran for a Tamil film. Apparently, Vetrimaaran, who had directed Aadukalam, is going to write the script and produce the film. Durai Senthil Kumar is going to direct the film. This untitled film’s shooting is expected to begin in February and go on till April.
going on for quite some time now. Finally, Dil Raju has roped in Amy Jackson, a British model and former Miss Teen World, to play the second lead in the film. She had made her debut in AL Vijay’s Madarasapattinam, which was later dubbed in Telugu as 1947 — A Love Story. Next month, she’s going to make her Bollywood debut in
Gautham Menon’s Ekk Deewana Tha, which is a remake of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Interestingly, both Samantha and Amy Jackson have played the roles of Jessi in Ye Maya Chesave and Ekk Deewana Tha. Allu Arjun is playing an important role in Yevadu and this is the first time Ram Charan Tej and Allu Arjun are teaming up for a film. Devi Sri Prasad is composing the music.
amannaah has been approached for one of Jiiva’s upcoming Tamil films. The latest buzz in the Tamil film industry is that Ahmed, the director of the film, was keen on casting Tamannaah as one of the lead actresses in this untitled film. She was last seen in Venghai, which had released in mid-2011 and after that she got so busy with her Telugu projects that she hasn’t been signing any Tamil films despite good offers. Currently, Tamannaah is busy wrapping up shooting for Rachcha, Endhukante Premanta and Rebel and it’ll be a miracle if she can adjust her dates for Jiiva’s film. Trisha has already agreed to play the lead role in this film.
approached for Jiiva’s film
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The glamour behind the glitz
@RGVzoomin Ahhhhhh Jst nw puri told me story of Business man 2..Business man will be considered a flop in front of what business Business man 2 will do
Nippu audio launched T
he audio of Ravi Teja, Deeksha Seth starrer Nippu was launched on January 21 in Madhapur, Hyderabad. Dasari Narayana Rao, Ravi Teja, Gunasekhar, YVS Chowdary, Deeksha Seth, Thaman and
several other guests graced the event. Directed by Gunasekhar, the film has been produced by YVS Chowdary. Speaking at the audio launch, Gunasekhar said, “I was initially sceptical about working with YVS Chowdary; however, he was
quite supportive throughout the film’s shooting. Ravi Teja has done a great job in the film,” Gunasekhar said. “Gunasekhar, YVS Chowdary and I have been friends for a very long time. After watching Okkadu, I desperately wanted to work
Shobana cast in Kochadaiyaan Y
esteryear actress Shobana is going to play an important role in Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kochadaiyaan. She’s going to be part of a huge star cast, which includes names like Rajinikanth, Sneha, Aadhi and Prithviraj. Katrina Kaif is likely to play the lead role in the film, if all goes well. Shobana had acted opposite Rajinikanth in Mani Rathnam’s Dalapathy, which
with Gunasekhar and almost eight years later, my dream has come true,” Ravi Teja said. Thaman has composed music for this film and Sarvesh Murari is the cinematographer. The film is set to hit the screens in February.
Pawan Kalyan okays Trivikram’s project
had released back in 1991. Of late, she has been concentrating more on rendering Bharatanatyam performances at several high-profile events. The film’s shooting is expected to begin soon and currently AR Rahman is composing the music for this film. Soundarya Rajinikanth is going to direct the film and KS Ravikumar has written the script. Ratnavelu is the cinematographer of this magnum opus.
@ramsayz Yup!Dats d news I wanted2 announce ppl #ENDHUKANTE PREMANTA is a Tel/Tamil BiLingual being shot in 2 Separate negatives!Not a Dubbed film!
@shraddhadas43 The hyd cold is 10 times more than mumbai!! Freeeezin! Chaligavundi!!
@actor_nithiin gudmrng all..early mrngs in kerala are always so amazin!!love it..
@LakshmiManchu And.... It's a wrap 2pm till 6am. Director Kumar on a roll. Good morning y'all. Good night for me. Love my life.
@shriyasmiling Good morning friends! Have a lovely fun filled, blessed day!Gali Gali chor hai on my mind. Going for Jaipur marathon.Wake up,c ya there.love
ust days after Pawan Kalyan agreed to act in Puri Jagannadh’s film, we hear that he has also given his nod to Trivikram Srinivas’s next film. The duo had teamed up few years ago for Jalsa, which was a big hit at the box-office. More details about this film will be announced soon. After the lacklustre performance of Pawan Kalyan’s recent films, these two projects with two of the leading directors in Telugu film industry have suddenly become the talk of tinsel town. Currently, Pawan Kalyan is acting in Harish Shankar’s Gabbar Singh and it’s expected to release in the last week of April.
"@sundeepkishan: @sneha_ullal @ShakthiGalatta any package is good baby ullal..good can't be defined if not for bad :)"good or bad??
@AkhilAkkineni8 Superb win by the Warriors ! Amazing innings by charan, he saved the game!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The glamour behind the glitz
hile a lot of Bollywood stars are planning to tie the knot this year, Bipasha Basu says she is loving her single status. "I am single and am enjoying this phase," Bipasha told reporters at the music launch of her forthcoming film Jodi Breakers, releasing on February 24. The 33-year-old model-turned-actor dated John Abraham for eight years before calling it quits last year. Ever since, Bipasha has been
Pyarelal to get lifetime achievement award
eteran music composer Pyarelal of composer duo LaxmikantPyarelal and actress Aruna Irani will be conferred the lifetime achievement award at the 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2012, reveals megastar Amitabh Bachchan. "Filmfare wishes to acknowledge two personalities that have contributed greatly to our industry and they talk to me about them because I shall not be able to be at the function," Amitabh wrote on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. "It is a lifetime achievement award for the music duo and the masters in their craft Laxmikant Pyarelal - Laxmi ji we have sadly lost. "The other is for my very first leading lady Aruna Irani, a fine and most accomplished artiste in any field of performance, one that began her career in the most humble beginnings and worked her way up to glory and fame. So proud of them all and the fact that they be honoured thus," he added. The award function will be held on Jan 29 at Film City in Goregaon. IANS
linked to actors like Rana Daggubati, Shahid Kapoor and her Singularity costar Josh Hartnett. For now, she is only ready to be Jodi Breakers with R Madhavan, her co-star in the Ashwini Chaudhary-directorial. Madhavan, who is happily married for the past 12 years, shared some love tips with the media. "Three things important for love is that you have to try till you succeed, believe in your fortune, and if you fail try for the next," he said. IANS
Jodi Breakers not a copy of Heartbreakers: R MADHAVAN
ctor R Madhavan is not amused by the plagiarism charges levelled against his new Hindi film Jodi Breakers by the Indian distributors of the Belgian film Heartbreakers. “Let them read our script and point out even one similarity. I challenge them to prove we’ve copied even a frame,” said Madhavan. Directed by Ashwini Chaudhary, Jodi Breakers is a story of two individuals who break others’ relationships but end up falling in love with each other. It has been reported that the film is embroiled in a plagiarism controversy ever since Heartbreakers distributors opened up about their doubts on the originality of Jodi Breakers. But the makers of Jodi Breakers have offered to let the Heartbreakers team read the script from first page to last, provided they agree to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA). “The fact of the matter is, there are no similarities between our films, except the similar-sounding title. Maybe in their hearts, they know it too. Why is it that every time a film’s promos start, we have such allegations popping up?” he added. IANS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The glamour behind the glitz
Kapoor sisters against piracy
tar siblings Karisma and Kareena Kapoor have urged their fans to join in the fight against film-piracy and asked them to watch movies in theatres. “Actors work so hard, directors work so hard, producers and technicians work so hard in making a movie, so we would like to tell the audience out there to please go to the cinema and watch our movies,” said Karisma at an event. Kareena, who has two big
releases lined up this year — Agent Vinod with beau Saif Ali Khan and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, agreed. “It (piracy) is a racket and it should stop. You should go and only watch in theatres to see all our films and all the stars’ films,” she said. Year 2012 is especially ‘special’ for her elder sister Karisma as she is making her comeback to filmdom after a hiatus of six years with Vikram Bhatt’s Dangerous Ishq. IANS
Pakistani actress Meera adopts deer calves
@sonakshisinha Bye bye Badami! 6 am on the dot and I’m off for a 2 hour drive to the airport. 2 flight later, next stop Kolkatta for Lootera :)
@NeilNMukesh A long hectic day of meetings recordings and packing.
Nishikant Kamat in acting mode, Force 2 can wait
ohn Abraham may be in a hurry to start Force 2, but he will have to wait a while until his director, Nishikant Kamat, wraps up a new acting project. After a sterling performance in Prawal Raman’s 404 last year, Kamat will now play the central character in Rohit Jugraj’s film, exploring a criminal mind. He will play a twisted mind that treats criminality as an art form. “Rohit Jugraj has come up with an interesting idea. I like getting into the acting zone. But filmmaking is my main vocation. Acting can only be a punctuation in my story,” he said. The punctuation will only last until he gets back to directing the sequel of Force, which turned out to be John’s first solo hit. All the talk of producer Vipul Shah going ahead with the sequel without Kamat, if the need arises, has come to a dead-end. Perhaps the producer and director have mutually decided to carry the Force franchise forward only when Kamat is up to it. “Earlier when Nishikant showed a reluctance to plunge into a sequel, Vipul had emergency talks with John and his team. They all decided to do a sequel right away, with or without Nishikant Kamat. However, now it is felt it’s better to wait,” said a source. IANS
T 630 - It is remarkable how just a strain of music can build an entire script in your mind .. problem is how to restructure it !!
@ActorMadhavan The exotic Bipshaaaa bit.ly/xOICEs
@AnupamPkher At the awards function with veteran south actress Sharda ji, Capt. Nair of Leela Hotels and Dr. Farooq Abdulah.:) pic.twitter.com/Ux2DpKqv
@sonamakapoor Meeting @HoeZaay after a while at the inspiro event! Looking forward to his naughtiness.
@udaychopra Saw Agneepath..whatta movie! brilliantly directed @iHrithik is plain awesome and @priyankachopra makes Kali “Shine” all the best @kjohar25
akistani actress Meera has adopted two newborn deer calves from the Lahore Zoo. The fawns will be kept at the Lahore Zoo and will not
stay with Meera, the Geo News reported. The Lollywood actress will, however, bear the financial expenditure for their care. IANS
Contracted Conjunctivitis in the mor!Had to cancel my shoot!Feel helpless as we hve so much wrk pending!
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The glamour behind the glitz
Sharon Stone ‘broken’ after custody ordeal q
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa
SUNDAY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Rebuff 5 Domain 10 Pompeii art 16 Barely enough 21 Dinghy's need 22 Home with a dome 23 Shelved for now (2 wds.) 24 Tough nut to crack 25 - 500 26 Large gathering 27 Gushed forth 28 Out of practice 29 Shuttle departures 31 911 responder 33 Punjab potentate 35 Slangy pistols 36 Vulgar 37 Bryce Canyon locale 40 Cambodia's Lon 41 Sword part 42 Use poor judgment 45 W-2 collectors 46 Mr. DeLuise 48 Tear gas target 50 Packages 52 Installed in office 54 Mineral finds 55 Promissory notes 57 Dent 58 Gave it a go 59 - colada (rum drink) 60 Blockbusters 62 Steal or do eggs 66 I could - - horse! 67 Reddish-brown 69 Baghdad ruler of yore 71 Guide a raft 72 Spellbound 74 Fritz, to himself 76 Tots of whiskey 78 Feel remorse 79 Story opener 80 Aerie hatchlings 83 Took turns 85 Industrial czar 88 Brake pads 89 Pile up 90 Windflower 93 Fixes a gash 95 Rights org. 97 Razor brand 98 Nutritional supplement 100 Deposed Amin 101 Whodunits 106 Cousin of PDQ 108 Reluctant 110 Followed orders 112 Lamb's alias 113 Move a croton 115 "Iron Man" Zatopek 116 Seance sounds 117 - - costs 118 Reassure Rover 120 Inkling 122 Prom-night rental 123 Soft hue 124 Overbearing 128 Fish without scales 129 Lowell or Tan 130 Grand Tour cont. 131 Ben & Jerry rival 132 Heavy hydrogen discoverer 133 Marshy place 135 Close friends
137 Protective clothing 139 Mason-jar toppers 140 Woe is me! 142 Suffix for boy 144 Unsuitable term 148 Mine finds 150 Neither good nor bad 153 Astaire sister 155 Smidgen 156 "Oklahoma!" aunt 157 Belvedere, perhaps 158 Work 159 Aldebaran or Deneb 160 Owners' papers 161 Kind of pride 162 Chases fly balls 163 Latin I verb DOWN 1 Earth 2 Rival of Martina 3 Karachi language 4 "Bye Bye Bye" band 5 "Lionhearted" king 6 Exit 7 Throw for - 8 Near the ground 9 Current fashion 10 Palm off 11 TLC providers 12 Codgers' queries
13 Vinegary 14 Sparkling 15 Chore (2 wds.) 16 Time of yr. 17 Cold comfort? (2 wds.) 18 Attack 19 Weed that stings 20 Rendezvous 30 Uttered loudly 32 Shaggy flowers 34 Baking-powder ingredient 38 Bon - cleanser 39 Uproar (hyph.) 42 Helena rival 43 Aired in syndication 44 "Luck of the Draw" singer 46 Strip bare 47 Rubaiyat author 49 Physiques 51 Forty winks 53 Dainty restaurant 54 Sarcastic remark 56 Recipe direction 59 Purplish-brown 61 Bandy words 63 Large artery 64 Fingerprints and such 65 Pays attention to 67 Very old (abbr.) 68 Lingerie item 69 Ta-ta!
70 Insurance gp. 73 Drive up the wall 75 Cumulus or nimbus 77 Kiosk 81 Tempe sch. 82 Mao - -tung 84 Talismans 85 Kiddie-lit elephant 86 Licorice herb 87 News summary 91 PBS funder 92 Overhang 93 Walk briskly 94 Hot and humid 95 Greek war god 96 British FBI 99 CBer's wheels 102 Injection 103 Please greatly 104 Ticked off 105 Witty remark 107 Muffin variety 109 Rest 111 Fedora feature 114 Way of Lao-tzu 117 Tori Spelling's dad 119 Marching band member 121 Crimson Tide st. 122 Damsel 123 Ships' officers
124 Towed 125 Orange-loving bird 126 Pry into 127 Comfort 130 Novel closer 134 Whole extent 136 Fragrant blossom 137 Invisible swimmer 138 Clamor 141 Ex-frosh
143 Roach and Linden 145 Witticisms 146 LGA postings 147 Not well-done 149 AARP concern 151 Prez after Jimmy 152 Spinks defeater 154 Dit partner
PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
Chai Time STAR POWER
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot
As per Hindu panchang
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Blood relatives will be helpful and extend good support. Your hard work, involvement and shrewdness bring you appreciation. Govt works will complete. Ancestral property will take be shared.
Unexpected expenses through children likely. You might undertake frequent of‑ ﬁcial journeys. Drive carefully. Misunde‑ rstandings with relatives will go. You contribute for renovation of a temple.
Financial position will be very strong. Those in love will have their wishes fulﬁlled and marry. Your calibre and honesty will be appreciated at work‑ place. You will get closer to superiors.
You will feel proud and happy because of your childrenʼs achievements. Bene‑ ﬁts through govt likely. Your talks will attract everyone and will bring achievements. Some will go abroad.
Comforts will increase. Expectations will be fulﬁlled. Debt problems will be under control. Help from maternal relatives make you relaxed. Good news on the cards. Some will buy a new house.
Ancestral property will bring decent ga‑ ins. You have to spend for marriage or education of children. Avoid magnifying petty issues at home. Listen and imple‑ ment eldersʼ advise to overcome hurdles.
Businessmen will prosper. Those who start new ventures with partners also will gain. Artists will get challenging opportunities. Politicians have chances to be inducted in the ministry.
Younger brotherʼs ﬁnancial position will be strong. Some will get chances to go abroad. Those getting married will be lucky to get a fortunate spouse. Travel‑ related businessmen will earn well.
Beneﬁts through blood relatives likely. A cheerful atmosphere will prevail at home as good events will take place. Powerful politicians will extend their help. Property litigations will disappear.
You will change from your conserva‑ tive nature to a ﬂexible one and spend well. Financial situation looks very strong. You will solve problems of chil‑ dren. Debt problems will get over.
Marriage talks will advance well and go in favourable direction. Though you will be happy because of children an expense for them is inevitable. Dues will get collected without effort.
All new efforts will be successful. Mar‑ riage for some will get ﬁnalised. Emp‑ loyees will get plum responsibilities and an attractive pay hike. Couples will be cordial. Chances of buying vehicle.
King of Wands – This is a creative phase when you get ideas from the most unusual places. Pick up a hobby or a cre‑ ative pursuit that is emotionally fulﬁlling.
The Tower – Expect a lot of change in your relationship. You and your partner will have to realign your priorities and think of ways to improve togetherness.
Six of Cups – You might bump into a friend from child‑ hood or from your past. Old memories are refreshed and you get into a nostal‑ gic trip.
Five of Pentacles – Donʼt keep high exp‑ ectations from some ﬁnancial transactions you make. Be practi‑ cal in decisions and take advice from a good consultant.
Six of Wands – Youʼre in line for a promo‑ tion and raise. Keep up the good work and maintain your reputation for your top work ethic and professionalism.
The Chariot – You may be thinking of buying a car. Resea‑ rch the market well and look for good deals. This is the right time to travel – physi‑ cal or metaphorical.
The Emperor – Love is in the air, but it may not be a rela‑ tionship of equals. There will be many issues to sort out be‑ fore you can go ahe‑ ad with conﬁdence.
Knight of Pentacles – Youʼre focused, dete‑ rmined and moving ahead in the right path. There are times when you wish you had good company. Itʼs hard to come by.
Eight of Pentacles – You need to improve your craft. Find out what you can do. Attend a workshop or talk to experts in your ﬁeld. Donʼt stagnate.
Knight of Wands – Youʼre young, adven‑ turous but also extr‑ emely practical and a go‑getter. Move ahead with conﬁden‑ ce and use your int‑ uition to guide you.
Page of Wands – Some news is coming your way about work and creativity. You may have to change tack or ﬁnd ways to improve the system. Itʼs good news.
Ace of Wands – Youʼre at your creat‑ ive best and your mi‑ nd overﬂows with id‑ eas. Pick up on one good idea and focus on it. No point ﬂoat‑ ing with lots of ideas.
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Political quickies A surgeon, an architect, and a politician were considering the question of whose profession was the oldest. “I think my line of work would win this one hands down,” the surgeon said. “After all, Eve was created from Adam’s rib, and that sounds like surgery to me.” “Maybe,” the architect said, “but before Adam, order was created out of chaos. That was architectural accomplishment.” “Sure,” the politician said. “But before that, someone had to create the chaos.”
A newcomer to the political scene was campaigning in the backwoods for the office of assemblyman. Outside a ramshackle house, he saw a young man milking a cow. He approached the man, ready to make his pitch for a vote. Just as he was getting started, an old man called from inside the house. “Luke, get in the house. And who is that guy you’re talking to?” “Says he’s a politician, Pop,” Luke said. “In that case, you’d better bring the cow inside with you.”
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‘Shakthi’ at 1900 Hrs on MAA TV
1200 Movie - Shankam 1530 Movie - Vaishali 1800 Movie - Aarya 2 2130 Surya Bhai - Interview With Mahesh Babu 0800 Gemini Talkies 0830 Movie 1130 Aha Emi Ruchi 1200 Jeevitha Chakram
‘Aarya 2’ at 1800 Hrs on GEMINI TV
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‘[V] Steal Ur Girlfriend’ at 1900 Hrs on CHANNEL [V]
1300 Movie - E.T. - The ExtraTerrestrial 1500 Big Wheels 1530 Galileo Extreme 1600 How To Be A Gentleman 1630 Aspire 1700 Survivor 1800 Dead Zone 1900 Lucha Libre 2000 Movie - E.T. - The ExtraTerrestrial 2200 Aspire 2230 Defenders 0900 Survivor 1000 Bellator 1100 Jerry Springer
‘E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial’ at 1300 Hrs only on BIG CBS PRIME
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Telly sitcoms, news and movie listings
1300 Movie - Gaduggai 1600 Movie - Pets 1800 Movie - Vamsi 2100 Etv News 2130 Movie - Run 0830 Jeevanajyothi 0900 Movie 1130 Abhiruchi
1400 Movie - The Librarian 2 1600 Sports Crash 1800 Wipeout 2 2000 Criss Angel Mindfreak 2200 Movie - Hotel For Dogs 0900 Sky Teleshopping 0930 E Buzz 0955 Infomercial/5 Min 1000 Whacked Out Sports 1025 Infomercial/5 Min 1030 Sports Crash 1130 The Voice 1320 Wipeout 2
‘Vamsi’ at 1800 Hrs on ETV
1300 Movie - Kantri 1730 Luckku Kickku 1800 Comedy Club 1900 Movie - Mirapakaya 2300 Luckku Kickku 2330 Latest Songs 0800 Gopuram 0900 Movie 1200 Mee Inti Vanta
‘Hotel For Dogs’ at 2200 Hrs on AXN
‘Welcome’ at 2000 Hrs on IMAGINE 1230 Movie - Bhoothnath 1530 Haar Jeet 1800 Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan 2000 Movie - Welcome 2330 Haar Jeet 0700 Teleshoping 0900 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwan Shri Krishn 0930 Mahima Shani Dev Ki 1000 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 1030 Haar Jeet 1100 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 1130 Haar Jeet 1200 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 1230 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwan Shri Krishn
1200 Movie - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 1530 Sasural Simar Ka 1630 Movie - Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani 1930 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards - Red Carpet 2000 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2330 Sasural Simar Ka 0900 Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka 0930 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 1000 Hawan 1100 Phulwa 1200 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha
‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ at 1630 Hrs on COLORS
‘Kyon Ki...’ at 1500 Hrs on ZEE TV 1200 Dance India Dance 1500 Movie - Kyon Ki... 1900 Apka Sapna Hamara Apna 1930 Shobha Somnath Ki 2030 Dance India Dance 2200 Dance India Dance Limelight 2215 Dance India Dance 0900 Bhagonwali 0930 Afsar Bitiya 1000 Choti Bahu 2 1030 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 1100 Ram Milaye Jodi 1130 Hitler Didi 1200 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein
1200 Movie - Murder 2 1530 C.I.D 1900 Crime Patrol - Dastak 2000 Adaalat 2100 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki 0700 Telebrands 0730 Sky Star Advertising 0900 Adaalat 1000 CID 1200 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1245 Dekha Ek Khwaab 1330 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi
‘Singham’ at 1800 Hrs on STAR PLUS
‘Murder 2’ at 1200 Hrs on SONY
1300 Movie - Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum 1730 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1800 Movie - Singham 2100 Survivor India 2200 Survivor India - Exclusive 2230 Survivor India 2330 Survivor India - Exclusive 0800 Superstar Preview 0830 Ruk Jana Nahin 0930 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 1000 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1100 Mann Ki Awaaz… Pratigya
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‘Mirapakaya’ at 1900 Hrs on ZEE TELUGU
‘Et Insight’ at 2100 Hrs only on ET NOW 1400 Bollywood This Week 1430 Et Insight 1500 The Market Makers 1530 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 1600 Technoholik 1630 Your Trades 1700 Zigwheels 1730 Market Summit 2011 1830 The Market Makers 1900 Investor's Guide 1930 Starting Up 2000 Zigwheels 2030 Talking Technicals 2100 Et Insight 2130 Your Trades 2200 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 2230 Brand Equity 2300 The Market Makers 0900 First Trades 1000 Hot Stocks 1100 Buy Now Sell Now - The Stock Game 1130 Buy Now Sell Now 1200 Market Sense 1300 Business Day 1330 Markets Now
1230 Rush Hour 3 1415 17 Again 1615 10,000 Bc 1825 The Fugitive 2100 Troy 0800 Friends 0900 Superman II 1135 Cobra 1310 Lost Boys - The Tribe 1450 Rush Hour 2
1145 Clash Of The Titans 1405 Sex And The City 2 1710 The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers 2100 A Nightmare On Elm Street 2300 Live And Let Die 1020 Lethal Weapon 1235 The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers
1400 Cougar Town 1500 The Big Bang Theory 1600 Scrubs 1630 Outsourced 1700 In Plain Sight 1800 Parenthood 2000 No Ordinary Family 2100 Private Practice 2200 The Fashionista Diaries 2300 Scrubs 2330 Outsourced 0800 In Plain Sight 0900 Parenthood 1000 Outsourced 1030 America's Funniest Home Videos 1100 In Plain Sight 1200 Parenthood 1300 Slot 1330 America's Funniest Home Videos
‘Dost’ at 2000 Hrs on SAB TV 1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1600 Movie - Aaye Din Bahar Ke 2000 Movie - Dost 2300 Fir 0800 Teleshopping 0830 Religious Programmes 0900 Gutar Gu 1200 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma
18th Annual Colors Screen Awards
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The games people play
Bad apples fail to ruin show PICS: A SUDHEER REDDY
Rajesh Ravindran firstname.lastname@example.org
f celebrities from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were the stars at Saturday night’s CCL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal, the spectators were the full moon outshining the stars. It won’t be an overstatement if one said that it was the crowd that beat the Karnataka Bulldozers and not Telugu Warriors. Except for the top two galleries, the stadium was packed to the full, stupefying the organizers who hadn’t expected this sort of a turnout. The crowd painted the stadium red with the Telugu Warriors’ flag. They yelled their lungs
Venkatesh (above) requesting the crowd not to throw bottles during the match. The bolt (below) that someone had thrown from the stands.
out “Venky, Venky” when TW captain Venkatesh descended and greeted them. They matched Charmi in pace and moves with enthusiasm when she danced to her hit Mantra number. But the full moon was not without its ‘dark’ craters; the crowd at one part of the stadium showed their true colours when they rained down halffull bottles and sandwich wrappers. Venkatesh walked up to them and requested them to simmer down. But the rain gods in the stands were not appeased soon and replied with a ‘bolt’ — a fiveinch rusty one that landed about 10 feet away from the star while he was requesting them to stop the ‘shower’. The shower ended and the show started off again. What prompted it is not known. Perhaps the supporters were
unsettled after the Warriors lost three wickets with short spans in between: 32/1, 32/2, 36/3. At one stage, the Bulldozers — after posting 147 for seven — seemed like walking away with the match. But the Warriors’ Charan Teja had other plans. While talking to Postnoon after the match, he said he did not practise much and never went to the nets. Perhaps, he is a natural cricketer. He struck a scintillating 63 in 35 balls studded with four sixes and also took three for 27. His fifty came from a mere 27 balls, crossing the mark in style hitting a six. Well, if Team India need a hard-hitter, they now know where to look. The Bulldozers finally were able to stop Charan, but by then he had ensured victory for the Warriors. Venkatesh seemed a relieved man after the match.
It was the season’s first match for the Warriors on their home turf. “There were some tense moments when we lost three wickets quickly. But we played like a family and won.”
The games people play
AZARENKA LEADS WOMEN’S FIELD MELBOURNE: Third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska became the first women through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after crushing victories on Sunday. Azarenka defeated Czech Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-2 before Radwanska brushed aside Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-1. The two winners will face each other in the last eight. Azarenka has dropped only 12 games in her four matches and was quickly into her stride against her 46th-ranked opponent, breaking twice in the first set. She maintained her firm grip on the contest in the second set, again breaking twice to wrap up the match in 1hr 17mins. The 22-year-old, who is searching for her first grand slam title, did not face any break points against her serve until the final game of the match, but managed to serve out for victory. Azarenka, who is in contention to secure the number one ranking after the Australian Open, said she felt full of confidence after her win in Sydney earlier this month, which means she is still unbeaten this year. “Of course I’d be a liar if I said I don’t care about it but it’s a little bit in the back of my mind,” she said of her chances of reaching the top spot. Azarenka’s run to the
quarter-finals equals her best result at the season’s opening grand slam, which she achieved in 2010. Eighth seed Radwanska, 22, needed just 54 minutes to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the second year in a row. She made just three unforced errors in the match as opposed to 27 from Goerges. Radwanska had a slow start to the tournament when she took three sets to defeat American Bethanie MattekSands in the first round. But she has now won her past three matches for the loss of just 10 games. Azarenka and Radwanska met in the semifinals in Sydney earlier this month, when the Belarusian prevailed in three sets.
January 16 – January 29
Men’s singles 4th round Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x18) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Women’s singles 4th round Victoria Azarenka (BLR x3) bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-2, 6-2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x8) bt Julia Goerges (GER x22) 6-1, 6-1
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
Williams says US will rise again MELBOURNE: Serena Williams Saturday said she was unconcerned at being the last American standing at the Australian Open, and backed the great tennis nation to rise again as new stars mature. The 13-time grand slam queen, who hammered Hungary’s Greta Arn 6-1, 6-1 to move serenely into the fourth round, said players like John Isner and Sloane Stephens showed the United States had a bright future. She was speaking after no American man reached the last 16 for the first time in the open era, among editions US players have entered. Vania King, the only other American woman left on Saturday, was beaten by Ana Ivanovic. “I think Sloane Stephens played really well. I think she just played tough players,” said Williams, referring to the 18-year-old’s loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova. “Svetlana is a grand slam champion and she (Stephens) almost came through in that. I think John (Isner) played really well. He played marathon matches, so that was tough.
Cool Nadal surges into quarters MELBOURNE: Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal produced a controlled performance to defeat compatriot Feliciano Lopez in straight sets and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 10-time grand slam champion downed 18th-seeded Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 2hr 25min on a hot day at Rod Laver Arena to set up a last-eight encounter with either Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych or Spain’s Nicolas Almagro. The world number two reached the Melbourne quarter-finals for the sixth straight year and is chasing his second Australian Open victory after beating great rival Roger Federer in the 2009 final. Nadal broke left-handed Lopez’s serve five times and dropped his service only once. He was always in control of the match, improving his record against his opponent to nine wins in 11 meetings. “It was a very hot day and I think it’s a positive to win in straight sets especially in these conditions,” Nadal said.
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
The games people play
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
A Bolt(on) from the blue for Reds
Bolton Wanderers’ English midfielder Mark Davies (2nd R) scores his team’s opening goal. LONDON: Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a fresh blow on Saturday as they crashed to a 31 defeat at struggling Bolton. Goals from Mark Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker and Gretar Steinsson secured a vital three points for Bolton, who moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season following the win. But the defeat saw Liverpool squander an opportunity to close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea, and continued a miserable run of form for the Reds who have taken only six points from a possible 18 in their last six games. Liverpool, whose lone goal came from Craig Bellamy, are now in seventh place, six points adrift of Chelsea. Bolton manager Owen Coyle later challenged his team to stay
Wigan Athletic’s goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi fails to stop the ball as it goes past him giving QPR its second goal
Hughes on mark as QPR beat Wigan plicably handled inside the area. LONDON: Mark Hughes notched Rangers were then cruising the first league win of his QPR career Premier league on the stroke of half-time when a on Saturday as the Hoops clawed thNorwich City 0-0 Chelsea sublime free-kick from Hungareir way out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over bottom club Wigan. Sunderland 2-0 Swansea City ian international Akos Buzsaky Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa flew in to make it 2-0. Rangers, who had slipped into But a resurgent Wigan the drop zone after a defeat to QPR 3-1 Wigan responded well after half-time, Newcastle in their last outing, looked nervous early on but gradually asserted themselves and Martinez’s men were thrown a lifeline when to score a win which piles on the problems for Hugo Rodallega pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 on 66 minutes. QPR’s fans were then made to endure a Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. While QPR moved up to 16th place, Wigan are nervy spell when Helguson’s second penalty of the now firmly anchored to the foot of the table, four afternoon was saved by Ali Al-Habsi to keep Wigan in touch. But Wigan’s lingering hopes of a fightback points adrift of safety. Rangers took the lead on 32 minutes when were snuffed out nine minutes from time when Icelandic veteran Heidar Helguson stroked home Tommy Smith lashed home a long-range effort to AFP from the penalty spot after James McCarthy had inex- make it 3-1.
Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Liverpool Everton 1-1 Blackburn Rovers Stoke City 1-2 West Brom out of the relegation mire over the second half of the season. “We know we’re capable of having a big second half of the season and that’s what we must do, we must kick on,” Coyle said. “There’s room for improvement and that’s what we must strive for. I thought we were worthy winners. “Sometimes you ride your luck against the big teams but nothing could have been further from the truth today.”
Torres fails yet again Earlier, Fernando Torres’ threemonth goal-drought continued as Chelsea also stumbled in a 00 draw at Premier League newboys Norwich.