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A BYTE OF LIFE Friday, July 31, 2009

on her career so far and future plans


Wish and it shall

Far, yet so near come true
Movin Stilz creative
director talks about
the special effects
and his journey with
August 2 is Friendship Day. Ergo scans the the much-talked
about Vikram-starrer
world of virtual friends in the age of Twitter Kanthasaamy

and Facebook. Plus, readers have their say. » PAGE 05

» PAGE 04

02 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

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Friday, July 31, 2009

L E R T p l e a s e :
Do n ’ t s t o p
and s t a r e Kala Balasundaram,
a senior delivery manager with HP, started this
NGO so that passers-by do their bit for helping accident victims
MONISHA MOHANDAS ward to help an accident victim,” says Kala. “When
monishamohandas@yahoo.com we conducted a survey in this regard, we found that
the hassle of running behind police and hospital au-

ave you stopped and stared seeing an acci- thorities stopped them.”
dent victim on the road wondering if you These accidents need not be on road. “It can hap-
should reach out for help? The legalities of pen anywhere – at your house, industries, institu-
running behind the cops and doctors general- tions, etc. And we train public on how to handle each
ly make one think twice. But, the least one can do is of them,” says Kala, who played an active role in
offer some first-aid. Before that make sure you learn starting the Burn Ward Unit at Kilpauk Medical Col-
some lessons from ALERT. lege.
Amenity Lifeline Emergency Response Team, or
ALERT, is an NGO started in 2006 by Kala Balasunda- Orienting with ALERT
ram, Senior Delivery Manager with Hewlett-Packard. Anyone can help a victim but an ALERT trained
Kala and her team of volunteers train “focus person makes the difference. “We help by preventing
groups” comprising educational insti- the condition from getting worse,” says
tutions, corporates and drivers on WE HELP BY S. Balaji, volunteer.
how to lend help to any accident vic- The NGO currently has 20 core
tim. PREVENTING members, with a number of floating
The volunteers, along with a group THE CONDITION volunteers around the city. ALERT has
of expert doctors and trained profes- also signed a MoU with the Indian
sionals, are involved in training citi- FROM GETTING Medical Association (IMA) to train
zens. The three-hour programme held WORSE volunteers. “The training costs nothing
weekly covers first-aid topics, basic and there is a lot to be gained,” adds
life-support techniques and cardio Kala. ALERT has successfully trained
pulmonary resuscitation. It also orients one to avail more than 10,000 people in the city and the numbers
of the ‘108’ emergency service. Lawmakers and po- are growing. ■
lice are also invited to these weekly meeting to edu- If you would like to get trained, drop in an email to
cate public in facing them in times of distress. info@alert-wecare.org or call ALERT at 98843 18848.
“I always wondered why people never come for- Visit them at www.alert-wecare.org

ALERT volunteers’ training in progress

04 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

Big Story
Virtual people, real friends
are shy and a little socially awk-
ward, moving a conversation from
Long-distance friendships that cut across cultural barriers the Net to a coffee shop is a much
more normal and hassle-free proc-
are blossoming on social networks ess.”
Although the Internet has
stretched the boundaries of friend-
R. PREETHI friends is scary to many others. “I ship, it has created a lot of exciting
preethi@goergo.in was scared initially. How can I possibilities to compensate the tra-
make friends with random strang- ditions it may have ended. Making

he first thing that Denise ers? But now I’m so happy that I online friends is a great way to
Mckenney from U.S.A. wanted have friends from across the know more about different cultures
to do on November 27 2008 world.” Kalathmika affirms. and happenings across the world.
was to log on to her favourite Thanks to pre-conceived notions, For instance, the Lunar New Year,
site and send a message to a friend like the Internet is just an endless Hanukkah, Kwanzaa take a whole
in India. repository of potential serial killers, new deal of importance on your list
“I’ve been thinking of you and all many people are yet to find out the because you have a very dear friend
those in India the whole day. I hope actual truth. That the Internet is al- celebrating it.
you’re safe and okay. I’m praying so full of like-minded engaging At the end of the day, the very
for all of you.” people. For the first time in history thought that you have someone to
Nearly 8,000 miles and nine we’re lucky enough to choose whom you can rant on about any-
hours away, Kalathmika in Chennai friends not by location or luck, but thing is a very invigorating pros-
is greeted by a flurry of concerned pinpoint perfect friends by round- pect. It is strange at first. People
messages, including Denise’s. De- ing up people with amazingly simi- you’ve never met before are the first
spite the tense moments that she lar interests, matching politics, to wish a ‘Happy Birthday’. But
along with million other Indians senses of humour and passionate even if they’re strange, you
across the country had to go feelings about the tiniest hobbies. wouldn’t want to trade them for
through, she was able to smile. For Pradeep, online friends seem anything.
Thanks to her online friends, who to be much closer than his real col- Kalathmika sums it up best.
know nothing or care about the lege friends. “By making friends on- “These are friends whom you play-
Mumbai attacks but are willing to line, you’re simply speeding fully promise to meet some day
help, even if it is through a virtual through the whole process, bypass- soon and secretly make a note to
hug. ing shyness and getting rid of the yourself that you will. These are
Making friends online is still an social awkwardness that comes friends who despite everything
alien concept to many. And pro- with trying to make a friend out of a have stayed with you, despite never
moting them from virtual to real stranger. For people like me, who seeing you.” ■

Ergo readers write on their experience with friends on social networking sites
always haunted me. ly or meet regularly, we know the social networking sites
Annoyingly funny Mistaken identity! But my curiosity got over my what’s happening in each oth- have added spice to my life
A pretty picture of your true An unknown and mistaken fear to take a look at how it er’s lives and are always there Linkedin.com – It’s here
self or a fake one is enough to identity opened the doors of works. And in no time I got in for each other. I also know of a where I get good consulting/
catch the eyes of the wanderers friendship. I was lucky to find touch with so many of my couple of friends where the insights on business and work
on these social networking one of my best pals a year ago. school friends, most of whom I friendship has changed life free of cost
sites. Boom comes the request, To what I was before and to lost touch. partners. Twitter – It’s the formula to
“Do you wanna friendship wid what I am today I owe it to this The long wait for my joining But, it’s very rare that you become popular
me?” Arghhhhh! buddy. It all started with a mis- date thanks to recession got meet nice people through Blog – A writers land for sure
Countless ‘NO’ to ignore taken identity and the friend- me to explore Facebook, too. I these sites. There are people Orkut – This is mainly for
these friendship requests ship grew with mails and daily got active with two-three com- who’ll irritate by scrapping you those I know on a personal lev-
doesn’t work and you eventu- SMSes. Today I have a shoul- munities, this after carefully or sending friendship requests el.
ally add the person to your list, der to share my joys and sor- monitoring the people who (actually its fraanship re- It’s also where people (girls)
reluctantly and wondering if rows. There’s never been a day post in these forums. I have quest!!). encounter “can we be friends”
the person is real or unreal. where we missed making a call. even met some of these online Personally for me, Orkut has scraps – the only bug in orkut
Nevertheless, you are so Thanks a lot, Raji. friends, though I was nervous been a great source of commu- Facebook – A cool applica-
overwhelmed when everyone Senthil, Wipro initially. nication between me and my tions to play with
on your friends’ list makes a One such friend whom I got friends. Digg – Get all the bizarre in-
sincere effort to scrap a wish
on your birthday. Nothing
Fraanship request is Ramya. She is also a twin like
me and we have so many com-
B. Soundarya, Cognizant formation you want to see/
hear is available.
wrong in saying these are “An-
noyingly Funny”.
When I first heard about Or-
kut, I was hesitant about join-
mon hobbies. She has been
there for me during my tough
I am social Girish Mahadevan

Anita Clementina, Cognizant ing it as Internet security issues times. Even if we don’t talk dai- Read on to know how each of
Friday, July 31, 2009

Wish and it shall come true

female getup
and other
highlights in
are the talk
of K Town. It
is not just
makeup that
has done the
magic also
the special
effects by
Movin Stilz.
Harish Vijayakumar, Creative director, and
creative Sanjana Rajendran, technical head
of Movin Stilz. PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR
director of
the company,
DEEPA VENKATRAMAN The movie is based on a super- Quite a few different techniques
throws light hero story and this could not were used to get the required ef- STEADY
have been done without VFX. It fect. Like any other movie, there
on the How did Kanthasaamy come
your way? was an integral part of the story. were last-minute changes, new CLIMB
There are a lot of fantasy ele- requirements by the team to be
special visual After doing the visual effects for ments, surreal scenes and plenty delivered in short deadlines. But
Set up in 2007
First claim to fame was
Kamal Haasan’s Dasavathaaram, of green screen shots, which the whole team headed by my Dasavathaaram
effects and we got the lead for this movie but helped us achieve the final look. wife Sanjana, technical head of Upcoming project is Vijay
it was a challenge as it came from Around 1,500 shots of VFX, much the company, handled it brilliant- Prabhakar’s Thasai Innaithee
his journey a big banner. Director Susi more than an average movie ly. Chudinam and Nandhini
briefed us for one piece of visual (which has about 200-300 VFX Arts’ Nee Inru Naan Illai and
through effects work. It took us two shots), have been used. How was it working with the few others
months to complete this partic- Kanthasaamy crew? Talks are on of tying up
Kanthasaamy ular requirement and finally he What were the challenges Initially, there was a lot of con- with a television company
was convinced with the output faced? fusion about certain scenes
and of the fact that visual effects We had to create a scene of a where the scenes were shot in
(VFX) are an effective alternative. cornfield located near an IT park. multiple locations and had to be even massive green screens at the
This was quite difficult to accom- assembled into one seamless corn field in Theni, the produc-
What unique visual effects plish realistically as there were scene. But Susi had a clear vision tion team comprising art director
have you incorporated in the day and night scenes. So we had and this helped us a lot. Be it bal- Thota Tharani, director of pho-
movie? to add 3D buildings in the back- loon lights for the night shoots or tography Ekambaram and pro-
ground in addition to the real ducer Kalai Puli Thanu discussed
buildings and recreate them for with us each shot and also sup-
the night scene as well. AROUND 1,500 ported us with all the require-
For the first time, we made a ments with regards to VFX.
male actor feminine, in a se- SHOTS OF VFX,
quence where Vikram appears
dressed as a woman. It took us a
MUCH MORE THAN Your views on the current
scenario of the visual effects
while figuring out how to do it AN AVERAGE MOVIE industry in Kollywood…
but it was not an impossible task. Filmmakers have started to
We used skin-grafting techniques (WHICH HAS ABOUT recognise the potential of visual
by using heroine Shriya’s skin to effects and are open to exploring
soften his face. We also toned
200-300 VFX SHOTS), it. Extensive usage of visual ef-
down his muscles and made him HAVE BEEN USED fects can also reduce the budget
slimmer by around 20 per cent. of a movie. ■
06 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

Sharapova advances

Sport Maria Sharapova rolled over fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-2
in the second round of the US$ 700,000 Bank of the West Classic
on Wednesday. Former world number one Sharapova needed just
over an hour to beat current world number 10 Petrova.

Saina diagnosed
with chickenpox
Chicken pox has rendered Saina Nehwal
doubtful for next month’s World Badminton
Championship even though the ace shuttler
remains hopeful of competing in the high-
profile event at her home town Hyderabad.
Saina, who won
the Arjuna
Target practice
Award on After a lacklustre Singh got their first feel of match
play on this tour and looked at
These guys have a huge height
advantage over our boys and we
Wednesday, has
been suffering draw in their first ease combining well with Mehra-
juddin Wadoo in midfield.
have to account for that,” coach
Houghton said.
from mild fever
since Saturday practice game in The reserves were actually a
step or two ahead of their regular
They were paid for their hard
work in the 60th minute when R.
and it was
diagnosed with Barcelona, Indians counterparts – Syed Rahim Nabi
and Yadav looked lethal upfront
Mohanraj’s long clearance was
picked up by Nabi, who played it
chicken pox on
Wednesfay and come good in with a steady burst of pace.
Senior internationals Renedy
to Renedy, and the veteran mid-
fielder’s cross was headed in by
complete bed the second Singh and Dipak Mandal too
combined well down the left
Yadav to give India the lead.
Eleven minutes later, on the
rest for the flank and most of India’s attacks other side of another mini-break,
next few days. ERGO CORRESPONDENT generated from that side. Show- the former Mumbai FC forward,
“I have been feedback@goergo.in ing a tendency to hold on to the who is yet to find a club, doubled
suffering from ball and playing short passes, a his and India’s tally when he
fever since

brace from lanky Abhishek departure from the long-ball tac- headed in a Mondal cross.
Saturday but Yadav gave the visiting In- tics of the last game, the visitors India played out the rest of the
then I saw dian team their first win on dominated possession for most game in a relatively easier tempo.
some Spanish soil late Wednes- part of the last 45 minutes. Still, Yadav came close to scoring
pockmarks appearing on the skin. Initially I day night. The Indians, who are “We were playing too many his hattrick way into the five min-
thought it must be pimples or boils but in out on a month-long exposure long and aerial passes during the utes of injury-time. But he nar-
the last couple of days some more trip to Barcelona, won their sec- first game. And the big bodied rowly missed the flight of a Govin
pockmarks developed and I had this itchy ond practice game, downing local and taller Spaniards were centre again from the left in
feeling,” Saina said from Hyderabad. fourth division side AE Prat 2-0. easily dealing with it. the 94th minute. ■
“So we decided to see the doctor, who The Indians came out in full
confirmed that I have chicken pox. I have throttle and the makeshift for-
been advised complete rest for the next 4-5 ward pairing of skipper Baichung
days and then we’ll see how it goes,” she Bhutia and Sushil Singh showed
added. some urgency and combined well
PTI to create problems in the rival de-
fence. The duo produced a few
half chances with Bhutia even
testing the keeper with a long-
ranger a quarter of an hour
False start for India into the match.
Indian hockey team began their Europe Throwing in a sur-
tour on a losing note, suffering a 1-3 defeat prise of his own and
against England in the rain-soaked opening much to the relief of
encounter of the three-match Test series. the players the referee
After an opening ceremony that included called for a water
the Lord Mayor of Birmingham meeting the break in the 22nd
two teams, the match got off amid minute. The match was
torrential rain late on Wednesday night and played in four quarters in-
England got off to a perfect start with a stead of the usual two halves, a
goal inside 60 seconds when Ben Hawes’ necessity considering the heat
effort went in off Ajitesh Roy’s stick. wave Barcelona is facing this
Two minutes later England earned their first year.
of 10 penalty corners but Ashley Jackson’s The hosts looked a little more
effort was well charged down by the first energised after the mini-break
runner Vikram Pillay. India recovered soon and came close to scoring the
and responded in kind, earning their first opener 10 minutes to the interval.
penalty corner six minutes later. Gurwinder The Indians were lucky to scram-
Singh Chandi’s pass found its way to ble out from a goalmouth raid
Dhananjay Mahadik, courtesy V.S. Vinaya’s and both sides went into the
dummy, and the Indian army man flicked it break on a deadlock.
powerfully across James Fair and inside the Like the first game, Indian
post to equalise. England took the lead coach Bob Houghton went in
again in the 18th minute after setting the with a new setup of players for
foundations from their fourth penalty the second session, replacing his
corner. At the fag end, Richard Smith made whole team except goalie Subrata Abhishek Yadav
sure of an English victory when he smashed Paul. Govin Singh and Jagpreet PHOTO: S. PATRONOBISH
home from beyond the penalty spot off a
corner rebound in the 68th minute. The
second Test will be played on Friday at the
University of Birmingham.
Friday, July 31, 2009

Irfan is talented but he never had the class of Kapil or Akram. All the comparisons early on meant he was playing
under immense pressure. That wrecked his bowling and confidence. Many have started doubting his abilities and
fitness now but they should have thought earlier if he was capable of being all he was touted to be. The intention in
keeping him out of the probables list is to give him a jolt.
Maninder Singh

No rife, no catfight
Mithali Raj on the rumoured friction with skipper Jhulan Goswami, secret behind her footwork, and T20
AYON SENGUPTA (Kiran Baluch later scored 242 the mantle well. “Most of the girls men’s and women’s game during
ayon@goergo.in against West Indies in March 2004) are very young and it’s our job to the last T20 World Cup in England.
and even now she proudly occu- guide them through. The three of “Playing the semi-finals as a cur-

lmost as dominating and pies the second spot. “I didn’t us are the unofficial think-tank tain raiser for the men’s game was
with every possible batting even think I was good enough to and fortunately we get along well a huge experience. We have hardly
record under her belt, Mith- hit a century. A double was just a contrary to all the running ru- seen packed grounds before and
ali Raj is correctly called the dream and I think that changed mours,” Mithali clarifies. Media the game was telecast live eve-
Sachin Tendulkar of women’s my career,” the trained Bharatana- glare hasn’t even spared this form rywhere,” Mithali recalls. “I wish
cricket. A comparison she admits tyam dancer says. of the game and rumours were rife we had qualified for the final.
to enjoy a lot. A lesson or two from her classi- with a tiff between her and Jhulan Would have played at Lord’s
“I know about the title and it is cal foray in her early years might during the just-concluded T20 then.”
an honour. But it puts up added well have helped her become a World Cup. It was said that Mithali The Indian Railways employee
pressure too,” she says. “I under- classic bat for which she is known was not too pleased batting lower has her focus set on the next T20
stand that every time I go out to world over. “At least, I am nimble down the order and was keen on championships in the West Indies
bat they expect me to score. So- on my feet. Maybe all that dancing opening the innings but was not and feels the team should play
metimes I fail to overcome the during childhood has something given a chance by the skipper. “In more of the shorter version of the
pressure. But again, I have always to do with it,” she acknowledges. T20s you have to innovate and at game to adapt quickly. “I think the
given my 100 per cent on the Mithali matured on to become times your best players should be best way for women’s cricket to go
field.” the mainstay of Indian batting promoted up to get the maximum forward is adopt T20 readily. Test
Like Tendulkar, she too basked along with former skipper Anjum time,” she says. “But we are play- matches in our circle are far in-
in the limelight very early in her Chopra, whom she succeeded ing it only off late and will take between and One-Dayers are get-
career, scoring a mammoth 214 briefly before handing over the time to get our strategies right.” ting out of sync,” she says. “A few
against England during the second reigns to present incumbent Jhu- But she is quick to recognise the more T20s will keep us in good
Test in Taunton in 2002 when she lan Goswami. At just 26 she is one sudden adulation the women’s shape and our first trip to the Ca-
was just 19. At the time it was the of the senior-most in a relatively game is getting because of the si- ribbean isles may turn out to be a
highest Test score by a batswoman young team and has taken over multaneous running of both the memorable one.” ■
08 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

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Jean-Paul Gaultier John Richmond Louis Vuitton Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

Formal shorts Trophy jackets

These singularly dominated the 2009-2010 Spring/Summer menswear fashion weeks in
Milan and Paris. While shorts are no new invention, this season saw a more formal twist, Bling is in, as far as jackets are concerned. The seas
paired as they were with suits, blazers, collared shirts and jackets. house of Givenchy, with Armani, Christian Lacroix a
Friday, July 31, 2009

common denominators
g– Koushik Ghosh and Priti
Alexis Mabille
ne- Christian Lacroix Bansal

no D&G

the Lefranc.Ferrant

Giorgio Armani Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Giorgio Armani Prive Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

son’s best trophy jackets came from the The monochrome trend isn’t fading off yet. Black and white remained
by ShaliniatShah.
and Dolce & Gabbana not far behind. Prive, Chanel, Lacroix, Lefranc.Ferrant, Alexis Mabille and Josep Font.
10 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

NDTV Imagine head sees no obstacle
to the item girl’s wedding

amir Nair, CEO of NDTV “Now he has filed a criminal
Imagine, says that the police case against us. Our legal team is
complaint filed against item looking into it as we speak.
girl Rakhi Sawant and five Strange that the case has gone
others linked to the reality show from civil to criminal. This guy
“Rakhi Ka Swayamvar” for infrin- runs a portal and claims he owns
gement of copyright won’t affect the word ‘swayamvar’. It’s like
the live telecast of the wedding me claiming I own the word Ra-
Sunday. mayan or Mahabharat. There’s
“We’re telecasting the marriage shadi-com. So we can’t do soap
deferred - live (minutes after ac- with the word shaadi?”
tual shooting) and we don’t an- The show “Rakhi Ka Swayam-
ticipate any trouble. This guy var”, through which Rakhi decid-
from Jaipur (Gaurav Tiwari) filed ed to find her life partner, is on its
a case against us in a district last leg now. She will be tying the
court. knot with her chosen groom Sun-
They passed an order against day in the presence of family,
him. Then he moved to the high friends as well as officials from
court. His case was dismissed the channel. ■
from there,” Nair said. IANS

Brad Pitt adds Megan Fox wants

bike to his collection to date a geek
Hollywood star Brad After dating a fire fighter
Pitt, who has a and actors, model-turned-
penchant for actress Megan Fox is looking
motorbikes and has forward to date a geek. The
a huge collection of 23-year-old revealed that
them, has added she is scared of being single
another to his fleet. after splitting from her
The new entrant is a fiancé Brian Austin Green
heavily customised and now wants to get into a
Chrome bike relationship with a nerdy
sporting a metal guy, reported dailystar.co.uk.
seat, reported “They are more appreciative
dailymail.co.uk. Pitt’s of what you do,” she said.
collection includes a Earlier she was linked to
Ducati Desmosedici David Gallagher and before
RR, a Monster 696 joining Hollywood she was
and a selection of dating Ben Leahy, a fire
Harley-Davidsons. ■ fighter.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Shia LaBeouf is no longer a Hollywood actor - he has become God! The
actor’s fans have started a fictional religion called ‘Shiantology’. And the
crazy followers of the Transformers star have accepted him as the Messiah
of the religion. They have even set up a website with mock-up pictures of
Shia as Jesus Christ, the Sun reports

MJ’s last moments Cine City

Chef Kai Chase sheds light on the
events that took place in the late
ichael Jackson’s chef
has shed light on the
events that took place singer’s LA home
in the late singer’s LA
home during his last moments.
Kai Chase, the pop legend’s
professional chef has spoken
about Dr. Conrad Murray’s ac-
tivities at the house, who is ap-
parently emerging as a prime
suspect in the investigation.
She claimed that she almost
everyday saw the doctor come
downstairs carrying oxygen
tanks from the icon’s room,
but on the unfortunate day he
did not and she “thought
maybe Mr. Jackson is sleeping
“I started preparing the
lunch and then I looked at my
cell phone and it was noon.
About 12:05 or 12:10 Dr. Mur-
ray runs down the steps and
Rahman’s son turns singer
screams, ‘Go get Prince!’ He’s Chennai Mozart A.R. Rahman’s son Alim enters
screaming very loud,” the Tele- Hollywood by crooning a song for the flick Couples
graph quoted her as telling in Retreat. Alim completed his recording last week.
an interview. The film, touted to be a romantic comedy, is
She narrated: “I run into the Rahman’s first complete Hollywood venture. It is
den where the kids are playing. said that Rahman’s children have lent their voice for
Prince (Jackson’s oldest son) the chorus sections of a few songs, most notably
runs to meet Dr Murray and ‘Dhinam Dhinam Deepavali’ in Varalaaru.
from that point on you could
feel the energy in the house
“I walked into the hall and I
saw the children there. The
daughter was crying. I saw pa-
ramedics running up the stairs.
We were all praying, ‘Help Mr
Jackson be OK.’ Then everyone
was very quiet.”
The use of oxygen tanks by
the personal physician and its
purpose did not make sense to
her as she claimed she saw no
sign that Jackson was on drugs
or was in failing health.
The facts could be incrimi-
nating for Murray whose house
and office have been raided by
drugs enforcement agents.
The late King of Pop report-
edly wanted Chase to travel The late King Tragedy strikes Raavan
with him to London for his O2
concert. of Pop
In fact she said his 12-year- reportedly team again
old son, Prince Michael II, per- Director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Raavan has
sonally made the request to
wanted Chase already been delayed over a couple of months due
her. to travel with to some unfortunate incidents, one being the
She recalled: “Prince said, him to London director himself being hospitalised following a
‘Daddy wants me to tell you he heart attack. Now what we hear is that a wild
wants you to go to London for his O2 elephant entered the shooting spot in Chalakudy,
with us’,” I said, “Tell your dad- concert Kerala, and trampled a team member. The entire
dy that I’m pleased and hon- team, including Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek
oured.” ■ Bachchan, have been camping there for a couple
ANI of weeks.
12 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

Lolith from CSS Corp has nominated his friends as Partners in Crime. This Deepa from HCL Technologies has nominated her friends as Partners in
pic was taken during the 7th anniversary celebrations of their project at Crime. This pic was clicked in Pookkkot lake at Wayanad in Kerala.
GRT Temple bay, Mahabalipuram.

Gowrisankar from Perot Systems has nominated his team members as Rajasekar from Sutherland Global Services has nominated his friends as
Partners in Crime. This picture was taken in munnar during their team Partners in Crime. This pic was clicked during their team outing in
outing, Munnar.

Devi Kandasamy from HOV Services has nominated her friends as Partners Umadevi P. from TCS group has nominated her friends as Partners in
in Crime. This picture was clicked at Manimuthar Falls at Tirunelveli. Crime. The picture was clicked during their Kodaikanal Trip.
Friday, July 31, 2009

■ Dear Gopinath, understanding, shall keep your hearts and

Tis is 2 wish u a vry happy birthday!May God minds through Christ Jesus. B’Day Wishes
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Vijay is an over sincere
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and proficient person.
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Though people run away
Jeevana Swati... Muttinante Holeyali.. Inside every older person is a younger person
when he starts his speech,
Snehapoorva Guru, Sunil, Uday, - wondering what the hell happened to u.
his words make sense
Chakki, Gururaja, Raghu, Pradeep Happy Birthday:)
sometimes. He deserves to
■ Dear Divya, Your’s lovingly Manjunath, Rajkumar, Kathir, Bala,
be an office angel because
Best wishes for a happy married life !! Have Rajesh (TCS) Ragavan (CTS) Arun (Chola DBS)
of his loyalty, sincerity,
a blissful life ahead, Don’t forget to give us Varun (cisco) Pathi(Microsoft) Mathan(Planetsoft)
dignity and chivalry.
the treat. God bless u always! Regards, Santo Bhoo, Ram
■ Dear Manikandan … ■ Dear SMA
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He has dedicated are a wonderful and fun loving person to be Wat a joy it is to send these Birthday
this doodle to his with. Have a blessed year dear spiky! greetings to someone like u; May life shower
grandmother who With tons of love Loky, Prabhu, Antony, Ravikanth, on u special happiness and grant u all de
passed away on Joseph, Lima, Hema, James, Barry, Annie, Lydi, things u desire. May u Live All Days ofur Life.
July 31 last year. Vandy, Sreeni, Leena & all your dear Allsec friends Happy Birthday!
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with kgs of love kandupudinga.. than B4. U are my best friend in the world
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You may be very assertive today, says Ganesha.
Because of your boosted self-esteem today you may
behave a little differently with others. However, you
are suggested to be as polite and as easygoing as
possible with your superiors.


Others can be jealous of your progress on the
professional front. This includes everyone starting
from a friend to relative or even your colleague. It’s
not your day so better to refrain from arguments
with others.


It may be a demanding day at work front, feels
BORN LOSER Ganesha. You may be dealing with some complex
issues but as your technical mind is highly active
today, you will be able to demystify and find
resolution to persistent problems.
You may be very resourceful today, hence everyone
around you may seek your help and guidelines.
Knowledge and in-depth understanding of the
subject is your power today. Ganesha suggests you
to use it to your benefit.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
You would be in a mood to discuss ’bottom lines’
with whomsoever you interact today, but sometimes
it doesn’t work that way. At work, you might have
to indulge into discussions and contemplations in
order to find solutions to some issues.
You may enter office with a mood to finish off a
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT major part of your job as quickly as possible.
Ganesha finds you inclined towards research based
activities. You may be in a mood to do something
radically different.
Money matters will be ruling your mind so while
putting in lot of effort at workplace, you may
constantly compare efforts and gains. You are
advised to avoid harsh speech while talking to
others at office and even at home.
Ganesha foresees you dealing with everything very
confidently. If you are head of technical department,
you may feel very much responsible than usual.
Your concern for technical issues may be high but
you will be able to solve all the problems.
’There is no point in running after a mirage’, this is
what you may feel today. Ganesha finds you
becoming extra sensitive about things that you are
unable to solve or handle. It’s a stressful day on the
You may be in a mood to knit every aspect related
to your work very carefully. In personal life, you
might have to allow some tolerance as expectation
for perfection may lead to differences between you
and your partner, warns Ganesha.
PREVIOUS People holding similar designation as yours may be
jealous of you. Alternatively, you may have
ISSUE’S differences with them. You may need to control
your temperament in order to maintain good
SOLUTIONS inter-personal relations at office.
It is a favourable day for you so you are likely to
take everything very easy. Desire to do something
creative and extra-ordinary will be very high. You
may not be willing to take risks and may desire to
play as safe as possible.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ERGO Friday, July 31, 2009

n less than a few hours, our and S.Sreejith, V.Haripriya and involved with the birth and
last print edition goes to Francis Barclay in March. Pho- growth of Ergo, it is my duty to
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difficult decision to take at from The Hindu.Through the press facility at Maraimalai Na-
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way inspired by that Nickelback Sinha, Nandhini Ramkumar, kept us warm while we warmed
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I had decided to do away with Swetha Ganesan, K.Malathi and line world, most of my team
feeling soppy and writing emo- Tharini Viswanath. We also had members are heading off to
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We started our print run on sponsibility of our Senior well with the online audience.
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