Monday, August 28, 2006
Does Online Piracy Affect Kollywood?
Do you agree?
Friday, August 25, 2006
What's India Listening?
If more people take to this, the data might get even more meaningful.
India's Blogging Capital
Blogstreet India has a little over 4000 blogs listed in its directory and is by no means comprehensive. IMHO, it is better to refrain from quoting BlogStreet India rather than quoting wrong / misleading info. Inspite of the recent makeover, Blogstreet India has no claim to fame other than the fact that it was one of the very first directories in India. It's new feature also featured Digg style page where users can submit their favourite articles.
The CNN-IBN article talks about the forthcoming BlogCamp in Chennai and also interviews few Chennai-based bloggers who incidentally happen to be co-ordinators for the Blogcamp. Few snapshots from this blog were also featured in the video clip.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Lyric Writer's Day Out
ippavE nii EththukittA muzhusA ennai thAREn
eppadiyum oruththikku nA purushanAgappoREn
unnudaiya purushanAnA thappEyillai vaaREn
எப்படியும் ஒருத்தன்கிட்ட கழுத்தை நீட்டப்பொறேன்
இப்பவே நீ ஏத்துகிட்டா முழுசா என்னை தாறேன்
எப்படியும் ஒருத்திக்கு நா புருஷனாகப்பொறேன்
உன்னுடைய புருஷனானா தப்பேயில்லை வாறேன்
If you are a Perarasu fan and are missing him badly, do listen to his latest offering from the movie Vallavan. It has lot of thought-provoking lyrics:
yammAdi aaththAdi unnai enakku thariyaadi?
யம்மாடி ஆத்தாடி உன்னை எனக்கு தரியாடி?
Chennai Dosa and CNN-IBN's Chutney
"Kara Dosai, paper rava, dry fruit dosai, paper masala, vegetable dosai, paneer dosai, family roast, ghee roast, ghee rava dosai and some seven varieties of uthappam,” a server at restaurant Saravanabhavan, Selvam said. Nowadays, one can find many more of those on your dosa menu card.
With new ways of marketing and innovation the name of the game, dosa perhaps is now the most famous south Indian dish around the world.
A split city is not something split into two halves but a dynamic living entity that abounds in ambiguities and contradictions in its several layers. North Chennai is both spatially and temporally split off from its counterpart South Chennai. With its narrow and crowded streets, aged factories, bursting drain ways and rotting dump yards, it has become a fossilised museum piece frozen in the modern times that created it. While South Chennai has jump-started into postmodern times with its IT corridors, amusement parks, global multicuisine restaurants, shopping chains and a multinational agency to keep its streets dust free.
Plagiarism the Rediff.com way
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
You Too Can Be A Talk Show Host
Oz of Desitrain is one of the first Indian bloggers to experiment with this medium.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Doormen In Demand
According to industry peers, there is no `perfect candidate' for this post, as the desired criteria for appointing a doorman cannot be adhered to the point.
Doormen should essentially be tall, well above 6 ft, and well built. They should have a very warm disposition (and that even includes a good `white' smile) and an impressive posture. Indian hotels such as Taj, Oberoi, Ambassdor and Leela prefer bearded doormen. This helps them to be very `Indian' at the first point of reception, they say.
The job profile of doorkeepers is very ornamental in nature. It is one of those very few vocations where a chair is not offered.
Singapore's Raffles Hotel has gone one step ahead and is offering some merchandise related to doormen.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
From Yuppies To Gossips
An iPod and two mobile phones are the latest must-have accessories along with sushi for the status-conscious British office worker, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The poll, conducted for recruitment firm Office Angels, found 67 per cent of 1,500 respondents considered so-called “micro-gadgets” like Blackberrys, laptop memory sticks and small mobile phones to be the ultimate status symbols.
Office Angels branded the people in the survey as GOSSIPS (Gadget Obsessed Status Symbol Infatuated Professionals), a morphed version of the archetypal 1980s Yuppie — Young Urban Professional.
Almost half (45 per cent) of those questioned thought any ambitious worker should own at least two mobile phones — one for work calls and the other for social chit chat.
Even though an individual might aspire for two phones, he/she can only use one at a time. Hence I don't get the point about normal people thinking of owning two phones. I also feel that the chances of losing the phone are much higher if you have more than one handset.
NBA - Protest Of A Different Kind
Will PMK Come To My Rescue?
என்னை மட்டும் வேணாம் சொல்லாதே (ennai mattum vENaam sollaadhE)
The original lyrics (pronounced the Sukhwinder way):
ஏனா மாட்டும் விணாம் சொல்லாதே (EnA maattum viNaam sollaadhE)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
My Chennai neighbour told me earlier (about 5 years ago) that she joined Mettur Beardsell (remember Igloo hot packs?) from campus and was his colleague at that time. The only thing he could recollect was that she used to bring curd rice for lunch most of the time. She must have figured out that curd rice and Pepsi form an impressive combination :-)
Monday, August 14, 2006
South Leads The Pack In Non-Veg
The survey confirms the widespread impression that the popular image of a vegetarian India is off the mark. The late Professor Kumar Suresh Singh analysed the data of the People of India project to show that a majority of our communities are non-vegetarians. The present survey fixes figures not only for communities but also for individuals and families.
The findings show that only 31 per cent of Indians are vegetarians. The figure is 21 per cent for families (with all vegetarian members). Another nine per cent of the population is `eggetarian,' or vegetarians who eat eggs.
Vegetarianism has a predictable pattern: women are more likely to be vegetarian than men and so are those above the age of 55. But there is no broad correspondence between age and vegetarianism. Among the young, the figure is only slightly below the national average.
The findings show that vegetarianism is a function of inherited cultural practice rather than individual belief. Religion and community matter: as many as 55 per cent of Brahmins are vegetarians. The corresponding figure for Adivasis is 12 per cent. Hindus who worship every day are more likely to be vegetarian, but the majority of all Hindus are non-vegetarian. Interestingly, eight per cent of Christians are also
Finally, if the above figures are true, I would be curious to know if someone has tracked The Hindu rental classifieds over the years and whether owners are more willing to rent their place to non-vegetarians given the changing trend in food habits.
Friday, August 11, 2006
The Story Behind The 14 Floors
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Property Site Under Construction
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Book Titles That Impress
Here's another book that caught my eye. I haven't heard about the author Kathy Lette and hence can't vouch for the book or the author.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Sunsuna's New Voice
Latest Spammer in Indian Blogosphere
Ethics and Disclosure in Media Reporting
At the cost of sounding monotonous and repetitive, I must refer to another fact of life. Corporates — and for that matter, politicians or anyone in public life — look for "good coverage". When a corporate sponsors a trip by a journalist, it expects some space given for its activities.
The reference the reader made was to an article by Mumbai correspondent Oommen Ninan on a seminar organised by Michelin, the French tyremaker, in Paris. In all such cases, the trip is cleared at the highest level in the paper. And what is published is generally about the work and activities of the firm and not a plug or puff for its product/s. Nobody tells The Hindu's journalists what kind of coverage or assessment they must provide. If the sponsors do not like the coverage that results from the trip, they are under no obligation to invite anyone from the newspaper again.
Product launches, and workshops and seminars on corporate issues are routinely covered as they have news angles. Similar considerations govern reports that are the result of a company-sponsored trip. The correspondents are expected to stick to the paper's policies when they write. There is a further check at the editing stage. Those are the safeguards against "manipulation."
And, after all that, if something slips through the gate, there are hawk-like readers to pounce upon the newspaper!
Monday, August 07, 2006
The Elusive Black Trouser
I was in for a pleasant surprise as soon as I entered the parent company's showroom. The retail assistant told me that they were having a special discount of 25% for sizes 28 – 32. Upon further investigation I got to know that the fast moving sizes are 34 – 40 (Indian men are generally fat!). The shop was running a promotion for odd sizes (28, 30, 32, 44), as there is not much demand for these sizes. I then told them that I would have come directly to their shop if they had advertised this offer in any of the prominent newspapers. These guys had not even put up a poster outside their shop. The actual reason is that the discount is not a company approved discount and other fellow retailers (and franchisees) will be up in arms if they come to know that another outlet is selling these merchandise at a discount. So this particular outlet had decided to offer the discounts in a silent manner to clear the stock in these sizes. I don’t have any regrets as I managed to get the black trouser (that too at a discount!). I was all the more surprised with the way this retailer handled this brand as this brand never wanted to be associated with the discount tag.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The Delhi Metro authorities say they have employed a large black-faced langur monkey to frighten away other monkeys who were worrying passengers.The monkey was kept on leash for a month at one of Delhi's biggest stations in the Kashmere Gate area. Its owner was paid $150 for its services. The step was taken after a couple of incidents in June when monkeys boarded the trains, scaring passengers. Thousands of simians roam the streets and are considered a public nuisance.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Top 20 Clichés in Indian Media
Happily, we aren't alone in the use of sapped-out words. Factiva's analysis presents the list of `top 20' for media around the world. Down Under, what comes at the very beginning is `at the end of the day', with 2,183 press citations from about 6,000 articles. `In the red' and `in the black' occupy the next two slots, followed by `level playing field' and `unsung heroes'.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Plagiarism Charge on IIPM
A July 3 column written for BusinessWeek by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch and his wife, Suzy, was posted on the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) site from New Delhi. There was no attribution to either BusinessWeek or the Welches, only a photo that appeared with the column of professor Arindam Chaudhuri, a business guru and best-selling author in India who works for IIPM.
When USA TODAY tried to contact Chaudhuri by e-mail on July 21, the e-mail was forwarded to Naveen Chamoli, dean of IIPM's Centre for Planning and Entrepreneurship. Chamoli e-mailed back saying that Chaudhuri was traveling, inaccessible and had nothing to do with the Welch column being posted beneath his photo.
Chamoli said in his e-mail that IIPM has rights to the Welch column through the New York Times News Service/Syndicate. Chamoli said in a subsequent e-mail that a Welch byline was added after the USA TODAY inquiry because, "others could be confused."
Jack and Suzy Welch, on vacation, had no comment.
Copy Cat Dhina
Did you manage to guess the jingle?