Archive for March, 2008

Hat Tricks

World’s youngest hat salesman

Talk about marketing gurus wearing many hats, here’s a promising young salesman with at least four, to start with. And he plays more than one key role – handling “product display, sales, finance and supply sourcing”. I found him catching up on the headlines outside the Deccan Herald office on MG Road.

The next time you’re out here, when it’s really, really hot, let’s hope you find this moving hat rack with an amiable smile. And let’s hope you don’t push a bargain in your favor – we don’t want to narrow down his profit margin, do we ?

Fiorano: An Italian restaurant in Kormangala

This is a vegetarian’s perspective of the restaurant. 

Here on, I will not be labeling my outings with my stomach this explicitly, unless they include someone with a meat tooth. My trip to this Italian restaurant, I must admit, was light on my purse because a friend paid for this indulgence. That is the least you expect of someone who has made it to Stanford. And again, hoping that he will turn out to be another Larry Page, you expect a little more. (more…)

An Endangered Species

The most endangered species in this city of ours is the pedestrian….the combination of the IT boom and the government policies is that the poor person who tries to use the roads without polluting with fossil fuel emissions is almost certainly doomed.

Everywhere, the pavements are dug up erratically, in several places, the footpath has been reduced to make more space for the gas-guzzling monsters that are necessary to the new boom-city which still does not have a good public transport service. The most recent example in point is the digging up of the M G Road boulevard, long a bastion for the pedestrian, to make way for the Metro, which, admittedly, is a crying need for our city.

Let’s look at the difficulties a reasonably fit person who wants to walk has to face.

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Five point someone – Last 4 shows in Bangalore

Chennai based theatre group Evam will be presenting ‘Five Point Someone’ based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller with the same name.
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Date: Saturday, 12th April and Sunday, 13th April
Time: 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Venue: RANGA SHANKARA, JP Nagar, Bangalore

Tickets priced at Rs.200 are available for sale at RangaShankara, Crossword(Residency Road) and Landmark(Forum).

Tickets can also be blocked at www.evam.in

For details contact 0-98402-22363 / 0-98406-12333.

Orange Sky!!

Orange Sky

No this is neither a Photoshop effect nor sky from mars, it continued to rain since early evening y’day and while sunset the ambient light just spread it’s orange tinge all over the city. Indeed a rare and wonderful sight!!

"Junglee"….wildlife art, part of "Rang De India" at Magnitude Art Gallery

I saw in the Deccan Herald that Magnitude Gallery in Jayanagar was having a “Wildlife of India” exhibition, so I decided to visit it

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Mr Ramesh Magar, the owner of the gallery, spoke to me and explained that rather than lease out the space to various artists, he was trying a new model at Magnitude.

“We have eight artists who are employed by us,” he says, “And this frees them from the difficulties of earning their living only as and when they sell their art; we pay them a regular salary.” He has initiated “Rang De India”, a series of themes at the gallery. The last one was “Utsav”, which was on various festivals; the present one is “Junglee”, on wildlife; the next one proposed will be “Vanita”, on women. He says he asks the artists to produce painting on these themes, and then displays and sells them.

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After Holi….

After celebrating Holi and a long weekend, one would expect Bangaloreans to be in the pink of health. But alas, it is not only the health which is pink….

pink underclothing drying after holi 230308

Who is going to wear those clothes? Or will they be set aside for next year’s celebrations?

And here’s the driveway to an apartment building…

pink stains in driveway of apt building after Holi 230308

Every year, the newspapers and the media stress the importance of getting “safe” and eco-friendly colours to play Holi with. But the point is, when young children go to the nearest shop to buy colours, what’s on offer? That’s what will be used, whether the colours are safe or not.

If this pink colour can stain clothing and cement so much, what would it be doing to the sensitive skin of children, I wonder!

Punctuality–or the lack of it– at Events in the City

One of the major problems organizers seem to be facing…or causing…is that of starting an event on time. Whether it’s a music concert, a film screening, a play, or a quiz….nowadays I find that it’s not just a matter of minutes, but of hours, that the delay is likely to be.

Over this weekend, I attended two events. One was at Suchitra Film Society, in Banashanakari; the theme was Water Conservation, and there were some skits followed by screening of some wildlife films. I wanted to see two of these…Wild Dog Diaries, made by Kripakar and Senani-Hegde, and The Queen of Trees, made by Deeble and Stone. On Saturday, we were told that the former film would be screened at 6.30pm, according to the schedule, and I arrived there in haste at 7pm, thinking I would be late…by the time the skit and the other movie screenings (the one on the Flamingos at Sewri Flats had to be abandoned as the DVD would not play properly) were over, it was past 8.45pm. I could not stay on any longer, and had to leave without ever seeing the movie.

On Sunday afternoon, KQA (Karnataka Quiz Foundation), had scheduled a “Love Quiz” (it was very interesting indeed, but that’s not the point of this post) for 1pm, followed by the March Open Quiz at 3 pm. My team-mates and I arrived punctually at 2.30pm to register…and found that the “Love Quiz” had just started!

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Morning walk @ Cubbon Park…

Morning Walk

Like some of those days to get motivated wake up early, and head for the Cubbon park just around sunrise, the serene beauty of the nature with tall trees and dense and peace is worth it… (more…)

KQA Quizzes on 23rd of March

I got this notification, and am posting it for everyone who is interested:

Open Quizzes on Sunday 23 March 2008

March 21st, 2008

Apart from the Metaquizziks Anniversary Quiz, KQA will hold two other
open quizzes on Sunday 23 March 2008 at daly Memorial Hall, Mythic
Society, Nrupatunga Road, Bangalore.

EVENT II

Lao Me Thanda
The Annual Quiz on Love-Type Things

QM: Arul Mani

Open to two-member teams
Entry Fee: Rs. 50/- per team

1330hrs to 1430hrs

Prizes: Rs. 1000/-, Rs. 750/- and Rs. 500/-

Event III
The March Open Quiz

QM: Kiran Vijayakumar

Teams of 4 members
Open to all
Entry Fee: Rs. 50/- per team

Prelims: 1500hrs
Finals: 1600hrs

Prizes for all finalists.
Thank you!

Best Regards

Arul Mani

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