You bet… that's cricket!
Jasmine Singh

The recent sting operation by a British tabloid, which exposed a betting racket in the ongoing England-Pakistan test series, has once again brought shame to the game

In that one moment when the country unites with bated breath, freezes in anticipation till the ball with all gusto hits the stands and umpire raises his hands signalling a six till that one moment, everything else comes to a standstill. Take it from fans spread across all age groups, stealing time to check out the scores on cricinfo, queuing up for hours outside the stadium, putting up a brave face in front of the onslaught of 'police on duty', dashing their way through the busy traffic just to catch the toss on time!

Who can explain this better than the cricket fans, emotionally, psychologically and whole-heartedly attached to the game? Then one morning, newspapers and television channels flash the news about the ghost of match-fixing returning to Pakistan cricket; a corruption scandal involving key players erupted overnight, post their heaviest Test defeat.

Based on a sting operation conducted by British tabloid 'The News of the World', the Metropolitan Police arrested London-based property tycoon Mazhar Majeed, who allegedly lured Pakistani fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif to deliver three blatant no-balls at "crucial times" of the game. The fans are zapped (most of them know how to take this with a pinch of salt by now), yet again, the game they love, they worship, they live is again in the dock!

What is with the cricketers, why can't they resist the lure of lucre? Or does too much money in the game dwindle the fulcrum of temptation? Like we see WWE as a dramatic entertaining sport, isn't cricket heading the same way? Wow, another reality show in the making!! To many questions, do the fans have answers to any?

Wrong precedent

Most cricket enthusiasts idolize players and a thing like this sets a bad example. Cricket fans watch a match expecting a clean game and don't expect that the it is 'fixed'. True cricket fans, however, will not be affected still. At the same time, I think teenagers are too young to see so much wealth, which they cannot handle. If only an authority can control their personal lives, will they be able to perform better.

— Vivek Atray, convener, All India JP Atray cricket tournament

Severe crime

In a country where cricketers are veritable demigods, cheating with the game is a crime. There is purity attached to every sport - if the guys in cricket want to make money why don't they join politics, as there is enough money in it, why use cricket to mint money? For a game that has so many emotions attached to it, anything that damages its reputation is unpardonable.

A whole generation looks up to them, they cannot afford to play with the sentiments of fans. A game is always known by its spirit and sincerity, and a player cannot hamper it.

— Raghu, maker of reality show Roadies 8

Fans cheated

If money is the bait, there are other ways to make it. Why put the country's reputation and the feelings of fans at stake. An incident like this will definitely set a wrong example for kids who dream of representing their country. They can see easy money in the whole game, which goes without saying, is not right. Who would want to train in cricket after seeing excess glamour, name and raking in moolah.

— Parvesh Rana, anchor of TV reality show Emotional Atyaachar 2

Bad taste
Cricket is a religion; an incident like this leaves a bad taste and wrong impression on youngsters. The country's reputation, of course, goes for a toss and at the same time it also sets a wrong example for aspiring cricketers. Indeed money is a big pull factor, and the message, which is going out is clear - 'there is a lot of money in this game, come and see it.'
— Shah Nawaz, ex-cricket captain, Panjab University



A fine balance
Charandeep Singh

Couples who combine business and matrimony share their experiences

It takes two to tango, whether it is about enjoying and having a blast or running an enterprise. What else do you need? A good synergy and chemistry. And if this 'combo' is that of a husband and wife the enterprise is sure to go places. Thus, "In love and in business together" is the new mantra that some entrepreneurs have coined. They talk about positive growth chart, not to forget the bliss in matrimony. Some of these couples share their success story that they credit to working together in a harmonious ambience, where ego clashes are seen as key to growth and success.

Vinay Johar (36) managing a firm, Connoisseur InfoTech, with his wife Sneh Johar (34) believes that the key to success in their profession is the absence of communication gap between them. "Running a business with better half is not easy," they share. "Office stress can affect the relationship and sometimes the disagreements at work can spoil the peace of the house." But the fact remains that people are venturing out as 'copreneurs' (new term for couple entrepreneurs) willingly as it is giving them a chance to be closer to someone they love and most importantly they find it safe to run an enterprise with someone who is absolutely trustworthy. "We have clear cut boundaries when at our work and we ensure that we do not step in each other's territory", adds Vinay Johar. "Being business partners was a mutual decision and as of now we have 63 employees on our pay rolls. Since we work towards common goals, we are bound to have disagreements. But we have learnt to agree and disagree", remarks Vinay, an IIT Kanpur pass out.

Ditto for Jai Hasrajani (32) and Gursimran Kaur (30) who run a soft skills training company, 'Taleem Academy'. "Our business is an offshoot of the HR consultancy business, which Gursimran was running already," confides Jai. He quit his job in Dell, to start their academy wherein he takes care of the marketing side. "I am more into content development, and training so I don't have regular nine to five schedule. I take care of my home first and then come to the office", adds Gursimran. "Both of us have our own core competencies. Sometimes, we disagree so strongly but we let the situation to cool down and then decide in the best interests of the organisation," avers Gursimran. The couple makes a conscious effort not to take office to home, but since work is a priority, vacations are most of the times decided only on the spur of the moment," says Gursimran something that she doesn't like.

Akhil Bhanot with Mamta

Parents of two grown up kids Akhil Bhanot (55) and his wife Mamta (48), too are devoid of enjoying vacations because they cannot leave work and pack off to some place. The couple runs a real estate company 'Mega Marketing'. Mamta takes care of the properties, which are up for resale, whereas Akhil looks after the marketing of new projects. Sitting in their sector-46 office, the couple was sure that they would not neglect their home and children at the cost of a successful business venture. "Mamta juggles the role of a business woman, and a doting mother pretty well", says Akhil. Calling Akhil as a considerate employee, Mamta says that she gets complete support from her husband who shares household chores as well! "On the whole, I would say that we complement each other very well', says a proud Mamta.

Confessions of an actor

My children are my harshest critics, says Shah Rukh Khan

Describing his children as his harshest critics, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he has become a better film actor thanks to them. Writing in the magazine of The Mail on Sunday on "The Secrets of my success", Khan wrote, "Now I have kids, I enjoy them more than acting, but it's certain I've become a better film actor thanks to them as well. "They're my harshest critics. They're honest and say things like, 'That's no good; you can do better.' If you appeal to their honesty, I think you can be a very good actor," he added.

With 70 films to his name, hundreds of millions of fans and 13 Filmfare awards, Bollywood's equivalent of Oscars, seven of his being for Best Actor, Khan can lay claim to the title of world's biggest film star, the report said.

As well as being a successful actor, producer and TV presenter, he has fronted the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and owns the Kolkata Knight Riders, an IPL cricket team. Khan, 44, wrote he never thought he would be an actor. "I wanted to be a footballer, but I got injured, and because I had nothing to do in the evenings I started work on a play. Suddenly my life's timetable changed, and I began doing theatre; then television came to India, so I did a TV series that did very well. After doing a degree in economics, I went to film school, then went to Mumbai for a year. Just for a laugh and a change of scene, I moved into acting in films." In his inimical style, Khan added, "When I was young I was even more stupid than I am now. I was very self-absorbed and I really thought I was fantastic — I went as far as writing a song called I'm The Best. It sounds pompous to think of it now, but at that point I really thought I couldn't fail.

I'd lost my parents, I didn't have a home, I couldn't go any lower. So I tackled the world head-on. When you have nothing to lose it means there's everything to win.

Noting that there's no secret formula to success, the ace actor wrote, "Life is not about putting everything into place and planning the last detail. No doubt it'll work fine for you, but it won't bring magical success."

Focusing on the value of one's education, Khan added, "I never had a house when I started off, but because I was educated I was able to do a lot. It's nice to have a rags-to-riches story if you become successful. If your story isn't that, then nobody likes it. But I'm proud that I now have a house that I've provided for my children. I know it sounds a small thing but it means a lot to me." — PTI

Inspired strokes

Kaiffy, a banker, has come up with a collection of his poems and paintings titled Colors of Recession

The darkest hour precedes the dawn holds true for Kaiffy, a banker and artiste. Colors of Recession — a collection of his poems and paintings - that was released by Sunil Gupta, director, Canara Bank, at Gurukul-20, Panchkula, is his own story.

Kaiffy chose to quit his job for further opportunities, but as luck would have it, the timing was wrong. "Due to recession I was rendered jobless," shares Kaiffy. But during difficult times he immersed himself in poetry, in which he had keen interest ever since his school days. With time at his disposal, he started to paint on the themes of his poems.

"I had not realised the worth of art till it salvaged me through tough times. Many of those around me, who were suffering the same plight, took to drugs; fell prey to depression and media was telecasting stories of those who decided to end their lives. It were these poems and paintings that provided a succour in my gloomy times," says Kaiffy.

Not a trained painter or a poet, Kaiffy aims to share his experience with the masses. His first exhibition of paintings and ghazals was displayed at the Rock Garden. "I want to present my work to common people, so no art galleries for me. Common man has no time to go to them, rather I would take my work to where people are at leisure and can spare a few minutes," says Kaiffy.

He has exhibited his work at the Mall, Shimla. Fascinated by the hill station for a long time, Kaiffy did not understand the connection till he found his leanings to art. "I know I belong to Shimla. I am looking for a place in the hills where I can set up my own little studio," he shares.

Connected to his roots, this young writer did a collection on his hometown Bhatinda — Itihaas Ka Ik Geet. And it's a collection on Chandigarh next. "Sukhna Lake is my favourite place, where I like to sit and compose. In fact, more than half of the poems in the new collection are going to be on the Lake itself," he avers.

His aspiration to reach people has made him choose a desktop calendar as a medium to present his work. "I intentionally keep my collections small, in the language of common folks, so that they can read. I strongly feel that we need to introduce art in our lives or else we are becoming mechanical day by day," says Kaiffy.

An admirer of Amrita Pritam, Gulzar and Shiv Batalvi, it's a coincidence that his parents named him after the great poet Kaiffy. "I am grateful for this name, just hope to live up to it to some extent if not more," shares the young artiste who has quite a few plans of his own. "I am in the process of starting a poetry group wherein those interested can come together at some public place. And on the anvil is an online novel that he is writing on the life of journalists. An art studio is next where he plans to house all his paintings. "It's not any commercial gain that I want from my work. I just want to share it with as many people as possible," shares Kaiffy.

And, his present employer, Esys Information Technology, is lending a helping hand. "I am so fortunate to have support and encouragement from various unexpected quarters. My family stood by me in difficult times. And its my colleagues both present and previous who are extending all possible help now," shares Kaiffy.

Sitting at Gurukul, he receives great appreciation from Sanjay and Rajni Thareja, directors, The Gurukul. "We love to associate with young upcoming artistes for they provide a great source of inspiration to our students," says Rajni Thareja.

Another thing that's on Kaiffy's mind is cutting his own album on the ghazals he has written. Amen!

Bits about bytes
Not so social after all
Roopinder Singh

Facebook is now mainstream in India, which has seen 2.1 crore unique Indians visitors in July. The rival Orkut had two crore visitors and thus in July, there were a total of over four crore Indian visitors on these social networking sites.

The numbers are just too big to ignore and the company is in the process of launching its office in Hyderabad. This will be the social networking giant's 10th international office, which will provide support for sales and multi-lingual operations.

As the Facebook blog said: "The new offices come at a significant time in our international growth. Seventy per cent of the people using Facebook are outside the US and are accessing the service from more than 70 languages. In India alone, we've seen rapid growth and now have more than 8 million (eighty lakh) people there actively connecting on Facebook with their friends, family, and other people they know, both within India and around the globe."

You could say that Facebook has truly arrived in India when a friend narrated a story of how his sister had sent him and her other brothers Rakhi greetings, not by calling, or otherwise, but on Facebook!

I am on both Facebook and Orkut. When I first became active, there was the flush of connecting with friends who had moved away and discovering much about their lives. Eventually came the realisation that many had moved on. Of course, the shared memories were wonderful to cling on to and revive contact, but soon I realised that I was spending too much time on these sites and I cut it down. Ironically, since I was an early user, this came at a time when the site was gaining popularity among people I knew, and they used to get upset that I had not responded to their friend requests or commented on their status. It took time, but now my friends have got used to my sporadic presence on these sites.

While researching on chatting at the start of this century, I logged on to a chat site and within days I found that I was just glued on to my commuter and ignoring other things, trying to dismiss people fast when they called on me and behaving in various other obnoxious ways. I soon realised that this was because I had started missing the high of being connected, and was well on a fast road to chat addiction. Within a week, the article finished, I logged out, and stayed logged out.

The downside of the "anywhere, anytime" mantra adopted by the communications industry has resulted in a deluge of data that affects how people think and behave, both individually and collectively. Today's smart phones are virtually computers, with good processing power, high-speed Internet connections and cameras. Earlier this month, Yujuan Bao, a Facebook engineer, wrote in his blog that 30 per cent of the more than 500 million Facebook users are using a mobile device to access the site.

I recently met a young mother who said that she would "die" without her Facebook. At a dinner where we were together, she checked out her phone and updated her status on Facebook frequently, much to the annoyance of her mother, and irritation of the other guests.

All this tires the brain of the person who is deluged with data. A recent article by Matt Richtel in The New York Times quoted a study at the University of Michigan, USA, which "found that people learned significantly better after a walk in nature than after a walk in a dense urban environment, suggesting that processing a barrage of information leaves people fatigued." Even though people feel entertained, even relaxed, when they multitask while exercising, or pass a moment at the bus stop by catching a quick video clip, they might be taxing their brains, according to scientists. "People think they're refreshing themselves, but they're fatiguing themselves," said Marc Berman, a University of Michigan neuroscientist.

There is an incessant urge to "stay in touch" and it takes its toll. A friend recently narrated a conversation with his daughter. While travelling back from a party, she wanted to check her mail and used her father's phone. "Look, how easy technology has made our life," she said. "See, how it has shaved off our 10 minutes of the time we would have been conversing as a family," replied the father.

How often do you walk into a coffee shop or a restaurant and see someone alone, just sitting and waiting? He or she would be fidgeting with a mobile phone, checking on e-mail or updating a status. Even during theatre performances, you will see the bright blue batons of those who find it impossible to enjoy something they have paid for, and fail to see the anti-social nature of action.

When you try to do too many things at the same time, you lose focus. Now, this should be a no-brainer. Try to tell that to someone who is texting while watching TV, or answering an e-mail while talking to another person, and someone who is juggling many, many tabs on his browser, trying to soak in information from everywhere. We have the multi-tasking myth. We believe that we can multitask, and that women are better at it than men. But are we doing some tasks well, or just doing more things badly? I, for one, feel that it is the latter. So, I love Facebook, but slot out my time on it, and when I am on Facebook, I concentrate on what I am doing. I feel that this makes my activity more meaningful. Would you agree?

Spade work
Nature’s bounty
Satish Narula

The God almighty has provided the nature with prized of beauties. We have found them in nature and brought them in our houses to decorate or in fact, to be very near to the nature. But our quest for something new or different-from-the-already-existing has not only brought about revolution but also has become a source of introducing and conserving flora. But even when we think it is ultimate, we have another introduction from nature. Although the type is the same, the variety is different. And that is what makes the difference.

Over the years, while judging various flower shows, I have stumbled upon one or the other new species on display. I remember, when I first started, way back in late seventies, I saw a simple rubber plant (Ficus elastica) planted in fancy pot. And then, it was same rubber but decora with maroon leaves followed by Black Prince, with deep maroon, almost black leaves, the next year. With the passage of time came the variety with simple variegation followed by decora with variegation and where will it end is yet to be seen.

There are numerous examples in horticulture for varied kind of flora in the same type. See the accompanying picture. You will find two types of plants. Both of these are anthurium. One on the left with deep green foliage with deep and prominent ribs is valued for foliage. Even in this type there are other kinds, with pointed leaves or round leaves. More you keep this plant in humidity and shade, bigger the leaves it gives. It may extend to more than a foot in all directions. The flowers in this case are insignificant. The other type is valued for flowers and not the leaves. The foliage in this type is also very pretty at the time of emergence when it is very soft and delicate with maroon colour but later it turns out light green and also becomes leathery. Normal belief is that anthurium is not successful here but I find this plant most hardy and 'careless' type. Whether watering is sparse or plenty, it will not disappoint you. One big tip in its growing is that if you want more flowers, keep removing leaves. Lesser the number of leaves more will be number of flowers. The leaves grow at the cost of flowers.

Myth of the week

Hygiene tips

It is better to grow gulukand rose (pink, desi) in the home garden to make gulukand or rose water as it will be hygienic. No doubt you know about the kind of sweet additions but beware; rose flowers have surprise for you. Give a strong jerk to the bloom at your palm and watch carefully. You will find very minute light green yellow or black insects jumping on your palm. These are trips that live in the folds of petals. So, before using the bloom, jerk the flowers. It is also advised to give jerks on the palm and shed the insects before bringing it too close to nose.

This is a weekly column. The author is the Senior PAU Horticulturist and can be reached at

For Urdu’s cause
SD Sharma

The language and literature of any community or region reflects the living culture of people, linking their past with the present and so on," opines Nashir Naqvi, a celebrated Urdu poet, critic, scholar, orator, anchor and prolific author. Credited with 16 books in all language and genres, he stands tall with his incredible literary achievements. He has bagged scores of awards such as the Punjab State Shiromani Urdu Sahitkaar, Shehre Qaid International Urdu Award, Anjuman-e-Taraqqi Urdu Award-2003, Maula Ali Award, Urdu Ghazal Award, among others.

The Punjab government has recently appointed Naqvi as the functional secretary for the prestigious assignment of rebuilding the existing Punjab Urdu Akademy at Malerkotla on the lines of Delhi Urdu Akademy. We catch up with him.

Q: What is the relevance of Urdu in Punjab?

A: In fact, Urdu originated in undivided Punjab and the first Urdu novel authored by a Punjabi, Munshi Gumani Lal, was published way back in 1863. The first Urdu critic, Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, a foremost disciple of Mirza Ghalib, belonged to Panipat, which was part of undivided Punjab. Besides, over 70 per cent of acclaimed Urdu fiction writers or poets of India such as Rajinder Singh Bedi, Sadat Hasan Manto, Sahir Ludhianvi, Upender Nath Ashq and many more belonged to Punjab.

Q: Why are there no takers for Urdu now?

A: Due to the introduction of new employment-oriented education, Urdu language, despite its literary vigour, has suffered. But Urdu Muslim University, Aligarh, Jamia Milia, New Delhi and Maulana Azad University, Hyderabad, besides other promotional organisations are helping the cause of Urdu. The Urdu TV channel of Doordarshan, ETV Urdu and more have opened new vistas for Urdu literates. Training in script-writing, anchoring and media journalism will be pioneered in Punjab Urdu Akademy programmes.

Q: The Punjab Urdu Akademy has been already functioning at Malerkotla. What is your agenda?

A: The promotion and propagation of Urdu language, which has lost its sheen over the years, is paramount as envisioned by the state government. We plan to interact with National Council for Promotion of Urdu (NCPUL) and all state Urdu academies with a view to implement their best programmes here. With the support and guidance of the state government, Jaspal Singh, VC, Punjabi University, we plan to make the Akademy an institute of multidimensional excellence.

Hanged to death!
Jasmine Singh

With multiple programmes, softwares and data loaded on to your phones, technical snags are bound to happen

Sitting in a café, waiting for your friends to turn up, tired of looking around? What comes to your immediate rescue? But of course, the mobile lying smartly on the table in front of you or tucked away in your bag.

Bored to death, your hands inevitably move on the keys, scrolling, trying and exploring applications you probably didn't give a look before. SMSing away to glory at the speed of 10 per minute! How about playing a snooker game, back to the SMS, checking the email…there goes the cell!

It refuses to budge or follow any command - it is 'hanged'. This is where technology scores, leaving us with only one immediate solution, either stop pestering and pushing it, or just switch it off, and return to the 'wait' mode. Mobile phones 'hanging' is a common problem, whether it is an old or smart version of any company, the phone is bound to hang, at least one-odd time for sure! Any solutions?

Says Mukesh Karbanda, a city-based blogger, "Working of phones is no longer as simple as it used to be. Earlier, phones were used to make, receive calls and send texts. Today, phones are loaded with applications, which hampers their working."

A mobile phone is as good as a laptop these days; imagine the number of applications it supports. "Using too many third party applications can also interrupt the functioning of the cell," shares Angad Bir Sekhon, a freelance 3D animator. "Apple iphone has more than three lakh applications; downloading too many affects the cell for sure. If you use a mobile to play games, download songs, prepare excel sheets…how do you expect that the cell will not develop a snag."

Technology is on the move, but the flip side of the coin is the lacunae, which most buyers do not consider. The best way to avoid the problem is to update the software once in 5-6 months. "Running a phone on an old software for too long invites a virus or some kind of a snag," says Kartik Sahni, another city-based animator. "A mobile user inevitably goes for a 7 or an 8 GB card to enhance the phone memory. What they don't see is the internal memory of the phone. If the internal memory is only 50mb and external 8GB, the phone is bound to hang because it cannot take extra load. How can you forget the bluetooth application that invites virus?" he questions.

Pradeep Gangal, managing director, Go Bindaas Entertainment Pvt Ltd, simplifies the concept. "There are two kinds of applications, one is SIM-based and the other handset embedded. If both the applications are overburdened, then the phone hangs. Everyone wants to own an application, do banking on phone, watch movies, download songs, which affects the traffic as well as functioning." Why do people say old is gold!

Strong signal
Amitpal Singh Grewal

If you have a wireless network installed in your home, you know that getting perfect reception can be tricky. The simplest of electrical devices can cause enough interference to reduce your wireless network range by a good 30 per cent!

Ideally, there should be a perfect circle of reception surrounding the antenna of your wireless router. But in real life things are rarely that perfect. But then there are ways to improve your network range.

First of all, make sure your wireless router is installed in a central location, preferably mounted on a wall, and as far away as possible from other electronic devices, such as microwave ovens and cordless phones. Even Bluetooth gadgets can cause trouble and affect your wireless network range.

Consider replacing the original antenna that came with the router. A wireless network range can benefit greatly from a hi-gain antenna, which directs all signals in one particular direction rather than a standard antenna, which is omni-directional. An omni-directional antenna can often misdirect signals towards walls, which diminishes the capacity of the router. You can also consider adding a wireless repeater, which amplifies the signal when positioned between the router and the computer, thereby ensuring a better reception. There's all sorts of stuff you can do to your WiFi router's software, which can help improve its signal strength.


Radio waves fall down, and laterally. That means getting your router as high as possible - on a piece of furniture or the highest floor possible, will help. If you're not trying to reach an upper floor at all, hang the router high and upside-down. Also, put it in a central location.


Give your router some breathing room from the wall, at least 1-ft if possible. Huge furniture, appliances (especially microwaves) and even your own computer will also stand in the way.


Anything metal will reflect your signal, even if it's very thin. So, the small metal sheet in a mirror can also be used to your advantage. Try using trial-and-error with a compact disc or some tin foil to bounce the signal back into your domain

Loving & caring

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Answering this call of selfless living, Tammanaites bring ASHIA - Meaning: Life and Hope — a four-hour mega event celebrating its two glorious and successful years. Ashia celebrates the spirit of Tammana and its zeal of 'loving to live for others'.

A colourful cultural programme on the occasion will have western and classical dances, plays, rock band show, performances by visually challenged students and a special show by Tammana as well. This show will be held in collaboration with the Cultural Department, UT, Chandigarh. Says Isha Kakaria, founder-president, "Ashia is our initiative to join hands with hundreds of other people to accomplish our motto of 'loving to live for others'. Tammana will also announce its special 'seven-star awards' for the dedicated team of 60 students who have been working for the last two years for the welfare of society. So far, 26 events have been successfully held.

Tammana will also honour all those who have supported them. So far, Tammana has touched thousands of lives through various eye/blood donation camps and various workshops.

Ashia will be held on Wednesday from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Tagore Theatre-18. The passes are free and available at the following outlets - Nik Bakers, Hot Millions, The Jewels, Swiss Pie, Levi's, Pepe Jeans, City Printers, B:Hair — TNS

The Perfect fit

Levi's has launched a new line of custom fit jeans, Levi's Curve ID, made to fit the curve of a woman's body. The brand has showcased the Levi's Curve ID fit system as part of the India leg of the global launch.

Created after listening to women from around the world, and based on a study of body scans of more than 60,000 women, Levi's designers created a new approach to measuring a woman's body. Through this approach, Levi's identified three distinct body types that account for 80 percent of women's shapes universally.

Slight Curve - designed to celebrate straight figures: Slight Curve is designed to define a woman's waist, while accentuating her curves. If jeans usually fit in the hips and thighs but are too tight in the waist, a woman should try the Slight Curve. Demi Curve - designed to fit even proportions: Demi Curve is designed to flatter a woman's waist, while smoothing her shape. If jeans usually fit in the waist, but don't flatter the figure, a woman should try the Demi Curve.

Bold Curve - designed to honor genuine curves: Bold Curve is designed to hug the waist, without gaping or pulling. — TNS

One for the road

Buying a bike today is like buying a mobile phone, with so many options to choose from. The answer to a perfect bike still eludes so many bikers and would-be bikers especially when one is mystified on how to describe 'Perfect'.

Riding in and around city roads is probably like fighting a lone battle everyday with all kind of vehicles winding with aggressive drivers on cell phones and a biker must feel no less than a knight in the shining armor riding high on his stallion. Battling all these city evils, one wishes for a ride that can steer smoothly on any kind of surface, tarmac, muddy, potholed or no road, blessed with an engine which keeps them at least a mile ahead of others. This is where TVS StaR City figures in - a bike which has perfect look and high performance delivery through its dumdaar 110cc engine with CVTi technology, coupled with comfortable sitting for longer rides. Consumer these days value high quality products and like to get into minor details and TVS StaR City addresses the same very needs of their highly valuable customers.

The 110 cc 'dumdar' Engine on the StaR City offers smooth gear shifting with long-term durability. This engine also utilises swirl induction for better efficiency as well as performance. The spark plug produces higher energy sparks for better ignition and the engine runs a roller cam follower and the coated piston reduces friction. All this, offers a great better pulling power than the other bikes in this category.

The long stretches with uneven roads and potholes TVS Star with its uniquely designed heavy duty chassis with widest rear wheel base in the category doesn't let it skid off the muddy tracks and makes it glide even on the toughest and roughest surfaces. The StaR City with its ride switch shock technology is ready to take on any challenge head on, slithering even on bumpy roads. But the additional 5 years warranty offered by the company tales the cake. So if you looking at the true value for your money, go ahead and check the STAR power -ride it uphill where earth meets the sky. — TNS

Haute pick
Right click

In a digital SLR, there are two ways to see the image that you are going to shoot - one is through an optical viewfinder and the other on a view screen using 'Live View'. Now, the Pixel LD-W1 wireless remote control will take you a step further with clicking options that can be used in many different ways. All you have to do is connect the 2.4 GHz transmitter to the camera's hot shoe (external flash port) and take the receiver (RF remote) up to nearly 200 feet away, for viewing and clicking your shot on a three-inch, 960 x 240 LCD screen. So now you can set your camera on a tripod, hide out in a remote location, and take pictures.


  • LV-W1 image transmit with 2.4GHz frequency channel, 3 specific channels.
  • Shutter control of 433MHz
  • Operating distance range of up to 80-mts
  • Three-inch TFT display; adjustable brightness
  • Resolution: 960 X 240
  • 3.7V, 1200MAh lithium battery

All for fashion

Karan avoids Bollywood glitz, lets clothes do the talking

Karan Johar He calls himself Bollywood's fashion guru but Karan Johar avoided filmi glitz and let the clothes do the talking at his show in the ongoing Van Heusen Men’s Week here with a collection inspired by the 'most fashionable' city of them all, New York. The filmmaker decided not to have a Bollywood celeb as the showstopper, but actor Kunal Kapoor and Shweta Bachchan cheered him on from the front row.

The collection, which was collaboration between Johar and designer Varun Bahl sported a palette of black and white with bursts of shimmer and colour.

"We wanted the clothes to be the showstoppers at the show not a person," said Johar. The 38-year-old filmmaker said that he decided to work with Bahl because they have a very similar aesthetic though there were plenty of arguments.

"Me and Varun often turned up at parties wearing the same shirt, our tastes are that similar. So doing a collection together was the next step and I have always wanted to be a designer. So he helped me fulfil my dream," said Johar.

Johar, who is gearing up for the release of his home production "We Are Family", sported a black suit with geek classes but said that his first choice was shorts. "Black is my colour, but I would have worn colourful shorts if I was fit enough for it," said Johar.

The collection combined coats with low crotched pants in linen and silk. The predominantly ebony and ivory collection saw bursts of colour in the form of colourful accessories. — PTI

Getting naughty

Touching, ogling, throwing passes on the runaway — that's how celebrated designer Rohit Bal aka Gudda brought the curtains down with the grande finale of the second edition of the Van Heusen India Men's Week (VHIMW) late on Sunday. And joining the naughty league was Bollywood hunk John Abraham.

Kicking off with his signature vivacious, whimsical and Shakespearean drama, dot two hours late, the collection titled “Sharaarat” was every word of it. The drama started much before the show when it was declared to be a restricted media and guests area — all thanks to the golden headed, fairer-than-thou designer's perfectionist attitude, who got the main show area and the adjoining areas sealed with burly bouncers as a blockade.

And when it all began, there were well-tailored curtains covering the gathering, the area filled with the aroma of rose petals kept in huge water cups over the ramp and a creamy white runaway floating among the boundary of shimmering light bulbs. The setting was no less than a Victorian park filled with over a dozen metallic trees and the backdrop was cushioned with the golden aura of barbed wires. Then, there were pairs of four symmetrical classic mirrors guarding their bigger counterparts, on each side of the platform. — PTI

Emmy-nent personalities

The 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, had big names striking a pose after being declared winners

Photos: Reuters

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