Saturday, August 2, 2008


There is an old saying in tinsel town: Never try to remake a classic. Rajinikanth's Kuselan is a mixed bag, but director P Vasu has been able to evoke the essence of the original Katha Parayumbol from Malayalam to a certain extent.

The film tries desperately to glorify Rajinikanth's larger than life superstardom and create a halo around him as a do-gooder and a saint in real life. It loses its focus and moves away from the gist of the original, which was a simple story about human emotions, based on friendship between an ordinary barber and a superstar. It had none of the dramatic and mostly exaggerated stuff we're used to seeing,

Still, if you are looking for a clean family movie with some comedy, gloss and sentiments, Kuselan makes interesting viewing. Some of the scenes in the film are really amusing. The scene where Vadivel surreptitiously sneaks into a film set to meet the superstar and, after some funny mishaps, comes face-to-face with him is brilliantly worked out. The disbelief on Vadivel's face, his body language and the perfect comic timing of Rajinikanth, is a rocker of a scene.

The way the Sunder Rajan character pins down the elusive Rajinikanth and provokes him by needling him with questions on his personal life, Himalayan sojourns, politics and style has been worked out well by the director.

The sharp and scathing replies of Rajini are a revelation as he answers all your long-standing queries with a lot of wit and tact. It looked like an edition of "Everything you always wanted to know about Rajinikanth, but were too afraid to ask!"

The film tries to work on a new theme Mata Pita Guru Nanban and to eulogise friendship above everything else. The story, written by Sreenivasan, is inspired by the mythological story of friendship between Kuselan and Lord Krishna.

Vasu has added commercial elements, like a glamorous Nayanthara playing herself for the songs with the superstar. She has no dialogues in the film and is there just for the glamour quotient and songs!

Vadivel and an army of comedians like Santhanam, Livingston, M S Bhaskar, Brahmanandam and Chinni Jayanth are there to keep the laughter pot boiling. Prabhu, plays the role of an irrelevant security guard to the superstar. Meena and her three kids would appeal to women audiences. It is clear that Vasu was trying to make the film palatable to mass audiences.

The songs of G.V Prakash are quite hummable, but picturisation of the much hyped Cinema Cinema is disappointing. Aravind Krishna's camera is serviceable though it plays voyeur on Nayanthara. She looks cute in the Chaaral song, but the song sticks out like a sore thumb -- The director has inserted the song, which has absolutely no relevance to the story or situation.

Rajinikanth towers above all others, especially in the climax scene where there is a lot of melodrama and the human emotions are well etched out. Pasupathy has a pained expression throughout. Meena just repeats her performance in the Malayalam version. Vadivel has his moments in the film, though at times his scenes with Sona are a bit crass and below-the-belt.

Kuselan is quite an enjoyable watch and is different from previous Rajinikanth films. The star appears for roughly 36 minutes on the screen, which may not satisfy his die-hard fans. The film has to be seen from a different perspective and its touching climax will leave a lump in your throat.

You're going to hear different reactions to this Rajinikanth movie. Many are going to love it, while for some others, it will inevitably fall short of expectations.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera !!

Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera !!

Let the Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera be your first line of defense. Strength through obscurity! The 7 megapixels are completely insufficient to show a vampire on film, and the auto focus and image stabilization work to keep the shot in frame at all times. This helps the vampire hunter by making it obvious what he or she can’t see, which in turn should make it obvious who the real vampire is. There’s also a USB connection, so moving the video back to your Vampire Hunter’s Laptop (running Vindows VP or Mac OS V) should be as easy as that chick who changed her name to Darkchylde Rosepetal after her parents split up. Which reminds me, the Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera has a built in Tripod socket.

3x optical zoom, 15x digital zoom, and a wrist strap designed to keep your Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera close as you run from the wolves, bats, gnarled assistants and evil mist. Man, nothing is worse than evil mist. It gets all in your lungs and you get a cold and you’re coughing out vampire for a week. Which the doctors never believe. Stupid World Health Organization coverup. I just wanted some penicillin.

The Kodak Easyshare C763 7.1MP Digital Camera comes with battery, battery charger, and power adapter as well. So don’t live in fear! Order a steak with extra garlic and grab the camera. The next knock on the window… could be your last!

Choose between Silver or Copper at check out

Warranty: 1 Year Kodak


  • 7 megapixels, Captures a resolution up to 3072×2304 and prints out 11×14 photos
  • Auto focus for easy to take photos, point and shoot
  • Image stabilizer, counteracts small vibrations and movement for sharper photos
  • Tripod Socket
  • USB connection to your computer
  • 3x optical zoom, 15x digital


CCD: 1/2.5 in. CCD, 4:3 aspect ratio
Output Image Size:
  • 7.1MP: 3072 x 2304 pixels
  • 6.1MP (3:2): 3072 x 2048 pixels
  • 5.0 MP: 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • 3.1 MP: 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 2.2 MP: (3:2) 1800 x 1200 pixels
  • 2.1 MP: (16:9) 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1.2 MP: 1280 x 960 pixels
  • Display: 6.35 cm (2.5 in) color hybrid LCD, 154 K pixels
    Lens: 3X optical zoom lens f/2.8–f/4.9 35 mm–105 mm (35 mm equivalent)
    Lens Barrier: Automatic built-in
    Digital Zoom: 5.0X continuous with 0.2X increments
    Nor supported for video capture
    Focus System: TTL-AF, selectable: Multi-zone AF, Center-zone AF. Working range:

  • 0.5 m (19.6 in.)–infinity @ wide
  • 0.5 m (19.6 in.)–infinity @ telephoto
  • 0.1–0.5 m (3.9–19.6 in.) @ wide close-up/macro
  • 0.4–0.8 m (15.7–31.5 in.) @ telephoto close-up/macro
  • Exposure Metering: TTL-AE; Center-weighted
    Exposure Compensation: +/-2.0 EV with 0.5 EV step
    Exposure Bracketing: Yes
    Long Time Exposure: Yes
    Shutter Speed: Mechanical shutter with CCD electrical Auto: 4–1/1400 sec.
    ISO Speed: Auto: 80–200
    Selectable: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (800 available only for smallest picture size setting)
    Electronic Flash: Guide no. 5.6 Auto flash with pre-flash
    Working range at ISO 200: 0.5–2.3 m (1.6–7.5 ft) @ Wide;0.8–1.4 m (2.6–4.6 ft) @ Tele
    Flash Modes: Auto, Fill, Red-eye, Off
    Capture Modes: Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Close-up, SCN (Scene Modes), Video
    Burst: Maximum 3 pictures; 1.9 pictures per second
    Video Capture: VGA (640 x 480) @ 15 fps
    QVGA (320 x 240) @ 30 fps
    Image File Format: Still: EXIF 2.21 (JPEG compression); file organization: DCF
    Video: QuickTime (CODEC MotionJPEG)
    Image Storage: SD/MMC Card
    Not compatible with SD cards over 2GB
    Internal Storage Capacity: 32 MB internal memory/26 MB available for image storage (1 MB equals one million bytes)
    Quickview: Yes
    Video Output: NTSC or PAL selectable
    Power: Kodak Li-Ion rechargeable digital camera battery KLIC-7005; Kodak 5V AC adapter
    Communication With Computer: USB 2.0 full speed via USB cable model U-8, EasyShare camera dock, or printer dock
    PictBridge Support: Yes
    Self Timer: 2 seconds, 10 seconds, or 2-shot
    White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
    Auto Power Off: Selectable 1, 3, 5, 10 minutes
    Color Modes: Color, Black & White, Sepia
    Date Stamp: None, YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY
    Tripod Mount: 1/4 inch
    Operating Temperature: 32-104°F (0–40°C)
    Size: 90 mm (3.5 in.) x 60 mm (2.4 in.) x 23 mm (0.9 in.) @ power off
    Weight: 130 g (4.6 oz.) without battery or card

    In the box:

    • Kodak C763 Camera
    • USB Cable
    • Wrist Strap
    • Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
    • Battery Charger
    • Power Adapter
    • Kodak EasyShare Dock Faceplate
    • Kodak EasyShare Software for Mac and Windows
    • Users Guide

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008

    Maruti Suzuki to replace Esteem with Swift Dezire


    For staunch three-box lovers, Maruti Suzuki is coming up with the new Dezire, the replacement for its long-serving Esteem. With the curtains down on the Esteem after a 14-year long drive, the new offering, Dezire, will have a host of contemporary new features which were otherwise missing in the Esteem and not available in any of the current lot of mid-sized cars.

    Dezire, Maruti Suzuki’s new sedan on the Swift platform, will be manufactured only in India for the global market and will be available in both fuel options. It will sport a 1.3 litre petrol and the 1.3 litre DDiS multijet diesel engine, currently available in the Swift hatchback.

    The company is taking the SX4 and the Zen Estilo route with Dezire, topping up the car with some luxury features. Besides the twin front ABS and Auto Temp Control, the new sedan is expected to don a new integrated DIN Stereo and new set of alloy wheels in the top line variant.

    The company is also working on a few changes in the grille, foglamp and the tail lights to make the Dezire look different from the hugely successful Swift hatchback. It will come in mutli-variant models like the Swift.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2008

    Tendulkar inspires amazing series win

                                                  Tendulkar inspires amazing series win

    Straight up

    Straight boundaries come easy to Sachin Tendulkar, with drives that look so simple and neat. But it was surprising to see him go for the slog. Stuart Clark pitched it short outside off, the ball was about 132kph, but Tendulkar, instead of pulling it square, swatted it straight over the umpire's head.

    Bhajji cools down

    After the tirade of hostilities he's faced on this tour, Harbhajan Singh's had enough. While Tendulkar made the Australians sweat in the Brisbane heat, Harbhajan cooled himself down by sitting on an ice box. That must have surely helped him walk sedately to the crease amid the boos at the Gabba, home to Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds.

    Tackling Tendulkar

    Australians love bodily contact, and among their favorite sports are Australian rules football and rugby. Michael Clarke might be slim but he made use of his rugby skills to pin down the unstoppable Tendulkar. Gambhir pushed the ball towards mid-on and Clarke tried to stop it in his followthrough. One hurdle: Tendulkar was standing to his left . Clarke ended ramming straight into Tendulkar, who was turning back, and pinned him to the ground. Good 'n you mate, the Aussies might have said; however, it didn't stop Tendulkar from making runs.

    What might have been
    Ricky Ponting ordered his men into an onfield huddle before the match to outline his plans for the do-or-die encounter. The inspiration might have passed on to his players, but it wasn't grabbed by the captain when Tendulkar fired a square drive on 7. Ponting had placed himself at a catching position in front of point and the ball sped to his right at a comfortable height, but it was going too quickly and didn't stick. An amazing catch would have lifted the team; Ponting's men had to look elsewhere for the spark.

    Paying the price

    Irfan Pathan was turning out to be ineffective against the Queenslanders Hayden and Symonds, who were steadily repairing the early damage done by Praveen Kumar. As Australia neared the 100-run mark, Pathan offered room and Hayden drove it hard towards cover. The batsmen ran for a tight single. Suresh Raina at short cover tried to intercept but it was Yuvraj who picked the ball at mid-off; he had a aim at the stumps but missed, and the throw beat Dhoni and headed to the boundary.

    Praveen succeeds by keeping it simple

    praveen Kumar's simple approach played a key role in India's victory

    After going wicketless in his first game of the CB Series, against Sri Lanka in Adelaide, Praveen Kumar said he couldn't get much swing because he didn't get the new ball. In the first final, against Australia in Sydney on Sunday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni threw him the new ball and Praveen responded by picking up the wickets of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting. At the Gabba on Tuesday, Praveen went two better - to those two wickets he added Michael Clarke and began the process of Australia's defeat. Later, he dismissed Brett Lee to break a dangerous partnership.

    India had gone into the match without Ishant Sharma but any doubts over the potency of their attack were dispelled by Praveen's understated brilliance. Bowling with vigour and accuracy, and controlling the swing, he worked on the Australian batsmen relentlessly. The rewards came soon enough: Gilchrist edged the outswinger, Ponting mistimed his favourite pull shot, so did Michael Clarke.

    There's nothing imposing about Praveen's physique - he stands just under six feet - nor anything intimidatory in his run-up. In fact, his smooth delivery stride ends with a neat side-on action that allows him to keep a good line. His strength is his prodigious swing - thanks to a strong wrist and his ability to use the conditions. Aware that he lacked the pace to beat the bat, Praveen utilised the Gabba's low bounce to keep the batsmen tied down; the ball hurried on to the bat, giving them no time to go for their shots.

    Credit must go to Dhoni, who once again displayed the knack of using his bowlers according to the situation and the conditions. What also helped was Sreesanth keeping things tight at the other end. But ultimately the kudos belonged to Praveen, who bowled three spells, each making a difference. The first, 6-1-25-3, left Australia hobbling and on the back foot; the second, 2-1-6-0, pulled down the run-rate when Michael Hussey and James Hopes were scripting a fightback. The third and final one, 2-0-15-1, ended the last real flicker of resistance and brought India within reach of victory.

    To think Praveen was playing his fifth game showed how much this tour has been a valuable learning experience for him, as it has been for most of the youngsters. At the start of the tour Dhoni said he would like to play each of his squad but with almost every game a crunch encounter he fell back on his first-choice XI. Praveen was called for in India's sixth game and retained his place since.

    Much of his success came from keeping things simple. Against Sri Lanka in Hobart last week, Praveen - coming in first change - bowled to his strengths, getting the ball to swing at 130kph and making the batsmen play. The lack of pace is tempting for the batsman; there's nothing wrong with that as long as one respects the good balls. That fact was lost on Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Chamara Silva. On Sunday, he opened the bowling and showed no nerves while embarrassing the likes of Gilchrist and Ponting.

    None of this has come easy for Praveen, who has had to transform himself from just another domestic bully into an international player of impact. He plays his domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh where, in the absence of a good coach, he has relied on the likes of Mohammad Kaif, his state captain.

    Earlier this year, Manoj Prabhakar, the former Indian swing bowler, called Praveen a "magician" after his heroic effort in the Ranji Trophy final, when he picked up eight wickets in Delhi's first innings. Prabhakar's only suggestion was for Praveen to add genuine pace to his swing. Praveen was once a 125kph bowler, today he is in the 130-135 kph bracket and that has already made a marked difference



      SACHIN'S GLORIOUS SHOT               


    Sachin Tendulkar has replaced Ricky Ponting as the top-ranked ODI batsman as per the latest ICC player rankings. His elevation comes on the back of successive match-winning knocks of 117  not out and 91 in the finals of the CB Series against Australia.


    Tendulkar, with 777 rating points, is seven points ahead of Ponting, who had a poor run in the CB Series, scoring 191 runs from 10 matches at 19.10. Graeme Smith the South Africa captain, is at third place. Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has climbed to 10th place, three points below the ninth-placed Herschelle Gibbs.

    India's title-triumph has put them on fourth place in the ICC ODI Championship - New Zealand were ahead when the rankings were calculated beyond the decimal point, while Australia, with a rating of 127, are still the best one-day side, ahead of South Africa on decimal points.

    South Africa can overtake Australia if they sweep their upcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, but they will remain in second spot if Bangladesh manages a single win.

    Top 10 ODI batsmen

    Rank                Name                                      Rating
    1              Sachin Tendulkar                      777
    2              Ricky Ponting                                   770
    3              Graeme Smith                                  753
    4              Mohammad Yousuf                         752
    5              Matthew Hayden                             740
    6              Adam Gilchrist                                 738
    7              Michael Hussey                                736
    8              Kevin Pietersen                               735
    9              Herschelle Gibbs                              731
    10            Mahendra Singh Dhoni            728

    Monday, March 3, 2008

    Triple Treat for Indian Cricket Lovers !!

    * Team India (under 19) wins the Under 19 World Cup.

    * Sachin Tendulkar Classy 42nd Ton .

    * Team India wins the first final against Aussies in CB series.

    Its a SUPER SUNDAY for Indian Cricket !!

    GMR unveils Delhi IPL team logo

    GMR unveils Delhi IPL team logo

    Holdings, which owns IPL's Delhi franchise,
    unveiled the logo for the team today, and named the team as 'Delhi
    Daredevils' at a ceremony in Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here.

    GMR-IPL official looked excited while announcing the name of the team,
    saying that the name "Delhi Daredevils' is synonymous with the city's
    image of pride and fearless passion".

    “People in Delhi seem to be outgoing and want to do things at the
    forefront and not back foot," said Yogesh Shetty, Chief Executive

    Meanwhile, the demand of the Delhi team to make the dashing opener
    Virender Sehwag, its iconic player, will be heard soon as the decision
    of the franchisees will be announced on Wednesday.

    BCCI Vice- president Rajiv Shukla said: "If the IPL governing body and
    franchisees don't have any issues and if they agree to make both the
    cricketers as iconic players then it is good. The plea has been
    circulated to all the franchisees for their opinions to make Virendra
    Sehwag and V. V. S. Laxman as icon players.”

    Greg Shipperd, coach of national title-winning Victoria State in
    Australia, and his assistant David Sacker have been appointed coach and
    assistant-cum-trainer of the Daredevils.

    The 'Delhi Daredevils' was shortlisted from other names including Delhi Mughals that was suggested Delhiites in the SMS voting.

    Delhi Daredevils will play their first match against Jaipur at Kotla on April 19.

    Over 80 international cricketers are expected to feature in a player
    "auction" in Mumbai on Wednesday with each franchise allowed a cap of 5
    million dollars.

    The eight franchises, which spent over 718 million dollars to get the team rights, will be present at the auction.

    They are Mumbai team (Mukesh Ambani), Bangalore (Vijay Mallya), Kolkata
    (Shah Rukh Khan), Chandigarh (Preity Zinta), Jaipur (Emerging Media),
    Hyderabad (Deccan Chronicle), Chennai (India Cements) and Delhi (GMR

    While each team will be allowed to register a maximum of eight foreign players, only four will be able to play in the XI.

    In the tournament, based on Twenty20 matches, 59 matches will be played in 44 days starting April 18. (ANI)

    India Cements Ltd. unveils Chennai IPL team logo

    India Cements Ltd. unveils Chennai IPL team logo


    India Cements Limited (ICL), franchisee of the Chennai Indian Premier League (IPL) team, unveiled the logo for the team today and named the team as "Chennai Super Kings: Fearless Entertainers who will play to win".

    The function held in Chennai witnessed the presence of veteran Indian cricketers like Sivaramakrishnan, W. V Raman and Chandrasekar.

    During the function, former Indian captain Krishnamachary Srikkanth was named as the brand ambassador of the team.

    Speaking on the occasion, Srikkanth said, "I am very happy that ICL had taken over Chennai Super Kings team. It's a great feeling to be a brand ambassador. Chennai have knowledgeable cricketers and so Super Kings will be a lovely team."

    The owner of the team reiterated faith in his team's caliber to deliver the best.

    "We want a solid team. We have been in cricket running teams for the last 40 years and we have won local championships many times so we have experience and will get a good blend," said N. Srinivasan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, ICL.

    Over 80 international cricketers are expected to feature in a player "auction" in Mumbai on Wednesday with each franchise allowed a cap of 5 million dollars.

    The eight franchises, who spent over 718 million dollars to get the team rights, will be present at the auction.

    They are Mumbai team (Mukesh Ambani), Bangalore (Vijay Mallya), Kolkata (Shah Rukh Khan), Chandigarh (Preity Zinta), Jaipur (Emerging Media), Hyderabad (Deccan Chronicle), Chennai (India Cements) and Delhi (GMR Group).

    While each team will be allowed to register a maximum of eight foreign players, only four will be able to play in the XI.

    In the tournament, based on Twenty20 matches, 59 matches will be played in 44 days starting April 18. (ANI)


    After big guns, IPL teams shop for youngsters

    The big sale of Indian cricketers in Mumbai last Wednesday was just the beginning. The rush to sign up players for the newly-formed Indian Premier League has by no means ended; franchisees are now eyeing members of the Indian under-19 squad currently playing the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Other prominent cricketers from the under-22 bracket are also being wooed with payments running into several lakhs.

    On Friday, there was frenzied activity as franchisees chased prominent junior cricketers to fill their quota of four under-22 players. One major signing was UP's allrounder, Praveen Kumar, who is in the CB Series squad currently playing Down Under. According to sources, he has been snapped up by Delhi for Rs 32.5 lakh. Delhi are also reportedly set to sign UP's southpaw opener, Tanmay Srivstava, a member of the U-19 World Cup squad.

    Other prominent young stars being sought by IPL teams are Under-19 skipper Virat Kohli, Pradip Sangwan, Ravindra Jadeja and Saurabh Tiwary. From the India-A team, players like Yo Mahesh, Pragyan Ojha and Cheteshwar Pujara are also in great demand.

    IPL rules mandate that each franchisee have at least four under-22 players, apart from the four 'catchment area' players.

    This means U-22 cricketers are up for grabs, and need not necessarily be from the catchment area, explaining the huge demand for someone like Delhi's Kohli, who can be bought by any of the other teams for a large enough sum.

    Franchisees are believed to be persuading those who have worked with these youngsters in the past as team coach or manager to convince them to sign up. The frenzy seems to have caught everyone associated with these players totally off-guard, as TOI found out.

    Kohli's coach Rajkumar Sharma said: "We have received offers but we are yet to take a final decision. Actually, we are confused about the rules governing IPL and its offers. We are in the dark about the maximum and the minimum limit a player might be offered. That's why we are holding talks with the IPL as well as franchisees. But money is not going to be the criteria for Kohli. We have to decide which team will be able to give him the maximum exposure. Virat shall chose his team accordingly."

    Another promising young bowler from UP, Sudeep Tyagi, who was the highest wicket-taker in the just-concluded Ranji season, confirmed that he had received offers from Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. But he too seemed unaware about the upper and lower limits of his salary. "I have received offers from three franchisees. I haven't decided yet which team I will play for but there is a strong possibility of playing for Chennai Super Kings. I have to look into the money part of the deal. I was under the impression (till now) that there is a fixed amount for the U-22 players."

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008



    The single most important element of any fitness program is "commitment". The best equipment along with an awesome routine doesn't do much for you if you're not motivated to exercise on a regular basis. The vast majority of people who join health clubs are not using them one year later. They've got the equipment but they lost the "commitment". The first step in creating a successful workout program is convincing yourself that exercising your body is going to be a good thing. I know that everyone realizes there are great benefits to exercise, yet “knowing” and “believing” are really two different things. Start by making a list of all the benefits you’ll receive by beginning a regular fitness program; take time to convince yourself of its benefits. I have given you just some of the general benefits below – see how many more you can add to the list that will help you personally. It takes a big commitment to actually stick with your long-term fitness goals. Without the belief of its benefits you’ll find it much more difficult to stay motivated in the long run. Spend some time thinking about and writing down the benefits to you! There are great benefits to working out that we can tend to overlook until we are called into a doctor’s office with something that could have been prevented with a simple lifestyle change.If you are already working out but see little or no results, you need to change up your routine more often. Maybe make it more intense, do different exercises, mix it up anyway you can to puzzle your body and get it to respond to your new routine. Just like your mind, your body gets bored with the same old routine. It gets “used” to it and after awhile will fail to respond to the same old thing. The more you can confuse your body and its muscles the more it will have to work to adjust to the new and different level of exercise. Your body continues to adjust and as it does you will need to periodically change your routines. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider working out for health. Yes, I know you’ve heard these a million times – we all KNOW it, but not many of us are actually DOING it. As you get a bit older, it becomes more important then ever to start your routine. Read through the list, add some ideas of your own and lets get started getting in better shape together! 1. Exercise Improves Your Mood Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30 minute walk can help you calm down. 2. Exercise Combats Chronic Diseases Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent osteoporosis? Regular exercise might be the ticket. 3. Exercise Helps You Manage Your Weight Want to drop those excess pounds? Trade some couch time for walking or other physical activities. 4. Exercise Strengthens Your Heart and Lungs Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Don’t throw in the towel. Regular exercise can leave you breathing easier. 5. Exercise Promotes Better Sleep Struggling to fall asleep? Or stay asleep? It might help to boost your physical activity during the day. 6. Exercise can Put the Spark Back Into You Sex Life Are you too tired to have sex? Or... feeling too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Exercise to the rescue. 7. Exercise can be Fun! Wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Looking for an activity that suits the entire family? Get physical. Another important step to achieving both happiness and contentment in fitness as well as in life is to believe in yourself. If you have that on your side, you are one step closer to your goal. Believe that you can overcome any obstacle that you are faced with and that you can achieve anything that you want out of life. Believe that you can take on this new challenge to re-shape your body and get fit. I am a firm believer that if you want something bad enough in life, you can go out and get it. Set goals that make you happy! Make it personal. Never change who you truly are for the sake of pleasing others. So, how do you stay motivated? Try this: After setting your fitness goals, laying out a plan of action and making your committment, begin to ask yourself a hundred times a day, "Is what I am doing or about to do, moving me toward my objectives?" That one single question asked often enough will help remind you everyday of your commitments.

    Thursday, January 24, 2008



    Stress and irritation can be caused by a wide range of things and can be different for different people. When you notice something that distracts or annoys you try to sort it out straightaway or at least plan a time to get it fixed - otherwise it will continue to aggravate you.

    A lot of stress and irritation is occurs at a subliminal level - you may not notice things consciously or may have put annoyances out of your mind. But that doesn't mean they are not affecting you. Your internal systems are always alert to possible dangers and changes around you.

    Many of the basic placement rules of feng shui stem from just this understanding. Removing the irritation of bad design makes you more relaxed and open to creativity.

    Simple tips

    • Make sure you can see doors and windows from where you sit
    • In a busy office avoid being near entrances unless it's your job to greet people - otherwise you will be distracted whenever someone comes in
    • If you share your space with others, have agreements about where things go and what you won't tolerate
    • Use your instincts rather than fashion to guide your choice of decor. Aim for colours that are sympathetic to the purpose of the room
    • Eliminate reflections and glare from TV and computer screens
    • Make sure you have enough insurance cover
    • Replace poorly designed tools, furniture and equipment - if they don't do the job efficiently and are not a pleasure to use they will cause irritation
    • Invest in ergonomically designed seating and ensure your desk and workstation are correctly adjusted
    • If something intrudes on your concentration settle yourself about it consciously or your body's systems will continue to wonder about it
    • Take frequent breaks and move around
    • Make sure there are some pleasing natural things around you - especially if you can't see much outside
    • Use an answering machine to limit calls to when you want to take them

    India creates history in Perth

    The thin line between hard and fair

    What a difference a Test can make. In the first week of the new year, cricket was left wounded and dishonoured. Now, after a hard-fought and enthralling game in Perth, the sport seems to have reclaimed not only its dignity but also its health.

    The events in Sydney tested loyalties. The mood of the moment demanded that positions be taken, and no one was immune to the pressure. But Perth has perhaps made it easy for all of us to view Sydney in the right perspective. Cricket, like any other sport, is a fiercely competitive activity worth getting passionate about; but there is a line beyond which lies ugliness and chauvinism. That line was breached in Sydney.

    "Spirit of cricket" is a much used, much misunderstood term. But it can said be that spirit was glimpsed and felt in Perth. There was grace in defeat and humility in victory. Australians have rarely made excuses for defeats, and Ricky Ponting, who was baffled and wounded by accusations that he was arrogant and lacked comprehension about what the fuss in Sydney was really about, conducted himself marvellously at the post-match press conference. He was relaxed and forthright, gave his opponents fulsome credit, accepted his team's failure, and made not a mention about umpiring errors.

    While Australia were being put under the cosh on the first day, a senior Australian journalist wondered aloud if the burden of having to watch their behaviour had had an effect on their game. Certainly, some appeals ended abruptly, and Shaun Tait even did the unthinkable by apologising to Sachin Tendulkar for having appealed for a caught-behind after the ball had brushed the elbow guard. And on the second day, an English journalist worried if the loss of the Perth Test would put pressure on Australia to go back to their snarling ways.

    But sometimes a point is missed. Australia were no less formidable or tough a team under Mark Taylor, who didn't need to be profane in order to be aggressive. It was he who took a bunch of rookie bowlers to the West Indies and beat the champions in their den. And it was he who fashioned the idea of scoring four runs an over in Test cricket. The credit for turning the Australians ugly will go to Steve Waugh: mental disintegration is his unfortunate legacy.

    Perth has possibly been an interesting learning experience for the Australians, for they were forced to conform to the code of conduct even when they were cornered. There has been a perception that the natural instincts of the Australian players fits oddly with the image Cricket Australia has been desperate to project, and in Sydney the wall simply collapsed when it got tight. The balance between "hard" and "fair" is difficult to maintain at the best of times; it's far tougher when your idea of fairness contrasts with that of the rest of the world.

    In Perth, Australia managed to walk the line without losing their footing. Brett Lee was the embodiment of the kind of aggression that should be seen on the cricket field. He steamed in over after over and whistled balls past retreating heads; he got Tendulkar by attacking his stumps, and exchanged glares and words with Irfan Pathan, who had let Lee have a few on the first day. It was the perfect example of hostility without nastiness. Tait talked the talk before the match, but couldn't walk the walk when it mattered. By the end of the match even tailenders were lining him up.

    There is a lesson in this for misguided Indian players who seem to think that to challenge Australia it is necessary to match them with words. Not being adept in these matters - Australia have practiced and mastered the art over years - they end up looking far more crude. It's a fake and shallow aggression that is merely a distraction. Sreesanth, a talented but temperamental swing bowler, once bowled a bouncer to Sachin Tendulkar in a domestic match and charged down the pitch to glare the batsman down. The next ball disappeared over his head as Tendulkar let him know where he stood.

    If the young Indian players ever needed a lesson in playing it tough, they needn't look beyond their own dressing room. In Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, India have had three of the toughest ever cricketers, who haven't ever needed to lose their manners to compete. Does Harbhajan Singh ever wonder why even the worst sledgers keep their thoughts to themselves when Tendulkar or Dravid is batting? Those who are easily provoked merely reveal a weakness of character. In any case, there are far worthier things to learn from the Australians.

    India at the moment is a nation bursting with energy and bristling with confidence. But it is also faces the risk of losing its humility, which some confuse as weakness. In the words of a perceptive colleague, India is a nation that has found its voice after years of being told to shut up. But there is a fine line between assertiveness and arrogance, between firmness and being rigid, and between standing up for what is right and bulldozing. There is no doubt about India's financial might in cricket. And that the mightiest rules is as much the law of the jungle as it is of civil society. But some leaders are respected while some are feared and loathed. It is up to India to choose where to stan

    Monday, January 21, 2008

    'Sir Sachin' if Brown has his way'

                                              'Sir Sachin' if Brown has his way'

    Sachin Tendulkar join the honoured ranks of Sir Don Bradman or Sir Gary Sobers? Well, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown certainly seems to think so. If he had his way, he would recommend the little master for a knighthood.

    "I would like to see some of the great players of the modern era — like Sachin Tendulkar — proposed for honorary awards so the British nation can salute their achievements in these sports."

    If Brown's remarks come true, we could be looking at the first Indian sports knight. In between courting trade and investment from India and China visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown showed where his heart really lay — at the WACA stadium in Perth.

    Complimenting India on its test victory over Australia, Brown shed his normally grave countenance.

    "I congratulate India on a famous victory - beating an Australian side who have won their last 16 games and doing so away from home."

    England's long cricketing feud with Australia clearly fuelled Brown's enthusiasm for India's historic win. Cricket has long been one of the great binders of Indo-British ties. And until some time ago Commonwealth cricketers were honoured by the UK.

    As Brown said, "I believe it was a good tradition to celebrate the achievements of the great Commonwealth cricketers. Obviously these are issues for the independent honours committee, but - hope they will consider it."
    So we can hope to see a 'Sir Sachin'.



    The design of the BMW 7 Series Sedan.

    The BMW 7 Series makes no secret of its intentions. From its sleek, streamlined double headlights, over its arching, coupé-like silhouette, to the elegant lines of the rear lights: the new BMW 7 Series expresses a pure fascination with the automotive experience. Every detail articulates its complete focus on pleasure, performance and perfection. Impressive when stationary, breathtaking when in motion: the 7 Series is a new perspective on driving.


    Capacity in ccm2,996
    Stroke/bore in mm88.0/85.0
    Max. output in kW (PS) at 1/min190 (258)/6,600
    Max. torque in Nm at 1/min300/2,500-4,000

    Weight in kg

    Unladen weight EU1,880
    Maximum permissible weight2,385
    Permitted load580
    Permitted axle load front/rear1,105/1,340


    Drag (cw)0.29
    Top speed (km/h)244
    Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h (in s)7.8
    Acceleration 0 - 1,000 m (in s)27.6
    Acceleration 80 - 120 km/h in 4th/5th gear (in s)-/-

    Fuel consumption

    Urban (l/100 km)14.6
    Extra-urban (l/100 km)7.5
    Composite (l/100 km)10.1
    CO2 emissions (g/km)241
    Tank capacity in I (approx.)88

    Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be obtained from "The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations", which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany.


    All dimensions in the technical drawings are in millimetres.

    The technical data specified applies to vehicles in the German market. The models illustrated may, in part, include optional equipment and accessories not fitted as standard. According to the specific requirements of other markets, alterations may occur regarding models, standard and optional equipment as described in the text and illustrations. For precise information, please contact your BMW dealer. Subject to change in design and equipment. Subject to error.

    Unladen weight: the figure quoted includes a 90 per cent tank filling, 68 kg for the driver and 7 kg for luggage. Unladen weight applies to vehicles with standard equipment. Optional equipment may increase this figure.

    The BMW 7 Series is only available with automatic transmission.

    Max. output: the petrol engines are designed for RON 98 fuel. The engines may be run on RON 91 fuel with a decrease in power.

    Composite fuel consumption: all engines for the 7 Series meet the EU4 emissions standard. Diesel models are fitted with a particle filter. Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle made up of approximately one third urban traffic and two thirds extra-urban driving (based on the distance covered). CO2 emissions are measured in addition to fuel consumption as such. Optional equipment (e.g. wider tyres) can significantly influence the fuel consumption.