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.

Friday, January 18, 2008



In 2008, there will be 18 races with the season starting on the 16th of March in Australia and ending on the 2nd of November in Brazil. Grands Prix in Valencia and Singapore have been added while the US Grand Prix has been dropped. Most events will be held around their usual time expect for the Turkish Grand Prix which has been moved to May from August. There will be 3 back to back races (Australia - Malaysia, Belgium - Italy and Japan - China.

16 March
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Melbourne - Australia)

Formula 1 Results

23 March
Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia)
Formula 1 Results

6 April
Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix (Sakhir - Bahrain)
Formula 1 Results

27 April
Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix (Barcelona - Spain)
Formula 1 Results

11 May
Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix (Istanbul - Turkey)
Formula 1 Results

25 May
Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (Monaco)

Formula 1 Results

08 June
Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Montreal - Canada)

Formula 1 Results

22 June
French Formula 1 Grand Prix (Magny Cours - France)

Formula 1 Results

06 July
British Formula 1 Grand Prix (Silverstone - Great Britain)
Formula 1 Results

20 July
German Formula 1 Grand Prix (Hockenheim - Germany)

Formula 1 Results

03 August
Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Budapest - Hungary)
Formula 1 Results

24 AugustEuropean Formula 1 Grand Prix (Valencia - Spain)

07 September
Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps - Belgium)
Formula 1 Results

14 September
Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Monza - Italy)
Formula 1 Results

28 SeptemberSingapore Formula 1 Grand Prix (Singapore) - New Night Race
12 October
Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix (Fuji - Japan)
Formula 1 Results

19 October
Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix (Shanghai - China)

Formula 1 Results

02 November
Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Sao Paulo - Brazil)
Formula 1 Results

Jodhaa Akbar audio release:A grand function

Jodhaa Akbar is finally releasing on September 15,” said director Ashutosh Gowariker at an opulent music launch of the film at a plush Mumbai hotel. “No…actually the release date as of now is February 15 and this time I’m serious,” Ashutosh corrected himself (with a chuckle) to a collective sigh from the gathered media and other dignitaries. Present at the rich-n-ostentatious occasion was of course the lead pair of Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, producer Ronnie Screwvala, Amitabh Bachchan, Javed Akhtar, A R Rahman, Sonu Sood, Sonu Nigam, Madhushree, Jaaved Ali, Shatrughan Sinha, Akbar Khan, Sanjay Khan, Ila Arun, Zayed Khan and a host of other celebrities. The event was anchored by ravishing Anjana Sukhani and the music was launched by Maharani of Jaipur Rani Padmini, a direct descendant of Jodhaa Bai.

Flowing red curtains curled as if in a bun of hair, brilliantly scarlet ‘Paalki’ with coquettish secrecy, shimmering inside, authoritarian throne of the King of Kings, swords hanging the fate of destiny in balance and pristine music gently soothing the senses. The ambience was perfect for promoting a hugely mounted film which seems to be a labour of painstaking research, minute detailing and incalculable hard work. Maybe, a fitting tribute to Akbar, who in poet-lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar’s words, “is a symbol of Indian synthesis who was working towards a Secular society in India around 500 years ago.”

Alright, let’s bring you some more highlights from the evening and also a brief curtain raiser of what the music is all about. Apart from the usual thank-you’s (Ashutosh had a list as long as the duration of his films) and detailed-hugging-sessions, there are a couple of information-nuggets that you shall find very interesting. Ashutosh Gowariker disclosed that Amitabh Bachchan is doing a voice over in the film (Remember Big B’s evocative baritone set the tone-n-tenor in the eponymous Lagaan). Also, Shotgun Sinha’s lovely wife Poonam Sinha is making a comeback to films as she plays Akbar’s mother Hameeda Bano (she has acted in films like Jigri Dost and Sabak three decades ago).

"Story wise it is about two cultures coming together in a love story," said Rahman. "It was a big challenge for me to compose music keeping in mind this theme of union."

Known for his musical versatility -- from romantic compositions to foot-tapping numbers -- Rahman has innovated with different instruments and sounds to create some of India's best known musical hits for more than a decade.

But for filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker's ambitious project, the Bollywood composer said he had kept the modern day audience in mind.

"The sounds and songs are very contemporary," said Rahman. "It is a period film but I have not gone into using Rudraveena or those classical instruments while composing."

"The music is simple - mainly instruments and vocals and there's no flashy use of sounds."

Thursday, January 17, 2008



WACA, PerthWestern AustraliaDeemed as the hardest & fastest cricket pitch in the world, batsman have to be good on horizontal bat shots to survive here. Unlike most of Aussie stadiums with huge spectators stands, Perth cricket ground has a capacity of merely 22 thousand people, enjoying cricket on the grass stands or the temporary seatings. India have played 2 test matches here & lost them both.

W.A.C.A. Ground
East Perth, Perth, Western Australia.
Also or formerly known as Western Australia Cricket Association GroundEstablished 1890Capacity 22,000 (24,500 with temporary seating)Playing area 149.0 long, 139.0 wideFloodlights YesEnd names Members End, Prindiville Stand EndHome team(s) Western AustraliaOther sports Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, SoccerCurator Cameron

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Reliance Power float raises

The share flotation of India's Reliance Power has raised $3bn (£1.5bn), making it India's biggest initial public offering to date.

The 228 million shares listed sold in under a minute and the float was four times oversubscribed.

The stock sold represented 10% of the power station firm, which is now valued at $30bn.
Reliance Power, part of Reliance Energy, aims to build a network of new power stations across India.

'Huge demand'

"There is a huge demand especially from retail investors and also from high-net-worth individuals. We were expecting such a response," said Ambareesh Baliga, vice president at Karvy Stock Broking.

The success of the flotation comes as India's main Mumbai stock market continues to boom on the back of the country's fast-growing economic expansion.

"The markets are doing very well and investors are getting good returns," said Ved Prakash Chaturvedi, managing director at Tata Mutual Fund.

"There is a fair amount of investor appetite for IPOs [initial public offerings]," said Mr Chaturvedi.

Reliance Power is run by billionaire chairman Anil Ambani.His father, Dhirubhai Ambani, founded the wider Reliance Group back in 1958. Anil's brother Mukesh runs the other side the group, oil and chemicals giant Reliance Industries.



Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at $1,799 and will be available within two weeks.Sporting a silvery finish, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The backlighting saves power and provides "instant on" response from the moment you turn it on, according to Jobs. The device has a slightly wedge-shaped profile. It weighs about 3 pounds, and sports a thickness of 0.16-0.76 inches. It's 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep.


Technical specs

• .16 to .75-inch thickness on top
• 12.8 x 8.94 inches
• 3 pounds
• 5 hours of battery life with everything running

• Intel Core 2 Duo Processor at 1.6 or 1.8GHz, motherboard the length of a pencil.
• 800MHz frontside bus.
• 2GB RAM 667MHz DDR2 standard.

• 13.3-inch screen, LED backlit.
• 1,280 x 800 pixels
• Micro-DVI adapter (for DVI, VGA, composite and S-Video output)
• Intel GMA X3100 Graphics processor with 144MB RAM shared

• 1.8-inch 80GB HD or 64GB Solid State Drive (no moving pieces, but for a stunning
Multitouch trackpad with gestures. Pans, zooms, rotates, etc.
• 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1.
• Optional external HD for $99, USB-bus powered.
• Full backlit keyboard.
• One USB 2.0, one audio port, one Micro-DVI

Monday, January 14, 2008


9thAUTO EXPO 2008