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Decode fashion with lists

Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:53

Who isn’t a fan of lists? And when a website carefully compiles fashion lists along with glossy slideshows, we are all for watching. The articles in fashion and lifestyle website Strut 120 aren’t the usual preachy how-to-keep-your-skin-glowing types. What it is: a fun take on fashion and celebrity style. The layout is colourful, with oranges, blacks and pinks generously strewn about in the form of interesting design elements.


Cutting to the chase, the homepage tells you what is on offer without any fuss. The numbers are eye-catching and nearly everything takes the form of lists with slideshows. Any self-respecting fashionista would want to click on something that says, ‘10 Berry-Licious Products to Buy Now’ or ‘10 Miracle Hair Products We Can’t Live Without’. Also look at the celebrity style section which decodes those make-up tricks for you in a manner simpler than you’d imagine. We love Strut more when it decides to diss a particular outfit or make-up style, or when it comes up with cool lists like ‘10 Office Notebooks That Will Make You Go Kitsch-Kitsch’ and ‘14 Sleek Android Apps You Must Download Now.’


Click the masthead for a quick video guide that tells you what Strut 120 is all about. There is also a section called ‘Strut Hearts’ which gives you the week’s pick of products. Quite handy, we thought. We couldn’t help but recall Huffington Post’s fashion lists when looking at some of the pages on Strut 120, but we suppose there’s no harm in a little bit of ‘inspiration’ as long as it’s done well. For mo


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NFDC’s script-writing workshop

Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:44

The National Film Development Corporation has announced a script editing workshop for filmmakers and screen writers, to be held in Mumbai by Franz Rodenkirchen, widely regarded as one of the world's top script editors. The two-part workshop, spread over three-day sessions in October and November, is being offered outside Europe for the first time, and has only eight places available. Rodenkirchen has been script editor/consultant on numerous awardwinning films by some of the most admired and cutting edge filmmakers in the world, including Jasmila Zbanic (Grabavica - Golden Bear Berlin 2007) and Jessica Hausner (Lourdes - Fipresci prize Venice 2009). He is also a core advisor for Torino Film lab, Berlinale Talent Campus, Binger Filmlab among others.


First session: Oct 8-11
Second session: Nov 14-17
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How to deal with pesky calls

Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:25

Wondering how to deal with unsolicited calls and text messages from telemarketers? If you are pestered seven days after registration of your telephone number in the National Customer Preference Register (NCPR), then you can register a complaint by:


1. Dialling the toll free number 1909. You can register a complaint either through a customer care executive or through the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS). You will be asked to provide details of the telemarketer and the date and time of the call.


2. Sending an SMS to 1909 in the following format: ‘Company/Telemarketer Tel No XXXXXXXXXX, dd/mm/yy, Time hh:mm”. Here XXXXXXXXXX is the telephone number or header of the unsolicited SMS, followed by the date and time when you received it.


It is important to note that you make the complaint from the same telephone number on which got the unsolicited calls. Also, your complaint must be made not later than three days after you received the unsolicited calls. The Department of Telecom say it will inform you of action taken on your complaint within seven days.




Culture course

Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:07

In the heart of the Western Ghats in Shimoga district is a little village called Heggodu, and it is here that some of India’s greatest minds gather every year for a week of debate, discussion, and culture.


Ninasam’s annual outing begins on October 7 this year, and concludes on 13. Started in 1990, it is a workshop on culture appreciation, with plays, music and dance performances held on the sidelines. Day sessions focus on sociopolitical themes (for example, village India, alternative visions and futures, gods and goddesses), and are combined with lec-dems on art forms.


On the faculty this time are Jnanpeeth awardees U R Ananthamurthy and Chandrashekhara Kambara, novelist Vaidehi, filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli, sociologist Shiv Visvanathan and philosopher Sundar Sarukkai. The seats are filled this year, which means no accommodation, but if you can stay at a hotel in the charming town of Sagar, 13 km away, you can still catch some sessions. Ninasam (also spelt as Neenasam) is organisation dedicated to the promotion of theatre and culture. It was founded by theatre guru and Magsaysay awardee K V Subbanna.


Encounter with Padma Lakshmi

Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:29

Encounter with Padma Lakshmi


In his just-published memoir Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie suggests Padma Lakshmi, his former wife, was vain. When she found out Aishwarya Rai had been named the world’s most beautiful Indian woman, she reportedly said, “I have serious issues with that.”


When I read about it, it brought back memories of my encounter with her in 2005. I was working for a TV series called Sharpe’s Challenge for a London production house. We were shooting near Jaipur, and I was a production assistant. Still Mrs Rushdie at that time, Padma was playing the role of courtesan Madhuvanti. It was my job to receive actors at the airport. I was expecting a sexy, fussy and arrogant model. Imagine my surprise when I saw this simple woman walk out of the airport. She was dark, and had a huge scar on her right arm! I was pleasantly surprised to find that she didn’t mind travelling with me in my old, beat-up Maruti Zen. She came across as an unpretentious, downto- earth Tam Brahm girl. She had no fancy accent even though she had spent most of her life in the US and the UK. When she spoke English, she peppered it with Palghat Iyer-style Tamil words like ‘alle?’ and ‘chumma’! When she went shopping, few people in Delhi’s Khan Market recognised her! She picked up a DVD of Umrao Jaan to understand how to do her role.


So what am I trying to say, you ask? I agree with Padma that Aishwarya isn’t the most beautiful Indian woman in the world, but the Bachchan bahu is certainly more beautiful than Padma!



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