Child Birth

A group of people have come together in helping the pregnant women and their spouses on various topics like informed pregnancy, natural childbirth and breastfeeding support in Chennai. They are called the Chennai Birth Network and they’re organising a seminar (with an entry fee) on related topics this coming weekend.

Refer the below invite for details …..

Birth Invite - CBN


Street Photography Workshop

The Photographic Society of Madras in tandem with Pixetra Club is organizing a workshop on candid/street photography on Sunday, 11 Oct ’09 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at S. S. S. Jain College for Women, (near T. Nagar bus terminus/Madley Road subway), Chennai. The first session will be at the venue. For the second session, they will go on to the street.

The workshop will be mentored by Mr G Sethuraman, a professional photographer of more than 25 years and a passionate teacher.

The fees will be Rs.600.00 and is to be paid using credit card at the Pixetra site or by cash at the venue before the start of the workshop.

For more details contact Sethu at 93823-43437 or email at sethu@pixetra.com


Mind Matters’09

Today is the World Mental Health Day, in this connection SCARF India (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) in association with SNEHA & Department of Psychiatry; VHS is conducting an Event called MIND MATTERS’09 in Chennai.

Venue: P S Senior Secondary School, R K Mutt Road, Mylapore, Chennai.

Timings: 10 am to 7pm

ENTRY FREE

This is an awareness programme for better Mental Health.

One could
• Know their personality
• Test their IQ & memory
• Know about mental illness & alcohol related problems
• And watch Short Films in related topics

One could also call : 94450 40236 to know more about this.

Those interested do visit the event and be wiser.


Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

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Madras on Hindu

There are several events of historical and cultural significance happening in Madras.

Aug 19-20: Exhibition of photos
Aug 19 – 23: Exhibitions of paintings and lithographs
Aug 20: Quiz and art competition

For more information, refer to the Hindu article.


Hop on – Hop off

Chennai has its own Hop on – Hop off tours in two routes. One between Chennai & Mamallapuram (aka Mahabalipuram) and the other one around the city.
Hop on - Hop off Tour Bus

The Yellow A/c buses are between the tourism complex and Mamallapuram and the Blue A/c buses (run by TNSTC) are running between High Court, Marina, Valluvar Kottam and Ripon Building with 15 stops.

The Stake holders of these Yellow buses are some of the Prominent Hoteliers & Travel Operators.

One could also do an ONLINE BOOKING HERE and save time visiting the Tamil Nadu Tourism Offices.

Owing to the popular Chennai climate, thankfully the buses are Air-conditioned and unlike its famous counterparts at London, Munich, Paris its not open top. And they have a professional Guide in each bus.

For other options head directly here to the TTDC homepage.

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Asia’s largest blood bank in Chennai

Yes, Chennai would be famous for one more reason!

It will have the biggest blood bank comprising a storage capacity of 2laks units of blood. The place is allocated near GH, opposite to central. Though part of it has been used by OP’s we(Chennaiaties) should be proud of this initiative.

Hope similar initiatives will soon happen in and around chennai. The credits to this post goes to indiatimes group which has the complete details.  Here’s the link.

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Rolling stones summer festival

Junkyard Grooves, Them Clones & No safe word perform this 23rd May ’09 at the Bucks Theatre, YMCA, Nandanam as a part of the Rolling Stones Summer Festival.

There’s an offer of JYG’s album 11:11 (bootleg) free CD with the Rs 150 per ticket.

Check more of their other tours here.

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Walking ….

…. Yes walking helps us in many ways, it helps us to reduce fat and improve fitness, maintain healthy living, it transforms your health and many more tangible benefits.

Ok this is not about the merits of walking and why you should start it immediately.

This is about Walking, but with a Camera. (As C says … any type of camera be it a Mobile phone or Point & Shoot or a SLR).
Photowalkers
More Photowalkers

The Eighteenth Chennai Photowalk is on 19th April ’09 & 26th April ’09. Yes, two editions, different locations, different times. Check here for more details.

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The Contrarian Photo Workshops at Bangalore – March 09

Photo by GVB
React to the indecisive moment. “A photograph is a reaction to what you can see and organize within a frame. After that when you look at your contact sheets, you can make a judgement about whether you want to use a picture, whether it’s good or funny or not. But at the moment you’re working, you’re on automatic pilot.” — Elliott Erwitt

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Sunrise and Sunset at Chennai

Here I present 2 collages of Sunrise and Sunset shot in and around Chennai.

Sunrise Sunset


Rukmini Devi Birthday Celebrations

Kalakshetra, the premier training centre for arts and performance in Chennai is having the Birthday celebrations of one of its founders, Rukmini Devi Arundale.

The institute founded in 1936 was formed to culturally revive the country at that time which was under the British Rule.

Check the details about the celebrations here at kalakshetra

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Nagesh – Pride of Tamil Cinema

Great actor and comedian artist Nagesh (Real name: Gunddu Rao) passed away on Saturday morning in Chennai.

The great and endearing actor was 76 and has worked in 500 films. He is survived by three sons.

His vintage and memorable comedy scenes are still alive in my mind. Be it in Thiruvilayadal, Server Sundaram, Thillana Mohanambal, the storyteller in Kadhalikka Neramillai and also as a corpse in Magalir Mattum. He recently acted in Kamal Hassan’s film Dasavatharam. He acted along with great actors; be it in MGR-Sivaji era or Rajni-Kamal era. No one can replace him and will be Tamil cinema’s pride.

Joshi

Image via manoramaonline.com

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The Book affair

The various moods and the pictures from the recently concluded 32nd Chennai Book Fair at the St George’s School grounds by BAPASI.

But the books and the love for it will push most of us from Chennai to visit them in their 33rd edition or more to come after that too.

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Chennai Music Season

The Music Season (Margazhi Mahotsavam) have begun and the schedules can be found here.

Via – Ram’s abode.

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