Archive for January, 2008

A different job fair. For those differently abled

Live-Connections is conducting a special job fair this weekend for the differently enabled. Called LivEnable ’08, it will feature companies in the IT, ITES and Banking sectors. Personally, I think it is a good idea.

In the words of Muralikrishna, who’s behind LiveConnections,

LivEnable ’08, a non-profit initiative that focuses on identifying resources among the Differently Enabled & Physically Challenged. They are conducting a job fair this weekend for the differently. It not only provides an opportunity to recruit candidates of employer’s interest, but also highlights the eminence of the company that provides equal opportunities.

The fair is on the 2nd February, 2008 at the MCC School grounds, in Chetpet. If you are interested in taking part in the fair, call 044 4391 1622 or check out LiveEnable ’08.

P.S. I know I have to respond to two questions on Madras Trivia I asked earlier. Will do so soon, with photographic evidence.

Take a different walk

New Indian Express in its City Express supplement dated 23/01/2008 carried a report on the Chennai Photowalk

Rhymes-with-Quick question

How many horses would you find on Mount Road?

Chennai company produces India’s first internet Sitcom

Chennai based Pixelkraft Media Solutions has produced, claimed to be India’s first internet Sitcom. The storyline is light and easy, about a hard core South Indian Techie Ram and a cosmopolitan gal from Mumbai, Ria falling in love and getting married before realising the culture shocks that await them. I saw the first few episodes, nothing great, but a good attempt.

More than the content, it is the media that is interesting. Professionally produced content for Internet is scarce, and this is a welcome break. Get ready for the day when the cry-a-ton Tamil serials will invade your computer screens too.

Saarang 2008

Saarang, the annual cultural festival of IIT Madras, without any doubt is one of the many things that defines Chennai and the 2008 edition of this fest begins tomorrow, bigger and better than before as the students of IIT M always promise.

Apart from the usual events (Lits, DumbC, dance, music, dramatics, debate etc.) this time they have introduced four new events including Solo dance and Short Film Making. Short film making was actually introduced last year, but it didn’t take off as expected and hence it has been re-introduced this year.

A cool group called Perch

I don’t know if you have seen the ads in the newspapers. At Sathyam Cinemas, Bhargavi Nilayam , movie written by Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, will be shown on January 27. But this is not about the festival celebrating Basheer and his contribution to literature. This is about a pretty interesting (at least to me) collective called Perch.

Azaadi Express

The Azaadi Express (a mobile exhibition covering India’s history from 1857 to present day) is here. Today, the central station was crowded with a different kind of population. A whole lot of people without baggage, one their way from office, long queues of school children. The Azaadi Express exhibition seems to be drawing crowds. The exhibition includes original vintage photographs, pictures, exhibits etc from India’s history. The idea has been conceived by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to mark the 150th anniversary of the ‘First War of Independence’.

Boat Tragedy

Fatal boat ride at amusement park
On Wednesday (Jan 16), two, loaded motorised boats collided at Queenslands Amusement park, Poonamallee ,Chennai. The two boats turned turtle throwing the occupants into the water. All but a 11 year old girl were rescued…

If the Savera Hotel party deaths cast a pall of gloom over the New Year in Chennai, the death of a 11-year old girl in an amusement park when the crowded boat capsized during Pongal (the agri fest) is a rude awakening that we still have a long way to go as far as rescue services are concerned. Especially in private establishments.

Here’s what you can do this Sat evening

Tara Publishing is having a reading of one of its new children’s titles, That’s How I See Things at Landmark, Nungambakkam, on Saturday, January 19 at 6 p.m. That’s How I See Things by Sirish Rao and Gond tribal artist Bhajju Shyam has been chosen as one of the Best Books for Children for 2007 by The Sunday Times of London.

K.M. Adimoolam, Chennai’s best known painter, is dead

One of the state’s best known painters, K.M. Adimoolam, died at his home at the Cholamandalam Artists Village on Tuesday evening. He was 70 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the painter known for his portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and some of the Tamil literary world’s best known writers, past and present.

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