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Chennai – target of unfair criticism by some

Although I wear my love for Chennai on my sleeve for the whole world to see, yet I was never fully aware of the kind of baseless animosity and persistent negativity that some people up north seemed to harbor about this city. But the root of that feeling, while often being conveniently masked in other so-called problems perceived about the city as in its weather, water, watering holes (or rather the lack of them) or even its women (too conservative yaar), was definitely its pride in its own native language and not being just another city where you could impose your insistence on using Hindi as the default language of communication (as opposed to other southern cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad or Thiruvananthapuram). For proof of the above, you need to do nothing more than look at all the comments against Chennai in this discussion forum. The best part of that was a comment that I saw yesterday briefly before it was removed for abuse and that person had labelled Chennaiva(a)sis as ugly people, obviously with a “fair” perspective.
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Choosing Multimedia as a Career

Multimedia Career
Couple of students and friends have asked me where and which is the right place for a Multimedia course.

Honest opinion: It depends on the person who wants to learn, and needs great amount of time and effort.
Nothing is impossible, true. But working with passion is much more important, that is, you should love the work which you are currently doing or like to do in future.

The next question which comes to my mind is, Does the person know what multimedia is. If so, Are they quite interested in choosing that as their career.

I will explain more in detail, if you are parent/friend/mentor and you are likely to influence any one in the near future. Continue reading.
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Government Organisation make a new Outlook

State Bank of India - Logo
Have you been to the State Bank of India (SBI velachery branch) recently, if you have you would have noticed some thing different, a totally new approach to banking, a new user experience for customers.
Read more to know what is the experience….
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The God of Details

Even the auto-guy in the tiny lane in Kottivakkam that leads to Padmavasan’s home is aware of whom you want to meet, when he sees me hesitating in front of the apartment block. “Artist Padmavaasanungala?” he grins, teeth glinting in the late afternoon sun. “Go upstairs. First Floor.” When I wait a little, he nods assuringly. “He’s there in the afternoons.” Strangely comforted and thankful, I make my way into a slightly dingy stairwell.

I hardly knew what to expect, when I saw him as he opened the door to my knock – perhaps an uptight, “I’m-the-artists-who’s-in-demand” type … but was pleasantly surprised to find a rather unprepossessing person (obviously up from a noontime nap), who looked surprised and rather pleased at my admiration for his work.

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Kathipara Grade Separator & A R Rahman

A R Rahman

To improve access to Golden Quadrilateral, National Highway Authority of India is implementing three grade separators at Kathipara, Padi, Koyambedu junctions, a flyover in front of airport and widening of Koyambedu – Maduravoyal section of NH 4. The total cost of the project is Rs 200 crores.
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New Townships

The gray atmosphere threatens to burst any minute, as has become its habit over the past week. There were several years when the word rain just pointed to memories of past cyclones. After last year’s lashing, this year’s lashing, one hushes the word as if the mere mention of rain were enough to turn on the showers. Perhaps the most scary of its effects, that of water entering and flooding homes (not just last year, even this week several homes in low lying areas are flooded – the same friends of mine who scurried last year are already at it this year too), has dethroned the ground floor house from its top spot on the pedestal of living preference.

One hears of so many new townships these days (just look at the irony of the word township with that floating element tagged on to it) – I just hope that in addition to designing flyers that promise 24-hours water supply, empty words like ‘luxurious space’, they also indicate that the homes are suitably flood-proofed.

Irony and sarcasm aside, the newest township in the news is
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Sucking up and pirated movies

The film industry has gotten into the habit of openly sucking up to the chief ministers of the state. First they organized a kalai vizha to facilitate J Jayalalitha when she was the CM, and in return she included the pirated vcds, under the Goondas Act. Now when the government changes, DMK is in power, the CM, MK, gives concession to Tamil movies with Tamil names. The film fraternity the goes sucking up to him again, organized a kalai vizha, it’s a pseudonym for women dancing to film songs, in minimal clothing, in front of the person who is fighting to uphold Tamil culture. I don’t have a problem with the vizhas, its good entertainment, but it’s ironic that MK enjoys the show, and then preaches about Tamil culture.

Now, for the great sucking up the film fraternity did, CM has to act, so he orders pirated copies of movies to be seized. The police raided and seized 1000 pirated film cds, and arrested 10 persons.

The city crime branch police, following up on a complaint from Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association president Ramanarayanan, arrested 10 people and seized over 1000 pirated film CDs here on Wednesday.

The raids were conducted in Ritchie Street, Burma Bazaar, Virugambakkam, Vadapalani, Mambalam, Velacheri and Taramani. It was found that a gang was clandestinely taking prints in secret with the help of CD writers. The new movies seized included “Thimiru”, “Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu”, “Sillunu Oru Kadal”.via

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Olympia Park, Chennai

Olympia Park, Chennai
The Rs 240 crores Olympia Park is located at Guindy in 8.4 acres of land which once belonged to Eveready Industries Ltd. Olympia Park will have 1 million sq feet area. The project which started in 2004 is nearing completion.

Khivraj Tech Park Pvt Ltd, which owns the Olympia Technology Park, an information technology park in Chennai, has capitalised on the rising demand for incubation space. Two key requirements of IT and BPO companies are flexibility and scalability which are taken care by the incubation space provided by Khivraj.
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Chennai Girl becomes Pepsico CEO

Chennai born Indra Nooyi ,currently President and CFO of Pepsico International will step into the shoes of outgoing Chief Executive Steve Reinemund making her the first Indian woman to head a Fortune 100 company.
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TN Budget – Sops for Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Budget for the year 2006-2007 was presented by Finance Minster K Anbazhagan on Saturday. As usual, the budget has promised a lot for Chennai. It aims at making Chennai an investment friendly hub.the various sops for Chennai are

1) The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority and TamilNadu Housing board have initiated preliminary action in the regard of establishing satellite townships. A master plan will be formulate to provide basic amenities of power, roads, drinking water, sewerage an storm water drainage to meet the increasing demands of the Chennai Metropolitan area.

2)The minister promised a second TIDEL PARK

3)The government has decided to construct additional buildings for the Stanley Medical College at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.

4)Police have been empowered to curb drunken driving. Drunken driving can now lead to cancellation of licenses. It has also made it mandatory to paint the eye of headlamps.

5)The Madras High Court has been given the transfer of lands near Esplande belonging to the Tamil Nadu Express Transport Corporation.

6)300 acres of land at Oragadam near Chennai have been selected for establishing India’s most advanced automotive testing center. If this is implemented it will be the second automotive testing centre after the one in Pune.
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