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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

MLTR, Airports, and Booming Aviation.

# Michael Learns to Rock (MLTR) comes to India! News spotted here at rediff! Bangalore performance date: 25th Sep, 2005. Come fast, the sleeping child is waiting for you even as he thinks this:

"If all the people around the world
they had a mind like yours
we'd have no fighting and no wars
there would be lasting peace on Earth"

# Check out Indian Airports' satellite view. Sridhar used google maps API to put this neat page together.

# In the view of current aviation boom, words of wisdom from S Krishnaswamy, former Chief of Air Staff on how the Indian Air Force and Civil Aviation can complement each other.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Air Deccan ad near Amritsar Airport 
Recently, Air Deccan added another daily flight to its existing one flight a day between Delhi and Amritsar.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Monday Blues are passe (At Opus)! 
From Carlton
... MONDAY (and tuesday) ROCKS!!!
beer pints at Rs 39/-, rock bottom prices on select alcohol, special rates on rocking starters, along with some great classic 70's rock bands, all under the stars! Sat night remains unchanged with 'item numbers' ... the musical housie, and singalong sunday nights.
be there... for beer and ..... frank zappa
Directions: its at the cross of palace cross road and sankey road...else call for directions 9844230198

Thursday, August 25, 2005

21st Sep: The Leadership summit with Dr. Kevin Freiberg 
If Southwest is the Bhishma Pitamaha of LCCs, Kevin Freiberg (& Jackie Freiberg) is definitely Vyasa who wrote the amazing story of what makes Southwest tick! A Not-to-be-missed event, this! Lets Go NUTS!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ad Club's workshop on Direct Marketing by Ramesh Iyengar 

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Flying for masses, Truly!

Today, Air Deccan opened bookings for Airbus sectors for travle dates in Nov'05, Dec'05 and Jan'06.

And who says 1 Rupee tickets are not available. I could see a lot of 1 Rupee tickets available on random dates. Here are screenshots (click for bigger version) of 1 Rupee tickets available this morning on Air Deccan website. Of course, I didn't book any!!

Bangalore-Bombay 1 Rupee fare for Dec 31, 2005 (as seen on Aug 23, 2005)

Bangalore-Delhi 1 Rupee fare for Jan 23, 2006 (as seen on Aug 23, 2005)

Delhi-Bombay 1 Rupee fare for Nov 24, 2005 (as seen on Aug 23, 2005)


Sunday, August 21, 2005

English is back on Radiocity FM 91! 
The word from Bhaskar Dutt, Vice President & Station HeadRadiocity FM 91, Bangalore, is that they are  launching  English/Western music again on the station again from  this Monday asper this schedule:  The Night Mix every nite from 9-12 with Rohit Barker and a retro show on Sunday nites with Darius and Barker does a countdown show on saturday afternoon and sunday eve !
City Bajao!! 

It's a Car. It's a Water-tank!

This is from my recent Ramanagaram trip. A few years back, while stopping at Ramanagram for refreshments, my cab driver had told me that this car is a water-tank. I was dying to get a picture of the same, which I sure did this time.

(click on pic for bigger version)


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Barista Unplugged Sessions Presents: hook (Live in Bangalore!!!)


Dhrupad concert by Gundecha brothers on Monday

SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) is organising a dhrupad concert by the "Gundecha brothers" this Monday,22nd August in Surana College at 10 am. Entry is free for all students and patrons can get passes on request.

For more details, pls call 2339 6045 or mail


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Japan Week and Movies on Emergency 
#1 Japan Week - 18th Aug and 20th Aug

"Japan Week" organized by the Indo-Japanese Association (Karnataka)
18.08.2005 - Demonstration of Japanese Tea Ceremony by Mrs.Jobst Omatha

Venue : Infinitea, Cunningham Road, Bangalore
Time : 3:30 pm
Entry : Free

20.08.2005 - Demonstration of Ikebana by Mrs.Jobst Omatha, Ikenobo
Floral Art & Demonstration of Mandala by Geshe-Tashi, Tibetian
Buddhist Monastry, Bylukuppa

Venue : The Hotel Chancery, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
Time : 3:30 pm
Donor Pass : Rs.200/-

More details from:
A. S. Padmini - 26580466/26583522
Geetha Bhat - 98860-64822

#2 Seminar and Film screenings on Emergency...Then and Now 17-20 Aug 2005

Dear friends: We are glad to invite you to the National Seminar on 'Emergency...Then and Now' on Aug 20th 2005 at SCM House. The seminar will be preceded by two days of film screenings - 17 and 18 August 2005 at the same venue. Please find below the full programme schedule. We look forward to your participation! Regards
Pedestrian Pictures

Citizens Initiative for Peace (CIP) invites you to a National Seminar on EMERGENCY… THEN AND NOW The Status of Democracy in India today
On 20 August 2005 at SCM House, Bangalore

Democracy in India is alive and kicking. So goes the popular saying in media, in national and international forums. Emergency has largely been understood as a watershed in the history of democracy in India. We take pride in the fact that those black days can never be back, that those loopholes have been plugged by bringing suitable amendment to the Constitution, that emergency is the thing of the past, and that it can never return to plague the Indian Constitution.

However, every toiling citizen knows that all is not well. What has gone wrong and where? Our Constitution, of course, has lofty ideals as declared in the Directive Principles. But the operative portions as reflected in the Acts and Schedules have become a constraint for a full realization of the spirit of Constitution, which are repeatedly amended for the worst. Of late particularly after the 90s, the Constitutional spirit seems to have suffered a set back. The Right to Life, Freedom of Expression, Right against Exploitation… and many such core ideals of our independent struggle are getting subverted.

Is it truly a matter of bad governance or denial of democratic rights? Why is that laws that are more draconian than MISA have come to be passed ruthlessly used and abused? Why is it that the Indian Army has killed more number of our own countrymen than others - that too in the name of democracy and national interest? One of the greatest paradoxes of our times is that more kinds of oppressive regimes, denial of rights and access to resources, brutal suppression of people's voices and the very mortgaging of the autonomy and freedom of a nation are carried out in the very name of Democracy.

In such a scenario how do we understand Indian democracy? In what direction is it moving? What is to be done?

Film screenings on the Emergency on 17 and 18 August 2005 at SCM House. Full programme schedule attached below.
Venue details: SCM House, 29, 2 Cross CSI Compound (Near Bangalore City Corporation, Mission Road, Bangalore - 560 027

10:00 am Welcome Address Gauri Lankesh, Convener (CIP)
10:15 am Inauguration Ko. Chennabasappa, Retd. Justice, Karnataka High Court
10:30 am Introductory remarks Prof. V. S. Sreedhara, Convener (CIP)
11:00 am Key Note: The Nature of Emergency Today, Nandita Haksar, Advocate, Supreme Court
11:45 am Discussion Fr. Ambrose Pinto, Prof. Sitaram Kakrala, Dr. Siddanagowda Patil
12:45 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Post Emergency Anti-Democratic Laws Sheela Ramanathan, Advocate, Bangalore
2:00 pm Discussion ALF, SICHREM, PUCL
2:30 pm Dalit Question and Indian Democracy Anand Teltumbe, Dalit Intellectual, Mumbai
3:00 pm Discussion Laxman, DSS
3:15 pm Tribal Question: The present status Vittal Hegde, Shringeri Deba Ranjan Sarangi, PSSP, Kashipur
4:15 pm Discussion Prof. Manu Chakravarthy, Dr. Vishnu Kamat, Pradeep
4:45 pm Summing Up Prof. N. Ramesh, Principal, National College

FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE : 17, 18 AUGUST 2005 17 - Aug - 05, 5:00 pm Prisoners of Consciousness Directed by Anand Patwardhan
17 - Aug - 05, 6:00 pm Lest we Forget: Memories of the Emergency Directed by Alternate Visions
18 - Aug - 05, 5:00 pm Delhi Dairy Directed by Ranjani Mazumdar
18 - Aug - 05, 6:00 pm Remains of Yesterday Directed by Sanjay Dominic

This is an open event, all are invited.


Saturday, August 13, 2005

With a little help from my (online) friends..

Apologies to The Fab Four, but the paradim has changed. Now its more like: "I get by with a little help from my online friends". Panchalee Thakur does an article on the topic in today's Bangalore Times. My only worry being online, as I say in the piece, is spam and MLM (multi-level marketing) people. Links to the article on Times of India site: text; graphic. Or, click on the pic below for bigger view.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Azaadi, Mangal Pandey and MTV! 


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Festival of War Films: 13-14 Aug, 2005.
Teamworks presents

Festival of War Films: Commemorating the 60th year of end of World War II

On the 60th anniversary of the solitary use of nuclear weapon in the history of human existence we express our grief, and feel to be eloquent for peace and justice as leaving in a crucial time when looms of war emerges into our everyday life across the globe. As a film club we speak thru the great films of great maestros of this art form. In this festival we have chosen six great classics, which are based on the war and its painful consequences in human life. These films apart from being the great classics in the history of filmmaking are also a must see movies as we are in this era of information flood, where truth is often engulfed by the massive propagandist information.

  • Date: 13th and 14th August
  • Venue: Suchitra Film Society Auditorium
  •  #36, 9th Main, Banshankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560070

Film Title


Hiroshima mon amour


13th Saturday 11 AM

Followed by discussion


Night and fog

13th Saturday 2 PM



13th Saturday 3:15 PM

Followed by discussion


The great dictator

13th Saturday 6:45 PM

Two half times in hell

14th Sunday 11 AM

Ashes and diamonds


14th Sunday 2:30 PM

Followed by discussion


For more details such as duration of the films, synopses, briefs about directors, visit: . For donor passes, contact: 9880636487, 9880660101


Freedom Jam 2005: 14h August. 
The Freedom Jam 2005 is scheduled on 14th of Aug at The Princess Academy, Palace Grounds, Bangalore from 3pm onwards. This year, Reynolds has decided to raise the bar at the FREEDOM JAM, and will feature their full new MILO rig of 24 tops, 12 M3Ds, and 10x 700HPs at this event showcasing the Meyer sound's new MILO Line Array system described as nothing short of a Sonic Miracle by Micky Hart. Click on the pic for bigger version. And More details on official site.
List of bands lined up:
Synapse (Rock), Gorified (Grind) ,Shrapnel (Heavy Metal) ,Extinct Reflections (Thrash Metal) ,Quasar (Classic Rock) ,Indiscretion (Rock and Roll) ,Asha Suparna (Hindustani Classical) ,The Trinity (Carnatic Classical) ,Ferry Ride (Rock) ,Esperanto (Other) ,WISP (Rock) ,Enpsychopedia (Rock) ,infinite dreams (Thrash Metal) ,Blitzkreig (Progressive Rock) ,MUTINY (Heavy Metal) ,AudioPhile (Progressive Rock) ,Asura (Other) ,Inviktus (Heavy Metal) ,WhitenoiZ (White Metal/Rap-Core/Nu-Metal/Metalcore) ,speedblade (Thrash Metal) ,Seedy/Baja (Other) ,ThirdNature (Own) ,Oligarchy (Rock) ,Lounge Piranha (Other) ,Premonition (Thrash Metal) ,INDOLOGY (Rock) ,Scream of Silence (Heavy Metal) ,Black Earth (Progressive Rock) ,sacrilege (Thrash Metal) ,Paradigm Shift (Rock) ,H O L Y V E N G E A N C E (Progressive Rock) ,Myndsnare (Thrash Metal) ,Hush(previously crashaxe) (Own) ,Tangerine (Rock) ,||MAYA|| (Mix of Indian Classical & Rock) ,SpitFire (Nu-Metal) ,G String Unit (Rock) ,Vinapra (Hindi rock) ,Sknow (nu-metal) ,Bhayanak Maut (Metalcore) ,SPIt (metal/rock/trash) ,William D'souza (Individual) ,High Strung (Rock) ,Duo Campanellas (Western Classical) ,MUKTI (Fusion) ,Rock-n-Raga (Rock Fusion) ,sri lankan vibes (urban/hip hop/srilankan baila) ,Geetha Navale (Carnatic Classical) ,Wax (Progressive Funk) ,MRP40 (Melodic Metal) ,Blue Frog (Progressive Funk) ,NADOPASANA (Classical) ,The AfterLife (Classic Rock) ,souled out (neo- classical- metal) ,Speak (Alternative) ,PRITHVI (Rock and Roll) ,4th Dimension (Metal) ,Mookambika Taala Vadya-Laya Milana (Indian Percussion Ensemble) ,'Ash (classic rock) ,Yell-O (Retro Rock) ,Vibrant (Progressive/Jazz) ,Catatonic Rage (heavy metal) ,Zonam (Rock\Metal).


Monday, August 08, 2005

Easycome.air Easygone.air! 
Some neat aviation humor (Credit:!  Some of 'em pretty apt considering the current boom in Indian aviation industry. Makes me wonder if the planned newcomers would become Indigone Air and GOne Air? :)


Saturday, August 06, 2005

HIROSHIMA DAY (Aug 6): Bangalore Program

*No to Nukes * *No to War* * No to Violence*
Bangaloreans Against Nuclearisation (a coalition of groups and individuals) invites you to Join us in a public program to remember Hiroshima.
Programme List:
1. Release of the anti- war musical film 'America America' (by K. P. Sasi)
2. Slide show (on Nuclear Weapon) by Vishwambhar Pati;
3. Talks on nuclear and anti-war issues by Dr. G. Ramakrishna, Dr. Bhanu Das and Dr. M. V. Ramana
4. A presentation about the effects of war in Iraq by Dr. Unnikrishnan
5. A poster exhibition - 'The Atom Bomb and Humanity' (Produced by Japan Confederation of A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations
6. Anti-war poems recital
7. Anti-war songs
Venue: St. Joseph's College, 36 Langford Road, Bangalore.
Date: August 6th, Saturday
Time : 4 pm - 7 pm


Friday, August 05, 2005

Innovative Advertising by Air Deccan

Even though Calvin & Hobbes believe that "mothers are the necessity of invention", in a real, non-Calvin world, they say necessity is the mother of invention. Air Deccan, in its relentless pursuit of cutting costs, keeps coming up with new initiatives. Here's an innovative attempt at connecting with the customers. And in the process, turning customers into prosumers.

(If you can't see the animation below properly, hit this link)


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Events all around!

#1 Bizwomen 2005
~ One day conference for women entrepreneurs ~
On: Saturday, 6th August 2005, 6.45 PM
At: ITC Windsor Sheraton & Towers, Bangalore
Discounted fee for TiE members: Rs. 400/-

TiE Members will get a discount on the registration fee. Kindly register online at or through Alfio Aquien at or call 22120009 Xtn-185.

#2. TiE Networking event
~ Intel Capital: Investing for Global Impact ~
With Arvind Sodhani, President - Intel Capital, Senior Vice President - Intel Corporation

Arvind Sodhani joined Intel in 1981 as Assistant Treasurer of Intel Europe. Sodhani was elected Vice President by the Board of Directors of Intel in May 1990 and promoted to Senior Vice President in February 2005. As Intel's Treasurer, Sodhani was responsible for treasury, investor relations, corporate credit, mergers & acquisitions, post contracts management and risk management.

On: Tuesday, 9th August 2005, 6.45 PM
At: The Leela Palace @ Royal Ball Room, Bangalore
Non-member fee: Rs. 350/-
To register, write to Alfio Aquien at or call 22120009 Xtn-185.

#3. Dance classes at Rock Around the Clock
The discovery of a dance language stirs the imagination and captivates the soul. We, at Rock Around The Clock, summon all to a place where dance lives, where dance speaks and its voice now echoes with the movement of feet...

How to begin
All you have to do is contact us via the telephone, email us or just drop in at the studio during the class hours. You can select the batch timing, which is convenient to you and start! Our adviser is available to offer personal consultation regarding selection of dance forms and private classes.

The Studio
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
P.B No. 108, Thimmaiah Road,
Bangalore: 560 052

Weekday Dance Lessons
Batch one: Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Timing: 8.00p.m. to 9.00p.m
Batch Two: Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Timing: 6.30p.m. to 7.30p.m
Batch Three: Day: Saturdays, Timing: 7.30p.m. to 8.30p.m.

Weekend Dance Lessons
Venue: Zero Gravity, Residency Road, Bangalore
Batch Timings:
Batch one: Days: Saturdays and Sundays, Timing: 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m
Batch two: Days: Saturdays and Sundays, Timing: 4.00p.m. to 6.00p.m.

Contact Us
Prithvi and Ree
Rock Around The Clock
Telephone: (0) 93 42 50 86 67
(080) 55 34 93 27

#4. 28th Year Gokulashtami Celebrations

SGBS Trust is conducting 28th YEAR GOKULAKSHTAMI CELEBRATIONS - from 06-08-2005 to 28-08-05 at ODUKKUTHUR Swamigal Mutt Ulsoor Lake. Bangalore. Details of the cultural programmes daily from 6 pm are as under :

06-08-2005 Kadri Gopinath on saxophone & Party
07-08-2005 P.Unnikrishnan & Party
08-08-2005 M.S.Sheela & Party
09-08-2005 Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan
10-08-2005 Sashank ( flute) & Party
11-08-2005 Trichur. V.Ramachandran & Party
12-08-2005 Sanjay Subramanian & Party
13-08-2005 Sudha Ragunath & Party
14-08-2005 N.Ravikiran ( chitravina) & Party
15-08-2005 Hyderabad Brothers & Party
16-08-2005 Ganesh & Kumaresh ( violin duet) & Party
17-08-2005 TM.Krishna & Party
18-08-2005 Malladi Brothers & Party


#5. Hindustani Concert on 8th Aug

Vocal: Ms Kalapini Komkali
PLace: Valley School, Mahasagar Hall or Science Centre Auditorium
Krishnamurti Foundation India,
17th Km Kanakpura Rd, (near the Silk Farm, take a right turn)
Thatguni Post, Bangalore South - 62
Date: Monday, 8th August
Time: 6pm

Kalapini Komkali is the daughter of the late Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Smt. Vasundhara Komkali. She is a talented musician in her own right and performs regularly, both solo and with her mother Vasundharaji.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Boeing Back on Track? (It never will be) 
Taken this from an article in The Economist(Boeing gets back on track, Jun 2nd 2005).
Article subtext: As America goes on the offensive over subsidies to Airbus, Boeing, its biggest exporter, is learning valuable lessons from its rival's success.


Music & Cricket in Bangalore - Buy Tickets 


Dear Anurag Jain,

There are two major events scheduled this month in Bangalore and you can be there at the events by ordering your tickets through

Tickets for both events can be ordered online, over phone or through SMS.

To order your tickets online, log on to or just call 080-51303030 to book your tickets over the phone or just SMS TKTS (for Tiranga) or 2020 (for Bradman Cup) to 9880636799 and we will call you and take your orders!!!

Event I – perfect for music and poetry fans

On August 14th, top artistes of India are assembling in Bangalore for an evening in celebration of our National Flag.

Artistes such as Javed Aktar, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mandolin U Srinivas, Vikku Vinayakaram, Selva Ganesh and Tiranga - A Poetic and Musical ConcertVijay Ghate are putting together an evening of Light & Sound called TRANGA that you just cannot afford to miss!!!

Venue: Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds, Bangalore.
Date & Time: 14th August 2005, 6.30 PM.
Ticket Prices: Rs.300, Rs.500 and Rs.1000


Event II – perfect for cricket fans

And for all the cricket fans, 20/20 Cricket - the format that has taken the game by storm is now here in India. Watch the Bradman Cup, India's first 20/20 tournament featuring International teams and players on the 19th, 20th and 21st August at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

The teams playing would be KSCA, Bradman World XI, Baroda, New South Wales, Chemplast and Cricket Association of Bengal . Some players expected to be in action are Lance Klusener, Adam Hollioake, Shoaib Malik, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, L Balaji, Suresh Raina, Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar, SS Das, Barrington Rowland, and Robin Uthappa .

20/20 Cricket Bradman CupVenue: The Chinnaswamy Stadium, MG Road Bangalore.
Date: 19th, 20th and 21st August 2005.
Ticket Prices:

  • Silver Class: Rs.49
  • Gold Class: Rs.100
  • Platinum Class: Rs.200
  • Rhodium Class: Rs.500

To know more about the events, log on to!!!


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Monday, August 01, 2005

HBTI, Kanpur & Lucknow in 'Bunty Aur Babli': Screenshots. 
As mentioned earlier, HBTI was featured in a recent movie Bunty aur Babli as the venue of Miss India competition. Here are the screenshots from the same. A Lesson for Rani Mukherjee: You can't get in HBTI without clearing the UPSEAT entrance exam! 
These screencaps include also the Kanpur and Lucknow shots. The best of course is Thaggu Ke Laddoo (Badnam Kulfi; Aisa Koi Saga Nahi, Jisko Hamne Thaga Nahi!)
HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - The venue of Miss India Competiton (Full View) HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - The venue of Miss India Competiton (Middle View) HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - The venue of Miss India Competiton (Lower View) HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - The venue of Miss India Competiton (Rani Mukherjee Arrives) HBTI in  Bunty Aur Babli - Main Building as Backdrop of Miss India Competition 1 HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - Main Building as Backdrop of Miss India Competition 2 HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - CSA gate in background HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani Mukherjee Can't Get In - Gotta take UPSEAT! HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani Mukherjee Turned Away - No bypassing  UPSEAT!! HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli -  Is this CSA Building 1 HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli -  Is this CSA Building 2 (Rani registers in Miss India) HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli -  Is this CSA Building 4 HBTI in Bunty Aur Babli - Is this CSA Building 3 Lucknow in Bunty Aur Babli - Railway Station Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Railway Station 1 Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Railway Station 2 Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani & Abhishek at Railway Station Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani & Abhishek with Railway Station Background Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani & Abhishek - Let's Goto Kanpur Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Rani & Abhishek at Thaggu Ke Laddoo Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Thaggu Ke Laddoo 1!! Kanpur in Bunty Aur Babli - Thaggu Ke Laddoo 2!!
You can see the Slideshow here.