Anurag Jain's Blog
Friday, February 10, 2006

Invitation: My Wedding. 
Okay, this is not a Bangalore event, but a Saharanpur event! :) Yup, I am getting married and here are the details with an invitation!
I am getting married to Gunjan on Feb 15, 2006. An MBA, Gunjan is from Delhi, and is working with a boutique Research firm in Delhi itself.
The wedding is at my hometown, Saharanpur (U.P) and the details are as follows. We'd be very happy if you could be present at the ceremony.  Request you to please treat this as a personal invitation, and to try to make it to the wedding. 
Date: Feb 15th, 1800 hrs.
Venue: Fulwari Garden Farm House, Delhi Road, Saharanpur.
Landline:  +91-132-2654024
Mobile (My father's): +91-9219716620
Mobile (Mine): +91-9886178995
I'll be available in Saharanpur from Feb 12th onwards. 
How to Reach Saharanpur
Saharanpur is 3.5 hours from Delhi by train. For train schedule between New Delhi Saharanpur (including Dehradun Shatabdi Express which leaves New Delhi at 0655 hrs and reaches Saharanpur at 0950 hrs), please click Indian Railways website. Also, the closest airport is Dehradun (1.5 hours by bus), where we (Air Deccan) fly daily from New Delhi.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Richard Branson and Samsonite

I just love this guy. He's one maverick. I know RB has a proven flair for appearing in mass media, like the time he appeared in an episode of Friends (where Ross is getting married in London) where he plays a balloon-seller. And also, the other time I remember him featuring in Around the World in 80 days (2004), again as a balloon man where he helps Jackie Chan get away. Whats with RB and balloons! See, thats what he loves: Aviation, Flying. He's done round the world trips in hot air balloons. He was rescued twice from Atlantic Ocean! And once from a desert, during these daring escapades. Also, he owns the Virgin Atlantic airline, and is sponsoring Virgin Galactic, the private space shuttle initiative! .

With all that background on RB, this Samsonite ad featuring him comes out real neat. Business Standard covered the signing up of Branson for Samsonite. The interesting story behind this campaign in India is that Samsonite chased Vijay Mallya of Kingfisher Airlines too, but it was a no-go from the beginning.

We have a huge hoarding at Bangalore airport right next to my office where Richard Branson towers above everything else. One word for the campaign: Impressive!


Toon Disney: Think Biggest. 


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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Deccan Herald Theatre Festival: 15 - 19 Feb. 
The Deccan Herald Theatre Festival is on again. Five plays this time – a great mix of humour, suspense, drama and song!

Tickets available at DH office on MG Road: : Daily: Rs. 100, 150, 200 Seasons: 500, 750
Chowdiah  at 7.30 p.m.

  Date      Group               Play                                        Playwright                  Director   
  15 Feb   Kimaaya          Boy Gets Girl                          Rebecca Gilman             Ruchika Chanana   
  16 Feb   Gnatak           Art                                           Yasmina Raza                 Prakash Aswani   
  17 Feb   C F D             Hollywood Boy Meets Girl    Bella & Samuel Spewack   Prakash Belawadi   
  18 Feb   Top Cast       Theft                                        Eric Chappel                     Ravi Kumar   
  19 Feb   ART              Valley Song                             Athol Fugard                     Arundhati Raja  

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Legends in Harmony: Pandit Birju Maharaj & Ustad Zakir Hussain

"Fourth Premaanjali Festival 2006 presents

Legends in harmony

Kathak Maestro
Pandit Birju Maharaj
Tabla Virtuoso
Ustad Zakir Hussain

A rare and mesmerizing event
on Friday the 10th February 2006
at Koramangala Indoor Stadium, Bangalore

Tickets are available at Super Market (Brigade
Road)Ph: 25581248, Raymonds
Shop (CMH Road)Ph: 25252878, Calypso
(Jayanagar)Ph:26549706, Sapna Book
House (SadashivnagarPh: 23446444).

You can also call 25705858 for home delivery of


LEVI'S GREAT INDIAN ROCK X - NEW DELHI - 17-19/02/06, MUMBAI - 25 /02/06

NEW DELHI:Venue: Hamsadhwani Theater, Pragati Maidan
Friday 17th February 2006

Magdalene (Aizawl)
Descant (Delhi)
Split (Mumbai)
Joint Family (Delhi)
Orange Street (Delhi)
El Caco (Norway)
Saturday 18th February 2006
Cassini's Division (Kolkata)
Medusa (Mumbai)
Demonic Resurrection (Mumbai)
Prestorika (Delhi)
Zero (Mumbai)
Your Code Name Is: Milo (UK)
Sunday 19th February 2006
Mantra (Darjeeling)
Acrid Semblance (Delhi)
The Superfuzz (Delhi)
Nakshatra (Delhi)
No Idea (Chennai)
Freak Kitchen (Sweden)
Venue: Andheri Sports Complex
Saturday 25th February 2006
Joint Family (New Delhi)
Prestorika (New Delhi)
Medusa (Mumbai)
Demonic Resurrection (Mumbai)
Split (Mumbai)
Freak Kitchen (Sweden)


Buniyaad: Masterji sends fans to GOA! 
Remember Buniyaad? Oh maan. Oh maaaaan! The days, Oh the Days!

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CNN-IBN surges ahead of NDTV 24x7 to become India's No.1 English News Channel 


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Reach Out To The Real India 
  And that?s why we have an exhaustive advertisers list
consisting of Saffola, Kinetic, ICICI Home Loans, TVS, Castrol, Top Ramen (Nissin), Godrej Foods & Soaps, ITDC, Arvind Mills, HLL, Britannia, Parle, Intel, Titan, NIIT, IBM, Samsung, Oyzterbay, McDowell & Co, Hero Honda, Citibank, HDFC, IDBI, Marico Industries, Britannia, Cavinkare, Fiat, Intel, IBM, Kerala Tourism, ING VYSA, Thomson, TTK Prestige, LG, ABN AMRO Bank, Airtel, Lufthansa, Deptt. of Tourism, UB Group ?and many more.
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Fourth Corner - Newsletter 00506022006 

Welcome to the Fifth newsletter of Fourth Corner Group. DO BANGALORE BENGALOORU ISTHYLE!!
We are now recovering from RangaAayama - Theatre Festival - the support from all of you was the moving strength for us at the festival. Soon will be updating the entire happenings at the festival and please do send in your comments and next time who know you could win in the contests. 

ReCom has a review of Sashi Kalavidaru's 50th year celebration, feasting us with 6 lovely plays. 
Whats Up!! has an opportunity to participate in Theatre productions.
We have announced our next Thriller Chillier Bembidada Bhootha (Haunting) as the forthcoming Fourth Corner production and we need volunteers to handle production and backstage for this super technical play.
Other features at this week's Whats Up!! are
2. Premanjali Birju Maharaj and Zakhir Hussain in action at Koramangala Indoor Stadium
3. Silva Ultra Mind Trainings for wannabe leaders
4. Amit Heri's Music Workshop for the musically inclined
5. Dance Performances in Bangalore for the month of February 2006.
Regulars at Whats Up!!
1. Ranga Shankara Schedule (updated every month!)
2. Collective Chaos Film Screenings (updated daily)
3. Serious Readers Material from Creative Writers Network (updated daily)
Are all served there for you.
Do send in your feedback and suggestions.  Contributions to ReCom and Whats UP!! are welcome. We invite group members to contribute and help other Bangalorians to explore Bangalore in style.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
98450 31413


Monday, February 06, 2006

Air Deccan goes to Port Blair (Andaman Nicobar)

Air Deccan starts it flight from Chennai to Port Blair (Andaman Nicobar). Attractive fares available. Book at


Sunday, February 05, 2006

Air Deccan and God's Own Country 
Air Deccan increases presence in Kerala, the God's Own Country! Great Fares available.


Cadence Contest 
There's an EDA (Electronic Design Automation) contest organized by Cadence for BTech and MTech students.


One Tree Music Festival, Bangalore: Feb 10-12 
Enjoy Indus Creed, Uria Heep, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and Gang, Walter Trout and the Radicals, The Original Blue Brothers Band.


Bryan Adams Live in Concert Feb 05, '06, Bangalore 

Saturday, February 04, 2006

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Radio City Mein Kho Jao 

To listen to Radio City FM 91 new Anthem (Signature Tune) composed by Shankar-Esaan-Loy and sung by Shaan, click here.


Friday, February 03, 2006

Jet Set Go 

Tata Crucible: The Campus Quiz 

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CCA entries till 7th Feb 



Anandabazar Patrika: Not Just A Large Newspaper... 

India's Biggest Newsmakers 

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Air Deccan goes public!

Yessir, we are goin public! Last week, Air Deccan filed the Draft Red Herring Proespctus with SEBI, paving the way to hit stock exchange within next 1-2 months. A primer on shareholding pattern of the company: Currently, the promoters hold 64% equity whereas the rest is owned by the private equity firms Capital International One and ICICI Ventures(We've had two rounds of PE funding so far). The extent of equity dilution is 25% (post-issue) reslting in offloading of 24.5 milion equity shares in total. Hence, after the issue, promoters share would stand at 48%, whereas the PE investors will be at 27% and rest 25% of course will be with public.

The whole public issue will be offered through a book building process. But, if I am to go by initial numbers, we are planning to raise 250-300 million USD. At 25% equity, that values our firm at a billion dollar or more. Now, doing the simple divisional math will easily tell one that at a middle-path valuation of 25% equity at 275 milion USD, the share price is expected at 505.4 Rs. Just for comparison, last year, Jet Airways stock opened at 1100 Rs. With that, the company was valued at around 2.2 billion USD in the market. To be sure, Air Deccan is smaller than Jet, commands around 13-14% market share as opposed to Jet's 39% (withou Sahara). And Air Deccan's networth maybe 50% of Jet (Just a guesstimate), but it definitely deserves at least half the stock price valuation of Jet. Lets see whats the actual price the Air Deccan stock comes to through book-buildings process and also I am expecting major price gains at the opening.

That reminds me of the fact that Air Deccan is the only airline in India to have an ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan) scheme. Air Deccan has offered 10% of its stock as ESOPs to its employees. And even after five years of full vesting by all the employees, ESOP would result in only 5% of equity dilution. I sure am glad as I have some ESOPs on my person :) And the first vesting period is as soon as June 2006! I sure am betting on the company, and batting for it! Care to join? :)

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Foundations of Western Music

"Foundations of Western Music: A workshop by Amit Heri
February 27 - March 11, 2006

Greetings from Max Mueller Bhavan!

We are happy to announce a Music Workshop, conducted by Amit Heri from February 27 to March 11, 2006. Music is a universal language, integral to all societies, and this workshop will give enthusiasts hands-on experience into the world of music. The participants will attend the workshop over a period of 10 days followed by a 2-week rehearsal break culminating in a public performance.

Amit Heri studied Performance, Composition & Film Scoring on a scholarship at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Boston USA and the University of Massachussetts at Lowell. He has performed with Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Mariano & Angelique Kidjo (to name a few) at many international music festivals including The Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival and the WOMAD Festival. He has scored music for dance and theatre productions, television, radio & feature films "Morning Raga" and "Mango Souffle".

* Applicants must audition for the workshop by singing or playing an instrument
* Participants will be categorised into one of three levels -beginner, intermediate & advanced, based on written tests and level of performance
* Material will be based on the system of music education as taught by the Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA.

Last date for registration: February 15, 2006. For registration and further details, please contact Amit Heri: amit24971 AT or amitherigroup AT

With best wishes,

Maureen Gonsalves
Programme Coordinator
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
716 CMH Road Indiranagar
1st Stage Bangalore 560 038
Tel: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08 Ext: 203 Fax: +91 80 2520 5309
arts AT "