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    August 31st, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Hands on approach: Ambika and Anjali / The Hindu

    Hands on approach: Ambika and Anjali / The Hindu


    Siblings Anjali and Ambika started their catering service, Pig Out, as a tribute to their summer vacations in Coorg

    Bangalore is home to a growing number of weekend flea markets. Not only do these provide a place to pick up quirky things, indulge in good food and groove to great music, but also they provide inspiration for business ideas. Pig Out, a Coorg cuisine catering service, started by sisters Anjali and Ambika Ganapathy in 2011, is one such example.

    Says Anjali: “The idea came to us at Sunday Soul Santé. Being regulars, we wanted to participate. Our father was in the Air Force and so as children we spent most of our time outside Bangalore. Summer holidays, however, were spent with grandparents and relatives in Coorg, where each meal was an occasion. With every meal there was a growing appreciation for the cuisine and tradition associated with it. So when we decided to have a stall at the Santé, food and Coorg cuisine, in particular, was an obvious choice. It’s something we love and we especially enjoy sharing the experience.”

    While Ambika is a freelance filmmaker who juggles Pig Out and her film work, Anjali was working with a beer company in a marketing capacity. “After overwhelming responses at Bangalore’s flea markets, we continued our participation and took on catering orders when we had the time. Over a period of time we realised, Pig Out had a definite following. It was around December 2012 when we decided to take it on full time and there was no turning back since,” Ambika recounts.

    From catering for engagements and birthday parties to corporate dos, house parties and personalised orders for one or two people, Pig Out goes all out to make bellies happy.

    Stating that they were surprised to find “Pig Out was popular amongst a wide spectrum of people,” Anjali adds: “We even cater to foreigners who love their spice! The response to Pig Out is always encouraging and positive and sometimes people are surprised when they meet us perhaps because they expect us to be older.”

    Through Pig Out, the sisters have had the opportunity to connect with people and dig deeper into their own roots.

    “We love that our immediate and extended family and friends take an active part in all food tasting sessions and contribute to recipes. But mostly, we love that Pig Out has grown to have its own personality, and it’s given us a platform to learn, experiment and take chances,” Anjali says.

    Ask them how challenging it is to run a setup like this and Ambika responds: “Our approach has always been to ‘keep it simple’. So far it’s been fairly straight-forward and easy as we are a small unit. Our approach is hands on. We do the research and food experiments ourselves. We have trained cooks whom we use when it comes to making large quantities of food.”

    That said, she adds: “So far logistics would have to be the only challenge we face on a regular basis. We have had to turn down orders in Whitefield, Malleshwaram, Jaynagar, etc, due to the distance. We are currently working on a solution for this.”

    Regarding their future plans, Anjali informs: “At present our main focus would be to get as many people as we can to try our food and eventually have Pig Out and Coorg food be synonymous with each other.”

    The latest development on this front is their association with the Westin Hotel in Pune, where the duo was invited to showcase their food at a 10-day festival.

    For more information, call 9980210979 or check out https://www.facebook.com/PigoutBangalore.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus> Food / by Neeti Sarkar / August 27th, 2013

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    August 31st, 2013adminSports

    Guwahati :

    Former international athlete, Arjuna Awardee Ashwini Nachappa will attend the 30th Abhiruchi Sports Day as the chief guest. Informing this, organising committee president Balendra Mohan Chakravorty said Nachappa will lead the mass jogging of the central function here on September 3 which will be flegged off at the Chandmari flyover at 6.30 am.

    Other programmes like felicitation to international athletes of the State, group dance and mass PT competitions among the city-based schools will be conducted on the occasion. The Day has been organised on the occasion of the birthday of Bhogeswar Baruah, the first Assamese sportsperson to receive the Arjuna Award.

    source: http://www.assamtribune.com / The Assam Tribune / Home / by Sports Reporter / Guwahati – August 26th, 2013

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    August 30th, 2013adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion

    The hosts: Team Coorg Muscat, above, will take on Dubai based United Thalassery Sports Club, below, in a friendly hockey match to celebrate India’s Independence Day. Photo – Supplied

    The hosts: Team Coorg Muscat, above, will take on Dubai based United Thalassery Sports Club, below, in a friendly hockey match to celebrate India’s Independence Day. Photo – Supplied


    Muscat:

    Team Coorg and Friends of Naqvi Group will organise the 6th edition of the Indian Independence Day Cup Hockey match on August 30 at the Oman Football Association ground, near Near Hotel Mumtaz Mahal, in Al Qurum.

    The match, which will see Team Coorg taking on Dubai’s United Thalassery Sports Club, is scheduled to start at 5.00 pm.

    Over the years Team Coorg have been organising hockey events in the Sultanate to celebrate various historic Indian National occasions. Hockey is one of most popular game which has a huge fan following back in Coorg, a tiny district in th south Indian state of Karnataka, where the annual family hockey festival witnesses an average of 250 teams participating.

    The district boasts now the presence of five of their players in the current Indian national team like Nithin Thimmaiah, Nikkin Thimmaiah, S.K. Uthappa, Ragunath and S.V. Sunil, some of whom either visited the Sultanate or played for the Omani clubs in the past.

    Indian Ambassador J.S. Mukul will preside over the match while Dawood bin Ahamed Ali Al Raisi, the former chairman of the Oman Hockey Association, will be the guest of honour. The latter will also be honored for his lifetime achievement on this occasion.

    In bringing the game to the masses, business houses have begun to come forward in sponsoring the event and teams. Khimji Ramdas LLC’s Permoglaze Paints are the sponsors of the team colour. Naranjee Hirjee & Co., Muscat Pharmacy (Pocari) and Al Omaniya Finance are the other prominent sponsors of the event.

    According to Team Coorg official Kuttappa, the event has been receiving support from the Indian Embassy and the Oman Hockey Association. He made a special mention about the invaluable and continued guidance being provided by veteran hockey personality SAS Naqvi, Team Coorg, UTSC and hockey enthusiast Mohammed Osama Rawat.

    Team Coorg: Bopanna, Major Cariappa, Chendu, Devaiah, Dinal Erappa, Ganapathy, Hitin, Jalal, Kuttappa, Kushalappa, Lavin, Muddappa Nanaiah, Rafeeq, Shakeel, Subbaiah and Zaman.

    UTSC: Shanavas, Mohammed Anver, Binyanin Khan, Vishakh, Shibu, Nadeem Ahmed, Jamsheed, Qadeer Hussain, Mohammed Raffy and Hashir Ponmanichi.

    source: http://www.timesofoman.com / Times of Oman / Home / by Times News Service / August 26th, 2013

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    Harangi Reservoir, one of the most important water bodies in the Cauvery basin, will soon get a garden modelled after the Brindavan Gardens of Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, thereby fulfilling a dream that has been pending for decades.

    The idea of a park came about when R Gundu Rao was the chief minister. However, once he stepped down, the project was sidelined and came to a standstill.

    Later, when M P Appachu Ranjan became MLA and then District Minister, he put in all his efforts to make the dream a reality. He was supported by then minister for Major Irrigation Basavaraj Bommai who gave his nod for the project.

    Bommai also came down to Harangi Dam and laid the foundation stone for the about `4 crore project.

    MLA M P Appachu Ranjan told Express that the project was one of his major achievements as a minister in the BJP government.

    Executive engineer of Harangi Reservoir Phalanethraiah and manager Nagaraj told Express that the park would be inaugurated on August 15.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by B C Dinesh / ENS – Madikeri / June 21st, 2013

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    August 29th, 2013adminSports

    The players, including former skipper Arjun Halappa and CWG and Asian Games medalist Ravi Pal, who left the national camp last year to play in the rebel World Series of Hockey (WSH) league organised by the Indian Hockey Federation, will get a chance to be a part of the second season of the official Hockey India League.

    The fresh season of the cash-rich tournament is scheduled to be held in January-February.

    “The players approached us and showed their willingness to play in the HIL. Looking into their potential and future prospects, we are considering them for the mini-auction to be held in October,” Narinder Batra, HI general secretary, told HT.

    They included former India forward Prabhjot Singh.

    Although no WSH player was considered for HIL’s inaugural edition early this year, the federation later allowed them to play in the national championship.

    NEW FRANCHISE
    Apart from providing a window to the existing five HIL franchises for transfer of players and to fill their vacant slots, there is most likely to be an addition of a sixth franchise — in all probability a Bangalore-based team. In that case, quite a few players are expected to be bought in the October auction.

    The WSH players who have now signed up with HIL for the auction have been given the opportunity to set their base price between $5600-15000 (R3.54 lakh-R9.48 lakh approx).

    “It’s a good decision by HI as many youngsters had joined the WSH league, and they have a good number of years of hockey left in them. Performing well in the HIL will give them an opportunity to be a part of the national squad,” said Olympian and former selector, Col Balbir Singh.

    Till date only Gurjinder Singh, who was adjudged the best player of the WSH league, has been considered for the national squad.

    And allowing WSH players into HIL seems to be the first step before the doors to the national squad are thrown open for them.

    source: http://www.hindustantimes.com / Hindustan Times / Home> India> World> Sport> Hockey / by Saurabh Duggal, HT / Chandigarh – August 26th, 2013

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    Kodagu is inundated after recent downpours. - DNA

    Kodagu is inundated after recent downpours. – DNA


    The copious amount of rain that areas near Bhagamandala in Kodagu received in the recent past has pronounced good news for the people of Bangalore and Mysore. The rainwater has started filling up the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Srirangapatna taluk in Mandya district, which is the main source of water for Bangalore and Mysore.

    As a result of the heavy rain on the hills of Madikeri, the Bhagamandala-Talacauvery area, which resembled a drought stricken place a few days back, filled people with joy, despite the road from Bhagamandala-Napoklu being inundated, throwing life out of gear.

    People did not mind their children missing classes and ignored the absence of the workers in their fields and plantations, and chose to just sit back and enjoy the rain. Men settled down with their bottle of rum while ladies were in a holiday mood and many of them cooked their signature dish ‘Pandi Curry’(pork chops) and ‘Pundi’ (rice dumplings) for their family.

    “This is the time to be happy. Kodagu is looked upon by the people in the Cauvery basin as the provider of life. We were sad when there was less water in Cauvery. But, for the past few weeks, the elders were worried about the drought like situation in Bhagamandala and the entire river course of Cauvery and the dry situation at the KRS,” said Prasad Nanjappa, a resident of Madikeri town.

    Confirming copious inflow of water into the reservoir, executive engineer of the KRS facility told dna that the inflow improved tremendously to reach 4,300 cusecs per day, which subsequently increased the water level from 65 feet in the past week to 80.16 feet.

    “With the rains in Kodagu district intensifying, we expect more water to flow into the KRS reservoir in the next few days,” he added.

    Meanwhile, the Kodagu district administration has declared holidays for schools and colleges for the next two days.

    source:http://www.dnaindia.com / DNA / Home> Bangalore> Report / by M Raghuram / Place:Mysore, Agency:DNA / Wednesday – June 26th, 2013

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    August 28th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Will promote homestays in the district along with Karnataka Tourism Board

    Bengaluru-based Narayani Holidays is extensively promoting Coorg as an emerging Domestic Tourism destination this year. Along with promoting the district’s offerings, the travel company, in association with Karnataka Tourism Board, is focusing on encouraging homestays in Coorg and has tied up with 150 medium-sized homestays, providing them a ready platform to showcase and promote this concept.

    Speaking about the USP of Coorg as a tourist destination, A V Moorthy, Director, Narayani Holidays, said, “Coorg has many tourist attractions such as Talakaveri, the Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp and the famous Nisargadhama Wildlife Sanctuary that are a favourite with families and adventure groups. Homestays are also very popular here and we have tied up with Karnataka Tourism as well as a number of homestays to promote this trend.

    source: http://www.travelbizmonitor.com / TravelBiz monitor.com / Home / by TBM Staff, Mumbai / Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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    August 28th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

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    Nara Rohit’s new film was launched this morning (June 26) as Production No. 2 of Sudha Cinemas. Sambasiva Rao is producing this film introducing Prashanth Mandava as director. The film stars Nara Rohit and Subhra Ayyappa as lead pair.

    Regular shooting will continue from today. The untitled film is a pucca commercial film with a mix of love and action elements.

    Other star cast in the film is Vishnu, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jayaprakash Reddy, Giribabu, Ranganath, Rao Ramesh, Raghu Babu, Telangana Sakuntala, Pragathi, etc. Music: Sai Karthik; cinematography: Chitti Babu; editing: Nandamuri Hari; art: Babji; executive production: Akkineni Srinivasa Rao; story, screenplay and dialogues: Anand Ravi.

    source: http://www.ragalahari.mobi / Home> Latest News / June 26th, 2013

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    Reigning champions Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa successfully defended their singles titles in the men’s and women’s section respectively in the 61st National Squash Championship which concluded here today.

    Top seed Ghosal lived up to his billing and posted a facile 11-2 11-1 11-7 victory over Mahesh Mangaonkar to win his record ninth national title and winner’s purse of Rs one lakh.

    Chinappa too had it easy against youngster Aprarajita Balmurukan in the women’s section and won 11-8 11-9 11-6.

    The title clash between Ghosal and Mahesh began with a long rally which raised the hopes that the youngster would challenge the might of the World No 20.

    But Ghosal faced little resistance to wrap the issue in just about half an hour.

    “It was not that easy. The scores suggest that it was a one-sided affair but Mahesh played quite well and shoed his potential. I was trying out few things but he was also good,” said Ghosal.

    Chennai-girl Chinappa disposed off the challenge of Aparajita in just 30 minutes to win her 12th national crown. It was Aparajita who took the initial lead in the first two games but Chinappa’s vast experience came in handy for her.

    “I was not complacent. I knew that with Deepika not here I would play against youngsters. Still, I don’t take things for granted. The girls need more of exposure to come good at higher levels,” said Chinappa after her win.

    Results:

    Mens: Final

    Saurav Ghosal (1) def Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-2 11-1 11-7 . 3/4

    Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (2) def Ravi Dixit (3/4) 12-10 11-5 11-5.

    Womens: Final

    Joshana Chinappa (1) def Aparajitha Balamurukan (2) 11-8 11-9 11-6.

    3/4

    Sachika Ingale (3/4) def Janet Vidhi (3/4) 11-8 11-6 11-2.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / Press Trust of India / Jaipur, August 23rd, 2013

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    He has come in for criticism often for his performance on the field, but that didn’t dampen city lad Robin Uthappa’s spirit, who just went ahead and once again proved his mettle at this year’s IPL season.

    Sporting a new leaner and fitter look, the cricketer is back in action, determined to get into the Indian national team again. In a candid chat with BT, Robin tells us about his new look, his love for cooking, changed temperament and more.

    Why did you go MIA for a while?

    I went off the grid for a while because I wanted to work on a few aspects – fitness, technique and temperament. I wanted to figure out the areas I could improve on in terms of my game. I was always physically strong, but was slow on the field, so I worked on losing weight. I made some lifestyle changes and lost 20 kilos.

    What kind of lifestyle changes did you make?

    I took a nutritionist’s advice and changed my diet, modified my water intake, and took multivitamins. I followed a strict discipline on what I ate, how long I rested and so on. I am a foodie. I enjoy my food and even have a sweet tooth. But now I have everything in moderation.

    You were reportedly paying 15,000 a session for your training in Mumbai…

    Cricket is my bread and butter. Very few people get the chance to pursue their passion as their livelihood. For me, it was an investment which made every session and hour count. It also motivated me to train harder. With this training, I have just gotten better. I am still young and have got a lot of cricket to offer.

    Did you become spiritual during your time away?

    I’ve been religious in the past. But now I think I have become less of that and grown as a person. It is important to choose how you want to live your life and be honest with yourself. It was a little difficult to keep in touch with people at that time since I was off all social networking sites. I enjoyed the solitude as I got to concentrate on bettering my game. I also travelled a lot during that time by myself.

    You ran a business in Bangalore with Sreesanth. What was your reaction to the controversy he was involved with? Are you still in touch with him?

    The news of the controversy was, no doubt, shocking. But I haven’t been in touch with Sreesanth in a long time. In fact, I’ve not spoken to him since 2010, when we shut down the inn that we ran in Bangalore.

    Is entrepreneurship still a focus area?

    No I don’t want to do anything as such right now. My focus is on cricket and I am concentrating on getting better by the day.

    Are you seeing anyone now? What about marriages plans?

    I am single and don’t have any marriage plans yet. In fact, I seldom get to see my family because I travel so much, so there is no question of getting married any time soon.

    You said you are a foodie, do you cook as well?

    I know how to cook and I enjoy baking. I bake some great brownies. Cooking is like a great stress buster.

    Do you have any friends in the Indian cricket team?

    Irfan Pathan is a good friend and so is Harbhajan Singh; he is a funny guy. I am also friends with Yusuf Pathan, Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) Virat Kohli, Vinay Kumar and Suresh Raina.

    You played with Yuvraj Singh on the same team this IPL season. How was it to have him back in action?

    To see him come back on the field was great. It takes a lot of character and courage to beat a sickness like cancer like that. I have a lot of respect for him and it was good to play for the same team.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Interviews> Cricket / by Taniya Talukdar, TNN / July 14th, 2013

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