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    Bengaluru :

    Infosys co-founder and former CEO SD Shibulal is joining the board of The Tamara, the hospitality venture set up by his daughter Shruti, as its chairman at a time when the company is planning at least one fresh acquisition in the German speaking region of Western Europe

    Since he retired from Infosys last year, Shibulal has been making investments through his family office Innovations Investment Management.

    Since he retired from Infosys last year, Shibulal has been making investments through his family office Innovations Investment Management.

    Since he retired from Infosys last year, Shibulal has been making investments through his family office Innovations Investment Management, most notably in real estate and hospitality sectors.

    “He (Shibulal) plans to use his years of experience on a professionally run board to bring the foremost standards of corporate governance to The Tamara,” said Senthil Kumar N, director and chief executive of The Tamara.

    The Tamara, which operates under the umbrella of Shibulal’s family office, also helps manage properties owned by the Shibulal family across the world.

    Real estate makes up over half the portfolio of Shibulal’s family office, which has several resorts and projects in India.

    The company’s flagship property and brand is the Tamara Coorg – a pet project of Shruti Shibulal, who is currently spearheading the venture’s Thiruvananthapuram project as well as the acquisition being pursued in Europe.

    Shruti, who holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and started her career with Merrill Lynch, has also been actively building the family’s real estate portfolio. She also runs several finedining restaurants, including Caperberry and Fava in Bengaluru’s upmarket UB City mall.

    “Each one of our platforms (such as The Tamara) has a professional management and governance structure in place from the beginning. They develop their own medium and long-term plans based on various factors. For example, our decision to consider acquiring a hotel property in the German speaking part of Western Europe is part of our long-term strategy,” said Kumar, an IIM-Bangalore and BITS-Pilani graduate who joined the Shibulal family office in 2005.

    The company has started construction for its upcoming projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kodai projects. It has also begun operating two new properties – Lilac in Bengaluru and Palma Laguna on the Kerala backwaters, Kumar said.

    Shibulal’s family office currently manages the entire wealth of the family including any new funds added through dividends and share sales, and also helps build the philanthropic and business platforms which the family is interested in, Kumar said.

    Since his retirement, Shibulal has also become an active investor in the startup ecosystem and even set up a venture capital and accelerator program called Axilor under the purview of his family office, roping in fellow Infosys co-founder S Gopalakrishnan as an investor.

    ET had reported last year that Shibulal and his family own several hundreds of apartments and properties across the world. Shibulal and his family currently have about 1.97% of shareholding in Infosys, worth nearly $1 billion (about Rs 6,400 crore).

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> Tech> ITes / by Anirban Sen, ET Bureau / July 29th, 2015

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    Bengaluru :

    With rains drenching the hilly, wooded landscape of the Kodavas, it is time to visit the Kodagu district in Karnataka, the birthplace of the mighty Cauvery.

    Originating at Talacauvery, the Cauvery gently flows from the Western Ghats and in the process, traces a long journey of 800 kilometers in the South-Eastern direction and empties in the Bay of Bengal. With monsoon gaining vigour once again, the coffee land especially during the months of July and August, is at its best. It is a sublime experience to visit Madikeri and surrounding areas that are home to many a waterfall.

    As these are located in dense jungles, one has to trek and walk a few kilometers to take a peek at silver cascades in both the Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri hill ranges. Both these hill ranges are home to many waterfalls but the Mallali Falls near Somwarpete and Irupu near Virajpete, attract many tourists before, during and after the monsoons.

    A fresh water cascade, the Irupu comes to life during the heavy downpour that is so common in these hilly ranges. This (also called the Lakshman Tirtha Falls) is situated on the highway to Nagarhole and just 20 kilometers away from the National Park. One has to walk at least half a mile to reach this place which is in the midst of a forest and far away from the cacophony of urban life.


    Enjoying the sounds of the serene hill ranges and the gushing foamy waters, one can relax and forget all about urban stress. The roaring sound of the falls can be heard from a distance as one walks on the rocky twisting pathway with the chirping birds and the lush forests for company.
    The pristine scenery resonates with the chirping of birds one has never heard before. The falls criss-crossing the hills and the forests tumble down from a height of just 150-200 feet while the spray of the gushing waters during monsoons is so intense that one can get easily wet. However, it is not safe to venture into the waters as the currents are strong. If you planned a visit before the monsoons, you can stand literally below the falls and get a soothing shower.

    But do not miss visiting during the monsoons as Irupa falls from a cliff in all its mesmerising glory. If you are interested in visiting the nearby temple, you can take a peek as legends associate it with the visit of Ram and Lakshman when they were searching for Sita.

    There are good spots to relax and enjoy, clean, wholesome vegetarian food but make it a point to place your orders in advance if you are visiting this place in a group. If you are carrying food and drinks, do not litter the place with plastic debris as it is a fragile ecology and home to many birds and animals.

    Just two to three hours drive from Madikeri, one has to take the Virajpete route to reach this breathtaking place where the waterfall plunges from the Brahmagiri peaks in all its beauty and finally joins the Lakshman Teertha River. Since it is a very popular tourist spot, the place is easily accessible via tarred roads, concrete steps, viewing seats and affordable lodging and boarding facilities in and around the densely wooded ranges.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Meera Bharadwaj / July 30th, 2015

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    July 30th, 2015adminAgriculture

    Kachampuli, a vinegar of a kind prepared out of Panapuli fruit (Garcinia gummi-gutta) juice, is an indispensable kitchen ingredient in Kodagu homes, specially for ‘Pandikari’

    A bunch of raw Panapuli fruit

    A bunch of raw Panapuli fruit

    Napoklu (Kodagu) :

    Kodagu, which is known the world over for its rich and aromatic coffee, is also home to Panapuli fruit and the ‘ethnic’ Kachampuli vinegar produced from it.

    Come monsoon, many people in Kodagu, especially the farmers, are busy harvesting the Panapuli fruit as there is a great demand for its dark syrup, also known as Coorg Vinegar, which is used as a souring agent in Kodava cooking.

    This thick black vinegar is the concentrated juice of Garcinia gummi-gutta, the tropical fruit that is also used in dried form for cooking by some.

    Panapuli fruit trees are found in some coffee estates and forest areas in Kodagu. The tree starts flowering during March-April and the fruits get ripened by June-July by which the fruit colour would have changed to yellow. The pulpy Panapuli fruit also has seeds inside it. To prepare the vinegar, the juice extracted from the ripened fruits, is boiled down in an earthen vessel using firewood till the juice turns thick and dark (brownish black). Then it is cooled and filled in bottles to be sold in the market. The Kachampuli (vinegar) is sold at rates ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 900 per bottle, depending upon the demand and can be preserved for years without adding any preservatives.

    Kachampuli adds flavour to non-vegetarian Kodava cuisines like pork, mutton and fish. As for pork curry, chops or fry, it is a must culinary ingredient. Without it, pork preparation, specially, cannot be called a Coorg speciality dish.

    Apart from extracting the juice to make vinegar, the ripened fruits are also used in dry form by many people including Keralites and Mangaloreans.

    The fruit is cut into four parts and dried over an iron net under fire; before drying the fruit, first the 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide iron net with 4 supporting pillars is installed and the fire is lit under the net. The dried fruit is sold at Rs. 120-130 per kg.

    Nowadays, Panapuli saplings are sold in nurseries. The fruit is a relative of Kokum, which is used in some Konkan and Maharashtrian cuisines too.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 24th, 2015

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    Coffee shipments from India may increase the most in four years as prospects for a record crop in Asia’s third-largest producer spur farmers to liquidate inventory.

    Exports will rise as much as 10 percent in the year through March 2016 from 286,516 metric tons last year, said Ramesh Rajah, president of the Coffee Exporters Association of India. That would be the biggest gain since 2011-2012, when sales jumped 11 percent to 333,181 tons, data from the state-run Coffee Board show.

    Rising sales from India to mostly Europe and Russia will add to a global surplus forecast by Societe Generale SA and weigh on robusta prices in London. Supplies from the South Asian nation may help bridge a shortfall in shipments from Vietnam, where farmers are hoarding the most beans in at least five years on speculation prices will rally further. Robusta accounts for about 70 percent of India’s exports.

    “With a larger crop expected next season, the small farmers will keep selling” as they can’t bear the storing and logistic costs, Rajah said by phone from Bengaluru on July 14. “The crop was low in 2014-15 and farmers held back and the prices went up.”

    Robusta futures last month rose 9.3 percent, the most since February 2014, and traded 1 percent lower at $1,688 a ton on ICE Futures Europe on Friday. Arabica, which advanced 5 percent in June in New York, was down 0.6 percent at $1.2805 a pound. Societe Generale predicts a surplus of 905,000 bags of 60 kilograms each this year.

    Monsoon Boost
    Production in India will rise 8.7 percent to a record 355,600 tons in 2015-16, the board estimates. Timely monsoon rains have boosted crop prospects, according to Anil Kumar Bhandari, a member of the state-run agency.
    “We are heading for a very good crop,” Bhandari said by phone from Bengaluru on July 13. “The coffee-growing belt in Karnataka and Kerala has got adequate rains.”

    Exports rose 12 percent to 102,850 tons between April 1 and July 13 from the same period a year earlier, provisional data from the board show. Italy, Germany and Russia were among the top buyers of Indian coffee.

    source: http://www.bloomberg.com / Bloomberg Business / Home> Business / by Pratik Parija / July 17th, 2015

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    Ashwini Ponnappa

    Ashwini Ponnappa

    Ashwini Ponnappa is on a high after winning the Canadian Open women’s doubles crown along with vastly experienced Jwala Gutta. The Ashiwin-Jwala pair reached their career-best ranking of 13 having upset a higher ranked Dutch pair in the final of the Canadian Open.

    Ashwini and Jwala are now focused on putting up a solid performance in next month’s World Championships.

    Ashwini talked about her Canadian Open exploits, state of women’s doubles badminton in India and much more in an exclusive interview.

    Q: The Canadian Open win must have been just what was needed given the fact that the World Championships is happening in August coupled with the Olympics, which is just a year away. Must be pleased with the way things are going.

    Yes I’m happy that Jwala and I won the Canadian Open. Though we won a few medals last year, we had not won a tournament in a very long time, hence this win feels great, especially because it is the Olympic year and the competition is fierce.

    Q: You and Jwala did not have it easy in the final of the Canadian Open – you led 15-6 in the second game but the Dutch pair levelled things at 15-15 before you and Jwala showed your tenacity to win the match and the title. Do you think you guys are playing the best doubles of your career?

    The Dutch pair are experienced and have won a lot of tournaments, so it was a tough match, I’m happy we won. Yes, I do think Jwala and I have improved and matured as a pair, which has helped us to play some really good matches and beat some top pairs.

    Q: You and Jwala are the country’s top ranked women’s doubles – you guys reached highest ever ranking of 13 – how challenging it will be to break into the top ten and stay there consistently?

    It is extremely tough for Jwala and me, especially since the two of us lack support in terms of firstly not having a professional doubles coach or a centre with sparring partners where the two of us can train together. We have managed to do well so far despite training in different cities merely because of the support we have received by the government in terms of sending us for all our tournaments, which has helped our game a lot. Sadly, that alone is just not enough to help us break into the top 10.

    Q: You had upset the world number 8 in the final of the Canadian Open – how would you assess your chances in the World Championships?

    We have as good a chance of doing well as any other pair out there. Though most of the pairs we would be up against come from countries which produce a lot of doubles pairs, I think me and Jwala are quite a strong pair and have a unique style as we are very offensive, so that should help.

    Q: A lot has been said about you and Jwala being not included in the TOP scheme in the first two lists. How optimistic are you guys of being included in the next list?

    Pretty optimistic!

    Q: What are the improvement areas you guys need to focus on going forward?

    Probably our defense needs focus.

    Q: You are younger to Jwala by a few years, but you seemed like you have matured as a doubles player in recent times to complement the experience of Jwala. Your thoughts.

    When I started playing with Jwala I was more or less an amateur with zero experience at the senior international level. But from the very first day Jwala has been supportive and encouraging and helped me to develop as a player.

    Playing with her helped me to aim and dream big. The fact that she believed we could do well too helped a lot. And of course with time and experience, I think I’ve matured as a player.

    Q: What would pave the way for the new crop of women doubles players in India as we are struggling to churn out quality pairs if we take both of you out of the equation?

    To start off with, it would be having separate doubles camps with a doubles specialist and good sparring partners. If doubles as an event is given the right kind of encouragement and support, only then will it help youngsters to look at the event as a career option.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / SportsKeeda /Home> Badminton> Canada-Open>Badminton / by Suhrid Barua / July 18th, 2015

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    Karnataka district has India’s highest concentration of home-stays, according to HolidayIQ study

    The picturesque scenery of Coorg

    The picturesque scenery of Coorg

    The Kodagu district of Karnataka, also known as Coorg, offers the largest amount home-stay accommodation in India, according a new study.

    HolidayIQ, the Indian online travel site, has revealed a series of trends relating to the country’s home-stay sector. And according to its listings, 13% of Indian home-stays are located in Coorg, followed by Kochi with 9%. Located in the Western Ghats, Coorg is famous for its mountainous jungles and its native Kodava residents.

    In total, HolidayIQ found a total of 1,663 Indian home-stay options distributed among 207 destinations. And many are concentrated in the same areas; destinations with 10 or more home-stays accounted for 76% of the entire market.

    Home-stays in Coorg and Kochi, plus the Kerala destinations of Alleppey, Wayanad and Munnar, were found to offer better value-for-money than other types of accommodation.

    “With the growth of the online travel industry, in all its different guises, people now have a lot more information at their fingertips and the research has become a larger, richer part of holiday planning. At the same time, travel industry providers have grown exponentially in India, so travellers now have more options than ever,” HolidayIQ said in its report.

    “The diversity of India is legendary presenting travellers with endless opportunities to sell its charms. Home-stays in India are now becoming the popular new concept of tourism. In the recent years Home-stays and the trend of offering budget accommodation is picking up. Homes are the new hotels,” it added.

    source: http://www.traveldailymedia.com / Travel Daily India / Home> Hote & Spa / by Mark Elliot / July 24th, 2015

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    Chondamma Cariappa (Photo: Debasish Dey)

    Chondamma Cariappa (Photo: Debasish Dey)

    This shoe designer’s blog has a huge fan following in India and she has even won an award for her creative efforts

    In 2011, Chondamma Cariappa founded the popular blog The Sole Sisters, where women (and men) who love their shoes, and have a penchant for picking up the quirkiest of footwear, could share images of their prized possessions. Today, Chondamma has quit her job at an advertising agency to design her own line of shoes with her venture The Sole Sisters. A year since its launch, she has also won an award at Grazia Young Fashion Awards this year.

    A travel buff, Chondamma’s experiences were incomplete without her posting pictures of shoes she recently acquired or stumbled upon from various parts of the world on Facebook. Her album soon got her friends’ attention where they got into lengthy details about her collection. What she didn’t anticipate was the interest from women all over the world. She says, “Since I saw genuine interest among women, who share the same interest as me about shoes, I started this venture. Soon the world spread, and I started receiving emails from women to feature their shoes.” Today, her blog boasts of more than 400 contributors from across the globe with more than 70 percent of the contribution from India. The blog features women shoes ranging from pump, wedges, high heels and knitted ballerinas.

    The entrepreneur tells us that the decision to start her eponymous shoe company last year was a clear step ahead. “I was exploring avenues about how to make this blog bigger but I never thought I’d end up becoming a shoe designer. I realised that women were looking up for unconventional, interesting shoes.”

    Chondamma doesn’t have a formal education in designing, but she tells us her experience the advertising industry came in handy. “Advertising helped me develop an eye for detailing. The promotion and marketing strategies I learnt during my advertising years now help me with my brand,” she states. Chondamma reveals that Indian women often choose style over comfort and this is where she wants to bridge the gap. “You can’t blame them. If you see a pretty pair of shoes, you do want to buy them even if it means staying uncomfortable for a few hours. This is where I am trying to strike a balance with my venture,” she adds.

    With The Sole Sisters, meeting with clients are now replaced by meeting with fabric-sellers, suppliers and karigars. She admits that there are roadblocks, but it is nothing that has overwhelmed her as yet. She says, “The shoemaking business is an unorganised market. There are times when the end-result is not what you expected; but I make sure it doesn’t affect me for long. I start working on the next samples.”

    Her self-taught approach has actually helped her look at design in a new light: She mixes fabrics like ikat, khadi and chikkankari with leather. She says, “I don’t try restricting myself to a colour palette. As a creative person, I like more options. I let inspiration come to me when I get down to working.” Today, she delivers her shoes to America and Europe. In fact, her latest khadi collection is currently being retailed in Europe and will make an entry in India only in the next one or two months.

    Chondamma quit her job as a creative director this year to focus on her venture.

    Currently, she has been doing everything from accounts to couriering to marketing and promoting. As an entrepreneur, she realises that she has taken up a huge responsibility. She says, “Since I do not have any training in business or this industry, I feel the need to learn everything by myself. I want to get a hands-on approach in this business and learn as much as I can. I have loved the process so far.” And how is she enjoying her stint as the boss? “It’s just been six months and I have realised it is so important to remain self-motivated.

    Being an employee means a scheduled, monthly salary; but being an entrepreneur is an entirely different ball game. You can’t afford to slack off. But I am not complaining; so far, so good.”

    source: http://www.asianage.com / The Asian Age / Home> Life & Style / by Julie Sam / July 24th, 2015

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    ‘Classical languages are embedded with culture, literature and tradition of the people’

     ‘Hindi-English-Kodava,’ trilingual dictionary compiled by Dr. C.V. Sivaramakrishna, was released during a symposium on ‘Kannada Classical Language and other Classical Languages of India’ held at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in city this morning. Seen in the picture are (from left) CIIL Academic Secretary (retd) Prof. Kikkeri Narayana; Head of Linguistics, Malayalam University, Thiroor, Kerala, Prof. M. Sreenatham; Former Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies Director Prof. R. V. S. Sundaram; CIIL Director Prof. Awadesh Kumar Mishra; former CIIL Mysuru Deputy Director Prof. V. Gnanasundaram; Deccan College, Pune, retired Prof. K.S. Nagaraja and KSOU retired Prof. Radha Krishna Bhat.

    ‘Hindi-English-Kodava,’ trilingual dictionary compiled by Dr. C.V. Sivaramakrishna, was released during a symposium on ‘Kannada Classical Language and other Classical Languages of India’ held at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in city this morning. Seen in the picture are (from left) CIIL Academic Secretary (retd) Prof. Kikkeri Narayana; Head of Linguistics, Malayalam University, Thiroor, Kerala, Prof. M. Sreenatham; Former Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies Director Prof. R. V. S. Sundaram; CIIL Director Prof. Awadesh Kumar Mishra; former CIIL Mysuru Deputy Director Prof. V. Gnanasundaram; Deccan College, Pune, retired Prof. K.S. Nagaraja and KSOU retired Prof. Radha Krishna Bhat.

    Mysuru :

    The Classical Language Studies Centre will be shifted from the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) premises in Mysuru to Bengaluru University campus soon, said CIIL Director Awadesh Kumar Mishra, here today.

    Inaugurating a symposium on ‘Kannada Classical Language and other Classical Languages of India’ at CIIL premises, he said the Classical Language Studies Centre was being shifted to the State capital as it will have necessary infrastructure such as library and other required facilities.

    Mishra pointed out that preservation of classical languages is important as they were embedded with culture, literature and tradition of the people and added that language and script were interlinked. “A language undergoes changes due to change in geographical location.”

    Four years ago, the Tamil Classical Language Studies Centre was shifted to Chennai and the Telugu Classical Language Studies Centre may also be shifted in due course of time, once the location is confirmed, said Mishra. Since 2008-09, CIIL is facing staff crunch due to retirement of personnel, he added.

    On the occasion, ‘Udaya Adityalanakar,’ translated from Sanskrit to English by Dr. R.V.S. Sundaram and Gill Ben-Heruth; ‘Mahakavya Lakshana,’ of T.V. Venkatachala Shastry translated into English by Dr. H.V. Nagaraja Rao; ‘Moulya Nirdharana Parabashika Padapraveshike,’ edited by Dr. M. Balakumar; ‘Hindi-English-Kodava,’ trilingual dictionary by Dr. C.V. Sivaramakrishna and ‘The Nihali Language,’ by Dr. K.S. Nagaraja were released.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Friday – July 17th, 2015

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    To represent India at World Skills-2015 competitions at Brazil in August


    Mysuru :

    Tulsi Ponnappa (Biddatanda), a student of Bachelor of Culinary Arts, WGSHA, Manipal, was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Youth Skills Day ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi on July 15, for receiving Silver medal at Oceana- 2015, New Zealand.

    Tulsi was selected by the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) in the course of taking part and winning Inter-college, Zonal and National competitions and is being monitored and trained under the aegis of NSDC. She was a part of the contingent that represented India at Oceana-2015 at New Zealand in the Patisserie and Confectionary Category.

    She now will continue to train under one of the top Patisserie Chefs at Oberoi Trident, Mumbai and will head to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August for the World Skills 2015 competitions to represent India again. Tulsi did her schooling at Delhi Public School, Doha and undergraduate studies at St. Aloysious, Mangaluru, before joining WGSHA Manipal, to obtain her Culinary Arts Degree.

    She is the daughter of Biddatanda Ashok and Bhavya Ponnappa and grand-daughter of retired Principal Biddatanda Ponnappa and Kamalu Ponnappa of Napoklu, Kodagu and late Machianda Thammayya and Shashi Thammaya.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Friday – July 17th, 2015

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    All the winners from the 63rd National Squash Championship in Kerala

    All the winners from the 63rd National Squash Championship in Kerala

    Saurav was the more experienced when it came to crunch moments

    Time was not ripe for the old order to change. This much was clear after the senior national proceedings at the squash’s brand new venue in India, the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram.

    Two senior pros Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa helped themselves to one more title each. Saurav’s tenth title meant he had equalled Narpat Singh’s tally to be joint number one in terms of titles won in the history of squash in India while Joshna is three titles away from beating Bhuvaneswari Kumari’s record of 16.

    Having said that, it must be mentioned that the two seniors must be wondering if the journey ahead would be just as kind to them. Keen observers of the sport still believe that the days of the two remaining at helm are not over yet, based on the way things panned out in Thiruvananthapuram. But it must be said both Harinder Pal Sandhu and Harshit Kaur, two respective runners up made deep impressions on the two winners.

    The only difference was the factor ‘experience’. True, Harinder had beaten Saurav in Mumbai for his maiden title in what was part of the winning streak the young Sardar had gone through in 2014. Much has been written on those historic moments of which he was part of but when it came to the crux as it did this time, Harinder showed he still needed to fine tune certain aspects of his approach to rightfully renew the lease on the national title.
    Harinder threw away the advantage

    He fell just when it seemed he had Saurav at his mercy. Leading two games to nil and then conceding a game and still gaining a 6-2 lead in the fourth game, the Chennai lad appeared to get that dream touch. “His aggression and his ability to score winners not to mention his speedy movements, everything made it look as though there was little to choose between him and Saurav,” said national coach Cyrus Poncha without hiding his happiness over his ward’s wonderful progress in his career.

    And yet Harinder forgot the cardinal principle in a sporting tussle that a win or loss is decided only after the last point is played. Experience was the key and a hardened pro now, Saurav has been through tough battles to know that all he needed was a single opening. Sure enough he found it to unsettle Harinder and the rest is now history.

    Young players are coming through

    Saurav admitted after the match that he thought Harinder played far better than what he did in Mumbai last year. And that adds to the poignancy for Harinder. Not so dramatic though was the women’s encounter but Joshna obviously had not bargained for the tough fight that junior champion Harshit produced, even if briefly. But those brief moments brought to fore the possibilities ahead as this Delhi player, who has shifted to Chennai to train at the ISA, is bound to gallop in confidence and experience.

    Joshna may still have the ammunition required to keep her single-minded goal intact but one thing is sure with the bubbling enthusiasm building around, it could be a demanding task ahead. What impressed many in this year’s national championship was the way some of the players waiting to make a breakthrough in the senior ranks exhibited their talent.

    Velavan Senthilkumar was one and Vijaykumar was another. The left handed Velavan, a product of ISA, is a cool but sound player with strong basics. What came to fore was the way he played to situations, like the way he wore down senior Sandeep Jangra in a show of complete control. Vijaykumar similarly outclassed Gaurav Nandrajog, once a strong force at the national level.

    Both these young players have given sufficient indications of having come of age and that is good news for Indian squash. Add to that the continuing rise of Kush Kumar, who has the will to fight and does so admirably. In Thiruvananthapuram, Kush grabbed a game off Saurav in the semi-final and this is the first time he is achieving that against a senior professional.

    There is more to come from this young man who like in his junior days, is keen to take on a dominant role and maybe he would not need to wait too long. In a way then the sport is now flux with good talents who, and that is significant, will serve the country long. They are young, eager and have come up through a tough competitive programme. The results of this has begun to show and Thiruvananthapuram was but just the beginning.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / SportsKeeda / Home> Squash> National Championship – Squash / by Sharikal Raman / July 22nd, 2015

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