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Nano is the biggest Launch this year. All the auto experts in the world were waiting eagerly for the launch of, world’s cheapest car which costs less than $2000!!! Finally it is launched and it is up to the expectations. But as per our Indian tradition, there are people opposing it. Here are few points which have been said against NANO, and its answers

Its Too small: Yes, it is Small, but Spacious. Tata Engineers have built a small car, which looks like a toy, but it still has 20% more space than Maruti 800!! The back seats can easily accommodate 2 persons, without them being uncomfortable. The front of Tata nano has a space of around 80 Lts, which can be increased to 500 Ltr, by folding the back seats. Tata Nano is taller than Santro Zing, making it easy for tall persons also to sit easily.

Its not safe: Tata Nano is not made of fiber or other light material as Reva. Its a normal CAR. Its made of sheet metal, with a strong framing inside. It is as strong as any other car. yes, It lacks ABS & Air bags ( to be provided in future versions), but it still is safer than 3-4 people travelling on a bike.

Its cheap so compromization in Standards : Wrong. Tata has been known for their strict standard adherence. Tata Nano has been built up to standards and no compromise has been made.

It will cause pollution – Again Wrong!! Nano’s emission norms are Euro-4 ready. where as most other vehicles in India are just Euro-3!!

Tata Nano umennet

So, how come Tata can build such a car for such a low budget?? here’s the answer:

1 – The engine of car is rear mounted. So there is no load on front wheels which makes it easy to maneuver. so no need of power steering.

 2 – Base model of Nano has no AC, No power windows

3 – Engineering, Nano Engineers has designed Nano with some specialties to save money on  production. For e.g., the Rack & Pinion system for steering is generally in 2 parts, but Tata Engineers made it 1 unit so that the assembly time & money is reduced.

All these points add to make Nano the cheapest car in the world!!!

And lastly,

 

1 – Its a Dream Car!! –  yeah!! in India every family dreams of having an four wheeler. We cant negelct this dream by giving excuses of traffic! Its the Govt.’s duty to have more wider roads, and proper traffic managing.

2 – We dont say a word, when long, wide, costly cars ( taking up space of 2 small cars) are allowed in India, costing from  few lakhs to some crores (Hyundai i10 to Rolls Royce), but you cant digest a car which is affordable by most of the Indians. 

3 – Now a days, parking is a big problem. parking Smaller car means small parking area.

4 – Can you imagine, if Nano is replaced with all the taxis & autos, It can be more comfortable, cheap n safe. Tata are going to launch CNG and even battery operated Nano. Its much more safer for kids, makes city beautiful, The foriegners coming to India will feel good about India. 

5 – last but not least, We should be proud of India being the first country to produce our very own “The peoples’ Car”. Which every car manufacturer has always dreamt since years!!!

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Bollywood has been exremely popular all over the world. In recent times many of the bollywood Actors, characters have been used in other ways such as toys (Krish, Ghazini), Or Stickers etc.

Soon we would see Bollywood glam girl Priyanka Chopra as a comic strip heroine in an international comic book series.

British businessman Richard Branson is all for Priyanka Chopra. After showering accolades on the actress, the entrepreneur is keen on turning her into a comic strip heroine for his publishing house, Virgin Comics. The character will look like Priyanka and will also be named after her. With this new facet as a comic strip heroine, Priyanka becomes the first Bollywood star and the second in India (after Sachin Tendulkar) to be featured in Virgin Comics.

An excited Priyanka is all thankful for Branson. She Says: “It’s a great honour. Big filmmakers and actors like John Woo, Nicholas Cage, Shekhar Kapoor and Terry Gilliam are associated with Branson’s comics. Even our Sachin has a comic book series with him. I’m working on two projects. One is a completely fictional story and character. The other will be a super hero who looks like me and will borrow incidents from my life.”

But This is not the first time any Bollywood actor has been roped in for comic book series. Star Comics had created A Superhero was also based on our own Millenium Superstar Amitabh Bachchan named – Supremo. created by None other than Gulzar, It was an instant hit among all the age groups. 

supremo-amitabh-umennet“Supremo was supposed to be the costumed alter ego of Indian film superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He has 2 boy sidekicks –Vijay and Anthony (they are again normal human beings and do not wear any special costume). He has a falcon, named Shaheen,  as a pet, who also acts as scout.” 

Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: Vijay, Anthony (sidekicks); Shaheen (falcon)
Costume: Conventional superhero couture of undies-over-tights has been avoided, and Supremo has a piece of brown cloth draped coyly around his waist, held there by a hip-holster.
Base of Operations: India
First Appearance: Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan (Star Comics)
Powers/Abilities: Supremo has no super-powers. He has the combination of strength to defeat his human adversaries and intelligence to get out of traps laid for him.

 


you can find a group related to supremo here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amitabh-Bachchan-Supremo/36098809810

You can also see some pictures and even read his comics!!!

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Is an ambitious, dare-devil, high-flier youth breed a figment of our imaginations? Or a hope we harbor to console ourselves that the world will be handed over safely into better, more able hands? The conditions are all facilitating and the opportunities galore! The world is our oyster and together we can….or can we?!

MTV roadies umennetIf the latest shown through Reality TV was to offer us a window into what the next generations have in store for us, I believe we could be in for a rude shock! Either  channels look for the kind who should not be permitted to breed, let alone be aided in the process of getting them together and finding perfect matches! Or then… THIS IS IT!!! This is what the crux of India’s youth consists of…. Badly brought-up, selfish brats of low intellect who have zero sense of loyalty or integrity.

To begin with, I strongly feel that INDIANS CANNOT DO REALITY. It just doesn’t fit the frame. We’re too conscious, with no wit and atrocious senses of humour. That’s a fact. When a camera is put in front of us, all these qualities assume gigantic proportions and due to insecurity woven into the very fabric of our beings, the result is anything but candid. To further develop on the idea, Reality shows involving typical Indian youth is even more unbearable… I have nothing against any TV channel but the fact that shows such as Splitsvilla and Roadies originate from the similar shed, is hard to miss. Yes, it’s the same TG…agreed. But what are we trying to project to the  impressionable lot?

  • That’s it’s quite alright to live your life oblivious of any social or civic responsibilities?
  • That I can cheat and lie as long as no one finds out. Even if they do, it’s their bad luck?
  • That I can get fame and money by being a total B*&^% ?!
  • I don’t need to have respect for ANYONE, let alone any elders. When I’m rich and famous, none of this will matter in any case!!
  • That abusive language sounds cool and peer pressure is to be bowed down to?
  • I have no family that matter.  The friends I make because of this show are those who will be by my side throughout!
You get the drift, I’m sure.

The dismay according to me however is manifold. Primarily, I worry about the motivation that lures the youth into aspiring to be associated with these programs. I have managed to sit through a few episodes in which starry eyed juveniles claim that it is their dream to be on “so and so…” program. How does a platform where you will be subjected to embarrassing and aggravating situations appear as a dream to you? Where are those ambitions that aim to lead with innovative yet honest ways? 
This reminds me of one episode which I must mention here, no names, no references but more real than reality itself… The teams were offered laxatives after a heavy loaded meal. Post consumption, anyone who could not ‘hold it in’, would get out and let his/her team down. The rest is up to you to imagine… I know that the brainstorming department of this particular episode, must have been mighty pleased with itself, but how is this of interest or entertainment to anyone….I fail to understand. And what is it a test of? The most constipated bowels?? I don’t get it! Maybe I am getting too old…
Another aspect is that of the viewer – It’s the youth who watch of course (right on target with the TG) but why? Some think that they’re so much better that the idiots on TV and so are highly amused! Others are just like them and so can identify totally. The shows, mind you, don’t really require any qualifications except a good face and or body for camera. They also tend to make special efforts to select those who possess the power to aggravate the viewer the most!

mtv-spitsvilla-umennetOverall, my worry however is the tendency of our society to take part in and then watch these shows, week after week. According to me, they encourage ‘wrong’ and validate it. As Indians, we are known to put one another down and revel in another’s defeat but the behavior being displayed in these programs takes disgust to the next level. I’m sure the families of the participants cannot be watching and encouraging their children, and if they are, God help us all! As such are the families from which those that can go to the extent of murder in the name of ragging originate. 

With a youth potential of almost 50% of our total population, there are some important questions we should be asking apart from which of Satan’s creations will win this week’s episode!
It’s not the show concepts that are faulty, it’s more the bi-products and after effects that need to be given due attention to….as the TRP’s keep rising….!!! 
Note: This write-up has been authored by Barkha Prabhakar, who is a Guest Author at Umennet.wordpress.com.

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WE (U, ME n NET) HAVE MADE IT !!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Our blog umennet.wordpress.com has got the Maximum Votes in the Best Mumbai Blog Contest held by Mumbai Bloggers.

Out of 59 blogs in contest and 296 total votes, we recieved 57 votes!!

Here is a glimpse –

 

 umennet - best mumbai blog

 

The top 5 blogs in the contest will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Based on the combined scores of Judges & Public the best 3 blogs will be announced on 15th March!!

A Bloggers’ meet has been organised on 21st March. Hope you have already registered for it. If not, you can register here.  The registration is compulsory for the event.

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Shahrukh Khan has been requested to host Indian version of “The Moment of Truth”. Shahrukh Khan is not new to TV, He has his association with TV, since the days of Fauji, Circus, Dusra Kewal. This is also not the first time Shahrukh is hosting any TV show. Earlier he has hosted “Kaun Banega Crorepati” & “Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain”. But This time, the game show is quite different one, and doesn’t involve general knowledge questions or questions from school syllabus.

the moment of truthThe Moment of Truth, hosted by Emmy nominated, Mark Walberg,  has been a bold show in the real sense. The host asks contestants a series of 21 questions for the chance to win half a million dollars.

Whats new in that??? Here comes the answer –

The questions are based on the contestants’ personal life. This is the only game show where participants know both the questions and the answers before they begin to play. Prior to playing, participants are strapped to a lie detector and asked a series of questions by a polygraph expert, who records their answers. At any time, between the polygraph and the televised game, participants can change their answers or walk away from the competition.

To win, participants have to answer either yes or no to the questions asked. The questions are easier when the stakes are low  but as the prize amount increases, they will be challenged to face the questions which they might normally answer a lie. Some questions are dangerously revealing as participants reveal the answers in front of spouses, relatives and friends, hanging on every word. If the contestant answers honestly, according to the lie detector results, he has to face the next question. However, if the answer is false (as as per the lie detector) or a refusal is made to answer a question after it has been asked, the game ends.

The difficulty and the nature of question (in personal front) increases with every question asked. To this date no one has reached the last question. Sometimes as a surprise, the contestant’s friend, relative or ex-partner also join in to ask questions. During & after the show, sometimes, contestants (or their relatives) break in to tears, or even break relationships.

Wonderhow serious the show question-answer can be?/ Here is an example –

Contestant Lauren Cleri admitted to committing adultery and that she believes she is meant to be married to an ex-boyfriend instead of her husband..The latter was a replacement question after Lauren’s sister hit the button to keep her from answering the question of whether she’d leave her husband if the same ex-boyfriend (who was present to read this question and the replacement question to her) wanted her back. She won $100,000 and went on to play for $200,000, but lost everything on the question, “Do you think you’re a good person?” She answered “Yes,” which, according to the polygraph, was revealed to be false. In May 2008, Frank Cleri filed for divorce.

Considering the Indian scenario, where such personal openness is still a taboo, it would be interesting to watch how the game is setup for Shahrukh Khan - the Moment of TruthIndians. And the contestants, will they be ready to face such questions? and even if everything is OK, how will they deal with the protests against the show or its pattern.

But When  Roadies, Big Boss & MTV Splitsvilla can be accepted in India, This too can be accepted. and it has more than one reasons to be accepted. We Indians crave to peep in to others lives. And what better than people themselves accepting this openly.

Any which ways, this game is sure to raise money as well as some eyebrows too!!

And the Indian version of “The Moment of Truth” can be called – “Sach ka Pal” or “Dil Sachcha aur Chehra Jhootha” or may be following the tradition of “K- Series” it can be “Kuch Pal Sach Ke”!!

Any more suggesstions? Whats your opinion?

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Dr. Madhu Chopra launched of Studio Aesthetique, a first-of-its-kind aesthetic enhancement centre.  Studio Aesthetique was inaugurated by her daughter and Bollywood’s leading lady, Priyanka Chopra, at Juhu. Other bollywood celebrities present to show support and congratulate Dr. Madhu and Ashok chopra were, stars like Farah Khan, Vishal Bharadwaj , Sunita Gowarikar and designer Neeta Lulla .

Priyanka Chopra

Believing in “Fine Today Fabulous Tomorrow”, Dr. Madhu Chopra’s studio is spread across 2,000 sq.ft. and provides the latest techniques in the world of cosmetology by pre-eminent super-specialists using state-of-the-art technology.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Madhu Chopra said –

“Studio Aesthetique is the definitive destination for your every cosmetic enhancement need.  Our aim is to provide world class services and procedures with the best in the business in a calm and relaxed environment.  Every procedure at Studio Aesthetique will be carried out by doctors specializing in that particular field. Our fully certified surgical center includes highly-qualified medical personnel and board-certified anesthesiologists who offer complete cosmetic care and careful follow-ups. Our full array services are administered under the supervision of trained specialists.”

Studio Aesthetique will provide a full array of skin care services, injectables, laser treatments, microdermabrasions, liposuctions, breast augmentation and numerous other relevant treatments.

Inaugurating the clinic, Priyanka Chopra said – 

“It’s a very proud moment for me.  A lot of hard work, time, resources, in-depth research and months of training have gone into ensuring that Studio Aesthetique provides world-class treatments and services to its clients.  My parents have worked very hard to make this a reality and I’m confident that it will be a huge success. I wish them all the luck.” 

The Consultant Team of specialists comprises – two plastic surgeons, one general surgeon, two part time cosmetologists, one in-house cosmetologist, and two nutritionists making the team competitive and well-equipped to address any concerns clients might have.  Foreign consultants will also be available as Consulting Faculty, offering all standard hospital services including surgery. 

Studio Aesthetique will have the active participation of internationally acclaimed and certified plastic surgeons Dr. Satish Arolkar & Dr. Sunita More, renowned for their work in the field of sculpting, total facial rejuvenation & the latest cosmetic treatments. Dr.Reshma Hegde (Cosmetic Dermatologist) & Dr.Neetu Sharma (Aesthetician) being the other members of the team, will aid clients to achieve their flawless skin.

Priyanka chopra with guests

 

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