Bangalore hotels won't be rocking this New Year eve
"Every year we used to organise parties as part of Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, where German families staying in Bangalore participate. But this year we have lined up no special celebrations. Just a few days back we had a small party in our office with a few German business delegates who had come for work," Audrey D'souza, Bangalore regional director of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, said.
D'Souza added that out of 300 German families residing in the city, most had gone to their native places to celebrate year-end festivities as the current situation in India is not conducive to any big celebration, especially after the Mumbai terror attacks.
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"We're scared to organise any big celebration as questions of safety and security of revellers have to be taken into account post-26/11. Moreover, when the entire nation is mourning the deaths of innocent lives, we thought it inappropriate to hold any celebrations," said Meghala, the cultural coordinator of Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, the social and cultural hub of French expatriates in the city.
An estimated 200 French families stay.
"In past years we used to have a series of fun filled events to usher in New Year. Individually, of course French people will be celebrating Christmas and New Year's Eve. But not in a bigger way with lots of people coming together," added Meghala.
The Mumbai terror attacks killed around 170 people, of whom 22 were foreign nationals.
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Bangalore's reputation of being the technology hub of the country has made the city a favoured abode of expatriates in recent times.
Of the expatriates in Bangalore, some 13,000 are students pursuing professional education or internships from a wide assortment of countries, including Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, the US and Iran.
"After the Mumbai terror attacks, we are all scared to go to public places to enjoy parties. Thus, I have invited a few of my friends at home to welcome 2009. Two of my cousins who are working in Bangalore have left for Toronto, so that they can celebrate their New Year parties in a grand manner," said IT professional Adam Olive, a native of Toronto, Canada.
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The Bangalore Expatriate Club or BEC, a social club that provides the expatriates of the city a platform to interact and share one another's experiences, is not going for any big year-end parties either.
"The club members often used to do networking in pubs, clubs and restaurants of the city. But most of the public places are having tight security these days. We have no plans to hold any celebrations as part of our new year celebrations," Les P, senior member of BEC and a software architect from Chicago, settled in Bangalore for the last six months, said.
"Time is not conducive for any celebrations after the Mumbai terror attacks. We have not yet decided on any specific party for New Year's Eve," said Philip Collins, a native of Denmark, working in BPO and a member of the club.
The club currently has 4,000 members.
To beef up security cover for the expatriates who fear they might be potential terror targets, a delegation representing trade commissioners and consulates of different countries recently met Bangalore police commissioner Shankar Bidari.
"We've assured them full security cover in the city. We have also advised them to hire armed private security guards. We are also working out a special security measure to be provided to important foreign residents in the city. But we cannot divulge details," a senior police officer said.
Authorities in several churches spread across Bangalore said the enthusiasm to celebrate Christmas was missing this time.
"Due to the Mumbai terror strikes and attacks on the Christian community in Orissa and Karnataka, we have asked people to keep Christmas celebrations low key. The mood among the people too is sombre. Christmas this time will be a quiet affair," said Daniel Ravi Kumar, Presbyter-in-charge of St. Mark's Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Church in Bangalore, founded in 1808.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Bangalore hotels won't be rocking this New Year eve
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Aamir Khan has sparked off a new trend with his attention-grabbing haircut for Ghajini (Hindi) . More and more youths are going under the scissors to acquire the same look.
Aamir’s ‘Ghajini’ haircut has become so popular in colleges that the authorities in Bangalore have banned the hairstyle. Students sporting Aamir’s ‘Ghajini’ look are not being allowed to enter classrooms.
In fact, the craze has caught up so much with the Bangalore youths that colleges in the city have barred the students with the Ghajini haircut from entering the classrooms. The reason given by the authorities is that the haircut distracts the attention of other students in the classroom.
Almost all the colleges in Bangalore have formally announced that they will only allow students to sit in the classrooms if they don’t sport the Ghajini hairstyle. What Aamir would like to know is why his Ghajini hairstyle should be banned in colleges and if it is in any way interfering with the students’ concentration when they are attending classes. A source close to Aamir says, “Aamir has not been able to fathom why the colleges are objecting to his hairstyle, what is so indecent about it? Any objection needs a reason. Is this hairstyle attracting flies? Is it disturbing the concentration of the students in the class?”
When Aamir came to know about this, he was both pleased and amused. Pleased because he is happy to note that the haircut has been loved young people. Amused because he doesn’t understand why the authorities are objecting to the haircut.
Meanwhile, the trend is catching up in other cities like Mumbai and Delhi as well.
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Luxury (Above Rs 6000)
Grand Ashok (Book online now)
Phone: 2226 9462, 2225 0202
Fax: 2225 0033
Ista Hotels (Book online now )
Bangalore - 560 008 Phone: 2555 8888
Kamath Yatri Nivas #4, 1st Main, Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore Phone: 2226 0088
Bangalore 560 052 Phone: 2226 2233, 2228 2828
Park Plaza 1,Golf Avenue Adjoining KGA Golf Course,
Bangalore. Phone: 2521 6228, 2521 6039
Fax: 2521 6247
Ramanashre Comforts 16, Rajaram Mohan Roy Road,
Royal Orchid 1, Golf Avenue,
Adjoining KGA Golf Course
Bangalore 560 008 Phone: 2520 5566
Fax: 2520 3366
Taj Residency (Book online now)
41/3 MG Raod,
Bangalore - 560 001 Phone: 2558 4444
Fax: 2558 4748
The Leela Palace (Book online now)
Bangalore Phone: 2521 1234, 2521 2727
Fax: 2521 2929
The Oberoi (Book online now)
Bangalore - 560 001 Phone: 2558 5858
Fax: 2558 5960
The Park Hotel (Book online now)
Bangalore - 560 001 Phone: 2559 4666
Fax: 2559 4029
The Taj West End
Race Course Road
Bangalore Phone: 6660-5660
Windsor Manor ITC Hotel
Oppoiste Bangalore Golf Course,
Bangalore. Phone: 2226 9898
Fax: 2226 4941
Medium (Rs 3000 - Rs 6000)
Angsana Oasis Spa & Resort,
Doddaballapur Main Road,
Bangalore - 560064 Phone: 2846 8892-96
Fax: 2846 8897
The Atria No.1 Palace Road,
Fax: 2225 6850
Bangalore - 23 Phone: 4015 2222
Fax: 4015 2233
The Bride Corporate Suites
Bangalore - 560 025 Phone: 4114 4408
Royal Orchid Central
47/1, Dickenson Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 4242
Fax: 2558 8594
The Capitol (Book online now)
Raj Bhavan Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2228 1234 / 515
Fax: 2225 9933
The Chancery 10/6 Lavelle Road,
Fax: 2227 6700
Eagleton - The Golf Resort
Bangalore- 562109 TeleFax: 26764 403/ 405/ 974
Gateway Hotel Residency Road,
Fax: 2558 4030
Infantry Court (Book online now)
Bangalore. Phone: 2559 1800, 2559 2281,2559 2283
Reservations hotline: 2558 2306
Fax: 2559 2276
St. Mark's Hotel
Bangalore. Phone: 2227 9090
Fax: 2227 5700
# 65, Singasandra, Off Hosur Road
Bangalore - 560 068 Phone: 2573 4242, 2573 6705, 2573 6706
Fax: 2573 6681
The Monarch 54,Brigade Road,
Fax: 2532 7199
1, Museum Road, off M G Road
Bangalore - 560001. Phone: 4111 3333
Fax: 4111 3300
Nalapad's HotelBangalore International 2a-2b Crescent Road,
Bangalore Phone: 2226 8011, 2226 8031
Fax: 2226 8015
The Raiintree Boutique Hotel
#6, Rest House Road
Off brigade road, Parallel to Church Street
Next to Dubai Plaza
Bangalore -560 001. Phone: 25559005 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
The Richmond Hotel
88/2, Richmond Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2223 3666
Fax: 2223 377
Budget (Rs 1000 - Rs 3000)
149, Infantry Road, Bangalore Phone: 2226 1921
Fax: 2226 3982
Compact Guest House
28,3rd Main, 7th Cross,
Bangalore. Phone: 2535 3881 / 2535 1893
Church Street Inn
(Book online now )
46-1-1 Church Street,
Bangalore 560 001 Phone: 3057 7190, +91-98450 01792
Curzon Court 10, Brigade Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 1698, 2558 2997
Fax: 2558 2278
128, EPIP Phase II
Bangalore 560 066 Phone: 6666 3333
Fax: 6666 3366
Royal Orchid Ramada
Bangalore 51 Phone: 2286 5566, 2865 5555
Fax: 2286 5943
Highgates Hotel 33,Church Street,
Fax: 2559 7799
Hotel Algate 93,Residency Road,
Bangalore Phone: 2559 4786 / 87 / 88 / 89, 2559 6965/66
Hotel Empire International
Bangalore - 560 001 Phone: 2559 3743, 2559 3744, 2559 3745
Hotel Maurya 22/4, Race Course Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2225 4111-119
Fax: 2225 6685
Hotel Rama 40/2, Lavelle Road,
Hotel Shangrila 182, Brigade Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 8994
Fax: 2558 2984
Hotel Vellara 126 (New no.283) Brigade Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2536 9116, 2536 9205, 2536 9775, 2536 5684
Ivory Tower On the Panthouse floors of Barton Center,
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 9333 / 2558 5164
Fax: 2558 8697
Nahar Heritage Hotel 14 St. Mark's Road,
Fax: 222 78737
Terrace Gardens Kausalya Villa,
15 Brunton Road Crs.(off MG Road),
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 4987 / 2558 4797 / 2558 1836
Fax: 2559 1047
Sukh Sagar Hotel 10, 3rd Main Raod,
Bangalore. Phone: 222 02255
Fax: 222 56730
The Basil 8, Sampige Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 233 15123, 2346 4353
Fax: 2334 3904
Safina Hotel Safina Plaza Building,
Bangalore. Phone: 2558 1982-89
Fax: 2558 1990
9, Mission Road,
Bangalore. Phone: 2227 4507 / 9 / 10 /11
Fax: 2227 4564
Woodlands Hotel(P) Ltd.
Fax: 222 36936
Economy (Under Rs 1000)
330/7, II 'A' Main Extn., End of 14th Cross,
Bangalore. Phone: 253 53635, 2535 9476
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. This Garden City has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian. Founded in 1537 by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has changed dramatically over the years.
There are numerous 'not-to-be-missed' sights in Bangalore like the magnificent Vidhana Soudha, sprawling Cubbon Park. Colourful Lalbagh etc. - and the convenient an exciting way to explore these sights is to take the KSTDC conducted Bangalore Sight-seeing tour.
Bangalore -"Garden City...Silicon Valley ofIndia...Fastest growing city in SE Asia...A place to come back home...Mini Subcontinent"
Founded by KEMPE GOWDA more than400 years ago, Bangalore is special in every respect - a SalubriousClimate, Beautiful parks, Avenues, Old and New Buildings, Museum, Theatre, above all theCultured People - a standing testimony for Secular INDIA.
A dynamic Happening city, with innumerable cultural events organized every evening, you can choose from a Hindustan vocal concert, of a Carnatic Veena recital, or fusion music to pure western classical music, a play, or an exhibition of a famous painter.
You can taste of Bangalore. But the connoisseur can take his pick from any of the multicuisine restaurants of the city, Bangalore is also known as the city of Golf Courses.
Bangalore has a population of more than 56 lakhs. Besides Kannada, which is the official language of the state, Bangaloreans are also comfortable with English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, etc.,
How to Reach Bangalore:
Bangalore is very well connected by Air, Rail and road, with all metros of the country. Bangalore air-port has also become an international Air-port.
Climate in Bangalore:
The air-conditioned city of India, enjoys salubrious climate throughout this year, with a maximum temperature of 37 C and minimum 16C.
Monday, December 15, 2008
For a city like Bengaluru with a very high literacy rate, it should not be a problem to bring in some order and civic sense into our roads, says a concerned citizen.
By Ramamurthy M S
Is it difficult for citizens who are so articulate, so cultured and so well informed on conditions abroad to help evolve a traffic flow system and ensure the woes of commuters? The solution could be planned in several layers.
Top on the list is synchoronised signal lights, adjusted to a moderate speed level. Moderate, because all kinds of vehicles ply on our roads and some of them may not touch the speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour.
Heavy vehicles, cargo laden trucks and the like must be barred entry in arterial roads. If this is not possible, they must be allowed to ply only during early morning or late night hours. Also, our city was not meant to be a megacity. So these vehicles could be conveniently stopped at the outskirts and only those carrying a lesser load may be allowed.
We shall not be cruel to the ones who ply their trade with muscle power. But the question is, whether our compassion should extend that far, allowing a bullock cart to block free flow on busy thoroughfares in the name of humanism?
Already some agencies are at work alerting citizens and commuters on traffic bottlenecks. Is it difficult to rope in a 24-hour news channel to assist this effort? All that needs to be done is to market the concept as a carbon credit proposition. Imagine how much fuel could be saved if diversions are suggested and updates are provided on road blocks as and when they occur?
It is disgusting to hear and see incidents of ambulances held up in traffic jams. The very purpose is defeated. A concerted effort is the need of the hour, and for the ones who cannot use public transport, a pooling system may be set up with the help of voluntary agencies. This could also be extended to regular office-goers, with regular timings.⊕
Ramamurthy M S
04 Dec 2008
Ramamurthy M S is a journalist and columnist and occasional blogger.
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Friday, December 12, 2008
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Bangalore: Bangalore's socialites and pub-hoppers were out dancing on MG Road in broad day-light in protest against the city police's strict clampdown on late-night parties.
It seems that partying at night in the city may not be the same anymore as the new police commissioner has initiated curbs on pub life in the city.
One of the protestors said, “What we need is a healthy society to come out and express themselves and tell the world that we are all lovely people and we should just be left on our own to have a good time.”
“They (police) are talking about music, drinking and dancing, then what are you doing in a Ramlila,” asked socialite Ruby Chakraborty.
However, the police are extra vigilant after a petition was filed in the High Court by the live bands' association alleging that illegal discos are being allowed to operate in the city while live bands had been asked to shut down.
Meanwhile, with the new Government in Bangalore, the campaign to have greater freedom in pubs and discos has renewed.
However, it seems doubtful that the new Government would amend the law as the ban came after a police raid on a rave party in the city's outskirts early Sunday morning.
Thirty people were arrested and drugs seized and this gives police additional ground on their stand.
Nevertheless, it hasn't stopped people from campaigning for a better nightlife.
“The ban is only in Bangalore but the parties are on in Mysore,” says another protestor.
“It's about our freedom. Today they are saying we can't dance and tomorrow they'll say we need a licence to go out with our families,” added another.
Meet our Hero, friendly neighbourhood - Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan( 7, Bihar Regiment), he gave his life just to let us breathe in terror-free air. We all pray to almighty to give peace to his holy soul.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
March 17, 1977(1977-03-17) – November 28, 2008 (aged 31)
Place of birth:Calicut, Kerala
Place of death:Mumbai, Maharashtra
Place of burial:Hebbal, Bangalore, Karnataka
Service/branch:Indian Army, National Security Guards
Years of service:1999-2008
Unit:NSG HQ, Manesar
Childhood Major Unnikirshnan spent 14 years at the Frank Anthony Public School. A popular figure among his contemporaries, he wanted to join the Army, even attending school in a crew cut. He is remembered as an outstanding student. In 1995 he finished ISC Science from here. He was also a fantastic athlete. Most of his athletic records remained unbroken for many years. Tall, slim boy with the most genial personality he was the house captain and loved by all in the school. He described himself as a movie maniac in his orkut profile. Besides his display of courage from young age he had a soft side to him and was a member of the school choir.
Army Career He joined the National Defense Academy in 1994 and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant to the 7 Bihar Regiment in June 1999. After serving the Indian Army in different locations in Jammu & Kashmir to counter insurgencies, he was selected to join the National Security GuardsOn completion of training, he was assigned to the Special Action Group (SAG) of NSG on January 2007 and participated in various operation of the NSG.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Dies a Hero’s Death Posted on November 29, 2008 by nsemarket Being in the forefront of the National Security Guards operations at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan not only waged a valiant battle against the terrorists but also did his best to save his injured colleagues and in the bargain lost his life. He showed the real warrior in him before laying down his life. Thirty-one-year- old Major Sandeep is the only son of retired ISRO officer K. Unnikrishnan, who is settled in Bangalore. His father told presspersons: “I lost my son in Mumbai on Friday. Though I do not like to call him a martyr, I can proudly say that he has done something for this country.” He was informed of the death of his son by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (National Security Guards). According to information reaching the family, “Major Sandeep was leading a team and during the operations two of his colleagues sustained bullet injuries. In a bid to save them Sandeep turned back. The bullets fired by the terrorists pierced him. On November 26, he had called us and said that one of his childhood friends is getting married in the city on December 17. He had planned to attend that marriage,” Mr. Unnikrishnan said. Major Sandeep was ambitious, talented and a brave soul, said his friends and neighbours. He joined the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Bihar 7th Regiment in 1999. He was drafted to the NSG after his gallantry was recognised,” Kiran Srivasthav, a childhood friend of Major Sandeep. According to Anirudh Uppal, Inspector-General (Headquarters) National Security Guards (NSG), Major Sandeep had exposure to counter insurgency operations after having served in Jammu and Kashmir for two terms. He was deputed to the NSG on January 20, 2007 and participated in various operations conducted by the elite force. The gallant officer of the team commander of 51 SAG was deployed to clear Hotel Taj Mahal of extremists on November 27. He led the team from the front and engaged the terrorists in a fierce gunfight. When one of the NSG commandos was injured in the exchange of fire, he arranged for his evacuation and regardless of personal safety chased the terrorists who, meanwhile, escaped to another floor of the hotel, and while doing so Major Sandeep continuously engaged them. In the encounter that followed, he was seriously injured and succumbed to injuries.
Tearful adieu to Major Unnikrishnan
November 29, 2008 14:59 IST Bangalore on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the NSG commando who was killed in the bloodiest counter-offensive at the Taj hotel in Mumbai. Family members, friends and army personnel besides thousands of ordinary people came out in the streets to pay homage to the martyr who laid down his life during the unprecedented anti-terror operation. Unnikrishnan was killed while trying to pursue a fleeing terrorist at Taj. The body of the slain hero was draped with the tricolour. Tears streamed down the cheeks of many as emotional family members and friends broke down while bidding adieu to the braveheart. The funeral was held with full milit= ary honours. As emotions ran high, the crowd raised slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai while paying their last respects to the martyr.
Slain Major led from front: NSG chief
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
An exhibition-cum-sale of soft toys, baby quilts, accessories and much more, lovingly handcrafted by the women of PROWESS (Program for Women 's Empowerment and Self Sustenance) from Kodaikanal.
When: Wednesday 10 December - Friday 02 January 11:00 AM
Where: Ambara#119 Annaswamy Mudaliar RoadUlsoorBangalore
Mogra is conducting a tussar saree promotion by designer Neetika Swarup. The sarees will include handspun print weave and stich sarees, yardage and ensembles focusing on the traditional techniques of the weavers and printers of Bengal. The price range starts from Rs.2850/-.
When: Monday 08 December - Friday 12 December
What: Tussar Saree Exhibition
Where: MograB-24, Leela PalaceHAL Airport RoadBangalore
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Where: Ambedkar BhavanMillers RoadVasanth NagarBangalore
Weekend Theatre Workshop@ Bangalore (Indira Nagar)
Yours Truly is looking for passionate and enthusiastic people to be a part of Yours Truly Theatre and announces its next theatre workshop. This 5-Sunday long workshop will culminate in a performance by the participants, who will explore the creation of an entire production through character building, storytelling, Patterns and rhythms, physical training in different theatre styles and improvisations using the dramatic and theatrical facets.One of their recent productions was the Common Man - a social satire and tribute to the common man and his dreams, aspirations, conflicts.
When: Monday 08 December - Sunday 28 December 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM What: Weekend Theatre Workshop Where: Bangalore (Indira Nagar)Bangalore
Film Making Workshop@ St. Josephs Boys High School
Event Description Actor Productions is conducting a comprehensive filmmaking workshop and digital filmmaking on December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Cost of this workshop is Rs 5000/-. Schedule and Course content: Day 1: Saturday 6th December: a) Introduction to Filmmaking b) Digital Filmmaking and Technology (Cameras and Formats)c) Digital Cinema and its Revolutiond) Screenwriting 1. Format and screenwriting softwares 2. How to approach a screenplay3. Elements of screenwriting4. Three-act structure and character-driven plot5. Creating and developing a character 6. Analysis of few scripts Day 2: Sunday 7th December.1. Fundamentals of Cinematography 2. Lighting and light equipments3. Stocks and Films4. Three Point Lighting5. Camera aesthetics and operation ( 3CCD mini DV camera) Day 3: Saturday 13th December:1. Directiona) Frame Balance & Composition b) Camera Anglesc) Orientation & Directiond) Storyboarde) 180 degree rulef) Blocking and stagingg) Cinematic techniques 2. Basic Editing Techniques 3. Trip to Post production studio Day 4: Sunday 14th December (Whole Day)Shooting Day: Students will be divided into different groups. These groups will have to write, shoot and edit their film. A professional camera, cameraperson and editing suite will be provided. Day 5: Sunday 21st December ( 5:00 - 8:00 pm) Screening and analysis of the short films made by the students.
When: Saturday 06 December - Sunday 14 December 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
What: Film Making Workshop
Where: St. Josephs Boys High School34Museum RoadBangalore