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    March 31st, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, World Opinion

    Bangalore :

    Its well-publicised troubles with basic infrastructure and political instability notwithstanding, Bangalore is proving that it is by far and away India’s startup capital, aided in the assumption of this title by the software companies which first put the city on the global map. A strong community of engineers with global work experience, savvy customers and growing pools of early-stage capital, are transforming the city into a global startup hub, much like the Silicon Valley in the United States.

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    “Almost every day a new startup keeps coming up here,” said TV Mohandas Pai, a former director of Infosys and a prominent investor backing new technology ventures. So, despite the potholed roads, patchy power supply and a mostly apathetic government, entrepreneurs flocking to Karnataka’s capital say they are drawn by a unique culture of mentorship and networking that pervades the city.

    “In Bangalore you don’t have to boil the ocean yourself,” said Sundi Natarajan, an angel investor, who relocated to the city after a decade-long stint in the US as a technology professional. Next month, Natarajan and a group of overseas investors will launch the city’s first global accelerator programme that will comprise entrepreneurs from Brazil and the US in addition to India-based ventures. The first batch of about 10 companies will be backed by a proposed $50-million (Rs 270-crore ) fund. “There are mentors here willing to meet entrepreneurs on a Sunday evening and brainstorm until midnight ,” said Natarajan, explaining his group’s decision to launch the accelerator in Bangalore. This cultural advantage is now being reflected in hard numbers.

    Bangalore accounts for 41% of all new ventures launched in India, according to the World Startup Report, released last week by Bowei Gai, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is mapping the startup ecosystem in 29 countries. In response to this definitive change, city stalwarts, including Pai, are nudging a hitherto comatose government into action.

    The Karnataka Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Group 2020 last year had asked for a Rs 1,000-crore fund to drive infrastructure development and a further Rs 100 crore to be set apart for incubation of startups and new IT firms. “The fund for startups has been approved; we are in the process of setting it up and finding a fund manager to run it,” said Pai, who is the co-founder of Aarin Capital — a $50-million venture firm. Industry experts are of the opinion that with the city being home to some of the country’s biggest software companies, it is a ripe pool of talent for startups.

    “Talent is expensive but a startup can be assured of finding a minimum number of qualified people in Bangalore, rather than in any other Indian city,” said Rishikesha Krishnan, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, who is part of iSpirit — a think-tank for software product companies. Around 70% of the top venture capital firms have a presence in Bangalore. Now funds such as Canaan Partners, SAIF and Lightspeed Venture Partners based in Delhi are setting up offices here. “A majority of the startup activity in India lies here,” said Nishant Verman, associate at Canaan Partners, which has invested in Bangalore companies such as mobile advertising platform Adnear and software services provider Happiest Minds.

    Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups, a US-based seed fund and startup accelerator, who is setting up a seed fund of $10 million for India, is of the view that while companies such as online retailer Flipkart and advertising platoform InMobi have gained size, new ventures in Bangalore such as online ticketing firm red-Bus are “just really impressive”.

    A high density of entrepreneurs and investors is also drawing established entrepreneurs to relocate to the city. “If you are a technology firm focusing on the global market and cannot start in Silicon Valley, then Bangalore is the best place,” said Pallavi Nadhani , who moved his venture Fusion Charts from Kolkata two years ago and has since clocked revenues of Rs 40 crore.

    As dozens of new companies build products in information technology, healthcare, education and retail, Bangalore’s reputation as a hub for cutting edge technology is being underlined further. Globally, nearly 25 million smartphones and tablets that were sold since April last 2011 use technology built by citybased venture Ittiam Systems to enable high definition video playback and camcorder applications . Mistral Solutions has developed wearable video cameras used by law enforcement agencies across the US.

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    source: http://www.articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / Home> News> Emerging Businesses> Start ups / by Peerzada Abrar, ET Bureau / March 29th, 2013

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    March 30th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

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    Someshwara temple is particularly known for its magnificent architecture and its intricately carved pillars that produce music.

    An amazing thing happened recently in the busy neighbourhood of Ulsoor. Researchers found a Kalyani (open pond) almost adjacent to the Someshwara temple, one of Bangalore oldest temples, buried under a craggy piece of land that housed a milk dairy and some houses. The ten-day excavation work uncovered a 1,200-year-old stepped open pond.

    One of the unique features of this temple is that although Someshwara (Shiva or Eshwara) is the presiding deity, Vishnu, Brahma, Kamakshamma, Arunachaleswara, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeswara and Panchalingeswara are also worshipped here.

    The beauty of Someshwara temple even attracted the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen Harper to visit it. The temple is particularly known for its magnificent architecture and its intricately carved pillars that produce music. The five-tier Mahadwara Mantapa, elaborate with statues of gods and goddesses, and another well executed gopuram on the east entrance, are typical 16th century structures.

    An exquisite pillar, Nandi Kambha, stands in front of a small but beautiful gopura in the open courtyard. There is a spacious open mantapa consisting of four large projecting ‘bays’ (area between four pillars) which leads to a closed mantapa whose walls are decorated with pilasters and sculptures.

    A narrow passage connects the closed mantapa to the Garbagriha or the Sanctum. The open mantapa is covered with standard Yali (mythical beast) pillars. In all, there are 48 pillars with beautiful carvings of gods and goddesses that are said to produce the sounds of musical instruments when tapped.

    To the north is the Navagraha temple, which has carved pillars depicting the 12 rashis. Two dwarapalakas (guards) watch over the main entrance to the garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum).

    The temple also houses beautiful sculptures which narrate the story of King Ravana of Lanka lifting Mount Kailasha, Goddess Durga slaying Mahishasura and idols of the Shaivaite saints.

    There are carving of Girija Kalyana (the holy wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi) on the outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum.

    Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, the seven rishis, the twelve adityas and eleven rudras are also a part of the wedding procession, with King Himalaya performing the kanyadana.

    A Sri chakra is found inside the Kamakshi sannidhi which is a rare, as they are usually found only in Shakthi Kshetras.

    Another attraction of the temple is the Ashwattha Katte, a huge old banyan tree whose age is not known.

    History of the temple: While the temple’s actual history is unknown, Benjamin Lewis Rice in the ‘Gazetter of Mysore’ (1887), describes a legend behind the construction of the temple.

    King Kempe Gowda had a strange dream while on a hunt in which Lord Someshwara instructed him to build a temple in his honour using buried treasure.

    According to a different version, it was King Jayappa Gowda (1420-1450 CE), uncle of Kempe Gowda, from a minor dynasty called “Yelahanka Nada Prabhu” built the temple. He employed a sculptor from Belur, a descendant of the famous Janakachari to construct the temple.

    Another account attributes the temple to the Cholas Dynasty in the 10th century and renovated by rulers of Yelahanka.

    Legend has it that the linga in the sanctum was the one that was being worshipped by sage Mandavya.

    S K Aruni, historian of Indian Council for Historical Research, classifies the construction to three different periods – the Cholan period (inner most sanctum sanctorum, inner hall and its enclosing wall), the Vijayanagar period (outer pillared hall and mukhamantapa) and early colonial period (Kamakshi Amman temple, the nandimantapa and balipeeta).

    The medieval historians say that Lord Cornwallis first camped here while mulling over methods to overpower Tipu Sultan.

    It is also said that Abbakka Rani used to worship here five centuries ago.

    Abbakka Rani was a 16th century princess who hated the Portuguese and even divorced her husband for accepting their impositions. She fought her husband and eventually gave up her life rather than surrender to the Portuguese.

    The excavation of the Kalyani is still underway and the area is fenced to avoid people from crowding there. Even old-timers like Yuvaraj, who stays right next to the site, didn’t know about the pond till excavation started.

    There are no records but legend has it that this pond was closed down by the British almost 150 years ago as the tank had dried up. However Laxminarayana Dixit, the 90-year-old Chief Priest of the temple, refutes these claims. “No one knows who or why this pond was closed,” he states.

    The excavation struck water at 20 feet. “We don’t know how deep it is or its physical dimensions. We are eagerly awaiting the findings of the dig based on the survey conducted by the BBMP, Muzrai department and Archeological Survey of India,” explained  Govindaraju, President, Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Development Committee.

    Whatever be the physical dimensions of the Kalyani, one thing is sure, once it is restored to its past glory, the beauty of the temple will increase manifold.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Dr. Mamatha B R – Bangalore / March 28th, 2013

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    March 30th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports

    BebeSumayaBF30mar2013Athletics is a very popular sport in the World sporting scene. Running, jumping and throwing are the natural inherited skills of man. These skills in a modified coded form are termed athletics. Mysore District’s athlete Bebi Sumya has done everyone proud with her performance in the National level.

    She won the silver medal in the 100m event representing Mysore University in the All-India Inter-University Athletic Championships held at Kalyani University, Nadia, Kolkata.

    She will be honoured by the Mysore University for her performances in the Annual Awards function to be held at the Sports Pavilion tomorrow. She is our ‘Star This Week’.

    Bebi Sumya, a product of the Sports Hostel, Mysore and a student of Teresian College for Women, Mysore.

    She has represented the Karnataka state in the National level and has performed creditably.

    She has won the gold in the 100m event in the Women’s Youth Nationals and also in the South Zone meet.

    Bebi Sumya representing the Mysore University in the All-India Inter-University Athletic Championships held at Kalyani University, Nadia, Kolkata won the silver medal in the 100m event for women with a timing of 12.39s. She was also part of the Mysore University 4x100m relay team quartet which won the bronze medal with a timing of 3:59.09s.

    Bebi Sumya is being trained under former International and SAK athletic coach Damodara Gowda at the Sports Hostel, Mysore.

    She had also created a new meet record in the University Inter-Collegiate Athletic Meet in the 200m and was part of the record breaking team of Teresian College for women in the 4x100m relay event.

    Bebi Sumya will be felicitated by the Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore for her feats in the All-India level and also for her record breaking performances in the University Inter-collegiate athletic meet with total cash prize of Rs.35,000/ and a blazer in the annual award function to be held tomorrow in the city.

    Encouraged by her College and DYSS, Mysore, and the University of Mysore, Bebi Sumya intends to work hard and perform well in the National level and also represent the country in the days to come.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> Sports / March 24th, 2013

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    By S.N. Venkatnag Sobers

    He is no engineer or a scientist or a scholar with great knowledge, but a humble person who is on a mission to create awareness about the need to make environment free from pollution. Meet Syed Sajjad Ahamed, a Bangalorean, who has been travelling across the country with his handmade Solar Car in an effort to create awareness about environmental hazards.

    Syed Sajjad Ahamed, born to a poor family in Kolar, is a Class 12 drop-out. During his schooling he even struggled to pass 8th std. His father worked as manager in a transport company in Kolar, where he spent his childhood and later shifted to Bangalore. Sajjad Ahamed after being unsuccessful in his studies, did not stop but was determined enough to come out with innovations by altering some of the vehicles that were already in the market.

    At first, Sajjad Ahamed came out with electrically powered Luna in 2002. The speciality of the vehicle was that it used to operate by charging the batteries without using petrol. In case of batteries going dry, the vehicle would operate through petrol. Speaking to Star of Mysore, Sajjad Ahamed said that though he was a college drop-out, he was very much interested in experimenting with things available in the market and that is how he developed and came out with innovations of his own.

    Sajjad Ahamed did not stop with Luna. He later came out with an electrically operated autorickshaw which was a success but unfortunately could not be taken forward as none of the manufacturers or companies came forward to take up further research on the product.

    Sajjad said, “None of the companies have come forward to even look at the innovations that I have come out with. They fear that supporting the product I invented would hurt their products which are already in the market.”

    However, many organisations have helped Sajjad in his endeavour to come out with solar powered vehicles. Institutions such as Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, Raman Research Institute, Exide, have all been encouraging Sajjad by providing him with necessary materials to conduct his research. He has also been assisting engineering students about the manufacturing of solar powered automobiles for their projects. “I wanted to become a professor, but I couldn’t complete my studies. I am satisfied that at least I have been able to assist engineering students in their projects”, added Sajjad.

    Sajjad has till now not patented any of his innovations. When asked about the reason, he said “If I patent there will be a problem for interested people who want to take up similar work in the future. I have left the options open for the people. Anybody can come and take it forward and I will assist them in coming out similar with products.”

    Currently, Sajjad has been travelling on Solar Car Mark II, which was innovated by him. He has travelled about 1,000 kms in the car which can travel at a speed of about 15 kms/ hr and can cover 150 kms/per day. The car is enabled with 500 Watt Solar panels compared to 250 watt solar panel in his first Solar Car which he came out previously. Sajjad has travelled to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana and other States in his car. During his journey Sajjad stops by colleges and schools to educate them about the environmental hazards and enlighten them about the need to protect the environment from pollution in order to make the world an ideal place for living.

    He not only creates awareness on pollution but also is a volunteer of anti-corruption. He has the posters of Swami Vivekananda, Anna Hazare and other great personalities through which he tries to inspire young minds to take lead in crusade against corruption. He distributes pamphlets to people during his journey regarding need to control pollution and corruption. “I want to ignite young minds to come forward and take up the mantle of leading the country forward. Youngsters should be educated and awarded about their duties”, said Sajjad.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> Feature Articles / March 24th, 2013

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    March 29th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Karnataka Janasahitya Samavesha, a two-day literary festival, will begin at Karantak Vidhyavardhak Sangha here on Saturday.

    The event will discuss the past, present and future of progressive literature in Kannada and explore possibilities of launching a new literary movement to protect its pro-people tradition from commercial elements.

    Organising committee member M.D. Okkund said the event was a response to the efforts by corporate interests to intrude into literary field in a bid to reap commercial benefits.

    “Kannada literature has a tradition of contributing to the larger social good. However, the great ideals which guided us seem to be eroding in recent times. Of late, some writers are trying to introduce commercial interests in the guise of bringing in a revolution. This led to the reorganisation of progressive writers,” he said.

    Session

    Marathi writer Lakshman Gaikwad will inaugurate the event. Writers Nagesh Hegde, Banjagere Prakash and S.B. Joguyr will participate in a session on ‘Various dimensions of present day crisis in literary field’ on the first day.

    Writers Sarjashankar Haralimath, B. Peer Basha, Veeranna Madivalar, and Anasuya Kambel will talk on ‘Society and my writings’ on the second day. There will be a poetic session and Nagara Mattu Nadi Kanive , a documentary directed by Kesari Haravu, will be screened.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by  Staff  Correspondent / Dharwad, March 23rd, 2013

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    ‘A glimpse into India’s Scientific Heritage’

    By K. Vijaya Kumar, Former Jt. Director of Information & Publicity

    vijayakumarBF28mar2013This is actually the title of a rare book which my scientist-friend, Retd. Deputy Director of CFTRI, M.C. Shamanthaka Sastry, walking into my flat the other day with this book in hand, highly recommended me to go through it and return.

    He briefly mentioned as to how he got this book as a gift (priced Rs. 2,000, pages 200) during his visit to Varanasi on his way back from Nepal in 2007, from a Sanskrit scholar Chamu Krishna Sastry of Samskrita Bharati (who conceived the idea of the book), whom he accidentally met on the banks of Ganga. I am, indeed, thankful to my friend Sastry for his gesture in loaning this valuable book. Later on, about its contents.

    Well, I went down with my memory lane over 60 years ago as a high school student in dilemma whether to choose Science or Arts for my future course. My parents thought I was not that intelligent to study Science and myself losing courage, opted for Arts. But I have no regrets as I have developed a scientific temper over the years. Regret is that I did not study Sanskrit but satisfaction is Hindi was second language in my degree class.

    Scientific temper

    India became the first country in 1976 to include in its Constitution — Article 51A — making it a duty of every citizen to develop scientific temper with humanism. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his book ‘Discovery of India’, as way back in 1946, wrote on scientific temper “as a way of life, a process of thinking, a method of acting and associating with our fellow men.”

    In this context, I have to appreciate the initiative of my friend Arjuna Deva of Prajavani and former Chairman of Media Academy, in bringing out a Kannada monthly (Jaana) since 16 years, which devotes to create scientific temper among readers.

    Sanskrit & scientific heritage

    The ancient Sanskrit language which is considered as divine language is the ‘Soul of India’ and the entire Indian culture is hidden in Sanskrit. Here, I have to recollect how 43 years ago in 1970, late Pandit K.N. Varadaraja Iyengar took a bold and adventurous step and succeeded in launching a Sanskrit newspaper ‘Sudharma’ making Mysore proud to have the only Sanskrit daily in the world. In later years, his son K.V. Sampath Kumar has developed it as e-paper (sudharma.epapertoday.com) having readership across the country and abroad online. One has to remember Founder-Editor late K.N. Varadaraja Iyengar for his contribution in popularising Sanskrit.

    About the book

    I have a reason to bring this book in my column so that readers will appreciate how India can take pride in its scientific heritage from the time of Vedas and its contribution to the world in the development of science. Chamu Krishna Sastry, All India General Secretary of Samskrita Bharati (Publisher – First published in 2006), who conceived the idea of bringing to light the science available in Sanskrit texts and he vested with ‘Team Nagpur,’ consisting of several scholars of Nagpur in various discipline to select the works and quotes covering the spectrum of science.

    Why ‘Pride of India’?

    As a preface to the text, Chamu K. Sastry raises, nay, quotes two examples under this title:

    The 20th century has seen unprecedented development in knowledge and technology. Car to spacecraft — all have been invented and commercialised in the lifetime of a person. At the end of this epochal growth, humanity is at crossroads:

    “The Green Revolution — high yielding varieties of seeds, chemical fertilisers and pesticides — was the blessing which saved India from ruinous famines and equally ruinous Food Import Bills in 1960s. Today the brains in agriculture and chemical technology are searching desperately for ways and means of restoring the soil fertility which has completely eroded by the Green Revolution.”

    “Allopathy has taken great strides in the last three decades. Unknowingly, in this avalanche of development, basic tenets of Allopathy have been lost. ‘The doctor ties the bandage but it is He who heals the fracture’ is the axiom that drove the course of treatment that doctors chose some years ago. This axiom is based on the premise that the body has the potential to heal itself. Today, the adverse side effects of allopathic treatment are so acute and widespread that there is a longing for alternate medicines in every part of the world.”

    Having raised the above two examples, Chamu K. Sastry writes — “We need an alternate mindset to find innovative solutions. The world is looking to the East inclusive of India for such a solution.”

    Certainly, India has solution from its rich vedic scriptures when one goes back to our scientific heritage.

    The book for all Indians

    Suffice it to conclude with this review on the book by Dr. M.R. Srinivasan, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (which gives in a nutshell the contents of the book): “This elegantly brought out publication presents in a concise way advances made by the Indian civilisation, in the past, in a variety of fields including mathematics, physics, astronomy, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, chemistry and medicines. I recommend the book ‘Pride of India’ to all our citizens so that they can appreciate the rich heritage of science and technology that existed in the past in India.”

    e-mail: kumarkv59@gmail.com

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> Feature Articles / March 22nd, 2013

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    Caption:  From left: Prof. Debabrata Goswami, Dr. Chidambaram and Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar (seated), recipients of Bhramara Trust awards instituted in the name of Prof. Y.T. Thathachari, are seen with Dr. V. Prakash, Madhuri Thathachari, Suttur Seer, Dr. B.A. Dasannacharya and Prof. R. Srinivasan at the awards presentation ceremony held at Rani Bahadur auditorium in city yesterday.

    Mysore, Mar. 21 :

    The Bhramara Lifetime Achievement Award, instituted by Bhramara Trust of Y.T. & Madhuri Thathachari, was presented to Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, at a function held at Rani Bahadur auditorium of the Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences in city yesterday.

    The Prof. Y.T. Thathachari Prestigious Research Awards for Science, also instituted by Bhramara Trust, were presented to Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Prof. Debabrata Goswami from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

    The awards, comprising Rs. one lakh cash, a citation and memento, were presented by Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji.

    Dr. B.A. Dasannacharya, former Director, Inter-University Consortium – Department of Atomic Energy Facilities and Dr. V. Prakash, Hon. Director of Research Innovation and Development at JSS Mahavidya Peeta were the chief guests.

    Dr. Chidambaram said in his acceptance speech that the scientists must contribute their mite to the progress of knowledge. Alluding to the Higgs Boson experiment that discovered the God Particle, Dr. Chidabaram said that apart from many Indian scientists involved in the experiment, India had contributed 40 million dollars for the machine in which protons were made to collide in a specially constructed tunnel underground. “But the origin of the universe still remains a big question,” he said.

    Regarding the restrictions on scientists’ works, Dr. Chidambaram said, “You do not ask Sir C.V. Raman or Ramanujam to submit a project report and set up a committee to decide on whether the project should be funded or not. A scientist must be given the freedom to carry out research works without posing hurdles.”

    Dr. Dasannacharya, while introducing Dr. Chidambaram to the guests, said that he had known the scientist for exactly half a century while serving at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. “America had always denied frontline computers to India. Then the BARC got the advanced computers from Norway,” he said and added that Dr. Chidambaram had developed a parallel computer system at the BARC, which, despite being a major achievement, was not appreciated by those in power.

    Bhramara Managing Trustee Madhuri Thathachari, the driving force behind the awards meant to bring to fore achievers in the field of science, said in her welcome speech that this might be the last in the series of annual awards presented in the name of Prof. Y.T. Thathachari. She also suggested that newspapers must dedicate a column for scientific research.

    Prof. R. Srinivasan, Trustee of Bhramara Trust and brother of Madhuri Thathachari, spoke about the selection process for the awards.

    The programme began with chants by residents of Parasara Gurukulam, followed by hymns sung by Annapurna Srikanth, all-India 3rd rank holder in CA exams.

    Jyothi proposed a vote of thanks.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> General News / March 21st, 2013

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    March 27th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Bangalore :

    Those were the days when Bajaj scooters used to capture the middle-class imagination. As did Ambassador cars and HMT watches. Bangalore-based businessman Nikhil Tivari was in high school when his mother gifted him a HMT Rajat automatic watch in the 1970s.

    Like the scooter, there was a waiting period for the Rajat — of over 10 months. Tivari’s mother booked a Rajat by paying a few hundred rupees as advance. “The watch could have been a future keepsake but it was stolen,” says the watch connoisseur, who owns over 40 one-off timepieces and popular brands.

    But Tivari got lucky the second time when he bought an HMT Astra digital watch in the early 1990s. “I was one of the first 20 customers to own an Astra, which then cost Rs 392. They were selling it in the black market in Delhi for Rs 1,000. Long before luxury brands came into the country, HMT was the timekeeper of the nation. You would wear it with pride,” says Tivari, who treasures his HMT watch.

    HMT is in a bad way, but many young watch lovers today love the idea of owning and investing in vintage HMT watches. The value of some of its brands has appreciated from a few thousand rupees to a couple of lakhs.

    Working man’s timekeeper

    Chennai-based Mukund Sivaraman owns 15 HMT watches, including a few Pilots and Janatas. These are popular for their 17-jewel manual wind mechanical movements. The jewels may not be of great value and are mainly used to reduce metal-to-metal friction. “I am fascinated by the mechanical movements, more so because they work like a machine. The Pilot and Janata were very affordable and represented the working man’s watch of the 1970s and 1980s. You could get them for less than Rs 1,000,” says the director of software consultancy firm Banu.com.

    Sivaraman said collectors across the world are making enquiries for HMT’s mechanical watches. “They last a lifetime and are much cheaper than mechanical watches from Seiko,” he said. The mainspring does the magic and it’s hand wound.

    For UK-based software professional Nimish George, his HMT watch has become a family heirloom. His grandfather James Puthuran, then 90, gifted it to him as an anniversary gift 50 years ago. “It still works perfectly,” says George.

    HMT watches have become a talking point on many discussion forums like forums.watchuseek.com, PMWF.com (Poormanswatchforum.com) and thewatchforum.co.uk. Bangkok-based Christopher  Sisti, in a blog post last year, described HMT watches thus: “They look retro with a vintage feel, which is very cool if you ask me. The watches being mechanical is cool too, because for that price ($12) you could only get a cheap battery watch in America.”

    VD Wadhwa, director of All-India Federation of Horological Industries, says he still treasures the HMT Janata watch he bought when he was in school. “HMT’s automatic watches powered by the Miyota movement from Citizen were hugely popular among watch enthusiasts for their durability and accuracy,” he says. Wadhwa has over 100 watches in his collection.

    In keeping with time

    * HMT set up a watch manufacturing unit in Bangalore in collaboration with Citizen Watch Co, Japan, in 1961

    * First batch of hand-wound wrist watches was released by then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

    * Launched India’s first automatic day-date, quartz, Braille, ana-digi watches

    * In 1975, the watch factory in Bangalore was expanded to manufacture main spring, hair spring and shock-absorber components. With this, HMT totally acquired the technology of mechanical watch-making

    * Set up manufacturing facilities to produce 2 million watch components in Tumkur (1978) and Ranibagh (1985)

    * Tumkur factory was partially converted to manufacture quartz analog watches in collaboration with Japanese watchmaker Citizen

    (Source: HMT website and internet)

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Bangalore / by Shilpa Phadnis, TNN / March 25th, 2013

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    Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the 150th anniversary celebrations of Sarada Vilas Educational Institutions at a function organised at the college Centenary Hall in city on Mar. 23 at 11 am.

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    Caption:    Founders Bhakshi Narasappa and Venkatakrishnaiah (Tataiah)

    About the institution: A little more than 150 years ago, in 1861, a new star took birth in the educational realm of the then State of Mysore. It was founded by Rao Bahadur Bhakshi Narasappa, who enjoyed the confidence of the then king Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and was named Sarada Vilas Anglo-Sanskrit Pathashala which was housed inside the Palace temple premises. The Pathasala had the credit of being the first private school in the then Mysore State.

    Both Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Rao Bahadur Bhakshi Narasappa were fully aware of the value of education and hence nurtured the school in every possible way which had just 20 students in the first year but grew from strength to strength quickly.

    As the strength increased, the space inside the temple was not sufficient to accommodate the students. Narasappa volunteered to shift the school to his own building at Makkaji Chowk, popularly known as Bhakshi Narasappa Choultry and was financially assisted by K. Seshadri Iyer, the then Dewan of Mysore. The school found itself in a tight spot owing to the demise of Narasappa and resignation of the Head Master Mandikal Ramasastri. To overcome all administrative and financial problems faced by the school, the Government of Mysore set up a Committee in 1899 with M. Venkatakrishnaiah, affectionately called ‘Tataiah,’ as the Hon. Secretary. Tataiah was committed to the cause of education and took the responsibility of strengthening the school which ultimately turned it into a model school.

    As more and more students joined the school, once again the constraint of space became an acute problem and the king of Mysore permitted the school to use the first floor of Lansdowne Building.

    Tataiah, who recognised the need for a high school, strived hard and founded the Boys High School in 1919. He desired to house the school in its own building and succeeded in getting a sprawling campus in Krishnamurthypuram. The High School was shifted to a new building in Krishnamurthypuram and he rendered yeomen service to the school as Hon. Secretary of the Committee till his demise in 1933.

    The legacy of Tataiah was carried forward by M.S. Ramaswamy, who took over the mantle from Tataiah and transformed his vision into reality while S. Ramarao took charge as the Hon. Secretary following Tataiah’s demise and strived to take the institution to greater heights.

    Ramaswamy, who had big dreams, got the govt. approval and founded the Intermediate College in 1945. He continued his hard work with great vigour and was responsible for starting Degree College in 1952 and served as its Principal for 20 years. In the year 1954, Sarada Vilas Law College was started, which was the second Law College in the State at that time. Sarada Vilas Teachers College was started in 1963 and in 1992, Sarada Vilas College of Pharmacy came into being.

    The management, which felt the need to impart education to girls, started an exclusive High School for girls in 1961 which was a milestone of Sarada Vilas Educational Institutions and started Pre-Primary and Higher Primary School in 1992. Now under the umbrella of Sarada Vilas Educational Institutions, there are various schools and colleges which cater to the educational needs of students of all ages. The objective of Sarada Vilas is to give quality education at affordable cost to all sections of society as it believes in creating good citizens who in turn will strive hard to create a good society. Sarada Vilas offers PG course in pure Sciences like Physics and Chemistry, and Applied Sciences like Microbiology and Biotechnology and is sure to go a long way in helping students acquire higher degrees and pursue research.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> General News /March 20th, 2013

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    An interested visitor at the Honey Festival in Bangalore on Saturday. /  Photo: V. Sreenivasa  Murthy / The Hindu

    If you are looking for the rare unifloral honey, head to Lalbagh Botanical Gardens where the two-day Honey Festival is under way. Unifloral honey in lychee, cajanus, clover, acacia and ajwain are among those that are on display, along with multilforal honey that is commonly available in the market.

    Unifloral honey, sourced from different parts of the country and processed here, has a distinct flavour that the multifloral honey lacks. Though expensive (some cost double that of normal honey which costs between Rs. 200 and Rs. 250 a kg), these uniflorals are in demand.

    Drawing interest

    Not only is the festival one of its kind in the city, it will provide you with a glimpse of honey production and processing. The body suit, face mask, hive tools, box stand and migration kit have been displayed to help the public understand all aspects of apiculture.

    Also on offer is a combo of honey with bun, fruits, ice-cream, dry fruits, gulkand and tea. “We have tried out various combinations of honey that is tasty and healthy. Those who have tasted them are giving us good feedback,” said J.D. Shivakumar of Prakruthi, which is planning to open an outlet in Kalyan Nagar here to promote the combo brand.

    The festival, at M.H. Marigowda Memorial Hall in Lalbagh, has attracted a number of honey producers, processors, traders, co-operative societies, research institutes and universities. Apart from the direct sales of honey and honey-based products, the festival also has an interactive workshop on promotion of apiculture in the State.

    Principal Secretary, Department of Horticulture, M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda, said though there is an annual demand for 8,000 tonnes of honey, the State is able to produce just about 4,000 tonnes. “Karnataka has the potential to produce 10,000 tonnes of honey annually and apiculture needs to be promoted among farmers,” he added.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bangalore, March 24th, 2013

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