Surviving and excelling in the 21st century require a complete set of life skills, whether its about how to work with a team, about creative thinking or how to make your voice is heard. The Chennai chapter of British Council has come up with an interesting holiday camp in similar line, targeting young kids in the age group 7 to 14.
British Council Library
British council library is being in India for the last 71 years. The library has a wide range of books, more than 3000 titles. There is a dedicated section for DVDs and audio books available. In order to attract more people, the library organises various interactive, informative and entertaining programs.
Details of the Holiday Camp
Venue: The British Council Library, Anna Salai, Chennai
Date: December 27th to 30th, 2019
Consists of 10 hours of learning, spread across 4 days ( daily 2.5 hrs each ). The kid gets to learn about Problem solving skills, how to work in a team and contribute, how to express one’s ideas better and creative thinking. The camp is interactive and fun filled.
Camp Fee: INR 5000 for non-members, INR 4250 for British Council members
For further details and registration, Contact: British Council 737, Anna Salai, Chennai 02, Ph: 0120-6684343/4569000
Sumeru Frozen Foods, who is changing the face of how frozen food is perceived and consumed by catering to the new age ‘Fast & Fit’ consumer , has recently launched Michelin star Alfred Prasad Gourmet Range of Dishes in a Gala event at Chennai. The event was witnessed by the Who’s who of Chennai.
Association with Michelin star Alfred Prasad!
Alfred Prasad was the youngest Indian to have a Michelin star at the age of 29, and he retained the accolade at Tamarind for12 years. He is on of the most celebrated Chef across globe, chef kitchen curator for Lords stadium and a very active member & contributor to Great British Chef(GBC). He is also well known for his social work in many countries including India, is ambassador for foodcycle (working against food wastage ) and had raised money for Action against Hunger in Rajasthan.
Now AP range is a unique and never tried before attempt not only in Frozen food but in any food category in India upliftingBrand Sumeru way above the competitions. It follows Chef Alfred philosophy of 3 H’s “Health, Heritage & Happiness. The cooking process & unique packaging technology (IQF) ensure nutrients & flavors are retained. All the ingredient used are fresh, locally sourced and personally chosen by Chef Alfred Prasad. And another point to be noted is there are no added color, flavors or preservatives
I am sure that Alfred Prasad’s range of signature dishes from Sumeru will take the consumer experience for frozen food to a different level.
If you ask me name that one industry which is ever growing, I would say Media & Entertainment, especially in the last one decade, we have seen so many platforms and players emerging. The DTH penetration in India has also gone high.
Tata Sky is the leading DTH service prover in India.My association with Tata Sky goes back right from the time the switch happened from cable TV to the DTH.I am quite happy with various packages they offer and the wide range of channels they have.Now Tata Sky has come up with a exclusive channel for Tamil movies named “ Tata Sky Tamil Cinema”. Now its a great news for movie buffs like me. Currently, the DTH operator has four regional movies services namely Tata Sky Telugu Cinema, Tata Sky Marathi Cinema, Tata Sky Bangla Cinema and Tata Sky Punjab De Rang.
Tata Sky launched their new exclusive channel for Tamil films at a Gala event on 11th October. During the launch , Mr. Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer shared some interesting insights and stats about the TV viewership population in Tamil Nadu. According to him, close to 95 percent of population has got TV at home.When it comes TV viewership, South India is far ahead from rest of India. The DTH viewership is also ever increasing and there is a huge market for regional movies, especially Tamil and Telugu movies. The new exclusive channel for films will cater to this market.
Ad free channel, thats real Jingalala moment!
Yes, the channel won’t have any ads, thats a welcome relief right 😀 and Tata Sky Tamil Cinema is priced Rs 45 per month and you get to see the latest releases.
With this new channel, I am sure Tata Sky is going toexpand its subscriber base in Tamil Nadu.
When was the last time you took out your differently abled friend / relative for a movie or for a coffee? before that, do you have a friend like that? at your work place / school or college? I never had. We rarely see them in a any of the public spaces right? in a movie theatre or a mall. They are the largest invisible group of people in the world. Would you believe if i tell you that there are 200 Million differently abled people in India?
So whats stopping them from venturing into the mainstream? is it their physical disability? Not really. Its the attitude or outlook of the other majority thats stopping them to come out.
Every day Ability organised a scuba diving session for the differently abled friends in Chennai. The idea was to bring out people and given them new experiences. The event was well organised. The participants experienced how it is to be under water. Most of them have never been this close to water.
The organisation is carrying various outdoor activities across India for the differently abled people. Over the years there has been a sea of change in the outlook of general public towards the differently abled community. The Scuba Diving trainer interacting with the participants and you can see all are very much thrilled!
By the time we started to Areekode from Malappuram town, it was drizzling heavily. Tanvir, however, was thoroughly drenched but thrilled to watch the Brazil Vs Argentina match that was organized at Areekode. Areekode is a football village, situated 28kms from Malappuram. Areekode has produced many international footballers including U. Sharafali.I was worried about Tanvir and asked whether we should wait for rain to recede but herejected the idea and said we were already late. We managed to reach Areekode just before the commencement of match, even though we missed the wonderful road show. There was a sea of people there. I was at the midst of a big football carnival. Tanvir was missing throughout the match. He was somewhere in the midst of all that hustle. Later, I spotted him standing on a chair and whistling non stop. The match ended in a draw. I met lot of diehard fans there, both Argentina and Brazil fans, in all shapes and sizes 🙂
My next pick of interesting banner I am sure will delight Brazil fans and despond the Argentina ones.
Theme: Inspired from the Malayalam saying “1000 കോഴിമുട്ടയ്ക്ക് അര കാടമുട്ട ”, a rough translation “half quail’s egg is equivalent to a 1000 chicken’s egg.” The statement underscores the fact that a quail’s egg is far more nutritious than a chicken’s egg. Now to the World Cup and the banner from Brazil fans,
Headline: 1000 മെസ്സിക്ക് അര കക്കാ , means
“Half Kaka is enough for a 1000 Messi(s)”
So after taking few snaps of the banners at the junction near Makkarapparamba, I started interacting with people there, mostly kids, checking whether I could go to any other interesting places. Suddenly one guy with great joy yelled that Brazil won against Argentina 4-3. I was slightly confused because the World Cup matches were yet to start so how come Brazil won against Argentina? Then the details poured in. The match was a locally organized one for the fans of Brazil and Argentina. These exhibition matches are a routine affair in these parts of the world where players would wear various nations’ jerseys and play. So Mr. Sakkir, who used to play for Viva Kerala, was the captain of Brazil team and Mr. Asif Zahir, an ex-State Bank of Tranvancore Kerala player, captained Argentina. The match was very thrilling it seems. Around 200 people came for the match. A local club, Legends Club, at Makkaraparamba organized the game. And the winner receives the World Cup, not the original one but a replica, made in cement by an artisan named Mr. Sukumaran.
I met Mr. Manoj and Mr. Anil, two youngsters in front of the Garima stores. They were about to leave with a bag full of shawls that they had purchased at Garima. Mr. Manoj worked for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Their company, Crown Fashion Enterprises mainly distributed sports related stuffs throughout Malappuram district. During World Cup season they procured only football-related merchandising. “Football is in our blood” said Mr. Manoj, who is a hard core Argentina fan. In his Argentina jersey, he showed me various nations’ shawls. Messi’s jersey has the highest demand and Mr. Manoj had purchased around 1000 pieces. Other items included Wrist bands, flags, football itself and shorts. I requested for some pictures and within no time Mr. Manoj and Mr. Anil draped their car with various nations’ shawls.
During my trip to Malabar I saw at least 500-600 banners and took photos of almost 300. Every 500 metres you could see at least 2 banners, one for Brazil and another for Argentina. Almost all the towns in Malabar have their fan clubs. These clubs (sometimes individuals) spend huge amount of money for printing and mounting these banners. Argentina and Brazil have the maximum fan following. I picked up some interesting Banners. Some very creative, some with high voltage dialogues (thanks to Malayalam cinema) and some vulgar too.
So this is my first pick. An Argentina fan club’s banner for sure. Argentina is shown as the Lion; don’t miss Brazil shown as a donkey, Italy as a bull, Holland a rabbit and Germany a horse.
The headline says “The king of 1986 (The great Maradona) and cubs are getting out of African forest”. The punch line “This Lion (Argentina) will pounce upon his preys as soon as the whistle is blown at Johannesburg”.
Epilogue: I was busy taking pictures of this banner when a guy came and said there was another banner nearby, much bigger and more interesting. He took me to the nearby junction. There I saw a huge Brazil banner, then realized the guy was a hard core Brazil fan! He smiled and said “We have already won 5 World Cups, so a bigger banner was required”.
Never in my life had I seen such a huge crowd in a sports store. Most of the customers were in their teens, busy selecting jerseys of their favorite football players.Mr. Shamir, owner of the store was equally busy helping his customers. One could see Messi, Kaka and Rooney everywhere. Flags of Argentina, Brazil and other major soccer playing nations were strung all over the store. Garima had an entire range of special merchandising dedicated to World Cup Soccer, a must-have treat for the fans. The set included flags of leading football playing nations, car stickers, wrist bands, jerseys of great players, shawls, ribbons and the list continues. The store was literally stuffed with Football-related merchandising. Argentina and Brazil are the most favorite teams. Mr. Shamir had stocked over 1000 flags in different price and sizes and almost 15000 jerseys. Flags were in the Rs 45-300 range while Jerseys were priced between Rs 110 and Rs 130. Most of the stocks were from the neighbouring districts of Palakkad, Ernakulam and Tirupur, a town in Tamil Nadu famous for Knitwear.