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Growing numbers of foreign patients, including
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medical treatment, but what about India’s rural
poor. They are forced to struggle with a public
healthcare system that is virtually nonexistent in
villages. Royal investigates why hospitals have
become as rare in the rural areas as an oasis in a
08 Capsule Inn Akihabara
13 Why Women are Annoyed by
16 Pondicherry in Focus
26 Home Needs
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he reason why you to stay in capsule hotels,
Indian cities like which maximize space with
Delhi and Bombay innovative foldaway features.
feel so crowded In addition to looking good,
could have much to do with they also conjure a feeling of
our atrocious system of simplistic living and neatness.
managing infrastructure. All Guest spaces are made out
our residential and public of really small cubes carved
buildings are plagued by from innovative materials
wastage and misdistribution like modular plastic or
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of living space, as well as of fiberglass.
utilities like electricity, water, The fad of capsule hotels is
etc. It is scandalous that even after spending so much on now expanding beyond the shores of Japan, with many cities in
upkeep of basic infrastructure our citizens and tourists can’t Europe and US offering different variants of the concept. Even
live with any semblance of comfort and hygiene. Hollywood is not untouched by this nifty idea. In the sci-fi flick,
The fact is that even small spaces and minor resources, The Fifth Element, the living and sleeping area of the main
if properly utilized, can make you revel in comfort. The character, played by Bruce Willis, is inspired by the capsule
Japanese have perfected that art. In Tokyo, it is possible for concept.
Capsule Inn Akihabara
The famous Capsule Inn Akihabara,
located in the digi-center of Tokyo,
provides a comfortable place to stay for
many travelers to Japan’s capital city.
This hotel has 169 rooms, out of these,
140 rooms are men’s only and 29 rooms
are reserved for women. But the surprise
factor lies in the fact that each room unit
size is only 1m x 1m x 2m. Don’t worry
you will be able to fit into the room quite
easily, unless you are built like Godzilla,
which isn’t likely.
At the Capsule Inn Akihabara, each
guest is provided with a separate capsule
unit. No, male guests can’t share their
room with their female friend, one room
is meant for one person only. For female
guests the Capsule Inn Akihabara has a
system of rooms that can be shared. In
these rooms up to four capsules open
into a larger room where there are
tables and chairs provided for lounging
For complete privacy, each room comes
with blinds that can be drawn. Plus there
are amenities galore - TV, radio, alarm
clock and adjustable lighting. You can
tinker with these devices even while you
are sleeping, almost as if you were in an
aircraft, or a submarine. All the guests Main Attractions of Capsule Inn
enjoy access to a common lounge where
there is excellent sitting facility and The main attraction has to be the novel experience. if you have never stayed
in a capsule hotel before, then you have to experience this unique way of
wireless internet connectivity.
living in a minimalist environment that promises comfort and convenience.
But it is also a fact that you save a lot of money. The tariffs offered by Capsule
Capsule Inn Mannerisms inn Akihabara is about half that of conventional hotels.
Since the Capsule Inn Akihabara is The hotel is open day and night, so you can walk in and out whenever you feel
not quite like a conventional hotel, like. Plus it offers an excellent storage facility to put your luggage while you
slightly different sorts of mannerisms are sightseeing Tokyo or attending a business meeting.
are expected from its guests. The first
point of difference lies in the key to
your room and to your locker. After You can also place your small luggage you can also watch TV or listen to the
you have finished registering yourself in the locker, but if your luggage is too radio, if you are looking forward to pass
at the registration desk you are given a large to fit in there, then you can request some time before you take a nap.
wristband to wear. The number of your for a luggage storage service at the front For the women guests, the mannerisms
room and the floor on which it is located desk. are about the same as that for men. But
is indicated on the wristband. If the When you need to take a bath, you the difference lies in the fact that the
number is 615, it means your capsule is can avail of the facilities at the men’s female rooms are located on the 8th,
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15 on the 6th floor. washing area located on 2nd floor. And 9th and 10th floors. The 10th floor also
Before you go to your room, you have what do you do with the time that you has a shower area and a lounge that is
to visit your locker, where you will find spend in your capsule home. Well, there exclusively reserved for women. n
the items that will make your stay in the is nothing much to do, expect what you
hotel comfortable. You locker number is are really here for – to relax and have a For more pictures and information go
same as your room number and when good sleep. Each capsule is scientifically to www.capsuleinn.com
you open it, you will find 2 towels, a designed to make their guests sleep well
Yukata-like robe and 2 toothbrushes. and wake up feeling rejuvenated. But,
The Bad Health
of our Hospitals
hospital threw up their hands saying working barefoot and a splinter of wood
by Anoop VerMA that the case was too complicated for pierced her left foot. She applied some
them to handle. Puralia’s husband had herbs to the wound, but by next day her
no choice, but to rush her to a private left foot was swollen and she found it
n September 3, 2006, Puralia hospital, where she gave birth to a impossible to walk or even stand on her
Devi (name changed), a stillborn child. To meet the expenses at feet. Her husband took her to the local
resident of Narkatiaganj the private hospital Rambha, who works village hospital, but the staff there was
village in Bihar, was in as a daily wage laborer, had to avail a completely insensitive to her plight. They
advanced labor when her husband loan of rupees 7,000, which the family made her wait for hours in the corridor.
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Rambha brought her to the local now finds very difficult to pay back. When she got the chance to see the
government hospital. Like most hospitals doctor, he took a perfunctory look at
of this area, this hospital was unhygienic l l l her wound and declared that the foot
and was plagued by an utter lack of had become poisoned and it had to be
modern medical facilities and medicines. Janki Devi is a resident of an idyllic surgically removed. As soon as Janki
Two hours after being admitted, Puralia’s village near Indore. She and her husband heard this, she fled from the hospital
condition started deteriorating. work as farm laborers. Her troubles with her husband in tow. At home they
The doctors and the nurses at the began on a routine day when she was continued with the herb treatment and
According to the
Health Survey, 46%
of all Indian children
The infant mortality
improving, is still high
and much worse
than that in other
within a week her foot became normal,
allowing her to walk and work properly.
She shudders with horror, as she Iqbali traveling to Delhi was fraught with
reminisces her tryst with the doctor who many problems. India’s unhealthy
was planning to chop off her leg. He had to give up his job as a security landscape
guard in Bihar. The treatment at AIIMS
l l l is free, but to pay for the tests, he was Puralia Devi, Janki Devi and Iqbali
forced to borrow 15,000 rupees at a Singh are just three names, out of millions
When Iqbali Singh’s elder brother fell crippling interest of nearly 50 percent a of economically weak Indians, who are
ill with a severe nerve ailment in a remote year. Now he and his brother are in a grip forced to struggle with India’s healthcare
village in the eastern state of Bihar, of severe financial crisis, as they have no system that remains overburdened in
he found that there were hardly any time left to earn their livelihood. Their cities and is virtually nonexistent in
hospitals in the state with the expertise days are mostly spent navigating the villages.
to even diagnose that ailment. He was long lines of patients at the overcrowded The biggest problem plaguing India’s
forced to bring his brother all the way AIIMS. healthcare sector is the misdistribution
to New Delhi’s premier All India Institute of hospitals and doctors. While majority
of Medical Sciences. For a poor man like l l l of the population resides in villages, most
of the hospitals and doctors are based in
the cities. It is not just advanced care
that poses a problem. Even good basic
care is inaccessible to the vast majority
of people. Thousands of primary medical
centers exist in rural areas, but these
establishments are perpetually short of
personnel and medicines. Due to the lack
of proper facilities poor people are often
forced to depend on local quacks.
India’s healthcare statistics paint a
particularly dismal picture. According to
the National Family Health Survey, 46%
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of all Indian children are malnourished.
The infant mortality rate, though
improving, is still high and much worse
than that in other developing countries.
This is complicated by the fact that less
than half of all Indian women receive
care after childbirth and only 40% give
birth in hospitals or medical centers. It
Many rural folks case, as vast majorities of the infected
people reside in villages and belong to
do not seek timely the low-income level backgrounds, it is
medical help because impossible for them to gain access to
advanced medical techniques, like the
of their disbeliefs, anti-retroviral therapy that has been
superstitions and lack found very effective in combating AIDS.
In rural areas, healthcare is mostly
of health education. provided through government-operated
The result of the PHCs (Public Health Clinic), at village and
town levels. But like every government
complete failure of department in India, these PHCs operate
the health machinery in a very inefficient and callous manner.
These under-funded clinics are plagued
in the rural areas by non-availability of infrastructure,
including advanced medical equipment
is that the diseases and consumables. The poorly paid
neither get diagnosed doctors based at the rural PHCs don’t
think too highly of their job and they lack
in the early stages, the motivation to do their work well. be enacted in order to rejuvenate the
nor are they treated. In absence of proper hygiene and
sanitation, the clinics turn into a breeding
healthcare sector. While it might not
be feasible to turn healthcare into an
ground for communicable diseases, entirely private affair, a slow and steady
instead of being a process towards privatization has to
place of cure. be made. Even a whiff of privatization
But it is also a has the potential to usher in a regime
fact that many of transparency and efficiency. The
rural folks do not hospitals and clinics will become more
seek timely medical accountable and the poor people won’t
help because of have to run from pillar to post in order
their disbeliefs, to get treated. But private healthcare is
superstitions and going to cost lots of money, which the
lack of health majority of the poor in the country will
education. The not be able to afford.
result of the To take care of that problem we can
complete failure have a system of health insurance, where
of the health those who have the capacity to pay can
machinery in pay their premiums, while those who
the rural areas is are classified as poor, about 60 per cent
that the diseases in India, will have their premiums paid
is scandalous that in country that touts neither get diagnosed in the early by the government. More importantly,
itself as an emerging superpower, an stages, nor are they treated. Only when healthcare will have to be proclaimed
easily curable disease like childhood the disease reaches an advanced stage, a fundamental right through an Act of
diarrhea remains the major killer of and the patients are completely unable Parliament. For the above to become
Indian children. to bear the suffering caused by it, that a reality, people will have to rise and
When it comes to transmittable they travel to the urban areas in order organize a campaign to build consensus
diseases like Hepatitis B and AIDS the to seek treatment, increasing the load on a right to health care.
situation becomes murkier. According on city hospitals. It is such a terrible Only when the majority of Indians are
to one survey done by IHR (India Health and unnecessary predicament, when given basic healthcare facilities, can we
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Report) in year 2000 about 3.86 million treatable diseases are made to linger till call India a true superpower. n
Indians were infected with the HIV virus. they become serious complications.
But the actual number of HIV positive
might be much higher as many people What can be done?
prefer not to visit the doctor. Due to
the stigma attached to the disease, they For a country like India that still
prefer to die a slow and lingering death faces healthcare crisis of unimaginable
in the secrecy of their homes. In any proportions, radical reforms need to
Why Women are
ANNOYED by Average Guys
I have a question for you… What do you really want
when it comes to the area of your life called “Women
and Dating?” Could you explain it to me if I called you
up on the phone in 5 minutes and asked you? In other
words, do you really, really know just what it is that
you’re looking for?
If you’re like most guys that I talk to, you probably couldn’t tell me. Or if you did
tell me, it would be clear that you hadn’t taken any real time to think about it before
I asked you. Now, before I tell you why this is a problem, I have to confess something
It wasn’t very long ago that I used to be in exactly the same boat. I had no idea what
I was looking for. It was only after a lot of trial and error, dating crazy women that
made my life impossible, and chasing my tail that I finally figured out what it was that
I really wanted.
And once I figured it out, I realize that I wasn’t alone.
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As it turns out, I think that most guys want what I want when it comes to “women
and dating“, but they just haven’t thought about it long enough to be able to say it. It
is quite obvious that majority of the men in this world crave for a lasting relationship
with a great woman.
What do I mean when I use the term “Great Woman“?
I mean a woman who is naturally beautiful, who takes care of herself physically,
who is emotionally and financially stable… who doesn’t “need” you, but “wants” you,
who can take care of herself in every
But guess what? Women like this are
very rare. I mean like one in a thousand
or so. And they are never at a loss for a
date. I digress…but I’ll come back to this
Earlier I mentioned that it is a problem
that men don’t know what they want.
Now I want to talk about why it’s such a
There are two main reasons:
1. Not knowing what you want lowers
the chances of getting what you want.
2. In this particular situation, when
it comes to this type of woman, not
understanding what you want makes
your chances of getting her almost zero.
Let’s talk about these two issues.
Not Knowing What You Want
Lowers Your Chances Of Getting
If you’ve read any “self help” books
at all, then you know that it’s important
to set goals in your life. Why? Because
setting goals makes your mind work on
When you are clear about your goals,
then it is so much easier for you to find
ways to achieve them. If you don’t know
what I’m talking about, go read Think
And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Not Understanding This
Particular Type Of Woman A beautiful, successful, intelligent woman
Makes Your Chances Of Getting
Her Almost Zero is approached by men an average of 5 or
This is the big issue here. This is the 10 times a day. To put it another way, if
one that most guys just don’t get… and
the one that, by itself, really leads to you meet a really interesting, exceptional
The fact is that most guys would really
woman, you can bet that she has been
like to meet a great girl. The times in my approached between 150 to 300 times in
life when I’ve had an amazing woman as
my girlfriend have been fantastic. There
the past month alone.
is nothing quite like having a stunning,
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intelligent, well-dressed, interesting
woman in your life. Nothing. “The kind of woman that I want to find In fact, I spent so much time thinking this
Now, I get a lot of guys who write to me would not respond to the things you way and getting horrible results, that I
and say things like: teach… she would see me for the person am probably the world’s leading expert
“David, I don’t want to have to learn any that I am…” on it.
of the things you teach. I want a woman …and a million other things. I just wanted a woman to “see me for
to like me for who I am…” I can identify with this stuff. I spent who I was” and who saw past all of my
…and… many years of my life thinking this way. flaws and wanted to be with me for me. I
hated the idea of trying to change myself. If you’re a man who hasn’t made it
But here’s the deal: an exceptional a goal to attract one of these women,
woman has options. who doesn’t understand this particular
The kind of woman that I described fact, and who doesn’t understand how
is approached by men all the time. My to get past this initial “test”, then your
estimate is that a beautiful, successful, chances of attracting one of these
intelligent woman is approached by men women is as close to zero as anything
an average of 5 or 10 times a day. To is in the world.
put it another way, if you meet a really The reality of this situation is that
interesting, exceptional woman, you you are not the only guy in the world
can bet that she has been approached who wants a woman like this. Every
between 150 and 300 times in the past guy would like to meet her. There are
month alone. a lot of guys out there that are willing
Think about that. Imagine what it must to call her more, spend more money
be like to be a woman who is approached on her, do more things for her, and
so often. Even if she wanted to spend time pay her more attention than you… You
with many of the men who approach her, can’t get a girl like this one by doing
there would be no way to do it. It’s just the “normal” things.
not practical. So what’s a girl to do? The And here’s the kicker
only thing that an exceptional girl can do The next girl you date probably isn’t
is use time management principals. She going to be this girl. In fact, you’re
has to decide almost instantly if a guy is probably going to need to go out with
“worth” spending more time with. And many women before you’re going to
she has to make her decision based on run into one of these rare women.
very little information. And she can’t But as they say, “Every cloud has a
make the mistake of being “too friendly” silver lining”. And this cloud does too.
and giving a guy the “wrong idea“… The fact is that spending time dating
because if she does, he’ll probably call other women is exactly what will
her 100 times over the next month. teach you how to attract one of these
Unusually attractive, exceptional exceptional women. You have to do it.
women become very good at eliminating So let’s wrap this up.
men based on very little information. First, take some time and figure out
what it is that you want. Write it down, Unusually
and make a list. What are the physical, attractive,
intellectual, and emotional qualities that
you’re looking for? Be specific, and get a exceptional
clear picture in your mind.
Next, become the guy that she’ll feel
attraction for when you meet her. There very good at
are two parts to this one. The first part
is preparing yourself to date many
women to find her…and then getting out based on very little
there and doing it. The second and most
important part, is to learn what you need information.
to do in order to be the guy that she’ll be
attracted to. It’s not luck. n
To learn more about attracting
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women and changing your life check
A photogrAphIC odyssey by MAyur ChAnnAgere
ondicherry - with grand boulevards and quiet promenades, its well-laid,
wide streets that still carry quaint sounding French names, its vista of
neatly cut fields lush with greenery, historical monuments that narrate
marvelous stories from a bygone era - is a photographers delight. The
city was the capital of French colonies in India and it came back to the Indian union
only in 1954.
The drive from Bangalore, where I live, to Pondicherry is about 280 Kilometers,
and the road is quite decent but not without the omnipresent potholes India is
known for. I found Pondicherry an exceedingly peaceful, easygoing city; it makes
you yearn to focus your camera and capture the essence of every passing moment.
The food, fashion, and scenery make this city worth visiting for photographers and
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Clean, pollution-free streets are a major
draw for visitors.
A farmer lost in contemplating the vista of
Gingi Fort, located about 60 kms from
Pondicherry, subsumes a zeitgeist
drenched in glory days of Indian kings.
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This is a lighthouse rising like a finger
against the backdrop of a painted sky.
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With remarkably low smog, sunsets in
Pondicherry are a war of colors.
F rom Ferraris to furniture, Italians have a way of adding
style to everything. This bedroom set from Contemporary
Furniture conjures a feeling of sophistication. You are literally
spoilt for choices, as there are 10 leather colors that you can
choose from. Even the bedroom cases can be ordered in a choice of
flat or high gloss lacquer or even dark wenge oak. The bed comes
with a standard recliner mechanism for those times you wish to
read or watch TV in bed. With a price range starting from $2,949
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(Rs. 1.15 lakhs + import fees) this bedroom set isn’t cheap, nor is
it extravagantly expensive. Dresser and nightstands come at an
A re you looking for a chair with supreme aesthetics
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knob and you will have full back support.
Price - $1,839
B eing comfortable is just a minor attribute of the
Tantra Chair; the most crucial attribute of this
finely crafted chair is to guide and change your pelvic
The chair’s distinctive arcs provide perfect angles
for comfortable and enhanced oral sex. Sorry, but
the woman does not come with the chair.
angles during lovemaking and in the process give
rise to an array of amazing new sensations leading Price - $999
to an unparalleled sensual fulfillment. The chair’s www.tantrachair.com
unique design incorporates the sexual zeitgeist of
the love-positions described in the Kama Sutra.
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MySpace is a cultural phenomenon that
continues to grow at a feverish pace. It
attracts about 230,000 new registrations
per day and the number of people that
have already signed up stands at a mind
boggling 300 million. When we registered
we couldn’t help but make friends with
beautiful models and actresses from
around the world. When we approached
five beauties they were more than
delighted to pose for us. From online to
print, these hotties shine no matter what
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Believe it or not, this 23-year-old
stunner from the UK thinks she
has a shoe fetish and owns over
100 pairs of shoes. But can there
ever be any doubt that her pretty
feet deserve to be pampered in
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every way possible. She has just
completed the final year of her Law
degree but instead of applying
to law firms she is pursuing her
lifelong dream of modeling. Bad
for justice, but good for us!
Photos by Ed Fox
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I want to be
Aisha David’s natural
beauty and confidence
oozes from each of
her photographs. You
can’t fail to notice in
her stunning features,
a delicious blend of
Indian and American
heritages. Born in India,
she is currently working
towards a nursing
degree in Maryland,
USA. One of her favorite
quotes is, “Play like
an all star, dance like
a superstar, party like
a rock star, and make
love like a porn star. ”
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Danish model, Kira
Eggers, has over 7,800
friends on MySpace!
A testimony to her
popularity are the
and music videos she’s
graced. Currently, she
resides in Los Angeles,
CA where taking over the
entertainment industry is
the next logical step for
someone who has already
done so much.
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Chinese model Toni Leigh
is one busy girl. When
she’s not modeling she
works at an investment
firm as a realtor/
consultant, and is in the
process of getting her
MBA. She loves wearing
high heels, stockings, and
miniskirts. Perfect match
because we love girls who
only wear that.
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As an adult actress
and model, Taylor
Wane has been
contributing her mite
to stimulating sexual
appetite in both
men and women.
Three years ago she
launched her own
adult film company
called Taylor Wane
many of her films have
been nominated for
awards. This month
she released Deviant
Desires, and next
month she is planning
to release Voluptuous
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Looks like we have
to schedule a movie
Your love questions answered by our very own relationship expert Dr. Pyar
Dr. Pyar, I recently started working for a I’m too controlling. She even suggested on her friend or somebody she hates. If
Multinational company, where my boss that she won’t mind if I started going she pleads to get back together, say no.
is a female who seems to be attracted to out with other women. She should have never cheated on you in
me, though I don’t know that for sure. - Nitesh, Chennai the first place. If she was unhappy with
On few occasions there has been intense Dear Confused, your performance she should have come
eye contact between us and many times Don’t worry, she’s the one that’s more to you first.
I have caught her staring at me. Though confused than ever. On one hand she
she is few years older than me, I find says she wants commitment but then
her good looking and I look forward to she goes on a date with another guy. On my girlfriend’s birthday, I made
having a real relationship with her. Now Ignore her words because she’s lying. the mistake of gifting her a dildo. At
I have started wondering if I should Her actions clearly show the truth. I first it was fun watching her use it on
give her a smile, wink, or flirtatious hate to bring the bad news, but you’re herself, but things went out of hand
touch. But as she is my boss, I don’t feel not satisfying her. In this scenario you when she started preferring the stupid
comfortable initiating a relationship. only have 2 options. One, drop her like thing to me. Her sex drive with me has
- Harish, Hyderabad a bad habit and move on or sit back and gone down and to make matters worse
Dear Ogled, let her come to you. Don ‘t let her walk sometimes she pulls out the dildo when
I can understand that you and your all over you, because girls don ‘t respect we’re making out. Is it possible that at
lady boss have been ogling each other doormats. some future date, women may no longer
for quite sometime, but neither of you need men?
has the confidence to speak out. That’s - Harpreet S., Delhi
just too bad. Maybe she is sensitive to Dr. Pyar, I have been dating a girl for Dear Bad Gift Giver,
rejection. But what about you? I have the past 2 years, and I had already Women will always need men and men
to tell you that it is primarily a guy’s started considering her to be my wife. will always need women. In this situation
job to approach a woman. She might be But suddenly I have found that about you should buy a blow up doll and the
sending the signal that she is open to six months ago she had an affair with next time she wants to have sex tell her
any move that you make. Now it is time my colleague. When I confronted her you prefer the doll instead. Just kidding.
decide what you value more - your job with the evidence, she told me quite Sex toys might be fun for the first few
or a relationship. If your priority is work bluntly that, she found me horrible with weeks, but after that the charm begins
then sit tight and wait till she makes a sex, romance and foreplay. That is why to wane. In any case, the relationship
move. If your job doesn’t matter then be she had to find another man to satisfy between men and women is not about
bold and go for the gold. her desires. Her blunt response has sex only; it is also about the bonding of
made my confidence level plummet to love and respect that two individuals
absolute zero. I feel as if I am doomed. have for each other. It is only a question
Dear Doc, I’m so confused. Let me What should I do? of time before your girlfriend realizes
elaborate. I recently started hooking - Arjun S., Mumbai that a dildo cannot give her a passionate
up with a friend of mine. She loves Dear Doomed, kiss, it cannot speak sweet things into
spending time with me, just as I enjoy The worst thing you can do is give up. her ear and it cannot look at her with
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spending time with her, the chemistry You need to boost your confidence by warm understanding. Don’t worry, she
between us is quite good. She also doing whatever it takes. Go to the gym will come back to you.
told me that she is looking forward to and tone your muscles, buy new clothes,
settling down and having kids which is change your look, etc. Next, buy a book
what I want too. It came as a shock to on the finer ways of pleasing a woman. Indian girls are weird. Any advice.
me when I found out she went on a date First start with romance, then foreplay, -R.S., Pune
with another guy. When I confronted and eventually sex. Get sweet revenge by Ask your mom.
her about it she lashed out at me saying using all your new found Casanova skills
hen it comes to turning
today’s runaway trends into
tomorrow’s fashion chic, H&M
(Hennes &Mauritz AB) is the master of the
game. The retail chain that now boasts of
more than 1,500 shops in 28 countries,
had a small beginning in 1947 when the
H&M founder Erling Persson opened
a dress shop in Stockholm. The secret
behind H&M’s phenomenal success lies
in its remarkable ability to dictate trends
and offer designer clothes at affordable
When it comes to women’s wear H&M
answers all sorts of dress dilemmas: from
a knock ‘em dead sharp black strapless
cocktail number and an easy-cool crisp
cotton shirting sundress, to a softly
sophisticated voluminous frock where
excess fabric cleverly collapses around
the body. In menswear, the choice is
limitless. A medley of forms, from baggy
chinos, over-sized hoodies and generous
parkas to suits and trousers done in
figure-tracing, knife-sharp tailoring.
The designers at H&M love to break the
taboos; they will play with opposites, and
come up with such signature styles that
are in many ways an antidote to reality. It
has to be the sheer style of the creations
that inspires the queen diva of pop,
Madonna to endorse the H&M brand.
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If you believe your phone should be a
fashion statement then the sleek Nokia
Nokia 8800 sapphire Arte is perfect for you.
the phone comes with an exclusive
8800 video track and soundtrack composed
by Kruder & Dorfmeister with visuals by
Sapphire Fritz Fitzke. Anti-fingerprint coating on
its glass and metal body ensures that
your phone remains shiny and scratch
free forever. Amazing!
And you don’t have to look for
buttons when you want to quiet
your phone. With sapphire Arte you
just turn it over, and a “turn-to-
mute-feature” ensures that your Motorola
phone goes silent. other features
include a 2-inch QVGA oLeD screen,
3.2MP camera, 1GB integrated memory,
and a MicroUsB all-in-one connector.
Price: Rs. 65,000
the Motorola H710 comes with a state of the art chip
set that can cancel out background noise or echo
and pour crystal clear sound into your ear. Featured
almost entirely in a sexy dark color, this headset is
all geared to add to your mysterious appeal. It also
has an easy to see indicator light to show calling
Price: Rs. 3,200
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If you yearn for effortless photo mastery then you got to depend
on sony’s technological wizardry. the sony Cybershot DsC-t200
boasts of an 8.1-megapixel super HAD CCD powerful enough
to capture enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch print. A
Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, a 3.5-inch widescreen and an
innovative face Detection technology allow even an amateur to
take professional quality photos.
Price: Rs. 15,000
Sony LBT ZX6
Here is a perfect party system for space-challenged rooms. the sony LBt-ZX6 is really small in size,
it checks in at a mere 14.25 x 17.2 x 18.3 inches. And yet it is capable of splitting 560 watts of power
between two channels, letting you have perfect music through its pair of three-way bass-reflex
speakers, each of which includes a 6.75-inch woofer, 6.75-inch mid-range, and 1-inch horn tweeter.
What makes the deal even better is the fact that the main unit comes with enticing components such
as a five disc CD changer, a dual cassette deck, a five band spectrum analyzer, and an AM/FM tuner.
Price: Rs. 19,500
The Philips amBX comes as a dream come true for all gaming aficionados. The technology in
amBX makes the aspects of light, color, sound, vibration and air, feel so realistic that you start
living in the gaming environment instead of playing it from outside.
Your senses are on hyper-drive as enemy space ships fire at you, you feel wind against your
skin as you steer around a hairpin turn at breakneck speed, and you feel the vibrations as
deadly mutants chase you. In fact, the amBX makes it possible
for you to choose the effects you wish to experience,
according the nature of the game you are
Price: Rs. 15,600
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Gadget aficionados, your appetite for mobile magic will
be fully satiated with the new Moto Q 9h from Motorola.
Sony With its sleek trendy design, faultless functionality
and impressive power, this mobile phone is an epitome
Walkman of power and personality. Behold the power of quick
downloads, at speeds ranging up to 3.6MB per second.
Video typing those emails, sMs and notes is an absolute
breeze with a clear 320x240 display and a full-blown,
MP3 optimized QWeRtY keyboard. An added plus is the ample
storage space, the superlative music player, and the
Player 2-megapixel camera.
sony’s slim and stylish Walkman Video MP3 player Price: Rs. 12,500
packs just about everything that you may need to take your favorite
entertainment with you. It has a powerful digital music player and a
spectacular 1.8” LCD screen that promises hours of nonstop viewing
pleasure. Its 8 GB drive can store up to 5000 songs and 8 hours of
video. An added plus is the Walkman’s versatile FM tuner that can be
preset for up to 30 channels.
Price: Rs. 8,000
Here is a notebook that won’t merely put you in the game;
it makes it possible for you to dominate it. Powered by Intel
dual core processor, fast mobile memory, innovative storage
solutions and a graphics card that is probably the most
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advanced on the face of the earth, the XPs M1710 packs enough
horsepower to offer an adrenalin pumping performance. Burning
through the latest 3D games and entertainment applications is
going to be a breeze with this notebook. An added plus is the
XPs M1710’s capability to play Blu-ray Discs. truly a notebook
for the hard core gamer.
Price: Rs. 1 Lakh +
Dell 37” HDTV LCD TV
the new 37 inch LCD tV from Dell
incorporates state of the art technology
to deliver crisp, sharp pictures. though
it is mainly optimized for use at hotels,
restaurants, offices and airports, you
can also use it at home to enjoy theatre
like quality while viewing films. The
installation options are remarkably
flexible; you can mount the TV on
tabletops or on walls. the tV comes with
a high-quality audio system consisting of
two 15-watt speakers that are wall or tV
Price: Rs. 90,000
The striking new high-definition PC/TV from
the ensemble of sony is meant to take care of
all your entertainment needs. equipped with
a state of the art Blu-ray Disc optical drive,
the Vaio makes it possible for you watch
and record, premium class high-definition
movies. An Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of
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RAM and a new graphics card, pack enough
power to enable the PC to run many programs
simultaneously. Its 22-inch widescreen LCD
monitor is perfect for showcasing images in
Price: Rs. 1,13,100
Long Conversations Singh searching high and low all around possibly get me another blanket.”
Mrs. Banta Singh was in the habit his living room. Jasmeet, “What are you The man leans out and with a glint in his
of having long conversations on the searching for?” eye says, “I’ve got a better idea...just for
telephone, sometimes talking for as long Santa replies, “Hidden cameras!” tonight, let’s pretend we’re married.”
as an hour. One day she hung up after “And what makes you think that there The woman thinks for a moment. “Why
25 minutes. “What’s the matter today?” are hidden cameras here?” not,” she giggles.
asked her husband. “Today you had less “That guy on TV knows exactly what I am “Great,” he replies, “Get your own damn
than half an hour conversation on the doing. Why every few minutes he keeps blanket!”
phone.” saying, You are watching the Star World
“I dialed a wrong number,” replied Mrs. channel. How does he know that?” Salesman
Singh. Teacher: Is your father working still?
Raju: Yes Sir, he is selling furniture.
Computers are Female Teacher : Is he selling well?
The top six reasons computers must be Raju : Yes sir, we have only a bed left in
female: our home.
6. As soon as you have one, a better
one is just around the corner. Lost Hikers
5. No one but the creator A group of hikers were being led through
understands the internal logic. the wilderness by a guide. On the third
4. Even your smallest mistakes day, the hikers noticed that they had
are immediately committed to been traveling in circles.
memory for future reference. ‘’We’re lost!’’ One of the hikers
3. The native language used complained.
to communicate with other ‘’And you said you were the best
computers is incomprehensible to guide in the United States.’’
everyone else. ‘’I am,’’ the guide answered, ‘’ but
2. The message “Bad Command or I think we may have wandered into
File Name” is about as informative as Drunk Man Canada.’’
“If you don’t know why I’m mad at you, A man walks out of a bar totally
then I’m certainly not going to tell you”. hammered, only to be greeted by a Breakfast
And the number 1 reason computers are snobby woman. She takes one look at Santa Singh is arriving late at his home
female: him. again and there is alcohol on his breath
As soon as you make a commitment “You, sir, are drunk!” and lipstick on his collar. Naturally his
to one, you find yourself spending half of He replies, “And you ma’am, are ugly. But wife is furious.
your paycheck on accessories for it. when I wake up, I will be sober!” “I assume,” she snarls, “that there is a very
good reason for you to come waltzing in
Sick Sardarji Married for a Day here at six o’clock in the morning?”
Sardarji : Doctor, I have a problem. A man and a woman who have never “There is,” Santa replies. “Breakfast.”
Doctor : What’s your problem? met before find themselves in the same
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Sardarji : I keep forgetting things. sleeping carriage of a train. Stress
Doctor : Since when do you have this After the initial embarrassment they What’s the difference between stress,
problem? both go to sleep, the woman on the top tension and panic?
Sardarji : What problem? bunk, the man on the lower. Stress is when wife is pregnant.
In the middle of the night the woman Tension is when girlfriend is pregnant.
Sardar and the Hidden leans over, wakes the man and says, And panic is when both are pregnant.
Cameras “I’’m sorry to bother you, but I’m awfully
Jasmeet caught her husband Santa cold and I was wondering if you could
the Stock Market
was asked about his favorite investment determine the success, or failure, of your
strategy, the legendary investor replied investments.
By Asit Amrevy quite laconically, “Buy good stocks and
2. Respect the sensibilities
hold forever.” While most of us may not
espite the Sensex and Nifty have the patience or the resources to let of the market
making new highs during the our investments remain locked forever, If you want to make money in any
last few years, many retail investing for a period of one to three market, you need to mirror what the
investors are seeing their years is also a sound strategy. market is doing. If the market is going
investment dreams end in a sea of red. Here are 9 tips to improve your trading down and you take a bet on the stocks
Losing money in the stock markets can and investing skills: going up in price, the market is right and
be as simple an exercise as earning sack you are wrong. If the stock market is
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loads of it. People who get negative 1. Buy low and sell high going up and you are short, the market
returns are generally the ones who As simple as this concept appears to is right and you are wrong. Other things
invest in stocks with weak fundamentals be, the vast majority of investors do the being equal, the longer you stay in
or enter the markets when the bull run exact opposite. Of course, no one can tandem with the stock market, the more
has already reached its crest. time the market exactly, but you should money you will make. The longer you
Those who make money are usually always avoid entering the market when stay out of sync with the stock market,
the ones who invest for long term in they are at their peak. Your ability to the more money you will lose.
top-notch stocks. When Warren Buffet consistently buy low and sell high, will
3. Volatility in the markets
is a norm rather than an
As long as the markets are open
for trade, traders and investors keep
making new bids and the price of
individual stocks keep moving up and
down, based on factors like - political
situation, corporate news flow and the
amount of liquidity that is available for
trade. The more extreme the move up or
down, the more extreme the movement
in the opposite direction once the trend
changes. So if you are holding a stock
that has appreciated sharply, then it
is likely that at some point in future it
might depreciate as sharply.
4. Markets are driven not
just by logic and reason
but also by emotion and a 6. Markets always follow a 8. Dependence on
herd mentality trend armchair analysts
So the judgment of the markets cannot For maximum benefit you have to You must avoid giving too much
always be trusted. At times stocks get learn to diagnose the influences of the credence to investment experts, market
priced much higher than what they are trend that is guiding your market. Since commentators, financial analysts,
worth and at times they get hammered the trend is the basis of all profit, every brokers, newsletter publishers, trading
much below their true price. If you are investor needs to master the art of authors, etc, who come on TV or in
looking for “reasons” that stocks or diagnosing long-term trends to make a newspapers and dispense free investment
markets make large directional moves, sizable profit. You have to develop the advice. You should ask yourself, if
you will probably never know for certain. ability to get aboard a trend and stick their investment advice is really worth
Investors make a big mistake when they with it for a long period of time in order something why are they giving it for
start assuming that the stock markets to maximize profits. Contrary to the free? You have to keep in mind that
are completely rational. To make a short-term perspective of most investors these so called financial experts and
profit, it is only necessary to know about today, all the big money is made by financial firms make money by selling
the direction in which the markets are catching large market moves - not by day you something - not instilling wisdom in
moving – and not why they are moving. trading or short term stock investing. you. You should make your own trading
decisions based on a rational analysis of
5. Do not procrastinate too 7. Trading in an all the facts.
long before investing overpriced market
Stock markets generally move If you feel that the markets are 9. Keep your portfolio fully
in advance of news or supportive peaking then do not think twice before diversified
fundamentals - sometimes months in getting rid off those stocks that have run If you run into losses in one sector,
advance. If you wait to invest until it up higher than what their fundamentals you can still make money through
is totally clear to you why a stock or a permit. There is no point in holding on profits from sectors that are doing well.
market is moving, you have to assume to overpriced stocks only to let your The worst thing an investor can do is
that others have done the same thing investments get mired in a sea of red. It keep himself fully invested in one sector
and you may be too late. You need to get needs a certain trading discipline for you that takes a huge beating, wiping off
positioned before the largest directional to keep selling stocks that are getting much of his share capital. For maximum
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trend takes place. The market reaction to overpriced and buying ones that are benefit, you should pick up at least 10
good or bad news in a bull market will available at cheaper rates. If you do not high growth sectors and diversify your
be positive more often than not. And the practice highly disciplined trading, you investments into all 10 of them. You can
market reaction to good or bad news in a will not make money over the long term. invest more money in sectors that you
bear market will be negative more often Each one of us has to come up with his expect will do exceptionally well and
than not. own disciplined system of trading based smaller amounts in low growth sectors.
on our individual investment needs and n
risk taking appetite.
Ground Rules for Investing
in Mutual Funds
mutual funds have caught the fancy of of mutual funds available in the market,
the middle class, with majority of small most of them can be broadly classified
By Asit Amrevy investors preferring this route to bite into the following categories:
into the stock market pie. It is not too
equity Funds/ Growth
difficult to see why. During the period of
n the course of a typical 24 hour last five years many equity-based mutual Funds
day an Indian professional spends funds in India have given returns of as These are the funds that generally
8 hours sleeping, about the same high as 50% per annum. invest in equities listed in the stock
number of hours at work and the But it is not as if every mutual fund has exchanges. Due to the sustained bull
rest of the day is spent eating, finishing been a phenomenal success. There are run of the last 5 years the equity funds
household chores, exercising, commuting quite a few dud ones, where instead of have given phenomenal return to their
or entertaining. So where is the time making a profit, investors have lost their investors.
left for you to dabble in mutual funds? money. To keep your investments secure
Rushing through the day from one task it is imperative that you have some Debt Funds
to another, you hardly have a moment to preliminary knowledge about the nature These funds are best suited for those
spare for researching the ups and downs of mutual funds and how they work. In who are extremely risk averse and
of the capricious financial markets. Western countries mutual funds have seek capital preservation. The debt
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But even if you are too busy to do been around since 1880, but in India the funds invest predominantly in highly
the research work you can make your first mutual fund came into being only in rated fixed-income-bearing instruments
investments grow. That is if you invest 1963, when the UTI was created by an like bonds, debentures, government
through mutual funds. Based on the Act of Parliament. Private Mutual Funds securities, commercial paper and other
idea of pooling money together for entered the market only after 1993 money market instruments. They
investment purposes, mutual funds offer giving the Indian investors a wide choice provide regular income and safety to the
ease of use, high liquidity, and unique of fund families. investor.
diversification capabilities. In India, While there are many different types