• Well, this might sound inane, but this is real.

    Disney's Pixar Cars has proved the front of a car looks a lot like the human face where headlights are the eyes, but this is taking things a bit far — a company named CarLashes has decided to add more bling to a car's face by offering big, curly headlamp eyelashes. And to add to the glitter, you can even put some sparkly, faux-jewelled 'eyeliners'.

    For some, CarLashes may be silly and goofy, but if Truck Nutz and Miata Teeth exist here, why not CarLashes? However, it's up to you guys to decide whether CarLashes add personality or goofiness to your car.

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  • Match fixing is not a new phenomenon to hit cricket as there has been a lot of talk of cricketers throwing matches for money, the most recent incident being the arrest of London-based Mazhar Majeed who allegedly lured Pakistani fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif to deliver three blatant no-balls in the Lord's Test against England.

    In a sting operation conducted by The News of the World, it was revealed that Mazhar received some 150,000 pounds from the tabloid and promised the undercover reporter that the fast bowlers will bowl no-balls at the agreed moment of the game.

    Here's a rundown of match-fixing allegations to have hit the game:


    An early instance of match fixing can be traced back to the Test series between India and Pakistan in 1979. It happened in the final Test at Calcutta when Asif Iqbal reportedly picked up the coin and told GR Viswanath that India had won the toss. It was Sarfaraz Nawaz who made this allegation two decades later.



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  • Tennis: American Glory a Thing of the Past?

    My habit of reading  the newspaper backwards hasn't changed, unless there's some sensational news. Blame my love for sports for that.

    I started watching Tennis in the so-called 'Doordarshan era' when people weren't lucky enough to get a taste of most of the tennis tournaments other than the 4 Grand Slams. I had to rely on TV news and newspapers or magazines like Sportstar to follow the Championship series (now the Masters Series) , the  Monte Carlo Open or the Lipton International (since renamed as the Sony Ericsson Open). At the time, I obsessively cut out articles and stories on Sampras, Agassi and Jim Courier — and those treasured clippings are still with me now, despite this being the age of the Internet, and a simple search can provide me with more information than I possibly could need.

    Sampras once mentioned that Agassi was the one responsible for taking tennis to the masses — very true, in my opinion. Andre's funky hairdo, earrings and those funny antics on court

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  • If like me you spend a sizeable portion of your day 'online', then your catching up with friends is probably restricted to commenting on their on Facebook status updates or an occasional chat on Gtalk or Y! Messenger. The result may be a feeling that your life on screen has left you with plenty of acquaintances but no real friends.

    If the thought has crossed your mind, then you are not alone. A pastor in Houston, Texas who confesses to being a technology addict, has been encouraging people to take a 24-hour break from Facebook, Twitter, Email and texting to focus on relationships that matter most.

    Read: Facebook Fast in US to connect with real friends

    The movement has caught on and today (26th August) has been branded as the 'National Facebook Fast' in the US.

    Do you think you would benefit from an occasional 'technology fast'? Would it spur you on to go out and personally reconnect with family and friends?

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  • India experienced a watershed moment when Ratan Tata fulfilled his promise with the launch of Nano, the most economic vehicle in the Indian market, and arguably, in the world. Ever since the launch of Tata Nano, the whole globe is behind the idea of cheaper wheels. Now, it's the turn of Maruti, who is seriously planning a car priced closer to Nano, and it could apparently be the Cervo, a compact five door mini that might put the other kids on the block in the shade.

    The Cervo looks like a smaller Chevrolet Beat with cues from Honda Jazz's design. The phenomenal fuel efficiency is one of the USPs of this car.

    Powered by Suzuki's 660cc engine — as against Nano's 623cc — the Cervo could be priced between 1.5 to 2 lakhs, a little higher than Nano. But Cervo looks too stylish and futuristic to be priced under 2 lakhs. So it's obvious that Maruti needs to delete some of the features available in the car, or use a cheaper material to make a potent contender to Nano.

    Inside, the dashboard of

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  • A recent study ranking the best Test batsmen of all time has placed Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid above  Sachin Tendulkar. The list prepared by two economists is based on criteria like the batsman's career average, value of runs scored to the team and his consistency.

    The scientific analysis puts Sehwag at sixth ahead of Rahul Dravid (10th) and Sachin (11th) for their value of runs scored for the team. As far as consistency goes, Sachin follows Rahul at fifth position. Sehwag takes the 12th position in the category.

    The list features only five Indian batsmen but what is more baffling is that Sachin Tendulkar has been ranked eleventh, much below than where he deserves to be. The fact that the late Sir Donald Bradman tops the list is understandable, but placing the God of Indian cricket below Sehwag for me is like injustice done to the legend, but my friend and colleague Bikash has a different take on it:

    Bikash's view:

    Even though Sehwag has yet to achieve legendary status

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  • I have a list of people I wish I had met, the kind who, when they leave this world, leave a huge sense of loss. Ustad Bismillah Khan is the first person on my list. On his fourth death anniversary, that feeling only intensifies.

    He passed away on August 21, 2006. It was a Monday. I was in the Production Control Room (PCR) of a news channel, keeping a track of the numerous monitors with live feeds coming in. Outside in the newsroom, all channels were covering Bismillah Khan's death, trying to get the first pictures. Strangely, I don't remember much of that particular day except a feeling of a void.

    What I remember more vividly of the Ustad was watching the BBC documentary on him a few years before his death. I don't remember every detail of the film. All I recall are the gullies of Benaras, the narrow winding roads that lead to the Ustad's ancestral home. It wasn't the kind of a house you'd imagine a legendary musician living in. It was evident that money wasn't abundant in

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  • It was the biggest corporate heist in independent India and a blotch on India's corporate world and its governance. Now, nearly a year and half later, all 10 accused in the Satyam scam are out on bail, with the latest being the chairman and founder, Ramalinga Raju.

    After spending 19 months in jail, the former chairman of Satyam Computers has finally got bail but he may still not be a free man as he may have to remain in the hospital where he is undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C for the last nine months.

    Financial scams are not new to India as our financial markets are still plugged with loopholes for the lack of corporate accountability and proper punishment. Here's a brief on the top financial scamsters who have made a fortune by exploiting the loopholes in our financial system and the unbelievable losses investors have incurred because of them:

    Ramalinga Raju

    The former IT czar, who fell from grace after admitting to India's biggest ever accounting fraud, has been

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  • The only thing about our independence I know is the struggle for it. Since I was born much after the Chinese occupation of Tibet, to be a citizen of an independent country is a feeling I'm not very familiar with.

    When we were younger, the small Tibetan community evoked patriotism by watching street plays that illustrated the hardships our fathers and their fathers suffered, crossing the Himalayas barefoot and fleeing the Chinese brutality. So to me, Independence equaled suffering, violence, deprivation. Worse still, it made us "identity-less", gave us the tags of exiles.

    During teenage years, my idea of Independence Day was the function at school, before classes — the day we dressed in our (or borrowed) Indian best. It was a day when we acknowledged the importance of the maintenance staff in our lives- in a residential school. Instead of the Principal, the Indian flag was always hoisted by a watchman, a cook or a sweeper.

    In my early twenties, Independence Day was just

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  • If you head to your local grocery store or a roadside fruit vendor, chances are you'll spot the ubiquitous 'Shimla Apple'.  A bite into the juicy, crunchy fruit transports you to the hills of Himachal where hundreds of farmers are busy harvesting the Delicious variety of the apple this season. The apple may seem synonymous to the hill state, but things weren't always like this. Around a hundred years ago, the only apples produced in the hills surrounding Shimla were the sour British variety which struggled for popularity and kept farmers of the area in the depths of poverty.

    In 1916, a man by the name of Samuel Evans Stokes Jr brought to present-day Himachal, a new strain of apples developed by the Stark brothers of Louisiana. Stokes distributed the apple seeds to farmers and helped them plant and nurture them. Orchards soon sprung up all over the area and it is these 'Delicious' apples that went on to transform the economy and much of the landscape of Himachal Pradesh.

    Not many people

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