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    The currency bomb has been dropped. And we canai??i??t stop talking about it. The believers think that the Darth Vaders of black money have been caught with their masks down and the giant money laundering machine has been short circuited, while the doubters view it as an apocalyptic event engineered by Narendra Bin Thuglaq that has unleashed more pain than a tsunami, earthquake or famine.

    Obviously the truth lies somewhere in between. Weai??i??ll know the real results not in 50 days, but may be in 50 weeks when people on both sides grow a brain and see things as they are. Till then, all we can do is to queue up for change and improve our knowledge of money. A baby step in that direction is to figure out why a rupee is called a rupee and a dollar, a dollar.

    A good way to start is by browsing dusty history books and musty dictionaries. From what little Iai??i??ve gathered, the precious metal in which the currency was minted, played a big role in the naming.

    When Afghan Sher Shah Suri lorded over Delhi between 1540 and 1545 AD, he used three metals to serve as instruments of exchange. The Gold coins were called Mohur, the Silver coins were the Rupiya and the Copper ones were deemed as Dam. Incidentally, the phrase ai???I donai??i??t give a damnai??i?? may have its roots in the tiny copper coin. For those who know their languages, Rupiya is derived from ai???Raupyaai??i??, the Sanskrit word for silver and Mohar is Persian for seal.

    Even the Dollarai??i??s story has a silver lining. It all began in 1520, when Bohemia minted coins from silver mined in St. Joachimai??i??s Valley or Joachimsthal. The coins were referred to as Joachimsthaler or thaler for short. With time, the thaler became the dollar. Another currency with a silver connection is the Russian rouble. Rouble literally means to chop and is probably derived from the practice of chopping silver bars to create transactable money.

    The moolah from some other countries have interesting etymologies: the Polish zloty translates to ai???goldenai??i??; the Japanese yen is from the Chinese yuan which implies round object; the Arabic riyal is from the Spanish word for royal; the Chinese renminbi decodes to peopleai??i??s currency; the Scandinavian krone is from the Latin Corona (crown); and the euro (the short form of Europe) was coined by a Belgian named Germain Pirlot in 1995. That was my two cents on money. Hope youai??i??ll spend it wisely.

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      Olive Planet launches a new range of hardcore backpacks

      The physical strength of a person is defined by the core, similarly, the strength of a backpack is dependent on what itai??i??s made of. A thought that Olive Planet (the store for premium military gear) has translated into their two new ranges of backpacks: Para Bags and 3-Day Backpacks that were launched earlier this November.

      ai???The Para Bags are made from the same material as parachutes, so they are light, sturdy and high quality products. Weai??i??ve used1000D Nylon, which is a superior type of Nylon ai??i?? the density is thicker, making it more durable,ai??? says Captain Chetan YK, founder, Olive Planet. The Para Bags are designed after the equipment that was used on-board the B-52 bomber aircraft. ai???Weai??i??ve taken design elements like inter-lock hooks and colour-coding as per the bomber aircraft model,ai??? he explains. The Para Bags variants come in different capacities going up to a maximum of 20 litres.

      The 3-Day Backpacks are categorically designed for three-day trips or treks. As seasoned mountaineers and outdoor junkies will know, going on a trek would mean packing smartly and these bags aid that, with several pockets and hidden pouches. ai???In India, we donai??i??t travel light. So these bags give you that edge to pack smart,ai??? he says. These variants too are manufactured using 1000D Nylon. The material is light yet so strong, it wonai??i??t be ripped or cut easily by sharp objects. ai???Everything we manufacture is measured as per the armed forcesai??i?? standards, so each bag will last a lifetime and if used regularly, it is good enough for at least four years. In fact, when we launched the range, MS Dhoni bought all five variants of our backpacks,ai??? reveals the captain.

      An ex-army man, Captain Chetan started this retail brand in 2009 specifically for military requirements but their products have proved to be a hit with civilians too.

      Backpacks `2,500 upwards. Details: oliveplanet.in

      ai??i?? Ayesha Tabassum Fincar cost india

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        Amidst a host of big-ticket releases set to hit the screens this season, Kajal Aggarwal is resolutely strengthening her position South of Bollywood.

        Meeting Kajal Aggarwal at Bengaluruai??i??s Forum Mall meant we had to wade through a mass gathering of fans, surpass numerous bouncers and flash our ID cards repeatedly. The popularity of the 31-year-old actress in South India is tangible. Dressed in a Pankaj & Nidhi outfitai??i??pristine white trousers and a floral bell sleeves topai??i??Aggarwal looked at home amidst the hullabaloo and the flashing bulbs. Her upcoming films with names like Chiranjeevi (Khaidi No. 150) and Ajith (Thala 57) Aggarwal is in the league of top heroines in the South. Currently, her kitty is full with films that include an untitled political drama with Rana Daggubati, besides a special appearance in Soundarya Rajnikanthai??i??s next venture with Dhanush. Born and raised in Mumbai, the fit and candid Aggarwal stays politically correct, as she shares her thoughts on the different film industries, her upcoming projects and lesser-known facts from her personal life.

        Your film Kavalai Vendam is gearing up for release. Tell us a little about your role in the film.
        The film is a rom-com, predominantly about relationships. I play the role of Divya who is a contemporary, independent, strong-headed and career-oriented successful young girl. She isnai??i??t the stereotypical perfect heroine, but is closer to a real-life girl who falls in love, makes mistakes, has regrets and is heartbroken. I am glad that I have been able to get such a good mix of roles. Itai??i??s not something that everyone gets to do. Though, I am comfortable playing both, I prefer intense roles.

        This is your first pairing with Jiiva. How is he as a co-star?
        He is a fun person to work with, full of energy, lively and a great companion. We got along like a house on fire. Though we were at work, it didnai??i??t feel like it at all. It felt like we were on a holiday in Coonoor and Ooty (on location).

        Are you a directorai??i??s actor or do you like giving your characters a personal touch?
        I always discuss my role with the director before I get down to giving a personal touch. But yes, all the directors I have worked with have welcomed my ideas. Who wouldnai??i??t want to give their own inputs in whatever they are doing? The role I play is like my baby, and I shall definitely be happy if it has my special touch.

        How do you prepare for a character?
        For the role of a visually impaired girl in Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani (which released this June), I did my homework by spending time at a blind school in Mumbai. I observed the movements of blind children, and how they went about their day. Additionally, I also ask many questions to my directors, as itai??i??s important to understand what they have in mind.

        Among movies in the recent past, which ones have inspired you? Any memorable incident that you took back from the shoots?
        My role in Brahmotsavam is unforgettable. I thought a lot about the character even after I completed the shoot. Then, there is a political drama coming up with Rana (Daggubati)ai??i?? itai??i??s still untitled, but my role is strong and has political overtones. This is another role thatai??i??s playing on my mind. Also, my introduction scene in Sardaar Gabbar Singh, which was shot at Palli Falls, is special to me. It was a slow-motion shot of 48 frames per second. I cannot put it in words, but certain shots strike a chord and give immense satisfaction.

        Do you think actresses are taken seriously in Indian films?
        Times are changing now. Itai??i??s not like how it was earlier. Take the example of films like Kahaani, Sultan and the upcoming Dangal. Women have played strong characters earlier too, but I strongly feel that more actresses are getting roles that are defined and written for them now; and this is not just in Hindi films. I think all industries are welcoming this change. If not for new-age thinking, then the likes of Kajol and Vidya Balan wouldnai??i??t have bagged such lead roles.

        Your foothold in the South is really strong, and youai??i??ve starred in successful films up North as well. Will we see you more in Hindi films?
        I am blessed to have a lot of work in the South, and wonai??i??t be able to give time to Hindi films right now. But yes, if I get roles where my character is significant in the script and if there is a strong story, then I shall give it a thought. But as of now, South Indian films are my priority.

        Youai??i??re doing Ajithai??i??s next film, and youai??i??re also working with Chiru. What is it like on set?
        Itai??i??s an action-packed, pacey film. I am very happy with my role, the way Siva (the director) visualised it, and the way he helped me deliver. We have just wrapped up two major schedules of the film and we are shooting the remaining parts. Chiranjeevi and Ajith come with a lot of experience and that makes a huge difference. Everything on sets gets done on time, nothing is delayed. They command a lot of respect, but are not intimidating at all. Instead, they go that extra step to ensure that everyone is comfortable. I feel at home shooting with both actors.

        Youai??i??ve reportedly gone bold in your upcoming Telugu movie, Enthavaraku E Prema. Have your confidence levels risen to try things out of your comfort zone?
        Thatai??i??s not true. I do not understand what people mean by saying ai???I have gone bold in the filmai??i??. There are different insinuations from different people, but I just want to say that this is a clean U/A certified film, and there is nothing ai???boldai??i?? about it.

        Your directors wish list.
        Shankar, Gautam Menon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Imtiaz Ali, Anubhav Sinha. And yes, I would like to team up again with all the directors I have worked with.

        How do you manage to strike a balance between all your projects, in various languages? Cost of clarinex 5 mg
        I have to put in a lot of effort to learn languages. I donai??i??t have a natural flair or knack for languages. I can now say that I am pretty fluent in speaking Telugu, because when I started, I would communicate with everyone on setsai??i??right from the spot boy to the directorai??i??in Telugu. So I was able to pick up faster. I have spent close to a decade in Hyderabad, so that helped me as well.

        What about professionalism, in terms of getting the script ahead of the shoot and preparing for it?
        I would like to take the credit of being an extremely proactive professional (laughs). I like to get things done in advance. I am always behind the team to send me the script before the shoot, so I can prepare, and I insist on meeting the director a couple of times to understand the role before we start shooting.

        You wanted to pursue an MBA but turned to modelling.Ai??If not for acting, what would you be pursuing?
        Itai??i??s my dream to have an MBA stamp on my CV, and someday, I would definitely like to earn that degree. If not acting, I would have definitely been in the corporate sector.

        One actor and actress youai??i??d like to work with in future.
        I have worked with many actresses already. Among actors, I admire Aamir Khan the most and someday would like to work with him.

        Will you try your hand at parallel cinema?
        Why not? If there is a good script and a good role, I will definitely try.

        Aside from cinema, what have you been up to?
        I started a premium jewellery brand with my sister Nisha, called Marsala. That keeps me busy when not filming.

        What do you do when not shooting, for leisure?
        I love travelling, particularly adventure trips. I make sure I go on at least one adventure trip every year. I enjoy deep sea diving in Maldives and sky diving in Chicago. My favourite destinations are Bali, New York, Caribbean Islands, Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera and the French Riviera.

        Youai??i??re in Bengaluru promoting Ponds and Health & Glow. Is there a Kajal style mantra?
        I like comfort over vanity. When at work or at events, I dress appropriately. Otherwise, I am always in jeans and a tank top or tracks and T-shirt.

        Your workout regimen?
        It depends on where I am. If I am in a city shooting for a couple of days, I take my trainer along with me. I usually train in cardio and lift weights. Cardio can get super boring, but I like weight training, as it makes me feel stronger. Otherwise, when I am travelling, I work out on my own, usually yoga. I do about 40 surya namaskarams. Earlier, I used to do 108, but now, the number has plummeted.Ai?? Honestly, I keep changing my workouts, because I get bored too easily.

        Whatai??i??s a typical day like in Kajalai??i??s life?
        I am up by 5 am and squeeze in a quick cardio workout of about 40 minutes. I usually start filming by 7 am. I need an hourai??i??s lunch break between 1-2 pm. Later in the afternoon, I take a quick nap and I wrap up by 6 pm. If I havenai??i??t worked out in the morning, I work out after the shoot. If I am in India, I try to meet friends or catch a movie in the evening.

        By Ayesha Tabassum

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          Prometrium best price Ruffles and watercolour prints mark the Gauri and Nainika x Koovs line

          Online store, Koovs is known for its collaborations with some of the biggest names in the world of design, such as Manish Arora, Giles Deacon and British illustrator, Hattie Stewart. So it comes as no surprise that this Q around, the e-commerce site has roped in designer duo, Gauri and Nainika Karan, who have dressed the likes of Kerry Washington, Carrie Underwood, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Haydon, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. ai???For a designer itai??i??s always exciting to do collaborations, because youai??i??re reaching a different audience. So when Koovs approached us, we were quite happy to get on board, and were also aware of how successful their previous collaborations were,ai??? begins Nainika.

          designersIn keeping with their signature look, the qdZ` employs solid colours ranging from burgundy and crimson to Persian blue, coral and jet black. To give customers the real Gauri & Nainika experience, the designers have refrained from sticking to a theme. ai???Itai??i??s a nice mix of different looks that are timeless and classic ai??i?? pieces that best represent the brand. There are lots of young women who aspire to wear what we make but canai??i??t afford us, so we decided to create designs reminiscent of some of our previous collections, rather than sticking to one particular look,ai??? she explains.

          And if their ultra feminine ruffles, flounces and fabric flower embellishments werenai??i??t enough, theyai??i??ve even brought American artist, Travis Black on board to create exclusive prints for Koovs. Having collaborated with Black for their Masai Mara collection last year, the duo has since worked with him on numerous projects. ai???Both Gauri and I love watercolour paintings of birds and flowers. When we stumbled upon his work, we commissioned him to do the prints for our Masai Mara line. For this line, heai??i??s done a lot of botanical and floral motifs,ai??? Nainika shares.

          The collection is high on drama and includes breezy maxi, sheath, A-line and princess dresses apart from sheer gowns, perfect for the red carpet. ai???We wanted to include dramatic cocktail dresses and occasion wear. So if you look at the designs, they are not at all casual. Theyai??i??re all dressy and glamorous,ai??? says the designer, signing off.

          The duo is currently working on the labelai??i??s pre-fall capsule collection, but details are still under wraps.

          The collection launches today. `2,500 upwards. Details: koovs.com

          ai??i?? Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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