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    Social Network

    Sealing the citya��s spot as the Silicon Valley of India, the fourth edition of the Social Media Week, from February 23 until February 27, follows the theme of Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of the Connected Class. Exploring the dynamics of social media in the multicultural market and the transformative effect of laptops, tablets and smartphones, in the workplace, a�?More than 51 per cent of the global population is connected today, and we aim to understand how technology will impact the way we live, work and create,a�? begins Rohit Varma, founder of R SQUARE Consulting and the force behind the SMW in the city.
    The five-day event runs across multiple venues such as The Leela Palace, News CafA�, and Big Pitcher, bringing together brands, agencies, influencers, practitioners, academicians, entrepreneurs, public officials, celebrities and international experts, to brainstorm. Over the week, you can expand your social media interests with inputs from key people in the industry. Vikram Ahuja, founder of Byond, an experiential travel platform, is set to talk about his companya��s growth, while Harish Bijoor, brand expert and media veteran, will take the stage too. Also sharing the platform will be Gautam Ghosh, director, talent branding at Flipkart, Akshay Haldipur and Karl Katraga of Culture Machine a�� a digital media company. Musicians such as Bruce Lee Mani, comedians like Aditi Mittal, travel bloggers like Mansi Pal and RJ Pallavi too will discuss their USP on social media and how theya��ve used it optimally.
    a�?Social Media as a medium is narrowing the gap in human connectivity. Technology like IOT & wearables have changed from a buzz word to reality connecting people globally in real time,a�? Varma marvels, referencing several start-up founders, including Gaurav Munjal, creator of flat hunting app, Flatchat, as well as Meena Srinivasan, co-founder and chief excellence officer, Scion Social. Catch American speaker Sean Gardnera��s talk on social media as he has been voted as Forbes Top 50 Marketing Influencer and their number one Social Media Power Influencer too.
    Other events to note in this edition of SMW include the Social Media Strategy Challenge, a�?Appa��athon, Tweetathon and a blogging challenge. It is also scheduled simultaneously across seven cities a�� Bangalore, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Jakarta, Lagos, Milan and New York.
    Details: socialmediaweek.org

    Rapid fire with Varma

    Over sharing: Social media has turned out to become a necessity. However, the usage should be conducted with a certain code of ethics and self-responsibility. This goes for both brands and personal accounts as well.
    Kim Kardashiana��s a�?break the Interneta�� effort: A well-planned yet very obvious marketing gimmick for personal branding

    Favourite social networks: Facebook is a brilliant platform for various A�communities. On a professional front, LinkedIn is best. I look at Twitter as a platform for knowledge sharing. For photographers Instagram works the best.

    Preferred app: The 500px keeping in tune with my passion for wildlifeA�photography.
    Hopes for SMW: To connect ideas and insights from various industries to create an ultimate platform for social, digital and innovation.

    a�� Aakanksha Devi

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      One for the boys

      Lekha Raghupathia��s label Page 3 Kids, has a range of trendy clothes for little boys and is now on amazon.in. Inspired by the kidsa�� collections of Armani, Kim Kardashian and Ralph Lauren, the clothes promise a a�?fun experience to dress a boy.a�� An IT professional, Raghupathi loves dressing up her baby. a�?When my son was born, I started scouting around for fun clothes a�� even the Kardashian or Armani collections, to see if I could find less expensive alternatives,a�? she says.
      But boysa�� clothing options were extremely limited, and even those marginally on-trend were extremely uncomfortable, feels Raghupathi. a�?Denims are not great for babies, as they can be stiff and hamper play and movement. They also come with large clumsy button fastenings as well,a�? she explains. Raghupathi sources her clothes from US and Japan-based A�export dealers. She focuses on organic, child-friendly fabrics like bamboo fibre, ideal for humid Indian A�conditions as it absorbs sweat, and thick A�worsted cotton, that keeps the body at room A�temperature.
      The range includes cutesy suits, jackets, trousers and hoodies with fun animal motifs for babies, pre-schoolers, pre-teens, and occasion dressing. We loved the idea of the Mickey Mouse rompers, hoodies with ears, trousers with tails, and smart suits with cute polka-dotted bow ties. Raghupathi plans to soon branch into girlsa�� wear too. `1,500 upwards. Details: page3kids.com

      A new leaf

      Express Photo by Jithendra M.Seven years in the planning, Lightroom Bookstore finally became a reality when Aashti Mudnani came into a modest inheritance from her grandfather. a�?As soon as my daughter was born, we began to look for books, but it was difficult to find quality material. It was then I thought of starting a childrena��s bookstore.a�? Finally taking the plunge, Mudnani a�?found a small space, signed the lease, and opened in six weeksa��. Now she has already broken even, much to the delight of her accountant, and moved to new premises. In the bargain, shea��s learned to a�?let the small things goa��, is training two staff members and scheduling a full programme of events. Forthcoming sessions include a reading hour with the a�?Story Wallahsa�� on Saturday, January 24, and a leaf-printing workshop the following Sunday. a�?We offer a chance to browse, specialist advice and books that you wona��t find elsewhere,a�? she explains. So while you will find copies of Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid here, the biggest seller of 2014 was The Honey Hunters, a large-format picture book, and you can also pick up quirky classics like No Kiss For Mother, and Drew Daywalta��s The Day the Crayons Quit, as well as indigenous childrena��s literature. `20 upwards. At Cooke Town. Details: 25460466.

       

       

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      Lynn and Jude Lazaro had a hard time finding cutesy clothing for their baby Alayna. a�?I used to see cool onesies on international websites, but not in India,a�? begins the young mum. So the Lazaros decided to start a company to fill the niche six months ago with Yowzza a�� a quirky brand of cheeky rompers and onesies. a�?We want parents to enjoy the first (and most exhausting) year of parenthood,a�? they say. Yowzza makes for cute pictures and conversation starters with slogans like Drool Dispenser, I Hate The Night Shift and What Goes In Must Come Out. Lynn ensures the clothing is as comfortable as possible. a�?We only use cotton fabric and lead-free dye to screen print the designs created by Jude. Our neck sizes are bigger than standard to slip gently over a babya��s head and neck,a�? Lynn tells us. Look out for Toothless, the tiger cub, a puppet-cum-carry bag. At the moment, Yowzza stocks only onesies, short sleeves and long sleeves, up till the age of 12 months. a�?This year, we are going to be starting T-shirts for older kids. And since Jude does a phenomenal job, parents can rest assured that we will not be outsourcing it,a�? she signs off. Details: yowzza.com

      Snip in time

      Anu Basavaraju was inspired to create Divas and Dudes after traumatic trips to the hairdresser with her young daughter Gowri. “When we moved back here from the States I realised that the salon experience was difficult for a child,a�? she begins, adding, “The products were loaded with chemicals, the stylists were not used to dealing with children and nothing was at the right height.a�? She also observed that most birthday parties a�?were held in unhealthy fast food joints,a�? Solving both problems, Basvaraju collaborated with interior designer Chitra Nair, and came up with Divas and Dudes, which recently moved to larger premises in Indiranagar.
      It offers charming vehicles instead of regular salon chairs, a full range of non-toxic and organic nail paints and shampoos, plus a dedicated party room which can be customised according to the childa��s wishes, with past themes including the expected Princesses and superheroes, but also more unusual ideas inspired by countries, book characters and colours. Clearly, the space is already rocking, and they will open an a�?art cafea�� next month, to add to the fun. They also now have a kumon centre for after school maths and english programmes, and are planning to open new centres city (and hopefully even country!) wide. Salon services `250 upwards. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: 25252005

      Express Photo by Jithendra M.Gambolla

      Created to provide a safe, hygienic, all-weather play option for kids, Gambolla has since moved location, and morphed from an activity centre for toddlers to a one-of-its-kind facility for children of all ages. a�?No play equipment at the club is electronic or battery-operated, the focus being more on developing skills at physical, intellectual, emotional and social levels,a�? says the founder Mahita Fernandes. Calling it a�?a space with different elements inspired by a neighbourhood park, the warmth of a grandparenta��s or frienda��s house, the relaxed mood of summer vacations, the social vibe of a playschool and the comfort of your home all rolled into onea��.
      Gambolla has now added a library for children up to 14, an all-weather play area, activities and skill-based classes for children and adults, a birthday party venue and a performance space. They also hold periodic camps for kids that seamlessly blend education and fun. a�?Running Gambolla is like having a dozen children! The entire business is people-driven and entails walking a tightrope between my heart and my head,a�? Fernandes laughs.

      They now provide daycare facilities , a�?even for periods A�while parents are busy shopping or eating out. Our staff are specially trained to handle meals and nap times for all ages.a�? And the best part of it all? a�?Being a part of so many childrena��s formative years. They may not remember me 10 years down the line, but Ia��m still hugged at malls each weekend,a�? she beams. With big plans for Gambolla, including new services, new centres and new offerings, Fernandes hints of a big overhaul in 2015, but wona��t ruin the surprise until ita��s all settled. At St Marka��s Road. Details: gambolla.com.

      Bake me cake

      You are what you eat! So dona��t be fast, cheap, easy or fake,a�? reads the business card tagline of Meeta Walavalkara��s, the mum behind Soul Bakers, an organic bakery. a�?Ia��ve always been a health nut. And when I read how off-the-shelf foods affect the health of my kids, I decided to come up with my own alternatives,a�? shares Walavalkar, who quit a 12-year MNC job to set up Soul Bakers. She began to substitute maida with organic atta, refined sugar with organic jaggery and margarine or butter with olive oil, building up a reputation for healthy snacks, with friends placing orders for organic, gourmet breads. Then she decided to go big, hiring more staff and expanding her range to include exotic flavours and innovative pairings like carrot bread, wheat grass bread, palak bread and cinnamon raisin swirl bread.a�?a�?These breads are at least 10 times higher in nutritional value than any bread in the market today,a�? she explains. Their cookies and cakes do not have any artificial flavours and make use of the natural sweetness of the ingredients used. a�?We try to bake things that will have at least one intrinsic raw material that will provide sweetness to the product so that we cut down on sugar usage,a�? she explains. Details: facebook.com/soulbaker

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        Finding-fanny-photos

        2014 was not an easy year to vie for attention. Aamir Khan had to literally drop his pants and cover his family jewels with a retro transistor. Kim Kardashian had to bare her galaxy-sized rear to break the Internet. Smriti Irani had to pull out her six-day Yale degree to acquire a smidgen of respectability. And Mangalyaan had to cover 650 million kilometres to get the earthlingsa�� approval.
        Given this need for ultra-showmanship, is it possible to make heads turn by merely using a name? 6-5=2 is a stand out case. The perplexing equation is the title of a Kannada horror flick, made on a shoestring budget. When the director didna��t have an extra dime for publicity, he decided to tease his audience with a cryptic name with viral value. The trick paid off. The 30-lakh film went on to collect 1.5 crores at the box office.
        The niche English movie, Finding Fanny, was an equally bold attempt. Fanny is ostensibly the nickname of Stephanie Fernandes in the road trip comedy. But Homi Adajaniaa��s audience got the naughty double entendre and showed up to cheer for his cunning stunt.
        Sulemani Keeda (meaning: pain in the butt) and Fugly (Slang for effin ugly) tried the same formula and got tongues wagging. Likewise, punk girl band, Childbirth, took the Indie music world by storm with their iconic number on one-night stands that goes I Only F*ked You As A Joke. Fortunately for them, the joke became a chartbuster.
        Being irreverent is not the only mantra for grabbing eyeballs. Sometimes length should suffice. Disney opted for the longest movie title of the year with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, much against the wishes of some marketing executives. But the gamble worked. Director Shankara��s one letter I is the polar opposite, which will reap its dividends come January.
        Among other newsmakers, Megan Fox caused a splash by naming her child Bodhi Ransom. Recording artiste Azaelia Banks courted fame with her classily named debut album Broke with Expensive Taste. Irish author Eimear McBride earned hosannas for her first novel with the very evocative A Girl is a Half Formed Thing. South London band, Fat White Family, continues to tickle curiosity with their unusual moniker. But personally, my pick of the year, is the New York pork joint, Arrogant Swine. Youa��ve got to give it to them for going the whole hog.

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          Broacha says many events can fit in here, including his own successes. His pick for jaw-dropping moments.

          General Elections: We had a civilised election. It was a BJP storm which no one expected! It is baffling to see people voted for change. But some things wona��t. Like two Nirav Shahs in Malabar Hill with the same election card!

          Indian Mathematics and Statistics: We had statistics of all kinds: how many meat eaters voted, whom vegans voted for and why. The international news channels need to learn about that!

          The Oscar Selfie: What Kim Kardashian tried to do, the Oscar selfie did in March a�� break the Internet.

          My son shaving: All of 11 years,A�my son shaved. He has not a single hair on his face.

          Tragic

          a�?Unfortunately, there is plentyA�in this category,a�? says the comedian, and even his positive bent of mind cannot A�put a hopeful spin on it.

          The Malaysian Airlines tragedies: Though we know what happened to one of the planes, the other one still remaining a mystery is perhaps way
          more disconcerting.

          Phil Hughes: A premature death that shattered the world while other tragedies also happened, cricket fans like myself were really traumatised by how a good ball can kill someone. It is terrifying.

          Peshawar school attack: There is nothing more to say.

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            Funny man Cyrus Broacha on defining moments of the past year

            CheerfulA�Broacha shares especially happy moments on the year gone by.

            The Brasil World Cup:

            I actually watched the World Cup in Africa a�� four years late to catch the previous one, but it brought the world together. And we Indians ceased to be Indian. For a month we became Italian, Brazillian, German, Argentinian, English and Spanish. But ask us who the president or PM of those countries area��that is the real test, I say!

            Mission Mars:

            That was a definite feather in our cap. Not only was it something to cheer about in an otherwise morbid year, but it was also the countrya��s first mission to the Red Planet and debut into interplanetary spaceflight. A fantastic bonus!

            2612CultureLead4The Nobel Prize:

            Indian childrena��s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi winning the peace prize was a huge deal. It made the world realise that we do have achievers in the country apart from those who make fools of themselves!

            Weird

            Saying that strange things are now the order of the day, and we can only expect absurd things to become more acceptable, he goes on to tell us his pick of the odd, starting with current favourite bakra Rahul Gandhi.

            Rahul Gandhi:

            His one interview with Arnab Goswami sealed the politiciana��s personality. And forget the interview going viral in English, it was amazing to see how it trickled down to regional languages. The social media is truly a powerful tool!

            Kim Kardashiana��s bum:

            Or her two bums. Or whatever they are! She tried to even break the Internet with it. But truth be told, I sometimes watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And as much as I try though, to keep up with them, I cannot.

            Interstellar:

            It was such a disillusioning film. But after I watched it, I understood why Christopher Nolan named it a�?Intera��stellar. Now he will make Prestellar to tell us why he made the film and then he will release a Poststellar to explain the entire film to us. Since trilogies are the a�?ina�� thing!

            a�� Aakanksha Devi

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              From Scout Willis to Rihanna, the latest crop of celebs who have no qualms about shedding their clothes for risquA� photos

              Grabbing eyeballs
              She has posed nude for many magazine shoots earlier. However, Kim Kardashiana��s latest photoshoot grabbed attention, with admiration from her fans and criticism from some like Glee star Naya Rivera. In the latest issue of Paper magazine, the mother-of-one is seen posing with nothing but a neck wrap, and holding a sequin gown around her thighs as she stands on a pedestal next to a bottle of champagne. The magazinea��s editorial director Mickey Boardman was quoted saying, a�?Kima��s attitude was a�?if wea��re gonna do it, leta��s really go there. And it was her idea to take off her clothes and show more than her butt.a�?

              holly4 dBold pose
              Known for her outrageous image, Miley Cyrus has never shied away from skimpy clothes. In her photoshoot in September for V magazine, she posed fully naked with the top half of her body completely uncovered. The editorial feature was shot by well-known designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld. Cyrus, who earlier released an artwork collaboration with American designer Jeremy Scott at the New York Fashion Week, explained, a�?I know that Ia��m not a pop pop dumb dumb. Ia��m a lot more than someone who just shakes her ass onstage.a�?

              Rihanna1Stripped down
              After posing nude for the cover photo of Lui Magazine in April this year, Rihanna, who is famous for her fashion sense, did it again. The songstress is seen stripping down for the December issue of Elle magazine, in which she is wearing nothing but a Yeprem necklace. The 26-year-old Diamonds singer also revealed in the issue that if she wasna��t a pop star she would be a wife and claims that any man that tells her what to do is sexy. Rihannaa��s makeup remained soft for the shot and her hair was pulled back.

              Scout Willis1Oppose-stagram
              This June, Scout Willis shared topless photos of herself walking down the street in New Yorka��s East Village to protest against Instagrama��s nudity policy. The 22-year-old resorted to the act when her Instagram account was deleted after she posted a photo of herself in a sheer shirt without a bra. Willis later explained, a�?What I am arguing for is a womana��s right to choose how she represents her body a�� and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.a�?

              Keira Knightley4Topless protest
              Keira Knightley, who had a public battle with Photoshop in 2004, when her chest was digitally enlarged for the poster of King Arthur, posed topless in Interview this August. She recently came out and said that she did this so that people could see what she really looked like. a�?Ia��ve had my body manipulated so many times for so many different reasons, whether ita��s paparazzi or for film posters. That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said. a�?OK, Ia��m fine doing the topless shot as long as you dona��t make them any bigger or retouch.a�� Because it does feel important to say it really doesna��t matter what shape you are,a�? the Imitation Game actress said.

               

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                From Scout Willis to Rihanna, the latest crop of celebs who have no qualms about shedding their clothes for risquA� photos

                Grabbing eyeballs
                She has posed nude for many magazine shoots earlier. However, Kim Kardashiana��s latest photoshoot grabbed attention, with admiration from her fans and criticism from some like Glee star Naya Rivera. In the latest issue of Paper magazine, the mother-of-one is seen posing with nothing but a neck wrap, and holding a sequin gown around her thighs as she stands on a pedestal next to a bottle of champagne. The magazinea��s editorial director Mickey Boardman was quoted saying, a�?Kima��s attitude was a�?if wea��re gonna do it, leta��s really go there. And it was her idea to take off her clothes and show more than her butt.a�?

                holly4 dBold pose
                Known for her outrageous image, Miley Cyrus has never shied away from skimpy clothes. In her photoshoot in September for V magazine, she posed fully naked with the top half of her body completely uncovered. The editorial feature was shot by well-known designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld. Cyrus, who earlier released an artwork collaboration with American designer Jeremy Scott at the New York Fashion Week, explained, a�?I know that Ia��m not a pop pop dumb dumb. Ia��m a lot more than someone who just shakes her ass onstage.a�?

                Rihanna1Stripped down
                After posing nude for the cover photo of Lui Magazine in April this year, Rihanna, who is famous for her fashion sense, did it again. The songstress is seen stripping down for the December issue of Elle magazine, in which she is wearing nothing but a Yeprem necklace. The 26-year-old Diamonds singer also revealed in the issue that if she wasna��t a pop star she would be a wife and claims that any man that tells her what to do is sexy. Rihannaa��s makeup remained soft for the shot and her hair was pulled back.

                Scout Willis1Oppose-stagram
                This June, Scout Willis shared topless photos of herself walking down the street in New Yorka��s East Village to protest against Instagrama��s nudity policy. The 22-year-old resorted to the act when her Instagram account was deleted after she posted a photo of herself in a sheer shirt without a bra. Willis later explained, a�?What I am arguing for is a womana��s right to choose how she represents her body a�� and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.a�?

                Keira Knightley4Topless protest
                Keira Knightley, who had a public battle with Photoshop in 2004, when her chest was digitally enlarged for the poster of King Arthur, posed topless in Interview this August. She recently came out and said that she did this so that people could see what she really looked like. a�?Ia��ve had my body manipulated so many times for so many different reasons, whether ita��s paparazzi or for film posters. That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said. a�?OK, Ia��m fine doing the topless shot as long as you dona��t make them any bigger or retouch.a�� Because it does feel important to say it really doesna��t matter what shape you are,a�? the Imitation Game actress said.

                a�� Compiled by Sharmistha Maji

                 

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                  So this is the Year of the Selfie, the dictionarya��s most popular new word, (which, according to the Oxford version, means a self-portrait taken with a hand held smartphone and shared in social media. As if you didna��t know!). On social media a�� Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every form of self-expression in between, ita��s all about that photo you take of yourself a�� with your favourite film star, your yummiest holiday food, your best dress, your bestie, your most fun party last week… well, you get the drift. A Cambridge University psychology lecturer called the selfie habit a�?the thrill of narcissism, uncensored by reflection or judgment…leading to impulsive self-promotion.a�? Really? Then we are a troubled world.
                  SAFRICA-MANDELA-MEMORIALAnyway, why shouldna��t one join the gang? Barack Obama has, so has Justin Beiber. Not to mention Narendra Modi, Miley Cyrus (worlda��s most prolific selfie taking celeb), Paris Hilton, Pope Francis and the Mona Lisa (I kid you not!). No surprises that Kim Kardashiana��s #butt #selfie was one of the most popular pics on the Internet until she decided to a�?break ita�� with her #nudies. And of course therea��s Ellen DeGeneresa�� famous multi-celebrity selfie taken at the Oscars earlier this year a�� the most retweeted photograph ever. Therea��s even a Selfie TV show and a somewhat banal Selfie pop song by that name (with a video featuring David Hasselhoff, Snoop Dogg and Darth Vader!). At any given time, on your social media timelines, there is bound to be more than a few selfies.
                  Pope FrancisAccording to research, 44 per cent of selfies are taken during holidays and 25 per cent of holiday selfie takers do so even before their flight takes off. For serial selfie addicts, Google provides tips on how to take the perfectly flattering holiday selfie. (Dona��t pout or smoulder unless youa��re trying to be a�?ironica��)
                  Even ace photographer Waseem Khana��s Facebook profile features him in selfie mode. He has been shooting selfies even before it was christened a�?selfiea��, he says. a�?Leta��s face it a�� wea��ve always wanted to be in every shot, but until now one person had to be left out a�� the one taking the shot. The selfie takes care of that. Now with fancy gadgets and gadget-savvy people, things are becoming easier. Ita��s not a fad thata��s going away soon.a�?
                  Taking a perfect selfie is quite an art form, Waseem agrees. He has seen some a�?unbelievablea�� selfies, he says. a�?A model in New York sends me the most amazing selfies a�� perfect makeup, clothes and angle a�� ita��s a joy to see them.a�? Meanwhile he has a few tips for serial selfie takers: a�?Think before you shoot. Find a flattering angle, the right lighting, and remember the higher or closer you hold your camera to shoot, the more stretched or wide your face will look.a�?
                  Ita��s all about selfie-expression in the digital age after all.
                  Ruma Singh presents a column on observations, insights and whata��s buzzing in the city.
                  m firstimpressionbangalore@gmail.com

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