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Friends, Bloggers, Citizens, and others. This April, bloggers in the nation will unite for a seven-day blogging epic to get together and voice our concern, opinion and solutions to matters of social importance that India faces every day. One week where we, as responsible citizens, take time out of our daily lives to address issues of social importance using our favourite mode of expression - the blogs. A week where India got together with the rest of blogosphere, and blogged. Unveiling Blogathon India, coming to the Indian blogosphere in April, 2008. Get the word out and be part of something…

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It was an uneventful lazy Sunday evening which took a turn for the better when I met up with Nischal Pai at a coffee shop in Indira Nagar. Nischal Pai is a Bangalore-based marathon runner who just completed the 42 km Bombay Marathon held on 20 Jan 08. It was when Nischal was at Pune in 2000 pursuing her Masters degree that she started running. The motive: it was the most inexpensive way to lose weight! She was first introduced to the world of marathons by a colleague at work who told her about the Bangalore marathon way back in…

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Hippocampus is proud to present Hoo's Tales, a day-long carnival of stories for the children of Bengaluru and Chennai. We invite you to a magical journey told by theatre artiste, mime artists, ventriloquists, clowns, puppeteers and traditional story tellers. This is a celebration to revive the forgotten art of story telling. Hoo's excited about it. We are sure your little ones will be excited too. So, what are you waiting for. Get your kids and their friends and drop in for a fascinating day at Cubbon Park, Bal Bhavan area on 1 March between 10:30 am and 6 pm. Bring…

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The Mahila Seva Samaja School in Basavangudi opened its brand new state-of-the-art badminton courts to the public on 15 February. The famous badminton player Prakash Padukone inaugurated the facility.Pic: Mahila Seva Samaja. Previously the school housed one single badminton court in its old auditorium, which was demolished to build two new courts in the sports and cultural complex of the school Members of the Mahila Seva Samaja, the school children and other ladies in the vicinity of the school have been utilising the facility as members since its inception in 1959. Of the two new courts, one is reserved for…

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While all of Bangalore geared up for Valentines Day last week with all its finesse a café in Koramangala had something less obvious in mind. Brew Haha located near Jyothi Nivas College (Koramangala) in association with Muziboo.com introduced two upcoming Indie bands to its love-struck clientele and regular customers. The warm ambience and eager crowd merged to create a welcome platform for the bands ‘River X' which also goes by the name ‘Unknown River' and ‘Grubby Halo". Watching the bands perform. Rochelle D'Silva shot this pic with her cellphone. While all the customers were being accommodated the bands set up…

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Unhygienic drinking water. Moon-cratered roads. Uncollected, stinking garbage pile-ups. Power thefts. Statue-like BBMP officers. Land grabs. Unauthorised structures. Residential plots converted to commercial properties. Bribe-hankering government staff. This list can go on and on. Bangalore is down in the dumps and its leaders and administrators seem to have abandoned their virtues and lost their will along with their sense of right. Looking at the current state of affairs, there appears to be no hope in sight unless the average citizen picks up the gauntlet. If the power of the Right to Information law is anything to go by, it is…

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Muziboo presents a musical evening on Valentine's day, with performances from the bands 'Grubby Halo' and 'Unknown River' at BrewHaha Cafe, Koramangala. The band Unknown River 'Grubby Halo' will blow hot and cold and lukewarm with its originals and some classic covers like 'I Can't Help Falling in Love With You', 'Hit the Road Jack' and 'Hey Jude'. Its originals like "Love Remains", 'New Man By Your Side', 'Top Brass Caviar'and 'Moody Drunkard Blues' would go a long way in wooing and melting hearts. 'Unknown River' with its bluesy instrumental performance should add more colour and class to the pink…

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