Archive for August, 2012

Shopping in Chennai


For all those who think that only Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore are the ultimate shopping destinations in India, a trip to Chennai is definitely due. Flip open any lifestyle magazines and the hottest stores and eateries are opening in Chennai.

Be it greek cuisine, sushi or good old kababs, From designer stores to street markets, Chennai has it all.  Well spaced and brightly lit malls with extravagant cinema halls seems to have been a rampant  trend in Chennai. The same buyer probably head to T.nagar, Pondy bazaar and saukarpet in order to find unmatched steals.

Who would blame them? I myself took a trip to express avenue and city centre several times before heading to mint street and boy , do they have it all!  North Indian or south India, they everything that fits the diverse cultures and traditions. Mint street was packed with buys even on weekdays. Walking is not the option, being pushed for the next step is.

Mrs Singh,a homemaker and avid shopper says that she rather shop in street markets than in malls,’ I like malls but street markets are so interesting. There is something about rummaging through stores and looking for bargains that adds to the experience.  I would go to the mall to buy something specific and nothing more’

How true. Vimlesh, rakhi and accessory store owner says that street shopping will never die. ‘ everyone wants to go and find better deals than pay 3 times the price in a mall. Whether they shop in malls or in bazaar, street markets attracts all sorts of clients’ Vimlesh has quite an array of glistening rakhi from all over India. His store is swarmed by women during any special occasion.

Also not to forget, there is a stress busting factor attached to street shopping. A mall store will treat you well but not your wallet.

Krishna , a content writer spoke to us saying that she prefers mall over street marts, ‘ I get all the brands under one roof’, says Krishna ‘ though the good sold in malls may be expensive, they do assure a quality’ that however may be true. But its often a misconception that expensive things are good in quality. One can get equality ripped off.

Also now that malls are all over India, it seems to be a pass time or a Sunday ritual to hang out in a mall or to dine in food courts more than actually shop for branded goods.



In a country it’s hard to change mentalities, something that has been embedded in our culture for years and has not been let of yet. How modern is the ‘new’ generation? Why is it that even today a woman is judged whether she is in jeans or sari clad?

My very own classmates would say that people stare at you due to your red hair, make up and multiple piercing (which are now non existent). Well, I would agree that I did over do it, but none of them realize that all this was to rebel against what society perceives of young girls.

We don’t just want to party and wear short clothes, it doesn’t cross their minds that these same girls might be toppers or may have actually achieved something. This post is got nothing to do with sexual harassment but the ever so needed change of mentality that women’s welfare organization and feminist are working so hard to achieve.

If a girl is by chance harassed or raped in some dark alley, immediately she is blamed for being provocatively dressed or having an alluring personality. No one will know who this girl is or even her name or where she is from but judgments keeps pouring why is it so?

Same is it for relationships. If a woman has way too many affairs her character is questioned. Being divorced in India is worse than being single. No one sees the pain she goes through after a failed relationship, the trauma that is caused by lies and irreconcilable forces.

Being judged every time without any character slips and living up to the sati savitri  stereotype can be frustrating. Why it that a man is not is objectified with such questions and stereotype. Today the women have taken such a stand and leaving home does not seem to be an option to get what they want.

These girls are raised in an environment where fear of society and their hungry eyes to tarnish their image is cultivated deep into their morals and conscious. Why do men not make an effort to be more civilized in their thinking? If women are changing ways to fit into a male dominated world that means men have a higher power over then which should be so. To each is ones own and that’s how a strong independent woman is born.

Main source of local news and entertainment in Oman- Oman Tv

Since the form of ruling in Oman is a monarchy, article 31 of the Oman’s basic statute grants freedom of press. However there are 4 English dailies, The Times of Oman, The Tribune, Muscat Daily and Oman Daily Observer. Along side these there are weekly editions like The Week, Magazines like Black and White that are printed in all color on glossy pages and are free for distribution. However in terms of content, all the four dallies carry the news mostly taken from sources like Reuters, AFP, Gulf news etc. News that can cause any amount of tiff in any part of Oman is not encouraged to be published, however during the labor riots; every newspaper reported the happenings of the city in great detail.

In terms of feature writing, these dailies cover restraint opening, interior ideas, automobiles etc and are more leisurely of sorts. International news is also carried but not in great detail. Mostly local news is given top most priority for the front page. There are approximately 20 periodicals published in the sultanate, a number of them by sections of the government. They include: Jund Oman (Soldiers of Oman, a monthly magazine of the Ministry of Defence), Al-Ghorfa (Oman Commerce, a bi-monthly with a circulation of 10,500 and published by Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Al-Omaniya (Omani Woman, a monthly with a circulation of 10,500), Oman Today (a bimonthly with a circulation of 20,000 that covers leisure and sports), Al-‘Akidah (The Faith, a weekly with a circulation of 10,000 covering politics), Al-Mazari’ (Farms, a weekly journal of the ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, and of Petroleum and Minerals).

The most dominant form of media is the radio, for both news and entertainment. Several radio stations like Oman FM and Hi FM have headlines at least 4 times a day. Radio and television are overseen by the ministry of information. BBC news carries their FM radio station from Masirah islands and relay their news in English, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Hindi and Pashto to the main city of the Muscat. Radio Sultanate of Oman and Radio Salalah were founded in 1970 to ward off anti Omani propaganda that was being broadcast from South Yemen.

Oman television was started in 2000 boasting 177 television transmitters from Muscat and Salalah mot of them being solar powered. Most of the information relayed is less western and more regional.

Internet media began in Oman in 2000 with Times of Oman being the first to have an online edition with millions of hits, followed by Muscat daily, a newspaper started in 2009 and has the largest circulation currently. However Times of Oman remains to be the oldest since it was started 1979. Also, Media in Muscat is heavily censored. Most of the news room consists of Indian staff and reporters and very few Arab locals. Not many sites in Muscat are blocked how ever discussion sites like Sablat Oman did manage to run into trouble when Ali Al Zuwaidi had written a story about corruption in Oman’s telecommunication sector. Soon Sablat Oman was blocked.

Oman definitely has potential for Media since most of the population of Oman is concentrated in rural Oman, Newspapers do not serve the purpose. The educated expatriates would prefer news from their hometown. Radio and television seem to be coping up.