Google Launches Multiple Inboxes For GMail – Its Like Having Multiple Screens!

February 6, 2009

Google really seems to be in the groove. We’ve been covering a lot of Google stories in the last 2-3 days and here’s another one.

From what it seems, Gmail is going for subtle and not so subtle changes. Every day another feature gets added through Google Labs. The subtle changes include vanishing of the search the web browser at the top and inclusion of a separate move to/labels tab.

Now Google Labs has introduced a new multiple inboxes feature and it’s quite interesting.

It’s creator introduces it in this blog post:

“I’m seriously into filters and labels. All the email I get related to Flash goes under my “flash” label, everything about paragliding goes under “flying,” and they all skip my inbox because that’s how I like to stay organized. But when new email arrives I have to switch to the “flash” label first, then click on “paragliding,” etc. I wanted a way to see it all at once.”

To select this feature, head over to Google Labs section and enable Multiple Inboxes. And the end product? Here have a look for yourself.

You can obviously choose how many inboxes you want. To do the same go to settings and select the Multiple Inboxes tab (after you have enabled the feature). There is great personalisation. You can select the labels and even the number of posts you want to see so that you’re screen isn’t too cluttered. This is what it looks like.

I think it’s an awesome feature because its almost like having 2/3 screens at once as far as mail is concerned and makes it very convenient if you’re using a lot of labels.

This feature was created by Octavian “Vivi” Costache in his 20% time that Google offers their employees. Do check the feature out and then discuss it in the comments section below.


I won’t get provoked by marriage rumours: Katrina Kaif

February 4, 2009

After spending six years in Bollywood, British-born actress Katrina Kaif has learnt to handle rumours and criticisms. While she rubbished reports of her marriage to Salman Khan, she also denied speculation about her sister Isabel entering the Hindi film industry soon.

“It’s complete rubbish and the paper (Saamna) is denying it. When I marry, the world will know. Right now I’ve no such plans,” Katrina said.

Commenting on speculation about her relationship with Salman, she said: “That’s bound to happen. If you’re a public figure and if neither of the party is clarifying anything, there’s bound to be a lot of speculation and unnecessary comment. But I’m not going to get provoked into giving explanations. Because once they start, they never end.”

Asked about a picture that showed her entering her birthday party last year, Katrina said: “That wasn’t when I entered the party. The picture was taken while we were leaving. I was tired and, yes, I was disappointed. I didn’t want it to be turned into tamasha (drama).”

Salman and Shah Rukh Khan had a war of words at the birthday bash that was widely reported in the media.

Talking about her sister Isabel’s Bollywood plans, Katrina said: “That was something completely blown out of proportion. At the moment she’s too young to take up an acting career. In fact, my sister is off to drama school. Something I never got to do, and I wish I had. Not being a trained actress bothers me and I’m happy that my sister is taking that route.

“I realise I can’t be talked about only for my work. You can’t have things exactly the way you want them to be.”

Although Salman and Katrina are a real life couple, they have not been able to form a saleable pair on screen. Katrina had hoped “Yuvvraaj” would work so that she and Salman would be a saleable pair and filmmakers would sign her with Salman as eagerly as they do with Akshay Kumar.

But the film sank without a trace at the box office. Apparently, a major drawback was that director Subhash Ghai kept writing the script as the film progressed.

“I’d like to stick to a bound script from now on. The time has come for the entire film industry to get completely organised. A script helps both the director and the actor to connect with each other and with the plot. I’m not going to be shy about insisting on a script,” the actress said.

Katrian admitted she had very little space in “Yuvvraaj”. “Yeah, that was something I grew gradually aware of. I didn’t have that much to do. But that’s okay.”

However, not attending acting school doesn’t make Katrina feel inadequate as an actress.

“I think I had to undertake my own journey and do things my own way. I learnt on the job. I think I’ve acquired knowledge of the camera on-camera. So no regrets about not attending any acting school. If I had regrets about any aspect of my career, I’d be the most ungrateful person on the planet. Look at the level of acceptance I’ve received in so little time. Some people don’t get this kind of success after working all their lives,” she said.

The 24-year-old ventured into Bollywood in 2003 and was instantly written off because of her strong British accent. But after five years of hard work and determination, she is one of the most sought after actresses in the film world.

After the failure of “Yuvvraaj”, Katrina is no longer considered a lucky mascot for a film, but she is nonchalant about it.

“I think that’s just people talking a lot of nonsense. Actors far more intelligent and talented than me have had to deal with ups and downs. Sooner or later I’d have had to deal with failure. No point brooding about it. I’ve learnt my lessons from the ‘Yuvvraaj’ experience,” said Katrina.

Between 2007 and 2008 Katrina delivered six back-to-back hits – “Namastey London”, “Apne”, “Partner”, “Welcome”, “Race” and “Singh Is Kinng”


IIM-Ahmedabad to host venture capital conference

February 4, 2009

The first edition of the ‘Leverage 2009’, a two-day venture capital and private equity conference, will begin Friday at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A). In the conference, industry experts, practitioners, advisers, academicians and students will talk on key issues and trends related to venture capitalists, private equity investors and entrepreneurs, organisers said on Tuesday.

The conference is being organised by IIM-A students in association with the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM-A


Satyam fraud an isolated incident: NASSCOM

February 4, 2009

The major accounting fraud at outsourcer Satyam Computer Services is an isolated incident and is unlikely to impact the flow of deals to the export-driven sector, a tech industry lobby group said.

“If you speak to major customers and analysts, they are comfortable that Satyam is an isolated issue,” Ganesh Natarajan, chairman of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) told a news conference on Wednesday. “The biggest concern was employee attrition and business continuity. That is being taken care of,” he said.

Satyam’s founder and former chairman Ramalinga Raju resigned last month after saying that profits had been overstated for years and around $1 billion of cash reported on the company’s books did not exist.


Top-10 Bollywood Male Actors of 2008

January 24, 2009

There are clear expectations that one has from top actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan year after year. Though with an exception of Salman Khan (who by the way had a horrible 2008 professionally) all the other aforementioned actors did justify their standing in the Top-5, there were also men like Ranvir Shorey, Emraan Hashmi and Abhishek Bachchan who sprung a surprise. While Naseeruddin Shah maintained his standing as an actor par excellence, newcomers like Imran Khan and Farhan Akhtar did wonderfully well too. Joginder Tuteja goes down the memory trip and brings back the performances that enchanted us most.

10. Ranvir Shorey (Mithya)
This was a sad-n-happy performance by a man who can be molded as per the requirement of any script. With no hang-ups about being suitable only for the lead roles, when given a chance to play one, that too in a double role, Ranvir Shorey came up with a cracker of a performance. As a commoner who is forced to live the life of a gangster courtesy the circumstances beyond his control, he was mostly flawless in this offbeat film that also earned moolah at the box office. The young man would certainly be seen in many more meaningful performances in years to come.

9. Emraan Hashmi (Jannat)
What ‘Awarapan’ couldn’t do, ‘Jannat’ did it for Emraan Hashmi. Though in former he came up with his best performance ever, it was the latter that brought in moolah at the box office. A low budget film that went on to make crores for it’s makers, ‘Jannat’ brought in ‘jannat’ for Vishesh Films that had seen back to back failures in ‘Awarapan’ and ‘Dhokha’. Emraan Hashmi was just the right face to depict the journey of a small time cards player to one of the leading match fixers and his naughty grin along with mischievous glint in the eyes worked wonders once again. He was back in the reckoning with ‘Jannat’.

8. Abhishek Bachchan (Dostana)
He rocked and how! One wonders how Abhishek Bachchan was keeping the balance intact when shooting for diverse films like ‘Dostana’, ‘Sarkar Raj’ and ‘Drona’ simultaneously. For the first time ever, one saw Abhishek Bachchan on screen as a man that he is in real life and one could sense that he was truly enjoying all the fun both on and off the screen. Leave aside the entire gay angle; Abhishek Bachchan truly demonstrated an altogether different facet of his personality with ‘Dostana’. Not many actors could have dared running in a feminine manner the way he did in the Venice sequence; something that was just good enough for the price of a ticket!

7. Imran Khan (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa)
There was no news about this young man for almost two years when the film was on floors. And then when the film was two months away from it’s theatrical release, there was only one man who was being talked about – Imran Khan. So much so that the other debutant whose movie released on the same day as ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa’, Harman Baweja, was more or less eclipsed. Imran Khan turned out to be quite a charmer in his just-graduated-from-college boy role and within hours of the film’s release, he was elevated as the nation’s newest heartthrob. Though ‘Kidnap’ did push him back a little, one would still want to remember him as the chocolate boy whose eyes never fail to communicate just the right emotion.

6. Farhan Akhtar (Rock On)
This was THE most surprising performance of the year gone by. Till a day before the release of the film, there were no talks about ‘Rock On’ or it’s actors even though Farhan Akhtar was making his acting and singing debut. However, the industry was forced to stand up and take notice of this immensely talented youngster who had shown his mettle as a producer and director in quite a few films before. ‘Being natural’ was the key phrase as Farhan used all his weaknesses to his advantage and came up with one of the most remembered performances of the year.

5. Akshay Kumar (Singh Is Kinng)
Akshay Kumar and Anees Bazmee are giving Bollywood a flavor that Amitabh Bachchan and Manmohan Desai used to give more than a couple of decades back. In his characteristic manner, Akshay Kumar proved once again that if the ‘masala’ ingredients are mixed well, he is good enough to carry any story or narrative entirely on his screen presence. As a common man who is attached to his roots and doesn’t have any hang-ups about the kind of dialogues he is required to deliver and the most absurd of situations that he is required to be a part of, Akshay Kumar got all his confidence together to make ‘Singh Is Kinng’ one of the biggest grossers of 2008.

4. Hrithik Roshan (Jodhaa Akbar)
Hrithik Roshan slogged for close to two years before ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ became a reality. Though he may be wondering if he would want to replicate such an effort for another film of his, one can’t deny the fact that he gave his all for this role. Whether it was the physical appearance or the dialogue delivery or the screen presence or the sheer demeanor, Hrithik didn’t cut any loose corners for his role as Akbar. It was indeed his performance in the film that elevated this epic saga to a level that may just have fallen flat had a lesser actor enacted the role. There are hardly a few actors who could have carried off a film entirely on their shoulders but Hrithik Roshan made it possible, hence keeping his successful run intact.

3. Aamir Khan (Ghajini)
In his most challenging and complex role till date that required him to become not just physically but even mentally strong, Aamir Khan was simply stupendous in ‘Ghajini’. A role that would have certainly emotionally drained him as well (it isn’t easy to be living the life of a character who looses his memory every 15 minutes only to remember every passing moment that his mission in life is to take revenge), the part of Sanjay Singhania also needed Aamir to build the kind of a body that he had never done before in his life. Of course, some people were not really thrilled with his act in ‘Ghajini’ but then the box office figures tell a different tale altogether. Add to that the kind of histrionics that he displayed and the debate began once more about who is the real King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar.

2. Shah Rukh Khan (Ran Ne Bana Di Jodi)
Shah Rukh Khan proved once again (one wonders till when he would be required to prove himself though) that being called SHAH RUKH KHAN is due to some reason. In a role that no one else but only he could have played to such perfection, Shah Rukh Khan was terrific as Suri and his alter ego Raj. Never once did he slip out of his character, something which is commendable and also risky, because even audience expects him to get into a typical Raj or Rahul act time and again. Still, Shah Rukh Khan reinvented himself with this film where a lot was riding due to his coming together again with Aditya Chopra. The film has proven to be one his biggest success stories ever, hence ensuring that his HIT record remains intact for years at stretch.

1. Naseer (A Wednesday)
This was THE performance of the year, especially so in the age and times that we live. As a ’stupid common man’, Naseeruddin Shah was simply brilliant and outstanding as he came up with a performance that would resonate for years in the minds of cinegoers. While many actors of his age and caliber have been settling down for something far inferior, Naseeruddin Shah continues to find roles of substance that makes one stand up and question once again that why don’t film makers think of utilizing him in a bigger and better way more often? Dominating the proceedings in practically every scene of the film, Naseeruddin Shah came up with the most revered act of 2008. If he doesn’t win a National Award for this film, no one else would be deserving enough.


Priyanka loses her crown to Katrina Kaif

October 14, 2008

Priyanka Chopra’s name has been among the top five actresses of B-Town for a while now. But with a string of flops like ‘Love story 2050’, ‘Chamku’ and ‘Drona’, it seems the hardworking actress is slipping down the ladder.

With the rise of wooden faced actress Katrina Kaif who has got lucky with hits, much like how Priyanka did some years back, it seems she’s worried about her box office position!

But Priyanka is putting up a brave front and says that she doesn’t regret doing movies like ‘Love Story 2050’ and ‘Drona’ because they were ‘different’. Only if they were different in a good way!

According to her acting is like gambling and one has to step into the unconventional mode so that critics don’t get a chance to point fingers at an actor!

Looks like Priyanka is hopeful that Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’ and Karan Johar’s ‘Dostana’ will help her bounce back and rule the roost again!


My bahurani is the best! : Jaya Bachchan

October 14, 2008

It’s not a hidden fact that the Bachchans dote on their favourite bahurani. Come on, aren’t they always openly showing off their affection for Ash who they lovingly called Pari in public?

This time matriarch of the family Jaya Bachchan has decided to defend their darling bahu in public in a heart to heart conversation with People magazine.

She has spoken in length about her connection with reigning superstar Shah Rukh Khan and her disappointment over his alleged remarks about daughter-in-law Aishwarya during the infamous SRK-Salman spat.

She’s even gone to the extent of saying that she would slap SRK if he says anything derogatory about daughter-in-law dearest!

And if he would have done it in front of her, she would have done it there and then!