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Creative thinkers-this is for you!

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If You Have a Way With Words,
Write Your Own Future As a Copywriter

iReboot announces ‘copywriting workshop’ on 3rd & 4th October, 09

Yes. There is an acute shortage of good writers in advertising today. (well, there always has been). People who can help sell products and services with a good turn of the phrase.

Or even changethe habits of an entire country, creating new markets and cutting across boundaries.

Check wikipedia if you need clarity on who a copywriter is.

Unleash your creative side. It’s gonna be a mad house!

What happens in the worst case?

- You go back to doing what you are currently doing with renewed vigour, passion and ideas.

- You have fun and meet smart people.

- You learn a new skill which you could use during the next recession.

Course Fee: 3500
Dates: Oct 3 – 4, ’09
Venue: iReboot, Indiranagar
To register, call 9663857828 or
fill this form

Learn how copywriters do more than just write ads

Apart from just writing down those clever ‘slogans’ or very readable brochures, copywriters are the essential backbone of the ‘ideation’ behind advertising campaigns, marketing strategies and sales promotions. They have to be intelligent, have all round knowledge and capable of thinking to a deadline.

This workshop will take you behind the scenes of this exciting profession,its highs, lows, rewards and brickbats. It will show you how you can end up directing ‘screen legends’ for the next commercial, or presenting Coca-Cola’s next seasonal campaign.

cut the rut out

iReboot brings you the unique opportunity to become a ‘copywriter’

You could be just out of graduation, or even still in college. Or maybe you are stuck in a job you don’t fancy and want to extend your faculties to something more creative and satisfying. No matter where you’re, this workshop will help you discover that copywriter in you and show you the right way forward.

From honing basic writing skills to ideation techniques to presentation methods that will get you ahead in the advertising field. It will also show you how to create your own portfolio, how to meet creative directors for a job opening and how to negotiate

Workshop Facilitator: Rajeev Nair, Group Creative Director, Tequila India

Rajeev is logging his 16th year in the big bad world of advertising. Having worked in agencies like Leo Burnett, McCann Erickson, brand.comm and Quadrant Communications, he also successfully ran his own shop for about 5 years. He now heads Tequila (a marketing communications agency) across India on the creative front, overseeing 3 branches. Rajeev is also one of the first Indians to win the prestigious Cannes Lion.

Dream of being a published author?

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Imagine being the author of a published book…

iReboot can empower you to make this possible.

A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON FICTION WRITING by a team of published authors and editors

What you get:

  • A book will be brought out by iReboot containing short fiction written by every participant. So yes, you will be a published author at the end of the workshop!!
  • An opportunity to have your work read by a commissioning editor of a big book house
  • Ongoing editing support for literary work.

iReboot Duration: 60 hours spread over 2 months
Commencement: Oct 31st 2009
Venue: iReboot, Bangalore
Eligibility: A creative piece written by you will be screened by our panel. If you fit the bill that we want to hone, you will be shortlisted.
Contact: 9886295353 for more details.

This workshop is designed for serious would-be writers of fiction who are contemplating taking up writing to a professional level. It comprises of weekly lectures, writing exercises and discussions as well as home assignments.

As this is designed to be a practical course, students will be required to submit at least 3 short stories. A key component of the course will be the critiquing sessions when students will receive feedback on their own work from their  batch mates and instructors.

The weekly lectures and writing exercises will provide a close look at  the nuts and bolts of  fiction writing. They will focus on writerly issues such as

  • Theme
  • Plot
  • Beginnings
  • Point of View
  • Character
  • Dialogue
  • Voice
  • Setting
  • Description
  • Endings

At the end of the workshop, a well-known writer and commissioning editor will be invited to interact with the students and evaluate their final piece of work.

To participate, please mail a short story or piece that you have written to before Sept 30th 2009 along with your contact details. It will be screened by our panel. If you get shortlisted, you will be called.

City challenge

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When: September 20th 2009
What: Ride a bicycle to a BSA Hercules Store, fill in an entry, and participate in the lucky draw. Stand to win the big prize of an all expense paid trip and a free entry to the Himachal MTB + gift vouchers to be won. The more checkpoints you visit on your bicycle, the more entries you can submit and the greater your chances.
Where: 4 BSA Hercules outlets in Bangalore. Addresses given below.
Time : 7 .00 am to 10 am
Lucky draw winners will be picked at 11.30 am at Track & Trail, Koramangala store.
How to win an all expense paid trip to the Hercules MTB Himachal + other gift vouchers.
Ride to a BSA or Hercules store on your bicycle and enter the lucky draw
Draw tickets are available at all 4 stores. The draw is open from 7.30 am to 10 am on September 20th
You can maximize your chance of winning by entering a draw entry by cycling to all 4 locations in Bangalore.
The lucky draws close at 10 am.
We will pick the winners of the lucky draw at 11.30 am at the Track and Trail Koramangala store.
Three lucky prizes – an all expense paid trip to the Hercules MTB Himachal ’09 + 5 gift voucher of Rs. 2500.
You can win a trophy for being the largest cycling group
Win the trophy for being the largest cycling group – get your cycling gang together and cycle to one or all 3 BSA Hercules and drop in your lottery form.
You cycling gang stands a chance to win the lottery as well as the trophy for having the largest gang of cyclists.
Meet other cyclists, avail opportunities to win a free trip to the MTB ’09 and win goodies and vouchers and what’s more – win a special gift voucher for being the largest cycling group!
Get your gang along, cycle your way to some fantastic goodies at your local BSA Hercules store!

City challenge

Twestival Bangalore Swarathma + Nakul Shenoy + Papa CJ and Aron Kedar

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More details
Venue: Kyra Theatre, Bangalore
Time: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Official Sponsors: Kingfisher, Red Bull & Kyra
Official Radio Partner: Radio One
Saturday – 12th September, 2009 – Kyra : Be There !

Teaching on Tonglen, a Buddhist meditation practice, by Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche at CKSL on Sept 13, 2009

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Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche is to explain the practice of ‘Tonglen’ -  exchanging self for others - one of the main meditation techniques to develop genuine love and compassion that encompasses all living beings without exception, at Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre, Bangalore, on September 13, 2009
The essence of Mahayana Buddhism is developing the mind of great love and compassion that encompasses all living beings without exception. In order to do this we need to overcome the usual self preoccupations and tendencies.
One of the most efficient forms of training in altruism is Tonglen, a Buddhist meditation practice when one visualizes giving love, happiness and success to others and taking their suffering. This is done in conjunction with one’s breathing, for connecting with suffering —ours and that which is all around us— everywhere we go. It is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in each and every living being.
Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure and, in the process we learn how not to cling to our ego. This practice introduces us to a far larger view of reality known in Buddhism as ‘shunyata’.
Venerable Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche will explain how to practice Tonglen, how not to be afraid of giving away all your happiness and take others unhappiness. Rinpoche will demonstrate how through one’s own suffering one can develop compassion to all living beings.
Venerable Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche is a highly respected incarnated lama from Sera Jey Monastic University located near Mysore. A brilliant student, Rinpoche has been studying Buddhist philosophy for more than 12 years by now, the teaching will be given directly in English.
Schedule: Sunday, September 13, 2009
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Teaching and Guided Meditation session
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Tea break
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM Teaching and Q & A

Venue: Choe Khor Sum Ling Center, Ashwini, No. 24, 1st floor, 3rd Main St, Domlur Layout, Bangalore 560071

Contact info: tel. 080 41486497, +91 99869 44153, e-mail –

Choe Khor Sum Ling Center is a Buddhist Meditation & Study Center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. The Center was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the request of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Courses on various aspects of the Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques by highly accomplished teachers are offered for free.
For more information please visit

Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche

Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche

UAS Cycling Event

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Agumbe Rainforest Photography Expedition

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For registrations please contact mail @ or +91 9901044344, there are very limited seats, so make sure you register immediately.

An expedition in to the heart of western ghats, the thick evergreen forests which receive the second highest rainfall in India.

Spend 2 days in the thick rainforests of Agumbe. Here’s your chance to photograph some of the most beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, forests, mammals, birds, reptile and amphibians ever seen. Camp at India’s first Rainforest research station the ARRS (Agumbe Rainforest Research Station). Learn how researchers work in the field first hand. Trek through the pristine forests which are home to several rare and endemic species of animals which are to be found no where else on the planet.

To help you understand and photograph the bio-diversity, you’ll be with Wildlife photographer Amoghavarsha and Researcher Gowrishankar, who’ll guide you through photography, natural history and bio-diversity.


Leave Bangalore by 2200hrs on Friday night to reach Agumbe in the morning
Day 1 – Saturday
Reach Agumbe in the morning and have breakfast. Then a short introduction to ARRS, presentation by Gowrishankar and a tour of the basecamp. Relax for a bit, have lunch and then head to famous kundadri hills to photograph in the lovely evening light. Come back have tea and then photo review session and talk by Amoghavarsha. Have dinner and head to a nightrail to photography some really interesting nocturnal animals.

Day 2 – Sunday
Wake up early in the morning, go on a morning trail. Come back have breakfast and head to shoot jogigundi waterfalls. Come back have lunch and rest for a bit. Have tea and head to the famous sunset point.
Leave Agumbe Sunday night to reach Bangalore on monday morning
*The schedule is just a tentative one, it might change depending on weather and other conditions
Expedition features

* In the field tips and discussions by wildlife photographer and naturalist
* Get to see some species of plants and animals seen nowhere else on earth
* Get to see some pristine forest stretches in the western ghats
* Learn how researchers work


* This expedition is not for beginners in photography, as there’ll be no classes or sessions to teach the basics. so if you want to learn the basics head here
* You’ll have to be ready to trek a few kms everyday
* It’s the rainforest so be ready to face rains
* It’s ofcourse leech infested but you will be provided with leech socks
* The food and accomodation will be basic as its a field station that you’ll be staying at
* Accomodation is in tents right near the field station
* You’ll have to follow the rules and regulations of forest dept and the research station while you are there
* A DSLR would be good to have
* The station has very minimal power as it runs on solar power, so you can have your cameras charged
* The station has infrastructure to store camera, equipment etc carefully

Cost – call for cost
The cost includes

* Food and accomodation
* Local transport to different places
* Guide charges, tracker charges
* A donation to the Research station
* Travel charges to Agumbe and back

This excludes:

* Any extra requirements in the station
* Extra porter/tracker
* Cost of hospitalization etc.

Transport to and from Agumbe
Agumbe is 378kms from Bangalore, with a drive time of 9hrs.

Discover your Calling

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You’ve got to find what you love… if you haven’t found it yet,keep looking and don’t settleSteve Jobs,CEO, Apple

Choose a job you love

Discover your Calling
A 1.5 day workshop where you can participate in internal inventory assessments which will enable you to identify your true motivations towards work and find out which careers suit you best.

DATE: Sept 12th – 13th, 2009
TIME: Day 1->10 to 5; Day 2-> 10 to 1
LOCATION: iReboot, Bangalore
REGISTER: Call 9663857828 or fill this form

Public Workshop on ‘People’s Perspectives on Urban Governance and Planning’

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This is to invite your organisation to participate in a *Public Workshop on
‘People’s Perspectives on Urban Governance and Planning’* on Saturday, 5th
September, 2009 in Bangalore.

This workshop is being organised by Citizens Action Forum (CAF), The
Concerned for Working Children, Environment Support Group (ESG), Grahak
Shakti, Hasiru Usiru, Institution of Engineers and Slum Jagattu and a few
concerned individuals and organisations committed to democratising decision
making and planning in Bangalore.

Bangalore has had a host of urban governance problems and issues due to
which the quality of life of a majority of Bangaloreans has been severely
affected. We have not had elections to the BBMP for 3 years, and the city is
being run by a body with only administrators with no elected representatives
and with no accountability to the public.

Meanwhile like in the rest of the country, in Bangalore the 74th Amendment
to the Constitution has not been implemented as well. While the Amendment
has welcome steps like the setting up of a Metropolitan Planning Committee –
which will be a single agency for co-ordination of all planning
and activities – this has not been implemented. The workshop will discuss
these problems and other issues like the setting up of privatised governance
bodies like ABIDe and their impact on Bangalore.

The *workshop will be held in Institution of Engineers, Ambedkar Veedhi on
Saturday, 5th September 2009.* We request your organisation to participate
in this workshop, which will be a first step in realising a truly people
centric governance structure in Bangalore, enabling each of us to play a
part in deciding our future.

Please find attached a detailed *Concept Note* about the workshop, and a
tentative *Session Plan*. We do hope you decide to join us.

Thanking you,

Citizens Action Forum, The Concerned for Working Children, Environment
Support Group (ESG), Grahak Shakti, Hasiru Usiru, Institution of Engineers
and Slum Jagattu

* *

ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಸಮಾರಂಭ

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ನಮಸ್ಕಾರಗಳು. ಛಂದ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ತನ್ನ 3 ಹೊಸ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಮಗೆ ಕೊಡಲು ಖುಷಿಯಿಂದ ತಯಾರಾಗಿದೆ.
ಗೋಡೆಗೆ ಬರೆದ ನವಿಲು – ಸಂದೀಪ ನಾಯಕ (2009ನೇ ಸಾಲಿನ ಛಂದ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬಹುಮಾನ ಪಡೆದ ಕಥಾಸಂಕಲನ)
ಕಾಲಿಟ್ಟಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಲುದಾರಿ – ಸುಮಂಗಲಾ (ಕಥಾಸಂಕಲನ)
ಮಡಿಲು – ನಾಗರಾಜ ವಸ್ತಾರೆ (ನೀಳ್ಗತೆ)
ಈ 3 ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳನ್ನು ಇದೇ 5 ರಂದು, ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 10 ಕ್ಕೆ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಇನ್ಸ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಫ್ ವರ್ಲ್ಡ ಕಲ್ಚರ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಬನ್ನಿ.
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