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Old February 10th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #101
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Kannur’s date with Kate


Kate Middleton carried a bag made by Manojna J. Tarin on her skiing trip to the Swiss Alps. Anasuya Menon catches up with the designer who also makes home décor products

If beach bags could tell stories, this one has all the markings of a best-seller. Manufactured in a factory in Kannur, it went all the way to the Swiss Alps, resting elegantly on the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s shoulder while she went sledging on snow.

Manojna J. Tarin, who made the bag, could not believe it when her client in the UK sent her an online link of the photograph in which Kate is seen sporting her bag. “One would expect people like her to use top class brands. And there she was with the bag I made,” she says. Manojna’s home décor brand, Eshana, exports to the west and has a substantial client base in the UK. “My client does not know how it reached the Duchess, but now, everybody seems to want this bag,” she says.

The roomy, faded sea blue and jute coloured cotton bag with an appliqué of a blue elephant is just one of the many “100 per cent cotton, hand-woven” products Manojna makes. The design was sent to her by the client and she got it manufactured at her unit in Kannur. “The buyer intended it as a beach bag, but now that Kate has taken it on a skiing trip, I don’t know…,” she laughs. The bag also comes in navy blue, old rose and fuchsia. “Generally, clients abroad tell us what would sell in the market there and we design and manufacture accordingly,” she says.

Home décor is so vast an area, one can go berserk with ideas, Manojna says. “A small tuck here or a button there can create a world of a difference.” Her fridge handle covers were one such idea. She made them in different colours, patterns and sizes— one of the most utilitarian things for a kitchen. Same with hand towels. While in the west, they are sent as normal towels, for the Indian market, Manojna added a little cloth clasp so that they could be hung on a peg. The buttons are either made of coconut shell or sea shells.

She is proud of her collection of ‘hostess aprons’, which are a hit in the US and European markets. A frilly apron, which resembles a dress, was designed keeping in mind the younger women. “There are a lot of bakers among young girls now. And they love the pattern. These aprons look like a dress on a dress.” The vintage-style aprons come in a variety of pastel shades.

An electronics engineer by qualification, 28-year-old Manojna could not ignore her soft spot for fashion and fabrics. “I guess it is there in my blood.” Her grandfather established the Hindustan Textiles in Kannur in 1939, which has been manufacturing and exporting the famous ‘Kannur kaithari’ (handloom). “The foundation and the goodwill were already there. All I had to do was build up on that.”

Statements in cotton

When Manojna launched her brand, Eshana, five years ago in Kannur, she was designing and selling just bags. “I would bring the leftover fabrics from the Hindustan Textile factory and use them for the bags.” Later, she moved on to accessories such as bed, table and home linens. Earlier, she made her cotton bags with jute trims. But jute would wear out soon, so she started using jute-coloured cotton trims instead. When she launched her line, cotton bags were not so popular as they are now. There was a craze for jute. Things changed and cotton is in vogue now. “The best thing about cotton bags is that they can be machine-washed and the colours will not bleed,” Manojna says.

She exports to the UK, the US, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden and South Africa. Recently, she started exporting to the Gulf countries, too.

The latest in her collection are bath towels with Angry Birds embroidered on them. These towels in high-absorbent cotton fabric are meant for children and have been priced at Rs.100. Woven floor mats, bed linen, wash bags, and kitchen cloths with embroidery are others.

Manojna moved to Kochi after she married lawyer Tarin Rajendran and is now considering opening an exclusive outlet in Kochi. Since her manufacturing unit is in Kannur, she has to shuttle between the two cities. She also makes it a point to travel abroad to keep abreast of international trends.

One of her biggest dreams is of launching an eco-friendly and organic bedding range for children. “Organic and eco-friendly cloth are two different things. Organic cloth is made of fibre, which is grown without using pesticides,” she says. Even the dyes used in organic cloth would be natural, vegetable colours.

Manojna will conduct a sale of her products along with her mother-in-law Shamerian, who will be displaying her collection of saris, in Kochi on April 5 and 6 at Lotus Club.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 07:04 PM   #109
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Kannur jail initiatives run into a roadblock

KANNUR: Although jails in Kerala are in a revenue-generating mode by manufacturing a variety of food products. But its success has actually proved to be a burden for the staff at Kannur central prison because it is an additional responsibility that they have to undertake and that too without sufficient manpower.

"We make 40,000 chapatis plus 100 kg of banana chips a day and have plans to diversify into making jackfruit chips, but the question is of managing all these workloads with limited manpower," said a jail staff. The jail has established a separate section, Taste Factory, to produce the food articles under 'Malabar Freedom' brand, but it is not a really tasty experience for the staff, which have to do additional labour without much recognition.

Though it can be argued that the work is done by the prisoners, it needs the supervision of the staff. "Within a span of less than five months, we have given nearly Rs 60 lakh to the exchequer that too without any investment from the government, using the machineries given for the jail inmates but till date the authorities has not taken any steps to create an additional post or fill the existing vacancies," he said.

When the jail was planning to make cakes, the district collector had promised to get an oven with the cooperation of the Food Craft Institute, but the prison kitchen is yet to get it.

When the jail was built during the British period, the allotted staff strength was 105 warders and 27 head warders, but the jail atmosphere has changed and it is envisaged to be more of a reformation and rehabilitation centre and it needs to have more staff to realize that goals, they said.

Incidentally, nearly 30 of them are in training duty of State Institute of Correctional Administration (Sica), and more than half of the remaining are either appointed on daily wages or via employment exchange.

The only relief is that there are 12 special warders appointed to take care of the nearly 40 inmates who are mentally disturbed, they added. "At a time, when we have to think of man management aspects of the jail how do you expect us to make it a reality with this limited strength?" is what they ask. And it is for the authorities to give them a convincing answer.
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Kannur Carnival

Kannur Carnival, featuring cultural and entertainment programmes, will get under way on the Payyambalam beach on Saturday. The 19-day carnival, being organised by the Emergency Helpline Centre Trust, in collaboration with the District Tourism Promotion Council, will be inaugurated by Suveeran, actor. The carnival will conclude on April 17. — Special Correspondent

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Seems lot of highrises coming up in the coastal belt. Looks like Kannur coast has the best skyline after Kochi.

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Pazhayangadi swamps snag a Chinese snipe



The swamps near Pazhayangadi here had a surprise visitor the other day. The Chinese snipe, a rare migratory bird from Mongolia and other East Asian countries, had come on a wintry flight looking for warmth.

The local birdwatchers were excited at the sight as the bird was last located here in the early part of the 20th century by Phythian-Adams, a British soldier stationed here.

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P.C. Rajeevan, Jayan Thomas and Khaleel Chovva were the lucky three who sighted the bird and snapped it. Records show that Phythian-Adams had shot dead 15 Chinese snipes during 1925 and 1935 to identify them.

The hillocks and marshlands in the district are hotspots for migratory birds. Mr. Rajeevan, an environmental activist, Dr. Thomas, an ophthalmologist here, and Dr. Chovva, an academic, sent the photographs to other birders to get the identity of the bird confirmed.

Cryptic plumage

Dr. Thomas said the Chinese snipe ( Gallinago megala ) was a medium-sized, skulking, wading bird with short legs and long straight bill and a cryptic plumage.

It was this plumage that enabled the snipe to remain undetected by birdwatchers and hunters in marshlands. Hunters had difficulty taking aim because of the bird’s erratic flight pattern.

Etymological link

The word sniper is said to have originated among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a sniper. The bird feeds on insect larvae, earthworms, spiders, beetles and small crustaceans, the birdwatchers said. The Chinese snipe comes to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives during winter.
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Adding shine to Vishu cheer



Adding fervour to the festive season is a host of expos and fetes selling indigenous products.

The handicrafts and handloom expo organised by the Handicrafts Development Corporation of Kerala at the Kairali showroom here is one such event.

The two-week-long fete, which began on Sunday, has for sale handloom saris from Koothampully, ‘set mundu’ sets, and dhotis, with a 10 per cent discount on all items.

Cotton carpets from Alappuzha and hammocks are the highlights of the expo, which also has summer shirts from Meerut, semi-precious stone ornaments from Hyderabad, various handicraft products, and oil and incense sticks made of sandalwood.

Statues of Lord Krishna made out of pulp and fibre, Aranmula mirrors, and brass ‘para’ and ‘kindi’ are exclusive items for the Vishu season.

The fete, which will conclude on April 13, is open on holidays too, the organisers said in a release.
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Muzhappilangad beach fest from April 12


The fifth Muzhappilangad beach fest organised under the joint auspices of Muzhappilangad grama panchayat, Swapnatheeram Tourism Information and Facility Centre, and Muzhappilangad Service Cooperative Bank, will be held from April 12 to 28.

The fest is being conducted with the support of Department of Tourism and District Tourism Promotion Council.

Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan will inaugurate the fest after a cultural procession on April 12.

Dharmadam MLA K.K. Narayanan would preside over the inauguration, the organisers informed at a press meet here on Wednesday.

A helicopter trip arranged by Bobby Chemmanur Airlines between April 16 to 21, would be the special highlight of the fest.

The fest would combine a series of entertainment and information programmes including pavilions of Indian Space Research Organisation. A health education stall by Pariyaram Medical College, amusement park, and auto expo, were also part of the beach fest.

Political and film personalities would be the guests on different days at the 17-day-long fest.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle4605005.ece
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Summer takes a toll on mango orchards

KANNUR: The summer heat has cast its shadow on mango cultivation in the state, bringing hardships to those who depend on this seasonal crop for a living. The impact is more visible in places like Muthalamada and Kollangod in Palakkad and Kuttiattoor in Kannur, which are known for mango cultivation.

"In Kuttiattoor, the average yield is 50 tonnes a year, and the yield goes up every alternate year. Since the yield was comparatively low last year, it was expected to go up this year. However, the yield has gone down to less than 10 tonnes now," said P P Krishnan, agriculture assistant in Kuttiattoor. The average annual revenue from mango in the district is nearly Rs 50 crore, of which a major share is from the region. He said the climate change had adversely affected the yield. "The untimely summer rains, the fog in February, March and also the heavy summer are casting its shadow on the mango crop in Kuttiattoor."

Farmers usually had an early bird advantage as mangoes in the state ripe before the mango season begins in other parts of the country.

The summer has also affected the quality of the crop. "Last year, we had sold varieties like Banganappally, Hima Pasand and Sindooram for good money, as we were paid up to Rs 1,300/kg based on their quality. We are not getting even half of that this season," said K Sivanandan, a mango farmer from Muthalamada.

"While the yield has come down by one-third, the mangoes are not that juicy this time due to the heavy summer and they have no demand in the market," said the farmer, who has nearly five acres of mango cultivation in Muthalamada and Kollangod. If the average revenue from an acre was around Rs 3 lakh till last season, they are not fetching even Rs 1 lakh now, he said.

The early ripening of mangoes in Tamil Nadu this time has also affected the market of mangoes from the state.
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Mango Fest in Kannur


‘Mango Fest’ will be held here from May 10 to 15 under the aegis of the Agricultural Department, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Kisan, an environmental organisation.

Organisers said at a press conference here on Tuesday that Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph would inaugurate ‘Mango Fest’ at the Kannur Municipal High School here on May 10. A painting competition would be held at the school on May 9 in connection with the festival.

Different varieties of mangoes from the State and other parts of the country would be available at the venue. Food products made of jackfruit would also be available, they said. There would be a presentation on mango culture at the venue on May 13. A mango eating competition and a quiz would also be held. Rare mango varieties would also be on display, they added.

Organising committee chairman T.O. Mohanan, Agricultural Department Assistant Director A. Savithri and ‘Kisan’ secretary M. Rathnakumar were present at the press conference.
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A wake-up call from the stage




It could put you through deep mental agony; could jolt you to protest; and even give you sleepless nights for not having responded earlier.

Irakalodu Mathramalla Samsarikendathu , a play staged by Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre on the concluding day of the summer theatre fest at the District Bank auditorium on May 16, was a slice of life itself. Life viewed from close quarters, to be precise. The success indicator was the crowd which lingered long after the curtains went down.

Monologues by six women about the oppression they were put through set the ball rolling, moments after jarring images of real-life atrocities flashed on a background screen. The shots on the screen and the onstage performers, in a simultaneous narration, raise many disturbing questions.

The play throws at your face startling facts which are usually shrugged off every time they are raised.

That includes a flawed social system, which clams up whenever sexuality is discussed, which dons a false garb of morality when groping hands in the dark squeeze out a life.

Whose pain is the worst, of the teenager who is assaulted sexually by her father or of the little girl who was killed on the premises of a place of worship?

Whose silent suffering, of the married women who put up with their partners’ abnormalities or the victim of moral policing, is more poignant?

The play does not even faintly propose any answers or solutions. That is left to the viewer.

Narrations by the female actors are in stark contrast to the on-stage collusion between the male performers. The apathetic, and sometimes provocative, actions and the consistent pleas for mercy by victims on the screen haunt the viewer for long.

Directed by M.G. Jyothish and D. Reghoothaman, the play had on stage Shylaja P., Sujatha, Parvathi T., Chinnu Kuruvila, Surabhi, Babila, Gopalan, Anil, Baiju, Pratheesh, Ajayan, Atul, and Pradeep. The show will be staged at Thrissur, Kattappana, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram on May 20, May 30, June 3 and June 12 respectively.


Play asks uncomfortable questions, brings the viewer face-to-face with the plight of today’s woman.
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