The money spinners...Byline: ANDREW RODRIGUES
The truth is that most of us believe that one day we have to face the Creator, who will be seated on the judgement seat and we will have to account for the kind of lives we enjoyed on planet Earth!
For some it is a myth and some a divine belief. It is the Judgement Day!
In Mumbai, some go through this 'judgement' in reality.
Not with the Creator but with the creative team who have devised a reality show called Sacch Ka Saamna (Facing the Truth).
In fact, this is the Indian version of the popular American reality show The Moment of Truth. We are told that the show is based on a format owned by Howard Schultz This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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There are six levels of prize money in the game, in which a contestant must answer all the questions.
The final level has only one question, with the truthful answer fetching fetch·ing
Very attractive; charming: a fetching new hairstyle.
fetching·ly adv. a whopping 10,000,000 rupees (BD78,800) in prize money.
India is not really reeling under the pressure of economic recession. It's a happening place, mostly in the cities. The entertainment segment in Mumbai is always buzzing with activity.
When it comes to financial crisis, business pundits know how to turn it around.
Take swine flu swine flu
A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine. , for example. We witnessed this fear live.
People feared to tread outdoors. All educational institutions in Mumbai came to a grinding halt for a week and even the cineplexes were closed for three days.
Swine flu deaths hogged the limelight in local dailies so much so that the first three pages were full of suggested ways to tackle the virulent vir·u·lent
1. Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous. Used of a disease or toxin.
2. Capable of causing disease by breaking down protective mechanisms of the host. Used of a pathogen.
But amid this rumpus and drought the economy has not dwindled, with pundits making gains on the pretext of curbing swine flu.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is making a killing on Tamiflu. By the end of the year, it expects to rake in rake in
Informal to acquire (money) in large amounts
Verb 1. rake in - earn large sums of money; "Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in"
shovel in [pounds sterling]1.2 billion (around BD753,000) globally through its sales.
It's not only pharmaceuticals who have struck it rich, but pharmacies too on sales of face masks, liquid hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial hand washes, immunity builders, surface cleaners and vitamin tablets, sales of which have reportedly soared in Mumbai, Pune and other cities in India This is a list of cities in India - * indicates capital cities of states of India. A
Anyone suffering from even a normal cough and cold too scares everyone around them and as the number of H1N1 cases continues to rise in India, every fourth person is carrying the question: "Will I be next?".
On our annual vacation, we initially managed to relax and enjoy every culinary delight, but had reserved our latter days for our children to visit the our favourite childhood sight-seeing spots, namely the Taraporevala Aquarium, Hanging Gardens, Gateway of India The Gateway of India (Marathi:भारताचे प्रवेशद्वार) is a monument in Mumbai, India. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, the Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres high. , etc.
They were also keen to visit the badly mauled 26/11 terrorists' target site - the Taj Mahal Taj Mahal (täzh məhäl`, täj məhŭl`), mausoleum, Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, N India, on the Yamuna River. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Hotel, but couldn't fulfil their wishes for being indoors due to the deadly swine flu disease.
If reports are to be believed, H1N1 cases will soar even further during winter and plans are underway to tap the Western Ghats Western Ghats, mts., India: see Ghats. in India, where they have discovered the (herbal) answer to Tamiflu.
We eagerly made our return timely, by escaping to Bahrain!
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