Archive for the ‘Lifestyle in Kerala’ Category

March 11th, 2013
Team @ Kerala IT

Kochi Now Houses India’s Biggest Shopping Mall


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India’s biggest shopping centre and one of Asia’s largest, the LuLu Shopping Mall, has opened in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the mall at Edappally on Sunday, March 10, 2013. The CM also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the grand opening. V. S. Achuthanandan, the Leader of the Opposition, was the chief guest of the event. Union Minister Vayalar Ravi and UAE Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikh Abdulla Al Saleh were the guests of honour.


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Union Minister Prof. K. V. Thomas launched the LuLu Loyalty Card, and the State Minister for Industries and IT P. K. Kunhalikkutty launched the LuLu Mall website. T. K. A. Nair, advisor to the Prime Minister of India, launched the mall guide. LuLu Group Managing Director M. A. Yusuff Ali welcomed the gathering, and Executive Director M. A. Ashraf Ali rendered the vote of thanks.


LuLu Mall is a 2.5 million sq ft complex in 17 acres of land and spread over three levels. The mall is complete with a full line of amenities and facilities, including a well-equipped food court serving international cuisines, coffee shops, money exchange, dine-in outlets, a 22,000 sq ft entertainment zone, a 5,000 sq ft ice rink (the first of its kind in South India), prayer halls, and baby-care centre.


The shopping mall was built on an investment of INR 1,600 crore. Parking facility is available for 3,000 cars at a time. Well-placed escalators, elevators, travelators, and walkways make it easy for shoppers, diners, and fun lovers to get from one point of the mall to another. The Marriott, a 300-room hotel, is also situated in the mall. The first McDonalds outlet in Kerala is also housed in the mall.


The mall is located at a prime location in Edappally—at the intersection of the NH 47, the NH 17, and the Kochi by-pass. It is within easy reach of almost all the landmarks and prominent facilities in Kochi, including the Cochin International Airport and railway stations.


The mall, which will feature the widest choice of world-class brands at the fairest prices, is expected to generate 8,000 direct jobs and more than 20,000 indirect job opportunities. A special area has been allocated to promote Kerala products and handicrafts.


LuLu Hypermarket, LuLu Celebrate, LuLu Connect, Westside, and PVR Cinemas are the anchor stores of the mall. Nine cinema screens with a total capacity of 2,250 seats will be opened in the mall in early April. The mall also has a 5-D cinema hall, bowling alleys, water rides, and electronic games, in addition to ATMs, money exchange counters, pharmacy, travel and holiday desk, and a Federal Bank branch.


This mall is definitely another feather on the cap to the rapidly growing Kochi. Known as the commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi is already an IT hotspot in the world map.


January 8th, 2013
Team @ Kerala IT

TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge on February 10




The growth of the IT industry in India has created a lot of employment opportunities and contributed greatly to our economy. However, one of the threats that our industry faces is the lifestyle diseases amongst the young employees. This is why TCS is organising the TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge and inviting likeminded organisations to join this event that aims at ensuring the physical fitness of IT professionals.


The purposes of the initiative are to create awareness amongst professionals on the importance of physical fitness and also to raise fund for charity.  The event is  designed in such a way as to enable each company to position their brand identity. The choice of  the charity partner will also be left to the participating companies. TCS will raise funds for the “Cochin Cancer Society,” an NGO led by the famous oncologist Dr. V. P. Ganghadharan.


Please download the event brochure and the registration form for more details.




The last date for registration is January 20, 2013.


January 5th, 2013

TPL 2013 Is On!




The 10th edition of the Technopark Premier League (TPL) Cricket Tournament has begun! Akshaya Director Bala Kiran, IAS, inaugurated the tournament on January 5, 2013. Technopark Senior Business Development Manager M. Vasudevan, Technopark CFO and T-TBI MD Dr. K. C. Chandrasekharan Nair; and Technopark HR and Admin Officer Abhilash D. S. attended the function.


129 teams will participate in the tournament this year. The matches will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, and other public holidays for the next three months.


The inaugural match was played between 3E IT Solutions and Accel Frontline Limited. 3E IT Solutions won the match.


The finals will be held during the first week of April 2013. The authorities are planning to invite Kerala Cricket Association officials as well as the celebrity Indian Cricketer Sreeshanth this year.


Source: Technopark Today

October 18th, 2012

Technopark Blood Donation Forum Organizes Camp at Tejus: Blood Donation Camp at RCC



Tejus, the blood donation forum operating out of Technopark Trivandrum, will conduct a blood donation camp at the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, on October 20.  The Tejus team will arrange free transportation from the Park and back.


The forum has been instrumental in arranging blood donors from inside the Park campus for emergency medical situations arising in the RCC and Sri Chita Medical Centre.


Techies who wish to be a part of this camp may contact or call 9961434555.


Source: TechnoparkToday


August 24th, 2012

Technopark Companies Celebrate Onam with Great Pomp and Show


Hi! Happy Onam to all of you!


I am writing from Technopark, and I bring to you the latest Onam news from India’s greenest IT park.


It is the festival season and everyone here in Technopark is in high spirits. Even the much-awaited rain that has finally come (at the most inopportune time) has not dampened anyone’s festive mood. It is a break from all those formal wears and strict dress codes. It is a time when you can wear your traditional mundu and saree to office. It is a time when you can sing and dance and make those beautiful flower carpets. And it is a time when you can actually wear flowers on your hair and walk the Park as a traditional malayalee girl, and no one would really stare at you!


So, with the 245 companies in the Park celebrating Onam on one day or the other, the last two weeks were a gala time for all the techies in the Park. While techies from within the State were busy planning the Onam celebrations (some were busy writing/drafting/mailing leave applications too) and organizing rehearsals of Onam programmes, non-Keralites were either taking part in these programmes or watching them and researching Onam on the Internet. Some were so taken to the traditional Onam attire that they were even seen taking the help of their friends to arrange for the same.


There is no doubt that all those techies clad in traditional attire do bring a new look to the beautiful and scenic Technopark campus. Every day for the last two weeks, you could see at least one hoard of techies posing for photographs in the green background of the Park.


And coming to this year’s Onam specialty . . . it is definitely “e-upperi.” The be-all-and-end-all website of the Park’s techies,, in association with GlenLear marketing services, has launched a facility where techies can order doorstep delivery of upperi and sarkara varatti. These will be made available in 500 g packets.


Techies dressed up for pulikali and as Mavelimannan (King Mahabali) are all-time attractions. Screening of short films is also part of some companies’ Onam celebrations. Accentia Technologies had organised the screening of a short film based on Ottam Thullal. In fact, screening of short films made by employees has been a specialty of Accentia’s Onam celebration for the last four years.


Thiruvathirakali, group dance, Onam songs, tug-of-war, etc. boost the festive spirit. Apart from these entertainment programmes, competitions are held to select Malayali Manka and Kerala Sreeman are also held.


The Technopark Club House is a major venue for Onam celebrations. It is hosting the celebration of at least 10 companies during August 18–27.


So, that is all from me. I am sure Kerala IT will be posting more blogs on this.


Thank you.


Reference: The New Indian Express