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[Celeb Surf with Madhu Sapre]

   Rashmi Ail

The name is:
Madhu Sapre

Claim to fame:
Model. Will be making her debut in Kaizad Gustad's Boom.

How Net savvy are you? How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10?
I find the net fascinating. I'd give myself a 5 on 10. I love writing and am forever keeping in touch with my friends all over the world. On the computer, your message reaches across in a matter of seconds. It's so easy.

What do you enjoy doing online?
I enjoy chatting with my friends. They SMS me and tell me if they liked a certain picture of mine or have read something about me. I then log on to find out what's written about me. I surf occasionally, especially if I am looking for information on something.

Now, that I am settled in Italy, the Net is also my connection to home. I want to be clued in on what's happening in Bombay and in India. Another thing I depend on the Net for is to find out which parties are being held in which corner of the world. You get all the dope on the Net -- the maps to the place, how you can buy tickets, who the DJ is... My husband and I network and plan our outings. When I was seeing my husband we were on the Net all day.

What is your daily routine like? How much time do you spend online?
In the last month and a half, I have not got the time since I am shooting for my film. Otherwise I spend two hours on the Net daily. I get up in the morning, brew my tea and log on to the Net. If my work schedule does not permit this, I log on for two hours before going to bed.

What is your idea of a perfect Web site?
Above all, it should be informative, because that is what we are looking out for in the first place.

What are your favourite sites?
I like playing backgammon. It is an amazing game on Gamezone. The empty chairs respond to your moves and there are people watching you play, who prod you on saying, "Why are you playing like that"? It is so much fun. I also like sites on music, especially trance music.

Have you ever been ego-surfing?
I'm not very much into it. Only if my friends inform me about certain items that I check it out. There are around 3000 to 6000 pages dedicated to me. Sometimes, I check out my pictures. But the flip side is that a lot of times there are nasty stupid things written about you. If 80 per cent of the info is correct, 20 per cent is not. So, I don't like to waste time and energy brooding over that. Yes, if it is a proper interview I read it.

Is there something you would like to buy or sell online?
No. I've never bought anything online. I don't like giving out my credit card number online.

What is your favourite Web-based gadget?
I like laptops but I love the video camera. You get to view the faces and expressions of the people at the other end. I have a computer with speaker phones attached for long distance chat calls. My husband recently mailed me clippings of him working in the office and other snapshots of him. That was so cool.

What do you like the most about the Internet?
It's very important for me to be in touch with my family and friends who truly love me. I have friends in Chicago, who I don't get to meet in person. I'm so happy that, thanks to the Net, I get to strike a dialogue with them at a very low cost. I love to read and there is so much information out there that you can avail of the moment you want it.

What do you hate about the Internet?
Hacking. People are privy to your personal stuff and so many complications arise due to this.

Have you ever chatted with strangers? Did you tell them who you are?
I hate chatting with strangers. The person does not even know you and he can say anything to you. That is weird. I prefer chatting with friends.

Any strange experience online?
No. I have not got into any strange situations because I don't chat with strangers. Though I have been invited many times, I always avoid it.

Is there any one celebrity you would love to chat with online?
Tom Cruise.

If you could change anything about the Internet, what would it be?
I wish the computer screen would be more like that of a television set, where you could watch the other person clearly and even view his expressions. It should be like a movie, you should be able to take in everything - the person typing as well as his surroundings. Today, unless you have a Web camera that's not possible.

If the Net didn't exist, you would be...
A little handicapped.

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