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Arun Ferreira back in Bandra

After more than 4 traumatic years, 2012 got the Ferreira family together again in their flat situated at St. Martin’s Road, Bandra (West). Early January saw a ray of hope for alleged Naxalite, Arun Ferreira, when he was free to go home to his family. It must have been a joy just being together, after all his never-ending experiences. When Bandra Buzz contacted his mother Yvonne, she replied, “Please let us spend some quality time together. Arun will be available for a press conference in a couple of days”. Arun Fereira is an ex-Stanislite, a Bandra boy who comes from a noble & religious family. All these years, his father Thomas, when visiting his son at Nagpur Central Jail, was only allowed to speak to him through bars, wire mesh and constant supervision. Arun used to tell him, “Daddy you know me. Do you believe what the police say about the crimes I committed? ”. At other times he told his dad that he has never been to the places where the police alleged that he has committed a crime. The charges framed have nothing whatsoever to do with him. He claimed total innocence The continuous and brutal initial interrogation, torture and narco-analysis have caused Arun much harm. The physical manifestations were headaches, hair loss and stomach-related ailments. With God’s grace, he survived all this to be re-united again with his supportive family. Gordon D’Souza, BCS President, says: “We support Arun Ferreira's petition for a compensation of

Rs. 25 lakhs for subjecting him to torture and depriving him of his freedom for close to five years. This is a small price considering the immense suffering he has undergone due to the wrongful confinement and torture by the police. At the end of it all, he is acquitted and we are sure he will be acquitted in the remaining two cases that were slapped on his recently. Someone has to pay a price for this. The Government has to take responsibility and pay the compensation”. Deepa, Tamseel, Surendran, Avijit and the Change.org team were estatic at his release. They proudly say: “We won! Arun Ferreira has just been released from jail and can finally enjoy freedom with his friends and family. Thanks to you, a human rights advocate that was jailed for standing up for the rights of people across India is free after four years in police custody. Father Cedric Prakash launched the campaign on Change.org just 3 months ago knowing that he was taking on state authorities that have locked up thousands of human rights activists in the past. But something incredible happened. More than 6,400 people joined the campaign on Change.org -politicians, prominent public figures and the St. Xavier’s college of Mumbai all backed the campaign, creating a groundswell of support that the authorities couldn’t ignore. The police had arrested Arun on ten false charges and were determined to keep him behind bars. But as public support for Ferreira grew, one

allegation after another was dropped by police. And just this week the court granted him bail, slapping a compensation charge of 25 lakhs on the state authorities over the wrongful arrest. Today, finally, Arun is home with his parents, wife and kids. After his release Arun sent through this message to all of you who signed the petition: “Thank you for your support, it feels good to come back home and eat mom’s home-cooked food.” Arun, the Ferreira family and Father Prakash will all be celebrating today -- and you should be too. You’ve demonstrated the extraordinary power of individuals to start campaigns about issues that matter to them -- unifying the community and winning change. It is an important victory -- not only for Ferreira, but because authorities have been watching this situation closely. They’ll be more conscious than ever before in infringing on the human rights of people across the country. But there’s a lot more to do in the fight against human rights abuses in India. If there’s something that you want to change in your community, it’s easy -- you can start your own campaign on Change.org by clicking here: http://www.change.org/start-a-petition. Thanks again for your support.” Bandra Buzz welcomes Arun back to Bandra, supporting him - with total faith that ‘Truth will always prevail’. Bandra Buzz Team

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January 2012 | Vol. III Issue 1 | Published Monthly

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Arun Ferreira back in Bandra

After more than 4 traumatic years, 2012 got the Ferreira family together again in their flat situated at St. Martin’s Road, Bandra (West). Early January saw a ray of hope for alleged Naxalite, Arun Ferreira, when he was free to go home to his family. It must have been a joy just being together, after all his never-ending experiences. When Bandra Buzz contacted his mother Yvonne, she replied, “Please let us spend some quality time together. Arun will be available for a press conference in a couple of days”. Arun Fereira is an ex-Stanislite, a Bandra boy who comes from a noble & religious family. All these years, his father Thomas, when visiting his son at Nagpur Central Jail, was only allowed to speak to him through bars, wire mesh and constant supervision. Arun used to tell him, “Daddy you know me. Do you believe what the police say about the crimes I committed? ”. At other times he told his dad that he has never been to the places where the police alleged that he has committed a crime. The charges framed have nothing whatsoever to do with him. He claimed total innocence The continuous and brutal initial interrogation, torture and narco-analysis have caused Arun much harm. The physical manifestations were headaches, hair loss and stomach-related ailments. With God’s grace, he survived all this to be re-united again with his supportive family. Gordon D’Souza, BCS President, says: “We support Arun Ferreira's petition for a compensation of

Rs. 25 lakhs for subjecting him to torture and depriving him of his freedom for close to five years. This is a small price considering the immense suffering he has undergone due to the wrongful confinement and torture by the police. At the end of it all, he is acquitted and we are sure he will be acquitted in the remaining two cases that were slapped on his recently. Someone has to pay a price for this. The Government has to take responsibility and pay the compensation”. Deepa, Tamseel, Surendran, Avijit and the Change.org team were estatic at his release. They proudly say: “We won! Arun Ferreira has just been released from jail and can finally enjoy freedom with his friends and family. Thanks to you, a human rights advocate that was jailed for standing up for the rights of people across India is free after four years in police custody. Father Cedric Prakash launched the campaign on Change.org just 3 months ago knowing that he was taking on state authorities that have locked up thousands of human rights activists in the past. But something incredible happened. More than 6,400 people joined the campaign on Change.org -politicians, prominent public figures and the St. Xavier’s college of Mumbai all backed the campaign, creating a groundswell of support that the authorities couldn’t ignore. The police had arrested Arun on ten false charges and were determined to keep him behind bars. But as public support for Ferreira grew, one

allegation after another was dropped by police. And just this week the court granted him bail, slapping a compensation charge of 25 lakhs on the state authorities over the wrongful arrest. Today, finally, Arun is home with his parents, wife and kids. After his release Arun sent through this message to all of you who signed the petition: “Thank you for your support, it feels good to come back home and eat mom’s home-cooked food.” Arun, the Ferreira family and Father Prakash will all be celebrating today -- and you should be too. You’ve demonstrated the extraordinary power of individuals to start campaigns about issues that matter to them -- unifying the community and winning change. It is an important victory -- not only for Ferreira, but because authorities have been watching this situation closely. They’ll be more conscious than ever before in infringing on the human rights of people across the country. But there’s a lot more to do in the fight against human rights abuses in India. If there’s something that you want to change in your community, it’s easy -- you can start your own campaign on Change.org by clicking here: http://www.change.org/start-a-petition. Thanks again for your support.” Bandra Buzz welcomes Arun back to Bandra, supporting him - with total faith that ‘Truth will always prevail’. Bandra Buzz Team

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55th Maha Parinivan Day

On 6th December around 12pm (midnight) around 200 residents of Sheryl Rajan Road, Bandra gathered in front of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhimrao Baba Saheb Ambedkar statue to pay humble homage to their belowed leader - the great visionary and architect of the Indian constitution Dr. B.R Ambedkar. People garlanded the photo, lit candles in front of the the photo, kept two mins silence, followed by a Buddhist prayer service, with people chanting bhajans and hymns. The prayer service lasted for about an hour. After that most of the people proceeded towards Chaity Bhoomi at Shivaji Park (Dadar) where Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was

cremated. Every year around 4-5 lakh people come from all over the country, wearing white clothes and carry blue flags in their hands, to pay homage Dr. B.R Ambedkar on his death anniversary. Chaitya Bhoomi is a place of pilgrimage to the Buddhists. Many universities are named after him, such as Dr. Baba saheb Ambedkar Open Unversity in Hyderabad, Dr Ambedkar Law University, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Baba Ambedkar International airport in Nagpur, Dr Ambedkar Govt. Law College in Chennai and Mumbai. Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road is situated in Pali, Bandra (West). Sir Minaz

Muharram in Bandra

Muharram is observed very solemnly in Bandra in a very big way, with religious discourses (Majlis or Waaz) at different places, Tazias being kept and its procession being taken out. We interviewed Islamic Scholar Maulana Abid Bilgrami, who gave sermons to the largest gathering in Bandra at Rizvi College - and got some interesting insights about Muharram. Q: Why do Muslims Celebrate Muharram? A: Muharram is the first month of Islamic calendar. Islam is perhaps the only religion in which new year begins not with festivities but with mourning, because of the matyrdom of the prophet's beloved grandson Iman Hussain on the 10th day of Muharram (called Ashura)

tain principles like honesty, humanity,freedom from oppresive goverement corruption, independence of though and right to protect against treachery etc. Hence it is considered a universal message fought on behalf of mankind. Q: In what way does this message helps in building character? A: As mentioned, in reply to an earlier question, the message is to rise against injustice, cruelty, oppresion, treachery... Hence it makes people understand that to accept injustice without raising your voice against it is like accepting it. This makes one's character strong.

Islamic scholar Maulana Abid Bilgrami giving Q: Why is Muharram's message considered to a sermon at a Moharram Majli's at Rizvi Colbe universal? lege, Bandra. A: Iman (leader) Hussain's war against the then evil 'Yazid' was not for power, but for cerSir Minaz

NEWS

Dev Anands Memorial Service

A memorial service for Dev Anand, who passed away following a cardiac arrest at the Washington May Fair Hotel in London at the age of 88 on December 3rd, was held at Mehboob Studio, Hill Road. His death came just months after the release of his last film 'Charge Sheet'. Mr Dev Anand was reportedly in London for a medical check up, at the time of his death. Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand, better known as Dev Anand (born on 26/9/1923) died (3/12/2011) was an outstanding actor, writer, director & producer - well known for his work in Hindi cinema. Dev saab was offered the lead role in Prabhat films 'Hum ek Hain' (1946) a film about

Hindu-Muslim Unity. It was a full house at Mehboob studio in Bandra on Friday, as everyone who is someone from Bolly wood turned up to pay their last respect to actor Dev Anand. Actors like Hema Malini, Bobby Deol, Aamir Khan, Tina Ambani, Prem Chopra, Vinod Khanna and many more were present at the memorial. Condolences kept pouring in from all the corners of the world, with most of them remembering his positive attitude towards life. Dev Anand's son Suniel Anand with his mother and sister were present at the memorial service. Bandra Buzz condoles Dev Anand's death. Ashok Patil

REUNIONS

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Bond of Boys 2012

by Gini Dassan

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St. Josephs Reunion: Memories and Moments Relived

In case of theft what should a person do ? Firstly, call the service provider and get your number de-activated, so that it cannot be misused. Then in case you have installed any mobile tracking software, try and locate your mobile phone (please note that a lot of mobile companies have in-built mobile trackers, however the user has to simply activate it - which a majority of the people don't do). My mobile keeps saying "MEMORY LOW DELETE SOME DATA" inspite of me having a 8GB memory card? There are two types of memories: Phone Memory & Memory Card Sometimes our data gets stored in the phone memory and exhausts the phone memory completely. This results in the phone slowing down completely and hampering even basic operations. As a principle, we should always store data in the memory card which will result in the phone working much faster. Especially MEDIA FILES like, images, videos, music, etc should always be on the card.

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St Stanislaus High School celebrates its annual alumni reunion “Bond of Boys” on Sunday, 15 January 2012, from 7:30 pm onwards, in the school backyard lawns. This annual dinner brings together the most valuable teachers of St Stanislaus with their students. Students also look forward to reconnecting with their batch mates from school. As Fr. Jude Fernandes - the principal says, "I look forward to meeting many of you in person along with your families. Please mark these dates in your diary and make sure you are present with your family. Your presence will add a flavour of nostalgia to our celebrations". The evening is set to be filled with fun, networking and reviving old memories. Donor Passes at Rs 100 each are available at the SSESA Office Tel :2640 1799, or Bandra Medical or Hill Road Cleaners (Opp. Mehboob Studio). For more information email: mc@stanislites.org Brian

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On the night of 18th December 2011, memories were both relieved and rekindled when over 350 ex- students from St Joseph’s Convent came together on their school grounds for a school reunion. The reunion which was organized by Sister Bindi - the school principal and others, saw ex-students of different age groups varying from 16 to 80 present in full attendance. The night began with a wonderful march pass where each student marched along with the ‘house’ they belonged to in school. There were four different houses and the head girls of yesteryear lead each of the houses as they marched across the school grounds. At the entrance of the school ground every ex student could pose for photos in cardboard cut outs of girl’s in the St Joseph’s uniforms. There was also a beautiful ‘look back’ at the school’s history through an array of photographs lined across the school walls. There was also a game stall that kept all those in attendance thoroughly entertained. The event was hosted by Jenny Martins and

Alison Dutt and their mixture of charismatic wit, along with a hint of naughtiness left all those present in splits. There were tons of activities lined up through the night from spot prizes for those ex-students that came to the event wearing their school badge to karaoke that everyone dutifully participated in. One of the most memorable moments of the night was when all those present, from the school principal to the ex-students joined together to sing their evergreen school anthem. Another strong point of the night was when Sister Ann Henrita enlightened all those present about the history of the school and how it was one of the first educational institutions in Bandra. The night ended with a scrumptious dinner and as the ex-students were leaving the school each of them was filled with both embarrassment as they were reminded of what were they were in school and also a sense of excitement , for when the next re-union would take place. Sasha Dutt

Apostolic Carmel : 3rd Alumni Reunion

Retired teacher, Mrs. Violet Nunes lighting the inaugural lamp along with Principal, Sr. PearlAnne, Manager, Sr. Thelma and Sr. Benita

Singing the School Song – ‘A Happy Band’

The 3rd Reunion of the Apostolic Carmel High School was organised by the Apostolic Carmel Alumni Bandra (ACAB) on 30th December, 2011 on the school grounds. Around 230

first alumni newsletter, ACAB – Yesterday, spanning the past 60 years activities of the Today, Tomorrow. She also announced that School. In the next two years a Junior College the Diamond Jubilee year 2012-2013 would will also emerge on the same premises. see the release of a commemorative volume Anjali

Alumni got together to bond and reminisce their youthful days on the very premises that shaped them into what they are today. Sr. Pearl-Anne the present Principal launched the

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- Letters to the Editor BMC Elections Municipal elections are round the corner and it is the electorate that really matters. We should come out and vote because it concerns us. Time and again the majortiy of voters are migrants, who have their own interest while casting their votes. How can one varify if their names have been deleted from their home place. Dual voting isagainst the law. They vote for those who promise to perpetuate slums and illegal colonies. The middle class has made itself irrelevent politically. Politcal parties dont appeal to them. Cast you vote for the right candidate and restore Mumbai to its glory. It has become a city of corruption in every step you take.; A stringent law to punish the bribe giver and receiver with hefty fines and even jail terms, is the need of the hour. What is lawful in print must be executed. In these circunstances, are these elected representatives the real voice of the people? Desmond Pereira ....................................................... Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations I came across the December, 2011 edition of Bandra Buzz - and I being a Sikh noticed the news bearing heading “Guru Nanak Jayanti Celebrations”. Firstly, I appreciate your effort to connect communities in Bandra and highlight the religious and social events of Bandra. I am sure you would agree with me that each religious following has its own traditions and articles of faith which must be correctly pronounced. In your writings under the above mentioned, you mentioned the words “From Left to Right Prayer Service – L to R – Mr. Kuldip Singh, Priest Gyani Arjun Singh Ji (with Broom) and a devotee” I am writing to you in relation to your mention ‘with broom’ which prompted me to advise and educate you, as I do not expect every non Sikh to know everything about the Sikh faith. As such, I need to point it out to you that the priest who is fanning “Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji” is doing so with a “ Chaur Sahib” and it is not called a ‘broom’. “Chaur Sahib ji” has a great respect and significance in the Sikh religious tradition and as far as I know there is no English word for this. “Chaur Sahib ji” is a ‘Gurumukhi’ word, hence probably never been translated. It is my humble effort to point it out to you

for your future reference the correct word and I would be available to you, should you desire to have any clarifications and assistance, while writing any article on Sikh traditions. Please do not misunderstand me as I am not doubting your or your staff's professional capabilities in their respective profession . Though I am not an expert on all the SIKH matters but being a Sikh I have read a lot on my traditions hence feel capable to an extent. Once again your effort in publishing Bandra local news is well appreciated. Narinder Jit Singh ....................................................... Reply to comments by Mrs. Pauline Fernandes. I completely do not agree with the comment what is given by Mrs.Pauline Fernandes. I clearly know each and every thing about the surroundings of the area since I am just staying a house away from the shop mentioned by Mrs.Pauline Fernandes. She says that the shortcut to Uncle Tom's shop is from Our Lady of Vailankanni Grotto. She says that she is an old resident of the area, but it looks like she has lost her memory, If she says that she has stayed in the gaothan, has she forgotten that there was a lane behind the cross i.e. between 3 Rajan (Barny Villa) and 4 Rajan (now Noorie house). Also, if she says that it was a shortcut to Uncle Tom's house, as per what I know where she stays - the shorter way to go to Uncle Tom's shop is via Stardust building or from the by-lane of Gannet building and Sushi Cottage and not from Our Lady of Vaiankanni Grotto to Uncle Tom's shop. When she talks about Mr.Francis Gonsalves, she should also know that if he has campaigned to get down the illegal structures of the gaothan, he should see the illegal structures that he has built himself i.e. Edbern Clinic, 20ft I-Beam structure on which stands his water tank, the back Kitchen area encroached, the bike parking area, the Flower Bed which has narrowed the lane and above all this, he runs a Hostel which mostly he gives to foreign origin (females only). I just don't understand why Mrs.Pauline Fernandes is targetting Mr. Stephen Noronha and supporting Francis - who himself has done so many illegal things in and around his premises. Kapil Bhatia

EDITORIAL

2012 - New Beginnings Dear readers, Here we are, another year ahead of us with hope for new beginnings. A time to make or break resolutions that can change the course of our lives, depending on the decisions we make. This is the ideal time to start actions that will fulfill our vision, taking us to new levels in our lives. Your continued support has spurred us to new heights. We have re-started accepting subscriptions. For more info, please e-mail: bandrabuzz@gmail.com With the BMC elections around the corner, we will focus on guiding our readers to make an informed decision. As always, our approach will be un-biased. Your precious vote can change Bandra. And we desperately need a better Bandra. So, please use your fundamental right wisely. Cool wintery winds are the ideal setting for annual socials, weddings & other events. Many schools around Bandra have had their alumni re-unions - where the air is filled with nostalgia.This is the prime time to meet family & friends who have returned home for a holiday. We have Mahasankranti - the festival of kites, Repuplic Day - when patriotic feelings go sky high and then Gandhi’s assasination - the day that saw Gandhiji shot, with his last words, “Hey Ram” still on his lips. Let’s start 2012 with a good note - and maintain the tempo, even improving it, in the months ahead. Wishing you a great year ahead !

Regards, Merck D’Silva Editor-in-Chief The opinions expressed in this paper belong to the authors only, and do not reflect the opinion of the publishers and editors, unless otherwise stated. Readers should act on the information provided only after consulting with their own independent advisors, and the publishers and editors of this paper shall be in no way held responsible for any such action, or consequences thereof.

{we} + {you} = Bandra Buzz We, at Bandra Buzz try our best to bring you all of Bandra’s news that’s fit to print. But we can’t do it alone! We need YOU. You don’t need a formal writing background to become a writer for Bandra Buzz. If you’ve ever written an essay or posted on a blog then you’ve already got experience! We’re looking for good writers to cover LOCAL NEWS. If you routinely contribute quality content, we’ll even consider bringing you on as a full fledged writer! We’d love to have your feedback, opinions, local civic problems, recipes and anything else you’d be willing to post in a thoughtful and interesting way. Shoot us an email on bandrabuzz@gmail.com if you’d like to write for us or just have a news tip you feel we’ve missed. We look forward to reading your content soon!

CIVIC NEWS

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ALM meeting at BMC conference hall The Minutes of the H/West Ward ALMs Meeting The TPS III citizens’ group requested that the held at the BMC Conference Hall on 14th Oc- mound of garbage at the 14th – 33rd road junction be lifted. The collection of garbage tober, 2011, are as under: on the road to Chuim village was also to be The meeting was chaired by Mr. Kiran lifted. The DMC assured that clean up MarAchrekar, DMC Zone III along with Asst. MC Mr. shalls will be put on the coastline spots, where Sunil Dhamne. It was attended by Councillors hand cart pullers were dumping debris on the Asif Zakaria, Kavita Rodricks, Rahebar Khan, coast line reclaiming land and altering the Ward officials and 63 members. Those present coastline. The DMC promised to put cleanup were requested to sign the muster and also marshals at the spot. mention their email addresses to facilitate future BMC communication with the ALM mem- Hawkers The issue of encroachments on footpaths on bers. was raised eg. Pali Naka , Veronica Road. In The ALM members welcomed the new Asst. MC fact Kalyan Kendra was concerned that the Mr. Sunil Dhamne and assured him full co-op- setback given to the BMC may also get miseration by ALMs in H/West ward, in solving used. The DMC opined that a meeting of the shopcivic problems of the area. keepers association which had volunteered to maintain pavements in front of their shops The Agenda - Discussed & Decided: would be called to discuss the matter of mainWater Water shortage was reported from some areas. taining the footpaths outside their shops. The Department officials said it was due to recent road behind Avabai Petit School that had below pressure in the supply lines. Kavita Ro- come a cause for nuisance with hawkers, dricks (W.No.95) stressed the need for ‘chabli- parked cars and anti-social elements using it valas’ to strictly follow the timings for water freely since no one maintained it. Councilor Asif Zakaria (W.No.96) explained that the BMC release. would take up its maintenance if and when this road was legally handed over the road to Restaurants Restauratns with no ‘Grease Traps’ to drain off BMC. the solid waste from entering the drains were now listed and residents gave a few more Any Other Matter: Report from Traffic Dept. names. Mr. Acherekar assured that a compre- A report on traffic issues was received from hensive list will be ready to take up the issue. traffic-in-charge - Bandra division, Inspector Vijayalakshmi. The report mentioned the following points: Sewage in Storm water Drains The issue of sewage from slums coming into Storm water Drains was discussed and a list of Action Taken i) Garages near St. Elias School had been issuch spots was given to the BMC. sued notices to cancel license. ii) proposal accepted for fixing traffic signs on Stalls selling Tobacco Products In the matter of stalls selling tobacco products electric poles. within 100 meters of educational institutions iii) No parking boards to be put up outside - the display signs of tobacco products had schools been removed, but these continued to be iv) St. John’s Road to be made ‘One Way’, East sold. ‘Gutka’ sales also continued because it to West , near Gold Gym. was not included in the outdated list of clauses in the Act. The DMC promised to insert Proposed Action i) For pedestrian crossing, white paver blocks this clause. should be used instead of the paint ii) Illegal kiosks and eateries to be monitored Solid Waste Management A recent press coverage said that ‘H’ West on Linking Road Ward had the highest dry waste collection. iii) Cars parked on pavements to be towed This was appreciated and also the conversion away of wet waste generated during festivals into iv) Rickshaw stands to be regulated manure was well noted. The following points v) proposed to redirect the bus route from entering 20th Road, given by Mrs. Kavita Roemerged from the discussion: dricks to the BEST a) How many premises were into segregation vi) One side parking on Tagore Road, Sanof wet and dry waste, followed with their sep- tacruz suggested vii) penalties for traffic offences should be increased arate disposal? viii) BEST to instruct drivers to keep buses in b) ALM members were requested to give extreme left lane names of buildings in their areas that were ix) BMC to trim tree branches that obstruct NOT following the 2 Bin Policy. The phone traffic signals. number of Zamir Khan - the head of the cleanup marshals was given to the gathering. Res- Councillor Rahebar Khan (W. No. 91) menidents wanted a BMC Circular to increase tioned that since the police department was awareness for participation of more premises under the State Government, any such issues in Waste Management. There was a sugges- regarding traffic should be taken to the Legtion for BMC vehicles (mukkadams) not to ac- islative Assembly by the local MLA. cept non-segregated garbage. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to c) The Peter Dias road ALM requested for the Chair. Bharati Kakkad garbage bins to be placed at the slum pocket.

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Each year, bureaucrats devise new ways to deny or delay information to RTI applicants, who need to cross an ever-increasing number of hurdles to get it. And Mr. Leslie Almeida DOPT ( Govt. of India ) RTI certified grade A, devises new ways to twist and turn and frame queries, so information cannot be denied. Hurdles can be as small as the public information officer (PIO) not listing the name of the 1st appellate authority in an RTI reply. It is binding on the PIO to state the name of the appellate authority in a reply, so that the applicant knows who to appeal - if he or she is not satisfied with the PIO's reply . But many government bodies hardly follow this norm. It is therefore better that in ‘information sought’ to write and ask for the name. designation & address of 1st appellate authority. Please note: "It is binding on the PIO to state the name of the appellate authority in a reply, so that the applicant knows who to appeal, if he or she is not satisfied with the PIO's reply . But, because many government bodies hardly follow this norm, the pendency of RTI appeals is rising steadily and the 2nd appeal takes about a year to come up. However, perseverance pays.

How to file an RTI Application 1 ) File the RTI application as per format. 2) The PIO has to give information within 30 days 3) If you do not get information within 30 days, File a 1st appeal within 30 days of non-receipt, or If you are not satisfied with PIO’s reply 4) 1st Appellant authority will give a hearing within a month. The Applicant is not bound to go for hearing, as it can be passed on merits 5) An order will be passed by 1st appellate authority 6) If not satisfied with 1st appellates order file 2nd appeal before State Information commissioner or Central information officer within 90 days, all info on state Govt. to SIC, all info on central Govt, eg: central govt offices like Govt banks, LIC etc To CIC Delhi ( when hearing comes up, you should go and argue your case, although it os not deemed necessary to go for hearing as SIC/CIC can pass orders on merits of the case.) For RTI State Applications affix Rs 10 court fee stamp, 1st appeal Rs 20 court fee stamp & 2nd appeal affix 20 Rs court fee stamp, - RTI Central Govt Rs 10 cash, demand draft, or Postal order (cheque) 1st appeal and 2nd appeal no charges ( free )

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Shelar inaugurates NIJ Thanw Chowk

On 10th Dec 2011, Municipal Councillor Ashish Shelar inaugurated Nij Thanw Chowk at 9th Road, TPS III, Behind Oriental Residency,Khar (West). The founder Punya Dada Chellaram and more than 200 well-wishers were present for the event.

This was followed by lunch for all at Niraguna Balik Satsang Mandal. This is a prayer hall used by the Sindhi community for ‘Chautha’, after the death of a person. Dheeraj Tejnani

2nd Annual Crib Competition

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Mega Medical Camp has 1800 beneficiaries

A Mega Medical Camp was organized by Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust along with Lions Clubs International Dist 323 A3 on Sunday 11th December, 2011 at Bandra Municipal Urdu School, Awami High School. The Chief Guest of the function was Shri Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, ( Hon’ble Union Health Minister) & Shri Suresh Shetty, (Hon’ble Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra State). The camp was also attended by Shri Baba Siddique (MLA) Shri Kripashankar Singh (MLA), Shri Krishna Hedge (MLA) The camp consisted of various checkups like General, Blood Group, CBC, Eye, Dental,

Pediatric, Gynecologist, and ECG. Doctors from Sion and KEM Hospital also attended the camp. Dr. Zahra also conducted a few Oral Cancer detections on the patients that highly impressed Shri GHulam Nabi Azad. There were more than 1800 beneficiaries to the camp. It was observed that most of the patients were predominantly females suffering from Respiratory Disorders, Stomach Infections, Upper throat Infections. They were given free medication and also referred to Municipal Hospitals for follow up treatment. Ellahe Meherazar

Raja inaugurates improvement scheme at Kadeshwari

The 2nd Annual Crib Competition was organised in the Bandra West Assembly Constituency by Shri Baba Siddique (M.L.A). It was held between 25th December 2011 & 30th December 2011. Smt Priya Dutt will be the Chief Guest for the Prize Distribution which is yet to be announced.

(3rd) and St. Jude's Project from Waroda Road (3rd), and 3) INSTITUTIONAL : which had around 10 participants - and the winners were Society of St. Paul from 23rd Road (1st) , Shanti Avedna (Sr. Aquila Chittatil) from Mount Mary (2nd) and The Bandra Gymkhana from St. Andrews Road (3rd).

The Crib Competition was divided into three categories:

Each Crib was judged on the basis of a biblical message (Christmas message), creativity , design etc. Brother Joshan of St.Anne’s Parish and Mrs. Patricia Furtado were the judges for Institutional and Community Cribs and Mr. Cornel K.Gonsalves and Mrs. Naomi Fernandes were the judges for the Individual Cribs. This year the no of entries were 73, as compared to last year - which was around 63, which shows that more and more people are taking part. Shakil Kasmani

Individual : which had around 40 participants and the winners were Tracy Gonsalves from Chimbai (1st ), Wency Gomes from Bandra Bazaar road (2nd) and Savio Alex D'Souza from Sherly Rajan (3rd). Community : which had around 23 participants - and the winners were Sea Side Cross Community from Chimbai (1st), Rajan Zodiac boys from Sherly Rajan (2nd), and a tie between Agna Square boys from Waroda Road

Improvement and construction of new Storm Water Drains, Footpaths and Asphalt Road has started at Kadeshwari Road. On Friday, 2nd Dec 2011 at 11am, a small symbolic opening ceremony marked the start of work for improvement and construction at Kadeshwari Road with new Storm Water Drains, Footpaths and Asphalt Road from Gulnar Society to Ganesh Mandir. This work is being carried out with the combined sincere efforts of local Municipal Councillor of Ward No. 97, Mr. Khan Rahebar ( Raja ), the local ALM’s of Kadeshwari Road and St. John Baptist Road and local residents. This

work is being done by the Central Agency Road’s Department ( BMC ). The work will take minimum 3 months to complete and the Municipal Councillor has sent greetings for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year - and has requested the citizens to bear the little difficulties arising due to the development work. If you have any queries or suggestions, contact Sub Engineer Road Department Mr. Aasudhani on Mob No. 98201 51534 or your Municipal Councillor Khan Rahebar ( Raja ) 98694 10207. Ganesh Mane

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Health is true Wealth Our festive week of Christmas & New year parties, where bonding with family & friends accompanied by food & beverages resulted in added inches around our waist is now just happy memories. Sharing experiences, dancing, seeing an old flame, meeting someone after ages - are perfect settings that created cheer. The sorpotel, vindalo, roast, tiger prawns, lobsters, turkey... were so inviting. Rich cake, sweets, were so tempting. The cool weather added to our appetite. And the ambience seduced us, as merry spirit flows freely... But, little do we realise how our health gets hit from toxins caused by this type of diet. As we start 2012 with thoughts & actions of 'new beginnings' - an action plan to neutralize the toxin build-up in our system is imperative. However, our new year resolutions can collapse if our zest for life diminishes due to health issues. So, what has happened & what do we do about it ? More than 80% of our ailments start in the digestive system. Our digestive system is made up of the digestive tract—a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus—and other organs in between, that help the body break down and absorb our food. Several factors affect emptying of the stomach, including the kind of food and the degree of muscle action of the emptying stomach and the small intestine. Carbohydrates, for example, spend the least amount of time in the stomach, while protein stays in the stomach

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tines and reduces the nutrient absorption process. In time, this solidifies to fill the villi crevices. As more food passes, the ability to absorb nutrition needed for energy to the various vital organs is near zero. This causes a nutrition deficiency - starting with loss of your zest for life - and eventually leading to various ailments, some even fatal. The need to detoxify Hence, we need a way of cleansing out these toxic deposits, so that our God-given process of digestion is retained, resulting in better health. Our body needs all the nutrition that our foods provide for maintenance & energy. Forget about those 'tired' times that seemed endless.

longer, and fats the longest. As the food dissolves into the juices from the pancreas, liver, and intestine, the contents of the intestine are mixed and pushed forward to allow further digestion. Absorption and transport of nutrients Most digested molecules of food, as well as water and minerals, are absorbed through the small intestine. The mucosa of the small intestine contains many folds that are covered with tiny finger- like projections called villi. In turn,

Now, what do we do about this important issue? This toxic build-up is the result of our eating habits and the toxic city air that we breathe. Water has little or no effect to break this down. We need to have an 'internal bath' to wash off this devilish grime that's robbing us of our health. There are various ways - some very unsafe - to detoxify. Let's not get into those. A 100% natural and safe way to cleanse & nourish your body internally is the real answer to a healthier you. We maintain our cars, airconditioners, computers... but fail to maintain the only God-given body we will ever have ourselves! Yes, take time out to create a healthier you - now, or you will be forced sooner or later to lie suffering in some hospital bed. The choice is yours...

the villi are covered with microscopic projections called micro-villi. These structures create a vast surface area through which nutrients can be absorbed. Specialized cells allow absorbed materials to cross the mucosa into the blood, where they are carried off in the bloodstream to other parts of the body for storage or further chemical change. This part of the process varies with different types of nutrients. If you just can't wait - and want to know more, As we eat merrily ( Do minute ka maja - jindagi e-mail: now.health4u@gmail.com ka saja ), toxins from our food intake get stuck Jignesh Shah onto the internal surface of the small intes-

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Wilson Co llege St u dent s g ive t h e GLBT Commu nity A Vo ice

When I was contacted about a month back from students of Wilson College about an event they planned to host at Carter Road, I was overtly ecstatic.Living Outside The Closet (LOTC) is a Wilson College TYBMM initiative that looks to change a few mindsets towards the GLBT community. These third year students of Mass Media were to hold a musical concert to celebrate the right to live by your own sexuality. This was their second event, they’re first being a PFlag (Parents, friends and family members) event at the IES Hall, Bandra, which looked to sensitize the family members (of gay and bisexual men and women) as well as people in general on various aspects of sexuality. The reason I was ecstatic was because there is no audience more perfect than that at Carter Road - and no matter the reason, they will always listen with an open mind and accept what is being said without a prejudice. The concert took place on the 23rd December and was attended by over 200 people. The concert included performances by the celebrated Wilson College band, beat boxer

AvinashTewari, Celebrate Bandra dance winners ‘Rhythm and Beats’, the screening of a promo of the film “I AM” and a riveting performance by Meiyang Chang, Monali Thakur and Mohan Kannan (the lead singer of band, Agnee). However towering over all these performances was ‘one stand out moment’ that really resonated the true message that was being put across. It was a monologue by Tushar Matthew, one of the members of the group. What was so brilliant about this monologue was - not only did it both shock and awe those listening, it also got them thinking. This is an excerpt from the monologue “ I am different only because I go against your notion of what “normal” is. For that, I have a very simple solution. Change your notions” The students of Wilson College have a lot more planned in the month of January and judging by the direction this campaign has taken off in, its not long before the GLBT starts to get the respect they have long deserved. Sean D'Mello

Artistic Expressions at Bandra Hindu Association

Artistic Impressions, the art class conducted by art co-ordinator and promoter Mrs. Hansa V Jessani held its annual Student Art Exhibition on Saturday, 10th December,2011 at the Bandra Hindu Association. The exhibition was inaugurated at 10am by Adv. Ashish Shelar and Mr. Ajeet Maniyal, secretary Bandra Hindu Association and the event went on till 8pm. The exhibition was truly a confidence-building exercise planned for the students. It gave them all a platform to showcase their talent and creativity. All the exhibits were categorized, right from toddlers to school level courses and advanced hobby courses. Medals were given in every category,

in appreciation of their creative work. Artistic Impressions- the art class is conducted and managed by Mrs. Hansa V Jessani. The class has a strength of more than 150 students. Art is personally taught by Mrs. Jessani, in batches of 15 to 18 students. The art class offers everything, right from basic drawing to advanced courses in sketching and painting in various mediums like ink, water colours, poster colours, charcoal, oil paints etc. Now, you can Explore the artist within you... Age no bar, 2.5 yrs upwards - Classes throughout the week. For more details, call 9819034634 / 26464249 Ajeet Maniyal

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Music is what life sounds like

All those present witnessed a vocal musical extravaganza, which began on November 10 and went on right up to November 13, 2011. What an opening night on the 10th with the Instrumental in Classical and Non-classical category! What an age range in participants from bubbly five year olds and above to those golden girls and boys in the 60s and above! What a treat for the music lovers! What musical virtuosos and maestros in the instrumental category and what maestros entertaining the audience with their melodies! The wide spectrum of lilting voices ranged from 8 to 60 years of age, and were divided into their respective age categories of 5-8, 911, 12-17, 18-39, 40-59 and 60 years and above. Every performance was a "KODAK" moment, which enthralled the audience, whose applause would make even an onlooker want to perform. The group singing on Day 3 was loved by all, as the costume and colour co-ordination added an extra special frill to the beautiful harmony. It was nice to see the young, the old and the middle-aged blend their voices to give off their best to see their zones win. The duet singing left our judges speechless, as they saw fathers and daughters singing soulfully among the many others that participated. One of the judges even suggested to the cultural committee that the duet group be divided into two categories so that the kids too would stand a chance to win in their category. The committee noted the suggestion and will make the necessary amendment from next year. It was a treat for one’s senses to see the little one’s in the age group of 5-8 years and 911 years perform on the last day and sing and pitch so beautifully with and without an accompanist. Our accompanists did a fabulous job of supporting our contestants on all days and for this we would like to thank them. Our panel of judges were faced with the herculean task of finding our winners. And a fabulous job they did. Their judgment was taken in good spirit and was something to be lauded. It was truly a proud moment for all our winners. Our judges also gave our participants critical appreciation at the end of each day and tips for improvement, which went down well with all. We thank them immensely. We cannot forget to mention our very ap-

preciative audience, who encouraged all our participants with deafening applause each time they went on and off stage, leaving everyone amazed and inspired by this showcase of great talent. The Cultural Committee is open to any suggestions that you may have and we rely on your feedback dear parishioners to make this Carmel Musical Contest better and better each year, so that we can give you a platform to showcase your God-given talent. Personally, having been a part of the Cultural Committee since its inception, I have seen this contest move from level to level to what it is now. It started off on a trial basis but now has emerged as one that parishioners look forward to each year. I am grateful to my fellow Cultural Committee members for their tireless efforts in making this contest a success. A big thank you to the Parish Fathers team for their constant support and presence on all days. It is encouraging to have our priests with us. Hearty Congratulations to all the winners and the winning zone. You make us proud and encourage us to keep doing better each year. Last, but definitely not the least, our grateful thanks to Furtado’s for lending us their piano year after year and making it the most awaited occasion for our contestants and accompanists. We look forward to having many more take part in this contest in the future and hope you will use this platform to the fullest. Elaine D’Souza

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Jai Mari Mata Palki

Jari mari mata being carried in a palki, extreme left Mr Chetan Varsekar, Secretary of the trust. photo 2: Mr Ramakant Purarkar, president of the trust. The Devotees of Jari Mari Mandir took out a procession (or carried Jari Mata) in a palki around Bandra. It is an annual Festival, in which Jari mari mata is dressed like a Queen, put in a plaki which devotees carry on their shoulder. Some devotees are dressed as soldiers and some as ministers, while the rest of the devotees sing bhajans praising their Queen mata. As history goes, around 300 years ago, a good part of Bandra Village (now known as Bandra) starting from Bandra station, Turner road, Waterfield road, Hill road (Ramdas Nayak marg) was a big talao - not like how it is in the present. There were very few people staying in Bandra Village, comprimising mainly of Hindus (who were dhobis), Muslims (meat vendors/Horse carriage drivers) and Christians who were office goers under the British rule. One day, after being pleased with the

prayers of its devotees, Jari mari mata is believed to be self-incarnated and immerged directly from Bandra talao in a stone form. Hence Jari Mari Mata is called the Gram devi (mother goddess) of Bandra.Thereafter people from different castes and creeds started worshiping her. Jari mari mata, when pleased grants devotees all their wishes and when she gets angry she punishes them. It is said that whenever you call Jari mari mata for help with faith in your heart, all your sickness, problems will be solved. Daily morning and evening Jari mari puja and arti takes place - and on a festival, full day Puja arti takes place in the Mandir. The significance of this Jari mari mata palki is that devotees pray to their Gran devi for peace and happiness between different communities. Jari mari mata mandir was registered as a trust, named as Shatriya Maratha Dhibi samaj mandal, with Mr. Rama kant Purarkar as president, Ravindra Kosekar as vice president and Chetan Varsekar as secretary. Vishal Mhatre

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Dis & Dat Men

Bandra is a lively suburb within the city ofMumbai. It is commonly known as the queen of the suburbs. A place that has given birth to a variety of artists, musicians, writers, dancers, athletes, actors and a pool of intellects. From worldwide culinary delights to fashion brands on the footpaths. From quaint village homes to concrete high rises, a skywalk and a sea link. Once in Bandra, forever in Bandra!!! Uncles, Aunties, Fadders, Mudders, Bros, Sas’, Dudes, Babes, Dickras, Dickries, Bhai’s, Chicks…whoever you are, whatever you are… Presenting Dis & Dat Men. Bubble Design & Visual Communication's very own ‘give back’ to the suburb of Bandra. Dis & Dat Men is an illustrative journey that explores quirky and whimsical nuances of the suburb of Bandra. Or as we lovingly call it… Bandruh!!! So is it a note book? Is it to sketch or doodle? Or is it just for keeps? Well you could use this book to make your dhobi hisaab, jot down that quick recipe from TV, keep tab of those church notices, maybe even make notes of that great idea you have in your head. We leave it to you to decide new ways to use it. You need something men…for dis

and dat!!! At their studio they create, design and produce for several companies, corporates, eclectic design stores, etc. with all their heart and soul thrown in. As you may know they primarily have a graphic design studio that develop design right from Brand Identity to Corporate Collateral, from Environmental Graphics to Product Design, and from Packaging to Coffee Table Books. They have a range of clientèle both international as well as domestic. Its been quite a journey for them as a 4.5 year old studio. With a small team of creative talent they excel in whatever they set out to achieve. They have also just been featured in the 2011/12 Kyoorius Showcase Book along with the top design studios across India. HOT OFF THE PRESS AND SELLING LIKE NARAM PAV!!!...A NOTEBOOK WITH GRAPHICS, TYPOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATIONS AND MORE ON THE SUBURB OF BANDRA...GRAB YOUR COPY...and use for DIS & DAT MEN!!! To order books as well as to contact them for any other design related services, please call 022 2642 0964 or e-mail: design.bubble@gmail.com or visit Bubble Design & Visual Communication @ www.bubbledesign.net

Felicitation of Haji's

A function was organised to felecitate all the Haji's (people who have come back after Completing Haj) at the Bandra Jamat Khana near Maulana Iftekhar Ahmed Chowk, Bandra (W). Smt Priya Dutt (M.P) & Shri Baba Siddique (M.L.A) were the chief guests on the ocassion. The Chief guests freely mingled with the Haji's and congratulated them on successful completion of the Haj.Each of the Haji's were fe-

licitated with a shawl and a box of sweets by the chief guests. Mr. Baba Siddique (M.L.A) came along with his son Zeeshan Siddique,who also felicitated some of he Haji's. The above function was organised by Haji Sajid Mohammed Sahab( president,lock no 39) Nadia Khan

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Christmas celebrations at Jesus Calls

On Sunday 18th, Jesus Calls (Bandra) celebrated Christmas. The function began with a small prayer which was followed by skits related to Christmas themes presented by children. The youth had presented a superb skit and dance show. Finally, the elders and senior citizens presented a wonderful skit a birthday party was celebrated by people without giving much importance to the birthday boy. Brother Simeon and sister Tabassun (who translated) Brother simeon's sermon into Hindi, explained to the gathering of around 200 people the importance of the birthday skit theme as we all celebrate Christmas with lot of fanfare but we forget about our Lord Jesus Christ. Brother Simeon gave a beautiful sermon and told us all to open our heart, for the Lord Jesus is waiting to come in. He is the word, He is the Lord, through Him the world was created. He was born to save us all, He died for our sins and he resurrected again. Lord Jesus takes away all our problems, sick-

ness, loneliness and fills our life with love and happiness. Finally brother simeon announced that clothes would be distributed to about 200 poor children between the age group of 14 15yrs at the Jesus Call pray tower in Bandra on the 22nd between 5-7pm. Snacks were distributed to all the people present at the prayer services and finally Santa Claus came wishing them all a Merry Christmas! Jesus Calls Bandra Weekly Program: Monday : Intercession Prayer (4pm) / Marathi Fellowship (6pm) Tuesday: Tamil Fellowship (6pm) Wednesday : Bible Study (6pm) Thursday: Telegu Fellowship (6pm) / Youth Intercession (6pm) Friday: Healing & Deliverance Meet (5pm) Saturday: Family Blessing Meet (5pm) Sunday: Youth Meet (6pm) / Business Blessing Meet(6pm). Sveta D'Souza

Vincy’s appeal to help the underpriviliged

The Bandra Civic & Welfare Group, led by ExCouncillor Vincy D’Mello helps the underpriviliged of Bandra by distributing 1 kilo Onions & Potatoes FREE to 50 poor families every week. Other activities include FREE exercise books, visits to Charitable Homes, Medical Aid / Used Clothes for deserving cases & FREE X’Mas gifts to 700 poor children. Esmeralda, his loving wife helps him to continue these charitable activities from ‘Grace Villa, 24, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra (W). With the rise in prices, the cost of providing 1 kilo onions & potatoes alone to 50 poor fam-

ilies works out to Rs 1,000/- per week. In order to defray the costs, you can be generous & donate to this worthy cause. Any amount will be appreciated. Those who give abundantly, are in some inscrutable way, amply rewarded. We are the world... we are all God’s children We are the ones to make a brighter day... so let’s start giving! Please help us help them ! All donation cheques should be crossed & drawn in favour of: ‘Bandra Civic & Welfare Group’. Call ‘Esme’ on 022 2642 4896 / 98331 28691 or email: vincydmello10@yahoo.com - Sunita Rao

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Makar Sankranti or Patang Festival

Makar sankrati is one of the most auspicious ocassions for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country with great devotion and gaiety. It is a Harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only fesival whose date always falls on the same day every year - that is the 14th of January. It is also a day when Hindus worship the Sun God, who stands for Knowledge, Spiritual Light and Wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from Darkness of Devotion in which we live and begin to enjoy new life filled with purity, wisdom and knowledge. In Maharashtra and Gujurat, the celebration are even bigger. People offer thousands of their colourful gifts to the Sun God in form of Beautiful Kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved sun God. Mr. Asif Khan of Standard Kite Store

(properitor Mr. Shaukat Khan) Bandra (w), says that during Makar Sankranti celebrations, he sells around Rs.7000/- worth of Kites in the price range of Rs.1 & 2 respectively and the manja( the thread used to fly kites) at around Rs. 2- 6 Rs a tola depending on the quality. Most of these Kites on Sale at his shop are manafactured outside Mumbai, these kites mostly come to him from places like Delhi, Agra & Rai Barelli - to name a few places. There are China-made Kites of different shapes & sizes like spiderman etc whose price ranges from Rs 40- Rs 60. These are more of a show piece and not much in demand. Most of customers who come to buy kites from him and the other kite shops in Bandra are from suburbs like Malad, Borivali, Kandivali etc. Sir Minaz

Rotary Awards at Otters Club

The Rotary Club of Bombay Bandra had organized a Vocational & Utility Award Function on Tuesday 29th November 2011@ 8.30 p.m. at Otter Club. The function was organized by President Mr. M. P. Singh, Vocational Director Monica Grover and past President Mr. Mohan Lala. The selection committee of the vocational awards had selected 3 candidates for Vocational Excellence awards and they were honoured by way of presentation of a shawl and a memento. The recipients were Sdr Manmohan Singh Bedi - Ex-Mayor of Mumbai, Dr. R.K. Anand - Pediatric and Dr. J.P. Agarwal, Oncologist. They were awarded for their achievement of excellence in their profession and for the services rendered for the for the benefit of society at large. Utility awards were presented to Mrs Manjitkaur Anand - Teacher,

Guru Harkishan Public School, Ms Tara R Lokhande, Aayah at K. B Bhabha Hospital, Ms. Anita Kamble Sweeper at Conservancy Dept., H (W) BMC, Mr. R. A. Kankekar - Wireman at Khar Tel Exchange and Mrs. Theresa Suares in charge of special study classes at UCDC. As a way of gratitude, an appreciation award and a token of thanks - Rs.1000/- in cash and a certificate of appreciation were given to each of them. Every year the club recognizes the services rendered by the people for their honesty, integrity and dedication towards their duties. The function was largely attended by the Rotarians, Rotary Anns, officials from Rotary District 3140 and the families of those awarded, totaling 70 people. After the awards, everybody present had a sumptuous dinner. M P Singh

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Events 12th January 2011 Awareness Event on Sex Selection Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm Venue: Chetana College , Kala Nagar, Bandra (E) Contact: 9820749204 .................................................................................................................................... Free Introductory Evening with Master Zhi Gang Sha Time: 5pm Venue: Hotel Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W) Contact: 9920867998 / 9920269995 / 8082447176

13th January 2011 Anoushka Shankar Time: 7:30pm Venue: St. Andrews Auditorium, St.Dominic Road, Bandra (W) Contact: 022 26459667 ................................................................................................................................... PRAJNA - An Awakening with Breath to reconnect with Self Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Venue: 14B, Carter Raod, Next to Landmark Building, Bandra (W) Contact: 9819827972

Dressing: Balsamic vinegar 100ml Honey 50ml, Virgin olive oil 100ml, Ginger paste 5gms, Garlic paste 5gms, Sesame seeds roasted 50gms, Sugar 50gms, Salt & pepper as per taste.

14th January 2011

SautĂŠ ginger garlic in oil. Add ingredients except sesame seeds. Add sesame seeds in the last three seconds in the blender.

Street Fighting Workshop Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm Venue: Bandra Hindu Association School Hall, Off Linking Rd, Bandra (W) Contact: 9870966910 / 9821423448 ................................................................................................................................... Yoga Dance Movement (2 day workshop from 14th to 15th) Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm Venue: The Art Loft, 1st Floor, above Patel Stores, next to Mehboob Studios, Bandra (W) Contact: 9930386960

15th January 2011

Recipe: Grilled veggie bits 65gms, (Eggplant Zucchini) Cranberry 25gms, Mix peppers 50gms, Feta cheese 50gms, Mix lettuce 125gms. Mix all of it with 50ml of Mediterranean dressing.

PARTY ALERT! Urban Dogs Lots of free goodies for grab + one day discount on products and services. Entry free for pets and pet parents. Time: 11am to 6:00pm Venue: Bandra Hindu Association School Hall, Off Linking Rd, Bandra (W) Contact: 022 26441094 Recipe Courtesy: Ray's Cafe & Pizzeria

Paya Soup

19th January 2011 Football Fiesta 2012 (3 day tournament from 19th to 21st) Time: 7:00 am Venue: Supari Talao, Mount Carmel Road, Bandra (W) Contact: 022 26513224 / 022 26410925 For Registration :- Hafeez Elias - 9920498220, Sandesh Sawant - 9819285933

21st January 2011 (2 day event from 21st to 22nd) Books on Toast - Book Donation Drive and Sale Time: 12:00pm to 8pm Venue: Candies, Pali Naka, Bandra (W)

26th January 2011 Flag Hoisting Time: 9am Venue: Bandra Gymkhana, Bandra (W) Contact: 0226428512 ................................................................................................................................... Parish Night Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Venue: Mount Carmel Church, Bandra (W) Contact: 26421589 / 26434695

28th January 2011 Bandra Cycle Club Alliance (NO TV DAY) Time: 6:30am to 8:15am Venue: Carter Road, Bandra (W) to Gateway of India Contact: 8898051000 / 9820527899 Dressing: Goat Trotters (Paya) 8 Garlic 1 bunch Ginger 3 TBsp Onion 3-4 Haldi 1 TBsp Zeera 1 TBsp onion thinly sliced 2 Garlic paste 2 tsp Garlic paste 2 tsp Red chillies 2 tsp oil 1/2 cup haldi 1 tsp Daal mash boiled & mashed 1/2 cup

Method Cook Trotters with 1st part ingredients for 2-3 hours adding a lot of water till trotters are tender & soft. Boil daal mash with little ginger garlic paste & mash it. Heat oil in a big pan. Add onion. Fry till light golden. Add ginger, garlic paste, haldi, red chillies. Fry adding little water. Add boiled daal mash & boiled trotters, salt. Cook it again on low heat for 1 hour. Sprinkle zeera powder. Garnish with coriander leaves, green chillies & ginger slices.

29th January 2011 Musical Fiesta 2012 Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm Venue: Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation, Near Lilavati Hospital, K C Marg, Bandra (W) Contact: 9820140675 ................................................................................................................................... Bandra Bird Race Time: 6:30am to 9:30am Venue: R. D. National College, Bandra (W) Contact: Ankur Gadgil 997085687 / Nandita Noronha 9987376596 LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE E-mail details (date, time, location, contact) to: bandrabuzz@gmail.com

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Mumbai Fully Booked a unique literary event Literature lovers were treated to a unique literature carnival last month at Mehboob Studios, Bandra. Mumbai Fully Booked, the Times of India’s literary carnival was a resounding success. Large crowds of Mumbaikars thronged this historic site on the first weekend of December. There were many established writers, first-time and would-be authors, media personalities, publishers and journalists present on these days. The attendees of these events basically wanted to catch a glimpse of their favourite authors and media personalities, and possibly even meet them. International and deshi celebrities included William Dalrymple, Ekta Kapoor, Mohammad Hanif, Chetan Bhagat, Vinod Mehta, Tarun Tejpal, Bachi Karkaria and Vikram Chandra. Many were keenly interested in the intellectual debates between the authors such as “Sex in the City” where four authors discussed stories of love and sexual relationships in Mumbai. Several high-profile book launches took place at this literary carnival including that of “Lucknow Boy”, an autobiography by Vinod Mehta and Meenal Baghel’s “Death in Mumbai” which provided a fresh perspective on the gruesome murder of Neeraj Grover, a young TV producer, and the controversies shrouding it. One of the highlights of the Mumbai Fully Booked carnival was the sparring debate between Chetan Bhagat and the Pakistani authors, Mohammad Hanif and Mohsin Hamid, on which of the sub-continental countries was better in the field of literature. The debate was as exhilarating as those close cricket encounters between the two rival nations. There was also a humorous yet tremendously insightful interview in which Vinod Mehta elaborated his views on the weird opportunistic relationships between politicians and journalists. Vinod Mehta’s funny anecdotes and in-your-face replies had the audience in splits. Evidence of the eclectic nature of this carnival could be clearly witnessed by the attendees who feasted on exotic dishes, viewed an amazing open door photo exhibition and participated in fun events like Achyut Palav’s expressive calligraphy workshop in which participants relished the awesome combination of calligraphy and music. Vivek Pereira

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Rizvi rocks with academic achievements

Meet Your Candidate

Musical Fiesta- 2012

Agni' is organising an interactive "Meet your Candidate" meeting for wards 95 & 96 on Sunday 5th February at 10:30am at St Teresa's High School, Bandra.

Mission Mangaon to help the Kathkari Tribal Families/ Those interested to come for the show Will need to collect the invitation card.call St. Theresa's Church, St. Peter's Church, Mt Carmel Church, St. Andrew's church, St. Anne's Church & St. Vincent de Paul Church call no. 9820140675

Be an informed voter and interact with the Candidates. All our invited to attend.

Rizvi college of Arts,Science and Commerce is going through a purple patch in its academic calendar. Last week in two of the most prestigious events, Rizvi teachers won two top honours. At a Science project presentation competition held at Jai Hind college, Prof N. Joshi along with Prof Deshmukh grabbed the 1st Prize, while Prof S. Hussain won the consolation prize. At the 64th Indian conference held at Pondicherry University, the research paper prepared by Principal Dr. M.Z Farooqui and Prof A. Khalil won a GOLD MEDAL out of over 1800 research papers from all over India. In the same conference, a paper by Prof.P Nagori was also selected among the top ten papers. Bandra Buzz congratulates the Principal and the teachers of Rizvi college for their academic achievements and wishes them the best in the future endeavours. Sir Minaz

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Vernon Duarte (C.A.) Accounts, Auditing, Co-op. Societies, PAN Filing of Income Tax Returns Call: 9920767522 / 26435096.

Bernval Buying & Selling Of Flats, Shops, Plots, Leave Licence,P.G, Etc. In Mumbai & Goa Bernard: 98203 91586 bernval_est@yahoo.com

Vernon Duarte - 99207 67522 - Sale of old Indian & Foreign Stamps & Coins.

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Veena Classes Highly Experienced Teacher for Maths & Science Tution in Bandra for Std 5 – 10, SSC & ICSE Contact: 9833176442. ______________________________

For a younger looking, wrinkle free face, botox and fillers, call Dr. J Peter Rodrigues 9820061317, 9820221667

Felix Bendish Design Studio Men & Women fashion Clothing & Accessory Bridal Wedding GownsIndian & Western Hand Embroidery on Indian suits & sarees. Men's sherwanies & suits hand embroidered fashion neckpieces. Contact: 6605058. 1st floor, Juhu Gazdhar Bandh Road, behind Juhu garden, Santacruz (w) Mumbai 400054. www.felixbendish.com

Prof. Zaidi French Classes Contact: 9967395594 (ICSE, CBSE, IGCSEC HSC, SSC)

Knitting Crochet Embroidery Dressmaking Courses - 9820451695

BRIDES

Bebiana de Goa Daily tasty tiffins, delicious party catering. Contact: Bebiana D’souza - 9819454137

BIZ OPPORTUNITY Best Business Opportunity in Bandra. Successfully operating since 1978, now in 148 countries worldwide, 10 years in India. PartTime / Full-Time, No Investment, No Experience Reqd. No Door To Door Selling, Free Training Provided GENUINE - Earn 4,000/- to 40,000/p.m Call Now: 8108352110 ______________________________ A little effort, time & desire is all you need to legitimately increase your income from home. Contact 8108222187 / 9820586240

CAR RENTALS For trips in and around Mumbai. Contact: Vincent - 9820380742

CAR SALE Honda Civic 2007, Fully Automatic, Silver, 25,000kms. Call 022 26442915

CARPENTER Contact: Raju Sawant - 9769104729. Somnath Lane, Bandra (w).

COACHING CLASSES Shalom Classes Bandra. Attention Std. IX & X. Shalom welcomes you to come & experience . Batches beginning from 16th April 2012 small nos. (15-20) Individual Attention. Professionals for all subjects. Contact Delano Aguiar 9819968961 / 26004989 or John Pereira 9969656305

COMPUTER SERVICES One Stop Computer Solutions. Sales & Repairs of Desktops, Laptops, Networking, Data Recovery & AMC. Contact: Luke Almeida: 8097044010/9969276108

CORNED TONGUE

Sam: 98330 58917 for Rs 200/- only (service for Bandra only)

Laxman 98672 63461 / 98203 79676 St. Andrew’s Road.

PARTY ORDERS

FRUIT VENDOR Mohd. Naeem Fruits Stores - best quality fresh fruits - widest choice Opp. Society Super Market, Chimbai Road Bandra (w). For FREE home delivery. Call: 98192 95265 / 98677 38152.

GETAWAYS Rockdale Bungalow, Manori. Private & exclusive 3 bedroom bungalow / Authentic Veg & Non - Veg, East Indian, Continental, Indian menu / Kitchen with fridge / Two attached bath and toilets (Western) / 24-hour borewell water / Children’s swing / Open sitout for parties and barbecue / Near beach /Ample car parking / Reasonable rates / Discount on weekdays. Contact: 2640 7670 / 98195 10183

HOME PRODUCTS Soda Machine (1950/-) exchange offer & repair, refill (all flavours). Mini Washing Machine (2800/-) Electric Tandoor (3990/-) Magic Steam Cooker (3090/-) FREE HOME DEMO Contact: Noble Enterprises 9821394504 / 9146729782 / 9870639334

HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES For housekeeping material. Please contact: Vergis N - 9819268248. Free home delivery of phenyl, mops, dusters, towels, etc.

INTERIOR DECORATORS Sonia & Dhiraj Bhatia - 9167187856 / 9167187855

COURIERS SERVICES

INVESTMENT CONSULTANTS

Charles & Co. 26439618 * Local * Domestic * International * Also Soda Gas Refils * Good Service * Prompt Delivery & Feedback * Enids Apts. Premises, Chapel Road, near Dukes Hotel, Bandra (w). (* Charles & Co. is located at Chapel Road & not at Sona Shopping, Hill Road)

Joaquim Cardoz - Investment Consultant. call: 9833006757. Flat #3, 405, Patil Pada, Pitale Lane, Ram Mandir Road, Danda, Khar (w), Mumbai 400 052. For doorstep service.

DECORATORS

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For Corned Tongue and Meat Loaf Contact: Sunita Pereira 98203 00751 (Home made and delicious)

Everett Creations Decorations / catering along with complete wedding packages. Contact: Everett D’Costa 9821182327 / 9920933309 everettcreations@hotmail.com

East Indian R.C. Bachelor, 28, 6ft. Self Employed invites proposals Contact: 9820063815 / 02224020683

JOBS VACANCY Wanted female receptionist for a hotel in Bandra (w) with Basic Computer / Internet Knowledge. Mail CV to : info@luckyhotels.in call: 9820044471. Freshers are welcome!

KEY MAKERS Mohamed Ali - 98674 26398. nr Godrej Nature’s Basket, Hill Road

NATPHIL GOA - for small party orders upto 50 people delicious, home-made Goan food, with snacks. 56, Waroda Road, Bandra (w). call: Philomena 9819152996

PHOTOGRAPHERS Joe Pereira Digital Photography & Video Shooting. Wedding,Parties & Conferences. contact: 9820071928 / 9820501380.

REPAIRS & SERVICES 24 hrs Home, Sales & Service (Bandra only) Gas Stoves, Hobs, Table Tops & Chimneys. Contact: Mahendra Sales Shiv Asthan, Shop No. 7, Plot No. 31, 16th road, near Shiv Sagar, Bandra (w). Amrut 9323431633 / 26486525 ______________________________ Three Star Repairs, Service, Installation, Buying, Selling of A/C & Fridge. contact George 9930951611. Chuim Khar (w).

REPAIRS & SERVICES Refrigerators / Air Conditioners / Splits / Frost Free Refrigerators / Indian / Imported. Guaranteed Repairs / Installations / AMC FRIZARE, 30th Road, Bansari Apartments, opp. H2O, Pali Naka, Bandra (w) 9820197439 / 6544903 ______________________________ For Radio & TV mechanic contact : Shantaram Yadav 98203 58155 - Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (w) ______________________________ Repairs: Washing Machine, Gas Stove, Microwave, Fridge, & A.C. contact: Ramesh - 9892387330 Bharat Service Centre, Pali Naka.

TAILORS

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TRAVEL Global Travel Solutions provides solutions for Passport Documentation & PAN Card - Bus Booking for Goa, Mangalore, Gujarat, Baroda etc. Air Tickets Domestic & International. Contact: Narayan - 99207 90344

UNDERTAKERS Call Sunil Colaco of Lonica Undertakers & Ambulance Service for any assistance on 9821182100/26131245/65006674. 24hrs service provided

USED CARS BEST PRICE for Used Cars Spot Finalization, Any Make / Model / Registration / Condition. Contact: Zuber - 9820030777. SMS imore 1209910 to 5667755

VEGETABLE VENDORS Harilal Yadav - 93245 52451. Chimbai, Opp Solanki Chemist, Bandra (w). (Home Delivery)

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Theresa’s Balcony Decor - A Unique Christmas Expression

We all have our unique creative streaks, in various fields of expression. And Theresa has her own too. Tucked away near Mehboob Studio, next to Goodluck Hotel is a balcony that has been the centre of attraction for neighbours & those passing by. Last week, our reporter happened to be passing and got a glimpse of her wonderful creation. On inquiry, she was invited by Theresa to visit her first floor residence at ‘Sunflower’. She obligingly told her how she always decorates her balcony for festivals of all communities - and just loves doing it.She regularly changes it. It makes her feel happy. She found that people who saw it felt happy too, when they passed by during their morning walk. Many of her admirers have positive comments about her balcony decor. This has encouraged her to innovate &

continue her hobby. Our reporter learned that she used to do a lot of wedding & home decor in her youth (her well kept home is enough proof). In fact, all decorations for family events were lovingly done by her. As our reporter’s rapport with her grew, she told her something about herself. Mrs. Theresa Henry D’Souza is an ex-teacher of St. Stanislaus K.G. Section, Bandra and ex-principal of Ravidani Nursery, Dadar. She enjoyed her teaching career - and used to accept wedding decor orders, doing it in her spare time. Here children have taken to art & craft. Now, she is a proud grandmother, living a very fulfilling life with Henry, her supportive husband.

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Cochlear Implants - now at Holy Family Hospital

The second Cochlear Implant has been done at the Holy Family Hospital, Bandra. The Holy Family Hospital ENT Department and the Department of Audiology & Speech are fully geared to treat hearing disorders of all types. These departments offer solutions to treat hearing disorders and have hearing devices of all kinds and various sophisticated surgeries can be performed. The team of doctors who conducted this surgery include Dr. Chris deSouza, Dr. J. Peter Rodrigues, Dr D.M. Borkar, Dr. Sunita Agshikar and Dr. Pratima Marker.

The team of audiologists and hearing disorder specialists comprise Mrs. Sneha Satam, Mrs. Arti Arora, Mr. Shivraj Bhimte and Ms. Naheed Jumani. The audiology department has a comprehensive set of computerized equipment to evaluate hearing problems and has the widest range of hearing aids as well. For further enquiries, please contact the department of Audiology & Speech Therapy or any of the surgeons mentioned above. Dr. Sudhir G. Shenoy

Rahil disappointed but takes it as learning experience

Nikita Nathani

The overcast skies on a Sunday morning did not dampen the spirits of all race drivers and fans who had come to witness the finals of the JK Tyres Volkswagen Polo R Cup at the Madras Motorsports Race in Chennai. The previous day it rained heavily and a few areas around the race tracks were flooded with water, due to this the race officials shorten the race track to 2.1 kms thus giving due advantage to all drivers finishing faster to the checker line. Rahil Noorani was preparing to get ready and was looking forward to the big day in his career in taking home with him the Championship Trophy, with all due advantage of him being the leader in the championship position in the finals of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup Round 2 season. In the first round Rahil was maintaining a steady position all the way during the races but due to the shorten track the race was quicker and the cars came close to each other however in car no 15 driven by Capt. Ajay Kini who was behind him came bumper to bumper with his car to displace him off the track and this cost him much time to regain his position and lead in this round. Having been warned by the races officials after round 1 Capt Ajay Kini did not pay heed to the advice and once again closed into Rahil's car this time bumping his bumper off-guard for him to go to the pits and take it off thus resulting in precious time and points wasted in the final second round thus upsetting Rahil of winning the series he came 5th in the overall championship series. Though a very big disappointment for Rahil who was so close on winning this title he took it all in his stride. Rahil spoke to BandraBuzz after the races "The Final round of the Volkswagen Polo R cup has been possibly the biggest learning experience for me as a racing driver. ups and downs are a part of any

sport and only those who learn from their downs can excel in their field." "Being in the top 3 was an aim for me from the start itself. Securing my maiden pole position and race win in the 2nd round at Coimbatore really gave me a confidence boost." In total he had 3 race wins 2 second places and 1 third place finish. Almost the most amount of podiums after Vishnu Prasad from Chennai claimed the champinship trophy and his now all set to race in Germany with the Sicriocco Cup. Rahil said "I do hope to continue racing in the Polo R Cup next year and definately gun for the championship! Will need all my friends support and good wishes! Will give it my best for sure". Mr. Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, said, “It has been a great season and the last race has been one of the most memorable ones, thanks to the presence of international drivers and veteran race driver Sunny Sidhu. The fact that the championship was not won until the last race made the Championship even more exciting. I would like to thank the efforts made by my whole team to make this a highly successful season.” Rahil is just back for SriLanka having taken part in a Night Racing event with the Volkswagen Polo R Cup cars, this was part of the Electric Peacock Festival held in Colombo last month the first of its kind held in the island country. Thanks to its proven concept of promoting young talent abroad, the Polo R Cup enjoys the reputation of being an ideal stepping stone to enter professional racing. Building on its success with the debut Polo Cup India last year, Volkswagen Motorsport will continue to make Polo R Cup the premier touring car championship in the country. David Vaz

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METAMORPHOSIS ‘11 the iconic media fest!

Chief Guests Ramesh sippy and Boney Kapoor, bollywood's leading personalities along with Chhagan Bhujbal, Founder Chairman - MET, cutting the ribbon at the inaugural ceremony of MET's iconic media fest, METAMORPHIS. MET Institute of Mass Media (MET IMM) has undergone tremendous metamorphosis since its inception, changing its form from a tender caterpillar to a fully grown beautiful butterfly with vibrant colours. Be it any field in Media and Entertainment, MET Institute of Mass Media has proven it’s par excellence. In a similar effort towards the unbeaten path of change, MET IMM has initiated ‘METAMORPHOSIS’ an integrated media event which offers budding media professionals to showcase their talent and interact with the giants of the industry. In the first year METAMORPHOSIS event started on a lighter note with the ‘Comedy Festickle’, followed by ‘Celebrating Game Changers’. This year in 2011, MET IMM is celebrating India. The theme for the event is ‘Dil se India’ – global thoughts, Indian ways! An effort into understanding that sense of Indianness we retain and incorporate into our films, ads and all our communication despite being headto-head with most global superpowers. For instance, McDonalds’ the food giant introducing McAloo Tikki for the Indian market exemplifies how Indian we truly are! During this mega media fest METAMORPHOSIS – ‘Dil se India’. Over thirty events featured across three days, students participated in workshops, panel discussions, Marathi plays, live reportings, campaign designs, jingle creations and many more, with lots of excitement. It was an eclectic mix of over 30

pre-entry and on-ground events, 6 panel discussions and 3 workshops in the field of Advertising, Journalism and Entertainment. Over 400 students from across Mumbai participated in this media fest. The event was inaugurated by leading bollywood icon Mr. Ramesh Shippy, Mr. Boney Kapoor along with Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal, Chairman – Mumbai Educational Trust. On this occasion MET was graced by leading celebrities, personalities from the field of Advertisement, Journalism and Entertainment. On one hand stalwarts like Rohit Shetty, Anu Malik, Atul Kulkarni, Arti Jadhav, to name a few, from Bollywood added to the fest’s glory, on the other hand top notch professionals like Ali Merchant, Founder – Triton, Aman Mannan, Creative Director – Mudra Max, Ajay Jhala, CEO – BBDO, Dhunji Wadia, President – Everest Brand Solutions, Mahesh Gharat, SCD – Ogilvy, enlightened the audience on various mass media topics. The Grand Finale was concluded with a bang, the theme of the grand finale event was based on ‘NAVARASA’, which are the nine basic emotions of human beings – Shringara, Karuna, Haasya, Roudra, Bhayanaka, Bibhatsya, Adhbhuta, Veera and Shanta. The winners and participants were cheerful to receive their awards from the well known actor Mr. Nikhil Dwivedi and the famous director Mr. Dharmesh Darshan. Sachin

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Actor Brandon Hill enthrals audiences at Title Waves

With the season’s cheers comes many good Scrooge on a journey through his life, where tidings in the month of December he learns the true meaning of Christand what better way to bring some mas and life - and for the very first cheer and goodwill to all than a time, the word ‘Merry Christmas’ special Christmas reading by came into being. done by American Actor This play was presented by Brandon Hill at the new book Hill Station productions, store in Bandra called ‘Title along with Title Waves. Elvis Waves’. Dias, Managing Director of Brandon enthralled the Title Waves told us “We plan audience with his unique to bring many more enterstyle and powerful voice, while taining events at the book he read out “Scrooge - A Christstore this new year”. mas Carol” adapted by Karl B. Peterson from a Charles Dicken’s story, in which three spirits take the miserly Ebeneezer David Vaz

Game4u debuts in Bandra

Game4u, the specialist game retail store from Milestone Interactive Group today announced the opening of its store in Bandra (W) at Reliance Time Out, Reliance Trends (Basement Level), Hill Road. The store offers an array of video, console and PC games; consoles as well as gaming accessories. Located in the heart of Bandra, at Hill road, it is in proximity to the commercial, shopping and entertainment buzz of the city. The most fashionable and trendy suburb of Mumbai, Bandra is well known for its restaurants, pubs, resto-bars and now will have its own gaming destination as well. Game4u’s store is well designed; the layout of the store promises customers a truly delightful shopping experience. An inviting decor in shades of yellow and blue makes the store warm and pleasant, and it is in complete harmony with the displays that are designed

for easy customer interface. Announcing the launch, Mr. Jayont R. Sharma, CEO and Chairman, Milestone Interactive Group said, “We are proud to launch the first gaming store in Bandra - nestled in the very heart of what is known as queen of suburbs. With this addition, we will have Six Game4u stores operating in the country, four in Mumbai and one each in Jalandhar & Ludhiana. Additionally, our online store www.game4u.com continues to service customers across 160+ cities of India. We plan to substantially increase our pan India retail presence in the coming years." The new store opening presents fabulous store inaugural offers for the customers. The advertising communication of the store carries a QR code which enables the customer to browse through the store products and also get some freebies. Troy Inchiparambil


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