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RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319

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Sector Watch

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his week we feature Sector 9 A and Uniworld Garden - the problems, the failed promises, and the possible way out. ...pg 8

Mayfield Mayhem

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n what may turn out an interesting precedent, HUDA has been tasked with taking care of Mayfield Gardens – a 300 + acre township, where the licences of the original private builders (a consortium) have been cancelled. ...Pg 9

Aura Healing

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unique therapy, for a halo effect ! You can practice aura cleansing on your own too. ...Pg 15

The Children’s Room

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nsure that your child’s room is set up with natural advantage, with the help of Vaastu. ...Pg 20

Now, The Human Toll

hat could drive a person, a young one at that, to take his/her own life? Gurgaon today is a land of opportunity. It has provided the much needed economic freedom to lakhs of people. Why would anyone want to give it all up – and so early? The traditional reasons were, and are, poverty (farmer suicides) and ill-treatment (mainly of married women). The Millennium City has added new dimensions. The suicides in the City seemed to have some broad causes: Either the people concerned now had other important needs that were not being fulfilled. Maybe the absence of friends and family was now giving them a feeling of emptiness. The Millennium City is, after all, a city of a thousand islands. It has fast developed a culture that promotes isolated living – and is comfortable with it. Slowly, the victims slipped into depression. There was no natural outlet. Or, conversely, some people have felt that what they had was not enough. They saw more all around them. They believed they deserved more. They wanted more – materially, and even in relationships. They did not know when to say – enough. The glitzy malls, the 24x7 lifestyle, the new luxuries give you new highs regularly. The victims felt cheated. They were angry. They felt humiliated. They could no longer

face this world. Given the ‘good life’ in Gurgaon, the negative would need to excessively outweigh the positive. The above factors were probably enough, in today’s times, for today’s youth, to tip the balance of life. The sad part is that none of their friends or family saw it coming. Here is a story.

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }

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eenakshi Chalana, a young 27-year-old mother of two, was described by everyone as effervescent, and a kindly woman, who lived with her husband and mother-in-law in Pelican Apartments in Sector 10-A.

Her husband had a suspected drinking problem, one of her kids had asthma, and the other a kidney condition. On a sunny Monday morning, she said that she was going to the beauty parlour. She went over to the nearby Shiva Apartments, and jumped to her death from the sixth floor. 18-year-old Sultana, a maid, jumped off the ninth floor of Tarika Apartments on Monday. Her distraught father, Hasmuddin has alleged foul play, blaming her employers; but eyewitnesses have come forward to say that she took her own life. Police investigators suspect that she was unhappy with her own domestic life. She seemingly had no one with whom she could share her woes.

Fair Game

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To Jaipur With Love

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e bring you the journey, and some civic insights, to India’s first planned City – a Pink City. ...Pg 21

Regular Features Learn Haryanvi ...Pg 6 Food Take ...Pg 6 The Week That Was ...Pg 7 Helpline ...Pg 7 Laughing Stock ...Pg 20

On Wednesday, 22-year-old Amit Kumar, a Suzuki employee, was found hanging in his room – with no suicide note. There have been a spate of suicides in the recent months, in the City. Most of those who took their lives are young. What are the reasons for them to take such an extreme step? Is it the fabled fast lifestyle, the loneliness, the ostracism – or a different deadly mixture? What stops these people from sharing their worries with their loved ones, spiralling them into the inescapable chasm of depression? Nearly all the victims have shown no ‘tendencies’ – until they took their own life.

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o not console yourself, that beauty is only skin deep. And that you, a ‘normal’ person, are good from the inside – and that is really what counts. The business of looking good has never been this good. Whether it is a housewife, a corporate executive, a school going kid, or a senior manager in his 50s, everybody wants to look good. From just eight salons in the City a decade ago, today there are over 500. Gurgaonites are frequenting salons and parlours in search of a new look, and a feel good factor. If it is a Saturday, chances are pretty high that it will be spent getting waxed, or indulging in a spa or massage. With a more competitive work environment, there is a felt need to look well-groomed and attractive at work. “The fastpaced life in the City gives little time to people for personal grooming. Yet they can afford to be pampered. That is why they turn to professionals for treatment, to maintain their good looks,” says Neelima Chaudhary, owner of a salon chain in the City.

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Science Workshop for kids, to unleash their inventive ideas – to create various devices, such as scissor lifts, robotic arms, and air based engines, to name a few.

Trade Fair

Coffee Meet to celebrate World Fair Trade day. Consumers, students, and corporate representatives can attend the event. Indha store and World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) recently joined hands to open a store dedicated to selling merchandise created by Indha beneficiaries. The store boasts of quality stationery, bags, and home furnishing, in keeping with the latest fashion. Indha is Literacy India’s most successful employment initiative, that targets women from amongst the poorest families in villages around the City. For more information, log on to www.wftday. com or www.wfto.com.

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n Application Fair where you can meet representatives from universities and colleges in Canada. Class 12 students are requested to bring their board marks. September 2012 admissions open for engineering, business, science, and arts. For more information, call – 9958311166, 0124-4003231 or write to: ggn@canada123.org.

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Ride A “Dream Yuga” B

ollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the brand ambassador of Honda Motor Co., unveiled an economy motorbike, “Dream Yuga”, in Leela Kempinski. Dressed in a Honda T-shirt, the actor mounted on the bike and told the media about the advantages of a motorbike over a car, on the clogged roads of our cities. “Dream Yuga” is a 110cc motorcycle worth Rs. 44,642. It will compete with Hero’s Splendor, India’s biggest-selling bike. “Given Honda’s brand equity, the bike is definitely going to make a dent in the market shares of others,” said Keita Muramatsu, President of Honda Motorycle & Scooter India.

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he Pullman Gurgaon Central Park, a business hotel brand of Accor, launched SEN5ES, the all-day dining innovation that presents a world class cuisine experience. The cocktail launch saw VIPs and socialites, such as Ramola Bachchan, Bubbles Sabharwal, Bhavna Kakkar, Amishi Kapuria, Charu Parasher, Garima Jaiswal, Mayur Girotra, Rimple, and Harpreet Narula. The highlight of the evening was pizza acrobatics presented by Pasqualino Barbasso, a renowned Pizza Acrobat from Italy. He stretched the pizza dough to unimaginable lengths and juggled it for the guests. The evening also saw the launch of an exclusive bespoke music CD that reflects the rhythm of SEN5ES.

Rabbi Vapourizes C

ity music lovers cheered on, as Punjabi singer Rabbi Shergill crooned numbers like “Kitni Der Tak”, “Jugni”, “Delhi Heights”, “Tere Bin”, among others at Vapour. Rabbi enthralled the audience, and made everybody sing along. He rocked the place with his pulsating performance.

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Stick To Pizzas

A Poignant Tale

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The service here is languid, Pizza con polo and some time later I get to taste the first entrée of pan seared erched on top of the Galleria sole with chilly orange sauce. market, Escape Terrace Bar This dish is well intentioned but is Kitchen opened its doors some six let down by the not-so-fresh fish. months back, and is a good opThe second entrée I order is roast tion for patrons who literally want lamb with wine pepper sauce to feel high. I trudge through the (Rs. 590). It has a tough lamb, and many stairs to try their food, and a sauce that has been overcooked their much-talked about wood to the point of bitterness. The acfired oven pizza. companying vegetables, however, The outdoors is clearly deare crisp and fresh. signed for the cozy winters, with Chef Ravindra Dhingra insists a large seating area that gives a that I try their pizzas, and I do bird’s eye view of the high-rise exactly that. I am in for a scrumpvicinity. Since I am not really visittious surprise here. Pizza con ing them ‘in-season’, I enter their polo (Rs. 425) is adorned with predominantly red interiors and the toppings of mozzarella, settle into a comfy chair. smoked chicken and bell The menu has some peppers, and has been interesting choices, and I go perfectly rendered in their for a summery starter—the wood fired oven. This Greek salad (Rs. 265). The dish is a treat for the menu describes it as having palate. The smoky taste of lettuce, bell peppers, tomato Pan seared sole chicken heightens the dewedges and olives, tossed with chilly light of the already smoked with balsamic vinaigrette and orange sauce taste of the crispy thin-crust topped with feta cheese. In wood fired pizza. Maybe I reality, yes, the veggies are all Escape Terrace Bar Kitchen should have had more pizza, there, but the constituents are R-02, Level 2, Galleria Market,  and less of the rest. chopped too small, giving them DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon  The restaurant has a good the resemblance of a 'kachumbar'; location, and a great view. it has copious amounts of nimbu in Phone: +91 8800399444, +91 8800199444 They perhaps need to stick it, making it too tart for the Timing: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight more to pizzas. u taste buds.

Theatre

Packs A Coffee Punch { Ashok Sheoran }

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l Pacino is known to be very selective about the roles he takes on – preferring strong, individualistic and intense ones. In Ira Lewis’ ‘Chinese Coffee’, he found an ideal platform to play a failed elderly writer. Staged first in 2000, it is set in Greenwich Village, circa 1982. It was made into a film, starring Al Pacino, as a part of a three movie boxed set called ‘Pacino: An Actor's Vision’. Brought to Epicentre on 13th May by Danish Husain, this two man play has Vrajesh Hirjee (of Kaho Na Pyar Hai and Golmaal fame) as the second protagonist – besides, of course, Danish. Harry (Vrajesh) has published two novels, but not made enough money to leave his job as a doorman. He has given the manuscript of his third book to his close friend of many years, Jake Manheim (Danish), to read and give an opinion. Both are now living alone, as Harry’s long time artist girlfriend has just called off the relationship, and Jake has broken off from his rich wife. Jake has, in turn, decided to abandon his 30 years career as a photographer, in pursuit of opening his own studio – and trying, unsuccessfully, to be an actor. The plot essentially centres around the manuscript. After an

initial denial, Jake grudgingly admits he has read it. In the process he calls Harry ‘a walking disorder factory’, ‘perpetually enraged’, and ‘habitually hysterical’. Vrajesh has masterfully captured the essence of Harry’s character- a melancholic loser, wracked by panic attacks, given to whining and self-blame. Danish, on the other hand, portrays

a person consumed with guilt and self-doubt. His existence is ruled by contradictions; ‘should have’, ‘could have’, ‘might have’ and ‘if only’, rule his existence. Jake feels that Harry has stolen the story of his life, and penned it without his approval. The two eventually part in distrust and recrimination. Intense, witty, edgy and contemporary (Punjabi thrown in, if you please), Danish and Vrajesh have done full justice to Ira Lewis. Al Pacino may have grudged his

appreciation, had he been there. The play ends on an abrupt note; it doesn’t really conclude. The full house at Epicentre gave Vrajesh and Danish a very well-deserved standing ovation. Vrajesh, incidentally, displays far more talent than what we have seen of him in the movies. Says Danish “A few years back Al Pacino released a 4 DVD set, which included a movie directed by him, called ‘Chinese Coffee’. I happened to buy the set, and when I watched the movie I was blown away. The script has such delectable witticism. Agog by the performances and the script, I could see that though Pacino has made a movie out of it, it is actually a delightful play, screaming to be performed on stage. By the way, Pacino also starred in the stage version of this play. It took me five years to realise this dream. The play is about human frailty, about our grappling with multiple forces, while struggling to exist. It is about friendship, rivalry, jealousy…". Danish now plans to start work on a new ‘Dastan’, around Saadat Hasan Manto, along with Mahmood Farooqui. The set of the play, focused on Jake’s room, is designed by Sid Rathawan and Sandra Pfiel; the costumes are by Isha Ahluwalia (remember 3 Idiots); and the lights by Rahul Rai. u

any would agree that memorable literature is all about poignant stories, with emotional overtones. ‘The House I Loved’, by Tatiana, presents the reader with a sensuous texture of emotions – that are heartwarming, yet sad. In 1860, Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman, orders a series of large-scale renovations, that will permanently alter the face of Paris – transforming it into a modern city. The book is a compelling story of Rose Bazelet, who is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home, even as others flee the city fearing death and destruction. Rose is determined to stake her claim to the basement of the old house, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer each day. Rose has fond memories of the city, and does not want it to be torn down and rebuilt. She takes a stand, to fight for her home, her street, and her life. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual, Rose reveals long-held secrets to him, secrets she has never told another living person. She writes about her neighbours and friends, who have kept her company after his death. As the day of destruction nears, her letters become sad and distressing. It is particularly endearing

The House I Loved Author: Tatiana De Rosnay PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press/Pan PRICE: Rs. 1,419 (Hardcover) / Rs. 350 (Paperback Edition) GENRE: Fiction when Rose narrates her love for reading, and tells her husband that she now finally understands how he could sit for hours absorbed in a book. The parks, the buildings and the people come alive in Rose’s letters – as Tatiana de Rosnay paints a vibrant picture of the Eighteenth century streets in Paris. 'The House I Loved’ is a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength. It is also an ode to Paris, where houses harbour the emotions of their inhabitants, and secrets endure within their walls. Rose's house embodies her life, and the memories of her beloved husband. u

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Master Recipe Vijaylaxmi – Masterchef (Season 2): Top 4

Vada Chocolate Pudding Ingredients For the Vada 100gm Udad dal paste 100gm Moong dal paste 2 tbsp Sugar 2 tbsp Sesame seeds ½ cup Dry fruits ½ kg Oil to deep fry vadas Pinch of salt 1 cup Dark cooking chocolate 2 cups Cream ½ cup Strawberry, sliced 2 pieces Pineapple 1 piece Kiwi, sliced ½ cup Black grapes ½ cup Chocolate cookies, crushed 1 cup Whipped cream

Method

Mix all the ingredients and deep fry the Vadas. Allow to cool. Melt the dark chocolate and cream in a microwave for 30 seconds. Cut the fruits into the desired shape and keep aside. In a serving glass, arrange the vadas neatly. Sprinkle the crushed chocolate cookies on top. Add the melted chocolate and cream mixture. Pour the whipped cream and top it with the cut fruits.

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Lucky Striker

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he soul stirring performance of renowned singer Lucky Ali was a houseful affair at Striker, as fans poured in till the wee hours, to have a great time. From ‘O Sanam’, to “Gori Teri Ankhein” and “Kyun Chalti Hai Pawan”, Lucky Ali churned out his biggest hits. He also complied with requests that came in from the audience. “The audience in Gurgaon understands music very well. It is the hospitality of the Gurgaon audience that has brought me here once again,” said Lucky Ali, in an exclusive chat with Friday Gurgaon. We also spotted the HUDA Administrator, Dr. Praveen Kumar, enjoying the event.

Mommy Fashion Show

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estination Maternity Corporation (DEST), the world’s leading maternity apparel retailer, launched its first Destination Maternity® store – Mom & Me, at the Ambience Mall. The launch witnessed the first-of-its-kind fashion show by pregnant women, who confidently walked the ramp and showcased maternity tops, pants, kurtas, and free-flowing knee-length dresses. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Edward Krell, CEO of Destination Maternity Corporation said, “The launch of a Destination Maternity free-standing store is the next step for expanding our presence in India. Our store will offer an unparalleled breadth of assortment and a unique and engaging shopping experience.”

Summer Sojourn

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0 artists, including Dhiren Sasmal, Dilip Choudhary, Deepa Vedpathak, Jagannath Paul, Ramonkar, Biplab Biswas, and Ramesh Gorjala, put up a group exhibition –“Summer Sojourn” – at Epicentre. It was a huge success. The artists hail from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the country, and reflected their interesting sojourns in life.

A Summer Carnival was organised by the Prive Events at DLF City Club. Various workshops on art and craft, free makeover sessions, and an exhibition-cumsale of apparels, jewellery and artefacts took place.

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Now, The Human Toll

 Contd from p 1 Then the secrets have tumbled out of the closet, sometimes shocking even the victim’s family. The victim was so traumatised, that suicide was seemingly the only ‘escape’ for him/her. Psychological experts in the City feel that there is an increasing lack of communication between individuals and their families, which is fasttracking this unholy trend. And the admission of failure, and consequent depression, is fast becoming taboo. Dr. Brahm Deep Sindhu, the Senior Psychiatrist at the Civil Hospital, says that almost half his patients are suffering from depression. “It is a silent killer, because there are no visible signs. At best, the family notices a slight quietness and morbidity. Despite the fact that depression is highly curable, people succumb to it; and what we see in suicides are untreated people. All of them had a fighting chance, had they came forward with their problems.” In almost all the suicide cases, the young victims refused to, or couldn’t, share their woes with their relatives and near ones, Dr. Sindhu says. That is a point to be considered before drawing conclusions, he feels. There is so much tension from our daily life that every individual needs to ‘blow off steam’, every now and then. “But our changing social edicts are fast restricting that. In all social strata, the young are extremely driven individuals nowadays; and the increased pressure of work, social life and family expectations have only added to this – but given no release valve,” Dr. Sindhu explains. Even to show weakness is akin to failure; and failure is seen as death itself. With no other form of release, the

‘failed’ finally release their own life themselves. “I am becoming so susceptible to suggestions. My moods fluctuate in accordance with the topic I am surrounded by,” says Ram Gupta (name changed), a successful young man taking treatment at the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon. “One time, my friends were swapping ghost stories, and I was shivering in fear – my mind was creating horrifying creatures. And when the mood is sad...” he trails off, visibly shaking. Ram doesn’t have the courage to admit his problems to his family, so he has come to the Civil Hospital. It gives him the anonymity among the masses, to seek a quiet, desperate cure. His Counsellor, Dr. Devinder Kumar, writes down a number of prescription drugs, after talking to him. Ram slips the paper inside his coat, picks up his expensive phone and planner, and leaves unobtrusively. There are levels of depression – mild, moderate and severe. The last is the precursor to a person contemplating suicide. In mild depression, the patient can get well with just good counselling. In the moderate, there is a steady course of counselling, coupled with prescription drugs, to keep the mood from fluctuating too wildly. “Severe depression is a phase where a person needs the maximum amount of attention. If not hospitalised, the person is put on a course of strong medication, to control his or her mood swings, and frequent sessions of counselling. If the case is getting out of hand, electro-shock therapy is the last option,” explains Dr. Sindhu. “But the fact remains that suicides

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Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I need to go to the market. Main bajaar jaana chahun hun. 2. Can I go walking? Paaya jaa sakun hun? 3. Will the shops be open today? Dukaan khulri hungi ke aaj? 4. Is there a clothes shop there? Koi lattya ki dukaan segi

ke oddesik?

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Types of Depression

 Dysthymic Disorder  Seasonal Affective Depression  Major Depressive Disorder  Bipolar Disorder  Psychotic Depression

Symtoms of Depression

 Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings  Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism  Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/ or helplessness  Irritability, restlessness  Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex  Fatigue and decreased energy  Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and taking decisions  Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping  Overeating, or appetite loss  Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment  Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts can be averted. The people who are ready to end their lives can be normalised, and lead healthy, happy lives.” Dr. Achal Bhagat, Chief Psychiatrist at the Medanta, agrees with this. This (suicidal depression) is a state of mind, he stresses. Impulse decisions like this can be averted in time, provided the person gets medical attention. “We are going to launch a full-scale campaign against depression and suicides early next month, with support from the NGO Saarthak,” he says. There are different types of depression; and if left untreated, the patients are going to end up as statistics. “The point is, people have to recognise that depression is a condition that needs treatment, and support from the family,” he explains. This unholy trend is not new though, comment doctors. Even in 1998-99, there were a spate of suicides when the examination season was on, recalls Dr. Bhagat. The reasons were different, but the victims were an even younger age group. In Meenakshi’s case, Dr. Sindhu says that she was most probably a

case of bipolar mania. People who have constant stress, tension and worries, tend to push them aside – covering their feelings with laughter and spirit. Her prolonged euphoria, with bouts of heightened irritability, impulsive behaviour and restlessness, as described by her neighbours in reports, fit in with this condition, Dr. Sindhu says. Such a condition leads to a rash, impulsive decision like suicide, as there is no one to moderate her moods. The family should be the first line of defence in such scenarios, he says. They should be able to recognise these signs, over time. The case of Dana Sangma, who committed suicide because she was allegedly caught cheating in an examination hall, was probably an impulse-decision based on a fear of failure before peers, and the fear of humiliation before her family, says Dr. Kumar. “If she had confided in her friends, or even her family, such a situation should have not come to pass.” What about the alleged racial bias she had been facing? Could it be a reason for her decision? “Nothing has been proved as of yet,” a psychiatrist comments, but adds, “Racial abuse victims feel a need to strike out, not strike at themselves.” “The stigma attached to accepting psychiatric help is nigh insurmountable, even in today’s society,” Dr. Kumar laments. A visit to a psychiatric is assumed to mean the person is ‘mental’, mad. “One has to have nerves of steel, and the full support of the family, to even come to this decision. This is why untreated cases end up as stories in newspapers.” It is people like Ram, who have a desire to get well, and accept the fact that one needs professional help, who are proof of the difference between life or death in such cases. “The step of coming to terms with one’s ailment is the most important one. Once one accepts that there is a problem, and that it is curable, the rest is counselling and medication (for a few). But failure to take the first step is what causes suicides,” says Dr. Sindhu. People prefer to die, rather than accept that they have a serious problem, he comments. u

Gurgaon District has 35249 BPL (Below Poverty Line) cardholders – 21,837 in rural areas, and the balance 13,412 in the urban areas.

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♦ The ‘BMW case’ is more than a test case for Gurgaon. A BMW, driving at high speed, had hit another car (an Indigo), and killed 2 occupants (including a pregnant woman), as well as critically injured her husband and parents. Even after almost 2 weeks, the police are yet to establish who was driving the car. ♦ Gurgaon Police, in collaboration with Shakti Vahini and Childline (number 1098) organized a platform for discussion and implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act (JJA), with various stakeholders. Anil Kumar Rao, Joint Commissioner of Police, who chaired the meeting, said that Gurgaon Police have now designated a Special Juvenile Police Unit, constituting a Juvenile Police Officer and a woman constable, in each Police Station. They would track and take care of cases of child abuse, as also monitor NGOs for any suspected ill treatment of children. ♦ Local bus service finally started. Initially there would be 72 buses (15 A/C), on 4 routes, and operating from 6am to 11pm; the fares are from Rs 5 to 15. Buses would stop at identified spots (no proper bus stops yet), or wherever passengers request. Within 6 months, the total buses would go to a 100, operating on 11 routes. ♦ 5 more super luxury Volvo buses were inducted, for the Gurgaon-Chandigarh route – taking the total to 15. About 1,200 passengers are travelling on these daily. By June, this may become an hourly bus service. There is a plan to start operations to Jaipur and/or Agra also.

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♦ A unique ‘Hi-Tech Green House’ is being set up by the Horticulture Dept., just behind the local Vikas Sadan. The aim is to prepare good quality highyielding disease-free variety of plants. The facility would be a temperature controlled all-weather site. Farmers would get quality seedlings at reasonable prices.

♦ Suicides - a technician working for Suzuki commits suicide; a 19-year-old maid jumps to her death from a 9th floor in a Sec 43 building; a 26 year old is found hanging from a tree – allegedly unhappy with marriage; an elderly man hangs self at home; an unidentified youth is found hanging from a tree. ♦ Lightning strike kills a farmer in Farukhnagar. ♦ Husband Sumit denied bail, by the Supreme Court, in wife (Ruchi Bhuttan) murder case. ♦ An 8-day-old male infant is found abandoned in the Jain Mandir, Jacobpura. He is well, and under care. ♦ A dreaded criminal and his accomplice are arrested in Sec 46 – 2 pistols recovered. ♦ A robber’s gang is arrested, after clash with police.

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♦ ‘Passengers’ take a driver hostage at gunpoint, and steal the taxi, after taking a lift. ♦ Delhi based Director of a pilot academy is booked for a Rs 15 lac fraud – took the money on the pretext of a job offer to a Gurgaon candidate. ♦ Rs 3.5 lacs looted from a doctor, in the Civil Hospital campus. ♦ A gang of bookies held, while betting on IPL matches. ♦ Police files FIR against people who protested violently, during the recent Sohna Road demolition drive by HUDA. ♦ Construction deadline of 10 years is waived, for institutional Sectors 32 and 44. ♦ There was a 3-hour jam on Dundahera Road, due to residents protesting against non-supply of water. ♦ The Railway Station road will be widened – made into a 4-lane road. ♦ A census of the big cat population is on going, in Aravali hills. ♦ Ansals seek denotification of SEZ in City.

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Spreading A Stink

PRAKHAR PANDEY

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he Sewage Treatment Plant in Sector 9A of HUDA has become the bane of residents, as they are forced to live with a constant foul smell in the air – that is also affecting the health of their children. The slums built on the encroached land in the Sector, and the poor condition of the roads, are making life even worse. Despite assurances, and a visit by the HUDA Administrator, the residents allege that the civic conditions have not changed much. They, however, admit that after the visit by Dr. Praveen Kumar, the officials of the department have at least started to listen to their woes. Lt. Col. R.S Balwada, President of the RWA, says that HUDA officials, led by the Administrator, had promised early resolution of issues – but the problems are continuing. “The Administrator had spent around 3 hours at the Sewage Treatment Plant, and assured that things will turn around. Although some work has happened, the water treatment is not functional, as a result of which

foul smell permeates the entire Sector – making life unbearable,” he asserts. Residents living near the Plant are particularly peeved over its poor functioning, and want it to be closed. Virender Verma, Vice President of the RWA, alleges that the effluent gas that was burnt earlier in the Plant is now released in the air without treatment. “Health problems are being caused due to the release of this gas, and seepage of effluents underground,” he says. Encroachments near the petrol pump and the Treatment Plant are also causing problems.  Baswada says that HUDA authorities should take action against the encroachers. “We also want that work should be taken up in the 22.5 acres vacant plot called Smriti Va-

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urgaon has hundreds of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), and most of them are at loggerheads with their respective builders. Be it HUDA sectors or any private builder sectors, the residents are not satisfied with the quality of services being provided by their respective builders/service providers. Hence, one now often witnesses demonstrations, agitations, and dharnas at one place or the other in the City. Unitech’s Uniworld Garden also has an RWA, and it too doesn’t get perfect services – but dharnas and agitations are not their way of working. “We don’t believe in dharnas or any other kind of demonstration or muscle show. We believe in negotiation; and if we can’t get our work done by negotiating with the service provider—who is Unitech in our case—we move to the Court, to

tika; and it be developed as a park,” he says. Some of the Sector residents are however optimistic, and hopeful that the current Administrator’s 'magic' will work in this Sector as well. “At least some work has begun, due to the visit of Dr. Kumar. Earlier no one listened to our problems. There have been some improve-

Failed Promises settle the matter in a more civilised and lawful way,” said Sarvadaman Oberoi, the Joint Secretary, Uniworld Garden RWA. “I have been living here for three and half years, and I don’t think our problems are different from the rest of the City. Like them, here too the builder has failed to keep its promises, made at the time of selling the apartments. At Uniworld, we face 3 key challenges – electricity shortage, unavailability of piped water, and the sub-standard quality of apartments,” says Sanjay Dua, the Vice President. “Here we have eight towers, and the electricity demand is quite high; but Unitech has not been able to provide us the required load. Hence, five out of eight towers always remain on JIT KUMAR

Sarvadaman Oberoi, Joint Secretary, Uniworld Garden RWA

gensets. Unitech was supposed to establish a 66 KVA sub-station in South City-II, in order to mitigate the electricity scarcity of its residents. However, despite establishing it, they have not been able to make it functional. People ask us why and how we are different from the rest of the RWAs of the City. Here is the reason: we don’t pay for the diesel being used in the gensets, whereas the rest of the City does. And the reason is that Unitech, before handing over the possession of apartments in 2007, promised a full electricity connection, which they haven’t been able to provide till now,” says Oberoi. So Unitech bears the diesel cost instead. Sub-standard construction is another issue the residents here are weary of. Sanjay Dua states, “These apartments look so good from the main Sohna road. However, all eight towers have some big architectural flaws; and the biggest problem here is the seepage of water from the basement walls. The Unitech people have tried to stop it, but they are unable to provide a permanent solution. All the residents are tired of it,” he adds. However, a positive point is that Uniworld Garden has a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) plant inside the premises, which is a great relief (STP doesn’t let the sewage lines get choked). “Unitech has often asked us to take over the maintenance, but we have refused to take over these half-baked apartments. We don’t have a fully functional electricity connection, and ground water is still drawn from a tube-well. The buildings too are not in good shape. Unitech

ments – like the Plant has been cleaned, roads have been cleared of debris, plants distributed in the area,” says O.P Arora, Treasurer of the RWA. Arora is however worried about the power situation in the Sector (and laments that electricity is not a subject managed by the HUDA Administrator). “There is too much voltage fluctuation in the area, and the voltage is also low. The street lights are not functional,” he asserts. Poor drainage and waterlogging during the monsoons is another issue that the residents want the authorities to resolve, before the rainy season. “We have to cross waterlogged roads filled with sewage and filth,” says Balbir Singh. The movement of stray animals in the Sector is also a major problem, as residents claim that residents of nearby un-regularised colonies bring their cattle for grazing here. Baswada says that despite repeated complaints to HUDA, no action has been taken against the owners of the cattle. “We have tried to enforce discipline, but not everything can be done by us,” he says. The parks in this Sector are also badly neglected, and they need major restoration by HUDA, opine residents. The walls of many parks are broken, and the outdoor furniture has rusted, says Baswada. Residents also want that the authorities should come good on the promised park to be developed on the stretch starting from Surya Vihar to the local police post. “If the authorities do not take early action, then the living conditions will go from bad to worse,” warns Verma. u

just wants to shed its burden, by handling over the maintenance. Why would we now spend for the things that we were promised at the time of purchase? According to the Apartments Act, the builder can’t sell the Common Areas and the parking; but Unitech has sold it. That is another reason why we are at loggerheads with them,” adds Dua. Finally, there is the regular security issue. “High security is the bedrock of any private apartment housing, and is one of the main reasons why people buy flats instead of plotted houses. At Uniworld the security is pathetic, and Unitech hardly seems to be bothered about it. We always remain worried for our family and belongings, when we are at the office. Unitech often changes security agencies even without consulting the RWA,” signs off Dua. u

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t stake is a 300 acre plus Township, with an expected resident base of 38,000. Private is not necessarily good, or better. Mayfield Gardens is a case in point. The licences of the original private builders (a consortium) have been cancelled. HUDA has been asked by the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department to step in, so that the residents do not suffer. This could be a very interesting precedent. Gurgaon II (Sectors 58 to 115) is only Private (over 50 builders). After the unprecedented cancellation of the builders’ licences for Mayfield Gardens, it would be notable to see what stand HUDA/TCP take regarding the maintenance of this Colony, and completion of the deficient works that have made life difficult for the residents. Although it is expected that HUDA will take over the Colony, and the process of listing the services and works needed on a priority basis has already started, insiders point out that the Agency is still unclear about its role in the takeover process. The Agency is also wary of setting a precedent, whereby dissatisfied RWAs could ask for its intervention every time a private builder fails in Gurgaon. In addition, it is being felt that the process of getting the much needed development funds, by selling the unutilised land of the builder, could lead to a messy legal battle. One of the developers of the colony has already filed an appeal before the authorities, asking for reconsideration of the decision to cancel the licences. Meanwhile, work has already begun as per the directions issued by the Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of HUDA Administrator. The Committee had met on May 3, but the Minutes of this meeting have yet to be received by the RWA representatives, reveals Sanjay Singh, President M2K White House RWA.

Mayfield Mayhem

Sarvesh Kumar Joon, PS to HUDA Administrator, says that the process to list deficient works and services has begun, and the report will be filed in a couple of days.  In addition to the estimation work, HUDA officials are also working towards assisting the residents in maintaining this Colony on a day to day basis. Information about the water, power, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure has also been sought from the consortium of builders. The final decision on maintenance, and the building of deficient infrastructure, will be taken up in the next meeting of the Committee.  Earlier, in the last meeting, the members of the RWA had told the committee that the development work of the Colony could be funded by from the External Development Charges (EDC) and Infrastructural Development Charges (IDC) that have been collected from the builder. Sanjay Singh had also suggested that the Interest-Free Maintenance Security (IFMS) collected from each resident by the builder, could be recovered and used for development work. The residents also took up the matter of setting up a Community Centre in the colony. Despite promises, the builder has not set it up. On this issue, the HUDA Chief, Dr. Praveen Kumar, had

The First Meeting

In the very first meeting to take this special project forward, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Administrator, Dr. Praveen Kumar, had met the Mayfield Gardens residents, alongwith officials from the Town and Country Planning (TCP), Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHVBN), and HUDA engineers. The Administrator had asked his officials to survey the Colony, and make note of what is needed on a priority basis. “We want to facilitate the Mayfield people in their struggle to have a wellmaintained colony,” he had said. The day-to-day operations would be managed by the RWA associations, with HUDA playing a supervisory role. He also said that HUDA would ask the defaulting builder to hand over funds for the development of Mayfield Gardens, besides providing data on the

assured that a composite Community Centre—that included sports facilities—for the entire Colony, could be built on a public-private participation basis.   Dharamvir Yadav, President, Sheetal Residents Welfare Association, who has spearheaded the fight, says that this situation arose because the builders had shunned their responsibility. They neither created the necessary infrastructure, nor serviced the locality. He also alleges that lack of monitoring by the Department of Town and Country Planning, and failure to act on the com-

HUDA/RWA Action Plan

Assess status – on development works and maintenance. Estimate cost of provision of services (esp. water, power, sanitation). Prioritise list of works/projects (e.g. Community Centre, Electricity Sub-Station) Ask DTCP to issue a letter of authority to the RWAs, allowing them to collect maintenance charges from the residents and to represent them. Survey the Land Bank, for ‘monetisation’ opportunities. Ask for recovery of IFMS, from the builder(s).

Colony - regarding water, power and other amenities. Senior Town Planner R.K Singh had said that the Department would send a letter to the defaulting builders, to provide the required funds and information on a priority basis.  The issue of deficient development work (because of which the Completion Certificate was not granted) was also taken up. The builders had not even started building a dedicated power sub-station (worth Rs 40 crores), and were using lessercapacity transformers to provide electricity to the residents. The residents’ body had said that the required transformer was not set up by the builders, despite getting a High Court notice to do so.  Dr. Kumar had reassured the residents that what had been promised would be provided - if not by the builder, then by HUDA.

plaints of the residents, is also a reason behind the Mayfield fiasco. In fact, Mayfield Gardens is symbolic of the malaise that Gurgaon finds itself in – sandwiched between some hardnosed builders and an ineffective bureaucracy, that seemingly have little concern for the cause of the common man. Yadav says that it was quite difficult to get information about the project. Yadav then took the recourse of RTI, and filed an application with the Senior Town Planner, Gurgaon. Again, despite appealing to the State Information Commission, there was little he could get from both the DTCP and HUDA. In 2009, Kamal Kumar, as Senior Town Planner in Gurgaon, helped them in getting the requisite information – that proved crucial in filing complaints and applications against the builders. Kumar sent a strong letter to DTCP, against the builders for noncompliance. “Despite this strong letter and pressure from the authorities, the builders refused to budge,” says Yadav. However, without losing hope, he organised ‘dharnas’, and held demonstrations against the builders, as well as DTCP officials. The matter was thereafter taken to the Court of the Lokayukta, and an appeal filed against the Director, DTCP, as well as the builders. “It was under pressure of the Lokayukta and other quarters that the DTCP was forced to take the unprecedented step of cancelling the licenses,” says Yadav. M.S Bisht, RWA Secretary, says that they have prepared a list of issues that explicitly detail the non-performance of the builders. “The infrastructure in the Colony is very poor. The roads, power, sewage facilities are minimal; and common areas and community buildings have not been provided,” says Bisht. The cancellation of licenses has come after a long drawn battle, in which the residents have suffered a lot – and now this decision should not be reversed, he says.  

The Problems

Residents, in fact, are calling for penal action against the builders, who have not delivered what they promised. Yadav says that the builders have not completed the internal development works as per approved layout and service plan estimates. Water supply scheme, laying of sewerage and storm

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water drainage, roads, horticulture and electricity infrastructure are not as per the approved plans, he alleges. C.B Mehra, a resident of the Colony, alleges that the green belt and parks are completely ignored. The Park site, between Plots N161/197 and N162/196, has not even been developed, and has become a garbage dumping ground. Colony residents are particularly peeved by the inadequate power infrastructure, because of which they have to suffer. The power department is not granting them new connections. Yadav says that despite directions from the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission, the builders have failed to set up a 66 KVA sub-station, that is needed for a Colony with a projected requirement of 50 MW. M2K White House RWA President Sanjay Singh further says that property owners are facing problems, because the government has stopped the registration of properties in the Colony. “We are suffering despite having occupancy certificates, and paying the necessary charges to the government. The circle rates have also increased, as a result of which higher stamp duties are now needed to be paid,” asserts Singh. He is confident that HUDA will take over the Colony, and deliver justice.  

Legal Tangle

In 1994, 21 companies were issued 26 licenses by the DTCP, to develop Mayfield Garden in an area of 332 acres. Later, these 21 companies were amalgamated into five companies. As a result, Mayfield Gardens was then developed by the five companies – namely Sheetal International Private Limited (owned by Rajiv Gupta), New India City Developers (owned by Gulshan Kumar Ghambir), Satsudha Investment Private Ltd (owned by Mahesh Kumar), Northstar Apartments Pvt Ltd (owned by S.S Jonapuria), Ajay Impex Pvt Ltd (owned by M.S Jain). Unfortunately for the Colony and its residents, some disputes arose between the owners of these companies, leading to the beginning of an arbitration in 1996. This process, Yadav says, is still pending in court. There is little cohesion among the builders, leading to no action on the ground. Though the builders, by an internal agreement, have appointed Sheetal International as the holding company that can negotiate with the residents and the government authorities, Yadav alleges that officials of all the companies have dealt with the government in the name of Sheetal International. This has led to an imbroglio. In such a twisted situation, the RWA residents now want a status quo, as far as cancellation of licences is concerned; and want the government agencies to deliver the services that should have been provided by the private developers. This case can still set a good example, provided the government is willing to be supportive, and help implement the law, asserts Yadav. u

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Development Around The City

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{ Maninder Dabas / FG } ith MCG and HUDA heads, and the DC, at the helm of power in Gurgaon, the Additional Divisional Commissioner (ADC) seems to be deprived of all the media glare, and other opportunities of being in the news. But Gurgaon’s ADC V.S Hooda, a 1992 batch Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer, believes in ‘working behind the doors’, so that he doesn’t get distracted or disturbed. “My job is to assist DC Sahab in all the development works in the rural areas of Gurgaon district. This City indeed has civic and other issues; but outside the City, there lies another Gurgaon, that has more serious problems to deal with. Here in the City we have all the facilities; the only question and problem is maintenance. But outside, in rural Gurgaon, all these infrastructural facilities are non-existent, and that’s what I believe is a more challenging work. Apart from being the secondin-command, I am the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA),” says Hooda, while dealing with the constant arrival of files at his office in Vikas Sadan. Development Works is a sort of umbrella term; so what is the sort of Development that the ADC carries out? Hooda explains, “We work in close collaboration with the District Development and Panchayat Office (DDPO), Block level administration and Panchayat Samitis, because these people are supposed to carry out the development work in their respective village areas – and we play the role of fund providers. Apart form infrastructure development, I look after the proper implementation of many national level schemes – such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Indira Gandhi Awas Yojna (IGAY), Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY). “SGSY provides sustainable income to the rural poor. The programme aims at establish-

ing a large number of micro-enterprises in the rural areas, building on the potential of the rural poor. It is envisaged that every family assisted under SGSY will be brought above the poverty line in a period of three years,” explains Hooda. He also spoke about the NREGA scheme, “In NREGA, we provide a 100 day employment to a member of a BPL family; and I would like to tell you that our daily wage is Rs. 192, which is the highest in the country. IGAY is a prominent scheme, wherein we provide Rs. 45,000 to any BPL family that has a Kachha house in an area of 50 yards or more – to help them make a cemented home. Last year, 600 people benefitted from this scheme; and this year our target is 700 new Pakka houses for the poor people,” explains Hooda. Asked about the status of rural Gurgaon, and how better or worse it is in comparison to the other districts of the State, Hooda says, “Gurgaon is comparatively better. The prosperity rate is much higher here, and that’s why it is sometimes very difficult to find people for the development and welfare schemes. For example, in NREGA, we find it very difficult to find people in rural Gurgaon – because most of them are farmers, and have their own lands to work on.

Only the migrants and the landless Haryanvis are coming forward, for reaping the benefits of such schemes. Mewat is one district where these schemes can really bring some serious change in the socioeconomic life of the people,” says Hooda. Education is another field where rural Gurgaon is doing well, and Hooda believes that education is the only way to get out of all the socio-economic adversities. “Apart from being the ADC here, I am also the Chairman of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). It is education that brings change in society. Gurgaon has a literacy rate of 84 per cent, which is higher than many districts of the state. I sincerely believe that the implementation of the RTE Act would definitely help in raising the bar further, and getting the much needed socio-economic equilibrium in the society,” says Hooda. Female foeticide is another issue that haunts Haryana. Hooda, as an ADC, is constantly working in this regard, in close collaboration with the Health department, “Apart from keeping an eye on the ultra-sound centres, and checking their records, we conduct street and nukkad nataks, to make the people understand that a girl child is not a burden. Changing the mindset of the people is the only way we can solve this issue. I have seen a lot of old men and women coming here for their ‘Budhapa’ pension; and when I ask them if they live with their sons, most of them reply in the negative. So what’s the benefit of bearing a son instead of a daughter, if he can’t take care of you in your old age? Haryana is suffering from this mindset of girl child being a burden; and we as the Administration are not only trying to nab and punish the culprits, but also trying to change this conditioned mindset of the people,” signs off Hooda. u

Engaged, But Concerned volved in social activities. Even though Mukesh is busy as Executive Director and Business Head at Oracle, he has been taking active interest in the various activities of his sprawling complex. He has been the treasurer and secretary of his RWA. “I try to take time off from my busy office schedule, for the betterment of our apartment complex. The intellectual, qualified residents ensure rich conversations, and an entertaining social life. Now that our children are married and settled, we often go out on excursions and picnics with PRAKHAR PANDEY fellow residents.” Mukesh, however is disturbed by { Alka Gurha } the absence of safety and security in hey have had a great time in Gur- Gurgaon, particularly at night. One of gaon. Mukesh and Deepa Mathur the residents from their apartment was relocated to Gurgaon from Chennai accosted and robbed near Sikanderpur in 2003; and there has been no looking Metro station. This has left a dent on the back for this dynamic couple. As Mukesh psyche of most residents of his complex. puts in, “We never imagined we will settle “The Gurgaon model of development down here. But after my children started is a random mix of bright sequins working in Gurgaon, we gradually got stitched on a fabric that is decaying. more entrenched in the city. The cosmo- The high rise buildings and the glitzy politan culture of Gurgaon comforted us, malls symbolise urbanisation, but the and we decided to settle down here. To- crater-infested roads are an eye-sore. The garbage and plastic strewn on the roads day we are proud Gurgaonites.” Deepa, his wife, fondly remembers the is also a big concern. And so is the depleearly days when she explored the city in tion of the ground water table. An unforsearch of a suitable dwelling. After look- tunate case of misplaced priorities is ing at various properties on Sohna Road, visible all around,” rues Mukesh. According to Deepa, there is a lot that the couple finally zeroed in on Vipul Belmonte, an upscale residential condomin- the City offers. “I find that there is a lot ium on the Golf Course Road. “Keeping in one can engage in. I love the sense of mind the property boom we decided to in- space, the entertainment options, and vest in an apartment here. Today we look work opportunities that Gurgaon provides. At any stage our children can back at our decision with a great sense of come back to live and work here,” pride and satisfaction. ” The lively couple is deeply in- smiles Deepa. u

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A Wish To Do More { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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hat’s the point of being a watchdog, if one doesn’t have any power to punish the wrongdoer? This question always frustrates Kavita Yadav, the President of Zila Parishad, a body that inspects the Development Works done by the Administration in the rural areas of the District. “I am the President of Zila Parishad for over one and half years now. Apart from the construction work, I keep an eye on the Anganwadis, NREGA, and other works carried out by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA). But if I find any irregularity in the work, the maximum action I can take is to inform the DC and the State about it. I don’t have any power to punish the wrongdoers. As far as inspection is concerned, I go out to visit one village every month. This I believe is not enough, and I hope I would be able to increase the field visits in the coming months,” says Kavita Yadav. She explains how she got elected for the Zila Parishad Presidentship, “Here in Gurgaon City we have 35 Councillors, and the rest of the District has only 10. The Zila Parishad is a body that deals with the affairs of the rural areas of the District; it doesn’t have any say in the City affairs. I was elected by the consensus of these 10 Councillors,” says Yadav. Yadav, who hails from Manesar, believes that being a toothless tiger is quite painful – you can’t do anything, despite witnessing irregularities, “Apart from the school inspections,

I also inspect the construction of community centres, village roads, and other development works; and most of the time irregularities happen during the construction of these facilities. DC Sahab is a good man, and he always tries to look into the matter personally and punish the culprits; but it’s not possible every time, and people tend to get away without punishment,” rues Yadav. "I would like to emphasise that the whole system of assigning the tenders is rotten, and needs to be revamped with immediate effect, in order to decrease the irregularities and malfunctioning.” Asked about the state of rural villages in Gurgaon district she says, “I origiPRAKHAR PANDEY nally belong to a village in Delhi; and when I compare the villages there to the villages of Gurgaon district, there is a stark difference. But things are improving, and I hope this gap will get reduced in the years to come,” explains Yadav. She also speaks of the facilities and other financial benefits she gets from the State. “As far as benefits are concerned, I have got this office and residence in the heart of the City. I get a fixed amount of Rs. 6,000 per month, for doing inspections in various villages of the District. Apart from this I have no other facility, not even a vehicle to conduct the visits,” says Yadav. Haryana is a patriarchal state, and it must be tough for a woman to play the role of a watchdog. “I would say being a woman it’s quite easy to play my role, because these people listen to me and don’t try to misbehave.” u

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Cricket Bharti Mother’s Day @ MRIS

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o express their love and gratitude, the little ones at MRIS, Sector 46 invited their mothers to school, and organised fun filled activities for them. The activities included ‘Community Eating’ by toddlers, ‘Weird Hair Do and Tattoo Making’ by the Nursery students, a ‘Glimpse of Traditional India’ by the KG students, and Potter’s Wheel by all. Mothers participated in all the activities, and shared their culinary and creative skills with the kids and teachers.

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he pre-primary wing of Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar organised friendly cricket matches among the three grades of pre-nursery, nursery, and kindergarten. The kids wore the jerseys of different nations, and took turns for batting, bowling, fielding, wicket keeping, and cheering as onlookers. The pitch, score-board and the cricket gear all added to the sporty atmosphere in the school premises. The students also swayed to the various cricket theme songs, and enjoyed the activity.

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ood Shepherd School, New Colony organised a summer fiesta for the tiny tots. The kids participated in many activities and contests – such as fancy dress competition, swimming, dancing, and singing. While teachers made yummy snacks for the little ones, the kids made all the arrangements, and had a gala time.

Scholar Badge Ceremony @ DPS

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elhi Public School, Sector 45 celebrated the Scholar Badge Ceremony for Classes X and XII in the School auditorium. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Principal DPS Rohini, Ms. Rita Sen. The function began with Saraswati Vandana, a musical invocation to the Goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge and arts. The Principal, Ms. Aditi Misra, lauded the efforts of the parents, who she believed are the real winners – for having brought up the children in the right manner. Both the Principals awarded badges to the scholars, and the hall reverberated with the applause of happiness and pride.

Model Mothers

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lue Bells Model School, Sector-4 organised a Workshop – ‘For the mothers by the mothers’. The Workshop began with a movie on parenting. The Workshop offered three activities – Cuisine Delights, Storytelling, and Best Out of Waste. Mothers came up with innovative ideas and recipes. They also demonstrated the process of making useful products with waste materials – such as balloons, CDs, x-rays, newspapers, plastic bottles, and old magazines. They also shared the recipes of mouthwatering snacks. The mothers narrated interesting stories, with the help of hand-held puppets. All the mothers highly appreciated the efforts of the School.

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Literary Flourish

My Mother “Mother”, I don’t know what’s so unique and heavenly in this word that I can never express it,

various roles You play for me, You’re my mentor, my teacher, My inspiration.

“Mom, the superwoman!” even that sounds incomplete;

Its you who always makes me laugh, makes me sing, makes me dance! And it’s you who always ensures that I stay safe, under the secured roof, of your values and morals.

“Mamma, you’re my everything” too sounds less... “Maa, You’re the true epitome of a lady, My world revolves around you, You’re my universe.. I can’t count the

I’m still sure that this doesn’t define you. But it was a little effort to thank you, Because you are a perfectionist My mother who can never be described! Aayushi Sukhija Class XI, D.P.S. Sector 45

DPS Mothers’ Day

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elhi Public School, Maruti Kunj, Sector-28 celebrated Mother’s Day to honour all mothers. The celebration started with a special prayer, followed by a melodious song by the School choir. A short skit, depicting the importance of a mother in one’s life, was enacted by the students of Class VII. The little ones made beautiful cards, with touching messages, for their beloved mothers. The celebration ended with a twinkle-toed dance performance by the students of Classes III and IV.

Shalom Computer Champions

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o offer a lifetime opportunity to its students, Shalom Hills International School sent 12 students from Classes VIII to IX to take part in the 2nd level Compudon MS Office Exam, held in the Academy of Animations. The Competition is an excellent platform for students to showcase their expert skills, using Microsoft Office tools – giving them an upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional environment. Last year, Abdus Samad Hashmy of Class VIII had scored a perfect 10 i.e 1000/1000, and was declared the ‘Champion in waiting’ – as he had missed the title of the Champion by a whisker. This year, as many as 12 students have cleared Level 1, and qualified for the highly prestigious and competitive Level 2. With this, they are now in the reckoning for the title of “India Champion”. The India Champion proudly represents the school and the country in the World Wide Competition (WWC).

Artistic Strokes

Yeshita Khawas, II-A, American Public School

Mehak Gaur, II-B, Swiss Cottage School

Prachi Pahuja, V-A, Blue Bells Model School Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com

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In ancient India many teachers taught lessons to their students through stories, just as it is done today. In fact, a teacher called Pandit Vishnu Sharma wrote all the stories of the Panchatantra just to teach four young princes about kingship! Amar Chitra Katha tells you some of these stories that were written very long ago.

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Amalaki – Nature’s Nurse { Jaspal Bajwa }

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malaki or Amla is sometimes also referred to as the Indian Gooseberry. Another name for it is ‘Dhatri’, which means ‘nurse’. Numerous benefits of Amla are well known. That it packs a punch when it comes to Vitamin C is common knowledge. Along with all its other powerful constituents, Amla is highly regarded as a potent antioxidant. It helps scavenge free radicals – those unstable oxygen-based ions in the body that have a direct link with premature aging and disease. What is not as well known is that Amalaki also happens to be one of the foods which cools our body from the inside. This engenders an all-round positive effect on the body, mind and emotions, helping promote inner strength, stability and our ability to withstand stress. In Ayurvedic tradition, Amla has been recommended to cleanse excess pitta from the digestion system, by balancing the stomach acids. This gentle detoxifying helps support regular bowel function, keeps the colon clean, and removes toxins from the body. Amla is also an important tonic for the skin, hair, and eyes. It is considered an important brain food. And it helps boost the immune function. Little wonder why it is therefore considered an important ‘rasayana’ – a top-of-the-line herbal substance, that has remarkable qualities for enhancing longevity and rejuvenation. Amla is one of three herbs used in triphala, the primary Ayurvedic ingredient which aids in regulating various bodily functions. It is for the very same reason that it is a key ingredient in Chyavanprash, a well known centuries old Ayurvedic tonic, for all round vitality–and for boosting the immune function.

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Ensure that the fruit is clear, and free of any cuts or abrasions. It should have a round shape, with vertical stripes. The greenish yellow colour should have a fresh look, and the rind should be smooth. There are many ways in which Amla can be relished. It can be enjoyed fresh. Or as a dried fruit. Amla can be chopped and consumed by itself. In summer, freshly prepared amla juice by itself, or as an ingredient of an interesting mocktail, can be very refreshing. Amla powder can be added to health drinks. Amla is often pickled, or used as an ingredient in making preserves, jams or jellies. Freshly sliced amla can be stewed in sugar syrup, and then used as a topping for fruit tarts, cakes, cheesecakes. Nature’s Wonder Food(s) of the week: Amalaki or Amla – Emblica Officinalis Its prolonged use is very effective in lowering the risk of many chronic

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disorders. Amla has a very interesting and complex flavour profile. Its unique ‘sour and sweet’ taste combines with feisty hints of bitterness and astringency. The five tastes (of the six, known as ‘rasa’ in Ayurveda) help promote salivation – the important first step of the digestive process. At the same time it is helpful in decreasing acidity, indigestion, constipation and flatulence. In recent years, its use against gastric ulcers and piles has been well documented. Amla can be used both internally and externally. It is a potent rejuvenation tonic for the entire body. In topical applications, Amla finds its place in many products for skin, eye and hair health; as it cleanses hydrates and nourishes these organs, strengthens hair roots and enhances the natural lustre of skin and hair. Amla also helps our body get the most out of the food we eat. It stokes the digestive fires gently, without increasing body heat and stomach acid, and helps the body to absorb iron, calcium and other nutrients from foods more efficiently. The Vitamin C content is nearly 20 times that of citrus fruits. The ascorbic acid content ranges between 625 to 1800 mg/100 g of fruit. More importantly, the naturally occurring Vitamin C of Amla may be ten times more beneficial to the body, than synthetic vitamins obtained from supplements. Amla has three times the protein concentration of apples. It helps boosts protein metabolism, and helps build lean body mass. As it helps enhance metabolism, it is also good for weight management. Amla use should be restricted in cases of acute diarrhoea or dysentery. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Soothing The Aura { Bhavana Sharma }

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ura healing and cleansing is also known as spiritual healing, energy healing, or psychic healing. Unlike aroma therapy or spa therapy, which basically act as stimulants, aura healing works on our spiritual energy systems, our chakras, and other channels. Many of our physical and mental problems can be mere symptoms of energetic emotional, psychic or spiritual issues.

What are Auras

The auras are an invisible suit of colours that each of us wears. Your halo colours encircle your body in an oval shape, and represent your higher state of being. It is this other self that surrounds the physical body, as a source of heat conservation and protection, that decreases and increases as the environment changes. It can even be photographed. There is an aura around us and we can feel it on our palms as heat. It is a manifestation of life force, and often needs balancing.

What are Aura Healings

Through aura healings, we are able to release any blocks and unwanted energies from our aura. Thus we can get our energy flowing in the appropriate way, to promote our overall well-being. We should remember that spiritual healing basically heals not only at the body conscious level, but also the soul. So if you are feeling blue, or are anxious about an interview or business, don’t pop that pill. Its time to go for a rescue remedy with an aura healing therapist in your city. The experience will instill a lot

of positive energy, as you are taught how to be aware of the life forces that surround your body – and how to harness them. You are taught how to scan the aura, and cleanse it as also cleanse the chakras and the nodes through which energy flows. The material part of the healing and cleansing with alcohol spray and salt water, may seem awkward to cynics. However, the healing system is quite scientifically researched.

Aura Healing Therapy

The first step is to help you get grounded, to become present as a spirit in your body. Second, the healer then combs through your aura, to support you in releasing foreign energy and psychic debris.  Third, the healer helps you increase the flow of earth, cosmic, life-force, healing and creative energies, through your major energy channels. Fourth, you are assisted in releasing blocks and in creating a flow of energy through your seven major chakras, or energy centers.  Fifth, if there is a specific health issue, a trained healer can address that special focus as well. A healing finishes with the healer helping you redefine the boundary edges of your aura. u (Next Week - Aura Cleansing) Author, Tarot Card Reader

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Not If, But When

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n January the feeling was that this will be a difficult year; and that we need to leap 2012 soon. All would be well in ’13. Alas, that is not to be. We are not going to be the lucky ones. So we need to plan for at least 2 years of discomfort. It will get worse, before it gets better – don’t ask when (getting better, that it). Standard & Poor’s has downgraded us, and warned of a further downgrade, if… We may just achieve that.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

We could not be in a sorrier state, esp. from where we started a decade or so ago. In the main, the UPA govt. has produced; the Congress High Command has consumed – ostensibly for votes. There has been spending as if there were no tomorrow. The Congress Ministers have performed reasonably; the Allied ones (mis-managed by the High Command) have, by and large, spoilt the Party. No worthwhile ally has remained so – not the Left, the DMK, or Trinamool. The Nation is in many hands; with many cooks. They have made heavy weather; and spoilt the economy. And have no clue what to do now. They have run out of excuses. They ran out of action some time back. And so we hopefully wait for a worthy winner, in 2014. Though almost anyone would be better than what we have today. The signs are all around us. A worrying fiscal deficit, an increasing trade/current account deficit, lowered growth, the pathetic value of the rupee, insignificant FDI (or even FII) – and no sentiment. The flavour of the decade, Telecom, is stationary; the previous decades’ flavour, Aviation, is grounded. And the unique flavour

FAMOUS QUOTES There is no personal achievement in being born beautiful.  Loretta Young Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. Gore Vidal True popularity is not the popularity which is followed after, but the popularity which follows after. Lord Mansfield We don’t laugh because we’re happy -- we’re happy because we laugh. William James

Road mast bana diya. Mahender on the article, A Cut In The Aravalis

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. Buddha

Like your style... very upbeat. KK on the article Hic Hic Haryana

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. Jean-Paul Sartre

Is there still hope, for someone to act? For the PM to, at least, resign? Or hold a mid-term poll? Of course not. But, short of that, we will get all the symbolism – on new Acts and token actions on subsidies; of course no reversal on ‘pet outlays’, that have few outcomes. It will all be, unfortunately, too little, too late. And to even get this moving, help will be taken from new allies – the scam of which we will know a few years down the line. Meanwhile, we may even take some backward steps, as in the proposed Land Acquisition Bill. The Bill may well stop most upcoming infrastructure projects, let alone the famed PPP. We would have remarkably stopped even what is working well today. Like we have unbelievably lost the plot on the India opportunity story. It therefore is a time to be prudent. It will take quite some time, and more importantly, some courageous decisions and statesmanship, to recover lost ground. The answer is fairly obvious. There are some personal financial decisions that need to be taken. It is time to sell. Yes, a time to sell/move out of equity (direct, and mutual funds) and property investments – for at least half the worth of each. And put the money in Fixed Deposit, and top rated Debt. And a little in gold (yes, even at this value). Then go to financial sleep, till early 2014. u

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I can forgive, but I cannot forget,’’ is only another way of saying, ‘’I cannot forgive. Henry Ward Beecher

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein

of India, IT, is learning globalization the hard way. All this at a time when the rupee has given a 20% boon to our exports ! Will we finally accept that we are not an export-oriented nation ? Our charity begins and ends with home consumption.

Good job sir. Update next hearing date. Ashwani Sharma, on the article, Supreme Justice Wow kabir amazing. Raunaq Sodhi,

on the article, Karate Kid Nice.

Rakesh, on the article The Higher We Go, The Harder We Fall

Sir, I am very happy your work. Mukesh Sharma, on the article Supreme Justice When is the SPR likely to be completed? I have a feeling not before end 2013. Tarun Bhalla, on the article Ring Highway – NH 236

Short Crisp and SHARP Mani, on the article, Hic Hic Haryana I think I need to visit this part of India. Particularly the wine shops with the dhabas and live bands - never heard about them before. Shireen, on the article Hic Hic Haryana Raheja is good Brand to be associated with. JP Singh, on the article Rahejas – Full Speed Ahead

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Surreal Figuration

{ Srimati  Lal }

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roceeding with my documentation of Gurgaon artists and their studios, this week I interview Vikas Bhardwaj, a young figurative artist who recently caught the attention of Gurgaon art-lovers with his irreverent charcoal ‘Portrait Of K.P Singh As a Mazdoor’ – which was unveiled at the Renge Art Walk. The impact of Indian Surreal Figuration is noteworthy in the paintings of Bhardwaj, whose technical skill is immediately discernible. Added to this, the application of his own intense, quirky imagination, an introspective study of human nature, as well as a sense of humour in his recreations of the human form, make Vikas an artist worth watching. In a revealing interview, Vikas spoke to me about his dreams and thoughtprocesses as an artist.

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SRIMATI LAL: What compelled you to create such an unusual and alarming portrait of DLF’s creator, K.P Singh – whom you depicted as a common labourer in a torn tshirt, gasping while carrying a heavy load of bricks on his head? What was K.P Singh’s response to your very unconventional portrait? VIKAS BHARDWAJ: Yes, it came as a big surprise to many. My portrait showed the purity of labour as a form of building or creating anything—the sweat that goes behind any great achievement— and the necessity for such sweat and toil.  Mr. K.P Singh’s first response was that he “didn’t look that old!” But I am happy to say that he liked my painting, and gladly accepted it as a gift. SL: Tell us about your academic training, and your development as a full-time artist. VB: I hail from a middle-class family in Bhiwani, Haryana. My brothers are national-level athletes, and my father is a businessman. I did my Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting in 2007, from Chandigarh’s Government Art College; and during my student days I won some awards – including the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi award, All India Arts and Crafts Society Amritsar award, and Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi award. My art was placed in the Chandigarh Art Museum. I got my first break in exhibiting my art through Gopa Kumar of Gurgaon, who saw potential in me and supported me. She helped me to refine my themes and concepts through discussions. In 2009, I won the Greenshield Grant from Canada, and then in 2011 I completed my Masters in Fine Art (MFA) from Agra’s Lalit Kala Sansthan. I have had many great art teachers, of whom Prof. Sanjeev Soni of Chandigarh College was the most inspiring. He guided me outside the classroom as well, and I still seek his guidance. SL: Who have been your artistic influences as painters?  VB: I admire Van Gogh, because of his approach towards art. He was not at all materialistic, and he preferred the genuine human instinct over everything else. I also like Robert Rauschenberg and Damien Hirst, for giving new directions to art. I like Indian artists like Chintan Upadhyay. SL: What are your own specific techniques and preferred mediums?  VB:  I like working with many mediums

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Basic Instinct

I Love my Dog

Many intense, poignant moments are depicted – such as the painting called ‘Regret’, where a small boy is shown looking sadly at a little bird he has killed with his sling. In other artworks, you depict yourself as a scarecrow with a shaven head, or as a semi-animal Satyrical form with an intense gaze. Children are depicted by you as angelic, surreal forms, with wings – often with sad expressions. There is an undercurrent of sadness and melancholia in your depiction of the human experience. VB: In the last few years, I have been trying to explore and depict basic human nature and desires. Under my theme ‘Basic Instinct,’ I show the inner aspirations of humans – such as love, dreams, religion, hope, curiosity, sadness, and joy. This is an ongoing series at work.  Recently, I started working on a new theme, depicting the Indian youth and their contemporary emotions – the reality they are living in, the dreams and aspirations they have from our very

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– like acrylics, water colours, oil paints, charcoal and mixed-media. I have tried to master these different media during my college days.  I select my medium as per the requirement of my theme; I do not force any particular medium. My paintings demand their own colours, styles and mediums.  My works are Figurative. With this style, I want to represent all the emotions we as human beings feel – such as joy, sadness, excitement, depression, anger, erotica, aspiration. I carefully observe the facial expressions of the people looking at my paintings, and the emotions my visuals generate inside them. For me, these reactions are the true measurement of my creativity.  SL:  You often apply your self-portraits in your art in various forms.

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small global village. I am trying to show their real environment and situations, and how global influences are trying to re-shape their personalities – both in rural and urban India.  The conventional perceptions we have about the differences between rural and urban youth are not entirely correct. Today’s rural youth listen to Eminem’s Rap music and watch world cinema, while enjoying their desi roots. If analysed seriously, this is an entirely different theme, as it deals with current issues.  I try to depict and focus one or two main subjects in each painting. My backgrounds are generally simple and minimalistic, with a few colours. I try to create realistic figures, as they are closest to what I want to say; they represent my themes simply. u

A Life Of Moderation { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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message printed on patients’ history files in one of the leading hospitals of the City represents a deep truth. The message reads, ‘Eat lightly, live moderately, cultivate happiness’. This adage still holds good, even in this age of materialism, and promotes a fundamental explanation of enlightened life. It is best to avoid the extremes of self-indulgence and asceticism. Each may seem to offer a route to the end of suffering, but neither succeeds in doing so. In fact, they actually make the suffering in our lives worse. Self-indulgently, we believe more means better. The more we have, the happier we think we will be. The more we get, the more pleased we think we will be. Self-indulgence leads to all sorts of trouble. Over-eating fosters disease, obesity, and shortens life; promiscuous sexual behaviour not only causes serious medical ailments, but also leads to emotional guilt and pain; a life devoted to the pursuit of frivolous entertainment is wasteful and unproductive – and finally leads to boredom; drugs and alcohol yield short term pleasure, but dull our minds, damage our bodies, dislocate our lives, and unnecessarily multiply our suffering. Self-indulgence does not yield happiness.

On the other extreme, asceticism does not make one happy either. Fasting, living in isolation, doing without sleep, and carrying on a life of extreme asceticism leads to exhaustion – and is, in any case, inherently painful. Happiness does not come through one’s efforts in subduing the body, or by persuading the gods—by praise or sacrifice—to smile upon us. Both these behaviours put us in the backwaters. When we adopt the path of moderation, we leave the backwaters, and enter the main current of the river. A life of moderation begins with self-restraint. The path of moderation begins with giving up some things. This lifestyle begins with living without unnecessary baggage. Eat lightly, live moderately and do not take refuge in money and status. Enjoy the simplicity of life. This way of living is a state of optimum mental and physical health. This path of moderation will also unify our energies, and will enable us to lead vibrant, wholesome, compassionate and positive lives. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.

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Over A Cup Of Coffee { Sujata Goenka } he City is vibrant with life. It has a young population, working in many multinationals, and living as nuclear families. There is a constant search for company. Man, after all, is a social animal. The joint family, despite all its limitations, did provide the security of a group – and of being involved with society at large. Friends and loved ones unfortunately could not be transported. Loneliness has hit most people. It is easier to make friends as children; as adults, it becomes increasingly difficult. Computers are the replacement boon. A quick search, and you make a hit. Bingo! There is a meet-up group – a Coffee Meet-Up, open to all, and no expenses other than what one orders.

You need to just RSVP, and even if it’s a last minute decision, you can still walk in. One factor binds us. We are in search of like-minded people, and are seeking solace in a group. We are not seeking a relationship other than friendship. At least that is true for most. The evening is spent cracking jokes; and on other occasions playing antakshari. If a board is available, then two members move into a corner and play a game of chess – with others watching them. Usually, the older members make the new ones comfortable. The news of the week is exchanged; conversations of the latest movies or restaurants float around. A sense of general well-being and contentment flows through the group. There are times when a picnic or an outing is organised, depending on the mood.

As the name suggests, a Coffee Meet-Up is held (weekly) at a coffee shop, with no specific agenda. Men and women belonging to various age groups, and very different backgrounds, merge here with ease. We are mostly above thirty, and professionals. The smell of coffee, and the laughter, greets you as you enter – on any Wednesday evening after six pm. Sitting on chairs and sofas are ex-army men, CEOs of multinational brands, lecturers, and even merchant navy guys. There are those who are happily married and looking for a group; others who are widowed or even single. Some women are working, others are home-makers.

Over time, smaller groups who form deeper friendships venture out together for dinners – and maybe party in night pubs. It is a place where you build friendships, and can improve your public relations skills. It is also an opportunity for many to build new business contacts. One life insurance person has made a killing! It has been three years since the group was launched by Anneke Riewald (a Dutch national) and Shiraz. After Anneke’s death, Shiraz is in charge of organising the Meet-Ups. ‘Members’ pooled in to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary, by shaking a leg at a disco last weekend. u

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Soothe Yourself { Ekta Saxena }

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ith summer knocking at the door, it’s a cool drink that the heart desires. The market is already flooded with bottled cold beverages. The plethora of options will certainly not only quench your thirst, but also leave you asking for more! The huge open freezers at supermarkets offer you a fuzz of colas, and a smack of flavours – rose, chocolate, kesar, butterscotch, pista... Health in a Pack A fresh juice is always a very healthy option. However, packaged juices provide a good, convenient alternative. Says Ashima Khurana, a home-maker, DLF-II, “I keep my refrigerator stocked with different varieties of packed juices. My kids just love the pomegranate and litchi juices.” Even packaged coconut water can be bought off the shelf. Cocojal is a readily available brand. Even imported coconut water, with pulp, is available. Although priced steeply, this is nature’s goodness packed to perfection (in glass bottles). There is a flood of imported beverage brands. Del Monte is a very famous brand. Cans are easy to carry, while keeping the freshness intact. Many Indian drinks are also available as canned varieties. MTR, the famous South Indian brand, is selling its Badam Milk cans. “I absolutely love a chilled lassi, or a cold coffee, which is hygienically packed. Most importantly, these are easily available, and make a good snacking option,” says Ritu Patel, a corporate trainer. Even a soy cappucinno is available. Many soy milk varieties and flavours are available. The soybean is considered a complete food, be-

{ Alka Gurha }

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ancing got a whole new meaning on Bindaas TV, in a show for youngsters. And I am not referring to any dance competition here. The so-called ‘youth channel’ recently unveiled its muchawaited show ‘Live Out Loud – It’s Now or Never’ (Lolinon). The show provides a platform to the participants, to assist them in overcoming inhibitions, and in articulating and professing love. It is the first show of its kind, comprising 250 co-ordinated dancers, who help the participants pour their heart out. Be it proposals, apologies, or even demands from your boss, Lolinon has the most creative solutions. The show is hosted by Pravesh Rana and Natasha Suri, who help the contestants to articulate their emotions. In an episode, a one-and-half year old love story, that is almost over, is revived as the Bindass Dance Squad. Nikhil, a contestant, is left shocked when his girlfriend Kavita breaks-up with him, claiming to be engaged to a guy of her father’s choice. But destiny brings them together again, when Nikhil finds out that Kavita is not really engaged, and has lied to him. Courtesy Bindass, Nikhil

cause it contains protein, carbohydrates and fat; as well as an impressive array of vitamins and minerals – including iron, phosphorus, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Another drink category that is soaring in the popularity charts, is energy drinks. This market has grown exponentially. Many different brands are now marketed, with caffeine content ranging from a modest 50 mg to an alarming 505 mg per can or bottle. Some of the popular brands available are Red Bull, Gatorade, and Burn. Youngsters love the ‘kick’ that these energy drinks give. Thanks to advanced packaging technology, you can now get canned or bottled iced tea. Lipton iced tea is a popular brand; also Nestea. Similarly, there are many flavoured milk varieties available – Amul flavours are very popular. The new trends in packaging have helped provide the convenience of transportation, storage and consumption. The aseptic technology used helps in keeping these drinks fresh, and free from contamination. The Indian Touch Apart from the regular branded squashes available in various flavours, ‘ancient ‘Indian drinks like Thandai and Aam Panna are also available as bottled concentrates. Outlets like Bikanerwala and Haldiram, which are very popular, are selling their own branded kesar, khus, and rose syrups. Even Jeera Shikanji is available as a concentrate, in bottles. Consumers are now assured clean, hygienic and attractively packed beverages. Moreover, apart from being a tasty treat, most are healthy too. This summer, impress your guests with the wide variety, or just soothe yourself... u

The Young and the Restless gets another chance to set things right, as the Bindass Dance Squad performs to songs of Nikhil’s choice. Phew! If only a dance squad could solve relationship problems! To any discerning viewer the show appears rehearsed. Logic perhaps isn’t a priority here, so it is best to enjoy the dancing. The scene is hot and steamy for MTV Roadies, who land in San Francisco for their first money task - Fitness Pole Dance. The task requires the girl contestants to display their moves around a pole, in skimpy outfits. So far so good. Ranvijay makes it amply clear that the task is to test muscle strength – and not to titillate. Sure, we get the point. Next, the contestants attempt a different style of street dance, called B-boying. Good fun! Given the tradition, each season of Roadies has some ‘different’ penalties – like the boys getting their legs

waxed, or being subjected to purging by way of enemas. Given the tag of a youth channel, the show is perhaps entitled to such whacky indulgence. Meanwhile Dil Dosti and Dance, on Channel [V], is the story of a small-town girl from Dehradun, who moves to the city of dreams, Mumbai, to fulfill her dream of dancing. During this course, she makes

good friends, and also falls in love. The show is based on the youth and their ambitions. It showcases how they struggle to achieve their goals, and manage relationships of various kinds. The show is young, bubbly and fresh. Let us step back from the youth shows to programmes meant for small children. After the phenomenal success of the first season of DID Little Masters, which started its journey back in April 2010, Season 2 is all set to take it to the next level. Indeed there are some phenomenal performances—that include baby belly dancers, tiny salsa dancers, little queens of hula hoop—and some amazing stunts. The show is considered to be the ultimate dance competition for kids aged 5–13. The winner of Season 1 was a little wonder called Jeetumoni Kalita. While it is heartening to see talented kids showcase their dancing skills, what is irksome is when the kids are encouraged to narrate semi-adult jokes, and blabber about their boyfriends and girlfriends. Imagine a ten year old saying, “My girlfriend has golden hair…bahut mast hai.” Even if the child has overstepped his boundaries, the show producers can surely edit such sections. u

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 Contd from p 1 And it’s not just women who are beauty-conscious these days; men too going where no man has gone before! Sarthak Paliwal, who works as a Senior Manager at an MNC, says, “A friend took me to a unisex salon in Supermart four years ago. That day I realised why the ladies spend half of their lives in the parlours. Indulging in a manicure or pedicure is an amazing experience. The pretty ladies pamper your hands and feet, while you comfortably watch an IPL match. And of course, there is no harm in looking good.” “Men contribute to half of our business,” reveals Neelima. A face rejuvenation quick-fix treatment, that makes the skin glow in three to four sittings, seems to be a rage amongst men. “As men spend most of the time out of the home, they are more exposed to pollution and dirt. Thus, their skin needs to be exfoliated at least once a week,” feels Ninu Rangez, a beauty expert based in DLF Phase IV. “I am old enough to understand that skin treatments are no miracles, but when my beautician applies the creams, and rubs and scrubs, I emerge rejuvenated. My skin feels fresh, clean, and bright,” says Raghav, a 40year old IT professional. While for many it is a just feel-good experience, Radhika, a home maker, believes it is a great pastime. She feels that getting pampered at a beauty parlour is a good escape from the daily household chores. A Class X student of Pathways World School, Karan, seconds that. “It is an easy getaway for somebody like me, who is constantly tied up with studies. To me, it is a great pastime,” says Karan. Satya Thakurata, 35, mother of two young girls, opines that looking good gives confidence to children. “It is important to look good and well-groomed, regardless of age. Today, parlours offer specials like fruit smoothie facials, kiddie pedicures and manicures, and hair styles for children aged under-14,” informs Satya. “I went for a massage last year, and I loved it. It’s an extremely relaxing experience,” says Avni, who is now 14. Avni is hooked. So are her friends, who she brought to the parlour. Avni was treated to a special spa treatment on her birthday, and knows about the merits and demerits of various facial and hair treatments. Having nail art done at a birthday party is a new fad among the kids. Kavita Nail Art, a nail art parlour based in

{ Lipi Patel }

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t’s a dusty windy night; Gurgaon can look beautiful at night. My balcony where I am sitting right now, overlooks the highway. Watching a battery of headlights speeding crazily to and fro on NH8, I desperately wait – and wait. Wait for the rain drops to kiss my face; the roaring clouds are increasing my hope. It just makes me wonder how painfully beautiful is this experience of “waiting” – waiting to reach your destination, to keep faith, to keep trying, to struggle till we reach there. I remember myself as a very patient kid; but my experience says that with growing age we start to despise waiting. Today, with the help of growing technology and timesaving appliances, it seems patience, once a virtue, has now become an anachronism. The whole generation is going crazy about 3G internet, fast cars, non - stop traffic. It seems nobody wants to wait.

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Sector 14, reveals that 30 per cent of its clientèle are kids. With the onset of summer vacations, plans are in the pipeline to introduce special offers for kids. “We use only organic products, which lower the risk of any side effect,” says Kavita, the owner. Although the ill-effects of chemicals on kids can be debated at great length, we can’t deny that these treatments have many takers in the City. Ali, a beauty expert at a parlour in South City II, says, “Most parents don’t mind pampering their kids at a salon. Indeed, a few parlours in the City offer family massage packages, for a couple and one kid.” However, Rani, a mother of a 15 year-old boy, completely disagrees. “I have been dealing with this issue since my son turned 12. All his friends get their eyebrows shaped, manicures, and colour their hair. But I take my son to salons only for haircuts. Till now, I am his manicurist and pedicurist, as I want to hold on to his innocence for as long as I can. Also, as a parent, my job is to feed him, give him good education and love; and not to buy him beauty treatments that are black holes for money.”

A Costly Affair

The fashion-conscious Gurgaonites shell out anything between Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month. Some spend Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 for hair extensions every month; and Rs. 30,000 on rebonding or a perming procedure every five months. “Right now, the most expensive hair treatments are the hair extensions. Hair straightening procedures could cost anywhere between Rs. 8,000 to Rs.15,000, and are done almost regularly in my salon,” says hair expert Smita Gurha. Dr. Chiru Malhotra, who spent Rs. 20,000 on hair extensions, says, “I spend Rs. 5,000 every two months, to maintain my hair extensions. As I can’t wash my hair at home, I go to the parlour every alternate day, and spend Rs. 500 to get it washed. At the end of the day, if you feel happy when you look into the mirror, it’s worth it. After all, there are no price tags for happiness (smiles).” Not just hair treatments, spa and facial massage don’t come cheap. A single spa treatment can leave one poorer by Rs. 4,000, but people don’t mind it. They feel they look richer! Beauty treatments are no more a luxury, but in fact a necessity.

Enjoy The Journey I have heard that, not more than three decades ago, long distance lovers used to wait for several days to hear from each other – and that too through letters. The patience of letter writing has given way to 24*7 instant connectivity – through Black berry, Google chats and Skype. I remember the pre - mobile phone era myself, when I used to hunt for PCO booths for making a call. PCOs seem to be an extinct species now. I can’t believe that we, as a generation, have survived the pre-mobile phone era – for today this device seems almost indispensable to most of us. Waiting, while tedious, can actually be quite valuable. They say “good things come to those who wait”. I read somewhere that “Waiting” is great for creativity. When you are struggling to solve a problem, the more time you have, the more creative you become; the more you struggle, the more you will value success

when you achieve it. The same goes for our relationships. More often than not, I have seen my friends reaching to conclusions of separation and break up too soon – without even trying to give the situation some time, and seeing what happens. But of course, who has the time and patience these days? Wise people have said that finding one’s ideal love, relationship, partner, job, career, money takes a hell of a lot of patience. All of these will eventually come, but we just need to wait for them. All of these lessons are duly noted; but how do you convince a generation of instant-gratification seekers to wait (sometimes for years), when we can’t even sit through one commercial break?! Furthermore, how do you teach this same generation, the one that grew up listening to adages such as, “don’t just sit around and wait” or “you have to act

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Rekha, who owns two beauty parlours in the City, says the beauty business rakes in money only if you provide a hygienic and satisfactory service. Despite the City having many high-profile beauty parlours that offer a hospitable staff, quality products, and expertise in hair and skin care, hygiene can be a casualty anywhere. Naina Ghera, who recently went to a well-known parlour for a facial treatment, alleges that she developed two scars on her forehead, three days after the treatment. Now she is undergoing a dermatology treatment for “derma abrasion”. Like Nalini, Chetan Wadhwa, 52, discovered a patch on his head, immediately after a hair colouring treatment. “Even routine treatments like manicure, facial massage, and waxing are not risk-free. Used combs, unsterilised equipment, and unwashed towels can cause infection,” says a dermatologist, Dr. Pooja Mehta. When asked about the ill-effects of such treatments, a beauty expert, Goldy points out that sometimes customers ask for impossible looks. “A 55-year old lady approached me with the idea of having long blonde hair and a flawless skin, like Kate Winslet. She was suffering from acute hair loss and skin pigmentation. They believe that if they are willing to shell out money, the beauty expert has somehow to ensure it,” says Goldy. In India, where the average population is dark-toned, many people now go to parlours with the hope of becoming fairer. “All fairness products normally have sunscreens, that protect the skin from harsh ultraviolet rays. But they can’t make you fair like Kate Winslet (laughs). What we promise is that non-sun-exposed skin can become clear and toned. It is entirely the responsibility of a beauty expert to turn away the impossible requests of customers, rather than eyeing their money,” says Goldy. Fair is lovely is the mantra. We have become fair game. Despite all our bluster, we are not so ‘buland’ or self-confident inside. “Most fairness creams and treatments suppress the production of melanin, which can have a long-term adverse effect on the skin. The treatments tend to polish the skin superficially. People don’t realise it is important to keep the skin clean and healthy. All tones are beautiful,” says Dr. Pooja. And they are anyway just skin deep! u

quickly, otherwise opportunities will pass you by”, that “good things will come to those who wait” – when it feels like everyone else is speeding ahead? The most crucial question is - How do you know (or convince yourself) that something good is really on its way? And how do you stop thinking and waiting for it to come instantly? Even if you are a believer, who has immense faith in the art of “enjoying the journey”, there will be many occasions when you feel like giving it up. In such times, the only thing that works, I believe, is reminding yourself that life happens in the present. So often we let time rush past; we are either worrying about the future or reflecting on the past – while precious seconds of our lives slip away. We’re so focused on what’s next, that we neglect what’s now. So here I am, trying to learn an alternative way - living in the moment; fully experiencing the here and now. And I hope and believe that eventually I will achieve what I want. u

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The Children’s Room { V.K Gaur }

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aastu complaint accommodation for children requires the balance of the Panch Mahabhoot – Space, Air, Sunbeams, Earth and Water. Gurukuls, established in the lap of nature, presented the green and light blue colours of nature. A colour combination of green, light blue and white presents a soothing effect, and helps in developing good memory and concentration. In ancient times the White, the color of purity, also came from the sun beams and the clouds. For the children’s room it is essential to select the proper direction of the room, cater for the proper size of the room, the height of the roof, and the location of doors and windows. A high roof,a large room size, and multiplicity of doors and windows should be avoided. If a toilet is attached, the direction of the toilet seat must be decided properly. While attending nature’s call, the child should not be facing the sun. The best location for a toilet seat is NW. Energy from the sun in the early hours of the morning promotes sharp memory, analytical thinking, logical reasoning, and the ability to aptly correlate things. In fact the sun energises life and brings happiness; it prevents negative thoughts, depression and lethargy. The direction of North is equally important, because magnetic energy generates physical and mental vitality, uninterrupted concentration, and all-round well being. Proper placement of things instills positive thinking, and the children’s attitude to develop endurance and firm determination. Basically, the room should have more open space in the East and North. The door and window should be located in these zones. Avoid openings as much as possible in the South and West zones. Vaastu defects, if any, in a house impede the children’s growth, behaviour and conduct. Certain Vaastu defects render children sickly, stubborn, short-tempered, and low on concentration. It is essential to understand the directions and their rulers/ lords.

– being delicate and fragile. Children should never be lodged in S/SW directions. Another aspect for peace and tranquility is to avoid the fifth place in a house.

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Occupants of room 1 and 5 will be inimical. Similarly 2 & 6, 3 & 9, 4 & 10 will be mutually inimical. Such rooms should not be occupied by close relatives and permanent dwellers. Such rooms may be converted to store rooms or guest rooms. No one should occupy such rooms on a regular basis. The children’s room should be properly designed and equipped. Parents who intend to make children racers/runners, should keep their physical activities confined to the North West zone of the children’s room. Children good at swimming may spend physical training time in the West zone of the room.

Indra (the king/ruler of Devtas.)

West (Pashchim) is ruled by

Varun (the lord of rains/water.)

North (Uttar) is ruled by

Kuber (the lord of wealth and finances.)

South (Dakshin) is ruled by

Yam (the lord of death.)

South East (Agneya) is ruled by

Agni (the lord of fire.)

North East (Ishan) is ruled by

Shiva (the lord of well being and wisdom.)

North West (Vayavya) is ruled by Vaayu (the lord of air.)

The East promotes kingly/ ruler qualities, desire to grow and conquer, and keep the company of friends who possess positive qualities. SE is the area of fire/intense energy. South and SW are not meant for the young

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East (Poorva) is ruled by

South West (Nairut) is ruled by

ceives the positive magnetic waves from the North, and solar energy from the sun. If a separate study room is also planned, it could be located in the East, or the North zone – with entrance

Nairut (the demon.) Girls and boys after puberty should be housed in separate rooms, and given separate toilets. The head of the family should occupy the South zone of the building; the children’s room should be so located that it re-

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in the North or East. Windows should be in the East. It must be remembered that children should never sleep, sit or work under a beam (concealed or open), entry/door, or in front of the toilet. Child with weak chest, breathing problems, and throat related diseases, should occupy a place in the East/North East. A short-tempered child is best adjusted in the North-West zone; but never in the North-East. It is essential to strike a balance while placing furniture and furnishing in the children’s room. The furniture should be of wood, preferably of one quality. The furniture should not promote luxury. It is desirable to provide hard beds – without padded cushions and mattresses. Sleeping on a hard bed strengthens the spine, and generates simple and pure thinking. Like brahmacharis, the children should live an austere life. The height of the furniture should be 18” or less. The study table should be slanting at 30 degrees, to protect and strengthen the spine while reading/writing. The table should have open legs. In fact children should have no furniture to sit on, or work from, that hides the lower limbs. Beds should be placed in such a manner that the child can move around without hindrance. Beds should be placed in the Southern direction, and some space should be left around them. No fragrant flowers should be

placed in the room. Similarly no fragrance should be sprayed after sun set. No footwears, brooms, broken pieces of furniture, artefacts, cracked glasses, dirty clothes, mirrors, used and unclean utensils should be kept in the room overnight. Paintings and photographs play a significant role in carving personality traits. Dreadful scenes, depiction of violence, vultures, bloodshed and war scenes should not be hung in the room. As against this, waterfalls, valley of flowers, sun rise, highrise buildings, smiling and giggling faces, creative nature, and colourful nature are inspiring. The entrance door of the children’s bedroom should be in the North or East, and it should preferably have one shutter only. The window should be on the Northern, Eastern or North-

Eastern walls. The furniture should be made of quality wood. It should be placed away from the walls. Heavy furniture and book shelves are best placed in the South or West zones. Children should sleep with their head in the East, and legs towards the West side. It preserves energy and intellect. This position sharpens memory power. The computer and television should not be placed in the children’s bedroom. If you have no option, keep them in the SE. LCD, or a monitor, at night reflects the bed; they behaves like a mirror, and reflect bad energy. They should be covered during the night. Mirrors in the room are undesirable. A study table should be placed in a manner that the child faces East, NE or North, while reading. The children’s room should receive natural light. It is good for health, and also tends to generate positive energy. Dazzling lights tend to blur thinking, and create a mental strain. Adequate vacant space should be left in the North and East zone. Outside the room, vacant space may be used for keeping fragrant flowering plants, and green foliage. Tulsi is most desirable in the East. An aquarium, or an artificial fountain, should be placed in the Eastern direction. The children’s room can also be used as a place for worship, if no other suitable location is available. ‘Murtis’ of the lord of wisdom, Ganesh, and the goddess of knowledge, Saraswati, are recommended in the temple. u

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In conversation, my adult son Larry expressed concern about my future. Confident in my children’s love, I announced, “I’m not going to worry about old age. I have four kids, and I’ll just spend three months with each one.” Yes,” Larry replied, “but what are you going to do the second year?” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A fellow was invited home by some old friends for dinner. His buddy preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. The guest was impressed since the couple had been married almost 70 years. He said to his friend, “I think it’s wonderful that after all the years you’ve been married, you still call your wife those pet names.” His buddy replied, “To tell you the truth, I forgot her name about ten years ago.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amy and Jamie are old friends. They have both been married to their husbands for a long time. Amy is upset because she thinks her husband doesn’t find her attractive anymore. 

“As I get older he doesn’t bother to look at me!” Amy cries. 

“I’m so sorry for you, as I get older my husband says I get more beautiful every day.” replies Jamie. 

“Yes, but your husband’s an antique dealer!”

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To Jaipur With Love { Abhishek Behl and Maninder Dabas }

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or the last many centuries, Jaipur has attracted the attention of both the tourists and the traders – not to mention the invaders. The capital of Rajasthan has the distinction of being the first planned city in India. It was established in 1727 by Sawai Raja Jai Singh-II of Amber, who belonged to the Kachwaha dynasty. For most of us, the name of this City conjures up visions of brave kings, beautiful princesses, and romantic forts steeped in machinations at the palace courts. For Friday Gurgaon, the trip to Jaipur was to feel the pulse of the City, understand the complex interplay of history and modernity, and to see how India’s first planned city is changing with time. The trip began in right earnest, with the difficult process of booking the tickets through the IRCTC website. Even if you do get through, finding a berth in one’s preferred train is difficult. We wanted to take the Shatabadi Express, but had to be satisfied with the Delhi-Ajmer Special. The tickets were booked for Saturday, and our team reached the Gurgaon railway station at around 5.30 am. The station, in the past couple of months, has seen a bit of renovation. Since it is the weekend, the number of visitors to Jaipur is more than on normal days, says Mahesh, a vendor at the station. “A large number of people from Rajasthan are working in Gurgaon, and they prefer to visit their homes on weekends. The number of holiday makers is also substantial, as people can visit Jaipur over the weekend,” he tells us. The train arrives at the scheduled time, and we board at 5.58 am – as mentioned on the ticket! We are excited, but excitement is not in the air just now – as most of the travellers are still in the sleep mode. A group of Gurgaon-based techies sits next to us. Some of them are going to their hometown in Ajmer, while others belong to Jaipur and nearby towns. Ravi Sharma, who works in Gurgaon, says that he often visits Jaipur, as he has grown up there. “This time I am not going to my home, but am taking my girlfriend to Jaipur, to show her the culture and history of Rajasthan. I hope she will

get impressed,” he says with a smile, while the others laugh. The couple refuse a picture, though. Being just five hours by train, Jaipur has also become a perfect refuge for couples who want to spend time together, in a beautiful and easily accessible locale. “The City offers good hotels and historical places. It also gives space to people,” they assert. The landscape changes swiftly between Gurgaon and Alwar. Between these two cities there are several small towns and villages, settled in green fields. The Aravalli hills start rising in the background as the train approaches Alwar. The City is located at the foothills; there is a large railway station, and the markets are brimming with people, even at 8 am. As we have entered Rajasthan, the architecture has changed dramatically. There is more use of red sandstone. “Saini pariwar aguntakon ka swagat karta hai”messages like these, welcoming the guests, are written on the front of several homes, implying the importance given to guests in Rajasthan’s culture. The next major destinations on route are Bandikhui and Dausa - the home of former Gujjar leader Rajesh Pilot. Dausa is also the hub of the Gujjar agitation, demanding reservations in jobs. As we enter Jaipur, we see the urban expansion. Like Gurgaon, there are a large number of colonies being developed at the outskirts, glass and chrome malls are under construction, and several group housing schemes are already inhabited. The train reaches the station at the appointed hour. Jaipur railway station is a replica of what one can find across India, and there is little indication that it is the hub of culture and tradition. Exiting the station from the rear, we find two liquor shops announcing the sale of ‘Thandi Beer’ – in Gurgaon style. There are also a number of tea shops, and the whiff of Onion Kachoris and the hot brew pulls us in. The shop owner suggests that we take the City bus service to go around. Rakesh Khandelwal,

who belongs to the nearby town of Kunda, says that the bus service started by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has been a great addition to the City. The air-conditioned buses are a boon for the locals as well as the tourists, he adds. The advice is well taken. Team Friday Gurgaon walks from the Railway Station to the nearby circle, to take the bus to Badi Choupad, a vast open chowk in the heart of the Old City. The passengers smile at us, seeing the camera. They think we are tourists. When we start asking questions they are quite friendly. The conductor asks us to buy a pass for Rs. 50 each, that will allow us to travel unlimited for the whole day. The traffic is quite dense, but not quite bumper-tobumper, like the Sadar Bazar in Gurgaon. The roads are wide, have central dividers – and the entire market is painted pink. Badi Choupad is a large square connecting different parts of the City. Gurgaon perhaps needs a similar area around IFFCO or Rajiv Chowk. When we ask for directions, the majority of the suggestions favour us to visit the Maharani Factory-an emporium run by the Queen herself, they say. We are confused, but decide to visit the factory anyway. Unfortunately, while Jaipur’s traders are thriving on the traditional arts, the artisans involved in the manufacturing of these articles are struggling to survive. When Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh-II planned Jaipur he wanted it to be the centre of art and culture. For this purpose, he invited artists from all over the country, and set up 36 art institutes that made this City a cultural hub. But with royal patronage gone, the artists have clearly fallen on bad times.   Of the 36 art institutes, only 7 to 8 still survive, but they are also fighting against time, says Mohan Sharma, a resident of the old City. He also mentions the poor upkeep of the walled city, and the dilapidated condition of the monuments, that is hurting the City’s heritage. However, walking through this area one can clearly see that the Municipality

and City Administration are working. The roads are clean and the shopkeepers have not put their wares on footpaths, as happens in our Millennium City. The number of Autorickshaws is controlled by the RTO, and the number of such vehicles that can operate from a stand is clearly written on a board. Manik Sharma, who met us outside the City Palace, tells us that Jaipur, being the capital of Rajasthan, is the centre of politics and business. “The City has been blessed with political power, and is benefitted  by it a lot,” he says. He adds that this of course, has brought with it a large migrant population—not to mention the innumerable tourists—that puts pressure on the infrastructure. Like the Millennium City, the Pink City is confronted with poor availability of potable water, as the quality of groundwater is not good. There is too much traffic on the roads, pressure on the urban infrastructure, and an uncontrolled expansion of the City. Planned for an estimated 1 lakh population inside the city walls, it now is home to 3 million people. To tackle the problem of commuting of such a large population, the Rajasthan government is putting in place a metro train service, that will be functional by next year. A city bus service is already functional, in addition to private operators. Unfortunately, the inside streets are as dirty as any other Indian city. Garbage dumps can be seen in most places, and drains are overflowing. Clearly, the Municipality needs to expand its footprint; the only solace is that it works in some parts of the city – unlike Gurgaon. After walking some distance, we sight an air-conditioned bus to Amber, and decide to board it. The bus passes are clearly working, and the conductor, Rakesh Maheshwari, tells us that we will be dropped at the fort’s gate. We tell him that a bus service is being launched in Gurgaon that very day. He smiles and wishes us luck, for he also enjoys working in an A/C bus. For return, the team opts for

the government bus, but the fare is a whopping Rs. 685 per head – as Mercedes buses run on this route. But even this brand name does not ensure that your travel by bus will be without any hitches. The bus starts at 5 pm. (The Delhi Shatabdi leaves at 5:50 pm, and reaches Gurgaon at 9:38 pm).The weather has changed, and it is raining, along with gusts of strong wind. Suddenly the Mercedes bus stops at one of the numerous sideways being built on the National Highway, as part of the expansion scheme. The government wants to build 88 such structures on the NH 8 – but only 55 have yet been completed. The wiper of the bus has failed, and it cannot move, in the wake of a strong drizzle. It takes around 2 hours to get the wiper functional, but it is still not fully repaired. It is now a little dark, and the bus moves slowly; there are a number of traffic bottlenecks. Although the contract for the National Highway 8 was given in October 2008, and the work was to be completed in 2011, the inability of the State governments in Haryana and Rajasthan to acquire land, has been the primary reason for the delay. Almost 40 to 50 per cent of the expansion work has not happened because land has not been acquired beyond Manesar in Gurgaon, and Shahpura and Kotputli in Rajasthan. As a result of this delay, the traffic slows down along these towns. At Behrore also the traffic is slow, and it is also a major stoppage point for buses operated by the Rajasthan government. Past midnight, the team gets ready to disembark. Our journey is still far from over, as the bus driver tells us he will not stop at Rajiv Chowk. No amount of cajoling works, and we are asked to get down before the fly-over. There are no autos on the road, but we spot a three-wheeler, with the driver sleeping in it. We wake him up, but he is not ready to go – and asks us to walk to the railway station, as it is nearby. All of a sudden he has a change of heart. He asks us for Rs. 200; we haggle a bit, and then settle  for Rs. 50 less. The bumpy ride on the auto makes us wish for the smooth buses in Jaipur. Thankfully Gurgaon now also has its own bus service. We hope it is as good as our neighbour's. u

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he dawn sky is tinged with orange and violet, as the expedition team checks out sea conditions, the tide and the currents – to make sure it is safe to land. Everything seems calm, but the captain of the “Stella Australis”, Chilean Oscar Sheward, knows that Cape Horn—the mythical crossing point between two oceans, and the southernmost tip of the world, (excluding Antarctica) can very quickly show its dark side. “Sailing conditions can be perilous with storms winds of more than 200 kilometres per hour, alongside a permanent west-east current with waves of up to 15 metres,” he says. At the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, a sensation of vulnerability prevails. History and legend have also forged an “end of the world” myth about these waters, located at latitude 55º56’ S, and longitude 67º19’ W. They mark where the Darwin mountain range folds into the water, and the Pacific goes from 3,000 metres to 4,000 metres deep – over a very short distance. Historians estimate that more than 800 ships have floundered in these stormy waters since the 16th century, with the loss of more than 10,000 men from different countries. But very few people disembark on the tiny island, on which a Chilean Navy keeper controls navigation, and from which tribute is paid to all

To The End Of The Earth

SPECTACULAR SIGHT: Passengers from the Stella Australis cruise ship were able to land on the Pia glacier. 

the sailors who died in these waters. Miguel Cadiz is the name of the current Navy keeper on the rocky mass. He has been there for several months with his wife, and two children. In addition to his home, and a small chapel next to the lighthouse, Cadiz and his family are limited to the 500 metres separating their part of the island from the other end –where the Cape Horn Monument stands. Fashioned by Chilean sculptor Jose Balcells Eyquem, the monument is a seven-metre-tall steel plate rendition of two albatrosses. Legend has it that the souls of drowned sailors become albatrosses and fly away. Cape Horn is the Australis Cruises Company’s main attraction on its tour of a large part of the area covered by pioneer naturist and explorer Charles Darwin, in the waters of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.   It is the only

company that carries out this tour of the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel – crossing through natural parks and protected areas, on a route from Punta Arenas, in Chilean Patagonia, to Ushuaia, in Argentina – and the return. “The route we take is the most remote and isolated, the least-known and used, primitive and untouchable,” says Mauricio Alvarez, Chief of Expeditions. While on the tour, the passengers are not likely to see other human beings, other than the Cape Horn lighthouse keeper and his family. “Time has turned this place into an area so untamed, that it has not been conquered,” he says. Alvarez explains that only smaller ships, that can navigate through narrow channels and have a low impact, are allowed to travel through the Alberto d’Agostini and Cape Horn parks.

New Era In Spaceflight { Anne K Walters / Washington / DPA }

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ASA’s space shuttle fleet may be landing in museums, but the next step in space exploration is already underway. Private concerns are working to get into the ground floor of the commercial flight to near-Earth orbit – and possibly beyond. On Saturday, the company Space X plans to reach a major milestone by launching the first commercial craft bound for the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s ISS programme manager Mike Suffredini has dubbed it “one of those historic launches.” But there is much that could go wrong in what amounts to be a test flight. The launch has already been delayed repeatedly, to make sure everything comes together correctly. “Space takes longer, and is more expensive, than what people expect,” notes Scott Pace, director of the  Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University in Washington. Space X’s Dragon spacecraft is to embark upon a three-day flight to the ISS, and undertake a series of complicated docking manoeuvres – in order to establish that it can safely attach to the orbiting station. This will be only the third flight for Dragon. The unmanned Dragon capsule will blast off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, and carry 521 kilograms of cargo— mainly food—for astronauts living on the station. If all goes as planned, it will return to Earth with 660 kilograms of discarded cargo. The shift toward commercial space-

flight comes as part of an Obama administration review of space policy, amid the retirement of the space shuttle fleet. NASA will shift its focus to longer distance goals, with the aim of eventually reaching an asteroid, and later Mars – while handing over routine space station flights to commercial providers. “The US doesn’t have its own government access to the space station, so it is reliant on private providers; and for cargo, that is a reasonable bet,” says Pace. But he expresses worries that the next step— commercial crew access —will be considerably more difficult. With the retirement of the shuttle, US astronauts can only reach the station via Russian Soyuz spacecraft, while cargo can be delivered on Russian, European and Japanese craft. The Space X advance would be good news not only for NASA, but also for international partners. Space X was awarded a possible 396-million-dollar contract, of which it has so-far received 381 million dollars, to develop its capsule. It is under contract for 12 supply flights to the Station. In 2010, Space X was the first private company to send a commercial craft into orbit. If all goes well, the company eventually plans to convert the Dragon capsule, to allow it to also bring astronauts aloft - but it will likely be years before the first astronaut blasts off in a private rocket. The Dragon is to remain at the station for two weeks, for the ISS crew to unload cargo, before the capsule re-enters the atmosphere and splashes down off the California coast. “I think we’ve got a pretty good shot, but it is worth emphasizing that there is a lot that can go wrong in a mission like this,” Space X chief Elon

Vessels must also have a Chilean captain or pilot on board. In most spots, getting off the ship is prohibited. Since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Cape Horn a world biosphere reserve in 2005, limits have been set to commercial development. Australis Cruises received a 25-year concession, but must work to preserve the area. “We do this by taking good care in landings, limiting walking, cordoning off pathways,

Cape Horn Monument

and most of all, through education—with the talks we offer on board—we make sure that the 10,000 to 12,000 passengers, who travel with us each season, are very aware of the issues,” says Alvarez. The talks focus on navigation, native flora and fauna, history, indigenous routes and expeditions – from Tierra del Fuego to the Antarctic. And then there are the glaciers, another highlight. The

Musk said last month. The most complex part of the mission will be the docking to the station; NASA and Space X will take a series of steps to ensure the station and its resident astronauts are safe, as the craft approaches. If any aspect of the approach looks to be compromised, the docking could be called off at the last minute. Finally, two astronauts aboard the ISS will use the station’s robotic arm, to grab the Dragon capsule and attach it to a port on the station. NASA notes that the cargo aboard the

cruise owes its very existence to the ice formations that created the fjords and channels, through which the ship navigates. A landing at Ainsworth Bay allows visitors to tour the glacier moraine, and observe birds and elephant seals – that live on the lake next to it. The Pia glacier—in the peaceful bay of a fjord—can be observed from a vantage point on high. But most of the glaciers are found in Glacier Alley. They have been given European country names – Germany, Spain, Italy and Holland are some seen from the ship. And of course, you cannot but have animal life – penguins sea lions and elephant seals; on Tuckers Isles and Magdalena Island. With luck, visitors get to see dolphins and even whales. Visitors have seen beavers as well. These animals were artificially introduced into the area in the 1960s, for their fur. Today, beavers constitute a serious threat to the ecosystem balance. The Wulaia (“Pretty Bay”) landing offers a unique view of the Tierra del Fuego landscape. Security is tight on the Stella Australis cruise. A person who falls into the cold, dangerous waters of Tierra del Fuego can survive just 6 to 10 minutes, says Paula Galindo, the only female guide on the ship. Passengers are constantly being told about the dangers. Alvarez is emphatic about security, “An accident such as that which occurred on the ‘Costa Concordia’ (last year in the Mediterranean) would be, here, simply catastrophic,” he says.u

craft is expendable, in case the Dragon fails to make it to the ISS, or back home. Musk warns against placing too much value on the flight, saying that a failure should not be used as an argument to discredit commercial space flight. “There should be doubt about our resolve,” he says. “We will get to the space station, whether on this mission or a future one.” Another company, Orbital Sciences Corporation, is set for its first flight to the ISS later this year. u

Dalai Lama Donates Templeton Prize { Anna Tomforde / London / DPA }

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he Dalai Lama was awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize in London. He said that the bulk of the 1.1-million-pound (1.7-million-dollar) prize would go towards the health and education of children in India. “Our real hope are the younger generations. If they are properly educated, they will change our world,” the 76-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader said, at the award ceremony in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Templeton prize—named after late US financier and philanthropist John Templeton, who died in 2008—is awarded annually to people who “affirm life’s spiritual dimension.” It is the largest annual monetary award given to an individual. Previous recipients include fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa, who received the prize in 1973, a year after it was founded.

“With an increasing reliance on technological advances to solve the world’s problems, humanity also seeks the reassurance that only a spiritual quest can answer,” Templeton’s son, also named John, said. “The Dalai Lama offers a universal voice of compassion, underpinned by a love and respect for spiritually relevant scientific research that centres on every single human being,” he added. About 900,000 pounds of the prize money will go to the Save the Children charity in India, while 125,000 will be set aside for the Minds and Life Institute, a US-based non-profit organization. The remainder, around 35,000 pounds, is to be used to teach modern science to monks in the Tibetan community in India, said the Dalai Lama. “I’m a monk - no family,” he said in a light-hearted acceptance speech. “My own pockets still empty. That’s okay, no problem.” u

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{ Stephen Lowman / Berlin / DPA }

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here “will not be total Armageddon” in the next 40 years, but humanity will confront daunting challenges—including a slowing global economy and unremitting climate change—on the road to 2052, according to a new report by a global thinktank that analyzes problems facing humanity’s future. Jorgen Randers, a member of the Club of Rome, and author of its report—entitled “2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years”—outlined his findings in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. One of the report’s more provocative conclusions is that the United States will peacefully “slide into a secondary role” on the world stage—largely because its policy makers seem incapable of acting proactively on long-term issues; and will be replaced by China, as the world’s “premier driving force on the planet.” The report assumes that short-term political calculus, and a polarized electorate, will hinder what policy makers in the US can achieve in the coming decades. In contrast, the report said that China’s “authoritarian” government is free to make forward-looking decisions, without being encumbered by the democratic process. “Their governance systems

In The Year 2052 differ, will differ, and help China to move fast – when the United States will be floundering”, wrote Randers. He does not see the ideological struggle between the two powers turning into a military conflict, because, historically, “China’s ambition is to be self-contained.” While China’s economy will show strong growth, the US will slow – altering living standards in both countries. “The most surprising loser will be the current global economic elite, particularly the United States,” where wages will remain flat for a generation – and a downward trend is forecasted in per capita, after-tax income. However, “the poor peasants who currently are moving into Chinese mega-cities, will look back 40 years from now with pride.” The report claims that in 2052, China will have a Gross

Domestic Product per person of 56,000 dollars per year about three-quarters of the US level at the time. Among other conclusions, Randers believes the global

China could replace US as the world's premier driving force on the planet

population will stall. It will peak at 8.1 billion around 2040, and then decline – since people moving to cities tend to have fewer children. As many as 3 billion people could still be poor, in 2052. But for the majority of the world’s population, life expectancy will exceed 75 years – thanks to better public health systems. The report also predicts that worldwide GDP growth will slow, due to a shrinking workforce, and lower productivity growth in mature economies. Still, the world economy will roughly double in size by 2050. Founded in 1968, the Club of Rome is made up of individuals from the business, political and scientific world – whose mission is to identify the crucial problems facing humanity. The 374-page report suggests that the most dire

As many as 3 billion people could remain poor in 2052.

threats to future generations come from rising greenhouse gas emissions, and biodiversity destruction. Although “resource and climate problems will not become catastrophic before 2052,” there will be “much unnecessary suffering”, due to increased social strife brought on by extreme weather. For example, there is a growing risk of droughts in some regions—like the central US, eastern Europe, northern Africa and the Amazon; and floods in others. Populations in these areas may not be able to adapt quickly enough. Furthermore, sea levels will rise, potentially displacing millions in lowland coastal regions, such as Bangladesh. More intense hurricanes, and the increasing spread of water-borne diseases, are also predicted. The report states that the world’s current response to climate change “ could be too slow,” already putting the planet on a “dangerous and unstoppable” track, in the second half of the 21st-century. After all the ominous predictions, Randers does offer advice to individuals anxious about the future: move to a place that is not overly exposed to climate change –like Central Europe, find a job in energy efficiency, and encourage children to learn Mandarin Chinese. “This will most likely get them a job that will surf on the rapidly expanding wave of Chinese activity on Earth,” said Randers. u

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