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Season for local sports P T Usha graces sports day 6 Carmel Convent girls, national winners 7 Low cost health insurance 9 Citizen Matters & Justfemme present a panel discussion: Is Bengaluru woman-friendly?


Why fuss about rich-poor kids in school? 10 TDR-roadwidening back? 11 Day trip for a trek and temple 13 The maker of Pancharangi 17 Neuries, kulkuls and candied fruit 18

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Bengaluru’s Saaku captures attention, despite modest response Wow! 800 people?. Out of how many IT professionals working in the city? Majority of Indians hate ‘corruption’ in principle. But when real action is needed, there’s nothing. oomph. Why? “I have more important things to do today”... attitude. When large groups tend to think this way, it can be devastating to the proper workings of a democracy. I applaud the 800 souls who were out there investing their time and effort.

I think there needs to be a strong civic duty education at school. The grownups have to set the example here. If they dont think it is important in participating in a rally that might improve their futures, what kind of message are they passing down to their kids?? Raj

While the Lok Satta Party in Karnataka along with Praja & Smartvote deserve all the credit for pulling this off, it was interesting to observe that there was nary a banner of Lok Satta at the event. The teeming members of the dominating parties in India’s

political landscape, proudly carry, prominently advertise and loudly proclaim their affiliations to these parties that are increasingly becoming undifferentiated through their corrupt dealings. And yet, the finest and most upstanding citizens of Bangalore, that do us socially proud are reluctant in openly casting their lot with the avowedly clean parties that they get to shape & form, and whose agenda is in their able hands! Are we shy about our clean linen?

Errata - In the issue dated 14 Aug, the article on ‘Growing your own vegetables, organically’ was written by Vinita. We regret the oversight. - In the issue dated 4 Dec, the article on school admissions status, Deeksha school was named and located wrongly. It is Deeksha High, based off Bannerghata Road, and a subsidiary of Deeksha Centre for Learning PU College, Kanakapura Road.

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Cover credits: JP Nagar 15th cross underpass. Pic: Navya P K.

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SPORTS SPECIAL jayanagar ~Jp nagar ~ BTM

Payyoli Express in Bangalore “Athletics is the mother of all sports.“

Padmashree P T Usha was the chief guest at the sports day celebrations at The Samhita Academy, a school in south Bangalore off Bannerghatta Road on December 11. School’s Permanent Trustee, S D Shibulal, COO of Infosys Technologies and Managing Trustee, Kumari Shibulal along with proud parents were also present. P T Usha talked to the students about balancing academics and sports. She shared some anecdotes about her hardships and her success as an athlete at the international level.

Children’s Sports and Cultural Day at JP Nagar The JP Nagar Sports Association and JP Nagar Federation (7th and 8th Phase) organized a mega sports and cultural event at the Jayaprakash Narayan Grounds, RBI Layout on Sunday December 12th. Children had a great day, starting with sports events in the morning, a free scrumptious lunch and ending with a cultural show in the evening. There were athletic events such as 100m dash and shotput as well as fun events like sack race, lemon race, three-legged race and musical chairs.

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Karnataka’s Department of Youth Welfare and sports is inviting students participating in national level sports to apply for scholarships worth Rs 1000 a year. Middle and high school with proof of participation and prizes won are eligible to apply. For details contact 22239771.

Speaking to presspersons, Usha said for every athlete being coached at her ‘Usha Athletics Centre’ the goal is to win a gold medal at London Olympics 2012. Speaking to Citizen Matters Usha said that Bangalore has always been good place for nurturing sports persons. However she feels schools and government should do more to encourage sports. She adds, “students shouldn’t have to choose between academics and sports.”

Yogaraj mudalgi

local matters jayanagar students shine in

national volleyball tourney Carmel convent students make up most of Karnataka Volleyball team and won the nationals in first week of December. Carmel Convent High School on East End road, celebrated its silver jubilee on December 10th by hosting an interschool volleyball and basketball tournament. More than 20 schools from the city participated. The school also celebrated the bronze-medal that the girls’ volleyball team, won at the national level, representing the Karnataka at the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) volleyball tournament held in Bhopal on 3rd and 4th December. Of the 12-member team from Karnataka, 11 were from Carmel convent. Aslam Pasha, the volleyball coach

at Carmel Convent and Hazel Mary Raju, the physical education teacher are in charge of coaching. The volleyball team comprised of students from class 6 to class 9, while most other teams had students from grades much higher than them. Sayyed Arbaina, a player says “We were slightly intimidated by the fact that we were playing against much older players but we were determined to get a medal.” She credits Aslam Pasha for their success “Pasha Sir has given us excellent coaching and we hope to strive for more achievements in the coming years.” Aslam Pasha believes that with a little more training the team could become one of the best in the country. “Carmel Convent has been consistently winning medals⊕at the state and national article levels but there is always room for author improvement. The school has been volleyball champion since 22 years. At the international level, we won the Indo-Lanka Peace cup held in Colombo a few years back”, Pasha added.

The winning team from Carmel convent Sayyed Arbaina, Leora Saldanha, Apoorva V, Deekshitha M.S, Pooja K, Niveditha, Nayana, Ashwini R, Chaithra S, Soudha, Nida. Pic: Yogaraj Mudalgi.

cricket academy opens in btm BTM Cricket Academy was inaugurated on Friday December 10th in BTM 2nd Stage. The academy intends to train children aged between 8 to 15 years. Young players can join the academy to practice regularly and participate in tournaments. The BTM sports academy also includes clubs for shuttle, jogging, swimming, skating and cycling.

The team has a rigorous training schedule with two hours of practice in the morning and in the evening. Arbaina says that they are charged after their practice sessions and feel fresh and are able to concentrate on their studies better and hence there are no adverse effects on their studies. ⊕

Yogaraj Mudalgi

The team behind it: Venkatesh, Prakash, Nagaraj, Kamath, G. N. R. Babu (B B M P Councillor), Sunil, Vidya Shankar (President-BTM Sports Academy), Somashekar Reddy, Ganesh, Shreekanth. Pic courtesy: BTMSA.

Those interested in joining can mail btmcricketacademy@ or call Somashekar Reddy 98860 24283, Shreekanth 9886910910. Regular classes are conducted at BTM Mass grounds. Prasanna N Rao, former Ranji Trophy player, will be coaching youngsters ages 8 to 18, for the summer camp. BTM Sports Academy officials also met cricketer Javagal Srinath to congratulate him on his recent election as Secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association. Vol-2 Issue-23 18 - 31 Dec 2010 CITIZEN MATTERS 7


underpass ready but

waiting for vip to open Two-and-half


after underpass construction work commenced at Ring RoadPuttenahalli Junction in JP Nagar, residents in the area have no respite as the inauguration of the underpass is extending indefinitely. The BBMP is yet to decide a date for the inauguration. Officials say that the underpass will be inaugurated only after the taluk and zilla panchayat elections on December 26 and 31, as the election code of conduct is in place now. “As the Chief Minister is in charge of Bangalore, he will inaugurate the underpass. We are waiting for confirmation from his office,” says S S Khandre, BBMP PRO. Recently vehicles started plying over the main road, which has brought relief to many shopkeepers in the area. Business had been suffering as the road was closed for underpass work. Chandramohan, owner of Mobile showroom CellCity near the underpass, says, “I’ve been suffering from huge loss for last two years as I had to pay rent for the building while there was almost no business. Now business is picking up as vehicles have started using

the main road, but you never know when the underpass will actually open up.” But this comes at a price. The junction does not have a traffic signal and often there are no traffic police personnel to regulate traffic. There are no parking spaces nearby either. In the evenings, traffic jams are common. Priya Revankar, owner of KO Shop, says, “Between 7 and 9 pm, traffic jams are severe. Sometimes there is 1-2 cops to control the traffic, but this is not sufficient.” Residents are also concerned about safety. BHL Gowda, a retired IIT-M professor who resides in the area, says, “There are no medians on the main roads or signal in the junction to correspond to the increased traffic now. But at least now the vehicles are using the main road instead of the cross roads within the residential area.” Some feel that the underpass was not required at all in the first place. Ramya Ramachandran, resident of JP Nagar 1st phase, says, “Many residents think that the underpass will only increase the traffic in the area. Traffic regulation is poor.” ⊕

Navya P K

Currently it is terrible as work is not complete but traffic from all places is converging here. Commuting is difficult, but business has improved. Traffic police come at the signal only in the mornings when traffic is less. In the evening, they come only if there is a huge traffic jam and somebody calls them. I’m optimistic, but have to wait and see how it will work. Shivaprasad Tadurkar, Owner, Skylark Travels

Once the underpass is open, there will be more number of buses and hopefully commute will be easier. Shanthi, works in a dental clinic nearby

editorial Cut the inauguration drama out, please For the past year, several flyover and underpass projects have thankfully ‘gone live’ without the delay that comes when having to wait for ‘inauguration’ by VIPs. The most recent have been the two Agara flyovers. No sooner than they were completed, traffic was let over and commuters had the extra relief that comes like a pill after a saga of pain. The same with the Iblur/ORR grade separator. At the railway overbridge in far away Whitefield, mere talk of VIP-delayed inauguration was provocative this past July. Citizens pushed away barricades in July and drove through in joy and assertion, having waited four 8


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years. Why then are JP Nagar’s citizens not pushy about the 15th Cross underpass being held up for an election code of conduct? Why cannot the BBMP simply open the flyover and not have to ‘invite the chief minister’ and thereby attracting election code in place for the state panchayat polls? The JP Nagar underpass work has caused enough damage to the economy of the area. Just like the Iblur, Agara and other flyovers, it must simply be opened NOW. ⊕

Better health for

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your domestic help For most of us, our domestic helps are critical to

managing our household work better and we recognise their importance. We try to help them over and above their monthly wages, with tea, food, old clothes and festival gifts. However, the major difficulty they face is in managing their and their family’s health care. Their living conditions may make them easily susceptible to illness and they are often hospitalised for a day or two, and end up spending a few thousand rupees that is way beyond

and her family. If she had provided me with her BPL (Below Poverty Line) card, the premium would have been meagre `150 per annum; unfortunately she does not possess a BPL card. Her other employers in our apartment, where Sushila Amma does housework, also agreed to share the premium cost. This is something we can do in a small way that can have significant impact on the lives of our daily help. Sushila shares this information to her fellow maids and

Sushila Amma with her Insurance card (left) with Urjita Lolla. Pic courtesy: UL. their paying capacity. These women usually manage by taking a loan either from us, their employers, which we may grudgingly give, but mostly by borrowing from private money lenders at astronomical interest rates. For my housemaid, Sushila Amma, I have taken a medical insurance and personal accident policy for her family of four by paying a premium of `450 per annum under Universal Health Plan from Oriental Insurance Co Ltd. She gets coverage of Rs 30,000 annually for her

Universal health Insurance is one of the insurance schemes announced by central government in their budget two years ago. This type of policy is sold only by public sector insurance firms like Oriental Insurance, National Insurance, New India Assurance and United India Insurance. The requirement for getting a policy is a photo ID and address proof for the major members of family and photographs of all members for getting photo card for cashless hospitalisation from TPA (Third party Administrators). For postal address, employers can give their home address, so that getting courier will not be a problem. For UHI Policy from Oriental Insurance, you can contact Koramangala Office: Raghuram Shetty, Branch Manager. Ph: 25634469 (dir), 25631719.

neighbours, which in turn creates better awareness of health plans. The vulnerable class is not often aware of many government schemes, due to their illiteracy or lack of access to information. It is our responsibility to educate, not necessarily en masse but atleast individually, the people we deal with, like domestic maids, drivers, milk suppliers, carpenters, security staff, house keeping staff etc. ⊕

Urgita Lolla is a accountant and resident of Gottigere.

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spirit of RTE

Children at the St Anne’s High School in Ulsoor, which has been practicing integration. Pic: Navya P K.

Some schools lead

rich-poor mixing Even as the state government is yet to

finalise the rules for the mandatory admission of lowincome children into private schools (Right to Education Act) for the next academic year, most city schools already completing their admissions. Karnataka’s SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) department will soon submit a revised draft of Karnataka’s rules for the RTE Act to the government. “We have revised the draft after taking suggestions from the public. The new draft will be submitted by end of this month,” says Sandhya Venugopal Sharma, State Project Director, SSA.

While many private schools in Bengaluru are strongly opposing provisions of the Act, other private schools are already at the other end of the spectrum, integrating disadvantaged children in their classes and campuses. Some

of these schools have been supporting needy children for a long time and have been able to overcome many issues that detractors of the Act have been raising. Sister Kanik Mary, Principal of St Anne’s High School and PUC College in Ulsoor, says, “Around 40 percent of the children studying here get scholarships – some of them get 100 percent scholarships - and free books and uniforms.” The funds for this come from the management, Society of Sisters of St Anne’s. The school also provides mid day meals to around 200 children through the government’s Akshaya Patra programme. While some schools support children with funds from their parent trust, others say they are developing a selfsustaining model. Another school, The Samhita Academy (TSA) in Bannerghatta road, has 46 disadvantaged children 10


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among its total strength of around 150 children. The 46 who come from extremely poor backgrounds are given free accommodation in the school hostel. The parents’ trust, Advaith Foundation, funds the needy children now, but the administration wants the school to be self-sustaining soon by increasing the number of day scholars, who pay full fees. “Food, accommodation, extra tuitions and extra curricular activities are arranged for children in the hostel free of cost. There are 25 staff – including senior teachers and nurses – to look after the children,” says Aparna Goenka, Trustee of Advaith Foundation and Director of the hostel. Samhita’s disadvantaged children are admitted to school after a six-month bridge programme. “They pick up fast and seem to perform better than many day scholars. If you go to the school, you won’t be able to differentiate between them,” says Aparna. Poorna school in Yelahanka, Sri Ramakrishna School in Ulsoor and St Josephs European School are some of the other schools in Bengaluru that have an integration policy. Sujaya School, soon to open in Bommasandra Industrial area in the southern outskirts is positioning itself as an integrated school itself. In the meantime, major private school associations like KUSMA (Karnataka Unaided School Management Association) has opposed RTE stating many reasons, including possible ‘conflict, discord and controversy’ due to ‘mixing of children from different strata of society’. However, the state education department has said that action would be taken against schools that have already completed admissions.

Navya P K

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cm special

TDR uncertainty

strikes again Widening of the outer ring

road from Silk Board to Mysore Road and adhoc offerings of Transfer of Developmental Rights (TDR) caused anguish to many a Bangalorean through 2009-10. It also resulted in the formation of the Ring Road Property Owners Association. RRPOA has opposed roadwidening of the outer ring road and BBMP subsequently put the project on hold. In the meantime, this and many other projects got stranded in the High Court in a case over violation of tender rules. That gave a much-needed breather for worried residents who stoutly refused to accept TDR. Even as most roadwidening projects are thus stuck at the court, BBMP has started fresh road widening projects in north Bangalore, again offering TDR as compensation. Expectedly, residents are unhappy over this and are protesting. This, even as a state governmentappointed TDR panel headed by Dr A Ravindra released its recommendations just last month asking for a re-look at the TDR policy itself and proposing solutions.

Even as committee set up to review TDR was recommending changes, BBMP announced road widening in Banaswadi, Jayamahal, Malleshwaram, BTM VI Stage and other areas, resulting in protests from residents.

Ravindra panel recommendations 1) Existing zonal restrictions be reviewed thoroughly and that FAR be reduced in order to increase the demand for development rights. 2) BBMP use the instrument of bridge finance and buy back the TDR that it issues. Bridge finance is being recommended because the palike is cash strapped and cannot buy back the TDR on it owns. 3) The TDR committee recognises and endorses citizens’ views that there must be alternatives to road widening such as putting grade separators, improving public transportation, among others. Drawbacks of the panel’s S recommendations: The however has failed to address what becomes of tenants who are living on properties that are acquired for road widening.

Objections 1. It is unclear whether citizens have to pay a tax and undergo some kind of registration process for the TDR they have been awarded. 2. There is lack of clarity about the monetary/price value of the TDRs. 3. It is not clear whether really a demand for development rights in Bangalore? FAR (Floor Area Ratio) in Bangalore is generally high, almost to the tune of 2.75, unlike cities in Mumbai where the demand for TDR is greater because of the low FAR restrictions of 1 and 1.5.

Present condition of Jayamahal Road near J.C. Nagar. Pic: Pushpa Achanta

The implementation of TDR in Bangalore is still very uncertain. Questions still abound about whether you can use TDR to legalise illegal constructions or building violations. The ambiguity and the relative newness of the policy is what is causing uncertainties.

newsdesk (with inputs from Zainab Bawa)

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pick of the fortnight

Waiting for the metro Being born and brought up in Kolkata, where the under-ground metro rail started more than two decades ago, Metro has a special place in my heart. Bangalore is waiting eagerly for it. It will surely change the way women travel in this city. Let’s hope Metro brings more security for common people, especially women and elderly people.

Akash Bhattacharya

Akash Bhattacharya (known as @k@sh in online forums), a Bengali residing in Bangalore, is an IT professional, who loves to take deliberately casual/candid approach while photographing anything & everything under the sun. BWS is a community of photographers who photodocument the city on trips during weekends. More at ⊕

kids smile at

fun outing

20 children from Smile Foundation's Mission Education programme spent a day at Tuscany on December 5th. Founder of Tuscany, Mohan spoke to the children about their aspirations and gave some ideas on options post Class 10, 12, choosing a career, courses and colleges and earning. They enjoyed a delicious lunch at Tuscany, danced and sang songs. It was a learning and fun activity for the kids. Smile Foundation is a national level development organization reaching out to more than 100,000 underprivileged children & youth directly through more than 125 welfare projects on subjects like education, healthcare, livelihood, women empowerment, and advocacy across 21 states of India.

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day trips

For believers and trekkers If cave temples, glimpses of

mythological history and trekking is in your weekend itinerary then come visit Kaivara just 2 hours drive from our very own Bangalore. Located near Chikballapur in the Chintamani district the place is replete with historical and mythological tales of Mahabharata and Ramayana. The zigzag plains of Kaivara perhaps leave one confused when visiting the place for the first time. That is why the need of a ‘Kaivara’ or a compass to traverse the place. Hence the name Kaivara. There are instances from Mahabharath and Ramayana that point to Kaivara. Bheema is said to have fought Bakasura on the Bheema-Bakasura Betta. Lakshmana quenched Sita’s thirst by splitting open a hill. The stream is known as Lakshmana theertha In recent past the place is known for saint named Narayanappa. Also known as Kaivara Thathayya.

Trekking guidelines:

Food and accommodation:

Except for Bheema- Bakasura hill trekking in other places is not recommended for a novice trekker. The best time to trek is in the months of December to March and June -September when it is not raining.

Food is distributed as prasadam at Kailasha giri cave temple. The prasada timings are between 12.303.30 p.m. There are hotels in Kaivara town and Dhabas at Kaivara cross. Lodging is available at Narayanappa ashram and even in Kaivara town. Pitching tents is not a good option as the entire terrain is rocky.

How to get there? Kaivara is at a distance of 6570 kilometers from Bangalore in Chintamani Taluk, Chikballapur district. You can either take the Bangalore-Hoskote-Kaivara cross-Kaivara route or BangaloreDevenahalli-VijayapuraJangamakote-Hcross- Kaivara crossKaivara route.

Places to see: AmarNarayanaswamy temple Narayanappa ashrama Bheema-Lingeshwara temple. Bheema-Bakasura Betta Ambaji Durga Cave temples

Yoga Narasimha swamy temple. Pic: author.

Usha Hariprasad is an engineerturned freelance writer. View from Ambaji Durga. Pic: author.

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Do you return home from work after dark every day and use a bus to get back? Have you worried just because its after dark - crowded BMTC buses, misplaced bus-stops, or inadequate Volvo services? Have you been reluctant to get into an auto? Even if you use your own vehicle, do you worry about select stretches of unlit roads? Have you had trouble using subways at night, always rushing through them, feeling extra worried just because you are a woman? Or just plain can’t stand the stench? If any of this has bothered you, and you feel as a Bangalorean, the city needs to accomodate girls and women better, then the most important event of the year 2010 is for you, o

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Glace cherries, raisins, almonds and candied fruit being prepared for fruit cake. The rind and juice of orange and lime are also added. Pic: Theresa Varghese.

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