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Love to party?? Hard partying and its consequences on Teeth!! In today’s fast paced life, we have more incidences where young adults get addicted to booze, drugs and smoking. It is the Cool and In thing to do..to fit in ! While there are a lot of obvious consequences to these vices, there are a lot of unknown/undiscussed issues that hit the oral cavity that they may be unaware of..Read on to see what could happen to your mouth which happens to be the first point of contact of these vices !! And then decide…IS IT WORTH IT ??? Over time, drugs and booze tend to wreak havoc on our teeth and gums, so it’s no wonder that many sober people are daunted by dentists. But denial is not the answer. Here’s why it’s important to brave up. Of course, as many newly sober people can attest, you don’t have to have been living in a cardboard box to be plagued by teeth issues in recovery

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jayanagar jp nagar & BTM The JP Nagar 6th phase park is locked up. Pic: Col Seshadri.

has remained locked since then and public are unable to use the facilities on which BBMP has spent taxpayer money. On our enquiry, Sarakki corporator S K Nataraj said that a stay order has been issued on the park on a case filed by a school, which alleges that the site was originally allotted to it.

Park locked and unusable Authorities had acceded to our request for a park in JP Nagar 6th phase after much persuasion. Around three months ago, the playground between 30th and 31st main roads and 17th and 17th A

cross roads was converted into a park. Walking track, granite benches and separate play area for children were provided. People were using the park during construction phase too. But the park’s main gate was locked up about two months ago. It

It is surprising how a stay order can be issued for providing the park on a CA site and how the institution was silent during the conversion of the playground into park. A park in JP Nagar 6th Phase is essential as there is no other park or open space in the area. Request the authorities to suitable action to get the park functional at the earliest. Col Seshadri is a resident of JP Nagar 6th phase.

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Kasaravalli talks of 2 decades in BTM Filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli has won hearts and stimulated minds for a few decades now. Ghatashraadhha to Gulabi Talkies, his films have won him great accolades. Citizen Matters caught up with this resident of BTM Layout for an interview. Here are the excerpts.

be built is a matter that the planners need to be clear about.

I personally think that Jayanagar 3rd and 4th block are well-planned.

As a resident of BTM Layout, what do you think of the area? I came here in 1992 and the layout was calm and quiet then. The roads were clean too. Today it is yet another extension and the traffic is unbearable. The problem with BTM Layout, as with most other areas in Bangalore, is that there are no parallel lanes. Also the BTM Main Road is the only road that connects several areas such as Jayanagar and Silk Board; this makes the traffic heavy. I think that the city planners need to do more. Of late, apartment buildings have cropped up on any relatively big site. Two sites are joined and lo, there is an apartment! How many such apartment buildings should be allowed and where they should

up now. And as to how many malls are needed in a residential area is not something that is regulated. In JP Nagar, there are 3 new malls, one beside the other. What purpose does this serve?

Are there enough cultural spaces in BTM Layout? There are not many. A new auditorium is now being built as part of a temple. And then there are a few places for music concerts. But there are few spaces, which can generally be seen as promoting cultural pursuits.

Girish Kasaravalli. Pic: Sushumna Kannan

I think the authorities take the approach of waiting for an area to develop first, before doing much. They then seek to widen roads causing much inconvenience. This probably gives them some kind of kickback! There are also many malls coming

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There were no talkies or cinema theatres even, for people to watch films in BTM Layout, until the recent Gopalan Mall. Read the complete interview online at www.citizenmatters.in Sushumna Kannan is a research scholar.


Green Commandos steer Bilekahalli towards waste mgt The volunteers visiting residents to explain segregation. Pic: Deepthi MS

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Jayanagar gets waste converter

An organic waste converter plant has been set up at Jayanagar 3rd block, next to the Veterinary Hospital. All the wet waste collected from houses, hotels, market and parks in Jayanagar will now be treated at this unit. This solid waste management unit built at `40 lakhs, collects organic waste, processes them and converts them into organic manure. Minister R Ashoka, inaugurated the unit on 19th January. BBMP is distributing red and green coloured bins to around 1500 houses in Jayanagar. Residents are asked to put in their dry waste such as paper, glass and plastic into the red coloured basket and wet waste like remains of vegetables and fruits to the green coloured basket. The dry waste would be collected twice every week, whereas the wet waste would be collected everyday.

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Volunteers of Youth for Seva are helping residents of Bilekahalli understand waste management and implement it. “Have you ever tracked down and located your garbage?” questions Akshay Yadav, coordinator, Green Commandos of Youth For Seva Organisation(YFS) to a group of residents. An Awareness presentation for Waste Management was held by YFS, at Raja Helix Apartments, Bilekahalli on Saturday, 14 January.

Jayanagar Waste converter. Pic: Deepthi M S

The presentation was on the importance of segregation of waste at source. Yadav explained that more than half of the daily waste was organic waste, which could be treated at home and turned into manure. Segregation makes it easier to recycle dry waste. YFS plans to gradually introduce various such projects to Bilekahalli and in turn to make Bilekahalli as their model area. As a part of this, 9th main road of Bilekahalli was chosen for the pilot project. “To begin with, we started campaigning about the waste segregation, on the 9th main of Bilekahalli,” says Vinay Arun, an MBA student, one of the two students interning with YFS. Interns went door-to-door on the 9th main road informing residents about waste segregation and usage of cloth bags. Under this pilot project, YFS has arranged a local scrap dealer to come and collect dry waste at regular intervals in the pilot area.

Deepthi MS To learn about waste segregation or volunteers, contact Green Commandos at 9900227382.

Rewarded autodriver aspiring for better job

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Panduranga, an autorickshaw driver has displayed exemplary honesty by handing over an amount of `5 lakhs, which one of his passengers had left behind in his autorickshaw. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Sonia Narang gave this JP Nagar resident a letter of appreciation and Mayor Sharadamma gave him a cash reward of `25,000. Panduranga, 33, says, “I believe in working hard and living a happy life“. The only earning member in his poor family, the SSLC educated father of two, says driving autos does not fetch him enough to support his joint family of 10, He is looking for any job for himself or his B Com graduate wife to earn more. He can be contacted on 9141676606. Vol-3 Issue-26 28 Jan - 10 Feb 2012 CITIZEN MATTERS 7


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Five options for ethnic meals

Thali any one? Up South at Jayanagar is an exclusive South Indian restaurant which offers combination meals at affordable prices. “We do not have the concept of thalis but we have combo meals”, says Vinay Kumar, manager, 23. “There are totally six types of combos, there is lunch combo priced at Rs 85 which has white rice, sambhar, rasam, flavoured rice and a sweet”, he explains. There is a wide range of dishes; each dish is accompanied with different types of chutneys and spicy sambhars and also they do not use soda. Up South is easy on the pocket and a fun place for hanging out. #23, 26th main, 9th block, Jayanagar. Ph: 08022443434

Peppers is one of those few restaurants offering authentic Kerala cuisine at BTM layout. Recommended dishes are mussels fry, karimeen porichathu (a fish delicacy) and crab masala. The restaurant serves Kerala style thali at just Rs 80. The thali has fish curry prepared in tomato puree and tamarind flavourings known as kondampulli, beetroot masala, rice, pickle, pulliserry with toasted pumpkins (a yogurt curry), avial (vegetable mix - a famous Kerala dish), beans mezhukkupuratti,

rice with gravy and sweet is available for the special thali. “I am a regular customer here and I am in love with the food. Paneer starters are exceptionally good and drinks like jaljeera and lassi are really well made and also the thalis here are filling and affordable”, says Kiran Sawarkar, 24, a customer. The items on the menu are not unique, but the taste is!

available for radius of three kms.

thoran and curd. Home delivery is those within the

#4, 1st floor, 1st D Cross, 20th Main, Maruthi Nagar, BTM Layout 1st stage. Ph 9742798809

Nagarjuna Chimney, at 3rd block Jayanagar, can be your stop when you feel like savouring tasty Andhra cuisine. The Andhra style veg thali is served on huge plantain leaves. The tastiest item is p e r u g u polussu (curry made of curds and vegetables). Price: Rs 120. Nagarjuna is famous for its gongura chutney, podi (a kind of dry blended masala powder) and crisp and hot fried chillies. It promises you a sumptuous Andhra meal. Biryanis are also available. 9th main, 3rd block Jayanagar. Ph: 25559848

Gud Dhani is a small restaurant which offers authentic north Indian food. The thali has two curries, rotis, pulav or jeera 8 CITIZEN MATTERS 28 Jan - 10 Feb 2012 Vol-3 Issue-26

Price: Thali: Rs 50 and special thali: Rs 85. #470, 16th main, near Punjab national bank, BTM Layout 2nd stage Ph: 65323663

Kamat Bugle Rock, is further away at Bull temple road, and serves tasty authentic north Karnataka fare along with music from the region. So when you feel its jolada rotti time, this is the place. The food is served on a huge plantain leaf and the thali offers unlimited jolada rottis also known as bhakris (a cube of butter for each bhakri), stuffed brinjal curry, two types of chutneys, a pickle, papad, rice, curd, buttermilk, finally a banana after the meal. Fruit salad available with special unlimited meals. Priced: Rs 160 and Rs 180 (with fruit salad) #1, 5th main road, Bull Basavanagudi. Ph: 26605734.

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Anil iyer: guru and lifelong student

He started a dance school at 17 It’s a tale of a boy who started a dance school at the age of just 17. Anil Iyer now a 21-year-old is the proud owner of a classical Tanjore style, Bharathanatyam dance institute in Jayanagar 9th Block, ‘Shivoham School of Performing Arts.’ Iyer says he does not want to add more than 40 students, as he believes in quality and flawless teaching. “I teach to propagate this art form, I love teaching. I wish to give some artists back to the divine field of art, ” he explains.

Ashish Mohan Khokar, a reputed dance critic has termed Anil as the ‘Bangalore’s wonder boy’. Anil has earned the ministry of culture’s young artist scholarship awarded by government of India for the years 2010 - 2012.

Iyer’s dance journey started when he was just 10, when passed the junior exam. Watching one of the Bharatnatyam invocation pieces during his annual day school function inspired Iyer. “I was inclined towards dancing right from my childhood, but during my school days I got encouragement from my teachers and I was addicted,” he says. He has been trained under Late Guru Narmada. She is considered as one of the great masters in producing

‘soloists’ in field of Bharathanatyam. Anil has performed more than 150 stage shows with wellknown dance groups like Abhinava, Shambhavi and Natyalakshana. He is currently training under Guru Poornima Gururaja. Anil says credits his teachers for what he is today. “There is no end to learning, this field is like an ocean and I know very little of it,” he says. He has rendered his Bharathanatyam pieces in prestigious Utsavs like Hampi Utsav and Mysore Dasara Utsav. Anil also composes dance pieces and dance features. Anil is also interested in theatre and is working with Spandana, a theatre group headed by actor, director, singer and Rajya Sabha MP, B Jayashree. Shivoham, 1064/1, 27th Main, 39th cross, 9th block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560069.Ph: 9035170608

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Kids building your Metro, getting sick Rajan Podder, a worker at the metro construction site, is just 12 years old. He neither smokes nor drinks, but still suffers from acute breathing problems. 30 percent of the affected people are children. “Thirty percent of the cases we get are that of children. Their breathing system gets easily affected by the poisonous pollutants in the air”, P. Kumar, a cardiologist at Victoria Hospital says. “We mainly recruit child workers from the neighbouring states like West Bengal, Orissa, UP, Andhra Pradesh because they are cheaper and less demanding”, said Ramesh Rao, a local contractor of Namma Metro. Earlier Citizen Matters spoke to a coordinator at the staterun Karnataka Resource Centre on Child Labour (KRCCL) on condition of anonymity. “We don’t know about it. But if anyone complains, we scrutinise the issue along with the local police and convict the offenders”, says the coordinator. (The author has since filed a complaint in writing with KRCCL). KRCCL is based at Karmika Bhavan off Bannerghatta Road in South Bengaluru. However J T Jinkalappa, Joint Labour commissioner denied having seen any children at the site. “We gave a spot visit, but we couldn’t find any children in the work place. The construction company knows the rules and regulation of recruiting employees for construction. So, I don’t think that they will violate our rules.”

Health standards ignored

Migrant workers at the metro construction work in dangerous conditions without safety equipment. Pic: Rupsa Chakraborty.

during their working hours.”

“For the past two years I have been suffering from The Karnataka government’s negligence toward health asthma,” said Nitai Das, a migrant from West Bengal. schemes for migrants working on “When I consulted a doctor, he asked Namma Metro construction sites can “These migrant workers me to stop working as the pollutants be blamed for a 55 percent rise in are unregistered under are affecting my breathing system. respiratory problems among them But how can I stop working?” the department so it’s since 2009. Worse, a metro contractor “Unlike the construction workers and at one site is using child labour openly. impossible to provide traffic inspectors, we are not provided any kind of health Every month the Victoria Hospital at with facemasks,” said Sanjay Kumar KR Market registers a minimum of 30 scheme or facilities Bhera, another metro worker. to 45 cases of migrant metro workers to them,” said M S When Bangalore Metro Rail complaining of respiratory problems. Ravishankar, former Corporation Limited (BMRCL) was Madhusudan Das, a medical labour commissioner. asked about this, the corporation information officer at the hospital, declined to provide much said this is mainly due to their information. “We do not provide any constant exposure to polluted metro construction sites. pollution safety guards to the metro workers. We are not “Cases like allergies, asthma and chronic obstructive responsible for it-the Labour Department is,” said B L Y pulmonary diseases among the migrant workers have Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer at BMRCL. increased gradually in the past two years,” Das said. “It is because of the long-term exposure to air pollutants

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Rupsa chakraborty is a student at Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media.


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SCHOOL FEE HIKES

Some shocked, most worried If you are parent of a CBSE/ICSE-board private school in the city, you are probably worried. A Citizen Matters dipstick survey of parents views on school fee hikes found some trends. With the academic year for schools nearing the end, most parents say it is the time for them to empty their pockets. Private unaided schools have hiked their fees for the coming year. “They give us no option but to pay the amount,” says a worried parent of a child studying in St Francis de Sales High School (SFS), Electronic city. “The management gave me an option of 3 installments instead of 2 installments,” says another parent whose child studies in Deccan International School, Padmanabhanagar.

Citizen Matters conducted an webbased dipstick survey of parents reactions to school fee hikes last week. 60 parents responded. Their children were in schools located across the city from Hebbal to Padmanabhanagar. 80% of parents were in for a shock; they say that the hike in their ward’s school fee this year is unexpectedly high. (Dipstick surveys help record the top line of a trend quickly, they are not meant to be authoritative or deeper indicators.)

Coincidentally, Karnataka’s education department has introduced an cap on the fees with the coming year 201213. This applies to all private schools coming under the Karnataka Education Act, using the state board. (Src: ToI, Jan 24th, ref: GoK circular issued on Jan 16th). This does not apply to CBSE, ICSE and Most schools appear to hike international board schools.

10% of the parents: hike is 31-40%

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Still, most parents say it is understandable if the hike is nominal.

We also asked respondents about explanations given by schools. 57% say that inflation is one of the most common reasons. Overlapping with this, 46% of parents added that new capital expenditure is also cited.

fees yearly. Reasons include teacher’s salaries, infrastructure, inflation, extra curricular activities and so forth. “They give us private school fee hike quick survey reasons which we cannot say no to,” says the SFS 37% of parents: hike is 11-20% school parent. 32% of parents: hike is under 10%

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it is ICSE standards and stuff like that,” says another parent of child who studies in the Carmel School, Padmanabhanagar. The same parent wonders at the volume of money collected through fee hikes in very large schools. “Where does so much money go?” he asks as he explains that each class has around 40 students with sections going from A to H.

“They give us reasons that

The schools Despite all the worry, not all private ICSE/CBSE board schools are raising fees yearly. “We hike the fee every 2 years. We increase the salary and the money is needed for school infrastructure. It’s 4% hike this time,” says a source from St Mary’s Public School (ICSE), Queens Road. Samhita Academy, off Bannerghatta Road is also not raising fees this year, a highly placed official told Citizen Matters. Some schools even take a position on fee hikes. “Education should not be made expensive,” says Syamala D, Principal, Deeksha High, (State/ CBSE), Bannerghatta Road. Deeksha High is one of the schools whose fee structure is been the same for the past 4 years, says Syamala. She adds that quality education should be made accessible for all and not merely the well-off.

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Preventing suicides and attempts Talk of futility of life or one’s inability to face stress should be taken seriously.

individual treated. Any mention of suicidal talk or thought should always be taken as serious.

Prevention: Steps to prevent suicides have to be taken at different levels. At community level, it includes education, destigmatising psychiatric illness, screening, treatment, and means restriction in vulnerable individuals. Education includes individual and public awareness, professional awareness, counseling. At family level, love, understanding and support can help people cope.

For children, teachers, counselors and parents have to join hands to detect early signs of the child not being able to cope. Religious & spiritual leaders have an important role to play.

Earliest signs of depression, or any other psychiatric disorder, should be taken noted of and the

Where does one go for help: NIMHANS is a useful resource. Besides, SAHAI suicide helpline is available 9am to 6pm with trained volunteer counselors at 08025497777. Psychologists and psychiatrists can be found on directory listings like Just Dial and Sulekha.

Col (Retd.) Dr Mukul Saxena has over 30 years of cross-functional expertise in healthcare, both in the public and private sectors. email: mukul@citizenmatters.in

HC: No shops inside fully residential zone, now on abide by the order from January 26th onwards. Dr A Ravindra, former Karnataka chief secretary and chairman of a govt-committee in 2009 that studied commercialisation of residential areas, was stunned. “The RMP is a statutory document and city cannot go back to 1995 in legal terms. It is not clear how this order will be implemented. I have to study the order first”, he says.

In a major ruling, the High Court has ordered that commercial buildings not be allowed in residential zones in Bangalore from now on, using the 1995 CDP. The court passed the interim order on January 25th in a case filed by Citizens’ Action Forum (CAF) and others in 2008. The petitioners had challenged BDA’s Revised Master Plan (RMP 2005-2015) on the extent and nature of commercialisation permitted in residential areas. The concept of mixed zones was introduced in this RMP. Mixed zones could have commercial buildings in areas that were previously marked as ‘residential’ in BDA’s 19952005 CDP. Court ordered that such commercialisation should be stopped and that residential areas mentioned in the ’95 CDP should left as such. Advocate for petitioners Aditya Sondhi says that officials will have to

Vijayan Menon, member of CAF, and one of the key petitioners is pleased. “Within a residential zone there can be specific areas where some kind of commercial activities can happen, but it cannot happen everywhere. Wthout the requisite infrastructure in place (water, sewage, roads, public transport), an area cannot and should not be commercialised, leading to a living hell”, he says. Hearings will now be held on February 3rd on the fate of commercial properties that have already come up in mixed zones since 2005. Counsels for the state government and BDA will be present. There will be a separate order for these properties, the court said. Menon however, would not rejoice. “The fight is far from over. This is an interim order; even full orders of the court are often not implemented”, he is quick to add.

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Bengaluru’s floral artistry on display One of the events at Lalbagh that the citizens of Bangalore always look forward to is the Republic Day Flower Show. The weather is always very pleasant, and the beautiful displays in the Glass House are a great attraction. Having seen the displays each year, I thought I will go and see how it’s all put together. So, early morning I watched the process of creating the Buddhist Stupa, the central attraction this year. Apart from the Stupa, I found groups of gardeners and artists, working on the “Flower Pouring Out of a Pot” exhibit, and several other floor-level displays. I spoke to Krishnamurthy, from the Horticulture Department, who was working on the floral creation. He has a team of 14 and was very enthusiastic about the preparations. The preparations, and the sourcing of the flowers and other greens required, start from mid January. “For us, it is a matter of pride to create these lovely pieces for the people to come, see and admire,” he says. Dutch floral designer, Ton Van Jaarsveld also designed some of the displays, Nrithyanjali, a local group, has put up a theme of the various Dances of India, including the famous Dollu Kunitha of Karnataka.

The arrangements are very creative. Iqbal, a visitor, said that he prefers the Republic Day Show to the Independence Day one. The weather is very pleasant now, and the flowers last much longer,” he smiles. He visits Lalbagh every day, and says, poetically: “The gardens are like a lady, beautiful at all times, but adorning herself especially now, for spring and summer to arrive.” I wanted to ask what arrangements have been made to contain the litter around the gardens, but could not find anyone who had the contract for the cleaning up of the

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area at that early hour. I do hope that this time we can manage the trash better, and we will not have a festoon of litter after the public show is over. It felt very pleasant to be a part of one of the public events of Bangalore. I walked off feeling a lot of pride in the beauty Bangalore florists can create for us. On till 29 Jan, 8am-7pm. No entry after 6pm. Fees: Adult- Rs. 40, Kids- Rs. 20.

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3rd anniversary celebration Special for Citizen Matters readers! Look out for a special family fun event for you & the kids - with kiteflying and traditional games on Feb 12th. More details in next issue. If you would like to volunteer with the games,Call SATVIK 9886754908 Errata

Vol-3 issue-25 dated 14th Jan. It was wrongly mentioned that Anil Kumar is the Secretary of Ejipura RWA. Anil Kumar is the Secretary of the Federation of RWAs, Ejipura, FORWARD 68

Should schools

spike hikes?

In the commoditised world, if you don’t like the price of a shirt or even a car, you can shop around to your hearts content. The same goes for scores of things you and I pay for. If you don’t like a fare from one airline you can switch to a host of others. Even though the airline sector is loss making, operators are wary of price hikes, both due to competition and

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consumer sensitvity to prices. Schooling though is a different cup of tea altogether. It is an investment parents make for their children, and certainly no commodity. So when private unaided schools increase fees regularly, parents are simply not wont to move out in a hurry. Switching costs time, energy, money and stress on children. The result is a complicated mess of feelings and a touchy topic. Some parents straightaway suspect that they are being exploited because they’re not about to change schools at the drop of a hat. In market economics, this is called ‘stickiness’ of a customer base. Vendors can exploit this with ‘predatory pricing’.

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Others would like some control on fees, even as they don’t want government interference. Most seem to be accepting of inflation level hikes. Citizen Matters has been hearing from readers worried about particularly steep hikes that beat inflation by miles. We decided to do a dipstick survey of parents views on this and spoke to several schools too. The findings reflect significant worry. See page 11. This predicament will only get worse. RTE admissions are not yet under enforcement. If schools start doing this in 2013-14, most parents seem to be believe one thing: that fee hikes will only get steeper!

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FILMS

Rangashankara Plays 28 Sat Jugaari Cross (K) 29 Sun Sanjay and his Master (E) (also at 3.30 pm) 31 Tue to 2 Feb, Thu The Memorandum (E) 1 Wed & 2 Thu, The Memorandum (E) 3 Fri, Santheyolagondu Maneya Maadi (K) 4 Sat, Janatheya Shatru (K) 5 Sun, Aadaddella Olithe…? (K) also at 3.30 pm 7 Tue & 8 Wed, Five Grains of Sugar (E) 9 Thu to 12 Sun, Ms. Meena (E) also at 3.30 pm on Sat and Sun 7.30 pm all days, Ranga Shankara, J P Nagar, Ph:26493982

Film & play from KV Subbanna Aptha Samuha & Kannada Vartha ILake 3:30 pm, Sun 29 Jan: Boothayyana maga ayyu Directed by Siddalingaiah, starring Vishnuvardhan 7 pm, 29 Jan: Kalikanteerava - Kannada drama From Bhairava Kalaniketana Mahila Samsthe, Kannada Mathu Samskruthi Ilakhe Prayojakara Directed by Sharadha K V Subbanna Aaptha Rangamandira, No. 151, 7th cross, Teachers’ colony 1st stage, (Near Dayananda Sagar College, opp to Vasudha Bhavan, Kumaraswamy Layout) Ph: 9964152999

Exhibition

Chitrasanthe Annual mega art bazaar organised by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat Allied Ragas -21 - forum for artists to display and 29 Jan 10 am, Ananya’s thematic music sell their paintings, sculptures and installations. programme series on ragas Vasantha, Lalitha & Pharas by Vid.Kavitha Saralaya 8 am to 9 pm, 29-31 Jan, footpath & Triveni Saralaya between Shivananda Circle and Windsor Manor Circle. 28 Jan 6 pm Matru Vatsalya in Purandara Dasa’s Kritis by Vid. Sri. A brush with nature Thirumale Srinivas and Party Solo exhibition by wildlife artist 29 Jan 4.15pm Sri Purandaradasa Sangeeta Kadur Charitram - Sangeetha Upanyasa by 10.30 am – 7.30 pm, 28-30 Jan, 1 Shanti Kum. Gayathri Srinidhi Road Studio/Gallery, No.1. Shanthi Road, Ananya Sabhangana, GML Cultural Shanthi Nagar. Academy, # 91/2, 4th Main Road, Malleswaram.

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movie listings Inox – JP Nagar Mantri Mall Agneepath (U/A) – Hin 10:00 Am 10:45 Am 11:45 Am 01:20 Pm 02:05 Pm 03:05 Pm 03:55 Pm 04:40 Pm 05:25 Pm 06:25 Pm 08:00 Pm 09:00 Pm 09:30 Pm 10:00 Pm Underworld 4: Awakening (3D) (A) – Eng 10:00 Am 08:45 Pm Bodyguard (Tel) (U) – Tel 10:00 Am Businessman (Tel) (A) - Tel 10:00 Am 12:45 Pm 03:30 Pm 06:15 Pm Haywire (U/A) – Eng 10:30 Am 08:00 Pm Arakshaka (Kan) (U/A) – Kan 10:45 Am 01:20 Pm 03:10 Pm 06:20 Pm Nanban (U) – Tam il 12:20 Pm 09:50 Pm The Descendants (A) – Eng 12:55 Pm 05:45 Pm 07:15 Pm Casanovval (U/A) – Mal 3:25 Pm 08:55 Pm

Cinepolis, B’ghatta Road Underworld 4: Awakening (2D) (A) – Eng 10:00 Am 04:15 Pm 06:10 Pm 08:05 Pm 10:00 Pm Players (U/A) – Hin 11:50 Am Nanban (U) – Tam il 12:40 Pm 06:05 Pm Vishnuvardhana (Kan) (U/A) – Kan 12:50 Pm Businessman (Tel) (A) – Tel 01:30 Pm 04:10 Pm 06:50 Pm 09:30 Pm Sidlingu (Kan) (U/A) – Kan 03:45 Pm Bodyguard (Tel) (U) – Tel 06:25 Pm Don 2 (U/A) – Hin 09:20 Pm Sherlock Holmes: A Gam e Of Shadows – Eng 09:35 Pm

Gopalan Cinemas Bhannerughatta road Agneepath (U/A) – Hin 10:00 Am 12:10 Pm 03:40 Pm 05:00 Pm 06:50 Pm 10:00 Pm Arakshaka (Kan) (U/A) – Kan 10:00 Am 01:10 Pm 05:00 Pm Contraband (A) – Eng 10:00 Am 02:50 Pm The Descendants (A) – Eng 12:40 Pm 08:00 Pm Haywire (U/A) – Eng 03:20 Pm Casanovva (U/A) – Mal 07:25 Pm Sherlock Holmes: A Gam e Of Shadows – Eng 10:00 Pm Vettai (U) – Tam 10:00 Pm This information is subject to change. Please check with

the cinemas for exact details. NOTE. Patrons between 3yrs to 18yrs will not be allowed to watch the “A” Rated movies.

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DiCaprio saves J.Edgar Clint Eastwood continues to increase his repertoire as a director. This time, he returns with the historical documentary film J. Edgar. The film is FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’ story, and a glimpse into the life’s work that went into the making of the FBI. Besides giving us an interpretation of Hoover’s personal journey, the film also has a telling take on contemporary American political life. Yet within a genre of films perfected in Hollywood, and epitomized in the work of directors like Oliver Stone (JFK and Nixon) and Martin Scorsese (Aviator), Clint Eastwood’s attempt seems to fall short. While the film is an interesting extension to Eastwood’s work, it remains disappointing because it does not have a fresh perspective on the controversial Hoover years. However, the film might still have value as documentary fiction for those completely unfamiliar with American politics, albeit without the penetrating insight of European cinema. If there are moments of brilliance in this film, they come from Leonardo DiCaprio’s spellbinding performance. Just as he did in Aviator, DiCaprio brings alive another American legend alive in all his complexity. It is his performance, and not Eastwood’s directorial vision that gives the film its racy edge. DiCaprio moves easily from the arrogance of youth to the helplessness of old age. He combines power with a grudging vulnerability. Even at moments when he is unlikeable, DiCaprio’s Hoover is always human. Here, Eastwood’s directorial abilities could be complemented for his ability to get the best performance out of his actors. Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts and Judi Dench live their parts, breathing passion into a film that could have easily fallen apart completely.

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On the strength of these stellar performances, I recommend the film with a rating of 2.5 as a good one time watch. Even when the director does not live up to the high standards that have already been set for him in this genre, his actors’ performances make for memorable cinema.

If there are moments of brilliance in this film, they come from Leonardo DiCaprio’s spellbinding performance. Just as he did in Aviator, DiCaprio brings alive another American legend alive in all his complexity.

Christina Daniels is a communications professional based in Bangalore. She authored the novel ‘Ginger Soda Lemon Pop’ and ‘I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey Of Aamir Khan’.

Welcoming New Year in a swirl of colour Manjari Ladies Association held its New Year Party, followed by a fashion show, on January 9th at Kalanjali Showroom, Jayanagar. The fashion show was organised by Garden City College. Mangalore Jewels, JP Nagar showcased its products at the event. Aim of the show was to bring fashion consiousness among ladies irrespective of their age, and to encourage students to model for designer saree shops. Members enjoyed the event. Membership to the association is open now. ANNAPURNA MURTHY is the President of Manjari Ladies Association. Vol-3 Issue-26 28 Jan - 10 Feb 2012 CITIZEN MATTERS 17


confession of a second time mom

The Last Minute Mom

It’s been my long cherished motherhood dream. A good sized drawer to hold all those fancy stuff that can turn you into the queen of craft in minutes, making short work of last minute projects that involve felt, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter and anything slightly more complicated and hard to find than colourful markers. At this point the dream or rather the drawer, expands into a cupboard which also holds gifts for various genders and ages between two to ten, bought at half price during off -season sales. This is precisely the moment that

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I give myself a jolt and vow to get naturally. Well obviously not all better organised; to stop being the mothers are born organised. Some epitome of the Last Minute Mother. like me have to still organise the To stop being the mom buying gifts part called motherhood into their in a rush at the store as I zip the six lives because there’s just so much year old to yet another birthday work involved. party and I also set turning the reminders for hideous floral Some mothers neatly wash, medicines, w r a p p i n g iron and line up the kid’s h o l i d a y paper inside homework clothes in labeled hangers out to wrap and projects. the presents in saying Monday, Tuesday... I tried not to, silvery shimmer thinking that because I do not willpower and have spare wrapping paper. guilt would drive my brain cells to And then there are the clothes and remember but they didn’t and this the wardrobe that contains them. was the best way. Since I can be It’s like a small boy, that wardrobe, quite a deadline dodger, I tend to be disorganising itself and creating a stern with myself and the reminders mess, right after you have cleaned it go somewhat like ‘School starts on up. I have friends (okay, one or two 2nd Jan. Finish homework by 28th maybe) who neatly wash, iron and Dec max!’. line up the kid’s clothes in labeled I’m just lying in wait for the time not hangers saying Monday, Tuesday, so far into the future when I have to Wednesday...for the entire week to pack off two instead of one. Quite save them any confusion in the early sure that instead of beeping with morning rush. messages or calls, my phone would In the unbelievable days (or should beep with constant reminders! I say era) when I was far away from being a mother, I admired their Reshmi Chakraborty is a wonderful idea and thought perhaps freelance writer, mother of two & it was something all mothers did lives off Bannerghatta Road.

All is well with grade separator projects, says BDA

Print editions

Bellandur residents have got RTI responses from BDA on status of three projects - flyovers at Bellandur and Devarabeesanahalli junctions

The great Koramangala park robbery Play equipments were not installed for years. Dustbins cost four times more than the market price. Koramangala’s parks have seen it all.

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