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The Gurgaon Prophecy

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e feature an organisation that is, and would be, of immense importance in ensuring our security. ...Pg 10

Expert Speak

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eet Diwaker Prasad, former IPS officer. ...Pg 10

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hat is the future of Gurgaon? Will it ever live up to its name – of a Millennium City? What will happen to the ground water situation? Is the City ever going to overcome the serious infrastructure deficiencies? Will it be a safe haven for its residents? How long will the jobs and real estate bounty last? These and several other questions have been occupying the minds of Gurgaon denizens – whether they live in the spanking new sectors, or the relatively old part that is trying to catch-up. For the last six months, Friday Gurgaon has been asking these questions of the City’s administrators, and politicians. This time, however, these questions were put forth to a set of eminent astrologers, tarot card readers,

mystics. (For ease, we will refer to them collectively as ‘astrologers’). They were asked to use all their intuitive powers, to predict the future of this City. The good news is that Gurgaon is destined to be a great city. The bad news – there would be some serious problems, before it fulfills its millennial potential. Some of the astrologers even predicted that in a couple of years Gurgaon would hold its own against the national capital, in terms of economic growth, prosperity and wealth. On the downside, it will witness more social stress and distress – particularly crime against women; there would be an increase in violent crimes, and serious accidents on roads and in industries; the problem of a reducing ground water will alarm; and political differences Contd on p 8 

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{Inside} Hamaari Suraksha

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A Lake So Near { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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ater bodies have always been an integral part of human existence on this planet. Be it oceans, rivers, lakes or ponds – each have their own significance; and have been immortalised in thousands of stories/fables over the centuries. Oceans and rivers are often nature’s devastating weapons, that humanity has tasted the wrath of many a time; lakes are a more calm and divine source of nature’s love and affection. It is widely believed that nothing is more celestial and romantic than lovers on a boat in the middle of a lake, witnessing the setting of the sun behind the neighbouring hills. And probably that’s what Mughal Emperor Shahjahan felt, while boating in the Dal lake, before defining Kashmir as heaven on earth. Haryana, a landlocked State, has for company the land of five rivers Punjab, the eternal Ganga-Yamuna UP – and a desert beauty Rajasthan. It has seen neither any river nor any sea, since the Ice Age. Yet, Contd on p 6 

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WORKSHOP  THEATRE NIGHTLIFE  MUSIC  ART  BAISAKHI CELEBRATION

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Arsenic and Old Lace (English) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: April 14 & 15 Time: 7:30 pm Tickets: Rs.350, 250 & 150 irected by Prabha Tonk, the Play is a sparkling comedy, of two sisters being plagued by two brothers.

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Banaras - A Spiritual Quest @ Bhuvaneshwari Kala Kendra, Bhondsi Village Date: April 15 to April 22 Time: 11 am to 6 pm

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Jhumo To Jhumroo

The Yuvraj is Back

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humroo, new Bollywood musical at the Kingdom of Dreams, was given a red carpet welcome. Actors Ranveer Shourey, Hema Malini, and Ravindra Shinde headed to the City to enjoy the show. While addressing the media, Shweta Gulati, who seemed confident about the success of Jhumroo, said, “I do not think there is anyone in the country who does not love Kishore Da’s songs. We all grew up listening to his songs, and generations to come will listen to them as well. His songs are evergreen. That is what will make Jhumroo a success.”

Dastan-e-Chauboli

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anish Husain and Mahmood Farooqui presented Dastane-Chauboli at the newly opened Amphitheatre in the Biodiversity park. Dressed in traditional Rajasthani white Kurtas, the duo kept the audience riveted with their high-pitched voice, and a unique story telling andaaz.

Newgen PhiloSufi

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yricist Javed Akhtar and Ustaad Shujaat Khan unveiled singer Azaan Khan’s debut album “PhiloSufi”, a series of contemporary sufi tracks, at MGF Metropolitan Mall. Azaan took the stage and gave a live performance. With the eclectic blend of sufi lyrics, music on drum, bass, and contemporary jazz, Azaan wishes to reach the younger generation. The evening also saw Aman and Ayaan Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan,Raja and Kaushalya Reddy, Vesna Jacob, Nilofer Currimbhoy, and Shahnaz Hussain in attendance.

am thankful to God that I got my life back,” said Cricketer Yuvraj Singh in his first press conference after undergoing cancer treatment in the US. Yuvraj spoke about the “toughest” phase of his life. He said “It was tough for me. Six months it took to diagnose whether I had cancer. I think it was tough because I had a lot of trouble breathing, I used to cough a lot. There used to be blood in my cough.” It would take him at least two more months to return to the field.


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ine-Esty has been a part of Gurgaon’s tapestry for over six years now. In the meanwhile, the City has grown to four times its size, and every second restaurant today promises to serve this familiar version of Chinese cuisine – now popularly known as Indian Chinese. So why is it that, even today, Dine-Esty stays full – for the both the lunch service and dinner? I am here to decode its recipe for success. I enter the ground floor of the nondescript Times Square building, and find the restaurant’s large, naturally-lit interiors, with comfortable seating. What is with the name “Dine-Esty”? The owner,

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A Full Diner H.S Kalra, has a quick and simple answer: it is a peppy name, and he likes it. An engineer, Kalra decided to return to India from Abu Dhabi, to start a restaurant that served the Chinese food he relished. Towards this quest, he visited Hong Kong and many provinces of China, to create his own brand of familiaryet-authentic Chinese cuisine. To this he added the true-blue Punjabi tradition of hospitality. “I love the fact that happy diners come back here and feel at home. They have grown to expect the personalised service that we provide,” he says, visibly pleased. By now I am eager to try their food. I begin with the Beijing Seafood Soup (Rs. 175). Though

Dine-Esty Time Square Building, B Block, Sushant Lok 1, Gurgaon  Phone: 0124 4070000 Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese Timing: 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

it does not have the regal splendour of the Beijing Imperial cuisine, it is a mild soup with a familiar taste, and liberal amounts of fish. The Crunchy Corn Seeds (Rs. 265) that follow are addictive, to say the least. Here we have some rather fine corn kernel pressure fried, minimally seasoned, and beautifully presented; a bite into them reveals a crisp exterior with a soft inside. Kalra wants me to try a dish that he discovered in Hong Kong, and recreated for his restaurant. He loves it so much that he has it regularly for lunch. The Water Fish Hunan style (Rs. 480) is pressurefried in water, in the hi-tech open woks, with super-powered flames. The result is by far the lightest and freshest Chinese dish that I have had in Delhi NCR. After this tasteful prelude comes my main course order of Sole Fish with Chilly Black Bean sauce (Rs. 480). It is delicious. Fresh fillets of sole, cooked with a freshly prepared, exquisite black bean sauce, and embellished with the right amount of heat, are a treat for the senses. The Veg Hakka noodles (Rs. 235) are a fine accompaniment to this masterpiece – just like an able tabla accompanying a perfectly rendered raga. I think I now understand what makes Dine-Esty work. The proprietor’s passion is evident in the quality of food, cosy interiors, and the quietly efficient service. Add to it the consistency, and what we have is a simple answer to what makes a restaurant fill up all its tables at all hours. u

CINEMA

Not 2 Good But Houseful

HOUSEFULL 2 Directed by: Shivank Bhati CAST: Akshay Kumar, Asin, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh GENRE: Action Comedy

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espite having turned out a mediocre comedy, Sajid Khan has been richly rewarded by the Houseful boards at the theatres screening this movie. So one thing is certain: Housefull 3 is on its way! It is not that you do not laugh when watching Housefull 2; it is whether you laugh in the movie or at the movie! Devoid of dialogues like “You have piles in the brains”, and scenes of crotchy humour and hamming by the star cast, Housefull 2 could have been an inane, but a highly entertaining movie. It has stars like Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh,Shreyas Talpade and Boman Irani – who all have a fine sense of humour. But they are reduced to roles that are normally the forte of guys like Johnny Lever. John, Ranbir and Mithun are also not able to hold the foot. The four fathers and the four sonsin-law turn out poor performances. As far as the female leads are concerned, the lesser said the better. The movie had enormous scope, for what one could call situational humour, peppered with cutely choreographed numbers. The song filmed on the four lead stars sounds quite whacky. What Sajid Khan is really capable of, unfortunately comes at the end of the movie – where the cameo role, played by the villain of yesteryears, Ranjeet, has us in splits. On seeing a pretty lass, he leeringly calls her ”Baby”, but immediately corrects himself to ”Beti”, after realising who she is. u

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Flight of Imagination { Alka Gurha }

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The Flying Man Author: Roopa Farooki PUBLISHER: Headline Review/ Hachette Book Group PRICE: Rs.499 GENRE: Fiction

he protagonist Maqil ‘Sunny’ Karam, the ‘flying man’ of Roopa Farooki’s fifth novel, is inspired by her own father—a compulsive gambler, who enjoys being the unconventional family man. ‘The Flying Man’ is about Maqil’s life, lived through cities and countries, with various wives and children. Roopa Farooki—born in Lahore and currently settled in the UK—has excelled in writing stories that span continents and cultures. Farooki is in her element as she narrates Maqil’s story beyond Lahore – in Paris, Biarritz, London and New York. Maqil escapes the conventionality of home and community, and goes to study in 1950s New York – where he reinvents himself as Mike, or just MSK. In Egypt, we see him as Mehmet Khan, married to a simple woman named Carine – whom he abandons for no rhyme or reason. He meets his match in Samira,at a Pakistani nightclub. Farooki has woven her story around a complex, despicable, central character – who loves and leaves many a woman. In hindsight, he regrets sabotaging the only meaningful relationship; with his second wife, Samira. Despite his charm, and an exciting, adventurous life, Maqil would find few sympathisers. There are moments in Maqil’s journey—from his birth in Lahore (in the company of a stillborn twin), to his final days in a cheap hotel on the south-west coast of France—that appear far-fetched. Farooki, the gifted raconteur, holds your interest to the last. u

Gazpacho Summer Drink Ingredients ½ kg ripe Red Tomatoes 1 Cucumber 1 Red Bell Pepper 1 Green Bell Pepper 1 medium Red Onion 1 clove of Garlic 2 tsp. Lemon Juice 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1/2 tsp Salt 1slice of Bread 1cup Strawberry chunks

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 Wash all the vegetables.  Cut the vegetables into large chunks.  In a blender or food processor, blend all the vegetables, along with olive oil and bread.  Blend thoroughly for a creamy consistency.  Pour the mixture into a container, cover and chill for at least one hour – to allow the flavors to blend in.  Serve with strawberry chunks This soup will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to mix the soup thoroughly before serving, as the water in the vegetables will tend to separate and rise to the top. If you want to make your Gazpacho a little further in advance, this soup holds well in the freezer for up to two weeks. When you are ready for it, simply take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge.


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Kavita's Abhinaya

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AMP Foundation and Lorraine Music Academy celebrated Easter at Epicentre. Dr Gregorian Chant brought to the audiences the Western Music Church Tradition of the 6th Century, by singing the Gregorian Chant; while Lorraine Fiona Aloysius enthralled the gathering with the Romance of the Sacred Hymn “He Touched Me”, Joanne Fernandes sang an Easter rock song “Shackles”, and the Gospel Hymn “Amazing Grace”. An accomplished Sitar performer Sanjeeb Sircar played the Indian version of the gospel classic “Amazing Grace". Aubrey Aloysius, founder of LAMP Foundation, said “LAMP brings good music and art to the community; not just for entertainment, but for true education and appreciation."

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ance lovers at Epicentre were given an Odissi treat at the Epicentre, as Kavita Dwibedi mesmerised the audience with an hour long performance. Kavita is known for her abhinaya, a concept in Indian dance and drama, derived from Bharata's Natya Shastra. Her performance was a part of the "Golden Greats of Indian Music" programme, organised by ONGC, Oncquest, SAIL, and Indian Oil.

Launch of DoubleTree by Hilton T

he recent launch of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel group in Sector 56 was a glittering affair. The contemporary ambience reflected the elite taste of the Hotel. Speaking at the occasion, Rob Palleschi, Global Head, said, “The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon is another significant step in our brand’s growth strategy in India, and strategic city centre locations around the world.” The Hotel is owned by the JMD Group, and managed by Hilton Worldwide. The Hotel features 45 Executive Rooms, 11 Junior Suites and two Terrace Suites. Guests and visitors can also enjoy an extensive selection of cuisines at the Hotel’s four restaurants and bars. The event also saw Sunil Bedi, Managing Director of JMD Group, Martin Rinck, President of Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, Vilas Nayak, fastest painter in India, and Lu Thay, famous Flamenco Guitar Player.

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C over Story PRAKHAR PANDEY

 Contd from p 1 Haryana has a few lakes that provide its people some joy; and fortunately our own Gurgaon has a handful of them. Damdama, Badkhal and Suraj Kund lakes are the three water bodies in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, from where people can see the setting sun, and its fading horizons behind the Aravalli hills. Both Badkhal and Suraj Kund have met their cruel and untimely demise. The yhave been sacrificed at the altar of modernisation; and now don’t even have enough water to be called lakes. Damdama, on the other hand, is still alive. Damdama is a natural lake, 22 km south-east from Rajiv Chowk. This Lake is spread across a large area of seven kilometres, and is surrounded by the rocky Aravalli mountains. Damdama Lake is a popular destination as a weekend getaway from the NCR. People visit the Lake for day picnics, over-night stay, and corporate team building. “Before the late eighties this area was a jungle, and nobody would come here. Then, the District Administration realised the potential, and Haryana Tourism purchased this piece of land, to make this Resort. The Resort was unveiled by the then Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhajan Lal, in 1991. The Lake still belongs to the Panchayat. As time progressed, this Lake too became popular; and now it’s one of the most famous one-day trip destinations for the people living in the NCR. This is the biggest natural lake in Haryana; and apart from being a peaceful destination, it has all the facilities – including many adventure sports like rock climbing, boating, camel ride,” says Mahinder Singh, a senior Haryana Tourism official at the Saras Complex. Haryana Tourism has 44 such resorts all across the State.

A tourist destination

Today’s busy life has made it very difficult for the people to pack their bags for a week-long outing to Simla, Ooty or Manali. Most popular is a one-day trip to some nearby place, where they can enjoy the natural beauty, along with a peaceful yet adventurous environment. And Damdama Lake is the perfect answer for such a quest. “Apart from this government complex, there are six other private resorts that provide overnight stay, along with adventure activities. As far as the crowd is concerned, we receive the maximum number of visitors on weekends, when we see an average of 300-350 people in each resort; whereas this number shrinks to 150-200 people on normal working days. Apart from rooms, restaurant and a bar, we have a Conference Hall for corporates,” explains Singh.

An abode for adventurers

Adventure sports is gaining momentum in India at a rapid pace; and the new crop of Indians is fascinated by this sport. That is why adventure sports destinations like Rishikesh and Manali are getting

A Lake So Near tourists in large numbers each year. Damdama too has such facilities, as the Lake fills a depression in the Aravalli hills, which form a striking backdrop to its placid waters. If you love boating, you can enjoy Row Boats, Paddle Boats, and Motor Boats. For adventure activities, you can enjoy rock climbing on the Aravalli hills. “Each resort here has its own adventure sports facility. People come to satiate their hunger for adventure; and we provide them with ample opportunity – along with formidable security. Adventure sport facilities include: Hot Air Ballooning, Para Sailing, Rock Climbing, Cycling, Angling, Trekking and Camping. Obstacle Courses, Team Building Games, and HR Training Programmes can also be organised for big groups; and corporate companies often come here for such

activities. You can also play games like Tambola, Chess, Table Tennis, Carrom, Badminton, Volleyball, Cricket. Bungee jumping also can be organised at an extra cost,” says an employee from a private resort. One can enjoy a day trip, or the overnight packages at the Botanix Nature Resort, Dream Island Resort, Waterbank Island Resort, and Seven Folds Resort.

A source of revenue and employment

Damdama Lake has been a great source of revenue for the State, and other private resort owners. It also provides good employment to the locals of

Damdama village, who provide their services such as camel rides. “We have thirteen rooms, and on an average we see sixty per cent occupancy. We charge Rs. 1,912 for an AC room for 24 hours. Almost all the resorts here have given their adventure sports facilities to private contractors, and here also locals earn a great deal of money. We also provide package deals of one-day picnic to families and corporate firms, at the rate of Rs. 550 and Rs. 650 per individual – for veg. and non-veg. food respectively. This Picnic Package includes a few sports activities – like Boating, Trekking, Cricket and Badminton,” elaborates Singh. “I live here in Damdama village,

The Grey Areas a) A drying lake

Haryana is not known for having great tourism spots. Damdama certainly features at the top in a small list. But the lack of care from the Administration is costing this place dearly, as the surface area of the Lake is reducing with each passing year. “This Lake belongs to the Panchayat of Damdama village; and they have sold plots in this land to various people. The resorts you are seeing in the middle of the lake are the result of that trade. People have drawn cemented boundaries, and turned this small plotted area into small resorts; but while doing this they have blocked the flow of water into the lake from the hills, during the monsoon. This is resulting in the constant decrease in the surface area of the lake. If this isn’t stopped, we soon will see Damdama turning into a Badkhal – with no water in it,” says a senior Haryana Tourism official.

b) No helping hand from the State

Damdama is the biggest natural water lake in Haryana. It provides the largest share in the revenue of Haryana Tourism each year. But when it comes time to return the favour, the State tends to play ostrich – and doesn’t look after its precious asset. “We have only four boats here, and they too are in a shambles. Our competitors have various types of modern boats, which help them to draw in the tourists. We have written to Chandigarh several times in the past few years, but nothing has happened,” says another senior official of Haryana Tourism.

and we provide camel ride service. We charge Rs. 30 per person, for a distance of one and half kilometres. Like me, there are several other villagers who earn their livelihood from this Lake. Many have boats, and the resort people have hired them on a contract basis,” says Shanker, a villager.

Thus spake the visitors

“This is a wonderful place, and I often come here. The reason why I come is the environment; it is very peaceful, and its not far from my house and business in New Delhi. This time I have come alone, but usually I bring my family with me. It’s a perfect place for a day out. Now the water level in the Lake has gone down drastically, but in September and October the Lake remains full – and one can really enjoy boating. I also like the rock climbing adventure being provided by Haryana Tourism, at Hill No-3. In total, I would say a nice place for a hangout,” says Vikrant Rana, a young businessman. And then there are people who come here for peace, and quality time together. Mr and Mrs Sharma are one such couple, “We live in Noida, and we come here twice a year – between September and April. Of course, this place now has become a little crowded, and the Lake too has lost some of its charm. We have been coming for the last five years. We like the peaceful environment the most, because there is no traffic and other social disturbance here. The hills too are lonely and deserted; and that’s what we like the most,” says Narender Sharma.

The best season to visit

“The best season to visit Damdama lake is from September to April; the Lake is full of water, and one can enjoy the sweet chill in the weather with an evening bonfire on the banks of the Lake,” says Singh. u


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CINEMA

THIS WEEK Big Cinemas: Ansal Plaza Bittoo Boss Time: 10.05 am, 3.05 pm, 5.35 pm, 10.40pm Battleship Time: 10.00am, 12.35 pm, 8.05 pm, 11.15pm Housefull 2 Time: 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.05 pm, 3.35 pm, 5.10 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.15 pm, 10.00 pm Address: 3rd floor, Ansal Plaza, G Block, Palam Vihar Website: www.bigcinemas.com PVR: Ambience Premier Battle Ship Time: 10:40 am, 12:50 pm, 06:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:10 pm BITTOO BOSS Time: 10:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:25 pm, 8:35 pm, 11:35 pm HOUSEFULL 2 Time: 10:00 am, 11:55 am, 1:15 pm, 3:10 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:25 pm, 7:45 pm, 9:40 pm, 10:55 pm TITANIC – 3D Time: 1:20 pm, 5:10 pm, 9:00 pm THE HUNGER GAMES Time: 3:50 pm KAHAANI Time: 6:40 pm WRATH OF THE TITANS – 3D Time: 11:00 am PVR: Ambience Gold HOUSEFULL 2 Time: 11:15 am, 2:30 pm, 3:50 pm, 5:45 pm, 7:05 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:20 pm TITANIC – 3D Time: 12:00 noon PVR MGF: MGF Mall BITTOO BOSS Time: 10:00 am, 12:35 pm, 3:10 pm, 5:45 pm, 8:20 pm, 10:55 pm BATTLE SHIP Time: 10:40 am, 1:15 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:25 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:35 pm HOUSEFULL 2 Time: 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:45 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:55 pm

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The Gurgaon Prophecy  Contd from p 1 and instability will cast a deep shadow on the future of the City. But despite all these problems, those who have put a bet on this land will definitely profit. The right proximity to Delhi, and the planetary influences, are defining positives. Acharya Bharat, of the Sidh Divya Jyotish and Vastu Sansthan, is of the firm opinion that in the coming three years Gurgaon will witness more foreign companies setting up base. This will boost the economy of the City, as more talent from India and abroad comes here – in addition to the money and revenue generation, he says. However, Saturn and Mars are retrograde, and this will

have an impact on social life. Petty crimes are likely to increase, and there would be more accidents. The Administration must keep a close watch on this situation, for the next couple of months, he predicts. His associate Acharya Divya, is of the opinion that security of women, and issues related to law and order, will remain a headache. “The problem of drinking water, and the power situation, is likely to be resolved with the passage of time.” Both of them also predict political upheaval. Gurgaon will become more powerful politically, three years from now. Most of the astrologers also opine that Gurgaon’s administrative quagmire will end after a period of three years. This City is likely to get an all-encompassing body. Till then, there is little hope of the MCG, HUDA and the local authorities putting their

house and systems in order. Saturn is the planet that rules Gurgaon, say the astrologers; and this leads to slow but solid growth in industry, and other spheres of life. Till July this year, the City’s industry is likely to witness a slowdown and labour unrest, that will negatively impact employment. Vijay Kumar, an expert on the Lal Kitab, feels that the future of the City is bright; and activities related to luxury, lifestyle and real estate will increase further. However, the planetary movements, he says, point to a lot of political infighting and instability – that will hold up development appreciably.

What the Tarot Cards Foretell Tarot card reader Dr. Kavita Raj says, “When the potential of India is coming to you in the form of great talent and investment, it is a positive signal that the time of this City has come.” She however opines that astrology and mystic/occult sciences should mainly be used as a signboard – to be forewarned, and take caution. In the Tarot Card reading for Gurgaon, the first card that comes up is ‘Breakthrough’. “This card indicates that this City has had a breakthrough. It has helped Gurgaon break the shackles of being a (Delhi) suburb, and attain an identity of its own,” says Dr. Raj. “No one, not even the government, had thought that this City will become so huge. It is now time that this situation is handled in a wise manner, to sustain this growth,” she asserts. The second card is ‘Morality’; indicating an emphasis on issues of discipline, character, human values, security, law and order. Dr. Kavita says the people and the City will have to struggle with these issues, and come out strongly, if Gurgaon has to become a global city that represents the best of human traditions. “There is need to channelise the ener-

gies, to control too much aggression and passion,” suggests Raj. The third card is ‘Transformation’ – that, she says, is likely to happen in Gurgaon in the coming four to five years. “This City will witness administrative, political and social transformation – that will put it in the global spotlight. Gurgaon will come out of the present morass, and become the City of the future,” asserts the tarot card reader. But she stresses that people will have to focus on becoming more conscientious, as the fourth card ‘Consciousness”, points out. The residents of the City will have to re-look their lives, work on their spiritual side, and become more balanced; so that they do not remain just indulged in their passions of life, and forget their duties. The fifth and last card from the deck represents the ‘Miser’. It indicates that this City will take a lot of resources from its residents, while allowing them to carve a good future. Morality and Consciousness may seem a little alien today, in many spheres of the City. We all need to develop this soft side – to balance the widespread concrete and glass out there.

He feels that the financial stakes in this City are very high, and every politician has a finger in the pie; so unless one powerful figure overcomes all the others, or all of them come to a consensus to ‘share the spoils’, the City’s future will remain on shaky ground. Kumar, who made these predictions on the basis of Prashna Lagna, is also hopeful of more development taking place – for improvement of roads, sanitation, and the power situation. But finally, he cautions that more crime and accidents are on the anvil, and the government should seriously look into these issues. Alok Puneet Chavvi, who uses Bio-metric Geo-Metaphysical Science to link astronomy and human behaviour, believes that further industrial development will take place in Gurgaon, and Contd on p 9 


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The Gurgaon Prophecy  Contd from p 8 there will be more IT companies setting base and growing here. “The negative in all this is that despite companies coming here, the government will put more tax liabilities on them, as well as people of the City – while facilities will not be commensurate,” says Chavvi. Despite women empowerment, the crimes against them will increase, till the end of 2013; and after that there are chances that a tough Administrator will come, and end the miseries of the fairer sex. He also predicts a major change in the law and order machinery in Gurgaon, that is likely to happen by this July. “Many heads will roll, and this could also include the people at the top,” he predicts. He adds that the police should exercise extra vigilance between 6 pm to 8 pm, as this is the time when Saturn is powerful; and between 11 pm to 2 am at night, when Venus is powerful. The southern and eastern parts of Gurgaon, he says, will be a hub of social and sexual crimes – against women and children. While most of the astrologers predict on the basis of the planetary influences, there are a few who differ. They are of the opinion that it is not the City, but the people residing in it and ruling it, whose horoscopes will influence its future course. V.K Gaur, an eminent astrologer and writer, is of the opinion that planets cannot be held solely

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responsible for what is happening in the City. The politicians, administrators, and the civil society play an important role in carving the future; and it is the karma of the residents that combine, to shape it. “Gurgaon is the city of Guru Dronacharya, and should have represented the best of Indian culture and tradition. He points to the lack of respect for the institutions of family, marriage and clan. “A lot of people come to me these days asking about compatibility in marriage, growth in profession, and about the future. But the problem is that most of them live in houses that are imperfect according to Vaastu; and most have not consulted an astrologer before,” says Gaur. He is of the firm opinion that gated condominiums in Gurgaon must be built as per Vaastu principles. Secondly, before taking on any major life decisions, Gurgaonites must consult an astrologer and follow his/her suggestions. Thirdly, the people should honour Indian customs. “All this will help the City, and make Gurgaon a happy place,” he asserts. Dr. Kavita Raj, a tarot card reader did a special reading for Gurgaon. (See Box) All the astrologers and mystics agree that this City should be throbbing with a life force; where people see each other as friends who have come together to forge a common identity. That feeling should define this City. u

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Trust, But Verify

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urgaon has corporate offices, malls, industries, high-rise residences, and everything a burgeoning city would want. This also means it has millions of workers – working night and day. On any day, thousands of interviews are held, jobs given and security clearances issued. Today, with such numbers also comes the rise in the crime rate – of any city. This regular influx of thousands makes the City police’s job thrice as hard; of trying to catch many unidentified perpetrators and suspects. Enter the verification agency. What if the police, or a prospective employer/landlord, could type a name into a database, and gain verified information about a person – right down to the relatives, and his car? Verification agency Hamari Suraksha does just that. General Manager (Operations) Ankit Trikha says, “Our priority is to give correct, verified information about people, so that jobs can be given

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itting in his Sushant Lok-III home, the gentleman with the iron-grey hair looks at ease, as he talks about his years rooting out corruption at the national level as an IPS officer; ­and how he is doing the same in Gurgaon post-retirement. “I have served my years in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), as well as the Sashastra Sena Bal (SSB) as a Director-General (DG),” says an unassuming Diwaker Prasad, (Himachal Pradesh Cadre, 1968). “I was allotted the HP cadre in 1968, and joined the SSB. For around seven years, I took part in covert operations. Then, from 1982 to 1991, I was a part of the CBI.” He laughs and says that his dislike for politics stopped him from picking up posts in which he would be ‘governed’ by political appointees. Nagaland beckoned him in 1991, when he was made the Director-General (Operations). “After three tumultuous years,” he reminisces, “I saw a six year stint in ITBP – from 1994 to 2000, after which I was made the DG (Vigilance) in HP for a while. My last innings was also to be at SSB, wherein I retired as the DG. In my term of service to the nation, I am proud to say that I was a member of the delegation that finalised India’s extradition treaty with Canada.” In 2005, Prasad retired from active duty, and settled in Gurgaon. As he puts it, “It’s a part of the NCR, and New Delhi was too expensive. We settled in Gurgaon, and then watched as the land

to deserving candidates.” The Agency, which has spread to cities like Bangalore and the rest of the NCR, collects digitised profiles of people, so that employers can get foolproof data on who they are hiring. Why is the agency needed? “Till now, records on persons meant mouldering files stored away in the remotest corners of a police station. But now, we have cloud-computing to aid information storage. The data-records on any person we have profiled can be accessed any time by the authorities. In the case of crimes, our work can be the biggest advantage to the forces. Also, any landlord, or any person wishing to hire a domestic help can also access our records – to verify the antecedents of the person they’re letting into their homes,” Trikha says.

How Does It Work?

The Agency sends teams to create profiles of candidates; they are “equipped with laptops, scanners, and cameras”, says Trikha. Every

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little detail is entered into the database; starting from the candidates’ personal information, education records, vehicle ownership, medical history, and biometric information (fingerprints, blood group, photo). “In case of senior citizens, we note their medical history and ailments and tag it to the nearest hospital – so that information can be retrieved easily,” Trikha says. The Agency has its own ‘stamp’ of verification, they say. Once the candidate’s documents have been verified, they are e-stamped with Hamari Suraksha’s logo, to add authenticity. Vani, a Sector-14 resident, Ankit Trikha who seem satisfied with the service, says, “We have space in our house to rent out, and I prefer to hire servants only after doing a thorough check. When the police made it mandatory to verify the tenants, we heard of Hamari Suraksha, and used them to verify our tenants.”

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We have worked with the Mumbai Police and the Noida Police, to enhance their verification records, Trikha says

Parameters Of Verification

 Name, Age, current and permanent Address  Education record  Medical record (in case of senior citizens – allergies, medical emergencies, and the nearest hospital)  Biometric information (fingerprints, blood records, photo)  Vehicle record  Professional record (past employment, references)  Incidents record (civil, criminal)

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prices rocketed up, and matched the national capital.” So what is his passion today? “I’m working with a small group, to bring to light corruption in some circles – the same that I had been doing all my life.” Having said that, he clams up. “You know, letting out information during an investigation might tip off the person,” he quips. During his time in Nagaland, he had run-ins with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). “There was a time when my team had to investigate a very senior politician, for allegedly bringing in foreigners, who were fanning dissension in the State. Since no foreigner could enter this State, the poli-

tician allowed them to travel in his car. My team investigated this assignment, and through the then-Governor, I had the Centre remove the politician,” he recalls. You can’t mess with the system and get away, he says. Prasad believes that the law of the land is capable enough, so long as its officers have the will to enforce it. “I have all respect for Anna’s movement, but I fail to understand why are they creating a body to which even the PM and the judiciary would be accountable. ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ Who will ensure that this body remains true to its duties?” he asks. It is the same in Gurgaon, he feels. “There are three ‘fiefdoms’, ruled by the private builders, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). Unfortunately, the emperor, who sits in Chandigarh, is none too interested in ensuring that people are delivered what they deserve. What about the state of the City’s safety and security? “It’s a big city. The City’s police are doing what they can, and I admire them for it. That said, I feel the need of the hour is to bring technology in their area of work.” He dismisses the point of security cameras as teenagers’ toys, saying that what the police need is applied forensics in their investigations. “The policemen need training in detective schools, and the use of forensic

proudly. The Mumbai police needed a database on senior citizens, because of a spate of crime targeting the latter. With our help, they have the records they need, he says. Similarly, when Noida Police needed to verify tenants, “Hamari Suraksha verified ten times the number the police did in one year,” Trikha says. The Agency has a new module called ‘Incident Reporting System’, incorporated into its database. This allows the authorities to put a note against any person who has been indicted (or convicted) for a crime. This allows the potential employer/landlord to know who he is hiring, if the candidate is not being upfront. This also allows the police to pinpoint the location of a suspect, if he surfaces. “In Gurgaon, we have profiled over 80,000 people,” says Vijay Singh Yadav, a team leader. Everyday, the Agency creates profiles for over 100 people. “We also have corporate bodies coming to us to create records of their employees. As of now, we have more than 600 companies in the NCR who have used our services – such as Ambience Mall, SLV Securities, Sea Hawk Tours, Nestle, HCL, MGF Metropolitan Mall, and RBS Bank.” But the desire to have verified help, working in homes and industries, is picking up speed slowly in the City. Most of the households still prefer word-ofmouth when it comes to hiring servants. Sunil Dhiman, a DLF Phase-V resident says, “I have my servant working with me for over five years now. He handles my car and daily finances, and it is rather late to check his antecedents. But yes, I would suggest that people do go for such verification agencies, if they can do the work professionally. Some of these agencies fudge records when it comes to making a fast buck.” It is a changing trend, opines Trikha. “When people realise that paying for verified records is as important as paying for your security, this activity will become de rigueur.” u science in criminal investigation. Why is the CBI what it is today? There are no supermen there, only people who investigate methodically – and use science.” Defending the police, he says, “People complain that compared to other investigation agencies, the police is slow and inefficient. I say they have so many duties, in addition to the investigation of cases. Every time there is a road-block or a demonstration, the police is called forth. With a limited task force, people must understand that the department is stretched. That they still perform adequately is worth appreciating.”u

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Siddhi, ‘Chiranjivi’

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iddhi, 3 years old, a student of Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar won the first prize in the talent competition, wherein students had to tell the capitals of all Indian states. Siddhi has been learning the names of states and capitals since the age of two. She is also learning the names of continents now.

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Discovery preschool organised its graduation ceremony, ‘Blossoms Day’. The tiny tots looked cute in scaled down gowns and scholastic caps. The audience enjoyed the nursery rhymes and recitals.

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tudents of Ryan International School, Sector 40 brought laurels to the School by bagging many prizes at the All India Child Art competition held in Mumbai. While Anik Rathi of Mont II secured the second prize in drawing, Tamanna Gupta and Sharvi Mathur, of Mont II and Mont III respectively, won consolation prizes. In the junior category, Prateek Rathi of Class I received the second prize, Tanmay Johri of Class V secured the third prize; Pragya Manocha of Class V, and Aditi Goyal of Class I won consolation prizes.

DSVN Annual Day

Children at Fastrack Kids School displayed their creativity on paper, and (alongwith their parents) were introduced to many animation techniques – by the expert Siddharth, from Creative Studio.

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ev Samaj Vidya Niketan (DSVN) celebrated its Annual Day. While girls from the senior school presented a Qawalli and Punjabi folk dance (Gidda), the boys rocked the stage with a hiphop show. A patriotic play was also put up by the primary students. Mayor Vimal Yadav was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Students with exemplary performance in the board exams were awarded at the end of the function.

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tudents of Bachpan School showcased the first designer collection of The School of Fashion Technology, Sector 14. The Show provided an opportunity to budding designers, who designed the dresses in line with the theme “Flower Girl”. The little girls threw flowers, while walking on the ramp. The boys presented the “Nawab Collection”, in bright shades of red,golden, maroon, and black. The tiny tots amazed the crowd, by walking the ramp so gracefully.

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ondon Talent, a group that aims to impart education through worldclass theatre and a creative programme of learning, organised a show for the primary school of Lancers International. The group helped children explore the concept of sharing, caring and empathizing with others. The performance of London Talent was followed by a ‘freeplay’ session – giving the children an opportunity to explore the material, and build their own bridges.


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Literary Flourish

DPS bids Farewell

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elhi Public School held a ceremony to bid farewell to its graduating students. The Principal, Mrs. Aditi Mishra, delivered the commencement address. She advised students to convert all disadvantages into advantages, through perseverance. Prizes were also given to students.

My tree is free It says don’t cut me You won’t live without me I am your life And I will always be. Whether I am Mango, Coconut or Neem I promise I will save you If you save me I give you food, medicine and shelter Whether I am lavender, banyan or banana tree I promise I will save you if you save me. Siya Bhutani, Intellitots Early Learning School

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ions Public School organised an educational tour to Ranthambhore and Jaipur. It was an exciting and rewarding journey for all, and “a team building experience”, according to one of the teachers . The students visited important historical sights in Jaipur, and experienced a jeep safari at Ranthambhore.

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visit to the National Science Museum, New Delhi is one of the best ways to arouse curiousity in the minds of children, and help develop their interest in the field of science and technology. Keeping this in mind, Lotus Valley School organised a visit to the Museum. Children enjoyed the Fun Science gallery, which houses a 50 seater 3D movie hall, and a virtual pond of water.

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eautiful pottery made by the students of Rishi Public School adorned the walls of the Exhibition Hall at school. The students showcased various artefacts, such as clay pots, dolls, dishes, and pen stands, to name a few. The best artefacts are kept in the Hall for over a year.

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merican Excelsior, saw active participation for the Tae Kwon-Do martial arts championship organised in the school premises. The spectators witnessed students competing for medals and prizes. The aim of the competition was to give the students an opportunity to showcase their abilities and techniques.

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he students of St. Angel’s School put up a scintillating performance during the Annual Day Function. The audience enjoyed the School choir’s flawless rendition of “Satnam wahe guru ji“. However, the pick of the day was the show ‘Ecstasy’, a mystical blend of contemporary hip-hop and salsa. K.L. Sobti, eminent Educationist and the Chairman of Modern Public School, was the Chief Guest. The meritorious students were given awards in the special prize distribution ceremony.

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Pathbreaker’s are professional career Counsellors, and are giving proper career understanding to senior secondary students at their corporate centre. On 9th April, 2012 there was a special career counseling session, “Master Finance”, organized for commerce students – in which more then 30 students walked in/called, and had a career counselling session with Mr. N. Raheja, Director PathBreaker’s. The next counselling session, “Master Finance”, is scheduled for the last week of April. They also have plans to visit various schools in the NCR to interact with the students, related to their career options. Having professionals from various fields of education on board, they are sure to be a good companion for the coming generation.


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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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When buying mustard leaves, look for vibrantly coloured leaves, that show no signs of wilting. Fresh mustard greens should be used as early as possible, to get maximum nutrition. Letting mustard greens sit for 5 minutes before cooking can enhance the health benefits. Another option is to sprinkle lemon juice before letting them sit. This helps activate the myrosinase enzyme, and can also increase formation of beneficial cancerpreventative isothiocyanates. The cholesterol-lowering ability of raw mustard greens improves significantly when they are steamed. Adding tomato, onion and garlic to mustard green recipes can help balance the somewhat pungent, peppery flavour of mustard greens. Like spinach, reheating of mustard green leftovers may cause conversion of nitrates to harmful nitrites and nitrosamines, by certain bacteria that thrive on a nitrate rich environment.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are a potent source of many phytonutrients that have healthpromoting and disease-prevention properties. In fact, they have more Vitamin A, carotenes, Vitamin K, and flavonoid antioxidants than many commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Mustard greens are very low in calories (26 kcal per 100 g raw leaves)

and fats; yet the dark green leaves contain good amounts of dietary fibre, that help in preventing constipation, hemorrhoids and colon cancer. This makes them a good candidate for diet regimens aimed at weight and cholesterol reduction. Mustard greens should be avoided by patients taking anti-coagulants, as well as by people with a history of urinary tract stones or thyroid dysfunction. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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Lemon is a recommended remedy for corns. Tie a fresh slice of lemon over the painful area before going to sleep. Allow it to remain the whole night.

reakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. However, in today’s fast paced life, we often tend to skip it. What is necessary is a wholesome breakfast, that requires the minimum time to be consumed. Breakfast cereals are a good answer – they are healthy, light, and easy-to-cook. Cereals are a wholesome and light breakfast for the weight-conscious people who don’t have enough time in the mornings for the most important meal of the day. There are several types of oatmeal. Rolled oats are oats that have been steamed and flattened, and they generally cook within 15 minutes. They are good for baking – unlike instant oats, that become soft and gooey. Oatmeal and oat bran

are significant sources of dietary fibre. This fibre contains an even mixture of soluble and insoluble fibres. Oats, like all cholesterol-lowering agents, are most effective when consumed as part of a lowfat, high-fibre diet – taken along with an exercise regimen. Oats have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than other cereals. It is said that the two Kellogg brothers developed the cereals while trying to create new, interesting and healthy foods for the patients of a hospital they ran in Battle Creek, Michigan. At that time, a flake of cereal was unknown. The major ingredients of corn flakes include milled corn, sugar, iron, high fructose corn syrup and vitamins (A, B, C, D, and E). Corn flakes, consumed with a cup of milk and some freshly cut fruits, have proven to be an extremely nutritious and healthy breakfast cereal. Adding fresh fruit and nuts to your bowl of corn flakes increases the fibre content of the meal. Corn flakes not only help protect against cancer, they are also a very rich source of antioxidants. Muesli is a breakfast cereal made from wheat flakes, oats, fruits, as well as nuts. It is usually eaten with milk or yoghurt. Muesli is an excessively rich source of vitamins, proteins, fibre, trace elements, as well as minerals. It is considered a healthy breakfast cereal because it contains all the ingredients of a good diet – such as fruits, fibre, protein and calcium. Muesli can be prepared easily – with milk, fruits, coffee or hot chocolate. u

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earch Me ! That is a request/command that Google uses on us every second; it is also an ‘I don’t know’ exclamation that Google would never need to use. And hope also that no one else would need to (exclaim, that is). It is time to google Google. This Algorithm, this Netcopy, this Index, this Platform - and this Intermediary hothouse now – has been compared to the best of inventions – like electricity and the combustion engine.

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t is great to see you emerging on the national level. No limits for you. We need more disciplined politicians like you. We are with you just go for it. The sky is the limit for you Virender Singh, Moscow, on the article, Supreme Justice

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ou are doing good for all the community. May God give you success in your mission. Rakesh on the article, Supreme Justice

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angeeta’s works are really fantastic with surrealism and fantasy; the one with dogs’ shadow and birds is really outstanding Sunirmal Maiti on the article, A Gurgaon Art-Genre

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So what does Google have that almost all others don’t? Let’s start with a daily connect with over a billion humans. And layer it up – helping customers search for answers; providing choice yet letting them retain control. All instantly, and for free! Except as a business intermediary now; and here too, it is pay per view – pay only after seeing the benefit. Google lays out the Internet for you – constantly refreshed. They offer The Web Made Easy – The Web Menu. Whoever creates anything (including on Facebook), Google gets a copy! And promptly empowers the netizen to get one, if needed – free of cost again. There is Information galore: in words, numbers, pictures, and sound. No copyright here. And no netizen is complaining. Yes, the creators, the producers are yelling grand larceny and murder. They then go through the 5 stages of grief - Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance – and then move on, or close down. Their product and service is on a platform that seemingly has no space constraint. They have converted the platform itself to content. Content that fulfills customer needs and wants: as classic as any marketing tale; in fact, updated to regularly create myriad new needs and wants. The platform is now also a business – for themselves, and as an enabler for other businesses. With so many ‘captive’ customers, Google can constantly feed fresh content direct to them. They probably know well who is where, and when – and are constantly trying to pinpoint what he/ she wants, how it is wanted, and how much. Google Mohammed is going to Netizen Mountain. The battle is with Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. The game plan is to not only outdo, but to make them irrelevant. It is the Fight of the Millennium – mainly the brand powers of established, global Product and Service Brands, versus the power of The New Intermediary. It is a fight on an increasingly foreign terrain (the Internet) for the former; but a terrain best known to the Intermediary – it is where It was born, and of what it is constituted. This is where the world citizens are also increasingly residing. The fight with Microsoft and Apple will be very different to that with Facebook. The

former two will not be easy to take on; and the longer it takes, the odds will favour them. They have the advantage of globalization; though also the disadvantage of shrinking mass audiences. Facebook should be easier – or is that sacrilege! Google really does not need to build a Community. They have what every Community wants. And the replacement of Facebook is but a few years away – maybe the teenager is already ready. There will always be facebook-alikes every 5 years or so – and then every 3 years, 1 year…. daily. Should businesses worry? Microsoft only took the money for an operating system, but had no control or influence on the business. Google takes no money, but can control your business – can even destroy it. Should Netizens worry? Funny asking that, since we all love Google today. We love anything free. But serious, is anything too private? No, as long as it is not us? Is the most popular always right, always the best? Or is it even what the majority really wants? On the Net we often do, then think. What is the credibility or authenticity of just a number, for some very important matters? And what is the Google Grand Vision? From Search Engine to The (Business) Intermediary to the Payment Gateway. From individuals to corporates, and then both. Directing the global flows of Information, Commerce, and then Cash. There will be a new location in the world of Finance - The Big G – up in the Google Cloud. Microsoft will be history; Apple will fall in line; Facebook will have been replaced. And, meantime, Google will keep copying the UniNet. You never know – one day the Universe may need to be (virtually) regenerated. There will come a time to play God. So says the Vision. Postscript I do believe that Google can be googled – with a Chautha. Or maybe they will commit hara-kiri earlier – the Motorola acquisition shows that they are human. Magar yeh kissa phir kabhi. (I sometimes have a Vision – Ed.)

FAMOUS QUOTES “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us. John N. Mitchell Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. John Maxwell

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever. David Norris As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person. Paul Shane Spear


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Gallery-Café Chapters

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ome new and ambitious cultural projects are currently on the anvil, with the aim of enlivening Gurgaon’s art-ambience. Today’s column is an exclusive Preview of a cutting-edge Art Exhibition of high-quality paintings displayed in an unconventional setting. This relevant contemporary art-event, showcasing eight talented emerging painters in their 30s, will be open to the public from April 12~27, 2012 at the Galaxy Hotel in Sector 15, Part-II, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. As a novel element of this avantgarde exhibit, all the art will be on display within the unusual environment of The Beanstalk: a ‘happening’ new Gurgaon Coffee-shop and restaurant. This art-exhibition titled ‘CHAPTERS’ has been organised by the Galaxy Hotel Cafe along with the Artagency TAD ARTS.  Niten Mehta, TAD ART’s Manager and a Graphic Designer with an outlet in DLF1, ascribes his absorption in the management of modern art to his Rohit Sharma family’s long-time penchant for art-collecting.  In a unique experience, the Beanstalk will be surrounded by Fine Art; and will come alive to the strains of live piano music – every evening from Tuesday to Sunday.”  Such conceptual blending of Fine Art, Music and Dining has become an integral part of Europe’s cultural landscape – as an inventive and inviting cultural panoply. Imaginative multicultural spaces like this are welcome in India’s teeming Millennium City. The Exhibition, Farhad Hussain Chapters, will display recent experimental art of eight serious, rooted emerging Indian painters of considerable originality: Abir Karmakar, Farhad Hussain, George Martin, Rajan Krishnan, Rohit Sharma, Rupa Paul, Sharmi Chaudhry, and Suchit Sahni. All these avant-garde artists are well-trained, and have been noted as imaginative young painters. They are schooled at

reputed artinstitutes of our country. A binding Sharmi Chowdhry curatorial factor in this refreshing selection of works is their unified aspect of IndianUrban-Kitsch Op-Art. Their visual rootedness to the Indian-urban ethos makes their imagery relevant, credible and cutting-edge. Abir Karmakar, trained at MS University Baroda as well as at Rabindra Bharati Kolkata, creates urban figurations that are bold, to say the least – and yet they retain a template of quiet Classicism. This intriguing representational artist, with a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ watchful gaze, seems to observe all the foibles, anxieties and vanities of urban human behaviour – within the private confines of his subjects’ closed boudoirs and sitting-rooms. Abir’s subtle international palette, and skilfully-drawn ‘renaissance’ bodies, are well-honed examples

of his technical skill. His ironical, cynical, ecSuchit Sahni centric—and at times troubling—gaze is seen in his startling Self-Portrait and Reclining Nude. His Unique Interior Portraits have been admired in Europe too. Rohit Sharma, from the Delhi College of Art, has been regularly displaying his quirky ‘Opart’ renditions of quaintlydecorated ‘Indian Holy Cows’ – that impart serenity, worship and humour to our cacophonic metropolitan landscapes. Often titled ‘Kamadhenus’, Rohit’s gentle cows are painted in their typical kitschy attire of bead necklaces, neon-hued satin draperies, and floral crowns wrought of saffron marigolds and fragrant rajanigandhas. Such Kamadhenus may impart a quintessentially-Indian joi de vivre to modern residential or corporate interiors. Similarly effective are Suchit Sahni’s neon-hued acrylic Met-

ropolitan Series, that depict the daily urban mayhem of Indian vans, lorries, jeeps, chai-stalls Abir Karmakar Rajan Krishnan and drivers. Suchit says, trained at Santiniketan and “There is a beauty and a positivlater at Baroda’s Faculty of Fine ism in the Indian Metropolis, Arts, says: “Baroda provided that is too often overlooked. I me a rejuvenating scenario grew up happily in such cities, to realise my potential.” Her with my video-games and my art reveals distinct references city-friends; and I saw their to the style of such Baroda gradual progress towards adMasters as Bhupen Khakkar vancement. Hence, I want to and K.G Subramanyan. Her depict in my Metropolis its quirky clusters of Indian visual delight – not its stressmulti-headed figures, es and worries.”  intrusive elephants, chatty George Martin is another monkeys, and theatrical worthy chronicler of this genre. interiors reflect India’s With his poetic, psychedelic ancient painterly heritage. and trance-like depictions Her ‘flat’ Eastern palette, and of Indian pedestrians – fairy-tale format, evoke the silently moving from one point Indian Miniature tradition in a to another on city streets, as contemporary fashion.   if in a mystic haze – George Rupa Paul, trained in documents some of the wistful Kolkata, is a painter as well as poetry of urban India. Schooled printmaker, who employs her in Trivandrum and Kolkata, graphic training in bursting, the Delhi-based South Indian collage-like compositions – artist has been exhibited in full of Indian flavour. Her India and Scandinavia. works have been shown in Sharmi Chowdhry, initially India and Dubai, and depict pastoral Indian references. Similarly, Rajan Krishnan, who was trained in Baroda, decided to return to George Martin his native Kerala, and work on its landscape. Krishnan can be described as a ‘Contemporary Pastoralist’, who delights in painting families of wild Kerala monkeys climbing up and down coconut trees. His rural renditions have been enjoyed all over India, as well as in New York and London. Farhad Hussain, who graduated from Santiniketan and completed his studies at Baroda, bears a unique figurative manner – depicting playful humans cavorting merrily with pet dogs. In his stylistic—as Rupa Paul well as that of all the other artists in this selection—one is heartened to see a confident, skilful blending of a wide variety of forms and techniques. This is a necessary aesthetic manner that I describe as Indian Internationalism – an evolved, sophisticated way of seeing, that ultimately belongs to our global village; breaking through limiting traditions and anti-secular confines. u Artist, Writer, & Curator


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Tarot Cards II

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here are 78 Tarot Cards, that are a symbolic record of human expression – and speak a language that is the collective consciousness of man from pre-historic times. We consult the cards to illuminate our inner selves, because the cards give us insights as to what is happening in our lives – or what is hidden from us. We also gain knowledge about the impact of every moment, to help us be stronger and more self-aware. Last week, we presented the 22 Major Arcana Cards. We now bring you the 56 Minor Arcana Cards.

The Minor Arcanas

The Minor Arcana are divided into four suits – the Swords, Wands, Cups and the Pentacles. The Swords represent the realm of the mind, thinking capacity, plans, actions and ideas. They are symbolically depicted as a double-edged weapon; and can be used by the human mind to its own advantage or disadvantage. The Wands signify our personal energy, fire and enthusiasm; and how we can utilise these to manifest our ambitions. The Cups are about feelings, and how we relate to the world. They are depicted

Understanding The Energy Of Thoughts through symbolic pictorial images that represent the subconscious mind, intuition, hunches; clairvoyance, telepathy and visions. The Pentacles are about resources; not only in terms of money, but talents and skills as well. They represent the element of the Earth, and describe situations involving property, physical and practical concerns. Numbers are symbols that describe energies and cycles, and play an important part in the meaning of the cards. Both the Major and Minor Arcana cards are numbered. We can associate the even numbers with good or easy conditions, and the odd numbers with bad or difficult situations in life. The basic meaning of the numbers depicted on the Minor cards of the Tarot, are as follows:-

The Aces

The Ace, or number one, in all the four suits of the Tarot, is the beginning of all things in the universe. Therefore the

energies depicted in these cards are through symbolic pictorial images that represent the beginning. One is also the number of creative power and potential – being the primary number from which all the others evolve. All the Aces show tremendous upsurge of energy; they indicate new beginnings of a vital, positive and vigorous nature.

The Twos

Number Two reveals opposite energies – positive and negative, male and female, spirit and matter. The pure energy of the Aces is split into opposing forces, that can create conflict or balance. The duality of the twos manifests in the following cards – as a balance of forces, or a creativity not yet explored.

The Threes

Three is the number of growth and expansion energy. The number signifies fruit and results, and also signifies initial completion – having achieved the first and second stage.

The Fours

The number Four forms a square, with each side equal. It is the number of reality, logic and reasoning. The essence of man’s threefold nature—mind, body and spirit— is brought out to the material place, to form a square.

The Fives

Five is the number of uncertainty, and it carries no constant vibration; it may change or shift thought.

The Sixes

Six is the number of equilibrium and harmony. The six pointed star is made of two triangles – one points upwards towards the spirit or heaven; the other points down towards the body or earth. This symbolises balance and harmony between the cosmic forces of the universe.

The Sevens

Seven is the number of the energy of wisdom, and relates to the completion of cycles. There are seven personal plan-

ets, seven virtues, seven vices, and seven deadly sins. Inherent in this number is a sense of completion of a phase.

The Eights

Eight is the number of the energy of regeneration, and the balance of opposing forces. It suggests the death of the old, evil or wrong; and makes way for the new, pure and just. The number Eight is the wise shedding of old concepts, habits and ways of thinking.

The Nines

In the number Nine, the power and energy of the lower numbers is combined – so that they form a foundation for the ultimate completion. You can meditate on these cards, to achieve emotional and spiritual satisfaction.

The Tens

The meaning of the Tens is – perfection through completion. The One (Ace) of the beginning is placed next to the Zen of spirit, so that the cycle and the energy is then ready to return to One again. The Ten in the Minor Arcana Cards shows the height of happiness in the Cups and the Pentacles; and trails in the Swords and the Wands. u Next week, we shall cover the Royal Court Cards. Author, Tarot Card Reader


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{ Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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ith ownership of any resource comes responsibility. The same is the case with clothes. To maintain an attractive, appropriate and affordable appearance, we must maintain a closet. It is a responsibility. Organising a closet means allowing time and space for clothing care. Closet storage and organisation is a unique challenge, as it requires planning and continuing attention. It demands a routine for clothing-related tasks – such as hemming a dress, handwashing a silk gown, sewing a button, pressing a skirt; or just rearranging the closet. Some tasks are done daily or weekly; others may be seasonal or annual. Clothes come in different materials, colours, sleeve

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Out Of The Closet lengths, hemlines. Organising a closet is actually less work and more fun.  We present a few closet tips and how-tos, compiled as a neat and organised closet: Keep your closet in shape by treating it like a small room. Like any room, it should be clean, arranged and decorated. Yes, your closet is not just for storage, but display also. Your closet should display your clothes. Pay attention to lighting, wall colour, and floor coverings.  If the light in your closet is weak, get a brighter blub. Apply a new coat of a light-coloured, washable,

{ Alka Gurha }

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e have come a long way from the airing of the mythological epics – B.R Chopra’s Mahabharata, and Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana – on the small screen. Two decades ago, streets would wear a deserted look, and life would come to a standstill, as families religiously huddled in front of their TV sets – to watch these epics. Ramayana and Mahabharata not only raked in the moolah and the TRPs, but also changed the fortunes of the lead actors overnight. So powerful was the screen presence of characters, that Dipika (Sita) and Nitish (Lord Krishna) contested elections, after lobbying for votes in their respective screen avatars. However, today, mythological serials seem to have lost their grandness. Presently, there are two popular shows based on mythology. ‘Devon ke Dev... Mahadev’, on Life OK, is the story of Shiva, the most powerful and charismatic God in the Hindu mythology – as a ‘sansarik’ or householder. The show portrays his journey, from a hermit to a house holder. Sati, who is the daugh-

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semi-gloss paint. Use the closet to its fullest potential; to start, assess its layout. Make sure to utilise the backs of doors, floor space, and all interior walls. Hang shoe racks at the back of your closet door. Classic belt hangers, with

ter of Daksh, a staunch Lord Vishnu devotee, is drawn to Shiva – much against the wishes of her father. The devastatingly good-looking Mohit Raina, who plays Mahadev, stands out with his intense eyes, and restrained theatrics. His presence makes the show worth watching. The rest of the cast, somehow appears contemporary – more like actors and models; and fail to transport the viewer into the era of the Gods. ‘Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishna’, another mythological show on Imagine TV, features the dimpled

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A man wrote to one of the hotels he planned to stay at while on vacation: “I would like to bring my dog with me. He is well behaved and well-groomed. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room?” The hotel owner replied, saying, “I’ve been operating hotels for 30 years. I’ve never had a dog steal bedclothes, towels, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to kick a dog out in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog skip out on a hotel bill. So, yes, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay, too.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The prospective son-in-law was asked by his girl friend’s father, “Son, can you support a family?” “Well, no, sir,” he replied. “I was just planning to support your daughter. The rest of you have to fend for yourselves.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A boy asks his father to drive the car and the father replies “No, not until you cut your hair!”The boy says “But father, Jesus had long hair!” To which his father replied, “Yes, but Jesus walked everywhere.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two elderly ladies had been friends since their 30s. Now in their 80s, they still got together a couple of times a week to play cards. One day they were playing cards and one of them said, “You know, we’ve been friends for many years and, please don’t get mad, but for the life of me, I can’t remember your name. Please tell me what it is.” Her friend stared at her for at least three minutes. Finally, she said, “How soon do you need to know?”

multiple hooks, are also a good option for hanging camisoles, bras, or scarves. When you go to shop for boxes, bins, and other necessary space-savers, make sure you have your closet measurements at hand. Keep items you use frequently at eye level (or below), and within easy reach  (middle and lower shelves). Labelled boxes are good for storing things like a raincoat, swimming costume, cardigans – because you can rotate them higher or lower, depending on the season. Invest in the right kind of hangers. Use padded hangers for items made from deli-

Vishal Karwal as Lord Krishna. It seems that Vishal is a hot favourite with all the channels, as Colors—that launched him in his debut soap— ‘Bhagyavidhaata’— has repeated him in ‘Pratha’. Vishal had quit the former soap, once the leap in time was planned, as he didn’t want to age. He is loaded with offers. Dwarkadheesh is about chapters of Lord Krishna’s life that haven’t been touched in previous serials. In an episode, an impoverished, old blind woman is shown feeling for food, on her leaf plate. Tell me, would any blind old wom-

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cate fabrics, plastic hangers for button-down shirts, and sturdy wood hangers for suit jackets – as they help retain the shape. Remove all wire hangers – they don’t properly support your clothes; as well as plastic drycleaner bags – they don’t allow fabrics to breathe. Save time in the morning by co-ordinating your wardrobe. Sort by colour, and hang like-types of clothing together (i.e. skirts, pants, blouses). A full length mirror can be mounted on one side of door. If space allows, place a laundry basket in the closet. Closets often get ignored because they are behind the door. Closet space, or lack of it, is an age-old problem. You should organise your closet to best accommodate your clothes and accessories in a simple manner. u (Certified Image Consultant)

an of mythological era have manicured hands, with long nails? Funny. Another format that has long disappeared from Indian television is the quiz contest. Neil O’Brien, an early pioneer of quizzing, conducted the first well-organised, formal quiz in 1967 – at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in Kolkata. This ‘Bournvita Quiz Contest’ was the first quiz show to be broadcast on television; it was among the most popular shows in the region. ‘Quiz Time’, another quiz show, hosted by Siddhartha Basu, made quizzing a household game. In 2000, the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, modelled after ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, reignited nationwide interest in quizzing. It became one of the most popular quiz shows of all time. Currently, we have no interesting quizbased shows on television. Instead, children are attempting stand-up comedy in a stand-up kids reality show, ‘Chote Miyan’. I was particularly uneasy after watching an episode where a seven-yearold boy was making a pass at the judge, Mahima Chaudhary. Maybe brilliant acting by the kid, but certainly not a welcome scenario. u

Service Before Self

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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ven in this age of globalisation there is extreme poverty, and millions die every year due to malnutrition and poor living conditions. Yes, this world is still full of suffering. The majority of the inhabitants are pre-occupied with self. Even the most elevated spiritual practices seem just ways of getting something – tainted with greed, in the hope of salvation. Only actions free of ego, greed and hate are the weapons with which we can combat the afflictions of the world. If you abandon self, and have faith in the Almighty, you will discover that there is nothing that the human spirit cannot surmount. All the pains and afflictions can be transformed into opportunities for our spiritual growth. At a personal level, we never seriously think that much worse can happen to us, than we can imagine. It is never too late, and any time is

a proper time to wake up. We have much to do in this life. Do not think that a spiritual experience cannot happen to you. It is not just an inward experience. True spiritual experience and enlightenment can be attained by being outwardly – by talking to and meeting the people who are extremely needy eg. the poor, the orphans; and by visiting the disabled, the abandoned handicapped children. Experience how they lead their lives with great hardship; the constraints they

embrace everyday. Initially these will be only simple human experiences. Gradually, they will give you visionary glimpses – some enlightenment. You will start listening to the cry in their hearts, and feel that how their cry expresses a deep truth; how their life grows out of their struggle. You will tune into their world. You will imagine yourself being just the same as them. The deeper you empathise, the more positive the more positive will be your reaction. Let us experience this outer bliss, stay blessed by helping others, and enjoy the resultant peace in our heart. Let us create sensitive lives that are awake to this collective responsibility. 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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PRAKHAR PANDEY

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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urgaon may be represented as the success story of Indian entrepreneurship, that was unleashed by the opening up of the economy in the nineties; but hidden behind this chimera of glass towers and office buildings is a dark underbelly – comprising thousands of industrial workers living and working in abysmal conditions.  While there is a visible large populace working in call centres and software companies, close by are migrant workers uprooted from villages, stitching clothes for global companies. Gurgaon-based trade union leaders allege that the failure of the Labour department in ensuring implementation of the rules, the unwillingness among the factory owners to let workers join/ form trade unions, and the unscrupulous contractors, have put the workers in a pressure-cooker like situation – that often explodes on shop floors. The Haryana government often sides with the factory owners, as it only sees the investment angle, they allege. Part of the problem stems from a change in the system of ‘manufacture’. They work on a piece rate and part rate system. Earlier, a single tailor would work on a garment, and earned a monthly salary; but the situation has changed today, with the ‘chain system’ coming in after 2004. Ram Avatar, who has been working in the garment industry for the last several years, says that currently 20 to 30 people work on a single garment. “All of us are given difficult targets every day. The work starts at 9 am, but it may continue long in the night,” he says. And the facilities in the factory are abysmal. The workers allege that the contractors who hire them play quite a negative role, as they harass them incessantly, force them to work on Sundays, and don’t pay overtime as per rules. It is almost impossible to get leave; and a minor issue can lead to the loss of a job. Another major issue rankling them is the growing temporary labour, that accounts from almost 80 per cent of the workforce in many companies. Comrade Murli Kumar, a senior trade union leader working in Gurgaon since the eighties, says, “If the decision is left to the contractor, most of the times workers do not get the minimum wages, ESI benefits and Provident Fund dues,” alleges Kumar. He adds that the growing discrimination between permanent and contract workers is a further cause of friction. “The Labour department works only for the permanent workers who are unionised; the temporary workers have nowhere to go,” he says. The situation is such that while a permanent worker gets Rs. 20,000 in a company, his temporary counterpart might only get Rs. 7,000 for the same work. “This situation creates a lot of tension on the shop floor as the contract workers are treated as slaves,” alleges a worker; and even points out that in some companies cameras have been installed near toilets, to keep a tab on their movement. Workers allege that the imple-

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Labour Pain

Are we serious about a future in Manufacturing? And Exports? mentation of labour laws is poor, despite the City being a major industrial centre. “There is no Grievance Committee for resolving labour issues, although the government had made a promise to set it up after the Honda strike,” says Anil Kumar, AITUC General Secretary. He is surrounded by a group of workers from a Manesar based automobile unit, who have been suspended for the temerity of forming a union. “We are constantly harassed, not given proper identification papers and benefits due to us,” says Santosh Kumar, a temporary worker with a leading garment factory that witnessed violence recently. Interestingly, while the contractor who was involved in this incident has been slapped with minor charges, there are 9 workers who have been charged with serious offences. “The management has promised us that they will be released, and therefore the work has restarted,” says a relative of one of the workers who has come all the way from Bihar to get him released.  “Despite all the hard work the earnings are poor, and workers have to live in urbanised slums,” says Satish Kumar, who runs Mazdoor Morcha, a newspaper for the workers in Faridabad. While the working conditions of the labour are bad, the living conditions are even worse. The majority of the garment workers in Udyog Vihar live in the urbanised villages of Gurgaon – where 4 or 5 of them share small concrete rooms, with no ventilation and little sanitation. They live and cook together, while struggling to eke out a living.   Kapashera village is home to several tailors who have now become part of the assembly line. The hardest hit are workers who were skilled and trained as tailors. Their ‘value’ has reduced; and they also feel ‘compromised’ at not being able to make a full garment. “We used to be tailors but now none of us is required to work on a complete garment – only parts,” says Santosh, whose brother also works in another garment factory. He works in a small sampling section as he is an expert tailor, and works on the initial few samples for the garment. The story

of most of the workers is the same; they have become part of an assembly line, instead of becoming tailors. Sharing the story of de-skilling of the workforce, Mohd. Mubarak says that garment manufacturing in Gurgaon has turned into mass manufacturing, and this has led to the change in profile of workers. While this has brought the production cost down, and brought more contracts for the manufacturers in Gurgaon, the salaries and conditions of the workers has not improved. In the year 2000, Mubarak used to get Rs. 2,000 per month; but after 12 years he is making Rs. 5,000 per month – while the cost of essential items has expanded manifold.

Major demands of the workers in Gurgaon  Workers should be paid according to the grade at which they work
 Wages should be paid in time and receive a payslip
 Illegal deductions should not be taken from workers’ wages
  Workers should be paid the annual increment on time
  Overtime should be paid at the double rate
Equal pay for equal work between men and women

The minimum wage of an unskilled worker is Rs. 186 per day and that of highly skilled to Rs 211.42 per day in the State. Kapashera in fact has become a training ground for the garment workers; training centres have come up for teaching basic skills. These training schools have tie-ups with contractors, who hire the students directly, for the companies in Gurgaon. Mubarak says that the skill requirement has come to such a level that a person with even 15-days training can work on the shop floor. Rao Surender Kumar, a senior trade union leader associated with INTUC, says that temporary workers move too fre-

quently, and also take little interest in trade union activities. “The lack of unity among the contract workers, whose numbers is increasing by the thousands, is a major impediment to their cause. The workers who have joined trade unions get their due share of benefits; and we have asked the government to ensure that for permanent work, permanent workers are hired,” says Rao. He also points to the failure of the Labour department in ensuring that labour laws are implemented in letter and spirit.

Industry Speak

While the garment industry in Gurgaon and Faridabad contributes almost 30 per cent of India’s exports, they are increasingly under pressure from competitors in China, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The clothing companies for which they manufacture are continuously cutting prices, and asking them to standardise operations. In such cut-throat competition, it is obvious that the industry will constantly look for cost reduction. The inconsistent nature of the business also means that there are sudden rushes, followed by slack periods. Manmohan Gaind, an industrialist, says that workers in Gurgaon face several problems – related to housing, sanitation, and inflation – leading to frustration that explodes many times on the factory floors. “We have seen that tensions unrelated to work lead to problems,” says Gaind, pointing to the recent hike of room rents in Manesar. The factories in Gurgaon cater to local and global demand, that waxes and wanes; in such a situation, it is not possible to hire a permanent work force, opine factory owners. “There is need to change the labour laws, and bring them in tune with the present times,” says Gaind, while significantly pointing to the acute shortage of labour in this industrial belt. The labour from Bihar, that used to run factories here, has stopped coming, since development work began in that State; whereas the labour from nearby Rajasthan has almost become negligible, says R.S Rathee, a leading man power supplier.

Ameena Sherwani, founder member of the Manesar Industries Welfare Association, says that industry will have to acknowledge the contribution of the work force. She recalls how her uncle, an eminent industrialist who had set up GEEP, used to take care of the workers. “A happy workforce, that has a long term stake in the company, will be more productive and useful to the company in the long run,” she says. She agrees that there are certain black sheep who use trade unions as platforms to blackmail the owners. “Set up canteens, good convenience facilities, pay reasonable salaries, and don’t treat workers as ‘lower class’,” she suggests. The government must also help the positive industrialists as well as the workers, by acting as a bridge – rather than a party to a dispute, she asserts. She points out that there are many companies in Gurgaon that take good care of the workers.

Where the government stands

The much needed labour reforms in India have not taken place. While the reforms have not happened, the industry is caught in a tough situation as it competes in the 21st century, while working with government departments who are governed by 19th century laws. Despite incessant complaints by the workers, and trade union leaders, and recurring violence in industries, Gurgaon labour officials say that things are normal, and there is no unrest in the work force. Ravi Yadav, Joint Director, Industrial Safety and Health, says that the Labour department keeps a close watch on the working of the factories. “We do not allow any violation of the labour laws, and any errant behaviour is dealt with strictly,” he says. While refusing to share the recommendations that have been made in the case of the recent Orient Craft violence, Yadav says that steps are being taken to ensure contractors follow the law in letter and spirit. Pandit Ram Swarup Sharma, Vice Chairman of the Haryana Labour Welfare Board, told Friday Gurgaon that a number of schemes for labour welfare are being implemented in Gurgaon. “We pay a lakh of rupees of those who die while at work, while help is also given to those injured on the shop floor,” says Sharma. He admits that workers who do not get registered with the Labour department are not entitled to such help. “We will ensure that money collected from workers is spent on their welfare. The ESI and PF is given to them, and minimum wages are paid,” asserts Sharma. He reiterates that the Chief Minister is committed to the welfare of workers. His optimism is, however, not shared by the industrial workers in Gurgaon – who say that government does what the factory owners tell them to do. The unions are registered if the owners want it, and dissolved if the same is so desired by them; and the Labour department does not pay any heed to the plight of the workers, alleges a trade union leader. u


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The Titanic: Questions Even Today Geisler-Fotopress

Lutz Kampert

Metin Tolan, a professor of experimental physics, at Dortmund Technical University.

Numerous legends, myths and theories surround the Titanic, probably the most famous ship in the world.

{ Chris Melzer / New York / DPA }

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he Titanic is surely the most famous ship the world has ever seen; and no ship is as surrounded by legend and myth. Metin Tolan, a professor of experimental physics at Dortmund Technical University, who has written a book on the topic, helps to separate fact from fantasy. The Titanic was competing for the Blue Riband, a prize awarded to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic, in regular service, at the highest speed. FALSE. The Mauretania held the award for the fastest Atlantic crossing, and the Titanic could not compete. With its 51,000 horsepower (versus 78,000), the Titanic was a whole day slower. “The owners of the Titanic were relying on luxury. The trip was intended to be so pleasant, that passengers were happy to be aboard for a longer period,” Tolan says. The Titanic’s course lay too far to the north. FALSE. There were in fact different courses for the winter and the summer. The latter was shorter and more northerly, and thus closer to any icebergs. But the Titanic sailed the southern winter course - and following an iceberg alert, went even further south than normal. The Titanic was made of poor-quality steel. FALSE. The Titanic was the highpoint of luxury for the passengers, and completely up to date from the point of view of

the crew. “The steel was just as good or bad as for any other ship of the day,” Tolan says. The Titanic’s fourth funnel was for show. CORRECT. The hindmost funnel was added simply because a ship of that size needed a fourth funnel in the eyes of people of the day. But it was not purely for show, as it was used for ventilation. The iceberg cut a gash in the Titanic running over dozens of metres. FALSE. “If you drive past an icicle with a car, you get scratches but not a hole – not even a dent. Ice is much too soft,” Tolan says. There was no big leak, but a whole lot of small ones – spread over 30 metres along the first six compartments of the ship. The riveted steel plates were opened up. The leaks in the Titanic covered just one square metre – not much more than a broadsheet newspaper opened up. There were fewer lifeboats aboard than laid down in the regulations. FALSE. “There were more on board,” Tolan says. But they were still too few to provide space for everyone. The regulations of the day were obsolete, with so many passengers aboard. Mainly First Class passengers were saved. FALSE. Mainly women and children were saved, irrespective of the class they were travel-

ling. A higher proportion of men in First Class were saved than in Third, but there were different reasons for this. They were high up on the ship, were educated, and understood English. By the time people below decks had realized what was going on, it was too late for some of them. “But to speak about deliberate preference shown to the higher classes is nonsense. Only 8 per cent of the men in Second Class survived – the lowest proportion. Even in Third Class, twice as many survived – at 16 per cent.”

The Titanic broke up. CORRECT. “There was no other possibility physically. After two hours, the bow was filled with water weighing 40,000 tons, while the stern weighed as much as 10,000 tons. And so it broke in half. The ship simply was not built for stresses like that.” Nevertheless, the ship sank in the best way possible, with the bow first. “If she had capsized, far few people would have been saved.” The down-draught generated by the huge vessel sink-

ing could have sucked people down with it. FALSE. “The ship filled up slowly. No down-draught could occur. If the Titanic had been dropped from a height of 10 metres, there would have been a huge down-draught, but the ship filled slowly and sank slowly. It could not have generated down-draught,” Tolan says. The Titanic could have been saved. CORRECT. At least theoretically. If First Officer William Murdoch had given the order to ram the iceberg head-on, only two or three compartments would have flooded, and the Titanic would not have sunk. But this would have been an extremely odd order. u


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hildren can dress like their fathers these days – in skinny jeans and printed shirts; or like their moms, in miniskirts. “In the last five or six years the market for children’s clothing has grown extensively,” says Susan Kohlmorgen, a designer for children’s fashion in Berlin. Ever since pop stars like Madonna and actor Charlie Sheen brought out lines of children’s clothing, it’s been clear that youngsters have become an important target group. As a result, many known fashion houses have come out with children’s clothing lines, and parents are paying greater attention to their children’s wardrobe. Often the clothing strongly resembles that made for adults; raising the question from many parents and

designers: should a child dress like a child, or sometimes pretend to be a grown up? Can children move easily on the playground, wearing tight jeans that are like the ones their mother wears? Is a leather jacket the right thing to wear when playing? Asked about the buying criteria of her little customers, boutique owner Barbara Freres says, “Children often choose the same style and brands their parents wear.” Thus her children’s collection is oriented toward the trends of the clothes for adults. Currently, that means elements borrowed from the ‘50s and ‘60s. For girls, that includes tulle and crinoline; but it needn’t be so over the top. C&A, for example, is showing comfortable and casual matching clothing for mothers and daughters - white shorts and floral blouses. While the mother ties the shirt tails

That Million-Dollar Smile { Sid Astbury / Sydney / dpa }

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he richer you are, the more teeth you have, the Australian government’s Institute of Health and Welfare revealed in its sixth annual snapshot of the nation’s dental health. That finding may not be so surprising: the National Health Service covers the cost of seeing a doctor, but not a dentist; and treatment in Australia is expensive. What is surprising is the close correlation between income and a good set of teeth. The research grouped the 6,000 respondents into seven categories, according to income. The top earners had the most teeth and the bottom group the least. Those on some form of income support had twice as many teeth missing as those who were not. Those who can afford it have lots to smile about, with only one in five visiting a dentist. Around seven out of 10 Australians regularly visit dentists, and three out of 10 do not go at all. It is possible to get dental treatment at public hospitals, but the waiting time sometimes stretches to years. u

high, and lets a bit of belly show, the top for the girl is long. United Colors of Benetton has summer clothing for boys that can also be worn by older boys - such as loose shorts combined with cool checked and floral shirts, or shirts with large lettering. Many designers don’t want to embrace the trend. “Children should dress like children, not like little adults,” says designer Jutta Jung from the label Early Fish. Designer Anne Sofie Tobiasen of the Danish label Serendipity says, “With our pieces we don’t orient ourselves so strongly toward current trends.” It’s more important that the garments are appropriate for children and pleasant to wear. The label offers natural colours, flowing forms and gentle patterns. “Actually, children have similar requirements to professional dancers: they have to be able to move easily and still look good,” says designer Susan Kohlmorgen from the label Susiko. She got the idea to

Early Fish

Child Fashion

C&A

Children have become an important target group for fashion houses.

{ Cornelia Wolter / Berlin / dpa }

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In the last five or six years the market for children’s clothing has grown extensively.

design her own clothing - like many designers of children’s clothing - when she became a mother and found clothing for children not to her liking. As she developed her collection, she placed value on designing pieces that could be worn on the playground, and also everyday and on special occasions. The clothing also should light up children’s eyes. Some of the pieces in her collection are so playful, that children could go on stage wearing them. In addition to cut and colour, Jung pays close attention to the ecological aspects of the clothing she designs. She uses organic cotton because “the material lies directly on their skin, and kids sometimes put their sleeves in their mouths. Fo r m a l d e h yd e , heavy metals and other poisons have absolutely no business in items for children.” But the garments don’t have to be boring. Instead they are colourful, with childappropriate details and patterns. “I want to show that colour and durability do not cancel each other out,” says Jung. u

What Your Child Eats { Samuel Acker / Berlin / dpa }

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arents should be mindful of the nutritional value of foods marketed especially for children, and set early limits on how often their children may eat them. This is the advice of Gabriele Graf, a nutrition expert. “Most of these products should be regarded as sweets, although they’re not advertised as such. They’ve got too much sugar, and a lot of fat,” she said. Unhealthy foods, Graf says, include those with 12.5 grams of sugar per 100 grams. “It’s difficult to formulate general guidelines for fat content,” she says. “It’s all right if products with cream cheese have a little more fat, for instance. But a between-meal snack having a fat content of more than 25 per cent is too much.” Claims like “fit for kids”, or “an ideal between-meal snack”, require no proof – and so they are not meaningful. “Even the most sugary soft drink can claim to be fit for kids,” Graf says. The same goes for an advert claiming that the product contains “the best from the milk.” Graf warns, “There’s usually only milk powder in these products. This should be checked.” Parents should also be sceptical of products purporting to have “an extra portion of vitamins.” As Graf notes, “very different nutrition charts are used for this. The needs of an adult woman are compared with those of a child.” She says the so-called extra vitamins

are usually excessive doses of artificially added substances. Parents should also steer clear of readyto-eat foods for small children. “There are, for example, an increasing number of fruit sorbets that small children are supposed to suck out of a bottle,” Graf says. “But if they don’t start chewing at one year of age, their jaw muscles won’t develop properly.” What if a child always wants to eat the sweet, colourful, calorie-packed stuff with the free toy inside? “It’s OK for a child to eat something unhealthy now and again, and he or she can also be told that,” Graf says. “But the child must also know that the food can’t be eaten constantly - it’s only for dessert.” The little ones can become accustomed to natural foods with the help of a few tricks. Ever larger doses of natural yogurt can be added to sugary, ready-to-eat fruit yogurt, for example. “Or if the child is used to drinking a soft drink in the schoolyard, a sweet apple juice spritzer can be drunk instead,” Graf suggests. “This way you can slowly wean the child from soft drinks, and then gradually replace the spritzer with clear water.” Graf said that it was also important to explain to children the difference between advertising and reality. “Kids can recognize brands, and distinguish between them very early,” she says. “They get attached to their favourite brands, and the claims made in the adverts. It should be made clear to them that advertising often doesn’t keep its promises.” u


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