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Senior Citizens’ Chaupal

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Maintaining The Standard

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he Seniors have decided it is best that they help themselves. They have started to make a difference in the lives of many. ...Pg 9

Superstructure vs. Infrastructure

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former diplomat, Satnamjit Singh, shares his views on the Millennium City; and suggestions to improve. ...Pg 9 PRAKHAR PANDEY

VIP Life Support System

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }

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he expensive Advance Ambulances at the Civil Hospital are gathering dust. ...Pg 10

Bank on the Foundation

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Food Bank, for the under-privileged, is taking shape in Gurgaon. It will be under the charge of the DLF Foundation. ...Pg 10

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ow does one get to the top? And stay there? In Gurgaon, maintenance of real estate properties is a business as profitable as building them. Yet, the years have shown that this avenue also is the flagbearer of the biggest battles (legal or otherwise) between the residents and the developers/ maintenance agencies. Take the case of the World

Spa residents, and the developer Unitech. Fed up with the shoddy work, and the delays in the projects, the residents kicked out the developer’s maintenance agency, and appointed their own (effectively taking the reins of management in their own hands). Or the case of Mayfield Gardens, and their neighbours. The developer’s licence is cancelled, there is no one to take responsibility for the maintenance, and the Contd on p 6 

Of Deaf Ears And Silent Hills { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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aking up cudgels against a powerful coterie has always proved suicidal for crusaders in India. While the mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh has caught the attention of the entire nation, closer home in Haryana, the Aravalli range has been pillaged by miners, builders, and those looking to build farmhouses – for the last 20 years. Surprisingly, large-scale mining has been carried out in Faridabad and Gurgaon, despite the Aravallis not holding any precious minerals. It is the large scale urbanisation taking place in Gurgaon and Faridabad—and before that in Delhi— that has led to major mining operations for sand and grit. Both legal and illegal means have been used to scar the Aravallis – pushing the hills beyond repair. As has happened in Madhya Pradesh, an honest and upright officer in Haryana, who took up cudgels against the strong nexus of bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen pillaging the Aravallis, was neutralised. The only difference is that while Narendra Kumar in MP was killed, R.P Balwan, an IFS officer Contd on p 8 

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Theatre

Jhumroo @ Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29 Date: April 7 and 8 Time: Tuesday: 3 pm, Wed: 8 pm, Thu: 3 pm, Fri: 8 pm, Sat: 8 pm & Sun: 8 pm

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The Highway Cruise has Landed

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he father and son duo, Virendra and Sanjeev Dhingra, launched The Highway Cruise studio apartments on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Nasser Abdullah, Ramola Bachchan, Singer Vandana Vadhera, Sania Mirza’s trainer Vesna Jacob, and model Amanpreet Wahi, were a few guests who attended the launch party. The Highway Cruise comprises of private luxury apartments, with a helipad leading to an indoor galleria; a specially designed 10000 sq.ft. kids’ zone, a fashion ramp, a fully equipped Business Center, world class gaming zones, and state of the art 3D enabled LED screens theatre.

Tezz Train

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t was a star studded music launch at the Westin hotel. Tezz’s star cast Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Sameera Reddy, Kangna Ranaut, and music duo Sajid Wajid, and the producer Ratan Jain turned up for media interaction and the music launch. While addressing the media, Ratan said, “The movie revolves around a train hijacking, where actor Mohanlal plays a dutiful cop of the Scotland Yard Police – and has Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor in the pivotal roles.”

The Ocean at the Spa

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usic lovers swayed to the waves of the Indian Ocean band at World Spa. The band dished out their popular hits – Kya Maloo, Chand, Bandeh, and Boll Weevil.

Confused Pop

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arty revellers who flocked to the Power Play Sports Lounge and Bar had a gala time, when they caught pop band Faridkot in action. The band is famous for playing “confused” pop – a mix of pop vocals, bluesy guitars, funk bass lines, melodic electronic layers, and progressive drums. The crowd had fun, and enjoyed the original music by the band.


04 FOOD { Aalok Wadhwa }

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Pizzeria Perfecto

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here is a new Don in town. Only this one believes in conquering territories through his pizza. Gurgaon is all set to be his latest conquest. Pizza Vito was set up in New York in 1966, by a Sicilian Vito Di Bartolo. Today, his son Joe personally supervises each of his pizzerias – in the US and overseas. A few weeks ago, this eatery has opened shop at the ILD Mall, Sohna Road. The café has a long corridor-like layout, with an open kitchen lining one side—reminiscent of the pizzerias one finds in Milan or Florence. “The focus of the restaurant is on serving authentic tastes with the finest quality ingredients,” says a cheerful Chef Jitender Pundir. The veracity of his statement begins with the starter itself. The Chicken Caesar salad (Rs. 149) has fresh iceberg lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, a generous helping of shaved parmesan, and crispy croutons. The Caesar dressing is traditional and authentic. It is a good salad; though those used to tangier, spicier tastes may find it a trifle bland. The Chef recommends the Bronx bomber pizza (Rs. 279 for an 8-incher). One look at the description, and I am salivating. Here is a heady combination of pepperoni, Parma ham, grilled chick-

en, chicken sausage, and loads of mozzarella – all loaded on a thin crust base. As the pizza arrives on my table, it looks picture perfect. A bite into it is a gourmet experience, beating all expectations. Here is a pizza the Godfather would have been proud of. The grilled chicken pesto panini (Rs. 149) is a sandwich of grilled fillets of chicken with freshly ground pesto. The taste of the sandwich is enhanced by the combined flavours of basil, garlic and toasted pine nuts. Since most of the customers are

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THEATRE

Nothing Serious About It { Ashok Sheoran }

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here is a perception that Indians are humourless when it comes to laughing at themselves. This stereotype has been assiduously built over the years by the actions and statements of petty politicians, selfstyled gurus, and the moral police – especially when it comes to religion, caste, creed and family. Not so in Bharat. For long, we have had the rich tradition of ‘Nataks’ and ‘Hasya Sammelans’; performed with self-deprecatory zest and pathos, especially in the rural areas. The last few years have seen the advent of ‘Standup Comedy’ as a commercial art form. Contemporary, relevant, and ‘in your face’ comedians are having a go at everything; it would have seemed sacrilegious just a decade ago. ‘Nothing Like Anything’, performed by Kunaal Roy Kapoor and Anuvab Roy, at Epicentre, comes in this category. Totally irreverent, whacky, pulling no punches, the duo regales an appreciative audience in a packed house. The strategy is clever; disarm the audience first, by laughing at yourself and your own. The gags come fluently; on racial stereotypes, advertisers, politicians, wannabes – and just about anybody. Psychologically, the ability to laugh at oneself is a sign of high self-esteem and confidence. That

Indian audiences are lapping it up, and ready to pay for it, is a good sign. Kunaal and Anuvab deserve kudos for their tongue-in-cheek barbs at one and all – exposing double standards, hypocrisy and facades. Kunaal has a popular spoof on an ‘operation’ performed on his son; and his digs at advertisers go down extremely well. Anuvab has the knives out for his own tribe, while also

R eviews BOOK

Ismat’s Memoir { Alka Gurha }

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ordering a baked macaroni and cheese (Rs. 189), I too am tempted. It is easy to understand why this Italian-American dish is considered by many as the national dish of America. Here is a comfort food that provides oodles of tender love and care – through its creamy, cheesy taste, and velvetysoft texture. Incidentally, July 14 is celebrated every year as the national macaroni and cheese day in America. The dessert course of tiramisu (Rs. 99) or pick-me-up in Italian, is technically perfect and exquisite to taste. Layers of saviordi biscuit dipped in espresso, mascarpone fluffed up with the addition of the egg, and the topping of cocoa powder, create a true dolce moment. Pizza Vito offers a taste experience that is among the best in the City. All tastes are fresh and authentic. I plan to go back for more – this time around, I will try their white pizza. u

giving a fair imitation of a typical ‘Delhi-ite’. The audience loves it. The loudest cheers come when politicians are targeted – which more or less underscores the national mood. Kunaal is the star of the megahit ‘Delhi Belly’, and Director of the play and film, ‘The President in Coming‘. His other film and TV starring roles include ‘Loins of Punjab Presents’, the play ‘1888 Dial India’, and the cult TV show ‘Just Mohabet’. Says Anuvab ‘There is a lot of standup comedy in urban India now; about personal issues, love, sex and communities – but very little on contemporary Indian history, politics, economics. That (latter) is the interesting thing to do … we want the audience to look at the times we live in, share the experience, and laugh with us. ‘Nothing Like Anything’ is taken from a cell phone company. We’ve used it to summarise our experience – of two middle-aged men living through a nation in transformation, and being laughed at’. Comedians following this genre would need some kind of role model. The one that comes readily to mind is the American, Jay Leno. Absolutely current, irascible, merciless on powers-that-be and celebrities, his poker faced one liners— without slapstick, repetition and ‘talking down’—would stand them in good stead. Gurgaonites, stoically putting up with power cuts, the deteriorating law and order, and mal-administration, can look forward to more such evenings of fun and laughter. u

Life in Words, the first complete translation of Ismat Chugtai’s celebrated memoir ‘Kaghazi hai Pairahan’, presents a scintillating account of the legendary writer’s life. If you have savoured her short stories, such as ‘Lihaaf’ and ‘Terhi Lakeer’, you are likely to soak in this breezy memoir. In many ways, the memoir is a lively account of Ismat’s literary life, translated by M. Asaduddin. Rather endearingly, it captures Ismat’s emotions and sensibilities. “Within this limited time frame we find encapsulated vignettes that point to the multiple and enriched cultural matrix that went into developing Chughtai’s artistic sensibility,” writes Asaduddin, in the foreword. Ismat Chughtai (1911–1991) was Urdu’s most spirited and controversial woman writer in the twentieth century. She carved a niche for herself among her contemporary Urdu fiction writers—Rajinder Singh Bedi, and Krishan Chander—by narrating experiences not explored before. Since her older sisters got married while Ismat was very young, a good part of her childhood was spent in the company A LIFE IN WORDS: of her brothers – a factor which MEMOIRS she admits contributed greatly Author: Ismat Chugtai to the frankness in her nature (Translator: M. Asaduddin) and writing. “We were so many PUBLISHER: Penguin India siblings (10 to be exact) that my mother felt nauseated by PRICE: Rs. 499 the very sight of us,” Chughtai GENRE: Memoir writes honestly. A brother, Mirza Azim Beg Chughtai, already an established writer when Ismat was still in her teens, was her first teacher and mentor. In 1936, still working on her bachelor’s degree, Ismat attended the first meeting of the Progressive Writers’ Association in Lucknow. As a feisty member, she candidly spoke against its orthodox and inflexible nature. Often perceived as a rebel in a man’s land, Chughtai explored female sexuality and social realities, with equal felicity. The rebel in her is perceptible when she says, “The sense of inferiority that plagued me all those years left me. It is not necessary to be a boy, what you need is the intelligence and ingenuity of a boy; armed with this knowledge, I shelved sewing and needlework and concentrated on getting myself an education.” Her controversial style of narration, the lesbian overtones in ‘Lihaaf’, and her outspoken nature of writing, had shocked some of Ismat’s contemporaries. Undoubtedly, ‘A Life in Words’ is a candid and compelling memoir, of one of the most significant Urdu writers of all time. u

CINEMA

Give My Money Back

{ Vijaya Kumar }

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lood Money, the latest production from the Mahesh-Mukesh Bhatt factory, has such a weak story. The makers seem to have realised it during the making of the movie, and inserted the famous Hansel and Gretel fairy tale—in Blood Money the form of a dialogue aired by the heroine Amrita Puri—to give some Directed by: Vishal Mahadkar substance to the plot. CAST: Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri Everything is weak and in- GENRE: Thriller credulous. Firstly, the term Blood Money normally refers to the amount paid to a victim’s family in return for immunity to the perpetrator of the crime (involving the victim). The movie’s story has nothing to do with this. It is supposed to be a theme related to fraudulent deals in the diamond trade; and since there was a movie called Blood Diamond, that dealt with murky happenings in the diamond business, this movie has been named Blood Money! The hero, Kunal Khemu, finishes his MBA, and lands an assignment at a Cape Town based firm – which provides him a palatial accommodation, and fancy perks. If they had indicated the name of the business school, I would have gladly gone back to get an MBA from that school! His boss, a devil in sheep’s clothing, drills holes in the legs of employees who try to run away. And since Manish Chaudhury (the bad boss) emotes so badly, he has to reveal his ugly side by delivering this dialogue: ‘Do not mistake me to be a Dhokla and Khakhra eating Gujarati’! The Bhatts have in the past come out with interesting themes; and although they have not been outstanding, none of them had such slipshod treatment. Even when there is scope to weave in some reality, the director, Vishal Mahadkar, seems hell bent to drive the movie along clichéd tracks. A few songs pass muster. The supposedly intimate scenes of Kunal Khemu and the seductress Mia Uyeda, are also bereft of passion. The most generous of critics would possibly term this as an oversimplified expression of an under-baked script, that has a thick coating of implausibility. I think that the title should refer to the amount to be paid by the makers to those who accidentally get to view it! u


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Ghazal-e-Puja R

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enowned Sufi and Ghazal singer Puja Mehra Gupta mesmerized the audience with her soulful rendition of ghazals, written by famous Urdu poets like Faiz, Shakeel and Jigar. Puja is a protege of Smt. Shanti Hiranand, the descendant of the famous Mallika-e-Ghazal Begum Ahktar.

Swap and Go Green

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he much awaited Book-n-disc exchange programme received an overwhelming response in the City. The participants swapped and donated books, CDs, and DVDs. Apart from art, theatre, photography, storytelling, and dance workshops, interesting activities such as birdhouse making, and waste material usage (Kabaad-SeJugaad) also took place. Rock band SOS enthralled the audience with its power-packed performance. Also, Su-Kam Power Systems launched its new power saving product – 'Brainy'. The donated books will be used to create a free library for the community. It will be initially hosted at the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park. All participants will become the members of the library. (See Back Page also)

Sufi in the Aravallis

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round 200 people soaked in the music and soothing tunes, as famous Punjabi Sufi singer Vicky Badshah performed at a farm house in the Aravallis. His four-hour long performance included Sufi songs, and soulful ghazals. The audience were treated to his popular compositions –“Jane na pehchane koi yaara tere sehar wich”, and “Kise di gareebi da majaak”.

Around 700 people turned up for Exhibition-cum-Sale, and Kids' Workshop, at the Summer Carnival – organised by Prime Events and World of Kidz Activity Centre.

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06 residents are about to declare war. Or Malibu Towne, for that matter. The developer Malibu Estate Private Limited (MEPL) is fighting off irate residents, on issues ranging from right of property ownership, to sewage, to maintenance charges and their use in the township’s development. Ansal may hand over Palam Vihar to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, admitting that maintaining it is no walk in the park – or even profitable. Or the latest, Sushant Lok I, fighting to get their Community Centre back. There are niggling problems in the DLF’s side of the woods too; but the residents in these areas are better off. So what does DLF do different?

‘Plot’ting The Course Ahead

Maintenance Manager of DLF Plotted Areas, Baljeet Singh, laughs out loud when he says, “Sometime ago, an ex-Armyman in our in-house journal insisted on publishing our method of working, so that residents in other private colonies could ask their maintenance agencies to duplicate it.” How does DLF work, to provide the basic amenities (water, power, sewage, roads, maintenance), and security, to its residents? “We have a core administrative team, and a number of contractors, who do the work. The trick is to involve the residents,” he says. One team, however big, cannot handle the entire DLF’s maintenance. “Each Phase has been broken up into ‘blocks’, and four supervisors are assigned to it (besides a Task Force per phase). Above that is the Residents’ Advisory Council (RAC), and the overall Town Administration (TA). Each of the groups meet on a regular basis to assign work and development projects on a priority basis.” That creates a streamlined timetable of work to be done; no work is left ignored, Singh says, “The Task Force meetings happen once a month, and the RAC meeting happens bimonthly.” Take the example of power supply and maintenance, he says. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) provides electricity to a single point, and then we distribute it onwards to each household. Although we have no control over the supply, or the collection of charges, we have the responsibility of maintaining the infrastructure. So we have 183 transformers, spread all over the DLF plotted areas; and five more to come shortly. Within a few months, we’ll have around 200 transformers, providing seamless infrastructure for the power supply. Plus, we are also upgrading the current 500 KVA transformers to 1,000 There is a lot of scope of development in the maintenance activities of DLF. The security quota needs to be upped, for one. The number of guards posted are far too less to be any deterrent. Plus, the water recycling system needs to be overhauled, considering the shortage in the City. RS Rathee, President, Gurgaon Citizen Council

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KVA,” he says. Reason: Summer’s on, and they want new and upgraded equipment, to handle the ever-increasing load. The DLF areas also have Door-to-Door (D2D) garbage collection. How is that co-ordinated, along with the sweeping of the common areas? “As of now, we have a good D2D garbage collection. From each house we collect trash, segregate it, and send it on. For sweeping of areas, we have a dedicated timetable. Each

Col. S.S. Malik

The crucial point is that the Residents’ Advisory Council (RAC) works in tandem with the maintenance agency to approve and put on the line those projects and works which are beyond the scope of the task force of a particular phase. The RAC consists of residents, RWA members and the DLF officials. And so far, the system has worked beautifully. Sudhir Kapoor, DLF City RWA Secretary

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street is cleaned once in two days, and garbage is collected daily. To make sure that the contractors’ workers are doing what they’re told, resident appointees have to put their approval of the work done, before the payments are released,” Singh says. Security is an overriding concern to any citizen, and even more so in Gurgaon. The Police Station in DLF Phase-I has areas right up till Bandhwari and around, making it hard for its workforce to be distributed evenly. When there are increasing incidents of car thievery and molestation, how is the DLF administration geared up? “We have three beat guards for every seven or eight streets; working in shifts, so that there is a constant presence at all hours,” says Singh. On this, the security head of DLF, Anil Sharma says, “We have static as well as roaming guards. Besides the ones posted, there are guards on foot-patrol, as well as on bicycles. Then there are motorcycle guards, who are constantly patrolling the blocks. And finally, there are the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) – which are four-wheeler guard units, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Everything is managed by a Central Control Room, which monitors the DLF areas through the hours.” Baljeet Singh says, “We have the greenest of private builder areas, with a large number of gardens. We just planted 13,000 saplings and bushes. Recently, we have started watering our

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greenery, with treated sewage water from our colonies – further reducing the demand of potable water from our colonies.” The point of strife in every builder colony is the maintenance costs the residents have to pay. Baljeet Singh says, “In Rs. 2.50 per square yard that we take, the major costs are road surfacing, sanitation and streetlighting (4,000 of them), security, sewage, drainage, and infrastructure maintenance. When we draw up projects costs, it is this money that we use, along with funds from DLF.”

Condominiums: A High Level of Service

Arguably, DLF has one of the highest-priced apartments in the NCR region. And the reason for it is, “the satisfaction of our resident customers,” says Colonel (Retd) S.S Malik, the Vice-President of DLF Maintenance (Condominiums). As of now, DLF Mainte-

nance has ten condominiums under its charge, and three more are under way. “We are currently taking care of more than 3,500 families in our apartment buildings; and 200-odd new residents should soon move into Belaire, Magnolias, and Park Place,” he says. How does the agency manage the maintenance operations? “It is a two-pronged approach for maintenance outside the condominiums, and inside it. From the outside, we have to take care of the roads, the power and water supply coming in, safety and security. For example, we have infrastructure like the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Phase-V, power substations, and the like. We have a point-to-point transportation system for our residents. We are even coming up with our own fire station,” he reels off. Safety and security is the main concern for people who are investing crores into an apartment. How does the security apparatus work in these condominiums? Except the old apartments (like Wellington and Princeton), no one can come in the buildings, or even park their car inside the basement, without an access card, he says. There is a surveillance system in which every inch of the condominium area is under an electronic eye. Showing us around the security control room, Malik says, “We have records going back to a month, and the police are kept informed. The control room also houses the electronic fire-control system, and the public-address system – providing unified control at one place.” Anybody can provide power and water round the clock, when you’re paying premiums for it; but it is feedback and problem resolution that is the acid-test for any maintenance firm. We have resident bodies that interact with us, and we take their advice and suggestions very seriously, Malik says. “For example, when the residents wanted piped natural gas in DLF Icon, the agency promptly drew up a plan, informed the residents of the costs involved, and set up the system after getting approval,” Malik recalls. When you’re working with the residents, the maintenance becomes that much more meaningful. “The residents segregate the trash at the homes themselves, making it easy for us. We reuse the biodegradable refuse, to make ‘khaad’ (fertilizer) for our

NUMBER CRUNCHERS  17,000 – Number of property owners in DLF plotted areas (Phase-I, II, III, and IV)  1,800 acres – Under DLF Maintenance (Plotted)  3,500 – Families living in DLF Condominiums  Icon, Pinnacle, Princeton, Wellington, Carlton, Trinity Towers, West End Hieghts, Summit, Aralias (Belaire, Park Place, Magnolias to be handed over to new residents soon) – Condominiums under DLF Maintenance.  80-100 – Core Staff, maintaining DLF Condominiums  183 – Transformers in DLF Plotted Areas. (to be 200 soon)  4,000 – Street-lights in DLF Phases  13,000 – Saplings planted at a recent drive green areas. The sewage water is sent to our STP, and reused for flushing; thus creating a selfsustaining cycle,” he says. “In our older colonies, we had offered the residents the opportunity to run the apartment buildings. Except a few, most of them refused, and said that our work was good enough. In Wellington Apartments, there were a few individuals who stood up for elections, but the majority wanted status quo,” says Malik. “In condominiums like Icon and Pinnacle, it is us who formed the resident bodies, and we work with them. For example, when they wanted us to shut down the building’s power supply for Earth Day, we were more than happy to comply.” Why are the people satisfied with the agency? DLF Maintenance (Condominiums) President V.K Gupta believes the residents are satisfied due to the transparency in the process. We make it a point to run on a noprofit, no-loss basis. Every year, the annual maintenance audit is put up on the bulletin boards of the apartments.We make it a point to be honest with our customers/residents.” There are hundreds of highrises in the city of Gurgaon. Most with a high number of problems. DLF Maintenance has made the difference in its areas. Other builders would do well to take a leaf out of DLF’s book. Satisfied customers buy again; and talk well to others. It is called the ‘Circle of Satisfactory Business’. u


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♦ The Union Minister of Corporate Affairs, M. Veerappa Moily, visited Manesar to check on arrangements for the PM’s visit on April 13th. The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Manesar is coming up on a 14-acre area, and will have tie-ups with the George Washington University, and IIT Kharagpur. Its 5 trustees will be from leading corporations of the country. It is believed that officers from IICA would be recruited on the pattern of the IAS and IPS. Newly recruited officers of the Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS) would also be trained here. ♦ The State Govt. has made computer education compulsory in many colleges, as per Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rao Dan Singh. The Eduset Network Scheme is also being implemented in all schools. ♦ Hookah Bars banned once more. ♦ 14 IPS Officers transferred in Haryana. ♦ Long power outages start, with

summer yet to come. ♦ Industrial power tariffs go up in April – now Rs 8 per unit. ♦ CNG price increases to Rs 35.50. ♦ Super Luxury Volvo Bus Service from Gurgaon to Chandigarh (via Indira Gandhi International Airport) started, on a daily basis – from 12.30 am to 11 pm (9 time slots). Can be booked online, at website of Transport Dept., Haryana. Fare, one-way, is Rs 595. There are 49 semi-sleeper seats per Volvo bus. Army Chief in City, for an ex-Servicemen’s function. ♦ A supervisor and 2 workers die, as lift cable snaps while on 8th floor, in an under-construction building in Sector 108. ♦ Priest dies while cleaning septic tank. ♦ Woman kills mother-in-law, with the help of her lover. ♦ A wanted criminal held, with an accomplice (wanted for multiple murders, including that of the erstwhile Student Union President of Kurukshetra University). ♦ Driver held for molesting and hitting maid. ♦ Policemen beaten by villagers, for allegedly colluding with rogues. ♦ 5 foreigners also held, for brawl at MG Road pub. ♦ The traffic police conduct a drive against snatcher thieves, who use

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 Contd from p 1 of the 1984 batch, was forced to take premature retirement in 2009; and also had to renounce the world and don the saffron garb. Although he did not leave to escape the wrath of the mafia, Balwan admits that things had started to become too hot to handle even within the government. “I decided to fight the system from the outside, as it had become difficult to do something from the inside, to save the hills,” he asserts. Balwan alleges that a large number of politicians, bureaucrats and government officials, from Haryana and other states, have a stake in the Aravalli pie; and this is proving to be the nemesis of this range – a range that is responsible for cradling cities like Faridabad, Gurgaon, and even Delhi. “I think the exploitation of the Aravallis is the greatest scam that has been perpetrated on the people of this country. Forest land, that is meant for flora and fauna to flourish, and has been secured by different government acts and the judgements of the Supreme Court, is being pillaged for mining, and building farm houses, and colonies, that will destroy this natural ecosystem,” says an agitated Balwan. He has been fighting for the cause of these hills since he was appointed as a DFO in the 1990s. Within five months of his appointment, in December 1990, Balwan was transferred – as he had the gumption to stop a realty project being carried out by a Gurgaon-based real estate major. “I stopped the project in Raisina village, as the project was being carried out on forest land, in gross violation of the law,” says Balwan. But this was just the beginning; as the real battle to save the hills was to be fought 15 years later, when Balwan was appointed the Conservator of Forests in Gurgaon in 2005. As soon as he took charge, he carried out a survey of the entire Aravalli belt, and tried to understand what was happening on the ground. “The first thing that I did was to revoke all the NoObjection Certificates (NOCs) issued by the DFOs, that allowed mining, and construction of buildings and farm houses.

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All these NOCs were issued in contravention of the Punjab Land Preservation Act 1900, that categorises the Aravalli Hills as a designated forest area,” says Balwan. This act of his brought him in direct conflict with powerful interests. “Pressure came from the highest quarters, to fall in line, but I refused – as the Aravallis are dear to me,” he says. In addition to revoking the NOCs, he increased the patrolling in the forest area, raided illegal mines, and booked people for violation of the law. “What surprised me is that many politicians had crushers in the area, and their henchmen would motivate the local villagers to mine stones during the night – and then the same were crushed for construction,” he says. When the crusher owners were asked where the raw material came from, their stock reply was – Rajasthan. To curb this menace, Balwan says he put a strict check on the movement of trucks and heavy vehicles. His grouse is that the State government never understood the gravity of the situation; and often he had to personally fend the anger of the miners and their cohorts – including the villagers who benefited from illegal mining in Gurgaon and Faridabad. He recalls an incident

Government Says No Violations Haryana Forest Minister Captain Ajay Yadav told Friday Gurgaon that no violation of the Forest Act would be tolerated anywhere in Haryana, including the Aravallis. He said measures have been taken to ensure that no violation of law takes place in the Aravalli area, particularly in Gurgaon and Faridabad. When asked about the forest scam in the State, for which a CBI inquiry was recommended by the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests, Yadav says that the Haryana government has taken effective action against the forest officials involved in the irregularities that took place in Hissar and Jhajjar. The then forest minister Kiran Choudhary, had ordered action against erring officials – and this includes chargesheet against 40 officials. The government, he said, will act as per the directions of the Supreme Court. Pankaj Goel, Conservator of Forests, Gurgaon, says that non-forest activities are not being allowed in the hills. “Any area that is notified under Section 4 and 5, or comes in the Aravallis, is treated as forest area. We have increased patrolling and vigilance, to ensure no clandestine mining takes place,” says Goel. He asserts that action has been initiated against those who have carried out non-forest activities in the Aravallis.

Once farm houses, colonies and other structures come up in the area, they will block the natural recharge of ground water. “This has already happened in Faridabad district, where large scale mining in the catchment areas of Badhkal and Suraj Kund lakes has led to their drying up,” asserts Balwan. He takes a dig at politicians who promise that these lakes will soon be filled with water from the Yamuna.

Major Transgressions Despite directions from the Supreme Court, that nonforest activities should not be carried out in the Aravallis, large scale violations have taken place in Lakkadpur, Anandpur, Sarai Khwaja, Mewla Maharajpur, Badkha, Kot, Mangar, Dhauj, Khouri, Jamalpur, Ghothra, Mohmatabad villages that fall in the Faridabad district. In Gurgaon, Balwan says major violations have taken place in Gual Pahari, Nathupur, Sikandarpur, Chakkarpur, HayatpurViran, Wazirabad, Ghatta, Bandhwari, Behrampur, Ghamdhoj, Rithoj, Damdama Lake, Abhaypur to Nimbi, Firozka Gujjar in the eastern side of the Aravallis, Manesar, Kasan, Pachgaon, Shikohpur, Naurangpur, Tikli, Mohammadpur, Sohna, Raipur, and from Samp ki Nangli to Sohna-Tauru belt.

when he, along with his staff, was outnumbered by a violent group of miners – and he had to call the State DGP. “No help came, despite three hours of waiting; but by that time we had managed to make the miners realise that they could be in trouble if they messed up with government officials,” says Balwan. He is still visibly hurt over the inaction of the State.

Modus Operandi

Despite the Aravalli range being protected by the Forest Conservation Act 1980, Punjab Land Preservation Act 1900, and various judgements of the Supreme Court, the forest land is being parcelled out, alleges Balwan. The reason behind this irony is that a major part of the forest land is owned by village Panchayats in Haryana; and in some cases by private individuals. Some unscrupulous revenue officials, Balwan alleges, manage to change the ownership of land, from Panchayats to village communities, by fudging the records. “When the land is owned by a community, the members have a share in it; and this loophole is being misused to sell land that can not be transferred – as no demarcation has taken place,” says the former forest official. He has had many brushes with the revenue officials in this regard. A large number of people have used this stratagem, to grab land in the Aravalli hills. “It is surprising that the land that has no Khasra numbers is being bought and sold, in contravention of the law,” he asserts. Forest land in many villages that was classified as ‘Bechirag’ (without habitation) by revenue authorities, has been converted into community land, in the name of nonexistent owners; and thereafter sold to builders and people with strong connections. Citing a major instance of such violation, where an uninhabited village has been converted into an urban agglomeration, Balwan says that hundreds of farm houses have been built by the elite in village Rozka Gujjar, that was classified as Be-chirag. “Several such violations have taken place in Gur-

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gaon and Faridabad, clearly violating the law – no such activity is permitted in forest area,” says Balwan. He is of the opinion that the civil society and people of Gurgaon and Faridabad will have to stand for these hills, if they want their cities to be saved from desertification and a drought-like situation – due to the steep decline in ground water levels. There are several other ways used to circumvent the law, and change the ownership, he reveals. Many violators have taken the Panchayat land on lease for a 100 years, and built farm houses there. As a forest conservator, when Balwan took a stand against the vested interests, he was hammered from all sides. It was due to this reason that the former forest conservator decided to fight the wrongdoings in the apex court – that already had pronounced some landmark judgements, in cases pertaining to mining and forest areas.  

The Environmental impact

It is only when we conserve the trees in the Aravalli hills, and prevent soil erosion, that we will be able to recharge ground water in the hills. It was, and will be, available to people for irrigation and drinking water. “If there is no green cover, we can not conserve rain water, as sub-surface water in this area is retained only in geological structures and lineaments. Once these structures are disturbed and destroyed, water cannot be conserved in the metamorphic rocks that comprise these hills,” asserts Balwan. These rocks have no porosity and permeability. Once farm houses, colonies and other structures come up in the area, they will block the natural recharge of ground water. “This has already happened in Faridabad district, where large scale mining in the catchment areas of Badhkal and Suraj Kund lakes has led to their drying up,” asserts Balwan. He takes a dig at politicians who promise that these lakes will soon be filled with water from the Yamuna.

The Revival

The revival of the lakes in the Aravalli ranges could boost the natural vegetation in the area, as well as revive the ages old drainage pattern of these hills. To bring to life the now extinct Surajkund lake, the entire catchment area that lies in Anandpur village needs to be cleared, informs Balwan. Likewise for the Badkhal Lake, the catchment area that falls in Mewla Maharajpur, Badkhal and Kot villages needs to be cleared. To revive Damdama Lake, all farm houses in Rozka Gujjar and Bandhwari need to be dismantled. Balwan alleges that this was a Be-chirag village, having 5,500 acres of land; and today the Who’s Who, the elite, have farm houses in this village. “The land has been falsely purchased, and habitation created,” he says.
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former high-ranking official of the Indian Foreign Service, who has served as Indian ambassador in many countries, describes the menace of stray pigs as one of the civic problems of Gurgaon. Satnamjit Singh, a former High Commissioner, firmly states that pigs must be removed from the City, as these animals are the biggest carriers of disease-causing micro-organisms. Singh is aghast that the local authorities treat the issue with contempt. “I have taken up the matter with top officials in MCG, HUDA and the District Administration; and every one has said that this is not on their priority list,” says Singh. He has even studied the laws related to piggery in Haryana, in order to find out what is the loop hole that is being used to sustain such kind of activity in the Millennium City. “In Gurgaon, the menace of stray pigs has a business and political angle. Those involved in unsafe piggery are patronised by certain politicians,” alleges Singh. He adds that pigs that are bred in such unhygienic conditions will spread disease – and their meat will only be an invitation to disaster. “The government approved abattoirs are not ready to touch such pigs with a bargepole; whereas, meat of the same is being sold locally. This is a stigma on the City and must be removed,” he asserts. This, like most of the civic and infrastructure problems in the City, are due to systemic infirmities caused by governance deficit, and the lack of political will. Singh believes that it is the failure of the local leaders to take charge, and accept responsibility for the City, that has

Superstructure w/o Infrastructure prakhar pandey

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led to the present situation. His another major concern is the unmindful and unplanned expansion – without ensuring adequate infrastructure and basic civic amenities to the existing population. “I am seriously concerned about the future, as life here could become unlivable. The environment is worsening, the water table is dwindling, and there is too much pressure on resources,” he says. “I have never seen a city with such a mismatch between the superstructure and the infrastructure.” These issues were not addressed at the macro level, and they now threaten the very existence of the City, he adds. The presence of around 40 municipal villages, that have not been assimilated in the ur-

ban landscape of Gurgaon, also worries him. “After visiting these villages, one realises that the Millennium City still has pockets that live in 19th century conditions. Without a proper plan for development, and the management of basic civic issues, this City could turn out to be another Fatehpur Sikri,” he warns. Any city that develops and grows has to be sustainable. “Unfortunately, the development has already taken place here, and the infrastructure is being built around it – that too in a half-hearted manner,” asserts Singh. The election of people’s representatives to the MCG was a major development that could have resolved the basic problems; but this opportunity is

The presence of around 40 municipal villages, that have not been assimilated in the urban landscape of Gurgaon, also worries him. “After visiting these villages, one realises that the Millennium City still has pockets that live in 19th century conditions. Without a proper plan for development, and the management of basic civic issues, this City could turn out to be another Fatehpur Sikri,” he warns.

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sk Gurgaon’s senior citizens what life is all about in the twilight years, and they will tell you that it is quite an art to fall apart, as time goes by. With nuclear families becoming the norm, and material satisfaction the primary goal, it is becoming increasingly difficult for senior citizens to keep pace with life in a city that has Millennial aspirations. It is to fulfill the vacuum in their lives, that members of Gurgaon Senior Citizens Chaupal congregate every day, and share their feelings and experiences. M.M Arora, who is the President of this unique initiative, has volunteered his house in Sector 52 for daily meetings. “I have offered space in my house, since there was no place in the area where senior citizens could sit, discuss various issues, and spend quality time together,” says Arora. Having ample time and resources in hand, but no one to spend time, with is the major bane of the elderly in Gurgaon. Inability to cope with the views, outlook and lifestyle of

the younger generation also brings the elderly in conflict with their family. It is here that the Chaupal comes to their rescue; it gives them a platform to share their views and opinions with like-minded and like-aged individuals. “With youngsters, we are not able to spend quality time. Their aspirations are different, and they have a different world-view. We want something more from them than a mere Good Morning

Papa,” says K.K Bhasin, a retired official. He is also the patron of Chaupal. Members of the Chaupal engage in various social activities – that include providing help to poor but meritorious students. Arora says that members regularly contribute money to organise medical camps, and distribute medicines among the weaker sections of society. D.L Dewan, Senior Vice President, opines that the Chaupal has helped the elderly in gaining confiprakhar pandey

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dence; and a hope that there is life beyond the family. “The elderly have special needs, particularly medical. We help our members in case of emergencies, as we have become friends,” says Tara Singh, a transporter who frequently visits the Chaupal to refresh himself. Members of the Chaupal say that they have brought purpose to the lives of at least 100 people, who otherwise would have remained idle and dependent. The members meet at the residence of Arora daily, between 11 am and 2 pm – and read books, magazines and newspapers. They have been forced to go slow on new memberships, due to paucity of space. With the increasing popularity, the members of the Chaupal now want the government to allot some land, where they can create a facility for senior citizens. “We have approached the government for some help, as the Chaupal is making serious contribution to the lives of senior citizens – but nothing has happened,” says R.S Vatsa, a former bureaucrat. It is time the government realises that Gurgaon has a huge population of retired citizens, who want to live a good quality of life; and they can afford to do

being frittered away. “MCG has become a toothless body, where elected representatives can be superseded by government officials. How can it then represent the soul of the City?” asserts the former ambassador. The inability of the MCG to take over the HUDA sectors is another major issue that needs to be resolved, he feels. “Both MCG and HUDA are part of the same government, and as such must work out a solution for this conundrum,” opines Singh. He points to the obvious lack of political will, that has led to the creation of such a situation. Singh wants the citizens to be alert, knowledgeable and responsible. “Whenever their rights are denied, they must join hands, and collectively complain to the authorities. If they are united, their voices will be heard – and government will be forced to act,” he says. He regrets that such kind of citizen activism is rarely seen in Gurgaon. u

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so, opines Vatsa. “We have time for social work, and understand that engaging with society will help us spend time in a quality manner. The government as such should consider our needs, and act accordingly,” say the members. To ensure that the Chaupal remains relevant not only to themselves, but their families as well, they organise a ‘Patila’ dinner every month. It is hosted by a member, at his or her house. Utensils to organise this dinner have been purchased by the Chaupal; and members also pitch in. Everything at these dinners is not centred around food, as there are rounds of Antakshri, jokes, and tambola after the dinner, says S.C Sabharwal, a senior member. The Chaupal is also planning to expand their activities by organising religious trips, and visits to historical places. The Chaupal members in unison say that ageing is not a minor issue, as it marks the onset of health issues, marginalisation in workspace, and indifference of the immediate families. In such a scenario, they want to build an institution that helps the senior citizens cope with some of these problems – so that the elderly can ‘fall apart’ gracefully. u


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of one of these ambulances explained that the EMT had gone on another deployment, making the advanced ambulance nothing better than a taxi. The recruitment of the manpower for the rest of the ambulances is an on-going process. “And then, these personnel have to be trained in Hyderabad for two months, again making these ambulances useless,” said a medical official. So, for the next three months at least, there can be no effective use of these high-priced lifesavers. That would make it 6 months of a priceless public asset lying unused – and slowly becoming a white elephant...

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he District Administration had ordered for, and received, a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art ambulance, for its Civil Hospital. Sometime ago, Rites Foundation donated two more of the same. But as of now, these modern life-savers on wheels are doing nothing more than gathering dust. These Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) ambulances are most effective when there are life-or-death cases, and when there are no hospitals nearby. Deputy Civil Surgeon of Gurgaon Dr. M.P Sharma says, “ Each of these machines cost Rs. 20-22 lakh. Once deployed, they are nothing less than a fully mission-capable Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on wheels.”

{ Maninder Dabas / FG } “From the gut comes the strut; and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.”

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ince the beginning of this century, pundits have foretold that the 21st century will belong to Asia – in the way that the 20th century belonged to America. And of course that India will play a crucial role. It does sound realistic; provided we abstain from acknowledging some of our most inconvenient truths. India is a country where almost one third of the population sleeps without having a proper dinner. And, as per UNICEF, every third malnourished child in the world is an Indian; and 50 per cent of the childhood deaths in India are attributed to malnutrition. So for a country, where the availability of a two-time meal decides the fate of a newborn, to harbour the ambition of dominating global politics, does sound like a cacophony. Unfortunately, politics is a dish in which exaggeration is part of the recipe. However, despite the poor scenario, there is no dearth of attempts and initiatives, targeted at the under-privileged. There is belief that constant effort, in any direction, along with a pinch of optimism, can overcome all hurdles – no matter how colossal they are. The latest action on offer is a food bank. Yes, a Food Bank! This ‘alien’ concept

Most of the ambulances currently available with the other hospitals of the City (except big affairs like Medanta, Fortis, and the like) are little more than white mini-vans – with rusting oxygen cylinders, a stretcher, a blue beacon, and a wailer. Now, when the City’s primary government hospital has a significant addition to its emergency services, administrative problems come to the fore. An ambulance like this needs to have a driver, as well as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on board. The EMT’s responsibility is to use the life-saving facilities available on board, to stabilise the victim/patient until a hospital is reached. Working in shifts, the three ambulances require 12 personnel. Sadly, the personnel are not on board. The driver

Best Of The Best

“These ALSS ambulances have everything in them to perform lifesaving procedures. Beside being air-conditioned, these machines have a separate generator of their own – to run search lights, and other ancillary equipment. Inside, the EMT has a defibrillator (in case of heart-attacks), an electrocardiogram, oxygen supply, and even a ventilator – in case the patient’s lungs have been punctured,” says Dr. Sharma.

Bank On The Foundation and action,it is hoped, will make a difference; and provide food to some under-privileged children, whose lives are constantly threatened by the demon of hunger (malnutrition). Gurgaon has come up with a Food Bank of its own. “Yes, Gurgaon is going to have a Food Bank; the poor and under-privileged people will be provided with food, and that too free of cost. Gurgaon has a fair share of those who struggle for their meals. This is our effort to offer such people a helping hand. Within about ten days, Gurgaon will have a Food Bank in DLF Cyber City. Along with Gurgaon, we are also opening a sub-centre in Delhi,” said Vijay Singh, Associate Director, DLF Foundation – an agency that will be responsible for the distribution of the food items. A Food Bank operates on a

simple no-profit, no-loss principle. Food items that are not good enough to sell in the market, but are hygienically and legally fit to consume, are donated by manufacturers to storage houses – called Food Banks. And then, these products are distributed free of charge to the needy, by the ground staff and NGOs. The City’s Food Bank will be run by the DLF Foundation.

How does it help?

Food banking is a system that moves food from donors to the people who need it; and engages all sections of society in the effort. The system feeds millions of people each year, and becomes a vehicle for building public awareness about hunger – and, hopefully, finding better solutions.

How it will operate

“The whole concept of food

banking depends on donation. A food bank distributes the food items being donated by several donors. Be it corporates, small enterprises, malls or any individual – whosoever wants to donate a clean and hygienic food article, can be a part of the noble cause. As of now, our best bet is the big corporate houses dealing in the food business. Most of these corporate giants, for example Britannia and Cargill, have a large amount of food items being stored; and they dispose

The India Food Banking Network (IFBN) was launched on 17 November, 2009. It is a private initiative, started by The Global Food Banking Network and Aidmatrix Foundation. This initiative has been taken to eradicate hunger from India by 2025. them about three/four months prior to their actual expiry date. We have asked such firms to donate these food articles, as they can be used locally within days, to feed the poor and underprivileged. We have requested all such big firms, small shops, and even ordinary citizens, to donate food – so that it can used by the have-nots. They are the part of our society after all,” explained Singh. DLF Foundation

Delicate Darlings?

Tuesday was scheduled to be a mock-drill for the emergency services. Instead of a chance to get hands-on training for the driver and the EMT, an old ambulance was sent. The official-in-charge reasoned, “We don’t prefer to send the new machines on such mock-drills. In case of emergencies, what will we do?” So, for all the Deputy Commissioner P.C Meena’s flagging-off of the modern medical marvel, the new ambulances are relegated to be showpieces of the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon. duty at a political hotshot’s event. God forbid if something had happened. The protective polyurethane wrapping, and the equipment inside, have not even been torn off, for first-time use. “These ambulances are mainly for VIPs and VVIPs visiting the city,” confirms an official. Also, the charges for using these ambulances are prohibitively high for the common man. At Rs. 15 per kilometre, saving a life would be the equivalent to calling for a corporate cab, for the common man in a village. For an advanced piece of equipment, dedicated to the people of Gurgaon, the Administration has made it impossible for the average citizen to get any benefit. u

is the only non-governmental body responsible for initiation of this effort, Vijay Singh explained, “DLF Foundation is going to run this initiative in close collaboration with the India Food Banking Network (IFBN). Their (IFBN) job is to inspire big corporates and other stake holders in the society to feel responsible, and donate food items for the less fortunate. Our job is to provide IFBN with a storage house in Gurgaon, and also to distribute the collected food material to the needy.” Initiating something is always easier than maintaining the pace and the sanctity of the initiative; and it often happens in our country that good initiatives fail due to the lack of proper and unselfish implementation. It’s going to be a challenge for the DLF Foundation, to ensure the success of such a noble initiative. “Yes, it’s going to be a tough task to provide this food to people who are in actual need; but as a city-based foundation, we know the pockets where the poor live. We will try to cover every corner of the City. The City has many slum dwellers,and these people really struggle to provide their children with two healthy meals; and that’s why most of the kids living in slums either die prematurely, or live a malnourished life. We will try our level best to bridge this gap, and provide them with timely, healthy foods.”u


6. Visitor’s hairstyle changes 7. Patch on tablecloth 8. Train emerges from tunnel 9. Man loses shirt button 10. Engine on shelf loses window

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Happy Annual Day

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he Happy School, DLF Phase I, celebrated its annual day on Sunday. The audience witnessed scintillating dance performances – Ganesh Vandana, Thirucaphira Kali, and Sufi Dance – and a poem recitation by the Nursery kids. Also, the students presented three thoughtprovoking plays.

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ancers International School conducted Science, Maths and Arts Exhibitions at its premises. The Exhibitions were a good platform to showcase the innate talent of the students. There were exhibits of various types – geometrical figures, puzzles, and oil and acrylic paintings – to name a few.

Kabad Se Jugad

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he World of Kidz magazine organised “Kabad Se Jugad” workshop. Children made effective use of waste material, and crafted a mini-television and beautiful artefacts. The purpose of the Workshop was to introduce children to new concepts, and imbibe creativity and eagerness – while developing fundamentals and personality.

Shalom Dr. Maths

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n order to assess the progress of the child in the last quarter of the academic session, Shalom Hills International School tied up with Dr. Maths, to conduct a Maths Diagnostic Assessment for the students of Classes III to V. The Assessment involved a timed task, on the children’s computation skills. The MCQ paper was interesting, as well as challenging, for the children. The feedback provided by Dr. Maths enabled the faculty to also review and improvise on the mathematics syllabus.

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otus Valley School welcomed the students of the new academic session, along with their parents. The Principal, Mrs. Anita Malhotra, introduced the students to the features, qualities and the new initiatives taken by the School. This was followed by the little learners sharing their wonderful experience and journey so far. Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, the Guest of Honour emphasised on “Reciprocal Learning”; and prodded the parents to learn a few things from their kids.

Spring Carnival @ Intellitots

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ntellitots Learning organised a Spring Carnival, wherein students participated in various competitions – ranging from creative writing, to story telling, and drawing. However, the pick of the events was the ‘little chefs competition’. The kids filled the entire campus with the aroma of their culinary efforts. It was fun to mix, squeeze, bake, decorate, serve, and eat the nutritious and finger-licking snacks and desserts.


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Screening The Social Network:

Literary Flourish

A Misplaced Concern?

The Swing How do you like to go up in a swing Up in the air so blue? Oh! I do think it is the pleasant thing Ever a Child can do

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Up in the air and over the wall Till I can see so wide Rivers and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside Till I look down on the garden green Down on the roof so brown Up in the air I go flying again Up in the air and down! Piyush Yadav, III B, Swiss Cottage School

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ands on Learning School conducted a Workshop for kids, to appreciate Gurgaon’s connection with Guru Dronacharya. The Workshop began with a story-telling session, explaining why Guru Dronacharya asked Eklavya to donate him his right thumb. This was followed by an archery session, wherein the kids learnt that a bow and arrow cannot be used without the thumb.

ell, like all clichés, let this article begin by quoting a legend – in this case, Mark Twain. ‘Censorship is telling a man he can’t have steak just because a baby can’t chew it’. Another year, another attack on the internet. Lately, though, it’s not a loose collective of individual hackers, sitting in dark rooms, trying to wreak havoc. This time, stronger forces and vested interests are stepping into the game. India is the world’s largest democracy. It is the world’s second most populous nation, guaranteeing freedom of speech and expression in its constitution. The social media screening chapter, gaining momentum in India after Kapil Sibal’s (Minister of Communications and Information Technology) targeting of social media, is much ado about nothing. However, in a matter of a few weeks, the world’s most powerful and the largest democracy will engage in battle over how information will be monitored and circulated online. A young, energetic country is rising in economic power, continuing to grow in many diverse ways, and developing newer technologies by the day. In this

A Swiss Outing

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tudents of Swiss Cottage School went for an outing to the Millennium Park and Bal Bhavan. They had a joy ride on a toy train, and on water slides at the Millennium Park. The children and staff members were served refreshments.

Artistic Strokes

Suryansh Singh Rawat, VI, Greenwood Public School

Aveesha Gandhi, IV, Sriram School Aravali

PathBreaker’s Academy was established by a team of professionals from global firms, having a background in Chartered Accountancy and Management, with over 25 years of experience. PathBreaker’s Academy and its founders’ vision is to create a hub of education, for imparting knowledge to all the sections of society. The core focus being Finance & Accounting at the 1st phase, they have started with batches for CPT, IPCC, CA Final, CS and CWA. A PathBreaker stands for Out of the Box, Infinity, Limitless, Goal Oriented, Extra Ordinary, Smart, Passionate, Attitude and makes a positive, graceful, pleasant impact on the world. The Academy is committed to make and groom the coming generations to follow on the same lines.

scenario, normal citizens will become empowered, and have access to tools that make them more productive and relevant – potentially to the point where they could challenge parts of a complex Parliamentarian system that has protected them for so long. Social media is empowering the citizens of India. The influx of social networking is like a megaphone for hundreds of millions of

people in the country, who never had the opportunity to speak out in such a public way before. And that is perhaps why Indian politicians are currently feeling the growth pangs of a social tech-savvy populace; and their response so far has been to ask service providers to delete harmful communities. It is considered that India’s democracy has, so far, been quite remarkable at remaining intact – despite extreme social, religious, and economic diversity. So there’s no reason to think it won’t adapt, as the culture changes with new communication devices and channels. Developments like these, that reflect the potential of this nation, that support the expression of views, will help keep our country running in a more effective manner, in the long run. They have sadly been plastered by some as negatives. It is ironic

how a few leaders, even the ones concerned with communication and IT, fall in this category. For years, the government and other organizations have encouraged the youth, to take interest in politics – to voice their opinion. And when they are provided with such a platform… ‘Oops! Sorry we have to take it away, it ‘offends’ us’. Of the 358 items the government wishes to have omitted, 255 are found offensive as they criticize the government, and 39 items are found defamatory in nature. In short, the blasphemy is against the government. While many may wish to take this up as a noble cause, and are troubled by the indecent array of sources accessible by a child, their concern is overshadowed by the government’s own misplaced agenda. The concern of some citizens is understandable; but the government has lost the moral right to be so – because this move could easily be coloured by their fear of a public outcry. We’ve seen shades of the same during the Anna Hazare movement. The ruling forces fear the anguish amongst the public. We should not overlook the fact that all books can be indecent ones – though recent books are bolder. For filth is in the mind of the beholder. When correctly viewed, everything is lewd. In Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz too, there is a dirty old man! Censorship can only block the screen of your website, not your mind. The tedious legal social exercise, of putting a check on social networking sites, is ultimately going to block only what a user sees – not what they think. u Oorvi Mehta Grade X The Heritage School


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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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and acquisition by the state governments, in various states of the country, has been a bone of contention between the state and the masses for some time now. Haryana, which is often acclaimed by its leaders as a role model state in terms of land acquisitions, and providing benefits to the farmers, has too faced such problems. Indeed, here too farmers have been cheated by the State on multiple occasions. One such case has come to the fore in Gurgaon recently. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the land acquiring body of the state, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), and DLF, the real estate giant and the real beneficiary of the acquisition – seeking their response, by April 19th, on why

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he simmering land dispute between the builder, and the owner of a plot on which ‘The Residency’ apartments have been built in AARDEE City, has made life difficult for the residents of the condominium. The apartment owners are caught between the ‘devil and the deep blue sea; they are neither able to obtain the Completion Certificate from the Department of Town and Country Planning (T&CP), nor is the RWA able to complete the boundary wall (since a part falls in the disputed area). Pushpa Vatsa, President of the The Residency Residents Welfare Association (TRRWA), alleges that AARDEE Builders constructed the Tower F of the condominium on a plot of land that was disputed. “Recently, we invited the Senior Town Planner, Gurgaon to visit the site, and take stock of the situation. A notice has been issued to the builder; but since the matter is in court it is unlikely that the issue will be resolved soon,” she points out. Vatsa wants a Completion Certificate issued as soon as possible, as this would enable the RWA to take over the maintenance – that is presently under the builder. “This condominium is very badly maintained, despite the fact that the residents are paying charges regularly,” alleges Vats. She refers to leaking pipes, dampness in flats, poor solid waste management, and similar issues. Despite promises, the building has not been repainted since 2004; and the builder has dumped plans for provision of piped gas, allege residents. “Pipes for cooking gas were fitted in every apartment, but the builder has relinquished the plan,” alleges Kartik Chandrashekhar, a professional who has been residing in The Residency since 2004. “We have been asking the builder to maintain the parks properly, repair the roads, and ensure that security remains at the basic minimum level,” he

State as Land Agent 350 acres of prime land in Wazirabad village, which was acquired for the purpose of construction of ‘Public Utility’ enterprise, was handed over to DLF for the construction of an 18 hole new golf course, and villas – under the project ‘The Magnolias’. “I have filed this petition, to make the State government realise its treachery to the masses; and how private builders are dictating terms in deciding the City’s fate. I want to hear an answer from the State – on where is the public utility in an 18 hole golf course, and villas worth crores? And on why the masses have been cheated by the government, just for the sake of filling its own coffers?” said Om Prakash Mukdum, a veteran resident of Wazirabad Village. He had filed a PIL against the two state bodies

and DLF, in the High court. The division bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to the three parties in February 2012.

Some facts

“Prior to 1955, this whole land of 350.715 acres was under Sham Lad De (name given to unused and barren land). Later, this land came to be known as Panchayati land, according to which each farmer used to leave two to three acres of his infertile land vacant – for community purpose. After 1955, this land came under the Panchayat system, wherein the stake of the farmers in the land remained unscathed. This land was then acquired in two phases. In the first phase, 75 acres of land was acquired through the notification of September 8, 1997; and in the second phase, 275 acres of land were acquired by HUDA,

through the notification of August 8, 2003 – and subsequently, the whole land was transferred from HUDA to HSIIDC,” explains Mukdum.

From public utility to utility of elite

Since 2003, when this piece of 350 acres of prime land was handed over to HSIIDC (by HUDA), to develop the infrastructure for public purpose, nothing happened. The land remained untouched. “It was on August 19, 2009, that a news item appeared, that DLF is set to bag a mega land deal, as it had emerged the sole bidder for 350.715 acres of prime land in Gurgaon. The land would be used for development and recreation; and for a leisure project, namely Magnolias, that will include an 18-hole golf course. And on February 9,

Dissatisfied Residency PUSHPA VATSA, President TRRWA

Seepage and leaking pipes have made life difficult for the residents

says. But despite several pleas nothing concrete has happened on the ground, says R.S Vatsa, a former IAS official. Vats points to the sewerage sump-well, that has been built on an adjoining piece of land, spreading an unbearable smell to the apartments. Vats also says that no Community Centre, Club or medical facility has been created – as was promised in the brochure, when the flats were sold. “The building in which the Club was to be hosted has been turned into an office. The condition of the park is

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miserable, and the shopping mall that was also promised is lying closed due to litigation,” reveals Vatsa. We have invested our hard earned money here, and so have other flat owners. But the manner in which we are being treated, and forced to live, is shameful,” alleges Pushpa Vatsa. The situation has come to such a pass that there is now a state of conflict between the builder and the Residents Welfare Association. Goshy Bindal, who lives in the The Residency, says that As of April 05, 2012 All Prices in Rs/kg.

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they have been paying around Rs. 2,000 per month as maintenance charges – but the money is not spent on the condominium. The residents allege that this has become another source of income for the builders, as they do not care for apartment owners once the flats or plots are sold.

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2010, all the land was handed over to DLF, by HSIIDC – at the rate of Rs. 12,000/sq.yard. The State said that the land has been handed over to DLF after a fair bid between three different bidders; but the process of bidding too can be questioned, as the other two bidders were disqualified on account of a ‘technical error’. Nobody knows what that technical error was,” informs Mukdum.

No say from the State, DLF

None of the bodies mentioned in the PIL of Mukdum made any comment on the subject. “Although I am aware of the notice from the High Court, I am neither entitled nor capable to comment anything on this issue. Such crucial cases are dealt by the people sitting in the upper echelons of HSIIDC,” said Dinesh Chauhan, Senior Town Planner, HSIIDC. Like Chauhan, both HUDA and DLF officials too refused to comment. u The RWA President is however thankful to Gurgaon MLA and Minister of State Sukhbir Kataria, for allocating some funds to the RWA for creation of a sports infrastructure. “We met the Minister and asked for help, and his response was very positive. The RWA has created a sports area in the condominium, where the young and old alike can spend quality time,” says Vatsa. The residents also want the government to review the present situation, and tighten the screw on builders who do not adhere to the rules and regulations of the Haryana Apartment Owners Act, 1983. All the problems related to maintenance and service would be resolved if the builders are asked to handover the building to the RWA within the stipulated period, they assert. u

Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. It is getting very hot. Ghanni garmi ho rahi hai 2. I need to drink something. Manne kuch peen tayi cheeye 3. Let us get away from the sun. Ghaam te door ho levay 4. Let us stand in the shade. Chal, chaasi main khade hoyen 5. Switch on the fan Pankha chala de 6. Let some breeze come my way Mhari taraf kimey hawa aan de


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I EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

10 Concrete Actions

t’s time for some concrete action – and not just on the roads. There is a lot that the City needs to do, to just maintain the current sectors and residents. The future residents, in future sectors, should hope – as anyway we all do – that at least ‘the future is bright’.

expected income of over Rs 1,000 crores, in 2012-13. Chandigarh needs to play ball by sanctioning fast, and/or increasing local approval limits – hopefully this political group can apply the collective pressure, alongwith the residents. 35 Projects need to start almost simultaneously.

Sometimes it seems that the civic problems are so many, that the Administration does not know when and where, or how, to start. The Chandigarh bosses are of no help, anyway. Maybe things will change, now that they are just a Volvo away.

4) Draw up a schedule, for Water and Electricity supply, sector/colony wise. It is sometimes better to admit a problem, and provide a partial solution – than operate haphazardly.

However, charity begins at home. Ioho, the Administration should ensure the following 10 actions, in the next 100 days (just in time for the monsoon, too). We believe they are practical, and actionable. By taking the initiative, the Administration would become the best face in all our books. Forget brownie points, they would be fair and lovely to every Gurgaonite.

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s one who has experienced Past Life Regression through Blossom Furtado I can vouch that it has enhanced my living is helping others to do the same. May love LIGHT shine on all. Fredericka on the article,Go Back To Go Forward

Why does the DC have to issue ban orders for Hookah Bars more than once – that also within a month or so? And even after invoking Sec 144 of the Cr PC 1973. Does the writ of the Administration not run in the City/District?

1) Take up MG Road as a Project – Sikanderpur to IFFCO Chowk. Make the road shine, like NH9, or 8 (or even like MG Road on the Delhi side), clear the entries/exits for the Metro, ensure parking slots for Autos, have rickshaws ply only in the inner lanes (no cars, autos here), position strong police contingents in 4 separate locations, ensure bright street lighting all along the road, depute 20 traffic volunteers and negotiate parking in office multiplexes on weekdays and holidays, construct 4 sets of public toilets along the road. 2) Start a Sohna Road project alongside – simpler to do today. It may need just some traffic lights, street lighting, reduction of breaks/ cuts in the road, volunteer traffic team during morning/evening office hours, public toilets. 3) Ask each Councillor (35 of them) for a priority project(s) for his/her Ward – subject to a financial limit of Rs 1 crore, and completion in 6 months. The project(s) should be publicly shared with the respective RWAs/Ward residents. MCG can well afford this, with an

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5) Take up one Village Abadi, for ‘modernization’ – under a PPP scheme. Authorize as many of the ‘unauthorized’ colonies – so that they may receive development benefits. And make at least 2 EWS housing systems operational – one for the purpose it was meant for (eg for drivers/maids/low wage earners, working permanently in Gurgaon); and the other for habitation and rehabilitation of slum dwellers. 6) Start plying buses, esp at office times, all around Gurgaon. – even 20 buses to start with. And at least 20 sheltered bus stands need to be set up, around the City. An Auto fare needs to be standardized, and enforced. 7) All water-harvesting locations need to be inspected, to ensure that they will be operational come the monsoon. Ten major public sites across Gurgaon to be identified, and monitored. 8) The first multi-level parking project to be started – preferably in Cyber City; or on MG Road. 9) All roads need to be repaired, to ensure no water stands still. This is one area that has seen some movement in the past few months. And of course the repaired roads should not crack, come the rains. 10) The major parks should have flowing water, and operational fountains, for families to enjoy the summer evening outings. Yes, we surely can.


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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Green Baisakhi

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akki-ki-roti’ accompanied by ‘saag’ (pureed mustard greens, often mixed with spinach leaves) are dishes that have been relished by farmers in the sub-Himalayan regions for centuries. These dishes are an apt way to enjoy the harvest festival of ‘Baisakhi’. This week we will discover a few facts about spinach (palak); next week mustard greens (sarson). Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables, like spinach, provide more nutrients than any other food. Spinach is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. They make spinach very beneficial – especially for the health of our eyes, nervous system, cardiovascular system, skin, bones, prevention of cancer, foetus development, and infant growth. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Over the centuries, traders carried the plant to India and China. Today it is one of the most widely used green vegetables.

Tip of the week

Choose spinach that has vibrant deep green leaves, and stems that show no signs of yellowing. Spinach should be washed well, since the leaves and stems tend to col-

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half of the calcium present in broccoli, and only around 5 per cent of the calcium in spinach. Boiled spinach has upto 6 times more Vitamin K availability, as compared to the fresh leaves. Short boiling time recipes are preferable. Longer boiling time can more than halve the level of folate left in the spinach. Spinach should not be washed before storing, as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. In a tightly packed plastic bag, it can keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Storage in the freezer can be for up to eight months. Avoid storing cooked spinach, as it does not keep very well.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Spinach

lect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots. Place the spinach in a large bowl of tepid water, and swish the leaves to dislodge the dirt. Remove the leaves from the water. Refill the bowl with clean water, and repeat this process – until no dirt remains in the water. Do not leave spinach soaking in the water, as water-soluble nutrients will leak into the water. Spinach is one of the very few vegetables that definitely merits boiling. This helps to reduce its concentration of oxalic acid. Oxalate can bind to the iron, to form ferrous oxalate – and render much of the iron in spinach unusable by the body. The oxalate content in spinach also binds with calcium, decreasing its absorption. The body can absorb upto

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PRAKHAR PANDEY

Gurgaon Graphically-Gazed

{ Srimati Lal }

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s summer descends and outdoor art-activity wanes, artists’ inner studios become even busier – with new artworks-in-the-making emerging quietly from behind the shaded curtains of private working spaces. Continuing my series on Gurgaon Artists’ Studios, the black-and-white graphic paintings of Shabnam Oberoi – in her 14th-floor studio near the Golf Course – caught my attention.  This pensive artist seems to convey an unconventional and personalised view of urban angst. Shabnam has exhibited her paintings in Gurgaon, at the Epicentre Art Mart, and Aralias’ Renge Art. “I don’t care if my art sells, or if I make money – but I do care if I have touched somebody with my work,” the artist tells me in a candid interview. Shabnam’s stark and in-

tense artwork has a stylistic resonance with the imagery of the well-known Indian Modernist Zainul Abedin (1914-1976); and also of the German Expressionist painter Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945). Zainul’s searing ‘Famine Series,1943’ etchings, depicting the Bengal Famine, have become a template for the artistic rendition of human suffering in India. And Kollwitz was an equally-serious artist of Russian origin, whose graphic work offered an eloquent and searing document of the tragedies during the World Wars. Employing black and white Graphic methods of linear-drawing, lithography, woodcuts and etchings – with a very deliberate avoidance of colour – both Abedin and Kollwitz expressed a deep empathy for the less fortunate, in their scathing art. They mainly depicted labourers, peasants, and victims of poverty, hunger, and war. India is sorely in need of such serious subjectmatter, in its current superficial and glamour-oriented art scenario. It was very interesting to discover that Shabnam had neither seen their art, nor even heard of their names. And yet, here was her pensive, emotionladen work, with its tonalities instinctively bearing distinct resonances with two serious

tragic artists of the previous century. And this, despite Shabnam not portraying victims of war, poverty, or famine in her visualisations; rather, she is expressing her own inner anxieties, as well as those of the everyday humans that surround her in Gurgaon. Shabnam’s black and white paintings bear rather interesting titles, such as: ‘There Are No Accidents,’ and ‘The Sleep of Reason’. The former painting depicts bulky Ambassador cars, and clumsy, square buildings all tilting and jostling against each other; with humans attempting to fly away from the chaos and pollution of these urban confines. The latter canvas portrays an entrapped foetus (inside a bottle), positioned nervously beside a pregnant woman who appears walled-in by repetitive buildings and bricks – again conveying deep anxiety, rather than any kind of fairy-tale bliss of expectancy. In her other black and white canvasses, Shabnam portrays formidable ‘gangs’ of modern urban women, their eyes concealed by dark glasses, gazing threateningly at their viewers, while standing in between rows of cars amid Gurgaon’s high-rise landscape. In some interestinglyelongated vertical paintings, the artist paints male and female figures in a semi-abstract mode; once again showing humans contending with the stumblingblocks of bricks, confinement, buildings and vehicles. The tonality of Shabnam’s art resembles that of woodcuts and etchings, as they are

textured with linear and abstract strokes. However, she is not technically a Graphic artist. She uses mixed-media and acrylics in her paintings, with a preference for black and white. This imparts a sense of drama to her work. Her spontaneous, doodle-like draughtsmanship bears elements of grafitti, naive art, cartoons and kitsch – with an added quirky urban quality. In her coloured works, Shab-

nam yet again depicts the vulnerability of the human form; which seems to close its eyes tight and fold itself up, as if in an attempt to return to an unborn foetal state – rather than confront all the pains and traumas of earthly existence. Here, too, her palette is carefully restricted to two basic colours – as if trying to remain undistracted

by a variety of tonalities. The introverted and sensitive artist describes herself as “a very private person who does not have a way with words; and who has not learnt to say the right thing... neither do I have any artistic model to follow. The reality of life itself inspires me to make my art.” When I asked Shabnam to describe to me her mode of painting, she explained: “I view my black and white works almost like ‘stories that I write on my empty canvas’. I do not use a conventional mode of painting either. But my hunger to learn more about art led me to meet certain artists like Daleep Chandolia and Roop Chand, at Gurgaon art-camps. They encouraged my drawing. I was so busy just working and trying to set-up a life, that I started to paint fairly late. Only 15 years after I began my career in other spheres, did I develop the confidence to pick up a brush, and try to depict whatever I see happening in our world today.” There is a certain irony, urban drama and pathos in the artist’s renditions. Her efforts to visually express herself in an unacademic manner are worthy of encouragement. However, I sincerely hope that this emerging painter will soon find a much wider range of subject-matter, that can boldly depict the actual suffering of India’s masses of underprivileged souls. Such depictions of reality are vitally necessary in our prevailing art milieu, to lend greater seriousness and substance to Indian visual art. u Artist, Writer, & Curator

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very day I come across a number of persons who are leading their lives with some disability. Amit is one of the children who has cerebral palsy. This disability restricts his movement, and makes his everyday tasks difficult. Everyday, he has some pain. Things that most people take for granted—like reaching out to take something from a cupboard—are very hard, and sometimes impossible for him. Living with recurring pain is not pleasant. It is very tiring. It means that Amit has to think of how best to do things; and to assess how much is reasonable to expect from his body. He has the inevitable suffering of pain and restriction; and then he has the additional anguish of embarrassment – which seems to twist inside him. To say that such embarrassment is psychological, is our conventional way of assessing this; in fact, this embarrassment and shame is felt in a very physical way. Gradually, Amit has started attending his vocational and special education classes; started living with the realities of life, and enjoying

some pleasures that are available to him. As he has reached a greater acceptance of his physical condition, he has become happier – like a flower opening in the sunshine, after the storm clouds have passed. There is no God to call to account. There is no denying it, and there is no one to blame. Suffering simply is. There is no escape. While handling such children, the parents undergo a radical change – in how they live their life, and see the world. This radical change is in a way called enlightenment. It enables these parents to become socially helpful to others who are in pain. Such parents are, as destiny wants them to be, in the seat of the trouble – where the pain is the strongest, the doubt most disturbing, and the way forward most opaque. Blessedly, this is also the place where enlightenment breaks through. Lotuses grow only in swamps. 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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{ Bhavana Sharma }

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he seventy-eight Tarot Cards are a symbolic record of human expression, and speak a language that is the collective conciousness 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. Let us understand the magnificent journey of self-discovery. The 22 Major Arcana Cards, or the destiny cards of the Tarot, show you what you were given, to work with in life. They accompany you through your ups and downs, guiding you as you meet life’s challenges, and grow along the way. Each major card represents an archetype, and each is numbered starting from 0—for The Fool card—and ending with 22 – for The World. The Fool is the energetic adventurer, setting off on a journey with fresh hope and enthusiasm.

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Understanding The Energy Of Thoughts His actions are by insight not logic, by intuition not conventional wisdom. With the second card, The Magician, we are discovering how to use the laws of magic in our lives; and be successful with our endeavours. Moving on to the The High Priestess, we face the mother figure on another subtle level. This is the womb of our subconscious mind, in which the secret of our real purpose, and the pattern of our destiny, is contained. The Empress teaches us to use our subconscious thoughts in a productive way, and she teaches us about unconditional love and acceptance. The Emperor brings order, and establishes a solid foundation for the wild dreams

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There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” And there are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A policeman stops a lady and asks for her license. He says “Lady, it says here that you should be wearing glasses.” The woman answered “Well, I have contacts.” The policeman replied, “I don’t care who you know! You’re getting a ticket!” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?” Tom replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” The employee smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The minister of a church announced that admission to a church social event would be six dollars per person. “However, if you’re over 65,” he said, “the price will be only $5.50.” From the back of the congregation, a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give you that information for only fifty cents?” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Son: Daddy, I’d like to help an old man. Can I have some money? 
 Dad: That is a very nice gesture, son! Here’s 5 bucks. Now, where is that poor man? Son:He’s down the street selling ice cream!

of the Fool, the visions of the Magician, and the insights of the Empress. The Hierophant is the official word; as he represents the time-based wisdom. He represents our need for social approval, and reminds us to consider how we should appear to the rest of the world. The Lovers talk about synergy – that happens when two vibrant forces come together. It can also mean that we gain some spiritual self-knowledge, that creates harmony within, as also the dualities of good and evil – and making peace with them. The Chariot is the vehicle that leads us into battle. It’s about pursuing success with vigour and confidence. We should be able to meet the chal-

lenges that we face in life. Strength denotes love and courage; it’s the key to to unconditional acceptance of the self. A woman’s strength is not in a magic wand, or any another tool or weapon. It’s in her fearlessness. The Hermit looks upon the truth, as he takes the path of introspection and contemplation. When he appears in a reading, he signals it’s time to go within. The Wheel Of Fortune brings good luck, and change in fortunes. All factors are favourable, as you start a new cycle of your life. You become wiser, and so you are ready to take your chances with fate and free will. Justice is about balancing all the interests, looking for the truth, and setting things right. This card helps us to gain

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perspective by not just looking at the situation through our own self-interest, but considering what’s a win-win for all involved. The Hanged Man offers himself as a sacrifice, to gain knowledge for all. It indicates that through selflessness, we find greater clarity; and in vulnerability, we find illumination. Death card brings about a big change at the end of the cycle of life – and the beginning of a new one. You must leave behind ideas and beliefs from your past, that are no longer vital – and go forward to a new way of understanding. Temperance is the intermingling of opposites, of yin and yang energy, of spirit and the unseen. It reminds us that there is a happy medium-a place where we can achieve a balance; keeping our emotions on an even level, exercising self-control and moderation. The Devil is about letting loose and being spontaneous. It points towards transcending the material, and the earthly bods of the flesh. It reminds us not to let our pleasures become addictions. The Tower is the breakthrough card, and everything you thought you knew is going to bring in a dramatic change. You come out of it with a new understanding of yourself. With The Star you now have faith that all of your brightest hopes and wishes will come true. It represents renewed faith, clarity, and a wish that may come true. The Moon card can lift your awareness to the untamed power of your imagination. You need to let yourself dream a little. Be careful of suspecting and hidden enemies in your life. The Sun denotes that all is well, and your light shines from the centre. You have learned many lessons, and with it comes calm contentment. You have a childlike wonder of the world, and are ready to explore opportunities. Judgement is about coming to completion; integrating the mistakes of the past, looking upon the truth, and living by it. The World is about triumph, and you have become wise in mind, body and spirit. You have attained the highest wisdom, fulfilling your purpose. You have come full circle back to the universe of The Fool – but with the wisdom of the ages. u Author, Tarot Card Reader


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For the Love of Nritya

{ Shilpy Arora / FG } “

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ight foot firm on the ground, and move the left foot. Now, move your waist along with your hand movements,” says Anamica Goel, a noted choreographer and dance teacher, to one of her students. She says she is dedicated to teach students nothing but the best. It was vividly evident when her students, Devyani and Mahima, participated in the audition of Dance India Dance (DID). “You rarely find such an affordable school, and a dedicated dance teacher, in Gurgaon. At the age of nine, my daughter parti-cipated in

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ur genetics have a lot to do with the changing of our body. Most of us don’t have an ideal body shape. While our genetics are set, we can make our body look better, by a proper diet and exercise plan – and by wearing the right clothes, as per body shape. Save yourself time and frustration. Learn to recognise the garment style or silhouette that matches best your general figure type. Whatever the body shape, you can still have a terrific time with fashion, style, colours, fabric and accessories – by following these golden rules: The garment silhouette should be dominant, and body silhouette subordinate. Highlight the positives of the body, and hide the variations. There should not be any distraction; try to achieve attraction. Attention should be upwards, towards the face.

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a show like DID; and now she is performing at The Great India Talent show. I don’t think she would have got this opportunity if she had learnt dance at any big dance institute. Here, every child gets individual attention,” says Usha Ghambir, Mahima’s mother. The USP of Anamica’s Institute is her expertise in both the classical and contemporary dance forms. She teaches almost all dance forms – ranging from traditional to classical, ballet to hip-hop. She has been teaching dance for over 16 years, and now dance almost defines her personality. Watching her speak is as mesmerising

{ Sarita Maheshwari Sharda / FG }

Hour Glass: This is considered the perfect body – a well-proportioned upper and lower body, with a narrow waist. Clothes for the Hour Glass: The style aim for an hour glass body is to minimise the fullness of the upper and lower body, to emphasise the shoulder and neck area, lead attention upwards towards the face, and slightly fill out the waist. A smooth, loose fit over the entire figure would be appropriate. Persons having an hour glass shape can wear all types of clothes – like skirts and tops, as well as sarees and blouses etc. Inverted Triangle (Apple Shape): You have a full chest and upper back, with no or little waist definition. You might appear top heavy. Your bust might appear bigger than your hips.

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as watching her dance. Her hands create hidden patterns in the air. “Dance is a form of self-expression, and a way to communicate with the world,” feels Anamica.

Passion for Dance

Born and brought up in Moradabad, Anamica decided to learn Kathak at the age of seven. Since then, there has been no looking back. This, she says, happened “by passion”. “Both my parents are doctors, and they wanted me to carry a stethoscope too. But I was inclined towards dance since the beginning. So I chose dance as my career, and joined Pt Lachhoo Maharaj, who taught me Kathak.

At the age of 39, Anamica left her high-profile job at Scottish High International School. Her love for dance opened the gates of Kala Vatika Dance Studio. “I have worked as the Head of Department, Performing Arts, at reputed schools like DPS Maruti Kunj and Scottish High. But, in schools you have to teach as per a set curriculum. Not all students can do well in classical dance or hip hop. So having a single curriculum for all the children can restrict their creativity. At my Institute, I know who is good at what. I always work to enhance their skills accordingly,” says Anamica. She has won an international award for her contribution in Kathak. So far, she has trained over 1,000 kids in the City, of which nearly 200 have participated at national level dance competitions. Mahima, the star student of Kala Vatika, who cleared the second round of DID audition, says, “Anamica Ma’am treats everybody like her own daughter. The best thing that I have learnt here is to perform with a variety of songs and dance forms.”

Training the underprivileged and autistic

Anamica gives training to underprivileged kids free of cost. More than 100 underprivileged kids have learnt dance, and have bagged appreciation in various

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For this shape, you might also want attention downwards. Clothes for inverted triangle: This may be the most desired body type for men, but not for women. In this type of figure—for women—you can 'minimise' the upper body, by wearing set-in sleeves, and avoiding puff sleeves – as it will make the shoulder look wider. You can also wear three-quarter sleeves, as it will lead the attention downwards. The ladies can wear an A-line skirt with design details, as this too will lead to attention on the lower body. If you are not comfortable wearing skirts, then you can opt for flared pants. In order to have a smooth loose fit above the waist, you can wear a top made of flowing fabric. Triangle (Pear Shape): Your hips and thighs are your body's centre stage. It means that they're wider than the rest of

your body. Your shoulders are most likely narrow, and you have a defined waist. Clothes for Triange: The style aim to counter a Triangular shaped body is to minimise the lower section of the body, and maximise the upper part, i.e the shoulders and chest/bust area. Therefore you should try to lead attention upwards. For example, with men, accessories like a tie will draw attention upwards; and for women, a scarf, stole or make-up will do the same. Even short or half sleeves will draw attention upwards, as wherever there is a skin-show, it will lead attention to the area. In order to fill out the shoulders, you can use shoulder pads. Rectangle: Your shape can look athletic, with bust and hips of approximately the same width. You have little or no waist definition.

competitions.
 “An NGO came to me with a proposal to train poor kids, and it also offered me a nominal fee. But I decided not to charge anything. I think underprivileged kids have better concentration power; they listen to you carefully, and their bodies are more flexible. These children are blessed with talent. My job is just to bring out this hidden talent,” smiles Anamica. Besides, Anamica imparts training to deaf and mute children. “Dance helps autistic children, as it is a therapy known to help overcome learning disabilities,” believes Anamica. Apart from teaching, she has also choreographed renowned dance dramas like Living a Dream, Shaktiputra Durga, Snowwhite and Seven dwarfs, Lion King, and Jhankar, among others. Although she has explored the contemporary world, she believes nothing can replace the classical dance forms.

Girlie bias

When asked about her affection towards girls, Anamica says, “I always wanted a daughter. So I started teaching dance to girls. Today, I have over 90 students, and all are girls. Now, I have received few requests from guys, to learn dance during the summer vacation. I will definitely entertain them. As a teacher every student is special to me. The day I stop teaching dance, it will be my end.” u

Clothes for Rectangle: For this body type, both men and women should wear semi-fitted clothes. They can both wear a belt, to emphasise the waist. Men can wear flat front pants, and women can wear straight to gently-flared skirts. If women have nice firm arms, they can wear sleeve-less or short-sleeve tops, as it will lead to attention upward – towards the face. Shoulder pads can be used for emphasis. Oval Figure: The oval figure types are generally above the average weight range for their height. Being larger throughout the figure, body lines are full-rounded curves, with emphasis on width. The waistline is undefined. They are usually narrow on the shoulders. Clothes for oval shape: The oval figure type requires you to lead attention inwards towards the waist, and upwards towards the face and the shoulders. In order to minimise the body width and weight, they can wear semi-fitted clothes; and in order to add length, they can wear clothes of the same colour family – .e.g. sky blue on the upper body, and navy blue on the lower body. If they wear shoes of the same colour as the trouser, it will add to the visual length of the body. Wearing shoulder pads will emphasise the shoulder area. Accessories like a tie for men, and scarves, necklace and make-up for women, will help to lead the attention upwards towards the face. Attractive means that looking at you is a pleasant experience – and nothing about your appearance is distracting. Everybody is unique, with just a few being ideal. Virtually every figure has some variation. You need to recognise the variations, and know how best to deal with them. This will also enhance your personality, and help you gain confidence. u Certified Image Consultant


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Boys And Girls Don’t Go Fall In Cancer-Causing Out To Play (Often Enough) UV Radiation

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odern boys and girls do not go out to play in their backyards often enough, according to a New Zealand survey of more than 700 8-12 year-olds, their parents and grandparents. The children spend too much time playing computer games and watching TV, instead of messing about outside with friends, said Professor Grant Schofield, director of the Auckland University of Technology’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Nearly half of the youngsters do not “play” - defined as unstructured activity outside of school – such as an impromptu game of cricket in the garden or kicking a football around - every day. In a foreword to the report, Schofield said children needed to “unplug”, and venture into the backyard, to let their imagination run wild. “Let them take some risks,” he said. “Let them make mistakes. This is how they learn.” Schofield said that unstructured play was a key to healthy brain development. Active, unorganised play was essential to help youngsters learn important life skills, develop imagination and creativity, and develop social functions and cognitive skills.

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third said they turned to technology because they had run out of ideas for playing; and a similar proportion said they had no-one to play with. Ironically, Schofield told Radio New Zealand that parents spent more time with their kids today than 20-30 years ago – but Children need to run wild and unwind,say experts who encourage “unstructured play”. most of that time was sitting in cars together. “Good parenting, “It’s better to learn about risk and consequences and for much of middle-class New controlling your emotion Zealand, is defined as shutwhen you’re 8, and up a tree; tling or chauffeuring chilthan when you’re 18, behind dren to and from a bunch of the wheel of a Subaru, get- after-school activities,” he ting chased by the cops,” he said. “There are much better said. “Playtime is critical to a ways to accumulate movement child’s development—especially for kids and one of those is out in for 8 to 12-year-olds—as it is a the backyard.” The survey found that 41 time where future social skills are shaped, and foundations per cent of children were for strong relationships with too tired after school, or had parents, grandparents and too much homework; and 42 per cent of parents said they friends are created,” he said. Schofield, who has three pri- struggled to find the time to mary school-aged children, said play with their youngsters. findings in the survey, the first A mother told Radio New Zeaof its kind in New Zealand, and land that it was all very well to sponsored by the Nestle com- say kids spent too much time pany’s beverage Milo, were “as- on computers; but they did a tonishing.” He said it found that lot of school work on a comnearly half of the youngsters’ puter, and were often assigned free time was spent plugged into homework on the computer. TV, video games or other elec- “That’s the world they are gotronic devices. More than one- ing to grow up in,” she said. u

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pain’s top cities, Madrid and Barcelona, are engaged in a fierce rivalry over Euro Las Vegas – a gigantic leisure project, which they hope will help solve their financial problems. US casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, the owner of casinos in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore, is behind the project. The 78-year-old, who Forbes magazine estimates to be worth nearly 25 billion dollars, is now seeking a foothold in Europe. His European version of Las Vegas would include: 12 hotel complexes with a total of 36,000 rooms, six casinos with 1,065 roulette tables, and 18,000 slot machines – as well as several golf courses, according to Spanish officials. The area would also have conference and shopping centres, theatres, and related services, – covering a total of about 1,000 hectares. The project, which would be carried out in several phases, is expected to inject nearly 20 billion euros (26 billion dollars) into the city that hosts it, by 2022. Southern Europe’s biggest leisure and conference complex would create 260,000 jobs directly or indirectly, according to figures quoted by Spanish media. The figures are music to the ears of Spaniards, whose country is in the grips of its most severe economic crisis in decades. The economy is expected to contract by nearly 2 per cent this year, while unemployment has soared to a massive 23 per cent. However, the US investors would not just shower Madrid or Barcelona with money. They are setting tough conditions for their investment; including exemptions from taxes and social security payments, legislative changes allowing for

more flexible work contracts, and making it easier for foreigners to obtain work permits. Spain would even be asked to relax its strict anti-smoking legislation, and allow gamblers to smoke inside casinos. “We shall negotiate about some (possible) changes, but not about others,” Madrid regional officials told the daily El Pais. Both Madrid and Barcelona have sent delegations to Las Vegas, to present the advantages of their candidacies. Barcelona stresses its good traffic connections, and the presence of a port – where some 2.6 million tourists land on cruise ships annually. But the area that is being offered by Spain’s second-largest city is close to the airport, and aviation security rules would probably prevent the construction of skyscraper hotels there. That disadvantage could tip the scales towards Madrid, reports say. The Spanish capital offers the advantages of some of the world’s most comprehensive air links, liberal economic policies, and wealthy tourists. Visitors to Madrid spend an average of 158 euros a day – twice the national average. However, one of the two areas that is being considered by Madrid, has one of the city’s biggest garbage dumps - hardly a suitable environment for a luxurious leisure complex. Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands corporation is very close to taking a decision, its Chief Executive Michael Leven says. Construction of the leisure complex could begin as early as this summer. But not everyone in Spain is enthusiastic. Joining forces against the project is a platform of young anti-system protesters, and environmentalists. A spokesman for the platform said that “while other countries invest in innovation,” projects like this help Spain retain its position as “a country of waiters and prostitutes.” u

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he ozone layer has slowly been recovering for some time, according to a recently published study; that indicates a turning point may have been reached in the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. “The rise in UV radiation has been halted,” Markus Rex, a physicist at Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, told dpa. “This really is something that we can applaud environmental policy for.” Rex said that looking at the situation over Europe, the turning point in the amount of radiation reaching the Earth had been reached about five years ago. “In the case of the ozone layer, we have been observing a positive trend for a longer period. It has been increasing in thickness since around the turn of the century,” he says. UV intensity did not decline with reduced air pollution; it even continued to rise. “But now the recovery in the ozone layer is starting to take effect,” Rex says. “This has to do with cleaner air. We have made great strides with sulphur dioxide. This toxic gas, which is also responsible for acid rain, is being released into the air in much smaller quantities, than a

couple of decades ago.” Rex explains that sulphur dioxide results in the formation of droplets in the atmosphere that reflect sunlight, and UV radiation in particular. “This effect means more UV radiation reaching the surface, as a result of reduced air pollution.” The Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances, in particular chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has been a success. Nevertheless, Rex advises the continued use of barrier creams against the sun, particularly in the spring. “We still have to protect our skin. We can still expect very high levels of UV radiation in the spring, because of the way the ozone layer over the poles is evolving. It is still becoming thinner,” he says. Rex explains that the hole in the ozone layer over both poles can be attributed to the longevity of the CFCs – which will remain active for decades. On their own, CFCs cut the rate of ozone production; but combined with extreme cold, they become much more aggressive. These extremely low temperatures are reached only in the polar regions. “The fact that there was a severe ozone hole over the Arctic in early 2011 is due to climate change. While the lower air levels are becoming warmer, the upper layers, the stratosphere, are cooling.”u


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ount Fuji in Japan is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. With its even flanks, and almost symmetrical cone, Fuji, or Fuji-san, has also been revered as a sacred site since time immemorial. Europeans are familiar with the prominent silhouette of this 3,776-metre-high peak, which stands as a potent symbol of the Far Eastern country; although many may refer to it as Fujiyama - an incorrect translation of the Japanese pictogram for mountain. Less known outside Japan is that most of the Japanese archipelago consists of fine climbing territory. Visitors who travel to Japan inevitably see mainly the cities. Travel guidebooks tend to focus on the sights in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara – with the result that many tourists remain oblivious to the country’s often breathtaking rural landscapes. These areas of outstanding natural beauty come complete with stunning views of mountain chains, lakes, and vast swathes of forest – and are often located

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{ Lars Nicolaysen / Kamikochi, Japan / DPA }

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With its symmetrical form and snow-covered volcanic peak, Mount Fuji has been venerated since time immemorial.

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quite close to large centres of population. “The mountains shape our lives on a daily basis,” says Hideo Koshigaya. The 65-yearold Japanese is an accomplished alpinist, with international experience. When he is not scaling peaks, he is in charge of the mountaineering equipment department at a store in Tokyo. “The people who venerate these mountains began climbing them hundreds of years ago,” says Koshigaya. The peaks A shrine at the summit of Okuhotakadake. Their are also dotted strong religious beliefs have prompted many with shrines to the Japanese to scale the country’s mountains. Shinto natural re-

ligion, which regards Fuji as a holy place. Between July and August, thousands of people trek to the top of Mount Fuji. Those who want to miss out the crowds might turn their attention to the Japanese alps instead. The rocky landscape, with many peaks soaring 3,000 or more metres is a magnet for hikers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The area offers tranquil woodlands, waterfalls, and cliff faces – while in some places snow remains on the ground through the year. Many travellers make a bee-line for Kamikochi. The lofty plateau is surrounded by the summits of the Hotaka Renpo range. This protected habitat is home to wild goats and butterflies; and trout can be found in the crystal-clear

waters of the streams. Japan’s mountains may not be as tall as many in the European Alps, but they should not be underestimated. Sudden changes of weather can cause problems, even for experienced climbers – and there are fatalities every year. Bears are a feature of the more remote corners of Japanese mountain ranges. Signs at the beginning of trails warn of the possible peril ahead. Free-roaming monkeys can be an annoyance. The best way to avoid their unwanted attention is by packing away any food. On the way to Okuhotakadake visitors are bound to come across them. There’s plenty of scope for climbing in Japan. Alongside free climbing and conventional climbing with ropes, there

are opportunities to indulge in ‘sawanobori’, the art of scaling waterfalls back to the source of the river. One of the best known and challenging routes can be found at Tanigawadake (1,977 metres). The rock faces here are very slippery, says Koshigaya. Since the area was first explored in the 1930s, about 780 people have plunged to their deaths. Many Japanese head for the peaks in the winter months; but it pays to be well-prepared. In Hotaka, for instance, temperatures can fall to 30 degrees centigrade – and it can be chilly even in the autumn. The Karasawa alpine hut offers refuge from the elements; and like most of its kind in Japan, the accommodation is clean and cosy. The arduous part of the climb begins after a good night’s sleep. The ascent to the next hut takes a good deal of energy, before it is time to pitch a tent on one of the narrow rock terraces. It is well worth waking early the next morning, since the view of the sunrise across the mountains is overwhelming. From here on ,climbers have to pick their way over rocks, and along narrow paths, before reaching Okuhotakadake – or the other summits. Those who want a bird’s eye view of the landscape, without so much physical exertion, might like to head for national parks such as Fuji-Hakone-Izu, Nikko or Chichibu-Tama-Kai. They are all within easy reach of Tokyo. Japan has another 20 national parks to offer, including the Shiretoko peninsula on Hokkaido island – which is a UNESCO-listed natural heritage site. The unspoiled countryside stretches from here to the Okinawa islands down south. u

Spain’s Oktoberfest { Kathrin Dorscheid / Seville, Spain / DPA }

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he Feria is unique. The atmosphere, the ambience, the hospitality, the folklore,” says Jose Antonio Cortes Herrero. The 68-year-old native of Seville is sitting at the entrance to a party tent; and from a jug is pouring out the typical Feria drink into some glasses. The drink consists of sherry mixed with lemonade and

ice cubes. It is early in the afternoon, and Cortes Herrero lets his eyes wander across the grounds. The scene is one of horse-drawn coaches clattering past, men and women in native costumes, and festival tents made of redand-white and green-and-white striped canvas. Between them, lanterns have been hung up. “I’ve had seven heart attacks,” Cortes Herrero says. “The doctors opened my chest cavity and repaired my heart.

And look at me now - I’m here every day at the Feria, as if nothing had ever happened.” Every day, from noontime onwards, the pensioner parties until 10 or 11 in the evening – with his friends and family. But that’s what the Feria de Abril, the largest festival in Spain’s Andalusia region, is all about - music, dancing, fun times, and good food, beer and sherry. It is a six-day binge of colour, noise and joyousness – one which, for more than 150 years, has taken place one or two weeks after Easter, in the Andalusian capital of Seville. This year’s festival runs April 23-29. Cortes Herrero’s festival tent looks like somebody’s living room. Paintings, with ornate gold frames and black-and-white pictures, are hanging on the walls. The wooden tables and chairs are painted with tiny flowers. At the moment, a music band is taking a break, and so Spanish folk music is blaring from the loudspeakers. Everyone in the tent knows each other - only family members and friends are permitted. Most of the tents are privately owned, belonging either to families, clubs or companies. Only about a dozen tents

Women in traditional attire pose during Feria de Abril, Seville, Spain

are open to the public at large. The first feria in Seville was held in 1847, with the event then being an animal market. Starting in the 1920s, the festival tents took on the form seen today – with the construction and size strictly regulated. Since 1972, the feria has been held on the outskirts of the district Los Remedios. The festival grounds cover 450,000 square metres, and have 15 streets – each named after a famous bullfighter. During the day, horsedrawn coaches, adorned with tiny bells, parade through the streets – carrying families across the grounds. The grounds consist of two

parts - one, where the festival tents are located; and the other, a carnival area with Ferris wheel rides and amusement booths. “There is nothing like it anywhere else,” Jose Antonio Cortes Herrero says. “We Sevillians love our feria. And whoever has been born in Seville will never want to go away from here.” He sips from his sherry glass as he says this; and is eyeing the women dancing in the tent, the children playing, and his family - sons, daughters and grandchildren. He takes a deep breath and smiles contentedly. This spot, right here, is where he belongs. u


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