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Beware The 'Quacks'

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ith the arrival of giant healthcare institutions such as Medanta, Artemis and Fortis, the Millennium City has undoubtedly become a medical hub in the National Capital Region. It is home to many well-qualified doctors. Yet there is no shortage of 'quacks', who have brought a bad name to the institution of healthcare. These ‘doctors’ take advantage of the lack of medical facilities for the common man in the City. They generally offer cheap medicines and treatments, and promise to provide miracle cures. Harsh (name changed) was one such doctor. Without possessing an MBBS degree or any medical qualification and training, he had been running a nursing home in a sector for the past five years. He would wear a lab coat and carry a stethoscope. But he ran out of luck when a patient lodged a complaint against him, as he refused to examine the medical tests done at a lab that was not referred by him. “We never knew he was a quack. The board outside his nursing home mentioned that he was a qualified doctor. I have visited his nursing home so many times, and I have never had any issue with the

treatments,” says one his patients. Surprisingly, while he had three medical negligence cases ongoing against him, none of his patients was aware of this. People without a proper degree and training in medicine have opened clinics and nursing homes across the City. Even educated people just trust the boards put up outside these clinics. Some of these ‘doctors’ have learnt the traditional medicine system,

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INLD In Poll Mode

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uoyed by the positive results in the recently held municipal elections, the Indian National Lok Dal has sounded the poll bugle, and started making preparations for the 2014 State and Union elections. The Party, which held a Working Committee meeting in Gurgaon this week, has decided to launch a statewide public awareness campaign against the alleged misrule, corruption and scams, in which ruling Congress members are involved. Senior Party leader and MLA, Ellenabad, Abhay Singh Chautala, said that public meetings and demonstrations would be organised in all the 90 constituencies of the State, to make the people aware about the misdeeds of the Congress, and to channelize the anger of the masses against the government. Chautala also demanded a judicial probe against Congress MP Navin Jindal and his company, for involvement in the coal scam; he said that the CBI statement of filing an FIR against the Congress MP was just an eyewash. Chautala also assailed the Haryana government for awarding a Rs 300 crores contract to the Jindal Group without floating any tender. Contd on p 9 


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Fashion Show that has been conceived and designed to set new benchmarks in the promotion of fashion-linked trade activities. The Show, backed by leading fashion and jewellery designers from the industry, will showcase the best in fashion creativity, innovation and business. Participating designers are Anuradha Paul, Priyanka Bansal, Shreya Singh and Manpreet Kaur. Anara Gupta (Miss Jammu 2001) and Reet Sahu (1st Runner Up-Miss India International 2012) will be walking the ramp, showcasing the creations. Contact: 8287131006, 4528000

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group Art Exhibition commemorating World Environment Day, conceptualised and curated by Jitendra Jain. Participating artists include Satadru Sovan, Moutushi Chakravarty, Nilanjana Nandy, Sambit Panda, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal and Seema Pandey, to name a few. Also on display, to support the cause, are works of noted personalities like Jaya Jaitly, Aashmeen Munjal and Bharat Reshma Grover.


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nostalgic evening, when eminent and talented singers will pay a tribute to music composer S.D. Burman, by singing his memorable compositions. Call : (+91) 124 42715000, (+91) 9810756611

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eat the heat with a range of innovative Iced Teas – from rose, hibiscus, jalapeno & mint, to basil, lemon, ginger & honey. Refresh yourself this summer in a different way. Contact: 0124-4420000

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Hari & Sukhmani Live @ The Palms - Town & Country Club, B Block, Sushant Lok, Phase I Date: June 22 Time: 8:00 pm

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anasonic announced its new range of beauty and grooming products for women looking for quick fix solutions with a trendy appeal. The grooming appliances―Frizz Remedy Straightener, Bouncy Style Hair Dryer, Face-Hair Ionizer and a Compact Ionic Steamer―offer affordability and convenience. Jacqueline Fernandez, Bollywood actor and Panasonic India’s Beauty Products Brand Ambassador, said, “I am really looking forward to experiment this new range as the Panasonic beauty products have been my favourite.”

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ricketer Gautam Gambhir inaugurated the first “Fit Hub” store at a Mall recently. Reebok's new, revolutionary retail concept aims to inspire consumers to move, train and get fit, and will be spread across 100 stores. Talking about the launch, Gautam said, “I truly believe that Reebok’s new Fit Hub stores will help transform the way people understand fitness, and motivate them to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle”.

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musical evening was hosted by Ishaan Bhatia, Owner, Hilton Garden Inn, Gurgaon Baani Square. The Band Ehsaas & Suryaveer performed live at Pose, The Fashion Bar at the Hotel. The Band enthralled the audience with some high-energy Sufi/ Bollywood tracks. The Event was attended by major corporate honchos of Delhi/NCR, along with officials from Baani Group. “The Group forayed into the hospitality sector with the opening of its first venture in the form of this 201-key upscale business hotel in Gurgaon, managed by Hilton under the Garden Inn brand. Blending into the core values and mission of the parent company Baani Group, the Hotel is poised to set a new milestone in the ever-so-competitive landscape of Gurgaon’s hospitality circuit,” said Ishaan, at the musical Event.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ Many colonies reel under power cuts that stretch for hours, almost every day. Despite all the ‘planning’ and ‘investments on equipment’ and promises (from none less than the Power Minister and Head of DHBVN), the situation is even worse than last year ! ♦ HSPCB (Pollution Board) states that the DLF-HUDA Road project does not have ‘green’ nod. No Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report has been submitted. NHAI has also been brought in as a party. The Divisional Forest Officer had reportedly given sanction for the cutting of trees. ♦ For Aadhaar Card applicants, the local Councillor can now be the ‘Introducer’, and retired Class III and above state/ central govt employees, or retired school teachers, can be the “Verifiers’. ♦ MCG to allow division of plots less than 1000 sq.m. ♦ The Proposed Housing Bill will also cover govt agencies like DDA and HUDA. ♦ Domestic workers to get health insurance – Rs 30,000 for a family of 5 – under the Rashtriya Swasthaya Bima Yojna, in Haryana. ♦ State govt to empanel retired teachers to tackle the absenteeism of teachers in schools. ♦ An all-women Commando unit of the CRPF displays its skills in the City. ♦ Vidya Charan Shukla passes away at Medanta Hospital. ♦ A senior IAS Officer, Harbaksh Singh, falls from the stairs in his house and bleeds to death, in Sec 15. ♦ An elderly woman is found strangled, after a robbery at her house in DLF Phase II. Her husband is in a serious condition. 5 have been booked for this crime. A new maid is a prime suspect. ♦ Ruchi Bhuttan case – her mother files a plea to have the case transferred to another court.

♦ An elderly person is held for trying to rape a minor. ♦ Over 20 people (6 women) are held for alleged gambling and prostitution from a pub in Omaxe Celebration Mall, Sohna Road. Rs 6 lakhs cash is also seized. ♦ A woman engineer alleges rape by her live-in partner, who had promised her marriage. ♦ A placement agency in the City is raided as part of the investigation into a case of child labour in Faridabad. ♦ A woman advocate is molested by an auto driver. ♦ Villagers block NH8 following an accident in which a local teacher is killed. ♦ A property dealer hangs himself. ♦ A person is arrested for firing from a revolver in a hotel in DLF Ph. I. ♦ Café Hook’d is sealed after a raid, for serving as a hookah bar. ♦ A few youngsters may be in trouble for defaming a pub on social media. ♦ A gang beats up a driver and flees with his truck. ♦ A person working as an engineer takes a lift, and is robbed. ♦ HUDA razes an alleged illegal structure, at a site being used by Muslims for prayers, in Palam Vihar. There is a demand to transfer this land to a Waqf Board. ♦ DLF New Town Heights buyers protest at Jantar Mantar, upset at the delay in handover of their apartments; DLF promises to hand over in 15 days. ♦ Close North condo residents take over the project office. ♦ Police ask MCG to ensure that speed-breakers are constructed as per appropriate guidelines. ♦ Auto Industry slowdown is impacting ancillary units in Manesar severely. ♦ Rain Dance parties to be banned this summer. ♦ Thunderstorms bring some relief to the City.

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2. Don't you get stuck in traffic? Tu kadde jaam mein na phassiya re? 3. What about the dust? Aur dhool mitti ka key? 4. There is also no lighting on the roads. Vaade road pe light bhi na rehti. 5. And there are hardly any pucca roads. Road bhi nare kachhe pade hain. 6. What do you like about this City? Tanne is shahar mein ke pasand aa gya? 7. The people, the malls and the intoxication in the air. Yadde ke log, rahan sahan aur yadda

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Strong Arm Of The School? { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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allash (name changed) lives in an independent house in DLF Phase V. As his home is close to the Lancers International School, he is one of those who has been affected by the alleged illegal encroachment by the School. He was astonished, and fearful, when his wife received a life- threatening call from the ‘School Mafia’. “My wife received a call from an unidentified number. The caller told her that he knew of our family’s daily routine, and said that the whole family would suffer if we continued to protest against the School,’ he says. Other residents of the Exclusive Floors in DLF Phase V have also got life threats from such ‘goons’. “The School’s owner has created an atmosphere of fear in DLF Phase V. Due to his strong political connection, even the police can’t seem to do anything,” says a resident. The residents have been fighting a legal battle with Lancers International School over the use of a 10-metre by-lane. They say that the lane is part of their housing society, while the School claims it to be a public property. Vijender, the

Secretary of the RWA of DLF Phase V informs that despite filing a case in the Punjab and Haryana Court, the residents seem to be helpless. “Many of them have received life threats. They are scared to send their children out to play. Despite repeated complaints, the police have not shown any interest in providing security to the residents,” he says. Geeta, a local activist, alleges, “One of the residents was kidnapped when he protested against the illegal demolition by the School authorities. He was taken to a far-off village and beaten up badly. His complaints to the police and other authorities have yielded no result.” The School has employed a few full-time bouncers, who don’t allow anyone to pass when the School buses come in to drop the kids. Many times they have used muscle power to stop protests by residents. Even the School staff seems

frightened. “Educational institutions should be treated as sacred places. It is shameful to have bouncers in a school, and who openly fight with the residents in front of children,” says a teacher who resigned, to support the residents of DLF Phase V. According to her, both the School staff and the students are having a tough time in the School.

Controversies

Demolition: Last month the residents of Exclusive Floors in DLF City Phase V protested against the demolition of the main security barrier and the guard’s room in the Complex. The residents alleged that the demolition was carried out by the ‘Mann Mafia’ with the help of the police and the staff of the District Town Planner’s (DTP) office. “Although no official order for the demolition was issued to the residents, the DTP staff was present at the demolition site. The demolition was carried out by the “bouncers” of the School,” says a member of the RWA. So now there can be no check on intruders, as the Complex’s main gate has been demolished, to make the by-lane into a common road. Encroachment: The residents also allege that the School has encroached on nearby land. DTP officials, who surveyed the disputed area a year ago, have not yet filed any report. “The School had encroached upon the land in order to have a bylane for its buses,” says a resident. The encroachment has also affected the movement of emergency Fire Station vehicles. Many times these vehicles have been stopped, to give preference of way to the School buses! “The hi-tech Fire Station set up by DLF is of little use if its vehicles are going to be delayed on such whims,” says a resident.

A ray of hope

Haryana Sports Minister, Sukhbir Kataria, has come forward to help the residents. He has recently conducted a meeting with the residents of Exclusive Floors. He has assured them that the dispute with the Lancers International School would be resolved soon. “The safety of the residents is my primary concern. I request you to give me a few days to study the entire problem. If needed, I will procure the documents from Chandigarh,” promised Kataria in the meeting. u

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ne of the oldest Italian restaurants in the City, Italiano is situated in a Village crossroads complex in DLF Phase III. Although the building is surrounded by small shops, the interior of restaurant is inviting, with traditional Italian settings. The forthcoming staff guided us to a table and gave us a quick rundown of the menu. For starters, we ordered Saltimbocca, a popular Southern European dish. It arrived within minutes, and we dug in. Served with honey mustard sauce, the chicken sausage was beautifully wrapped in bacon and fried, making it a little different from regular Saltimbocca. It was a resounding way to start a meal. The Bolognese Pizza was just as good. Each bite was flavourful and tasted light. Its wholesome thin crust with spicy mint mutton topping, made it a perfect starter for an Italian meal. Affable and soft-spoken Head Chef Rahul Khare informed us about the popular dishes and also told us that Italiano is known for its Chicken Lasagna. We ordered it, along with Penne Pasta in white sauce with vegetables. Served with fresh crispy bread, the Lasagna was perfectly cooked – tender and yet a little firm. It had

a generous serving of cheese on it, which was irresistible. The top layer was cooked to perfection, with the edges nice and crispy and the melted cheese flowing all over. Italiano offers a wide range of toppings in its menu so one can easily customise. For dessert, we were served the classic tiramisu. It was presented well with a sprinkle of chocolate powder that gave it a divine look. The cream was rich and delicious, with just the right ratio of cream to sponge. It was a perfect ending to a great meal. Overall, it was a very positive experience. The menu was varied, food was excellent, and most importantly, staff were attentive. “Customer satisfaction is not just a matter of offering good food. It is being attentive to customer grievances and willing to accept criticism openly,” said Aditi, Marketing Manager at Italiano. The staff’s friendly behaviour and the outstanding food will definitely bring us back to the restaurant. u

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08  Contd from p 1 but offer allopathic medicines and treatments, potentially putting at risk the lives of people. Many of them carry out childbirths without being qualified to do so. They hire unqualified staff. Subramaniam, a Senior Marketing Manager at Infosys, recounts an incident. “Last month my grandson was injured while playing in the society complex. We took him to a neighbourhood clinic. I was shocked to see that the nurse didn’t know how to apply simple stitches. This is the state of a private clinic in the Galleria Market,” he says.

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Beware The 'Quacks'

There are three types of 'quacks' – those who practice with fake MBBS certificates, those who have Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) certificates - that are not recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI), and those who have studied medicine from an institute that is not registered with the MCI (and are therefore not permitted to practise). Besides, there are those who don’t call themselves doctors, but recommend therapies and medicines that only a qualified doctor can recommend. “A physiotherapist is someone who should treat movement-related problems pertaining to musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiac issues. A dentist should only diagnose and treat oral diseases. However, in small clinics, you can find a physiotherapist giving medicine for Cervical Spondylitis and Spinal Stenosis; this is quite prevalent across India. People don’t know that physiotherapists can only recommend a few exercises – they can’t treat a disease,” says a Senior Physiotherapist at Medanta. These ‘doctors’ inevitably seem to treat each patient alike. They don’t prescribe medicines on the basis of any medical tests. “They prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily,” says Dr. Tripathi, a Professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who lives in Sector 45. While talking about a case in which a 'quack' prescribed a high dosage of Vitamin C for a month, for an oral cavity, he says, “I was shocked to see the prescriptions of a doctor based in Sector 56. How can you treat a disease like this? An oral cavity needs immediate treatment. I lodged a complaint against the doctor.” 45-year-old Sabina (name changed) alleges that her hair removal therapy went wrong as the dermatologist was not qualified to do so. “She promised me that she would get rid of my unwanted hair in six sittings.

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How the 'Quacks' operate

Later she suggested three more sittings as, according to her, my hair growth was uneven. She charged Rs. 1,000 for a sitting and used her own medicines and injections. After a couple of months I developed skin allergy. Little did I know that she was injecting harmful toxins into my skin. I came to know all this when one day I put a used injection in my pocket and got it tested in a lab,” says Sabina, who is now undergoing a treatment for skin allergy in Medanta. She has also filed a case against the dermatologist.

What we must know

According to the directions of MCI, it is mandatory for doctors to display their registration certificates given by the Central or State Government whether the doctor is qualified in Allopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or any other branch of medicine. A patient can always ask a doctor to produce his/her registration certificate. Many 'quacks' use foreign degrees to mislead people. In some foreign countries, such as Russia and the Czech Republic, “MD Physician” refers to a diploma holder in medicine, and is equivalent to an MBBS degree - while in India an MD (Doctor in Medicine) degree is awarded as a

post-graduate qualification. Dr. Tripathi draws attention to another facet. “Generally patients tend to trust a doctor when the symptoms are clear. For instance, in case of kidney stones, if you are not having pain after taking the medicines prescribed by a doctor, you start trusting the doctor. The patient does not realise that the illness may have remained untreated, and that many 'quacks' prescribe steroids – which remove the symptoms rapidly, but can result in serious side-effects,” he says. A 'proper' doctor would also never make promises of miracle cures. Patients are also advised to query doctors about the prescribed tests and medicines. A patient should know why the tests are being conducted and what result the medicines will ensure. Good doctors always tell their patients about the side-effects of medicines and treatments. Do your own research. Thankfully, there are a few websites and online portals that have lists of doctors in the City. www.gurgaondoctors. com is one of them. Although the portal charges a small amount of fee from doctors to get listed on the portal, it says that it verifies that the

doctors are qualified as per the norms of MCI. As soon as a doctor requests to be listed on the portal, a representative from gurgaondoctors.com visits his/ her clinic for verification.

What needs to be done?

Maintaining a database: Apart from spreading awareness among people, there is a need to have an efficient medical council that can keep a check on medical malpractices. For example, in the US, the American Medical Association’s website has a complete database of doctors. This database not only gives information about a doctor’s qualification and certification, but also talks about the family history of the doctor and various cases undertaken by him/her in the past. Interestingly, it also has a medical malpractice record, wherein a list of 'quacks' is given, along with information about various tactics used by them. There is no such system in India. MCI, which is a statutory body regulating new and current medical colleges, and the registration of doctors in the country, has an outdated website. Biometric system: The Karnataka Medical Council has come up with a unique biometric system, to check

the increasing number of fake doctors in the State. As it was easy for anybody to copy the normal certificates, the State has introduced a biometric system. Doctors' fingerprints and digital signatures are taken and marked on cards, and their photos taken. All documents are then barcoded by the medical council. The certificates have a unique registration number, a hologram, a microprint, a watermark logo, an invisible logo, a designed border and a 2D barcode. Active involvement of the police: Generally, cases against 'quacks' are reported by MCI or the State Medical Council. The Council first asks the District Joint Directors of Health to investigate and file a case with the police. The police then gather evidence to establish whether the doctor is qualified or not. However, by the time the police raid the clinic, the quacks have normally shifted base. “The whole system is such that it allows enough time for a 'quack' to run away. Besides, the police don’t cooperate. It takes them weeks to initiate an investigation,” says a patient who lodged a complaint against a fake doctor in DLF Phase III. u


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ituated in DLF Phase V, Wellington Estate is known for its unique design and eco-friendly measures, besides its strategic location. Rekha, who moved from the Capital to Wellington Estate in 2009, feels that no other complex in the City has been designed so well. For both the 3BHK and 4BHK apartments, the rooms always get fresh air and natural light. Interestingly, the Complex design also caters to the needs of children as well as the elderly. “I have noticed that when new complexes are planned, especially in the Millennium City, importance is given only to the children’s room, playing area and kitchen – any elderlyfriendly features are missing. However, Wellington Estate has non-skid tiles, so that the elderly can use their walkers easily. The doors are wide enough for the entry and exit of people on wheelchairs. Even small things like the heights of shelves and switches have been considered keeping in mind convenience for the elderly. Besides, grab railings, shower stools and hand showers have been installed in the bathrooms; and lever

handle door locks make it easy for the elderly”, says Rekha. She is a home-maker, and lives in the Complex with her parents-in-law. Shalini feels, “What I like most in the apartment is the kitchen. Most ladies spend considerable time in the kitchen, so it should have ample space and offer good comfort. These days, while the architects focus on chimneys and various Italian equipment, they give less emphasis to some basic things like flooring, height of shelves and various other requirements of an Indian kitchen. I am lucky to have all the required features in my kitchen. We have granite counters, durable floor tiles and a single drain board sink, which not only give the kitchen a beautiful look but also enrich the cooking experience.”

An Eco-friendly Complex

Undoubtedly, eco-friendly homes should be the order of the day. Wellington Estate offers some of the best ecofriendly facilities. First of all, the ‘green’ architecture of the Complex keeps the apartments cool in the summer, warm in winter, and allows for adequate sunlight. “A brick arch panel roof was designed for these apartments. It is

more eco-friendly and costeffective than casting an RCC roof, which is the norm in most of the complexes,” says a resident, Mohanlal, who works as an architect in a multi-national company. Arched roofs also allow for good natural lighting, which reduces the need for artificial lighting.

Rain-Water Harvesting

Although Rain-Water Harvesting is supposed to be a standard feature in any complex in the City, there are only a few where the residents are enjoying its benefits. An RWA member informs that Wellington Estate saves over 7,50,000 litres of water annually. It is used

INLD In Poll Mode  Contd from p 1 “I was also surprised to learn that the Haryana government sells its surplus power at the rate of Rs 2.12 to 2.20 paisa per unit, but while buying power it pays Rs 6 to 7 per unit - as a large amount of commission is also included in this cost. This is a clear scam,” he said. When asked about what plans the Party had to alleviate the feeling of discrimination against Gurgaon and South Haryana, Abhay Chautala reiterated that Gurgaon was the creation of the erstwhile INLD government led by Om Prakash Chautala. “Once we get back to power all problems related to infrastructure, power and water shortage would be resolved on priority, so that this growth engine of the State does not suffer,” he said. He alleged that the present government has only catered to

a particular section of society. The Working Committee meeting of the INLD also demanded that land acquired by the government for the purpose of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) should be returned, as most of the SEZs have failed to take off. The Party also asked the government to adopt some profarmer measures, such as increasing the Minimum Sales Price (MSP) of wheat, so that agriculturists in the State can recover their costs, and are able to survive in the current tough economic conditions. Referring to the recent municipal polls, Abhay Chautala said that the majority of Congress-supported candidates had been defeated, and this showed that the public was not happy with the ruling party’s actions and performance. While congratulating the party workers, Chautala also sent a stern message to the office bearers

who had worked against the interest of the Party. “I am giving these people a second chance, but the Party will be forced to take disciplinary action if they do not mend their ways,” he warned. The INLD leadership said that they were ready for the elections any time, and were waiting for the same to be announced. INLD State Party President Ashok Arora exhorted the workers to start working positively and determinedly to bring about the much-needed political change in the State. He also said that this time the Party would prove its detractors wrong by showing strong results even in the cities and urban centres. A letter from Party supremo Ch. Om Prakash Chautala was also read out, in which he made it clear that the primary goal of the Party was to get rid of the Congress, as its policies were destroying the State as well as the country. For this ‘we all should be ready to make sacrifices’, he said. u

Pet Policy

Some people feel that the Complex doesn’t offer a friendly environment for pets. Bhatia, who has a licensed pet, says, “I can’t take my pet to the park. I always clean any litter, and keep my pet on a leash. However, some people seem to have issues with its falling hair. I think they should be a little more sensitive to pets. The RWA should realize that although it can frame restrictions, it cannot curtail the fundamental rights of members to keep pets and take them out for walks”. An RWA member responds, “Pet owners should realize that every person who complains about pets cannot be categorised as an animal hater. The members who complain may have genuine concerns, which need to be addressed.”

for watering the plants in the Complex, and is also sometimes supplied to the apartments. Many events are organized to inculcate an eco-friendly behaviour in the residents. For instance, the Complex organizes special meets wherein adults and children are taught about the benefits of trees. “Early monsoon is the right time to plant trees. The two sides of the interior roads in a housing complex, and interior spaces along the boundary walls, are the best places for planting trees. We should never plant trees next to street lights, junction boxes, wires and cables and water pipes,” informs Saransh, a 12-yearold resident of Wellington Estate. Residents are also guided about the right place to plant the right type of tree.

Society meetings

According to an active RWA member, the major concern is that residents don’t participate actively in the meetings. “There have been many instances when we had to conduct meetings with just the presence of four or five residents. Most of the residents cite personal commitments, but are quick to find fault with those who take any decisions,” he says. u

Problems

Some residents point out that unauthorized construction is a major issue in the Complex. Sometimes, the construction activities that are carried out by people living in the upper floors lead to leakages, and also cause a high

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he real estate sector in this country is highly controlled by the government, and this is the reason that the market is not functioning naturally, as the basic forces of demand and supply seem unable to decide the prices in this sector. This is also one of the reasons that prices had kept going northward despite an appreciable increase in supply. P.S Rana, former Chairman of the State behemoth, HUDCO, believes that unless the licence permit regime is demolished, the real estate sector in Gurgaon, as well as across the country, will remain in the control of vested interests. In Gurgaon the supply has been artificially restricted. Another important facet that needs to be understood is that the masterplanning of cities should keep in mind the economic activity as well. “We can’t plan for the residential sectors in isolation, paying little heed to infrastructure and industry. The requirements of the industrial workers and the service population has been forgotten in Gurgaon,” says Rana. “How can a government agency sell a hotel site for more than Rs 500 crores? A hotel is a social need of the city, but a hotel built on such expensive land will be priced beyond the budget of the majority of users,” asserts Rana. The logic currently being used by the developers and government authorities is that commercial real estate, being more lucrative, can subsidize residential housing. This, however is flawed logic, and has just been used as an excuse by government agencies to control urban development. “There is a strong nexus between the politicians and builders, which perpetuates the real estate sham. They have found a way of suppressing the farmers and buying land cheaply,” asserts Rana. Government controls also act as roadblocks, as genuine businessmen find it difficult to get the required permissions

as agriculture has ceased to be a viable economic activity. The gross value addition in agriculture is just 17 per cent,” he informs. One way of reducing the congestion and checking the price rise in the Millennium City is to expand it till Rewari - and also use the hilly areas of the Aravallis for residences. “We can have high speed trains connecting these towns,” he says. On the issue of land acquisition for urbanisation, Rana says that the government should not only decontrol, but also facilitate land distribution. Right now India has the most expensive agricultural land in the world, which is making housing prohibitive, and profitable for just the chosen few. Very few salaried people can buy a house in Gurgaon. The majority of people buying land

and apartments are investors. This is a resource that is being wasted as most of these properties lie vacant – they do not enter the market even for renting, says Rana. One solution to this problem could be to allow people having ‘black money’ to invest in affordable housing - with no questions asked. People who do not invest directly can buy bonds from companies such as HUDCO, National Housing Bank, Power Finance Corporation and other such entities engaged in building houses and infrastructure. The honest taxpayers should be given rebates and incentives if they invest in these sectors, and thus help in boosting the ‘normal’ housing stock. The housing sector in Gurgaon particularly needs a strong rental component, so that people who are not able to buy can at least live in good houses. “Once rental activity is given a spurt, it will take just a couple of years to mature, and market forces will then ensure good equilibrium. The interests of the owners, investors as well as tenants would be safeguarded in a mature market,” asserts Rana. There should be no income tax on rentals, and government should end the unreasonable demand of asking for more tax on a property that has a tenant. Why should vacant properties be taxed less? This is a skewed policy, which leads to negative practices. However for all this positive action to take place, the State government needs to relinquish its controls, make licensing easier and stop acting as a trading agency. In Gurgaon, HUDA has become a trader, and this is a problem because the regulator has also assumed the role of a developer - and it leads to a conflict of interest. “We need a comprehensive change in policies. There needs to be a move towards decentralization of decision-making, recognizing the unique urban issues,” asserts Rana. Unless this happens, an objective of housing for all, and good quality infrastructure in the City, will remain a pipe-dream, he warns. u

clay sessions with children and adults. Clay has survived time... the clay-pot is a supreme mythic vessel, in which the four elements of earth, air, water and fire come together. Creating with clay is meditative, and fun. It belies the conditioning that crafts have to be of a specific shape, or have a certain look. I just strive to get out of the way when I’m working with clay, and let the creativity take over,” says Divya. Other than pottery, Divya loves to write, and bake cakes. “I think baking gives a similar satisfaction. I love baking for family and friends, and have

recently starting taking some cake orders as well. I love to experiment with new and healthy ingredients, and my USP remains baking eggless cakes with organic ingredients. Whenever I’m really upset about something, baking and working with clay calm me down. I suppose the preciseness has something to do with it. As I’m measuring flour, sugar, vegetable oil and cinnamon, or kneading clay, my mind -- at least momentarily -is off whatever was troubling me. There are more ways to change your mood than deep breathing and long walks. It’s easy to forget about the day’s annoyances when you’re elbows deep in mud, or absorbed in a recipe. Rather than thinking of these as tasks to race through, I concentrate on the process. I perform each step—stirring, pouring, squashing, rolling, pounding and decorating—mindfully. The icing-on-the-cake benefit of harnessing your inner creativity is that the end-product is something you can enjoy and share with others,” concludes Divya. u

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to execute projects. It is an irony that despite having such a huge landmass, many in the country do not have a home - India needs only 4 per cent of its total available land to house its entire population. “Despite so many civic problems there has been an increase in the real estate prices, because HUDA also acts as a real estate player. Housing as a social need has been forgotten,” he asserts. To handle the unabated migration to Gurgaon and Delhi, Rana suggests the setting up of medium-sized cities along the major roads and rail nodes that have good economic activity and social infrastructure. “We need to create cities with 1 to 3 lakhs populations, and create job opportunities nearby – otherwise we have no right to ask villagers to stop coming to the cities,

It is an irony that despite having such a huge landmass, many in the country do not have a home - India needs only 4 per cent of its total available land to house its entire population.

There should be no income tax on rentals, and government should end the unreasonable demand of asking for more tax on a property that has a tenant

Follow Your Heart & Hand { Anita Jaswal }

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ur soul knows that we’re capable of achieving extraordinary success in our lifetime. It wants us to chase our dreams and fulfill our potential. It wants us to give ourselves fully to the world. Maybe we just need a little nudge in the right direction; maybe we need a little more courage. “I got the courage to follow my dreams from the people around me. I feel lucky to count people who are remarkably creative and generous amongst my friends and family; they are people for whom very little seems impossible,” says Divya Dandona. Reveries about a childhood fascination with clay, and a desire to express herself, compelled her to take up the wheel. A resident of Sushant Lok 1, Divya is a management graduate; but after a creative weekend interaction with clay, she realised that she was enjoying every bit of this journey. “I just wanted to do something with my hands,”

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she says. As simple as that! Divya’s nonchalance belies the fact that, in less than a decade, she’s emerged as one of the most intriguing artists in contemporary pottery. Her painstakingly crafted vessels have been raved about, exciting the audiences at prestigious shows like the Potter’s Bazaar at Anandgram, and the Journey through Clay at the India Habitat Centre. Her pieces are bravura composites of basic forms thrown on the wheel, and finished with handmade embellishments. Each piece takes three to six months to produce, and her inspiration comes from the alluring shapes and colours in everyday life. “’There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those’. I sincerely believe that this quote is synonymous with my life, and has made me realise my true calling – Ceramic Art. I learnt Pottery at Delhi Blue-Sanskriti Kendra, under the guidance of Arun Mukhuty. With his support I have been fortunate enough to start Studio-694, and thoroughly enjoy


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Green Court Gives Red Signal { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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ust a week after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed HUDA and realty major DLF to desist from cutting trees in Sector 55 and 56 without permission from the competent authority, the Green Court has once again taken cognizance of a complaint filed by NGO Haryali, demanding action against HUDA, and the State Forest department for indiscriminate cutting of tress without ensuring compensatory foresting. Haryali has also requested the Green Tribunal to restrict the authorities from cutting an additional 1,057 trees for which permission has been sought by HUDA from the State Forest authorities. In response to the complaint filed by Haryali, NGT has issued notice to HUDA and the Principal Chief Conservator of the State Forest Department, to appear before it on July 4. The Project under question is the proposed 16-lane ‘highway’ being developed from Shankar Chowk to Sector 55-56. Earlier, a vacation bench of the NGT, headed by Justice P Jyothimani, had asked HUDA and DLF to file their undertakings to not cut trees on the disputed stretch pending disposal of the application - except with permission from the competent authority. The Bench had also asked the State Pollution Department to file an affidavit regarding the environmental clearance requirements for this Project.

Vivek Kamboj of Haryali, who filed the complaint with NGT, alleges that HUDA had already obtained permission from the Forest Department in April 2012, to chop 1055 trees in connection with this Project. “What is the need to cut 1057 more trees, for which a new permission has been sought from the State authorities,” he asks? Another concern of the environmental activists is that the State agencies are not sincere about ensuring compensatory forestry. Kamboj alleges that no one has cared to check whether compensatory plantation, required in lieu of felled trees, has been done or not. As per the rules, for this Project, the government agencies need to sow 10,550 plants, and ensure that they survive for the next 7 years. “Nothing has been done, and the officials are now ready to cut 1,057 more trees,”,alleges Kamboj. The move by HUDA’s Horticulture division to plant trees in designated

Random Thoughts inspired by Page 16 (Editorial). Issue: 7-13 June, 2013; Vol. 2 No.42 Multinational Companies moving their headquarters to Gurgaon resulted in the mushrooming of the multistoriedmulti-tower residential complexes, which led to the concept of nuclear families. The majority of the professionals, raised in extended middle-class families, moved to this expanding City (NCR-Near Capital Region), because of the availability of jobs. This phenomenon can be compared to professionals going to the USA in pursuit of lucrative jobs in the fifties and sixties. The middle-level executives came as bachelors, got married and in due course their wives joined them. This encouraged the concept of nuclear families. The joint family concept has been lost, along with its inherent family values. Gone are the days when the three generations - parents, grandparents and children - often lived in compact houses and shared everything. Instead of the modern concept of ‘Day-care centres’ and nannies, the grandparents took care of the children. As a result there was an inheritance of family values - passed from one generation to the other. In the current circumstances, when both parents are working, children seem to just grow up – they are not brought up with personal care and family values. We should also go back to our regional family moorings – and avoid the simplistic ‘uncles and aunts’ terminology. In Indian languages, there is a specific term for each realtion. For example, there is different nomenclature/ specific titles for relatives on the the mother’s and father’s side. We surely should lament the loss of middle-class values, that have been intertwined with a multitude of family values. Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj

green belts and parks, and show it as compensatory plantation, is also flawed. In his complaint to NGT, Kamboj has written: “Plantation in designated green belts being passed as compensatory plantation is perverted logic and manipulation being perpetrated by government officials against the interest of the Citizens, and in obvious connivance with the builders. This falsehood is punishable by law. For compensatory plantation land has to be identified, planted and survival of planted saplings ensured.” The activists also question the need for widening this sector road, from 60 mts to 78 mts. They allege that while the development agencies in the City earlier failed to plan, now they are playing smart at the expense of the environment and public health. “While we fully support the need for development, we do not understand

Travel Trouble A person with limited mobility has to plan his/her travel with care - especially in India. One of the main hurdles is our careless planning, even in the new resorts and hotels mushrooming along the major highways. I recently travelled from Gurgaon to Dharamshala. I can climb steps only with the help of a railing. My biggest problem on the road is the toilet. Many dhabas have one on the side, but they are always dirty. Also, I cannot squat (Indian style. This time I came across a new Haveli chain restaurant. The toilets were set apart. They were not only clean, but air-conditioned too. However, there were no disabled-friendly toilets. I was disappointed. I wonder why the world of hospitality does not think of the persons with disability as customers. Persons with disability too have families; and if the disabled were able to travel easier, they would chose to travel more often. Sujata Goenka

the haste to abuse rules that have been framed to safeguard our common future, in the form of environmental health,” asserts Kamboj. The activists also point to the absence of trees (felled?) under the central verge of the Rapid Metro. Haryali’s complaint further says that Haryana has less than 7 per cent of area under green cover, and due to these kinds of imprudent decisions we will lose it further. Kamboj also questions the role of State Forest officials, who should be preventing, and not participating in, deforestation. “We need answers for every tree that has been felled. We need to know how many new trees have been planted, and where. We need to know the survival statistics. We also need immediate action to stop any further damage,” he asserts. He points out certain trees have been protected from felling, such as Bakain and Ailanthus; these are crop trees and should not be allowed to be cut in urban areas. These trees give us oxygen and reduce pollution, and should be saved from annihilation. The complaint filed with NGT also says that the concept of compensatory plantation is itself flawed, as planting of 10 saplings in lieu of a full grown tree can never be equal in value. Any tree felling should be preceded by an identification of the land proposed for compensatory plantation; and the funds required to plant, protect and maintain the plantation for next seven years should be earmarked, before the Forest Department entertains any request for tree felling. u

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Sonia Gandhi to Srinivasan Having an embarrassing son-in-law is no reason to resign ! Once all arrests have been made by the Mumbai and Delhi police, they can start a Tournament with two new teams - Arthur Road Indians and Tihar Daredevils     ‘Pepsi’ is not going to be the sponsor of IPL 2014. The new sponsor is going to be ‘Whisper’, because IPL is going through its worst period   Such travesty...while the great Dara Singh represented Hanuman, his son Vindoo represents Middleman Ever wondered why IPL comes on Set Max? Because it is already set ! A towel can make one's career - Ranbir Kapoor  A towel can destroy one's career - Sreesanth   Even after the betting expose, people are still watching IPL - now you know why the Congress keeps coming back to power


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Mumbai Mausam

very year one hears about the joy surrounding the first drops of rain in Mumbai. More than one Hindi movie and television serial talks about how amazing the rains in Mumbai are. Apparently, just the experience of it is enough is to make you fall in love with the City. In Delhi, the rains are basically an association with the end of summer. While the rains are a welcome relief, they bring with them humidity, waterlogging, mosquitoes and traffic-snarls – and at times force you to remain homebound. Housewife Ankita Malhotra feels frustrated in the rainy season, as the “clothes just do not dry”. In general, Delhiites find it hard to accept how Mumbaikars can like rain so much. It is not that Mumbai does not ‘suffer’. Traffic-jams and water-logging can be seen everywhere. However, with the sea close by, the rain helps to cool the incoming winds. The changing tides, the constant flow of raindrops and the cool evening breeze seem to make people feel merrier. Electricity failures do not seem so troublesome

when all you need to do is open your window and let nature act as an air-conditioner. Being the land of Bollywood, fashion becomes an inevitable part of the season too. From vibrant colours to funky flip-flops, the monsoon ushers them all in. Mumbai, devoid of a winter like Delhi, welcomes anything that will cool it down. The fine mists and the splashes of water at the beach are a unique experience. A hot cup of tea or coffee, accompanied by hot pakoras or the famous vada pao, serves as an icing on the cake. The colourful umbrellas, the chaos – yet calm - at the beach and the picturesque skies are a sight to behold; it’s difficult not to fall in love... 6-year-old Saira best sums it up: “The trees and roads look as if they have just come from a wash”! Apart from seeing nature being ‘laundered’, one can often see a rainbow amidst the sky-scrapers. The charm of the City seems to increase the moment it rains. Instead of just spilling water on the City, the rains seem to fill it to the brim with love and beauty. It’s time to join the gushers… Anjani Monga

Trip To Sariska

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olidays are fun because this is the time when you don’t follow a routine. You don’t have to get up early. Along with your studies you can give time to yourself. This summer I got a chance to visit Sariska in Rajasthan. Wildlife has always fascinated me. I wanted to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. We stayed at Sariska Palace, which was adjacent to the deep forest. Every morning I heard the sweet voices of different birds and animals. One day I got a chance to see a stag (deer family) in the lawn of the Hotel. All the residents of the Hotel were amazed to see him because usually they don’t come near human beings. I called my grandmother and she took a photograph. I saw deer, peacocks and many birds. It was a lovely trip. Sahil Bakshi

Water Is Life This poem is about conservation, To help it will take a lot of determination, Water saves us from dehydration, Some people think this is an exaggeration. Water helps plants grow, After storms we can see a beautiful rainbow, Without water things will wither and die, Water is limited…I do not tell a lie. All Earth depends on water to survive, When you wake up you use water to feel alive, When you waste water, think about this first, We also use water to quench our thirst, We use water to wash our dishes, Water is in what we keep our pet fishes. I hope you are listening to me, I’m begging you…conserve water please.

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Our Father...Who Art On Earth... A child asks God The world is wicked and wan How shall I survive? God replies I am sending two angels as guardians The child is wonder struck and asks Who are the angels? God says - Father and Mother Father, the beacon of light Will help you scale heights Mother, an embodiment of Tolerance, sacrifice, affection and love Will groom you for the world Father, the role model You will grow up to emulate Mother, with her sentiments so sublime Will bring fragrance and melody in your life Father’s love shall not be found wanting Nor daunted by danger Mother will inculcate morality and goodness With grace and cheerfulness Father shall toil hard, silently Paving the way for you diligently Mother will surrender with pleasure Since you will be her priceless treasure These angels only give Not ask for anything in return They are a divine miracle on earth Who Create, Nurture and Celebrate life On the coming Father’s Day Show your gratitude Give him the assurance That you will remain with him in his twilight

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urugram Public School held an Investiture Ceremony to induct students to its School Cabinet. The Ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Prof. B.P Khandelwal, Member, Education, DPS Society. The Principal, Nandita Das Gupta, in her address, emphasised that the secret of leadership lay in knowing one’s responsibilities, leading by example and cultivating qualities of empathy and compassion. She congratulated the newly-elected Cabinet, and motivated them to become the true leaders of tomorrow. Padamshree R.S Lugani, the Managing Trustee, encouraged the young leaders to imbibe the qualities of honesty, integrity, sharing and caring in their growing years, and uphold the high standards set by the School. A cultural progamme was also held.

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n intensive 2-day Photography Workshop was conducted for youngsters, at Epicentre. Mentored by Photographer Dheeraj Paul, the Workshop taught the basics of Digital photography and Camera handling; it also helped to train each participant’s creative eye - focusing on the world around them, as viewed through the lens. The Workshop was interactive, creative, educational and fun. Dheeraj encouraged the participants to explore their creativity and selfexpression, and taught them through extensive hands-on practice sessions.

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two-week Summer Camp was held by the Kaishogun Martial Arts Academy, at DLF Phase IV. Many children in the age group 5-12 participated in this Camp. They were taught Katas, Kicks, Punches, Blocking, Fighting and Self-Defence. The Camp was supervised by Chief Instructors Sensei Sumit K. Virman, Sensei Pintu Kumar and Sensei Raju. “The Martial Arts’ craze is increasing by the day. It improves will power, strength, confidence and makes one mentally strong,” said Virman.

group of eight students from Ryan International School, Sohna Road, visited the Kennedy Space Centre, USA during the summer vacations. The 12-day trip included various activities – like making parachutes, flying an orbiter, playing games based on the principles of physics and experiencing a Shuttle launch. The students were delighted as they successfully launched their parachutes under the guidance of Samuel T. Durrance, an American astronaut, who was part of the Space Shuttles – STS35 AND STS67. School Principal, Dr. Mouna Gupta congratulated the team on the successful completion of the prestigious scientific expedition.


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Prepare Your Child { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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hen children bid adieu to school they feel vibrantly alive. Many scenes live on in their memory, as emotional associations – of many unforgettable moments spent with their peer group. The parents feel that their children will soon be leaving the ‘nest’, and embarking on life’s real journey. The children realize that they have gained adulthood, and will soon be ‘major’ citizens of the country - with a right to an independent driving licence and a bank account, a passport and the right to vote. But do we really prepare our children for the vicissitudes of life? Do we equip them with the suitable mental climate that will enable them to respond to the changing weather of life? We as parents are by nature protective; we generally go to considerable lengths to shelter our children from challenging situations. When the children leave school, they find themselves in a different atmosphere altogether. At each turn they will face new hills and valleys in their landscape of life, and each experience will be another milestone along the path. A certain brashness and intolerance that they had when younger will gradually give way. Through new experiences they will learn to appreciate many things deeply – things that, in school, they had simply taken for granted. A good education is one that stands us in good stead in our subsequent work-life, and teaches us compassion. When our children experience failures, obstacles and hardship, they may become bitter and alienated, or mature faster. Each experience will broaden them. It is important that they be enlightened, rather than defeated, by the various situations in life. The most difficult troubles are often psychological and social, rather than physical. There may be a setback, even a series of setbacks, which may throw them into a state of depression. A black mood may hang over them. They should try and develop a habit of meditation, and be spiritual in outlook. To grow as human beings they need to imbibe the basic virtues of self- enlightenment, discharge their duty towards society, have an unflinching faith in God and compassion for all beings. With so many troubles, and with difficulties galore,

our children cannot handle the world alone. They require the co-operation and blessing of many forces - some of which they are not even aware of. They should remain connected to the cosmic consciousness, by enjoying the subtle beauties and energies of Mother Nature. They should take care of all beings. All of us always have the power to give something; nobody is so poor that he/she has nothing to give to anybody. A good word, a cheerful smile, a cup of water when someone is thirsty - any little thing that we have, whatever it may be – shows our respect for other human beings. Our children have a special duty to be compassionate to those who are helpless, and to the needy. Who else will take care of them? All creations of God are worthy of love, care and compassion. Let our children become compassionate human beings and learn to be charitable. When they give, they shall be given back - in an appropriate manner. However, they should just learn to ‘give’, and not crave to ‘get’. Our children must meet their difficulties face-on, and live nobly. Whether different challenges turn out to be victories or defeats for them at the end, will depend not upon the nature of the troubles themselves, but on how our children will manage their resultant emotions, thoughts, feelings, imaginings and impulses. They cannot change their external settings and circumstances, but they can certainly change their view and mindset about the problems. As we manage our internal world, so shall our external life become. By training themselves, our children may change the content and form of their response to various stimuli. They should face the troubles squarely - and feel inspired, and have the guts, to do what needs to be done. When they have such an indomitable spirit they will not flinch from looking into the eyes of the hurricanes that will come in their lives. An enlightened person enjoys life as it is, and by doing so liberates the creative person within. When we recognize, acknowledge and contain our own difficulties, and are no longer afraid of the shadows that arise within ourselves, we put ourselves in a position to think well of others and to become useful to the world.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.

Only You Can Be You Only you can be your own - in company or alone Never fear nor depend on anyone The moment you shun help you shall be free Such be the paradox & mystery... You walk the tight rope without any help. Can you separate the dancer from the dance? Or the singer from the song? Only you can see your world swirl, furl or unfurl Only you can feel your pain of failure or disdain Only you can dream your dream, of scaling the Alps or making ice-cream Only you can swear & tell the magic of a fairy’s spell Only you can feel the inner glow when life is on the go Only you can feel the blow when it is not so! Only you can cry your tears, feel the trauma & the fears Only you can smile your smile with the twinkles in your eyes! So why depend on another in fair or foul weather? Only you can be your own, when you’re writing your poem… Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Social Activist, Teacher TrainerReiki Master, Pranic Healer

Soul The Burning

The burning soul talks to me… The uniform of her school The credentials in her file The medals on the wall Beaming smile of her father, On her every success Hidden tears of her mother When she walked down the aisle... Nothing could save her From being set on fire. The burning soul talks to me… The fragrance of orchids Her wedding gown in the wardrobe Her broken red bangles The huge portrait next to the mirror Tells the story of the burning soul, Her journey of a tragic marriage Still violent tremors run through her body... Her fight for justice could not save her From being set on fire. The burning soul talks to me… Her efforts to prove herself Her desires as a wife and someone’s mother A life full of sarcasm and pain As she could not bring blocks of gold or pieces of paper, Her unheard prayers And her dying hopes Her falling in the circle of tortures... The impassioned portrait of exploitation could not save her From being set on fire. The burning soul asks me… How was she different from a man? The pen in her hand Why could not they value her education Her awards and unconquerable achievements? Why they wanted to buy her in the name of marriage? Dowry overshadowed her skills and morals... Her broken bangles and her wedding gown Tell the misery of her being set on fire Just for the sake of dowry. Archana Kapoor Nagpal Internationally published author of ‘14 Pearls of Inspiration’ and the ‘12 Facets of a Crystal’


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The Purple Egg { Jaspal Bajwa }

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lthough common among fruits and flowers, very few vegetables offer the purpleviolet spectrum of Nature’s palette. The Eggplant - an ancient plant from India and China – is a brilliantly coloured and highly versatile vegetable. Today the Eggplant occupies an important place in the cuisines of Asia, Middle East and southern Europe. It is the key ingredient in several well-known delicacies, such as ‘baingan ka bharta’, ‘ratatouille’, ‘parmigiana di melanzane’, ‘baba ghanoush’, ‘karniarik’ and ‘moussaka’. In the Ayurvedic tradition as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Eggplant has been revered for centuries especially as an aid to digestion, and to clear stagnation. When food stagnates in the intestine, it can cause constipation, flatulence, haemorrhoids and a host

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of other diseases. The toxins from undigested food can cause insomnia, weight gain, lack of energy, high cholesterol, heartburn and a high blood-sugar level. As per Ayurveda, the astringent bitterness of the Eggplant helps increase the digestive fire and cleanse the colon. Similarly, in the TCM tradition, Eggplant is considered to have cooling characteristics, which can help remove stagnation. The Eggplant belongs to the Solanaceae family – sometimes also referred to as ‘Nightshades’. While these vegetables can make an outstanding contribution to a meal plan, they are definitely not for everyone. High-quality Nightshade vegetables can be difficult to find, and are commonly associated with more adverse reactions than other foods.

Tip of the Week

When shopping, choose firm and heavy Eggplants that

have no discoloured area; the flesh of the Eggplant is slightly spongy and can soak up oil while cooking. Eggplants are very perishable, and care should be taken for their storage. They should be kept uncut in the fridge (and not overly chilled). Eggplants can be eaten with or without the skin, but it is better to “sweat” them with the use of salt, as this helps to draw out the water and remove their bitter taste.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the Week:  Eggplant, Brinjal, Aubergine or Solanum Melongena

In addition to a host of vitamins and minerals, an Eggplant is an excellent source of digestion-supportive dietary fibre and bone-building Manganese. With only 28 calories and 3 gms. of fibre per 1-cup serving, Eggplant is a low-energy-dense food. It is also a very good source of enzyme-

Kill-Joy Heels { Alka Gurha }

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eauty can also be a pain. It is true that a smart pair of heels can really uplift the spirits; but if women wear high heels all the time, then foot pain and a host of problems - like bunions, corns and calluses – can be expected. At times there could be excruciating pain in the balls of the feet, as also back pain or sciatica. Some women who have bunions also suffer from a displaced bone at the bottom of the big toe joint.

Corns Calluses and Bunions

A corn is essentially a skin-related condition that may affect the nerves in the feet. Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of dead skin, and develop as part of the skin’s natural protection against friction and pressure. Calluses may or may

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catalyzing Molybdenum and heart-healthy Potassium. Additional benefits are bone-building Vitamin K and Magnesium, as well as heart-healthy Copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate and Niacin. Eggplants contain phytonutrients with strong antioxidant activity. Further, benefits in terms of heart health emanate from the 246 mg of Potassium per cup, which helps normalize blood pressure - and the fibre in the Eggplant aids in managing

cholesterol levels. A note of caution - individuals with pre-existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating eggplant (due to the presence of Oxalates – which are naturally occurring substances found in plants and animals). u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

not hurt, depending on their thickness. A corn appears as a thick lump that can become larger in size, and is often painful. Bunions involve the malformation of a bone, most often the big toe joint. Conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear and orthotic devices, can be highly effective.

is concentrated on a spot where we have less protection. This can cause pain, and increase the risk of fractures and osteoarthritis. So what's the answer? If high heels are essential for poise, one must take a few precautions and treat the problems early.

High Heel Facts

It makes sense to switch between heels, chappals and sneakers as much as possible. Try to wear high heels for the shortest time possible. Cushioned soles are a blessing for your aching feet. While a full-shoe insert can help, you can use silicone heel pads if you have pain in the balls of the feet. These pads provide additional padding, and are real helpful if you don’t have the body’s natural fat padding. Opt for a gradual slope compared to a sharp drop, to relieve pressure on the foot arch. In case you suffer from corns, wear open-toe heels/ shoes. They help in taking the pressure off the inflamed corns or bunions. Wear a wedge or thicker heels for stability. Thicker and broader heels provide better balance. They also help in relieving the pressure, by distributing the weight more evenly. It is important to get a fitting high heel. High heels that don't fit properly cause the front of the foot to fly forward, creating even more pressure and pain on your toes.u

Whenever we wear shoes that are tight, or constrict the natural shape of our feet, they cause foot pain. By wearing high heels, we put the entire body weight on our forefeet, causing us to adjust the rest of our body, in order to maintain our balance. The bottom half of the body leans forward, disrupting the normal curve of the back, and flattening the lower spine. With the feet in a downward position, there is a significant increase in pressure on the bottom plantars of the forefeet, which can lead to pain. The downward foot position changes the line of pull of the Achilles tendon, and also may give rise to pain. Feet change with age, say experts, and some of those changes can make wearing high heels uncomfortable. As we age, there is often loss of fat from the bottom of the feet. The fact is that high heels are a lot more comfortable in our youth than in our middle ages and beyond. When we slip our feet into highheeled footwear and step out, our body weight

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Know Your True Colours { Bhuvana Shridhar }

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olour is a malleable, exciting, immediately noticeable and a very moving component of mankind’s history on earth. It has helped peoples through the ages in many ways – physiologically and emotionally. Whether we realise it or not, we probably associate every colour with some behaviour, lesson, action, environment, experience or event in our life. There is a personal colour that corresponds to the real you:

Red is the colour that stirs the senses and passions, and is preferred by people who are outgoing and extroverted. It is associated with power, energy, vitality, excitement, joy and happiness. The

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y story dates back to the ‘Licence Permit Raj’ days – the time when the government decided virtually everything for an industrialist; days when just one or two brands ruled the market for almost every product. From cheese to cars, the customer didn’t have a choice. For almost 4 decades after independence, only two cars – the 1940’s Austin of England model called Ambassador (I’ve never understood why), made by the Birlas at Kolkata (Calcutta at the time); and an equally old Italian Fiat model that was assembled by the Kilachand Group at Mumbai (then Bombay). Despite all their drawbacks, even these two chariots from the medieval era commanded a premium! The Fiat – admittedly the better of the two – came with a heavy tag of ‘on-money’. The alternative was to wait for anywhere between 5 to 15 years. Back to the Ambassador, the protagonist of my story. Although regarded the worse of the two technically, it commanding a larger share of sales due to government patronage – primarily due to its sturdier body and a virtu-

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negative aspect of a Red vibration can bring out fear, lust and anger. Those who like this colour are fiery and ambitious in nature. ______________________

considerate. They are soft-hearted and gentle, and also lovers of art and poetry. On the flip side, they could be a little indecisive and inconsistent. ______________________

People who like Yellow have an outgoing and a YELLOW sunny personality, and a cheerful disposition. They are wise, spiritual and have good intuition. ‘Yellow people’ have lofty ideals, are ambitious and witty, and adventurous in spirit. However, they may be quite self-obsessed; they need to curb their raw energy in order to be stress-free. ______________________

People who prefer White desire perfection and WHITE orderliness, and generally dislike confusion. They are easy-going and simple, and prefer to stay calm and composed. They are adaptive to the environment, tolerant towards others and wish to lead an honest life. ______________________

Orange stimulates creativity and ambition, along with energetic activity. Orange people are flamboyant, generous at heart and

ORANGE

People who prefer Green are gentle, mild and like peace and tranquility. They love to engage in social work and help others. They are sincere, lovers of art and appreciate the finer things in life.

GREEN

Cram The Car

ally unlimited seating capacity. Every car manufacturer stipulates passenger capacity: there are 2-seater sports coupes, 4-seater small & midsize cars, 5- seater D & E segment ones, 7-seater SUVs or MUVs, 9- seater Vans… Only the Ambassador—the grand old king of the Indian roads—never specified this. This was a clever ploy, because the car—or should I say mini-truck—could carry

virtually any number of passengers, depending on their anatomical structure, ability to adopt convoluted positions and the capacity to hold their breath. And thereby hangs a tale... We were entertaining some guests from South Africa – a husband, wife & son, all 6 feet plus huge fellows. They wanted to sample dosas, so we all decided

They could also be good healers. ______________________ Blue is the colour of consciousness, truth, BLUE harmony, calmness and hope. People who prefer Blue are loyal, considerate and determined. They set up clear goals to realise their dreams. They are sober, serene and make trustworthy friends. ______________________ Black was the first colour to be recognised by mankind. Those people who prefer Black are mysterious, subtle and demand attention. They are unconventional, and have good leadership qualities. They want to be free and adventurous, and have a tremendous zest for life. ______________________

BLACK

Pink is associated with the purest form of love, PINK friendship and affection. ‘Pink people’ are usually romantic, gentle, charming and pleasant in nature. They are dreamers, with an adventurous disposition. They abhor negativity, and wish to stay away from depressing people. ______________________ Brown is associated with humility. ‘Brown BROWN people’ are down-toearth and practical, with little interest in romantic illusions. They don’t pretend to be what they are not, and are usually serious about their responsibilities and duties. They are simple and thoughtful in nature. u

to go to Lodhi Hotel. Our joint family had only one car – an Ambassador. 13 of us - 9 adults (the 6 feet plus guys included), 2 teenagers and 2 small kids somehow fitted in and set off for the South Indian treat. As I stopped the vehicle next the doorman at the Hotel, and my precious cargo started spilling out, the poor guy’s eyes almost popped out; after a while he just let go of the door handle. Our shock and surprise was to come later. Meal over, we walked up to the vehicle & started ‘re-packing’. But however much we tried - all possible permutations and combinations we just couldn’t fit in. It was like a free roadside show – many people were watching the fun. I was determined to get everyone in, but her Excellency the Ambassador refused to be accommodative. We would get everyone out and make another effort…then another…yet again… but nothing worked. The doors just wouldn’t close. After half on hour of acrobatics, I gave up and called a cab. I have heard of people carrying even more than 13 passengers in the blessed vehicle. Many students claim a figure of over 20 in the “Cram the Car” contest. u


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he core value of a Japanese company is ‘Lasting Longer’, and Canon too wants to build a legacy of great products and ideas that will continue to serve customers over years, says Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO of Canon India. His company sees India as an emerging market with a very tangible demand, and great potential, which is why he has set steep growth targets. He has spent over a year in India. In the last fifteen years Canon India has had three distinct five-yearly phases – the first was marked by the introduction of the brand; the second was of developing the infrastructure and the capability to serve the market; and the last half-decade has been one of appreciable growth. Kobayashi has been brought in to provide an impetus to the Company’s bottom-line (profitability). Having served Canon for thirty years, in five countries, Kobayashi says that the market here is very dynamic, and one has to remain on one’s toes - agile decisionmaking is required. To ensure that Canon achieves its target of a 1 billion dollar business in India, he has intensified the marketing and branding activities – by exploiting brand ambassadors, creating good visibility and launching new promotions. Kobayashi asserts that the intense marketing action is not aimed at short-term growth, but is for enhancing the brand image, and motivating the employees as well. “We want to increase our reach and market penetration, and harness the potential here. India has a large and growing middle-class, which is our target audience. Also, the camera penetration is just 10 per cent, compared to 200 per cent in Japan,” he asserts. The challenge posed by the growth of smartphones is also an opportunity for Canon, believes Kobayashi, as it will act as a trigger for buyers to get into serious photography – and then ask for digital cameras, and even SLRs. “It is to meet the smartphone challenge that

we have also introduced WiFi features in our cameras as well as printers. We want to offer the Indian customer better features and superior quality, and are planning to introduce the Wi-Fi feature even in the lowest priced cameras,” he says. He has observed that Indian customers are not only price sensitive; but also want to touch and feel all the options before they make the purchase decision. The opinion of the family also plays an important part, and most purchases take place in the second or the third visit to the store. One great positive he sees is that once an Indian buyer sticks to a brand he/she becomes a loyal customer. Under his leadership Canon has decided to not only focus on existing businesses but also introduce new lines like professional Movie Cameras, which are being sold to the regional and Bollywood film makers. “We are also pushing consumer printing, by offering innovative products; businessto-business sales are also being combined with value-added business solutions for large organizations,” he says. The Company is also looking at selling medical equipment - such

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as machines for digital x-rays and eye testing - to the growing healthcare industry. Being in India, Canon has also got on the software bandwagon, and a hundred member team in Gurgaon is developing software solutions for sales, services, HR systems and other corporate functions. “We have the hardware, the software as well as a Call Centre, that will help our businesses work in a more integrated manner,” he reveals. On his management philosophy, Kobayashi says that honesty and transparency help an organization to not only grow, but also last Longer - in the Japanese way. “It is important to be sincere toemployees and customers, and build an environment of trust,” he says. When asked about why some Japanese companies were facing issues over quality, which has always been a strong point with them, Kobayashi assumes

At A Personal Level Kobayashi says that settling in India has been the hardest for him, and even his family has taken almost a year to feel like residents. “Delhi has extreme weather, and is perhaps the only city (where I have worked) where there is so much of a temperature difference between summer and winter,” he says. His wife and children have now got used to the weather, culture, food and nuances of this country - which he says is beautiful and vast. Recently Kobayashi visited Kashmir, and he gushes about the experience of living in a houseboat on the Dal Lake, and visiting the hill resort of Gulmarg - which he found as good as any resort in Switzerland. “I dream of going to Kanyakumari one day, and observe the sunset there,” he says. He also tries to use his trips across the country to better understand the markets and their context. To unwind, Kobayashi takes to cooking and playing Golf - his two passions, apart from spending time with the family. Although he has not got used to Indian food, he says that he uses the local materials to cook dishes in an international style. For him, cooking is a way to connect with the past, to express creativity and to release stress. He believes that expats need to adapt to local cultures and foods, and they must have flexible mindsets. It is also important to have strong bonding and relationship among the employees, which is happening constantly at Canon India. “We recently invited the families of our employees, and showed them the work being done in the Company,” he says.

a serious tone. “I would not comment on other companies, but in Canon we have internal policemen who keep a total check on quality. We want a loyal customer base, and this is reason for our commitment to quality,” he asserts. In his career, he feels that his most important achievement has been the ability to bridge cultural differences, and build a career outside Japan. “I have handled teams across cultures and countries, and interpersonal skills have been my strength,” he says. In India too he wants to build a team that bonds well and overcomes any cultural and regional differences, to help Canon become the market leader in its chosen domains. India has a great talent pool, and one of the largest Englishspeaking populations, which is a strength. He also appreciates the number-crunching abilities of the Indian workers, and their ability to visualize the big picture. The Indian economy and market offers great challenges and opportunities for his Company, though there are certain vulnerabilities due to the balance of payments and a weakening rupee, admits the CEO. Going back to his moorings in Japan, he says that his father, who was an interpreter, and

worked with the US Navy, had a major influence on his life, and also had an impact on the choices he made in his career. “When I was young I was exposed to men from the armies of different nations, who had different view points and cultures - those were the days of the Vietnam War,” he says. After graduating from the Keio University, he therefore wanted to join a company that had an overseas presence. Canon was an obvious choice, and he feels he was lucky to have been selected by the Company. Kobayashi’s endeavour has been to constantly learn new things and act as an intermediary among the communities, apart from keeping a sharp eye on the bottom line. “We are committed to improving the quality of the lives of people in the communities where we operate. Canon works under its corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which means ‘living and working together for the common good’. As a responsible company we stand committed to the causes of Environment, EyeCare and Education,” says the Canon CEO.” Ferozpur Namak village, situated in Mewat, has been adopted for three core projects - the setting up of a Vision Center, improvement of the environment through tree plantation, and Rain Water Harvesting. The objective of the education project is to improve the enrolment of children in the local govt school, and to help deliver quality education. The School currently suffers from low enrolment and attendance rates. This Project also includes the establishment of a Learning Centre (education aids/toys and a library), installation of a water pipeline, provision of taps and toilets for the girls, and imparting of training to the teachers. “I often visit the village and also ask my team managers to do so,” says Kobayashi. In his opinion, Gurgaon is a city in transition, and is changing very fast – and is perhaps a mirror of the change that may soon happen in Indian society and economy. u

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Who Says Cars Can’t Grow On Trees? { Heiko Lossie / Hanover, Germany / DPA }

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ack in 1885, when Gottlieb Daimler was working on his “horseless carriage”, and the automobile era was about to dawn, wood was the material of choice for building most road vehicles. Today the dominant resource in the car world is steel. But the wooden creations of yore may be about to experience a renaissance - at least as far as the use of the material in automotive construction is concerned. Germany’s car sector is probing the use of wood in modern integral cars. A leading world trade fair revolving around wood, the Ligna, was held recently in

the German city of Hannover. It yielded some fascinating insights into the direction being taken by researchers working in the car industry. “We are currently demonstrating what can be done,” said Volker Thole, departmental head at the WKI, a branch of the Fraunhofer Institutes. The WKI in Braunschweig does scientific research on new uses for wood. Thole believes wood could even play a role as a structural automobile component, replacing steel. The best thing about wood is its sustainability, said the expert. Another plus for woods its lightness. The original version of Germany’s bestselling car, the Volkswagen Golf, weighed just 800 kilograms. The current Golf

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n Aston Martin Rapide S, powered by pure hydrogen, has become the first car of its kind to compete in inter national racing, and to complete an emission-free lap of a racing circuit, Germany’s Autozeitung motoring journal reports. “We achieved the very ambitious goal that we had set ourselves, namely to complete a lap of the 20.8-kilometre Nuerburgring circuit running on hydrogen fuel only, said Bez, Aston Martin Head.” The Aston Martin carried the competition number 100, and was the sole entry in its own special class. The car reached a top speed of 255 kilometres per

hour during the race, with regular Aston Martins. The 6-litre, V-12 engine fitted to the Rapide S can burn either petrol or hydrogen; in the case of the latter, the only emission is water vapour. For most of the race, petrol was used. A switch was flipped to feed in hydrogen for the historic lap. Refuelling during the event took only 30 seconds, from hydrogen fuel stored at 350 bars of pressure.     “This feat profoundly demonstrated a workable technology, which can meet the challenge of reducing emissions quickly,” said Jose Ignacio Galindo, CEO and Founder of Aston’s technical partner Alset Global, based in Austria. The hydrogen used for the test runs came from German industrial gas giant Linde. u

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MW Chief Norbert Reithofer has criticized Germans for being too sceptical about all-electric cars. Speaking in Munich, Reithofer, who has a degree in engineering, said BMW intended to earn money with its upcoming first electric car, the i3, and regarded the technology as very promising. “Whenever fundamental changes are in the offing in this country, people get fearful and start discussing things the whole time,” said Reithofer at the Company’s recent Annual General Meeting. “Angst” is a phenomenon that outsiders associate with the Germans, said the executive. “We Germans tend to perceive the problems rather than the opportunities. It is the same when it comes to electro-mobility.” The first examples of the i3 are currently rolling off the assembly lines at the Company’s Leipzig plant. “Just in case anyone is in any doubt, this represents a clear signal. The i3 will go into production. And it will be a money-spinner,” said Reithofer. BMW has not revealed exactly when the production car will go on sale to the public. Industry experts expect the i3 to sell from about 40,000 euros (51,400 dollars). u

VII weighs 50 per cent more. Enhanced technology, more safety gadgets, luxury fittings and more generous dimensions all contribute towards making modern cars heavier than their predecessors, despite pressure to lower fuel costs and reduce emissions. Lower weight means less fuel consumed. At the huge factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, where VW is based, a chunk of machinery the size of a house is at the cutting edge of efforts to shave more kilos off the steel content of cars. The giant tool presses sheets of steel into shape before they are assembled into a Golf. So-called hot forming makes steel lighter and less likely to deform in collisions. But the steel supplied by ArcelorMittal or ThyssenKrupp might one day give way to beechwood. A two-year project on the idea is being financed by the German Science Ministry. Participants include VW, the WKI and the University of Kassel. The aim is first identify the components that might realistically be fashioned from wood. More obvious applications include door and other interior panels, but Thole believes door

sills and side-impact protection beams may also be feasible in wood. The challenge for scientists is to create a stable structure using wood and adhesives, which is stiff and strong enough to absorb energy in a collision. Rust is the enemy of steel, but there are also dangers involved in the gradual deterioration of wood through rotting. It is possible to impregnate wood to stop rot, said Thole, but the costs are high, and economic viability has not been proved. As a raw material, beechwood is abundant in Germany, and it has another key advantage – wood can be recycled at the end of a car’s life-cycle. A superannuated car could even be burned as fuel, which would boost the overall energy balance. Weight-saving technology is being also driven by the need to make cars cleaner, since vehicles must be lighter in order to use less fuel per journey. Aluminium bodywork offers possibilities, yet its production consumes a lot of energy. Both VW and BMW are also eyeing carbon-fibre, which is the reason why the Bavarian maker has bought a substantial share of leading carbon-fibre producer

The New Porsche Turbo { Frankfurt / DPA } Porsche is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flagship 911 Turbo later this year, when the wraps will come off a wild, new version of the car at the Frankfurt Car Show in September. The fastest and most technically sophisticated incarnation of the iconic, four-wheel drive sports car comes in standard trim, with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat engine. The unit generates around 520 horsepower (or 200 more horses than the original 1974 version), says the Stuttgart-based maker. The sixth-generation 911 Turbo comes in two versions – the Turbo and up-rated Turbo S, with an extra 30 horsepower on tap. Porsche claims 0 to 100 kilometres per hour acceleration of 3.1 seconds for the S – which puts the car performance-wise on par with the McLaren 12C. Weight has been shaved too, and the chassis geometry of the 911 Turbo has been tweaked, in order to improve the car’s power-to-weight ratio. Porsche says the adoption of four-wheeldrive for the new 911 Turbo boosts highway stability. The first customers will be able to take delivery of the new 911 Turbo in September this year. The price remains exclusive, starting at 162,055 euros for the Turbo, and 195,256 euros for the S version.u

SGL. Steel and aluminium can be melted down and used again, but the poorer quality of recycled carbon-fibre means the material is not good enough to be re-used for key automotive components. Not that Germany’s steelmakers need fear a rush of competition from Germany’s beechwood forests. “The project may lead us to the conclusion that many things are not possible with wood,” said Thole. Executives at VW have also warned against euphoria. A statement from the company’s media department pointed out that research into the issue is in its infancy, but promising enough that further investigation is warranted. At present the substantial demands in terms of torsional stiffness and damp-resistance would seem to preclude the widespread use of wood in vehicle construction. “Wood can nevertheless be used at various earlier stages of manufacture,” said VW, and stressed that the material does have considerable potential. The chemical lignin is most commonly derived from wood, and it can be used to make carbon-fibre, using much less energy than current oil-based production. u

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he new Range Rover Evoque luxury SUV will enter showrooms this autumn, with the world’s first nine-speed car transmission as standard. The German-made ZF transmission is being billed by the manufacturers as the calmest and most fuel-efficient conventional automatic gearbox in the market. Although it offers three more ratios than a standard six-speed, the ZF nine-speed is 7.5 kilos lighter, and so slim that it can be squeezed into a limited space on front-wheeldrive or allwheel-drive cars – where the engine is mounted across the axle. Land Rover says the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover to date. ZF already builds eight-speed automatics, and the southern German-based company had built the first seven-speed manual box for Porsche. ZF says the nine-speed reduces engine revolutions by 700 rpm at 120 kilometres an hour; and when the car is braked hard it can quickly skip down gears to match. Industry sources say Chrysler is also set to use the ZF nine-speed this year – probably on the Dodge Dart, and in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. u


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igrid Meiser-Helfrich lets her fingers glide up and down her forearm. In German Sign Language (DGS) for the deaf, this means: “I had goose bumps.” She did not hear the emotion-filled and dramatic music of the ballet that she had just attended - for Meiser-Helfrich is deaf. And yet she knew that the music was emotional and dramatic. On hand, for the performance in the Saarland State Theatre in Saarbruecken, was an interpreter who, using sign language, simultaneously interpreted the performance for the deaf audience. Around 80,000 people in Germany use DGS. A rich cultural scene, including signlanguage theatre, has fortunately developed within the hearingimpaired community. The offer by the Saarland State Theatre, to stage specially-adapted performances for the deaf, is unique. Marguerite Donlon, the Theatre’s ballet director, and sign-language interpreter

Feeling The Music Isabelle Ridder, jointly carried out the Project. “Theatre is for everyone,” Donlon says simply. Three-quarters of an hour before the performance, the two women provide an introduction for the deaf theatre-goers, to describe what will be going on acoustically on the stage. They distribute a script sheet, containing many adjectives, to describe the sounds of each scene. These include terms like “tension-filled” or “joyous – rather than “loud” or “quiet.” In translating the music, Ridder says, the aim is to portray the emotional elements contained in the musical sounds. “I explain what things the sounds are triggering, and for this I have to generalize, or find some examples.” While Donlon speaks of “dramatic” music, Ridder uses sign language to portray feelings of heartbreak or anger, until the point when, “looking into their faces, I see an expression of ‘yes, I

have also had this feeling’.” She describes sounds with feelings drawn from everyday experience - such as, “like cold rain falling on your face” or “like a gentle touch.” “Love In Black-and-White” is the name of the third ballet that Donlon has had translated. The flowing movements of the dancers, on their tiptoes, are silent in any case. Whether the musicians are playing short, or lengthy, musical notes, can be gleaned from the speed of the dancers’ steps. After the performance, deaf theatre-goer Peter Schaar, speaking through Ridder, says, “When I saw the powerful movements, and how the dancers’ capes were whirling through the air, I could imagine the rhythm.” Bettina Herrmann, an official of the German Federation of the Deaf, says, “This Project is exciting. “At a ballet, the hearingimpaired chiefly take in the dance movements. Now, by

“Toccarion”: Making Music { Ingo Senft-Werner / Baden-Baden, Germany / DPA }

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0-year-old Arrius cautiously steps out onto a super-sized piano keyboard, which is inlaid in the floor. The surface under his feet lights up, and a musical sound fills the room. After a few tentative steps he then taps a key to the left, then one to the right, targeting the black keys. The first few notes of a simple G-Major beginner’s piano piece, the “Flea Waltz,” ring out - and then he trips over the keys, laughing. Waiting impatiently in the wings for her turn is international opera singer Anna Netrebko. She’s also keen to try out a dance atop the keys of the huge piano in the new Children’s Music museum “Toccarion”, near the BadenBaden Opera Festspielhaus.

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She quickly creates a musical chord with both her legs. Netrebko and her partner Erwin Schrott were booked by the Opera House Director Andreas Moelich-Zebhauser, to attend the Toccarion’s opening festivities. “I had no idea what was coming,” Netrebko says. “This is fantastic.” And Schrott also immediately gets into the spirit of things, playing a super-sized recorder with the children; he needed an entire hand to cover the holes, in order to create the musical notes. “Hats off to these wonderful ideas,” he says admiringly. The Museum, covering 600 square metres, is part of the Festspielhaus Youth Programme. The name Toccarion is completely made up, but derives from the Italian word “tocca-

re” - to touch, or handle. And it is precisely this hands-on approach with which MoelichZebehauser aims to cultivate the joy of music - above all classical music – in children. Today’s Museum visitors, in his view, should become members of the audience, if not members of the orchestra. Music educator Cornelia Stank is smiling serenely. She never ceases to be amazed at how quickly children take to musical instruments, and how much playfulness they bring to their exploration. Along with a team of seven ‘pilots’, she leads groups that are limited to a maximum of 25 children - both as a precaution that things don’t get too loudly out of hand, but also to provide a chance to go deeper into the music. Children with or without any previous musical education are initiated into the world of music in three thematic sections - “Song and Voice,” “Rhythm and Dance,” and “Musical Instruments and Orchestra.” It was a former entrepreneur,

interpreting the music, a new level of perception has opened up.” Fundamentally speaking, music can also be tangibly felt by the deaf. “I could feel the loud sounds on my body, and could tell when the music was soft,” says Rolf Strauch. “The introduction (to the music) was very helpful.” After the performance, the deaf theatre-goers express thanks to Ridder and Donlon. They raise their hands,

spread their fingers and shake them in the air - their way of applauding. Now Donlon has another idea – of stretching ropes from the stage floor to the first row of seats. The deaf can hold onto the ropes, and thereby feel the vibrations of the performers as they dance. Next year the blind theatre-goers will be provided headphones, with detailed audio descriptions of what’s happening on the stage. u

Sigmund Kiener and his foundation, concerned at the often inadequate attention given to early musical education for children, who came up with the idea for Toccarion. “Music has taken too much of a back seat in many German Kindergartens and schools,” Kiener says. Children are strengthened for the rest of their lives if they can experience music at an early age. However, they need space, to enable them to experience music – to experience creativity. The Foundation provided 4 million euros (5.2

million dollars) to restore a part of the old Baden-Baden train station, and equip it with the latest technology. In the high-ceilinged rooms, children can play at directing an orchestra – and see themselves projected on a huge movie screen. In rooms in the basement they learn how the human voice works, train their sense of rhythm and create their own music compositions. “We’ll be coming back, with our son (Tiago, who is 4 and a half),” Schrott promises; “maybe even tomorrow.” u

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t was like a scene out of the film ‘Life of Pi’, when a large cat glided across the water in a boat, in the flooded German town of Bernburg last week. But, instead of the movie’s computer-animated tiger, it was a real-life cheetah that had been rescued from the zoo in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. It was then transferred to another zoo in nearby Halle, along with a number of other animals. The frightened cat had been trapped after its enclosure had become inundated. It was tranquilized, so that zoo keepers could bring it to safety in a small boat. In Halle, spokesman Tom Bernheim has been calling his zoo, “Noah’s ark.” Birds, monkeys and penguins

are among the refugees that have found shelter there. Some animals, however, had to stay behind as water levels were rising. A bear in Bernburg was isolated on an island in its enclosure, and wolves and European bison were also trapped, as the rescue boats were too small to accommodate the large mammals. Platforms were erected for these animals, to protect them from the floods. Some animals could not be saved. Several deer, and the guinea pigs, have drowned. u


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hey were cartoonists, Broadway set designers, painters, sketch artists and audio and radio specialists, who were given a battlefield job during World War II: to trick the Germans. Starting eight days after the invasion at Normandy in June 1944, the special unit— known as the Ghost Army— took its show on the road, conjuring up phony convoys, phantom divisions and makebelieve headquarters. “The Ghost Army was in the field from Normandy until after the Nazi surrender, but they themselves were completely non-threatening,” said Roy Eichhorn, a US Army historian. “They took all the risks of a combat unit, but they didn’t blow anything up or kill anyone. They only rarely shot back, even when fired upon.” Their job was to fool the Germans about the size and location of US Army units – by using inflatable rubber tanks and fake artillery that could easily be moved around. While the Germans also tried to throw the allies off by positioning fake armaments in the battlefield, they simply were not as agile. Eichhorn points out that Germany initially was ahead of the pack in making fake armaments, and in other deception. The first dummy tank was made by the imperial German Army in 1914, for example. Through the 1920s and 1930s, Germany developed what Eichhorn said were “very good mockups.” His father, a member of the Ghost Army, examined some of them after World War II, and found them to be beautifully made but heavy – and only two could be loaded on a truck. The American-engineered inflatable tanks, on the other hand, could be packed up. Up to 30 could be loaded on a truck. Compared to the American Ghost Army unit, the Germans had neither a system

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A US military aerial photograph of fake US tanks in 1945 near a farmhouse at Anrath-Duelken in western Germany, close to the Dutch border. The psychological warfare unit was careful to scratch tracks in the soil, to make it look as if the tanks had driven there.

away and swearing,” said to deploy their decoys Harold Flinn, a member nor a doctrine to use of the unit, and one of them. “They tended to be the men featured in the static,” said Eichhorn, film. The loudspeakers also a Consultant on were turned on at night a documentary film to con the Germans into recently aired on US thinking that a large public television, about unit was sneaking into the men of the 23rd position in the dark. Headquarters Special When the soldiers of Troops known as the the Ghost Army weren’t Ghost Army. busy pulling off such What made deceptions, they made the Ghost Army the best of their time unique, Eichhorn by sketching scenes of said, was that it the French countryside, actually deployed cityscapes, portraits of and manoeuvered. It ‘Surprised Cyclists’, a wartime painting by Arthur didn’t just set up at one Shilstone, depicts astonished Frenchmen watching people they encountered spot. The men carried four US soldiers lifting an inflatable WWII imitation and fellow soldiers in their encampments. “We out a broad range of Sherman Tank supposedly weighing 40 tons. were looked upon as deceptions. In addition to inflatable tanks and other a distance, or from above, slightly freakish, and I think equipment, they added sound; especially with the added touch we probably were,” said Jack and to top it off there was a of tracks dug in the dirt, to make Masey, also featured in the film. The men of the Ghost Army radio unit that sent out fake it look like the vehicles had were hand-picked for their skills, transmissions of the units they recently arrived. The group in charge of what and many—fashion designer were impersonating. They altered insignia on jeeps to make was called ‘sonic deception’ Bill Blass and abstract artist giant loudspeakers Ellsworth Kelly, to name two— it look like high-ranking officers used were present, and engaged in mounted on the back of trucks, went on to illustrious careers. loose talk at pubs and brothels to broadcast the sounds of tanks The Ghost Army staged more to throw off any spies who and other heavy equipment than 20 full-scale deceptions, might have been lurking in being moved into place. “They according to the documentary had recordings of the building directed by Rick Beyer and the shadows. The inflatable equipment of a pontoon bridge ... you Elizabeth Sayles. One of their most important looked real when viewed from could hear people hammering

‘Resting Soldiers’, a painting by Ghost Army trooper John Jarvie, depicts tired soldiers during the Allied invasion of Europe.

‘Trier’, a sketch by Ghost Army trooper Bart Shaw, depicts the city of Trier in newly occupied Germany in 1945.

deceptions was in September of 1944, when the unit helped hold a critical part of the Allies’ line along the Moselle River in eastern France. The unit was sent racing to the area, to plug a hole through which the Germans could have crippled General George Patton’s flank, had they penetrated it. The operation was designed to make it appear as if a division were moving in to reinforce the area, when in fact there was nothing between the point on the line and Paris, except a bunch of rubber tanks. “There is one rather bad spot in my line, but I don’t think the (Germans) know it,” Patton wrote in a letter to his wife. The Ghost Army’s illusions held the line until the real Sixth Armoured Division moved in. Later that year, during the Battle of the Bulge, the unit barely escaped capture during the Germans’ ferocious counterattack. They were ordered to retreat to Verdun; but three months later, in March 1945, were back in action to pull off their biggest deception of the War. As the US 9th Army prepared to cross the Rhine River near Dusseldorf, the Ghost Army, using every resource at its disposal, impersonated two full divisions - more than 30,000 men. “There was nothing ... but our hopes and prayers that separated us from a panzer division,” said Bob Conrad, who served in the radio deception division of the Ghost Army. When the real divisions attacked, they met minimal resistance. It was so successful that the deception earned the unit a commendation. Lieutenant General W.H Simpson, Commander of the 9th Army, described it as “a special project, which was an important part of the operation”, in his letter of commendation. If Simpson’s letter lacked details, it was because the Ghost Army’s missions were top secret, and remained so for 40 years after the War, because the US wanted to keep the method under wraps during the Cold War. They especially didn’t want the Russians to know about the tactic, in case such deception were ever again needed on the battlefield. The documentary allows the surviving members of the Ghost Army to recall some of their most vivid memories of the War. Their humour often came through, as depicted in a painting by Arthur Shilstone – of two Frenchmen looking on in amazement as four US soldiers lift a 40-ton Sherman tank with their bare hands and turn it around.” They looked at me, and they were looking for answers,” Shilstone said. “And I finally said: ‘The Americans are very strong.’” u


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Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan, Zara Hat Ke, Zara Bachh Ke, Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan Kaheen Condo, Kaheen Metro, Kaheen Mallein, Karein Chill Milta Hai Yahaan Sab Kuchh Ek Milta Naheen Dil Mehlon Mein Hain Sab Band Yahaan Zara Hat Ke, Zara Bachh Ke, Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan Kaheen Local, Kaheen Desi Pardesi Yahaan Sab Kaheen Snatching, Kaheen Jacking, Kaheen Teasing, Kaheen Khap Buree Nazrein Hain Anek Yahaan Zara Hat Ke, Zara Bachh Ke, Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan Ghar-waalonko Bure Sapne Yahaan Dete Builders Manmaani Karein Sabse, Kahein Isko Business ‘Sapnon Ka Sheher’ Bhi Hai Naam Yahaan Zara Hat Ke, Zara Bachh Ke, Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan, Zara Hat Ke, Zara Bachh Ke, Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan

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Yes, We Can Ae Dil Hai Aasaan Jeena Yahaan, Sun-re-Chhora, O-ri-Chhori

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