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Master Plan 2025

Draft Plan 2031

Total land

37,512 hectares

Total urbanizable area

30,223 hectares

32,408 hectares

For a population of

40 lacs

41.65 lacs

Residential

15,148 hectares

15,828 hectares

Avge. residential density

250 persons per hectare

Min. road width

12m

Area for parks/open spaces

2.5 sq. m./person

Commercial

1,429 hectares

1,577 hectares

Commercial belts of 200m width, along select roads. Industry

5,431 hectares

4,533 hectares

New Industrial area on expressway, adjacent to IMT, Manesar Transport & Communications

4,289 hectares

4,420 hectares

Transport Nagar and Container Depot will be alongside Delhi-Rewari railway line. Public Utilities

609 hectares

626 hectares

Sectors 100, 101, 107. Public & semi-public uses

1,775 hectares

1,877 hectares

2,688 hectares

2,761 hectares

(Govt. and semi-govt. offices) Open Space

(900m wide strip around Ammunition Dept; Sector 72, Sector 72A artificial water body) Special Zone, Agri Zone

106 hectares

53 hectares

Defence Land

633 hectares

633 hectares

SEZ

4,570 hectares

The Future Is Around Us

(Draft) Master Plan 2031

Last week, as a close to the first year of Friday Gurgaon, we gave you an assessment – One Step Backward - of Gurgaon (especially civic services) in the year gone by. This week, at the start of a new year, we look forward to Gurgaon 2031. The future is being built around Gurgaon, in a horse-shoe arc of Gurgaon II – comprising Sectors 58 to 115 – extending in the south from the Golf Course Extension Road (Southern Peripheral Road – SPR) to NH8, near the Kherki Daula Toll Plaza; and in the north from Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road – NPR) to NH8) – meeting near-abouts the same toll plaza, on the other side. Contd on p 18 


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It lives in two urgaon is a paradox. the Naunequal halves, whereinthe Great as tional Highway-8 acts Wall. The core Divide – like the Berlin the new subbut of the City is rotting; – with malls, gated urbs shine like stars and clubs setting colonies, golf courses never before seen a standard of life

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he third in our astrology series – featuring Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius.

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Tantric Art

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Shobha Broota, a 68year old ‘young’ and energetic artist.

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Master Recipe

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Astrology

in India. forces that It is this flux of extreme balance – the is threatening to unraveland helpful for a balance that is natural and for civiliwith; great cities to evolve attain glory. sations to develop and urban core, the Gurgaon’s rotting within the City, concretised villages hinterland that and the vast rural is under once comprised Guru-gram, – under and 210 Panchayats threat of being submerged Nagar, Manesar); Millennium a of the new identity that cover 291 villages. a week with in ‘New GurgaFriday Gurgaon spent City, with its capital Meena, checkthe role of the State on’. It is here that Deputy Commissioner will is executed – ensure that the forces comes into play; to ing how the State’s that has known all the populace. of development touch in this historic area, since the Commissioner Gurgaon Deputy some form of governance of Being is the point man of Guru Dronacharya. power, P.C Meena, who in the Dis- time capital seat of the State Administration close to Delhi, the by Gurgaon is much has also been influenced trict, concurs that District the District and social developments The itself. City political more than the viz. Gurgaon the includes 3 sub-divisionsPataudi; 5 teh- taking place there. Contd on p 8  ,and (North and South) Pataudi, Farukh Sohna, sils (Gurgaon,

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Regular Features Food Take

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service worth its lmost every significant call-in. Whether it salt has a telephone information is food (or liquor) delivery, civic and reservations, services, bookings on cells... there is a line facilities, grievance call in. But when there which people can or a fire – there is an accident, a robbery that people dial is only one type of service Services. in a hurry. Emergency themselves count people Most haven’t had a fortunate that they for they had to ask which in situation who work in these help; but for the people people is helping distraught

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Open Session

Awareness and Sensitization Session on Consumption & Clutter @ Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park (RGREP), Sector-29 Date: August 25 Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon

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n Exhibition of beautiful jewellery, kids' clothing and accessories.

Exhibition

Wedding Bells Asia @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: August 25 to 26 Time: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

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Control Location: The Mini-SecretarRoom (PCR) in Gurgaon’s lines chirping, phone iat. Wireless sets staff they’re set down, ringing as soon as papers – the very rushing about with air hums with activity. who is the Inspector Rishipal, the Operations, says senior in-charge of given day, we receive seriously, “On any a 3,000 calls.” In between 2,500 to from which he can closed glass cubicle he manages the day-tosurvey all activity, PCR. “We have stateday operations of the equipment, and I can of-the-art servers and has one of the safely say that Gurgaon the country.” in st advanced PCRs

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Nightlife

An Ode To Women @ Turquoise Cottage, Regent Square Mall, 1st Floor, MG Road Date: August 22 Time: 9:30 pm onwards

f you think it's time to de-clutter and purge unwanted and unused stuff, join the Session on Consumption & Clutter, facilitated by Declutter India, a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The aim of the Session is to spread awareness about the ill-effects of the modern day lifestyle – on our lives, on nature, and on our planet. The Session includes an interactive talk, that focuses on the gravity of the problem, and provides simple, practical solutions. Pre-registration is required. Mail to mathangi@energycentre.in with full names and contact numbers of interested participants.

Music

Ghalib-Ke-Khatoot @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: August 29 Time: 7:30 pm

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dramatised reading of letters of Mirza Ghalib, enacted by actorwriter Anis Azmi. Accompanying Azmi is Mannu Kohli, with his rendition of ghazals by Ghalib.

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urgaon-NCR’s first ever Luxury Wedding Exhibition, that includes fashion and jewellery designers, beauty and body care products, and tips on trousseau packaging. This will be a one-stop-shop Event for the most premium products and services in the bridal segment. Ideal for soon-to-be married, and/or newly married couples, home makers, fashion enthusiasts, hair and make-up aficionados.

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FOOD

Jungle Feast

Ek Great Hit { Vijay Kumar }

{ Aalok Wadhwa }

chop here has meat so tender that it yields to the cut of a butter knife; the marinade of he 225-cover Rhino opened three weeks fresh garlic juice, chili flakes, salt and extra ago, occupying a huge corner of the top virgin olive oil, make for a lingering aftertaste. floor of the South Point Mall on Golf Course The chicken has been grilled just enough to Road. This restaurant cum clubhouse aspires make it retain its succulent taste. The pepp e r e d salmon fillet is cooked to to be the latest hot-spot perfection; it is fresh, in Gurgaon, its name moist, flaky, and inspired from the delivers a beaucalm and majestiful clean tic personality taste – with of the endana hint of brogered animal. ken fresh The interiors peppercorns. are woody, with Another copper clad pilsurprise is lars and black the Qatari kagranite flooring, givbab (Rs. 495). ing the place a macho, Rhino That the state of yet lavish, look. Qatar is rich in culinary “We provide a casual 312, South Point Mall, Golf tradition too is a discovfine dining experience, Course Road, Gurgaon ery for me. The kabab is with foods from Europe Phone: +91 9560700123 shaped like a seekh, and and the Middle East,” is robustly seasoned with says Executive Chef Timing: Noon to Midnight, 12 Middle Eastern spices. Prem Nath, a hospitalNoon to 2 am (Weekends) What makes it extra-ordiity veteran. He proudly nary is the accompanying declares that only the best papaya salsa, which is a ingredients are allowed into his kitchen, and that he personally ensures simple preparation of finely chopped ripe pathat the diners get dishes that they would ex- paya mixed with lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, chopped green chilies, coriander – and of pect at a high-end restaurant in Europe. The first dish served is a duck salad course salt and pepper. I end the meal with a fine dessert of a with poached pears (Rs. 350). It has thin slices of oven roasted duck, and red wine colourful New York cheesecake (Rs. 325) poached pears. The dish is clean and tasty, served with two contrasting sauces. The food at Rhino is some of the best though the duck is a trifle stringy. I like the hoisin sauce that has been blobbed around, I have tasted in Gurgaon. If they do manage to maintain this quality, it can be a big providing a keen edge to the salad. Soon after, the mains are served. The boon for Gurgaon foodies. I wish them the first is the mixed grill (Rs. 650). The goat very best. u

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n one of the scenes from Yash Raj Films’ latest release, Ek Tha Tiger, the hero—who is an Indian spy from RAW—muses that his duty always calls on him to be led by his head (and not from his heart). Just once, he allows his heart to lead. I too have decided to speak from the heart for this movie! Salman Khan, who is better known for his torso baring, villain bashing and quirky and jerky pelvic thrusts, plays the role of the Indian RAW agent (with a soft interior) with such élan, that it would easily be his best performance to date. The earlier romanticat-heart portrayals of Salman are easily overshadowed by his emoting as the spy with a heart. Of course, there are chases, thrills and villain-bashing scenes galore, but there is also an undertone of romance and humour, and that awkward shyness that Salman so wonderfully conveys. True, his movements, despite the excellent editing, appear a little slow, but it is in keeping with his age in the story (and Ek Tha Tiger the heroine does make a reference to this!). directed by: Kabir Khan As his romantic interest, Katrina Kaif also percast: Salman Khan forms well. I wonder whether any other contemporary Katrina Kaif Indian heroine could mesh a child-like charm with fugenre: Thriller, Action riously paced stunts so effortlessly. And for the first time, Katrina actually emotes. Her Moroccan dance movements, in the Mashallah song—which comes on at the end with the credits—are lyrical and smooth. Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid’s musical compositions and background music are appropriate for a film of this genre. The crowning glory must go to the Director and Script Writer Kabir Khan. He more than compensates for the hyperbole in the story, with seamless movement from one location to another, superb action shots, and a perfect blend of romance and action. No surprise that an anagram of the title of the movie is Ek Great Hit!.u

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Get a taste of the local lingo

1. I have completed one year at the office. Manne ek saal pura ho gya daftar me. 2. I have got a promotion. Manne tarakki bhi milli se. 3. Get your car and come home. Tu gaadi leke ghar ne aaja. 4. We will celebrate. Hum masti karenge. As of August 23, 2012 All Prices in Rs/kg.

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Area/ vegetables

Palam Vihar

Sector 54

South City 1

DLF City Phase 5

Sadar Bazar

Sector 23

Safal

Reliance Fresh

Potatoes (old/new)

25

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14.90

24

20

24

25

17.90

Onions

15

16

11

18

15

16

15

12.50

Tomatoes

30

30

26

36

28

32

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Cucumbers

30

32

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30

25

30

30

35

Ridge Gourd

30

30

36

30

25

28

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32

Bitter Gourd

30

30

36

36

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30

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32

Cauliflower

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60

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69

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Ladies Finger

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30

35

28

32

26.90

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Mushroom

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igh-rise apartments will be the abode of our future urban residents. It is important to set their governance process in order, as also the rights of the owners. Builder-resident squabbles, encroachment on rights, non-provision of services, overcharging, and many other issues have become common in Gurgaon, along with these familiar spires. In May 2006, a society named the Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (Haryana), FAOA, was formed by Col B.K Dhawan. The aim of the Society was to be a platform for aggrieved apartment owners, and a source of knowledge for others. After a period of low activity, the Society is now readying itself for a big leap into the builder-resident fray.

What Is It For?

President Emeritus of Silver Oaks Society (SOS), and the current President of FAOA, Col Dhawan says that this Society was started to help disseminate knowledge and awareness to apartment owners, across the City and the State. Each condominium society’s RWA can be a part of FAOA, and its RWA President would be its representative. “There are over 700 condominiums in Gurgaon

Apartment Owners Unite itself, and thousands spread across the State. The fact is, there are lakhs of people living in apartment condominiums who are being treated unfairly, for years on end,” he says. It is not that they are unwilling to act, the problem is that they don’t know the guiding law (The Haryana Apartment Ownership Act – HAOA, 1983) and their rights and responsibilities. “This organisation makes sure that the residents’ interests are protected judiciously and correctly, by their respective RWAs,” he says. The FAOA was formed with a core group of individuals, who have years of experience dealing with problems faced by apartment owners/buyers, and running the administration of such complexes. As of now, the membership is about 40 condominium societies – with members such as World Spa, Silver Oaks, Ambience Lagoon, Bel Aire, Park Place, Heritage City, Uniworld Gardens, and Orchid Petals. Col. Sarvadaman Oberoi, President of Uniworld Gardens, is unequivocal about his RWA joining FAOA. According to him, this is precisely what the residents needed – a state-wide platform for voicing their problems. The FAOA is going to be an impor-

tant weapon in the fight for residents’ rights, he feels. “The Society is in the midst of collecting funds for its operation; and more importantly, the Supreme Court case between SOS and DLF will be a game changer for every apartment complex in the State. If the decision comes in our favour, it could mean thousands of crores of rupees worth of real estate changing hands from the builders to the rightful owners (the condominium RWAs),” he says. The FAOA is dedicated to not only help SOS win the Supreme Court case, but also to help other member RWAs protect their interests and rights, while preventing current abuses and malpractices by builders. According to Col. Dhawan, the FAOA will have a threepronged strategy.  Pre-announcement of builder projects – Ensuring that the builder does not lay claim to facilities beyond the licence agreement. Plus, ensure that the apartment agreements to be signed by the buyers are legally tenable and not one-sided.  During execution of a project – Ensuring builder

A Forceful Life { Anita Jaswal }

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hen an army officer retires, after spending more than three decades in a job which offers adventure, honour, prestige, self respect— and to top it all a quality of life not found in any other service—what does he do? There is a sudden vacuum. It is filled by a round of golf or bridge, or tending to the garden, or merely leading a retired life, Thus, it comes as a surprise when you meet someone like Col. Karan Kaura. He feels retirement is the respect given to your years of service. But if you do not want to sit and rest, then why not explore and live the life that you are worth. For him, age is clearly a state of mind. He says, “I think I have creative genes. Both my parents had an artistic streak. I decided to be true to myself, and do what fuels my passion.” So be it Decoupage, Painting, crafting driftwood, Ikebana or Bonsai – he has dabbled in them all. He is also a certified hypnotherapist! He has been retired from active service for the last 15 years ago. He says, “Wasn’t there a time when you wanted to learn to paint, sing or dance? Cultivate a hobby that interests you? Fulfill all your desires? Use your creativity to put forth your ideas? Let not age make you surrender to its oddities. Soar and fly. Begin your life anew, in

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its own colours.” For Col. Kaura, Decoupage is not just the art of decorating an object by  gluing  coloured  paper  cut-outs onto it – in combination with special paint effects,  and gold leaf. He says, “There’s a lot to love about decoupage and collage projects. They’re simple to make, and the possibilities are endless. “Creating a decoupage piece is like doing deep and prolonged meditation. Time ceases to exist. Be warned,

decoupaging can become an addictive habit. Luckily, it is also an inexpensive one. Before long, you will have an array of objects, that can be used to decorate your home – and they make wonderfully personalised gifts too.” Col. Kaura takes 40 hours to make a simple piece – and up to 70 hours for a 3D creation. Another interesting revelation of this interesting gentleman is his foray into the making of Papercrete. He explains, “In the wake of the green revolution, alternative building materials, have be-

come very popular.” Making a paper house? Sounds like something Dorothy might have seen in the Land of Oz. He elucidates painstakingly, “Papercrete is an incredible building material, that is environmentally friendly, light—but strong—and amazingly insulate. Even if the sun beats down on the papercrete wall all day, the heat will not transfer through to the interior. Innovative people across the globe are experimenting with ways of using paper and other recyclable materials to build houses. Also, since structures made with papercrete are 95 per cent recycled materials, the cost is very low.” Four years ago he erected a papercrete room in Gurgaon, which has withstood the exposure to the weather without damage. It is being used for living purposes. When asked how he manages time and energy for all these activities, he says with pride, “For this, I have to thank my wife Vani, my anchor. We may be different in personalities, motivations, and interests, but it is our shared values and respect for each other’s interests which keeps us going. She has confidence in me, which is more than I have in myself – and I need to hear that too!” The artist in Col. Kaura is like a moving wheel which cannot be stopped. His mantra is: Life, I am back – like a Phoenix.u

completes all documentation and hands over the complex to the buyers, as per the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act.  Giving the reins of a complex to the RWA after completion – making sure that the government and civic authorities provide necessary support, and that property taxes are levied on a rational basis. In essence, these are all the duties that the Town and Country Planning Department (TCP) of the State are supposed to do. But when the real authorities are either in cahoots, or don’t care to exercise their might, it is the people who will have to come through and stand up, Col. Dhawan says. The resurgence of such a society points to two facts. One, that builders have no interest in leaving the maintenance business of the apartment complexes they have constructed – however shoddy, overpriced, or nonexistent the service may be in some cases. Secondly, the lethargy of the governmental watchdog (Director TCP) over the current excesses, and of sanctioning uncompleted projects, has riled the people to the point that the RWAs have found that fighting individual battles will not gain them much in the long run. Therefore, coming together to present a united front for common troubles is the only logical solution, and it is happening right now.

Objectives Of The Federation

 To bring in awareness amongst the apartment owners of the State of Haryana in respect of their rights,

interests, and obligations, under the provisions of the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act (1983) and Haryana Apartment Ownership Rules (1987), including any amendments.  To do all such acts, render, advise and provide guidance to individual residents and/or apartment welfare associations, to protect their interest under the laws, and to ensure lawful management and maintenance of apartment complexes in the state of Haryana.  To protect and advise members and respective RWAs, federations of apartment complexes for proper transfer/ lease/sale/registration of apartments under the provision of Haryana Apartment Ownership Act (1983) and Haryana Apartment Ownership Rules (1987).  To promote closer social and cultural contact amongst the constituent members of the Federation, by enrolling residents of apartment complexes.  To take up issues concerning property tax with the municipal corporations, so that tax is charged only when the apartments are finally registered as per the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act 1983, and Haryana Apartment Ownership Rule 1987.  To protect the interest of the constituent members of the Federation, with respect to civic amenities, and the safety and security of the residents and their family members.  To provide a forum for making representations before the builders operating in the State of Haryana, the maintenance organisations, DHBVN, HUDA and other government bodies and the State government, for and on behalf of the constituent members of the Federation, in respect of the above objectives – and approach a court of law, whenever required. u

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ High Court puts the onus of illegal tube wells on the DC. ♦ High Court asks Police Chief to take action in 2 months, on forged ID cards case, where Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs is alleged to be involved. ♦ Niramaya Charitable Trust has launched a Drishti Rath, to help prevent blindness in underserved areas, with the help of Concern India Foundation and Tej Kohli Foundation. Niramaya today runs 8 rural eye care centres, and conducts 1000 cataract surgeries, 300 corneal donations, and more than 100 corneal transplants every year. ♦ Charge sheet field in BMW hit and run case, after almost 5 months. ♦ Gurgaon women to march to Jantar Mantar, in support of Geetika, who was allegedly driven to suicide (case involving ex-Minister Kanda). ♦ 8 dead, others injured in road accident; an 87 year old freedom fighter dies when a bus rams into his car - 3 others are hurt; 1 killed, 4 injured as speeding car rams another. ♦ 5-year-old girl is shot by a guard’s gun, probably accidently. ♦ A gangster carrying a 1-lakh reward is lynched by a mob, when he comes to loot, along with accomplices. The latter and a few

villagers are also injured. ♦ Labourer falls from 4th floor, and dies; a decomposed body is found in Manesar. ♦ Ex-armyman shot at in Khandsa. ♦ School kids in a hostel are saved, after a fire breaks out due to a short-circuit. ♦ No report yet on the ‘Mahi’ bore well case. ♦ Maruti plant reopens, with partial production. Before that, Maruti lays off 500 workers, whom they believe were instrumental in the recent violence in the factory. The Company says it is open to work with outside unions. 4000 workers across Gurgaon protest the action. ♦ Gurgaon power requirement is growing at 25%, versus 14% for State. Discom staff protest against inadequate police protection when they take action - threaten a blackout day on Sep 3 if there is no improvement. ♦ MCG undertakes mock fire drill in a mall. ♦ HUDA continues demolitions in Sectors 31 and 40. ♦ 380 cowhides recovered from a truck, while they were being smuggled from Mewat to Delhi. ♦ Heavy rains lash Gurgaon, leading again to traffic jams and waterlogged roads.


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anav Rachna International School, Sector 51 organised an Inter-House Fancy Dress Competition for Grades I to III in the School Auditorium. The aim was to unleash the creativity of the students. It allowed the children to dress and play as their role models and heroes. The children beamed with confidence, as they displayed their costumes and delivered the dialogues. After the Event, the Headmistress Seema Malhotra, spoke to all the students and appreciated their efforts.

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he Banyan Tree World School launched its Environment project “Serve And Value Environment” (SAVE). The Project is a part of a paradigm that makes environmental education an integral part of a students life. The Project is about learning and practicing the three Rs of Waste Management – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. As a part of the Project, students will develop a School Waste Management System. They will conduct a waste audit—observe how and where waste is generated—brainstorm on solutions, and thereafter actively canvass for better waste management practices in different City RWAs, through presentations and skits. A special feature of the Project is the e-waste project. Students will visit different corporate offices, and understand how the e-waste is being generated, and how it is disposed.

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learning centre, Stones2milestones, celebrated the 65th anniversary of India’s Independence. The theme of this year’s Independence Day event was Celebration with a Purpose. There were many performances by children, including a drawing contest and a quiz. The children also made posters and wrote slogans on the theme “Mera Bharat Mahaan”.

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district-level Open Competition Boxing event was held at Islampur, New Delhi. Master Bobby, a student of Class IX of Swiss Cottage School achieved the position of runner-up in the under-38 kg weight category. Principal of Swiss Cottage, Col. C.R. Jakhar, and the entire faculty wished him good luck for the upcoming state level championship, for which he has been selected.

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n Inter-house Science and Maths Quiz was conducted by CCA School. There were a total of 11 rounds, six rounds in science and five in mathematics. The contests had a mix of creativity, ‘out of the box’ thinking, and questions based on various topics related to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics – with interesting animations. There were a total of 20 participants, five from each house. Ashoka House stood first, Tilak and Subhash bagged second position and third placed was Nehru House.

Artistic Strokes

Tanya Jain, Class V C, Delhi Public School

Vibodh, Class II, The Banyan Tree World School

Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com

Saloni Dhingra, Class V E, Delhi Public School


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Kid Corner

American Public School { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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ood education is about doing simple things well. That is the approach of the American Public School (APS), one of the oldest schools in the City. Established in 1995, the School imparts quality education, following the Montessori philosophy and methodology. It focuses on traditional values – strong leadership, proven teaching methods, a comprehensive curriculum, and all-round education.

Central Location

Located close to the junction of National Highway 8 and MG Road, the School is easily accessible to students from the DLF area, South Delhi and most of Gurgaon. Plus, it is surrounded by a lush green expanse.

Competent Faculty

In the Montessori wing, APS teachers are creative, nurturing and Montessori certified, while the highly qualified staff of the Senior wing place emphasis on a holistic approach to learning. Students participate in extra-curricular activities and sports, along with developing academic excellence, in preparation for entry to professional colleges and universities. Moreover, a low student-teacher ratio leads to greater interaction and participation.

Curriculum

Affiliated to CBSE, all classes – Montessori, Junior, and Senior– follow a comprehensive sys-

tem of evaluation, project assessment, and activity-based learning. Students that graduate from Primary to Senior Secondary are taken through a rich amalgamation of Montessori and traditional forms of education. For Science students, the School ensures that the world of science is explored through activities, observations, and discussions, in its well-equipped laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For the Commerce field, the School has a well-developed Computer and Mathematics Laboratory, to ensure students are well-versed in the latest technology. For Humanities, the School’s well-stocked library – that has volumes of encyclopedias and reference books – can be used as a great learning resource. Besides, environmental studies is an integral part of the School’s curriculum. The emphasis is, therefore, to inculcate in each student an enquiring mind, and not merely the acquisition of knowledge.

Beyond Academics

The School premises are spacious, offering a warm environment. It has all modern-day facilities for students. It provides the best infrastructure for basketball, badminton, cricket, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Presently, the Senior Wing campus is undergoing expansion, with the construction of a modern administration block—to include a newly renovated cafeteria, activity rooms for art, music and dance, an audio-visual lab, conference facilities, and an auditorium—to enhance the holistic learning environment. u

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t was a treat to see 170 children, aged between 6 to 18 years, from some of the leading schools, participate in the Event. They sang, danced and recited poems on the theme of independence. While students of Suncity World School, Scottish High International School, Excelsior American School and Pathways World School put up dance performances, students of Lorraine Music Academy sang folk songs of India. The professional, Chughe Khan, of the Rajasthan Josh Group – who has travelled worldwide – performed “Mast Kalandar”. Teenagers from different schools got together and sang a beautiful song called “You raised me up”.

The audience sang “We shall overcome” – “Hum Honge Kaamyaab”, along with a teenage band. A special child called Ranveer Saini moved the audience to tears, with his rendition of “No Matter What”. Mr. Jeroninio Almeida, Founder Trustee of iCONGO, shared the values of the Karamveer Awards, and

Aubrey Aloysius, Founder Trustee ‘LAMP’, announced the forthcoming National Talent contest and the LAMP – ICONGO Karmaveer Chakra Awards For Music. The guests of honour were Dr. Maheshwar Dayal (IPS), Deputy Commissioner of Police; Mrs. Neeta Bali, Director & Principal of G. D. Goenka World School; Mrs. Bakhtawar Saini, Director, Scottish High International School; Ms. Shalini Nambiar, Director of Excelsior American School; Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Director of Pathways World School; Mr. Lon W. McDaniel, Principal of Amity Global School. u

Literary Flourish

Power of Vegetables Tomatoes make your cheeks red, Carrots make you junp ahead, Spinach makes you very strong, Peas make you dance along, Eat your vegetables every day, and you’ll be happy and gay. Ranvijay Malhan I E, Swiss Cottage School

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walks—their lack or excess causes severe distress in Gurgaon, day after day. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that this civic infrastructure misery is not due to a Prakharmost PaNdey lack of funds—which is the case with cities in India. The unfortunately seems walks—their lack or problem excess  causes severe distress in Gurgaon, day after day. to be a lack of willingness, a by lack of fact sensitivThe tragedy is compounded the that a case of misplaced this civic infrastructure ity; misery is not due to a priorities. lack of funds—which is the case with most Or maybe it is just cities in India. The problem unfortunately seems based on a simple to be a lack that, of willingassumption when ness, hurt a lackbad of sensitivyou enough, ity; awill case of care misplaced you take of it priorities. yourself—as many have Or for maybe it iswater, just done electricity, transport, based onsecurity… a simple The Administration assumption that, when needs a wake call. you hurt bad up enough, Surely is not waiting, you willit take care of it like the neighbouring city, yourself—as many have for an Anna moment ! u

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ities blessed with fame and glory often construct their own from reality. In India, Gurgaon { Maninder Dabastruth—far / FG } is one of those cities whose glittering fame, and ever rising glory, has made even the gods feel envious. But ities blessed with fame and glory often construct come reality-show-time, this city crumbles like a heap of their own truth—far from reality. In India, Gurgaon dry leaves. is one of those cities glittering fame, ever Electricityone of thewhose greatest inventions of and humanrising glory, theofgods envious. But ity—was oncehas onemade of theeven pillars thisfeel city’s inexorable come reality-show-time, this city crumbles like a heap of rise. But today, the situation is grim, as Dakshin Harydry ana leaves. Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) falls drastically short in meeting the one city’s Thisinventions Millennium City is Electricityofdemand. the greatest of humananyway power hungry. neverofstops sleeps, as busiity—was once one of the It pillars thisor city’s inexorable ness and life have inter-twined. The hunger for power rise. But today, the situation is grim, as Dakshin Haryneeds to be fed continuously. ana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) falls drastically short

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in meeting the city’s demand. This Millennium City is Enter The Enter Diesel-to anyway powerGenerator; hungry. It never stops or sleeps, as busienergise power. ness and lifethat have inter-twined. The hunger for power needs to be fed continuously. At present, the district has a demand of almost 135 lakhs units (13.5 MW) per day; whereas the State only manages to provide 102.74 lakhs unit (10.27 MW) [near Enter The Generator; Enter Diesel-to Diwali the demand 188.5 lakhs units (18.85 MW)]. The energise that was power. current supply can’t keep the city alive and agile. Diesel generators balance the deficit, as the of City guzzles At present, the district has a demand almost 135 over 100,000 (1 lakh ofwhereas diesel, worth almost lakhs units (13.5 MW) litres) per day; the State only Rs. 50 lakhs every day, to meet the demand left [near unatmanages to provide 102.74 lakhs unit (10.27 MW) tended by the State. This is in the best of times! Diwali the demand was 188.5 lakhs units (18.85 MW)]. The For a few days in October it was triple. And current supply can’t keep the city alive and agile. Diesel come summer, this will repeat. And the generators balance the as 20 the City guzzles hunger is increasing by a deficit, walloping over 100,000 (1 lakh litres) ofabout diesel, worth almost per cent each year. Gurgaon has Rs. lakhs every day, to meet the demand left unat600 50 high-rise buildings-commercial tended by the State. is half in the and residentialand This almost of best of times! thema are with these CapFor fewequipped days in October it was triple. And

come summer, this will repeat. And the hunger is increasing by a walloping 20 per cent each year. Gurgaon has about 600 high-rise buildings-commercial and residential- and almost half of them are equipped with these Cap-

tive Power Plants (CPPs)- popularly known as DGs (Diesel Genset). On an average, the City currently experiences a power cut of about 2 hours daily; and diesel fills the vacuum created. days in October were worse; tive Power PlantsMany (CPPs)popularly known as far DGs (Diewhen the city had cuts ofCity 8 hours a day.experiencsel Genset). On anpower average, the currently “Yes, we know that there is scarcity of electric power. es a power cut of about 2 hours daily; and diesel fills the But we are trying our level best to improve the situation. vacuum created. Many plants days ininOctober far worse; In October, our power Khedar,were Yamunanagar when the city were had power cuts in of 8operation, hours a day. and Panipat not fully and the im“Yes, we know is also scarcity of electric power. port of coal from that otherthere states got delayed. But now But weare areimproving trying ourand level best to improve theget situation. things I hope Gurgaon will enough In October,toour power plants in guzzlers. Khedar, Yamunanagar electricity silence these diesel We are committed to provide at least of electricity to and Panipat were not fully 22 in hours operation, and the imIndustries hoursBut to resiport of coal(including from other Commercial), states also got 23 delayed. now dents, 12 hours to villages of the district and at least things are improving and I hope Gurgaon will get enough 8 hours of agricultural electricity to electricity silence thesefor diesel guzzlers. Wepurpose,” are comsaid Captain Ajay Yadav, the Power, Forest and Enmitted to provide at least 22 hours of electricity to vironment Minister of Haryana, during a Summit Industries (including Commercial), 23 hours to resiorganised by the Gurgaon Udyog Association in the city dents, 12On hours toasked villages of the district and atuse least recently. being about the increase in the of 8 hours electricity agricultural diesel, theof Minister said, for “I know the lack of purpose,” electricity said Captain Ajaythe Yadav, Ensupply has fuelled usagethe of Power, diesel inForest malls, and residenvironment of Haryana, during a Summit tial buildingsMinister and industries. But this usage is not good in organised by because the Gurgaon Association the city the long run; dieselUdyog is very costly, and in it pollutes the environment I hope the situation improve, recently. On beingtoo. asked about the increasewill in the use of and in the next coming wethe will seeof a significant diesel, Minister said,months “I know lack electricity improvement in electricity supply— and desupply has fuelled the usage of diesel in consequent malls, residencrease in theand use industries. of diesel.” But this usage is not good in tial buildings

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mining ore. Once you extract the mineral, it’s gone. It’s not coming back any time soon. The situation is the same when extracting groundwater. It’s like we’re ‘watermining ore. Once you extract mining’. So if the city conthe mineral, gone. It’s not tinues to getit’s water from the coming any to time soon. ground, back it’s going hit ‘rockThe situation is what the will same bottom’. And then, be when extracting groundwathe answer?” city’s water supter.The It’s likepiped we’re ‘waterply has always painconfor mining’. So if been the acity

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needs. Therefore, the crushing All of this means that the need for borewells, water groundwater level ofand Gurgaon tankers. In short, private water is depleting at an alarming rate. supply. As Treasurer of the Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon (SURGE), Darshan Singh says, The scenario “This activity to All is of an this meanssimilar that the

tinues to get water from the ground, it’s going to hit ‘rockbottom’. And then, what will be the answer?” The city’s piped water supply has always been a pain for

groundwater level of Gurgaon is depleting at an alarming rate. As Treasurer of the Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon (SURGE), Darshan Singh says, “This is an activity similar to

residents. Rakesh, a resident of Old Gurgaon, says, “It’s terrible residents. Rakesh, a resident of how we have to suffer daily, for Old Gurgaon, says, “It’s terrible the want of proper water supply. how to suffer for Whenwe wehave get water, the daily, pressure the want of And proper supply. is too low. thewater water pipeWhen water, the lines we areget getting old;pressure they’re is too low. Andnow the and water pipecracking every then.” Superintending lines are getting old;Engineer they’re D.S. Bajwa, Public Works cracking everyof now and then.” Department, says, “HUDA has Superintending Engineer the responsibility of supplying D.S. Bajwa, of Public Works water to over 80% the city.has We Department, says,of“HUDA provide water supply to (Old) the responsibility of supplying Gurgaon. For that, we take 6-8 water to over 80% of the city. We mgd from the HUDA Water provide water to (Old) Treatment Plantsupply at Basai.” Gurgaon. For the that, we take 6-8 He refutes claim of poor mgd HUDA Water water from supplythe in (Old) Gurgaon. Treatment at Basai.” “We have Plant enough booster stations over the area. waHe all refutes claim The of poor ter supply is okay. AndGurgaon. anyway, water supply in (Old) we have already handed over “We have enough booster stathe sewage to MCG; tions all overwork the area. The and wathe supply water is supply will anyway, also be ter okay. And handed over within a month.” we have already handed over Talking about the increastheing sewage to MCG; and waterwork demand, a senior the water water executive supply will also be says, “The handed over within a month.” current supply of water Talking the Gurgaon increascomes about from the ing Water water demand, a senior Channel. This channel has says, a capacity water executive “The of 175 cusecs feet current supply (cubic of water of water second), or comes fromper the Gurgaon roughly 113 mgd. At Water Channel. This current water levels, channel has a capacity the channel provides of 175 cusecs (cubic feet an average of 60 cuofsecs water per second), or (which translates roughly 113 Now, mgd. the At to 40 mgd). current water levels, Rs 250-crore project of the channel the NCR Water Channelprovides is coman average of 60 cuing into play. That will boost the water secs supply capacity to the (which translates city up toto500 (approxi40 cusecs mgd). Now, the mately 323 That project should be Rsmgd). 250-crore of enough supply all theis city’s the NCRto Water Channel comwater demands.” ing into play. That will boost Of course, there are many the water supply capacity to the assumptions here. First, that city up to 500 cusecs (approxithere will be enough water in mately 323 mgd). That should be the canal, to provide the inenough supply all less the city’s creased to flow (we get than water demands.” half of the capacity even today). Second, there that the Of course, are water many treatment capacity would be assumptions here. First, that increased (and there will in be proportion, enough water in in time); and finally, the canal, to provide thethat inpumping/boosting creased flow (we get pipelines less than would not be a constraint half of the capacity even to(due to capacity, power failday). Second, that the water ure, or cracks and breakage).

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n the not-so-far future, car selling go thus:future, ‘Free parkn the will not-so-far car ing for will two months, with every selling go thus: ‘Free parkmodel oftwo XYZ’. Parking ing for months, withspace, every like land, is limited. Cars, like model of XYZ’. Parking space, apartments, can be produced ad like land, is limited. Cars, like infinitum. apartments, can be produced ad Independent India rang with infinitum. the slogan of ‘roti, kapda, aur Independent India rangcredo with makaan’. New Gurgaon’s the slogandesigner of ‘roti,wear, kapda, aur is ‘Pizza, condo... makaan’. New The Gurgaon’s credo aur parking’. problem of parking by the day, is ‘Pizza,increases designer wear, condo... and the authorities clueaur parking’. The remain problem of less. There is no plan action. parking increases byforthe day, this: Last year, from andConsider the authorities remain clueJanuary 1 to October 20, the trafless. There is no plan for action. fic police issued 35,566 ‘No ParkConsider this: Last year, from ing challans’. For the same peJanuary 1 to October 20, the trafriod this year, they have issued fic police 35,566 ‘No That’s Park63,316 of issued these challans. ing challans’. For the same a shade less than double in period thistime. year,“And they have a year’s this issued 63,316 That’s figure ofis these only challans. going to get worse,” a shade less than double in opines Deputy a year’s time. “And this C o m m i s s i o n e r figure is only goof Police (Trafing to get worse,” fic) BhartiDeputy Arora. opines “If the concerned Commissioner authorities do not of (Trafact Police fast, the city is fic) Bharti heading forArora. total park“If the concerned ing chaos.” The police can only authorities not ‘manage’ so do much—and they

act fast, the city is heading for total parking chaos.” The police can only ‘manage’ so much—and they

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Female Foeticide Silent Cries In The Womb They satisfy their soul by saying, “I’ll get her a brother.”

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fact the worst when it comes to female foeticide, and the male-female ratio. Gurgaon, the most ‘advanced’ District of the State, carries on this notorious legacy – and ranks among the worst districts.

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Past transgressions and present status

At present, India has 940 females per 1,000 males. It is a marginal improvement over 2001, when the ratio was 933 females per 1,000 males. Of grave concern is the child sex ratio (0-6 years), which has in fact reduced – from 927, to 914 (from 2001 to 2011). It was 976 in 1961. Our patriarchal customs and beliefs have made our society short-sighted, if not blind. Haryana, a state that was ranked the worst in 2001, with a sex ratio of 861, has made some improvement – with 877 females per 1,000 males now. It is the best figure the State has acquired since 1901. However, it still bears the title of being the state with the worst sex ratio, closely followed by Punjab (893) and Uttar Pradesh (908).

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what ways they are attempting to shepherd Gurgaon’s flock (read commuters). “What the city expects is a perfect traffic situation. That can’t be done by just imposing heavy fines, and strict policing. We want the citizens to come forward and adopt good commuting. They should say that ‘We’re proud to follow traffic rules’. Only then can the city’s chaotic jams have a semblance of civility,” she comments.

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BEST OF 2011 • We’ve Come a Long Way, Gg But We have Miles To Go... • Why FG • We Can Marvel at our Metro With Eyes Wide Open; We Can Shut our Eyes But the Stench Won’t Go Away • Good Law & Order a Benefit for Gurgaon • Farrukhnagar’s Forgotten Monuments • RWAs – Working for a Better Gurgaon • Municipal Corporation... Still Awaiting Transfer of Sectors • HUDA – Prime Developer... Deserves Credit... and Blame • Toll Plaza (killing) • The Invisible Colonies, 74 unauthorized settlements • Traffic Volunteers • Every Agency Has A Role – DC • Malls of Gurgaon (MG) Road • An Apartment-ful Of Troubles • Money Can’t Buy You Peace (Plots to Condominiums) • Will Water Be Our Water-loo? • City Transport, City Roads Don’t Take Me Home • New HUDA Administrator • Park Your Ride – But Where? • The Medical Vedanta – Dr. Trehan’s Way • Diesel – Saviour Today, Nemesis Tomorrow • The New Millennium – A Guarded Life • House That, For Living It Up • Great Expectations – Mega Infrastructure Projects • Demolition Debut • Citizen Attack • Female Foeticide, Silent Cries In The Womb • Towards a Road Sense • Blog – A Way of Life • Setting A Standard • Gurgaon Needs A Nodal Body • The Aftermath

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Rs. 1393 crores sanctioned for Gurgaon, of which key projects are: supply, water recycling and treatment, sewerage, irrigation, landscaping.

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Rs. 381 crores – for master sewerage scheme and water distribution and re-cycle, for new sectors (Sector 58 onwards); and strengthening of Sohna road.

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Comment

We The Media

Do we, the Media, the Fourth Estate, hold ourselves up to the high standards that we today literally demand of others? We should be the most upright, as we wield the power to influence public opinion.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

It is laughable that we even consider ourselves worthy of a higher status in the comity of nations. We cannot even take care of our small neighbourhood. We anyway have had 2 hostile neighbours in Pakistan and China, for decades. We botched up in Sri Lanka, and finally just watched a civil war explode. Within a decade we lost all the goodwill from Bangladesh. We even made our best ally, Nepal, antagonistic to us ! And now we are doing it within the country too. We have opened up another front, after Kashmir – and this time in the East.

main litany). Earlier, you were a public figure, so the media had to cover you; now Page 3 covers you, and you become a public figure.

Let’s take a newspaper, a product made of matter delivThey say only negative stories and sensationalism sell – ered by scores of contributors – by people. The intrinsic only ‘man bites dog’ sells; that people do not wish to hear value is paramount – in words, data, or images. It should about the ‘good’ – they wish to hear about bad people therefore be all about the contributors; the people should who make it good, or hear that people are worse off than be the prima donnas. But..It’s Not The People Stupid ! them. People are supposedly content that they are better The people are expendable. The product is now manuthan bad, rather then aspiring for goodness what... factured without them, by ghosts. Poor salaries – poor What professional rules do Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the Press newspaper folk. It’s paisa in, we play by? There are certain spheres of work that are of such conpaisa out, paisa vasool. Is it print and dump; and/or sequence, and have such bearing on public welfare, that The brand people have takre-circulate? en over. The newspaper is And the commercials? to undertake them for earning one’s livelihood will defeat now just an ad. medium – no Take the Ads., and promise the primary aim behind them. When, further, a newspaper longer the message. Editor praise; or threaten, and setis treated as a means of making profits, the result is likely and content are the kings tle for Ads….or more? Yes, to be serious malpractices. It is not necessary to prove to who have been jacked. more than a few allegedly those who have some experience of journalism that such have their hand in various malpractices do prevail on a large scale. The product is then oftills, or largesse – either fered to a customer for a through compromise or Newspapers cannot escape criticism merely because they price far below cost. Many threat. Or perhaps even serve the people. times it is offered for below nurture loftier ambitions. But who would stop those that are useless? And who disposal/’raddi’ cost. Status quo suits should be the judge? In every industry we have them perfect. watchdogs, and of course the Competition CommisBut change we must – soonThe useful and the useless must, like good and evil, go on sion, to check unfair and/or er, than later. We don’t want together - and man must make his choice. monopolistic trade practicto have done to us what was es. How has the newspaper done to our US counterTaken from a 2001 article by Prof. V.S.Gupta, former trade escaped that? How has parts. Such are the times Country Representative Asian Media Information Centre a product been allowed to be that Hindustan mein bhi (AMIC), Singapore. sold below cost – way below woh bura time aa gaya hai. cost – every day of the year? Edited by FG. Fortunately, there is a Our newspaper industry is glorious media-mix future also the only industry where market share and price are that can be scripted – a perfect vision of Media perhaps inversely proportional. Seemingly a brand is Conglomerates. being chosen as a ‘leader’, but elicits no brand premium Of a Full Course and Snacks and Starters; of a Test from the customer – assuming of course that the reader Match, a One Dayer, and 20/20; of Weekly Print and Daiis the customer…. ly TV and Instant NetMobile. What should be the brand valuation in such a case? Follow the sequence. The billion-dollar answer is blowing in the wind, for any Would we continue to read our newspaper if the cost media house – to have a full house of the 3, and price and were a real Rs. 1,000 per month (Rs. 12,000 per annum)? play them according to their core competence. Would we stop reading a paper? Would we switch? Would (e.g. the 32 pagers every day could first be made into 8 we wait for the company to provide a low cost option? pagers daily, and 32 for the weekend – and is probably For the first time we would truly evaluate – and pay as what the customer would also be content with). per value. Today we accept the product as is, since we pay peanuts Currently we have confused Teams playing all 3 for/with for it. We feel it difficult to really take it to task, to deeverything – hoping that, by packing only hitters, and mand delivery of value. We really cannot take umbrage. taking wild swings, something will always connect. And so we accept whatever change has taken place. Welcome to the InfotainmentPaper (IPaper, or ‘Page 3’ as So, for whom do the times chime today? Like in Gurgaon, it is called in short – it is actually a one pager called 3, do we know for whom the plaza tolls? enclosed in a supplement of ads., that is enclosed in a Physician, Heal Thyself – while there is still time. u

It’s Bangladesh, Not Kashmir We are playing into the hands of Pakistan (and China). We are driving the North Eastern folk away. After years of insurgency, we had some calm – and now this storm. It is we who have allowed Bangladeshis to flood Assam - and now Gurgaon too, mind you. We also seem to reserve more bias and contempt for our NE countrymen, than for illegal immigrants. And does blaming Pakistan wash away the sins of some of our countrymen who have been accomplices? Are we say-

ing that morphed SMSs (that too of citizens of another country) can make our countrymen kill each other? Whoever is behind this should be tried for treason – high treason. Yes, the Pakistan govt. also needs to be nailed to its lies – or its helplessness. They know that the ISI and its rogues are forever plotting something against India – while we constantly hand out olive branches. We also are overly and wrongly hung up on Kashmir as the

core issue. Post 1971 it has never been about Kashmir – it is about Bangladesh. It is about being unable to forget a defeat – a surrender. The Pakistani core, that has plotted and managed – and does so every day – all the terrorist attacks against India, has only one objective. They live, and work, to see a ‘Bangladesh’ split away from India; Kashmir is only one option. (Our ‘national’ channels talk and focus only on Delhi. The South, in particular, is totally ignored. That could be another ticker).

We are always ‘surprised’ by the next attack… The dastardly killings of 26/11 have had no closure; and now we have another open wound. Inflicted this time more directly through local sympathizers. Pakistan has perfected the art of making all the right noises, asking for ‘proof’ and meanwhile taking no action. Can we at least stop patting ourselves on the back, every time, for our being ‘sensible’ and ‘restrained’ and ‘not provoked’ – it has started smelling of cowardice. The big guy has turned out the sissy. Just when will we Get It? The life of an Indian seems real cheap. u


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Rivaayat: Tradition Unfurled A city-based couple, Meera and Rohit, are one of those few designers who showcased their collection at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), and made Gurgaon proud.

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eera and Rohit still have the same passion and zest for fashion they had when they started their label, “Rivaayat”, 13 years ago. The duo aims to recreate the regal charm of royal India, while exploring its contrasting cultural facets through ethnic traditional wear and jewellery. “I was always fond of dressing up. I grew up watching my mother wear the typical bright Punjabi clothing, with vibrant Bagh Phulkari work. The diversity of Indian clothing, the colours, the culture, the arts and craft, encouraged us to start designing clothes and jewellery. Our designs innately reflect these qualities,” says Meera. The Customer is King Today, Rivaayat Ask Meera about their represents all facets of achievements, and she says Indian culture – be it that a happy customer is the the Rajasthani handilifeblood of Rivaayat. She becrafts, Hyderabad’s lieves that customer retenMeera and Rohit beautiful Zari work, tion is the key to their label. the intricate mirror“Many of our customers frework of Gujarat, or the stunning Bagh quently call us to give us compliments, Phulkari of Punjab. The designs reflect that adorn our creations. This encourthe palatial past of India, blended with ages us to work harder and create demodernity. signs that leave our clients satisfied,” says Meera. As the duo participated in various exhibitions and fashion shows, Lakme Fashion Week Recounting the memories of Lakme they have a wide and rapidly growing Fashion Week, designer Rohit says, customer base across the country – and “We are proud to win the title, “Lakme even abroad. Look of the Day”. It was a matter of pride that we represented the city of Future Plans Gurgaon in one of the biggest fashion The designer duo, therefore, plans shows of India.” The couple received to open up a retail store at South Point stellar reviews for their uniquely eht- Mall, Golf Course Road, in the month nic collection, adorned with traditional of September. With tremendous experitextures, authentic fabrics, contempo- ence and distinctive creations, the duo rary cuts, contrasting colours, vibrant strives to exhibit work that stays true borders, and feminine silhouettes. to their tagline - ‘tradition unfurled’.

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Neurogenesis. How is it that identical foods or stress levels can produce dramatically divergent outcomes in different individuals? Neurotransmitters hormone-like chemicals, that work on the Central Nervous System, create our moods and emotions. These messenger-molecules enable signalling between neurons, resulting in billions of chemical reactions in our body. The neurotransmitters most closely linked with mood are dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin – promotes well being, by boosting feelings of optimism, self esteem, relaxation, and security. Dopamine - and its derivative, norepinephrine - promote increased feelings of alertness, wakefulness, assertiveness and aggressiveness. Too much norepinephrine can causes anxiety and aggression, leading to psychotic disorders. A brain-healthy diet is essential for keeping our memory and intellect sharp, and our mood buoyant. Research over the last 10 years has firmly established that the foods we eat have a significant impact on our brain’s well-being. So the food affects our mood, while in turn our mood affects the foods we choose. Abusive food habits, like loading up on empty carbs and sugars in response to a craving,

When Suffering Dawns { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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spiritual life without suffering would remain feeble. People who undergo suffering are more spiritually inclined, as their level of consciousness gets heightened, and prayer and meditation comes naturally to them. They get closer to the inner core of their being. Great souls are not necessarily those who have reduced their suffering, or those whose passions have abated – but people who have suffered (in many cases, continue to suffer), but have controlled and directed their passion to a worthwhile purpose. They are the people who have truly lived. A live example is Nick Vujicic, who was born in Melbourne with a rare disorder: he was limbless—missing both arms at shoulder level—and having one small foot, with two toes protruding from his left thigh. Despite the absence of limbs, he is surfing and swimming, and playing golf and soccer. Nick graduated from college at the age of 21, with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. He is one of the best motivational speakers, focusing on the topics that today’s young children face. Another example is Jessica Cox, who suffered a rare birth defect; she was born without any arms – but with a great spirit. This psychology graduate can write, type, drive a car, brush her hair, and talk on her phone – all by simply using her feet. She is also a former dancer, and a double black belt in Taekwondo. She has a ‘norestrictions’ driving license, she can type 25 words a minute, and became the first ‘unarmed’ pilot. All great persons have entered enlight-

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enment through the gate of suffering. They sit in the fire of human experience – and instead of running from it, they awaken through it. Through the gate of suffering they face the fires of desire, hate and fear. They are open to dissatisfaction, grief and loss. They accept the inherent suffering in life, and are released. They discover that suffering is not “my or our” pain – it is the pain of the world. Compassion fills the heart, and they find liberation. The suffering is much broader than the pain of a disease, or the loss of a loved one. The dissatisfaction and unhappiness of the human experience can manifest in any way. The exact nature of the suffering, and the events causing it, does not matter. We all suffer, whatever the cause, because we are not awake, and do not understand our true nature. When we do finally understand it, it is not that the event or issue stops, but – we stop suffering. I have often seen examples of people who were normally living rather unfruitful lives, but were galvanized into action by the arrival of an unavoidable hardship. Many of the ‘great persons’ lived early lives that were not virtuous. Enlightenment came suddenly to them – though it did not bring an easy life. These great souls faced great struggles, often more so after their enlightenment. It is only through the experience of suffering that we summon up the energy to do something truly worthwhile with our lives. 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.

can only lead to continued depression – after the initial sugar-high wears off.

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Eating consistently throughout the day avoids sudden dips in blood sugar levels, and provides the brain and body with a constant source of fuel. Plan on having 4-6 smaller meals, as it helps avoid cravings, and enables effective digestion and better assimilation of nutrients. An equally powerful option is to pump up the ‘feelgood’ neurotransmitter serotonin, by enjoying exercise. Aggressive physical activity jumpstarts the production of endorphins. Choosing our foods is very important. Foods rich in soluble fibre (such as oats, barley, apples, carrots, beans) have the ability to slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood, and therefore potentially lessen swings. Low-glycemic carbohydrates, such as whole grains and starchy vegetables, digest more slowly, and can help prevent mood swings – particularly when consumed as part of balanced, healthy meals. The addition of protein to a meal will not only help slow the absorption of carbohydrate in the blood, but also help with the supply of precursors to neurotransmitters.

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Phenylalanine - an important precursor of Dopamine (the ‘gas pedal’ neurotransmitter) is found in beets, edamame beans, almonds, eggs, fish, meat and grains. Dark chocolate is high in polyphenols, which are shown to improve cognitive function. Fermented soya—like tempeh and miso—and beverages like coffee, black tea, green tea and milk, boost dopamine and norepinephrine. Seeds and nuts such as sunflower, pumpkin and milk thistle, and herbs such as ginseng, nettles, red clover, fenugreek, dandelion and peppermint boost this neurotransmitter. The precursor for Seratonin (the ‘pleasure’ neurotransmitter) is tryptophan – an amino acid found mainly in eggs, meat, milk and whey. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains—including rice, oats, corn, millet and buckwheat—help sustain and boost serotonin levels, and thus a sense of well-being and calm and increased concentration. So also do fresh vegetables, especially root crops, squash and fresh fruits. Apples are noted for bringing oxygen to the brain, and being rich in complex carbohydrates and B vitamins, critical nutrients for balanced serotonin levels. Herbs that help boost serotonin levels include angelica, burdock, dandelion, ginseng, wild yam, oatstraw and black cohosh. Acetylcholine is responsible for memory, concentration and muscular coordination. Its precursor is not an amino acid, but choline. Eggs are a rich source of choline, as are organs from meat animals and poultry. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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ART IN GURGAON: AN OVERVIEW

t’s been a fabulous, surreal, and eyeopening aesthetic odyssey, analysing and documenting Art in Gurgaon every week.’ Over the past highly-creative and eventful year, one has journalistically examined all significant artistic enclaves and events of this fascinating  millennial metropolis.  And in the process, readers have been provided with darshans of practically every genre of art --- from National Treasures by such masters as Souza, Raza and Jamini Roy, to the very latest works by such contemporary thespians as Shobha Broota, Krishen Khanna and Manu Parekh. India’s briliant and original Tribal Paintings,  Folk Arts,  Jewellery,   Design,   Architecture,   and our wonderful tradition of   Handicrafts, have also been well-documented.  A creative highlight has been my process of conducting regular ‘Studio Tetea-Tetes’  with several Gurgaon artists, within their studios. This unique  FGArt feature, along with live photographic coverage, has provided Gurgaon’s readers with invaluable documentation of a rapidly-developing artistic city. To enliven Gurgaon’s aesthetic understanding, our weekly visual and cerebral artistic adventure was not restricted to painting and sculpture. Our journey included analyses of a mindboggling Gurgaon visual installation, the unique Kingdom of Dreams,  as well as the restoration of Haryana’s historic Nawabi architecture at its regal heritage-site, the Pataudi Palace. At a different level was the lavish week-long International Art Fair, held in January 2012, where Gurgaon’s art galleries were well-represented – and reviewed by FG. As a result, our weekly Art-documentation has been a formidable feast for the eyes, senses, and intellect.  There is no finer way to probe the human and emotional profile of a contemporary culture than via its artistic expression: as this is culture’s most unfettered—and hence authentic— form of communication.   Not restricted by venue, Art’s treasure-troves are to be discovered in secluded, informal studios, as well as in formal public galleries; in

Renge Art Walk

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Golden Goddess - Srimati Lal

open-air rural Melas, as well as at organised urban craft-boutiques.  Gurgaon has proved its availability of all these venues and resources. Although the city still has only a handful of professional Galleries, a majority of these spaces are very wellorganised, hence a pleasure to visit.   Among Gurgaon’s most actively-involved art-venues over the past year, offering its residents regular Art-exhibitions of quality, have been   Gallery Alternatives, Art Alive,  Nature Morte at the Oberoi,  the Epicentre,  Quill and Canvas,  Devi Arts Foundation,  the Renge Art Initiative, and  Galaxy Hotel. While certain formidable senior painters—such as Shobha Broota and Krishen Khanna—continued to work more quietly within their private Gurgaon residencestudios, other artists exhibited large bodies of their paintings as Retrospectives – as Manu Parekh did this summer at Art Alive. The latter gallery also showcased varied contemporary works of curated Installation Art.  Gallery Alternatives has displayed interesting Group-shows of leading Indian artists and sculptors on a regular basis – as has Epicentre. Devi Arts Foundation featured an intriguing expose of contemporary Ira-

nian Art, over an extended viewing-period. Gallery Nature Morte’s evident penchant for ‘streamlining Indian artists into an International model’ was repeatedly exemplified by its wide range of eclectic and quirky Group Exhibitions, and whimsically-original cutting-edge Installations. The more modest Quill and Canvas Gallery notably featured Photographic Art, as well as several reclusive and lesser-exposed artists, including the Kolkata painter Jhupu Adhikari. As a recent initiative, Gurgaon’s Galaxy Hotel opened its luxurious portals to a series of interesting Art-Exhibitions, wellattended by the discerning as well as the glitterati. Solo Shows of Paintings and Photographic Art, as well as of Tribal Art and Contemporary Groups, have been commendably-presented at Galaxy’s elegant art-space. A similar experiment in art-display also occurred at The Pllazio Hotel, where modern art was displayed all along this new Gurgaon Hotel’s stairwells, restaurant and foyers. Gurgaon’s most imposing entertainment-destination, Kingdom of Dreams, stands as a unique Artistic Installation in itself – glitzily-created by the Mumbai film-set designer Omung Bhandula,

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along Las Vegas-meets-Bollywood lines. By contrast, one of Haryana’s hidden architectural gems, its traditional Pataudi Palace, has been skillfully renovated by maverick ‘Heritage-Hoteliers, Francis Wacziarg and Aman Nath, into a historic designer retreat-hotel. Haryana’s largest Crafts-Fair, the Surajkund Mela, attracted thousands of buyers from all walks of life. Another lively initiative was Gurgaon resident Gopa Kumar’s Renge Art project, whereby she exhibited promising artists at exclusive wine-and-cheese evenings at the Aralias; as well as held an open-air Mela-like ‘Art Walk’ along the DLF Golf Course grounds. A wide variety of differing curatorial approaches have thus been commendably provided in Gurgaon over an extremely lively year. The availability of such exhibitions must, however, be more effectively relayed and promoted to a ‘floating township’ that is, unfortunately, not really wellcued into High Culture. More extensive and detailed Art Catalogs and Gallery Publications must also be made readily-available to Gurgaon’s residents, via its bookstores and libraries. As a Curator and Critic, I have a few other practical suggestions to evolve Gurgaon’s artistic ethos: another artinitiative could be the presence of organised  Art-Auctions, where buyers may eclectically bid for their selections. Yet another great idea to enliven Gurgaon’s cultural vista is a permanent Gurgaon Studio-Venue,  where  artists from across the globe may be invited to paint ‘live’, and work as ‘Artists In Residence’ for stipulated periods of time.  The Gurgaon Gallery-circuit certainly needs to be broadened and streamlined further, both in terms of its numbers of organised galleries, as well as cutting-edge displayconcepts – with a far wider dissemination of cultural news and events. Given the worldwide interest in Indian Art, one hopes that a a more evolved artistic awareness, with necessary educational developments, will happen soon—and  with rapid momentum—in Gurgaon.  u Artist, Writer and Curator


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A 3D Painting of dinosaurs on the loose (above), and a tourist pretending she is dabbling on the Mona Lisa, at the Art in Paradise Museum.

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estern art museums exude a sacred, or at the very least, sedate, atmosphere. You are not allowed to touch the artwork, photographs are usually prohibited, and, generally speaking, clowning around is frowned upon. Pattaya’s Art in Paradise Museum allows for all of that. Opened in April, the interactive museum is doing a roaring trade. “On the weekdays, we get an average of 500 visitors a day, but on weekends and holidays it can get up to 3,000,” says Viphob Poomsamlee, Manager of the Museum. Almost 80 per cent of the visitors are Thais. Unlike its western counterparts, Art in Paradise— billed as the largest trick art museum in the world— encourages visitors to “interact” with the artwork, take as many photographs as their memory stick allows, and ham it up for the camera. The museum boasts 140 three-dimensional paintings in ten different rooms, that cover 5,800 square metres on the northern end of Pattaya beach resort – 100 kilometres east of Bangkok. The paintings are designed

to encourage visitors to pose in front of them for a snapshot. A copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, for instance, has a paintbrush superimposed below the right eyebrow, so tourists can pretend they are dabbing paint on the masterpiece. In a rendition of JeanHonore Fragonard’s The Happy Accidents of the Swing, the woman’s dainty lost slipper is painted on the wall outside the picture frame, allowing “interactive” visitors to

pretend to catch the shoe in their teeth, duck or peek up the lady’s skirt, all for the sake of a funny photo. Besides copies of European masterpieces, the Museum also has paintings of dinosaurs on the loose, polar bears sticking their heads out of the frame to sip coconut milk, elephants stepping out of the picture and scenes of waterfalls, ancient Egypt and a Thai Songkran (traditional New Year) water splashing festival. “Other museums stop you from touching the paintings, but here we encourage people to have fun with the pictures,” Viphob says. After just three months, the interaction has been such that many of the most popular spots (such as the Mona Lisa brush), have been rubbed bare of paint by the constant contact. Asia’s first interactive art museums were started in Seoul – which now boasts the Alive Gallery, the Seoul Museum of Interactive Art, and the Trick Eye Museum. Another Trick Eye Museum has been opened in Busan, South Korea. Outside of Korea, an interactive museum has been set up in Hainan, China. The Pattaya Art in Paradise is the biggest to date. Over the past decade, the Pattaya tourist market has shifted from US and Europeans to Russians, Chinese and Indians. “Chinese tourists like shopping and visiting the tiger zoo and dolphin show,” says Pattaya Marketing Officer Pimpingfar Chokrapinnpass. “We are now focusing on family groups these days, so attractions such as the Art in Paradise museum are a help,” she says. u

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he UN’s scientific and cultural arm described Venice as a unique architectonic masterpiece, when it added the City to its list of world heritage sites 25 years ago. Now a Palais Lumiere—or Palace of Light—created by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, is to be added to the famous buildings of centuries past. But building a modern masterpiece in the City is problematic. Cardin’s idea is as unusual as some of his fashion designs. The aim is to build a 245-metre glass building in Marghera – one of the industrial areas on the mainland. This Palais Lumiere is to resemble three blooms in a vase. The curving towers of unequal height are to be linked via six platforms. The building will house restaurants, a shopping mall, a concert hall and a cinema. The core of the Project is a Fashion School, along with apartments and offices, with a view out over the lagoon, and is expected to cost 3 billion euros (3.7 billion dollars). Cardin intends to pay homage to his Italian roots. He was born near Venice in 1922, his family emigrating to Paris soon after. Other possible venues for the Palace of Light are Moscow, Paris, and cities in China – but Cardin prefers Venice, saying he would like to enrich the city with a “symbolic shape.” Venetians are in disagreement about the aesthetics of the

Project. The height is a particular problem – it would be twice as high as the Campanile on St. Mark’s Square; and even if it is well away from the centre, it would change the City’s skyline. But money talks in highly indebted Venice, which has a declining population. Cardin’s 60-storey complex would generate jobs during the middle of an economic downturn, providing as many as 5,000 jobs over the

four years of construction. The building is to be ecologically green, and surrounded by a large green space. Flight traffic controllers withdrew their initial objections, making a special exception for the towers. Cardin is certain that his Palace of Light will become “a symbol of Venice, just like the Campanile of San Marco.” Despite doubts over whether a modern project could ever be made to fit into the City’s architecture, the building is set to start in September. Cardin, at the age of 90, sees it as the realization of a life-long dream. u

The VatiLeaks Scandal { Daniel Rademacher / Rome / DPA }

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hat do you give a Pope who seems to have everything? Some, it would seem, opt for gold nuggets. Others keep it more down-to-earth: food and drink. And then there are those who pick out something memorable - an antique book, for example. Those curious about the kinds of presents Pope Benedict XVI receives can thank the ongoing Vatileaks scandal for this peek into his private life. On the surface, the scandal is about the alleged theft of internal Vatican documents; but the gifts have come to light, because some of them also wandered from the Pope’s apartment to the home of the man at the centre of the case – Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s butler. Gabriele was arrested after he was found in possession of secret Vatican documents, and is facing aggravated theft charges for stealing the documents – some of which were leaked to the Italian media. But the papal gifts found at his residence also prompted interest, spurring the Vatican to release more data about them and other gifts. The items found in Gabriele’s quarters included a cheque for 100,000 euros (120,000 dollars), a gold nugget, and a valuable 16thcentury book. The cheque had been written by a Catholic University to “His Holiness Benedict XVI”, on March 26, 2012. The book was Virgil’s Aeneid, printed in Venice in 1581, and translated by Annibal Caro. Regarding the cheque, Gabriele’s lawyers said he had not even known about it, let alone intended to cash it. As for the rest, Gabriele explained their presence by arguing that he was simply disorganized. He had been tasked with taking the presents to a site for storage, the lawyers said. The Vatican revealed the discovery of the gifts—many of them from the Catholic faithful—as part of its rigorous attempts to resolve the Gabriele affair, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. Benedict, who is from the southern German state of Bavaria, also receives gifts from his home region. When he turned 85 in April, birthday presents included a special pilgrims’ drink, and a small apple tree - sent straight from Bavaria. u


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Letting their Hair Down

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enowned hair and make-up expert Aashmeen Munjal celebrated her 16-years of success in the makeover industry. Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh was present at the occasion. The Event began with a cake-cutting ceremony, and was followed by a few dance moves by Chitrangada Singh and Aashmeen. Male and female models also showcased their make-up and hair trends, for the bride and groom, as the wedding season is just round-the-corner.

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irector-turned-actor Farah Khan and costar Boman Irani interacted with the media at the Ambience Mall. The visit was to promote their upcoming movie, “Shirin-Farad Ki Toh Nikal Padi”. The cast revealed how they learnt to work together. Since Boman is playing the role of a lingerie salesman, Farah took him lingerie shopping. Likewise, Farah, who has always been a tomboy on the sets, didn’t pay attention to the minute details in her costume, hair-do, and make-up – so Boman kept a check on that all the time.

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