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Outsider...er, That’s You The ‘cosmopolitan culture’ of the City wears thin when tested { Hritvick Sen / FG }

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Move South to Sohna { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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f development is an odyssey with multiple destinations, then today’s Gurgaon is nothing but a prelude to the prosperity patiently resting on the horizon. Gurgaon, a City built on the shoulders of ambition, has not only made a mark for itself, but has also pierced the surrounding towns—which are the souvenirs of its erstwhile melancholic infertility—to form an unbreakable thread of growth and development.

urgaon not only attracts multinational corporations and investments, it is also the El Dorado for Indians from all across the nation. This translates to a lot of people, from all parts of the country, coming to this City to make their dreams come true. There is hardly any State that does not have a representation here. And lines of bewildered foreign nationals, lining up for renewing their visas at the MiniSecretariat, are proof of the varied nationalities also at work here. But glittering employment prospects aside, how accepting is the City of these 'outsiders'? An RWA chief once commented, “The sense of responsibility, and ownership, that comes from living in one's native city, is missing in Gurgaon. There are too many disparate youngsters and families who have settled in Gurgaon for a living; the feeling of being a native needs time to foster.” But then, what has the City done to welcome its new population? Neal Singh left Kathmandu a few years ago, and came to India for a better salary. Working as an assistant in an European haute couture outlet in Ambience Mall, Neal has spent half a year in the City. Ask him about the job prospects in Gurgaon and his face brightens up

While Manesar has become the undisputed heir of industrial Gurgaon, the other surrounding towns of Patuadi, Farukhnagar and Sohna too have started feeling the warmth of development. With each passing year, the ever-expanding horizons of this Millennium City are melting into these towns, to provide them a new dimension of growth and prosperity. Sohna could be a big beneficiary of this socio-economic cum landscape renaissance. “Sohna is indeed the best future residential bet. Both sides of the NH-8 are bright prospects today, but the prices are high, and the scope is limited.

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FOOD

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t is impossible not to have felt the hype surrounding the release of The Avengers. For the benefit of the few who haven’t heard about this, The Avengers is Director Josh Whedon’s cinematic attempt at bringing together a host of characters from Marvel Comics, in the time-tested battle of good versus evil. It is but natural to not expect too much of a story element in such a setting. The overall feel of the movie is plasticky, which matches with comic book textures. There are no allusions, actual or imagined, to reality. These very features, and the way they have been seamlessly built into the movie, are the core reasons why this movie, and particularly its 3-D version, will be a super hit. The Avengers stars more than half a dozen lead actors and actresses:

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am back in the Sector 29 market, which probably has more restaurants per square foot than any other place in Delhi NCR. This time my destination is the exotic sounding Zura. The first thing that strikes me is the restaurant’s smart and contemporary interiors. Divided into four distinct sections at different levels, with 86 covers, it seems designed to accommodate the various moods of its guests—from wanting a quick bite at a coffee shop, to the desire to lounge around with friends at a bar, or to share a candlelit dinner with the beloved. I am greeted by the affable proprietor Nidhi Wadhwa, an alumnus of the California Culinary Academy, who presents me with the menu. Zura, the first page explains, is a word derived from Azure, the colour of the sky on a bright, clear day – and is a metaphor for authentic cuisines from around the world. And, in keeping with the theme, the menu has offerings from the Mediterranean, the Orient, the Occident and the United States, as well as a small section dedicated to Indian curries, biryanis and kathi rolls. I decide to start with the oriental chicken salad (Rs. 255). The service is quick, and when the dish arrives, I am glad I ordered it. Here is a chatpata mix of chicken, cucumber, boiled rajma, peanuts, and spring onion, with a tangy tamarind based sauce, and lettuce. All this is topped with fried wonton strips, making the dish recreate the comfortingly familiar flavours of the Mumbai street classic Bhel Puri – albeit in a more sophisticated avatar. With my taste buds singing,

Zura SCO-40, Sector 29, Gurgaon Phone: 0124-4251545/46 Timing: 12:00 noon – 11:30 pm

Vijaylaxmi – Masterchef (Season 2): Top 4 I hear Nidhi’s succinct description of Zura’s food philosophy: “We aim to serve you fresh, authentic and familiar tastes— and varied cuisines to suit every mood and palate.” The appetiser I have ordered arrives: oven roasted meatballs, tossed in a spicy tomato chili sauce (Rs. 325). Interestingly, meatballs, or koftas as we call them, are a part of almost every cuisine. The meatballs here are soft and succulent, as they should be. Regrettably though, the accompanying sauce is cloyingly sweet, and overpowers what could otherwise have been a very meaty taste experience. The main course of grilled basa fish with lemon butter sauce (Rs. 525) is pretty remarkable. Cooked to perfection, the fish has a melt-in-the-mouth texture, and an oh-so-buttery taste; with the veggies on the side adding body to the flaky lightness of the basa. It is a dish I would certainly like to come back for, and of course recommend to friends. I am joined by Chef Dhiraj Kumar, who approves of my choice of tiramisu (Rs. 250) as dessert. Served in a martini glass, it’s been prepared classically. It has savoiardi (Italian finger cake) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone – and is generously flavoured with kahlua and cocoa. It makes for mouthfuls of (a little over-sweet) indulgence. Excellent food, top-notch service, and reasonable prices make Zura a pleasurable experience; one that you would love to share with your family and friends. u

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Samuel Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and a few others; but no one gets to dominate the screen space – a simple rule to be followed when making multi-starrers. The other reason why this production appeals, is the right dose of humour at the right places; not the type that will make you guffaw, but the one-liner kind – which acts as a tension reliever to the relentless action. The violence is not gory; in fact, in a few places—like when The Hulk gets into action— it is more funny than cruel. If you are a Marvel Comics fan, you will salivate – there will be an expression of wow! every now and then. If you are not, you will feel that comic book characters like Superman or Batman have more appeal on the big screen. u

Spinach Kofta 
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Fresh spinach

1 small bunch Fresh bathua
 1 small bunch Fresh mustard leaves ½ cup

Gram Flour (besan)

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Corn Flour

1tsp Cumin 1 cup

Fresh paneer

Salt to taste Oil to deep fry

Method  Trim all the leafy greens, and wash under running water. Place a deep non-stick pan over medium heat and add 8 cups (1.6 litres) of water. Bring it to a boil.
  Add the leaves and blanch it in boiling hot water for 2-3 minutes. Drain in a colander and run them under cold water. Squeeze out the excess water, cool and puree. Transfer into a deep bowl.  Place a non-stick shallow pan on medium heat, and pour in 2 tbspn (30 ml) oil. When small bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan, add the cumin seeds. Add gram flour and  salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes.  Add the prepared puree and sauté, stirring continuously, until the mixture is dry and begins to leave the sides of the pan.  Set aside to cool. Mix in the corn flour. Divide into 3-4 equal portions.
  In another bowl, mash the paneer along with salt. Divide into 5 equal portions and roll into balls.
  Take a portion of the sautéed greens, flatten it on your palm and place a paneer ball in the center.  Gather the edges and shape into a ball. Similarly, prepare the remaining koftas.
  Place a kadai (wok) on high heat and pour in 1 quart (800 ml) oil.  When small bubbles appear at the bottom of the wok, reduce heat to low, and gently slide in the koftas.  Cook for 2-3 minutes or till golden brown.  Drain with a slotted spoon and place on an absorbent paper.  Serve with any sauce.

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emp Brewpub & Kitchen organised the first ever Sufi festival. Over 1,100 guests, at two successive evenings, attended the event. The first day of the festival saw the soul-stirring performance of Niazi and Nizami Brothers, who shot into limelight recently with their qawwali “Kun Faaya Kun”. This was followed by a contemporary version of Sufi music by Band Nasha. The second day of the festival started off with the Sabri Brothers belting out famous Sufi numbers. Actor Nasser Abdullah was also spotted.

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picentre was abuzz with music, as the students of Birju Maharaj’s Kalasharam, driven by his son and daughter, performed and mesmerised the audience. Their performance was followed by Bollywood songs dished out by the winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Debojit, and Indian Idol Finalist Antara. The event was presented by an NGO Ankur, that works to promote the cultural heritage of India. More than 400 guests thronged the auditorium, to partake of the blissful evening.

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adam Shri Geeta Chandran, a celebrated Bharatnatyam dancer, enthralled the audience at School of Inspired Learning (SOIL). Her performance was followed by a talk, wherein she interacted with the students, and told them how she uses classical dance to handle contemporary issues. The event was presented by the SPIC MACAY Gurgaon Chapter.

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ith an objective to make the lives of underprivileged kids – who loiter around on its construction sites – better, CHD Developers organised a social campaign – “Komal Ankur”. Mr. Rajesh Joshi, Head, Execution, CHD Developers Ltd. distributed clothes and other daily use items among the kids. Each member of the CHD family contributed used and wearable clothes, toys, and stationary. They also encouraged others to contribute. “Carrying on with our CSR endeavour, we wanted to engage the entire CHD family in a campaign – to sensitise them on the needs of the underprivileged kids, and encourage them to extend a helping hand,” said Mr. Joshi.

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‘Community’ Centres Only In Name? HUDA, in foresight, built Community Centres in each of its sectors. However, most of them are empty shells, used for organising small events – and are desolate most of the time. Sanjiv Kalita says correctly that these Centres should be used for more than that. “Only when people meet, do they converse, which leads to interaction and revelation.” Unless you meet the people whom you share your city with, the commonality, acceptance, and the much-beaten phrase ‘unity in diversity’ will never become a reality. “The RWAs have to take a step forward, and help celebrate each community’s festivals. It’s not the scale, but the effort and the feeling that counts,” he feels. But with the fast-paced lifestyle of the City’s denizens, this thought will probably remain a foot-note. that there have been reports of violence against my people, but everything can be dealt with. I do get checked. I carry various forms of identification – such as my PAN card and driving licence. Nothing more than a normal citizen would carry.” A firm and a reasonable approach works, he says. Caroline Gowlett came to this City a little less than a year ago, from Wokingham, UK - with her husband Ian, and two daughters. “It takes some time getting used to this City. When we moved here, one of my main concerns was finding a proper British school for my children; and in that respect, Gurgaon is wonderful,” she says. Coming from the UK, the lifestyle of the City was not something she was prepared for. “It is very unsettling when people keep staring at you whenever you go out. Though I don’t mind when old ladies come up and hug my daughter,” she laughs. “There was this one time when I was queuing up with my girls in tow. I had left some space between me and the person in front, and a young man tried to push us aside and take the place. When

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immediately. “The life here is so fastpaced, compared to Dehradun and Meerut. The entertainment and work aspects are phenomenal. I've been here for six months, and it's been breath-taking.” How are the people, compared to the other cities? Neal pauses. “Let's say that Gurgaon is good place to work, earn money and leave,” he says. Prod him further, and he explains, “It's like you can have everything, and yet nothing in this City. Everything in terms of material things, flash and dash; but nothing in terms of warmth and friendliness.” In small cities like Dehradun and Meerut, the people are more open, and likely to offer a helping hand; but in Gurgaon, no one has the time to notice that someone needs assistance, Neal feels. It is common to see that while all the other ‘regional imports’ are spread all over the City, foreign nationals and North-Easterners tend to stay close together, residentially and figuratively. For both of them, it probably means a familiar face and background, and safety in numbers. For example, in Sikanderpur, there is a sizeable community of the people from the ‘Seven Sister States’ (North East). However, Andrew Tshering, a Corporate Communications Executive working in Gurgaon, has a different perspective. “There have been incidents of racial profiling, yes. But none of that has happened to me. I’ve stayed in the NCR for the past six years, and my long time room-mate is from Patna. I agree

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Caroline Gowlett, with her 2 children

I objected, we literally had a fight. I felt that he would have hit me, had things worsened,” Caroline confesses. There were so many things out of place for her. “I actually joined yoga to let off some of my frustration,” she comments. Did it work? “A little,” she laughs. Sometimes when people try to get too close to her daughters, “I really have to turn into this tigress, you know. Like herding my family together,” she says. How many friends has she cultivated, besides the other expatriates living in her condominium? “None, for now.” I’m getting to know them through my friends, she says. I can say now that we are sort of settled in this City, she reflects; but settling in with the people will ‘take a bit longer’. Hari B. came from Hyderabad to work in a multi-national, some four years back. He now can speak fluent, accentless Hindi, and is comfortable with the denizens. “I can’t say the money’s better than places like Mumbai and Bangalore, but it’s good. And the international jet-set working here makes for an interesting pot-pourri.” How would he rate his experience of the cosmopolitan life? “The people who have come here to work, have also stayed in other cities, and know what it is to mix and melt, figuratively speaking. They are more accepting and accommodating. But I can’t say this for the locals here. In my perspective, most of them have not travelled and experienced enough, because they have traditionally had stationary professions like farming. So for them, we are just ‘outsiders’. The bias, however slight, will always be there,” he muses. The feeling of dealing with someone who does not belong here, or does not know the local language or culture, will shade the locals’ perspective, he says.

Second-class Citizens?

Lucky, who works as a masseur in an MG Road Mall, is plain outraged when someone asks her how the people have behaved with her. “When I say that I’m a masseur, all I get are leers. The people from the Seven States are not ‘chinkies’ or ‘momos’, and it’s highly offensive to disparage your own countrymen. One time, I was going out with my Goan friend, and our bike was stopped for routine checking. The cops were more interested in checking me out, than the vehicle papers. It was so embarrassing. While we were leaving, I heard one of them comment to the other that, ‘Pooch to leta ki kahan khadi hoti hai’. That night, I felt like leaving this City once and for all. What did I do to earn this disrepute?” Sombrely, Lucky says, “Of all the people who come here to work and earn, we have it Neal Singh

the worst.” Speaking in the same vein, Caroline had also said that, “The men look at women (from other places) like they are something exotic. And I can’t shake this feeling that, here, women are second-class citizens.” Is there a ‘disconnect’ between the locals and the people from the NorthEastern states? Some feel so, some don’t. It is interesting to note that those in the lower-income groups and lower educational qualifications have apprehensions of bias, but such is not the case with the higher-income and higher education set. Andrew stresses, “Bias is there. But again, I have friends from the North-East as well as locals. Even I have faced reservation, when meeting people for the first time. Once they get to know you, things get easier.” The perception of violence and terrorism emanating from the North-East colours the initial feedback, but the locals ease up after getting to know you, he says. However, the same seems not true for the women.

The Other Side

Sanjiv Kalita

On the North-East people’s fear against hostility from the locals, a policeman says, “It’s true what they say of a bad fish spoiling the whole pond. Most of them are as innocent as lambs, but there are some who operate prostitution, drug selling, and other prohibited activities in the same localities. So when we raid or inspect, they accuse us of racial bias.” Of all the castes, creeds and races to come to Gurgaon, none of them have

Patricia Topp, with her family

been ‘profiled’ as much as the people from the North-East; and subjected bias, persecution, and crime. There have been numerous incidents of ‘racial profiling’. And their interaction with the locals has been tiresome. According to a latest country-wide study done by an Association called North-East India Image Managers, 93 per cent of the people they interacted with wanted to know more about the Seven States; but the damning fact was that over 87 per cent of the respondents couldn’t name all the seven. It is a highly negative perception that colours the people’s minds, when anything about the North-East comes up in their daily lives, says Sanjiv Kalita, an Assamese geologist who has been working in Gurgaon for the past three years. “Some of my office-mates didn’t even know that there was a state called Assam! The ones who did, when I asked them what they knew about

the land, came up with ‘wild forests, insurgents and strange food’,” he relates. Cross-cultural sensitivity is extremely low here, Sanjiv has come to realise. The NH-8 divides the Old Gurgaon and the New Gurgaon, but what it also demarcates is the area containing the original residents and the ones who have come here to make a living. “I have been to several states and cities, and Bangalore and Mysore are certainly better in this regard.” An experience comes to his mind. “My company in Mysore had around 18,000 employees, and was a virtual city in itself. A beautiful company policy stated that since there were so many people from all over the country, each State had a ‘day’. The twist was that the day and the events would be organised by people from the other States. It helped people broaden their perspective, and made them realise the diversity of India,” he reminisces. Everything and everyone is nice until there is a confrontation of sorts, he says, “It is then that the regionalism and stereotyping is unveiled”. When his car was dented by a Jharsa local’s motorcycle, he recalls, “Though I look as if I belong here, my accent gives me away.” He somehow assuaged and defused the crisis. To his recollection, he never had this feeling in any of the previous cities. The best view probably comes from Patricia Topp, a Londoner who has spent well over three summers in Gurgaon. Compared to London, Gurgaon seems ‘sedate’ to her. “I love this City. It’s everything we want as a family,” she says. The people from her condominium, World Spa, are ‘warm and friendly’, and she converses in Hindi comfortably with the locals. “I liked the experience of Sadar Bazaar; and over time, I have many friends outside my circle of expatriates,” she says. How has her experience been, dealing with the locals? The people who live in apartments and complexes are mostly educated and have travelled enough, but what about people outside that circle? They still have a long way to go, learning to live with the expatriates, she feels. “People here can’t see beyond the end of their noses. It’s all about what they can get now, right this instant. They’re missing the big picture,” she feels. “I often meet people who jump up and say, ‘Have you come from Africa?’ I mean, listen to my accent! Not everybody of my colour has to come from Africa,” she laughs. Gurgaon still has a long way to go, in becoming a melting pot of all races and regions. Locals, be it the policeman, the grocery shopowner, the auto driver, or the man walking the street, are still not used to the idea of ‘outsiders’ coming in. That idea will take time to settle in, ‘as the City is itself so young’, as Patricia puts it. There is work bias, women are singled out, and an uneasy calm prevails. There have been incidents against some of the people who have come here to work, and many have learnt to accommodate. North-Easterners and the foreign nationals, have common ground – in that they face ‘visual bias’, if not discrimination. Increasing the volume of business in the City is fine, but until the people learn to open up 09818200470 their minds and hearts, the ‘sense qazidesigner@gmail.com of belonging’ (and of pride) will continue to elude the citizenry. u


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Paras Hospitals was the guest of honour. ♦ Due to the continued skewed sex ratio, the District Legal Services Authority has decided to educate the masses about the provisions of the PNDT Act. The Chief Judicial Magistrate cum Secretary of the Authority Narinder Kaur has said that special camps will be organized over the next week. Free legal aid will also be given to the needy. Recently 2 families of District Mewat were saved from breaking up, over a dowry harassment case, by counseling the spouses. There are Legal Aid Clinics in 20 villages of District Gurgaon. Also, legal literacy classes were organized in Bhondsi Central Jail, for 950 inmates. ♦ In order to monitor and supervise the progress of water and sanitation projects in the rural areas of Gurgaon District, a District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner P.C. Meena. ♦ A pregnant woman is found murdered on Faridabad road. 2 months pregnant girl is killed – could be a case of ‘honour killing’. A 4 year old slips into a sewage tank, and dies. An electricity tower collapses in Jamalpur, 2 killed. A woman is found dead near Dronacharya

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 Contd from p 1 The inception of Manesar as an industrial town, and the plans for an Industrial Corridor and Economic Zone around it, have limited any further residential expansion in this area. Sohna has great connectivity – to Dharuhera (and onward to Rewari) on NH-8, by Tauru road; to Gurgaon, by Sohna Road; to Palwal (via the KMP Expressway); and directly to Faridabad also. The just declared Sohna Draft Development Plan 2031 stamps the bright future of this area; and the rise of Badshahpur—from a hamlet to a full fledged town—has also added to the value of Sohna. Badshahpur is already seen as part of Gurgaon City. History is repeating itself. Fifteen years ago, those who couldn’t afford a house in South Delhi moved to Gurgaon, in pursuit of a new elite living; now the people who are unable to buy a home in Gurgaon City have an opportunity to move South, and be an integral part of its new expansion. In the coming decade, this area will be the hub of residential real estate,” says Anish Raghav,

ma, the Pradhan of the Sohna Municipal Committee.

A tourist destination

Sohna is not among the most hunted tourist destinations in Haryana, but it still has a few spots that attract people. Apart from the world famous Shiva temple geothermal hot water spring, which now is situated in the heart of the town, the other attraction is Damdama Lake, the biggest natural lake in Haryana – spread across 8 Kms, in between the Aravalis. It is a perfect one day holiday destination for people living in the NCR. “Haryana Tourism, for the comfort of people, has opened two tourist resorts – one in Sohna town, and the other in Damdama. People visit the hot water spring for religious purpose also, whereas Damdama is a perfect destination for outings,

Sohna is home to people of multiple beliefs. Ahirs, Thakurs, and Gurjars are the dominant castes, who hold the maximum number of agricultural holdings. “This area is adjacent of Mewat, which is predominantly a Muslim area, hence there is a significant Muslim population here also. However, the majority is Ahirs and Gurjars, who collectively comprise almost half of the population,” says Thandi Ram Rawat, a senior official in the Sohna Municipal Committee.

Sohna: An introduction

Sohna is an old town, situated 25 kms south of Gurgaon, on the Gurgaon-Alwar highway – in the foothills of the Arvallis. It’s surrounded by industrial Faridabad and backward Mewat districts. The town derives its name from the gold dust found in the world famous geothermal spring, in the ancient Shiva temple. Although there is no significant history attached to Sohna, it has been ruled by the Rajputs, Mughals, Jats, and the British. There are old houses and havelies standing today in a very congested area. The town has an almost non-existent fort (only walls). This architecture, and the town being situated in the foothills, gives one an illusion of being in Udaipur, Rajasthan – which probably attests to Sohna being established in the glorious

developed in this area, around the Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) Expressway that passes near Sohna. All existing roads connecting Sohna with Gurgaon, Nuh, Ballabgarh, Palwal and Tauru are proposed to be widened – to be 60m wide, with 50m wide green belts on both sides. “Indeed Sohna has a bright future, as it is the only area left ‘untouched’ – despite being so near to Gurgaon. The new Gurgaon will be in and around Sohna, and those who can’t afford a house here will be able to get their dream of having their own home near Gurgaon fulfilled. This new Draft Development Plan for Sohna will take the town to the next level of development; and it will also attract the private builders, to invest more in making this area prosper,” says Kavita Yadav, Chairperson, Zila Parishad, and the member of the District Planning Committee.

especially during winters,” says Ramesh Yadav, a Haryana Tourism employee. “Each year, lakhs of people come to take a bath in these divine Kunds. The people have a strong belief that this hot water is blessed by Lord Shiva himself, and it can treat skin diseases. The Trustees of the temple have taken care of the comfort of the people. We provide rooms and other services of comfort to the people. It’s open to the people of all beliefs and castes; and those who can’t afford to pay are welcome to take a bath free. People who can afford it, are given special treatment, and are allowed to take a separate bath with a bucket, in a special bathroom.” says Chander Prakash, one of the employees in the temple. The area is flooded with private resorts, motels and other picturesque retreats.

Ethnicity

a real estate consultant, and CEO of Not Just Flats. He hails from Bhondsi Village (on Gurgaon-Sohna Road).

Draft Development Plan 2031 Sohna has been projected to have a population of 5,80,000 in 2031, from the present 67,785 (2011 census). 6,110 hectares will come under urbanization (excluding the 391 hectares that comprise the current area of Sohna town and adjoining villages). Of the 6,110 hectares, 1,034 will be left as green belts and open spaces, and 425 hectares as forest land (both totalling to 24% of total area). 1,703 hectares will be for residential purpose, 271 for commercial, 1,236 for industrial, 627 for transport & communication, 241 for public utilities, and 573 hectares for public & semi-public purposes. The density of population would be 300 per hectare. An Industrial Model Township (IMT) is also being developed near Sohna town, in 1,500 acres - and HSIIDC has asked for an additional 1,500 acres. Three Theme Hubs – Leisure Hub, Leather Hub, and Sports Hub – are proposed to be

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age of Rajputana. As far as the administrative set-up in concerned, Sohna is one of five Tehsils in Gurgaon district. The others are Gurgaon, Pataudi, Farukkhnagar, and Manesar. It has a Block Committee comprising 72 villages and 57 Panchayats. It has a Municipal Committee, responsible for the town’s sanitation and cleanliness. “This area is going to be a bedrock of future development and growth,” says Roshni Shar-

Sohna is renowned for a specialty also. Not for any monument or temple, but an individual who has been serving the masses with his expertise in acupressure. Shri Prem Bhakt Baba, who has been serving masses for the past 20 years, believes fervently in God, and his mercy on mankind. “I am nobody but a medium of God’s will. I have been serving the masses, and treating their ailments, for the last twenty years. Prior to me, my father used to do the same. Acupressure is based on the science of the human body, and the treatment involves pressing a few important points, that lead to the proper functioning of the veins. It can cure some of the most common yet dangerous diseases given by today’s modern life – like spinal disc failure, migraine, and joint pains. On an average, 500 to 600 people come daily here, and I believe that they get relief from this acupressure technique. My father started this service in 1961; and after his demise I followed his will to serve the masses,” says Baba Prem Bhakt.

Education

Till the last few years, the area used to be backward in terms of education. However, with the advent of big private schools, the area has seen a dramatic change. While these big schools have not directly helped, their inception has triggered an educational awakening – and there are a lot of small private schools that have come up in the area.

Connectivity (Transport)

Cities and town blessed with better connectivity certainly hold an edge. Sohna is surrounded by the already developed Gurgaon and Faridabad, and the developing areas of Palwal and Tauru. With the completion of KMP Expressway, this town will be one of the best connected. “Sohna has a big bus terminal, and Faridabad, Gurgaon, Alwar, and Rewari are the major routes from Sohna,” says Harish Kumar, an Enquiry Officer at the Sohna Bus Terminal.

A strategic game changer

With Gurgaon flanked on the East and North by Faridabad and Delhi, and with the West already under development, this Southern area is a good potential expansion zone for Gurgaon, in the years to come. The caravan of development has already begun, south of Badshahpur. Sectors 58 to 67 on the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) have moved Gurgaon southwards. One day this will be the beginning of the Greater Gurgaon Southern Suburbs. One major builder has already started selling land for plotted housings in Sohna,” says a big real estate consultant. u


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rdee City, that was to be one of Gurgaon’s shining examples in township construction, is slowly turning into a morass of legal wrangles and harassed residents. With problems pouring out of every nook and cranny, there is scarce hope of a doable solution to the mess. Since the passing away of the developer Ashok Verma, his two daughters have locked the lands and the money in a legal tussle of inheritance. There is no one in place to take charge, and deal with the day to day issues. “With no leadership at the builder firm, the maintenance of the place has gone to pieces. We have entreated the Town and Country Planning Department officials so many times, to set the record straight – but there is no relief for us in sight.” It was to be a promising township, with builder floors and condominiums spread across 210 acres. R.S Vatsa, a resident of Ardee City condominium, The Residency, says that a lot of promised maintenance has yet to be fulfilled. He revealed that the Clubhouse is being used as a maintenance office, and “they can’t even repair the road in front of their office, let alone the rest of the colony.” “When the condominium was made (the first of nine proposed), it encroached upon 4,000 square feet of private land. The milk booth donated to the residents by the builder was also made illegally on encroached land. Even the school which they run, has ownership issues,” he states. “The issue of encroachment is so widespread that almost every structure is encroaching on someone’s else’s land.” The residents of the Condominium

had even taken the maintenance agency to the consumer court, over maintenance charges. “We are paying Re. 1 per square foot. The agency is saying that it is too low, and wants to raise it to Rs. 2.40 rupees per square foot. That rate is paid by residents in condominiums like the Icon and The Pinnacle, where they have facilities such as swimming pools and what not. We don’t even have a Clubhouse to ourselves. Why should we pay such hiked rates, and that too for half the services?” Another thorn in their side is the noncompletion of the promised township – much like the Mayfield Gardens issue. The condominiums, the community parks, the roads have not been constructed as per the

Traffic Police Advisory A brief on the various points put up by the Traffic Police, to various bodies, for resolution. In all cases, specific sites have been named: On NH8 – Make Toll Plazas Z shaped, and add gates; add new entries and exits; add 2 Foot Over Bridges (FOBs), traffic lights, parking, lay byes, speed limit boards. Sadar Bazar – close entry/exit points, and provide parking. FOBs at – Dundahera border, Sheetla Mata Mandir Road, Maruti Gate 1, HUDA City Centre Metro Station exit (towards South City). Reduce width of Chowks – Agrasen Chowk, Mahavir Chowk. Remove Subhash Chowk roundabout – have 4 slip roads. Remove 6 unauthorized cuts in Sohna Road; put iron railing on divider. Remove speed breakers from Bakhtawar Chowk to Cyber Park. Have 6 feet railing on MG Road median. Make a bus queue shelter, at IFFCO Chowk bus stand. Put up a jersey barrier – near Gurgaon One complex. Close unauthorized opening on Old Delhi Road – in front of CNG pump. Set up parking lot(s) in Udyog Vihar, Cyber Park. Provide parking space for Autos, outside Metro Stations. Shift Tooda/Bhusa Mandi to Sec 34 (near Marble Market). Inspect and finish work at Sec 4,5 Chowk - has been dug up for over 1 year. Inspect and finish work at Basai Chowk - has been dug up for 2 years. Resolve ages-old issue of sewage and waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk. Reduce/remove 8 roundabouts. Make many Slip Roads; Repair roads, grills, dividers; Fill up ditches/potholes on roads; Remove electricity poles from roads; Put up some dividers. Make traffic lights work 24x7. Ensure zebra crossings at all traffic lights, schools, hospitals. Level sewer holes that are higher than the road level. Remove encroachments of vendor carts and shops, on roads. List for new installations: 14 new Traffic Lights locations. 23 new Traffic Umbrellas locations. 11 new Speed Breakers locations. 11 new Streetlights locations.

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builder’s earlier promises. Several hundred investors, who had put in their money to buy flats in the nine condominiums, have been left high and dry in the Palm Grove projects. Considering the state of affairs in Ardee City, what would be a solution to its maintenance woes? “Of course, a government agency, together with our knowledge of the area, and the RWA at work, would be the acceptable alternative. The current situation is unacceptable.” However, residents are equally wary of such solutions. One of them said that he had heard that World Spa was not being run so well, now that it being run by the residents. “They have their own jobs and lives, and maintenance is a full-time job.” Vatsa is equally sceptical of the Mayfield model. “Why would HUDA invest its money in the maintenance of another’s township? The problem is of too many owners complicating the maintenance and ownership process, and then having their licences revoked. How will HUDA get the money to run the place? They can’t sell the land without the owner’s permission, and that legal battle can go on without a time-limit.” But he was confident that their fight against the builder and the maintenance agency will bear fruit, without the aid of outside parties. As of now, “HUDA has promised piped water supply, instead of our dependence on the five borewells we are

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using right now,” says Kaul. Roughly a Rs. 88 crore project, envisioned in 2011, it has been reportedly delayed over and over again; but Kaul has confidence that piped water supply will be a reality soon for the residents. The problems of Ardee City seem to be without end. The builder is missing in action, the land is locked, the maintenance agency is toothless and underpaid, and there is little or no upkeep being done in the vast township. The residents would have to come together openly along with the builder and the TCP, to demand their rights. The answer could be a government agency assisted maintenance, or the builder coming back to complete the township. Meanwhile, we have another private builder township in serious trouble. Mayfields Gardens got HUDA support. World Spa RWA has taken it upon itself. These clearly are not the most effective ‘long term’ solutions. Town and Country Planning, and HUDA, need to be far more responsible and accountable. This state of affairs should not come have to pass. u

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hen you meet Vivek Kalia, you can be forgiven for thinking that he is one of the hundreds of young, highly-paid executives walking the corporate corridors of power. However, leaving all of them behind, Vivek Kalia is an IAS officer, and Gurgaon’s City Magistrate. “After graduating in Engineering, I completed my MBA from the Delhi School of Economics,” he says. “I have also done a fair bit of corporate work in HP and L&T. I passed my Civil Services examinations in 2010, doing my probation here.” He took over the office of the City Magistrate on January 2 this year. Why did he leave the private sector, and pick up a government job? “Most of my batchmates are earning in lakhs per month, if not more,” he admits candidly. “Call me old-fashioned, but I guess I wanted my job to have a more direct impact on people,” he says. “During my probation, a group of furious people burst into my office, over a legal issue which had been stuck for long. I just talked to them for an hour or two, and defused a potentially hazardous situation. The matter got resolved eventually, but I realised then what the impact of my job was.” Kalia says that his father, Mohinder Kumar, himself an IAS officer, and the Secretary to the Governor of Haryana, has stressed to him that even in a high post, a government official is a ‘public servant’. The Office of the City Magistrate is often overshadowed in this City, which has IAS officers at the helm of bodies such as the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the Deputy Commissioner and the Divisional Commissioner. What are the City Magistrate’s

official duties? “People often mistake the City Magistrate as a member of the Judiciary. Actually, the City Magistrate is an administrative official with some judicial powers,” he explains. “The Office serves as an extension to the Deputy Commissioner of the City.” Since there is a lot of responsibility, and different roles in the DC’s ambit, the City Magistrate steps in to share the load. The Office has the power to read and sign letters and documents in the DC’s name. “More importantly, the Office is the people’s connection to the State Government. I forward the common man’s woes, requests and letters to the proper higher authorities, in case they are not resolved at the lower levels,” Kalia explains. Plus, the City Magistrate also handles the work force and inner mechanisms of the Administration, “just like a Human Resource executive”, he says. Making sure the people work right and efficiently, is another responsibility of the administrative official. “For example, if an employee is good at making conversation and building rapport, we shift him into PR,” he laughs. “Or if there is an employee who

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very year, I visit an organisation known as ‘Home’, which takes care of the spastic children in Gangtok. The person managing the Home is a Lama who is a professional meditation practitioner. During one of my visits, he explained to me how the posture and the process of meditation are vital for expanding one’s capacity – and for attaining self power. To meditate, the person is to sit still upon his or her cushion in the lotus position – left foot on right thigh and right foot on left thigh, watching the mind. Whatever arises in the mind is noted, and allowed to pass. The person does not budge from the spot. It is simply a matter of ‘doing nothing’. We are so conditioned to react to stimuli, that ‘doing nothing’ is the biggest challenge – and requires the highest degree of self-restraint. The mind finds all manner of compelling reasons for the person to abandon

is too negative in his approach, and not too people-friendly, we put him in finance! Fiscal prudence is an important part of the administrative machinery. The man would be a natural at questioning records, and slashing ‘bloated bills’.” Having experience in corporate life, and now in the administrative machinery, how does the transition feel? And more importantly, what change is he bringing in? “We can achieve a lot, provided it is within our rights and responsibilities. When I came in, I had so many ideas. But I realised that everything has to be done in moderation. With so much responsibility, a measured, correct path is infinitely better,” Kalia says. The Administration has also started the ‘e-tracking’ of files. “Every file coming to us will get a unique bar-code. We can track its process through the necessary department officials. This way, no file will be left unattended,” he says, enthused. “Also, we are finalising a process under which fresh graduates, looking for internship, will be able to work in the Administration. There are so many engineers and MBA graduates looking for a place to complete their internship. And we have a chronic overload of work. It is a mutually profitable enterprise. They will get certificates from the State Government, and in turn, we will get fresh blood. HUDA already has something like it, and we’ll put it in place, too. I have already talked to my college, The Delhi College of Engineering, and a few other institutions for the recruitment process.” His reasoning is that the young people will have the enthusiasm to slug it out in the remote villages, “And the best part is, they are honest.” They will drive the sloth out of the settled ‘babus’, he feels.

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What would he say is the most important aspect of his job? “Lending an ear. The Administration often runs slowly, and not in sync with the demands of the people. This often leads to clashes and confrontation. I learnt a lot about organisational psychology in my stud-

A Journey…

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n 1967, a drive from Delhi to Jaipur was a dream. As you hit the highway on a wintry night, a sea of yellow flanked the drive. For miles around, all you could see were thatched huts, with fires lit. You could choose to stop at any one along the road. The host would greet you in Haryanvi, with folded hands and a smile. He was a farmer, who was running a dhaba by night. There were khatyias to sit on – and were quite comfortable. Their ‘chulhas’ were on a fired-up handi, and a woman made rotis on a separate fire. The aroma of the food immediately built up your appetite. In winter, sarson ka saag and makai ki roti were the staple fare – with dollops of home-made butter. The meal was served with great love. The produce was all fresh, from their own fields. The price was very reasonable. The servings were large – unlimited really. Today, I search in vain for such a place. It was somewhere in today’s Gurgaon. As children we were driven down to the deserted highway, waiting for the roar of the aeroplanes (from Palam) to assault our ears. Today, the famous ‘Jumbo Point’ has vanished. You can no longer wait in this area. It is now NH8, a busy highway – the new gateway to the City. The City hardly existed, except as a place you passed by on your way to Jaipur. There was a border post that let you know you had crossed Delhi. By the 90’s, this area was a popular destination for bird

Discover Peace Within his/her seat. Many fantasies and emotions pass through the mind. Some are violent, some lustful, some tempting, and some terrifying. We start being assailed by all the mental perversions. These impulses start afflicting us, and need our inclination to struggle with them. We become enmeshed in a sequence of thoughts that carry us away into a kind of dull opaqueness. That is the moment to start censoring ourselves. All human beings are conditioned in a thousand ways by their experience. We do not live naturally. We live according to our ‘programming’. The effort needed is to apply ourselves to seeing what is going on in us, as it happens. We too readily are overcome by circumstances, and so are unable to

ies, and it has certainly paid off. When you listen patiently to irate people, that is in itself an important step in defusing crises. The Administration has to listen to the people’s woes, to make itself effective and efficient. That is the root mantra.” u

remain calm in the midst of the whirlwind of life. So the basic training of the person sitting on meditation is to sit still – no matter what wind blows by. It is then that the person notices what comes out of the storehouse of the mind, as it emerges into consciousness. This is the awareness of feelings, the practice of meditation. The practice of meditation has given the Lama the ability to operate effectively under moments of great crisis. The Lama had been running this Home for twenty five years. A number of local people were giving financial support for running the Home. Suddenly, one cold night, Sikkim was shaken and devastated by an earthquake. There was no casualty of any of the children staying in the Home. Various agencies

watchers (at Sultanpur); and was a picnic spot (Damdama Lake). The Maurti factory was also a landmark. Gone are the fields, and the forest green. The rural nature vanished with the invasion of DLF. The builders changed the unknown town to a new destination. When DLF started marketing its houses we were one of the early buyers. The builders had promised a luxury life for the retired, with luxuriant greens surrounding the colonies. The only greens left are the golf courses. Till 2000, we could not think of residing here. There were just rows of houses, with poor infrastructure. It seemed too remote from Delhi, and away from life. Then suddenly the area was a busy beehive. Malls sprung up, and corporate houses moved in. The City, as we know it, was born. Those who invested here for a quiet retired life, in their golden age, are a disappointed lot. The tranquility has been replaced with the glamour and clutter of a city zipping into the new millennium. The City is still an infant – learning and exploring and building. We need to nurture, love, and protect our City. We must understand the City has new money, which brings with it brazenness. We must deal with it with firmness, tempered with understanding, and introduce new laws. The City has adopted us, and we must make it proud of us. We cannot just complain; we are what it is. We did not inherit the City – we chose it. u

got busy with restructuring of the township, and the rehabilitation of the citizens. Probably, taking care of the children living in the Lama’s Home was not their priority. The financial support to the Home also dwindled – and then stopped. This information reached the friends of the Lama. Donors from our town reached Gangtok and provided the needed support. The Lama’s cherished Home was saved. We cannot forget the Lama, his love for the disabled children, and the ‘pure awareness’ that helps him cope. I am fortunate to have been associated with the Lama for the last two decades. He has not only taught me love for humanity, but also that peace is to be discovered within ourselves, through inner stillness. 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.


6. Lampshade loses stripe. 7. Doorhandle appears. 8. Bird in distance. 9. Child’s drawinq changes. 10. Safety pin on floor.

1. Cushion pattern missing. 2. More paint on floor. 3. Letter ‘W’ changes 4. handbag bigger. 5. Picture hangs from centre.

Solutions Spot The Difference

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World Culture Day

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elebrating the diversity of the world’s cultures, languages, and geography, Lancers International School conducted a special Ceremony on the World Culture Day. While teachers taught students the basic facts about the world, the students presented a fabulous dance and music show. This was followed by a talk between the students and teachers, about the different parts of the world.

Science Theme Park

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he students of Class IV and V visited the Science Theme Park of Shalom Hills International School, in an interactive and activity-based learning environment. The Shalomites enjoyed playing with the musical pipes, rolling the gravity ball, hearing the music from the solar radio; and learning about the conical path, cycloid path, and the working of simple machines. The aim of the visit was to inculcate a sense of enquiry, scientific attitude and thinking, and creativity among the students.

oonam Jangra, a student of Lt. Atul Katarya Memorial School, secured 97.4% marks in the aggregate, the highest marks in the City. Monika stood second, by getting 96.6%; and Kapil Sharma was third with 95.2% marks. There was a mood of jubilation and excitement at the School, as the ICSE Class X Board Result was a 100% pass rate. The Director, Mrs. Sumitra Katarya, was overwhelmed, and expressed her joy, and congratulated the staff and the students for their hard work and outstanding performance.

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o combat cyber crime, and enlighten the students about it, Blue Bells Model School, Sector 4, conducted a Workshop on Cyber Safety. Mr. Rakshit Tandon, Advisor Cyber Crime Cell (UP, Gujarat, and Gurgaon) took the two-hour long Workshop, and told the students about the ways and means to safeguard their computers. The Workshop was followed by a question and answer round. At the end, the vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Anshuka Aneja, IT Co-ordinator of the School.

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he students of Class III of Shiv Nadar School presented an Assembly just before the School closed for the
summer vacation. The mood was upbeat, with a lot of fun and frolic. The theme of the Assembly centred
around ‘Books and Reading’. The Assembly started with an invocation to God, followed by News, and “Thought of the Day”, – emphasising on the habit of
reading as the greatest gift. Students enthralled all present with foot-tapping numbers – “Aloo ka tha
birthday”, and “When she comes down the mountain”. The importance of “reading as a habit” was
brought forth by the extremely informative talk presented by the students. The talk concluded with a
vow to read a lot of books during the vacation – and make it a habit.


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Orientation Address

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CA School organised an Orientation class for Class XI. His Excellency, Deputy Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mr. Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited the School and addressed the students. The talk ranged from motivation, theatre, media, social graces, to career counselling, and communication skills. He was welcomed with fanfare by the School Band, and given a glimpse of Indian culture in the form of a Folk Dance. Mr. Saleh said India provided Bangladesh incredible support at the time of their Independence. He informed students about the SAARC summit, which was held in the Maldives. He said both the countries should join hands and work together for economic development and education.

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urple Day was celebrated in the pre-school wing of the Ajanta Public School. The whole area seemed to be covered with purple coloured sheets. The little ones were dressed up in purple dresses, and were carrying purple handkerchiefs, and balloons. They were so excited to open their lunch boxes, as they had varieties of purple coloured dishes – like black currant pastries, and purple-coloured drinks. This was followed by different activities – like making of brinjals with dough, thumb printing on purple grapes, and tearing and pasting on the cut-outs of brinjals.

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otus Valley International School recently inaugurated the first 3D Lab in the City. Chief Guest Mr. Shantanu Prakash, Chairman and Managing Director, Educomp Solutions Limited, and Guest of Honour, Dr. Shayama Chona, Patron of the School, inaugurated the 3D Lab. On this occasion, the School held its second Investiture Ceremony, wherein the Chief Guest administered the Oath of Office, and pinned the badges on the School appointees. The students of the School took oath, and both the Head Boy Kaustav Sood and the Head Girl Molly Rathore, shared how they want to take this responsibility forward, and make the School stand out.

Literary Flourish

Wacky Science Riddles

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ood Shepherd School organised a Yoga Workshop for the Tiny Tots. The children, along with the teachers, participated in the Workshop. The Tiny Tots learnt about the benefits of Yoga in helping reduce stress, improving selfcontrol, and developing social skills. Teachers told the children to develop healthy habits, for a lifetime of wellness and happiness.

1. What runs faster, Hot or Cold? a. Hot, as you can always catch a cold. 2. What did one atom say to other? a. Nothing, Atoms can’t talk! 3. What is the difference between the North and South pole? a. The whole world. 4. What did one magnet say to the other? a. I find you very attractive. 5. When does it rain money? a. When there is change in the weather. 6. Why was Newton surprised when he was hit on the head by an apple? a. He was sitting under a pear tree! Ankita Sharma Class XI-B, Swiss Cottage School

Artistic Strokes

Krish, V B, Delhi Public School Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com

Avinash, IV-A, St. Crispins Sr. Sec. School

Tonu, II, Ridge Valley School


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A jester’s job was to entertain the king and his court with jokes and pranks - a job that Gopal performed to perfection. Not only did he keep the king of Krishnanagar in splits whenever he was tensed or bored, but he also helped him solve serious matters of state. Amar Chitra Katha tells you a story about Gopal, the famous court jester.

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arly morning, as I walked down the school’s vestibule, cautiously hearing an announcement over the speakers asking all senior students to assemble in the amphitheatre for a workshop on drug addiction and smoking, I frowned upon this tedious trend. This was possibly the 3rd workshop for adolescents in this month. Put starkly – for a smoker or a nonsmoker teenager- these workshops were a waste of time. I don't smoke, nor do I intend to, nor am I even a fan of gratuitous smoking among people my age. And as for drugs, I still am as unaware about them as I was 10 years ago. Yet, I had to comply with my school’s instructions, and sat amidst 100 other jaded students. The reality was that these workshops saw only students who perhaps had never even touched a cigarette. The workshop was conducted by whom the school authorities considered child psychologists. The culmination was, as always, a pledge signed by every child. However, this time, the workshop later sparked an attention-grabbing dialogue between my friends – in which they shared whether they had ever done drugs or smoked. Much to my surprise, many had. For the first time, I mulled over how a cigarette would actually feel. I had an ardent desire to know what was this ‘miraculously pleasurable and relaxing’ feeling. I knew I never could have the guts to openly go to a shop, buy a pack, light a cigarette and watch the smoke curl in front of my nose. But, what if someone offered me a cigarette butt, or asked.

Gurgaon is neither a City nor a village. It seems DLF has placed a few skyscapers here. There are serious safety issues for women. When I saw a girl being assaulted on the New Year’s eve, I was terrified. As a student, I would like to form a union and work to spread awareness among youth about the issue of sexual assault. I also want to work for the betterment of villages around the City. Rekha, MDI

I always assumed that kids who smoked and did drugs were entrapped in a sphere of distress, and had nothing better to do; but I somehow ignored how these could be activities that provided amusement. At the end of the workshop, I think I understood the psychology of teenagers who were involved in these practices. It was not because ‘rich kids’ like me were ‘depressed’, as put out by many institutions. It is just that breaking rules is exciting. The initial smoke is not because they want to, but because they’re not supposed to – and yet they can. The very objective of making us sign pledges, vouch to our parents, and legally restrict us by laws, is defeated when they make us want to break them. The objective for us is not to get a high, or infuse our systems with nicotine; it’s to prove a point to others that we’re rebels, and no one can set a framework of rules for us. And even if they do, we’ll make sure they’re broken – whether this is right or not. Currently, I’m still figuring out whether I should try out smoking once; drugs are beyond the desires of an abstemious teenager like me. Maybe I will abhor it so much that I’ll never want to smoke again; but again, what if that doesn’t happen? Schools and community centres have to rethink. When they organise a workshop, or set rules, are they teaching us to say no to drugs – or are they setting themselves up for the reverse? Always confiding in you. Me

Student life in the colleges of Gurgaon is more diversified than the Delhi University. Here, you will find students from all over the world. But, safety for women is a major issue in this City. Education is not taken too seriously too. The government should provide scholarships to the students seeking admission in the private colleges, as there are hardly any good government colleges in Gurgaon. Abhimanyu, IILM

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recent Bollywood flick, “Ishaqzaade”, has been a decent hit in the theatres. It’s a story set in Lucknow, where two political families—a Hindu leader and a Muslim one—are fighting each other to win the upcoming MLA elections. Amidst all the political riots and religious conflict between the two parties, the grandson of the Hindu MLA candidate and the daughter of the Muslim one fall for each other. At the end, they are subjected to an honour killing, by their rigid and intolerant families. This concept of martyred love, the glorification of death in the name of love, has existed since ages. “Heer – Ranjha”, and many other real life cases of “honour killing”, are old hat in this part of the country called “North India”. But the question that lingers on my mind is - why do these passionate and sacrificial love stories—like Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha , Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ishaqzaade—sound so attractive to us? Why have great poets and novelists created such beautiful yet painful stories, that are full of suffering? And if they are painful, then why do these stories touch millions of hearts? Is it true that “love” is synonymous with pain? Or is this just the case for some dreamy romantic souls?  Am I wrong, then, in thinking that a lot of us have wished for a crazy love story for ourselves, at sometime in our lives? Have you never dreamt of being in love so much that you can sacrifice everything you have, and still feel like a winner at the end? Conversely, is this not a very impractical way of looking at a highest form of “love”? Is it such ideal persona, who make us feel that workable, day to day relationships lose their passion with time, and get boring after a stage? Why is it that many a times our heart chases for the titillating excitement which accompanies a new love relationship? Our heart keeps searching for this “illusion”-based love, that feels so attractive, resulting in the many cases of extra-marital affairs which we hear of these days.   Is it not true that we should enjoy these love stories and movies, but should also understand that this isn’t reality? “Real” life is not about having titillating excitement all our lives; it is about caring, and sharing the highs and lows. A workable relationship might feel ‘dull’ after some years of togetherness, but it is something we all must strive for, because “cheating is very easy; why not try something difficult this time – like living up to a commitment”. Lipi Patel

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I am from a small town called Jind. My experience in the City has been fabulous. Here, I have had a good exposure to the corporate culture. Shakti, First India School of Business

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speak I am from Delhi but I like this City, because it has more shopping and hangout places. But, a lot needs to be done at the student level. At ITM, we have an NGO “Yukti”, wherein students donate clothes and teach slum children.There should be more initiatives like this all around the City. Ranjana, ITM

Being a student in Gurgaon means you are better prepared for your career, because it has a hard core corporate culture. I live in the City for the past 22 years and I love it. However, traffic and unhygienic surroundings are major issues. I think students should come together and initiate a cleanliness drive in the City. Anupriya, ITM

Gurgaon is not only Haryana’s pride, but a national pride. It is an engine of economic growth. However, the City needs to be governed and managed efficiently. Besides civic issue, I strongly feel for the rising number of suicides among youngsters in the City. Students should form unions and social clubs to provide a platform for peer counselling. Prerna, IIPM


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The Dog Must Wag The Tail

PL is coming of age. IPL trivia makes TV prime time, with primed up anchors. It even makes Page 1, Story 1 headlines – 2 days in a row – in top national dailies. We clearly cannot think of much else. We have it so good, that significant national or international events are taken in our stride. The majority has it so bad that they never make it to page 1 (or any page for that matter). The main ‘culprit’ of the Shah Rukh and other saga is clearly the media. What should have been a sports page item, with at best a page 1 brief, became news number 1. And the justification is that we are only catering to the readers’ wishes. So much for any principle. We are good at pointing fingers – we see only one finger.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Why is there no Bus Route that touches Sohna Road? Does the area not matter, or is the clout of the Share Auto owners supreme?

On our passion for sports, a little background should help clear the air. Till the early seventies, the sport to follow was Hockey. It evoked loads of passion. And the main reasons were that it was a team game, we had been world champions, and we believed that we would always be in the running (top 3) for world championship. Rivalry and oneupmanship with Pakistan was a bonus. The sporting heroes for the masses were the Hockey players. The masses listened to every Hockey commentary, and watched (live) all Hockey matches. However, in the seventies, India’s performance slipped (partly due to the introduction of AstroTurf – which has interesting lessons for a common worldwide cricket pitch theory tomorrow). The masses walked away, and adulation stopped; and there was anyway not much to drop, by way of earnings/business then. Hockey awaits more than a Chak De moment. The 1983 World Cup win changed it all, in favour of Cricket. The sports vacuum was filled up. And just when we were feeling that we couldn’t be champs again (yes, in India we have very high – 20 years plus - tolerance levels), the boys won the T20, and then the one-day World Cup again – with a fleeting Test Champ bonus added on. That is what has kept Cricket alive, the cricketers as heroes, and the game so profitable. As long as the public believes that the Indian Cricket side is a world beater (with again Pakistan beating as a bonus), the attendance and viewership will be high, the performers will be idolized, and the business of Cricket will rock. Yes, BCCI, please never forget that, as you embrace Bollywood Company. So where does IPL come in? It is no World

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his is indeed a valuable effort Gaje Singh ji. Please take up further seriously for the interests of public at large, because only an organised effort in the right direction can provide the necessary reprieve to affected people of the area. May we know the current situation and progress in the matter . Rajesh Pandey on the article Supreme Justice

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hank you Alka for an excellent review. I have discussed it on my Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn. Shital Kakkar Mehra on the article Mind Your Manners

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uccinct and says a lot at the same time. Dipannita on the article Hic Hic Hurray.

Championship. There is no National (India) passion. However, the format planned was almost as good. The World was coming to India; and the India passion was being replaced with State passion. India had also been World Champ in this T20 version. Unfortunately, the State passion has already been partially compromised (Sourav is not being a part of Kolkata in any capacity). Fortunately, despite a lukewarm acceptance of IPL earlier, the international players are now dead serious – about the league, and their performance. After all, there is serious money involved, even in dollars. There have been comparisons made with other Leagues – like the English Premier League in Football. We clearly need to set up something with an Indian stamp on it. To that extent, the Entertainment angle is the right combination. But there has to be an absolute agreement as to who is the dog, and who just the tail. And the tail better not try and wag the dog. Top dog is Cricket; and Entertainment is the tail end. But the dog needs to behave – it can wag, but not chase, its own tail – or for that matter others’ tails. The masses want to see top cricket, among international toppers. For a higher dose of Entertainment and entertainers, the masses always have the weekly new offerings from the many woods (Bolly, Kolly, Molly, Tolly) in India. With the international participation and performance taken good care of, we need to bring in a solid State emotional quotient. Top cricket stars have to be aligned, in various capacities, with the States they hail from. There has also to be some semblance of consistency in team members. Of course, this assumes that one wishes to leave a legacy, called a League. Otherwise, there is merit also in just having an annual carnival called IPL; and then have all the teams’ members bid for, each year. And may the best team win. Let us also beware global competition. They have seen the moolah. Yes, most do not have the spectator numbers, and the crazy passion, and even the sponsors. However, let us not ignore England – the land of South Asians, and a League. They just might do a Lalit Modi on us. u

Another Summer Of Discontent The summer heat has barely started – and the power and water problems have already reached alarming proportions. There is absolutely no sensitivity in the Administration; and there is th clearly no learning. In an interview for our March 30 issue, the Power Minister had bravely promised “No Power Cuts This Summer”, when we had realistically advised that a power-cut schedule should be worked on, and shared with the residents. The situation is so bad that people have taken to the streets, in various parts of the City. And it is not just the under-privileged or “Old Gurgaon” that is suffering; even DLF colonies are bearing the brunt of this apathy. Protests, with people blocking main roads for hours, have taken place in Nathupur, Dundahera, Badshahpur, and Manesar. DLF residents are planning to do the same. The Administration is back to fire fighting, and excuses. Further tragedy awaits us this monsoon, when sewage is added to this muck. Even with the presence of a District Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, MCG Commissioner, and HUDA Administrator in this City, they cannot – or choose not to – do anything worthwhile for basic civic services. Clearly the answers and the accountability lie in Chandigarh. That is where the protests must now take place also. The Chief Minister should beware – the situation could escalate seriously. We are talking of basic life essentials here. We, in the 24x7 power and water colonies, should beware too; today, two such disparate worlds cannot co-exist side by side for long.


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Cosmopolitan Art~Currents

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his week I review a significant Exhibition, ‘Iconographic Investigations,’ at Gurgaon’s Nature Morte Gallery at the Oberoi Hotel. This mature group show bears testament to Gurgaon’s truly international and cosmopolitan culture – a unique phenomenon in Indian city-life. Four cutting-edge artists are interestingly placed here – Michael Buhler-Rose, Olivia Fraser, Ajay Desai, and Arun Kumar HG.  Each artist conveys a completely different approach, a different cultural background and style. And yet, these fine works, in varied contemporary media—from fibreglass and metal sculptures to pigAcrylics ments and mixedmedia on paper, and from digital prints on metal to photographic juxtapositions—all hang together in coherence, due to their relevance and contemporaneity. Ajay Desai Two of the artists are domiciled in India – Fraser is Scottish; Michael is American; and Arun and Ajay are Indian. Arun Kumar HG, born in 1968 in Karnataka, was a student of Art at Baroda’s MS University. He now works Acrylics in Gurgaon. Arun has an intense manner of depicting human exis- been mainly working in Delhi since tence, through the modes of satire 1989. I had first written about her art in and drama. To his credit, he continuous- the 1990s, when her paintings followed ly documents  Indian reality and aesthet- the tradition of conventional British coics. His techniques combine the beauty lonial watercolour-illustrations, of ‘loof traditional Indian handcrafting with cal natives’ and architectural ‘historic’ cutting-edge installation methods. drawings. Of late, however, Fraser has Arun’s series in fibreglass and been delving into the artistic language of mixed-media, depicting Nandi Bulls India, applying Tantric and symbolic Inin various postures, bear a dian visual elements to her work. She uniquely-handcrafted beauty. has studied traditional Rajasthani His application of actual cables Nathadwara painting, and clasand electronics, in his more sical Indian painting methods. quirky installations – such Olivia’s paintings have thus as ‘Offspring’ – convey the moved towards greater subtlety current urban milieu with and abstraction. It is good to see originality and wit. Aside from Arun Kumar HG showing his work all over India, Arun has exhibited in New York, Berlin, Australia, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Brazil, France, Japan, Scandinavia – and at the George Keyt Foundation in Colombo. Olivia Fraser, born in 1965 in London, studied Modern Languages at Oxford before taking up Art at Wimbledon Art College. Married to the writer William Dalrymple, Olivia has Offspring – fibreglass, wood, & TV

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that the Scottish domicile in Delhi has absorbed the actual Rasa of the Indian milieu, in which she has lived for over 20 years. She pays her respects Removing The Evil Eye Women & Lychees to true Indian aesthetics, in her sensitive experimentations with the most ancient Indian cosmic forms and symbols. Ajay Desai, born in Lucknow in 1955, studied Art at Baroda and at London’s Michael Buhler Rose Royal College of Art, and now works in Delhi. He has exhibited all over India, as well as in Paris. Ajay’s psychedelic Op-Art paintings in this Exhibition encompass swirling design-energies, harking back to the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Ajay’s works convey considerable graphic skills, and technical Camphor Flame linear abilities of a sophisticated level, as well as a deli- the Indian symbolism of Agni,  in photocate use of colour. However, graphs of flames  that purify life and rethese works have an ‘advertising move the evil eye. This intriguing Group-Exhibition proand design’ feel; and his Op-Art work does not contain any clear vides art-enthusiasts with a cosmopoliIndian references, nor documentations tan view of current artistic statements, fast-evolving towards genuine globalism – with a respectful sharing of Eastern and Western cultures. More such evolved international group-shows will enhance the emerging cultural landscape of Gurgaon --- a Millennial City that has the potential to develop into a sophisticated global cultural zone. u Artist, Writer and Curator Radhakrishna diptych

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of our current Indian cultural ethos. Michael BuhlerRose, born in 1980 in New Jersey, has been a student of Vaishnavism since the age of 14. He has intensively studied Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy for several years in India. He mainly lives in New York, travelling to India for inspirational energy. Michael gained his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida, and is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in USA. Working largely with photographic juxtapositions, Michael describes his art and subject-matter as “theatrical cultural realities.” He utilises magazine-photos of Bollywood stars—such as John Abraham and Shahrukh Khan—along with typically-Indian fruits and natural forms—such as mango leaves and lychees—roughly taped-onto rustic walls. American Bharata Natyam dancers are also depicted in his crosscultural images. He further employs

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urbhi Gupta, a Class XI student of DAV Public School, is blessed with an innate sense of symmetry, colour, and attention to detail. One is awestruck at the accurate shapes and the proportion of colours that reflect in her murals. “I am no art critic, nor am I in a position to evaluate visual art, but when I saw Surbhi painting her winning entry, during the competition held at Gurgaon, I noted her work. At that time itself, I instinctively felt that here was something different,” says Atul Dev, the Convenor of the Gurgaon Chapter of INTACH. When asked about her experience at the national competition organised by the INTACH Shantiniketan Chapter, Surbhi says, “I was not prepared for it. Due to my Class X exams, I didn’t find time. I was also not aware of the topic. But Rabindranath Tagore has always inspired me. He was a versatile genius. I had made a painting showing Rabindranath Tagore blowing out a pen, a brush, and a book, through a straw.”

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colours. At the age of 5, she made my portrait. I was sleeping on the bed with a dupatta rolled around my neck. She made a figure reflecting exactly how I looked, with the same surroundings.”

Her mother, Poonam Gupta, who is a gold medallist in M.Sc Botany, says, “Since childhood, Surbhi has had an awareness of the expressive possibilities through

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nlike aura healing (covered in the last issue), you can perform aura cleansing on yourself, at home. Sage has traditionally been used to clear away negative energies. Set alight a small leaf of sage in a metal dish. Inhale the smoke through your nose and mouth, holding it for about 2030 seconds. Another method for cleansing the aura is in the form of a lit sage smudge stick. Waft the smoke around your body, from head to toe. Crystal energies have been used for thousands of years for healing. While lying down, place a Clear Quartz crystal on your Brow Chakra, just between your eyes. Relax, meditate and visualise a white healing light emanating from the crystal, and bathing your entire body in healing white light. Another method, using the power of crystals for aura cleansing, is to make crystal infused

Aura Cleansing water. You can spray the liquid around your body, as a fine mist from an atomiser, to cleanse your aura. You can use as many crystals as you like, to create this liquid. Crystals such as Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz and Moonstone can be used. Place the crystals in a bottle containing spring water. Place the bottle outside, overnight, under the Moon. The following day, use the crystal infused water as a spray or atomiser. Spray all around your body, from head to toe. You can also use flower petals, blooms and blossoms, to create an atomiser spray for aura cleansing. In the same way as using crystals, you can use fragrant flowers such as honeysuckle, jasmine, rose, orange blossom or almond blossom – and place them in spring water overnight. You can combine the flowers with crystals, for extra strength

and potency. Again, use the flower water as a spray or atomiser. Spray all around your body, from head to toe. Essential oils, either singly or combined, make excellent aura cleansers. Essential oils such as Juniper, Cinnamon, and Cypress can be used. Simply take a few drops on your fin-

She is equally active in studies. Being a disciplined and an obedient student in school, Surbhi manages time well for her studies and tuition classes. She utilises her free time for painting. However, she aims to pursue painting as her career. A girl of a few words, Surbhi credits her parents and art teacher for her success. She says “I feel happy when I paint, and I will never leave it. I scored good marks in Class X, and despite the peer pressure to take up science, I opted for humanities – and have taken fine arts as a main subject. It’s great to have my parents’ support.” While Surbhi is yet to freeze her future plans, her mother dreams of making her an artist; and plans to send her to either Delhi University or Jamia.

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Her talent was recognised at her first competition itself, when she was just five years old. Since then, there has been no looking back. When she was around 10 years of age, she went to Sri Lanka, to participate in the ICSQCC painting competition, an Asia-level competition. Her work won accolades there too. This 15-year-old artist has shown her creativity in different styles – including pencil sketches, abstracts, cartoons, and canvas painting. According to her art teacher, she confidently indulges in oil, dry, and acrylic colours.
Her finesse has also won her the title of cartoonist in a school programme run by the United Na-

distributed all over the country, in the form of a greeting card, by the Power Finance Corporation Ltd. This was a rare feat for a 10 year old child,” says one of her teachers.

A Disciplined Student

Surbhi Gupta, National Winner of a painting competition organized by the INTACH Shantiniketan Chapter, on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary.

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tion Organisation. She made a cartoon reflecting a social cause – showing missiles, and a bomb on a dead body. What arouses keen interest is the freshness in her paintings. “Her painting on energy conservation was ger tips, and apply to the back of your neck, your wrists and your inner ankles. Inhale the remainder of the essential oil from your fingers, and breathe deeply. You can also use essential oils in an oil burner, and inhale the aroma. Harnessing the power of the natural elements is perhaps one of the most effective forms of cleansing auras. The element of Air can be utilised by standing against a strong

Being from a family of doctors and engineers, entering into the field of art, and learning painting was a bit difficult for her. With her elder brother also having set his career on engineering, it was hard for her to break the legacy. However, her determination and passion for painting made her parents take the right decision. “I never thought my daughter would be interested in fine arts. But her achievements in this field made us realise that painting will always remain an inseparable part of her personality,” smiles Poonam Gupta. u wind. The power of the wind, and the element of Air, helps release unwanted energies – and is a natural aura cleanser. Sea breezes are particular good, as they contain minerals and sea spray. The element of Water is of course an obvious aura cleanser. Bathe in the ocean, sea, lake, river or stream. Get connected to the element of Earth, by hugging a mature and deep rooted tree. The element of Fire, in the form of powerful sunlight, can be harnessed to cleanse auras. Be careful though, to avoid sunburn. For the most stubborn and persistently clouded, tainted and stained auras, you need a professional energy healer – to read your aura, and remove the negative energies that are dulling not just your aura, but your whole life too. Test the waters with Aura Healing and Cleansing. u Author, Tarot Card Reader


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buckwheat, millet, and wild rice – with 5 to 7 gm of protein per cup.

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How much protein do we need for good health? As a general rule, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of our total calories should come from protein. We should try to eat around one gram of protein per one kilogram of body weight, per day. Another method is to take our weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and subtract 10. A thumb rule would be to separate the requirements into four meals, and try and get between 10 and 15 grams per meal.

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roteins not only build muscle and maintain the structure of organs they are also needed for a robust immune system. Can we get sufficient proteins from vegetarian sources? Especially proteins of high quality? A deeply embedded notion suggests otherwise. Nearly all foods contain small amounts of protein, and it’s very easy to get our daily protein requirements from beans, grains, nuts, and certain green vegetables. However, these proteins are typically considered “incomplete”. What this means is that certain “essential” amino acids are either missing or inadequate. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Essential means our body cannot make them, and we must obtain them from a food source. A simple solution to form ‘complete’ proteins is to combine ‘complementary’ vegetable proteins during the day(not necessarily in the same meal). Some examples are beans or lentils with rice; or any whole grain like quinoa, corn, whole wheat, buckwheat, brown rice mixed with legumes, lentils, black beans, and garbanzos. Most protein bars, or protein powders in health food stores, use soy protein, casein or whey as their base. All these are complete proteins.

Some good sources of proteins from natural vegetarian sources are:  Legumes: They are inexpensive, and are an easily grown source of protein. They have been central to diets around the world for 12,000 years. Beans contain 12 to 14 gm, and Lentils 18 gm, of protein per cup cooked.  Soybeans: They are the richest plant source of high-quality protein. Soya Tempeh, at 18 g per serving, is also one of the best.  Nuts: They contain 3 to 7 gm; and most Seeds contain 2 to 5 gm, per 1/3-cup serving.  Many vegetables such as broccoli, potatoes and spinach, contain between 4 and 5 g of protein in a 1-cup serving. Peas are one of the best vegetable sources of protein with 9 gm.  All dairy products are good sources of protein. A glass of milk provides 8 gm. However, yoghurt is an even better choice. Low-fat yogurt contains 9 gm of protein, and non-fat yogurt provides 13 gm of protein per 8 oz.( 235 gm). Greek yoghurt has twice the amount of regular yoghurt.  Grains—wheat, barley, rye, brown rice and corn—all contain decent amounts of protein.  Pseudograins are cooked and served like grains, but are technically seeds. These include quinoa, amaranth,

Over 5,000 years ago, the Incas cultivated this grain-like seed as one of their staple crops. It grows best in mountainous regions, 10 thousand feet or more above sea level. In recent years, people everywhere are discovering the benefits of quinoa, a delicious ‘whole grain’ that is easy to digest, and is full of high quality protein and fibre. The ancient seed of Quinoa is so versatile, and such an important source of nutrients, that it has been called the “gold” of the Incas. Quinoa is one of the most complete foods in nature, because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that we consume valuable fibre, that eases elimination and tones our gut. Although it is cooked and eaten like a grain, quinoa is technically a seed, and is related to spinach and beets. When cooked, quinoa is light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and subtly flavoured. It cooks and tastes like a grain, making it an excellent replacement for grains that are difficult to digest. It can be enjoyed as a salad, by combining chilled and cooked quinoa with pumpkin seeds, beans and coriander. It makes a tasty porridge or casserole, and can be added to soups and stews. Quinoa can also be prepared in the same way as boiled rice. The size of the seed increases significantly, with a tender and springy texture. Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. Quinoa has low saturated fats and cholesterol, making it an ideal food for health conscious consumers. 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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hree weeks ago, Aamir Khan made his television debut with Satyamev Jayate. All the three episodes telecast so far portray the star as a social crusader with a heart. Aamir has used his image of a ‘hero with a message’ (Taare Zameen Par, Rang de Basanti, Peepli Live) to carve out this niche. Above all, Aamir’s choice of subject triumphs! Yes, we all know that dowry, gender inequality and child abuse are prevalent – but the fact is that we have become kind of immune to such unpleasant realities. Perhaps it is the way Aamir communicates his subject, by involving the viewer, that makes the show a winner. The best part is that he provides some solutions (helpline for abused kids, and a workshop on child abuse) in a comprehensive, hour long episode on the social evils we today brush under the carpet. Yes, the tears appear at the right moment, the audience gasps at the right time, and claps as if on cue. But the heart is in

the right place. With a sprinkling of Bollywood adding a dash of glamour, and the fact that Aamir is involving government participation to address issues, the template of Satyamev Jayate resembles that of the Oprah Winfrey Show. So far the show TRPs aren’t breaking records, like the actor’s films – but Aamir says TRPs don’t bother him. On social issues, ‘Balika Vadhu’ was the first show that exposed the ills of child marriage. The show recently completed 1,000 episodes. It has used a perfect village setting to tell the story of little Jagiya and Anandi. Apart from being a clutter breaker on the small screen, ‘Balika Vadhu’ continues to keep its viewership intact – even though the central characters have grown old, and fallen apart. While Balika Vadhu seeks to highlight the evils of child marriage, it also has taken up issues like women empowerment and adult literacy.

Now with the 1,000th episode, the team behind ‘Balika Vadhu’ has introduced another man in Anandi’s life – Shiv, played by actor Sidharth Shukla. Another show, ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, on Zee TV, depicts a tribe that has and is being exploited for hundreds of years. The story revolves around the wealthy Thakurs/landlords from Madhya Pradesh, who purchase newly born girl children, and use them for their pleasure. However, freespirited Sugni wants to live life on her own terms, and not according to the rules and rituals laid down by her community – the Bedia tribe. Relationships in her tribe are need based – sans emotions. Bednis (females) do not have the luxury to choose their course of life. Instead, without their consent, the males even go to the extent of setting up ‘Sardhakai’, which is the ritual that marks the beginning of a Bedni’s life into prostitution. But Sugni dreams of a relation that is love based.She wants a partner for life, an idea that’s not accepted with open hearts and minds in the tribe. The show is about Sugni’s quest for freedom. Returning to television after a long sabbatical is actor Varun Badola, who plays the role of a powerful Thakur. So far the show has met with a lukewarm response. I doubt if the urban audiences will be able to connect with ‘Phir Subah Hogi’. I wasn’t able to. Since television has penetrated villages and small towns, any show that entertains, and also creates social awareness, is welcome. The urban audiences need not fret – there is enough of fashion, crime, food and travel on other channels. u

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s the stressful urban life taking its toll? The thought takes me back to a story about two tear drops. Once, two tear drops were floating down the river of life. One teardrop asked, “Who are you?” The first one replied, “I was shed by a girl who loved a man but lost him. And who are you?” The other tear drop replied, “I was shed by the girl who got him.” Come to think of it, we cry over what we lose, and often cry over what we gain. Always in the pursuit of some more, it is this very pursuit which lays the foundation for discontentment. It makes sense to not fall in the trap of - “I’ll feel good when I am able to achieve a particular objective.” The desired objective, which one imagines will bring happiness, can be lost again – and therefore holds potential to cause pain. Yet, more often than not, we keep

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orty-two per cent of adult Americans will be obese by 2030—up from 36 per cent currently—according to a new study presented at a National Conference on Obesity Prevention, held in Washington recently. The study sees the proportion of the severely obese—roughly 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight—

falling into the same trap. Recently, a childhood friend came home, and we chatted till the wee hours of the morning. My friend has a comfortable life, a loving husband, and two adorable daughters. Yet, her search for that elusive feeling called ‘happiness’ continues. In her world, the disruption comes from relatives, neighbours and colleagues who are presumably enjoying life more than her. The fact that her neighbour was offered a senior position by a reputed multinational bothered her. She invariably repeated, “He’s so lucky. I wish I had such luck.” I could sense that in some obscure way, my friend feels that she deserves more from life. Definitely more than her peers. More often than not, perceived happiness of our contemporaries is the main reason for our anguish. That

The Fat American rising from 4.9 to 11 per cent by that date. The huge economic impact of obesity was also highlighted in the study, which put a nearly 550-billion-dollar price tag on obesity-related health-care

success, or good fortune, does not always go to those who deserve it, is known. Destiny plays an important role. Understandably so, at some point or the other, we all feel, “Why him/ her, why not me?” The race to the finish consumes us at every step of our lives. The hopeless infatuation (and jealously) with all the ‘good’ that’s happening in the lives of others, is detrimental to our mental well being. Another major cause of discontent in the young urban population is the fear of failure. Why do people forget that every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of a hundred misses? It makes sense to muzzle the constant struggle that ensues in the mind – between the perception of how things are, and how they ought to be. The key perhaps, is to be grateful for the miracle that is your life. u costs by 2030 - mainly for treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obesity is of growing public concern in the United States - as well as being an opportunity for business. To cite an example, there are now companies that sell extra-wide coffins reinforced with steel to bear the weight of corpses in excess of 200 kilograms. u

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n Tuesday, I saw a miracle. For a few moments that evening, I was as happy and awe-struck as when I had received a tenspeed racing bicycle on my thirteenth birthday. As a rule, I avoid using Sohna Road at night. The flying dust, terrible in the day as it is, is impossible to drive in by night. Plus, there are no (working) street-lights, right from Badshahpur to Rajeev Chowk. The feeling is probably akin to driving in the Afghanistan darkness. Not that I was there, but the shock and tremor of falling shells is recreated by the jarring potholes on Sohna Road – not forgetting the peat-thick perpetual dust storm. For some obscure reason, the authorities refuse to repair or light up the road. It is not the deserted stretch it was five years ago. The trucks, buses, and eighteen-wheeler rigs with feeble headlights on that dark stretch, do not promise a sane ride to the commuters. On Tuesday, however, it was different. Very, very different. I was getting off nary-a-bump NH-8, to get back to the office on Sohna Road, via Rajeev Chowk, at 8 pm. I was tired, and not ready to handle the Sohna Road experience. Imagine the absolute delight when I saw highwattage sodium lights lining the central verge as far as the eye could see. And working, too. I slowed down, thinking I had taken the wrong exit. I paused, to take it all in. That moment, seeing the wide road lit from end to end, and in fact stretching to eternity, was like seeing Mumbai’s Queen’s Necklace. Every car was brightly visible. At that moment, I realised how much a welllit road means to a Gurgaon commuter. As a citizen, I would very much like to thank the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Roads & Building Department for that moment. They work very slow, even excruciatingly slow; but sometimes even their half-completed, corruption-ridden work brings a smile to the people. Please do urgently complete the streetlighting on Sohna Road. It would mean a lot to the people living around the darkened stretch. And may the light shine on you too. Imagine how little things can still cheer us up... u

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An American visiting in England entered the hotel, and asked where the elevator was. The doorman said, “We call them lifts here, Sir.” The American said, rather irritated, “Listen, someone in America invented the elevator.” “Oh, right you are sir,” the doorman said, “but someone here in England invented the language. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Grandma & her grandson were shopping in a supermarket. The grandma realised that the kid had picked a toy. She called out: “DEGREE, put that toy back!” The kid returned the toy. An astonished customer asked, Is that his name? Grandma replied: Yes, I sent his mother to the University & this is what she brought back!” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amy and Jamie are old friends. They have both been married to their husbands for a long time. Amy is upset, because she thinks her husband doesn’t find her attractive anymore. “As I get older, he doesn’t bother to look at me!” Amy cries. “I’m so sorry for you, but as I get older my husband says I get more beautiful every day.” replies Jamie. “Yes, but your husband’s an antique dealer!”


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eing creative can help us in becoming not only more productive, but also happy – as it helps an individual to connect with the self as well as the community around him. This is what Charlie Murphy, an expert in Applied Behavioural Science, and in the working of groups within an organisation, believes. For him creativity is not only about artistic expression, but an approach to life – that enables a person to innovate, generate new ideas, and apply them to real life. Murphy has been regularly conducting Workshops at the School of Inspired Learning (SOIL) in Gurgaon. Friday Gurgaon caught up with Murphy for a lesson on Creativity.

What is creativity all about, and how can it help produce better managers?

Creativity, in my opinion, is a way of life – and it can be developed with training. It is about originality of thought, and about connecting with your imagination. An individual has many selves, that include one that he shows in the office, another at home, and another with his friends. It is by connecting with all these different faces that individuals can connect with the whole, and discover their creative side. Another fact is that each of us has a powerful imagination; and the more we bring it out, the more power we have – and the more we can then make things happen in this world. This has a direct relationship with a growing city like Gurgaon, where a large number of companies have set base. It is a multi-cultural City, and that is a good thing. It offers an amazing opportunity to learn from, and understand, each other. Also, the corporates are realising that there is no growth without a thriving community, and business needs to become a prime driver of change. The business in Gurgaon needs to align itself with the community and civil society, to ensure that it helps in the evolution of the City.  

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Creating Creative Communities What is the Creative Community Model that you have developed, to boost creativity in individuals and groups?

Creative Community Model is based on the premise that human beings come alive when they feel safe, secure and confident to express their opinion. There is an inherent need in all of us to be essentially creative. The model is based on creative collaborators, in the shape of mentors, who help people in discovering their creativity, and improve their personality. Humans are wired for connections. At SOIL, the students are asked to step up their creative edge, and participate in the Programme, as it helps in setting the stage for authentic relationships across generations and cultures. This Model helps in combining the expressive arts, experiential learning, and creative facilitation, to promote self-esteem, motivation, social and emotional literacy, a sense of purpose, cross-cultural competence, community involvement, and 21st century leadership skills.

You have been conducting regular Workshops at SOIL Gurgaon. How have the students benefited? Will they become better managers and leaders? How do you assess the Indian students pursuing management or other streams, on the creativity scale?

In India, the educational system unfortunately does not support creativity. The students are afraid to make mistakes, and this inhibits learning and innovation. The teaching system rewards the right answers, and learning is a one-way process – from the teacher to the taught. We are trying to change this situation through our workshops at SOIL, and students have

success? How does your creative model help in reconciling these tendencies among managers?

Many students, while undergoing the Workshop, admit that they value money and success as the most important things in life. But as we take them through, and help in connecting with their creative self, they realise that there is much more to life than money. Creativity helps in changing the thought pattern, and students realise that emotional and social success is as important as money. The Workshop touches the people at their core, and brings about changes that are everlasting. Companies must also realise that if they care for employees, provide a deeper level of sharing, and form teams that enable workers, then it would be easy to compete and attain success in the market.

How can Administrators of this Millennium City innovate, and find creative solutions to pressing problems? benefitted a lot in the process. Many students who have participated in the Programme have given a very positive and encouraging feedback, saying that they feel more connected with their peers, are more confident, think about solving problems through innovation, and feel comfortable in teams and groups. The basic aim is to teach students how to be more mindful, ethical, compassionate – and handle diversity with ease. I recall an incident where a group of Indian bankers had gone for a similar course to Singapore. They asked an Indian origin teacher there on how he rated the students from his own country, and his answer stunned them. The three things he told them were: -Indian students and managers lack the skills to work in groups; -They don’t know how to listen deeply; -And they ask questions to impress others. This situation has to change, if India has to have

leaders who can handle the challenges of the 21st century. However, I must say that students here are more committed, hardworking, ready to learn, and amenable to change.

Money has become the byword for managerial as well as social success in Gurgaon. This is leading to increasing stress and tension among young employees, who are taking recourse to shortcuts for

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he world’s tallest tower officially opened on 22nd May in Tokyo, and 200,000 visitors were expected on the first day. Thousands of people queued in light rain at the Tokyo Skytree, a 634-metre broadcast tower, with a 312-tenant shopping and restaurant area, offices, an aquarium and a planetarium. The skyscraper, in eastern Tokyo,

stertal campsite in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, is well known for its healing waters and its wellness offerings. It also includes a physiotherapy practice. For children, there is an adventure playground, as well as horse riding facilities. Sanguli Camping Resort: The Sanguli campsite in Salou on the Costa Dorada in Spain, offers, along with the traditional sites, 205 bungalows and mobile homes – to cater to every budget. Leisure activities include – three theme pools with slides, tennis and volleyball courts, mini-golf, a football field, a basketball court and a fitness studio. For recreation, there is an amphitheatre, a cinema hall, and a sports television area. Jambo Feriepark: The founders of this Holiday Park in Saltum in the north of Jutland in Denmark, had just returned from a trip to Tanzania in 1964, when they set up this campsite. The huts still recall that East African holiday from the exterior, while the interiors are modern. Luxury caravans offering space for six people can be rented, as can be the cosy cottages. The site contains the largest children’s playground in Denmark. This campsite has received a string of awards over the years. u

The High Heeled { Sabine Dobel / Munich / DPA }

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ollywood stars and supermodels make walking on high heels look easy. They float along gracefully, looking tall and elegant. High heels can actually make any flat-footed woman look like royalty – if she knows how to walk on them. It’s a learned skill, and that’s why women worldwide attend courses to find out how to do it right. “What looks elegant is also healthy,” says Edeltraud Breitenberger, a high heel trainer. She works with women who wish to “emphasize their femininity, feel comfortable walking on high heels, and want to avoid hurting themselves.” Breitenberger also teaches men who want to look more elegant when they walk. She promises to teach them how to walk like Richard Gere. By definition, any heel more than 10 centimetres is a high heel. Shoes with 14-centimetre heels or higher are considered a fetish. That’s why all shoes on sale in regular shoe stores stop at 13.5-centimetres heels, said Breitenberger. She also warns women against heels higher than 10 centimetres. “You don’t need height to be elegant. No wom-

has observation decks at 350 metres and at 450 metres – with 360-degree views of the capital and surrounding areas. “I hope that Tokyo Skytree will cause the number of tourists to rebound, and eventually become a strong engine to re-energize the quake-stricken districts of northeast Japan,” Infrastructure Minister Takeshi Maeda said. Tokyo Skytree was certified in November by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest tower, surpassing China’s 600-metre Canton Tower. The 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest structure. The operator expects 25 million people to visit the Tower and shopping complex annually. u

an should walk on heels more than 10 centimetres, on a sustained basis.” says the expert. One rule of thumb is – the smaller the woman’s foot, the smaller the heel. The base of the high heel in women’s shoes should curve gently downwards from the sole, so that it is directly under the middle of the heel. If the heel is too far back, it’s almost impossible to walk with a rolling motion, and it is bad for posture. “The big toe is the boss of the high heels,” says Breitenberger. If the toe is strong, it holds the weight. Breitenberger advises women who are already good at walking on high heels, not to wear them daily. It’s better to alternate wearing different shoes. Orthopedic doctors warn against regularly wearing shoes with more than a 3-centimetre heel. High heels change the way a woman walks, says Renee Andrea Fuhrmann, Head Doctor, at a podiatry clinic. This has been proven in studies that analyze walking and muscle action. “A women who regularly wears high heels—more than three times in a week for the entire day—will have problems.” Ten per cent of Fuhrmann’s patients come to her with problems resulting from years of walk-

ing on high heels. Many complain about splayed feet, bunions, or hammer toes. High heels only worsen these deformities. “Wearing high heels over a long period of time can lead to back pain,” says Fuhrmann. The Achilles tendon and the calf muscles get shorter when a woman wears high heels over a long period. This causes something called Cinderella syndrome – in which it hurts to walk in shoes that don’t have high heels. “I have many patients who say they can no longer walk on a flat shoe,” says Fuhrmann. Therefore, exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon and calf are very important. A typical patient in her clinic is a 4050 year-old woman, who has worn high heels for years. She, and people like her, usually don’t want to stop wearing them. There could be fewer cases in the future, because younger women are being more sensible about the footwear they select. Fuhrmann says the tendency is towards more comfortable shoes. However, the trade industry association that represents shoemakers and leather workers in Germany, says the trend is actually the opposite. “The high heel trend is currently very pronounced among young women,” says Claudia Schultz, a spokeswoman for the Association. “They again have the desire to dress femininely,” she says. u


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Men Flirt With Danger In Hong Kong { Hazel Parry / Hong Kong / DPA }

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he last memory Alex has of his night out in Hong Kong’s raunchy Wan Chai strip bar, is talking drunkenly to a young African woman outside a bar, shortly before midnight. Six hours later, he regains his senses and finds himself sitting on a train rumbling towards the suburbs;the end of a long night out, and the beginning of a financial nightmare. Groggy and disoriented, the 43-year-old British expatriate gets off the train, and tries to withdraw money from an ATM for a taxi home. He finds his account has been withdrawn, to its limit. “I thought it must be a glitch,” he says. Later he discovers three withdrawals from his account, up to his daily limit of 20,000 Hong Kong dollars (2,575

US dollars). His ATM card must have been stolen, and later returned to his wallet, he deduces. Alex appears to be a victim of a dangerous trend, in which sex workers slip hypnotic drugs in men’s drinks, and then empty their bank accounts. Using date-rape drugs like Rohypnol, gamma hydroxybutyrate and Ambien, they take the men to ATM machines, and watch as they enter the security codes, say the police. They later take the bank cards, and make multiple withdrawals at different machines, while the victims are sleeping off their intoxication at guest houses or at the back of bars. A visiting Finnish police inspector was found dead in his hotel room in 2003, with traces

of Rohypnol in his blood. A Chinese prostitute suspected to have drugged him was never found. Since then, scores of mostly middle-aged expatriates and male tourists claim to have had their drinks spiked in Wan Chai bars, and then have had their accounts emptied. Most are too embarrassed to contact the police. On March 31, a 44-year-old Chinese woman was arrested after making multiple ATM withdrawals totalling 30,000 Hong Kong dollars, from a 22-year-old expatriate’s bank account. Her alleged victim was with her at the time, but in a stupor – and apparently unaware of what was happening, a police source said. The woman was charged with theft, and is due to appear in court in June, although the out-

‘There Is An Answer Out There’

{ Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }

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he world’s top alien hunter is hanging up her telescope, ending her handson search for intelligence life on other planets. She is now in favour of a more down-to-Earth goal – fundraising. Dr. Jill Tarter has been the public face of alien hunting since she helped found the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, in 1984. She is now set to announce her retirement. “I need to deliver on something I’ve long promised. I want to establish an endowment to allow this project to continue in the long run,” says Tarter. For ordinary folks, searching for something for three decades without finding it would be demoralizing. But Tarter remains gracious, optimistic and committed to the cause to which she has dedicated her career – as one of the top female scientists in the United States. Tarter’s work with SETI has changed mainstream perceptions about what hunting for aliens entails. “We have become a household word,” she says. “SETI is now well understood as a scientific exploration, and is less confused with the pseudoscience of UFOs and alien abductions.” She gives credit for that to astronomer Carl Sagan, who wrote the novel Contact,

based on her character, that was played by Jodie Foster in the hit movie of the same name, in 1997. “Until the point where an alien signal is detected, the storyline is very much in line with what we experienced,” she says. There have been a few moments in her career when Tarter thought she had really detected a signal from an alien planet. On each occasion, there was a tremendous sense of excitement - until, the SETI boffins discovered, that the project’s control experiments to filter out signals from Earth were faulty. “In each case, we got smarter and learnt to do our jobs better,” she says. Ask Tarter if she believes that there are aliens out there, and you’ll get a lecture about how her whole career had been aimed at getting rid of the word ‘belief’. “There is an answer out there, and we have to find it,” she says. Tarter is disappointed about the lack of government money, to support a mission that she regards as central to the experience and fate of humanity.  She sees it as a project that should receive global support, and that could easily spend ten times its current budget very effectively. “It’s extraordinarily frustrating because we now know where to look,” she says. “It’s the perfect time to be looking for signs of alien life.”u

Gluten Allergies Can Be Inherited { Johanna Uchtmann / Stuttgart / DPA }

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he children of parents suffering from gluten intolerance may inherit the condition. For this reason, parents with this condition should monitor their children carefully, in the view of Sofia Beisel, a German expert on coeliac disease. In general, infants should be given food containing gluten, only after they are about four months old. “Gluten is not readily digested by babies younger than four months,” Beisel says. Parents suffering from gluten intolerance should inform their paediatrician. While coeliac disease affects only one in 200 people, this figure rises dramatically to 10 per cent of babies with a parent who has the condition. Beisel notes that the condition is difficult to detect, as a result of the diversity

of symptoms. Digestive problems, constipation and diarrhoea are among the most common indicators. Patients ignorant of the fact that they have the condition, or who disregard it, are inviting complications like anaemia or osteoporosis. The disease has to be diagnosed by means of a series of tests – starting with a blood test, and progressing to a tissue test of the small intestine. If the condition is diagnosed, the only effective approach is a strict gluten-free diet for life, according to Beisel. Even if the symptoms are weak and cause little discomfort, this diet should be adhered to, otherwise the symptoms could become worse. Avoiding gluten is no longer the nightmare it once was. In most countries, all packaged food must indicate whether it contains gluten. Many modern supermarkets now carry gluten-free ranges.u

come of a drugs test on the victim is said to be inconclusive. Police have appealed to other victims to come forward, and have warned men out alone in Wan Chai, to beware of drink spiking. Drinkers should “always be alert to the possibility of consuming drinks that have been spiked with a colourless, odourless and tasteless substance,” the police says. “Victims have to report it straight away. They must go to the police, reach a hospital, have a blood test taken,” an officer says. A banker who claims to know of three fellow professionals who have been victims says, “In some ways, it’s the perfect crime. If you report it, your wife and your bosses are going to want

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to know what you were doing out in those kinds of bars.” One expatriate blogger describes waking up at a stairwell, after having had his drink spiked in a popular all-night bar. He later found that his bank account had been emptied. “Rohypnol makes you docile, it makes you compliant – and then it wipes your memory clean. It is Hong Kong’s dirty little secret, and nobody knows who’s doing it,” the blog says. Alex, meanwhile, has no choice but to put his expensive night out in the Wan Chai bar strip last summer down to experience, after going to police too late for a drugs test. “As I was leaving the police station, the inspector told me ‘You’re lucky. You only lost 20,000 Hong Kong dollars. One guy who came in here lost 80,000 Hong Kong dollars,’” he says.u

Space, The Rich Frontier { Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }

efforts focus on providing space tourism packages to other wealthy folks. xtravagant means of transportation His company, Virgin Galactic, plans to have always been popular among provide sub-orbital space flights for tourthe planet’s super-rich. However, the ists and space science missions. It will billionaires who flaunt their power and use massive carrier aircraft to boost their wealth with mere fleets of opulent jets, spacecraft out of the clutches of earth’s yachts, Lamborghinis, Maybachs and Fer- gravity – up to a height of 16 kilometres. raris, could be getting a little envious of The company is charging more than their more ambitious rivals. 200,000 dollars per seat, and has alThe must-have travel toy, for the ready attracted more than 500 bookings truly adventurous from notable pasbillionaire, is now sengers – including the spaceship. Tom Hanks, Ashton Elon Musk—the bilKutcher, Katy Perry, lionaire founder of PayBrad Pitt, and AngePal, Tesla Motors, and lina Jolie. the space exploration But catering to company SpaceX—is wealthy thrill seekan example of this new ers is not the only trend. His company was This Stratolaunch plane way to make money the first private enterprise in space.     Last month, to launch a solid fuel space vehicle into or- Google co-founder Larry Page, along bit in 2008. SpaceX will also be the first to with company president Eric Schmidt, send a cargo mission to the International announced their backing of an ambiSpace Station, when its Falcon 9 spaceship tious new company called Planetary launches from Cape Canavarel, to rendez- Resources, that plans to launch robot vous with the orbiting lab. Musk’s com- spacecraft – to mine near-earth asterpany has already raked up about 4 billion oids. If successful, the project could earn dollars in contracts, for government and billions, by harvesting resources like platicommercial launches. num which are plentiful on asteroids, but Another billionaire with designs scarce on earth. It could also produce waon space is Microsoft co-founder, Paul ter, hydrogen, oxygen, and other materials Allen. Last year, he formed a company that could be used for space missions. called Stratolaunch Systems, to deSpace policy expert John Logsdon, velop a revolutionary approach to space of George Washington University says, transportation - a massive carrier aircraft “There have always been visionaries that would launch a multi-stage booster and dreamers attracted to space, but from high altitude, potentially lowering never deep-pocketed ones, until now. the costs and increasing the safety of Clearly, there is a fascination with space launches. space, and some calculations about Perhaps the most famous of these how this could all work; that makes space entrepreneurs is Richard Bran- this attractive to some very smart and son, the British businessman, whose wealthy people.” u

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