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Renew The City



Farms & The City


ust outside of the City, in the district farms, the scenario has been changing – and fast – due to the relentless urbanization. And this year’s dry summer period, followed by untimely rain now, has taken a separate toll.

Sector Watch

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e revisit Sectors (12, 12A, and 23), a year after, to see what change, if any, has taken place at ground level.

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Delhi Diary


e introduce a Delhi page, for the City residents. We bring you, differently, Karol Bagh, a quintessential Delhi landmark.

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ince the beginning of time the Sun has been a source of energy and inspiration for humanity. With the advent of science and technology we came to know of the more meaningful usage of sunlight – aka solar energy. In India, the limited energy resources will not help fuel our growth. We remain dependent on others. Solar energy is perhaps the only source of energy that can save us from the wrath of the resource bankruptcy that looms. We need to turn more of urban India into solar cities. Chandigarh is all set to become the first city (the second is Nagpur) in India to have a comprehensive solar plan. Gurgaon is also on the list. The draft plan for converting Chandigarh into a ‘solar city’ has been finalised by the Chandigarh Administration. The plan was discussed during a meeting between officials of the Administration and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) last month. The report submitted by TERI has recommended energy efficiency measures for 20 per cent of the total demand of residential and commercial sectors of the city. The project will be funded by the Government of India, with a matching grant by the local Administration. According to the draft plan, finalised by the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), certain changes have been recommended for commercial, residential and government buildings. “The Chandigarh Administration will be in-charge of this project, and CREST will keep a keen eye on the proper implementation of the project drafted by TERI. This is a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Chandigarh Administration (UT), and the cost will be shared equally. TERI’s report shows that at full functionality, this project will cover upto 20 per cent of


housewife, Jaya Choudhary, is now a convert – she has switched from conventional electricity to solar energy to operate electronic gadgets in her house. Interestingly, the catalyst for change was not a range of awareness programmes in the City, but a visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park (RGREP). When the Northern Grid recently tripped for over three days, and the City suffered a major power shortage, only Jaya’s house had lights in her colony. She also proved to be a saviour for her neighbour, Sunil Singh Rathore, who charged his laptop at Jaya’s house and met his work deadline. “We visited RGREP for fun. However, the visit turned out to be an eye-opener. We were amazed to see that everything, from fans to stoves and big TV screens, can be operated by solar energy. The building is small, yet it has solar panels. We therefore decided to install the solar panel on the rooftop of our house. Today we save more than 90 per cent of the power, all thanks to just two solar panels on our terrace,” says Jaya. Inspiring many people, RGREP is a one-of-its-kind initiative in the City. Established by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Authority (HAREDA), with the support of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Park has a solar passive building, and demonstrates several green architectural features. The campus is off-grid, generating the required electricity by solar energy. “We have installed a 10KW plant, which produces energy sufficient to run fans, lights, a stove, a heater, and a cooker,” says Tanmay, one of the managers at the Centre. As per their records, the Park has made available solar water heating systems to over 1,412 households in the City.

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ne-of-a-kind doughnut, pizza and parantha shops, exclusive lingerie outlets, bakeries that churn out only hot cupcakes, pubs that brew in front of you; and from the most high-falutin knick knacks (a shop that exclusively sells cellphone watches – MGF Metropolis) to the most brazen discounts on sugar and loose tea leaves in superstores – Gurgaon malls offer almost everything.. But what makes a casual shopper head towards one mall and not another? There are 64 shopping malls in the city of Gurgaon, spread in many pockets now. The average Gurgaon Joe is spoilt for choice. There are malls that score high as ‘hang outs’, others are for weekly grocery shopping, while a few have the choicest pubs – where the glitterati may just be spotted. Ansal Plaza was the first mall in the NCR, and it was the place to be

There may be some learning from, even a repeat of, Delhi, in Gurgaon. Imagine MG Road as Connaught Place, and Golf Course Road as Ring Road, and Sohna Road as Outer Ring Road. There is a move from the Centre to the South (from MG Road to Golf Course Road to Sohna Road) – as from Connaught Place to South Extension/GK I to GK II/Vasant Vihar. It would be interesting to see how and where the citizens eat, shop and entertain themselves, over the coming years.

in Delhi at the time. Movies were shot there, the adjoining park was the haunt for couples; it was the be-all and end-all of shopping and time-pass. Then Gurgaon’s MG Road showed NCR and the country the power of the Mall Mile. Suddenly, brands from all over the world were within walking distance – one glittering mall after another. The word ‘mall’ beecame almost synonymous with Gurgaon. “If Ansal Plaza showed us how malls can have shops of all varieties together at one place, Gurgaon’s MG Road showed the country how it can be done with style and panache,” says Ananyaa Banerjee, who has come with her friends to DT City Centre, to have a pizza in between work. “Going to a mall is essentially good sense. You don’t have to spend time going all over a market to find several items, they are all there in front of you – apparel, eating, entertainment, groceries and other essentials. And in Contd on p 20 


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Cordia String Quartet @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 6 Time: 7:30 pm


he Cordia String Quartet’s members—Jacob Portelli (Viola), Frank Camilleri (Cello), Emese Toth and David Lang (Violin)—present an evening of synchronised sounds. The quartet has been prolific in concert performances, featuring both Maltese composers as well as the classics – such as Beethoven, Shubert and Dvorak string quartets.


Oomph Amplification @ BriX Street Bar And Rock Cafe, GF, SCO No.30, Sector 29 Date: September 6 Time: 7:45 pm onwards


Musical Nights @Bar Zen, Courtyard By Marriott, 27, B Block, Sushant Lok Phase 1 Date: August 31 Time: 8:00 pm onwards

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about civic and social happenings and issues around you? n Are you motivated to do something positive for society? n Are you interested to also write, and express what you see, hear, feel? If yes, write to us at, with a brief background of yourself, with contact number(s). 2–8 March 2012

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


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

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Tantric Art


e feature

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

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Master Recipe

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

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


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


Group Show @ Gallerie Alternatives, DT Mega Mall, DLF Phase 1 Date: August 27 to September 30 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

atch the best Jazz acts with some great vocalists, and saxophone and bongo players. Top the experience with an all-you-caneat buffet.


n exhibition of paintings, drawings, graphic prints and sculptures by noted artists – S.H Raza, T.Vaikuntam, Sukanta Das, Nupur Kundu, Ajay Narayan, Sanju Jain, Rajendra Prashad Singh, Praveen Kumar, Kosal Kumar, Pankaj Manav and many more. Contact: 9818227501, 4051253

Steel Calisthenics @ Ishatvam, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road Date: Upto September 5 Time: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm

on’t miss an amazing evening of food, music and more, with an All Girls Rock gig. Talented female rockers from across the City will be crooning through the evening. Contact: 9711865507


Live in Concert - Korn Band @Leisure Valley Ground, Sector 29 Date: September 5 Time: 6:00 pm onwards


Kathak Recital @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: August 31 Time: 7:30 pm


et into a celebratory mood with Them Clones on their 12th Birthday, as they present the 4th gig of the Clonefest Soundcheck Series. This gig will feature Parikrama, Peter Cat Recording Company, Root Murphy and Them Clones.



et solutions to everyday parenting problems with Aparna Balasundaram, USA Licensed Psychotherapist and Parenting / Child expert. Log on to the Premier Schools Exhibition FB page and have a chat with the expert.





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atch the live performance of California-based band Korn, famous for spearheading the ‘numetal’ movement. Be a part of the action with Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu playing the Bass, Vocalist Jonathan Davis, Ray Luzier on the Drums, and James ‘Munky’ Shaffer on the Guitar.

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Heroine in the City

Dirty Newsroom

irector Madhur Bhandarkar and actress Kareena Kapoor addressed the media at the Ambience Mall, as a part of the promotion of their upcoming film, “Heroine”. The film is based on the life of a superstar, Mahi Arora, played by Kareena Kapoor. Mahi goes through several ups and downs, which have been captured on screen by the National Award winning Director. “With glamour, fame, love, and fortune, the story will take you through the journey of the life of Mahi,” says Bhandarkar.

amous comedians, Kapil Sharma, VIP, and Priya, along with RJ Mantra and television star Karishma Tanna, visited the Ambience Mall to attend the launch party of Dirty Khabar – Parde Ka Pichhwada, a TV show on Sony Max. The comedy show, set in the form of a newsroom studio, will be hosted by Mantra and Karishma. The troupe of mimicry artistes – ranging from VIP, Kapil, Raja, Priya Raina, Vikalp, Mubin, Howard Rosemeyer, and Jaswant –will be seen in the garb of Bollywood celebrities, giving their take on films, and presenting their views as critics. The half hour weekly show will have a series of Bollywood topics.




Jam Session


cafe at Ambience Mall organised a jam session, paying tribute to India’s renowned musicians. An evening kicked off on a high note, by budding artists, amateurs and professionals – all sharing the stage. High on the spirit of freedom, the music was both stirring and inspirational.

Dream Onam


he Kingdom of Dreams witnessed a glorious display of Kerala culture at Culture Gully, on the occasion of Onam. The Rang Manch performance by DC Crew Dancers on Tamil Bollywood Numbers, was a delightful addition to the festive spirit of Onam. The dancers, in their traditional white and gold saris, and graceful movements, cast a spell on the audience. This was followed by a 'Pookalam' Contest and folk dances, after which special dishes were served. A beautiful flower, 'Pookalam', at the entrance of the Culture Gully, greeted the visitors. The day culminated with a delicious Onam feast. The guests experienced the festive gaiety and fervour of the special festival.

Mauli Sargam


picentre saw a sensational performance by Mauli Dave – a finalist of the TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge’ 2007. She enthralled the audience with her popular compositions such as “Gana Ganadi”, “Khuda Hafiz”, "I Like It Shady”, and “Dil Dhadakne Laga”, to name a few. “It always feels great to perform at Epicentre. I am really excited to perform in the City and look forward to a great evening,” said Mauli before the event.

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any would be familiar with the Oscar winning movie, ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, starring Elizabeth Taylor. It was written by the legendary living playwright of USA, Edward Albee. Born in 1928, he was adopted two weeks after birth by a wealthy couple. He was expelled from two schools and Trinity College, before he wrote his first play— ‘The Zoo Story’—which premiered in 1959 at Schiller Theater Werkstatt, West Berlin. It was an instant ‘tour-de-force’, wrote Friedrich Luft in ‘Critical Essay’… “a shudder causing drama of super intelligent style’. It is set in the 1950s, when the USA was witnessing a consumer boom, and the difference between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ was widening. Adapting a play of such pedigree to suit an Indian environment is a herculean task. Fortunately it found a most worthy Indian playwright in Kuljeet Singh, of the Atelier Repertory Company. “I was reminded of the Indian anxiety and class struggle while reading The Zoo Story. Within 3 months, we created a localised script,” says Kuljeet. The Zoo Story, a one act riveting play, is set in the present, with the focus on a park bench in New Delhi’s Central Park. Performed at Epicentre on Sunday, 19th August, it essentially revolves around two protagonists – Parth (Tushar Dhaundiyal) and Jerry (Sumedh Sachdev). The former, a middle-aged businessman with a domineering wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets, leads a dull, middle class exis-


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Kuljeet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, and he is the Creative Director of Atelier. Besides his teaching profession, he has been practicing theatre since his college days; his interest lies in Visual, Performance and Film Studies. He has directed several major productions for Atelier Theatre: self-scripted ‘Goodbye Blue Sky’, Barrie Keeffe’s ‘Sus’, Jean Anouilh’s ‘Antigone’, Neil Simon’s ‘Laughter on The 23rd Floor’ and ‘Rumors’, Manu Bhandari’s ‘Mahabhoj’, Badal Sircar’s ‘Saari Raat’ and ‘Baaki Itihas’, to name a few. His magnum opus ‘Goodbye Blue Sky’ was awarded by the Sahitya Kala Parishad in 2006. Atelier is a workshop of communication enthusiasts, who have been at the forefront of devising creative educational programs and socially relevant plays.

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tence; whilst Jerry is a young, on the edge, garrulous, obviouslyeccentric-yet-intellectual college drop-out. Parth is more interested in sitting peacefully and reading a book, as he has done for years – but Jerry has other plans. He initiates conversation, drawing out reluctant Parth into disclosing details about his family and life in general. What ensues is a complex psychological drama, with the constant interplay of absurdity, irrational fear, class conflict, loneliness, wealth and abject poverty. During the intense 90 minutes souls are bared, fears exposed, and feelings manipulated – till it’s shocking denouement, with an unsettling frankness of language, both Hindi and English. Kudos to the duo, Tushar and Sumedh, who breathe such life into their characters. Tushar of course is a well-known theatre personality, but it is Sumedh, (an account manager with KPMG if you please) who steals the show. All credit to Kuljeet and Atelier. He has his heart on the job, and it shows in the intellectual honesty and cutting edge brilliance of the play. The crowd loved every minute of it. The ovation at the close was a bit slow in coming, as the audience gradually recovered from the traumatic end. Says Kuljeet, “I am now working on an original piece called CONTROL Z, which will be performed at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Delhi on October 28, – as the inaugural performance of ACT Festival 2012.”u

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R eviews/L istings cinema

Go Watch – Nikal Pado { Vijay Kumar }


anjay Leela Bhansali picks up the courage to produce a two hour feature film on the Parsi community. Directed by his sister, Bela Bhansali, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi comes across as a warm-hearted romantic comedy – a must watch for three reasons. One, the characters are ordinary mortals with their own set of foibles. The hero is a salesman at a lingerie shop, who dreams of starting his own shop called ‘Underworld’. He is 45 years of age and single, stays with his overbearing mom Shirin Farhad Ki Toh (played convincingly by Daisy Irani) Nikal Padi and his granny. He commutes on directed by: Bela Bhansali a scooter with a side-car, and disSehgal plays an awkward shyness when cast: Farah Khan, Boman it comes to displaying romantic afIrani, Kavin Dave fection. The female lead is also in genre: Romance her forties, single because of family responsibilities, and quite at home with her buxom personality. Two, the sensitive way in which Bela Bhansali captures the ups and downs in the romance between the lead artistes is refreshing. Three, the sterling performances by all the actors. Farah Khan, the well known choreographer and film maker, makes her acting debut – and does a pretty good job. The performance of Boman Irani, as the bachelor caught between not displeasing his mom, and wanting to experience romantic dreams at his age, can be rated as truly outstanding. The movie does have scenes of 'toilet humour', but thankfully that does not detract from the unfolding of the main story. What is jarring, however, are the scenes featuring the mayhem in the committee meetings, and the overdrawn episode at the end – featuring the cops and the neighbours. But that is a small price to pay, to watch an otherwise clean comedy with a big heart. u

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LAMP–ICONGO Karma Veer Chakra Award


'Delhi 1' at Renge Art


enowned film actress Neena Gupta visited Renge Art, at DLF Aralias, to view the colourful display of paintings – by Kingson Swargiary, an emerging artist. In the Exhibition—titled ‘Delhi 1’—Kingson’s perception of Delhi, from his observance and imagination, filters out in two mainstreams – namely “Colourful Delhi” and “Colourless Delhi”.
Renge holds Art Exhibitions for emerging artists, and has also held two Art Walks – where over 200 artists participated, and showcased more than 1200 artworks.

Classic Geeta


popular vocalist, Geeta J., mesmerised guests with her melodious voice, at a newly-opened pub. The audience enjoyed her semi-classical style over a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres – at the open terrace restaurant. Part of Pure Music Generals, Geeta J. is appreciated for her unique classical style, blended with modern Bollywood music.

t a recent function celebrating the learn music and the arts, and emulate the Nation’s Independence, organised by life of the great son of the soil who gave Lorraine Music Academy, the founder of us our National Anthem – Rabindranath LAMP Trust, Aubrey Aloysius, launched Tagore. We believe that the right kind of the National Talent Contest. Aubrey shared music makes the right kind of person. Music the touching story of Albert Einstein. is food for the soul. Good food and good During his early childhood, Einstein’s poor exercise gives you good physical health. performance in school caused his teachers A good diet of the right kind of music gives to tell his parents to take him out of school, you good mental, emotional, intellectual because he was “too stupid to and spiritual health.” In keeping learn”, and it would be a waste of with LAMP’s objective of nurturing resources for the School to invest talent, and providing a platform for time and energy in his education. the exhibition of talent, the Trust They suggested that Albert get an organises the National Talent easy manual labour job. Instead, Contest for children – aged 4 to his parents bought 18 years. LAMP has him a violin – at collaborated with which Albert became Any parent who feels his/her child has the talent and ICONGO/Karmayuga proficient. Music was to institute the LAMP potential to participate in the National Talent Contest the key that helped – ICONGO Karma in any or all of the above four categories needs to: Albert Einstein Veer Chakra for n  Shoot and upload a video clipping of the child’s become one of the Music. performance onto YouTube smartest men who There are four n  Submit the contest entries on the LAMP / Lorraine has ever lived. He categories / themes Music Academy / Karmayuga websites. loved the music of for which winners will n  To register, go to: http://www. Mozart and Bach be awarded annually: and n Patriotic/ the most. His close submit the contest entry friend, G. J. Withrow, Nationalistic Music After a screening, evaluation, and selection process n Gospel Music said that the way set by Mercer and implemented by Grant Thorton, n Folk Music Einstein figured the selected children would be invited to New Delhi n Pop/Rock Music out his problems for the annual performance and award event on The above initiatives and equations was November 26 each year, the day we adopted our by improvising on will reach children constitutional pledge as a Republic and as Indian in schools across the violin. Music Citizens in 1949. India. This annual helped bring out the For more details, see: award is powered genius in Einstein. and supported by Aubrey Aloysius Music says, “We desire register.php Academy. all our children to

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The Master Plan of Chandigarh

With rapid urbanisation of many Class I and II cities, it is now seen that every year there is an increase of 20-30 per cent in energy requirement in the residential sector, and an 8-10 per cent increase in the commercial sector. The Chandigarh Administration felt that measures such as reducing energy demand, and switching from fossil fuel to renewable energy technologies, would go a long way in addressing the increasing energy requirements. The whole exercise of developing a Master Plan, for making Chandigarh a solar city, has been a collaborative endeavour with all the major stakeholders in the city. It requires an integrated urban planning approach, by

received by the Government from various States, ‘inprinciple’ approval has been given to 48 cities. Out of these, sanctions have been given to 37 cities, which have engaged consultants for the preparation of Master Plans. “Gurgaon and Faridabad are the two cities from Haryana which will be developed as solar cities. As of now, making of their solar Master Plans is under progress, and once the draft Master Plans for both these cities get ready, we will initiate the process of setting up the solar infrastructure. As of now, Solar energy has been used at a micro level in Gurgaon. The Municipal Corporation, with the help of some private players, has installed small solar lights at various places in the city. The distribution of CFL lights, which is also a part of our energy saving campaign, is also in progress,” explains Dr. Tripathi. u

simultaneously reducing reliance on fossil fuels through energy conservation and efficiency measures, and replacing/ complementing the conventional energy generation with renewable energy. The Master Plan has been developed on the basis of different energy saving and renewable energy options, along with technological options that are feasible in the long term only. Targets have been proposed for Chandigarh, in order to develop it as a “Solar City”. These targets are based on detailed energy audits in Chandigarh, an assessment of and the renewable resource potential.

Gurgaon also in the list

In order to make Indian cities less dependent on the conventional sources of energy, the government of India (MNRI) has decided to turn 60 Indian cities into Solar cities. So far, based on proposals

Target Table (Chandigarh) Description 1.


Short term (till 2012)

Energy Conservation

Medium term (till 2015)

Long term (till 2018)

Reduction of present energy consumption

Residential sector








a Municipal water pumping




Municipal street lighting




Coverage of solar water heating 10% system

25 %


(as a proportion of total heating demand in residential and commercial sector) 3.

Roof top solar energy based 2.5MW electricity generation


10 MW


Large solar based electricity 3.0MW generation at landfill site




Large solar based electricity 5.0 MW generation at Patiyala ki Rao site

15 MW

25 MW

State-wise list of 48 Cities, where ‘in principle’ approval has been given; and 37 Cities (with * mark) where sanctions have been issued:Sl. State No. 1 Andhra Pradesh 2 Assam 3 4 5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12

Cities for which inprinciple approval given 1.  Vijayawada* 2.  Guwahati*, 3.  Jorhat* Arunachal Pradesh 4.  Itanagar* Chandigarh 5. Chandigarh * Chhattisgarh 6.  Bilaspur* 7.  Raipur* 8. Rajkot* Gujarat  9. Gandhinagar* 10.Surat* Goa 11.  Panji City* Haryana 12. Gurgaon* 13. Faridabad* Himachal Pradesh 14.  Shimla * 15.  Hamirpur* Karnataka 16. Mysore* 17. Hubli-Dharwad* Kerala 18. Thiruvananthapuram 19. Kochi Maharashtra 20. Nagpur * 21. Thane* 22.Kalyan-Dombiwali* 23. Aurangabad 24. Nanded 25. Shirdi*

Sl. State No. 13 Madhya Pradesh

14 15 16

Manipur Mizoram Nagaland

17 18

Orissa Punjab



20 21 22

Tamil Nadu Tripura Uttrakhand


Uttar Pradesh


West Bengal

Cities for which inprinciple approval given 26. Indore 27.Gwalior* 28. Bhopal 29. Rewa 30. Imphal* 31. Aizawl* 32. Kohima* 33.Dimapur* 34. Bhubaneswar* 35.  Amritsar* 36.  Ludhiana* 37. SAS Nagar (Mohali) 38. Ajmer 39. Jaipur 40. Jodhpur* 41. Coimbatore * 42. Agartala* 43. Dehradun* 44.  Haridwar&Rishikesh* 45. Chamoli-Gopeshwar* 46. Agra* 47. Moradabad* 48. Howrah 

The criteria set by MNRI for the identification of cities include a population between 50,000 to 50 lakh – with relaxation given to special category States (like the North-East States).

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the total residential and commercial demand; I believe initially it may be able to cover only 10 per cent, which is not bad,” says Dr. A.K Tripathi, Director, I&PA, Solar Cities, Green Building, MNRE. “Plans have already been set in motion, and soon the sanctioned draft plan will be sent to the centre for the final nod. While the short-term impact of energy conservation, and reduction of greenhouse gases, will start showing in 2012 itself, the longterm impact would be visible by 2018. Within 2012, the plan aims for about 10 per cent reduction in the normal energy consumption. According to budget estimates, the Administration would require Rs. 30 to 35 crore per year, till the completion of the middle-phase (by 2015) of the project. The draft plan also mentions the construction of prototype buildings in the city, which would promote energy conservation.

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{ Shilpy Arora / FG } This has resulted in a saving of around 18.13 million kilowatt of electricity in a year. Advit Foundation and Greenstratos Consulting, that have been appointed as management partners for RGREP, have been the main suppliers of solar devices to the households in and around the City. A scientist at the Park, Mr. Singh, informs, “The Park has been set up with an aim to make Gurgaon the country’s first ‘Solar City’. But according to the census report, only 0.1 per cent houses in the City use solar energy – which is lower than districts like Hisar, Mewat, Palwal, and Rewari.” He attributes the low success rate of solar power to its current high installation and operation cost. “Solar energy costs more than double of the conventional power that we get through the grid. However, in

the next two years, the prices of solar energy are likely to come down.” Several initiatives are in the pipeline which, according to Mr. Singh, can help in resolving the current power issues. “The Park is planning to conduct a variety of activities, such as – solar cooker-based food festivals, and exhibitions of energy efficient devices.” Recently, the Park organised India’s first Solar Energy Painting Competition, which was a huge success.

For a greener party

Not only has the Park turned many households into ecofriendly citizens, it has also become a ‘green hangout place’. It is a haven of tranquillity in the midst of the bustling City. Tucked away in a corner of the famous Leisure Valley Park, RGREP is a perfect hangout destination for those who swear by the green movement. The Park offers a green cafe, solar car rides, organic food, a green shop, and nature walks. Spread over 1.5 acres of land, the Park provides a range of games for kids – such as drum spinner, a huge solar

power-generating drum, that children can themselves spin, and produce the electricity to play music. Kids can enjoy the solar-powered car ride for just Rs.20. The Park also has a number of computer-based energy games and quizzes; the children stand on a large platform, and hop from button to button to pick the right answer. Further, RGREP conducts various interesting Workshops for kids – such as solar cooking workshop, making safe Holi colours, and recycling of paper. If kids feel hungry while walking around and playing games, you can take them to a low-carbon cafe called “Roots”. With a thatch-and-bamboo roof, hanging paper lights, wooden tables, and bamboo chairs, the Cafe offers only vegetarian and preservative-free food. Sandwiches made from freshly baked brown bread seem to be the favourite among guests here. Traditional summer coolers,

such as Sattu, Bel Sharbat, and lemonade are the most popular drinks. You can also create your own menu, with freshly cooked pastas, muffins, lemonade, and spices – all at a price under Rs. 200. An organic stall is put up every Saturday, so that people can source their stock of healthy vegetables. The Park also rents out space for birthday parties. The birthday package includes a movie screening, followed by activities such as “Sound Drums”, nature walk, and painting on terracotta cups – which children can take home after the party. A four-hours party would cost around Rs. 6,000; and over Rs. 10,000 for an eight-hours get together. “One can’t compare this place with a luxury air-conditioned restaurant. Also, people who host the games and take children on guided tours are experts on environmental issues. Even after spending the whole day at the Park, we literally have to drag the children home. It is an out-of-the-world experience.” says a visitor, Namita Mehta, a resident of DLF Phase V. u

31 Aug-6 Sept 2012

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ The High Powered Committee of the 20 Point Programme reviewed the implementation in Gurgaon District. Last year Gurgaon had ranked third in implementation (after Faridabad and Jind). 4960 job cards, under MNREGA, have been issued to date in Gurgaon District. The target spend for this Program is Rs 2 crores, for this year (to date, Rs 41 lacs has been spent). ♦ HUDA has proposed to supply treated sewage water to colonizers/builders, for construction purposes – at Rs 4 per KL. The builders have said that the water, with the proposed HUDA treatment, would not be fit for construction purposes even. It is really no solution. ♦ In addition to Food Safety Officers, the State Govt has also empowered doctors appointed in Govt Health Centres to conduct raids on shopkeepers involved in the storage and sale of ‘pan masala’ and ‘gutka’. Haryana has prohibited the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of these products, which contain tobacco or nicotine as ingredients. ♦ The DC, PC Meena, has asked for the integration of the Haryana Registration Information System (HARIS) and Haryana Land Records Information System (HELRIS), so that when a sale deed is registered, it is automatically reflected in the Jamabandi.

♦ A driver is held at gunpoint, car taken away; Police chase and catch 2 car gang members. ♦ There are 2 bomb threats, over the week, to shopkeepers in Sadar Bazar. ♦ A Death Certificate can now be issued at a crematorium itself. ♦ An FIR is lodged against a property agent, for duping a client of Rs 11.7 lacs; A ticketing portal is duped of Rs 10 lacs.

♦A man kills his aunt with a knife; stabs nephew also. ♦ A lady professor from Delhi is robbed of her car, in daylight - with a person taking the keys for parking, and then driving off;

♦ Orchid Petals residents protest maintenance cost increase. ♦ NH8 is stalled for hours, due to a truck overturning, and the road being constructed in stretches. The recurrent jams have led to an FIR being filed against the concessionaire. ♦ A double-decker train, from Delhi to Jaipur, is started - with a halt also at Gurgaon.

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4. Front Desk Officer – One (1) Qualification – A Graduate with good command over spoken and written English must be completely literate with thorough knowledge of official procedures and inter-departmental communications with manageable knowledge of Book/Records keeping. Preference would be given to exserviceman with own conveyance.

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armers in Mankdola village in Gurgaon, despite having larger per capita landholding as compared to their counterparts in the District, are a harried lot – due to the late and erratic onset of monsoon this year. They discount the theory of normal agricultural operations put forth by the local administration, and allege that a mini-drought like situation prevailed in the District – as there was no rain in two crucial months of May and June. While agreeing that the late rains in August will benefit the ensuing Rabi crop, they want the state government to compensate for the losses suffered in the previous months. Farmers say that negligible rainfall in May and June had a disastrous effect on Kharif crops like Bajra, Guar and Paddy, due to late sowing. The lack of moisture in the soil also led to the withering of the freshly sown crop, and many farmers were forced to sow again – or abandon the farms, knowing that productivity would be negligible. This year 25,000 (LY 32,000) hectares of land is under Bajra cultivation, 4,500 (LY 4,000) hectares under Paddy, 8,000 (LY 659) hectares under Guar, 2,000 (LY 1,000) acres under Jowar, 1,000 (LY 900) hectares under Pulses, and 200 (LY 377) hectares under Oilseeds. Om Prakash Sehrawat, exSarpanch and a progressive farmer of Mankdola, who has almost 100 acres under farming, says that deficient rains have led to reduction of cropping area in his village, and the same has happened across Gurgaon. “Bajra, Guar, Touri and Ghiya are the major produce in Gurgaon District, and these are quite dependent on rains. A number of farmers in the villages had sown paddy and sugarcane, but they have suffered reverses due to the drought like conditions,” he says. Rain water plays an important role in farming in Gurgaon, because the underground water that is used for irrigation is hard, and affects the productivity of crops in a big way. The indiscriminate use of ground water has led to high salinity in the soil; in addition, the imbalanced use of fertilizers and pesticides has rendered the soil deficient in major and minor micro-nutrients. Worst affected are the small and marginal farmers, who have an average holding of around 1 acre. Singh says that even big farmers have to resort to taking loans, as agricultural operations have become quite costly. Anil Sehrawat, a landowner in Hassanpur village, says that farming has started to become the least lucrative profession for the villagers – due to the rising input costs, and lack of support from the government. “The power supply is meagre, and the cost of diesel is skyrocketing. Many farmers are planning to sell their land, while traditional farm labour is moving to man the gates of big industries that are coming up in villages,” he says.

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Farms & The City

The lack of profit and incentive to cultivate the farms is proving to be a big dampener for agriculture in the District, admit experts. Farmers in Gurgaon are also perturbed by the alleged discrimination being practiced by the State government, as it has brought the paddy producing villages of Karnal, Kaithal, Jind and Rohtak under an insurance scheme, while leaving out Gurgaon farmers and their agricultural produce. Satish Kumar, who won the National Innovative Farmer Award-2012, given by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, alleges that agriculture markets do not operate in a transparent manner, and the farmers are shortchanged. “Most of the money is made by the middle-men, while farmers are not able to recover the production cost,” he says. Kumar prefers to sell his produce directly to consumers and retailers, but agrees that this profitable move can hardly be made by small farmers. The Late August Rain:

The heavy rains in the month of August are not only late, but also would not be able to meet the almost 70 per cent deficit of rainfall in Haryana. The paddy producing belt of Karnal, Panipat, and surrounding areas is particularly affected by this erratic weather phenomenon. Ashok Kumar, a farmer, says that these rains are too late, as the paddy and Bajra crop has already withered in the field, and is fit only for the consumption of animals. “We waited for the rains for almost two months. The rain now may help for the next season, but nothing can salvage the Kharif crop,” says Kumar. Since majority of the farms in Gurgaon are irrigated by groundwater, the lack of power during this summer also affected the crop, says Satinder, a resident of Narnaul. The maximum loss due to this erratic weather, experts say, would be borne by the small and marginal farmers, landless labourers, and agricultural workers – who live from season to season. A CMIE report says

A modern drought-proof farmer

Add some innovation, some motivation, and government subsidy to farm operations, and you can become a model farmer in Gurgaon, who saves 80 per cent water, uses minimal amount of fertilizers and chemicals, and is not dependent on rains any more. Satish Kumar of Mankdola village adopted innovative irrigation techniques with the help of the government, built a rain water harvesting structure in his farm, and set up a vermin-compost system to produce organic manure. Today, he sits pretty, even as the majority of his friends complain about the poor state of agriculture. In 2003, Kumar adopted integrated farming, and planted a Guava orchard that has now spread to almost 20 acres. The trees in this farm are watered using the drip technique that was pioneered in Israel, and has been found quite successful in the semi-arid Gangetic plains of Gurgaon. Another innovative step taken by the duo is to set up a meadow orchard, in which 2000 guava trees have been planted in just one acre – normally 120 trees are planted in an acre. Kumar says that they expect around 40,000 kilos of Guavas in a year from this orchard, which is in multiples to the normal produce. “We use drip and sprinklers to water the crop and evenly distribute soluble nutrients – and even green manure. The trees and vegetable crops have given excellent productivity under controlled irrigation,” he says. Kumar’s father, Om Prakash, says that if farmers in Gurgaon adopt these techniques, and start producing vegetables and fruits, they will benefit immensely. “Amrood and Ber suit the climatic con-



that although deficient rains will not hit the economy in a big way, the farm households will lose a crop, the labour at farms will lose employment, and buyers will suffer more inflation. The report says that stress on organised farmers will be less, but their discretionary spending is likely to be affected, thus pushing rural sales down.

Government Stand: No drought in Gurgaon

While the farmers in Mankdola and other villages in Gurgaon cry for relief from the government, the District Administration and the Agriculture department are pouring out statistics to prove that no problem exists. B.L Kudawla, a senior official, says that barring the absence of rain in May and June, the District had a better rainfall as compared to last year.Kudawla also asserts that the sowing of Kharif crops has been more, compared to last year, with maximum increase witnessed in Guar cultivation. “Guar has seen a major jump, from 659 to 8000 hectares in a

ditions. We have also set up a green house to produce tomatoes, with the help of help of government subsidy. If a farmer wants he can get 60 to 70 per cent subsidy for micro-irrigation and poly houses,” he says. In addition, Kumar suggests that animal husbandry and fishery could also be integrated in farm operations, as there is lot of demand for milk and fish in Gurgaon city. “I have 15 buffaloes, and these are kept in pristine condition. We have built a concrete floor, and covered the shed with cloth, and installed coolers for their comfortable stay,” he reveals. The ‘gobar’ from the cattles is then used to power the gobar gas plant, that augments the energy produced by the solar power panels that have been sourced from a leading company in Ahmedabad. Om Prakash says that it is not only big farmers that can innovate, but even small and marginal farmers can adopt integrated farming, to cut costs and boost productivity. The Guavas produced in their Sehrawat Farms are bought at a premium by the retailers in Gurgaon, while the majority of the produce is sold to consumers directly. The wheat and other crops are even procured by the agriculture officials, says Satish, as they know that we produce only organic food. Satish says that with increasing costs, innovation is the name of the game in agriculture. “We have to change, while harnessing the traditional knowledge of our forefathers, if we have to survive in an era of erratic rains, climate changes and global warming. The changing trade practices are also affecting farming,” he asserts. To stay ahead of monsoons, competitors and the bugs, Satish takes the help of the internet, and even has a Facebook page to boot.

year, as there has been great increase in the demand from industry,” he informs. The acreage of Jawar, which was 32,000 hectares last year, has come down to 25,000 hectares because of this reason – and not due to less rains, assert officials. Notwithstanding the claims of farmers that they are suffering due to drought, officials say that the majority of sowing of Jawar took place in July, while Guar was sown in August, when there was sufficient rain. But landowners say that the Administration should come and visit the farms, to know the actual situation. Rambir Singh says that the days are not far away – when farmers here would commit suicide – as is happening in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Urbanisation putting pressure on Agriculture

When asked about the impact of real estate and other industrial activities on agriculture in the District, Kudawla informs that the maximum affected block is Gurgaon – while more pressure is coming up on Sohna, Pataudi and even Farrukhnagar. In the last two decades, Gurgaon has lost almost 20 per cent land to realtors and industry, while the national average is 2 per cent. The cultivable land in the country has declined by almost 5 lakh hectares in the last five years, as per the ICAR statistics. So strong is the push for urbanisation in the country, and particularly Gurgaon, that farmers have been forced to adopt violent means to oppose the move by the State. In Rewari, the farmers recently have had fatal clashes with police, to stall the acquisition process being carried out by the State. Sandeep Sehrawat admits that a large number of villagers in Gurgaon have sold their lands and moved over to greener pastures, but the landless labour and artisans have been left in the lurch due to this movement. In addition, many villagers have realised the futility of selling land, as the future generations have been left bereft of any inheritance, as well as a secure source of earning.

What the Farmers Want

Farmers all across Gurgaon want the state government to announce relief measures that will alleviate their sufferings, and prevent them from taking loans from private lenders. Satish Kumar says that loans taken on Krishi Cards should be made interest free. “Haryana is a Krishi Pradhan state, and is the bread basket of the country, along with Punjab; if the farmers suffer here, the entire country will have to bear the consequences,” says one of the farmers. “The tall buildings and industries of Gurgaon will not produce wheat and rice. It is us who will feed the City and the nation. The government must remember us, and balance the pressures of urbanisation and rural needs,” says Singh, as he turns the key on his powerful John Deere tractor. u

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31 Aug-6 Sept 2012

Prakhar pandey

One Year After { Maninder Dabas / FG }

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


he promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present’, so said Machiavelli hundreds of years ago. This adage seems to have been well taken by the Administration in Gurgaon, which for the last one year, has promised a lot – and delivered little. A year back, the HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar, arrived in Gurgaon from Faridabad, promising a renaissance, while letting loose the JCB machines that were meant to end the reign of the encroachers. Giving hope, the HUDA Administrator held Janta Darbars in many sectors, publicly berated the official machinery for non-performance, and promised change in a couple of months. To his credit, he even fought with his own officials, to ensure that the Augean stables are cleaned. But the results are few and far between. The civic infrastructure in Gurgaon has remained the same, as has the poor quality of services. The roads in HUDA sectors are in a pathetic condition, the sewerage is not working properly, waterlogging is taking place everywhere, and there is no rainwater harvesting structure being built. Hero Honda Chowk once again has become an albatross around the necks of city residents. The much-touted garbage disposal vans, that were supposed to be a permanent solution, have become increasingly rare, the number of cleaners has reduced, and the road patching machine has gone invisible. Friday Gurgaon visited Sector 23, one of the largest sectors developed by HUDA across the state, to check specific improvements, if any,

last year, at least it has been relaid. It is the only respite we have as there used be water logging in the whole area. But you can still see the pigs running around in the mud in the vacant land. The corner plot at the entrance of the Sector is still used as a dumping ground by MCG. That is why this whole area stinks like hell,” says Satish Yadav, who has a raw material shop just in front of the dump yard. However, on closer inspection, there seem to be a couple of other changes as well. The inside sector life has improved

to some extent. “Till last year there were water issues, but there have been some positive changes, as we receive an ample amount of water now. Unfortunately, the inner roads and other infrastructure like street lights are still in a shambles,” says Ankit Gupta, a trader. At this rate it would take years to get decent basic infrastructure. In the last one year, Gurgaon has taken a step backward. It may not be consolation for Sectors 12 and 12 (A), but the whole of Gurgaon is getting dangerously close to become one hell of a city. u

average, Rana says, there is one theft or snatching in the Sector daily, and the police has not been able to check the crimes. “We have requested for more vigilance, and met senior police officials, but nothing moves. The HUDA officials had removed the colony gates, but when the matter was put up before Dr. Kumar he promised to put the gates back. This issue is also pending,” says Rana. He has become a virtual call centre as colony residents keep on calling him for one issue or the other. The garbage disposal vans that were launched with much fanfare by HUDA are making lesser appearances; and the absence of the private disposal system is causing major problems to the residents. The roads in many pockets of the Colony are waterlogged, and the promised rain water harvesting structures have not been built, claims Balwan Singh, General Secretary of the RWA. Despite the size of the Sector, Singh says, there is no medical facility for the residents – the site for the dispensary is lying vacant, there is no post office, and people have to go to Palam Vihar to access the services. “We had demanded that a club be opened by HUDA in this Sector, but Dr. Kumar said that

the community centre would be converted into a multi-utility facility. Even this has not happened,” he says. The residents are also peeved over the lack of a good playground for the children and teenagers. Another resident Satish Rana, whose son plays Ranji trophy for the Haryana team, says that children need space to play and develop their talent, but lack of space makes things very difficult. Rana used to take his son to Firozshah Kotla in Delhi every day, to ensure that his skills are not lost, as it usually happens. But he admits that there may not be many parents who have the time and the inclination to make this effort. Unfortunately, the Gurgaon city bus service, which has been started with much fanfare, also does not cover this Sector. The buses from the Bus-stand come only till Palam Vihar, and in fact most of these remain vacant. Residents allege that the auto-mafia has become a hindrance in the movement of the buses. The residents have repeatedly requested the transport officials, including General Manager Yashender Singh, to extend the route, but nothing has happened despite repeated requests. They now plan to approach the higher authorities. “The Palam Vihar to Jwala Mill route could give excellent service to the residents, and a lot of revenue to the bus authorities, but it seems they do not want to help the citizens,” says Singh. It seems the tale is the same for every issue connected with civic life in Gurgaon – whether it is Sector 23, or New Gurgaon across the Highway. With no perceived ‘benefit’ on keeping the promises, it seems the officialdom has gone to sleep – even as residents keep on walking the miles to reach their goals. u

{ Sector 12 (A) } can still see the herds of pigs playing in the filth. This place is in a serious mess. Traffic jams on this road are quite common, and the Sector-12 commercial area, where cars are being repaired, makes it worse – as there is a constant congestion of traffic there,” says Puran Singh, an old resident. He has a big pothole in front of his home. Apart

from the commercial usage of Sector-12 main road by the car mechanics, there is the backdrop of Gurgaon village, where villagers use the Sector land for their cattle – further making the situation grimmer. “This place is in the centre of the City, and there is a constant flow of traffic, hence the civic infrastructure is always under tremendous pressure. This road was pathetic

that have taken place. Dr. Kumar had visited the Sector in November, 2011, and promised several things. Though not much has materialised, residents remarkably still see a hope in him and his honest ways. Sector 23, being one of the largest sectors, has 4,500 plots, out of which 3,500 have been built. The population is around 20,000. Ashok Rana, President of Sector 23 RWA, says that internal roads in this Sector are in a very bad shape, and some of these have not been built for

Sector, although HUDA has put in place machines to clear the clogged system; but it is again a matter of too little too late, say residents. The storm water drainage system is also incomplete, and the residents have vainly made repeated petitions to the concerned officials. “There is waterlogging in most parts of the Sector, as rain water gets collected due to no proper evacuation,” says Rana. The Delhi boundary walls around the green belts are also in bad shape, and residents say that this also causes security concerns. At an

{ Sector 23 } Prakhar pandey


t's been an year since Friday Gurgaon reported about the condition of, or should we say the absence of, civic infrastructure in Sector 12 (A). Friday Gurgaon even did a story of the best and the worst places to live in Gurgaon – and even the filthiest ghettos in the City scored better than this place. People often say that change is inevitable, but this Sector presents the contrarian view – there seems to be hardly any change, except that the main road has been relaid by HUDA. “You can still smell the same stink – in fact, it has gone worse because of the prolonged rainy season. You


the last 6 to 7 years. “Roads in the north, east, and west pockets are in bad shape. A sanction for repair had come, but people with influence only got their roads relaid,” he alleges. The HUDA Administrator had asked for a list of roads to be repaired, and other major issues. This was duly submitted to him by the RWA. Rana says no action has been taken on this list, and people have been visiting the officials in vain. The non-working sewerage system is a major problem in the


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Pathways win Bhaichung Bhutia Championship

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Kho-Kho Meenakshi


eenakshi Public School, Sector-10 A, beat Lt. Atul Kataria Memorial School in a nail biting competition, by 14-13, to win the Inter-School Kho Kho Competition. The two-day tournament was organised at Meenakshi Public School (MPS). Collective efforts, under the leadership of Deepak of Class IX, bore fruit. Rajat Yadav of Lt. Atul Kataria Memorial School was awarded ‘The Best Player’ trophy. MPS also celebrated its Investiture Ceremony with pomp and show. The Head Boy, Abhishek Jain, and the Head Girl, Varsha Chhoker, solemnly pledged to perform their duties. The enthusiastic office bearers promised that they would work to uphold the dignity and tradition of the School. The badges were given by the School Principal, Vipula Saxena.


athways World School, Aravali, won the First Bhaichung Bhutia Champion’s Cup 2012. The event, organised by Bhaichung Bhutia Football School, was held at Ridge Valley School, DLF Phase IV. The Competition was inaugurated by Bhaichung Bhutia. Over 160 students—under 12 years of age— from 16 schools, participated in the Tournament. The highlight of the Tournament was the hat-trick scored by Sachin Dhakal against Shiksantar School in the finals. He also bagged the Best Defender award.

Shalom Face Painting


ith an aim to teach students about the rich heritage and unique cultural diversity of India, a Face Painting competition was organised by Shalom Hills International School. Students of Class IV and V participated in the Competition. They painted their faces to display their patriotism. It was a proud moment for the School, as the students, aware of the various environmental issues prevalent today, painted ‘Save the Earth’ slogans on their faces. Some of the unique designs painted by the students included the national flag, national bird, national flower, save tigers, and save trees. Though little hands were at work, great thoughts and ideas were exchanged through this activity.

MRIS Planet Pals


anav Rachna International School (MRIS), Sector 51 launched a Tree Plantation Drive – “Evolution by Planet Pals” – to create awareness among children about environment conservation. The students were given saplings to be planted at their homes. The event was organised in association with Lions Club and the RWA of Mayfield Gardens. The President of Lions Club, Anurag Bakshi, the Chairman, MRIS-51, Rajesh Kalra, the Secretary Lions Club, Naresh Yadav, the former Presidents Sandeep Kumar and D.V.Taneja, and the Executive Director, MRIS-51, Gaurav Rai were present at the occasion. They planted saplings, and their presence boosted the morale of the students. The officials present guided the students about the care and nurture of the freshly planted saplings. The Headmistress, Seema Malhotra, beamed with pride, on seeing the students actively involved in this noble cause.

Health Camp @ Bagiya Cute Mangalams


R Mangalam School organised a Toddler Competition. While girls dressed up in traditional attire, the boys looked cute in Dhoti-Kurtas and Sherwanis. The children also put up a lively dance performance. Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:


octors of Mamta Hospital held a Medical Camp at Bagiya School – a school for the underprivileged. A team of general physicians and a dentist undertook a detailed health check-up of the students. The students were also informed about general hygiene, and ways to keep a check on their health.

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Roliees Read & Rite


oliee Anshuman’s Centre for Excellence conducted a Workshop on the “Craft of Writing and Vocabulary Enrichment” for its students – between the age group of 8 to 16 years. In a fun environment, the budding authors were exposed to various genres

A 10th Step... Ahead, and Different


Step Ahead celebrated its 10th anniversary on August 26. The day was with fun-filled, with students dancing to foottapping numbers. A Magic Show kept the children enthralled; later, lip smacking snacks were served. The Director of A Step Ahead, Dolly Kochhar, is a firm believer of the all-round development of children. “Learning can be done when learning is fun”, is her principle. She also believes that a school is more than a mere building; it is about the children and the teachers that walk the halls, and share stories and memories. The School takes immense pride in the personal relationships it has formed with the parents and students – evident by the number of birthday wishes they received from parents. Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:

and trends of writing – like humour, journals and letters, descriptive and narrative writing, dialogues, scripting plays and situations, and poetry. The activity of “Paint a picture in words”, was thoroughly enjoyed by the participants. Various popular books and authors were discussed. The children went back home with an urge to read, and a passion to write.

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Animal Crackers


Fill in the grid so that every row, column and coloured box contains ALL the numbers from 1 to 6. Bonus clue: which number should go in the circle: 1 or 4?

Two Wise Men

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{ Shilpy Arora / FG }


here is more to Karol Bagh than shopping and chhole bhature. The bustling alleys of the market have rows of retail shops rubbing shoulders – selling anything from clothes to spices, and mobile phones. Karol Bagh has come a long way since Firoz Shah Tughlaq planted orchard gardens here. Today, it is dotted with thriving markets, a great mix of communities and a welcoming culture.

Quintessential Delhi

A slice of history

To start with, forgo shopping and explore the historic splendour here. The influence of Muslim culture is spotted in monuments situated in the old area. The age-old Ayurdvedic and Unani Tibbia College was founded by Hakim Abdul Majeed Khan in 1889, re-established by Hakim Ajmal Khan, and the building was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. Amazingly, it is the only institution in the country to offer education and training in two ancient systems of medicine– Ayurvedic and Unani–under one roof. There is a flourishing herbal garden in the middle. It is spread across 33.5 acres. “The College is one of the oldest medical institutes. It has made great strides in the field of alternate medicine. Rauwolfia serpentina, the medicine to help recover the lunatic mind, is one of our biggest achievements,” says the Principal of the College, Dr. Yasin. The Institute has obtained patents for 84 rare herbal formulae, such as Musafi, Sarbat-e-Sadar, Sekhon and Hebab-Kebatare. Interestingly, Karol Bagh got its name from a number of herbal gardens in the area. It was once spelled as “Qarol Bagh” – “Qarol” means “curved like green chilly”. ‘16/330 Khajoor Road’, a 100-year old bungalow at Joshi road, is another major attraction. This picturesque

Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College

bungalow was the rehearsal point for a famous band, “Indian Ocean”, for over 14 years. The Band’s famous albums – Kandisa, Jhini, Black Friday, and of course 16/330 Khajoor Road, were conceived here. Although the bungalow has been renovated now, it still known for its historical value, and connection with “Indian Ocean”. Another important historical site is Bangiya Samsad, which was established in 1958. Tucked away in the residential area of WEA, Bangiya Samsad represents the Bengali community for the last 50 years. With a library, a school, a guest house, and a medical centre, Bangiya Samsad is credited with conducting a number of socio-cultural

events in Karol Bagh throughout the year. Also, it has the second largest Bengali library in North India, with over 9,000 Bengali books. One of the oldest members of the society, B.K Mukherjee, who moved to Gurgaon five years ago, says, “Bangiya Samsad used to be the major hangout destination for Bengali youth in the 60s and 70s. Even after moving to Gurgaon, I make sure that I attend their club meetings regularly, and be a part of its activities.” He strongly feels that Gurgaon should also have a club like Bangiya Samsad, as a large Bengali community has set up base here too.


After sight-seeing, one can indulge in Shopping. Yes, despite all the malls in Gurgaon, it is difficult to beat Karol Bagh for Shopping. One can easily be dazzled by the brightness—and the low prices— offered at the overcrowded Ajmal Khan Road. So start two streets down instead – from Raigarh Pura. Named after the Raigarh community of Rajasthan, that has been living in Karol Bagh for 40 years, the market is famous for Rajasthani craft work, suit pieces with polki designs and Meenakari, and party-wear traditional dresses. Naman, who runs a small apparel shop in the area says, “Rajasthani artisans are

Ghaffar Market

easily available in Karol Bagh, due to which it was possible to set up such a big market here.” When asked about his customer base in Gurgaon, he says, “One of my regular customers lives in DLF Phase I. Their three generations have been buying clothes from my shop.” While the range of beautiful suit-pieces start from just Rs. 300, and Lehngas from Rs. 1,500, handicrafts are a little expensive – they range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000. The artworks, however, reflect a high level of craftsmanship and quality. Further towards Dev Nagar is Tank Road market, known for its wholesale denim market. However, a few shops such as GN Garments, Shiva Garments, and Flu Jeans also serve

retail customers. “One can find original Lacoste denim jeans for under Rs. 1,000 here. That is what brings me here from South Delhi,” smiles Raksha, a resident of Green Park. Browsing and bargain-hunting are compulsory skills though. A shop keeper, Kapil Saini, who runs a readymade garment shop in Arjun Marg, DLF Phase I market, informs, “Tank Road is the biggest denim market in Asia. For years we have been bringing denim pants and jackets from Tank Road. The inflow has, however, recently come down, as shopkeepers now source material from Bangkok.” Now walk down 500 metres to visit the famous Gaffar market. It is a favourite one-stop-mart for youngsters who are seeking ‘imported’ goods at less than the ‘market prices’. Most of the shops in the market have no names. So if you want to visit the same shop the next time, ask for its number. This is the only place in the country where one can get a wide variety of gadgets and gizmos much before they are launched in India or even abroad. Iqbal, a regular buyer, puts forth an example, “After just two months of the launch of iPhone 4, it was available in Gaffar Market. My cousin, who lives in Poland, was struggling to get a glimpse of it.” From mobile phones and play stations, to LED TVs, refrigera-

Roshan Di Kulfi

How to Reach: Direct bus service from IFFCO Chowk and Bus Stand. Metro Connectivity (HUDA CityCentre-Rajeev Chowk; Rajeev Chowk-Karol Bagh Station). What to See: Tibbia College, 16/330 Khajoor Road bunglow, Bangiya Samsad, Hanuman Mandir Shoppers’ Favourite: Gaffar Market, Tank Road, Raigarh Pura Market, and Ajmal Khan Road Where to Eat: Roshan Di Kulfi, Pakore Ki Dukan, Punjab Sweets, Annapurna, Aangan, and Raffles. Special: Roopak Store Spices

tors, crockery, cosmetics, shoes, and watches, almost everything is available here. Before you cross the jewellery street and make your way to Ajmal Khan road, stop at Roshan Di Kulfi, and savour their famous kulfi. Although the shop now serves all kinds of food, including pizzas and pastas, the traditional delicacies such as chaat, chhole bhature, lassi, and kulfi are the specialities. Also, you can relish pakoras at the little-known “Pakore Ki Dukan”, which is two lanes further. The outlet offers an assortment of pakoras – cauliflower, potato, onion, bitter gourd, and green chilly. If you are not a fan of Punjabi food, try out authentic South Indian food at Shudh Annapurna, near Faiz Road. One can sample other Indian flavours at Aangan, Bikanerwala, Raffles, or Haldirams. As you walk through Ajmal Khan road, you will find swanky showrooms, that give prime appeal to the market. This road is the favourite shopping destination for brides-to-be,and their relatives, who come here for trousseau shopping. Zohra, Meena Bazaar, Ushnak Mal Mool Chand, Jain Sons, and Harnam Singh Bishan Singh are famous for party wear. “In Karol Bagh, shoes shine forth in every known colour, and display of shiny blouses

mal Khan road, is another not-tobe-missed shopping destination. “In the late 70s, a major chunk of land was owned by Sikhs in Karol Bagh. They moved to Thailand, after the anti-Sikh riots, and rented out their lands to South Indian families, who later settled there,” explains Prof. R. Krishanan, who shifted from Karol Bagh to Sushant Lok in 2005. Fluent in three languages – Punjabi, Bengali, and Tamil – Prof. R. Krishanan gives credit to his stay at Karol Bagh. “Despite Gurgaon having better infrastructure and comparatively being more ‘serene’, I miss the close-knit community feeling and multi-culturalism found ‘only’ in Karol Bagh. It was a pleasure watching kids playing cricket in the evenings, and having Punjabis attend Durga Puja during the Navratras,” says Prof. R. Krishanan. After you are done with shopping, don’t forget to pay a visit to Hanuman Mandir – famous for having the world’s largest Hanuman statue. The 108 foot tall statue, that stands tall between Karol Bagh and Jhandewalan Metro station, is awesome!

Learning from each other

Sakshi Chaudhary, a young Rajasthani lady who lives in WEA, travels regularly to Gurgaon. She feels that Karol Bagh lags behind when it comes to security and infrastructural development. “It took Gurgaon just 10 years to become a Millennium City from a ‘Gaon’ (village). However, in Karol Bagh, everything happens at its own pace. Sometimes construction of a pavement takes more than two years. Moreover, security in a mall is better than that provided by police in the crowded areas of Karol Bagh,” says Sakshi. “Issues like land acquisition and mushrooming of shops in the residential areas have made Karol Bagh a poor place to live in,” feels Joginder Singh, who runs an apparel shop on Ajmal Khan road. Karol Bagh is full to the brim

Hanuman Mandir

is never ending,” says Jain, owner of a popular apparel mart – Jainsons Westend, that was set up in 1950s. Another old shop in the market, Roopak Store, is famous for selling fresh spices. Besides retail selling, Roopak Store today supplies spices across the country. “We get orders from South India, and even abroad,” says one of the store managers. When asked about the availability of Roopak spices in Gurgaon, he says, “The Millennium City is a premium market for us. That is why we have made our products available at Le Marche and Needs stores in Gurgaon.” South Indian vegetable market, at a lane behind the Aj-

with history, and is a multicultural society. “Being a modern city, Gurgaon has a completely different view of tradition. Here, Durga Puja is celebrated in an air-conditioned hall, and finding a lady in typical Bengali attire is a rare sight. On the other hand, in Karol Bagh, not just Durga Puja but all Bengali festivals—Naba Borsho, Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja, and Jagddharti Puja—are celebrated in a traditional manner. It is commendable that all communities there exist peacefully, and yet are closely attached to their roots,” says B.K Mukherjee. While Karol Bagh scores higher on shopping and the spirit of multiculturalism, gCity can be proud of its buzzing modern culture. u

16 EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

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Right To Corruption

It is a White Time for Black Money. Scam after scam tells us that corruption by now is legal. All that is left to debate is the exact amount - and who did it first. No one is disputing that bribes have been paid – the operative comment is, ‘if anyone is proven guilty, he will be punished’; or, ‘if you have proof, let us know’. The govt sounds as glib and (couldn’t) care-less as the Pakistanis responding to terrorism charges.

is for Indians (our Black sheep) who stash their money abroad. Actually it may just be the same money – or people; it is called round-tripping. Like the round the world trips its owners are fond of. The White Paper will finally be placed in Parliament when all the funds have moved, when the birds have flown, and when black-cash has been white-washed. There would then be no records; the tax havens would say, factually, that they have no account of any Indian with them. The money, already in a black box, would have vanished into a black hole.

Corruption/bribing is in our blood – the giving and/or the taking. It is our birthright, and we shall have it. Anyone remotely honest is either brought into the fold fast, or aspersions are cast that he also has some blemish. After all, ‘chaand mein bhi to daag hai’. Every man has his price, they say. So no one can call the other black – how can the pots call the kettles blacks? ‘Is hamam mein hum sab kale hain’. Even Anna is not spared.

There is an obscene amount of money being made today on natural resources. And it will only increase. Land is still aplenty; there are many minerals yet to be mined; and water rights yet to be handed out.

We never had it so good, for almost a decade till 2008 – individuals and companies and govt. That is why corruption was ‘tolerated’ even more (even found ‘acceptable’) than in the past – despite a ten fold scale up. But then, with inflation and price rise having hit the people (esp. the urban middle class) hard for almost a record 3 years now, seriously impacting their life style and savings, they are very frustrated – and angry. Anna’s timing was perfect (but this piece is not about that).

Coalition politics has been used ad nauseam by this govt, to justify inaction. Actually a coalition has been its greatest saviour. Because, even if there had been no coalition, the decisions would have been the same – only there would have been no outsider to blame. No coalition would have probably meant the PM Team vs. the Party President Team on virtually every issue; of the country’s economic agenda vying with the ‘eye on next election’ social agenda. And we know who has won/would have won every battle. Yes, the coalition partners have come in handy – as whipping boys, or as fall guys. This is as true for 2G too. The prime Telecom Ministry was allegedly given as the cost of keeping the top coalition party happy; without the need for coalition, it would have been a party within the party. What telecom was yesterday, real estate is today. And so the Land Acquisition Bill will linger - like the Lokpal Bill and the White Paper.

Who will fight this menace? Isn’t it a shame that :  The discussion on Coalscam (all scams together are called Coalitionscam) is only We have forsaken Anna; and his team has exceeded his/its brief. So, unfortunately, it looks like we have to wait till elections 2014 (or earlier/later, about what number is right - and not about gross impropriety, or thievery. The claim state-wise). to innocence is that, while the rights were handed over, they were not exercised – so there is no crime; and that the rules could not be changed for 8 years because the govt The urban vote, particularly, is going to be telling – it will swing could not convince the coalition partners. wildly this time. Well, that is virtual acceptance of guilt: it means that the govt acOfficial Certificate cepts that their rules were sub-standard, and yet they carried on for On review of the Sarv Shiksha MNREGA has cooled the rural vote – and their needs are sparser so long; and more important, the govt is therefore guilty whenever Abhiyan (SSA) Program, the (no rent, lower food, education and health cost, lower fuel cost). the rights have been/will be exercised. District Education Officer Dr  There is no one demanding or ensuring that the Lokpal Bill is Manoj Kaushik confirmed that Meanwhile, our acceptance of the Right To Corruption has meant passed – it conveniently lies in cold storage. all mandated facilities – drinking our relinquishing our Right To (Good) Governance. We only have  There is no one demanding the White Paper on Black Money, as water, electricity supply, and ourselves to blame. promised by the ex-Finance Minister – or is that another of his decitoilets – were there in all schools But in this age of sequels, maybe Anna II would succeed; and we must never ever give up that one big hope – from the Supreme sions that is being reversed. Some decisions are being reversed for in Gurgaon District ! of Courts. u foreigners who bring their money to India; this White Paper reversal


erhaps the “millennium city” tag was taken on in a spirit of youthful exuberance, not unmixed with an element of conceit. But just over a decade into the millennium, Gurgaon seems to have grown into the more sombre and reflective mood of early adulthood. If there is a unique sensibility that distinguishes this passage in the life of a new city, it is perhaps one of questioning and questing. Where just getting by was almost an ordeal in most cities, Gurgaon offered much more: wider horizons and greater challenges. Yet the years of heady growth, when the city seemed like the new frontier—where settlers could be liberated from the tyranny of low expectations and the narrowness of perception that most other cities induced—are now past. Friday Gurgaon, which now completes a year in existence, recalls all that was promised. It also reminds us of all that remains to be achieved. For a while, it seemed that the broad and brightly lit vistas, and the modernist architecture that enclosed the commercial spaces, were sufficient assurance that Gurgaon was a different kind of place. If the public spaces were strikingly different, so also were the private quarters. Gurgaon offered living spaces where all members of a small family could enjoy their own moments of quiet and solitude, while still retaining the support and intimacy of the near and dear. Public and recreational spaces were more ample for all those who came as refugees from the benighted DDA paradigm of urban planning, and from the disorder and chaos of other cities. There were also civic conveniences beyond imagination – the greatest of these luxuries being power and water supply round the clock. In vision and execution, it seemed that the satellite town was galloping far ahead of Delhi—the megalopolis that had spawned it—as also rivals that had emerged along the eastern axis,

Commentary such as Noida and Ghaziabad. The brief lifespan of Friday Gurgaon perhaps enfolds a period of awakening from these early fantasies. It has been a period when the realities of a large and complex milieu have forced themselves onto the consciousness of the Gurgaon denizen, when those among us—who spent our time in easy transit between new-age condominiums, shopping malls and office spaces humming with a different work culture—have had yet again to confront life as lived by all the rest. It is a time of awakening to the reality that the resources that have enabled this lifestyle in the cocoon of modernity cannot much longer be taken for granted. Diesel has been the great prop of the new lifestyle, which enables a separation of the local power supply from the power grid the rest of India depends on; and also the ‘local’ bore well that supplies water 24x7 to its privileged few. Through the month of July this year, a delayed monsoon caused a serious spike in already high anxiety levels, in most of India. However, none of this disturbed the equanimity of the Gurgaon condominium dweller. One day in July, when irate residents of the older city came out on the streets to protest continuing deficits in power and water supply, new Gurgaon seemed oblivious to the turmoil in its near neighbourhood. The only index of trouble breaking out just across the expressway to Delhi, was the massive pileup of traffic, since all exits to the west had been blocked by the protesters. On July 30, and more catastrophically the following day, a large-scale grid collapse plunged around a third—and then half— of the country into darkness. Those living in the bubble of 100 per cent power backup though, knew little of what

was going on, except through the news channels. Life in the bubble though, interacts in myriad ways with the larger environment and draws vital sustenance from it. Beyond a point, the bubble itself is effaced, as the millennial life blends seamlessly into the environment. The terms on which this is accomplished need to be negotiated. Burdens should be equitably shared, and resources not unduly stretched. Negotiating the terms on which basic needs, such as water, are brought in to meet the burgeoning needs of the millennium city, would be the first challenge. Friday Gurgaon has insistently made the case over the year that current levels of groundwater exploitation are unsustainable. A new paradigm needs to be found. On the energy front, Friday Gurgaon strongly advocates the case for tapping the sun. The city needs to assess how far solar power can be harnessed to the needs of a densely settled urban area, where architecture remains confined within the traditional paradigm of glass and concrete, and private transportation still remains the dominant mode. A new model too must be found for the urgent tasks of urban waste disposal, which have so far been dealt with by just kicking the can down the road. This sector of the urban life has so far been trapped in the vacuum between the private developers’ urgent need to book a profit on their housing projects, and the public agencies’ failure to clearly anticipate the dimensions to which they would have to scale up the provision of civic services. Residents of the millennium city are yet to take ownership over their civic life. Till they do so, credibly and with adequate sensitivity towards the larger environment, Gurgaon will continue to

face the prospect of a swift onset of decrepitude – with small enclaves of private affluence subsisting within an expanse of public squalor. Editorials in Friday Gurgaon insistently remind us that we need to foster the sensibility that would enable a constructive and realistic mode of civic engagement, which would in turn provide a vision for building needed infrastructure, without unduly burdening the city’s environs. Every newspaper begins with a firm anchorage within a local community. Indeed, the daily newspaper reading ritual served, as the 19th century philosopher Hegel commented with some irony, as a substitute for the erstwhile ritual of prayer. It helped foster a sense of community, by presenting a common menu of news that fell into the daily cycle that everybody organised his or her life in accordance with. The weekly newspaper is a different creature, its contents tailored to the more reflective moments afforded by the day(s) of rest which follows a string of workdays. That sense of anchorage has been under threat by the information explosion, and by the invasion of the local by the global. The media, including the more widely read newspapers, reflects all the flux and uncertainty of this moment of transformation. While expanding horizons, and enabling a potentially more creative engagement with widening circles of reality, this also tends to promote a sense of detachment from the immediate environment. A countervailing move is now underway, to re-establish the local as the primary locus of citizen engagement, and to rediscover the global in the local. As an enterprise that contributes towards this larger cause, Friday Gurgaon merits our continuing support. u Sukumar Muralidharan

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able in managing depression and other nervous disorders is nerve cell growth, and nerve cell connections which enable nerve circuits. Powers of concentration are enhanced if neurotransmitters keep the messages flowing freely between brain cells. Keeping our brain flexible, agile and well-nourished might offer a more durable solution, allowing for a more graceful ageing process. It is now well accepted that the hippocampus—the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory —has the capacity to grow nerve cells right through life. Factors that influence our DNA to produce Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) are physical exercise, dietary choices, and our ability to continually challenge ourselves to learn new skills. This generates a positive spiral, which in turn impacts virtually every physiological or psychological system in our body.


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Brain Alive-II { Jaspal Bajwa }


here is an alarming increase in the global incidence of mood and anxiety disorders. Debilitating conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome show similar trends. We need a stronger response than grasping at straws like caffeinated beverages and round-the-clock snacking; or worse, the rampant increase in the use of antipsychotic drugs. Experiencing occasional anxiety is normal; however a chronic state of anxiety can impact our immune system, and dramatically decrease our quality of life. Our inability to cope with the

stress associated with the pressures of urbanisation is the root cause. Chronic stress levels tend to elevate cortisol - a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. High cortisol levels impair brain cell communication, and can even result in neural cell death. With the rising incidence of anxiety disorders, depression and psychosis, the societal cost of nervous system disorders is immense. According to the WHO, the combined burden of degenerative diseases—like Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease—is likely to surpass cancer as a cause of death by 2040. Researchers believe the key vari-

A key finding emanating from laboratory studies is the role played by ‘Dietary Restriction’. This is a dietary strategy where calories are limited to about 70 per cent of the normal diet. The mild stress that this generates in the body seems to promote neurogenesis. This finding tends to reinforce the observations of an earlier study of populations where it was common to see long life spans (ref: ‘Healthy at 100’ by John Robbins).

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Neurotransmitters are chemicals which enhance communication between nerve cells, by activating certain receptor sites. These can either show an excitatory or an inhibitory response. The brain requires a balance between the two. Avoid excess simple sugars, white flours and focus on foods rich in complex carbohydrates – almonds, walnuts, bananas, broccoli, spinach, lentils, oats, citrus fruits, halibut, organ meat ( especially liver), whole grains, brown rice and rice bran. Other important foods for enhancing

Spilling The Beans { Alka Gurha }


he cool breeze and pitter patter of the rain drops reminds me of evenings, especially quiet ones, when I indulged in hedonism – with an engrossing book, my favourite piece of music, and a cup of cardamom tea. Alas, in Gurgaon, the humble tea has fallen from its perch. Atop the commercial pedestal is the concoction of cocoa beans – in all its variants – which the malls love to serve. Have you noticed that lately the coffee tastes bitter and roasted? Let me spill some beans here. The roasted ground root of the Chicory plant is replacing the expensive Arabica coffee beans. While one kilo of pure coffee powder gives a hundred cups, a blend with 45 per cent chicory can give two hundred cups. Since the moral of the market is to make money, chicory rules. The coffee bean contains chemicals which are mild psychotropics, and caffeine – which acts as a stimulant. Recent research has uncovered the ad-

ditional stimulating effects of coffee, which are not related to its caffeine content. Coffee is also said to contain a chemical agent which stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline, two stimulating hormones. For occasions when one wants to enjoy the flavour of coffee with only low stimulation, decaffeinated coffee (also called decaf) is available. This is coffee from which most of the caffeine has been removed—by a solvent ethyl acetate— and the resultant coffee is marketed as “natural decaf” (because ethyl acetate is naturally present in fruit). Decaffeinated

coffee usually loses some flavour. For those who drink coffee to stay alert, new research suggests that you’ll stay more alert—particularly if you are fighting sleep deprivation—if you spread your coffee consumption over the course of the day. For instance, if you usually drink 16 ounces in the morning, try consuming a 2-3 ounce serving every few hours. Since caffeine, coffee’s main ingredient, is a mild addictive stimulant, moderation is the key. And coffee does have some cardiovascular effects—such as an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and occasional irregular heartbeat—that cannot be ignored. Studies have been inconclusive regarding coffee and its effect on women’s health. The negative effects of coffee tend to emerge in excessive drinking. We live in stressed times, when our frazzled nerves need constant comforting; and as long as the ideological shift from ‘tea time’ to ‘coffee breaks’ helps in holding the yawns and forty winks, there will always be enough blood in our caffeine system! What say Gurgaon? Coffee, or Tea, or...? u

neurogenesis and production of neurotransmitters are : Foods containing antioxidant-rich Epicatechins. Some examples are chocolates (in moderate amounts)and blue berries. Green tea has the naturally occurring amino acid L-Theanine. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) in Omega-3 fatty acids makes up a large portion of the grey matter in the brain, and is vital for sharply increased rates of neuronal cell development. Flaxseed oil and cold-water fish—such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring—are rich sources of Omega-3. Folate and other B vitamins are important for neurogenesis, and for manufacturing various neurotransmitters. Vitamin B3 (niacin) plays a particularly potent antioxidant role, and Folic acid helps maintain normal levels of serotonin. Vitamin B6 and B12 contribute to the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells. 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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appreciation of the hero’s virtue or courage – and it conveys special protection and power. The enlightened approach is to befriend the fire animal, and so gain the benefit of its power – which can then be used for good in the world. As long as we are at the mercy of the winds of greed, hate and delusion, we will continue to create injustice, oppression,


ne of my Chinese friends is working as the country head of a multi-national company in India. One day I asked him why the Chinese use the imagery of a dragon every where, and at all the occasions in their lives. He started with this. “The dragon commands great respect in Chinese culture. If you want to give the greatest compliment to any Chinese citizen, call him the Dragon Face.” Dragons are revered as the representatives of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe. They are associated with wisdom, are often said to be wiser than humans, and are known for their longevity. They are also said to be capable of speech. The dragon is the highestranking animal in the Chinese animal hierarchy, and was strongly associated at one time with the emperor—and hence with power and majesty.

Chinese dragons traditionally symbolise potent and auspicious powers – particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon also has the power to release water to parched lands – and so brings abundance and relief. Excellent and outstanding people are compared with the dragon, while incapable people are compared with disesteemed creatures, such as the worm. Ancient Chinese dragons are the ultimate symbols of cosmic Chi (energy). The dragon is said to be the most potent symbol of good fortune in the Chinese panThe Lucky Winners of the Quiz theon of symbols. (FG Issue Aug 24) are: I also realised that, potentially, we are all riders of Lucky Winner of the Coffee set great dragons. The Sumit Kumar fire animal is within our selves. Western 99710xxxxx religions have often iSkate passes sought to kill the Divya dragon within us. The spirit of the 98115xxxxx Eastern religions is Anjan Roy to ride the dragon. A dragon’s scale becomes 97181xxxxx a magic aid bestowed by the dragon, as an

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The Chinese dragon has a horse’s head and a snake’s tail. Further, the dragon is also known for its nine resemblances:  Its horns resemble those of a stag  The head that of a camel  The eyes those of a demon  The neck that of a snake  The belly that of a clam  The scales those of a carp  The claws those of an eagle  The soles those of a tiger  The ears those of a cow. cruelty and ill will – however much we may believe that we are good civilised citizens. By becoming masters of our fire, however, we become awakened beings, capable of working for the real good of the world. Such persons have spiritual fire, and have it well-sheltered, so that it is at their command. I have been fortunate to have met people like this, people who have pursued the righteous path, and become great dragons. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.

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he intellectual capital of a city is known by its discourses on matters of local, national and international import. A study conducted by economists concluded that local newspapers have a substantial and measurable impact on public life. After completing a successful year, ‘Friday Gurgaon’ – Gurgaon’s own paper – has shown the way. In spite of the electronic media, journalists have long touted the indispensable role that newspapers play in demanding action from elected officials. The cacophony of debates in the audio visual medium will take time to mature into the sanguine and cogent intellectual conduct of the print media. Journalism professors and political scientists have studied how the written word—against the spoken one—makes lasting impressions. Neighborhood newspapers and magazines are indispensable. There would be a severe democratic deficit if a city was devoid of its very own newspaper. Last year I had heard whispers from several naysayers at various social gatherings. “Fancy a newspaper catering exclusively to Gurgaon residents? With several established dailies, who will read a new newspaper? What? A weekly newspaper? It will never work.

No titillating pictures of sleazy models and no Bollywood gossip? Junk the idea.” Today, exactly a year later, I wish to share some lessons I learnt while cruising along with the team of Friday Gurgaon. The past year has cemented my belief in the ‘ant philosophy’ – promoted by a motivational speaker Jim Rohn. It is a simple yet powerful concept. Ants never quit. If they are headed somewhere, and you try to stop them, they look for another way. They will climb over, they will climb under, and they will climb around. Undeterred, they keep looking for another way to get where they are supposed to go. Second, the journey so far has somehow evoked images of the sci-fi fictional series ‘Star Trek’- the idea of going where no man has ever gone before. Agreed, if someone else has already done it, you can too! But if someone else has not done it already, can’t you be the first? Of course, a good team helps. Congratulations, Friday Gurgaon, for traversing a tumultuous journey, with sheer perseverance and hard work. Since the residents of Gurgaon are stakeholders in its affairs, they, along with the media, should work together effectively to make Gurgaon a model city – a City with a myriad possibilities, rooted in Indian culture, yet aspiring to be global. u

Kishore's Last Song TUM HI TO HO WOH is an original and last unreleased Kishore Kumar Song, recorded on 10 October 1987 in Mumbai.

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Lyrics Kulwant Jani Music Usha Khanna The song was recorded for a planned Rakesh Kumar film, tentatively titled ‘Khel Tamasha’. The script for the film remained incomplete, and the film was never released. Late Kishore Kumar was to sing an additional two songs for the film, but he passed away 3 days after recording this first song, Tum hi to ho woh...

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his Monsoon season, Gurgaon’s ‘Gallery Alternatives’ brings to us yet another Group Exhibition. This eclectic collection features artworks in a variety of media – from canvasses and paper to sculptures. The artists are of every agegroup, and from all parts of India – from the 91-year old Tantric maestro Padma Bhushan S.H Raza, to the striving 33-year old glass sculptor Punkaj Kumar Manav; and other artists from various linear disciplines, such as Advertisting, Architecture and Illustration. Of the time-tested thespians on show, the dizzying kaleidoscopic circular Mandalas of Raza are well-represented here by a 31” x 31” Print on Canvas depicting a multi-hued Chakra. It is executed in the Parisian-Indian maestro’s quintessential de- S.H Raza-Print on canvas sign of concentric circles, that are subtly ‘divided’ by a central linear ‘break’. Typically, a dark central Bindu,  representing the indivisible Anu  or Atom, tightly holds all this rippling enRajendra P. Singh-Oil on canvas ergy together. This form stands as Raza’s recurring  leitmotif in almost all his works of the past five decades, and embodies the philosophy that the Praveen Kumar-Acrylic on Canvas Cosmic Life-energy is not linear, but circular; not with horizontal Shaivite time-bound, but self-renewing; bindis, humbly going and with no obvious beginning about her daily domesor ending. tic chores. At times she Another stalwart, in a con- merges seamlessly into a Viky Arya-Moon song-Gun metal trasting  Figurative mode, is watchful group of simiThota Vaikuntam. The talent- lar women; at other times she form in deep blue monotones, ed Hyderabadi artist, who has is seated alone, in a moment of employs textures and crossimmortalised the timeless Dra- relaxation, perhaps playing with hatching effects with praiseworvidian woman in all her intense, a pet parrot or adjusting her toe- thy finesse. The Mangalorean vibrant hues, is well-noted for rings and nose-ring. The charm Praveen Kumar’s fascination his uniquely-Indian idiom. of this innocent, yet firmly- for architecture has resulted in Aside from gaining respect with- rooted  Shakti-figure—like a a blend of the geometric and the in India, in a career of over 3 de- prosaic Devi—has become representational in his works. cades, Vaikuntam has also been Vaikuntam’s visual nom As a freelance architectural derecognised by the discerning art de plume. signer, his Acrylic on Canvas circles of New York and London.  Looking at the works of Series, depicting urban skyIt is often seen that evolved lesser-known young artists, one lines and houses with peaks and artists retain one or two spe- is heartened that they are not edges, seems to bear an underlycific aesthetic ‘forms’ or ‘vi- abandoning the intricate and ing Souza Cityscape inspiration. sualisations,’   as a recurring quiet skills of linear drawing However, in order to achieve his ‘visual code’, that embodies a and painting, in favour of faster, own idiom, the artist needs to lifetime’s thought-process. In facile theatrical modes. Among loosen his reins and allow his Vaikuntam’s case, this form such emerging artists is Sanju imagination to take flight.  is that of a dark-skinned ru- Jain from Bhopal, whose mysRajendra P. Singh’s saffron ral Dravidian woman, her terious 24” x 24” Mixed Media Buddhas, seated in meditation broad forehead smeared painting, depicting an eye-like atop abstract cityscapes, evi-

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dence this necessary freeing-up of one’s inner imaginative muse. The 34-year old Biharborn artist, now working in Delhi, retains his simple cultural roots, by repeatedly paying homage to Gautama Buddha in his visualisations. He has also worked with tiles and fibreglass, to decorate the Shahadra Metro Station -- a welcome innovation that more young Indian artists should aspire to, thus contributing to a city’s daily aesthetic heritage. In the sculptural zone, Viky Arya and Punkaj Manav indulge in some promising textural experiments. Viky, a Delhi-based Advertising visualiser, illustrator and poet, cites the Himalayan peaks to be her main visual and spiritual inspiration, as she was born in Dehradun. Her delicate  Zenlike metal sculptures aim to echo the grace, rhythm and flow of such transcendent Indian mountainscapes, while incorporating the human form within a minimalist mode. Punkaj’s sculptural glazed stoneware has been widely displayed all over India. He has also worked on the Delhi Metro Mural Projects, and taught Terracotta Art to children.  Other promising artists in this collection include the intense Kolkata painters Rajat Nandi and Sukanta Das, and the Delhi-based artists Kunal, Nupur Kundu and Ajay Narayan. Another noteworthy exhibition held this past week was Renge Art’s solo show of Kingson Swargiary. The show featured 15 Watercolours and 25 Acrylics on canvas, by an  emerging artist who has been noticed for a playful geometric idiom, reminiscent of a kaleidoscope’s glass chinks. Kingson, an Assamese, provides an outsider’s observation of the capital’s dramatic contrasts – filtering out into two series, ‘Colourful Delhi’ and ‘Colourless Delhi’.   In the former, Kingson claims to depict Delhi’s modern lifestyles, glamour and affluence; whereas in his ‘Colourless’ series, he concentrates on the city’s have-nots—its slum dwellers, beggars and street life—painted in sombre shades of ‘colourless colour’. This cowboy-hatted and booted young artist, enjoying his Gurgaon Club stint, says that he aims to convey hope and peace in his art. u Artist, Writer, & Curator

20  Contd from p 1 Gurgaon, there is no dearth of choice when it comes to malls,” she says. There are malls distributed along the National Highway-8, MG Road, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road – and now inner colonies. It makes for easy living for Gurgaonites, after coming back from a long day’s work. MG Road Malls cannot be bracketed together. Some are good for casual shopping and weekly grocery trips, due to the profusion of super-saver stores like Big Bazaar in Sahara Mall and Spar in MGF Metropolis. Movie-goers prefer DT Mega Mall, MGF Metropolitan and Ambience, because there is a very good chance of getting tickets in there (Metropolitan alone has seven screens). Sohna Road Malls also have the eclectic mix of unique and daily needs. Visha Arora, a homemaker, who has brought her kids to the play area inside the MGF Metropolitan Mall, while checking out the new season’s clothes at Shopper’s Stop, says, “It is easy for me to come here. Since I live nearby in Essel Towers, it’s just a short walk. We come here when the kids want to have a change from the parks. And while they are bungee-jumping, I can zip about and check some clothes – or pack a quick trip to Le Marche.” Brigadier Pradeep Singh Puri (Retd), the Vice-President of Operations at MGF Metropolitan Mall, has a good explanation for his Mall’s popularity. “For any shopper (or even a visitor), a mall has to have the correct mix of shopping, eateries and entertainment. If the mix is skewed to any one segment, the mall becomes typecast and gets an image of having just fast-food, or too many pubs and the like. There has to be something of interest for everybody. We at MGF Metropolitan are proud to have some of the best conversion rates for any mall (a conversion rate refers to ‘footfalls’ translating into buying). For a mall owner, the conversion rate may not be so important, as the visitor pays the parking and other minor charges. But it is all-important for a shopowner, and we are happy to have hit the right formula,” he says. Going on to another aspect of the MGF Mall, Puri says that most malls lease their space out. “This gives them more control over what brands are exhibited, and they chop and change accordingly,” he explains. But in Metropolitan, a sizeable amount of space has been sold. This gives a shop-owner more responsibility and pride, as they have a stake in the mall.

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In terms of footfalls, the Ambience Mall stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the malls. Col. Sandip Dutta, the General Manager of Ambience, puts the figure at 15,00,000 people a month (or 50,000 visitors/shoppers a day). Their aim, he says, is not to concentrate on one segment of the population. We have brands and outlets for both the common man and for high society, he reveals; from Reliance Bazaar to the cream of worldwide clothing la-

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Malls and Footfalls bels, this Mall has it all. And this applies to eateries and all other shopping segments too, he says. Whatever the budget, Ambience wants to put itself as the one-stop for all that a visitor needs. There are daily promotions to draw in the weekday crowds, and activities and offers on the weekends – the largest mall space in the NCR is constantly evolving. “It’s almost like a market for everything,” says Shweta, who has come from Agra with her friends, for a week away from college studies. “The size is so intimidating, I can understand why they need electric carts for tired and overloaded shoppers,” she laughs. “Being on a student’s allowance, I see so many things that I want to buy, but I’ll get them later. The affordable stuff is always available in

the rent per square foot of shopping space is neck to neck with any of MG Road’s malls. “Of course,” Gupta says unabashedly. Whether it is Raheja Mall or Ninex, “The malls here are leading the trend of Sohna Road. We have done away with the concept of an ‘anchor store’. That concept just means that the other stores wither and die. No person opening a shop will think of stocking goods which Big Bazaar has; there will be literally no demand, as the prices of the latter will always be lower,” he says. They will become blinkand-you-miss stores surrounding a massive ‘anchor store’, he says. “Here, each store has decent representation and space. Plus, we take care to include office space for corporate entities, as well as eateries and ap-

Setting Up Shop

Nadia Shekharkanth settled in Gurgaon a year ago, when her husband shifted here. Hitting on the idea to open the city’s first cupcake bakery, she talks of her journey to set up shop. “We checked out almost every available space in the malls and markets. But the established markets are so expensive. A tiny cubbyhole in Galleria Market was costing us lakhs. Then, I came upon Sohna Road,” she says. And she got good space. “What I wanted was that people should be able to see the baking process – to see how fresh it is, and what they have been missing all this while,” she says. Her month-old bakery in Ninex Court is slowly picking up speed, and “It is so nice to see people lining up in the morning, or making a last midprakhar pandEy & JiT Kumar

Agra, so why bother?” she shrugs. But the MGF Metropolitan and DT City Centre give Ambience a tough run for the money. “On an average weekday, the MGF Metropolitan sees crowds anywhere between 15,000-20,000 people. Saturdays and Sundays take the figure to 40,000,” says Denise Singh, the Manager of MGF Metropolitan. The City Centre sees 5,000-10,000 footfalls a day on the weekdays, and up to 20,000 on weekends – due to the movie rush. The profusion of eateries and speciality joints also add to the footfalls, the officials of the mall add.

Sohna Road – New Kid On The Block

Compared to this, malls on Sohna Road are lucky to see a tenth of the figure. The only major anchor store to grace the strip is Shoppers’ Stop, in Spaze Tech Park – it was launched in February. According to the outlet spokesperson, this would be the retail chain’s 51st store across India, and second in Gurgaon itself. “We wanted our foothold at the earliest on Sohna Road,” the spokesperson said. According to him, there are a sizeable number of their customers coming from this area to their other (first) store. “It is only reasonable that we open a brand outlet at this end of the city, for convenience to our present customers – and to be ready when the area is fully populated.” The area around Sohna Road is undergoing a metamorphosis, to become Gurgaon’s Second Mall Mile. The whole process is still going to take time, feels the General Manager of Ninex Court, S.S Gupta. But establishment owners on Sohna Road say that

night dash for a fresh piping-hot batch of cupcakes,” Nadia says. The modest shop is costing her well around two lakhs a month in rent and maintenance. The growing phase of Sohna Road and adjoining areas may ensure that such new enterprises find an edge over established stores on MG Road. BoConcept, a Danish furniture brand, has recently set up a 15,000 sq foot shopping space in Global Foyer, Golf Course Road. The reason is the same: More space, for the same amount of rent and maintenance. parel stores. Each of them are self-sustaining to a degree,” he reveals. But malls on Sohna Road have yet to open up their basement parking. Most of the malls rarely need to use the service, except the ones having a movie theatre. “I always prefer to watch movies at SRS theatres,” says Shubham. “The bulk of Gurgaon rushes to Ambience and DT to watch movies, and there are very few people who even know how to get to the movie theatres on Sohna Road. That means my friends and I always get tickets to any show and we round it off with a quiet dinner at another mall.” The prospect of a dark Sohna Road at night-time is still unnerving to couples and families, but the youth are undeterred. “Sohna Road is okay as far as corporate space is concerned, but as a shopping and entertainment hub, this place has a long way to go,” he says, “There are no street lights at night, and the ‘gentry’ is not what you want the womenfolk exposed to. Maybe in a couple of years this place will be as bustling as MG Road. But until then, I’ll be only going out with my male friends here at night, for a movie and a drink.”

Parking Blues

If anyone has spent even a weekend is Gurgaon, he or she is bound to notice the serpentine queues of cars and bikes lining MG Road. The popular malls, DT City Centre and Metropolitan Mall, have the largest of weekend tailbacks, and there is no viable solution in sight. Both the malls have parking space counters to help commuters and visitors, but even that has been of little use to people bent on getting a parking slot in the mall they want to visit. Brigadier Puri says, “On an opening movie night, the rush is in thousands per hour, and it is bound to create parking hassles.” What about sharing parking space between malls? “Would the people agree to walk the distance?” asks Puri. The other option is to have several surface parking lots, and a cavernous triple basement parking like Ambience. “What we have done with our newest mall (Metropolis), is that both the basement parking levels have separate entry and exit points,” Puri points out. This problem is yet to reach the malls of Sohna Road. “Our basement parking is closed for visitors,” says a security guard in Raheja

Mall. “There is just no need, because the mall never gets that many people as of now.” So far, so good. But people are getting smarter, with the experience of getting crushed in jams. Akash Yadav, who had come to DT City Centre to pick up his wife, says, “If we have to come to watch a movie on the weekend, I make it a point to never park here. I park at the Spar Mall, and walk across into DT. I have been stuck in car queues innumerable times, and my alternative has worked flawlessly ever since.” It’s just good parking sense, he says smugly.

Hurray for Security!

The news items on molestations, brawls and shootings in and around MG Road Malls have not exactly shown the Mall Mile in the best of light. Pubbing and clubbing is a risky proposition, for patrons, mall owners and operators alike. “It is not a good idea for girls to be alone at night on MG Road,” says Ananyaa. But apart from an exception or two, the malls have started taking the issue of security very seriously. “We don’t bend the rules for any establishment, so why should we for bars?” says Col. R Gehlot, the Chief of Security for MGF Metropolitan. Puri adds, “We take thumbprint impressions of everyone entering the mall premises after 10:30 pm.” Even Ambience Mall, which has a fair plethora of watering holes in its space, has not eased up its vigil, despite no incidents on record. “We have over 200 security men patrolling the mall space at any given point of time, and we even have sniffer dogs, constant CCTV coverage, and rapid teams ready to deploy at a moment’s notice,” the manager reveals. Between themselves, the Gurgaon malls do not leave out a single avenue of shopping, entertainment and eating, for the Gurgaon citizen. The vast rivers of people streaming into these spaces are signs enough that weekends are not to be spent at home, and that the malls are the nearest Mecca. True, some malls are preferred over others in terms of brand space, safety and amenities (as evident in foot fall statistics) – but the most successful malls may not be those with just the highest foot falls. As Ninex Court’s Manager Gupta puts it, “We may not have the highest footfalls, but we have great conversions, which translates to happy shopowners and shoppers alike.” The most successful malls also possess a fair mix of entertainment, food, apparel and night-life. What’s ahead? Brigadier Puri says, “MG Road will not die down, as doom-sayers predict. But the focus of shoppers will certainly move from here. A decade ago, it was Gurgaon on either sides of the highway. This side was booming in comparison to others, so the Mall Mile and all that happened. Now, the focus is on Golf Course Road, its extension and Sohna Road. That is where the spate of development is, and where the focus will be in three to four years.” Until then, MG Road Malls still rule Gurgaon. u

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he other day I was talking to a friend, who confided, “My fourteen year old daughter is very upset. She thinks she is not as pretty as the other girls in her class.” Another friend joined in and revealed that her daughter often asks her, “Mom do you think I am fat?” Adolescence can be an extremely confusing time for most teenagers. Adolescence marks a time of rapid and intense emotional and physical changes. There is an increased value placed on peer acceptance and approval. Teenagers are extremely sensitive to external influences, and social messages about cultural norms. Girls, especially, face significant pressure to be physically attractive and have a perfect figure. As a result, many girls feel dissatisfied with their bodies, and are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems. The experience of ‘body dissatisfaction’ can lead to poor health habits and low self-esteem. Adverse health behaviours, associated with poor self esteem, include – poor eating habits, dieting, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Having a negative body image may lead to skipping of meals, or a cycle of dieting, losing weight and regaining weight — which

The sense of beauty- both sartorial and otherwise- I believe inherently mushrooms in a person. It can rarely be taught. There exist aesthetic codes for writers too – and all the more for the writers of verse. A good verse is an apt mix of imagination, language, and a sense of the concerned genre. This poem is an ‘ode’ to the philosophy of art and beauty.

can further harm self-esteem. Stories of various fashion models and movie actresses, boasting a ‘size zero’ worsen their plight. Factors that may harm a girl’s body image include:  Natural weight gain, and other changes caused by hormonal changes.  Peer pressure to look a certain way.  Media images that promote the ideal female body as slim.  Being teased about weight, height and other body issues.  Having parents who are overly concerned about their own weight, or their daughter's weight or appearance. So what should the parents do? It is impossible to hide magazines, turn off the TV, ban watching beauty contests or playing with Barbie. However, there are steps parents can take, to encourage girls to love their body – regardless of its shape or size. The first step is communication. Explain how these models and actresses have to be underweight because their jobs demand so. Parents can help their daughters recognise that media images are unrealistic, and airbrushed to trim flab and hide blemishes. This will enable girls to accept their own ‘flaws’, and feel better about the way they look. If your child is

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Aesthetics Aesthetics is the soul of any art, A poet without it is versifier without heart But should his love for it, Be limited by his infatuation? Or should he bring to the literary marts All the societies’ afflictions and warts? truly overweight, encourage a healthier lifestyle and healthy eating habits, by being a role model. Criticism and comparison will not help. If you are scared your child is resorting to unhealthy means to lose weight, have a candid talk. Explain to her how a developing body needs a certain amount of nutrition, and failing to provide that can have serious repercussions later. With less than 'perfect' bodies, Sunita Williams, Indra Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Kalpana Chawala, Barkha Dutt and Mary Kom are still role models. Encouraging a healthy body image in their teenage daughter is something mothers must take seriously. Be an integral part of your daughter’s life, so that you can instill healthy eating habits and a good body image in her. u

Until he brings out social ugliness How for beauty will he show his fondness? When one is bearing apathy’s sting What fun of fraternity’s praises to sing? A poet to nurse beauty takes the broom, It serves him well the art to groom. Heart’s voice for love and beauty listen You will see your works then glisten.

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th u o Y ak Spe The best thing about Gurgaon is that it has no visible roots. Almost everyone here has come from Delhi or some other city. Unlike in Maharashtra and Gujrat, people are not possessive about the City, which brings about communal harmony and ensures peace here.

Khushi Singh, DSC College

Ankush Sharma, Government College, Sector 9 One good step taken by the authorities in the City is the Rain water Harvesting drive. The water crisis is at its worst, and Gurgaonites are forced to use groundwater for their daily needs. Also, there is need to generate awareness on how to save water, and on rainwater harvesting. College students should join hands with environmental NGOs to spread the awareness.

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arlotta is 20 months old, and loves rolling her peas across the table. Her friend Nick thinks it’s fun drawing circles, with a spoon of sauce, next to the plate. Their parents are less than thrilled. This doesn’t have to be the case. Even small children can be taught the “You don’t play with food” rule. And a good role model is a big help. When babies get porridge for the first time, they check it out with their fingers, stirring it and licking it. “The children are not playing, they’re gathering information with their hands – about the texture of the food. They use their fingers to eat,” explains Ur-

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Table Manners For Children sula Viereck, Head of Hamburg’s Otto-Brenner-Strasse Day-Care Centre. If parents want to introduce their children to forks and spoons, then they should motivate them, suggests Heidemarie Arnhold, Chairwoman of the Working Circle for New Education. If a child tests how quickly carrots fly from the plate to the floor, parents do not have to accept that. But it’s also not a reason to get angry. The child is not looking to provoke its parents. For small children, it’s logical to play with food. After all, they do that with everything else, says Gudrun

Wuendrich, Head of the Haus der Kinder (House of Children) Day-Care Centre in Dresden. The table rules parents establish depends on their own habits. “You cannot enforce something onto the child that you do not practice yourself,” says Arnhold. Those who read the newspaper while eating cannot be surprised when the child demands a picture book. If parents want to teach their children eating habits, then they have to eat together, instead of just putting a plate in front of the child. “Try to eat at least one meal per day with the child,” says Arn-

Child Medication – With Care { Carina Frey / Berlin / DPA }


iving children medication can be nerveracking – as they squint their eyes, press their lips, or scream bloody murder. A couple of tricks can help in administering drops, syrups or pills. Parents should have time and patience – and they should convey to the child that there are no alternatives to medicine. If children must regularly take medicine, it’s worthwhile to turn it into a ritual,

suggests Gerd Glaeske, a Professor from the University of Bremen. If the child must inhale something, perhaps he/she could be read to at the same time. “Then the child has something to look forward to, and the inhaling is no longer the focal point.” Ulrich Fegeler from Germany’s Professional Association of Paediatricians says how well a child accepts medicine depends largely on the approach of the parents. “If parents say ‘That smells bad’, that’s not especially supportive,” he says. It is not a problem if a child

The Right Way To Clean Contact Lenses { Berlin / DPA }


ontact lenses should always be rubbed clean with the fingers after usage. Only rinsing them with a care product is not enough to clean them, says Gerald Boehme, of the Association of Ophthalmologists of Germany.     “After being worn, a biofilm forms on the lenses, which can only be removed by scrubbing. That will get rid of about 99 per cent of germs.” When rubbing, apply the care product onto the lens with clean hands, and rub it carefully with one finger in the palm of your hand

or between two fingers. After that, the lenses should be rinsed, and put into the storage container with new liquid. The lenses are better off not being rinsed with tap water, recommends Boehme. There are often spores in the water, that can lead to uncomfortable infections – if they get into the eye. It is better to rinse with sterile cooking salt or fresh rinsing solution. Contact lenses can also be disinfected, especially with a two-component solution – with hydrogen peroxide. But many users don’t use this in addition to the usual all-in-one cleaning and disinfectant fluid. u

squints his/her eyes to avoid eye drops. Parents can apply drops to the inside corners of a closed eye, says Erika Fink, a Pharmacist in Frankfurt. Once the child opens his/her eyes, the drops will flow in. If children must take nose drops, they should lie on their back, suggests Fegeler. “Close one nostril and insert the drops in the other,” he says. For small children, Fink recommends wetting a cotton swab with the drops and moistening the mucous membrane. Syrups must be correctly measured, and always in good light. For babies, there are special disposable syringes to squirt into their mouths. Otherwise the rule is, it’s best to swallow while standing. If a child spits out a portion of the medicinal syrup, then it’s just too bad. Parents should not just give them a second dosage or give them more the next time. They do not know how much of the active substance landed in the child’s mouth. “The dosage gets too high very quickly,” warns Glaeske. Parents should ask their paediatrician how to properly measure the medicine dosage, and how long the child must take it Glaeske says many parents give their children medicines too quickly. It’s better to wait and see if the discomfort goes away on its own. If not, then go to a doctor. u

hold. “This way you can exemplify the rules for them.” “Exemplifying is essential,” Wuendrich agrees. She and her colleagues eat with the children every day in a children’s restaurant. The boys and girls help set the tables, select their food from the buffet, and eat from porcelain dishes. “We want to establish an aesthetic atmosphere during meals.” With the accompaniment of adults, children learn to take only as much food as they can eat. Over time, they develop a feeling for how much they can eat before they are full. “When you observe children, you can see that they are

Ironic End

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British man, suffering from total paralysis after a stroke, has died a week after losing his legal battle for the right to end his own life, lawyers for his family said. Tony Nicklinson, 58, died peacefully at his home, following a “rapid deterioration” in his health, after contracting pneumonia, his family added. He had refused food since the earlier week. Nicklinson, a businessman from Melksham, in the southwestern county of Wiltshire, was left paralysed by a massive stroke – during a trip to Athens in 2005. He suffered from lock-insyndrome, which left him completely paralysed, and unable to speak or move.

G lobal more serious about eating when they are hungry,” says Viereck. If children start playing, they are usually full. Then parents should say, “You are full”, so that children can connect the feeling with the word. If the child is full, he/ she should be allowed to get up from the table – because for small children, it is difficult to wait patiently until the parents are done eating. Instead of demanding that the child should remain seated, the parents can come up with another rule. “We start together. When you are full, then you can get up,” suggests Wuendrich. That way the child realizes that meals have a beginning and an end, and that you cannot get up in between. u Last week, the High Court in London rejected his legal challenge that he should be allowed to die—with the help of a doctor—in what was described as a ‘dignified suicide.’ “I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery,” Nicklinson had stated later. The judges, while expressing “deep sympathy” for the case, said it would be wrong to depart from the long-established legal position that “voluntary euthanasia is murder, however understandable the motives may be.” Nicklinson’s wife, Jane, said after the ruling that her husband was “absolutely heartbroken,” and that he would seek a further appeal. Asked what would happen if that failed, she said, “Tony either has to carry on like this until he dies from natural causes – or by starving himself.” u

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for years,” says Marc-Oliver Reeh of the Centre for Near Field Communication, at the University of Hanover in Germany. But, he notes, “not a lot has happened yet.” That means there are a lot of functions that don’t work with NFC yet. For now, most NFC devices are tags or stickers, which can be affixed to, or used with a smartphone. That said, NFC mobiles, with Android 4.0 or higher, can trade contact information, pictures and music – just by holding them up to one another briefly. There is also work under way to make sure smartphones can employ NFC to make faster connections to peripherals – working just like existing bluetooth headsets or adapters, that convey music from a smartphone to a


ost smartphone functions may soon be available without even touching the screen. The idea is for mobile phones to effortlessly trade data – just by being near one another. At a cash register, for example, the gadgets will process payments simply by being waved at the till. When that time comes, people will have Near Field Communication (NFC) to thank. But before it can make its breakthrough, experts see some security kinks they need to work out; and vendors need to decide which standard will become predominant. “The topic of Near Field Communication has been filtering through the media

The Skies Are Changing Colour { Berlin / DPA }

the colour of night-time skies with a special monitoring instrument. And he clearly sees one colour - red. “In the past, one spoke of a pitchblack stormy night. This has long since stopped being the case. Today, on stormy nights, it is much brighter because of the clouds than on a clear night,” Kyba points out. In Berlin, the blue light of a cloudy sky is seven times brighter than on cloudless nights, and red light is 18 times greater. This can also have an effect on the animal world. For many animals, cloudy nights in high population density areas are 1,000 times brighter than just a few decades ago, study co-author Franz Hoelker of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries notes. The results of the study are now being published by the Royal Astronomical Society. In a cloudless sky, the shortwavelength blue light is particularly strongly dispersed by the atmosphere. Researchers recommend that the new LED lighting should be pointed downwards, and should emit a warm, pale light – with a low proportion of blue. “Otherwise, on clear nights, the skies will look like a horror film,” says Kyba. u


he colour of night-time skies above cities is changing, according to research carried out in Berlin. Above the German capital, for example, there is currently a reddish glow, Free University of Berlin Physicist Christopher Kyba and his colleagues have determined in recent studies. The reason for this is chiefly to be found in yellow-orange street lighting, the kind which is predominant in Berlin. With a transition to LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting— which radiates a colder, pale light— researchers expect the skies over cities will be considerably more blue at night. “This will be particularly visible when the skies at night are cloudy,” says Kyba. Under such conditions, the light is especially strongly reflected. “The current worldwide trend to replace gas discharge tube lights with LED lamps will again change the brightness and the light spectrum of the night skies,” Kyba predicts. “In a couple of years, this will probably mean that blue is the new red.” Since the end of 2009, Kyba, as part of a cross-disciplinary research group called “Loss of the Night,” has been measuring

Play With Harry & Mickey


elebrities are being primed to accompany your children as they check out the season’s new video games – with special upcoming cameos from Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse. Fans of the boy-wizard series get their chance to relive the highlights of all eight films with Harry Potter for Kinect – scheduled for an autumn release, and exclusively for the XBox 360. These include a battle with a troll in the bathroom (from the first movie), and an adventure to Gringotts bank (as seen in the last movie). The Kinect’s camera and microphone function are in regular use in the game. To make spells work, players have to speak them properly, while making the proper gestures. There is also a multi-player format for a dueling mode, and a cooperation mode for shared adventures. In Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, Mickey Mouse is tasked with saving the Wasteland, the home of all the characters that have been forgotten during the course of the

Only a minority of credit-card companies are using the NFC chip in Europe so far.

stereo set. Experts like Reeh see a lot more potential. “One’s surroundings could become smarter,” he notes. That could mean an NFC tag could be integrated into the floor of a home, sending out an alarm if it notices that a person with disabilities falls down. Others foresee a day when an NFC-equipped mobile could double up as a car key or a library card. But the “killer app” will come when NFC can be used to allow touchless payment via mobile phones. So far, there are some credit cards that have been affixed with NFC transmitters—allowing payments of up to 20 euros, sometimes 25 euros (25 to 31 dollars)—that go through when the card is held up near a reader. PIN codes or signatures are required, if the purchase exceeds that limit. But, even though experts are convinced there should be no technology hurdles, security concerns have kept

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Big Plans, Small Chips

payment systems from being integrated into mobiles. The major concern is that personal data might be pulled off a mobile during a payment transaction – especially since information is transferred in unencrypted form during NFC payments. “We’re obviously very shocked that the account information is transferred in unencrypted format,” says Karin Thomas-Martin of the Consumer Centre of the German state of Baden Wuerttemberg. But Dorothee Wiegand, of German computer magazine c’t, notes that the only information transferred is that which is already on the card. “Any waiter in a restaurant can see this information,” she notes. In reality, anyone with a reader could grab the data. Thomas-Martin says her group is pushing for security improvements. “If the data is copied illegally during a transfer, then the customer can’t be held responsible.” Reeh says he’s not worried. NFC “is a relatively safe technology,” he says. Signals are only transmitted a few centimetres, meaning most criminals would not be able to get close enough to access information. Reeh says another problem is standardization. Until manufacturers agree on one standard, he would advise waiting to jump into NFC. Otherwise, one might end up with a device that can’t communicate with one’s bank or mobile service provider. And to be extra sure about criminals, wrap an NFC card in aluminium foil or buy a special metal container – which will keep out prying eyes. Of course, this won’t work once the chip is embedded in a smartphone. u

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a new game from Disney Interactive.

company’s 80-year history. But Mickey isn’t alone. Either he is accompanied by the funny bunny Oswald, or, in cooperation mode, a human partner who takes over Oswald’s role. Characters have to find ways to combine their various talents. While Mickey can use his magical paintbrush to spread paint and thinner throughout out the world and remake it, Oswald can use a magical remote control to take over electronic devices. Players’ decisions greatly influence the game. Unlike the previous Mickey Epic, the game is not just for the Wii, but also for the XBox 360, the Playstation 3 and PCs. It is expected to go on sale in Europe on November 17. u

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