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here is an education divide in the City, with a range of schools offering 'traditional methods' of teaching and those that offer experience-based learning. It's 'Old is Passe' versus 'Old is Gold'. ...Pg 17

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The Wonder Crystal

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look at the qualities and benefits of the molten rock – the Quartz. This crystal works at a spiritual, mental, biological and a vibrational level – to absorb, store, release and regulate energy. ...Pg 21

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' f birth is affliction, and affliction is caused by craving, then the craving must have occurred before birth. Is rebirth conditioned by the 'Karmas' of previous lives?' – a spiritual column. Pg 21

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A Sinister Plot?

he Haryana Apartment Ownership Act (HAOA), 1983 comprehensively covers all issues of ownership, management, and maintenance of Apartments, in condominiums. But now, with no need for a change – only effective implementation was needed - a completely new Act has been brought in. Why are all apartment societies now to be registered under the new Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies Act, 2012 ? Of real concern is that many points that were comprehensively covered under HAOA are not even mentioned in the new Societies Act. So will we have the registration and regulation of the property under one act, while issues of ownership of Common Areas & Facilities, and management and maintenance of condominiums will be under reference of the HAOA Act? Is this an act of deliberate confusion?

Could the 300-member maximum limit for a Society have been put there to take care of a specific case(s)? Further, by introducing a seemingly innocent clause of maximum 300 members in any RWA, and the concept of Collegiums, is the builder body making a base for an alternate RWA of their own, in all large condominiums. And with the Registrar being the sole adjudicator – with no legal recourse ! – there is ample scope for foul play. Could the new Act itself have been made to take care of some on-going investigations or proceedings? Because these would now be continued in accordance with the provisions of the new Act - and under the same all-powerful Registrar system.

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There seem to be ‘motivations’ here – of not wishing to have apartments operate under the HAOA. The rights of builders are seemingly more important than those of the apartment owners and residents. Could the issue of the clear title of the Common Areas and Facilities conferred on apartment owners under the HAOA be the reason for this change? The old Societies Act provided no such clarification, leave alone benefit, for apartment owners.

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The BirthRight To Play

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quiet amendment to one of the oldest Acts in the country is all set to bring waves of change in the city of Gurgaon and the State itself. Whether it is a welcome change or not is strongly contested. The new Haryana Registration And Regulation of Societies Act (2012), brought out on March 28 this year, has some significant changes with regards to the functioning of

f Right to Information (RTI Act, 2005) was an avant-garde step, that not only arrested the bureaucratic non-accountability but also made them answerable to the common man, then Right to Education (RTE Act, 2011) was a fore-sighted effort to bring in social egalitarianism via education. But would anyone have thought of Sports in this manner? Would anyone have ever felt that Sports too can become a tool, to achieve not only social or economical equality, but also the much-needed and sought-after physical calibre – a calibre of strength. Well, the answer is a blunt No. ‘Padhoge Likhoge Banoge Nawab, Kheloge Kudoge Banoge Kharab’ – is a line we grew up with. We all have encountered repeated warnings from our parents that we should focus on studies; at no stage of our lives have our parents allowed us to think or plan a career in Sports. Kudos to the handful (yes, they are just that, given our population) that have chosen sports – and succeeded. Haryana now has taken

up the challenge. Haryana is a land where sports has been a culture, and the State Government has decided to take the sporting reins in its hands. It has decided to bring in a revolutionary ‘Right To Play Act’, which would confer a Right to Play on every resident. “India is a country of 1.27 billion people; but when it comes to a quality sports population, even Vatican City will do better than us. And the only reason for this backwardness in Sports is that we know that Sports cannot earn us our livelihood. Right To Play (RTP) is an attempt to make each and every resident in Haryana play either to fulfil his/her dream, or to acquire mere physical strength. Our main focus is to breed a new crop of sporting professionals, who can make our country proud. Everyone is entitled to this ‘Right To Play’ — to have access to optimum physical activity through Sports, as a matter of Right. It is enshrined even in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as Article 24,” says O.P Singh, Sports Director, Haryana, who has finalised

the concept paper for the proposed Act. The Act will ensure that the Education department sets aside enough time each day, during school hours, for children to play at least one sport. Access to sports facilities within schools will also be the right of every student. Moreover, every school will have to ensure basic sporting infrastructure, and the necessary equipment and staff needed for such activities.

The Vision

The vision for RTP is to ensure that, by 2020, every citizen in the State— regardless of age, gender, caste, religion, physical ability and socio-economic status—has an opportunity to play Sports.

The Introduction

Sport is a basic need for all human beings, and can be an effective tool to help improve the lives of children, families and communities – the very reason why UNICEF has a Sport for Development (S4D) Programme, with a mission to ensure that every child has the

right to recreation and play, in a safe and healthy environment. It is a well-accepted fact that regular physical activity is essential for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of human beings. Playing sport not only provides all the benefits of regular physical activity, but can be a fun way Contd on p 8 


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Theatre

The Unknown Arabian Nights @Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44 Date: August 14 Time: 5:00 pm; 7:30 pm Tickets: Rs. 350; Rs. 250; and Rs. 150

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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?

Ruchika’s Little Actors Club presentation, “The Unknown Arabian Nights” is directed by Feisal and Radhika Alkazi. A cast of 52 children, between 8-15 years of age, present this story of Schrezade and Shahriyar. The play entails a magical almond, dwarves, comedy and suspense, caliphs and clever princes, dances and sword fights – all transporting you to Arabia. Contact: 9810059550, 2715100

Music

Hindustani vocal recital @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: August 16 Time: 7:30 pm

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsava @ HUDA Gymkhanna Club Lawns, Sec 29 Date: August 10 Time: 6:30 pm onwards

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Master Recipe

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

nitially conceived by iamgurgaon, the ‘Million trees Gurgaon’ initiative aims to plant a million trees – across various locations in Gurgaon. The planting schedule includes planting trees on Independence Day.

The Ceramic Series @C-130, Sushant Lok Date: August 20 Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon Last Date for Registration: August 10

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2-day transformational weekend Workshop, facilitated by Shalini Kalra Jacob—a Self Empowerment Coach—that takes you on a journey of learning and self-discovery. The Workshop guides you towards a realisation of your own power, inner wisdom and strengths – that will help you achieve a life of joy, happiness, prosperity and health. For registration, call 9711325000.

et Alive presents another Workshop in its Ceramic Series – ‘Create Glazed Stoneware’. This Workshop will be facilitated by renowned ceramist Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal, who will teach the basic methods of handwork in clay, and technical tips on glaze stoneware. Contact: 9310930808

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Corporate Nights @ Bahi – The Pub, Sector 53 Date: August 13 Time: 9:00 pm onwards night to unwind and break the week-day monotony, for people working in Corporates. Dance to the DJ’s foot-tapping music, and avail a 1+1 package on food and beverages.

Independence Day Celebration A Musical Evening Celebrating Our Nation’s Independence @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: August 22 Time: 7:30 pm

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hands-on Workshop on Twitter and Facebook, for women entrepreneurs. This 2-day Workshop offers techniques to develop your brands for social media. The classes include guidelines for writing engaging posts, developing your brand, and building your content on social media networks. Contact: Shreya, 9717460663

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repare yourself for a special musical journey featuring DJs Kabir Singh and Monty. Groove the night away with a non-stop musical supply of Electronic, Experimental and Progressive music.

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elebrate Janamashtami at an evening long programme by ISKCON – that includes a kirtan, a cultural programme, deity darshan and fireworks.

n keeping with LAMP’s objective of nurturing talent and providing a platform for the exhibition of talent, students from various schools, along with professional musicians, will present patriotic songs, dance, poetry, and instrumental music - classical instruments and folk instruments. The evening will

also witness the announcement and launch of a nation-wide contest. LAMP urges all children to learn music and the arts, and emulate the life of Rabindranath Tagore— the great son of the soil—who gave us our National Anthem. For more details, contact: 9910143344.


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hsaas, a Delhi based band formed in early 2009 by Suryaveer Hooja – and later joined by Varun Ahuja – performed at Visionnaire Cafe, Golf Course Road. The Event was attended by entrepreneur Ramola Bachchan, Arti Arora, Simran Malkani, Amrit Grewal Designers Pam and Samir Mehta, Vandy Mehra, Mayur Girotra, Hair Stylist Sylvie, and Make-up Expert Meenakshi Dutt.


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uiznos started thirty years ago in Denver, Colorado as a small sub shop. Their point of differentiation has been the toasting of their subs – a practice which is now increasingly popular with other chains as well. I am at their recently opened outlet at South Point Mall. The interiors are compact and colourful. The chairs are low – too low. The kitchen is totally open, a good sign. To give the place a high tech feel, touch pad devices, with an option to directly place ones order, have been installed at every table. To keep them safe (I presume), they have been fixed to the wall – which makes it difficult to use them. Priding myself as being tech-savvy, I try – but give up after trying for five minutes. So, like the others, I too join the queue, and then wait for my order to be served. I am served a classic Italian sub (Rs. 175), which has rosemary cheese with chicken ham, chicken pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and other regular sub ingredients. Despite toasting, the sandwich is soft, with a chunky bite. It is underseasoned for my Indian palate, and I miss the choice of sauces offered in my regular sandwich shop. Next, the smoky-spicy-tangy tomato soup (Rs. 50), curiously served in a

Quiznos UG 10, South Point Mall, Next to Genpact, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 4145066 Timing: 10 am – 11 pm

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Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time’ is the recently released autobiography of the late Arjun Singh, who was a Cabinet Minister and one of the most loyal Congressmen. Right from his first ‘ term as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1980, he was at the centre of nearly three decades of top-level politics. Whether it was the Bhopal gas tragedy, the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the historic Longowal Accord, or the OBC quotas in higher education institutions, Arjun Singh was often in the midst of a political storm. The book begins with the chapter titled, ‘formative years’, and culminates—after forty three long episodes—in ‘sunset years’. Arjun Singh recalls how he received the news of the demise of Mahatma Gandhi, while he was playing tennis. He elucidates his views on the unfortunate demolition of the Babri Masjid, the rise of the BJP, the dacoits of Chambal, and his tenure as a Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. As with most biographies, he absolves himself from the controversial role he played during all the key events. Here is a glimpse of his views on Prime Minister Narasimha Rao: “I vividly recall the scene at a meeting in early 1992 with Prime

A Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time Author: Arjun Singh and Ashok Chopra Publisher: Hay House India Price: Rs. 599 Genre: Biography

paper cup with a very small plastic ice cream spoon, is wonderful – from the first sip to the last. The small-sized hot chilly chicken pizza (Rs. 180) has a soft and bready base, with lots of chicken – but the hot and chilly that the name had promised eludes me. The taste is pretty ordinary. The veg Hawaiian salad (Rs. 140) has a lot of fresh crunchy vegetables, pineapple bits, dried grapes and a honey-mustard dressing. It would have made a great salad, but for the soggy alu-corn-palak

patty that they crumble on top. The Indian touch adds an unnecessary muddy texture to the salad. Giving the pre-made cookies a miss, I next try their coriandermint-chicken ‘sammy’ (Rs. 80), which is basically chicken mixed with a mint chutney, and rolled in a thick-ish flatbread (which is like a readymade pizza base). It makes for a filling and benign office snack. Especially given that cheaper and tastier options are available aplenty, Quiznos as of now does not seem to have much unique to offer – apart from their exciting tomato soup. I hope that they can add some dishes with a wow factor, because people in Gurgaon would always welcome newer and better sandwich shops. u

Minister Narasimha Rao, after he had returned from the US. Only the two of us were present. He was sitting in an easy chair and airing his views on various domestic issues. Suddenly, he sat up and forcefully asserted: “I am not afraid of anyone as President (George) Bush Senior is now behind me.” I was very surprised by this unexpected outburst because the matters we were discussing had no relevance whatsoever to President Bush. It was, in a sense, the inner voice of the prime minister who seemed to have been emboldened after his meeting with President Bush, and felt that the latter’s support would see him through all difficult situations”. In a moment of candid confession, Singh labels the Maharashtra heavyweight, Sharad Pawar, as ‘fickle and flip-flop’; and wonders when the ‘final rupture’ between him and the Congress would take place. Arjun Singh calls himself a ‘humble follower’, but this posthumous memoir paints him as an architect of contemporary history – whether by the textbooks rewritten during his tenure as HRD Minister, or the cultural legacy he left behind. Written in spartan yet appealing prose, this intimate portrayal of a Congress loyalist will interest those who follow politics and political history. u

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aane yeh kaisi aag lagi hai, is mein dhuan na chingari hai, Jaadu hai nasha hai”: so sang Shreya Ghoshal in her award winning song from Jism, the Mahesh Bhatt production of 2003. Jism marked the debut of John Abraham, who dared to bare in a manner not seen before in Bollywood films. Jism 2, from the same stable, tries to maintain the link. Instead of the male debutant, we have the porn star Sunny Leone making her debut, showing a lot of Jism: unfortunately, the Canadian’s display doesn’t provide any shock-and-awe. Jism 2 The script is weak, and wandirected by: Pooja Bhatt ders. Is aag mein bhi na dhuan, cast: Randeep Hooda, Arunoday na chingaari hai. Aur na jadu Singh, Arif Zakaria, Sunny Leone hai, na koi nasha. genre: Adult Jism 2 has some beautiful shots of Sri Lanka; this perhaps is the only positive, in this Pooja Bhatt directed venture – and maybe a few songs pass muster. However, the songs have neither the poignant lyrics nor the melodic strains of a Mahesh Bhatt production. Sunny Leone seems to have been well trained in rapid and heavy breathing techniques – whether in a love making sequence or otherwise; but despite her voluptuous personality, her expressions can at best be termed wooden – virtually passionless. Randeep Hooda tries hard, in a role which could have been more sharply developed; Arunoday Singh, as the Indian Intelligence Officer, and his boss – played by Arif Zakaria – are poor in their performances. Pooja Bhatt should however be complimented on one unique feature. All the characters of the movie are dead—a first—by the time the final credits begin to roll. The audience, by then, is also dying to get out... u

A Recipe by Chef Rajeev Sethi, Earth Italian Lounge Bar

Warm Sticky Date Pudding With Burnt Caramel

Ingredients

250g pitted dates, chopped 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 1/2 cups boiling water 125g butter, softened 1 cup caster sugar 2 whole eggs 1 3/4 cups white plain flour, sifted

Caramel sauce

1 cup brown sugar 300ml thickened cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 60g butter

Method

 Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base of a 7cm deep, 22cm (base) cake pan.  Place dates and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Pour over boiling water.  Combine butter, eggs, and flour gently with an electric beater.  Pour mixture into prepared cake pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn onto a plate.  To make sauce, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for two minutes.  Pierce pudding all over with a skewer. Pour 1/2 cup of warm sauce over warm pudding. Stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with remaining sauce.


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agic Media World staged “Ravishing Model Hunt 2012” in the City. After the intense competitive elimination rounds, 18 lucky contestants showcased their meritorious talent. The Show was judged by sizzling Ms.Veena Malik, sweet Prachi Desai, elegant Aamir Ali, graceful Pooja Missra and Neelam Nanda. The winning crown of the Ravishing Model Hunt went to Gargi, who was titled Ms. Ravishing Glam; and Nitin, who was titled Mr. Ravishing Dude.

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riter Nirupama Subramaniam unveiled her book, Intermission, in the Westin Hotel. Set in Gurgaon, the book touches upon the dazzling face of modernity in India. It takes you into the lives of Varun and Gayatri Murthy Sarin, a not-so-happily married corporate couple. A beautifully told story, of illicit love and divided loyalties, Intermission explores lives within a gated community – with just the right touch of irony and compassion.

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uper Speciality Chain of Eye Hospitals, Eye-Q launched the “Eye-Q LASIK Smiling Eyes Hunt Contest” on Facebook in June. The Contest received an overwhelming response and recognition, attracting more than 32,000 likes. Eye Q, through its winners carries the message of a safe and economical way to do away with spectacles, with the use of modern LASIK procedures. The winners of the Contest, Nikhil Sehgal and Shreya Bhanot, were crowned by the Chief Guest, Mr. Yash Pal Batra, Deputy Mayor of the City. Six candidates with the maximum likes on their pictures on Facebook were shortlisted, and the final two were selected by the jury.

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outh Indian actress Archana Kavi visited Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) to boost the morale of the Nursing Department at the hospital. Archana comes from the healthcare background, and feels that nurses put in great effort to build the reputation of a hospital. Dr. Ashok V Chordiya, Zonal Director, FMRI said, “Archana Kavi has the dual distinction of bridging the gap between healthcare and art. Her mother has been a beacon of nursing all her life. Presently she is serving as Chief of Nursing at Fortis, Noida. Archana brings the finesse of art with the empathy to motivate the young nurses, who in turn devote their lives to the care of people in discomfort and distress”.

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he Kingdom of Dreams celebrated the successful run of 100 shows of Jhumroo, a musical comedy, on the day marking Kishore Kumar’s 83rd birth anniversary. A grand musical evening, remembering the melodies of Kishore da was presented by singer Ravindra Shinde – who is known to sing and speak like Kishore Kumar. The live entertainment destination was abuzz with Kishore Kumar’s music; the audience was swaying and dancing in sync with the melodies. Graffiti walls were stationed at Culture Gully, for people to write birthday wishes to Kishore da, and congratulatory messages for Jhumroo.


06  Contd from p 1 the state’s Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) of condominiums, builder colonies and plotted houses. The biggest change is for the condominiums, which were earlier regulated by the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act (1983). They have also been brought under the purview of the new Societies Act {under Chapter III, Section 6 (x)}, which means the functioning of most condominium RWAs is set for a shake-up, to say the least. First off, the earlier Societies Act (1860) has been repealed. Although not repealing the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act in toto, the new Act calls for changes in the apartment societies. A new rule says that any society which has over 300 members has to divide its flock into ‘Collegiums’. In every such society, there would be a General Body and a Governing Body, and Collegiums would form minigeneral bodies as such. It is to be noted that this rule would be of importance to group housing societies, which in Gurgaon will almost always have members beyond the prescribed number. An official in the Registrar’s department claims that this has been done so as to maintain an easy working atmosphere for group decisions. But B.K Dhawan, President Emeritus of Silver Oaks Apartments in DLF Phase-I, says that the societies have been working fine without this rule, and this would just introduce another layer of red-tape in the works of the apartment societies. “There is absolutely no need for division of the society members,” he says. The recent elections of the Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association (QERWA) were held following the new format and rules. The new Governing Body’s right to rule is being hotly contested by the earlier set of office members. A member of QERWA, who had voted in the elections, says, “This was not really necessary, but we wanted to follow the rules which had been laid down. The selection of Collegiums, voting as per the new rules – everything certainly did take more time; and what was gained from sub-division of the members is not really clear.” Now, regardless of current validity of apartment RWAs, they will have to be reregistered under the new Societies Act (2012). In fact, all societies which have not been registered under the old Societies Act have to also follow suit. Why the existing registration cannot be recognised under the new Act has not been explained at all. Also, some of the RWAs in Gurgaon have not been registered at all, prominent being some of the builder-appointed cases. In these instances, the sole function of the RWA is of organising cultural events – and the lack of registration has never impeded them. Further, in existing court cases, will the Apartment Act be set aside, to make way for

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A Sinister Plot? the new Societies Act as the new ‘rule book’? An official says that the Apartment Act will continue to fill in the gaps of the Societies Act, until further amendments are put in. “What has not been addressed by the Societies Act will be addressed by the older Apartment Act, with respect to the condominium RWAs.” In its normal day-to-day working, the RWA of a housing society takes a number of decisions regarding the functioning of the body, and therefore its people. Differences are resolved amongst themselves

as a body. These activities of the RWA have been impacted in a major way, courtesy the new Act. The surprise factor is the breadth of authority of the Registrar’s office in the affairs of an RWA. What has been found distressing to the RWAs of the city is the fact that the decision of the Registrar cannot be contested in a court of law. “How can this be possible?” asks Gautam Gulati, the former RWA president of World Spa Apartments. His RWA is in the middle of wresting power from

Expert-Speak

“The Societies Act (2012) is very complicated, to say the least,” says B.K Dhawan. Let alone the ordinary people and residents, even officials will be hard-pressed to understand the rules, he says. The resultant confusion and chaos will further muddle the already entangled builder-resident-DTCP mess. First off, it is wrong to club rules for societies— like NGOs, trusts, and others—with entities like apartment complexes. The Apartment Act (1983) of Haryana is a piece of legislation specifically designed for the needs of apartment societies, and it cannot be absorbed into another Act which encompasses every other society in the State. The aims, target audiences, and intent of the Apartment Act and the Societies Act are vastly different. “The Apartment Act is about giving civic powers to the residents of condominium societies. The Societies Act is not applicable for condominiums at all. It does not allow societies to earn and make profits, but condominium RWAs would be able to exist only when they earn from common areas and facilities,” he reiterates. There is a stand-alone Act for condominium societies, and there should be one for builder colonies, and another for plotted colonies. Making one Act for all will invite trouble. Secondly, the Act contemplates centralisation of authority and power (in the Registrar, the District Registrar and the Registrar General), but it should instead be about decentralisation of power (as described in the Apartment Act). If the Societies Act is truly implemented, the Registrar’s office would be engulfed in notices, letters and complaints from the hundreds of societies in Gurgaon city itself, Dhawan says. “Even definitions are not given in the Act. What

Points to Ponder

1. This Act covers every society, from book clubs to condominium societies. 2. All societies registered under the earlier Societies Act of 1860 will continue to be recognised, but those registered under the Apartment Act will have to be registered afresh. 3. Every existing society shall apply to the District Registrar, for obtaining a new registration number within one year. 4. Every society with more than 300 members has to make a Collegium(s), six months before its governing body elections – or reduce its members accordingly. Collegiums: Mini-general bodies? What’s the need? 5. The Registrar has the power to hear, and resolve any dispute, in respect of elections and continuance of office by any elected member or office bearer. The Registrar has the power to call a meeting of the General Body or Collegium of a Society. If the Registrar, on a report from the District Registrar, considers that an amendment of the (society’s) Memorandum or Bye-laws is necessary or desirable, he may, by an order in writing, direct the society to make such an amendment within stipulated time. Changes made will be ‘final and binding’. (No appeal?) Chapter 7, Section 37: Point 4 – Any resolution passed by the governing body/ general body/ Collegium, which is not consistent with the Act, shall be invalid. Who decides?

the builder, over non-provision of adequate maintenance. “The very basis of democracy in our country lies in the fact that an aggrieved person can go to court over an unfair decision,” he says. The Chapter XIV: Special Provisions – Point 89 (1&2) of the Societies Act disallows any Civil Court to entertain, settle, decide or deal with any matter which the Act has mandated under the jurisdiction of another authority of the Act (namely the Registrar or the District Registrar). “If this power is taken away from the people,

does a collegium stand for, what does the Act mean by a governing body, or a general body? That has not been delineated clearly,” he says. There is nothing mentioned about the responsibilities of the Registrar, District Registrar and the Registrar General. “What is their role, and responsibilities, to the apartment societies?” Or for that matter, any housing society? Also, there is no way to appeal against an official’s decision. Going up the ladder would mean that a case has to be lodged against the Government of Haryana. In a way, they have superseded the Indian Corruption Act through the Societies Act. The immunity of almost every official is ensured. “Condominium associations are formed under provisions set under the Apartment Act (1983). the society is registered along with the Deed of Declaration of the colony. The society survives and operates from the earnings and the profits from the areas of the colony, and they are a part of social welfare measures under the rules and principles of group housing,” he says. This is very different from what the Societies Act proposes. Now, the condominium RWAs will have two ‘masters’— the DTCP and the Registrar—“where as the only competent authority is the DTCP, which authorises the builder to construct, and holds them responsible,” he says. The entire Societies Act does have a single word to say about the RWA-builder relationship, which is fraught with tension and squabbles in Gurgaon. The Act provides for large loopholes for corrupt officials, and has no safety features for the State’s RWAs. In such a scenario, with no system of checks and balances, RWAs (be they of condominiums, plotted areas or builder colonies) must unify to protest against the Societies Act (2012).

The Registrar also has the power to take action against fraudulent actions committed by an RWA member, in matters like selling society property. Does this also apply to builder-appointed RWAs? In case of supersession of the Governing Body, the decisions of the Registrar General are to be considered final and absolute. (No legal recourse?) No suit, prosecution, or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Registrar General or any other official; of anything done or purporting to have done ‘in good faith’ under the Societies Act. Who decides what is ‘good faith’? 6. The government can, by special order, exempt any society from any provision of the Act (but not the whole Act); for the period of one year. 7. Government to push for e-governance of the societies. 8. The Act does not address the rights of RWAs vis-a-vis the builders. 9. In current court cases, which law will be adhered to – Apartment Act or the (old/new) Societies Act? 10. Chapter XIV: Special Provisions – Point 89 (1&2) disallows any Civil Court to entertain, settle, decide or deal with any matter which the Act has mandated under the jurisdiction of another authority of the Act (namely the Registrar or the District Registrar). And also, no order of the Government, Registrar, District Registrar or the Registrar General shall be called in question.

there’s nothing left other than descent into total anarchy in the hands of a few individuals.” There are also some contradictions. Point (iv) in Section 37 of Chapter VII: ‘Any resolution passed by the governing body/general body/Collegium, which is not consistent with the Act, shall be (considered) invalid’ – the Act does not state who is the competent authority to decide that a resolution is against the spirit of the Act, and therefore invalid. The answer would again be the Registrar, who has been given most of the authority to pass judgement on almost every facet, comments Sanjay Singh, President of the M2K White House, This group of condominiums and builder societies has been fighting a battle with an absconding developer and a reluctant Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), over control. “Were some ‘motivated’ people to take charge, every decision would be taken out of the RWA’s hands, and rendered appeal-less,” he says. Simultaneously, the subsequent point (v) states that no action or resolution of the RWA can be considered invalid, just because the RWA does not have the capability to carry it out. The clarification, on how a resolution can be considered both invalid and accepted, is not answered in the Act.

Acts Of ‘Good Faith’

No suit, prosecution, or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Registrar General or any other official, of anything done or purporting to have been done in good faith, under the Societies Act. Were an unscrupulous official, in connivance with builders, to take decisions against the interests of the society and the people in it, there can be no legal retribution. Some provisions of the Act are therefore in contravention of the very system of checks and balances that represent the judiciary of the country. By virtue of unfulfilled promises by the builders in this city, the new Societies Act (2012) has been awaited a long time by the residents. Whatever holes were left out by the older Apartment Act, were expected to be fulfilled by this Act; and people hoped that it would take into consideration the new problems with the builders. But far from building on the Apartment Act, this Act has been described as a ‘self-serving’ piece of legislation, designed to benefit the chosen few versus the public. The Old Societies Act was vulnerable, and could not defend those chosen few. There are many residents and RWAs who are ready to challenge this Act in a court of law, and ask for amendments to make it more resident-friendly. Until then, the real (estate) war between the people and builders (and the Administration) has just entered a new arena. u


10-16 August 2012

CINEMA

Education on Call

Professional Career Counsellor (Commerce)

THIS WEEK Big Cinemas , Palam Vihar, Gurgaon Kya Super Kool Hain Hum Time: 12.30 pm, 8.15 pm The Dark Knight Rises Time: 4.35 pm Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time: 10.10 am, 11.00 am, 1.10 pm, 4.10 pm, 7.15 pm, 7.40 pm, 10.20 pm The Bourne Legacy Time: 2.00 pm, 10.40 pm Jism 2 Time: 10.00 am, 3.00 pm, 5.40 pm, 10.50 pm PVR: Ambience Premier Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time: 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.10 pm, 2.10 pm, 4.20 pm, 5.20 pm, 7.30 pm, 10.40 pm, 11.40 pm The Bourne Legacy Time: 10.00 am, 12.40 pm, 3.20 pm, 6.00 pm, 8.40 pm, 11.20 pm Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) Time: 10.10 am, 2.40 pm, 4.50 pm, 9.00 pm, 11.10 pm Total Recall Time: 12.20 pm Ice Age 4: Continental Drift- 3D Time: 7.00 pm Second Marriage Dot Com Time: 3.25 pm The Dark Knight Rises Time: 5.55 pm, 11.35 pm Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum Time: 12.50 pm

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Jism 2 Time: 10.15 am, 9.00 pm Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time: 8.30 pm Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com PVR: Ambience Gold Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time:12.10 pm, 3.20 pm, 6.30 pm,

9.40 pm, 10.15 pm The Bourne Legacy Time:11.00 am, 7.30 pm Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) Time: 10.00 am The Dark Knight Rises Time:1.40 pm Jism 2 Time:4.45 pm PVR MGF: MGF Mall Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time:10.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.10 pm, 2.10 pm, 4.20 pm, 5.20 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 10.00 pm, 10.40 pm, 11.40 pm Julayi (Telugu) Time: 10.15 am, 1.10 pm, 4.05 pm, 6.00 pm Jism 2 Time:10.15 am, 12.50 pm, 3.25 pm, 11.05 pm Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (DC Rare) Time: 9.00 pm The Bourne Legacy Time:10.00 am, 12.40 pm, 3.20 pm, 6.00 pm, 8.40 pm, 11.20 pm Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) Time:10.20 am, 12.35 pm, 2.45 pm, 6.50 pm, 9.00 pm, 11.10 pm Ice Age 4: Continental Drift- 3D Time: 4.55 pm

Haryanvi Made Easy

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a taste of the local lingo

1. You are looking nice today. Aaj te mast lagan laag rya hai. 2. You do the best work.

Tu bahut badiya kaam kare hai. 3. Nobody can cook as well as you. MTere jisa khaana koi ni bana sakta. 4. Your room is very neat. WTera te kamra ghannaye saaf hai. 5. You are always so helpful. Tu hamesha maddad kare se. 6. You sing so well. Tu to mast gaave se.

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Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum Time:10.00 am, 6.25 pm Cocktail Time: 12.35 pm The Dark Knight Rises Time:3.20 pm, 11.30 pm Sirphire (Punjabi) Time: 9.00 pm Gangs of Wasseypur Time: 7.00 pm Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall Gangs of Wasseypur-2 Time: 10.00 am, 1.10 pm, 4.20 pm, 7.30 pm, 9.40 pm, 10.40 pm Julayi (Telugu) Time: 10.40 am, 4.10 pm Jism 2 Time: 1.25 pm, 7.05 pm DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Gangs of Wasseypur-2 (A) Time: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 01:10 pm, 02:40 pm, 04:20 pm, 05:50 pm, 07:50 pm, 11:00 pm The Bourne Legacy (U/A) Time:10:25 am, 02:50 pm, 08:35 pm Ice Age 4: Continental Drift3D (U) Time: 1.05 pm The Dark Knight Rises (U/A) Time: 5.30 pm, 11.15 pm Jism 2 (A) Time: 9.00 pm, 11.30 pm DT City Centre: DLF Phase II Gangs of Wasseypur-2 (A) Time: 10:10 am, 11:20 am, 01:20 pm, 02:30 pm, 04:30 pm, 07:40 pm, 08:20 pm, 10:50 pm, 11:30 pm The Cold Light Of Day – English Time: 11.15 am The Dark Knight Rises (U/A) Time: 1.10 pm, 8.30 pm Ice Age 4: Continental Drift3D (U) Time: 4.15 pm The Bourne Legacy (U/A) Time: 5.40 pm, 11.35 pm Jism 2 (A) Time: 6.00 pm DT Star Mall: Sector 30 Gangs of Wasseypur-2 (A) Time:10:00 am, 11:35 am, 01:05 pm, 04:10 pm, 05:40 pm, 07:50 pm, 09:25 pm, 10:55 pm Jism 2 (A) Time: 2.40 pm Website: http://dt-cinemas.com ♦ Gopal Kanda, the ex-Minister of

State for Home in the Haryana Govt, is accused of abetting the suicide of Geetika Sharma. The Delhi Police have listed him as absconding. An associate at one of his companies, Aruna Chaddha, has been arrested.

♦ Dr Amit Kumar Agrawal, MD, DHBVN

has announced a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) of unauthorized extension of load, to all types of consumers, till September 30th. DHBVN said that this extra load is the main reason for local interruptions, line losses, low voltage, tripping, breakdowns and damage to transformers.

♦ The Health Minister Rao Narender

Singh inaugurated the KYFG Kalpanjali Health & Wellness Clinic in South City II, which will offer an I-Care (Integrated approach) Panchkarma Ayurvedic treatment. It is the second such clinic – the first is in Sushant Lok I. The Minister said that the state govt. is focusing on health care facilities for mothers and children – through special Infant ICUs

THE WEEK THAT WAS called NICUs, Indira Gandhi Motherhood Co-operation Scheme for breast feeding mothers, solar water heating systems for deliveries, and special help for victims of acid attack. ♦ The monthly meeting of District

Grievances Committee heard 15 complaints, and 10 were resolved. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillakhera presided. Some issues were – running of illegal guest houses (in Shanti Kunj CGHS, Sec 39), issues at Peach Jasmine Co-operative Society Ltd., and Unitech Ltd. not giving possession of apartments to the applicants in Towers 10 and 11 of ‘North Close’ in Nirvana Country.

♦ Haryana Govt has developed the Draft

Development Plan of Sohna for 2031. Haryana Govt has promoted Poonam Nara to the post of Additional Registrar, Registrar Co-operative Societies.

♦ ISKCON Gurgaon is going to construct

a Temple at Sector 45, in an area of 750 sq.m. The Temple will be completed in 2 years, at a cost of Rs 6 crores – raised through donations.

♦ A 3-year-old girl dies in a car accident,

when an allegedly drunk driver (with his mates) rams into a car carrying the girl’s family. ♦ A college student is accused of kidnapping and raping a fellow student, with the aid of friends. ♦ The body of a young executive, working in a mall, is found near IFFCO Chowk – probably killed. ♦ An army colonel is held for the murder of a pregnant woman, which happened a few months ago. ♦ A national level soccer player commits suicide – jumps from 9th floor of Nirvana. ♦ A retired Haryana ASI is moved down by a truck, near Rajiv Chowk. ♦ An ex-Head Constable is killed while

sleeping, due to a property dispute. ♦ 2 die while cleaning a septic tank. ♦ 2 are crushed by a dumper on Sohna Road. ♦ A woman is found hanging from a ceiling fan. ♦ A man commits suicide, blames no one. ♦ A man dies of snakebite in Sector 5. ♦ CBI files charge sheet in the Apna Ghar shelter home case. ♦ Villagers thrash 2 employees of DHBVN, who were taking action to stop power theft. ♦ A driver runs away with an owner’s car. Rs 56,000 is fraudulently taken from a person’s account in Corp Bank. ♦ MCG removes ‘illegal’ hoardings/wall

wraps from Ambience Mall, due to nonpayment of dues. ♦ MCG to register and relocate street vendors (2,714 in it’s area). ♦ MCG waives property tax for the period 2008-09 and 2009-10. ♦ City Bus service extended to CRPF Bhondsi. ♦ Kingdom of Dreams Director buys the last recorded song of Kishore Kumar, for Rs 15.6 lakhs. ♦ Unions from 35 factories form a 16 member Co-ordination Committee for resolving Maruti issue, and other cases in Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera belt. ♦ MCG has promised online NOCs for 3 of its colonies (out of total 39), as a start. Jiyalal, main protagonist in the Maruti mayhem, still at large. ♦ Psychiatric sessions are held for the Maruti executives and managers who were recently assaulted in the factory. Manesar hots up over HMSI (Honda 2 wheeler company) crisis – of 2 workers being suspended. ♦ Industrialists upset with power schedule – only 4-6 hours during the day; hundreds protest outside DHBVN and HSIIDC offices. ♦ The Centre approves the extension of the Metro to Bahadurgarh.


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The BirthRight To Play  Contd from p 1 to learn important lessons of life – like team work, discipline, respect and leadership skills. “In a country like India, there are multiple challenges in ensuring RTP: firstly, there is one section of society that has the space to play, but is economically challenged – and basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing take precedence over everything, including play. Secondly, there is another section of society that has the means, but is constrained by the availability of space – this situation is typical of the metros, where land is at a premium. And thirdly, there is the common social perception, which forces a lot of parents to push their children towards studies – and denies them sufficient time to play. If India has to become a developed nation, it will have to lay special emphasis on the development of its human resources. Sport, being one of the vehicles for human development, needs special focus and attention from the Government. A law ensuring the Right to Play for everyone could be a step in the right direction; and especially for a state like Haryana, that has always taken the lead in moving Sports forward,” explains Singh.

The State government

Right to Play actually includes, but is not limited to: 1. Access to sports facilities; 2. Elementary coaching; 3. Sport-related information; 4. Participation in local competitions. “Indeed the purpose behind this Act is to make a sporting environment in the country, that will benefit all sections of society in the long run. If all our children play, we will have fit individuals, ready to serve the country in various roles – be it in the armed forces, or in white collar jobs. We will have healthy minds in healthy bodies. Sports in India has various stake-holders, that often work disparately – if not at cross-purposes. People are denied the right to play due to funds not being given or utilised, indifferent regulators, insensitive planners, rapacious builders, gradeobsessed schools, insecure parents, unaware communities, and celebritystruck sponsors. This is what we intend to change in Haryana. For example: when somebody comes for the license for a school, he assures the government of having adequate sports facilities (including a big playground, sports equipments and an experienced coach to instruct the kids), but in reality none of these promises are actually kept. Similarly in urban areas like Gurgaon,

A Welcome Step

“In Haryana, Sports is a culture, and this Act will ensure the optimum exercise of our sporting calibre. Haryana has no dearth of talent, and our players have shown it at various world class evennts. In Contact Sports, Haryana is a leader. I think it’s a fantastic step initiated by the State government, and other states should learn from it,” says Capt. (retd.) V.K Verma, Principal and Director, Motilal Nehru Sports School, Rai, Sonepat. Kulvinder Singh, the District Sports Officer, Gurgaon, who is an important part of the chain of officials who will carry out the implementation of this Act, has also welcomed this initiative. “Indeed it’s a praiseworthy effort to come from the state of Haryana - a force to reckon with in Sports. Haryana is already way ahead of other states, but this Act will ensure that each and every child of the State plays – and becomes at least a fit citizen, if not a sports professional. We will try our level best to ensure a flawless implementation of this Act in Gurgaon district,” says Singh. u

The Duties of the various Stake-holders:

1. The State Government may, by rules, provide for such measures as may be necessary for promotion of the Right to Play. 2. The State Government shall have the concurrent responsibility for providing funds, and shall endeavour to provide at least one per cent of the total State budget for carrying out the provisions of this Act. 3. The State Government shall provide the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs with the required capital, recurring expenditure and human resource, required to perform any such functions as may be considered necessary for the effective implementation of the provisions of this Act as prescribed. 4. The State Government shall prescribe standards, specifications and requirements in respect of sport facilities, elementary coaching, and local competitions, to: Educational institutions, Local authorities, Sport service providers, and State government departments.

Educational Institutions

1. Every educational institution in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall provide all its students with access to sport facilities, elementary coaching, sport-related information, and participation in local competition, as shall be notified by the State Government under this Act. 2. Every educational institution in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall allow students and the surrounding community to use the sport facilities on their campus for the playing of sport after regular school hours. 3. Every educational institution in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall register itself with the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs according to the procedure provided for in section 11 of this Act. 4. Every educational institution in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall make public the details provided at the time of registering under section 5(3) – along with the grade given to them by the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs under section 8(3)—within one month of receiving the same—on their website, notice board and in their prospectus.

Local Authorities

greedy builders have left no playgrounds. This Act will instruct the DTCP to take stern action against such builders. Our motto is that every child in Haryana should play, and play as a Right,” explains Singh. The implementation will be a challenge, as a cobweb of corruption lurks under the table of officials. “Right from the top echelons, everybody willingly or unwillingly participates in this course of corruption; and so, despite having adequate funds, the players never get the benefit. The various Presidents of various Federations have been sitting there for years, without contributing anything significant to the Sport; and the players are not getting enough facilities to help them compete at the world level. The Act will ensure the building up of a sports professional right from the grass root level. A special Committee, under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, shall appoint a Sports Ombudsman, and two Deputy Sports Ombudsmen. The Special Committee, shall consist of Ministers from the following State departments: Finance, Sport and Youth Affairs, Education, Panchayat & Development, and Town and Country Planning. The first Sports Ombudsman and Deputy Sports Ombudsmen will be appointed within one month of the coming in to force of

this Act. The headquarters of the Ombudsman will be at Panchkula, but he/she shall be entitled to conduct proceedings, consultations and hearings at any place in the State; and will have all the right to take stern actions against those who conduct irregularities in the implementation of this Act. All schools and colleges will be under the scanner of the Ombudsman,” explains Singh.

1. Every local authority in the State of Haryana shall

ensure that the residents within its jurisdiction have access to such sport facilities, elementary coaching, and local competitions, as shall be notified by the State Government under this Act. 2. Every local authority in the State of Haryana shall build and maintain such number of playgrounds, stadia, swimming pools, parks and gymnasia as notified by the State Government under this Act. 3. Every local authority in the State of Haryana shall establish, within such area or limits, as may be prescribed, a multipurpose sport facility—where it is not established—within a period of three years from the commencement of this Act. 4. Every local authority in the State of Haryana shall, within six months of the coming into force of this Act, provide information regarding the sport facilities within its jurisdiction, as well as information regarding sport service providers within its jurisdiction, to the public – both at their office, and on their website.

Sport Service Providers

1. Every sport service provider operating in the State of Haryana shall ensure that the service it provides to residents meets the specifications regarding such services as notified/prescribed by the State Government under this Act. 2. Every sport service provider in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall register itself with the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs according to the procedure provided for in section 11 of this Act. 3. Every sport service provider in the State of Haryana, whether public or private, shall provide full, correct and honest information to the public, including the details provided at the time of registering under section 7(3) – along with the grade given to them by the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs under section 8(3)—within one month of receiving the same—on their website, notice board and in their public communication.

Department of Sport and Youth Affairs

1. The Department of Sport and Youth Affairs shall take such measures as necessary for the implementation of Section 11 of this Act, dealing with registration of educational institutions and sport service providers

as prescribed. 2. The Department of Sport and Youth Affairs shall make public all information relating to its activities, especially all ongoing and prospective work regarding the implementation of this Act, and of the Haryana Sports Policy. The Department of Sport and Youth Affairs shall provide periodic grading to all educational institutions and sport service providers, based on the type and quality of sport services provided by them – including sport facilities and coaching.

All State Government Departments

1. Every State Government Department shall ensure that it completes such work as is allotted to it under this Act, within such time as specified during the allotment – and in the absence of such a prescribed time, within a reasonable period of time. 2. Every State Government Department shall ensure that it completes all such work as allotted to it in respect of the promotion, development or any other aspect of sport, within such time as specified during the allotment – and in the absence of such a prescribed time, within a reasonable period of time. Every State Government Department shall submit an annual report to the Sports Ombudsman as established in Chapter III of this Act, regarding its efforts and progress in respect of work relating to sport – including such work as done in pursuance of the Haryana Sports Policy, as well as in pursuance of this Act.

Haryana District Sports Councils.

1. Every District Sports Council shall ensure that it performs such functions as assigned to it under this Act or the Haryana Sports Policy, 2009, within such time as prescribed by the State Government or under said Policy. 2. Every District Sports Council shall make public a quarterly report of its activities, detailing its compliance with requirements under this Act, or the Haryana Sports Policy, 2009. 3. Every District Sports Council shall, within one month of the coming into force of this Act, provide full, correct and honest information to the public regarding its services – along with the details of expenditures made on providing these services, both at their office and on their website.


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Truly Uplifting

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hey often say that education is an incredible equaliser, as it instigates rational thinking into the masses. This not only mitigates class prejudices, but also intellectual disparities. But what happens if the very children who hope to enlighten their future with the light of education, face disparity and negligence at the very doorsteps of their hallowed institution? Their dreams would collapse, wouldn’t they? DLF-V, which is one of the prime areas of this Millennium City, currently has a split personality; on the one hand it has fathered the city’s best housing apartments like Pinnacle, Icon, Wellington, and Aralias, and on the other an area behind these modern apartments lurks under the impenetrable darkness of administrative negligence. “Can any educational institution, that dreams to educate the children of the poor and have nots—in order to change the course of their destiny—function in such filthy conditions? You can see the choked sewers, non-existent roads, and pigs floating in overflowing dirty water. But, despite these unhealthy conditions, we are run-

ning this School,” mourns Aruna Panda, Secretary of LEU (Learn, Empower and Uplift) Foundation, that runs a Community School here. LEU has been running this School since November, 2010; and have been constantly trying to change the face of the area by requesting the government authorities – but all they have had are false promises. “We

A Vote For MCG { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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he Gurgaon’s Citizens’ Council (GCC) has once again reiterated the demand for bringing the private colonies, as well as HUDA sectors falling in the MCG area under the purview of the municipal agency. As per the Council, it is important that this shift to MCG hands takes place soon, because residents of these colonies are facing great hardship due to denial of basic facilities. Gurgaon Citizens’ Council held a Conference on Sunday at Sushant Lok I Community Centre, regarding this.   The Conference passed a resolution calling for take over of the colonies by MCG. Members of different RWAs, the Senior Deputy Mayor Yashpal Batra, the Deputy Mayor Parminder Kataria, and 17 other Councillors participated. On this occasion, Batra assured the members that he will meet the

MCG Gurgaon, in its meeting held on January 6, 2012, passed a resolution for taking over all licensed colonies developed by private builders, under the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 – within the Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon limits. As per extant rules, the private builders are required to handover the colonies after 5 years of developing the same. The MCG letter to the Director, Urban Local Bodies Haryana says that it is pertinent to mention that so far none of the colonisers/companies who have developed their colonies in the MCG area, after obtaining license from Director General, Town and Country Planning Department, Haryana Chandigarh, have applied in this office for takeover of their colony. However the Municipal Corporation has passed a resolution for takeover of all such colonies. In view of the above, permission for takeover of such colonies may be allowed, in view of the resolution passed by the corporation, says the Senior Town Planner on behalf of the MCG Commissioner.

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Chief Minister, along with other MCG Councillors, and ask him to accelerate the process. Although a plan for this transfer has already been mooted, and a proposal sent to Chandigarh, observers say that the state government is sitting on it due to political reasons. Since there are differences within the ruling party, the functioning of the MCG has come under strain, they add. Gurgaon Citizens’ Council’s President R.S Rathee said that this meeting was organised to put pressure on the State government, so that the process of transfer from HUDA and private hands to MCG takes place at the earliest. “The government has taken no action in this regard, despite the proposal having been sent to the Urban Local Bodies Department,” he asserts. Rathee further alleged that the government is losing revenue in the form of taxes, that could be used for developing infrastructure and providing basic services. “The issue of dual taxation, in the form of maintenance charges levied by private colonisers, and House/Property Tax demands by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, is a source of immense harassment to the citizens,” he says. The GCC will oppose this measure of Property Tax at every forum. The members of the GCC also allege that presently the builders are charging hefty maintenance fees without providing proportionate services. Internal roads in most areas are in poor shape, sanitation services are inadequate, drains—both for sewage and storm water—have not been built, or connected to a master network. There is a litany of complaints, and RWA members assert that unless all these issues are handled by a single agency, like the MCG, little is going to improve in the City. The participants also wanted a stop to the ‘double taxation system’, that has started in Gurgaon with MCG now sendiing House Tax Bills to the residents. They also called for strengthening of MCG, as it was a democratic body that represented the will of the people. Senior Deputy Mayor Yashpal Batra also said that this matter will be taken up in the next House Meeting, as the lives of lakhs of City residents is connected with this issue. u

run this School with the help of corporate associates like HSBC, for our ‘infrastructure’. Now we have around 120 kids here, and we educate them till the third standard; and then we get them admissions in regulars private schools like Sankalap and Saksham. Many corporate associates also visit this place to see the requirements of the kids – but these filthy and unhygienic surroundings force them to stay away. We have requested the government authorities numerous times to clear this mess, but to no avail. Initially we went to the MCG, but they passed the buck to HUDA. HUDA officials promised us quick action, but they too haven’t shown their face thereafter. However, these cemented tiles have laid

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by them last year, after continuous pressure from our side,” informs Aruna. The whole colony is standing right at the edge of an epidemic precipice, as the area has no proper sewage connection, and the stagnant waters have become cesspools. “In winters we used to take the classes outside, but now we are forced to stay inside, as the streets are choked with sewage water and filth. This environment is very harmful for the small kids,” says Padma Srinivasan, one of three teachers at LEU School. Despite such untoward conditions, the School has already sent a handful of poor kids to the mainstream education system. “Each year we send a few students to various private schools, so that they can change the course of their poor lives. As far as financial support is concerned, we have support from the big corporates. They also take responsibility of the kids who have been sent to the mainstream private schools. Our real concern is lack of sanitation. It not only poses a great threat to our kids, but also to the thousands of people living in and around this colony. I hope the civic agencies come out of their slumber before it is too late, ” says Padma. u

A Woman Of Substance { Anita Jaswal }

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n this day and age, when women still face discrimination and prejudice, there are some of them who continue to work hard to make a difference in the lives of others. Shobha Lidder is one of them, with a passion for Education, Meditation, and the Welfare of the lesser privileged. Wife of Lt. Gen HS Lidder, former Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, she had the privilege to work for the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA). She helped found the Army Pre-School Education Council. She won an award from the NCERT in 1998, for Innovations and Experiments in Education. Ex-servicemen’s daughters still call her when they need help and guidance for higher education, or getting their names listed in the AWWA matrimonial web sites, or when they face a domestic crisis. For this she gives full credit to her mother – an 84 year old who became an army widow at 35 yrs. of age.   But the grand old lady still has the same vibrancy and exuberance as when she was a fiery speaker at many an Inquilab- Zindabad rally in the pre-independence years. She is proud to be an army wife, an army daughter and an army granddaughter. She says, “We were groomed to the art and culture of Welfare so unique to the Army. However glamorous and stylish our lifestyles, welfare of the jawans’ family always came first!” And besides being a doting indulgent mother she has taught her kids to bite dust and

work hard to succeed in life.      She has also taken up the cause of stray animals. “Stray animals aren’t any less living beings, just because they don’t have a home; the same way people living on the streets aren’t any less human, because they too are homeless. Animals are mute. They also need love and compassion. They teach us unconditional love.” She adopted a stray pet, Sweetie, who became her best friend and bonded companion.  

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She finds Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ motivational: “If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you….. if you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat the two impostors just the same…’ She gives tribute to her Guru, who transformed her life from the crazy army brat to a life of moderation, discipline and spirituality. When asked,”Ma’am you look so good, even after your retirement”, she replies “Yes, I wish to be a brand ambassador of happy retirement.” u

A Masters in English from Miranda House, she went on to do her TTC from St. Bedes College Shimla, and M. Phil from Pune University. She added The Early Childhood Education and Care certification from the University Of Columbia, USA, and the Train the Trainer Certification from Montgomery College, Maryland University.   She continues to be a freelance Writer, Teacher - Trainer, Pranic Healer and Reiki Master. She feels yoga & mediation are an answer to today’s stress-filled life. ‘Yoga is meditation in motion. It stills the cacophony of the mind, and helps to activate the creative right brain thinking. The journey is phenomenal.’ She loves to read and write poetry, and her poems are a part of The Library of Congress USA. She is a member of the International Society of Poets. She has conducted her Grammar Enrichment Workshops in thousands of schools in Dehi NCR, India and USA.


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Coalition Dharma

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Is Gurgaon now a lawless City? The charge sheet in the ‘BMW case’ has yet not been filed, even 100 days after this case of reckless, murderous driving; this is despite the most senior police officers confirming that it would be done within a week - the time for which is over.

LET T ER TO THE EDITOR Gud One.

Rajesh on the article Broken Promises

Very nice article,

Arti on the article The World Has Shrunk

I wish to congratulate Mr.Hritvick Sen for his article on, “A Pub’s Mall (FG 3-9 August). His coverage about Hooliganism in Malls is quite true.I would also like to add that in PVR Cinemas, young viewers talk rubbish and create nuisance when the show is on. If any person tries to persuade them not to disturb other viewers, he is abused. As the right of admission is reserved, cinema authorities should instruct the staff on Duty to check this nuisance. Prof.B.N.Mehrish

The ready excuse for indecision, which has marked both UPA I and UPA II, is coalition compulsion. It has also led to some key economic parameters being the weakest ever, in 20 years. And it has very little to do with the ‘foreign hand’. How easily we have moved, from feeling isolated and blessed, when the West was hit, to now blaming it for all our illnesses - as if we, not Greece or Italy, are at the core. Our friendly neighbourhood dragon has felt little impact, despite having had the maximum direct impact from lowered exports. Their economy is already 3X of us (from 2X just a few years ago – and threatening to be 4X in a few years); and their currency has moved from 7X to 9X, versus the rupee, in a short time. Yet, in this favourable scenario, our exports have stalled. And the benefits from the ‘cheaper’ oil are being squandered…. Let us take a closer look at this coalition at work – as it seems to be the future political dharma. The party that could have had the best chance to run the country in 2014 has already thrown in the towel. There should really be no reason to fear coalitions so much. Every politician prides himself as being ‘flexible’, a giver-andtaker; that, after all, is the most appreciated DNA. Is it because the current leaders are really not ‘politicians’, esp. of the mass base type? Well, both the national parties have seen good national coalitions at work – for 5 full years each. Those governments were led by stalwarts, true leaders (not ‘typical politicians’) - Narasimha Rao, and Atal Behari Vajpayee. Unfortunately, there seem to be none of that stature today. Let us take this further. Most private sector chieftains (and many in the rank and file too) tend to anyway not appreciate the public sector, let alone the govt. They believe that managing uncertainty is the hallmark of private enterprise only. And that FA MOUS QUOT ES All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” Mark Twain There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” Bertrand Russell Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” George Burns I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” Charles Lamb

they manage some very complex and critical variables and circumstances (it should be made compulsory for a private sector top honcho to try and run a public sector company for just a quarter). So what would be the equivalent of running a coalition govt scenario in the private sector? The MD of The A Company, equivalent to the PM, would be the MD of the largest Auto Company. The Board, equivalent to the UPA (Party) Committee (which does not exist, and which could be a root cause of the problem today – the Left has a better coordination committee at least), would consist of the Chairmen of all the companies. The Chairman of The A Company would be the Board Chairman. The Executive Committee of The Company, equivalent to the Cabinet, would be members from a group of ‘affiliated/allied’ companies that have been (and retain the right to be) competitors in various states, and even nationally. The State Heads, the equivalent of CMs - would be from all companies – those from within the Companies on the Board, as well as outside strong competitive companies. Within them would be some strong State (and even National) competitors, who do not agree with The A Company on almost everything. And this conglomeration needs to take decisions and deliver results, quarter on quarter. The measures would be both hard and soft – economic and social. And of course the Media would comment and investigate on a daily basis. So the A Company would have an MD, with comrades cum competitors on the Board, the same in the Executive Committee, and strong competitors as its State level Field Managers. In fact, even the A Company’s own Field Managers would have a mind, and a power, of their own. It would be difficult enough running a set up in this given configuration. Imagine how it would be if the Chairperson acted as the De-facto MD, while the MD became the Acting MD. The Chairperson also decided on the Executive Committee positions – both for A Company members, and affiliates/allies. Further, the Chairperson was most encouraging of all Executive Committee members dropping in (bending down, really) to pay their respects. And, to top it all, the most important role in a coalition, that of management of the Board – of the Heads of the ‘affiliates/allies’ - was handed over by the Chairperson to ‘old trusted hands’. Or easier, just bartered. The results have been the scams. With scam management being left at the door of the MD. It’s difficult being a Man.


6. Tap drips 7. Stripe on dress 8. Boy’s shorts turn black 9. Light switch disappears 10. Woman’s foot changes

1. Floor pattern changes 2. Extra drip on bucket 3. Fridge door handle lower 4. Husband’s tie longer 5. Extra flower

Solutions Spot The Difference

Spot The Difference

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?

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Solution 05/06/11 Rose 3. All the other roses have thorns.

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Blossom Friendship Day

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pple Blossom School celebrated ‘Fun Day’. The tiny tots not only enjoyed a train ride and various slides, they also had yummy cotton candies. The day was also focused on making friends and maintaining good relationships. Children shared their snacks with other students, and also presented songs and rhymes on “Friendship”.

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akshabandhan was a glorious day for four students of Pathways Schools, as they visited Rashtrapati Bhawan to tie Rakhi to the President Pranab Mukherjee. The students were ­– Dhruv Narula and Gurveen Singh Thamam from Grade 5, and Nandini Saluja from Grade 3 – from Pathways World School, Aravali; and Preksha Jain from Grade 6 – Pathways School, Gurgaon. They were accompanied by teacher Komal Dua. After the Rakhi ceremony, breakfast was served to the students, and they went home taking the wonderful memories with them.

Fastrack Rakhi Making

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astrack School organised a Rakhi making competition. The students picked up colourful ribbons and paper, to make Rakhis. Thanks to the combined efforts of the teachers, parents, and students, the School succeeded in catalysing feelings of care and affection between siblings.

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aksha Bandhan, a festival symbolising the bond of love, was celebrated at Medhaam School. While the girls brought beautiful Rakhis and tied them on the wrists of their classmates,the boys gifted them items such as pencil boxes, erasers, and pencils – to name a few. The festival was celebrated with great fervour, and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.

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ith an aim to highlight the importance of plants in our life, students of Classes III and IV of CCA School, along with their teachers, were taken for planting of Kinnow (citrus fruits) and some flowering plants at the CCA Sports Complex located at Village Sadhrana. The students dug holes, planted saplings, and watered them. They also prepared a skit on the topic, “Importance of Plants”. The students enjoyed this plantation drive.

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

he young ‘highlanders’ of Scottish High International School (SHIS), from Nursery C, E, G, and I, visited a prominent book store in the City, “Landmark”. A warm welcome by the store manager, and a small briefing, set the ball rolling, for the children to embark on the beautiful journey of book exploration. Making a connection to their learning, the children could easily identify the different story books which had been read out in the classes. They were energetic and enthusiastic, and got an opportunity to spend some precious time with their peers and teachers, while going through different genres of books.


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We Are Gurgaon

Eureka – Matki Mothers

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ureka Pre-school organised a Matki Decoration competition for the mothers of tiny tots’. Mothers, along with their kids, participated in the Event with full enthusiasm and fervour, exercising their aesthetic sense. The results were based on the following criteria: involvement of the kid, design, creativity, colour combination, and team spirit. The winning mothers were given prizes.

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seven-day tree plantation drive was organised by “I am Gurgaon” and MCG, at the Biodiversity Park. Over 15 schools with 2,500 students participated in the drive. “I am Gurgaon” aims to plant 20,000 native species in the Park. “We have gardeners who can plant the trees, but we want people, especially children, and corporates, to get involved directly in the plantation drive,” says Latika Thukral, Founder, I am Gurgaon.

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nglish recitation competitions were held at American Public School (DLF Phase II) for the students of Classes I and II. The competitions aimed to instill confidence in the children, improve their oratory skills, and overcome their stage fright. The children participated with great enthusiasm and recited beautiful poems on Mother Earth, nature and our country. Some of them recited self-composed poems on American Public School to express their love and respect. The interesting and innovative props added colour to the competition.

Literary Flourish

My Little Sister I have a little sister, Who is as naughty as can be; She is very carefree, As she is only three!   She is at her rowdiest best, But certainly better than the rest; No she is not a pest, She is just full of zest.   My sister is my sunshine, Without her I’m not fine; Oh! Thank you God for hearing my prayer, And blessing me with a sister so rare!  

Amiown Father’s Day

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he students of Amiown School celebrated Father’s Day at the school premises. The students spent the whole day with their fathers. Students, along with fathers, took part in various competitions – such as hatmaking contest, sandwich-making competition, and a race.

Tanisha Singh, Class 4 E, Scottish High International School.

Artistic Strokes

Mabel, KG, The Banyan Tree World School

Kamanraj Singh, Grade I, GD Goenka World School

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Saloni Dhingra, Class V E, Delhi Public School

Namrata Singh, Class III, Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok


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K id Corner

Folktales are stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Often these stories explain the world around us in a fun and amusing manner. Amar Chitra Katha brings to you a collection of animal tales from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh that tells us why the world is the way it is.

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Animal Crackers

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Two Wise Men

Tiger

– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


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HUDA’s Step-Sector

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }

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ight behind the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Administrator’s kothi, in DLF Phase-IV, is the neglected colony of Sector 27. The assumption that power and administrative benevolence flows outwards from the centre is proved wrong here. This Sector is the posterchild of apathy and neglect, from the HUDA executive. The Sector was envisioned way back in 2001, people started living here by 2003, and it has been dirty and grimy ever since, recall the residents. Debris from the constructionwork of the houses is the main identification of this Sector. As the people say, they rarely see a HUDA cleaning crew, despite the Administrator’s promises a few months ago. Only a few of them

have seen the recently-bought cleaning vans; the garbage piled on kerbs and corners is a blazing sign of executive apathy. The Sector has no community centre, or a market. The electricity infrastructure is woefully poor, and the road-work has not been attended to for ages. The 600 plots cut out for this Sector have not been fully occupied. The last official inspection was done in 2008, recalls former Resident Welfare Association (RWA) President B.R Handa. An old resident of the Sector, he was the RWA representative when the inspection was done. “Even at that time the situation was bad,” he recalls. The roads were in a bad shape. The storm water drainage was not laid out, and a plan was floated to get it done. But four years have gone by, and not a brick has moved in that regard.

There is little or no signage anywhere. The only board declaring the Sector’s identification faces inwards. The residents complain of flickering street-lights. “Most of the people have one or two lights facing outwards, so that there is at least some light thrown on the inner roads,” says a resident, hopping his way in and out of a slushy sector road. “People use this sector as a bypass, ever since the one-ways were enforced by the traffic police. Now, there is not a class of vehicle that residents of this sector do not see. Cars, buses, trucks, three-wheelers – everyone uses this sector as a short-cut,” he grieves. Since the Galleria Market is within walking distance, there has been no real impetus to get the community centre or the market built. And there is another reason for the missing market. Right on the empty plot designated for the market lies the biggest depot for a gas agency. Since the gas agency was there almost from when the Sector was formed, the idea was to shift the agency to another place, away from the residences. The agency operators protested the move, and the legal wrangles have ensured that there is no market for Sector 27 – and that the nearby residential places face a constant danger. The vast plot of land demarcated for the Sector 27 community

Treat Them Normal { Sujata Goenka }

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here is a protocol of behaviour for every occasion. There are rules of conduct which one imbibes as a child, while some others are learnt in the professional field. But what protocol or rules apply in our interaction with the differently abled? Very often a ‘normal’ person either feels sympathy or revulsion – just does not know what to feel, and how to behave. He/she has not been equipped to deal with the disabled. There are no prescribed norms. A person with disability has all the sensitivities of a normal person. Even a person with mental retardation knows when the behaviour is insulting. There is no need for us to behave abnormally; we should respect the person’s dignity. Our body and our immediate environment is extremely private space. Usually one knocks before entering anyone’s private space – like a bedroom. A ‘normal’ person can react angrily if this privacy is violated. A person with disability often has to fight for this right to privacy. It seems no one

considers that the person with disability may at times wish his/ her own time and private space. Family members often do not allow the person solitude. A person who cannot move on his/her own will, is not able to move out of hearing to hold a private conversation. It is the others who should move away. There may be times when the person wants a break, even from the caregiver. A person with disability often has to silently bear many such violations. The disabled person’s body is often touched without permission. If the person is physically disabled, it is not thought necessary to ask, before helping him/her with an activity. A female with locomotor challenges is often compromised when her arm or hand is held by 'kind-hearted souls'. Very often it is a male who just wants a cheap thrill. It is a silent abuse which goes unnoticed by society. A person with visual impairment cannot see, but can hear. A person assisting should therefore always verbalise his/ her actions, before doing them. Unfortunately, often consent is taken for granted. In fact, if you are taking away the tea cup

or plate from in front of even the visually impaired, it would be polite to inform him/her. If you are about to hold a person, it would help if he/she is spoken to first. Very often questions are asked about the disabled person in his/her presence – as if he/she does not exist. How rude can we get? Does the disability deprive him/her of emotions? It does hurt.

market is one big parking area for the gas agency’s trucks and other vehicles. “The whole place is a powder keg waiting to blow up,” says Harish Sharma, a resident. “There should not be a potential explosive risk right in the centre of a sector, surrounded by houses.” But the case between HUDA and the agency has made the people give up hope of ever getting their own market. The RWA has sent numerous missives to the HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar, asking him to look into the situation and improve the roads, the storm drainage, the community centre and the market. But all their pleas have not borne one single improvement. The garbage is infrequently cleaned, the roads are potholed and lined with construction debris, the Most people with hearing impairment lip-read what they cannot hear. It is important that you face them while talking. Speaking loudly only distorts the sound – it does not help them hear better. If you are speaking something they should not hear, then please turn away, as they may lip read your entire conversation. The sign language would help in communication, but not everyone is familiar with it. These are some simple rules, to be courteous to the differently abled. u

electricity is failing, there have been numerous incidents of petty thefts in the vicinity – and there is no one to take charge of the situation. Preeti Singhal, who was taking her little girl out for a walk to the nearby park, added that the parks have not been tended to at all. “We go there every evening, and there is filth everywhere”, she says. “It is wrong when the Administrator’s residence is right next in the posh DLF PhaseIV, and we are living in these situations. When we bought our plot and built our house, we had hope and confidence that not going in for an apartment was the right decision. Now that we have sunk our life’s savings in our home, we have nowhere to go but try to make this Sector as liveable as possible. Almost without any help, too,” she sighs. u

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The Pleasure Of Reading

Y oung A dult Psycho Pain

The human mind works in myriad ways. Our mind can make us imagine and ‘strongly believe’ imaginary things. The man in the following poem suffers severe pain when he ‘imagines’ that he has swallowed his denture. An old pastor his teeth fallen off, An artificial denture in place did put. Daily took out his denture at night, And put it in a glass kept on his right. One morning got up, his denture nowhere. Felt stomach, discomfort was there. Thought he forgot from mouth to take. And it had slipped inside, terribly to ache.

{ Alka Gurha }

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ot every reader is a leader but every leader should be a reader,” said Harry Truman. Today, ‘time constraints’ and ‘lack of interest’ have led to people reading less. Besides, there are so many distractions these days – like the internet and television, and computer games. But remember, while reading, a person can be a king, an adventurer, a princess, or a detective. The possibilities are endless. Well, start with whatever interests you – magazines, newspapers, detective stories, thrillers or self-help books. You could borrow books from friends, or visit bookstores and browse for books that interest you. Try and make the entire experience pleasurable – by reading books in the lap of nature, or in your comfortable rocking chair with your favourite drink. Gradually, set a time to read every day. Reading a good book

can be very satisfying, and also enriches your personality.

Increases concentration

Reading helps children [and adults] focus on what someone else is communicating. Books, magazines—and even the Internet—are great learning tools. They educate you on any subject you are interested in. We live in an age that has an overflow of information; reading is a good way to take advantage of it.

Develops Brain

The mind is a muscle that needs constant exercise. Understanding the written word is one way that the mind grows in its ability. The habit of reading will also help you in developing language skills. It also helps in your learning to listen; everybody wants to talk, but few can listen well. As students learn to sound out letters and words, spelling comes easier. Also, reading

th You ak Spe Nikhil Sharma, KIIT I was very excited when I joined my college last year. However, the colleges in Gurgaon are very different from what we have in Delhi University. There is hardly anything interesting happening here. I feel as if I have moved from one school to another. We should tie-up with colleges of Delhi University to conduct fests and workshops in the City. It could be like an intercity exchange.

Himanshi Saini, Govt. Girls College, Sector 14 Gurgaon is a beautiful City. We have luxury of space here. This is why everybody from Delhi is moving to the City. But, government should keep check on the rising population of the City. We should learn from the mistakes our neighbouring city, Delhi.

helps to expand the vocabulary. New words are stored in your mind, for later use. Seeing how words are used in different contexts can give a better understanding of word usage and definitions, than the cold facts of a dictionary. Of course, the type of books you read generally depends on your attitude and personality. Reading as a habit  nurtures a wholesome sense of well-being. Reading is fundamental in developing a good self-image. Non-readers, or poor readers, often have low opinions of themselves – and their abilities. Not all educated people are book lovers, nor do they develop a reading habit; it has to be either cultivated, or is inherent in an individual. Once you develop an interest in books and reading, most certainly you would never be bored in life. In fact, most book lovers look forward to solitude, so that they can lose themselves in the magical world of books. u

I have been living in Gurgaon for over 20 years. There is nothing in the City to be proud of. Yes, it has an amazing golf course, highrises in Cyber City, and Gurgaon II is coming up soon, all in the new part of Gurgaon. But, for those living across highway, it has always been a struggle to get even the most basic infrastructure like roads, power, and water supply.

Pankaj Yadav, Govt. College, Sector 9

Recounted the matter, alongside he cried. His wife rang doctor, to soothe him she tried. An ambulance arrived, reached he the hospital. “How could it slip in?” was doctor’s rebuttal. “Me with pain am dying, believing me you're not.” Arrangements made, surgeon's about to cut. When came the servant loud crying, Cat took the denture, was in the corner lying. Smile to the doctor’s face, did this good news bring. For his observation, wanted it his praise to sing. The pastor sat up with cheers many, “Pain, what pain, I don’t have any”. Aditi Bhola

 Krishna Krishna A couple gave birth to  seven, but  were killed by a demon they again give birth to one, but they knew his chance to survive  were none when they were blessed ,they hoped that he was the one whom they were obsessed suddenly a storm came , they didn’t have time to decide his name     they wanted  to save the boy as he was not the demon’s toy there were many problems , he had to go through as he was a member of  his ship’s crew he was replaced  with a new  born , he  knew  at  him  the  God would frown  when  he  turned  one,  he  could eat butter weighing ton  he loved  eating butter, his  curly hair would always  flutter when  he wanted  more , his hands would soar  Krishna was the boy’s name, by him the cows were tamed one day came  a snake , who ate  people near the lake  for  the villagers sake , many people tried to kill the snake but every time they  would  fail, Krishna was as strong as whale  he caught the snake by his  tail when the storm came, he managed a hill on his nail Krishna later became the prince, we celebrate his birthday  JANAMASHTMI ever  since. Vedant Shivpuri


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mriti Kalra, mother of a nine-year-old, doesn’t feel like a regular parent. She doesn’t have to sit with him for homework. She doesn’t have to take part in her son’s project every evening. Aryan, her son, doesn’t have to ‘mug up’ old English poems; instead, the students and teachers write their own poems. Children play chess, swim and make pottery, during school hours. Aryan goes to the Excelsior American School, one of the ‘new-age schools’ in the City. The School follows the Cambridge International Primary Programme and International Baccalaureate (IB) – curriculums, aimed at developing holistic skills in a child. Many parents are opting for such schools, that offer ‘stress-free’ international methodologies of education. According to Ramesh Talwar, a retired educationist, the trend to put one’s children in the most famous school of the City is now passé. “The ‘newage parents’ are considering quality of time spent over a brand name. They want to keep their wards away from ‘academic pressure’ and ‘starchy teachers’. Schools offering an international curriculum, therefore, seem the best bet for them.” R. Vijayalakshmi, who pulled out her daughter from DPS, to put her in Scottish High International School, seconds that. She says, “The CBSE curriculum prepares a student for a test, not for life. They offer the typical ‘chalk and talk’ format of teaching, which stuffs the child with dated information. IB, on the other hand, helps instil skills to analyse, understand, and apply knowledge within a context. Gurgaon, that was once known for the traditional Gurukul system of education, now boasts a number of newage schools, offering world class facilities and international curriculums. While there were just seven IB schools in the City in 2010, today there are over 15.  Initially set up for the children of expatriates, IB schools are gaining popularity among Indian parents too.

IB in India – ‘Old is Passe’

Despite the IB diploma being approved by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), and considered as an equivalent degree to Class 12th, it is not accepted in most of the Indian Universities. Renowned Indian Universities, such as IIT and DU, turn down IB students. One reason is the clash of dates. IB results are announced in the month of July, by when admissions in most Indian colleges are over. Hence, the entry is possible only the following year. Unlike CBSE, or other Indian boards, a predicted score is given in IB, by a school teacher. The Predicted score is a prediction of the score that a student is capable of scoring in the examination. As Indian teachers are not well-versed with

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send my kids abroad, but I want my kids to have the ‘IB experience’, which will help them become global citizens,” says Nupur Khandelwal.

CBSE – ‘Old is Gold’

Students of Excelsior American School

the IB curriculum, most times a mismatch between predicted and real scores plays spoil sport. “If actual marks fall short of the predicted marks, it leads to the cancellation of the seat in a college. That is why universities don’t offer admission on the basis of predicted scores,” says Ramesh Talwar. The Director of Lancers International School, Harshita Mann, seems to have a different view. “Last year, four of our students secured admission to Delhi University, on the basis of predicted scores. The issue is not the IB board. The issue is the less number of seats offered by Indian Universities. As any college in DU doesn’t have more than 30 seats for a course, they find it difficult to give provisional entry. They prefer giving admission to those who have already appeared in an examination, and have ‘real’ scores in hand,” says Harshita. She feels that the lack of understanding of the subjects studied by IB students is another major issue. Dipti Srivastava, a DU aspirant, had a hard time obtaining admission

The IB programme has three different stages – the Primary Year Programme (PYP), for children aged 3 to11; the Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between the ages of 11 and 16; and the Diploma Programme (DP), that is equivalent to CBSE’s 11th and 12th standard. in an Art course, as the college faculty couldn’t understand her subjects. “I briefed them about my subjects, such as “Theory of Knowledge”. Most of them didn’t know it covered a range of topics – like History, Philosophy, and even Maths,” says Dipti. Many feel that the methodology and delivery of content offered by IB makes children more competitive. IB is more practical and application based. It believes in the all-round development of children. “IB tests the students’ knowledge, reasoning, and problemsolving skills – not just their

memory. Students passing out from an IB school perform better in entrance examinations such as CAT, NMAT, FMS, and GMAT,” says a counsellor at Triumphant Institute of Management Education, Sector 14. “Another interesting element, which is completely missing in the curriculums offered by Indian boards, is the integration of knowledge. In IB, children learn how Maths is used in Poetry, in terms of rhythm and meter,” points out Shalini Nambiar, Director of Excelsior American School. The IB curriculum also focuses on intercultural awareness, which helps students in getting an easier admission in foreign universities. International schools like Pathways World School, which has students from over 40 countries, offer an environment where crosscultural contact is practiced. Although IB seems to offer an easy entry to the foreign universities, not all parents look to target foreign universities when they put their kids in an IB school. “I don’t intend to

Bincy Thomas, a career counsellor with over 15 years of experience, points out, “Studying in an IB school doesn’t guarantee admission in a good overseas university. Good universities in the US give admission on the basis of SAT scores. IB diploma, therefore, doesn’t give you an edge over Indian boards. No matter what curriculum you have studied, you have to take the SAT test to enter a good US university. Also, for years, degrees from Indian boards— like CBSE, ICSE, and ISC— have been accepted by the foreign universities.” Moreover, the benefit of going to a CBSE-affiliated school is that it focuses on Science and Maths, as well as application-based subjects. “CBSE curriculum helps students to get admission in ‘heavy-traffic’ medical and engineering courses. We have innovative ways of teaching, even without a foreign affiliation. In fact the affiliation puts an additional burden on parents in terms of an exorbitant fee,” says Roopa Bhalla, Principal of Ajanta Public School. Further, coaching classes for CBSE boards are easily available, while hiring an IB tutor is an expensive affair.

The Old and The New

Noorjahan, a resident of Sushant Lok, has put her two kids in different schools, offering different boards. “My son is more into academics. So we put him into DPS. But for my daughter, who is more inclined towards the arts, Sriram is the best option. She can’t cope with the academic pressure at DPS. A school shouldn’t be chosen on the basis of a board it offers, but on the basis of the child’s personality,” feels Noorjahan, who is a teacher by profession. Besides curriculum, it is important to analyse what is the overall approach of a school.  Noorjahan puts forth the example of one of the oldest schools in the City – Heritage School. “The curriculum offered by Heritage School is based on learning expeditions, that students engage in through the academic session. These expeditions are designed to promote critical thinking, skills, habits, and academic achievement. The School offers experiential learning during the primary years – and then transits to the CBSE board in the later stages,” she says. There is an education divide in the City. There are a range of schools that offer traditional classroom-style teaching, and then there are those which offer experience-based learning. Although the number of new-age schools, that label themselves as international, are increasing, it is important to keep into consideration your child’s interest and personality. u


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Overweight Children { Christiane Loell / Berlin / DPA }

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hen a child is podgy, is it just baby fat that he/she will grow out of, or is it excess poundage that should be shed? Gauging this with the naked eye is not always possible, according to Silke Restemeyer, a nutritionist with the German Nutrition Society. “A chubby cherub can turn into a beanpole during the next growth spurt,” she says. Parents who are unsure whether a child’s weight is healthy, should speak with a paediatrician, Restemeyer advises. With the help of reference curves, the doctor can check if a metabolic or hormonal disorder is possibly behind the podginess. If the child is extremely overweight or obese, the doctor can also look into risk factors for complications – such

as diabetes. Since parents tend to misjudge a child’s weight, “they should look at the numbers,” says Reinhard Mann, a Psychologist who heads the nutrition department at Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education. He is referring to the Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of his/her height in metres. In contrast to adults, age and gender have to be taken into account for the BMI of children – who are still growing. Mann says that parents could observe an overweight child as a first course of action – looking at things such as what and how does the child eat. Are there regular, shared meals? How much exercise does the child get? Paying special at-

tention to the child, and undertaking joint activities, can have a major positive impact during this phase. “You’d think that being overweight has to do with eating. Media consumption plays a more important role, though. There’s a strong link between body weight and the amount of time spent at a personal computer, games console or television set,” asserts Mann. He recommends that

Calorie Care { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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ating healthy is about feeling great, having more energy, stabilising your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. It can help reduce the risk of certain diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease. Healthy eating comes not from strict nutrition philosophies and calorie count s – or of achieving 'size zero', or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is all about consuming your food in the right manner, at the right time and in the right quantity.

of the healthy (such as fresh fruit and vegetables). But it doesn't mean eliminating the foods you love. It means eating less than we do now. “It is being aware of how much food you are actually eating, and what calories are in that serving.”

Tip 3: Fill up on colourful fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are low in calories, and nutrient dense – which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day, and with every meal – the brighter the better. Add fruits to your breakfast and munch salad with soup at lunch and dinner. Different colours provide different benefits, so eat a variety and achieve a balance.

Tip 4: Cut and add

Healthy Eating Tip 1: Set yourself up for success

To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps – rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes as per your lifestyle, and activity level— and with commitment—you will be able to follow a healthy diet sooner than you think.

Tip 2: Balancing portions

Balancing portions means eating far less of the unhealthy stuff (unrefined sugar, saturated fat, for example) and more

Limit sugar and salt, and add whole grain. Eat natural food, such as fruit, peppers, or peanut – without adding salt, sugar or any type of seasoning. Try to slowly reduce the salt in your diet, to give your taste buds time to adjust. Introduce whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. This stuff will make you feel full longer, and keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable. Add calcium and protein in the diet, for beautiful skin, bright eyes and strong bones. The Tips will help you expand your range of healthy food choices. Plan ahead, to create and maintain a tasty, healthy diet. u (Certified Image Consultant and Founder of Image Panorama)

p re s ch o o l children spend no more than a half-hour a day with such electronic devices, and primary school children no more than an hour. Andrea Bielstein, a Physician at the obesity clinic at Wilhelmstift, points to another reason for the problem – namely the changed perception of normal portion sizes. “That goes for the meals of children too, many of whom

have as much on their plate as their parents,” she says. Nutrition experts warn parents not to put a child on a diet on their own authority. “An overweight child should never be subjected to a weight-reduction diet,” Mann says. “If children are malnourished in a growth phase, they’ll later eat whatever they can get their hands on, without any restraint.” According to the Childhood and Adolescence Obesity Working Group, part of the German Association for the Study of Obesity, slimming programmes should be a combination of nutrition therapy, exercise therapy and behaviour therapy – because isolated measures are ineffective. Dealing with overweight children is a pedagogic challenge, too, notes Mann. “Prohibitions, restricted eating, and admonitions of ‘You’re too fat’, often backfire,” he says. “Children have to learn self-restraint, and they need their parents as role models.” u

Changes In Fingernails { Nicola Menke / Berlin / DPA }

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he small white spots that may appear on a person’s fingernails are not pretty, but are no reason to worry. “They’re harmless air pockets caused by little injuries – like knocking the fingers, or pushing the cuticle back too hard during a manicure,” says Ulrich Klein, a member of the German Dermatology Association. However, some changes in the fingernails can be signs of an illness. Let us see what a healthy fingernail looks like. “It is firm yet flexible, has a regular, slightly curved surface, and is about 0.5 millimetres thick,” notes Barbara Weigel of Germany’s National Association of Cosmetics and Foot Care Enterprises. A normal fingernail has a matte, translucent tone; but is a pale pink over the nail bed, which is well supplied with blood, she says. Changes in the fingernails may be harmless – symptoms of a nail disease or other physical disorders. To the former category belong—in addition to the cloud-shaped spots—isolated nicks in the nail plate, which are usually the result of mechanical damage; or the fine, vertical ridges found on almost everyone’s fingernails. “These are generally signs of the normal ageing process, and become more pronounced over the years. Sometimes they’re inherited,” Klein says. Among the most common changes in the fingernails, due to disease, are nail fungus and nail psoriasis – whose symptoms are similar. “In both disorders, the nail plate thickens and becomes crumbly, wavy and flaky. The colour of the nail changes to yellowish brown or cloudy white,” says Pietro Nenoff, a member of the German Society of Dermatology. Treatment is necessary – particularly for nail fungus – and not just for aesthetic reasons. If left untreated, Nenoff says, it could spread, perhaps even inwardly – resulting in the discharge of toxins into the body. Symptomatic people should be sure to see a doctor. Eczema of the fingernails—due to irritation by a cleaning agent, for example— is recognizable as reddened, flaking nail walls or a rough nail surface. Inflammation of the nail bed is characterized by redness, a sensation of warmth – and sometimes by the

formation of pus. “Sometimes in the course of infections, there is discolouration of the nails. If the pathogens are pseudomonas bacteria, the nails take on a greenish colour,” Nenoff says. The fingernails can also reveal deficiencies affecting the body as a whole, Weigel remarks. A deficiency of biotin, also known as Vitamin H, often manifests itself in brittle, rough nails, along with growth disorders. And “spoon nails” often form in major cases of iron deficiency. “These are fingernails whose nail plates are concave,” Weigel explains. “Besides an iron deficiency, they can also point to anaemia.” Hourglass-shaped, convex nail plates can indicate heart or lung disease. People whose fingernails bear such tell-tale signs should see a doctor. “Something else that should definitely be examined is dots of dark discolouration under the nails,” Klein warns. While the cause is often merely a haematoma, he says, it could be skin cancer (malignant melanoma).u


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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

The Unassuming Wonder Herb !

loss, as it enhances the sensation of fullness and can help in reducing hunger cravings.

{ Jaspal Bajwa }

Tip of the week

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n unwelcome side-effect of modernisation is obesity, which has crept in like the proverbial camel in the tent. It is now estimated that one in three humans is obese, and most of us are overweight. This ‘baggage’, that has accompanied urbanisation and affluence, has led to an alarming rise in many diet-related chronic diseases – such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and certain cancers. Not surprisingly, WHO considers this global epidemic (“globesity”) to be a major public health problem in many parts of the world. In a related development, raised total cholesterol among adults is galloping with fatal consequences. Globally, a third of ischaemic heart disease is attributable to high cholesterol. In high-income countries, over 50 per cent of adults have raised cholesterol. This is more than double the level of low-income countries. The same pattern is evident amongst high income groups in developing countries. What does all this have to do with an ancient unassuming herb? The important role played by soluble fibre on metabolism has only been fully appreciated in recent times. Just 10 grams of soluble fibre, taken in our daily diet, may lead to a decrease in the levels of abdominal fat by as much as 3.7 per cent – over 5 years. High fibre foods include oats, rye, barley, peas, beans, certain fruits (like plums, bananas, apples or pears) and some vegetables (like broccoli, carrots or onions). What if a tablespoon of husk could give us the same amount of fibre as in 8 plums (and it’s a lot easier to ingest!)? Enter Psyllium. Native to the Mediterranean region , Psyllium (Isabgol or Fleaseed) has played a quiet yet effective role in traditional medicine over

It’s important to take a good quantity of water when taking Psyllium. Not taking enough fluid could lead to constipation, choking or obstruction of the food passage. We need to drink at least 240 ml (8 ounces) of fluids for every 3-5 grams of husk (or 7 grams of seed). Additionally, we need to drink at least 6 8 glasses of water throughout the day. Psyllium can be added to yoghurt or to milk, juice or water. Stirred into a large glass, it should be drunk immediately before it thickens. It can be taken first thing in the morning or before bedtime. As an aid for weight loss, it should be taken at least 30 minutes before meals.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Plantago psyllium

the centuries. A natural source of soluble bulk-forming fibre, the seed and husk of Psyllium acts as a laxative, because of its water-holding properties. Ayurvedic prescriptions in ancient India mentioned the use of Psyllium as a natural laxative for bowel regulation, cleansing the colon as well as for better blood circulation. Recent interest in Psyllium has been stoked by the fact that modern urban diets are notoriously deficient in fibre. By the late 90’s, this led to several food regulatory agencies in the world accepting the safety and clinical benefits of Psyllium. Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports the use of soluble-fibre cereals as an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet, for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterolemia. Furthermore, studies suggest Psyllium may aid weight

Isabgol (Psyllium or Flea Seed)—the common name in India—comes from the Persian words “isap” and “ghol”, that mean horse ear – which is descriptive of the shape of the seed. The word psyllium originated from a Greek word for a flea, referring to the size and shape of the seed. Psyllium seed is a demulcent (an agent that forms a soothing film over mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation), an emollient (increases the skin’s hydration), and a laxative. The seeds and the husks contain high levels of fibre, which expand and becomes highly gelatinous when soaked in water. The jelly-like mucilage, produced when psyllium is soaked in water, has the ability to absorb toxins within the large bowel. Thus it helps to remove toxins from the body, and can be used to reduce auto-toxicity. The initial interest in Psyllium may have been to relieve constipation and soften the stools. Now it is increasingly being

Soak 10 almonds overnight. Peel the skin in the morning, and add some butter and sugar. Eating this mix daily will help in weight gain.

recommended for conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease(IBD), dysentery, haemorrhoids and obesity. People with ulcerative colitis have shown a reduction in symptoms such as bleeding. Psyllium is gaining wide acceptance as an adjunct to treatments for heart diseases, diabetes and colon cancer. The oil in the seed embryo contains 50 per cent linoleic acid, and has been used as a preventative for atherosclerosis. Studies have shown that a diet high in water soluble fibre is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Psyllium seed husk or seed, in combination with a low-fat diet, can reduce levels of total cholesterol, and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. In overweight people consuming rich diets, the effect may be more pronounced. Psyllium can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, blood sugar levels need to be monitored closely, and dosage of conventional anti-diabetes medications may need adjustment. Psyllium’s maximum effect on the blood sugar levels occurs when it is mixed with or taken with foods. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

A Pinch Of Salt your sodium needs. Actually, 75 per cent of the salt that we imbibe comes from readymade foods – such as bread, cereals and baked beans. Even some sweet food—like biscuits—have salt added to them.

Salt and Sodium

{ Alka Gurha }

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e all know that sodium is critical for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. Since sodium is an essential mineral and electrolyte, our body needs it to maintain several kinds of equilibrium in the body – like the fluid balance, electrolyte balance and pH (acid/alkaline) balance. However, we know that excessive salt (for sodium) consumption contributes to the development of high blood pressure.

Recent research shows that excess sodium is also associated with strokes, calcium deficiency, osteoporosis, fluid retention, weight gain and stomach ulcers. Sodium deficiency, on the other hand, can cause spasms, irregular heart rhythms and muscle fatigue. Hence, a balance is essential. Understanding the role sodium plays in the body, and the difference between “good” and “bad” sources of sodium, will help you get the salt out of your diet – while still meeting

Salt and sodium are commonly misunderstood as being the same thing. Table salt is made up of 40 per cent sodium and 60 per cent chloride – two different minerals. Sodium is part of table salt, but numerous other foods contain natural sodium (almost all vegetables and dairy products such as milk, meat and shellfish) – or added salt. The sodium in processed foods is generally in the form of salt that is added to preserve the flavour and the ingredients for longer storage. Foods with high sodium include frozen or canned goods, cured meats, pork

products, snack foods like potato chips, and various condiments.

Sodium Guide

While shopping for grocery, it is important to pay attention to nutrition labels, to determine how much sodium each serving contains. A label of ‘sodium-free’ means that it has less than 5 mg of sodium per serving. A ‘very low-sodium’ label indicates 35 mg or less per serving; and a ‘low-sodium’ label means roughly 130 mg per serving. The terms ‘unsalted’, ‘no salt added’ or ‘without salt added’, could mean that the product was made without salt – but may still have natural sodium as part of the food.

How to Limit Intake

Doctors generally advise you to prevent the onset of heart problems by taking a diet that has 1,500 mg or less of sodium per day. To give you

some idea, half a tsp. of salt contains 1,200 mg of sodium. Studies have shown that the less sodium you consume the less your taste buds crave it. So, the first step in decreasing your desire for salty foods is to gradually decrease your daily sodium intake. One can limit sodium intake by using seasonings like oregano, garlic, ginger and basil, to flavour the meals. Use fresh meats rather than cured or processed meats. Apart from fruit and vegetables, whole grains—like wheat bread or brown rice, nuts, beans and seeds—are fibre-filled foods that are naturally low in sodium. Since processed food, pickles, sauces and spreads contain large quantities of added salt as a preservative, it is best to avoid them. Seasonings with names that end in “salt”, like garlic salt and seasoning salt, are high in sodium. While it is important to note that a healthy heart diet is low in sodium, the exact amount varies depending on your specific health needs. u


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T. Vaikuntam

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Suhas Roy

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Ramesh Gorjala

Jayashree Chakravarty

Akbar Padamsee

{ Srimati Lal }

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he technical and emotional genius of maestros of modern Indian painting and sculpture comes alive again in a diverse collection of artworks by 25 artists. This collection, organised by 'Art Pilgrim Gallery' at Epicentre and Sushant Lok from August 3 – 31, includes unusual Chemical Paintings by thespian F.N Souza, a graphic Acrylic work by Akbar Padamsee, as well as some recent noteworthy works by Suhas Roy, Sanatan Dinda, T. Vaikuntam, Dhananjay Singh, Biman Das, K.S Radhakrishnan, Jayashree Chakravarty, Ramesh Gorjala, Yusuf Arakkal, Bhagat Singh, Varsha Athor, and others.  The varied forms on display include painting and sculpture. Despite the fact that this collection emerges as somewhat visually undefined—as it does not delineate either a specific theme, medium, style, or time-frame—it is worth careful viewing, given the high quality of work. Within the limitations of the Epicentre hall, these works have been displayed fairly effectively. A professional gallery space should provide professional, state-of-the-art, non-invasive lights, within three feet of each artwork. And walls need to be painted bright white,

Varsha Athor

Sanatan Dinda F. N Souza

to bring out the varied colours and tonalities of paintings hung upon them. Gallery 'Art Pilgrim' was set up 14 years ago in Hauz Khas Village, and has recently moved to Gurgaon. It has displayed senior and emerging artists, with some discernment. 'Art Pilgrim' has also organised group shows at London's Nehru Centre and SW1 Gallery.  A notable aspect of most of the artists in the current collection is the respect that their art has earned in the west, as well as within India. The technical wizardry and inventiveness of artists such as Souza, Radhakrishnan,

Gorjala, Sanatan Dinda, Suhas Roy and Vaikuntam has been noted internationally. It is to the credit of each of them that they have firmly retained a deeply-rooted Indian-ness of idiom – both in their style and content.  These artists live and work in India, and many retain deep roots with their actual villages of origin. Thus, their visual and emotional vocabulary is authentic.  They skilfully incorporate a complex, imaginative and ancient Indian

heritage of high stylisation and 'modernity'. Souza's two powerful and enigmatic Chemical paintings of 1984, in magazinesized formats, depict his classic voluptuous female Nudes, darkly juxtaposed with menacing figures of distorted, grotesque males portrayed in his  Futuristic  mode. His  Futurist Chemical Series, incorporating and 're-inventing' the urban commercial, industrial and photographic image, are one of Indian Art's most radical inventions. Among the younger group on display, Sanatan's brooding, Surrealist portrayal of an Indian devotee immersed in the holy waters—with mystical, arcane tattoos on his chest—stands out. And in a completely opposite stylistic, the Folk-Art-inspired Ramesh Gorjala's flamboyant yet intricate 'paintingswithin-paintings'—depicting Hindu icons—are fascinating to view. Gorjala has contemporised his visual references to Andhra Pradesh's ancient Kalamkari  ink-paintings on cloth, and the dramatic rural mythnarratives of folk  Patachitra paintings, with commendable

K.S Radhakrishnan

Biman Das

Dhananjay Singh

panache. Several sculptures in this show merit mention. Dhananjay's fine steel and bronze sculpture, 'Opposites,' depicting a Nirvanic Tree perched precariously upon a stylised metallic clump of earth, is rivetting in its finesse.   Varsha's whimsical female forms, painstakingly constructed of iron nuts, are remarkable marvels of craftsmanship. There are several other artworks that make one pause. Biman Das' multi-headed Bronze 'Devi' sculpture pushes the visual boundaries of the traditional Kumartuli  Goddess icon towards a disturbing cutting-edge. And Radhakrishnan's swirling, sophisticated and joyous bronze figures evoke the genius of both Rodin and Henry Moore, yet in a unique Indian idiom. The effective juxtaposition of the sculptural and the painterly within a gallery space, however, requires more finetuning. One looks forward to continuous contributions from 'Art Pilgrim' Gallery, in showcasing emerging Indian artists to wider international audiences. This Exhibition clearly indicates that Indian Contemporary Art contains a depth and range that is worthy of the widest-possible viewing and distribution. Greater Curatorial focus and finesse in future displays, on lighting, display layouts and art-selection, would be welcome. u Artist, Writer and Curator


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{ Bhavana Sharma }

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uartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier, because of its unique helical spiral crystalline form. This molten rock can absorb, store, release and regulate energy – and, it is excellent for unblocking as well. It works at a vibrational level, attuned to the specific energy requirements of the person needing the healing – or undertaking any kind of spiritual work . The appearance of quartz can be longpointed , transparent milky or striated; and is found in large and small clusters, and in all sizes. Most types of quartz are easily obtained all over the world.

The Quartz Family

Blue Quartz - is an energy receptive stone, and can be used to bring peace and protection. Green Quartz - can be worn around the neck, or as a pendant to stimulate creativity. Diamonds - are miniature double-terminated quartz, to attract love and peace. Their energies are receptive. Rose quartz - is used to stimulate love, and to open the heart chakra. Its energies are receptive. Smoky quartz - is a receptive crystal, and is a mood elevator; it is generally worn as a grounding stone. Tourmalated Quartz has protective energy,

The Wonder Crystal and is often worn to reduce negative energies from the aura. At the spiritual level, quartz contains energy waiting to be released; it has the ability to dissolve karmic seeds, by enhancing psychic abilities, to attune us to our spiritual purpose. When used in meditation, it filters out distraction, and is effective in programming the mind to higher frequencies. At a mental level, it helps in concentration and sharpens our intellect. At the biological level, quartz can stimulate our immune system, and bring the body into balance. It is also excellent for soothing burns, and cleanses the aura and the chakras. We can even attach a quartz crystal, with its point downwards, to a silver chain – to fashion a beautiful pendulum. This is a tool which links the arm holding it with the intuitive or psychic mind. Circling either clockwise or counterclockwise means ‘yes’, or a favourable condition will result. If it swings sideways, it means ‘no’, or an unfovurable answer for the question in mind. Though expensive, cups made of quartz crystal were considered the finest for drinking herbal medicine.

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obody can aim to live forever, howsoever great and spiritually enlightened he/she may be. Death comes at its ‘proper’ time. Even the most enlightened beings are awake to this causality, and accept that the body will die. As per traditional Hindu thought, life includes birth, ageing and death. But great enlightened persons did not die immediately after their enlightenment; they lived on for years, decades. One idea, which is widely accepted, is that these great beings went on living, to use up the last vestiges of karmic imperfection that still hung around them from their former existences. So, despite enlightenment— which ends craving, and so affliction—did these enlightened people continue to experience all those years of affliction after their awakening? Is the fruit of enlightenment then only really experienced after death? The idea that craving creates affliction, and the end of craving eliminates affliction—and that this effectively terminates the basis of life—has become an

established doctrine in most schools of Hinduism, through the teaching on rebirth. If we go through the Hindu scriptures, it is very difficult to avoid the conclusion that birth in this life must be the result of craving in a previous life; and that the craving in this life will be cause of rebirth in a future life. If birth is affliction, and affliction is caused by craving, then the craving must have occurred before birth. This standard interpretation, is thus indissolubly linked to the idea of rebirth. These thoughts culminate in the view that the end of craving leads to the end of the circle of rebirths. ‘Karmas’ are the basis for a metaphysical doctrine about cycles of life; and when enlightenment is achieved, there is emancipation, liberation, freedom from suffering, from the continuity of pain and affliction – and the attainment of a state of sublime reward (after death). In traditional Hinduism cosmology, we are going round through life after life. A strong belief is also held that lives after birth can be in any of a large number of states of being – including the human, any kind of animal, and several types of su-

You can also create a Crystal Garden, with several crystals. Fill a large wooden or white earthenware bowl with white sand; then set the crystals in this sand with their points upwards.

Folk Name - Witch’s Mirror, Star Stone, Iris Planets - Sun, Moon Elements - Fire, Water Deity – The Great Mother Associated Metals - Silver, Copper, Gold Associated Herbs - Copal, Chicory, Sage, Sweetgrass Powers - Protection, Healing, Psychism, Power, Ritual love Energies - Projective, Receptive

pernatural beings. Rebirth is conditioned by the ‘Karmas’ (actions of body, speech and mind) of previous lives. The eternalists postulate an eternally existent self or soul: the ‘atman’ survives death, and reincarnates as another living being, based on its ‘karmic’ inheritance. This is the idea that has become dominant in modern Hinduism. Some religions feel that rebirth is immediate, while others hold to the notion of a limbo (intermediate state), that can last up to forty-nine days. In some religions there is the belief that the time lag between two incarnations can be variable – from 50 years to 400 years; and may be even extended up to 1000 years, in case the subtle body is relegated to a negative existence. The subtle bodies stay in their respective planes, enabling them to undergo merits and demerits, in accordance with the law of ‘karma’. It may be difficult to find a way out of this labyrinth, of bringing an end to a succession of circlings through many incarnations. And our real concern should be how to live happily in the midst of this very life, just as it is. Our ‘karmas’ will then take us...wherever. 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.

You can also trace a pentagram (a five pointed star) on the sand, using the crystal; and then place one crystal at each point, and one in the centre. This method will confer protection for the household members, and remove negative energy. Rutilated quartz can relieve minor pains such as headaches, and even has an incisive quality to release troubled thoughts and feelings. It can also be very helpful when you are working on habitual thought processes; it can help break those unwanted patterns of thinking, and clear your mind towards positive thoughts. Just hold a rutilated quartz crystal in your hand, and attune it with the proper affirmation, to fill you with protective and expanding light. It will immediately radiate thoughts of clarity and freedom, and remove stressful thoughts from your mind.

Natural Anti-Radiation

Radiation from cell phone towers in residential areas is today a growing problem. Despite the availability of scientific antiradiation devices, their acceptability amongst consumers is still low. Quartz Crystals are a natural antidote for this, and are safe. In its natural form, quartz can help protect our body from harmful radiation and electromagnetic waves. Its complex mineral structure naturally emits negative ions, to transform harmful electromagnetic currents and energies. The effects of ‘emissions’ can be reduced by placing natural crystals in your home, or in the office. Place black tourmaline quartz, or even clear quartz,

crystal clusters in the rooms where radiation is ‘felt’.

Relationship Quartz

The Rose Quartz Crystal builds self-confidence and selfacceptance, and encourages you to slow down, be more lighthearted, and make time in your life for joy and delight. Carry or wear a Rose Quartz Crystal, to enjoy its benefits; and as you radiate this state of being, you will create positive life-force energies for the personal and spiritual growth of others as well.

Quartz for Fengshui

Quartz Crystals are also regarded as important in Fengshui, as they are the most common and easiest cures for many problems. Lead Quartz Crystals increase the balance of Yang (the masculine energy of heat and life force). We can hang these crystals around the home or office.

Placing the Crystals

 In a long hall way, with many doors where energy has become trapped, hang the crystal from the ceiling, half-way down the hall – to slow down and disperse energy.  When a door is directly in line with a bed, or a desk chair, hang a crystal between the door and bed/chair – so that the Chi will slow down.  When steps lead directly to a door, place the Crystal between the bottom steps and the door.  Wherever you wish to create a greater, and smoother, energy flow, place a Crystal in each window to allow sunlight to pass through – activating the Chi (energy) in a gentle, yet powerful, way. u Tarot Reader, Author

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urgaon is now home to a 60 year old international furniture brand from Denmark, BoConcept – that has a presence spanning 50 countries (with 250 stores). The store at the Global Foyer on Golf Course road is the first BoConcept store in North India.  “BoConcept provides the customer an entire home furnishings range – be it dining, living, bedroom or accessories. The Brand offers luxury multi-functional furniture, made in Denmark, at an affordable price,” says Priti Sayeed, Business Head, BoConcept.  “BoConcept aims at offering contemporary smart furniture for our customers, thereby ensuring utmost satisfaction with comfort combined with aesthetics & simplicity.” Spread over a sprawling 5,300 sq feet, BoConcept redefines lifestyle & urban luxury designs, with its vast expanse of space – and its diverse product range.    BoConcept is a 60 year old brand; it is confident about its quality. “For clients, we provide Interior Decoration services, and an on-the-spot 3D visualisation of how the room is going to look with our products,” adds Priti. This is the only branded furniture store, that offers a customer every aspect of interiors for their home. “We have furniture and the widest range of accessories for every room in your home,” she says. u


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Globe Trotting On A Bamboo Bike “We thought it would be a good idea to allow people to rent a bike for free in Wurzburg. Then, we struck upon the idea of sending a bike around the world,” recalls Metzger, a 26-year-old science education student. They decided to use a bicycle with a bamboo frame, because they wanted one made from a robust, sustainable raw material. “The bicycle symbolises the change in attitudes to raw materials. It’s also something different. It’s nice having such an unusual bike,” Metzger says. Kalla and Metzger built the bamboo frame for the bike in

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magine a website where you can immediately access a list of all the action-movie stars who wear size-10 shoes and have blonde hair; or a list of the cities in tropical climates with the highest rate of employment for recently graduated communications majors. Such a resource is on the horizon. In Germany, a group of pioneering Wikipedia enthusiasts are creating a searchable data trove they think will change the way people access information – and perhaps change the world itself. The data trove, called Wikidata, is at an early development stage. Only a few paid Wikimedia Deutschland employees are tackling the myriad technical and logistical issues involved. It is a daunting task to create a community-edited database. “It has a very simple idea. It wants to be the Wikipedia for data,” says Pavel Ritcher, CEO of Wikimedia Deutschland. “Right now data is spread out, under license, or hard to access because of technical reasons. We don’t know how it will change the world, but it will.” Wikidata would allow users to enter any number of criteria—such as shoe size, blonde hair and action-movie star—and then search the database for all the people who fit that description. At a recent Wikimedia 2012 panel dedicated to the new venture, the Wikidata development team explained the versatility of the database, and acknowledged that there were certainly far more uses than they could imagine. Vrandecic says they hope the database would include videos and pictures, and that

it would allow scientists and researchers across the world to collaborate on data sets. Like Wikipedia, Wikidata’s data would be submitted by internet users, and vetted by volunteer editors, before inclusion in the database. “We are open-source, and people do contribute (ideas) from all over the world; but the problem with open-source in development lies in keeping track of the various on-going developments,” says Vrandecic. From the eternal question that surrounds Wiki projects is the information reliable if anyone can add to it? - to technical details such as creating a user-friendly platform accessible to people without computer science backgrounds, the development team is tackling a long list of potential complications. Vrandecic says the entire project—scheduled to be released in spring 2013—depends on an online community forming around Wikidata; a community that is dedicated to adding information, and maintaining its quality. “The idea is not to collect as much data on our site as possible, but to make it more useful. It is up to the community to decide what kind of data will be uploaded.” says Daniel Kinzler, one of the Project’s members. Before Wikidata is made accessible to the general public, the development team will gather all the data included in the information boxes in the upper-right hand corner of most Wikipedia pages, and add it to the database.    After that, it will be up to the internet community to upload data, organize it, check it for accuracy, and use it in whatever ways they can. “You cannot change the world intentionally, you can only give the world the tools to change,” says Ritcher.u

BAMBOO RIDE: Sabine Metzger (left) and her flatmate Matthias Kalla repair a bamboo-frame bike.

a workshop in Berlin. A local bicycle shop sponsored the tyres, saddle, handlebars and other extras. “We get lots of requests for us to sponsor things. What interested me in this Project was its social nature and its uniqueness,” explains bike shop owner Felix Schmitt. Schmitt’s mechanics were posed with some big challenges. “Nothing we had in our storeroom would fit the bamboo frame. Everything had to be assembled individually, and custom attached to the bike.” The time they spent on constructing the bike paid off. It weighs 17 kilograms and

has 26-inch wheels. Kalla and Metzger believe it’s good enough to survive the trip. “The only thing that can destroy it is fire or a tank,” says Kalla. Shortly after introducing the concept, the pair received a grant from the Think Big initiative – that supports projects organised by young people. Wurzburg Mayor Georg Rosenthal also lent his support. “Our mission is to draw attention in a humorous way, to show how precious water is, and raise awareness for responsible management of resources,” says Rosenthal.

The idea behind the bamboo bike project is simple: anyone who wants to ride the bike registers their interest online, and sets out a route they want to travel. “It doesn’t matter if the route has already been ridden, or is close to an earlier one. The more people participating, the more flexible planning will be,” says Metzger. Cyclists from the US, Africa and Australia have already registered to take part. The pair do not think they will run out of cyclists. The bike comes with a combination lock, whose code is only known to its riders. “We trust the people who are going to be using the bike,” says Metzger. India is the first country where the bike’s route has been fully planned. “Perhaps we’ll go there and have a look at how the bike is doing,” says Kalla. After India, Kalla and Metzger don’t know when they will see the bike again. “Maybe in 20 years, maybe before that; and then with completely different parts? Anything is possible.” Kalla has registered the bike with the Guinness Book of Records. “Who knows, maybe every one of the people who rides the bike will end up being a part of a world record.” u

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in Nalaga’at, which roughly translates to “please touch,” 11 actors perform t the end of the play, ‘Not by Bread Alone’, simultaneously.Tal has at the Nalaga’at developed other forms Theatre in Tel Avivof communication to Jaffa, the audience claps enable this ensemble enthusiastically while performance. the actors bow holding For example, the actors hands. It’s the usual must learn to detect procedure at a theatre, but drum beats, that signal the actors at Nalaga’at are the change of scenes very different from other NOT ORDINARY: A scene from the play, Not by during the play. “It was thespians – and the theatre Bread Alone, performed at the Nalaga’at theatre. unbelievably difficult for is far from ordinary. everyone,” Tal says. Although they face she needed, and she “fell in love The actors—some talk, the audience to acknowledge with the idea of making the others do not—are supported the praise, and even wave impossible, possible.” by assistants on the stage, who toward the crowd, they see The group of actors she remain inconspicuous. They are and hear nothing. Their world worked with at that time is the able to communicate in Lormen, is dark and silent. Despite same group she works with and have taken courses on these handicaps, the actors today. What they show on stage Usher’s syndrome. still perform brilliantly to is moving and impressive; but In the play, the character earn the ovations. it would be difficult for most Genia says how nice it would be The play is about hope – and people to imagine the enormous if she could see her grandchild; the happy and bitter memories effort it takes to put on the play. Shoshanna remembers the that people carry. It has run The deaf and blind blue sky, and longs to see it 700 times in the theatre, since communicate through a again; and Juri would like to its 2007 premiere in a former language called Lormen – watch television. Their simple warehouse. The 11 actors and which uses touching and desires cannot be fulfilled, actresses suffer from Usher signing. Their hands serve but are suddenly meaningful syndrome – a genetic defect as their eyes, ears and voice. to the audience. Through that causes hearing loss from They use their fingers to tap, interaction with the audience, birth, and gradual blindness in form circles, make long and the actors emphasize their varying degrees. short strokes, and to press yearning for human contact Director Adina Tal, 59, lightly and firmly. Each letter and relations. is the driving force behind of the alphabet has a specific Pity is the last thing Tal this theatre for deaf and pattern and place on the hand. and her ensemble want. The blind people – a unique Conversations take place theatre has changed her life, and project she’s always been without nuances or irony. the lives of the actors. It has interested in. Tal found these While conversations in changed them from helpless theatre projects boring, until which deaf and blind people people—some of whom had she attended a workshop for participate are successful with considered suicide—into deaf and blind people 12 years the help of hands, they usually confident actors with every ago. That provided the impetus involve just one person; but imaginable quirk, she says. u

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atthias Kalla holds a hairdryer close to a long, narrow piece of bamboo – which is clamped to a worktop, and bent upwards. When finished, it will be the mudguard on an unusual bicycle, made of bamboo. German student Kalla, and his flat-mate Sabine Metzger, are sending the bike around the world – in aid of Viva con Agua, a drinking water project. “It’s not uncommon for a person to circle the globe on their own. We decided to do the same with a bicycle,” says the geoinformatics student. Together with Sabine, Kalla founded the Global Bike Trotting Project, two months ago.

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he call to the Los Angeles Police Department came in at 4.25 am on August 5, 1962. On the line was Dr. Ralph Greeson, a psychiatrist treating screen goddess Marilyn Monroe. The world’s most famous sex symbol had been found dead, lying naked on her bed in her Los Angeles home, her hand clutching a phone. She was just 36. Fifty years later, Marilyn Monroe lives on as one of the most recognizable film stars of all times. She was “the Aphrodite of our imagination,” according to Lois Banner, a history Professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of two books about the screen legend. “She could be innocent, sexual, glamorous, playful, joyous, and sad - and sometimes all at the same time,” says Banner. “People see her image and are drawn in.” Such is the power of Monroe’s image that only Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley have posthumously earned more money than her. And that too may soon change, thanks to a coming marketing blitz by Authentic Brands Group – the company that now owns the rights to Monroe. By the end of the year, women could be having their nails buffed at a global chain of Marilyn Monroe spas, while wearing Marilyn Monroebrand makeup, lingerie, shoes

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Marilyn Monroe: The Legend Lives On and clothing. Needless to say, they will be sipping a frothy latte from a Marilyn Monroe café. But even without those branding innovations, there’s been plenty of Marilyn around, – from Elton John’s 1973 ode, ‘Like a Candle In the Wind’, to last year’s Oscar-nominated film, My Week With Marilyn.

There’s also an endless stream of actresses and singers who have adopted Monroe’s look - Madonna, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Charlize Theron, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera. Making her iconic status all the more remarkable were the circumstances of her life. Born in Los Angeles in 1926, her single

mother was mentally unstable. Marilyn drifted in and out of foster homes and orphanages throughout her childhood. Sexually assaulted on several occasions, she married at the age of 16, to escape the foster system. The marriage ended as her showbiz career took off, but she struggled with minor roles for years. It wasn’t until 1952 that she established her signature look and character, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Suddenly she became one of the world’s biggest stars. She starred in How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch. The latter yielded one of the most iconic images in cinema history – Monroe’s white dress billowing up, as she passes over a subway grating. Her last big hit came in 1959, with the classic comedy, Some Like it Hot. But with another two failed marriages—to baseball great Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller—her mental health was shaky. Addicted to barbiturates and alcohol, and still desperately insecure, Monroe was “completely unpredictable,” observed legendary director Billy Wilder in the book, Goddess, The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. But despite that, she was still an “absolute genius as a comic actress,” Wilder said, “possessing an indefinable magic.” That may be the best explanation for why she has become the ultimate Hollywood icon, says Bob Thompson, a Professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.       “It’s hard to understand logically,” he says. “But maybe she just was compelling in a unique way, that was—and is—inexplicable.” u

June 1, 1926 - Norma Jean Baker is born in the Los Angeles County Hospital. Her mother Gladys Pearl Baker is mentally unstable, and places her in foster care at a young age. She spends her childhood moving between foster homes, relatives and an orphanage. June 19, 1942 - Just 18 days after her 16th birthday, Norma Jean marries aerospace worker James Dougherty, to avoid being sent to another foster home. 1945 - Norma Jean becomes a model, after appearing in an army magazine about female workers contributing to the war effort. She bleaches her brunette hair blonde, after learning that models with lighter hair are more popular. September 1946 - She divorces Dougherty. He later blames her studio contract, that stipulates she be single. September 1948 - After changing her name on the advice of her agent, Marilyn Monroe gets her first speaking film, role in the movie Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! May 1950 - She earns strong reviews for her role as the mistress of a gangster, in the Oscar-nominated Asphalt Jungle. July 1953 - Monroe stars in her first classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a romantic musical caper that established her “dumb blonde” persona. In December, her picture graces the cover of the first ever issue of Playboy. She also co-stars in the comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire. January 1954 - She marries baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, but the marriage lasts just eight months.

June 1955 - She stars in The Seven Year Itch, which becomes a huge hit. Monroe begins dating playwright Arthur Miller, whom she later marries. She throws herself into classes at the famous Actors Studio. The instructor Lee Strasberg says Monroe and Marlon Brando were by far the best of the many stars he had ever taught. August 1958 - After several years of unimpressive films, deteriorating mental health and unpredictable behaviour, Monroe stars in the genderbending farce, Some Like it Hot, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. In 2000, the film is named as the greatest American comedy of all time, by the American Film Institute. July 1960 - Monroe films the under-appreciated classic, The Misfits, but is clearly struggling from excessive use of sleeping pills and alcohol. In the following years, she is hospitalized several times. January 1961 - Her divorce from Arthur Miller is finalized. March 1962 - She receives a Golden Globe Award as World Film Favourite. May 1962 - Wearing a revealing gown, Monroe attends an early birthday party for President John F Kennedy. She sings him a sexy version of Happy Birthday, which prompts speculation of an affair between them. August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her Hollywood home under mysterious circumstances. Official cause of death - “probable suicide” from acute barbiturate poisoning. u


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"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny; and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge – not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people, and to the still larger cause of humanity...."

Have We Redeemed Our Pledge?

Happy Independence Day


Friday Gurgaon, August 10-16, 2012