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factory, and is more efficient and highly robotised. It is spread over a large area, and has a huge stockyard – capable of stocking as many as 30,000 cars. The two plants here make 550,000 cars a year – around 1,500 cars a day. They account for around 40 per cent of Maruti’s overall capacity. A new third plant is slated to be operational (at Manesar) by mid-2013.


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oday’s Gurgaon is a city of malls – and multinational companies with CEOs and thousands of white collar executives from all over the globe. But these souvenirs of prosperity and cosmopolitanism are of recent origin. This piece of barren land, mostly inhabited by goatherds, was transformed by Maruti – starting over three decades ago. Like the unfolding of an epic, each passing decade added new chapters of development; and this erstwhile bar-

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dred injured, could put a serious question mark over the future of industry here. Awanish Kumar Dev’s ‘murder’, by a raging mob of workers at the Maruti plant in Manesar, has maligned the image of Gurgaon as an industrial destination. Manesar is the prime Industrial Model Township (IMT) of Haryana – a trendsetter for many such in the State. The CM cannot afford to fail here.

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ren town snowballed into an economic powerhouse, housing many top companies of the world. Destiny? Indeed, but destiny too need tools to bestow its blessing; and Maruti was that magical tool which transformed Gurgaon, and Gurgaonites. But now this Sutradhar of change is in jeopardy. Frequent strikes in the recent years, and the expanding feud between the Maruti management and the workers union has left this automobile giant frustrated. The recent flare-up, where an HR GM was burnt alive, and a hun-

What went wrong? Why has this once leading industrial estate turned into a battle field? “This incident was extremely unfortunate. Both for the individual who died, as well as the for the future of industry in Gurgaon. Maruti has brought Gurgaon to this level; and if Maruti leaves, Gurgaon would come crumbling down. The real reason behind such an untoward incident is the communist undercurrent in the union. Their way of working has already caused serious damage to the industries in Kolkata, Kanpur, Noida, and Faridabad. And now this influence has started causing problems here as well. 80 per cent of the present work force at Maruti’s Manesar plant

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ecently, there was a shootout at the Sahara Mall, MG Road. There were bullet casings recovered from the scene of the crime, which was apparently a tiff between the bouncers of a bar and some of its patrons. Almost every week there is a brawl, a shooting, or a case of molestation occurring on MG Road. In the midst of this, it may become difficult to find a Mall where one can shop, have a meal—or a drink—and leave without incident – especially after dark. It is almost accepted that a late night at a mall is not such a good idea for women or families. Seemingly bucking this trend is the MGF Metropolitan Mall, one of the several Malls dotting Gurgaon’s Golden Strip. Despite the presence of pubs, it has one of the least reported incidents of brawls, or crimes against women. It is a very busy Mall. It goes neck-to-neck with DT City Centre Mall, in terms of footfalls. College-goer Advaita comes often to the Metropolitan, with her gal-pals – for a bite to eat, and to shop around. According to her, MGF is the safest Mall by far. “And it’s just not

that. Even the staff is helpful. A few months ago, I lost my cellphone in the Mall premises. I was very agitated when a housekeeping staff came up to me, and I told him my predicament. I was whisked to the CCTV security room, where one of the staff—

who had found my cell—had deposited it for safekeeping,” she recalls. At that moment, the Mall’s rating went up by several notches in her book, she says. Like its parking, the Mall is almost always full of people. A management personnel says

that the Mall’s safety factor is directly proportional to its ‘visual branding’. “The MGF has the highest visual branding, or advertisements, of any Mall. People prefer to do business Contd on p 8 


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he Kingdom of Dreams hosted the fifth edition of EEMAX Awards – part of EEMAGINE 2012, the annual convention of Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA). The spectacular evening was hosted by charismatic Boman Irani and the stunning Mandira Bedi. Captivating performances by actress Nargis Fakhri, Midival Punditz, Papon and Malini Awasthy, Mansi Scott, Suchitra Pillai – and a special musical act by Boman Irani – kept the crowd entertained. The guests also witnessed a sneak peek of the successfully running Bollywood musicals, Jhumroo and Zangoora. Guests who graced the event were Ambika Soni, Minister-in-Charge of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Sec. General of FICCI; Asish Pherwani, Partner, Advisory Services - Ernst & Young; Sam Balsara, Chairman & Managing Director, Madison Communications; Brian Tellis, President, EEMA India among others.

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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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n 1975, Chili’s launched as a fun burger joint in Dallas, with loyalties to happy hours and blue jeans. On May 9, 2012, it opened its outpost in Gurgaon at the Ambience Mall. I am here to check it out. As I enter its large premises, with a typical fast-food restaurant look, I am escorted to my table by an efficient staffer. The menu,I notice, has some similarities with the international menu – but also many omissions. I wonder how authentic the dishes are. “Our menu has been chosen keeping in mind the Indian taste,” says General Manager Devesh Shrivastava, “We have fewer

vegetables, however, are wilted and stale. This is a problem that persists in the chicken Caesar’s salad (Rs. 150) – the lettuce is droopy and dry. A pity, because the chicken in the salad is top grade and well-grilled. My next dish is the one that Chili’s has made its mark with the world over – the mighty burger. Big mouth bites (Rs. 300) has four mini tenderloin burgers, topped with cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, smoked bacon – and all the paraphernalia that any selfrespecting burger should have. It is served with a ranch dressing, onion rings – and of course, French fries. What I love the most is the size of the burgers, which conveniently fit in the mouth. The eating experience is top-notch. The patty is juicy, and the toppings are in harmony – leading to a great burger moment. This is definitely the best burger I have had in Gurgaon. I end the meal with another

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steaks, but more salads, burgers and fajitas. We have a strong vegetarian menu.” The restaurant is named after the first dish I order. Chili was originally a Spanish dish, known as chili con carne, with the recipe dating back to the 16th century. Since then the dish has evolved much, and is one of the staples in Mexican and Tex-mex cuisine. Here, the chili (cup for Rs. 100), made with buffalo meat mince, and

red and black beans, is just as delicious and authentic as one would find in the Wild Wild West. My main course is the appetizingly christened cedar plank salmon (Rs. 450)―a salmon fillet grilled on a ridged cedar plank, served with mashed potatoes, veggies and a cilantro aioli sauce. The fish is juicy and subtly seasoned, with the cedar adding a smoky-woody undertone to the taste. The accompanying


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hips that Pass’, is a new novel‘ la by the veteran writer Shashi Deshpande, a Sahitya Akademi winner. The book reflects on the institution of marriage and the impermanence of life, but does not succumb to the clichés associated with those themes. Deshpande, in the author’s note, informs us that this story was originally conceived and written in 1980 as a crime story. More than three decades later it has metamorphosed into a story of love and mystery. Radhika, the protagonist, is a confused young girl, fresh out of college. Her brother-in-law, Shaan, requests her to come and visit her sister Tara, who is struck with an illness. Radhika discovers that the marriage of the apparently ideal couple is falling apart. She meets Ram Mohan, her sister’s old friend and admirer. Slowly, Radhika begins to trust him, and confide in him. Ram's statement on marriage captures the essence of the plot. “Marriage is a very strange thing. It’s a very public institution, it’s meant to tell the world that two people are going to live

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Chili’s classic, the cheese cake (Rs. 200). It is rich, smooth and cheesy, with a perfect strawberry sauce to go with it. Chili’s is a welcome addition to Gurgaon’s eating out options. Only two months old, the restaurant is already running full – and for good reason. The food is excellent, and so is the service. I will be back to have my burger and chili fix, and would recommend you do so too. u

together, to declare that their children will be legal, that these children can inherit their property. It’s meant for social living, to ensure that some rules are observed so that men and women don’t cross the lines that are drawn for them. At the same time, marriage is an intensely personal affair. It’s a closed room, a locked room.” Meanwhile Tara dies – rather, is murdered. Shaan is a suspect. In her quest for that perfect relationship, and unmasking of her sister’s murderer, Radhika rediscovers herself. “I had thought of my life as a piece of clay I could mould in any shape I wanted,” says Radhika. “But it was the other way round; I discovered that we are shaped by the things that happen to us.” Anyone who has read Deshpande would be aware of the veteran writer’s flair for clear writing and graceful prose. Ships that Pass is eloquent prose too. However Radhika, the narrator of this story, fails to evoke compassion. Also, the story, set in the late 1900s, moves at a rather slow pace – and falls short of captivating the reader. Go for it if the plot intrigues you. u


Super Fool Hain Hum? { Vijay Kumar }


t the outset, a disclaimer: any resemblance or reference to a sexual innuendo is purely unintentional, and owes its origin to the movie. One of the two lead pokes (Tusshar Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh) stares at a hoarding for sanitary napkins; and when the other asks him why he is looking at that irrelevant hoarding, he says, "I am goKyaa Super Kool Hain Hum ing through a bad period!" directed by: Sachin Yardi Anupam Kher is Francis Marcast: Riteish Deshmukh, Tusshar lowe, and his wife is approKapoor, Sarah Jane Dias and priately Rosemary Marlowe. This is just the starters. Neha Sharma Add Chunky Pussy, and genre: Adult Comedy a sub-plot of Riteish's dog playing the role of Vicky Donor – by impregnating bitches in vet rooms. Garnish with more double entendres; hideous comments about physical features like complexion; and shapely and scantily clad heroines Nahi Sharmana and Sarah Jaane Diya – lusting for you know what, to the Devdas song 'Dil Do La Re'! Sprinkle some inanities and puerilities, and you have Kya Super Kool Hain Hum. No surprise that the censors have given it an A rating. KSKHH does raise a few laughs, thanks to the excellent comic timing between the lead actors – Tusshar and Riteish; but the writer and director Sachin Maardi has treated the whole script in a superficial, insensitive and inane manner. It deserves an I (Imbecile) rating. Despite this, Ektaa and Shobha Kapoor, the producers of KSKHH, are perhaps laughing all the way to the bank, muttering Kya Super Fool Ho Tum! u

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For the sauté 1/2 tbsp Oil 2 medium Leeks (white part), washed and grit removed (1 cup when chopped) Celery rib 1 (1/2 cup when chopped) 1 small Green pepper (1/2 cup when chopped) 1 tbsp Finely minced garlic 1 tbsp Finely minced ginger For the tofu Extra firm tofu 1 block (14 oz when drained) Corn starch 4 tbsp 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper Salt Vegetable oil for frying


 Finely dice the leeks, celery and green pepper. Heat oil in a wok on medium-high heat.  Add chopped leeks, celery, and green pepper. Sauté on high heat for about 2 minutes.  Add ginger and garlic. Cook another 1-2 minutes. Add soy sauce and brown sugar, and cook for 30 seconds. Set this mixture aside.  Pat dry the drained tofu. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Place the tofu cubes in a large bowl. Add corn starch, salt and pepper. Gently toss till the tofu

pieces are very well coated.  In a skillet, pour oil so that it comes up 1/2 inch and heat it. Add tofu cubes, a few at a time. If you fry too many in one go, they won’t be crisp. Fry the tofu pieces, flipping them around, so that all sides are golden brown. Drain onto a few layers of paper towels.  Heat up the sautéed leeks, celery and bell pepper. Add the fried tofu cubes to this. Toss well. Serve with your favorite chili sauce, and garnish with celery leaves or green onions.

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06  Contd from p 1 is between the age of 20-25, and the youth of Haryana is mostly raw and ignorant – they can be swayed easily. Anticipating the possibility of an uprising, we had intimated both the IB and the State government – but nobody paid heed to our warnings. There have been strikes earlier as well, but none of them took such a violent turn. We also cannot ignore the step-motherly attitude of the management towards the workers. Not only in Manesar, but wherever there is Japanese management, they have similar problems with the workforce,” says S.K Yadav, the President the of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). However, before anything else, it is critical that the guilty be given exemplary punishment. The lockout cannot be expected to be lifted before that. Maruti management would not come to the table before they see swift and strict justice, and better security. Yes, after that, everybody has to move forward positively. There must be introspection, and some clear learnings. Last year’s strike, which resulted in a revenue loss of Rs. 2,500 crores, was driven by demands for higher wages, better work conditions, and reclassifying of ‘temporary’ workers as ‘permanent’ ones – a change that would make them eligible for several benefits. A tripartite agreement—between Maruti, the workers, and the State Government—had been worked out. The starting average salary for a permanent worker at Maruti’s Manesar plant is Rs. 17,000 a month, according to the Company (those at the Gurgaon plant earn around  Rs.  20,000). A ‘temporary’ worker earns a starting average salary of between  Rs.  6,500 and  Rs.  7,000 a month. Maruti’s Manesar factory has around 3,000 workers, of which 2,100 are ‘temporary’. India’s manufacturing industry is driven by these ‘temporary’ workers. These workers do pretty much the same work as their ‘permanent’ peers, but are paid a much lower salary. “Temporary workers are not supposed to work on the line and in assemblies, until they are trained to do these jobs. But in reality workers, and that too new boys, also work on assembly lines. They normally work ‘harder’ and ‘longer’ than their ‘permanent’ counterparts,” says Yadav. This issue of permanent vs temporary (casual/contract) needs to be effectively resolved.

Outside Influence

This young, almost semi-literate, workforce can be volatile – and needs to be handled well. There’s also the theory—implicitly fuelled by the Maruti union’s request for a federal investigation—that the violence was fomented by external agencies (some with political affiliations), trying to gain entry into Maruti. The Gurgaon-Manesar belt is heavily industrialised, and both AITUC and the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) – affiliated to the

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Neither Industrial, Model or a Township communist parties that make up the Left Front would love to control this region, where Maruti and its vendors alone have a combined turnover of at least Rs.  60,000 crores. “As far as I know, the Maruti union doesn’t have any political connection or patronage from any of the political parties or groups. Of course, some communist unions are functional in Industrial areas, including IMT, Manesar. The support of any political party also can’t be ruled out, as the incident shows that there was an adequate police presence inside the Maruti plant at the time of the violence, but the police too didn’t intervene when the workers went out of control,” says a trade union leader. It is worth recalling that 30 workers, who had been the main leaders of the 2011 strike, had been 'paid off' by the management, to quit the company. Did they have a role to play this time too? 

Wider Impact

The violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant, followed by a lockout, is causing panic among thousands of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar, and the adjoining industrial areas of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat. The MSMEs, which include more than 1,000 ancillary units of various sizes, directly or indirectly supplying parts or services to Maruti, are considering the incident as a precursor to a deeper industrial unrest. What they also see is the government’s inability to provide security to industry. The violence has had a cascading effect on the businesses of vendors, and sub-vendors supplying components for India’s largest car maker. The lockout has already compelled 500 plus such MSMEs to completely shut down production. The micro units that supply to sub-vendors have been the worst hit. “ The lockout has harmed us immensely. We can neither stop production nor can we continue. Once we leave the labour, it would be very difficult to get them back at a reasonable rate. We anxiously await the outcome,” says Sandeep

Yadav, Owner of Sri Shyam Auto Parts. The production in most ancillaries at Udyog Vihar (Gurgaon) has declined by 50-60 per cent, with several units reporting losses and piling up of inventories. This has affected the lives of nearly 250,000 workers who are directly or indirectly associated with Maruti. Despite financial constraints, some are even considering relocating to states that have better governance and security. “If Maruti moves from Manesar, more than 80 per cent of the auto ancillaries will go,” says Manoj Tyagi, General Secretary, IMT Association. Entrepreneurs whine about poor policies, lack of governance and industrial security, the indifference of the State Industrial Development Corporation, and infrastructure bottlenecks. “If Maruti goes to Gujarat or any other state, it would be the fault of the Haryana government, as there is a serious dearth of infrastructure in and around IMT Manesar. For example, take Hero Honda Chowk – for several years this has been lying unattended, and the government is in no mood to solve this problem. The poor supply of electricity has also caused us great harm, says a trade union leader. Up for re-evaluation may be an investment of Rs. 1925 crores towards the third plant at Manesar – which was to be operational by mid 2013. It will also increase the production of the Manesar plants to around 750,000 cars per annum.

Model Township?

Industrial Model Township (IMT), Manesar is spread across an area of 1800 acres; but this flagship Model Township doesn’t have even the basic infrastructure mandatory for any township (industrial or otherwise) – even after a decade. Accommodation: IMT Manesar doesn’t have any accommodation for the executives working in the industrial units. Most of the white collar population (nearly 80 per cent) working in IMT still travels from Gurgaon or Delhi. As far as the blue collar population is concerned, most of the 50,000 workers live in the nearby

Last year Manesar witnessed three strikes between June and October, on the issue of recognition of an independent workers union. Wage negotiations were also underway, but were taking a lot of time. Workers also wanted the talks to cover the 1,500 contract workers at the plants, but the management was reluctant. That made the workers restless. There was also a feeling that workers at the older Gurgaon factory were treated relatively better. The company signed a tripartite agreement with the workers and the State Labour Commissioner in October 2011, to put an end to the strikes. The management agreed to revoke the suspension of most of the workers, and also relaxed the penalty of eight days loss of pay for every single day of strike. Workers were also allowed to form their own independent union, but disallowed to affiliate themselves with any bodies such as CITU or AITUC. Some of the other teething issues, like availability of transport from nearby areas, were also addressed. Two committees, a Grievance Redressal Committee and a Labour Welfare Committee, were set up. Around 30 workers with serious charges were kept under suspension, and later given VRS.

villages, in pathetic yet highly priced rooms. Not very educated, a majority of these young workers are casual labourers in the age group of 20-25. Living away from their families, they come from all over India – with a majority from several districts of Haryana. The township promoter, the Haryana State Industries and Infrastructural Development Corporation (HSIIDC), as well as the corporate companies, have shed their responsibility of providing decent accommodation for them. Though HSIIDC has constructed a residential block in Aliar village, with rooms and a dormitory that can accommodate 240 workers, it is simply not enough. No HSIIDC official could be contacted, even after repeated attempts. So, the workers are forced to live in groups of three to four, in eight by eight foot dormitorylike rented rooms, which have cropped up in the thousands, in the nearby villages. There are just two toilets for every 300 workers on an average. “Almost the entire white collar workforce in IMT has chosen to take the pain of commuting from Gurgaon and Delhi every day, since the township doesn’t have a decent social infrastructure – such as schools, colleges and residential blocks. The area doesn’t have a post office, a fire station or a burns ward,” says Ashish Trivedi, a young executive who commutes daily from Gurgaon. While Maruti has made proper arrangements in Gurgaon, it has not done so in Manesar. Transport: Once an individual gets down from the bus at NH-8, he doesn’t have any option other than walking. Autos plying inside IMT are either unavailable, or full of passengers. “My company is very far from NH-8; and after getting down from the bus, I usually walk down – which takes almost half an hour daily. There is no proper transport system inside the township, and the behaviour of the auto drivers is annoying,” says Deepak Aggarwal, who commutes daily from Green Park, Delhi. 
 The nearby villagers in Aliar, Dhana, and Kho have seen a substantial increase in their income since the inception of this Township. They charge Rs. 2,000 per individual for these small rooms. “I get Rs. 5,500 as salary, Rs. 2,000 I give to my landlord, another 2,000 to 2,500 goes on food and clothing; tell me what can I send to my family in Bihar? These landlords behave like bullies,” says Keshav Kumar, a young migrant worker. The village economy has seen a slump now, and the lockout has caused them great concern. “Most of the rooms are lying vacant here, because the labourers have gone to Gurgaon in search of new work.

Ancillaries too are cutting down their production, and hence they now need lesser numbers. This lockout is causing a great problem to everybody who is directly or indirectly associated with Maruti,” says Samunder Singh, one of the landlords in Aliyar village. A hundred villages Mahapanchayat has promised Maruti and other companies a peaceful working environment, as the economy of these nearby villages is highly dependent on the rent they from the labourers working in IMT – as also transportation and retail trade.

What is the way ahead?

Now 114 workers have been arrested, including all the office bearers of the union. Maruti has made it clear that it will not tolerate violence, and that the guilty need to be brought to book. The main culprits are destined to lose their jobs, and spend some time behind bars. Even after the dust settles down, it is unlikely that a full resumption would happen anytime soon. A partial resumption, with help from workers at Gurgaon and new recruitment from ITIs, may be the way forward. Maruti would like to diversify fresh recruitment, and employ workers from outside the local populace.

What is the political implication?

It is a loss of face for Haryana’s Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government. Maruti has been the flag bearer of industrialisation in the State, and has helped its economy immensely. Already fresh investments into the State, from the manufacturing sector, has been reduced to a trickle. Maruti itself chose not to set up a new factory in Haryana, and has finalised it for Gujarat. The CM needs to take direct control of the situation for the next 6 months. Gurgaon may no longer be Maruti – but Gurgaon even today needs Maruti more than Maruti needs Gurgaon. Industrialists across India and many parts of the globe will be watching the next steps keenly.u

3-9 August 2012

CINEMATHIS WEEK PVR AMBIENCE – GURGAON Jism 2 10:00 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:40 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:15 PM, 7:10 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:55 PM,

11:45 PM Step up Revolution 4 (3D) 11:45 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:15 PM, 6:30 PM, 8:45 PM, 10:55 PM Total Recall 1:05 PM, 6:30 PM, 11:55 PM Krishna Aur Kans (3D) 3:10 PM, 7:35 PM Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum 10:30 AM, 4:25 PM, 10:55 PM Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D) 1:10 PM, 5:35 PM, 9:00 PM The Dark Knight Rises 10:35 AM, 3:25 PM, 8:50 PM Gangs Of Wasseypur 10:05 AM PVR AMBIENCE GOLD CLASS - GURGAON Jism 2 12:00 NOON, 2:45 PM, 5:30 PM, 8:15 PM, 10:55 PM Total Recall 10:30 AM, 3:05 PM, 7:40 PM Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) 12:50 PM, 5:25 PM, 9:55 PM Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D) 10:00 AM PVR MGF Jism 2 10:00 AM, 10:55 AM, 11:50 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:35 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:25 PM, 5:20 PM, 6:15 PM, 8:05 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:50 PM, 11:45 PM Krishna Aur Kans (3D) 12:10 PM, 4:35 PM Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:15 PM, 11:30 PM Total Recall 10:25 AM, 3:50 PM, 6:10 PM, 9:00 PM, 11:25 PM Shuttlecock Boys (DC Rare) 10:10 AM Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum 10:00 AM, 12:40 PM, 6:10 PM, 8:50 PM, 11:30 PM Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D) ♦ Power blackout across North India; followed the day after with a blackout across North and East India. Gurgaon areas have no power for 8 to 12 hours on day 1, and 4 to 8 hours on day 2. ♦ Next hearing by the High Court, on the water situation in Gurgaon, has been put for August 21st. The Court was not happy with the report presented on August 1st. The Court decision will impact over 400 on-going constructions in Gurgaon. ♦ NHAI has been censured by the High Court, for not adding new toll booths. The Court has asked for a report by August 16th., and has warned of strong action if actions as required are not taken. ♦ The Gurgaon Police have been able to arrest the 10 remaining accused, who are office bearers of the labour union at the Maruti plant at Manesar. A total of 114 people have been arrested to date. Gurgaon Police had set up special teams, which had gone out as far as Ranchi, Rajasthan and Haridwar. The DGP Haryana Ranjeev Singh Dalal said that a separate battalion of 500 plus policemen would now be based in Manesar – for ensuring industrial peace. He has asked for 10 acres of land from HSIIDC, for this purpose. The policemen would be given modern anti-riot protection equipment. ♦ The CM laid the foundation stones for 2 projects in Sohna – a new 2 storied modern Bus Stand with 6 lay byes (cost

10:10 AM, 2:35 PM, 7:00 PM The Dark Knight Rises 12:45 PM, 7:10 PM, 11:20 PM Gangs Of Wasseypur 10:15 PM Education on Call Cocktail 3:20 PM Professional Career Bol Bachchan Counsellor (Commerce) 8:30 PM Mob.: +91-8527216286 PVR SAHARA - GURGAON Kya Super Kool Hain Hum 5:40 PM, 10:30 PM Jism 2 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:45 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:15 PM Step Up Revolution 4 (3D) 3:30 PM, 8:20 PM

THE WEEK THAT WAS Rs 3.25 crores); and a Sports Stadium on 4.5 acres land (cost Rs 1.37 crores). He later participated in a Dawat-e-Iftiyar at Nuh (Mewat Dist.). New bus stands have also been sanctioned for Pataudi, Farukhnagar and Badshahpur. Haryana Roadways has a fleet of 3700 buses, operating from 23 depots and 14 sub-depots. The Roadways carries more than 12.6 lakhs customers daily, and has a low accident rate. There are now 35 Volvo luxury buses operating between Gurgaon and Chandigarh. ♦ Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) organized a Delhi Metro mock drill at 11 Metro stations, including Guru Dronacharya Station at Gurgaon. ♦ With immediate effect, Registration Certificate (RC) will only be given to owners of vehicles after they have shown proof that they have had High Security Registration number Plates (HSRP) installed; earlier, RCs were sent by speed post. HSRP compliance is a Supreme Court directive. ♦ The Labour Dept has issued summons to the occupier and factory manager of Eastern Medikit, for reconciliation proceedings. The management has declared a lockout; impacting over 1,000 workers. The company started in 1991, and has been closed since mid-May. ♦ The Kargil heroes were remembered on July 26th, the day India successfully regained

command of the high outposts in Kargil, after a 60-day war. Many of the heroes were from Haryana – including 3 from Gurgaon Dist. ♦ A 3 year old drowns in waterlogged road near Malibu Towne. ♦ A 7-year-old girl’s body is found in a bush, with her neck broken. She had been sexually assaulted before she was killed. ♦ A Class 9 student kills self. ♦ An NTPC Engineer is waylaid on highway, robbed, and killed. ♦ A train at speed hits a teenager, while he tries to take a video of his friend on the tracks. ♦ A man is shot at in a Panchayat meeting. ♦ A man commits suicide by hanging from a tree. ♦ Assailants kill driver and flee with truck. Students catch 2 teachers in a compromising position, on school premises; the students are thrashed. ♦ A 9kg tumour is removed from a woman’s ovary. ♦ A mentally ill mother and son are rescued from their house; they were living in filthy conditions. ♦ 2 Executives lose money (about Rs 30,000 each) in an online job scam. ♦ A gold chain is snatched from a businessman. ♦ 3 wanted robbers are caught. ♦ A bus rams into a house, 3 are injured; the driver was allegedly drunk. ♦ The State offers free travel for women on its buses, on Raksha Bandhan day. ♦ The State asks for a concept design for an Eco-tourism Centre, to be spread over 558 acres in Bhondsi.

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A Pub's Mall

 Contd from p 1 with us, and visit us, because we run a tight ship.” But branding and number of shops surely cannot guarantee the safety of customers in Gurgaon’s Malls. When pubs begin ejecting drunk hooligans past midnight, is when the true test of the Mall’s safety and security standards begins. Other Malls, like Sahara, have literally redesigned the entry and exit points in the buildings, to beef up security – and yet incidents occur with metronomic regularity. It is here that the synchronisation of the pub and Mall management comes to the fore. The pubs are the highest earners. Anik Verma, the Deputy General Manager of Zygo (one of the four restro-bars in MGF), is very clear on the establishment’s priorities. “You have to take responsibility of your clients,” he says. Most of the hooliganism incidents have occurred when drunk locals have created a ruckus in the premises, and the situation has gone out of hand. Anik does not mince any words. “Some bar owners invite trouble, failing to look at the bigger picture. We are very particular on who we let in. For one, we only allow couples. That cuts

down the chance of a fist-fight to less than nothing. Stags (single men) are expressly discouraged.” Some bar owners in Sahara Mall say that it is very difficult to turn down drunk individuals who put a wad of cash on the table, and a gun as an entry pass. “That’s ridiculous,” Anik exclaims, “Then you are inviting trouble for yourself. We just say ‘No’. We are backed up with bouncers, and such crowds are not let in, whatever the political clout the person may wield. Many are stopped at the Mall entrance itself.” With the current climate of insecurity and bad incidents wrapping the malls, it is not surprising that most of the bar owners and management are wary of any press – good or bad. As per them, ‘no news is good news’. But a few of them do speak up, when quizzed on working practices. A bar owner in MGF says, “We have women workers, of course. They work the housekeeping, the front podium and other places. But they go home by eight. It’s not just the law, it’s good business practice.

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a taste of the local lingo

1. I am stuck in a big traffic jam. Ghanne jaam main phas riya hun. 2. I will reach office late.

We have enough male professionals to keep the patrons happy; and there’s no need getting into trouble having ‘hot waitresses’ late at night. That translates into ‘stupidity’ in our books,” he comments. Strangely, unlike other bars and pubs in the Golden Strip, MGF’s watering holes have a good working relationship with the management. “We co-ordinate daily on the happenings at the Mall. Fights and brawls affect us both, so we work actively to maintain a good atmosphere for the patrons. When they’re happy, they come back. That way, everyone’s a winner,” he says. The real view comes from the Chief of Security at the MGF Metropolitan Mall, Captain (retd) R.S Gehlot. What are the reasons for the MGF Metropolitan Mall having the lowest crime and incident rate in the MG Road strip? “Adhering to rules. No one is above the law. It’s that simple,” he answers. “I don’t know about other malls, but I do know my job.” The Security Chief for the past five years, Gehlot is unbending when it comes to the safety and security of the visitors. “Everyone who applies here comes to know fast that no slacking is tolerated. Everyone has a 12 hour duty. That is sacrosanct.” In other malls, Security usually passes off the responsibility of the drunk pa-

trons and hooligans to the bar owners. What is MGF’s take on the matter? “It is a combined role. We don’t allow intoxicated people coming in, or those who have arms. For the latter, regardless of whether they have a licence or not, no person is allowed to carry a weapon into the Mall premises. Period,” he says. That cuts down the possibility of altercations happening, substantially. The police hotline is always primed, to call in reinforcements for maintaining the peace, he says. There have been many incidents when drunk patrons have clashed with the Mall security, or even other mall visitors. For that, the Mall management has made it amply clear that people coming out of the bars and pubs are the responsibility of those establishments. People, and especially girls, need to be escorted out by the bouncers, to ensure security till they leave the Mall. “It’s the little things that ensure bigger incidents don’t happen,” he says. Mall Manager Denise Singh has a different take on the situation. “If you take the design of the Mall, you will see it has the highest visibility ratio. You can see anywhere, whether you are on the op floor or at ground level. There are no alcoves or hidden areas in this Mall,” she says. Co-ordination

between the Mall management and the bar/pub owners is a vital aspect, she says. The point to be reinforced is that the bars and pubs form one part of the Mall’s bouquet to the masses, and not the whole. There are regular meetings between the owners and the managements, and “We have standing instructions to all the staff, that they have to assist people in distress, regardless of their job description,” she says. Police Station Head Officer Jagdish Prasad also applauds the Mall’s functioning. “They have decent security, and their aim is to keep the customers safe, and avoid cases of hooliganism.” When one reads reports of beatings and women molestations happening because of drunk miscreants, it is very easy to pin the blame on the racketeering of the bars and the malls. And maybe, it is even correct for some. That is why there is a perception that, at night, malls are not the best options for family outings. It has therefore become doubly necessary to maintain a safe and secure atmosphere at a mall, where people can come to unwind – with or without their families. MGF Metropolitan has shown that it can be done, if one is clear on one’s priorities. Time for its brethren to follow suit, and make Gurgaon a safer partying and shopping destination. u

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4. Cancel my morning meeting. Tadke wali meeting rok diye. 5. I cannot reach before eleven am. Gyaara baje tey pehla na pahunch sakta. 6. I am going to take a bus tomorrow. Kal tey bus main aaya karunga.

3-9 August 2012

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }


ver the years, the Public Distribution System (PDS) mass ‘welfare’ scheme has not only provided a two time meal to billions of Indians living Below Poverty Line (BPL), but also the fuel to cook it. Yes, we are talking about kerosene – that not only cooks food in a poor man’s household, but also fuels the engine of corruption and malpractice in PDS. Rampant corruption is an ugly truth of the PDS in India. But now it seems that the government (at least of Delhi) has at last awoken from its years' old slumber, and has decided to curb this menace. They have announced the removal of kerosene from PDS; instead the government will provide the poor with an LPG package. The Delhi government had rolled out the roadmap last month, to make the capital the first kerosene-free city in the country. The Scheme will be launched on August 15. “This initiative has been taken keeping in mind the increasing corruption in PDS, because the large percentage of kerosene doesn’t reach the needy, and ends up in the black market. Also, kerosene is not a safe fuel, and it harms the environment as well,” says an official in the Delhi government. According to the Scheme, the government will provide each of the 3,56,395 ‘kerosene’ families an LPG cylinder, a regulator, an ISI-marked gas stove with two burners, and a rubber tube. CM Dikshit had thought of a cash subsidy of Rs. 2,000, for each of the beneficiary families; however, the Cabinet decided to provide this LPG package directly to the families. Delhi’s initiative is indeed

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Goodbye Kerosene

ed,” says Bikas Kumar, a BPL Card holder in Jacub Pura in Old Gurgaon.

The Challenges

praiseworthy. Friday Gurgaon decided to find out the plausibility of this initiative in the City of Gurgaon.

Gurgaon statistics

Gurgaon District has over 40,000 BPL card holders – which include about 15,000 registered card holders in the urban pockets (the rest of them are living in the rural area of the district). There are 182 PDS Centres, 40 of which reside within the City contours. Each family having a BPL card is entitled to 7 litres of kerosene per month, at the rate of Rs. 13.74 per litre. But the reality is that most of the people having BPL cards don’t receive their share of kerosene; depot holders—with the help of officials—sell this poor man’s fuel into the black market, to fill their own coffers. However, the depot holders say that most of the people having BPL cards now have a gas stove at their home. “Eighty per cent of the people having a ration card in Gurgaon have a gas cylinder at home. There is no need for kerosene, because the majority of the BPL people don’t use a kerosene stove today to cook their meals. Hence depot holders have all the luxury to black market a lion’s share of the kerosene. It is the main fuel behind this engine of black marketing in PDS,”says a depot holder.

Gurgaon Administration

The Gurgaon Administration has praised this initiative taken by the Delhi government; but when asked about the plausibility of its implementation in Gurgaon, they say: “Indeed it’s a great initiative, in order to provide the poor with a safe and environment friendly fuel, and also to lessen the corruption in PDS. But I hope the Delhi government has made effective plans against the bogus BPL card holders – because they are in a large number in each city of India. That is why the needy have never got what they deserve. I think it’s a great challenge for the Delhi government,” says K.M Pandurang, the newly arrived ADC of Gurgaon. As far as the implementation of this Scheme in Gurgaon is concerned, another spoke about it candidly. “This may be an effective Scheme, but Gurgaon is not a Union Territory; it is the government of Haryana that decides the implementation of any scheme here,” says an official.

Benefits and challenges for Gurgaon

The implementation of this Scheme in Gurgaon would sure-



ly benefit the poor. However, there would be several challenges and obstacles that our own system would put forth.

The Benefits

Helpful in thwarting corruption: This initiative would be helpful in thwarting the existing corruption in the PDS today. The Delhi government has played smart, and is not giving these gas stoves and cylinders via PDS depots. Instead, it has preferred to give the LPG cylinder, stove and a regulator directly to the BPL family. The Haryana State government should follow the same approach, as it not only ensures the safe delivery of the scheme to the needy, but removes the nexus of middlemen and depot holders. A great help to the poor: At present most of the needy don’t get kerosene at all, because the depot holder always tells them about the non-availability of kerosene from the government. “Our depot owner never gives us our full seven litres of kerosene; instead we always get around 3 or 4 litres per month. And the reason he usually gives is that kerosene is not available from the government’s side. I haven’t heard about this Scheme, but if it happens in Gurgaon, it would be highly appreciat-

Identification of the needy (bogus card holders): This is biggest problem. If reports are to be believed, 10 per cent of the total card holders are bogus. “Getting a BPL card in Gurgaon is not at all difficult. One has just to grease the palms of the officials. I can show you BPL cards of people like Sonia Gandhi and Depender Hooda being made and stamped by the authorities in Gurgaon. Not only Gurgaon, but the whole of Haryana has been a victim of the politician-bureaucrat nexus, that keeps the poor from getting the benefits. The biggest example of this was seen in the Haryana Government’s ambitious Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojna, where the promise of free 100-yard residential plots to BPL families has apparently led to the mushrooming of “fake” BPL families in the State. The government has so far identified over 1.7 lakh ineligible families in rural areas, which got themselves enrolled as beneficiaries – against the rules. These families are under the scanner now for “misrepresentation” of facts. The Delhi government is implementing this scheme from August 15, but it too doesn’t have a fool-proof game plan against bogus card holders. “Before giving cylinders to the BPL card holders, we would conduct a survey in the whole City, to check for genuine card holders,” says an official. However, lots of surveys have taken place in the past too, but still there exist a plethora of people who have fake BPL cards. u




3-9 August 2012


Slumkids Master

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


an you imagine that in a wealthy City like Gurgaon, which has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, there are kids who have never touched a fruit in their life – forget eating it? Invisible to the larger society living in gated communities, these kids are living close to us in the slums, that exist mostly in unauthorised colonies – or on the outskirts of 40 villages. Infested by disease, malnourished, and devoid of any support from their families, these kids fall prey to many social evils, says Dr. Brijesh Tripathi, who runs the Maxvision Social Welfare Society – an NGO that has been working

for the welfare of these slum children since the last 5 years. Tripathi, who is a doctorate in Ayurveda, says that despite the wealth in the City, there is large disparity in income. The migrant labour that lives in slums has pathetic living standards. The kids in these slums have no option but to work as child labour, or beg, to generate additional income for the family, he says. “To ensure that these needy children are not exploited, we have set up six Centres across the City – and more will be opened as funds become available,” he informs. These Centres provide both education as well as vocation training to the slum children, who also work during the day. The aim is not to stop these kids from working, as

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


f you are living abroad, and are burdened by the guilt of not being able to take care of your elderly parents at a time when they need maximum support, then help is at hand. Epoch ElderCare, founded by a young Stanford graduate, Kabir Chadha, has come forward to plug the gap in this long neglected ‘sector’ – to provide help and support to the increasing number of elderly citizens in the country. In the pursuit to do something different, Chadha quit his lucrative job at Mckinsey last year, and went through a period of introspection. He came to Gurgaon and stayed with his Nani. It was here, while interacting with his grandmother, that he realised that elder care could provide him with an opportunity to start a niche business – as well as serve the society in a big way. “I realised that elderly persons had different needs, and the system here is not equipped to deal with them in a proper manner. In comparison, the US has a very organised industry for the elderly, that gives different options – and people manage their life comfortably, even in old age,” says Chadha. In his view, boredom and loneliness are the major issues being faced by the elderly in India, besides the routine health issues. “We have devised a system of highly-trained elder care specialists, who not only provide medical help, but also become companions. These specialists are trained to handle the various issues being faced by our clients,” says Chadha. After hitting upon the idea of setting up an elder care business in June 2011, he went back to the US and studied the functioning of the industry there. He met doctors, and learnt about different facets of elder care, before returning to India and

many help in running the home and hearth of their family,” says Tripathi. Maxvision has opened three Centres in Ashok Vihar Phase 3, one at Basai Jhuggis, one in Krishna Nagar slum, one in Qadipur, and another in Khdeki Majra. Each Centre has three teachers and one peon, who join efforts to bring more kids into the fold, so that they become literate and learn some skills that could help them in future. “At these schools, we teach them basic numbers, addition, subtraction, alphabets, identification of animals, fruits and similar stuff. We continue teaching them till they are ready for mainstream education,” says Tripathi. Since the opening of these facilities, about 450 students from slums have joined middle and high schools, and are on their way to a better future. Education, he says, opens the doors to a good future; and the efforts of his organisation are focused towards this. The salary of the teachers, and other staff at the Centres, is paid by the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, under a government scheme for the upliftment of slum children. “The living condition of the kids in these slums is very bad, and the food they eat is poor. We were astonished to know that the majority of them had never touched a fruit in their life – as

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their staple diet is chapatti and some form of sabzi,” says Tripathi. To correct this situation, many times the students are given fruits, and asked to feel and eat them, so that they can connect with what they see in the books,” he says. Despite the resource handicap and shortcomings, the kids in the slums are not devoid of talent. “They have sharp memory, good observation skills, and many are very good with their hands – as they have been working in shops and factories,” he says. He cites the case of Gudiya, who attends the Krishna Nagar centre. “This girl is a great talent. She is a very good artist, and we often give her colours, paper and other materials as she can’t afford them,” Tripathi says, while mentioning their own lack of resources. Another major problem that his NGO faces in educating these kids is the lack of support from families, and the floating nature of their stay. “We often find that kids leave the school without informing us, as their parents want them to work. Some of them also leave, as the family finds work in other cities, or goes back to home for seasonal farming,” he says. Kids who hail from Bangladesh, in particular, suffer because their families strongly oppose any kind of education. “We took the help of the Councillor, and went to a large slum in Rajendra Park, but no one listened. They prefer their kids to work as kabadis, and earn money,” he says. To overcome this hurdle, particularly to bring back the

For Our Tomorrow setting up base here. In January this year, the operations of Epoch Eldercare were launched; and presently the Company has around 30 clients in the NCR. The Company has hired a team of six specialists, and is looking to hire more people, as the number of queries is increasing, says Chadha. Most of his clients are based in the US and Europe; they are either NRIs or successful professionals living abroad – while their parents are here. Chadha says his target audience has liked the idea, and most of his clients have come through word of mouth. The increasing culture of nuclear families, particularly in a high end city like Gurgaon, has put further pressure on the elderly. “A large number of older people live alone here, even as their children are abroad—or living in another city—due to jobs, business and similar reasons. Time here has become a scarce commodity, and the elderly in the family suffer the most – as their movement is restricted, and they depend on others for their daily requirements,” he says. The idea of elder care specialists, who visit the senior citizens daily—or once in a week, depending upon the ‘plan’—aims to provide companionship and health care to the citizens, while giving them the flexibility to live on their own. “In India, sending a family member—even if he/she is alone—to an old age home is

culturally not acceptable. People still try to use the services of maids, or other kinds of help, to manage the elderly; but this is not enough, as they are not really trained to handle the elderly,” says Chadha. “A large number of our clients’ parents are in Gurgaon, and we have realised that their biggest need is companionship,” he says. The specialists employed by him have been given three goals – become friends and companions, provide health care and monitoring, and help in ‘respite care’ (particularly in cases of Alzheimers and Dementia). Epoch Eldercare services are wide and varied, and include 3 hours per day to 3 hours per week – depending on the plans. The cost varies between 200 dollars to 500 dollars per month. The Services include consultation, organised social interactions and events, medication management, purchase of health products, and help with nurses and specialised medical care. Specialist doctor visits are also arranged. Chadha says his idea of mixing health care with companionship has been well accepted. “We have been able to inspire even 80-year olds to start something new in life, and connect with the family – which sometimes is living in different continents,” he says. Citing the instance of an elderly client who also happens to be a great cook, Chadha says the octagenarian now regularly experiments with

dropouts, the teachers have been asked to become a part of the local community. The teachers regularly scout the slums, motivate parents, and ask them to send their wards. They are told that only education can get them out of the slums, he says. On the financial front, the government mainly provides salaries to run these Centres. “We depend on philanthropists and corporates to help us with the educational material, dresses, bags and other material that can be given to kids,” he says. Presently the Society helps around 500 slum kids through the Centres; but there has been a spurt in the number after the District Administration asked ISKCON to provide mid-day meals to the kids attending these Centres. This has greatly improved attendance, admits Tripathi. Himself a doctorate in Ayurveda, Tripathi says he was motivated to work in the social sector because he wanted to contribute something to the society. “I have worked with a major health care provider in Gurgaon, and collected a hefty package – but my conscience also pricked me to work for the weaker sections of society,” he says. Working for the slum children is a difficult task, he admits but says that the smiles on the faces of kids, after they learn and achieve, makes it worthwhile for him. He cites the names of several slum kids whose talent has been identified, and is being harnessed, due to the efforts made by him and his organisation. u

new recipes, that are then put on a blog by his ‘team’. “This has helped the lady in getting connected with the family, and finding a new meaning to life,” he reveals. While the response has been excellent, Chadha feels that more awareness is needed in India. “People still think that this can be handled within the family; but even if they have the time, the elderly need specialised care,” he adds. To add more vibrancy to the lives of the elderly clients, Epoch has been organising Bhajan Sandhyas, Art Jamming sessions, and parties. “Through this we provide an opportunity to the elderly to bond with like-minded people, share concerns, and vent their frustration,” he says. When asked about the major issues being faced by the elderly in Gurgaon, he says that apart from health issues and loneliness, they face basic living issues – like shopping and maintenance. There is also an increasing spate of mental problems. Another peculiarity in Gurgaon is that the elderly living in condominiums are doing better than those living in plotted colonies. The RWAs in apartments are better knit, people live close to each other, and there is space provided for the elderly; but not so in plotted colonies, says Ruchi Kumar, who works in Marketing. Chadha further advises that people with elderly parents should not feel ‘defeated’ if they have to avail the services of a health care specialist. “It is time we understand that we cannot do everything. For special needs you need trained people to do the job; there is nothing bad about asking for help,” he says. In the NCR, his clients and their parents have been pragmatic enough – and they are indeed enjoying the benefits of his services, he asserts with a smile.  u

6. One less bubble 7. Little girl gains plait 8. Beach ball pattern 9. Puddle by scrubbing brush 10. Boy has striped shirt

1. Extra sock in pool 2. Bird disappears 3. Extra rung on ladder 4. Woman loses earring 5. Dark shrub changes

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?


Solution 04/22/11 Letter F. For all the other letters, you see the bottom of the letters. Only letter F shows the top of the letter.

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Musical Bagiyas


Ajanta Investiture


janta Public School (APS) witnessed its Investiture Ceremony recently, to welcome the newly elected Student Council and members, for the Session 2012-2013. The Chairman, Ramesh Kapoor, M.D Vaibhav Kapoor, Principal Roopa Bhalla, teachers and students graced the occasion. The Ceremony commenced with the lighting of the torch by the Chairman, and then badges were given to the new office bearers. It was a proud for all when the outgoing Class XII office bearers handed their flag, a mark of honour, to the new Council members: Shivani Sharma of XI Sc B (Head Girl), Nakul Ujla of XI C (Head Boy), and a fleet of Sports Captains, House Captains and House Vice– Captains. Finally, the Oath was administered by the Head Girl.

Magical DPS Playhouse

lub Patio bustled with enthusiasm and energy when an exclusive musical evening was organised by two bright students, Shinara Sunderlal and Hannah Deasy, of the IB program at Taunton School, UK. The enthralling and powerful musical performance highlighted their creative skills, at a Fundraising event for the underprivileged children of Bagiya School, South City 2 – run by Shilpa Sonal. After the wonderful evening, Shinara and Hannah, the core organisers of the program, said, “We are overwhelmed by the response and are spellbound by the immense talent these children have. We are extremely grateful to the children of Bagiya School, for participating in the Event”. The audience were mesmerised by this pool of talent, and encouraged them with gusto.

Amiown Teej


miown School celebrated, the Teej festival with fervour. The students, who came attired in colourful dresses, danced to the tunes of folk songs. It was a picnic-like atmosphere in the premises of the School. The children relished Kheer and Malpuras. The School was decked up with flowers and balloons; and special swings were placed for the students.


he Primary Wing of the Delhi Public School organised a three-day Science Fair, “Magical Playhouse”. The Fair generated palpable excitement among the children. Bubbling with curiosity, they tried to understand the working of a wide range of exhibits that demonstrated the basic facts of science. Innovative ‘science corners’ were set up. Some of the major attractions were ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘Power Rangers’, ‘Hawa Hawaii’, ‘In Wonderland’, ‘On Nature’s Trail’, and a hands-on activity on fossils. The Fair was a huge success, as it brought the participants closer to the world of science.

Gallery Walk @ Scottish


allery Walk for the students of the IB Primary Years Programme was held at the Scottish High International School (SHIS). Parents were also invited for the Walk. The children took their parents around their classes, and explained the work displayed on the boards. Displays in the class were related to the ongoing units of enquiry – including books, photographs, maps, poems, graphs, charts, paintings, cartoons, newspaper articles, and learning strategies. The parents were also taken through the students’ portfolios. In this learning engagement, the children demonstrated confidence, independence, and communication skills. Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:

MRIS Investiture


anav Rachna International School, Sector 46, conferred badges and sashes on its newly elected and appointed Student Council in the Investiture Ceremony. Sunny Bansal, Executive Director MRIS-46, the Principal Dhriti Malhotra, and the proud parents of the office holders graced the occasion. After a short cultural presentation, the Student Council was handed over their badges and sashes by the Principal, and their parents. This was followed by the swearing-in ceremony administered by the Principal. In her speech, Dhriti Malhotra congratulated the office bearers and their proud parents, and inspired them to live up to their new positions and expectations.

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My Club Spark

CCA Play Contest


CA School organised an Inter-House Hindi Play Competition, for the students of Primary Level, in the School premises. All the plays were engrossing, and covered a gamut of pertinent social issues. Each student, from all the groups, was given a Certificate of Participation. The first prize was bagged by Nehru House, while the second and the third prizes were given to Ashoka House and Tilak House respectively.


unique initiative by IIT-IIM alumni - creating a world of learning beyond school, and nurturing talent through fun! The innovative program combines creative art forms with life skills learning and real-life experiences. Launched in mid June, My Club Spark started with a very successful summer program – “One of the parents, Anshu, shares, “My kids Ananya and Priyanka loved to be a part of My Club Spark. Arpana’s passion towards creativity was contagious – the kids would sing all day long, and practice in front of the mirror. It was amazing to see them so confident, working as a team, expressing themselves freely. Thank you Arpana – you surely have a very nice way with kids!” New batches for 3-17 year olds are starting in August. You can select from a wide range of creative art forms like Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Piano, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Photography and Arts & Craft. These can be combined with age-appropriate life skills sessions, focusing on creativity, communication, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. Certification courses available with Trinity for music and communication and with an international society for dance.

Literary Flourish

Save the Tiger

For more information and trial class, contact Arpana Shahi: +91 99100 08654 or visit or Address: C-18, Sushant Lok Phase 1, Gurgaon.

He is the jungle’s king, and every animal is afraid of him. When he walks, everyone talks about his pride and beauty, And when he roars in pride, everyone shivers in their mind. Dark stripes on his back look so beautiful, And bright like heaps of grass in the sunlight. Do you know whom I am talking about? Yes, it is our “Tiger”... But now he and his other fellows are very less on this earth. Let us make efforts to save and nurture this wild beauty!

Sayesha Dogra Bags 2nd Position in CA CPT


ayesha Dogra, a student of PathBreaker’s Academy, secured second Rank in Gurgaon for Common Proficiency Test, Chartered Accountant. A bubbly and proactive girl, Sayesha always wanted to be a professional Chartered Accountant. She joined classroom sessions at PathBreaker’s Academy, after 12th Board exams, for her preparation of Common Proficiency Test. She gives credit to the experienced faculty of PathBreaker’s Academy, for proper guidance and monitoring.

Mini Bhatnagar, 2-A, Swiss Cottage School Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:



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Struck by the misery he saw all around him, Prince Siddhartha left his home and family to live the life of an ascetic. He attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree and was henceforth known as ‘Buddha’. He believed that one had to be free of worldly desires in order to gain peace. Amar Chitra Katha tells some of the tales that convey his teachings and guidelines.


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Residents’ Welfare Check { Hritvick Sen / FG }

figure in itself.) Then there is the matter of garbage disposal. Although most high societies and their maintenance agencies claim that the garbage is segregated, it is not such a ‘pretty’ picture. There is very little segregation happening in Gurgaon’s condominiums, which have the cream of the educated and moneyed class in the City. The fact that the agencies and highly educated people make no serious effort to segregate their refuse speaks loudly of the efforts (and claims) to save the City’s environment. The Bandhwari plant, and MCG, cannot be held responsible for segregating thousands of tonnes of the City’s filth. However, there are some exceptions. One RWA has hit upon a simple (always difficult) idea of giving their refuse to a garbage segregator. The contractor segregates the garbage, uses the recyclable items, and


t is startling how many similarities, and yet so many differences, one finds when one compares the basic amenities of condominiums and private builder colonies across the City. The demands of the residents are the same (starting with decent and uninterrupted supply of water and power, and clean and hygienic disposal of waste); but the how, when and where (and how much) is as vastly different as the builders themselves. With power outages touching a historic national low, the fact that the City runs on ‘alternate power supply’ gets further underlined. As maintenance authorities themselves admit, the failure of the power grid spiked the diesel demand to 3,000 litres a day per condominium (from the normal 1,000 litres a day – which is a jaw-dropping

FG Question

DLF Phase I, II, III, and IV (Plotted)

Malibu Towne (Plotted)

DLF Condominiums

sends the rest of the refuse to Bandhwari. The upshot of this deviation is that the contractor pays the RWA a sizeable amount to collect the garbage! The status of water harvesting sites is also dismal. Condominiums or private builder colonies have no active interest in building or maintaining such sites. The feeling is that if it does not give immediate benefit, it is not worth pursuing. Even water supply is not up to the mark. Most societies have ‘private’ borewells to supply themselves with water. There is virtually no housing project in the City which is running purely on HUDA’s canal water supply (and with good reason too). So clearly, there is a lot lacking in Gurgaon’s provision of basic amenities to its citizens. It is the time to act, by both the citizens and the officials – but in unison. u

World Spa Apartments

Mayfield Gardens: M2K


Is the water supply to the colony metered?


Yes. The supply is a 60/40 split between HUDA canal supply and private borewells.

The metering is at the head, where the supply is split up.

The water supply is metered, and the cost is included in a part of Maintenance.



Do residents pay water charges? If so, at what rate?

Yes. Re. 1- Rs. 4.50/ kilolitre. (as per HUDA rates)

Yes. HUDA rates.

The cost to the residents is a part of the Maintenance fee.

Rs. 2.30/sq foot, plus Rs 0.50/ sq foot for amenities and Common Areas and Facilities.

No. The water supplied is not measured, and a flat bill is added to the Maintenance fee.


How many borewells are there?

10-15 borewells

Two to four, depending on the working condition.

1-2 per group housing project.

Two borewells. The HUDA canal supply was patchy, as it also provided water to Sector 30, delaying water supply. It was disconnected for a while. And now, the supply is a 60/40 split between HUDA canal supply and private borewells.

One borewell for 150 residents. The reason is that the housing project has not got any connection to the HUDA canal supply (which the residents have been asking for.)


What capacity is the water storage?

35,000 kilolitres (receives much less, according to DLF maintenance)


Any water harvesting projects? Where? Who constructed? Who maintains? What is the water used for?

2-4 rainwater harvesting sites per phase, maintained by DLF maintenance.

A total of 9 water harvesting sites have been made. One was destroyed by the Maintenance Agency, to make way for a road. The NGO FORCE and Coke built the sites, and they were supposed to be maintained by the NGO – which has not happened.

There are 3-4 water harvesting sites per condominium, according to the DLF maintenance agency.

Four water harvesting sites, three are out of action. There was also supposed to be an STP, but it will only be built now. When it comes into force, the water will be used for horticulture and other activities.

No such sites.


Is there a water schedule?

The supply comes for half an hour in mornings and evenings.

Nearly constant.


The residents are yet to get an official water connection.


How much is the consumption of diesel?

Different for those with private power generation capacity, and varies between 200-400 litres a day. Cost varies from Rs. 11 to Rs. 15 per unit of generated electricity.

The RWA has entered into a deal with a private power generation company. The latter is going to provide back-up power at the rate of Rs. 11.45/ unit.

Normally 1,000 litres/day. But with the national power outage, 3,000 litres/ day.

Not specific, but World Spa’s alternate power generation is 20% of the DHBVN power supplied. Over the last few days, the figure has shot up to 35%. The notable fact here is that there is no hard and fast figure for alternate power supply. The RWA, which collects the maintenance, sees the amount of diesel consumed for the month, and calculates the amount from the units used by the residents.

Not recorded. But the rate for alternate power supply is around Rs 14/unit.


Would residents prefer a load shedding schedule?







How is garbage collected? Is it collected daily? Is it segregated? Who collects?

Door-to-door collection. Garbage collected daily. Rs. 200 per month charged. Segregated by the contractor of the phase, but residents say it is not the case. Agencies/contractors

The garbage collection has been contracted out by the builder to a private contractor. Not segregated at any point.

Daily, by the Maintenance agency. The builder agency segregates the garbage, and then the contractor carries it out to Bandhwari.

The World Spa has a contractor keeping the housekeeping of the condominium up and running. The garbage is collected and handed over to the MCG service.

The garbage is collected daily (door-to-door). The unique aspect is that the RWA gets paid for the garbage. The contractor segregates the garbage and sells off the recyclable items. Private contractor.


Where is it dumped?







Is the colony connected to a sewage drain?


Yes. Out of the four Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) needed for Malibu Towne, two are defunct. The others need constant repair.





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The Dark Sub-Continent It was darkness at noon. We have come a long way from being independent and awake at the midnight hour. We are going backwards – literally - in time. Our children will now know the joys of playing “Dark Room’ – without switching off the lights. Sunglasses, or shades, will again be called Dark glasses. We have delivered ourselves – from light to darkness. We Like Dark. (Fairness creams – beware; fair is foul now.) We have had one of the worst summers – no power, no water. We now have one of the worst monsoons. And yet roads are flooded, sewage is out in the open – and a 3 year old drowns in this ‘flood’, near Malibu Towne. How many Mahis will it take to wake us up ? Even 24 hour TV channels have fatigue. We now await tomatoes at Rs 100 per kg.


We always wait for things to happen. Before summer, the Minister says there will be no power cut – as simple as that. When asked during summer what the plans are for water harvesting and road repair, come the monsoon, we are met with incredulous stares. 'Let it happen first, sir.' The Administration is not keeping us in the dark – they are there themselves. A blackout on the first day is ‘repaired’ – a shot in the dark; and everyone then goes back to sleep. ‘It will not happen again.’ But it does – the very next day. There’s a hole in our bucket, sir; and it is getting bigger. This gaping hole cannot be fixed much longer; we need a new bucket – many new buckets. And switching leaking buckets (like Ministers), especially large-leak buckets, will only make matters worse. It will also condone people who allow buckets to leak. We are drifting, like a castaway in the ocean. We believe we can do nothing but wait…for some shift in the wind, for some outsider to come to our help. We feel safe in our life-boat, believing that it can withstand all kinds of shocks. And believe that even if we get thrown over-board, we can scramble back soon enough – hopefully. We may run out of rations soon, including water. We look heavenwards – not knowing that the rain may also drown us. We have lost all our hunting skills, and are like fish out of water. Will we find the promised land; will we be confined to endless drift; or will we capsize?

Rest In Peace, Dear Friend

Lalit Khanna July 11, 1954 to July 31, 2012 Family . Friends . IIM Ahmedabad 1976 Batch

LET T ER TO THE EDITOR Great article.

The Dark Ages are now upon us. We have stolen the march over even Africa, where there is some light today. This summer we had the trailers of street protests, across the City. Next summer may see the final winter of our discontent. P.S - This government, at both our City and National level, has completely lost the plot – if it had one in the first place. Off with all your heads, gentlemen. You should never darken our doors again. Or is there a dark horse among you - a Prince? Would he rule this Wonderland better than the Prime of the Ministers; or would he rather be the King behind the throne, after the Queen?

CM Speak

Sanjana, on the article Searching For That Bookstore

The CM announced recently at Sohna that ‘Sohna should be developed to such an extent that it becomes second Gurgaon’ (not sure what that means). The CM has ‘special feelings and attachment for Sohna’ (guess it is for any place but Gurgaon).

I am a regular reader of Friday Gurgaon and appreciate the coverage of happenings in Gurgaon.I wish to draw the attention about begging at MG Raod Metro Station, spoiling the image of the Millennium City, where thousands of foreign tourists visit the malls nearby. People eat street food and litter with leftovers. Therefore, Municipal Authorities should take appropriate action in this regard. Prof.B.N.Mehrish 33/301 Heritage City

Moving further to Nuh, Mewat District (south of Gurgaon), the CM presided over the meeting of the District Development Authority. Reportedly, he did not mince words, and gave clear direction to the officers: “There is no deficit of money for taking up development works, provided the officers concerned take interest in these works and ensure to complete them in time. The time limit for works has been fixed after consulting the concerned officers; and now if anyone requests to extend the time limit, he would be taken to task, while the officers working with honesty and completing works in time will be rewarded. A review meeting will again be held here after a period of three months, and then a public meeting would also be organized.” (Gurgaon of course evokes no special feelings, and therefore such actions/promises elude us. Maybe we need to grow more backward first?)

FAMOUS QUOT ES The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” - Bill Copeland I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” - Dudley Field Malone It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

- George Eliot

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

- Milton Berle

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.” - Will Rogers When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” - E. Joseph Cossman ”Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” - Truman Capote

BMW case: The case has now been deferred to November 8th ! No charge sheet has been filed, even months after the accident that killed two, and severely injured others.

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W elln e s s


Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Fennel – A Wonder Herb { Jaspal Bajwa }


ennel has been revered by the Greeks and the Romans, for its medicinal and culinary properties, for centuries. Myth has it that Prometheus stole the fire of the gods, by concealing it in a stalk of fennel. According to another legend, knowledge was delivered to man by the gods at Olympus, in a fennel stalk filled with coal. Its Greek name marathon means “grow thin” – reflecting the belief that it can suppress one’s appetite. Fennel has been used as an antidote to poison by herbalists. It continues to find favour as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colic, asthma and colds. In the Indian subcontinent fennel seeds are also eaten raw, as they are said to improve eyesight. Ancient Romans held a similar view. Carminative (flatulence reducing) properties of fennel have been known since ancient times. Mixed with sodium bicarbonate and syrup, fennel water is the principal constituent of ‘gripe water’, which is used to mitigate flatulence in infants. In the Indian subcontinent fennel

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


fter a 20-year eventful stint with the prestigious AIIMS, Dr. Mahipal Singh Sachdev decided to become an entrepreneur in 1996. It would have been a difficult decision, at a time when entrepreneurship and start-ups had not come in vogue in India, and people still had faith in sarkari jobs. Sachdev, however, says that it was this permanency and lack of challenge in the government apparatus that motivated him to venture out on his own. Realising that there was no big name in eye health care in north India, and this sector was mostly unorganised, he decided to tap the potential with a one-room clinic in Delhi. Today his organisation, christened as Centre for Sight, has 40 super-speciality eye care hoispitals across the country; and together they conduct more than 40,000 surgeries in a year. Blindness, he says, is major problem, as every fourth blind person in the world is an Indian citizen. “In such a scenario, it is important that eye care should get specialised medical attention,” says Sachdev. Majority of the blindness cases in India are caused by age related onset of Cataract – that is reversible if prakhar pandey treated properly. The USP of his hospitals is that they adopt the latest technology very aggressively, and train the doctors as quickly as they can. “Technology is the game-changer in the eye care industry today, and we are at the forefront in acquiring it. Some of the best equipment and machines are available across my chain of hospitals,” he informs. Centre for Sight was the first in South East Asia to introduce customised Lasik surgery, blade free Lasik surgery, and blade free Cataract

(Vilayati Saunf ) is used as a spice, and as an after-meal digestive. As a highly aromatic and flavourful herb, along with similar-tasting anise (Patli Saunf), it is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe - which originated as a medicinal elixir in Switzerland, and later became a popular alcoholic drink. Many cultures in Asia use fennel seed in their cuisine. It is an essential ingredient of the spice mixture panch phoron, which is used in the cuisines of eastern India. Similarly, it is used in Chinese five-spice powders. Fennel leaves are used as leafy green vegetables—either by themselves or mixed with other vegetables—or are cooked to be served and consumed as part of a meal.

Tip of the week

Fresh fennel should always be stored in the refrigerator crisper. It should keep fresh there for three-four days. Of course it is best to consume fennel soon after purchase, as it ages rapidly. Dried fennel seeds should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dry location. They will keep thus for about six months. Storing fennel seeds in the refrig-

erator will help to keep them fresh longer. To make Fennel Tea, crush fennel seeds and boil ½ tsp of this in 1 cup of water for 8 -10 minutes; or pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 - 2 teaspoons of the crushed fennel seeds. Cover the cup and wait for 5 minutes. Cool and strain. Traditionally, Fennel Tea is given to infants, for treating colic. It is also used as a relaxant for the gastrointestinal tract. It helps alleviate discomfort arising from bloating, flatulence, constipation, stomach upset and abdominal cramps. Fennel tea is believed to benefit people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is composed of a white or light green bulb, around which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves, near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds. Each of these - the bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds - are edible. Fennel seeds taste similar to licorice. They have a strong antibacterial quality, and are rich in magnesium and essential oils, that have a variety of health benefits. Fennel is also a very good source of dietary fibre, potassium, manganese, folate, and molybdenum. Like many other spices, fennel offers potent antioxidant activity, through its unique combination of phytonu-

Centre Vision Dr. Mahipal S. Sachdev completed his MBBS from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India’s apex medical college. He pursued MD in Ophthalmology at Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS – which is the best institute for Ophthalmology in the country. He did advanced training and fellowship in Cornea at the Georgetown University, Washington, USA. He has received training in Refractive Surgery and Phacoemulsification. The Government of India has awarded him a Padmashree for excellence in eye-care.

A spoon of basil juice with honey taken once in 2 hours helps to cure a cough.

surgery. Patients from the Gulf countries, South Asia, and even America and Europe, routinely come for consultation and surgeries, as the cost of treatment is relatively very reasonable. In metropolitan cities like Delhi and Gurgaon, Sachdev says that there is an increase in the patients suffering from Myopia, as people use more computers and other devices. “There is also an increased instance of Computer Vision Syndrome, as eyes are basically meant for long distance vision,” says Sachdev. To protect and keep the eyes safe, he suggests the 20/20 formula— where by people should take some time off from the computer screens after every 20 minutes—and blink them 20 times before restarting work. He also suggests use of anti-glare screens and glasses, to protect the eyes. He also informs that a large number of people are benefitting from the Centre's pioneering Lasik surgery, to get rid of eye-glasses. “In India it is being accepted by girls, for marriage purposes and to get jobs”, says Sachdev, while adding that it is a completely safe procedure, and has even been accepted by the army for its jawans. In Gurgaon, the Centre for Sight hospital has been established as a super-speciality centre for the retina. “Our hospital in Gurgaon has the best doctors and equipment to treat any malady concerned with retinas,” he asserts. Earlier, eye care was con-

trients—including the flavonoids and kaempferol glycosides. No significant allergies to fennel have been reported. However, people who have any type of estrogendependent cancer should avoid large quantities of fennel seeds and fennel tea. Excess use of fennel seeds can over-stimulate the nervous system. Pregnant women should be careful when using therapeutic dosages of fennel seed. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

sidered a poor man’s speciality, but now things have changed for the better, particularly in India. “We are conducting almost 6 million cataract surgeries per year in India, and have developed great skills. This is going to help the medical fraternity a lot in future, as a lot of research in eye care is going to be out-sourced to India,” he asserts. When asked about the number of cases where cataract camps go wrong, turning many blind, Sachdev admits these are issues sometimes. Now the government has adopted the policy of holding base camps, whereby patients are identified and brought to a hospital for surgery. Additionally, he also questions the system of blaming everything on the doctor, while the culprit could be anything from infected fluids to poor quality of equipment. At Centre for Sight, he says, it is ensured that the quality of doctors, equipment and medicine meets the highest standards. His chain of hospitals is expanding fast, and the Doctor—who looks young despite his 54 years—says that his Company will continue to raise funds and infuse more capital, to further expand and achieve its Vision – of being India’s most preferred brand of Super Specialized world-class Eye-Care Centres—in and around India—by 2020. The expansion is proposed through green field ventures, brown field mergers and acquisitions of certain private eye care hospitals in Tier II and Tier III cities, and through setting up eye care departments in leading hospitals,” says Dr. Sachdev. Although satisfied with what he has achieved so far, Sachdev wants his hospitals to be at the cutting edge for all ophthalmic super specialties in the country. “As a leading network of eye care chains, we want to be a one-stop destination for all ophthalmological requirements for all age groups,” he asserts. u


{ Srimati Lal }


efore embarking on a review of the current exhibition of ‘Gond’ Tribal Art, it is important to gain a perspective of this genre of Folk Art. The Gond Tribals are one of Central India’s largest and most ancient indigenous native communities. They are a simple people who have evolved their own aesthetic style over centuries, while embellishing their humble tribal dwellings with symbolic designs and unique, arcane  motifs.  It is easy to be charmed by Tribal Arts’ colourful whimsicality, elegantly juxtaposed within an urban environment, without understanding that Naivist art expresses the simplicity of a Utopian natural world which is part of their everyday reality. The essence of the Gond aesthetic is a belief that ‘viewing a good image brings good luck’. This conviction becomes deeply ironic, however, when we ruminate upon the fate that befell the leader of the Gond Art Movement, the late Jangarh Singh

Shyam. One cannot ignore the tragedy of this 20th-C pioneer of Gond Art. Jangarh (1962-2001) committed suicide on an artists’ visit to Japan, on 2nd July 2001. He was born in a small village in M.P., where he painted on his hut’s mud walls, with non-commercial vegetable colours. Jangarh was suddenly ‘discovered’ and promoted in 1981, at the age of 19, by the late Indian urban Modernist painter J. Swaminathan – who then headed Bhopal’s Bharat Bhavan, and employed the principles of tribal art in his own contemporary idiom. Swaminathan had noticed the young tribal artists’ flamboyant natural style, which resonated with the visual advancements of European ‘Modernist’ masters like Matisse and Chagall. He provided Jangarh with modern paints and brushes, and projected him in the art world’s international circles. Although the innocent tribal artist was initially delighted, it was an experience that ultimately disturbed him deeply. Jangarh became a victim of the ‘fast packaging of Trendy Folk-Art’, in a ruthless, superficial, exploitative and impersonal international marketplace. The lesson from  this tribal genius’s death in exile is that our art must never be uprooted from its context --- and also, that art-promoters must be human in their dealings. One cannot uproot a rare orchid plant and expect it to thrive in climates that are inimical to its blossoming. Folk Art and the Urban idiom stem from entirely different contexts; they must not be glibly merged into the commercial ‘cocktail-circuit’. It is essential to support the

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folk artist within his own environs, to respect him in his own space, and thus allow him to survive and blossom naturally. The Gond Art Exhibition at Galaxy this August showcases 15 artworks by members of the late Jangarh’s family – including his wife Nankusia Shyam, son Mayank, and nephew Venkat. The two men are now frantically circulating in certain chic gallery circuits (not unlike their martyred father/uncle). Mayank and Venkat had no time to be present at this Gurgaon Exhibition, as they are planning to go to London. Their paintings are in the more expensive bracket. Nankusia Devi, Jangarh’s talented widow, is more reticent. Her strikingly beautiful ‘Cat Paintings’

bear a remarkable flamboyance and intricacy. Her fine artworks are among Gond idiom’s best examples. She prefers painting in smaller formats on paper, avoiding too much commerce and publicity – hence her paintings are priced within Rs. 8,000. Mayank’s work contains the tribal legacy, with its imaginatively stylised animals, crosshatched and decorated in psychedelic colours. Venkat embodies more Modernist overtones, in his experimental studies of cosmic women riding crescent moons. The Exhibition also displays the work of two previously unpublicised Gond artists, Gariba Singh and Dubbu Bhariya – whose works are priced within Rs.10,000 – 20,000. The artworks have been sourced by Gurgaon’s ‘Gallerie Splash’. While it is necessary to showcase and market nonurban art in the cities, its dealing requires greater sensitivity and concern for the artists’ natural state of being. It would be helpful  to allow such artists to work at their own pace, and within their own habitat. u Artist, Writer and Curator

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Driving Her Destiny { Shilpy Arora / FG }


36-year-old housewife, Shanno, who was once confined to household chores and raising her children, has now taken the wheel to ferry clients around. Working with GCabs as a lady chauffeur, she believes that she not only earns a good amount of money for her family, but also ensures that women in the City feel safe and comfortable. “We do everything to ensure the safety of women,” says Shanno, the mother of two. Like her, there are many who single-handedly tackle the mockery on the roads, and face an unavoidable fear for their own safety. “My profession can hurt the male ego. But I don’t care. I am proud to take up something that safeguards women in the City,” says a young and confident lady, who takes the traffic chaos in her stride – with a smile and steady nerves. While calling Gurgaon her ‘home’, she feels the authorities have not done enough to protect the fairer sex; and the arrival of GCabs is a great step to ensure that. “Male chauffeurs often stare at women through the rear-view mirror, and drive rashly. GCabs is another good step in the City, after the launch of ‘pink autos’,” says Smita, a regular customer of GCabs. GCabs is the first-ofits kind with 35 women chauffeurs. “We are providing three unique features,” says Dr. Babita Nihal, CEO, GCabs. “The cabs have two panic buttons – one for the customer and one for the chauffeur. Secondly, it is the only radio taxi service in the country with its own vigilance team – that does not merely monitor the speed of the cab and its location, but can also immobilise the cab in case of emergency. Third, we have laid special focus on the hygiene of the car and the chauffeurs.” There is a cab hub in Sector 18, where all the chauffeurs are given hair cuts and manicures on a regular basis. Also, a state-of-art car washing facility has been set up. “The

dressing rooms of the chauffeurs are as good as the dressing rooms of stars,” smiles Dr. Nihal. Besides, the chauffeurs are taught how to behave properly with customers. Further, hidden cameras in the cab help secure the journey, keep a check on the passengers and drivers, and avoid any unwanted activity in the cab. GCabs has also tied up with PCRs, ambulances, and car breakdown services. “We also have a team of bikers, who can track the car immediately, in case of any emergency,” informs Dr. Nihal. To ensure the safety of lady chauffeurs, only women passengers and families are allowed to board these cabs. “The journey is less scary, as there are only female passengers. It was not very difficult to convince my husband, as with facilities like panic button and GPS tracking, he is relieved. Moreover, work timings—9 am to 5 pm—are very convenient,” says Durga, a chauffeur, and resident of Chakarpur village.

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As of now, GCabs offers the service at Rs. 20 per km. However, the Apra Group is planning to come up with a firstof-its-kind sharing facility, in which commuters can share a cab with other passengers on

the same route. It will make the journey more economic and beneficial for the passengers. But, the group has not yet been given permission by the government.

Breaking the stereotypes

Despite the common stereotype, it has been found that women are statistically safer drivers than men. According to the traffic police, of 2,71,485 people fined in the City last year, only 13,574

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were women. Statistics also prove that women are actually good at multi-tasking – be it in the kitchen or on the road. “Women certainly drive safer than male drivers, because they don’t take risks; they rarely go above the minimum recommended speed, and rarely get distracted by models shown on hoardings or people walking on the streets,” laughs Sudeep Kalra, a licensed trainer at the Maruti Driving School. Bringing women on the roads as professional chauffeurs not only makes the roads safer, but will help in breaking the gender stereotypes. “My profession makes me feel equivalent to my brothers. Driving on the road gives me a sense of power and independence. I feel more selfreliant,” smiles Sangeeta, while handling an Omni. Sangeeta works with an NGO – Sakha that trains underprivileged women to become professional and commercial drivers. Started in 2011, Sakha—run by women—has been successfully providing safe transport solutions to women. An initiative by Azad foundation, Sakha, unlike other cab ser-

vices, provides services by women chauffeurs at night too. In addition to driving, the drivers are taught selfdefense, by the Crime against Women Cell of Delhi Police.


Despite the great steps taken by organisations like Apra Group and Azad Foundation, not everyone is open to the change. Radhika, who travels via radio taxi

everyday from Delhi to the City, feels safe with a male chauffeur. “Being honest, it is safer to be with a man than a woman at night. If you are travelling with a female friend or a lady chauffeur, you are at more risk,” she says. Dr. Nihal seconds that and says, “We don’t permit female chauffeurs to drive after 6 pm. However, to ensure safety of women at night, we can make special arrangements. Through your newspaper, I want to send across a message that all women passengers should make a special vigilance request at the time of booking a cab.” Sangeeta, however, believes that it’s a problem of perception. “We have not earlier seen women as commercial drivers. Even after years of driving, I still never escape ogling eyes. Men are shocked to see us drive, because they feel we have taken their job. But I want to show them that women can do whatever they set their minds to. Even though it is a blow to some male egos, they will have to give a round of applause to us women,” smiles Sangeeta. u

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Fun Facts about the English Language - No word in the English language rhymes with month. - “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. - The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language. - The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” - The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. - The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural. -The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”


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{ Bhavana Sharma }


he most ordinary objects and foods are often associated with superstition, and tea is no exception. It is said that tea leaves scattered in front of a house will ward off evil spirits, and protect the family that lives there. Similarly, some people believe that if loose leaf tea is accidentally dropped in the house, it will bring good luck. This ancient art has come to be known as Tasseography (or Tasseomancy),  and is used by experts to divine the future. All sorts of events and behaviour to do with tea making are thought to bring bad or good luck: When brewing a pot of tea, if you forget to put the lid, a stranger will call at the house. If you forget to put the tea into the pot before pouring, it is a very bad omen indeed. If you make the tea too weak, you will lose the friendship of someone close to you. If you brew it too strong, you will make a new friend. And it is very unlucky to stir the tea in the pot – doing so means you will certainly quarrel with someone. Even pouring the tea has implications! If two women pour from the same pot, one of them will have a baby within the year – or a member of her family will. Both women can encounter bad fortune. And the superstition goes that no one should pour tea from the teapot in another person’s house. Once the tea is in the cup,

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


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Benefits of Drinking Tea n 

Tea is considered the most widely consumed beverage in the world – second to water. Tea comes in three main varieties – namely oolong, black and green tea. Among these, green tea has the highest concentration of the powerful antioxidant called polyphenols. Drinking green tea everyday is highly recommended, to keep the body healthy. Drinking Green tea helps relieve respiratory problems, boosts immunity and strengthens the bones. n A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. A large amount of caffeine can be released when you brew tea – after the leaves are boiled for about thirty minutes.

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tea aids digestion; it calms upset stomachs and diarrhoea. n Chamomile tea reduces the occurrence of blood clots. n  Hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure. stalks and bubbles make their own predictions. If a single stalk floats on top of a cup of tea, it means that a stranger is coming; a hard, woody stalk indicates a male visitor – and a soft stalk, a female. The length of the stalk tells you whether he or she will be tall or short. To

irvana is the final goal in ‘Indian’ religions - Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In Hinduism, Moksha is the liberation from the cycle of birth and death, and one’s worldly conception of self. A person reaches the state of Nirvana only when Moksha is attained. A person can attain Nirvana without dying. It is synonymous with the concept of liberation, which refers to release from a state of suffering – often after a lengthy period of committed spiritual practice. Nirvana is a state of mind where inner stillness and outer purpose prevail. Nirvana is the mastery of passion, by sheltering it from ego-driven disturbance. True enlightenment involves a climb down by the ego, and an opening up to the impact of pain and difficulties – not just upon oneself, but everyone. An enlightened person is not someone

find out when they will come, lay the stalk on the back of the left hand and hit it with the right. However many hits it takes to knock it off tells the number of days before they will stand at your door. It is also believed that if bubbles floating at the top of a cup can be lifted with a spoon, and transferred to the mouth without the bubbles touching the sides of the cup or the spoon, you will receive a letter. In some regions, floating bubbles indicate that you will be rich – and the more the bubbles the better. If bubbles stick to the side of the cup, then romance is in the air; each bubble represents a kiss. Two spoons accidentally placed on the same saucer means that a wedding will happen soon; or the person whose saucer it is will marry twice; or if a lady, she will have twins. If you drop a teaspoon on the floor, it means that a child will visit the house. Also, if food is being served at tea-time, the person to take the last piece of cake from the plate will be the first to get married. The most interesting is the reading of tea leaves. The tea must be brewed with loose leaves and poured into the cup without using a strainer. The person whose future is to be divined must hold and turn his or her cup three times, in an anticlockwise direction. To do this, the cup should be held in the left hand and turned by the handle. Then the cup is tipped upside down, to drain off the last few drops of tea. It’s a bad sign if there are a lot of leaves left at the bottom of the cup. It’s a good sign if the leaves are scattered evenly over the bottom and sides. The ‘fortune teller’ then analyses the pictures and images that are visible in the leaves, in order to foretell the tea drinker’s fate. The leaves deposited at the bottom foretell the distant future. Those at the sides of the cup represent the nottoo-distant future; and leaves that lie near the rim predict imminent events. The figure of a dog carrying a parcel predicts the arrival of a package


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the next day. A straight line of leaves means that you are going on a journey; and an archway implies that you will travel to a foreign land. A butterfly means you will enjoy great success, and a palm tree indicates luck and the achievement of your aim. A horse-shoe foretells a successful journey and a successful marriage, while a ring means that you will marry soon. Snakes are bad luck, but swans bring good fortune. Triangles mean you will inherit money, while a cross implies trouble ahead. In the past there were those who took tea leaf reading very seriously, and started each day by swilling the dregs from breakfast cups – to decide whether the day was going to be good or bad. But today fortune tellers interpret the patterns in the leaves with imagination and inventiveness, for a bit of fun. u Tarot Reader & Author

Living Nirvana who has no personal problems, and certainly not someone who never suffers. A noble life is not dependent upon circumstances. Religions guide us about noble living. No religion can eliminate suffering. The message of all the ‘Indian’ religions is not that of escape, but of how to live a noble and satisfying life – in which the troubles are as essential to bliss as grit is to the pearl. In ‘Indian’ religions a prayer asks God to take all beings to the other shore (us paar). What is implied by this? The other shore is where we ‘escape’, from the suffering in this world. To stand on the other shore is not so much to go to a different world, as to see this world from a different standpoint. What sort of world are religions trying to

create? Religions do not say that ‘this world is terrible and let us escape from it’. They tell us to ‘come and look at it this way, and you will have a quite different and much more satisfactory experience’. When a person is enlightened, he/she sees the noble truth of others’ lives, as well as of their own. Probably this is the key to the angelic aura and saintly contentment that the visages of saints and other selfless workers so distinctly reflect. I was one of the regular visitors to Mother Teresa’s Home for The Destitute in Chandigarh, and had the privilege of spending time with her during her visits to the city. She started a movement; and it is still running. If we want to see Nirvana land, it is right here. Nobody is excluded – save by

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their own ignorance. The gates of enlightenment are wide open. Problems are essential to the process of spiritual growth. It is not a matter of solving all our personal problems. We have to wake up and embrace the reality and opportunity which this birth has provided us. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna explains that Brahma Nirvana can be attained by getting rid of vices, becoming free from duality, free from the worldly attractions and anger, being dedicated to spiritual pursuits, and dedicating oneself to the good of all. Nirvana is the perfect peace of mind – that is free from craving, anger, and other afflicting states. Though temporary states of peace may come and go, Nirvana is a state of fathomless and ultimate peace. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.

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Teenage Grooming { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }


hen it comes to grooming, teen boys have a hit or miss philosophy. They can’t afford to act awkward, out-of-place, or out-of-order. They may spend an extravagant amount on deodorant, but do not take a bath for a number of days – or with soap. This is the time when parents should tell them how to use grooming aids. Eventually, they will fall in line, and feel better when they get compliments from others (girls preferably?). Here are a few tips on grooming and style: Brushing and flossing of teeth regularly, twice a day (morning, and before going to bed) is a must. As teenagers are eating out and have late nights very frequently, it is important to take them to a dentist every six months. It is unappealing to talk to someone and see built up plaque or food stuck between their teeth. Shave: The need for teen boys to start shaving can vary from early teens to late teens. The best time to start shaving is when fine hairs (known as “peach fuzz”) are causing social embarrassment, or create problems. There is no reason that once a child shaves, they have to shave every day from then on. Initially, shaving may be once a week or less, depending on the growth pattern and personal preference. Usually, it is easier for teens to use electric razors. Disposable razors take more finesse, and there is a greater chance they will cut themselves. A shave not only

applies to thier face, but other parts of their body too. It is ok if they trim underarm hair and pubic hair – it is cleaner. Daily Shower: When it comes to good grooming habits and personal hygiene, there are several things that are nonnegotiable. For instance, a daily shower — which by the way, should include cleaning the inside and outside of your ears and nose, feet, armpits and private areas. Use a lotion as per your skin type, to smooth out skin. Skin Care: Obviously, it is important to keep the face clean. Teens can be also well-groomed with good skin care. A mild soap or face wash, as per the skin type, can take care of this. A good facial cleaner is one that is mild, yet removes dirt without removing moisture. A good moisturizer is crucial to a good skin care regimen. Moisturizers help keep skin elastic, and less prone to dryness and wrinkles. “If acne is a problem, it is best to discuss this with the teen, and see if it is time to visit a dermatologist . Use Fragrance: If you

Alamdar Hussain, DPG Institute of Technology & Management

It is disheartening that college students are outsourcing annual project works to professionals. The professional project services are available at every nook and corner of the City. It is not fair to the students who can’t afford professional services. Authorities should keep a check on such practices.

Except Leisure Valley Park, the City doesn’t have any spacious parks like Delhi. We are missing something like “Lodi Garden”. After some time, visiting a mall gets boring.

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notice that your son is sweating more than the average teen, or expresses that he is uncomfortable about his perspiration, then it is time to give him a deodorant with antiperspirant. Also teach them to make use of fragrance – not over-use it. The main idea is that their body smell should be neutral and natural.If your son is prone to foot odor, he must wear breathable shoes and socks. Invest in Odor Eaters and powder. Nail Care: Make sure they cut, clean and clip fingernails, whenever they start getting white ends. This counts for toenails, too. Hair do: Male teens are on the go. They are active in sports, school events, socialising.They have to wash their hair every day, to prevent smell and grease. They need to shampoo and condition their hair regularly, scrub their scalp and rinse it properly – so that the entire product is out of the hair. Regular haircuts help portray a clean and trim appearance. Introduce men’s magazines, as they have a lot of information about grooming, hygiene, and fashion – which would help the teenagers in their fast changing period. Parents should also keep themselves updated about the latest fashion trends – from websites, magazines and television shows. Teaching your son good grooming habits takes sensitivity and consistency; but remember, that these grooming habits will also help him be a better man. u (Certified Image Consultant and founder of Image Panorama)


We all are compulsively addicted to the morning, afternoon and the evening cuppa. It is like our body clock tinkling, and declaring its time for one! So enjoy the following lines with your chai – and savour both. A humble cup of tea, “That cheers but does not inebriate” The most common beverage cherished, Equally by the masses and the classes.

The four elementsWater, fire, leaves and milk Conjoin to give it its body. A morning newspaper enhances its charm, And an evening book it irresistible finds, Does its mundanity inject into it Some ethereal strand? Otherwise how a canteen frequented Long back haunts you years after, When you have left Schools, colleges and ‘versities'? And you still forget not the Canteen boy, who served you That 'Ek Pyaali Chai'...

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Dimple, KIIT

I am happy that the Haryana Government is promoting lighter alcohol beverages such as beer, by making it easy for microbreweries to get license. Since a lot of youngsters start drinking alcohol at a very tender age, it is a good initiative. Subhash Negi, DSD College

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Everything in the City is unnecessarily over-priced. While it doesn’t matter to youngsters; once we start a family, it will surely pinch.

Shweta Tripathi, Government College, Sector 14

Pradeep Yadav, IITM

I strongly feel about the increase in use of mobile phones by youngsters. Today we have developed an unusual habit of Facebooking and texting, all the time. I have made it a habit to keep my cellphone off after 10 at night.

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ometimes it is tough to differentiate between legend and fact, when looking at the history of The Rolling Stones. Most fans agree that the Band’s chapter in the history of rock ‘n’ roll began 50 years ago, at London’s Marquee Club. On July 12, 1962, at the legendary music venue, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and Brian Jones played for the first time as a group – called The Rollin’ Stones. The band has its origins in the 1950s, when Richards and Jagger were childhood friends and schoolmates – until their families moved apart. The catalyst for the band’s creation was their meeting again on October 17, 1961, at Dartford train station. Jagger was on his way to the London School of Economics, where he was studying;

{ Lea Richtmann / Buenos Aires / DPA }


n a dance hall lit by colourful lights, a group of people dance the tango – some dressed in glittering dresses and high heels, while others are more casual in jeans and trainers. Turning dramatically on the parquet, and nuzzling each other sensually, the dancers are mostly young. They are part of a tango boom that’s been on for a few years in Buenos Aires. Some of them say they would like to break out of the structure of the dance, and make it more fun. Evening tango events— known as milongas—are taking place regularly in the Argentine capital; and concerts featuring tango music are

Rock ‘n’ Rolling while Richards was on his way to Sidcup Art College, carrying his electric guitar. The encounter led to Richards joining the group Jagger fronted, called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. This group broke up, and The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 – when the pair of Brian Jones and Ian Stewart joined. Jones came up with the name of the band during a phone call to Jazz News, calling the group Rollin’ Stone – after a Muddy Waters song. When the Band played their first gig at the Marquee Club, they were billed as The Rollin’ Stones – with Jagger (vocals), Richards (guitar), Jones (guitar), Stewart (piano) and Dick Taylor (bass). But some uncertainty reigns, well attended. “In recent years, we’ve seen more young people dancing,” says Matias Diaz. He started organizing tangos with his partner, Camila Fontan, two years ago. “We wanted to create a place that was different from the traditional milongas. The dancers should get to know each other, and dance free of criticism,” says Fontan. She laments the sometimes elite style of some traditionalists, adding, “We want people simply to have fun, and be able to enjoy it.” The ambition at the university level has already resulted in the discovery of some big talent. Melisa Parra, for example, won the Buenos Aires City Tango

More Than A Toy { Aliki Nassoufis / Berlin / DPA }


aving a dog as a pet is an idea that appeals to almost every child. The animal makes a wonderful playmate and constant companion. But while children dream of having a dog, parents must understand the responsibilities of owning one, because the work often falls on them. A dog should not be selected solely for the child – rather, it should be selected as a pet for the entire family. People thinking about getting a dog should think about what breed of dog they would like. Parents with children older than 3 years should look for a dog that isn’t bothered by being petted or tugged at around the ears, as a child that age might do to a dog. “A large dog generally is a good fit, because it is very patient, laid back and has a relatively high anger threshold,” says Udo Kopernik, Spokesman for the German Dog Owners’ Association. Breeds such as golden retrievers, Bernese mountain dogs and Newfoundlanders are good examples. If dogs that belong to those breeds are too large, a beagle should be considered. Other dogs that are suitable

for children include bearded collies and German shepherds. “They develop a close bond with people, and have no great affinity to the wilderness and hunting – which are advantages,” says Kopernik. Poodles are another good breed. “They are intelligent, playful, and build strong ties with people.” A few other things are important to consider. Parents should ask themselves whether they can meet the needs of an animal for its entire life, says Bina Lunzer, a n animal trainer in Austria. A dog must go outdoors several times a day, and can live to the

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Mick Jagger (l) of the Rolling Stones, and guitarist Ron Wood (r) perform in Stuttgart in 2006.

with mentions of Mick Avory and Tony Chapman having been present; and no record of what the band’s set list was that night. According to the magazine, Rolling Stone, there are very few facts known about what turned out to be a historic event for the future of rock ‘n’ roll.

What is known is that, when Andrew Loog Oldham became the band’s manager, he changed the spelling of the band to ‘The Rolling Stones’. Drummer Charlie Watts quickly joined the Band, after being convinced that it was the right thing to do – instead of working as a designer; and what followed were years marked by highs and lows, personal misfortunes and triumphs. Five decades later, though the members of one of the music industry’s most famous bands look a lot more grizzled, there is still enough energy for talk of tours and new albums. Jagger, Richards and Watts are still in the Band. The Band experienced its most tragic moment in the summer of 1969, when Jones

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Championship in 2006, in the category milonga – the quicker form of tango. “Tango offers me an opportunity to travel,” she says. “I often give lessons in age of 20. A family’s situation can change considerably in this amount of time. It should also be wellestablished as to who in the family will take the duty of obedience training. In addition, parents should also realize that children aren’t able to care for a dog on their own, dog trainer Katharina Schlegl-Kofler says. “Yes, small children can brush a dog, clean its dish, or teach him tricks,” she says; and “the older the child gets, the more responsibility he or she can assume – but young people have to go to school and do homework, and cannot be expected to take care of a dog. Older children also can’t take a dog on a walk because larger dogs can be powerful. An adult must take on the main responsibility.” In light of all the work that goes into owning a dog, parents shouldn’t get one just for the sake of their child. “For someone who has always wanted a dog, and was never able to have one, it is a good opportunity to get one,” says Lunzer. “If that’s not the case, and you just want to acquire a dog out of love for your child, then don’t do it. You will not be doing your child, yourself or the dog any favours.” u

Mexico.” The 29-year-old accompanied her father to a dance lesson in 2004, and was convinced from that point on. “Once you start, it’s like an addiction; you can never stop doing the tango.” This feeling is shared by many dancers, including Christian Papa. Seven years ago he only wanted to accompany a girl he had fallen in love with, to her dance class. “There’s just so much to the tango that you can’t let go of,” says the 24-year-old. Some of the young dancers are training for competitions. Papa currently is working with a girlfriend to prepare for an

was found dead in a swimming pool, with alcohol and drugs in his system. Jones had been let go from the Band just days earlier. Ron Wood joined the group in 1975. In the beginning, the Rolling Stones may have been seen as the voice of their generation. While they developed a reputation as being anti-establishment, and heroes of Blues and rock ‘n’ roll, that doesn’t quite match the reality. For example, Jagger never took part in political demonstrations, and his middle-class English accent is still noticeable to this day. The Stones were constructed as the bad boys of rock, with edgy music – contrasting perfectly with The Beatles. Their music has never really gone out of fashion; and 50 years on, nearly everyone can name at least one Rolling Stones song. u amateur competition, while Cesar has her sights set on a loftier goal. “I think today we are more ambitious,” says the 22-year-old. “One of my goals is to compete in the world championships.” Tango also is a large part of Argentine tourism, though some people think the country should be careful. “Tango shouldn’t be viewed as a fashion or an export good,” says Cesar. “Tango is culture.” One of the reasons she is studying tango, is to use it later as a tool for social integration. She says she would like to work in Community Centres, where she could help young people from poor areas integrate into society, through culture. Many other tango dancers agree with this approach. Various organizations would like to hold milongas in the streets, or arrange other free dance events, to bring tango back to all areas of the city. “We would like to further develop tango, to give it new energy,” says Cesar. “But it should remain what it is – our dance, that binds people from all walks of life and all levels of society.” u

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Checkpoint Charlie { Jutta Schuetz / Berlin / DPA }


he sausage stand selling the German capital’s famous “currywurst” is an old Trabant. A few metres away, the legendary “Happy Dog” assaults the eye, with a brightly painted piece of the Berlin Wall. Sitting beside is a street trader selling gas masks. Checkpoint Charlie—the most symbolic of Cold War crossing points—is at the centre of controversy again. The question facing the authorities is how do they reconcile the site’s still sensitive history, with the flood of tourists and the demands of commerce. There is change afoot. From September 22, a huge wall panorama, created on a nearby vacant site by the artist Yadegar Asisi, will commemorate Berlin – as a divided city. Excavation works are underway, at the site where Asisi’s rotunda will be erected. The rotunda could remain in place (in this heart of the City) for two years, according to Rainer Klemke, speaking for the City Administration. An Exhibition on the Cold War will also open from midSeptember, in a pavilion on the other side of Friedrich-

strasse - the central thoroughfare that Checkpoint Charlie spanned. This so-called Black Box was erected in January, also on a vacant site, but has remained closed – waiting for funds to be released to install the Exhibition. “It’s all a bit strange,” says Martha Lange, a 68-year-old German-born woman, now living in the Netherlands, who was visiting the reunified City for the first time. Her husband was disappointed that there is no trace left of the Wall, at Checkpoint Charlie. At first, he completely failed to notice the strip of stones set in the street, that marks the course of the barrier. During the euphoria that followed the fall of the Wall

Higher, Faster, Farther { Ulrike von Leszczynski / Berlin / DPA }


round the world in 80 days? That’s a 19th century science fiction goal, popularized by French author Jules Verne – and his book of the same name. Today people have set their sights on new speed and distance records – such as the aroundthe-world hot air balloon flight, that set a record 10 years ago. Behavioural researchers say such journeys are examples of a very human desire to set a record. They have identified an increasing desire to achieve top performances in all kinds of things – from naked sledding to office chair racing. Television and the internet are fuelling these ambitions. Higher, faster, farther: Peter Walschburger, a psychologist at the Free University in Berlin, isn’t surprised by these aims. Our evolutionary roots lie in the hunters and gatherers of the early Stone Age, when victory in the struggle to survive was what counted most. “We are all the ancestors of the winners of competitions,” says Walschburger. “The desire to set a record is genetic, especially among men.” Men occasionally allow the allure of risk to switch off their sense of reason. The basis of this is that people who are successful in extreme tests of their skill, also usually experience extreme happiness, says Walschburger. This is a feeling that a human wants to repeatedly have; an effect that is similar to a dependence on drugs, and which

accompanies an increased production of sexual hormones. This is what promotes the need to seek records. Of course, extreme situations do sometimes threaten survival. Today, however, setting a record is not just about a top performance, that requires a lot of training and experience. The spectacular achievements of ordinary people make popular subjects for television shows, that offer fame and fortune at the same time. Institutions that previously offered people a feeling that they were better off, have lost their status: families, because of high divorce rates; political parties, because of ambiguity; and the church, because of societal change. The result is a certain loss of orientation. “Rankings give us back the feeling that we are the centre of attention,” says trend researcher Peter Wippermann. It may be something silly like cream puff throwing; or more serious endeavours like sailing around the world at the age of 16, or walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. “The focus is on the interpretation of symbolic action, and the logic of going up a rankings system.” At Berlin’s Humboldt University, personality psychologist Jens Asendorpf doesn’t believe that today any fun factor is increasing the desire to set records. “There were Olympic Games back in ancient Greece,” he says. “Humans have always played whenever they could afford to.” The difference is that news of

in 1989, the concrete structure was rapidly demolished—along with the watchtowers, alarm systems and other security apparatus. The regrets came later. The private Checkpoint Charlie Museum, run by Alexandra Hildebrandt, is one of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions, despite a relatively high entrance charge of 12.50 euros (15.60 dollars). The Collection, and its presentation have, however, been criticised for a lack of rigour. The area has also become a Berlin political football game, with the City’s largest party— the Social Democrats (SPD)— favouring a new museum at the site; while the second party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), backs a Museum of Freedom at the disused Tempelhof Airport across the City. Meanwhile, the currywurst stands, the sellers of military memorabilia, and the “military policemen” – dressed in US and Red Army uniforms and posing for photographs for a fee – continue to set the tone. To the amusement of some, and the disapproval of others. u records can reach a much larger number of spectators through the modern media. “Social rewards are increasing due to this,” he says. Won’t the records sometime be exhausted, because the human body will have reached its limit? Researchers don’t believe so. Records are a dynamic process, and there always will be challenges, new rules, and technical possibilities. Walschburger doesn’t want to portray men who like to go after records as nitwits. They might have their cocky attitude, “but the scouting of opportunities, and stepping beyond boundaries, is what brings people forward.” That goes as much for astronauts as it does for big thinkers. u

Women In Olympics { George Burns / London / DPA }


t seems appropriate that the first gold medal awarded at the 2012 Olympics was in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event, as the London Games marks a true milestone in the battle for sporting equality among the sexes. For the first time in Olympic history, every country team at London 2012 features at least one female athlete; while the addition of women’s boxing means both sexes will compete in every sport, if not every discipline. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are all fielding at least one woman for the first time, with the Saudis in particular finally bowing to the quiet but persistent pressure of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge. “We have made a lot of progress in this field. In 1996 in Atlanta, 26 Olympic committees had no women,” said Rogge. Participation in the Ancient Olympic Games was limited to male athletes only – a policy that was followed at the first Olympics of the modern era in 1896. Women participated for the first time at the 1900 Paris Games, but only in lawn tennis and golf – while athletics and gymnastics debuted at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. The number of women competing in London is at an all-time high of 4,847, with the United States sending more female than male athletes to an Olympics for the first time. China has also sent more women than men to London. US flag bearer Mariel Zagunis—who was chosen in a vote by fellow members of the US Olympic team—believes women are finally being treated as equals in the world of Olympic sport. “The development of women in sport is huge,” said the two-time Olympic champion fencer. “I was born in the right generation.” USOC Chef de Mission Teresa Edwards, who won four gold medals in Olympic women’s basketball (between Los Angeles 1984 and Sydney 2000) agreed, saying she did not have to struggle to become a great athlete. “The doors had been loosened, and I just walked through,” she said. Women made up 44 per cent of athletes at Beijing 2008, and Rogge has set the goal of gender equality sooner rather than later. u

Video-Game Binge Kills Teen

{ Lin Yang / Taipei / DPA }


Taiwan teen collapsed and died at an internet cafe, after playing Diablo 3—a popular online video game— for 40 consecutive hours. The deceased had been playing the latest installment of the roleplaying game, developed by USbased Activision Blizzard Inc. The 18-year-old Chuang had booked a private room at the cafe in Tainan, southern Taiwan, and had played for nearly two days without eating. When an attendant entered the room, he found Chuang resting on a table. After the attendant woke him, he stood, took a few steps

and then collapsed. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital. Police were investigating the cause of death, and an autopsy was being carried out. They speculated that long hours in a sedentary position had created cardiovascular problems for Chuang. This is the second such death in Taiwan this year. In February, a man in New Taipei was found dead, slumped in a chair facing a computer, with his arms still reaching out for the keyboard – after playing for 23 hours. The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest. u


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