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{Inside} The Ansal Lok Vihars

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e feature Sushant Lok 1 and Palam Vihar, the premier colonies developed by the Ansals, one of the founders of modern Gurgaon. We look at what was planned and delivered – and what went wrong. ...pg 9 & 10

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e experienced the Volvo Ride, and also the look and feel of our Capital City – Chandigarh (and Panchkula). We talked to some in the Administration, and the common folk, on behalf of Gurgaon. How is it that all the decision makers sitting there— including HUDA—arenot able to replicate the good points here? Or is it the citizens, and civic sense. ...pg 15

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uvraj has shown that he is a fighter – he has been there, done it. He now wants all of us together to do the same – to join the fight against cancer, primarily through awareness and education, and check ups. The first YouWeCan Centre will be in Gurgaon, where he stays with his mother, Shabnam. ...pg 19

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istols and firearms. You would think only the police—and an organised mafia—would use them. And that too when excessively provoked. Unfortunately, in Gurgaon this may not be true. The rate at which pistols and rifles are being used, to decide the outcome of fights and rivalries, is growing uncomfortably high. And very little is officially acknowledged. There are regular cases of road-rage, fights that end with bodies, and shoot-outs. Rogue elements boldly take on even the police. There was a time when the ubiquitous Haryanvi farmer would be pictured as a tall, strapping man astride his tractor, or with a wellworn walking staff in a field. Over time, the image has been replaced by a nattily-dressed man with an SUV and a .32 bore

handgun. So, as a concerned citizen, is buying a gun the answer to this problem? Or would it worsen the situation? Along with the massive expansion of the City, and change in its lifestyle, the safety factor of the average Joe has not progressed similarly. In a City where private guards outnumber the official police

force, it is not unbelievable that the citizen would take extra measures to protect himself and his family – especially when there are more than the average number of upper-class families and High Net-Worth Individuals, compared to other non-metro cities. Along with the highsecurity condominiums and gated colonies for the rich and famous, a gun-toting bodyguard is almost mandatory for these circles. And for those who can't afford such precautions for themselves or their loved ones, getting a gun is not far from their mind. “This is a thing I would not have thought of in any other

City,” says Rajesh, a resident of Sushant Estates. He is a young man with a wife and a toddler. “The tolerance level in this City is next to nothing. Even a dent on the car has to resolved with threats of political connections, or bodily harm. Is it not enough to pay for your mistake, and get it over with?” he feels. “I have shifted my tyre-iron from the boot of my car to Contd on p 8 


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n exhibition of photographs by Saify Naqvi, who shares his perspective and version of reality, using modern digital aids. The Exhibition is an attempt to showcase and share his voyages with people – and show the deep spiritual connection that he has formed with these places.

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Sr. Correspondent: Abhishek Behl Correspondents:

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about civic and social happenings and issues around you? n Are you motivated to do something positive for society? n Are you interested to also write, and express what you see, hear, feel?

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Everything You Wanted To Know @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: July 14-15 Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Registration Fee: Rs. 2,000 per person

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Workshop for gardening enthusiasts, by Tarun Mal – a self-taught, practicing horticulturist. The Workshop includes essential gardening ideas, along with learning about bio-diversity and carbon farming; and how to create a healthy living environment. Contact: 9810059550, 0124-2715100

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odrej Nature’s Basket is celebrating the World Cheese Festival all through this month. As part of the festivities, the store is staging a Workshop by Chef Kishi Arora, from Foodaholics. Besides sharing cheesy recipes, she will also be giving tips on cheese pairing and cheese platters. Contact: 124-4665753

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

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

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avan Choudhary, Managing Director of Vygon, speaks on the need for residents to become responsible citizens. ...Pg 21

Regular Features Food Take

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Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was

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

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earn the art of Paper Quilling – a paper craft where long strips of paper are rolled around quills to form coils; which then are glued together to create decorative designs. Participants can take home their creative works of art. Contact: Karuna Chauhan, 9711133220 or Nupur Garg, 9871049045

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Paint Your Imagination @H.No: 187, Sector 4, Urban Estate Date: Until July 31 Time: 11:00 am; 3:00 pm, Daily

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

August - ‘Osage County’ @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: July 16 Time: 7:30 pm Tickets: Rs. 1,000, Rs. 700, and Rs. 500 Age: 18 years and above

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tarring some well known theatre veterans—like Lillete Dubey, Kitu Gidwani, Meeta Vasisht, and Suchitra Pillai—this English play is directed by Lilette Dubey. The play chronicles the lives of the Weston family, who have the unique ability of making each others’ lives miserable. Contact: 9810059550, 0124-43663010

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pen Minds Learning presents a Workshop with Mayur Badola - NLP Master Practitioner, and Counsellor. The Workshop will

Nightlife

Hotelier’s Night @ Howzatt, Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15 Date: July 16 Time: 9:00 pm onwards

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ny staff from the hospitality industry (in Delhi, NCR), can enjoy a 30% discount on beverages, while they groove to the retro music belted out by the in-house DJ.

Nightlife

Armageddon ‘12 @ The [V] Spot Cafe & Bar, 
DLF City Phase IV
 Date: July 14 & 15 Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Exhibition

Apala's Exhibiton-cum-Sale @ Country Inn & Suites, Sector 29 Date: July 14 to 16 Time: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

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he first ever sale by Apala, that offers kundan, jadau, silver and diamond jewellery – designed intricately and artistically.

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Workshop on Stroke Painting – a unique technique created by Donna Dewberry. Students can learn about the different textures used in this technique. The Workshop will also teach the participants to paint on various bases – ranging from fabric and wood to glass.

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Quilling Workshop @ World of Kidz Activity Centre, D 2/7, Exclusive Floors, DLF Phase 5 Date: July 21 Time: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Charges: Rs. 1,200, including material

Theatre

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

Group Painting Exhibition @ Gallerie Alternatives, 102 Mega Mall, Golf Club Road, DLF Phase I Date: Until July 31 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm group painting Exhibition— featuring paintings, drawings, graphic prints and sculptures of artists like Paramjit Singh, Yusuf Arakkal, Shibu Natesan, Trupti Patel, Suman Chowdhury, Ranjit Singh, Kosal Kumar, and many more. The works are on display throughout the week, except on Tuesdays. Contact: (+91) 124 4051253; (+91) 9871797922

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Say Cheese This Monsoon @ Nature’s Basket Store,
Ambience Mall, NH-8
 Date: July 13 Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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offer techniques on how to acquire confidence, increase intelligence, improve concentration, and make smarter decisions. Contact: 9711792689

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the 15th will feature noted comedians Rajneesh Kapoor and Tanmay Bhatt.

Voyages @ Bagel’s Cafe, The Shopping Mall, D-40, Arjun Marg, DLF Phase 1 Date: July 10 to August 22 Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm

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rmageddon ‘12 is a festival of live music performances by leading artists, special comedy nights, beer chug Olympics, and more. Events this week include an Acoustic Marathon, featuring more than 20 acoustic music’s most renowned names – like Parikrama, Advaita, Half Step Down, Bandish. The Standup Comedy Evening on

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ndian Ocean, a contemporary fusion music band, performed at a Club in MGF Metropolitan Mall. Vocalist, Himanshu Joshi, and Rahul Ram, Drummer Amit Kilam, Recorder, Tuheen Chakravorty – and Guitarist Sushmit Sen rocked the concert with their famous tracks – such as “Are ruk ja re bande”, “Kandisa”, “Jhini”. This was followed by the performance of DJ Vaibhav, who churned out soft rock. Party regulars Garima Nagpal, Meenakshi Dutt, Amit Talwar with wife Priyanka Talwar, Sangeeta S Bahl, Sylvie, and the host Nitin and Jatin Chawla, were seen enjoying the fusion music, and food.

Classical Natyam

Pind Model Night

haratanatyam Dancer Rashmi Agarwal gave an impressive performance on the theme “Para Bhakti: Path That Leads To Moksha”, at the Epicentre. Projecting a perfect command over rhythm, Rashmi enthralled the audience with an hour long performance. “Neat movements, with full hand and leg stretches, and delightful expressions made it a perfect performance,” said an informed spectators.

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odels Varia Sun, Himani Thapa, Ritu Singh, Diana, and actor Kushal Rana attended a special Model Night, organised by Urban Pind. Models took to the floor, as DJ Praveen kept up the tempo with his groovy numbers. It was a well-attended affair by the crème de la crème of the fashion industry.

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oyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) displayed its Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Series, along with exciting motor sport activities, at GRACE TOYOTA, Gurgaon. Apart from the EMR concept cars on display, there were a host of motorsport based activities for all age groups. Mr. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director, Marketing said, “Motorsports is gaining popularity in India, commanding a growing audience among the young, educated and the dynamic – the demographic that the Etios Brand also reaches out to. We would like to take this opportunity to promote motorsports in India through EMR, and capitalise on our global motorsport heritage.”

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n theatre, a monologue is a speech presented by a single character, most often to express his/her thoughts aloud. What distinguishes a monologue from a soliloquy is that it directly addresses the audience – while in the latter the speaker talks to himself or herself. In fact ancient Greek and Roman theatre evolved from monologues to dialogues. If interaction with the audience is the ‘raison d’être’ of a good monologue, ‘Bombay Talkies’ meets the description to the hilt. Witty, sad, self-effacing, emotive, masochistic, moving, hilarious, romantic- the 'play' covers a gamut of emotions spread over two hours. It is produced by ‘The Orchid Room Experiment’ (Devika Shahani- Punjabi & Zafar KhanKarachiwala) , and written and directed brilliantly by Vikram Kapadia (director, actor, writer, film maker – known for his black comedy of 2002 ‘Black With Equal’). Though set in Mumbai, it would actually be relevant to any metro in India. Spread over eight monologues, the set, designed by Fali Unwalla, is deeply symbolic. It is a scaffolding with ropes superimposed on the high rises of the teeming city – possibly to reflect the grim, if not gory, reality faced by the denizens. The show unfolds with ‘Baby Dimple’, by Rasika Dugal. It is about a child actor, famous in her yesteryears , looking to recover her position in the movie industry, and finally succumbing to the casting couch. Insecure, vulnerable, tentative, pretty and alluring, Rasika does full justice to the role. Ishitta Arun essays the role of a talented and neglected wife with aplomb in ‘Ideas’. Her expression,

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when the lights fade, conveys more than the spoken words. In ‘Seven Tiles’, Viraf Patel relives the ignominy of coming to terms with being sodomised as a child, with a ‘soul baring’ earnestness. The show stealer, of course, is Darshan Jariwalla, in ‘No Tension’. Man about town, typical Mumbaiite, with a mistress to boot, he plays the harassed middle aged tycoon—faced with a Kafkaesque situation with regard to his passport—with such natural angst and emotion, that doctors watching the show may have got their stethoscopes ready. In ‘Wonderland’, Devika Shahani- Punjabi very convincingly brings about a much-needed calm—after the interval—as an erstwhile TV anchor looking for positivity in the small things in life, after years of negative reporting. Anahita Uberoi very emotively portrays a single woman, left to domestic pasture by an estranged husband. Aditiya Rawal (son of Paresh Rawal) discloses his acting genes, by playing a forlorn lover in ‘Shobhit Patel’. He sacrifices a job in the USA to be with the girl he fell in love with in a chance encounter. The last item, ‘The Uprising’, is set in a futuristic setting, where even oxygen is rare. Zafar Karachiwala pontificates, while the rest of the cast stands silently behind. Though thought provoking and erudite, it some how does not gel with the raw emotions expressed by the others. ‘Bombay Talkies’ strings together a very uneven set of precious stones – reflecting disillusionment, fear, desire, struggle and chaos, tempered with hope and love. The packed audience loved every minute of it, and gave the cast a well deserved and long standing ovation. u

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Less Bol More Dhishum { Vijay Kumar }

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ol Vachan is a term which is used to sardonically connote the so-called intellectual outpourings of wise men; this is corrupted as Bol Bachan colloquially. Ajay Devgn, who is one of the producers of Bol Bachchan, is a strong believer in numerology (has dropped a vowel in his name), and he might have felt that it would add zing to the title if Bol Bachan could be further corrupted as Bol Bachchan – BOL BACHCHAN since the younger Bachchan (Ab- directed by: ROHIT SHETTY hishek) was playing the lead role. In cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek addition, he has added an F to the Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai word Films, in the name of his production venture – it now becomes genre: Comedy Ajay Devgn Ffilms! Did all of this help the outcome of this movie? Bol Bachchan is loosely based on the 1979 classic comedy Golmaal, which was briliantly directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee – with excellent performances by Amol Palekar, Deven Verma, Dina Pathak and Utpal Dutt. Unfortunately, Rohit Shetty, the Director, has decided to temper the simple plot with a needless display of hurtling cars and buses (as is his wont), and stunt and fight sequences (if only to remind himself of whose son he is: the stunt master of yester years, Shetty). Therefore, what could have been a clean, neat comedy without frills, begins with a song featuring the Big B. It hops from comedy to fight sequences, accompanied by hamming. The result: you end up laughing one minute; but just as you feel light, there are garish and loud sequences to disappointment you. It appears that Rohit, having realised that there wasn’t enough of comedy to sustain a two and a half hour movie, decided to inject his famous action sequences. In isolation, the action shots do have an arresting feature – but look hopelessly out of place in a comedy. Abhishek Bachchan tries hard to perform, and succeeds reasonably – particularly in his role of Abbas; Ajay Devgn also delivers his role along expected lines. However, Akshay Kumar, delivering similar broken English lines in Rowdy Rathore, was more impactful. Archana Puran Singh does well in a brief role; but the rest of the cast—including Asin and Prachi Desai—turn out poor performances, in roles which have been poorly drawn up. u

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ctors Shweta Gulati and Gaurav Gera were seen at the NAZ Foundation, shaking a leg with underprivileged kids. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony. The actors were invited by the Accor Group to launch Planet 21–a green initiative. Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and ibis Gurgaon have undertaken this initiative to launch Planet 21, by organising events in partnership with the local and disadvantaged communities.

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unjabi music set the mood for the rap lovers of the City, as Punjabi rapper Dahek performed at a discotheque. In an impromptu move, a city-based music band Filmaya joined the rapper, and jammed with him on the stage. The crowd grooved to some his famous compositions, and enjoyed the evening.

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4 CEOs from the London School of Economics, along with Union Tourism Minister Subodh Singh Sahay paid a visit to the Kingdom of Dreams. The delegation had lunch at the Lucknow Pavilion, Culture Gully. In a special press conference, the Minister said “The Tourism Ministry is working with the Kingdom of Dreams, to create air-conditioned tents fitted with sound and light support. These tents will travel, along with a team of representatives from the Kingdom of Dreams, and put up performances across the world, as a part of the Incredible India campaign.”


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CINEMA

THIS WEEK Big Cinema The Amazing Spider-Man *(3D) 3.20pm Cocktail 10.20am, 12.30, 1.20, 4.20, 6.00, 7.20, 10.15, 11pm Abraham Lincoln : Vampire Hunter (3D) * 10.20am, 8.50pm Bol Bachchan 10.30am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30pm PVR AMBIENCE – GURGAON COCKTAIL 10 am, 11.10 am, 1.00 pm, 2.10 pm, 2.45 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.10 pm, 7.00 pm, 8.10 pm, 8.45 pm, 9.55 pm, 11.10 pm, 11.45 pm Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- 3D 1.05 pm, 6.20 pm, 11.10 pm Bol Bachchan 10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.45 pm, 7.30 pm, 10.30 pm The Amazing Spiderman (3D) 10.30 am, 8.35 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur 3.20 pm PVR AMBIENCE GOLD CLASS GURGAON Cocktail 10:35 am, 12:25 pm, 1:35 pm, 3:25 pm, 4:35 pm, 6:25 pm, 7:35 pm, 9:25 pm, 10:35 pm Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- 3D 10.10 am

PVR MGF Cocktail 10:00 am, 10:40 am, 11:20 am, 1:00 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:20 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:40 pm, 5:20 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:40 pm, 8:20 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:40 pm, 11:20 pm, 11:55 pm Bol Bachchan 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00pm, 10:30 pm Billa-2 (Tamil) 10:20 am, 12:40 pm, 3:40 pm, 8:35 pm Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- 3D

10:45 am, 3:45 pm, 6:00 pm, 10:55 pm The Amazing Spiderman (3D) 1:00 pm, 8:15 pm Eega (Telugu) 10:00 am Jatt And Juliet (Punjabi) 6:00 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur 12:40 pm, 10:50 pm

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Big Menu - A Google for Food Lovers

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ood lovers in the City have a reason to rejoice. Big Menu, a food ordering system, is playing google for restaurants. Now browsing through various restaurants, hotels, bakeries, and take-aways is just a click away. Started by an MBA, Karan, and a Chartered Accountant, Sanjeet Agarwal, this Service allows you to order food from a host of restaurants in the City – online or over a phone call – and have it delivered at your doorstep. “As Gurgaon is a new city for many, they struggle to locate restaurants catering to specific needs. Before taking an order, we guide people about the food quality, service, and cost offered by a restaurant. This is the only Gurgaonspecific food ordering service,” says Karan Garg, Cofounder, Big Menu. As the company offers food delivery and fine-dining booking services, it has partnered with over 300 restaurants. It offers customers the menu cards of different restaurants. All the customers need to do is to choose their favourite dishes, choose the restaurant that fits How it works? in their budget, and then wait Step 1: Call 0124-4901000 or for the delivery. Most of the log on to www.bigmenu.in to restaurants offer discounts, place the order anywhere from 10 to 20 per cent Step 2: Get order – if you orders through Big confirmation through both an Menu. “Keeping in mind the SMS and an Email. different needs of customers, Step 3: Get the food we have tied-up with a range delivered at your doorstep. of restaurants – offering In- Step 4: Make the payment. dian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Mughlai, South Indian, Thai, and other cuisines. We also provide details of restaurants based in a particular locality in the City,” says Karan. Big Menu has been receiving nearly 1,000 orders per month – online and over phone. “We are looking at expanding our customer base to 5,000 a month. Besides, we are planning to take up hotel bookings, for rooms and conference halls,” says Karan. The company’s expansion plans also include extending this service to South Delhi. The team of four works from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on all days. To order, call 0124-4901000 or log on to www.bigmenu.in.

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ The Haryana CM, Bhupinder Singh

Hooda, recently in the City to inaugurate the Mega Police Housing Complex, stated that Haryana is today the leading state in per capita investment, per capita income, sports, agriculture, and education. ♦ With respect to the Police, Haryana has reserved 10% posts for women (who now number 2203), and 3% for outstanding sports persons. ♦ Haryana proposes to add 10,000 more police personnel in the near future. The Police Complex, at Police Lines, consists of 364 houses (13 towers), and is for the housing of Inspectors and Constables. It has been built at a cost of about Rs 53 crores. The Complex already has 360 houses and some other buildings.

♦ The District Magistrate PC Meena has

again invoked Sec 144 CrPC for banning Hookah Bars in Gurgaon District. ♦ Lawyers of Gurgaon joined in a nationwide strike. ♦ The Babu Jagjivan Ram Educational Foundation organized a local Conference to mark his 25th Death Anniversary. ♦ The last date for registration of bore wells has passed, and only a small proportion of the operators have registered. Clearly some tough measures are now needed.

♦ A candle light vigil is organized for

Kshema, who was killed in the ‘BMW case’. Her husband, still under treatment, leads the procession - demanding timely justice. ♦ A 5-year-old boy falls into a sewer, near Manesar, and dies. ♦ A woman is set ablaze, allegedly for dowry reasons, by her husband and inlaws. The latter are booked. ♦ A businessman commits suicide – his wife and father-in-law are booked.

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bus stand. ♦ 3 are killed as a bus overturns on NH8. ♦ A prime accused in a 2010 murder case (of an engineering student) is nabbed. He carried a reward of Rs 50,000. ♦ A woman delivers twins outside the Civil Hospital, due to alleged delay by hospital staff. One of the twins dies a day later. ♦ World bank and DHBVN take action against the contractor and supervisors, for the safety lapse that led to a boy falling into an open ditch left at a construction site. Fortunately, the boy was pulled out in time, with the help of locals. ♦ 5 more are held for digging illegal bore wells. ♦ A Toyota Innova catches fire, allegedly due to a short circuit. ♦ 3 people rob a retired teacher of Rs 50,000, which he had withdrawn from his bank. Showing exemplary courage, the ex-teacher nabs one of them. ♦ 4 booked for selling land, with fake documents. ♦ A man is robbed of his car at knifepoint, in Udyog Vihar. ♦ A Bolero is stolen at gunpoint near NH8. ♦ A boutique owner is duped of Rs 75,000,

as her debit card is stolen. ♦ There has been a spate of robberies, at the district court complex. ♦ A tanker overturns on NH8, leading to a 3-hour jam.

♦ CNG price hiked again – almost a 25% hike within the last year and a half.

♦ A plan is prepared for using recycled

water for non-drinking/cooking purposes.

♦ Hundreds of Mayfield Garden residents

face extended power cut, after transformer packs up – pool resources to put a back up. The builders are not providing any services, as their licence has been cancelled. ♦ Supreme Court stays collection of property tax by MCG in private builder areas. The MCG would be replying to the Court in the next 2 weeks. ♦ The Gurgaon Citizens’ Council is fighting the case on behalf of the residents. ♦ An Anti-Graft rally, by the Anna Group (without Anna) is planned for July 15th., at the Gaushala grounds. ♦ Gurgaon Constables go though a soft skills training program. ♦ The longest flyover – Rajiv Chowk to Bus Stop – is being planned; as also one from Signature Towers to Atul Kataria Chowk.


08  Contd from p 3 below my seat,” he admits, after a traffic altercation with some locals left him with bruises. Although he is not financially able to afford a gun as of now, “I am thinking of buying a fake pistol,” he jokes. “The City is just not safe for the aam aadmi. When a guy like me settles here, he doesn't think about protection and safety. That duty is entrusted to the police of the City. But when we read about powerful and influential people getting into altercations and whipping out firearms, a thought does come to mind that is the police doing anything to protect the common man from such elements?” But according to the police, buying a gun is not so easy. As of now, the City has a little less than 9,800 licensed gun owners. The Arms Act (1952) and the Arms Rules (1962) make for very strict rules, and the police has further narrowed the list of people eligible for keeping a gun. The Gun Application and Verification Office in Gurgaon's Mini-Secretariat wears a dusty look, that comes from too many files and too less space to even sit or walk. Surrounded by a mountain of files, Inspector Jasmer Singh (In-Charge of the Department) talks to a bank Branch Manager who has applied for a gun licence. Looking around, he says, “Now, if a person gets a gun licence issued in Haryana, it is only valid for within the State. For an allIndia licence, applicants have to go to New Delhi. We don't give a firearm licence to anyone who waves a handful of cash and wants to show-off in front of his friends. The rules say that a grave threat to life of oneself, and of family, is one of the few eligibility criteria available to an applicant. The threat has to be credible, and has to be verified by the local Station House Officer (SHO). If, and only if, the SHO sends a letter of no-objection and validates the applicant's story, can we process the request. There have been so many cases when property dealers have broken their own car's windshield, and asked for protection. The SHO simply sends a letter stating the reality, and the application is rejected.” What are the instances in which the police provides a gun licence from their own side? “In some cases, when we feel that a person is facing a grave threat, we issue a licence from our side. In the Hayatpur murder case, we have issued gun licences to the witnesses who are going for deposition. As of now, we only give gun licences to those who need the protection. Also, we can make an exception when a person has entered sports shooting, and has won domestic and international competitions. In those cases, we relax the law to accommodate them,” Singh says. This means that when a citizen is facing a life-threat, there is no option but to call 100, and wait for the cavalry to arrive, says Sanjay Singh,

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one of the youngest Resident Welfare Association (RWA) Presidents in the City. He lives in the M2K White House colony. At his behest, the Colony was secured with guards armed with rifles, rather than the normal private guards. “One night, I heard scraping sounds outside my house. When I sneaked out, I found three miscreats trying to steal the air-conditioners from my house – which is situated at the edge of the Colony. When I yelled at them, they paid no heed. But thankfully, a guard came running up. I took the rifle from him and shot off a couple of rounds in the air. Hearing that, the thieves ran for their lives,” he recollects. Were it not for a gun, the thieves would have thrashed him, and kept stealing more valuables from the Colony. At that time, my decision to arm the Colony's guards paid off in gold,” he says. “I am considering sending off an application for owning a gun, after what happened. At that time, had I called and waited for the police to show up, I would have been left with an FIR and missing items – not to talk of injuries, had the goons spotted me,” Singh says.

“There is no safety in the City any more,” says a Senior Vice-President of an MNC, who has seen Gurgaon over the years. “Before the boom, people had a need for guns as there was wilderness after 50 steps in any direction. There was nothing, and no one that could help in times of distress. Now, the axiom is still true, but the conditions have reversed. The City-metropolis has burgeoned so much that there is no police to save the common citizen. Well-off citizens can still hire guards and gunmen, but that is an unlikely and improbable solution for every household in the City of Gurgaon.” Gurgaon's Joint Commissioner of Police Anil Rao was transferred to Gurgaon from Faridabad. “The condition of the Weapons Registration Office was pathetic there. I revamped it, and made it into an ISO certified institution,” he says proudly. “I got youth from technical colleges to enter the verification forms and the licence data into a computer, thus providing for an indestructible safe (to avoid a situation similar to what happened in Mewat

Penalties and Punishments Under Arms Act (1952), Chapter V:

(I-AAA) Whoever has in contravention of a notification issued under Section XXIV-A in his possession or in contravention of a notification issued under Section XXIV-B carries or otherwise has in his possession, any arms or ammunition shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than (three years,but which may extend to seven years) and shall also be liable to fine.

Punishment for possessing arms, etc, with intent to use them for unlawful purpose (Section XXVII)

(1) whoever uses any arms or ammunition in contravention of Section V shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine. (2) whoever uses any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition in contravention of Section VII shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine. (3) whoever uses any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition or does any act in contravention of Section VII and such use or act results in the death of any other person, shall be punishable with death.

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While there is a growing fetish in Gurgaon to buy weapons and brandish them, experts say that people should first get trained, and know how to handle the arms and ammunition. They also suggest that a shooting centre or range should be set up in Gurgaon, so that people can exhaust their pent up anger and frustration. This is happening in Delhi, where people in large numbers—both weapon owners as well as non-owners—are going to shooting ranges to learn the science and art. Vikram Singh, Coach at the Sportzcraft shooting centre in Delhi, says that they train people on how to use guns for sports shooting – but this also help them understand the importance of safety while using a gun. There are many gun-owners who do not know how to load, aim and maintain a weapon – but they understand when they go there. Mehboob Pathan, another trainer, says that many people who have not fired a single shot now come here regularly, as shooting helps them to relieve their tension – and also improves concentration. "We have imported weapons, and have a world class range. We are also looking to set up one in Gurgaon", he says. Since the opening of the range, the interest of people has been phenomenal, as they want to know how to use weapons – and we are teaching this here, he adds.

-With inputs from Abhishek Behl – where the police station burned down, and the weapons records were lost in the fire). Furthermore, the records were managed by a special software, made available to us by the Centre. We were able to send out SMSes and letters to all registered arms holders to renew their licence. And the wait time for the process was cut to less than three to four minutes,” he recalls. Joint Commissioner Rao is planning to do the same in Gurgaon. It is a timesaver, and frees up the officials as well as the people from unnecessary hassles, he says. “Since there is no gun shop worth going to in Gurgaon, most people get their arms from outside; and they prefer smallarms like pistols and revolvers (reflected from the licences issued). Heavy-bore weapons like shotguns are not the flavour any more. The applicants have got the cash to splurge, and go for models like Smith and Wesson, 9mm Beretta, and even exotic models like Glock pistols which cost over Rs. 3 lakhs,” says an official. What about training? Does the process of weapons registration involve getting to know how to handle your 'piece'? “Of course,” says Jasmer Singh, “Each applicant is supposed to go through a 15-day course, in which he learns about how to shoot properly, and how to take care of the weapon. The Home Guard Commandant Range in Gurgaon is the place where we send the applicants, as a part of the process of getting a weapons licence.” We have also stopped giving

licences to professional shooters, Singh says. Under new rules, only those who need it for protection can apply for it. Personal Security Officers (PSO) and those individuals who make a living by owning a firearm have to get their respective company to vouch for them first. The incident in which a minor shot his bullying classmate is a horrific reminder that guns kept for personal safety can be turned into death-dealing devices. The father of the perpetrator, a property dealer, was lacking in the security of his gun, and the child saw it as a fit weapon for retribution. It may seem a good idea to get a pistol or a rifle to protect your home and hearth. Joint Commissioner Anil Rao is vehement when he says that the police is more than capable to handle any exigency, at any time, anywhere. “When a girl calls 100 to save herself from getting molested, we respond. When an old man calls 100 for reporting suspicious persons in his neighbourhood, we respond. There is hardly any situation in which the police is lagging. And keeping a gun in the house is not a solution for safety,” he feels. The times have changed from when one needed a gun to keep off the wild animals, or as a show-piece in the drawing room. But Haryana, and Gurgaon in particular, has started relying on guns more than the traditional latth, or staff. Along with a big, fat SUV, will a handgun now be the identifying denominator for a Gurgaonite? u

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Palam Vihar

{  Abhishek Behl & Maninder Dabas / FG }

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urgaon is one of those cities where private colonisers have developed a significant percentage of total residential area, and have constructed some of the best gated colonies of the country. Ansals have given this City some of the biggest and finest residential colonies. Both Sushant Lok-1 and Palam Vihar feature at the top of that list. The colonies together cover a mammoth area of almost 1,500 acres. However, despite being developed by the same builder, they are very different from each other. Rakesh Goel, Vice President of Ansal Properties & Infrastructure (API)—that built Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok—says that Gurgaon has been lucky, in the sense that it is close to the international airport, close to South Delhi, and the NH 8 passes through the City. “While developing Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok, we never thought that these developments would one day help in making Gurgaon into a Millennium City,” says Goel. When asked about the challenges faced by the company as a pioneer developer, he says that the government authorities were quite supportive, but the pace of growth has caught both the private and state establishments

Sushant Lok

The Ansal Lok Vihars Where Did It Go Wrong?

har and Sushant Lok, and even DLF Phase I and II, are mainly inhabited by people who shifted from Delhi to the Millennium City – for a fresher, modern life. They, however, did not know that one day, and so soon, Gurgaon would have infrastructural problems worse than Delhi. We thought it would be interesting to compare these colonies—successful in their own ways—of a common developer.

Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok: The beginning

Both Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok were developed as integrated townships by the Ansals – townships that gave all the amenities to the residents, in terms of shopping complexes, community centres, apartments, EWS housing, commercial office space, schools, and even plots for religious complexes. Enticed by the promises of modern and clean living, without the commotion of Delhi, motivated many people to buy plots in these colonies. Defence officials, and those working in the airlines industry, particularly came in droves to Palam Vihar – as

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unawares. “The infrastructure could not grow as needed, as no one could predict that this City would be an IT and auto hub,” says Goel. Even today, almost 25 years after these colonies came into existence, the master network for drainage and sewerage—to be built by HUDA—is not ready, making life difficult for the residents. These integrated townships suffer immense problems during the monsoon Unlike the majority of recent developments, both Palam Vi-

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the International Airport was nearby. Businessmen and professionals from South Delhi preferred Sushant Lok, as  MG Road helped in the easy movement between the two cities. Palam Vihar was developed on the land belonging to Chauma and Carterpuri; and old timers say that these two villages produced almost 4 trucks of vegetables daily – that were sent to Azadpur Mandi in those days. Vivek Kumar, an early resident of Palam Vihar, says that they came to this Colony

because it was close to Delhi, and Ansals as a builder were popular at that time. “We were impressed by the internal roads and the greenery in the Colony,” says Kumar, who earlier used to live in Delhi. Nearby schools like Chiranjiv Bharti also helped many residents to shift to Palam Vihar. Shyam Soni, President of Sushant Lok RWA says that this Colony was one of the best and largest in the Millennium City. “We came here because I had bought a shop in the Sushant Vyapar Kendra. But the decision was also motivated by clean and green roads, parks, and a diverse social society,” says Soni. He says that Sushant Lok has a healthy mix of both professionals and businessmen, who live in complete harmony. When asked why he and other residents preferred Sushant Lok over DLF, he points to the elite character of the DLF properties. “From the start DLF was selling properties to clients who were elite; and it was clear that it would be difficult to gel with this set,” says one of the residents. The Ansal colonies have a more middle class feel, are in close connect with the City, and are less exclusive – though the residents here also resent the infringement of their private space! With the passage of time, Sushant Lok-1 no doubt has become one of the most sought after addresses in the entire City. It is surrounded by a bevy of world class malls, and top quality commercial space occupied by some of the best companies in the world; and the arrival of the Metro has changed the entire dimension of living here. Realty prices have shot up, and rents are skyrocketing here, says Anil Yadav, former Sarpanch of Chakkarpur, one of the villages on whose land Sushant Lok-1 has been built. Yadav says that Sushant Lok has benefited a lot due to its location, as compared to Palam Vihar – that has been a backyard of the City for ages. “In my view, Sushant Lok and the area around it, is the heart of ‘New’ Gurgaon City. It represents the spirit as well its work ethos,” says Yadav. While Yadav may be correct in extolling the virtues of Sushant Lok, realty experts suggest that despite its distant location Palam

Vihar too has managed to give competition to the elite colonies – including those developed by DLF. The distant location of Palam Vihar helps, in the sense that it is more peaceful, serene and safe – making it an ideal residential colony, says Pravin Kumar, who works in an office here. “We see less traffic, less office goers, less cabs, and less commercial activity. This is good for residents,” he says. Both the residential colonies have almost 70 per cent occupancy, says Rakesh Goel of Ansals. “Both the areas have matured, and people are enjoying their stay. Those who bought plots for a few thousands are seeing great appreciation, and these developments have fuelled the growth of the real estate sector in Gurgaon,” he asserts. When asked to compare his projects with those of DLF, Goel is reticent, and says that the Ansals’ priority is to give the best quality and service to its customers. An industry analyst says that till the mid-nineties, both the companies were almost neck to neck in real estate; but the Uphaar tragedy in Delhi was a massive setback to the Ansal group. “For a couple of years the

lucrative business does not understand the intricacies of the business,” says Goel, while adding that they have maintained these colonies for more than 20 years. Maintenance no doubt is a major issue between the residents and the builders in the entire City. Both Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok RWAs are fighting with the Ansals, and Ansals’ chosen maintenance agency Profac, on account of poor maintenance. While residents accuse the builder, Goel says that residents want to pay maintenance charges that were valid 15 years ago. “We want to help the residents, and monitor the working of Profac, but payment disputes definitely affect quality,” he admits. This is a continuous process, he stresses. Friday Gurgaon tried to contact Profac through phone calls and sms messages, but there was no response from the company. Soni, President of Sushant Lok RWA, says that no doubt this Colony was one of the best in the City, but since the takeover by Profac it has deteriorated badly. The views of Palam Vihar RWA are also the same.

Area and infrastructure

Sushant Lok-1 is spread across 600 acres of land, in which there are almost 6,000 residential plots, with an occupancy of over 65 per cent.

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Ansals could not concentrate on the business – and this helped DLF to forge ahead,” he asserts. Another important difference between the two companies is their stand on maintenance services, and the handing over of colonies. Goel says that his company is totally committed to handing over Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok-1 to the government agencies. “We want to hand over these colonies to the government, and the discussions are on-going. Whosoever says that maintenance is a

Sushant Lok has been divided into five blocks, with each having more than one thousand plots. This Phase has a total of 80 parks, of which 30 are large. It has a beautiful mix of residential and commercial establishments. The success of this Colony can be judged by the occupancy in this area. Almost 4,500 families are living here. The large number of parks makes the environment clean and calm. Contd on p 10 


10  Contd from p 9 Palam Vihar is also an oasis in the concrete jungle of Gurgaon, lying on the Delhi-Gurgaon border. It is protected from the chaos of Udyog Vihar and Iffco Chowk. The Colony has approximately 6,000 plots, that have been carved from 725 acres of land. There are three Community Centres, one Club, a couple of private hospitals and schools, a Shopping Centre, and a recently built Mall – that all add to the charm of the Colony.

Lifestyle

Locals say that Palam Vihar offers them easy access to both Delhi and Gurgaon, yet allows them to stay detached from the fast pace of these two cities. “After spending hours at a busy airport I love to come to this

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proposed Metro and upcoming Expressway, have given fresh impetus to commercial and residential activity in the colony.

Connectivity

“Connectivity is obviously an important factor which adds to the value of the Colony. Sushant Lok-I is blessed in this regard, as it has an excellent connectivity to the Metro train, and the NH 8 too is near,” says P.N Singh, an RWA member and resident. Palam Vihar has been suffering due to lack of good transport facilities; but the new City bus service, as well as buses connecting it with Delhi, has resolved the issue to a large extent. Local residents are also ecstatic over the proposed Metro extension from Dwarka, that will touch Palam Vihar while going to Iffco

also not interested in sorting out the issue of maintenance. They are enjoying almost Rs. 11-12 lakhs per month, by creating a dispute, and doing no work. 2. Security: “Chain snatching and car and bike theft have become frequent in this area. The Agency has promised to provide the Colony with 90 guards; but in reality, the number doesn’t exceed 40. Even the available guards are not interested in asking outsiders the reason for their coming in. They are also useless in terms of saving people’s valuables. They do nothing except sit in the corner and munch gutkas. Some of them remain busy in extracting money illegally from the hawkers,” says Deepak Verma, Sushant Lok RWA member and resident.

parks in Palam Vihar colony and majority of these are in poor condition. Many of the parks have broken walls, and some have become a play ground for pigs, alleges Sunil Yadav. 4. Roads: Sushant Lok-I, like many other government or private colonies of the City has pathetic inside roads; and people are extremely annoyed. “Except for a handful of stretches, most of the inner roads are in pathetic shape, and Profac has refused to repair them,” says Umed Singh, a resident. Roads in Palam Vihar are better. The traffic is also less, as the movement of vehicles is restricted to residents – and only those who have to cross over to Delhi from Gurgaon. However, Neeraj, who lives in C-Block, says that the internal roads in the Colony are in

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peaceful Colony, that is close to Dwarka,” says Vinay Gupta, who works with an airline. Construction of a Defence Officers Club has become another attraction for residents here, as a large number comes from the forces. The Ansal Mall, Corporate Plaza and Vyapar Kendra all help the residents to enjoy life in this ‘island’ peacefully – barring of course the poor water and power supply, that is uniform across the City. Sushant Lok, in comparison, has a ‘faster’ lifestyle, as it is in the centre of the Commercial Business District of MG Road, Golf Course Road, and the institutional area nearby. The residents (many tenants) are also younger, more ‘aggressive’ in their lifestyle choices, and part of the cyber bandwagon.  

Location

The people living in Sushant Lok can easily reach any ‘happening’ place within half an hour. “Location is indeed one of the benefits of this Colony. The most happening place of the City—MG Road—is adjacent,” says Vikram Bhatia, an RWA member and resident. To give credit to the Ansals, Palam Vihar has also turned out to be a Colony that has good locational advantage – in the sense that it is close to the Indira Gandhi International airport, is closely connected to Delhi through Bijwasan border, the Gurgaon Railway Station is nearby, and the upcoming Gurgaon-Dwarka Expressway will pass just half a kilometre away. Satinder Kumar, a resident of the Colony, says that earlier Palam Vihar was considered to be a laidback area, but the construction of a Mall, the

Chowk. Om Prakash, a resident says that the seclusion of the colony will end only with the arrival of the Metro train – but this will also mean that the little extra privacy enjoyed by the residents will evaporate.

The problems

1. Maintenance cost: “Maintenance charges is one of the biggest issues here in Sushant Lok-I and we have been at loggerheads with the Maintenance Agency – Profac. “This new Agency has not only raised the maintenance charge from Rs. 1.5/sq.yd to Rs. 2.90, but has also not provided us with the desired quality of work,” says Anil Kumar Sharma, the Joint Secretary, RWA. Sunil Yadav, President of the Palam Vihar RWA, says that he has discussed the matter with the Ansals. “I have written a letter to them and informed them that they need to have to have the sanitation, power, and other systems functional, when they hand it over to MCG,” says Yadav. It is after this letter was written, that realisation dawned on the builder to take some positive action, and maintain it in a better way, he says. In a letter written to Sushil Ansal, PVRA President Sunil Yadav has written: I, on behalf of PVRA want to assure you that our residents want to pay the maintenance charges – but not to such an agency which has completely ruined your first and most beautiful Colony. This Agency has not performed, and will not perform, at any cost – and will keep on forwarding the wrong picture, to hide the facts. They are

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Palam Vihar also suffers from poor security – as only 38 security guards (including relievers) have been hired to safeguard this Colony – that has become a hub of petty crimes like chain snatchings, bike thefts, and pilferage of railings, gates and manholes. Rishiraj, a local resident says that the inadequate security has resulted in more crimes in the area, as surveillance is poor. “The security gates installed for checking the entry and exit of vehicles in the Colony have been stolen! The guard cabins are in poor shape, and grills in many parks have been stolen,” he says. Yadav says that Profac needs to hire at least a 100 guards, to keep an effective watch in the Colony. To add to this, there is only one private armed guard to prevent violent crimes; and the understaffed Palam Vihar police station also does not instil much confidence among the residents. 3.  Parks: Sushant Lok-I has 80 big and small parks, and this number certainly fuels aspirations of seeing a lush green Colony, but there is hardly any greenery. Most of the parks don’t have gardeners, and this summer has dried everything. “Earlier we were promised that the Agency will provide at least 40 gardeners; but at present we only have just 10, and most them remain absent. If the Agency takes their job seriously, this area can become one of the greenest areas of the City, says Ankit Mehta, a resident. None of the parks have any flower plants, and the Maintenance Agency is in no mood to improve this situation,” says Ankit Mehta, a resident. There are about 35 major

bad shape, and people from the outside do not know this, as they don’t pass through them. Most of the roads are waterlogged in monsoons, and are consequently destroyed in its aftermath, he says.  5. Electricity: “Sushant Lok-I ought to have a 66 KVA power sub station; but even after so many years, the Ansals have no intention of establishing one. Even the existing power infrastructure is not in great shape, and it often crashes during the peak hours,” said Anil Kumar Yadav, a resident, and the husband of the Councillor of

Ward No. 3. The electricity infrastructure in Palam Vihar, despite being adequate, is not being maintained properly, says Sunil Yadav. Adequate safeguards are not used, and in most of the cases safety systems have been bypassed by the Maintenance Agency, he alleges. Even if a single transformer has to be switched off for some maintenance work, power to the entire colony has to be cut, says Yadav. Power supply is poor, and it also affects the water supply, claim residents. 6. Sewage System: . “The sewage system is perhaps the only aspect we don’t want to complain about. I am not saying it’s extra-ordinary, or working great – but yes, it’s not that big a problem here,” adds Anil Kumar Sharma. On the other hand, a failed sewage system is one of the biggest banes of Palam Vihar, as the internal sewage network is not connected to the master HUDA line. The internal sewage lines are rarely cleaned by the Maintenance Agency, alleges Sourabh, a resident of A block. The choked sewage lines result in sewer water percolating into the basements of some of the houses. The black flow also results in foul smell inside the houses, he adds. While both these colonies offer the best to the residents in terms of location and access, they are served poorly by the maintenance agencies – both private and government. The lack of monitoring from the government side, and even a certain lack of flexibility from the residents—to pay more charges for maintenance—has put a question mark on the reputation of these two residential areas. It would be in the interest of the builder, RWAs and the maintenance agency to be more flexibile and negotiate, so that they can come to an amicable solution. The future of thousands of residents is at stake. It is essential that wise counsel prevails. u

Haryanvi Made Easy

6.Get

a taste of the local lingo

1. It is raining very hard. Ghanniye tej mhe aareya hai. 2. The garden is flooded. Bagh me paani bhar gya hai. 3. How will I reach office? Main kaam pey kyunkar pahunchunga? 4. Take an umbrella with you.

Galle ek chhatri le jayiye. 5. Don’t eat out in this weather. Is mausam me bahar ka mat khaiye. 6. My friend slipped on the road. Mera dost road pe ripat gaya.


6. Stove heating element appears 7. Magazine on floor disappears 8. Woman’s shoe longer 9. Cupboard doorknob changes 10. Pancake on floor

1. Fridge handle longer 2. Chair-back changes 3. Pancake steam longer 4. Fork appears an table 5. Extra can on fridge

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?

Solutions

Solution 03/21/11 Flower 7. On all the other flowers the topmost petals are white.

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Amiown Little Chefs

inder Valley International School held its Annual Sports Day. Sangeeta Krishnan Nag, Principal, Pathways School was the Chief Guest, and declared the Sports Day open. The children of pre-nursery, nursery, and KG presented colourful drills, and participated in the races with great enthusiasm. The gathering was overjoyed when the little ones performed somersaults and other exercises, to display their flexibility and agility. All the participants were awarded medals for their achievements. Their parents, grandparents, and siblings also had a fun time, as there were races for them too.

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t a Summer Camp organised by the Amiown School, the kids had a wonderful time cooking. They were given their chef hats, aprons, measuring cups, and fruits and vegetables. As per the instructions given by the teachers, the kids made delicious salads and pastas. After the cooking was done, they made sure that the kitchen was cleaned, and the garbage taken out. They also enjoyed other activities, such as painting, art and craft, and skating.

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hildren enjoyed pottery and painting classes in a Summer Camp organised by the IDA School. The Camp started with a colouring spree. It was also a great learning experience for the toddlers, as they made their favourite cartoon characters, fruits and vegetables, numbers, and alphabets. This was followed by swimming classes, in which the tiny tots dressed up in cute swimsuits and enjoyed the water activities. A local potter was also called, to teach the art of pottery to the little ones. They enjoyed making small vases, plates, and coffee mugs.

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Face Painting competition lent a splash of colours to the Summer Camp organised by Pallavanjali School at its premises. Divided into three groups, the students then presented interesting plays and dance performances, based on various topics – such as “Mahabharata”, “Conservation of Mother Earth, “Maya Jaal ­– a Story of a Princess”.

Pathways to NASA

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athways World School organised a four-day trip to the NASA Space Centre in the U.S., for its students. The students were divided into five teams—Gold, Silver, White, Red, and Blue—and were given a budget of $329 million to complete various tasks. They created a Mars Rover, a Mars Lander, and a Rocket, with great planning and teamwork. The White Team emerged victorious and claimed the gold medals, which were given for overall skills displayed during the trip.

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


13-19 July 2012

Puppet Gurukul

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he Puppet Studio, a puppet production house for television, film, and theatre, presented a Puppet Show at the Kids Gurukul School. Various puppets, ranging from marionettes and hand puppets to stick puppets and shadow puppets, performed at the Show. The colourful puppets captivated the young minds, and the Show was thoroughly enjoyed by them.

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n Inter-house Comic Skit competition took place at Sherwood Convent School. Students of all houses

presented interesting skits – ranging from a skit highlighting the danger of global warming caused due to deforestation, to a comical skit on education. Endeavour House was declared the winner, and Enterprise House bagged the second position.

K id Corner A Step Ahead

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ocated in a quiet and serene corner of Madhya Marg, DLF Phase II, is the bright and colourful building of A Step Ahead School. The School has coined a new phrase – ‘Educare’, Educating with care – as its mission. The play-way method introduced by the School helps children perceive education as fun; and children enter the School each morning with excitement in their eyes, and a big smile on their face. The School offers a high quality, early childhood education programme, delivered in a warm, secure, and friendly environment. “A Step Ahead is just like a home away from home. My son passed out last year, but he still misses the teachers and the Principal, as the school was more like a family to him, says Sweta, a parent. Another parent, Sara Gabha, seconds that, and says, “The environment is so friendly and casual, that not only the kids, but parents also feel connected with the School staff. This was the reason that my daughter was promoted directly to Kindergarten. This School is truly a step ahead (smiles).” School Staff The brainchild of Dolly Kochhar, an MBA who has been educated abroad, the School is in tune with her vision –

to foster a passion and an enthusiasm for learning, through personalised teaching methods. Each child and parent is known to the teachers, the Principal, and the Director of the School. The School has highly-trained Montessori teachers, and professional prenursery teachers who are experienced – and most importantly very caring and understanding, to cater to the needs of each child. An Academic Co-ordinator plans the weekly curriculum, to ensure that learning takes place in a creative Montessori waywhere Montessori activities and other traditional class-room based teaching are linked in a structured way. Activities The School strives to maintain a balance between physical activities and mental stimulants. The School believes it is important for a playschool to bond with the parents, and make them an integral part of the playschool family – organising workshops, maintaining ‘open days’, and involving parents in field trips. Keeping pace with technological advancements, the children are also introduced to computer education. The School has a well-equipped reading room, with over 200 books carefully selected to suit the age, interest, and capacity of the children.

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Kkosh Kaleidoscope

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tudents participated in a range of activities, such as swimming, creative writing, art and craft, and painting, during a Summer Camp held at Kkosh-A Child’s Treasure School. Courses in chemistry, theatre, fashion designing, and art and craft also formed part of the Summer Camp. The last day of the Camp saw peppy dance performances, and a thought-provoking play on the theme, “Go Green”.

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Literary Flourish

Ray of Hope When time is bad And the mood is sad, Please do something to be glad Crying is not only the way Smile by yourself and try to be always gay Whatever has gone, has gone forever Time will not stay forever The heart sinks, when u think of bad times But then, u can always hear the sound of chimes... So make everything of hope, Just dont leave that ray of hope!! Muskan Rana, VI-A Swiss Cottage School

Artistic Strokes

Vansh, Grade III, Ridge Valley School

Saloni Dhingra, V E, Delhi Public School

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

Taniya Jain, V C, Delhi Public School

Aryan Singhdeo, Grade II, The Banyan Tree World School


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13-19 July 2012

K id Corner

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

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The Better Half

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Animal Crackers

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Two Wise Men

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– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


13-19 July 2012

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ast Friday was a different morning. A morning of salvation from the soulpiercing heat – as the dark clouds bestowed this thirsty city with some much-needed heavenly showers. It was the perfect prelude to the journey from India's wannabe great City, Gurgaon, to the country's most well-planned city, Chandigarh. Haryana Roadways' recently launched AC Volvo bus service was a good incentive. It was 6:15am, and I was busy watching the morning drizzle, when the bus approached – playing the rough yet melodic sound of Haryanvi Ragini. “It's a beautiful ride, isn't it? The bus is very comfortable, and today the weather is also extremely good. I travel once a month between these two cities, and I love this new service initiated by the roadways. Both the cities have their own charm; but to be frank, Chandigarh is far better,” said Varun Sehgal, a young student sitting adjacent. Some were sleeping, a handful were reading books, and the rest were busy feasting their eyes on the glimpses of outside life – of towns and villages on the way. However, this diversity in views and pastimes was soon arrested by the conductor, as he put in a CD of 3 Idiots – and the whole bus was soon confined to a small and narrow world... It was 13:15 when the bus dropped me at Sector-17 ISBT, as dark and roaring clouds completely thwarted the Sun's quibbling– and were desperate to drench the City completely.

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people. It would be very interesting to hear of Gurgaon, from Chandigarhites (or Chandis?). For the vox populi, I headed to Sector-17 market, the main sociocultural hub of Chandigarh. “Gurgaon is a cool place, as it's full of malls and other modern centres of attractions. I have my relatives there, and I go once a year. To me Gurgaon is a happening City,” said Neha Marwah, a student of Punjab University. “Gurgaon is the City of tomorrow, as there is no chance that it will see any decline in the near future. Delhi is getting over-crowded, and cities like Noida and Gurgaon have enough chance to grow and become the people's residential priority. In the last 15 years, Gurgaon has snowballed into an economic giant in northern India; there are hundreds of MNCs operating from there. To me Gurgaon is a nice City to do business in,” said Harkishan Singh, a businessman. However, there are those who think that Gurgaon doesn't stand a chance, especially compared to Chandigarh, “As far as a city to live in is concerned, Gurgaon is no match to Chandigarh; and not only Gurgaon, but none of the Indian cities, I believe, match Chandigarh. Just take a trip around this City, and you will find the answer. Apart from the infrastructure, there is sense of belonging and security here; and as far as I know, these are not the hallmarks of Gurgaon,” said Manjeet Ku-

City certainly has a flavour of Punjabi culture and living, it also has its own, separate identity,” said Kuldeep Singh, a middle aged man.

What Gurgaon can learn from Chandigarh

Yes, Gurgaon has a lot going for it, but specially in civic matters a planned city like Chandigarh is a good model to understand, appreciate, and learn from. For the record, Chandigarh has about half the area and two-thirds the population, of Gurgaon. Road infrastructure: This is one area where Gurgaon needs to learn from Chandigarh immensely. Chandigarh roads are of good quality, and well maintained – throughout the City, and even the suburbs. And the monsoon does not play havoc on them. Greenery: Gurgaon doesn't even have half the number of trees. All the roads in Chandigarh—big or small— have a large number of big and small trees; they not only add to the beauty of the road, but also give people great respite from the scorching heat. Another thing we need to learn from Chandigarh is the maintenance of the parks and the roundabouts. Both are situated almost every kilometre, and have been maintained excellently by the Administration in Chandigarh.

The Administration

The moment I landed at the Haryana Secretariat, I got the first whiff of Chandigarh being a Capital City – as the security was really beefed-up. I climbed the stairs in pursuit of the people who execute the will of the government for the welfare of the residents of Haryana. I got down to business, and asked the bureaucrats their thoughts on Gurgaon; and why it has been neglected by the State. “Well, according to me Gurgaon is a nice City, as it has turned into a commercial hub where people from all over the world earn their livelihood. Indeed, it's one of the fastest growing cities of India. I have been to Gurgaon many times, and I see something different each time I visit the City,” said Vineet Garg, Special Secretary, Political Services. “Gurgaon has many problems, ranging from planning to implementation. DTCP and HUDA are the main departments dealing with the major problems of Gurgaon and other cities. As far as my personal view is concerned, I like Gurgaon in patches. Somewhere it's very good and modern; and at some places it's pathetic. Unlike Chandigarh, Gurgaon doesn't have 'uniformity' – and that's why Gurgaon hasn't been able to excel,” said a very senior official in the Secretariat.

The Public

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mar, a middle aged man shopping in the market. Chandigarh is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab; but there are thousands in Gurgaon who believe that Gurgaon not only deserves, but also is perfectly suited, to be the capital of Haryana. “Now this is a very tricky question. Since the formation of Haryana, Chandigarh has been the capital of both the states, and I don't think this situation will change in the near future. As far as Gurgaon's candidature is concerned, there are so many things a Capital City should have – apart from Malls and MNCs,” said a senior officer in the Haryana Secretariat. The masses in Chandigarh are least bothered as far as the shifting of the Capital is concerned. “Chandigarh is a Union Territory, and it doesn't matter to the people of Chandigarh that this place is the capital of two states. We believe we live in Chandigarh – not in Haryana or Punjab. Though the

Despite the late arrival of monsoon, the whole City was lush green. Road signage: Chandigarh has an exemplary road sign mechanism. Each circle/roundabout, present at every kilometre, indicates the various destinations in all directions. Security: Security is Gurgaon has always been a concern, and repeated incidents do not instil confidence. The presence of police in the markets, on the roads, at the railway station and bus stand, is negligible in Gurgaon. Snatchings and eve-teasing are rampant. In Chandigarh, there is a police presence at each traffic light, roundabout, and market – no matter how big or small; and at all public places. That is why people, women in particular, feel safe. “I don't know much about Gurgaon, as I have been there only a couple of times; but here in Chandigarh I feel extremely safe, because you have police around

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you always,” said Surveen Chadda, a young woman. Parking: Parking (or lack of it) has been haunting Gurgaon for quite a while now. Chandigarh not only has adequate parking space for its vehicles, but also boasts a formidable multilevel parking system at the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises. “On any working day near about 300 cars come here, and we have ample space inside to park at least 400 cars. It was started two years ago,” said Rajesh Kumar, the ticket collector at the parking gate. Gurgaon keeps talking of multi-level parking... like many other 'initiatives' – that all remain on paper.

Panchkula: A job well done by HUDA

A Haryana Roadways bus took me to Panchkula, in 20 minutes flat. Panchkula is a Haryana town developed by HUDA, keeping the design of Chandigarh in mind. It was a whole new experience. There are even broader roads, beautiful and green roundabouts with fountains inside, sector roads free of garbage – and a formidable civic sense in the people. It is difficult to believe that HUDA, which hasn't been able to deliver the goods in Gurgaon, has developed such a wonderful town – and that too within a short time. Panchkula is even better than Chandigarh in terms of roads and traffic lights; and the police too are present at all traffic lights and roundabouts. Why can't HUDA repeat the same feat

in Gurgaon? “Panchkula has been developed from scratch, and we had a City like Chandigarh for inspiration. Gurgaon is an old town, and it has clusters of villages inside the City – and hence it becomes very difficult to develop the whole area uniformly. Even the best sector of HUDA (in Gurgaon) doesn't stand a chance in comparison to any sector of Panchkula; and if you allow me some exaggeration, Panchkula to my mind is even better than Chandigarh,” said a middle-level official in the sanctum sanctorum of HUDA in Panchkula. It was 17:15, and I headed back towards Chandigarh, to board the AC Volvo bus back to Gurgaon – scheduled to leave at six. In the bus, I met Netrapal Khatri, the Chief Traffic Officer, Haryana Roadways, Gurgaon. He asked whether I had liked this bus journey; I nodded my approval. “This is the best possible bus service any state can give to its masses. This bus is extremely comfortable; and I believe for a short journey like Gurgaon to Chandigarh, it's even better than a train like the Shatabdi. Seeing the number of passengers in the bus, I would call it a remarkable success,” said Khatri. At 00:45 the bus entered the Gurgaon bus terminal. My very first step outside the bus was into mud; but the memory of Chandigarh's clean roads gave me Hope – yes, with a Capital h. u


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Comment

Outsourced – At Home W e may very well be the Outsourcers of choice for the rest of the world. But nearer home, we seek increasing outsourced help in all aspects of our lives. We need all kinds of Domestic Help; and Office Help too. Not to forget the Touts at every transaction of life – and death. We now increasingly prefer not to Drive; and definitely do not wish to Cook (a meal, that is). We cannot feel Safe without private security Guards; or trust the Education System without Tutors – and Crèches before that. And now the State is helping us churn out new services by the day. All this probably explains our outsourcing and service excellence.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

No Water, Mister Water Tanker is here; Yes Water, Mr Filter is here. Drinkable Tap Water died ages ago, even without the help of Bottled Water. No Electricity, Mr Generator is here. Yes Electricity, Mr Surge Protector is here. We pay the govt through taxes, in advance; the govt does not deliver; and then we pay for the alternatives. This is called Gross Domestic Waste – the Circle of Civic Life. Just a small example – the Water Tanker business, in peak Gurgaon summer, was worth A Crore A Day; and the Diesel business Double of that (excluding automobiles, dear)! If Gurgaon is the microcosm of the future Urban India, can you imagine the sheer Waste – or, of course, the Outsource opportunity?! Then, some things that we do get, we wish to use only sparingly. Like Parks, and Parking. We walk in the Gym; and park on the Roadside. What was never available we feel no need for – like Public Toilets and Spittoons. Anywhere outside our house is public property – for use and abuse. We refuse to pay for services we believe should forever be free.

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urgaon urgently needs POD Taxis or WATER and ELECTRICITY ?! IS ANY PLANNING DONE??? “Pod Taxi: CM orders early start”... One has read about this “royal” wish emanating from Rohtak and Chandigarh in the course of the last 2 years! My family and I have lived in Gurgaon for the past 15 years. Problems related to the basic services keep cropping up -- ALL the time. We continue to believe whatever the authorities here and in Panchkula/ Chandigarh say. It is now coming to the point as to what one should believe, and what to reject. Because, when you do not get electricity and thus, NO WATER, and tend to see Fatehpur Sikri-II in the making, what and who should one believe in! Hollow promises, from all levels are made in the media, year after year, nothing however changes. In fact with increasing population and industry, scores upon scores of MS apartment buildings, hundreds of guest houses (legal and illegal), scores of Malls, Hotels and night clubs, 360 liquour shops, thousands of ACs, & generators spewing black diesel smoke, and as many or more vehicles

with clogged up roads --- is what Gurgaon is today. And currently, it produces 47% of Haryana’s revenue!  Is that likely to change if our infrastructure does not improve? Kindly note as follows: 1. Potable water has reduced in the course of the past 1/4 century: residents have been buying water tankers at Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 ( what used to be R 400 or 500, last few years).All want to make a quick buck. 2. Between the State and the DC/ HUDA /MCG /NCR /TCPO-Chandigarh, shoddy Planning has been the order of day--typical of most of our cities-- and perhaps the worst in Haryana. A process possibly gets done but NOT followed. 3. Laws/rules are flouted by sand miners and stone miners and gun powder meant for mining is surreptitiously brought into FBD/Gurgaon, etc. in Haryana. What is the NCR Board or whatever for? 4. Excise Deptt in Chandigarh and here is just opening liquor shops --360 now even by encroaching the green belt, breaking the environment rules -- we have gone to Court and are getting at least 50-60 of them closed as they are near the schools, nursing homes-quarters and hospitals -- yes,

that is happening here in a big way. 5. Sanitation plus garbage collection and processing was fought for years, till the garbage processing plant was opened 2-3 years ago at Bandhwari to serve FBD and Gurgaon; question has arisen whether the Rs 20-22 crores spent was on the right and most appropriate machinery. 6. Police and traffic police strength is far below its required numbers -- for years, we have been hearing that they are being selected and trained. The Deputy Commissioner, Police (Traffic) Ms Bharati Arora ji has done fantastic service in the past 2 years and created some disciplines. Proving that with hard and sincere work a lot can be achieved. 7. ELECTRICITY and POWER  in some or all areas, is least available for 6-8-10-12 hours daily and we have to depend on inverters and small or medium sized generators. COST OF LIVING keeps going up. 8. Three Power generating plants ( one in Jhajjar) were planned and put up BUT are not or are mal-functioning also because of no reservation through the Centre and other areas, for sufficient COAL. Civil servants and politicos just FORGET. Who is accountable, one would like to know, if it happens, ever!.. 9. Haryana provides to India one of the largest contingent of men and officers in

The govt believes that giving us something is… better than nothing. What is alarming is that our outsourced solutions may not hold out for long. What if next summer the water tankers run dry? Or there is a diesel shortage? Just for a few days. This Exclusive Millennium living, of not knowing/ caring how the To-Be-Included Society lives, may leave us very dirty, and gasping. Money can’t buy what is not available (of course, one could theoretically bathe with bottled water, and flush it down too. But no, gensets cannot run on water – even bottled). 3 days without water and power can make even the exclusive folks cry – actually just 3 minutes, without power. And what would people in Gurgaon II, the new sectors, do? New bore wells (the saviours of the exclusive communities today) are banned. Yeh kissa phir kabhi (This topic another time). What would be the fall back? Check into the special places that could still ‘manage’? An influential friend, a hotel maybe? Take a Summer Holiday? That sure will need perfect timing! Emigrate? The West has no jobs; actually neither does the East. We need insurance against our own Administration. We should pay part of our taxes to a Civic Services Insurance Co. in every State (if not District). In case of delayed/faulty/partial/non-delivery of essential services, the Insurance Co. would pay for the default, or provide an alternate solution. It’s clearly justifiable for the (elected, but accountable) govt to pay for the water tankers and diesel, during water and power shortages. That way it can avoid street protests, increase productivity, and improve its chances of getting reelected. And Gurgaon and Haryana surely do not lack the financial resources to pay up. Some of course believe that all (or most) of Gurgaon’s woes would vanish (or significantly diminish) if it were declared the Capital of Haryana. Yeh kissa bhi phir kabhi (This topic also another time).u

the armed services -- but the dsciplines of that profession are least visible in the urban or rural areas in the bureaucracy here. ( I had paid last year for my property tax, and was slung with a bill for 3 years including the amount paid for last year! I wasted two days to get the same straightened up in this millennium city!) 10. Bus service finally has been introduced after nearly 20 years of pressures by the public -- BUT no bus stands any where -- no planning and no management of finances -- how else does the buck get made... 11. Same has been the process where the roads and their repairs are concerned -this remains an urban Indian problem no: 1. 12. Drains generally or pavements have not been made or maintained and thus during and after monsoons, we end up with bad and eroded roads plus flooding with blockages on account of extra rain water, every where-- as someone says its an Indian or a Haryana problem in favour of the small and medium contractors!!. (Friends or relations of the politicians, no??) I will leave it all at that; how can one have hope and look forward with this kind of a polity that enlarges and grows with no one the wiser?! The administration has deteriorated considerably. Senior administration works

mostly from home, is available to a select few and is hungry for media coverage for which token justice is periodically dished out - undone, the minute the glare of the camera stops. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Administrations cannot be run by activists, what are required are seasoned bureaucrats who are capable of bringing about a systemic change and tightening the governance system. Given the external development charges collected by HUDA, there should be no dearth of money for upgrading the technology and engineering techniques - unless they do not want to. Rapidly pumping receding water would have a hammer-like impact on the pipes and they will keep bursting, meaning more work orders, tenders, money to be spent and merry-making for some. The incentive to disrupt water supply is far higher than the incentive to supply water. Starting from the tanker mafia, who all are covered in this food chain could be anybody’s guess - but perhaps the state government should order an independent probe to pin down the guilty. Dev Chopra UN Retiree lost his way in gurgaon!


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Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Curcuma longa

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Saffron Gold

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his herb passes with flying colours. It has earned a triple distinction – of being a hot favourite as a condiment, a respected healing remedy, and a textile dye. Indigenous to Africa, India and other regions of Asia for 5,000 years, turmeric has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions – both in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine traditions. These conditions include digestive and liver diseases, arthritis, menstrual difficulties, and skin disorders. In India it finds an important place in many cultural practices – as a symbol of prosperity, and for purification. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is added to curries and prepared mustard sauces, for its distinctive yellow colour and flavour. The reason turmeric is increasingly being referred to as a ‘superfood’ is the potent combination of antioxidant, antibiotic and antiinflammatory benefits it offers. Like ginger, turmeric lowers the activity of molecules which cause inflammation, and strengthens the immune system. It also stops platelets from clumping together, to form blood clots. Most importantly, it helps the liver perform its detoxifying function, by increasing the flow of bile. This explains the increasing interest in its role for the treatment of infections related to the liver, bile duct and gallbladder. Turmeric can help strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, and promote cardiovascular health. It may also prove to be invaluable as a cancer-fighter.

Tip of the week

When buying turmeric, it is particularly important to check out the fresh-

ness and purity of the source. The same holds true for turmeric-based nutritional supplements. Turmeric powder should be kept in a tightly-sealed container, in a cool, dark and dry place. Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator. To make home-prepared powder ,Turmeric rhizomes are cut, boiled, dried – and then ground into a fine consistency. However, beware, as it can easily stain clothes and hands. To avoid a lasting

stain, quickly wash the stained area with soap and water. Turmeric can be had in a wide variety of ways. In addition to curries, it can be enjoyed in soups, salad dressings, or pasta dishes. Other ideas are to use it to sauté and steam vegetables, make an interesting low-calorie dip with creamy yoghurt – or imbibe within tea. The Curcumin (in turmeric) combines very well with phenethyl isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables, to help prevent prostate cancer.

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void fried food” is among the most important rules of eating healthy. But is fried food really bad? Experts say that fried food gets a bad reputation mostly because of bad cooking techniques. The good news is that you can enjoy the occasional deep-fried dish and yet stay healthy. However, when you are deep frying, it is important to select the right oil, the right temperature and the right technique.

How to Deep Fry

Most cooks are aware that the temperature at which food is fried is of utmost importance. If the oil isn’t hot enough to cook the food quickly, the food absorbs excess oil. But if the oil overheats, its components begin to break down, and begin to produce toxic compounds. To ensure that the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of whatever you’re frying into the oil. If it sinks and then rises, your oil is not hot enough. If it burns within 1020 seconds, it’s probably too hot. Most cooks learn this art by practice and instinct.

Turmeric, sometimes called ‘Indian Saffron’, comes from the bright yellow-orange flesh of the root. It has a peppery, warm and bitter flavour. The aroma is mild, reminiscent of orange and ginger. The active constituents are water soluble Curcuminoids, which comprise about 2-9% of turmeric. Curcumin is the most abundant curcuminoid, providing about 75% of the total curcuminoids in turmeric. Turmeric is an excellent source of iron and manganese. It also has good levels of potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and fibre. Interest in Turmeric continues to grow, especially to study its wideranging beneficial effects:  in stopping the proliferation of rapidly dividing cancer cells – especially in cancers of the skin, breast, prostate, pancreas and colon.  In protecting against cardiac injury, in large part because of its anti-inflammatory actions. Turmeric may also help prevent atherosclerosis, and prevent blood clots from building up along the artery walls. as an inexpensive, well tolerated, and effective treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.  as an effective remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.  in inhibiting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  for topical use, to improve outcomes in patients with psoriasis, and its use as a non-toxic agent, for treating a variety of skin disorders. People with gallbladder or bile duct problems, or patients who are on blood-thinning medications, should avoid consuming turmeric. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can have turmeric in foods – but should stay away from high-potency turmeric supplements. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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Fry It Right

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Another myth is to fry food in as little oil as possible. If you are deep frying, your wok or kadhai should have sufficient oil in it. Finally, after you’ve fried the item, it is best to use a spatula to drain out the excess oil from it. Then move the item to a flat plate lined with paper napkins or kitchen towels, to absorb its remaining surface oil. Do not squeeze the fried item with the paper napkin, as it will make the food soggy, and destroy the crunchy texture.

Re-using the Oil

Using fresh oil every time you cook is the healthiest option. However, people have been reusing cooking oil for ages. The greatest hazard is in allowing the fat to become rancid (spoiled) because rancid oils contain free radicals that are potentially harmful. However, if oil must be re-used, make sure that you strain it (after cooling), through a few layers of cheesecloth/muslin cloth, to catch any food particles – before storing. Shake off the

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excess batter from food before frying it. Avoid iron or copper pots when frying oil that will be reused. These metals tend to accelerate rancidity. Even after taking these steps, it is best not to recycle cooking oil for more than two to three times.

Oils for Frying

Deep frying makes food crispy, and the fat adds flavour along with crunch. Fats may be saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. Satu-

rated fats contribute to high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Monounsaturated fats – such as olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats – such as corn and canola oil, rarely clog arteries – and may even help lower cholesterol. All oils have a particular temperature at which they begin to break down. This temperature, known as the smoke point, is lower for olive oil than for other types of oil – such as peanut or canola oil. For deep-frying, refined

.com/fridaygurgaon oils with a high smoke point are ideal. Extra virgin olive oil has a smoke point of only 320 degrees Fahrenheit – making it unsuitable for deep frying. Light olive oil, with a smoke point of 460 degrees Fahrenheit, can be used to deep fry; but deep frying with olive oil will not make food healthier than frying with other kinds of polyunsaturated oils. When deep frying, choose oils with a high smoke point – such as canola, peanut or light olive oil. If you want to get more olive oil into your diet, frying isn’t the best option.

Signs of Deteriorated Oil

Oil darkens with use, because the oil and food molecules burn when subjected to prolonged heat. The more you use oil, the more slowly it will pour. Its viscosity changes, because of changes to the oil’s molecular structure. Often loose particles accumulate as sediment at the bottom of the storage container, or are suspended in the oil. If the oil has a rancid smell, or if it smells like the foods you’ve cooked in it, it should be discarded. u


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13-19 July 2012

B o n V iva nt

Right Up His Street

{ Ashok Sheoran }

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he ‘Millennium City’ has witnessed unprecedented growth, with mushrooming colonies and office towers. This new El Dorado for businesses has attracted people from all over the country; and this egalitarian mix has also spawned a creative burst in the City. FG talks to the famous photographer, Karan Khanna – who resides in DLF- I. There is artwork strewn all over the large drawing cum dining room of the brickwork home nestled in vines and foliage. Sculptures, paintings, and enlarged photographs vie for space in the elegantly appointed room. What is immediately noticeable is the absence of doors – and an opening in the roof. What else would one have expected from Karan Khanna, photographer par excellence, and son of the famous painter Kishen Khanna – who incidentally lives in the other wing of the house.

abroad – including at Sothebys, London and New York. Karan’s art stands out for its innovative compositions and bold colours. “Painting through photography” is how his work can be summed up; and his father’s influence is obvious. “I think we definitely have an impact on each other’s style – but at a subconscious level” he admits. “Street photography” is his favorite. “You can see beauty everywhere; only, we choose to ignore it”, he says, while leafing through a stack of enlarged photographs. Everyday scenes—clothes out to dry, people reading newspapers, or waiting… just waiting as they do in India, a cup of coffee—look enchanting and vibrant in his camera’s eye. In his hands the most mundane subjects stand out in kaleidoscopic radiance, giving them an almost surreal edge. His art offers ‘poetic digital imagery’. An expressionist, he says “I don’t know what I’ll get when I go out – unlike a painter who conceives a subject before he/she starts. You have to train your sensibilities to see what is worth photographing. My work reflects the evolution and narrative of our country. The pics must communicate to the audience the essence of what needs to be said”.

through digital means-and those like you, whose forte lies in maximising the advantages of modern technology.

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That, I am afraid, is pretty Stone Age thinking! I feel that photography has evolved in a natural manner – from the black & white days to the advent of colour film, and now the digital age; from what was “photography”, to what is now called “digital imagery”.

Speaking of technology, what is the type of equipment/hardware and Q software you prefer and use? A

Like all professional photographers I use a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (popularly known as DSLR). I also now use an unobtrusive fairly high-end point-and-shoot camera, which I find easy to walk around with. Beyond a point, it’s not necessary to get into the rat race

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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For a child, the world of drawing and colour is always exciting and appealing. In our home, painting and art were an integral part of daily life. In fact, our world centred around art. I took up photography as a hobby in school. It was a different thing to do… Every artist draws from his/her experiences; and then through some sort of internal—possibly sub-conscious—way projects them in the images that he/she creates. “I suppose I have also imbibed from the atmosphere at home a certain way of looking at things and life – while interpreting them in my own particular way.

would you define your composition and selection of themes? QHow A

My work consistently focuses on our people .. the evolution of their lives, some quaint observations of the things around us – stuff that most people wouldn’t look at a second time. Today, with the advent of digital photography and different types of software, the field is open to experimentation; it is limited only by ones own mind.

of upgrading equipment every so often. A photograph is created by other elements – like composition and lighting… the camera just becomes an instrument to record this.

Photography has seen a complete makeover from ‘black and white’ to Q the current high quality, digital inspirations. Do you miss the ‘Dark Room’ days?

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Yes.. that was a different time and place. That too had its charm. There was excitement in seeing the first impressions of an image appearing – hoping that you’d got the exposure settings correct. The ‘dark room’ has come on to the desk! The down side is that the tactile feel is lacking…but the digital world has given the photographer much more control over “image” making.

are today one of the leading photographers in the country. I’m QYou

sure many aspiring photographers must be coming to you for advice and guidance. What do you tell them ?

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I have always said that we photographers are God’s chosen few. We love what we do, and we get paid for it. Actually it’s all about self belief. Today photography is a household word, and almost everyone owns a camera. It’s possible to get an acceptable photograph at the press of a button. Two aspects are paramount… the technical aspect, and ‘seeing things in ones own way’. Couple this with sheer passion and hard work ….and you are on your way. “I am looking forward to a solo exhibition of my work someday soon”, he says, while seeing us off. Given his prodigious talent and enthusiasm, that will probably happen soon. Meanwhile, some of his work can be seen a Stainless Art Gallery , Mira Complex, Ishwar Nagar, Mathura Road, New Delhi on 19th August. u

Get Real

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Your father is a famous painter. What influence did he have in your choice, between painting and photography?

“The lack of doors represents freedom of expression” he explains; “please don’t mind the clutter”. We have settled in two comfortable armchairs, while his charming wife, Kamini, plays the perfect host. He started as an Account Executive in advertising in 1979, and was with Ulka for seven years. So when and how did the ‘non-commercial’ part come about, I ask. “Well I took up photography in school at the age of 12, and was a member of the St. Stephens Photo Society. I gave up the job scene two decades ago, and took to ‘advertising photography’ to save my body; and ‘real time photography’ to save my soul”! And save his soul he did – with Exhibitions of his work being held all over the country and

There is some sort of debate between the ‘purists’—who do not Q believe in any form of enhancement

hen we are lost in the woods and come across a path we feel such relief. We feel hope and confidence again. Now we can start going somewhere. We may not know where the path will take us, but we know people have been there. To be on the path means to have gained direction. Simrat, who is associated with us as one of the volunteers, shared her story with us. A few years ago she had been diagnosed with cancer. She had taken treatment, which seemed to have been successful. Recently, however, she felt and sensed that the cancer had returned. The uncertainty was overwhelming and intolerable, and was accompanied by feelings of fear and doom. She was fighting to be in control. Within a few days, she became totally absorbed with the fight for her life – and stopped living. She finally went for a scan to a reputed local hospital; the scan did not show any sign of cancer – or any abnormality. She realised that she had wasted some precious days of her life living in despair. More importantly, that it had not been within her power to determine the outcome. It was sheer audacity to imagine that she had, or could aspire to have, mastery over her own fate. With this came a sense of relief and release. Saying no to her urge to be unrealistically in control allowed Simrat to say a real yes to the life she actually does have. And then there is my close friend Parveen, who had felt that it was up to him to put the world right. He went for all the marches and protests and candle light vigils held in Gurgaon and Delhi, and got involved with many

organisations. He felt very angry about corruption, the bad law and order condition, and the general apathy of the administration towards difficulties faced by citizens. It was as though wherever he looked, something was wrong. He was overwhelmed. Eventually, he just stopped. He continues to send money to a few good causes, and visit the Spastic Society of Gurgaon and other orphanages, to share moments with the children. He has taken time to recover. It has been a kind of convalescence and rehabilitation – getting over the devastating realisation that he could not change it all. He is now evolving into a new, happier life; and once again has begun to get involved in projects to improve things – but this time free from the desperation that formerly drove him. We need to have clarity about what we can do something about – and what we cannot. At one extreme is the idea that because we can do something about some things, it must also be possible to do everything about every thing. At the other extreme is the common apathy that afflicts many – that because there are some things we will not be able to do something about, there is no point in doing anything about any thing. We can recognise what we cannot do anything about – and stop feeling frustrated about that; and recognise what we can do something about – and start doing it. 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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13-19 July 2012

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ndian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who has become synonymous with strength and spirit, talks to Friday Gurgaon at his residence in DLF Phase I.

How long you have been living in the City? What memories do you have of Gurgaon?

I have been living in Gurgaon for the last seven years. I am based half of the time here, and the balance in Mumbai. I do keep travelling. When I came to the City, it was a huge “jungle”. However, now Gurgaon has its own identity. Most of the corporate companies have shifted base to the City. My mother prefers to stay in this City because of the facilities we have here. Places like the DLF Golf Course and the malls are very close. Also, it is fun to be in Gurgaon.

What would you say about the sports scene in the City? Maybe time for a Corporate (Cricket) Cup?

I think if the City comes up with an international level cricket stadium it would be amazing. Sports infrastructure definitely needs to be improved. Actually, even better may be to develop a world class Sports Complex, that offers facilities for multiple sports. We have set up two sports academies in the City – both in Pathways School. These Academies offer world class sports facilities. The kids not only play cricket, but they are also trained for other sports – such as soccer and swimming. I think conducting a Corporate

Cup is a good idea. As the City is a hub of multinationals, it will help make Gurgaon a sports active city.

How has been the response to these Academies?

The response has been extremely good. We started off with 5 to 10 kids, and now there are about 75. This is despite my illness and stay in the US. It shows the interest of youngsters in sports. Now that I am back, I will be able to give more time to them and would also like to set up such Academies across the country.

Do you see Gurgaon as a Haryanvi City?

I feel Gurgaon has its own identity. In India, very few cities have developed like Gurgaon. This is the reason everybody wants to move to the City.

Any unusual fan experiences in the City?

There is a school right opposite to my house. If I am at home, kids from the school constantly come to my house and ring the doorbell to catch my attention. It is really funny. But it is good to

{ Shilpy Arora / FG }

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ome of the City’s overflowing solid waste will now find its way into your living room. Kiran Reigo, with his green initiative, “What a Waste”, offers quirky home décor, jewellery, and stationary items made from recycled waste. Be it a laptop heatsink made of an

egg tray, jewellery crafted out of waste paper, or a candle stand moulded out of a broken glass bottle, his art works are always fascinating. What might seem waste to others come across as resourceful objects to him. Such is his passion that he goes waste hunting every morning. Anything on the roadside – from pebbles to left over pieces of clothes and toilet paper – captures his attention. “There is no need to look for products in the market, as nature has given us beautiful things that can be recycled and used many times,” says Kiran, who operates from his residence in Ardee City.

You Can, We Can, Yuvi Has watch them playing cricket in the school.

Tell us something about the initiative YouWeCan, that you recently announced. What plans do you have for the City?

YouWeCan is an initiative by my foundation, the Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF), to combat cancer by spreading awareness about the disease, and the advantages of early detection; and fighting the stigma attached to it. We will launch the first Detection Centre in Gurgaon. We are in the process of negotiating a piece of land for this. The Centre will have world class infrastructure, and a team of nine doctors. This Centre is going to be the most important for us. After establishing it, we will also launch mobile detection vans in the City, that can also benefit nearby areas.

Have you tied up with any hospital in the City?

No, YouWeCan is not into the treatment courses for cancer. I think the major cause of death due to cancer is lack of aware-

Finding Treasures In Trash Kiran left his corporate job a couple of months ago, to kick start his organisation, “What a Waste”. Talking about his interest in the field, Kiran says, “I worked in the advertising industry for almost 10 years. Last year, I had suffered from jaundice. While at home, I started to make some useful items out of waste – something I have been good at since childhood.” A small example. “As printed papers in offices are thrown in the trash bin, I thought of making a notebook with the other side of the paper that remains unused. I have used offset printing to make the printed side complete-

ly black, to ensure the confidentiality of data.” Kiran has a bagful of creative ideas. Earrings made by rolling on layers of waste paper to a shirt button, photo frames made of discarded plastic, and book marks made of wool threads, are just a few of his creations. Though it needs hard work,

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Kiran feels the craft will go a long way in helping conserve the environment. Creating a single piece of an ear-ring takes a minimum of two hours. That is why not many artists take up this art work. “However, this has been my childhood passion,” smiles Kiran. Kiran believes that his customers are people who support the green cause, and value craftsmanship. Recently, he put his art pieces on display. “After my product display at DLF Emporio, I feel there is a huge market for such products. I made more than Rs. 9,000 in a day,” says Kiran. Currently, Kiran is marketing his products through his website – http://www.whatawaste.co and his Facebook page. He is also participating in a few exhibitions in Delhi and Bangalore. “Exhibitions are a good way to get appreciation for your work, and also see what other artists are doing. However, in Gurgaon, there are very few avenues for upcoming artists. Putting up an exhibition in the City is a costly affair,” feels Kiran. Given the absence of a proper solid waste management system in the City, an initiative like “What a Waste” is a great step. “When I wear the earrings made of waste pieces of paper, I don’t just flaunt a style, but also contribute to the green cause,” smiles Bhavna, one of the customers of “What a Waste”. u

ness about its symptoms, and the delay in detection. We will play a pivotal role in educating patients with regard to the symptoms and the clinical signs of cancer, followed by education on how to deal with the disease.

Any message to your fans?

The message I want to send across to all my fans is to

please support this initiative – YouWeCan. It is very close to my heart. I think corporates too can play a big role. If we can play a cricket match between cancer patients and corporates, it will help generate more awareness about cancer – and can also help raise funds for the initiative. u

Image Tips for Monsoon { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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he first showers of rain act as a welcome break from the scorching summer heat. The monsoon makes us feel fresh and soothes our spirit, from the burning and roasting sun. However, excess humidity in the air during the rainy season can make you look dull and lacklustre, as this season is the trickiest in terms of ‘looking good’. So the monsoon is here, and you don’t want to look all wet and sweaty. There are many other things that determine how smart and impressive you look, than just the clothes you wear, and the rains need not dampen your passion for fashion. Therefore, to enhance your “first look impression”, follow some very interesting monsoon image tips: Monsoon and diet: The monsoon diet comprises certain essential dietary rules, which will give you the strength to brave the non-stop showers. You should avoid too much of fish, meat, salt, overcooked food, and watery meals like rice curry. Consume a lot of bitter vegetables, herbs, and steamed salads and vegetables, as they prevents infection. Monsoon and skin care and makeup: It is very important to opt for a regular skin care in the monsoon, to retain that glow and softness of your skin. An anti-bacterial face wash is recommended, to prevent skin infections and eruptions. After cleaning your skin, apply a toner to close the pores. If you have an acne problem, use acne peels. Do not use cream-based foundation and other colour cosmetics; instead opt for powder-

based products. Monsoon and hygiene: The feet get the maximum exposure to water during this season. Try to keep the feet as dry as possible. Always carry a towel, and an extra pair of foot wear with you to the office – so that you can change immediately in case you get drenched. Fungal infections grow on wet feet; so do not continue to wear closed, wet shoes all day. Infections can be prevented, by washing the feet with soap and warm water, and drying them completely. Use plenty of talcum powder in the covered and under-areas of your body.

Monsoon and clothes: Monsoon means high humidity and perspiration. Therefore, you should avoid wearing too fitted or straight-fitted clothes, that tend to stick on you. They can be quite uncomfortable when you get totally drenched. Light coloured clothes get really dirty, and the stains are very difficult to wash off. Therefore, it is better to wear a loose fit, dark colours, and cotton clothes. Raincoats in cool colours are also a good and very fashionable idea for the monsoon. I hope these tips help you to live your passion for fashion even during the rains. u (Certified Image Consultant)


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13-19 July 2012

Hold Your Tongue H

ere are two four-letter words, both beginning with an ‘s’ and ending with a ‘t’ – of which the second one mostly follows the other: Spat. Sort. Spat, which means a small fight, is usually followed by a sorting out session. We fight. We get over it. But, lets read between the lines. Between this entire process is a very common practice. I call it the “Tongue-Untied” practice. I am talking of that moment during a spat when we let our tongues—our words—loose. It is true that when we are angry, we have an urge to spit out our anger – as if it was choking our throats. So, we launch onto someone with a lot of words that are very harsh and hurtful, thinking that it will free us of our choke. What we do not realise is that such an impulsive outburst will choke the other person too; maybe not their throats, but surely their feelings and their emotions. Sometimes the venting out is on some other person, who isn’t really the cause of our anger, but an innocent victim in proximity. But even that doesn’t grant us a free pass to break someone’s heart. For instance, in a movie I just finished watching, a girl’s boyfriend tells her that she has used him and never really loved

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f you’ve been reading columns telling you what kind of make-up, you should wear in the rains, how to manage your hair this monsoon, or how to avoid various skin diseases, then hit the delete button – because I have nothing similar to offer. I am rather here to flip the coin to its other side. It is ironical that we yearn for rain when the heat takes its toll on us, but come the much-craved-for down pour, we find ourselves whining. We scapegoat the rain for making us feel humid, for ruining our plans, for ruining our hairdos – and even for making us homebodies. We do not realise that not rejoicing in the rain is like going clubbing and not dancing. Rather than associating the monsoons with menace, we should play along. For starters, you can savour a rain bath; the freshness it will infuse you with is worth more than a thousand bathroom showers. And don’t frown about getting all bedraggled; because sprucing up after the rain and sipping that steaming coffee later in your bed, will more than make up for that little mess. You can then Dial a Pizza, and have Domino’s cheese

him; when in reality, the girl was madly in love with him. Later, the guy, ashamed, runs all over the place to make amends. Very typical – and very true. Now, if we were to reflect on the reasons of this common practice, I’d take you back to the concept of the urge. Its like a vampire’s urge to suck human blood. Very analogically, we angered humans brutally attack someone with our words, and leave them hurt. We leave our tongues untied. At the end, it is about keeping your cool. Look beyond a person’s eyeballs, and hear beyond their words. It sometimes has a much deeper meaning than you think. “Anyone can be hot; it takes a real someone to be cool”. It’s not fair to snatch someone else’s water to quench your own thirst; its not fair to heal your wound by chipping off someone else’s; its not fair to clear your throat by choking the other’s; its not fair to become a vampire and hurt a human – and its totally not fair to be a human and hurt a human.

Vaishali Gauba

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Sachin, ITM

The concept of urban planning is completely missing in the City. I come from Chandigarh, where everything from houses to roads and offices are well planned. I think Gurgaon is nowhere close to a Millennium City. It has to learn a lot from other cities such as Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Panchkula.

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I moved to Gurgaon in 2010 from Varanasi. What I like most about the City is that it is a demographically diverse city. It is a little Bangalore of North India. Being a literature student, I would like to carry out a research project on cultural integrity in Gurgaon. Bhavna, DSC

Y oung A dult Get Your Feet Wet

laden pizza at your doorstep. Gathering your friends together for a hang-out in the balcony doesn’t sound bad, after all. A great idea could also be to use these rains as a sabbatical. Rains are accoutered with a very ardent and cheery vibe. Squatting leisurely amidst the breeze, and taking out that ‘me time’, will enrich you with a gush of positivity. You could do things you like most. Grab a book. Plug in an i-pod. Write your journal. Or simply introspect.

I’m sure by now you have derived that monsoons are synonymous with merriment. So, don’t be a spoilsport. Instead, game in. Don those bright colours from your closet, let your hair down to relish the monsoon winds, and let your face feel those droplets. Don’t be a loon who didn’t enjoy the monsoon. Merry Monsoon.

Vaishali Gauba

All those who have been associated with colleges and varsities are privy to the unfailing presence of some bird— usually a sparrow, a pigeon or a crow—in the classroom. These birds most comfortably perch themselves in some remote corner of the classroom-roof, and seemingly pay attention to the boring lectures. They become an indelible part of university memories. The following lines are an ‘ode’ to such birds.

Student Sparrow In my department days, Chirping through the ventilator, A brown, full feathered sparrow Would softly intrude... With unfailing regularity. With its rustling, fluttering, Cooing and whispering Would clamour for attention. Its chee-cheeing and coo-cooing Like background music To the boring lectures Is a soothing acoustic Etched indelibly in my memory.

Aditi Bhola

Naman, KIIT

As I am from Jhajjar, I commute to my hometown quite often. Although Gurgaon has direct road connectivity with Jhajjar via Farukhnagar, the bus service is pathetic. Also, the condition of roads is awful. Through your newspaper, I want to send across a message to the authorities – that the road connecting Gurgaon and Jhajjar should be converted into a highway.

Showing The Way

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uilding on their consistent growth, and enhancing on their zeal to interact with more students, PathBreaker’s Academy has till now Counselled in various schools of Gurgaon. Their reach and guidance is not limited to Gurgaon, but also has extended to Rewari – where their last Counselling session was held at the Holy Child Public School. PathBreaker’s Academy is a premiere Institute that provides classroom sessions to CA, CS aspiring students, and is located at Old DLF Colony, Sec-14, Gurgaon. They have been visiting schools in and around Gurgaon, and interacting with Commerce students, to give them an exposure to various career options available after 12th standard. This is only a communication program, and they don’t charge anything for the same.


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Need Rules For Guests { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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lose to one thousand guest houses, and approximately 5,000 paying guest facilities, are running across every nook and corner of Gurgaon – be it the posh localities in ‘New’ Gurgaon, or the laid back ‘Old City’. But surprisingly, there is no regulatory framework for such commercial activities. HUDA considers running a guest house in a residential area to be illegal. Recently, a raid was conducted by the authorities, sealing a guest house for failing to follow ‘norms’. But guest house owners are asking what the norms are. Where is the regulatory framework that allows them to do business legally, and in a fairly reasonable manner? Having little or no legal mechanism for this commercial activity, which is running on such a large scale, is a perfect recipe for disaster. “There is no regulatory framework or norms for setting up a guest house in Gurgaon. The land use policy in the City is not flexible, and HUDA considers guest houses as a commercial activity. Quite often raids are conducted to stop these facilities,

but this is a farce,” says one of the owners of a Guest House, who runs a chain of such facilities across the National Capital Region. Being a commercial and IT hub, Gurgaon has a huge demand for guest house rooms, as corporate executives belonging to different companies come here both for a short term and long term stay. The City also caters to a large population of call centre and software employees, as well as students, who stay in paying guest facilities. Industry watchers says that the time has come for the Haryana government and the District Administration to make a policy for guest houses in the City. Jaideep Ahuja, a guest house owner, says that most of the guest house owners want to run their business legally, and as per the standards set by the government. In Delhi, Ahuja says, the government has come out with a clear cut policy on the change of land use for commercial activities. “We know clearly how to get the licenses, where to apply, what clearances are required. Here in Gurgaon the authorities should take the industry into confidence, and ensure that the guest houses become even more organised than Delhi,” he says. That is because the potential is greater here. Having a regulatory framework will not only help this industry in Gurgaon, but also ensure that the government gets a fair share of the revenue. This could be in terms of stamp duty, for allowing change of land use to the owners; as well as more taxes. Gurgaon has become an IT/BPO hub because of its reputation as a global ‘lowcost’ destination. The companies would therefore like to use guest houses and

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paying guest facilities to house their employees. A room in a good guest house, with all the modern facilities, is available from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 4,000 per day. For long term stays, the rates vary, and guest house owners throw in good discounts for guests who opt to stay for a month or more. Shahid Siddiqui, Executive Director of Gurgaonstays.com, an online platform for guest houses, says that there is great demand for guest house rooms in the City, as they offer better stay, more comfort, and homely food – at a reasonable price. “The added attraction is that most of the guest houses in Gurgaon are close to IT and corporate parks, and that makes it easier for employees to commute,” says Siddiqui. He also opines that a lot of corporates prefer to lease guest houses for executive accommodation. “If you stay in a hotel, the cost multiplies three times; and with the kind of travelling done by FMCG and IT executives, the travel bills can be excessive,” says Ahuja. Recently, around 200 employees of Genpact, Jaipur had come for training to Gurgaon, and stayed in guest houses. No IT/BPO company will house these many employees in Trident, Oberoi or Leela,” he states. His suggestion is to streamline this industry, have better rules, and ensure that all follow the guidelines. “Right now anyone with a house feels he can open a guest house; but it is unsafe and unviable to have such facilities run in the City,” he says. Siddiqui, who represents a bevy of guest houses in the City, says that despite such large numbers, most of the guest houses are run by people who are not from the hospitality industry. “Most of the owners are either investors or home owners, and they do not understand the intricacies of this business,” he says. While the guest houses in Gurgaon are getting good business, the oversupply of rooms in the City could hamper the business. However, Sidiqqui says, apart from the usual corporate customers, medical tourism has helped boost the occupancy rates of guest houses. A number of guest houses have come up around the Medanta Hospital, Artemis and other medical facilities. “A lot of people from East Africa and Gulf countries are coming to Gurgaon to avail medical facilities. Since they do not want to spend money on hotels, they stay in guest houses,” says Siddiqui. While DLF Phase 3, DLF Phase 1 and Sushant Lok 1 are the hub of guest houses in Gurgaon, a large number of such facilities have lately opened on Sohna Road – as there is an increase in the commercial occupancy of buildings there. Ahuja says that the demand for rooms is directly proportional to the leasing of the

commercial space in the City. Although the guest houses have the advantage of a smaller number of rooms and more flexibility as compared with hotels, customers feel they must have quality and standards at par with budget hotels. In comparison to Delhi, the visitors to the Millennium City are mostly corporate travellers. Of course, Delhi has the benefit of a mix of tourists, leisure travellers, transit visitors – which ensure that there is no dependence on any particular section. One of the pitfalls of having a guest house or hotel in Gurgaon is that it is directly related to the fortunes of the industry – particularly IT, which keeps on fluctuating as per the global economy. An owner says that it is becoming increasingly difficult to run a profitable facility in the City, particularly when anyone can open a guest house anywhere, any time. While guest houses are a hit with corporate travellers, there is a new trend of fully serviced apartments that are increasingly being preferred by senior corporates. These apartments come at a hefty rate of Rs. 1.25 to 1.5 lakh per month, and are available in some of the best condominiums of the City – and in some of the best locations. Sidiqqui says that mostly senior company officials, or people relocating to Gurgaon, prefer these apartments – as they want a safe and comfortable stay. Money is not a major issue for them. A number of these

Guest Houses not allowed in Condominiums

Running a guest house in apartments is illegal in Gurgaon, as it is considered a commercial activity. B.K Dhawan, President of the Silver Oaks Residents Welfare Association, says that as per as the Apartments Act, the Condominiums can not allow guest houses in their premises. There are instances of guest houses being run in condominiums, but this is against the law, he says. RWAs are responsible for the upkeep of a building, and it is important that they ensure no such activity takes place in their buildings. Apartments owners live in close vicinity to each other and they must ensure that outsiders do not infringe on their space and facilities, says Dhawan. Although guest houses can be run in plotted areas, they need permission from the authorities, he says. apartments are also leased by MNCs, who use them to house their foreign guests, customers and top officials, for short term stays as well, he reveals. In addition to the high end residential solutions, Gurgaon also a has a number of Paying Guest houses that provide stay for a monthly rent between Rs. 4,500 and 7,500. The facilities include bed, food and power back up for the residents – who are mostly employees of call centres, or members of sales teams, or students, who prefer to stay in shared communities rather than being alone. Dharmpal Sehrawat, who runs such a facility in both Sector 46 of Gurgaon and DLF, says that all kinds of people come to stay in their guest houses. “We have corporate employees, students, trainees, marketing staff, and IT experts staying with us. They come from all parts of India, but they have the same needs – like homely food, staying with a community, and helping each other,” he says. Most of the residents of guest houses agree that it is not only economical to stay in such facilities, but they also offer safety, a spirit of camaraderie, and food which is better than available outside.

Gurgaon being a cosmopolitan city has a multi-cultural population, and these paying guest facilities accommodate all kinds of people. Dharmpal says that he has guests from South India, West India, and a large number from Bihar and UP – who he says are now becoming a dominant force in the IT industry. Prem Kumar, a Marketing officer of a US based company, who stays in a DLF guest house, told Friday Gurgaon that he has been enjoying his stay in Gurgaon for a long time. “I like this City, as it offers world class facilities, looks almost like Singapore, and offers opportunities for growth,” says Kumar. He further adds that with this pace of growth, Gurgaon could soon eclipse Bangalore as an IT destination. Bhushan Kumar from Andhra Pradesh says that he finds the food and location better than the hotel. “The Paying Guest houses allow me not to worry about food and other mundane things. I can concentrate on work,” he says. Another resident, Ashish Chander Trivedi, a Doctor in Life Sciences, shares an interesting anecdote of his stay in a rented room, as a tenant. “I stayed for two months in a room, and was always worried about food, washing clothes, internet. I could not take it anymore, and thereafter shifted to this guest house,” he says. Many people like Trivedi are availing the facilities of these guest houses, which are increasing by the day. Guest house owners says that with such a large demand, and increasing supply, it is important to regulate the business - and have a proper framework in the City. “Many of us don’t talk to the press, as we are scared it could bring the spotlight on us. The authorities need to clear the gray areas, and ensure that the system becomes transparent,” he says. Ahuja exhorts,“If Delhi can do it, why not Gurgaon?” Definitely, the right Millennium attitude. u


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otorcycling accident statistics the world over show that biking is dangerous. Bikers are more likely to be hurt in a serious accident, and more likely to die as a result, than other road users. Effective first aid can make the difference. The following aims to answer some of the questions likely to arise. Should the biker’s helmet be removed or not? Riders knocked unconscious could suffocate, as the limp tongue can block the air passages. Often the victim will have suffered concussion to some extent. “Vomiting is a typical symptom of this, which could also lead to suffocation,” according to Peter Sefrin, a medical professor specializing in emergencies. The head should be bent gently backwards to clear the airways, and the

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Accident Assistance mouth opened – which is not possible with the helmet on. What is the correct way to remove the helmet? Very carefully. If the accident victim has incurred injury to the spinal cord in the neck, a sudden jerk to the head could result in paralysis, Sefrin says. First lift the visor, then loosen the chinstrap, and then remove the helmet, by pulling off in a line with the body – until the head can be supported with one hand. Then remove the helmet completely, and lay the head carefully on the ground. How does one check the breathing? The person offering first aid should bend their head over the face of the victim and look at the chest. “In this way,

Wikimania Confab { Andy Goldberg / Washington / DPA }

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ver one thousand Wikimedia enthusiasts are to converge in Washington for the annual Wikimania event – to collaborate, argue and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing what undoubtedly ranks as one of the most amazing achievements of the internet. This year’s Wikimania will mark the eighth year that a core group of editors and contributors to Wikipedia come together – to discuss their internet trove of information. The zeitgeist will no doubt revolve around how sensationally well Wikipedia has met the ridiculously lofty goals enunciated by cofounder Jimmy Wales, after he launched the site in January 2001 – as an offshoot of the more conventional expert-authored online encyclopedia, Nupedia. The citizen-authored site—based on the concept of ‘Wikis’ or collaborative authoring—quickly outgrew its mother site; and Wales realized its potential to become the biggest collection of human knowledge on the planet.

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he next-generation Orion spacecraft arrived early this week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida – where technicians will prepare it for its first flight in 2014, NASA said. The shell of the Orion craft was delivered from a factory in New Orleans. NASA  technicians will complete assembly at the Space Centre, by installing its heat shield and other equipment. The NASA  craft is to replace the Space Shuttle fleet—which was retired last year—with the goal of sending astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, to an asteroid – and eventually, Mars. The US  Space Agency is shifting flights to the International Space Station (ISS), manned by commercial companies. Space X’s Dragon capsule made the first commercial cargo delivery to

you can hear the breathing, feel it on your cheek, and also watch whether the ribcage rises and falls,” Sefrin says. If no breathing can be discerned, resuscitation should be attempted - with 30 chest compressions, and two breaths into the victim’s mouth. How should an injured motorcyclist be moved to safety? He/she should be lifted to the side of the road in the rescue grip. The victim is lifted slightly, so that the assistant can place his own arms under the armpits, holding the forearms of the victim across the chest, grasping with thumb and fingers pointing in the same direction – so that there is no pressure on the pit of the stomach. Can an unconscious biker

Now the online encyclopedia appears in 285 languages. It has 4 million articles in English, and more than 1 million in German, its second most popular language. It also has more than 1 million articles in French. There are 85,000 active contributors, working on more than 21 million articles. The Wikipedia sites attract more than 22 million hits an hour. The system is supported entirely by fundraising - with most coming from relatively small donations of 30 dollars or under. The Conference is about much more than self-congratulation, according to Catrin Schoneville, a Spokesperson for the German delegation to the talks. Contributors will offer more than 100 presentations over the course of the three-day conference, discussing everything – from the impact of the mobile and smartphone revolutions on Wikipedia’s form and architecture, to the threats facing the site from online censorship. Schoneville is looking forward to the Conference with the excitement one would usually associate with a vacation. “If you would see me there you would know it’s hard work - but if you work on something that you believe in, it is very rewarding,” she says. u

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the Station in May. Working with commercial providers will allow NASA  to turn its attention to more long-distance destinations with Orion. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the President’s goal – to send humans to an asteroid by 2025, and to Mars in the 2030s,” said NASA Deputy Administrator, Lori Garver. “Delivery of the first space-bound Orion, coupled with recent successes in commercial

spaceflight, is proof that this national strategy is working.” The United States will conduct Orion’s first unmanned test flight in two years, to evaluate how it operates – during launch, in space, and during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. It will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, orbit twice around the Earth, and then make a water landing. Orion will orbit 5,793 kilometres above the Earth, some 15 times higher than the ISS, and farther from the planet than any spacecraft has travelled – since the Apollo moon missions of the 1960s and 70s. NASA hopes to fly the six-person crew capsule about once or twice a year— through the 2020s—and send a manned mission to an asteroid by 2025; but exact plans for when and where the new craft’s first mission will be, are not yet set. u

be laid on his side? If an accident victim is unconscious but breathing normally, he/she should be laid on their side, in a stable position. This is appropriate even if the spine in the neck region has been damaged. The important thing is to move the head as little as possible – to prevent paralysis. Lying on the side has the advantage that blood and vomit can drain away and the air passages can remain unblocked. Should clothing be removed from the victim? Sefrin advises against this. “Close-fitting motorcycling gear can work like a pressure bandage on heavily bleeding wounds and internal injuries,” he says. Clothing also keeps the injured person warm –

G lobal something that is important in both winter and summer. Hypothermia can lead to problems in hospital emergency rooms; so accident victims should be covered—even in warm weather—with the rescue blanket, that many countries require motorists to carry with them. Which injuries should be attended to first? Motorcyclists often break limbs or their hips in an accident. Persons administering first aid should first bandage visible fractures and severely bleeding wounds – that are exposed. When bikers slide under a motorway guardrail, they may lose limbs entirely. In cases like these, Sefrin advises covering the stump of the severed limb with a sterilized bandage. “The severed limb must be wrapped immediately in a sterile compress or bandage, placed in a plastic bag, and handed to the emergency services,” he advises.u

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any modern professionals have difficulty switching off after work – constantly checking emails, and always being reachable by mobile phone. The evidence is that this is harmful. In Germany, the government is aiming to act. Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen aims to compel employers to protect their employees from the constant stress generated by the tech gadgets – that have come to dominate many working lives. She intends to draw up clear rules on the periods that employees can be required to be available, and when they should receive time off in exchange. Dirk Windemuth of the Work and Safety Institute, attached to the official German insurance body for accidents at work, says professionals should do something completely different – during the half hour after leaving work. The Professor of Psychology lays

down the following rules: Turn the mobile off. Staff do themselves no favours by being constantly available for the boss, or their colleagues. There should be a ban on checking emails, responding to queries, or engaging in work phone calls, after the working day has ended. Exercise. Office staff with sedentary occupations need to do something physical. Some like to garden, others get on their bikes. The important thing is to move, and not to slump down immediately in front of the television. Enjoy a sundowner. As long as alcohol consumption does not become excessive, an evening beer or glass of wine will do no harm. Arrange to meet friends. Talking to friends, or spending time with the family, are the best ways to alleviate stress resulting from work. People with a functioning social network soon start thinking about other things after work. u


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irls love to wear pink, and boys only play with toys that have wheels. Some parents are so bothered by these stereotypes, that they have consciously decided to raise their children in a gender-neutral environment. But that’s easier said than done, because traditional roles are hard to ignore. There are mothers who have openly wondered whether boys simply love toy diggers because they are born with that instinct – or because they were given a T-shirt with a digger on it soon after they were born.    Other parents

are happy when their daughter takes on the task of building her own doll house. On the other hand, some parents and experts consider it a setback, that a toymaker like Lego includes overtly feminine features—such as cosmetic salons and lipstick— in its sets for girls. The debate is going on not only among parents, but also among scientists. The core question is – to what extent do genes, hormones and upbringing determine the interests and behaviour of boys and girls? There are gender differences in the brains of male and female children, according to US

A Natural Paradise { Bernd F Meier / Svolvaer, Norway / DPA }

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ia, who hails from Tromso, says: “I have found my paradise.” Her paradise consists of an archipelago of 80 islands—off the Norwegian coast— stretching between 100 and 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle – The Lofoten Islands. The group of rugged, rocky islands stretches from Narvik some 190 kilometres westwards, into the North Atlantic. Since 2007, bridges and tunnels link the islands with the mainland. The summer season on the Lofotens is just three months. Starting at the end of May, tourists start arriving on cruise ships, on the Hurtigruten line ships, or in travel coaches. The islands’ capital of Svolvaer—with its 4,200 inhabitants—and the fishing villages of Henningsvaer, Nusfjord, Reine and Hamnoya, are well-visited. But just a few kilometres away, there is peace and quiet. “Most of our foreign guests are from Germany,” says Jan Rune Yanni Vikan, Head of the

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Lofotens Tourism Office in Svolvaer. Visitors explore the islands in camping vans, private cars – and lately, by aeroplane. Summer vacationers can enjoy fishing, bicycling, mountain trekking, surfing – and pristine nature. Early in the afternoon, Ballstad resident Borge Iversen heads out to sea in his fishing boat. On board are sports fishermen and hobby anglers. The boat is barely half an hour out when Iversen turns off the engine. “There are fish in the cliffs below us,” he informs his guests. And it is only 10 minutes before the first coalfish is dangling from someone’s fishing line. The catch at the end of the three-hour excursion consists of several boxes of coalfish,

Conviction via Street View { Lin Yang / Taipei / DPA }

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judge in central Taiwan used Google Street View as evidence to fine a man recently. The man did not leash his dog, resulting in an attack by the canine on his neighbor. The neighbour, Peng, sued the dog owner, Lee, because Lee’s dog chased Peng in July 2011, causing him to fall off his bicycle. The victim said he received more than 10 stitches on his forehead, and also suffered cuts and scrapes. Lee denied that he kept his dog unleashed. The judge pulled up an image of Lee’s house in Miaoli County, from Google Street View – and it showed an untied black dog in his driveway. The judge issued a fine of 59,000 Taiwan dollars (1,970 US dollars). Google Inc, long dogged by invasion of privacy charges in other parts of the world over Google Street View, has never faced a legal challenge over its use of cameras—mounted on cars—to capture images of streets and properties. The case marks the first instance of the Taiwan authorities using Google’s Street View to convict someone of a crime. In 2009, police in the Netherlands used a Street View shot as evidence that two men robbed another man. The robbers were caught tailing their victim, on Google’s camera. u

Neuroscientist Lise Eliot, in her book Pink Brain, Blue Brain. Eliot has analysed numerous studies in researching her book, concluding that the differences are minor. Gender stereotypes form in the pliable brain of a child, initially through observation of their environment. “In our society, gender is among the things that are identity-forming. It is irritating, for example, when we don’t know whether a person we encounter somewhere in public is a man or a woman,” says Hannelore Faulstich-Wieland, Professor of Education at the University of Hamburg. It is important for children to have haddock and halibut. Back on shore, Iversen will clean the fish. Everyone’s supper is assured that evening. Starting from Svolvaer, on the island of Vagan, the European Highway 10 is the main traffic artery—connected by bridges and tunnels—to the neighbouring islands of Vestvagoya, Flakstadoya und Moskenesoya. It is about 150 kilometres to the destination of the town of ‘A’, where all the roads end. The trip is going to take up a whole day, for there are many stops along the way, for taking pictures. Green farmland stretches in a broad valley, protected by mountain ranges, on Vestvagoya – which is one of the largest agricultural communities in Norway. From a rest stop near Indre, there is a panoramic view of the landscape – including the Viking museum in Borg. “In the summer here, the valley is dry; while in winter, we sometimes get up to a metre of snow,” says Knut Aland, standing on his farmstead, Aland Gard. In this climate, Knut Aland is able to cultivate 20 different spices in his garden. The farmer sells spices, cheese and home-made jams in his small shop. From June to mid-August, his daughter Heidi runs the Lofoten Islands’ sole farmstead cafe. Further along on the Highway, the tour passes through the Nappstraumen tunnel, to reach the next island of Flakstadoya. The winding E 10 road leads down to the village of Nusfjord. Fishermen’s houses are clustered along the small bay. Anyone who wants to visit Nusfjord must pay an entry fee of 5 euros (7 dollars). The picturesque village, with its more than 100 years of history, is privately owned. Hamnoya, Reine and Sorvagen are towns lined up along the E 10 – on Moskensoya island. Tourists’ cameras are clicking away in Hamnoya, to record the stark scenery of the surrounding 800-metre-high cliffs of the Lofotenwand – as the mountain range on the archipelago is called. Geologists estimate the mountains’ age at 3.5 billion years. At the very end of the E 10 lies the tiny hamlet called A. Its cluster of fishermen’s huts, a fishing village museum, and the Torrfisk - dry fish - museum are the reward for the long journey. u

an orientation. Another question is about forbidding children doing things that are overtly connected to one of the two genders - the classic “pink phase” that girls go through, for example. If it’s important for a girl to have a “pink phase” together with her girlfriends, the professor says that shouldn’t be forbidden. The same goes when a girl wants to play football, says Faulstich-Wieland. “Children should be told they are a proper girl or a proper boy – no matter what they are interested in. I think parents should handle it in a relaxed way.” Some things remain firmly fixed about gender role. This comes out in particular when it comes to choosing a career. Girls shy away from mathematical

and technical occupations, while fewer boys go into social fields. The variety of toys a child has plays a role in forming impressions on the child. However, that alone is not a decisive factor. When children are able to have experiences early in life, with technical things or experimentation, their interest in related professions goes up, educators say. “I believe that society has become more open and there is more freedom, but I also think that boys and girls are still brought up differently,” says Karin Jacob, of a Consultation Centre for families in Berlin. “The toy industry, with its separate worlds for boys and girls, can only be successful when it connects with something in us as parents.” u

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lat shoes are more comfortable than high heels – that’s a fact with which no one in the fashion world would argue. But, when designers suddenly start sending their models down the catwalk wearing loafers, fashionistas take note. Women’s fashion without high heels? Is that possible? Loafers have become the darling summer shoe. The range of styles includes some with low heels. Typically, they are made from light material, and often come in bright colours. Fashion experts say they are ideally combined with jeans and chinos. German designer Karl Lagerfeld justified his nearly revolutionary decision to use flat shoes in his women’s collection for Chanel, by saying he was tired of seeing models “looking like the Eiffel Tower – in heels 15 to 20 centimetres high.” Flat shoes also have a mundane, but demonstrative advantage – you just slip into them and you are able to go comfortably through the day.

“Loafers signal a cultivated sportiness and a dynamic youthfulness,” says Andreas Rose, a style consultant in Germany. The flat heel and their design make them good shoes for leisure time, while loafers made from better material are for the office and special occasions. Loafers are currently popular, because fashion is getting a bit of inspiration from the sporting world, says Claudia Schulz of the German Shoe Institute. Designers are combining colourful and sporty chinos with loafers – made of soft leather. Details such as shoestrings in a different colour, and decorative stitching, are characteristics of current loafer design, says Schulz. “The colours in focus in women’s loafers are orange, pink, tomato red, turquoise, apple green and sun yellow. Black and white create contours,” she says. Men’s shoe departments feature loafers in blue, red and light brown. Women with long legs can combine loafers with straight-leg, or even more narrowly cut jeans, says Andras Laube, a Style Consultant. Women with short legs must be careful when wearing flat shoes, because they can make the women’s overall look seem masculine. This impression, however, can be softened by wearing a low-cut top. Laube advises men to combine loafers with cropped chinos. Knee-length pants also look well with loafers. Loafers worn to work should be in solid colours, Laube advises. u



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