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Now RWAs Challenged


t was earlier just the builders that residents were up in arms against; now even genuine RWAs face the brunt. And ironically, in Silver Oaks, after the RWA effectively resolved a years’ old parking issue. ...Pg 8

The Invisible Foreigners


hey are all over the City; and yet under no one’s gaze. Today, they seek just employment. Tomorrow, this may become a ‘regularized’ vote bank. A convenient inconvenience? It’s nobody’s baby; yet everyone has some concern. ...Pg 9

A Super Link


School in Dadawas village, on the outskirts of Gurgaon, has taken on a challenge to produce ‘IIT winners’ – and has tied up with the champion Super 30, from Bihar. ...Pg 10

The Zangoora Dream


ussain Kuwajerwala is living out his acting dream. With Zangoora completing 700 shows recently, he can rightly bask in this success. He has successfully straddled TV and Theatre – and will probably make his movie mark now. ...Pg 19

Global @ Home


urgaon, G City, Millennium City, is on the way to becoming a global city. Thousands of expatriates have made it their home. And helping them out, globally, is InterNations – which now has a Gurgaon chapter. ...Pg 20

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Gurgaon Master Stroke

To Hit Rock Bottom in 10 years; to become a Desert within 20. Achieve M(uck) City status alongside.


ill Gurgaon become a desert? Will Gurgaon drown in its own muck? Which will happen first? What will be the impact of the double whammy? The Millennium City is seriously water-stressed. The groundwater is being decimated by developers and builders, and citizens. Almost 40,000 bore wells are allegedly operating here. Drilling has gone to 300 feet in a few places. In many places it has already hit rock. In 10 years, the aquifers may well dry up. We would have hit rock bottom. Water Supply – raw

water comes from the 70km Gurgaon Water Supply (GWS) Canal of the Yamuna (linked to the Western Yamuna Canal coming from the Tajewala headworks (near Yamunanagar). The GWS canal is designed to carry 245 MLD (Million Litres a Day) at the head, but loses 50% on the way - due to evaporation and diversion. The villages and industrial towns on the way ‘steal’ from the canal, and return to it their waste. The water is treated in the Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) situated in Gurgaon – at Basai Road, and soon at Chandu Bhudera (new). Raw water sourcing and treatment is HUDA’s domain.

The Public Health and Engineering Dept. (PHED) is responsible for the “old’ City – and would hand over charge of water to the MCG soon (August 1). HUDA is looking after the ‘new’ City, and also should also have handed over to the MCG – though there are no plans currently. It has divided the new City into 3 sections. CPHEEO (Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization) has set a water norm of 150 LPCD (Litres Per Capita Daily). On this basis, for a population of 1.5 to 2m million today, the water demand would be 225 to 300 MLD. To that we need to add the Commer-

cial and Industrial Demand. A good Demand estimate would be 350 to 400 MLD. The Supply is 200 to 250 MLD. Water Storage capacity at Basai is currently only 580 MLD (less than 2 days demand); it is being increased to 1770 MLD (about 5 days). Water Treatment HUDA has 3 Water treatment Plants (WTPs) in Basai, with a total capacity of 273 MLD. However, the plants are operating at about 60% capacity. The quality of water treatment is also suspect. There is further wastage of water, on supply from the Plants to the homes/factories. Contd on p 16 

Powerless Gurgaon G

urgaon has been on a short fuse since the onset of summer this year. Despite promises made by the State Power Minister that there would be no power cuts, the City has been suffering badly. The delayed monsoon, onset of Kharif season, and the soaring

heat (a 30 year record), has now made matters even worse. The government agencies falter on one count or the other. DHBVN, which had earlier banked on spot purchase of power, is getting the maximum flak.  In

fact, the DHBVN Managing Director, Amit Kumar Agarwal, admitted that it would be difficult to meet the current demand in the City – and citizens should brace for even more difficult times. The Nigam has also asked the residents to use power efficiently.

With a contribution of almost 50% to the Haryana exchequer, you would have thought that Gurgaon would be high (if not Top) priority in Haryana. June has seen an unprecedented power and water shortage, with tens of colonies and thousands of residents literally taking to the streets.

That too in Power, which is a critical commercial, industrial, and construction input too. Manesar is being touted as the next Industrial Hub; and a new Gurgaon (58 new Sectors) is being built on our periphery. All this, while there is not even bare existence enough for current Gurgaon residents, commerce, and industry.

Let us see what Gurgaon got in terms of Power, in June. Haryana, as a State, got a 21% increase in Power versus Last Year (1250 lakh units versus 1037 lakh units, average daily); The total areas under DHBVN (South Haryana) got 8% over Last Year (627 lakh units vs 588 lakh units); While Gurgaon got just 5% over Last Year (167 lakh units vs 159 lakh units) – a downgrade from 15% of Haryana, to 13% of Haryana !

We should seriously consider a moratorium on Gurgaon II construction, till Gurgaon I gets adequate basic civic services. And with many households, commercial establishments, and industry having to use gensets for prolonged hours, we have been an inch away from a diesel crisis. We now await the monsoon mayhem and muck.

The bias could not be more obvious.

Despite these facts, the State Govt. departments, Ministers, and the CM, say that Gurgaon is always given a priority. Gurgaon does not figure in the CM’s or any Minister’s priorities – at least to give anything to.


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For The Other Half


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


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

...Pg 16

Tantric Art


e feature

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

...Pg 17

Master Recipe

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in India. forces that It is this flux of extreme balance – the is threatening to unraveland helpful for a balance that is natural and for civiliwith; great cities to evolve attain glory. sations to develop and urban core, the Gurgaon’s rotting within the City, concretised villages hinterland that and the vast rural is under once comprised Guru-gram, – under and 210 Panchayats threat of being submerged Nagar, Manesar); 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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Let’s Be Civil


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


100 – Police Emergency main Police


Control Location: The Mini-SecretarRoom (PCR) in Gurgaon’s lines chirping, phone iat. Wireless sets staff they’re set down, ringing as soon as papers – the very rushing about with air hums with activity. who is the Inspector Rishipal, the Operations, says senior in-charge of given day, we receive seriously, “On any a 3,000 calls.” In between 2,500 to from which he can closed glass cubicle 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

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Cover Girl Night


taly's famous vodka brand Artic® and Maxim hosted the cover girl night party at a discotheque in the City. The cover was unveiled by the former beauty queen and actress Gul Panag. This was followed by a fashion show by designer Amit Talwar Trekaaya, who showcased his latest collection at the party. Electrifying music and exotic cocktails made with Artic® Vodka kept the guests busy till the wee hours. The party saw many fashionistas and the crème’ de la crème, who added style and glamour quotient to the evening.

Hawaiian Nights


ctors Hussain Kuwajerwala and Gaurav Gera, and singer Anamika Grover were spotted at a Hawaiian Nights hosted by a nightclub in the City. While other guests were engaged in activities such as live sketching, tattoo making, and photo studio, Hussain and Gaurav seemed busy posing with fans, and signing autographs.

Papa Dose


he acclaimed stand-up comedian Papa CJ and his troupe entertained the audience with a heavy dose of laughter. Starting with his hilarious description of the City, Papa CJ's humour ranged from cricket to politics, Americans to Bollywood, Chaat to Manmohan Singh. People literally fell off their seats. He even picked up people from the audience and made witty, funny remarks about them. Papa CJ kept the audience engaged and laughing throughout the show.



amous Punjabi singer Master Saleem rocked the floor at a famous nightclub. He performed popular compositions – “Ahun, Ahun,” “Jugni ji”, and “Maa da ladla”. His performance and style held the attention of guests, and requests poured in, till the wee hours.

Celebrating 100 years of Bollywood


enior citizens from the City celebrated 100 successful years of Bollywood, at the Epicentre. They paid a tribute to Indian cinema, by performing selected immortal Bollywood songs. The event was organised by Epicentre in collaboration with Malhar Sangeet Kala Kendra.


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Namche Nihari N

{ Alka Gurha }


ongri to Dubai’ attempts to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia. It is the story of infamous men – Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem – and above all Dawood Ibrahim. News is that filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, who launched Hussain Zaidi’s book, has based his forthcoming film, Shootout at Wadala, on ‘Dongri to Dubai’. Hussain Zaidi is a Mumbai based journalist, and a veteran of investigative crime and terror reporting. His previous books include bestsellers like ‘Black Friday’, and the ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’. In Part - I of the book, the narrative follows the history of crime in India. The book has riveting accounts of men like Nanhe Khan, Wahab Pehelwan, Mastan Haider Mirza (later called Haji Mastan), Varadarajan Mudaliar, Abu Salem, Dawood Ibrahim, and various Pathan gangsters. The book is essentially the story of Dawood – as a little boy from Dongri, who later became a don in Dubai. The various incidents capture his bravado and ambition, and are presented in a gripping racy manner. Those who have followed the Mumbai mafia would be aware

{ Vijay Kumar }


{ Aalok Wadhwa } amche Bazaar, a town in northeastern Nepal, is the gateway to the high Himalayas, and popular for Chinese goods and internet cafés. Now it is also the name of a newly opened restaurant at Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road. Intrigued by the name, I am here to check out this eatery. The interiors seem to be a Disney creation of Tibetan Nepal. It is over-run with Tibetan prayer wheels, low seating, and strapping Punjabi lads dressed as Nepali serving staff – with their Nepali topis and colourful Indochine attire. The theme, décor and attire are clearly in sync – hopefully the food is too. But as I start going through the menu, I am brought down from the heavenly heights of the Himalayas into Bhatinda. The restaurant serves hard core North Indian food, with not even one dish from the Himalayan Kingdom. I ask Manager Rahul Dalal to solve this mystery for me. From what I gather, the owners of Namche Bazaar are fascinated by the beauty of Nepal – and this restaurant is a tribute to that. At some later date, they also plan to introduce some Nepalese dishes. Deciding not to be confused by such contradictions any further, I decide to place my order, and enjoy the lilting melodies of Kishore Kumar. A

Foul Gangs

while later I get the complimentary papads, chutneys and pickles – followed a little later by the starter kabab platter (Rs. 495). While most of the kababs are ordinary and overcooked dry, two still stand out. The crispy stuffed mushrooms have a beautiful spinach and cheese filling, and have been batter fried to perfection. The colourful gilafi

Namche Bazaar 1st Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road, Sector 43, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 404 0707 Timing: 12 noon – 11:30 pm seekh is soft and yielding. The accompanying baby onion salad is addictive. To my relief, the main course arrives soon thereafter. Gosht nihari (Rs. 425) is a delicacy with its roots in the Muslim nawab kitchens. Today, it is regarded as the national dish  of  Pakistan. The dish


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DONGRI TO DUBAI Author: S. Hussain Zaidi Price: Rs. 350 Publisher: Lotus Roli Genre: Non-Fiction

is known for its spiciness and taste. Nihari is cooked overnight – which results in extremely tender morsels of meat, including the flavourful bone marrow. The dish that is served here meets all expectations, and is as soft and well spiced as what one would expect at the Urdu Bazaar in Lahore. A helping of traditional garnishes on the side—like fresh lime, fried onions, ginger juliennes, onions, chopped chillies and coriander leaves—would have been heavenly. The dessert is kheer (Rs. 150), cooked the traditional way – and is as comforting as it should be. The restaurant is in its second month of operation, so I can understand some teething issues. Now, to the food. If you choose right, and enjoy North Indian food, Namche Bazaar could be a delightful surprise. u

that Haji Mastan and Varadaraja Mudaliar were Tamil immigrants who came to Mumbai to do menial labour; that Dawood Ibrahim’s father was a police constable; that Haji Mastan produced a few Bollywood movies with a social message; and that many Bollywood movies were funded by the mafia – who coerced the actors to work with them. There are many other interesting sub-stories in ‘Dongri to Dubai’ – such as the tale of Mandakini (born as Yasmin Joseph), who is alleged to be close to Dawood Ibrahim; the attempt by Chhota Shakeel’s men on Chhota Rajan while he was based in Bangkok; and music baron Gulshan Kumar’s gruesome murder. In Part – II, the writer archives the lives and escapades of ‘infamous’ men in Dubai. Given his extensive experience in crime reporting, Zaidi sounds genuine enough; though one wonders about the authenticity of some incidents. Every setting is described in meticulous, though not tiresome, detail. Some readers may find Zaidi’s attempt to glorify and justify the acts of dreaded gangsters undesirable. ‘Dongri to Dubai’ is a comprehensive and enthralling read for anyone interested in Mumbai’s mafia – and Dawood Ibrahim in particular. u

he jury is not out, on the winner of the newly instituted award in Bollywood; apparently never in the past has there been a stronger degree of unanimity in the selection of the winner of a Bollywood award. It would also be easy to visualise the award-giving scene: “Friends and F*****s”, the MC would say, “the newest award for a movie with the maximum usage of foul-mouthed language goes to..”. The MC would pause for effect, and then in a typi- Gangs of Wasseypur cal Bihari accent shout out,” Kyon directed by : Anurag Kashyap khamosh ho gaye ho? Kya tumhari cast: Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep g…d phat gayi?. And then, to ease Ahlawat the tension, he would wickedly say: genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller this special Award goes to Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus: The Gangs Of Wasseypur. “And”, the MC would continue, “there is another award which this movie has won: this is for the most entertaining scene – in a movie which has only one entertaining scene! And to help you relive this experience, we have the stellar performer, Yashpal Sharma, who will recreate the item boy magic out here!”. The Gangs Of Wasseypur is richly deserving of both these awards; but it would be grossly unfair not to mention the other features of this 4,800 metres long presentation. The performances are indeed extremely arresting; each of the characters looks and acts in a manner that is very credible. Whether it is the housewife or the mistress; the politician’s good-for-nothing son or the butcher; the pistol seller or the sole true loyalist of the hero – Anurag Kashap’s efforts to draw out the characters, and get his star cast to perform, are outstanding. But where he trips and slips is in the extremely convoluted form of storytelling, and the unnecessary usage of violence and gore to drive home a point. Some of it would certainly have to be shown, to create the overall atmosphere – but Anurag ends up using a sledgehammer when a smaller tool could have produced just as good an effect. No Country For Old Men, an Oscar winner a couple of years ago, also grappled with the issue of violence on the US-Mexican border. It had its share of gore and violence, but one didn’t feel repelled when watching the movie. Closer home, a director of Prakash Jha’s calibre would have conveyed the same story in a far more effective and less dehumanising manner. If Anurag is still intent on the sequel, with the same amount of gore, he would do well to title that as The Butchers Of Wasseypur! u

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Polenta Fritta Ingredients 1/2 cup

1Packet 1tsp 1 tsp 1 tsp 1/4 cup ½ cup Sea Salt

Light Olive Oil, for frying Instant Polenta Chili flakes Garlic paste Oregano Grated Parmesan Sweet chili sauce To taste


Polenta: Bring 4 1/2 cups of salted water to a quick boil. Add the polenta and spices to the water by pouring slowly. Stir continuously until mixture has thickened (about 1 minute). Remove from heat.


 Coat an 11 by 7 inch baking pan with a teaspoon of olive oil.  Pour cooked polenta into greased pan.  Cover and refrigerate until cold and firm, approximately for 2 hours.  Cut the chilled polenta into 2 by

1 inch pieces. In a large skillet, heat the extra light olive oil for frying. Working in small batches, fry the polenta.  Transfer the fried polenta to a serving patter.  Sprinkle with salt and cheese. Serve warm alongside tomato or chilli Sauce.  Makes about 35 pieces

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Kabul Veda Rocks

World Music Day



oung and versatile singer Kabul, along with his band Rock Veda, performed at a nightclub in the City. He enthralled the audience with his unique compositions – ranging from Soulful Sufi, Hindustani Classical, Raw Earthiness of Folk, to the foot-tapping popular chartbusters. Kabul has trained under singing maestro Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan Saheb.

udeep Solanki hosted a party to celebrate of the World Music Day at a pub. The party was a glam affair, with the presence of many designers, fashion aficionados, and socialites – and performance of Dj Iggy’s, who is known for his heavy compositions of psychedelic, techno, and D&B music. We spotted Nusrat Wani, Naina Balsaver, Rachna Kohli Sandhu, Mayyur Girotra, Garema Nagpal, Ankita Chaudhary, and Gaurav Jagtiani having a gala evening.

TRX Fitness


amous Brazilian fitness expert Toni Giannini launched TRX classes for the first time in India, at Celebrity Fitness, JMD Regent Arcade. TRX is a special suspension technology that helps in keeping the body fit, without the lifting heavy of weights. It also gives toning to every part of the body.

Ride Safe


s Poonam Hooda, Traffic Incharge, inaugurated the “Honda Rider Trainer” at Yume Honda. More than 20 customers were given a demonstration. They were also given safety related information – such as road signs, road markings, and the benefits of helmets. “We are committed to being actively involved in such safety related initiatives” said Surjeet S Sachdeva and Deepak Parashar, Directors of Yume Honda. The event concluded with fun activities, and a magic show for the kids.

Design, Computer Science, Psychology, and Economics, to name a few. How have these fairs helped students in India? The fair helped Indian students know about courses offered by Canadian universities, and the education system in Canada. It was like an open forum, where students asked question and were told about the dynamism of Canada. I would like to mention that the counselling and visits are provided free of cost.

Study in Canada An Interview with Mel Broitman, Director, Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) How has been your experience in Gurgaon? How many universities from Canada participated in the fair? Gurgaon is a base for international companies and world-class schools. The modern mindset is driving an increased ambition for a world-class education, which is provided by the universities in Canada. Our experience in cities such as Delhi, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad has also been good. Six universities – University of Guelph, University of Windsor, University of Victoria, University of Winnipeg, St. Thomas University, Saint Mary’s University – and one college –Sault College – participated in the event. They offer a number of courses – such as Medicine, Engineering, Fashion

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In India, students generally prefer to go to the US and the UK for higher studies. What advantage does Canada offer? Canada is a relatively peaceful, safe, and orderly country. Moreover, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are, generally, lower than in other countries – such as the US and the UK. Canadian degrees are globally recognised as equivalent to those obtained from other countries in the West. What are your future plans for India? We will hold our Annual Fall Fair in October 2012. Several cities will be covered by our university representatives from Canada. They will meet students, and provide admission assessments to them. To know more, contact: Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC), Gurgaon
Office No. 707, Galleria Tower, DLF Phase IV,
Gurgaon 122002
Haryana, India
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Resident Power

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


n the current crisis, Friday Gurgaon spoke to citizens across the City – in gated communities, HUDA sectors, ‘irregular’ colonies—as well as state officials—to find a way out of this crisis. We also asked our readers whether they are taking any measures to save electricity. It came out clearly that they need to use power efficiently – and are taking measures to preserve it. But it would require a concerted effort, from the civil society as well as the government, to make people more aware that energy saved is energy produced. Abhimaniyu Bhatia, a Gurgaon based architect, says that the current crisis could be used as an opportunity as well, if the people are made aware about saving energy and maximising its usage. Bhatia says, “The manner in which buildings have been designed and constructed, they demand 24-hours cooling; and this is one reason the demand for power has increased so much.” Residents who have been facing the searing heat, as well as suffering the inefficiency of DHBVN and other related agencies agree that there is need to save energy. But in a lighter vein, they also say that the power must be supplied first, before they think of saving it. Sanjay Shrivastava, a city resident, asks: Give examples of power wastage? We already don’t have power for 8-12 hours. We need to mass petition the sleeping government to generate more, through conventional and alternate sources. Gujarat has just set up a 300 MW solar plant. Homes also need to instal solar and wind energy based lighting, which will take the load off the grid. These are ready solutions. The condition of elite colonies is also not good. Not only HUDA sectors, but colonies set up by DLF, Unitech, Ansals and several other builders, are suffering – as adequate supply in not available. Abhinav Sahai, a resident of DLF Phase III, says, “For the last few days, power comes for 15-20 minutes, and then goes off for 1 hour or so. The same cycle repeats the entire day. Earlier there used to be cuts (for about 6-7 hours), but there was regular power also for hours; now there is hardly any power. There is no respite during the day or the night. With this heat and no AC,

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we can barely sleep during the nights – waking up with drowsy eyes in the morning. Also, because of the power situation, water has also become an issue.” Gurgaon power is going from bad to worse. We need to learn from the mistakes, so that next year it does not happen again. Shalini Arora Kochhar, a resident of the premium World Spa, says that while her apartment complex has a power back-up, they are ensuring that electricity is not wasted, and air-conditioning is used optimally. “Living in a condominium with 100 percent back up we are not affected as much, but we do realise the situation, with the frequent switch to the generator. My heart goes out to people who have to suffer it head on. My concern is also for the life of my expensive electrical and electronic gadgets. I have already had to change the compressors on my ACs, thanks to this insane power situation. Well,

is extremely inefficient in managing large issues, and the State cannot produce the major part of its needs. A large number of houses in Gurgaon are fully air conditioned, and most residents don’t care about the wastage. Though our house is air conditioned, we have also installed a good cooler – which is used during the day, to trap the temperature. Everyone must understand the value of keeping appliances and lights off, when not in use. We have


The present shortage of electricity in Haryana can be partially met by way of conservation of electricity, as there is a potential of saving over 25 per cent of the present availability of power generating capacity in the State. One watt saved at the point of consumption saves about 1.5 watts generated. It costs about Rs. Five crores to create 1MW of new generation capacity    An energy saving of 27-40 per cent is possible, in a typical commercial building, with an annual energy consumption of 200 KWh/sq. meter, if a building is constructed with energy efficient building designs/concepts. The Energy Conservation Building Code sets a minimum efficiency standard for commercial buildings, having a connected load of 500 KW or more. There is energy wasted in: Agriculture, with inefficient water use; Old buildings, which guzzle power through inefficient lighting, cooling and pumping devices; Widely dispersed small and medium enterprises, many of which use energy inefficiently and contribute to distribution losses. as for ensuring that power is not being wasted... my children are sharing a room through this heat wave”, says Kochhar. A number of Gurgaon residents told Friday Gurgaon that they are doing whatever little they can, to save power. Manas Arvind, a Gurgaon resident, says that he is angry and concerned with the extremely poor planning – both for the power supply as well as the management of urban areas. “DHBVN

made it a game, for our daughter to hunt for all unused lights and switch them off. A/Cs are carefully selected as per the size of the room, and the thermostat is set between 24-26 – and on sleep mode,” says Arvind. While house owners should make the optimum use of electricity, Ramesh Kumar, an industrialist based in Udyog Vihar, says that there is a need to manage the power supply to malls and factories effi-

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ciently. “One temporary measure could be to shut malls up to 5 pm. Let them open at 5 pm and work till 12 midnight. Offices can work from 9 am to 5 pm,” he says, while adding that the same can be done with factories. Bhatia says that inefficient use of power can be stopped provided the citizens are ready to adopt a greener lifestyle. He also wants the RWAs to instal solar power systems on top of their buildings, instal windmills, and use magnetic generators for producing power. “Alternative means of energy could greatly augment the shortage in supply. The Aravalli hills could also be used for setting up windmills,” says Bhatia. Meanwhile, Rajesh Gupta, Superintending Engineer, DHBVN says that they are trying to resolve the situation at the earliest. The government is buying power even at Rs. 12 per unit to ensure that people do not suffer. It is likely that power being supplied to the industry will be diverted to the residential areas, to reduce suffering, says Gupta. If the current situation does not improve soon, Siddarth Correya says that people will have to carry tents and sleeping bags to offices and malls, to maximise whatever airconditioning they can get. To ensure that such a scenario does not arise, Abhishek Jain, initiator of, a portal aimed at saving power, offers some tips. This, he says, will help the demand and supply situation to come to an even keel, and ensure that the fuse does not explode during the summers in the Millennium City.

Tips to save electricity

 Switch to T5 tube lights (for larger rooms), and CFLs (for smaller areas). These can save up to 50 to 70 per cent over regular tube lights and bulbs.  Old Air Conditioners (more than 5 years old), and Refrigerators consume a lot of electricity. 30 to 50 per cent cost can be saved by upgrading to 4 or 5 star rated air conditioners and refrigerators.

 One can save up to Rs. 60 per month by switching from an un-starred ceiling fan to a 5 star rated ceiling fan.  Appliances (TV, Set Top boxes, cell phone chargers, mosquito repellents) consume electricity until they are switched off from the main plug point. Just switching off TV, AC or any other appliance from the remote does not ensure that it does not consume any more electricity.  Keeping Air Conditioners at 24-25 degree centigrade, and using energy saver mode, can reduce electricity bills – without compromise on comfort.  Maintaining the right insulation of the room: closing doors and windows, using sun protection sheets and curtains, can increase the air conditioner effectiveness, and reduce the electricity bills.  Switching from Desktops to Laptops, and making sure that they are off when not in use, can also save a significant amount of electricity.  Make sure that regular maintenance happens for all your appliances, so that they are in the right working condition, and consume less electricity. In addition, Architect Abhimaniyu Bhatia suggests that Gurgaon residents should:  Insulate the walls and ceilings of the houses, using good quality insulation material. This can help in 20 to 30 per cent reduction in power used for air-conditioning.  Double glaze the windows to reduce the need of airconditioning.  For plot owners, shady trees should be planted around the houses, and roofs and walls should be built using cavity bricks. That will ensure better thermal control. There are also special paints that help in reflecting heat and light, and the same could be used.  The homes and apartments should be weatherised, by plugging the airleaks around doors and windows. This will greatly improve the efficiency of air-conditioning, and require less power. If all these measures are adopted at the same time, experts promise that Gurgaon will need a lot less power. And this will be good for the City and the State. The residents are willing to be pro-active, to contribute. This people's power can of course, go both ways. It's time for the State to power back. u

Public Notification Diversion of T-Junction at 55-56 Crossing Near Shankar Chowk This is to inform the general public that from 7th July 2012 onwards, diversion of T-Junction at 55-56 will be taken over by Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon, for the construction of Station, with the approval of Traffic Police and other civic authorities. The traffic coming from Cyber City going towards Delhi will therefore need to take the compulsory right turn from RMGL Pier No. 102 & 103 on the existing service road NH 8. The traffic coming from IFFCO Chowk and Udyog Vihar and/or going towards IFFCO Chowk and Jaipur, will need to take the u-turn from 100 meters approximately ahead of the existing u-turn, followed by the existing one way traffic of Cyber City to reach IFFCO Chowk. Any inconvenience this causes to the general public and commuters is sincerely regretted by the RMGL Management.

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THIS WEEK Big Cinemas , Palam Vihar, Gurgaon The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) Time: 11.15 am, 2.00 pm, 4.45 pm, 7.30 pm, 10.15 pm Teri Meri Kahaani Time: 11.30 am, 4.35 pm, 9.45 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 12.30 pm, 6.30 pm Bol Bachchan Time: 9.30 am, 10.50 am, 1.50 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.50 pm, 7.50 pm, 9.30 pm, 10.50pm PVR: Ambience Premier The Amazing SpiderMan (2D) Time: 10:00 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:45 pm Bol Bachchan Time: 10:00 am, 11:05 am, 11:55 am, 1:10 pm, 3:05 pm, 4:20 pm, 5:25 pm, 6:15 pm, 8:35 pm, 9:25 pm, 10:40 pm, 11:45 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 10:30 am, 4:15 pm, 7:20 pm, 10:20 pm Teri Meri Kahani Time: 3:40 pm Brave 3D Time: 10:00 am Ferrari Ki Sawaari Time: 1:05 pm, 9:05 pm Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: PVR: Ambience Gold The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) Time: 10:35 am, 1:20 pm, 4:05 pm

Bol Bachchan Time: 10:30 am, 1:40 pm, 4:50 pm, 6:50 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 11:10 pm PVR MGF: MGF Mall Bol Bachchan Time: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:10 pm, 2:10 pm, 3:10 pm, 4:20 pm, 5:20 pm, 6:20 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:40 pm, 11:40 pm The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) Time: 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 2:00 pm,

3:30 pm, 4:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:15 pm, 11:45 pm Eega (Telugu) Time: 10:15 am, 12:45 pm, 6:15 pm, 8:05 pm Jatt and Juliet (Punjabi) Time: 10:00 am, 5:30 pm Maximum Time: 10:00 am Gangs of Wasseypur Time: 1:20 pm, 4:25 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:35 pm Teri Meri Kahani Time: 12:35 pm, 10:45 pm Ferrari Ki Sawaari Time: 2:55 pm Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) – Hindi Time: 10:20 am, 1:10 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:50 pm

♦ People erupt on the streets of Gurgaon, in various locations. Even a power sub-station is attacked. There is widespread anger over the power and water failures – with no respite in sight. Some areas have even had all night outages, while others have received no water for days. ♦ The Commissionerate of Police Building, the foundation for which was recently laid, is proposed as a building on stilts, with 9 floors - in an area of 5.16 acres. Under stilts Car parking and Service Level 1 Public Dealing Counters, Branches Level 2 DCPs offices, ACPs offices, Court Room, Canteen, Record Rooms Level 3 DCPs offices, ACPs offices Level 4 & 5 DCP (HQ) office, Branches Level 6 Commissioner, Jt. Commissioner offices Level 7 DCP (Crime) office, Cyber Cell, Economic Offences Level 8 Control Room, City Surveillance,

THE WEEK THAT WAS Communication Workshop Level 9 Conference Hall (for 65 people), Dining Hall, Lounge, Labs, Training ♦ Delhi would like to emulate the Gurgaon system of same day delivery of documents, after registration of sale deeds of immovable properties. Also appreciated by Delhi was the CCTV surveillance system in all public dealing offices (eg Tehsil office, SDM office). The Gurgaon Administration has computerized issuance of various Certificates – for Caste, Residency, Income, Birth, and Death; and also commits a time frame for delivery of certain public services. ♦ Sachin, a 3 year old, fell into a 9 feet deep pit, but was rescued – and has been treated at the Civil Hospital. He is a child of labourers, and was at a site that was dug up for Power Distribution work. An FIR has been lodged against the concerned JE and SDO of Power Utilities, as also the Contractor.

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Bol Bachchan Time: 10:00 am, 1:10 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:40 pm, 10:40 pm Maximum Time: 12:35 pm, 8:25 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 2:55 pm, 10:45 pm Teri Meri Kahani Time:10:10 am, 6:00 pm DT City Centre The Amazing SpiderMan (3D) Time: 10:05 am, 03:40 pm, 06:15 pm, 08:50 pm, 11:25 pm Ferrari Ki Sawaari Time: 2:40 pm Bol Bachchan Time: 10:40 am, 12:40 pm, 01:40 pm, 04:40 pm, 05:20 pm, 07:40 pm, 10:40 pm, 11:20 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 11:30 am, 08:20 pm DT Mega Mall The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) Time: 10:05 am, 12:45 pm, 06:25 pm, 09:05 pm, 11:45 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 02:35 pm, 08:40 pm, 11:40 pm Bol Bachchan Time:10:00 am, 11:30 am, 01:05 pm, 03:25 pm, 04:10 pm, 05:35 pm, 08:00 pm, 11:05 pm DT Star Mall The Amazing Spider-Man (2D) Time: 12:35 pm, 09:05 pm Ferrari Ki Sawaari Time: 10:00 am Biol Bachchan Time: 10:30 am, 01:30 pm, 03:05 pm, 04:30 pm, 06:05 pm, 08:00 pm, 11:00 pm Gangs Of Wasseypur Time: 11:35 pm

The JE and the SDO have also been placed under suspension. The District Administration has announced a prize of Rs 500 and a Commendation Certificate to anyone informing about illegal, abandoned open bore wells – you can phone no. 100, or 0124-2303333 (Dy Commissioner’s Office). The person’s name can be kept confidential, if so desired. 2 persons were caught digging illegal bore wells in Sohna. An FIR has been lodged against them, and the boring machine sealed. ♦ The Haryana Minister for Labour and Employment Pt Shiv Charan Lal Sharma has urged the private sector to extend the retirement age of labourers from 58 years to 60 years. ♦ A wanted gangster, with a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, is killed in a shootout with the police – though his accomplice is able to flee. ♦ An 18-year-old girl commits suicide. ♦ A minor boy, Class 8, kills self by hanging. ♦ A man and his parents are booked, after his wife

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commits suicide. ♦ A case has been filed against doctors in Medanta, for a liver transplant case, which ended in the loss of life of the transferor. The kin demand justice and hold a prayer meet at India Gate. An Emaar MGF office cum commercial complex near Sikanderpur is evacuated, after a bomb threat – which turns out to be a hoax. ♦ 3 people, posing as patients, thrash a skin doctor. ♦ RWA President of Sispal Vihar beats up residents, due to dispute on some payments. ♦ A farmer in a car is robbed of Rs 35 lacs, at gunpoint; he was returning after sale of his land. ♦ Toll collection starts on 26 km Gurgaon Faridabad road – and immediately causes traffic jams. One-way toll is Rs 15, round-trip Rs 22.5. Monthly passes also started. Some categories have been exempted – though not

‘locals’. This has led to an agitation. ♦ An MRF rubber warehouse catches fire – more than 15 tenders battle for 12 hours to put off the fire. There is a fire at a liquor shop on MG Road. ♦ Gurgaon schools are given extension of one week, for summer vacation – due to the excessive heat. Trees that obstruct traffic, on the roads, will be cut/shifted. ♦ Police take 50 fresh recruits for night duty. ♦ High security number plates coming soon. ♦ The Personal Rapid Transport - Pod Taxis - Project is being pushed by the CM. ♦ The Haryana Govt. introduces the Results Framework Document (RFD) for bureaucrats. This involves a Performance Management and Evaluation System (PMES).


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Broken Promises


{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


otwithstanding the HUDA Administrator’s promises to improve civic facilities and remove encroachments in the City, residents of Sector 12 A, in the heart of Gurgaon, are still facing the twin onslaught of encroachments as well as poor civic facilities. While the residents of this Sector are unhappy with the bad condition of roads, and the entry to the Sector, the traders having shops in the Central Market are suffering due to an ‘illegal’ car repair market operating in the area. The traders also allege that a large number of illegal hutments have come up close to the market, and people are living there with the active connivance of government officials. Sanjeev Agarwal, who runs an educational institute in the market, says that he has approached the HUDA officials at least a hundred times during the last 12 years. “We are just within one kilometer of the main HUDA office, and despite that

encroachments by mechanics and illegal settlers have not been removed. The HUDA Administrator had come to visit the area on December 27, and promised early action – but nothing has happened,” laments Agarwal, who is also the General Secretary of the Market Association. Gulab Singh, President of Central Market Association, further says that poor sewerage and drainage facilities have become the bane of the traders. There is no connectivity of drains with the sewer network, and things have not improved despite promises by the HUDA Administrator. “I don’t have anything against the jhuggi owners, but they have taken illegal water and power connections, and defecate in the open. Are they above the law? Can’t they be punished for strewing garbage and wasting water?”

asks Agarwal. Incidentally, the HUDA Administrator, during his visit to Sector 12 A in the month of January, had fined a house owner for dumping garbage in front of his house. Singh further says that encroachers have broken a HUDA wall illegally, and use it to cross the road. This can prove fatal, as there is fast moving traffic on the road. The primary grouse of the traders is that if a penalty can be imposed against them, then why are development works delayed, and no action taken against illegal encroachers like the car workshops. In comparison to HUDA, Agarwal says that MCG has helped them a bit, as they respond quickly to pick up the garbage and wastage. (Although the area lies under HUDA, they have placed the dustbins in MCG area; the MCG helps them out by cleaning the

garbage). Earlier, the area used to have a foul smell, but the MCG cleaners have improved the situation, he says. While the shop owners are perturbed by encroachments, residents of Sector 12 A are dissatisfied with the condition of the approach road that gives the entry to the Sector. “We have approached HUDA numerous times, to examine the possibility of connecting the Old Delhi road to the Sector. But nothing has come out of the assurances given by the HUDA Administrator,” says Radhey Shyam, Pocket C, RWA President. Nitin Yadav, an office bearer of the RWA, says that not only the entry, but the maintenance of roads and parks calls for much more effort. “There are 4 parks in the Sector, and all are in poor shape. We are a small sector, but despite that these are not maintained. The

Millennial Civic Sense Have Our Cake And Eat It Too { Hritvick Sen / FG }


f Manoj Kumar and Zeenat Aman were to re-shoot their iconic Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan in today’s Gurgaon, the title would have probably been amended to Roti, Kapda, Makaan Aur Parking. Because, in this City, parking is as important as breathing space. Recently, the Silver Oaks Condominium Association (SOCA) became embroiled in a full-fledged parking row – which is an indicator of how involved people are about (free) parking. Silver Oaks is one of the oldest condominiums in the City, and one of the first to have basement as well as surface parking. When it was constructed, there were not many takers for the basement parking, as the occupancy was below average. Out of three underground parking areas, two slowly became dirty and unusable. Slowly, the space crunch and multiple car households proved too much of a burden for the residents and the Society. This led to parking hassles, dents, scrapes and heated squabbles over car parking priority. So, at the beginning of the year, the general body of the SOCA launched an ambitious project to revamp the underground parking of Silver Oaks. “The parking areas were cleaned of years

of debris, filth and dirt. Then, exhausts were installed, as were lights and CCTV, and the floor resurfaced,” says Jai Shankar, the President of SOCA. Now, the underground parking areas are as good as any mall parking, say the RWA members proudly. “Then, to alleviate resident parking woes, we allocated parking slots in the underground and surface areas,” says Jai Shankar. “We gave priority to single working women, senior citizens, the handicapped and the deserving, just like in other countries. However, all this set up led to a sizeable reduction of the RWA’s coffers. With the general body agreeing, we told the residents that we will provide dedicated parking for Rs. 250 per month.” B.K Dhawan, the President Emeritus of Silver Oaks RWA adds, “We had scores of residents who paid a year’s rent upfront, without a question. They understood that there have been costs which need to be collected back from the residents, to keep the RWA running smoothly.” The problem began when some residents refused to pay the monthly fee for the surface parking, and advised others to follow suit. Quoting that Section 6 (II) of the Haryana Apartment Act says that condominium residents are part-owners of the Common

Areas and the Facilities (CAF), they said that they should not have to pay anything to the RWA, and that the renovations and the repairs were part and parcel of the RWA’s responsibilities. Also, they said the RWA cannot ‘divide’ the CAF parking under pretext of orderliness. Taking the legal route, the breakaway section of residents obtained

Administrator, during his visit, had admonished the horticulture officials – but the things remain the same,” he reveals. While the internal roads in the Sector also need improvement, says Radhey Shyam, our major concern is the entry, as the road from Shitla Mata side is in very bad shape – and it gives an impression that this area is an urbanised village. In the evening, dumpers, trolleys and all kinds of transport vehicles are parked on this road, making movement quite difficult, he says. Agarwal says that he has been after the HUDA officials since years, and had hoped that things would change after the visit of HUDA Administrator. “It seems the more things appear to change, the more they are the same,” he laments, adding that he has no hope left from any one. u

a limited stay on SOCA’s parking initiative. They, Shri Gulshan Sharma and others, want the motion to be put to vote by all the Silver Oaks residents. SOCA members point out that since most of the original owners have rented out their apartments, and moved all over India and abroad, it would be impossible to get a consensus. “We can’t drag all of them in by their noses just for a vote,” says a SOCA member. B.K Dhawan interjects, “The motion of the other party is void, as the general body did not infringe on the Haryana Apartment Act in any way. We just allocated dedicated parking space to the residents, which eased their troubles of finding a parking spot every night. And the proof is that, within days of launching, 90 per cent of the parking stickers and allotments were taken voluntarily by the citizens themselves. We have made such an improvement over the past parking woes of the residents. The underground parking is well-lit, usable, safe, and under electronic monitoring. Plus, we have got security guards for the underground parking and surface parking maintenance,” he says. The appellants’ wish is that even the surface parking should not be charged at Rs. 6,000 per annum, as they have a right to park wherever they want. The SOCA says that after putting the surface parking chaos in order, and revamping the underground parking, the RWA has the right to recoup its investment. Taking a stand, Dhawan says, “The stay is of a limited nature. The case will be taken forward and decided on July 9, as decided by the judge.” u

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{ Hritvick Sen / FG }


n the new Gurgaon way of life races and nationalities mingle and rub shoulders, working to make their lives better. The white skin—the firang touch— has always been a ‘soft spot’ for the desi public. But there is another class of foreigners who also live in this City. They are not as noticed, but their presence is important just the same – if not indispensible. They are the maid-servants, nannies, rickshaw-wallahs, auto drivers, office cleaners. Instead of wearing GAP and going to the malls to have a good time, they are unobtrusive, and make sure that the malls, offices and homes are clean and safe for the rest of us. They are the people from Bangladesh, our neighbour. They are the invisible foreigners of Gurgaon.

Finding A Future....

Sitting outside the Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) office in Sushant Lok, rickshaw-wallah Bikash opens his lunch in the shade of the tree next to the DCP’s red beacon car. The heat has made living and earning harder for everyone, and especially for him. “I’d come to this City to make some money as a driver. In my last job, I used to drive a government official around.” Here, nobody can give him a reference, so he is forced to work as a richshaw-puller. “I had heard that one of my village friends was making well over Rs. 20,000 in Gurgaon. As things were getting bad at home, we sold out our farming land, to get enough money to come here,” he says. Along with his wife and three children, Bikash came to Gurgaon a year ago. “Things are not what I had thought them to be. The cost of living is unimaginably high, and we just scrape by day after day,” he admits, while chewing on a tomato, “But maybe I can impress some gaadi-wala one of these days. A good car-owner can fork out as much as Rs. 10,000-Rs15,000 a month. One break is all I need.” There are thousands like Bikash in Gurgaon, looking for a fresh beginning. They say they have the required ‘identification papers’.

Crashing Against Reality

Wellington Apartments in DLF PhaseV is one of the older condominiums. Each of these two-car apartments are home to the City’s young and aspiring. But behind the neatly-manicured lawns and hedges are small shanties. Disorganised, with mud walls and tin sheds, they are home to the maids, cleaners and drivers of the residents in Wellington and other condominiums. Sadaf, or Soni as she is known to her employers, is a thirty year old maid who works in Princeton Apartments. She works in four flats in the morning, and then manages the grocery outlet she has set up in her home. “When my husband brought us here four years ago, we stayed in a rented room in one of the ‘unauthorised colonies’ behind South City-I. Finding work was hard, and for him (her husband) even harder. It is not easy for a family here to accept a Muslim woman with a pronounced Bengali accent. My husband was eking out a living working in one of the raddi shops. When we heard of residents paying maids and other domestic help highly in DLF Phase-V, we moved here.” But this time, the couple changed their names to common Hindi/Hindu ones. “Then, the work came easier,” she recalls. “We had dreams of educating our children here; it came as a shock that educating a child is no small task here. The government schools are too far away, and the schools near us won’t even let us walk by for fear of ruining their reputation,” says Nikhil, an autodriver.

Identification, Please?

The biggest problem for these families

The Invisible Foreigners is in getting a decent income source. Almost all of them have been involved in farming and other rural activities, and have a rudimentary education at best. Getting a regular job requires ‘proper identification’ – the absence of which severely limits the type of work. Most of the construction crews working in Gurgaon have a significant percentage of Bangladeshi immigrants; as also the rickshaw pullers and auto-drivers. The process of getting documentation is another story altogether. “It’s a murky hell,” comments Vijay Singh. “Most of the people cases forwarded to us for servant verification have poor identification papers. Especially for immigrants from neighbouring countries, the cases are terrible. Some will bring their distant relative’s ration card, as a proof of their identity. Some will just turn up empty-handed.” Vijay is a senior team leader in Hamari Suraksha, a verification agency. “There are occasions when we have found that the particulars of a maid that we had collected from a camp in Palam Vihar would be the


A senior official from the Bangladeshi High Commission in New Delhi, said that the administration was apprised of the situation in Gurgaon and other cities. “We can’t do much by ourselves. But if authorities bring us Bangladeshi nationals with proof, we take action as the situation warrants.” same for another name in Sushant LokIII verification camp. When we crossquestion them, they just disappear.” He says that most of the immigrants stay together in clusters in Gurgaon’s villages. “Any village where you see a Bangali Clinic, you can be sure there are immigrants living nearby. Be it Wazirabad, Ghata or Samaspur, the trend is the same,” he offers. There have been cases where the City’s police have detained immigrants without documentation, and have sent them to be deported. But that is a band-aid solution, feel the police. “There was a case in which we had caught a few Bangladeshi immigrants. Along with a task-force, we had sent them to the border to be deported. The team which had escorted them asked for a few days leave. We later found that the Bangladeshi immigrants we had sent packing were back at their jobs, even before the arresting team had come back from their leave,” comments a police official on the situation. Most of the documentation is forged. It

seems a ration card or a driving licence can be made for a few hundred rupees – and that opens doors for jobs in condominiums, and other places where unskilled labour is paid handsomely. Even a PAN card and Voter ID are possible; delivery is 'guaranteed' within a week.

The Workforce

There is no official figure of how many Bangladeshi immigrants are living in the City, but estimates are 25,000 to 40,000. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Maheshwar Dayal says that the force has its eyes open for immigrants who are working in the City without any documentation. But that said, clearly everyone knows that there are so many Bangladeshi immigrants working here. Why are there just sporadic arrests? “As soon as the police have enough material to arrest them, action is taken,” says a police official. But doesn’t a large population with ‘false’ names and identification pose a big question mark on the security of the City? Councillor Mahesh Dayma thinks it is imperative to have the credentials of the immigrants verified. As the Councillor for Ward 30, the village with the largest number of immigrants comes under his jurisdiction. “These people form the backbone of the labour force of the City. Although they can’t be recognised, their needs are as real as anybody’s. That said, the verification of people is important, as was done in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games,” he says. The main reason these people are here is to earn a living, he says. Thankfully there is not much organised crime in the City, to exploit such a situation. DCP Dayal clarifies the role of the police. “The police does not do verification of people who have come here from other states/countries. As Gurgaon police, we will verify the antecedents of people who are bona fide residents of Gurgaon, and those locals who have gone from here to other states to work. The correct procedure is to contact the SP (or equivalent) of the town or city from where the person belongs. They will conduct a background check and send the details as required.” Another police official says, “The immigrants here have come to work. Through word of mouth, through relatives, or just by the local grapevine in their villages, these people have come to Gurgaon to make a better life. The primary factor is that they want to have a better income for themselves and their families, and not to indulge in crime. In Gurgaon, there is no dearth of such jobs. Also, people from Indian states are not coming in as much as before. Unofficially, we be-

lieve the immigrants are not an active threat to the City’s security.” Most of the immigrants who are working here just want to be left alone. Shanti has come to Gurgaon a few years back with her family. “Earlier, we used to work in CR Park. Slowly, our entire family moved to New Delhi. When we heard that the people in Gurgaon paid better, we came over here. My husband is a driver, I work as a maid, and the other members of our family work as construction crew,” she says. The family is wary of people in uniform, and even more reticent of talking about where they have come from. “Before Gurgaon, it was New Delhi.” And before that? “We have relatives in Dulduli (a small village at the edge of West Bengal).” The family members are mum after that. “We just want to work, and live. It was bad before, and we are much better off now,” says Shankar, her husband. Why would they be involved in crime, Shankar asks? "We are in a dodgy situation as it is, and to indulge in these activities would just make our stay more untenable. We want to work, and God willing, we want to have our children educated, so that they can live the life that we had wished,” he sighs. Gurgaon, as a growing multi-cultural City, is becoming almost a home for people from Haryana and beyond. In fact, there is hardly any state which does not have representation here. There are expatriates from almost 50 countries who have settled here for several years, learning the language and mixing with the populace. But the expatriate community is not only limited to those in high towers and flashy cars. The underbelly of the City, and a significant amount of the workforce, which helps Gurgaon chug along, consists of migrants and immigrants. They have the same dream of leading a good life, though on a smaller scale. A dream of a steady job – and a home. Wonder if the Master Plan 2021 had incorporated a lakh plus population of Bangladeshis...Since they would be all 'authorised' by then. u

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that their homework does not suffer. Hema, a resident of nearby Moujabad village, secured 95.2 per cent marks in the 10th class. She is now working towards cracking the IIT entrance, and also getting into the Super 30. “I want to join the Air Force as an engineer”, she says, obviously influenced by her cousins and village folk who have been telling her about it. In her opinion, the BMB School has helped her a lot in gaining knowledge, skills – and more

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ucked away in the far corner of rural Gurgaon, a group of students sitting in a class are concentrating on what their mathematics teacher is saying – even as they perspire profusely. The heat is searing (the temperature is almost 45 degrees) inside this class of BMB School in Village Dadawas – about 40 kms from Gurgaon. Amazingly, the level of concentration of the Class Eleven students is unwavering. Every eye is glued to the board, as the pens in their hands move quickly, to keep pace with the differential equations. Mastering such formulae and content is key to getting into the hallowed portals of the IITs; and the students know this well. Despite hailing from poor families, being short on resources, and facing a lack of communication and transportation facilities, they are dreaming of gatecrashing into the IITs – as well as other prestigious engineering colleges. Helping them achieve this goal is a strong team of philanthropists and voluntary workers, who run the Bhagat Mangtu Ram Behram Secondary School—popularly known as BMB School—with a missionary zeal. Inspired by a visionary educationist, Sagar Chand Jain, an NRI hailing from the nearby town of Hailey Mandi, this School concentrates on non-medical subjects, that form the core of the engineering education. It was Jain who approached the Patna based ‘Super 30’ organisation, that is known for its outstanding classes and results for IIT exams, to take the Gurgaon-based students under its wings. It was he who managed to collaborate with Anand Kumar (of Super 30). It was decided that the students who qualify in a special test will be taken to Patna for coaching. “The tie-up with Super 30 has helped some of our students to get top class coaching; but we need to work more on their basic skills, so that the ma-

jority benefit,” says Sanjay Kumar, Principal of the BMB School. In the last three years, only limited students have managed to qualify for the tough Super 30 entrance. Kumar tells Friday Gurgaon that BMB School has 340 students, all hailing from the nearby villages in the vicinity of Pataudi and Hailey Mandi. “These students are brave; they have taken on the challenge to master the engineering entrances, that was unknown in the past in this area,” says Kumar. Most of the people around are farmers, and many send their children to the Indian army, for earning their livelihood. However, things are changing, as villagers have started understanding the importance of education for their wards. Interestingly, the School has a large number of girls, who are equally keen to become engineers, and join the professional world. Bheem Singh, the Manager of the School, says that they provide equal opportunity to the girls, and even encourage them – by giving cycles and other facilities, if they cannot afford it. “In most of the classes the girls are outscoring the boys – both in results, and their commitment to studies. They are more dedicated and work harder, as they know that education is a good way to a prosperous life,” asserts Singh. He has been working voluntarily for the last two years, after retiring from the Haryana Education department. When asked why the School is concentrating on the IITs and Super 30, Singh says that it is

struction of a new science wing. Kiran, a student who comes on a cycle given by the School, says that many girls of her village had to give up studies, because there is no bus facility. “Some of the them cannot afford the school bus fees, while others are reluctant to come on cycle,” she says. Despite being close to Cyber City, the poor internet facilities are also a drag on the students. Neither broadband nor data cards are functional, so students cannot check out the huge resources freely available on the net. The most difficult aspect of the schooling in rural areas is the illiteracy among the parents, and their attitude towards education. Although things are changing, it will take time, admits Ramphal Singh, who works in the School on a voluntary basis. “There is a lack of awareness, and parents are not supportive. They are also reluctant to invest in education, particularly on the girls,” says one of the teachers. The faculty is of the opinion that it is easier to improve skills than change attitudes. They also admit that teaching in rural areas is more difficult, as students lack the basic skills, the commute is long, and power comes intermittently.

The Facilities

the vision of their patron Sagar Chand Jain. “He wants to enable the rural students to crack the IITs and other prestigious examinations, so that they became top engineers,” says Singh. He is also of the opinion that Arts and Commerce graduates find it difficult to get jobs, particularly if they are from rural areas.

The Talent

Despite coming from rural villages, and having little or no background in Physics and Mathematics, a large number of students in the School are confident that they will crack the engineering tests. While working hard from 8 am to 5 pm in the School, they carry tasks to their homes; and despite facing acute power cuts, ensure

importantly, confidence to take on the unknown. “Earlier we did not know the kind of questions, the books needed to study, and the depth of understanding needed, to resolve the problems. But now the teachers from Gurgaon, who are better qualified and exposed, help us in understanding theories that we thought were beyond comprehension,” she adds. The School is not only providing quality education, but also helping those who are from the weaker sections of society. Bhim Singh says that if the management is convinced that a poor child is serious about studies, they waive the fees and provide books to him/her. Nisha, hailing from a nearby village, is one of the best students of Class 10. Singh says it is students like her that give great hope to the management that things will change for good in the coming days. She has been given a waiver of fees, and provided free books and even a cycle – to ensure that she does not drop out. “I want to learn as much as I can. If I am able to clear the IIT entrance, I would be ensuring my family can live comfortably,” she asserts.

The Challenges

Living in rural India, even if it is within a 100 kms of the national capital—and 40 kms of a Millennium City— means an inadequate power supply, transport facility and education system. The School has bought two new buses, courtesy a Delhibased Jain family. They have also donated money for the con-

The BMB School was established when a village woman, Sagarli (who had no heirs) donated 13 acres of her land to a Trust, for setting up facilities that could uplift the lot of the rural areas. The Trust first established an Ayurvedic dispensary; and in 1994 established the BMB School, with a focus on giving quality education to the students of rural areas. With the help of a few philanthropists, the School has constructed a state-of-the-art building, a Language Lab, Science Labs, 24 classrooms, and a well-stocked library area that has the latest books on every subject. The large building, with a green canopy, stands in stark contrast to the nearby government school – that appears to have not been inhabited for years. To overcome the problem of communication and soft skills, the BMB School has set up a state-of-the-art Language Lab. “With most of the entrance exams and books in English, it becomes difficult for the students to understand the concepts. Particularly students who come to us after going through Hindi medium government schools find it difficult to cope,” says Kumar. The School also has a working Physics and Chemistry Lab, to help students understand how things actually work in science, says Kumar. The current Class 12 is a ray of hope, as the students have been here for the last couple of years. The basics are strong, and the zeal is there; but what they need is help from the society and the government, to overcome their fears and fulfill their dreams. The IITs await them. u

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Fastrack Colour


he first day of Summer Camp at Fastrack School witnessed a play of colours, as the tiny tots participated in an on-thespot Colour-In competition. The kids played with various hues, and created bright works with their imagination. All students were given a certificate of participation.

Mangala m Splash


o beat the heat, the stu dents of the pre-prima ry wing of K R Mangalam School celebrated a Splash Po ol Party, with full gaiety and fer vour. The kids donned a variety of colourful costumes. Th ey made a huge splash , making everyone wet, and en joyed different activities – like paddle ball and rain dance. At the end, they were tre ated with cool refreshments.

Global Manav Rachna


anav Rachna International School, Sector 41, endeavours to make its children global citizens. With this aim in mind, a group of 18 students, along with two Principals and three teachers, visited Fort Collins in Colorado, USA – as part of a student exchange programme, in collaboration with Mosaica Education, Inc. The students were warmly welcomed by their host families, who were delighted to receive the thoughtful gifts that students carried for them from India. The trip involved structured activities for the children, and visits to Mosaica-run schools, the city zoo and malls. At the Mosaica Campus, the students showcased Indian Classical and Bollywood dance styles. On their return, the students shared presentations and fond memories of the visit.

Flowering Chiranjivi


n Inter-house Flower Arrangement Competition was held at the Chiranjiv Bharti School. The novelty of the competition was the sole use of dry material. This Competition was exclusively for the middle wing. The aesthetic flair and creativity of the participants came to the fore with the beautiful exhibits on display. The Competition was judged on the basis of originality and creativity, the theme of the arrangement, the narration by the contestants, and the overall impact. The Principal, Mrs. Sangeeta Saxena, praised the students for their expertise and talent.

HandsOn Bridges


tudents of HandsOn Learning School learnt about the common types of bridges – beam bridges, arch bridges, suspension bridges, cantilever bridges, truss bridges, and cable-stayed bridges. They were taught that compression and tension are present in all bridges, and it is the design of the bridge which handles these forces – without buckling or snapping. The students learnt the science of bridges by experimenting with scales and straws. They made models of suspension and cantilever bridges.

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Sherwood Dharamshala


herwood Convent School organised a trip to Dharamshala, Himanchal Pradesh for its students. The students, along with teachers, enjoyed a magnificent view of the beautiful hills, snowy peaks, deodhar and pine forests, and tea gardens. They also visited a number of Tibetan settlements, and the residence of the Noble Laureate the ‘Dalai Lama’.

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Summer Camp @ Lotus Valley


otus Valley School organised a Summer Camp, wherein students enjoyed a variety of activities – such as cricket, football, dance, theatre, craft, hockey, swimming, art, and music. On the last day of the Camp, the students presented a scintillating dance performance and music concert, and played various sports in front of their parents.

Lancers Walk for Cancer


he students of Lancers International School participated in the “Walk for Cancer” in Delhi, walking down from the Navy Children School. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dixit, flagged off the Walk in the presence of over 2,000 students from various schools – including more than 250 students from Lancers International School. The students collected Rs. 1,85,000, which will be donated to the Indian Cancer Society. The Walk also witnessed amazing performances by cancer survivors, and created an awareness about the causes and treatment of cancers – and precautions that are needed.

Child Prodigy “We are the world we are the nation and we are only spoiling God’s creation Ice is melting everywhere soon there will be no land anywhere Still people are fighting for territory share without having a fear Still hunting for tiger or a deer Now nature is getting angry and as a result there will be no food, no water and we will remain hungry I am going to save my earth by putting all my effort By spreading the message everywhere, no more cutting trees anywhere Save electricity save water, make sure by not wasting it further Come One, Come All it’s our World after all” These words have not been penned by an environmentalist, but a young promising poet and writer – who has been blessed with an incredible vision to look at the world with a very fresh and curious perspective. Writing prodigies may occur more frequently than commonly thought. Ten years old Ansh Singhal, a Grade V student of The Heritage School, is a shimmering example. This prodigious young author is an amazing combination of vivid imagination and enthusiastic creativity. It is great to see such substance and focus in one so young! How many grownups can lay claim to the number of milestones Ansh that has reached at this young age? As a toddler, he would diligently help his mother in her library, and was able to read and write simple words at age two and a half; and had read his first book at age three and a half. All of 10, he has published his first book, ‘The Adventure of Ratmazon’, based on the Geronimo Stilton series. As its name suggests, the story is about the autobiographical adventures of the rodent hero. The book has received amazing appreciation from readers of all ages. His short story, ‘Cold Hearted’, at age 10, has been sent for the ‘Campfire young writers’ competition 2012. He has also composed a song for his school soccer team this year.

Literary Flourish

And wasn’t his (father) Anuj proud when he wrote his father’s biography, ‘A Life’, at 9 years – for his school project. At seven he dedicated a short story, ‘The Red Eye Mystery’, to his little sister Ayesha. Around this time he had also started writing poems, and lots of short stories. Despite his bookworm tendencies, Ansh is a normal pre-teen – he loves to play ‘outside’, with his friends and sister. He also enjoys illustrating his own stories, trekking in the hills, cooking, playing board games, and travelling to new historical sites. He has won many medals and certificates in Abacus (Brain O’ brain) and inter-school sports competitions, and is a member of the school basket ball team. “Reading and writing is my life.” Ansh says seriously. He hopes to use his own success to inspire other kids to take more of an interest in reading and writing. His stories are also a way to reach out and inspire. When asked what his biggest accomplishment has been, he says, “I haven’t accomplished it yet. I want every single kid to share the joy of reading and writing. Many kids are missing out on mastering an important skill, because they don’t understand how fun and easy writing can be.” His journey in writing, which began in 2008, has been brilliant―and yet exploratory―so far. He has always been enthusiastically supported by his parents, friends and school teachers. He wants to be a journalist, a philanthropist, a soccer player like Messi, and a talk show host; he wants to build schools in developing countries, and have a television show that would bring awareness to education and literacy issues. And above all, he wants  to win a Nobel Prize – either in Literature or Peace! He knows he has a lot to do to reach his unbounded dreams and glory, as he wrote in his school song: “...It’s the winners who chose to just can predict and say you shall win , you have to stick and fight, every moment with all your might.”

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y work is making me travel yet again. I am going to touch all the longitudes and latitudes of India this summer. Currently I am in the ‘Nawabi & Kababi’ city of Lucknow. It is a cloudy day, and in that attire Lucknow looks all the more beautiful. The newly built airport is impressive, and looks somewhat like a younger sister of T3, Delhi. My driver for the two days stay here wishes me in pure Urdu. This language has been inherited and preserved by generations in Lucknow, and is as beautiful as the “Imambaras” constructed here many generations ago. Urdu is spoken colloquially in this City; and when a Pan Wala or Rikshaw Wala talks to you with that ‘tehzeeb’, you can sense the rich culture and heritage of this place. The moment you enter Lucknow a royal bug hits you. Let alone the old monuments, that speak volumes of the yester era, the recently constructed red stone parks (by the previous CM Sahiba of the State) are equally flamboyant. These red stone walls will astound you with their ostentatious looks, and the grandeur they lend to this royal City. After finishing my day’s job I go for a stroll in the famous Hazratganj Market – which looks a lot like our Connaught Place. A very old cinema theatre called ‘Mayfair’, which is now a Heritage building, stands tall in the middle. I head towards the very famous ‘Royal Café’, known for its Basket Chaat and Biryani. The Chaat exceeds my expectations.

I am from Faridabad and have been living in the City for two years. Gurgaon has developed exponentially in comparison to Faridabad. But the community feeling in the City is missing. It has become a complete urbanised place. People don’t know their neighbours. They don’t have time for family. I have peers who prefer to go to a party at night rather than spending time with family. That is why I miss Faridabad.


Saints and seers say that there exists a mysterious relation between anger and the voice’s tone and temper. Anger suggests a distance between hearts. So to cover up that distance we are naturally forced to raise our volume. Our tone and pitch automatically rise to match the ‘risen’ gap between the hearts. The following verse lights up this spiritual fact.

Love And Voice In a church, one day, On a hot day of May, An aged father pastor Asked a respected spiritual master, “There are questions various But about one I am curious” “Come out, what is in your mind? I will try its answer to find”.

Lucknow is a paradise for food lovers, and a nightmare for calorie watchers. For non-vegetarian kabab lovers, you can soothe your basic instincts at ‘Dastarkhan, ‘Sakhawat Khan’ and ‘Tunday kabab’ – they are famous for generations. This City does not disappoint the vegetarian folks either; have tasty Dahi ke Bade and Moong ka Chilla from a famous road side joint called ‘Shukla Chat Wala’, near the GPO. Team the tasty Chilla with Shukla ji ki Chai, to savour this unique gastronomical delight. Do not forget to have the famous ‘Maghai Pan’, to top up the sumptuous food. The Maghai Pan leaf is famous for the red juicy liquid it produces. One can visit Lal Bagh, Amina Bagh and the Chowk, for a Chandni Chowk kind of experience. These are big attractions for shopaholic women, who would love to take some famous ‘Chikan’ stuff back home. For more branded and expensive shopping, one can head towards


Kamna, Guru Gram Business School

Y oung A dult

‘Seva Chikan’ – that has branches all over Lucknow. I was fortunate to travel to some obscure corners of Lucknow, and meet people from diverse backgrounds and upbringings. I met a staunch Yadav family in Gopal Nagar, and a devotee Muslim family in Kasayi Pada. Both are poverty stricken localities, devoid of any basic amenities. Despite such hardships, the common folk of this City are simple, loving, helpful, and compassionate towards each other. The locals of Lucknow are as beautiful as the language they speak, but seem to be a deprived lot. They lack basic amenities like electricity, clean water, healthcare, education. However the modern and New Lucknow, being developed near ‘Sahara City’, is growing by leaps and bounds, and has the potential to be ‘the Gurgaon of UP’ – if only the crime reduces, and the politicians think beyond the vote banks.

Lipi Patel


Moving to Gurgaon from Delhi was a tough decision. In Delhi, everything is readily available while in a city like Gurgaon, one has to travel 10 km to buy even a shaving kit. Despite that scenario has changed over the years, the City still has to do a lot when it comes to road infrastructure, water availability, power issues, and safety. Dashmeet, KIIT

Sanjay, DSD

There are two worlds living together in the City. One is accurately planned, that get 24-hours power back-up and water supply, and strict security system. The other is for those living in slums, with just 2 to 3 hours of electricity supply, two litres of water supply and no security at all. The youth of the City should raise funds through cultural activities to get a tube-well installed at the slums and to put into action a water harvesting system.

“When we are angry , why do we shout? I have thought answers various But they seem me spurious. So wise master help me out Bring me out of the curtain of doubt”. The master spoke very gently, In a tone soothing and friendly. “When distance widens between peoples’ hearts, Due to hate, anger or sorts So does the voice- its decibel Like in a tub a violently stirred pebble. When due to warmth of love, They seem cooing like a dove. Distance then between them is small, The voice too is soft like velvety ball. When love does distance decrease, Voice not more than whisper increase."

Aditi Bhola


Leap 2012 @ SOIL

chool of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) hosted a three-day learning module– Leap 2012 for a group of over 26 international leaders. The module provided an opportunity to the participants to visit communities at the grass-root level and discuss issues related to the Indian economy with SOIL resident faculty. With the theme – “The New Global and Virtual Leadership”, the module was a transcontinental program designed by Hanken & SSE, which aimed to encourage new age leaders to develop and enhance leadership skills. In order to offer an insight into development initiatives in India, SOIL facilitated participants’ visit to SRF Foundation, Navjyoti India Foundation, and Sulabh International Social Service Organisation on the first day of the module. This was followed by a session on ‘growth continents as a driver of world economy’, which was addressed by Professor Hardayal Singh, Dean, SOIL. He has had a distinguished career with the Indian Revenue Service and has held positions such as Chief Income Tax Commissioner, Additional Secretary Central Vigilance Commission, and Income-tax Ombudsman in Mumbai. On the second and third day, the module hosted sessions on issues such as need for change, utilise knowledge from different cultures and personalities, and leading virtual teams across the globe. The participants of the program were from companies like Nokia, Basware, Vacon, Fortum, and Glaston. “We are elated to associate with Hanken & SSE Executive Education to host Leap 2012 in India. Hosting LEAP will not only provide an exchange platform to enrich students with cross-cultural competence but allow them to interact and exchange ideas with the emerging global young leaders”, said Mr. Anil Sachdev, Founder and CEO, SOIL. While Hanken & SSE Executive Education combines the strengths of two leading business schools - Hanken School of Economics and IFL at Stockholm School of Economics – SOIL is a business school created by 32 leading organisations. u


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Gurgaon Master Stroke

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Sewage generation - As per a water demand of 350 MLD, sewage generation would be about 280 MLD. In reality, with water supply about 225 MLD, the sewage generation is about 180 MLD. There are 4 HUDA Sewerage Zones. They are either overloaded, or have silted up.


'Gurgaon on Priority'). And how can we forget that Delhi, the Capital, also depends on the same Yamuna. Water Treatment - A new Water Treatment Plant (3 sub-plants) is coming up at Chandu Bhudera, with a total capacity of 300 MLD. The total capacity would thus become 573 MLD, versus a minimum water demand of 800 MLD.

Sewage Treatment - Gurgaon has 3 Sewage treatment Plants (STPs) – at Dhanwapur (67MLD – HUDA, and 32MLD - PHED) for mainly primary Sewage Treatment - The Behrampur Sewage treatment; and at Behrampur (50MLD – HUDA). treatment Plant will be Not all sewage is treated. upgraded to 145 MLD Sewage often bypasses Some Questions (from 50 MLD today). A the Plants (overflows), Where is/will the water for the hundreds of tertiary treatment plant, especially during the Gurgaon II projects coming/come from? Bore wells with 10 MLD capacity, monsoons. A lot of sew(for ground water extraction) are officially banned; will come up at Sector erage also accumulates there is no piped water connection (and there 52A. The total sewage on open grounds, creates anyway is a shortage in Gurgaon I). And where are treatment capacity cesspools, and percolates water tankers getting their water from? would thus become to the ground. Gurgaon’s 254 MLD, versus a groundwater also is not Why is there no comprehensive database of the generation of about 700 free from the menace of number of bore wells in Gurgaon? A clear majority MLD. pollution – having high is probably illegal. concentrations of nitrate Additionally, there is and fluoride. How many residents have access to piped a dire need to lay new For sewage collection, water? Of these, how many have water meters? pipelines, and install many colonies still do not Are residents being charged for water that is digital meters. have sewer connections, supplied by the builders from (a free) ground water and sewage is collected in source? Conclusion - Within septic tanks and emptied 10 Years out in open areas or As per the Master Plan drains. The prominent open drains are the Khost Drain and the Badshahpur 2021, the current area of Gurgaon, of 8,000 hectares, Nullah, which flow directly (untreated) into the would have a population of 2.2 million; the new area Najafgarh Drain of Delhi (and then into the Yamuna), (Gurgaon II – Sectors 58 to 115 - 21,733 hectares) via an unlined 8km drain. The treated water from the would have a population of 1.5 million – giving a total ‘official’ population of 3.7 million. STPs also goes along the same drain to Najafgarh.

Water-Sewage Solutions

Water Supply - Another Canal – the NCR Canal – is being dug at a cost Rs 275 crores. It is designed to carry 1210 MLD (upgradable to 1953MLD). 60% (initially 726 MLD) of the flow has been earmarked for Gurgaon. Also, as per a Haryana State Plan, 2500MLD would be diverted from the Yamuna, for the State. 37% (925 MLD) has been earmarked in that Plan, for Gurgaon. Planning for 60% share of the NCR Canal water, or 37% of Haryana’s Yamuna water - for Gurgaon - is literally a pipe dream. Gurgaon matters little politically – which is why we are in this mess in the first place (also see Page 1



request the General Manager, Gurgaon depot, to deploy AC buses from Gurgaon to New Delhi railway station with an interval of 01 hour daily. It will ease the discomfort of passengers who are going by Metro from another end of Gurgaon. I travel often to Mumbai from Gurgaon, and find it difficult to go by Metro, with suitcases and bags with family. If you introduce the buses, it will be a great help, and we save our hard earned money instead of giving it to the pvt taxi operators. Vikrant

Thanks for this article. Good job.

Abdu on the article, Girlcott at Galleria

The Water Demand would be 800 to 1000 MLD. The Water Treatment capacity would only be 573 MLD. The Sewage Generation would be about 700 ML The Sewage Treatment capacity would only be 254 MLD ! Yes, we would drown in our own muck… Acknowledgement – This article is also based on data and information provided in a comprehensive Report of the Centre for Science and Environment – titled ‘Excreta Matters’, State of India’s Environment – A Citizen’s Report. u

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he term “energy drink” is a popular term used to refer to some beverages that typically contain caffeine—as well as some other ingredients—for the purpose of providing an extra energy boost. In addition to the large doses of caffeine, energy drinks contain significant amounts of sugar and herbal stimulants. Many people aren’t sure about the specific ingredients in energy drinks, and what effect those ingredients can have on their body.

The Key Ingredients

Some common ingredients include caffeine, taurine, guarana, ginseng, sugars and B Vitamins. Caffeine is included for its potential to improve mental and physical performance, and for its taste profile. Several studies have also found that moderate amounts of caffeine can increase alertness. Taurine is an amino acid that the body makes from the foods we eat. Taurine is included because some studies have suggested that it may improve athletic performance. Guarana is a plant that comes from South America, and guarana-containing drinks and sodas are widely consumed in Brazil.

ways consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Take A Boost...Not Boosters Guarana contains caffeine, and is actually denser in caffeine than coffee beans. It is therefore added to energy drinks for the same reason as caffeine - to increase feelings of energy, and to improve mental and physical performance. Ginseng is a herb that is thought to provide a number of potential benefits, including a higher sense of well-being and stamina. However, most of the studies have been small, or conducted only in laboratory animals; therefore, additional research is needed to confirm these potential health benefits. B Vitamins can be found in different foods, and help regulate metabolism. These Vitamins are often included in energy drinks because they may contribute to the maintenance of the mental function.

Caffeine and Energy drinks

As caffeine content can vary between energy drinks, you should first look up the caffeine content when trying a new energy drink. Most energy drink manu-

facturers list the caffeine content of the product on the label, or on the official product web site. Also, remember to check the label for the proper serving size – one energy drink container may provide more than one serving, and you could potentially double or even triple your caffeine intake if you consume the full container. Like all caffeinated foods and beverages, energy drinks can be consumed safely in moderation. However, some people may be more sensitive to caffeine than others. Symptoms experienced by some people may include excitement, restlessness and nervousness. Most people will adjust their consumption based on the amount of caffeine they feel they can consume ‘safely’.  And although caffeine has not been found to cause chronic high blood pressure, or increase the risk of heart disease, individuals with high blood pressure and/or history of heart attack or stroke should consult their physician

about their caffeine intake. It’s generally agreed that consuming up to 300 mg of caffeine per day is safe. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine you would get from three cups (not mugs or big paper cups) of coffee. Because caffeine is a stimulant, consuming a lot of it can lead to heart palpitations, anxiety and insomnia. Caffeine also can make you feel jittery and irritable. Over time, caffeine can become addictive. It is also a mild diuretic, as it causes the kidneys to remove extra fluid into the urine. That leaves less fluid in the body; so drinking an energy drink while you’re exercising can be particularly dangerous. The combination of the diuretic effect and sweating can dehydrate you. Many people mix energy drinks with vodka or other alcohol, to make a high-energy cocktail. Since alcohol is a depressant, it has a tranquilizing effect on the body, that can make you unaware of how much you’re drinking. And since both alcohol and energy drinks dehydrate you, their combination can cause your body’s fluids to drop to dangerous levels. Energy drinks are generally safe, but like most ‘drinks’, you should take them in moderation. u

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he Seven Chakras are the energy centres in our body, through which energy flows – to help us in sustaining our physical energies. These Chakras are energy (or chi) points in our body. There are seven Chakras, referred to as primary – and a hundred or more minor and additional Chakras. Some of the smaller, or minor, Chakras are called meridians, in acupuncture, acupressure and other energy studies. Each Chakra is related to specific emotional, spiritual and physical areas. Each of the Chakras also has an individual vibration level, colour and sound. This aids in balancing the different Chakra points. Blocked energy in our Seven Chakras can often lead to illness; so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents, and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The Root Chakra or the Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine – in the tailbone area of the human body. This Chakra draws energy from the earth’s core. It represents emotional issues – such as basic survival issues, food, and financial stability. It provides our foundation, and the feeling of being grounded. It connects to the adrenals and the kidneys, which are responsible for our feelings of fight or flight. Emotionally, the Chakra relates to security, survival, power, courage and resilience.

Imbalanced Root Chakra

If this Chakra is imbalanced, the body parts affected are the bladder, prostate, lower extremities, elimination system, adrenal

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The Circles Of Life Crown Chakra (7th) Brow Chakra (6th) Throat Chakra (5th) Heart Chakra (4th)

Solar Plexus Chakra (3rd) Sacral Chakra (2nd) Base/Root Chakra (1st)

glands, teeth, large intestine, arterial blood and bones, and kidneys – and you also have weight problems.

Balanced Root Chakra

If you have a Root Chakra that is in harmony, and in balance, it is clean and open. It has a very clear brilliant ruby red colour, and sparkles with white crystal lights. People who have open Root Chakras love their lives.

How to heal your Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is all

about grounding. On your morning walks, you can stamp your feet about ten times on green grass – to feel grounded to mother earth. The yogic asana for the Root Chakra is the Kundalini Yoga; but this has to be strictly practised under a well-trained yogic instructor.

Colour Healing

This is perhaps one of the most popular methods for treating the Root or Base Chakra. The colour representing the Root Chakra is

Accept The Hand We're Dealt { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


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isha, who visits our rehab centre everyday, is suffering from a kind of cerebral palsy, which causes her body to shake. The best of medical care has failed to control the shaking. She has this disease since birth. Her condition is a fact about which she can do little. Occupational therapy and sensory integration exercises help, but they do not eliminate the trouble. At times she becomes full of anger about her situation. She then blames herself, and everybody who has a role in her life ­including those who assist her. Blaming herself and others makes her more tense; and then she shakes more, sometimes exhausting herself fully. Tisha has a good deal to feel angry about, but the disease is only aggravated by the anger she feels. What she needs is understanding from others, and acceptance from herself. The disease is not going to go away. Another girl, Simran, who suffers from mild mental retardation, also visits our centre. One day Simran collapsed, due to a seizure. Tisha took charge of the situation, and rang up the attending team doctor, with efficiency and calm. Even though Tisha spends much time brooding on her own failings and lack of confidence, when action was required she proved quite capable. When suffering strikes, our first desire is for the situation to be different. When we suffer a loss, the first thing we are inclined to do is to deny that it has happened. We tell ourselves that ‘this cannot be real’. Then we feel angry. We try to escape, by blaming others; but the blaming gener-

ally makes the situation worse. We may blame the people we live with, our neighbours, our parents, our job, our seniors, our society, the government, our administrative authorities – or even ourselves. These days it has become a fashion amongst the younger generation to blame the parents. It is very easy to lay all our troubles at their door. However much we blame them, and however true the complaints we assail them with, blaming keeps us hooked, and comes in the way of constructive and positive living. We have to reach reconciliation. If we do not, we will go on tearing ourselves apart. When we blame, we actually crave to become something else or someone else. We wish that our lives were different. We wish that we were not exposed to pain and obstacles; and we falsely believe that if we had a different life—in a different time and place—where we were not associated with this spouse or children or parents or this job/ boss/house, then trouble would not reach us. Of course this is not true. The form of pain and obstacles may be different, but difficulties there would be. Blame, like greed, gives us temporary respite. But it does not improve our life. Blame can burn down everything that is capable of giving us happiness and peace. Where greedy behaviour damages us slowly, blame can do great damage in a short time. 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.

red. Red is needed for energy and confidence (and of course to feel sexy and desirable!).

Colour Visualisation, or Meditation

Visualising the Red colour, or meditating on the colour, is another way of treating the Root Chakra. This can easily be done once a day, early in the morning – to soothen the aura, and align the chakra.

Coloured Lights Therapy

Healing with coloured lights is done using ‘healing lamps’ – which can be in the form of desk lamps or spot lights The Root Chakra is exposed to red coloured lights for 5 to 7 minutes. Also, a gel, of the opposite or complementary colour, is used by colour therapists—for a shorter period of time—to balance the colour energies. The complementary colour to red is blue.

Juicy Treat

Juices can be used to treat the Base Chakra. To a base of apple juice, we can add other vegetables and fruits – like beets and tomatoes, strawberries and oranges.

Flower Therapy

Red Lily – Carry this flower whenever you feel disconnected, split, or lack focus – as it will bring you into the present, and connect to the source. Sundew (Drosera) – Crush the petals of the flower, and carry with you, as this is good for

indecisive people – for those who tend to be unfocused, especially in work related areas. It will help in grounding your energies. Violet – You can carry this with you in your wallet, when damage or trauma has been done to your auric field. Eucalyptus – (Macrocarpa) – You can use its essence, as this will renew vitality and energy. 

Healing Foods

Most red-coloured fruits and vegetables carry the red energy, and are effective in stimulating and vitalising the Root Chakra – as they are rich in iron and potassium. Some of these foods are: cherries, beetroots, strawberries, plums, red apples, water melons and radish.  Hot spices (Red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce)  Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots)  Animal proteins (red meat and egg)

Crystal Healing

You can place these crystals on your body, on the Root Chakra, to facilitate healing: Hematite, Black Obsedian, Smoky Quartz, Garnet, Black Tourmaline, Red Zincite.

Balance Your Root Chakra – in general

 Walk with bare feet on the grass  Spend time outside – in a park, beach, forest  Work in your garden, or get some plants in your house  Follow a healthy diet, eat vegetables  Pay your bills on time, and ahere to a financial budget  Be organised at home, and in your work environment. u

Laughing St

Tarot Card Reader & Author


No wonder the English language is so very difficult to learn.
I sometimes wonder how we manage to communicate at all! We’ll begin with a box and the plural is boxes.
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes. The one fowl is a goose but two are called geese.
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a whole set of mice.
Yet the plural of house is houses not hice. If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen? If I speak of a foot and you show me your feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why should not the plural of booth be called beeth? Then one may be that and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural wouldn’t be hose.
And the plural of cat is cats and not cose. We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say Mother, we never say Methren. Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine she, shis and shim! So English, I fancy you will all agree,
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well-known face of Indian television, Hussain Kuwajerwala, looks at his journey from television to Zangoora, and recounts his experience in gCity.

You have performed as a TV actor, an anchor, and a theatre actor. What were your plans when you first entered this enterQ tainment arena?

I entered through the small screen because destiny wanted me to be there. You may keep wishing, but destiny takes you where you have to be. I was doing some ad shoots and plays during my college days – and I loved doing that. I thought of making acting my profession; I was sure I would never get bored. I have been lucky. However, this profession also requires a lot of hard work. Destiny can give you a couple of chances, but how you multiply them depends on your hard work and talent.You need to give your best effort, to be successful. When I joined Zangoora, I didn’t know what it was all about. But the whole team and I put in great effort, to make the show a huge success.

art form appealing to you? QWhich

is more

Acting is what I enjoy the most – only the medium keeps changing. It is always good to have experiences

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The Zangoora Dream

in different fields. It’s also good for your CV! Today when I look into my kitty, I feel happy.


You have been performing in Zangoora for two years. What changes have you seen in the show and audience?

Each day is a new day. For instance, in today’s show— even after two years—it was good to see a packed house. You feel good when you see people watching the show over and over again. Like any other profession, there are good and bad days. There are times when you feel lethargic, and don’t want to perform. But in Zangoora, I think there is some magic. The moment I land on the stage, my energy level boosts up. Many people ask me if the show is monotonous. No, it is not. In all jobs, there are certain tasks that need to be performed every day. How you make them different every time is what makes the job interesting. There is still so much to discover on the stage. Every time we deliver the same dialogue, we get different reactions from the audience. There is scope for improvement yet.


Your inspiration: My brother Favourite Female Co-star: I think no male co-actor should answer this question (smiles) Best about Gurgaon: Kingdom of Dreams Kingdom of Dreams: Yeh nahin dekha toh kuchh nahin dekha Favourite hangout places: Howzatt, Vapour, Rockman Beer Island, and Monk – for the Chinese food whole family came to Gurgaon to watch Zangoora, during its launch. They had no clue what I was doing, when I was away for five months of Zangoora training . It was a great feeling to perform in front of them, as I have never done that before. One of the best comments came from my wife. She said, “After watching the show, I would say that the five months of separation were worth it.”

were offered this role after Vivek Oberoi backed out of Zangoora. QDo You Any embarrassing moments on stage? you feel lucky after the worldwide Q success of the show?

I feel honoured to be a part of such a big show. I would thank my Director and the entire team for showing trust in my abilities and skills. Now it is my responsibility to give my best to the show.

Earlier you were the part of 6 shows out of 8; and now just 2 shows out of 8. Do you think Q it is fair to the audience and to the cover actors, as you get all the credit for the show?

When one buys a ticket for Zangoraa, s/he is told who is performing. Moreover, covers get due credit whenever they perform. This is a worldwide concept. It is not physically possible for any actor to perform six shows in a week. Also, at the end, it is the show that is important.


There are aerial stunts and magic tricks involved with your character. How did you get training for them?

K. S. Ramesh, one of the best known magicians in India, was called to impart training for the magic tricks. It is difficult for a magician to do this. But he is a sweet person who shared his valuable tricks with us. Magic tricks are just a part of the show. The focus has been on acting.

us about your most memorable moment in the last QTell two years.

I think it was when my

Yes, certain mistakes have happened. I had to take out a sword after delivering this dialogue, “Aaj tu nahin ya main nahin. Uda do isse”. But as I took out the sword, I realised it was half broken. It was extremely embarrassing. However, I managed to take a sword out from a soldiers’ jacket, and fought with it. Another incident happened when Kashmira and I were performing, and something went wrong with the music. It was a technical glitch. She was down on the floor but the music didn’t stop – as it should have. We did an impromptu dance on the stage, to cover up.

has been your equation with your co-actors Gauhar and Kashmira? QHow

Great. Your working atmosphere has to be very positive and comfortable. The chemistry and bonding that the audience see on the stage is the result of us actors sharing a lot of things. Also, we had worked together for five months, which is a long time. It helped us know each other well, and we have become good friends.

QHow has been your experience in the City?

The City of Gurgaon doesn’t look like India anymore – if you don’t look down on the road (laughs). When I look at the skyline, I feel I am probably not in India. However, safety has been the biggest issue. When I came to the City for the first time, my driver advised me not to step out of home after 10 at night. He said the City is not safe even for boys! This City, however, has given me probably the best experience of my life. Moreover, I think Gurgaon is a place where people have time for themselves. They live a life. They hang out, play sports, and enjoy life.

Many people say that your journey to TV is like SRK’s journey to Bollywood – be it your love life or your professional life. Q How would you comment on this? Do you have similar ambitions? I never had big ambitions in life. I aim to be happy; and being happy, to me, is to be satisfied in your personal and professional life. To be happy means you want your family to be together. That’s it. u


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amaste! We welcome you to the monthly bash of InterNations Gurgaon,” says Ambassador of InterNations, Birgit Gairola, while addressing the gathering of more than 200 expatriates. Packed in a small pub on a Saturday evening, this get-together of 23 nationalities is a triumph of the globalisation of Gurgaon. There was a time when the expatriate population was confined to Delhi, along with the foreigners working in embassies. However, over the past few years, a large number of expats, mainly working in MNCs, have shifted base to the City. “With more than 3,000 expat families now living in Gurgaon, there was a need for an expat networking group like InterNations – where people can connect (with both their countrymen and other ‘foreigners’) and have a quality time together,” says Birgit. Started in 2006, InterNations today boasts of about 1,000 members. What’s interesting is that unlike other expat groups, the members of InterNations also invite their Indian friends to join in. Alex, a British national who came to Gurgaon in 2005 and founded a consulting firm, feels that InterNations not only helps expats connect with each other, but also helps them find joys in the rhythms of daily life. “Unlike other expat communities that are majorly web-based, InterNations organises get-

Global @ Home

togethers quite often. So you feel connected, and build up a personal rapport with the members. Right from finding a home, to buying tickets for a David Guetta concert, I look forward to the networking events organised by InterNations,” smiles Alex.

Connecting Cultures

Like Alex, Miana, 27, from China, also loves to mingle with her fellow expatriates and the locals. She came to the City three years ago, to work as a software professional. Last year, she quit her job, to open a shop of Feng Shui decorative items in a mall. “I love the City and its cosmopolitan culture. Almost every week I get invites for networking parties, or for sports activities organised by the Community. It is so much fun, and an exhilarating cultural experience,” says Miana. She is taking Hindi lessons from an Indian member of InterNations, as she wants to pick up the language – to watch Hindi soaps!

Only Malls Please { Sujata Goenka }


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n India, street food often identifies the region. Mumbai is synonymous with bhel, vada paav, paav bhaji. Kolkata is famous for its puchkas, jhaal muri, and kathi rolls. Lucknow is renowned for its mouth-watering kababs. Hyderabad is visited by food lovers for its biryani. From the South, dosa-idli have claimed world fame. All these are available in every nook and corner of their respective cities. And many, in different avatars, are available across India. There is nothing compared to Delhi’s street joints. (eg. the chaat of ‘Old Delhi). Unfortunately, most of the street joints were removed, as a clean up drive during the Games. But there are a few who have survived. There is something missing in the sterilised atmosphere of the modernised Haldirams’ and Bikanerwallas. You cannot order to your specific demands. The joy of eating piping hot tikkis right off the tava is different from eating pre-cooked ones. You are also not able to order more green or red chutney, or the masalas. The tava ke aloo are to be consumed directly off the

tava, or they will loose their crispiness. They beat french-fries any day. A midnight pang leads one to find a paratha wala serving hot aloo, anda and pyaaz parathas in the open air. Queued up are truck drivers as well as Mercedes owners. They all patiently wait for their parathas Our City does not boast of any dish. In keeping with the swanky look, our City has forgotten to spare space for ‘street food’. Those seeking street food will have to settle for Shyam sweets. Here you get samosas and golgappe; and aloo tikki. But it is not in the league of Delhi. There is a joint which has recently mushroomed near Sahara Mall. It is a lone tikki-waala, who shares space with the usual idli-dosa stall. It is better than nothing. It is a matter of time before the law enforcers throw him out. Unfortunately, one still needs to drive to Delhi for mouth-watering street food. Our City is happy with its mall culture. Perhaps the branded food industries are succeeding in pushing these small time stalls out. It is our loss. u

Miana is not alone. There are several members who are learning Hindi. Some, in fact, are taking up folk dance and yoga classes. Richi, 41, who landed in the City last year, has become an active member of the Community in just two months. Her favourite time of the day is when she steals time from her office to attend a Bhangra dance class with a fellow member. “I always wanted to learn an Indian dance form. However, as an expatriate lady, it was very difficult to trust any instructor. InterNations helped me find a British instructor, who runs dance classes in South City,” says Richi. Another member Nooshin, an Iranian, has found her Yoga instructor on the networking portal of InterNations.

Online Portal

To help expats settle down in


the City and connect with each other online, InterNations also offers a social networking portal. One can find jobs, information about the City, members with similar interests, and various services like laundry, schools, day care, chauffeurs – on the portal. Like InterNations Gurgaon, the Community is present in more than 30 Indian cities, and over 300 countries worldwide. A member of InterNations Gurgaon can also connect with the members of other cities and countries. “Despite travelling nine months in a year, I don’t feel disconnected – thanks to the InterNations portal. I am in touch with all my friends, no matter whether they are in Gurgaon or Mexico,” says a member from the US. That’s not all. Many restaurants in the City host events for InterNations regularly. Various brands—such as Lufthansa, Vyke, Le Shop, AVIS, and Sumitra Spa—offer discounts exclusively for the members. However, most of the offers are valid for “Albatross Members” – members who pay a certain amount of fee for the membership. Registration to the portal is free though. While some thoroughly enjoy the activities, a few members feel that just holding networking events is not enough. “Expats are still struggling with security issues, lingual barriers, and cultural differences. InterNations should come up with more worthwhile activities, such as workshops and seminars, that bring the local community closer to the expatriates,” says a member. Sophie, from Canada, seconds that, and says it is time for expats to come together and do something worthwhile for the City. “Sweating for a social cause is much better than lifting weight in the gym. Expats in the City should understand that the City belongs to them as well.” u

Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I am going to write an exam. Main parcha dane tayin jaan laag rya su 2. Can I borrow your pen? Ke main tera pen le saku su? 3. I don't know the answers. Manne iske uttar na bera. 4. I can't finish the paper on time.

Main parcha time te khatam na kar sakta

5. I pray I pass. Bhagwan manne pass kar diye. 6. When will the results come? Result kadh aawaga?

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{ Simone Andrea Mayer / Berlin / DPA }


any observers of fashion have pondered why skirts get longer as the weather gets warmer. Some say it’s because of the cooling effect they can have on the legs, when the skirt is lightly lifted by the wind. Others suspect it has something to do with bad economic times, which are said to have an effect on skirt length. Some women say they feel sexy in a long skirt, because of the way the movement of the material tends to emphasize the sway of their hips. While the 1960s brought us the mini-skirt, the ‘70s produced the maxi. Long skirts have gone in and out of fashion since then. “The current style is an elegant adaptation of playful hippie chic,” says Fashion Consultant Andreas Rose. Maxi skirts are being combined with T-shirts, college jackets and large purses. One very popular and classy variation is a skirt that reaches the floor, and includes pleats in see-through fabric. Personal shopper Silke Gerloff warns her customers about selecting a long skirt, because they tend to sit low on the


hips. “They should be strictly combined with the right top, otherwise they look too sweet or conservative,” says Gerloff. “The skirt should be cut to fit at the waist and fall gently, following the tailoring of the fabric,” says Rose. The top should also be fitted - a short-sleeve blouse that has a fitted bodice, for example. A fuller blouse can be worn with a skirt that is straight, says shopping consultant Simone Piskol.

tos. A flash though can help lift the shadows a bit, suggested Boettcher. “Nowadays the flash doesn’t take over the forefront as much,” said Boettcher. The best is a separate attachable flash, that can be adjusted in different ways. And the rule for filming, according to guidebook author Konstanze Werner, is: “If the planning makes it possible, the blazing sun should be avoided, because of the hard shadows.” While filming indoors, as many light sources as possible should be used, so that faces do not appear so dull and flat. Backlight however makes the subject unrecognizable, and therefore should be avoided. Also important is the question of how the selected motif is placed in the picture. “The middle is usually the most boring option,” said Constanze Clauss of the German photography indus-

try association. It’s much better to position the main focus either to the right or left in the picture. As regards orientation, there is the so-called golden seam, that divides the picture with imaginary lines from top and

bottom – and in thirds from right to left. The most important parts of the picture should be on the intersecting points. Many cameras can overlay the lines onto the display. This orientation aid also assists so that photos are not

Car Sharing Catching On { Soehnke Callsen / Stuttgart, Germany / DPA }


The trendiest combination is a long skirt with a short-sleeved top. Piskol says the top should extend no longer than mid-bottom. Women who are very thin can wear a short top that ends at the hips – to emphasize their waist. Longer tops can be gathered at the waist or hips with a belt—preferably a wide one—to achieve the hourglass look. “Long skirts with their accentuated waistlines work well on both thin and fuller figures. Problem zones at the hips and upper thighs are cleverly concealed, by the flow of the fabric,” says Rose. Piskol adds that maxi skirts are as interesting for miniskirt-wearing young girls, as they are for older women, who prefer longer skirts. An elastic waistband has advantages and disadvantages for full-figured women. While it stretches to fit any figure, it also requires more material, and therefore, can look unflattering because the fabric bunches up. Piskol advises against elastic waistbands, especially when the top is cut to fit the torso and

gathered at the waist. There are some other rules of thumb regarding height that women should be aware of. To look good in a long skirt, a certain height is necessary. Gerloff advises women who are taller than 1.7 metres not to wear a skirt down to the ankle or the floor. Women who are short should select a maxi skirt with a slit. Piskol opines a maxi works best on women who are at least 1.65 metres. She suggests shorter women are better off selecting skirts that fall to the calf; and slender women should wear skirts to the knee. Designers are combining the skirts with flat shoes, such as ballerinas or Roman sandals. Piskol, however, considers these types of shoes less than optimal, especially for women who have a few extra pounds. “Higher shoes make the way a woman walks look graceful, and force her to tighten the stomach muscles and hold her body straighter. This can fudge away a few kilograms,” says Piskol. She recommends shoes with a heel that is 4 to 6 centimetres high. u

Film and Photography Tips

{ Sascha Rettig / Berlin / DPA } rom smartphones to SLR reflex cameras, many devices nowadays can take adequate pictures and videos. Those starter photographers, who would like to do more than just a few snapshots or short videos here or there, should first learn a couple of rules of thumb. Light plays a critical role in photography. From the dawn to the mid-day sun, there are dozens of forms that have very different effects. “The hard light of the blazing sun at mid-day highlights every detail, and so has very high contrast and is hard,” said photographer Andreas Boettcher. “Soft light meanwhile is more harmonious, smoothing, and is less dramatic – but is more of a tender way to get around things.” To see the difference, one only has to take the same picture at different times of the same day. Hard light can be disadvantageous for portrait pho-

Long Skirts Are Summer Classics

he first time Sebastian Ballweg loaned his car to a stranger, he wondered whether he was doing the right thing. “You never know who is going to pick the key up,” he says. Since then, the 35-year-old has cast off his doubts and turned his car loaning into a business. In 2010, he launched the website in Stuttgart, as a private car sharing platform. It provides anyone who does not own a car the access to a vehicle from someone in their neighbourhood. The rental charge is set by the vehicle’s owner, and is usually between 18-33 dollars a day, plus insurance. Fifteen per cent goes to Ballweg, who rents out his own car once a week, on an average. The website has about 5,000 registered users. Germany’s Car Sharing Association says there are about 130 companies offering car sharing in the country. Among the biggest is Germany’s rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, which has a fleet of 2,500 vehicles and 190,000 customers.

The smallest is Wasserburger Autoteilern, with just one car. The large automakers have reacted to changed attitudes and are joining in the business. Daimler founded its Car2Go operation in 2008 and has more than 2,000 Smart cars in Germany. The concept is very simple: After paying a small registration fee, customers receive a card, that also acts as a key for every car in the city. Cars are charged on a per-minute basis – with fuel included and no extra costs. It costs 24 cents a minute to drive a Car2Go Smart, which can be dropped off anywhere. There are no fixed pick-up and drop-off stations. Volkswagen (Quicar) and BMW (DriveNow) are also offering cars to share. But not all of the companies that offer car sharing welcome the investment by car makers. “The easy access to cars that are parked on the street, may add to the number of cars on the road,” says Gabi Lambrecht from the Car Sharing Association. “It’s not clear if there has been an easing of car usage, which is the goal of classic car sharing models.” u

unintentionally slanted. Video-makers and photographers should be as close as possible to the subject. “Taking photos from unusual perspectives can lead to more exciting results,” said Clauss. Filmmakers should also try new points of view. Depending on the perspective, the pictures or videos could have different messages. “If children are filmed at their own height, it seems pedagogical – different than if they are filmed from above where they look sweet,” said Werner. “Adults from this perspective seem more childish and small, while the view from below turns the smaller person into a hero.” Instead of just panning along a landscape shot, the video should show what is interesting about a certain

The Avengers Soar

Three Avatar Sequels { Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }


f you make the world’s most successful movie, it’s only natural to want to cash in on the success. But Avatar Director James Cameron is taking things to a different level – by shooting three sequels to the sci-fi fable, in one fell swoop. That’s according to Avatar star Sigourney Weaver, who confirmed that she’s been hired to work on three sequels – that will be filmed back to back. Weaver, who has worked with Cameron since starring in Aliens in 1979, said she would be starting work on the project later this year. There was no word on when the first sequel would hit theatres, though Cameron did say (in early 2011), that he hoped to release it at the end of 2015 – followed a year later by the second sequel. u

situation or motif. “For that, it’s best to change the shot composition between closeup, medium and full shot,” said Werner. Zooms and pans should not be used very often, especially not in combination with one another. And Werner said that blurred or shaky recordings can be avoided by using this trick: “Before shooting, take three deep breaths, and then record while slowly exhaling.” The pictures will also be steadier if the camera is held with out-stretched arms in front of the chest. To make sure photos are not blurred, amateur photographers should set a shorter exposure times on the camera. “Depending on the subject, minor fuzziness is sometimes also interesting,” said Boettcher. If pictures are out of focus because the surroundings were not bright enough, photographers can also increase the sensitivity to light and use a tri-pod. u

{ Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }


he superheroes of The Avengers have notched a real-world achievement – to match their onscreen heroics. According to a Walt Disney Pictures, the action movie was set to pass the 600-milliondollar mark in US box office receipts, surpassing the milestone set by Titanic – following its 1997 release. The Titanic, directed by James Cameron, held the US box office record until Cameron beat it with his 2009 film, Avatar. The Avengers already had a number of records to its name – including best opening weekend, second weekend, and fastest film to reach 200 million dollars, 300 million dollars, 400 million dollars, and 500 million dollars. The film’s popularity is no doubt remarkable, but when adjusted for inflation, the movie is just one of many big earners for Hollywood. According to Box Office Mojo, when converted to 2012 dollars, 27 movies have grossed over 600 million dollars in the US, including 1994’s Forrest Gump (622.1 million dollars), 1973’s The Sting (706 million dollars), 1959’s Ben-Hur (776.2 million dollars), and 1939’s Gone With the Wind (1.6 billion dollars).u

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ar makers spend a lot of time and energy in finding a catchy name for a new model. The name needs to fit the image, and work in every cultural context. But the effort sometimes leads to flops, and funny side-effects. Opel spent months in finding a name for its new small car, that will celebrate its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. “Initially the working title was ‘Junior’; but after sifting through hundreds of proposals, the name ‘Adam’ was chosen, after company founder Adam Opel,” says Opel’s press spokesman, Patrick Munsch. It can take dozens of people to search for the right name and model designation. At the end of the process, names emerge – like Adam for the Opel, or Countryman for the new off-road Mini. Strangesounding names are also part of the process. Suzuki is calling its new flagship model Kizashi; while Nissan has named its new multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) Evalia. In addition, combinations of new letters and numbers are used for the rear boot lid. “The name must sound new, fresh and stir attention – but it must also fit to the model,” says Manfred Gotta, who often advises carmakers in the process. “Lots of creativity and a feeling for language are necessary,” he adds. “It appears easier for those manufacturers who follow a certain

{ Anja Prechel / Frankfurt / DPA }


ongo, a male Havanese, sulks behind a fence. The naughty dog was guilty of peeing on a sofa, apparently because his minder, AnnKathrin Schuhmann, failed to pay enough attention to him. 30-year-old Schuhmann runs a dog kindergarten, with round-the-clock service. “What we offer is unique,” says Schumann of her school. It’s been just two years since she started her business, and she already has 700 customers. At Schuhmann’s kindergarten, up to 10 dogs romp through the rooms – in which

Naming A Car numbered logic,” says Marion Ballier, who is responsible for developing car names at the Interbrand agency in Hamburg. Audi, for instance, has its A model series while Mercedes has its A or S Class. Gotta has his own way of going about it. Initially he locks himself into a quiet room with the car, to feel its “soul.” Then he looks at the philosophy behind the product, and the potential customer group. Only after this process does the real name-finding process starts, with the integration of creative advertising writers. “The Romanesque languages are

dog sofas, baskets and small dishes are set out. The dogs have to follow the rules: They aren’t allowed to bark, jump on visitors, or pee on sofas. Biting is an absolute no. They learn how to get along with others, while being looked after by teachers - just like children in kindergarten. Dog owners bring their animals to facilities such as Schuhmann’s because they have another appointment, are going on vacation, are going into the hospital, or simply because their dog likes to be with other dogs. Schuhmann charges 14.80 euros for a half day, and 29.60 euros for a full day, for services

A Wearable Robot { Marion van der Kraats and Birgit

Freudenberg / Potsdam, Germany / DPA }


t’s a nice feeling to be upright, to walk, and to have people at eye level,” says a beaming Peter Kossmehl, at the Potsdam Rehabilitation Centre in Germany. The 40-year-old has just tried out a bionic exoskeleton—a wearable, battery-powered robot—that enables paraplegics to take a few steps again. Ekso Bionics, a Californiabased company, introduced the robot, Ekso, in the fall of 2011. Now it is to be tested worldwide on paraplegics, stroke and multiple sclerosis patients, and other people with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness.     “I’d like to give my patients the opportunity to stand erect again as soon as possible,” says Bettina Quentin, Director of Physiotherapy at the rehab centre south of Berlin. But Quentin, like many experts, warns against excessive expectations.

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    “People who function well with their wheelchair, will always be faster in them than with the exoskeleton,” says Jan Schwab, Head of Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Charite University Hospital’s Department of Experimental Neurology. “The psychological benefits of a patient standing upright shouldn’t be underestimated, though.”    The reactions of the Potsdam patients appears to confirm this. “It’s a nice feeling to stand,” says Andreas Klitzsch, 54. At the same time, he expresses the desire for a substantial improvement in the technology. “I’m not walking by myself,” he remarks. “It’s only passive walking.” Various technologies are meant to make disabled people more mobile. Electrostimulation is one of them, but stimulated walking is unstable. This is why experts have a high opinion of bionic exoskeletons, which were first developed for military use. A soldier wearing one could theoretically carry

the most popular, because they work all over the world, and have a positive note,” says Ballier. From these, the root words are taken, and experiments are made with certain endings. In this way, the Ford Mondeo, the Opel Insignia and Fiat Punto found their names. Sometimes it also helps to look at the past, according to Gotta. VW has revived the Beetle with a new look, and soon there will also be a Skoda Rapid. Jaguar also took some time to find a name for its new Roadster, and then opted for the F-Type – that resonates

Pet Schools

Moerschel walking her ‘clients’

a 100-kilogram load at no health risk.     Ekso Bionics says Ekso has been in use at 10 rehabilitation centres in the United States since late 2011, and that clinics in Denmark, Spain and Switzerland are also testing it. One of the things being examined is whether the device has positive health effects. It potentially could prevent pressure sores, boost blood flow, protect against osteoporosis, and keep joints flexible. It could also make the crippled more independent. “Patients could rehab at home and wouldn’t be bound to the centre,” Schwab says. But the device would have to become affordable. It currently costs about 120,000 euros (150,000 dollars).       “It’s going to get less expensive,” remarks Schink, who says Ekso Bionics is aiming for a price between 50,000 and 60,000 euros. “In the coming 12 to 18 months, it will be shipped only to clinics, in order to conduct studies,” he says.    This, Rupp says, is the proper procedure. “After all,” he noted, “it’s still unclear if there’s possible long-term harm.” u

well with the classics like the C-Type, the D-Type and the E-Type. Geographical names are also sometimes used. Examples are the Opel Monza, Ford Capri or Hyundai Santa Fe. “But here too care needs to be taken that the associations fit,” says Ballier. “When a Spanish carmaker calls its small car Ibiza, and a Chevrolet Malibu comes from America, that is a good fit,” she says. Once a first selection has been made, a thorough investigation is carried out – to ensure that the name fits the cultural context of the target market, and does not have any negative connotations. But mistakes happen. Pajero, for instance, is not only the name of an SUV from Mitsubishi, but is also the term used in Spain for a masturbating man. An e-tron is not only an electricallypowered Audi, but is also the term in France for a heap of dog excrement. And the Lamborghini Reventon refers in Spain also to a tyre problem - el reventon. Every now and then, legal problems also arise. “The manufacturers have copyrighted more names than they use,” says Gotta. VW has registered all winds – after naming the Golf, Scirocco and Passat. Mercedes was forced to pay compensation to a French artist after launching the E-Class. The artist had registered the name “Classe E.” BMW saw its sport division “M” in danger, forcing Mercedes into adding an L to the ML-Class. u

that include playing with the animal, and taking it on walks. Now she is branching out, and has recently started offering in-home services for cat owners. Turning to formal behavioural institutions—pet schools—for help is a growing trend among pet owners, who find training their animals difficult. One such shelter is Lalu Dog Pension—in the town of Bruchenbruecken—north of Frankfurt. Owners Martina and Ralf Moerschel say business is booming. They offer dogs a vacation on a former farm, and have space for 25 dogs – in stalls previously occupied by cows. Dogs are checked in for daylong stays; costing between 9-11

euros (12-15 dollars)—depending on the size of the dog—or overnight stays costing between 16 and 18 euros. The Moerschels say it is already nearly booked out for New Year’s Eve. Chris Waterwiese runs a cat hotel in Schaafheim – about 25 kilometres south-east of Frankfurt. She has been looking after cats for 23 years. She takes in cats when their owners go on vacation, and helps those who don’t have time for their animals. About seven years ago, she had a house custom-built for the needs of her guests. “Each animal has its own room with a toilet, scratch pole, and visual contact with other cats,” she says. “Some even have a balcony. She can take up to 25 cats, and charges 20 euros for a 24-hour period during the peak season – when her hotel is booked out far in advance. u

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Stolen Dreams? Amanda Hall

{ Hazel Parry / Hong Kong / DPA }


udging by its lack of popularity, the official theme song for the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, called ‘Believe In Our Dreams’, has failed to capture the City’s mood. Syrupy and nationalistic, the music video has Cantopop stars—Eason Chan and Alan Tam—crooning about the delights of Hong Kong, against a backdrop of sporting events, Disneyland, the city’s famous skyline, and Hong Kong and Chinese flags flying side by side. Four weeks after the video was posted on YouTube by the government, only 4,000 people have bothered to watch it. More popular is a parody of the song, called ‘Who’s Stolen Our Dreams?’; that, despite a lack of star performers or official endorsement, attracted more than 14,000 views – within a day of being posted on YouTube. The song rails against soaring property prices, the rich-poor divide, crony capitalism, and the growing influence of China and Communist Party values – which it says are “brainwashing” Hong Kong. Since the wealthy city of 7.1 million was returned to China by Britain, with guarantees of autonomy, the people of

SOUR RELATIONS: Hong Kong and Chinese flags fly in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong have rarely felt less identified with China – or harboured as much antipathy towards Beijing. Mainland Chinese visitors have noticed the change in atmosphere. “We used to be greeted like neighbours; but now we’re sometimes treated like unwelcome strangers,” says fashion designer Jocelyn Huang, who makes monthly shopping visits from Guangzhou in southern China. Relations have soured partly because of a trend for mainland women to come to Hong Kong to give birth, putting a strain on public

hospitals; while wealthy Chinese buyers have made the City’s property prices unaffordable for many locals. Resentment peaked earlier this year when a newspaper advertisement—funded by a group of citizens—portrayed the growing number of mainland Chinese coming to Hong Kong as locusts, devouring the City’s resources. Envy at China’s success and increasing wealth, which has begun to overshadow Hong Kong, is part of the problem, according to radio talk show host Luisa Tam. There are genuine political concerns too. The handover coincides with the appointment of a new Hong Kong leader, who is seen by some critics as having overly cosy relations with Beijing. Leung Chunying is rumoured to be a current or former Communist Party member. Pro-democracy advocates fear he will block universal suffrage, and impose a harsh security law sought by China. China is keen to showcase its close ties with Hong Kong, as Hu takes part in a series of carefully choreographed celebrations – with 5,000 police deployed to maintain order, and stop protestors from hijacking the visit. But much of Hong Kong is still refusing to dance to Beijing’s tune. u

Apple To Debut Smaller iPad { Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }


pple is to debut a smaller iPad this year, to help fend off challenges from chief rivals , Microsoft and Google. A report said that the screen of the new iPad would be between 7 and 8 inches, putting the device in direct competition with the Google’s Nexus 7 tablet computer. The iPad currently only comes with a 9.7-inch screen, and the cheapest version costs 200 dollars more than the Nexus 7’s 199-dollar price. The new device would not feature the same high-definition Retina screen as the iPad 3; but Apple would be able to sell the mini iPad at near the same price as Google’s tablet. Microsoft recently announced a competitor to the iPad – a highpowered tablet running on Windows 8, and due out in the third quarter. Prices have not been announced. Making a smaller iPad would be a major shift for the company, whose founder Steve Jobs repeatedly derided mini-tablets as incapable of offering a good user experience. u

Global Arms Trade Treaty { JT Nguyen / New York / DPA }


he United Nations has launched a new round of negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty, to try to regulate the lucrative global arms trade – worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Since its last unsuccessful round of talks more than a decade ago, weapons—both legally sold and those circulating in the underground—have fuelled conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. The new talks will run through till the end of July. Major countries that produce and export weapons—including the United States, China and Russia—were opposed to an International Treaty that would deprive them of a significant source of income. Other countries, like Vietnam, India and Egypt— producing parts and components for weapons— were also opposed to a Treaty, according to Amnesty International. The trade in parts and components was worth 10 billion dollars between 2010 and 2011. Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control, Anna Macdonald, says, excluding parts and components in the Treaty could create dangerous loopholes. “Many tanks, aircraft and guns are sold in pieces—just like bookshelves from a furniture store—with no questions asked about how they are going to be used,” she says. The advocacy groups say military equipment could be purchased in pieces, and re-assembled. They say Zimbabwe had bought 12 K8 trainer aircraft in 2005 and 2006, which were re-assembled from parts produced in Britain (ejector seats), the US (cockpit instruments) and Ukraine (turbofan engines). The aircraft’s plans were based on designs from Pakistan and China. International advocacy groups like Amnesty, Oxfam and human rights groups have been pushing for such a Treaty, citing the horrific civilian deaths caused by the massive amount of small arms and weapons available— legal or otherwise—to armed groups. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), supports such a Treaty, because ready and easily obtained weapons in the black market contribute to violations of international humanitarian law. “Civilians remain at risk of being injured, killed,

or displaced by violence involving weapons, even long after an armed conflict has ended,” says Red Cross Director of International Law and Cooperation, Philip Spoerri, at a UN Security Council meeting this week. “This is why the ICRC strongly supports the adoption of a global Arms Trade Treaty.” Amnesty cites the case of South Sudan, where both the government and rebel groups had received arms and ammunition from China and Sudan, and tanks from

Ukraine, in the past year – and indiscriminately used them against civilians. “A strong treaty could help prevent many other communities suffering from the horrific cost of the irresponsible arms trade – in the way the people of Mayom County (South Sudan) have,” says Amnesty’s Erwin van der Borght. u

Wine At 171,000 USD A Bottle

The English Barrier { Alvise Armellini / Brussels / dpa }


nly 38 per cent of European Union (EU) citizens speak conversational English, according to a report presented by the European Commission. The EU nation, where English is not the first language, but residents are most likely to be anglophones, is the Netherlands – where 90 per cent of the population know English well enough “to be able to have a conversation,” the Commission said. Malta, a former British colony, was next, with 89 per cent, followed by Sweden and Denmark with 86 per cent. In Germany, the percentage was 56 per cent, and in France 39 per cent. People from southern and eastern Europe fared worse, with only 22 per cent of Spaniards, 27 per cent of Portuguese, 33 per cent of Poles and 34 per cent of Italians being able to express themselves in the language of Shakespeare. Greece bucked the trend, with 51 per cent. But while English was by far the most common foreign language in non-English speaking nations, people in Britain were shown to be fairly reluctant to expand their own language skills – with only 19 per cent of the population saying they could speak in French. Language barriers are one of the major obstacles preventing people from moving across the EU. u

{ Sid Astbury / Sydney / DPA }


n Australian winemaker recently put on the market a very posh red – it comes in a sealed hand-blown glass ampoule, rather than an ordinary corked bottle.     Penfold’s trumpets the 2004 vintage of its Kalimna Block 42 as a “truly memorable experiential and sensory engagement”, rather than just a top-shelf cabernet sauvignon. And if you need to ask the price - 168,000 Australian dollars (171,000 US dollars) a bottle - you most certainly cannot afford it. Only a dozen bottles are on offer, and with two already spoken for, the Adelaide-based company is expecting to be out of stock soon. To justify 750 millilitres of fermented grape juice at the price of an entry-level Porsche Boxster, Penfold’s promises expert help with the pouring. A senior manager will arrive anywhere in the world with a “specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribesnap,” a tool to snap the glass container, to do the opening. u


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