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Low Blood Count

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }


nkit (name changed) is standing in front of the desk of a popular city hospital. His nephew has been involved in a serious car accident, and the doctors have ordered for three units of blood in preparation for the operation. Standing in queue with him are two of his friends. They are waiting so that they can donate their blood, in exchange for the three units of B+ blood the patient needs. In automation, the nurses whisk them to the 'bleeding tables', measure their blood pressure, and ask them whether they have imbibed alcohol in the last two to three days. While this process is going on, the attendant readies the needle, eases it in, and makes sure the blood is flowing into the empty sachets. As the donors talk quietly amongst themselves, the next lot is brought in. Within 15 to 20 minutes, the whole process is done, the needles are taken out, the sachets are sealed, and the befuddled donors are herded out of the room, without so much as a glass of water. Of all the activities conducted in an hospital in the name of Hippocrates, the blood bank and its role is probably one of the most hustled ones. Like the Emergency Ward, anyone in need of blood is in distress, and is scarcely bothered to note his rights and rules at that moment. Also, the operations of the blood bank are the most closely-guarded secrets of the hospital. Gurgaon has its share of accidents and emergency cases. Almost every major hospital has a blood bank, and they remain busy day in and out. What is

unique about blood banks is the fact that blood (and its components) is among the few things that cannot be manufactured. ‘Captive conception’ (a process in which minor blood components are manufactured in laboratories) is a very little used concept, and not in force with regard to blood and its com-

ponents (whole blood, red blood cells, granulocyte concentrate, fresh frozen plasma, and platelets). In almost all the cases somebody has to give blood so that another in need can have it. Therefore, the need for donors cannot be stressed more.

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wo years after a government survey revealed that almost half of the plots in Gurgaon are vacant, the rate of occupancy seems to have improved in the Millennium City. Compared to the plotted development, the apartments and gated complexes have a higher number of residents, and some of these even register almost 95 per cent occupancy. Real estate experts say that the reason behind the high vacancy of plots is that the majority of these have been purchased by investors, to earn a profit. The scenario of for the future, however, is not looking rosy at all – even for apartments. Dr. Sanjay Sharma, MD of Qubrex says that occupancy rates have improved in Gurgaon in the last couple of years due to the increase in the white-collar working population, and more migrants coming into the City. “Gone are the days when there used to be empty condominiums in Gurgaon waiting for tenants,” says Sharma. He opines that the majority of the apartments are rented, as it is difficult to buy flats in Gurgaon at the current price, for middle class buyers. Within plotted areas, the HUDA sectors in Old Gurgaon, that were carved

out at least a decade back, see the maximum occupancy – with Sector 4 taking pride of place with almost 95 per cent of the plots having been constructed. Interestingly, this Sector was the first one developed by HUDA— across Haryana—in 1968, says one of the residents. On the contrary, the new HUDA sectors and private colonies in New Gurgaon have a vacancy rate of almost 40 to 50 per cent. The result of this high vacancy is that property prices remain artificially high, as a large amount of ready stock is held up for

speculative purposes. What is surprising is that even as hundreds of plots are lying vacant in the existing colonies, HUDA and the private developers have embarked on extending Gurgaon towards Sohna, Manesar and Dwarka in the next stage. And despite the supply promising to increase manifold, the prices have not come down in Gurgaon. If this situation continues, it is likely that Gurgaon could find itself in a property bubble, aver experts. The impact of the high interest rates, rising cost of construction, skyrocketing land prices, and a slowdown in the global economy already seems to have cast its shadows on the National Capital Region and the Mumbai Metropolitan Area – the two shining stars of real estate in the country. A report by Propequity, a leading real estate analytics firm, that was released this week, has already set the alarm bells ringing. As per the report, the absorption rate of residential units in the first quarter of 2012 in the NCR plunged by almost 57 per cent. In Q1 of 2012, the total absorption in NCR dropped to 15,104 units (from the previous year's 35,420 units). Contd on p 6 


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For The Other Half



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


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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

urgaonites are in for a treat as Master Saleem, the singing sensation from Punjab, and son and student of famous Sufi singer Ustad Pooran Shah Koti, performs this weekend. Reservations: 8800766144,9899210785


Rock Night @D Beer Factory, Ist Floor 02, MG Road Date: June 30 Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am


et into the party mood, with the DJ belting out popular rock beats. Let Saturday night be the Rocking night!


Commercial Night @Escape, R-002, Level 2, Galleria Market, DLF City Phase 4 Date: June 29 Time: 9:00 pm onwards


ut on your dancing shoes and get ready to groove this weekend. Escape to a night of a delicious spread of buffet, lots of music and some crazy dancing.


Commercial and Bollywood Night @Ion Lounge, Upper Ground Floor, DLF Phase II Date: June 29 Time: 10:00 pm onwards


fortnight long celebration of American Independence with authentic American food. Bring anything bearing the American flag – a T-shirt, pin, cap, shoes, or anything else, and get a ‘Great American Hot Chocolate Fudge’ free.


n English play, starring Darshan Jariwala, Anahita Uberoi, Zafar Karachiwala, Rasika Duggal, Viraf Patel, Vikram Kapadia and Namit Das. Directed by Vikram Kapadia, the play includes 8 monologues that are humorous and poignant, commenting on life today. Suitable for 18 years and above. Contact: Mr.Vikas Khatri - (+91) 9810756611, (+91) 9810059550


Kathak Recital @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: June 29 Time: 7:30 pm onwards

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e profile the original industrial town of Haryana – and compare the civic services with Gurgaon. The current Municipal Commissioner, D. Suresh sees a bright future. ...Pgs 8 & 9


t is confusing enough to be maintained by a bevy of civic agencies. And it gets worse when you find that they are at best a front end. Everything of any worth is decided in Panchkula/Chandigarh. This, for the premier City of the State – and its overlords. ...Pg 10

It’s Growing On Us


t’s already 2 years of the Metro in Gurgaon. True to our Millennium City status, we first got a Metro, and then a Bus Service ! We now await the Metro’s next moves – Rapid and Inclusive. ...Pg 15

The Colour Code

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


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

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


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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


t’s a colourful world. Colour defines our personality. Spot yourself, and try and spot your family and friends too. ...Pg 18

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Ambassador Lily Cole


he Body Shop, an international beauty products brand, announced model and actor Lily Cole as its first global ambassador, in a press conference at the Westin. The company also launched a new range of beauty products, “Beauty With Hearts”. While launching the product range, Shriti Malhotra, COO, The Body Shop, said, “We complete 25 years of trade in India, which started from Madurai. Today, we are present in around 30 cities, with over 80 stores.”

Bagel's Goes Dutch


.E Bob Hiensch, Ambassador of The Netherlands, unveiled the Dutch menu in a party at Bagel's Cafe. The guests were seen enjoying Dutch pancakes and stroopwafels, the famous Dutch caramel cookies. The Ambassador said, “The Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, exhibited by a young entrepreneur like Ms. Lalita de Goederen, owner of Bagel's Cafe, connects so well with Indian opportunities and tastes.”



lassical singer Srimoyee Ghosh enthralled the audience with her mellifluous vocal concert, “Sangeetanjali” at the Epicentre. Encompassing songs of various genres and languages, Srimoyee presented a light and soothing vocal recital.

Spiritual Rock


he guests at Staying Alive, DT Mega Mall were in for a rocking evening as a famous rock band, “Rock of Ages”, performed live at the Club. The band belted out their own compositions in pop, rock and reggae. “We are amazed, as the topics and themes of the songs have spiritual dimensions,” said one of the guests. The band’s repertoire also includes songs of worship, helping spread messages of love among the youngsters.

Italian Kitchens


ertazzoni, a famous Italian cooking appliances company, launched a store—Häfele—for the first time in India, at the Corporate Sewa Park & Suites, Sector 29. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the CEO Paolo Betazzoni said, “The clean lines, good proportions and functional, ergonomic design of Bertazzoni products will give Indian kitchens a smart and professional look.” The store offers a number of kitchen appliances, including Built in Coffee Machine, Built in Electric Ovens/Combi Microwave/Steam Oven, Built in Induction Hob, and Built in 5 Burner Hob – to name a few.

Zangoora @ 700


angoora, Bollywood theatrical musical at the Kingdom of Dreams, celebrated a successful run of 700 shows. With this, Zangoora becomes the longest running Bollywood musical stage show in the world. It was a moment of euphoria for the entire cast and crew of Zangoora. After a cake cutting ceremony, Viraf Sarkari, Director, Kingdom of Dreams and Wizcraft International Entertainment said, “With 700 shows, Zangoora continues to capture the imagination of the audiences and leave the enthralled viewers asking for more. I am overwhelmed by the entire team’s hard work and commitment at the Kingdom of Dreams, in making the show a runaway success. They have taken the level of the musical a notch higher, thus proving that it is the World’s Biggest Live running Bollywood Musical.”


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t is rare to find a book that does both: narrate an absorbing tale, and convey a social message. In ‘Origins of Love’ Kishwar Desai has used fiction as a genre, to talk about the commercialisation and the pitfalls of artificial reproductive techniques ­such as surrogacy, sperm/egg donation, adoption and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). As with her first book, ‘Witness the Night’ (which won the Costa Award and dealt with female foeticide), a social issue forms the backbone of ‘Origins of Love’. This book is an earnest attempt to involve the reader at an emotional level, and create awareness on how a one billion dollar surrogacy industry is booming in India. Simran Singh, a feisty, opinionated, single woman is at the heart of this plot (and a protagonist of Desai’s first book as well). The story begins from ‘Madonna and Child’ fertility clinic in Gurgaon, where a baby Amelia is conceived through In Vitro Fertilization

ORIGINS OF LOVE Author: Kishwar Desai Publisher: Simon & Schuster Price: Rs. 350 Genre: Fiction


The Surrogate World (IVF). Unfortunately, the baby turns out to be HIV positive. After the new born’s ‘commissioning parents’ die under mysterious circumstances, Simran is called upon to investigate the case. The investigation is set in the backdrop of the growing surrogacy industry in India, and stem cell research. The usual assortment of middle men, politicians and cops take Simran to London, Mumbai – and finally back to Gur-

gaon. What begins as a noble endeavour for a childless couple, Kate and Ben, ends up as a saga of exploitation, greed and manipulation. The author dexterously weaves characters and subplots, and mixes them up with mystery, suspense and ethical dilemmas. Desai reveals several disturbing facets of the surrogacy boom in India. Do we know that surrogates are induced into having more pregnancies per natural cycle than is healthy? Do we know that women are pumped with fertility drugs to such an extent that their ovaries are dangerously swollen, and at risk of bursting? It is scary to imagine diseases like HIV going undetected, passed on from unscrupulous donors to unsuspecting mothers and innocent babies. Desai writes of clinics that keep track of caste, religion and physical attributes, because people demand 'tailormade babies'. There was a danger of being didactic and rhetorical, given the subject; but Desai stays away from lecturing on the moral aspect of surrogacy – on the ‘rent wombs’. She lets her story do the ethical questioning. The only 'grouse' is that instead of culminating in a surprising climax, the story ends rather tamely. u

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 Contd from p 1 Also, you cannot buy blood outright (except in a few cases); there is a replacement policy which the hospitals follow with religious zeal.

Shortage In A Snap

“If there were a citywide calamity, and even a tenth of the populace needed blood, it would be a disaster,” says a government medical official calmly. The country is anyway short of blood donors, and Gurgaon is no exception. In all, there are no more than a floating figure of 5,000 to 10,000 units of blood in all the City’s hospitals. The Civil Hospital, which caters to the masses, has 300-500 units of blood as of now. And it is disheartening to know that the Blood Bank in the Civil Hospital is the only government blood bank in Gurgaon. There is no clear-cut solution in sight, because the problem is in the product, the supply, the demand and the people. “Blood cannot be stored indefinitely. The shelf life is limited, which poses the biggest problem,” says a blood bank official. Except for umbilical cord blood, which can be cryo-frozen up to two decades, the maximum shelf life for a unit of blood is one month. Whether it is whole blood or its component, the shelf life is the greatest restriction for any blood bank. The NACO guidelines state that if cryogenic freezing is used, then packed RBCs can be stored for up to a decade. This technology would stretch the shelf-life of the blood by years, instead of days. But it would entail storage of blood and its components in constant and uninterrupted minus 30 to minus 198 degrees Celsius environment – which is currently unavailable in the City. The power cuts ensure that even the normal shelf-life of a month is shortened to nothing. The infrastructure needed to set up a blood bank is so prohibitively expensive that only the government-funded and the well-off hospitals can afford to have them. Each of the machines needed in a blood bank costs over a lakh, needs constant climate control and optimal working temperature, and needs to be handled by a trained professional. Only international non-profit

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Low Blood Count organisations like Rotary and Lions have their blood banks. The Indian Red Cross organises blood donation camps in tandem with the Civil Hospitals of the City. A blood bank official says, “The biggest problem facing any blood bank is that, on a day to day basis, any blood type can fall short. A patient can have a requirement for Ablood, which we can provide. But there is no guarantee that we will receive A- blood in replacement. It can be AB+, or B-, or whatever the replacement donor’s blood type is. A surplus

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No person shall donate blood, and no blood bank shall draw blood from a person, more than once in three months. The donor shall be in good health, mentally alert and physically fit – and shall not be an inmate of jail, having multiple sex partners, and a drug-addict. The donors shall fulfill the following requirements, namely : The donor shall be in the age group of 18 to 60 years.  The donor shall not be less than 45 kilograms;  Temperature and Pulse of the donor shall be normal;  The systolic and diastolic blood pressures are within normal limits, without medication;  Haemoglobin which shall not be less than 12.5 grams;  The donor shall be free from acute respiratory diseases;  The donor shall be free from any skin diseases at the site of phlebotomy ;  The donor shall be free from any disease transmissible by blood transfusion, insofar as can be determined by history and examination indicated above;  The arms and forearms of the donor shall be free from skin punctures or scars – indicative of professional blood donors, or addiction of self-injected narcotics of B+ blood will not save the day when three patients demand AB+ blood type.” In case of Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients, the blood is provided free of cost, provided documentation is provided. And in some cases, even replacement is not asked for.

Medical Grey Areas?

Dr. Saurabh Sharma, a medical investigator, unveils the murky aspects of the blood banks across the City. “It is a little-known fact that when a patient who had needed blood dies, they drain his body of almost five to six units of blood. ‘It’s there in the rules’ the attendants tell the relatives, asking them

Deferment Of Blood Donation CONDITIONS


(a) Abortions (b) History of Blood transfusion (c) Surgery (d) Typhoid (e) History of Malaria (f) Tattoo (h) Breast feeding (i) Immunization (Cholera, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Plague, Gammaglobulin) (j) Rabies vaccination (k) History of Hepatitis in family or close contact (l) Immunoglobulin

6 months 6 months 12 months 12 months after recovery 3 months (endemic) and 3 years (non endemic area) 6 months 12 months after delivery 15 days 1 year after vaccination 12 months 12 months.

to allow the process for a good cause. Also, there is no governing body, or a government watchdog organisation, that can check the different blood banks of the City for proper functioning.” The Civil Surgeon of Gurgaon is the top official in this matter. But there have been no surprise inspections of blood banks, or even private hospitals, in recent memory. “How will the people be saved from rapacious dealing of the hospitals?” he asks. Technically, the blood is given free of cost, or replaced by the patient’s family. But hospitals have started milking people under the innocuous pretext of ‘processing fees’. “The hospitals observe the rule that the blood, or its components, cannot be sold. But processing fees of lab testing the blood, and extracting its components, are not covered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act – and is therefore a grey area,” says Dr. Sharma. Many hospitals, including private ones, charge anywhere between Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,000 from the patients, besides getting replacement from the patient’s family.

Sharing Resources: Coordination Between Hospitals

It is mandatory that if there is a shortage of blood, the hospital should ask other premises for replenishments. But that does not take place in Gurgaon

hospitals. – though officials do say that they arrange for blood from other hospitals in the case of BPL emergencies. But patients do not share the same story. Vishal Rao says, “My friend had gone to a big hospital a few days ago, to donate blood for his relative who needed AB+ blood. As he was being bled, the attendants were talking to another patient who was trying to arrange blood for another operation. Since the hospital was out of that particular blood type, they were attempting to get blood from another hospital. The ‘fix’ was that he had to shell out a few thousand rupees extra for the ‘transportation and handling charges’. Even between sister hospitals, there is constant friction over sharing blood supplies. An ESIC Hospital worker says that they had to ask the patients to arrange for blood, as the Civil Hospital had ‘issues’ with providing it to ESIC.

Donation, Donation, and Donation

The only way to replenish blood supplies in blood banks happens through blood donation drives, or through replacement. And the biggest source of donations are the youth, who sign up in droves. Right now, the summer vacations have put the brakes on the collection spree. “We collaborate with the Indian Red Cross to set up blood donation camps across the City periodically,” says a government

No person shall donate blood, and no blood bank shall draw blood, from a person suffering from any of the following diseases – Cancer, Heart disease, Abnormal bleeding tendencies, Unexplained weight loss, Diabetes-controlled on Insulin, Hepatitis infection, Chronic nephritis, Signs and symptoms suggestive of AIDS, Liver disease, Tuberculosis, Polycythemia Vera, Asthma, Epilepsy, Leprosy, Schizophrenia, Endocrine disorders.

blood bank worker. In this aspect, private NGOs score better. A Rotary spokesperson says that they have plenty of blood supply in the NCR region. They conduct blood camps every week, and usually 50-70 units are harvested per sitting. “All a patient needs to do is to come to us with a doctor’s prescription, saying which blood type is needed. That is all the documentation we need.” The Indian Red Cross also organises blood donation camps to replenish blood supplies, but on a more infrequent basis. The majority of the collections go to the government hospitals, since the Red Cross does not have a blood bank of its own.


Technology Comes To Help

Technology can build bridges when everything else fails. Seeing the dire need for blood donation, storage, and the woeful database, the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology (ISBTI) has recently decided to adopt a successful Pune model, in which an index of voluntary blood donors is kept online. At the time of registration, all the relevant details of the volunteer are collected and saved. Whenever a patient finds himself in need of blood, all he needs to do is to call the number, search the list for a particular blood type, and ask the volunteers for help. Already getting past the 5,000 mark in Pune, the model is to be replicated across India. Besides that, there are a number of online support sites where lists of blood donors are updated. Indians have always been a little shy of donating their blood. Even in a modern, cosmopolitan city like Gurgaon, officials still have to depend on donation drives, to accrue enough blood for day to day operations. According to officials, there are hardly any walk-in donors in hospitals across the City. “We have to set up special drives, and cry ourselves hoarse, before an uninvited passer-by drops in and says he wants to donate blood on his own volition,” says a Red Cross official. People are not willing to part with their blood unless it is an emergency – and that too for a close friend or family. It is clear that the blood banks of the City are not geared up to handle a sudden calamity. Apart from the ‘short supply’, a stress point is the low number of blood banks (mainly the major hospitals), and the lack of communication and co-ordination between them regarding blood supplies. Finally, there is a lack of a modern set-up, in which blood can be stored for longer periods, reducing the need for donor dependency. The government needs to pitch in, for setting up of cryogenic storages, in which life-saving blood supplies can be stored for years – rather than facing a day when there is blood everywhere except in the blood bags. u

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The Real (E)State  Contd from p 1 In Gurgaon, the absorption of residential units in the first quarter of 2011 was 9242 units; in the same period in 2012, the units bought were only 5547 – a 40 per cent drop! With such a situation in the making, property analysts say that there is likely to be oversupply in the residential sector in Gurgaon. The office space in Gurgaon is already facing a glut due to massive construction of commercial complexes, that are finding few takers due to high rentals. Sameer Jasuja, Founder and CEO of PropEquity states that, “The take-up rates in key micro-markets have fallen significantly. In the coming Quarter, there would be strong pressures on many micro-markets, and we expect inventory overhang to increase and absorption could continue to slow down.” He further says that if this trend continues, there could be ‘Stage 1’ price correction in the range of 5 to 20 per cent, especially in micro-markets of NCR, MMR and Hyderabad. In his opinion, investor-driven markets/sectors would see downside risks, than end-user driven markets. Most of the real estate experts are of the opinion that there needs to be a balance between the actual users and investors if the real estate market has to prosper in the long run. If the market is dominated by investors, as has happened in the case of Mumbai and Gurgaon, then it is likely that it could get caught in a real estate bubble like situation. Vineet Singh, Business Head of 99, a leading real estate portal, told Friday Gurgaon that builders will have to ensure this fair balance between investors and end-users, as has happened in some micro-markets in South India. “In Gurgaon, the demand is high – but more from investors, as the average cost of a flat or plot in the City has almost touched Rs. 1 crore. Most of the actual users have a budget between 30 to 50 lakhs, and this has led to their exclusion from the real estate market in the City,” he says. He admits that this is unfortunate. When the majority of the buyers are investors, and there is expected huge oversupply, the vacancy is going to rise, he says. He further warns that the situation is likely to get more grim in the coming months. Ironically, the only thing that could help is the slow pace of construction and delayed projects, he adds. His suggestion to the builders is to keep a tab on the buyers, and put in a lock-in period for resale. “Buyers today book a property and start trading the next day, this is detrimental to the market in the long run,” he asserts. When asked whether the low absorption rates could mean a drop in prices and rentals, Sanjay Sharma opines that it is possible that there might be a slight correction. “There are a number of variables that decide the prices and rentals. Builders prefer not to sell when the market is down, as the price of land that they have always appreciates,” says Sharma. In fact, a number of times already the builders have intervened, and bought their own properties, to ensure that prices do not come down. Meanwhile, despite the slowdown, the price of some residential units have ris-

en, as developers were not able to deliver these projects earlier. The rising prices are not going down well with the actual users. A real estate blogger says that the prices are jacked up arbitrarily, but the government has failed to investigate it. “Why would they; after all it’s in their vested interest. Why would they worry if owning a “House” is beyond the reach of common Indians now. Have they tried to find out who is investing, and their source? The time is not far when people will revolt against it. The frustration will vent out in its own manifestation like crime. The disparity in widening in the society,” he alleges. While real estate analysis firms like PropEquity are predicting a slowdown, there is a tribe of brokers in Gurgaon, led by people like Anish Raghawa, CEO of Not Just Flats, that says that this is all scare-mongering. “There are many people in Gurgaon who have money, and they will buy real estate come what may. Today a concept sells, not a piece of property,” he asserts. Raghawa can be confident because he has booked ten flats on the GurgaonDwarka Expressway with a ticket value of around Rs. 30 crores. In his opinion, the slowdown is due to the summer season, as people have gone for holidays. When asked if the increasing oversupply and low occupancy would result in lower rentals and prices in coming months, his answer is no. Pradip Mishra, a real estate analyst, also says that Gurgaon had a lot of muscle in terms of IT and Auto industry, that could sustain both commercial and residential segments. The vacancy will rise but there will be sufficient demand in the coming days, as jobs have not dried up in the City. Singh of 99 acres however says that, at the macro level, not many new factories or IT companies are setting base in Gurgaon – so the real estate industry could see trouble in future, if it does not correct the basics.

The Noida Threat

Gurgaon, which started on an advantageous note, has started to slow down, even as its competitors like Noida and Faridabad are catching up fast. Ashutosh Limaye, Head Reasearch, Jones Lang Laselle opines that Gurgaon is a victim of its own success; and unless the infrastructure improves, the City’s realty will suffer in the time to come. “What happens in the residential segment is a mirror of the movements in the commercial office space. In Gurgaon, the rentals have gone too high in the Commercial Business District, and areas like MG Road and Golf Course Road. If things do not change, then the service sector, that has favoured Gurgaon all along, will be constrained to move to Noida – as the prices, both commercial and housing, are far less there,” says Limaye. The vacancy in Gurgaon is already rising, and with the office oversupply, it is likely that rentals will come down – and this will be good for the City. “However, if the builders somehow manage to hold on to the prices, then the corporates will start moving to Noida. Once this starts, it will be a flow,” warns Limaye. He also says that better infrastructure and improved connectivity with Delhi is giving an advantage to Noida. Gurgaon no doubt

has time to make amends, but it is slipping, he quips. In his opinion, the prices of residential properties will correct in the outer areas of Gurgaon, as infrastructure is poor there. Vacancy rates are likely to increase in the next two years, as a large number of apartments and plots are scheduled to hit the market. As per data collected by Qubrex, the existing number of flats in Gurgaon is about 55,000, whereas the number of ready flats by end of 2015 would be about 1,50,000. Can Gurgaon absorb so much supply is a question for us to ponder, says Sharma.

Occupancy in Gurgaon

The current occupancy rates for plotted colonies in Gurgaon, whether these are owned by HUDA or Private builders, is around 50 to 60 per cent, Many plots have been built partially by owners, after HUDA threatened 'resumption'. The plot owners in private colonies do not have this fear, as the builders do not cancel allotment even if there is no construction for years.

Numbers (Estimates)

Private builder flats - 35,000 Society flats - 20,000 - New Flats expected by end of 2012 - 6,000 Total flats by end of 2012 - 61,000 - New flats expected by end of 2014 - 65,000 Total flats by end of 2014 - 1,26,000 - New flats expected by end of 2015 - 20,000 Total flats by end of 2015 - 1,46,000 Total Number of authorised plots is approx. 1,10,000, of which the occupancy may be as low as 50 per cent. With no pressure on the owners to build on these plots, a majority are kept vacant, waiting for appreciation. Friday Gurgaon spoke to the RWA heads of a number of colonies and HUDA sectors, to find out the rate of occupancy in their areas. It was observed that the maximum occupancy in Gurgaon is claimed by DLF, that has built a number of condominiums, and sold plots in Phases I, II, III, IV, V in ‘New’ Gurgaon. As per the available data, occupancy in the plotted areas is: Phase I 66 per cent, Phase II 65 per cent, Phase III 59 per cent, Phase IV 44 per cent. Compared to the plotted colonies, the condominiums have almost 85 per cent occupancy in DLF buildings. The reason for this, Sharma says, is that most

of the flats are either used by the owners, or rented out – and the City has a large number of people seeking quality properties on rent. In the plotted colonies, ARDEE City has an occupancy of around 40 per cent, Sushant Lok 1 about 50 per cent, Sushant Lok II and III 45 per cent, Suncity 40 per cent, South City I 50 per cent, South City II 45 per cent occupancy. In the HUDA sectors, ‘Old’ Gurgaon fares better, with Sectors 21, 22, 23, 4, 5, having almost 80 per cent average occupancy. In ‘New’ Gurgaon, Sector 39 has barely 35 per cent occupancy; Sector 46 also has 50 to 60 per cent habitation. R.S Rathee of Gurgaon Citizens Council says that plots in most areas are lying vacant due to speculators. In many cases plots were bought for a couple of thousand rupees, and now the price is in crores, he says. He, however, admits that occupancy is much higher in the condominiums compared to plotted colonies. In most of the apartment complexes, the occupancy rate was around 75 to 85 per cent in ‘New’ Gurgaon. Property watchers say that HUDA will have to crack the whip further, to ensure that either the vacant plots are occupied, are sold to actual users. On its part, the government agency is trying its level best to resolve this conundrum. A senior HUDA official says that the agency will confiscate plots that have been not seen construction, despite being allotted 15 years ago. The government of Haryana has also cracked the whip against allottees of commercial plots, including schools, hospitals, community centres and other community buildings. As per the new order that has come under force through the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2012, the allottees will have to construct buildings within 4 years, after which an extension of just 2 years would be given to the promoters. There would be no compensation for a majority of resumed plots, and the jurisdiction of courts has been limited. The resumed plots will have to be used for the same purpose as initially approved. It is being thought that the pressure through these measures, the proposed real estate regulatory bill, as well as market forces, will help the real estate market to correct itself. Will Gurgaon become a victim of its own success, or will it yield some space to the burgeoning service class, that aspires to become a Millennial Citizen? This could well be decided in the course of a year. On test is the ‘holding power’ of the builders and investors, versus the diminished appetite of investors for new projects, and an aspiration for an affordable house from would-be owners. Someone will have to blink. u

Realty Rates

(in Rs. as of June 28, 2012)

Sector 33 1 BHK Aptt 5,500 psf

2 BHK Aptt 5,600 psf

Residential Plots 16,000 psf

3 BHK Aptt 5,600 psf Office 48,000 psf

Sector 47 2 BHK Aptt 5,800 psf

3 BHK Aptt 5,400 psf

4 BHK Aptt 6,700 psf

Residential Plots 54,000 psf

Office 10,000 psf

Shop 14,000 psf

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Faridabad It is a town that first defined Haryana for Delhiites. It was a proud industrial suburb. It owed much to Escorts, just as later Gurgaon would to Maruti - ironically both from the auto industry. It was on route to Agra – in fact the first town as you exited Delhi. Mathura Road, that bisected the town, was always in good shape. Somehow it never grew further. And DLF, followed by Ansals and Unitech, decided on Gurgaon. A proximity to South (and even West) Delhi, the upper middle class hub, was a bonus. Hero Honda, with Maruti, made Gurgaon an Auto Hub; and GE added the Service touch – to set up the BPO, IT flood. The decision to make modern, world-class residential and commercial infrastructure was spot on. Later, the multinationals too favoured Gurgaon - a location nearest to an international airport. Maybe it was destined. Faridabad meanwhile has sputtered along. Escorts did not have the right horsepower – it was not a Maruti or a Hero. Can Faridabad revive? It still has the Mathura Road stretch – that can more than rival NH8. The industries that have taken up many prime locations on the Highway need to move. They don’t need to be on a main highway; and would get top dollar for moving. The makeover could be a dream mile(s) of Offices and Malls and Entertainment. And then there are the scenic and touristy Badkhal Lake and Surajkund areas – idyllic for High Rises that would cover Delhi, Gurgaon, and NOIDA in their North, West, and East gaze. Finally, though it may not have had history on its side, its geography – its proximity to Delhi – is still better than Gurgaon. It also has the best connectivity, the best interchange – for the trio of Delhi, Gurgaon, and NOIDA. Maybe destiny can change. Yes it can.

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

Once Mentor, Now Mentee

the rise of these two industrial towns; but over a period of time, Gurgaon has forged well ahead. “The Delhi-Faridabad surrounds didn’t do well over a period of time; and on the other hand the rise of southern Delhi, along with the Airport—and now Metro—has given Gurgaon an unfathomable advantage over the other Capital satellite cities. As far as sheer geography and proximity to Delhi and Noida is concerned, Faridabad still holds the advantage; but that is not enough of a reason. Gurgaon meanwhile has become an industrial, commercial and residential suburb of the Capital. However, things have now started moving, and I believe that the coming decade will take Faridabad into a soild new dimension of development and prosperity. The inception of the Metro line here will be the first step towards achieving that exalted status that has eluded this City so far,” says D. Suresh, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Faridabad.

gir by the Ballabgarh ruler. The District Faridabad came on the map of Haryana on 15th August, 1979, as the 12th District of the State. The new District was carved out from erstwhile  Gurgaon District.


Although both Gurgaon and Faridabad have multiple civic bodies in the City, Faridabad has a clearer demarcation of jobs and responsibilities for each civic agency. The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) is the only body that takes care of the sanitation, water, garbage collection and other civic needs of the City; whereas in Gurgaon, there is a multi-body cobweb that not only puzzles the citizen, but leaves him in a soup more often than not. “Here we have the responsibility of the whole City, and we have no confusion regarding the area. We cover almost 207


Faridabad has its roots in medieval India, as it was established in 1607 AD by Shaikh  Farid, treasurer of Jahangir – to protect the highway which passed through the town. Later, it becomes the  headquarters  of a pargana, which was held in ja-

ees (since most 'new' Gurgaon and HUDA sectors are not with MCG) whereas MCF has 3,060 permanent employees. “Earlier, we had around six thousand employees; but now, due to the financial problems, MCF is not recruiting permanent employees. As more people retire, this number will go down, as most of the work is now done by contracted employees,” says Harpal Singh, a senior official in MCF. Apart from the financial difference, both these corporations have some basic similarities, The MCG was constituted in 2008, by keeping the model of Faridabad (MCF) in mind; and it also has a similar number of Wards and Councillors in its area.

D. Suresh


eople often say that today’s Gurgaon is what that Faridabad couldn’t be. Both cities were drawn on similar industrial lines. Faridabad, despite being the first industrial town of Haryana, not only lost the path, but the race too. What went wrong, and why has this once upon a time industrial miracle got reduced to a shadow of the scattered dreams and desires? Proximity to the national capital was the main reason behind

fewer resources, and have to maintain infrastructure for a much larger population. Following are the dimensions of the duties of MCF:  207.88 of area, for cleaning and scavenging.  1150 km of Pucca roads  250 km of Kuccha roads  850 km of surface drains  800 km of sewer lines  1100 km of water supply lines  780 tube-wells  33,000 street light points  HUDA Sectors (24)  Privately developed sectors  Housing Board Colonies (10)  Old Faridabad  New Industrial Township  Ballabgarh town  Village Abadies (31)  Approved Colonies (73)  Unapproved Colonies (47) Despite collecting house tax, we don’t have enough funds to


HUDA is a State body, and it ought to be similar in terms of policies at all the places in the State. It is clearly not so. In Gurgaon, a large portion of the area is still maintained by HUDA; and none of its Sectors have been handed over to MCG, ever after four years of MCG’s inception. There is no such problem in Faridabad, as both the agencies are working well together. “HUDA is a State body, and basically it’s a developer – whose job is to develop the area, and hand it over to the local body. In Faridabad, HUDA has done exactly that, and we have been handling the Sectors since 1992. As of now, we are maintaining 24 HUDA Sectors,” informs D. Suresh. HUDA however, still maintains a number of sectors in Faridabad (the Sectors are handed over after they are

Faridabad-Institutional Mechanism

Service/ Sector

Planning & Design Town Planning DTCP Urban poor & Slums MCF Water Supply MCF Sewerage MCF Storm Water Drainage MCF Solid Waste Management MCF Roads, Bridges, Drains MCF, HUDA Street lights MCF, HUDA of area, in which we provide every facility – ranging from water to door to door garbage collection,” says Commissioner D. Suresh. In Faridabad, 24 HUDA Sectors have been transferred to the MCF. MCF takes care of the private builder sectors also. “As far as comparison is concerned, we are no match to MCG. The Gurgaon Municipal Corporation is a rich body, and has no dearth of resources. Here we have

carry out development projects. We have a serious deficit of infrastructure, but are constrained by funds. We have a deficit of 250 km of pucca roads, 550 km of surface drains, 600 km of sewer lines, 300 km of water supply lines, and 7,000 street light points,” explains D. Suresh. There is a huge gap between the number of employees in both the Muncipal Corporations. Gurgaon has 600 odd employ-



fully developed). New sectors being developed by HUDA are 2, 56, 56A, 62, 64 and 65.

Infrastructural comparison

Though both Gurgaon and Faridabad are the more developed and industrial cities of Haryana, both have a serious paucity of infrastructure. Be it roads, sewage, electricity, Contd on p 9 

C ivic/Social

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 Contd from p 8 water, parks – or any other type of civic infrastructure – these two cities are challenged. There is a constant flow of population to these two cities, which is expected to increase in the years to come. 1. Roads: Both towns of the state and both have a huge web of pucca roads. Gurgaon has almost 1,200 km of metalled roads, Faridabad has 1,150 km. Even after having such a large road infrastructure, both the cities need about 250-300 kms of roads additionally. As far as the condition of roads is concerned, Faridabad fares better. MCF maintains all the main roads inside the City, and the handling of civic infrastructure by a single agency certainly seems to have given Faridabad an edge. In Gurgaon, the multiplicity of agencies allows them to play ostrich towards their responsibilities. 2. Sewage: The sewage network of both the cities is vast, yet it is unable to cater to the

pressure put by an ever increasing population. Gurgaon has an estimated 1,000 km of sewer lines, which are not enough. In many places, sewer lines get mixed with water supply lines, and hence the drinking water also gets contaminated. “The actual problem is the lack of foresightedness. We never thought that Gurgaon would expand at such a dramatic pace. The arrival of such a huge population

was also beyond the expectations of the City planners. We try to provide sewer coverage in adequate numbers, but there is serious dearth of disposal areas. I hope the new sectors which are under construction won’t face such a crisis,” says a HUDA official in Gurgaon. In comparison, Faridabad has a smaller sewage system of 800 km length, but yet faces the same problems. Here too the people are tired of

der HUDA’s horticulture department, and we have been trying our level best to maintain greenery in these parks, despite this harsh summer season. We are planting new trees on a regular basis, in order to maintain the green cover in the parks. We also have planted trees on the sides of all the major roads,” says V.K Nirala, Executive Engineer, HUDA, Gurgaon. MCG officials were not available for comment. 5. Police: The strength of the police force in both the cities is around 3 thousand; and like Gurgaon, Faridabad too has a Commissioner. “We have 18 police stations here, in which we have three thousand odd police force, to cater to crime, and maintain law and order in the City,” says Darshan Lal, ACP, Faridabad Police. Gurgaon has 24 police stations.

Industry: backbone of both cities

Both Gurgaon and Faridabad are cities built on the shoulders

Administrative Set-up

According to 2011 Population census, Faridabad has a total Population of 17,98,954, versus 1,514,085 of Gurgaon. Faridabad comes under the Gurgaon Division of Haryana. Haryana is divided in four Divisions. Each Division is headed by a Divisional Commissioner. The Deputy Commissioner is the administrative head of the District. Faridabad is divided into two Sub Divisions, and each Sub Division is headed by a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM). The District has 111 Gram Panchayats, 2 Block/Panchayat Samitis, and a Zila Parishad located in 2 Community Development Blocks. It has 192 revenue villages located in 2 Tehsils. It has one Parliamentary seat, and six State legislative assembly seats. Gurgaon, on the other hand, has three Sub Divisions, five Tehsils, and 210 Gram Panchayats. Gurgaon has one Parliamentary seat, and four Assembly seats.

General Life

There is a stark difference in the ‘general life’ between the two. “There is no comparison between Gurgaon and Faridabad as far as life on a daily basis is concerned. Gurgaon is fast and volatile, and life is fun there; but in Faridabad, life is still a bit slow. You can see the very environment on the road. You will not see many luxury cars like Audi or BMW here; whereas in Gurgaon, these type of cars are common. The mall culture has taken Gurgaon by storm; Faridabad is yet to witness such a metamorphosis,” says D. Suresh. The masses in Faridabad also think Gurgaon is a place of rich people with apartment high-rises and glittering malls. “I have been living here for 34 years, and in these years I have seen a significant change here; but despite being an industrial town, it hasn’t changed much. Gurgaon, on the other hand, has gone upside down, and now it’s one of the modern cities of northern India. I have boarded the Metro from there to Delhi; and at night, MG Road looks like a foreign country. Here, in Faridabad, there is no such place. We have rampant corruption in the government offices, and crime is also very high – though I believe that Gurgaon is no different from Faridabad in this regard,” says M.H Sharma. Faridabad has only one flyover, a handful of malls, and a lot of vacant land. People too look ‘slow and simple’, as in any other non-metropolitan city of India. The people of Gurgaon too think that Faridabad is no match for Gurgaon. “Faridabad looks more deserted and slow in comparison to Gurgaon, and it has no charm that grips an individual. Although it’s also an industrial city, it didn’t excel, it didn’t modernise,” says Shayam Sunder, a Gurgaon trader.

constant choking of sewers, especially during the monsoon. “We need to build a new sewage set-up here, as the existing one is old and incapable of holding this ever increasing pressure. Some of the old pipelines in the City were laid in the 60s and 70s. We have to revamp the sewage infrastructure,” says D. Suresh. 3. Power: Power is another area these two cities are highly dependent on. Gurgaon is witnessing an average 10 hour cut daily; and Faridabad too is witnessing a power crisis. The average daily demand for power in Gurgaon is around 1.80 lac units. Faridabad’s demand is around 1.40 lac units. 4. Parks: Faridabad has 457 (Developed 288, undeveloped 169) parks under MCF. “Gurgaon has 350 parks un-

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of industry. If Escorts brought Faridabad on the Industrial canvas of India, it was Maruti which did the same for Gurgaon. The Faridabad-BallabgarhPalwal Industrial Complex occupies a significantly important place on the Industrial map of India. Faridabad is the 9th biggest industrial town of India. There are now about 15,000 small, medium and large industries in this complex, providing direct and indirect employment to nearly half a million people.



MCF’s Responsibilities

MCF As Service Provider, to: 1. Prepare a comprehensive infrastructure plan 2. Improve road network and beautify all major junctions 3. Develop community centres in all residential sectors 4. Provide all core municipal services 5. Ensure efficient and sustainable solid waste management 6. Conserve city environment by developing gardens, conserving and protecting water bodies, etc. 7. Provide basic urban service for all urban poor , construct dwelling units and rehabilitate all families in Jhuggi- Jhopidi colonies 8. Provide a clean, green and pollutionfree environment 9. Create places of healthy entertainment and recreation 10. Provide efficient fire service 11. Ensure efficient urban and developmental planning, and strict adherence to bye-laws 12 Ensure good and modern urban governance MCF to be Facilitator for: 1. Health services, higher education 2. Adequate power supply for sustainable economic growth 3. Extension of metro rail to Faridabad 4. Better connectivity with NOIDA and Gurgaon 5. Recreation and entertainment 6. Community participation for water, sewerage and storm water drainage The combined turnover is estimated to be about Rs. 1,500 billion. Many international/ multinational companies—like JCB, Yamaha Motors, Whirlpool, Goodyear, Larsen & Toubro, Asia Brown Boveri, GKN  Invel, Woodward Governor, Castrol, Escorts, Eicher, Cutler Hammer, Hyderabad Asbestos, Nuchem— are operating in this belt. Faridabad is a cheaper destination for labour and rents; and there is also adequate water. With the advent of the Metro, NH-2 and KMP Expressway, Faridabad has become a bright prospect for investors,” says Suresh Aggarwal, President, Manufacturer’s Association of Faridabad. u

Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Can I speak to the manager? Ke main manayger tayin baat

kar saku sun ke?

2. I have a complaint. Manne ek shikayat karni hai. 3. I have not received my bill yet. Manne mera bill nahi milya ib tayin. 4. I was told to call you.

Mere tayin kayi thi ke tere tayin phone kar lena. 5. No one is helping me out at the here. Yadde meri koi bhi maddad na karta.

10 { Abhishek Behl / FG }


entralisation of decision making, and control of financial powers in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats based in Chandigarh, has put a question mark on the timely development of Gurgaon as a Millennium City. While the corporate sector and realty are driving the City with multi-million dollar deals, the government agencies—particularly HUDA, MCG and the Zila Parishad—have failed to match them in terms of resource allocation and speed of decision making. At the local level, these Agencies neither have the financial powers nor the decision making authority, to ensure that timely and effective development takes place alongside the increasing pace of private investment. There is a basic need for better infrastructure – in terms of roads, sanitation, power, water and several related areas. It is due to this growing chasm that there is now a strong clamour among Gurgaon residents for more decentralisation of financial and decision making powers. In effect, it also means that there is an urgent need of a single Gurgaon Authority – like a Gurgaon Development Authority. Friday Gurgaon examines the financial powers of the development agencies in the City. We also spoke with former bureaucrats, to know what can be done to improve the situation. HUDA, which is the premier development agency of the State, has not been able to provide quality infrastructure and maintenance in the City. Gurgaonites have had a poor experience with HUDA, specially on the maintenance of roads, supply of potable water, and sewerage and sanitation facilities. Experts opine that the real reason that HUDA has not been able to perform is the inability of local officials to take on-thespot decisions. The financial authority of the HUDA Administrator in Gurgaon also needs major upgradation, to ensure that he can urgently undertake major projects that have a direct bearing on the residents. Sarvesh Kumar Joon, a HUDA official, reveals that the HUDA Administrator can approve projects up to Rs. 50 lakhs. (For rest, see Box alongside). At the local level, an Executive Engineer can sanction projects upto Rs. 2 lakhs, after approval of tender notice by the competent authority. In the same vein, a Superintending Engineer can approve projects between Rs. 2 and 50 lakhs, whereas a Chief Engineer based in Panchkula

Fire-Fighting { Sujata Goenka }


ast evening I heard the wail of a fire engine rushing down MG road. As the mercury soars, so do the chances of a fire. The heat induces short circuits. The recent fire in the Maharashtra Mantralaya made me wonder if our City is fire-ready? The City has mostly glasswalled buildings, each wanting to rise above the rest. Fire is a real threat and needs to be addressed seriously, before we witness a major tragedy. Even the fire at Mumbai Mantralaya, a seat of power, raged on for twelve hours. Yes, wind was a factor – but there were other factors too. Do we have enough fire stations and fire engines? Water is a potent weapon to fight most fires. I very much doubt whether our City has a separate arrangement for the firemen, to access abundant water in case of a major fire. The ground water is steadily depleting by the day, and may not be a good option in most areas. What is

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Title, No Purse can sanction projects upto Rs. 50 lakhs. Asserting that the financial powers of HUDA officials is wanting at present, Nanak Chand Wadhwa, former Chief Administrator of HUDA, says that the time has come for the financial powers to be revised, so that the civic agencies can match and manage the explosive Praveen Kumar, HUDA Chief Sudhir Rajpal, MCG Chief growth taking place in the City. “There is need to delegate authority and financial powers, Administrative approval of so that HUDA can speed up development measures,” he adds. Rough Cost Estimate (RCE) Former Haryana Chief Secretary, of development works by M.C Gupta, says that the administraHUDA: tive system established by the British The RCE of development gave primacy to the Deputy Commisworks in the land acquired sioner and the SP in the district. “In Gurgaon this system is not workand in possession of HUDA, ing, because the MCG Commissioner, prepared by the Engineering HUDA Administrator, and Police ComWing, are processed and exmissioner are senior ranking officials. amined by the Finance Wing. This has led to confusion in the system, Availability of funds/sources as the present set-up is not equipped to administer a city-state like Gurof funds is also examined, gaon,” asserts Gupta. More than the with reference to cost charged financial powers and the delegation of in the price fixation of the Sec-

tor. Administrative approval is taken from the competent authority, as per detail below :i. The RCE up to 50.00 lakh are approved at the level of Zonal Administrator. ii.  The RCE more than Rs.50.00 lacs and upto Rs.4.00 crores are approved by the Chief Administrator, HUDA. iii.  The RCE more than Rs.4.00 crores and upto Rs.10.00 crores are approved by the Chairman, HUDA. iv.  The RCE more than Rs.10.00 crores are approved by  The Sub-Committee, headed by Chairman, HUDA with its members.

amazing is that we do not see water hydrants on any street. It is all very well for the builders to tempt buyers with scenic beauty and fresh air. But are we prepared for safety as well? The fire brigade needs hydraulic lifts with a greater reach than before, to reach the new heights that the City has reached. Just one or two may not be enough. Has anyone invested in providing the latest technology, and gear to the firemen? Are there airlifts available to rescue people on the top floors? In an area like the Cyber City, despite a new DLF Fire Station nearby, I fear the fire engine may not be able to reach its destination on time. The road is always choked with traffic. The one way roads are too narrow to manoeuvre a large vehicle. The concerned departments should wake up, the alarm bells should be ringing. Or will they first wait for a disaster, and then a report, to remedy the situation? Can we not learn from the other disasters? Our firemen are indeed heroes, facing danger without any real backup. u

Parminder Kataria

Kavita Yadav

authority, he believes more effective co-ordination among these agencies would go a long way in giving this City better governance. Like HUDA, MCG is also caught in bureaucratic red tape and political differences, as a result of which its performance on development and maintenance has been poor. Inability of the local Councillors to come together, and no provision for separate Ward funds, has ensured that they just remain watchdogs of the Municipal Agency. Rishiraj Rana, Councillor of Ward no. 1, says that the government must change the rules, and provide at least Rs. 2 crores per Councillor—on the lines of Delhi Municipality—to ensure development. This is quite a long shot, as presently not even the Gurgaon Mayor has the powers to order a project worth this amount. Deputy Mayor Parminder Kataria told Friday Gurgaon that the Finance Committee of the MCG, comprising of 5 Councillors, can approve a project upto Rs. 1 crore. Anything beyond that needs to be sent to Chandigarh for approval. The Municipal Commissioner Gurgaon can also approve projects, but these must not be more than Rs. 50 lakhs, says Kataria. Kamala Chowdhary, retired IAS officer, who has served at senior positions in Haryana, says that there is need for setting up a Gurgaon Development Authority, on the lines of Noida, to ensure empowerment in Gurgaon. “The CEO of such an authority would be of the rank of either a Chief Secretary or Financial Commissioner, and this will ensure that decisions are made faster. This will also reduce dependence on Chandigarh,” she asserts. Most of the former bureaucrats agree on the formation of an over-arching

body, that will mean quick decisions and implementation. This will also improve monitoring. While HUDA and MCG are pivots of Gurgaon’s civic infrastructure, it is the Deputy Commissioner who leads the government in the District, and is the chief pivot of the Administration. Deputy Commissioner P.C Meena told Friday Gurgaon that the main job of district administration is to ensure co-ordination between different government agencies. “The DC does not have any specific financial powers, but he overseas the respective departments and their spending on various activities,” says Meena. As Deputy Commissioner he can allot upto Rs. 1 crore to the Panchyati Raj institutions for development works, says Meena. In his opinion too, more than money, it is the co-ordination between different agencies that matters more in a place like Gurgaon. Another agency that plays an important role in the development of rural areas in the District is the Zila Parishad. However, if residents of different villages are to be believed, this Agency has also not been able to boost the civic and related infrastructure. However, Zila Parishad Chairman, Kavita Yadav, disagrees with this, and asserts that her agency has been playing a key role in monitoring the development works being carried out in the rural areas. “We are primarily a monitoring agency. The Zila Parishad also gets funds from the state government and centre, to carry out development activities in villages,” she says. At present, the Zila Parishad in Gurgaon has 219 villages under its domain, but the funds available to it are not commensurate with the amount of work that needs Sarvesh Kumar Joon to be done, says Yadav. Annually, the Parishad gets Rs. 30 lakhs, that can be spent on any project in the rural areas – and this is prerogative of the Chairman. Funds also come under various other plans, and amount to about Rs. 2 crores annually. Yadav says that the population in the rural areas is increasing, and so are the problems – but her Agency is working on finding solutions. More than spending, the recommendations made by the Zila Parishad to various agencies for development works are more important,” she says. Her enthusiasm however is not shared by other Parishad members, who rue that funds are too little, and are released very slowly. They allege that the dream of local self-government, seen by the founders of this country, has remained on paper only. u

6. Man’s jersey gains stripe 7. Door-handle on forklift 8. Chimne disappears 9. Forklift prong shadow shorter 10. Top grocery bag changes

1. Butterfly appears 2. Blind further down window 3. Man gains bootlace holes 4. Two seagulls 5. Cat’s tail changes

Solutions Spot The Difference

Spot The Difference

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


Solution 03/26/11 Set B. Each day, the athlete uses the equivalent of one more green pill. 2 green pills= 1 red pill. 2 red pills= 1 yellow pill. Consequently, he is using 2 yellow pills on the seventh day.

Kids Brainticklers

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Kid Corner



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Rolie Origami


he students of Rolie Anshuman Terrace Treehouse visited the Japanese Foundation, New Delhi, to attend an Origami Workshop. The Workshop was organised on the occasion of the 101st birth anniversary of Origami grandmaster, Akira Yoshizaw. The students were first told about the material and various techniques used to make Origami, and then they had an opportunity to practise the art. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

Good Shepherd Cartoons


he students of Good Shepherd School, New Colony participated enthusiastically in “Cartoon Parade”. They dressed up as their favourite cartoon characters, and acted like them on the stage. The parents and teachers were amazed to see the confidence and the talent of the tiny tots.

Chiranjiv Soil Conservation


hiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar, celebrated Soil Conservation Day, to focus on the need to conserve soil, and tree plantation. Students of Classes VIII A and VIII D participated in the Event. They made posters, banners and slogans, and sensitised all the school students and teachers to the cause.

CCA Wins Debate


CCA team, consisting of three students— Niharika, Vaibhav and Rishabh—won a trophy in an Inter-School Debate Competition held at RMVM School, Dharuhera. The topic for the competition was “Is politics hindering India’s Growth?” The function was held at the premises of RMVM, amidst much fanfare, and in the presence of a number of dignitaries. 13 teams from renowned schools of Gurgaon participated in the competition.

DEAR Programme


book week was organised by Shiv Nadar School to promote the habit of book-reading among students – so that they also continue that during the summer vacation. The week started with a book fair, where the students browsed through the books. This was followed by a three-day Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) programme. It was wonderful to see children engrossed in their books. There was pin-drop silence in the corridors. At the end of the reading sessions, the children created dialogues for their stories, represented the stories through illustrations, and wrote the gist of the story. Classes I and II narrated stories accompanied by props. Besides, the students made “Book Marks” and “Mother’s Day Cards”, as part of the “Litero-Craft” sessions.

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Crafty Intellitots


he kids at Intellitots Learning made beautiful craft material – like a bookmark-cum-door dangler, and a ‘tear and paste’ tree. The sail boat Sand Art, made by the little ones, was worth framing. Children expressed their best creative talent.

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Ryan Shilanyas

Beach Party



yanites enjoyed activities such as dance, cricket, skating, creative arts, and theatre, during a Summer Camp titled “Shilanyas”. The focus was to nurture the talent of the students, and give them in-depth theoretical knowledge of the skills in which they want to excel. In the dance class, students learnt free style, and knocking and popping styles. This was followed by fusion, on a popular patriotic song. While the skating class had the maximum participation, “The Best Out of Waste” tutorials taught students to make beautiful pencil holders, wall-hanging photo frames, paper weights, flowers from pista shells, bread, hangers, and diyas. Parents were invited to witness the enthralling dance performance of the grand finale.

hiv Nadar School was turned into a tropical paradise for the pre-primary children, as they geared up to celebrate a beach party. Beach balls, seashells, and sand doubled as decorations and entertainment. The children dressed up in perfect beachwear, with sunglasses, flip flops, and straw hats. There were delicious grapes and watermelon kebabs, and ice-creams to feast on. The games added to the fun, and blowing of bubbles was a hit with the children. The beach themed music in the background kept everyone in a beach-party mood.

DPS hosts Goethes


K id Corner

tudents of Delhi Public School, Sector 45 participated in a four-week exchange programme with Germany. German students, along with three teachers, from the Goethe Institute, visited the School and shared their views and understanding about the Indian culture. The students from both the countries took up an environmental project in Srinagar. The trip was aimed at enabling an exchange in the feilds of sports and culture. To ensure language was not a barrier during the visit, the basics of the German language were taught to the Indian students. At the end of the programme, the students made reports on their experience in India.

Animated Workshop


ith an aim to spread the message that basic animation can be learnt without using any animation software, a Workshop, “Bringing Life to Art” was organised at the Epicentre. The Workshop introduced children to basic concepts, principles, and techniques in animation, through experimentation with different styles and ideas in their own animated film. The children used paint, clay, paper cut-outs, collage, and chalk to discover a new medium of storytelling. They came up with creative ideas that were inspired as much by the materials at hand as their own imagination. They also watched short animated films from around the world – widening their horizons and augmenting their exposure to international art.

Artistic Strokes

Literary Flourish

Wings Golden-winged, silver-winged, Winged with flashing flame, Such a flight of birds I saw, Birds without a name: Singing songs in their own tongue (Song of songs) they came. One to another calling, Each answering each, One to another calling In their proper speech: HIgh above my head they wheeled, Far out of reach. On wings of flame they went and came With a cadenced clang, Their silver wings tinkled, Their golden wings rang, The wind it whistled through their wings Where in Heaven they sang. They flashed and they darted Awhile before mine eyes, Mounting, mounting, mounting still In haste to scale the skies­— Birds without a nest on earth, Birds of Paradise. Where the moon riseth not, Nor sun seeks the west, There to sing their glory Which they sing at rest, There is sing their love-song When they sing their best: Not in any garden That mortal foot hath trod, Not in any flowering tree That springs from earthly sod, But in the garden where they dwell, The Paradise of God.

Krish, Grade V B, Delhi Public School

Padmini, Grade II, The Banyan Tree World School

Kamanraj Singh, Grade I, G D Goenka World School


III-BP, Swiss Cottage School

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There is something to learn from every tale, even from the funniest ones. Amar Chitra Katha tells you stories from a Telugu classic that are full of humour and wisdom.






The Better Half

Star Fun

9 to 5

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Animal Crackers


Two Wise Men

Dogs of C-Kennel

– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School

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{ Maninder Dabas / FG }


t has been two years since Gurgaon has been bestowed with salvation (partial) from its transport woes, and has seen its masses taking smooth and hassle free rides towards their destinations. Yes, we are talking about the Delhi Metro, which has completely two years of its inception in Gurgaon. Metro has given the people the muchneeded-and-sought-after relief from the ugly, and almost nonexistent public transport system of the City. However, the Metro is not a mere transport system; it’s a chain that binds people – ranging from the masses to the classes, the haves and the have-nots. “The Metro is also a chain of affection that has brought people together. No other mode of transport has had this impact, because none of them bind together the people from the different sections of society. Apart from this ideological gain, the Metro has provided sufficient commercial and environmental benefit. On an average, 70 to 80 thousand people travel by the Metro on a daily basis; and this number often crosses the one lakh mark on week days. Providing a transport facility to such a huge number of people not only saves fuel, but also the environment. In sum, we can say that the Metro has not only come as a revelation in the transport system of NCR, but also has changed our lives in a big way,” says Mohinder Yadav, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro in Gurgaon. The Metro has brought diverse people on a common platform. A senior level executive of an MNC and a farmer travel for a half-hour

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together, and even exchange pleasantries. “We see people from all backgrounds boarding the Metro on a daily basis, and that brings in some social egalitarianism. At least for a short while...” smiles Yadav. The Metro has also played the role of an instructor to the masses, by not only guiding an individual towards his destination, but teaching him some values and the etiquette of civil life. One can see people spitting in buses, trains, and autos – but in the Metro nobody is allowed to spit, or shout, or do anything obnoxious. This may not bring change at a great level – but again, a step at a time... The Metro has not only changed the course of our lives, and facilitated the life of a working Indian, but has also contributed towards saving of time and making people’s lives less stressful. “It used to take me half a day in buses, from Noida to

Gurgaon, and it used to cost me around Rs. 70 for a oneside travel; but now it takes only one and a half hours, and the cost is almost half. The Metro has now become a vital part of my daily life, says Ankush Batra, a daily commuter who works in Cyber Park. “We all know of the high fuel prices, and the pollution caused by vehicles. Here we receive around five hundred bikes daily, and all the other four Gurgaon stations also receive a similar number of bikes on a daily basis. You can easily imagine the amount of petrol being saved daily, by use of the Metro. The car parking too always remains almost full,” says Suresh Kumar, a parking ticket collector at the HUDA City Centre Metro station. “Prior to the arrival of the Metro, this road used to get choked during the peak hours. Even now it often comes to a standstill, but the situation is

far better. This one kilometre stretch has a large number of Malls, with a daily footfall of around three to four thousand people. Such a large number of people, and the vehicles carrying them, can logjam any place. But with the advent of the Metro, the people have a choice to come by the Metro, and enjoy their shopping without facing the hassle of the traffic and parking. The Metro has indeed helped in reducing the traffic problems of this area in particular,” says Ravinder Singh, a traffic havaldar standing at Iffco Chowk. Gurgaon is comparatively smaller than metro cities likes Delhi or Mumbai; but when it comes to diversity, it’s as vast as them. It has people from all over the country, and the Metro is perhaps the only mode of public transport which allows us to see them together. “The last two years have been quite sublime, and it could hap-

Imagine, Inquire, Inspire


hen the bestseller Stay Hungry Stay Foolish hit the market, the whole country read with curiosity and awe the story of 25 Entrepreneurs who had one thing in common. All graduates from IIMs, they turned away lucrative Corporate offers to walk the path lesser known. Around the same time, two young minds from the same background, in our own Gurgaon, highly influenced by the book and Job’s famous speech, decided to pursue the passion they had nurtured

since their college days. Kavish Sarawgi & Rohan Jain, both graduates from IIM Lucknow, were comfortably placed in the corporate sector when they decided to pursue their passion full time – an opportunity to develop the right attitude and skill sets in children, to make them stand out in an increasingly competitive world. Later on, Jagruti, who has undergone professional development at Harvard, and has been actively working with children, also bought into the idea of this young group. Aptly named Stones2Milestones, it PRAKHAR PANDEY

{ Anita Jaswal }

is today an education space where all students feel happy. It is a place they want to come to… not have to! “We started with the idea that most of the life skills and attitudes, that MBA Institutes and Corporate trainings aim to develop in a person, are best inculcated at a formative age,” says Kavish. They spent a lot of time understanding this space, and brought together the best brains and experience – of people who are passionate about changing the way children are taught, and want to give significant importance to the creativity of a child. One of the key areas identified by them is ‘reading skills and a reading habit’ among primary school students. “We aim to give children the reading advantage, to create children who choose to read - for purpose and for pleasure. Our core belief is that explicit reading instructions help children to become better readers, than if they were left alone. Such reading instructions are more than just phonics or vocabulary – they are a special blend of skill instruction and a value for—and an interest in—reading. Children will not only know ‘How’ to read but also ‘Why’ to read,” says Jagruti. Curiosity and imagination in children need a thoughtful stimulation, to nurture them in the right direction – so we developed a programme for the imaginative, inquiring, inspired minds. “The


pen only because of the Metro. There were no buses here, and we had to pay the autos a hefty fare to even reach MG road; now even Delhi is not far, and that too at the cheapest fare possible. The Metro has indeed brought a great change in the lives of the City’s people,” says Shobha Banerjee, a middle aged woman. The biggest beneficiaries are the people who come to work in Gurgaon, from other towns like Delhi and Noida. Their life has become so easy, that now coming to Gurgaon doesn’t look like a laborious task – it has become a ‘luxurious journey’ instead. “I am an employee of an MNC in Gurgaon, and I have been coming here for the last three years. The first year was very difficult, because I had to come in either buses, or autos that cost a fortune. But then life got easy with the Metro, and I reach Gurgaon just as I finish reading my newspaper,” says Anupam Chauhan. There may be lakhs of people using the Metro, but there are lakhs more for whom the Metro is still of little use. They believe that this miraculous mode of transport hasn’t brought any change in their lives. “We live here in old Gurgaon, and since we are traders here, we don’t go for jobs to Delhi or any other place on a daily basis. Hence, the Metro is of no use for us. We still travel either in shared autos, or our personal vehicles. Old Gurgaon is also an important part of this Millennium City, and we too deserve a better mode of transport. The Government should cover Old Gurgaon areas with a Metro route in future. As of now, I have only boarded the Metro three times in the last two years,” says Harkishan Yadav, a small trader in Old Gurgaon. u

coming world belongs to the people with ideas, and their ability to execute those ideas. It requires people who can think with clarity, can analyse situations, can create new solutions; who are compassionate, sensitive, and better learners. iMinds is an endeavour to enable all these in young and agile minds,” explains Kavish. “Our only wish is that Stones2Milestones succeeds in creating a mark in the lives of many youngsters, that will help shape the future of our country.” “All this would not have been possible without the support of our parents, and our respective spouses,” says Komal, a facilitator. “Though at first they were flabbergasted, they got to see our point – for these were the same parents who wanted their kids to love  to learn. They had imbued in us a  passion  for learning – which is quite different from just studying to earn a grade, or to please parents or teachers. So naturally, since we developed a love of learning at an early age, we are continuing the process to date – and now also teaching children to have this passion,” says Kavish. Steve Job’s words are their mantra: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on….Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself...” u


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Artificial Intelligence

e have sent men to the moon, and worked many scientific miracles. Yet, even in the 21st Century, science has not been able to help us work naturally. At work, science makes us adapt to its outputs, rather than the other way round. We spend the most part of our work day ‘artificially’. Let’s see how. In our natural mode, we work with our 5 basic senses. Of course we also think – though nowadays the brain has been deposited with Twit(ter), or outsourced to Goo(gle). Forget the higher order senses, we have not found a simple answer to speaking and writing. Our major communication is still via a keyboard, a mouse. And we now try to put all sorts of emoticons, to convey our feelings in the messages/mails. The other person may still ‘not get it’. We cannot tele-see another at will, and for any length of time.




jje is always supportive and very loyal to his responsibilities. Always remain a hard worker even in Air Force. A true friend of his people, rendering all responsibilities as MCG Councillor. A well educated PG degree with (an) MBA, disciplined, helpful man for Ward no 5. Time has come to support him for bigger role and hand-over the helm of city for better development. Let us all support him for MLA or MP from Gurgaon. Well done Gajje. We all feel proud of you being from same family X-IAF Jai Hind. Suresh Kumar on the article Supreme Justice


e are always with you keep it up sir Naveen Sharma on the article Listen to the (Congress) Party: GL Sharma


All R&D and investment seem to have been oriented to the Central Processor – The Chip, the One Inside. Moore’s Law ensured that. The focus, the he-manship, the testosterone, is felt in crunching…numbers. We haven’t grown up. The Large Hadron Collider is the mother of them all – sorry, next only to the financial number crunching that is the new holy grail. The Input – Output devices (the lowly monitors, keyboards, mice, disks, printers) have always been the laggards, the also-rans. Their inherent and access speeds were not crunch-worthy – not worth spending top dollar on. Unfortunately, the chain, the system, the throughput is only as good as the weakest link. Like a relay team being dependent on, and constrained by, the slowest runner. It’s the same story everywhere - in all Networks whether of IT, Telecom, Power. The Central Processors/ Switches/Generators are rock solid and fast; the mega point to point Transmission is great; the last point/mile connectivity to the Terminal Equipment/Device/Panel is always slow, breaks down, gets garbled/jumbled/ corrupted (now why is that not a surprise in India). Yet we keep spending R&D in only speeding up the fastest runner(s) – the processors and switches, the long distance transmission, the major point-to-point loops. This is also despite us knowing that these rarely hang up or get corrupted. The problem is invariably in the local

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Mahi, the 4 year old, who fell into an abandoned and illegal borewell, died of suffocation. An FIR has been lodged against Rohtas Tayal, the absconding accused landlord; a Contempt of Court will be issued against him. A Magisterial enquiry has also been ordered. In the typical manner of locking the stables after the horse has bolted, the DC has issued several directives: identification of the owners of boring machines; registration of all drilling or boring agencies, and the machines by 10 July 2012; ensuring that all abandoned and open bore wells or tube wells are filled up with…from bottom to ground level, and sealed; invoking Sec 144 of CrPC, prohibiting drilling of bore wells without prior permission from the competent authority. These steps are being taken to comply with the guidelines of the Supreme Court of India, issued as part of a judgement on 11 Feb 2010 – under the heading ‘Measures for prevention of fatal accidents of small children falling into abandoned bore-wells and tube-wells (Petitioner) versus Union of India & others (Respondents)’ ! The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) had already issued a latest notice dated 13 August 2011, prohibiting bore wells and tube wells in Gurgaon District. In fact, the CGWA has issued directions in December 2000, under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, saying – ‘No person/organization/agency (government or non-government) shall undertake the operation of drilling, construction, installation of any structure and any scheme/project of groundwater development and management in Gurgaon town and its adjoining industrial area, without prior specific approval of the Authority’ (excerpt from State of India’s Environment, A Citizens’ Report, by the Centre for Science and Environment). The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also ordered restrictions in February 2011.

Input-Output loop. Computing and Networks companies still salivate on a Big Bang, and about a WWF fight amongst themselves. They have little time for any customer. The customer comes last. The last (customer) mile is taken for granted. (Very reminiscent of the govt. food, health, education programs) About 2 decades ago Xerox was supposedly working on a tablet. You would create a document on it, writing by hand. It would convert this to standard text, and also store/ print/send as is. You could edit it, with commands on the tablet itself. You could then save it/store it. You could also create and store - or just store - graphics and photographs. You could speak out your note or letter, and it would be stored as is, or as text. It could be played back, or seen, at any time. Similarly, handwriting/text could be read out by the tablet as a voice document. Voice/speech recognition and voice/speech synthesis is what this was called – and still is. If you wanted a print, it would come out from within the tablet (on special paper stored within). You could also send documents (of data, words, image, and voice) via an internal modem on the tablet. Vice versa, you could receive all the above from anyone. You could tele-conference with anyone via the tablet, using an on-board camera. This tablet concept was the closest to how we work as humans – to ergonomics. The iPad, after 20 years of the Xerox thought-pad, still gives just half that conceptual capability. Thankfully, it is slowly being recognized that blasting away at the Processor is now a clear diminishing return – Moore’s Law is catching up with the physical material world. It is Input-Output devices, and their speeds, and faster access which need to be challenged. It is speech recognition and synthesis that needs to be licked. The proof will be when we can junk the keyboard, the mouse, the printer, and the copier. That is when we would have truly applied Rocket Science. ps - Xerox has conceptualized, researched, and partially developed many a gem – only to be beaten to a successful development by others. It’s aptly summed up in a Xerox slogan – Setting the Standards for Others to Copy. u

Guidelines of the Supreme Court as part of a judgement dated 11 Feb 2010

1. “The owner of the land/premises, before taking any steps for constructing bore well/tube well must inform in writing at least 15 days in advance to the concerned authorities in the area.i.e.,District Collector/District Magistrate/Sarpanch of the Gram Panchayat/ concerned officers of above mentioned Department as the case may be, about the construction of bore well/tube well. (But District Administration decided that no bore-well will be dug without the prior permission of the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Collector, since entire Gurgaon District has already been declared the Dark Zone by the Central Ground Water Authority). 2. Registration of all the drilling agencies, viz.,Govt./ Semi-Govt./Private etc. Should be mandatory with the district administration. 3. Erection of signboard at the time of construction near the well with the following details:(a) Complete address of the drilling agency at the time of construction/rehabilitation of well. (b) Complete address of the user agency/owner of the well. 4. Erection of barbed wire fencing or any other suitable barrier around the well during the construction. 5. Construction of cement/concrete platform measuring 0.50 x 0.60 meter (0.30 meter above ground level and 0.30 meter below ground level) around the well casing. 6. Capping of well assembly by welding steel plate or by providing a strong cap to be fixed to the casing pipe with bolts & nuts.

7. In case of pump repair, the tube well should not be left uncovered. 8. Filling of mud pits and channels after completion of works. 9. Filling up abandoned bore-wells by clay/sand/ boulders/pebbles/drill cuttings etc. from bottom to ground level. 10. On completion of the drilling operations at a particular location, the ground conditions are to be restored as before the start of drilling. 11. District Collector should be empowered to verify that the above guidelines are being followed and proper monitoring check about the status of boreholes/tube-wells are being taken care through the concerned officers of the above mentioned Departments. 12. District/Block/Village wise status of bore wells/ tube-wells drilled viz. No. of wells in use, No. of abandoned bore wells/tube wells found open, No. of abandoned bore wells/tube wells properly filled up to ground level is to be maintained at District Level. In rural areas, the monitoring of the above is to be done through Village Sarpanch all concerned Officers of the Departments as mentioned above. 13. If a bore well/tube well is ‘Abandoned’ at any state, a certificate from the concerned officers of above mentioned Departments must be obtained by the aforesaid agencies that the ‘Abandoned’ bore well/tube well is properly filled up to the ground level. Random inspection of the abandoned wells is also to be done by the Executive of the concern agency/ department. Information on all such data on the above are to be maintained in the District Collector/Block Development Office of the District.

29 June-5 July 2012

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

What A Melon!

{ Jaspal Bajwa }


he sight and taste of a red juicy watermelon never fails to produce the same magical effect as the sighting of an oasis. This natural thirst-quencher par excellence is a veritable feast for the eyes…the deep greens of the exterior contrast with the bright reds of the interior, speckled with black seeds. Each bite of this crumbly and crisp textured fruit bursts forth with cool refreshment and loads of nutrients. Water is the most vital nutrient for life - over two-thirds of our body is made up of water. Over 90% of watermelon is water, that can help us replenish body fluids and avoid dehydration. On the contrary, reaching out mindlessly for iced carbonated soft drinks (which often contain caffeine and loads of sugar) can in fact dehydrate us. Watermelons were first cultivated in Egypt 5,000 years ago, and subsequently in countries in the Mediterranean region, where water was often in short supply. Watermelons are effective in reducing body temperature and blood pressure. Not surprisingly, this natural thirst-quencher par excellence has travelled far and wide. Over 1,200 varieties are now available, in nearly 100 countries of the world. There are different types of melons – like Watermelon (tarbooz), Cantaloupe (kharbooja) and Honeydew Melon. They are delicious, fat and cholesterol free, high in water content, and relatively low in calories. They can help fight dehydration and reduce the heat in the body – helping us prevent heat-related disorders. Loaded with electrolytes, antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, melons can help protect us from

{ Alka Gurha }


ranola bars, breakfast bars and cereal bars—which are referred to collectively as ‘snack bars’—have become a popular snack for people who want a healthy option that is quick, convenient and filling. However, these bars might not be as healthy or nutritious as many think. You can’t be lulled into a false sense of security, just because granola or cereal is in the name. It is true that cereal bars, sealed in foil pouches, are appealing and practical. Their appeal is wide – reaching to parents who want to send their children to school with a nutritious snack, as well as to the health-conscious adults who want a convenient bite they can munch on at work.

What is Granola?

Traditionally, granola bars are made by pressing granola, a nutritious dish typically made by baking a combination of ingredients such as rolled oats, nuts and spices. Granola is a snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey – and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred, to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, such as raisins and dates, are sometimes added. Besides serving as food for breakfast and/ or snacks, granola is also often eaten by those who are hiking, camping, or backpacking – because it is lightweight, high in calories, and easy to store. These properties make it similar to trail

many diseases. Furthermore, melons can help relieve tiredness on a hot summer day, as they are loaded with B Vitamins – which are responsible for our body’s energy production.

Tip of the week

When choosing a watermelon, look for one that is heavy for its size, with a rind that is relatively smooth and neither overly shiny nor overly dull. A knuckle rapped on the exterior should produce a deep sound. A discoloured (yellowish) portion of the skin can suggest the fruit was ripened on the vine (and not artificially ripened). The best melon, on cutting, shows a bright deep colour on the interior – and the flesh is firm. The quantity of carotenoids from watermelon, particularly lycopene and beta-carotene, increases if it is stored at room temperature. Another interesting fact is the synergistic effect when watermelons (and other high lycopene foods such as tomatoes) are consumed together with green tea.

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It is recommended that these fruits be consumed by themselves. When combined with other hard to digest foods, can often result in abdominal gas and bloating.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Watermelon or Citrullus lanatus

Watermelon has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The fruit protects against kidney disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart care, heat stroke, macular degeneration( eye health) and impotence. Melons comprise of a noteworthy amount of dietary fibre, making it good for those suffering from constipation. Packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature, a watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and a very good source of vitamin A – particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene. In addition, watermelon is a good source of calcium and magnesium. Being rich in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, it is excellent for replenishing these salts – which we tend to lose through perspiration. Two cups of watermelon contain about 10% of the recommended daily value of potassium. This can act as a diuretic, stimulating urine flow, which helps flush out the kidneys. Moreover, it is helpful in reducing concentration of uric acid in the blood, reducing the chances of kidney damages. The rich red colour of watermelon is contributed by Lycopene – a potent antioxidant carotenoid. Watermelons contain a higher concentration of Lycopene than any other fresh fruit. In addition to preventing sun-related skin damage, Lycopene improves the cardiac function. Being fat and cholesterol free, and low in sodium and calories, watermelons can help people who want to lose weight – because of the feeling of ‘fullness’. However, there is no clinical evidence that watermelons help burn fat. u

Difference between Granola and Muesli

Both granola and muesli contain a mixture of grains (such as oats), nuts, dried fruit – and sometimes bran and

Drinking hot water with lemon juice in the morning helps to overcome high blood pressure problem.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Cookie Bars mix (a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts) and muesli. Most granola bars commonly contain candy-like ingredients, such as caramel and chocolate, which are usually dipped in sugary syrup. So you often end up with a snack that is full of fat and sugar, and with little nutritional value. Many cereal-bar makers have begun to tap into the consumer health trend, by fortifying their bars with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and fibre. Other bars tout the fact they are low in calories, and can help consumers maintain a healthy lifestyle.


wheat germ. Muesli may contain sugar and dried-milk solids, but it can be unsweetened. Granola is typically toasted with honey and oil, resulting in a crisp texture and sweet glaze not found in muesli.

Reading Labels

Despite the push to emphasise the health benefits of cereal bars, many nutrition experts say that snack bars are nothing more than dressed-up junk food. “They’re not health food,” says Jayne Hurley, Senior Nutritionist with USbased Center for Science in the Public Interest. “They’re basically cookies masquerading as health food.” So when you choose cereal bars, read the nutrition labels carefully. Here are a few things to look for on the nutrition label. Dietary Fibre: Make sure the dietary fibre is more than 2g per bar.  Higher fibre foods give you sustained energy, and make you feel full faster. Fats and sugars: Stay away from bars that are made with high amounts of saturated oils, trans-fats and sweeteners.  Partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar and candy-like

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9899443477 7838003874 products should be avoided. Some granola bars have more sugar and sodium in them than cookies. Many are fat-laden, and smothered in chocolate—in fact, nutritionally they’re not that different from a chocolate bar. Artificial flavours, preservatives and colourings: Artificial flavours, colours and preservatives add no nutritional value to your snack – and some have been even shown to be detrimental to your health.  They are used to enhance the presentation of foods, and to extend their shelf life.  Even though cereal bars are appealing because they are convenient and practical, you need to look deeper, when considering them as a snack choice.  So, read the labels, and don’t be fooled by the ‘healthy image’ that the term “cereal bar” implies. u

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impressively-stylised folk sculptures of seated rural women at work - in abstract, elongated Dhokra  styles; and striking smaller brass Buddhas, Ganeshas and Deities.     Rajasthani  Pichwai Paintings are timelessly traditional; while more quirky, funky  Mithila  and  Warli  folk paintings in graphic, linear styles are truly stylish buys.   Adding more artistry to interiors and furniture is a stylishly minimalist hand-carved modern dining table and 4 chairs - which can be beautifully adorned with classic hand-painted Jaipur Ceramic tableware. At   Mora Taara,  a modern range of sculptural treasures are to be discovered. There is a wonderful contemporary wooden swing-seater for two, hanging from a frame that looks like a tree-trunk and real branches. And exquisite carved wooden chests from Orissa. Also on offer are smaller, stylish decorative items - from folksy papier-mâché, painted bottles to various sculptures.  A speciality of this chic boutique is its range of unique South East Asian ‘Little Buddhas,’ and other varied imaginative sculptures of cats, birds, cows, and other animals in metal, glass, wood and ceramic. There are also Chinese-styled delicately-painted wooden sculp-


ew nations can surpass India when it comes to sheer brilliance, complexity and range of artistic accomplishments. While Indian Contemporary Art has become an international asset as a coveted, stylish object of desire in today’s high society - having rightly earned its elevated position in the realm of Modern expression - we must also remember that the traditional art of India is no less exciting and unique in its style, variety, panache and technique. Furthermore, the wonderful reality is that every  genre  of India’s traditional art is readily available - not only by elite and wealthy art-collectors, but also to the humbler middle class, who may wish to impart traditional grace and culture to their living and working spaces. India’s most ancient and valuable artistic Gharanas are very much alive and well, with brilliant craftspersons prolifically producing wondrous art-treasures. This is a matter of pride. In Gurgaon itself,  the Galaxy Hotel’s  shopping-arcade showcases two artistic boutique destinations :  ‘Crafts Traditions’, a large emporium that offers some wonders from across India; and the chic, home-decor boutique,  ‘Mora Taara’.  Many pieces by India’s Master-Craftspersons will remind you of Mu-

seum-quality ‘High’ Art, rather than our simpler ‘folk’ crafts. Let us embark on an accessible-art adventure.  The art and crafts available here are good investments too. Would you  covet a Cholabronze styled standing  Parvati  sculpture, gently holding up a  Diya  to illuminate your doorway? Or perhaps an exquisite mahogany or teakwood Rajasthani antique-designed  Jharokhaswing-seat for your living-room?  Would you rather fancy a truly stunning life-sized metal  Dancing Ganesha,  to put a smile on your face every morning - as you wipe it clean of the world’s dust?  Or would you like a few  exquisitely-glazed sculptural marvels of  Delhi-Blue Pottery  for your tables, and the most flamboyantly bejewelled and handpainted Kutch mirrors to add glow and depth to your spaces? And would you like your

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Eternal Art-Treasures

walls to showcase chic examples of Warli, Madhubani, and Mithila Tribal Paintings? You may bring home intricately hand-carved wooden and metal chests and furniture straight out of a fairytale ... tables inlaid with the finest ivory in Islamic calligraphic patterns. You can easily indulge in vibrant glass and ceramic ware. Is it a massive Rajasthan  Pichwai  painting that you dream of hanging-up in your drawing-room, depicting the Krishna-Leela? Or multicoloured lifesize wooden mythological sculptural deities from the deep South, to  protect your balcony-garden? – If it’s couture that fascinates you, some of the world’s trendiest  haute  attire, gorgeous jewellery, and all kinds of artistic modern embellishments in contemporary international designs - wrought in astoundingly-detailed textiles, embroideries and styles - are all available here for a few thousand rupees. Do you fancy more Regal Pashminas and

breathtaking Kashmiri carpets? All these can be yours for a lifetime of enjoyment at these stores -- for far less than a fortune. Indian traditional art and crafts cost so much less than Western designer labels --- yet the truth is, they are far more exquisite, elegant, stylish, and valuable. Perhaps the most expensive item at  Crafts Traditions  that caught my eye was a stunning

bronze Tamil Nataraja  sculpture, depicting the awesome cosmic Tandava-dance of ShivaMaheshwar. Very few sculptures anywhere in the world can surpass the rhythm, grandeur and sublimity of this ancient classic. The sculpture is around 4 feet tall, firmly yet delicately wrought.  This masterpiece that will endure every challenge of time and fate. A magnificent yet endearing life-sized Dancing Ganesha is an equally fantastic investment. Its playful, flowing, yet complex aesthetic design leaves one utterly spellbound -- this is a true Museum-piece. And the slim, beautiful 4-foot metal Parvati is an exquisite Indian treasure. To pamper you, there is a stunning heavily-carved wood Jharokha Swing, over 10 ft x 6 ft in dimension; and a  fine, intricate bone and wood calligraphyinlaid Rajasthani coffee-table. Also available are large and entrancing Southern colourful wooden sculptures. There are also large,

tures of Geisha  girls; while utterly magnificent Indonesian wooden sculpted Heads of Goddesses are amazing buys.   Sandstone reclining elephants are charming classics for the garden or livingroom.  Among the most eye-catching and exquisite sculptural works available at  Mora Taara  are the finely-glazed Turquoise-Blue Pottery Peacock, Lovebirds, a serene and highly-transcendent Blue Buddha Head, and very elegant Vases. Another unique piece at this store is a tall red and white floral hand-painted Oriental, which surely would have inspired many renowned poets. These entrancing feasts for the eyes and senses are an essential destination for all Gurgaonites who wish to add unique art, originality and style to their surroundings; and thereby to also help humble craftspersons not just survive, but thrive --- and keep producing for us more excellent and timeless treasures. u Artist, Writer and Curator

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29 June-5 July 2012

The Colour Code

{ Bhavana Sharma }


ll our life we continue to be affected by the presence of different colours, which has an overall effect on our psychology – as well as our physical health. Our personality colour is usually the colour that excites us the most, and makes us feel alive when we see it – our favourite. We are often drawn to our personality colour, in our choice of clothing and home-decorating. It is also often a predominant colour in our aura. It is this instinctual choice of a colour that tells us a lot about ourselves; how we function and how others see us. It is the means to understanding our behaviour and our character traits, as well as our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. It reflects the way we operate in the world, our strengths and weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our deepest needs, and our challenges at that time in our life. So, let’s take a look at what the colours have to say about our personality traits:-



ymbolic of purity, innocence and naivete, White has strong connotations of youth and purity. If you are an older person, your preference for White could indicate a desire for perfection and impossible ideals – maybe an attempt to recapture lost youth and freshness. It may also symbolise a desire for simplicity, the simple life. If you don’t like White colour n Probably you need more colour in your life n You may be easy-going and relaxed – not fussy and particular n You may be quite spontaneous and impulsive n Your have a lot of interesting things going on in your life, and perhaps monotony bores you n Although you are not particularly bothered about details and perfection in your own life, sometimes a little deviation can upset you.



he colour of strength, health, and vitality, the colour Red is often chosen by people who are outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and even impulsive. It goes with an ambitious nature; but those who choose it can be abrupt at times – determined to get all they can out of life, and quick to judge people and take sides. Red people are usually optimistic, and can’t stand monotony. They are rather restless and not at all introspective – so they may be unaware of their own shortcomings. They find it hard to be objective, and may blame others for any mishaps. Quiet people with a preference for Red may feel the need for the warmth, strength and life-giving qualities of the colour; or use it to blanket their true feelings. Red is usually chosen by people with open and uncomplicated

natures, and with a zest for life. It shows that you are outgoing. If you don’t like Red colour n You could be under stress, and having trouble coping with the passion, excitement and high energy that red generates n You may want more excitement, energy and passion in your life, but are afraid—for some reason—or lack the selfconfidence to get involved and open yourself to the possibilities Red can bring to you n You may be overtired or ill, and need calm and relaxation – rather than Red’s high energy around you n You may be short-tempered, and find the colour Red overbearing and avoidable n You may have suffered rejection or defeat at an early age, and don’t believe you can ever win.



arsh experience has probably matured the Maroon person into someone likable and generous. It is often a favourite colour of someone who has been battered by life, but has come through. It indicates a well-disciplined Red personality; one who has had difficult experiences and has not come through unmarked – but who has grown and matured in the process. It shows that you are outgoing. You are assertive, vigorous and prone to impulsive actions and variable moods. You feel deep sympathy for fellow human beings, and are easily swayed. If you don’t like Maroon colour n You don’t like to draw attention to yourself n You may be quiet and reserved, and Magenta has just too much energy for you n You prefer to conform, and don’t like to stand out from the crowd n You are not spontaneous or impulsive.



ou’re good natured, enjoy being with others, and are swayed by outside opinions. You do good work, have strong loyalties, feel good will, and possess a solicitous heart. However, unwarranted feelings of elation often pervade your psyche. You are an optimist, but you are also a complainer –

and do not desist to voice your complaints or discomforts. If you don’t like Orange colour n You are not comfortable in large groups n You do not like partying and socializing n You are more comfortable with a small circle of friends n You don’t like flamboyance and ‘showing off’ n You may be holding yourself back socially n It can also indicate anger at having been treated cruelly at some stage in your life.



ou have a well-functioning imagination, and nervous energy; neatly formed thoughts, and an urge to help the world. You tend to be aloof, and more aligned to theory than to action. You are inclined to speak of lofty ideas without applying them in practice. Secretly you are shy, long to be respected, crave admiration for your sagacity, and are a mental loner. You are a safe friend and a reliable confidant. If you don’t like Yellow colour n You are practical-minded and a down to earth personality n You may not be able to cope with change at this point in your life n You prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, and are sceptical of new ideas that haven’t been proven n You like to think before you leap - you are not impulsive or spontaneous.



ou are a good citizen and a pillar of the community, and are sensitive to social customs and etiquette. You are frank, moral and reputable. You make yourself a splendid teacher, and are family oriented. You tend to be carefree at times—even impulsive—although you know exactly what’s going on in any given situation. Your deepest need is for a safe, secure, simple and comfortable existence – with supportive family and friends. If you don’t like Green colour n You are not a social person n You do not like to do things the way the majority does n You are not particularly a

nature lover n You may be a loner, preferring to keep to yourself than mixing with crowds.



ou are deliberate and introspective. You have conservative convictions, and retreat to gentler surroundings in times of stress – but are sensitive to the feelings of others. You keep a tight rein on you passions and enthusiasms, are a loyal friend, and lead a sober life. You nourish preposterous dreams, but do not act on them. If you don’t like Blue colour n You dislike routine, and are looking for more stimulation and excitement in your life n You may be tired of being the responsible person n You may feel sad and depressed, when surrounded by too much Blue n You may not like the boundaries and restrictions of Blue, as you would like to be a free spirit.



ou have a good mind, and an ability to observe things that go unnoticed by others. You are easily moved, and are verbose when witnessing misfortune. You have a degree of vanity. You may be inclined towards spirituality in your life, and feel connected with the cosmic consciousness. If you don’t like Purple colour n You are a realist, with feet planted firmly on the ground n You live in the present, rather than the past or future n You may not be artistic, but like to be a critic n You prefer to conform to society’s ideals, rather than be individualistic n You may be finding it difficult to express your creativity.


and support from your partner. You also tend to have a keen sense of duty, and take your responsibilities very seriously – whether it be at home or at work. If you don’t like Brown colour n You are more outgoing, and enjoy a fun-filled life with likeminded people n You are more of a dreamer, with a colourful imagination n Routine bores you, and you are not seeking a contented life n You are spontaneous, and love fresh and innovative ideas n You are witty, impulsive and generous n Simple, practical, down-toearth people bore you n You may be adventurous, and like to indulge in outdoor activities.



ou are cautious, and try to strike a compromise in most situations. You encounter and seek composure and peace. You try very hard to fit yourself into a mould of your own design. Although you are not a perfectionist, your expectations out of other people are quite high. You are not an emotional person, and will not display any negative feelings openly. You are assertive, vigorous and prone to impulsive actions and variable moods. You feel deep sympathy for fellow human beings, and are easily swayed. If you don’t like Gray colour n You dislike neutrality – would rather be right or wrong, but never indifferent n You are confident with your opinions, and find decision-making easy n You seek a richer, more fulfilling life n You need more stimulation of the senses than colour brings n You may be the type of person who pursues one interest after another, in your pursuit of happiness.

black If your favourite colour is Black, it shows that you are above average, worldly, conventional, proper, polite and regal. You are sensitive to the criticism of others – and are sensual, warm, and even supportive. People trust you easily, because of your friendly nature.

If you don’t like Black colour n You are a light-hearted and easy going person - not serious, conservative and formal n You may feel that it is a depressing colour – especially if you have a happy, extroverted and optimistic outlook on life n You are not into power and control - you have a gentle disposition, and Black is too intimidating for you n You are practical and downou perform your duties conscientiously, are to-earth, and don’t wish to be shrewd when it comes to seen as overly sophisticated n You may have a fear of the money, and obstinate in your habits and convictions. You dark from your childhood n You may have been domiare dependable and steady, disdain impulsiveness, and can nated and intimidated during bargainDivine well. You tend to Laser like your early Clinics years, and Black Look Skin & Dental physical comfort, simplicity brings back those feelings. u Mega Mall and Sohna Road and quality. Mobile You are9810848526, a trustwor- thy friend, and insist on loyalty Tarot Card Reader & Author




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Alcoholics Not Anonymous I

t’s 5am in the morning. The bell finally rings, waking her up with a jolt. Her head is heavy from lack of sleep n anxiety. In half sleep she moves towards the door. The bell rings again, this time much more frantically. She runs to the door, and finds him heavily drunk. He is not able to stand straight, his eyes are blood shot, and his breath is stinking of alcohol. She is angry, she wants to shake him up and ask him for an explanation – but she doesn’t. Opening the door, she goes straight to their bed room. He follows her. Arun: Piya take out my shoes. Piya: Why don’t you do it yourself ? Arun: I said open my shoes (in a shrill & loud voice) Piya: I am not your doormat Arun. Firstly answer me, why didn’t you pick my calls? I must have called you some 10 times. Where were you? Don’t you have normal courtesy to inform that you will be late tonight? I have been worried all night. I haven’t slept one minute. You could have sent an sms at least. Arun: I don’t inform anyone, I do things according to my own wish (in a slurring manner). And right now I want you to open my shoes. So just do it. Piya: I am not your servant Arun, stop behaving like this with me.

Arun: (pulling her hair)… Will you do it or not? Piya: Arun you are hurting me. Leave me (with a hard push) Arun: Women! You will not listen to me without this (with one tight blow on her cheeks). Then he beats her black and blue with several blows. This isn’t the first time this has happened. The frequency has increased in the last few weeks. Arun and Piya got married a year and a half back. They met for the first time at a friend’s wedding, and felt instant attraction. They exchanged phone numbers, and then developed a friendship over the phone. The courtship lasted a few months, and then Piya’s family pressured her to get married. She always knew about Arun’s drinking habits, but she had thought it would go away when responsibilities came. For the first 6 months of marriage things were fine, since he used to drink within limits; but slowly he went back to his ‘old ways’. When she asked him, he always blamed it on work pressure, and the socialising needs in his “sales” profession. She was now realising that it was more of an addiction than a professional need. His alcoholism has started affecting her now. She is always fatigued; sleeping and crying is


Deepshikha Sharma, Guru Dronacharya Government College.

If someone wants to see the underdeveloped part of the City, s/he should pay a visit to old Gurgaon. Many civic issues have been haunting the residents of old Gurgaon. There are a number of issues such as non-functional streetlights, sewage overflow, and encroachment of roads. We have also been complaining about mushrooming slums and stray animals on road, but no action has been taken so far.

all she has done for the past few weeks. Whenever she woke up, her first thoughts and feelings were painful. But she didn’t know what hurt more – the raw ache that she felt seeing her marriage getting destroyed; the realisation that love was over (or maybe it was never there); the pain she felt due to the physical, mental and emotional abuse; the bitter rage she felt towards him; the despair she felt because God too had betrayed her; or the mixture of fear and hopelessness that blended into all the other emotions. This is not just Piya’s story. It’s a story that stays hidden in the closets of many households – not just in India, but all over the world. Many unfortunate people of all strata—rich or poor—have experienced the after effects of living with alcoholics, drug addicts, and people with other compulsive disorders. These are family illnesses. The way the illness affects other family members is called “Codependency” in medical terms. A Codependent person is someone who has let another person’s behaviour affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behaviour. The other person might be an adult, a child, a lover, a spouse, a brother, a sister, a parent or a

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best friend. I strongly believe that we always have the power to change any situation in our life. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. Taking care, and healing ourself, is our own responsibility – and we owe it to ourselves. If we are affected by someone’s alcoholism, and want to recover from it, the first thing we need to do is to understand our own attitude, feelings, and behaviour. The heart of recovery lies not in the other person – no matter how much we believe it does; it lies in ourselves – in the way we have let their behaviour affect us. There are things in life we can change – our mindset,

our attitude, our appearance ... But there is one thing we cannot change and that is other people. As they say, the first step towards change is awareness... and the second step is acceptance. P.S. It is recommended that you take professional help, by joining groups like Al- Anon/ Alateen India – which is a self-help groups that operates all across the world, to help people troubled with others’ Alcoholism. (Reference : Codependent no more by Melody Beattie)

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Babur, though a plunderer and a marauder, earned the historians’ epithet ‘brave’. The fable surrounding his death depicts him to be 'human' too. He ended his game of life to let his beloved son, Humayun, live.

Mystery Of Babur’s Death Panipat and Kanwaha gave Babur victory Soon was he content and had no worry. But Humayun his son fell awfully sick, Rendered weak from ground couldn’t a thing he pick. Many medicines tried, but none could click Downward slope his health did slip Babur at last did a godman consult A known mystic and versed in occult. “Save his life? But very precious thing to spare, Something you have which for you is rare.” My own life to me is precious O God! Take it from me and spare his O Lord! Humayun miraculously recovered, got up from bed, It was Babur the Great who soon was dead.


In Gurgaon, people simply blame authorities for everything – bad roads, power, and water crisis. But I think citizens are misusing the natural resources. I am from Ludhiana, that is an industry hub for garments, but we never face power and water crisis, because Vansh Yadav, KIIT people there are more aware about their conservation. Media As a student of management, should come forward and spread I see good career prospects awareness about the conservain the City. I think it is one tion of natural resources. of the better cities in India to work and live in. The City Ankush Agarwal, Guru Gram has the third highest per Business School capita income in India, after Chandigarh and Mumbai. It is the place where employment is generated at a pace not seen anywhere else. It is truly the Millennium City. However, issues like safety of women and civic issues need to be taken more seriously.

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The Liberal Artists

hat do Aryabhata, Kanada, and Rabindranath Tagore have in common? All three are liberal arts majors. While Aryabhata is known for his mathematical discoveries, he was also an accomplished astronomer. Likewise, Kanada, a great Hindu philosopher, also discovered the concept of ‘paramanu’ (atom); and Rabindranath Tagore learned various subjects—such as anatomy, geography, literature, mathematics, Sanskrit, and English—that are part of a liberal arts education. India has always been a country of intellectuals, thanks to the liberal arts education in medieval times. It was compulsory to study seven liberal arts – Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy – as these are believed to be inter-related. For instance, if one wants to learn piano, one has to start with geometry. Mathematical principles underline the organisation of music into 12-note scales, and the fundamentals of music. Similarly, astronomers use arithmetic all the time. When an astronomer looks at objects in the sky with a telescope, the camera attached to the telescope records a series of numbers. The liberal arts degree, therefore, is a broad-based education, that covers different subjects, to attain a better working knowledge of the world. The aim of the course is to empower the students, and prepare them with the diversity and complexity of life – by educating them in a holistic manner.

Why Study Liberal Arts?

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Liberal Arts not only teaches a student how to think, but also how to learn. A student who wants to study Liberal Arts should know about subjects such as mathematics, philosophy, and culture. “It makes sense, because in the workplace, professionals need to know how to troubleshoot, and how to figure out the complexities of any given situation. A liberal arts education gives you the knowledge base and analytical skills to handle even the most critical situations,” says Dr. Padamakali, Faculty at Liberal Arts Department, Amity University, Manesar. A Liberal Arts pass-out from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, reveals, “My undergraduate degree in Liberal

However, due to the immense pressure to have marketable skills, most of the students are reluctant to take up Liberal Arts. “This is the reason that India now doesn’t have all-rounders like Tagore, and a genius like Aryabhata,” smiles Dr. Padamakali. The Amity University, Manesar is the only college in the NCR region that provides a regular three-year undergraduate programme in Liberal Arts. The course encompasses subjects such as physics, philosophy, political science, music, performing arts, astronomy, history, and literature. In the first year, students are given a background in both the humanities and the sciences, as well as in communication and analytical skills; while the second and third year are dedicated to the practical implementation – wherein students participate in debate competitions, attend seminars, and work on various Projects. The Liberal Arts course focuses on the idea that everything in the world is fascinating – from the discovery of other galaxies, to the behaviour of birds, cinema studies, and complex mathematical theories.

Some Career Options

Arts was perhaps the best part of my education, as it prepared me for professional life in today’s competitive world. Today, what one needs most for a good job is cultural fluency, critical thinking, good writing skills, and clear thinking – the Liberal Arts degree gives you all.” When asked about how a Liberal Arts professional can deal with real-life issues, Dr. Padamakali gives an example quoted by IT leader Narayana Murthy, “It is true that only engineers have technical expertise to create dams; but if you look at the ground realities of creating a dam, you would realise that a major infrastructural project involves a lot more than the mere application of technology. A dam is not just about engineering, but about displacing people, acquiring lands, and spreading awareness about the benefits of soil conservation. It is a situation with a lot of social and political ramifications.”

Team T3 First Cycling Time Trials Richard McDowell, an UK citizen, finished the 35.6 km route (Gurgaon- Faridabad road) in 54 mins and 23 seconds, at the speed of 39.06 km/hr to set the new record.

Public Relation Officer: A Liberal Arts graduate with good communication skills can be a real asset for this role, especially for large, diversified organisations. Sociologist/Political Scientist: Liberal Arts is all about studying society, and the job of a Political Scientist and Sociologist is to study political systems, demographics, human behaviour, public opinion, and cultures. “It is a highly paying career. Many government departments hire Sociologists, and offers a handsome package to freshers – starting at Rs. 25k,” says a Sociologist, Raman Talwar – who, after acquiring a Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University, is working as a Sociologist with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Public Policy Analyst: A Liberal Arts graduate can work as a Public Policy Analyst, to help businesses. Special Interpreter: A graduate can specialise in interpreting for either business, technology, or medicine – after familiarising himself/herself in that field. u


Scientists Target “Big Food” Firms

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{ Susanne Collins / Berlin / DPA } port may be a natural elixir for beautiful skin, but people who stay active – by jogging, cycling, swimming or any other kind of athletics that makes them perspire, know that the skin is subjected to a lot of stress. Staying active helps make the skin look better, because the tissue is supplied with oxygen, and has the benefit of better blood circulation, making it tighter, says Heike M Falkenstein, a Cosmetician. To use these advantages optimally, sports enthusiasts should take the right precautions before exercising, and follow the right steps afterwards as well. “The type of care depends on the individual skin type, and the condition of the skin,” says Elena Helfenbein, an expert with the German association of cosmeticians. “It’s important

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hile a billion people around the world are going hungry, twice that number are overweight. Health researchers are now attributing some of the blame to major corporations in the foodstuffs sector. Writing in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) journal, they call for increased monitoring of the health risks posed by food and drinks, produced by so-called “Big Food”; as well as for greater awareness. A series of forthcoming articles is intended to promote a public debate. “Food, unlike tobacco and drugs, is necessary to live, and is central to health and disease. And yet the big multinational food companies control what people everywhere eat,” the researchers write. In the United States, the 10 largest food producers control more than half of all food sales,


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according to the article. At a global level, the figure is lower, but still as much as 15 per cent, and rising. The PLoS editorial launching the series says that increased consumption of factory-made “Big Food” products is contributing to obesity and diabetes. The companies nevertheless increasingly appear at major conferences, branding them-selves as “nutrition companies”, and putting themselves forward as experts on malnutrition,

obesity and even poverty, according to the article. The risk of dying as a result of being overweight currently occupies the fifth position globally, while child obesity is one of the biggest challenges facing public health in the 21st century, the researchers say. One significant cause is sweetened beverages, the authors point out, explaining that US children had more than doubled their calorie intake between 1977 and 2004. Thirteen per cent of the calories came from sweetened beverages in 2004. The PLoS journal attributes a fifth of all weight increase in the 30 years up to 2007 to sweetened drinks. Writing in PLoS Medicine, Marion Nestle of New York University and David Stuckler of Cambridge, say there are three ways of dealing with “Big Food”.

Skin Care After A Workout for sporty people to regularly cleanse their skin – and remove any grease, perspiration and chlorine.” A short, warm shower using a mild shower gel, is adequate. Using hot water rinses away too much of the skin’s own oil, and people who take cold showers quickly start perspiring again, says Falkenstein. Shower gel should have a pH-value of 5.5 because this is similar to the skin’s own pH. Many products are described as pH-neutral, but this is misleading, she says. The skin also should be thoroughly dried off. Falkenstein says people used to believe that a little bit of water left on the skin helped it stay moisturized. Specialists

now know that’s not true. When the water begins to evaporate, more moisture is pulled away from the skin. Moisturizing the skin after exercising is, however, very important. “An athlete who breaks into a good perspiration activates his body’s cooling system. Perspiration helps cool the body down,” says Jenny Pohl, spokeswoman for the German Association of Medical and Nutritional Retailers and Manufacturers. “Because minerals and salt also flow out of the body in the perspiration, sensitive skin in particular can become irritated.” The solution is to drink a lot of fluids and use lotion. Pohl adds that

The first is self-regulation with no interference from those responsible for public health, coupled with confidence that consumers will not resort to foods that are detrimental to their health. The second is an open partnership with the sector to promote the manufacture and marketing of healthier products. And the third is a more critical approach, if the conflict of interests for “Big Food” is too severe. Noting that Big Food is primarily profitdriven, the publishers of PLoS Medicine have opted for the third and more combative approach, rejecting self-regulation as ineffective. The two researchers call for nutrition to have the same priority as that given to HIV and other infectious diseases. They also suggest initiatives to counter advertising campaigns targeting children; to promote improved guidelines for school meals; and to tax sweetened beverages. u people who love the outdoors should use a natural aloe vera gel, which has a light texture, provides a lot of moisture, and is an ideal after-sun product. Physically active people should avoid lotions that have a lot of fat in them. These can leave an unpleasant feeling on the skin, especially when the person perspires, says Helfenbein. A light moisturizer is better. Helfenbein adds that putting on lotion before swimming is good because the chlorine in the water dries the skin out. Swimmers should always take a shower after being in the pool and then put lotion on again. Women who cannot do without makeup while working out, should use a light mineral makeup or a powder foundation. A rich foundation can feel unpleasant, and can quickly start to look spotty and ugly during a workout, says Helfenbein. u

Civil Society Reject Rio+20: “It’s A disaster” Solar Boom

{ Diana Renee / Rio de Janeiro / DPA }


he UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) has been wholeheartedly rejected by civil society organizations. There has been outspoken criticism by environmental activists, blaming rich countries for what they perceive as a failure at the largest UN conference in history. “The result is no less than a disaster. The interest in protecting the short-term profits of corporations had its way over the common interest,” said Daniel Mittler, of Greenpeace. He has slammed rich countries for their “hypocrisy,” and has been particularly tough on the European Union, whose members criticized the draft for a final declaration at Rio+20 for

its “lack of ambition.” Greenpeace has further criticized the alliance of Venezuela - led by left-wing populist Hugo Chavez - with the United States, Canada and Russia, to prevent an immediate move to launch negotiations to protect ocean waters outside national jurisdictions. “We see that when there is an economic interest, countries forget their ideological differences and jump into bed together,” said the Greenpeace’s Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo. Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has also expressed disappointment about the conference. “After two years of sophisticated diplomacy at the UN, we have come to something that will only

bring us more poverty, more conflict and more environmental destruction,” he said. Despite widespread outrage over the document, host Brazil and other governments have stressed the declaration reflects “the best possible agreement,” while noting it would undergo no more changes before the three-day summit ends. For Brazil, the conference has not been a failure, since it has set the scene for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be defined by 2014, along with their financing tools. It has also created a high-level forum to co-ordinate a transition towards a “green economy,” and has established a 10-year plan to step back from the prevailing, unsustainable model of production and consumption. Brazil’s summit coordinator, Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, has noted that this has been the UN conference with the most space granted to civil society organizations, which he sees as significant progress. However, representatives of civil society groups who had taken part in debates did not agree, and have stressed in a statement that they do not support the Summit’s final declaration, entitled “The Future We Want.” u

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erman development aid worker Dirk Assmann says he wants to use Brazil’s most popular sport to promote solar energy.” Solar panels in football stadiums – that’s the ticket,” Assmann says, recalling how the idea came to him in 2009, while watching a football game in Brazil. Assmann, who heads the Energy Programme of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), had long wondered how solar energy could be given a boost in sunny Brazil – where energy from photovoltaics still lags behind wind power. In April, Latin America’s first solar football stadium was inaugurated - the Pituacu first league stadium in Salvador de Bahia – which now boasts a 400-kilowatt photovoltaic system. Other stadiums are to follow, including Rio’s legendary Maracana – which will host the finals of the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. The goal is to make solar power in the world’s sixthlargest economy as popular as wind energy, which has grown from 400 megawatts in 2008 to 1.5 gigawatts at the end of last year. A further 5.5 gigawatts are under

construction. According to figures from Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), experts in the sector are banking on an investment of 25 billion reais (12 billion dollars) by 2020. This could lift the solar power contribution to Brazil’s energy mix to between 3 and 5 per cent by 2016 – from effectively zero currently. Rapidly declining costs for photovoltaic systems, whose prices fell almost 50 per cent last year, could provide a boost. The installation on the roof of the Pituacu Stadium cost around 2.9 million dollars, most of it coming from local energy supply company COELBA. This relatively small stadium is intended as a prototype. Other projects are in the planning stage – including the World Cup venues in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Rio’s Maracana. Brazil’s energy regulatory body, ANEEL, has also changed its rules, to facilitate the installation of solar panels. From April, renewable energy pumped into the grid is being paid for, through reimbursements from energy consortiums. “That was a real paradigm shift. For the first time, small systems with up to 1 megawatt were put on the same footing as bigger installations,” Assmann says. “With this first step, ANEEL wants to spark a solar boom,” he adds. u

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t has something of a Cinderella touch – except that it is true. Dawn Loggins, an 18-year-old student from North Carolina, has overcome tough odds, and is finally headed to what she has always wanted: a stable life. She has a past beyond what one would call normal, for a teenager who just wants to get through high school. Abandoned by her parents, she was homeless. But where others would have given up, she managed to keep her head high. With the help of a strong community at Burns High School in Lawndale, North Carolina, her dream has come true. She will be a student at the world renowned Harvard University. “When you think of the best schools of the nation, the list is not complete if Harvard is not on it,” says Dawn. “But I feel like the excitement won’t start until I get there.” This dismissal of strong emotions was her way to protect herself. Dawn and her brother lived at her grandmother’s house until she turned 12. Then her mother and stepfather took over. But instead of

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ery few of the women who come to Sonia’s busy beauty parlour, in a New Delhi suburb for a bridal makeover, say they want to keep their skin tone the same. Most want to look at least two shades fairer. “I don’t blame them,” says Sonia, who uses only one name. “Just look around film stars, models - most of our beauty icons are fair. We’ve all grown up in this culture – where fairness is associated with beauty.” Sonia has a memory common to many Indian women and men - an elderly female relative lamenting the fate of a dusky-complexioned child in the family. “Ladki aur kaali” (a girl, and that too dark) - there could not be a worse fate. One needn’t spend long in India to figure out that most people place a premium on fair skin. Television programming is rife with advertisements for more than one skin-whitening product, promising a better match, better career prospects - a better life. A woman’s face growing progressively whiter stares down from billboards promoting Fair and Lovely – the local Unilever (HUL) cosmetic brand. They have a host of other whitening products, under

Cinderella At Harvard Dawn Loggins improving, things got worse. Her stepfather lost his job. Bills couldn’t be paid. The family had no electricity or running water, and had to change homes many times. Dawn and her brother had to walk to a public park for water, and often weren’t able to shower for weeks. After returning from a summer camp for very talented students, she found that nobody was home. Her parents had moved again, but this time left their daughter behind. Later, Dawn found out they had moved to Tennessee; and her brother was gone too.

India’s Snow White Syndrome of society,” says Alan the Ponds, Lakme and other Collaco, General Secrebrands. Indian company tary of the Advertising Emami Limited introduced Standards Council of its Fair and Handsome skinIndia. But advertisecare brand—aimed at male ments promising jobs users—in 2005. L’Oreal and and husbands to the fair other international comare “ridiculous”, and panies—like Oriflame and many have been withAvon—have entered the Indrawn after the Coundian market for skin-whitcil stepped in following ening products, estimated to Many women in India use complaints, he says. be worth 450 million dollars products that claim to “Several things have in 2011, and growing at 15 to lighten their skin tone. come together in our 20 per cent annually. Durga, who also goes by one name, country to create and reinforce a higher cleans middle-class homes in the capital. status for fair skin,” says Janaki AbraShe occasionally uses a Fair and Lovely ham, a Sociologist at Delhi University. face wash, a newer product that she says In the country’s traditional hieraradds brightness to her face. Retired school chical caste structure, lighter skin teacher Sharmila Roy has been a loyal was associated with top-of-the-ladder user of Fair and Lovely for more than Bramhins – and is still identified with three decades. Has it made her fairer? higher status in society. The British “Not really,” she says, but adds that she colonial era contributed further to uses it as a moisturiser, as it suits her the prejudice, as fair skin came to skin. Did the advertisements steer Durga be associated with power and status, and Roy to the fairness products? Both Abraham says. A spokesman for HUL said the prevailsay they wanted fairer skin, and the advertisements merely told them how to go ing notions of beauty vary between sociabout it. “Advertisements are a mirror eties – from lighter tones in Asia to tanned

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“I never expected my parents to just leave,” she says. After sleeping a couple of nights with friends, Burns’ Middle School custodian and bus driver Sheryl Kolton gave Dawn what she was longing for her whole life - a safe home. With this strong support, Dawn managed to get through her hard days. A typical day: getting up at 5 am, working two hours as a cleaner, going to classes, working again and then doing homework. She hardly made it to bed before 2 am. But life with the bus driver was better than her old life, where she often had no electricity, and had to do her homework by candlelight after a long day. In addition to her strong academics — Dawn graduated this year with a 3.9 GPA on a scale of 4—she has been President of many clubs. “Sometimes I felt it would be just the easiest if I gave up. But it was never in me to give up, because I realized that I was never going to be successful if I didn’t get


{ Anna Dreher / Washington / DPA }

sians made up the largest group of immigrants entering the US in 2010, as the flow of Latino immigrants slowed – due to stricter border controls and the stuttering economy, according to a study. The report by the Pew Research Centre also found that the various ethnic groups, that make up the Asian-born community, had high scores on many of the important barometers for immigrant success – including financial performance and social integration. The study said Asian immigrants represented 36 per cent of all new immigrants to the US in 2010—up from 19 per cent a decade earlier—while Hispanic immigrants fell from 59 per cent to 31 per cent. Asians represented just 11 per cent of illegal immigrants, compared to 75 per cent for Hispanic immigrants. The study found that the median household income for Asian immigrants was 66,000 dollars per year, 8,000 dollars above the median for white households. Six out of 10 Asians who have come to the US in recent years, also have at least a bachelor’s degree – reflecting their arrival on the basis of employer sponsorship, rather than family reunification. The report found that there are approximately 18.2 million Asians in the US, or 5.8 per cent of the total population. “In an economy that increasingly relies on highly skilled workers, they are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing race group in the country,” the report said. u

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he name of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project has a rich history in underwater exploration – from the fictitious submarine commander Captain Nemo, to his talking clownfish namesake in the 2003 film. But the project is looking to the future, training astronauts of the US space agency, for a possible mission to an asteroid. NASA leases the Aquarius Reef Base, around 4.5 kilometres off Key Largo in Florida, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, because conditions are comparable to those in space. On the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, 19 metres below the surface, there is no air, and the buoyancy from the water is similar to weightlessness. So-called aquanauts have been training here since 2001, and recently donned their white suits, silver helmets and flippers for an underwater press conference via video link.

G lobal 23 an education,” she says. Her story has received widespread notice because of its inspirational effect. Dawn Loggins is seen as an example that the American dream can still come true - if a person has enough will and strength. “She has not let circumstances hold her back. She is a symbol that says 'one is able to achieve major goals, no matter what',” says the school Principal Aaron Allen. “When I was younger, I looked around at my family, and I saw the bad choices; I just made a decision that I was not going to end up like my parents,” Dawn says. In the end, her emotions came through with tears at her high school graduation ceremony. “It was very hard to keep from crying because it was so overwhelming,” Dawn says. When she got to the stage to get her diploma on June 7, everybody in the hall stood up and cheered. Now, she plans to major in Biology, when she begins at Harvard in September, and is considering a career in Biomedical research. “If I had not had those experiences, I wouldn’t be such a strong-willed or determined person,” says Dawn. u skin in Europe or the United States. But Abraham says the premium on fair skin cannot really be compared to the desire for a tan. “It is far more insidious and dangerous, and there are regimes of racism inherent in the concept,” she says. “There are material consequences of skin colour in India: in the family, you may get an unequal share of food, clothes, toys as you grow up.” Delhi-based dermatologist Rashmi Sarkar says most of the whitening products are harmless, and function as sunscreens; but the ones with depigmentation agents can be harmful. “Easily available across the counter, these are not used under medical supervision, and prolonged use could lead to problems,” says Sarkar. Priya Sharma, a publishing industry worker in New Delhi, developed white blotches on her face after using such a product; and her skin specialist says it could take months before they disappear. There is an urgent need to create awareness about the possible side effects, and about the fact that beauty is not about skin colour, Sarkar says. But given how entrenched India’s ‘Snow White’ syndrome is, it looks like a booming business for skin-whitening products for years to come. u

NASA wants to land on an Finding NEEMO asteroid by 2025. It would be

“It is a lot easier and cheaper to learn things on earth, than going on an asteroid and finding out it doesn’t work”, says Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Commander of the 16th NEEMO mission. The 37-year-old astronaut, together with her US colleagues—James Talacek, Justin Brown, Timothy Peake, Steven Squyres, and Kimiya Yui of Japan—spent each of the previous 12 days underwater, simulating operations on an asteroid. “What can asteroids tell us about the solar system? What additional resources could we find there?” Metcalf-Lindenburger says. They are also threats, she says. “So the more we understand about asteroids, the better we can be prepared.”

the agency’s first step toward overcoming longer distances, to exploring deep space, and sending humans to Mars by mid-2030, as President Barack Obama put forward two years ago. The biggest obstacle to exploring an asteroid is not reaching one—indeed, some are close enough to threaten to hit Earth— but rather working with their very feeble gravitational pull. Planning is necessary, to avoid expensive—or even dangerous—mistakes. Since NASA’s first mission 11 years ago, 45 astronauts have trained at the Aquarius facility. This year’s course simulated an asteroid mission, and focused on three areas: how to deal with delayed communications; how to secure and transport people, equipment and samples – known as restraint and translation techniques; and an evaluation of the optimum crew size for the cramped mission. u


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