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Now, Cyber Vihar(s) { Abhishek Behl / FG }


o be or not to be. This is the existential dilemma being faced by industry in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar. It is sandwiched between an indifferent State government, and the increasing pressure of market forces. The market forces are not necessarily within the industry. IT/BPO and Real Estate have taken over the Millennium City. The poor state of infrastructure, shoddy power supply, and inept policies of the state agencies, have played their part in slowly killing the manufacturing industries in Udyog Vihar. As per an HSIIDC (Haryana State Industrial Corporation) official, around 65 per cent of the original 2015 units in the six phases of Udyog Vihar, are now housing IT and BPO companies. Only 20 per cent of the remaining units are manufacturing auto parts, garments and pharma products, informs Colonel Raj Singla, a former President of the Gurgaon Chamber of Industries. That the character of this industrial destination has changed in the past few years is evident when one drives past the India Bulls building on the road that connects National Highway 8 and the Old Delhi-Gurgaon road.   Contd on p 21 

Waiting For A Rainy Day The Summer caught us flat-footed on Water and Power; And the Monsoon will catch us sleeping on Sewage and Traffic. { Abhishek Behl and Hritvick Sen / FG }


onsoon! What monsoon, abhi to garmi shuru hui hai bhai.' This is the common refrain of most of the government officials in Gurgaon, who are surprised by the very mention of the yearly phenomenon, that is expected to hit the Millennium City on June 29. The response of the City Administration, makes it clear that they are suffering from the 'Panipat Syndrome' – that is, until the 'enemy' is at the door, there is no need to do anything. Friday Gurgaon spoke to the MCG, HUDA and officials of the other departments, to check what is happening on the ground, so that Gurgaon may have a better monsoon season this year. Unfortunately, there is no proactive planning in place. They will wait till the first rains hit Gurgaon. Whatever little is happening is a continuation of some activities. There is some cleaning and desilting work, and some installation of storm water and sewage pipes – all taking place in a piecemeal manner. Contd on p 8 

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horeographed by Swati Mohan, this Dance Drama is an attempt, by the students of Danza Performing Arts, to experience their memories – and use dance, with theatre, to express the journey.


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eaturing the Bird Hospital of Gurgaon, started by NC Jain – a haven for our feathered friends. ...Pg 6

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Water Policy


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Coming Up

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Not Ambient


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Bobby Cash Rocks Patio

he visitors at Iskate, Ambience Mall were in for a surprise, as they had a glimpse of actor Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. The actors visited the Mall to promote their upcoming flick, Rowdy Rathore. They were accompanied by famous dancer Prabhu Deva. Akshay Kumar looked ‘rowdy’, sporting a moustache, while Sonakshi was dressed in a traditional suit and salwar. While talking to the media, Sonakshi Sinha said that her role in the movie is comparatively quite different.


opular country music singer, Bobby Cash rocked the Patio Club, as he belted out his hit numbers “Ruk Ja Baby,” “Ghost Riders In The Sky,” and “Killing Me Softly”, to name a few. This was followed by a performance of Valentine Shipley, who played songs ranging from Pink Floyd to Kabir and Jagjit Singh. Over 200 guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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ndia’s first ever nation-wide comedy festival, the Foster’s LOL Evenings, featuring Weirdass Comedy, launched their second edition at Power Play Sports Bar and Lounge. Popular comedian, Vir Das, actors Kaneez Surka, Ashwin Mushran, Kavi Shastri, Amogh Ranadive, and comedian Tanmay Bhat were seen entertaining the guests. “I am extremely happy to be a part of such an initiative, which has boosted the abundant stand up talent in our country. I had great fun performing at the debut of Foster’s LOL Evenings, with my team at Weirdass, and cannot wait to get onto the stage once again,” said Vir Das.

ufi Singer Vidya Shah mesmerized guests at Devi Art Foundation, with the poetry of Bulle Shah, Shah Hussain Rabia, and other poets. The event was sponsored by Sobha Developers and Dewars. There was also an Iranian Art Exhibition at the Foundation

SAB Respect the Road S

tepping up its efforts to promote and support responsible drinking behaviour, SABMiller India organised a street play in the Galleria market. Titled “Hain Dost Tumhari Yeh Rahein”, the storyline of the play was based in the year 2040, depicting Gurgaon as a utopian city, with safe roads and negligible accidents. The play saw Ravinder Tomar, ACP (Traffic) Gurgaon, Mr. Nikhil Saigal, Director, Home Safe, and Mr. Ajit Jha, Director, SABMiller India, in attendance.


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Authentic Awadhi { Aalok Wadhwa }


wadhi cuisine consists of both vegetarian and meat dishes, and employs the 'dum' style, of cooking over a slow fire. It is a highly skilled craft. I am here at the Sector 15 market, to find out how well the newly opened Awadhi restaurant—Kasturi—delivers on the authenticity and taste, of what is one of the finest cuisines in India. With large Rajput paintings adorning its walls, pop lattice columns, and the soulful strains of Ghulam Ali, Kasturi’s ambience takes me down memory lane. It is refreshingly well-lit, dressed up in a soothing clean white and cream colour palette, and has no traces of food odour whatsoever. Why the name Kasturi? The seasoned Lucknawi Chef Sumit Tandon smiles: “Kasturi means musk, the fragrance of the musk deer – who chases this wonderful smell, that is actually inside its own body. We want your pursuit for wonderful food to end here.” I am served the traditional starters of garlic-tomato chutney, mint chutney, pickled onions, and papad; they provide the right pep, and set the palate tingling. My first order is the ‘Sunehri Bater’

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he blurb on the cover of the book says, ‘Unstoppable. A fascinating read for all those who dare to dream.’ This memoir is an endearing tribute to the czarina of beauty products, Shahnaz Husain, by her daughter Nelofar Currimbhoy. By way of memory, anecdotes, and interviews with old friends, Nelofar has beautifully recreated the incredible life of her mother. Universally recognised for her burgundy tresses,

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mouthfuls of beautifully spiced exotica. Equally spectacular is the chicken Kasturi Kabab (Rs. 400), which is subtly spiced and coated with egg before grilling – and melts in the mouth. Impressed so far, I ask the Chef about the Restaurant’s food philosophy. “We keep the menu fairly true to tradition, with some effort to keep the food light, to suit modern lifestyle preferences. I personally source all the masalas from Lucknow, to ensure authenticity,”


 Continental cuisine mother wore a burqa. Her father attended Oxford. Married at the age of fifteen, Husain continued her studies even after her daughter, Nelofar, was born. Shahnaz was fortunate, as her husband continued to be a pillar of strength and unstinted support. In a candid moment Shahnaz reveals, “I was madly in love with him. I don’t think there’s any actor today who’s half as good looking as my husband.” The initial chapters chronicle Shahnaz’s life in Lucknow, and thereafter in Tehran and London. I was particularly amused by an anecdote, where Nelofar narrates how Shahnaz, eager to swim, entered the pool wearing a bath robe in the conservative 1960s.The part biography and part memoir reads like a novel – which according to Nelofar is deliberate. “This is my mother’s story, but it’s also an inspiring tale - one that I hope will make a difference in people’s lives. I didn’t want to let it become a boring cut-and-dried biography”.

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The latter part of the book reveals how Shahnaz started with a small beauty clinic in the verandah of her home, with the help of her husband and daughter. Shahnaz Herbals today employs over 1,800 people, and exports a range of over two hundred and fifty high-selling products to 60 countries. Since the biography is an ode by

a daughter, we only get to know about the illustrious journey of Shahnaz Husain. One even gets glimpses of self-aggrandizement. The controversies and the criticism have been spared. To be fair to Nelofar, while most of the content comes from her heart, she has also talked to family and friends. u

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First World Children Expo T

he first ever action packed kids’ expo in the City – ‘World Children Expo 2012’, conceptualised by Creative Children Media Pvt. Ltd., took place at the Ambience Mall. From shoes to apparel, stationery to games, books to toys, and meeting and greeting cartoon characters to attending workshops and sessions – there was no dull moment for the kids. Former skipper of the Indian women’s cricket team, and popular TV cricket expert, Anjum Chopra, was seen giving away 10 autographed mini-bats to kids. She also interacted with children, and stressed to mothers the need to inculcate the reading habit among kids.

Baba Yoga


oga Guru Baba Ramdev taught yoga exercises to thousands of his followers at Sector 5 HUDA Ground. Some of his young followers presented a stylized yoga, with a group of two or three of them holding positions. The event also saw active participation from exarmy officials, from the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement. They extended full support to Baba Ramdev for his anti- corruption drive.

To College In Canada O

wing to world-class research facilities, renowned expert faculty, and supportive learning environments, Canadian Universities have earned a name for quality education. This was revealed at a Conference, organised by Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC). The representatives from the universities and colleges of Canada met students, teachers, and parents. Sunisha Anand, Faculty at Shri Ram School, DLF Phase III, said, “There has been a steady rise in the interest levels of the Indian student community, to look at Canada as a destination for higher studies. This Conference helped us know the subject requirements, and the preference of the Canadian universities.” CUAC is coming up with an Application Fair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on June 2, from 6 pm to 10 pm. “It’s not easy to find honest, sophisticated and professional help for deciding on study courses/universities in Canada. In India, so many agents mislead students - so the CUAC Fair is a chance to learn the truth,” said Mel Broitman, Managing Director, CUAC.

Soulmate Vapourises F

amous band Soulmate rocked the floor at Vapour. Stunning vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Tipriti Kharbangar set the pace with rock n roll and Indian blues, capturing the mood of the audience. Inspired by the roots and groove sounds, Soulmate is a Shillongbased band, famous for playing the blues, blues-rock, soul, and rock n roll.

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ The Haryana Govt., against standard policy, is now being forced to buy power from private firms, esp. for Gurgaon. Now Jharsa and Sushant Lok 1 villagers and residents block road, agitating for water supply – sixth such protest over last 10 days. Citywide protests against petrol price rise. ♦ The foundation stone was laid for the AIIMS Outreach OPD at Village Badhsa in District Jhajjar, by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare – alongwith the Haryana CM. The location is 17km from Gurgaon. The OPD facility would be operational by August, and would be able to cater to 1,000 patients a day. This is where the second campus of AIIMS would come up on 300 acres, over 5 to 6 years. There would also be a Nursing School set up through NRHM, and 5-10 of Class IV and non-technical jobs would be reserved for the local village youth. AIIMS OPD sees more than 25 lac patients a year – almost 10,000 a day ! 6 other AIIMS are to come up at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh. ♦ All Children Homes run by NGOs, alongwith their inmates, are required to be registered under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2006, with the District Administration. The assessment is that there are 11 such Homes. A new office of District Child Protection Officer has also been set up – esp. for destitute and orphan children. All children under 18 years should be provided all basic facilities. ♦ City Bus service is expanded, with 20 more buses, on 3 more routes – serving Badshahpur, Palam Vihar, and Basai Chowk. Total routes are now 7, and buses 56. 4 more routes would be added soon, probably by end June. However, service is fairly chaotic, with no bus stops. 150 bus shelters are proposed to be constructed in the City 9hopefully before the monsoon).

5 Super luxury Volvo buses are being inducted, to cover Jaipur and Agra routes. ♦ For the third time, in the recent past alone, the demolition squad of the Town & Country Planning (T&CP) conducted a demolition drive in and around village Garhi Harsaru. It seems some ‘colonizers’ are not giving up easily – even road networks and electricity poles had been built, apart from property dealers’ offices. Prospective customers are led to believe that this area is legal. Demolitions also take place in Mubarakpur and Farukhnagar. ♦ DHBVN ‘official’ electricity schedule: Urban, mixed urban - 20 hours a day Load restriction only from 8am to 10am, and 2pm to 4 pm for Gurgaon II circle; and 10am to 12 noon, and 4pm to 6pm for Gurgaon I. ♦ Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Sheel Madhur has been elected National President of Pangration Athlima Federation (PAF). – a sporting body. The sport (a combination of wrestling and boxing) is open to women also. It will provide them training in self-defence. The game will probably be included in the 2016 Olympics. Pangration has been played in India for the past 6 years, and the 7th National level tournament will be held at Gurgaon – over 500 sportspersons are expected to attend. ♦ G Cabs will introduce taxis with women drivers from Friday, June 1. ♦ Charge sheet against all 7 accused in MG Road rape case (in March). 26 year old financial analyst commits suicide – jumps from 7th floor of office building. An 18-year-old boy commits suicide, anticipating poor Class XII results. An Army man held for murder of pregnant woman who was found dead on Faridabad road. A pedestrian is killed on NH8. A person drowns while trying to swim in Damdama Lake (had gone with 2 friends).

A college student and an accomplice arrested, for the murder of a truck driver last October. They were desperate for money to buy liquor. CBI takes charge of Nargis Juneja murder case. A ‘friend’ accused, for uploading/morphing a girl’s (medical student) picture on porn site. 8 students injured in auto-bus accident. A runaway couple has been given police protection. There was a pub brawl at a pub in Sahara Mall - 1 arrested Reebok case referred to Serious Fraud Office. Citibank fraud case – Shivraj Puri and father have been granted bail, by the Punjab & Haryana High Court. A Nigerian is among 2 held in a drug export racket (drugs worth over Rs 70 lacs were seized). Jewellery and cash worth lacs stolen from a house in DLF Phase I. Owner was out of the city. A Sector 45 house is burgled, Rs 60,000 worth stolen. An inter-state auto theft operation busted, with the arrest of 2. Eight luxury cars are recovered. The gang had stolen and sold hundreds of cars. A Santro and a Scorpio are snatched from unsuspecting drivers. A car stolen in broad daylight in Sector 29. 7 persons trying to steal electric cables are caught by villagers. ♦ A fire in a medical equipment factory in Manesar takes almost a day to put off. The loss is estimated at about Rs 200 crores. ♦ World Health Organization (WHO) South East Asia Region has selected Dr. Vishesh Kumar who is serving as Sub Regional Team Leader of WHO Delhi, to provide technical assistance and leadership in Africa, a WHO Region for Global Polio Eradication. Before going in WHO, he was SMO in Gurgaon General Hospital. Polio is presently there in three countries of the world – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. India has been polio free since 13th January, 2011. Last year, Dr. Kumar helped Republic of Uganda to achieve polio eradication. He has also done distinguished work to curb female foeticide.

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anas, a two-month old owl, was brought to the Jain Charity Bird Hospital with serious injuries in his leg and back. Today, after a month of treatment, he walks with ease. Volunteers at the hospital jump with delight, as they see him rolling and playing in the nests. The Hospital, situated next to the famous Jain Mandir in Sadar Bazaar, receives 8 to 9 birds like Manas every day. Naresh Chand Jain, the CEO of Jain Bird Hospital, laid the foundation in September 2009. It started with 40 birds – picked up from the Delhi hospital, the roads, or abandoned by insensitive owners. Jain has been successful in saving the lives of nearly 900 birds – that were either badly injured, starving, or even dying. What prompted Jain to open a bird hospital was an accident on his terrace. He found an injured pigeon there one day. It had collided with a sharp wire. He couldn’t save the pigeon’s life. “We rushed to Delhi, but he died on the way. The accident persuaded me start a hospital of birds in the City. Also, my religion, Jainism, that is known for its compassionate attitude towards all living creatures, inspired me to take up the mission,” says Jain, an exSBI employee.


While the most frequent patients to the Hospital are pigeons, parrots, and French

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Feather Shelter

sparrows, the Hospital also receives owls, crows, and peacocks occasionally. All patients are given a high-protein diet two times a day. However, the Hospital doesn’t give any non-vegetarian item. Carnivores are sent to the Delhi hospital, after a firstaid treatment. The Hospital is situated in a small two-storey building, owned by Jain (with the help of a few friends). It has a capacity for about 700 birds. Each bird is examined and assessed by a qualified veterinarian, before being given a cage. Apart from malnutrition, blindness, and accidental cases, the Hospital also receives paralytic patients, and patients suffering from chicken pox. “We offer medical facilities for almost all the ailments. We have medicines


feel that it is the educated professionals who have transformed sleepy Gurgaon into a happening Millennium City. Since most have lived and travelled abroad, they strive to match the standards of a global city,” says Varun Dewan a resident of Parsvnath Exotica, Gurgaon. Varun, and his pretty wife Shikha, swear by the City – it’s potential to offer great work opportunities, world class schools, and a happening night life. Soon after graduating from Chandigarh University, the young couple moved to Gurgaon, nearly eight years ago. “Both of us belong to Chandigarh, but Gurgaon is our home now. The young urban population residing in Gurgaon has indeed given a boost to the image of the City,” feels Shikha. “The cosmopolitan nature of the City has made it a vibrant culture capital.” Youngsters from all over the country, working in Gurgaon, are in complete awe of the City. Gurgaon provides amazing work opportunities, for professionals passing out of various colleges across


and infrastructure for even the most critical illnesses. To avoid infection, we regulate the temperature, and activate the centralised cooling system on both the floors in summers,” says Dr. Rajkumar, a veterinarian. When asked about the infrastructure for performing surgeries in the Hospital, Dr. Rajkumar says, “The Hospital has performed a number of surgeries. The most complicated surgery was on a tortoise. A lady came to us with a baby tortoise, who had been bitten by a cat; his body was so badly damaged that the owners had lost hope. We performed a surgery, under which the tortoise was given 66 stitches. He was saved, after a struggle for two days.” The birds, once sufficiently recovered, are set free at a nearby park. To date, the Hospital has set free over 900 birds. The Hospital has a recovery rate of 80 per cent.

Future Plans


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Here’s an Advisory, by the Hospital to the City’s bird lovers: Turn off lights at night: Artificial lights often confuse birds, which results in fatal collisions with buildings. To prevent this, turn off the lights at night. Prevent window collisions: Many birds strike windows, as they don’t recognise glass. Use light-coloured shades for windows, or place a net or a screen in front of the window, to keep the birds away. Also, place bird feeders (containers of food for birds) away from windows. Keep cats indoors: Keeping cats indoors helps keep the birds outdoors safe. Don’t use pesticides: Use the least toxic alternatives for combating pests at home, as pesticides are harmful for birds. Keep feeders clean: Clean the feeders regularly with water-bleach solution, or a diluted vinegar solution, or non-fragranced soap.

the length and breadth of the country. The city is buzzing with young working professionals. “Gurgaon is a hub for accountants, engineers, bankers and architects. It is a favourite haunt for us budding chartered accountants, who wish to participate in India’s growth story,” adds Varun. Varun and Shikha cite many other reasons for their love of Gurgaon. The couple is particularly happy about the various good schools in and around Gurgaon. Their little daughter, Samaira, goes to the prestigious ‘The Shri Ram School’ in DLF. Other than work, Gurgaon offers great opportunities to unwind and relax. The couple can’t stop gushing about their list of

Plans are underway to open another bird hospital in the City. “We want to set up a similar facility in ‘new’ Gurgaon. However, the cost of land is a matter of concern. If any organisation/ individual is willing to donate even a two-room set for the hospital, we will be open for the proposal,” says Jain. Besides, the Hospital is also working on a hostel facility for birds, since it receives a lot of requests from people who have no place to leave their birds when they go on a vacation. “Like dog hostels, we can start a hostel for birds. However, the wards would have to accept strict vegetarianism,” smiles Jain.

What needs to be done

Although the Hospital gets frequent volunteers, who want to work with birds, it has only one permanent doctor and one attendant. It seeks support from the City’s bird lovers, to become a fullyequipped hospital, with a complement of doctors, supervisors, and trained attendants – as well as a research laboratory. u hang out joints in the City. Shikha feels there are enough opportunities for young women like her to engage in. “We frequently hang-out at various malls and restaurants thronging the City. Ice skating in Ambience Mall is exciting, and so is bowling at the 32nd milestone. ­­­We often go to watch various shows in ‘The Kingdom of Dreams’. The art and culture scene at the Epicentre is vibrant too.” But apart from all the glitz and glamour, there are problems of commuting and safety within Gurgaon. Shikha says, “Yes, safety and security is a big problem. Since Varun often travels abroad for work, I have to commute alone. I try to avoid late evenings when I am alone. Also, the City has become very expensive to live in.” According to this charismatic young couple, the City transcends all boundaries, and yet remains ‘home sweet home’ for them. “We love the place. And with various growth opportunities, we wouldn’t trade Gurgaon for any other place,” enthuses Varun. u

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 Contd from p 1 It is also evident that there is little or no learning from the last year, that saw chaos during the monsoon season. Waterlogging in the entire city had made life unbearable, with clogged sewer lines spitting out a foul-smelling concoction of storm-water and sewage on city streets; and traffic jams on the potholed roads had compounded the matter. Despite that horror, no exercise has been carried out to clean up the Badshahpur nullah, and other major drains that carry the sewage to Najafgarh drain. A recent report by the Centre for Science and Environment mentions that by 2021 the City will face a situation where it could drown in its own excreta! An insider reveals that the tender process for the cleaning of drains has yet to be completed, and it has been delayed by two months. “The tendering will be completed this week, and work will start soon, to ensure that by the onset of rains the desilting takes place.” It is anyone’s guess as to what will happen if these drains are not cleaned up in time; but what is more surprising is that no one knows what happens to the rest of the sewage. Friday Gurgaon spoke to the MCG, HUDA and officials of the other departments, to check what is happening on the ground, so that Gurgaon may have a better monsoon season this year. Unfortunately, there is no proactive planning in place. They will wait till the first rains hit Gurgaon.

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Waiting For A Rainy Day ing the monsoon,” he claims. MCG Joint Commissioner Anju Chowdhary says that the exercise to clear the drains starts in May, and contracts have been given to private operators to carry out the work. She also says that garbage dumps on the side of roads, and designated places, are being cleaned regularly, to ensure that nothing is left in the open.Incidentally, the MCG sewage that is collected in old Gurgaon goes to the master network of HUDA, that in itself needs a massive dose of improvement. MCG Chief Sanitary Officer Aruna Sangwan says that the process of removing garbage and taking it to Bandhwari has been streamlined. She says that there is regular cleaning of lanes and drains in MCG controlled areas, but deeper nullahs are meant to be cleaned by the engineering department. Interestingly, the tender for cleaning the nullahs has been delayed, putting a question mark on the preparedness of the agency. An insider says that one weak link in the entire stage can lead to a catastrophe for the residents, as it happened last year. Lalit Kumar, a contractor with the MCG, has the job of cleaning the drains in several villages in Gurgaon – including


Badshahpur, Naharpur Rupa, Kherki Daula, Bandhwari and Begumpur Khataula. In his opinion, the cleaning and desilting work is hampered because a number of drains in Gurgaon, including the Badshahpur nullah, have kuccha surface. “It hampers the flow of water, and needs more time and effort to remove the silt and garbage,” admits Kumar. Compared to the MCG officials, the Councillors are more confident of facing the monsoon this time, as many of them have had sewage and storm water pipes installed in their respective wards, particularly villages. Senior Deputy Mayor Yashpal Batra says that waterlogging has been a perennial problem of Gurgaon, but it is being resolved. “We have replaced old sewage and storm water pipes in many parts of old Gurgaon. Pumping machinery is being made functional, and it will be primed by the time the monsoon hits Gurgaon,” he claims. Batra however admits that the problems of waterlogging and traffic jams, at the crucial Hero Honda Chowk— that comes under the purview of MCG— have not been resolved. “Discussions are on with various agencies, but no solution has been found as yet,” he says.

Virender Yadav, Councillor of Ward no. 23, expresses confidence that this year the problem of waterlogging, that is normally seen in Khandsa, Sector 10 A, Saraswati Enclave and Sector 37 C Industrial area, will be resolved. We have built a nullah from Khandsa Chowk to the Basai Water Treatment Plant, and hopefully we will have a better time during the rains this year,” he says. Similar is the view of Kalu Ram Yadav, whose Ward includes the crucial Kherki Daula toll plaza, Harsaru, Mohdpur, Narsingpur and Sihi villages. Yadav says that sewers have been laid in three villages of his Ward, but roads have not been constructed. “Waterlogging is a major issue in this area, but hopefully it will be resolved from this year,” he states.

The arrival of Dr. Praveen Kumar has galvanised the Authority to at least do some basic work – repairing roads, smoothing potholes, removing garbage on time, maintaining some green belts and parks – and more importantly, looking seriously at water and sewage issues. Sarvesh Kumar Joon, the pointsman of the HUDA Administrator claims that strict

instructions have been issued to all the departments to get ready for the monsoon. Joon says that all the Executive Engineers have been asked to identify areas that are normally waterlogged, so that rainwater harvesting structures can be built there. “We are also repairing the existing rainwater harvesting structures, so that the water can be harvested,” he says. He adds that cemented berms, on the side of roads, are being removed, to ensure that water seeps underground. HUDA is working with the RWAs to identify new points where these rainwater harvesting structures can be built. Large scale repairing of roads is being done with a special patching machine, so that potholes remain a thing of the past – and residents do not suffer during the rains. When asked about the crucial intersections on the National Highway 8, including the Hero Honda Chowk, the HUDA official says that pumping machinery is being made functional at the Chowk, and other areas that witness waterlogging in Gurgaon. Storm water drains are being de-silted. Joon also informesthat inspections are being carried out at the Sewage and Water Treatment Plants, to ensure that they function at the optimum

Chowk to Sector-9 college.  From Bus stand to Bhim Nagar, the sewerage line is raised higher than the road. Accidents may occur unless rectified.  The road from bus stand to Old Delhi Road is broken, needs to be resurfaced.  The sewer manhole at Sethi Chowk is raised, and poses a traffic hazard.

soons. This needs to be taken care of before the monsoons.  The service roads near Artemis traffic light need to be remade, as they are in very bad condition.  Streetlights to be put up on Sec-15 Road ( Old Jharsa Chowk), Jalvayu Vihar to Sec-40 Traffic Light, Bakhtawar Chowk to HUDA City Centre, Rajiv Chowk to Civil Lines Road, Sethi Chowk to Bhuteshwar Mandir Road, Sec-55/56 T-Point to Ghata TPoint, Ghata T-Point to Faridabad Toll, Genpact Traffic Light to Faridabad T-Point, Bhagat Singh Chowk to Sec-4/5 Chowk, Sec-12 Chowk to Sheetla Mata Road, MDI Chowk to Atul Kataria Chowk.  Halogen lights to be put up at Bristol Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Sec17/18, Bhuteshwar Mandir.

level during the monsoons. As far as solid waste disposal is concerned, HUDA is planning to ensure that garbage dumps are sprayed with chemicals regularly, to ensure that bacteria does not grow and spread disease. "We have made it clear to the engineering wing that all the works needed to tackle the monsoon should be done on priority. Nothing will be left to chance,” asserts Joon. While Joon assures us that HUDA will be able to handle the monsoon in a better situation, his confidence is not shared by many Gurgaon residents. It is also clear that there is no specific plan of action for the monsoon, there is no inter-agency coordination, and the actions of 09818200470 each are limited to specific ited goals.

Haryana Urban Develop-

ment Authority (HUDA)

Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG)

The MCG is the master of 'old' Gurgaon and the village abadies. When confronted with the issue of Monsoon preparedness, MCG Superintending Engineer Y.K Garg, and Joint Municipal Commissioner Anju Chowdhary, are taken aback. Monsoon is not on the checklist yet, as the MCG is burdened with provisioning water during the summer season, says Garg. He further says that they prepare for the monsoon every year on the basis of past experience, and weather forecasts predicted by the Met department. When asked about any plan of action for monsoons, he informs that in many parts of old Gurgaon sewage pipes have been installed – including Model Town, Arjun Nagar, Prem Nagar and several such colonies. “We have also constructed roads, and repaired many of these, to ensure that residents do not suffer dur-

Traffic Update

Gurgaon Traffic Police, that will have the major task of maintaining traffic during the coming monsoon, has listed some action points that need to be taken up by MCG and HUDA, to ensure a smooth flow on city roads. The city agencies need to act fast to ensure that water-logging does not take place, add traffic officials. They, however, do not have any specific plan for themselves.

Desired MCG Action On:

 Broken road from Civil Lines to Jharsa, washed away by rains, and potholed.  District Court T-point section dug up. Needs to be resurfaced.  Potholed road from MLA Rao Dharampal's kothi to jail Road.  Road dug up from Pataudi

Desired HUDA Action On:

 The road from Hero Honda Chowk to Subhash Chowk needs to be resurfaced, as it is in a very bad condition.  The road repair work from Bhagat Singh Chowk to the Sector 4-5 crossing has not been completed.  Bad sewerage connection at Hero Honda Chowk has led to flooding of the service road in mon-

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 Contd from p 8 Raman Sharma, a civic activist, says that none of the drains that carry the sewage in Gurgaon has been cleaned. “The City would be shocked to know that HUDA Estate Officer 1 has not spent a single rupee under the account of sanitation and cleaning. Money on this account is spent from conservancy account, to ensure that no one knows where the money is coming from, and how much is spent where”, says Sharma. He is likely to get more such information in the coming days, he says. He further reveals that most of the drains in Gurgaon being used for sewage disposal are basically storm water drains. The failure of the Sewage Treatment Plants has further compounded the matter, as storm water during monsoons is not able to move, due to clogged drains.

Health Department

Mahindar Kumar, District Malaria Officer says that a Raman Sharma's solution: Clear the Badshahpur drain, that is basically a storm water drain, in the next one month, and this will solve seventy per cent of Gurgaon’s problems during the monsoon.

month long anti-Malaria and anti-Dengue month will be observed in June, before the onset of monsoon. A case of Japanese Encephalitis was also registered last year from New Palam Vihar, informs Kumar. He adds that open fields, where sewage is disposed off, is the primary reason for the spread of this disease. The increasing number of pigs roaming around in Gurgaon have a direct connection with the spread of this disease, he adds.

Rainwater Harvesting: The Activists’ viewpoint

Most of the civic activists working in Gurgaon are critical of the rainwater harvesting policies, and the means to achieve it. They, however, agree that harvesting of rainwater could go a long way in supplanting the depleting ground water in the Millennium City. R.S Rathee, President of Gurgaon Citizen Council, says that the government agencies are not serious about conserving rain water. “We had suggested that check dams be built at the foothills of the Aravallis, touching the City. A map identifying these points, as well as rain water harvesting structures, was submitted to HUDA – but nothing has come of it,” says Rathee. He alleges that a similar plan for harvesting water was submitted earlier too. Rathee says that to tackle

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t is the time of year when everyone realises the value of a bucket of water. Tankers are criss-crossing the city, unable to meet the demand of the parched citizenry. Water taps are running dry for days on end, and there is no electricity to run the motors. Even in posh colonies such as DLF and Sushant Lok, people are running from pillar to post in search of water. In DLF Phases I to IV, there is mayhem, as irate residents hold demonstrations against the maintenance agency. It is interesting to note that India is among the few countries remaining, where water is one amenity which is hardly metered. We pay a pittance, and get the licence to withdraw as much water as we please. Haryana is a state which has no river of its own, and therefore has to depend on canal water – and more importantly, on groundwater. The phenomenal increase of water consumption and wastage has placed a catastrophic burden on the groundwater supply, says Darshan Singh of SURGE. In the backdrop of this water-hungry chaos, comes a four-page government policy, under instruction from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which seeks to change the way people perceive and use water. From this year onwards, the Haryana State Urban Water Policy (2012) defines the usage of water by domestic and commercial users alike. Petitioner Sarpreet Kaur launched a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), in which she said that both Chandigarh and Haryana have to start metering the water connections. Because of the flat rate of water which is charged, people are misusing the precious commodity. The High Court ordered the Administration to send a team to various urban local bodies in the State, to survey and set up the process. The Policy’s aim is to ‘bring about the conservation of water, prevention of wastage, and reduction in

the ensuing monsoons. HUDA should ensure that existing rainwater harvesting structures are made functional. Another suggestion is to lower the height of green belts in the HUDA Sectors, by 2 to 3 feet, so that the storm water goes

C over Story directly to these low lying areas and seeps in the ground. Raman Sharma says that water harvesting structures built by HUDA in different parts of the City cannot function optimally, as these are badly designed. No thought has been

Not Just For a Rainy Day Sewage Collection – ensure regular collection. Sewage Connection – if sewage is being generated, ensure connection of colony sewage to a covered Drain.   Sewage Drain – this must be separate from a storm water drain. There is need for regular cleaning and desilting.   Sewage Treatment – there must be adequate capacity, as per sewage generation; also, treatment quality must be as per standards.   Sewage Effluent Re-use – after treatment, the effluent should be usable, for gardens, parks, toilets, and for general industrial use.   Water Harvesting – is supposedly compulsory in residential, commercial, and industrial areas. There is no uniform structure and method.  Water bodies

need to be revived. We must seriously consider creating ‘check dams’ at the foothills of the Aravallis. Traffic Management – ensure roads are repaired, potholes flattened, and manholes covered. Traffic lights need to have power back up, 24x7. Traffic policemen need to have rain protective uniforms, and fluorescent signs. Volunteers need to be utilized during peak hours.   Bus Stops/Shelters – while there is a ‘plan’ for 150 across the City, we must ensure they are in place before the monsoon.   Hero Honda Chowk  - ensure no water-logging, no sewage overflow,   Water borne diseases – create awareness, ensure sanitation, regularly spray pesticide, as also ensure other preventive measures.

We are hopefully poor on most counts.

Now, Pay By The Litre! ‘non-revenue water’ in urban a r eas. Keeping in view the present scenario of wastage of huge amounts of water through unmetered water connections, provided to consumers in urban areas at flat rates, the Policy stresses the need for putting in water meters within one year. “This is something which is needed right now,” says Sudhir Kapoor, the Secretary of the DLF City RWA. “There are residents who are not satisfied with just the basic use of water in hot summer months. They need to water their gardens twice a day, wash all their cars, hose the neighbourhood streets; all this, when everyone knows there is a water crisis. Introducing water meters and making them mandatory is of course a welcome step.” Throwing the flat rate of billing consumers out of the window, the Policy envisions the provision of only metered connections to consumers in the domestic, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. Existing unmetered connections would be converted into metered connections within a year of notification of the Policy. This would be applicable to all urban local bodies, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Housing Board, and Public Health Engineering Departments (PHEDs). The implementation of the Policy shall be done by the PHED, under supervision of a state-level Empow-

ered Committee, headed by the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary. Providing strict guidelines, the Policy also states that any water connection remaining unmetered after one year would be penalised, and even disconnected. Any unsanctioned connection therewith would be cut off without notification, and would be reconnected after payment of stiff penalties. Electric pumps will not be allowed to be put direct on any water supply line. Superintending EngiNumber of unmetered connections in Haryana: 4,55,955 (official figure) Time allotted for conversion: One Year/ Till March 12, 2012 Classification of Consumers: 1. Domestic Category  Premises used for residence.  Hostels of Educational Institutions of the Government, and working women’s hostels.  Government recognised destitute homes, orphanages, charitable homes, schools for physically-handicapped.  Places meant for drinking purposes.  Places of worship, cremation, and cemeteries. 2. Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional areas 3. All categories not covered under (1) & (2).


given to where waterlogging takes place, and the volume of water. I think waterlogging will take place, and the sewage network will fail again, as the Badshahpur nullah is being used to dispose sewage. Even if this has to be done, there is need to first clean this drain, as it carries the sewage and storm water from a major portion of the City,” asserts Sharma. He argues that if Sewage Treatment Plants are made functional, then the treated water can be reused. He is also critical of the manner in which Gurgaon citizens act in an uncivilized manner. They must not throw garbage on roads, or on kerbs. Gurgaonites needs to own this City, and consider themselves as part of the City. This has not happened,” he asserts. District Administration DC P.C Meena says he has passed on instructions to prepare for the monsoon to the concerned officials. Everything is being taken care of,” he says with confidence. Famous last words, as always? Gurgaon is currently reeling under an unprecedented water and power crisis – with 78colonies' residents already having taken to the streets in protest. All izz not well, Hoodaji. You are testing the citizens' limits. u

neer A.K Jain says that this policy was long needed. “People complain of not having enough water supply, and on the other hand so many people get away with massive wastage. With the metering of water supply, this will definitely be reduced.” Even if the rate of the water being charged is just Re.1 per 100 litres, Executive Engineer Pradeep Singh says it is better than a flat water slab. “If nothing else, it will tell us how many households are wasting water,” he says. HUDA Chief Dr. Praveen Kumar is especially upbeat about this move. According to officials, he has ordered for digital, tamper-proof meters to be installed. But other departments are yet to even hear of this. MCG engineers, when quizzed about the new Water Policy, said that it is in the PHED domain, and they have nothing to do with it. But residents have mixed reactions to the new Policy. “Yes, we have heard about it. But how will they charge us, when there is no water available?” states a skeptical Joydeep Sen. “So many of my friends are complaining of no water supply for days on end,” he relates, adding that his apartment complex has not been touched by these problems because of their borewells. “There are pros and cons to this,” Sudhir Kapoor says, “The quality of water needs to to be good. If it is not, the meter will have incorrect readings, leading to problems later on. Then, there should be a proper grievance redressal council to address complaints. Other wise, the whole step will be a self-defeating exercise.” With the setting-up of Water and Power ‘thanas’ across the State, the Policy has also set up a grievance redressal process. Any complainant can approach an Executive Engineer with his dispute, and a copy of the bill payment receipt. If the dispute is not resolved within 30 days, the matter will be escalated to the Superintending Engineer. u


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he Ambience Lagoon Condominium is a premium apartment complex off the National Highway-8, just close to the Delhi-Gurgaon toll complex. Despite being a posh address, and one of the most expensive condominiums in Gurgaon, there is unrest among the residents of Ambience Lagoon. The residents feel cheated, as they have been allegedly deprived of a major chunk of land by the builder, on the plea that this Condominium is now an integrated township. Not only this, residents are also afraid that the recent digging on an adjacent piece of land for a commercial complex threatens their apartments. A former President of Ambience Lagoon Apartments Residents Welfare Association (ALARWA) says that the exterior wall of E and F blocks had started developing cracks after the digging began, just across the road that separates the basement of the block and the excavation site. Regarding the siphoning off of their land by the builder, the residents allege that while the Deed of Declaration mentions that this Apartment Complex has been built on 11.83 acres, in reality the Condominium residents have been given just 7.86 acres of land. Dr. S.C Talwar, a resident of the Complex, says that originally this Condominium was supposed to be built on 19.82 acres of land. But the builder got 8 acres of land de-licensed, although


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that was against the rules of the Haryana Apartment Owners Act. When the matter was taken up with the Department of Town & Country Planning (T&CP), the Senior Town Planner (STP) admitted that there was no term such as de-licensing in the Act, says Talwar. The STP, however, said that whenever minor changes are made in the licenses, it is called de-licensing, he adds. The residents allege that after the delicensing, it was mentioned that the Condominium was standing on 11. 83 acres of land. Talwar says that this issue too was disputed, as residents carried out a measurement themselves, and found that the land was much less than what was stated in the declaration. This led to an agitation by the residents, who took their case to the Director, T&CP, Haryana, who asked the STP Gurgaon to carry out a survey. Talwar says that residents carried out a field survey, as well as one through google, and it was found that the Condominium

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had only 7.86 acres of land under its possession. “When we confronted the STP with these findings, he agreed with it,” says Talwar; but adds that a stratagem was used by the builder, to justify what he had done. It was observed by the STP that Ambience Lagoon Apartments was now part of an integrated township, rather than being a group housing society as originally conceived and sold by the builder. This was really shocking, says one of the residents, who informs that out of the 11.83 acres of land, 2.582 acres are being used by the builder to construct a commercial complex, while 0.347 acre is being used as a project office by the builder. The Deed of Declaration was also delayed by years, but no action has been taken by the DTCP, the residents allege. They further say that despite the fact that they have occupied the building complex since 2002, the maintenance has not been

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Dr. S.C Talwar complex without the corpus of funds, he asks? The quality of lifts and their functioning is a further bone of contention between the residents and the builder. The Apartment owners say that the quality of lifts is not up to the mark, and they are scared lest an accident happens. The RWA members also say that their office, which they had opened in a room in the basement, was also forcefully taken away.

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Communication: The portal allows you to discuss, chat, complain, Special Offers for Resitake opinions, interact, and disdents: The portal offers its tribute information. Using the members special discounts on Online Notice Board, a soft various products or services copy of circulars, such as the – such as ordering from a resmaintenance bill, reaches the taurant, calling a laundry man, mailbox of all members, along booking a ticket, or taking an with an SMS informing them of appointment at the hospital. the same. Also, there are opinSince the portal connects venion polls – for taking quick de- Param Sidhu dors and customers, vendors ofcisions; a complaints section – to put forth the residents' concerns and fer additional discounts to the members. Finding Defaulters: The complete then check the status; and information about events taking place in the Society. automation of the system brings in clear Revenue Generation: It is not only accountability. It is easy for RWAs to find beneficial for residents, but also offers out defaulters in the Society, the ones who an additional source of income to the are not paying maintainable bills regularRWAs, as many companies would pre- ly. It brings in discipline and structure to fer to advertise to all members of a Soci- an establishment. Also, residents are betety together. “Many RWAs in Delhi and ter aware of the processes of the Society Ahmedabad earn up to Rs. 3 lakh a year management. Advertise your product or service: from the advertisements alone. We have telecom companies as sponsors. These You don't need to put up flyers on all the companies pay monthly fees to Just my notice boards in the Societies. Simply put Neighbour, and book a permanent space up a status, or an online advertisement, for their advertisement on our portal,” for your product or service. The portal also provides a member informs one of the RWA Heads.

An RWA member says that the relations with the builder have blown hot and cold from day one. “However, since the filing of the Deed of Declaration, the residents have become very unhappy, as they feel unjustly divested of almost one third of their land,” he says. People had paid huge sums of money to live in peace, but they feel cheated now, he says. On some of the issues, the RWA has gone to court, and it is hoping that justice is meted out to them. Residents further say that the construction of a commercial complex, adjacent to their housing block, will make life difficult for them. They claim that the land on which the complex is coming up belongs to the condominium. "We have pleaded with the Haryana government, DT&CP, and even gone to courts – but nothing has happened,” says Talwar. The new complex, he says, will sandwich the Lagoon Apartments further, as residents are already suffering the consequences due to the construction of Ambience Mall in the neighbourhood. “First, we have paid up huge maintenance security, which has been used by the builder for over a decade – interest free. Now, due to delay in registration—due to the fault of the builder—­we have to pay enhanced registration charges (as circle rates have increased),” says Talwar. He has refused to sign the conveyance deed as offered by the builder. “I hope justice prevails, and the builder and the government see some merit in our contentions,” he prays. Friday Gurgaon tried to contact the builder for their side of the story, but it remained unanswered. u

directory, tenant check system, driving directions, and various other services – such as grocery, florist, car insurance, and taxi booking.

Success Stories

While Kavita Yadav, a resident of DLF Phase II, found it easy to address grievances immediately, using the online discussion forum, Bharat Saini of Palam Vihar sold his old furniture and electronics through the portal. The portal also caters to the needs of NRIs. “Many of our residents are NRIs. They were paying maintenance bills through relatives or neighbours; and if the payment came late or fell short of the bill, they ended up paying a fine. Through this portal, they now pay bills online,” says one of the RWA heads. Just my Neighbour has also helped members in forming strong social networks. “Even after living in a society for years, the residents don’t know each other. Such a portal is a great tool for community bonding,” says Raksha Kapoor, a resident of Oakwood Estate. “The portal helped us in making announcements for emergency blood requirements for our driver, thanks to the integrated text service,” says Ravi Khurana, a resident of Divender Vihar. To make the process even simpler, Just My Neighbour has recently made available all its services on the popular social networking site, Facebook. Present in almost 1,300 societies across India, the company is constantly adding new features to its portals, and claims to be adding 150 societies to its network every month. u

6. Housewife loses necklace. 7. TV knob vanishes 8. Stripe on mat. 9. House roofline (outside window) alters. 10. Fly on lampshade.

1. Vacuum cleaner loses wheel. 2. Flower in vase. 3. Cushion gains stripe. 4. Letter missing from boy’s shirt 5. Pen vanishes from table

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 03/14/11 The letter I. Both at the right above corner and at the left bottom corner, a series starts from A to J.

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Kid Corner



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Clean and Green with Chamki

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ore than 200 children, along with the famous Gali Gali Sim Sim Muppet, Chamki, participated in a tree plantation and cleanliness drive, reinforcing the message of a clean and green environment. Galli Galli Sim Sim, in association with HSBC, and The Restoring Force (TRF), felicitated teachers of the Government Primary School, RR Camp Bhim Nagar, to commemorate the World Environment Day. The Event also celebrated the success of the “Radiophone Health & Hygience Camp”. While Chamki addressed the gathering of children, the teachers from other schools like GPS Khadipur, Dhanwapur, Chakkarpur, Shivaji Park, and Sankalp Welfare Society School shared their experiences during the Camp. The teachers received a certificate of appreciation for the same.

Maple Convention


Maple Bear Teacher’s workshop was held at Ansal Institute of Technology, wherein 26 schools participated – with over 50 participants. The purpose of the Convention was to expose teachers to sessions that would help them impart their lessons better in the classroom. The two-day Convention entailed sessions on: teaching English

Ajanta Mother’s Day


iny tots at Ajanta Public School celebrated Mother’s Day in a very unique way. They all made different and innovative cards for their mothers. It was followed by a lemonade, party which was named “Pool Party”. All the children were taken to a swimming pool. They were excited to learn lemonade making, and to drink it. They sat beside the swimming pool, enjoying with their buddies and teachers.

language, and the concepts of Maths to young learners, classroom management skills, and awareness of an effective teachinglearning environment. The Convention concluded with a storytelling session. Mr. N. K. Tewari, Director Education, Modi Trust, was the Chief Guest.

DPS Scholar Badge


PS celebrated the Scholar Badge ceremony of Class 8. The school honoured all its achievers for having maintained an exemplary academic record. The event included a mellifluous rendition by the School choir, along with a fusion dance performed by the students. The Principal, Ms. Aditi Misra, welcomed the parents, and congratulated the students on their achievements. Her thoughts were emphasised by a small presentation titled “Winners not Quitters, which highlighted the undying spirit of several famous personalities of today.

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Summer Enrichment Camp


ver 50 kids attended the summer camp, “Summer Enrichment Classes” at Rolie Anshuman – The Treehouse Terrace Enrichment Centre. Apart from activities like drawing, essay writing, and English language classes, kids also learnt about their favourite cartoon characters and film stars through special story-telling sessions.

CCA Excursions


fun-filled river rafting adventure trip was organised by CCA, for the students of Class XI, in association with ‘Mercury Himalayan Adventure’. It was a breathtaking and learning experience for the students, and the teachers too. Students had to wear specialised jackets for river rafting, and rope activities. They were also taken for shooting practice in groups. For some students though, it was a bit scary too. However, every child was overjoyed to have been a part of this amazing trip, which enabled them to stay in tents pitched besides the River Ganges. Another such adventurous trip was organised by the School to Camp Pine Riviera, Padampuri, near Nainital, for the students of Classes VI to VIII. Children were divided into groups and enjoyed the camp activities – like rope bridge, rappelling, jummaring, commando net, river crossing, visit to 200, and boating.

Shalom Science Park


tudents of Class 11 of science stream, Shalom Hills International School, visited Rajiv Gandhi Energy Park, the one of its kind in the country. Students were shown a presentation, and told about the environment issues. The presentation was followed by a demonstration of various working models – such as hydro power plant, geothermal energy plant, solar panels, solar cooker, and energy audit machine.

Swiss Prefectorial Investiture


Prefectorial Investiture ceremony, for the academic year 2012-2013, was held at Swiss Cottage School. The prefectorial oath was administered by the Principal, Col C .R. Jakhar, and students from Classes 9 to 12 were sworn in as prefects. Master S.L. Sriram and Miss Akansha Bhardwaj were selected as School Captains, and Master Pares Rana and Miss Indu were selected as Sports cum Discipline Captains. The Student Council of the School helps to maintain discipline and order, and also learns lessons in governance. The idea is to develop leadership qualities at this tender age.

Literary Flourish

My Teacher ‘O’ my teacher. You are my future. You are my dearest and everyone’s favourite. I wanted to become a fine child. But you made me the best child. I read story books, but you gave me textbooks. I was not intelligent, but you made me. I was poor at reading, but you made me an expert. Suyash Class III-B, Swiss Cottage School

Artistic Strokes

Ashwika Sharma, I A, American Public School Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:

Prachi Pahuja, V-A, Blue Bells Model School


K id Corner

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The Jataka Tales tell of the wisdom of right thinking and right living. They tell stories about the Bodhisattva in his previous lives. The Bodhisattva lived many lives in human and animal form, spreading the message of justice and compassion, before becoming a Buddha or ‘enlightened one’. Amar Chitra Katha brings you some of these stories written more than 2000 years ago.






The Better Half

Star Fun

9 to 5

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Animal Crackers

Baby Blues

Two Wise Men

Dogs of C-Kennel

– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School

Y oung A dult

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On A Day in May I

met him on a hot May day in the year 2008. Stuck in the middle of a busy street, with a car that had given up on me, I was a bundle of nerves. Unable to fathom what to do with a broken down car, I must have looked totally baffled. Suddenly, from nowhere, he came to my rescue. His appearance was definitely a god-send. After fifteen minutes of ordeal, we both managed to push the car to the corner of the road. I then hopped on to the back seat, in the hope that I would get his help in locating a mechanic. Sitting behind him, I couldn’t help noticing him. He spoke to me in his typical colloquial accent, mentioning the nearest market where we could find a mechanic. His lean and thin body, sun-burnt brown skin, and the lines on his face betrayed a hard life. Despite that, there was a cheerful grin on his face. He sported a thick pointy mustache, and a red turban – which made him look like a camel driver, straight from a desert safari. His sinewy footballer type legs, covered by a cotton dhoti, spoke of the years they must have wandered in search of a better life. He started some small talk with me. I was replying apprehensively. It is sad how this world has taught us not to trust each other effortlessly, especially some stereotypes. The burning sun made him perspire profusely, whereas I was sitting under the shadow of a protective hood. At last, after about half an hour of his pedalling, we reached the destination. I offered him a 100 Rupee note, overwhelmed by his timely appearance, and his help in pushing the car. He refused to take the extra money. He returned me the change with a cheerful smile. On that hot May Day, with the temperature beyond 45 degrees, there was this person who was not only earning his daily bread literally by the sweat of his brow, but also rescuing damsels in distress! Today I feel grateful to God for the comforts I can afford, in a city as costly as Gurgaon. On the other hand, I feel sorry for another human being who has to relentlessly pedal the whole day under a blazing sun, for his daily bread. Yes, there is inequality in this country and life isn’t perfect and fair. But this article isn’t about economic differences. All I wanted to convey is, the next time we feel irritated on anything— including “Yeh garmi”—let us pause to think about those out on the streets, earning a bare living. And thank God for what we have.

Lipi Patel

Class 12 Student Does Gurgaon Proud! Kirthana Singh, a student of Class 12 at DPS Sushant Lok, Gurgaon, has topped in the entire Gurgaon region, in this years 12th Std. exams, in the Commerce Stream. Kirthana secured 486 marks out of 500, thereby getting a 97.2% aggregate. She is a resident of Malibu Towne on Sohna Road.

South Africa The land of dreams, beneath the sun, Oh! Africa our hearts you’ve won. Across the globe your colours fuse, An arabesque of tinted hues. Untainted yet by human hand, Pure the air and pure the land. Bold and tall the sunflower stands, And glances far across the sands. Staring wide eyed, in the sun, Blooming hope for everyone. Majestically the nation’s pride, Stalks its prey with deliberate stride. While side by side, the zebra lines, Of sharp contrast form weird designs. “Black or White”, dare we debate, Discriminating, what he sought to create.


The City is getting better day by the day. But issues like eve-teasing are still prevalent. It’s a pity that administration is not doing anything to address this issue. One will never find a single PCR around our college. I would strongly suggest girls to form protection groups, that can be around the colleges and schools all the time. Reenu Sharma, Guru Dronacharya Government College

I am from a small city called Dhanbad. Unlike colleges in other cities, Gurgaon’s colleges are more disciplined. With the development of the City, job opportunities are also growing. However, authorities must do something to improve the civic infrastructure. Anjay, First India School of Business

Behold, this symbol of dizzying grace, A message is written all over the face. Bereft of words, I’m left to gaze, Seemingly lost in this magical maze. But, the message is loud and starkly defined, Upholding what, Nelson Mandela defied. “Down With Apartheid,We’re Human He Cried”! The land of dreams beneath the sun. Oh! Africa,Our hearts, you’ve won. Pragya Maini


For North-eastern students, college life in the City is better than Delhi University. There are hardly any politics in the colleges. Plus, students are very open-minded and exposed to the global culture. So there is no discrimination. I don’t think there is a need to form unions in the colleges. Kamyi, AIT

I moved to the City a year back from Gujarat. In the course of one year, all the preassumptions about the City have been broken. I find it an absolutely fascinating place. But I think authorities should look at the growing problem of electricity shortage. In summers, electricity is a bigger issue than transport, but unfortunately it has been overlooked. Alok, SOIL

When i joined college, there was hardly any pubic transport from Delhi to Sohna Road. But now, there are private auto services which are available 24x7. I think transport is now taken care of. The concept of college life still doesn’t exit in the City. They are more of institutes than colleges. No annual fests take place here. I would suggest all colleges in the City come together and form an association to conduct a grand annual festival. Bhavna, KIIT


1-7 June 2012


What’s In A Pill?

amir Khan took up issues of Healthcare on Sunday. It is difficult to cover such a vast subject in a single episode. It is not a single core issue like foeticide, child abuse, or dowry. It covers medical courses and colleges, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical products and companies, medical equipment and their manufacturers, pharmacists (chemists) – and of course patients. There are also the important govt. approval and monitoring bodies, though they are fairly nonfunctional – in their role. They seem to function well outside of that.


Let us look at the pricing of pharmaceuticals – medicine. We are discussing this issue of price specially, because it is medicine. Otherwise this could apply to any product that has a generic version, and a branded version - from bread, to soft and hard drinks, to everything made in Batala ! And it is not true that the price of medicine is cheaper outside. India still remains, even with branded generics, one of the lowest priced countries, for medicine. We are also supposedly not talking of the poor/under-privileged families only. For them the govt. already has an essential drug price policy, a product list, and a fixed price list. Unfortunately, that has met the same fate as food in the PDS (Ration Card) system. The suggestion in the program was that we move towards generic medicine (rather than ‘branded generics’ - a global term). This is the way most governments wish to go – to buy and provide low-cost quality medicine as part of their public healthcare programs. The operative word is quality. Govts. across the world have very strict guidelines, even for generic medicine. It is not just about using some common Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.



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For a generics push to happen in India, we would need to ensure that : Doctors write out the generic name also, when writing a prescription; Chemists stock adequate generics, and dispense as per patients’ choice, and not as per what gives them the best margin (many Indians across the country rely on chemists, for dispensing the ‘best’ medicine); Manufacturers develop and manufacture generics as per laid down quality guidelines, and are strictly monitored for this (the current situation is fairly dismal in many locations – apart from the issue of counterfeit and spurious medicine); Govt. procures medicine from quality sources which would not be the lowest cost in a tender. The key issue is that the govt. has not been able to effectively run any basic welfare program. This is true for the PDS (for food), the PHC (for healthcare), and Govt. Schools (for education). Today, even the poor would wish to stay away from these facilities. The generic medicine shops would probably go the way of the PDS – degenerating quickly into rooms with inferior quality products and old stocks. In medicine, even good products, on expiry, may provide no benefit. New and better quality stock would be sifted and stolen/sold. We can even today see this in operation in most govt. healthcare centres, and even hospitals. On the supply side, we have thousands of

pharma manufacturing companies, many operating under inconsistent product development and manufacturing processes – in terms of Standards, Schedules and Good Practices. Upgradation is seen as a costly business. And there is mostly lip service to the Environment, Safety and Health standards, which require a further level of investment – and a different attitude. A proposal has earlier been given to the govt., that leading pharma companies could provide lowcost non-branded generics to the govt., as part of an overall pricing policy framework. There has been no progress/decision on this. This is where the answer lies. Not in trying to brand people and companies (esp. in the private sector) as ‘self-serving’, but in genuinely partnering with them. Profits, money, wanting more are not ‘bad’ words or thoughts. We have to move on from the 1950s and 60s mindset – when the govt. and leaders were far more honest, and the private sector did have some monopolistic tendencies. It’s quite the opposite now. The Indian Pharma industry (private sector) is a global benchmark. It contributes significantly to the supply of affordable generic medicine globally. The govt. should shortlist 25 companies nationally, based on strict development and manufacturing capabilities, and ask them to supply an agreed volume of non-branded generic medicine (as per an expert recommended list), at a specified negotiated price. This medicine will then be sold preferably through ‘generic pharmacists’ in all cities. It would be imperative to ensure that this program does not go the PDS way; and there should be strict monitoring for counterfeit products. Of course, doctors would need to necessarily add the generic name, alongside the brand name, in the prescription – to give the customer the choice. Whoever wishes to continue with branded generics would still obtain them, just like they do today. Aamir is clearly doing a great job in re-presenting important social issues that impact all of us; and doing so in a very engaging and emotional manner. However, it is mainly informational, and also not very substantive. It is hoped that he will present the follow up results as time goes by, on every topic. In fact, a short 10 minutes recap, a status update, on the previous episode(s) would be very relevant and value-adding. u

FAMOUS QUOTES He who has never learned to obey
cannot be a good commander.
 Aristotle Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history. Karl Marx Americans... still believe in an America where anything’s possible - they just don’t think their leaders do. Barack Obama It is well enough that people

of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve? John Adams

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{ Srimati Lal }


ontinuing my analyses of international, cutting-edge Art-Exhibitions in Gurgaon, this week I examine a whimsical and kinky groupshow – currently on show at the Oberoi's Nature Morte Gallery till July 1. Interestingly titled 'The Nerves Under Your Skin', this eclectic selection of paintings, sculptures and photographs, by some of India's avid experimental artists, is 'nervy' enough to make one shiver and chortle! The group-show features recent works by Nidhi Agarwal, Manil Rohit, Aleksis Kersey, Ravinder Reddy, Dayanita Singh and Gauri Gill. This makes for an interesting mix of cutting-edge visualisations indeed; much of the work is edgy, witty, and kitschy – laden with bazaar and camp elements. In a sense, it forms a cohesive artistic document of the neurotically-urban— as well as urbane—India that we can see evolving all around us. Perhaps this 'aesthetic neurosis' is best exemplified in the Hangover series by Nidhi Agarwal. These 2009 mixed-media works on paper, all in size 22 x 29", capture the dizzy, wacky, freaked-out mindscape of today's utterly-dazed Indian youth – seemingly in a perpetual state of 'hangover-ian'   psychological confusion. The sketches bear a spontaneous creative madness that is off-key, yet endearing and intense. That these somewhat disturbing, distorted depictions still make one smile, is heartening; there may still be some light at the end of this tunnel. Similarly kinetic and kinky are the 'Op' acrylic paintings by the trendy new duo, Manil Rohit, who enjoy painting together. These maze-like, kaleidoscopic 'Mod, Mad Maps of the Millennial Mind' seem to combine London's 60s Pop scene with the New York touches of Keith Haring. This zesty duo know how to apply Grafitti to their canvasses; and their drawing ability, as well as colour sense, is quite skilful and 'neat'. This enhances their otherwise-childish forays into 'fun art'. What they need to be very careful about, however, is slipping lethally into the genre of western airbrushed, story-board, commercial poster-art and

Dayanita Singh

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Mod Mind Maps

Hangover V

Nidhi Agarwal


Similar aesthetic qualities emanate from thespian aculptor Ravinder Reddy's powerfully-iconic fibreglass and gold-leaf sculptures of robust Indian nude Devis. With their startlingly piercing gaze, stark red lips, and glistening, gold fleshy naked torsos, these are strong, unapologetic goddesses to reckon with. Reddy has blended many sculptural traditions—from the Bengali Durga to Tamilian and Orissa Temple-bazaar Devi and Radha icons—to express a truly-Indian, powerful Shakti. The two women photographers featured in this collection, Gauri Gill and Dayanita Singh, may be lauded for their commitment to their craft and vision. Both these Punjabi-Feminist photographers from Delhi—if I may describe them thus in a genre of their own—have evolved manners of seeing that are intrinsic to their personalities. Singh and Gill have contributed to sociologocal and anthropological archival collections for over two decades. Gauri captures Indian girlhood here in direct, stark black and white portraits. Indian street-life is internationalised in these documents, in a cuttingedge dialectic – away from clichetic prototypes of the 'submissive, suffering Indian girl-child in poverty'. As a contrast, robust young Indian girls are depicted here as strong, full of character, and possessing a style, bodylanguage, and attitude of their own. Singh's 'Cityscapes by Night' convey abstract chiaroscuroes of dark, neon-lit drama. Departing from her previous interior bric-a-brac and formalised portraits of the Indian urban society elite, Singh now looks at urbanscapes with a more detached, experimental eye – as if for contrasts between the dark and the electric.  This array of visions from a group of sophisticated artists is worth pondering-over. 'The Nerves Under Your Skin' group-show is yet another worthy effort by Nature Morte Gallery to present high-quality current Indian art within the necessary parameters of selective curatorial cohesion and discernment. More such funky and unconventional shows are very welcome, in helping to develop an ever-sharpened manner of viewing the new Indian art-ethos. u Artist, Writer and Curator

City Scapes By Night


Ravinder Reddy Manil / Rohit Where Are You

Gauri Gill Balika Mela 11 Fort

Alexis Kersey computer-graphic modes. Aleksis Kersey's paintings have a decorative Indian flavour, in their intricate, personalised narratives. They possess certain moody, spiritual undertones, which make them worth looking at twice, in repose – as in the mysterious mixed-media painting, 'Fort'. Aleksis' works bear an eccentric manner, which, if evolved into maturity, can convey greater sensitivity, pathos, depth of emotions and drama.


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{ Bhavana Sharma }

Get An Aura Reading


he aura or energy field surrounding the body, is composed of several layers of subtle energies. These subtle bodies are highly sensitive to a thought process. When a thought enters our mind, the structure of our body changes, to resonate with those thoughts. Aura readings help us to decipher our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental state of being. We can be in sync with the energy field that surrounds our body. An aura reading expert can perhaps help identify holes, and release blocks, from our aura. Thus, these readings also help us get in touch with our own energy, so we know our own truth, and make the highest choices for ourselves.

What does the reader say?

In an aura reading, the reader will identify your energies, and give you an analysis of the layers surrounding your body aura. If there are disturbing energies, he will tell you to get rid of those immediately, as they can deplete your system. The colours will even reveal a lot about any inherent diseases lurking in your life. Often, just by recognising

that something is not your energy, he will ask you to release it, with the help of aura cleansing. A lot about yourself and your personality can also be told, and this helps you to realise your inherent shortcomings. You can thus make an effort to work on your habits, through conscious programming at a soul level. The reader may also see past experiences that have affected you. He/she can advise you on the steps you need to take, and how to cleanse your aura of unwanted energies.  Readings often take a while to sink in and digest. Ideally, readings are not primarily advice-giving sessions. The best

aura readings are healing and empowering, and support you in getting in touch with your own answers.

Aura Colours

Your aura is loaded with certain colours, that depict your moods and mental makeup from time to time. And these colours are vital in depicting facets of your personality that you thought you never knew. Each aura colour will bring forth a personality trait of yourself, and even reveal what needs to be changed at various levels. Reading an aura can be a fun and exciting line of

Maudlin Soaps { Alka Gurha }


he dilemma for any popular television producer is whether to culminate his show when the narrative hits a dead end, or to prolong the show by weaving new twists and turns in a stale storyline. Producer Rajan Shahi of ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’ has decided to continue his popular serial, and feels that his show will receive more eyeballs if it is telecast at 11 pm – rather than its current timing of 8 pm. ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’ is the Indian version of the Pakistani the hospital drama ‘Dhoop Kinare’, which starred Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan – and became hugely popular in both countries. It started with actor Mohnish Behl playing a silent mature Dr. Ashutosh, and a bubbly young Kritika Kamra as his love interest, Nidhi. However, Mohnish decided to quit the show, following health issues, and was replaced by Sharad Kelkar. The fact is that the show has lost its appeal, owing to the absence of Mohnish Behl, and the lack of any chemistry between Sharad and Kritika. The absence of Karan Wahi’s vivacious character, Rohan, is also missed

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by young girls, who find him adorable. Many thought that the show would end after the Ashutosh-Nidhi romance culminated in marriage. But the director wishes to introduce new twists in their romance, and drag the show in a new time slot. We wish him good luck. The prime time slot vacated by ‘Kuch To Log Kahenge’ is being taken up by a new fiction show ‘Byah Humari Bahu Ka’. The show has a Gujarati backdrop, and under the veneer of a love story, it aims to create social awareness. In essence, the show is on the lines of the Hindi musical blockbuster ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’; where a girl falls in love with her best friend – who is unable to reciprocate the feelings, as he loves someone else. So much for originality! Popular television actor Gaurav Khanna, seen in serials like ‘Kumkum’,’ Jeevan Saathi,’ and’ Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam’, has been roped in. Gaurav will play the male lead character, and sources reveal that his character will be positive and optimistic. Benaf Dadachanji and Shrenu Parikh have also been finalised as the female lead characters in the serial. Rumors

are rife that heart throb Karan Wahi has been approached for a meaty role. Meanwhile ‘Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke’, on Zee, has replaced ‘Choti Bahu’, a show which was never able to garner enough TRPs. ‘Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke’ is about Gunjan, a smart, suave 17-year-old Mumbai girl, who has a wonderful relationship with her mother Sneha. Tragically, Sneha is diagnosed with cancer and dies soon, leaving behind a lifetime of void in her young daughter’s life. Gunjan’s ‘maasi’, Shail, takes her under her wings, and requests her to come and stay with her. Gunjan moves to Benaras, where she has to share her room with Rachna, Shail’s 16 year old daughter. Rachna is brought up in a very traditional and conservative manner, in a middle class Benaras household, and is a complete contrast to Gunjan. Thus begins the story of two young girls who are like chalk and cheese – one is smart and suave, and the other gawky and awkward. Many new shows, which question taboos such as remarriage or divorce, have emerged on national television. But most, like ‘Choti Bahu’ and ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha’, have failed to garner eyeballs, despite refreshing themes. Perhaps television needs better script writers and mature directors, who can breathe life into maudlin soaps.u

work to get into. Everyone’s aura changes colour, depending on what they are doing, what is going on around them, and the situations they are involved in. This is what the aura colours signify: Red: You need to curb your anger, and consciously practice meditation. This is the densest colour and creates the most friction. This colour deals with money worries or obsessions, anger or non-forgiveness, anxiety or nervousness. Orange: You are focused and ambitious, but overenthusiastic and impatient. You need to work on your personality, at times. This colour deals with vitality, vigour, good health and excitement. It is suggestive of energy and stamina, an outgoing social nature, creativity, productivity, adventure, courage – currently experiencing stress, related to appetites and addictions. Yellow: You are intelligent and quick-witted in your temperament. It is the colour of awakening, inspiration, intelli-

gence, shared action, creativity, playfulness, optimism, easy-going nature. Green: The colour of nature, it is soothing and calm. When seen in the aura, it usually represents growth and balance – and most of all, something that leads to change. Blue: It is suggestive of cool, along with care, love, sensitive, and intuition. Indigo: This colour is suggestive of intuition, sensitivity, and deep feelings. Violet: The most sensitive, and the wisest of colours. This is the intuitive colour in the aura, and reveals a psychic power of attunement with self. Black: This colour draws or pulls energy to it, and in doing so transforms it. It captures light, and consumes it. White: A pure state of light. It is suggestive of spiritual issues, ethereal and nonphysical qualities, transcendent and higher dimensions. There are some more colours that your aura can reveal – such as turquoise, which is a colour combination of blue and green.

How can an aura reading help us?

Once you recognise your strengths and weaknesses through the readings, you can work upon them, to decrease your stress, and enjoy a peace of mind. You will begin to see an increase in your creativity, and a more enthusiastic approach to life. Tapping into the spiritual side of yourself, through aura readings, allows you to slow your mind and free yourself of distraction. It will illuminate your day and rekindle your soul. u Author, Tarot Card Reader

Laughing St


The recent petrol hike ‘fuelled’ many jokes on the internet. Here are a few:1)Drinking and driving should not be a problem now. After all how many will be able to afford alcohol and petrol on the same day? 2)I Just Bought A New House With a luxurious view’s petrol pump facing..... 3) Santa: I don’t understand the fuss about petrol price hike. I used to fill the tank for Rs. 1000 earlier; I still do that! 4) The Monk who sold his Ferrari knew about the petrol price hike! 5) A New Poster outside the Bank for the Year 2015
Petrol & CNG Loans Available Here 6) Sign board at a Petrol pump: Buy Petrol worth Rs. 20,000 and get a TATA Nano absolutely free. 7) The days are not too far when my take home salary won’t be enough to take me home 8) Breaking News: Car and bike thieves return vehicles after taking out petrol.

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

The Alchemy of Sprouting

{ Jaspal Bajwa }


seed is, by design, complete in itself. However, it is dormant. It is only the act of soaking and sprouting which triggers Nature’s gentle alchemy, transmuting substances and making them available for the miracle of life to happen. It is almost magical how life bursts forth, as the dormant vital force inherent in each seed awakens. Sprouts have been a vital component of the diet of many ancient races for thousands of years. Even today sprouts provide the best nutritional value for money. Anyone, even on a tight budget, can sprout seeds, and get the best of food value. Sprouting seeds or grains increases the nutrients, to make them more digestible and easier to assimilate. Sprouts are living foods which contain active enzymes, and are considered the most nutritious of all vegetables. Sprouts abound with antioxidants, protein, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytochemicals. During sprouting, the starch converts to simple sugars, and fats break down into essential fatty acids and minerals, to become more available to the body. Sprouts are a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA).These fatty acids are essential to life, perform many vital body functions, and play a major role in immune defences. Not only are sprouts rich in digestible and bioavailable nutrients, we can digest sprouts in less than half the time of cooked foods. Further, cooked foods are acid forming, whereas sprouts are alkaline. If we desire health and a strong immune system, the body needs to be alkaline. Perhaps the most dramatic change during sprouting is the greatly enhanced availability of proteins and vitamins. Protein content increases by 15-30%. The improvements in amino acid composition (with improved availability of lysine) results in the most easily digestible of all proteins available in plant based foods. Similarly, the vitamin content of some seeds can increase from 100% to 2000% within several days of sprouting. The levels of Vitamins C, E and K, beta-carotene( the precursor of vitamin A) as well as calcium, phosphorous and iron are greatly enhanced. The high vitamin C content assists in the absorption of non-heme iron. This is especially important for vegetarians, who are generally at a disadvantage, as our body is able to absorb heme iron at a rate 5-10 times higher than it absorbs non-heme iron. Sprouts contain a lot of fibre and water, and are helpful in overcoming constipation. During sprouting, beans lose their objectionable flatulence causing properties. Generally all edible grains, seeds and legumes can be sprouted. Some examples are: Grains : Wheat, corn, ragi, bajra and barley. Seeds : Alfalfa , radish , fenugreek , clover, carrot , coriander , pumpkin and muskmelon. Legumes : Adzuki bean, Mung, Bengal gram, groundnut, garbanzo, soy bean, peas and lentils.

Tip of the week

It is very important that sprouts be eaten fresh, before they lose their crispness and ferment. Worldwide, at least 40 outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been linked to sprouts since 1973. When consuming mung bean sprouts, it is important to make sure they have been thoroughly cooked, to kill any bacteria that may be present. Sprouting at home is simple, using just a large glass jar or flat tray. However, adequate precautions have to be taken, starting from the time we purchase sproutable seeds or grains from a store – where they are fresh, unsprayed, and packaged as food. The main factors for germination are water, air, heat and darkness. Soaking for a longer period than required makes the seeds rot or ferment. Similarly if we do not rinse sprouts 2-3 times a day, they can easily ferment or rot. Refrigerating sprouts is a good idea to extend their life, and to keep them crisp.

Nature’s Wonder Food(s) of the week : Alfalfa or Medicago sativa

Alfalfa is the king of all sprouts. The plant is said to have originated in ancient Media(Persia). In Arabic the name is derived from ‘al-facah’ ,which translates to “father of all foods”. It is also referred to by other names such as ‘Lucerne’ or ‘lasunghas’ in Sanskrit.


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999-999-8934 Alfalfa is an excellent nutritive food, especially during convalescence and pregnancy. It is rich in chlorophyll, and the young leaves can be eaten as salad greens. It has a salty, bitter flavour and is a cooling food. The seed sprouts can be added to salads. Alfalfa is a good source of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K, and is rich in many minerals as well as enzymes needed for digestion. Alfalfa sprouts contain a significant amount of phytoestrogens. Similarly, Alfalfa is an excellent source of saponins, which are good for lowering (bad) LDL cholesterol, and also for stimulating the immune system. The saponin content of alfalfa multiplies 450% when sprouted. Using alfalfa is generally considered safe. However, people taking blood-thinning medication should avoid it. People suffering from lupus or rheumatoid arthritis should also avoid consuming alfalfa sprouts. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Henna paste (mehendi), mixed with egg yolk, applied on the scalp regularly before taking a bath, helps to reduce hair fall.



Enter the Dragon { Bhavana Sharma }


engshui tells us that we have the benefit of working with physical reminders of our intentions. These reminders are called “object cures”; and they will, if used properly, continually draw our attention to our intentions.  These objects may be located any place in our homes or offices, and may relate to any aspect of our lives.  They can enhance the energy of our intention, for healing relationships, deepening spiritual growth, creating a new career, finding a wonderful spouse – or just a date, improving finances, and nurturing ourselves.

The Dragon Symbol

The legendary Chinese Dragon  is a mythical creature, said to have the scales of a fish, the antlers of a deer, the mane of a  horse,  and the claws of an eagle. It symbolises yang energy, strength, intelligence, generosity, mystery and goodness. The Dragon symbolises the Vital Life Force, the cosmic breath of life or cosmic chi energy. It is this breath of life that dynamises all things – animate and inanimate alike. The Dragon is often depicted as playing with a fiery ball, symbolising this Vital Life Force; and at the centre of the ball of fire can be found the precious Pearl – which in turn symbolises the purest of energies.

Lucky Dragons

Buy a Dragon object, and display it on a table on the eastern side of your office – or your study room. These objects could be made of ceramic, crystal, or wood. Dragons which are made of metal gold are

Some Don’ts

l Do not hang dragons

in the bedroom or bathroom. l Do not frame dragons in wooden frames. l Do not put metal dragons in the East sector of the home or room. l Never have three dragons in a room. l Never walk on dragon carpets. l Never depict a dragon within a circle, as a dragon needs to be free to fly – to be an effective symbol of vitality and action. l Don’t sit opposite a dragon. l Dragons shouldn’t feel overwhelmingly large. not encouraged, since the metal element destroys the wood area of the East. Do not keep dragons in the bedrooms, as they symbolise strong yang, and may affect the harmony of couples residing there. You can also hang a picture of the dragon against the eastern wall of your office or the home, to

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


B on V ivant

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o much of our life is subjected to fulfilling our basic desires, and maintaining our ego. We are forever seeking an impossible immunity to the ups and downs of life, but have found that the boat of our life has repeatedly capsized. If we have something more important to base ourselves upon, then these onslaughts of circumstance cannot have much effect. Basically, our efforts have been misdirected. There is another better way – that does work. We can be free and happy if we remember that there is a higher, nobler life available. On Saturday I walked over to meet my friend. There was no hurry. It was a weekend. I walked quite slowly. I had enough time to fully experience the walking. The day temperature had touched its peak of 45 degree Celsius. It was getting dark now, and the evening air was cooler. It was very pleasant to notice the people crowding at the local sector market. Senior citizens assembled as usual in the Old Age Home, for their evening chat, followed

attract wealth and prosperity. Decorative dragon objects are deemed to be extremely fortunate, and you will find such an object in every successful tycoon’s office in the far east. The Chinese word for vase is ‘ping’, which means peace. When vases are placed throughout the important rooms in the home, they ensure the whole house enjoys the peace of harmony and goodwill between the family members. The Dragon symbols exhibited on these gorgeous vases bring very powerful good fortune; as does the celadon colour, which resembles jade. Dragons signify power, and are auspicious. Place a vase in the East sector of the home or office, to attract smooth relationships.  Place it in the Northeast, for steady scholarly luck.  At the office, the best placement of your dragon image depends on the configuration of the room, and the placement of desk. For instance, it is better to put a picture of a dragon on a wall behind you (as you sit at your office desk). You will be energised by the image from behind, rather than have to confront and eventually fight the dragon everyday – if it is before you. As flowing water symbolises flowing prosperity and good fortune, placing a dragon figurine – or a wall-hanging with a dragon image–facing the kitchen faucet, will enhance your accumulation of prosperity in all forms. The water flowing from the faucet is energised in the subconscious. Never put a dragon in your bathroom, as the bathroom water is used for washing or flushing, and symbolises dirty money. u Author, Tarot Card Reader

Order, Order

{ Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }


hether it’s getting ready for school on time, or finishing that assignment before the due date, children struggle with organizing themselves. Helping children with organisation is important. Organisation skills are worthwhile life-long skills. Some people have great organisation skills and some don’t. The goal for organisation is to eliminate tardiness, forgetfulness, lack of preparedness and procrastination. A consistent approach, that is reinforced on a regular basis, is very helpful. Introduce your child to the concept of ‘checklists’ Start by preparing a ‘todo’ list your child; it may be chores for home, school or the sports academy. Tell your child how great it will feel each time he/she puts a tick against a completed task. In order to ensure that the list is used, rather than being made and then promptly forgotten at the end of each day, ensure that the target is achieved by the child. Parents could give rewards, such as preparing a favourite dish, or going out for a treat, when all the listed activities for a day or week are completed. Prioritise work: Sit with your child while he/she lists down all the homework and activities to be done. A child should start with a list that is not too long or difficult; but also avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments for the end. Once you have clearly explained what the task requirements are, stick to your expectations. Create a place for everything: “A place for everything, and everything

Don’t Worry; Be Happy by Kirtan. The sky overhead turned deep yellow, due to the sultry weather. My footfall on the road was gentle. I enjoyed my walk. The point is not just to get somewhere.We should enjoy the simple things that we do. So take a walk. Look at the flowers. Smile with cheer at the passers-by. Take the children for an evening drive. Share moments with your spouse. Our walking and sharing moments with family are like a beautiful song. It is a melody that flows on timelessly. Enhanced awareness of the immediate natural environment is a very powerful healing influence for the psyche. To gaze at the setting sun, to touch a flower, to hear a bird sing, to observe the falling of raindrops, to notice

the melting of ice, to watch the swirling waters, or to feel the touch of somebody whom you love – is to come in contact with reality in a way that little else can match. The point is again not to get somewhere. The point is to enjoy the moment. My mother always asked us to bring to mind what is good, lovely and satisfying. If we are doing so, we are fulfilling a higher purpose. We always have the option to be happy, if we choose, even in the most challenging times. Feel confident that you can reach that state of mind where you will remain blessed with happiness. It is attainable. While some people are out of touch with, or busy suppressing, their feelings, others are overwhelmed by them.

in its place “ is a good motto to teach a child. Help a child sort his/her toys, books and clothes into drawers, buckets or shelves – putting things together in logical groupings. Help the child until this process become automatic for him/her. Set a designated time: A daily agenda or timetable should be with a student at all times during the school day, and every effort should be in place to ensure that it’s used regularly. your child that a certain period of the day must be reserved for studying and doing homework, playing outdoor games, and TV etc. Decide the time in consultation with your child, and then make sure he/she sticks to it. Even if your child does not have homework, the reserved time should be used for reviewing the day’s lessons, reading for pleasure, or working on an upcoming project. Get ready the night before. Before your child goes to sleep, check that all his/ her homework is finished for the day; he/she should have planned the next day also.The school bag should be packed, and clothes ironed and laid out in the same place each day – complete with shoes, socks and accessories. This one’s always tough – for both of you – but it does work if you can get in the habit. Help your child develop organisational skills, by photocopying checklists and schedules, and taping them to the refrigerator. Give a child gentle reminders about filling in calendar dates, and keeping papers and materials organised. Most important, set a good example by keeping yourself organised. Positive reinforcements always help. u (Certified Image Consultant)

Sometimes this is because the troubles that the people have experienced are so terrible, that whenever the memory is triggered they become extremely disoriented. Sometimes it is not so much that the troubles are terrible, as that the persons have placed themselves in­ –or fallen victim to–a life situation in which the pain is constantly relived. Let us seek to harness our deepest passions in the service of all that is good and worthwhile, and thereby make our short stay upon this earth meaningful and of consequence. To achieve this we need to cultivate our passion, and learn to live happily. So, put a smile on your face, forget all the worries, and sing and dance to the tune of the immortal song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ – which brought the legendary Bob McFerrin the best song of the year Grammy Award in 1988. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.

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 Contd from p 1 Spanking clean glass IT complexes on this road house many corporate majors like Polaris, TCS, MTS, India Bulls, and several others. They tell the story of a new Udyog Vihar, humming with well-dressed Englishspeaking techies and corporate executives. It is a far cry from the days when industrial workers thronged these roads. Some of them can still be seen at Kapashera, while going to work – but this tribe is slowly dying. The majority of industrial units in Udyog Vihar have stopped manufacturing, as it has become uneconomical for them, says Ramesh Kumar, an industrialist. “A large number of small and medium enterprises have suffered losses because of the dumping of goods by our neighbour (China). Many units in Udyog Vihar suffered due to this, as the Indian government failed to protect the local industry,” asserts Kumar. Unable to compete with Chinese, as well as producers in other Indian states that support industry, manufacturers in Udyog Vihar were forced to shut production.  Experts add that the changing business environment, increasing complexity due to globalisation, evolving consumer demands, and growing insistence on high quality products, has also affected the performance of medium and small enterprises here. The boom in realty, and de-

Is it now an IT/BPO hub?

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Intellinet, a leading BPO company, who spoke with Friday Gurgaon from London, says that Udyog Vihar has become an IT hub by default only. The infrastructure is crumbling, power is in short supply, and parking is a major issue in Udyog Vihar, he says. “If things do not improve fast, it is likely that most of the IT companies will also shift base to Tier 2 cities – where the rentals are lower, the cost of living less, and wages are also less,” says Singh. Cities like Jaipur, Mohali, Pune, Ludhiana, Nagpur and Chandigarh will see IT growth in the near future, he predicts.

mand for IT space, hastened the process – and some of the industrialists took the easier way out, says one of the unit owners. It is easier and more profitable to earn a fixed rent by leasing out the property to the IT and BPO companies that struggle, with no support, in industry. The failure of manufacturing has not only happened in Udyog Vihar, but across Gurgaon District – and that includes the futuristic destination of Manesar. Singla accuses the short-sighted policies of the State government, as well as the HSIIDC, for ruining the industry. HSIIDC is destroying the industry, instead of supporting it, as the government thinks that Haryana is not a state meant for small scale industry. Their clandestine objective is to wipe out the small manufacturer from this State,” alleges a bitter Singla. He has had many run-in with the authorities. Singla has also challenged the new State In-

C over Story 21

Now, Cyber Vihar(s) Phase Phase 1 1976-82 Phase 2 1982-85 Phase 3 1982-85 Phase 4 1985-92 Phase 5 1992-93 Phase 6 Vanijya Kunj

Total plots 277 121 126 442 441 86

Area (acres) 185 50 70 186 129 110 17.73 acres

dustrial Policy, as well as the Estate Management Policy, on the ground that it impinges on the rights of the industrialists, and will lead to de-growth. Most of the industrialists argue that the government must understand the value of small units, as they provide larger employment. Udyog Vihar was not meant for IT and BPO firms, as they have been allocated dedicated software parks, they point out. Singla says that failure of the government to support manufacturing will hurt the State and the country in the long run. Manufacturing has also always been associated with higher employment potential. “The government wrongly thinks that the service and support industry will become the backbone of the economy. These are cyclical businesses, and suffer massive slowdowns, as witnessed during the recent recession,” he asserts. It is a different matter that IT/BPO companies now find Gurgaon too expensive to operate in. While manufacturers accuse the HSIIDC of supporting the IT and BPO sectors, HSIIDC Estate Officer of Udyog Vihar, Dilbagh Singh Dahiya, says that they do not favour any industry or unit. “For us IT, BPO, manufacturing is the same, and we treat every one as equal,” he asserts. Dahiya however admits that the cost of real estate in Udyog Vihar has gone so high that most of the industrial units find it profitable to either sell or lease out their units. “People come to us seeking permission to lease out and sell their plots. We have to give permission, if

they are applying as per rules,” he adds. Industry observers warn that what happened in Udyog Vihar could be repeated across Gurgaon, if the mistakes committed here are not avoided. Manoj Tyagi, President of the IMT Manesar Industrial Association, also accuses the government of indifference towards industry. “The government claims that Manesar is a futuristic industrial township, but the reality is far from this. The infrastructure is in poor shape, the power and water supply are inadequate, and there is no fire station in Manesar,” he exclaims. In his opinion, the corruption pervading in the corridors of power, particularly the pollution control and labour departments, is killing the industry across Gurgaon. “Every official in Haryana wants a posting in Gurgaon, as they want to make money. The government red tape is such that it gives too much discretion to the babus,” says Tyagi. He adds that neighbouring Neemrana and Alwar in Rajasthan have grown at the cost of Gurgaon. “Five years ago no one was going to Rajasthan, but just visit there now and you will find massive investments by Japanese, and even Gurgaon based industries. If Udyog Vihar has already lost its way, Manesar too is not providing the answer, he says. Ameena Shervani, President of Manesar Industries Association, says that no one intends to use their land for manufacturing. “Greed is all-pervading, and every one wants to benefit from the real estate boom. I want you to file an RTI, to know who are the real allottees of industrial plots in Gurgaon, and how many times these have been sold,” she says. The spirit of entrepreneurship, of producing a product and selling it, has ceased in Gurgaon, she says. “Manu-

The Udyog Is Dead, Long Live The Cyber The State Govt. feels confident that Gurgaon can survive without industry. It seems to have no problem with, and probably would even encourage, industries moving out – either closing, or leasing out to IT/ BPO/Corporate offices. It has its hands full with IT and Realty deals. What luxury ! Perhaps even Maruti and Hero, and their ancillaries, will be unwelcome soon. After all, even Mumbai has found gold in he erstwhile textile mills lands. Some time soon we may find a change of land use in all Udyog Vihars. Even Manesar, the Industrial Model Township, is given short shrift. A son of a former PM set up Industrial Gurgaon. It seems Rohtak and thereabouts is where there is the new sun rise. Never mind if there are issues of trained manpower, or logistics, or an ancillary base, or …. This is at a time when the national govt. has set itself a target of increasing the share of Industry in the GDP, to 25% - and announced a National Manufacturing Policy. . There is clear acknowledgement that permanency of investment, jobs, and govt. revenue is only through industrial growth – by becoming an industrialized nation. The Administration would do well to ponder that IT/BPO/Services companies can move, shut shop in weeks – if not days. Already, IT and BPO companies are finding Gurgaon too expensive (salaries, rents, cost of living) and even unsafe, and so may move out themselves. This is one occasion when the rupee slide may have (temporarily) come to the rescue, and stopped the exodus. Realty, course, is due for a bad year, sometime soon. Gurgaon, a well-set industrial base of 6 Udyog Vihars, today takes industry for granted at its peril.

facturing is seen as a cumbersome means to earn money,” says Ameena Shervani. It is also being felt that the government has a hand in discouraging the industry in the Millennium City, as it wants some other parts of the State to flourish, alleges a business leader. He is referring to Rohtak ,where six big ticket projects were inaugurated by the Chief Minister himself recently. H.R Vaish, President of Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce, alleges that there is no encouragement to small industry from the Haryana government, particularly in Gurgaon. We want marketing support, easy loans, and help from HSIIDC – but this is not available,” says Vaish. Marketing support is what the small and medium enterprises need to survive, and compete with others, says Suresh Kumar Gupta, a unit owner in Udyog Vihar. “Earlier there was a system to help the small scale industry, by way of preferred procurement – but it has ceased,” he sighs. P.K Jain, a seasoned industrialist, and President of Gur-

medium enterprises that are short on oxygen. J.N Mangala, President of the Laghu Udyog Bharti, too supports Jain’s contention, and says that large units are not shifting their base from here, but are merely expanding outside. He also says that they are spreading out geographically, to lessen the risks associated with one particular state. Pravin Yadav, President of Gurgaon Udyog Association, describes the preference of Udyog Vihar to a huge difference in the rentals that are prevailing in other areas such as DLF. “Here you can get a building on rent at Rs. 50 PSF, whereas just across the road the rentals are not less than Rs. 70 PSF,” says Yadav. He further says that a number of manufacturers have shifted from Udyog Vihar to Bawal and Manesar, in view of the shortage of water, poor power supply, and increased price of real estate. On the issue of shifting to other states, Yadav says that governments there are giving excise and sales tax benefits, and income tax exemptions. Haryana government has also significantly increased the minimum wages, and this is affecting the competi-

Udyog Vihar: HSIIDC promises better conditions HSIIDC Deputy General Manager (IA) Hamvir Singh says that the Corporation is refurbishing the infrastructure in the entire Udyog Vihar, to ensure that both IT and manufacturing industry flourish. “Udyog Vihar was planned long back, so there is need for strengthening the service network,” says Singh. For this purpose, a tender has been awarded for re-laying the sewerage network of Udyog Vihar, from Phase I to III, at the cost of Rs. 3.6 crores. In addition, HSIIDC is laying a drainage network in Phase-6, at a cost of Rs. 95.16 lakhs. Singh mentions that more such works would take place – including the construction of storm water drainage in Phases 4 and 5 at a cost of Rs. 10 crores; and an RCC road is being constructed near Khandsa, at a cost of Rs. 60 lakhs. A proposal for a multi-level car parking complex, costing Rs. 75 crores, at Vanijya Kunj, has been sent to the headquarters in Chandigarh for approval, informs Singh. Another such multi-level complex is proposed to be built in Udyog Vihar Phases 4 and 5. That will cost around Rs. 50 crores. The senior HSIIDC official admits that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed in Udyog Vihar. “Parking and traffic management are two issues that are hampering the smooth working of companies in this industrial complex. We are coming up with new plans, parking complexes, and a box type RCC drain in Phases 4 and 5 of Udyog Vihar, that will help in resolving the parking issue,” says Singh. When asked about the two major chunks of land adjacent to the HSIIDC office, on which projects have already been inaugurated, Singh says that a mega commercial complex is being planned to be built here, as this is a prime piece of land.

gaon Chambers of Commerce and Industries, has a different view. Jain says that Gurgaon has reached a stage of saturation as far as industry is concerned; and it is important that industrialisation spreads out in all parts of Haryana. “New industry should be taken to other districts of Haryana, as the pressure on Gurgaon’s infrastructure is already too much. The government should try to meet the demands of existing industry, and help it grow,” he opines. He instead wants the government to work on procedural reforms, and rationalising of the sales tax and other forms that are time consuming. “The labour shortage in Gurgaon is also hitting the industry hard, and it needs to be resolved, he adds. It is evident that large industries are more comfortable in Gurgaon, compared to small and

tiveness of industry, he adds. That the government of Haryana is not seeing the writing on the wall is clear. A large number of companies, particularly those related to Auto, Garment and Pharma, have shifted to other states such as Rajasthan, Himachal, Uttarakhand – and even Gujarat in some cases. Tyagi says that if the government does not change its stance, the time is not away that manufacturing will shift to Neemrana, Tappukhera, Alwar, Baddi, Haridwar, and other industrial towns. These governments are going all out to support the new arrivals, and this will help them grow at the cost of Gurgaon. The inertia in the State is such that recently a group of industrialists, led by Nirmal Kumar Minda, of the multi-million dollar Minda group, had to call a press conference and plead for construction of a road in Manesar. u


1-7 June 2012

Mastering A Fear

Mandarin gets louder in HK

{ Joelle Verreet / Munich / DPA }


er heart racing and hands trembling, Vivian reaches for the spider. Actually, it is only a toy in the shape of a spider, but the sight of it gives Vivian, 18, an adrenaline rush anyway. Vivian has a fear of spiders, so she is attending a Phobia Management seminar at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo. Lots of people suffer from a phobia -- an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation. In many cases, the feared objects are creepy, crawly creatures. The first tears flow as early as the seminar introductions. One participant says that just hearing the world “spider” sets her teeth on edge. A photograph of a house spider draws a cry or two of fright. But that is the point of the one-day seminar using behavioural therapy techniques – frightening the participants, so they can learn how to overcome their fears. “Fear is a pattern of behaviour, that can be learned as well as unlearned,” says seminar leader Ursula Riedinger, a zookeeper and non-medical practitioner of psychotherapy. The real danger, she says, lies less in the feared object than in one’s own imagination. Confidence takes practice. The eleven phobic seminar participants at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo touch ugly rubber fakes at first, and then real snake and spider

{ Hazel Parry / Hong Kong / DPA }


skin. Proper breathing techniques are important. They have to relax, close their eyes, breathe calmly and think of a summer garden with lemon trees. They are supposed to stay relaxed even when looking at hairy arachnids. Many people with a fear of spiders—known scientifically as arachnophobes—pick up the panic attacks from their parents. Women and girls are more likely to have the phobia than men and boys. It is estimated that 30 to 40 per cent of the population have a fear of spiders. Arachnophobia is not necessarily pathological, according to Melcop, who says severe phobias could be successfully treated. “Whether by means of behavioural therapy, depth psychology, family therapy or psychoanalysis, all of the procedures have had very good results,” he notes. He also warns of dubious offers. “Many people want to overcome their fear with little exertion, and are therefore susceptible to offers

918 Spyder Prepares For Launch { Stuttgart / DPA }


orsche is taking its planned eco sports car, the 918 Spyder, on its first test runs, with development entering the final stages – before the market launch in September next year.   The hybrid super car is powered by a 500 horsepower (hp) 6-litre V8, in combination with electric power units on the front and rear axles that, together, provide 770 hp.    Acceleration from zero to 100 kilometres per hour (km/h) is in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 320 km/h. At the same time, fuel consumption is expected to be under three litres per 100 kilometres.    High-tech features include a carbon-fibre body, adaptive rear axle steering and many other innovations. At 768,026 euros (1.1 million dollars), the super car is expected to be the most expensive car ever produced in Germany. u

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irgin Group founder Richard Branson—the British daredevil sailor, balloonist and investor—has invited a Canadian elected leader to go kite-surfing with him - in the buff.   Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, was not very pleased with the offer, which followed  Branson’s visit to her province – to announce a new airline service from Vancouver.    During the visit, Branson invited Clark to ride piggyback during one of his kite-surfing outings, and she had apparently accepted.    After he left, Branson added a qualifier. On his personal blog, under the headline “Want a ride?  Check the dress code!”, he added that he had forgotten to tell the “delightful” Premier “about the dress code.”  He referred to a photo posted with the blog, that showed a naked woman riding on a fully-clothed Branson’s back, while kite-surfing.    Clark got the last word, though. “Somebody said to me, as a joke, that if that’s his best pick-up line, then maybe there’s a reason he called his company Virgin,” she said. u

involving hypnosis,” Melcop says. However, a poorly trained hypnotist can cause a patient serious harm. Back at the Hellabrunn Zoo, the seminar has arrived at its grand finale -- starring Agathe, a bird spider measuring eight centimetres, and a young royal python, Houdini. Most of the participants are nervous but confident, before the encounters. So is Larry, the only male in the group, who almost had a leg amputated after being bitten by a snake. “I think I’m ready to touch the snake now,” he says. The python winds itself around Larry’s forearm for a few minutes, which brings applause from the group. Quietly, as if not to disturb Houdini, Larry says, “Exciting. Creepy. But somehow a great feeling!” Meanwhile, the professed arachnophobe Vivian has Agathe, the giant bird spider, on the back of her hand. “The more you look at Agathe, you can see that she’s scared, too,” Vivian says. “And that makes it easier for me.”u

t the age of 10, Hong Kong student Miranda Lam can hold a conversation, and write, in both English and Mandarin Chinese. But ask her to speak to her grandmother, and she shakes her head. “I don’t know what she says sometimes,” she says. Her grandmother speaks Cantonese, Hong Kong’s official language. But Miranda’s parents – both Cantonese speakers themselves - have chosen to limit the time they speak it at home. Instead, they talk to Miranda mainly in English and Mandarin, to improve her chances of attending an International school. To linguists, Miranda’s struggle to speak her mother tongue, is a worrying indication of how Cantonese may be under threat in Hong Kong, due to the spread of Mandarin – the official language of mainland China. “It is difficult to calculate the timing, but in the medium to long-term, Cantonese is an endangered language in Hong Kong. It might survive for 50 years or so, but after 50 years, it may well be on its way out,”says Stephen Matthews, an Associate Professor of Linguistics, at the University of Hong Kong. Cantonese is the language of the streets, courts, and the Legislative Council, in the city of 7.1 million people. Matthews, who has lived in Hong Kong for 20 years, believes the threat to Cantonese comes from the current policies and changing attitudes towards Mandarin—also known as Putonghua—since the territory was handed back to China by Britain in 1997. He attributes the change to schools that have begun switching from Cantonese to Mandarin; a move that improves students’ Mandarin, but which appears to have a detrimental effect on their Cantonese. More than 160 primary schools are currently using Mandarin in Chinese language lessons, after a government policy encouraging a switch from Cantonese was introduced in 2003. Then there are the students like Miranda who are sent to international schools. “Their Cantonese is suffering. It is undergoing attrition,” says Matthews. Another factor influencing the shift is the rising flow of mainland visitors, whose numbers have soared since cross-border travel was made easier in recent years. In response, shops, restaurants and hotels are increasing their use of Mandarin. u

Failed City { Antje Passenheim / Camden, New Jersey / DPA }


ampbell’s Soup, and record companies once made Camden, New Jersey, a flourishing place; now it has become an example for the decline of US cities – where poverty and violence make daily life a struggle. Law-abiding locals know to stay indoors as much as possible after 9 pm, when dealers take their positions on street corners. “People are scared,” Reverend Hayward Wiggins says. What was once a thriving small city on the banks of the Delaware River, has now become a nightmare. Data from the A young girl walks by abandoned buildings in Camden, FBI and the Census Bureau ranks Camden as New Jersey. one of the poorest and most crime-ridden cities in the country. members. “We played in nice parks. I could come Wiggins, who participates in Camden Churches home with my bike late at night, or deliver newsOrganized for People (CCOP), stands outside his papers even before sunrise. No fear at all. It was church and nonchalantly kicks used syringes off safe,” he recalls. the front steps. “You can get everything – coCampbell’s, the iconic American soup company, caine, pot, heroin, sex... anything but a job,” was at the time the biggest employer in Camden, he says. across the river from Philadelphia. The company Church organizations like CCOP are fighting has since moved its canning plant to Texas. Other the city’s demise through their housing and youth pillars of the economy—record company RCA Vicprojects. The setting, though, makes it difficult to tor, shipping companies and the port facility—that convey hope to young people - less than half the made Camden a middle-class stronghold, have all city’s children finish high school, and many opt to disappeared. Race riots, drugs, and eventually the make quick money with drugs. latest recession did the rest. Camden’s unemployment rate is close to Camden is, according to sociologists, a 17 per cent. More than half of the City’s 80,000 prime example of something that is in fact people live below the poverty line. With an empty a broader US trend. As the gap between rich city treasury, Mayor Dana Redd halved the and poor grew, so did ghettos in the United number of police officers on the streets, and States, according to a research carried out by cut the Fire Department by a third. “That day Stanford University. the dealers wore T-shirts saying: ‘Now it’s our Wiggins knows that the task at hand in Camden time,’” says Mary, a local woman. is huge. “It’s like turning an ocean in a different Wiggins, 54, who grew up in Camden, still hopes direction. We are turning some of the water but for a return to the prosperous community he re- not all of it. It’s too powerful,” he says. u

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Beer Gardens { Sabine Dobel / Munich / DPA }


huge stein of cool beer along with your own picnic food under the shade of a chestnut tree – this is the Bavarian lifestyle, pure and simple. And for 200 years now, it has even been officially sanctioned. On January 4, 1812, King Maximilian I permitted brewers to sell their beer on the premises of their chestnut tree-shaded underground beer vaults. But guests did not wish to drink their “Mass”—the measure of one litre—on an empty stomach. So they started bringing their food along with them. Thus, the beer garden tradition began. Bringing one’s own food is still permitted by law. Here’s a selection of beer gardens to try out: Hirschgarten: The beer garden of the Royal Hirschgarten grounds, on the periphery of the park surrounding nearby Nymphenburg Palace, is Munich’s largest beer garden, with 8,000 seats. This beer garden

did not evolve above the underground storage cellars like the others, but was the royal hunting lodge of the ruling Wittelsbach family. In the historical rooms of the lodge, built in 1791, the Wittelsbach royals held their parties. The beer garden is equally popular today with dog owners, and families with children. The Chinese Tower beer garden: The towering pagoda draws

{ Aliki Nassoufis / Las Vegas, Nevada / DPA }


as Vegas really is the City of superlatives. The desert resort rarely disappoints, thanks to its casinos, top class restaurants, glitzy shows, spectacular hotels, roller-coaster rides and bizarre weddings. Founded in the Nevada Desert in 1905, Las Vegas describes itself as the entertainment capital of the world; it has also earned the moniker of Sin City – thanks to the proliferation of adult entertainment. The city of 560,000 inhabitants truly is an entertainment metropolis. The Vegas leisure industry shamelessly borrows the world’s most celebrated icons and experiences; and this is obvious on the 6.8-kilometre Las Vegas Strip – where many of the largest hotels, casinos, theatres, restaurants and resorts are located.

Viva Vegas The architecture of the New YorkNew York Hotel is meant to resemble the Big Apple’s skyline – complete with a 46-metre-high replica of the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, a beam of light—so powerful that it reportedly can be seen from space—shoots up from the tip of the pyramid of the Luxor Hotel, while a replica volcano regularly erupts at the Mirage, warming the faces of onlookers from quite a substantial distance. Entertainment and pleasure have long been priorities for Las Vegas. “This used to be a tiny desert village,” explains pilot Michael Malpezzi of Heli USA, during a helicopter ride over the city. “Things changed massively at the start of the 20th century,

Adventure Holidays { Ulrike von Leszczynski / Berlin / DPA }


iving with sharks off the Azores, or riding a dog sleigh in Alaska, are just two of the unusual holiday experiences that can be easily booked online. Some tour operators are taking clients in a submarine down to the wreck of the Titanic. At the moment, no-one is offering a trip into space. But there are waiting lists of potential space holiday-makers. The variety of adventure holidays appears to be expanding. Travel expert Hasso Spode calls the trend towards unusual holiday destinations “Narco Capitalism.” He says it’s not a new phenomenon.

“Narco” has its roots in the word narcosis and symbolises the search for the next kick. “That could be a drug, but it might also be an adrenaline kick while on holiday,” says Spode. Travel operator Thomas Cook was offering clients trips down the Amazon on log boats in 1900 – just fifty years after the advent of modern tourism. Today, adventure tourism—from extreme sports to travelling to unusual destinations—is a firm part of the travel market. Twice as many men as women, and 20 times more young people than senior citizens, will opt for an adventurous vacation. The only limit is your wallet. Extreme holidays usually cost more.

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tourists and locals alike, offering 7,000 seats. It was in 1789, that Bavarian Elector Carl Theodor had the English Gardens built, with the pagoda-like wooden Chinese Tower coming in 1790. Hofbraeu beer is served here. On the third Sunday of July, Munich locals convene at 5:30 am, to start their drinking. Hofbraeukeller: In the middle of the trendy city district of Haidhausen, this is a comfy beer garden with 1,700 seats, and a favourite spot for many young people. The Neo-Renaissance style beer hall was built in 1892, and its imposing arcades recall a time when it included horse stables. One special feature of this beer oasis: at certain times of the day, a child care service is provided, so stressed-out parents can drink beer in peace. Paulaner at Nockherberg: Once each year, the world of politics descends on the Paulaner brewery’s Nockherberg beer hall and garden – up on a hill above the eastern bank

when the Hoover Dam was constructed nearby.” The workers drawn to this remote desert landscape needed entertainment, which led to legislative changes by the state of Nevada, most notably the legalization of gambling in 1931. Gambling is still an important income source for Vegas, but the City has developed other revenue streams – most notably in the area of cuisine. Vegas has changed in many ways over the decades, but still remains the marriage capital of the US. “There were 92,000 weddings in Nevada in 2010, the majority of which took place in Las Vegas,” says Joni Moss of the Nevada Wedding Association. The choice of wedding ceremony themes is huge – ranging from Elvis imitators to a priest dressed as Lady Gaga. Moss has seen it all, including weddings where the couple were dressed in alien costumes. u

What are the reasons behind choosing an extreme holiday? Spode thinks a late-puberty identity search motivates the young, while boredom drives the older, more financially secure, people. Some want to be able to tell their children that their father was the first in something. Spode says the same motivation drives mountaineers. The problem is that it’s difficult to achieve that “first” status on earth these days. Adventure holiday-making is also linked to recent changes in society. “We no longer closely identify with our jobs, or our daily lives. Instead we’re identifying with the things we do in our free time,” says Reinhardt, a social scientist. That means holidaymaking has a special meaning, that says much about our character. u


of the Isar River. Each March, prominent politicians from around Germany gather to drink a “Starkbier” (strong beer) - a special high alcoholcontent dark brew - for a session of poking satire at each other. With over 2,000 seats, the beer garden, with its fountain in the middle topped by the bust of a monk, recalls the site’s history: it was in 1634, that the Paulaner order of monks began brewing beer. Viktualienmarkt: Visitors to central Munich can hardly miss the famous Viktualienmarkt food market. The beer garden at the Viktualienmarkt, with its picturesque food stands, has been in existence only since 1970, but has established itself among locals and visitors alike – as a welcome spot to take a break. Augustiner: The Augustiner beer garden in the Arnulfstrasse street, not far from the main train station is, by the operators’ own account, the oldest beer garden in Munich. And with 5,000 seats beneath chestnut trees, it is also one of the largest. Since 1895, nothing much has changed in its outward appearance. Augustiner is the last remaining Munich brewery to deliver its beer in wooden barrels. u


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