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The bigger picture has not changed. The Irrigation Dept. says that they are supplying enough; and that they are also ready with more, through the NCR Canal – but HUDA does not

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ith the ‘official’ EWS policy having not taken off, HUDA is building a low cost housing colony for the economically weak. ...pg 10

A Bowl Of Gold

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ring home a goldfish bowl, for feng shui luck; and lounge with them for stress reduction. ...pg 19

Cook Up Your Passion t is the time for passion, and specialization. Learn not just to cook, but work in a team, and manage a kitchen – at IILM. ...pg 19

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tep away from the malls for a while, and indulge in traditional bazaar shopping. The HUDA markets across the City have much to offer. ...pg 20

Gurgaon II

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eaturing an update, a slice, of the new new Gurgaon – Gurgaon II as we call it. 58 new Sectors, in 4 new ‘zones’ – Sectors 58 to 67, 68 to 80, 81 to 98, 99 to 115. ...pg 21

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here was once an old village, called Gurgaon – it was a Guru Gram. Three decades ago, a large industry – an automobile project – was set up at the outskirts. Then, a major developer started development of colonies further up – offering a new deal to residents of the urbanizationstressed Capital. A new service, called IT/BPO found home here too. A new Gurgaon came up, away from the old, and away from the industry. A new road, NH8, helped to complete the divide between the old and the new. However, the villages (around 40) and villagers were settled all around. Neither HUDA, nor any of the developers, took any cognizance of them. The Town & Country Planning (T&CP) has been asleep for long. The villages were never connected. - some were even termed unauthorized and illegal. The new Gurgaonites never really see them – the villages or the villagers. Their maids and drivers and various other help reside thereabouts, they know. But they would rather not know more. The Administration has no solution either. You see, new Gurgaon just came up so fast! With all the Malls, MG Road, DLF Phases, Unitech, Ansals, Ambience…. Now we have Golf Course

have the storage or the treatment capacity for the water. HUDA says that they are just receiving, treating, and distributing the water, which is in serious short supply – due to less flow, and leakages in the canal system. Welcome to the Circle of Administration. Going forward, are we ready for the monsoon? Will life come to a standstill? Will we harvest the rains? What are the bets that we will know, or see anything, only after the first downpour? (You only make some money at a 100 to 1). On Power, the DHBVN increased rates a month ago. It even started a policy to reward areas where there are no losses, and where payments were coming on time. It promised at least 20 hours of power daily to the City residents. And then the hot summer hit. And suddenly

power fizzled – in fits and starts. Residents and their appliances barely get time to stabilize. DHBVN has scrapped any thought of a new Policy. Many State plants are down; and private power is being negotiated. The Administration, the powers that wannabe, are suddenly powerless.

Administration’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the City’s annual water and power shortage. Every year, after grand claims of ‘making adequate arrangements’, the words always fall short of action. And it is because of the perpetual failure of the authorities that there are two roaring businesses in this City – one of water supply, and the other of backup power. Everyday, there are scores of tankers scurrying all over the City, heading for posh places like Sushant Lok, DLF Phases I-III, HUDA sectors, Palam Vihar, villages like Farrukhnagar, Sohna, Badshahpur,

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he human body can survive two to three days without water, under extreme circumstances. The water shortage of the City seems to be testing this fact, as denselypopulated parts of the City dry up. And the power shortage is nothing new to a City which runs on diesel power generation for more than half the time. The weather is anyway playing truant. The heat is more, the monsoons are abrupt and hard, and the cold is chillier. But what has remained constant is the

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HUDA Toll Free Number, for getting resolution of Civic Problems (water, electricity, garbage, sewage, roads, parks…) is 1800-180-3030.

The Future Slums Road and Sohna Road areas to attend to. Thankfully the former has been taken charge of by DLF. But of course only for the road and their colonies and commercial properties. The villages are still the property of the MCG. And so the excuses will continue. You would have thought that, given the experience, we would have it all well thought out when the Master Plan 2021 was issued. But no, we have not learnt. We do not wish to learn. The only parameters are the numbers – how many hectares for what. Instead of what should be done differently, and how, it is only how much will be available, for what. Gurgaon II, Sectors 58 to

115, should have had a wellthought out plan for the villages/villagers, and for civic services. It should have been pro-actively implemented – to avoid revisions and diggings up later. No such luck for us. The earlier mess (that we now face) was therefore not due to any external issues, or events that came upon us. We are like that only. We work in silos, and then interrupt each other. MCG does not know what HUDA is doing, and vice versa – until it is too late. It is therefore obvious that, from the T&CP to HUDA to private builders, the only mantra seems to be to buy land cheap, construct the projects, make a packet, and then take leave. Villages and villagers have not,

do not, count – until elections, or until villagers turn violent. Civic services do not need to be planned, or reviewed. We will tackle them as we go – like we are trying for water and power now; and like we will try for sewage and crime tomorrow. We do not have enough for today, and we are already building many tomorrows. At least many villagers have made good money on sale of their land. Thank god for small mercies.

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here is suddenly frenzied activity on Water and Power. Street protests by citizens seem to have had an effect. There is some realization that checks should have been done before the summer. More importantly, it has been seen that water availability is linked to electricity supply – so it has been decided that gensets should be installed at boosting stations/water works and UGTs; alarm systems are required, to control wastage and overflows; standby motors and machinery need to be ordered. Alongside, old pumps need to be replaced, and new water works in colonies constructed. Yes, all these measures are being thought of ….now.

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hat happens when forces of urbanism, land sharks and a pliant government come together, and coax farmers to sell their land – albeit for large sums of money? There is confusion, unrest, and even anger. This is what prevails in the numerous villages in the proposed new Sectors (Gurgaon II). Their land is either being acquired by HUDA, or has already been bought by real estate companies, for building gated communes that have become the hallmark of the Millennium City. Contd on p 8 


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Whim ‘n Rhythm Yale University @ Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon
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Holiday Collection by Bracialeto @DLF City Centre Mall, M G Road Upto June 10 Price: Rs. 1,500 onwards

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performance by a group of 14 singers, representing the best women musicians of the senior class at Whim ‘n Rhythm Yale University. The group has grown into a full-force presence on Yale’s campuses, and on both the national and international stage.

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Musical Evening @ Deerwood Chase, 251, Nirvana Country, Sector 50 Date: June 10 Time: 7:00 pm onwards

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collection of striking bracelets in various hues and designs. Exclusively crafted for the holiday season, these fashion accessories are available in a range of shades – such as lime green, aquatic blue, luscious pink and classic white.

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The New Classics @Hotel Lemon Tree Premier, 48, City Center, Sector 29 Date: June 14 & 15 Time: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

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n evening of Indian classical music, with vocal recitals by Srihari, Sridhar and Srivats; a sitar recital by Pt. Prateek Chowdhury, accompanied by Pt. Shib Shankar Ray on the tabla.

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

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

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

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Let’s Be Civil

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Regular Features Food Take

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

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

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

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series of 4 plays in one, conveying different messages. The plays are directed by Rohit Pombra, and will be held over 2 days.

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Young Photographer’s Workshop @World of Kidz Activity Centre, DLF Phase V Date: 14 to 15 June Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm Age Group: 8-16 years

hoose your Choices, is a knowledge event with Dr. Sheena Iyengar and Chester Elton. They will hold a Workshop on the subject of ‘choice’. Sheena Iyengar is a world renowned expert, and author of the critically acclaimed book, ‘The Art of Choosing’; Chestor Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. Contact 0124 4782222

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photography Workshop that promises to go beyond technicalities. Beginning with the basics of digital technology, the Workshop will also cover camera handling and introduction to various photography genres. The Workshop will include both classroom and outdoor sessions. Contact: Nupur Garg, 9871049045/ Neha Malhotra, 9891255837

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Choose your Choices: Knowledge Event @ The Leela Kempinski, Ambience Island, NH-8 Date: June 15 Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Price: Per person: Rs. 22,000; early bird charges: Rs.21,000 2 to 5 persons: Rs. 18,500; early bird charges: Rs. 17,500

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n Exhibition of a new range of jewellery by Rasvihar. The designs are contemporary, and the wide range of jewellery can be teamed with ethnic, corporate and evening wear. A special line of jewellery for children will also be available at the Exhibition.

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ricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched his fitness centre, SportsFit by MS Dhoni, in the City. The launch witnessed Dhoni working out with the fitness trainers for around 20 minutes. With SportsFit, the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team aims at creating a training centre which is focused on various workouts and new exercise regimens, that show immediate results. The business partner of Dhoni, and Chief Mentor of SportsFit, Arun Pandey was also present. Arun said “We at SportsFit are really looking forward to a fit India. SportsFit will be a one of its kind fitness centre, offering top-of-the-line fitness programmes tailored for specific goals and needs”. Sports Fit by MS Dhoni is on a 25,000 sq. feet property at Global Foyer, Golf Course Road.

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aturday evening proved to be special for the residents of Heritage City, as they enjoyed the performance of renowned band Indian Ocean – with a sudden spell of welcome rain. With hits such as “Are Ruk Ja Re Bande”, and “Darte Ho”, bass guitarist-cumvocalist, Rahul Ram, left the audience begging for more.

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amous singer Kailash Kher, and his band Kailasa, rocked the City with a breathtaking live concert. The evening gathered momentum with each new song, and the crowd was always eager for more. Kher regaled with “Chak De Phattey”, “Teri Diwani”, “Saiyaan”, “Ya Rabba”, “Allah ke Bande”, and an acoustic version of the super hit, “Tu Jaane Na”. It was indeed an entertainment extravaganza of sound and music. Following his performance, Kher said, “I am so excited to perform at the Kingdom Of Dreams, a venue which the country was missing for long. I believe that with the opening of such venues in India, live acts will have the right platforms, and this industry will grow rapidly.” The event was hosted by Apra Cabs (I) Pvt. Ltd.

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pra Group of Companies has launched a new cab service for Delhi/NCR region, at the Kingdom Of Dreams. With an aim to make the City safer for women while commuting, many Gcabs will be driven by women chauffeurs. The cabs will have a panic button, which will immobilise the cab, when pressed in times of emergency. The cab service has started with 125 Gcabs, out of which 35 will be run by women chauffeurs. “In Gcabs, G stands for Green Gurgaon, my father Gagan Sharma; and in India Ji (G) is a suffix in all names, to give respect to someone. This is why it is 'Gcab',” said Abhishek Sharma at a press conference.


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Arabian Splendour

ROWDY RASCALS

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n the top floor of Ninex Mall on Sohna Road is a desert oasis waiting to be discovered. Opened three weeks ago, FOA - The Flavours of Arabia, promises to take you on a true Arabian adventure. The music is lilting, and the décor is genuine Mid-Eastern. The outside has rooms resembling Bedouin tents, as well as an outdoor grill – which, come winter, should be a welcome addition to Gurgaon’s nightlife. Right now, with the mercury soaring, I choose the cool climes of the main dining area – with the tents providing an interesting backdrop against the Gurgaon skyline. I am greeted by the proprietor Debashish Bhattacharya, a veteran with years of hospitality teaching experience in the Gulf. I ask him what kind of food I should expect. His simple answer is “authentic Arab food”. The first starter, as is customary for any middle-eastern culinary voyage, is hummus (Rs. 349). The dish dates back to the thirteenth century. The rendition here is presented beautifully on the plate – and the texture, seasoning and the amount of olive oil are just right. Served along with pita chips, this appetizer is a treat for the palate. Encouraged, I decide to order some more starters. The popular (and restaurant recommended) shish tawouk (Rs. 499) has two generous skewers of chicken

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s the title suggests, ‘The Householder’, by Amitabha Bagchi, is a story of a middlelevel bureaucrat embroiled in office politics, corruption charges and personal tribulations. Naresh Kumar, the householder, is the archetype of an ‘Indian Babu’ working in Delhi. His married daughter is unable to conceive, his wayward son gets mixed up in a police case, and his wife expects him to don the cape of a superhero and resolve all issues. To add to his dilemma is Pinki Kaur, a colleague, whose presence in the office stirs undesirable responses in him. Due to office politics and corruption charges, Naresh ends up leaving his job – a job that had given him his identity. Bagchi follows Naresh Kumar as he grapples with moral, ethical and social issues tormenting his existence.

The Householder Author: Amitabha Bagchi Publisher: Fourth Estate Price: Rs. 399 PagE: 208 GENRE: Fiction

FOA - The Flavours of Arabia 3rd Floor, 1/2, Ninex Citymart, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 4088115 Timing: 11 AM – 1 AM

chunks that have been perfectly cooked. The mutton sheesh kabab (Rs. 499) misses the mark because it is tad dry; it does not have the moistly delicate mouth

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Such Is Life Even though the central theme of the plot is corruption, the book manages a tightrope compassionate walk. The book is neither philosophical, nor a lecture on morality. In fact, what appeals most is that Bagchi refrains from being

feel that is essential to enjoy this kabab. The accompanying babaghanoush and muttabal are excellent. The middle-east can also excel in vegetarian food, and I turn my attention to that. The veg moussaka (Rs. 349) excels as a dish. I am served its Turkish version, which is a sautéed combo of brinjal and chickpeas in a yummy onion and tomato sauce. It is seasoned with Arabic seven spices and sumac – the wonder spice that provides a beautiful tart flavour to the dish. This is a dish I would recommend heartily. The spinach and feta wrap (Rs. 189) sounds more exotic than it tastes, but has some exciting thoum and a mango-chilly dip accompanying it. As I end the meal with the complimentary suleimany tea, in the traditional dainty little cup, I am in no doubt that I have enjoyed this meal. This only authentic Arabic restaurant in Gurgaon is just three weeks old. If it takes better care of some of its dishes, it is bound to be a hot spot in the coming winter season. u

didactic. He gently allows the moral issues to reflect on the reader as the story proceeds. Even amid the sheer immorality of his conduct, the reader is compassionate towards the protagonist. And since the lead character is realistically human, the reader tends to look in the mirror and examine the flaws of our system, without being judgmental. Unlike the civil servant protagonist of Upmanyu Chatterjee’s ‘English August’, Bagchi refrains from painting the story with any hues of satire or sarcasm. Instead, with an uncanny perception, he paints a vibrant picture of Indian bureaucracy – where power is a prerequisite for survival, where corruption is routine, and where shades of grey are debatable. The dialogues are meticulously crafted, and are in consonance with the way people who don’t normally speak English conduct their conversation. Amitabha Bagchi's first book, ‘Above Average’, was published in 2007, and instantly became a bestseller. ‘The Householder’, his second offering, is engrossing – and brilliantly captures the helplessness of middle class India. u

here are three instances, during the two and a half hour screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's co-produced Rowdy Rathore, wherein the Director Prabhu Deva (known more for his dancing and choreographic skills) gives the viewer hints on how his second directorial attempt in Bollywood (the first was the Salman starrer Wanted) needs to be watched. The first instance should suffice – when Akshay Kumar (who plays a double-role) in his avatar as a petty thief comes across the lead actress Sonakshi Sinha. He is so smitten that, with a reverse twist of his finger pointed at his temple, he reverses the immediate past sequence of events to relive that joy. If that isn't clear enough to tell audiences that they must rewind the timeline to a past period in Bollywood to enjoy the movie, Prabhu Deva has, in a few scenes, displayed walls with posters of Deewar and Aradhana. Even though you may accept that Rowdy Rathore needs to be viewed and compared with the Bollywood hits of Shammi Kapoor (comical gestures), Jeetendra (jumping and engineered dance moves) and Dharmendra (one-man villain-demolishing squad), you will still find the violence gory and the colours extremely garish. You need to put the blame of these aberrations on the Telugu original, accept the contrived and cliched story as a given, and watch Rowdy as though you were in the seventies – then you will have a rollicking fun ride. And it is for that reason that Rowdy Rathore will turn out to be a super duper hit, particularly amongst audiences in the semi-urban and rural areas. Akshay Kumar relishes his comic and action sequences; Sonakshi does her bit by ensuring a twelve inch gap between the bottom of her blouse and the top of the saree; Naseer and his bunch of villains look suitably unrefined and loud; and Prabhu Deva uses dance-based choreography in the fight sequences. Sajid-Wajid come up with at least one tune which will become the signature tune for a number of mobiles. The only "realistic" part of the movie is when Sonakshi airs the dialogue: I am from Patna! u

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Master Recipe Vijaylaxmi – Masterchef (Season 2): Top 4

Mango Sorbet Makes 1 large yogurt container-size tub of delicious mango sorbet (Serves 6 )

Ingredients 2

Fresh ripe mangos

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White sugar

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Coconut milk

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Lemon juice

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whipped cream

Method

 Slice the mangoes open and scoop out the fruit. Don’t forget to include fruit around the stone (a knife works well for this).  Place the fruit in a food processor or blender. Add the sugar and run for 1 minute, or until the sugar has dissolved and you are left with a delicious mango puree.  Add the coconut milk and lemon juice, and briefly run the blender (a few seconds).  Pour the mango puree into a bowl or container, while you continue to use your processor/blender. Scrape down the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula to remove as much of the puree as possible.

 The consistency should be quite stiff (not runny) when dipped into with your finger.  Add the mango puree to the whipped cream, and run the blender for 5-10 seconds, or until you get a good mango-cream consistency.  Pour into a large yogurt container or similar size tub, and place in the freezer. Allow to freeze at least 6 hours, preferably 8.  Serve the mango sorbet in bowls, or scoop into ice cream cones for the kids. (To make scooping easier, take the sorbet out of the freezer 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time). Serving Tip: For an adult treat, try drizzling over a little coconut liqueur - great for serving at a dinner party!


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mitabha Bagchi launched his second novel, “The Householder”, at the Landmark book store. The book is published by Harper Collins, and has already received favourable reviews. Amitabha’s first novel, “Above Average” was a bestseller in the year 2007.

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udhir Rajpal, Commissioner, MCG, and Neeraj Garg, Vice President of Coca-Cola India, inaugurated a native plant nursery at the Bio Diversity Park, on the occasion of World Environment Day. The Nursery will help revive species of plants indigenous to the Aravallis, to enable a scientific reforestation of the Bio Diversity Park. Coca-Cola India, along with its bottling partner, Enrich Agro Food Products
Pvt. Ltd., has undertaken this

initiative to set up a plant nursery. Also present at the inauguration were Mr. Varinder Pal Singh Kandhari, Managing Director, Enrich Agro Food Products Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Praveen Kumar, Administrator, HUDA and Ms. Latika Thukral, Founder of NGO, 'IAmGurgaon'. Once developed, the Aravalli Biodiversity Park would give the citizens access to almost 600 acres of green and reforested Aravallis. This green range will be transformed into a place for leisure walks, jogging, trekking, bird watching, gardening, contemplation, and cultural expression.

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he Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) conducted an application fair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday. To better serve Indian students, representatives from over six universities and one college provided free counseling to the students, and guided them about quality education and a range of courses offered in Canada. While speaking to Friday Gurgaon, Managing Director of CUAC, Mel Broitman said, “We have taken over 2,000 Indian students to the Canadian universities.The advantage of studying in Canada is that the fee structure in the universities is affordable, and it is not difficult to get citizenship.”

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entre for Sight, a group of eye hospitals, conducted a free eye camp at Sap Labs, Sector 54. Over 200 professionals participated in the Camp. The findings of the Camp confirmed the growing instance of eye strain, or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), in software professionals. Dr. Triveni Grover, Senior Ophthalmologist at Centre for Sight, said, “The symptoms of CVS often go unnoticed – they could be tiredness in the eyes, frequent headaches, pain in the shoulder, stiffness in the neck, and blurry vision.”

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rtist Srimati Lal unveiled a painting exhibition, Benedictions, at the Galaxy Hotel. The Exhibition showcases her evolution as an artist over two decades. Benedictions was inaugurated by well known artist, Shobha Baroota. Srimati’s new series of paintings is a result of her vibrant imagination, experiments with proportions and colours, and her ability to maintain a magnificent coherence. The exhibition runs till July 1. Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com

ntreprenuer Shiv Karan Singh, fashion designer Harmeet Bajaj, and Sid Mathur, along with NGO Earth Foundation, hosted an evening to felicitate Ambassadors for their support towards the welfare of the girl child. Ambassadors, entrepreneurs and some glitteratis of the fashion world were seen enjoying a fashion show, over cocktail and canapés. Ms. Gladys Abankwa Meier-Klodt, the wife of Acting German Ambassador Cord Meier Klodt, and Mr. Ashwini Sagar Dhawan walked the ramp – showcasing the collections of designers Varun Behl, Anju Modi, Shantanu, and Nikhil.

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ There was a Nationwide Bandh on May 31, to protest fuel price hike. The impact in Gurgaon was not severe. ♦ In the Haryana School Education Board results, Priya Yadav, of Bal Kalyan Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur, Farukhnagar, is the District topper - with almost 96% marks. Among districts in the State, Gurgaon remains in Third position, with 68% pass scores (77% for girls). ♦ HUDA asks for 20 cusecs extra water, daily, from Irrigation Dept. MCG plans to install 24 new bore wells in village areas. ♦ As per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mobile Traffic Adalats – for traffic related cases - will be organized in District Gurgaon from June 1 to 15 (5pm to 7pm daily, including Sundays). This was announced by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Singh. For Gurgaon City, the dates and locations are: June 1, 8, 15 Rest House Sohna, and Govt High School, Bhora Kalan June 2, 9 SCERT (near Panchayat Bhawan), and Community Centre, Sec 40 June 3, 5, 10, 12 Office of ACP, Udyog Vihar, and Govt. Sanskriti School, C Block Sushant Lok June 4, 11 Panchayat Bhawan, and Community Centre Sec 40 June 6, 13 Gymkhana Club Sec 29, and Panchayat Bhawan June 7, 14 Community Centre Sec

46, Community Centre Sec 5 ♦ Anti-encroachment drives were undertaken, mainly against vendors, by HUDA - around IFFCO Chowk, HUDA City Centre, Faridabad Road, and Sector 31 HUDA Market; also jhuggis removed from green belts of Sec 31 and 40 dividing road, and a temple removed from Sec 57. ♦ Dr M Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, presided over a brainstorming meeting of the Banking sector, at the Indian institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), at IMT, Manesar. IICA also signed an MoU with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), for training. India has a Rs 64 trillion ($ 1.25 trillion) Banking Industry. CMDs/top management from 29 leading banks attended the meeting. ‘♦ BMW case’ – the mother of the woman killed in the accident, is still in a critical condition; the ‘accused’ has not yet been able to furnish a driving licence. A woman jumps from 13th floor of Maple Heights; alleged dowry, ill-treatment issues. A critically injured schoolgirl dies in hospital. She was one of the 9 girls riding in an auto, whcih recently met with an accident. ♦ An iron cart loaded with machinery overturns in a warehouse - 3 children are killed. A man misbehaves with a lady colleague, and threatens her husband – matter with the police now. Sumit Bhuttan, husband of murdered Ruchi, allegedly threatens her relative in Court. Shivraj Puri and father out on bail – ‘Citibank

fraud’ case. 4 held after shootout with police in Sec 46. Auto gangs seem to be operating at will, in stealing cars and bikes. However, the police is closing in. 2 more arrested after a shootout with police. Earlier in the week, the police had busted another auto gang – and recovered stolen bikes from them. The gang had stolen over 100 bikes over the past year. 2 carjackings in City – near Medanta, and Rajiv Chowk; car stolen from outside a house in DLF IV. Customs team raids warehouse near Kherki Daula, and recovers crores worth of ‘chandan’ wood. Thieves strike at 3 houses in South City II, and also in Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar. Man held for Rs 4 crores extortion call, from Dubai, to brother in law. Inebriated youth rams 2 cars. Strict anti-ragging ordinance in Haryana – includes severe fine, and even imprisonment action against head of institution. Gcabs started – 125 cabs; 35 women drivers (operating from 6am to 7.30pm). Proposal to reintroduce Property/House Tax in Gurgaon, despite MCG only maintaining ‘old’ Gurgaon and village abadies. Levy of House Tax is a necessary condition, to avail funding by Central Govt. schemes like JNNURM. Flyovers proposed over Mahavir Chowk and Maharana Pratap Chowk; underpasses at Signature Towers Chowk and IFFCO Chowk. Foot Over Bridge coming up on NH8 (near Narsinghpur). MCG plans for a seed nursery at the Bio Diversity Park.


06  Contd from p 1 Jharsa. The only areas where there isn’t a visible scarcity of water are the builder condominiums, that have private borewells for themselves. Though here also, with the rate at which water is being drawn out by the borewells, several of them have dried out in Sushant Lok. Citizens are out on the streets. In the last two weeks, protests over water shortage have stemmed from DLF Phase I and III, Sushant Lok I, Sector 56, Sector 57, Dundahera, Badshahpur, Jharsa, and old Gurgaon. Residents Welfare Associations like Joint Action Federation of RWAs (JAFRA), Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC), and RWAs of colonies like Sushant Lok and Ardee City have also protested the lack of water reaching their residents. Even in posh colonies like DLF, there is a group of angry residents milling at the RWA office, all demanding why are they not getting water supply. There have been reports of Jharsa villagers going on a dharna with their Councillor Poonam Yadav, in front of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) office in Civil Lines. The shouting continued relentlessly until the Municipal Commissioner Sudhir Rajpal gave the crowd his personal assurance that the situation would be improved within a couple of days. After that, the

And it is because of the perpetual failure of the authorities that there are two roaring businesses in this City – one of water supply, and the other of back-up power. Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Chief Dr. Praveen Kumar held meetings with several residents’ associations and assured them of a sustainable water supply. Recently, a team of senior engineers have been dedicated to sort out people’s water woes. It is to be noted that these officials are the decision-making authorities, and it is only now when the residents are baying for blood/water, that such an action team has been formed. The fact is, the highest authorities of MCG and HUDA are having to assure the common man that he would not die of thirst. This, in the Millennium City of India, circa 2012.

Water Woes

Rajeev Kapoor, a DLF E-Block Resident, says that he has shifted to Gurgaon from Paschim Vihar a year and a half back. “The water supply was so much better and problem-free in New Delhi. Here, we are so hassled by essential needs. The water supply in the heat of summer does not even last five to seven minutes a day. The evening supply of water has stopped. And the tankers have almost doubled their rates,” he says. Earlier, the water tanker supplier charged

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Water Woes Rs. 500-600, “and now we have to shell out nothing less than Rs. 800 – and Rs. 1,000 if the water tanks above the house have to be filled. Relating a shudder-worthy tale, Deepak Gupta, resident of Phase II, says, “Once the maintenance agency sent a water tanker to my friend’s house. Imagine his horror, when he found lizards being pumped into his water tank.” The regular water supply is also not up to the mark, Gupta says. “It is discoloured and tepid at best.” The situation is worse in places like New Colony, Ashok Vihar, Sheetla Colony, and villages like Baghera and Jharsa. Satinder Kumar, a resident of Palam Vihar, relates his agony of buying a plot, and building his house, without knowing how bad the power and water situation would get. “This is intolerable. Why would one spend so much money settling down here, when one has to go down on one’s knees, begging for water? There are so many senior citizens living in my colony, and it is terrible to see all of us rationing water in a modern city like Gurgaon. All the Administration does is give promises, and then breaks them. Even the Councillors have done nothing except thank us for our votes. I want to say aloud that the common man is tired of Gurgaon’s officials. We are paying our taxes, and we don’t even get water. If Gurgaon’s situation is like this, I shudder to think what will be the condition of ‘New Gurgaon’ (new Sectors) in a few years?” Raju, who has been living in Jharsa since birth, says that water crises have been a part of his growing up. “When there was the Municipal Council, there wasn’t much work done. Only now, when our Councillor has come to the fore, has some development work been seen by the people. And even then, the water problem has not been

touched.” When he is informed that the MCG has ordered for 24 new borewells (one of them being in Jharsa), his happiness is tempered. “The problem would be eased for sure. But that doesn’t solve the problem of getting canal water. Why do we have to take water from the ground, when efficient planning can let us have canal water?” There are also some workers in the booster stations who say that they have not got any water from the Basai plant to boost. “What I heard was that some of the machinery to purify the canal water had shorted. When

The fact is, the highest authorities of MCG and HUDA are having to assure the common man that he would not die of thirst. This, in the Millennium City of India, circa 2012.

DHBVN Chief Speaks The Chief General Manager of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam SS Gupta says, “There is the current power scenario, and the future power scenario. As of right now, the power outage is not so bad,” he states. He outlines the future plan of DHBVN. “We have taken on a Consultant who will study the power demand and supply, and draw up a ‘Power Plan for 2025'. The plan will outline how much power will be expected of us by 2025, and we will work accordingly.”

No water- Builder’s Responsibility? Sudhir Kapoor, Secretary of DLF City RWA, says, “There is not a day in this summer when I don’t have a horde of angry residents in my office, demanding that the RWA do something about the water crisis.” He recalls one incident when a resident called him up on the phone. “He said that he was tired of going to every authority, and not getting any answer. I told him that if DLF does not get any water, how will they get it to the residents? It does not solve problems to blame an agency when even they are helpless. Fuming at this, the resident said that since the fault extended all the way to the Basai water plant, maybe the developer (DLF) should invest its money in refurbishing the water plant!” Most of the people have learnt how to conserve water, Kapoor says. But there are still some who insist on washing their cars, and the road in front of their houses, just because they are the fortunate ones getting water. These are the people who need to learn that water is today the most precious commodity in Gurgaon, he states.

we don’t get any water, what can we do?,” says a worker. Officials, however, disagree. R.D Singh, a senior water official, is non-plussed when asked about the shortage of water. “There is nothing wrong in the supply of water. People have started wasting water, and their demand has risen. Otherwise, there is no problem.” In many sectors, the situation would be dire, were it not for the massive tanks constructed by the residents, who foresaw such emergencies. Sandeep, who has lived in DLF Phase-I and Sector 46 for a better part of his life says, “I make sure that the sector house can store at least three to four days of water in the underground and roof tanks. Summers like these have always happened, and have always caught the officials unawares. It is better to prepare oneself, rather than put trust in the Corporation and HUDA.” Gurgaon Citizen’s Council, which has been agitating against the water crisis time and again, says that all the measures taken by the authorities have been stop-gap. Even the proposition of putting up 24 new borewells is a shot in the foot (rather than the arm) in the long run, says R.S Rathee, President of Gurgaon Citizens Council. Recently, he had organised a Seminar, where the Council had unveiled a plan for the creation of check-dams, to increase the water table under the City. “The rainwater harvesting structures which have been made are good for nothing. That’s because they extend for 15 feet to 60 feet into the ground, which does not even begin to reach the water table. A rainwater harvesting unit needs to go down to at least 180-200 feet, to make the collected water reach the groundwater supply, to recharge,” he explains. Col Ratan Singh, President of JAFRA, is more vehement in his words. “These officials do nothing other than making big, empty promises,” he says. Talking about the new RWA Presidents elected in Sectors 21, 22, and 23, he talks about how the residents in these sectors go for two to three days without water. “How can the officials say they work, when people do not have water to drink? Someone is lying, and the people are suffering. That is the root cause.” When reminded about the Power Minister, Captain Ajay Yadav’s promise that the summers would be power-cut free, he says, “Did anybody believe that statement when it came out at that time? The people know, they understand, and they will remember.”

Power Struggles

In his area, Rajeev Kapoor says that the power supply is erratic at best. “It comes for an

hour, then goes off for another,” he says, adding that his inverter back-up is ineffective, in the light of such intermittent supply. “Most of the residents here have shifted to silent diesel gensets.” The cost of running a genset is nothing less than Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 a month, for those who have one or more air conditioners - working round the clock in the summers. However, even those residents are suffering. Sanjay Arya, resident of DLF, Phase I, says that his neighbour’s diesel genset has stopped working because of the numerous power-cuts. “Even the sound of the chugging machine has changed,” he jokes. Naresh Singh, resident of Sushant Lok III, has subscribed to a community power back-up system in Sushant Lok-III, a new concept. In this case, an enterprising individual sets up a captive power plant, which can churn out 250 MVA of electricity. Then, thick power cables snake out to nearby residents, and immediate power back-up is provided, capable of running every AC and appliance in the house. However, like everything, this service comes at a steep price. Naresh says that there is a ‘non-refundable set-up charge’, which ranges from Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1.2 lakh. Then, Rs. 2,000 flat is charged per month, regardless of power outage. Finally, the power supplied is charged at anything between Rs. 10 to Rs. 12 per unit. “This is highway robbery, but what can a resident do?”

"There is nothing wrong in the supply of water. People have started wasting water, and their demand has risen. Otherwise, there is no problem." rages Arya. His inverter is hard-pressed to recharge in the brief moments the power supply is steady, so ‘there is no choice left’,” he admits. H.N Chopra, the President of DLF City RWA, says that there are plenty of power suppliers in the DLF Phases I-IV. “They provide power as and when the situation demands.” Every year the City gets to see new levels of desperation, when facing a shortage of water and power. No water? Get a tanker. No Power? Get a genset – or better, pay someone to do the same. The MCG has authorised 24 new borewells, which it assures will only be used for residential drinking water purposes. The question is, even the tankers who provide the water supply get their water from such borewells. What is the difference? There is no concrete plan to increase the supply of canal water, or ensure that those who need it, will get it. The only people truly content these summers are water tanker operators, mineral water bottle suppliers, and private power contractors. They had the business foresight to anticipate the shortages in this Millennium City. They are the new power brokers. u


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The Future Slums

 Contd from p 1 In one major section of Gurgaon II, from Village Ghata at the foothills of the Aravallis, to Badhshahpur on Sohna road, the uncontrolled urbanism has once again brought the City directly in conflict with the villagers. It has also taken the City right up to the Aravallis. While builders are selling real estate dreams with golf courses, magnificent villas, and green spaces, the villagers barely survive with 12-hour daily power cuts, poor water supply, little or no medical facilities, and a non-existent transportation system. There is little or no learning, from what has transpired earlier. We are all primed to make the same—this time actually bigger—mistakes. The infrastructure and social development is in tatters in these villages – comprising Ghata, Behrampur, Ullawas, Medhawas, Kadarpur, Badshahpur, Pahari, Ramgarh Dhani. Local residents allege that they have been forced to sell (the land) by the State government, that is in collusion with the powerful builders’ lobby in the State. They allege that by announcing the imposition of Sections 4 and 6 for acquisition of land by HUDA, the farmers were pressurised to sell land to builders at less than the market rate. Satish Nagar, a resident of Ullawas, village says that an award for acquisition of land was announced by HUDA – but the agency has not paid any compensation. “HUDA was supposed to make an announcement on May 29, but nothing has happened. We are surprised that while land belonging to farmers is not released, almost 1000 acres bought by builders has been released by HUDA,” says Nagar. The farmers are not only peeved over the acquisition, but The time to act, to do things differently, is now. Before the Condominiums and Colonies spring up. Before all the Civic Infrastructure is laid. We need to ‘connect’ the villages; we need to develop them; we need to integrate them. Hopefully none of them, or their residents, will become ‘unauthorised/illlegal’ soon.

are also unhappy with the policy of the government to pay only circle rates for their land – knowing that the market rate is quite higher. Captain Zile Singh, a resident of Kadarpur village, says that the government is paying merely Rs. 60 to 70 lakh per acre of land, that is valued today at Rs. 5 to 6 crores – and which value the builders would have had to pay/have paid to some. Singh says that many farmers, whose land has been acquired for building roads and other utilities, have been paid a pittance by the government. It is a travesty that those selling land to private builders are able to make lot of money, but others have to remain satisfied with this pittance, he adds. While most of them agree that the arrival of real estate companies has brought prosperThe Delhi suburb is now sprawling suburbs on all sides

ity to the villages, they allege that there is no development taking place – as neither the government nor the private builders are interested in it. Subash Fouji, Councillor, Badhshapur, says that builders are interested only in the appropriation of land, and have done nothing for the development of villages. This is despite the fact that the Licence given by Department of Town and Country Planning mentions clearly that builders will have to take responsibility for the villages from where they buy land. “There are large builders in this area, who can adopt a village and help in improving the civic infrastructure. But nothing is

happening,” alleges Fouji. His solution is that the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon should commercially exploit the common areas that were earlier owned by Village Panchayats (and now owned by MCG, as it took over the villages). It should ask the builders to pay for the use of common roads and other facilities. In Badhshahpur alone, builders are using 50 acres of precious land, says Fouji – while pointing to the non-existent sewerage system, poor power supply, and lack of overall development

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drive around in the latest cars, are also demanding that roads, lanes and drains should be concretised. Many of them, who have bought the latest electronic gadgets, cannot use these properly as the power supply is inadequate. “There is a major issue of power supply in our villages,” says Hoshiyar Singh Bhati, a senior lawyer. “We do not get any power in the day, and in the night the voltage is too low,” he says. Erratic power supply also leads to poor supply of water, as the tube-wells cannot be operated. While big billboards and broad roads welcome the buyers into this new real estate hub in Gurgaon II, a visit inside the villages tells a story of indifference, decay, and a sudden ar-

ly anyone is educated, he adds. “We want the government to help us in assimilating with the new population. Otherwise we are treated as outsiders in our own City,” asserts Bhati.

rival of wealth. In Medhawas village, the streets are potholed, while huge bungalows have been built on both sides; sewage flows in the open and gets collected in the village pond, that was once a source of drinking water. Village Sarpanch Mahesh Kumar says that sewage disposal is a major issue in the village, as most of it goes to the village pond. “The condition of sanitation is very poor, and there is just one safai karamchari to take care of the whole village,” he says. While the entire village is facing the onslaught of deadly mosquitoes, due to poor state of sanitation, the village pond itself is facing extinction. Kumar admits that there is need to revive the ‘johad’, not only in Medhwas but in a number of adjoining villages. Badshahpur Councillor Fouji, is however skeptical about the government support to revive ponds. The experience with the rainwater harvesting systems has been poor. “There were five built in Badhshahpur. All without thought, and none is functional,” he asserts. Education worries the newly prosperous residents of these villages. Lack of schools, and no college in the vicinity, has led to a high drop out rate. Mahesh Kumar says that world class schools are being/will be built for residents of Gurgaon II, but what will happen to kids from his villages. “Where will my kids go?” he asks. Mahipal, a resident of Behrampur, says that transport facilities are nonexistent, and students—particularly girls—have to give up education due to this reason. There is severe unemployment in the area as well, despite Gurgaon being a corporate hub – as hard-

result they had to construct houses beyond the Lal Dora. As such, the eviction notices issued by HUDA, to the house owners who have built beyond Lal Dora, has become a major bone of contention. While officials insist that whatever is built beyond Lal Dora is illegal, the villagers want these habitations to be regularised. Houses of many poor villagers have also come into this unauthorised area, and locals assert that they would not allow the authorities to bulldoze their homes. Sandeep Ambawatta, a young man from village Ullawas, says that people have been living in these houses for more than fifty years. “How can the government demolish the homes and hearths of people in the name of building a new Gurgaon? This City is coming up on our land, but it cannot come at the cost of our homes,” says Sandeep, sitting outside a shop with his friends – as power has been curtailed as usual. The group of friends say that they will not remain peaceful if the government tries to demolish their houses. “We held a Panchayat recently, in which it was decided that villagers will not submit to demolition. We want justice,” says Nagar. Anil Yadav, Sarpanch of Chakkarpur Village, says that they went to the High Court, as well as appealed to the government, to take necessary action in case of Lal Dora – but nothing has happened yet. The villagers in unison want the Lal Dora to be extended, or habitations outside it be regularised – as has happened in Delhi. They also want that they should be allowed to build their homes without any official intervention, as was happening in the past.

The Issue of Lal Dora

Besides poor civic facilities, one thing that unites these villages is their opposition to the Lal Dora norm, that stipulates the historic boundary of a village. The village leaders assert that the population of the villages has increased multiple times in this period, and as a This City is coming up on our land, but it cannot come at the cost of our homes.

Villages Under MCG Badshahpur Village, Pahari area, Ramgarh Dhani, Behrampur, Ghata, Gwalpahari Villages under Zila Parishad Ullawas, Kadarpur, Bhuapur, Medhawas in the village. Badshahpur residents however agree that the arrival of the MCG on the scene has improved the situation to some extent. The sanitation staff do come to clean, and there are talks of MCG finally renovating the Village, says Vinod, a resident. Gurgaon Deputy Mayor, Parminder Kataria, says that the MCG will do everything to improve the civic conditions of the villages. “A Detailed Project Report (DPR) of villages under the MCG, including Badshahpur, has been pre-

pared and sent for approval to the higher authorities in Chandigarh,” says Kataria. As soon as the Project is approved, the face of Badshahpur and other villages will change, claims Kataria. While the villages under MCG are hopeful that things might change for the better in the near future, those that do not fall under its ambit—and are under the purview of the Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad—do not have any such hope. Jaychand Bhati, a resident of Behrampur, says that the Panchayat and Block Samitis have failed to bring any improvement in the lives of the villagers. With increasing prosperity, the villagers, who now

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 Contd from p 8 Weakening Social Cohesion

What is happening is what sociologists call the spatial overflow of metropolitan population into the peripheral urban villages, leading to the process of suburbanisation. The Delhi suburb is now sprawling suburbs on all sides. The problem lies in the poor assimilation of the rural population into the urban whole, as a result of which they feel neglected – left out, opine experts. What the government has to understand is that there is a huge population in these villages that is dependent on land and farming for subsistence. “Where will the shoe-maker, carpenter, landless farmer, village sharecropper, and those dependent on the forest, go? This has been a composite society living here for ages,” says Subash Fouji. A large number of families have not got any compensation for land, and they are really feeling left out, he warns. “This could lead to social issues, and even crime, in the future; as the difference between the haves and have-nots has

widened too much,” adds Mahesh Kumar. Once the process of urbanisation is complete, the villagers who once owned this place will be marginalised – barring a few, warn experts. The battle for scarce water and other resources could bring them in direct conflict with the new migrants, they add. We are already seeing shades of this today.

Failure of Government and Panchayati Raj institutions

With both HUDA and MCG not owning some of these villages, their development is the prerogative of Panchayat and Block Samities. Aman Bhardwaj, a Zila Parishad member, in whose area some of these villages fall, says that they do not have funds for carrying out developments. “We are short of funds, and recently the Zila Parishad had to cash a Rs. 2 crore fixed deposit, to carry out development work,” says Bhardwaj. He has 20 villages to cater to, with the limited funding. In his opinion, the builders who acquire land should be asked to contribute in improv-

New Joint Chief { Hritvick Sen / FG }

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he City’s new Joint Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Rao met traffic police personnel and mediapersons recently, while industrialist Sharad Goel donated thermos water bottles to the policemen performing their service in this hot season. Sitting down for an informal chat afterwards, Rao talked about his view of policing for the City of Gurgaon. Taking up the issues of policing traffic, Rao said that challans are not the ideal means to bring down cases of traffic misdemeanor. “For the same mistake, a rickshaw puller and a car driver incur the same penalty. Rickshaw pullers may well learn to avoid doing the same mistake again, but the car driver, (especially in Gurgaon?) seems not to feel the pinch,” he said. His solution is to “slap them with fines, and more. Ask them to pick up a broom and clean a section of a road, or make them do sit-ups holding their ears. If financial penalties don’t hit them, then eating humble

ing the lot of the villagers – by providing sewage connectivity, roads, schools and health facilities. This way there would be no acrimony between the two sides, and development will be peaceful, he suggests. Mahesh Kumar of Village Medhawas wants the authorities to be more proactive in order to ensure that builders are delivering on the social spectrum as well. He further says that if Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Gram Swaraj has not been implemented in the National Capital Region (NCR), it can be imagined what is happen-

pie surely will.” But to be fair, he also reprimanded the police personnel for laggardness. “We have everything we need, and just the will is needed,” he said. For buses trundling down roads, and creating nuisance by stopping wherever they wish, the police department has equipped the personnel with cameras. “Going after an errant bus is time-wasteful. By the time a bus driver is reprimanded, and a challan is filed, several traffic violations would have occurred. What I suggest,” he said, “is to take a digital picture of them parking wrongly, or stopping

ing in other states.

The Role of the Administration

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner P.C Meena says that there is no forcible acquisition of land in Haryana, and farmers are free to sell it to the builders. “No one can be coerced. That is the beauty of land acquisition here; and this separates us from what happens in other places – like Noida,” asserts Meena. The Haryana government ensures a periphery of 120 metres to every village, as in the middle of a busy intersection—where the licence plate is clearly visible—and then carry on with your duties. The challans will be filed, and sent in bulk to the proper authorities.” Formerly the Joint Commissioner of Faridabad, Rao said he plans to bring the same efficiency here. “For example, most people get arms licences, but forget to renew them. Why can’t a small, clean room with e-records be put in its place? The system in Faridabad was to send a text message to the applicant, on when and where to come for the processing of his application.” Industrialist Goel nods, confirming that the maximum waiting time for an applicant was 10 minutes. Also, the renewal date of the licence was set on the applicant’s birth-date. “Everyone knows his birthday. It becomes that much more easier for the applicant, as well as the Administration,” Rao said. Giving a pep-talk to the police personnel, he reminds the men that their duty is to serve and protect. What is written in law has to be enforced, and the manpower must find ways to bring that about efficiently. Rao also thanked Sharad Goel for his attention to the needs of the men in uniform. u

This could lead to social issues, and even crime, in the future; as the difference between the haves and have-nots has widened too much. ‘breathing space’ – and that has been further increased to 150 metres in the new Sohna-Farrukhnagar Master Plan. When asked about the development of Village Abadies, Meena says that it is the responsibility of HUDA and MCG to take care of these villages, and the government will ask them to do their job. With reference to the extension of Lal Dora and habitations outside it, Meena says that regularisation of ‘illegal colonies’ has taken place earlier also, and the matter will be considered under the rules. He also says

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that in villages where Gram Panchayats hold sway, more funds will be made available to them to ensure development. Meanwhile, HUDA, the primary agency that is behind huge developments, in collaboration with private builders, says that their role in Gurgaon II, is limited to the construction of master roads, sewerage network, and provision of basic facilities. The villages, even in Gurgaon II, will most likely be the responsibility of MCG, says Sarvesh Kumar Joon, a HUDA official. “We will be asking the builders to play their part in helping the villages, but the major role is of the MCG,” he says. On behalf of MCG, Deputy Mayor Parminder Kataria says that their hands are full, and they will not be extending the boundaries of the Municipal body. “We have made detailed project reports for Badshahpur, Ghata and other villages, and they would get adequate funds. But we do not have the ability to share more burden outside the MCG area,” he asserts. From the official speak it is clear that there is no concerted plan for the development of these villages, that are sacrificing themselves to give birth to a new, New Gurgaon – Gurgaon II. It is likely that very soon their identities will submerge, and they will become faceless in the vast ocean of glass and chrome buildings standing on their own land. Only the epitaph needs to be written. u

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Ups and Downs { Sujata Goenka }

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t is the end of May, and the City is an oven. Hot winds blow from Rajasthan, bringing with them gallons of dust. We cannot blame the desert; the hills which used to shield us have been eroded by greed. Temperatures are steadily rising. The price of petrol has shot through the roof; diesel and LPG will follow. The prices of fruits and vegetables, already high, have been conveniently increased. A thousand rupee note vanishes in minutes. The only ones smiling seem to be the vendors. There are some things that are coming down – flowing downwards. There is an acute shortage of water. Anger is being fuelled not only by the petrol hike, but by this lack of water. Villagers, and even the urban population, are out on the streets. Our Rupee is on a tumble, and it is doubted whether all the queens’ men can save it. The vacation cost (to the West) just went up; the imports – even coffee, cheese, pasta (from the self-same folk) have got dearer. Talk of a double whammy! And we thought we were better off... The City will soon be arid land. The water table has plunged. The water in our taps is dribbling. Swimming pools will soon be a luxury. The electricity in the residential areas is playing truant. When it does appear, the voltage is so low that the A/C and even the fans groan in protest. The powers to be claim helplessness. The quality of governance in the country, not to point only to our City, has declined rapidly. The country is in a free fall, as the government waits for a 2014 deliverance. u


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sserting that Municipal Corporation Gurgaon has been able to bring about a positive change in the Millennium City, Senior Deputy Mayor Yashpal Batra says that Rs. 180 crores have been spent on development works from 21 June, 2011 till date. In the last three years, the Municipality was not able to spend more than Rs. 80 to 90 crores per year, is Batra’s contention. To buttress his argument, he informs that, in addition, proposals of around Rs. 140 crores have been sent to Chandigarh for approval, and these are likely to be approved soon. When asked about the major tasks that MCG will take up in the coming year, he says that efforts are on to end the constant traffic jams, waterlogging and congestion in the old City. “We are planning to build a number of flyovers and foot-over-bridges, to reduce congestion,” says Batra. A proposal to build bus-stops is also under consideration. As soon as MCG gets the approvals, the tenders will be floated, he

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says. He however says that they will prefer an agency that can construct the bus stops in lieu of advertisement revenue—on the lines of what happens in Delhi—and share it with the MCG. On the issue of MCG’s gen-

eral non-performance due to political differences and bureaucratic apathy, Batra asserts that there is full cooperation to the elected Councillors from the side of MCG officials. “The development work is happening because

Finally, Some Homes { Hritvick Sen / FG }

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eeping in mind the rapacious construction and selling of EWS plots in DLF Phase-III, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) decided wisely that this time they would construct small multi-storeyed flats for the Economically-Weaker Sections (EWS). Acting on this premise, 22 four-storey EWS buildings are being constructed in six acres of Sector 47. According to last reports, this Project was to be ready in May, and the Town and Country Planning (TCP) was to thereafter start the allotment process. But as most government

Land dedicated for the EWS Housing Project: Six acres Number of families to be accommodated: 528 Size of a flat: 302.69 sq feet (33.5 sq yards) Cost/Unit: Rs. 3.5 lakhs (tentative) Flats in each building: 24-28 Project value: Rs. 18.90 crores

projects go, May has gone and there is no sign of completion. Construction gangs are seen scurrying up and down, carrying girders, and lifting water tanks, amidst the constant shrieks of welding. On being quizzed about the delay in the Project, a HUDA Senior Engineer confesses, “These dates are tentative at best. There is no problem with the funding or the release of payments. And as everyone can see, the buildings are 95 per cent complete. It is only a matter of a month or two before the TCP gets the allotment process up and running.” The contracting Agency, Nanu Lal Goyal, is more forthcoming with the answers. An official of the Agency says, “The work would be done earliest by the end of July. It is a massive housing project; and with 528 families expected to move in shortly, everything needs to be double-checked before handing over.” There are rumours that the work was halted because of delayed payments. “That’s not true at all. This JNNURM project is going well, and it will be completed soon,” the official reiterates. u

we are working as a team,” he asserts. In his own Ward no. 12, Batra says that he has ensured that internal drainage is put in place, and the old sewage and storm water network is repaired and refurbished. In some areas where waterlogging is a perennial problem, he has plans to instal pumping sets, to ensure that people do not suffer during the rainy season. Most of the roads in the Ward have been repaired, and where the condition was very bad, these have been resurfaced. The condition of the parks has also been improved, and they have been spruced up to ensure that people can make use of them – instead of treating them as junkyards, he says. To ensure that people can make him aware of the problems they are facing in their areas, Batra has also initiated the formation of Mohalla-level Committees, whose members

can constantly keep in touch with him – and inform him about the problems. His Ward no. 12 comprises of Arjun Nagar, Idgah Colony, Jyoti Park East, Madanpuri, Nehru Lane, New Colony, Pratap Nagar, Rattan Garden, Vijay Park. Batra lists his social and political objectives as: Ensuring a peaceful and clean Gurgaon – to improve the sewage, water and power network in Gurgaon; to improve the road infrastructure; improvement of parks; better living conditions for children; to help the senior citizens and disabled in the City in the form of old age pension; and better health facilities. Batra has also been active in ensuring that the MCG officials work to the satisfaction of the general public. For that purpose a Vigilance Committee has been constituted by the MCG, where any person can submit a complaint. u

Bought And Parked PRAKHAR PANDEY

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he Police’s Emergency Service Vehicle, which was paraded around on January 26 for the public’s viewing pleasure, has been on the sidelines ever since. Brought into the Gurgaon Police force, the Vehicle is usually kept in the Reserve Police Lines, when not deployed on sporadic traffic management errands. Brought to the DCP (Traffic) Headquarters recently, for an inspection by the new Joint Commissioner of Police Anil Yadav, the Emergency Vehicle seems a white elephant. When asked to demonstrate, the policemen were at a loss, pushing and pulling switches and buttons. JCP Yadav was upset that most of the personnel, tasked to the duty of the Emergency Vehicle and the Traffic Police’s Ambulance, were not to be found. The Police Department of the City had recently purchased this high-tech Emergency Vehicle for Rs. 30 lakhs, to deal with natural and man-made calamities; along with an Ambulance. The Emergency Services Vehicle is loaded with with a powerful drill machine, and three diamond-tooth cutters, that can shred through concrete and trees alike – useful in earthquakes. Aside from that, the mini-truck is also equipped with a powerful camera and a strobe-light, that can be raised via hydraulics. Inside the vehicle is a multi-functional dashboard with a CCTV control panel. To power

everything, the vehicle also has a selfcontained one kilowatt generator. What is to be noted is that at the time of unveiling, the then Joint Commissioner of Police, Dr. Abhay Singh Rao, had said that 15 police personnel had gone for training, and they would be able to utilise the vehicle to its fullest capabilities. At the surprise inspection, there was not one personnel who was completely familiar with the controls. A police official admits, “There is no emergency right now where we can deploy this machine. At the most, the vehicle can be used for managing crowds; and to some extent traffic, we can use the lights and the loudspeaker.” The case with the Traffic Police Ambulance is almost the same. The inside of the van looks new, yet is dusty from lack of deployment. The personnel in-charge say that they have used it to save lives on 15 to 20 occasions; but with the number of traffic accidents and mortalities, this is too low a figure. The oxygen cylinders, as also other facilities, had not been checked for some time. Plus, not being at par with the advanced medical ambulances available with the Civil Hospital and other places, the only function of the Traffic Police Ambulance has been to carry accident victims – while not being able to treat them on the spot. Luckily, the personnel had been debriefed on various life-saving procedures recently, by the doctors at Artemis, and were up to speed on what to do in case of emergencies. u


6. Neigbour at window. 7. Chimney appears. 8. Flower vanishes. 9. Patch on trousers. 10. Bird bath changes.

1. Tank gun nozzle longer. 2. Mailing slot shorter. 3. One less bottle. 4. Cat’s tail disappears. 5. Tank wheel vanishes.

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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?

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Solution 03/15/11 Letter T. The colors of the bottom and side were swapped.

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Banyan Tree Sanctuary

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n educational trip was organised by Banyan Tree World School, to the Asola Bhatti Wild Life Sanctuary, for the students of the middle wing. The students, along with their teachers, were fascinated to see a variety of plants and flowers. The teachers spoke at length about the growth process of different plants and trees. It was followed by a question and answer session about the flora and fauna found in the Sanctuary.

Recognising Achievers @ MRIS 46

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anav Rachna International School, Sector 46, gave away awards to the academic and non-academic achievers of the Session 2011-12. The Ceremony, slated in two slots, acknowledged the All Rounders of Grades I to III, and Proficiency Winners of Grades IV to XI. Dr. O. P. Bhalla, Chief Patron, MRIS, Mr. H. K. Batra, MD, Perfect Bread Group, Mr. Sunny Bansal, Executive Director, MRIS 46, and Ms. Dhriti Malhotra, Principal, MRIS 46 motivated the achievers with their presence. A short cultural performance, which included dances, and foot tapping songs by the school choir, enthralled the audience.

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summer camp, “Summer Bonanza”, was conducted at the Blue Bells Preparatory School, Sector 4. The Camp offered a wide spectrum of events, and students indulged in the variety of games and activities. Students from other schools also participated in the Camp. The students enhanced their skills through various fun filled activities – such as music, dance, yoga, aerobics, drawing, paper craft, and pottery. The Camp was conducted by Mrs. Kalsi, Ms. Neerja Arora, Ms. Ashita Srivastava, Mr. Manoj Kumar, Mr. Amar, and Ms. Mary David. For the grand finale, the students presented a medley of songs and dances. The children’s art and craft work was put on display. The parents were thrilled to see their children perform, and expressed their appreciation.The Event was attended by Mr. Ashish Gulati, Vice Chairman, and Soumya Gulati, Academic Co-ordinator – Blue Bells Group of Schools, Gurgaon. Certificates were awarded to all the participants.

Shri Ram Goes French

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ver 20 students of the Shri Ram School, Aravali went to Annecy-le-Vieux in the Rhone-Alpes province of France, for the School’s first Indo-French Student Exchange Programme. After a formal reception, the students visited Geneva and the Swiss Alps. The French students will visit India later this year, and stay for 10 days.

Artistic Strokes

Literary Flourish

Power of Vegetables Tomatoes make your cheeks red, Carrots make you jump ahead, Spinach makes you very strong, Peas make you dance along. Eat Your Vegetables every day, and you’ll be happy and gay. Sanjana, III, Ridge Valley School

Bhomil Gora, IV-C, APC School

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Prachi, V-A, Blue Bells Model School

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Hands-On Detectives

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ands-On Learning School conducted a Workshop called, “Science Detectives”. Under the guidance of Bhavna Rastogi, the Workshop made Science a fun activity for the kids. It also helped kids develop a strong affinity for early science exploration. Children took part in a scavenger hunt using their magnifying glasses.

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ummer Camp held at the World of Kidz focused on brain exercises for kids. Teachers made them work on crosswords, word searches, poem recitation, and lateral thinking. Children also learnt pottery from a rural artist.

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achpan School organised a kids’ fashion show with the theme, “Summer Cool”. The tiny tots sported cool shirts, funky sunglasses, and kiddie umbrellas on the ramp. The kids were also told about the benefits of wearing cotton clothes in summers, and ways to protect themselves from the heat.

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Summer Fastrack

ids enjoyed a number of activities, such as swimming, cooking, art and craft, and painting, at the Summer Camp organised by Fastrack School. The aim of the camp was to provide a chance to children to make new friends, learn new skills, and stay busy and active through the summer vacations.

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tudents of Classes III, IV, and V of Happy School celebrated Environment Day, and participated in various nature friendly activities – such as painting clay pots green. The celebration was a part of the ongoing Summer Camp, conducted by volunteers and teachers. The students planted saplings in the pots, and pledged to conserve the environment.

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ABMiller India celebrated World Environment Day, by planting saplings at its Gurgaon office. The employees took a pledge promising to make the environment greener and friendlier. Other activities included a quiz, contests and awareness talks on the environment.

orld Environment Day was celebrated by a group of volunteer environmentalist residents of Southcity 1, at Club Patio. The theme was, ‘There is no such thing as waste, it is only a misplaced resource’. The Chief Guest, Dr, Praveen Kumar, offered to have five trees delivered, free of cost, to households within the area; of course, the onus of nurturing the trees would be on the residents. Sponsored by DRONAH Foundation and Aashirvad Homeo Pharmacy, the event also included talks on waste management.

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Known for his matchless wit and great presence of mind, Birbal was the favourite adviser of one of India’s most powerful emperors, Akbar. Amar Chitra Katha tells you some of the stories of the wise Birbal.

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Animal Crackers

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– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


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Memoirs in ‘God’s Own Country’ M

y work brings me to Kerala. I manage to steal some time from the busy schedule, and escape to the wilderness of “God’s Own Country”. The velvety lush green spread, the fullness of backwaters, and the salubrious climate makes me feel that God must be visiting here once in a while to rejuvenate his/her batteries too. I get up early in the morning and peep outside my window pane; a ray of beautiful sunshine enters my luxurious yet cozy hotel room. I am on a boat in the middle of the backwaters; the beauty of this place and the warm cozy  weather is making me a bit reclusive. This is the same place that I had visited in the summer of 2004. Sitting here I sprint my memory to the past.  It feels as if my present is staring into a mirror, and the reflected image is of me back in 2004. I can’t recognize my own self. So much of me has changed, and yet so much is still the same. My heart and mind are looking for answers that no one is able to provide. Do we really change from time to time, or is it just the cosmetic change we adapt, to survive and fight our daily battles in this ruthless world?  My present doesn’t  like its reflection. I find the reflection far more vulnerable, unhappy and restless, as opposed to my present. So I ask myself that if I could

Arghadip Bose, Class 12 student of Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj, has done his School and City proud by getting 97.2% in the CBSE Boards. Moreover, he has qualified in many prestigious entrance exams – JIPMER, with an All India rank of 17; BHU prelims; AFMC (Pune); CMC (Vellore); as well as IIT. We are proud of you Arghadip!

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Vipul, IIPM

Gurgaon is perhaps the most exciting City, as a large number of young population travels to the City for jobs. But, rising crime against women is an important issue. Authorities have to understand that luxury condominiums, world class malls, and corporates mean nothing if a city can’t provide security to women.

speak I am from Karnal and have been living in the hostel of my college for the past three years. The best thing about the City is there are a range of hang-out options. One can never get bored here. But, the matter of concern is that people are not very friendly. There is hardly any kind of community building happening in the City.

Sahil, KIIT

change so much of me, isn’t it true then that happiness resides in our heads? What is it that one needs, to be satisfied, contented and happy? I don’t know about others but for an answer, I will allow my present self to speak about her past. I lacked the most important thing we live for – Dreams; or a vision, a compelling reason. Between studies, degrees, heartbreaks, getting a decent job and then maintaining it, I lost myself somewhere. I find that a lot of us don’t even have the time to dream. Just stop here and ask yourself – right now, what’s your biggest dream in life? If you can’t articulate it within the first 10 seconds, then it’s time you change something in your life.  As children we grow up dreaming; to the extent that we believe that we can even fly. Then, as we grow up, we barely survive – waiting for the beginning of every month. The worst is that most of us have lost the power to dream because we have stopped believing that we can achieve our dreams. So the question is - what is a Dream? I believe a Dream is something that you want so badly that it lingers in your mind all the time. It can be anything – simple to complex. From acquiring things, money, to achieving success, happiness, peace of mind – or finding love.   I had stopped dreaming too. But, a year ago, it suddenly struck me that something was terribly amiss in my life. I realized I had somewhere lost the capacity to dream; and hence my self confidence, inner joy, peace of mind, and the ability to love myself unconditionally. I was looking outside, and wanted others to show me my beauty, my value. I needed to change things, and to get back my own self. It took a lot of effort, time and discipline to stick to my actions in the past one year. There were lots of distractions, but I was dedicated and committed to achieving my goal. There are some good techniques that can help you achieve your dream faster and better – for example, there is a lot of power in positive affirmation. I didn’t realize its value, until I started practising it. Sitting on this boat amidst this mesmerizing backwater of Kerala,  I realized that I have achieved my goal to a large extent – because I can finally look at my reflection of 2004, and confidently say that I am not the same vulnerable unhappy self. I rightfully earned back that self confidence, inner joy, peace of mind and unconditional self love after so many years of disillusion / unhappiness / cravings. Now every morning when I get up I look into the mirror and say to myself that I am a gorgeous person. And, believe me, I do get loads of compliments that day at work, from friends, and even from unknown people! I have made a simple law of universe work for me - you receive what you give out to this world. If you give out positive/optimistic vibes, then you will receive the same in return. I have finally broken the cycle of negativity, and I can confidently say that I love this new self of mine – and hence the whole world is able to see the transformation.    It’s true when they say that the route to satisfaction, contentment and happiness is to change your attitude. Change the lenses through which you see the world, and the world changes to accommodate your vision.

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direct this question to us youth. Have we ever been concerned about all the sound around us? Cars whizzing. Bikes dashing. Music blaring. Machines hooting. Hooters honking. Our routine life is not sound-proof either. Buzz, sound, noise are terms synonymous with the City; and apparently, there’s no means of escape. I was sailing in the same boat until this other evening. It was a pleasant evening, with a slight drizzle, and I was riding over to a friend’s place. Suddenly, the horn of my scooty stopped working. Knowing my tragic history with road accidents, that too in the rain, I was freaked out. Driving without horns in India is like eating without chopsticks in China. So, I decided to ride rather slowly. And suddenly – because I was riding without much speed, I began to actually enjoy the charm of the breeze and the drizzle. I rode slowly in silence, letting all vehicles pass me. Being left behind never felt more pleasurable! I started to picture our lives as these traffic loaded roads, and the vehicle that we squat on, as the instrument that drives our life – for materialistic gain, social status, or other ‘virtues’ of life. Sometimes, our vehicle wants to slow down, to take a down time, to enjoy the other pleasures of life; but we, trapped in our cobwebs of rigid schedules and malice, still want to power on,

crossing speed limits – thinking of life only as a race. But, in the situation that I was in, had I sped, succumbing to the haste around me, I would have most probably landed in a hospital. Similarly, even the road of life reminds us to slow down – with no-honking sign boards, speed limitations, speed breakers, and warning signals. People like us, residing in urban hubs like Gurgaon, carry the baggage of noise almost everywhere. We are so fenced in by sound that a moment of silence has started seeming awkward. We are so adamant to keep our lives buzzing that a day off makes us fidgety. We have gotten so busy planning our lives that we have stopped living them. It is most certainly a sorry plight that life has to give us signs that it needs to be lived – like water being labelled ‘drink me daily, or you will die’!

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o, there is no feeling of drowning – yet; we believe we are still strong swimmers. And the tide is in our favour. But – it is turning. And we may soon be clutching at straws.

Because we mimic the ostrich, and Nero…and now Germany. We believe that it will all work out or go away – somehow – on its own. We’ve gone so soft with our spoils, that even software can’t bail us out. We also believe that ‘we are now too big to fail’. Famous last (global) words.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

It is the perfect time for leadership. For the Man in the PM to stand up and be counted; or stand down for the heir too-apparent. 2 years (to 2014 elections) is still time to deliver. It is time also to stop blaming external events (currently Europe), especially when credit is taken only domestically. External is less than a half-truth; and anyway will only get worse. We also conveniently ignore the 25% bonanza that our currency has given our exports – since we have nothing to show for it ! If we do nothing much of significance, this scenario may well unfold, by 2014 : GDP growth barely touching 5%; the fiscal and trade deficits in double digits (as % of GDP); a land/housing price crash – 30% to 50% off today’s rates; gold at Rs. 50,000 per 10 gm.; and unemployment numbers double of today, among the youth – with hordes annually joining the eligible work force. And the above assumes a good monsoon in 2013. So what do we need to do? The expected and incremental are passe’. A cut in interest rates, even excise, or some Sensex announcement and movement, would just be tokenism now. Sporadic bursts are not an answer. We need to kick start the economy in a new exciting direction. And then also get the finances in shape reduce expenses/outlays without impacting desired outcomes; get some extra-ordinary revenue; bring in a load of foreign exchange. And through the actions, recognize realpolitik, by ‘bringing in’ allies/potential allies – even the opposition. This should get the ‘sentiment’ back. The rest can be left to us private Indians. Here are 8 specific proposals for the Man, to complete in 3 months - so that we may enjoy a happier festive season:  We need to reform the Welfare Programmes. How long will we keep throwing good money after

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bode to the magnificent bird of India – the peacock, the Neelgai, and of course, the Prosopis the Aravallis, is a charm to behold. I have been taking this road from Gurgaon to Faridabad via Manger gual Pahari. I can tell how the place has gone (through) a complete reincarnation in just a year. The broadening of the road – from DLF-phase crossing Gual pahari and manger– has been highly devastating. I

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have literally seen Neelgai and foxes dead on the newly built road. My heart sinks to see the innumerable number of trucks that carry the mined stone from the Aravallis. And has anyone done something about the newly set waste recycling plant, that has been developed on the same route? It adds to the Aravalli’s misery. Most of Gurgaon’s waste that is supposed to be going to the recycling plant, is dumped on the way inside the Aravallis.

It’s a complete violation of The Forest Conservation Act, and various other Supreme Court Judgements. Are we gonna learn only when the Aravallis are gone? Rajbir on the article Of Deaf Ears And Silent Hills

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bad? We should combine all Welfare Programs for the poor under one Ministry, with a combined Budget equal to 80% of the sum of individual budgets. Offer the Ministership to the Left (Sitaram Yechury), or to Mani Shankar Aiyar – or the combo. Ensure Nandan Nilekani is Head of Programme Implementation. They would single-mindedly, and with integrity, strengthen the Welfare Program disbursement, and the Panchayat system - with the help of IT and Telecom. And yes, this Ministry would, in 2 years, credibly inform what constitutes poor; and really know how many.  Let a 1,000 cold storage chains bloom across India, along with a 100 food-processing industries. Open up the country. This is our best answer for ‘industrialization’. Corporate India can set this up, with foreign technology – or with up FDI up to 49%. There are no sops required – the govt. primarily needs to ensure good roads and connectivity. Farmers can be guaranteed minimum support prices. This has huge potential, even for export. There is clear benefit for all in the chain. It is an area we will do well in.  Increase circle rates for land/property by 30%, in the top 100 towns of India – population wise – for both commercial and residential property.  Sell off at least a 26% (preferably 49%) share in all public sector companies. The business of govt. is not business. Air India is in this list. Rather than bleed for years again, why not exit with a bonanza? Any buyer would happily agree with some ‘social’ obligations. If we continue as is, this coalition compulsion could perhaps father another mega scam. What price, power !  Offer NRIs a fixed exchange rate of Rs. 55 to a dollar, for a 2-year lock-in deposit.  Pass the Lokpal Bill, with the blessings of Anna, after genuinely incorporating his views. He is the only one with a clear moral authority – not all of ‘Team Anna’.  Also, at least live up to the name of the White Paper (on Black Money). Start providing names. The politically sensitive have been given adequate cover time anyway, for a round (the world) trip.  And if you have to announce any reservations, this time do it for the upper caste Hindu poor. They clearly qualify (as only level of poverty should be relevant), and are a minority. These measures, as a package, should keep multiple allies – and even opposition – in a good frame of mind. And if there is finally a feeling of inner confidence by now, offer the post of President to L.K. Advani. u

FAMOUS QUOTES Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. Jonathan Kozel

in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. Elbert Hubbard

I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. Frances Willard

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Jimmy Johnson

The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself. Alfred Lord Tennyson

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day. Alexander Woollcott

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt Be pleasant until ten o’clock

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson


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is chock full of calcium, potassium, magnesium and several vitamins.Coconut water can replace the valuable electrolytes that are lost on a hot day, and especially during vigorous physical activity or sports. Importantly, its superior sodium potassium balance, and absence of added sugars, preservatives or artificial flavours, makes it a superior alternative to most sports drinks. It is also very often recommended as a natural treatment for dehydration, caused by dysentery, cholera, diarrhoea and stomach flu.

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The ‘Fluid of Life’ { Jaspal Bajwa }

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oconut water has always been revered as the ‘Fluid of Life’, by people living along a coastline and in humid tropics. Much like a performing artist, lithe pickers skilfully clamber up palm trees, machetes at the ready. Moments later, the soft thuds of green coconuts hitting the ground beckon everyone - as if signalling ‘the bar is open’. For urban dwellers, a more common site is to see piles of coconuts lining the streets, as vendors deftly hack the top of a green coconut, insert a straw and offer a refreshing drink. The less fortunate have to be content with supermarket versions of packaged coconut water – although in recent years the availability of brands with no sugar or flavours added has made a welcome difference. The nutrient-dense and mineral-rich sap found in the centre of a coconut is one of the purest liquids – second only to water itself. Coconut water generally has a bland taste, and each nut may contain between 200 to 1000 ml of water. Packaged by nature, the water inside is sterile, non-allergenic and free of any bacteria, fungus, or parasite. It has even been known to be safely injected directly into the bloodstream, during times of war or famine. In recent years, this humble offering from nature is being seen in a new light. In addition to being an excellent rehydrating fluid, many believe its benefits extend to regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. It has been found to boost energy levels, and increase metabolism in the human body. Because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities, it is being seen as a natural source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration. As a natural electrolyte and isotonic beverage, it

It is always best to consume coconut water fresh. Water from young, green coconuts is regarded as superior in both taste and quality.The liquid should ideally be clear and mildly sweet. Younger coconuts that are loaded with water are better because they have more water. In general, nuts harvested at about 5-7 months of age are best. Fresh tender coconuts are readily available in the markets in tropical countries all around the year. Tender nuts can be stored at room temperature for about 5-10 days. Once opened, the water should be used soon, otherwise the flavour will turn. It is possible to store in the refrigerator for a short period. It is best savoured without any additions. Iced coconut water can be a refreshing hydrating drink. For some, it is a popular hangover cure! Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Coconut water or Cocus nucifera Several hundred species of coconut palm are grown all over the tropics. Taste and flavour of coconut water can vary. Coconut water contains virtually no fat, and is very low in calories – just under 50 calories per 250 ml cup. It is sterile, and composed of sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokines(immunemodulating agents) and phyto-hormones. Per 100 g, the average constituents are Carbohydrates 3.71 g, Protein 0.72 g, Fat 0.20 g and Dietary Fiber 1.1 g . Coconut water is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. In addition, fresh coconut water has a small amount of VC, at 2.4 mg per 100 g . Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolytes. Every 100 ml of coconut water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. At this level, the high potassium content rivals that of bananas. Drinking coconut water on a regular basis can be quite effective in regulating blood pressure. Together, the electrolytes present in coconut water help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body, due to dehydration or diarrhea . After sports and workouts, the high potassium content can prevent cramping, and help promote recovery. Oral intake of coconut water helps in breaking down and eliminating kidney and bladder stones. Coconut Water contains Lauric acid; our body converts it into monolaurin, which has powerful antiviral and antibacterial activity. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

For relief from back ache, ginger paste mixed with eucalyptus oil, should be applied on the affected area.

Dr. Pooja Sharma, BDS, MIDA, Dental Surgeon and Cosmetic Physician, has treated more than one lakh patients of RCT, tooth extractions and dentures.

Dental Hygeine Q: What causes dental caries/ cavities in teeth? The intake of refined foods, and a lack of roughage in food, is a major cause. The lack of oral hygiene, irregularly placed teeth, deposition of dental plaque, and calculus areother contributing factors. Sometimes the outer layer of teeth, called enamel, can also be weak. Q: How can we control this condition? Over the years I have seen that people, and especially children, do not follow the restrictions in carbohydrate diet. So try to add roughage, like salads. Getting regular dental check-ups, every

six months, helps to restore existing cavities on time. These cavities can cause real trouble if they get deep – they can cause pain, swelling, pus. Further, one should get one's teeth cleaned (scaling and polishing) every six months. Of course, brushing twice, and flossing (cleaning teeth using a dental thread), keeps your teeth healthy. Q: How do we cure these cavities? A Well... one simple cure is to get them filled. We are also doing a lot of topical fluoride applications, for both adults and children who are more susceptible to cavities. 

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Benedictions { Uma Prakash }

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rimati Lal grew up in a literary atmosphere, filled with the aesthetic and socio-cultural influences. Surrounded by creative people, it was natural she developed her own visual language through her art. Her recent exhibition, Benedictions, at the Galaxy Hotel, is dedicated to her father, who was the first to recognize her creative talents. Srimati Lal is the daughter of the legendary poet and publisher P. Lal, the founder of the renowned Writers Workshop in Kolkata. Lal claims that her training in art began when she met her mentor Francis Newton Souza in 1993. Traces of his influence are evident in her portraits of innocent and haunted women, as well as her still life paintings. Spring Banquet is her response to nature, expressed in bold, undisguised brushstrokes, and high-keyed, vibrant colours. The depth and beauty that exudes from her work reveals her perception and extraordinary sensibility. Lal’s exaggerated colours in Spring Banquet, Holi Bouquets and Red Hibiscus resonate the age of Fauvism. It is her bold and liberal attitude to colour that reflects her joyous spirit.

The artist takes us through a trajectory that holds promises of spring, summer’s ecstasy and the Holi festival. Her passion for flowers appears in the back ground of Goddess, allowing her protagonist to dream on… In Goddess with parrot and dove, Lal portrays a woman surrounded by items that bring joy to her everyday life. While her parrot entices the viewer to join the fun, the dove plays nonchalantly with the woman’s tresses. There is humour, charm and intrigue in her work. Here red, maroon and green blend together with an aesthetic appeal. She has the ability to draw the

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couple of months ago one of my very dear colleagues lost his young son in a road accident. The family had already fixed his marriage, which was just a few weeks away. For my colleague the whole world has now turned upside down; and the adjustment he has to make is a great challenge to his spirit. This is the period when the mood swings from one extremity to the other in the wake of a serious disruption in our life. The loss is a pain that cannot be undone. My colleague cannot bring his son back. When we suffer the loss of any one near and dear to us, we experience such pain. This friend of mine has devoted his whole life to imparting free education to thousands of children; and runs two schools for poor children. Some years back, due to his compassionate disposition, he was assigned the job of rehabilitation of millions of poor people in Bihar, when they were rendered homeless due to floods caused by the swirling waters of the Brahmaputra. Why has a tragedy of such a big

Artist Srimati Lal

Giving Meaning to Life magnitude struck this person, who has spread love and warmth to so many people? Probably, it is not possible to find an answer to this question. Even the most spiritual and enlightened people come across such moments of loss in their lives. We are living on a very beautiful planet, and the basic conditions in which we live are heavenly. We are surrounded by many beautiful things. There are peacocks that dance, and birds that sing; there is snowfall, rain and sunshine; there are apples and cherries, mangoes and grapes. The galaxies of stars are constantly realigning, and creating awesome constellations. The oceans and glaciers are ever changing their colours. There are fur and pine trees, there are the Himalayas and the Alpines, Niagara

Falls and the Grand Canyons. In these beautiful surroundings we are born as homo sapiens, the most talented of all the wonderful creatures that inhabit this world. We are capable of love and happiness. Yet all this happiness seems so fragile, and can be so easily lost. So easily, it can all be swept away or shattered, by events that are beyond our control. A stone can fall into the beautiful placid pond of our life, to blur the surface – and even the inside. At such times we are prone to losing touch with our happiness. We immediately forget that the pond has the capacity to absorb the stone, and to return to its original calm surface. We start thinking that the stone landing in our pond is the reason for our unhappiness. We cannot avoid natural calamities happening.

viewer into her work so that he/ she becomes part of it. Through her individual artistic exploration, she has articulated her inner thoughts and visions. In memory of her mentor Souza, she has made an interesting painting tiled Souza painting his muse. It portrays her guru at work. Her paintings show an extraordinary sensibility, as she captures the passion and energy of the artist. Lal says that she gets her inspiration from Buddhist Thangkas as well as Patachitra paintings. Steeped in tradition, her visual narratives are a fusion of the modern and a historical narrative.Some display their heightened sense of beauty, like the wonderful painting Indian Eden. Here she entices the viewer to her intimate spaces, unfolding her secret garden – filled with detailed images, reflecting her peaceful state. The man, woman with the cat under a tree, and a church in the horizon make a harmonious picture. There is an intensity of colour, emotion and line, that strike the eye and imagination. Her penchant for colour and fantasy are irresistible. The sensuous works draw upon the rich resources of myth, memory and tradition to make statements that express her vision of the world. They reveal her compelling energy and uninhibited zest for life, which is now in search of a spiritual journey. u We cannot help responding. We do not always remember that all the stones that fall into the pond of our life have the potential to be experiences of learning and growth, from which we may emerge stronger and richer. The dear son of my colleague was cremated at the main cremation ground of Gurgaon. At the entrance of that cremation ground, it is engraved on a stone that this is the Last Destination. We need to remember, every moment, that the last destination of this journey called life, is death. We need to demonstrate, by our actions, that a good life is possible, which can lift us out of our little selves, and give meaning to our life. All the energy generated by all the pain in the world, should be turned towards creating a path for the good of the many, for the happiness and wellbeing of all beings. 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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in the kitchen, or in your bedroom, as this can cause money problems and illnesses.

The Carp Symbol

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great way of attracting wealth and fortune into your home and life, is to keep some goldfish in an auspicious direction. Goldfish bring luck, and placing an aquarium with an odd number of them (including those that are black) in the living room will enhance your prospects. In feng shui, fish are regarded as symbols of good fortune and abundant wealth. So they are widely used in aquariums, paintings and pictures—or kept as figurines—to attract success and prosperity. The fish are also said to save us from danger and bad luck. There are many types of fish that create positive energy and abundance – like the Arowana, Flowerhorn, Dragon Carp or Goldfish. However, it is advised not to place your aquarium

The Dragon Carp symbolises high ambitions, wealth and success. The Golden Carp is known for its legendary courage to swim against rapid currents – and is therefore a symbol of perseverance, achievement and career success. According to some, the carp turns into the revered Celestial Dragon, when it makes a final leap across the Dragon Gate. Keeping this Symbol brings literary and scholastic luck to students, and excellent career luck to working people. Keeping 9 live carps in an aquarium (8 red ones and one black) is said to absorb all bad and negative energies, and bring abundant wealth to the household. Students can keep the dragon carp on their study desk, or in the Northeast corner of the study room for obtaining good grades. Placing this Symbol on your work desk in your office, or in the North corner of the office, helps to advance in the career ladder.

The Goldfish

Normally, 9 Goldfish are kept in an Aquarium. One is black, for removing bad energy from the environment. A dead fish signifies bad luck—

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A Bowl Of Gold

that otherwise would have caused troubles at home—has been absorbed. A Double Fish is a good symbol to keep, for harmony in relationships. A Double Fish painting or statue will enhance your marriage corner. It represents love and happiness, as well as abundance of wealth. It’s a great enhancement for the wealth energy centre in your home and office.

rection for the fish tank depends on the placement of the main front door. Water features are very tricky in feng shui. Placing them right brings enormous wealth; but getting them wrong becomes rather dangerous. Never place the water feature to the right of the main door (as you face it from the inside), as this may drain all the wealth luck.

Directions

The Lucky Fish Bowl

The best area to place the feng shui aquarium is in the Southeast – the feng shui wealth and abundance area; followed by North – the career area; or the East – which represents health and family. The di-

The placement of your Fish Bowl will determine in which area of your life the fish will provide luck.  If placed to the left of your front door (as you face it from inside), look for a surge of good

Cook Up Your Passion { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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ooking good food is an Art, and Gagandeep Singh, Executive Chef, Trident Jaipur, is no less than an Artist. An IILM pass out, Gagandeep has learnt to tickle the palate, and lace it with business acumen, during his course in Culinary Arts at the College. Being a Science student, Gagandeep never initially thought of becoming a culinary professional. However, when he couldn’t crack the big entrance exams, he decided to take up a professional course in Culinary Arts, his childhood passion. Since then, there has been no looking back. “I always loved cooking. However, cooking at home and as a professional chef are two different things. Glamour and a five star ambience attracts many people to the field, but they don’t realise that cooking requires a great deal of expertise. It is a highly creative activity, and demands dedication, creativity, and flair – which comes

through professional training,” says Gagandeep. Manpreet, a lecturer of Culinary Arts at IILM, seconds that, and says, “Unlike the popular belief, Culinary Arts is not just cooking. A professional must know about cost control, hygiene, safety, menu and beverage management, nutrition, and kitchen management. One should also know how to prepare food quickly, and in the right quantity, while working as a team.” “Cooking in a professional set up is different from cooking at home. You need stamina to stay focused, as you have to make the same preparations over and over again,” says a faculty member at the College of Hospitality and Management, IILM. Apart from stamina, one needs to be creative, willing to work in a team, and have good interpersonal and communication skills. While many colleges offer courses in Hotel Management/ Hospitality Management, taking

up a course in Culinary Arts is a more specific option. It offers expertise in the areas of cooking, baking, and food service management. Most of the colleges provide a three-year graduate programme in Hotel Management, which also covers culinary arts. The graduate course in Culinary Arts at IILM is a full-time programme. Recounting her experience at the IILM College of Hospitality, Daksha, the topper of the 2005 batch, says, “The Course not only provides training in food preparation and presentation skills, but also offers various personality development workshops. These Workshops go a long way in brushing up your interpersonal skills, and help you work well in this competitive field.” Vipin, a student of Culinary Arts, feels that the advantage of taking up this course from IILM is the practical training provided in the state-of-the-art

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energy in your life.  If placed in the East side of your home, the fish will promote energy and ambition, health and family.   If placed in the Southeast, try to have a square or rectangular container – for wealth and general abundance. A round bowl in the Southeast will also work, if it is small.   If placed in the North area of your space, the best choice is a round bowl. Here, the placement supports career luck. Multiples of three fish provide the most luck, and symbolise “yang” energy. The best combination is two goldfish (representing good luck and energy), and one black fish (representing protection). But even one fish will activate the chi in your space.  You can also keep a turtle in the tank, as this will also enhance your luck for business and finance. The turtle symbolises stability in business, and brings positive energies . So bring in those lucky fish, and watch them swim in your aquarium. For those who are stressed out, just watching them swim by is a proven de-stresser and anxiety reducer. And, in addition to promoting  balance in your life, these creatures will always bring you happiness and good fortune. u Author, Tarot Card Reader training kitchen; while another student, Rashmi, says that the College provides placement to over 80 per cent of the students – which gives a sense of security.

Future Prospects

Culinary Arts at IILM

Eligibility The prospective student should have completed 13 years of education under a CBSE or ICSE Board, or any equivalent board in India or overseas – with English as a subject in Class X and XII. Selection Procedure The students are screened on the basis of marks obtained in Class XII. A minimum average of 50% marks are mandatory. The students are selected on the basis of an interview. How to Apply Application forms are available on the website of the College. Duly filled in application forms, once screened, will be eligible for interview.

The limited availability of a quality workforce in the Food and Hospitality industry makes the Culinary Arts a worthwhile and potential career option. Formal education in the Culinary Arts gives a distinct advantage when applying for a job such as an Executive Chef, or as an expert in the packaged food industry, test marketing kitchens, and food labs. Besides, one can start one’s own business, as a Caterer or Culinary Consultant. Those who want to pursue higher studies in Culinary Arts can specialise in certain types of cuisine or food preparation – such as Bakery & Pastry, Italian Cuisine, Indian Cuisine, Bar Management, Culinary Management, and Catering and Restaurant Management. The employment opportunities in the field of Culinary Arts are not geographically limited; you can work across the globe. “Working in different cities, with people from different walks of life, and learning different cuisines, is the best part of the job,” says Manpreet. When asked about the pay packages offered in this field, Gagandeep said, “My father, like all parents in India, wanted me to become either a doctor or an engineer. Today, I am earning equivalent to what a doctor makes in a month. I think Culinary Arts is a highly paying field, provided you come from a top notch college – like IILM.” u


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B on V ivant JIT KUMAR

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ashion doesn’t always come expensive. So believe the youth of the Millennium City. Moving away from the mall culture, youngsters today visit local markets when it comes to maintaining style and comfort with élan. With youngsters constantly looking for a ‘hang out’ destination, most of them head to either Galleria Market, or the Sector 56 HUDA market. A few bargain hunters also visit markets in Sector 31 and Sector 15 quite frequently. The summer break has brought them out in numbers. “Unlike branded clothes, the designs one gets in local markets are so different, that it’s hard to find another person sporting the same outfit. These markets are a wonderful substitute to malls,” believes Bhavna Sharma, a management student. Another student, Tanya Vashisht says “I love shopping in local markets, because if the clothes you buy get damaged, you can discard them without feeling guilty about the price paid.” When asked about what she is going to buy for the summer, she says, “I will buy denim hot pants and tube tops from Sector 56, and a jumpsuit from the Sector 15 market.” Today, the local HUDA markets offer an endless range of casual wear, T-shirts, footwear, accessories, home decor goods, and jewellery. Plus, these items are easy on the pocket. Sector 15: One of the oldest markets in the City, the Sector 15 HUDA Market has the congenial feeling of community living. One can find visitors from various walks of life hanging around, sipping coffee and munching popcorn. Besides the chain outlets like Fab India, The Raymond Shop, Café Coffee Day, and Slice of Italy, Sector 15 has local outlets for apparel, sports goods, chemists, computers and gadgets, stationery, electronics and more. The pick of the lot is Yuvati Boutique, an apparel store which has an amazing collection of women-wear, ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 3,000. Also check out Art d Inox and Greggio stores, for home decor items. After shopping, don’t forget to relish the famous burger at Burger Point. “It is a small outlet. But we always stop by, as it offers good quality, and it is cheap. A Maharaja burger costs Rs. 60. However, if you are looking for a sophisticated dining experience, visit the Earth Lounge & Bar. “We have revamped the whole place recently. There is an Italian lounge, Morrocon-style lounge, and a spacious party section, all spread over three floors,” says Tanu, owner of Earth Lounge & Bar. Sector 56: You will find a colourful line-up, with the 10 odd stalls full of trinkets to catch your attention. Sector 56 market combines the concept of a flea market with that of evening entertainment

Sector 14 Market

Sector-Smart Shopping

Garments. The market is frequented by college students, and the students of NIIT – which is located in the market itself. “I visit the market for the options of junk jewellery available here – ranging from Rs. 30 to Rs. 400,” says Khushi, a student of NIIT. Getting a mehendi tattoo done from a roadside Rajasthani artist is another attraction of this market. It has a range of food options too. While Punjabi Kitchen and Mirchi are famous for North Indian cuisine, Yo Dimsums and Fuel offer delicious Chinese. Sector 22: The HUDA market of Sector 22 is stocked with clothes, in the latest fashions and styles – ranging from Rs. 150 to as high as Rs. 5,000. If you want to buy traditional sarees and conventional salwar suits at affordable prices, then this is the place. Shirts, jeans, and kids’ wear are also available in plenty. Nirula’s serves ecstatic flavours of ice-creams and cold drinks, to make your shopping experience pleasant in the summer. There

Flea Market at Sector 56 and a mocktail station. There are regular stalls of Indian and western wear, stylish bags, Kolhapuri Chappals, and funky hair accessories for women and kids.
 Also, artefacts, along with posters and a range of celebrity portraits, are always on display. Don’t miss the export footwear shops here. A pair of trendy slippers can be bought for just Rs. 100. The added attractions of this flea market are the stalls of momos and some freshly made mocktails – so you can sip on a Mojito to keep yourself fresh, while you shop in the heat. “Shops like Saleems Takeaway and Samrat Bakery, and an open air restaurant on the other side of the road – Lucknow Mail, make your shopping experience truly memorable,” says Daksh Chawla, a regular, and a resident of Sector 50. Sector 14: If you want to shop for household items and stationery, and finally sink your taste buds into quintessential street

Sector 22 Market

Burger Point at Sector 15

Sector 31 Market Sector 31: From denim jackets, fashion accessories, to Tshirts and musical instruments, the stretch of shops here offers a wide variety of items that you can bargain for. While you are here, buy a Chhamak Chhalo blouse for just Rs. 800 at Tarini Designs; and georgette saris, readymade suit pieces for men, and kids’ wear at Shyam

6. food, the Sector 14 market is perhaps the best choice. Many people call it the mini-Karol Bagh of the City. The market has a mini Spencers, and a Shubham supermarket for the daily needs. For clothes, check out Laxmi Matching Centre, where you can pick up unstitched suit pieces; Mother’s Home, that offers a great mix and match for kurtas, salwars, churidars, and dupattas; and Studio 14, which is known for designer party wear dresses. You will find branded frames and glasses at Shubham Optician, that can be bought for half of the market price. “This market transforms into a complete ‘mela’ over weekends. One can not only pick up designer clothes and accessories, but can also relish yummy Gol Gappas, Chat Papri, and Chhole Bhature in the famous Om Sweets,” says Rajat Saini, a shopkeeper.

is also Papa John’s, Domino’s, and Spicy Corridors. Packed with an array of garments, toys, home decor, and accessory stores, the local HUDA markets resemble traditional markets, that are a rare sight in the City now. Whether you are lured by the bargains offered, or the better variety, the HUDA markets pack quite an offer. u

Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Get me a taxi. Manne Ek Kiraye Ki Gaadi

Chaiye.

2. Reach my home at 3 pm. Saanjh Ne 3 Baje Tai Mere Ghar

Ne Pahonch Jaiye

3. How long will it take to reach the airport? Hawai adde tai pahochan main

kitna time lagega?

4. Is your meter working?

Teri Meter Kaam Kare Se Ne? 5. I don't want to be late.

Main Der Tai Na Pahonchna Chahta


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Gurgaon-II: Taking Shape There are almost 4 distant parts of Gurgaon II. Sectors 58 to 67 are the farthest South-East of Gurgaon, across the SPR/Golf Course Extension Road, upto Sohna Road. Sectors 68 to 80 are from across Sohna Road to NH8. Sectors 81 to 98 are across NH8, and upto Manesar. Sectors 99 to 115 are behind ‘old’ Gurgaon – and upto Delhi border. Let us glimpse the future, in all these parts. prakhar pandey

Zone 1 Sectors 58 to 67

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ven before the dust has settled in Gurgaon, the Millennium City is all set for expansion – with HUDA carving out 58 new sectors (Sectors 58 to 115 – Gurgaon II) along the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR). Right now the Sectors on SPR, particularly Sectors 58 to 67 on the extended Golf Course road, are the hottest development. For a change, Gurgaon II will see private developers taking centre-stage in the development role. HUDA has no Sectors to its name. The developers have been tasked to build the internal infrastructure – including the lanes, drains, sewage and sanitation facilities, whereas HUDA will be the external de-

veloper. HUDA’s role is limited to developing the Master Road Network, Master Sewage Network and Master Water Supply Scheme. Power supply will be in the hands of DHBVN. Currently the Master Road Network for Sectors 58 to 67 has been completed in the area, thus giving an impetus to the building activity. It’s close connectivity with Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and a developed

eco-system of residential sectors has led to an increasing interest of property buyers. The sewage and water supply system has yet to be implemented in these sectors. HUDA official Sarvesh Kumar Joon told Friday Gurgaon that a Rs. 200 crore project for storm water drainage for this new Gurgaon II is under consideration of authorities in Chandigarh. A Master Water Supply Scheme that will start from Chandu Budhera Plant, and divide along the NPR, will also be set up at a cost of Rs. 496 crores. A Sewage Treatment Plant that will further (secondary) treat the sewage water, so that it can used for gardening, has also been sent for approval – and it will then benefit entire new sectors, informs Joon. While the government had

promised underground power cables in the area earlier, now it is clear that this is not going to happen. Power Minister Ajay Yadav had earlier told Friday Gurgaon that the cost of underground cabling is very high – and as such this plan has been shelved in favour of normal power poles. Although most of the builders are promising delivery next year, observers say it would

take at least 2-3 years for these projects to take shape. The going rate is somewhere between Rs. 6,000 to 10, 000 per square foot – depending on the location and quality of construction, they add. The process of land acquisition is still going on in some areas, to build roads and other amenities; but in most of the sectors that have come up around villages Ghata, Ullawas, Badshahpur, Medhawas and Qadirpur, land has been sold directly to the builders. Most of the projects in this area are for the upper end buyers, as premium properties are being developed in the new sectors. Real estate dealers says that there is a healthy mix of buyers in this part of Gurgaon – that includes both investors and end-users. u

tant farmer (s). Various developers (like DLF, Unitech, Emaar MGF, Tatas, and many others) are hard at work, making this area a haven for residents and commercial pursuits. The only activity today is of bustling construction, which goes on night and day. The wide roads, however, have got a new

use. If anyone has purchased a new set of wheels (in the supercar league, that is) some wide, glass-smooth roads are perfect for ripping through unpopulated kilometres. The absence of traffic regulators has made it a favourite of racers, who take little notice of the labourers’ children playing nearby. HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar has said that the state developer has little or no role in the new sectors, leaving the private developers to provide the civic arrangements for the populace. The initial appraisal of the area reveals that the developers are setting up some exceptional structures. However, the land islands that are not sold will again leave unseemly blights, like massive pockmarks on a fair visage. u

Zone 2 Sectors 68 to 80

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earing up for its role as a bustling Metropolis, Gurgaon has been adding Sectors by the score. Today we have 57 sectors. A ‘new’ City, across a highway from the ‘old’, has now been running for over a decade. The next phase, as per the Master Plan, is an encirclement (like a horse-shoe), of the old and new parts of the City – in 58 new sectors. This phase, Gurgaon II, starts at Sector 58, off the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) – also called Golf Course Extension Road there. In the new sectors, the villagers have been selling land banks to private developers, to build virtually another Gurgaon, for the lakhs of people expected to come here, in the hope of making a new

life for themselves. In the distance, the dust gives way to skyscrapers, reaching ever higher in every direction. Wide, 30-metre roads lead one up and down the new properties, and hightension power lines ripple. But it will be at least two to three years before there is a semblance

of this newer Gurgaon (GII). As of now, the Administration has built some good roads to make sure property buyers have no problem getting to see the new constructions. Of course, there are still wide swathes where the road disappears into rocks and muck. There are a significant number of developers, who are building residential townships in these sectors. The work is going on apace, judging by the frantic speed of the labour. There still seem to be many areas which are not available to the builders, in vast barren stretches. Ask property experts and they say that this is because a major chunk of the property was not given up by some reluc-


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Taming Nightmares { Martin Faber / Berlin / DPA }

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n her recurrent nightmare, University student Marie is walking alone in a dense broadleaf forest, when suddenly she feels she is being followed. She turns and sees a large, black creature running towards her – so she flees into the underbrush, with the growling creature in pursuit. It finally catches up with her in a cul-de-sac. “I always wake up after this scene in total shock,” said Marie, who is among the five per cent of the population, that studies show, suffer from recurrent nightmares. “Nightmares are typically accompanied by strong negative feelings”—mostly fears, but sometimes disgust, anger or shame,”says Johanna Thuenker, a psychologist at the University of Dusseldorf’s Institute for Experimental Psychology. “These emotions intensify during the course of the nightmare, usually causing the person to wake up.” Nightmares normally involve existential dangers. “The person, or someone close to the person, is in mortal peril, is being pursued, abandoned, or his or her self-esteem is being battered – for example, because of abject failure,” Thuenker says. “Nightmares per se aren’t bad, but can become harmful to

health if they occur frequently,” remarks Michael Schredl, a dream researcher. “Having at least one nightmare a week in a span of about six months, is a sign of a possible nightmare disorder. Then something should be done.” Some people delay falling asleep, because they are afraid of their nightmares, notes Brigitte Holzinger, Director of the Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research in Vienna. But diminished sleep lowers mood, the ability to concentrate and working capacity, and it can eventually lead to cardiovascular disorders

First Fast Food { Michael Juhran / Sandwich, England / DPA }

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ritain may not be famous for its lasting additions to world cuisine, but the Earl of Sandwich’s famous creation—250 years ago—has certainly stood the test of time. The humble British sandwich, created by the Earl, has since become popular across the globe. The town of Sandwich—near Dover—recently laid out a spectacular spread of events to mark the anniversary. According to accounts, the sandwich came into being in 1762, when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, asked for meat to be served between slices of bread, so that he could continue playing a

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gambling game. However, King Charles II is the person to thank for the creation being called a sandwich. “Looking back today, it was the moment fast food was born,” says Orlando Mon-

- a vicious circle, according to Holzinger. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 tend to have nightmares fairly often. “This is presumably because they’re going through an exciting developmental phase, in which they’re constantly learning new things,” Holzinger says. A common method of treatment is Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT), whereby “the person assumes the role of a Director, and invents a new ending that’s less frightening,” Thuenker says. In the first step of IRT, the patient writes down the nightmare and identifies the fear-provoking elements with the help of a therapist. The patient replaces these elements with alternatives that are less emotional. It is important that the new version of the dream fit the old one. The patient then writes down the revised dream, and rehearses it in his or her mind several times a day, for two weeks – so that the revisions are transferred to the nightmare. “IRT has had the highest success rate,” Schredl says. While a patient seldom dreams the revised dream in detail and remembers it, Thuenker says, “the original nightmare occurs in attenuated form, and less frequently.” u tagu, the son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich. “The concept of a sandwich certainly existed before, but the 4th Earl ensured it became an accepted meal – even for the nobility.” Few people realize that Sandwich is also a small town. Ironically, there is not a single sandwich shop in the town. The highlights of the recent festivities included a sandwich-making competition divided into three categories, as well as a challenge from sister French town Honfleur – under the title “Sandwich versus Baguette.” “Unfortunately our ancestors failed to protect the sandwich under patent law,” says Montagu. “Companies such as Subway, Pret a Manger or EAT open up one shop after another – so we thought the time was right to bring our own concept to fruition.” u

NYC Plans To Ban Sale Of Sodas, Sugary Drinks { JT Nguyen / New York / DPA }

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ew York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has announced his intention to ban the sale of large bottles of sodas and sugary drinks in the City’s restaurants, movie theatres and street carts. Under Bloomberg’s leadership, the City has banned smoking in public places and restaurants. His latest move to ban sodas and sugary drinks is prompted by health concerns, including obesity. Estimates rank 42

per cent of Americans, and half of New Yorkers, as obese. Bloomberg’s proposed ban will affect activities of fast-food franchises, sports arenas and menus in restaurants – if they are selling soda bottles larger than 16 fluid ounces (480 millilitres). However, the ban will not affect diet sodas and fruit juices. The ban will take effect in March 2013, if approved by the City Council, the reports say. The measure would be a first in the United States. u

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Therapy Overdose? { Barbara Laufer / Berlin / DPA }

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peech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy; some babies are therapy veterans at 12-months-old – long before they have mounted their first tricycle. Doctors in the developed world are increasingly sending children off to specialists at an early age, as health statistics reveal. Has modern society gone off the rails in trying to push children to their limits; or do more children in fact, need therapy these days, and at an earlier date? It may be a bit of both. There are many reasons for this. The pressure on children to succeed is rising. “We are seeing a majority of parents who are trying to use therapy, to eliminate perceived weaknesses in their offspring,” says Stephan Springer, a Consultant specialist at the Hochried hospital. Paediatrician Ulrich Fegeler has observed that even a minor lisp is now being seen as a case for instant treatment. “And of course, there’s a whole industry promoting this,” he notes. On the other hand, many children do display difficulties in motor and speech skills. “There are families where there is too little stimulus, and this is a major part of the problem,” Fegeler says on the basis of experience with his patients. He sums up the issue as too little movement, too much television and too little verbal interaction with others. What is important is correct diagnosis and appropriate therapy. “We have to distinguish carefully between children who need more stimulus in a general sense, and those who require therapy,” says Arnd Longree, Chairman of the German Association of occupational therapists. While doctors need to learn to say no, children who do require assistance should receive it as early as possible, to ensure effective and rapid treatment. The experts agree on a number of points: early therapy for those children who really need it; more stimulus for the others at home and in the kindergarten; and turn the television off! Longree advises parents to involve their children in everyday activities as much as possible, such as laying the table and helping in the kitchen. “It’s much better to involve children in ordinary chores for 30 minutes, than to play a quick and stressed 10 minutes of Memory,” Longree says. u

Night Watch At The Zoo { Katrin Kampling / Cologne / DPA }

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t’s surprisingly noisy in a zoo at night. Joerg Ott should know. He works as a night watchman once a week, at the zoo in Cologne – a job he took to help finance his studies. While he finds the job relaxing, he also says it can be weird. The wild donkeys play, the bison press their noses against the gate of their enclosure, the elephants put their heads together and trumpet, and the tigers take a luxurious bath. The only uncontrollable variable is the darkness, which could cause the animals to get agitated. “There’s nothing frightening during the rounds I do in the twilight hours,” he says. When its dark, however, every sound is scary. “When you hear something, you can’t determine where the sound came from, because of the wind.” The first time he heard the lion roar, he ran behind the latticed gate. He didn’t believe that the enclosures were sealed off. It took four months before he could do his rounds, without being afraid. Usually, the only stranger Ott meets while on his rounds, is an animal visitor. A fox from the neighbourhood regularly takes a walk through the zoo. Another time Ott found himself standing in front of a crane that got out. All the animals are where they belong on this night, except a duck that got out of its enclosure, and went into the penguin pool. Ott is due to take his next round around midnight. By then most of the residents of the zoo should be sleeping. Only the wild donkeys will be up. Like Ott, they do their rounds at night.u


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That First Date

{ Pamela Przybylski / Berlin / DPA }

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t took a long time, but at last he manages to drum up the courage to speak to her. They arrange to meet at a cinema, and he buys tickets to a Disney film. Romance and animals – girls like that kind of thing, he thinks. In the meantime she’s walking—slightly unsteadily— through the theatre doors on high heels. “Disney?” she asks, somewhat surprised. Action movies are more her style. During the film, he spills Coke on her dress. Nice first date! “It’s quite normal for the first date not to go as planned,” says psychologist Elisabeth Raffauf. A date begins with a rendezvous. However, not everyone can muster up the courage to ask someone they like to go out. A glance or a smile are usually the first steps. Some people prefer to flirt over the telephone, by text message or via online chat, according to Jutta Stiehler, who heads the Agony Aunt section at teen magazine, Bravo. Social networks are a great way to present your best side to the world. It’s also easy to manipulate personal information, such as taking a couple of years off your age. It’s often the case that the first offline date begins with a little white lie. “Boys and girls are disappointed when they notice that the person they have a crush on has not been telling the whole truth,” says Beate Martin, who works for the Pro Familia family planning organization. “You should try and clear up any little untruths as quickly

as possible – either before meeting up, or during the first date.” But what happens after your crush says yes to a meeting? The ideal place for the first date is somewhere that both parties like, and will also be a source of conversation. Raffauf recommends choosing a public place. “That will make it easier to get away if things are not going well.” The first date is about “looking, getting to know each other, and working out what your crush is like,” says Martin. That’s why it’s not a good idea to tell everything there is to know about yourself. Good conversation is also about discovering what the other person likes, and what their interests are. It’s also important not to dominate the conversation. “You should also listen and show you’re interested in the other person,” says Raffauf. The key is not to disguise your true character, because that is bound to fail. “You can choose your words carefully, but body language and gestures cannot be controlled. They tell a lot about yourself, and show who you really are,” Raffauf continues. If you stay true to yourself, your first date will be a success. However, not every date marks the beginning of a relationship. It might happen that the chemistry is wrong, but you shouldn’t let that dampen your spirits, says Raffauf. “You want the other person to like you for what you are. But if that doesn’t happen, then it was never meant to be.” u

Skin Show May Mislead Euro Fans { Stefan Korshak / Kiev / DPA }

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ans attending Euro 2012 in Ukraine may be confronted by the continent’s briefest mini-skirts and lowest-cut tops, but they will barely glimpse the day-to-day difficulties faced by women in the former Soviet republic, rights activists say. “Fans are going to see lots of attractive women, and for many, that is going to reinforce the negative image our women have abroad,” says Anna Gutsol, Founder and spokeswoman for the Femen political action group. Femen is notorious in Ukraine for its tactic of sending attractive young women to a public location to strip topless, and shout about their causes; and loudly resist police and security guards. The Euro 2012 championships—touted by the Ukrainian government as a major milestone in the country’s efforts to integrate with the European Community—will do little for average Ukrainians, and could make things for women worse, Gutsol says. “Euro 2012 will promote sex tourism in Ukraine, and demean women here even more. In Europe, Ukrainian women have the unfortunate reputation as beautiful, cheap sex dolls, and when the fans get here, that image will only be reinforced,” she says. The anti-human trafficking NGO La Strada, considers Ukraine a prime source of European prostitutes. A weak economy and even poorer work opportunities for women—rather than Ukrainian social tradition—are the main reasons why, officials say. “There is a tradition of celebrating female beauty in our country; it is part of our history and it’s not something we can forsake. Perhaps sometimes the way we dress seems provocative to foreign visitors, but that is by their standards, not ours,” says singer-songwriter Alena Vinnitskaya. Euro 2012 will see more of Femen’s trademark topless demonstrations, Gustol says. “We are not going to sit with our hands folded, and let our country become Europe’s bordello,” she says. “Nor are we going to stop being pretty.” u

Alexander City { Klaus Blume / Alexandria, Egypt / DPA }

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ore than 2,000 years before the invention of the internet, the world’s knowledge was stored here. Giants of Greek scholarship – such as Archimedes, Erastosthenes and Euclid – did their research in the famous library of Alexandria, where up to 700,000 papyrus scrolls were stored. Later, antiquity’s centre of learning and education fell victim to a devastating fire. But it made its comeback 10

{ Dirk Averesch / Berlin / DPA }

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t’s the standard traveler’s dilemma. One book won’t get you through your trip, but two books can weigh a lot. It’s time to consider an e-book, which often weighs only 200 grams, even if it’s packing thousands of books on its hard drive. Of course, there are drawbacks. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to lend someone an e-book you’ve purchased. Still, if you’re thinking about an e-reader, first test whether you enjoy reading without printed books. “If you have a tablet or a smartphone, it’s a good way to get to know it,” says Wolf. Most have free reader apps. The secret of a good e-reader is that the display is based on electronic paper, also known as electric ink. That means it has a contrast that comes close to that of printed paper. It’s easy to read outside, even in direct sunlight, and can be read from a variety of angles. Since electric paper only consumes energy when a page is turned, a reader can last several weeks on one charge. There are also e-readers with LCD displays – like those found in tablets, smartphones, notebooks, televisions and monitors. But that’s a drawback in some cases, since LCDs are lit in a way that tire the eyes, and burn through a battery charge in a few hours. They also suffer from glare outdoors, making them nearly

years ago, with the opening of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Located at the Corniche—the shoreline boulevard of the Egyptian metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea—the library rises up in a setting of palm trees. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which opened in 2002—not far from the site of the original—is nowadays used by students. It is also a tourism attraction. Built at a cost of more than 200 million dollars, this prestigious project is meant to underscore Alexandria’s place in

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world history - a history that began with its founder, Alexander the Great, in 331 BC.     Groups of visitors touring the library, learn that it has the world’s largest public reading room – with more than 2,000 seats and 360 computers. Already, the library has 1.5 million books, but there is space for up to 8 million. A conference room, planetarium, four museums, and 15 permanent exhibitions round out the facility’s attractions. But today’s modern metropolis, dubbed by local residents as the “bride of the Mediterranean,” has much more to offer –with its seaside location, colourful markets, churches, mosques and ancient Roman monuments. Many destinations can be reached by foot, starting from the City Centre. After only a few minutes, one can reach Tahrir Square, and the lively market streets – the Corniche. Walking along the broad bay, one is rewarded by a panoramic view of the city. Off to the right, the route leads to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; off to the left, an evening stroll is recommended, to head towards a peninsula where in ancient times the Alexandria light tower once stood.u

E-Reading impossible to read. More manufacturers are opting for touchscreens, although there are models with buttons and sliding controls. Touchscreens make shopping for e-books easier, thanks to a virtual keyboard. It’s also easier to mark words in text so they can be looked up in dictionaries, which often come pre-installed. So, with what should an e-reader be outfitted? A wifi module is practical. Just about every reader is linked to a dedicated shop, via which e-readers with wi-fi can directly download books. Books purchased from other shops or sources can usually only be downloaded by transferring them from a computer via a USB cable. Most e-readers get along fine with just 2 gigabytes of memory. That’s enough for about 1,500 e-books. Just about every electric paper e-reader has a 15-centimetre display.

Most weigh between 170 and 280 grams. The standard e-book format is EPUB, used by just about all online shops like Libri, Ciando, Thalia, Pubbles or iTunes. All e-readers use it. However, Amazon remains an exception. It markets books in its own format, and sells its Kindle with software to read that. The Kindle can’t open EPUBs. There is also freeware, like Calibre EPUB, that can turn ebooks into Kindle format, as long as they are not copyright protected. Most stores, as well as Project Guttenberg. org, often offer free e-books in both formats. However, there are not a lot of savings to be had with e-books. Sometimes they come with a 20- to 30-per-cent discount. Still, unlike regular books, those are copyright protected, meaning they can’t be lent out, given as gifts or resold. But it is possible to read them on multiple devices. u


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