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Friday Gurgaon

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ur Millennium City cannot survive a day without this fuel – not the residences, or the malls and commercial establishments, nor industry – apart from the increasing dieselbased private and public transport. What would we do if it did not show up for a day – or a few days ? ...Pg 6

Sector Watch

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n this second year of FG we bring you an update on the various Sectors, under Sector Watch – One Year After. Featured are Sectors 15 (part II) and 40. ...Pg 8

Playing With No Handicap

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genuine never-saydie ex-army man, disregarding his own physical limitations, is proudly helping thousands stay off the streets. He would like Gurgoanites to be more socially conscious. ...Pg 9

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e p R o n r t o C a g a r rd u Last 12 Months

Well Done

We Can Do Better

aDemolitions of unauthorized sites

r Water supply

aTraffic – one-way traffic initiatives,

r Power supply

removal of roundabouts/speed breakers

r Sewage network, & collection

aAction on drunken driving & over-speeding

r Negligible Water Harvesting

aNegligible major organized crime

r Rampant illegal bore wells / ’Mahi’ case

aRWA activism

r FIR in ‘BMW case’ takes forever

aStart of City buses/Inter-State buses aPink Autos/gCabs (for women) aRoad repair (till the rains !) aBio-diversity Park aMedical Tourism/new Hospitals aOlympic Medals /Right to Play aDC helps recover significant Panchayat Land aLand Registry system appreciated by Delhi aDLF Private Fire Station/CCTV monitoring aGurgaon-Faridabad Road opened aRapid Metro on schedule

r Children exploited in Child Welfare Centres r Councillors not effective r Maruti labour trouble r New Year’s eve incident r Too many ‘Carjackings’ r Increase in Suicides r Very high food prices r No movement on Unauthorised settlements/

colonies

r Toll Plaza chaos continues r The Parking mess r No auto meters still r Hero Chowk – no solution r Badshahpur Nallah now a stink-bomb r Sohna Road work not started

Orchid Petals Withers

r Aravallis still being exploited

his is the latest of the City’s condominiums and societies to fall foul of a builder’s negligence. The residents and associations are slowly gathering force. ...Pg 9

r Many peacock deaths

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Protect your Family & Property from Pests like

Termites

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r Why a new Societies Act? r Bangladeshi influx r Farmers violent over land acquisition r Public Toilets not maintained

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WORKSHOP  NIGHTLIFE  EXHIBITION  MUSIC  ART  DANCE Nightlife

Rabbit Hole Sessions @ Turquoise Cottage Regent Square Mall, 1st Floor, MG Road, DLF Phase 2 Date: September 12 Time: 8:30 pm

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Coming Up

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‘Gautam Ghosh Collective’ Live @ Radisson Suites Hotel BBlock, Sector - 27, Sushant Lok Phase 1 Date: September 8 Time: 8:30 pm

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about civic and social happenings and issues around you? n Are you motivated to do something positive for society? n Are you interested to also write, and express what you see, hear, feel? If yes, write to us at letters@fridaygurgaon.com, with a brief background of yourself, with contact number(s). 2–8 March 2012

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For The Other Half

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

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Master Recipe

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

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); Millennium a of 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 by Gurgaon is much has also been influenced trict, concurs that District the District and social developments The itself. City political more than the viz. Gurgaon the includes 3 sub-divisionsPataudi; 5 teh- taking place there. Contd on p 8  ,and (North and South) Pataudi, Farukh Sohna, sils (Gurgaon,

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little, for so long, with so We have done so much,do anything with nothing. to we are now qualified

Let’s Be Civil

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

Regular Features Food Take

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Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 eek That Was

The Gurgaon Art Festival, Fall of 2012 @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 12 to September 16 Time: 11:00 am

Exhibition

Monsoon Lifestyle Exhibition @ DLF City Club, Phase 4 Date: September 16 Time: 12 noon onwards

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n Art Exhibition, in which works of 60 renowned and upcoming artists will be displayed. Paintings and sculptures of artists like Prithvi Soni, JMS. Mani, Tejinder Kanda, Prabir Bagchi, Prabal Roy, Suhas Roy, Dhiraj Choudhury—to name a few—will be exhibited.

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Expressions @ Beanstalk, Galaxy Hotel, Shopping & Spa, NH8, Sector 18 Date: September 13 Time: 7:00 pm

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n exclusive ‘Monsoon Lifestyle Exhibition’, presented by Aura Events. On offer are designer garments, unique accessories, jewellery, bags, footwear, home décor, kids' couture, make-up products – and also Tarot Card readings.Contact: 9899995120

njoy getting suck in a jam – of a totally different kind! Be a part of the open mic night, where amateurs, professionals, or just music lovers jam through the evening. Watch them express themselves musically to an encouraging audience. Contact: 4707172

Time Out

A Retreat on Mind, Body and Medicine @ Om Shanti Retreat Center (ORC), NH – 8, Bhora Kalan, Pataudi Road Date: September 8 & 9

Films

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GOs Saksham and Udaan present an Art Exhibition with a difference. The Exhibition is a showcase of the paintings of talented children from Saksham Bal Vikas Sanstha and Maharshi Dayanand Vaidik Mandir. Contact: Shikha Agarwal 9910994310

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 15 Time: 7:30 pm

Fashion

The Wine and Fashion Soiree @ Indian Grill Room, 3rd floor, Suncity Business Towers Date: September 15 Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Entry Fee: Rs. 800 per person

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emme Affaire presents a relaxing evening (exclusively for ladies). Taste fine Luca wines, and get a fashion preview of the latest collection of Rivaayat – fashion by MeeraRohit. Contact: Smriti 9818684655 / Jyoti 9971103572

“GURGAON AS A SMART CITY” September 12, 2012 at Palms Town and Country Club, Sushant Lok-I, Gurgaon

Art Workshop @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 1 to 30 Time: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Age: 18 years and above Fees: Rs. 2,000 (4 classes)

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atch the gifted multi-tasking trio of Gautam Ghosh Collective (GGC) performing live. The Band—influenced by musical genres from across the world—will launch their new album ‘7’, in an evening of improvisation, fusion and musical alchemy. Contact: 9711200130, 4719000

GURGAON FIRST ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

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rtist Kavita Jaiswal will shape each individual’s work, with sketching, drawing, textures and tonal variation—leading to composition and painting. 
Age: 18 yrs & above 
 
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A unique conference aimed to take Gurgaon’s development to the next level. GURGAON FIRST ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

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special screening of the 1983 classic comedy, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani and Satish Shah.

FOCUS AREAS: Vision for Gurgaon, New Infrastructure Initiatives, Technogies for Future, Improving Electricity Scenario, Solar, Green Homes and Office Building, Water September 12, 2012 at Palms Town and Country Club, Conservation and Finding Traffic Solutions. Sushant Lok-I, Gurgaon Chief Guest:  Rao Dan Singh, Minister of Country Sponsorship and Town ToPlanning, book your seat, State Government Haryana    A unique conference aimedofto take Gurgaon’s development to opportunities call 0124-4384669 or write to the next level. Speakers: Heads and Senior officials of Power Grid,available Tata Power, conference@gurgaonfirst.org RITES, Artemis, Fortis, Rapid Metro, KPMG, Siemens, Oracle, SchneiderAREAS: Electric, Cybermedia, DHBVNL New and TERI. FOCUS Vision for ITC, Gurgaon, Infrastructure Delegate Participation: companies,Electricity IT Initiatives, TechnogiesRWAs, for Infrastructure Future, Improving Companies, Real Estate Companies, Business Associations, Scenario, Solar, Green Homes and Office Building,NGOs, Water Citizen Charters, Consultants and Residents of Gurgaon. Conservation and Finding Traffic Solutions.

“GURGAON AS A SMART CITY”

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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Astrology

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

ejuvenate yourselves at this 2-day Retreat, that aims to improve your quality of thinking and help you rediscover yourself. Experience the joy of life through meditation. The Event will be inaugurated by the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Log on to http:// www.togetherwecan.in to register

Music

Anita Bagchi Shilpy Arora

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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 which in situation who work in these help; but for the people people is helping distraught

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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 he manages the day-tosurvey all activity, PCR. “We have stateday operations of the equipment, and I can of-the-art servers and has one of the safely say that Gurgaon the country.” in st advanced PCRs

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Fashion Frolic

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any members of the fashion fraternity were spotted partying at a popular night club mid-week, at a do hosted by Hong Kong based designer Sidharth Agicha. The theme of the evening was ‘Fashion Carnival’. Guests included Salloli Kumar, Designer Pooja Motwani, Stylist Amir Zakir, Sanjay Nigam, and Fashion Photographer Anuradha Sharma.

Kathak Delight Sun Art

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minent artist Maneka Gandhi inaugurated an Exhibition, “The Sun Art show” at Ambience Mall. This Show showcased the artwork of over a hundred artists. Each artist put on display and sale a collection of five paintings. The Show was followed by a live demonstration, wherein the artists gave texture to the paintings inside the water, and showcased sand art and many other forms.

A Wine and Design @ BoConcept

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Denmark based premium urban interior Company, BoConcept, organised a splendid evening at its City-based store. BoConcept played host to important architects and fashion designers – Sundeep Khanna, Charu Parashar, Shalini Kochar, and Vijay, to name a few. The Event was special, as everyone raised a toast to cheer the latest trends in home décor and furnishing. The guests were very impressed with the European designs and functionality and innovation. “We were delighted to have a mix of wonderful people here at the Store. This was a special event as we got an overwhelming response from everyone. Various prospects and global trends in interior designing were discussed. We look forward to organise more such events,” said Priti Sayeed, Business Head, BoConcept.

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rushi Pradhan, Sooraj Deewan, and Ida Ghate presented a Kathak Recital at Epicentre. This was followed by a dance show by Tarana and Malhaat, disciples of Harish Gangani. The Show was put up in the memory of late Pt. Kundan Lal Gangani.


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FOOD

Tau Among Cafés { Aalok Wadhwa }

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he name Tau Café & Lassi Bar evokes strong imagery. I am expecting to see heavily mustached pahalwans, sitting on a charpoy in a dhaba setting – enjoying their lassi and parathas. As I enter the premises at Ansal Plaza in Palam Vihar, I am not disappointed. Though the pahalwans and charpoys are missing, the place has a 'well worn-out' look. The Café is almost full – with young couples and extended families of dada, dadi ma, parents and children. The furniture is a flea market mish mash . Being true to my 'home-state', I start with an addha (half) sized portion of Haryanvi chhachh (addha Rs. 26; khamba Rs. 49), which delights in its simplicity. The Madrasi tadka chhachh (addha Rs. 31) is exciting, but I prefer the rustic charm of the first drink. The service is quick, with the owner, Sunil Chawla, quietly supervising all orders. Dishes continue to arrive at regular frequency. The portions are small, so I am able to enjoy a lot of variety. The Punjabi alu pyaaz paratha (Rs. 53) is served with a dollop of butter on top, and with curd on the side. The

CINEMA

THIS WEEK Big Cinemas , Palam Vihar Raaz 3 (3D) Time: 10:30 am, 1:15 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 9:30 pm Raaz 3 Time: 11:15 am, 2:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:15 pm Ek Tha Tiger (U/A) - Hindi Time: 1:45 pm, 6:45 pm Joker Time:11:30 am, 4:30 pm, 9:30 pm PVR: Ambience Premier Raaz 3 (3D) Time: 10:35 am, 11:45 am, 1:25 pm, 2:35 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:25 pm, 7:05 pm, 8:15 pm, 9:55 pm, 11:05 pm Raaz 3 (2D) Time: 12:50 pm, 3:40 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:20 pm To Rome With Love Time: 10:30 am, 2:25 pm, 7:00 pm,

Tau’s Cafe & Lassi bar Shop No 13, Ground Floor, Box Office, Ansal Plaza, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 4106908 Timing: 11 am to 10:30 pm

9:15 pm, 11:30 pm The Campaign Time: 12:45 pm Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Time: 1:05 pm Chal Pichchur Banate Hain Time: 10:30 am, 4:40 pm Ek Tha Tiger Time: 10:30 am, 5:20 pm

Joker Time: 3:15 pm, 7:55 pm The Expendables 2 Time: 10:00 am PVR: Ambience Gold Raaz 3 (3D) Time:11:10 am, 12:20 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:10 pm, 4:50 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:40 pm, 8:50 pm, 10:30 pm, 11:40 pm Joker Time:10:15 am Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com

paratha is well made, though I would have preferred more potato filling. The paneer methi paratha (Rs. 71) is nice, but I miss the taste of fresh methi in it. The Punjabi keema paratha (Rs. 106) is a delight, and goes well with a beautifully cooked dish of bhuna keema (Rs. 115). The rajma rassmissa (Rs. 53) is insipid; the mutton pepper fry (Rs. 132) would have been great had the mutton been tender. I ask Chawla what made him start this venture. “When I shifted to Palam Vihar, I hankered for simple home cooked food. So I decided to start a small Café—at an accessible location—to serve people like me”. It is obvious that there are many who long for the delights of comforting maka-khaana, as the size of the place has doubled in 3 years – and even that does not seem to be enough. There are more delights in store. The day’s special, malpua (Rs. 53), is a treat. Unfettered by the addition of rabri, the dish is both soft and crisp – drenched in a pool of not too sweet chashni. I end the meal with kadak chai (Rs. 22), that completes the experience. Tau Café & Lassi Bar delights with its food and its prices. It is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a satisfying and enjoyable meal. I hope, inspired by its success, more eateries look at serving good ole 'desi' food. u

PVR MGF: MGF Mall Raaz 3 (3D) Time: 10:00 am, 11:50 am, 12:50 pm, 2:40 pm, 3:40 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:20 pm, 9:20 pm, 11:10 pm Raaz 3 (2D) Time:10:55 pm, 1:45 pm, 4:35 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:15 pm Chal Pichchur Banate Hain Time:10:00 am, 6:20 pm, 10:50 pm Joker Time: 12:25 pm, 4:15 pm, 8:45 pm The Campaign Time:2:30 pm Siridi Sai (Telugu) Time: 10:30 am, 1:10 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:10 pm Aaj De Ranjhe (Punjabi) Time: 10:00 am, 8:35 pm Ek Tha Tiger Time: 12:40 pm, 11:15 pm Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Time: 3:15 pm Mr. Marumakan (Malayalam) Time: 5:25 pm To Rome With Love Time:10:15 am, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:45 pm The Expendables 2 Time: 5:00 pm Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall Raaz 3 (3D) Time:10:30 am, 1:20 pm, 4:10 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:50 pm Raaz 3 (2D) Time: 11:30 am, 2:20 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:50 pm Siridi Sai (Telugu) Time: 5:10 pm

R eviews/L istings cinema

The Movie Is The Joke(r) { Vijaya Kumar }

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ith a running time of just 105 minutes, Shirish Kunder’s directorial venture, Joker, is perhaps one of the shortest Hindi feature films in recent times. It can be interpreted as a reflection of the Director’s concern to minimise audience trauma. Given that Joker has Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, the viewer probably expects the movie to redeem itself sooner or later. Unfortunately, the Joker redemption happens only when directed by: Shirish Kunder the movie ends. cast: Akshay Kumar, SonI presume that Kunder—also akshi Sinha, Minisha Lamba, the Writer—wanted to write a Shreyas Talpade satire on village India and politigenre: Fantasy, Adventure cians. The setting is in Paglapur. The story has potential, and the Script Writer could have woven a delightful comedy. But instead, Joker is a good example of how banality can cloud and kill a wonderful idea. The characterisation is sketchy, and the scripting and the story flow is ridiculous. The actors walk through the roles as if they are aware of where this movie is headed. Akshay Kumar and Shreyas Talpade—known for good comic timing—give a lacklustre performances; Asrani hams (as usual); and Sonakshi has hardly any role. Sample these two jokes from the movie. The village master from Paglapur translates “Mera mazzaq mat udao”, as “ Don’t fly my jokes!”. And “Ulti Chattri” is “vomit umbrella” – referring to the dish antenna. It's the movie that's the joke(r). u


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Bharatnatyam Treat

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enowed Bharatnatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai entertained the audience with her power packed performance at KIIT. Recipient of the Padma Shree award, Malavika is a disciple of K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai, S.K. Rajaratnam, and Kalanidhi Naraynan. Malavika has enriched the traditional repertoire with her own compositions in ‘nritya’ and ‘abhinaya’, and presentations like ‘Krishna Ritu Krida’ and ‘Fireflies.’

Teachers’ Day Medley

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taying Alive – The Bikers Zone presented “Sufi Maythem” on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. The Day witnessed the performance of a Sufi rock band, Vedas. As the Band played the different genres of music – Sufi, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, contemporary rock, and Indian semi classical – they managed to win the hearts of over 200 music lovers. This was followed by the stunning performance of DJ Krazee from Singapore.

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High On Diesel

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

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he other day I returned from work exhausted, and as soon as I landed in my room and thought of switching on the fan, Raju, my domestic help, appeared with a cup of tea and confirmed my suspicion (fear of course) - Bhaiya bijli nahi hai. Frustrated, I started cursing DHBVN. Soon, darkness, followed by an uncomfortable silence, was killing me. Of course, a city like Gurgaon, that has thousands of commercial and residential buildings, in which lakhs of people work and live, can’t afford to be dark and silent. The City has to run 24x7 – and Diesel is the new fuel. At least 30 per cent of the power demand is met by generators run on diesel. The glitzy image has to be maintained. “Gurgaon district has a total of 95 petrol pumps (the City has 24), from where an estimated 9 crore litres (90,000 Kilo Litre) diesel is being sold monthly – which makes the daily usage of diesel around 30 lakh litre (3,000 KL). And this doesn’t include the big consumers—like Haryana Roadways, Haryana Police, Maruti, Hero Honda and many others—who buy from the various oil companies directly. I believe these consumers would add at least 20 per cent to the total usage. Gurgaon is evolving into a beast that hungers for power, and diesel generation is perhaps the only alternative as the state doesn’t provide enough power supply,” explains a senior official of an oil company. If these numbers are not enough to dazzle you, let us transform them into a language that Gurgaon understands. Yes, the language of money. Gurgaon daily guzzles diesel worth Rs. 15 crores – Rs. 5,000 crores per annum. It is believed that during the three day blackout last month Gurgaon consumed diesel worth Rs. 60 crores. “This City runs on diesel. 30 lakh litres a day is a huge number, and I don’t think any other city—other than the metros—can match this figure. This scenario is likely to get worse, as the City’s expansion is in full swing. By 2031, this City would have a population around 40 lakhs, and the hunger for energy would reach a crescendo. The government has failed miserably in providing any infrastructure – electricity, water, roads,” says Sharad Goel, a veteran retailer in this area. What if someday the supply of diesel is impacted? Would the whole City come to a standstill?

Demand and Supply conundrum

Gurgaon has almost 600 high-rise buildings that serve commercial and residential purposes; almost half of them are equipped with Captive Power Plants (CPP) and Diesel Gensets (DG), to keep the power supply undisturbed. Gurgaon’s total power demand can be divided into four subgroups – Commercial, Residen-

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the amount of load we need. On an average, each day we use 100-150 litres.” So industry too consumes a large amount of diesel just for the sake of producing electricity.

From where does it come?

tial, Industrial, and Transport. Let's see how diesel is being used in these spheres of Gurgaon’s hallowed life. 1) Commercial use “Here in this Mall we have three diesel gensets, with a capacity of 750 KVA each. We face an average power cut of 3 to 4 hours a day,and hence we use the gensets to keep the Mall ‘alive’. On an average, each of these gensets consumes 150  litres per hour- although we seldom use all three at one go.  This summer was extremely difficult. During the blackout last month we had to run the mall completely on gensets. Diesel certainly is a large operating cost of a Mall,” says an official at one of the malls at MG Road. Gurgaon has  60 + malls. Commercial clusters such as the Cyber City and Unitech Cyber Park are mammoth, and consume a large amount of diesel in order to keep the work in motion. “We have four 750 KVA gensets here. Each genset consumes around 200 litres per hour, and we usually see power cuts of 2 to 3 hours a day,” says a genset operator at one of the city’s biggest commercial buildings. “Gensets are the lifeline of MG Road and its Malls. This City runs on diesel,” says an official of  a well-known and big mall on MG Road. 2) Residential use
 Gurgaon has around 60 condominiums, with most of them having a full power backup; they remain ‘alive’ on gensets. “In the apartments we get a 24 hour power backup. Commonly the 750 KVA genset is used both in residential apartments as well as the malls, and it requires around 150 litres of diesel per hour. It does not come cheap, as the  charges are  around Rs. 10 per unit— which is more than double

the rate  charged by the State Electricity Board,” says a maintenance official in one of the City’s condominiums. Apart from the condominiums, the City has plotted bungalows, where the residents either use small gensets, or they too go cumulatively for big gensets. “ In plotted colonies, most of the households have inverters, and some have gensets of 10-15 KVA-which don’t consume more than 2 litres of diesel in an hour, ” says a resident. 3) Industrial use Gurgaon has around 5,000  big and small industrial units, which are the backbone of the State’s economy. But the power situation here is very grim, and the industrialists—big or small—have to spend lakhs of rupees on diesel, because there is inadequate power supply. Forget Maruti, Hero or Honda— they are too big to talk about, and have their own solutions (furnace oil, gas) – even the small industries are facing great problems. According to an estimate, each mid-size industrial unit on an average uses around 100-150 litres of diesel daily, to keep their machines in motion. This not only increases the input expense of the industrialist, but also sometimes effects the delivery of the final product. “Small industries are leaving this place, and shifting to Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh- where the cost of production is  cheaper. Excessive use of diesel further adds to input cost,” said  Manish Kumar, a small industrialist.  S.K Sharma, who owns Ganga Overseas Pvt Ltd., an export company in IMT Manesar, has installed a small diesel pump inside the company premises, “We purchase  12,000 litres of diesel per month from Hindustan Petroleum (HP). We have three DGs, of different capacities (125 KVA, 250 KVA, 500 KVA), and we use them according to

Such a huge amount of diesel cant be supplied from just one single source. “Gurgaon mainly gets its fuel supply from four places- Rewari, Piala, Bahadurgarh and Bijwasan – and all these places either have a refinery or a big fuel depot. For example, Rewari has a refinery, and hence it supplies fuel to almost all of the surrounding areas, including some areas in Rajasthan. Bahadurgarh and Bijwasan have oil depots from where the fuel gets supplied to various pumps in the City,” says an official of an oil company.

Dieselisation of the economy (subsidy)

Subsidy on diesel is the biggest reason for its misuse, and if we see the the money spent by our government on diesel subsidy it would leave us flabbergasted. The combined Diesel, Kerosene and LPG subsidy is Rs. 1,90,000 crores. According to a study conducted by Deloitte India, nearly Rs. 8,000-crores subsidy is consumed by power generating sets in malls and big buildings, while around Rs. 3,000 crores of subsidy is spent in powering telecom towers. Nationally, nearly 16% of diesel is consumed by passenger vehicles, 4.6% by gensets and 2% by mobile towers – translating into a likely subsidy of Rs. 23,000 crores for this fiscal. So subsidies that were intended to keep the cost of operations low for farmers and truckers are instead being enjoyed by the rich, through malls, gensets and multi-utility vehicles.

Employment Loot

“About 5,000 people are earning their livelihood from this industry – from the person who fills fuel in your vehicle to the one who fills the tanker from the refinery in Rewari. However, there is a grey side as well, which attracts a lot of attention. “This business has many grey sides. The theft of oil tankers, loot, and the adultera-

tion of fuel are some of the common problems. In areas like Rewari and Bijwasan, oil mafias have come to the fore, and now they dictate terms by stocking the fuel and later selling it in the black market at an inflated price,” says an employee of a petrol pump in the City.

Automobile industry

The Automobile industry, especially the car manufacturers, have contributed heavily to the excessive usage of diesel, as people now prefer to buy diesel cars. The difference between the running cost of a petrol car versus a diesel car has gone up by nearly 85% in the past 7-8 years. The diesel vehicle owner gets a subsidy of Rs. 25 per litre of diesel he uses. The proportion of diesel cars in total car sales has increased to 38% in 2012 – from 20% in 2006. It has pushed the share of diesel in the overall petroleum product consumption to 44%, from 36%. Maruti, by 2014, is expecting to have a total capacity of 7 lakh diesel engines. “In the last 3-4 years the car market has seen a significant change, and now people are buying more diesel cars. Rising petrol prices is the main reason behind this transformation. Whosoever is buying a car worth Rs. 6 lakh or more is preferring diesel over petrol. Small cars like Alto, Santro, Wagon R don’t come in diesel variants, so there is no choice,” says an official at one of the City’s famous car showrooms. There are a total of 419 different diesel models available in the country. In Gurgaon there is a large fleet of SUVs, that ranges from a Rs. 10 lakh Tata Safari to a Rs. 2.5 crores high-end Porche. 


Environment at stake

As fas as pollution is concerned there is no Ambient Air Quality measurement mechanism that has been installed by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), and hence there is no official record of the pollution caused by the excessive diesel used in various forms. “We will very soon install an air quality measurement system at Rajive Chowk. As far as pollution in the City is concerned I believe Gurgaon is  very different from other industrial towns like Panipat, Faridabad or Yamunanagar. Here we hardly have any polluting industries. Diesel run gensets used in industries, commercial and residential  units don’t cause that much pollution,” says a senior official in HSPCB. Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) are the main components on which the ambient air quality of a city is measured; and in Gurgaon these four main components are present in abundance. In a study conduct for the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) it has been found that the burning of any sort of fuel certainly causes pollution – no matter how modern and nature friendly the technology is. u


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Haryanvi Made Easy

THE WEEK THAT WAS

♦ On Teachers Day, five teachers of district Gurgaon, including a Principal, were honoured with State Level Teachers Award for their meritorious services in the field of 1. I have lost my way. education. The awards were presented by Governor Shri Jagannath Paharia and the Chief Minister in a function organised at Haryana Raj Bhawan Chandigarh. The 2.Can you help me reach the main road? teachers include Principal of Govern ment Girls Senior Secondary School Jaccumpura Sheel Kumari, Social Science Teacher Mr. Dhoom Singh, Hindi Lecturer Sumitra of Government Senior Secondary School Nathupur, JBT teacher Chanchal of 3.I am looking for Sector 5. Government Primary School Suncity, and Ved Kumari of Government Senior Secondary School Nathupur. The award carries a Citation, a cash prize of Rs. 21000, and extension of two years service - in addition 4. Nobody stops to help here. of two increments in salary. ♦ High Court orders that no toll be collected on Gurgaon Expressway, from Sep 4th midnight, for 15 days. ♦ Haryana has started vocational courses 5. Can you come with me? in schools, under a new pilot project, National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF). Students of 9th to 12th classes will be taught 4 vocational 6. Now I remember this road. courses – in IT, Retail, Security, and Automobile – as an Applied Learning additional/optional subject. The first launch of this national Project, which attempts to better link learning and livelihood, took place at Gurgaon on Monday; it was inaugurated by the car towards Badshahpur; Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, her boy friend is beaten up and the Haryana CM, at the Government Model Sanskriti and thrown out of the car (upto Class 12th) Senior Secondary School, Sushant Lok. The Haryana near Sohna Road. 22 years Education Minister, Geeta Bhukkal, was also present. ♦ 2 convicts of Bhondsi Teaching Experience Five schools have been identified in the District, in the Jail escape, when taken in a reputed school first phase. The others are – Govt. Sr. Secondary School out for work, and a warden

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One Year After

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he momentum created by the HUDA Administrator, Dr. Praveen Kumar, when he arrived in Gurgaon seems to be fizzling out – and this is worrying both for the common man as well as the civil society of the Millennium City. Kumar had given a hope to people that the civic and administrative sloth that had become the benchmark would be shaken, and the wheels of administration would move to serve the society. One year later, the City residents are worried, despite having faith in the honesty and good intentions of the HUDA Administrator. They believe that the system has been able compromise his good intentions as well. Friday Gurgaon went to the residents of the Sector 15 part II as part of its series, ‘One Year After’, that takes stock of what was promised, and what has been delivered. This Sector is one of the best located areas in Gurgaon, with both 'Old' and 'New' Gurgaon easily accessible. It also has easy access to the National Highway 8, and the majority of the residents are retired bureaucrats

and defence officials, who are actively working with the RWA to improve the lot of the Sector. M.C Midha, a former bureaucrat, feels that the antiencroachment drive launched by HUDA has lost the sting that it carried during the initial days. “There was fear among the encroachers, and a large number of illegal vendors left the Sector-15 markets, as action was being taken. The situation has returned to what it was earlier, as HUDA has let go its steam,” says Midha. As per him, the need of the hour is to institutionalise the mechanism of governance, rather than putting the burden of an entire institution on a single individual like Kumar. Although the civic situation has improved to some extent, the residents allege that the cleanliness drive has almost come to a standstill. The visits by the garbage van are reducing by the day, the number of sanitation

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hen Friday Gurgaon covered Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (HUDA) Sector 40 at the beginning of this year, the area was a booming PG/guest house Centre for nonGurgaon people working in Cyber Park. It still holds true for the sector, only the business is seeing a drop. The Sector is constantly evolving, turning more plots into homes and rest-houses. Even the market has seen a spruce-up in terms of shops and commercial offerings. But all of it comes to naught when the matter of roads is raised. Not one of the inner sector roads has been left undamaged by the monsoon showers, and the plying of loaded trucks coming into the sector to deliver gravel, sand and cement. As of now, 90 per cent of the roads are uniformly potholed and filled with slushy water. The market roads have been left unscathed only

What’s good

 Presence of PGs and guest

houses gives fillip to market, and housing.  Community Centre gets regular activities from time to time, and the market has a good number of shops, services and banks. This Market is one of the most well-developed markets (just after Sector 14 and Sector 15 Part-II).

{ Sector 15 (part II) } workers on the roads is reducing, the internal roads are in bad shape. Only, they admit, HUDA officialdom is more responsive. R.P Tayal, former president of the RWA, says that this year the problem of waterlogging, which was a major problem in this Sector due to its low lying surface, has been minimised. The RWA has built a couple of rainwater harvesting structures, and so has HUDA. This has helped the residents greatly. Tayal also mentions that the road along the Bund has been built as per the demands of the residents, but the work has been left incomplete. “The worst thing that is happening in this area is that the streetlights work in the day, but in the night the system fails! We have made numerous complaints to the concerned HUDA officials but

nothing happens,” says Tayal. The residents are still awaiting the nod for a temple, although they have even offered to purchase the land, provided the government offers them some space. They are also unhappy with the City Transport Corporation, that has failed to connect their Sector with the bus service. “For many years we have petitioned the Administration to bring bus service to our Sector. Despite launching the City Bus Service, Sector-15 has been excluded from the route,” says Tayal. Another eminent resident of the Sector, Major General S.K Dewan, says that although HUDA has worked to improve the green belts, still a lot needs to be done. He is particularly peeved that HUDA workers sometimes pump out the sewage of the Sector in the Cen-

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tral Park itself. This makes the Park unusable for at least 4 to 5 days. It is also unhygienic,” says Dewan. He appreciates the initiative taken by a group of individuals who have pooled resources, and improved the lot of the Central Park remarkably. The majority of the residents want the HUDA Administrator to re-start the drive against encroachments – both in the markets and public spaces. “The Administrator once again should reiterate his resolve against shoddy practices, both by the officials as well as citizenry. The law must be respected,” aver residents.   Residents further opine that one year is too short a period to judge the performance of an organisation that has been steeped in red-tape and corruption for the last several decades. It will take a lot more time and effort for the civic body to anchor its ship and guide the City in the right direction, they opine. u

What’s not so good  Condition of roads. Left

untended, and no patching done for a long time.  Construction debris lying in every vacant plot.  Sanitation condition is going from bad to worse. Number of sanitary staff needs to be increased.  Electricity infrastructure need to be overhauled as soon as possible.

because only there have been no trucks going into that part of the Sector. “What can we do?” says a HUDA engineer. “When the road specifications are given, they are usually for personal vehicles and light commercial vehicles, which do not weigh over a tonne and half at the heaviest. Imagine a truck standing on the road with a full complement of cement (and probably overloaded). No inner sector road can stand that,” he says. Once the road shows even a bit of cracking, the rains do the rest, tearing up the bitumen into chunks. For now, there is no future project for the rebuilding of HUDA roads in Sector 40. But residents have a different take on the situation. “Our house has just been completed here,” says Saroj, “But the road was already in such a terrible shape. The realtor said that there were plans of repairing it soon, but nothing has

happened of late.” She says that if HUDA offers plots and not houses, it must be expected that there would be trucks in the vicinity as long as people have houses to build. “Build the roads accordingly. In fact, I have seen the monsoon do more damage to the roads than the trucks. Why don’t HUDA officials come take a look at Sector 40, and bring the road contractors to book for the mess they have created?” she says. The second problem, which has mushroomed over time, is that of street lighting. From the last time, when there were a few street-lights glowing in the market and adjoining areas like the police station, almost all the lights have now been damaged or fused. And since nothing has been done about them, there is hardly a functional street-light to be seen in the Sector. The electricity infrastructure is as bad as ever, and

possibly touching rock bottom in some areas. A realtor in the market says that, “We have complained a number of times to DHBVN for the problem of power lines hanging too low, and old transformers blowing up from overloading. But they do nothing; and even when they change transformers, they bring in a replacement even older than the one that is broken down,” he laughs cynically. Thank God I live in Sadar, he says. Sanitation has gone from bad to worse. Coping with just three sweepers and a trolley, the Sector is overloaded in places with concrete refuse and broken bricks. Patches in the road are filled with rubble, as makeshift ‘pothole remover’, since there are only so many empty plots to dump the garbage and the building refuse in. Overall, Sector 40 is going into a downward spiral unless senior HUDA authorities wake up and take stock of the situation. u


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Orchid Petals Withers

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ne of the largest residential complexes in Gurgaon, spread over 37 acres, the Orchid Petals on Sohna Road is a bag of woes for the people living in the 24 highrise complexes. For the buyers who have spent their hard-earned money to call themselves residents, it has been a rude awakening over the last year, when the developer Orchid Infrastructure Developers Pvt. Ltd (OIDPL) slowly started to back out of its promises. As of now, the residents’ association is fighting a battle for control of the maintenance of the residential complex. Chaitali Shukla, a member of the Orchid Petals Flat Owners’ Association (OPFOA) says, “We are all working class people living here. When we settled here, we had no idea that we would have to fight for basic living amenities. Why does it have to be that slowly, every apartment resident will have to learn the Haryana Apartment Owners Act, just to get a home with proper electricity, water supply, cleanliness and security?” The situation at Orchid Petals, and already at a few other places, is a harbinger of what every resident of Gurgaon may have to face. The power supply is shoddy and so is the cleanliness. “Imagine, there is no emergency power back-up for the lifts! We have had cases where people have been stuck in a pitch-dark lift for over 45 minutes. What if there are only children stuck

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in the lift one day,” she says. Ratna Singh, the Vice President of OPFOA, adds that there is no Automatic Rescue Device (ARD) installed in the lifts, as mandated by the law. The power back-up to the complexes takes place building by building, so it’s usually four to five minutes before power gets restored – and that too partially. Then, the residents face massive voltage fluctuations on a daily basis – some spikes so high that there have been cases of electrical appliances and tube-lights blowing up due to a power surge. The developer had promised to build a club house for the residents, according to the plan, but nothing has come of it. What the developer has done is to convert a flat into a clubhouse, and put some machines in it. “The apartments have seepage problems. What other society has problems like this? And what’s more, all the maintenance agency does is patch work,” she says. There was also a case, Ratna recalls, when some unidentified man almost barged into a resident’s flat on the pretext of selling something. “There is almost no screening done for the incoming visitors. Anyone can give a flat number and walk anywhere into any building,” she says. The security apparatus is so mismanaged that there is really no safety factor. And to top it all, recently, the maintenance agency has raised the rate of maintenance without any resident knowing about the change until several months later. The hike, from Rs 1.70/ sq

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foot to Rs 2.10/sq foot, was revealed to the residents after several months, and were asked to pay up the difference.

RWA Problems

The builder was ordered by the Court to hold RWA elections – and it did. What the residents complain of is that the RWA Association in Orchid Petals is a body of builder-sympathetic people (who surprisingly have also not been seen around by the people). That is why the residents formed the OPFOA. “We have also secured a stay from the court, and are asking for fresh elections,” says Ratna. The residents say that they want an RWA which consists of people actually interested in the welfare of the society. “What the builder did in the RWA elections was to set up its own people, elect them, and make them a puppet body,” says Sandip Sharma, a member of the OPFOA and a resident. The flat owners’ association has moved the court for the stay order, and is also trying for a contempt of court notice for the builder’s actions. “We have also approached the Director (Town and Country Planning) to act against the blatant violations made by the builder in the filing of its Deed of Declaration, and the licence conditions,” he says. The OPFOA has got rising numbers in its ranks, from the 1,300-odd families living in Orchid Petals, and it is a sign of how much distressing the situation is in the residential complexes. The several hundred strong peaceful demonstration which was recently

organised had residents—old and young—waving placards against the builder. “Yet we didn’t get any response from the builder’s representative. We are the customers, and they are flatly ignoring us, and our problems,” says Sandip.

What’s In Store

The OPFOA’s game plan for now is joining the Haryana Apartment Owners’ Association (HAOA), headed by Col BK Dhawan of Silver Oaks. “They have the necessary experience, and are fighting against the builders, and we want to put our strength into their effort,” Sandip says. What’s important in their struggle against the builder is that Orchid Petals is very new. The fact that it has so many problems after just three years of existence does not bode well for future buyers. Also, the deaf ears of the builder and its representatives bodes worse. When the problems of filing of the Deed of Declaration, and violations of building plans were found time and again in earlier condominiums, optimists said that these were teething troubles. The reality is that the (earlier) problems of those condominiums have

Playing With No Handicap

unny Kumar, 8, was born with only one arm and no functional legs. He was forced to beg on the streets of Gurgaon, as the salary of his father was not enough to run the household. For him, studying in a school was a distant dream. However, thanks to Apni Duniya Apna Ashiana (ADAA), his dream has come true. Today, Sunny is one of the most intelligent students in his class, and scores more than 95 per cent marks every year. Studying in the sixth standard, he aspires to be a computer whiz.         The man who made it possible is an ex-army man, Navin Gulia, who wants to make the streets of Gurgaon free of beggars. With his organisation, ADAA, Navin works for orphans and the physically challenged who have taken to the streets. After spending over 15 years in a wheelchair, Navin smiles when he tells the story of his life. At the age of 22, during his military training at IMA, he met with a serious accident. “I was declared 100 per cent paralysed, and I spent nearly two years in the hospital. But I don’t think it was a major loss. Millions of people suffer in this world, so why not me. This injury has, indeed, given me an opportunity to fight a much bigger battle – giving the underprivileged and needy children a lot of attention and care.” The real battle, according to Navin, is one that must be fought off the field, “against the corruption, and injustice that are prevalent in the society”. Recipient of the prestigious National Role Model Award for 2006, Navin conceptualised ADAA in 2005. Today, the organisation provides food, shelter, education, and medicines to over 2,000 children who are forced to beg. Through a help centre in DLF Phase I, the organisation offers various facilities like school, library, and activity rooms to

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Navin Gulia with his wife, Khushi

not been solved, and newer constructions are reflecting the same errors of the past. Water, power and security lapses, an uncaring attitude towards buyers/residents from the builder’s point of view, and a toothless watchdog – all are repeated over and over again, in different colonies and different locations. The only discernible change over the years is that conned residents are now forced to become familiar with the laws and legalities of owning an apartment. Also, while there may not be enough deterrent action against the builders because of ‘paid-off’ government officials, soon the city courts (and the High Court)will be hard-put to manage the deluge of cases against the builders. The uprising of the flat owners of Orchid Petals is not just a storm in a tea-cup that can be ignored by builders and apartment residents alike. The peaceful dharna was amongst the rare, when flat-owners of Orchid Petals were joined by their brethren from other condominiums. The Orchid Petals situation only makes the case stronger for bringing errant builders to book.u

the children. They can visit the centre anytime – day or night. ADAA also provides grants to the children living in far-off places like Bharwana and Jhajjar. Navin and over 15 volunteers of ADAA visit nearby villages to help the differently-abled, guiding them in their career choices, taking care of their medical needs and other expenses. Putting forth the example of Geeta, who lives in Barhana village, Navin says, “As she has an acute case of polio, she could not walk to the school. So, we offered her study material, and all the facilities to pursue her education through distance learning.” Today, Geeta is a graduate, and is looking for a job with the help of ADAA volunteers. Having lived in the City for 40 years, Navin feels that Gurgaon needs to develop a social character. “You won’t find beggars in Chandigarh and Pune, because the society in these cities doesn’t accept it. People are more sensitised towards issues like begging. However, in our City, scores of children are made to beg on the streets. No one comes forward to help these children, which is a shame. The government doesn’t want to address any issue which cannot give it votes. Unfortunately, these kids don’t have votes. They don’t even have a voice. We as a society, are silent. We turn our faces away.” Navin has been working hard to generate funds for his organisation. He had successfully launched many campaigns, like a 40-day cross-country road expedition, and “One India Campaign”, to generate funds for ADAA. He has travelled the periphery of India, covering a distance of more than 20,000 km. A motivational speaker and an adventure freak, Navin is also an author of a book, “In Quest of the Last Victory”. He feels his achievements have no meaning if he doesn’t bring about change in the society. “Your ability never restricts you, your thoughts do. If you think you can, you can,” he says – as he dreams of a day when the City would not have a single child asking for alms on the streets. u 


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CCA Biathloners

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CA School, Sector 4, is one of the flag bearers in the field of holistic education. To promote this further, the students participated in the National Biathlon Championship, at Damdama, organised by Biathlon Association of India (BAI). Four teams of 16 students (boys and girls) of CCA School were a part of the Under-19 category competitions. Other teams were of the Army from HAWS (High Altitude Warfare School), Gulmarg and other paramilitary forces. This was followed by various track and field events, like 4 kms race for girls and boys of junior and senior teams, and 8 kms and 12 kms race for junior and senior boys. The various events set the tracks on fire and the voices of students cheering for their respective teams resounded in the air. The CCA School students romped home with many prizes in different categories. Maharishi Gaur emerged the winner in the 4 kms, 8 kms, and 12 kms category racing and rifle shooting, with two Gold and one Silver medal. In the 4 kms girls run and shoot, Krishika and Khyati Puri won the Silver and Bronze respectively. The overall team trophy went to the Army team of HAWS.

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o spread awareness about environmental conservation, The Banyan Tree World School celebrated a week titled “Hari Bhari Vasundhra”. The children presented various plays and songs, giving the message of tree plantation and environmental protection. Also, a fancy dress competition was organised, wherein kids dressed up as trees and plants, and spoke about the importance of greenery in the cities.

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Swiss TT Laurels

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tudents of Swiss Cottage School—Navjeet Dhankhar of Class VIII, and Yash Goswami of Class V—won the runner-up title in the Inter School Table Tennis Tournament, held at St.Thomas School, Dwarka, New Delhi. Over 18 schools participated in the Event. Principal of Swiss Cottage, Col. C.R. Jakhar, and the entire faculty wished them good luck for their future endeavours.

o mark the birth anniversary of Mother Teresa, students of Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46 invited students from Deep Ashram, a home for the differently abled, run by The Missionary Brothers of Charity Contemplative, and spent time with them. The students were truly involved with each guest, and made an endeavour to make each moment a special and memorable one for the guests. The students drew tattoos on the hands of their guests, and encouraged them to sing and dance. The highlight of the day was the performance of Shibu – he cannot speak but has mastered the art of writing and colouring with his toe. He left everyone spellbound, by colouring a flower and then signing it. The love, care and patience the students displayed was great.

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ith an aim to instill the habit of cleanliness among children, New Cambridge Public School organised an Exhibition in the school. Children displayed charts and models to show how to maintain cleanliness in the classroom, and at home. The artwork was then put up on the School notice board, where it was judged by the Home Science teachers from the Senior wing.

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K Convent School organised a fancy dress competition for the students of Grade I. While girls dressed up like fairies and princesses, boys donned the look of Santa Claus. The kids also read out short stories and poems describing their characters. Raghav’s poems on Santa Claus, in which he described Santa as a champion of the downtrodden and recalled his thrust on vital qualities like humanity and love, was much appreciated by the audience. Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com


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Art Comes Alive

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rt Alive Gallery held a two-day Art Appreciation course, “Understanding Art”. Children learnt about a series of topics within the subject—introduction to Art, the aesthetics and meaning of Art, understanding modern and contemporary Indian Art—and getting to know Indian masters such as F.N Souza, S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee, among others. Distinguished speakers drawn from the Indian Art fraternity spoke at length on various topics. Senior artist Krishen Khanna dwelt on his gigantic historic mural, “Chola Migrations”. Rupika Chawla, an art critic, Parul Dave-Mukherji, academician and Dean at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Roobina Karode, curator, Ina Puri, consultant with various art funds, and John Xavier, an accomplished art scholar, took the children on an interesting journey, with slides shows of rare artworks.

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fancy dress competition was organised at the Aravali Public School. Children wore interesting costumes, such as of a robot, politician, fisherman, farmer, and ghost. There was also song and dance, and a costume contest for the best character. The show was enjoyed by the audience.

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eenakshi Public School organised the Maths week for the middle section. It was held within the School premises, and around 15 reputed schools from all over the City participated. Five schools with sparkling performances qualified for the second session, which included five different thrilling rounds. Kaushal round, and Vedanta, the rapid fire round were the cynosure, analysing the mental abilities of the future policy makers. Team Ramanujan, comprising of AITS Scholarship winners from the last three years, surpassed all, and brought laurels to Meenakshi Public School Sector10A. Blue Bells Public School stood second, followed by Our Lady of Fatima Public School.

Literary Flourish

Jewel Thief Mohan and his family decided that they would celebrate Independence Day by going to Red fort. Mohan’s dad was a policeman. To reach there it took 45 minutes. It was a long journey! After reaching, Mohan said, “Ah, finally we reached here!” Just then he saw a huge building it was the Red fort! The family had come from Uttar Pradesh so, they needed a guide. They asked a man, “We want a guide”. The man pointed towards an ugly man who had a humpback and pimples covered his whole body. “Go with him” he said. Mohan was frightened! Still they went with him. He showed them many places like, Diwane khas, khas Mahal screen, Naubat Khana interior, Diwan-i-Khas and Moti Masjid. There were also many gemstones there which were many diamonds and rubies which were worn by kings and queens of that time. They were scared but had lots of fun. When they were sitting in the car to leave, Mohan’s dad got a call, “There has been a murder near Moti Masjid, come immediately!”

Mohan’s dad rushed to Moti Mahal. And when he saw the body, he was shocked! “We had asked him about a guide!”Mohan’s dad whispered to himself. “He’s a thief”. The police officer said. “Oh”-, “Mohan’s dad was interrupted by the guard. “Sir the rubies and diamonds are vanished!” the officers rushed to the place. They were quite astonished. Then suddenly they spotted a dagger! Let’s examine the fingerprints.” One-by-one all the people present at the red fort came. They showed their hands. When the man with the humpback’s chance came, the computer said, “MATCHED” You are arrested” the officer said. He put a handcuff around his wrist. He explained, “Raju and I were very poor so, we made a plan to steal the diamonds and rubies, but when I asked “how will we share?” he said, “I want a bigger share!” the extra diamond’s cost was 50 crores. So I got angry and killed him. Eshaan Soni Class IV, Shikshantar School

Artistic Strokes

Malyaban, KG, The Banyan Tree World School

Saloni Dhingra, Grade V E, DPS, Sector 45

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

Aveesha Gandhi, Grade IV, Shri Ram School, Aravali

Ritsikaa, Grade II, Ridge Valley School


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Animal Crackers

Solutions

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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C ivic/S ocial 13 JIT KUMAR

Call For Attention

ties are taken care of with respect to their mental growth. A special educator helps them recover from their reading and writing difficulties, with love and care.  

Music Therapy

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ive-year old Vidhi never followed the instructions of her teacher. She blurted out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. That is why she never had any friends in school. At home, she was often criticised for being lazy and undisciplined. Despite all this, Vishi’s parents never realised that she was suffering from an intellectual disability. It was two months ago, when she beat a 7-months-old baby in her neighbourhood, that her mother took her to a psychiatrist, who detected that Vidhi was suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) syndrome. Common among toddlers, ADHD is the co-existence of attention problems and hyperactivity. Like Vidhi, many children suffer from ADHD syndrome at an early age. Apart from ADHD, syndromes like autism, ADD, Down’s Syndrome, and Dyslexia are also found among children at an early age. Not only do such children need special care and attention, they also need different teachers and curriculum. It is therefore, important to find good schools that cater to the special needs of such children. Fortunately, a few schools in Gurgaon such as Scottish High International School, Excelsior American School, Shri Ram School, Pathways World School, and DPS Maruti Kunj have taken the initiative to accommodate children with special needs. They have introduced a special inclusive programme, that offers special educators and special programmes to help observe the children’s behaviour and accordingly set them different levels of programmes. Besides, they have designed various special cur-

riculums and examinations to evaluate the students’ ability to grasp things. While this curriculum involves a lot of activities to help the children learn easily, different test papers are set for such students to make the environment less competitive. According to Shalini Nambiar, Director of Excelsior American Public School, “At Excelsior, children with mild intellectual disability study with other children in the same classroom. However, we have special educators, who use different games, activities, and techniques to explain concepts to such students. So, in the same classroom, we have one teacher for ‘normal’ kids and one ‘special’ teacher for ‘special’ kids. This inclusion is not only beneficial for a ‘special’ child, but also for other children in the classroom, because it sensitises them.” Director of Intellitots Learning, Ms. Pooja Goyal, seconds that, and says, “I believe that children labelled as ‘differently-abled’ need extensive interaction with ‘normal’ children, in addition to special attention and care. Their inclusion in a regular classroom prepares them for life in the real world, instills confidence, and makes learning more enriching. We use tools such as role play, music,

and art enrichment to enable differently-abled children to express themselves easily, which leads to a significant confidence boost and academic gains.” A Child psychologist, Dr. Madhukar, however, disagrees. “Schools in the City don’t have the proper setup to deal with the special needs of children. I don’t understand the apprehension of parents to put ‘special’ children in ‘special’ schools. Kids with intellectual disability are vulnerable to being victimised in the ‘normal’ schools. They often don’t have the skills to avoid ugly confrontations, as they are in the minority and considered ‘different.’ They don’t have allies who will stand up

for them. The trend to put ‘special’ children in ‘normal’ schools is going to make the situation even worse,” says Dr. Madhukar.  

What do schools offer?

Scottish High International School has set up an Austin Research Centre to help children with intellectual disabilities. The children are taught in the ‘normal’ classroom under an integrated set up. An educator, along with the teacher, sits in the classroom to help the ‘special’ kids, and helps keep the pace of the classroom as required. Likewise, the Shri Ram School has a Special Education Needs (SEN) programme, which forms groups of the ‘mainstream’, keeping in mind their abilities to deal with the ‘special’ children. The group is given various tasks and activities to perform. The ‘special’ children are encouraged to participate in various assemblies, sports day, and the annual function, thus instilling in them more confidence at public events. At junior level, these activities are more basic – like drama, painting, and science exhibitions. At Pathways World School, children with learning disabili-

Experts believe that music, particularly, is very therapeutic for ‘special’ children. Managing Director of Lorraine Music Academy, Aubrey Aloysius, puts forth a few success stories. Ranveer Saini, who suffers with autism, studies music along with other children in Lorraine Music Academy. He has taken big strides, both musically and behaviourally, over the last three to four years. Ranveer has cleared Trinity College, London Examination in Piano, and is now appearing for the Grade-2 Examination of Trinity College, London. He can understand and read music, and perform on the piano. Similarly, Yohan Vaznaik, who has now moved to Philippines, learnt to play the guitar in the Academy. Even though he was affected with dyslexia, he succeeded in passing with merit in the Grade-1 Theory Examination of Trinity College, London. “Many other special children with slow learning ability, aspergers syndrome, and ADHD syndrome, have found new life in understanding, appreciating, learning, playing, and participating with others in music,” says Aubrey.  

Challenges

Nita Dutta, Principal of Medhaam School, recounts her experience in her previous job and says, “That was when we had to admit a visually impaired child in a classroom. We took a special session with other students, wherein we taught them about the five senses and told them that a new entrant in their classroom would not have one sense organ. That’s it. Otherwise, he is equally talented. Today, after six years, the child is studying with the same batch, and has a lot of good friends.” The challenge, she says, is to educate the parents. “Parents of other children often make it difficult. It is hard to convince them that their children are safe with ‘special’ kids. This is the reason most schools are reluctant to have ‘special’ children in the same classroom.” Also, for the parents of differently-abled kids, it is important to understand that intellectual disability is not a permanent disorder. In fact, these disorders can easily be treated with the help of special educators and therapists. Giving an account of one of the success stories, a Montessori teacher at American Public School, Mousumi says, “One of our students was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. With the help of hands-on Montessori materials, and the guidance of the facilitator and school counsellor, the child is doing very well – both in academics and extra-curricular activities.” u


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ince time immemorial Old Delhi has been the hub of royals and nobles, writers and artists, traders and adventurers. It has given shelter to many with open arms, and embraced visitors so warmly that they have made it their home. This old part of the national capital has seen many ups and downs. It was here that Shahjahan, the Mughal emperor, laid the foundation of Shahajanabad – which survives even today. It also witnessed the carnage by Nadir Shah in 1739, which he watched from atop the Sunehri Masjid. Old Delhi also saw the end of the Mughal empire, when the British wiped out all resistance from the streets of Old Delhi. Friday Gurgaon takes you on a trip down memory lane, to Purani Delhi – but with a twist. Instead of visiting the Hauz Qazi Chowk traditional ‘tourist’ spots (like into a kheer, and it was sold within Jama Masjid), we shall smell the lanes and by-lanes of Purani hours. And so was born ‘Kheerwale’. Dilli – that have endless tales to tell, “We have been selling the kheer since and every brick speaks its own story. 1880, and have numerous patrons. While Chandni Chowk is the traditional What brings them back is the same hub of Purani Delhi, with the majestic taste and quality, year after year,” Lal Qila overlooking it, we decide to start says Mian. The brownish coloured our journey at Chawri Bazar. Luckily, the kheer melts in the mouth, and visitors Metro network has made it very easy for would do well to order the small plate, us Gurgaonites to visit both the Old and as it sits heavy. Tilak Raj, a resident of Old Delhi, the New Delhi. At just 11 in the morning Chawri and a Producer with Doordarshan, says Bazar, the hub   of wholesale trade in that traditional culture and food still lives

Jain Mandir/Bird Hospital

paper, is brimming with people. The Metro station is a marvel in itself, as it is deep underground – you have to take 5 elevators to reach the surface. As soon as you get out, you are hit by the cacophony of traders, chaiwallahs, fruitwallahs, and several street vendors sitting on the pavement. On one side is the famous Bazar Sita Ram, which has been the traditional hub of Hindu Banias; and on the other side is the Bazar Sirkiwalan, famous for the traditional sirkis, that were used in tying the Purdahs. This Bazar has now become a hub of steel utensils, machines used in restaurants, frames to make ice-cream, and much more. We take a walk through the Bazar, as it also leads to Ballimaran, that was home to one of the greatest poets of Urdu, Mirza Ghalib. Walking is a difficult task, and it is better you take the rickshaw. Just 200 metres into Sirkiwalan, and we spot the famous shop of Bade Mian Kheerwale, that has been selling this sweet for more than 100 years in this simple shop. Bade Mian’s owner, Jamaluddin Siddiqui, says that his family used to have buffaloes; once, his great grandmother cooked the excess milk

The most illustrious inhabitant was Ghalib, who lived in a Haveli that was once owned by the Nawab of Loharu – in Gali Qasim Jan. Ghalib had in fact married the sister of Nawab   Umrao Begum, as per the family tree shown in the ASI protected monument. This monument is worth a visit, although major portions of the Haveli have been built by the present owner Fakhruddin. A couple of years ago the government bought a portion of the Haveli, and dedicated it to Mirza Ghalib.

Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Chandni Chowk

in some parts of the Old city, as it has not fallen prey to ‘commercialisation’. “Old Delhi represents individuality, respect for elders, living in peace with each other, and cultural sophistication. These traits are still visible in parts of Purani Delhi,” claims Tilak Raj, while admitting that it was partition that literally jolted life here. After shaking hands and saying goodbyes as if we are old friends, we move ahead and spot the Excelsior Theatre. A Nawab was once the proud owner of this now decrepit theatre. Bade Mian had told us that the family of the Nawab is facing penury, as his two sons have expired and only ladies in the families are left behind. This perhaps is the story of many Nawab and Zamindar families, who could not move with the times. But we keep on moving, and reach the famous Hamdard Shafakhana. Bang opposite is Ballimaran - the colony of the oarsmen, who rowed the boats in the Yamuna during the Mughal times. This area was once the hub of culture, writing and art; it was frequented by the leading nobles and was home to men of literature. There has been many a midnight soiree in these parts.

Mirza Ghalib Haveli, Ballimaran

Sultan Raziya’s Tomb, Pahari Bojhilla

Hamdard Shafakhana

Fakhruddin, who sits at the gate, as if waiting for the Mirza to come back, says that the last 9 years of the poet’s life were spent here in pain and penury. “We are proud to be a part of history. Not only Ghalib, but many other nobles and great men of their time have lived in Ballimaran,” says Fakhruddin. Ballimaran has a large population of silver leaf workers, who hammer this metal into thin leaves, to be used as ‘warq’. Nearby also is the shoe market, that sells some of the cheapest handmade shoes in the entire City. After embracing the endless tales and history of Ballimaran, we decide to have tea; and not surprisingly this part of the City has a different take to it. In Old Delhi, particularly in the Muslim area, tea is brewed constantly, milk is heated separately, and it is only after the order comes that the two are mixed. People here prefer very sweet tea, that too ‘malai maar ke’. Ballimaran also has a number of Kebab sellers, and Muinuddin Kebab Wala—who comes at 8 pm every day—is the toast of the 'town'. Mohd. Yunus, a resident of the area, says that he has been to very few shops and hotels that sell such tasty and succulent Kebabs. “Meri saari family like karti hai, aur ham hafte main ek baar zaroor aate hain. Gurgaon wale bhi khaneke bahut shokeen hain, unhe yahan ke baare mein batao,” he says.

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As we move out of Ballimaran, we take a right to Lal Quan, where the palace of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s favourite queen, Zeenat Mahal, was located. The gateway of the palace, which once would have been the diamond in the crown of this area, is in tatters. It has been converted into a commercial area, with numerous wholesale shops. The real story, however, unfolds behind the gates – where the entire Zeenat Mahal has been razed to the ground, and a modern 21st century building stands tall. This is a school for girls – no doubt badly needed in this area. The palace was witness to some very

now a manufacturing and wholesale hub. Ashok Gupta, brother of the famous television actress Neena Gupta, says that many business families lived in this area in the past, but now the young generation is leaving the Old City due to the paucity of green areas and parking space. “The younger generation wants to move out, as they see new avenues of jobs and a better lifestyle. However, there are still thousands of families who are strongly rooted here, and continue to live in peace and brotherhood. Every street has its own temple, and traditional Hindu festivals are celebrated in style here,” he asserts. "Before leaving, do

Inside Chawri Bazar

Kuremal Kulfi Wala, Sita Ram Bazar

Bade Mian Kheerwale

important moments of Indian history. We decide to savour the famous chaats that this part of the City offers. It is the time to mix history with pleasure, and unravel old Delhi plate by plate. There is a huge crowd at Ashok Chatwala. There is an aroma of alu tikkis, and the colourful collage of large alus and golgappas looks great. Ajay Agarwal, a resident of the Walled City, tells us to explore Chawri Bazar, if we want to taste the real purani Delhi. We spot Hira Lal Chaat corner, that sells Kulle, a Chaat that has been made by scooping a tomato, a banana or cucumber, and filling it with spices, chick peas and masalas. It is a great appetizer. We also explore Raghuganj, where Anil Kumar Jain and his family have been making delightful fruit sandwiches since 1958. These sandwiches are something else – to be savoured only in the lanes and bylanes of Old Delhi, where the old meets the new seamlessly. Next door is Bazar Sita Ram, which also houses the historic Kucha Pati Ram. The Haksar Haveli, owned by the inlaws of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, still stands in this traditional Hindu area dominated by Banias. The area is

Nehari (Non-veg dish), Bulbuli Khana

Kake di Hatti, Chandni Chowk

not forget to savour a Kulfi from Kure Mal Kulfiwala." On to Bulbuli Khana, a predominantly Muslim area near Turkman Gate, which perhaps takes its name from the numerous Bulbuls that dominated the area. Bulbuli Khana is the place where the mausoleum of the first woman emperor of India, Razia Sultana, is located. Her sister, Shazia Begum, is said to be buried along with her, though some say that it is her associate Yakut. Maulana Hafiz Tauheed Alam, who is tending the mosque, says that the Mehrab in the wall—that is equidistant from the sides of the walls—has been built in such a manner that this structure could be used as a mosque. “In reality, whosoever delivers the prayers here benefits the dead who have been buried here, because the prayers also work for those in the other world,” says the Maulana. This mosque is 950 years old, and it looks that it go on for another 1000 years – such is the strength and simplicity of this construction. As we move out of the mosque, the Maulana tells us to visit Chitli Kabar; to reach there we will have to cross the Pahari Bojhilla, that was once the

chosen haunt of Bojhilla dacoit, who had terrorised the inhabitants of Old Delhi, says the local lore. Chitli Kabar has the mausoleum of Khwaja Mujibuddin Chishti, a close relative of the Ajmer based Chishtis. The streets in the area are sometimes not more that 2 feet wide, and it seems every house has a handicraft factory. Shahid, an artisan who allows us inside his shop as it has started pouring, says that this area is famous for leather artefacts, bead work, and traditional Chitli work that is done on metal utensils. There are a large number of shops selling utensils. A particular Paan Dan catches our fancy, and we ask the shopkeeper its price. “The price is Rs. 2,800, and it is a piece of art. There are a large number of people who still buy these Paan Dans, as eating Paan is part of our culture,” says Jagmohan Malhotra, who has been selling his wares to Muslim families for several years. A large number of foreigners also throng the lanes and bylanes of Old Delhi to buy these utensils, he says. No doubt Paans are popular here, as a large number of shops in the area sell betelnuts, tambaku and kaththa in different shapes and sizes. Such scenes can not be seen normally in our malls, where ‘sanitised’ goods are kept under video surveillance, and customers normally don’t have the time to touch and feel. Here you can touch and feel, and even then can refuse to buy. Ten rupees still has ‘respect’, as a Seekh of Kebabs can be fought for this amount in Chitli Kabar. Don’t also miss the Sutli Kebabs, that are so soft that they have to be held with fine strings. Mota Biryani Wala is another traditional stoppage for the foodie. Danish, a resident of Dariyaganj, says that he has been eating the biryani for the last several years, and never has been the combination of meat and rice so perfect.

are gone now, and this area is known more for meat shops and other eateries. “The partition destroyed everything. I witnessed the carnage, and I am proud to say today that Muslims in India are a hundred times better off than their counterparts in Pakistan,” says Rashid; adding “please write this categorically”. Tej Prakash Sharma, Manager of Shri Gauri Shankar Mandir, that is almost 8 centuries old, says, “This Temple was was first set up in a temporary structure. It was later formally built by Gangadhar, a Maharashtrian Brahmin who was a friend of Shahjahan. It came up only after Lord Shiva saved the emperor from a great enemy. Once the emperor asked the bells to be removed, as he could not sleep properly. But despite that, he could not sleep, so he asked his men to check again. They reported the removal of the bells, but the king still heard the sounds, and realised that some special power was behind all the sound in his mind,” says Sharma – adding that after that the bells were never removed. At the corner of Chandni Chowk is a famous Jain temple, that also houses the famous bird temple. Situated just opposite the Red Fort, the Temple was founded in 1656, during the reign of Shahjahan. It was only after independence that it was extensively rebuilt, and is now one of the most beautiful buildings abutting the road. The bird hospital in the temple houses 2,000 birds; they are treated, and then released when they are fit. A visit to Chandni Chowk is incomplete without paying obeisance at the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. It was here that the great Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur sacrificed his life, for refusing to embrace Islam. In 1783, a Sikh General Baghel Singh laid the foundation stone; but it remained disputed till 1930s. There is also the famous Sunehri Masjid,

Chai Wala

“The Mughals will also be delighted if they come here,” he laughs. Just ahead is Sheeren Sweets, a shop that sells mouth-watering ice cream, Phirni, and Shahi Tukda. From Chitli Qabar we move to the Jama Masjid, Gate No. 2, and on our way we find numerous shops selling biryani, meats, fish, sweets, Pakistani dresses – and one shop keeper even claimed to be selling original Peshawari chappals from Pakistan. We also spot a documentary film team, trying to film amid the chaos on the street. While moving out of the area we see a shop filled with green fodder, and lines of people buying it. It kicks our curiousity bug, and we ask the shopkeeper what this is all about; the answer surprises us. Old Delhi has almost 20,000 sheep and goats that are kept by the residents for sacrifice – and need to be fed. We take leave of this part of the City and move out towards Jama Masjid, where the famous Meena Bazar is filled with shoppers and tourists. Once upon a time the adjacent Bazar was called Urdu Bazar, and it was the cultural hub of Delhi – with Urdu language at its prime. Rashid, an 82 year old artist, says that those days

and the Central Baptist Church, on this road – standing close to each other. “We live in complete harmony,” says Sharma. Chandni Chowk of course has a number of shopping hubs, like Dariba Kalan – famous for gold and silver jewellery, the Gota and Kinari Bazar, and the numerous Katras selling clothes, suits and dresses to people from all across the world. Some famous eateries in this area include the Jalebiwala, who sells hot and mouthwatering Jalebis close to Dariba; Kishan Lal Halwai, who comes every evening to sell his mouthwatering ware, just opposite the Chabra 555 shop on the main road. One can also take a detour to Paranthe wali galli. We decide to visit Kake di Hatti, whose freshly baked naans cannot be missed by any connoisseur. We order Alu Pyaaz Nan – one large Naan is enough for two. And finally, to Gianis, for Falooda Kulfi, as the last stop in our itinerary. The charm of Old Delhi has sucked us deeper and deeper into its magical lanes. It is time to break out of this reverie—of Bade Mian’s Kheer and Sutli Kababs, the tales of the nawabs, sultans, Mughals, and the slaves—and take the Metro back to the Millennium City. u


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EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

here should be one simple way to work out our relationship with Pakistanis. What do we think Pakistanis would have done if the roles were reversed? What if India or India based/Indian RAW sponsored groups had carried out an attack like 26/11, or Kargil, or a Parliament attack, or bombings across Pakistan - for years and decades? And what if we also collaborated with the other neighbours to incite protest/violence/terrorism against Pakistan – 24x7. Further, whenever an attack took place in Pakistan, our Ministry would glibly assure all possible help, then quietly ask for proof – and in the process wash its hands clean of the mess. Meanwhile we, the Indian citizens and media, would keep making the right noises about our own problems at home, and never speak out against our govt’s/army's acts. Would the Pakistan State and army, and the people, have taken all this lying down? Would the Pakistani entertainment industry have said that they are not really impacted, that it is all a govts/armies issue; and then gone out of its way to call our artists – to star in their own movies, and to also sing and dance? Looked at another way, would Russia allow any CIS country to do to them what Pakistan has done to India? Would China allow a Taiwan to do so? Or the US a Mexico? Maybe the simple fact is that we really cannot do the same to Pak. We have little local help there. Yes, that is an inconvenient truth. Though we surely have other means.

The High Court’s strict direction on water usage in Gurgaon has had some impact. Construction activity has been stalled, till the builders make arrangements for recycled treated water from the Sewage Treatment Plants, for construction purposes. The Administration has sent notices to 81 builders, asking them to stop construction, till they are issued a confirmation letter from HUDA. The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Town and Country Planning, S.S. Dhillon has had to personally visit the construction sites, esp those around the Golf Course Extension Road. Henceforth, HUDA will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder. The water will need to be finally again treated (tertiary) at the construction site, by the builders. 25 teams are keeping vigil to ensure no ground water is used. Whoever are found not complying will have to face contempt of court proceedings. 824 illegal bore wells have already been sealed this year. Supply of water via tankers has also been prohibited, as the whole of Gurgaon District has been declared a notified area by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).

And why is this mainly happening in the Entertainment industry? Is it all for commercial reasons? And then, commerce for whom? What are the non-commercial reasons? Why Pakistanis of all people? Why not Nepalese, Bhutanese, Bangladeshis, or Sri Lankans? Is there something else at work here, other than good neighbourliness with our enemy? Forget the fact that there is no reciprocity – not that many this side are itching to go to a failed State. It is so convenient for our entertainers to say (act) that they do not really understand politics, and that it is the govts and armies that are playing spoilsport, and wanting war – ‘we, the ordinary people, only want peace; we want people to people contact – we love Pakistanis’. What a farcical statement, and what a slap on the face on our State and armed forces, and on the countless citizens killed by the machinations of that one State. Of course, when they face trouble, the same people suddenly want the State’s/Army’s protection. A Kargil (after it finishes) makes us feel ‘macho’ for a while, and makes us see the point – but only for a short while. Then commerce – or whatever – takes over. Let us remember that it is people who collectively make a nation; and the collection of people called Pakistan has attacked India – time after time. If Pakistan is also impacted, why does it not crack down on terrorists? Simple, because they have given birth to them, to fight India. The crocodile tears (and actually even they are not offered) by the Pakistan State have no meaning – the Army/ISI rules, and they are running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. The Americans learnt a little late – but took down Osama; we are yet to learn.

If the roles had been reversed, we would have hunted down the perpetrators in India, and handed them over to Pakistan on a platter – to score brownie points in the next NAM Summit. Where would you find in a country that has been attacked multiple times by another – directly by armed forces, and then with ‘jehadis’ - and where there are still open and raw wounds, an 'enlightened' civil society that wishes to go out of its way to invite, fete and promote that same attacker's citizens? We are now even willing to let the Pakistanis question the Indian witnesses on 26/11, and thus allow some ridiculous international PR exercise and nit-picking to those who perpetrated this terror. It's almost 4 years, and no closure in sight. The Pakistanis must be laughing all the way to the bank – and then bank-rolling the next ‘jehad’ against us, the sworn enemy. The soft folk are paraded in front of us, while the Army and the ISI play their hard game behind closed doors. We are the big looking boys who are too scared to fight – the sheep in wolfs’ clothing. The $ 2 trillion economy of a billion plus people that is all talk and no action. Being a nice man or country, at the cost of being taken for granted, bullied, and shot at, is not good diplomacy, or even good Gandhism. It’s time we stopped patting ourselves on the back for ‘restraint’. It now smells of cowardice. The tragedy with the govt is that while its earlier action/current inaction on many fronts is causing extreme frustration and anger, its side-step or lookaway from security matters is dangerous. Security decisions are not taken for gaining popularity, but for securing the nation at any cost. Bush was ridiculed by his ‘civil society’ for taking extreme security measures, but he protected his country and citizens (including those same civil society folk) from terrorism. There has been no repeat of a 9/11, or anything close. What seems to also be the Pak plan is to recruit a few Indian Muslims for spreading terror, to cause the entire community to be viewed in a bad light – to try and drive a wedge. It is time Pakistan realized that the Indian Muslim has seen who and what has failed; and more importantly, that the Indian Muslim is a very integral and equal part of India. Thank God for the tall and upright leaders of the freedom movement, some of whom we decry and criticize so easily; thanks specially to Nehru, who set India on the right secular path post Independence. Nobody says go to war with Pakistan on this. But do not be forced to make peace. Do not get so taken up with the virtue of restraint, so as to see it as the (only) end and not a means; and to therefore become so predictable that our enemies know they can get away with murder – as they already have, multiple times. We cannot get lulled to sleep or euphoria by some artists and singers and songs trying to portray to us the ‘true’ image and feelings of Pakistanis. They will, as before, at the next big bang, turn and look away. And wait for us to get ‘normal’ again. Just when will we get it? If we continue like this, we will only have aasha, no aman. u


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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Taming Chronic Inflammation Part 1 { Jaspal Bajwa }

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ike fire, inflammation is critical for survival – but both can be dangerous to play with. As soon as toxins or alien bugs infiltrate our body’s defences, our immune system rushes in the troops(White Blood Cells) to take on the invaders. In the fight that ensues, inflammation is a natural outcome. A robust immune system ensures that the redness, swelling and pain, associated with acute inflammation, usually subside within a matter of days. Chronic inflammation, however, is a very different ball game. Like the other ‘silent killer’(high blood pressure) it can go undetected for years, due to its low-intensity. In the initial stages, it may be exhibited through relatively mild discomforts like allergies and aches. Over a prolonged period, the barrage of negative chemicals released by chronic inflammation overwhelms our health, leading to muscle loss, premature ageing and degenerative diseases. All diseases which have the suffix ‘-itis’ ( e.g. arthritis, colitis, bronchitis ) indicate chronic inflammation. At least seven of the top 10 causes of mortality can be attributed to chronic inflammation – in the heart, liver, lungs, kidney or the brain. Most forms of cancer are also similarly linked. What contributes to this root of all major diseases ? Bluntly put – our lifestyle choices. Over 80 per cent of the factors for chronic inflamma-

tion are linked to how we choose to respond to stress, and the increasing exposure to toxins in urban life. Each choice is a potential trigger for our genes, either resulting in cellular health, or cellular stress and dysfunction. By far the largest contribution is played by diet, exercise and sleep habits. A poor diet, dripping with excessive calories, can elevate blood sugar levels and oxidative stress. On the other hand, we can buttress our defences with anti-inflammatory foods that contain carotenoids (carrots, greens, papaya, peppers, tomatoes) and flavonoids (apples, pears, most berries, cabbage, pinto beans, onion, tomatoes). Herbs like aloe vera, echinacea, garlic, ginger, licorice and turmeric also play an important role in this regard.

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Although the progress of chronic inflammation flies under the radar, and

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often goes undetected, there is a relatively easy test which can be undertaken under medical advice. This is to check for two important biomarkers for inflammation - C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and homocysteine levels in the blood. Elevated levels often signal increased risk of stroke or heart disease. Obese people are particularly susceptible.

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An important link in the chronic inflammation puzzle is Prostaglandins (PG). These are about 30 hormonelike substances our body produces. There are three types of PG. The Arachidonic acid in meat, milk and eggs produces series 2 prostaglandins, which are pro-inflammatory – as they stimulate the allergic response. PG 2 thus play an important role in managing the acute response to infections and injury. However, too much of a good thing can be counter-productive. PG 2 can also promote chronic inflammation by putting the immune response into overdrive...long after the battle with invading pathogens is over. PG 1 and 3, on the other hand, are anti-inflammatory, and help by dilating blood vessels and reducing clotting. The balance and interplay between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ PGs plays a central role in managing chronic inflammation. This, in turn, is governed by our choice of dietary fats – the building blocks of prostaglandins. In the presence of the right enzymes, vitamins and minerals, EFAs – Essential Fatty acids act as building blocks to produce prostaglandins. Two fatty acids cannot be made in our body. These are Linoleic acid (Omega 6) and Linolenic acid (Omega 3). Omega 6 fats from safflower, sunflower, corn, soya and sesame help build PG 1 . Similarly, PG 3 is made from Omega 3 fats found in cold water fish, flax, walnut and pumpkin. While both Omega 6 and 3 are important for the anti-inflammatory and immune building action of PG 1 and PG3, a critical factor often overlooked is

Health In A Tea Cup { Alka Gurha }

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ver the last few decades Green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies, to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits. Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea is grown and processed in a variety of ways, depending on the type of Green tea desired. It is also sold as ‘herbal tea’, as it does not undergo fermentation; instead, the leaves are steamed and dried.

The Green tea process preserves much of the flavonoids and antioxidants found in the fresh tea leaves; whereas the black tea varieties undergo chemical changes, which destroy most of their beneficial bioflavonoid content. The concept of drinking Green tea originated in China; the Chinese have long known of its medicinal benefits. They used it to treat several ailments – including headaches and depression. Many varieties of Green tea have been created. These varieties can differ substantially – due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.

Green Tea: Benefits

Green tea is said to stabilize cholesterol levels – by lowering the absorption of cholesterol into the digestive tract, and increasing the rate at which it is excreted. Additionally, it also ensures that your arteries are kept clean. Chemicals like Catechins and flavonoids, present in Green tea,

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are said to have a positive impact on the immune system. According to scientists, flavonoids in a cup of green tea are higher than those in the same volume of other food and drink items that are traditionally considered healthy – like fresh fruits, vegetable juices or wine. One of the notable effects of tea is that it helps you concentrate and focus. This effect is said to be due to the amino acid which gets absorbed in your gut; it travels in the blood to your brain, and helps keep you awake. The thing that is really cool is that tea doesn’t make you get all hyper – like coffee does. If you drink Green tea with nothing added, you will only consume 4 calories per cup. Some researchers say that a cup of green tea contains 'zero calories'. In the ‘worst-case scenario’, one cup of Green tea, with full cream and two spoons of sugar, has around 80 calories. As far as frequency of Green tea consumption is concerned, doctors say, “The habit of drinking excess tea should be avoided, because too much can cause giddiness or insomnia.   High tea consumption also can aggravate premenstrual syndrome.”u

Drinking tamarind (Imli) water, mixed with salt and black pepper (kaali mirch), helps in improving appetite.

the balance between the two. Modern diets have veered in favour of Omega 6s, and we consume them between 15-20 times more than Omega 3s. This contrasts with expert recommendations which are closer to 4:1. Some even go as far as to suggest an ideal ratio of 2:1 or 1:1. Interestingly, this is a factor that our ancestors seem to have intuitively known! To sum up, the most important nutritional step we can undertake to tame chronic inflammation is to eliminate the ‘bad fats’(trans-fats from hydrogenated oils and overly fried foods), and replace meat consumption with high omega 3s from cold water fish, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, chia seed, hempseed and walnuts. Further, selecting minimally processed (cold pressed) high quality fats, packed in airtight dark containers and cooked with minimal heat, goes a long way in getting the maximum benefit from this dietary choice. As a next step it would be pertinent to examine what happens once the foods enter the digestive system. What role do the bacteria in our gut play in this battle of ‘good’ over ‘bad’? See you next week... u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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Model Ageing { Anita Jaswal }

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hehla Hashmi is a living testament on how to tap one’s human potential. She is unique in her ability to overcome the effects of ageing —with her body and mind in harmony—and in focusing her energy on projects that foster her creativity. Hailing from a family of freedom fighters, from old Delhi, she grew up in an atmosphere of constant creative activities – including theatre. “My earliest memories of theatre are when my mother would help us create small children’s plays, and we would perform them in front of our neighbours; or of memorising and reciting poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ghalib, Sahir Ludhianvi and others,” reminisces Shehla. She has been part of the Jana Natya Manch, a leading street theatre group, since its inception in 1973. This group was then headed by her brother, the late Safdar Hashmi. Her husband was her brother’s friend, and they got married in 1979. What was amazing and heartening was that in spite of being from different religions, both families accepted each other

completely – without any resentment or resistance. Shehla was allowed total freedom to follow her heart. She is convinced that neither religion nor any theism is necessary in order to love another person, to be committed and honest, or to create a sound basis for a relationship. Her son is a musician, writing and playing music for the theatre. Her daughter is a theatre-trained actor, as well as a film actress – and has also lent her voice to various jingles and many musical bands. Though today Shehla is a full time ceramic artist, she is also a part of the editorial team of the street theatre journal - Nukkad Janam Samwad.   She makes costumes for her theatre group as well. “Theatre teaches us to use our voices, bodies, minds and hearts to make magic on stage; it is a creative activity through which we can express a lot. Theatre is excellent training for virtually  any  job, and

especially for school teachers.” Her tryst with clay began in 1965, when she and her brother joined the then newly opened Bal Bhawan, and learnt to kick the wheel. But it was not till the 1990s, when she left her teaching career, that she could seriously take up pottery – by joining Shri Devi Prasad’s Studio in 1995. She has been working independently since 1999. “Looking back, I realize that I came to appreciate the timelessness of this form of art. I was always fascinated by vessels that are of the earth, made by a 'kumhar' on the wheel. For me the shape is more important; and even

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aving been brought up in a family where not a day passed without us turning the pages of a book, it pains me to see that most people have lost the value of reading. Ever since I can remember, my parents had created an environment where books were treasured, and curiosity fostered. We were a family bound by a love of reading. Visits to the library were frequent, and eagerly awaited! Today, books gather dust on shelves. It is a sad fact that this City of the new millennium has hardly a proper library, and just a smattering of bookshops – which are overpriced supermarkets.  Where is the small book shop? The fine, restful place—like an antiques’ shop—where a book lover can spend his/her time; where you can rummage, and find treasures; where you can talk to the people who own the shop – who make the selections, and can tell you something about many books. Yes, all of this, without being pressured to make a purchase. It is heartening to see that some enterprising RWAs, like The Close South, Nirvana Country, have started a library called Bookworm in their complex. It was initiated as a place of interaction amongst book lovers, and to provide a platform for improving the reading skills of young readers – and developing the reading habit in them. The Library began with books, games, and CDs/DVDs donated by the residents. Ten residents got together and covered the donated books with plastic covers, catalogued them, and tagged them. The Librarian is a boy who comes from an NGO.

Reading is Fun And it has not stopped there. The Association of Apartment Owners has gone a step ahead, to allow Anuradha Kaistha—a resident— to moderate two reading clubs in the Bookworm. Anuradha has kept up with the culture of reading at home, and wanted to do her bit by spreading it outside. She is extremely grateful to the AOA for allowing her this opportunity. The Adults’ Book Club, or reading group, began with 7 women members. The group consists of various types of readers – some of whom are avid, and others who are getting back to the habit after a long gap. The coming together resulted from an underlying desire to read, and share the experience with like-minded people. It is also the result of an endeavour to make the library popular amongst the residents. The group meets once a week at the library, to discuss a common book being read. Presently the group is reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.   The interaction becomes extremely enriching, as each

one shares her perspective and thoughts – and at times shares anecdotes from her personal life as well. The topics for discussion, before every meet, are circulated via e-mail by Anuradha, and the members come prepared with notes in their reading logs. Anuradha also moderates The Kids’ Book Club, at the same venue. This has recently begun, with 10 members in the age group of 8-9 years. The children are good readers, and enjoy reading. The book being read currently is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Here the book is read aloud together, once a week, at the Library. Interesting activities have been planned, to make the sessions fun, and help kids connect to the book better. Though she is doing her bit, Anuradha feels there’s a lot more to it than mere reading. The most important thing that parents can do is to talk, and read aloud, to their children. During the toddler and preschool years, it is critical to provide children with reading experi-

today I feel I have to improve. Glazing and decorating of pots became important much later.” With more than 17 years of experience in the world of pottery, her work is wheelthrown, glazed and fired in her own studio. Functional wheel work is her area of interest. From bowls and plates to lamps and jugs, all are wheel-thrown and hand-built stoneware. Using dark and light clay bodies, each piece is glazed lovingly in earthtone hues. Rather than contemporary pottery, she focuses on creating traditional pottery. Besides organising workshops and exhibitions, she takes classes for adults in her studio. “If you enjoy your craft, enjoy making things, do your work as best as you can, there will be enough people who will appreciate your work,”  she muses; and adds, “It is so ironic that I can work for hours on end while focusing on a creative endeavour, yet feel overly exhausted after half an hour of watching TV.  I can feel an amazing degree of enthusiasm and freshness, even after back-wrenching hours on the wheel...it must be due to my creative streak running free! I want to be physically active and doing creative work till my last day," she signs off. u

ences – and this is best begun by parents reading aloud to their children. She says, “It has been documented that reading aloud can give a boost to academics.  We can improve our children’s literacy skills – that include reading, predicting, writing, speaking, and listening. Children can listen to stories well beyond their reading level, and understand and enjoy them. It’s like a scholastic vitamin. Aside from that, imagine the thrill of curling up with your kids, and taking off into an adventure together – with Charlie or Harry Potter, or through the wardrobe into Narnia! Once the child is familiar

with alphabets and words, books will be his/her companion for life. And it’s practically free.  So get to the library.  All it costs is the energy and will to go there.  Pick up a book ­and read.” Inspired by all this, a similar club, Reading is Fun, has started in Devender Vihar, Sector 56. It is amazing how much children want to read, given the right guidance. We need more such reading clubs, promoting the importance of reading for pleasure. We need to help children explore magical worlds and images and characters – and to go down intriguing rabbit holes of imaginations! u

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{ Bhavana Sharma }

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ccording to fengshui, the auspiciousness of giving and taking—or displaying articles— is always done in pairs. Dragons are shown either as the two dragons frolicking with the eternal pearl, or a dragon and a phoenix – to symbolise conjugal happiness. Symbols work because they resonate with certain energy, and they connect with your subconscious mind. Symbols that have a personal significance for us are the most important, and we can have them around the home. Mandarin ducks symbolise the happiness and joy of love, and are also always shown in pairs. They are available in ceramics or crystals, or as brush paintings; and they are never featured alone. You will never find paintings with three birds drawn on them. Other symbols of love are butterflies, although they are not used in fengshui; placing these creatures around the hose can result in some sort of tragedy for the household members. Some other meaningful symbols are the double fish, which is a very lucky symbol; and a pair of footsteps, that can signify Buddha’s footsteps. This expresses karmic happiness and prosperous rebirths, according to the Chinese masters.

Keep Things In Pairs Keep paired objects around the house if you are looking for a suitable partner, or want to invite romance into your life. The mandarin ducks can help encourage young love, while the yin and yang balls symbolise the ultimate union between man and woman.

Here are some common  feng shui symbols  that can be kept in pairs, for activating luck.  Goldfish or koi  Fish  Water and/or water features  Plants  Coins and money  Sailing ships  Wood and wood elements  Moving objects like wind chimes, banners, flags  Frogs  Planes  Sky

 Kites  Flowers  Valuable possessions  Bamboo  Your most precious valuable objects

Right Placement Of Objects

Space ~ Make room for love energy, by literally creating space. Clean out your medicine chest, dresser drawers, and closet. Clear clutter from under the bed, nightstands, or bookshelves. Matching Pairs  ~ Replace single items with matching pairs: a pair of dolphins, two red or pink candles, two hearts made of rose quartz, a pair of doves, or two gold rings. Pink Stuff ~ Pink is the colour of love in feng shui, and can assist in holding love energy for you. You can keep it as simple as adding a pink sticky note, or as elaborate as decorating the entire area in pink. The choice is up to you – just to clearly state and reinforce your intent. Round Things ~ In Feng Shui, circles symbolise unending, eternal love – nice to have around in the relationship area.

Power of Personal Appearance { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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eople that are feeling a bit down on their luck—or simply having a pessimist outlook on life—may find it hard to evaluate themselves in order to move forward in a positive direction. But, if you are tired of doing things that do not work for you, then this would be a good time to evaluate your life. Try and move forward by controlling the effect of appearance on yourself and others. It is time for transformation – an education on how to manage one’s image and fall in self-love. Image is inside out. One can boost selfesteem by maintaining a required image or appearance, through elements like clothes, body language, etiquette, health & fitness, and grooming. These resources work well for developing social, verbal & non-verbal communication, and life skills. For experiencing the power of personal appearance, it is important to work on an Image plan: Clothing: Dress authentically, for yourself as an individual – for your personality. Personal style puts the focus on the person, describing who you are – and develops in response to your lifestyle, your personality traits and moods, and your values, attitudes, and interests. Dress appropriately for the group, the occasion, and the purpose or goals at hand. Appropriate dressing in different situations creates a communication of authority, stability, trustworthiness or approachability. Dress attractively for your physical body. There are eight different body shapes, and many variations within them. Choose your clothes as per your body shape, so that you can create an attractive image. When you appear attractively dressed, personally authentic, and appropriate for the occasion, you will act more secure, at ease, mannerly, competent – and naturally able to give your best.

Grooming: Learn to manage grooming aids as a resource, as a tool to help you think, feel, and act your personal and/or professional best. You can’t afford to act awkward, insecure, submissive, out-of-place, or out-of-order. A well-groomed appearance is one of the most effective ways to improve behaviour, and enhance performance level or productivity. Body Language: It is not just the words you say that people hear. Your body language is at the foundation of all communication. Before the human race could speak with their words, they spoke with their bodies. People use a bunch of different methods for getting ideas across. Here are five simple tips you for body language. 5. Keep eye contact. 4. Try and make sure you face people with the front of your body as much as you can. 3. Direct with an open hand – palms slightly up and outward is seen as open and friendly. 2. Maintain a good posture. 1.   Make sure you smile. Etiquette: It is really about being kind, considerate, empathetic and respectful. Practicing of the right etiquette, at any networking event, can be one of the most effective ways to increase awareness of who you are, and what you do. It is the etiquette that establishes a relationship, and which truly makes a person interesting, desirable, referrable, and buyable. Research in psychology, sociology, family and consumer science shows a direct correlation between how one appears, and how one thinks, feels, acts or behaves – and how others react or respond. The personal appearance communicates to the individual, as well as to others. Appear Right-It Always Works ! u Certified Image Consultant

Eggs as symbols

Place a pair of eggs on your nightstand. This cure is good for couples who want a child, because it combines loving vibrations contained in the ovoid shape – that symbolises fertility and new life. Two Rose Quartz PiecesOn your dressing table place rose quartz objects, as they contain subtle vibrations that affect the emotions, to strengthen feelings of affection. This cure also uses the number two, to encourage affection between you and your partner. Placement of Chi BallsChi balls are an ancient form of carving from China. Sometimes called ‘puzzle balls’ or ‘mystery balls’, they have an intertwined dragon and phoenix carved outside, and four layers inside - each layer inside is completely detached and moveable. The four layers signify the four directions or elements of the earth. The dragon and phoenix represent our male/female energies, showing our ability to master earthly events and situations. Place two chi balls in the south west of your bedroom or living room. That will bring you a great

{ Alka Gurha }

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Articles To Avoid

Stuff from the Past  ~ If you are looking for new love energy, you’ve got to cut the ties to the past. Throw out the old love letters, gifts and trinkets. If you absolutely cannot part with them, ask a friend to store them for you, until you attract the new love relationship. Single Items  ~ If you are single and seeking a love relationship, you can obtain fast results by removing any art in the home that depicts a single woman. If you have an expensive portrait of yourself, give it to a friend or relative to hold for you. Portraits of single women attract single attitudes and energies. Hang some art which includes happy couples, or use sculptures of a couple embracing. Picture of Three ~ Never hang a family portrait directly facing the door. Also never hang photographs of family members facing the toilet. And, three in a picture is never recommended, for friendships and love. In fact, in the good old days, artists were never allowed to paint three comrades in one picture. Such pictures can create conflict between family members, as well as between friends and lovers. u Tarot Reader, Author

Over-Cooked

he cookery shows on television have become my nemesis. Just when I am about to serve dinner the family tunes into ‘Master Chef Australia’, and torments me in more ways than one. Who wants to nibble on the humble dal-roti, when the eyes are savouring quiches, crepes, ravioli or sushi? After a Gurgaon resident featured in the Indian version of the ‘Master Chef’, the pressure to churn out ‘divine food’ for the family has intensified further. For starters, the irony of my cooking is that I have been accused of watching too many cookery shows, but the outcome has never been worth the effort. “It’s nice. But not like the one they showed on TV,” says my son. “Ma…why can’t you cook like them?” I am tempted to ask, “And when did you taste the one cooked on TV?” As I look towards the husband for some generous helping, “Well tried” is all I get. I recognize he’s winging it. The consequence is evident when no one opts for a second helping. A delicious tele-tyranny is the unabashed self-admiration by the chefs on television. I squirm when they keep exulting “Aww, look at this…! Absolutely amazing! Wow! I simply love this…splendid…hmm…heavenly!” Agreed, all the ‘Ahhs’ and the ‘Oohs’ help the viewer to salivate, and to come back asking for more. Unfortunately, unlike the celebrity chefs, I am unable to dress my culinary creations in hyperbole. Yes, I can very well stick to my dal-roti and forget all about exotic cooking. But food continues to have a visceral hold on most of us. And with frequent guests, my social reputation is always at stake. What irks me is that the recipes churned out by the celebrity chefs are always delectable - never over-cooked, never over-salted, and never over-fried. Also, when I am about to add those dollops of butter, or a generous spoon of cashew paste, the high triglyceride levels restrain my hand. Like inflation, they refuse to go down. Another advantage that the television chefs have is that they don’t have to answer doorbells, update status messages, or attend to phone calls in the midst of cooking sessions. With all the ingredients washed, diced and chopped beforehand, it is easy to waltz into the kitchen, and finish preparing three dishes in thirty minutes flat - including the commercial breaks. I would love to watch these chefs straddle their cooking with the maid, the kids, the husband, the electrician and the courier guy. Their boast is sure to be deflated, like my chocolate cakes. Yet, despite odds, my struggle to dish out absolutely divine food continues. I promise to stew in my misery, than trim the expectations. And despite the odds, I am not giving up on my dream of featuring in the coming season of the Indian version of Masterchef ... u


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Fitness Training

exercise. Stretching exercises reduce the risk of injury, increase the range of motion, and serve as a good warm up to vigorous exercise. Freedom of movement is an important factor for fitness.

Static-Strength Training:

This is an Anaerobic exercise. It is also known as Isometrics – it involves the contracting of muscles without moving any joints. These exercises help us increase and maintain our muscle strength and tone.

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itness is a religion. It is a lifelong pilgrimage, and all those who seek health and well being must commit themselves to the journey. Exercise is like a prayerthere is no reason to pray if you’re not a believer. You must believe in the intrinsic value of health, in looking and feeling good. It is widely accepted that regular physical activity is highly beneficial to long-term health – both physical and psychological. What would you say if someone told you that you could reduce the risk of major illnesses—such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes—by 50 per cent; and early death, dementia and depression by up to 30 per cent? This sounds utopian, but the simple panacea is ‘exercise’. For the greatest overall health benefits, experts recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three to five times a week, and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain substantial health benefits by undertaking 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a day, at least five times a week.

Dynamic Strength Training:

Types of Fitness Training: Aerobic Training:

Aerobic training consists of a rhythmic sequence of exercises, which combine the larger and smaller muscle groups in a progressive, systematic format. As we breathe faster and deeper, our heart rate increases and the cardiovascular system strengthens. The exercise heart rate should elevate to 60-90 per cent of the age predicted maximum heart rate. Examples of Aerobic exercises are jogging and swimming.

Flexibility Training:

Developing a healthy flexibility allows us to move better, and keep muscles supple and responsive to the demands of daily activities and

Sonia Sharma, DSD College

Circuit Training:

This is a form of exercise that uses Resistance training and high intensity Cardio at the same time. It is good for building strength and endurance. It is also an extremely efficient training method when there is no access to gym equipment. Examples of such training are burpees, push-ups, pull-ups, squats. Fitness and exercise concepts are catching on fast in India – as more people are realising the benefits. There are also various interesting forms of exercise being undertaken in the various gyms of Gurgaon, apart from Aerobics – like Zumba, Kick-boxing... Let’s all work towards a fitter Gurgaon. u Certified Reebok Fitness Trainer and a Certified Zumba Trainer

Makeup For Teenage Girls { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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akeup is a great tool to enhance your natural beauty. The cosmetic sections of departments and drugstores are filled with swirling pots of shimmery, bright potions in beautiful reds, blues, greens, gold and silver. Teens should keep make up choices simple, to show-off your natural beauty. Here are some makeup tips for teens, to enhance your best features, and achieve the look that is best for you. Polishing Your Skin: Take care of your complexion, and make it a habit for a lifetime. Always cleanse your skin, to remove make-up and oils, before going to sleep at night. Use gentle scrubs, and try weekly purifying masks, that help keep pores clear and skin fresh. Teens don’t need foundation just dot on a concealer to cover up any blemishes. Let your Eyes brighten: Your eyes are the windows to your soul. Drinking water and eating right helps to keep your eyes clear and bright. Just use a pencil to create dots between the lashes, smudging gently for a more natural look. Be careful when plucking your brows – over-plucked eyebrows look unnatural. Use an eyebrow pencil a shade or two lighter than your natural brows. Finish by using an eyebrow comb or a toothbrush, to comb brows in the same direction, for a finished look. Perfect Lips: Determine

shades that are best for your colour. Apply a little lip balm to a toothbrush and gently brush the lips – to remove any loose skin, and prepare the lips for applying lip gloss. Neutral colours look good on both cool and warm complexions. Experiment with new flavours, and darker shades for evening or special occasions. Wrapping hair: There are a lot of options for hair. One can have long, layered waves, or short and straight also. Massage your hair with olive oil or coconut oil once a week, before shampooing. Set your front hair with a dryer, to achieve a neat and manageable look.

Don’t ignore nails: Just make sure you keep nails clean, and of the same length. If you do want to paint them, don’t keep the polish on until half of it is chipped away. People tend to judge others by the care they put into their hands and feet, so go for that manicure and pedicure also. Always keep in mind that make-up is meant to be fun. Have fun trying out these makeup tips for teens. u (Certified Image Consultant)

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Helber The Sandman

eal sandmen can see enormous mountains or endless beaches in the smallest grains. They immediately recognize the white of the Copacabana, or the dust of Mount Everest. They collect the whole world in small glass jars. Daniel Helber is one of these arenophiles (one who collects sand samples). He has a collection of grains of sand from 243 countries and regions – from rivers and lakes, from grottos and mountains, deserts, dunes and even from the deepest seas. “I collect everything that can fit into one of my jars,” says the 36-year old. His collection of 5,000 samples includes grass-green Olivine crystal sand from the southern cape of Hawaii, and blue Sodalite sand from Namibia. The expert can differentiate between 250 samples from 130 countries. Helber is still on the lookout for sand from South Sudan. “That’s the only country in the world from which I do not have sand.” In contrast, he has plenty from the nearby Baltic Sea. That’s a pity for the Polish seaside resort of Leba. The resort’s authorities are encouraging tourists to take sand

“Art Is Cool” { Chris Melzer / New York / DPA }

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ew York’s most important exhibitions happen twice a year—at the spring and autumn offerings of the big auction houses; but there is a lot of Art in the City, beyond the mainstream. For New York street artists, James Rizzi is not dead – even though the world famous star of Pop Art died in December, aged 61.  The mostly young— and sometimes older— painters in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art continue to celebrate their idol with colourful, angular, fun work –

attract attention to Art, and that prompts a broad interest.” Galleries are there to help, and they are constantly on the lookout for new artists and fresh material. After all, that is their business. And they find a willing audience.       “People tell themselves, ‘Hey, I can’t afford a Van Gogh, but I should definitely have an original work over the couch.’ This also benefits small artists, who sell pictures for a couple of hundred dollars – or even less.” Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Principal Auctioneer, is convinced there is big money

Alexander Gilkes and Aditya-Julka, of Paddle 8.

that perfectly describes their city. Not very far from them, Modern Art sells for millions of dollars. New York remains a sort of capital city for Art and Art dealing. “Art is cool!” says Alexander Gilkes. The Co-founder of the online gallery, Paddle 8, thinks the interest in paintings and sculptures, installations and photographs is perennial. “Big stars are a safe bet. People who just want to make an investment cannot get it wrong,” says the Englishman. “But Art is not just investment, it is also a wonderful ingredient in our lives.” If one looks at it this way, the almost 120 million dollars that were paid in May for Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ can be explained rationally. “The money is still there as art value; and it also gives pleasure,” says Gilkes. How does that affect the broader scene – the minor artists? “It has a magnetic effect,” says Gilkes. “The superstars

there. He sold ‘The Scream’ for a record figure, despite all the talk about crisis and budget cuts. “The Art market is disconnected from the rest of the economic situation. Collectors have the money, and often just wait for a good opportunity,” Meyer says. Besides, buyers are coming from new places – like India and China, Brazil and Mexico. It remains to be seen whether people who grow up in a virtual world will retain an interest in originals. Will the Facebook generation continue to buy paintings and sculptures? For Aditya Julka—who founded Paddle 8 with Gilkes—the answer is obvious. “We are witnessing an attraction to Art among the young people. Those who stare at a computer screen all day will probably want to, at least in the evenings, sit under something they can call an original,” says Julka. u

home. Wind and waves bring too much to what locals call the “Polish Sahara.” Fifty-metre-high wandering dunes are swallowing up woodland, and the port is close

to sanding up. But the situation on the German North Sea island of Sylt is the complete opposite. Sylt is constantly losing sand – with waves gnawing relentlessly at its coast. Every year the island needs to have sand pumped back on to its beaches. But help is near. The campaign, “Sand for Sylt”, is calling on visitors to buy one kilogram of industrial sand, and disperse it on their next visit to the island. Perhaps Leba should start a partnership with Sylt. Other islands around the world are trying to protect their ever thinning beaches through strict regulations. It is forbidden on the Canary islands to remove any sand. The never-ending stream of visitors to Mallorca’s splendid beach, Es Trenc, has been blamed for reducing its width to just a few metres in places. Sandman Helber is against removing sand from “endangered” beaches. “Many tourists take it with them by the kilo. I don’t think that’s right. But sometimes it’s just in your socks by chance,” he says. u

How Does Michelle’s Garden Grow?

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he broccoli on US President Barack Obama’s dinner plate comes from the White House’s own vegetable garden – a 140-sq.m plot – that First Lady Michelle Obama hopes will set an example for healthy eating. Since the beginning of her husband’s term in office Michelle Obama has made healthy eating her ethos. She hopes it will change things in the country – where an estimated one in three children is obese. Michelle Obama got busy working on the garden two months after the Obamas moved in to the White House. For the first time since World War II the President’s home would have its own proper vegetable garden. And it would be more than just a herb garden, like the one started in the 1970s— when Jimmy Carter was President; or a mini-garden, like the one President Bill Clinton had in the 1990s. Michelle got help from 23 schoolchildren on the first day of spring in 2009, when she grabbed her shovel. Initially, the First Lady was worried whether it was a good idea, she says in

her garden book, ‘American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America’ – which came out a few months ago. She wasn’t even sure whether they were allowed to plant a garden on land that belongs to the National Park Service. She also didn’t know whether the soil in the middle of Washington DC was fertile, and received enough sunlight. As it turned out, occasional torrential rain threatened the plants the most. Michelle was able to solve that problem – by putting down a protective layer of straw. Depending on the season, all kinds of food grows in the garden, only a few metres from the Oval Office – from peas to spinach, marigold and broccoli, to red potatoes and four types of lettuce and rhubarb. The garden produces more than 330 kilograms of vegetables per year, according to an official estimate. Much of it is served at

Cardboard Cops { Hong Kong / DPA }

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ardboard figures of police officers began their first day of duty on Hong Kong roadsides, in an initiative to fool law-breaking motorists into reducing their speed. The two figures—one Police officers Leung Wai (left) and holding a clipboard and the Sergeant Sit Ching-Fung, pose with other a radar speed gun— their cut-out figures. are life-sized replicas of two have previously been sucreal Hong Kong traffic policemen, and are being rotated cessfully used to reduce trafamong sites that have high fic accident rates in Britain, Canada and mainland China. accident rates. However, a similar initiative The figures are weather-proof and made partly of aluminium, in the Czech Republic, in 2010— and cost the equivalent of 650 using cardboard figures of an US dollars each to make. More attractive policewoman in a would be ‘recruited’, if the trial miniskirt—backfired, distractproject is successful, a police ing male motorists and reportedly leading to a doubling of spokeswoman said. Cut-outs of police officers accidents in some locations. u

the White House, with some going to the First Lady’s family. Sam Kass, the President’s cook, says that he goes into the garden almost every evening to pick up something. Food that isn’t eaten at the White House goes to a charity – that gives it away to needy people. The garden is more of a hobby, but Mi-

chele would also like it to act as a reminder to young Americans to eat healthy food. American children face an epidemic of obesity, according to numerous studies and warnings. Michelle’s garden is meant to help start a debate about how healthy eating habits can have a good effect on children. u

Space Probe to Jupiter’s Moon { Wolfgang Jung / Moscow / DPA }

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ussia and the European Space Agency (ESA) are planning a major scientific mission – to Jupiter’s icy moon, Ganymede. The measuring probe should reach the rocky moon—which has a surface temperature of -160°Celsius— in 2030. The mission’s aim is to analyse the magnetic field of the moon, and look for traces of life. The ESA recently announced it would send an Ariane-5 rocket to Jupiter in 2022,– Atullya from its spaceport in Purohit, V B, South u School BlueAmerica. Bells Model


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Quirky Sydney Restaurant { Sid Astbury / Sydney / DPA }

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ukako Ichikawa wants to change the world – one meal at a time. Her Japanese restaurant in Sydney has rules to avoid waste, and make dining-out a guilt-free experience. You cannot get in without bringing a re-usable plastic container – to take home any leftovers. Fill that tiny saucer with any more soy sauce than you need, and you will get told off. “Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten, except lemon slices, wasabi and sushi ginger,” Ichikawa says.

Yukako Ichikawa, 45, brings out two platters of food in Wafu, which has strict rules. guilt-free experience.

To be free to order anything from the menu, rather than being restricted to the set meals, you have to be a member. Ichikawa decides who will be a member. Only members can make bookings and bring guests. “It’s like a private club,” says Robert, who, with partner Chris, eats at Wafu most days. “I think you’ve got to believe in it, otherwise it’s not worth coming here.” Rachel, who is also a

member, says potential customers can read the rules at the door, and decide whether to accept them or eat elsewhere. “It’s very clear what her ethos is; if you don’t like it, you can go somewhere else,” she says. Both Robert and Rachel concede that some potential customers are offended by Ichikawa’s blunt manner. To some, Ichikawa is an irritating, environmental zealot, who is out of place in the catering business. Why should paying customers be harangued about their eating habits, and restricted to set meals, until considered worthy of ordering for themselves? And what sort of catering establishment demands diners to spare the soy sauce? But closure—if it comes to that—will be a heavy blow for those who look at food the way Ichikawa does. “She’s changed our lives,” says Robert. “I think she’s a pioneer, and in about 20 years, there’s going to be a lot more of these types of restaurants.” Despite the criticism, members are showing their loyalty, as some fear it is on the endangered list. True disciples find it hard to contemplate life without Wafu. “I think there are a lot of people who want to eat guilt-free food, and go home feeling great about it,” Robert says. “We find it hard to eat when she’s closed. Sundays and Mondays are really tough days for us.” Rachel, who also knows the menu by heart, shares the view that Ichikawa has hit on a formula – that is perfect for some people. “I think it encourages a sense of community within the restaurant, because it encourages everybody to embrace the same ideas that it’s a good philosophy, a different way of eating.” u

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Trendy Bubble Tea { Nina C Zimmermann / Vienna / DPA }

addition, the combination of fruity flavours, with balls that burst in the eople carrying ‘drinks to go’ are mouth, is a novelty. The base ingredient is either black common in nearly every city in the world. Usually it’s coffee. or green tea. Milk is added, then the But if the cup they carry is trans- syrup-filled balls—known as popparent, and full of small balls with ping bobas—and finally the straw a wider-than-normal straw sticking – with a diameter just wide enough out, what they have is – a trendy for the balls to fit through one at a time. Bubble tea originated in Taidrink called bubble tea. To order a bubble tea, customers wan. It’s been available there for about 25 years, says have to make a lot Andrea Warnecke Tan. Gradually, it of decisions. Black has made its way tea or green? With or to Europe. without milk? Mango, While Germans preblueberry or another fer the various fruit flavoured fruit syrup? syrups with popping Fruit gelatin or tapioca bobas, the Taiwanballs filled with syrup, ese favour standard to top it off? The numbubble tea with milk ber of combinations is and tapioca pearls. almost unfathomable. The pearls are made Apparently, teenagers Bubble Tea is becoming increasfrom starch, extracted have less of a problem ingly popular in Europe. from the manioc plant. comprehending, beRuetzler might not yet call bubble cause they are its biggest fans. “From the packaging and the tea a true trend, but it is a fad. Howidea, bubble tea is a youth product,” ever, fads come and go. With a bit of says Food Trend Researcher and Health luck, bubble tea could be successful Psychologist, Hanni Ruetzler of Vien- in establishing itself as a “sensual na, where bubble tea outlets are open- food,” says Ruetzler. For her tastes, the ing fast. The basic drink is a sweet fruit syrup is too sweet. But, if it could liquid, that is colourful and in- be made without the syrup, a new drink tense in flavour, thus satisfying the experience might be discovered. “I can imagine it as an aperitif, a desyouthful palate. Tan Huynh of BoBo Q says his sert or a drink between courses,” customers are 12 to 18-years-old. The she says. That, however, might take a while. drink is popular with that age group, for So far only one major fast food chain more than one reason. The design of the cup is something entirely new, has jumped on the bandwagon, and put an absolute eye-catcher, says Tan. In bubble tea on its menu. u

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Digital Mirror For Audi’s E-Tron { Ingolstadt, Germany / DPA }

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ily German engineers have got around the fact that Audi’s amazing R8-tron electronic super-sportscar has no rear window – by fitting it with a digital version. The device uses a colour camera and monitor system, and is said to deliver images that are both crystal clear and brilliant in colour. Audi says the compact, ultra-lightweight camera sits inside an aerodynamic housing – which is electrically heated in cold temperatures. The high-

tech display also covers a much larger field of vision than a conventional rearview mirror. The monitor uses technology from Samsung – that has already been used in mobile phones, but has not yet been tried out on a car. The driver can dim or deactivate the display as required, and a control system prevents dazzle from other car headlights. The innovative rear-view mirror made its debut on the e-tron quattro and R18 ultra racing cars, which gave Audi a one-two-three win in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours Race. u

1. I need your help. - Qing, Bang Wo 

Qing – ching (ch as in chhatri, ‘umbrella’ in Hindi) Bang - pang (pronounced as taang (‘leg’ in Hindi), with a P Wo – ‘that’ in Hindi

2. I have lost my phone. - Wo Shouji Tiu Le

Shou - sh+ow Ji – chi (sound as in chicken) Diu – soft ti, as in titli, (butterfly in Hindi)+u, as in ullu, (owl in Hindi) Le – the sound of the alphabet L, in Hindi 


3. I need a taxi/cab. - Wo Yao Da Di

Yao – ya+O (sound of the alphabet ‘O’) Dadi – soft ta, as in tara, (‘star’ in Hindi)+ soft ti, as in titli, (‘butterfly’ in Hindi)

4. It is an emergency. - Wo You Jishi You – sounds like ‘your’ in English, without ‘R’ Ji – chi (sound as in chicken) Shi – pronounced as shir, as in shireen, without ‘een’

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