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Vol. 1 No. 25  Pages 24  ` 7

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319

Welcome To Gurgaon II The Gurgaon II proposition has similarity with the development of colonies around the Outer Ring Road in South Delhi – eg. Panchshila Park, GK II – decades ago. Around Southern Peripheral Road – Sectors 58 to 80 “You want to plan for your future in Gurgaon; you want to shift out of your current residence within 2/3 years”

 The SPR will extend from Badshahpur Chowk, and reach NH-8, and it would be 75 m wide, with service lanes on either side. The Golf Course Extension road will connect Badshahpur Chowk to Golf Course Road, and will be a part of the Southern Peripheral Road.  This road is the connection to Faridabad, Sohna, New Delhi, and other developed parts of Gurgaon.

Around Northern Peripheral Road – Sectors 81 to 115 “You want to invest in the future Gurgaon”

 18 km long road, connecting Dwarka with NH8, via Bijwasan, New Palam Vihar and Garhi Harsaru.  210 m wide, with 30 m of green strip, as well as two service lanes on either side.  Commercial belt: Sec 105, 106, 109, 110, 110A, 111, 112, 113  Public utilities: Sec 100 and 101  Commercial usage: Sec 88 and 114 Special Feature – Pages 1, 2, 23, 24   Institutions: Sec 115


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UNITECH in Gurgaon-II (SECTOR 69, 70, 71 & 72)

SECTORS 58-115

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Surya Tower

Surya in Sanskrit means the sun. Surya Tower is iconic, suave and inspiring – and a true marvel of sophisticated technology. With bourgeois architecture and a clean glass façade, it has got a luxurious double height entrance lobby. It’s truly an achievement of modern day engineering. The building, with high speed panoramic glass elevators, has a neo-classical aura; and offers options of Studio, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 BHK condos and luxurious Penthouses.

Tapas Townhouses

Tapas in Sanskrit means the heat of spiritual ecstasy. Ethereal décor, intricate detailing, imbued with the allure of modern and classical art – the Tapas Townhouses at Revanta have been crafted to let you indulge yourself in opulence, luxury and elegance. They have double height entrance lobbies, other than terraces and gardens on some floors.

Key Features Of Revanta

♦ Infinity Pool and fine dining experience on the Skybridge on the 46th Floor, overlooking the Aravallis. ♦ Amatrra Clubhouse, with world class facilities like Sauna, Steam, Jacuzzi, Swimming, Treatments etc ♦ Private Masseur, Private Yoga, Private Treatments (On Call ♦ Tablet-controlled Home Automation ♦ Earthquake resistant building ♦ Automated car wash ♦ Valet parking ♦ 3 tier security ♦ Advanced fire fighting/fire alarms/smoke detection system installed in the Tower ♦ Laundromat for quick washing ♦ A mini theatre to watch your favourite movies ♦ 24x7 Power back up ♦ Various game arenas

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Earth Town

109

NPR

101 104

SS Almeria

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114

110

105

112

110A

113

Sidhartha Luxuria Residecy

111

Puri Diplomatic Greens

87 86

Raheja Revanta

85

Mapsko Paradise Gurgaon

Vatika Urban Homes

S E Z

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81A

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Winter Hills

Unitech Alder Grave

DLF Alameda

DLF Corporate Greens

Unitech Exquisite 78

Emaar MGF Palm Hills

India Bulls Enigma

SECTORS 1-23A

Unitech Willows

Today Green Canary

80

Mahindra Aura Phase 4

Emaar MGF Palm Gardens

83

82A

BPTP Amstoria

Bellevue Residence

82 R PU

RAILWAY LINE

Orris Carnation Residency

88

81

Godrej Frontier

115

103

102

100

SS The Coralwood

90

102A

99

94

Vipul Lavanya Gurgaon

JA

108

India Bulls Centrum Park

Vatika Independent Floors

Park View Grand Spa

107

Era Cosmos

Vatika Aster, Acacia and Laurus

Anantraj Macaeo

IMT MANESAR

TO

Landmark The Residency

S E Z

DLF Plots Sector 90,91 Ansal APIF FernHill

DLF Garden City

Era Sector 86

USPs

Talking about the USPs of REVANTA, Nayan Raheja says, “REVANTA has been meticulously designed keeping in mind the taste and aesthetic sensibility of a high-end consumer, who appreciates a good quality life. A sky bridge on the 46th floor has been created to capitalise on the great Aravalli Range views. Alonside will be an infinity pool, and a fine dining restaurant as well. This is similar to the acclaimed Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.” Apart from unique features like home automation to control lighting, curtains, climate control etc., other top end features include imported marble floorings, imported kitchen, imported sanitary ware and fittings, false ceiling, concealed ducted air-conditioning - luxury features catering to clients with an exuberant taste.

Uppal G99

98

Raheja Shilas

NAJAFGARH DRAIN

Parkwood Westend

SKM Cambrian Forest

Ansal Fern Hills

Raheja Atharva

BPTP Amstoria

97

DELHI

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REVANTA, the project, derives its name from the Rig-Veda. Revanta is the youngest son born to god Surya and his wife Saranya, and is the divine master of Horses, the deity of the warriors. The Project, with many firsts—including being one of the tallest buildings of India (with 56 floors)—will be built by “ARABTECH”, the renowned construction company that built “ Burj Khalifa” of Dubai, the tallest building in the world. The project boasts of the largest and highest sky bridge in India, offering a panoramic view of the Aravallis – with fine dining at the 46th floor. Its clubhouse will be managed by the awardwinning most luxurious, Spa Chain “AMATRRA SPA” – offering an unimaginable and unprecedented standard of lifestyle to the clients! Spread over an area of 18.72 acres, REVANTA comes with an option of the high rise “SURYA TOWER”, and the low rise TAPAS TOWNHOUSES – comprising of 2,3,4,5 and 6 BHK condominiums and penthouses, starting at a cost of approximately Rs. One Crore. Towering high in Sector 78, Gurgaon, REVANTA is located just off the NH8 – near the intersection of Northern Periphery Road, Southern Periphery Road, and NH8. The Project is in close vicinity of the proposed Metro Line. It is surrounded by a host of planned 5 star Hotels, Golf Courses, Shopping Malls and Office Developments.

Sobha International City

Raheja Vedas

PATTO AU D

One Of The Tallest Skyscrapers Of India

♦ Secured gated community with modern clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool and security features such as smart card (PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH WILD access, CCTV surveillance FLOWER COUNTRY TOWNSHIP IN & intercom facility. ♦ Located adjacent to 150 me- SECTOR 70 GURGAON) ter Southern Periphery Road in proximity with already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road & Golf Course Extension Road. ♦ 3/4 BHK Independent floors ♦ Price: Rs. 93 lacs onwards

SULTANPUR BIRD SANCTUARY

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Unitech Espace Premiere

74A

75A

72A

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NH 8

Tata Primanti

TOLL PLAZA

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BPTP Astaire Garden Parkwood Esplanade

Unitech South Park Unitech Anthea Floors Unitech Crestview Unitech Vistas

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he expansion of Gurgaon, along the northern and southern peripheries (Sectors 58 to 115), has offered a new hope to home buyers – in light of the high costs in the core city area. As per the Master Plan, 14,390 hectares have been reserved for residential use, whereas 5,441 hectares have been reserved for industry, 4570 for SEZs, and 1404 hectares for commercial usage. Many developers (almost 50) have announced projects along both the roads. Real estate analysts say the Golf Course Extension road, which is a part of the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), will be the major growth corridor in the short term. Proximity to current sectors, good connectivity with New Delhi and Faridabad, metro rail in the near future, and presence of many schools, hospitals and shopping malls nearby, are some factors that favour this area. However, this area does not come cheap; and on offer are mostly high-end properties.

71 72

70

Unitech Sunbreeze 70A

Tulip Orange

SECTORS 24-57

M3M Milano

SOHNA ROAD

BPTP Floors

Emaar MGF Emerald Floors Select

69 Spire South Flexi Homes

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♦ 27 Acres group housing complex located on 150 meter Southern Periphery Road just 700 mts from SOUTH PARK (SECTOR 70, GURGAON) already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road ♦ Secured gated group housing complex with modern clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool and security features such as smart card access, CCTV surveillance & intercom facility from guard unit to each apartment ♦ Air conditioned apartments ♦ Choice of 2/3 BHK apartments ranging from 1245 sq ft to 1610 sq ft. ♦ Price: Rs. 75 lacs onwards

♦ Located adjacent to 150 meter Southern Periphery Road in proximity with already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road & Golf Course Extension Road. ♦ Secured gated group hous(PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH WILD ing complex with modern FLOWER COUNTRY TOWNSHIP IN SECTOR 70 GURGAON) clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool & security features such as smart card access, CCTV surveillance & intercom facility from guard unit to each apartment ♦ Choice of 2/3 bhk apartments ranging from 1254 sq ft to 1402 sq ft ♦ Price: Rs. 70 lacs onwards

Emaar MGF Villa Plots

Emaar MGF The Enclave Emaar MGF Palm Studios Ireo Uptown Emaar MGF Terraces Select Emaar MGF Merbella

M3M Polo Suites, M3M Golf Estate

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67 67A

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Pioneer Park, Pioneer Presidia

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62 63

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63A

60 63A

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Pioneer Araya

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Ireo New Project 67A Ireo Victory Valley

58

63A TO FARIDABAD

Ireo Skyon Ireo Grand Arch

M3M Merlin Ansal Essencia Sovreign Floors

Digital Greens

Raisina Residency

On the other side, the sectors around the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) are just starting to be built, amidst green fields and kuccha roads. The key positives here, however, are better connectivity with New Delhi in future, proximity to the international airport, the presence of institutional and commercial sectors – and of course lower property rates. There are also some national (non-NCR HQ) developers in these sectors, offering top quality choices. Being exclusively private developer sectors, with even more responsibility given to them for local infrastructure, it will be very important to choose the right developer. There are numerous options available (plots, houses, villas, apartments, gated colonies, golf estates; also very tall towers) in these sectors, that promise to make Gurgaon touch the sky. u

www.fridaygurgaon.com

♦ Premium secured gated community located just 200 meters off Sohna Road. Within 15 minutes driving (PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH distance are world class NIRVANA COUNTRY 2 TOWNSHIP IN hospitals such as Medicity, SECTOR 71 GURGAON) Fortis, Max etc & schools such as Pathways, GD Goenka, Heritage etc ♦ Choice of simplex & duplex luxurious villas in 240 – 500 sq yds ♦ Equipped with modern home automation system, security system & centralized VRV air conditioning. ♦ Duplex villas with party terrace ♦ Private elevators in 500 sq yd. villas ♦ Price: Rs. 2.70 Cr onwards

UNITECH EXQUISITE

(PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH NIRVANA COUNTRY 2 TOWNSHIP IN SECTOR 71 GURGAON) ♦ Premium group housing comlex located just 200 meters off Sohna Road. Within 15 minutes driving distance are world class hospitals such as Medicity, Fortis, Max etc & schools such as Pathways, GD Goenka & Heritage ♦ 3 bedroom spacious apartments & luxurious duplex penthouses ranging from 2130 sq ft to 3990 sq ft. ♦ Price: Rs. 1.40 Cr onwards


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S pecial F eature

10–16 February 2012

REVANTA BY RAHEJAS

TO FARRUKHNAGAR

TO

GURGAON-II

I

L ND

KU

UNITECH in Gurgaon-II (SECTOR 69, 70, 71 & 72)

SECTORS 58-115

KMP EXPRESSWAY

EW AR

I

PA LW AL

96

Surya Tower

Surya in Sanskrit means the sun. Surya Tower is iconic, suave and inspiring – and a true marvel of sophisticated technology. With bourgeois architecture and a clean glass façade, it has got a luxurious double height entrance lobby. It’s truly an achievement of modern day engineering. The building, with high speed panoramic glass elevators, has a neo-classical aura; and offers options of Studio, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 BHK condos and luxurious Penthouses.

Tapas Townhouses

Tapas in Sanskrit means the heat of spiritual ecstasy. Ethereal décor, intricate detailing, imbued with the allure of modern and classical art – the Tapas Townhouses at Revanta have been crafted to let you indulge yourself in opulence, luxury and elegance. They have double height entrance lobbies, other than terraces and gardens on some floors.

Key Features Of Revanta

♦ Infinity Pool and fine dining experience on the Skybridge on the 46th Floor, overlooking the Aravallis. ♦ Amatrra Clubhouse, with world class facilities like Sauna, Steam, Jacuzzi, Swimming, Treatments etc ♦ Private Masseur, Private Yoga, Private Treatments (On Call ♦ Tablet-controlled Home Automation ♦ Earthquake resistant building ♦ Automated car wash ♦ Valet parking ♦ 3 tier security ♦ Advanced fire fighting/fire alarms/smoke detection system installed in the Tower ♦ Laundromat for quick washing ♦ A mini theatre to watch your favourite movies ♦ 24x7 Power back up ♦ Various game arenas

TO

95

92 91

93

106

Earth Town

109

NPR

101 104

SS Almeria

89

114

110

105

112

110A

113

Sidhartha Luxuria Residecy

111

Puri Diplomatic Greens

87 86

Raheja Revanta

85

Mapsko Paradise Gurgaon

Vatika Urban Homes

S E Z

84

81A

I

Winter Hills

Unitech Alder Grave

DLF Alameda

DLF Corporate Greens

Unitech Exquisite 78

Emaar MGF Palm Hills

India Bulls Enigma

SECTORS 1-23A

Unitech Willows

Today Green Canary

80

Mahindra Aura Phase 4

Emaar MGF Palm Gardens

83

82A

BPTP Amstoria

Bellevue Residence

82 R PU

RAILWAY LINE

Orris Carnation Residency

88

81

Godrej Frontier

115

103

102

100

SS The Coralwood

90

102A

99

94

Vipul Lavanya Gurgaon

JA

108

India Bulls Centrum Park

Vatika Independent Floors

Park View Grand Spa

107

Era Cosmos

Vatika Aster, Acacia and Laurus

Anantraj Macaeo

IMT MANESAR

TO

Landmark The Residency

S E Z

DLF Plots Sector 90,91 Ansal APIF FernHill

DLF Garden City

Era Sector 86

USPs

Talking about the USPs of REVANTA, Nayan Raheja says, “REVANTA has been meticulously designed keeping in mind the taste and aesthetic sensibility of a high-end consumer, who appreciates a good quality life. A sky bridge on the 46th floor has been created to capitalise on the great Aravalli Range views. Alonside will be an infinity pool, and a fine dining restaurant as well. This is similar to the acclaimed Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.” Apart from unique features like home automation to control lighting, curtains, climate control etc., other top end features include imported marble floorings, imported kitchen, imported sanitary ware and fittings, false ceiling, concealed ducted air-conditioning - luxury features catering to clients with an exuberant taste.

Uppal G99

98

Raheja Shilas

NAJAFGARH DRAIN

Parkwood Westend

SKM Cambrian Forest

Ansal Fern Hills

Raheja Atharva

BPTP Amstoria

97

DELHI

I

REVANTA, the project, derives its name from the Rig-Veda. Revanta is the youngest son born to god Surya and his wife Saranya, and is the divine master of Horses, the deity of the warriors. The Project, with many firsts—including being one of the tallest buildings of India (with 56 floors)—will be built by “ARABTECH”, the renowned construction company that built “ Burj Khalifa” of Dubai, the tallest building in the world. The project boasts of the largest and highest sky bridge in India, offering a panoramic view of the Aravallis – with fine dining at the 46th floor. Its clubhouse will be managed by the awardwinning most luxurious, Spa Chain “AMATRRA SPA” – offering an unimaginable and unprecedented standard of lifestyle to the clients! Spread over an area of 18.72 acres, REVANTA comes with an option of the high rise “SURYA TOWER”, and the low rise TAPAS TOWNHOUSES – comprising of 2,3,4,5 and 6 BHK condominiums and penthouses, starting at a cost of approximately Rs. One Crore. Towering high in Sector 78, Gurgaon, REVANTA is located just off the NH8 – near the intersection of Northern Periphery Road, Southern Periphery Road, and NH8. The Project is in close vicinity of the proposed Metro Line. It is surrounded by a host of planned 5 star Hotels, Golf Courses, Shopping Malls and Office Developments.

Sobha International City

Raheja Vedas

PATTO AU D

One Of The Tallest Skyscrapers Of India

♦ Secured gated community with modern clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool and security features such as smart card (PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH WILD access, CCTV surveillance FLOWER COUNTRY TOWNSHIP IN & intercom facility. ♦ Located adjacent to 150 me- SECTOR 70 GURGAON) ter Southern Periphery Road in proximity with already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road & Golf Course Extension Road. ♦ 3/4 BHK Independent floors ♦ Price: Rs. 93 lacs onwards

SULTANPUR BIRD SANCTUARY

TO R

77

76

Unitech Espace Premiere

74A

75A

72A

74 79

NH 8

Tata Primanti

TOLL PLAZA

73

75

BPTP Astaire Garden Parkwood Esplanade

Unitech South Park Unitech Anthea Floors Unitech Crestview Unitech Vistas

T

he expansion of Gurgaon, along the northern and southern peripheries (Sectors 58 to 115), has offered a new hope to home buyers – in light of the high costs in the core city area. As per the Master Plan, 14,390 hectares have been reserved for residential use, whereas 5,441 hectares have been reserved for industry, 4570 for SEZs, and 1404 hectares for commercial usage. Many developers (almost 50) have announced projects along both the roads. Real estate analysts say the Golf Course Extension road, which is a part of the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), will be the major growth corridor in the short term. Proximity to current sectors, good connectivity with New Delhi and Faridabad, metro rail in the near future, and presence of many schools, hospitals and shopping malls nearby, are some factors that favour this area. However, this area does not come cheap; and on offer are mostly high-end properties.

71 72

70

Unitech Sunbreeze 70A

Tulip Orange

SECTORS 24-57

M3M Milano

SOHNA ROAD

BPTP Floors

Emaar MGF Emerald Floors Select

69 Spire South Flexi Homes

23

♦ 27 Acres group housing complex located on 150 meter Southern Periphery Road just 700 mts from SOUTH PARK (SECTOR 70, GURGAON) already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road ♦ Secured gated group housing complex with modern clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool and security features such as smart card access, CCTV surveillance & intercom facility from guard unit to each apartment ♦ Air conditioned apartments ♦ Choice of 2/3 BHK apartments ranging from 1245 sq ft to 1610 sq ft. ♦ Price: Rs. 75 lacs onwards

♦ Located adjacent to 150 meter Southern Periphery Road in proximity with already occupied residential areas, offices & shopping malls on Sohna Road & Golf Course Extension Road. ♦ Secured gated group hous(PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH WILD ing complex with modern FLOWER COUNTRY TOWNSHIP IN SECTOR 70 GURGAON) clubhouse, unisex gymnasium, large swimming pool & security features such as smart card access, CCTV surveillance & intercom facility from guard unit to each apartment ♦ Choice of 2/3 bhk apartments ranging from 1254 sq ft to 1402 sq ft ♦ Price: Rs. 70 lacs onwards

Emaar MGF Villa Plots

Emaar MGF The Enclave Emaar MGF Palm Studios Ireo Uptown Emaar MGF Terraces Select Emaar MGF Merbella

M3M Polo Suites, M3M Golf Estate

68

SP

66

67 67A

R

65

Pioneer Park, Pioneer Presidia

64

62 63

61

63A

60 63A

TO SOHNA Park View Spa Next Gurgaon

Pioneer Araya

59

Ireo New Project 67A Ireo Victory Valley

58

63A TO FARIDABAD

Ireo Skyon Ireo Grand Arch

M3M Merlin Ansal Essencia Sovreign Floors

Digital Greens

Raisina Residency

On the other side, the sectors around the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) are just starting to be built, amidst green fields and kuccha roads. The key positives here, however, are better connectivity with New Delhi in future, proximity to the international airport, the presence of institutional and commercial sectors – and of course lower property rates. There are also some national (non-NCR HQ) developers in these sectors, offering top quality choices. Being exclusively private developer sectors, with even more responsibility given to them for local infrastructure, it will be very important to choose the right developer. There are numerous options available (plots, houses, villas, apartments, gated colonies, golf estates; also very tall towers) in these sectors, that promise to make Gurgaon touch the sky. u

www.fridaygurgaon.com

♦ Premium secured gated community located just 200 meters off Sohna Road. Within 15 minutes driving (PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH distance are world class NIRVANA COUNTRY 2 TOWNSHIP IN hospitals such as Medicity, SECTOR 71 GURGAON) Fortis, Max etc & schools such as Pathways, GD Goenka, Heritage etc ♦ Choice of simplex & duplex luxurious villas in 240 – 500 sq yds ♦ Equipped with modern home automation system, security system & centralized VRV air conditioning. ♦ Duplex villas with party terrace ♦ Private elevators in 500 sq yd. villas ♦ Price: Rs. 2.70 Cr onwards

UNITECH EXQUISITE

(PART OF 100 ACRES UNITECH NIRVANA COUNTRY 2 TOWNSHIP IN SECTOR 71 GURGAON) ♦ Premium group housing comlex located just 200 meters off Sohna Road. Within 15 minutes driving distance are world class hospitals such as Medicity, Fortis, Max etc & schools such as Pathways, GD Goenka & Heritage ♦ 3 bedroom spacious apartments & luxurious duplex penthouses ranging from 2130 sq ft to 3990 sq ft. ♦ Price: Rs. 1.40 Cr onwards


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Coming Up

DANCE  WORKSHOP  TALENT HUNT  MUSIC  THEATRE  NIGHTLIFE

Correspondents:

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workshop. The children have to bring drawing material, and two things from home which they consider delicate and fragile. The workshop will be followed by snacks. For registration, call 9717012244.

Sr. Photographer:

Prakhar Pandey

Temple Consecration

Sr. Sub Editors:

Anita Bagchi Shilpy Arora

Designers:

Manoj Raikwar Virender Kumar

Circulation Head:

Prem Gupta

Circulation Execs.:

Syed Mohd Komail Sunil Yadav

Editor:

Atul Sobti

Sr. Correspondent: Abhishek Behl

Kumbabhishekam @ Ganesh Mandir, 4502, DLF Phase IV, Near Galleria Market Complex Date: February 12 Time: 7 am

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Ad Sales Manager: Lokesh Bharadwaj Sr. Ad Sales Exec:

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Mharo Rajasthan @ Tau Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park, Sector 53 Date: February 12 Time: 7 pm

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Rajasthani folk dance and music performance. The drummers of Gurgaon Drum Circle jam with the beats of Rajasthan. The event is organised by Zahir Adventure Expedition Pvt Ltd. For more details, call – 9953201262.

Music

Geetu Hinduja Live @ BAHI, 3rd floor, South Point Mall (Near Genpact), Golf

Course Road, DLF Phase V Date: February 11 Time: 8:30 pm Entry Ticket: Rs. 200

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live performance by Geetu Hinduja, a renowned singer and songwriter of Contemporary Folk/Alternative. Geetu’s music celebrates emancipation, strength and empowerment for women. She is popularly called the "Joan Baez" of India.

Nightlife

Mega Launch of Rockman's Nightclub @ Rockman's Ambience Mall, NH 8 Date: February 10 Time: 10 pm Ticket: Rs. 1,000

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njoy the live performance of the renowned DJ Dash Berlin and DJ Rummy Sharma.

Workshop

Children's Workshop with Artists @ Art Alive Gallery, 120, Sec 44 Date: February 11 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm hildren aged between eight and fourteen years can participate in the painting/drawing

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onsecration of the idols of Lord Guruvayoorappan, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappan, and Panchamukha Anjaneyar (Hanuman). The religious ceremonies will consist several Havans, Japas and recitation of Vedas. For more details, call: 0124-4057716.

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Kids Forum 2012

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course for children comprising 20 workshops – on art and craft, dance, theatre, calligraphy, maths, chocolate making, dining etiquette, storytelling, jewellery making... The forum will help kids learn new concepts, and imbibe creativity and eagerness, while developing personality. The workshop is organised by the World of Kidz magazine. For more details, call 9871049045 or write to nupurgarg@worldofkidz.co.in.

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lights, the pulsating music, the euphoria, the crowd screaming and singing along – Friday night saw it all! International DJ Katya Tsaryova rocked the Rockman’s nightclub. The DJ belted out some global hit tracks, and the revellers got adventurous with their moves on the dance floor.

A Passion for Asia

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Top Travel Agents checked-in at the classy Pllazio Hotel, launched recently.

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urgaon has never been this star-stuck! Friday evening saw the stars, from all over country, thronging to The Oberoi, Udyog Vihar to witness the interactive exhibition, curated by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. The exhibition showcased street style images of India, captured by a local photographer Manou of the Wearabout blog. Hosted by Sanjay Kapoor, the event was attended by over 300 guests – including Bollywood stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia, Sushma Reddy, Zayed Khan, and Dino Morea. The event also coincided with the opening of the 7th Burberry store in India, in The Oberoi itself.

amous French writer Claudine le Tourneur d’Ison launched her book “Hira Mandi” at Quill and Canvas on Wednesday. Claudine, through a true story, touches the subject of prostitution in Pakistan. She has been travelling all over the world, and has developed a great passion for Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Her work on India has been featured many times on the acclaimed travel television programme, “Faut pas rêver”.

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ari and Sukhmani electrified the night at the newly opened LEMP microbrewery in Star Mall. The crowd grooved to the magical voice of Sukhmani, who teamed up with the mesmerising electronic beats by Hari. The duo has scaled heights for their beautiful fusion of traditional Indian classical and Sufi songs, with modern electronic and techno music.

Gaurav Agarwal launches a store, Darling.. the oomph in store, at Galleria. The store offers club wear and day wear for women.

Wedding Bells for City Magistrate

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ity Magistrate Vivek Kalia tied the knot with IAS Sangeeta Bugalia of Bhiwani, on Sunday. Bugalia is an IAS officer of the 2009 batch. The wedding was a family affair. Vivek Kaliya is the son of Mohinder Kumar, Secretary to the Governor.

Nirvaan Nights

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he city saw the launch of a premierpub Nirvaan, by the Sambhi brothers. Famous band Hundred Octane and DJ Nanu kept the crowd grooving with rocking music, till the wee hours. Some of the guests spotted at the launch were Singer and Composer Anurag Dixit, TV actor Mehak Malhotra, and author Sachin Garg. Others who performed at the revelry were stand-up comedian Monty Singh, and the band Bhajan Mandali. “Nirvaan can be one of the happening places in Gurgaon, as its ambience gives you a feel to enjoy and burn your stress,” said Mehak, who flew from Mumbai to Delhi especially for this event.

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Demolition – The MCG Way { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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oes anyone know the taste of cement? Yes, every Gurgaonite does! Because in the last two decades this barren piece of land has snowballed into something so big that can blot out the sun itself – yes, we are talking of concrete demons, better known as high-rises. They have proliferated across the city, implanted as a weed-style half-baked development. Within them are illusions, created by many lawless sorcerers. Gurgaon has thousands of buildings constructed ‘illegally’ – either by cashing in on the loopholes in the law, or by the traditional way of skulduggery. Now the Administration seems to have decided to deal with this menace with an iron hand. Be it the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Muncipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), or any other public body, each has decided to nail this problem in its own way. “Gurgaon has thousands of illegal buildings, yet most of them are still out of our grasp. However, we are committed to erase all illegal structures, and we have full support from all quarters – especially our Commissioner Sahab. In the MCG jurisdiction area, we have already issued notices for 300 buildings. The hearings for 170 buildings have already taken place; and 150 of them have been sanctioned for demolition,” said B.S Singroha, the Chief Engineer, MCG, who is in-charge of the Corporation’s campaign against the illegal structures. Yet officials here too have their limits – that not only bind them, but also prevent them from ironically, taking concrete action against the wrong-doers.

The basics

“All the illegal structures in the City are either unapproved from the State; or a case of violation of the approved plan. In both the cases, the building is considered to be illegal, and is liable for punish-

future,” said Vishal Garg, one of the field officers.

MCG’s bit

MCG seems to be getting serious on the issue, thanks also to the tough stand taken by the City’s main Administrator – the DC. In November, District Commissioner PC Meena instructed all the civic bodies of the City to take action against all the illegal structures in their respective jurisdiction. “We all know that Gurgaon has developed at a rapid pace, and it is still doing the same. But this weedslike mushrooming of concrete structures is not development; because a large proportion of them are either unapproved, or the result of a violation of the approved plan. MCG is not going to tolerate any such structure in its area, and we have got clear instructions ment,” added SinFour stages of MCG’s strategy from Commissioner groha. It has been Notice-hearing-demolition-and if Sahab to take serious three years since necessary, FIR against the culprit. action against the the MCG came into people responsible existence; but till February, 2011, there was no enforcement for this,” said Y.S Gupta, the Joint wing – and that resulted in the mush- Commissioner, MCG. “To be specific, rooming of these structures at a rapid we have identified around 600 structures pace. According to the Haryana Munci- till now, and 300 of them have been pal Corporation Act 1994, the Emergency served notice,” said Singroha. However, wing has all the powers to take actions executing the demolition orders on against unapproved buildings, under such illegal constructions has not been Section 261. Now, after three years of its speedy; and till date the Corporation formal birth, the City’s Corporation has could only manage to demolish one realised its powers. “We will not leave any such structure. Sunita Kataria, the stone unturned to curb this menace, and Chairman of the MCG Enforcement this would be a lesson for the people con- Committee was candid. “We are trying structing illegal buildings – now, or in the our best to nail all these wrong doers, but actions from the top have to speak louder than words.”

A 15 Year Wait

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }

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he Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon takes care of its Wards in the City. It may not have done a perfect job, but it is transparent, and listens to its people. But outside the Ward limits, the people are worse off. Take Maruti Kunj. Some distance beyond the turn-off for Bhondsi Jail, the Colony is separated from the highway by half-a-kilometre of one of the worst motorable stretches in Gurgaon district. Lined with shops and establishments on both sides of the broken road, school buses ply this stretch everyday - to ferry children to the DPS School in Maruti Kunj. “We’ve lived here since this Colony was set up,” says Ramesh, who owns

a small shop on the stretch. “When it was made, the road was serviceable. But since then, nothing has been done. Any road will break down in 15 years.” Wasn’t any repair work done over time? Ganga Prasad says, “I’ve been a resident here for well over five years. There was word of some repairs being done, but I never got to see it.” Jawahar Lal, President of Maruti Kunj’s local Resident Welfare Association (RWA) echoes the people’s sentiment, “The road has never been maintained ever since it was built. We have sent numerous entreaties to the local authorities, but all our efforts have come to naught. We will be sending another missive shortly to the our local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dharambir. Let’s see if this will work,” he muses. Residents say that funds have been withdrawn by local authorities, but never utilised for the work. According to sources, there is an enquiry ongoing, against the local authorities, for misuse of funds designated for development. The sarpanch was unavailable for comment. u

HUDA’s bit

In the last three-four months, HUDA has been in the headlines for all the right reasons – and the onus for this change goes to Dr. Praveen Kumar. He not only has cleared the Augean stables inside his department, but also has taken strict action wrong-doers. “Since the arrival of Dr. Kumar as Administrator, HUDA has turned itself into a formidable fighting force against anything illegal – and the demolitions undertaken by us are testimony to this. Our officers keep a hawk’s eye on every construction being carried out in HUDA areas. Till now, we have done around 60 big and small demolitions; and Dr. Kumar himself is closely monitoring all the developments on this front,” said Narender Yadav, Estate Officer-1 (EO). He is presently having ad-

ditional charge of EO-2, in the absence of the official incumbent Mukesh Kumar Solanki, who has been transferred by the HUDA Administrator, for allegedly providing a misleading report on the free parking initiative at Sector-29 market.

No dedicated staff

Although MCG is patting its back on having an Enforcement wing, some of the main officials inside the Corporation are skeptical regarding the capability and intention of this wing. “I don’t think this Enforcement wing is going to do any wonders, because most of the staff employed under it is either incapable, or not dedicated towards the real cause behind the formation of this wing. Most of us, including me, are taking care of miscellaneous jobs at a single time; and this prevents us from focusing on our prime objective – the demolition of illegal structures,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. “When it comes to honesty, in our team too people do look for fast and labour-less earning,” added the official.

Lack of co-ordination between agencies Demolition of any illegal structure requires the unified effort of multiple agencies. “Lack of co-ordination between the various agencies is also one of the main reasons behind the failure of the demolition operations. The Police is the main support behind any such operation – as any such operation can turn violent. Most of the time, we do have adequate support from the police; but there have been some instances when the noncooperative attitude from them resulted in our failure to demolish an illegal building. For example, a couple of months ago, we went to Islampur Village near Subhash Chowk, to demolish an illegal guest house; but the villagers did not allow us to do so, and the low number of policemen was not handy in curbing the rebellious voices. We had to come back emptyhanded; and later the guest house owner managed to get a stay on the demolition,” explained the official.

When the law becomes the shield! “Most of the illegal structures earmarked by the Corporation, or any other civic body of the City, either have stay orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, or the DC Court. Sometimes I think that these loopholes are left in our system deliberately; so that when the time comes, the powerful and rich people can exploit them for their own benefit. Almost all our efforts to erase this problem have been halted by such legal bindings,” said an exasperated senior official. u

900 metres: A Pandora’s Box The 900 metre area surrounding the Ammunition depot has been the breeding ground for ‘illegal’ structures. The stay provided by the High Court has thwarted the Administration’s efforts to erase these structures. DC Meena has asked MCG to submit a report on the illegal structures present inside the 900 metre area. MCG too is looking forward to submit this report on a priority basis. The story till now: According to the MCG report, the whole 900 metre area surrounding the Ammunition depot has been divided into four zones – and a total 136 illegal structures have been identified. Zone one has 72 illegals structures; whereas zones 2, 3 and 4 have 23, 30 and 11 illegal structures respectively. As far as action against the culprits is concerned, MCG has written letters against 25 people to various police stations in the city. In another development, 26 illegal tubewells have been sealed in the last two months; and 35 small illegal structures have been demolished.


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Of Quick Hits And Buried Cases { Hritvick Sen / FG }

officer associated with the investigation. “For example, why would a person like Cincy let someone in, unless she knew the assailant. Furthermore, the method of her murder was another indicator.” A day later, the police released sketches of the alleged suspect, and said that they got the details from a shopkeeper who had sold the knife. As of now, the case has stalled for various reasons. The police said they would interrogate her room-mates for information, and had even talked to a youth whom the father had claimed as a suspect. But besides the released sketch, nothing concrete has been done.

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n a city with big money, flashy cars and sprawling bungalows, crime can’t be far behind. Gurgaon has had its share of murders/killings. Friday Gurgaon takes a look at the status of a few cases that had shocked the city.

Nargis Juneja Case

A quiet woman who worked as a Director of a playschool, 42-year-old Nargis Juneja was brutally murdered on the night of December 1, 2010. Her throat was slit, and she bled to death. The case opened up a quagmire of possibilities and suspects; and the case still drags on. During the course of investigation, her husband Rakesh Juneja, a successful exporter, was under suspicion. He was alleged to be having an illicit affair with one Rosy Bhasin, who was a longstanding employee of his company. The police arrested Rakesh on the complaint of Nargis’ father Roshan Lal Kapoor, who had gone on record that he suspected Rakesh’s involvement in his daughter’s cold-blooded murder. The-then Police Commissioner S.S Deswal had said that it looked like a pre-meditated crime. Besides Rakesh being arrested, the police also launched a manhunt for Rosy Bhasin, and declared her a Proclaimed Offender (PO). The authorities released sketches of the miscreants in an attempt to nab them, and recently the DirectorGeneral of State Crime Branch has approved a sum of Rs. 50,000 for any information regarding the miscreants. However, nothing has turned up as of now. The court had ordered Rakesh Juneja to be subjected to a narco-analysis and brain-mapping test in Ahmedabad on May 7 last year, for new information. Newspapers had reported that Juneja had confessed to hiring killers to commit the murder of his wife. “This information is absolutely incorrect. The narco-test did not reveal this information,” says an official of the City’s State Crime Branch. What was the information gained in the narco-test? “Juneja admitted to the fact that he had an affair with Rosy. Plus, that he is the father of one of her children. The child is seven years old, so their relationship is fairly old. Rakesh Juneja’s affair with Rosy was not a secret. Everyone knew. That is why the PO status of Rosy was removed,” reveals the official. “The couple had filed for divorce mutually. Rosy was getting a lakh rupees a month, and had a house from Rakesh. Why would Rakesh and Rosy upset this arrangement? It serves no purpose. The fact that her husband was sleeping with another woman was old news to Nargis and the family. We investigated over 200 people connected with Nargis – whether it be the husband, driver, the help, or even the painter who had come to touch up the house. We talked to all her neighbours. They said that relations between Nargis and Rakesh had always been cordial,” said the official. Even the statement of Nargis’ brother, that came weeks after the incident, said that Nargis and Rakesh had no animosity. So if Rakesh and Rosy had nothing to gain from her murder, what was the motive behind the miscreants’ brutal murder of Nargis Juneja? An attempt to loot the valuables of the house of one of the city’s successful exporters, says a member of the SCB team that had investigated the murder. “What transpired that night was that the miscreants entered the house by stealth, and gained access to her room. She had been talking to her father at the point when the robbers nabbed her. As she was screaming, they took her inside the

bathroom. Her maid went on record to say that one of the robbers had said ‘Kill her, she’s making too much noise’. They took her inside, away from the incapacitated maid; and who then recalls that soon Nargis’ screams ceased,” reveals the official. But this theory does not fill all the loopholes. Why did her German Shepherd (dog) not bark at the assailants? Why did her father not call up the police at once? An exarmy security personnel, and others, helped the authorities get the sketches of the miscreants. The SCB had submitted their report to the office of the DirectorGeneral of Police, who had ordered the case to be closed; and an untraced report for the miscreants to be circulated. But as of now, the City Magistrate has asked for a re-investigation of the case, citing the reason that since no official request for an investigation had been earlier given, a fresh one should be undertaken. “Why would we conduct an investigation on our own? We had got orders, and carried them out,” says another member of the SCB team that had investigated the Juneja murder. “Our team compiled the report and sent our recommendations to the DG – who gave the order for the untraced report.”

Shweta Singh Case

The cold-blooded killing of Shweta Singh had sent shock-waves into the hearts of the people. On January 25, 2011, a 28-year-old housewife Shweta Singh was murdered in her Maruti Kunj home. Shweta, a resident of Varanasi, was married to V.K Rajan, who hails from Karnataka. Rajan came home and found his newly-wedded wife lying in a pool of blood. Battling accusations of the deceased’s mother who went on record saying that the police were not taking the murder seriously, the authorities traced Shweta’s call records. A police official recounts, “We were contemplating the theory that a jilted lover might have killed her, since her death occurred so soon after her marriage. Going through her call records, we found that phone calls had been made from a phone booth in Chakkarpur.” Going on, the official said, “we were able to track down one Kunal Jotwani from Varanasi, who had visited Gurgaon.” The police found out that Jotwani had an affair with the deceased, and had not acceptd the fact that she had married someone else. “We tracked down Jotwani and two of his associates, who broke down under questioning, and admitted to the crime”. The trio confessed to the

Umesh Pandey Case

crime and stealing of Rs. 20,000 in cash and a lap-top, to give the crime the look of a robbery. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Maheshwar Dayal says, “The case has been solved and put to rest. I still get calls from her husband, who is now in Mumbai, thanking the department for our effort.”

Cincy Sebastian Case

In a recent, gruesome murder that rocked the city, a young software engineer from Kerala, Cincy Sebastian was knifed to death in her paying

guest accommodation in DLF Phase-III. Cincy, who has been described by her PG owner and friends, as a shy girl, with poor Hindi skills, was staying with her aunt, when she got a job in one of Gurgaon’s software multinational companies. After a space of time, she moved to a private accommodation, despite protests from her relative. On January 12, Cincy was finishing breakfast when she answered the door. The assailant killed her, and left. “It was clearly a crime of passion,” says a police

This is one of the fastest cases ever solved by the police. On September 23, a Kherki Daula Toll Plaza booth operator was shot dead after an altercation. The assailant was refusing to pay the toll charge of Rs 21; and when Umesh Pandey stuck to his job, he whipped out his pistol and shot Pandey. The 22-year-old deceased had been married recently, and the case had sent waves of indignation through the State and the nation as well. The police had only a grainy CCTV video-grab of the incident, in which the assailant was not visible enough for identification. Led by the-then police chief S.S Deswal, the team realised that they had only a photo of the Bolero car to serve as a lead. A member of Deswal’s team recalled, “We knew that the man would try to change the appearance of the vehicle, to evade attention. So we scoured the city for chopshops and accessory stores and asked them to inform us if any man came to modify a Bolero.” “But it was the killer’s curiosity that finally helped nail him. Vijayveer, the assailant, had sent one of his friends Manjeet to ask another toll operator, as to whether Umesh was alive or dead. The CCTV captured the footage. Then, as we thought, Vijayveer changed the appearance of the Bolero – which helped us trap the duo,” said the official. Deswal said, “We had spread more than 40 teams all over the city. The killer had to fall in our trap.” The city’s police has both quick successes and buried files in its kitty. As DCP Abhay S. Rao puts it, “We’ve had numerous successful cases. Our police team is working hard, and will continue to do so to provide justice.” u


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ill and virtue are too different qualities of human psyche; but when it comes to social welfare, the union of these two qualities results in a formidable force – that not only brings change, but also thwarts centuries old satanic beliefs. ‘Deepshikha’ is such an organisation, where these qualities have found a unison, and have presented themselves as a force that can turn the tables on the evils of society. “Deepshikha Society for Juvenile Justice and Prevention of Female Foeticide was set up on 5 January, 2007; and its prime motto is to save women from social atrocities. Haryana is a state where the sex ratio is poor; and it needs special awakening and care to erase the menace of female foeticide from its patriarchal society. Deepshikha is committed to igniting that awakening in the masses. Along with it we also work for the general betterment of women and children, by educating the young girls (upto 17 years of age) free of cost, in vocational courses like sewing, embroidery etc,” said Poonam Bhatnagar, General Secretary, Deepshikha. She is an advocate by profession. Gurgaon has no dearth of NGOs working for the poor, yet female foeticide is an issue that certainly needs to be rectified on a war footing; and Poonam Bhatnagar sincerely believes in Deepshikha’s motive and capability to bring a radical change on this front. “Female foeticide is one of the most heinous crimes, but society too – especially in the states like Haryana – has accepted it for various wrong reasons. Girls are no burden; and that is exactly what we need to make the masses under-

An Awakening Force PRAKHAR PANDEY

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

stand. Deepshikha as an organisation is fully committed to bring about this social awakening. We operate in urban sprawls to educate people, especially women, that a girl child is no burden; and they need to stand up for the life and future of their own gender. A woman is the most beautiful creation of God, blessed with reproduction – which is base of human existence. We have organised various programs to educate the masses both in urban as well as rural areas of the district. I think it is the problem of the urban middle

JIT KUMAR

The Phase Ones

Ahmad Rashid and Nusrat Shervani, relax in their garden

{ Manjula Narayan }

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ifting through Nusrat Shervani’s collection of photographs of DLF City Phase 1 in the early nineties, you are astounded to see that this pretty residential enclave with its shady tree-lined roads, well ordered homes and lush gardens, was once a barren dustbowl. Indeed, a picture of one of the daughters smiling at the gate is particularly striking. Behind her, the northern plains seem to stretch out endlessly, as the bright summer sun beats down. Today, as you sit with the Shervanis in their sun-dappled garden – with its swing, a miniature pond irresistible to the area’s kingfishers, and a colourful birdhouse used by the neighbourhood squirrels to stock their hoard of seeds and nuts – you can hardly believe it’s the same place. 


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“When we shifted to Gurgaon from Delhi in 1991, there were just three families living nearby; and one of them was here only for half the year, says Ahmad Rashid Shervani, an educationist and former member of the National Minorities Council. He is well known within the Muslim community for his philanthropy. 
 For six months, we paid no bills for streetlights, water or garbage disposal. Our grandkids and our dogs thought we owned the whole road! When people began moving in, the dogs would go and bark at them,” laughs Ahmad, a raconteur who has you in splits with his reminiscences. 
Like his account of the family’s first day at their new home: “Before we bought the house, we came and looked at it at different times of the day so we knew exactly how much sunshine different parts got – and

class people and the rural elite class – because the poor accept whatever comes their way; and neither do they have access to the sex determination facilities. Deepshikha not only works for the betterment of the infant girl child, but it also takes care of the future of that child. It gives elementary education, along with vocational course, so that women can withstand the tough calls of society and remain independent throughout their lives,” added Bhatnagar. Obstacles always appear in the path of

knew what to expect,” he says. However, it hadn’t occurred to the Shervanis, who celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2011, to view the house at 5am – when the villagers from the nearby settlement of Chhattarpur lined up in the field in front of the house to defecate! “Back then, DLF had a slogan, ‘Come, Say Hello to a great tomorrow’. After I saw everyone lining up, I wrote a letter to K.P Singh and said, ‘Little did I know that a 100 persons would come in front of my house to say hello to a great today!” Within days, Rajiv Singh, son of K.P, personally had a wall built, to shield the Shervanis from the sight of their neighbours. 
However, the villagers were an extremely friendly bunch, who ensured that the family felt secure. “Whenever they went past, they’d call out ‘Ram Ram’, and ask if everything was okay. I used to feel much safer back then. Now, because of the migrant labourers, crime has increased. Vagabonds, and a number of young people with nothing to do, wander around; and drunkenness too has gone up,” says Nusrat, who has every reason to be wary. In 2008, an intruder shimmied up the neighbour’s palm tree, got into the house, and made off with her wallet – which thankfully contained only a meager amount of money. Burglary was unheard of in the early days, but life in Gurgaon was definitely harder. “We had to go to the Ayanagar air force station if we wanted to make a call; and to Andheria Morh to pick up the gas, or to get our clothes dry cleaned,” she says. Something called “the Honey Bus” ferried people to and from Delhi. The place was

welfare, and Deepshikha is not at all an exception – it also has its share of problems, “Yes, problems are there indeed, but till now we have overcome all the obstacles. Financial might is perhaps the most important thing an NGO should be worried about; and till now the state government has not offered any helping hand to us. But we are not at all dejected, and are constantly moving towards our goal‘empowerment of women’. National Children’s Fund (NCF), which works under the Social Welfare Department, Government of India, has helped us immensely. Gurgaon is a big city, and to carry out our welfare and awakening programmes, we need a shelter from where we can maintain our operations. But unfortunately till now nothing has happened. Last year, I met Geeta Bhukal, the Education Minister in the Haryana government, and requested her to help Deepshikha – but nothing fruitful came out. She told us that funds have already been distributed among the big and renowned NGOs. This step-motherly attitude is also somehow responsible for the pitiable condition of the state’s sex ratio,” she added. Awakening and education is always better then enforcement of strict laws. Female foeticide is certainly one of those crimes that requires a serious change in the ideology and perception of the people. “Deepshikha has been proving its services to the society for the past five years; and in these years, we have travelled all around Gurgaon district to educate people. No amount of law can help in reducing such crimes; it is the awakening regarding the importance of the girl child that can yield better results,” states Bhatnagar. u

also enveloped in a constant cloud of fine dust, that rose from the 17 stone crushers in Sikandarpur. As the general secretary of the local Residents Welfare Association, Ahmad fought a protracted and ultimately successful court battle, to have the crushers removed. As a result, the numerous citizens, who have since moved to Gurgaon, can breathe clean air. 
Still, though life was difficult, Nusrat cannot shake off the feeling that it was more enjoyable. “I thought I’d end my life in wilderness; I didn’t know I’d be mauled by malls,” she laughs, as she

leads you to the garden opposite the house, and points out the glorious moulsari tree that she planted back in 1995. “My granddaughter Aliza was born in the afternoon on 7th May. I came back from the hospital and planted this tree. Today, she’s 16 and I spend time at the tree on her every birthday,” she says.
Nusrat is talking to children from the village in the shade of her beloved moulsari as you drive away. You see her framed against a street full of trees that she has planted, and suddenly understand why she so deeply loves her little piece of Gurgaon. u

World Spa Owners Agitated { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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he World Spa Aparment Owners Association, of a premium property developed by Unitech, has demanded that the Company should handover the operations and maintenance of the complex along with the Sinking Fund, to the Association. The RWA members are demanding that Rs 16 crores, that are lying with the builder, should be returned to the Association - as it belongs to the residents. The RWA is also demanding that all the towers in the project be finished as per the A5 model tower, and the entire project be completed at the earliest. The RWA members, who held a protest demonstration on Wednesday, also demand-

ed immediate repair of the facade, and repainting of all the towers. The issue of seepage also needs to be taken care, along with the maintenance of lifts, they demanded. The World Spa RWA also alleged that payments to the security staff, gas supply agency, and annual maintenance for lifts is often not made - as a result of which these services are seriously affected. The residents have also demanded that the ownership of the common areas should also be given to the RWA, so that it can take up development of needed facilities. Gautam Gulati, President of the RWA, said that they expect some answers from the Company, as they have invested hard earned money to buy apartments in the project. u


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DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Time: 10.00 am, 11.25 am, 1.40 pm, 3:55 pm, 6:20 pm, 8:35 pm, 10:50 pm Agneepath Time: 10:20 am, 1:30 pm, 4.40 pm, 7.50 pm, 11.00 pm War House Time: 12.15 pm, 11.05 pm LOL Time: 2:55 am, 9:15 pm The Descendants Time: 4.45 pm, 7:00 pm DT City Centre: DLF Phase II Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Time: 10.00 am, 11.20 am, 1:40 pm, 2:10 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:20 pm, 8:10 pm, 8:40 pm, 10:25 pm, 11:00 pm Agneepath Time: 10:05 am, 1:20 pm, 4.35 pm, 7:50 pm, 11:05pm LOL Time: 12:15 pm, 6:15 pm Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (3D) Time: 4:25 pm DT Star Mall: Sector 30 Agneepath Time: 10:15 am, 1:25 pm, 04:35 pm, 7:45 pm, 10.55 pm Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Time: 11.10 am, 1.30 pm, 3.50 pm, 6.10 pm, 8.30 pm, 10.50 pm Website: http://dt-cinemas.com

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I will be late in coming home today Main aaj der te aayunga ghar ne 2. Don't wait up for me Meri baat mat dekhiyo 3. I don't have the keys to the house Mere dhor ghar ki chhabi koyna hai 4. Keep my dinner ready on the table Mera khana mej pe dhar diye 5.Keep the lights on Light chassan diye 6. Wake me up at 5 am tomorrow Manne tadki paanch baje tha diye

THE WEEKTHAT WAS ♦ The Director General Town & Coun-

try Planning (DGTCP), Haryana has cancelled licences that were granted to some private builders for the development of Mayfield Gardens – due to non-payment of licence renewal fee, outstanding EDC, non-construction of adequate number of community buildings, and poor maintenance of the colony. ♦ DHBVN would be collecting security deposit from consumers, equivalent to the average of two billing cycles. ♦ Every village in Gurgaon District will have a “Health Wall”, on which sex ratio, number of expecting mothers, immunization status, and the healthcare facilities will be displayed. Members of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) of all 210 villages in the District participated recently in the Panch Sarpanch Sammelan, at the Kingdom of Dreams. As per current govt. guidelines, development work costing upto Rs 10 lacs can be taken up by the panchayat itself. ♦ The CRPF now has its own Intelligence Cell. It was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram. The Cell would play a key role in combating naxalism and insurgency. ♦ A Special squad in the Crime branch has been set up, for curbing vehicle theft. The team has been provided with 10 PCR vans, and over a 100 personnel. Failed attempt to break open 2 ATMs in Sec 15. An i10 was stolen at gunpoint, by 3 people - driver taken hostage. A Rs 10 lac bank fraud, due to forgery, unearthed in an IT co. ♦ Youth killed over a bottle of water, on roadside. 2 killed in a fireworks factory Wife of an ASI shoots self. A school bus, with children aboard, loses control, and hits parked cars. ♦ ‘Old’ Gurgaon RWAs and residents are pressing for Metro connectivity. HUDA Administrator holds meetings in Sec 56 and DLF Phase III. Action taken against a HUDA Contractor, for lapses in service. New equipment on trial, for road cleaning. Building of Senior Deputy mayor’s wife sealed, for alleged commercial activity in a residential complex. Prepaid Autos being planned, from HUDA City Centre Metro station.

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10–16 February 2012

Welcome to New G Land

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n the year 2025, if Gurgaon is still alive, we may find:

It is now called New G Land – The Land for short; and New Global Land for long. It has transformed many times – starting as the Delhi suburb; then The Pride of Haryana; then Delhi II; followed by Bombay II – before uniquely becoming India’s first global city, New G Land. However, it is still part of Haryana – and the winter Capital now (only of Haryana). That process is still in progress. Globally, it has been difficult to define this New Land – parts New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dharavi…. It is a Land of 5 million; and overall 10 million, in Greater G Land (GG Land). Of these, there are a million dollar millionaires (yes, the dollar survived). There is the new Land, the old G’City (called new once), and the yet older G’gaon. All of India is here – our El Dorado. Pataudi and Sohna are residential suburbs.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

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There are a thousand high-rises, from Sirhol Plaza to Manesar (yes, the plaza stands, though no gates toll). Offices and establishments in the 500 acre G Scape, the Central Entertainment cum Business District (CEBD) – with an entry sign reading “Welcome to G Scape, no strings attached” – are valued at Rs. 100,000 a square foot; land is just not available. G Scape is home to all the Global Fortune 100, and India 500 (10 common), companies. The entertainment hub is the G Spot – where dreams are fulfilled. This mini-Kingdom has a 10 star Hotel, with a 100 suites – priced at 10,000 dollars for a night. Only cycles are allowed in G Scape, on weekends. Greater G Land now boasts of India’s first, and the world’s largest, Disneyland. It has global themes; and an Indian section. Also present in this GG Land is a Film Centre called Gollywood (chosen over Gullywood, the residents’ first choice). It has screened its first venture – Ali in Wonder Land (a global English-Hindi-Haryanvi-Arabic venture). The world’s largest mall, the G Chowk, has opened on the NPR (Northern Peripheral Road) – it has eclipsed the Mall of India. There is an NCR Metro connectivity from Sonipat to Sohna, and Meerut to Manesar – of course, both via New G Land. A new international cargo airport has come up at Bawal (past Manesar), off NH8. It was approved after quite a political ruckus. A CEO, under PPP (Public Private partnership), runs the New G Land Municipality – with the help of RWAs. The Mayor title has been upgraded to Senior Mayor. HUDA has moved on to Faridabad (one last time), and Jhajjar. There are hourly snatchings – of mobile wallets; and one-hour kidnappings, for the same. This is despite the new areas of New G Land having state-of-the-art security; and every millionaire having a security guard (and one for each family member also). However, serious crime is low, as The Land has been given VIZ (Very Important Zone) status – the first in the country. That is also why the state Maha Sena has not been able to establish itself in The Land. Traffic is managed by volunteers. Cows still roam on the roads; and monkeys in houses.

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back, and fell in love with this beautiful place. Neelam Srivastava on the article ‘Those were the Days’

wesome Cafe, great food and A ambience. Seems to have a lot of taste and class. Great

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this place apart from the rest is the free wi-fi books to read games for kids and an everfriendly staff. I have managed at one time to meet some of the owners who were very friendly and personal. I will come back for sure. Sakshi Sharma on the review ‘Bel Cibo-Great Food’ article Wow,onlovely Seema the article ‘A Pat a Day’

Natasha for the wonderful treats that you create Rajeev on the article ‘Catering with care’ worth reading review on A an art exhibition, which reaches the imagination of contemporary practices beyond the frenetic of objectification Surya Singh on the article ‘Filaments Of Fragility’

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Power is totally privatized – to the oil companies (who also have been privatized). The Land runs on diesel – 24x7 – delivered by tankers. The haze overhead is now being compared to Beijing circa 2010. The moon is seen once in a blue while. Similarly, water is delivered by tankers daily – fortunately by different tankers. Water levels are now such that comparisons with Las Vegas abound for this also. Sewage is collected by the third type of tankers. All very efficient – except for the week in 2020. No one wants to look back on that – even on hindsight - though most had left The Land by the third day. All unauthorized colonies are again regularized; and encroachments demolished. Meanwhile 16 more have erupted, and/or come to light. The Land is now all flat and brown. People reminisce of a time when the Aravalli hills were outside one’s window. Now it’s the neighbour – of the building across. And of course none wish to remember the earthquake of 2016 – before the City became The Land. It was a very dramatic way to find out the quality of construction. Some of those buildings still stand in the city – cracked and abandoned. A 1,000 nursery schools bloom. A single University offers just Commerce – even a doctorate. New G Land is the mecca for Medical Tourism – the top facilities accept only dollars. A separate ambulance path, called Medical Vedanta, has been created from T3A Terminal to The Land. IT and BPO companies have moved south – to Rewari, and Rajasthan. The Ammunition Depot had to be moved; and a new adventure entertainment mini-city called G Force has come up there – with its own 18 hole G Course. New G Land has been priced out for the common man. He now stays in the old G’city area (not the G’gaon area – that is ancient !). However, the rich poor still remain in the Land – as workers. Bangladesh has moved its Embassy from New Delhi to The Land. Parking facilities have been started at all office complexes on weekends. However, many residents believe that the parking fee of Rs. 30 (equal to a dollar) is too much, and still prefer the roads. This is despite the Prime Minister having introduced 2 compulsory subjects in all schools, from 2020 – Civic Sense, and Road Sense. Haryana added G Sense – for good, of course. No one talks in New G Land; blah blah is now blog, blog. Even with kids. Unfortunately parents still wish to talk. In offices, there are blog conferences. Expatriates number a million. They come on special salaries, designed by the U.N., for this unique Land- that is costlier now than New York, and even Shanghai. A normal 1,000 sq ft skypad (any accommodation above ground floor) in a New G Land condominium costs over a million dollars. As global businessmen and tourists enter New G Land, there is an exclamatory ‘Awe Gee”, followed by a sigh. The world comes, and remains, wide-eyed, tongue-tied; though noses-held – as they cannot ignore the stench (it has been difficult to clean the old G’city area). New G Land is also the favourite destination for all NRIs – they love visiting the “New Newgeeland” in India. You’ve come a long way, Gurugram.

FAMOUS QUOTES History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work. Thomas Edison

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think. Niels Bohr

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read. Mark Twain


Kid Corner

10–16 February 2012

Fare Thee Well Chiranjivians

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he farewell ceremony for the students of Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar, was seeped in tradition. At the onset, chanting from the Rig Veda gave a special spiritual dimension to the evening. Class XII students were accorded a special welcome. The school invited an ex-Chiranjivian, now a student of IIT, Pavel Gupta, to help students prepare for the challenges ahead. Arushi Labroo of Class XI tugged at their heartstrings, as she talked about the pain of parting. Principal Mrs Sangeeta Saxena showered her blessings on the students, and the teachers sang a beautiful song – apt for the occasion. A floral outline of the map of India was drawn, and the students were gifted with diyas; to create a special aura of resplendence to commemorate the occasion.

Wall of Talent

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Annual Day at GPS

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tudents of Gurugram Public School (GPS) celebrated their 11th Annual Function at Power Grid’s M.P Hall. The dance drama – Krishan Leela, that enthralled the spectators, was the highlight of the day. Dignitaries present for the event were Rear Admiral M.M Chopra, Vice Chairman of DPS Society, and D.S Bedi, Director of Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh. Anita Sharma, Principal of GPS, along with other chief guests, distributed prizes to the students.

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hen one walks into the small terrace of the Rolie Anshuman – The Treehouse Terrace Enrichment Centre, the sight that greets a visitor is graffiti scribbled all over (occupying every available inch of space of the walls and wooden boards). These beautiful wall paintings are the outcome of the wall painting carnival, organised by the Centre last week. Ranging from pencil sketches, to spiderman, and the colourful banyan tree paintings, the students showcased their innate talent.

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yan International School, Sector 40, organised an enriching activity – “Jungle Depiction” – to inculcate the values of love for animals and care towards all. Students dressed up as wild animals and trees. This value-based activity aimed at spreading awareness about the protection of environment and wildlife.

Shalom Puppeteers

Model Pathwazians

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seven-member team represented Pathways School Gurgaon at the Model United Nations (MUN) conference, held at Vivek High School, Chandigarh. The team comprised of students from Grade 9 and Grade 11. Kirat Sodhi and Pranay Jain from Grade 11 won High Commendation awards in the EcoSoc. Other students who participated in the event were Pranay Jain, Abhijay Misra, Kirat Sodhi, and Madhav Gupta from Grade 11; and Pratiti Jain, Nimisha Dhingra, and Saru Gupta from Grade 9.

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lass 1 students of Shalom Hills International School participated in a puppet making competition, held in the school premises. The children showcased their creative talent, using different materials like socks, sweet wrappers and bindis.

Helping Parents

Memory Skills For Intellitots

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unique brain training workshop was conducted by RackTheBrain, at Intellitots Learning, to help kids remember words, numbers, names, faces, notes, and subjects. Kids, along with their parents, went through a few memory tests, played memory games, and learnt simple yet effective methods to sharpen the memory. According to a licensed ThinkBuzan trainer Abhinav Verma, simple methods like story-telling that boosts imagination, can help develop a razor sharp memory at a young age.

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olonel’s Central Academy School invited 175 parents to an interactive five-hours workshop, about the options available to the students after Class X. While the Principal Mrs. N Yadav briefed them on how students must choose their stream—as per their aptitude and ability—and not due to peer pressure, the Chairman Col. Kr. Pratap Singh took a session on “Value Education”. The session on “Effective Parenting” was taken by the renowned Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, the Programme Director of Expressions India-the Life Skills Education, school health and wellness program. The interactive questionanswer round proved that parents really want to bridge the generation gap; and the effort by the school was appreciated by the parents.


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Spot The Difference

Kids Brainticklers

10–16 February 2012

Sudoku Kids

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Solutions Spot The Difference 1. One more baby book 2. Suit button missing 3. Block ‘A’ changes to “C” 4. Baby in picture opens mouth 5. Bow tie changes to tie. 6. Striped lampshade 7. Spider in doorway. 8. Rattle vanishes 9. Book on floor 10. Man’s shoes black.

K id Corner


10–16 February 2012

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Hitopadesha is a collection of ancient Sanskrit fables written by Narayana Pandit. It is dated around 11th or 12th century AD. The stories chosen in this group have simple moral tales to tell. Lions, jackals, monkeys, cats, dogs and donkeys are protagonists who teach common sense lessons in how to judge for oneself; how not to succumb to rumourmongers; how to mind one’s own business and how not to be greedy.

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The Better Half

Star Fun

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Animal Crackers

Baby Blues

Two Wise Men

Dogs of C-Kennel

– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


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A Diamond In The Rough { Srimati Lal } “One Indian Khajuraho is worth a thousand Italian Renaissances.”— Telling words, from visionary artist Amrita SherGil—indicating the significance and staying-power of our most ancient Indian traditional arts and crafts. A plethora of our brilliant homegrown artistic traditions are available at the annual Surajkund Crafts Mela (on till 15 February) – but one has to find them quietly, with patience, humility and diligence. Surajkund remains the ‘diamond in the rough’; and one is drawn to its winding, dusty roads again and again – as in a pilgrimage. The 26th Surajkund Mela 2012, with

Assam as its theme-state, also envelops the artistry of all other Indian zones – with offerings from semi-organised tribal belts, to established rural ateliers. What might appear to be ‘rough edges’ in our traditional paintings, sculptures, weavings and installations—all painstakingly crafted by the most humble hands—actually contain the very essence of true art – the spiritual and the spontaneous. The dignity and skill of India’s humblest and most rooted artisans is the essential leitmotif of this vast annual mela. The focal point of this year’s fair is a lambent, simple Assamese temple—like a meditation-space—inside a delicate hut made of bamboo; guarded by two winged northeastern Garuda-angels. Softly lit with flickering diyas, this symbolic, transcendental sanctuary within the Mela shelters Assamese priests, seated on its cool clay floors in perennial prayer. In the bustling fair beyond, a large amphitheatre, with rows of rustic cane chairs, features varied folk-dances

the Muslim kaarigars of Saharanpur, and Moradabad, and Lucknow’s oldest craft-clans, are strewn everywhere. And as evening falls, fluted-glass lamps from Uttar Pradesh, reminiscent of Pakeezah, Devdas and Mughal-e-Azam, magically light-up corners of the pathways – in romantic shades of blue, green, orange and pink frosted glass.  Special couture and design items are part of the artistry – such as exquisitelyquilted reversible jackets from Jaipur, in Japanese floral chintzes; boldly-hued Kashmiri phirans adorned with flowers; funky rainbow-hued ribbon-handbags from Maharastra; the intricate geometric

and musical performances daily. Food stalls provide basic but invigorating Indian cuisine, chaats and kulfis. Assam’s delicate munga silks, in an auspicious cream and red palette; its vibrant woollen tribal weaves in purples and pinks; and its delicate bamboo crafts, embody a dignity and grace that exemplifies this gentle state. The marked feature of all Assamese art and craft is its delicacy and ethereality.  A more dramatic form of spiritual grace may be found in the folk-art of Orissa, where some of this fair’s most priceless treasures lie in wait. The painter Ganesh Sahoo, of Puri’s Mahalaxmi Handicraft in Raghurajpur, unravelled to me some of the most brilliant large Patachitras and miniature mythological paintings I had ever seen – each of them a unique and detailed masterpiece. Starting at Rs. 100 and going up to fifty thousand rupees, these flamboyant, flowing painted depictions of Krishna, Ganesha and Jagannath, in jewel-colours on shell-brushed

indigenous Indian canvas-cloth, should be an essential part of every artistic home – as well as international museum. Heavy and intricate Tanjore paintings, portraying many-headed Ganeshas and Vishnus encrusted with golden and metallic embellishments, are found casually propped-up against mud-huts. Stylised Dhokra bell-metal figurines from Bihar and Orissa depict charming groups of tribals clustered together in their daily activities. And there are dramatic Installations everywhere – such as a looming pair of 20foot tiger-puppets from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, jostling with each other suspended from tall trees; while a bemused Hanuman looks on. Live Rangolis are painted every few hours on the fair’s grounds in vivid powder-colours, by nameless artists from Bihar and Rajasthan. Large clay sculptures made by the Kumartuli deity-sculptors of Bengal, depicting Indian daily life, are placed playfully all over the grounds. Ancient metalwork and woodwork by

embroideries of Kutch; the finest Bandhni shawls of Rajasthan and Gujarat; and all kinds of exotic tribal jewelry. These best pieces of master-craftsmen are sheer marvels to behold.  In the international stalls, Tajikistan displays eye-catching woollen tunics and stunning tapestries, in designs that evoke Byzantine stained-glass and medieval frescoes. In the dimly-lit Niger and Congo stalls, esoteric wooden masks and rare talismans lurk mysteriously. And the Buddhist mystique of Nepalese and Bhutanese Tantric brocades, and turquoise-coral bracelets, glimmer quietly on humble stall-tables – like Zen benedictions.  I left the Surajkund fair carrying my own talisman: a small symbolic Moradabad mirror tinkling with temple-bells, within a bold metal frame shaped like the sun—Suraj; heralding the end of yet another challenging winter, and the inception of a new year – with fresh hope, energy, and optimism. u Artist, Writer, & Curator

PRAKHAR PANDEY & JIT KUMAR


10–16 February 2012

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar { Jaspal Bajwa }

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ature’s gifts like sunshine, water, air, herbs and home-brews have been used for generations. Most of these worked wonders, as they were used as preventatives. They did not allow the body to accumulate too much debris, in terms of inordinate amounts of waste matter – a potent source of toxins in the body. In today’s fast-paced urban lifestyle we sometimes overlook this simple fact. This is what leads to aches, pains and allergies to begin with … soon to be followed by more serious disorders, as we exhaust the body’s resources and run out of ‘short term fixes’. There are certain simple preparations—natural curative methods— that can assist the body in eliminating toxic substances. One such wonder food is Apple Cider Vinegar. Fermentation is a natural process in which sugars in a food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the first stage of fermentation, the sugars are turned into alcohol. Then, if the alcohol ferments further, we get vinegar (meaning ‘sour wine’ in French). Vinegar can be made from fruits, vegetables, and grains. Apple cider vinegar comes from pulverized apples. Apples are among the most health-giving fruits, as they contain phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, iron, fluorine, silicon, plus many trace elements. All of these are found in raw (ideally organic) apple cider vinegar.

As a result, in addition to its blood cleansing and blood clotting activity, apple cider vinegar can also help in correcting the deficiencies of certain minerals or biochemic salts. Apple Cider vinegar is a purifier, as it has the means of breaking down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. It has been used over the centuries as a very effective detoxifying agent, for the blood and vital organs of the body. Some people also believe vinegar is useful for weight loss. The effect on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best-researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits.  Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. A recent study has

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wareness regarding cancer, and its preventive strategies, is low in India. Screening for cancer results in disease diagnosis at an early stage, resulting in better treatment results. But even with considerable threat of cancer in females, only 3 per cent women in India go for a regular screening. Awareness about the risk factors that have a causative role in cancer is important. The risk factors such as smoking and dietary habits are modifiable; and persons having non-modifiable risk factors, if screened regularly, can be diagnosed at an early stage – translating into increased chances of curability. Although pap smears and mammograms are important as far as screening for Cervical & Breast cancers are concerned, these are not the only cancers that effect females. There is definite evidence that delayed sexual debut, limited number of sexual partners, prophylactic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, and breastfeeding, are associated with decreased risk of cervical and breast cancer respectively. Smoking, radiation exposure, alcohol and chronic infections

are the factors known to increase the risk of cancer. Other factors that may effect the cancer risk are diet, physical activity levels and obesity. Here are some cancer symptoms that are mostly overlooked by women. If you have any of these symptoms for a prolonged period, or there is a frequent recurrence of these warning symptoms, then it’s time for you to schedule a visit with your doctor. 1. Unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness or fatigue 2. Any oral ulcer that refuses to heal 3. Difficulty in swallowing 4. Swollen neck nodes, nodes in underarms, or any other abnormal swellings in the body. 5. Any lump in breast; nipple discharge 6. Long-standing cough – with or without expectoration; or Hemoptysis 7. Bloating, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or blood in stool. 8. Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding, or inter-menstrual bleeding. 9. Any abnormal per vaginam discharge, or postcoital bleeding. 10. Any blood in urine or faeces. u Head, Medical Oncology Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon

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also shown evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol.

Tip of the week

Apple Cider vinegar can easily be added to the daily ‘Master Cleanse Drink’ (the ‘master cleanse’, first thing in the morning, consists of fresh lime juice with some warm water and a dash of rock salt and cayenne pepper). Add a tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar to a tumbler of the lime juice drink. An optional add-on is a slice of fresh ginger. In addition, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for a number of other purposes in the kitchen. For example as a salad dressing, a pickling agent , or as a flavour in cooking. It also makes for a very refreshing drink, hot or cold, with or without honey – and can easily replace one or several of the habit-forming cups of tea or coffee we consume in a typical day.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week :

10 Warning Symptoms { Dr. Bhawna Sirohi }

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Over the hundreds of years of its use as folk remedy, it has been found that the natural, raw apple cider vinegar is the best form to have. Ideally it should be from organic sources. It is certainly not the most appetizing to look at …or to taste! The murky brown vinegar often shows sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and has a harsh acidic taste. As raw apple cider vinegar is made from nutritious organically grown apples, and is not pasteurised, it retains many of the fruit’s beneficial components. The raw version retains the ‘mother of vinegar’ made of living bacteria and

Mix some fresh Amla juice with an equal amount of lime juice. Use this mixture as a shampoo to improve hair growth and prevent hair loss

nutrients. During its two step fermentation, it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients, resulting in a veritable powerhouse of nutrients. Apple cider vinegar helps oxidise the blood, which consequently prevents high blood pressure – and related strain on the heart and blood vessels. It also promotes digestion, assimilation, and elimination – and it neutralises any toxic substance taken into the body. Long-term use of apple cider vinegar, especially if conditions like osteoporosis exist, should be under the supervision of a medical practitioner. 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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10–16 February 2012

Of Planets And Rashis

{ V.K Gaur }

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n Vedic astrology Graha (planets), Rashis and Nakshatras are closely linked. Our body is ruled by the Sun, and the mind is ruled by the Moon. Given below are the basic qualities and nature of the 9 planets. The planets keep varying their influence and impact on a Jatak (person), as they transit from one sign to another. Besides, the Mahadasha of a Jatak plays an important role in his/her life. The Sun's motion is welldetermined, and many Indian festivals are linked to the Sun’s entry into the various signs. On January 14 it enters Makara rashi, and this day is celebrated as Makara Sankranti; on April 13th/14th it enters Mesha rashi, and this day is celebrated as Baisakhi. The change in seasons is also linked to the Sun’s entry into various signs and nakshatras. It is the Pitrakaraka or the planet connected with father.

Graha Surya Chandra Mangal Budh Brahaspati Shukra Shani

Friends Chandra,Mangal, Brahaspati Surya, Budh Surya, Chandra, Brahaspati Surya, Shukra Surya, Chandra, Mangal Budh , Shani Shukra , Budh

Surya is hot and angry, its metal is gold, and gem is ruby. The Sun represents the eastern direction. Chandra/Moon is also a royal planet, and is also the Ruler in astrology. The Moon is the Matri karaka, or the planet connected with mother. It is cold, calm, white in color, silver is its metal, and the gem is pearl. Its direction is north-east. When the Sun and Moon are in the same rashi, the day is called Amavasya – or new moon day or the 1st day of the Krishna paksha (dark fortnight). When the sun and the moon are in the exact opposite signs, or 180 degrees apart, it is called Poornima – or the full moon day or the 1st day of the Shukla paksha (bright fortnight). The sign in which a Jatak’s Moon is placed in the birth chart, is called the Janma Rashi. The star constellation in which the Moon is placed is called Janma Nakshatra. Mangal/Mars or Kuja is

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e live in an age when we are constantly challenged by many factors around us. What we see, hear, feel, taste, touch, experience and think about, is what contributes to our overall well-being. To keep the balance, to feel the difference in our lives, we can follow some simple yet important mantras – 15 paths to joy and happiness.

1. Green Positive Chi

Our communion with nature is very important, and brings in positivity in our life. Regular contact with the very basics of nature—fresh air, sunshine and fresh water—is a must. Feel the grass under your feet in the mornings, play in the sand, listen to the birds, watch the busy ants and insects, and feel the good vibes that plants, flowers and trees offer you. Bring nature closer to you, with plants, fish bowls, and pets. Keeping the windows open,or keeping a plant on your desk, can reduce stress and uplift your spirits.

2. Simply Good

Treat yourself to simple pleasures that bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Friends can greatly alter your personal energy and well-being. Hang out with friends who make you laugh; read books that inspire you; visit cafes that make great coffee.

3. Words of Wisdom

Let your eyes and mind feast on words that inspire, and uplift your thoughts. Even 10 minutes of reading a book that speaks clearly to your soul, can literally turn your day or life around. Be deeply grateful to all the

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the Commander in astrology. It is the Bhatri karaka - the planet connected with brother. Its metal is copper, gem coral, and color is red. Its direction is south. Budh/Mercury - It is called the Prince in astrology. Its metal is copper, gem emerald, and colour is green. Its direction is north. Guru or Brahaspati /Jupiter – It is the Putra karaka, or the planet connected with male progeny. It is known as the Guru of the Gods. Its metal is gold, and gem yellow sapphire. Its direction is north – east. Shukra/Venus – It is the Kalatra karaka- the planet connected with spouse. It is known as the Guru of the Demons. Its metal is silver, color is white, and gem diamond. Its direction is south-east. Shani/Saturn – It is the Udyog karaka or planet connected with Profession. A well-placed Saturn can bestow excellent status (at times it is a king maker, if it occupies the tenth house in exalted position), prestige, name and fame; and a badly placed Saturn can be perilous. Its metal is iron, colour, blue and gem is blue sapphire. Its direction is west. Rahu or Dragons Head or North. Its colour is black, mixed-metal, and gem is Gomedh(Garnet). Ketu or Dragons Tail or South Node. Its colour is ash, and gem is cat’s eye. Ketu is always in the opposite

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sign to Rahu, i.e., exactly 180 degrees away. Each of the nine planets show different results, while placed in various rashis. This is an important aspect that must be remembered. Seven main planets rule the seven days of the week. Surya (Sun) rules Ravivar (Sunday); Chandra (Moon) rules Somvar (Monday); Mangal (Mars) rules Mangalvar (Tuesday); Budh (Mercury) rules Budhvar (Wednesday); Brahaspati (Jupiter) rules Guru/ Brahaspativar (Thursday); Shukra (Venus) rules Shukravar (Friday); Shani (Saturn) rules Shanivar (Saturday); Rahu and Ketu do not rule any day. Nine grahas (planet) are also called Navagraha. The real value and characteristics of planets are interpreted on the basis of the rashi on which they are located – either at birth

The 15 Fold Path wonderful authors out there, for sharing their stories.

4. Silence is Golden

Silence is one of the most healing and restorative practices. All ancient cultures value silence and stillness – to cultivate positive energy.

8. Smell is the Essence

Aromatherapy can uplift the energy in a room, and even trigger positive thoughts and feelings. A few dabs of your favourite essential oil on your wrist, or in an oil burner, can boost your mood and uplift your spirits.

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time, or time of astrological interpretation.

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Vedic Jyotish interprets the universe in the form of a person. The body of the universe consists of the 12 Rashis, which can be roughly translated as astrological signs. Each Rashi represents a part of the body. The nine Grahas or planets govern this universal body. The 12 Rashis are represented as 12 equal segments of a circle, each covering 30 degrees. The sequence of the 12 Rashis begins with Mesha as the first Rashi. The 12 signs of the zodiac each have a specific appearance and a habitat. They have an impact on a jatak (person) born in the concerned lagna rashi. From next week, we shall take up individual Rashis, starting with Mesh (Aries). u

11. Wonder Bath

Cleanse negativity from your aura, and remove chemicals from your body. Soak for 20 minutes each day for 7 days. If you start to feel dizzy or weird, leave the bath immediately – as you have successfully loosened and removed negativity from your physical and energy bodies.

13. Think of Joy

Visualise your life in the most beautiful way you can imagine. We call this creative visualisation; and by believing in it, you will make it happen.

6. Vote for an Organic Day

All fried, fatty, oily and heavilyprocessed foods should be avoided, as these can put stress on our liver. Also try to eat mindfully, and you will soon notice the feeling your food gives you.

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Throw out the negative issues in your life, and look for opportunities that suit your life purpose. Do the same with every aspect of your life that is de-energising you. You will soon feel the difference, and understand yourself better.

One of the simplest ways to infuse your body with positive energy is with Pranic breathing. Deep inhaling and exhaling removes toxins, oxygenates your body, and calms your nervous system.  Just a few minutes of inhaling every hour, is a wonderful positive energy habit – to add to your daily routine.

7. Mindful Eating

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5. Mindful Breathing

Turn yourself off from technology for one day. Also, avoid TV and junk food – as also conflicts and friends who gossip.

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9. Candle Power

Candles—even the simple white variety—can be used for healing, gathering and cleansing. Light a candle to cleanse your home of any negative vibes. Sprinkle salt in a circle around the candle, and say a positive affirmation. Likewise, burning sage sticks around the house will also cleanse and uplift the aura of the home.

10. Musical Vibes

Music can heal and bring in positive thoughts to your mind. The most healing sounds are those from nature. The next best are sacred sounds, chants, mantras or classical music.

Before getting out of bed, smile deeply into your thoughts, your eyes, your ears – and most importantly, smile into your heart. Meditate by closing your eyes for just about two minutes, by visualising your smiling face – and sending out a positive affirmation for the day.

15. Laugh out Loud

Laughter is the quickest and easiest way to snap out of a bad mood, and release natural pain killers. There are many ways to strengthen your laughter muscles. Join a laughter club; or alternately, create your own laughter mantra, and repeat often – “The more I laugh, the happier and healthier I become”. u Tarot Card Reader Email: bhavanasharma89@ yahoo.com


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Wood And Wicker { Shirin Mann / FG }

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t is usually said that your home reflects your personality, who you really are. While some people go for the traditional look, others may like their home more modern, contemporary and modular. When you enter a blue room, you know its a boy’s room; and when it’s a pink one, it’s definitely a girl’s. Similarly an artist’s home may look very different from that of a doctor’s. Such desires and wants for something unique and different, to suit personal tastes and likes, has created room for several furniture boutiques and stores. They not only make custom made pieces for you, but also have on shelf some unusual designs.

Chizzle

A fashionable furniture boutique in Galaxy Hotel, it definitely catches your eye, with its

stunning pieces of carved wood, and a luxurious lay out. Chizzle opened about 4 years ago and is run by Sheena Khan, an Interior Consultant and Designer, who has been in the business for over 14 years. It specialises in designing customised furniture, as well as provides personalised services like ideas on creative space conceptualisation and their execution. The boutique provides wooden, bespoke furniture pieces, designed by Sheena and handcrafted by her artisans and craftsmen. They ensure that the homes and workplaces of their clients give you a glimpse into their personalities and lifestyles. Sheena Khan, owner of Chizzle says, “We at ‘Chizzle’ do not believe in mass producing, and provide extremely personalised services to all our clients. Anyone who is a furniture enthusiast, and extremely passionate about his/her home or workplace, and wants each piece of furniture to be exceptional, is the one we’d like to work with. The

main aim here is not to think short term or transient gain; on the contrary, I am looking to establish long-term relationships, with my present and future clients – for mutual benefit. And most of the pieces we churn out will not be repeated, which maintains the exclusivity of Chizzle furniture.” ‘Chizzle’s fine products include furniture and furnishings belonging to the traditional and contemporary styles of interior design. In addition to this, the design house also provides services such as design concept development, space planning, design specifications, photo realistic render-

A League Of Its Own { Yashasvi Diptivilasa }

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s a footballing rivalry, this is right up there with El Clasico. Manchester United vs Liverpool always stokes the passions of fans of both clubs – infinitely more than when facing other recently emerged rivals. Their play-off dates are engraved into the fans’ calendars at the start of the season. As always, sub-plots abound. Wayne Rooney’s suggestion that Luis Suarez should have seen red, for a kick at Scott Parker, has been ignored – but will definitely not go unnoticed on Merseyside. On the other side, Kenny Dalglish’s suggestion that Suarez ‘should never have been out in the first place’ will surely only further serve to intensify hostilities. For United, it was definitely a case of 2 points dropped, at the weekend against Chelsea – but the manner of the point gained will have given their confidence and morale an immense boost. Liverpool may not be the powerhouse they

once were, but have a habit of pulling up their socks in the ‘big games’. Their win against United in the FA Cup certainly proves they are capable enough; and only a glut of disappointing home draws prevents them from being talked about as potential title challengers. It would do well to remember that they are a work in progress. No matter how hard anyone tries, 7 new signings cannot be expected to gel so soon – within an year. Dalglish, should definitely give Andy Carroll another start. He was excellent against Tottenham – winning headers and deftly flicking the ball on. What Liverpool need to work on is midfield runners, to get hold of those flick-ons. Carroll should probably be supported by an attacking trio of Bellamy, Gerrard and Suarez. Henderson, has worked pretty tirelessly when he’s played (though being spectacular) – and his energy could well help in the middle of the park (at the cost of Charlie Adam). Spearing is a must start. The defence really picks itself. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger

have formed probably the best central defensive partnership in the league. Manchester United will definitely feel the onus is on them to keep the pressure up on Manchester City, in the Premier League title race. They probably will go 4-4-2, with Rooney and Welbeck up front. Scholes and Carrick in midfield, supported by Giggs and Valencia on the flanks. The back four pick themselves for United too, albeit for different reasons. United have done an absolutely brilliant job of staying near the top. The spotlight is definitely going to stay on two men— Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez—in the build-up to, and duration of, the match. However, it is the tactical battle between the two managers in the dugouts that will prove most interesting. Make no mistake, this is a rejuvenated Liverpool side. And a Manchester United side high on confidence, after a 3 goal comeback vs Chelsea. It should be an absolute cracker of a match. u

ing, furnishing selection and procurement, consultation and project supervision.Now, this fine furniture boutiquewould also like to bring out budget furniture pieces – for those who love their designs, ideas and quality – but at a lower cost. Where: 107, Galaxy Hotel Complex, Sector 15 part 2, Gurgaon We loved: The beautiful mother of pearl centre table piece

Chantik

This large furniture boutique in South Point mall is quite the one stop shop for all your interior needs. Specialising in elegant wooden furniture from your lounge, dining room to your bed room – this boutique also has beautiful accessories for your home or workplace. Like picture frames, flower vases, cutlery holders, unique table mats, centre show pieces, bottle holders, fancy candle stands, decorative lights etc. Started in 2006, Chantik furniture is intricately carved. Its unique ideas are a mesh of tradition and modernity- the perfect designs for present day home makers. And whats great about this store is that the wood is purchased from mills that use environmentally sound harvesting practices. The furniture is fairly affordable too. Lata Sood, a home maker and a shopper at Chantik says, “I was referred to this boutique by a friend, who had done up her house beautifully two years ago with the furniture she picked from Chantik – so I decided to have a look. And the finish, colour and designs of their furniture is really good. I am quite picky about the finish of my furniture; but the pieces I have seen so far here, live up to my expectations. I have just ordered a few pieces, and am here to look for furniture for the guest room. The best part is that they custom-make and change designs, as per your likes and dislikes.” Where: 101, 1st floor, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon We loved: the family lounge

couches, and the large silver ball shaped candle stands But if you are still not satisfied with our finds, and are looking for low budget yet stylish, beautiful furniture, then check out the row of stores selling neatly handcrafted, stunning wicker and cane furniture on MG Road. And for all you environmentally friendly peeps this is just perfect. Wicker is not derived from the scarce resources of wood. Today there is an extensive choice of eye catching, desirable indoor and outdoor furniture made out of wicker and cane. You can definitely give the wood pieces a miss. On offer are the impressive and utterly comfortable ‘tokri chairs’, that could cuddle up a six feel tall man; the new look jhulas or swings; cave seats, wicker sofa sets; as well as accessories like lamp shades, wall hangings, frames. At half the cost of wood, they have enticed definitely a lot of young buyers. Go ahead and bargain your way – you might just get great deals. Mirna Singh, architect, says, “The concept of wicker and cane furniture is not only environment friendly, but also refreshing. It helps break through from the regular wooden furniture, and adds some spark to your décor. And with the kind of wicker furniture that is available on MG Road, you don’t have to go too far either. It gives a very young peppy look. If you are hesitant to use it indoors, put it outside. It’s stunning for your garden and the verandah.” Where: MG Road, close to Sultanpur Metro Station We loved: The tokri chairs that come in small, medium and big sizes. So now that the winter chills are quite over, and you’re out of your cozy blankets, revamp your homes with beautiful wooden and wicker furniture available in your City – and give your house that much needed change that you’ve been thinking about. Whatever your budget, style or idea, your city offers it all. u


18 Gypsy Gauhar { Shilpy Arora / FG }

The model-turned-actress, and now the gypsy princess of Zangoora, Gauhar Khan opens up on play-acting, Bollywood and Gurgaon. Excerpts from the interview:

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You started your career as a VJ and model, then moved to Bollywood, and now Zangoora. What did you aspire for when you took up modelling? I don’t do anything that my heart doesn’t like . I did modelling for five years because I loved it. Then for one and a half years, I was not doing anything; as I was testing the waters. Finally, I took up Jhalak Dikhla Ja, and then got a call from Yash Raj Films for Rocket Singh. When I was a model, I used to love walking on a ramp; but I always knew there is a performer in me. That’s the reason I, eventually, landed here for Zangoora.

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Many theatre actors feel that after performing on stage, it feels bland to perform in front of a camera. See, performing on the stage is a great thing. But I wouldn’t term cinema as a bland experience by any means; because the only difference is that the cinema is a director’s medium, while stage is an actor’s medium. On stage, the actor is the director. But, at the same time, performing in front of a technical thing called a camera is not a joke.

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Have you ever had any embarrassing moments on stage? No embarrassing moments as such. But once, one of my coactors pulled off my wig. However, I kept performing. You have to keep performing, unless something really drastic happens – because the audience has come here to watch you, not your wig. If I had to let that effect me, I would have probably left the stage. So I kept performing.

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You are not a traditional theatre personality, and Zangoora is not an ordinary theatre show. There are a lot of aerial stunts involved. Did you get any special training for Zangoora? They signed me off first, and then, me and the whole team, were given special training. There was stunt training, dance training, and action training. It took us eight months to put the show together.

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You perform every weekend in the Kingdom of Dreams, and then go back to Mumbai. How do you juggle Mumbai and Gurgaon? For the last two years, my base has been Gurgaon. But I also travel to Mumbai. On weekends, I perform here; and on other days, I perform in Mumbai. I have managed it till date. And I hope I will keep it going like this (smiles).

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You, generally spend your weekends here. How do you think weekends in Gurgaon match up to those in Mumbai? I think the quality of living in Gurgaon is better than that of Mumbai. The city is better in terms of infrastructure, in terms of theatre quality, and entertainment options. Of course, Mumbai is the Bollywood base; but there are lot of things I find interesting in Gurgaon. It has a lot of potential to develop.

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Where in the city do you spend your weekends? And what is your favourite night-out destination? I am not a party animal. I spend my weekends at the Kingdom of Dreams, as I have to perform till late at night. Also, I don’t really feel safe going out to a pub or a club. But yes, I go for dinners and movies with my friends. My favourites are Monk at Galaxy, and Convergys dhaba. If I get late, I just grab a bite of my favourite Gobi Parantha at this dhaba. I also like Tonino, an Italian restaurant in Mehrauli.

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What is the best thing about performing for Zangoora? And what keeps you going? It is great to see different reactions – joy, tears, excitement – live on the stage, while you are performing. To get instant reaction of 800 people sitting in an auditorium, I think is a high for any actor. You never get such a feel of emotions in cinema. On stage, you get to know instantly whether you are performing well or not.

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Two ladies were fighting for a seat in a bus. Bus conductor : The older one should sit here Both looked at each other, and the seat remained empty! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him ‘How do you expect to get into Heaven?’ The boy thought it over and said, ‘Well, I’ll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door, until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!’’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.’ Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, ‘I’m Jane Sugarbrown.’ The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, ‘Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?’ She replied, ‘I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The doctor told James that if he ran eight kilometers a day for 300 days, he would lose 34 kilos. At the end of 300 days, James called the doctor to report he had lost the weight, but he had a problem. “What’s the problem?” asked the doctor. “I’m 2400 kms from home.”

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Frankly speaking, I don’t feel safe, especially after the new year’s eve incident, when a drunken mob tried to abduct a woman. You feel terrible when you hear such stories. I think in any city in India one should feel safe. However, the people of Gurgaon are very nice. They are so approachable, very open hearted and there is a lot of love in Gurgaon.

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Have you ever had any crazy fan experience here? There was one humorous, though scary, incident that happened in a mall. A lady saw me and started running after me. She was walking with a oneand-a-half or a two year old baby. As she knew she had to take the baby along; she literally pulled up the baby with one arm. The baby was hanging, and she was running towards me. I didn’t know whether

to feel happy about it or to feel bad – because she was not attentive to the child.

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Zangoora is a one-time show for the audience, but doesn’t it get monotonous for you and other artists? That is the job of an actor. It is like asking a chef if he/she is bored of making the same dish everyday. It is not monotonous at all. Any show that is running for so long must be good. And it can’t be good if actors are not delivering. Everybody is delivering because everybody is enjoying it.

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What are your future plans? Would you go back to Bollywood, or like to do similar shows like Zangoora? I don’t want to restrict myself to one thing. I have a release in May. It is a Yash Raj Production, Ishaqzaade. Also, I am doing Khan Sisters, that has been amazing so far. u


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Homesome Food { Aalok Wadhwa }

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achi Ba is a hybrid word that means the digit 8 – in Mandarin and Japanese. Eight is considered very lucky in many countries of the Far East, because of Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. The restaurant is situated in a relatively remote part of Gurgaon – past Ardee city on the Gold Souk road. The first thing that strikes you is its minimalist interiors – simple furniture and tangkha art adorning the walls. “I have decorated this place with my own hands,” says the owner and Chef Kalsang Kelly. Personal touch and attention, I am soon going to find out, is the hallmark of Hachi Ba. A Delhi-based model co-ordinator of

Hachi Ba 2, Main Sector Road, Near Ardee City, Sector 56, Gurgaon Cuisine: Chinese Timing: 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM No alcohol served.

Sikkimese origin, Kelly recently decided to shift gears, and start his own restaurant – to serve fresh, simple and hygienic food. “I do not use any ajinomoto or excessive spices and oil in the food,” he says. This food philosophy is best showcased in the Hachi Ba soup (Rs. 130), a clear soup with oodles of vegetables, sea food, and rice noodles. Next, the Pork Shabaleb (Rs. 120), a classic Tibetan bread. It is like a roti folded with a stuffing of shredded pork (in Lhasa they use yak meat), and seasoned with spring onions – with the sides folded at the edges like a curry puff, and then shallow fried. The taste is scrumptious. Kelly believes in being hands on. He is at once cooking, making sure every dish is garnished beautifully, and serving. He unravels a basket of steaming hot chicken momos (Rs. 150), accompanied with a fieryhot red chutney. The momos are well crafted. The casing is not too thick, the fillings are a mouthful; and dipped in the hot chutney, they are have just what it takes to warm up a cold winter day. Next, the pork ribs (Rs. 250) – they are crisp, sweet, spicy, meaty bites of joy! For the main course, I order chicken in black bean sauce (Rs. 250), with veg noodles (Rs. 150) – and as expected by now, both are delicious. The pungent salty taste that characterises a good black bean sauce, and succulent chunks of chicken, make for a mouthwatering meal. The noodles complete the experience, wholesome as they are from being made fresh at the restaurant. So how does Kelly plan to attract customers in such a far away location? “I just make sure that I serve good food. The customers follow,” says the confident restauranteur. Hachi Ba stands apart because of its unpretentious setting, and complete focus on good food. u

{ Manjula Narayan } Ajay Jain, the man behind the Kunzum Cafe in Hauz Khas Village – that quaint meeting place that allows you to pay what you please for your cup of coffee and biscuits -- has written the very useful Delhi 101. Rather honestly described as “an incomplete illustrated must-do guide to Delhi”, this slim volume is a neat and welcome addition to the long list of books on this magnificent

Delhi 101 Author: Ajay Jain PUBLISHER: Kunzum PRICE: Rs. 395 Genre: Travel and Adventure eternal city. While most of the others are bogged down by the author’s need to appear like a resident expert, this one stands out for its lack of pretension – and its resolute refusal to be stodgy and boring. A city’s monuments may be spectacular, its historical sights – the step wells, forts and traditional markets – works of wonder, but it is the people that make a place what it is. Jain has clearly understood this. As a result, Delhi 101 has many fascinating personalities – like Pappu Pahalwan, the wrestler who doubles up as a doctor; and Roshan Lall,

who lives on the street in Chandni Chowk. Then, there are the rather droll ‘institutions’ like Sablok Clinic in Darya Ganj; that has been promising to cure everything— from hairy palms to venereal disease—for generations. The excerpt from the Clinic’s website, that advises young men on the correct way to conduct themselves on their honeymoon, especially provides much mirth: “You must know the code of decency and observe good manners and need not be in a reckless hurry about sexual union, otherwise this happy occasion may turn into an unlucky night”. Delhi 101 is a convenient size, and you can whip it out as you set off in search of the perfect jalebi; or attempt to fit yourself with a zany Rajesh Khanna inspired wig at the Lareesa Hair Cutting Saloon; or check out the exploits of wrestlers at the city’s numerous akharas. It is written in a style that’s easily accessible, by someone who knows the capital, and has a gentle sense of humour too. Jain says the resident bats of Ugrasen ki Baoli will oblige photographers with a grin when they see a flash-light go pop. Delhi 101 is a definite must buy… even if you think you’re familiar with the city. Because surely you didn’t know where and how to engage an authentic wedding band; or how to be part of a Ha Ha yoga club! u

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BOOK

{ Alka Gurha }

To Love

Vidyarthi, a forlorn lady who works in an advertising agency, is the literary protagonist in ‘Omens 1’. Vatsala part from being a writer and a suspects she has been robbed, during publisher, Namita Gokhale is also her one-night stand, while on an ofthe co-director of the Jaipur Literature ficial junket to Rishikesh. She returns, Festival. She is the author of several determined to bury acclaimed novels - like ‘Paro the hurtful incident. In - Dreams of Passion’, ‘Priya: the engrossing and In Incredible Indyaa’, inscrutable ‘Hams‘Gods, Graves and Granddhwani’, a goldenmother’, ‘A Himalayan winged swan beLove Story’ and ‘Shakuncomes the storyteller tala: The Play of Memory’. of the tale of lovers, Her works of non-fiction Nala and Damayanti. include ‘Mountain Echoes’, “I wanted to work on and ‘The Book of Shiva’. a piece about Nala Having read Paro, a cult and Damayanti for novel, I did not hesitate to many years. The pick ‘The Habit of Love’, myth touched someher new collection of short thing in me ever since stories. The tales revolve I had worked on the around the inner lives of Mahabharata – and women from varied time encountered the tale zones. The assortment of hidden in the folds stories is mostly introspecTHE HABIT OF LOVE of the epic,” says tive, piecing together the Author: Namita Gokhale Gokhale. mysteries and enigmas of PUBLISHER: Penguin These stories are different women. Namita PRICE: Rs. 250 especially endearing says, “The stories speak for women readers, as of a woman’s need to Genre: Fiction they explore complex love, rather than the emotions of love – objects of love. Women bordering on anxiety and vulnerability. love passionately, deeply – often I am not sure if young men would angrily.” These stories have been appreciate the rather philosophical written over a long period of time. voices and story settings. According to Namita the first story, The prose in this book is as searing ‘Omens Sacred and Profane’, was as it is searching. penned over twenty years ago. The book is eminently suited for the This collection gets its title (‘The literary reader who wishes to peel the Habit of Love’), from a story of a widowed mother of two daughters, whose surface, appreciate the sophisticated prose, and embark on a perceptive anguish stands like a lonely Himajourney – where the demons are often layan peak in the ring of icy heights of our own making. u surrounding Kathmandu. Vatsala

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{ Vijaya Kumar }

From The 90s

Shriya Saran, looks extremely fetching in her role; the paying guest played by Mughda Godse is an unnecessary disailash Kher’s rendering of the title traction to the main theme. Looks like the song, and his mouthing the song in a director Rumi Jaffery, who cameo role in the beginhas directed some very ning of the movie, gives a forgettable films in the past, firm beginning to this low suddenly felt that the texbudget production. The ture and overall feel of the meaningful lyrics by Swamovie was dated; and denand Kirkire, and the piccided that the best way to turisation of the procession bring it to the current conagainst the background of text would be to introduce the dusty lanes of Bhopal, the scandal seeking Veena nicely sets up the movie: Mallik in an item number. If a satire on corruption, and there were to be an award how it embroils the aam for abundance of vulgar exjanta (common man). pression, ‘her song’ would One of the finest movies certainly be amongst the in this theme/genre was fore-runners. the Shyam Benegal diThe story line itself is rected WELL DONE ABBA Gali gali chor hai not bad, and the travails of released in 2010. UnforDirected by: Rumi Jaffery a bank cashier over a suptunately, it did not do well CAST: Akshaye Khanna, posedly stolen anachronistic commercially – virtually no table fan, has been cleverly marketing, and no ‘masala’. Satish Kaushik, Shriya Saran woven against the backAnd maybe corruption and GENRE: Comedy / Drama ground of the all pervasive Anna were not ‘big’ then. However, GGCH looks like a dated pro- corruption. The dialogues too have a fair degree of witticism; and the shots of Bhopal duction. It places its fortunes on sagging capture the nuances of a town thriving well actors, who have all but disappeared from on corrupt fodder. With a little more publicthe silver screen – despite some excelity, GGCH can do well in the hinterland. lent portrayals by the lead actor Akshaye Akshaye Khanna, whose only hit has been Khanna, Satish Kaushik as his father, and the multi-starrer DIL CHAHTA HAI, appears Annu Kapoor as the corrupt cop. Add to in GGCH with a luxurious crop of hair; but them Anu Malik and Jagdeep, ­and we neither that nor the skimpily clad Veena are are watching a nineties production. The likely to move urban audiences. u female lead, played by the Southern star

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10–16 February 2012

B usiness

The Crime Of This Century

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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f you are getting unsolicited emails or telephone calls from people, who claim to represent a bank or a financial institution – Beware – you could be the next victim of identity fraud or identity theft. It is a crime that is rapidly increasing in this part of the world, even as it confounds the law enforcement agencies in Europe and the United States. The increasing globalisation of the economy, and the prolific use of the Internet, has further helped the spread of this crime – as sophisticated operators, who are part of organised crime networks, are helped by the anonymity that the virtual world offers. Ian Craig, Managing Director of CPP (Card Protection Plan), defines identity theft as a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personal information—such as a PAN Number or driver's license—in order to impersonate someone else. This information can be used to obtain credit/loans, merchandise, and services in the name of the victim; or to provide

the thief with false credentials, he says. “Identity theft has emerged as the crime of this century, and it is high time that people understand the gravity of the situation here,” says Craig. His company, CPP, will soon launch an Identity Theft Protection programme in India. Based in Gurgaon, CPP is already operating the Plastic Card Theft Protection Programme since 2008 in India; and Craig says that the response of clients and business partners—including 11 leading banks—has been quite positive. Being an expert on the identity theft crime, Craig told Friday Gurgaon that the maturity, complexity and the quantum of this crime is likely to increase exponentially in India – as the economic profile of citizens improves rapidly, in direct proportion to the economic growth. “The situation is already serious here as 80 per cent of the adults who have been online have fallen victim to some form of identity theft,” says Craig citing the Norton Cyber Crime Report.

Basic Steps To Prevent Identity Theft  Do not disclose your personal details online, or on social networks.  Do not respond to suspicious emails asking for your personal details; and never disclose your bank, credit/debit card details and PIN numbers to anybody – online or offline.  Ensure you use adequate updated antivirus software.  If you receive a request from a friend or family member stranded while on holiday, asking you to transfer money to them, contact them by phone―or alternative contact―to verify that the request is genuine, before sending any money or providing personal details.  Regularly check your credit card and/or bank statements to ensure that suspicious transactions are detected.  Shred all documents containing personal information, such as credit card and bank statements.  Log directly onto websites you are interested, in rather than clicking on links provided in an email.  Read your credit report from time to time, to track any suspicious changes.

Craig also says that the rising number of Phishing attacks in India are due to rising Internet penetration, and growing online transactions. Not only are the citizens the victims of such crimes, but unfortunately the country has also become a hub for hosting phishing sites that aim to steal confidential information, such as passwords and credit card details, says the Norton Report. Listing the signals of a potential identity fraud, Craig says you should be alerted if you are getting unexpected calls from a bank, or an e-mail from your bank asking you to use a hyperlink, or people making enquiries of your credit history. “If you notice such activity, get in touch with your bank – and clarify such activity. Most of the times people realise they have been victimised when it is too late,” he warns. The seriousness of the online crime can be ascertained from the fact that the Reserve Bank of India has issued a statement asserting that RBI as an organisation, or its employees, never contacts people through unsolicited phone calls or e-mails – asking for money or information. This warning was issued in the wake of several Indian citizens having been duped by conmen posing as RBI officials, on phone and emails. Increasing addiction to the social networking sites by Indi-

Ian Craig, Managing Director of CPP

ans, is another cause of concern. People, both young and old, are embracing this phenomenon with great enthusiasm – while throwing caution to the wind. Craig says that Identity Theft criminals are very talented people, who use every device and stratagem to get real information about their victims; and social networking sites are a data mine for them. It is important to use these sites cautiously. The information that is put on these sites can be worked upon by potential criminal, to filch your identity – your bank account, driving licence, pan cards, and other personal documents,” he says. CPP’s Online Data Patrol would constantly monitor the client's personal and financial data; and as soon as some

'fishy' activity is reported, an SMS and Email alert will be sent, says Craig. His company being an expert in Identity Theft prevention, would also keep a watch on the underworld – to ensure that personal data of its clients is not traded or misused by organised crime networks, he asserts. We have developed deep expertise in protecting our customers,” says Craig. He politely refuses to divulge the number of identity theft complaints his company registers, or the number of clients it has in India. ID theft can have grave, sometimes devastating, repercussions on its victims – ranging from financial loss, and damaged credit ratings, to the loss of reputation. At a time when more and more information is being shared both online and offline, the security of personal information is very important. Be careful with your personal information, since resolution of identity theft can take months, even years, to straighten out,” warns the ID theft specialist. Craig has been in India for the last 8 months, and likes the country and the colours it offers. His mission is to ensure that Identity Theft crimes are not left unchecked in this country, and people are made aware and protected from what he calls the Crime of This Century. u

Industrial Association Implores Government { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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ending a clear message to the state government, the Nawada-Naharpur Industrial Association—that comprises of industries neighbouring IMT Manesar—has said that its members might have to relocate to other states, if the condition of the infrastructure—particularly the Naharpur-Hayatpur road—does not improve in the near future. Nirmal Kumar Minda, CEO and Managing Director of Minda Industries Limited, who is also the President of this Association, says that the condition of this road is so bad that it has become almost impossible for vehicles to ply on it. “We have approached the local administration, including the Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner, but no action has been taken,” he says. Incidentally, the NawadaNaharpur Industrial Association has only 14 members; and all of them have major industrial units on this road. Vice President of the Association S.K Rathi says that they have large tie-ups with companies abroad, and it becomes embarrassing for them to invite their customers and

partners from abroad – as infrastructure is in very poor shape. N.K Kansal, MD, Kansal Industries wants the government to ensure that traffic from National Highway 8 is not diverted to this road. “Heavy traffic, coupled with overloaded building material carriers, have destroyed this road. We got it repaired, but the volume of traffic is so high that nothing works here,” he says.

There are around 5000 workers employed in the industrial units here. The companies here contribute a lot of money to the state exchequer, in terms of taxes – but despite that we are given a step-motherly treatment”, laments Ajay Singhal, MD Om Logistics. He wants the government to take the matter up on priority, as the industry is suffering heavily. The urbanisation of the local villages in the vicinity of these industries is causing some more problems to the industry, says the Association. Naharpur village, that had an

original population of around 6000 people, presently houses around 2.5 lakh people – that work in the industrial units in and around Manesar. Alban Bernier, CEO of Donaldson Filtration Solutions, complains that the dumping of sewage water behind their factory has led to unhealthy conditions in the area, and foul smell emanates constantly from there. Employees in our factory are refusing to work in a particular part, as it is very difficult to breathe there. Donaldson Systems also wants to expand, but the question is: Are we ready to do it in the present circumstances?” he says. When asked what has been the experience in other countries, Bernier says, “I have worked in China for 4 years, and whenever the industry faced a problem it was resolved immediately. They first build the roads, power-lines and sewage system, before allowing the industry to come in. Here it is totally opposite”, he says. He however appreciated the Indian work force as being hardworking and loyal to the company. “The people are good, but the system needs to work”, he quips. u


10–16 February 2012

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V alentine’s Day 21

Saintly Love

he arrival of February is much anticipated. Besides the clear sky and the onset of spring, there is the impatient wait for the 14th – Valentine’s Day. Excitement levels are high.With most stores, cafés, restaurants, gift shops and malls already blooming with hearts, streamers, teddy bears, love messages, cupids, and loads of other red things, Gurgaon’s young and old await the Day – to celebrate with something special. Valentine’s Day, named after a Saint, is now celebrated as a day to express love. It is now celebrated across the world, with enthusiasm. While cards, confectionery, flowers and candlelit dinners are common ways of celebrating this day, some Gurgaonites plan to do it differently. Others share unique ideas from their past. Most of us romantics have watched the famous movie, A Walk to Remember; if not, this Valentine’s would be a great time to watch it with your partner. Some have gone that extra mile, and inspired by the movie, and named a star after their love. Amy Bakshi, social worker and a “hopeless romantic”—as she describes herself—dreamily says, “I love the idea of love; and Valentine’s is one day that gives you the perfect reason to express it. I am so lucky to have found a man who shares a similar dream – , if not the same (she laughs). I won’t lie though; I definitely expect presents on Valentine’s. So last Valentine’s, when my door bell rang, I thought my bouquet of lilies or orchids is here. There was a brown package, that had come all the way from Switzerland. I was surprised and really confused. When I opened it, I saw a certificate from the International Star Registry, that read - ‘This is to certify that a star in the heavens has been named Amy Bakshi – in the Pisces constellation’. And the map gave the telescopic coordinates of the star, and directions on when and how I could see it. Aditya, my fiancé had named a star after me! I was thrilled. I cannot explain

how I felt; that is the best gift I have ever received. When I told my friends about it, they were so excited too. I did not know that you could actually buy a star on the International Star Registry website, and name it after someone. Since last year was so exceptional, I have no idea what’s in store for me this year.” While guys are going all out to woo their girls with such creative ideas for gifts, the girls are not too far behind. Deepa Handa, Career Counsellor, is all excited for her first Valentine’s after marriage, and has some creative plans for her husband. “Dhruv and I got engaged last October, after dating for five and a half years; and we have had a great Valentine’s Day each year. We have done the dinners, flowers, chocolates – and sometimes even holidays. But this year, as we plan our special dinner, I have thought of doing something different. I am a person who likes to hold on to memories, and collect them. I still have the tickets from our first movie; the boarding pass from our first holiday to Goa; paper coasters from our first official date; and some really old pictures, that I

am sure Dhruv doesn’t remember. So I am thinking of making my husband a memoir. I am going to put together all our memories of the past five years in a scrap book, and write something on each page, that brings back memories. I know he’s going to love it, since he’s not expecting it.” says Deepa. You know how they say distance makes the heart grow fonder; it’s definitely true in Karan’s case. Karan Singh, a commercial pilot, was not one for showcasing love, leave alone expressing it on Valentine’s. Rather, he thought it was all very “overrated”; until this year. “I have never believed in Valentine’s Day, or any one specific day to express love. I felt it should be expresed whenever one wants to; and sometimes you don’t need to express it at all. But Kavya (Karan’s girlfriend) is the opposite, and she always complained about how we don’t do anything special on the Day. A few months ago Kavya moved to Bangalore, to do her Diploma course; I honestly do miss her a lot; and this time I felt like expressing it. I know it sounds funny and quite contradictory to what I felt earlier, but this Valentine’s is the perfect day for me to express my love. So I am flying down to her on the 13th night, and planning to surprise her with balloons, a heart-shaped cake, candies, flowers – and the most embarrassing, a poem! I have struggled to write that, and it reads like a six-year-old’s. But I know that she will love it.” That’s sweet, isn’t it? And you know what! The oldest known Valentine, still in existence today, is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleans. He wrote the piece to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. The poem is now a part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London. Whether it’s with chocolates, flowers, or a simple note, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to express how you feel, say sorry for something you did wrong, or just bring a smile to someone’s face. And it doesn’t have to be a partner. This Valentine’s, take the opportunity to show love and affection to your parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. u


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10–16 February 2012

A Titanic Crossing - A 100 Years After Crystal Cruises

{ Hilke Segbers / Southampton, Britain/New York / DPA }

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seven days and nights. No hotel in the world can offer the variety of activities that a cruise liner provides. You can learn how to waltz, or play bridge; try your hand at watercolour painting or knitting. There are also courses you can take – such as “iPhone and iPad for beginners” - or, if you’re more in the James Bond mode, learning “The Secret of the Correctly Stirred Martini.” But most passengers simply spend their days lazing about. They might do some reading in the library, browse in the shops, or drink a cappuccino in the cafes - or maybe a martini in the Commodore Club. Others may be playing darts or singing karaoke. The sea, which can

Napier Art Deco Festival { David Barber / Napier, New Zealand / DPA }

and skyscraper shapes – which were all the rage of the jazz age. Claiming to be the only city in the he New Zealand port city of Napier, which bills itself as the Art Deco capi- world to have been entirely built in tal of the world, steps back in time the Depression, Napier contains the most concentrated and significant every February to salute its heritage. Visitors from all over the world join group of Art Deco buildings on the thousands of locals to put on outrageous globe. There is even an Art Deco Mcfashions of the 1930s—including slinky Donald’s, in a revamped hotel in subshort dresses, feathery boas, white tux- urban Taradale. Any day of the year, visitors can take edos, exotically striped blazers and straw boaters—and kick their heels in true flap- guided tours to see the architectural highlights; but on the third weekend of every per style. Jazz bands share the streets, lined February the city celebrates its unique with architecture of a bygone age – with heritage with age-old fashions, wine, dance and song. This year’s activities will get under way on February 16. The four days which the city’s Art Deco Trust dubs “a not-tooserious celebration of the Art Deco style”, include elaborate champagne breakfasts and dinner banquets by the beach; and balls at which the Charleston, Black Bottom and Dixieland jazz are de rigueur. The programme includes a vintage car parade, a bathing belles contest, jitterbug lessons, a Gatsbystyle picnic under the massive Norfolk pines that line Marine Parade, and special screenings of movies One of the most impressive Art Deco structures in Napier is the Rothmans Building, which was starring John Barrymore, Cary Grant put up in the 1930s. and Katharine Hepburn. There will be street parties, a golf vintage cars and vintage aircraft taking tournament (plus-fours may be worn), a to the roads and skies. silver slipper ball, a soap box derby, starThis is all due to a massive 7.8 earth- light suppers, and a Twilight Toe Tap jazz quake that razed the former city to the street dance. ground – killing 256 people, on February Napier is well-equipped for celebra3, 1931. tions, being situated in the heart of Architects who rebuilt the city turned Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s leadnot to ancestral England for their inspi- ing grape-growing areas – with nearly ration, but to America – where Art Deco 30 wineries. public buildings, banks, hotels and skyArt Deco fans who cannot reach Napiscrapers had transformed the New York er in February have another chance to cityscape. Inside three years, a new Napi- see the city celebrate on the weekend of er arose, featuring the Art Deco style of July 21-22; when a satellite DIY-Deco fessunbursts and fountains, leaping nudes, tival will be held, following the success of zig-zag lightning flashes, and geometric its debut last year. u Tourism New Zealand

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always hungry. So you start out in the morning with the “full English breakfast”; choose from the a la carte menu at noon; and then sit down to a formal candlelight dinner in the evening. As a result, in the morning, one of the first thoughts of the day is “sports” - and so the masses head for the fitness club. On any given voyage there can be between 30 and 50 nationalities. The overwhelming portion will be Americans, followed by Britons, Germans and Australians. But the Nigerian royal family has also been among the passengers on board. With all the activities available, time seems to fly - and before you know it, there’s the Statue of Liberty, at the entrance to New York harbour. u

Animal Art

Queen Mary 2 entering New York Harbour

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of the exhibition include a finger painting titled Digit Master, which was done by Bakhari. “They even decide when a picture is finished,” Ashby says. “If you give them several clean sheets of paper, they’ll put aside the painting that they had just been working on, and start a new one.” Elephants, on the other hand, only need to be prompted gently, though they do need training, according to Ashby. In Asian animal sanctuaries, elephants like Boon Mee, a former Thai logging elephant, or Nong Bank, are given

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re only humans capable of creating art? At a London exhibition titled Art by Animals, many visitors will not be able to tell the difference – between paintings by elephants or apes, and those created by man. What could Bakhari the chimp have been thinking of, when he painted bright yellow tones knotted into an energetic ensemble? Hope? Optimism? Or banana peels? Paintings by this chimpanzee, which lives in a US zoo, have intrigued art connoisseurs. Those not in the know could easily confuse his works with abstract art by human painters – and start interpreting them. Paintings by animals have fascinated people for decades. The exhibition at University College, London’s Grant Museum of Zoology - albeit not very large - is the first to display works by multiple species, and to take a broad view of the phenomenon, according to organizers. Apart from paintings by orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and A painting by Bakhari, a chimpanzee at the St. Louis elephants, the exhibition includes Zoo, in Missouri. a structure built by a bowerbird – a species which lives mainly in Australia. paintbrushes to hold with their trunks. Male bowerbirds build structures with Depending on which way their keeper sticks, and decorate them with brightly strokes their ears, the animals move the coloured objects, to attract a mate. brush on paper. Their brushstrokes even But are animals really being create recognizable forms, which look creative when they pick up a paint- like trees or flower pots. brush? And do their daubs of paint “Whether the animals actually have any meaning? thought about their paintings depends “It raises very interesting questions on what you believe,” said Ashby. about the nature of human art,” “We don’t have a scientific answer. exhibition co-curator Will Tuck says. And the question also is: where does Scientists began researching animal art begin?” u art decades ago, according to Jack Ashby, manager of the Grant Museum. The underlying idea was to discover the role of the subconscious in art. The question then arose whether animals were trying to express something through their paintings. Nowadays, animals in zoos are given canvases and paint as a pastime, or to raise money to protect endangered species. “Ape art is often compared to that of two or three-year old children in the ‘scribble stage’, though it never goes on to the next level,” Ashby explains. Animals take a brush in their hands or trunk - as in the case of an elephant artist - for different reasons. “Many of them do it for fun, and are downright creative. Others have to be encouraged through training or rewards,” Ashby says. The best artists are usually chimpanzees, man’s closest relatives –– whose DNA matches that of humans 98 per cent. Chimps like Bakhari or Congo - a chimp from the London Zoo, who painted live on British television in 1956 - apparently painted for pleasure. The highlights Desmond Morris

hen the “RMS Titanic” sank on the night of April 14, 1912, after striking an iceberg, the world was frozen in shock. Some 1,500 people lost their lives on that night; only 700 passengers could be rescued. The legendary route of the Titanic, on a voyage from Southampton to New York City remains to this day—a 100 years later—a matter of yearning. The trans-Atlantic liner par excellence was the “RMS Queen Elizabeth 2”, operated by the British shipping company Cunard Line. The ship made 805 Atlantic crossings and 26 world voyages. In 2004, the QE2 was replaced by the RMS Queen Mary 2. There are three routes for a transAtlantic voyage. In the summer, the captain generally chooses the northern route – because it is the shortest, and is free of icebergs. The Titanic also chose that route - actually travelling too early in the year - in order to try to garner the Blue Ribbon award, as the fastest passenger ship between Europe and New York. The northern route goes from Southampton, past the southern coast of Ireland – then crosses the Atlantic, before following the coastline of Newfoundland, Canada, and then north-eastern US. The two other routes lie a few hundred nautical miles further south. The journey is roughly 3,000 nautical miles, taking

be rough at times, is barely noticed. The “Queen Mary 2” is specially constructed for such crossings. The atmosphere aboard the luxury liner turns more formal in the evening. People stylishly dress up, and on four of the seven evenings, “formal” attire is required. For the men, this means a tuxedo or at least a dark suit; and for the women an evening gown. On such evenings, the sound is of the rustling of silk and taffeta – while the jewels glitter. There is always something to eat on board the ship. And somehow, one is

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