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now more about the Thalassemia Welfare Society of Gurgaon, that aims to improve the life of thalassemic children, by providing them support in various ways. ...Pg 8

Aroma for your Soul

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iscover the magic of aromatherapy; how it can rejuvenate the tired mind and body. ...Pg 16

Growing On You

Astrology

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resenting the second in our astrology series – featuring Cancer, Leo and Virgo. ...Pg 16

Iranian Art

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n Art, we feature ‘Elephants In The Dark’, an Exhibition of Iranian art in various forms. ...Pg 17

Rapid Strides

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conversation with Sanjiv Rai, CEO of IL & FS Rail Limited, the company that is responsible for building Gurgaon’s prestigious Rapid Metro. ...Pg 20

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feature on of the Third Philatelic exhibition, organised by the Haryana Postal department, held at Epicentre. ...Pg 23

Regular Features Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was ...Pg 7 Learn Haryanvi ...Pg 7 Food Take ...Pg 9 Laughing Stock ...Pg 19

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ities destined for fame and glory always construct their own identity. An identity that even its citizens dare not escape from; and in fact, willingly except. The big question is whether the citizens take pride in calling themselves the ‘ans’, ‘ites’, ‘ese’, or ‘ers’ of that particular city; or is it just their survival instinct or opportunity that binds them to the place. Be it a Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai – or any other city, big or small – each has certain qualities of its own; that make its citizens feel proud. The modern identity of Gurgaon has been long in coming – after a blessed historic past. Gurgaon had lived under the shadow of the Capital; but the last two decades have metamorphed it to a Millennium City. Gurgaon is home to to 20 lakh people; and that too from all across the country and abroad. But do they feel a pride in calling themselves Gurgaonites – or does this name still sound hollow to them? (Do they even call themselves Gurgaonites?) As we found out, Gurgaon has a different meaning for different people. It’s home for a few, a workplace for some, and a fun place for many. ‘Proud of being a Gurgaonite’ is now at the tip of the tongue.

aon, living here for decades, the metamorphosis has been nothing short of a miracle; that not only has brought them prosperity, but also has provided them with opportunity. “Indeed, we feel proud in calling ourselves Gurgaonites. Look what a transformation has taken place in the last two decades; and we too have contributed hugely. This modern Gurgaon you see today is built on our lands, and so we too deserve credit for building such a fantastic jewel. No city is perfect, and Gurgaon is indeed far from perfection; but still we are proud of it and ourselves too – because pride is what that brings self-respect. Even today, there is no public transport, no public toilets in the city, but we should not just feel ashamed of it; we must try to improve our infrastructure,” says Anil Yadav, the be a former Sarpanch of Chakkarpur Village. It is on primarily his land that we see today’s MG road, DLF Phase-II and Sushant Lok-I. Money however, can’t buy peace, or peace of mind; and locals who got money by selling out their land know this reality the best. “It doesn’t matter to us whether we are proud of being called Gurgaonites or not. Yes, we have got money; but this City has blown out of proportion, and now there is no peace here – not even at night. These sky-rises, and the people living in them, find us alien – and vice versa. The City has lost its charm, and it will be-

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For ‘locals’: A transformed home

For ‘local’ residents of Gurg-

come worse in years to come. I don’t think this modernism has given anything except money,” says Rohtash Singh, an old resident of Kanhai Village.

A corporate success, but not a home

Whenever somebody talks of a corporate hub in North India, Gurgaon comes to the fore, as an obvious and most-acclaimed choice. And this inception of

corporate culture has not only drawn great capital to the City, but also a great work force – that has contributed heavily in taking this City to the next level. Out of 20 lakh people living in Gurgaon, a significant population works in corporates. Some have settled here permanently; yet most of them still believe that Gurgaon is not the city of their dreams, Contd on p 6 


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rom a sprinkling mix of Nepalese royality, to Delhi’s elite crowd, the tea party hosted by Entrepreneur Shabnam Singhal, at Cafe Estaasi the Gallery on MG Road, was a well-attended affair. Shabnam Singhal played the perfect host, and vocal artist Tritha Sinha ensured the guests were well entertained. 
Also present at the do were Gautam Rana of Nepal, designer Reynu Tandon, Sakshi Pradhan, Hemant Lalwani, Charu Parashar, Rana Gill, Rina Dhaka, Tanisha Mohan, Payal Sen, Aprajita Jain, Garima Jain, Tanisha Mohan, Ritu Singhal.

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aryana’s very own sportsmen, Kapil Dev and Atul Wassan, flagged off Medanta’s “Run from Obesity” programme in Sector 38. The event was attended by over 1600 runners, from all walks of life. The most encouraging was the attendance of about 250 children and their parents, and about 200 college students. The Health Minister of Haryana, Rao Narender Singh, DC P.C. Meena, Civil Surgeon Dr. Praveen Goel, Police Commissioner K.K. Sindhu, DCP Traffic Bharti Arora, and Secretary-Cum-Commissioner, Dept of Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs Delhi, Dharam Pal, IAS were also present.


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fter performing at almost 2,000 shows all over the world, the Delhi based band Black Slade rocked the floor at Howzatt. As the band performs Pop, Retro, Reggae, Jazz, and Fusion, the music lovers in the City enjoyed till the wee hours.

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he newly-launched [v] Spot Cafe and Bar, at the Cross Point Mall, hosted a three-day festival – ‘I Love Gurgaon’. The Festival saw local bands performing, with established artists like Papa CJ. “Gurgaon is the second among the 30 outlets that have been planned over the next five years. Pune and Banglore will be up in the next three months,” revealed Prem Kamath, EVP and GM , Channel [v].

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Growing On You  Contd from p 1 where they can settle down. “No way, this is not the city I would end up settling in. No doubt it’s a fantastic place to work and earn money; but when it comes to settling down, it’s not at par with my expectations. Look, the City has no civic infrastructure. High-rise living doesn’t mean anything, if you can’t commute in a public transport. Roads are pathetic; and more then anything else, this City is highly expensive. The absence of a social life is another factor that would keep me, or many other guys, from settling here. People living in high-rises don’t even know who their neighbour is. Modernism has certainly blessed this City, yet it needs to improve manyfold, to match the cities like Mumbai and Delhi,” says Nikunj Vashista, who is a senior manager in a big Telecom company. He has been living here for quite a while now. Gurgaon has a good number of South Indians working in various corporates; and some of them believe that this place can become their permanent home; provided destiny also provides them what it has blessed Gurgaon with – Money. “I have been living here for the past four years. Maybe I am not proud of being a Gurgaonite; but I am not ashamed either. This is a City of rich people. You need to be rich, from the very moment you start dreaming of having a house and family here. I won’t mind settling here if I get enough money. This city is good for many things – like malls, clubs, pubs etc.; which today are not luxuries, but the basic needs of the people living in this rich society,” says Ravi Chander. He hails from Andhra Pradesh, and is working here in a corporate in Cyber Park. Bijeta Thapa, another resident of Gurgaon, shares her views

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on Gurgaon, and her living here so far, “I am located in Gurgaon for the last seven years, and have seen the City grow enormously. There was a time when the Golf Course Road was a mud road, and I used to hate it, Cyber City was non-existent, and South City almost looked deserted; no one had heard of Sohna Road! Today the City is gushing, and full of life – and is fantastic to see such a drastic change. Schools, and the best of the world-cuisine restaurants are all based here; shopping is hassle free. The City is surprisingly self-sufficient. Now, with Epicentre and the Kingdom of Dreams, I’m sure people are not complaining about art and culture – that was earlier missing in the City. With the advent of the Metro, it’s such a relief for daily commuters; it has given a reason to smile to those using public transport – and even rich kids! People always say it is not safe, but I have never had any problem. I have walked through all those lanes in DLF Phase II in the dark, without any issues. The roads are wide, and good to drive on; but the corrupt contractors always ditch us for money. My only concern is the power scenario. Thank God for the generators in high-rise societies and offices. Bottom line, Gurgaon has potential. For me, Gurgaon is the best city in India!”

An El Dorado for the rest of Haryana

Gurgaon is nothing short of a wonderland, for the rest of Haryana; people believe that the City is something like utopia – where everything is perfect, and every citizen is happy. “Before settling down here in the year 2009, we used to think that Gurgaon is like some foreign country - with huge buildings, malls, fast highways, and many other things. To some extent it’s true also; because no other city is the State is equal to Gurgaon. Not even cities like

Prema Sagar, the founder of one of India’s biggest Public Relation firms – Genesis, and the pioneer of the Public Relations industry in India, also shared her three decades of experience – of living in the Millennium City. These are her memories: Gurgaon, May 1982 – when an old man, (now late) Narinder Singh, told my husband to invest in DLF Qutab Enclave in Gurgaon – “an opportunity that must not be missed”.  It was a long drive from Connaught Place (CP) to Gurgaon. My husband’s dream, for us to have a place of our own some day, made him collect Rs.10,000—from family and friends—to afford the downpayment. Gurgaon, October 1991 – when  the City was a nice field, with a few homes peppered here and there, across the vast land owned by DLF.  There was no choice, but to build the house – with loans again from a bank, family and friends – instead of paying rent. We moved in with our 2 young kids; and had no telephone connection for 1.5 years. Did we miss the phone?  Only once. The DLF chowkidars  blew the whistle and Sonipat and Ambala, which are situated on a National Highway like Gurgaon. But after coming here, we realised that nothing is perfect, and a City like Gurgaon too has its fair share of problems. The absence of public transport, and the paucity of civic infrastructure, is what that took us by surprise. However, I think these flaws can be corrected, once the City administration decides to solve these problems on a serious note. Apart from these issues, our stay has been quite phenomenal, and now we are proud Gurgaonites,” said Sukhbir Dahiya, who hails from Sonipat. Gurgaon is still like an El Dorado for other Haryanvis, and they believe that going to Gurgaon is like visiting some foreign country. “We don’t get to see these big malls and high-rises in our city and villages. And I don’t feel any shame in accepting that Gurgaon looks like a foreign country

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he Special Task force responsible for catching car thieves in the City, has been disbanded for now. But just in case the thieves are thinking of putting their gloves back on, there is bad news in store for them. The anti-carjacking squad of the Gurgaon police is soon getting a shot in the arm – in the form of a massive action plan to clamp vehicle thievery. But why has the Special Task Force (STF), which was formed to tackle the rampant car-jacking in the city, been scrapped? Deputy Commissioner of Police Maheshwar Dayal

says, “The squad took care of what they were formed to do; and have been send back to their normal duties. What they did was admirable.” But will the City wait till the next spate of carjackings for the city police to wake up? Not so, says a police official. There is a bigger plan in the making, the official says. “STFs are a temporary solution. What we are aiming for is far bigger.” The official reveals that the police is in talks with the government, to start a district-wide ‘sealing’ of exit routes. “When a miscreant steals a car, he has to dispose it somewhere. We’re planning to clamp down on the escape-routes out of

Gurgaon,” the official says. “We have knowledge of which routes the miscreants favour, when they want to dispose of ‘hot’ vehicles. The plan envisions intensive checking of the vehicles leaving Gurgaon, and an eye on the workshops where they can be modified,” says the official. The anti-carjacking squad will also see an increase in its ranks. “Around 10 PCRs and Interceptors will be added, to give our plan muscle,” the official says. This ‘sealing’ will see the light of day soon, concludes the official. If what the police aims for actually fructifies, car owners may soon breathe a sigh of relief. u

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A Gurgaonite’s Memories banged the danda outside our windows all night. We would wake up if there was no sound (which meant the chowkidar was sleeping); and if the electricity worked all night, we were suspicious.  Great quality of life.  The DLF Club was the centre of the universe – pool, billiards, food; and a great community of former military folks, and a few others, who had the same dream as us.   Gurgaon 2012 – when we can see no land, even if we use our binoculars!  Roads are worse today than ever before.  Electricity

is equally bad today, as it was then – we were on a rural feeder, and we were forever told “peeche sey gayi hai”.  Our friends from Delhi visit us less often.  The traffic ensures that Delhiwallahs don’t visit their friends and family in Gurgaon, and vice versa – Metro notwithstanding.  The Metro gets you beautifully from point 1 to point 2, but how do we get beyond that. There is a crazy mess of 3 and 4 wheelers, in shabby contraptions.  There are no sidewalks – yes, for people to walk.  And no rainwater drains, that would keep the roads in good order.  There are random one-way roads, gol-chakkars removed in an ad hoc manner, no synchronization of traffic lights, no names of roads, lots of waste dumped here and there. Yet, despite all this, Gurgaon is the place to be!  The corporate world is here. This is where you can work and play. Friends and family are now neighbours; and the beautiful condominiums, great malls, movie halls, eating joints, hospitals, gyms, the Kingdom of Dreams, and Epicentre further make it an indispensable place. I am a proud Gurgaonite.”

to us; but again, it’s a part of Haryana and we are proud to have such a city,” said Surender Dalal, a young businessmen from Rohtak.

stay in Gurgaon, there is a speciality hospital within minimal driving time. The convenience of life in Gurgaon pervades almost all aspects of life. So much so, that those who don’t live here sometimes believe that having fancy names to buildings isn’t what life is all about. Look at the roads, look at the infrastructure they say; but how about this – at least in Gurgaon you don’t have to worry about parking your own car under your own house, on a daily basis! The idea of a satellite city is what might have helped Gurgaon in its initial days; but now this is a place that doesn’t need to piggy-ride on Delhi’s coattails. The only thing my wife and I miss in Gurgaon is the presence of The Big Chill! Going to Delhi has a very specific reason now for us; because everything else that can be called life is right here.”

A place for intellectuals

Be it Arvind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’, or other books/ creations, Gurgaon has found its mention in many artefacts; and a lot of intellectuals also live here. “I came here in 1987, and since then it’s been a comfortable life. We have seen this place turn upside down; and now it has snowballed into something extremely big and modern. Now it is home to many outsiders like us, and I believe that for who-so-ever wants to settle down near Delhi, Gurgaon is the best bet. I am a Gurgaonite now,” said Nalini Bhargav. She is a painter, and also runs an NGO for the welfare of the socially deprived children. Gautam Chintamani, an award winning film writer, also lives in Gurgaon – and he also shared his views on Gurgaon candidly. “Living in Gurgaon is a fascinating experience, to say the least. On the one hand you have the best that the country has to offer, as far as urban living goes – power back-up, ample parking spaces, shopping and lifestyle amenities; and on the other hand there is a certain sense of chaos that you wouldn’t expect, keeping the ‘brand’ of Gurgaon in mind. For me, life in Gurgaon exists somewhere in between these extremes. The thing that I enjoy the most about this place is the availability of just about everything Delhi promised – and all within a 15 kilometer radius. Be it movie halls, clubs, restaurants, shopping excursions – there is almost everything within a twentyminute drive. The City has one of the best-stocked bookstores, in the form of Landmark; something that a writer like me values. Also, no matter where you

Gurgaon: The second Mumbai

There are so many differences between Mumbai and Gurgaon; and both cities are incomparable for obvious reasons. Yet, there is one thing that is common – both these cities are ‘cash cows’ to their respective states. Like Mumbai, Gurgaon too facilitates almost sixty per cent of Haryana’s economic might; and when it comes to giving back to the City, the state government always seems to play ostrich. Even the recent Rs. 1,300 crore sanctioned by the Chief Minister, for the City, is nothing but a consolation prize – to keep the cow productive. “Gurgaon is an ever-expanding city, and to meet its infrastructural demands, it needs development funds regularly. It is certainly not getting enough from the State; whereas, for the State it is the biggest source of income,” said Yashpal Batra, Senior Deputy Mayor. u


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PVR MGF: MGF Mall GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (3D) Time: 10.30 am, 6.00 pm MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Time: 1.30 pm, 9.00 pm TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA Time: 10.45 am, 3.30 pm, 6.15 pm, 10.55 am JODI BREAKER Time: 12.30 pm, 3.15 pm, 8.00 pm, 10.45 pm PVR Europa: MGF Mall MONEYBALL Time:10.00 am, 3.00 pm, 8.00 pm THE ARTIST Time: 12.45 pm, 5.45 pm, 10.45 pm AGNEEPATH Time: 2.55 pm, 11.05 pm EKK DEEWANA THA Time: 10.00 am, 6.10 pm EK MAIN AUR EKK TU Time: 12.40 pm, 8.50 pm Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (3D) Time: 3.10 pm EK MAIN AUR EKK TU Time: 3.20 pm JODI BREAKER Time: 10.10 am, 12.45 pm, 5.35 pm, 8.10 pm, 10.45 pm TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA Time: 10.00 am, 12.35 pm, 5.10 pm, 7.45 pm, 10.20 pm Address: Sahara Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4048100 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Jodi Breakers (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:00 am, 12:40 pm, 03:20 pm, 06:00 pm, 08:40 pm, 11:20 pm Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (3D) (A) – English Time: 4.40 pm Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10.50 am, 3.40 pm The Artist (U) – English Time: 10:10 am, 02:40 pm, 09:00 pm

Moneyball (A) – English Time: 12:10 pm, 06:30 pm, 11:00 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) – Hindi Time: 01:00 pm, 05:50 pm, 08:30 pm, 11:10 pm DT City Centre: DLF Phase II Jodi Breakers (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:00 am, 12:40 pm, 03:20 pm, 06:00 pm, 08:40 pm, 11:20 pm Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (3D) (A) – English Time: 02:45 pm Agneepath (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:45 pm Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (U/A) – Hindi Time: 01:20 pm, 6:10 pm Moneyball (A) – English Time: 10:35 am, 04:35 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:40 am, 03:30 pm, 08:20 pm, 11:00 pm Carnage (A) – English Time: 01:05 pm, 09:05 pm The Artist (U) – English Time: 07:05 pm DT Star Mall: Sector 30 Jodi Breakers (U/A) - Hindi Time: 10:05 am, 12:40 pm, 03:15 pm, 05:50 pm, 08:25 pm, 11:00 pm Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:40 am, 06:00 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) – Hindi Time: 12:50 pm, 03:25 pm, 08:10 pm, 10:45 pm Website: http://dt-cinemas.com

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Clean my cupboard Meri almari ne suthri kar diye 2. My socks are missing Meri jurab khu gi 3. Why don't you come early tomorrow? Kaal tu jaldi kyun nahin aaja? 4. Tomorrow is not a holiday Kaal chhutti kauniye 5. When will you cook the food? Roti kad sik banawega?

THE WEEKTHAT WAS ♦ NHAI serves notice for termination of e-way agreement with DSC (the concessionaire for the NH 8 toll plazas). High Court will decide the matter. ♦ The Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurates the Oriental Bank of Commerce’s (OBC) new corporate office in Sector 32, Gurgaon. Addressing a gathering of bankers, he exhorted them to provide e-banking facility to the aam aadmi. The OBC office also has an E-Lobby, with facilities of an ATM Service, a cheque deposit machine, internet banking, and coin dispensing. ♦ The Haryana CM, Mr Hooda, announces that Haryana now has a per capita income of Rs 1.08 lakhs (second in the country). Minimum wages increased in Haryana new wages for unskilled labour are Rs 186 per day. ♦ Managing Editor of a national paper, Yatish Rajawat, assaulted by goons – for not giving a lift to one of them. ♦ A schoolgirl is killed on the road, by an out of control car; and a boy seriously injured by the same car. ♦ A domestic help, a girl of 19, jumps to death from a 14th floor condominium. ♦ The MD of Olympus India, a Japanese, commits suicide inside his condominium premises in Sector 43 – leaves 2 notes. ♦ A girl tries to commit suicide, after tiff with family. ♦ A woman in Heritage City bravely takes on 5 impostors, who had entered her house for robbery – dressed in official govt. uniforms. 2 of the 5 were immediately caught. ♦ An enquiry has been started against the Chief Engineer of MCG, for alleged violations of rules on sale of public space for advertising. ♦ Deputy Commissioner, MCG, Y.S. Gupta transferred. ♦ Rs. 44 lakhs fraud is detected at Allahabad bank. An AGM plus 7 others are booked. ♦ A woman is duped of Rs 20,000, by another woman posing as an HR Head of a Company. ♦ There is a robbery at Vishal Mega Mart, on Old Delhi Road – Rs. 13,000 cash is stolen. ♦ Mobile toilets have been put up at IFFCO Chowk, on a trial basis. Registration of Autos and Drivers has started. ♦ 1600 residents take part in the Medanta “Run from Obesity”. ♦ Avantha Masters Golf concludes at the DLF Golf & Country Club. The winner is South African Jbe Kruger. ♦ State of the art TERI-Deakin (Australia) Nanobiotechnology Research Centre is inaugurated at TERI – to tackle agricultural, biomedical, and sustainability issues.

Police .................................................... .......100 Fire Station .................................................. 101 Ambulance.................................................... 102 Gurgaon Traffic Police................................................ 1073 Railway Enquiry ............................................... ............139 Women Helpline......................................................... 1091 Children Helpline........................................................ 1098 Senior Citizens Helpline............................................. 1291 LPG Helpline................................................... 011-155233 Weather Helpline........................................ 18001801717 Car Breakdown Helpline.............................. 011-43676767 Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway Helpline.........................................0124-4787828/817/853 DMRC Helpline................................................ 011-155370 Disaster Management Helpline.................................. 1077 Municipal Corporation (MCG)....................... 18001801817 Ambulance Service for Animals...................... 9873302580


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halassaemia! While most of us are unaware of it’s existence, or wonder what it means, there are over 1,00,000 children in our country—and 150 children in Gurgaon—suffering from this dreadful disease. With the gradual increase in the number of patients affected by this problem, it has become necessary to understand the disease, to spread awareness, and to extend public support to thalassaemic patients. Thalassaemia is a severe genetic blood disorder, that leads to the formation of faulty red blood cells – that die fast. There are two types of Thalassaemia-Thalassaemia Minor and Thalassaemia Major. Carriers of Thalassaemia have one normal gene for haemoglobin, and another abnormal one. These people are known as Thalassaemia Minors. They look absolutely normal and healthy, but may remain anaemic. Whereas, children suffering from Thalassaemia Major require regular blood transfusion and drugs, to remove the excessive deposit of iron in the body. The treatment is very cumbersome and expensive – with costs varying between Rs. 50, 000 to 2,00,000 per year of treatment. Besides the cost for the blood transfusion and treatment, the complications of prolonged treatment, and infection from the blood transfusion, are the major risk factors that are borne by the family of the children affected by this life-long problem. In the wake of the growing number of children suffering with thalassaemia in the Gurgaon region, their poor health conditions, and the ignorance of their families and the public, the Thalassaemia Welfare Society of Gurgaon was set up and registered in May 2006. It is an initiative taken by some doctors, and some families whose member or members were suffering from this disease. The organisation aims at improving the welfare of the thalassaemic children, by providing them with medicines and blood (by organising blood donation camps); and creating awareness among the people regarding the disease, its line of treatment, and responsibility towards those infected. Latesh Goyal, organiser of the Thalassaemia Welfare Society of Gurgaon, says, “We are regularly organising free

Blood Siblings

Blood donation camp at MGF Mall

health check up clinics for these children in the center of the City. In these clinics we have called child specialist doctors also from Delhi – who are working on this disease for several years – for the children’s detailed check up. During these clinics we also organise open question/answer meetings between parents and doctors, to provide guidance and knowledge to parents about the medical science research activities on thalassaemia.” Some of the doctors helping the society in their initiatives are Dr. N.K.Jain (Ex-CMO), Dr. Ajay Arora (MD), Dr R.S.Malik. and Dr. Sumita Grover – who have taken keen responsibility in treatment, check ups, medication, and the counselling of the parents and the children affected. Sunita Das, mother of 16-year-old patient Ishty Das says, “My son is a Thalassaemia Major patient; we found out very early when he was an infant. Initially we did not know how what to do; we had never heard of this disease, or known of anyone who had it. I was so scared for my son. But we are managing it now. He needs his blood transfusion once a month; sometimes he gets allergic reactions from a packet of blood that does

JIT KUMAR

Amchi Gurgaon

{ Alka Gurha }

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ore than a decade ago, when Sangeeta and Sandeep Mathur relocated from Mumbai to Gurgaon, they fell in love with the serene apartment complex, ‘The Heritage City’. The sprawling green complex, nestling in the very lap of nature, with an inviting boulevard of trees at the entrance, had cast its spell. Despite the fact that the complex was bang on the MG Road, it was quiet

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and peaceful. The mall mania had yet to be unleashed. Settling down in Gurgaon was no bed of roses. Sangeeta was apprehensive. She had studied, got married, and had her two sons in Mumbai. “When we relocated, both my sons were at a crucial stage. We were lucky, as DPS in Sector 45 had just come up. My younger son Saurabh’s batch was the first to pass out,” recounts Sangeeta. “It has been an eventful journey

not suit him, and gets high fever. Ishty is a good kid, and now understands his condition. But sometimes it gets very frustrating for the child too. He has to go every month and sit for hours, while his transfusion is taking place. There are many other children like him in the hospital. We need people to donate blood; and my husband and I often help in setting up blood donation camps. Such societies like the Thalassaemia Welfare Society of Gurgaon are extremely helpful, as they help spread the awareness, which is most important.” While taking care of children having thalassaemia is very important; we need to work as hard on prevention – through awareness campaigns. As it is a genetic disease, it can be prevented before pregnancy. Generally people are not aware of this disease; and to spread awareness and educate people, the Thalassaemia Society of Gurgaon performs road shows in various sectors around the city, over the weekends. Along with these shows, the members of the Society also distribute leaflets, that provide complete information about the problem, and how people could help. They also post thalover the decade,” says Sandeep Mathur, who currently heads Fenesta Building Systems, India’s largest windows system provider. As a concerned citizen, the rise in hooliganism and crime bothers Sandeep, as much as the civic apathy. “The molesting of a girl on New Year’s Eve, by dozens of reckless hooligans, has undeniably dented the image of Gurgaon. Revelry in Gurgaon has become synonymous with brawls and booze.” And now even apartment living seems unsafe. Five men, wearing Delhi Police uniforms, recently entered their complex, with an intention to loot. They gained entry into the premises after telling the guards that they were from the Delhi Vigilance Bureau. The police have recovered a Santro car, a country made revolver, a pistol, live cartridges, masks, ropes, and red chilli powder. It seems that Jugnu, who worked as a carpenter, and knew the layout of the apartment complex and its residents, was the gang informer. “However, notwithstanding the rise in crime, Gurgaon remains a happening enigma of contrasts, struggling with developmental pangs and civic negligence. The problems are frustrating, but the potential is promising,” says Sandeep. He remains optimistic. When asked about the transformation of the MG Road, Sangeeta reflects, with a tinge of sadness, “Oh, this place is beyond recognition today. It took three years of maddening urbanisation, for Gur-

assaemia awareness posters at the Gynecologists’, Pediatricians’ and various other clinics. The Society has also taken up the initiative of providing financial help to the thalassaemic children, for their medication. The society organises, on every second Sunday of the month, free medicines, needle sets, folic acid tablets, calcium tablets and blood tests, at their centre. With the help of Paras Hospital and the Pahuja Trust, the Society organises Blood Transfusion camps; and were able to open the first day-care blood transfusion center in Gurgaon at Paras Hospital, three years ago. Here, the charges for the blood, the blood tests and the beds, are subsidised for affected children. Parents of the children also don’t need to provide any blood donation, for getting the blood from the hospital. One representative from the Society is also deputed alongside, to support and help the impacted families. Civil hospitals have been requested to waive charges for regular blood tests. The Society has also organised several blood donation camps in the last six years with the help of the India Red Cross Society. Apart from giving physical and emotional problems, thalassaemia also affects the life and future of a child. As the cost of treatment is substantial, it becomes difficult for the parents to pay for their child’s education after some time; therefore most of these children do not study after Class 10. As an initiative, the Society has requested Kendriya Arya Samaj (Gurgaon) for free education in their schools. The Samaj has accepted the request, and issued a Circular to all Arya Samaj Schools, to provide free education to thalassaemic children. Most reputed schools of Gurgaon do not admit thalassaemic children. The Society has received support from other social societies like the Patanjali Yogpeeth, Kendriya Arya Samaj and many corporates – like Delphi, IBM. The Society is now looking to upgrade the local Red Cross Blood Bank. u To reach out and provide support to the Society, you could call on 9899287353

gaon to transform from a tranquil township to an urban mess. By the end of 2005, the Metropolitan Mall and the DT City Centre had become hot spots. It became impossible to enter the MG Road on weekends. Today, when I stand next to the City Centre, I feel a stab of pity. The metro station resembles the Ajmeri Gate railway station, replete with hawkers, beggars and vendors. The famous ‘mall mile’ is crumbling like a cookie.” The hordes of unchecked vendors near the City Centre Metro Station remain a security threat. The only solace is that once you are inside the complex, the serene surroundings make you forget the mayhem on the road. Since Sangeeta lives in Phase III of the complex, away from the main road, she feels blessed. The initial few blocks of the Heritage City complex continue to suffer from the constant honking, and the incessant noise and pandemonium of the MG Road. Unlike earlier days, when the couple invariably kept comparing Mumbai with Gurgaon, they are completely at home today. The note of cautious optimism is evident when Sandeep says, “With proximity to the airport, the establishment of world class hospitals, regular arrival of multi-nationals, and a plethora of international level schools, Gurgaon is on the threshold of a giant leap. Irrespective of all the chaos, Gurgaon remains a city with myriad possibilities. It remains rooted in Indian culture, yet aspiring for a global play. ” u


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he other day, after having supper, I was sitting in my not so glossy room. While unconsciously thinking about my unfinished work, I experienced the catastrophic effect of self-enforced solitude. So in pursuit of company, I called my friend and asked him if he could come with me for a long drive. He happily obliged, and we left in his small hatchback. As our car picked up speed on the NH-8, our eyes inadvertently (as always) feasted themselves on the monumental buildings passing by. My friend asked for water; and as always, there was this empty mineral water bottle. We looked for a shop nearby, but everything was closed. Except— the booze shops—better known as liquor vends; or to be more locally precise – Thekkas. Being a teetotaller, it was quite embarrassing for me to ask for something. My friend bought a beer, and we moved ahead. And then, till the Kherki Dholla toll plaza, all we saw was a never-ending spree of thekkas – almost every five hundred metres. Gurgaon loves to party. In fact, the whole of Haryana loves to drink – and the government knows it too. “Liquor is indeed a great source of income for the government; and when it comes to Gurgaon, the opportunities to earn are endless. The government is cashing in on this reality. Every year we increase our target revenue; and most of the times we achieve it. Credit goes to Gurgaon; the people love to enjoy here. The whole of Gurgaon district has 308 liquor shops – of which, 142 are Country Liquor (CL) shops, and the rest 166 offer Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). As far as the State is concerned, the total number of retail outlets of Country Liquor (CL) and IMFL is fixed at 3500. Of this, 2,265 vends would be of CL, and

The to pay excise duty every time he brings in liquor to his shop. And this year onwards, he also has to pay a significant share on each article he sells, to the Muncipal Corporation of the City,” said a very senior official of the Excise department.

Galleria market: the goldmine

Gurgaon has many liquor vends, and the best one is in the Galleria market. “The Galleria market liquor vend is the most fancied vend; and last year it brought us the highest bidding. The State coffers were richer by almost Rs. 5.55 crores (Rs. 5,54,40,000 exactly). And this time around too, it is expected to bring some good fortune,” said a source. Apart from Galleria, Central Arcade and Udyog Vihar too contributed heavily – with Rs. 4,53,90,000 and Rs. 4,15,80,000 respectively.

“However, we don’t allocate them any structures to open the Thekkas. We suggest them to open where they can be visible to the masses; and that’s why you see so many vends near big roads like NH-8,” informed an official. 1,235 would be of IMFL. The Excise policy for the financial year 2012-13 has been unveiled recently, and the government has made a target of Rs. 3,000 crores as revenue from taxes on alcohol. The bidding process has already started,” says Anil Kadiyan, the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Gurgaon.

The allocation process

“Every year we start the bidding process in February; and by the end of March we allocate areas to the winners of the bidding. Each area has a different bidding, and the highest bidder gets the area. It’s not our duty to provide him place to sell liquor; that is his job. The money received is just a token money for the licence allocated; the person who has won the bidding has

Although the Excise department has not announced the net income of this on-going financial year, it is expected to cross Rs. 500 crores from Gurgaon itself. In the earlier years too, Gurgaon had added great fortune to the State coffers. In 2008-09, it gave Rs. 212.25 crores to the State; whereas in the years 2009-10 and 2010-11, it made the state of Haryana richer by Rs. 341.20 crores and Rs. 411.65 crores respectively.

Spend more from April onwards

In pursuit of earning more revenue, the Haryana government has decided to increase the excise duty – which will directly impact the prices of liquor. “The State has decided to increase the prices by atleast 10-15 per cent; and now those who want to par-

Liquid State

♦ Against 21 dry days in Delhi, Haryana has only three - January 26, August 15, and October 2. ♦ Liquor vends are open on Holi and Diwali ♦ Gurgaon itself has 17 liquor vends on NH8, between the Delhi and Rewari border. ty every evening need to prepare themselves. “From April, the liquor cost will have a significant increase. But still, in Haryana liquor is cheaper – as compared to UP and Punjab, where excise duty is quite high,” said a liquor vend owner. The State, however, has decided to give ‘drinkers’ some relief, by reducing the VAT

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to 15 per cent from 25 per cent – for licensed bars. The State government has also decided to lure the bidders towards ‘wineries’, and has reduced the license fee for ‘wineries’ significantly – to Rs. 10,000 from Rs. 1 lakh per annum. “Nothing is more important than business, and the State knows it very well. These measures have been taken to attract more bidders. However, we don’t allocate them any structures to open the Thekkas. We suggest them to open where they can be visible to the masses; and that’s why you see so many vends near big roads like NH-8,” informed an official.

Rules! What’s that?

For opening a liquor vend in any area, one is supposed to follow a certain code of conduct. But if you are in Haryana, rules seldom bind people in their grip. According to the Haryana Excise and Taxation Act, there should not be any liquor vend within 150 metres of a recognised school, college, bus stand, or

a place of worship. According to the rule, there should not be any liquor vend in a village where there is a ‘Kanya Gurukul’. However, one can see several examples where the liquor vend owners are doing business within 150 metres of schools, colleges etc. Online sale of liquor, and its home delivery, is also illegal; but in posh areas of Gurgaon, this is happening quite openly. “We know these things are happening, but practically speaking, it’s very difficult to stop them. 'Pizza culture' has made these people very smart, and our law too binds our hands. According to the law one individual can carry at least 10 liquor bottles with him; and this law saves them from being caught. Whenever we get hold of such people, they claim that it is their own liquor. As far as online sale is concerned, it is totally unacceptable; and we are trying our level best to prevent it, with the help of the city police. In the past too we have taken strict action against the wrong doers,” said the official. u

As of February 23, 2012 All Prices in Rs/kg.

Area/ vegetables

Palam Vihar

Sector 54

South City 1

DLF City Phase 5

Sadar Bazar

Sector 23

Safal

Reliance Fresh

Potatoes (old/new)

10

10

8

10

5

6

9

6

Onions

15

12

12

15

8

10

13

9.90

Tomatoes

20

18

14

18

14

15

14

13.90

Cucumbers

30

32

24

30

24

25

30

20

Spinach

15

15

16

16

14

18

11

16

Radish

10

10

8

12

8

12

6

2/piece

Carrot

30

28

20

35

20

30

26

17.90

Cauliflower

20

16

18

18

15

20

16

14.90

Mushroom

20

24

20

24

20

25

30

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Budget 2012 – A Leap of Faith

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he ballot would have ended – nobody would have won; though all would pretend to have. Oh those TV debates ! Playing to the “I always wanted to be a star debater in school, but had no voice”….(or content). The FM (Wise Old Man Da) would rise, and hopefully state, as a preamble :

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

We regret that almost all our projected figures for revenue and expenses have proved inaccurate – (and that too by more than a mile). From now on, we intend to walk our talk. We are today issuing a report on Outcomes vs. Outlays – for all the Centrally sponsored programs. Henceforth all such programs would be in the name of the public only. Based on this, we are reviewing almost all the programs - and may cancel/merge them, as appropriate. A multi-party Committee will decide on next steps, within the next 6 months. All recent announcements/programs (last 6 months), therefore, stand still. It is important that we execute our current schemes effectively – rather than keep announcing new schemes and outlays (for the same/similar purpose). For this reason also, we are defining reforms basically as those required fiscally – like the GST and the Direct Taxes Code. These will be cleared by December 2012. Foreign majority holdings in a sector etc. are policy decisions, that would be appropriately taken by the ministries concerned. On the fiscal front, what matters is revenue deficit, and total deficit (yes, of all types, and in all places). The first should be positive; the second, to start with, should be made transparent. We are presenting the second; the first will be delivered, by the close of this financial year.

FAMOUS QUOTES Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans John Lennon Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. Marilyn Monroe Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up. Audrey Hepburn I don’t want people to know what I’m actually like. It’s not good for an actor. Jack Nicholson Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren

Industry has always been accommodated – the last time with generous excise duty cuts. It is time industry also participated in national belt tightening; and in helping us reduce our deficits. There will be a return to the earlier excise rates. Industry should in fact be more involved in nationbuilding. “Private” is actually a good word – like business, and profit. A PPP task force, with members from government and industry, will be set up in the next 3 months. They will provide a blueprint for a model tehsil/taluka (outside of the top 100 cities/towns), and involve 1000 corporates/firms from across India. Each of them will be the PPP partner for at least one tehsil/ taluka – and will participate in the local planning, investment, and opportunities – under a 10 year plan. For individuals, it is time to get realistic, and reward honest tax payers – and strictly punish those who do not pay tax. There will be no tax on incomes upto Rs 3 lakhs per annum; and the maximum tax rate will be a flat 30%. Anyone caught not paying income tax, would pay a 100% penalty, apart from interest at 10% compounded, per annum of default, on the assessed income. We have to shift focus on our vision of ‘poor’. We always see a family in a remote village. The urban poor and lower middle class are perhaps poorer off today – amidst a landscape of riches. To show our resolve for doing something concrete for this segment, we are proposing a kerosene/petrol/diesel free monthly vouchers scheme, for every such family. The impending Iran crisis has already made it an oil crisis for us. The time for a dual fuel price is also at hand.

Our strategic commitment, starting this year, will be on: Infrastructure Development – civic and social. Agriculture and related industry. Of course, decisions on one will also complement the thrust on the other. We believe that these sectors - rather than industry generally, or exports - are a more robust bet for our future. And also where we have better long-term comparative competence. Outlays, and incentives (to firms and even individuals) have been decided accordingly. Infrastructure deserves a total out-of-the-box approach – for funding, and for approval and execution of projects. We will not disappoint you. We are now committed to take global leadership in the most strategic area of Solar Power. A renewed 20 year plan is being drawn up, and will be ready by June end. We need, and have, huge reserves of non-arable land – and while today there is no demand or speculation expected for this land, we will ensure there is no scope for a land scam/solar scam here. All land will be leased out only. Separately, the Land Acquisition Bill, for urban and industrial development, is being tabled next week. All special revenue/income – eg. from erstwhile 2G auction, sale of govt. share in public sector entities, removal/reduction of subsidies, recovery of Taxes and unaccounted funds…. – will only be spent on designated Infrastructure. And, needless to state, their outlays and outcomes will be presented separately every Budget day. There shall be no credit or debit taken by the government, for either the Stock Market movement or for FII funds flow or for the Rupee exchange value. Much less for global impacts on us/by us. Yes, it is a more inter-connected world today – but India is still, thankfully, fairly isolated – (and, unfortunately, carries little weight). (Mercifully), the domestic potential is for real. We will also have only one government agency give out the expected GDP growth rate – and will update it on a 6 monthly basis. Finally, there is one area where we believe mere effective execution, by itself, may be a case of too little, too late. Corruption needs to be urgently tackled head on – at all levels. We are committed to passing the Lokpal Bill within the next 30 days (and I have the super boss’ permission to say so). Unfortunately, what we may hear is : Though we almost won UP, we need to even more carefully carry our coalition partners along - (we never seem to get an independent mandate). Of course, we now make sure we are not caught in scams – (we just do not take decisions). This is anyway just a Budget – a numbers game; (that we present and forget.) We are in a good position – comparably, globally – thanks to bank nationalization by Mrs G - Indira ji of course. The only thing that matters is that inflation is down – thanks to our rigid and pragmatic policies - (after 3 years, the aam aadmi can now eat his fruit.) We shall announce our policies shortly – (well in time for 2014). And they may be announced by a new FM (sorry, PM). (Brackets carry background voice)


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lpine Convent School celebrated its 12th Annual Day, titled ‘Rishtey, The Eternal Bondings’. The event began with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Governor of Haryana Jagannath Pahadia. This was followed by Saraswati Vandana, and the melodious chanting of shlokas. The School’s Director, D.K Sharma, gave away prizes to over a thousand children. Pandit Chote Lal Ji Memorial Award was given to students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities.

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he Annual Sports Meet, for Classes Nursery to Class V, was organised by the Blue Bells Group of Schools, at the grounds of Blue Bells Public School, Sector 10. The Meet was declared open by the school Principal, Mrs. C. Dhawan. Students of all the three branches participated in the flat races. Mrs. Anshuka Aneja, IT Co-ordinator, gave away the medals to the winners. The students also presented a short cultural programme, emphasising that a healthy body is the pre-requisite to a healthy mind.

ith “Recycle” as the theme, Lancer International School celebrated “The Art Week”. Students of various nationalities showcased the amalgamation of amateur artistic expressions, and experimented with 3D modelling and abstract art. The event saw all forms of art and craft – ranging from painting to clay modelling, and cut and paste.

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anchatantra School celebrated its second Sports Day this week. Students, along with their parents and grandparents, had a great time. While the students participated in a sack race, marble and spoon race, and physical demonstration, the grandparents enthusiastically took part in the dance chair game.

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tudents of Pathways World School, along with their parents, participated in a walk, to spread awareness for cancer. A group of 70 from the Pathways community— including students from nursery to senior school, and their parents—headed to Rajpath, New Delhi, early morning on Sunday, to support the cause. The event was organised by CanSupport, an organisation that provides palliative care to cancer patients.

A Spring In Their Steps

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he Tiny Tots of Delhi Public School celebrated the onset of spring, at the Tau Devi Lal Bio-Diversity Park. The kids, accompanied by their mothers, were dressed in different shades of yellow. They participated in a range of activities – such as drawing, colouring, and various games. Delicious snacks, all yellow in colour, were also served.


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K id Corner

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Learning About Tots

Literary Flourish

‘My Dream’ I slept in the morning, And woke up in the evening. My father was painting, While my mother was fainting. I saw my brother dancing on a ball, And the elephant climbing onto the wall. I saw a ditch, Which looked like a witch. I saw the sun cool, And the moon dark. No one got scared, Looking at a shark. I got puzzled, Looking at the scrubber, It was used as rubber. But in the end, Thank god, that it was a dream! So Sweet Dreams!!!

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iny Tots of Intellitots Learning, along with their parents, enjoyed a day out at Close South in the Nirvana Country. An eminent Paediatrician Dr. Sarika Raj, spoke to parents about treating the kids with love, and how to get toddlers to eat. The toddlers were served some snacks after the talk.

Shalom To Science

Tanya Garg, Class VI-G,

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o showcase alternative sources of energy, pollution, electricity generation, disaster management, climate change, and the environment in general, Shalom Hills International School organised a science exhibition titled “Walk n Watch”. From exciting projects, creative models, to innovative live experiments on waste water management, temperature sensor, lava eruptions, generation of electricity from friction caused by vehicles, and a replica of the Metro, the students demonstrated their creativity and imagination skills.

Chiranjivi Careers

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ith an aim to apprise the teachers/counsellors about the various career options available to the students after Class XII, Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar, organised a workshop – Career options and Emotional Quotient of Today’s Youth – at the IILM College. Conducted by Ms. P. Sangwan and Ms. Jyotsana Taneja, the workshop covered the methods of identifying the core competency of students, and their respective career choices.

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School, Sector 40, held a workshop on “Nature Mask”. Mr. Rajesh Khatri spoke on environment related problems, and the ways to conserve the natural resources. The idea was to give the students a close experience of the beauty of nature.

Artistic Strokes

Name: Aadya Tyagi, Class IV, Shikshantar School

Name: Tarini, Class II, The Banyan Tree World School

Name: Rahul Shriwah, Class IV, Green Dales Public School


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24 Feb–1 Mar 2012

In ancient India many teachers taught lessons to their students through stories, just as it is done today. In fact, a teacher called Pandit Vishnu Sharma wrote all the stories of the Panchatantra just to teach four young princes about kingship! Amar Chitra Katha tells you some of these stories that were written very long ago.

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The Better Half

Star Fun

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Animal Crackers

Baby Blues

Two Wise Men

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– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


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Macrobiotic Diet – A New Rage

{ Alka Gurha }

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What are the guidelines?

he word ‘macrobiotic’ comes from Greek roots, and means ‘long life’. Macrobiotics is a healthy, holistic way of living a balanced lifestyle. It is a vast subject, and not just a diet. The macrobiotic diet and philosophy were developed by a Japanese educator named George Ohsawa, who believed that simplicity was the key to optimal health. The macrobiotic diet plan is the new rage among Bollywood beauties. It is a mainly organic, low-fat, high fiber diet, that is predominantly vegetarian (Sattvic). It says no to processed foods. And it is not just about eating right, but also cooking right.

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Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60 per cent of each meal. Rolled oats, noodles, pasta, bread, baked goods, and other flour products can be eaten occasionally. Proper chewing (around 50 times or more per mouthful) is important for good digestion, and assimilation of nutrients. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day is recommended. Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30 per cent of the daily food intake. Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, or sautéed. Drink liquids moderately, only when thirsty. You may eat regularly

two or three times per day, as much as you want, provided the proportion is generally   correct and each mouthful is thoroughly chewed. Avoid using electric cooking devices (ovens and ranges), or microwave ovens. The use of a gas or wood stove is preferred. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided. Seeds and nuts are consumed in moderation. Local fruit can be consumed several times a week. Desserts are permitted in moderation – two to three times per week. Natural sweeteners can be used. Sugar, honey, molasses, chocolate, and other sweeteners are avoided. Cooking oil is typically unrefined vegetable oil. One of the most common oils used is dark sesame oil. Other oils that are recommended are light sesame oil, corn oil, and mustard seed oil. Why do people (especially women), follow the Macrobiotic Diet? This diet is becoming popular as it is low in saturated fat and high in phytoestrogens – which proponents believe may help to balance female hormones; and help with menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and prevention against breast cancer and endometriosis.

Are there any side effects?

Some nutritionists consider the macrobiotic diet to be too restrictive and lacking in certain nutrients – such as protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and cal-

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cium. Lack of energy may result from inadequate protein. Some nutritionists also feel that this diet is not good for children and pregnant women. Any diet guideline should be individualised, based on factors such as climate, season, age, gender, activity, and health needs. It is therefore best to consult a nutritionist before embarking on any diet. u

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An ‘A+’ for Asparagus { Jaspal Bajwa }

Chopped asparagus makes a flavourful and colourful addition to omelettes. It can be used in desserts, or for pickling. Cooking asparagus in an iron pot should be avoided.

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sparagus, a seasonal vegetable, is a leafless member of the Lily family. Over 5,000 years ago, the manifold benefits of this vegetable were known in Egypt, Greece and China. In addition to its diuretic property—which helps to flush out the kidneys, in Ayurveda, Shatavari (asparagus racemosus) is indicated as a brain tonic. It is helpful against epilepsy, male/female infertility, hypertension and cardiac disorders. According to experts, asparagus has the highest levels of glutathione—an important anti-carcinogen—as also rutin – a compound which strengthens capillary walls – that help alleviate unsightly varicose veins. Glutathione also prevents cataract, and progression of other eye problems. Despite having abundant fibre, protein and vitamins A, C, E and K, asparagus has just 43 calories per 180 gm (1 cup). It is very low in sodium, and has an ideal Calcium: Magnesium ra-

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tio of 2:1. Further, asparagus is wellendowed with vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamine, copper, potassium, rutin, niacin, phosphorus, iron, folic acid, zinc and selenium.

Tip of the week

When buying asparagus, straight, firm stalks—with tight tips—are the best option. Eating it fresh is best. If asparagus has to be stored, it should be kept dry, and wrapped in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Only the young shoots are prepared for eating. Minimal cooking (i.e. light steaming) is recommended, as it helps preserve the minerals. Asparagus can also be sautéed, stir fried, or added to soups.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Asparagus The numerous phytonutrients, along with the high density nutritional profile of asparagus, result in several health benefits. The high alkalinity of this wonder food (juice) is effective in reducing the acidity of the blood; and helps cleanse the tissues and muscles of waste. Not only is it a low calorie source of folate and potassium, it is also very high in anti-oxidants. Asparagus has a very good amount of potassium (288 mg per cup), that helps normalise blood pressure. The diuretic effect of asparagus juice also helps relieve pre-menstrual swelling and bloating. It can do wonders for pregnant women, as this is the period when extra amounts of folic acid

are recommended. It also favourably alters the metabolism of cholesterol in the liver. The good fibre content present in asparagus helps prevents constipation, by helping regular bowel movement. However, it is not to be taken by people with advanced kidney diseases. Excessive in-

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take of asparagus also causes certain uric acid related problems – like gout and kidney stones. 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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24 Feb–1 Mar 2012

Know Your Rashi – II

{ v.k Gaur }

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ach of the 12 signs of the zodiac have a specific appearance, and a habitat. Their impact on a jatak (person) born in the concerned lagna rashi are shown in italics.

Kark (Cancer) – This Rashi lives in water, and represents the chest of Kaal Purusha. Karka has the appearance of a crab. It moves in agricultural lands, water bodies, riversides, un-inhabited lands, and picturesque places. It is movable, feminine, mild, and fruitful. Its colour is light rose. It is very intelligent, bulky and obese. The fourth sign in the Rashichakra, Kark (Cancer) loves its home - the roots. Falling in the fourth house of the Kaal Purusha, which denotes mother, Karka plays the same role. Further, the governing planet of the Rashi is Chandra (Moon), which rules over the mind. This enhances its role as mother. The most empathetic zodiac sign, Karkas are often hyper sensitive. They take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family; and are at their best when all is peaceful. They nurture a maternal instinct, and love to nurture others. They love large families; always helping others, protecting and making a nest wherever they go. Karkas are traditional, prize family history, and love community activities. They also tend to be patriotic. Karkas can be admirably kind, generous, understanding, charitable and gracious – if all is well with them. Karkas are extreme introverts, and can hide emotions. They can appear to be moody and shy, like a baby. Though very artistic and creative, often they get on others’ nerves – for holding on to everything, including wealth. Their mood swings are unpredictable – sweet to cranky. The proverbial crabs, they retreat into their shells when hurt.

{ Bhavana Sharma }

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romatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants – to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  As a holistic therapy, it works at several levels of an individual’s well-being. So, whether you have sore tired feet from standing all day at work, are feeling miserable with your negative thoughts, or having any other kind of problem – let the magic of aromatherapy take over your senses.

A Pinch of Aromatherapy Salt Lavender: As a bath salt or as oil,

lavender instils a peaceful feeling, to help one unwind after a hectic day. It’s a composition of soft, velvet lavender salts, blended with the warmth of rosewood, clary sage and violet leaf. Just a few drops of lavender oil, applied on the forehead before sleeping, can help people suffering from insomnia. For your interiors: Light a thyme lavender candle in the living room or your rest room; it is the perfect solution to a stressful day. Relax, and let the aroma soothe your soul. Its comforting essence will create an aromatic buffer of a calming fragrance, when lit.

Basil: If you are suffering from

digestive problems, take a bath with basil salt, and feel the difference. Basil can also cure headaches, and improve concentration levels. It helps relieve the physical and emotional fatigue associated

They are kind and lovable, but change their mood like a weather cock. Trying to draw sympathy, they can be fairly insensitive towards others. They can be snapping, rude and short-tempered. However, the seemingly rude behavior is only a clever means to hide their own insecurities and complexes. Their intuitive powers are mostly put to good use, in managing their own lives. They also tend to make a mountain out of a molehill; and are prone to self-pity. Karkas have a sharp intellect. They do well as painters, sculptors, and sales persons. They have reasonably good careers, although they tend to change to an entirely different field midway. They can adopt writing as a full-time profession. They are strongly attracted to people who are confident, strong and successful. Although they fall in love all the time, their love affair is generally one-sided – because they are introverts by nature. Other Karka, Vrischika (Scorpio) and Meen (Pisces) will make good partners for the Karka Jatak.

Simha (Leo) – The lion-like Rashi lives in mountains, and represents the heart of Kaal Purusha. Forests, forts, caves, inaccessible places and mountains are considered to be its residence. The fifth sign in the Rashichakra, Simha ( Leo ) Rashi behaves like the

royals. They are the kings of the zodiac, and there is nothing modest about them. They feel themselves indispensable – like the Sun, which is indispensable for the Solar system. The Simha sign has light yellow color, is giant size, and is charged with energy during the day time. Simha jatakas are very proud, self-assured, confident, generous, honest, frank, courageous, affectionate, charismatic–and often unpredictable–in their behaviour. They exude enormous confidence, to achieve their aim. They are ambitious and highly talented. They are sociable, affable, dignified, strong; also wellorganised and idealistic. They love a comfortable life. Simha jatakas are courteous and diplomatic. However, they are easily attracted to the rich, the bold, the famous, and the beautiful – and are easily seduced by material wealth and luxury. They believe in leading life on a grand scale. Jatakas of this Rashi are also winners. They embark on a mission only when they are sure of occupying the top place at the finish. They are bad losers – be it an argument, or an accomplishment. Simha jatakas are born leaders. They detest being sly and sneaky; and are very noble in their approach. They are impossible to miss, because they easily stand out in a crowd. They are professionally not suited for low profile jobs; they do well in white-collar jobs, particularly as leaders or managers, from a young age. Their creativity, idealism, leadership, boundless enthusiasm, and ambition, are their greatest assets. They are outgoing, confident, and have generosity of spirit; and the determination to succeed, coupled with tremendous energy. Usually they are fearless and strong, status-conscious, warm-hearted, and well-wishers. They wine, dine and shower expensive gifts; and roll out the red carpet all the way. Their ideal life partners are found among fellow Simha, Mesha and Dhanu.

Aroma For The Soul Lucky Zodiac Aromatherapy Candles

with stress. The fresh, sweet aroma, with its spicy green basil nuance, inspires clarity and positive thinking. For your Interiors: Light a basil scented soy candle in the foyer, and enjoy the bright and fresh citrus aroma. Have this candle emitting fragrance whilst you’re busy with your chores. In the living room, lighting a lime basil candle— with some cinnamon—will also bring in a strengthening, calming, uplifting and comforting feeling.

Lemon: If you are feeling depressed or low, a lemon-scented bath therapy will lift your spirits. The citric acid creates a pleasing and energetic bath, especially in the summers. For Your Interiors: Light a sweet citrus fragrance candle in the living room. Its aroma will permeate the room, and the refreshing scent will cleanse your mind of negative thoughts.

Leo- Orange and lemon candles Aries- Spearmint and peppermint candles Taurus- Ylang and cardamom candles Cancer- Rose and jasmine candles Virgo- Sage and applegreen candles Libra- Juniper and pine candles Scorpio- Geranium candles Sagittarius- Sandalwood candles Capricorn- Patcholi and sandalwood candles Aquarius- Chamomile and eucalyptus candles Pisces- Lily candles Gemini- Cinnamon and lavender candles

Favourite Aromatic Candles For Your Living Room

Mango and guava candles, sweet vanilla candles, lime candles, grapefruit candles

Favourite Aromatic Candles For Your Kitchen Soy votive and jasmine jar candles

Favourite Aromatic Candles For Your Bedroom

Cinnamon candles, rose candles, Indian jasmine candles, and lavender candles

B on V ivant Kanya (Virgo) – This Rashi is like a maid holding a lamp, and standing in a boat – which is floating on water. It represents the abdomen of the Kaal Purusha. The Rashi lives in the green places, places fit for romantic activity, and artistic places. Kanya Rashi represents the multicolour spectrum in life, fire, and food grains in abundance. It is feminine–as the name indicates–mild and soft. Kanya jataks are industrious, methodical, efficient, practical, logical, precise and perfectionists. A Jataka of this sign often does not like to delegate, and wants to oversee every step of the operation.They are practical, cool-headed, and thoroughly meticulous in their work. Often quiet and reserved, tidy and perfect, the Kanya rashis seldom shy away from taking on challenges; and prove their endurance and determination. They at times tend to make bitter enemies, and remember events that happened a long time ago. They do well in science and mechanics, often inventing and developing appliances. They love reading and writing, and have a flair for handicrafts; while many are good performing artistes. Kanya jatakas love to travel. They are reliable, and great assets to all groups.Often they fall prey to hypochondria because of extreme nervousness. Many of them face psychological problems. There is no place for turbulence in their love life. They make no public display of affection, but love a silent romance. Vrishabh, Makar and a fellow Kanya (Virgo) go well in courtship. Flowers and dim lights make them happy and contented. u (In the article, he is used for he/she) To be continued Get Answers To Your Astrological Queries We are starting a Q&A section on Astrology, where Mr. V.K Gaur will be answering your questions. You may scan and send us your horoscope or alternately, you could provide your Name, Place of Birth, Time and Date of Birth, and mail it to us at Q&A@fridaygurgaon.com.

Organic Chamomile and Eucalyptus: These bath salts are a perfect antidote for dealing with the effects of a common cold. Chamomile is known to induce restful sleep, while eucalyptus helps cure a cold. For your Interiors: Light a chamomile candle in the living room, and expect to feel cheerful and energetic the whole day.

Exotic Rose: Fused with pure rose essence oil, this fragrance promotes positive feelings of romance and love. You can unwind in your bath, and de-stress after a long day, with rose salts – that help relax sore muscles, and soften your skin. For your Interiors: If you want to rev up your social life, light some aromatic rose-scented candles in the southwest corner of your living room. Sandalwood: During the summers, add-

ing a little sandalwood salt to the water, before taking a bath, can work wonders to improve your circulation, and reduce tenderness in the body. You can use sandalwood body salts made from Ayurvedic herbs—like asparagus and winter cherry— infused in a base of olive oil, and blended with frankincense, sandalwood, salt, chickpea, rice flour, honey or glycerine. It will help you get to a meditative state before a prayer or a ritual ceremony. It works wonders on the skin and the hair. For Your Interiors: Light a sandalwood candle in your bedroom, as it has a nice smooth fragrance – to help relieve your tension and anxiety. u Tarot Card Reader bhavanasharma89@yahoo.com


24 Feb–1 Mar 2012

{ Srimati Lal }

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he title of this intricate and mystical exhibition, by 52 significant Iranian artists, is from a poem by Rumi – inspired by the ancient story of an elephant being de-coded by several blind people, who touch it tentatively. To one blind man, the elephant’s ear is a fan; to another, its trunk is a water-pipe; to a third, its leg is a strong pillar; and to yet another, the elephant’s wide back is a large throne. The poem describes how difficult it is to evaluate anything by seeing it in part, rather than as a whole. At a deeper level, it indicates the incapacity of most humans to really ‘see’ all the metaphysical and physical levels of a larger Truth or Reality. My first response to this remarkable exhibition, at Sector 44’s Devi Art Foundation, was a feeling of being inside an esoteric crypt or an ancient Egyptian tomb – surrounded by a plethora of arcane Codas that require deciphering. Many of the art-pieces subtly take on the form of intricate mechanical objects and matrixes. There is no doubt that Yantras, Mandalas, matrixes and mystic symbols form the template of all these complex Iranian art-forms on display. For those initiated in the fine art of Symbolism, there can be no denying that such geometric forms contain profound powers. All ancient civilisations are linked by such similar mystical symbols. Such artistic metaphors create their own unique code-templates, wherein a deep universal intelligence lies locked – from heiroglyphic to astronomical and tantric forms. Indian, Persian and Iranian art employ calligraphic scripting, an ancient decorative symbolism that is quite akin to  Tantra. A  mystical style, profoundly ‘formal’ in concept and execution, contains hidden meanings – that transcend ‘literal’ illustrative artistic methods. In Lekha and Anupam Poddar’s rare collection of contemporary Iranian art at Devi Art, one sees evident visual linkages between Iran and India. Curated by the young Iranian graphic designer Amirali Ghasemi— who set up www.Parkingallery.com in 2002 as a platform for his country’s emerging artists—this unusually-rivetting exhibition is divided into three segments. In ‘Departure from Form’, the traditional form is re-contextualised in contemporary critical expressions. ‘Reflection of a Complex Society’ deals with gender representation, a social issue that is a recurring trend in Iranian art.

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‘Elephant in the Dark’

And ‘The Politicised Scenery’ touches upon various crucial political conflicts, such as the battle for oil in the Middle East, and Iran’s current political events. Despite its mirroring of contemporaneous issues, all the art is subtle, tangential, symbolic: avoiding ‘obviousness.’ Painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video are all employed with considerable dexterity in Elephant In the Dark,  creating a space potent with contemporary meaning. One is immediately struck by the skill of these Iranian artists, in terms of actual application and attention to detail. The palette is largely monochromatic, in a range from silver, grey and black, to white; and yet, the intricacy of the work is of such a high level that the eye does not tire observing it. Timo Nasseri’s 2008 ink work ‘One and One # 16’,    depicting swirling constellations in white ink on black paper, transfixes the viewer and pulls him/her deep into a galactic odyssey. Its planetary ‘star’-formations also resemble the indivisible Anu, the primary atomic particle. Nasseri’s ‘Glance, 1, 2 and 3’,  stainless-steel star-sculptures, bear an eerie nuclear aura – at the same time echoing the multi-pronged star of Bethlehem. This magnetic ‘nuclear design’ recurs symphonically throughout the entire display. Amir Mobed’s looming 2004 installation, ‘Candles’, resembles a tower bursting into flames; or perhaps a multi-pronged star, or even a Greek Orthodox Cross. Made painstakingly out of hundreds of wax candles, this interesting installa-

tion is spread-out on the large floor of the central gallery-space. Other sculptural installations continue this theme of bursting atoms and stars – crafted in shiny steel, polished wood, and deeply-saturated inks on glass and paper. Zainab Marnani’s 2008 ‘The Point’ employs the intricate ‘Banai’ Script, which is considered a system of codes for Persian calligraphy. Elham Haghighi’s 2004 series, ‘The Flight,’ brings alive arcane and esoteric Middle Eastern legends, with notable skill, in masterful figurations. These echo Persian miniature book-illuminations – depicting winged animals, fairies, turrets, chessboards, and medieval ships tossed on

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swirling seas. They also faintly-evoke medieval European Tarot symbolism, which evidently reached southern Europe via the Eastern trade-route.  The absence of the human figure—once a traditional religious constraint in Islamic art—has now diminished in Iran, with figurative forms being enthusiastically portrayed in various ways. Haghighi’s intense burkha-clad women, and mythical airborne beings, take on metaphorical forms of eternal moths or butterflies swathed in black lace. Exhibitions such as Elephant in the Dark serve the purpose of illuminating the power, genius and grandeur of our shared  Eastern aesthetic and cultural lineage. u Till May 30. At DEVI ART FOUNDATION, Sirpur House, Plot 39, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Artist, Writer, & Curator


18 FOOD

B on V ivant

24 Feb–1 Mar 2012

Joi Bangla

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The Body You Love { Alka Gurha }

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owe my friend one; the one who told me about this new Bengali restaurant at Hong Kong Bazaar on Gold Souk Road – way past Ardee City. Lokenath restaurant is a humblelooking eatery; but, as I am soon to find out, with many gastronomic surprises. I am welcomed at the door by owner-and-chef Goutam Nayak. In the true adda tradition, we get talking, and soon he is recounting his fascinating life’s tale. He started with a job at the very bottom of the culinary food chain, at the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata. He soon endeared himself to the Bengali chefs, who taught him how to cook. From there, to owning an eatery-cum-lodge in Paharganj, to this restaurant, has been a long and arduous journey – one that he is quite proud of. It is this pride that animates him as he discusses the food: he handpicks his fish, sources all the masalas personally, uses only Kolkata mustard oil, and keeps his recipes true to tradition. Convinced, I ask Goutam to give me a meal of his choosing, of authentic Bangla raanna (cooking). I start with the quintessential Kolkata snack, the fish chop (Rs. 130). This one is made without potatoes. What it has is fresh bhetki fish, chopped to chunky perfection. As I sink my knife into it, I can see the fresh juices oozing out; and every bite leads to a flaky-fresh taste sensation in the mouth. This is a good dish indeed. Next in line are the vegetarian dishes. The ghughni (Rs. 40), made of chickpeas, is perfectly spiced. Aloo phool kophi

Lokenath Restaurant 1st Floor, Hong Kong Bazar, Sector 57, Sushant Lok 2, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 4220435, 0124 4220436 Cuisine: Bengali Timing: 11am – 11pm (Rs. 70) has crunchy fried cauliflower and potatoes, cooked beautifully with traditional spices. Moog dal (Rs. 50) is comforting and wholesome, as it should be. The main course starts off with katla posto (Rs. 105) and bhaath (rice). The combination of ground poppy seeds and cashews gives the curry a well- rounded character; and the fresh and large cuts of katla fish make it a fulfilling experience. Kosha mangsho (Rs. 200) that follows is a meaty delight. The Kolkata chicken biryani with raita (Rs. 100) is authentic, and a value for money dish. A true Bengali meal has to have the perfect sweet dish – from a wide choice. I order the kacha golla (Rs. 15), made with nolen gur. This type of jaggery is difficult to source, because it is made from a quality of sap that can only be collected from date trees in the foggy, cold season. That is what gives it a unique sweetness. Chef Goutam buys it at the source. The result, with its earthy undertones, melts in my mouth. Everything about Lokenath restaurant is authentic and realistic – including the prices. Here is an eatery I will be going back to often. u

CINEMA

Lost In Translation { Vijaya Kumar }

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year back, I had seen a Tamil movie, Vinnaithandi Varuvaya, and had fallen in love with it. The title conveyed a beautiful and lyrical expression of love literally translated as: Will you cross the skies for me? The story was simple, the narration straight forward; and the twist in the tail provided freshness to a fairly ordinary tale. A.R Rahman’s compositions, Gautam Vasudev Menon’s sensitive direction, the scenic locales of Kerala, and the portrayals by Silambarasan and Trisha, contributed to the movie being a success. It therefore was a big disappointment for me to sit through the purported Hindi remake, Ekk Deewana Tha, where virtually everything contributes to its lacklustre feel. The first half of the movie is still watchable, and the director could have done well to terminate the movie at the interval! Gautam Menon has a history of making good movies in Tamil, which when remade in Hindi, turn out to be disasters. His Minnale was remade as the sloppy Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein; and the racy Kaka Kaka was remade as the lacking force, Force (although this was not directed by him). Ekk Deewana Tha successful completes the trilogy! Prateek Babbar’s character isn’t very real; his dialogue delivery is awful. I wonder why the British model Amy Jackson

Ekk Deewana Tha Directed by: Gautam Menon CAST: Prateek Babbar, Amy Jackson GENRE: Romance was called in to play the female lead; she is plain boring, and her voice dubbing is another disaster. The Tamil original had captured the beautiful nuances of the girl falling in love with the boy, over a period of time. All that comes across in Ekk Deewana Tha is a display of infatuation. To compound the misery, the beautiful ending has been tweaked, to supposedly make the ending a happy one. A.R Rahman’s compositions are fairly forgettable. u

ave you noticed a strange paradox? The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet-books! After Rujuta Diwakar’s book ‘Don’t Lose your Mind, Lose your Weight’ became a best seller, a slew of ‘weight loss’ books by celebrities have flooded the book shelves. Recently Kallie Purie’s weight loss memoir ‘Confessions of a Serial Dieter’ was also launched, with much fan fare. As is evident from the sales, losing weight is a top priority for most urban women. However, the question to be asked is: How many readers actually lost weight after reading these books? And more importantly, how many readers were able to maintain their ideal weight? Now, actress and model Yaana Gupta has donned the writer’s hat, and has come out with a book on fitness tips, health and wellness. Her new book ‘How to Love Your Body and Get the Body You Love’, is the story of her life. Yaana’s book is a reminder of her victory over the demons in her head, that had created myths about her body image. The book reveals that Yaana has been suffering from chronic eating disorder, despite being a fitness freak. The book elucidates how

How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love Author: Yaana Gupta PUBLISHER: Penguin PRICE: Rs. 199 GENRE: Non-Fiction/ Self Help she evolved a unique approach to health and wellness. After trying several diets and fitness regimes, Yaana chronicles a stepby-step health regimen for a healthy body. “I was being repeatedly asked by various friends to give them fitness tips on how to lose weight. One day it just came to me that I should write it all down as a book, as I was anyway already writing bits and pieces, and emailing it to friends,” she says. The book imparts several practical tips. There are interesting snippets on how to cook a healthy meal. “I use the steaming method to cook, and carry food with me all the time – even on flights,” says Yaana. Yaana’s book does not offer any path breaking tips. However, the book encourages women to feel healthy, and to appreciate themselves for how they look. u

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very parent wants to launch their children into the world with the skills they need to succeed. Having good table manners gives children the confidence to participate in any dining situation with ease. Table manners are taught as soon as your child understands what you’re saying. However, children will need coaching and reminders on table manners throughout their childhood. It’s best to give positive reinforcement; that is, when your child does something right, let them know. And when your child does something wrong, do not be negative about it – but gently tell them how it is best done, and why. Whether in a restaurant or in a home, here are some basic table manners to teach kids:  Wash or sanitize your hands before sitting down at the table.  Sit down on a proper seat, and put a napkin in your lap. As needed, use it to gently wipe or dab your mouth. Do not wipe your face or blow your nose with a napkin; both are gross. To do those things, excuse yourself from the table, and go the restroom.  Do not begin eating until everyone is seated, and has been served. Many families wait until an adult gives ‘permission’, to start eating.  Stay seated – without wiggling in your chairs, going under the table, or getting up and down.  Say, “Excuse Me,” and ask permission, to leave the table.  Eat with a fork or spoon, unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers. When eating bread or rolls, break off a piece of bread before buttering it. Eating a whole piece of bread looks tacky.  Eat slowly, don’t gobble up the food. You are using a fork /spoon, not a shovel. Take your time, and enjoy your food.  Elbows do not belong on the table.  Mouths should stay closed while chewing; and pieces should be bite-sized.  “May I please” should be used when you would like to have more food; never

reach across the table yourself.  Proper etiquette for passing ,is to pass the food counterclockwise.  Participate in the conversation during dinner; and do not interrupt when other people are talking.  Slurping, burping, squealing, singing, humming are all sounds that should not be made at the table.  Do not make negative comments about what is being served for dinner. Remember, someone took the time, energy, and expense to prepare the food. Express your appreciation.  Put your used plate at the right place.  Before getting up, at the end of the meal, say, “May I please be excused?”  Thank the cook and attendant. When eating at someone’s home, or if you are someone’s guest at a restaurant, always thank the host – and tell them how much you enjoyed it. At least say that you liked the dinner, or mention a specific item that was particularly tasty, e.g. the dessert was great. Preparing children for adulthood starts the moment the baby is placed in the arms of the mother. Teaching children to use good table manners is a wonderful gift that will serve them well throughout their entire lives. Parents will be proud that their children are using the good manners that they have taught them; and more importantly, children will be polished and refined – and capable of being comfortable in any dining situation. u (Certified Image Consultant)


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possible. The game costs around 40 euros. Also available for the Vita will be “ModNation Racers: Road Trip.� This game concentrates on fun, colourful graphics, and a feature already available on the Playstation 3 version of the game: a track editor. This allows players to design their own racing tracks and cars, which can be uploaded and exchanged in the online players’ community. Playstation 3

(69 dollars). Fast-paced racing action awaits players of “Wipeout 2048.� For its Vita premiere, the game comes with a new control: the hover cars can be completely controlled by the motion sensors. Speed is controlled using the Vita’s touchpad, and weapons are fired using voice commands. If players don’t want to use the new controls, they can revert to a joystick and buttons. Online multi-player races are also

routes also will work on the Vita so there is plenty of material already available. Thanks to integrated Facebook and Twitter functions, the best times, screenshots and other content can be exchanged with friends. However, multiplayer games are not possible with “ModNation Racers: Road Trip.� The game retails for around 40 euros. If, after the stress of the race-track, a player seeks a relaxing time on the greens, “Everybody’s

Carling Cup Final Preview

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t one of the recent Liverpool FC games, a banner was unfurled at the Kop end. It read: “Those who remember their past are destined to live through it again.� 16 years after their last appearance at a Wembley Cup final, a venue described affectionately by the Anfield faithful as ‘Anfield South’, old timers among them could be forgiven for feeling a sense of nostalgia – as their 31,000-strong army marches towards it. Yes, Liverpool has contested cup finals in between; but at the Millennium Stadium rather than Wembley – which was closed for construction between 2001 and 2006. For Cardiff City fans, despite being in English football’s second tier, getting to Wembley has been more familiar phenomenon. They have played at Wembley for the last 3 seasons running; whether in the Championship playoffs, or in the FA Cup in 2007-08. However, Cardiff seem

Kenny Miller has cup final experience with the Rangers in Scotland, and is a striker who knows where the back of the net is. Icelandic international Aron Gunarsson will probably be asked to do a job on Steven Gerrard. Charlie Adam will also be champing at the bit, to line up against the team he has fond memories playing against. Liverpool have been in very good recent form, as proved by their 6-1 dispatch of Brighton – who were only 4 points behind Cardiff City, last weekend. Cardiff’s form is more of a concern. Since squeezing past Crystal Palace in the semi final of this competition, the Bluebirds have managed to pick up just four points out of a possible fifteen. However, there is the old adage, of the form book going out of the window in cup games. Whatever the outcome, the occasion will be one for Cardiff City fans to savour;

to have a perpetual ‘chokers’ tag around their neck. They have become constant promotion hopefuls, without ever really managing to break into the promised land of the Premier League; and also lost 1-0 to Portsmouth in the 2007-08 FA Cup final. It will be interesting to see how their current manager, Malky Mackay, prepares his players mentally for this game. Interesting sub-plots abound all around the game. It sees Liverpool skipper, Steven Gerrard, potentially lining up against his cousin Anthony. Craig Bellamy will be in line to feature against the club he supported as a boy – and played for last season. Liverpool usually are quite mobile, and press the opposition very hard off the ball. However, that means more space for Cardiff City’s shining light this season, Peter Whittingham, who has been the one scoring and creating goals, on a regular basis.

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Golf� is the best bet. However, one shouldn’t expect a sober and realistic golf simulation game after various power-ups, players can hit shots that have the impact of a meteorite. That said, the game does offer everything a golfer would know and expect: various courses, a range of golf clubs, changing weather conditions, and challenging opponents. With a movement of the handheld console, players can see around the course – and the touchpad helps with navigation around the greens. In addition to single player mode, multiplayer mode is available online. “Everybody’s Golf� costs 40 euros, and comes—like “Uncharted,� “Wipeout� and “ModNation Racers�—from Sony Computer Entertainment. In addition to Sony, other companies are bringing out games in time for the launch of the Vita. One such game is “Shinobido 2 - Revenge of Zen� from Namco Bandai. Set in feudal Japan, the protagonist is a ninja caught in the middle of a bloody civil war. The game will cost about 50 euros. u

as they join only Manchester United and Chelsea, to have played in both domestic cup finals at the Wembley stadium. The game has a definite ‘friendly’ feel to it; with both sets of supporters finding plenty of common ground in their respective campaigns against the British tabloid ‘The Sun’. Liverpool are playing their first final since the Champions League final in 2007; and though this game is significantly less illustrious, they will nonetheless be desperate to win. Football clubs breed a culture and mentality of winning; and if there is one thing Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish seems to have brought back, it is that winning mentality. After he arrived, to answer John Henry’s SOS call from a cruise ship in the Arabian Gulf last January, he announced, “I’ve got unfinished business here.� A little more than an year later, Liverpool are definitely back in business – competing for the one prize that has eluded Dalglish in his managerial career. u

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A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle. During her struggle, the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer. “It’s the Pastor, Mommy,� the child said to her mother. Then she added, “Mommy can’t come to the phone right now. She’s hitting the bottle.� While proudly showing off his new apartment to friends, a college student led the way into the den. “What is the big brass gong and hammer for?� one of his friends asked. “That is the talking clock,� the man replied. “How does it work?� “Watch,� the man said and proceeded to give the gong an ear shattering pound with the hammer. Suddenly, someone screamed from the other side of the wall, “Knock it off, you idiot! It’s two o’clock in the morning!�

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Once you extract the water supply capacity to the Yamuna to the Basai Plant, is need for borewells, and water the mineral, it’s gone. It’s not city up to 500 cusecs (approxithe Gurgaon Water Channel. The Basai Plant has four min- tankers. In short, private water coming back any time soon. mately 323 mgd). That should be supply. iature lakes or ‘tanks’. From the The situation is the same enough to supply all the city’s tanks, the water undergoes exwhen extracting groundwa- water demands.â€? tensive treatment and chlorinater. It’s like we’re ‘waterOf course, there are many The scenario tion, to purify it for human conAll of this means that the mining’. So if the city con- assumptions here. First, that sumption. “The plant pumps out groundwater level of Gurgaon tinues to get water from the there will be enough water in 45 mgd, or near about 170 milis depleting at an alarming rate. ground, it’s going to hit ‘rock- the canal, to provide the inlion litres of water a day (mld), As Treasurer of the Society for bottom’. And then, what will be creased flow (we get less than for Gurgaon district,â€? says a half of the capacity even toUrban Regeneration of Gurgaon the answer?â€? technician at the Basai Water The city’s piped water sup- day). Second, that the water (SURGE), Darshan Singh says, Treatment Plant. “This is an activity similar to ply has always been a pain for treatment capacity would be From there, the millions of increased in proportion, (and litres of water flood towards the in time); and finally, that city through pipelines. 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uilding an infrastructure project, using brick and mortar, is difficult; but perhaps what is even more difficult is to build an organisation with people as raw material. Sanjiv Rai, CEO and MD of IL&FS Rail Limited (which was earlier known as ITNL) has managed both the challenges equally well. Rai, whose company is building the prestigious (Gurgaon) Rapid Metro, was instrumental in setting up and building ITNL from scratch. IL&FS, the parent company, wanted to have a strong presence in the rail sector. “We had a presence in various infrastructure sectors, viz. roads, bridges, ports, tolling – but we were not present in rail,” says Sanjiv Rai. The major challenge for a new organisation is to retain people, and Rai says that most of the people who joined ITNL in 2008 are still with the company. They have the same objective — to build something new and great. “We have changed the name, as it reflects two things – that it is an ILFS company, and that we are concerned with rails,” says Rai with pride. He runs the organisation in an open manner, sharing information with employees, and empowering them. Every month the company organises an open meeting, where the employees are told about the latest developments, the new projects being taken up, current plans, and prospects. “The employees are part of the growth process, and they must know they are a part of a company that is growing,” he asserts. His management philosophy is to keep it simple; by addressing the needs of the employees, returning value to shareholders, and meeting the needs of the customers. Rai, who has been part of the infrastructure industry for the last 35 years—working both in India as well as abroad—feels that the greatest hurdle to building infrastructure is land acquisition. “The process of acquiring

The Ride Of Your Lives land is very cumbersome, and unless a government legislation comes, making it mandatory for all to give land for infrastructure project on priority, no growth can take place,” says Rai. His company has been battling this issue, albeit successfully, in Gurgaon. There were a number of impediments in acquiring land for building the Rapid Metro – but these have been overcome, he says, with a smile. “We faced problems, but due to tremendous support from the Haryana government and the local authorities, these were resolved,” says the CEO. He admits that private companies do not have the means and authority to overcome issues related to land acquisition. If things go as planned, IL&FS Rail will commence operation of the Rapid Metro in the first quarter of 2013. “The project is on time; there are some things that are ahead of plan, and some that are delayed – but overall our team is upbeat that we will deliver on time,” says Rai. “The Rapid Metro will start trials in September 2012, and we are planning to start commercial operations by the end of the first quarter of 2013. In between, a number of permissions need to come, from Commissioner of Railways Safety, and the Fire Department,” says the IL&FS Rail CEO. He also plans to have the first branded metro stations in the country. When asked about the concept of branded metro stations, Rai reveals that these would be named after an approved advertiser, who agrees to sponsor the station. “Keeping in mind the name and area of the locality in which the stop falls, the name of the sponsor will be added to the station name. Discussions are on with corporates, and once through, they would be allotted space at the station, to advertise and sell their products,” he informs.

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The Gurgaon Metro will have a major impact on the urban transport scenario in Gurgaon, he asserts. More than 70,000 cars are likely to go off the road, as per a survey conducted by the company. Rai also refers to the Delhi Metro, that was carrying 30,000 passengers per day initially but now carries more than 1 lakh passengers per day. “We will be serving the most populous and commercialised area in Gurgaon, and it will have a major impact on the City. We have also decided to run feeder buses in some of the colonies, once commercial operations start,” he says. He promises that the City residents will experience a world class ride, with the Rapid Metro. There are exciting future plans for the Rapid Metro. It is most likely that another 14 kilometres of line will be added; with 7 kilometres towards the Golf Course Road, and another 7 being built from the Mall of India to the Maruti Factory on the Old Delhi Gurgaon Road. “These lines, when built, will create a multi-modal rail solution – for people to seamlessly travel between Delhi and Gurgaon and within Gurgaon,” says Rai.

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u-Kam Power Systems Ltd. and Kohler Power Systems have joined hands to launch hybrid power solutions – comprising a complete range of diesel and gas generators. They have entered into a supply, distribution and marketing pact. On the occasion of the launch, Su-Kam Managing Director Kunwer Sachdev and Larry Bryce, President Kohler Power Systems, unveiled the flagship 5 KVA Diesel, and 14 KW Gas, gensets for the Indian market. This 5 KVA genset is claimed as the smallest in its category, with no external exhaust – and is ideally suited for local conditions. The USP of the product is the graphic user interface, that regularly updates the user on the voltage, frequency, and current being supplied to the load, said officials. Larry Brycesaid that both the companies share the same values, and are committed to the power industry. “Kohler is setting up facto-

ries in India, and we are heavily invested here – as the country has great potential,” said Bryce; adding that products being launched by them have a great value proposition. Kunwer Sachdev, said that the reason behind his company’s entry into the generator segment is to become a complete power solution provider. “We do not want to sell products only, but provide solutions in the domain of power supply. This is just the start, as we will be unveiling a number of products in the inverter, solar and generator segments – that will take advantage of each other,” he said. Sachdev also said that their strong distribution and service network will help in acceptance of the new products among the existing customers.   An incentive programme for Su-Kam dealers was also announced by Kanav Sachdev. He spoke about the different features of the scheme, and promised them complete marketing support from Su-Kam. u

Being an experienced player in infrastructure, rail and public transport, Rai knows that for primary mass transit systems like metros to be successful, they must be supplemented by feeders, interchanges and parking lots. Local authorities also need to manage the roads and traffic in a better manner; the police needs to implement the traffic rules seriously. “Traffic solutions can’t always be supply side; because they become constrained very quickly. Some disincentives must also be put in place,” he asserts. Rai is also of the opinion that there has been a change in the approach towards private financing and participation. He has been a keen proponent of public private partnership in infrastructure projects. He is of the view that the primary role

of the government should be to plan and co-ordinate, rather than execute projects. “There needs to be a balance in how large infrastructure projects are funded and executed. The risks needs to be shared,” he asserts. With IL&FS being a major toll operator across the country, Friday Gurgaon asked him about the issue of the toll plazas at Gurgaon; that are being opposed by city residents. On this issue, the IL&FS Rail CEO is of the opinion that people in India need to be made aware about the concept of paying, to use a toll road. “There needs to be better awareness, and a clear message sent across, that this road has been built using private money – that needs to be paid back to the builder,” says Rai. He suggests that there are different ways to pay that money to a private concern. Either the government should pay an annuity, or it can impose toll on the roads – in India the second method is being preferred, he says. “The government must make people aware of the need to pay for the service, as they are doing in using the Metro, electricity, water etc,” he opines. Apart from building the Rapid Metro, IL&FS Rail is also engaged in philanthropic activities, that help in improving lives of those who are from the weaker sections of the society. The company has adopted an elementary girls school in Gurgaon, that will be gradually rebuilt. It has also decided to build rain-water harvesting structures all across the metro alignment – the first such structure will come up at the busy Bristol Chowk, says Rai. u

– Pioneers in Gurgaon I & II A tete-a-tete with Vinod Dixit, Head - Gurgaon Sales, Unitech What is the uniqueness of Unitech? In residential, and in commercial offerings? Efficient design by renowned international architects Open spaces and beautifully landscaped green areas Modern sports amenities/ facilities within complex Trusted & established name, pioneer of development of Gurgaon. Do you cater to a particular customer segment(s), or try and cater to all? We try to cater all segments, which includes HNI's, upper middleincome group, NRI's, professionals, middle-income group. Our product range starts from 70 lacs onwards and goes up to more than 10 Cr per unit. Even, in terms of type of product we provide a wide range from plots to apartments to villas to independent floors. And not only these, we are also catering to the requirement of office spaces, retail spaces, hotels and leisure clubhouses. Which is your most prestigious new project? We have several prestigious projects, which have been recently launched and are under construction. These include Espace Premiere Villas in Nirvana country 2, off Sohna Road Uniworld Resorts – “The Villas” in Sector 33 Exquisite in Nirvana Country 2, off Sohna Road Unitech South Park, Gurgaon What are your new offers after developing township of SC-2 & Nirvana Country? We are offering two new townships i.e. Nirvana Country - II and Wildflower Country very close to Sohna Road and Nirvana Country township. They are integrated townships comprising of high end Villas, Plots, group housing, Independent Floors, Commercial buildings, social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, community centre, club etc..


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Meyer books, are box office hits. But the actors and actresses are eager to fly out of the Twilight cage, golden as it might be, to try their hand at other cinematic endeavours. Stewart is slated to be a principal character in On the Road, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac. The film is directed by Brazilian Walter Salles and will feature Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams. Stewart will also play Snow White to Charlize Theron’s evil stepmother. That release is set for June. Pattinson will set his vampire teeth aside, to embody Georges Duroy in Bel-Ami. It is a film about the young, opportunistic, womanizing hero, whom French writer Guy de Maupassant sent to Paris (at the end of the 19th

FANTASY WORLD: Robert Pattinson, director Bill Condon, and Taylor Lautner at an event in Barcelona to promote the Twilight movie

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ovie viewers will this year again enter a mythical middle-earth – populated by elves, dwarves, orcs and all the other creatures that sprang from the imagination of author J.R.R. Tolkien, and recreated by director Peter Jackson through digital art. The first part of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey is just one of several movies planned for this year, that has magical and mysterious elements rooted in fantasy. The distributor, Warner Bros., says the second installment will come out in 2013. Cast members include Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, and Evangeline Lilly – the famous Kate Austen of the Lost television series. Lilly will be Tauriel, a woodland elf who incidentally is not a Tolkien character, but a creation for the movie. For those not familiar with the saga, the adventures narrated in The Hobbit occur before those of The Lord of the Rings. Another movie franchise that is still showing ample returns is Batman. The

latest film in that series is set for release on July 20 in the United States; and shortly thereafter in the rest of the world. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises cost more than 250 million dollars. It will pit Bruce Wayne (again played by Christian Bale), against a terrorist called Bane (played by Tom Hardy) – an actor who worked with Nolan in the movie Inception. But in this third Batman movie, fans are most anticipating Anne Hathaway, as Catwoman. Will Hathaway wipe out the fine impressions left by feline seductresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry? It could very well be. Hathaway recently became the second highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Of course, the Batman series earnings are nothing compared to what Twilight brought in. That movie franchise will this year continue to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars all over the world. The second part of Twilight, New Moon, with Bill Condon directing, and Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner starring, will open in November. These movies, based on the Stephenie

century) – where he seduced all females within reach. Pattinson will share screen credits with Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas; and the release is programmed for March. The young British film star is working on another film this year, Cosmopolis, adapted from a novel by US writer Don DeLillo. It is the story of a day in the life of a multimillionaire in Manhattan. Industry experts say the movie presents a portrait of the economic distress facing the world these days. Movies should help in this regard; their aim, after all, is to let viewers forget their troubles for a couple of hours – as they fly on the wings of silver screen fantasy. u

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hat motivates the thousands of actors, directors, make-up artists, gofers, and countless other professionals – who devote their lives to the Hollywood movie industry? Some are in it for the money, others do it for the love of film; but everyone dreams of the same thing: winning the accolades of their peers with an Oscar trophy. Considered the ultimate prize in Hollywood, the Oscars are awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1927 by 36 leading movie makers. Despite their status as the most prized accolade in the US movie world, the Oscars rarely have much financial payoff for the victors. The biggest reason is that, almost without exception, the winning movies are long gone from the box office; and anyway the movies that usually compete for the prize are small films, without huge commercial appeal. Oscars can showcase up-and-com-

ing talent, and make it easier for actors, directors and screenwriters to move on to larger projects. The thenunheard-of Matt Damon’s career took off after he won an Oscar in 1997, for Good Will Hunting. Diablo Cody established herself as one of Tinseltown’s leading scriptwriters after winning an Oscar for Juno in 2007, while Jennifer Lawrence, the star of the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games, saw her career boom, following her best actress nomination last year for Winter’s Bone. Conversely, the bigger the star the smaller the financial payoff; and the larger the honorary reward. An Oscar can mean everything to world-renowned movie stars – who have no problem earning 10 million dollars a film, but who want more than ever to go down in history as great actors. The best recent example of that is Sandra Bullock. She was long seen as an audience sweetheart, but was recognized as a critical darling too after her 2009 win for The Blind Side. u

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t may take weeks before a complete autopsy report nails down the cause of pop singer Whitney Houston’s death. But in the immediate aftermath of her sad demise last Saturday, at the age of 48, speculation swirled about her wellpublicized past struggles with addiction – to marijuana, cocaine and alcohol. The often reliable celebrity website TMZ.com quoted family members as saying that she was killed by a lethal mixture of booze and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. If that is borne out by the coroner, Houston’s death would follow a common path in the refined world of celebrity stardom – where lives are all too often blighted by the mixed pressures of showbiz. A world where there is the need to spark creativity, amid the pandering of sycophants, narcissistic personalities, and the easy access to drugs afforded by fame and fortune. From Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, from Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole Smith, the story of glittering stars extinguished by drugs is a black stain on the Hollywood dream. Michael Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of manslaughter last year, and sentenced to four years in jail. But while law enforcement officers have vowed to crack down on physicians who deviate from standard medical practice to pander to

stars’ wishes for prescription drugs, no one else has faced prosecution. Other stars who have died in recent years because of accidental prescription drug overdoses include actress Brittany Murphy, whose December 2009 death was attributed to pneumonia associated with the ingestion of a large amount of flu and pain medication. “This death could have been avoided,” the coroner Ed Winter said at the time. The year earlier, acclaimed actor Heath Ledger died in his New York apartment, from an accidental overdose of tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anxiety drugs. Before that, former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith was found unconscious in a Florida hotel, and died shortly afterwards. The autopsy found Anna Nicole had taken a combination of eight different tranquilizers, pain medication, sleeping pills and anxiety drugs before her death. Two doctors and a friend had supplied the 39-year-old star with the drugs, and faced charges of conspiracy and illegal drug procurement. Eventually only one doctor was found guilty, of a single misdemeanor fraud offence – and no one went to jail. The problem of prescription drug abuse is not just one that impacts celebrities. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2008 - more than triple the number from 1990. u

The Oscars { Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA } Official name of Oscar award: Academy Award of Merit Year first awarded: 1929 Number of Academy members who can vote for Oscars: 5,783 Top nominee this year: Hugo – 11 nominations Host: Billy Crystal Location: The Kodak Theatre Last year’s best film winner: The King’s Speech Dimensions of Oscar statuette: Weight – 3.85 kg; Height – 34 cm; Material - Gold-plated britannium, on a black metal base Number of Oscars to be awarded: 24 Most awards won by a single film : 11 - Ben-Hur (1959),

Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Most nominations received by a single film: 14 - All About Eve (1950) Titanic (1997) Highest Sweep (Winning every nominated category): 11 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Most Oscars won by an individual: 26 – Walt Disney Most acting Oscars won: 4 - Katherine Hepburn Only films to win so-called Big Five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Writing): It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) u


22 elaxation, visiting a spa, and having a make-over, have largely been the domain of women for a long time. Men are slowly catching up: visiting the sauna, having a massage, or even getting a manicure. Nevertheless, the concepts of relaxation and wellness often mean different things to men and women. “Wellness was long regarded as a topic for women,” says Lutz Hertel, chairman of Germany’s Wellness Association. “That’s because of the history of the wellness movement, which in its initial phase was treated like a new type of fitness.” The “gentle form of wellness” led to the popularisation of fitness gymnastics; and had nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger-style weight-lifting. Thus women had a greater affinity with wellness. “But in the last 10 years, men have been attracted to wellness, and are quite happy to try out a sauna, visit a gym studio, or a spa hotel.” A survey conducted in Germany in 2008 showed that men spent 17 minutes a day on an average, grooming themselves, and an extra 13 minutes on caring for their faces. That time did not include taking a shower, having a bath, or shaving. “Those figures show that men have overtaken women – who spend on an average 26 minutes a day on body and face care,” Martin Ruppmann, general manager of Germany’s VKE cosmetic association, said at the time. But when it comes to relaxation, men have a different goal than wom-

Soften Me Up en, according to Hertel. “They want to remain energetic and young, to be fit, to look fresh, and exude a manly strength.” For men it’s not the path that’s the goal, it’s the goal that’s of utmost importance. “That means men often tend to take a much more active and performance-related approach to wellness – that is far from gentle.” The phenomenon can be most clearly observed in saunas. “Men like visiting the hottest saunas, sitting on the highest bench, and staying as long as they can stand the heat.” It not only illustrates that visiting a sauna can be a high performance sport, but that it can also be absurd – and even damage your health! “It would be better if men didn’t continually challenge themselves, but had a much more tender approach,” says Hertel. “Most men need to discover the moment of enjoyment in taking exercise, going to a sauna, or getting a massage – and not just think about the goal.” Naturally not all men are like that. Many are quite prepared to leave the hard-man image aside; and growing numbers are trying out cosmetic products. “Sales of men’s cosmetics are continuing to grow. Men are developing an affinity for cosmetics and skincare products.” Gabriele Haeusler from Germany’s Association of Beauticians confirms that

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trend. “Men are becoming more vain and want care products,” she says. Men have different priorities compared to women, when it comes to which products they choose. “Men usually don’t want to have several products. Instead, they prefer as few as possible, or even just the one product that quickly and

IN NEED OF COMPANY: A file photo of a number of babies attending a gym lesson, with their mothers.

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n today’s world mothers are often entirely on their own, while raising a child. Gone are the days when the extended family helped, and when bringing up a baby was a social experience. Today many mothers are overwhelmed, and desperately lonely. According to Laura Gutman, a family therapist specializing in parenting, what mothers most need, to raise their children happily, is company. “Mothers today are very lonely, more so than in other times in history. Especially in large cities, we have lost ‘the tribe,’ the extended family, or the sense of neighbourhood,” said Gutman – whose latest book is titled ‘The Power of Maternal Discourse’. “If we’re lucky there are two of us—a man and a woman—inside a room, trying to calm a child down. Just two people – it’s too few.” Another expert, Natalia Sterlino, who runs a blog called Nests Online, echoed

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Two Is Not Company Gutman’s statements, saying “a feature of our times is the lack of a network; that is to say, there is no extended family, to jointly raise the children.” To fight that loneliness, mothers raising young children alone, in large cities, are joining together – arranging weekly meetings at one or another’s home. This builds bonds between them, while their children play with each other. The parenting industry today also provides many gadgets, that seek to replace mother – and her mothering glance, and nurturing arms. These include pacifiers, baby monitors, battery-operated baby rockers, dolls that mimic a heartbeat, and cameras. “With all of these things we are mechanizing motherhood. We live in a world bent on undermining maternity and nurturing. It would seem that taking care of babies and small children would have no effect outside of the time of childhood itself,” said Laura Krochik, founder of the Argentine Childcare Civil Association.

“There are genetic and economic factors, among others, that define the emotional equilibrium of a society,” Krochik said. “However, the variable that does it best is the kind of care given to children; and the people who those children depend on, who allow them to grow, and to be physically and emotionally healthy.” She said that brain development in the first three years of life is central to the child’s development; since it is during that time that most important events of his or her maturation will occur. Krochik also pointed to the importance of issues such as nurturing, the type of birth, whether the child is separated at an early age from the mother, whether the infant is breastfed, and other factors in the early stages of raising the child. Sterlino said that the trend for working mothers to leave their children at day care centres is a sign, that today the work market means more than motherhood. After she became pregnant,

efficiently does the job.” Haeusler advises men older than their mid-30s to start using care products. “It’s at that age that the skin begins to show the influence of stress, and other factors.” The three most important parts of the body to watch out for are: the face, the hands, and the feet – which usually get far less care than they actually need. “It’s useful to apply a cleansing milk to your face in the evening; which leaves a light layer of oil on the skin. It should also clear your skin of the grime and dirt that collects over the day,” says Haeusler. It’s important that the cleansing milk does not dry your skin out. After shaving in the morning you should check to see how sensitive your skin is, and then use an appropriate face cream. “In most cases, a milky lotion or cream, that leaves a trace of oil behind, is fine.” If the cream is perfumed, make sure it matches your aftershave. Men have a wide range of hand-care products to choose from. “There are creams made with sea salt, that leave a thin film of oil,” says Haeusler. Wheatgerm or sweet almond oil are also good. “They help keep your nails and cuticles soft and smooth.” Care for the feet is even easier. “Often a callus is a problem, especially if you exercise,” says Haeusler. Regularly cream your feet to keep them soft. Rubbing a good baby lotion, with jojoba or sesame seed oil, on your feet —after showering—will usually do the trick. u

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Uruguayan Tessa Garcia dropped a career as a journalist – to go live in the countryside with her babies. She did not want to have to pay someone to care for her children. “I chose to end the lifestyle that I had, to raise my daughters exclusively; but it was not an easy choice,” said Garcia, who writes a blog about her feelings on the contradictions she is living through. “Every small child needs a mother who is able to look inside herself … Everything a child needs is a mother, who is willing and aware of the need to understand herself better,” Gutman wrote in her book. She also wrote that mothers need company, so they don’t fall into despair because of loneliness, but that the companionship must be non-judgemental. “Let us ask that someone respectful spend as much time with us as possible – while we breastfeed, or while we are at home or while we play with or simply watch our children. ‘Respectful’ means just that: no mother needs additional opinions about raising children. All we need is company.” u


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Rajeev Walia to the exhibition. “Stamps are reminders of the past. They tell us everything - history, culture, and the integrity of the world. One just needs to have the passion for philately,” he pointed out.

Parindey – 2012, the 3 State level philatelic exhibition, was held at Apparel House. Over 400 children from 15 schools participated. There were 200 displays, and thousands of stamps. A unique “My Stamp” counter offered participants an opportunity to get their own pictures printed as a stamp (with a picture chosen from a template). There also was a Philately Souvenir Counter. A workshop on philately – the art of stamp collecting – was also held; as also a ‘Design a Stamp Contest’, for children. Special covers, based on historic places of Haryana, were released. rd

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Rarities were galore – and ranged from a rare stamp that shows Mahatma Gandhi carrying a gun, to the informative postcards revealing the diet of peacock, and history of football. The peacock section was a big draw, with stamps showing the importance of peacocks in Christianity. “It is a wellbalanced and detailed presentation, demonstrating various types of peacock, their diet, thier importance in countries other than India, and much more,” said Dhananjay Desai, one of the jury members. His team will announce the winning exhibits on Thursday. Other attractions of the show were special sections that had stamps of the pre-independence era – like Pakistani stamps having the impression of King George, and US stamps displaying the Indian submarine – Tarangini.

Fostering a dying hobby

“Once considered an admirable hobby, philately unfortunately is not attracting youngsters any more. I hope such exhibitions will change the mindset of the youth and help revive the dying hobby of philately” said a 77-year old philatelist, Arvind Rai C. Shah. He has collected almost any stamp that came his way, since the age of six. Looking at his collection with pride, Arvind showed us some interesting stamps having the imprints of Madhubala and Guru Dutt. He, however, expressed his disappointment over the lack of interest in today’s world for philately. “My children don’t know where to use these stamps, as they mostly use the Internet to send messages. They are not aware that my collection is worth Rs. 25 lakh. This exhibition has provided me an opportunity to put my collection in front of the world.”

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n a City that is ruled by iPhones and Blackberrys, the Haryana Postal Department has got the young generation interested in the so-called ‘snail mail’. Twelve-year old Aveesha, was quite elated at getting her own picture stamped on a stamp. “When I heard about the concept, wherein one can have his/her own photo printed on a stamp, I just couldn’t resist coming here. Now, I will put these stamps on postcards, and send it to my friends,” said Aveesha. For children, this “My Stamp” counter was the major centre of attraction – as it offered personalised stamps, that can be used for postal charges on mail items. A set of 12 such stamps were priced at Rs. 300. “We have received an overwhelming response in Gurgaon, especially from children. We sold almost 200 stamps on the first day,” said one of the stamp sellers. However, it was childhood passion that brought a Chandigarh-based philatelist,

Future of philately

For a philatelist, the proudest of moments is when he/she takes his/her collection to the international level. A Delhi-based philatelist Vinod Sabharwal, revealed that international philately organisations, like the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, gives med77-year old philatelist, Arvind Rai C. Shah getting his picture stamped at the My Stamp counter

DC Speak DC Meena spoke on Stamp Collection (Philately): Philately is the king among hobbies; the worldwide popularity of philately is matchless. Stamps know no barriers of land and frontiers. Stamp collection enriches general knowledge. Stamps are collected for their designs – and for the stories they tell, the events they commemorate. They are the windows of a nation, through which people behold its heritage and nature. They reflect every aspect of a nation’s life – its history, art, architecture, flora and fauna, great personalities, science and technology etc.

als depending on the rarity of the collection, and the ability of the philatelist to supplement his/her display with historical detail. As the Indian representation is constantly going down at the international level, it is extremely important to educate kids about philately. When asked about the plans of the Haryana Postal Department to have more such exhibitions in Gurgaon, Assistant Superintendent, S K Bharadwaj said, “Not in the near future. But we surely will plan something, particularly after the success of this show”. Some professionals also feel that, apart from stamp exhibitions, schools should encourage the hobby of philately among children – as it can improve their understanding of history and culture. u


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