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Our Impending Disasters


ragedy has overtaken the people and visitors in Uttarakhand. The disaster seems far away… distant. Our local issues seem miniscule. There is maybe some ‘comfort’ in that – in believing that the Millennium City, and our posh residences and office complexes in particular, offers us immunity from any calamity. How wrong we could be. There are scenarios building towards some impending disasters – and there seems to be no stopping them. The real estate juggernaut just rolls on; while planning and providing for civic services and amenities continues to be treated as an irritant. Some scenarios are being man (Administration) made; some will be triggered by the fury of Mother Nature – when even her patience at her exploitation runs out.

almost Rs 1,000 per round). The tankers would soon swarm all our roads and highways – along with the diesel tankers providing the fuel for power; and ensure that each residence and establishment remains tanked up – always. We are well on our way to achieving Fatehpur Sikri status.


Our City has no planned connectivity of drains, and sewage and storm water drains coincide. During the monsoons the sewage is stormed by the rainwater, and flows back onto the roads. Most


We have the highest of high-rises coming up nearer Sohna, an earthquake vulnerable area. Previous mild earthquakes have already led to cracks in new, modern buildings of well-established developers. Gurgaon II (new sectors) now has hundreds of builders constructing lakhs of residences, offices and commercial establishments. Some of these builders have very little experience, some are ex-property brokers – and they are here to make a killing. It is a different matter that the current slow-down in real estate is instead killing them. It would be no surprise to see the quality of construction becoming the first casualty. Earthquakes will also bring problems of fire and collapse. Fire tenders currently can barely impact the top of a few condos and complexes. Only DLF is on a high ladder. And what about EWS houses and slums – and ‘old’ Gurgaon? They are even now on weak ground, and would clearly be the first casualties in any calamity. Unfortunately, they also have no access to private solutions.



That we live on a barren landscape is well known; we are now ensuring that it moves towards a desert status. The ground water is not only depleting fast, it is reaching a very critical level – where there is threat of severe contamination and even poisoning. The new canals/water channels and Master Plans will only remain on paper – as the same water, before reaching Gurgaon, would be prioritized for Delhi, and many Haryana villages and towns on the way. Water is too precious for anyone to pass up, however cemented the canal is. So as not have a spanner put in the real estate works, the Administration has conveniently circumvented the NCR Planning Board, while finalizing its Gurgaon Master Plan. What solution can we hope for, when even simple Rain-water Harvesting has not been implemented as planned. A new Gurgaon II (new sectors) is under construction, in full swing, with borewells still allegedly being used to extract ground water. The Administration is complacent, seeing that many have found a solution in daily water tankers (that charge

combination of sewage and garbage is also a very visible scenario. In many areas garbage lies uncollected, there is anyway no segregation, and garbage treatment capacity is woefully inadequate. (Garbage) Landfills are filling up the Aravallis, as well as contaminating the ground water – a rare combination/contribution to disaster !

of the sewage is anyway not treated, and just flows onward into the Yamuna. The new sectors will only pile up further muck, as civic facilities are an after-thought to the development of new spaces. The lag, between the coming up of residences and civic services, would probably be a decade – provided there is improvement in the latter henceforth. Mother Yamuna’s revenge may not be far off, with even a trailer playing out this season. The river’s flooding could reverse the flow, and push all the sewage right back on us. The potent

It is time we bit the bullet. Ground water usage has to be strictly stopped, with even a plan for capping the current borewells. Gurgaon II (new sectors) development definitely needs to be postponed till the basics of water, power and sewage/garbage are taken care of (at least 80%) in the current sectors of Gurgaon. And in Gurgaon II, these civic facilities need to be first set up, taken care of, before anyone is allowed to reside in, or colonize, these new sectors. To ensure this, the head of Town & Country Planning, and even the CM, must be held personally accountable. The network of sewage and storm water drains – separate – must be completed on priority. Badshahpur Nallah, and its connectivity, needs to be taken up as a separate project. Every multi-storeyed project (current and new sectors) of over 75m height must be inspected separately by an expert(s) on building construction, to check for the structure’s ability to withstand an earthquake of a certain intensity. The Disaster Management Authority must specifically spell out the plan for ‘old’ Gurgaon, in case of an earthquake. See G-Scape 


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WORKSHOP  THEATRE  NIGHTLIFE  MUSIC  ART wedding matchmaker (Kuljeet Bua) and (Nambu), the smart servant who is always making Lala’s life miserable— add spice to the hilarious play, that is directed by Mrinal Dhar.

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et the kids enjoy the last leg of the summer break at this fun-filled Carnival. On offer are exciting classes, of pizza making, arts and crafts and pottery-making. For the more adventurous, there is go-karting, bowling and camel rides. While the kids enjoy, the parents can visit the apparel, jewellery, food and handicrafts stalls.

Consulting Art Editor: Qazi M. Raghib Editorial Office 213, Tower A, Spazedge, Sector 47, Sohna Road, Gurgaon 122001, Haryana Phones: +91 124 421 9092/93

The play is followed by a Stand-up Comic act, after a 15 minute break. Stand-up Comedy: Hi Punj


riotous act by Sahil Kapoor and Pranav Midha, where the duo narrate crazy anecdotes and indulge in rib-tickling repartees.


Suitable for 15 years & above.

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Sons and Daughters @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: July 2 Time: 7:30 pm


documentary on the trafficking of children for domestic servitude. It features the traumatic journey of children who are kidnapped or lured from rural India, to work as domestic servants in urban homes. Employers often think they are helping the underprivileged by providing them food and shelter. 'Sons and Daughters' explores how this idea of 'charity' is a lie that people tell themselves to cover up a greater truth.

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Camp Sunshine @ 32nd Milestone, NH8, Sector 15 Date: Up to July 7 Time: 5:00 pm onwards

Theatre & Comedy

Theatre & Stand Up Comedy Combo @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: June 29 & 30 Time: 7:00 pm

Biryani Fest @ Cocoa HouseCafe|Lounge|Bar, G-4, Welldone Tech Park, Sector-48, Sohna Road Date: July 1 Time: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

‘Ishq Da Syaapa, Daughter-in-law Weds Papa’ Theatre:

An adaptation of Moliere’s ‘The Miser’ in ‘Dilliwali Punjabi’, this is the story of a miserly Lala (Lala Leechad Mal), who falls in love with the girl that his son also loves. From here everything turns upside town. Interesting characters—the son (Jassi), the


avour a variety of biryanis at this Festival. On offer are Veg Biryani, Egg Biryani, Chicken Biryani & Chicken Malabar Biryani. You also get a chance to taste cuisines from different parts of the world.

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umba Education Specialist (ZES), Sucheta Pal, will be conducting the Masterclass in the Aqua Zumba programme. This refreshing workout will integrate the Zumba philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines. It's a workout that’s cardio-conditioning and body-toning – and most of all, exhilarating. Call +919999073727 or +919953723727


Cocktailian @ Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy, Sector 15, Part II Date: June 30 Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm



Fun Fridays @ Zura, SCO-40, Sector 29 Date: June 28 Time: 9:00 pm

Mystical Visions @ Beanstalk, Sector 15 Date: Up to July 4 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


collection of recent works by Shradha Bhatia and Siddhant Bajaj.


Group Exhibition @ Gallerie Alternatives, 102, DT Mega Mall, DLF City Phase-I Date: Up to July 31 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


earn the fine art of making cocktails with Master mixologist Yangdup Lama. Learn how to shake, stir and muddle cocktails, using different techniques. Call 9810999086.



n Art Exhibition showcasing the works of S.H Raza, T. Vaikuntam, Jayasri Burman, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Trupti Patel, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Rajesh Rana, Manoj Kachangal, Medha Sharma, Pintu Roy and more.

Sangam @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: July 4 Time: 7:00 pm


n the occasion of Pt. Birju Maharaj’s 75th birthday, and in the memory of Pt. Ravi Shankar, enjoy an evening of Hindustani classical music and dance, featuring a Jugalbandi of classical Vocal by Anirban Bhattacharyya and classical guitar by Neel Ranjan Mukherjee. This will be followed by a Kathak recital by Sangeeta Majumder.

Girls' Night Out @ TGI Fridays, MGF Metropolitan Mall, MG Road, DLF City Phase 2 Date: Up to July 11 (Thursdays) Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

et grooving on the dance floor with DJ Sumit Pradhan, as he spins funky Rock and Retro music, to make your Friday full of fun. Contact: 8882261619, 42515445

atch the all Goan Band Band playing the best of Rock, Retro and Classics all night along. The Band features Tony-Drums, Braulio -Bass, Ulrich-Keyboard & Bismarc-Guitar.



Retro Night Fever @Escape Terrace Bar And Kitchen, Galleria Commercial Complex, DLF City Phase 4 Date: June 29 Time: 8:00 pm onwards issing the old school music? Experience the best of tracks from the retro era. The Retro night fever features the in-house DJ spinning out awesome English tracks from the 60’s and 70’s, fused with some amazing Bollywood retro. Groove to your fave numbers – from Abba, Boney M, Carpenters, Bob Marley, Neil Diamond, Lobo, John Denver

Aqua Zumba Masterclass @ Zink Fitness Studio, Club Florence, Sector 56 Date: June 29 Time: 6:00 pm






and Beatles to some groovy tracks of R.D Burman and more. Go retrolicious!


et your girlfriends together and let your hair down. Enjoy an interesting range of cocktails – Cosmopolitan, Vodka Collins,  Pink Lemonade and Screw Driver. Ladies, show the world that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – and they do!


Taantrikz Live @ Cooper's Grill and Bar, NH8 Date:June 29 Time: 8:00 pm onwards

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 The State Govt allows Reliance to surrender its proposed SEZ, measuring almost 500 hectares, after more than 5 years of notification. Later, Parsvnath is also allowed to surrender its proposed SEZ off Sohna Road. Mega promises of investments and jobs now lie buried – and yet the land is not being returned to the farmers. It’s precious real estate now. Scam’s the name of the Haryana (especially Gurgaon) real estate game.  The Administration claims that Haryana power supply uptime has been 97% plus – which means less than a half-hour power-off daily. Obviously they are staying in a different State !  Residents mob senior HUDA officials, protesting the poor handling of water and power problems, as well as the recent flooding.  Police give the local security agencies 45 days to get all the armed security guards and their arms licences verified, and registered.  Verification and Registration Cells, for tenants and domestic help, are being set up in Police Stations.  Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway firm may withdraw – many problems at the toll plaza, and with locals. The firm alleges it is incurring losses.  CCTV cameras have been installed at IFFCO Chowk – and will also be installed at MG Road and HUDA City Centre Metro stations, Rajiv Chowk, Shanker Chowk and Signature Towers.  Pipeline laying work, for sewage flow, jams old Delhi Road for days; jams extend to Udyog Vihar and even NH8.  The proposal for a Metro link between IFFCO Chowk and Dwarka, across NH8, has not found favour with the approval authorities – allegedly due to poor viability.  CRPF personnel donate their 1-day’s salary for the benefit of the victims of the Uttarakhand calamity.

 A 45-year-old village resident (ex-BJP office bearer) is tortured in police custody, at Sohna Road police station; 3 policemen are suspended.  A City realtor is booked for raping a woman for over a year, on the assurance of a good property deal.  20-year-old widow accuses a live-in (3 years) partner of rape, alleging a promise of marriage.  A wife is booked for abetment to the suicide of her husband.  A man is accused of molesting his sister-in-law.  2 contract killers are nabbed by the police.  An FIR is filed against the owner of Empire pub, for serving banned hookah – total 4 pubs are raided.  A salesman and 4 others (including a student of St Stephens College, Delhi) are held for robbing a Sector 29 Reliance Mart store.  A man dupes a woman of Rs 6,000, after creating a fake matrimonial profile.


 Zila Parishad Head Kavita Yadav is facing trouble, with her colleagues expressing no confidence in her.  Dumpers have been banned entry into the City between 7am and 10pm.  Concrete pillars will now demarcate the IAF Zone.  DLF III residents spread awareness on garbage disposal (no burning) and polybags, through a door-to-door week-long campaign.  Civil Hospital gears up for an increase in dengue and malaria cases.  Sheetla Mata Fair festivities are on-going.  Sunday witnesses a super moon.


Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo


1. The power situation is really bad. Yade teh Bijli ki samasya bhundi se.


2. Yesterday we did not have lights for over 6 hours. Kal poore 6 ghante bijli koyna thi. 3. The local electricity office had a big lock on the door. Yaade ke bijli ghar me motta taala laga rakhya tha kawaada pe. 4. Some man told me to come the next day. Ek aadmi ne mere teh kahi ki kaal aa jaiyo. 5. I told that man we didn't have electricity. Manne us admi tey kahi ki mhaari bijli kauna. 6. He said that the officer's house was also in darkness. Usne kahi sahba ke ghar ne pehla ee andhera se. 7. The officer had gone to stay at his relative's house. Sahbe apne rishtedara ke ghar ne rukan jaa re se.

Master Recipe

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Lebanese Platter

(Tabbouleh Salad with Hummus and Pita bread) For Hummus

½ cup

Mint leaves, chopped

2 cup

Boiled chick peas

2 tbsp

Lemon juice

¼ cup

Lemon juice

½ cup

Olive oil


Garlic cloves

Salt to taste

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Tahini paste or sesame seed paste

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Pita Bread for serving

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For Salad 3 cup

Parsley, chopped

1 cup Green onion, chopped 2 cup

Tomatoes, chopped


Mix all the ingredients together in big glass bowl. Your Tabbouleh Salad is ready. Serve with hummus and pita bread.

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he Residency Group Housing, Ardee City, held its Annual Sports Day. The Chief Guest at the Event was Sports Minister Sukhbir Singh Kataria. The RWA President Maj. Gen (Retd) Anand was also present. 123 children participated in 11 types of sports at the Event. Kataria also inaugurated the charitable Table Tennis Academy, started by former President of the RWA, Ritu Verma.


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urgaon hardly provides a glimpse of its past, as most of the City's historical buildings have vanished over time. Efforts of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD), to protect the rural heritage in the State, are seen as a ray of hope for other towns. “Rural heritage is a valuable asset. It can provide a foundation for sustainable economic growth. It can give rural residents the means and the incentive to remain in their traditional habitat, and increase the pride and self-confidence of the entire community,” feels S.K Misra, Chairman, ITRHD. ITRHD not only works to restore the important sites in rural areas, it also contributes to the development of the civic and tourism infrastructure. Education is a prime focus. “We aim to establish primary schools in all the project areas, incorporating several basic concepts such as the training of local residents, especially women— who generally serve as faculty members in schools—and the development of curricula that includes sensitivity to culture and heritage. We focus on nurturing creativity among the youngsters,” says Misra. Besides, the Trust also looks at initiatives on healthcare. Interestingly, ITRHD works on the protection of living heritage as well. This includes agricultural techniques and products, ritual and symbolic traditions, water conservation, myriad visual and performing arts genres, mythology, languages, medicines, craft and artisan skills and many other areas relating to the intangible heritage of rural areas.

Successful Projects

The Trust has carried out three successful projects in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in the last one year. One of its most successful projects was in Maluti, a small village in Jharkhand. The village has over 108 temples made of terracotta mud. These temples were built in the 17th and 18th Century. Today, only 62 of them are left, and are in dire need of restoration. The Trust tied up with a US-based organisation, that offered around 400,000 dollars for the restoration of these temples. With the efforts of ITRHD, not only are the temples today in good shape, the civic

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infrastructure in the village has also improved. The Trust has been able to set up a primary school and public toilets in the village. Similarly, the Trust is undertaking a project for a cluster of three villages near Varanasi. Each village is unique. In a village called Hariharpur, there is a musician in every family. In another village, there are weavers who specialise in making Banarasi saris; and the third site is a village of potters, where villagers work on only black pottery. Hariharpur is known for some of its legendary artists, such as Pt. Chhanulal Mishra, the late Pt. Samta Prasad, and Pt. Sarda Maharaj. Here it is compulsory for young boys to learn music. While some of them have become successful, and are giving performances in the big cities, many are struggling to earn a living. “Since no proper training is now imparted to the young generation, they are losing interest in music. Many of them are leaving Hariharpur for jobs in cities nearby. It is important

to make them realise the value of their rich musical tradition,” says Misra. The Trust is therefore exploring avenues to impart training to the budding musicians, while carrying out the necessary infrastructure development in the area. “When our team interacted with the locals, we came to know that despite having a rich musical heritage, they are living in poor conditions. They don’t have any platform to showcase their talUnique projects in Haryana ent. Due to a shortage ITRHD has undertaken an of good music teachers architectural heritage project in the and musical instrurural area of Nuh in Mewat. It is a ments, many villagers 700-years-old mosque, which belongs could not learn music,” to the Haryana Waqf Board, and is in says Misra. Unfortudire need of restoration. nately, the level of eduAnother important project is being cation has also declined carried out in Rakhighari, Hissar over the years.  While District. Terming it as one of the most the grandfather has exciting projects, Misra says, “Located cleared high school, just 140 km from the Capital, the site the grandson could is bigger than Mohenjodaro, and is only pass Class 8. Many listed among the 10 most endangered could not pursue eduheritage sites in Asia. The site is very cation as they needed interesting, as it was perhaps built to start earning at a even before Mohenjodaro.” Since young age. The Trust the site is situated not far from the has therefore proposed Capital, the Trust aims to develop it as to establish a school in a tourist attraction. “The remains that the area, and provide are excavated will be preserved, and free education to all. displayed such that tourists would feel “Music will be an they are walking through a veritable integral part of the Harappan city,” envisages Misra. education,” smiles a volunteer. The Trust is also making provisions for an auditorium, for conducting indoor and outdoor performances, a museum, and a training academy. The Trust is also addressing civic issues – such as inadequate electricity, no water pipelines, and a poor road infrastructure. “Since there is no water supply system, each household has its own boring system. Although the ground water table is quite good in this area, its over-usage can affect the fertility of the soil.  We are therefore working to establish better roads, good primary education, a primary health care centre, an adult education centre, and a vocational centre

in the village. With all these initiatives, we will be able to tap the large inflow of tourists who visit nearby Varanasi. We have plans to build an amphitheatre and organise cultural shows and dinners around these villages,” says Misra. Similarly, revival of a unique art at Nizamabad village is also being undertaken by the Trust. Nizamabad village is famous for its black pottery. All the households in this village earn their living by making black pottery. The villagers procure clay for this unique art from the nearby ponds. This clay is then mixed with the excreta of goats and formed into different shapes on a traditional potter’s wheel. Presently, the wheel is operated with electricity, but due to power cuts the villagers can’t make the products in bulk. “The villagers were struggling to make a living from black pottery. We made them realise that it can be a highly profitable venture, as the raw material is available free of cost. We taught them the right marketing techniques and told them to sell products directly in big cities,” says Misra. Today, almost half of the potters are earning three times of what they were earning earlier. The Trust has also facilitated a special temperature control unit. Now it is working to provide better educational and health facilities. Besides, it is trying to raise over two lakh rupees for teachers’ training. ITRHD works via a membership module, where members interested in rural heritage suggest the structures and villages that need to be restored. The Trust holds various events, such as seminars and workshops, to spread awareness about the need to protect the rural heritage of the country. “We invite individuals and corporates to join us, and contribute towards the restoration and development of heritage sites in rural areas,” says a member.  u

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omestic Help have today become such an integral part of our lives that it is almost impossible to think of a day (or life) without them. A Homemaker very aptly put it, “We earlier looked forward to have fun in the rainy season. Now the season means a nagging fear of whether my Help will turn up or not.” Given such a heavy reliance on our Help, it is imperative that we understand our obligations as employers. There are an estimated five lakh domestic workers (of all types) in Gurgaon. They make news more for the incidents of theft, robbery, and abduction where some of them are involved. When we are the victims, we are quick to blame everyone, and expect immediate resolution and justice - but rarely do we as employers behave responsibly. Not only do we assume that the process of police verification will be cumbersome, we are afraid that it may mean the loss of our Help. We conveniently skirt the issue - till something untoward happens. With most households in Gurgaon being dual income earners, it is the children who are spending the maximum time with the Domestic Help. Long back our old driver had

opened my father’s eyes. My father would diligently tell the driver, every morning, to take care of the car, while handing him the keys. The driver would nod patiently and go away. One day he looked up and said, “You ask me to look after your car everyday, but you do not ask or question me on your most precious possession – your children. Not once have you asked me to look after them.” Domestic Help (drivers, maids) were very trustworthy then. We probably cannot say the same today. They even stay for a far shorter time. Given that so much of our children’s time is spent with Domestic Help, the least we can do is have the antecedents of our Help thoroughly checked, before we hire them and let them into our homes and lives. The process of getting a verification done, at least on paper, is neither cumbersome nor tedious. The Domestic Help need to submit the following documents:  A coloured photograph  Proof of address (Aadhaar Card or Voters Identity Card or Ration Card)  Personal and family details  References from residents living in the complex (A biometric fingerprint is then taken). Earlier this month the Deputy Commissioner, P.C. Meena, mandated the RWAs and office bearers of all housing complexes

to submit a report on the background of their Domestic Help and tenants. These details are to be verified by their respective local police stations. This might also hopefully instil some fear in potential troublemakers. Unfortunately, the response has not been good. Rekha Gehani, a working mother and a resident of an apartment complex on Sohna Road, has ensured that the nanny who works for them has been verified by the police. When asked about her experience, she said, “While the process of verification is not difficult, we had to make numerous visits to the local police station. While the building maintenance team helped us with the initial paperwork, there were many things that even they were unaware of. The policemen were extremely helpful.” Gitanjali, a resident of one of the many DLF complexes, said, “I came to know about this drive from a notice that was put up in our building. The Help at our place has been with us for over 7 years. We had got the police verification done when she joined us; I am not sure if we have to repeat the process.” The onus of ensuring our safety now lies in our own hands. Violating the DC’s mandate can lead to punishment – of simple imprisonment for a term that may extend to one month, or a fine that may extend to two hundred rupees, or both. If such a lapse on our part causes (or tends to cause) danger to human life, health or safety, or causes (or tends to cause) a riot, then the imprisonment could be for a term that may extend to six months, or a fine that may extend to one thousand rupees, or both. R.K. Geetha, a resident of DLF Phase V, has had a completely different experience. Despite getting verification done through Hamari Suraksha, a one-of-a-kind security portal, about six months ago, the Domestic Help attempted to

steal her valuables and money. When asked about what action she took, she said, “Against my conscience I let her go, instead of handing her over to the police - which is what she actually deserved. However, I retained the ID card that had been issued to her by Hamari Suraksha, and reported the incident to them by email, along with substantiating photos and documents. By doing this I hope I have ensured that she shall not be able to get a clearance from the police again.” She continued, “I was

advised against filing a police complaint, due to the perception that the police shall harass me, in addition to mistreating the girl. It seems good people have more fear of the police.” Whatever the experience, in these times, it certainly is better to be safe than sorry. u The writer is a qualified legal professional who has practiced before the Madras and Karnataka High Courts





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ry leaves are seen strewn all over Gurgaon – especially in residential colonies. Dry leaves are a very precious resource. Poor people collect these and take them home, as they help to cook their meagre meals in clay hearths. In the posh colonies, work force is employed to sweep these and make heaps of them on the sides of the roads; to be collected later by some hand-pushed carts, and then dumped at pre-assigned sites. From there, these are loaded onto tractors and carried to the HUDA dumps. It is assumed that these leaves would be constructively utilized by the authorities. The snag is that the persons employed to collect the leaves take a short-cut, and burn these at source. Heaps are made at regular intervals, and then set to fire. As a concept, the Leaf Mould Composting method for the disposal of dry leaves is effective and very useful. Some enterprising residents and an NGO, iamgurgaon, had started an initiative of ‘Leaf Mould Compositing’ at the Bio Diversity Park, Gurgaon, on May 5th. 2013. The first batch of compost is expected in around sixty days, i.e. July 2013. Green Bandhu Eco Solutions’ group of committed environment-friendly professionals work towards developing and promoting innovative products and solutions for waste management. “Your waste is valuable, do not throw it away”, says Saurav Bardhan, Co-founder of the Organisation. They have introduced a new concept and product: ’RoliPoli’; its dimensions are - height 32”, length 43” and width 31”, ideal to fit in even small spaces. It is a closed, well-aerated, hygienic, space-efficient, odour- and pest-free device - unlike Open Pit Composting. Its continuous flow system never fills up; it has no internal moving parts, and the operation is effortless. The waste does not have to be handled in batches. The kitchen and garden waste can be added daily. It takes 12-14 weeks for complete decomposition; all bio-degradable waste is converted into compost. Its annual handling capacity is around one tonne of compost. Uthaan, an NGO, is promoting Vermiculture. It involves initially breeding earthworms artificially; these then eat and digest all bio-degradable waste, and produce vermin compost - which is chemical-free organic manure. Mostly perceived as dirty, and of nuisance value, pigs roam in most un-gated posh colonies of Gurgaon. Very rarely is their positive role in garbage disposal acknowledged. The fact is that they process the garbage for their survival, and in the bargain ‘clean up’ the space – that we have dirtied in the first place. These initiatives are encouraging examples, and should motivate everyone to adopt whatever method is suitable to their need. Let us take a pledge that, from today, we will not waste any kind of waste ! Prabha Bhardwaj

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ven as there is strong resentment in the Muslim Community over the razing of the boundary wall of a plot of land in Palam Vihar, which the community claims belongs to an Eidgah, the residents of this posh colony are opposing this contention, and assert that this 2.75 acres plot has been lying barren for the past several years. The Palam Vihar Residents Association (PVRA), which has submitted memorandums to the district authorities, says that this plot of land was acquired by HUDA in 2007, following due process of law, including applicable Sections 4,6 and 9. Sunil Yadav, President of PVRA, says that after the demolition of the unauthorised structure, some people have put tents on the land, and have also removed hoardings that were put by HUDA - which owns this land. The people congregating here are not locals, and this could vitiate the communal harmony of the locality and the City, asserts Yadav. The locals claim that there was no religious building or institution functioning on this plot of land, as it was used for agriculture in the past. The wall was demolished by HUDA on June 10; this was followed by protests and demonstrations by the Muslim community. HUDA officials claim that this land belonged to their entity, and had been marked for residential purposes.


time visitors to the City. You can easily find shopping malls, schools, and important roads on the map,” says Ram Singh, an attendant. However, the bicycle service, started some three weeks ago, has been able to attract just 16 commuters so far. Krisan Yadav, who was an attendant at the bicycle stand of Patel Chowk Metro Station in the Capital, says, “Hardly one or two people a day enquire about this bicycle service. In Delhi we used to get over 20 enquiries a day.” Dr. Chanda feels that the reason may be the lack of adequate bicycles for women at the station. DMRC generally keeps two types of bicycles at a station – a mountaineering bike called Street Racer, which is mostly used by men, and Miss India, a bike for women; there are only four Miss India bicycles at the Station. Another reason is the lack of cycling tracks in

the City. Sukhdev Jaiman, a professional biker, says that the City’s roads are not safe for cyclists. “Although I am a big-time cycling enthusiast, I will never want my daughter to ride a bicycle on the busy lanes of the City. Firstly, there are no exclusive cycling tracks; secondly, this City is not at all safe for girls to ride alone,” he says. Rimjhim, another cycling enthusiast, says, “The traffic here is extremely stressful. People in the City just do not want to give way to cyclists.” Many people who are keen to cycle are also wary of the traffic conditions. Although DMRC plans to launch bicycle service at four more metro stations, and 25 bicycle shelters at various locations—including the upcoming Rapid Metro stations, malls, and hospitals —its success will depend on the City’s road planning, traffic management and safety provisions for women.   u

A Land Dispute

Administrator, Waqf Board, Haryana states that this land has been notified as Waqf property, and for several years Eid-ul-azha and Eid-ul-fitr prayers have been offered here. “This land was acquired by the government of Haryana in 2007, but this happened without giving any notice to the Waqf department, which is against the rules. We have also not claimed compensation for the said piece of land, as it has been wrongly acquired,” asserts Ahmed. The only mistake they committed, says Ahmad, is that the local Masjid Intzamia Committee constructed two small rooms without taking permission from the concerned department. “We had authorized the Committee to maintain this land and construct a wall only. We also created a beautiful park there, and a path for walkers was also built - but it has now been damaged,” he asserts. “After the demolition, we had called on the CM, who assured us that this land would be denotified,” says the Waqf Board Administrator. “I have come to know that the process of denotification has been initiated by the local administration, and it is a welcome move by the State, as this land belongs to the Eidgah,” he asserts. In a related move, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, K.Rahman Khan, has also appealed to the Haryana government to return this land to the Muslims, as they have been using it as an Eidgah for the past 12 years. u


r. Chanda, a Neurologist at Medanta, gets off at the HUDA City Centre Metro Station and walks towards the bicycle stand. He pays Rs. 10 to the parking attendant, submits his ID proof, and rides out on a bicycle to his Hospital - thanks to a new cycle rental service. “I have spent over six years in Germany, where I always used to hire bicycles for small commutes. I am very happy to see a bicycle service in the City. Commuting from the Metro Station to Medanta had been a major challenge. I faced a lot of issues in finding parking for my car, or commuting by taxi,” says Dr. Chanda. Some IT professionals, and even college students, are also using the service. “The bicycle service helps me reach college on time. It’s easy to park a cycle. If I am caught in a traffic jam, I can easily make my way up by just carrying it,” says a student of Ansal University. Vishakha, a resident of Sector 56, says, “I have been desperately waiting for the cycle stand at the Huda City Centre Metro Station. I have always used a bicycle from the Vishvavidyalaya Metro Station to my college. I am glad that I can now leave my car at home and use the bicycle in my city now.” The Station has a well-designed bicycle stand, with a parking capacity of over 20 cycles. The bicycles are available at a nominal rate of Rs. 10 for two hours; and the subsequent hours cost Rs. 5 per hour. A user has to submit a copy of an ID proof to rent a bicycle. The service is available from 8 am to 8 pm. Metro Smartcard holders can park their bicycles free of cost; other commuters need to pay a nominal amount of Rs. 2 for parking. To keep the bicycle overnight, you have to pay Rs. 100. ‘‘Apart from the autos, no other means of transport in the City is run on CNG. They all are therefore adding to pollution in a big way. I think if the bicycle is increasingly used as a means of transport, the people and the environment would both be healthier,” says a cycling enthusiast, Sushant. The cycle stand at the HUDA City Centre has a detailed map of the City, to help commuters find the way to their destinations. “It is of great help to the first-


Ranjit Singh, the Sarpanch of Chauma village, in which this land originally falls, asserts that there was no religious institution on the said piece of land. Attempts have being made to encroach on it, by certain vested interests. “The land in question has not been used for religious purposes, and had been acquired by HUDA. It falls in the centre of a residential area, and has become quite expensive, so every one wants to get hold of it now”, says Singh. With a stand-off imminent, the issue could assume communal overtones. Local residents allege that people from outside are coming and making speeches, and raising the pitch

of the controversy. The intervention by senior Muslim leaders from Mewat has also alerted the local BJP leaders, who assert that the Congress government is using the issue to pander to a particular community. “The statements by the Chief Minister in this regard are only meant to pander to a section of society. We will oppose the transfer of this land to any religious institution,” says Kulbushan Bhardwaj, BJP Mahamantri, Gurgaon. The minority community, meanwhile, is hopeful that the Chief Minister will deliver this land to the Eidgah, as it has been the historical owner, as mentioned in revenue records and the Gazette of India. Naseem Ahmed,

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or many, just the thought of coming home from a long day at work, only to face the imminent question of “what’s for dinner?”, seems like a nightmare. The last thing that you would think of as therapeutic, is cooking. It doesn’t have to be that way. Cooking can actually be a remarkably Zen-like experience. It doesn’t have to mean slaving over a stove, or dueling with knives and food processors, or battling overflowing saucepans. So feels Rupali Kalra, who runs Cake Craft & Culinary Arts, an Epicurean Cookery School, where you can learn classic and creative cookery in a professional but informal atmosphere. Rupali’s practical, fun and relaxed approach makes the learning process simple and enjoyable, and helps in discovering the great cook in you. Rupali also hosts the popular TV Cookery Show Aks-e-Rasoi, that is aired on all weekdays on the ETV Urdu Channel. She is also an official cookery consultant for Panasonic. Rupali has been cooking since she was a kid, assisting her mother, Ramni Ralhan, a professional chef and host of cooking shows for over 30 years. Hence it is no surprise that Rupali’s teenage

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very morning, around 200 people gather in different parks of Sector 10 A to practice Yoga – to overcome health issues, and also learn meditation, which can help them in managing the stress and tension of living in this City. These men and women have been inspired by Yoga Guru Gobind Singh Bisht, who has been running the Rohini Vyayam Vikas Kendra for the past several years. Bisht started the Kendra in Rohini in 1999, and now has 28 centres. Last year the Yoga Guru started his work in Gurgaon, and says that the response of the people has been great. “The hundreds of people associated with Rohini Yoga Kendra come regularly every morning to perform various asanas as well as pranayamas,” says Bisht. The disciples do not miss their Yoga practice even if there is poor weather, says Bisht. People in Gurgaon, he feels, have many health-related issues, for which Yoga is good therapy. “A number of people here are overweight, have high sugar levels and feel constant pain in their legs; these problems are chronic, and can be

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of my childhood, when my mom used to bake. It makes me happy and I feel at peace with the world.

daughter has also taken up that role! Here is what Rupali has to say on cooking:

Cooking can be cathartic

The Art of Cooking

Basic Cooking Rule... if at first you don’t succeed, go to McDonalds! Cooking, like the art of negotiation and politics, and even the art of war, is clearly a skill attained by study, practice and observation. A lot of imagination and creativity goes into cooking, often at a very high level - at which point it is called haute cuisine!

Start Them Young

Parents who want their children to eat more fruits and vegetables should give them an apron and let them cook. They will more likely grow up to be healthy adults, because they would have a better knowledge of the varieties of food and its preparation, and a heightened sense of taste. Watching talented amateur cooks on Masterchef, and gazing longingly at meals concocted by TV celebrity chefs is fine; actually doing the cooking is what will help us best.

Cooking Is Therapeutic?

Julia Child was known to affectionately massage butter into a whole chicken, or to rhythmically knead and turn dough on

Cooking Therapy a board, for what seemed like an eternity. Why, you ask? Because there’s something about working with food that can be calming. Food is tactile, and it doesn’t talk back. Who says that you have to run around? Your kitchen is not a stadium: take your time, pour yourself a drink and wear slippers. I’ve found my most relaxing and inspiring moments have been in the kitchen. For me, baking bread is something that can be very relaxing. And kneading is quite an exercise! You use your arm muscles to knead the bread, so you’re getting a little strength

training; and it is also soothing and meditative. You can also get rid of your anger by kneading dough. Pull it and punch it with the intensity that you would like to hit your boss! You don’t have to think twice about hurting it. The pummelling frees me of any pent-up stress, and also gives me the softest dough! Cooking anything from scratch will give you a sense of achievement. The aromas of the raw ingredients that you put together are close to intoxicating. When I unwrap chocolate and mix it with butter and eggs, the fragrance reminds me

Yogic Passion treated—and even prevented —if Yoga is undertaken in a proper manner and regularly,” asserts Bisht. To ensure that the participants get the maximum benefits from the yogic kriyas, and to attract the young as well, Bisht has also included aerobics and music as an essential part of his morning classes. Many of his students agree that working out with Guru Bisht in the morning has helped them become more fit and agile. Bisht says that Surya Namaskar, Kapal Bhati and Pranayama are regularly performed at his classes. “A person practicing Yoga becomes more sensitive about what he/she eats, and chooses food with consciousness – which helps greatly in boosting their health,” he says. If one practices Yoga regularly as per the niyamas, it can lead to the cleansing of the body pores as also the cobwebs of the mind, he asserts. Performing yoga and meditation in a natural setting is very calming for the mind. “The practice of yoga not only gives

strength, but also boosts our immunity, which is important for disease prevention. The various asanas, along with breathing techniques, help detoxify the body, and are very useful for boosting our inner health”, says Bisht. “Every week the practitioners also observe complete silence for two hours, which helps them connect with their inner self”, he adds. Yoga Guru Bisht says that the goal of his organisation is to build a healthy individual, a healthy family and a healthy B.P Yadav, Vice President of the local chapter, says that regular practice has improved his health, and made him more aware. “ There are a large number of people who initially were not very regular, but now do not skip practice even for a day - as it has helped them stay fit”, he says. K.L Chugh, President of the Senior Citizens Association, says that practicing Yoga has helped him and others live with greater energy and enthusiasm. “The daily practice of Yoga, guided by an expert, has helped immensely. It has also made our bodies more strong and flexible”, he asserts. Bharti Jha, another practitioner, claims that there has been a change in the lifestyle of many of the people who regularly attend the morning classes. In her opinion, while the residents of Sector 10 A have voted in favour of Yoga, the need is for the entire City to come out and adopt this practice. Guru Bisht agrees, and promises that he will continue to work hard to ensure that all the people can harness the benefits of this ancient holistic discipline.

When you feel like crying, it is best to give in to the feeling. What better way to do this than by chopping onions? I really don’t want to burden my friends and family  with my worries. So I head to the kitchen. When I am really upset, I chop the root first, and the tears automatically start pouring out, along with my frustration! You cannot truly enjoy cooking unless you do it with your bare hands. Also, when cooking, follow the directions, but ultimately go with your own taste. Once you get into the rhythm, it’s a cakewalk. My family cooks together. The focus is on spending time together, learning to cook and learning about food – and how it affects your mood. We then eat together, with the satisfaction of having cooked a healthy meal. The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance. I cook with my mind, soul and gut. So try cooking this weekend and let the activity work its magic! u


society, so that the nation becomes healthy. Having served in the NCC wing of the Air Force, Bisht says that discipline and dedication towards Yoga has been the sole purpose of his life. “I started teaching Yoga in 1984, and since then I have been serving the society by helping people learn it free of cost”, he says. Naveen Goel, who is the General Secretary of the Kendra, says that there is no other organization in Gurgaon that holds Yoga classes 365 days in a year and does not charge any fees. Bisht says that despite being free, the Yoga classes are conducted in a highly scientific manner. “Yoga disciplines the mind and the body. It helps us to stay focused; and the goal of this entire practice is to make people realie the importance of staying in the present. This reduces stress and tension,” he asserts. Due to his selfless service to help thousands of people in this way, Bisht has been recognized by the government and the society, in the form of numerous awards and accolades. u

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Literary Flourish

Kids Brainticklers

Raging Calamity


Fill in the grid so that every row, column and coloured box contains ALL the numbers from 1 to 6. Bonus clue: which number should go in the circle: 1 or 4?

During the cloud burst and landslide, Many tourist cars collide. Roads, bridges, buildings collapse, Which leave the tourist spots into gaps. Many tourists and pilgrims get stuck, It’s just a matter of luck. Monsoon rains unleash lots of havoc, People are afraid of getting stuck under the rock. The flood takes away many people’s blood, And gets dissolve into the mud. Everything gets washed away with water, There is nothing left for later. Thousands die, many still missing, Army men busy in rescuing. Oh God! Save lives from the natural raging calamities, And maintain our country’s natural beauties. Painted and written byShivani Ahuja, Class 6, The Shri Ram School, Aravali


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Bringing Up Teens


r. Syed Mubin Zehra, social analyst, author and columnist, associated with ARS College of Delhi University, guided teachers in a Workshop on the crucial issue of bringing up teens, and how they could benefit from a friendly approach. It was a learning experience for all the participants. Principal, Dr. Mouna Gupta, extended heartfelt thanks to Dr. Zehra for enlightening the teachers.

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warnika Dhingra of Class-XI won a medal in Literature, in the global round of The World Scholar Cup, held in Dubai. Seven students―Swarnika Dhingra, Bhavya Taneja, Aman Gupta, Charvi Aggarwal, Nikita Malkani, Bala Chandra Routhu and Niveta Chawla―competed with students from various countries like Malaysia, UAE, UK and China. Dr. Mouna Gupta congratulated the team and honoured Swarnika at the School Assembly for her commendable performance.

Chalk The Talk


Workshop for teachers was organised by Ajay Vasudev, Navneetan Rana and Gaurav Mittal, on the efficient and innovative use of the Chalk Board. The Workshop entailed creative-working exercises and innovative ideas on how to use the Chalk Board efficiently. The teachers participated actively and enjoyed the play-way method of using the Board.

The Holidays are here! Now is the time to discover/hone your creative skills...and Friday Gurgaon is happy to help.

Paintings stories poems

Compassionate Chiranjiv


he Management, Principal Sangeeta Saxena and the School Faculty of Chiranjiv Bharati School, Palam Vihar extended help to the Uttarakhand victims, by generating funds and donating clothes, utensils and grocery items. A cheque of Rs. 20,000 was also sent to The Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, along with the contributions by students.

For children – write a poem, an article, a fictional story or even a real life experience. See it published in Friday Gurgaon – that way your teachers will know you’ve been productive in your holidays! For teachers/administrators/co-ordinators – here’s a chance to pen down your experiences, teachings and learnings. Send us your contributions (300-350 words). For information, Call us at 0124-4219092/93 Or email at

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Let Go (of Possessions) { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

way he acts, the way he treats others, and even in the way he smiles. Letting go reminds me also of a launting wealth has become as imforeigner friend who shared some very portant as owning it. One of the good moments with me in my college most pervasive ways by which we days. One day this friend asked himself have exaggerated class distinction is some questions: “Is all this material stuff through our purchases. In our materireally what life is all about? What if I alistic society, possessions are increaswere to get rid of it all and concentrate on ingly functioning as symbols of success. what truly makes However, conspicume happy? Can I ous consumption lighten the burden does more than of my possessions? divide people; it If I concentrate on has been found to things that truly change our brain matter, wouldn’t chemistry. In fact, my goals be that the shopping urge much closer”? seems to release He took early dopamine, a neuretirement, which rotransmitter that was being offered regulates the levels at his workplace. of pleasure and reHe took that first step and ward in the brain. Dopalater told me: “I had to mine release is also associIn the Sermon on the Mount, first get rid of my stuff. ated with highly addictive Jesus taught his disciples The purge began. I began drugs, such as cocaine and not to accumulate wealth. He emptying out storerooms methamphetamine.  So, told them: ‘Do not lay up for and storage closets. It was for many people, spendyourselves treasures on the hard at first. I found myself ing sprees are producing earth, where moth and rust attached to some things a ‘high’ that can be powerconsume, and where thieves only because I’d had them fully addictive. Although break in and steal; but lay up so long. Out they all went. goods have served as class for yourselves treasures in It soon started to feel good”. markers in most societheaven, where neither moth He kept just enough to fit ies in the world, in India nor rust consumes, and in his car, including a few conspicuous consumption where thieves do not break ‘sentimental’ items, He has become a powerful soin and steal. For where your expected it to be scary, but cial force. Accumulating treasure is, there your heart in fact it was liberating. possessions has become will be also.’ He had broken the a central aspect of our bonds that shackled his lives. However, we do have flexibility and kept him from living the the power to change our behaviour, and life he had imagined. He was free. free ourselves from the desire to blindly There is a great Zen proverb that says: consume. “In the end, these things matter most: As we accumulate objects, we How well did you love? How fully did accumulate being. Our prized you live? How deeply did you let go?” My possessions demonstrate our struggle friend took this wisdom to heart. Without for recognition. We believe that these all the noise and distractions of the clutter objects offer proof of our being, and in his life, he felt that he would be able provide us security. However, no one has to concentrate on relationships with been able to buy his way to happiness people – rather than things. It would be by accumulating more. a simple life committed to living well. One of my very close friends lost He could, over time, learn to let go - not his mother a few days ago. It was an only of physical things, but also past incredibly difficult time for him. He lives hurts and the frustration of dealing in America and, after she passed away, it with things he could not change. Now he was his responsibility to have her house simply moves around to any place that he vacated. When he opened the cupboards he thinks of visiting - he has nothing tying him found that they were packed wall to wall down. He feels busier than ever, but from with her belongings. There was 68 years doing things he loves. Entertainment of accumulation in the cabinets. comes from relationships and hobbies, My friend was burdened with the not from an idiot box on the wall. He emotional cost of each item. At first he did has time to be a friend, and gives of not want to let go of anything. However, himself to those in need. People may soon overcome, he realized that his effort feel that this friend of mine is crazy, to retain all her belongings was futile. She but we all should remember that time surely could just live on in his memory. is ultimately our most precious asset. He started donating all the items, to There is freedom that comes from places and people who could actually living a life of authenticity, and peace use them. of mind that comes from knowing we Of course it was difficult for him to are not tethered to our things - which if let go. Both of us realized quite a few we do not leave, share and give with our things about the relationship between own hands, will anyway be given away memories and possessions. We are one day. u more than our possessions; our memories are not in our cupboards; an item that is sentimental for us can be an item that Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic is useful for someone else; holding on to Society of Gurgaon and is working for the belongings weighs on us mentally and cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, emotionally; letting go is ‘freeing’. My mental retardation and multiple disabilities friend has traces of her anyway - in the for more than 20 years


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The Piggy Bank { Archana Kapoor Nagpal } “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” - Henry James It had been a year, and I was about to complete my course in French. I had met Valerio on the very first day of class. He was a native of Italy, and had joined French classes so that he could make a career as a translator. Valerio and I became the best of friends. We used to often meet for coffee in the evenings, at the Piazza Navona in Rome. Both of us were music lovers, and it was the right place to enjoy live music - albeit a bit noisy when crowded. We enjoyed French theatre over the weekends. And every Sunday he would drive to my apartment to pick me for dinner at his place, with his family. His mother, Daniella, was a good cook, and I always relished her home-made lasagna, and a traditional Italian pizza topped with seasonal vegetables. Frank was an ideal father, and it was always a pleasure to enjoy a glass of Martini with him. Valerio had been (water) surfing for seven years and had a deep passion for it. He lived in a small room, that could barely accommodate two people - but there was a huge surfing board next to his study table. The piggy bank on this study table always caught my attention. Whenever I asked Valerio about his savings, he would point to it - and then both of us would burst into laughter. He always promised that he would gift his piggy bank to me on my birthday, which was coincidentally the last day of our French class. I was inquisitive, as he always seemed to be putting his savings in the piggy bank. On the last day of the class, after we were awarded our certificates, Valerio took me for an Italian lunch to Via Nazionale. I was touched by Valerio’s gesture, to make me feel special on my birthday. After our three-course meal, we could not resist some exotic Italian desserts served with molten-flavoured chocolate. We planned to go to his apartment, as he was leaving for France in another two days. He had got a lucrative job offer, and I could understand his excitement for the new project. I was also planning to return to India after a year’s stay in Italy. I received a warm welcome at Valerio’s residence, as his family knew it was my birthday. Frank gifted me a bottle of wine. Daniella had made my all-time favourite tiramisu. I was busy talking to Valerio’s parents when I saw Valerio walking towards me with a gift in his hand. I excitedly snatched the gift. I was opening the gift when Valerio held my hand, persuading me to open it later. I hugged him and wished him luck. I was feeling restless, and wanted to quickly reach home to open Valerio’s gift. I opened the door to my apartment and rushed to my room. I excitedly opened the gift, and broke into a big grin. It was Valerio’s piggy bank, along with an envelope. I opened the envelope and found a letter and a key in it. I started reading his letter, and was immensely touched by his words. “Firstly, I want to wish you a joyous life. We might not meet or see each other quite often in life, but you will always be my best friend. As I promised you, with this letter you will find your birthday gift – my piggy bank. This piggy bank belongs to my sister Maria. She died in a road accident, and the piggy bank is the only memory that I have of her. For the last one year I have tried to practice various acts of kindness, then writtten about them and put those notes in the box. I do these acts for the peace of my sister’s soul. I am gifting you Maria’s piggy bank, and request that you perform this task in India. I think that living for others is like leaving a part of ourselves in this world. This is my only saving, and my gift for you. I could not think of a better gift for a true friend.” I unlocked the piggy bank and started reading all the pieces of paper. It took me hours to read Valerio’s tributes to his sister – like paying the toll tax for a car behind him; or helping a blind woman cross the road; or painting the walls for his elderly neighbours….I was overwhelmed by this brother’s love for his sister. Each act of kindness inculcated a feeling in me to be a better person. After a few hours I called Valerio, and politely thanked him – ‘Grazie Mille’. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Teresa u Internationally published author of ‘14 Pearls of Inspiration’ and the ‘12 Facets of a Crystal’

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

{ Jaspal Bajwa }


Bitter Cure

s dark monsoon clouds roll in, accompanied by rain and wind, there is a welcome relief from the blistering dry heat of the summer. The parched ground soaks up the moisture, plants perk up and animals venture forth from shady refuges. As new life bursts forth in lush hues of green, there is a similar hum of activity amongst the birds and insects. However, for many, the hot, humid months can mean energy-sapping muggy days; and for the unwary, heat fatigue can get complicated by diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera or malaria. This change of season requires us to switch gears. Important changes need to be made in terms of what we eat, where we eat and how we prepare our foods and beverages. In the hot and humid weather, it is even more important to eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals. Eating out needs to be restricted, and the preparation of food requires extra care - in terms of cleaning and storage. Certain foods are best avoided. Salty, acidic, fried, over-cooked and heavy food leads to problems of bloating, indigestion, hyperacidity and water retention. Too much fish or meat is not a good idea during the monsoons. Caffeinated foods and drinks, as also alcohol, colas and spicy food, should ideally be given a pass. On the other hand, warm beverages, with a dash of ginger, mint, chamomile, cinnamon or fennel are excellent, and help detoxify.

Excessively watery fruits, like watermelon and musk melon, that are good for summer, can be replaced by mangoes, apples, pomegranates, pears and citrus. Steamed salads should be preferred over raw salads, to reduce the risk of infection. Good examples of light and easily digestible foods are steamed vegetables, or lightly cooked zucchini, squash and pumpkin. Heavy cereal, like

Tip of the Week

Washing of all fresh vegeta-

{ Alka Gurha }


by ShahnaZ

bles and fruits thoroughly, before cooking them, becomes even more important in the hot and humid season. The more fragile fruits can be gently sprayed with cool water in a colander. Firmer produce can be scrubbed with a soft brush. Soaking in a salt-water solution enhances the cleaning efficacy. Instead of detergents, fruits or vegetables can be soaked in warm water -that has two teaspoons of salt added - for 5 minutes, and then rinsed.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the Week: Bitter Melon or Gourd, Karela, Momordica charantia

wheat, can be replaced by dry cereals like corn, chickpeas and oats. Lighter cooking oils - like olive, corn and sunflower oil are better; mustard and sesame oil are too heavy for this season. Ayurveda practitioners recommend consuming bitter vegetables (e.g. bitter melon or karela), as these help neutralize ‘Pitta’ and prevent infection. Our digestive efficiency can be further enhanced by consuming bitter herbs like garlic, ginger, pepper, turmeric, asafoetida, fenugreek, cumin and coriander.

his natural golden liquid, produced from nectar, is a natural sweetener. Honey has also been used as a mild antibiotic and antioxidant since centuries. It is said that honey prohibits the growth of certain bacteria. An enzyme naturally present in honey produces hydrogen peroxide, which is believed to be the main reason for the antimicrobial activity. When swallowed, honey coats the surface of your throat and soothes throat pain. Honey contains natural antioxidant properties that help in eliminating harmful free radicals. Honey is also known for its hygroscopic properties when it is exposed to the air, it absorbs moisture. Hence, honey is useful in treating wounds, as it keeps the skin moist and supple. These properties help protect the skin when exposed to the sun, and help it rejuvenate - making us look young. Skin care products such as sunscreens and facial cleansing products for treating damaged or dry skin, use hone. Raw honey contains minerals like

Bitter Melon is a vegetable that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, South America, East Africa and the Caribbean. Along with fibre, Bitter Melon contains several vitamins, minerals and trace elements like Vitamin A & C, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Bitter Melon preparations vary widely. All parts of the plant are used, collectively or individually. Bitter Melon has been used as a folk remedy in aiding digestion and fighting viral infections. In traditional medicine systems, this plant has a long history of being used for lowering blood glucose levels, in patients with diabetes mellitus. Having Bitter Gourd juice on an empty stomach early in the morning has been recommended for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. However, there is as yet no firm recommendation to use this bittertasting plant as an adjunct for

calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus; honey also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B5 and B3.

Raw vs. Pasteurized Honey

Herbal Cosmetic Queen Padma Shree Shahnaz Husain is the CEO of the Shahnaz Husain Group – India’s leading company in the field of natural beauty and anti-aging treatments. Q. I have super sensitive skin.  A lot of skincare products (and


sometimes even household products) that contact my skin, cause redness or tightness and, therefore make my skin feel uncomfortable. Could you please tell me what I should look for in skincare products that will make them less irritating. What type of cosmetics are less irritating to sensitive skin. Also, can sensitive skin be inherited? You may be allergic to certain chemicals or colours in personal care or household products. Detergents, for example, can cause redness and dryness on the skin. They can also lead to dermatitis or other skin irritation. Skin sensitivity can also be a hereditary characteristic. You can look for hypoallergenic products. Or, go for Ayurvedic / herbal products in which the active ingredients are organic.

WINNER Mala Kaul Ask the beauty expert questions on skin, hair and beauty. The best question (picked by Shahnaz Husain) will receive a gift hamper from the Shahnaz Husain Group. Write to us at diabetes management – despite over 50 years of research. Bitter Melon juice is also helpful in alleviating liver problems, and is considered good for skin health, as it purifies the blood. Although Bitter Melon is considered generally safe, caution has to be exercised during pregnancy and lactation, as also for

Sweet Therapy

Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. This pure honey is good for health. Raw honey contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These nutrients are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. It is said that pasteurized honey is just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar. Note that darker shades of honey have more antioxidants, and are hence more useful. Honey should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place, so that it doesn’t absorb moisture from the air.

Checking Purity


Pour a spoonful of honey in a glass

of water and shake it. If the honey gets dissolved it is impure. Pure honey will settle down at the bottom of the glass, in a lump. You can also pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper and observe whether it is absorbed - If absorbed, the honey’s not pure.

Honey vs. Sugar

Both honey and sugar contain glucose and fructose. Granulated table sugar has glucose and fructose hooked

people being treated for hepatic disease, fertility issues and hypoglycaemia (abnormally diminished level of blood glucose). u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

together, whereas in honey they remain in individual units. It is important to keep in mind that honey may be more natural than white refined sugar, but it is still high in calories. One teaspoon of commercial honey contains nearly 24 calories, whereas one teaspoon of sugar contains only 16 calories. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of how quickly the body can use the carbohydrates in food, as energy. If the Glycemic Index of a compound is low, it is absorbed slowly, and infused slowly in our blood stream. This avoids a sudden spurt of sugar level, and results in gradual and healthy digestion. Honey has a slightly lower GI compared to sugar, hence it is considered a shade better than sugar. However, your body does not care whether you take white sugar or honey. Once they enter your bloodstream, both sugar and honey are processed in similar ways. Consequently, both should be consumed cautiously. If you use raw honey, avoid giving it to infants, since it can contain botulism spores, which can cause allergies in young children. u


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Atul Sobti

The New Politics

e talk of a demographic dividend Why have only a handful of them, with their of young India; we see the rapid families and friends, become the creamy layer urbanization of hundreds of cities; we and cornered all the riches - for decades? We are passionate and paranoid about women’s talk of little reaching the beneficiaries from security and equality – and yet none of these the PDS and other subsidy systems; why dimensions seem to figure in our electoral don’t we more closely question the impact of strategies. So, are elections reservations on various OBCs divorced from reality? Is it and SC/STs? The worst off The issues that will impact, remain the STs, the tribes – time for a change? Would any and lead to happiness or party be bold – opportunistic – and is it therefore any frustration, are clear: enough to do so? wonder if they find Maoists Youth – jobs, freedom Is it time when a national more acceptable? election can be won on the Women – security, equality basis of the urban vote, Let parties change their Urban – housing, and the vote of the youth manifestoes – but first, and education, health, food and women? It’s against more importantly, their and fuel prices convention. Rural India, mindsets. It is not about and men, has been centreworking out ‘Fronts’ – 3rd stage till today - in the minds or 4th – but confronting of politicians, and in the views of pundits. conventional wisdom. By engaging with the However, the events and outcomes of the last youth and women, and urban India, the parties few years have provided a unique combination would be engaging with the real change of the of opportunity and frustration across future. It’s a combination that is hard to beat. urban India. Urban India, more educated and aware, is also less influenceable on It is also time for caste considerations, Small issues are today taking very big political parties to ask and by freebies. turns – globally, from Egypt to Turkey critical questions of Economics rules to Brazil – even without the backing of themselves. Why are across geography and organized parties. Let us learn from them parties that pander demographics. In fact, - and beware. Let us not pride ourselves to religion not able to even in Rural India, on, or take comfort from, our (unique) gather all the flock? Agriculture is no tolerance – for perhaps when our public Why are there more longer the mainstay hard-liners and even self-employment is. does act, it will be fearsome. fundamentalists in there? Surely the It’s time to pitch religions preach otherwise. Why are parties one’s political tent in lower and middle class that claim to represent labour not able to win in urban India, and specifically woo the women large industrial towns? And don’t write off the and youth. It’s time to provide a balm to their Aam Aadmi Party – you ignore it at your peril. economic frustration, and earn the trust It is also time for the beneficiaries of caste that we would deliver on their rights and and religion to be accountable to their brethren. aspirations. u



C omment

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved. George MacDonald

all be millionaires.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. Mark Twain

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ Erich Fromm Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d

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{ Bhuvana Shridhar }

Skip - Fit


Invocation to the Self


kipping is one of the simplest and easiest exercises that can be performed to stay fit and healthy. All you need is a skipping rope, for the workouts, and the will to try out a new series every morning. As a quick–fix workout, it is ideal for women; it will help them get rid of any excess weight and the ‘wobbly bits’. The exercise provides many health benefits for the entire body. It is a form of aerobic exercise.


Buy a skipping rope that is soft and easy on the hands. Hold the rope in the palms of your hands and start to swing it from above the head till it reaches the floor, and then jump up at least two inches off the floor. Start with the basic jump-rope routine, at least about ten times every day - either in the morning or the evening. Another exercise is to step on the rope with your feet; shorten the rope if the handles reach as high as your armpits. Let the rope lie on the floor and jump at least 2 inches off the floor as you swing the rope

from below your feet, and then over your head. As you come down, only the heels of your feet should touch the rope. Keep your elbows together by the sides when the rope is circling above your head. Try to jump the rope every time it comes around you. Continue doing the same till you gain enough control and balance, and stop when you start feeling tired. Next, you can do a simple variation, where you cross and uncross your feet with each jump. Don’t always follow the same pattern. Alternatively, cross the feet with your right foot in front three times, and left foot in front only once. This can help improve your co-ordination and focus, and keep you feeling balanced through the day.

Benefits of Workouts

Skipping helps you burn almost 1,000 calories in an hour - almost the same as running. All the major muscles are utilized over a period of time. This helps to cut down unnecessary fat around the waist and thighs. Skipping rope helps in a complete tone up, as our hands keep turning the rope around our entire body; it shapes our upper muscles of the chest, as well as the back, forearms, biceps and triceps. Skipping rope is surely a good way to burn calories and increase our cardiovascular fitness. u

Better Self, please come at once And help! Hold my hand & lead me to my promised land Unfold the path to heal and laugh Send me a mentor or a friend With whom I manifest & transcendent A wonderland & a happy domain To remain…and be Oneself Where serenity be a way of life I’m sick of strife Unleash o’ celestial power The inner ability…that I rise above profanity Give me the secret spell to make people well Give me the clarity of vision That I manifest with precision Have a vision…to see the right from wrong Defy the wrong…overcome Be strong & rooted to my higher Self Help others & self to know the truth And life’s rules That is what I long To give and live and get along

Ever The Twain Shall Meet? { Krishan Kalra }


here is a saying that whenever a Madrasi (the Punjabis’ omnibus term for all those south of the Vindhyas) child is born, his feet are pointing towards Delhi; because sooner or later he’s going to land up there – either as an IAS officer or a steno! Our Central Government is so full of these brainy guys. And so are the colonies, be it R.K Puram or Sarojini Nagar or WEA - and now even Janakpuri and all the Vihars across the Yamuna. Socially, what a North Indian usually associates a Madrasi – a Tamilian to be precise – with, is neither his survival instinct nor his intellect, but his frugal nature. I fondly remember the hilarious story our late friend Hari Hiranandani told us about the time he travelled to Madras by G.T. Express. There was our Sindhi Bhai – resplendent in a three-piece shark-skin suit – boarding the first class coupe’ half an hour before departure time, so that his porter could safely bring in his hold-all, suit case, food basket, surahi of water, reading material etc.

Then he had to arrange for ice slabs, order tea, breakfast...a hundred details to be attended to. And precisely two minutes before the train was to steam out of New Delhi station, in walked a Madrasi clutching a small duffel bag under his arm, and sat down beside our friend. Hari thought the guy had boarded the wrong train; he couldn’t be undertaking a 48hour journey without luggage! And in any case this little fellow in chappals and a lungi couldn’t be a first class passenger. But before he could voice his concern the train had started and the other man was

soon engrossed in his newspaper. Come dinnertime and Hari had his ‘dastarkhan’ laid out – plates, cutlery, hot case, napkin, et al. After a perfunctory “would you like some dinner” to his fellow passenger, he proceeded with the serious business of eating. The train stopped at a small station; the ‘lungiwala’ got down, grabbed something from the platform vendor and had his dinner. Thereafter he climbed on to the upper berth, undid his lungi, spread it like a sheet and was fast asleep before Hari Bhai could even finish his meal. In the morning, while Hari was still laying out his shaving kit, towels and dressing gown, our friend from down South had a quick bath, dried himself with his lungi and then proceeded to dry it by tying it to the window bars. Soon he was again ready for the day, with the clean white lungi tied round his waist; this time double-folded – perhaps more appropriate for the hot day. The same story was repeated the next night and the following morning, while our Sindhi ‘gentleman’ meticulously went through

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the motions of changing clothes, getting his bed made and rolled up, ordering and devouring elaborate meals and complaining generally about the lack of ice slabs and the discomfort of travelling. The person in the multipurpose lungi seemed at peace with himself. He ate quick small meals from the platforms, read voraciously during the day and slept like a baby at night. Finally they reached Madras. The lungiwala clutched his duffel, waved goodbye and walked out, while Hari waited for a porter to carry his luggage. He was quite distraught, seeing no redshirted guys around, when a little fellow in a doubled-up lungi and no shirt walked up and asked if he needed porters. “Yes. Where are they?” asked Hari. “Here”, said the little man, and waved in a few others when he saw that the ‘suitedbooted’ saheb had lots of luggage. One of them picked up the hold-all, another the suitcase, the third the surahi and the fourth the food and basket. When the fifth looked sad, having found nothing to carry, Hari, generous to a fault, handed over his “Reader’s Digest” to the guy and said, “Here, you carry this, my good man.” As he was exiting the station, Hari was bewildered to see his travel companion being garlanded by a crowd of people. He read one of the banners (in English), and was astounded to realize that he had travelled for two nights with a wellknown industrialist of Madras! u

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he prolonged slowdown in the Indian car industry, which witnessed strong growth in the past decade, is having a cascading effect on the large number of auto-ancilliary units in Gurgaon and Manesar – which supply components to many car and two wheeler majors. So acute is the problem that many component makers, particularly smaller ones, are on the verge of closure, or have cut down on shifts, as production schedules have been slowed down by auto majors. Industrialists in this belt fear that this slowdown could be a mid-term phenomenon; it might take a couple of years for recovery. A slowdown in the auto sector can be gauged from the fact that every car maker in the country, including Maruti, has been forced to slash production, due to a huge pile up of inventory, as car sales have gone southwards. Maruti had to cut down on shifts/operations not only in Gurgaon but even Manesar, where the hot selling diesel cars are manufactured. Manoj Tyagi, President of the Manesar Industries Association, says that almost 50 per cent of the production capacity of component makers is sitting idle due to the slowdown in car sales. A number of units have stopped operations, as orders are not coming – or have reduced the shifts to handle the situation. “This is going to lead to job losses if the situation is not handled in the right way,” he says. There are around 1,500 small and medium units manufacturing accessories and components for auto companies in this auto hub. These units produce components such as steering wheels, gear boxes, gaskets and rubber items for auto makers, who are increasingly under pressure to cut production, as sales have slumped across the country. A hike in fuel prices, less than expected economic growth, weak salary and job growth have all combined to spike car sales. And the situation has still not bottomed out, said R.C Bhargava in a recent interview, predicting that gloomy days are here to stay for some time for the Indian car industry. Auto ancillaries in Gurgaon, however do not lay the blame for all their ills on the current economic slowdown; they are also critical of the government, as well as large automakers, for creating this situation. Colonel R.P Dhawan, a seasoned vendor, says, “Except Maruti, no one makes timely payments, and this causes major stress to smaller players, who do not have the strength to withstand these delays,” he says. The issue of their rising wages, that are not compensated in the prices being paid to vendors, has further compounded the situation. Dhawan says that auto majors are not ready to pay for the rising costs of all inputs; they insist on paying for an increase in raw material cost only. “The government says it has a social obligation to raise minimum wages, but has it thought of how the the entrepreneurs will manage the consequences?” asks Dhawan. The industry also wants flexible labour management policies, so that they can compete better. A trade union leader says that they

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Auto Speedbreak are keeping a watch on the situation, and if large scale layoffs take place, they will be opposed. The workers are already hurt by inflation and lack of jobs, and retrenchment will kill them, he says. Almost 20 per cent of the auto units in Udyog Vihar have gone out of business. “When a company like Maruti cuts production by 15 to 20 per cent, it means that many people will be hurt down the line,” says an industrialist. In such tough market conditions, where large manufacturers are looking to slow down production, cut costs, and are finding ways to reduce costs, the margins of the vendors are coming under severe pressure. Dhawan says that there was a time when a 10 per cent profit margin was considered to be nor-

m a l , but in the recent years the margins have come down to 2 to 3 per cent, and the number of vendors producing a product have multiplied. “In the current situation even the 2 to 3 per cent is under threat, as most of the auto companies are demanding even lower cost, and threatening to stop orders,” says Dhawan. Instead of cowing down to such demands, he has refused to supply components to such companies, while asking them to pay out his due bills first. Forget profits, the ancillary units are worried about breaking even, asserts A.K Kaul, an auto component maker, who blames the apathy of the government, as well as the major buyers, for the current situation. The politics of appeasing the increasingly militant trade unions is also being attributed as a reason for this region becoming an unviable auto hub. In fact this increasing aggressiveness has been one

Car sales in the country have been going down for the last seven months, and May witnessed almost a 12 per cent drop in sales – so a turnaround is unlikely. The country is grappling with rising inflation, political uncertainty and the recent disaster in Uttarakhand. Even double digit discounts at dealerships have failed to attract customers, due to the poor economic sentiment; and poor sales are leading to inventory pile-ups both with dealers and car makers. Gurgaon-based auto unit owners agree that the industry as a whole is facing problems, but assert that instead of taking on the challenges together, the big players—including the government—are just pressurising the vendors excessively.

of the reasons why some large companies have decided to set up factories outside the state, says an industrialist. When such companies move, the vendors also follow, and this could prove harmful for the local industrial scenario, he adds. Mahesh Poonia, who owns a unit in Manesar, says, “There is pressure on margins, and it would lead to a wage freeze, incentives will be delayed or reduced, and there will be no salary hikes. The overall morale of the workers goes down as profits plummet.” He

The problem in the auto sector is so serious that almost 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles are allegedly being surrendered by buyers as they are unable to pay the instalments. feels that the slowdown will affect the four wheeler industry more than the twowheeler. The industrialists in this region are also unhappy with the government for failing to provide quality power at reasonable rates. Ameena Sherwani, President, Gurgaon Industries Welfare Association, says that the supply of power is erratic, and the power cost has been increased unilaterally. “The power supplied to this region is the costliest in the country, and it makes manufacturing unviable for small and medium enterprises – particularly those supplying components,” says Sherwani. In her opinion, the slowdown in the auto sector could be a precursor to more labour trouble in the near future. She could be right, as right now it is a lean period for labour in this industrial belt, and their numbers will start increasing after June 15, when most of them come back from their villages in UP and Bihar. Kaul says that retrenchments have already begun, and soon they will be visible, once this starts happening in larger units.” However, some do not think there will be a labour issue. Poonia says that there is already a 15 to 20 per cent shortage of workers in the GurgaonManesar belt, and there are little chances of retrenchment in the near future. “No company likes to loose skilled and semi-skilled workers, as it is hard to find replacements. We are hoping for things to improve, and will hold on to people as long as we can,” he

B usiness asserts. This formula may work for the smaller manufacturers, but the medium level units are finding it hard to sustain themselves across the Gurgaon-Manesar belt, says Dhawan. “I had 70 workers at my unit, but now I am working with a staff of 48. If seasoned units like ours are finding it difficult to hold on, the newer companies would be most vulnerable,” he says. A large number of entrepreneurs are fed up with the policies of the state government, as well as HSIIDC – whom they term as very unhelpful for smaller players. Kaul says that the government should have intervened in favour of the unit owners who were opposing enhancements. MIWA President Sherwani says that the government needs to come up with sops for auto makers, give excise duty rebates, and make loans available at attractive rates, if the industry has to survive in this region. She is also critical of the poor infrastructure created by the government in IMT Manesar. For Dhawan, not only the government, but corporates who procure components, should also be brought under the lens of regulation, and forced to pay timely and adequate prices to vendors. “The big players have two faces-one is the good one, which is shown to the government and public, while the ugly one is for vendors,” he alleges. Citing how payments are delayed, he says cheques are issued for payments, but then held up within the company. Ashok Kohli, who runs a unit in Udyog Vihar, foresees no change in the current situation, and warns that no solutions are visible in the near future. “The governments, both at the centre and in Haryana, have gone into election mode, and politics is their primary concern now. So we don’t expect any major policy changes or decisions for the auto industry, though this industry employes almost 800,000 workers in the State,” he says. Kohli says that the health of the auto sector depends on the overall health of the national and global economy. “Once growth is back, and more jobs are created, people will start buying cars – which is not happening right now. Economic growth is the key to revival, and we are hoping for the best,” he says. Despite the gloom and doom, the majority of the entrepreneurs have strong faith in the future of the auto sector, and observe that this industry has acquired a critical mass. One such strong votary is Aseem Takyar, who is not only an industrialist but also a leading RTI activist of the City. Asserting that the future of the auto sector in this region is not under threat, Takyar says that big buyers as well as raw materials suppliers need to become more flexible in their approach towards small and medium enterprises. “Steel suppliers like Jindal and Bhushan need to help entrepreneurs; and so should the banks and government agencies, by providing easy finances at reasonable rates,” he says, adding that this is critical for survival of this sector. The weakening of the Indian rupee in relation to dollar has also impacted a large number of auto makers, and cars are likely to get more expensive, predicts Takyar. This is going to further negatively affect the plummeting sales. Sources say that Japanese major Maruti is planning to indigenize the production of all components, owing to the weak rupee. u

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espite the slowdown in the real estate market across the country, and decline in the number of property transactions even in Delhi-NCR - one of the hottest property markets - there is little chance that a correction in prices would take place in the near future. Prices in Gurgaon seem even more insulated, because the real estate trade has become very wealthy, and the stake holders have the capacity to hold for a long period - as well as even buy some new properties that are now available at low prices, believes Vineet Relia, Chief Operating Officer of SARE Homes, a fully FDI funded real estate company that has managed to develop a pan India presence despite being a young player. “In a slow market like this volumes are unpredictable. And contrary to market belief, it affects more the projects where delivery is behind schedule. If a project is ready, sale/resale will happen,” says Relia. Another reason is that the City has good brand value. “Everyone loves this City and wants to buy/recommend a property here – for themselves, their family, relatives and even friends. Nowhere in the country have real estate assets given appreciation as good as Gurgaon,” he says. This makes Gurgaon a strong magnet for end-users as well as investors. In the past couple of years the profile of investors has also changed, believes Relia. “More professionals are investing in real estate, and their time horizon is 4 to 5 years – and even more. Some of them are even investing in homes where they would like to retire,” informs Relia. He also says that investors who have made money by ‘gaming’ the market have realised that it is time to change strategy. Short-term investments can work only when volumes are high, and demand for real estate is booming. Additionally, if any builder is offering discounts to short-term investors, he is undercutting himself – and that is a bad business strategy, particularly in an environment like today. However, real estate players can’t avoid short-term investors, as the money to fund their projects is not easily available – because banks, and other institutional lenders, shy away from giving loans to this sector. In his opinion, if industry status were conferred on the real estate industry, thus opening up organised funding, it would make the execution and delivery of projects quicker and more reliable. When asked how SARE Homes was different from

The New Developer other real estate companies, Relia says that they are not constrained by funds, and plan projects accordingly. They have developed pan-India execution ability, with strict monitoring of delivery schedules and quality. Choosing to operate across the country is a major challenge for SARE, as the Tier II and III cities in India do not have the scale and volume to support major players. “The market in these cities is smaller, and the job market is not very strong. The primary driver of real estate in any market is jobs,” says Relia. “FDI in real estate is at a nascent stage, but it will definitely help the real estate industry in a big way,” he says. SARE likes to avoid a land acquisition/ aggregation strategy, as it is one of the most volatile issues – due to the sensitivity of farmers, and legal issues. “We prefer to buy land that already has licences and clearance, and is ready for development. It helps us to concentrate on our key areas of competence, and avoid uncontrollable delays,” says Relia. A key challenge in the real estate sector is of managing the regulatory framework, which differs in every state; even the same laws are interpreted differently across the country. For Relia, the Real Estate Regulatory Bill, which has been approved by the government, could be a game changer for the industry. It should help weed out many players who do not follow good practices and governance. However, while the government has brought in more monitoring and controls, it must provide adequate growth incentives to the industry. There is need for a single window clearance mechanism, and government officials must also adhere to a time frame. “Haryana has done better than most other parts of the country, as the rules and regulations are framed more clearly. However a lot needs to be done on the infrastructure front,” he opines. The regulators also need to ensure that new rules do not come up on a retrospective basis, as they upset the economics and add uncertainty. On the issue of problems being faced by real estate buyers, particularly in Gurgaon —related to the delay in projects, changes in project norms, and poor build quality—Relia says that the times are changing, and the gap between the buyers and builders is narrowing. The buyers are more aware now, and the Internet and social media have played an important role in the sharing of information and opinion. “We also need to under-

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stand the problems faced by the builders. The customers here are very demanding, and expect a lot from the builders. In this scenario we have to work with each other, so that dissonance is reduced,” he says. His suggestion to buyers is that they should check the intent of the developer before buying a property. “At SARE Homes we believe in giving more value to the buyers. The quality of construction is at par with the best in the industry, though we are building middleclass homes,” he says. In addition, the Company also offers a one-year defect liability period, in which all problems related to construction quality are resolved for free by the Company. The problems of buyers, Relia believes, are more about the image and perception of the industry as a whole, and are not limited just to buying and selling. The government, customers as well as bankers think that this industry does not run professionally; this perception (or reality) needs to change. “The builders will have to change the way they function, by bringing in more transparency and accountability. CREDAI, as an industry body, is doing its job, but everyone will have to pitch in; though of course this is not going to happen overnight,” says Relia. At his own company there has been a major focus on developing in-house talent in HR and IT domains – the two functions that have been traditionally ignored in this industry. Relia admits that there is a lack of professional talent in the country to run such a huge sector, but the times are changing, and corporatisation is also taking place. “More corporate companies and professionals are coming to this sector, and this augurs well for real estate,” he says. When asked about how affordable housing could be brought back into the agenda of the builders, Relia says that

the government has to play an important part in developing housing for the economically weaker sections, as well as low income groups. “No developer is going to spend his own money without getting adequate profits. The government has to chip in, by providing cheaper land and making development norms friendlier,” he says. The recent policy of the Haryana government, of building affordable homes for the weaker sections, is a step in the right direction – but the authorities need to support the Policy with action (which has been missing till now on this front). Another

approach could be to develop satellite sub-cities and create job opportunities there. “The government must first develop the infrastructure, which is crucial for success of any industry. While we are all developing many projects in Gurgaon, the required infrastructure has not come up”, asserts Relia. Government agencies have collected large amounts of money as External Development Charges, but development has not taken place even in the current sectors. “When power and roads are inadequate in the City, why should all the blame be put on the developers?” he asks. Another major issue concerning real estate in Gurgaon is the rising cost due to government and regulatory decisions. Referring to the ban on the use of ground water for construction, Relia says that the authorities should make adequate water available for construction – otherwise this will lead to an increase in the cost of construction, and delays. Relia believes that commitment to quality, and the passion to serve customers, will help developers to survive during the tough times. “The need is to focus on working closely with buyers, and building relations,” he signs off. u

Realty Estate-Rates (in Rs. as of June 27, 2013)

Sectors 22/23 Circle Rates Residential Rs. 35,000 per square yard (psy) Actual Rates 100 sq yd plot

Rs. 100,000 psy

160 sq yd plot

Rs. 85,000 psy

204 sq yd plot

Rs. 80,000 psy

342 sq yd plot

Rs. 75,000 psy

502 sq yd plot

Rs. 70,000 psy

750 sq yd plot

Rs. 65-70,000 psy

800 sq yd plot

Rs. 60-70,000 psy

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German wine grower has begun playing classical music to his wine, claiming it results in better quality wine – with more body and richer aroma. For one hour every day, during the 10week fermentation process, Christian Butz from Hochstadt, in South-western Germany, exposes his maturing wine to music – ranging from Johannes Brahms’ Lullaby to Georges Bizet’s Carmen. The results speak for themselves – with all 25 participants in a blind wine-tasting preferring the wine that had been fermented to music. “There is great demand for the ‘music wine’, which sells out quickly,” explains Butz. The idea of using music as a part of the wine maturing

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merican composer Joseph Bertolozzi has transformed the Eiffel Tower into a giant musical instrument, by recording the 324-metre tower’s resonances, with microphones placed on its surfaces. Bertolozzi’s work, entitled “Musique de la Tour” (Tower Music), turned the Paris landmark into a giant percussive instrument – by sampling 2,000 sounds that were struck, using latex mallets and drumsticks. The 54-year-old came up with the idea of recording the natural sounds of the Eiffel Tower in 2004, sitting at home in New York with his wife, who was mimicking the way he played with his percussion. “She was near a poster of the Eiffel Tower, took a swing at it and went ‘Bong!’,” he said. “I don’t speak French, I immediately thought, and I also don’t have any links to Paris.” The composer looked closer to home and created a composition for New York State’s mid-Hudson

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Maturing Wine With Music process was based on scientific studies that show how sound waves can produce changes in the human body’s autonomic and immune systems. “If sound wave frequencies can have an impact on our health, then why shouldn’t it also work for wine?” he asks. The energy sound system used by the 40-year-old wine grower was developed by musician and health therapist, Dirk Kolberg. Butz says that while there is no physical difference in the wines exposed to sound waves, there is a significant variation in taste. Dornfelder vines exposed to sound waves, for example, produced stronger and more full-bodied wines

(than normal). Other wine growers in the region have begun to follow Butz’s lead, while a local institution has even begun to research the subject. “We have been unable to find any analytical or sensory evidence that sound waves have any effect,” says Oenologist Wolfgang Pfeifer, although the wine expert accepts that the issue is extremely complex, and comprehensive scientific answers are still a long way off. The yeast cells are far more active at the beginning of the fermentation process, if they are stimulated by sound waves. Some winemakers believe that the sound waves help to mix the yeast, which

Eiffel Tower A Musical Instrument Gerd Roth

suspension bridge. He called it “Bridge Music.” “I needed the bridge to show that the concept could work,” he explained. The resulting composition generated significant public interest, reaching number 18 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Music Chart in 2009. Bertolozzi then quickly found out that the Mayor of Paris is responsible for everything related to the Eiffel Tower. Six letters and several months later, the composer got the goahead from the French authorities, to spend two weeks recording sounds on the Tower. “I examined the entire Eiffel Tower with the Chief Engineer,” he said. “They wanted to see what we were planning, so I brought a recorder and a couple of drumsticks.” The eight-man team—of composer, producer, sound

Joseph Bertolozzi demonstrates how to extract sounds from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, with latexcovered percussion hammers.

technicians, cameraman and photographer— then set about the hard work of recording the structure’s sounds. “Each day we spent eight or nine hours on the Tower,” said Bertolozzi. Although Paris enjoyed a relatively mild spring, temperatures were low and the wind was still very strong near the top. Bertolozzi’s team used contact microphones, that recorded oscillations directly, to collect nearly 2,000 samples from the iron structure’s railings, panels and girders for the album which is due out next year. “In this way we were able to reduce the effect of external sounds,” explained the composer. The digital recordings will now be catalogued and analysed by the composer at

then does not have to use its own energy to consume sugar. The yeast retains the extra energy to affect the wine in other ways. “A lot more experiments are necessary to understand what is going on with wine that has fermented with sound waves because, as is often the case, our last test threw up more questions than it did answers,” says Pfeifer. “There are indications that plants are sensitive enough to be affected by different frequencies. We just don’t know yet what the consequences are,” explains Frantisek Baluska, from the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Botanics at the University of Bonn. u his home in New York. “I will spend two to three months in the studio going through the thousands of tones and sounds, characterizing them by frequency, sound and intensity.” Some sounds are simply percussion, and Bertolozzi also does not know how many octaves are hidden within the Tower. Many of the octaves are in the tenor range, but there are also altos and sopranos. “I want to keep an open mind about it, and see what each instrument says to me.” The Musique de la Tour composition could become a suite, but Bertolozzi admits that due to his lack of experience with the Tower as an instrument, all options remain open. “One piece could be more experimental than the other,” he said. Bertolozzi does not intend to stop with a studio recording of his work. The Composer also wants between 30 and 50 musicians to perform the composition in situ, in 2014, when the Eiffel Tower celebrates its 125th anniversary. u

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iorgio Citterino stabs his fist triumphantly in the air, and grins from ear to ear. The Italian is delighted with the breath-taking pace of his bullet-shaped model car in competition heats, at the Kapfenhardter Motodrome in the little town of Unterreichenbach. Citterino is competing in the International Black Forest Cup event. His high-performance miniature racer, only about 20 centimetres long, is powered by a tiny glowplug engine of the type used in model aeroplanes. The motor runs on a potent mixture of methanol and castor oil. The racing car generates plenty of power though, and after a burst of rapid acceleration, the streamlined model lays down eight laps, covering 500 metres at an average velocity of 327.119 kilometres an hour. The Italian turns out to be the fastest on the day. Competitors from all over Europe have gathered at the northern edge of the Black Forest, to test the mettle of their model cars. These are neither radiocontrolled nor run in metal slots; the races for ‘speed model cars’ are held on a special circular track, with the cars attached to a strong centre post by a wire cable or tether. The person running the car stays on the outside of the track, and the helper in the centre helps get the car off the line, before stabilizing it, until it reaches a speed of around 140 km/h. The helper

Tethered Model Racing Ulli Deck

{ Ralf Recklies / Unterreichenbach, Germany / DPA }

A competitor works on his model car.

A model car for tethered racing. with its hood off during maintenance at the Kapfenhardt Motordrome.

A racer prepares his model car.

Spectators look through the windows at cars.

then steps onto a small platform at the centre pole, until the car is shut off at the end of the run. This nostalgic form of car racing is an unusual pastime, which was pioneered by enthusiasts in the United States. The track operated by the local club, the Renngemeinschaft Schwarzwald (RGS), founded in 1958, is the only covered drome with safety walls in the whole of Germany. “We are very satisfied with the turnout,” said Club Secretary Volker Besang. There are five classes, with model

{ Heiko Lossie / Wietze, Germany / DPA }



tto currently has one of the toughest jobs at German car component company, Continental. The crash-test dummy is regularly hung from a cable across the roadway on a test circuit at Wietze, north of Hanover, and positioned so that his feet are touching the ground. All day long, speeding cars bear down on him; and although most brake or avoid him in the nick of time, Otto sometimes gets slammed against the bonnet of a vehicle. Thanks to Otto’s pliable nature, he can cope with such mishaps. He was given his name by a research team at Continental.     Otto could well be helping to usher in an automotive revolution. The cars that drive into Otto are extraordinary. A driver sits at the controls of each, but he does not do any driving. Continental is testing fully-automated driving that would make more than 125 years of manned motor car history look as oldfashioned as winding a watch. Fully-automated driving on the motorway could be a reality by 2025, says Continental, leaving drivers to concentrate on other activities -

car engines rated between 1.5 and 10 cubic centimetres. The youngest person taking part, among a varied field of contestants from France, Sweden and Estonia, is 14-year-old Mika Doering, from the German port city of Hamburg. Besang is delighted, since “our biggest problem is getting new members.” Another comparative RGS youngster is 31-year-old Christoph Rabenseifner, from Frankfurt. Most of the remaining 10 active Club members are well beyond 50 years of age.

“The future of our Club is a matter of great concern to us,” said Besang. In a high-tech age, tethered model racing cars have long fallen out of fashion. When the sport was in its heyday, Germany boasted five permanent circuits. Buying and maintaining a competitive tethered model car is expensive; travelling around Europe and beyond to take part in racing events consumes a good deal of time and money as well. Speed model

The Road To Automated Driving thanks to such high-tech applications as on-board cameras, infrared and laser. The road to fully-automated driving is a long and winding one. The motive is to make driving safer and more comfortable too. Driver assistance systems are an integral part of many modern cars, so partial automation is the logical next step. Wolf-Henning Scheider, Managing Director at Bosch, one of Continental’s competitors, believes that sensor-driven warning systems will quickly trickle down into cheaper cars. Scheider is convinced that sensors, which anticipate emergency situations and apply the brakes automatically, will become standard over the next three years. There are parallels from the past for this - take ABS brakes, airbags and anti-skid systems such as ESP. These were once considered absolute high-end options, and in some cases are now not just common, but obligatory, for new cars. The progressive approach is an economic necessity. “The volume that can be generated will be a key factor,” said Bosch. The pace at which

complex automated driving technology finds its way into expensive cars will determine how quickly the devices are then incorporated into cheaper vehicles. The technology would allow drivers to consult their emails while hurtling down the motorway, just as they do when riding a train. Peter Fuss works for the Ernst & Young consulting company, and been advising carmakers on strategic issues for years. In his view the trend towards more driver assistance and safety in cars does not come as a surprise. “I see this as an evolutionary thing - it only becomes a

fans also need a degree of engineering ability. The cars, and especially the engines, are sophisticated. “There is practically nothing available over the counter,” said Denneler, RGS Chairman. The engines and bodywork are usually custom-built, one-off creations “which call for a high degree of precision,” said the Club official. This is one aspect that particularly fascinates Mika Doering, who caught the tethered racing car bug from his father. “I’ve been attending races for three years now,” said the teenager. During his first outing in the 3.5cm class, Mika’s car zooms into action before completing a lap, at an average speed of 231 km/h. The young German takes part in five or six races a year. He finds the race atmosphere gripping, and delights in tinkering with his model car in order to extract the maximum performance. All the competitors bring a toolbox to the events, in order to carry out on-the-fly modifications. Mika is not bothered by the age gap between himself and most of those competing.”It was a bit funny at first, but we have all got to know each other, and now we are like one big family,” said the 14-year-old. Together with most of those gathered there, he is looking forward to taking part in this year’s World Championships – which are due to be staged in the Swiss city of Basle in August. u

revolution when driving is genuinely automated.” He points out that it is by no means clear how drivers will react to the idea of a computer doing the driving for them. “The psychological aspect plays a big part here,” said Fuss. It all comes down to whether industry can convince consumers of the potential benefits. There are however nightmarish aspects to be considered - technical glitches that might cause deaths of drivers and passengers; or interference by cyber-terrorists who might hack into automated driving systems. Legislation would have to be changed before automated driving could become a reality; and in the final analysis, it will come down to the reliable flow of data. Vehicles that drive themselves must be able to communicate with traffic lights, traffic control and weather centres and navigation devices. In view of the complexity, it comes as no surprise that search engine giant Google is at the forefront of automated driving research, and is operating experimental vehicles on US highways. Both Continental and car company Audi have since applied for similar licences, in order to test automated vehicles on US roads. u


Six Sites Win World Heritage Status { Sarah Thust / Phnom Penh / DPA }


istorical monuments and sites in North Korea, Iran, Italy, Germany and Ukraine were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.   The Kaesong site, North Korea’s light industry centre, which served as the base of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392)— that gave its name to modern Korea—were selected for their historical and cultural significance, at a UNESCO meeting in Cambodia. Kaesong has also acquired a political significance as the site of a joint industrial enterprise between North and South Korea, although operations there were suspended in April. Kaesong becomes the second World Heritage site in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, after the Complex of Koguryo Tombs in Pyongyang, that was listed in 2004. The other additions included the Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in the German city of Kassel, Golestan Palace in Tehran, the Medici family villas in Italy, and the Ancient City of Rauric Chersonese and its Chora in the Ukraine. The Medici family hosted artists, philosophers and literati from the 15th to the 18th century at the villas in Tuscany, whose architectural and aesthetic forms are among the most original of the Italian Renaissance. u

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