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t’s been far too long. The Nirbhaya case, arguably the most visible and the most anticipated court case in the country, is languishing. Despite being taken up by a Fast Track Court, set up afresh by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and even armed with new law, the case is dragging. There are the same delay tactics and odd requests; even witnesses are being browbeaten. We have not seen the last of them. On December 16, 2012, a young 23-yearold girl was brutally raped…and subsequently lost her life. She had just seen ‘The Life of Pi’ with a friend, before she boarded the bus that was driven and occupied by 6 criminals. Does due process just mean taking more number of days in court? Does making a watertight case also mean the same? Why cannot proceedings have been straight and swift, and simultaneous? Why cannot there have been smartness in investigation, and in prosecution? Why was not a 30

day deadline given for delivering the sentence, in a Fast Track Court - it should almost be so by definition? In half that time a 33-page chargesheet was filed, which by itself should have been enough to nail the criminals. The trial is already in the fifth month. On December 22, the Justice JS Verma Committee was given just 30 days to give recommendations for changes/ amendments that should be made in criminal law – a colossal task. They gave their report in 29 days, after going through 80,000 suggestions also! Justice Verma was timely, in all manner…he is now immortal. On December 26, Usha Mehra, former Delhi High Court Judge, took charge of a 1 person Commission of enquiry in this case, to identify the lapses, determine responsibility and recommend measures to make NCR safer for women. A 13 member Special Task Force, which included the Union Home Secretary, was set up on January 1, 2013, to look into safety issues, and the functioning of

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acations for the youth are no more about just visiting one’s hometown or spending time with family. The long Summer vacations now provide an opportunity for children to participate in a slew of activities. The Camps and Workshops are not limited to the usual drawing and painting classes. Exciting new

activities have been attracting a large number of children. Friday Gurgaon brings five exciting Summer Camps on offer this season.     

Equestrian Vaulting: Improve Handwriting Cooking with Physics Radio Jockeying Dance with Saroj Khan Contd on p 19 

the Delhi Police – and to review matters on a fortnightly basis. A new Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, was passed on February 3, in record time, by the Parliament; amendments were made to the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure. And yet….things seem to have remained the same. Even a single case, that was the catalyst for all the above, remains caught up in the same old process, and ‘tareek pe tareek’ ! Meanwhile the past few months have seen almost a hundred rapes more - reported. There are no closures. We owed Nirbhaya a swift closure. Contd on p 16 

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WORKSHOP  THEATRE  NIGHTLIFE  MUSIC  ART

Atul Sobti

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criminal than those who abducted her. The cast includes Kriti Vij, Keshav Moodliar, Varoon Anand, Sudeep Singh, Shekhar Murugan, Vani Vyas and Avijit Dutt.

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Art

A Talk Session on ‘Social Traveller in Digital Age’ @ TUI Travelhood Cafe, Shop No-SF-068 , first floor, Galleria Market, DLF-IV Date: May 17 Time: 7:00 pm

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unique event on the occasion of Mother’s Day – a book reading session and discussion by renowned author Anuja Chauhan, and a Standup Act by comedienne Vasu Primlani. While Anuja will be reading and discussing chapters from her latest book, ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’, Vasu will keep you in splits. This is a pre-registered event. Please report at the registration desk between 10:15 and 10:30 am.


Frozen Music @ Bhuvaneshwari Kala Kendra, Bhondsi Village Date: Up to May 16 Time: 12 noon onwards

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huvneshwari Kala Kendra presents a Sculpture Camp – an Exhibition of the works of noted artists – Dr. Shivanand H. Bantanur, Venkatachalpathi, Ashwin Narendra Kadam, Akash Kumar Seth, Dharmendra Kumar, Manoj Singh and Sanjay Singh, to name a few.

Theatre

Abducting Diana @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: May 11 Time: 7:30 pm Tickets: Rs. 350, Rs.250 & Rs.150 Suitable for 15 years & above

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n adaptation of Dario Fo’s famous play, directed by Avijit Dutt. The Play is an inspired comedy, in which a kidnapped Media Baron, Diana, proves to be a more competent

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n interactive talk session on how digital life influences travel decisions – with Aditya Gupta, renowned social media expert and co-founder Social Samosa. If you are a voracious traveller, a digital/internet junkie and are constantly looking out for best travel opportunities and deals, this Session is for you.

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Mumma Magic @ Nirvana Patio, Sector 50 Date: May 10 Time: 11:00 am

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treat for all the Moms out there. Indulge yourself with this special Flea Market for Moms. Shop till you drop – on offer are apparels, jewellery, home decor, cosmetics, food items, tarot, astrology, fashion makeovers and much more! Contact Shephali Kasliwal @ 9871931155/ Priyanka Arora @ 9899144164

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Book Reading & Stand Up Comedy @ Rendezvous, Lounge for Moms and Kids, J -18, South City-1 Date: May 10 Time: 10:15 am

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Mother’s Day Special @ Zura, SCO-40, Sector 29 Date: May 12

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t’s time to indulge the Moms! Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, along with a cake with a personalised message. Also on offer are free palmist sessions and spa coupons. Call 8285517705/9873442 550/9810473753/9810023461

IPL Package : Domestic Beer Rs. 699 all inclusive Valid Only One Inning Veg. & Non Veg. Snacks innovative acrobatic and aerial musical performances. This outstanding Show is the amalgamation of matchless skill and grace, which comes together to form pure art. The music and dialogues are a mix of French and English, making the entertainment experience unique.

Music and Dance

Celebrating Tagore @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: May 12 Time: 7:00 pm

Music

Sarod Recital @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: May 16 Time: 7:30 pm

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Sarod recital by Shankar P. Bhattacharyya, disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

o celebrate the birthday of the Nobel laureate poet, writer and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore, Bangiya Parishad presents an evening of Tagore’s music and dance. Call 0124-2715000

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Mana-A Ciruqe Spectacle @ Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29 Date: May 14 Time: Noon to Midnight

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musical show created by the Haffner Brothers, that includes

MEC Art Gallery @ 70B, First Level, Khan Market, New Delhi

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n Exhibition of Indian modern and contemporary paintings. Collection drawn from all over India. For more information, call 981103974


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Kinder-dos

Kinderdance is more than just a dance programme. It offers developmental dance, motor development, gymnastics and fitness programmes, blended with academics. These sessions help to build self-confidence and self-esteem in youngsters. @Apple Blossom School, NS-02, Block E, Greenwood City, Sector 45 Kinderdance Date: 1st Workshop - May 13; 2nd Workshop - May 27 Time: 9:00 am

@Apple Blossom School, Greenwood City, Sector-45 Date: June 10 to 22 Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Limited Seats. Call 9716747777

Summer Theatre Workshop

Platform for Action in Creative Theatre (PACT) presents their annual Summer Theatre Workshop, ‘Abhivyakti’. Let your child learn about movement, music, act-

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Abhilasha Goenka-9811058309/Neha Bhandari-9810199036

Dance Workshop

Danse Gurukool by Saroj Khan. Learn varied dance styles – Salsa, Hip Hop, Jiving, Folk Dances of India, Kathak, Bharat Natyam & Bollywood, from Saroj Khan. The Camp culminates  in a stage show. @ Emmanuel Global Consultancies -

Programmes offered are: 

 Kindertots – ages 2-2.11 (1 hour)
 Kinderdance – ages 3-5 (1 hour)
 Kindermotion – ages 6-8 (1hour)

For more information call 08882977799, 8800553767

Summer Camp

A Summer Camp for differently abled children, that provides them
an opportunity to hone certain life skills while having fun. Weekly themes are also offered.

For details about the activities and enrollment, contact: 9891348989 or info@romasis.com @ Romasis, Nurturing Minds of Differently Abled Children, Sco-69, HUDA Market, Sector 40 Date: May 20 to June 14

Summer Affair 2013

The annual Summer Workshop by Stones2Milestones, for children in the age groups 5 to 8 years, and 8 to 12 years. The theme of the Workshop is ‘Communication Skills Development’, and each session has been designed and planned with a purpose – Communication skills through creative writing, Leadership skills, Radio Show jockeying, or creating your own character and story in Story Craft. @ The Sylvan Trails School, Nirvana Country, Sector 50 Date: May 20 to June 1 Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Date: May 20 to June 14, 2013 Age Group: 2 years to 16 years Time: 9:30 am to 12 noon (Monday to Friday) Workshops Tell a Tale Rock n’ Roll Play with Colours Sing n’ Swing Health n’ Fitness Experiment n’ Explore Splash in the Pool Theatre & Drama Free style dance Fabric painting Oil painting Pottery Sketching Personality & Language development Culinary skills For details contact school office: C-173, South City II, Sohna Road , Gurgaon Tel : 9810928253 (Archana Tandon) 9910513013 (Poonam Soni)

Other Workshops

Boxing @ 56, DLF Phase 2 Website : http://fitnessklassein.com/ index2.html Contact Person: Bhupander, 9911462077 Facilities – Resistance Training zone, Stretching zone, Boxing Room

Children’s Expo

World Children’s Expo @ The Island, Ambience Mall Date: May 18 & 19 Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm An action-packed Expo for kids. Find it all here – from shoes, apparel and stationery to games, books and toys. Meet and interact with your fave cartoon characters. Participate in interactive and educative games like Balloon Maths, English Word Match, Multiple Intelligence Quiz and Larger than Life Scrabble, and win exciting prizes. Have a blast, kids!

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Radio Jockey

@ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: May 18 - May 22 Time: 10:00 am

Handwriting ing and improvisation, diction, enunciation, creative writing and theatre arts in this Workshop. The classes will culminate in a stage show. @ Nirvana Country, Sector 56, Sohna Road Date: Last week of May to 1st week of July (twice a week for one and a half hours). Contact pact.delhi@gmail.com

Science through fun activities

@ Discovery Lab Age: 3.5 years to 7 years Introduce your child to the various concepts of science, in a fun way. They can conduct scientific experiments at The Invention Table, learn innovative cooking at The Discovery Kitchen, and learn the elements of science through The Discovery World. Contact:

EGC
N - 128, Ground Floor, Mayfield Garden,
Sector – 51 Date: May 13 to June 15 Time: 
Classes will be of two hours duration each, with batches commencing from 07:00 am to 08:00 pm. The students can choose suitable timings as per convenience. Enrollment: Either 15 days (30hrs/alternate day classes) Training
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-Sundays off Call: 91-8800-426-626

Kinder Camp

Full of Fun, Frolic and Thrill Varieties of games, Varieties of skills Kinder Camp is here, it is nice To excel in things In a Jiffy and in a Trice!

@ Sector 14 Interesting games to improve your child’s handwriting. Age group: 5 – 12 years old Date: May 15 to June 15 Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Monday to Friday) Mobile– 9990221044

Art Planet

@ Jasbir Art Planet W2c- 42, Wellington Estate, Dlf Ph-V, For Children & Ladies

Flower Making, La Massa, Permanent Glass Painting, Macrum Bags, Sketching & Drawing Oil Painting, Foil Art, Tile Painting, Crochet, Tatting, Sticker Making, Block Painting, Candle Making, Pot Painting, Ceramic Painting, Paper Mashie, Fabric Painting, Pot Decoration, Chocolate Making, Pot Making, Newspaper Craft, Relief Work, Madhubani Painting, Origami, Warli Art, Water Colour Painting, Paper Bags, Envelopes, Quill Art

Mobile– 9873245662


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10-16 May 2013

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ Bharti Arora is again given charge as DCP Traffic of the City. ♦ 3 new women ACPs join – ACP Traffic (HQ) Mamta Kharb, ACP (Crime II) Pankhuri Kumar, and ACP (HQ) Usha Devi. ♦ Commissioner Police, Alok Mittal, announces the setting up of Traffic Committees, with Traffic Inspectors, Zonal Officers and Road Safety Groups. The Police are also working with industry to set up a special security group for women employees in the IT/BPO sector. ♦ With a view to curb the overloading of vehicles, DC Meena constitutes a 3-member committee of officers, who will jointly conduct checks at least twice a month. He feels that these overloaded vehicles not only cause road accidents, but also are responsible for the breakage of roads. ♦ Justice S K Mittal, Judge Punjab & Haryana High Court, who is also Executive Chairman of Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA), says that a state level programme under the Student Legal Literacy Mission will be held at Gurgaon on 19th May. Justice P Sathashivam, Judge Supreme Court, will be the Chief Guest, and the CM would also grace the occasion. Haryana is the only state where the Mission has been created with an aim to make the students aware about their legal rights and duties. Student Legal Literacy Clubs have opened in all the 1600 Government Higher and Senior Secondary Schools, besides more than 600 private schools – covering a total of 25-30 lakhs students. The plan is to cover all the educational institutions of the State over the next two years; and now such clubs are also being opened in Universities, Colleges, Technical Colleges and other educational institutions. Justice Mittal says that students are the best carriers of education. District & Sessions Judge Dr B B Parsoon says that lessons on basic legal aspects would be included in the curriculum of schools.

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Why have you come home so late? Aak tu ghar ne late kyun aaya? 2. Have you been drinking? Tannne daaru pi raakhi hai? 3. I'm sure you went with your useless friends. Manne bera hai tu apne khaali dosta

galla handta hoga.

4. I have told you not to meet them. Manne tere te naat rakhi hai ne ke

tu unte mat na milya kar.

5. They are spoiling you. We tanne bigaadan lag re se. 6. Now you will ask me for food. Ib tu mere dhorre khaana maange ga.. 7. Go to sleep hingry now. Ib tu jaake bhukha padh ja.

♦ Toll Plaza closure may be on the anvil – crucial High Court hearing soon. ♦ HARTRON will soon conduct its annual workshop on e-governance (SteP) and specialized IT training. ♦ A 52 year old dies while resisting robbers at home. ♦ A person commits suicide after tiff with wife, who is a Delhi police officer. ♦ A woman’s friend is caught for sexually harassing her online. ♦ A constable is hit by a driver trying to flee from a police inspection drive on Sohna Road; his condition is serious. ♦ An abducted realtor is rescued from Jind – 4 are held. ♦ A prisoner’s eye is damaged in a brawl in a police van on Sohna Road. ♦ An official is caught taking a Rs 50,000 bribe. ♦ A relative commits a Rs 47 lakhs fraud on a person, over an electronics business offer. ♦ A person is robbed of his car at gunpoint on Dwarka Expressway. ♦ A showroom manager is robbed of Rs 30,000. ♦ An auto driver robs a woman and assaults her. ♦ Protestors are lathicharged in the restricted IAF zone, during a demolition drive. At another demolition drive, 3 persons who stoned the police and MCG team are arrested. ♦ Kin vandalize a private hospital on New Railway Road, alleging negligence, after a girl dies during treatment. ♦ Ardee City residents protest the negligence by builder, and ask for redressal. ♦ Roadways employees protest the hiring of outsourced drivers – services are affected. ♦ New traffic flow plan at IFFCO Chowk does not work well. ♦ Chemists plan a State-wide strike on May 10.

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Matters Of the Heart The Fortis Foundation and Being Human -The Salman Khan Foundation, launched the initiative 'The Little Hearts Programme', at Fortis Hospital. The initiative aims to provide free treatment to children with congenital heart defects. Present at the occasion were Executive Chairman, Fortis, Malvinder Singh, Executive Vice Chairman, Shivinder Singh, Actor and Founder – Being Human Foundation, Salman Khan and External affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. “We are thankful to Fortis Foundation and Being Human for this initiative. Because of their help, our child is living a healthy life,” said Sachin Sharma, father of eight month old Krishna, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, who underwent a surgical correction for a congenital heart condition, ventricular septal defect with pulmonary stenosis.

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ORRAINE MUSIC ACADEMY exhibited the LAMPSTAND initiatives at the Inauguration Ceremony of FORTIS MEMORIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE in Gurgaon, on 1st May 2013. Lorraine Music Academy’s LAMPSTAND Children’s Choir, LAMPSTAND Little Performers, LAMPSTAND Musical Theatre, and LAMPSTAND Band, comprising faculty and students—aged between 8 & 15 years—performed at the function, before an august gathering of over 500 of Fortis’ guests – who included India’s leaders and luminaries drawn from various fields. The External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Khurshid and Mrs. Louise Khurshid enjoyed the performances thoroughly. Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. Daljit Singh, President, Fortis Healthcare and the entire Fortis family were present as the wonderful hosts of the grand evening. The Chief Guest of the evening was Mr. Salman Khan, Actor, Philanthropist, Founder of Being Human Foundation and the Guest of Honour was Dr. Pratap C. Reddy, Founder Chairman, Apollo Hospitals

Lorraine Music Academy’s Lampstand Initiatives Group. As many as 42 children have been operated in the last six weeks for congenial heart disorders under the “Little Hearts Programme”, a joint initiative of Fortis Foundation and Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation, to provide free treatment to children with congenital heart defects. Formally launching the charity programme, Salman refrained from talking about his films and said, “Let us talk only about the children today.” The theme of the evening included People, Vision, Imagination & Care. The music and songs selected included Jazz, Oldie Goldies, songs from the great Musicals and music of the famous classical composers. The musical instruments included a Grand Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Drums. The LAMPSTAND initiatives in Music & Arts have been launched by Lorraine Music Academy in aid of LAMP Trust. The courses and

groups enable children and adults to discover themselves, learn to express and perform through the various forms of art – Music, Performing & Visual Art, and Literary Arts to build Leadership Talent in our next generation of potential global leaders. Participants and students of the LAMPSTAND initiatives will get to perform on stage and will also participate in the LAMPSTAND Nation-wide Talent Contest in Music & Arts and in the LAMP Music & Art Festival. Part of the proceeds of this course is being donated to LAMP. The Lorraine Music Academy was founded by Aubrey Aloysius and Lorraine Fiona Aloysius, both of whom have in 2012 been awarded the prestigious KARMAVEER PURASKAAR for their visionary contribution in the field of Music, Art & Culture. Lorraine Music Academy exists to revive the rich heritage of

world music – bringing music to children, their families and the community at large. The Academy serves the community through education, workshops, recitals, concerts, contests and public performances. The Academy maintains a special learning environment designed to provide a rich and rewarding musical experience for each student – child or adult. Lorraine Music Academy supports LAMP Trust through communication to generate awareness and resources to help set up the LAMP World Cultural Centre in Gurgaon. LAMP has a mandate to promote Music and the Arts – Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Visual Arts – to build a world radiating with peace, harmony and justice. LAMP pursues this objective through empowering the children and the youth of our nation by harnessing their creative and artistic talents.


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ooking more confident to take on the competition from China, the industry in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar however gets confused and nervous when faced with the shenanigans of bureaucrats and socalled technocrats of the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) – an agency that is prone to interpret rules and regulations in its own way. Industrialists allege that instead of creating a facilitating environment, where trade and industry could prosper, the HSIIDC has wrapped Udyog Vihar with red tape, which is leading to decimation of the entrepreneurs – particularly the small players. Whether it is obtaining loans from banks, permission to sell plots or leasing of property, the stamp of the officials is needed even for a minor job. The power of the State is being misused, the industrialists allege. The major issue being faced by industry relates to the resumption of plots - a threat that has forced many unit owners to shift base to other states. B.B Sharma, General Secretary of Chamber of Industries of Udyog Vihar, says that despite the officials stating in an RTI that plots allotted to unit holders are free-hold, they have created a false notion that the HSIIDC has the power to resume plots. “Once the Condition Subsequent, as per the Transfer of Property Act has been fulfilled, the HSIIDC has no power to resume the plot. If the entrepreneur has fulfilled the terms and conditions in three years, as per the Agreement, then the developer has no right to cancel the allotment,” asserts Sharma. An RTI filed by Aseem Takyar  has revealed from the “ Extracts of 123rd Meeting of the Board of Directors of HSIIDC held on 12-11-1982, Agenda Item No.15 sub para (d )” that,“The land will be Freehold, once the entire cost of land is paid by the entrepreneur and  he takes steps to set up the unit”.” When asked whether the recent decision by the High Court, stating

that a No Objection Certificate from HSIIDC or HUDA is not required by the plot owners for sale of plots, has proved beneficial, the industrials say that this order has vindicated what they have been saying for the last several years, says S.S Verma, Vice President of the Chamber. He also says that resumption of plots is an extreme situation, and if a unit owner violates any law relating to the running of an industry in Udyog Vihar, there are appropriate penalties stipulated by the government. “The HSIIDC however has only one solution for every problem, and that is the threat of the resumption of the plot. If a pollution law is violated, or a building bye-law is broken, the entrepreneur should be penalised under the same Acts. Why should he be sent letters of resumption?” he says. A leading exporter, alleges that corruption is widespread in the government agencies, along with the bureaucratic red tape in HSIIDC. “The industry in Udyog Vihar and across Haryana is given a step-motherly treatment by the government. I have a great offer from the Gujarat government, and am contemplating to shift base,” he says. The entrepreneurs across the State are not worried about the Chinese onslaught, or the competition from MNCs; unfortunately it is the indifference of local authorities, who hold key levers, that is undermining the manufacturers in Haryana. The Estate Management Policies, which have been redrafted in 2011, also draw criticism from the industrialists. They do not address the concerns of the industry, that include: relaxation of leasing and transferring norms, and getting permissions from different agencies more easily. The unit owners allege that so strong is the bureaucratic mindset of HSIIDC that it is even writing letters to various banks, stating that they should not give loans to unit owners until an NOC is given by the agency. “Due to the HSIIDC fiat, which is completely antiindustry and would not stand legal scrutiny, a number of entrepreneurs

have been refused loans by banks. It is a thoughtless act. The Chamber would like to know from the banks as to what reason has been given by HSIIDC, that the banks are even refusing secured loans to the small sector (without NOC from the Corporation)!” says B.B Verma, General Secretary of the Chamber. The reason for HSIIDC to issue this diktat seems to be that the entrepreneurs, in view of the stringent and unattractive loan terms of HSIIDC, refrain from taking loans from the agency, say insiders. The Chamber of Industries has also taken up the issue of leasing, which it says has been misinterpreted by officials to give an impression that leasing of industrial premises without the permission of HSIIDC is illegal. The ignorance of some industrialists has been exploited by State officials, to impose HSIIDC as the super owner of the premises, and to treat the entrepreneurs, the real owners, as its lessees or tenants, says Sharma.   He further alleges that HSIIDC, by imposing the conditions of prior approval and demand of leasing /processing fees, has made an illegal attempt to subvert Section 11 of Transfer of Property Act, 1882. No rider can be put on the enjoyment of freehold property, as envisaged in the aforesaid Section. Further, the restrictions imposed by the Agency on leasing have made it quite difficult for many entrepreneurs to rent their property; many unit owners have been forced out of manufacturing due to competition as well as government policies. “Unit owners have to make endless visits to the offices to get the documentation cleared – it takes years,” says an industrialist. The only solution, he says, is to follow the policies of the Gujarat government. It ensures that land, water, power and infrastructure are made available to entrepreneurs on priority.  The industry is also hoping that, with elections on the anvil, the government might focus on small and medium industries, as this sector creates the maximum employment and generates a lot of revenue.  There are also issues like shortage of power, which have remained unresolved for the last several years, even as plans to purchase bulk power by

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industrialists remain non-starters. The issue of parking is also serious, since a large number of industrial units are being rented by software companies, who have a large number of workers owning cars. Industry watchers say that this industrial area was primarily developed by HSIIDC to accommodate small and medium sized manufacturing units, but with the passage of time the character of the area has changed completely. Like other developers, HSIIDC was also supposed to develop the industrial area, and hand it over to a local agency for maintenance; but just like the other builders, the Agency has extended its occupation. Like RWAs versus builders in residential areas, the industry now wants HSIIDC to leave. Verma says that the process of handover should have been initiated earlier, but certain vested interests have ensured that this does not happen. MCG also does not has the required capability to take over today. Like HUDA and MCG, it is evident that HSIIDC has also not been able to create adequate infrastructure, which could match the growth of both Udyog Vihar and the Millennium City itself. Industrialists warn that if the government does not come to the rescue, by changing the policies as well as it’s attitude, the time is not far when this area will see a mass exodus of small and medium enterprises – putting a question mark on Gurgaon’s economy, as well as its future.u

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nsensitivity of the bureaucracy towards the problems of the people is believed to be one of the reasons behind the halfbaked implementation of schemes that are planned by the State. Fortunately we have a handful of young and energetic people in our bureaucratic corridors who want to bring positive change in the set-up. Vivek Kalia, the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), South Gurgaon believes in doing this by engaging with people. “Interaction is key, if we want to bring about a change, and take our State towards development and prosperity. We need to keep the masses, for whom we have planned schemes, always in the loop, and try to know their problems and opinions on important matters. That's why we have arranged many 'darbars' in various villages of Gurgaon District, to get to know about the problems of the people directly. Most of the time we receive 'distorted' information, because it's a natural pattern that at each 'halt', the information gets altered. We bureaucrats, in order to solve the issues, need to know the actual state of affairs. Presently I am SDM South, which includes areas of Sectors 55 and 56, some of the urban villages of Gurgaon like Ghata, and the Sohna sub-division. Here we have taken some worthwhile actions in all spheres – be it revenue, land mapping or the illegal and commercial use of forest land,” said Vivek Kalia. Kalia believes that a bureaucrat alone can't bring about change, and he needs support from his sub-ordinates. “Of course everybody is not good at everything, but we need to remember that everybody is at least good at something; and we as leaders of the team need to exploit that goodness in him/her. Fortunately I have extremely capable and efficient sub-ordinates, in the form of Tehsildars and other officials in Sohna division," added Kalia. Having done his MBA from Delhi School of Economics nearly a decade ago, and later having passed through the glossy corridors of corporate companies, Kalia realised that he wished to emulate his father. “My father, a bureaucrat, always inspired me. I sat for the Haryana Public Service Commission and came out with

flying colours. Preparation for Civil Service exams helps in the making of a good bureaucrat, because they give us the patience and stamina to dig deep into the issues and their solutions,” added Kalia. Kalia has been in Gurgaon for a while now; he has held the position of the City Magistrate. So what are the main differences between the two profiles? “Actually they don't have much difference in the kind of work; it's the degree of work that varies. The SDM's job is a more responsible one; as an SDM is to his sub division what the DC is to the district. The level of public dealing escalates by leaps and bounds. Here at the SDM Court I hear grievances related to revenue, misuse or grabbing of land and many other matters. This job has a direct impact on the masses. Sometimes they suggest the solutions as well,” added Kalia. “The real challenge is to bring rural Gurgaon somewhere near to the urban – which is glossy and modern. The rural still lies in a limbo. We need to bridge this gap between India and Bharat, to bring parity among the people living in both these spheres. And that's where bureaucracy, and the character of the incumbent bureaucrats, come into the picture. A bureaucrat needs to work intelligently to bridge this gap; and believe me there is no dearth of schemes. In fact we have a whole host of schemes; it's their effective implementation that is the main problem. There are some known impediments in the process. However, we have to improve by staying within the system, because the solution of a problem always lies within its core,” added Kalia.    u

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Beer Bonanza

id you know that beer is the world’s most widely D consumed alcoholic

beverage? It is the thirdmost popular drink overall, after water and tea. And the Beer Café at Ambience Mall is serving oodles of it—in 45 different varieties—7 of them being draught. The décor of the Café is casual and accessible, with couches and high stools. A foosball table has been placed for some fun-gaming. Many of the draught beers on offer have been showcased, giving it the look of a place that breathes beer. Plug sockets have been thoughtfully placed next to each table, to ensure that tipplers can ‘stay’ with their facebook. The first draught beer I try is Erdinger (Rs. 300), a light wheat beer from Germany. It is pleasant and refreshing – just what the sizzling hot day orders. Hoegaarden (Rs. 275), a sweet and sour Belgian beer - a little bitter, slightly spicy, with a strong touch of coriander and a hint of orange - is served with a slice of orange. It makes for an exciting gulp. The snacks perfectly complement the beer(s). The crispy vegetables salt and pepper (Rs. 195) are addictive, and the modern Punjabi classic and pub staple, chilly chicken, is robust and exciting. I then taste their German pilsner Warsteiner (Rs. 350), which is a rich golden beer on the bitter side; while Weihenstephaner (Rs. 350) is a fascinating German wheat beer from the oldest brewery in the world - its spicy fruitiness is really enjoyable. Another noteworthy beer from Beer Café’s vast selection is St. Erhard (Rs. 595), a lager - again from the home of beer, Germany. This beer is multilayMeal for two: Rs. 1000  ered, yet balances well on the palate. Alcohol: Yes   A visit to Beer Café is a must-do: their impressively large Credit Card: Yes   selection of beers is enticing, and would cater to almost every Timings: 11 AM to 12 Midnight mood and every palate. Address: 4th Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, Telephone: 0124 4665371


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he success of an online petition that ensured rapper Honey Singh could not perform in Gurgaon on a New Year's Eve party has spurred some residents to take the online route for petitions and signature campaigns, to put pressure on the government and authorities on several contentious issues. Whether it is the issue of liquor vends in green belts, street lights on roads, getting information from HUDA or the handover of maintenance, the authorities are now faced with a barrage of petitions signed by hundreds (and sometime thousands) of residents across the City. Nisha Singh, Councillor of Ward No. 30, who started a petition against liquor vends in green belts, says that the online medium provides a very good platform for people to come together and express their views about an issue. “The success or failure of a petition by itself is not that critical because the issues being taken up are contentious enough, and need much more effort. The main benefit is that it helps to bring the problems into the public area, and exposes the authorities,” says Singh. Some officials too agree that with most of the government departments adopting the online medium and embracing social media, it is difficult for them to stay aloof from public pressure. In a City like Gurgaon where most of the people are connected through Facebook, and Blackberry phones, civic activists say that it is fairly easy to harness the voice of the people – through petition websites and crowd voicing. The success of an online petition, says Nisha Singh, depends on the issue at hand; if it does not involve any change in policy or a systemic improvement, then it is easier to get a resolution. Take the case of Honey Singh. Started on change dot org, in just 24 hours, 2,633 people from across Delhi and NCR joined Kalpana Mishra, and helped stop Honey Singh’s performance on New Year’s Eve People were outraged by Honey Singh’s  lyrics, and many gave their opinions on twitter – which resulted in huge media coverage. Rajiv Thakkar wrotes on the petition “The lyrics are disturbing and downright crass. They incite violence against women.”   The popularity of social media sites, facilitating the sharing of views, ideas and feelings, has also made it easier for people to crowd source their anger - to put pressure on the establishment.   Angry in the wake of the Nirbhaya case, the

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citizens of Gurgaon had caused a stir in cyberspace. Gurgaon based activist Latika Thukral says that online petitions are an interesting phenomenon, but they are more a way of making a strong point rather than getting things done. “The online platform gives a chance to people to come together, share views and exert pressure, but they have limitations – particularly in a society like ours. The importance of connecting with people and sending a message across the table is very important,” she says. Across the world the phenomenon of online petitions has gained momentum, with people joining hands on crucial issues like global warming, excessive killing of whales, increase in healthcare costs and government policies. In the Millennium City the petitions are mostly about civic issues – like poor drainage, bad roads, liquor vends, streetlights and related areas. Recently, residents of Palam Vihar had launched a petition for getting streetlights erected in the area, as most of the main roads and streets were devoid of the facility. Anup Rohera, who started the online petition, wrote “On 08th January’ 2013 I had started a petition telling the Haryana Govt. to put street lights in Palam Vihar (Gurgaon), as dark alleys and streets were unsafe for women and children – among other residents. In just about 20 days the authorities took action and installed streetlights in this area. I had been campaigning for 2 years on the issue through SMSes, formal letters and phone calls. After 4,392 people signed this petition, and (pushed by the) media pressure, the authorities took action immediately. I take pride in sharing that your efforts on signing my petition have yielded great results. Already half of the stretch has streetlights now and work is in progress on the rest of the

road. This is very encouraging. Please remember, there was no provision of street light on this road ever.” While a petition like this has been able to achieve its purpose, another petition that calls for action at a higher level, and could hit excise revenue, is still awaiting a response from the government – it calls for the removal of liquor vends from green belts of the City. Started by Prabhat Agarwal and supported by Nisha Singh, Thukral and many others, this Petition has gained momentum and has been signed by 750 people. One of the signatories, Priyadarshini Saini, wrote:   This is a very good initiative by Nisha Singh. There is a liquor shop in almost every round-about in Gurgaon. One may not find a water vendor but

it. In a country like India, where politicians have been put on a pedestal, and are taken to task only once in five years, it has become can easily see these liquor shops unnerving for them to face a everywhere. People gather and barrage of public criticism – booze at these points and lose particularly from a populace their sense, behave irrationally, that all along has kept silent, cause traffic problems, civil dis- as they did not have the time turbance, road rage, accidents, or the platform to come create unrest situations and together. Activists also opine often get into serious crimes. that the bureaucrats too feel These cause problems for the the pressure when they see other common public. More- people raving against the over majority of these are alleg- system, over issues that can be edly owned by ‘local goons’. We easily resolved, but have been strongly feel that these liquor kept pending due to systemic shops/drinking points should inertia. An officer says that a be removed from the green belts. number of times the problems Now people who want to help the remain unresolved because of City should come forward and a lack of communication. The give suggestions, instead of crib- online tools like social media bing. Don’t make this campaign and petitions are helping a political ground. them in gauging the depth of Referring to this Petition, the problem, and the mood of Singh says that they have filed the people. a court case, and also taken the The ease of use, its matter to the highest public of- democratic nature, and the ficials, but nothing much has ability to reach thousands happened on the ground. In fact of people in very little time, the Haryana government has has made online petitions increased the excise revenue popular. They now need to target of Gurgaon Circle to al- be more effective. People in most Rs.3,000 crores. However, Gurgaon are embracing this tool Singh hopes that more people with gusto, to help form opinions will come together through the and tell the government what online platforms and social me- they want. The authorities dia, and the time will come when need to listen to the pulse of the there would be sufficient pres- public, and act. This will help in sure to elicit the change. better governance. Of course, Many of the activists using ideally the government online petitions say that more should proactively take care than the results it is important of citizen and civic issues – to make a strong point, and rather than have to react to tell the politicians and the public pressure every time. government authorities that Is that asking for too much? what they are doing is wrong, For now, let’s take it a step at and the people are angry about a time.   u

Police Initiative With a view to tackling crime in Gurgaon, the Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal interacts with the Sarpanches of the villages and seeks their co-operation in helping reduce the crime rate in the District. While asking the village Sarpanches to be more vigilant, Mittal also takes feedback from them about the functioning of the police in their area. He asks them to sensitize the fellow villagers, and inform the police whenever any suspicious person is noticed. He says that Gurgaon has grown into a Millennium City and has a ‘mixed’ population, so it is difficult for the available police force to easily keep a tab. Any of the Sarpanches can contact him any time, Mittal says, and adds that the information can also be given to him on his mobile phone (09999981801), or through SMS. The name of the informer will be kept secret, if he or she so desires, Mittal assures. He asks the Sarpanches to take a round of the place where a liquor vend is operational in their village, during the evening hours. He also suggests that the Sarpanches pay frequent visits to the banks, and check the security arrangements – esp. that the CCTV cameras are in place and functioning properly, and the security guard is performing his duty well. Some village Sarpanches give useful suggestions to Mittal, which are appreciated by him. He also asks them to get the important phone numbers: Police Emergency-100, Child Helpline-1098, Woman Helpline - 1091, Senior Citizen Helpline- 0124-2221559 and Police Control Room0124-2316100, printed at prominent public places - like Chaupals, houses of prominent persons and schools. On this occasion, ACP Crime-II Pankhuri Kumar is also present. The Haryana Backward Classes Commission (HBCC) conducts a public hearing in Gurgaon, to hear representations, objections, suggestions, views and opinions of various organizations, groups and individuals - of Goswami/Gosain, Muslim Jats and Gayana castes, for inclusion in the State list of Backward Classes. Chairman of the HBCC, who is a retired Judge of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Justice K C Gupta says that the Commission would submit its report within two months. He says that some time back the Commission recommended inclusion of Bishnoi, Jat, Jat Sikh, Ror and Tyagi residing in the state into Special Backward Classes. It may be recalled that the State government had approved the proposal for 10 per cent reservation to “economically backward classes” in general category, as recommended by the Haryana Backward Classes Commission. The criteria for “economically backward” states that total annual income of the family of the applicant should not cumulatively exceed Rs 2.50 lakh per annum from all sources, including agricultural income. The State government has also declared the classes of people - namely Bishnoi, Jat, Jat Sikh, Ror and Tyagi - residing in the State, as Special Backward Classes, for whom the state government has provided 10 per cent reservation in jobs - in exclusion to the already notified 27 per cent reservation provided to the Other Backward Classes.


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From Army Green To Civvy Grey

“...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … with discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” ― George S. Patton Jr. Military service is a unique form of employment and way of life, engendering a strong culture and camaraderie amongst personnel. For some the impact lasts even after they have returned to civilian life. Retiring from the Armed Forces can be a daunting prospect. After years of living a structured life, entering what might seem like the quieter civilian world can take its toll if the transition isn’t handled properly. It can, in some respects, be like starting again from scratch.  Brig Jagdish Malhotra retired from the Corps of Signals in May 2004, after 36 years of active service. He says, “After working hard for many years, retirement should be taken as another happy moment in an individual’s life. It is not possible to hold on to a particular phase of your life. You should try to enjoy every phase of life, particularly Brig Jagdish Malhotra the present, and effectively plan for the future - rather than trying to hold on to a few phases of your liking. Do not try to mould your present environment into the environment of the past. Your mind is a factory of great imagination. Search your brain thoroughly and you will definitely find things that interest you. Try to return to the society and environment what you have received from them. This is really the key to a happy retired life.” Maj Gen AJS Sandhu, Vishisht Seva Medal, retired from the Army in August 2004. “My entire life has been the Army,” says this fourth generation Army Officer, whose immediate family had six members (including four brothers) fighting the 1971 War - from Platoon to Divisional Commander. Having initially lived a splendid life as an Maj Gen AJS Sandhu Army child, and later spent over 38 years in the Army, he says, “I have Army in every drop of my blood; so everyone thought it would be tough for me to make the transition to a civilian life. But I was clear that the past doesn’t matter; every day is a day to create a new future, to build your legacy”. After working with Ashok Leyland till last year, Gen Sandhu is now a happy retiree..Awarded a Fellowship by the USI, he is currently researching a book, ’1971 war – The Battle of Chhamb’ - the toughest battle of that War.  He says, “We have waited a long time for the pleasures that come in this season of our life. We should now let our natural gifts and experiences lead us to good retirement.” “When entering retired life, we should discard the debris of some past memories, lest we fall into emotional crevices. As we step out of our uniform, the physical transition is swift, but the mental baggage keeps chugging along. You have to adjust to the new way of life, popularly referred to as the “Civvy Street”; and in this new animal farm you have to find yourself a slot. It is not easy! I looked upon this transition as an incremental

story, and together as a family we redefined the way of life for us. The new found extra time at hand was a boon - and was used to spend time with family, set up the new house and reconnect with old friends. I took up the role of a Consultant for a few months, but did not find the job suitable. After that I dabbled in academics, and now I have moved on to the world of the Maj Gen D V Kalra software industry. Fortunately, today even a veteran’s life has a lot in store. What is required is a will to explore and embrace. Carpe Diem, gentlemen,” says Maj Gen D.V Kalra, VSM, from the Corps of Signals. Maj Gen Anil Bairaria, is a dynamic veteran, and a specialised Radiologist from the Army Medical Corps He was Commandant of the Research & Referral Service Hospital, Lucknow. Under his command, the Hospital was adjudged the best Service Hospital of the country (for 2007). He feels, “Moving from the military into civilian life Maj Gen Anil Bairaria can be a tough transition. I miss military life. I used to take things like trust, camaraderie, work ethic and positive attitude for granted - they were natural. I’d love to hear from anyone who has ideas or experiences in helping with the adjustment. I’ve been superannuated for 5 years, and I’m still adjusting. I am confident that I am in the gelling process, and will adjust to the amazing civilian lifestyle soon.” Today, besides being a top consultant for private medical colleges, hospitals and clinics, Gen Bairaria is seen compering shows, and also gives voice-overs for radio and TV.   After more than three decades in the Corps of Engineers, Maj Gen S.K Khetarpal, VSM, had prepared himself for the transition to civilian life well in advance. He feels that one should retire mentally at least a year before one finally hangs up one’s boots. “The return to civilian life – I say return because Maj Gen S.K Khetarpal most of us come from civilian backgrounds – is at first a little strange, but then any change in life is a challenge. When moving away from familiar territory, it is your attitude that will decide whether you swim or sink. You should accept the change as a new chapter in your life, a fresh opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in some new area, or a chance to discover new people, new places and new skills. If you look forward to it as an adventure, you can tackle everything that comes your way with a sense of discovery. The experiences that military life provides are tough to duplicate with a civilian employer. In the military you can be jumping from an air plane one day, jetting off to a temporary duty station overseas the next - or just heading for the LoC. As a soldier I enjoyed the spontaneity of military life. Now I work in the same office, at a desk, mostly in front of a computer....everyday. Well I guess there’s a silver lining in knowing I won’t be near the LoC!”

Brig Bhushan Sapru, VSM, a retired Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon from the AMC, feels strongly about the disparity in the civil and military life. “The Army was all about sharing and caring. Civilian life is a whole different ballgame.The stability and consistency found within the military are replaced by a feeling of uncertainty in the civilian world. The military goes to great lengths to make sure its members are taken care of, whereas civilian employers are just looking for someone who will punch in, do the work, and clock out. The ‘second family’ you find within the military can be quite elusive at a civilian place of employment. The truth is that no one really cares about you or your personal issues – it’s a cold, cruel world. I still don’t Brig Bhushan Sapru fit in….though my ability to be receptive to people from different cultures/backgrounds has been invaluable to me throughout my transition. I thank the military for that…otherwise I may still have been living in a box!” While your boots have been hung up, and the nation calls you a Veteran, we know, Sir – once a Soldier, a Soldier for life. The training never leaves you, neither does the pride – knowing you were a Service member once. You can take a person out of the military, but can’t take the military out of a person ! u

DC Meena is apprised by the Mining Officer R S Thakran that no case of mining has come to light in District Gurgaon. He claims that the ban on mining is being effectively implemented here. DC asks for special watch on ‘gair mumkin pahar’ areas, and also appeals to the public to inform him directly if they find illegal mining taking place in any part of the District.

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hen Mathur moved to the US, he didn’t know that he would miss his condominium so much, and be back in just six months. “After my son settled in the US, he called me and my wife to live with him. Every weekend we used to meet other Indian elderly couples, who would say that they would like to eventually go back. We too wanted to come back to Gurgaon, especially our condominium, where we share a strong bond with our neighbours,” says Mathur. Being one of the oldest condominiums in the City, Hamilton Court has a considerable number of elderly people. Most of the couples are living alone, as their children have moved abroad. The RWA therefore has designed a schedule to keep elderly couples engaged and entertained – through yoga, music classes, movies in the clubhouse and meetings in parks. “After my daily activities, I just sit under a tree in the park and chat with my friends. This happens only in Hamilton,” says a retired doctor, Sukhdeep Singh. “Here, more people are entering this phase of life. Their children are living abroad, but their own hearts are in India. They want to live here. I think Hamilton is best suited for such people,”

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ith election year coming, and the State also tightening the screws against builders for violating various norms, Gurgaon residents are seeing a glimmer of hope. Knowing that mere complaints will not help, residents of ‘The Residency’ Group Housing Scheme in Ardee City carried out a protest against the builder on May 4, demanding the handover of maintenance to the RWA, as well as demanding action against the builder for not obtaining the Occupation Certificate of the Complex. The residents allege that for the last 7 years the builder has failed to provide adequate facilities, while charging exorbitant rates for maintenance. Joint Secretary of TRRWA, Sandhya Sahu, told Friday Gurgaon that while the builder has not obtained the Occupation Certificate from the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), he has given possession to residents. Several complaints in this regard have been made to the concerned authorities, but no action has been taken by them against the builder, allege the residents. Unhappy with the poor state of maintenance, the residents have been protesting against the

he smiles. A ‘Wordsworth’ resident says philosophically, “Children have come and children have gone afar, but we couples will go on together forever.” The RWA also ensures that people get to celebrate important festivals together. “Our condominium conducts a successful Diwali Mela every year. People from other condominiums in DLF Phase IV, and sometimes Phase V, visit Hamilton Court during that time,” says Attri, a member of the RWA.

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Safe for Children

Astha Pandit, a teacher, describes life in Hamilton Court as that in a “mini-London.” Pandit enjoys the social life, conveniences and the security offered in the condo. She claims that Hamilton Court is one of the few residential complexes in the City that has a focus on child safety. “All the fittings, including the staircase railings and the parapets in the balcony, are safe for children. The children’s play area in the Complex is monitored by CCTV; and some of these are connected to the television sets in the houses, so that the parents can monitor what their kids are doing, while sitting in their living rooms. I don’t think such facilities are available in any other condominium in the City,” feels Pandit. The Condominium also boasts well-constructed roads, and beautiful parks for children. “It is not just

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each other to switch to more efficient equipment – like solar water heaters, and LED lights. “Though it is harder to implement such measures in a Condominium, as you have to convince all the families, we have been able to do it. Of the 255 families, over 150 are now using LEDs for the common areas. Some families are also finding ways to accumulate solar power through big panels. There are plans to install electric car chargers in each unit too,” says Attri.

the RWA, but residents also take a keen interest in the development of the parks. The members of every house, even the children, watch over the parks and roads,” says Attri.

Clean-Green

Parvin, a resident who has been living in Hamilton Court for the last 15 years says, “Some years ago, there were a few residents, or their servants, who would throw garbage on the roads. Today the roads are clean.” Besides, the residents encourage

Now Ardee On The Road increase in the maintenance charges, which were effected six months ago. However, the immediate reason that forced the residents to come on the roads, and emulate other RWAs, was the demand of Rs. 17,000 per flat, for installing a security system (ARDs) in the lifts. Sahu says that the builder has threatened to stop the functioning of the lifts if the payment is not made for the same. The residents say that such payments are in gross violation of the norms, as the builder should have made provision for the security system at the time of installing the lifts. They further allege that an apartment complex that was started in 2002 is still incomplete

in many respects, but nothing has been done by the authorities to check the gross malpractices. Sahu says that the builder was forced to install the ARD devices after residents lodged complaints with the Lift Inspector in Gurgaon. General Secretary of TRRWA, Devender Jain, says that there are a lot of problems, including massive seepage and leakages in all parts of the Complex, putting a question mark on living and sanitary conditions. “The lights in the lifts are missing at several places. There has been no mandatory inspection by the authorities. House keeping and horticulture services are poor,” alleges Jain. He says that residents have even been forced to live in dangerous conditions. A serious accusation is that the Complex is now housed in about 5 acres, while the project plan shown by the builder had a provision for 11.5 acres of land. “Due to a boundary dispute, a part of the Complex does not have a boundary wall, and residents of F block do not have access to basement parking,” alleges a resident. Like several other

Bharadwaj is among those who claim that they moved to a DLF condominium hoping that their children would get admission in a premier school located near the Condominium. “But I had to visit the School so many times, and fight to get admission for my daughter,” he says. Like him, many people allege that schools like Ridge Valley and Shri Ram, that are located in DLF Phase IV, denied admissions to the children of some residents, and gave in only after repeated appeals. A housewife reveals that a few residents are also facing issues regarding water availability. “As promised, we don’t get water 24X7, and this problem occurs for almost 10 days in a month. However, we hope to sort out this issue with the help of our RWA,” she says. Hamilton Court takes pride in being one of the oldest and best condominiums in the City, offering a variety of facilities and world-class infrastructure. It may not be ‘high-end’, but it is an efficient yet warm neighbourhood. u group housing schemes, ‘The Residency’ complex in Ardee City is devoid of a Community Centre; andthere are no neighbourhood shops for almost 200 families living in the apartments, which were once considered ‘premium’. The residents also allege that the builder has made no provision for EWS Housing, which is statutorily required to be part of a residential complex. “Where will the support staff go and live if they are not given cheaper accommodation?” asks Jain, while adding that this is one of the reasons why maintenance is poor. The residents are hoping that DTCP will take into account the poor condition of the complex, and find a way forward, so that the residents can get better facilities and service. With the onset of summer, the residents also fear that the builder’s ‘policy’ of diverting the power from the generator installed in the complex, to residents outside, will make life more difficult for them. Jain says that the power generated in an RWA as backup can’t be sold outside, and the builder is in gross violation of government rules. “It makes our life difficult, as there is constant tripping. We want the government to take action against this practice,” says an irritated resident. The RWA says that they have finally realised that without the residents coming on the roads, and protesting in the offices of the concerned authorities, it is not possible to get justice in this City. It seems that this will be the norm in the days to come. What a Millennium life! u


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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?

Literary Flourish Mother…not new but with a different hue… Though you look tough and straight With a demeanor I would like to hate But never shall I hate you, O Mother For you listen to my musing and none other I have often felt your tender heart As you cuddled me like never to part. Still I know what puts fire in those fiery eyes It’s the desire to see me soaring to skies.

Artistic Strokes

Sometimes we go for long walks holding hands You seem to be perfect like supporting friends. At the same instance you leave me alone to be my own Testing whether I understand the worldly tone. ‘Moms’ are sweet but I would take you with a pinch of salt Nevertheless I know life minus you is just a gruesome halt. You seem to be a unique blend of sweet and sour Putting you off takes moment but reconciling an hour.

Divya, VII, Radiant Kide School

Vrinda Mangla, VI C, Ryan International School

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n Inter-House Quiz Competition ‘Explore Essence 2013', was held at the School premises. Organised by the Social Science department as part of the ISA (International School Award) scheme, under The British Council activity, the contestants were quizzed on 4 countries – Japan, UK, India and South Africa. Questions ranged from political leaders, currency and monuments, to governance and current affairs. Ganga House bagged the winning position, followed by Kaveri House.

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wo Competitions were organised for the students of Classes VII and VIII. The students were given the challenge of constructing a robot model within a stipulated time period, and had to explain the functioning and the methodology that they had adopted. The judge, Reena Manchanda. Executive President, CBS, Goldy Malhotra and the School Principal, Sangeeta Saxena gave their valuable suggestions, and were impressed by the creativity of the budding scientists.

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t was a proud moment for CBS (Primary Wing), when it successfully conducted an Inter-House ISA Activity, ‘Cook without Fire’, for Classes III-V. It was an effort to incorporate a healthy habit of eating salads, sprouts and raw fruits. The students impressed the judges with mouth-watering salads prepared from seasonal fruits, vegetables and sprouts – with the impressions of the four national flags of Russia, Thailand, Italy and America respectively. It was an enriching and entertaining activity, which was enjoyed by both the teachers and the students.

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he tiny tots participated in a Fancy Dress Competition titled 'Summer Perfect Attire'.The students used fancy sunglasses and colourful umbrellas as props, and wore bright cotton clothes. They spoke confidently about the precautions to be taken in the summer season, and posed with their props. Dr. Mouna Gupta congratulated the little ones for putting up an interesting and enriching show.

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complete Dental Check-up Camp was organised at the School premises. A team of dentists checked the oral hygiene of every student, and gave its suggestions on how to maintain a hygienic dental regimen. The team of experts successfully concluded the Camp with the message - “The key to a beautiful smile is a sparkling Team”. The Principal, Dr. Mouna Gupta, motivated the students to promote the vision of health care and wellbeing.

he School organised a Workshop on the occasion of International Fire Fighter's Day. Fire Officer I.S Kashyap guided the students of Class VII on the effects of the incorrect usage of fire. He also taught the students how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to act in case of emergencies. It was a great learning experience for the students.


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tudents of Manav Rachna International School, Sector 51, decided to make Mother’s Day special for their moms. They celebrated the day at School with their mothers in a show titled, ‘Connexion-Between you & Me’. The students welcomed the mums with special ‘mommy’ songs. A Fashion Show was held for the mothers, and was followed by exciting games. Many mothers were asked to share anecdotes from their childhood. The Show was an emotional and exhilarating experience for the kids, their mothers and the teachers.

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anav Rachna International School (MRIS), Sector 46, felicitated its academic achievers of the Session 2012-13, in a Proficiency Award Ceremony. The Ceremony was graced by Dr. O.P Bhalla (Chief Patron MRIS), R.K. Bansal (Member Managing Committee), Sunny Bansal (Exec. Director MRIS 46), Dhriti Malhotra (Principal MRIS, 46) and the proud parents of the awardees. The Ceremony included a short cultural performance by the students, followed by the Awards distribution. Around 220 students were acknowledged and appreciated for their consistent performance in scholastic and co-scholastic areas for the year gone by.

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he Class 12 students of Pathways School celebrated their Graduation Day with great enthusiasm. The students, dressed in self-designed robes, were accorded a traditional welcome ­– with a Tikka, Gana and an Angavastra. They were then felicitated for their achievements in the various aspects of school life - academic, sports, citizenship among others.Valedictorian Rhea Bose took the stage to share her special moments as a student of the School, striking an emotional chord with her classmates. A poignant film captured the many moods of the graduating class, as they handed lit ‘diyas’ to Grade 11 students, symbolising the passing of the baton.

elhi Public School, Sushant Lok, was selected for the first round of the Cyber Safety campaign, organised by The Internet and Mobile Association of India and Cyber Cell, Gurgaon Police. As part of this campaign, Rakshit Tandon, Cyber Crime Consultant, conducted two sessions on “Cyber Crime Awareness” for the students of the Senior and Middle School. He spoke about the rapid growth of the Internet and computer technology over the past few years, leading to the growth (in new forms) of Cyber Crime. The Session included various anecdotes and audio-visual demonstrations, educating the students about cyber-related crimes, and how some people become victims of such practices. Issues relating to morphing, pornography, hacking and MMS scandals were also addressed. Principal Dr. Ruchi Seth said, “It is very important to educate and create awareness on Cyber Crime among the students, since most of the kids today use computers extensively. It is our responsibility to impart knowledge about the hazards of technology, in order to make them more secure and safe in today’s virtual world.

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yra was eagerly waiting for her mother’s call on her twentieth birthday. Her mother was always the first one to wish her. Myra’s mother, Emily, was blind since childhood. All these years Emily’s world revolved around Myra – she had lost her husband when Myra was 2 years. She used to tell her daughter often about her father’s happiness when he was told that Myra could see the world. Myra’s father, who had also lost his vision in an accident, always wanted his child to see the beautiful world. Emily moved to her mother’s town in order to give a better life to her daughter. She worked in a blind school, to ensure Myra’s education, and to help meet her daughter’s basic needs. Though Emily could not see, she celebrated Myra’s every happy occasion. Emily could always sense Myra’s joys and fears. During her school days

A Mother Sees It All Myra had lost her favourite pencil box, and was quite upset about it. Myra did not share the news with her mother, but Emily could sense Myra’s unhappiness. Emily decided to bake Myra’s all-time favourite apple pie, to make her feel cheerful. Myra was always astonished by her mother’s instinct to read her feelings. The next day Emily got a new pencil box for Myra. Myra was surprised as always. It was now her twentieth birthday, and Myra was desperately waiting for her mother’s call. Myra was working in London, whereas Emily had chosen to stay in a semi-rural township on the outskirts of London. It was quite late when Myra received a call from her home. It was an unexpected call from her Nanny, to inform her about Emily’s worsening health. Myra took the first shuttle to her mother’s town. She was worried. On reaching she hesitantly rang the bell. Her Nanny opened the door, and hugged her tightly. She took Myra to Emily’s room. Emily was sleeping peacefully on her broken couch. Myra held her mother’s hand and asked her, “How are you?” Emily was too weak to respond to her. She grasped Myra’s hand tightly, and

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am active on Facebook. My account was set up by my eighteen year old cousin about a decade ago. At the time I did not have any friends on Facebook, so she promptly added all her friends to my list . For about two years the account remained ‘silent’, as the benefits of Facebook eluded me. I did use the internet for surfing and email. I found the games more attractive. Even as India became connected it was the young ones who got hooked early to the Net. The parents thought it necessary to provide the children with a computer, to access knowledge. These were early days, when India was just introduced to the benefit of ‘home’ computers. I know some of my friends were computer illiterate, while their kids spent hours online. They did not have a clue as to what their children were viewing on the Net. However,

today, parents are aware of the dangers, and they keep a tab on their wards. I was not surprised to receive a ‘Friend Request’ from my cousin’s son. His whole family has been added to his account. It is exciting for them to share their lives with friends and family. It will be some time before the first timers realise that their parents’ comments can prove to be embarrassing for them . Are children breaking the law with consent? A Facebook account cannot be created by a minor. They are aware, and state a wrong birth year in their profile. The new generation is being allowed to enter Facebook young. They have become very savvy. However, it is scary to think that the young are entering an unknown world without any protection. A few years ago a young teenager ventured to meet a total stranger, that she had ‘befriended’ on the Net. Luckily she took a friend along . This man was much older, and was wanting a date with a school girl. He was

tears rolled down her cheeks. Myra gently wiped the tears of her mother. Emily kissed her daughter’s hand, and whispered in her ear, ‘Happy Birthday to you, Myra.’ “The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.” Karl Lagerfeld

her daughter. Myra sat on the sofa, and began to read her mother’s letter. Tears rolled down Myra’s cheeks as she read the letter, written with immense love, “Myra, I am not keeping well. It seems life’s journey is about to end for me. You always ask me how I can feel your pain and read your feelings. Yes, I cannot see this world as I am blind, but I have the heart of a mother. A mother’s heart does not need eyes to see her child’s pain, or a mind to think logically. A mother’s heart is like a mirror that reflects her child’s true feelings to her. The warmth of your hands tells me how you feel when you fail in an exam, or when you win a basketball match. I know you are excited when you stammer or stutter, or eat too fast. I know that you always look at the sky while walking with me in the garden, and pray to God for my vision. Though you have never mentioned to me, I

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Emily asked Nanny to give Myra her birthday gift. Myra could feel her mother’s pain. After a while, Emily slept. Nanny gave an antique wooden box to Myra. There was a letter in the box that Emily had written for

aware that he was chatting with a child, and had her totally under his spell. The spell broke when she met him. Both the girls stopped ‘chatting’ for a long time. They had received a very rude shock. The security setting that Facebook has provided is a very important tool; it is important that random requests for ‘friends’ be blocked. The world is fast moving ‘virtual’. The Net is used for countless purposes. It can be for marriage, divorce or even performing a puja from a different continent. Many families whose children are overseas (to study or work) use Skype to connect and perform the Diwali Puja together. The older generation has learnt to accept the new gadget into their lives as well. They feel blessed that they can stay in touch with their wards. There is no distance separating them, they can chat daily, and be assured of their safety . However, the virtual world is a double-edged sword. I guess the types of users and their motives will direct the end result. u

know that you are the one who sends me yellow flowers on my birthday, on behalf of your father. I could not think of a better gift than this letter, on your twentieth birthday.” Myra placed the letter in the box. She went up to Emily’s room, and saw her mother sleeping. She opened the door and walked up to her. She kissed her mother on her forehead, and whispered in her ear, “I am proud to be your daughter”. “But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” Mitch Albom

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by ShahnaZ 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. My hair becomes very dry after a wash. The commercial SH

conditioners don’t suit my hair. Is there another way out? Twice a week heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water. After shampoo, take 2 drops of a light vegetable oil, like sunflower oil. Put it on your palms and rub the palms lightly together, so that the oil spreads over both palms. Smooth the palms over the hair. Or, take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. This works better on dry hair. Leave the oil on. Applying curd or egg yolk half an hour before shampoo also softens dry hair.

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S piritual

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Heart Over Mind

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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t the start, the mind and heart are in perfect sync. The unconditioned mind listens to the heart, and delights in the miracles of daily life, savours each taste, enjoys each breath, looks quite spontaneously with eyes of love, and cries in the moments of pain and compassion. The reason that we experience such bliss only rarely is that slowly our mind gets conditioned. There is great effort involved in fine tuning the heart with the mind. It is like fine tuning the strings of a musical instrument; it will not be possible to make good music if the strings are too hard or too loose. If a person listens too much to the mind, he will be unnecessarily hard on himself, because the impulses of the mind come from a place beyond our conscious control; as long as the mind is alive, controls and cravings of one sort or another will arise. Being in the field of care giving for special persons, I come across people who have very good minds but cannot respond to compas-

sion – for which they need a bigger heart or, probably, need their heart to attain control over their mind. A well-tuned heart and mind increases our capacity for compassion and understanding. If we go with our heart, it will work like a compass, and navigate us through our journey. It is through our heart that we can change our conditioned behaviour. The power of the mind should not be over-estimated, and the warmth of the heart should not be underestimated. The mind is like a clock, ticking every second and reminding us to remain in control; while the heart is like a saint sitting in the lap of nature, spreading warmth and glow. Physiologically, the heart has a complex, sophisticated intrinsic nervous system, and is also called ‘a little mind’ in its own right. The ‘heart’s brain’ is an intricate network of several types of neurons and neurotransmitters, similar to those found in our brain. Its elabo-

rate circuitry enables it to act independently of the brain – to learn, remember... and even feel and sense. The heart is considered the source of emotions, passion and wisdom. We experience the feeling or sensation of love, kindness, compassion and other emotional states in the area of the heart. When we first notice something, there is a fleeting moment of pure awareness, before the thinking mind jumps in. It is a moment that is non-verbal, pre-verbal; it has no thought in it; it is a moment of great clarity. What is noticed is not yet ‘recognised’, but is simply part of the whole flow of

Fail, Don’t Fear { Savita Bawa }

“What power life’s setbacks have to teach us about ourselves! Those who learn from their mistakes can come back stronger than ever.” – Carole Hyatt Most of us have probably failed sometime in our lives. It is easy to preach that we must embrace failure with as much ease as success, but the reality is that failure is a bitter experience. It is difficult to digest and accept defeat. Any body who strives to be successful cannot avoid failure. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote The fear of failure always lurks in the heads of those who are ambitious and determined. And the only way to evade it is to remain fixed in our resolve. We must learn to accept failure, and use it not as a stumbling block but as a stepping stone to success. It is an individual’s outlook towards failure that makes all the difference. To fail in an attempt is not the end of life; instead, to learn from the failure and rise again with greater zeal, strength and determination is the key to success. Introspection of what went wrong, and how to correct it, is of paramount importance. There could be varied reasons for failure. The first reason could be lack of social skills. Some have great academic intelligence but lack social intelligence- the ability to be a good listener, to be sensitive to others, to give and take criticism well. That is why there is emphasis today on development of life skills.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill Another reason can be that sometimes we are not ready for that test or situation. Our basic temperament, ability, interest and personality is not in tune with the demands of the work or situation. We are misfits. However, we are not ready to compromise with our value system, or our ethics clash with the work culture. This results in failure. The third important reason is an absence of commitment. When we venture to undertake an assignment we must be committed. The entire effort should be on its successful completion, and not on wasting time and energy brooding on the hindrances that come our way. Nothing happens automatically. We take decisions, and remain resolute till the goal is achieved. Another reason can be ‘too scattered, no focus’! Multi-tasking sometimes results in our not being able to do anything perfectly. Everybody does not have the skill and ability to do justice to a variety of assignments simultaneously. We must therefore know our limitations, prioritise and organise our ventures well in Committing mistakes is not exceptional; and admitting mistakes, and not repeating them, requires inner strength and courage. We can move on gracefully if we have learnt the lesson and taken our share of the blame. We must confront failure head on. When we do not give the credit of our success to others, we have no right to blame others for our failure.

the process of life. Perception then fixates on ‘the thing’, puts boundaries around it and labels it. When we see something that ‘strikes’ our heart, the reflex-response is instant, and the thinking mind jumps in more spontaneously and responds to the heart-felt feeling. When we feel love, the mind instantly acknowledges it – ‘our heart goes out for somebody’. In such moments the heart is the navigator. The proper synchronisation of the heart with the mind provides us a sense of peace – in every experience of our life. The mind is used to wandering, keeping itself busy with planning, hoping, fantasising, fearing, complaining and judging. It does not even know that something might lie outside of its limited scope. The main effort is in bringing the mind back (when it wanders), to make it aware of what is happening at the moment. To be with the thought coming to the mind, to be with an emotion erupt-

advance, so that we do not have to cut a sorry figure at the eleventh hour. There is nothing wrong in doing one thing at a time, rather than messing up later! It is equally imperative to know how to handle failure. We should have a firm belief, in self and remember that success is not final and failure is not fatal. Persistence, diligence, devotion and dedication to work should never be considered a sacrifice, but a justification of our being in the world. Support of family and friends is vital in overcoming the gloomy phase. Our family is the base camp in the adventure of life; we go back there time and again to replenish our resources, and gather the courage to continue in the race of life. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”– H.G. Wells As adults it is our responsibility to help children and the young admit to failure, and not become too obsessed with success. We should reinforce what Jason Mraz said:  You’re not obligated to win, you’re obligated to keep trying – to the best you can do everyday.”  The fundamental principle - ‘Do your best and forget the rest’, must be reiterated regularly. Children should be trained to take failure in their stride. They should be prepared to face an unfavourable result some time in their life. After all, man can only propose – it is God only who disposes. Learning from failure makes it a special experience. In the words of Harold Blake Walker, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker; failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end…..’’ PGT English Kendriya Vidyalaya, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi

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ing from the heart, to be with sensations, thoughts, the whole spectrum of experience, seeing it clearly and dispassionately – such co-ordination is not easy. A lot of energy is expended to just get out of the pull of habit – a kind of gravitational pull of the mind. When there is a perfect fusion of the heart and mind, we do not hold on so much, and make fewer demands on our existence. We begin to relax, and ease more into the flow of things. We can delight in the good things of life when they are present, and accept change without protest when they end. The heart opens wider. It is in the deep understanding of the suffering by the heart, that compassion comes to full bloom. For when the heart and mind no longer hold on to anything, life is fully open. There is no self-centeredness and hence no separation. Love then is boundless, and ceaselessly responsive.u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.

A Mother’s Prayer I Could not reach a bank street I had no time to spare I invest in you my darlings And hope for dividends fair. You are my sailing treasure ships In whom I launch my hopes For I know my small investments Will grow & grow & grow! I strive with drive unflinching to gift you happy days. I watch the whispers of your heart. Manifest in many ways. I build you for tomorrow And strengthen you with care Be fearless & with honour Face life tumultuous ways Go claim you ‘self successes’ And victories in every sphere May fame & fortune be yours So be a Mother’s Prayer!! Shobha Lidder, Writer journalist, Teacher Trainer, social activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer


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Mock Justice ­– We Need Closure  Contd from p 1

Why could not the police and judiciary work on this better together? What is the learning from all the past failed attempts at quicker justice? How have other Fast Track Courts been able to deliver justice within weeks? What new law are we talking of, and what change, when the seemingly most open and shut case drags on for months– despite hundreds of policemen and lawyers (including the seniormost) being involved in the investigation and trial? And where the victim herself gave a detailed recorded statement on December 21, even as she was battling for her life! She fought for her life for 2 weeks almost. She was brave – she knew no fear – she was Nirbhaya. She bit 3 of her attackers – which also has been very helpful as evidence. What change of mindset or law is it when the most brutal of the men, a minor, is let off? He

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

The police did show that they can apprehend a criminal very fast, if they want to. The bus and culprits were located and rounded up within 24 hours.

allegedly sexually assaulted Nirbhaya twice, and finally ripped out her intestines with his bare hands. He was 17 and a half, and has been put in a reform house - and will be free on June 4, 2013 ! What mockery ! The public has responded well, have wanted to believe that things are changing. Many more rape cases are being reported, and more culprits are being identified and apprehended - and faster too. Yet, if the punishment is delayed, or is weak, we will end up worse than before. The public should not have to come out on the streets again, for the delay in justice; or worse, the seeming ‘injustice’, by way of poor investigation or ‘loopholes’. We should not expect a ‘normal’ reaction. There is clearly going to be a clamour for the harshest punishment. The perpetrators have committed one of the most heinous crimes, and that too against a woman. Round two of

the ‘Nirbhaya movement’ may well be played out in the coming months. The frustration and anger then would be hard to tackle or bottle up. Simultaneously, the little renewed confidence in the police and courts will nosedive. The victims will again be afraid to file cases, and the criminals will feel emboldened. It may Have Nirbhaya’s parents got the Rs 20 lakhs from the UP govt.? Has the Delhi govt. given the Rs 15 lakhs, and a job, as promised? The US has conferred the 2013 International Women of Courage Award to Nirbhaya.

well lead to a vigilante movement – of citizens finally taking the law in their hands. The Rape Capital tag would return - ominously. Quick investigation, prosecution and trial, and exemplary punishment was the need of the hour. Delayed Justice has become the delivery of the year. Do we expect that any vile person would feel fear when he sees that the most brutal rapists and murderers have not yet been handed justice – after months? As it is, other criminals and victims would expect slower trials and lesser punishment than in the Nirbhaya case. In Gurgaon, the ‘BMW’ case has now completed one year – and yet there is no conviction. In fact, the prime accused is still at large – and may even go scot-free! A woman and a man (driver) died, the woman’s mother is still bed-ridden, and the woman’s husband spent months in a hospital battling life.

We have castigated the police enough; the courts, the judges need to be as accountable now – for justice, quick and exemplary, to be delivered to Nirbhaya. We today mock most of our institutions. We cannot afford to make a mockery of Justice. u


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10-16 May 2013

{ Jaspal Bajwa }

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uring a brutal summer day, as the mercury soars, the sight of a tall chilled drink is like an oasis to a parched eye. Amongst the plethora of options, there is one ‘plain white’ drink that stands quite apart. This is none other than the humble ‘Masala Chaas’ or ‘Lassi’ (salted and spiced buttermilk). Striking in its simplicity, this summer drink is an elegant answer to the blistering heat of the hot arid summers. As a drink-of-choice, it helps very naturally replenish the salts in our body. Called by various names, buttermilk has a long ‘drinking’ tradition in many parts of the world, especially in the countries along the Silk Route. In Turkey it is called ‘Ayran’, and its status as a major beverage is reflected by the fact that it is featured in the menus of global fast food chains operating there. In most countries stretching from Eastern Europe through to Central Asia and South Asia, it is still common to see buttermilk being served to visitors in the rural areas. As it is made from yoghurt, butter milk is full of nature’s goodness … especially since it is loaded with probiotic bacteria. The digestion-friendly bacteria in buttermilk do an excellent job of boosting the digestive system, building our immunity level and keeping the body cool. These live micro-organisms can survive the passage through the stomach, and become active in the intestines, where a mix of bacteria resides in the large intestine. The balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria is extremely important, and probiotics are of im-

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Masala Mix mense help in this quest. Buttermilk is easy to digest, and has an astringent and sour taste. In Ayurveda, it is considered useful in the treatment of inflammation, digestive disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, lack of appetite, spleen disorders and anaemia. Some traditional Ayurveda practitioners would tend to club it with yoghurt as a heating food. However, an equally valid view argues that the low-fat nature of buttermilk, especially when added with loads of water and a dash of salt and spices, changes the entire character of the drink – to make it a cooling beverage. Most users of yoghurt and buttermilk affirm that these foods can be enjoyed in any season.

Tip of the Week

Buttermilk can also be used to make a great cold soup, or act as a base for low-fat salad dressings. Recipes for biscuits, pancakes and cornbread often show it as an ingredient. Anyone fond of experimenting can substitute buttermilk for both yogurt and regular milk in recipes.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: ‘Chhaas’ , ‘ ‘Ayran’ ,

Ease The Pause { Alka Gurha }

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ost women dread the coming of menopause, although it affects each of them in different ways. Perimenopause is the period (2-8 years) before the final cessation of the menstrual cycle. During this period, the ovaries slow down the manufacture of estrogen and progesterone. Some women are lucky and experience just mild symptoms; others suffer from hot flushes, sweating, insomnia, anxiety, muscle pain and fatigue. The longterm consequences of menopause can include a decline in libido, osteoporosis and heart disease. During menopause, our food habits become erratic. While many women associate menopause with weight gain, we actually need fewer calories as we grow old. It is hormonal changes that shift our body composition in such a manner that any weight gain tends to accumulate on our

abdomens. Fortunately we can ease the problems associated with hormonal changes and a sluggish metabolism (starting in our mid-forties), with the help of diets and food products.

Hot Flushes

You should avoid stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate and spicy foods—especially at night— as they are notorious for setting off hot flushes. Do increase your intake of phyto-estrogens, by consuming soya milk and soya flour, linseeds, tofu, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, celery and beans. Consult your doctor before taking phytoestrogen tablets.

Weight Gain and Fatigue

Perimenopause can be stressful for a woman, and its effects can be weakening. You should avoid snacking on sugary

foods – they lead to weight gain and fatigue. Opt for fresh fruit, salads or nuts. Colourful fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre – which also help in maintaining your weight.

Itchy Dry Skin

An itching sensation usually occurs on the elbows, the forehead, nose and chin; itchiness is likely to spread rapidly through the body, and may leave rashes, or result in a prickly or tingly feeling. Try

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‘Laban’, ‘Doogh’ or Salted Lassi

In the past, buttermilk was simply the liquid left over after churning butter from cream – hence its name. In modern times, it is fermented from milk using bacterial cultures. Not only is the drink beneficial as a digestive, it is also good and healthy for hair and skin. Like milk, buttermilk is a good source of calcium. One cup of low-fat buttermilk offers 284 mg of calcium, or about 28 percent of the daily calcium requirements. Furthermore, in addition to 8 gm of protein, it is also a good source of B Complex Vitamins (especially Riboflavin & B12) potassium, phosphorus and zinc. With just 4 grams of fat, it has less than a quarter of the fat than a similar quantity of milk. ‘Masala Chaas’ is a drink that can be had during the day, or with food as well. It is simple to make and the ingredients used are easily available. Normally, Masala Chaas contains live yogurt (curd) that is churned with lots of water, into a thin buttermilk. Spices that go into Chaas are excellent digestive, carminative herbs, which have a cooling, diuretic effect – helping to balance the fluids in our body. The most common ingredients are rock salt, powdered cumin seeds, black pepper and coriander seeds. Grated ginger, asafoetida (hing) and green chillies can be added to taste. As a final touch, a sprig of mint leaves never fails to make an impact on this cooling digestive – an all-time summer favourite. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

eating more nuts and seeds— such as pumpkin, sunflower and almonds—which contain Vitamin E, zinc and calcium. The nutrients and the oils in nuts and seeds could help prevent dry skin.

Depression and anxiety

Many women report increased feelings of depression and anxiety during menopause. Not getting enough B Vitamins and Omega-3s may contribute to this feeling. Whole, unprocessed foods like lean meat and poultry, liver, whole grains and lentils are all rich in B Vitamins. Increase the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids by consuming more fish (salmon, tuna) and flaxseeds. You should eat enough protein foods that contain the amino acid, tryptophan - like oats and legumes. Tryptophan helps manufacture the neurotransmitter serotonin, which aids in balancing your moods, and in controlling sleep and appetite. Other useful ways to help you feel less irritable are to make sure you eat breakfast and do not miss any meals; this leads to your blood sugar levels being more balanced

through the day.

Bone health

Women going through menopause should increase their intake of calcium, magnesium and Vitamins D and K, to maintain the structural integrity of the skeleton. A high dose of phosphorous (found in red meat and fizzy drinks) should be avoided; it accelerates the loss of minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the bones. You should opt for more alkaline foods, such as vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and yoghurt, which help prevent calcium reserves being leached from the bones. Vitamin D, a fatsoluble vitamin, is important for calcium absorption. It is produced endogenously, when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger Vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D has an important role in maintaining your bone strength. It is largely found in dairy products, liver, eggs, fish and sardines. However, diet alone cannot provide adequate amounts of Vitamin D - sunlight exposure is the only reliable way of generating it. u


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he timeless saree has been a favourite of generations in India. It is considered a most sensuous, stylish and sophisticated attire. This classic attire is now gaining international acclaim. An unstitched, six yard rectangle piece of sheer and flowing fabric, available in vivid colours, and embellished with the most intricate embroidery or print, the saree comes in many mesmerising avatars. Such wide-ranging variety makes it suitable for all occasions – from weddings, formal functions, official meetings and social get-togethers, to home-wear. A saree is actually a threepiece attire. The petticoat and blouse need to be chosen carefully to complement it. The petticoat colour should normally match the base saree colour; and no part of the petticoat should be visible outside the saree. A blouse should be a tight-fit, and can be short-sleeved or sleeveless, and cut as per a variety of necklines. The blouse ends just below the bust. You can wear an embellished blouse, and 'expose' it a bit, for a more attractive look. A saree, properly draped, transforms a woman – she becomes graceful, stylish, elegant and sensuous. Did you ever imagine that you can wear one piece of cloth in about 100 different ways? Since the saree is worn on different occasions, there are a number of saree draping styles. At office, it is advisable to pin up your saree – it looks smart and is more manageable. For parties, you can create your own style; drape the saree long, so that only the tips of your toes show.

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The Timeless Drape

Think of a saree as you would an evening gown. When buying a saree, keep your weight, height, and skin complexion in mind. The fabric and design should be such that it always compliments you and your body. For women who have apple-structured figures, silk sarees with sequences, embroideries and bead work look awesome; for pearshaped women, chiffon sarees give a magnificent look; for women with leaner structures, the cotton, thick silk and Kanjeevaram silk sarees work wonders – as they make them look balanced. Accessories play a great

role in enhancing the look of a saree. The height of your heels is important, for determining where the bottom of the saree should reach. The shoes should be elegant – like golden sandals. Accessorise more with simple or plain sarees, and less with sarees that are heavier and fancier. Try wearing bangles with your saree, to take attention away from your bare arms. Put on a 'bindi' to complete the look.

Saree Etiquette

n It's better to have a 'tight' petticoat. With a loose petticoat, your saree will start sagging, and the pleats will come out.

n  The petticoat should never be visible from under the saree, when you stand. n  Make sure that your pleats are clean and deep. Uneven pleats give an awkward appearance. n  A starched cotton or tissue saree is for the pros, as it can get crushed easily. So is any slinky, hard-to-drape material. n  Make sure to pin your saree to your blouse. n When bringing the 'pallu' over your shoulder, make sure it falls above your knee – or you may trip. n Make sure that the 'fall' is on the inside, near your feet.

All sarees do not suit every one. n  For fat women:
Georgette, crepe and chiffon sarees will suit you; as also thick sarees, like Mysore Silk, or stiff sarees, such as starched cotton ones. Organza, tissue, cotton sarees make you look more fat. n  For slim women: 
Try using brocade, tissue, heavy silk, tussar Banarsi or embroidered cotton sarees. n  For short women :
Short women should stick to smallbordered or non-bordered sarees. Also, avoid big prints. n  For tall women:
You can choose big flower printed or big prints sarees, as also those with high borders. Width-bordered Kanjeevaram sarees, with beautiful munthani, will be awesome for you. Sarees can be draped in various styles – like Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Maharashtrian. The common struggle is with pleats and the 'palla'. The hands get tired while making the pleats, and often one has to do the process several times. u (Founder of imagepanoroma and Certified Image Consultant)

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It is breathtaking to see 14-year-old Gurpreet standing and then kneeling on a horse. A resident of DLF Phase II, she has been learning horse riding for the last two years. She loves gymnastics too. Last summer she decided to practise both the sports simultaneously, and took up the hobby of Equestrian Vaulting - a sport that combines dance and gymnastics on a moving horse. While recalling her first experience at Vaulting, Gurpreet says, “Standing on a moving horse, at a height of about

1.5m from the ground, is scary. But I love it because it is so different from other sports. Moreover, when I started taking vaulting classes, I realised that these tricks are practiced in a very controlled and safe environment.” Gurpreet can carry out all the gymnastic tricks – tumbles, flips, cartwheels, and twists - on horseback. She complements her Vaulting training with regular dance and stretching exercise classes. Her trainer, Sarah, who hails from Russia, feels that there is great scope for such a sport in India. “If you study Indian history and mythology, you know that people in this country have loved horses – and still love them. The people love dance too, as every region has its own dance form. I therefore see a huge potential for such sport in India. Besides, the parents, especially in this Millennium City, want their kids to learn something different. There is no sport as unique as Vaulting!” says Sarah. Amazingly, this terrific sport can be taken by pre-schoolers too! Shweta, a mother of a six-year-old boy says, “We spent four years in Spain, and my son had started learning Equestrian Vaulting from the age of three. I am glad that the City also offers this now.” One doesn’t need to be a horse rider to learn Vaulting. “Vaulting will automatically improve your riding skills,” Sarah informs. Factors like the right kind of horses, and an experienced and trained longeur (trainer), contribute to the safety of this sport. Vaulters are taught to condition their bodies with stretching and strengthening exercises, and are also taught safe mounts and dismounts at all levels. The moves are first learned on a stationary apparatus, before they are performed on horseback. Interestingly, one can learn the basics in just 10 days, and start practising vaulting in 15-20 days. “Most people think that to master such sports one has to spend years. However, it can easily be taken as a hobby during the summer vacations. Of course perfection comes with time,” says a coordinator. The sport of Equestrian Vaulting helps children learn coordination, balance, strength and

A Summer Of Joy creativity, while working in harmony with the horse. There has been a worldwide appeal to include the sport in the Olympics.

Improve Handwriting

Writing (with the hand) strengthens our learning process. When typing on a keyboard, this process may be impaired. Summer vacations are a goodtime to introduce your children to the fun and benefits of handwriting. “When a child writes with his/her hand, the brain receives feedback from the motor actions, alongwith the sensation of touching a pencil and paper. This kind of feedback is significantly different from what they receive when they touch and type on a keyboard,” says a neurophysiologist, Dr. Abhishek Prakash, who has introduced unique font-writing classes and handwriting improvement classes in the country. Teena, a resident of Sector 14, wants to enrol her daughter in The Handwriting Improvement classes, as she feels that bad handwriting can affect the scores of her daughter in the Board exams. “Disjointed and bad handwriting, besides being difficult to understand, also undermines all the efforts taken to make a good impression. It is difficult to change one’s handwriting after one grows up. Thus, we are offering this course during the Summer vaca-

tions,” says Dr. Abhishek. He further informs that the course also helps children write at the right speed, so that they can perform better in their exams. The children’s handwriting is first evaluated on various criteria – slant, size, shape, joining, spacing, letter, line and word, uniformity, and linearity. Then, they are given lessons on the correct shape of letters, principles of joining, formation of words, and the rules of spacing. A mix of italics and cursive writing is later taught to them. “Unfortunately, the education system in our country doesn’t focus on handwriting at all. In 20 years of my teaching experience, I have come across less than three per cent students who form letters correctly,” says Dr. Abhishek. He also focuses on removing unwanted features from cursive writing, that also help improve one’s speed of writing. “The strokes are longer in cursive writing, and thus time-consuming. Similarly, in italics, time is taken to lift and write while joining, as strokes are shorter. So we don’t follow traditional lessons. We have designed our lessons in such a way that children can improve handwriting without affecting their writing speed,” explains Dr. Sushma, a teacher at the Centre.

In a one-month course, the first 10 days are utilised to train children to correct their bad writing. The remaining 20 days are used to hone their handwriting skills. Presently, the Handwriting Improvement programme is imparted in English and Hindi.

Cooking with Physics

“Cooking is an experimental science,” says Neha Bhandari, cofounder of The Discovery Lab. She believes that science can be excellently taught through cooking. 8-year-old Suman explains the point by conveying the concept of thermal diffusion through potatoes. She says, “A potato placed in boiling water will be cooked slowly, at a

rate in accordance with the principles of thermal diffusion. Thus, the width of the cooked region within a potato increases in proportion to the square root of the cooking time.” According to Neha, the most important aspect of blending science and cooking is that it makes science lessons really interesting. Last year more than 80 children joined these classes. The children take their experiments (recipes) home, and talk about them while eating the food over a family dinner. “It helps children remember the ingredients and the process of the experiment. We also teach them about the nutritional value of different food items to inculcate good eating habits” says Surekha, a teacher.

Radio Jockeying

In the US, more than 30 per cent of children opt for TV Production and Radio Jockeying courses before the age of 15 years. But in India the concept is still little heard of. According to Jayshree Sethi of Story Ghar, children can very well perform most of the jobs in the area of TV production and Radio Jockeying. “TV and Radio Production involve an understanding of simple machines and consoles. Children

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can understand them better than adults, since their minds are fresh. Also, today the children are extremely creative and confident, which is another advantage,” she says. The Workshop is fun-filled and highly interactive, and helps build the confidence and the overall personality of a child. Apart from voice modulation and correct speech and diction, the Workshop focuses on public speaking, anchoring techniques, singing for radio and TV jingles, on camera presentations and general awareness. It also includes a photo-shoot for a Kids’ Portfolio, and a few games for confidence building. Sakshi Mittal, a resident of Sector 57, says, “Be it TV or Radio stations, the media wants to reach out to kids. Last year my daughter hosted a show on Radio City. It was a hit with both the young and the old.”

Dance with Saroj Khan

Any Body Can Dance! Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan strongly believes in this ABCD Philosophy. She is therefore coming up with a Dance Workshop for children in North India. Organised by Emmanuel Global Consultancies (EGC), the Workshop is being promoted as North India’s biggest summer camp in 2013. Saroj Khan, along with her team, will be providing a large spectrum of classes, in convenient venues, for the most popular dance styles - for all age groups. The workshop brings together various dance styles - such as Salsa, Hip Hop, Jiving, Folk Dances of India, Kathak, Bharat Natyam, and Bollywood. The Camp is taking place

at leading schools - Chiranjiv Bharti, Delhi Public School and Shikshantar, to name a few. While classes will be taken by Saroj Khan’s Instructors and her team of professionally trained choreographers, children will get an opportunity to learn a few moves from Saroj Khan too - at the beginning of the Camp, and at the end. Interestingly, the children from all socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the Workshop. “We have worked out an affordable fee structure for those who belong to the economically weaker sections of the society,” informs Johnson. The Camp will culminate with a stage show, where select children will get a chance to perform in front of some celebrities of Bollywood. Each group will be part of a (group) photo with Saroj Ma’am, as a remembrance. While the aim of these Summer Camps/Workshops is to keep children engaged in various developmental activities, they also serve as great learning experiences - and an opportunity to make new friends. Besides, they mainly focus on non-competitive, team-based fun activities, which help children build their self-confidence. u


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here are eight cardinal directions in Vaastu, which have a significant influence on our lives. It is therefore recommended that our homes should have the proper placement of doors, balconies and windows – to ensure an ecological balance within. Investing in the right Vaastu values helps maintain a positive flow of energy into our homes. Vaastu Shastra prescribes a plan called the Vaastu Purusha Mandala , in which each room, depending on its function, is located in a specific cardinal direction. Here are a few basic guidelines:

The North East

Eshanya is the direction of the first rays of the morning Sun, and is suitable for an open space, a water source and the puja room. The scientific reason is that the pre-dawn (3am to 6am) rays of the Sun, coming from the North-Eastern part of the house, are ideal for yoga, meditation and prayer. Since the North-East corner gets constant sunlight through the day (from the North), and the morning sunlight (from the East), it is preferable to have lots of open space in this area, to allow unobstructed sunlight into the home. In addition, because of the available open space and the Sun’s germicidal UV rays, the water source can be located here.

East

In mythology, Purab is ruled by the Sun God, Surya, and Vaastu experts believe that this is the ideal direction for the main doors, windows and bathrooms. The scientific reason is that the time of the rising Sun (between 6am and 7.30am) is the right time for bathing and morning ablutions - and so this is the ideal position for bathrooms. Since the rising Sun also represents the essence of all beginnings, the

Homing In With Vaastu North-West Vaayavya

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3pm – Vishranti – when the Sun is in the South West, is ideal for rest. Therefore this is the best position for the master bedroom. However, the South-West area tends to get quite heated by the sunlight reflected from the West, and so it is advisable to have a library or wardrobes on the West wall of the room - to also reduce the intensity of the vibrations.

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main door in its direction (East) is a sign of veneration to the Sun. Having many openings in the East will ensure that the UV rays of the morning sunlight can engulf the interior of the home, and cleanse the same of any negative energy.

South East

Aagneya direction of the fire or the Agni area, and is best suited for the kitchen. The scientific logic is that the time when the Sun is in the South-East (from 7.30am to 9am) is the suitable time for preparing and cooking food. The germicidal UV rays of the Sun would help keep the kitchen counter free from germs.

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ate 1971, returning by car from Kashmir, my wife insisted that we visit the Vaishno Devi Shrine. We cut short a lovely halt at Udhampur and headed for Katra. An hour’s drive through winding roads and we were at the picturesque Katra tourist bungalow, run by the J& K Tourism department. Katra Bazar was an interesting blend of a typical hill station market and the famous narrow streets of ‘old’ Delhi. Small shops offered sequined dresses in gold and silver, tinsel ornaments, framed pictures of the Goddess in her various manifestations – and all kind of souvenirs with the ‘Mother’s’ image, for those back home. Other shops offered mouth watering sweets and delicious, piping hot vegetarian food. Canvas shoes and walking sticks were available on rent. The entireBazar had a festive look. The busy shopkeepers were very humble, and all the business was done in the name of the Goddess. There was little bargaining; most prices were fixed, except when you wanted to hire a “pithoo” – a young urchin to carry your hand luggage or your child, on his back. You also had the option of hiring a pony if the child was bigger, or for an old person. The climb was to begin at five the next morning; the daunting 14 kms walk made us nervous. We rose at four, quickly bathed and walked to the starting point. The ‘pithoo’ took charge of our two-year old. There was already a big crowd. Everyone had to register, and tokens were issued. Ours were S173 and S174; a 1000

South-East Aagneya

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Dakshin is the direction of ‘Yama’, and is suitable for offices, children’s rooms and the storeroom. The optimum time to work (between 9am and noon) is when the Sun is in the South. By noon the intensity of the heat from the Sun is high, and so the South is also the ideal location for a storeroom, which needs to be moisture-proof.

South West

Nairuthya is the direction of Pitru (the ancestors), and is suitable for the master bedroom, wardrobes and a library. The period between noon and

A Matter of Faith tokens against each alphabet. As the climb started, our ‘pithoo’ decided to take a short cut. We had been assured that these boys were totally trustworthy, yet we sent our driver with him. Our child was happy, perched on the shoulders of the young boy, who was literally running up the slopes. Even at that time there were people returning from the pilgrimage. They must have started from the shrine at midnight. Everyone greeted you with the familiar words ‘Jai Mata Di’ (Glory to the Mother). Initially we did not respond to ‘strangers’. Within minutes, however, the all-pervasive charm took over, and we found ourselves greeting everyone with enthusiasm. It somehow made you forget the panting and heavy breathing. There were so many others around us – the old, infirm, those carrying luggage – and yet they were all rushing ahead. There seemed to be an invisible force pulling us towards the shrine. We made it to the top around noon, and waited for an hour for the ‘pithoo’ and the driver to arrive with our son. When there was no sign of them even two hours later, we began to panic. The Sikh police officer was helpful. At the outset he assured us that there was absolutely no need to worry. Then he made calls to the checkpoints on the way, and sure enough they were located – waiting for us at the half-way point. It

Paschim is governed by the water God, Varuna. It is the best direction for locating the toilets, bedrooms and storeroom. The rays of the Sun are in the West zone between 3pm and 6pm, and this is considered the best time for children to study. The West area gets heated more than the other directions because of the afternoon rays, and the reflection of the Sun’s infrared rays from the ground. Therefore, sparingly used rooms, like toilets and storerooms, can be placed here. They will serve as a buffer, and prevent the rest of the house from getting heated. These rooms will also remain dry and hygienic, due to the heat.

North West

Vaayavya is the direction of the Wind God Vaayu, and is most suitable for placing the dining room, toilets and garages. After 6pm is the time to eat, relax and go to bed. This is when the Sun, though not visible always, is in the North-West.

North

This is the direction of Uttar, the god of Wealth, and hence it is ideal for the living room, and open spaces like halls and verandas. Light is fairly unobstructed in this direction, and can permeate the household. The main entrance can be constructed here, as it can then be easily accessed from the open spaces.u Author, Tarot Reader

was an incredible feat to locate a porter and an urchin in a crowd of thousands – and that too without knowing their names. They finally joined us around 5 pm. All others who had come with us had by then found rooms for the night, and also collected their blankets. We had done neither. The police inspector told us that there were 7,000 people at the shrine, and our turn would come after spending two nights there. My initial reaction was to go back. Everyone around said, “to come up all the way and return without ‘darshan’ (audience) was indeed sacrilege”. My wife was in tears. This brought forth many volunteers willing to give us their tokens, which would get us the privilege of ‘darshan’ the same evening. Our tokens were quietly exchanged for M431 and M432, belonging to two youngsters. I masqueraded as Ram Lal from Meerut, and we got ‘darshan’ around 7 pm – the time for the evening Prayer. A Muslim official on duty then gave us his room and blankets, and we slept contentedly, blessed by the great force that is Mata Vaishno Devi. The strength of faith in her is unbelievable. There are numerous stories about sinners meeting with accidents, and non-believers not getting ‘darshan’. Also, about thousands having their wishes fulfilled. People are willing to spend several uncomfortable nights in the biting cold, to just get a darshan. Many devotees come repeatedly. One wonders why the same intensity is not found in our national effort on other fronts. u


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ot even a head of state can expect this kind of reception. When two heavy suitcases with the remains of “Lucy” were brought to the National Museum in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), there was no holding back the emotions of onlookers – even journalists. The 3.2-million-year-old fossil, of a female hominid, had been on tour throughout the United States for the past five years. Now Lucy is back in her African homeland. A woman wearing traditional African garb even offered a red rose to welcome Lucy’s return. “There was a feeling of emptiness in Ethiopia while she was away,” said Anthropology Professor Berhane Asfaw, who has been researching human evolution for the past 30 years. “Lucy is an icon for all the people in the country.” US Palaeoanthropologist Donald Johanson, who made the discovery of the bones in the Afar Triangle in 1974,

“Lucy” Comes Home then? “We assume that Lucy lived in forest areas and was a vegetarian,” Johanson said. She might have also eaten crocodile and bird eggs, he said, “and she lived more of a nomadic life, sleeping in nests up in the trees, as protection against wild animals.” In her Ethiopian homeland, Lucy is called “dinknesh,” which means ‘the wondrous one’. The find was the first proof that our human predecessors could already walk upright 3.2 million years ago. Although some humanlike bones have been found dating back 6 million years, Lucy has become synonymous with the origin of the human species. Ethiopia is often mentioned in the same breath as drought and starvation. Its people have long been trying to throw off this negative image; now they are proud that, thanks to Lucy, the country is also dubbed as

also did not pass up the opportunity to take part in the welcoming ceremonies. “Lucy has a message that overcomes all cultural barriers,” Johanson said. “She is proof that the 7 billion people in the world have the same origin, and that basically speaking we are all Africans.” But this alone does not fully explain the worldwide fascination for the skeleton of the “Australopithecus afarensis,” a primate closely related to the Homo genus – that includes modern-day human beings. Johanson said he believes people see more than just a fossil in Lucy. “She is like a person with whom they can identify,” he said. Lucy got her name instantly: on the November night when Johanson’s team discovered the bones, the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, was playing. And what was everyday life like for human-like species back

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irgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two, the first craft ever built to take tourists into space, completed its maiden rocketpowered flight early this week, and could head into space by the end of next year, the Company said.     The 10-minute flight saw SpaceShip Two break the sound barrier to reach a speed of Mach 1.2. “The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt our single most important flight test to date,” Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson said. “Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end.”

The spacecraft is designed for sub-orbital space flight, with a crew of two plus six paying passengers, who will experience zero gravity, and be able to see Earth from the blackness of space. SpaceShip Two was launched from its massive carrier aircraft, from a height of 47,000 feet, and fired its engines for 16 seconds before gliding to a landing at Virgin Galactic’s base in the Mojave Desert in southern California. The Company has accepted more than 70 million dollars in deposits from approximately 580 potential passengers, about 10 per cent more than the number of people who have ever gone to space. According to The Wall Street Journal, Virgin Galactic has invested more than 350 million dollars in the project so far. u

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he cost of a ride to the International Space Station just shot up like a rocket. NASA will pay 70.7 million dollars to Russia for each astronaut that Moscow’s space agency ferries into orbit in 2016 and 2017, the US space agency said. NASA and Roscomos have signed a 424-milliondollar agreement to take six US astronauts aloft for a long-term mission aboard the ISS. The deal would cover all training, launch preparation, flight operation, landing – and if needed, rescue efforts. The previous agreement had set the price at 62.7 million dollars per seat, through 2015. The US has been reliant on the Russian Soyuz craft to take its astronauts into orbit, since the retirement of its space shuttle fleet in 2011. The US is supporting the development of commercial spacecraft that have so far delivered cargo to the ISS, but are not yet ready to carry crew. “While our Russian counterparts have been good partners, it is unacceptable that we don’t currently have an American capability to launch our own astronauts,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “If NASA had received (President Barack Obama’s) requested funding for this plan, we would not have been forced to recently sign a new contract with Roscosmos for Soyuz transportation flights,” he wrote on a NASA  blog. “Because the funding for the President’s

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the “cradle of humanity.” “There was a huge uproar when she was sent to the United States in 2007,” Tewodros, a taxi driver, said. “Many people thought the government had sold Lucy to America.” Some of the cities in which Lucy was displayed were Houston, Seattle and New York – and the interest was huge. The bones were studied by American scientists. Now the studies are to be continued in a complex built in the National Museum in Addis Ababa. “The new Ethiopian laboratories meet the highest standards,” Johanson said. “I have no worries whatsoever about Lucy.” The roughly 1-metre tall primate will soon be unveiled to the public. A five-day special exhibition will make it possible for people to see the original. After that, however, the skeleton will once again vanish behind thick walls, for its own protection. What Ethiopians would then have is a ‘copy’ of her in the Museum - along with the knowledge that Lucy is finally back on her home soil. u

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plan has been significantly reduced, we now won’t be able to support American launches until 2017.” He warned that further funding reductions

could delay the United States’ return to spaceflight, and asked Congress to allocate Obama’s full 821-million-dollar budget request. u

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he portals and enemies are virtual, the players and places are real, and somehow it’s all coming together in the city of Munich. “The enemy was active at the Stachus this morning,” says Tobias Kaspar, 33, relaying the news from the front ... which, in this case, happens to be a popular Munich square, the Karlsplatz. “We have to get there and take the portal.” That’s the kind of chat the game Ingress inspires. But it’s not just talk. Kaspar and his comrades—Martin Zehetmayer, 38, Thomas Nitsche, 27, and Lukas Falke, 27—are all going to report to the Square during their lunch break, to fight the forces of evil. The catch is that they’re not going to fight off the enemy with guns and grenades, but their Smartphones. Also, the enemy is just virtual. Ingress is the newest augmented reality craze—games that blend the virtual game with the real world—to grab the attention of mobile gamers. It follows in the footprints of games like SpecTrek Light, where players chased ghosts with satellite

Ingress Augments Gaming Reality navigation systems and cameras; or Vodafone’s BufferBusters, which sent players on a virtual monster hunt. Ingress seems to have gotten its hooks deep into its players, prompting them to stand outside with their teeth chattering, as they wipe their view screens clear of snow. Part of the charm is the plot: the world is divided between the Enlightened and the Resistance, who are fighting to control portals sprinkled throughout the real world. To play, players have to gather together at the spot where the portal has been reported. No couch surfing for this bunch. Media researcher Johannes Breuer of the University of Munich says this required presence has made the game more attractive. “It’s a little bit like a murder-mystery. You like to watch it a lot more if it plays in your City.” Zehetmayer agrees. “You get to know your City better. The

portals are often set in random courtyards, where you’d normally never go.” Google also benefits from the game, which is closely linked to its Google+ social networking service, and can only run with its in-house Android operating system. Players willingly hand over their location co-ordinates – useful for a company with interests in location-targeted advertising. No solid user number data is available, though Google does reveal that Ingress was downloaded at least 500,000 times in

just 30 days. As for Kaspar and his team, they’re only focused on the looming front at Karlsplatz. They stand in a circle and bang away at their Smartphones, as they try to remove the defences that keep the portal in enemy hands. Teamwork is required for the operation. The fact that they’re required to physically meet, appeals to the players. “I didn’t know any of these other guys before,” says Kaspar. Now he often meets with them on his lunch break. They usually hack open a few portals and then grab lunch. It’s even acceptable to socialize with the enemy. Sometimes members of the Enlightened and the Resistance join up for “meet your enemy” events. “The community can create knock-on effects,” notes Breuer. People enjoy the feeling of being in the know about their secret war, a status they can only enjoy after gaining access to a secret code. “There’s a thrill in getting inducted.” Meanwhile, Kaspar’s mobile vibrates with a new message about an enemy offensive. Sadly, there’s no time to mount a defence: his lunch break is almost over. u

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umans instinctively perceive a phone caller’s body size and attractiveness from the frequency and voice quality, despite the growing influence of complex language. Research (of scientists and colleagues at the University College of London) published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, reveals that humans are similar to animals and birds, in that they find deep male voices and high-pitched female voices more attractive. In one experiment, 10 young male native English speakers heard a recorded female voice saying the sentence, “Good luck with your exams,” and were asked to rate its attractiveness. The sentences were pre-recorded by a female speaker in three voice qualities, and then digital-

ly modified to signal a small body size and happiness, or a large body size and anger. Female listeners heard a male voice that had been similarly altered to indicate a larger body size. Researchers found that male listeners preferred female voices that correlated with a smaller body size, while females preferred to hear low-pitched male voices that suggested larger body size. The scientists were surprised to find that female listeners also preferred male voices that are breathy – which the analysts believe might soften the aggressiveness associated with a large body size. The findings back up previous research carried out in the animal kingdom which, for example, shows that low frequency growls—such as a lion’s roar—are more likely to in-

Elysee Palace’s Wine Auction { Clare Byrne / Paris / DPA }

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he Elysee Palace is putting some of its finest wines under the hammer, in a grand clear-out aimed at rejuvenating the cellar and putting a little cash back in the State coffers. Some 1,200 bottles of wine and champagne—ranging in guide price from 15 euros to 2,200 euros (for a Petrus 1990, a rare Bordeaux wine)— will be auctioned in Paris on May 30 and 31, Drouot Auction House announced.

The sale represents about one-tenth of the French Presidency’s collection, which was begun after the war by President Vincent Auriol, and has swelled

dicate larger body size, dominance or a potential attack; while higher frequency and pure-tone-like sounds suggest smaller size, submissiveness and fear. Yi Xu and his team observed that humans also react differently to voices. Male voices with lower fundamental frequency are in general preferred by female listeners. This seems to be associated with an evolutionary mechanism of seeking protection from danger. Females raise their voice pitch when speaking to men they find attractive. Human males may have developed longer vocal folds, to suggest a larger body size, to compete with other males for dominance – in attracting female mates. Females may have developed shorter vocal folds, to project a small body size, in order to attract male mates. u since to include top vintages— from Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Alsace and other wine-growing regions. “All these wines were served at the table of the President of the Republic, and some of them have accompanied great moments in the history of the Fifth Republic (1957-present),” according to Drouot. The proceeds of the auction will go towards renewing the cellar “with more modest wines”, the Auction House said, adding that surplus funds would be repaid to the State. u

Remain Olympic Sport

{ Thomas Borchert / Berlin / DPA }

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he ruling wrestling body FILA has launched an international ad campaign, in order to spare the sport from Olympic exclusion in 2020. The media campaign comes one month ahead of International Olympic Committee (IOC) meetings in St Petersburg, Russia, in which a shortlist of sports vying for inclusion in the 2020 programme is made. The IOC executive board recommended in March that wrestling should be dropped from the Games. The final decision will be with the IOC, at its session in September, in Buenos Aires. Wrestling is in competition with baseball/softball, climbing, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboard and wushu. “Our new campaign is meant to complement the changes taking place within our federation,” acting FILA President Nenad Lalovic was quoted as saying,

by the GamesBids.com website. “We have drawn on the basic elements of our sport— strength and universality—to express the values of wrestling, and wrestling’s value to the Olympic Movement.” Lalovic, who is expected to be elected FILA President on May 18, took over after Raphael Martinetti resigned as boss in the wake of the IOC recommendation.     FILA is aiming to change the sport in various aspects, and recently appointed an international management consulting firm specialised in sport– TSE Consulting–to develop a strategic plan. In addition, 23 federations—ranging from the United States to Russia—have formed a so-called “Save Olympic Wrestling Coalition,” and May has been declared World Wrestling Month – with events around the world to showcase the sport. u

Jail For Thief With Multiple Personalities

{ Sid Astbury / Sydney / DPA }

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n Australian woman who stole nearly 8 million Australian dollars from her employer, was jailed for eight years, after a Melbourne court rejected her claim of multiple personalities. Lawyers for Wendy Hope Jobson, 50, argued that she suffered from dissociative identity disorder, and had at least 10 personalities – including one named

Reggie, who was the real culprit. Justice Phillip Priest noted that the fraud encompassed more than 1,000 separate transactions over 16 years, and said Jobson was fully aware of what she was doing. “Moreover, your claim that you didn’t know what you were doing doesn’t sit well with your actions, of deliberately covering up your thefts through false accounting,” he was quoted as saying by national news agency AAP. u


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{ Stefan Weissenborn / Essen, Germany / DPA }

  or many enthusiasts the truly great automobiles were created in the 1930s. Today, these gems, from an age when coach-builders fashioned bodywork around a running chassis, seem like sculptures. Many are replete with baroque trimmings – such as chromium-plated radiator grilles and bonnet emblems. In view of their high value, driving one of these rare classics on the road calls for courage. One collector last year paid the staggering sum of 11.8 million dollars, at an auction for an ultrarare Mercedes 540 K Spezial Roadster, built in 1936. It was the highest price ever achieved for a model of the German marque. Since then, car fans have been wondering whether the new owner will ever dare to take the car out for a spin on a public road. The doubts are justified. While a classic car enthusiast is keen to drive his vehicle, an accident means a disaster; regardless of

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Project leader, Eduard Michel Franssen. He enthused about the “wonderful teardrop form” of the Talbot, with its elegant proportions. Only 16 Goutte d’Eau Coupes were ever built. The one shown in Essen is the only long-wheelbase version believed to still exist. For classic fans, the 1930s were the heyday, an era when the emphasis was on design. Owning a car with bespoke coachwork was a way of flaunting wealth, and many cars from premium makers–such as Maybach or Bugatti–were enhanced by being fitted with exclusive bodywork. A Bugatti 57C, which was also shown in Essen, is a genuine objet Mercedes 540 K Spezial Roadster d’art. The roadster, with coachwork by Gangler, features faired-in rear wheels, and was built in 1939. In 2010 it won the top trophy 938 Talbot Lago T 150 C Teardrop Coupe in the concours event, held at the Castle Bensberg Classic event. Experts agree that a 1930s worksbodied Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster, of the type shown in Essen, is “one of the most elegant and beautiful creations

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Bugatti 57C

Peugeot 402 (1937)

how well the repair work is executed by expert restorers, the finished car is no longer in original trim – something revered by many owners. The perils of taking a valuable classic on to the open road were demonstrated recently in Germany, when a mechanic crashed a rare gull-wing Mercedes SL300 during road-testing. Repairs could run into six figures, and the car will never be the same again. When the value of a car starts to spiral upwards, there is a tendency for it to be cosseted. Classic metal tends to vanish behind closed doors in collections and museums, and these cars are seldom used for what they were originally built for - namely to be taken out on the highway! Many

from the golden era of coach-building”. Another candidate in Essen was an open Peugeot 402 (1937) with a French Pourtout body, ordered as a one-off by a count. The widespread introduction of integral construction after World War II robbed many coach-builders of their living, since carmakers were able to assemble the chassis and body in one factory. Insuring a car of this calibre can be a nightmare. Many companies charge the type of premiums normally reserved for fine antiques, oil paintings or rare musical instruments, said Claudia Hermann who works for Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurance company. u

gull-wing Mercedes SL300

such cherished vehicles are simply towed from one Concours d’Elegance event to another - on a trailer. “To be honest I’ve never seen one of these top-priced classics in everyday use. Most are just static exhibition pieces,” said Schneider. This almost certainly applies to the owner of a handsome 1938 Talbot Lago T 150 C Teardrop Coupe, which was recently on display at Germany’s bumper Techno Classica show for cherished cars,

Aston Martin Tops Brand Image Survey { Hamburg / DPA }

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n terms of design, the current sports cars from glamorous British maker Aston Martin have come out on top, in a survey of the images of brands conducted by the German car magazine, Auto Zeitung. Aston Martins, which will forever be linked to the exhilarating lifestyle of film hero James Bond, were voted into the top slot by 44.5 per cent of 30,000 readers – who responded

to the image survey. The privately owned company currently offers 17 models. Second place went to German premium maker Audi (40.3 per cent), followed by BMW (39.2), Porsche (39) and Alfa Romeo (36.9). For the image survey, respondents were asked to pick what they regarded as the most beautiful representative products, among 45 brands currently offered in Germany. Multiple choices were possible. u

in Essen. This beguiling vehicle is so valuable that it is not likely to be going very far under its own power.     The Talbot Lago, with rare Figoni et Falaschi coachwork, is unique. It was among 11 cars drawn together for the show by organizers Siha, under the title of “Automobile Masterpieces”. All date back to the 1930s, and belong to museums or private collectors. “The classic cars on display are each valued at upwards of around 1.5 million euros,” said Siha

Warning Against Cockpit Sprays { Duisburg, Germany / DPA }

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olice in Germany have warned motorists to be cautious when using cockpit spray cleaners containing butane gas, after a man accidentally triggered an explosion in his car while trying to light a cigarette. The 38-year-old man escaped serious injury in the blast, suffering only minor burns, when the explosion blew out the windscreen and side windows of the Opel Astra. The force also badly deformed the doors. Police said the blast was caused by a proprietary cockpit spray containing inflammable butane gas. Manufacturers specify that the spray be used in wellventilated spaces only. They urge users to open the vehicle’s doors during and immediately after application. u


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