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The Final Plan

he Final Development Plan of GMUC-2031 envisages a total space of 33,872 hectares (1 hectare=2.5 acres), and urbanizable area of 32,988 hectares, for a population of 42.5 lakhs. Almost half the area has been reserved for residential purposes.

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Gurgaon’s current residential base is spread over 8,000 hectares, to cater to a population of 22 lakhs. The proposed (new) residential base of another 8,000 hectares will cater to a further 20.5 lakhs population – but will have over 2 times the commercial space, almost 3 times the industrial space, over 4,500 hectares of Transport & Communication space, and almost 5,000 hectares kept for Public/Semi-Public and Open Spaces.

Developer In Maintenance Mode

Key Proposals  Due to the reported failure of the SEZ scheme, the following has been proposed in place :  7 new residential sectors – 36A, 88A, 88B, 89A, 95A, 95B, 99A.  3 new commercial belts – in 37D, 88A, 88B.  2 new industrial sectors – 36B, 37B.  1 new public/semi-public sector – 89B.

Don't Toy With Animals e began by driving out the wild ones from the Aravalis; and now we leave the pets on the roads, to join the strays. ...Pg 6 & 7

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r. Praveen Kumar, HUDA Administrator, speaks on HUDA’s priorities, and plans. The Agency’s role here is now less as a developer of colonies – more as infrastructure provider; and even would like to continue its maintenance role. ...Pg 8

A Grappling Life

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Possession in 1 year few units left @ 4000 Sq. ft on Dwarka Xpress Way

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For a population of

Draft Plan 2031

Final Plan 2031

41.65 lakhs

42.50 lakhs

Total land

33,872 hectares

Total urbanizable area

32,408 hectares

32,988 hectares

Residential

15,828

16,021

Avge. net residential density of 250 persons per hectare Commercial

1,577

1,616

Industry

4,533

4,613

New Industrial area on expressway, adjacent to IMT, Manesar Transport & Comm.

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4,428

Public Utilities

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608

Public & semi-public uses

1,877

2,027

Open Space

2,761

2,928

Special Zone, Agri Zone 53 114  All residential areas will be developed on Defence Land 633 hectares 633 hectares a neighbourhood concept, with provision of all See Map on Back Page community facilities and services within each sector.  To conserve water, the plan is for a ‘zero discharge’, by (200m width) of highways (esp. SPR, NPR, NH8). encouraging the use of recycled water.  For each colony/sector, the land reserved for roads, open New Roads spaces, schools, public and community buildings, and other common  Greater Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), from Sohna Road uses, shall not be less than 45% of the gross area of the land. (Sector 68) to NH8 (NBRI) - 90m width, with 30m green belt on  The minimum width of a road in a residential colony would both sides. be 12m.  Golf Course Road to Faridabad Road (through Sector 44) – to  Commercial establishments would come up within replace current road. Contd on p 5  residential areas, and also along commercial belts  Link Road to Sohna, from Sector 63/64.

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restling is Haryana’s State game. Actually it is a way of life, a means to fame and employment to a better life. For those who can make it.

Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex (GMUC) - 2031

The First Settlers

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peaceful environment, pollution free surroundings, green neihbourhood, and the hope that infrastructure along the Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road) is likely to come up soon has started to attract middle class residents of Gurgaon – to move in to the newly developing sectors along this major road, that promises to connect Delhi and Gurgaon by next year. Attractive pricing of residential units, which are below the Rs. 1 crore mark, is another reason that end users have started to invest in housing projects here. Being among the first families to move into Tulip Petals, a group housing project in Sector 89, just a kilometer away from the under construction Expressway, the Khanna family considers itself fortunate that they decided to buy an apartment in this area. They are enjoying a good 'honeymoon' period. The Khannas, who lived in a 500 square yard kothi in Sector 4 in the heart of Gurgaon, say in unison that they enjoy the peace, the greenery and the idyllic surroundings of the area. Tulip Petals is among

the first projects in this area that has given possession to apartment buyers. Anil Kumar Khanna, a businessman, says that he had bought the flat in March 2012, but only shifted recently during the navratras. “We are delighted to live here because the pollution is less, and so is the population and congestion. In Sector 4, I had heard the koels and the peacocks in the eighties, but now the entire city is concretised,” he adds. While the elders in the family are happy with the peaceful

surroundings, the younger members are pleasantly surprised by the village life that surrounds them. Tushar Khanna, youngest son of Anil, says that life is good here, but the lack of social and transport infrastructure makes life a bit more difficult. “I study in Delhi University and have to go to Delhi daily, but the non-existent city bus service has been a big let down,” says Tushar. Otherwise he also likes to roam in the condominium’s park, and go for walks outside – while the family members prefer PRAKHAR PANDEY

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going to the village to buy fresh vegetables. Tushar also wants sports stadiums to be built in the area. While the lure of an idyllic village life is great comfort, the lack of civic infrastructure in this ‘New’ Gurgaon is likely to cause discomfort to residents. Khanna says that the internal sector roads are not yet ready, the streetlights on even the Pataudi Road have not been fixed, while the wait for completion of the Dwarka Expressway is never ending. At least the life has been more comfortable in the new apartment complex. His other son Rajat and his daughter-in-law work in Gurgaon and have also adapted to the new area. “I think we will live here a couple of years more, as the conditions are more 'natural',” says Khanna. He is also happy with the builder for delivering the project on time, and making good the promises with regard to construction quality and facilities. Jasvir Singh, who shifted to this complex from the BSNL Colony (on Rajiv Chowk) says that he came here because of the price, that is still within reach. Many in our colony bought flats here when the price was in the region of around Rs. 50 lakhs; the completion of the complex has pushed prices almost to Rs. 80 lakhs now, he says. Contd on p 21 


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WORKSHOP  NIGHTLIFE  EXHIBITION  MUSIC  ART  DANCE Theatre

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Great Catherine @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 25 Time: 6:00 pm

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rib-tickling comedy by George Bernard Shaw. The Play, directed by Dr. Vinod Bala Sharma, takes you through the lives of Potemkin, an unorthodox General and former lover of Catherine; a conventional English Officer; and Catherine, the epitome of glory and beauty. Tickets at Rs.450, 300 and 150 available at the venue. Suitable for 15yrs & above.

A Talk on Astro-Architecture @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 29 Time: 6:30 pm

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n Exhibition of photographs by the renowned fashion designer JJ Valaya, ‘Decoded Paradox’ is a series shot entirely in black and white, presenting personalities in costumes designed by him.

Workshop

Decoded Paradox @Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar, Phase V Date: Up to December 2 Time: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

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nother installment in the ‘Grand Master of Comedy’ series, featuring Sundeep Sharma, Amit Tandon and Sameer Maira. Together they guarantee to bring the house down! Call 9811488830/9811303812 /8743004359

I Love Indian Art @Art Alive Gallery, 120, Sector 44 Date: Up to December 26 Time: Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Discourse

oted AstroArchitect Neeta Sinha talks about the benefits of this unique science and how it has helped people meet their goals. You can also take your home or office floor plan for a live demo.

Manish Yadav

Coming Up

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n Art Workshop for children between the ages 8 and 14, titled ‘I Love Indian Art’. The Workshop will explore the great artists of the 20th century and the contemporary scene, bringing artworks alive – through stories from artists’ lives, encounters with their best works, and secrets for unlocking enjoyment in any artwork. A range of innovative techniques are used to build historical and cultural knowledge, and the developmental skills, of each budding artist.

Stand-Up Comedy

Grand Masters of Comedy @ The Mind Cafe, Cross Point Mall (Opp Galleria Market) Date: November 23 Time: 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Group Exhibition @ Gallery Alternatives, DT Mega Mall, DLF City, Phase – I Date: Upto November 30 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Group Exhibition of paintings, drawings, graphic prints and sculptures by renowned artists – Trupti Patel, Narendra Pal Singh, Jayshree Kapoor, Sanju Jain, Minni Kumari, among others.

INTACH Heritage Run @ Leisure Valley, Sector 29 Date: November 24 Time: 8:00 am to 10 am

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NTACH Gurgaon Chapter is conducting a Heritage Run (3 kms) to create awareness about protecting and conserving the country’s cultural heritage and the environment. The Run is open to all individuals and Schools. To participate, register at intachheritagerun@gmail.com


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Suu Kyi @ TERI

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yanmar pro-democracy crusader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) campus in the City. Suu Kyi, accompanied by Director General TERI, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, visited various research facilities across the campus. As an active advocate on environmental issues, she lauded TERI's eco-friendly initiatives.

Waugh Goes 'Underground'

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he Indian Institute of Skill Development (IISD) announced the launch of 'Institute of Natural Resources' (INR), in association with two Australian institutes. INR specialises in the training of mining, and has designed a simulated underground mine for that. Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh inaugurated the Institute. K.B. Trehan, Director INR, said, “We at INR believe in providing a comprehensive endto-end solution—from training to job placement— and ensuring that trainees gain skills that are in demand.”

Khurrana revisits KOD

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yushmann Khurrana, lead actor of the film Vicky Donor, was spotted at The Kingdom Of Dreams. He was there to view the 200th show of the popular musical, Jhumroo. Khurana's presence motivated the dance troupe, who were excited at seeing him cheering for them.

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DTV Good Times celebrated the best in the food industry, by giving an opportunity to foodies in the City to meet and interact with the Super Chef Ritu Dalmia. Over 100 food enthusiasts attended the Live cooking session held at The Westin. Dalmia had the audience 'eating out of her hands', as she shared easy cooking tips and anecdotes, and even invited a few members of the audience to help her prepare the special dishes.

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ A retired IFS officer is hit by a car on Sohna Road. The driver, when cornered by people, offers to take the victim to hospital; instead dumps the officer on a roadside, and leaves him to die. ♦ An ASI, hit by a dumper on the road, is in critical condition. ♦ 2 gangs of thieves and snatchers is busted – mainly 20 year olds from Mewat. ♦ Court rejects Sumit Bhutan’s plea for bail – he is accused of having killed his wife. ♦ 5 bouncers charged for assault, after a pub brawl. ♦ Convicts fight in Bhondsi Jail. ♦ A person is booked for assaulting a girl at her home. ♦ A case is filed against a person for sending obscene SMSs to a woman. ♦ 2 Rewari policemen with accomplices, impersonating Gurgaon policemen, are caught trying to take bribe from a truck driver. ♦ A bank is cheated of Rs 10 lakhs by a couple that have forged the sale deed. ♦ An assistant flees with Rs 7 lakhs of his boss, after forging his signature. ♦ A person is booked for committing a PF fraud/ forgery for Rs 6 lakhs. ♦ Manager duped of Rs 5.5 lakhs in online lottery fraud. ♦ A person is held for sending an extortion note of Rs 1 lakh to his manager. ♦ Gurgaon chosen (along with Chennai) as one of the 31 cities globally, for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (2013)– a competitive grant

program. Pune and Ahmedabad were chosen on 2012 - Pune plans to set up a surveillance system for tracking epidemics; Ahmedabad will work on issues related to traffic and citizen services. ♦ A mining institute, Institute of Natural Resources, opens in Sector 34, in collaboration with an Australian company. It has a simulated underground mine. ♦ Bandhwari Plant for solid waste disposal is running to full capacity – there is a pile-up of trucks, taking days to unload. ♦ A housing society, Vatika City, is given a notice for Rs 5.55 crores by DHBVN. ♦ There is a concerted MCG and Police drive for taking down illegal advertisements. ♦ The plea of the Medikit management has been dismissed by the High Court. ♦ Various authorities try to work out a lasting solution to the Toll Plaza regular traffic mess – including new U turns and free smart cards to commuters. ♦ Millennium Expressway - NH8 witnesses a traffic pile up for hours, just due to a tanker overturning at Rajiv Chowk ! ♦ Gurgaon Renewal Mission hosts a Traffic Solutions workshop. ♦ Foreign Rep Office (FRO) at Gurgaon will start online service soon, for visa extensions. ♦ Gurgaon hosts an All India Chess Tournament, under FIDE affiliation – for the first time. ♦ Cycle shelters being set up at 5 Metros, for a cycle rental system. ♦ Aung San Suu Kyi visits TERI campus in Gurgaon.


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FOOD

Romantic Earth { Aalok Wadhwa }

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he Earth Lounge has been around for the last seven years. Belonging to the successful Moet Group, it started in the Sector 15 market as an Indian restaurant, but was relaunched some years later as an Italian restaurant. It has been a favourite of many couples, who have been attracted to this place because of its discreet ambience and romantic setting. I enter into what resembles a bistro, with dim lighting and a surfeit of candles. The beautiful interiors are relaxed and cosy, with many nooks and crannies. As I settle down on my seat, I am served a freshly made tapenade of olives and tomatoes, served with a bread basket – along with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano and chilly flakes. I start with the quintessentially pleasant Italian vegetarian minestrone soup (Rs. 245) and Insalata di mare (or seafood salad) (Rs. 395). The soup is hearty, and the salad generous. To follow is one of most versatile vegetable dishes in the Italian repertoire―funghi trifolati (Rs. 225), or ‘truffled’ mushrooms (called so because the thinly sliced and sautéed mushrooms are said to resemble the other, more highly prized tuber―the great black truffle).  The dish captures the fleshy texture and umami flavours perfectly, with judicious seasoning and an enticing presentation. For the pasta course, I go

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with cartoon character Garfield’s favourite, the good old lasagna. I choose the lasagna alla verdure (vegetarian, Rs. 350) which is a pleasant au gratin, rather than the traditional layered masterpiece, and is gratifying to the palate. The main course dish of sole ripieni (Rs. 495) is a fascinating giant sausage-like dish, and interesting to taste. The chef’s special gamborini con

The Earth Lounge SCO 10-12, Sector 15, part-2, Huda Market, Gurgaon Phone: 0124 6523759 Cuisine: Italian Timings: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM Cost: Rs. 1,400 for 2

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polenta (Rs. 995) is an indulgence, and has a pair of juicy oversized grilled prawns – with grilled vegetables and a mash on the side. It is time for the dolce moment. The chef sends three of his favourite desserts―chocolate fondant, chocolate lasagna, and the scrumptious apple crumble (all Rs. 245). The chocolate fondant is soft with a runny centre, excellently complimented by the accompanying vanilla ice cream. The Earth Lounge serves good food. The interiors evoke a tender mood. Whenever you are looking for an ideal venue for a romantic soiree, or a cosy time with your family, the Earth Lounge is a great option. u

went to see Son Of Sardaar despite two of my good friends warning me away. One of them had said: 'there could not have been a more apt title than SOS for this movie'. The second friend thought that the word Sardaar was wrongly spelt: the last two letters, according to him, should have read as 'rd' instead of 'ar'. That would have been a fair representation of the movie. I will grant that the movie actually begins to drag after the interval, and the scenes involving the "guest" SON OF SARDAAR leaving and getting back into the directed by : Ashwni Dhir house begin to test your nerves. cast: Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Granted too that this is an overthe-top presentation – but at least Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla it does not hit you below-the-belt! genre: Action, Comedy But, nothing in the movie goes along unexpected lines, more particularly when the characters are delivering the "humour" soaked lines. You know exactly when what will happen! I also quite liked the foot-thumping tunes and rhythms composed by Himesh Reshamaiyya for a change (one or two of these will become a must-play at all the Baraats for some time to come). Sonakshi Sinha looks fetching as the Punjabi kudi. This is her fourth appearance, and her two performances have already been hits. This too will be a hit – what an amazing hit-rate! Ajay Devgn has finally succeeded in hiding his teeth even when smiling, and after enough Golmaal encounters, has actually developed a flair for comedy. Bollywood audiences seem to like macho displays from their heroes peppered with good comic timing (Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar), or romanticism (Shah Rukh and Hritik Roshan) – Aamir is in a league of his own. Even Sanjay Dutt remodels himself as a revenge seeker with a funny streak. We must give space to these characters who are trying to remodel themselves, shouldn't we? And if the lead actresses of yester years, Tanuja and Juhi Chawla, want to come back to the silver screen, should we not encourage them by seeing the movie? u

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Neta Sethji { Alka Gurha }

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t was time to watch Ramesh Mehta’s evergreen comedy plays once again, this time jointly organised by the Three Arts Club and Katyayani. Sohaila Kapur, a leading playwright, actor and director, and head of the Katyayani theatre group, directed both the plays — Paisa Bolta Hai and Uljhan With their inherent comic vitality, the awkwardness of situations, and the incongruity of human relations the plays delight ed the theatre-goers. Though originally set in the 50s, these plays are still relevant – their comic flavour of the distinct middle class idiosyncrasies is still fresh. The event has special significance for director Sohaila. Has she edited the original scripts to give them a contemporary look? “I am paying tribute to an artist who made a significant contribution to Hindi comedy, as well as the style of acting in comic roles. I did little editing. We must treat these plays the way he did. These productions are not

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adapted versions.” Paisa Bolta Hai talks about the monstrous magnitude of money in our lives. A maltreated menial finds his life transformed after a financial windfall. Life in the

house goes rampageous after the incident. Each member has an axe to grind, and will go to any crafty length to lay his/her hands on the money. It certainly is not the kind of comedy where you will be rolling in the aisles, or leaving the theatre with an aching stomach. This is a play about the characters and their motivations; and the ending is, quite intentionally, rather thought-provoking. Uljhan is a youthful, romantic comedy that focuses on the cosmopolitan make up of Delhi, with different accents in free flow. An endearing rapscallion has lied to his landlady about his marital status, so that he can retain his tenant status. An attractive young lady walks into his home and heart– but who outwits whom is the question! The staging is fun and energetic. It is visually enjoyable and packed with clever lines. Special mention for Vani Vyas, as she snarls, snaps, and crackles her way as the meddlesome, matchmaking landlady. Searingly well-performed by all, both plays were worth reviving. u

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ocialite, novelist and columnist Shobha De, explores the vicious nexus between politics and business in her new novel, Sethji. De chronicles the travails of an ageing politician on the terra-firma of political life in Delhi. She uses fiction to explore power equations, for the first time. “Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest, that straight trees are cut down while crooked

SETHJI Author: Shobha De Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs. 250 Genre: Fiction

ones are left standing.” The opening line indicates that the reader is about to plummet to the depths of murky politics. Sethji, the slimy protagonist with dubious morals, heads a political outfit – which happens to be an indispensable coalition partner of the government. His opportunistic and sensual daughter-in-law Amrita (whose character holds the entire narrative), is the master strategist, who guards Sethji's political and personal secrets. Meanwhile, two of the country’s most powerful men team up to destroy Sethji. With the help of Amrita, the crafty old politician fights against all odds for his survival. Brimming with characters (who bear an uncanny resemblance with real people), the novel reveals the dark underbelly of national politics. As always, De writes in easy readable prose, and does a remarkable job in essaying the vagaries of power with her fictional brush. Considering that politics is not really captivating the minds of the young, I wonder how many readers will enjoy Sethji. But only Shobha can make stories so riveting, that you even end up enjoying political fiction – though you might detest political reality. u


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The Final Plan  Contd from p 1 * Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) and MRTS Depot, 162 hectares (near Kherki Daula). * Transport Nagar & Container Depot, near Garhi Harsaru Railway Station – along with 45 hectares parking area opposite Wholesale Market (Sector 99A). This is in addition to the Auto Market, 16 hectares, in Sector 10; and the Transport Nagar, 28 hectares, in Sector 33 * Wholesale Market (for building material, grains, fruits and vegetables), 48.5 hectares, Sector 99A (near railway line) – along with parking area nearby of 40 hectares, for heavy vehicles. * Milk Diaries and Goushala, 45 hectares, near Village Dhankot (current diaries will shift there). * Educational Hub, 215 hectares, for a University, along bye-pass (Sohna Road to NH8) above Sector 68. * Affordable Housing, 50 hectares, in Sector 68B for low and medium income group (with a density of 1125 per hectare – versus overall plan of 250 to 300 per hectare. Govt may get into allotment. * Town Park, Sector 70A (towards Greater SPR). * Green Belts, for expansion, around NH8, Railway line, Badshahpur Nallah. * Bio-Diversity Park, 135 hectares. * Parks/open spaces in colonies would have a person. minimum size of 2.5 sq. m per * Artificial Water Body, Sector 72/72A. Proposed Regional Rail Transit System, Delhi-Alwar, via Gurgaon (NH8). Urban Mass Transit Co. Ltd. (UMTC) has developed an integrated Mobility Plan for GMUC, with specific recommendations. Sectors that have benefitted in this last change – Sectors 71, 79/79A, Sector 89A. Sector 115 (near Dwarka) will be made commercial. u

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Water Plan

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Basai is 154m gallons. Total capacity thus would be 454m gallons. The plan is to have a storage capacity of 7 days demand.

For a projected population of 40 lakhs, by 2025. Pipelines

Water Supply

The NCR Channel (of 800 cusecs water capacity) has been completed at a cost of Rs 322 crores. Presently Gurgaon receives 175 cusecs water through the Gurgaon Water-Supply Channel (GWC). A further 30 cusecs has been released from NCR Channel for now. The total supply for Gurgaon and Manesar, from the NCR Channel, will be 600 cusecs (75% of the capacity), over time.

Water Treatment

(mgd=million gallons per day) A new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is being set up in village Chandu Budhera, with a total capacity of 132mgd (6x22mgd). This is in addition to the current Basai WTP capacity of 60mgd. Total capacity thus would be 192mgd. The first unit of 22mgd has been completed; the second one is 40% complete and will be ready by June 2013.

Water Storage

3 new storage tanks of 100m gallons each have been set up. The current capacity as

A new 6.5km pipeline has been laid from village Chandu to Basai water works. Now, water pipelines (33km total) would be laid along the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), and the proposed road connecting village Kherki with Sohna Road. Further pipelines will then be laid along the sector dividing roads in the proposed new sectors (58 to 115).

Water Supply Zones

Zone 1 – Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (part), 7, 7 (extn.), 9, 9A, 10, 12A, 13 (part), 14, 23, 23A, and part of old town. Also, villages Kadipur, Gurgaon, Bhimgarh Kheri, Chauma, Karterpuri and Dundahera. Zone 2 – via pumping station in Sector 16 – to Sectors – 10A, 15 (I), 15 (II), 16 (part), 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 25A, 26, 26A, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 39, 40, 41, 43, and parts of old City. Also Maruti Udyog. Zone 3 – Sectors 38A, 45, 46, 47, 48, 48A, 49, 50, 51, 52, 52A, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57. Also, a separate pipeline to the commercial areas on MG Road (MGF Mall to Bristol Hotel).

This Christmas Eve Season LAMP invites you to SING & GIVE Generously!

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t is Christmas Eve…. Jesus was born in adverse & austere circumstances…. Angels came down from heaven to sing to the poor shepherds…. Wise men from the east presented generous gifts…. As the Christmas and New Year Season approaches, LORRAINE MUSIC ACADEMY and LAMP TRUST have great plans to bring light to the city of Gurgaon through music. A plan to teach YOU & YOUR CHILD to SING. There will be carolling across the city in December 2012 and also performances at Epicentre on the 15th & 16th of December 2012 @ 7:30pm. Most exciting is that the groups of singers will light up the lives of little poor children as well by teaching them to sing. LAMP invites you to join in wholeheartedly GIVING and sharing GENEROUSLY during this Christmas season. Please call on 9910229546 to enrol yourself & your child for CAROL SINGING TRAINING for 12 sessions of 1 hour each. To ENROL YOURSELF & YOUR CHILD in the above program, all one has to do is contribute any GENEROUS SUM you wish and make out your cheque in favour of “Lorraine Music Academy Pvt. Ltd.”. This will help us to contribute to LAMP for the

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poor children this season and also enable your family to enjoy this Musical Evening Celebrating Christmas. Even if you or your child cannot participate, please feel free to simply give any GENEROUS SUM to LAMP towards a poor child. Hear and watch them sing!!! To DONATE any GENEROUS SUM you wish towards the above cause this season, please make out your cheque in favour of “LAMP”. Your donation will be eligible for INCOME TAX EXEMPTION under SECTION 80-G of the Income Tax Act. The Christmas eve plans include “A Musical Evening Celebrating Christmas” on 15th December with performances by Lorraine Fiona Aloysius, Swapna Abraham, Joanne Fernandes, and a host of a host of stars in the making.... including the winners of the LAMP-iCONGO Karmveer Chakra for Music 2012 (Gospel Music Category). Swapna Abraham will receive a special LAMP-iCONGO Karmaveer Chakra for Music (Maestro: Gospel Music) for her amazing contribution to music. She is the only solo artiste in India in English Music production, be it Gospel or other category, to bring out as many albums – 19 albums so far. Joanne Fernandes is one of the finest talents Goa is proud of for the last decade. Singer, guitarist & song writer this power packed bomb shell has her own distinctive style. http://www.facebook.com/ events/469982293026658 The Christmas Eve plans also include a Comedy Musical Drama - “Let’s Freeze The Mother-In-Law” adapted and directed by Dr. Gerald Rodricks who has received an award for Drama in 1982 from the Government for his contributions as an actor, writer and director of English plays. In this musical comedy play, the scene is set on Christmas Eve at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hendrix. Emily, their daughter, is in love with Walter and wants to marry him, much against the wishes of her mother,

Mrs. Hendrix, but with the blessings of her father. Mrs. Hendrix, a real shrew, throws her weight around everyone, especially around poor old Mr. Hendrix - literally the founder member of the Hen-pecked Husbands’ Association - who grabs the opportunity to have some fun, after 30 years of marriage. Suddenly a nephew of the family, Freddy, arrives from Macau with a fantastic discovery which can freeze and suspend the animation of any being. What happens has to be seen in this hilarious play. The cast include Ninotchka Colaco, Sandeep Kohli, Kamalini Hiremath, Dr. Gerald Rodricks and Aubrey Aloysius, with a special appearance by Lorraine Fiona Aloysius. http://www.facebook.com/events/154240308033552 ENTRY PASSES are required for admission to the above events. Please send your EMAIL requests to lorrainemusicacademy@gmail.com OR lamp.trust. india@gmail.com OR SMS us at 9910229546. The musical concert and the musical comedy play form a part of the Music & Art Festival in aid of LAMP Trust - aimed at raising awareness and resources to set up the LAMP World Cultural Centre in Gurgaon, National Capital Region of Delhi, to promote the Arts. http://www.facebook.com/events/415600105139944


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he sad fate of a leopard that had wandered into a farm at Mewat, and was killed by the villagers, is the latest in the series of man-animal conflicts that have taken place in this Aravali region over the last 15 years. In another incident, a 10-feet python was caught near the Gurgaon-Faridabad road. It had created panic, as it had picked up a goat and climbed a tree. Fortunately, it was caught by the forest department. On examination, the doctors revealed that the animal had not eaten anything for the last few days, and was probably looking for food nearer the City. The conflict is not restricted to just wild animals. The City’s growing intolerance for animals is evident from the fact that various RWAs are now imposing a ban on even keeping pets in houses. While a rampant encroachment on the Aravalis has snatched the habitats of the wildlife, abandonment of pets is resulting in an increasing number of stray animals on the roads. According to a study, the City has more than 50,000 stray dogs. Like for wildlife, no census for other stray animals is available as yet. It is shocking

that Haryana, which is home to over 1,700 species of mammals, birds and reptiles— including the rare ones such as Leopard, Black Buck, Common Langur, Indian Civet, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Python, Chameleon, and Cobra—has never released any wildlife census to date. In May 2012 the Haryana Wildlife Department announced that they would carry out a census over the next two months. The information is supposedly lying with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

The Plight of the Wild

The support system for the Millennium City lies in the backdrop of the concrete skyscrapers – in the rich Aravali forests. “If anything makes this City survive, it is the Aravali hills and their forests. While the forests cool the air, the hills stand as a wall against the desert sand coming from neighbouring Rajasthan. The green canopy of the trees also acts as a sound barrier to the noise from the adjoining industrial area in Faridabad. Most

importantly, the Aravalis protect groundwater, which is the lifeline of the City. The trees direct the rainwater into the ground, through the various joints and fractures on the hillsides. So if the City wants to protect the green cover, it has to save the dwindling wildlife, which is intricately linked in this balance of nature,” says Kartick Satyanarayan, cofounder of Wildlife SOS. The dwindling wildlife in the Aravalis is a result of illegal mining activities in the area. Since the Aravalis is a major source of slate rock and granite, mining has been taking place in the area since the 90s. Rock blasting, stone crushing,

movement of heavy vehicles and mining equipment have led to the destruction of beautiful flora and fauna. “Mine lease holders violated the licence conditions by digging down to the water table, leading to a massive drop in groundwater levels, causing severe drinking water shortage in the villages and cities around the Aravalis. They have not filled up the abandoned mine pits, and have not taken any steps for afforestation. That is why we banned mining activities in Haryana,” says K.S Khatkar, Deputy Forest Officer, Gurgaon. Kartick feels that the damage caused by mining and human intervention can never be recovered. “The extinction of tigers in the Aravalis happened solely because of human transgression. Unlike leopards, tigers are extremely possessive. They don’t like to share their habitat with humans. And they never come back,” he says. Another reason cited for the declining wildlife in the Aravalis is the drying up of water bodies in the area. According

to a recent petition filed by an RWA, against the illegal extraction of groundwater in Gurgaon, it has been revealed that over 137 water bodies have dried up in the City. Furthermore, the petition says that the state government and the local bodies don’t have any policy for the preservation or redevelopment of water bodies. Rampant poaching in the 90s is also blamed for the destruction of wildlife in Aravalis. Recounting some cases, a retired forest official says, “Poaching was widespread in Haryana during the late 80s and 90s. The most horrifying incident was when I traced a carcass of a tiger that was chopped into 11 pieces, with the head missing. I have also come across cases where poachers used nails to take out the skin of langurs and squirrels, as a sharper equipment sometimes makes holes in the skin.” He urges for strict implementation of the wildlife law to protect and preserve the endangered species in Haryana. Dr. Jain, who runs a charitable Bird Hospital in the City, informs that every month he receives at least two cases of severely injured birds. “Bird poaching is still common in some parts of Haryana, as a few tribal communities believe that


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eating the flesh of pigeons and eagles keeps away evils,” says Dr. Jain.

Abandoned pets

While wildlife is needed to maintain an ecological balance, pets have become important for society. They inculcate a feeling of care and responsibility. “As our society becomes more urbanised, the opportunities for contact with animals are becoming limited. Pets can help lower stress, alleviate loneliness, and improve health,” says Dr. Mahendra, Director, CGS Hospital. However, the number of abandoned pets has been increasing in the City. Expats are often blamed for leaving their pets with irresponsible owners, or on the street. Shweta Darshan, a resident of DLF Phase V says, “A Belgian couple who spent three years in our society, along with two Labradors, shifted to Germany last month. They simply left the dogs with their servant. Now these dogs create a nuisance in the society, as they are not fed properly. They are also not taken out for walks.” “Having a pet has become a status symbol. People have a preference for foreign breeds. The pity is that they don’t know anything about the needs of a particular breed. I think one needs to be realistic before buying a pet. Since most of the people in the City live in 2BHK or 3BHK apartments, availability of space for a pet should be kept in mind. Climate is another important aspect. I therefore suggest people to have a breed that has less fur and a long nose, so that it can perspire and breathe easily in hot weather. One must have an area of 1800 sq. feet for a pet,” suggests Dr. Mahendra. He also believes that if a dog is trained properly, it would never bark or bite anybody unnecessarily. A dog’s behaviour is completely dependent upon how it is trained. When asked about pet cats, Dr. Mahendra says, “It is easy to understand an expression of a dog, but cats are very secretive – and sometimes, very sensitive. They need extra care, as they get into cat fights. That is why we suggest people to have cats only when they have a closed house. Moreover, cats need an airconditioned environment.” After spending five months with two pet rabbits, Manpreet realises that raising a pet is not child’s play. “I bought them because we didn’t have any kids at home. But now I want to give them away to

a responsible person. I love them a lot, but I don’t find time to feed them or to take them out to a garden. It is better to give them to somebody more responsible, rather than locking them in a cage,” says Manpreet.

A Ray of Hope

Inspite of the rising mananimal conflict, there are still a few animal lovers who are working dedicatedly to make a difference. While some relate with animals at a religious level, others see animals as a source of unconditional love. The importance of animals in local culture can be seen from a recent incident. A 3.5 foot Russel’s viper was found at Haryana Raj Bhavan; it had been ordered for by the wife of a senior official for a ritual. The snake was found wearing a heavy gold chain. Also, the City is the only place in India that

Helpline Numbers

For Cows: Call Gurugram Gaushala – 0124-2365177 For Pets and stray animals: Call People for Animals – 9811703501 For Wild animals: Call Wildlife SOS – 98719 63535 For Donkeys: Call The Asswin Project - 9810164214 has a “Govardhan” temple, where cows are worshipped. Situated in Palam Vihar, devotees of Lord Krishna consider it one of the most important religious structures in the State. The love for animals is also apparent in the new part of the City, where pets are treated like family members. Ask Sonali, an ardent dog lover, who often organises dog parties, and has also formed a social club for dogs – “Dogs’ Day Out”. She says, “The love for dogs in the City is so strong

First Aid for Animals & Birds Animals & Birds

First Aid

Cattle

Move close to it without touching it. Tie a piece of cloth around its mouth so that it doesn’t attack you. If any of its body parts is bleeding, apply firm pressure using a wad of gauze, tissue, or a piece of clean cloth. If it is just a wound, apply a paste of turmeric and mustard oil.

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Move close to it without touching it. Tie a piece of cloth around its mouth so that it doesn’t attack you. In case of bleeding, apply firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Tincture benzoin can also be used. In case of wounds or burns, aloe vera can be applied. If a dog is bleeding from the nose, keep it in a cool place and use an ice-pack.

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Move close to it without touching it. Tie a piece of cloth around its mouth so that it doesn’t attack you. In case of a bee sting, which is very common in cats, a paste made of water and baking soda can be applied on the affected area. In case of bleeding, apply firm pressure using a wad of gauze, tissue, or a piece of clean cloth.

Birds

If it is bleeding from an open wound, make a compress with a clean, folded tissue. Hold it to the wound for a short period, until the flow slows or stops. If a bird has severe injuries due to an attack by a predator, clean the minor injuries with warm saline solution, and dab dry. Put the bird into a small, ventilated container and keep it dark and warm for about 2 hours. A mixture of 4 drops of Hypercal Tincture and 1 teaspoon of warm water can also be used.

that within 10 days the number of members increased to 90.” The group meets every second Sunday of the month, and conducts activities such as ball catching, frisbee, running, and swimming. Not just dogs, even the most neglected species in other parts of the country, like asses, have found lovers in the City. The Asswin Project, run by a British couple, Bob and Jean, works for the welfare of donkeys, that bear the burden of construction material in the City. Like donkeys, stray cows have also found a caretaker in the City. Anumod Gagan Sharma, the man behind big projects such as the Kingdom of Dreams, laid the foundation of Gurugram Gaushala in Palam Vihar. Calling it another ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, he says, “I always wanted to do something for the welfare of cows. When we got an opportunity through MCG in 2010, we grabbed it. Today we have over 1,200 cows and 400 bulls in the centre. Initially it was a big challenge, as 4 out of 10 cows brought to the ‘gaushala’ used to die. But now the mortality rate is just one per cent.” With 12-acres of land, 24-hour CCTV surveillance, a well-maintained hospital, and green surroundings, the cowshed has been recognised as one of the best ‘gaushalas’ in India, by the Animal Welfare Department of the central government. The centre has 70 staff members who selflessly work for the welfare of cows. “People in this City are insensitive to even cows. There are times when we get rescue calls after the wound in the cattle has rotted. In such cases we are forced to amputate the limb,” says Dr. KP Singh, a senior vet at Gurugram Gaushala. According to him the problem is that the young generation doesn’t know much about the benefits of having a cow. “There is a reason why the cow has been given so much importance in our religion. During a gas leakage incident in Bhopal, only those houses coated with cow dung escaped the tragedy. The cow is not only a source of milk, but its dung is believed to neutralise the impact of radioactive rays,” says Dr. Singh, who has been giving

medical treatment to cows for over 12 years.

Wildlife SOS Centre

Gurgaon is one of the few cities to have a Wildlife SOS Centre. Unlike the authorities, the centre doesn’t release animals back into the forest. “The idea is to give protection to the animals. We can’t leave them back in the forest, where they often die because of electrocution, food poisoning, and poaching,” says Kartick. The Centre takes care of all the animals’ needs. For instance, monkeys often need something to swing on. The centre has put climbing ropes, climbing ladders, and small boxes, so that baby monkeys can play. Similarly, reptiles are kept in earthen pots and ground holes. No ready food is given to healthy animals, so as to encourage them to search for their own food. It also helps in keeping them active. There are no electric wires around. The Centre has taken on the responsibility for the lifetime care of injured, sick, and handicapped animals.   “Wild animals caught in the City generally suffer from severe dehydration. We have to therefore keep them under strict observation for at least a month. After their encounter with humans they also become aggressive. They need extra care and love. So we keep them away from humans, and within a restricted area,” informs Kartick. According to him, opening wildlife centres is the only answer to the protection of wildlife in the Aravalis. Dr. Biswas, a Wildlife Conservationist, disagrees, and says that a wild animal can grow and prosper only in its natural habitat – the forest. According to him, “First, we need to understand that cattle are available around the forest, and not in the forest. The wild animals have therefore come out of their habitat in search of food. The authorities need to come up with a solution where cattle is 'made available' within the forest. Second, man-eating in the Aravalis is not a widespread phenomenon. Most wild animals indeed avoid human encounters. So the answer to man-animal conflict lies in spreading awareness about various wild species, and adopting some good conservation methods. It can only be done with an active involvement of our young generation.” Kartick seconds this view and says, “Whether it is a pet or a wild animal, we have to sensitise children about their importance and conservation.” u


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lmost an year after unleashing a high profile drive against rampant encroachments that threatened to choke the Millennium City, HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar seems to have adopted the middle path in managing the extremes that Gurgaon represents today. “My first priority in Gurgaon was to ensure that HUDA becomes an accessible department, where people can get the work done easily. We accelerated the process of giving permissions, and issuing completion certificates,” asserts Kumar. Earlier, he says, the perception was that files won’t move in the department until ‘speed money’ was paid – but now things have changed. “Anyone can come and meet me to get an issue resolved. It is also for the first time that a camp office has been established and made functional on such a large scale,” he says.

On ramping up Infrastructure

On the issue of building up the civic infrastructure in the City, the HUDA Administrator says that the department has cleared estimates worth Rs. 1,200 crores in the last one year – for roads, sanitation, water and drains. This spending will transform Gurgaon, he says. “More than 60 to 70 per cent of the master roads in the City have been relaid, and work is also on to repair the sector roads,” asserts Kumar. When told that some of the civic activists claim that roads were being laid under pressure from the courts and the Chief Secretary, Kumar smiles and says that there have been 3000 cases filed against HUDA on various issues. “Development is coming because we have adopted a positive agenda. Pressure of any kind won’t bring development; rather, it is the co-operation of agencies and civil society that is motivating HUDA. The whole environment has changed; there is positivity, and the reputation of the organisation has also improved in the last one year,” he stresses. HUDA has also worked hard on improving the rainwater harvesting system in the City, with more than 500 structures under construction. Kumar says that before the next monsoon these structures will be ready to save Gurgaon from waterlogging, as well as boosting the water table. The department has already started work on building five large water storage tanks in Sikanderpur, that will augment the water supply to the City. The infrastructure in Gurgaon is being built, but it is difficult to match the speed with which the City is growing, or has grown, he admits. The citizens also wonder when this 'excuse' will stop. The department has also planted almost 2 lakh saplings. The green belts and patches have been made free from encroachments, and these are also being maintained properly.

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On Sanitation

The HUDA Administrator says the department has initiated the process of buying 250 Mahindra Genios (a commercial pickup vehicle), to pick garbage from the doorsteps of the residents. “We will purchase these vehicles instead of tractors, as these are fast moving and will reach Bandhwari quickly. We are also working with MCG closely on this issue,” he says. The department, he says, has also decided to go for automation, and bring in automated vacuum cleaners and other machines for sweeping and cleaning the City. A pilot machine has already been acquired, and if the testing is successful more such will be deputed in the City. “We have observed that productivity of manual labour is quite less, as the monitoring is lax,” he says. Another major initiative being taken up by the department is to set up a ‘waste to power’ plant in Bandhwari. This plant will ensure that garbage collected from the City is used to produce power, as is being done by the Delhi government, informs Kumar. A pilot project will be launched soon, and the discussion with MCG is on-going, he adds.

On Private Builders

The Administrator believes that there is a strong need for the private builder colonies to shore up civic services and internal infrastructure in their areas. HUDA officials, he says, have been asked to evaluate the services being delivered by the private builders, and the department will see to it that basic minimum services are made available to the citizens. However HUDA does not have any direct jurisdiction over the private colonies, and it is only through the Department of Town and Country Planning that some of the concerns can be expressed. While the previous year was used to refurbish the internal systems of the department, and taking up issues in the HUDA sectors, a more rounded view of the City will be taken this year, he promises.

On housing for the Economically Weaker Sections

The HUDA Administrator confesses that the matter of EWS Housing has been on the backburner, despite this issue being very close to his heart. “Gurgaon has a huge service population that can not afford expensive housing, and it is incumbent upon the planners as well as developers to create housing for this section,” says Kumar. The Haryana government, as well as HUDA,

will soon come up with some projects on EWS Housing in Gurgaon, he reveals. When asked what was the criteria for EWS eligibility, he says that this decision was the prerogative of the District Administration. He also says that efforts are being taken to plug the misuse of EWS Housing. The private builders will not be allowed to sell the plots and houses in the open market, as the Housing Board, District Administration and related organisations have been asked by the government to create a transparent system of allotment, he points out. In addition to EWS Housing, he also wants to improve the lot of Gurgaon villages, as the residents are forced to live in a concretised slum-like condition, he says.

that developing the new sectors will be a major development exercise, that will require time and resources. But he insists that the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex has been planned adequately, to ensure that new settlements get the proper infrastructure and civic facilities. This area will develop in the next 20 years, and HUDA is committed to provide quality master roads, sewerage network, drainage and other related infrastructure in this area. The work has already begun in many sectors. “The mistakes that happened in existing Gurgaon took place because it was a village 30 years back. But we have learnt our lessons, and it will be ensured that a sustainable eco-system develops in Gurgaon II, while we improve the set up in existing sectors,” he asserts. Meanwhile, residents have already started moving in... When asked why HUDA has ceased to develop residential colonies, despite being the largest developer in Gurgaon, Kumar says it for the government to decide what the department does. “I admit that the development of real estate by HUDA has taken a backseat,” he says.

On a Gurgaon Development Authority

There have been demands in Gurgaon for creating an

On Gurgaon II (New Sectors)

Dr. Praveen Kumar agrees

His message to the Citizens

“In Gurgaon I have seen people criticise a lot – but their own contribution is zero. This mentality needs to change, if Gurgaon has to really become a Millennium City,” he asserts. He also promises that all efforts would be made to improve the social and cultural life, to help Gurgaon become a more interesting and close knit society. I love adventure sports, and to this end I have proposed an adventure sports park in the heart of Gurgaon, in Sector 29. The aim should be for a fitter, happier and greener Gurgaon, he signs off. u

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Transfer of HUDA sectors to MCG

On the issue of transferring the HUDA sectors to the MCG, the Administrator turns a bit reticent, and adopts a cautious approach. Obviously he knows that it is better to wait and watch on this hot subject, as it has political undertones and is likely to impinge on the territorial jurisdiction of his own department. “I think that the transfer is an issue that will take its natural course;  for this to happen there is a need to create capacities. This transfer will require a lot of systems, processes and a wherewithal within the MCG,” says Kumar, obliquely pointing out that it could take a lot of time before such a step happens. In his opinion it does not matter whether work is done by HUDA or MCG; the primary issue is that the intent to serve the citizens should be the primary focus of these agencies. A noble thought indeed, but then why set up the MCG?

overarching body on the pattern of Noida Development Authority, that is headed by a CEO. When asked, Dr. Praveen Kumar opines, “In case we have good leaders then such an organisation will deliver results; but if the leadership is not of top quality then even such an authority will not be able to deliver the goods,” he says. "More than an organisation, it is important to have good people and leaders in any organisation, to get results. HUDA, MCG, and the District Administration are all functioning under one government. So it is not that we are not accountable; but unfortunately, we Indians as a whole have a laidback attitude. Both the citizens as well as the executive take their own time in responding to issues, and that is where the problem begins,” he asserts. There is also a need to understand that the government can not accomplish every thing on its own. “This is the reason we are trying to build PublicPrivate Partnerships, and trying to be facilitators in the growth and development of the Millennium City,” he says.

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know how messy that area becomes for the commuters, especially during monsoon. But soon people will get a respite. Within three months there will a Foot Over Bridge (FOB) there. We have finalised all the details with National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), and they have agreed to bear 50 per cent of the total cost. The remaining 50 per cent will either be borne by PWD, MCG or HUDA,” said Praveen Kumar, the HUDA Administrator.

Draining Out The Water

A dry Hero Honda Chowk? HUDA has decided to construct a drain that would carry all the rain water to Khandsa drain, and the commuters would be able to pass through the Chowk without having to roll their pants, or carry their shoes in their hands. “An amount of Rs. 75 lakhs have been sanctioned to construct a drain till Khandsa drain, that would take out all the water from Hero Honda Chowk in the monsoon season; and there would thus be no unnecessary traffic jams on the roads. I hope this job would get finished within a few months,” added Kumar.

Relaying The Roads

“In the last few months we have constructed slip roads on almost all the major chowks of the City, and now we have shifted our focus to the major roads. We have awarded a contract of 21 roads to a single contractor, and the work is going on at a rapid pace,” added Kumar. However, the quality of the roads is seriously under the scanner. “No doubt HUDA has done a commendable job as far as the roads are concerned. But I seriously doubt the quality of the roads being laid. I believe they won’t be able to survive the next monsoon season,” said Sanjeev Saxena, a resident of Sector-45. u


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he current Heritage Week being celebrated by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is a reminder for us to take stock of our own heritage sites in Gurgaon. Unfortunately, we are living in that part of the National Capital Region where not many heritage properties or natural heritage sites exist. Gurgaon is quite outside the area where the Muslim or Mughal rulers set up base; and is also away from the erstwhile Rajputana belt (of Rajasthan), where the ruling houses of yore built forts or palaces. Yet, with efforts put in by active Members of INTACH, a fair number of heritage sites in the Gurgaon area have been located and listed. We have located valuable heritage sites in Farrukhnagar, Sohna, Badshapur, Pataudi – and of course in Gurgaon city itself. The town of Gurgaon came into prominence in the 19th century, when it was occupied by a cavalry unit posted to watch over the army of Begum Samru of Sardhana (a small township on the outskirts of Meerut), who maintained a

Old Mosque, Bhondsi

Baoli, Badshapur

Sitaram Mandir/Jami Masjid, Farrukhnagar

mercenary Army and whose principal cantonment was in the village of Jharsa (just off NH8). The buildings of heritage significance in Gurgaon are Aliwardi Masjid, the Kaman Sarai (built in 1925), the Church of the Epiphany and a few British-period residential buildings in the Civil Lines area. The Church and the Kaman Sarai (Officers' Mess) mark the period when the British stationed a garrison in Gurgaon, soon after 1857. The Baoli in Badshahpur, and the 400 year old Mosque

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Delhi Gate, Farrukhnagar

in Bhondsi, are two important structures that throw light on the populace of this area. An interesting monument in Sohna is the half-completed wall built by the Jats of Bharatpur. Also in Sohna is a well preserved, but unknown, tomb of the 15th century, and the Dargah of Nazam-ul-Haq (built in 1461). Farrukhnagar, a small town 21 kms north of Gurgaon, is home to some very fascinating monuments. Like all such settlements in Northern India, Farrukhnagar was a walled village. It had five gates. Of these just two remain – the Delhi Gate and the Jhajjar Gate. The design concept and positioning of the Gates clearly indicate a paranoia for security. Within Farrukhnagar is a beautiful palace of the ruler – Sheesh Mahal, built in 1733. Although under the charge of Haryana Tourism, this very pretty monument is suffering from neglect. Three more monuments make a visit to Farrukhnagar a very fascinating experience – a well repaired three storied Baoli, a neglected Chhatri – with very beautiful frescos on its ceiling,

Church of the Epiphany, Gurgaon

and the Sita-Ram Mandir/Jami Masjid – where Hindu, Muslim and Sikh rites are performed simultaneously! A very unique heritage property has been lost – the 14.7 km narrow gauge railway line, that connected Garhi Harsu Railway Station to Farrukhnagar Railway Station. This line was laid by the British to transport salt from Farrukhnagar to Garhi Harsu, where it was trans-shipped to the main line of Western Railway (earlier called Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB & CI) Railway). It had two

steam locomotives; one of them is currently displayed in the Steam Locomotive Rail Museum in Rewari, and the other outside the main entrance to Baroda House (near India Gate). Unfortunately, in recent years the tracks have been ripped out and sold as scrap. In Pataudi we have the well known Pataudi Palace, currently run as a resort hotel by the Neemrana Group. Nearby is the Akbar Manzil, built after 1857 as the official residence of the then Nawab. Later this building was converted into a kachehri

Fort Wall, Sohna

(judicial complex), and is now used as a godown (store). No narrative of our heritage properties in Gurgaon can be considered complete without the mention of Dhaoli Piao, which existed just outside the entrance to Garden Estate, and had been restored by INTACH. It was demolished overnight by the bulldozers of Delhi Metro, when they were constructing the Dronacharya Metro Station. A story best forgotten, though with a heavy heart... u (Atul Dev is a Gurgaon based senior freelance journalist)


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tudents of Alpine Convent celebrated Nurtrition Day. The enthusiastic kids came dressed up like fruits and vegetables. They also spoke about the benefits of eating healthy food.

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tudents of Panchatantra School celebrated Children’s Day at the School premises. The celebrations began with the tiny tots singing a special song. This was followed by teachers narrating the story of the Panchatantra. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the story-telling session.

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he students of Meenakshi World School celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm. While the seniors performed a play based on the Ramayana, the juniors sang beautiful songs and danced to classical music. The classrooms were beautifully decorated, leading to a vibrant and happy ambience.

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ancers International School hosted the Model United Nations (MUN) celebrations. The theme of the Event was ‘Celebrating the spirit of collective security’. The students gave various dance, musical, and theatrical performances. The members of MUN were also awarded certificates.

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hildren’s Day was celebrated with great zeal at Ryan International School, Sohna Road. A Special Assembly was conducted, that began with a reading from the Bible, followed by the Lord’s prayer. Chintan Betrabet, a Class XI student, delivered Pt. Nehru’s speech, ‘A Tryst with Destiny’. The teachers participated in a talk show – “Technology and Values” anchored by Rukma Singh from Class XI. An Inter-House Rangoli Competition was also organised. The School Principal, Dr. Mouna Gupta, encouraged the students to march ahead with a sense of commitment, bringing glory to their alma mater and society.

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


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ICC Coaching For Team MRIS

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f you want to become a cricketer then the Global Cricket Academy, Dubai is the right place for you”, says Ajay Tokas of Manav Rachna International School, Sec. 46. He was a part of the Under 16 Cricket Camp MRIS team that went to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Head Quarters, Dubai for a 10 day camp, along with Sarkar Talwar (Director Sports, MREI) and Kishore Kumar (Team Coach). The Head Coach of this 5 day technical and physical training clinic was Muddaser Nazar, Pakistan’s famous all-rounder. The MRIS team also had the pleasure of interacting with Muralidharan, the god of spin, and learnt handy tips from him.

Kid Corner

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agiya School celebrated Children’s Day with a difference. The objective was to build a common platform – where both the underprivileged and the children from other schools, could perform together. Students of Bagiya School, along with the resident children of Nirvana, The Close, and Beverly Park 2 performed at a cultural programme. The Event was presented and coordinated by students – Misha, Namya Rawal, Amrita Khosla and Anusha Singhal. Ashim Sen Gupta, a student of The British School, gave a sitar recital. Local Councillor Rajendra Yadav and S.K Gupta, CEO and MD, Imperial Life Sciences, presided over the function.

Literary Flourish

Teacher for all the seasons... A teacher is like spring, Who nurtures new green sprouts, Encourages & leads them, Whenever they have doubts. A teacher is like summer, Whose sunny temperament, Makes studying a pleasure, Preventing discontent.

FasTrack Rangoli F asTrack School conducted a Rangolimaking competition for its tiny tots. The pre-schoolers, with a little help from their teachers, made beautiful designs on the floor. The kids were excited seeing their beautiful handiwork.

A teacher is like fall, With methods crisp & clear, The students can discuss topics, Without having any fear. A teacher is like winter, While it snows hard outside, Keeping students comfortable, As a warm and helpful guide. Teachers do all these things With a pleasant attitude, You are a teacher for all seasons, And you have my gratitude. Niharika Deshwal Grade I-A, Swiss Cottage School

Artistic Strokes

Shlok, Grade III C, Ridge Valley Tchool

Rishika, Grade I, The Banyan Tree World School

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K id Corner

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Solutions

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The Big Leap media and Internet. However, Bhattacharya, an alumnus of IIT and IIM who took up a session on engineering at Big Leap, believes that the Internet can never replace one-on-one interactions. “If one googles ‘Career in electronic engineering’, one would get a flood of information, primarily pertaining to the West. There are also chances of getting wrong or half-baked information, leading to more confusion,” says Bhattacharya. Like many others, he believes that students stand to learn a lot from such inter-personal exchanges with professionals working in different areas. jit kumar

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kshay, a Class XII student, wants to make his name as a stand-up comedian. And though some people initially found this strange, if not funny, the counsellors at Big Leap 2012 felt that he had every chance of making it good. Big Leap, an annual inter-school career counselling fair organised by Delhi Public School (DPS), Sushant Lok, helps students “find” themselves. It also helps parents get on the right track, and not pressure their children to take up careers that they would rather not. For instance, Akshay’s parents feel that their son has embarked on an uncertain path, and want him to focus on becoming an engineer. But his heart is not in it. And those, including his music teacher, who have been entertained by his songs and self-made jokes, feel that Akshay should be allowed to pursue his muse. Akshay is not alone in this. Many children struggle to convince their parents that times have changed, and that offbeat options can earn them not only name and fame, but also help them lead more contented lives. But are the parents convinced? Nine out of ten, the answer is NO. Pervin Malhotra, a renowned Career Counsellor, said at one of the Big Leap sessions, “Parents often get carried away by the publicity given to specific courses. They should understand that education is not just about a child’s livelihood, but about making the life of the child.” Pervin feels fairs like Big Leap are of great help to both students and their parents. This is the second time that it was held in the School, and saw the participation of over 600 parents. Fifteen of them, who attended the counselling session on “Career in Sports”, said they profited greatly from the experience. Says Sunita Nagpal, Headmistress, DPS Sushant Lok, “The students from various schools interact not only with career counsellors, but also with professionals from diverse fields. The counselling is offered free of cost. Our sole aim is to help students make

informed decisions, and guide parents about other emerging career options.”

Fans and Critics

Big Leap 2011 too had proved to be a boon for many students, such as Arjun Sharma, a science topper from DPS Sushant Lok. “The Fair not only helped me to pick science and technology as a career, but also gave me information about the scholarship options that science students could avail of,” says Arjun. He is currently studying engineering at St. Stephens College (Delhi University), and gets an annual scholarship of Rs. 80,000 from the Department of Science and Technology. Similarly, Sarthak, who passed out from Summer Fields School, was helped in picking drumming as a career. The boy, who had been drumming for several years just for fun, now takes it a lot more seriously. Says he, “I love beating the drums, but I never knew that one can make a career out of drumming. Initially eyebrows were raised at my career-choice, but after I stood second in the country in the entrance test conducted by the Academy of Contemporary Music, University of Central Oklahoma, my parents started encouraging me.” Yet not all students are as enthusiastic about the fair. Indeed some, like Chitra, a student of class XI, feel that career fairs only lead to more confusion. “When too many people tell you too many things, you get confused. I have taken up science subjects, but today after attending a session on ‘Career in Fashion”, I am having second thoughts. Fashion designing fascinates me a lot, but I am not sure it is the right decision at this point of time.” Naman, another student of Class XI, spoke in much the same vein. Says he, “My parents want me to prepare for the civil services exams, but I want to study law. There are too many people telling me a lot of things. It is not only confusing it doesn’t allow me to concentrate on my studies. I will now decide only after my XII Board exams.” Then again, there are those who feel that career fairs have lost their relevance because of the information overspill in the

What you Study matters – more than the Degree

Most students care only about getting a degree. Also, many of them take up courses just because there is ‘glamour’ attached to them – a mass media course for instance. Most of them haven’t a clue about what the course offers, or whether it is at all up their street. It is not uncommon for many such misled youngsters to quit midway, as they vainly struggle with subjects like camera handling, video editing, and IT inten-

sive areas, for which they have no aptitude. Pervin also feels that students also give needless importance to obtaining degrees from abroad, little realising that India offers more quality outlets, and at lower cost. Indeed, even in countries like South Africa and Malaysia, legal education is far more expensive than it is in India.

The role Parents need to play

Counsellors are agreed that it is important for parents to educate their children about the opportunities and challenges that come with each career choice. Says Mrs. Yadav, a resident of DLF Phase III, “It is not easy to guide your children on a career choice. It can have life-long implications. I think my role is not just to play the supportive parent, but to also keep track of the various career options on offer – and their scope.” Mrs. Yadav too attended Big Leap 2012, along with her two children – who study in Class X at Tagore International School. Ravi Pant, an event manager, endorses her views, and says that the way technology is sprinting, jobs that were available in abundance a decade ago might not even exist today. This makes it all the more important that parents first educate themselves before turning their attention to their wards.” To help identify if the passion of a child can work as a career, Pervin offers a few tips. “Determine if your child possesses the skills to be successful in her/his chosen profession. Does the profession provide an inner satisfaction that can weather frustration and failure? Does s/he like the lifestyle associated with the profession? You should be happy to find, and support, the profession that will be the most satisfying and highly rewarding for your child.” u

...So Shall You Reap There is darknes al arnd an eerie silence that lulls alone on a cold bench i sit with no lamp arnd me lit a sulking feeling i have as if sumthng hs jst broken apart a part of me i lose evryday a part of me u lose everynite i cnt feel my hands and feet numb,they r as cold as ice. With my skin gone pale white i sit blankly wid watery eyes what u see is the tip of an iceberg an avalanche is building inside im trying 2 curb it wid al my might its vry existence gives me fright the days shrink, the nights expand a ghostly shadow covers the entire land a fear has set inside me scary it is, no ray of hope i see with eyes ful of pain and terror i desperately search al around alas! all my endeavours in vain not even a single soul i find Love and warmth i need emotions try and explode but numbness overpowers me it clutches me hard,i am no more free a bitter cold wind blows it cuts acros my flesh, my thoughts i wrap inside me more as d wind scarily howls. My body is numb wid cold i start 2walk... My heart stil warm i have no roof over me nt even a hay barn as i walk ahead a litle girl merily catches up with starry eyes and angelic smile she whispers into my ear ‘what u sow... Is wat u reap.. dear...’

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C ivic/ Social

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f you survive till 80, everybody—well almost—treats you with respect, just for having lived so long. They seem surprised that you can still walk and talk sensibly. It’s the best time of life. People forgive you for anything. But if you see this lady, you will even start believing that life begins at 80! Janak Lahore was one of the first among the middle class women to be educated in a formal school of Sanskrit, the Gurukul of Dehra Doon. She was born in Sialkot. Her father was serving in an insurance company in Kenya, when the partition of India took place. She was a fiery speaker at many an ‘Inkalab & Swadesh Hamara Adhikar Hai’ rallies. Flashback to 1947, Lahore: Cupid shrikes the freedom fighter. A dashing Captain in the British army, Capt. Tilak Raj Prinja, on duty at one Lahore rally, was warned by one of the local activists,” Sir, one of the girls from your village is shouting slogans against the British, and giving fiery speeches. The police may come to arrest her.” He went to check it out. And there was this beautiful young lady, dressed in white khadi salwar kameez, animatedly orating on freedom and sacrifice. He fell in love with her right there and then. And decided to marry her! She a khadi clad Swadeshi, he a British army soldier. How could the twain meet? But they did. So Janak Lahore became Janak Prinja, a proud Army wife. She did her husband proud by being a devout young lady, in the service of the ‘families’. She tutored the jawans’ wives, to read and write Hindi, so that they could write to their husbands posted in far off border areas. The jawans wrote back to thank her, now the CO’s wife, “Memsahib, for the first time my wife has been able

Selfless Soul to write her dil ki baat. She no more needs a ghost writer. Thank you”. She was also an avid performer on the stage. She enacted the role of Ushodhra, wife of Buddha & mother of Rahul, in a play held at the Town Hall, soon after she was married. Quite an emancipated young lady for her times, she won many awards for her performances. In 1957, close to Christmas Eve, Col T.R Prinja died of a heart arrest

When the China war broke out, Janak would be there with her ASC, AT Battalion ladies at the railway station of Bareilly, during freezing winter nights, handing to the jawans hand knitted sweaters, socks, gloves, sweets and snacks. Her daughter, one of three children, says, “This was the Mom of the Indian Army that we grew up with. These events had deep, lasting effects on us. We were being groomed to the art and culture of Welfare, so unique to the Army. However glamorous and stylish our lifestyles, the Welfare of the Jawans always came first.”

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he residents of Delhi heaved a sigh of relief when they were told that the air they inhaled after Diwali was far less polluted in comparison to the past years. But what about we Gurgaonites? Do we know how much pollution we caused during Diwali, or normally otherwise? The reason behind this worrying ignorance is that we, till now, didn't have any equipment in Gurgaon that could measure the ambient air quality of the City. Now we have got one. Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has approved an equipment to measure the ambient air quality and the level of pollution. “Yes, we have installed this equipment in our office at Vikas Sadan, and now I believe Gurgaonites would regularly get to know the levels of pollution they are living in,” said Balraj Ahlawat, the Region Officer, Gurgaon.

Why so late?

Gurgaon is one of the biggest cities of Haryana, and despite being a major industrial town with a huge amount of vehicles plying on its roads, Gurgaon was not awarded this equipment before cities like Faridabad and Panipat. Why? Ahlawat answers, “I too believe that Gurgaon should have had this pollution measuring equipment much before the other cities. Maybe it is because Gurgaon doesn’t have the ‘conventional’ industries that pollute the environment more. The

at Udhampur. A devastated Janak became a widow at 35 years. Those days society was not so kind to widows, and the Army did not have the provisions and supports that AWWA offers to bereaved army wives today. Her pension was just Rs. 250. This brave and fearless lady never wept in front of the world, or ever lamented her plight. Her father took her home to Africa House, their

industries here are modern, and only release a minimal amount of harmful gases like Sulphur Dioxide and Notrous Oxide. However, the sheer number and type of vehicles, more than any other city of Haryana, has started causing heavy pollution,” added Ahlwat. And to top it all are the thousands of DG sets – big and small. HSPCB has installed just one equipment, and that too inside the closed contours of its regional office at Vikas Sadan, near Mini Secretariat. “I know that Gurgaon is a fairly big city and one equipment won’t be enough for measuring the air quality of the whole City. However, our office is near Rajiv Chowk, which is one of the most polluted areas of the City,” said Ahlawat.

Where is the first report?

The ambient air quality measuring equipment was installed a week before Diwali, and the first report hasn’t been issued yet. According to the rule, a report has to be filed to HSPCB every week by the concerned regional office, so that it can be made public on HSPCB’s website. “Actually the concerned lab person who was supposed to conduct the checking of the various components in the air is on leave for the past two weeks. We would file a report to HSPCB as soon as he gets back on the job,” explained Ahlawat. Should we be surprised? u

ancestral home at Dehra Doon. It was here that Janak continued to do her social work. She helped the refugee families, who had left all their belongings in Pakistan; they lived in poverty in the gallis and muhallas of Doon. She was a one-man army, a diehard social worker. She formed Kirtan & Bhajan mandalis with the poor and helpless refugee women. Whatever was collected in charity, she would give for the wedding of some one’s daughter, or as fees for another's schooling. When her daughter once asked, “Mom you gave away hundreds for Dulari’s wedding, and here I am earning my pocket money by tutoring foreign students at college. How can you?” Janak serenely replied, “The Lord is giving you back in thousands what I give in hundreds.” Her children have never forgotten that lesson. Six years ago her one and only son, Col. Ravi Prinja, her anchor and hope in life, died of heart arrest during his posting in the East. She had a stroke, when she was just about recovering from an oncology surgery. This led to a severe attack of nervous disorder. But the freedom fighter fought yet again, with a will to live, and live generously. She gives away in charity whatever she has. This lady, who never had enough to see her through the day, gives away with a spirit of abundance. She has taught her children to give from empty coffers. Despite her diagnosis, and challenges, she goes about her chores even at this age – smiling and laughing, facing life stoically. “Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want. Remember, a happy and successful life begins with God and ends for God. And age is just a number,” Janak replies calmly.u

1091 Needs Help

{ Shilpy Arora / FG } 1091

The City police have recently launched the Women’s Helpline – 1091. According to the police, the calls to this number will be addressed by trained women police officers, and the number is functional 24x7. However, the women in the City have an entirely different story to tell. Kashmira says, “I received some offensive emails. So I called up the new helpline number – 1091. I was constantly getting a message that ‘The dialled subscriber is busy. Please try after some time’. Are they playing a prank or what? How can they let women in distress wait?” Friday Gurgaon also tried to call the new helpline number – 1091, for over an hour on Monday and Tuesday, but the number was not reachable. Rachna Basu (name changed) was, however, lucky to be able to connect to an official on this number. “After dialling the number over five times, I got a connection. I wanted to complain against some hoax calls. The issue is not that I had to dial five times, but what if a woman in trouble needs immediate help? This is not all. The problem does not end once you are connected to the Women’s Cell. You have to talk about the incident to so many people, over and over again. It was frustrating! Then finally a lady told me that she will call back. I have not received any calls from them.” However, there are some women who have some positive experiences to share. A resident of South City I, Baljeet, recounts, “I was getting vulgar messages on my cell phone. I called up the helpline number 0124-2335100. A woman official filed the complaint, and asked me to file an FIR

at the nearest police station. I lodged the FIR. They took over 20 days, but finally found the culprit.” “We receive more than 15 calls in a day on this helpline (0124-2335100). Most of the calls are related to obscene messages or hoax calls. Sometimes we receive domestic violence complaints too. In the case of obscene messages we call up the number of the person harassing the woman, and warn him not to do so. An FIR is lodged if he continues to harass the woman. In case of domestic violence we first try to counsel both parties. But if it doesn’t work, we take necessary action,” says a woman constable. She suggests that the women’s helpline number could be more effective if all the women in the City are made aware of it. Despite the police publicising these helplines across the media, most of the women still call up 100, the control room, which then connects the calls to the Women’s Cell. It takes longer. There is no central lodging and monitoring of the cases. If a woman calls up a helpline to complain about offensive emails, she has to lodge a complaint in the cyber cell as well. Due to this lack of co-ordination, the helpline has proved to be fairly ineffective. “As per my experience, these helplines may be useful for educated women, who can further file a complaint, or can leave a message on Facebook about the inefficiency of the department. The issues faced by women from the economically weaker sections are never taken up seriously by the Women’s Cell,” says Shilpa, a social worker based in Sector 50. Good intention – poor implementation. Quick fixes cannot work. This is a serious problem. It needs to be tackled seriously. u


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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

I Care For Fig { Jaspal Bajwa }

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ecent findings have confirmed that figs are the earliest cultivated fruits known to man. An archaeological dig near the ancient city of Jericho(near the Jordan river) suggests figs were cultivated 11400 years ago - much before olives or grapes. Fig cultivation predates wheat, barley and legumes by at least a thousand years. As our constant companion over the years, it is easy to see how figs might have played a stellar role in the evolution of human lifestyle and consciousness. Legend has it that Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodh or Bo tree – a variety of fig. Ficus religiosa has been used in traditional medicine to treat a large array of disorders, including asthma, diabetes, diarrhoea, epilepsy, gastric problems, inflammatory disorders, infectious and sexual disorders. Every part of the fig tree has its uses. The virtues of the root, bark, delicate leaves and fig fruits have been extolled by the ancient masters of the art and science of medicine. The leaves of the fig have been shown to have antidiabetic properties. Little wonder then that the fig is referred to as the Tree of Life and Knowledge in parts of Africa , Asia, the Mediterranean and in the Far East. It is central to the Hindu tradition, and ascetics still meditate beneath the sacred fig tree. A mention of this ‘celestial-fruit’ finds itself in just about every ancient tradition ranging from early Greeks through to Adam and Eve stories, and in early Islam. Interestingly, the same fruit also has a seamier image in certain cultures – of a ‘sycophant’ in Greek, and contempt in English (‘I don’t care a fig’). The Fig is native to the temperate climates of Asia Minor; however, today it is grown as an important fruit of commerce in most parts of the world, as also in home gardens. Technically, the fig is not a fruit but a flower. Known as an inflorescence (‘multiple fruit’), the

flowers and seeds grow together in a single mass. As the pollinating flowers are hidden inside the fig, pollination is achieved in a very unique way, providing a classic example of the high intelligence embedded in Nature by design . Fig pollination is entirely dependent on the visit of the female wig wasp. Nature has provided an opening, called the “ostiole” or “eye”. It is by means of this passage that the fig wasp gains access to the florets. Figs ripen twice a year – once in the spring, and once in late summer or fall.

Tip of the week

Fresh Figs are counted amongst the low calorie foods. 100 g provide only 74 calories, while being packed with health benefiting soluble

dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Dried figs, on the other hand are concentrated sources of energy, with 100 g dried figs providing as much as 249 calories. The use of fresh or dried figs therefore must be as appropriate. Fresh figs are one of the most perishable fruits. To get the most antioxidants, fully ripened figs are best, especially those which have a rich, deep colour, are plump and emit a sweet aroma. Avoid overly soft, fungus inflicted fruits. Fresh figs can be consumed whole, or

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t can happen to anyone at any time: witnessing a serious traffic accident, and suddenly having to render assistance to the victims. The first responders at traumatic events often experience a feeling of helplessness and shock. “Most people who experience terrible events cope relatively well,” says Pastor Hanjo von Wietersheim, who is in charge of emergency pastoral care for the Lutheran Church in Bavaria. He says it is normal to have flashbacks and nightmares for up to two months after seeing a bad accident, because the mind and soul need time to sort out the ordeal. As many as 4 per cent of the witnesses need psychological help, von Wietersheim estimates. However, Wilfried Echterhoff, head of the Cologne-based Institute for Post-Accident Psychological Care, puts the number at 30 per cent. “Lifelong damage can occur: massive anxiety, permanent inability to work, depression and feelings of helplessness,” says Echterhoff. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress include – nightmares, insomnia, intrusive memories of the event, as well

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peeled. Well-cleaned figs can be placed in a zip pouch and stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. After taking out from cold storage, place them in a bowl of water to enrich the taste and texture. Dried figs can stay for 6-8 months. However, the sulphur-containing compounds, often added to dried foods as preservatives, can sometimes cause adverse reactions, particularly in people who suffer from asthma.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Figs or Ficus carica or Anjeer

Few foods are as rich in dietary fibre as figs. A 220gm serving meets about a third of our daily requirement in weight management regimens. Figs have the highest amount of calcium among fruits. Dried figs are also an excellent source for minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and zinc. Fresh figs are rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants. In addition, figs are replete with anti-oxidant vitamins such as Vitamins A, E, and K. The antioxidant value of figs is comparable to that of apples. This potent mix of phytochemicals help scavenge harmful free radicals from the body. Figs also help us maintain an alkali balance, making it more difficult for pathogens to invade and damage our health (the pH of water is neutral at 7; in contrast our blood is 7.4, which is mildly alkaline). Potassium is important for regulating blood pressure and ensuring optimal fluid balance in the body. For many of us who may not eat enough fruits and vegetables, yet do consume high amounts of sodium(as salt or as added to processed foods), a potassium-sodium imbalance can be the chief cause of hypertension. Copper is required in the formation of haemoglobin, red blood cells, bones and collagen. Manganese is needed for the proper functioning of certain enzymatic reactions, healthy bones, and the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and cholesterol. Like some other foods, figs contain a naturally occurring substance called oxalates. In higher concentrations these have the potential to form crystals – so people with kidney or gallbladder problems might want to avoid figs. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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as increased use of tobacco products, alcohol or medications. Job performance can decline, too. “It’s impossible to clearly assess on the spot whether an eyewitness will later need professional help or not,” says von Wietersheim. “Eyewitnesses of serious accidents normally want to leave the scene as quickly as possible,” notes Michael Steil, National Co-ordinator for the Psychosocial Emergency Care department of the German Red Cross. “I’ve often heard of people who drive off and then stop, trembling, 20 minutes later. What they have gone through finally hits them.” Often witnesses of accidents can only give the injured words of comfort until emergency medical personnel arrive, or look on helplessly as people die. This, according to Steil, can result in lasting feelings of guilt. Steil advises people who have witnessed an accident to make a conscious effort to take their mind off it, for a few days. How well, and how quickly, a person gets over an accident also depends on the people around him or her, according to Steil. “Fewer people are capable of handling such situations by themselves,” he says. Consequently, oppressive memories of accident casualties can persist, causing post-traumatic stress. u


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Comment

Is This our Master Plan ? F G had carried an Open Letter to the Director General, Town and Country Planning Department, on the 2031 GMUC Draft Development Plan, in our issue of Sep 21 to 27 (Vol 2, Issue 5). We had also carried comments/objections of Mission Gurgaon Development, in our Oct 12 to 18 issue.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Sadly, the Final Development Plan has chosen to remain silent on some very important issues. The Plan is basically an exercise in real estate. It is not a plan for the development of a future Millennium City – yes, that status is still a dream. The Plan is also an exercise in isolation – in total disregard to the current civic infrastructure mess, and with little learning from it. It was imperative for us to have learnt good lessons from the failure of civic infrastructure, amenities and services in the present Gurgaon – in both State and private developer areas. And to have then proactively instituted remedial actions based on those learnings into the new Plan – especially with 50+ builders (many new) involved in the new sectors. Instead, we have business as usual – assuming that all is normal and good today. This new revision of the Plan for new sectors has come at a time when the sectors are already half way through development. In fact the first settlers have moved in. We are back to familiar territory – of people moving in before civic infrastructure is set up. We continue to test people’s patience, their resolve – or perhaps rely on the resigned acceptance of status quo by the majority. We should be prepared for more bore well water, more DG sets, and more sewage dumping. Within a year we will see and hear the frustration, and then the glib answer from the Administration, that it is 'too late to change some things now'. That, is the Master Plan. We never seem to learn. First, some comments/questions on basics: If this new Plan was to only provide alternates for the SEZ space that has supposedly been vacated, why have further areas been converted to residential (eg near Sector 71, and 72A)? Also, farmers were asked (by the State and private developers) to give up their land for SEZs, with a promise/plea of massive infrastructure development and job opportunities. With the change in plan, why should they not get their land back, and/or increased compensation? In the interest of investors, and esp. owner residents, it should be made mandatory for all builders to clearly confirm and specify in writing their plottable area(s)/FAR(s) – so as not to start making convenient changes later, by themselves or in partnership with the State. Plot/flat buyers should insist on this before buying any property. Any change thereafter should at least qualify them for refunds. The owners of apartments must also have, and retain, rights on the Common Areas and Facilities (that have been paid for by them). The State/City Administration must clearly confirm that no builder shall be allowed to offer residence until the availability of HUDA/MCG water supply with meter, DHBVN electricity connection with meter, drainage arrangement and connection with master sewage line, and other basic facilities for the colony/sector have been effectively ensured. Have the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of all agencies (govt and private) been clearly specified, for the provision and on-going maintenance of civic infrastructure, amenities and services?

neighbourhood concept, with provision of all community facilities and services within each sector, it is important that space be planned and designated for each such identified facility/service now itself. This should then be shared with each builder – HUDA and private – as well as with the public/ potential residents. Further, since the plan is to have ‘zero discharge’ of water, by encouraging the use of recycled water, each builder should have a concrete implementation plan and timetable for this. Has there been any learning from the Rainwater Harvesting obligation for all plots above a certain size? The Plan for Sohna has a provision for a 340 hectares Water Recharge Zone – but there is no such plan for Gurgaon. There is a plan for a further 50 hectares of affordable housing in Gurgaon - for 56,250 people in total; while Sohna has a provision for 66 hectares for EWS Housing ! Also, EWS Housing should be dispersed, across sectors – not centralized, as planned for Gurgaon. No space has been planned for the expansion of villages. Why has a separate place not been provided/recommended for solid waste disposal, disposal of silt/debris, and disposal of carcasses? The Bandhwari Plant is already overflowing. Why have underground electricity lines (upto 66KV) not been set as a standard? Will even the new Millennium sectors be strung up with wires?

Why have heritage sites, monuments, special areas of aesthetic, sentimental and historic value, not been already identified and protected? Why have Agriculture Zone and Natural Conservation Zone not been defined in area and detail? Why is the parking area defined only for Cyber Parks/IT Parks? Why have multi-level parking sites not been identified, given the large areas being kept for commercial establishments? Is there no thought or plan for a defining ‘Green’/Solar project(s)? Have all proposed projects been given approval against an intensity VII probability of occurrence of an earthquake? Sohna falls in Zone IV of the seismic zone map. The tallest structures are being proposed in Sectors 58 to 70 – the closest to Sohna. By when would the new 90m width link roads from Delhi from Vasant Kunj and Andheria More - come up? Where and when would the Fashion Hub, World Trade Hub and Entertainment Hub come up, and in what dimension/ size? Who are the current owners of farmhouses outside the abadi-deh in agricultural zones? Farmhouses are only for the bona fide use of landowner(s), provided they do not own a house in any urban area. What is the list of projects currently under non-conforming zones? A separate note should be provided on the Aravalli/ Conservation Zone areas – giving current status, and any plans for development, in detail.

Some further comments/questions: Have the Sector/Colony wise layout plans been drawn up, in terms of civic infrastructure? Where and when would they be implemented? Since the residential areas are to be developed on a

As per this Plan, what further infrastructure is being provided/installed in the already ‘developed’ (woefully inadequate) residential sectors 1 to 57 - and by when ? There is still time to learn, and to actually develop a City – a window of maybe a year….or two. u


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basketball match between any two NBA teams is indeed very graceful and entertaining. But what's even more entertaining is watching wrestlers grappling with each other in order to put a ball into a basket without giving a damn to rules and regulations. Sushil Kumar, the two time Olympic medallist, often plays this game with his fellow wrestlers; and each time somebody manages to get a basket, the whole court echoes with abusive Haryanvi slang. “We are all known to each other for years. We don't mind each others' bad words. This is the level of friendship and brotherhood we have maintained here in the stadium. This is not only the place where we master the game, it's our second home – where we live as brothers, with coaches playing the role of our parents. Look at these young boys. They all must be around ten or twelve, but by the time they reach our age, they would have gelled with each other like a family; and this comradeship helps a lot in building a champion wrestler who can win medals for the country,” said Sushil Kumar. “I came here at the age of twelve, and at that time I didn't even know about Olympics and medals. I just came here to learn Kushti. I am lucky that I had good coaches, and of course destiny and God watching over me," said Sushil Kumar. “Wrestling is not only a game, it's a continuous process of learning; and after all these years of training and hardship, we not only have learnt the craft of the game, but have also become good human beings. We respect each other, without knowing any identities such as caste, creed, religion or financial status," explained Sushil Kumar. "Wrestling has always been considered a game of might; and it is felt that only a handful of people, who are considered 'brainless', join this game. But a wrestler is much more than a physically powerful individual with big biceps and well-shaped thighs. It takes a lot to be a wrestler."

The Making of a Wrestler

It takes ages to master the craft and become an accomplished wrestler. Right from the tender age of eight or nine, when others play with toys and plastic cricket bats, we enter into this fire pit of rigorous hardship and training. With each year spent here we become tougher, both physically and mentally. And those who think that wrestling is a game of people who have their brain in their knees should think again. Just two minutes of a single round can be enough to decide our fate; and within these two minutes we have to use our stamina, strength and mind in unison, in order to tame the opponent,” added the champion wrestler. Along with the wrestler, his family, coaches and friends worksday and night to make him successful. “Sushil's father used to come

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to practice on, along with other modern equipment for exercise and training. We all know about the rewards and other blessings showered upon us by the government, after we came back victorious from London. The Haryana government is recruiting the medal holders at high ranks, such as DSP. We could have never even thought about it. So now, after a long time of negligence and step-motherly attitude towards sports, the state governments have starting taking care of us,” added Sushil. Haryana, apart from being a pre-dominantly wrestling loving state, has been a power house in other sporting disciplines as well. Games such as boxing and kabbadi are common here, and there is lot of talent in the State. Of course the lure of a government job might be one of the reasons why many youngsters are being drawn towards sports now.

What After Wrestling? here at 5 am daily with milk and ghee, irrespective of the weather. As coaches we too have great responsibilities. We have small kids here, and it's our responsibility to take care of them, so that their minds don't get diverted. Focus is key, and it our responsibility to help maintain it. We receive a raw material (child) who doesn't know anything. We make him a wrestler with continuous hard work and training. Forging a champion wrestler is like forging a gladiator,” said Ramphal Singh, one of the coaches at Chattarsal Stadium.

A Day at the Stadium 4:30am Wake up 5 am Enter the ground, with the Coach 5am - 6am Running 6am Drink amla juice (or similar) 6:30am - 7am Light exercises (dumb-bells, sit-ups, dips) 7am to 9am Wrestling in 'Akhara' 10am Food 3pm Light exercises (Games, rope, stretching) 6:30pm Badam Drink (Self made) 8pm Food 9:30pm Sleep Each wrestler, big or small, has to follow this schedule. I have been following this schedule for the past eight years,” said Deepak, a wrestler who won a bronze medal at the Junior Asian Championship last year, along with gold at the national championship.

Who are they, and What drags them here?

"A wrestler is not from a welloff family, and also does not have the means to study and become an executive or a bureaucrat. Here we have wrestlers from Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, MP, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In the culture of

outer Delhi and Haryana we have wrestling in our veins, and it's considered to be prestigious for the family to have a son who is a wrestler. People speak with fear and awe about wrestlers. But the prime reason for getting into this game is a government job,” pointed out Sushil Kumar. In Haryana, there are 'dangals' organised by villages on multiple occasions in a year. “I have been here for the last eight years. Now I have won the national championship in my weight, and a couple of

positions at the international level. I am from a lower middle class background. I have two younger brothers and a mother at home; my father passed away a few years ago, and since then my family has struggled a lot. There was a time I had thought of quitting wrestling and taking up the farming on our ancestral land; but then the coaches helped me, and made me understand that I am quite close to success. Now I have got a job in ONGC on a contract basis, and there is an improvement in the atmosphere at my home. I hope ONGC will make me its permanent employee,” said Deepak, who is just 22 years of age.

Why Haryana only?

Only Haryana and Outer Delhi have tasted unprecedented success in the field of wrestling, and the emerging players like Sushil Kumar and Yogheshwar Dutt have always given credit to the governments of the respective states. “The reason for our success is that the governments here have provided enough facilities for the players. Now almost in all the stadiums the players have synthetic mats

The whole life can't be lived on the sides of a wrestling mat, and wrestlers need to fulfill their responsibilities towards their loved ones and society. “I have been living in wrestling stadiums for the last twelve years. Although I won't say that we have been completely away from our families and responsibilities, but yes, for a better part of our lives wrestling has been our first priority. We go home once a week, and on festivals like diwali we spend a lot of time with family. Except some responsibilities like sharing the load of household chores and agriculture we don't contribute much. But sooner or later we would enter marital bonds, which can't be avoided,” said Pradeep, another senior wrestler. Marriage (and woman) has been considered a 'flaw' in the life of a wrestler; and it is believed to be the starting point of his decline. But Sushil Kumar strongly differs. “It's just a myth. Marriage and a woman are a part of social convention. We are a part of society. It totally depends on your partner, to support you in the cause that you have invested so much time in. For example, I have been married for two years almost, and my wife never complains. On the contrary she supports me strongly; and this may be one of the reasons why I was able to win a medal at the London Olympics. Those who think that a wrestler should always maintain distance from a woman are wrong. Also, earlier we could be kept isolated, but now there are so many gadgets available—like mobile and internet—that one can't stop a player getting 'distracted'. It is just that all things should be done at the right time in life,” signed off the champion. u

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allery Alternatives' Group Exhibition, of over a dozen emerging Indian artists -- as well as some established names such as Laxma Goud and Anupam Sud -- once again presents Gurgaon audiences with an engrossing range of India's aesthetic talent. As a growing hub of all manner of activities, Gurgaon must soon become an Trupti's interesting bronze-toned active centre for artists, due to Delhi's sculpture, 'Everyday Still-Life' -- an asconspicuous lack of studio-space and sortment of table-objects along with a soldisplay options – other than its hand- itary hand -- evokes a quaint ful of age-old art centres. Gurgaon Zen meditativeness. Laxma will have to provide alternate en- Goud's folk-mask bears a ergies, spaces and creative ideas. timeless totemic Indian quality Committed galleries such as Al- with its roots in Harappa and Mohenjoternatives, well-managed by the daro, while also reminding one of PicasKrishna Murari urbane and discerning Gurgaon so's Modernistic and Greco-Romanesque (Bronze Standing art-lover Manu Dosaj, are valuable sculptural forays. Namita SaWoman) cultural entities. chdev's strong metalMy initial response to this lic 'Head In Repose' Gallery (inside DT Mega Mall) was is serene, graceful, of concern. My first worry was that yet powerful in its it was set inside a typical Gurgaon classical realism. mall; however, thankfully it is nestled Krishna Murari's in a quiet corner. My second concern bronze standing was the Gallery's relatively small-size woman, although display-area. The space needed to be fairly accomplished, used well, to avoid clutter. Also, these lacks more evolved smaller spaces must not be in a hurry fluidity. The overall to display too wide an array of artists. arrangement of varSome mall-based 'lifestyle-shops' ied sculptural works have randomly thrown together gift- adds dimension and items, cutlery, furnishings, artificial whimsicality to the flowers and toys, along with erratic Exhibition. selections of mediocre 'bazaar art' and Amongst the Namita Sachdev (Metallic 'Head In Repose') commercial prints. Gallery Alternatives, however, is a mall-gallery that has quietly retained its standards, exhibiting a variety of emerging art with restraint and taste. The profile of this Gallery is mainly connected with projecting eclectic group-exhibitions that aim to nurture and promote younger artists, Tapash Biswas whose prices would also be more affordable. At the same time, an assortment of more evolved and mature artists also remains viewable. Apart from paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photographic art have also been regularly on display here. In the current Exhibition certain emerging energies and trends are discernible in the works of younger artists born in the 1970s and 1980s. Laxma Goud is represented by both drawings and sculptures of quintessentially-noteworthy stylistic finesse. A striking print on paper, entitled 'Laughter',  by the senior veteran draughtswoman Anupam Sud is one of the most mature works on offer. Jayashree Kapoor

Tripti Patel (Still life)

Govinda Sah

Swaraj Das

Anupam Sud

Laxma Goud (Folk-Mask)

younger painters, the Nepal-born Govinda Sah 'Azad', and Jayashree Kapoor, seem to be exploring similar vistas of outer space in their mysterious acrylics on canvas – with splattered stardust-trails in a cosmic palette. With an MFA from Wimbledon College, Govinda has exhibited largely in London, and plans an upcoming show in Basel. London-based Jayashree has mainly worked in printmaking and design, with a current interest in acrylic painting. Govinda's cosmo-scapes bear a more methodical, neo-Tantric precision, with greater emphasis on subtle textures, as observed in the painting 'Between Past And Future' – that seems like a bursting galactic sun. Kapoor's 'Lost In The Moment' portrays a flaming comet in a rather more literal manner. Both artists tread a too-similar visual oeuvre; it would be wise for them to evolve more individual signatures. The first exhibitions of younger artists, of their figurative visual skills, must be seriously considered. Evolved Abstraction can only be achieved once a mastery of Figuration and Representational draughtsmanship has been accomplished. Swaraj Das and Rajat Nandi are exploring their figurative skills; and while their paintings still remain restricted within certain sentimentalmythical modes, they contain the seeds of potential. 29-year old Swaraj, from Kolkata's Art College, displays considerable linear skills that are quite graceful; however, he must learn to transcend the illustrative and literal mode. A thorough examination of the finely-tuned drawings of Laxma Goud, in evolved musical lines that completely eliminate all that is inessential, would help the young artist in this discipline. Overall, this is an acceptable collection for general viewers, although greater thematic precision would have honed the exhibit. Gallery Alternatives should now present a more mature curated selection of its best senior artists -- perhaps called 'The Best of Gallery Alternatives' -- in order to provide the public with a more heightened experience of what Indian Contemporaneity can offer. In Fine Art, the 'raw' cannot quite be thrown together with the 'cooked' --- and definitely not without experienced curatorial guidance and impeccable standards of selection. This informed discernment is what makes the difference between a heightened aesthetic experience and random, general viewing. u Artist, Writer, & Curator


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Friday Gurgaon catches up with Ayushmann Khurana, lead actor of ‘Vicky Donor’, on his visit to the City. { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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hat brought you to the Kingdom of Dreams for the second time this year? There is nothing like the Kingdom of Dreams in India. It has given a different definition to Indian theatre. I watched Jhumroo when I visited the Kingdom of Dreams for the first time. Now, I have come along with my wife and a friend; it was such a great experience that I wanted them to watch it too. What makes Jhumroo a complete winner is that it has a ready audience. I don’t think there is anybody who doesn’t like the songs of Kishore Kumar, or his style of acting. I want to congratulate the cast of Jhumroo, and the Kingdom of Dreams, on their successful completion of 200 shows. How well do you know the City? What are your favourite places to hang-out? I don’t know much about the City. When I was doing my internship in Delhi I used to hear some bad things about the City – that it has been struggling to manage traffic and improve its civic infrastructure. However, I feel that the City has an enthusiastic young crowd that can change its fortune. As of now my favourite hang-out place is the Kingdom of Dreams. You are a Chandigarh boy. What difference do you see in the youth here? Frankly speaking the youth of Delhi and Gurgaon has more exposure – to wine, women... In Chandigarh, such exposure is relatively low. I think the youth

in Delhi and Gurgaon is 10 years ahead. I can say this because I have travelled across India, and noticed that the mentality of parents/elders in the metro cities is quite different. In April you visited the Neelkanth Hospital to promote you movie, ‘Vicky Donor’. How was your experience? Yes I visited the IVF centre at the Neelkanth Hospital. It is one of the best IVF centres in the country. Since Vicky Donor was an issue-based movie, we wanted to visit a credible medical institution. Our visit to the Hospital helped in spreading awareness about sperm donation in the City. The number of childless couples has increased by 20 per cent in the past 15 years in the country. So it was important to come up with a movie like Vicky Donor; and more importantly, to visit places like Neelkanth Hospital, that offer the best and cost effective treatments for infertility. Do you think people are comfortable with the idea of sperm donation? Not only in this City, but the maturity level in the entire North India has gone up. When we were shooting for ‘Vicky Donor’ we didn’t expect it to be a blockbuster. We expected it to have critical acclaim. I am glad that the Indian audience has become so progressive. Have you ever donated sperm? Yes, I have. During Roadies, sperm donation was given as a task. There were four guys who donated sperm, and three

samples were selected. I was 19 years old at that time. How can we spread awareness about sperm donation and sex-related issues among the youngsters? See, apart from the Media and schools, it is the duty of parents to tell their children about sex education in general. It should be done at the right age though – not too early. More than a teacher or a counsellor, it should be the parent’s decision as to when their children should be given sex education; the maturity level of each child is different. What has been your experience? I got to know about these things from my friends, seniors, and siblings. I remember my younger brother used to share adult jokes with my dad and my ‘Chacha’, but I have never done it because I am a different person. So it all depends on your personality. Plus, I think these days ‘everybody knows about everything’. Youngsters check out and discuss sex, condoms,

AIDS, and masturbation. There is no stigma attached to these anymore. You have worked as a TV presenter, a radio jockey, a singer, and an actor. What do you enjoy the most? Yes, I have experimented a lot. But I enjoy acting the most.

Any embarrassing moments? Gaurav: During one of the shows I realised that my trousers were unzipped, after being on stage for some time! It was a major wardrobe malfunction (laughs). Shweta: My skirt flew up when a team member lifted me during an act. It was really embarrassing. How has been your experience in the City? Gaurav: Great. It is home-coming for me. I love the City for its variety of food – Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mughlai – and its delicious street food. Now I have become a foodie, thanks to the Sector 29 market. Shweta: The City has become my second home. More than food, I love its weather. I am eagerly waiting for the winters now (smiles).

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o work stains a man who is pure, who is in harmony, who is master of his life, whose soul is one with the soul of all.” - Bhagavad Gita Quotes “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”- Ralph Marston ‘Thank you’, ‘gracias’ or ‘merci’, the simple yet powerful word in different languages, conveys the same expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment – as for a gift, favour, service, or courtesy. Gurgaon, the ‘Millennium City’ of India, is a fast paced growing city – with people competing in a rat race. Smiles have vanished, as we strive to own a bigger car than our neighbour. While our fingers are busy tapping on iPads or smart phones, we are left untouched by any emotion. I

was recently attending a seminar on remote sensing, and was feeling extremely tired at the end. I decided to visit my favourite coffee shop to indulge in sinful dessert, and relish some freshly made zucchini spaghetti. An unexpected heavy rainfall provided relief. I enjoyed sipping my hot chocolate while browsing through my emails. I had been coming to this coffee shop for the past three months. I always felt like a ‘queen’, as there was always a guard to open the door to the coffee shop. On that day, when it was raining heavily, and he was getting drenched in the rain, he had still welcomed me with a radiant smile. People entered and exited without as much as a glance at him. I thought of a quote, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one, to say “thank you?” - William Arthur Ward I paid my bill and walked out of the coffee shop. I took a few steps back to talk to the guard, who was wiping rain water from his face. At a loss of words, I expressed my gratitude by saying “Thank You”. Courtesies seem buried under the skytouching condominiums. We are judging our success only by our ‘power’ or financial status. We want to be appreciated, but forget that the expectations of every person are the same. Is it so hard to say a simple ‘Thank You’ – to be humble? u (The writer is the author of ‘14 Pearls Of Inspiration’, and an avid blogger)

House Beautiful House beautiful, I made a home in thee, And shared with Thee, myself and mine! So oft my sorrow, pain and anguished heart, I abode within thee. I ran to you from haunting foes, And hid myself from view I unburdened my facades And unwound my cares, within you. Many a torn hope And smashed desire I patched within your walls And then wore my calm and poise For the world outside yours. My victories, my satchels of success My moments of grace, All, I sanctuarize within you. House beautiful you have been a home to me A friendly home As no human friend can be. Your concrete walls Your potted crotons And the evergreen plants All Vibrate with life. Who calls you house? I call you home of life.

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have spent most of my adult life working as a social worker and a psychotherapist. In this role I have been in an advantaged position to listen to people’s stories. As hundreds have shared the reality of their lives, I have gradually come to understand and appreciate the relevance of a psychotherapist to social work – in the predicaments faced by the disabled and their guardians, and in some of the larger dilemmas confronted by modern society. According to the traditional spiritual view, the source of all suffering is desire, and the goal is to help a person give up all attachment. The goal, and the means to it, are both very intricate mental processes. It requires behavioural discipline, mediation practice and the cultivation of wisdom and insight. This is where some sort of psychotherapy or spiritual counselling is helpful. The mind plays a crucial role in understanding how suffering comes about. Humans have, since ages, been dealing with crises, navigating severe social problems, and finding solutions to life’s problems. Each of

Soul Therapy us has also been a patient, when we have lost some natural support. We have been relying on various therapies. Psychotherapy often includes techniques to increase awareness and the capacity for selfobservation, to change behaviour and cognition, and to develop insight and empathy. The result is to enable other choices of thought, feeling or action; to increase the sense of well-being, and to better manage subjective discomfort or distress. Perception of reality is improved after psychotherapy. Religions see ethical behaviour as supporting mental well being, and therefore see the adoption of ethical behaviour as healthy. All therapies, overtly or covertly, induce the person into a particular way of viewing the human condition, and are directly concerned with changing the person’s beliefs. A person undergoing psychotherapy learns to let go of the object of compulsive behaviour and, fortified

by the accompaniment of the therapist, turns to look at the suffering he/she is carrying. The therapist provides protection. Gradually, the person learns to perform this function for himself/ herself: by relying upon his/her own spirit. When I come across people facing dilemmas they normally react in the extremes. All religions, in a way, also serve the same purpose – of providing psychotherapy to their followers. What a psychotherapist offers at a micro level, religion delivers at a macro level. Psychotherapy is mainly about feelings, while religion is prescriptive about morality; Psychotherapy looks for relative improvement, while religion looks for root changes in a person; Psychotherapy is concerned with the adjustment of a person in society, whereas religion looks for the renewal of civilisation through the work of transformed individuals.

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While some people suppress their feelings, others are overwhelmed by them; they either always pretend to feel good, or become extremely distressed. Although we may recognise what afflicts us, we may lie to ourselves about our own reactions; or our self image may be so strong that part of what is happening to us never comes to our consciousness. The role of a psychotherapist, and that of religions, is to bring people face to face with the reality of their lives, and to inspire in them the spirit to do what needs to be done. The whole effort is directed towards helping people come to terms with their personal emotions. A psychotherapist is thus able to regard everybody with deep empathy, because he/she develops this ability to see deeply, and attains a level of unconditional positive regard towards others. When we finally recognise and acknowledge our afflictions, we put ourselves in a position to think well of others, and become useful to the world. 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.


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ou would be surprised to know that the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex 2021 (GMUC 2031 is based on this document), that calls for massive expansion of Gurgaon City, and envisages investment of hundreds of crores, was created by a team of just four officials of the Town and Country Planning Department. Whether this team had any experience in master-planning and envisioning large cities like Gurgaon is also questionable. In a written reply to an RTI query filed by Gurgaon based NGO SURGE, the Department said that due to the transfers of these officials it was not possible to say how much relevant experience they had. Critics like Darshan Singh, CEO of Pan India, and who is also an executive member of Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon (SURGE), say that the entire premise of GMUC 2031 is not based on scientific data and analysis. “It shows that the

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unlikely that infrastructure even in the external areas would be developed on time by HUDA. “When even the external infrastructure is not ready, how can we expect the builders to come up with roads, drains and lanes?” says Sharma. Critics also argue that when even HUDA is not able to create and provide infrastructure in Gurgaon, how can private builders deliver the goods – especially when they have already faltered in the existing colonies. Although the lure of

affordable housing is attracting buyers, experts say that the influx of many small builders, who neither have the skills nor pedigree in the real estate business, can put the entire development at risk. A buyer who had purchased a flat in Sector 106 alleges that neither has the project work started, nor is there any chance of it starting soon. Instead, the builder, after two years, has started cancelling the allotments, as the prices have increased and they now want to sell at a higher price, he alleges. Sharma says that there are likely to many such instances, and authorites will have to safeguard the interests of the buyers. However, looking at the government-builder cosiness it is unlikely that people will get any justice, says the buyer. HUDA says that this area will be developed as laid out in the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex Masterplan 2031 – thus making it clear that residents of hundreds of residential towers will, for now, have to remain satisfied with village roads, while also awaiting services. A local resident reveals that many of the builders are using ground water for construction, and plan to provide power through DG sets after the residents move

As per the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex Master Plan, the following infrastructure is planned in the new areas – apart from roads, drains, and other basic facilities. A majority of these projects are still on paper, while the builders have started delivering the houses. Hospitals Sectors 58, 62, 67, 70, 77, 82, 93, 84, 81, 83, 109, 115, 104, 99 Trauma Centres Sectors 80 Colleges Sectors 61, 62, 64, 75, 77, 87, 91, 89, 111, 103, 105, 102 Police Stations

Sectors 59, 65, 73, 78, 95, 89, 81A, 110A, 108, 104, 102 Fire Stations Sectors 61, 78, 103 66 K V Electricity Sub Stations Sectors 59, 61, 65, 67, 69, 70, 75, 72A, 73, 74, 75A, 76, 77, 78, 93, 94, 95, 86, 87, 91, 84, 85, 89 81A, 83, 110, 109, 112, 114, 108, 99, 102 220 K V Electricity Sub Stations Sectors 68, 72, 76, 82(2), 86, 107 420 K V Electricity Sub Stations Sector 107 Stadiums Sectors 64, 115, 72 A Cremation Grounds Sector 72

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“A number of buyers were living in rented houses in different parts of the City. Due to the steep rise in housing prices in the main City, a large population had been left out of the market. They are now moving to these newer sectors,” asserts Khanna. Navneet Mathur, who also lives in the Tulip complex, says that owning a house is one of the most comforting feelings. Mathur works in an office near Jharsa, and says that he reaches in just 20 minutes, if there is no major traffic jam. But he wants the road network to be improved, particularly the section near Hero Honda Chowk. A number of residents in the colony, who used to live in independent kothis, also say that maintaining a house has become a very difficult proposition nowadays. “You have to maintain a network of plumbers, painters, carpenters, gardeners, and security to ensure that the house is in a prim and proper condition. I have always lived in kothis but now realise that living in condominiums is also very comfortable, provided the builder delivers on his promises,” adds Khanna. Mahesh Kumar, Marketing Manager at Tulip Petals, says, “We have built quality flats using the best materials and fixtures. Piped gas will be supplied to the flats soon, and a Sewerage Treatment plant is also functional. A shopping complex inside the colony is also being readied, to serve the residents.” Residents are also happy that a commercial establishment in the neighbouring Sector 82 is coming in the Vatika India Nxt township. All agree, however, that it will take another four to five years for a proper social and commercial eco-system to develop in the area. There is need for hospitals, police stations, community centres, schools and markets to come up. They are still on paper,

while the residents have already moved in. Satish Chandra Vats, Estate Manager in the complex, and who was earlier working in a commercial office on Sohna Road, opines that with the increasing number of residential complexes reaching completion, the government must concentrate on building the infrastructure soon. “The Dwarka Expressway needs to be built within a year, and the sector infrastructure must come up soon,” he adds. Dr. Sanjay Sharma, MD Qubrex, who has been an avid watcher of the development taking place on the Expressway, also expresses concern, “The government overrode the objections of the people living in the area, leading to litigation. The ground survey was not conducted in a proper manner, otherwise the alignment of the road could have avoided the residential areas,” asserts Sharma. Presently the Dwarka Expressway has come up only in patches, and insiders say that it will take another 2 years to build this road, despite rosy promises made by the authorities. In addition Sharma says that given the current record of the government agencies, it is

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government is not serious, because to create a world class city we need visionary planners,” he asserts. “The planning of GMUC 2031 is not sustainable, as the expansion of the City has been done in a haphazard manner. And while the planning from the inception stage has been weak, repeated revisions to allegedly accommodate the interests of builders has eroded its credibility,” he asserts. Singh says that the concept of town planning has been copied

from the Western countries, where the living conditions, population, and infrastructure requirement is quite different. “How many maids, servants, and drivers does London have? In fact Gurgaon far outpaces even Delhi in this. Planning has given no space for this huge service class, and other under-privileged people that are serving the City, as well as working in the factories,” says Singh. “Gurgaon is turning into basically a millionaires’ City. The differences could lead to attrition in civil society,” asserts Singh, The planners have eyes only for the geographical aspects and real estate – not real people. Being associated with a number of educational organisations, including the prestigious Welham School, where he is the Chairman of the Board, Singh refers to thousands of government schools that have become dysfunctional because of non-responsibility and low

accountability. He has adopted a school in his native village Devli, in Rajasthan. “We have repaired the school, constructed more wings and added facilities. It is the only school in that rural area which is a CBSE examination centre,” he asserts. Asked about the idea of forming SURGE, Singh says that there was a time when there were plenty of RWAs, but none of them looked at the City holistically. “We formed SURGE to start a dialogue with policy makers and the administration. The goal is to find solutions that will help the City become a better living place”, says Singh. Another agenda is to put pressure on the agencies that are involved in forming and executing the State policies. “It is a failure of the decision makers and politicians that crucial administrative and police posts have remained vacant for long terms in the City, leading to paralysis of the executive,” he asserts. In his opinion the movement started by Anna Hazare and

Rakesh, Sarpanch of Hayatpur, says that steps should also be taken to ensure that villages in the newly developing sectors do not turn into urbanised slums. “The villages in Gurgaon have become concretised, where thousands of service staff and industrial workers live. We don’t want Hayatpur to become like that,” he asserts. He also wants the new residents and villagers to develop a social bonding, as it will help both sides – help them learn from each other, and improve safety. Rakesh also says that government agencies must also help the villages in making the transition from being rural hubs, to being part of an urban phenomenon. in, as the DHBVN supply system is not yet ready in the new sectors – particularly along the Expressway. In fact the water supply system in the area is also not ready, and underground water is being supplied to residents of Tulip Petals. While Tulip Petals has got its own Sewerage Treatment Plant, Ravi Yadav, working on another nearby project, says that the time is not far off when sewage would be pumped into agricultural land, as civic facilities have yet to come up. The residents of Tulip Petals admit that they had taken a risk in buying property in the distant Sector 89, but they say that moving out has proved a mixed blessinge. It is thus clear that if the builders deliver on time and with a quality product, parts of Gurgaon II could be a good option for the city residents who had been left out of the earlier property options. While not being very affordable, the development here gives a glimmer of hope – that a middle class buyer can still buy a house in the City. u Arvind Kejriwal would one day lead to transformation in the society, and give birth to a new social and political set up. “They are not the future leaders, but the catalysts who will help India refocus on its political, social and economic goals – both individually, and as a society,” asserts Singh. Being an avid mountaineer, he has climbed a number of peaks, and says that this hobby has taught him that human beings can achieve much more than they believe they can. “Mountains teach you how to stretch your limit, and they test the patience and endurance of a man. However they also help in finding one’s altitude – both externally and internally,” says Singh. When asked what would be his message to fellow citizens, Singh says he wants them to be more involved in the people and places around them. “Be responsive to the needs of the City, and those around you, and help Gurgaon become a more equitable and caring society,” he says. u


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razil’s characteristic flip-flops—of the brand Havaianas—were despised for decades as “a poor man’s sandals.” However, half-a-century after the first model was launched, this rubber footwear has adorned the feet of celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba, among many others. The first Havaianas came out in Brazil in 1962, with a design that was inspired by Japan’s Nori sandals. Nori sandals were made with rice straw – which is why Havaianas feature (even today) a ricegrain design on their soles. Not very expensive, these flip-flops were quick to storm the market among the poor Brazilians. The leap from a cheap option to a fashion essential came in the late 1990s, when

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hen a murder is written into a TV script, Frauke Horn gets a call. She is an artist who transforms actors playing murder victims into blood-covered bodies in a snap – creating just enough gore to entertain people who like television crime dramas. After being called in to help with an episode, Horn pores over the script, and lists all the places where gunshot wounds, cuts and scars have to occur. It’s her job to make sure they look as real as possible. Different types of artificial blood, wax, silicon gelatine, and even raisins, are among the materials she uses. “That’s what is used to create warts, for example,” says the 44-year-old, referring to the raisins. Her purse is full of plastic tubes, small bottles and sponges. On a film set Horn stands

Havaianas: 'Everyone Wears Them' the shoe company, Sao Paulo Alpargatas, sought to counter a decline in internal demand with an aggressive international marketing strategy. The firm hired new foreign trade and international distribution personnel, asked designers to come up with new models, and made deals with some major retailers around the world – including Harrods of London and Galeries Lafayette of Paris. In 2003 French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier had his models wear flip-flops on the catwalk; and that year the Company presented 61 actors and actresses nominated for Academy Awards— including Jack Nicholson, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger— with rubber sandals set with rubies. Then

over the body of a woman lying on a bleak bed - another victim in a popular German television crime drama. An empty building in Cologne is where pathology

success thanks to Ian Fleming. The Italian has perfected the art of mixing the drink. He has created and dedicated ten different Martinis to ten different Bond characters – such as Miss Moneypenny, Ruby Windsor, Tiger Tanaka. Bond actor Sean Connery has drunk cocktails here, and his Dukes, St James

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here are places in central London that look like a forgotten film set. If it weren’t for the new hackney taxis in the St. James area, you could easily imagine James Bond writer Ian Fleming (in the 1940s and 50s), lingering around gentlemen’s clubs and smoky bars, drinking in not only martinis but also inspiration for his stories. One of these bars is located in the exclusive Dukes Hotel. It is hidden in a courtyard close to upscale St. James Street. Fleming is said to have been inspired to write the famous Bond quotation “Shaken, but not stirred”, in the bar – that shares the same name as the hotel that opened in 1908. The bar’s rooms are not very large. A few lamp shades immerse the baroque paintings in a subdued light. Blue armchairs, with heavy cord ends and dark brown wooden panelling, add to the old fashioned air. A postcard says: “If it can’t be fixed with sticky tape or a Martini, then it’s not worth fixing at all.” Bartender Alesandro Palazzi is sure Martinis are a

A customer at a street-side stall tries on a model of Havaianas Brazilian beach sandals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

on, Havaianas grew into a global fever which, thanks to constant innovations in shape and colour, looks far from dying down. Havaianas now have a market share of around 80 per cent among rubber sandals in Brazil. They are sold in 80 countries,

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Barman Alessandro Palazzi in Dukes Bar – once frequented by Ian Fleming and famed for its martinis.

successor Pierce Brosnan has been a guest as well. In dedication to Bond’s true love from Casino Royale, double agent Vesper Lynd, Dukes Bar has created a special Martini that has broken conventional cocktail rules. “We are the first who neither ‘shake nor stir’ Martini,” says Palazzi. “We freeze the glass and the

scenes are shot for the show. She fishes a long, flat piece of firm gelatine out of a cardboard carton, for an autopsy scar that’s needed for the scene. The young actress is calm while Horn lays the artificial scar on her naked breast, and carefully positions it. Horn’s colleague places clear adhesive tape between the skin and the piece of gelatine, to hold it in place. It takes about an hour for the blonde woman to be transformed into an ashen murder victim. Pathology plays a larger role in this show than in other crime dramas, Horn says. Using red and blue makeup from her case, she draws lines on the neck of the actress, and blurs them a bit (the crime victim was strangled, according to the script). Horn uses a sponge to dab a few broken alcohol, because Martini needs to be drunk very cold.” He fills the glass with a few drops of Angostura bitters, then pours in vermouth, Polish Vodka and 46 per cent gin. “In the past mixing gin and vodka was frowned upon, but it’s different today. Instead of lemon I use the peel of an orange,” explains the bartender. Guests pay 27 dollars for a glass of Vesper Lynd. A classic Martini is usually served with gin - not vodka. And it is stirred - not shaken. “The reason for stirring is the high level of alcohol of the Martini. This way, it stays cold and clear.” Shaking makes the drink milky - a faux pas of the past. “The upper class used to drink Martinis, and it was against social conventions to shake the Martini. Fleming used this very cleverly - Bond wants the drink shaken, to provoke; he is Bond, he is allowed to.” Palazzi muses: “That means we’ll be seeing a lot of crazy people here. Every time there’s a new James Bond film, quite special characters drop by. Sometimes they’re a little strange and think they’re the real James Bond.” u

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and have exclusive stores in London, Paris, New York, Barcelona and Rome, among others. “With Havaianas, we are also exporting a bit of the Brazilian way of life: joy, sun and colour,” said Company spokesman Rui Porto. Prices vary. The cheapest Havaianas go for less than 10 dollars a pair in Brazil, while luxury models—like the 1,636 pairs set with gold and diamonds made in 2003— can fetch up to 30,000 dollars. Every year the Company makes around 100 new models, with different combinations of colour. The Company would like to ensure that flip-flops remain “a fashion accessory that can go with any outfit – from the beach to a party, and from

college to a bar,” according to Sao Paulo Alpargatas. ‘Everyone wears them’, is the local slogan. On the occasion of its 50year anniversary, Havaianas is launching 50,000 pairs of a limited edition model. Sales will be fully donated to a UNICEF project, to improve the quality of life of Brazilian children and teenagers. Havaianas has also teamed up with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson to launch a special collection of colourful rain boots. “I’m drawn to the way Havaianas capture playfulness and lightheartedness in their products - there is clearly an element of fun,” Williamson told Vogue. “I wanted to embrace this sensibility in the rain boots, and so chose prints that were whimsical – without being kitsch.” u

arteries around the strangulation marks.A little later the body is covered with a type of makeup that shimmers in grey, giving it the look of a corpse. On filming days like this one, Horn is under pressure. By the time the film crew arrives to begin their work, she must be done with hers. “In every crime drama, there is at least some little detail to do,” she says. In order to learn how slash, stab and burn wounds look in real life, Horn has ploughed through books on forensic medicine. “It’s not always easy to get the wounds to come across as credible. And special effects, have become more difficult to pass off with HD (High Defini-

tion) television.” Horn got into her line of work after studying to become a hairdresser and make-up artist, and attending a workshop for special effects. When a Director makes a special request, she digs into her bag of tricks. Her repertoire includes – flesh wounds, faces streaming with blood, and severed body parts. She once made a mummy for an amusement park. When the task is simple— like a cut off finger—she does it herself, using a silicon mixture and a bit of artificial blood that she keeps on hand. But when she has to do something more complex—like a stomach slit open—she has to rely on a special company. u


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t is said that the very first ray of light that hit Spain at the break of dawn, would strike surrealist artist Salvador Dali in his bedroom, in the town of Portlligat. He is supposed to have placed a mirror on the window to direct the sunlight toward his bed. Dali was the first to see dawn in a magical area in the world, that not only marked his life, but also his work. There are three locations in a triangle in Ampurdan, in Girona, that allow visitors to understand Dali’s world better: Figueres, where he was born and also died; Cadaques, his home and workshop; and Pubol, a fortress he acquired for his wife and muse Gala. Dali was born in Figueres 1904, and painted his first landscapes from the roof of the house number 20, on Monturiol Street. It was here that the young Dali acquired his first friends and mentors. Dali was famed for his eccentricity. A friend, restaurant owner, Luis Duran, recounts, “Actually he was a normal person. He only did crazy things, that were previously planned and orchestrated, when there was an audience.” On one occasion, Dali threw a bowl of spaghetti at the roof of the restaurant. He once stamped an engraving on the restaurant menu, and gave it to Duran’s father as a gift. Cadaques is a small, whitehoused community next to the water. As one tours the Creus Cape rock formations eroded by the wind, some look familiar.

The rocks inspired “The Great Masturbator” (1929), and many other motifs that became bizarre figures, first in Dali’s mind and then on his canvasses. Dali spent his vacations in Cadaques from a young age, and it was there in 1929 that he met Helena Ivanovna Diakonova, better known as “Gala” – who was 10 years his senior, and would be his love, wife and muse, for the rest of their lives. By starting a relationship with Gala, Dali earned the reprobation of his father, and broke with his parents. This was good for the artist, as smashing family ties was a surrealist movement tenet. Dali’s fascination with the spirituality and solitude of Cadaques led to the couple living in a house in Portlligat (which is now a museum-house), and into which he poured his artistic personality with outlandish decorations – combining classical, surrealist and kitsch elements. Outside there is an extravagant phallicshaped swimming pool, that boasts the famous Mae West lips sofa, and Pirelli tyre posters. Perhaps the most important room is the pigeon loft, crowned with a huge egg: a metaphor for the birth of ideas. The Oval Hall, which was for Gala alone, and in which

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The Bright Lights she found privacy and received guests—among them, apparently, lovers—creates a link with the third side of the triangle: Pubol castle. Dali bought the castle in 1970, and it was meant as a fortress for Gala. It was her territory, and its doors only opened for visitors she approved, including Dali, who apparently had to let her know in advance, that he intended to pay a call. The castle is more austere and aristocratic in style. In certain little corners of the castle, however, Dali is once again Dali – as in the Hall of Shields and the Throne of the Marquis. The frescoes on the ceiling,

Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989), at his home in the Costa Brava, in Spain.

Inside Salvador Dali’s house in Portlligat, in Cadaques. Dali lived in Portlligat with his wife Gala, who was his primary muse and inspiration.

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he journey in the elevator only takes a few seconds, yet it is like going back in time. Below are the historic buildings, and up above are the glass pavilions and bold concrete architecture of the Palace of Justice – along with all the institutions of the European Union. The city of Luxembourg lies in one of the world’s richest

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A Fortress Meets The Future per capita-income areas, and offers visitors a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new. The mighty sandstone outcrop of the Bock—with its ingenious casemate defence tunnels—towers over the old part of the City and the sluggish waters of the River Alzette – which surrounds it on three sides. The Bock is the cradle of Luxembourg civilization. No tour of the City is complete without a visit. “It was in 963 AD

The surface of the tranquil Alzette river reflects the ancient stone of buildings in the centre of the city.

The city of Luxembourg’s historic centre bestrides the Alzette River (pictured) in the grand duchy.

that Count Siegfried obtained the Bock and its surroundings from St. Maximin’s Abbey in Trier, and built a fortress there,” says City Guide Cathy Giorgetti. The Bock is the starting point for a trip around the oldest quarters of Luxembourg – the capital city of the grand duchy, and currently home to 95,000 people. The panoramic view from the Corniche Wall (added in the

the stuffed horse downstairs, and the maze garden with the long, thin-legged elephants he loved to paint, a pool – this time with an ancient Grecian air to it, and the colourful Richard Wagner busts are all very Dali. The garage contains the couple’s legendary Cadillac, that created a stir in the town, since the huge car could barely drive through the narrow streets. The Cadillac was both an ambulance and a funeral car in June 1982, when Gala died and was taken from the house in Cadaques to the castle – where Dali already had a crypt made for both of them, so they could hold hands and be together forever. After Gala’s death, Dali went to live in the castle, and into artistic decline. A year later, after a fire, he moved to the Galatea tower in the Figures Museum Theatre – where he remained until his own death in 1989. This museum is perhaps Dali’s major work; he wanted to transform an old theatre into a surrealist object, encompassing his thinking and his work. Dali began working on the municipal

theatre—burned and partially destroyed in 1939—in 1970. The theatre is crowned with a geodesic dome, with two unmistakable Dali elements: bread and eggs. Inside the theatre is the Wind Palace, a tribute to the Tramontana or North Wind. Dali was especially fond of the theatre, because it was the site of his first Exhibition in 1918. There is also the inner patio, with grotesque and metaphorical designs. The Mae West hall, that Dali created from a photo of the actress, is also of interest. Especially intriguing is Dali’s tomb. He is the only artist in the world buried in his own museum, closing the circle perfectly: he is the protagonist of his own story. Dali’s body is embalmed on the stage, under a curtain he designed for a ballet, “Labyrinth,” in New York in 1947. Curiously, he does not lie next to the woman in Pubol, without whom—and the art critics agree—Dali would not have been complete. u

17th century) extends across the broad valley of the Alzette. A bronze plaque reminds visitors that this ensemble, and the old quarter, were awarded the status of World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. The delightful Wenzel Walk captures many elements of this city and its culture. The path leads past ramparts, fortresses, tunnels, towers, bridges and walls, intermingled with bustling streets. It wends its way down to the Alzette, and the Abbey Gardens of the former Benedictine Monastery of Neumuenster – now a cultural centre. Grapes grow in the old walled garden. This site has witnessed much down the centuries: it was home to monks, until they were driven out in 1769; it was then used as a prison, a military hospital and once again as a penitentiary, until 1984. The mixed usage has taken a heavy toll, and the restoration lasted six years. The Kirchberg plateau to the north-east of the City Centre is reached either by lift or via the Grand Duchess Charlotte steel bridge. “More than 20,000 people work here, among them 8,000 employed by European authorities and organizations,” explains Annie

van Driessche. She works as a Guide in Kirchberg, and takes the architecturally interested on walks through the complex – which has flourished since it was established in the 1960s. The 365 hectares are dotted with the works of leading contemporary architects – the Commerzbank building is the brainchild of Hermann and Valentiny; while Richard Meier created the administrative powerhouse of the HypoVereinsbank Luxemburg; and Gottfried Boehm built the local office of Deutsche Bank. The residences of the European agencies are striking works of modern construction. The European Investment Bank is bathed in light, and the towers of the European Court of Human Justice soar aloft. Public spaces are adorned with distinguished pieces of art – such as the king-sized Chair, fashioned by Czech artist Magdalena Jetelova. Spanning the centuries is the spectacular MUDAM museum, designed by ChineseAmerican architect Leoh Ming Pei. The Exhibition Hall opened in 2006, and has been incorporated into the walls of Fort Thuengen, part of the former medieval city fortifications. u


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