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Even Our MP Has Rebelled

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fter spending almost 35 years in the Congress in various capacities, the sitting Gurgaon MP, Rao Inderjit Singh, who also happens to be the scion of the Rewari royal family, has decided to quit the Party. Like his father, the late Rao Birender Singh (ex-CM), Inderjit Singh is contemplating a political coup, which will ensure that a leader from South Haryana becomes the next Chief Minister of the State. The Gurgaon MP feels that the people of this Region need to re-organize themselves politically, otherwise they will continue to suffer discrimination in development, employment and social empowerment. In an exclusive

chat with Friday Gurgaon, the Rewari scion tells us why he decided to leave the Congress, the reason for setting up the Haryana Insaf Manch and what ails the Congress Party. However, he is currently reticent on his plans. Despite the Congress not having accepted his resignation, there are little chances of rapprochement, as Rao is thoroughly disillusioned not only with the State leadership but also the Party High Command. "The Congress is today run like a private limited enterprise in Haryana, with a limited personal agenda. No one in the Party listens to the grass-root level workers or those

who have been associated with the Congress for decades. When the voice of even senior leaders like me is not heard, what chance would a common man have in such a set up,” says Inderjit Singh. “This is not the same Congress that I joined in the seventies, when Indira Gandhi was the leader of the Party and politics was considered to be almost a social service within the rank and file. Today the new entrants do not have the same Congress psyche, and unfortunately they have marginalised the old Congressmen and their beliefs. This has happened in the last 10 years in Haryana. As an MP representing Gurgaon and the people of South Haryana, I had

repeatedly demanded the setting up of a Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA), so that this City could be developed as a model city. Despite the Congress observer in the State agreeing to this proposal, the Chief Minister and his coterie nixed it, after forming a committee, as they do not want to see development – or a new power centre - in this Region. This has happened despite Gurgaon contributing almost half of the revenue to the State coffers. The GDA set-up would not have allowed them to misuse the revenue or the land,” alleges the Gurgaon MP. Several such issues were raised before the State, as well as the central Party leadership, but to no avail. Contd on p 7 

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Theatre Two to Tango, Three to Jive (Hinglish) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: October 19 Time: 7:30 pm


arminder Sethi (Saurabh Shukla) is caught between continuing a monotonous life and the enticing prospect of turning things around. This Play chronicles Parminder's journey as it ebbs and flows with practical, comic, ambivalent, confusing and passionate tides. The Play is directed by Saurabh Shukla.

Aditee Biswas. The Show examines the complexity of a man-woman relationship, within and outside marriage.

as all kinds of cranes, bulldozers and churner machines.

Workshop Elegant Appetisers @ Sttudio 292, Raisina Residency, Glenbow Building, 5th Floor, Sector 59 Date: October 19 Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

A Sale Grandmas' Collection @ E - 7/ 27, DLF Phase 1 Date: October 18 to 20 Time: 11:00 am (closed for lunch from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)


hen Grandmoms get together, there's bound to be creativity. Pramila and Kamla Bhargava present a collection of baby clothes – frocks, knitted sets, bibs, sheets and more.

Theatre Lal Ded @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: October 20 Time: 7:30 pm


al Ded is a solo one act performed by Mita Vasisht. The Play is a theatrical collage of poems, songs, thoughts and philosophies of the medieval poetess, Lal Ded, from Kashmir.

Diwali Dhamaka Kids' Carnival @ Ambience Mall, Ambience Island, NH8 Date: October 19 & 20 Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm


iscovery Kids, along with World Children Expo (WCE), presents a two-day Kids’ Carnival. The Carnival includes exciting activities such as games, a painting corner, quizzes, contests, special character appearances and Workshops for kids. Also on offer are a range of productse.

Diwali Mela Silver Oaks, DLF Phase I Date: October 20


hopping, Food Stalls, Competitions, Games and Dandiya – it's all here.

Theatre Bali @ Zorba The Buddha, MG Road Date: October 18 & 19 Time: 7:00 pm


presentation of Girish Karnad's 'Bali', designed and directed by

Theatre Court Martial @ Kalasthali, Ansal Plaza Mall Road, G-Block, Palam Vihar Date: October 26 Time: 7:00 pm


irected by Ashutosh Shelat, the Play is about Rider Ramchander of the Infantry Division, Northern Command, Indian Army, who faces Court Martial for critically injuring his superior Officer, Captain Kapoor and killing Kapoor's colleague Captain Verma in a shootout. Will Ramchander be held guilty?

Workshop Mechanical Engineering Workshop @ Brainy Toys, Plot No. 1032 Q, Sector 38 Date: Up to October 31 Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Workshop that promises to resolve your 'appetiser' worries before hosting a party. Experts will teach you how to prepare a variety of party appetisers. Recipes include platters and individual servings.


Workshop on Mechanical Engineering for kids.They will learn about simple machines and bridges and the basics of gears, pulleys, inclined planes and cranks. The kids will also learn to build and operate fully functional simple machines such

Seminar Wildlife Seminar @ Panasonic Experience Center, Ground Floor, ABW Tower, MG Road Date: October 27


Seminar on Wildlife with National Geographic Photographer, Louis Kleynhans. Come into the wild with the Gorillas Club and experience a walk with the lions .Fees - Rs. 1000 only. For More Details Call 9266692666

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An Educator Par Excellence Prof. (Dr). O.P Gupta- Director, IBS Gurgaon

Nightlife Terrific Thursdays @ Barrique, Tower 9A, Block A, DLF Cyber City, DLF City Phase III Date: Up to October 31 (Thursdays) Time: 8:00 pm onwards


njoy a stunning live performance by the band, Vedas. Swing to a variety of genres, ranging from Jazz, Pop, Reggae and Contemporary Rock to Indian Semi-Classical and Sufi. The Band―Tanuj, Varun, Piyush, Rahul and Maurya― presents a series of soulful compositions.

Stand up Comedy Classic Comedy @ Cooper's Grill & Bar, DLF Star Tower, NH 8, Sector 30 Date: October 19 Time: 8:00 pm onwards


ive your funny bone a treat as comedian Vipul Goyal performs his Act. According to Vipul, he performs in 4 languages – English, Hindi, Java and C++.

Dr. O.P Gupta. Ph.D. (Finance) from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, is currently the Director of IBS, Gurgaon. Prof. Gupta joined IBS Gurgaon in April 2003 as a Professor and was made Dean in October 2004. Later, in December 2005, Professor Gupta was promoted as Dean and Centre Head. In March 2006, he was elevated to the position of Director of the School. Prof. Gupta has teaching and research experience of over fifty years. Before joining IBS Gurgaon, he was a Professor of Finance at the Department of Financial Studies, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi. He was also the former Head of the Department of Financial Studies and Dean Faculty of Commerce & Business, University of Delhi. Prof. Gupta was instrumental in conceptualizing and designing of the Master of Finance & Control (MFC) Programme, which was launched in 1987 at the South Campus. Prof. Gupta has contributed more than forty research papers in journals of repute, both in India and abroad. He has seven books and seven monographs to his credit. He has also completed a Major UGC sponsored research project on “Investment Performance of Mutual funds in India in 1999. An Empirical Study.” Since its inception in 1995, IBS has been one of the best B-Schools in the country, providing excellent academic delivery and infrastructure to its students.

Art Solo Painting Exhibition @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: October 20 to 24 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


solo Exhibition of Tanjore Paintings by Pushpa Raju.

Food Eid Festivities with Kebab & Qawwali @ Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29 Date: Up to October 20 Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm


elebrate Eid with a Qawwali session, accompanied by a mouth-watering variety of veg & nonveg kebabs

Exhibition Crafts @ Club Patio, South City I Date: October 25 to 27 Time: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm


angsutra presents an impressive display of handcrafted home made products, made by over 1000 artisans from rural India.

Nightlife Club Night with DJ Mudit @ Club Rhino, IIIrd Floor, South Point Mall, DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road Date: October 19 Time: 8:00 pm


ere's a chance for all Dimsum lovers to indulge in a wide range

Shabdrang : An Integration @ AIFACS Art Gallery, 1, Rafi Marg Date: October 22 to 28 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


n Exhibition of Paintings from Raina’s poetry, by Ashok Kant.


et ready to dance with the EDM beats of The MixxMaster DJ Mudit.

Conference ISSME World Conference @ The Leela Kempinski, Hotel & Residences, Ambience Island, NH8 Date: October 18 to 21 Dimsum Wuxian @ Jing, Vatika Towers, Golf Course Road, Sector 54 Date: Up to October 31 Time: Noon to 8:30 pm

Delhi's Artscape

of offerings prepared by master chefs. Enjoy these dumplings: Shrimp Crystal Wrap, Prawn Harakara Style, Cantonese Sole Dumpling, Fish Dumpling Malaysian Style, Chicken Sui Mai, Pork Pot Stickers, Chicken Kothe, Lamb Goutie, Pork Bow, Spinach and Corn Dumpling, Glass Noodle Bun and more.


rganised by the International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME), this Conference will foster international linkages, green energy, technology and sustainable development. Presentations, abstracts, interactive panels and special business sessions will be on offer.

Art Exhibition By Sarojini Sinha @ Azad Bhavan, Indian Council For Cultural Relations, IP Estate, ITO Date: Up to November 5 Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm


orks of art by renowned artist, Sarojini Sinha.

From Organic Forms To Light Art @ National Gallery Of Modern Art, Zakir Hussain Marg Date: Up to October 31 Time: 11:00 am onwards


he National Gallery of Modern Art and the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre present a selection of contemporary Hungarian artworks by 40 artists. The Exhibition is an amalgamation of organic art, non-figurative works, light art, graphics, sculptures, geometric and figurative art.

The Japanese Wife and Other Tales @ Art Alive Gallery, House No. S - 221, Panchsheel Park Date: Up to November 30 Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm


rtworks of the renowned painter and printmaker, Rini Dhumal.


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THE WEEK THAT WAS  Defence Land Scam in the City - over 200 FIRs filed to date.  There is 57mm of rain on Friday. This year's rain breaks a 72-year old record, of the maximum number of days of rain in a year – it has rained 118 days this year.  The High Court asks HUDA to submit an authentic status report on the water supply to the City.  A man is held for a rape attempt on a 4-year-old girl; a 19 year old Delhi woman alleges rape by a Gurgaon real estate agent, but retracts in front of a judge; a CA, a landlord, is held after his tenant alleges rape; a person from Palam Vihar is sent to jail for a rape attempt.  A 8-year-old boy is allegedly kidnapped by his relatives; a manager of the Discom is held up and his car and valuables snatched, in Sector 31; a person is beaten and his pistol snatched, in a fight between 2 groups in Sector 7; a young woman attacks a woman police officer in Sector 5; there is shooting at a retired Commander's house in Nirvana Country.  A criminal, Vikram Kadian, wanted for over 200 robberies and other crimes, and with a Rs 70,000 reward






for capture, is arrested.  A 27-year-old is arrested for faking his own abduction, along with his accomplices. They planned to take a ransom Rs 5 lakhs from the man's father.  A truck is held up and stolen at gunpoint, on MG Road.  A man is booked for leaking the HTET Paper.  An executive engineer is duped of Rs 50,000 in an online fraud.  The Traffic Police are running a Road Safety Mega Festival 2013, for students.  Sectors 40 and 45 are also now under CCTV surveillance.  3 people are caught with 400 illegal LPG cylinders.  Illegal structures in an illegal colony in Palam Vihar Phase II are demolished by the MCG.  A woman files a case of negligence against a leading hospital.  Online registration of pets has been set up.  A vast majority of girl students from Sector 9 University are tested as deficient in blood count.  Voter registration in Gurgaon remains low.

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Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I need to go to a good hotel Manne badiya hotel me jaana hai.


T PIC be the change you wish to see


2. Do you have any rooms available? Koi kamra khaali hai ke? 3. Is there room service? Room service hai ke? 4. How much is a double room for? Do aadmiyan tayin ek kamra ka kitna laage ga? 5. Please clean my room Mhaara kamra saaf kar de. 6. Can you wake me up at 10 am? Manne dus baje tha diye. 7. Do you accept American dollars? Amrican peese chaal jaayen ge ke? 8. I want to check out Manne hotel chhodhna hai.

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Dandiya Dreams


ingdom of Dreams celebrated Navratri with a Dandiya Raas. Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan was present and engaged with the guests performing Dandiya. The guests danced through the night to Gujarati beats and enjoyed the festivities. Popular vocalists Pinky and Brijesh also gave a powerful performance. Saroj Khan judged the dancing skills of the guests and awarded them titles such as Best Dancer, Best Couple Dance, Best Group Dance, Best Comic Dancer and Best Kids Dance.

Supporting the Cause


elebrating the completion of 250 schools under the 'Support My School' campaign, Surina Rajan (IAS, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Haryana), Suresh (IAS, Director General, Director of Elementary Education, Govt. of Haryana), Bhupinder Suri, VP, Franchisee Operations, Coca-Cola India and Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation, dedicated the Government Girls Primary School in Nuh to the students and community. Also present were  Vinay Singh Yadav, DC, Mewat and Pradeep Godara, ADC, Mewat.

ITM Gaining Momentum


TM celebrated its College Festival, Momentum 2013, with plenty of fun and enthusiasm. Besides a Dance Competition and a Fashion Show, the Fest also included a spectacular Bhangra performance and a contest for Mr and Mrs Momentum.

Swinging Times


wing Restro-Lounge hosted a Jamming Session, Drum Jam, with drummers from Delhi. The crowd enjoyed the racy beats of the Jam Session and some guests tried to keep up with the beats on the dance floor..

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hile numerous studies have emphasized the increasing number of 'paid' marriages in North India - particularly in Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab - due to the skewed sex ratio, not much attention has been paid on the life of these women, who are mostly from Eastern India. They have been uprooted from their villages and towns – allegedly not forced - and planted in an altogether different male-dominant and extremely rigid culture. A Study on the plight of these women in the districts of Rohtak, Rewari and Mewat (in Haryana), and Alwar and Jhunjhunu (in Rajasthan), surprisingly reveals that the 'shortage' of women is not faced by all the caste groups; it is more prevalent in the dominant castes - like the Jats and Yadavs. The problem is more endemic in rural areas as the people there have strong caste bonds, and it is difficult to marry outside the community locally. Anil Sehrawat, a resident of Hassanpur in Gurgaon, who has relatives across South Haryana, says that this problem is spreading even in this area, because of the preference for a male child. “The youth are finding it difficult to find a girl for marriage, as people from the City do not want to send their girls to rural areas. The sex ratio is anyway unfavourable, as a result of which many youth who do not have good jobs or land holdings are finding it difficult to get married”, he says. A disturbing trend that has been observed is that most of the rural males seek such marriages when they discover that their immediate family members are not able, or willing, to support them. The Study reveals that 'paid' marriages are arranged in four different ways, and the manner in which this happens ultimately decides the fate of the bride. The marriage could take place through trafficking, or be arranged by: 'dalals', the husbands of existing brides or the brides themselves. A majority of these marriages are based on some degree of falsehood with regard to the status of the man. Ashok Kajla, resident of Soldha village near

Prepaid Marriages


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Jhajjar, says that a majority of the women agree to these marriages because these arrangements are not only dowry free but also carry no wedding expenses. In fact, the bride's family is able to command a 'premium', which is unheard of in Eastern India. “Most of the women come from poor families, which have no land and are primarily farm labourers”, he adds. However, reality comes down heavy on these women very soon. A majority of the men are basically seeking women for 'free reproductive and productive labour'. These women also face abuse, and since they have come as part of a 'commercial transaction', they are totally dependent on the person whom they have married – and his family. Naresh says,“Women married in this way are treated like labour and do no command much respect. However, educated women - like from Kerala - are treated well. They are also aware of

Down Memory Lane { Alka Gurha }


t is that time of the year when we come across books, diaries, clothes and irrelevant memorabilia while cleaning the house. And yet, it is hard to discard old stuff. This makes me wonder - are you a hoarder or a thrower? Do you believe in the lightness of being, or do you collect memorabilia for the sake of nostalgia? Depending on the memories, nostalgia can be strangely imprisoning or sweetly invigorating. No wonder they say, ‘The past is not a place to stay. It is a place people visit’. This weekend, while cleaning my clogged cupboard, I came across stuff

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that transported me to another time. I came across an old autograph book, which had emotional farewell notes from school buddies. It was wrapped in a handkerchief that I had embroidered during my Class 8 hobby class. My throat tightened when I stumbled upon a picture of my father as a young hockey captain of his medical college team. The picture was a reminder of life’s impermanence; also the fact that there is no way I can rewind the reel and bring him back. Suddenly the heart was wrapped in the mist of distant memories. I found myself filled with longing when I discovered little booties of my son. These are treasure troves for any mother; surely they can’t be discarded as trash. Beneath the stolid science books, I

their rights. The women also face discrimination within the families; they are shunned, isolated and even forced to live separately, because of the unknown nature of their caste. There is also a deep sense of racism prevalent in the agricultural communities against these outsiders, and they are also called vulgar names. Advocate Pavan Raghav of Palra, who has seen a number of such marriages, says, "Such marriages do happen, and the number is on the rise because of practices such as female infanticide”, he asserts. Raghav suggests that to ensure that such marriages do not result in the victimization of women, there is need to involve the local panchayats. There is also a need to bring such marriages out of the closet and discuss the same publicly, so that many inherent problems are resolved. Activists also suggest that the government should promote the concept of inter-caste marriages, particularly between up-

found a college notebook. The last page was full of mindless scribbling and doodling. Perhaps a boring lecture on a late summer afternoon led me to spew angst and anxiety on paper. Apart from the doodles, my notebook had juvenile verses scribbled on the last page. There is something about adolescence that makes many of us poets. It doesn’t really matter if the poetry is awful; after all, it’s our little secret. Crushes, heartbreaks, longings, frustrations, confusion and rage find their vent through such verses. Interestingly, when I try to write poetry today, it eludes me. I also came across some old greeting cards. Sadly, the trend of sending handwritten greeting cards is almost dead. Anything that evokes memories of a happy past can never be discarded as trash. It remains precious and survives the Diwali cleaning - year after year.u

per and lower castes, in the same State or Region. This will check the need for looking for women from outside, as some of the weaker castes in the northern states do not suffer from an adverse sex ratio. Sehrwat however says that there is a strong notion in certain communities that marrying lower castes would degrade the status of the family, and the entire lineage would be destroyed. Raj Kumar, a resident of rural Gurgaon, says that though these marriages are against their culture, they have become a necessity for the locals. He believes that society should ensure that these women are treated in a fair and balanced manner and their offspring are given their rightful share. However, this rarely happens, as children from such marriages face taunts and are not considered to be a part of the family, or even the extended clan. Some of the older boys among these offspring are finding it difficult to find brides locally, due to their mother being from outside the State and having a questionable caste. Advocate Raghav says that one way to ensure that women are not discriminated in these alliances, is to make the registration of such marriages compulsory. It will ensure protection for the women against trafficking, abuse in marriage and desertion by husbands, and ensure maintenance and inheritance when due. Till then the lives of these 'crossregion' brides will remain shadowed under dark clouds of helplessness and they will continue to suffer silent discrimination - even as the governments across the country keep shouting about the welfare measures they are taking towards improving the lot of the weaker sections of society, particularly women. u

Durga Durga ! { Sujata Goenka }


he monsoon has waned and the festive season is upon us once again – though rocked by inflation. Durga, or Maata Rani as the Punjabi community calls her, is the prime deity of the season. However, the community that worships a woman for nine days and rejoices in her victory, has little respect for women in society. Durga is a reminder that women do have the power to fight men, to slay demons. It is time for a Durga to rise once more to help regain women’s sense of pride in society. As for men, they should burn their emotions of lust and greed in the fire that burns Ravana. The political class, which is filled with these vices, should heed the rising of Durga in the form of voters. The nation is reeling with debt and inflation, while these traitors feed themselves.The new generation is not going to tolerate corruption, as it has surpassed all limits. u

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Even Our MP Has Rebelled  Contd from p 1 When asked why the Congress High Command was not listening to a senior leader like him, who had spent over three decades in the Party, Rao says, “I too have failed to understand why the Party High Command does not listen to senior leaders and is not ready to look beyond the Chief Minister. This also happens because some leaders have far more access to the levers of power in Delhi. Such politics has been destructive to the cause of half of the State and serves only the interests of a few people at the cost of the Party,” he asserts. Recalling the time when he joined the Congress in 1978, Inderjit Singh says that he decided to join the Party on the appeal of Indira Gandhi, who had come to Rewari and asked for support from like-minded people. “At that time our Vishal Haryana Party was a political force in the State, with a number of MLAs. We decided to merge with the Congress because we saw a common ideology and synergy. But unfortunately the Congress Party in the last one decade has moved away from its ideals under the leadership of the present Chief Minister,” he alleges. The decision to leave the Congress, or not to seek re-election, was not sudden; it took almost 3 years for this Party veteran to seek an option outside of the fold. “I was also disillusioned with the grievance redressal mechanism within the Party,” he asserts. Inderjit and his supporters within the Party also raised the issue of the poor development of South Haryana, the lack of infrastructure and the non-delivery on various announcements made by the Chief Minister. These issues were first raised within Party forums and several resolutions were sent to the State and Centre. “We had demanded that an internal White Paper be issued on the recruitment policy of the government over the last 7 years. The people must know who all have got jobs and from where do they belong,” says Singh. There is strong discontentment among the people in South Haryana that government jobs, and even employment in the private sector, are going to people of a certain Region favoured by the Chief Minister and his men. When demands like these were not met by the Party

leadership, Inderjit Singh decided to raise them publicly; and ultimately he was forced to set up the Haryana Insaaf Manch, as threats of disciplinary action had stifled any independent voice. “We set up the Manch so that plain speaking from this forum would at least be heard by the Party High Command, but there was no reaction,” he says. This ultimately forced the Gurgaon MP to break ranks with his erstwhile Party, which he now plans to unseat from the State. Rao says that his politics would not be limited to a Region. “South Haryana would be the nucleus of my political enterprise, but all parts of Haryana that have suffered because of discrimination and antipeople policies, will be on our radar. The disaffection with the present government is so high that people just wish to depose this leadership, which has failed to look beyond itself,” asserts Inderjit Singh. Not ready to open all his political cards yet, the Gurgaon MP says that people are looking for change and he will try

to act as a catalyst. “Clearly we need access to levers of power if we want development. I will look for political alignment with like-minded people, to ensure that power comes to the doorstep of the common man,” he says. He adds that the time has come for a Chief Minister from South Haryana. It seems the Haryana Insaf Manch, despite being apolitical, will set the tone in the months to come. Rao says that his Manch would allow the rank and file to speak out their grievances and never penalise them for speaking the truth. This, he says, is a clear difference in culture from his former Party - where even a

little dissent against the leadership is not brooked. Rao Inderjit also says that State party leaders, particularly Jat Chief Ministers of Haryana, have not worked for the people of this Region. If the Yadavs are united throughout Haryana, they have the capacity to upset any political applecart, says Rao. “The first non-Jat CM of Haryana came from this Region and after that other CMs have tried to keep it backward. However, we are going to change this,” he asserts. Speaking about the loyalty he commands among the people in the area, the Gurgaon MP asserts that his Party can play a significant role in 9 segments of the Faridabad Parliamentary constituency, 9 segments of Gurgaon, 5 segments of Mahendragarh-Bhiwani and a few segments in Jhajjar as well. “We can also influence around 20 to 25 Assembly constituencies, which is quite a large number,” he asserts confidently. Land acquisition is another issue over which the Gurgaon MP has had differences with the State leadership. Inderjit

mon man,” Rao alleges. The Hooda government also took the agriculturists for a ride over land acquisition. “After promising that no land will be acquired before the passing of the Land Acquisition Bill, the State government made an about turn and started acquiring land by sending notices under Sections 4 and 6. “My demand is that any land that is today in the process of acquisition should be brought under the ambit of the recently passed Land Acquisition Bill, but the Haryana government refuses to do so,” asserts Inderjit. He has also demanded that the State government should come with a White Paper on the acquisition of all land in Gurgaon and across the State. “This enquiry is not going to happen under the current government, but the next government will Prakhar Pandey certainly have to look Singh accuses the Hooda-led into this Scam,” he asserts. government of perpetrating The Gurgaon MP further aca massive land scam in the cuses the Hooda government City, using the CLU (Change of backtracking on the issue of of Land Use) route, which regularisation of the unauthorhas led to the diversion of ized colonies and says that this 21,000 acres of agricultural is due to the indifference of the land for commercial use - vio- leadership, and petty political lating all norms and propri- interests. “Who will suffer if ety. “The Hooda government these colonies are not regucame out with three Master larised? It will be me and a Plans (spanning a decade), few local Congressmen. This all within a few years. What is what certain sections in was the need of the Master the Congress Party want, and Plans for 2025 and 2031, af- so they have pursued policies ter 2021 was finalized? This is that are inimical to the local nothing but a ruse to ensure leadership,” he asserts. The that certain commercial in- State government has ensured terests were benefitted at the that even basic amenities are not cost of farmers and the com- delivered in these areas, includ-

ing the lakhs of people living in the 900 meter disputed area around the Ammunition Dump. “The State has not presented its case forcefully and with the right intent. While the officials responsible for this wrongdoing should be brought to book, we need to find a humanitarian and civic solution for these people,” he asserts. The Gurgaon MP is also peeved that lakhs of rupees that he sanctioned under the MPLAD scheme have not been allowed to be spent by the Administration, because of the partisan policies pursued by the government. Asked how he rates the leadership and governance of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rao Inderjit Singh replies “Sarkar ka rutba aur iqbal nahin hai. This is a sad state of affairs, as people do not respect the government any more”. Calling the people in the entire State, and particularly Gurgaon, to vote for change and to rally behind him so that the political stables can be cleaned, Rao Inderjit Singh says, “There is a large young population of specialists in every field here, and I will try to tap this talent to make this City into a world class abode. It will help power the State also”. The Haryana Insaf Manch has already set up an office in the heart of the City and Rao's people are working on setting up a social media presence, to make the Rewari scion even more accessible to the people. He knows that the coming election would be crucial for not only his political future but also for the entire South Haryana, which he hopes would be rallying solidly behind him once again.u

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hen Amelie started a small photography studio in DLF Phase 1, she faced a lot of challenges. For instance, she didn’t know how tenders are released in India; and buying equipment at reasonable rates and finding skilled personnel was extremely difficult. “Here everybody seems to believe that we British have a lot of money. The vendors quote you double of what they quote to an Indian businessman. And clients seem to believe that if a studio is run by a foreigner, it will be expensive - and thus we don’t get enough projects. It is only after two years that I have started understanding the dynamics of the Indian market,” she says. There are more than 600 small and medium-sized British firms in the City, most of which are struggling to establish base here. With an aim to help such businesses, the UK government has recently laid the foundation of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) in Cyber City. Supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Groups (BBGs), the Council is the first among a

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UK Means Business planned network of six, which will be established across India. The objective is to help British companies, especially Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), to enter and operate in the Indian market. Last year the Prime Minister of UK had announced the setting up of six trade councils in India; the UK is now focusing on emerging economies. Lord Stephen Green, Trade and Investment Minister of UK, says, “Our government is investing more in Shanghai, New York, Istanbul and India. In India, we have realised that cities like Gurgaon and Bangalore can provide a better response than the Capital and Mumbai, as they are emerging cities in terms of business. Consumers also have a high purchasing capacity in such cities.” Amelie seems very positive about such initiatives. “In the last two years I have interacted with more than 60 entrepreneurs from the UK. All seem to face some common challenges,” she says. A British entrepreneur, Richard McCallum, who is incharge of taking forward the initiative of creating a pan-

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India network of UK Business Councils, feels, “With this initiative we intend to create something relevant and special in India. My experience in India for the last eight years reveals that there has been a phenomenal growth in consumer spending and demand is continuously rising for a wide variety of products and services. There definitely is considerable opportunity in India.” McCallum offers a rare combination of having run an SME for seven years in the country as well as an experience of having worked with a large international firm. Now Founder and Director of Flying Fox, India’s first Zipline Tour Company, McCallum is credited with starting a business in the Capital from

scratch and making it a success in just five years. To begin with, UKIBC will focus on three sectors – advanced engineering and manufacturing, healthcare and life-sciences, and skills and education. The Council has already recruited a team that would provide intelligent services in each of these sectors. Analysts will offer research, analysis and diagnostics, and an Advisor will help link up the services with the clients. Moreover, the Council will offer office space, meeting facilities, hot-desking and event space to SMEs from the UK. “New businesses from the UK can rent the space until they feel confident enough to take on their own property,” says Mc-

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Callum. Promoted as a homeaway-from-home option for UK business, UKIBC is currently working with an Indian Real Estate partner, Pacific Business Centers, to offer better infrastructure to the growing businesses. Furthermore, the Council will work as a corporate matchmaker, by setting up meetings between UK companies and prospective clients in India. It also plans to conduct networking events, where interested businesses can meet the expats and also learn about Indian culture. McCallum adds, “Every day in India is an adventure! Every entrepreneur should understand what is required to build a new business in India and also what it is like to be a new entrant in the Indian market. It is very important to be in the Indian market physically, to catch the opportunities early. The latest figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the UK show that 14% of its members currently export to India, with a further 23% looking to do so in the future. The UK govt. is therefore aiming to provide quicker, more efficient and cost-effective access to key emerging cities, so that its SMEs can benefit from the growing market, and potential, of India. u

irrespective of whether he/she is a local or an outsider. “Our Block Level Officers would be present at the booths on October 20th., and they will accept forms and help the residents to get registered,” he says. A he alarm bells are ringing the slow registration of voters in Gurgaon City, confirms the their respective booths. Unfortunately, the Website major problem for BLOs, he says, is that while they District Administration. It is now imperative of the Haryana Election Commission does not provide know every one in the villages, and easily get access for the citizens and civil society in the Millennium information about the Election Officials area- wise; it to their homes, in 'new' Gurgaon people mainly live City to make an extra effort. They need to find time has instead divided the constituencies into 'Kasbas' and in apartment complexes and gated colonies, where from their busy corporate schedules, to register as 'Grams', and there is no mention of individual colonies. it is not convenient to contact them. “Most of the Voters, if they don't want to get left out of the most An official admits that it is almost impossible to find the times people make excuses and ask the BLOs to critical democratic exercise of their rights. The res- BLO officials appointed for the specific areas. Satender come some other time, which often is not possible idents, specially of 'new' Gurgaon, often complain Kumar, a Gurgaon resident, confirms that it is for a government official. The same people then - rightly - against the authorities for most civic is- difficult to get registered as a Voter. “Even if we complain about being excluded from the electoral sues, as also for being slow on including them in find the BLOs, they prefer that only locals get Voter process”, he says. the Voters list (and being issued Voter ID cards). To cards; migrants, particularly the weaker sections, Form 6 can be downloaded from the Website of the ensure that every eligible person in the City gets are discriminated against,” he alleges. The Election State Election Commission, or obtained from the BLO registered as a voter, the State Election Commis- Officials, however, maintain that whoever comes to them or the Election Office in the Mini-Secretariat. The sion has extended the special drive for Voter enrol- with the correct documents will be registered as a Voter, documents needed to be submitted are: two photos ment to October 25th. of the applicant, an address proof and A senior official of the Election Department, an age proof. It must also be noted that which has its office on the ground floor of the Various Forms Required to be filled in connection with Voter Registration the online registration of Voters is not Mini-Secretariat, says, “What is troubling us working smoothly, as the Website of is the apathy of the people; there is a clear the Election Commission is not able to Form 6: For inclusion of name for the first time and also for inclusion lack of interest in voting,” he says. In handle the traffic effectively. It would be of name of a person already enrolled in a constituency (for inclusion of fact in the entire Gurgaon District, while name in another constituency). This Form should be submitted to the ERO preferable for the residents of the City to around one lakh forms were distributed, concerned. complete the process manually. only 22,000 forms have been submitted Form 6A: Registration of overseas electors. Apart from slow Voter registration, for (Voter) registration. This is nothing Form 7: For objecting to the inclusion of a name in the draft electoral rolls a major problem is the very poor level but indifference from these people, most and also for seeking the deletion of a name included in the final electoral of registration of the migrants who of whom form the 'floating population' of rolls. This Form should be submitted to the ERO concerned. live in the villages of Gurgaon. They Gurgaon, says the official. Form 8: For correction to the particulars entered in the electoral rolls. form the weakest section of society and Anyone who wants to get registered This Form can be used both after the draft publication(s) as well as the final have now been marginalized politically. A as a Voter can visit the Election office, publication. This Form should be submitted to the ERO concerned. concerned citizen says that these people get Form 6, fill it and submit it with the Form 8A: For transposition of an entry in any other part of the electoral need the government the most, as it is they required documents - and they will get rolls of the same constituency. This Form can be used both after the draft who want functional government schools, their Voter ID Card by January 25th. publication(s) as well as final publication. This Form should be submitted health centres and schemes. “The migrant The process of publishing of new Voter to the ERO concerned. workers are deprived of the right to lists will be completed by January 5th. Form 001A: For submission of photograph (optional) alongwith Form participate in the political process Gurgaon residents who do not have the 6/8/8A. because local politicians do not want time to visit the Election Office in the Form 001B: For optional submission of photograph for photo electoral them to be counted. If they are added, Mini-Secretariat can contact their govt. rolls & Elector Photo Identity Card. there could be surprises, as has been appointed Booth Level Officers (BLOs) in seen in Delhi”, he adds. u write to us at


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or 14-year-old Devansh Khera, Formula 1 is the best lesson he has learnt in school. Although his F1 car is made of wood and little plastic wheels, it runs faster than an actual F1 racing car – covering a kilometre in 1.240 secs. Devansh got an opportunity to take part in a reputed international F1 Championship, called “F1 in schools”. He gave wings to his dream car design and raced his F1 at the Championship – which was conducted for the first time in India. “I love Physics. It comes naturally to me,” says Devansh. He, along with Rahul, Mrinav, Rohan, Anirudh and Puneet, are part of Hybrid Tech, a F1 team from Delhi Public School, Sector 45, Gurgaon. After competing with 88 teams at the Regional level, Hybrid Tech qualified for the Nationals, and joined the league of the top six teams in the country.         F1 in Schools” is a unique initiative by the Formula One Chief, Bernie Ecclestone. The Programme, which uses the appeal of Formula One to provide an exciting and challenging educational experience for schoolgoing children, is popular in more than 42 countries across the world. To participate in the Championship, a school needs to register itself and then form a team that will conceptualise, design and create miniature F1 Cars, under the strict guidelines specified by “F1 in Schools”. The “F1 in Schools” Team conducts a few workshops on the basics. The students are then expected to do everything on their own – from raising funds to manufacturing the car and designing the promotional material. In every team there are six members – Team Manager, Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Sponsorship Manager, Resource Manager and Graphics Manager. The miniature F1 car is carved out of Balsa wood, which is extremely light in weight. Based on simple principles of gravity, motion, weight and speed, the Car is run on a 25 meter long track with the help of a small aircompressed cylinder. Various software and Computer-Aided Design tools are

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he whole nation seems to be awestruck and spellbound by the aura of Mr. Modi. Everyone, irrespective of age group or gender, is quite enticed by the charm of this new superhero. His charismatic persona is giving nightmares to his fellow politicians. The mysterious Modi aura attracts the 'janta' wherever he goes. Men, women and the youth brigade are attracted as if to an electromagnetic field that seems to surround Modi. So what’s the secret behind this powerful image that has been fashioned by Modi? “His face glows with confidence and positivity & his open body language is certainly

Race Your Dreams used while designing and manufacturing the car. “There are strict guidelines for every minute detail. The weight of the wheels, the length and breadth of each part, gravity and time – almost everything contributes to the speed of the car. Besides, we were given deadlines for all the tasks,” informs Rahul. Not just on speed, the Car designed by Hydrid Tech has been rated as one of the best designs aerodynamically. With such an initiative, the aim is not just to simplify complex engineering and physics principles into demonstrable examples, but also to teach marketing skills, management, technology and communication skills to the

Over 88 schools participated in the F1 Championship, and 30 per cent of the participants were girls. The young girls would love to have role models, like the boys, who dream of racing like Narain Karthikeyan and Sebastian Vettel. "I think it will take some time for many girls to come forward and participate in the Championship. There are just 22 female drivers worldwide,” says Monisha Kaltenborn, India’s only female F1 driver. When asked about the participation of girls in F1 Championships, a teacher at DPS says, “Women have 30 per cent less muscle so we have to work harder, but there is no reason why females can't get strong enough to be Formula One drivers.” Like F1, a lot of industries have been regarded as male-dominant. But as societies develop and progress, women have taken up men-dominated jobs and careers, and proved their mettle. Schools should provide them opportunities from an early age.

helping him a lot. He has managed to build the right image, which not only attracts the visual and auditory sense, but also touches the kinesthetic sense of people unconsciously too” says grooming expert Rita Gangwani. She also believes that his trademark 'kurtas' are catching the eye and have become his style statement. “A well-groomed beard, and a clear view of his eyes through rimless glasses, certainly complements his looks,” adds Gangwani. Modi is seen donning a half-sleeved 'kurta' with fine net detailing on the shoulder seam. Now fashionably called the ‘Modi Kurta,’ it has become a trademark and is adding to his glory.

Colour Therapy

According to Colour Therapists, the right choice of colours definitely helps in creating a strong and convincing aura.

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students. Karuna Mahajan, a Physics teacher, says, “Formula One has always been enjoyed by students on mobile phones and play stations. By offering a practical experience, the 'F1 in Schools' Programme engages young minds and facilitates them to achieve their dreams. Moreover, it gives exposure to a range of software and also helps children to improve their communication skills, as sometimes they need to interact with the top management in leading corporates.”

What it takes

The students started the Project with an in-depth research on aerodynamics. They came up with a couple of designs. The next step was to design the Car with the help of Computer-Aided Design software. The most important part of the Project was to turn the virtual design into a physical one. Talking about the hard work put in by Mrinav, Devansh says, “Our manufacturing engineer, Mrinav, has had many sleepless nights, trying to understand the working of the CNC machine and then manufacturing the Car for the first time. It took almost nine to ten hours to sand the Car.” After sanding, the Team painted it, to give it an attractive look. The Team also had to pitch in For Modi the colours Orange, Saffron and White are working wonders and developing his image as a strong Leader. “Orange gives the wearer a very optimistic and trusting vibe. It makes the audience feel that he can be trusted”, interprets Colour Therapist Rochie Rana. She also believes that the colour White, being pure and clean, brings feelings of peace and comfort; and for Modi she feels that “it gives him an aura of freedom and uncluttered openness”. We all give off certain signals when we talk or express ourselves; the better our aura the better people will warm up to us. So is all this luck or is there a certain method to acquiring an aura? To develop an incredible aura takes time but, given some time, even you can become the person you have always wanted to be. According to an expert, “Aura is the vibration emitting from the body.


to find sponsors. “Designing an F1 miniature car involves a lot of expense. Besides, there is significant cost involved in printing the promotional material. Unlike other competitions, here the children were asked to get the sponsorship(s) on their own. This was a most challenging task. They used to visit companies after school,” says Devansh’s mother. Initially the companies were a little reluctant in sponsoring projects undertaken by children; but gradually, brands like Clickzoot, VIVA Advisors and Rajdhani came forward to invest. The Project therefore provided enough exposure in the field of Marketing too. F1 in Schools’ also marks students on the basis of a Pit, which portraits their journey throughout the Project. The Team was therefore asked to set up its Pit during the competition. Students put up the names and logos of sponsors, cars and their portfolio, and printed brochures for distribution. They also set up video demonstrations and websites. Interestingly, the Website of Hybrid Tech is also rated as the best among the top six National teams. When asked about how they managed their studies during the Project, Devansh says, “My parents and teachers, and especially my Principal, Ms. Aditi Misra, have been very supportive. The Principal not only encouraged me to participate in the Championship, she also assured my parents that the Project would not affect my studies. My parents had been initially worried about the impact of the Project on my studies.” In a country like India, which produces thousands of engineers, there is just one Formula One team 'Force India', and only one celebrated driver – Narain Karthikeyan. One of the key reasons is the lack of awareness about the Sport among youngsters. “F1 in Schools” can therefore be an excellent step to launch and promote Formula One racing in India. Besides, such championships provide children a clarity on academic concepts, and enhanced skill in design, resourcing, marketing, planning, manufacturing, quality control, procurement, marketing and presentation. What is most interesting about this Championship is that, unlike an actual F1 race, one can see these cars covering a long distance in just over a second!u

Some Tips n Accept and love yourself n Think positive n Surround yourself with people who are positive thinkers n Don’t be aggressive n Try to eat right and healthy – and on time. n Control your breathing with meditation n Always be well groomed & well dressed n Create the right body language by not crossing or closing your body while talking to people n Keep smiling while talking, to show confidence Positive thoughts, self love, acceptance & gratitude will always beget a positive aura”. u


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{ Bhuvana Shridhar } “The Sun represents the illuminated brightness of the conscious mind, affords clarity of vision and shines a light on the darkness and uncertainty that we experience. Even in the most challenging circumstances, it connects us to that part of ourselves that keeps faith, energy, joy and optimism”. The science of Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations, was followed millions of years ago during the ‘Sat Yug’, through the instrumentality of the Rishis or the ancient masters. This form of Yoga is the union of the body and the soul with the infinite, through the medium of ‘asanas’. It is a complete body workout, and experts proclaim that performing the 12 sets of Surya Namaskar translates to doing 288 powerful Yoga poses in a span of 15 minutes. Today it has become a very popular yogic exercise and many have realized its advantages - in benefiting the mind, body and the soul.

The Yoga

Before starting the Surya Namaskar exercises it is advisable to be guided by your guru or trained Yoga instructor. If you are well versed in the Sanskrit language and comprehend the meaning of the mantras , it is beneficial to chant them whilst performing the Yogic ‘asanas’. Mantras Om Mitraaya Namah Om Ravaye Namah Om Suryaaya Namah Om Bhaanave Namah Om Khagaaya Namah Om Puushne Namah Om Hiranyagarbhaaya Namah Om Mareechaye Namah Om Aadityaaya Namah Om Savitre Namah Posture 1 : You can start off this exercise early morning - by standing straight, facing the East, with your chest out and spine erect, looking forward with hands folded in respect. Try to spend about one second in this pose. Posture 2 : Next, while inhaling, raise your arms up in the air while keeping the hands together, and arch your self backwards as far as you can go - forming a crescent-like curve from your feet to the hands. This posture helps retain the flexibility of the spine. With practice, these poses will flow more smoothly and quickly. If each pose lasts about a second, then the full Surya Namaskar can be done in about 10 seconds. Posture 3 : Next, while exhaling, bring your hands down to your feet so that you quickly bend forward at the waist, while keeping the legs as straight as possible. The best way is to lay the hands flat on the floor on either side of your feet, while keeping the head as close to the knees as you can. If you are not that flexible, then just do the best you can. The most impor-

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tant aspect of this pose is that it squeezes the stomach and assists in digestion, to extract any vitamins and nutrients in one’s food - which helps turn them into blood. It also loosens any fat that has accumulated there. Postures 2 and 3 are actually the easiest to do; so, if you cannot do the rest, at least do these. Posture 4 : From position three, while inhaling, put your hands on the floor, lower your hips and stretch your left leg back as far as you can, letting the foot rest on the toes and the knee touch the ground while you bend your right leg in a crouching stance, letting the right knee come up to your chest. Keeping your hands flat on the ground, your arms straight, arch your head upward and back so you are looking at the ceiling or sky. This forms a crescent shape from the left heel up to the top of your head. This position helps ensure flexibility of the spine and immunity from diseases in the left leg muscles and ligaments. Posture 5 : Now, while exhaling, keep your hands flat on the ground and carry the right leg back, parallel the left leg, side by side, both feet pressing firmly and flat against the floor, while bringing your hips up as high as they will go. Keep your arms and back in a straight line as your head faces the ground, and bring the chin to the chest, making you look at your knees. This makes your body form an upside down “V”, or a triangle between you and the floor. Posture 6 : Now, while keeping the hands and feet in the same place, having fully exhaled, hold the breath and bring your hips down while moving the head and shoulders forward, straightening the whole body near the floor. Keep the face downward, with the forehead, chest and knees lightly touching the ground, and the hips slightly raised - with the forehead, chest, two palms, knees and feet touching the floor. It is called Sashtang Namaskar, or prostrations with eight points touching the floor.

Benefits of Sun Salutation

It is simple Yoga and can easily


be practiced by people of all age groups.

It brings coherence to our lives,


and provides a clarity of mind and action.

It has a great impact on every


bodily organ.

It purifies the blood and improves



It helps to get sound sleep and


build up our concentration levels.

It balances the three main


constituents of the body - the Vata, Pitta and the Kapha.

During the exercise or Yoga, the


atoms of oxygen get transmuted into a life current, to rejuvenate the brain and the Spinal Centres.

During Surya Namaskar one


directs the life energy to resolve upwards and downwards, around the 6 Spinal Centres, which correspond to the 12 astral signs of the Zodiac - symbolic of Cosmic Energy and the Chakras.

Our Chakras are energized every


morning as we perform this Yoga.

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Posture 7 : Now, while inhaling, straighten your arms and lift your chest upward , arching your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Your feet and knees rest on the floor while your arms hold the rest of your body a little above it. Again you form a body-length crescent, from your feet up to your head. This yogic position is known as “the Cobra”.   Posture 8 : Now, exhale and let your body flow into Posture 6 again, by lowering your head and chest, keeping your arms and legs straight, and raising your hips as high as they will go. As your head faces the ground, keep your arms and back in a straight line and bring the chin to the chest, making you look at your knees This position forms an upside down “V” again. Posture 9 : Now, while inhaling, flow into the same position as Posture 4, but stretch the other leg. First bend the left leg and bring the left foot forward on the floor. Keeping your hands flat on the ground, bring your hips down while moving the chest and head forward, allowing the left knee to reach up to the chest, and then arch your head up and back. The right foot stays in its place, letting the foot rest on the toes, which makes the right leg get stretched backward when your chest moves forward. This gives the body a crescent shape, from the right heel up to the top of your head. This position helps ensure flexibility of the spine and immunity from diseases in the right leg muscles and ligaments.   Posture 10 : Now go back into Posture 3. Keep your hands in place as you bring your right leg forward, to be parallel with the left leg. Exhale, with both feet flat on the floor (if you can keep them that way), and the legs kept straight, the body bent at the waist, with the forehead touching the knees (if you can bend this much). If you are not this flexible, keep the head as close to the knees as possible. Posture 11 : Lastly, while inhaling, stand up and raise your arms up in the air while keeping the hands together, and arch yourself backwards as in Posture 2. Hold this for a second or two. From this position straighten your body, to stand erect as in Posture 1, while inhaling. Then join the palms in front of your chest as in a prayer. Hold this for a second and then begin to go back into Posture 2, to start the whole cycle of postures again - for the next Sun Salutation.u Tarot Reader, Coffee Cup Reader


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The Tradition of Durga-Worship The 'Semi-Gharowa Family Puja', displayed on a side-road near the family house The 'Gharowa Devi', when enlarged in size, was later extended socially, to be displayed in side-streets that were close to the original family home. Such enlarged icons are typically crafted in Kumartuli, and brought to various city neighbourhoods. These Pujas are co-funded by families and 'paara' Clubs. The stunning 'Daaker Shaaj' image seen here, of Devi Durga, her daughters Lakshmi and Saraswati, and her sons Ganesha and Kartik - all clad in pure dazzling white and silver Sola pith vestments - belongs to Lake Gardens' C-Block Mitali Sangha Puja Samiti. Sacred 'Bhog' (prasad) is cooked here with rice, daal and vegetables for 3 Puja days, and distributed to all devotees - along with a range of fresh fruits, flowers and sweets. Another aspect of these semi-domestic Pujas is the involvement of local Youth Clubs, who provide a fine cultural environment, by performing live music, plays and stand-up skits on small stages adjoining the 'Pratima', for all 5 days of the Puja celebrations. Mitali Sangha was in fact established as a culture-club 60 years ago in Lake Gardens, and it has been organizing Durga Pujas for the past 29 tears. The atmosphere is very friendly and warm. All devotees are literally welcomed with open arms and 'kola-kuli', and new friends are made: new bonds are always forged.

The 'Gharowa (Home/Domestic) Durga Puja' This icon, photographed at a South Kolkata private residence, is a quintessential example of the 'Gharowa' or 'Shabeki' (Domestic) Durga Puja. Such a genre of beautifully-detailed icons have been worshipped at Bengali homes for over five centuries. Somewhat smaller in size than the massive 'public pandal Pujas', these artistic domestic images are often sculpted by artisans from within the neighbourhood, in antique styles befitting 'shabeki' or 'khandani' family lineages. These images show the Devi in jewel colours, with charming 'Patachitra Chaalchitras', painted by village artists, as her exclusive halo. Such Devis were typically placed in the front courtyards of neo-classical Bengali private manors, lit by the dazzling light of 'jhaar lanthans' (crystal chandeliers). Satyajit Ray documented such a 'Shabeki Gharowa Puja' in his classic 1950s film Devi, starring Sharmila Tagore as a child-bride who is envisioned by her aristocratic father-in-law as the living incarnation of Devi Durga herself. The 'Gharowa Durga' image in this photograph belongs to the Guha-Mustafi family of Lake Gardens. Technically these Pujas are meant only for the family and close friends. This manner of portraying the Devi has been maintained almost unchanged for 5 centuries --- an amazing feat of devotional domestic worship.

'Visarjan' (the Immersion) of Durga in the sacred river Ganga On 'Dashami', Ma Durga Devi is carried lovingly from homes and 'pandals' onto large trucks, all the way to the Ganga at Princep Ghat, for her symbolic 'Visarjan' into the waters of the holy river. Thus she returns to the Himalayas and her consort Lord Shiva. This is a practice going back to ancient times. Men and women are emotionally-charged and weep as they bid farewell to their beloved Devi, entreating her to return the next 'Sharad' season. Princep Ghat, near Kolkata's Eden Gardens, has been witness to several thousands of immersions.The immersion is very meticulously organised by the West Bengal Government and the Police Force. Gates are deftly lowered at the banks of the Ghats, to cater to the hundreds of 'Pratimas'. Every icon is given its due time for the immersion on 'Dashami' evening - from 7 pm to midnight - in a unique ambience of peace, love, camaraderie and 'Bhakti'.

The Social or 'Public Pandal Puja' These photos of the 'Public Pandal Puja' depict the theme-based Puja held in Lake Gardens' main park, Bangur Park. Such massive Pandal-Pujas are sponsored by the entire community, rather than single families. They typically include Themes, whereby the Devi is styled according to different cultural and historic visual concepts every year - such as Bengal Terracotta, Jamini Roy's art, literary themes or Bengal history. Public Pujas include such details as the use of surreal and imaginative installations and canopied cloth 'pandals', elaborate gateways and complex illuminations at entry-points along the road --- as featured here in Rabindranath Tagore's bust at the gateway and multi-coloured massive electrical portal decorations. Popular music of all kinds is also played on loudspeakers, while the Pujas continue.

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Artistic Strokes

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Young Decorators


he School organised an activity, “Cookie Decoration”, for the students of Montessori III to enhance their creativity and innovation in culinary skills. The young Ryanites used biscuits, jam, gems, cheese, chips and chocolates for their activity. They made smiley faces, flowers and cartoon characters; the presentations were judged on the basis of taste, presentation and nutritional value.

Excellence Awarded


he Ryan International Group of institutions added yet another feather to its cap when MD, Madam Grace Pinto, was bestowed the Excellence Award 2013, for outstanding contribution to the elderly, in a glittering ceremony organised by HelpAge India. The Award was presented by Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member of Planning Commission, Government of India. Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, Director UNIC; (Justice) Leila Seth; Mark Gorman, Director-Strategic Development, HelpAge International (U.K); Frederika Meijer, Representative, UFPA and others.

Karate Kid


he School felicitated Karate Kid, Aashay Tushar Madhani, of Class I. Aashay had represented Haryana at the 3rd National Level Karate Championship 2013, and had won a Silver medal. The Karate Champ continued his winning streak by bagging 2 more Silver medals at the North India Karate Championship held at Delhi, and at the 1st Indian Open Karate Do Championship organised by Great Indian Martial Arts Academy at DLF Phase III.

Talk Show


he School conducted a Talk Show Competition on ‘Living and Non-living things’. The aim of this Show was to develop the oratory skills of the students and enhance their awareness of the environment. The students were judged on the basis of clarity, knowledge, fluency and confidence. The students took their roles seriously. The School Head Mistress, Peeya Sharma, appreciated the efforts of the young Ryanites.

Good Prevails Over Evil

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ussehra was celebrated by the students of Montessori-III in the Junior Wing. The Programme started with students narrating the significance of the Festival, followed by a song. A Skit, based on the Ramayana, was performed, which was followed by a dance performance – ‘Ramji ki nikli sawari’. The grand finale was the burning of the effigy of Ravan.

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Little Bhais & Bens


hildren of Sectors 21, 22 and 22 B performed the ‘Folk Dance of Gujarat’ at the Sri Sri Durga Puja, in Palam Vihar. The little ones, who had been practicing vigorously for a while, swayed to traditional Gujarati music and put up an enthralling Show.

he students of Montessori IV and Classes I and II were taken for an educational trip to the Parle-G factory at Bahadurgarh. The sweet aroma of oven-fresh biscuits welcomed the students and teachers. The students were shown an animated documentary film on the production of different types of biscuits, candies, toffees and snacks manufactured by the Organisation. They were shown the various stages of production – mixing, kneading, moulding and baking, and the packaging of the final product. It was an interesting, enriching and informative field trip for the students.

Gandhi Remembered


andhi Jayanti was celebrated in the Junior Wing premises. A Special Assembly was held by the students of Class I. The noted bhajan, ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’, was sung by the students. The students narrated the life events of Mahatma Gandhi and the significance of Gandhi Jayanti. A song and a dance performance were the finale of the Event.

16 Measuring Standards


orld Standard Day was observed in the Primary Wing of Ryan Global School. A Special Assembly was held, wherein the students were made aware of the history of the standards of measurement. Ancient methods of measurement, and the need to set up units of measurement were discussed. A kitchen scale drew the attention of students as they could visualise how different kitchen commodities were measured, using appropriate weights.

Gurugram Proficiency


Dancing Bells


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he results of CIPEL’S English Proficiency and General Knowledge Test 2013-14, which was held in Gurugram Public School in July, were announced. Around 6,766 students participated from schools across Gurgaon. It was a moment of pride when Sahil Bakshi, Aneesh Sahoo and Gauri Sharma of Gurugram Public School won the Global Gold Rank at 23rd , 62nd and 70th position respectively. Four students won Merit Certificates. All the teachers appreciated the efforts of these students in bringing glory to the School.

lass II students of Blue Bells Preparatory School participated in the Solo Dance Activity with great zeal. Dressed in colourful costumes, the young dancers presented classical, folk and contemporary dance styles with great enthusiasm. The Head Mistress, Anu Sehgal and Tripat Kalsi, Nursery Incharge, graced the occasion with their presence.

What Does a Teacher Make?


n today’s knowledge-based society, the economic growth of a nation is dependent on the quality of the education system. International Research proves that if two average eight-year old students were taught by different teachers – one of them a high performer, the other a low performer – the performance of the students diverged by more than 50 percentile points within three years. A teacher makes all the difference. Here is an anecdote that has been circulating in mails and has got a few mentions in the blogosphere across the world in its various tweaked, reworked and rewritten versions: A few dinner guests were sitting around a table discussing life. One man, a Chief Executive Officer of a reputed company, decided to explain what he felt was the problem with the prevailing education system. He argued, “How can a kid learn anything good from someone who decided that her best option in life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests of what is commonly said about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” To stress on his point he said to another guest, “You’re a teacher, Sunaina. Be honest. What do you make?” Sunaina, who had a reputation for honesty Alexander the and frankness replied, “You want to know what I Great said, “I am 'make'? indebted to my I make kids work harder than they ever thought father for living, they could. but to my teacher I make even an average class feel like the winner for living well.” of some medal of honour. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of a study hall in absolute silence and attention. I make kids wonder; I make them imagine; I make them question; I make them criticize; I make them apologize and mean it; I make them humble. I make them write; I make them read and enter worlds of imagination they never knew existed. I make them achieve excellence in Math and perfect their final drafts in English.” Sunaina paused and then continued, “You really want to know what I make? I believe that I make a real difference. What do you make?” In a fraction of a minute, Sunaina had said it all. The impact was visible on the face of the CEO. Yes, the success of each individual is greatly dependent on her teacher - by the faith the teacher shows in her, telling her that she must strive for excellence relentlessly, until she achieves it. Teachers make children excited with the wonders of Science and the magic of Mathematics. They make students appreciate the beauty of the Arts. They make schools a place where students can discover their talents and aspire to greater heights. Teachers make students believe in themselves and encourage them in the face of adversity, so that they will know how limitless their potential is. And as teachers see their students mature into unique, talented individuals, they make sure that this future generation learns all that they 'can' today, so that they may become all that they 'can be' tomorrow. Great teachers make you feel unique, they help you realize that you are special and that you must attempt to make all your great qualities manifest in everything you do, so that the world notices your importance. It is they who show you the world as well as the mirror. They are the ones who polish the diamond within you. As a teacher, you who can 'make' that vital ‘difference’ in the lives you touch. Avinash Aggarwal, CEO & Founder, AIETS

Eat Healthy


ontessori-3 celebrated Healthy Food Week, to inculcate healthy eating habits in the children. The enthusiastic students brought healthy savouries like fruit chaat, sprouts and green vegetables. The children came dressed up as ‘healthy food’.

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Must-Eat Fats { Jaspal Bajwa }


ats are one of the most misunderstood nutrients in our diet. The word ‘Fat’ is often used in a derogatory manner; it starts with us picking on stout school kids, whom we believe will evolve into stereo-typical slothful no-goods. In the process, at least the developed world has got polarised; with an alarming legion of obese people paradoxically juxtaposed with anorexic dieters - whose 'Fat-free' diets do more harm than good. To set the record straight, not only are Fats the body’s storehouse of energy, they are also critical for carrying out many vital functions – such as providing food for the brain, transporting Fat-soluble vitamins and maintaining the integrity of cell wall linings. So where are we going wrong? The answer lies in our inability to differentiate between the good, the bad and the ugly Fats. Not surprisingly, our diets are woefully short of the former while at the same time running amuck with toxic Fats. At the core of the mystery separating good Fats from unhealthy ones lie three issues: a) An inadequate intake of Essential Fatty Acids. While our body can’t produce these, they are critical for healthy metabolism and nerve health,

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and for producing anti-inflammatory, allergy blocking, immune building hormones called Prostaglandins (or PG 1 & 3 for short). Conversely, Arachidonic Acid from Animal Fats can produce PG 2 and leukotrines, which have the opposite effect. b) An increased consumption of Hydrogenated Fats. When oils are hydrogenated, many unnatural compounds called ‘Trans-Fats’ are produced. These must be avoided, as they are notorious for clogging the arteries and building plaque, thus increasing the risk of obesity, coronary disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Other names for Hydrogenated Fats are vanaspati, margarine, shortening and ‘low-cholesterol fats’. In this context it is important to clarify that the needle of suspicion has for too long been trained on the much maligned ‘Saturated Fats', which have served man exceedingly well for centuries. These are Animal Fats like butter, ghee, cheese, cream, egg yolks and fatty meats. Some plant foods, like coconut oil and palm oil, are also high in Saturated Fats.

When chosen for the right reasons (e.g. for people with active lifestyles), these Fats are some of the best, in terms of both health and taste. The ease with which c) Fats can either go rancid or change character (towards ‘Trans-Fats’) during highheat cooking. In a vast majority of cases we are not able to select the fats that are appropriate for the climatic and cooking temperatures; and as a result we expose our bodies unwittingly to Toxic Fats, which in turn produce free radicals that are considered to be responsible for most chronic diseases and cancers. Tip of the Week Fat is good for us, as long as it is natural, complete, pure, well-stored and cooked at the right temperatures. As far as possible, we must avoid flavoured, fried and processed foods that mention ‘Hydrogenated’ or 'Partially Hydrogenated’ in the ingredient list. It is wiser to opt for natural vegetable oil or Animal-based Fats (butter, ghee, lard) for cooking. For salads and low-heat cooking, extra virgin olive oil, flax seed oil and other cold pressed oils are the best. Storage containers should be placed away from any light, so as to reduce the chances of rancidity – dark glass containers are the best. The best oils for high-heat cooking (above 180 -200 degrees C) are those with a high smoking point – some examples are ghee, sesame

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Nature’s Wonder Foods of the Week: High Omega 3 Foods It is important to revert to the 'food and fat ratios' of our forefathers. From the present day ratio of 18:1 in favour of Omega 6 (from safflower, sunflower, corn, soya and sesame oils), we must go back to the ideal ratio of 2:1 (or even perhaps 1:1). This can be achieved by increasing the component of Omega 3 Foods, commonly

The Early Toll


ong working hours, deadlines and a grueling and fiercely competitive work environment - the urban young in India are fast getting caught in a hazardous trap. In Gurgaon, which is a hub of corporate activity, a highly stressful work-life and an unhealthy lifestyle, alongwith poor eating habits and lack of adequate sleep, is leading to a number of young professionals falling prey to stress. The result is an early onset of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, hypertension and mental and emotional distress – even depression. A large number of professionals are overworked and dependent on technology; they soon tend to start feeling lonely. Statistics show that


63% of people work harder than usual to get better Recognition & Reward, and 77% do not share their

found in marine and plant oils. Omega-3 helps protect against heart disease. Some of the best sources for Essential Fatty acids (like EPA & DHA) are fatty fish - like salmon, sardines, halibut, shrimp, snapper and tuna. Similarly, Alpha Linolenic Acid is high in flax seed, pumpkin seed, hemp seed, walnuts, cloves, veggie greens, tofu, winter squash and green beans. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

feelings with others. Women too are facing severe problems due to rising stress levels, causing early hormonal changes - and even leading to gynecological issues. According to Dr. Sunil Singla, Consultant Neurologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, “These young men and women are normally staying away from 'home', do not seem to care about unhealthy practices and are working in high stress conditions. This is a recipe for a health disaster!” Sometimes, a condition that starts from stress at the workplace, in a person with with little or no psychological support, leads to a feeling of social and emotional exile and can even lead to him/her drastic steps, like suicide. “We need to educate our young generation on how to manage stress and how to make sure they take care of their health even when overburdened. A 'good' lifestyle is very important,” the Doctor adds.u


18-24 October 2013

C omment

The Master Declaration FG had saluted the Master on his 40th birthday this April (see below) and predicted a retirement in 2014. However, it is the landmark of 200 Tests rather than 25 years of cricket (by late 2014), that Sachin has favoured. The Master must have the last word. News will now move on to…what, or who, next? And when – not if – would he be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. He is surely a jewel. Even the highest civilian award criteria has seemingly been modified to facilitate his entry. Sachin was already hailed as the ‘second best’ ever, as early as 2002 – behind The Don in Tests and the Viv in One Days. More than a decade later, he leaves at the top. A sporting nation, leaders in cricket for decades, bestowed the Order of Australia on a Master who was recognized as such by their Don himself. It is most heartening and deserving that he was in, and performed as part of, the World Cup (One Day) winning team. And then, at age 36, he plundered a double century (a record that is still only his) in a One Day match; no slowly crafted Test double century this. One game he has not played, let alone relished, is politics. The Grand Master, the Lord of Cricket, is best fit as a Rajya Sabha member. And yes, he is human - he has been booed and he did not make a great captain. He has transcended generations like no other. Few sportsperson have held centre-stage for even a decade, let alone decades. It is a hard physical toll. And throughout this period, Sachin has retained the spirit of a true sportsman and a child-like passion for the game.


So what next? He may not make the best coach or even commentator. He may also not be the best judge of batsmen, though he is probably the best judge of bowlers. He should write his story. Only he knows how he planned every innings; how he adjusted for every bowler; how he partnered with fellow batsmen. We now take you over to Eden Gardens for the penultimate test, and then onward to the Home final. Master...hang up your bat...but don’t yet hang up your boots. It's time to take a fresh guard for a new innings.

Sporty @ four-o-forty FG Editorial Vol. 2 Issue 35

24th will be a red-letter day, a ruby 40th anniversary of the birth of a Master. Taurean Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is turning four-o-forty. He was always naughty; in fact the bull was a bully at school. No wonder McEnroe was his idol ! The star sign has truly foretold of the Master: He is of the Earth (element), down to earth and practical - with feet firmly planted on the ground. He has a bull-headed determination and persistence, a no-nonsense approach; concentrating on getting the job done, steadily – and then reaping the rewards. He does not buckle under pressure or adversity. Rather, he provides stability and comfort to his team, and to those who matter to him – and is generous with them. What keeps him going is a strong sense of values. He is sensitive, and can be sentimental; and does not express his feelings often. Music is his release. And while normally peaceful, calm and quiet…once annoyed, shown a red rag, he can be like a bull in a china shop. To some he would have come across as stubborn, uncompromising, secretive and self-indulgent. His personal and romantic life should be as interesting…being ruled by Venus. Despite being shy and reserved, is he an admirer of beauty…and of the fine pleasures of life? Does he have the ‘touch’, the gentle charm, the tenderness? Married life promises a happy home. The master has excused himself from International 20/20 matches, and has taken retirement from ODIs The national question is: when would he announce his retirement from Test Cricket? The answer : on the completion of 25 years of Test Cricket, Sir – in late 2014. But who am I to tell a fellow Taurean – to the date? Happy Birthday, and have a blast, Master Sachin.u

Awarded Padma Vibhushan (an expected Bharat Ratna nominee) Member - Rajya Sabha Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Rated by Wisden as the 2nd best Test and ODI player of all time Part of the 2011 (One Day) World Cup winning team Scored a Double Century in an ODI – the only cricketer to date Has scored 100 international centuries – 49 in ODIs, 51 in Tests Has scored 15,000 + Test runs Honorary Member of the Order of Australia Played for Yorkshire – the first foreigner to do so

S piritual

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Minds On Their Own ome incidents just do not leave your memory. This happened years ago, while I was away for some months. One day (it was a Monday) I got a feeling that an elderly Babaji, whom I used to visit at regular intervals in my early life, was not well. He had been very hale and hearty - used to get up early in the morning and finish the daily chores well before the others would even get up. There was an unusual restlessness in me, a feeling of emotional discomfort mixed with a sense of insecurity. After a couple of days I received news that

involving energy and matter. Generally Telepathy supposes that, in some cases, the usual signs by which ideas are manifested - speech, writing, gestures, muscular contraction and facial expression - are dispensed with, and that minds are able to communicate through some medium that is distinct from the ordinary medium of sense-perception. Telepathy has appeared in various forms among various races, over time. In the popular Harry Potter series, Telepathy is a magical skill known as ‘legilimency’. Telepathy, within the Star Trek universe, worked via the psionic field; this field is the medium through which unspoken thoughts and feelings are communicated through space. Some humanoids can tap into this field through a kind of sense organ

Babaji was no more; he had succumbed to a snake bite. When I enquired about the date and time of his demise I was shocked to learn that it happened on the same day and at the same time when I was undergoing great inner turbulence on account of Babaji. And many of us have experienced that when we are missing someone and are thinking of calling them, we receive a a call from the same person. These mysterious mental connections have been called Telepathy; a term that was coined in 1882 by the scholar Frederic Myers. Telepathy is the transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction. It is the ability of one mind to impress or to be impressed by another mind, the ability to synchronize the informational processes within one’s mind with those of another individual, other than through the recognized channels of sense – through thought-transference, mind-reading or mental suggestion. This manifests as a form of direct mind-to-mind communication without the use of ordinary vocal and auditory mechanisms - without any medium of transmission

(the para-cortex) located in the brain. In the same manner that human eyes can sense portions of the electromagnetic field, professional Telepaths can sense portions of the psionic field. Humans are also equipped with Extra-Sensory Perception (commonly abbreviated ESP), which enables them to perform activities that require the use of sensing capabilities beyond the five basic senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Each kind of system - from crystals to birds to societies - is shaped not by universal laws that embrace and direct it, but by a unique morphic field containing a collective pooled memory. So organisms not only share genetic material with others of their species, but are also shaped by a field specific to that species. We need to have extraordinary insight and also the synthesized background of science and spirituality, to understand the morphic resonance that influences organisms in the present through direct connections across time and space. Scientists have explored the intricacies of the mind and discovered that our perceptive abilities are stronger than many of us could have imagined. Most of us have perceived the sensation that tells us when we are the

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


object of someone’s attention; the same is true about premonitions. Telepathic situations may be happening all the time, but we sometimes lack the awareness to recognize them. Many pet owners know that there is a strong connection between humans and animals, which lies beyond present day scientific understanding. My niece is very fond of her pet, Jojo. She ‘knows’ when Jojo wants to go outside. One day Jojo cam home with a severely lacerated leg. My niece wanted to know how the dog had sustained the injured. Surprisingly, Jojo led her to the spot, where my niece found barbed wire wrapped around the fence in the park opposite their home. Telepathy is the universal language of the animal kingdom. Animals can amazingly communicate non-verbally. Telepathic communication assumes that animals are sentient beings, with their own purposes, desires, choices and manner of looking at the world. Humans are actually born with telepathic ability, but tend to suppress or forget it when they learn the spoken language. The human mind is a simply evolved physical scaffold for an entity of electrical and quantum impulses. Gradually, the mind develops abilities to receive as well as influence quantum fluctuations from other minds. The brain is a telepathic organ; its connections to other brains are not physical, but psychic. The very definition of a psychic medium is the localized inertial frame of reference that is affected by the mind. Telepathy between members of the same family or close friends is common, as they learn to adjust to each other’s frequencies. There always seems to be one member of every family, usually a woman, who has psychic or telepathic abilities. When we are in panic mode, the adrenaline flows and Telepathy kicks in for those who tune in to help us. A woman could receive messages even from her unborn child - often through dreams, but also telepathically. People often sense the death of a family member. Premonitions make the most dramatic stories, heighten tensions and result in the nickof-time rescues. Twins are often telepathic with each other, creating these abilities when they are infants. They generally are at the same frequency at the same time; very often they feel hungry at the same time, have the same desire at the same time and even fall sick at the same time. Telepathy between twins can remain for a life-time. The same way, those in love are finer-tuned telepathically, emitting high frequency

signals to each other. Scientists are working on ways to help us hear the thoughts of other people, by linking sounds to patterns of brain activity. This discovery is a major step towards being able to hear the thoughts of people who cannot speak; it would be possible to send and receive thought impressions from the mind of one person to another. Deceased souls sometimes ‘send’ messages to us through our dreams. In our dreams we move faster than the speed of light; this is similar to meditation, time travel and remote viewing. We can see and meet the spirits and can share information. Buddha’s enlightenment was a visionary experience. He was gifted with transformative vision, a


developed sense of Telepathy that became a part and parcel of his practice. Through Enlightenment he developed a larger vision. The Buddha often talked with gods, visited heavens and preached to assemblies, which included celestials as well as humans. These details, given by his biographers, are an indication of the quality of his lived experience and his fully-developed sense of Telepathy. The simple kindness of Sujata touched him deeply and he was in regular communication with her even when she was in heaven, because she exemplified compassion; her unaffected kindness in providing him fruits and milk precipitated his Enlightenment. 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 25 years.

Give...and Forget Be a good Host Give your best, give your most Serve jam & butter with your toast Serve with delight, make everyone feel light Give from the better that you have got Make them a happy lot To please is the trick Be it a tinker, tailor or the riche What ever you serve Let it be more than they deserve Never give your leftover Even to the needy Give, and give your best That is the test For what you give will return What you sow is what you earn. Learn To strive like the mighty tree And give everything for free And then Nature will comply with you You ask and it will construe And you will receive endlessly Wealth will come to you, & prosperity They are rich who give in charity Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Teacher Trainer, Social Activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer


Theatrically Yours { Christopher Daruwalla }

of performances; and message, browse and chat as you perform - their faces turning a bluish-white from the reflection of their screens. So...are audiences this way because of what they see or does the mediocrity of what they see make them participate in things that are more engaging? Whatever be the answer, we need much more commitment to the art of theatre if we want to bring back the audiences. Many years after leaving drama school, I remembered another important part of my Principal’s speech. He had said, “There will be times when you may feel that things are not moving fast enough and there is a sense of a loss of direction. You may even feel that the hard work, the sacrifice and the humiliation of being an actor is just not worth it. It is during those times that you must work harder, open yourself more, prepare more and stay the course. I wonder if his advice is just an echo in the distance for the theatre of today.u The Author is Founder and Creative Director of Actors World – an actor, writer and director, he has trained from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art [LAMDA]. He is the Representative North India for LAMDA - Graded exams in communication and performance.

Golden Durga is Ganga-washed Today Bijoya-Dashami (at Princep Ghat, Kolkata, 14 Oct, 2013) Amar Shonar-Ruposhi Durga My golden radiant goddess Aabar esho, au revoir Come again, return to me To my mystic City Kali-kata, the soul of every painter and poet Where at every gentle street-corner Kalighat Pata paintings of all the Devis Come to us again with their 108 names Come vividly to life among us daily Blessed by auspicious Dashami rains I stand on the Ganga’s banks by moonlight A devotee at Princep Ghat, protected By benedictions from my Bankura ancestors Holding aloft arcane secret talismans That clairvoyantly take me back to Three hundred years ago ...

Those Were The Days... { Krishan Kalra }



n the last day of our training in drama school in London, our Principal, who had suffered us in more ways than he or we could imagine, gave a deep sigh and said, “You have all undergone the rigours of becoming an actor, spent hours honing your skills...reading, absorbing and exploring. Now it is time for us to bid adieu. Some of you will go on to be fine actors, some will struggle, and more than a few might find other aspects of theatre more attractive. But remember one thing - whatever you have learnt here will play a vital role in what you choose to do ahead. He couldn’t have been more correct; the training changes the way you see things - structurally, visually and creatively. An actor’s training makes you focus and connect with many things at the same time - with your fellow actors, with the audience, with the character[s], with your inner self and with the space or period in which you recreate a story. It is a heightened form of communication and existence; a period in which the actor is filled with an energy that is not his, a spirit that she is always grappling with and words that are foreign to her tongue. Words: which constantly bounce around her head and inner being as she plays her part; which are the tools for her to show the audience the person she is playing; which, along with her physical self, make us believe that she is the person that she is playing; which are well chosen, selected to drive the story forward and pointed with an efficiency that is precise. The actor learns to control her thoughts and feelings, betraying to the audience only what is necessary. It is an art that the actor has an affair with over the years. That’s what makes great theatre and great (theatre) personalities. But we seem to have lost the plot. We have shortchanged ourselves. Theatre today has lost a lot of what made it good: people well-grounded in the trade, artists who brought a story to life on the stage, who kept you engaged as you travelled with them and followed their every move as they unwound their plot. You responded as you experienced every twist and turn with them. Now that space often produces work that is fragile, disjointed and directionless. And today’s audiences often walk in or out

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18-24 October 2013

Srimati Lal, Artist, Writer, & Curator

or almost two decades after the Partition we lived in an old ‘haveli’ in one of the narrow streets in ‘Old’ Delhi. Our ‘gali’ was in a predominantly Hindu area, though very close to a Muslim area. We lived in harmony as neighbours. One Muslim couple shared a big courtyard with about 10 Hindu families and 20 buffaloes. They lived like one big family, all of them supplying milk to the whole ‘mohalla’. The Delhi Milk Scheme and Mother Dairy had not yet come into existence. Perhaps the unprecedented trauma of Partition had mellowed everyone; people had become more humane. In summer, the men slept on string cots on the rooftops, with small ‘surahis’ of water by their side. Since all houses had common walls, children often walked across the low dividing parapets for a chat or for playing cards. Even though the ‘surahis’ were not shared, one thought nothing of Muslims sleeping only a few steps away. My father had a shop at Khari Baoli. The easiest way to reach it was to either cycle down through the wholly Muslim area to Jama Masjid, on to Chawri Bazar and Nai Sarak to Ghantaghar, then Fatehpuri and finally the congested wholesale market - with all its handcarts and ‘tongas’ and mouth-watering ‘kachoris’ and ‘dahi-bhallas’. Alternatively we could walk to Jama Masjid and ride a tram from there to Fatehpuri, for only one ‘anna’. The tram clanged its way through Esplanade Road and Chandni Chowk. My father and uncles cycled to the shop and back every day, sometimes returning even at 10 pm - and no one even thought about any danger en route. Even we, schoolgoing children, did this once in a while, walking without fear through all these streets full of ‘patang’ shops, silver leaf makers, ‘dawakhanas’ and ‘kabab’ stands. I would often be greeted by the shopkeepers, who knew my father, and sometimes they even gave me a sweet or a kite. The house we lived in belonged to a Muslim. My father has never forgotten the day we moved out of the Birla Mandir camp with our meagre belongings, to occupy a small room in the government quarters around Gol Market. The official allottee had agreed, the previous evening, to let it out to us for Rs. 20 per month. On arrival we were told that another refugee family had agreed to pay Rs.30 and taken the room. It was the first time I saw my father cry. Suddenly a Muslim gentleman appeared, took us home and rented out half of his ‘haveli’ to us. Eventually he sold his thriving business to our family and moved to Karachi. We celebrated Eid with almost the same enthusiasm as our Muslim neighbours. They also burst crackers and shared our sweets during Diwali. We treated them in the same manner as our Hindu neighbours. For many years we got our milk supply from the Muslim dairyman. Together, both Hindu and Muslim children played in the streets and then queued up for free ‘chaach’ from our house. Those sure were the days....jaane kahaan gaye woh din...u

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Opera House – Despise to Delight { Sid Astbury/Sydney/ DPA }

Sid Astbury


t took professional modeller Jamie Berard three years and 2,989 Lego pieces to come up with a kit version of the Sydney Opera House. “It’s an amazing geometric puzzle. There’s nothing that just goes linearly in a box,” he said. “We actually stopped the project at one point because it just proved to be too difficult.” It was the same 50 years ago for the builders who worked with Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose controversial design was chosen above 232 others (except, of course, that trial and error with plastic bricks is easier than experimenting with reinforced concrete). It took 14 years to piece together the Opera House, a job that came in 14 times over budget and 10 years behind schedule. Utzon fell out with his employers and was sacked before the puzzle was finished. He never returned to Australia to see it resplendent on the harbour. Utzon was not there - his name was not even mentioned - when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II opened the Opera House on October 20, 1973. The Dane had to wait for recognition until 2003, five years before he died, when he won the Pritzker Prize, Architecture’s highest award, for what had become one of the world’s most-loved, mostphotographed, most-visited buildings. At the prize-giving, he described his masterpiece as a “symbol for not only a city but a whole country and a continent.” Berard reckoned that if he could literally piece together the sails that form the roof of the Opera House, the rest would come easily. “That was basically the proof of concept,” he said. “If I could get that right, I felt like the rest of it we could figure out.” In the real thing, 2,194 roofing sections are held together by 350 kilometres of steel wire. In engineering terms, it is not pretty - but it works. What the roof covers is a different matter. Sets, stages and even performers have to arrive and depart by lifts, rather than from the flanks of the building. “Everything is so sandwiched in,” Peter Sellars, a visiting Opera Director, moaned. “There’s not an extra inch anywhere.” The brass section in the orchestra pit of the Opera Theatre is screened off from the rest of the ensemble, so other players are not deafened. In the main concert hall, Perspex “doughnuts” hang from the ceiling - an

Asian tourists take a must-have souvenir photo outside the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House.

A tourist on a Sydney Harbour ferry takes a picture of the City’s picturesque Opera House.

Brian Fardon, who has worked as an usher at the Opera House since it opened 40 years ago.

ugly retrofit to try and make the acoustics work better. But for most of the 9 million people who come to see the Opera House each year, the outside is all that matters. Brazilian visitor Fellipe Mathias de Silva, in Sydney for three months to learn English, paid homage to its uniqueness as he gazed in wonder at Utzon’s curvaceous structure. “It’s very different from other buildings,” he said. “If you come to Australia, the first place you need to know is the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It’s different. It’s not square. Most buildings are squares.” Fellow Brazilian Paulo Andre Cavalcante, an economist, said that the Opera House was not Australia’s greatest icon - that was the kangaroo - but the building was certainly nice to look at. Australian author David Malouf, who lived through the 14 years of construction and Utzon’s dramatic exit, wrote in more lyrical terms in praise of the World Heritage-listed building, saying that the harbour City had recomposed itself around its crowning glory “as if it had been waiting for just this miraculous object to appear and claim its place.” Opera House? It is a bit of a misnomer. There are rock concerts under the sails. In the 1970s it hosted the world boxing championships. Busi-

Swimmers wearing patriotic swimsuits at the Opera House in Sydney, before taking part in the annual Australia Day swim across Sydney Harbour.

ness conventions are a regular feature. The Opera House reflects Australia’s determined egalitarianism. It has catered to sports fans by showing World Cup matches on a giant screen. It was also host to the final of Australian Idol, one of the nation’s most watched entertainment broadcasts. What goes on inside does not seem to distract from the majesty of the building itself. “It’s uplifting,” said Brian Fardon, who has worked as an usher at the Opera House since it opened 40 years ago. “It just lifts you up. It really does. For once, they did it right.” Fardon, 74, said he would still spend his days at the Opera House even if he were not paid to do so. “I gave up full time work in 1999 when I retired,” he said. “But I still kept this going because it’s fabulous, I love it.”u

Brazilian tourists Fellipe Mathias de Silva (left) and Paulo Andre Cavalcante (right) outside the Sydney Opera House.

Sex workers reduce rape – Thai Police { Bangkok/ DPA }


ex workers help reduce the incidence of rape, a senior Thai police officer in charge of protection of women and children said in an interview published Sunday. “It is possible to get rid of all the sex workers from our country, but what would happen then? There would be more rape cases,” Police Colonel Napanwut Liamsanguan, Head of Bangkok’s Children and Women’s Protection Division, told the Bangkok Post. The interview was part of a report on street prostitution in the Capital. However, not everyone agrees with the theory that prostitution, which is illegal in Thailand, helps reduce sexrelated crimes. “The belief that prostitution can help reduce rape cases in society is just a misunderstanding,” said Chantawipa Abhisuk, Head of the Empower Foundation, which assists sex workers. “There are many rape cases in our society and they are usually perpetrated by someone close to the victim, not by some total stranger,” she told the newspaper. u

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Unusual Hotels

fter stepping into Judy and Steve Richards’ garden in New Zealand, you could be forgiven for thinking you had walked onto the set of a fantasy film. Between the trees and the bushes, an enormous giant’s boot, two storeys high, looms upwards. The Boot houses a small, but unique, holiday home. The kitchen, bathroom and living room are situated in the heel, and the bedroom is one floor above. Residents can step from the bedroom onto a small balcony, with the Boot’s tongue as a balustrade. The Richards opened The Boot Holiday Home 12 years ago, on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It has become an attraction in its own right, along with the nearby Abel Tasman National Park. Travellers can find such unusual forms of accommodation all over the world.

G lobal Among them is the Airstream Trailer Park at the Grand Daddy Hotel in central Cape Town in South Africa. Seven vintage Airstream trailers, polished to perfection and ready for the next guests, are perched on the roof of an 1874-built hotel. The owners imported the trailers five years ago, from the United States, so they could add a touch of classic American culture to the area. Local artists decorated each trailer, to give it an individual style. The Dorothy Airstream is decorated in eggshell blue and white polka dots, and has a small temporary art exhibition on board. The Goldilocks and Three Bears trailer has cosy furnishings just like in the fairy tale. The Montana Magica lodge in Chile has no problem standing out from the surrounding buildings there aren’t any. Ten years ago Victor

At the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, there are two exclusive suites located on the observation deck, 112 metres above ground. On a clear day you can see up to 30 kilometres away. 

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Ten years ago Victor Petermann decided to build a hotel in Huilo Huilo, a nature reserve about 850 kilometres south of the capital Santiago. Petermann constructed the Montana Magica lodge as if it were a hill, with a waterfall (centre) splashing down the sides of its plant-covered walls. The lodge has 14 guest rooms and it fits like a chameleon into the landscape of forest, lakes and volcano peaks.

At the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, there are two exclusive suites located on the observation deck, 112 metres above ground. On a clear day you can see up to 30 kilometres away. 

Grand Daddy Hotel

The interior of the Dorothy trailer at the Airstream Trailer Park. This one is decorated in eggshell blue and white polka dots, and has a small temporary art exhibition on board. The Airstream Trailer Park at the Grand Daddy Hotel in central Cape Town in South Africa. Seven vintage Airstream trailers, polished to perfection and ready for the next guests, are perched on the roof of an 1874-built hotel.

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berths in the train’s compartments - just like on a real Pullman train.

Between 10 pm and 10 am, it’s sealed off to the public – apart from guests.

The Euromast tower in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, costs more, but guests don’t have to sleep in double-decker bunk beds. There are two exclusive suites located on the observation deck, 112 metres above ground. On a clear day you can see up to 30 kilometres. Fittingly, the suites are named Heaven and Stars. The Euromast’s owners describe the platform as Rotterdam’s best balcony.

Guests at Martin’s Patershof in Belgium are also close to the stars. The Hotel, in the town of Mechelen, is built inside a 150-year-old church. Guests bed down beneath arches, shower behind stained glass windows and dine in the Church’s former choir. Each of the Hotel’s 56 rooms has a distinctly religious touch, thanks to cleverly integrated columns and clerical frescos.u

The Sydney Railway Square YHA is a youth Hostel built in old railway carriages.

The Sydney Railway Square YHA also fits well into its surroundings. Situated directly beside Sydney’s main railway station, guests are immediately directed to the disused 1A railway line, where goods trains used to arrive. On the rails are train carriages, where guests spend the night. The former post station at the neighbouring track serves as the Hostel’s main building. The Hostel shows that extravagant accommodation need not be expensive. Guests sleep on

Martin’s Hotel

erected beside the first.


Petermann decided to build a hotel in Huilo Huilo, a nature reserve about 850 kilometres south of the capital, Santiago. The Hotel needed to be extravagant, so that guests would happily make the long journey to get there. Petermann constructed an artificial hill with a waterfall splashing down the sides of its plant-covered walls. The Lodge has 14 guest rooms and it fits like a chameleon into the landscape of forest, lakes and volcano peaks. Soon after opening, the Lodge became so popular that a second building had to be

The Boot Bed and Breakfast at Nelson, New Zealand. The kitchen, bathroom and living room are situated in the heel and the bedroom is one floor above. Residents can step from the bedroom onto a small balcony, with the boot’s tongue as a balustrade.


The Patershof, a Martin’s Hotel in Mechelen, Belgium, is a former Church.


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