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An Open Letter



End of Auto-cracy?


he City Bus service, launched earlier this year, was to be an effective answer to the existing ‘auto’cracy. Four months later, has the service made the desired impact? ...Pg 8

Mewati Churnings


ehmood Khan, an IIMA graduate and exInnovation Head, Unilever, has set out to unlock the potential of the rural folks of Mewat – his homeland. His Rasuli Kanwar Khan Trust has launched a number of projects, ushering in transformation in various villages of the region. ...Pg 9

United Colours Of Art


outhfields Gallery of London presents an International Mixed-Media Group Show of successful artists from more than 12 countries across Europe and Africa. We bring you a Preview of the innovative Art Exhibition, to be held at the Epicentre. ...Pg 18

In(s) and Out(s) of the Army


aving been a pillar of support to their husbands in ‘active’ life, they have now struck out on their own – we speak to three retired army officers’ wives – Women of substance all! ...Pg 21

Protect your Family & Property from Pests like



RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

To The Director General, Town & Country Planning Department, Haryana, and the Gurgaon Administration Comments on the Draft Development Plan of Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex – 2031 Dear Sirs We have heard, from almost every one in the Administration, that Gurgaon grew too fast, in terms of population, residences and commercial establishments, and so was not able to be planned well. That is why the civic infrastructure is either nonexistent, woefully inadequate, or cracking up. Most of the original builders (HUDA and Private) of Sectors 1 to 57 (today’s Gurgaon) have conveniently side-stepped their obligation for the provision of civic infrastructure, amenities, and services, and the on-going maintenance of their areas. With the alleged connivance of the State, they have also delayed taking their Completion Certificates, and therefore kept modifying their plotted area and condominium layouts to extract undue benefits. Gurgaonites are today accused of expecting a Singapore or London too fast. Actually, a Chandigarh will do, for now, in terms of civic infrastructure and civic services – and security. Ironically, Chandigarh is the city where the decision makers for Gurgaon sit. Currently, even NOIDA and Greater NOIDA rate better; and perhaps even villages, when it comes to inner city roads. The tolerance of the ‘migrants’ is only because of the well-paid jobs, and real estate. The tolerance of the not-well-to-do locals is reaching flash-point. The 2031 Plan envisages a Gurgaon four times the size of today, with over 70 new Sectors (10 added just recently) – plus the expansion of Manesar. Although presumably known to you, we also would like to emphasize that the new Sectors are being developed by over 50 builders/developers (as against a handful of developers for Sectors 1 to 57). In order that similar ‘excuses’ do not come up for the new Sectors (58 to 115), the plans for which have just been modified again, Friday Gurgaon, on behalf of the current and future residents of Gurgaon, would like to place the following queries and doubts on record. We trust they will be addressed immediately, or in due short course. To start with, the clarity of roles and responsibilities (and therefore accountability) of HUDA, MCG and Private Builders is paramount – hopefully having learnt well, or bitterly, from the current status. This will pertain to the building, as well as maintenance thereafter, of the colonies/sectors, alongwith all civic infrastructure, amenities and services. So, please do tell us what are the defined roles of HUDA, MCG and Private Builders, for the new Sectors? Has there been a formal assessment of what went right or wrong in the current Sectors? What has been the learning from the current set-up, and what has been incorporated from this into the planning for the new Sectors (eg. the parking and traffic mess on MG Road)? As the base on which the plan has been made, does the population figure include the many temporary workers that would be expected at any time, and expect/consume civic services? Also, apart from the people population it is very important to have a vehicle population and density estimate – private, public, heavy vehicles – for traffic movement, parking, and road specifications purposes. Day time movements from/to Delhi and surrounding areas will only increase. Has all this been assessed? Separately, the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) and Sohna Road should definitely be planned for at least multiples of the projected traffic. These roads will be very heavily used. The NH8 experience should be a clear learning – and warning. Fortunately these will not be toll roads, but they will definitely carry many heavy vehicles. What are the new specifications for the civic infrastructure (eg roads, sewage drains, power sub-stations)?

What new services and/ or new technology have been proposed in the development of these new Sectors – including IT/Internet infrastructure and services? What is the specific plan for a greener Gurgaon in this area? Are there any large ponds/ baolis, or check dams, that would be covered up as per the new Sector plans? Is there regular checking for any transgression into the Aravallis restricted area? Has a model Solar Power project been proposed? What is the plan for taking care of the needs of the differently abled? Has the water network been laid out? Will all connections be metered - including for the villages? The High Court has already clamped down on bore wells, and of course we assume this will be strictly enforced. Will power cables be overhead or underground? What will be the capacity of the sub-stations? Has the sewage network been laid? Are all drains connected to a Master Drain(s)? Where all would there be Sewage Treatment Plants? Would all sectors (especially in commercial areas) have public toilets? Has Water Harvesting been incorporated comprehensively; and has it already been checked at sites under construction? What is the plan, and the norms, for parking space - for residential areas, and for commercial areas separately? Much larger space must be made compulsory, especially for malls. Is there a plan for any dedicated parking complex(es) – this is an absolute must in the large commercial areas? Have the cuts in roads, and traffic light junctions, been planned as per the colonies’ layouts? Have sites for bus/auto/taxi parking areas, and stops, been planned? Have specifications, especially of inner roads, changed? Are there footpaths, and provision of slip roads, on all roads? Would the road construction ensure there is no water logging in monsoons? Where would the fire stations be located? Would they be able to handle a fire at a 100 metre plus height? There are many very high-rise condominiums in the new Sectors – some beyond 100m. Have all the Police Station locations been planned? How would you ensure that illegal or ‘wrong location’ liquor vends do not crop up overnight? Would you not like to review the location guidelines? There seems to be a clear impact on crime. Have streetlights been planned to be put up as early as possible – and not after everyone has moved in? And then ensure that they work? Where would the Community Centres come up? Have areas for Parks been delineated? Where all would EWS Housing come up? How would it be allotted? Would the Villages remain the same? How would they be ‘integrated’? How would you protect them from becoming slums, like the current villages have? Which body would look after them? There should not be any unauthorized colonies (as we have today) in these new Sectors. Is that confirmed? Would all apartments be registered under the Haryana Apartment Owners’ Act (HAOA), or the new Societies Act? How would you ensure that time for Completion Certificates is not extended beyond, say, 5 years of issuance of Licence? If not, the penalty should be very severe, and approved only by a Court. What is the back-up plan in case the population exceeds the expected/planned number? Hopefully we would not wait till it happens, and then say it has gone beyond control – like for current Gurgaon. u


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For The Other Half


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It lives in two urgaon is a paradox. the Naunequal halves, whereinthe Great as tional Highway-8 acts Wall. The core Divide – like the Berlin the new subbut of the City is rotting; – with malls, gated urbs shine like stars and clubs setting colonies, golf courses never before seen a standard of life


he third in our astrology series – featuring Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius.

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Tantric Art


e feature

Shobha Broota, a 68year old ‘young’ and energetic artist.

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Master Recipe

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in India. forces that It is this flux of extreme balance – the is threatening to unraveland helpful for a balance that is natural and for civiliwith; great cities to evolve attain glory. sations to develop and urban core, the Gurgaon’s rotting within the City, concretised villages hinterland that and the vast rural is under once comprised Guru-gram, – under and 210 Panchayats threat of being submerged Nagar, Manesar); Millennium a of the new identity that cover 291 villages. a week with in ‘New GurgaFriday Gurgaon spent City, with its capital Meena, checkthe role of the State on’. It is here that Deputy Commissioner will is executed – ensure that the forces comes into play; to ing how the State’s that has known all the populace. of development touch in this historic area, since the Commissioner Gurgaon Deputy some form of governance of Being is the point man of Guru Dronacharya. power, P.C Meena, who in the Dis- time capital seat of the State Administration close to Delhi, the by Gurgaon is much has also been influenced trict, concurs that District the District and social developments The itself. City political more than the viz. Gurgaon the includes 3 sub-divisionsPataudi; 5 teh- taking place there. Contd on p 8  ,and (North and South) Pataudi, Farukh Sohna, sils (Gurgaon,

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Let’s Be Civil


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service worth its lmost every significant call-in. Whether it salt has a telephone information is food (or liquor) delivery, civic and reservations, services, bookings on cells... there is a line facilities, grievance call in. But when there which people can or a fire – there is an accident, a robbery that people dial is only one type of service Services. in a hurry. Emergency themselves count people Most haven’t had a fortunate that they for they had to ask which in situation who work in these help; but for the people people is helping distraught


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Control Location: The Mini-SecretarRoom (PCR) in Gurgaon’s lines chirping, phone iat. Wireless sets staff they’re set down, ringing as soon as papers – the very rushing about with air hums with activity. who is the Inspector Rishipal, the Operations, says senior in-charge of given day, we receive seriously, “On any a 3,000 calls.” In between 2,500 to from which he can closed glass cubicle he manages the day-tosurvey all activity, PCR. “We have stateday operations of the equipment, and I can of-the-art servers and has one of the safely say that Gurgaon the country.” in st advanced PCRs


his interactive Workshop will help children, parents and teachers be aware of the different tools to think and communicate with. The Workshop is based on the concepts of multiple intelligences, and strives to open up the audience to visual thinking, kinesthetic thinking and experiential learning – with the ultimate aim of serving as a learning support programme, and encouraging creativity. Contact: 45596699


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Coming Up


Cultural Performance @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 21 Time: 7:00 pm

Virtually Real @ Art Alive Gallery, 120, Industrial Area, Sector 44 Date: September 17 to October 20 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Retail Therapy 'Flea All Day’ @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: September 22 Time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

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enowned young pianist Abhay Goyle will perform at the opening ceremony of Art Mart 4 (an event celebrating Indian Art). The theme for the recital is ‘Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema’, and Abhay will be playing the tunes of old Bollywood numbers.

Call - 9910518785 Get Alive's Shoebox Full Of Smiles Date: September 18 to October 28


Recital @ The Heritage School, Sector 62 Date: September 25 Time: 10:00 am


he 1st annual show of, a website instituted by Art Alive Gallery, to encourage and promote emerging talent pan India – by providing them an online Art platform. The works on display at the Show are by artists Abir Patwardhan, Mahua Sen, Nakul Mondal, and others. Contact: 4932000



Dhrupad recital by the Gundecha Bandhu—brothers Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha—one of India’s leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. The event is organised by Spic Macay. Contact: 9810787793, 2855124

Creativity Workshop for Children @ Oorja, Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, (Near Kingdom of Dreams) Date: September 30 Time: 10:00 am Age: 6 to 13 Years

Here is a chance to do something meaningful this Diwali. Join Get Alive’s Shoebox Full of Smiles 2012 Campaign. All you have to do is prepare a little Gift Box for an underprivileged child, and brighten up his/her Diwali. The Campaign hopes to gather gifts for at least 1,000 children in Gurgaon this Diwali. How It Works:  Fill up a form to pledge your Shoebox  Fill up your Shoebox (there is an 'Inspiration List' to guide you)  Drop the Box at the Collection Centre. Collection Centres Bagiya School, Aid Gurgaon, Gaurav Niketan, and Ashish Foundation Contact: Pooja Chadha 9871911010, Niriti Vaid 9310930808


Arif Lohar Live @Rhino, South Point Mall, 312A, 3rd Floor, DLF Golf Course Road, Sector 53 Date: September 21 Time: 9:00 pm


opular Punjabi folk singer from Pakistan, Arif Lohar, performs live. Arif has been a participant on Coke Studio (Pakistan) and his song 'Allah Chambay Dey Booti/Jugni', has been a huge hit, garnering almost 11 million views on YouTube. Contact: 9560700123

Exhibition & Job Fair

Nullcon International Information Security Exhibition And Job Fair @The Leela Kempinski, Ambience Island Date: September 28 to 29 Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm


ullcon Delhi brings together CXOs, Security Researchers, IT Professionals and Senior Manage-

An affordable London Gallery is hosting an Art Expo, wherein participating artists from Europe and Africa will be flying in to Gurgaon, to support an outreach programme for the prevention of Cancer. Date: September 27 to 30 Time: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm Venue: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sec 44 For details, contact:

Kuldip Rihal-+919899017759

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Dhamaal in Maal City


ollywood actors Shreyas Talpade, Nana Patekar, and Madhhurima Banerjee visited a top local microbrewery, Vapours, to promote their upcoming movie “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal”. After addressing the media, the actors posed with their fans. Directed by Priyadarshan, the movie is a remake of a popular Malayalam film, “Marykkundoru Kunjaadu”. The movie is likely to release on 28th September.

Renge Expo


enge Art hosted an Exhibition displaying the artworks of Priyendra Shukla and Rita Sud. Titled “The shimmering lotus & more” by Rita Sud, and “Godhuli” by Priyendra Shukla, the Exhibition was a success and attracted over 200 art lovers. The Exhibition was initiated by the founders of Renge Art, Gopa Kumar and Shalini Vig. It was also attended by singer Anamika Goel and designer-cum-artist Rahul Jain.

Karaoke World Championship


he zonal contest for Karaoke World Championship (KWC) was held at V-Spot Cafe and Bar, with singers Remo Fernandes and Aditi Kumar Singh presiding as judges. The Championship is held zone-wise in India, and participants from the North Zone came all the way to the City to showcase their talent. When asked about his personal experience with singing, Rajiv Sharma, Area Manager, V-Spot Cafe and Bar smiled and said,
“I love singing, and it is a great way to de-stress.”

Ladies Only Please


@rt Virtually Real


group Art Show, “'@rt Virtually Real”, was opened at the Art Alive Gallery, Sector 44. Curated by Georgina Maddox, it was well-attended by the who's who of the art world – Manu Parekh, Anita Dube, S Harsha Vardhana, Madhvi Parekh, P R Daroz, Anupam Sud, Dipalee, Bhaichand Patel, and Parul Mukherjii, to name a few. The Show provided a platform for the works of young artists. Over the years, Art has expanded beyond formal canvases, sculptures, and installations, to flash art, gaming inspired art, video art, digital-video jockeying, and art on social networking sites. The Show intends to explore such mediums, created in both 'real life' and on the Internet.

n evening of high fashion and fine wine—The Body Shop’s Wine and Fashion Soiree, in association with Femme Affaire—was held at the Indian Grill Room, on Golf Course Road. This 'ladies-only' event had 8 mums walking the ramp for Rivayaat, a label by designer duo Meera-Rohit, where their latest line ‘Mehr-un-Nisa’ was showcased. The show also marked the launch of Rivaayat's new store at South Point Mall. The ladies had a blast participating in fun and games, and also went home with amazing prizes.



ohn Group, an international manufacturer of personal care, health care and cosmetics products, entered into a joint venture agreement with Spain’s beer major, “Mahou-San Miguel”, to launch two new beer brands – Dare Devil 10000 Premium Strong Beer, and Mahou Cinco Estrallas. The Oberoi hosted a gala evening, “Shaam-e-Spain”, on the occasion. The evening was attended by Bhupinder Singh Kochar, Chairman, VI-John Group and Alberto Rodríguez-Toquero, Managing Director, Mahou San Miguel. Many eminent personalities, socialites, and media were present on the occasion. Actors Mandira Bedi and Darshan Jariwala were seen enjoying the fusion of Spanish and Indian themed music, food, and dance.

04 { Alka Gurha }


aving read several political biographies this year, I picked Wendell Rodrick’s memoir, ‘The Green Room’, hoping to get a refreshing break from the murky world of politics. The memoir is a delightful account of a Goa based fashion guru who bares it all. Wendell’s first offering in January this year was a coffee-table book, based on the costume history of Goa – ‘Moda Goa’. “You tell the most amazing stories, Wendell,” Ms. World and friend Lara Dutta once told Wendell Rodricks, “One day you must write a book.” And he did. The book begins by describing a typical green room setting, and instantly reminds the reader of the Bhandarkar movie ‘Fashion’. The initial

{ Vijaya Kumar }


ne of my favourite desserts is the Kaju Barfi. Its perfect symmetrical diamond shape contributes to its visual appeal, and its sheer taste is plain irresistible. Anurag Basu's latest directorial effort, Barfi!, seems to coincidentally have all the characteristics of the dessert. Barfi is visually beautiful, is not cloying—despite its sentimental nature—and has outstanding performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz. Coming from a Director who has given us thrillers like Gangster and Murder, Barfi!— which ranks as a fine human drama—definitely comes as a surprise. Anurag, who has successfully fought a battle against cancer, has probably fashioned Ranbir's character to mirror his own experiences

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The Inside Story get a glimpse of the behind-thescenes of the fashion world, narrated in an irreverent manner. Since Wendell is an avid traveller, the book chronicles his visits to various museums and historical sites in Oman, Turkey, Europe and America. Most incidents are an absorbing account of events that shaped his interest in design and clothes – and led to his growth as a designer with a signature style. In one chapter Wendell talks about his fashion education in America, and recounts how  his fashion guru, Mr. Wilkens, who did Marilyn Monroe’s clothes in the 1960s, taught him to take exact measurements and make

chapters tell us about the stories of Wendell’s impoverished childhood in a chawl in Mahim, Mumbai. Wendell recounts growing up in a colony where prostitutes thrived, and people “crapped on top of others’ crap” to save water. It is in capturing the relations with his parents, cousins, aunts and life partner, Jerome Marrel, that this book pulls at the heartstrings. As the story moves forward we

The Green Room Author: Wendell Rodricks Publisher: Rain Tree - Rupa Price: Rs. 595 Genre: Memoir/Autobiography


Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye

Barfi! directed by: Anurag Basu cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz genre: Romantic comedy

– rejection followed by the discovery of love, in a different manner. But it is not about someone craving for sympathy; it is about celebrating life with all the pluses and minuses. Ranbir's emoting is brilliant, and imbues the movie with life – without speaking a single word. After his portrayal last year in Rockstar, Barfi! establishes him as undoubtedly the best in the field today, amongst the next gen stars. Barfi! could be faulted for the lack of a very realistic set of sequences, but if one were to view it as a fable and not as a real life drama, this could be overlooked. However, it was difficult to come to terms with two more facets: one, the to and fro flashbacks that could have been pruned; and two, the excessive length of the movie. But then, even the dessert Barfi! has a negative: it has excessive calories!! u

patterns by draping muslin on a dummy. His teacher said, “Even today I can read a woman without taking a measuring tape to her body.” For those who wish to get an inside glimpse of the fashion world, Wendell talks about a slanging match between ace designers Sandeep Khosla and Rohit Bal at The ‘Lakme India Fashion Week’ in Delhi. The gossip and the juicy stories of the fickle fashion world are peppered with sparkling wit and a simple style of writing. Unlike most memoirs, where writers highlight their triumphs and blow their trumpets, this one stays away from selfindulgence. In many ways it is the honesty and candour which makes this memoir an endearing read, especially for the fashion enthusiasts. u

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Cocktail Finger Sandwich Ingredients

6 Bread slices For the filling 1 cup Paneer grated Processed cheese ½ cup 1 tbsp. Black olive chunk ½ cup Canned Corn 1 tbsp. Chopped fresh basil ½ cup Grated beetroot For the tofu 1 cup Hung curd 1 cup Mayonnaise Ketchup ½ cup ½ cup Mustard paste 1 tsp. Garlic 1tspn. Lemon juice 2 tbsp Olive oil


 Mix all the ingredients of the filling, and keep aside.  Mix all the ingredients of the dip, and keep aside.  Spread the filling between two bread slices.  Cut into small pieces, and serve with the dip.

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Hang Out Zone


fter completing two successful years in Delhi, the popular Hang Out opened its flagship entertainment centre at DT Mega Mall, Golf Course Road. It houses some of the most exciting games and rides, spread over a sprawling 20,000 sq ft area. On offer are over 80 thrilling and entertaining games and rides for all ages, along with a Jungle-themed

Carnations in the City


family restaurant and Cafe’ – and India’s first ever 360 degrees rotating virtual roller coaster. The multi cuisine family restaurant, that will serve mouth watering signature dishes, includes a special menu designed for kids. Shalini Vig, Director & Owner of Hang Out, says, “On moving back from the US I realised that there was a dearth of places where we could spend quality time with our kids – to play and have fun as a family.”

India International Travel Mart

ndia’s first independent multi-brand Auto Solutions network, Carnation, opened its fourth new pre-owned cars showrooms in the Millennium City. Mr. Jagdish Khattar, founder of Carnation Auto, inaugurated the showroom.


articipants from more than five countries and 10 Indian states showcased at the“India International Travel Mart” at the Apparel House, Sector 44. Named as “Sphere Travelmedia and Exhibitions”, the Mart offered a variety of destinations, from different spheres such as pilgrimage, adventure, culture, heritage, and leisure. The Mart witnessed a total of 10,000 visitors over 3 days.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sanjay Hakhu, Director, Sphere Travelmedia said, “India, in spite of the present business environment, is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive countries for the travel trade industry – both for leisure and business travel.”

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A Labour Of Love

jit kumar

{ Shilp Arora / FG }

while making them aware about the job opportunities available in the City,” says Shilpa. With over 20 volunteers, the aim of the School is to mainstream as many children as possible. “Every year we mainstream at least 50 children to the schools such as DPS Shiksha Kendra, Pallavanjali, and Shikshantar. We have children who score better than the regular children studying in these schools,’ says a Project Head, Mamta.

Not just studies

Bagiya not only provides education to the children of the construction workers, but sports training and training in other extra-curricular activities is also given to the children. Putting forth an example of four boys who made it the renowned Acropolis Tennis Academy, Shilpa says, “Keeping their individual interests in mind, we tie up with sports academies and other activity centres.” Likewise, a Kathak Dancer, Jayshree Acharya, who lives in South City II, imparts lessons of classical dance to the students of Bagiya. Shilpa takes pride in showing off the awards and certificates won by those students of Bagiya who have been mainstreamed to the bigger schools. She is all praise for the volunteers, particularly the

{ Atul Dev }


Time For Rehabilitation { Maninder Dabas / FG }



arti, 16, hails from a small village of Uttaranchal. At a tender age of 12 years her alcoholic father wanted her to get married to a local guy. However, she was fortunate to catch the attention of a social worker, Shilpa Sonal, who brought her to Nirvana. Along with education and food, she offered Aarti some remuneration, for her to win the confidence of her father. Today Aarti studies in 10th standard and scores good marks every year. She aspires to be a poet. Her two siblings also study in her school. Like Aarti, many children have found a second home in Bagiya. Situated amidst tall buildings and big condominiums, Bagiya is a small school situated in the basement of an apartment in Nirvana. The founder of Bagiya, Shilpa Sonal, finds joy in educating the children of labourers, an oft-neglected segment of society. “We provide the right atmosphere for an all-round development of the under-privileged children,” says Shilpa. A mother of three, Shilpa looked up to her husband as an inspiration. He was a commando in the Indian Army, and she picked up her lessons on humanity and compassion from him. She believes that imparting education to children is the only way to ensure a happy and meaningful life for them. With this mission she established Bagiya in 2007. Most of the children at Bagiya are from the nearby construction sites. “More than half of Gurgaon is under construction. We see malls and world-class infrastructure as a symbol of growth. However, children at these construction sites always remain uneducated, and have to take up the same profession when they grow up. I think that this segment has been neglected for several years. We have to bring them into the mainstream through education,

C ivic/S ocial

hile reading and experiencing all the travails of life in Gurgaon – traffic jams, parking woes, rape cases, molestations, water logging... I came across an island of good too. Last month my very last link with Delhi needed to be cut, and my Gurgaon credentials fully established. Let me explain. When I shifted to Gurgaon, I got my change of address recorded in all official documents, such as passport, bank accounts, voters’ cards and so on. The only thing that was still continuing to be at the Delhi address was my Driving License. This, I was advised to get done when it was due for renewal only – with both processes to be done simultaneously. However, faced with the prospect of an expired driving license on my hands, I promptly went to the local RTO at the Mini Secretariat at Gurgaon for renewal. I was delighted to see a neat and clean office, with no sinister looking touts hanging around. At the first counter, which seems to double up as a reception and a forms sales counter, the old man prompt-

rural women who come from far-off villages to work for the cause. “We are blessed with a supportive staff. We have few teachers who travel more than 30 km to teach these underprivileged kids. They have a zeal to do something for society”, smiles Shilpa. Apart from the volunteers, she calls upon doctors, teachers, artists, and sportsperson to volunteer their services, even if it is only on a weekly or a monthly basis.

Future plans

She plans to have a ‘Bagiya’ in each village in and around Gurgaon. “Look at a small village like Jharsa. It is surrounded by world-class infrastructure, with Medanta on one side and Unitech Cyber Park on the other. However, if you go to the village, the public meetings still take place at a ‘kacha’ Chaupal. Isn’t it sad? There is an immediate need to have better schools and vocational training centres in such villages.” Shilpa believes that her focus and dedicated effort towards education for the children will certainly reap good results. And now, a determined and confident team of 20 volunteers will take forth her dream, by opening a school in Noida, and a vocational training centre for women, in Jharsa. u

ince the arrival of Dr. Praveen Kumar in November last year, Haryana Urban Development Authority has been very harsh on the illegal construction on their land. Be it the Genpact Chowk slum removal, Sikanderpur's shop demolitions, or 750 illegal structures in and around Sector-29 and IFFCO Chowk, HUDA has punished the encroachers with an iron hand. “Our prime objective is to vacate our land from the encroachers. Gurgaon is a place where a single inch of land is worth lakhs, and HUDA is in no mood to leave a single inch of its land in the hands of encroachers. We are not going to spare anybody,” says Sarvesh Joon, the head of the HUDA Enforcement wing. The latest action has been taken in Sector-10, near the newly built Civic Hospital, where HUDA has demolished many pucca houses amidst strong opposition from the residents. “On September 12 we bulldozed these houses because they were illegally built, perhaps knowing it will soon be a busy area,” adds Joon. A temple has also been demolished in Sector-9, despite severe opposition from the residents. HUDA has been accused of only being 'angry' at slum dwellers, and not saying anything to the influential people; but the September 1 and 12 incidents, where the Enforcement wing has destroyed pucca houses built by local villagers on disputed (under litigation) HUDA land, seems to show that the State land authority is in no mood spare anybody. “We are keeping a hawk's eye on the HUDA land records in all our residential sectors, and we are not going to leave anybody no matter how influential he or she is. For example, after Sector-10 we are now planning to start a demolition drive in Kanhai village, because we are facing a great problem in allotting the HUDA plots to our buyers. The villagers have encroached many of our already sold and vacant plots in Sector-45. This problem doesn't pertain to Kanhai only. In fact all the HUDA sectors that neighbour any urban village have this sort of problem, and we are keeping an eye on all of them,” he informs. It can be noted that in December last year too Kanhai village was subjected to a mass demolition drive by HUDA, in which hundreds of illegal shops and houses were demolished. But in all this, is there a plan for the displaced people, the under-privileged who are helping build this Millennium City?

No rehabilitation yet

Crores of rupees have been spent on the construction of houses for Below Poverty Line (BPL) people by HUDA, in Sector-47, but till now not a single allotment has been made. HUDA has demolished thousands of illegal structures, and has promised the inhabitants pucca houses elsewhere. HUDA officials say that surveys have already been conducted, and sent to the DC office. “HUDA is a developer, and our job is to provide the infrastructure. We had done a survey of BPL people in Gurgaon a few months back, and we had sent the file to the ADC office; now it’s their job to verify the deserving BPL people and allot houses to them,” says a HUDA official. Many EWS blocks of apartments also lie vacant, all across Gurgaon. Houses, houses everywhere, but not a home to dwell... u

Gurgaon Gibber ly advised me to go to my ‘parent’ RTO in Delhi, and get an NOC from there, before commencing any action here. I tried to argue, but he was firm - “Get your NOC, and things will move fast here,’ he advised. So, very reluctantly, I set out to Saket in Delhi. I could write a book on my experience of getting my NOC from there. Every person I sought advice from turned out to be a potential tout. Eventually I was advised to go to window No. 10. I counted up to window No. 9 and that is where the building ended. When I enquired I was told that I have to enter inside the window marked No. 9 and then reach window No. 10! A long queue had already formed at window No 10, where the officer was examining documents and initialling them as ‘okay’. He seemed to be doing so for every type of application/ form. Each case was argued for over 5-7 minutes. After my turn came, I got my ‘okay’ fast, as fortunately my case did not need any argument. I was advised to go

to window No. 5. At window number 5, my turn came after standing in queue for about 45 minutes. Please pay at window No. 6, the clerk told me after examining my documents – and apparently made some entry on a computer, as he flung my papers back at me. Window No. 6 was the only payment window in the entire RTO office. A queue of over a 100 persons had by then formed. No queue for ladies or senior citizens. A board did say ‘Senior Citizens’ on window No. 7, but when I approached the clerk there I was told that for payment I will have to stand in the common queue. I will not describe the slow pace at which this window was working, as papers were being flung at the clerk from behind with curt instructions – 5 mins, or “sahib ka aadmi hai”. Soon it was all quiet, and the clerk sat munching an apple. I reluctantly enquired. “Server down ho gaya hai” was the reply. I decided to call it a day. Reluctantly, I returned to Delhi on the next working

day, and it took me another two hours to pay. The, on to window No. 8 to get photographed, and back again to window No. 10 to get my NOC. Fortunately the RTO has a system that they photograph you on the spot, and your NOC with your printed photograph on it is handed over to you on the spot. The Delhi ordeal was finally over. Triumphantly I came back to Gurgaon, duly armed with my NOC, and back to my friend and guide on Counter No. 1. He gave me a full set of forms with file cover (30 secs). I completed the forms (10 mins), paid for my medical (2 mins), got my medical done (5 mins), returned to counter No. 3 and got my file inspected (10 mins), and got myself photographed (10 mins). I was handed over a slip to collect my licence on so-and-so date (30 secs). I was out of the RTO office in less than 40 minutes, having completed all the steps. I think the offices in Gurgaon are far ahead of their Delhi counterparts. Bravo, Gurgaon! u (Atul Dev is a Gurgaon based senior journalist.)

21-27 September 2012


THIS WEEK Big Cinemas, Palam Vihar Barfi! Time: 10.10 am, 1.00 pm, 2.20 pm, 3.55 pm, 6.50 pm, 8.05 pm, 9.45 pm Heroine (A) Time: 10.15 am, 11.20 am, 1.15 pm, 4.15 pm, 5.10 pm, 7.15 pm, 10.15 pm, 11.00 pm PVR: Ambience Premier Heroine (A) Time: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 10.30 pm, 11.30 pm Barfi! Time: 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.00 pm, 7.00 pm, 8.00 pm, 9.55 pm, 10.55 pm Arbitrage Time: 10.30 am Moonrise Kingdom Time: 5.10 pm, 10.55 pm Fire In Babylon Time: 7.10 pm Dredd 3D Time: 3.10 pm, 9.00 pm Raaz 3 (3D) Time: 12.30 pm

♦ Devender Singh, Chairman cum

MD, DHBVN & UHBVN Utilities, referring to the ‘Pune model’ of power supply, said that if customers wanting 24x7 power are ready to pay a liability surcharge, the power can be arranged from other states. The cost would be cheaper than the weighted average cost that the customers today incur on the normal supply from DHBVN along with the back-up generator supplied power. Of course, erection of power infrastructure as per load will be the duty of HUDA and Private Builders, in their respective colonies; the maintenance thereafter will be by DHBVN. In a similar vein to many other Ministers recently, he acknowledged that Gurgaon consumers are prestigious, as a high revenue base. Separately, he has asked his officials to react promptly to complaints and queries, and to ensure sharp reduction in the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses. He has promised uninterrupted power supply within 2-3 years, if we all work together honestly. He said that 4,000 more employees are joining the Utilities, which will improve the poor grievance redressal today. Line losses were 16% in Gurgaon, as

PVR: Ambience Gold Heroine (A) Time: 12.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Barfi! Time: 12.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm, 9.00 pm Dredd 3D Time:10.30 am Moonrise Kingdom Time: 10.00 am Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website:

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Raaz 3 (3D) Time: 10.30 am Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall Heroine (A) Time:10.00 am, 1.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 7.00 pm, 10.45 pm Barfi! Time: 10.45 am, 1.45 pm, 4.45 pm, 7.45 pm, 9.55 pm DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Heroine (A) Time: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:55 pm, 02:25 pm, 03:50 pm, 05:20 pm, 06:45 pm, 08:15 pm, 09:40 pm, 11:10 pm Barfi! Time: 11:05 am, 02:00 pm, 04:55 pm, 08:00 pm, 10:55 pm

PVR MGF: MGF Mall Heroine (A) Time: 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.00 pm, 6.00 pm, 7.00 pm, 8.00 pm, 9.00 pm, 10.00 pm, 10.55 pm, 11.30 pm Barfi! Time: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm, 10.30 pm Moonrise Kingdom Time:10.00 am, 3.10 pm, 7.10 pm Dredd 3D Time:5.10 pm, 10.55 pm Fire In Babylon Time:9.10 pm Avunu (Telugu) Time: 10.20 am Arbitrage Time:1.10 pm

THE WEEK THAT WAS against 30% for Haryana.

♦ The Chairman of the District Legal

Services Authority (DLSA), District & Sessions Judge Dr B.B. Parsoon has said that, as per guidelines of the Supreme Court, a woman lawyer must be present in a Police Station before an FIR is written of any woman who is a victim of atrocities. Women advocates have therefore been associated with all the 23 Police Stations of Gurgaon, so that they may be informed whenever a case of atrocity against a woman comes up. ♦ The Gurgaon Mediation Centre, that provides services for settling cases before the parties go to court, has settled the highest number of cases in the State. Advocates with more than 10 years of experience can give their services to the Mediation Centre. ♦ The Haryana Govt has welcomed the decision of the Centre to liberalise FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trade. ♦ Cases have been lodged against individuals who have tried to set up illegal colonies in Sector 10, Gurgaon and Bhondsi, Sohna. ♦ DCP Traffic Bharti Arora, arguably one of the best performers in the Administration, has been transferred out. ♦ ‘Mahi case report takes forever; accused is freed on bail; no

DT City Centre: DLF Phase II Heroine (A) Time: 10:30 am, 01:25 pm, 04:20 pm, 05:35 pm, 07:15 pm, 10:10 pm, 11:25 pm Barfi! Time: 10:45 am, 12:05 pm, 01:40 pm, 04:35 pm, 07:30 pm, 08:30 pm, 10:55 pm Raaz 3 (3D) (A) – Hindi Time: 3:00 pm DT Star Mall: Sector 30 Heroine (A) Time:11:20 am, 02:15 pm, 05:10 pm, 08:05 pm, 11:00 pm Barfi! Time: 11:00 am, 01:55 pm, 04:50 pm, 07:45 pm, 10:40 pm Website:

Friday Gurgaon speaks to Nadia, a baking expert, who runs the nation's only Cupcakery Cafe at Ninex Mall, Sohna Road. compensation to family.

♦ Trader kills self, names people responsible in suicide note; A Nigerian is found dead in a hotel bathtub. ♦ A finance company executive goes missing. ♦ The ex-MD, COO and 3 others have been booked in the Reebok fraud case, involving Rs 870 crores. ♦ The MD of a construction company, along with 6 executives, has been booked for not giving possession of the flat(s) to a customer who has paid the required Rs. 2.5 crores to DLF Universal Pvt. Ltd. ♦ Bikers snatch a bag containing Rs 4 lacs from a retired Air Force officer. ♦ A doctor is defrauded of Rs 40,000, on a false appointment letter for a job in Toyota in Bangalore. ♦ Scorpio stolen from NH8; and now music systems in cars are the new target. ♦ A person is booked for committing Rs 9 lacs fraud against Central Plaza Mall Association. ♦ There are protests against the diesel price hike, and increased LPG cylinder prices, following the earlier petrol price hike, and all round food price increase. ♦ There is a call for Bharat Bandh, for the 20th. by many opposition parties.

What is your vision behind this initiative? I’m driven by my passion for baking; but just as important is that I want to provide the people of Gurgaon—and the wider NCR area as a whole—an authentic wholesome experience, that always retains the aura of the personal touch. Do you intend to open more such bakeries in Gurgaon? We shall expand in accordance with our customers’ needs and convenience. What made you choose baking as a career? To what extent can one experiment with baking? The possibilities and avenues one can find through baking are ever evolving, and thus it is hard to define the boundaries. This helps in ensuring that this “career” that I have chosen, always feels fresh. I discovered my flair for baking from an early age; and with encouragement from family and friends, I am fortunate to be pursuing a ‘career’ in what I love to do. What is the USP of The CUPnCAKE Factory? How are you different from other bakeries? All our cupcakes and cakes are made from scratch, with only the freshest and best of ingredients. The taste and quality of our range are testament to this guiding principle. What are your future plans? We intend to focus on the present by making sure we provide our patrons a wonderful experience on a consistent basis. Nadia has learnt the art of baking from renowned baking schools – The Wilton School in the US and R.L. Clement Cake Decorating School in Sri Lanka.



21-27 September 2012

Time To Change Gear { Maninder Dabas / FG }


ublic transport had been Gurgaon's Achilles heel for years. Despite a mesmerising socio-economic metamorphosis in the last decade or so, Gurgaon had not witnessed any substantial improvement in its public transport system. One could see hundreds of people waiting, for, or struggling to board, share-autos at IFFCO or Rajiv Chowks in the mornings and evenings; and many a times this unwanted adventure resulted even in fatal accidents. Gurgaon was an auto-rickshaw hub, an Auto-cracy. The City Bus service launched this year was to be an effective answer to the auto madness. The service covers a large part of the City, and extends to IMT Manesar. Has this City Bus service made the desired impact? The Administration of course thinks so. “No doubt Gurgaon seriously lacks public transport facilities, and the Metro only covers a limited area. But this new City Bus service has provided great relief to the people of Gurgaon, and I believe will continue to do so. We have been plying these buses for more than four months now, and we have got an unbelievable

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change in the lives of the people. This Bus Service covers all the major areas of the City. Earlier the people had problems in reaching places like the Railway Station, Palam Vihar etc. One sees almost all the seats being occupied all the time, and this itself explains the success of this initiative. Evenings is the peak time. The route of the Railway Station to Badshapur, via HUDA Metro station is perhaps the busiest, because it caters to the demand of 'old' as well as the 'new' Gurgaon – including the people who come to work from Delhi,” says Narender Kumar, a conductor. The City Bus service has indeed lessened the discomfort of the

response on almost all the routes. People have welcomed this step, and we get several calls of appreciation on a daily basis. However, there are some problems which need to be addressed shortly,” says a very senior official of Haryana Roadways in Gurgaon.

Number Game

At present Gurgaon has 60 odd buses plying on 8 different routes; and each bus on an average makes two rounds daily of a selected route. This number hardly dents the 20,000 plus autos that are still the prime local transport. The four major routes of the City Bus service are: first, Gurgaon Bus stand to IFFCO Chowk, MG Road, Sikanderpur Metro station, Bristol Hotel, Genpact building, Kendriya Vihar, and back; the second route of 54 km distance is from Manesar to Karol Bagh (Delhi), and this is the longest route; the third route, of about 10 km distance is from Gurgaon Railway Station to Mahavir Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Signature Towers, HUDA City Centre Metro Station, Badshahpur and back; and the fourth route is from Gurgaon Bus Stand to Dundahera. “By the end of the year we are expecting to take the number of buses from 60 to 100, and I

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hope that it will definitely give great comfort to the people, as it will drastically reduce the time a passenger has to wait for a bus,” says the official.

Tremendous response

The City Bus service has received a tremendous response, as it has not only made people's lives a bit easy, but has also increased the connectivity to the deep yet essential corners of the old city. For example, the Railway Station is an important destination for the people, and there are thousands of people using this route. Bus conductors too spoke about the response they have got after the start of this initiative in May, 2012. “This has brought a significant

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people working on Sohna Road in particular. “Of course these buses have made our lives a bit easy, otherwise reaching the Metro station was really an ordeal. First I had to spend Rs. 10 from my office till Subhash Chowk, and then the same amount in another auto from Subhash Chowk to Metro. There was also the discomfort of so many people around you in the lousy black shared auto. Now in the Bus I spend Rs. 10, and reach the Metro sitting on a comfortable seat. I am happy,” says Arvind Mishra, who has his office at Irish Tech Park. The main problem people are facing is the frequency of service. Before the start of this initiative it was said that the maximum time span between

two buses would be around 10 to 15 minutes; but in reality the people have to wait for almost half an hour for the next bus. “This area needs substantial improvement, because Gurgaon is a City where people have everything but time; and once an individual does not get a bus in 10 minutes or so, he or she would definitely go for an auto,” says Kanika Vashist, another professional who works with an MNC on Sohna road.

Infrastructural problems: Another hindrance

The civic infrastructure in Gurgaon has been in a limbo for a long time now, and is deteriorating further. “Look at the condition of the roads in the City. 'New' Gurgaon is comparatively better, but when we enter 'Old' Gurgaon we always get stuck in long traffic jams, that eventually increase the wait for the passengers on the next stop,” says Satish Kumar, a driver of one of the City Buses. Pathetic roads are just one aspect of the infrastructural paucity that Gurgaon's Bus Service has been witnessing. Non-availability of bus stops and shelters is another; there has been no progress, despite several claims made by the State Transport Commissioner Arun Kumar at the start of the Bus Service. Both HUDA and MCG were supposed to make bus queue shelters in their respective jurisdictions. “There are no proper Bus Stops, and that's why people stand wherever they like; and we too have to stop the bus at random stoppages, which eventually results in disruption of traffic. Many a times we have heated exchanges with other commuters,” says a driver. “I am not entitled to say anything on the construction of bus queue shelters in the MCG area. You can ask the Joint Commissioner,” says B.S Singroha, the Chief Engineer, MCG. Start...stop...start...stop. u

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21-27 September 2012

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ince the time of Babur the leadership and residents of Mewat have been at loggerheads with the rulers of the time. Be it the Mughals, the British or the local Rajas of the area, the Mewatis have often used the hilly terrain and jungles to evade the intruders and imperialists of yore. However, this fifty lakhs community, that is spread in 1200 villages across three states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, has had to pay a heavy price for resisting the powers that be. Mehmood Khan, a former Global Innovation leader with Unilever in UK who has been working in Mewat for the last couple of years, however insists that it is this lack of governance that will help in improving the poor state of affairs in this region. His logic is that whatever good happens in India, it happens despite the government, not because of it. “Gurgaon developed because there was not much interference from the government. The same happened with the IT industry,” he asserts. The State, he says, has failed to create a suitable delivery mechanism all across rural India, including Mewat; and whatever good has happened is due to some brilliant efforts being made by individuals. “There is no political compulsion to develop the area,” says Khan. The destruction of the Aravallis is also being partially blamed for the backwardness of this region, due to the massive loss of green cover that has led to a virtual failure of the monsoon rains. Khan observes that Mewat has been an agrarian society, but because of the failure of monsoons the socioeconomic system of the villages has crumbled. The main task for him is to unlock the potential of rural areas, to bring growth and development, he says. “What I am doing is to bring talent to Mewat, bring external partners with competencies, to provide solutions for each and every problem that is faced by rural folks,” says Khan. His first project in Mewat was to help in the upgradation of the education system, and to bring more kids into the folds of schools. The region had an abysmal literacy rate; there were only 3 per cent educated girls in Mewat in 2003, whereas the literacy rate for boys was also just 23 per cent. The schools opened by Khan’s Rasuli Kanwar Khan Trust, in partnership with leading education solution provider Educomp, have transformed the education scenario. “Right now 98 per cent kids in the age group of 6 to 14 years are going to school in Mewat. The literacy rate has also shot up, both for girls and boys, in the last couple of years,” he asserts. The secret behind this success is the ability to involve communities and locals into this development process. “We have been able to resolve problems together. The collective decision making of people in this country

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Mewati Churnings


is very good. I have great faith in rural India, and its ability to transform itself,” he says. From the success of Khan’s experiments it can be seen that the villagers in Mewat are very proactive, and ready to work with other agencies, but they need a platform from where their energy can be channelised. They do not seem indifferent to development, keenly want education for their kids, jobs for the youth, opportunities for women, better sanitation facilities, connectivity with big cities, and a good quality of life. Khan says his organisation has developed solutions for most of the problems being faced by rural India, of inadequate power supply, poor sanitation, under-

employment, rural financing, poor farm productivity, and several others that directly impact the populace. Khan says that he has been practicing what he has learnt in the corporate world. “We are trying to create an honest movement, by bringing in collaborators from outside as well as seeking local collaboration,” he reveals, adding that the concept of village factories that they have begin in Mewat is bringing good results. For him co-creation is fundamental, as people will have to be involved and given charge of their lives. Both his experiences, which reinforced his faith in this campaign to transform Mewat and other parts of rural India,

involve people. Khan says that when they started the education project in the area, they hired the unemployed youth, asking them to teach kids wherever they found a place in their village. “After a couple of months I met these boys, and asked them about their experience. Most of them said that they slept more peacefully, felt less stressed, and felt like adding value to society,” he says. This was an eye-opener. Likewise, the feedback he received from people who underwent cataract surgery at camps organised by his organisation was great. “The women in particular came back to say thanks, and ap-


preciated the efforts. All this added up to giving us more acceptability among the people,” he says. Khan says that small training cum production centres will be set up in villages all across Mewat, particularly garments units, so that women can work there independently. One such experiment is being successfully run in his village Nai Nangla, where around 55 women are working in the garment manufacturing unit set up by Khan in a building owned by his father. “We have successfully delivered orders by Gurgaon based major garment producers,” he says. This production system will ultimately reduce cost, as the workers stay in villages, and put less pressure on infrastructure and transport, unlike in Gurgaon. They spend less on rent and on living in a city. Right now workers from outside are living in degrading conditions in Gurgaon,” he says. For development to happen across rural India, the government and civil society will have to give up the urban-centric approach. The policy makers and those who are executing it need to come out of their drawing rooms and understand the rural psyche, he feels. In his opinion, India has two major strengths-Democracy, and Human Resources – which if harnessed properly

Khan’s Experimental Projects


ehmood Khan’s Rasuli Kanwar Khan Trust has launched a number of projects that are silently ushering in transformation in various villages of Mewat – particularly in Nai Nangla, Mandikhera, and Beria Bass. The latest Project that is on the anvil is a MicroFinance project, that is being launched in collaboration with the micro-finance leader Vijay Mahajan. “We have met with the Chief Minister in this regard, and the process is being initiated to create such an organisation,” he says. To make this initiative successful, a farmers organisation will create a platform to deliver services needed by farmers. “The aim is to improve the prosperity of the farmers, by providing them cheap seeds, fertilizers, and a market mechanism to sell their produce. Individual farmers have limitations, but the co-operative will help them overcome it,” he asserts. In a meeting at Bhadopura village in the distant hinterland, Khan tells the villagers that they will become equal stakeholders in the organisation, much to the surprise of skeptical farmers. “We want our own people to run the organisation, as outsiders are not trustworthy,” says one of the farm-

ers. Khan agrees, and asks them to first join the movement that aims to change their lives. Another major initiative is the ‘Mewat HiTech Dairy’, that is located in village Beria Bass village, surrounded by lush green fields and overlooked by the Aravalli ranges from three sides. Just across the hills is Rajasthan. In the Dairy, there are 84 animals, including buffaloes and cows, that produce around 50 litres of milk daily. This is an experimental dairy farm, where different kinds of activities—including composting, gobar gas and milk production—are carried out. “The purpose is to help the farmers understand the best practices that can help in improving productivity of their farms, animals, and orchards,” he says. Khan says that his main plan is to somehow bottle the gobar gas, and commercialise its production. He admits it’s a tough act, but somehow believes that it can be done. Khatoon Bano, who has secured 77 per cent in 12th class, says that the garment factory has given them a chance to learn skills, earn a livelihood, and a chance to socialise. “We have become more free, and earned more respect and self-confidence,” she asserts. In addition to creating skills, Khan has also brought in collaboration in the education space, that has helped in transforming this landscape. Seven private schools have been opened in each block of the district, and are providing an opportunity to young kids to get quality education. A trip to Khan’s Universal Academy in Nai Nangla, and a government school in the neighbourhood, shows the difference in the quality of education. Students of the private school speak English, learn through computers, and sit in a comfortable environment. It is quite clear that where the State is failing to deliver, private initiative is working wonders – with the same talent. “The need of the hour is to create an enabling environment. It will only then be possible to unlock the potential of rural India,” asserts Khan, dressed in a spotless white Kurta Pyjama.

can make India the number one economy of the world in the next 30 years. “Right now India is moving two steps forward and one step backward,” says the former Unilever Global Innovation leader. The karma and dharma need to be balanced,” says Khan, who while quoting anecdotes from the Mahabharata says that his clan is a direct descendent of Lord Krishna. Khan also says that Islam came to Mewat due to the influence of Khwaja Muinudin Chisti of Ajmer, and that the people here practiced a syncretic version of the religion that was based on the Indian ethos. However, in the last fifty years, due to the absence of the State in this region, the influence of Wahabism, which is a more orthodox version of Islam, has spread in the area. Despite this, he says, people in Mewat are open to new ideas, and are ready to embrace change, provided they are given an opportunity. This is an important time. It is make or break time for Mewat, and I want to be a part of this resurgence that transforms this region,” he asserts.u


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Good Shepherds Show and Tell


iny tots at Good Shepherd Pre-School participated in a Show and Tell Competition. The children bought toys such as dolls, teddy bears, toy cars, trains, and aeroplanes. They spoke at length about the features of the toys. The audience were amazed at the knowledge of the little ones, even about the latest cars like Mercedes and Audi.

Eureka! McDonalds

Intellitots Story-cum-Fun Session


ittle ones at Eureka Preschool were taken on a trip to McDonalds. The children were first shown the kitchen and told about the bulk ingredients used everyday. They were also told about the quality of food, and ways to maintain hygiene in a kitchen. Later, the children, along with the School staff, enjoyed the delicious snacks served at McDonalds.

Manav Hindi Divas


anav Rachna International School, Sector 51, celebrated Hindi Divas. All the classes, from Nursery to 5th, assembled in the auditorium, to revitalise the interest in, and to show respect for, the language. The programme started with the lighting of diyas by the Head Mistress, Seema Malhotra. Then, the School Hindi teachers, Vinita Shrivastava and Kusum Sharma, shared the origin and the history of the language (Hindi) with the students. The hallmark of Hindi Divas was a ‘Hasya Kavi Summelan‘, the main subjects being the ‘Rising cost of living’ and ‘Hindi Language’. Prizes were given to the worthy participants. The winners were Green House (Leopards)-1st position, Red House2nd position, and Yellow House3rd position. The School also organised Nibandh Lekhan, Sanvad Vachan, Kavita Path, Dohay, and Vaad Vivaad activities in different classes. The Day was celebrated with great zest and zeal.

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t was wonderful to see four year olds talking about their favourite stories and characters. Fairy tales, mythology, morals, or fun reading, the children seemed to enjoy everything. It was amazing to see how they all followed the book reading session with rapt attention. The role play was fun too. Children connected the dots to make a colourful gingerbread man; then made a gingerbread man of clay and decorated him. They also played letter sounds and story sequencing.

Giant Award to Dr. Pinto


he Giants International Award was conferred upon Dr. Augustine F. Pinto, Founding Chairman, Ryan International Group of Institutions for his incredible contribution in the field of education. The award was presented by Shri Harshavardhan Patil, Hon’ble Minister for Cooperation & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Maharashtra and Padmashree Nana Chudasama, World Chairman, Giants International. Every year Giants International honours various stalwarts in recognition of their contribution in their respective fields. Dr. Pinto, in his speech, expressed his gratitude and applauded the contribution of Giants towards society. Shaina N C, Grace Pinto - Educationist, Anwar Tayub, Vijay Mumar Chaudary, SP Chaturvedi, Siris Kapadia, Praful C Joshi, Baldev J Patel, Rajesh C Joshi, MLA Raj Purohit, and Ryan Pinto, Kiran Shantharam were also present.

21-27 September 2012

Kid Corner


Teachers’ Day @ Meenakshi


he students of Meenakshi World School celebrated ‘Teachers Day’, with a lot of fun and enthusiasm. The students of Grades Sr.1 to Sr.4 came dressed as their favourite teachers, and took the teachers’ classes. Children from the junior classes recited rhymes and Hindi Dohas, and also presented a classical dance. During the Special Assembly, the students presented each teacher with a title – along with a red rose, and a hand-made greeting card. The students had organised games for the teachers; the winners were awarded with chocolates. The acts were taken by the teachers in good spirit. The teachers had another surprise awaiting them – the screening of the blockbuster movie, “Ek Tha Tiger”, at a Mall. The Day was marked with special wishes from the School Chairperson, Anil Hada, and with his inspiring message – ‘The fruitful grooming of our children is in the safe hands of our committed and dedicated educators.’

Presidium Teachers’ Day

Medhaam Mommies

he students of Presidium School put up a performance to honour their teachers, on the occasion of Teachers Day. The teachers interacted with the students, and distributed sweets. It was a fun-filled day for both the students as well as the teachers.

edhaam celebrated ‘Hand-in-Hand – Mom’s Day Out’ with the lovely mothers of the students. The Principal Nita Datta, whilst addressing the mommies, spoke about the importance of spending quality time with their little ones. The address was followed by fun-filled games. The Moms displayed their hidden talents by participating in various activities – like Ad Mad, songs and dances.



Literary Flourish

‘Together We Move For Peace’ We all belong to the planet earth, We must give a message to the mankind, There must be a way through which , Prosperity nad Peace we can find. There is no victory in Causity suffering, Triumph is a peaceful kingdom, One who avoids violence deserves stardom, Together we preach for a peaceful nation.   A message to me and my friends, Peace in every heart should reside, World becomes a better place to live, And we all should have this pride.   Navdha Malhotra Class-V Ryan International School

Artistic Strokes

Kamanraj Singh, Grade 1, GD Goenka World School

Durgesh Yadav, V B, Happy Model School

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Deepa, Class VII, Gyan Jyoti Public School

Saloni Dhingra, V E, DPS, Sector 45


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Kids Brainticklers

21-27 September 2012

Animal Crackers


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

Two Wise Men

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Y oung A dult 13

Smileys and Winkeys { Alka Gurha }


eople the world over are celebrating the thirtieth birthday of ‘Emoticons’ this month. In the literary world ‘Emoticons’ are textual expressions representing the writer’s mood. Thirty years ago, on 19th September 1982, Professor Scott Fahlman, of Carnegie Mellon University, sent an email on an online electronic bulletin board. The email said: “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways.” It is said that the aim was to distinguish between those attempting to write humorous mails and those who weren’t. Surprisingly, within months, the sideways smiley had gone viral! Many argue that the use of emoticons in the literary world goes back to the eighteenth century. Regardless, we have come a long way since the use of first smiley face. Apart from smiling, emoticons today are singing, dancing and blowing kisses. Some wear sunglasses and hats, some shed tears, and some are plain naughty - ready to convey impish messages. While youngsters love emoticons, the purists are deeply offended. An English teacher laments, “I mourn the death of subtlety in language. I can appreciate novelty when it broadens expressive reach, but emoticons are just another lazy device that’s neutering

modern language.” Worthless symbols, unnecessary additions, or juvenile expressions - irrespective of what one feels about them, emoticons have become a part of modern day language. It is baffling when people who take pride in their gravitas send smiling and winking faces. Their ROFLs, LAMAOs and LOLs are equally inexplicable! What

But hang on. While yellow faces blowing kisses convey precise intentions, some text based expressions and symbols can be dubious. For one, an emoticon does not always read the same way across different technical interfaces. Also the receiver should be able to comprehend the textual expressions and the intention behind the text. Surely you don’t want to send hugs {} and hearts <3 to your boss. So do not undermine the dangers of signs and symbols. Be sure of what you wish to convey.

Strength In thy strength lies thy charm In thy strength lives thy beauty In thy strength you prosper In thy strength you be, you be Not muscle, it isn’t Not size either, nor height It breathes in your walk; it’s in your gesture It magnifies in your conduct, in your posture   Thy arm, thy ammunition Thy weapon to all victory A brass-made key Thy key to all mystery   Such is the strength of which I speak Strength that brings all to thy feet Strength that makes all ends meet Strength that is faith and belief’s altar Strength, around which nothing may falter   Hold on to it, like a mighty sword akin to a knight Your strength, shall then, never lose a fight Vrinda Nagpal Nirvana, South City II

is understandable is that it is much easier to punch ROFL, than to actually Roll On The Floor and laugh until your ass hurts. Right? The present century is all about imagination. Verbosity is out, brevity is in. More so for the testy teens who prefer to text and chat via bits and bytes. Tyranny of words is not for them. Since friendships today are blooming in the virtual world via electronic devices, it is important to convey exact emotions along with the words. This is where emoticons come in handy. I see young people using emoticons to convey the most complex and complicated thoughts. Over time emoticons have migrated from teen jargon to official parlance. Several professionals have happily embraced smiley faces. If you happen to be a mother, you can comprehend symbols with the flourish of a master linguist. Over the years, I have learnt to unravel the deeper meaning of the emoticons texted by my son. A smiley after his exams tells me that he has “nailed it.” A winking face conveys “I didn’t study, but don’t be upset.” And a grimacing face says, “Tough paper, I should have studied instead of watching that stupid movie.” That said, I am hugely indebted to ‘Google Baba’ for explaining what some of the convoluted textual expressions really mean. u

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Beat the Stress, Darling { Lipi Patel }


ne thing invariable to our lifestyle is the mounting stress in our lives. As a part of my work I meet various kinds of people on a daily basis, to understand their lifestyle. I see different kinds of stress – whether in a traditional Indian housewife and mom, or a stiletto clad corporate high flier. While completing small mundane activities and chores, or managing bigger troubles and conflicts at workplace and home, or with friends, foes or relatives, we go through a lot on a daily basis. As we grow up/grow old, a constant frustration creeps in our selves through the cracks we have left open. Intolerance and the slightest provocation ignites us to pick a fight on the road, at home or at the work place. We start to view situations and people as for and against us. A sort of negativity enters us, which is somehow an output of this “stress” we all are going through. I believe “stress” is mostly created by an external environmental condition which is out of our own control; but how we let this stress affect us is completely dependent on us. Many a times this external stressful condition is aggravated many folds by our own thought process. We blow up the situations out of proportion in our own brain, and get trapped. Most of us can’t manage these negative thoughts, and get bogged down by our own fear and anxiety. In clinical terms, medical science has named this condition as “Anxiety”. It’s not unusual to feel anxious, when you perceive there is a real threat to your or a loved one’s safety, security and welfare. And

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not all Anxiety is bad either – it’s a way in which your body and mind warns you of a real threat. It lets you know that you are at risk unless you do something to eliminate this threat. However, when it goes out of proportion, Anxiety can really harm us in many ways. In its most extreme form the anxiety reaction changes into a panic attack, and that can be very terrifying. Physical symptoms of such an attack are: we feel as if the walls are closing in, our heart starts racing, our palms sweat, breathing becomes shallow, and we notice a tightness in the throat or in the pit of the stomach. These physical symptoms are accompanied with the emotional reaction we call Anxiety. So how do we tackle this monster, which is becoming an integral part of our modern living? I think the solution probably lies in our own brain, our thought process and emotions. All emotional reactions are driven by habitual patterns of thinking, based on the inner beliefs about self, and the environment. Experts say we can change this anxious situation by a little “mindfulness”. We need to be aware of our own habitual beliefs and patterns of negative thinking. Uncovering our own negative self-talk is a very effective first step towards a successful management of Anxiety. Secondly, we must strive to achieve a healthy work-life balance. We must try to take out some time only for ourselves, on a weekly basis, when we can pursue our hobbies or do the things we really like to do. Engaging in such activities can bring us in touch with our self and our emotions, which in turn builds happy positive feelings inside us. Thirdly, we probably need to let go of the unrealistic expectations from ourselves and from people around us. We expect to have more money, a more affluent life-style, and material possessions. We have unrealistic ideas about relationships and appearance. But we are far from investing and gaining the emotional support of our loved ones, which is the true antidote to anxiety in today’s times. Focus on all the good things in our lives and ignore the things that are imperfect as of today. On that happy note “Friday Gurgaon” wishes you a stress - free and happy weekend. u


21-27 September 2012

Prakhar pandEy

{ Shilpy Arora / FG }


ast Delhi, aka Trans Yamuna, has always been considered as the Capital’s poor relative – a settlement area for waves of impoverished immigrants. However, its fortunes dramatically changed when the proposal to build Line 1 of the Delhi Metro, and a sports complex during the Commonwealth games became a reality. It propelled East Dehi into the spotlight. While many might be aware of the infrastructural development taking place there, maybe just a few know that East Delhi boasts some of the world’s biggest markets and temples, beautiful parks, and a colony with over 1,000 inhabitants from the Jhajjar district of Haryana! Start your visit from the North Eastern village of Wazirabad, where the Yamuna enters the city of Delhi, and extends up to an area of 48 Km. Wazirabad offers a spectacular wider view of the river, with small farms surrounding it on both sides. The historical Radha Krishna temple is a must visit. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to visit this temple, to feed the holy cows. Head next to the beautiful Yamuna Biodiversity Park, which is an initiative by the botanists of Delhi University. As you walk along the path bordered by ‘ber’ trees filled

Yamuna Paas Yamuna Biodiversity Park

and artefacts. A splendid statue of Gautam Buddha, at Ladakh Buddha Vihar, is also an important tourist attraction. Holistic healing sessions and meditation services are held at a centre near the statue. The boat ride is an eye-opener on how debris and waste is mixed with the clean waters of the Yamuna. As one reaches Trans Yamuna – at Nigambodh Ghat, one can witness the gleaming Metro Train whizzing overhead, while below, at the other end, bullock carts are still being

markets, any quantity of fabric can be bought here – from two metres to 1 lakh metres, that too on the spot. “Garment manufacturers can get any variety, any quantity of fabric at Gandhi Nagar, and at least 25 per cent lesser cheaper than mill rates. We are selling the fabrics at a lesser price not because the quality of fabric is inferior, but because we procure the lots from the mills in huge volumes – that too on cash-down payment basis,” says Shyam Aggarwal, President, Export

the Biryani at Kalle Baba. How about a visit to a widespread residential area – Laxmi Nagar? The area is famous for its Tuesday flea market, “Mangal Bazaar”. It is visited not only by the locals, but by people from Northern Delhi and even Faridabad. The market is famous for cheap cookware. If you don’t get a chance to visit Laxmi Nagar on Tuesday, you still have a lot to explore. Firdous Masjid, located near Ramesh Extension, boasts rich Mughal and Persian architecture. “When

residential club houses a gallery, showcasing famous paintings and photographs. It is open for outsiders from 11 am to 2 pm. However, the artwork is not for sale. Before you leave Nirmaan Vihar, relish the sweets at the famous Nathu Sweets. “We moved to Gurgaon some six years ago. Still, there is no eatery like Nathu Sweets, that offers traditional delicacies. Whenever I go to Laxmi Nagar, I make sure to bring the Petha from Nathu sweets,” says Amar Dayal, a resident of Vatika City. On your way to Preet Vihar, you will see the Gokuldhaam Mandir, that has a five feet tall statue of Lord Sheshnaag. Locals believe that the statue protects the area from floods. For Gurgaonites, the most interesting place to visit is Jal Vihar, situated near Jheel area. With over 1,000 inhabitants from Jhajjar, the Colony is a great connect between Haryana and East Delhi. “In East Delhi we learnt about cultural integration, the different religions and languages. We are proud that even Sikh communities living in the area participate in our festivals like Teej and Lath Maar Holi,” smiles Diksha, who has been living the Colony for 50 years. A tour to East Delhi is incomplete without a visit to the famous Akshardhaam temple. One of the largest Hindu temples in the world, Akshardham looks

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Poorva Sanskrutika Kendra

with fruit, you come upon a large freshwater lake. Its waters are not from the Yamuna. The lake was initially filled with pumped water and is now recharged by the rains. A renowned bird watcher, Dr. Oswal, explains, “This Park is home to many Darters, Cormorants, Redcrested Pochards, and Northern Shovellers. The Cormorants pick up prey from the water and then return to their perches. In the near future we expect it to be a major tourist spot, and a haven for wildlife photographers.” It is time to take a boat cruise down the river. With over seven bridges from Delhi, millions of people cross the Yamuna every day. Unfortunately, the river is dirty beyond belief, and stinks a lot. The boat ride costs Rs. 200. The boats are available from 8 am. Go to Qudsia Ghat, located close to the Ladakh Buddhist Vihara. This big Ghat is believed to be in existence since the Mughal Era.   Don’t also miss the Tibetan market on the Ghat. You might find a branded T-shirt under Rs. 200. The market also offers Tibetian junk jewellery

Gandhi Nagar Textile Market

used to carry passengers. A boatsman, Praveen Kumar, who has been here for the past 30 years, informs, “It is believed that during the Mahabharat era Lord Brahma bathed and recovered his memory at this Ghat. Nigambodh means realisation of knowledge.” Today, it is a cremation ground. Just six kilometres ahead is the biggest readymade textile market of Asia, in Gandhi Nagar. The area is one of the most congested colonies in the City, and has a population of around 3.5 lakh. For years Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim communities are living peacefully in this area. While the majority of the Muslim community works in the garment factories, most of the land is owned by Sikhs and rented out to Hindu shopkeepers – who with their business acumen have made it the biggest market in the continent. Shopkeepers swear that the market offers fabric from every corner of India. One can find anything here - from pure wool sweaters to 100 per cent cotton, silk, polyester, and denim. Unlike other export/wholesale

Surplus Cloth Merchant Association, who also runs a trading company called Lakshya Udyog. Aggarwal, owner of Aggarwal Brothers, that is famous for selling pure white cotton and Lycra fabrics, says “The demand for new types of fabrics is increasing, so we have started focusing on different varieties of fabrics. We source fresh and export surplus fabrics from Erode, Salem, and Mumbai. We can get any fabric on demand, from any part of the world.” Some traders like Rajat Traders claim to be the only ones in the continent selling pure silk, with a variety of over 30 to 40 types of silk. Aliana, who belongs to Belgium, has found some beautiful laces and zippers in the market. “I think it is the only place in India where you can get original Russian lace and authentic Velcro!” Not just shopping, but one can find some of the oldest eating joints here. While the 60-years old Ramesh Dhaba and the roadside Amar Chole Bhatore wala are known for serving vegetarian delicacies, non-veg lovers shouldn’t miss

Qudsia Ghat

architects from Persia were invited to decorate the walls of Rashtrapati Bhawan, a local Muslim artist, Ali, brought a Persian artist here. At that time this place was a typical Muslim village. We are proud to have such splendour in East Delhi, but unfortunately, not many people are aware of it,” says Maulawi Amhadullah Shah. The area also has a cultural centre, Poorva Sanskrutika Kendra. With a big exhibition hall and a world-class restaurant, it is one of the most important cultural centres in East Delhi. Another residential area, Nirmaan Vihar, located down the Vikas Marg is worth a visit. A rickshaw ride is perfect to explore the area. While on the way to Nirmaan Vihar, sample the hot aloo tikki at Bobby Tikki Wala. Just as Bittoo Tikki wala is famous in North Delhi, Bobby Tikki wala is the pride of East Delhi. A newly built Dilshad Colony is a heaven for art lovers. It is home to some of the renowned artists of India, such as O.P Sharma, Khazan Singh, and Suman Agarwal. The Colony’s

spectacular at night, with its colourful lights. The Temple was inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. More than 3,000 volunteers, with the help of 7,000 artisans, constructed the Temple. Besides the large central complex crafted out of stone, the Temple features exhibitions based on the history of India and the life of Swaminarayan. Nilkanth, a musical fountain that gives the message of the Upanishads, is the most popular with the tourists. Another epitome of infrastructural development, the Commonwealth Games Village, is located just three kilometres from Akshardham. Not so long ago Trans Yamuna was known for its shabby bus terminals, congested markets, and old-world shopping centres. However, today, with world-class malls, high rises, and well-crafted intersections and flyovers, it has become a well-developed hinterland, and a wonderful mix of old and new. Ab Yamuna Paas Hai.u

21-27 September 2012

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Enzyme Boosting Foods Part I { Jaspal Bajwa }


nzymes are proteins that are required for every chemical action that takes place in our body. Our ability to see, think, feel, and breathe depends on enzymes. Our stamina, energy and immune system – all these are regulated by enzymes. Proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins would be of no use in the absence of enzymes. Enzymes also help destroy the trillions of viruses, bacteria, and cancerous cells. Enzymes control cell metabolism - the processes by which each living cell takes in nutrients, eliminates waste, and maintains life. Like all catalysts, enzymes work by providing an alternative metabolic pathway, which requires a lower energy level. This can make the reaction millions of times faster. Nature has packed raw foods with vital enzymes. Our bodies need enzymes to carry out the critical function of digestion. However, to prevent spoilage, and for taste, we cook our food. This kills most bacteria; but at those temperatures, there is huge ‘collateral damage’ - all the enzymes get killed too. As more than 90 per cent of the food we consume in urban living is cooked, digestion just gets harder. The resultant incomplete digestion and stress on the body has become a key factor in today’s rising levels of allergies and chronic degenerative diseases. What can we then do to protect and use enzymes, so that all the metabolic pathways are maintained intact and healthy? In this Part 1 we look at Proteases or Proteolytic Enzymes (proteolytic means “breaks down

{ Alka Gurha }


f you want to fit in that slinky dress, but are worried about your bloating belly, here are a few tips to avoid belly bloat. I am sure you have noticed that on certain days the belly appears bloated, and makes you feel uncomfortably heavy. Most women struggle with the problem of bloating due to hormonal upheavals.

Salt and Sugar:

Too much salt and sugar can result in water retention and bloating. It is best to avoid chips, food with added preservatives, food with added Ajinomoto (monosodium glutamate) and fizzy drinks. Excess salt gives that heavy feeling, puffiness and extra bulge. For added flavour you can include seasonings like oregano and herbs in place of salt. If you tend to get a bloated stomach during the pre-menstrual phase, try avoiding coffee and regular tea. Instead opt for herbal teas that contain natural diuretics. Regular tea and coffee are acidic in nature, and irritate the stomach lining.

protein”). The vast majority of metabolic enzymes in the body are proteases.

Tip of the week

There are two potential actions of Enzyme therapy. When we take a digestive enzyme formula along with our meal, the enzymes break down the food in the stomach faster, and aid in digestion. When we take a proteolytic enzyme between meals, the enzyme rapidly enters the bloodstream, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, and helps with optimising the blood and tissue health. This strengthens the immune system and

helps the body’s innate ability to naturalheal itself.

Nature’s Wonder Foods of the week : Bromelain rich Pineapple (Ananas comosus, Ananas sativus)

Pineapples were first discovered by the 15 century travellers to the Caribbean islands. By the end of the 16th century, this tropical fruit had travelled to most of Asia, Africa and Latin America, where it is grown in large quantities today. Interestingly, like a community of cells makes up the body of an organism, the Pineapple is a composite of many th

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flowers, whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. In the Bromeliaceae family, the pineapple is the only edible bromeliad today. Bromelain rich pineapples help digest the protein in the food, and clean the blood by removing debris and toxins from the blood stream. Bromelain works to neutralise fluids, to promote an alkaline environment; it also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas, to aid in digestion. Bromelain enzyme contains anti-inflammatory properties that benefit our internal organs, speeding up recovery after external injuries – and reduces swelling. Apart from arthritis, it can improve other conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome and gout. Pineapples are loaded with dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, B1, B6, folate, Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. The high Vitamin C and Bromelain content is useful against sinusitis. Pineapple is an excellent source for the trace mineral manganese, that our body needs for building bones and connective tissues. It is an essential co-factor in a number of enzymes. A cup of pineapple gives 73 per cent of our total body requirement for manganese. Eating pineapple strengthens the gums, and helps keep teeth healthy and strong. Beta carotene in Pineapple can lower the risk of macular degeneration(associated with loss of vision) by as much as 36 per cent. It is worth noting that most of the demonstrable benefits have come from bromelain extracts made from the stem of the plant used in therapeutic dosage. When consuming the ripe succulent fruit we get some of the benefits, but there is also the added load of calories (82 cal per cup/165 gm). Pineapple can affect various enzymes in the liver, and can also increase the risk of bleeding. If you are taking certain medications like anti-coagulents, then bromelain supplements should be taken under the advice of a healthcare practitioner. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Bye Bye To Bloating ‘Gassy’ Food :

Some food like lentils, beans, cabbage, cauliflower and sprouts can cause gas, which results in bloating. Food containing complex carbohydrates like pasta, cakes, pastries or bread can cause constipation, and result in bloating. Bloating is also common in people who are lactose intolerant. For some, fried and spicy food can cause stomach irritation, resulting in the inflammation of the stomach lining. Incorporate fibre in your diet and drink plenty of water. Fibre prevents bloating by helping everything move through the intestines more quickly. However, if you are intolerant to excess fibre, try including oats and muesli in your diet. Limit the eating of heavy meals late at night, as it will encourage the build-up of acid which can lead to bloating.

Chew Food and Eat Slowly:

If you take big morsels and do not chew your food properly, your stomach


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Limit Antibiotics:

Antibiotics destroy the harmless bacteria (in the digestive tract) that usually helps in digestion. If you need to take antibiotics for a long period, be sure to take B-Complex vitamins with them.

Avoid Stress:

has to make the extra effort in digesting food. Also, the extra air you gulp while eating causes discomfort. Also, you may not have noticed, but when you chew gum for a long time, you swallow a lot of air. This air can get trapped in your gastrointestinal tract and result in some belly expansion.


Pineapple is high in the enzyme bro-

I am sure you have noticed the strong correlation between stress and your stomach. Remember those butterflies in the stomach when you feel nervous or anxious. The body releases cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that stimulate your digestive system. As a result, you experience more gas and bloating – and even the runs. Stress also causes some people to overeat. Many women experience sugar cravings during stressful situations. Overeating and excess sugar also result in bloating. If bloating persists, it’s time to see the Doc. u


21-27 September 2012


The Under-Class


The Haryana CM, while speaking at a recent Conference on Smarter Cities, has asked for some patience, as most of the infrastructure projects have a long gestation period. The CMs priorities seem to be more on developing the higher end infrastructure (which anyway is on a distant horizon), while ignoring the basics. The emphasis is on the Metro and Rapid Transit rail and road corridors, and Super Specialty Hospitals, rather than ensuring adequate Water/Water Treatment, Power/Sub-stations, Sanitation/ Sewage Treatment, and better Roads/Traffic.


inally the govt has shaken off its self-paralysis. The decisions on Diesel, LPG and FDI are of course right – in fact may be too little, too late. Yes, we were galvanized by a looming ‘junk status’, but enough has been written, and it would be interesting to see what next steps are taken.

The New India opportunity has not knocked on their door. Their wages and salaries have hardly moved with the times. They are mainly stuck in the same job. They do not possess the new skills – and also do not have an appetite for risk. Maybe karma, destiny is too ingrained.

But there is a more important concern. While the Govt goes out of its way for all sorts of sops for the rural areas (the kisan link), including cash schemes and loan waivers, it does not seem to have any sensitivity to similar urban folk. Does underprivileged status only belong to rural India? Does only the ‘farmer’ command special attention? People in offices, services, trades, industries (an urban clerk, supervisor, junior officer, a small trader) seem to evoke no govt sympathy or sensitivity.

This is what has happened to a typical UnderClass urban family, including 2 school going children and a grandparent, having a monthly take home income of Rs 30 to 40 thousand, living in a rented house, and owning a 2 wheeler: in the last 2 years this family has been hit with at least a 50% increase in food prices (in many cases a doubling), and a similar 50% plus increase in petrol prices; and now an increase in diesel and LPG prices. Just this impact has eaten up a third of the family income ! And the diesel hike means there will be a further cost increase of 10 to 15% across the board.

Comment on the Urban Lower Middle Class, the Under-Class, was carried in an earlier FG issue. Some parts need repeating, for their relevance in the current context. There is no neat divide between affluent India and poor Bharat. We have a clear class in between – the one in the Middle; and the most vulnerable within that is the Lower Middle (the Under-Class). The new economy, and specially the last few years, is hitting them the hardest. Most of the debate on the under-privileged seems to focus on the rural poor - supposedly the vote bank. NREGA is trumpeted as the reason for the last election victory (it is a different matter that it seems to have become a millstone – a very heavy cost to bear). However, there is perhaps a stronger case today for the urban under-privileged - not just the homeless, who are featured quite regularly, but also the Under-Class. Yes, they may not ‘look’ under-privileged, but they are the ‘poor’ today. In the last 2 years inflation has ripped through their earnings. And fuel price hikes, in times of inflation, have been cruel – downright incendiary. Apart from food and transport, this urban class also has to spend much more than their rural counterparts - on rent, education (with tuition), and health. They are single-minded in ensuring that their children are well educated, so that they (hopefully) lead far better lives.


he article “Social Media” By Alka Gurha (Friday Gurgaon 17-23 August) is interesting.It was late Rajiv Gandhi who introduced the use of computers in services.He had a vision of making India a great power. One cannot disagree that the use of Internet has benefited the students in getting information.But the use of Internet has minus points in the study of Social Sciences – it gives objective information but no analysis. Most of the students who rely on Internet get only passing marks. Internet has also reduced the use of libraries by the students. Facebook is also liable to be misused by youngsters. Prof.B.N Mehrish 33/301,Heritage City,Gurgaon

FAMOUS QUOTES Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

Ralph Marston

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. Ralph Waldo Emerson A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa Expectation is the root of all heartache. William Shakespeare

Why cannot the govt think of the urban UnderClass like it does the rural under-privileged? Is it because their children do not look underfed or have dirty clothes? Why could not something have been devised to ensure that they were not hit? Where was the inclusiveness mantra this time? The govt has had enough time to plan this out – since no decisions have anyway been taken in the last few years. If we can throw money for decades in rural India, with 80% going waste, why can we not have subsidized the urban Under-Class? These urban folk are also so much easier to identify, access, and monitor. On the economics, to protect the UnderClass, the diesel price could have been increased by Rs 6 per litre for the rest – versus Rs 5 for all. In fact it may have even been palatable to Mamata di (we forget that she knows the urban Under-Class well – she has been there). There is no govt. scheme for the Under-Class. The schemes are mainly for particular castes and religions – even if you are rich; and they have a primary rural focus. The politicians and parties do not see the Under-Class as a worthwhile vote bank; - the Cabinet and High Command still live in the 70s and 80s – decade and age-wise. It is time to dedicate a Scheme for the UnderClass – maybe offer School Fee and Fuel (petrol/ diesel/LPG) Vouchers. Let us not fail them - again. For good measure, the Scheme can be anointed the Rahul G. Yojana. Some charity should begin at (or near) home. The success of this Scheme should also help us take other actions (like the ‘right’ pricing of all civic services and resources), to reduce the fiscal and other deficits and improve productivity – while continuing to be sensitive to the Under-Class, and all the other under-privileged. Let us also remember that the Under-Class (unlike other urban classes) does vote - in good number. If the ruling party continues to be insensitive to them, it will certainly have the surprise of its life in the urban votes; and it is the urban that will proliferate in the coming decades. Beware too - their children will not be as tolerant.u

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Group fitness classes on offer are: 1. Zumba:

Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements – offering a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating and effective environment. It integrates some of the basic principles of aerobics and interval train-


Group Exercise

{ Ruheen Sheoran } here is never an upper age limit for any form of exercise; there are always routines for everyone. Group fitness classes offer varied, interesting and effective exercise programmes. They help break monotony, and are fun, enjoyable and beneficial. Studies by health experts show that group physical activities relieve anxiety, lower stress levels, increase power of concentration, and tune up our mind and body. They also offer a great opportunity to interact with people of all age groups, and to exchange views and ideas while achieving one's fitness goals.


ing, to maximise caloric output (the number of calories your body burns everyday), cardiovascular benefits and body toning. It is designed for all age groups. Zumba is an extremely enjoyable workout.

2. Pilates:

Pilates helps build lean muscles, and increases flexibility. It develops a strong core or centre, and improves co-ordination and balance. Pilates also increases the strength and endurance in the legs, abdomen, arms, hips and back. The main principles are concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing. As the body adapts to these exercises, the intensity is increased.

settings, to create an energised atmosphere. The trainers guide the participants through a series of phases, starting with a warm up, moving up to more challenging phases, and finally reaching a period of peak effort – followed by a cool down.

4. Step Aerobics:

It is an aerobic exercise that uses an elevated platform. The height of the plat-

form can be adjusted according to the participants’ needs. It is a very effective workout for burning calories, improving cardiovascular health, and toning. The number of calories burnt 5 depends on the speed of movements, step height and the duration of the exercise. The classes vary in their level of choreography, and are designed

5. Strength Training:

Strength training classes appear under various names in group fitness classes. These classes offer specially designed barbells and weights, that participants can use depending on their capability. Other equipment may also be used – such as an aerobic step, resistance tubes, dumbbells and stability balls. These classes work on muscle strength and endurance. u (Certified Reebok Fitness Trainer and a Certified Zumba Trainer)

3. Spinning:

A spinning class is a great workout, that burns calories and keeps your muscles in shape. These classes are conducted on exercise bikes, in a fitness studio with varied music

for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.


Long (Travel) Hours

{ Dr. Jayant Arora }


eing successful in a highpaying career or profession is one of the most important goals of today’s young generation. They are determined to fulfil their dreams at any cost! Also the cost of their living has gone up so high that both husband and wife need to work. There is a price to pay for this. Health is now affected at all ages. Working late hours without a break, having long travelling hours with stress and pressure building up, and skipping meals are the bane of today’s lifestyle. The need to manage both work and family needs, under unrealistic deadlines, is leading to a breakdown in health.

Let us address the issue of long travel hours. The biggest health effect of travelling long distance to work comes from stress. With a busy schedule, the first casualty is adequate rest or sleep. Then, the driving through heavy traffic, or delays due to traffic jams, or unpredictable public transport services, adds to the stress. A long day on the road often leads to increased anger, irritability, and an inability to concentrate. This impacts even personal relationships. Under stress, a lot of things can go wrong. Effects of stress such as headache or a heart problem are common; some people may also suffer from hypertension and peptic ulcers.   When it comes to di-

etary habits, ‘long distance’ commuters hardly follow a healthy routine. Most of them leave home very early, and return late evening or night. Hence they mainly rely on packaged, processed food for the sake of convenience, and thus increase their health risk. It is always better to find a job closer to your home. However, for some, a long commute to work cannot be avoided. They need to find ways of doing physical activities on a regular basis. The easiest ways are parking at a distance from the office, taking a walk during lunch time and using steps instead of elevators. u Senior Consultant - Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement, Columbia Asia Hospital Gurgaon

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"encouraging emerging artists to showcase their works". A member of the Wandsworth n innovative, experiChamber of Commerce, he mental global Art Exalso designed  the London hibition  at Epicentre Fashion Week Magazine.   marks the onset of a new I spoke to Kuldip as well as art-perspective.   In a fresh with some of the artists exhibinitiative which could imiting in this rare group. They pact future art-activity for are all excited to be visiting Inyears to come, Southfields dia for the first time. ExplainGallery of London has oring the 'Why, What and How' ganised an International Kuldip Singh Rihal of this unusual exhibit, KulMixed-Media Group Show dip told me: "My intention is threefold of successful and significant artists -- the engagement of successful artfrom more than 12 countries – across ists; the sustainability of such an exEurope and Africa. Many artists, who change; the establishment of a comare well-regarded and prolific in their municative art-platform." countries of origin, have agreed to showUnderlying market forces cannot be case their art on a common aesthetic overlooked, however, in analysing such platform in Gurgaon, from 27~30 Sepa project. The market, rather than tember. As a corollary project, ideals, dictates the art galthis London gallery business. Evidently lery —run by a UK Gurgaon now seems to be citizen of Punjabi the latest 'hot selling zone' origin—intends to for luxuries such as art.  In showcase Indian artan exclusive Preview at the ists in London, in the near Aralias, as I viewed the random future. The project is a 'colcollection of paintings, sculplective' of international tures and graphics, I hoped that art, sculpture and photoga certain 'quality control' would be raphy. Adding to the dramaintained while displaying such ma, several artists will be an eclectic group.  A Gurgaon resiflying down, to be present dent and friend of the gallerist, Brij for this unique event. This Kapur, has been instrumental in unusual exhibit could be suggesting that such a exhibition a harbinger of future be brought by Southfields Galcollaborative art shows lery to India. w in India.  Regarding his selection of artUnder the manageworks, Kuldip cited his three ment of maverick London gallerist Kuldip Singh Rihal of SouthAndrew Fyvie, Scotland fields Gallery a wide Papier Sculpture, Ugratara range of 100 samples of international art The artists taking part include will come together such British art-veterans as Richard for the first time. This Fuller, Faryal Ahmad and Rosie is an opportunity to obCasselden from UK; the promising serve a variety of recent art – from such varied sculptor Andrew Fyvie from countries   as Italy, South Scotland; Flamenco-painter Daphne Africa, Germany, Vietnam, Senegal Cazalet from Italy; the minimalist and UK, and in the process interact painter of African tribal life Pape Sarr with artists from diverse cultures.  from Senegal; Betty Aquah and Southfields Gallery is one of South Adjei from Ghana; Petra Kuzev from London's premier art-venues, situated in Germany; Darryn Eggleton and Dina Wimbledon. It has helped bring out quite Putter from South Africa; Gerrard a few international artists, ever since its (who is Vietnamese) from France, inception in 2006. Kuldip was born in KeIgor Evsin from the Ukraine, Dennis nya, and moved to London in 1966.  With a B.A. in Design, Kuldip managed two DeHope from Australia, Alex Owen and sign and Print Companies before opening Sophie Jacobsen from Wales. Southfields Gallery with the intention of


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exploring the art of Gujarat, and travelling to Rajasthan and Goa. She works at a UK company that designs fancy dresses, fairy wings, and other theatrical accessories. A painter of seascapes, Rosie Casselden, who will be present for the show, has helped to make Fine Art a part of the British National Curriculum. Her works incorporate pebbles, shells and broken glass found in her beachside habitat, in paintings illustrating the changing moods of the sea, cloud and sky. She too makes reference to the Decorative Arts --- hence one hopes that such artists discover the unique visual inspirations in India, during their sixSophie Jacobsen, week visit. Wales Among this Exhibition's most nuanced criteria of emotional expressiveness, and evolved creations technical skill, and aesthetic beauty – are the subtle grey pawith a partiality for "emotive and pier-mache sculptures by the Scot Ancutting-edge expression". I spoke to drew Fyvie, who describes his work Southfields' artists Richard Fuller, Rosie thus -- "I am interested in finding a Casselden, and Sophie Jacobsen in Lonlink between the human form and don prior. It is a first-time the natural, mechaniIndia-darshan for them, cal and architectural that could become a lifestructures. I would changing experience.  like to achieve the The senior British simple monumentality artist Fuller, who is also of standing stones and a Consultant with this treetrunks – that are Exhibition, is involved both solid and fragile."  in Figurative painterly Several artists in modes that are linked to this display are rather Western Life Drawing. "I like gypsies, constantly break up my paintings' on the move with their surfaces into three-diart --- such as the Italian mensional units for a Daphne Cazalet, who is 'cubic' look. I am also currently in Australia, a calligrapher, and I hence cannot be present include calligraphed for this show;   the Viettexts within my art. I namese-French-British further work on Murals, peripatetic artist Gerand I like applying bright rard, who is, interestcolours, mainly in oils ingly, employed fullthat display the natural Pape Sarr, Senegal time by the car corpotextures of paint." Fuller African Painting ration Peugeot, as an was previously a Graphic airbrush-artist; and the Designer by profession, and did commerSouth African Eggleton, who will be cial theatre posters for the Royal Shakerepresented by a single large paintspeare Company. Among his aesthetic ining within a very heavy frame.  spirations he cites  Pierro della FrancesRather than merely showcasing and ca, Duschamps and Kandinsky. Although promoting the art of other countries, one Richard does not know of individual Indihopes that this cross-cultural interan contemporary artists' works, he looks action can dynamically bring about forward to seeing current Indian Art. a more evolved international awareThe Welsh design-oriented painter Soness of the genuine Indian aesthetic phie Jacobsen is a less mature participant genre, as a source of fresh and origiat age 24, with an Art degree from Swannal energy for eclectically-searching sea Metropolitan University. Claiming international groups of artists. Varito be inspired by Inous stylistic strands, embodying didian patterns, saris, verse cultures, will be visible in this designs and textiles, extensive collection of art --- from she looks forward to British minimalism to European flamboyance, and the starkness of an African palette. u Rosie Casselden, Artist, Writer, & Curator UK - Seascape

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Make Room For Energy

The owner of the house should sit in the West Nairuthi (Southwest-West) area, facing towards the East; the next best option is to sit in the SouthwestSouth, facing towards North. The lengthy sofa may be put towards the West, and some sofa chairs towards the South. The flooring of the living room should be lower than the rest of the house. Where living rooms face South, the inmates must take precaution, and set the living room as the first room just after the entrance. We should not construct the living room as a front facing room in houses facing West and South.

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


aving means wanting to own, to possess, to make things mine; in contrast to being - being alive, and being in authentic relatedness with society, nature and the whole world. The philosopher Erich Fromm forecast, in his classic ‘To Have or to Be’, a society obsessed with possessions. He believed that human beings had two basic orientations – having and being. The persons with the having orientation seek to acquire things and property – and to even possess people. The persons with the being orientation focus on the experience. They derive meaning from the exchanging, engaging and sharing with other people. Fromm predicted that a culture driven by commercialisation, by a ‘having’ orientation, leads to dissatisfaction and emptiness. But to some philosophers it is a matter of context. It so appears to them that since people in ancient times did not have cars, computers, phones and the like, it was easier to ‘Be’ then – than now. The mode of relating to ‘being’ is completely opposite to that of ‘having’; and it is essential to our personal relationships, as well as to our living. When we approach the world with the attitude of ‘being’, that world

Rabindranath says: Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it droop and drop into the dust. Radiohead says, about a Lotus Flower: ‘Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick Just to see what if, Just to see what is. On the other hand Fromm quotes two poems, one by Tennyson, and the other by Japanese poet Basho. The poems relate to the poets’ reactions to a flower that both see while on a walk. Tennyson says: Flower in the crannied wall… What you are, root and All and all in all I should know what God and man is.



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making our body magnetic – with the positive polarity in our head. When we sleep with our head to the North, the two positive polarities repel each other, disrupting the flow of blood and affecting our sleep and health. The mirror must not be placed in front of, or at the side of the bed. We should not have a mirror on the wall opposite the foot of our bed, as it can disturb our sleep. Also, we throw off stress during the time we sleep, and that mirror will hold the stress and reflect it back to us when we wake up. So we should either move that mirror, or cover it at night, for a more restful and replenishing sleep. We should not place many electronic gadgets in our master bedroom. If you are in the habit of watching television in the bedroom, then drape a plastic cover (not a cloth) on it at night. u Tarot Card Reader, Author

To Be And Just To Be appears as something we participate in. There are two poems, one by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, and the other by English rock star Radiohead – from their new album “The King of Limbs” (which was released very recently) – on the plucking of a flower. They bring forth vividly the distinction between ‘having’ and ‘being’.



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A living room is not just a relaxing space that welcomes guests and visitors; it also serves as the focal point, and acts as a showcase for the e ntire house. The living room is usually the first room that our guests see, and so we should create something that reflects our own style. There are many decorating styles; the most popular ones are the traditional, country, contemporary, and transitional. Here are some useful tips, to have our living room reverberating with positive chi: The living rooms should ideally be in the North East/Eshan corner of the house; if the house is facing West or South we need to make some reasonable changes, to bring in the desired positive effects of Vaastu. We should not neglect any corner of the living room.

Our bedroom door is considered a symbol of the possibilities our life has to offer us, and should open at least ninety degrees to allow positive opportunities to flow to us. When we enter our bedroom, the first thing we should see is something that gives us a feeling of peace and serenity. This could be a photograph, a favourite quote, a painting or sculpture – even flowers will enhance these positive, life supporting feelings. The paintings should not depict any sorrow, or a waterfall. Clutter, especially under our bed, weighs us down, and keeps our mind subtly connected to the past; it does not allow for forward progress. Clutter represents all that has not been completed in our life. Wherever it exists, our life force energy (prana) becomes stagnant. To tackle clutter, first take on small projects, to help avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed by the task at hand. You can work on sections of your closet, or storage areas. First, remove everything from under your bed, as storing clutter here will also affect your subconscious mind and cause disruption during sleep. We should sleep with our head to the South, as positive magnetic energy comes from the North. The blood in your body contains iron,



Living Rooms

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North Vayavya

{ Bhavana Sharma }

Basho says: When I look carefully I see the nazuna blooming By the hedge. Tennyson reacts to the flower by wanting to have it. He plucks root and all to gain insight into the nature of God and man. All Basho does is to ‘look carefully’ to see it. Tennyson needed to have it, to understand nature; Basho knows and understands. We have many possessions; yet we long for more. We are always on the look out for something new, even if do not need the same. We are probably living in an illusion that we impress somebody in this way. We are all living in our subjective realities. The illusion soon disappears – in a few minutes or days. Then we repeat the process. We never value our existence. It is time to start enjoying the experience of living on this planet, no matter what we have – or not. The dilemma posed by Hamlet – ‘to be or not to be’ – is no more an existential poser. The modern dilemma is truly depicted by Goethe, through

the dramatic description of the conflict between ‘being’ (represented by Dr. Faust) and ’having’ (represented by the evil Mephistopheles). Gabriel Marcel maintains that the attitude of ‘being’ demands two important prerequisites. One is belief in God; the other is love, as the essential ontological datum. The most dramatic enactment of the shift from ‘having’ to ‘being’ can be seen in Buddha’s renunciation. He simply gave up everything and adopted the homeless life. When we give up ‘having’, then we put ourselves in a position of having nothing to defend and so the basis for attachment to negative states of mind is cut away. Simply being is what all religions are about. When we simply are, then we find that we are not cut off from the existence of anything. The enlightenment experience is an experience of being with everything. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.


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by ShahnaZ Herbal Cosmetic Queen Padma Shree Shahnaz Husain is the CEO of the Shahnaz Husain Group – India’s leading company in the field of natural beauty and anti-aging treatments.

Do Play { Anita Jaswal }


xercise is to the body what knowledge is to the mind. But where do you get your daily sports fix? The elite and the moneyed have ultra-exclusive sports clubs. But where does the aam janta go? Why should it be so difficult for regular corporate employees to loosen up on a sports ground at an affordable price? This was a constant thought in the mind of Dhruv Swamini. Dhruv, having played sports almost every day during her boarding school and IIT days, really missed playing when she started working. “I found it hard to find

a court and like-minded people to play with, in the little time that I got off from work. As I talked to my friends and colleagues, I realised that I was not the only one. We all missed playing – be it learning/practicing a new move, getting together with a team and strategising, winning a championship, or losing a match. Our sports connection was getting limited to watching sports on TV.” Dhruv decided to leave her job at McKinsey to do something about this issue. She is an IIT graduate with an MBA from INSEAD. Her husband, Kaustubh Chakraborty, who had himself taken a sabbatical from work in 2007, to pursue his passion of writing, supported her. Dhruv initiatlly set up an informal initiative called YourSportFix. As there are limited public sports facilities in Gurgaon, she reached out to private players to give her access for limited hours on weekends. There was a mixed response from those facilities, but she was able to get access to a basketball court and a football ground at reasonable prices – at the Shalom Hills International School in Sushant Lok, and Gurgaon

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Valley School in DLF Phase 2. Her next step was to reach out to people to come out and play on weekends. Along with her friends and colleagues, she spread the word fast. Within 3 months they had over 200 active members in these two sports, and many more requests for wanting to play other sports. As the numbers were growing she felt a strong need to get more organised, and decided to partner with DUPLAYS. DUPLAYS, which stands for Do U PLAY Sports, was originally set up in Dubai in 2007 by Indo-Canadians Ravi Bhusari, his friend Davinder “Derv” Rao, and 20 other friends – with the single sport of Frisbee. Today, the group in UAE has grown to over 35,000 members, and more than 15 sports. With men and women from all kinds of backgrounds and job titles—including CEOs—it has become a popular sports recreational centre. “As DUPLAYS Gurgaon we wish to grow the sporting group through new sports and formats. We are working on starting Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis. Along with our weekend pick-up games, where one can sign up for an hour of games, we will be starting with competitive events. There will be 4-6 week leagues and weekend tournaments, where teams will compete against each other in properly refereed matches, and there will be awards/trophies for the winners. Since our primary objective remains to grow the sports culture in the city, we have kept the price for participation in a game nominal - it varies from Rs. 130-150 for an hour of a game,” explains Dhruv. There are games for different age groups. You can perfect your skill with professionals, learn the ropes of a new activity, or enjoy your sport at your own pace. Dhruv believes that life is an exercise in adventure. “I have quit my job to try and change something that I feel strongly about. While I have left the security that comes with a corporate job, it has been personally very satisfying watching people get back to playing sports. I hope we can bring this change to many more lives.”u

Priya Rai Q. How can you get rid of dark circles? SH Some of the reasons for the formation of dark circles around the eyes are hereditary factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity. So, along with external care, you should check these aspects. As a home remedy, you can daily apply pure almond oil sparingly (very little quantity) around the eyes, and massage it lightly on the skin, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with moist cotton wool. You can also mix cucumber juice and potato juice in equal quantities. Apply under the eyes daily for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Under-eye cream and gels are also available. Before going out in the sun, apply a sunscreen lotion sparingly under the eyes. Add a drop of water to it before applying, to give a lighter coverage. Donya Sharma Q. How do I select the right moisturizer for my skin? SH The moisturiser should be selected according to skin type and the needs of the skin. Moisturizers are available in both liquid and cream forms. During the dry season, for normal to dry skin, it is better to use a creamy moisturizer. A liquid moisturizer can be used under make-up, and also when the weather is not so dry. Heavy moisturisers should not be applied on oily skin, because oily skins can hold moisture better. In winter, a light liquid moisturiser may be applied. Otherwise, a rose-based skin tonic may serve the purpose. Or, look for an oil-free day cream, or matte moisturiser.

Q. How can I stop my hair from frizzing in this humid weather? Shreya Guleria SH Avoid hot water to wash the hair. After shampoo, wrap a towel around the head and let it soak up water. Avoid rubbing. If you use a hair dryer, use a big round brush. Divide the hair into sections. Pin them up and dry one section at a time. Blow in a downward direction. Using the dryer over the hair can cause more frizz. Mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair. Or, mix one egg with one tablespoon mayonnaise and one teaspoon olive oil. Apply the paste on the hair. Leave on for half an hour and wash the hair.

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Common Substitutes When you run out of some essential ingredients for a recipe, you can substitute them with othes. One clove of garlic = 1/8 tsp of garlic powder 1 cup of oil = 1/2 pound of butter 1cup of sour cream=1 cup of hung curd 1cup of brown sugar = 1cup of white sugar + 2 tbsp of molasses 1tbsp cornstarch = 2 tbsp white flour 1 square piece of cooking chocolate = 3 tbsp cocoa powder + 1tsp butter 1 cup of granulated  sugar = 2 cup of very fine powdered sugar

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What did it entail being an Army wife? “You made sure your soldier was squared away for duty, and that he had everything he needed to keep his job running smoothly. We sent them off to training, schooling and war, all the while keeping the home front running like a well-oiled machine.” “There’s not a lot of recognition for what we did: squaring our shoulders, rolling up our sleeves, and carrying on with the day-to-day operations of running a household and family.” “People wonder: Did Military Wives have Careers? Did they follow their husbands around, with no real life of their own? But what they don’t realise is that an Army wife stands by her man with overwhelming pride. She brings the love, peace and comfort home every day. She’s the one in the background that gives her soldier a reason to fight. Being an Army wife means sacrificing anything to be by his side, because he’s sacrificing everything for you and country.” These are collectively the sentiments of three retired army officers’ wives – Kanchan Khetrapal, wife of Maj General S.K Khetrapal; Chhaya Suri, wife of Col. Vinod Suri; and Nita Malhotra, wife of Brigadier Jagdish Malhotra. Hard? Sure. Challenging? Definitely! Toughest job in the Army? Probably. But the pride they feel as an army officer’s wife is worth all the sacrifices. It is a badge of honour they proudly flaunt. Says Kanchan, “When I got married, I had no idea what to expect. I was excited about the opportunity to move to another place far, far away. There’s a lot to say about being married to a soldier. Yes, the separations are hard, but I have been very fortunate to see many places. The Army imbibes the colours and moods of the various states of India. It is a true case of fusion, and is rich research material for the linguists.” “Yes” adds Nita, “Being a military spouse means you will have good days, bad days, angry days, emotional days – and sometimes a combination of them all. But you have to breathe deep, and keep moving forward. Make the most of this journey… for it is with honour that we serve, and it only lasts a very short time in the great scheme of life. I am very proud of my husband for his accomplishments in the Army. In fact all faujis are

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{ Anita Jaswal }

Nita Malhotra, Chhaya Suri, Kanchan Khetrapal (L to R)

In(s) And Out(s) Of The Army heroes in my eyes. Defending your country during a war is the bravest thing a person can do.” Chhaya feels, “The army is one establishment where one’s social etiquettes are polished to perfection. Hospitality—a dying art, given TV’s priority over socialising—is very much interwoven in army life. When a new neighbour arrives and is busy unpacking, or old neighbours have sent off their luggage on being posted out, it is but good sense to ensure they get help and a meal or two. For, after all, all of us face the same situations. And thereby does the chain of good Samaritans grow. At every posting I loved the challenge of doing up a house as soon as we stepped into it, while juggling kids and finances. Had I not married into the armed forces so many creative arts would have bypassed me. I have dabbled in the arts of gardening, flower arrangement, cooking, and designing. I believe every woman has an artistic niche in her personality. But how many have the chance to explore it?” They all remember that what makes army life a charmed one is the abundance of good humour and good cheer. Nobody is too old to let down his/her hair, if the Queen of Sheba so demands in a Mess party! Midnight raids of the houses of newly married couples are a must. Late night picnics, a sudden outing to see a movie, shopping expeditions in groups, rain dances, beach parties, barbeque parties, dandia discos, New Year eve parties, and husbands’ nights are all arranged in a jiffy – to take off the intense pressures of living in a

Oh, To Be Photogenic! { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }


o you dislike having your picture taken, because you always seem to come out looking hideous? What’s the deal with pictures? Is it really necessary to be beautiful for being photogenic? Being photogenic refers to the ability of appearing very attractive in photos. It is about awareness of how to put your best self forward, and knowing how to express your charisma for the camera. While being photogenic just comes naturally to some people, the good news is that one can learn the art behind this. Try out these ‘tricks’: Clothes and accessories: First of all, dress confidently. If you don’t feel good, you

will not look good. Always make sure that you wear accessories that complement your outfit and features. Most importantly, wear what you feel comfortable and confident in.

It will show in your photos. Makeup: Finding the right balance of make-up is very important. You don’t want to wear so much that it becomes very loud, but at the same don’t wear too little also and look washed out. Mascara, eyeliner, light foundation, rosy cheeks, and lip gloss should be applied properly.

secluded world. “Yes, life can be very difficult and lonely – like getting posted to outlands where you have to live in a makeshift accommodation with only two-three families close by. Then there are times when the loneliness stretches, when your husband is away on temporary duty or exercise. But then, of course, all the ladies rally around each other as family.” says Kanchan. “And not to forget the academic and emotional burden on military children, with frequent postings; the stress of relocation and school transition affects their grades,” says Nita. But what happens after spending 20 years or more around the olive green? And after living with big doses of glamour, style and decorum? With children settled, all three of them are keeping themselves busy,

“I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens But I am in the Army in the ranks rarely seen  I have no rank upon my shoulders salutes I do not give  But the military world is the place where I live.... My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me I love the man I married, Soldiering is his life  But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Army Wife”

Hair: Hair should look natural and neatly combed, but make sure your hair isn’t covering your entire face! If you are having a bad hair day, wear your hair back, by using beautiful accessories. Posture: Posture can make or break your ‘photogenic’ look. Stand up straight and feel proud. Also, don’t suck in the tummy so much. Aim to be relaxed, not rigid. Practice posing to find out what works for you. Most of all, act natural. If you’re too posed, it will show in the pictures. Smile: Your face says it all in a photo – so always smile. Open the eyes really big and smile with your eyes. Act natural, be happy, and have fun. Being yourself will ensure the best picture – that’s most reflective of you. u (Certified Image Consultant and Founder of Image Panorama)

following their heart. “Settling back into civilian life feels less like a homecoming, and more like landing on another planet. After living such a highly disciplined and structured way of life, it is a little difficult getting into civilian shoes; but probably staying in Devinder Vihar, an Army Welfare Housing Organisation, helped, as here all are mostly retired personnel of the army. The fauji flavour is very much in the air!,” says Kanchan. Ever since she remembers, Nita has had a passion for teaching. “My teaching career began as a way to pass time, and unexpectedly it became a lifelong passion. Teaching took me out of myself and my worries, and propelled me into the world of mentoring and focusing on the needs of others. Nothing I had ever done gave me the same sense of satisfaction and pure joy as when the light bulbs of understanding started to turn on in my students. I had found my niche. Today I teach children at home, as it gives me the flexi hours I need with my grandchildren.” After spending almost all her married life being a devoted daughter-in-law and homemaker, Kanchan has found a haven in spirituality. “Spirituality is not renouncing the world; spirituality means you are inwardly rich. There is no need to go to the Himalayas and sit in a cave to meditate, when in your house and heart you can have your own meditation cell. Spirituality simply means tranquillity – so deep that you come in contact with universal silence that is running within you. And here I have found peace and contentment!”” says Kanchan serenely. Chhaya has always wanted to do somethings. Once her husband retired she decided to explore her hidden talents, and fulfil her desires. Decorating her home was a passion. From storage to colour composition, using modern and versatile furniture to customising space, Chhaya planned it all – and her home is a model that many have copied from. She has her hands full now with Avon, Amway, Tupperware, catering, and holding freelance designer ware exhibitions. Always the entrepreneur, she reminds you of the line, ‘You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down!’ Though doing diverse things today, these three ladies are connected by the bond called Army. First and foremost, they are fauji wives. u

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Some children write the most amazing stuff. Here’s a peek into some amusing lines written by students. The future of “I give” is “I take.” The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes. Water is composed of two gins. Oxygin and hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water. A city purifies its water supply by filtering the water then forcing it through an aviator. Most of the houses in France are made of plaster of Paris. We do not raise silk worms in the United States, because we get our silk from rayon. He is a larger worm and gives more silk. One of the main causes of dust is janitors. One by-product of raising cattle is calves. The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. The climate is hottest next to the Creator. The word trousers is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom.


21-27 September 2012

Holocaust and Hiroshima

{ Ofira Koopmans / Jerusalem / DPA }


obuo Miyake recalls being on the train to Hiroshima on the day the bomb fell, in 1945. “It was 8:15 in the morning. Suddenly, the carriage’s ceiling radiated a blue light – the same kind of light as when you are blinded by the strong flash of a camera,” he says. “I thought at first that there was a power shortage in the train, but then I immediately understood that something unusual had happened.” Among his listeners is Giselle Cycowycz, a Hungarian Jew who survived the horrors of Auschwitz in 1945. Miyake and Cycowycz met for the first time in Jerusalem this week. They were both attending a meeting of survivors of the Holocaust and of the August 1945 atomic bombings of Japan – “two tragedies which no words are strong enough to describe,” in the words of Sharon Dolev, who

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moderated the meeting. “I jumped from the train,” says Miyake, as he continues telling his story. “Suddenly, a strong wind from the blast threw me to the ground. I was convinced that the bomb had hit me. ‘I’m about to die,’ I thought. Around me, everything was black and full of dust. I couldn’t see anything. I ran as fast as I could to where my mother was. I saw a huge fire approaching from the centre of the city. My mother and I ran back to the open space – in

the direction of the train. We saw horrific sights of people with terrible burns, their skin had disappeared, they looked like non-human creatures. ‘I’m hot. I can’t breathe,’ they yelled. They were all shaking. People were throwing themselves into the river. I felt as if I had reached hell.” Miyake was 16 at the time. Now 83, he was just 2 kilometres from the spot where the US  nuclear bomb was dropped. “Anyone exposed

{ Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }


new facial recognition programme being introduced by the FBI could represent a huge improvement in identifying criminals; but privacy advocates say the 1-billiondollar scheme could also constitute a massive privacy breach. The simmering controversy boiled up in the aftermath of a New Scientist article reporting on the rollout of the system – dubbed Next Generation Identification. It also envisaged using iris scans, DNA analysis, and voice identification in a nation-wide apparatus – that is to be fully operational by 2014. The face recognition aspect of the system is especially controversial, since it aims to do far more than simply match photos to existing mug shots. The programme is being described in the tech press as a far more sophisticated version of the kind of tagging software employed by Facebook, that automatically identifies the people in photographs. But instead of trawling through heaps of holiday snaps and party photos, the FBI’s system will be tightly integrated into the growing international network of surveillance cameras. It will use a highly accurate algorithm, that will automatically compare the images to mugshots already in the FBI’s database, and automatically send out alerts

if a ‘wanted’ person shows up. Privacy advocates fear that the system will also scour the billions of state-issued driving licenses, corporate ID cards, and even pictures posted on social networks in order to search for individuals. “The combination of face recognition, social networks data and data mining can significantly undermine our current notions and expectations of privacy and anonymity,” said Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Alessandro Acquisti. In a blog posting, the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned that the “FBI wants to be able to search and identify people in photos of crowds and in pictures posted on social media sites — even if the people in those photos haven’t been arrested for or even suspected of a crime.” The organization is also concerned that for the first time civil and criminal photos will reside in the same dataset, allowing them to be automatically checked in every criminal inquiry. ”Facial recognition takes the risks inherent in other biometrics to a new level ... (it) allows for covert, remote and mass capture and identification of images, and the photos that may end up in a database include not just a person’s face but also what she is wearing, what she might be carrying, and who she is associated with,” the organization said. u

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Tattoos a Taboo { Lars Nicolaysen / Tokyo / DPA }


he art of tattooing has a long and rich history in Japan, and is also associated with the Yakuza crime gangs. Small tattoos are gaining in popularity with the country’s youth, leading the mayor of one city to launch a campaign against the practice. Japanese tattoos, incorporating motifs such as the dragons meticulously drawn by artist Horoyoshi III, that cover large parts of the body, are famous throughout the world; but “Irezumi”—as they are called in Japanese— are still stigmatized in their country of origin. The main reason is due to their popularity among the Yakuza mafia gangs. Anyone brandishing a largescale tattoo is usually denied entry to Japanese bathing houses and swimming pools. Consequently, many people

make sure their tattoos are covered up by clothing, although their increasing popularity in western culture has seen body art appear more in the public eye. The trend has led the conservative mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, to launch a crusade against municipal employees having tattoos. Hashimoto initiated a survey among the city council’s 33,000 employees, asking each worker if they had a tattoo. 114 of those surveyed admitted to having a tattoo, while six employees refused to answer the question – and were promptly disciplined by having their salaries cut, according to a council official. At least three of the workers affected intend taking legal action against the decision, if the council refuses to back down. The reason for the crackdown on tattoos is allegedly because a city employee frightened youngsters with his tattoos, when visiting a

children’s facility. “The citizens feel uncomfortable, and are intimidated when they see tattoos on city employees. This undermines trust in the city,” says Hashimoto, in justification of his anti-tattoo campaign. Hashimoto’s tough line fits in with the lawyer and former television presenter’s reputation as a strong man. The image is particularly popular within conservative and nationalistic circles, at a time when many Japanese are fed up with how the government in Tokyo is dealing with the economic recession gripping the country. The crusade has led many young Japanese people to visit beauty clinics in an attempt to have their tattoos removed, even though they have no links to the Yakuza gangs. Tattoos have grown in popularity, thanks to the likes of footballer David Beckham and Japanese pop star Namie Amuro – but many now live in fear. u

directly to the radiation just melts,” he explains. Meanwhile, a world away, then 18-year-old Cycowycz was living through the horrors of Auschwitz. After the March 1944 Nazi invasion of Hungary, her comfortable life in the town of Chust changed from one moment to another. Over the course of eight weeks more than half of Hungary’s 800,000 Jews were sent to the concentration camp in then Nazi-occupied Poland. She survived almost a year in the camp—where more than 1.2 million people were murdered—living on a slice of bread with margarine and a bowl of watery soup, and sharing two latrines with 32,000 other women, in what she describes as a “piece of street.”

G lobal To Cycowycz, who is now 85, Miyake’s words remind her of the “total helplessness” she also felt. “You can do nothing to help yourself. Nothing,” she says. The story-telling ended after nearly four hours in weeping and embraces. Miyake and three other Hiroshima survivors are on a six-day visit to Israel—the first by such a delegation to the Jewish state— and to its Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. They are travelling the world to spread their call: “No more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis.” The organizers—the Tokyobased Peace Boat, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and an Israeli movement against weapons of mass destruction— hope it will stimulate discussion, also in Israel, on nuclear weapons. u

Two-State A Dream

{ JT Nguyen / New York / DPA }


he absence of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in addition to the dramatic events in the Middle East, have moved the parties away from the search for a two-state solution, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. Ban submitted a report to the UN Security Council a year after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied for UN membership and Palestinian statehood – saying that the two sides have moved into a “one-state reality.” He said such a reality has “diminished the prospects of regional peace in the spirit of the Arab Peace Initiative,” a reference to the strategy to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

through a diplomatic solution. Ban noted failure in the past year to seek a negotiated end to the conflict, and to realize the “legitimate aspirations of Palestinians to a state of their own, and Israel to live within a recognized and secure border.” “Peace and Palestinian statehood are long overdue,” he said. Abbas requested UN membership for, and recognition of, a Palestinian state, when he attended the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2011. The 15-nation Council, which had to make the first decision on the application, did not act on it. Several council members, including the United States, opposed the request, preferring that a political solution be found to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first. u

UAVs To Control Poaching { Pratibha Tuladhar / Kathmandu / DPA }


epal is training Park Rangers and soldiers on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for anti-poaching activities, said a Programme Organizer of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The aircrafts have video cameras that can serve as “a deterrent to poachers and illegal loggers, since they now know that the parks are being monitored – both on the ground and from above.” “Nepal is committed to stopping wildlife crime, which is robbing the nation of its natural resources, putting the lives of rangers and local communities at risk, and feeding into global criminal networks,” said Krishna Acharya, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. “Technologies like these non-lethal UAVs (drones) could give our Park Rangers a vital advantage against dangerously armed poachers.” Nepal is home to endangered rhinoceros, tigers and elephants. Rhino poaching has been a particularly vexing problem for the government over the

past decade. WWF said it was conducting the training in two national parks. Nepal had traditionally been using anti-poaching patrols by land. The GPS-equipped planes are light enough to be launched by hand, and can film the ground below with

a still or video camera. They are designed to fly a pre-programmed route of about 30 kilometres at a maximum elevation of 200 metres, for up to 50 minutes. The aircraft cost about 2,500 dollars each. “WWF is excited to be part of this field test of new technology – in partnership with the government of Nepal,” said Country Representative Anil Manandhar. “We see this as a potentially powerful new tool to improve the protection of Nepal’s National Parks from illegal activities like poaching and logging.” u

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World Records Holder – Sri Chinmoy Disciple { Gisela Ostwald / New York / DPA }

super-sized tennis ball, with a diameter of 1.2 metres. Furman travels the world to outperform himself and other record holders. Last year, he managed to climb the 2,864-metre-high Mount Baden-Powell in California, on stilts. Furman is “living and breathing what Guinness is all about,” says Alistair Richards, Managing Director of Guinness World Records. “He lives by a philosophy that nothing is impossible.” The record champion draws inspiration and strength from meditation. Thirty minutes in the morning, and 30 minutes in the evening, are enough for his body and soul to be ever ready for new


shrita Furman has already registered 424 feats with Guinness World Records; in fact he is the world record holder in world records. Not a year goes by without the New Yorker, now aged 57, setting another record. And, of the ones he has achieved so far, 151 remain unbroken. He has set records for – the farthest distance cycled underwater (3.03 kilometres); the heaviest shoes walked in (145.5 kilograms); the fastest one-mile sack race (16:41 minutes); and the most apples snapped in one minute (27, with a samurai sword). Furman set up what he hopes will become his latest entry in late August – by building the world’s largest tennis racket.

A crane laid the 15.24-metre-long and 4.87-metre-wide wooden structure in Queens, New York. Only hours earlier, the US Open had started in the area. Furman—who earns his living as the manager of a health food store, and does not get a cent for his records—took 12 days to build the giant racket. With 20 assistants, including carpenters and engineers, he also built a

The ‘Not So Great’ Escape

Treasures In Polish River { Dominika Maslikowski / Warsaw / DPA }


ecord low water levels along Poland’s Vistula River have revealed a slew of treasures and relics in Warsaw – believed to have sunk to the river’s bottom in the 17th century, local media reported. Fragments of sculptures were recovered when the water level dipped to 58 centimetres, amid low rainfall—the lowest level since 1799—when water level tests were first carried out. Archaeologists have uncovered fragments of marble sculptures and relics that were pillaged from Warsaw and other parts of Poland, during a 1655-60 Swedish invasion. The invaders shipped their booty along the country’s largest river—from Warsaw to Gdansk—but at least one of the vessels sunk in the Polish capital. Police secured the fragments as they were prepared for shipment to the Royal Castle Museum in the capital after conservation work, said Hubert Kowalski, of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw.   “If we were to dig up all these treasures which lie here on the bottom of the Vistula, we could rebuild several glorious halls of the (Warsaw) Royal Castle,” said diver Marcin Jamkowsk. u

Gotcha! { Sid Astbury / Sydney / DPA }


ustralian police cordoned off an Adelaide house, expecting to trap a cat burglar on the roof – but ended up with an all-too-cuddly koala instead. “The furry fiend was questioned, and formally cautioned by attending officers, before being released without

charge,” said South Australia Police. Officers were called when occupants thought they heard the lumbering of a heavyfooted intruder. The Police set up cordons around the property, while a search of the roof was conducted. The Police immediately identified the culprit, and arrested a large 3-year-old koala from nearby scrubland. A photograph of the marsupial atop the roof was tendered as evidence. u

{ Albert Otti / Bern / DPA }


s rising global temperatures turn Switzerland’s glaciers from ice to water, up to 60 new Alpine lakes could form in the coming decades, according to a government study published. Between 2 and 3 per cent of the glaciers in the Alps are currently melting every year. “The new lakes pose potentially serious dangers,” a team of Swiss scientists said in their report, drawn up as part of the national research

{ Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }


gang of bank robbers attempted to escape by throwing their stolen loot out of their getaway vehicle; but the showers of cash caused such a congestion that they got stuck in traffic – and were apprehended. The bizarre chase took place in an impoverished South Los Angeles neighbourhood. It was caught on camera by news helicopters, that showed stacks of cash being thrown out of the windows of a black sedan, supposedly to lure residents onto the road and thus delay their pursuers. Up to a dozen police cruisers were on the tail of the (stolen) car, when one of the suspects started tossing the cash out the window. The Sheriff’s deputies were forced to slow down and swerve, to avoid hitting people – many of whom were cheering the fleeing suspects. "It’s our neighbourhood stimulus package!” said one resident, in a reference to government efforts to boost the economy. “Kids were smiling like it was Christmas,” said another. As the bizarre chase continued, the streets became so congested that the suspects got trapped in traffic, and police arrested them at gunpoint. The Police urged people to turn in the stolen cash, but only two people did. u

New Swiss Lakes programme on sustainable water management. Slopes where glaciers have melted away are prone to large rockslides. If these rocks fall into lakes, the water can spill over and flood inhabited valleys. The researchers proposed to use the newly melted water to generate hydroelectric power, and to promote them as tourist attractions. Several new lakes have already formed in recent years in Switzerland – including the one at Trift glacier,

challenges. Furman, the son of a Jewish lawyer and businessman, was hardly the heroic type while growing up. As a kid, he was teased for his lack of aptitude for sports. He used to read the Guinness Book of Records under the covers, which his mother considered “silly” – but he dreamt of putting his name in it one day. The dream came true when he met Sri Chinmoy. Furman learnt from the Indian-born spiritual master to rise above himself through meditation, and through breathing and visualizing techniques. Sri Chinmoy invited the thenuntrained young man to take part in a cycling marathon in New York’s Central Park, and he set an ambitious goal – 400 miles in 24 hours. Furman had no more than 10 days to prepare

Deathly Hot { Albert Otti / Geneva / DPA }


alifornia’s Death Valley now holds the record for the world’s highest recorded temperature, said the UN meteorological body, stripping a city in Libya of the title. For 90 years, the world’s hottest place was Aziziya near Tripoli, where a temperature of 58 degrees centigrade was measured in 1922. However, a team of international experts looked into

himself for the race, and he jokes that he even made a will ahead of the event. Eventually, however, he cycled 652 kilometres in those 24 hours, and ended the race third. Since then, the nowwell-trained bachelor has been attracted to overcoming hurdles, however strange. He put his name in the Guinness Book for the first time in 1979 – by doing 27,000 jumping jacks. In 1986, he did consecutive forward rolls over a stretch of close to 20 kilometres. He has set world records on a pogo stick, with glasses balanced on his chin and by blowing peas, among many others. Furman has little doubt as to why he does this. “I’m trying to show others that our human capacity is unlimited, if we can truly believe in ourselves,” he says. u historical records, and found that the measurement was taken by an inexperienced person with an outdated instrument, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in Geneva.     The data was not in line with temperature readings in nearby locations, said Randall Cerveny, the WMO’s rapporteur on extreme climate and weather.    “We found that they simply didn’t match up,” he said. The new record-holder is Death Valley National Park in California, where 56.7 degrees were measured in 1913. u

1. I have lost my wallet.- Wo De Qian Bao Diu Le

Wo – ‘that’ in Hindi De - de, as in the sound of ‘da’ in daftar, (‘office’ in Hindi) Qian – chi, as in chhilka, (‘peel’ in Hindi) + yane (pronounced as Lane, with a Y) Bao - Pa+O (sound of the alphabet ‘O’) Diu – soft ti, as in titli, (‘butterfly’ in Hindi)+u, as in ullu, (‘owl’ in Hindi) Le – the sound of the alphabet L, in Hindi 

2. How do I get to the railway station? - Zenme Qu Huochechang

Zenme - zum (mum, with a Z)+ ma Qu – ch, as in chhatri, (‘umbrella’ in Hindi)+oovi Chang - pronounced as taang (‘leg’ in Hindi), with a ch, as in chhatri, (‘umbrella’ in Hindi)

3. Can you help me? - Ni Neng Bang Wo? South of Luzern, which started to appear only in 2002. While melted glaciers leave behind barren, unattractive slopes that could hurt the tourism industry, the lakes would make up for this loss. The report said, “The new, easily accessible glacier lakes often help to enhance the landscape significantly.” Between 50 to 60 lakes are expected to appear in the coming decades, covering up to 60 square kilometres in total. Some of them could be more than 100 metres deep, the researchers calculated. u

Ni – pronounced as ‘nee’ Neng – pronounced as rung, with an N Bang - pang (pronounced as taang (‘leg’ in Hindi), with a P

4. Where do I find a small hotel? -  Zai Nar You Xiao De Bingguan Zai – pronounced as hi, with a Z Nar – nar, as in nariyal, (‘coconut’ in Hindi) You - sounds like ‘your’ in English, without ‘R’ Xiao - shia+O (sound of the alphabet ‘O’) De - de, as in ‘give’ in Hindi Bing - pronounced as ping Guan – Gu+aan By Gautam Arora For Chinese Classes, log on to:


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