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Many Routes To The Top


e feature some of the City’s School toppers – what is it that they are doing right? There is no one answer. ...Pg 13

Hockey Nursery


he unassuming town of Shahbad Markanda, in Haryana, has produced 36 international women hockey players. The town boasts an astro-turf too. ...Pg 14 & 15

A Passage to India


têtê-á-têtê with renowned film maker Waris Hussein, whose films will feature at the Epicentre this month. Hussein, who started his career as a trainee director with the BBC, went on to successfully direct TV serials and several English films, and has worked with legends like Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis and Colleen Dewhurst. ...Pg 20

Health Special

The Dental Roots shows you how to get that Perfect Smile with a smile makeover. ...Pg 17

We Have A Problem

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

a population of 42.50 lakhs in the next 20 years. It is an estimate which former Haryana City Planner Raj V. Singh claims is he recently announced Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex absurd, as it probably means a doubling of the population before (GMUC) 2031 might envision a grand plan for transforming 2021, and thereafter adding 1 lakh persons every year in Gurgaon. the Millennium City, but increasingly voices are being “After making an allowance for even unnatural growth this decade, raised against it for basically being a realty it is not possible that every year 1 lakh persons will driven document. Critics allege that a coterie migrate to this City thereafter. There is no town Friday Gurgaon had posted of builders, brokers and politicians is behind in India of Gurgaon’s size that has ever attained An Open Letter, commenting the recent changes in the Gurgaon ‘Master anything close to this projected growth rate,” he on the Draft Development Plan’, that has been revised within a year. The asserts. In addition, an elementary knowledge of Plan of Gurgaon Manesar by-passing of the NCR Planning Board is also demography shows that growth rates slow down Urban Complex-2031, on the being questioned. once population increases. Interestingly, every revision in the Plan has Bhawani Shankar Tripathy, General Cover Page of our issue of increased the area made available for real estate Secretary of Mission Gurgaon Development 21-27 September, 2012. development and urbanisation. The Gurgaon (MGD), an NGO that has filed a 42-page Master Plan 2025 was announced just last year; ‘objection’ to the GMUC 2031 Plan, says that and within a year a 2031 Plan has been announced, with many new all planning in the National Capital Region should be approved residential and other sectors. by the NCR Planning Board, but that has not been done in It seems that inflating the population estimates is one ruse being this case. “A large area of the Plan also falls in the Aravalli used to expand the urban limits of the City, which as per the 2011 Hills area, which is an eco-sensitive zone; it would require census had a population of around 15.14 lakhs. The current GMUC Contd on p 6  Draft Development Plan, 2031 estimates that the City will have


NH8 Tolling starts again – and again takes the citizens’ toll. A traffic pile-up beyond a 400m Laxman Rekha will signal a stoppage of the Toll, and ensure free rides – but the chaos continues.

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

Protect your Family & Property from Pests like




Mission 2031...


G is pleased to present a unique Painting Exhibition of school children, Alankaran. Category winners will be feted on the 28th, at Epicentre. ...Pg 9

Know Your Tomorrow-Fight For It


urgaon has hundreds of Group Housing Societies (GHS), in which lakhs of people live, and this number is increasing quite substantially with each passing year. But, despite spendings crores, most of the apartment owners are unaware of their ‘rights’. Also, most Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), of various GHSs have proved ineffective in stopping builders from ‘exploiting’ the situation. However, its never too late. There are plans for an umbrella body for all the GHSs, as well as the Cooperative Group

CM Hooda has boldly said : “… from Kalka to Narnaul and Sirsa to Faridabad, if any person can prove that I, or my MP son, have ever taken even Rs 11 from anyone, I will resign. We are only taking the good wishes of people in the form of flowers and turbans.”

Alarmed at the increasing cases of crime, especially against women, the State govt has decided to aggressively increase patrolling. Even Home Guard volunteers are being called out, to be present till th November 15 .

Own Your Rights

Housing Societies (CGHSs), to ensure an effective and unified representation of all apartment owners. “The Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FAOA) is going to be the representative of the GHSs as well as CGHSs in the City, and it would raise its voice vociferously against those builders who have been harassing apartment owners and societies. Most residents are unaware of their rights, and those who know their rights, need better support. It would be a body of the people, by the people

and by the people; and it would give all the RWAs representation and a voice. We are in the last phase of formalities, and on 17th October we would make a formal announcement at the Press Club of India,” says Amit Jain, the Director General, FAOA. Gurgaon has around 170 GHSs and 365 CGHSs, housing about six lakh people. Many RWAs have not been able to take a stand against their builder; only a few have been resilient, the rest succumbed to fear, or

The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has enforced new power regulatory measures for the urban consumers in its area of 'North Haryana'. The electricity will be supplied to them for 20 hours daily – as per a fixed schedule. Hopefully DHBVN will follow suit.

a chalta hai attitude. FAOA is going to be a pivotal body, that will represent them all, by collaborating with them and their residents; and give them the much needed confidence and courage. “82 per cent of the total constructed area in urban India belongs to the residential sector, and this ratio will certainly see an increase in the future – because 65 per cent of the population is still living in the rural areas, and is aspiring to come out to the cities for a better future. 62 per cent of the apartments in Gurgaon are lying vacant, but still there are hundreds of new apartments coming up in Gurgaon-II (new Sectors).

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Enrique Iglesias Live @ HUDA Ground, Leisure Valley Date: October 19 Time: 3 pm

Grammy Award-winning global pop sensation Enrique Iglesias performs live. Iglesias is in India on a threecity tour. For Tickets, Call Anuj +917838663488; Kunal +91-9999505808

Exhibition – ‘Untitled’ @Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: October 12th to 14th Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

FG Invites Citizens n Are you interested and concerned

about civic and social happenings and issues around you? n Are you motivated to do something positive for society? n Are you interested to also write, and express what you see, hear, feel?



ree Arts presents an Exhibition of 'Untitled' paintings by several artists, including Aditi Prakash, Ekta Malhotra, Ishani Dey, Jagdish Karwal, Priyanka Bhagat, and Yoshita Kapoor, among others. Also on display is Video Art by Vandana Bagadia.


Honey Singh Live @ Huda Gymkhana, Sector 29 Date: October 13 Time: 7:00 pm


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For The Other Half


{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


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

Prakhar PaNdey



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

avan Choudhary, Managing Director of Vygon, speaks on the need for residents to become responsible citizens. ...Pg 21

Regular Features Food Take

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Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 eek That Was

{ Hritvick Sen / FG }

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


100 – Police Emergency main Police


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

n international Award event that recognizes the innovation and workmanship in the field of horology – bringing legendary watchmakers and eclectic timekeepers of the world on a common stage. The jury includes Antoine Simonin, master watchmaker; Chhaya Momaya, image consultant; Priyadarshini Rao, designer; Ravi Shastri, noted cricketer; and marketing consultants Shripad Nadkarni and Sharda Agarwal.

Get Alive's Shoebox Full Of Smiles Date: September 18 to October 28 Canadian Education fair @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Date: October 19 Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


2–8 March 2012


n display is a series of new works by noted photographer Bharat Sikka. The displayed images are in a variety of formats – that blend studio, street, landscape and portrait photography, into an image of the ‘new’ India. Sikka limits himself to blacks, greys, whites and silvers – with each image narrating a story.

3rd World Watch Awards @ Pullman Gurgaon Central Park, MG Road, Sector 26A Date: October 12 Time: 7:30 pm onwards

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Photography Exhibition


he king of Punjabi Rap, Honey Singh, is set to perform live. The artist will be accompanied by his band, Mafia Mundeer, featuring Alfaaz, J Star, and Money Aujla.

he Canadian University Application Centre presents an Education Fair. Students get an opportunity to meet representatives from Universities and Colleges in Canada. They can learn about the different courses available – Bachelors and Masters degrees and Post grad diploma courses. Contact: 9958311166

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

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A Second Dream


n the occasion of the Second Anniversary celebrations of the Kingdom of Dreams, renowned singer Adnan Sami enthralled the audience with his soulful voice. Presented by Vatika Group, the Concert left the audience mesmerised, as they grooved to popular chartbusters like – Kabhi toh nazar milao, Tera chehra, Lift kara de, and Salaam-e-Ishq. Following his remarkable performance, Sami said, “The Kingdom of Dreams is actually a dream destination for performing artists. I’m glad to have performed here tonight on the special occasion of Kingdom of Dreams’ second anniversary celebrations. I’m looking forward to coming back and performing at this magical venue.”

`Ek Din’ Bandhu


cclaimed Sufi singer Kavita Seth, launched her new album ‘Ek Din’, under the banner of Universal Music. After her breakthrough hit “Iktara”, from the film ‘Wake up Sid’, and her most recent hit, “Tum Hi Ho Bandhu”, from ‘Cocktail’, Kavita Seth takes her fans on a soulful journey of poetry – with the release of  this album.


Lorraine Thinkers’ Forum

ne of the important tasks of a thoughtful civil society is to create and sustain informed discussion and debate on varied topics. In the Indian context, the “quality of leadership" issue has long been an abiding staple of political and social discourse. LAMP Trust has taken the initiative to facilitate such a space for dialogue. LAMP organised “The Thinkers’ Forum” in the City. This Forum brought together thinking leaders – professionals and entrepreneurs – who are concerned not only about the ethical foundations of their own professional and business practices, but also of society at large. The Forum brought together a very interesting group that included high calibre people from various backgrounds – such as a Deputy Ambassador, a High Court judge, an advocate of the Supreme Court, a Corporate lawyer, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, a Financial Services Director, doctors, engineers, social entrepreneurs, businessmen, and the President of a Residents' Welfare Association. Participants included Mr. Yahel Vilan, Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in India; Dr. Maheshwar Dayal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon; Judge George Parcken, and Advocate Manoj George, to name a few. The Forum presented an opportunity to think and dialogue with others, and to express views on ethical and philosophical matters, while a carefully selected package of readings of global case studies supported the dialogue. The sessions were moderated excellently by Duncan Watkinson, Managing Director of Turbocam India. Every participant was well engaged. “I am delighted with the level of high quality involvement at the group sessions. We got into some really good discussion across the table about some of the issues raised, with some excellent application to life in India today. The participants were very enthusiastic about the format and the meaningful discussions. There is a unanimous desire for organising more such sessions regularly in the future , says Aubrey Aloysius, Founder Trustee & President of LAMP Trust. LAMP Trust plans to have more sessions of The Thinkers Forum in the future. The next session is scheduled for December 6, 2012 in the City. For invites, call Aubrey Aloysius: 99101-43344.

Book 31


andmark Book Store hosted an evening to celebrate Upendra Namburi s latest book 31 . A book reading session was followed by a discussion on the various dimensions of corporate life. Set in modern urban India, the book offers a unique and refreshing perspective on life in the metros.

Leisure Racing


UDA Leisure Valley witnessed some high action with the Etios Motor Racing (EMR) event. Indian motorsport enthusiasts were in for a treat as they watched the EMR drivers contend according to the new Race of Champions format. Other action at the venue included racing simulators, merchandise kiosks and an SUV zone. VJ Rannvijay Singh was spotted driving an EMR vehicle.

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tar Cruises and Guideline Travels hosted a party at the Movida Café and Lounge. The aim of the event was to recognise the large contribution by My Kind Of Vacations, Yatra, Make My Trip, Spring, and TUI, to name a few.


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R eviews/L istings



Far From The Magical Lands { Alka Gurha }


oving away from the enchanted world of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling weaves a new story laced with misery and despair – in her latest novel, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. So fiercely has the writer detached herself from the magical world of her previous offerings, that when an interviewer pointed out that there might be strong objections to the idea of young Harry Potter readers being drawn into adult literature, she replied, “There is no part of me that feels that I represented myself as your childrens’ babysitter or their teacher ... I’m a writer and I will write what I want to write.” ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is the story of an imaginary picturesque English village called Pagford. The novel begins with the death of Barry Fairbrother, who is an avid supporter of the disadvantaged inhabitants of ‘The Fields’—the nearby council estate—whose

CASUAL VACANCY Author: J.K Rowling Publisher: Little Brown/ Hachette Price: Rs. 850 Genre: Fiction


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♦ 2,914 electricity consumers from Gurgaon (8,600 in the total DHBVN area) declared their load, and got it regularized without paying any penalty, under the VDS scheme that is valid till October 31st. ♦ The Administration is starting an intensive drive against the use of polythene. This will include raids on shopkeepers who are indulging in the wholesale business of polythene bags. ♦ Of the 210 villages in Gurgaon District, data on jamabandi of 104 villages has been computerized and uploaded on jamabandi.nic. in. Of these 104, the Haryana Land Record Information System (HaLRIS) of 33 villages has been integrated with the Haryana Registration Information System (HaRIS). ♦ Haryana accounts for 85% of the country’s Urban Development projects under Public Private partnership (PPP); they are valued at Rs 66,800 crores. ♦ The State government is considering a new Catering Institute in Gurgaon. Camping sites are also planned at Dharuhera, Damdama and Hodal. ♦ Haryana Education Minister

very existence is undesirable to the affluent residents of Pagford. Barry Fairbrother had tried to nurture the talent of two classmates - a young belligerent girl Krystal Weedon, and a dyslexic girl of Sikh parentage, Sukhwinder. However, his sudden death leads to political squabbles among the residents. The warring residents clash, to push their respective candidate for the seat left vacant by the demise of Barry Fairbrother. As the vote over the ‘casual vacancy’ approaches, the reader is bombardedan with an assortment of feuds, racist clashes, child molestation, and personal vendettas – that highlight the simmering hatred among the inhabitants of Pagford. The book is a saga of miseries swirling around every corner. Online pornography is described in explicit manner, and sometimes becomes disturbing. Rowling is in her element when it comes to presenting the bitingly dark aspects of a society set in recession-hit Britain. Bereft of hope or redemption, there are no magic wands here to make the miseries disappear. The vivid prose tugs at the heart of the reader. ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is a dark odyssey, a stark representation of British society, recounted by Rowling with remarkable felicity. u

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Geeta Bhukkal has said that Haryana is ahead of other States in implementing the Right To Education (RTE) Act, and is now considering implementation of RTE at the 10+2 level also. The underprivileged schoolchildren are being given free textbooks, school uniforms and scholarships from Class I; as a result their attendance in different classes has increased. Regarding some misunderstandings about ‘CCA’, and ‘no detention’ issues, it was clarified that ‘no detention’ does not mean ‘no evaluation’. It was also suggested that there should be a Common Competency Test at the level of Classes III, V and VIII.  ♦ Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the newly constituted State Human Rights Commission would be strengthened, for the speedy redressal of cases related to violation of human rights. Also, an office of the Commission would be set up in Chandigarh. The Chairman, Haryana State Human Rights Commission, Justice (Retd) Vijender Jain, who has also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, apprised the Chief Minister about the structure and functioning of the

{ Vijaya Kumar }


Movie Shoovie

nglish Vinglish, brilliantly directHer speech towards the end is stired by debutante Gauri Shinde (whose husband R Balki had given us the ring and powerful; not very fluent, but sensitively handled Paa), turns out to be potent in delivery. Adil Hussain, who a sterling tribute to Indian womanhood. plays Sridevi’s husband (and who sees The combination of Gauri—who is respon- only a laddoo-making attribute in her), sible for the visualization—and the superb delivers a fine performance. The class emoting of the actress of yesteryears, composition in Shashi’s English class reminds one of the Mind Your Language seSridevi – creates a winning production. Sridevi plays the role of Shashi, an up- ries – but Gauri thankfully doesn’t accent per middle class housewife, whose sense those scenes too much. Two more factors help the movie of self-worth is slowly eroded, due to her not being familiar with the Queen’s lan- make its impact: the stunning collection guage. The journey of her downs and of Shashi’s cotton sarees, which also seem to be conveying ups is told with humour and a message – that simsubtlety – no melodrama. plicity can create its There are messages gaown charm; and Amit lore, but no one gets into a Trivedi’s music, that sermonising mode. There wholly blends into are several occasions when the ambience with not one feels a lump in the throat one song looking out (for Shashi); there are hints of place. of closeness and bonding beThe only problem tween Shashi and her English with English Vinglish co-learner Laurent (excellent is also its source of acting by Mehdi Nebbou), strength. Everything is without the kisses and hugs; too simple, and tailorand there are occasional ripmade to move the story ples of laughter, without the forward in a particular 'necessary' crude jokes. direction. Shashi is a The performances of all the character with oodles actors are uniformly good, but of goodness; – and Sridevi’s act is the most outEnglish Vinglish not a single flaw. Too standing. Coming to the screen good to be true; but after a hiatus of fifteen years, directed by: Gauri Shinde Sridevi comes up with an cast: Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou heck, this is only a movie shoovie. u award winning performance. genre: Drama

English Vinglish Time: 11:30 am, 5:00 pm, 10:30 pm Oh My God Time: 2:15 pm, 7:45 pm Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: PVR MGF: MGF Mall Aiyya Time: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:30 pm Maattrraan (Tamil) Time: 10:00 am, 1:20 pm, 4:40 pm, 8:00 pm Makkhi Time: 10:50 pm, 1:20 pm, 6:00 pm,

THE WEEK THAT WAS Commission. He said that the Commission would start its functioning soon.             ♦ A local MLA’s nephew and friends threaten policemen and assault an ASI, who were checking for drunken driving in Sector 40. ♦ A dreaded criminal, Bachchu Singh, along with his accomplices, is caught by the police. He was wanted in many cases, including for murders – and carried a reward of Rs 50,000. ♦ A truck driver is killed by a helper, after an altercation. ♦ 4 robbers, who have committed many crimes on the highway, have been arrested while plotting another robbery. ♦ A wife of an engineer commits suicide, due to domestic dispute. ♦ 13 year old domestic help (boy) rescued from a businessman’s house in Sec 28. ♦ The guard who had (accidently?) shot a girl and fled has been held. ♦ An SHO is fired at and injured during an attempt to catch a criminal. ♦ An Innova car is snatched at

10:40 pm Chittagong Time: 8:30 pm Killing Them Softly Time: 3:50 pm (3D) Bhoot Returns Time: 10:35 am, 2:45 pm, 6:55 pm, 11:05 pm Taken -2 Time: 12:40 pm, 4:50 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:20 pm Looper Time:11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:30 pm English Vinglish Time: 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm

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gunpoint on Golf Course Road. ♦ Sahara Mall management has asked 3 pubs in the Mall to move out. ♦ A fake job racket in the name of IFFCO has been unearthed. ♦ Bikers snatch a bag having Rs 6.65 lakhs cash, from employees of a garment firm. ♦ Robbery attempt at Muthoot Finance office is thwarted by an alert guard – robbers leave without car and weapons. ♦ MCG has asked the marble traders who have occupied land ‘illegally’ in Sikanderpur market, to move out. They had earlier been asked to do so by HUDA, but never really left. ♦ HUDA carries out demolitions in Sectors 40, 47, 49.

♦ MCG demolishes 5 under-construction buildings in the restricted IAF area. ♦ Demolition of a roof leads to a labourer being hurt, at a Rapid Metro building. ♦ DTCP cancels a Dharuhera builder (Dwarkadhis Estate) licence. ♦ State govt employees’ DA increased by 7%. ♦ 3 new City Bus routes added, taking the total routes to 11. ♦ 7 more accused in Reebok scam sent to 14 day judicial custody. ♦ The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the July violence at the Maruti plant, is ready with a chargesheet against 149 persons.

QU I Z The 4 Prize-winning entries of the ‘talkingalcohol. com’ Quiz, that appeared in the September 7 issue, are: 1) Anjan Roy 2) Mohit Aggarwal Congratulations! 3) Ankur Jain Please contact: 7838003874 4) Mandeep

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Parties rock because designer-cumowner of the place, Tanu Bindra looks into final detailing herself. A soft-lid designer atmosphere with warm and hospitable staff, coupled with great food and good music, is all that it takes to insure the memorable evening.

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arth Italian Bar & Lounge needs no introduction. It is one of those unique restaurants that have natural, relaxed, and romantic ambience – where a collective vibe of class, comfort, and visual appeal co-exist. This popular restaurant has revamped itself recently. The USP of the place is its party hall – Den. With 3000sq ft area, Den offers complete exclusivity, be it a gathering of 30 to 40 people or a party of 150 people.

06  Contd from p 1 permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests,” says Tripathy. In fact critics say that there was no need to revise the Master Plan 2025, because the planning objectives of even the 2021 Plan have not yet been met. “The manner in which GMUC 2031 has been announced clearly points to the realty driven agenda of the State. It has been done merely to accommodate more urbanisation,” asserts Singh. It is being argued by the State that the failure of the Special Economic Zones in Gurgaon has been the primary reason for the revision of the 2025 Plan. But the announcement of the new Master Plan has also helped some Gurgaon builders make a killing, as massive chunks of agricultural land have been converted to residential and commercial use. New Sectors— 36B, 37B, 88A, 88B, 89A, 89B, 95A, 95B, 99A, and parts of 37D, 68—will come up near the lands of Wazirpur, Hayatpur, Mohammadpur, Gharouli Khurd, Gharouli Kalan and Harsaru, (where realtors have /already had?) bought huge chunks of land. Sanjay Sharma, MD Qubrex, says that the manner in which realtors have benefitted from the expansion as per the new Plan needs to be studied. “This way the original landowners feel shortchanged, and this also leads to litigation,” he says. Paradoxically, the State government has also attempted to ‘punish’ the landowners of the erstwhile Industrial Zone, West of KMP Expressway, that was existing in the Gurgaon Manesar-Urban Complex 2021 and 2025 Plans. This industrial zone has been suddenly omitted, and converted into an agriculture zone. Raj V. Singh says that another peculiar condition has been imposed on these farmers – they will not be granted Change of Land Use (CLU) permission in future. “This is a clear case of ‘colonial vindictiveness’ against the farmers who successfully contested against discriminatory and arbitrary acquisition of their land by HSIIDC, especially when more than 55% of the developed industrial plots are lying vacant in Haryana,” asserts Singh, who should know a lot about the Town Planning process in the State. There are several other instances that clearly point to the imprint of realtors on the GMUC 2031, allege critics. The manner in which Sector 16, that was reserved for Public and Semi-Public uses, has been changed to Special Zone— which allows for development of group housing, commercial and entertainment ventures by realtors—is questionable, they argue. Provision of 200 acres of land for setting up a University in Sector – 68 has been used to justify the elimination of Public and Semi-Public land use in Sectors 71 and 115. All this has been done to open these latter areas for residential and commercial

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Mission 2031... development by realtors, argue critics. Raj V. Singh says that no land would have been better for a University than the land already reserved on the inter-change of KMP Expressway and NH 8, as it would be easily accessible. “The increase in population density of Sectors (part 42), 43, 53, and 54, from 250 to 625 people per hectare is also a move to benefit realtors”, he says. Commercial Land Use planning under the GMUC 2031

parks and commercial complexes have been set up without giving any thought to roads, transport, parking and similar services. “The lack of co-ordination between various agencies further adds to the problems. The TCP should have granted licences only after the necessary infrastructure was available,” he says. The Plan is also being criticised for pushing the Economically Weaker Sections into particular areas that will have population

Gurgaon II

Do be careful while investing In Gurgaon II (new Sectors). We seem primed to repeat Gurgaon I failures in Gurgaon II. TCP is in a hurry to grant licences. When even prominent developers have ‘exploited’ apartment owners for years now, perhaps it would be foolhardy to expect a hundred new builders, that have descended to develop Gurgaon II, to be more sensitive and honest. No City has yet been developed; we have just built a lot of structures.

Is this the Grand Plan?

State govt. will announce a ‘Master Plan’, then revise it repeatedly till no one knows what has changed, ensure relevant builders buy land cheap in the ‘right’ areas well before the announcement, and then approve the builders’ licences asap; builders will immediately announce pre-launches with known investors, collect advances and IDC charges, artificially increase prices after a time to show other investors that good returns can be made, keep changing building plans, delay possession, delay taking completion certificates, take maintenance charges but provide no infrastructure – and then walk away. It seems to be all about virtual buying and selling – not real realty. Reality emerges much later. also points to the fact that no systematic and hierarchical principles have been followed. “The town is not served by the hierarchy of a Town centre, District centre and neighbourhood shopping – but by scattered commercial activity,” says Singh. It is further being alleged that the area under Commercial land usage has been increased from 4.45 per cent to 4.93 per cent of the total urbanisable area under the new Plan – and it excludes areas under various commercial hubs along KMP Expressway. If the neighbourhood shopping permitted in the residential zones is included, then this would increase to a whopping 7 per cent! A fallout would be that Sector-29, which was planned as the town centre of Gurgaon, would hardly play that role now. Critics also point out that this Master Plan provides for ‘entertainment’, ‘world trade’ and ‘fashion hubs’ – but they have not been defined. There are no zoning regulations to indicate if they are to be treated at par with commercial land use, and granted CLU permission – or is some other dispensation required for these ‘special hubs’? “The manner in which licenses have been issued in Gurgaon has been haphazard, with no thought being given to connectivity and concentrated growth. The outward expansion of the City should have been controlled, and sector-wise additions should have been made,” says Singh. Singh further says that gated colonies, cyber

densities of 1125 people per hectare. With an expected 42 lakhs plus population in 2031, the Plan document provides for only 50 hectares of land in Sector 68 for the residential needs of the Economically Weaker Sections and the low income groups. “With HUDA washing its hands off from further real estate development in Gurgaon, the private developers will never follow the EWS policy in letter and spirit. Instead of segregating the EWS in a distant Sector 68, every sector should have had a reserved area for this Section. They help in running the city life,” asserts Tripathy. He adds that the urban poor are already suffering from high inflation and poor working and living conditions, and this kind of planning will push them into a very tight corner. Such is the anger against the Town Planners and City managers that Major General Satbir Singh, President, Mission Gurgaon Development, says that if anyone has to learn how not to plan a City then he should come to Gurgaon. “I chose to live here because this City offered the hope of a better life, but everything has turned topsy-turvy,” says Singh. Singh is particularly peeved that no Environmental Impact Assessment of the GMUC 2031 Plan has been carried out by the government. “What will be the impact of massive urbanisation on this area, on natural conditions, on the Aravallis. No one knows anything, or is told anything,” he asserts. No mention of plans

for water, power, roads, and transport network has been made in the Plan. Questions are also being asked as to why all housing development is being driven into the hands of private builders. Major General Singh says that most of these private builders are happy to sell to mainly investors and high end buyers. It is about transactions, not developing homes or a City. Sharad Goel, a prominent businessman, says that the City does not even have a good bus stand, bus queue shelters, public conveniences – let alone no addition of government colleges and hospitals in the last 50 years. “All this master planning is being done to bring more areas under urbanisation. It will be at the cost of existing Gurgaon,” he alleges. GMUC 2031 Plan has also been accused of violating the environmental laws, and bringing the eco-sensitive areas in the Aravalli hills under urbanisation. Environmental activist Latika Thukral says that it is unfortunate that the Aravalli Bio-diversity Park, that has been set up in Gair-Mumkin Pahar, has been included as agriculture land – which would allow for different kinds of commercial activity. “We have filed objections to the GMUC 2031 Plan, and have also objected to the proposal of building a road connecting MG Road with Vasant Kunj through this Park. Given the low forest cover in Gurgaon district (less than 10%) and Gurgaon city (less than 5%)—as opposed to the target in the Haryana Forest Policy, 2006, of 20% by 2020— the Aravalli Biodiversity Park plays a vital role in preserving and enhancing the green and forest cover in the City,” says Thukral. Interestingly, the Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon has also filed an objection, saying that this area is a Bio-diversity Park, and not agricultural land as shown in GMUC 2031, adds Thukral. Atul Dev, INTACH Convener

Gurgaon, also says that this Master Plan does not take into account the hydrology and drainage patterns of the City. “Gurgaon has a natural slope, and the rain water is collected through natural nullahs that ultimately converge into the Badshahpur Nullah. However the Badshahpur Nullah itself is on the verge of destruction, and neither this Plan nor Administration has provided for bringing it back to life,” alleges Dev. Another area in the District where the environmental concerns have been given short shrift is the eco-sensitive zone around the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. The GMUC 2031 Plan allows many activities which are prohibited in the ecosensitive zone – such as setting up of farm houses, restaurants, motels, and resorts. “The sanctity of an eco -sensitive zone should be maintained by special zoning regulations, and all other water bodies and water courses should be maintained and distinctly indicated in the Plan, for maintaining the ecological balance. Similarly, the whole of the Aravalli Range should be marked as a conservation zone, prohibiting non-forest activity, instead of listing it as an agricultural zone.” says Raj V. Singh. The critics further argue that zoning regulations are not consumer friendly, and all the amendments have been inserted in a decades-old format. Many instructions issued by the government relating to land use proposals have not been included in the zoning regulations. Experts across the City, and members of the civil society, citing the various deficiencies in the Master Plan, say that the Department of Town and Country Planning, which is the author of this Plan, should undertake a comprehensive study to understand the City, and correct and update the outdated zoning regulations – as these are responsible for poor planning, and also leave vast scope for dubious dealings. Unless the City managers and planners own up their mistakes, and carry out another exercise to ‘Plan’ Gurgaon, the City will not survive this century – let alone a Millennium.u

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o state that Gurgaon is going through a serious water crisis is to state the obvious. With each passing year Gurgaon’s water situation gets worse. This year’s water crisis wasn’t merely caused by the seasonal peak in demand; it was also unprecedented in its intensity. If we do not increase our canal water supply, arrange to recycle waste water, and harvest rain water, Gurgaon will soon become a ghost city. It is heartening that the High Court has banned usage of bore wells for the construction of the new Sectors – and new bore wells are anyway now banned by a Central fiat. To augment the basic water sources from sources other than canals, we need to take various actions: a) construct check dams on the Eastern periphery of the City, within the Aravalli biodiversity forest region; b) ensure all construction, old and new, is equipped for water harvesting; and c) increase the capacity of recycling our waste water, that otherwise simply flows away into the Najafgarh Nullah (and on to the Yamuna River). There is also a proposal that offers a more substantial and permanent resolution. The Najafgarh Jheel was originally a depressed area lying to the South-West of Delhi, and the North West of Gurgaon District. Over the years this Jheel has dried up on both sides of the border. This Jheel, if revived, can be a source of over 30 MGD of raw water for Gurgaon and Delhi. Massive groundwater recharge would also be achieved, apart from the resultant bio-diversity habitat and

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Revive The Jheel

tourism benefits. The length of the Jheel is 7 km – from Ghummanhera Bridge to Jhatikra Bridge. The Jheel is today a large bowl which spreads mainly in Gurgaon District. Delhi has prevented flooding of its territory by building embankments on both sides along the Nallah; and on the border it has an embankment only on the left bank, to prevent water flooding the Delhi areas. The Jheel thus becomes the outlet for flood waters into Haryana, because no embankment has been built on the right (Haryana) side. Thus, on revival, the Haryana portion of the Jheel

would only be revived. The Jheel area has got flooded in the past, during the floods of 1958, 1964, 1978, 1988, 1995 and 1996. Due to the low lying nature of the terrain it receives some amount of flood discharge in the monsoons. It is envisaged that the regular source of water for the Jheel would be the current 20 MGD effluent discharge from the Gurgaon Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), where this sewage is given secondary level treatment to achieve the minimum environment standards for discharge into surface

Ravaging Fevers

irtually every condominium has several cases of various fevers. In some, entire families have been affected, including the maids that keep these homes running. My own child had a 104 fever that had us rushing for all kinds of tests, with the doctor also monitoring platelet counts to rule out the dreaded dengue fever. Labs in hospitals, we saw first-hand, were being flooded with requests for every possible test – ‘better not wait’ is what people are being advised. Meanwhile, the friendly lab

technician ‘advises’ you that while you are ruling out typhoid and malaria, you would be better off doing the dengue antigen test also. So you shell out the extra Rs. 900. Only later do you realise that such a test on day 1 of the fever is meaningless. Gurgaon’s laboratories continue to flourish. While the cash registers hum at clinics, hospitals and labs, and bodyaches spread and temperatures rise, there is one vital question that comes to mind. Is there any government body that could have prevented the wave of fever sweeping Gurgaon? Or are any measures being kicked in even at this late stage, to put a stop to the further spread of dengue, malaria, swine flu and all the other viral and bacterial fevers that have taken Gurgaon by storm? (The Administration was reluctant to even admit the occurrence of dengue). I have seen no attempts at fumigation whatsoever – if at all, these are being done privately at colony level. I have seen no attempts on the part of the authorities to educate people on how to reduce the threat of mosquitoes, or how to deal with

these fevers; there are no messages in newspapers (as MCD does in Delhi), nor any hoardings, radio warnings or distribution of fliers. If there are any attempts at all, they are neither visible nor have any impact. We have come to ‘accept’ the filth around us – till it strikes someone close. Otherwise how is this (picture) possible? It is the drain alongside Vyapar Kendra in Sushant Lok. It is a 2-feet deep and 2-feet wide moat of green slimy liquid, filled with

streams. At present this sewage flows into the Najafgarh drain, and then on to the Yamuna. The proposal, outlined by INTACH, for the revival of the Najafgarh Jheel entails minimal effort on the part of Haryana State and/or Gurgaon District. Almost the entire land that was part of the erstwhile Jheel is still lying unallotted. The flow of the sewage along the Najafgarh Nullah is controlled at the Kakrola regulator (in Delhi). This existing regulator would be used to build up the impoundment in Gurgaon District. The water would be retained in the Jheel over a spread of 490 hectares (or almost 5 square kilometers). During the flood season the regulator gates could be opened, on the basis of inputs from an early warning system. Gurgaon STP’s performance would have to be raised, so that the effluent quality is consistently high. Bio-remediation would have to be undertaken to improve the water quality, using various species of carp fish. We will need to bore a series of shallow tube wells along the bank, that would extract water from the aquifer, and supply the raw water through a pipeline system to the nearest Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Considering the (not very high) cost factor and the very elementary concept of the proposal, it is recommended that the revival of the Najafgarh Jheel, as envisaged in the proposal submitted by INTACH, is examined seriously, and appropriately implemented at the earliest.u The writer is a Gurgaon based Senior Freelance Journalist (also Convener, INTACH, Gurgaon Chapter)

filth, bubbles, buzzing insects and waste matter. Hundreds of such drains and spots litter the Millennium City. There is a very simple question I wish to ask as a taxpayer. Is it not someone’s job to ensure that these drains are not clogged with green slime, where mosquitoes breed in the thousands? Why then has that job not been undertaken with the diligence it requires? My child managed to escape dengue, but others have not been so lucky. Maids report that children in their jhuggis are all down with fever. What chance would they stand?! If there is to be a better

tomorrow for Gurgaon’s citizens, it is with the hope that every such exposure of a lapse is followed by swift remedial action. Not a onetime short-term measure, but a system and process that actually works - including placing of dustbins, and antilitter posters, that could stem the rot at the source. Surprise checks by top ‘Administration’ bosses to monitor the system will help immensely. They need to help clean up the drains; and even more important, clean up the system. u The writer is a soft-skills Trainer and social-change Activist

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 Contd from p 1 Why? Who stands to gain? Are we going to end up with lakhs of more disgruntled residents in the future – who would buy into rosy promises which will turn false later? We need to take action now. Our aim is not to revolutionise anything, but to get the Haryana Apartment Owners Act 1983 properly implemented, because it caters to all the rights and requirements of an apartment resident. But many builders, with the help of politicians and bureaucrats, have deprived the owners of their rights; and even worse, years after the sale of the building, the builders are earning ‘illegally’ from the Common Areas, which are supposed to be owned and run by the residents,” says Jain. “At the time of taking the licence from the DTCP, the builders promise to build many things – like schools, dispensaries, parks and religious places; but due to the builder-bureaucrat nexus none of these facilities come up. Later, after years, the same land that was left vacant for a school or dispensary gets sold (by the builder) to another customer. This has happened all over Gurgaon. “I would like to give you an example. DLF Phase-V is a colony built for the residence of around one

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Own Your Rights lakh people; and here DLF has around 8 different GHSs. Out of a total of 523 acres of land in this Phase, 463 acres have been built as GHS – the balance (just60 acres) is for all common infrastructure – like roads, schools, parks. Already there are about 50,000 people living in this Phase, but till now there is no school, and no dispensary for the residents. According to the Act, for a population of 50 thousand, the Phase should have at least 20 nursery schools, 4 high schools and 10 primary schools – but till now there are none, and our children travel for hours to go to schools far away from the houses. Even the Club, which was supposed to be for the residents, has been used by DLF for their own commercial purpose. This story is the same with all the residents of Gurgaon – it doesn’t matter which builder has made the Phase/Colony. Similarly, the commercial use of Common Areas by the builders is another ‘scam’ that has been perpetrated here for years; whereas, in the Act it is clearly stated that Common Areas can’t be used by a builder for commercial purpose, and they should be handed over to the RWA as soon as the apartment owners


One Creche for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area of 0.20 acre

Nursery School

One Nursery School for every 2500 population in an area of 0.20 acre

Primary School

One Primary School for every 5000 population in an area of 1.00 acre

High School

One High School for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area of 5.00 acres


One Dispensary for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area of 1.25 acres.

Club/Community Centre

One of these facilities for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area of 2.00 acres

Sub Post Office

One Sub Post Office for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area of 40 sqm. to be provided in the shopping centre.

Religious Building

One Religious Building for every 10,000 to 15,000 population in an area 0.20 acre.

Police Post

One Police Post for every 30,000 population in an area of 1.00 acre.

Health Centre

One Health Centre for every 30,000 population in an area of 2.50 acres.

Electric Sub Station

One Electric Sub Station for every 30,000 population in an area of 1.25 acres.


College =15.00 acres. Hospital =30.00 acres. Grid Sub Station =1.25 acres. Telephone Exchange =1.00 acre. Fire Station =2.00 acre. Police Station =2.00 acres.

Following Sites to be on a 50 acres residential plotted colony.

Nursing Home 2 1000 sqm. each Clinic 2 250 sqm. each ATM 2 12sqm. each Beauty Parlour 2 12sqm. each Multipurpose Booth 2 5.00X5.50 m. each 2 As per standard design. Milk & Vegetable Booth Taxi Stand 1 0.50 acre. Circulated vide D.T.C.P. Endst No.20028 Dated 24.11.88.

form an Association. FAOA will bring these issues to the fore, and it would bring all the apartment owners of Gurgaon on a single platform, in order to launch an effective attack on these powerful builders. Every journey starts with one small step, and in our case Gurgaon is the first; we hope to set a precedent for many cities. We have kept our fee as just one paisa per month per apartment owner. I know one paisa looks a very small amount, but once all the apartment owners become member of FAOA, this amount would become quite substantial, and we would be able to carry the fight against the wrong doers quiet efficiently,” explains Jain. Amit Jain also spoke about the Floor Area Ratio (FAR), and how it has been used by the builders to earn money illegally. “FAR is yet another ‘scam’ that has been going on in Gurgaon for years.

At present the FAR rate is 1.75, and by using this cunningly, the builders have made more residential apartments than their ‘prescribed limit’ – which has automatically reduced the surface area of the Common Areas. It has also added pressure on parking and lifts. For example, in an apartment like Belaire, there is a waiting of 10 minutes for the lift, during the peak hours. The builders are in fact pushing for a more further increase in FAR (to around 3), which would virtually ensure no common facilities,” states Jain. Unfortunately also, there are many ‘puppet RWAs’, that have been cunningly put up by the builders. FAOA has thought about it. “We have realised that many Associations are puppet bodies – but their residents want to raise their voice. We have kept 2 types of entry into the Federation. One is by an RWA,


and the other is individual membership – where an apartment owner can become our member even if his/her RWA decides to keep a distance from FAOA. We are already 15 members, and are finalising the draft. After taking a nod from the Registrar, Gurgaon we would make a formal announcement,” says Col. (retd.) Sarvdaman Oberoi, who is likely to hold the post of Principal Secretary, FAOA. u





10 The Principal’s Tea Party

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ver 170 students of CCA School―from Classes VI to XII―along with the Chairman, Col. Kr. Pratap Singh, attended the Principal’s Tea. The aim of the Event was to recognise the overall efforts of the students throughout the year, and encourage them in their quest for a well-shaped personality. The Function began with innovative games like Passing the Ball, Game of Vowels, Quiz for School Appointees, and Kings and Queens. The winners of the games received prizes from the Chairman. It was a rewarding evening for the students. The Principal’s Tea motivates the children to continue to excel.

Ajanta Quotes


Quotation Writing Competition was organised by the Ajanta Public School, for Classes I to V. The quotations were presented in the morning Assembly by the students, in the presence of their parents. The best quotations were awarded by the Principal.

Friendly Lotus

Gandhi Rachna


o mark the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the students of Class-III of Manav Rachna International School, Sector 51, put up a spectacular Show. They enthralled the audience with their melodious voices, and sang Gandhiji’s favourite prayer “Raghu Pati Raaghav Raja Ram”. A play on Gandhiji’s life, and a choreographed act dealing with the relevance of Gandhian principles in the contemporary world, were also staged.


minent dignitaries from Brown University, US—Kenneth K Wong, Chair, Department of Education, Director Urban Education, Policy Programme, Walter and Brown University; Vijay K. Chitnis, Director of International Initiatives in Education, Department of Education, Brown University; and Radhika Kumar, alumni, Brown University—visited Lotus Valley International School to strengthen their friendship bond. Dr. Shayama Chona, Patron of the School, also graced the occasion, along with the promoters of the school. A Special Assembly was organised by the students, highlighting the importance of friendship. The Assembly included a Rajasthani folk dance, a fusion dance, and a medley of songs that delighted the guests. Brown University is an American IVY League Research University, founded in 1764, and is the seventh oldest in the United States.

Maurya Symphony


he Maurya School organised “Symphony-2012” – an annual musical extravaganza and Singing Competition. Various schools participated in the Competition, and the event was graced by eminent personalities. Patriotic numbers echoed across the portals of the School building during the spectacular Show. The panel of judges comprised professionals from the music industry – Manik Lal Verma from All India Radio, and Padamjeet Sehrawat, composer, playback singer, and stage artist. The first prize was bagged by Amity International School, Sector 46. The Maurya School and Rotary Public School were declared the first and second runners-up respectively.

Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email:

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stablished in 2005, Scottish High International School set its roots firm in the ground of true learning and education, without negotiating its vision and principium with the hands of time. Students and staff cut across the nation and the globe, sharing a multicultural dayboarding experience. From handfuls to the strength of over 2,000, the School has grown by leaps and bounds, with its emphasis on quality, becoming one of the largest IB Schools in the world – with more than 1,500 students under a roof. “For the nation to prosper, its children should develop into wellbalanced individuals, who can shoulder the responsibility of the nation’s development,” says Mr. Kartikay Saini, Chairman Scottish High. Ignited with this zeal, and ‘alive and kicking’ with the academic year in full swing, the students combine studies with extracurricular activities in a peerless amalgam. Their spectacular performance in board examinations and flying colours in national and international sports competitions – be it golf, archery, skating, swimming, soccer or chess – speak volumes about their dominion over mind and body. Scottish High has the unique distinction of pioneering some innovative concepts and events, that have now become regular fixtures in the annual calendar. Indoor Golf Academy, Innovation Lab, and Autism Research Centre are some of the colossal establishments that have notched up incredible success and numerous breakthroughs. Principal Mrs. Sudha Goyal says “I strongly believe that the students are the nucleus of any educational institution; a spirited and resolute undertaking for their betterment hereafter knocks on the door of success.” The School has also relayed the torch of excellence, by securing 9th Rank amongst the International schools of India, and 2nd Rank in the Best International Schools in NCR, in a survey conducted by Education World 2012.u

Scottish High International School Features:  Five acres of lush green facility  Centrally air-conditioned  Longest hours Day Boarding in the region  State-of-the-art 'Innovation Lab’ with hi-tech servers and computers  Indoor Golf Academy  1200 seating air-conditioned dining hall &1100 seating air-conditioned auditorium  More than 300 staff members  Exclusive 1:12 teacher student ratio  Wi-Fi computer systems and network  Modern medical infirmary with resident doctor and nurses  Integrated Department for special children  Maximum 25 children in one classroom

 Open shelf library and research centre  Exposure to Art, Craft, Music, Dance, Horse riding, Archery, Gymnastics, Cricket, Soccer, Basket Ball, Tennis & Taekwondo, mentored by International level coaches  Half Olympic size swimming pool  Spanish, German & French tuitions  Autism Research Centre Curriculum: IB Primary Years Program for Pre-Nursery to Class V having 1500 PYP students under one roof. IB Diploma for XI & XII. Cambridge IGCSE for IX & X. ISC for XI & XII. The national curriculum (ICSE) for X. Head of School: Mrs Sudha Goyal For more information: Call: 124-4112781-90 Write to:

Medhaam Medhaam is a pre-school, daycare, child development centre, and an institute of performing arts.


 Extensive curriculum  Healthy teacher child ratio in classrooms  Extensively trained and enlightened mentors  Block and Construction Zone, Creative Zone, Music, Dance and Story Zone, Home and Imagination Zone  Proficiently designed play area and equipment for development of core areas: The outdoor play equipment – slides, climbers, tree house, balance

beams, swings, sandpit, bike track, and splash pool.  Safety: CCTV, Swipe Card Entry, safety gates and 24x7 security for children  Green Screen: The school has facilities for vermicompost, garbage segregation and kitchen garden. Children are encouraged to do gardening. Principal: Ms. Nita Datta

For more information:

C Block, Near Rakshak Apartments, South City-1, Gurgaon, Haryana-122001 Mob. : +91 96541 22900 / 98997 75770 Tel. : +91 124 4379900 email :

Excellence In Early Years!


ntellitots promotes excellence in early childhood education through its innovative learning oriented programs for the early years i.e. 6 months – 12 years. Besides its popular child enrichment programs, it offers an accredited preschool, daycare, various children and parenting workshops. Their IITalumni founders, Pooja Goyal and Shivani Kapoor, both passionate educationists, believe in fostering a child’s sense of wonder to aid in their mental, social, academic, and emotional development. Intellitots preschool has been a preschool of choice for discerning parents who are looking for a fun, stimulating, and safe learning environment for their children. More than 5000 families in Gurgaon have benefitted from Intellitots afterschool programs, preschool, and workshops so far. The center is centrally located; near DLF Phase IV residential neighborhood and the Galleria market. It offers a comfortable setting with 2 outdoor playareas and a multisensorial playdeck, besides child-centric, AC classrooms and ample parking.   Pooja Goyal, Founder and

Director of Intellitots strongly believes that ‘learning in the early years happens when there is an emotionally safe climate and a rich, stimulating environment for children. That is exactly what Intellitots attempts to provide through trained educators and a playful, engaging environment conducive to learning. Intellitots strives to get children to experience the joy and highs of learning and sets them on the path of becoming confident and successful individuals’. Intellitots team of internationally-trained, affectionate and dedicated teachers, are equipped with regular in-house child development/early years trainings to ensure that learning remains fun and customized to each child’s inherent potential.   A curriculum, inspired from National Association of Education For Young Children, USA, is both time-tested as well as flexible. It derives from all elements of our surroundings to ensure children grasp an understanding of real-world concepts and values through creative artwork, hands-on projects, roleplay, music, and games.   Intellitots’ second centre is due to open shortly at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.u


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K id Corner

Kids Brainticklers

Ozzimals: Color this picture

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

Dogs of C-Kennel

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{ Shilpy Arora / FG } Nothing is impossible

For Kalpana, who topped last year’s CBSE examination, the word “impossible” does not exist. She has battled acute poverty. She tried to do most of her homework at school itself, and the balance was completed either sitting under street lights, or by borrowing a gas cylinder from her teachers. “I have a strong conviction that everything is possible in the world, if you are determined,” says Kalpana. She scored a whopping 97 per cent marks in the Class 12 Science stream examination (CBSE Board). She went on to become the only student from the City, in the past 10 years, to clear the pre-medical exam in the first attempt. Giving credit to her class teacher, Kalpana says, “I believe that all a person needs, to succeed in science subjects, is hours of practice, and the ability to analyse and solve as quickly as possible.”

Focus is the key

There are some students who just aim for the top, and don’t focus on anything else. One such student is Neha, from Shri Ram School. She aimed at excelling in the Commerce stream. With systematic preparation and focus, she joined the list of City toppers and scored 97.25 per cent marks in the 12th standard. “Most students prefer Science over Commerce. However, I always wanted to take up Commerce. For me, the mantra of success is to have a focussed approach.” As she felt that the most challenging task was to manage time, she made it a point to find time everyday to solve a small set of problems, while the weekends were reserved for working on theory and vocabulary building. “I followed the strategy of taking one thing at a time. I studied hard for 4 to 6 hours a day, with regular breaks,” says Neha.

No tuition strategy helps

In the era of tuition-fatigued students, it is amazing to know that some of the City toppers achieved success without any coaching classes. And they have a very sensible reason for choosing to do so. According to one of the City toppers, Surabhi Sharma, who has never attended any tuition class, “Coaching is a sheer waste of time and money.” Her proud mother, Meena Sharma, firm-

Many Routes To The Top This is about ‘toppers’ – school toppers – that rare breed.



ly believes that a student can succeed only when parents offer a stress-free environment at home. “I never put any pressure on Surabhi (to top in the exam), and I didn’t enroll her in any tuition class. All I did was to ensure that she ate right, and rested adequately before the exams,” says Meena. Surabhi’s friend Sonal seconds that, and says, “My teachers and friends initially coaxed me to go for tuitions, but I decided not to attend any tuition classes. I realised that with the time left after school hours, I could very well do my lessons myself instead of spending time in another classroom. I would recommend that the students just listen to their class teacher carefully. Remember, it is a student’s hard work that pays, not a tutor’s.” Sonal also scored 97 per cent marks in the Commerce stream.

Study at Night

A student of Amity International School, Catherine Victor, who topped the Science stream in the City (ICSE Board), with 95.6% marks, says that she prefers to study at night, as it is always peaceful. “Despite the advice of even doctors to study in the morning, I think one can concentrate better at night,” says Catherine, a resident of South City II. Deeksha, a topper from Bharti International School in the Science Stream, also feels that studying at night helps maintain focus. Her father, however, didn’t like her habit of studying at night. “My father even turned off the electricity connection, so that I would study in the morning, not at night. But after he realised that I really can’t get up early in morning, he gave up,” smiles Deeksha.

Artistic Strokes

Payal, Grade V D, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gurgoan


Of course there is always an other side to most things – so also for ‘toppers’. “Though students are always advised to squeeze in a little time for physical activity, their teachers insist on them to just study and give up everything else,” says Smita Agarwal, a Child Psychiatrist based in Sector 15. Giving an example of a 12th standard student in Essel Tower, who committed suicide even after scoring 90 per cent in the board exams, Smita says “It is not just the poorly performing children who have stress. Many school toppers come to me for help, as schools usually put too much pressure on them for good scores. Schools have to bank on their performance for showing to future joinees, and the world. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to teach them that there is more to life than marks.”

Credit goes to curriculum

A few students give credit to their IB curriculum, for their whopping scores in the examination. For Paramjit Singh, from GD Goenka, who brought laurels to the School with a score of 44 points in IB, school has always been fun. “Academics was never a burden. The IB curriculum was very challenging. We had to apply our minds, rather than mug up stuff mindlessly. There were also a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose from – in music, sports, and art. Yes, ‘world schools’ don’t churn out many toppers in the country, but their research-based curriculum helps students look at a problem logically. This helps them do better

Debjani Biswas, Grade V, Govt School, Sector 14

in their professional and personal life,” says Paramjit. He is now pursuing architecture from the Royal Danish Academy. Another topper from GD Goenka, Sayesha, also feels the same. She says, “The best thing about the IB curriculum is that it doesn’t focus on scores. There are no streams of Humanities, Science, and Commerce. A student can study Physics as well as History at the Senior Secondary level. Math is compulsory for all the students, because it is treated as a life skill, not a subject.” Sayesha too scored 44 points out of a maximum 45. She has made it to one of the best colleges of Delhi University, Lady Shriram College, in Economics (Hons). However, Arvind Chawla, an NRI and alumnus of Blue Bells Model School, seems to disagree. “Schools in the City should understand that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. When I moved back to the City from the US, it was very difficult for me to find a school that could inculcate Indian values in my children. An upscale school in this City is even more westernised than schools abroad!

That is why these schools don’t churn out many toppers,” Arvind was one of the City toppers in the year 2000.

Relax a bit

One of the Commerce toppers from Shri Ram School, Abhinav Prakash, feels that it is important for a student to relax and dedicate some time for extra-curriculum activities. “I am glad that I passed out from a school that maintains a good balance between academics and other activities, such as sports, art and craft, and music. Also, the foreign exchange programmes are given due importance. I think my school not only helped me in scoring good marks (97 per cent) in the examination, it also offered a holistic learning and focussed on allround personality development – that makes you a responsible citizen,” smiles Abhinav. Currently, he is pursuing B.Com (Honours) from the renowned college of Delhi University, SRCC. Abhinav’s relaxed approach to his studies has earned him many accolades. The neatly lined-up array of trophies in the showcase at his house is testimony to this. Priti Taneja, a topper from Lord Jesus School, agrees with Abhinav’s views. Priti, who watched a movie the day before her board examination, says “I was lucky that my favourite movie, Rockstar, was on TV the day before my exam. The music of the movie is so good that all the worries for the exam were driven out from my mind.” She topped in the Humanities stream, scoring 85 per cent marks.  A ‘topper’ normally brings a stereo-typed image to mind. But these kids are as heterogenous as can be. There clearly is no one way to the top. u

Literary Flourish

Sun Is Great

Sun is great never late, It brings light to the sky,  Sun is great it never hates And happiness to the world Never late to shine in the sky And is never shy Does not like to congregate   But likes to stay in its way So tell me if there was no sun   Where would light come from? Sun is great it looks like a plate    And from where will happiness come? And it determines our fate, And how will plants grow?  We appreciate that the sun has given life And so it is really great. Tanav Rawal, V  The Heritage School

Mahika Agarwal, Grade VII, DPS, Sector 45

Kajal, Grade V, Aakash Public School, Gurgaon


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Y oung A dult jit kumar

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Hockey Nursery { Maninder Dabas / FG }


hahbad Markanda, a sleepy Haryana town situated on the banks of NH-1 (aka GT Road) has made a sporting mark. While Hockey in India today is but a shadow of its former past, this town has kept the spirit alive. Shahbad has produced 36 international women hockey players till date. Some of India's best forward players— like Sandeep Kaur, Suman Bala, Rajni Bala, Bhupinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur and Joydeep Kaur—have been the products of this Nursery. For the last fifteen years Haryana has been an undisputed leader in women's hockey at the national level; no other state (including its cousin Punjab) is of any match to Haryana. The credit for this revamp goes to the nursing at Shahbad. There were times, not so long ago, when at least 8 players of India's women's hockey team were from this nursery alone; even now this number remains around four or five. If women's hockey is Shahbad's USP, then men's hockey is its hidden virtue. This place has also given us some of the best men's hockey players. Who can forget Sanjeev Kumar's prolific movement on the turf; and Sandeep Singh, today the world's best drag flicker – both are products of this Nursery. “Indian Hockey owes much to this place. It would be no exaggeration to say that a team constituted from all the other states of India would not be able to beat the present team of Haryana. We have given some of the best players in the men's section also,” said Baldev Singh, the coach.

The History

Shahbad Nursery goes back to 1982, when it started in one of the private schools of the town. “Many a times we had asked the government of Haryana to give us a separate land, but it didn't happen. Then in the year 2004, the then Sports Director of Haryana, S.S Dhesi, realised our potential, and allowed us to use the ground of this adjacent government school; and in 2005,

again by his grace, we got this turf here,” said Baldev Singh, who is an employee of the Haryana government. “I have been living here for quite a while now, and now I think of Haryana as my home. Punjab has made me offers for coaching their team, but I don't want to leave this place. All the hard work done by me and these girls would go in vain. I have been given extension by the Haryana government thrice, as the CM himself wants me to take care of this place. I believe this girl, and the present crop of young players here, is extremely talented, and would surely represent India in the future,” said Baldev Singh, while pointing towards Ritu, a young promising player (see picture below).

Baldev Singh was also associated with the training of the Indian men’s team, as a colleague of Rajinder Singh Senior. The Rajinder-Baldev team has produced excellent results.

Shahbad's contribution

Till 1995, Shahbad was known more for its historic temple named after a Hindu saint, Rishi Markandeya, a great follower of Lord Shiva. Now it is one of 20-odd Indian towns that has a synthetic hockey playfield. Shahbad has produced captains of both the Indian men's and women's teams. The men’s skipper has been the famous drag flicker Sandeep Singh, while Sandeep Kaur had led India’s women's

team. Though Haryana cannot match the contribution of its neighbour Punjab in the field of men's hockey, it has earned a big name for itself during the past 16 years – producing 36 women and 7 men players who have represented India in various international tournaments (Olympic games, World Cups, Asia Cups and Asian Games). The players have earned a reputation for their superb ball control skills, delectable body swerves, and commitment to the game. “We pick players from the poor families of the near by farmers. The only thing we look for in a player is the talent, and the will to do something. The rest is taken care of by us. The Shahbad Nursery is more than a hockey

International Players (Women)

Bhupinder Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Sandeep Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Suman Bala (Bhim Awardee) Surender Kaur (Arjuna Awardee) Gurpreet Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Harjinder Kaur Meenakshi Senior Meenakshi Junior Harpreet Kaur Ramneek Kaur Gagandeep Kaur Kiran Bala Simarjeet Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Jasjeet Kaur (Arjuna Awardee+Bhim Awardee) Balwinder Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Nutan Rajwinder Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Sandeep Junior Jyoti Rajni Senior Rajni junior Jasdeep Kaur

Anju Dhiman Navneet Kaur Navjot Kaur Manjeet Kaur Monika Monika Malik Harmanjeet Kaur Sukhmani Ritu Rani Rani Rampal Joydeep Kaur (Bhim Awardee) Jaspreet Kaur Sarabjeet Kaur


Sanjiv Kumar Dang (Olympian) (Bhim Awardee) Sandeep Singh (Olympian) Ranjeet Singh Damandeep Singh Keshav Vikramjeet Singh Kulwinder Singh

field, because the players here are like a family – they share each others' moments of grief as well as happiness,” added Baldev Singh. The Nursery also boasts an ultra-modern gymnasium. When India won the first Champions Challenger II gold at Kazan in Russia, five girls from Shahbad were in the playing XI. These girls – Jasdip Kaur (goalkeeper), Joydeep (fullback), Surinder Kaur, Ritu Rani and Ritu Rampal (all forwards) – also impressed the spectators and other teams there with their superb ball control and display. When Surinder played her first national championship for Haryana in mid 90s, she emerged the top scorer, with 33 goals to her credit. Nick-named ‘Goal Machine”, she has been one of the most prolific goal scorers for India for the past 10 years. Two of her colleagues—Ritu Rani and Rani Rampal—also did extremely well in Kazan. Rani Rampal, now a student of Grade 11 at Government Senior Secondary School, was the tournament’s top scorer, with an individual tally of eight goals. Ritu Rani scored three goals, all against Canada. Of the 26 goals scored by India, 18 came from three Shahbad girls – a no mean achievement. A future star, Jaspreet Kaur, is shaping up well, to man India’s defence in future international matches. Baldev Singh had been a fullback himself during his playing days. Besides Jaspreet, other promising youngsters are Meenakshi Junior, Sandeep Kaur Junior, Jasdeep Kaur, Ramanik Kaur and Jasjeet Kaur. The only sad aspect has been that six of the top players lost their fathers early, and were single-handedly brought up by their basically illiterate and hardworking mothers. “I am from a joint family. I had lost my father at an early age, and my mother brought me up with the help of my uncles and aunts. My family has been a constant support, and they never let my practice get hindered because of any issue. Right now I am employed with the Indian Railways, said the young Jasjeet Kaur,

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who has captained India at multiple levels. Since Shahbad does not have much to offer for entertainment, the only pastime for the girls has been hockey. They all eat, sleep and dream hockey.

Description of a day at Shahbad

Shahbad is still one of those towns where the day starts with the first light of the morning – and the Nursery is not an exception. “Our training starts around 7:30 in the morning, and it lasts till 10:30, or sometimes eleven. Right now most of the senior players have their jobs, and the juniors go to school, but training is a must for everybody; the coach is quite strict in this regard. The evening training begins at 3:30, after the turf is drenched with water. The training lasts till 7 pm; different groups of senior

in building stamina for the constant running on the turf. After two hours of rigorous practice we get milk, and bread pakora. Similarly, in the evening we get another snack and juice. We have also been instructed by the coach to not have any fried food at home or elsewhere. We have to keep our diet limited and healthy,” said Harpreet Kaur, another senior player.

Who's the close competitor?

Shahbad has given Haryana an undisputed hegemony in the national circuits in women's hockey for the last fifteen years. But when it came to name the toughest competitor, the girls, as well as the coach, started thinking deeply. I was expecting the answer to be Punjab, but it didn't feature in the list of either the coach or the girls; in fact they refused to accept Punjab

Experience abroad

Shahbad girls, being a part of the Indian team that plays abroad, have learnt a great deal from the players of the western countries. “I have been to Australia, Netherlands, Paris and Spain, and every time we go there we learn a great deal. Indeed they have better facilities than us, and that's why they prevail in the games. But they too admire our skills on the turf, because most of the players in these countries play the power game, while we play more passes and dribbling,” said Jasjeet. Asked whether they get nervous after landing in the western countries, since most of the girls are from humble backgrounds, and with a notso-good command over English, she added, “Obviously it used to happen a lot, and we were very nervous initially. But after spending some time with the players of other countries we now converse with them quite easily. Our coaches and support staff also help us in doing so.”

Indian Railways: the only taker

and junior players practice in the field,” said Jasjeet. “We have kept a grass ground for the new recruits, where they can become habitual to the basics of the game. The ball comes very fast on the turf, and it can hurt a newcomer,” said Baldev Singh. “We receive a good diet here at the stadium itself, and it's free of cost. We get a mix of boiled nuts to start the day, as it helps immensely

as a competitor at all. “We have beaten them repeatedly in the recent years. We believe that the girls from states like Jharkhand and Odisha are quite tough to beat. They not only have good skills, but also great stamina to support their skills. We believe they can excel, provided they are given enough backing from their respective states,” said the girls and the coach unanimously.

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The girls and their families clearly can do with financial support. Till now only the Indian Railways has stepped forward in support; most of the senior players have been given jobs by the Railways. The State government, despite being the sole managing body of the Nursery, hasn't done much for these girls and their families. “We receive good facilities here, inside the premises, including a good steady diet. But when it comes to jobs, we have not been given any proper opportunities, like other sports players of the State. Most of us work with the Railways. Only one player from the Shahbad Hockey Nursery, Surender Kaur, has been made a DSP by the Haryana government, whereas various players from boxing and wrestling have been given jobs of an elite profile,” said Harpreet Kaur. She, like Jasjeet, works with the Railways. u

SPAT Programme The Centre has started a sports scheme, National Physical Fitness Programme (NPFP), on the pattern of the Sports and Physical Aptitude Test (SPAT) programme of Haryana. Confirming this, Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, has also said that sports persons who have represented the country in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games, would be appointed as coaches, with posts of Group B officers. Initially 200 such coaches would be appointed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). He was speaking at a function after inaugurating a Sports Training Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Meham (Rohtak Dist.). Haryana has already provided govt jobs to 424 players, and cash awards of Rs 50.52 crores have been disbursed. SPAT, in Haryana, is a sports talent hunt program. Promising players in the 8 to 19 years age group are picked up. Today 20 lakh children are associated with this Program. 5,600 children have been selected initially, and are being provided monthly scholarships, and training across 139 sports nurseries, 16 sports academies, and 72 sports wings. The sports policy of the State focuses on creating the infrastructure, hunting for talent, and securing the future of sports persons. Haryana today has 2 State level stadia, 21 District level stadia, and 135 rural stadia (with 91 more under construction). Haryana has set a target of 12 medals at the next Rio Olympics in 2016. Haryana already has finalized a Right To Play (RTP) programme – which was a cover story of FG in the August 10th issue.


Leaving Home


o, I had packed my entire wardrobe, armed myself with enough lined paper to take a decade’s worth of notes, and imbibed every rule on how not to smear the family name. Yet I couldn’t help feeling slightly uneasy. My mum was crying her eyes out at the thought of me leaving. I hadn’t a clue on how to ‘cook’ anything more complicated than a cheese sandwich; and I was not at all sure what I was going to say to people after the standard, “What’s your name?” and “What are you studying?”. In short, I was leaving my old life behind. And I didn’t know whether that was wonderful, or utterly terrifying. For most people entering university, the imagination never quite touches the reality. For the first time, you are in control of your own level of study, meet hundreds of new people in the space of a few days, and gain complete independence – to do your laundry at 3am! From living in my own room at home—where my family entered at their own risk— I was suddenly surrounded by a crowd of people I had never met: people whose beliefs, opinions, backgrounds and musical tastes were so different. I could not remember everyone’s names on the first day; and there were times when I didn’t know what to say. But in a few weeks’ time, it felt like I’d known some of these people forever. Meanwhile, of course, trying to sort out studies didn’t exactly seem like a top priority, when there were societies to be joined, and partying and drinking games to be played. Finally, conscience came knocking! It takes you a while to realise it, but eventually the truth dawns: it’s all up to you, to succeed or fail. Yes, it’s scary, but it is the truth. Once I’d settled, those four years just flew...and how! To quote Dr. Seuss: How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? I also realized that however skilfully you may arrange your life when you’re away from home, you’ll automatically return to being a child of the family on your return. This dichotomy between the two worlds you inhabit is often uncomfortable and intensely annoying. But live with it, and enjoy having your food bought and your bed made – while it lasts. You’ll return to your mouldy bathroom, and meals eaten out of the saucepan, soon enough. u Karan Jaswal

Golgappas are one of the addictions of Indian women, young and old alike. Unimaginably palatable and light on pocket, these ‘water’-filled balls are found across India. Though some have tried experimenting with its ingredients, none have dared to alter the dish per se. I wrote this poem recalling my hostel days, when a daily dose of Golgappas meant refreshment from studies!

Gol-Gappe One of the favourite pastimes snacking or Rather pampering the taste buds, In the evenings, is feasting on the Golgappas. Rounded small flour balls fried in vegetable oil And stuffed with boiled potatoes, White grams, herbal sauce. And then filled with liquid from the giant jar, Containing a mix of seasoned spice with appetising aroma. In the evenings when the solar disc Heads to hide its luminous face In the dark pillow, denizens of urban areas Particularly the fairer sex flock to The ‘gol-gappe’ vendors for their treat. The vendor serves them in a row, The tang and tingle, pep and piquancy So entices the customers that the one waiting Will drooble in double and salivate Uncontrollably to the amusement of the other partakers. Aditi Bhola


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Time To Take A Stand

n the space of an year we have gone from frenzied involvement to cynicism. Actually, we do this every time, don’t we? Only increasingly so, since the attention spans are now in seconds – that too virtual. It’s a wonder that our involvement lasted months. It is no wonder that we love to talk more and do less; and also no wonder that we today believe we can advise Anna and Kejriwal (and Bhushan) what they should have done/ should do. Never mind about corruption. Some have even gone full circle, and questioned why a Lokpal is even required. They feel we just need to implement and oversee better (clearly they do not live here). The media too has changed colour faster than a chameleon. It sure makes you believe that some are not out of bed with politicians. ‘Anna should not have got into a political mode. Kejriwal will not be able to handle the ‘experienced’ politicians and parties.’ So they are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. Why should we play the same game, with the same rules (freebies, caste/religion, give and take) – leading to the same results? Why should we accept whatever happens? Why should we do nothing, and just await another round of ‘media entertainment’? Unless, of course, we really do not dislike corruption; and actually are quite comfortable with it.

keep finding fault. We want it all ‘perfect’, the way we believe we can do it – if (not when) required, that is. We may be dissatisfied, even frustrated, but will not lift our fingers. We just want deliverance at our doorstep. It says so much, of us. We have lost our own power to think, to judge. We let media dramas do it for us. So a few seconds or headlines can make us love Anna….or dismiss him. The cause, the reason, never matters. Having found ‘fault’ with Anna and Kejriwal, we forgot about corruption. It sure questions what we really stand for – since this seems to apply to civic sense, and many other issues. We should have the guts to stay the course. We should demand a Lokpal Bill asap; and also support those few good, valiant and determined men and women who are trying their best, in the murky scenario, to bring about a change. They seem the more honest, the more caring - for the country, and for its future. They will never always be right, they may not be paragons of virtue, but they are a hell of a lot better than many in the political world today (with many bureaucrats too having joined the Party). We owe it to the good folk, and our souls, to stand solidly in their support – rather than find excuses to back away. We can ill-afford a few more lost decades.

Or are we, nudge nudge wink wink, Rather than acknowledge and support okay with status quo – with this unique a person and/or a group determined to do Indian system called ‘lena dena’ (coal-ition something about corruption, we can only in English). u


he Haryana Government has notified a Policy to provide security to Whistle Blowers and Right To Information Activists. An official spokesman has said that corruption is a social evil that prevents proper and balanced social growth and economic development. One of the impediments felt in eliminating corruption in the Government and Public Sector undertakings is the lack of power or a willful misuse of discretion that causes a demonstrable loss to the Government by a public servant. A Whistle Blower could be a person who makes a complaint or exposes any Government office or undertaking or company, about an attempt to commit, or the commission of, an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. It would also include a wilful misuse of power or discretion, by virtue of which a demonstrable loss is caused to the Government; as also any attempt to commit, or the commission of, any criminal offence by a public servant. Similarly, the Right To Information Activist would mean a person who may be under

State Security threat due to his continuous effort to seek information regarding corruption or corrupt practice or malpractice or criminal offences, in any Government office, undertaking or company - and may or may not be a Whistle Blower. As far as the procedure for providing security is concerned, a Whistle Blower or Right To Information Activist, or Complainant or Witness in a serious case, who has threat perception of danger to his life or liberty, may submit an application to the District Level Committee through the concerned Commissioner of Police or District Superintendent of Police. On receipt of such application, the District Level Committee shall make an enquiry of the threat perception, and shall also ensure a threat analysis from the concerned District Inspector of Police, Criminal Investigation Department and such other authorities or offices as is considered necessary. Security shall be provided as per the assessed threat perception. The quantum and type of security would be decided by the District

Superintendent of Police. This process shall be completed as expeditiously as possible, but should not take more than one week. The concerned Commissioner of Police or District Superintendent of Police shall send a proposal for the approval and ratification of security cover to the Director General of Police, Haryana, or the Chief of Intelligence of the State, within three days of providing the security - along with detailed reasons and threat analysis reports. The State Level Committee shall decide the same expeditiously, and usually within a week. If the District level threat analysis shows that there is no specific threat to any applicant, then the case would be referred to the State Level Committee. They shall be competent to order provision of security, if they are satisfied that there are grounds to do so. The Security provided may be increased or decreased or withdrawn, depending upon the threat perception. A review or report by the concerned

authority shall be carried out after every six months, or at the earliest if the circumstances so require. Any misuse of security provided shall be viewed seriously, and remedial action shall be taken forthwith including recovery of cost, and other appropriate legal action as per law. A Special Cell shall be created for processing the requests of security, and for monitoring the investigation of the case(s) registered against the Whistle Blower or Right to Information Activist or Complainant or Witness in a serious case, which in the opinion of the State Level Committee has been registered due to malice, repression and without reasonable cause. Protection under the Policy shall be made available if the protected disclosure is made in good faith, and the Whistle Blower or Right To Information Activist has reasonable information or documents in support thereof - and is not made for personal gain or animosity against the subject. This Policy was first modified by the State Home Department on September 6, 2011, and later amended on September 19, 2012. u

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

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s the pace of life has picked up, the suffering from a sensitive gut has become more common. On an average one in four humans suffers from chronic indigestion, acid reflux or other chronic Gastro Intestinal (GI) problems. Of all these, Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) is a classic urban lifestyle oriented disorder. It is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which causes the intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. IBS is difficult to diagnose, as there is no physical evidence such as inflammation. The diagnosis is by elimination, where other conditions like IBD, parasites, candida, infectious diarrhea, and lactose intolerance first need to be ruled out. Eventually an ‘elimination diet’ is resorted to, where

of time, to see if symptoms decrease. IBS is commonly characterised by abdominal pain and an altered bowel function (such as constipation, diarrhoea, or alternating between the two). The gut muscles start contracting much more frequently, often accompanied with cramps and diarrhoea. This is due to extreme sensitivity. The ‘trigger’ can be either a food which does not agree with us, flatulence or emotional distress. When we have a lazy gut, food remains in the colon for long periods – fermentation and gas follows, triggering off IBS. Lack of dietary fibre can be a significant cause for this. Although individual sensitivity to certain common foods can vary, the most common irritants are dairy, wheat, corn, coffee, tea, citrus and chocolate. For some other people, a few high sulphur foods (garlic, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage

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ave you ever wondered how that Model or T.V star got that smile – So WHITE, SO STRAIGHT.. SO PERFECT! Is it good genes? The truth is, that not everyone is born with a perfect, ever-lasting smile, and there are high chances that the smile you just saw has been designed by a dental professional. We take a look at how Dr. Dheeraj Setia of The Dental Roots—which is centrally located in Sushant Lok Phase-1— gives his patients a 'Red Carpet Worthy Smile' in just two short visits. Did you know that if your teeth are crooked, cracked, discoloured or misaligned, there are simple and convenient solutions that can give you a Smile which you always dreamed of, in no time at all!

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover involves one or more cosmetic, dental or facial rejuvenation procedures to improve the aesthetics of your smile. A smile makeover to one person could mean something completely different to another, and it is a very individual choice. For example, some people want the perfectly white Bollywood smile makeover, or the celebrity smile with pearly white porcelain veneers. Other people may just want a simple improvement, such as the replacement of amalgam fillings with composite and teeth whitening.

tional orthodontics. They can also be covered with porcelain veneers for a faster solution. n Chipped, broken teeth can be repaired – the treatment will depend on the extent of damage, but the options include cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. n Missing teeth can be replaced – gaps between your teeth can cause functional problems as well as being unsightly. Often, a smile makeover involves the replacement of existing restorations or gaps between teeth. Solutions include dental implants, a dental bridge or a denture. n Gaps between your teeth can be closed to give your smile a more even look. This can be achieved instantly with porcelain veneers such as lumineers. Orthodontics can also be used to move the teeth and close the gaps between them. Invisalign invisible braces, Lingual Braces are a few options n If you have a gummy smile, this can easily be remedied by surgical or laser gum contouring. n  If you are not satisfied with the colour of your teeth, or if you have badly stained teeth, they can be treated with prophyflex cleaning or professional teeth whitening. n The end result of a smile makeover for many people is a smile to be proud of, one that is straight, white and perfectly aligned. u

How can a smile makeover improve my smile ?

Whatever the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your smile, there are many different ways in which you can improve your smile using modern cosmetic dentistry: n Crooked teeth can be straightened with Invisalign braces or conven-

and Brussels sprouts) can cause gas. It is important not to let IBS run amuck, as it can act as a stepping-stone to more serious problems such as IBD (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis). IBS can also play havoc with another key balance we need to maintain; it is critical to always have the right balance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in our gut – especially because the dice is loaded against the good bacteria, thanks to antibiotics, steroids, chlorinated water, candida, parasites and chronic stress. Regular use of Probiotics and dietary fibre helps. Associated steps, like drinking enough purified water and eating 5-6 smaller meals per day (rather than 2-3 large meals), also go a long way towards warding off IBS / IBD. However, as there are 3 types of IBS , the role of soluble and insoluble fibre can vary for each individual, hence it is always a good idea to consult a Natural Healthcare practitioner. In certain cases, supplementation with nutrients, which help rebuild intestinal lining can also be considered. In traditional healing, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory herbs—like ginger root, goldenseal root and turmeric—have been found to be of much value. One of the oldest herbal medicines – Peppermint – is increasingly showing up with positive results in several studies.

Tip of the week

Fresh mint is in every which way superior to the dried form of the herb. Unblemished leaves, that look vibrant with a rich green colour, should be chosen. Fresh mint leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, by carefully wrapping them in a damp paper towel and placing inside a loosely closed plastic bag. Dried mint (ideally organic) can keep for 9-12 months, in tightly sealed glass containers stored in a cool, dark and dry place.

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Peppermint - a natural hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica (water mint) and Mentha spicata (spearmint) Mint is an ancient herb used for its culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties. Peppermint has been used to treat a wide range of GI conditions. Essential oil of peppermint stops the growth of many different bacteria and fungus. The menthol in Peppermint tends to relax the smooth muscles in

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ranic Healing provides techniques to harness Prana (life energy), and use it to rebalance, harmonise and strengthen ourselves. All life is energy, and the main causes of most of our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual imbalances lie in this field. Our etheric or energy body is also called the aura or bioplasmic body. It surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body, and vivifies it. The etheric body also stores all information, particularly the original causes of physical, emotional and mental imbalances. So as beings of energy we are inherently very powerful; and given effective tools we can unleash this power for good health, personal development and success in life – as well as to help others. Pranic Healing teaches us how to access and transfer Prana from our surroundings to our energy body for the rapid healing of all ailments. The energy body has centres or chakras, which control our physical, mental, psycho-emotional and spiritual states. The chakras are similar to power stations, providing fuel for the different systems to function effectively. The Solar Plexus Chakra controls most of the internal organs, and is also the seat for personal power in the material world. It is also the home of the lower astral emotions, such as anger, hatred and jealousy. When such emotions are experienced in a sustained way, the chakra gets congested, and the effect is experienced physically as a tightness in the epigastric region (below the breast bone), or a sensation of a lump or soreness in the area, or chest pain.

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Pranic Healing

Pranic Healings are useful when you have :

 Lack of clarity  Inadequate self mastery (emotions and thoughts are uncontrolled)  Poor immunity  Chronic health problems  Loss of vitality at all levels  Premature aging  Stress levels are high and there is insufficient control over situations  Retarded personal development  Lack of material success  Recurring patterns of problems in relationships  Impediments in the ability to materialise goals.

Methods of Pranic Healings

Scanning This is a diagnostic technique to identify the cause of the imbalance in the auric field. Scanning has multiple applications: you can scan for the source of the disease in the physical body, to identify the blockages in troubled relationships, finances etc. You can scan and monitor your child during the growth period in the teenage years, scan and choose the correct future partners, scan your shares and stocks for financial returns, and so on. Cleansing The next level of is of Cleans-

Ego Mania { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


any religions in the world see ego as something that gets in the way of natural, healthy psychological functioning. It can, however, cause a bit of confusion, since most western systems of psychotherapy do not use the word ‘ego’ in the common way. In Sigmund Freud’s structural model of the psyche, id, ego and super-ego are the three parts of the psychic apparatus. According to this model of the psyche, the id is the set of unco-ordinated instinctual trends; the ego is the organised, realistic part; and the super-ego plays the critical and moralising role. For a better understanding of this structure, the iceberg metaphor is used: the entire id, and part of both the ego and the super-ego, is submerged under-water, representing the unconscious mind; and the remaining (smaller) portions of the ego and superego are displayed above water in the conscious mind area. Nikki Giovanni, who was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award, writes her beautiful lines about ‘ego’ in her ‘Ego Tripping’: I am so perfect so divine so ethe-

ing – to remove the old and stale energy, the contamination, which has caused the imbalance and disharmony. Energising And lastly, the technique of Energising infuses fresh Prana, and installs fresh energy, in the body, reconfiguring its disharmonious patterns and transforming them into healthy ones. Energy can be projected through the hand and finger chakras. The more powerful the energy body, the more miraculous is the outcome, when Pranic healing techniques are experienced.

Types of Pranic Healings

Pranic Psychic Self Defense teaches you scientific ways of utilising pranic energies to protect yourself, your belongings, surroundings and loved ones. It also empowers you to protect yourself from psychic attacks, negative intentions, malicious entities and energetic pollution.

Advantages of Psychic Healing

It can help you to potect your business and finances from envious competitors and their negative vibes. It can safeguard your children’s precious and innocent consciousness, from the preying entities of drugs and any negative programming from their peers. It can scan the strength and integrity of your shields, so that you know they are in place and working. Lastly, you can experience inner peace and calmness, in the midst of a chaotic work or home environment. Another method is Pranic Psychotherapy, which is the application of Pranic Healing techniques to heal and alleviate emotional and mental imbalances. Negative emotions and traumatic experiences are essentially negative thought forms and emotional energies, lodged in the aura

real so surreal I cannot be comprehended except by my permission Very aptly said – ego is a fixed sense of self. By holding onto a particular self concept, we close our minds to at least some of the feelings that are constantly bubbling up, and some of the information provided by the impact of external reality. We get into what is called ‘not seeing’. Essentially, this is an attempt to stay in control by closing part of us down. Its effect is simply to keep the painful parts of our life out of view – and, consequently, out of our control. The energy of feelings which arise in us can be harnessed, if they can be sheltered from the ego wind. Sometimes people do not know how to keep their feelings in proportion, because they are constantly driven by the ego wind; they take everything personally, and have no constancy of purpose, other than the self -defeating aim of always trying to feel good. The enlightened person and the destructive person are not fundamentally different in nature. It is just that the destructive person has been swept away in the ego wind. The strength of any character comes from the absence of ego. Many people feel as though their lives have not really begun yet. They are waiting for the right conditions to begin. In

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Walk More And Drink Less Soda A few tips and ways to keep a healthy heart. • Take a 10-minute walk as part of a larger plan to exercise. • Find your comfortable walking shoes, or buy a pair. • Choose days and times to walk, and then pencil them on the calendar. • Plan a route. •  Think about possible obstacles and solutions. For example if it’s raining hard, do 10 minutes of mixed marching, stair climbing, and jumping rope before dinner. Drink more water, less soda 1. Find a water bottle, or buy one. 2. Wash the bottle, fill it up, and put it in the refrigerator at night. 3. Put a sticky note on the front door, or on your bag, as a reminder to carry the water bottle along with you. 4. At work, take a break in the morning, and one in the afternoon, to freshen up your water bottle. This is a good time to notice how much (or little) you are drinking. 5. When you get home from work, scrub out the water bottle for the following day, and repeat. Dr. K.K Aggarwal Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee is a well-known Cardiologist and Senior Physician and in the critical energy centres. These energies are often difficult to release,requiring months or even years of traditional psychotherapy to experience any improvement. Pranic Psychotherapy, however, offers you the ability to quickly and safely release these crippling energetic patterns.

Advantages of Pranic Psychotherapy

Extraction and disintegration of negative energies and patterns, to dramatically accelerate the healing process. Techniques for Compulsive Behaviours, Phobias, and Addictions – like alcoholism, smoking, drug addiction, food addiction and depression (physical and

each life there is a big story and a little story. The little story is the story of the ego. The satisfactions of the ego are real enough, but they are exceedingly transitory. It is nice to be praised, or to meet with success and acclaim; and it is painful to be ridiculed, and to meet with failure and frustration. Such vicissitudes, however, contain nothing lasting or substantial, unless we can conserve the energy from them to serve some great purpose. Real satisfaction arises when the little story is integrated into, or even subsumed within, a big story that is itself worthwhile. Most people who have made a great contribution in life have gone through a period of disenchantment – a time in the wilderness, during which they not only came to terms with the defeats in their little story, but also found their place in the big one. This conversation in the wilderness, whereby a little life comes out of its individual backwater and enters the mainstream of the big river, is what is meant by enlightenment. By this step, the little ego is overcome. Getting upset and taking what has been said by somebody personally causes

emotional), and more. Special techniques to extract and neutralize the effects of Psychic Attacks and Intrusions . Self-healing  against tension, irritability, grief and anxiety. Repairing damaged or cracked protective webs  in the chakras, to prevent future intrusions. Purging negative programming  acquired during childhood, that could be holding you back from success. Healing the effects of psychic attacks,  that can cause anxiety attacks, irritability, bad luck or even financial ruin. Removing the negative influences,  like envy, jealousy and anger. u Tarot reader& Author

unnecessary suffering, and clouds the mind. It becomes the case of the fire being caught by the ego wind. Any view is as good as another. We should be open to hear what the other person has to say, to receive criticism, and to consider what is right and wrong compassionately. It is good not to invest our ego in our views, however strong our conviction may be. Opinionated-ness is very close to what most people mean by ego. It is attachment to opinions, that leads to the fire of our passion getting out of control; just as much as, or even more, than the attachment to the pleasures of the senses. Getting caught in ‘point-scoring’ is simply a waste of energy. The correct view towards others is not through our opinion; it is in our willingness to look, listen and flow – we need to become deep listeners, holding our ego at bay. When we are able to control our ego, our mind becomes like the crystal clear water; and, as the interference of ego drops away, the world around us transfigures in radiance. 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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western gangsters, molls and comicbook characters. Are the villians of mafia-dom now 'cool' emblems? 'Giclee'  is an American term, coined in 1991 for high-resolution, ink-jet art-printing in fade-resistant large formats, done on IRIS Printers. The term originally comes from the French word gicleur,  which means 'to squirt from a nozzle'.   Pushpamala's    first 'photo-performance' series of 25 photos, created in 1996-98, formulated the initial persona of an eccentric Indian 'Phantom Lady', also known as 'Kismet'. The artist featured herself as this Phantom Lady, photographed in comic-book uniforms, 'starring' as this character who is part 'Phantom' and part 'Wonderwoman', in an Americanised DC-Comic-book mode -- alongside her lost twin sister, known as 'The Vamp'.  The current Nature Morte show, Return of the Phantom Lady, is a sequel to 'Kismet'.

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ew York, once known as 'Fun City', soon became 'Gun City' --- just as Hollywood fast morphed into 'Follywood'. And yet, we repeatedly see the echoes and reflections of such decadent and degenerate cultural practices within our own country's urban milieu. Of late, we find the Bollywoodmodel affecting almost every genre of Indian culture. Trends of India's current gallery-culture, showcasing our urban art, indicate that it is high time we seriously examine why the sleaze of the western 'entertainment industry' now threatens to over-run and tarnish even our most valuable and beautiful aesthetic Rasas, and authentic stylistic Gharanas.  Regardless of the 'trendy' nature of her enacted digital imagery, Pushpamala N.  is no novice-imagist. She must surely know better than to blindly enact the western crime-comic mode. Many recent aspirants purporting to join the current 'cool-art' bandwagon— the 'trendy pretenders'—do not have this senior performer's decades of experience of navigating the 'cool art' scene. After a BA in English, Psychology and Economics from Bangalore University, she did Fine Art at MS University Baroda; then went on to re-invent herself as an avant-garde  Photo-Video based 'performance artist'. She constantly features herself as her own thematic model in her imagery, in a self-

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he sun, dirt, grime, pollution, stress - they're all taking a toll on your skin. You may not immediately realise it, but over time it shows. A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin. A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion – and can help your skin look younger. It is normally performed in a beauty salon but is also a common spa treatment. How often and which type one should get depends on several factors – like skin type, skin condition, skin care goals, budget, age... even where you live. A facial should begin with a consultation about your skin concerns, diet, how much water you drink, drugs and supplements you take, and products you are currently using. The beauty therapist also determines your basic skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive or normal) and skin conditions (acne,

obsessed narcissistic style. Using the internationallypopular mode of 'Ethnography' -- a form of aesthetic currency that is easily amenable to 'coding' and 'de-coding' others via the soft avenue of culture -- the South Indian Pushpamala went on to exhibit all over the western world, Japan, Singapore, Australia and South Africa, aside from select Indian galleries. Utilising a trendy gallery-lexicon covering gender, ethnography, sociology and history, she uses certain marketable elements of 'ethnic Indian popular culture' -- which may also be described as 'local colour' -- as her international USP. She has, as a result, often exhibited in collaboration with western photographers, such as Claire Arni at London's Saatchi Gallery. In the current exhibit at Gurgaon's Nature Morte, oddly titled "The Return of the Phantom Lady (Sinful City)",  21   'Giclee Print'   photos, in a very conventional wall display, consciously aim to depict Mumbai as a stronghold of sleaze --- in dark images peopled by wannabe Indian gangsters, molls, criminals, nautch-girls and other lowlives, functioning lasciviously within shady Mumbai metropolitan haunts.  In an ominous photographic sequence of western  Film-Noir recreations, this series documents eccentric characters from the Indian underbelly, who are seemingly imitating

In this Show's 21 images, we find the hooded, masked protagonist navigating dark webs of crime, intrigue and mayhem in murderous, mad Mumbai. The masked Phantom Lady rescues an orphaned schoolgirl, thus running into the underworld land-grabbers and goons. American-gangsterish 'Chase' enactments are rather insipidly photographed inside decrepit Mumbai movie halls, jhuggis, chawls and modern official complexes. Deceptive glass covers and mirrors reflect the false facades of the city's nightmarish, Kafka-esque mazes. Under the heading Project Cinema City, these photo-sequences were exhibited with much 'serious intent' at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Technically, however, these images are neither visually striking nor thought-provoking. Instead, they reek of Bollywood cliches, emulating the

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What's your type?

Normal to dry skin For a person with a normal skin type a facial massage is provided by using nourishing creams. Moisturisers are also used. It includes cleansing, toning, massage (done manually or with the help of gadgets), mask and protection coverage. Different strokes and pressures are applied to various areas. It will rejuvenate the skin and make it look younger. If you have normal or dry skin, ideally opt for the classic facial, or a plant stem facial.

massage with creams or moisturisers is not advised. The facial treatment for oily skin includes deep cleansing with exfoliation, toning, mask and protection. The masks and other procedures help remove excess oils, shrink the pores and make the skin soft and translucent. It clears the pores, and deep cleans, to prevent the formation of blackheads. The silver facial and pearl facial revives normal to oily skin, by giving it the right amount of moisture, and evens out your tone, leaving your skin evidently supple and charming.

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repetitive lexicon of western crimeoriented comic-books. There seems to be a sudden spate of blatant sleaze-genres in Indian Art, Cinema, and Literature. It must be further stated that, technically, Pushpamala's  Giclee prints are too small and unfocussed for any lasting aesthetic or creative impact. Their sizes, at 20" x 30", are unimposing, with an overall darkness, and dank colour-fields that do not inspire any genuine human drama, nor any real emotional connect.  More than half of the photo-surfaces are stark dark --- such as Office  or Tamasha.   Pushpamala, as an Indian Wonderwoman, looks awkward and wooden.  Strangely, too, I detected the presence of the technically-gifted Mumbai painter Atul Dodiya in the series --- Dodiya is  'modelling' as an Americanised gangster in two of the photos on display. By contrast, Pushpamala's prior (2000-03) photo-series,  Women of South India,  conveyed more aesthetic clarity. In terms of composition, concept and colour, Yogini and Lakshmi contained traces of the genuine Indian aesthetic --and this was despite their kitschy Oleographic tenor, evidently catering to the touristy eye. The current Sinful City photo-tableaux, however, bears absolutely no Indian Rasa. Its overall effect is that of the most banal and conventional western commercial photography. In a 1990's interview Pushpamala was asked if she was a congenital narcissist, since she repeatedly posed as different Doppelganger   (doublefaced)  characters, wearing odd and flamboyant outfits and exaggerated makeup, in her various photo-series. She had then answered, "The artist Bhupen Khakkar has photos of himself in a 1972 catalogue, posing as James Bond, Mr. Universe, and 'A Man With a Headache' -turning artistic narcissism on its head! I felt that was a lost moment in Indian art, as nobody really followed it up."  But the fact is, Pushpamala's inherent aesthetic reveals itself only when she recreates tableaux of genuine Indian goddesses and authentic Indian women. Losing the Rasas  of such authenticity, her  Phantom Lady's comical facileness, in an orchestrated enactment of Sin City,  seems irrelevant and insipid.  Indian artists must return to, and replenish, their own authentic cultural traditions. u Artist, Writer, & Curator

treated carefully, since the face has both dry and oily tissues. After cleansing, the dry area of the skin is massaged and the face is toned with a cold compress, using a rose-based skin tonic. The facial should restore the ideal skin balance, keep the skin free from blemishes and help in the process of cell renewal. Use vitamin-rich oils and aromatherapy essences to relax the body, and improve skin tone and texture. Platinum and gem facials are recommended. A facial is the second most popular spa treatment after a massage. A facial works best when it is part of an on-going program of skin care. No matter your age, there are certain ingredients that can work wonders. A light skin polishing that uniformly clears dead skin cells is recommended. Try out a de-stressing Aloe Vera facial massage, that removes impurities and rejuvenates the skin. Always go for fresh fruit, rose, marigold and jasmine based masks, that add a radiant glow to the skin. u (Certified Image Consultant and Founder of Image Panorama)


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A Passage To India

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Jit Kumar

{ Uma Prakash }

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.


aris Hussein, a gifted film maker, was born in Lucknow on 9th December 1938. He attended Cambridge and the prestigious Slade School of Art, where he studied theatre design. At 21, he started his career as a trainee director with the BBC, and went on to become the youngest Director that the BBC has ever had. He got his first break in television with Doctor Who (he directed the very first episode, “An Unearthly Child”). He made his feature film debut in 1969 with A Touch of Love, which was the British entry at the Berlin Film Festival. Then came Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin in the Bronx, (1970) set in Ireland; Melody (1971), produced by David Puttnam, a first for both Waris and Puttnam – a film which became a great hit, not only in England but even in far-flung countries such as Japan and South America; and Henry the Eighth and His Six Wives (1973) – which was selected for the Royal Command Film Performance. The Possession of Joe Delaney, with Shirley McLaine, dealt with the theme of the supernatural in an unusual manner, making it a cult film. He made several other moving films. A great admirer of the legendary Satyajit Ray, Hussein is a versatile film maker whose attention to detail is apparent in all his films. The atmosphere of the English monarchy, created by the director in Henry the Eighth, is something to behold. With great panache he takes the viewer from pre-independent India (of Passage to India) to the early twenties (of Gloria Vanderbilt, in New York and Europe). He fleshes out his characters remarkably, and has a deft skill of story-

Simran Singh

Q. What does a hair spa entail? Is it necessary to have one frequently?

SH Hair Spa is a complete treatment for the hair, which includes procedures

like – head massage, steam, stimulation of follicles with specialized gadgets, application of hair packs, and deep conditioning. Hair spa treatments help to beautify the hair, restore health to the scalp, control hair problems – and promote healthy hair growth. They not only improve the look, but also induce relaxation. Hair Spa treatments may be taken once a week, or once in ten days.


Q. My skin breaks out every time the weather changes? What should I do?

SH If there is itching, it could be an allergic reaction, and a doctor should be

“I would like to make a film set in India. I do have a project that I have scripted. I am trying Chekov the Cherry Orchid, set in post-independent India 1953, about a feudal family dealing with their problems in times of insecurity. The present is about a woman who goes to Canada at an early age. She is summoned back to India to deal with the sale of her property, just before it is auctioned to pay for the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing, and the story ends with the estate being sold to the son of a former servant. She discovers her past, in her

referred to. However, during hot and humid weather, there may be breakouts due to increased oil and sweat secretions. After cleansing, wipe the skin with a rose-based skin tonic – to close the pores and reduce oiliness. Add a little rose water to sandalwood paste, and apply on the face. Wash off with plain water after 15 minutes. Sandalwood paste can also be applied on eruptions. Shalini

Q. What is face cleaning? Is it essential to get it done regularly, especially

SH after 30 years of age?

Face cleaning or clean-up is recommended for oily skins, and specially those that are prone to blackheads. Specialized cleansing and exfoliation is done, in order to cleanse the pores and keep them free of hardened sebum (oil). Regular face clean-ups help remove impurities and dead skin cells. Blackheads are also extracted, and packs are applied to improve skin texture, close the pores and brighten the skin. It also helps to prevent pimples and acne.

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Ask the beauty expert questions on skin, hair and beauty. The best question (picked by Shahnaz Husain) will receive a gift hamper from the Shahnaz Husain Group. Write to us at s Six Henry VIII and Hi Quackser Fortune 1970

Wives 1972

grandmother’s time. I find many similarities with the Russian and Indian social Melody 1971 structures.” Hussein has directed Princess Daisy 1983 several TV films, such as a 1965 BBC television version of A Passage to India; the BBC serial Notorious Woman (1974); a suffragette movement drama Shoulder to Shoulder (BBC, 1974); the Thames Television A Touch of Love 1969 serial Edward and Mrs. Simpson (1978) – for which he received a BAFTA award; and the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana Simpson 1978 (1985) – for which he received an Emmy. Edward and Mrs Divorce His, Divorce Hers 1973 His creativity knows no bounds. He has covered the whole breadth of the entertainment world – an actor with the telling. A film like Sixth Happiness truly shows Nottingham Playhouse; and a director of TV his directorial skills, as the protagonist is not Serials, TV films, feature films—in the UK, an actor. America and finally India—where in 1997 he “Obviously my favourite film is Sixth filmed and directed Sixth Happiness, adapted from Happiness. It is the first film I have done the novel “Trying to Grow”, by Firdaus Kanga. He about a minority community. It is about a has directed legends such as Sir Laurence Parsi overcoming prejudice, and displaying Olivier, Bette Davis, Joan Plowright and some kind of heroism. This has to be the most Colleen Dewhurst. He was recognised for his relevant today. In my mind, anyone who has talent in theatre, movies and television, being seen it would have been caught in a dilemma; the first Indian to have directed a play at the it has moved people. I was careful not to National Theatre in London. sentimentalise it.” Gurgaon will get a rare opportunity to see After a Passage to India and Sixth Happiness, his films at the Epicentre, through the month Hussein is once again looking forward to another of October, 2012. u project set in India.

Cookery tips by Vijaylaxmi Masterchef

Making Khoya Here’s how you can make khoya at home, with different ingredients:

With unsalted Ricotta cheese:

Take two cups of ricotta cheese, cook for about 10 minutes, in a non-stick pan. Add two tablespoons of butter, and three cups of Carnation milk powder. Stir constantly medium heat, until it reaches khoya consistency (in about 7 minutes).

Milk Powder:

Knead milk powder lightly (not tightly, like chapati dough). Take a muslin cloth. Transfer the dough on it. Sprinkle some water on it. Tie the ends of the cloth to form a bundle. Steam this bundle in a pressure cooker, with water. Don’t let the bundle touch the water – you can put the bundle in a vessel before putting it inside the cooker. Cook for up to 2 whistles, and turn off the gas. Open the cooker once it cools. Untie the bundle. Remove the khoya after it cools down completely.

Mawa Powder:

Take 2 cups of dry mawa powder. Knead with milk to make a hard dough. Wrap the dough in a nylon or muslin cloth, and freeze for one hour. Remove from freezer. Grate and use the khoya with any recipe.

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The macro-economic indicators are not very healthy, and they are affecting the market sentiment. Singh: No doubt the market is tight, and growth is slow. The general sentiment across the country is that the property bubble is about to burst. Most companies are facing a liquidity crunch. The industry needs a solution to help the builders get easy loans, so that they can complete their projects in time. The only saviour for the real estate industry is that it is seen as the second best asset class for investors, after gold. People still keep on investing in realty, particularly in Gurgaon and Mumbai, because it has given a solid return on investment. Gurgaon attracts a different kind of buyer and investor, as compared to the other parts of the NCR. The market conditions should provide an opportunity to buyers to get healthy discounts; but the high number of investors in the market, particularly Gurgaon, makes it difficult for builders to do so (investors make up 70% of buyers in a new project). The builders are thus forced to hold on to their inventory, and then try to increase prices at regular intervals. However, it is time to go for a balanced mix of investors and end-users. Another aspect is that the real estate market trades on market sentiment; and the builders know that once the economy comes back on track, and interest rates are rationalised, the sentiments will turn positive. They would then be able to sell the inventory at higher prices. So, although some discounts are possible, a major correction is not on the horizon. While the residential real estate has still some steam in it, the commercial realty seems in the doldrums. Singh: It is true that with the global slowdown, not many new companies are setting base in Delhi-NCR. In fact, current IT/ BPO companies are looking for cheaper options, as a result of which the vacancy has increased both in the office and retail space. Gurgaon is an expensive realty space and city to live in. A large number of malls are also empty, as tenants are not coming to lease space. A solution to the problem, particularly for malls, is to move to a profit-sharing model, as the rent/lease model in India is not working. There are only about ten malls in the country that are profitable right now, and they are

Real Estate Prakhar Pandey


he real estate market across the country, including the hottest real estate destination Delhi- NCR, is going through one of the toughest phases – with around 15 lakh under construction houses being delayed due to a liquidity crunch. A free-wheeling chat on the real estate industry, with Vineet Singh, Business Head 99 Acres dot com, one of the leading real estate portals.

Expert View

all working on a profit-sharing basis. It is important for builders to realise that with a general slowdown in the economy it would be better to have a mixed approach. Another boost to the retail space should come from the easing of FDI in retail. Quality mall space would be in demand as organised retailing becomes the norm. Do you think the time has come for special/specific financial instruments? Singh: Normally complex financial instruments evolve when the market gets democratised, and information becomes easily accessible, as is happening in India. It is important to provide funds at the right rate and time, to ensure that delays in construction do not happen. There is also need to ease the FDI norms, so that foreign investors can bring in money and exit easily. In the last 4 years there have been very few profitable FDI exits in the real estate industry; it imperative for regulators to understand this problem and find a fix. The pre-launch of projects is one such instrument that is being successfully used to generate cash, as it allows investors to put money in a project. Similar tools will evolve once the industry matures.

The property deals in the country are highly skewed in favour of the builders. How can this situation be corrected? Singh: This situation will not continue forever, and the proposed Real Estate Regulatory Bill will bring in more transparency and accountability in the industry. The relationship between the builders and buyers will also get corrected and more balanced. The conditions are ripe for bringing in this Bill, as 15 lakh houses are being delayed, and it is ultimately the buyers who will bear the brunt of this delay and cost. Despite delays in possession the buyers have to continue to pay EMIs. The Internet has also helped in bringing about a semblance of democratization in real estate, as information is easily accessible. Buyers can compare projects, check plans, look for expert opinions, and take an informed decision, by using portals like 99 acres. The methods of urbanisation, change of land use, town planning models promote a rent generating economy in India. Do you think better models need to be evolved and considered to plan and develop cities like Gurgaon? Singh: The current land acquisition act is 100 years old, and has not seen any change, though the nation has changed considerably in the last 60 years. India is a young country and urbanising very fast; as such, laws related to social demography, city development, land ceiling, and urban governance need to change with the spirit of the times. The urban local bodies, like the MCG/HUDA in Gurgaon, need to be empowered. Another important issue is land acquisition. The builders and the government need to understand that the farmers will go to court and bring the development process to a standstill, if they now feel short-changed. All the stakeholders—the farmers, buyers, builders and government—must share the wealth responsibly. Money generated by the state should be used for improving the infrastructure, jobs should also be given to farmers who sell their land, and buyers should get their houses on time, even as builders make ‘responsible’ profits. How do you see Gurgaon as a realty destination? Singh: Gurgaon is a fantastic real estate destination, as it has given the maximum returns to investors, and also to endusers in the form of world class housing options. The expansion of Gurgaon will provide further good options to home buyers – on the Dwarka Expressway, Golf Course Extension Road,

Manesar, and NH8 upto Bhiwadi. The growth of areas within the City will depend on improved infrastructure and amenities. On the other hand Manesar, Bhiwadi and Sohna will grow only if new industries come to these parts of the urban complex. The problem in the Millennium City is that the infrastructure is creaking, even on the surface. And I am speaking about basic services, not lifestyle services such as parks, stadiums, clubs etc. Where is the huge amount of EDC that has been collected by the government? A lot of thought and investment needs to be given, to bring this City back on track. Gurgaon has reached a stage where it is imperative for the stakeholders to start working on the infrastructure, or else people will start moving out to new destinations. Another NCR? Singh: National Capital Region has a beautiful balance. It has Noida, where properties are available from Rs. 25 lakhs upwards, and the average

increase in capital appreciation is around 25 per cent. It is an ideal destination for end-users. Then we have Gurgaon, where most properties are available from Rs. 1 crore upwards, and the capital appreciation is around 30 to 50 per cent. It is a great investment destination, as well as a lifestyle option for those who have the money and taste for such lifestyle. Faridabad and Ghaziabad provide good options to endusers, as houses are available between Rs. 25 to 50 lakhs. NCR is still growing, and has become the biggest real estate destination, because all segments of buyers are being catered to. 
 What is your message to buyers? Singh: The myth, in India, that real estate is a very solid investment, was broken in 2008. In fact, people must understand that investment in property is a big and risky decision. Before buying, buyers should check the credibility of builders, ownership of titles, plan sanctions, regulatory permissions, and location. Investors should not play the market, and basically look for long term investments. Buyers must take informed decisions, rather than secondguess the market. u


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Frankfurt Book Fair { Jean-Baptiste Piggin / Berlin / DPA }


ew methods of publishing, including crowd-funding, will be the one of the focal points of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which opened to the public on October 10. The five-day Fair is the world’s biggest market-place for the rights to translate books – with US and British publishers dominating the international trade. Publishers from round the globe come to the Fair looking for successful titles, to republish in their own languages. As e-books continue to make inroads into the traditional print trade, Book Fair organizers argue that the Expo— where 100 countries are represented— is not a last bastion of the physical book, but a nursery for tomorrow’s new ideas in publishing. “Content” is what publishers trade in, they say, whether it ends up in books, on websites, in movies, or packaged as computer games. Crowd-funding is just one of the

{ Johannes Schmitt-Tegge / Fort Worth, Texas / DPA }


irline pilots need to carry thousands of pages of technical material in the cockpit with them. Now one US airline has replaced the thick manuals with iPads. Pilots with American Airlines, can now bring the contents of their printed manuals on iPads instead – opening the way to the paperless cockpit and perhaps the end of conventional logbooks, checklists and paper maps. The goal is to save fuel. It took several months of testing before the US Federal Aviation Administration gave

new buzzwords describing new ways to generate books. Authors with promising book concepts pitch them to likely readers via the internet, and collect donations to pay for the time needed to actually write it. Getting readers involved early helps to sell the book once it has been written. Many of the 7,300 conventional publishers attending the annual Fair are closely watching crowd-funding, to see if it is likely to supplement the traditional ways of starting off books – either commissioning them or waiting for submissions. On US-based portal Kickstarter, there are no financial returns for the pledgers, but they can be rewarded with a limited edition. British-based portal Unbound, which prints the pledgers’ names at the back of the book as a reward, becomes the book publisher as well, splitting a book’s net profit 50/50 with the author. A new potential source of content is fan fiction, where readers write their own sequels to popular novels,

Paperless Cockpits approval for the Apple tablet to replace the bulky manuals. Each airline will have to receive separate permission to use the iPad, as aircraft types, training programmes and procedures vary. “American Airlines is the first company to receive this approval for all phases of flight,” the airline said. The airline believes it will save 1.2 million dollars (around 938,500 euros) annually in fuel costs by no longer carry-

Hall of Fame Nominees

{ Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }


ock greats Deep Purple and Rush are among the nominees for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with late disco queen Donna Summer, rap pioneers Public Enemy and NWA, and electronic music kings Kraftwerk. Other nominees include Albert King, Chic, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procol Harum and Randy Newman. “‘Rock & roll’ means different things to different people; but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” commented

The iPad Mini

{ Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }


pple has started production of the iPad mini – a new device that will feature a smaller, lower-resolution screen as compared to the Company’s genre-defining tablet computer. Apple is expected to announce a launch event for the device shortly, getting the iPad mini into stores for the crucial Christmas holiday pe-

Joel Peresman, President and Chief Executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘Rock & Roll.’” To be eligible, acts must have released their first single, or album, no later than 1987. The public will, for the first time, get to have their say – in an online poll, along with voting of the more than 600 industry professionals who determine the inductees. The results will be announced in midDecember.     The Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in April. u riod. The device is expected to provide stiff competition to rivals like Google’s Nexus 7, and the Amazon Kindle Fire – which have undercut sales of the regular iPad, by offering a smaller tablet at a much lower price. The screen on the current iPad measures 9.7 inches diagonally, while the new gadget will have a 7.85 inch display. The iPad currently sells for a starting price of 499 dollars, compared to 199 dollars for the Google Nexus 7. u

as exemplified by a bestselling erotic novel trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, by British author E.L James. James originally published the series on a fan website of the Twilight vampire series, but has since become a best-selling author in her own right. Juergen Boos, the Fair’s Chief Executive, notes that another area which has recently spawned new publishing ideas is literature for children and teenagers. Young readers are accustomed to innovative ways to match up paper books and web content, he says. Schools also expect today’s textbook packages to include digital content. Leisure reading among the young often triggers Facebook and Twitter posts, spreading the word quickly about new books. Publishing minnow New Zealand is set to get a boost this year from its specialguest status. Wellington is sending

ing the physical documentation. The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) of a single pilot in the United States, can comprise some 12,000 pages and weigh 16 kilogrammes. “This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us,” says John Hale, representative of the 8,500 pilots at American Airlines. Flight attendants in the United States may also soon be equipped with iPads to give details about things – such as connecting flights and the food preferences of passengers. In fact, instead of the crew coming with a tablet, it may be that a tablet will come with the seat. u

Australia’s Radio Telescope { Andy Goldberg / Sydney / DPA }


ustralia switched on its biggest radio telescope, preparing the way for the mammoth Square Kilometre Array – that will be shared with South Africa and New Zealand. The 36 12-metre dishes, that began operating at Murchison, 700 kilometres north of Perth, cost 140 million Australian dollars (144 million US dollars) to build, and are a stepping stone to the 2-billion-US-dollar international project. The 36 dishes are linked into what is called the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).   “It has been several long years of design and construction, but ASKAP is open for business,” says Megan Clark, the head of the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. “Researchers from around the world are already lining up to use the facility with 10 ASKAP science survey teams, totalling more than 700 astronomers, ready and waiting.” u

nearly 70 authors—such as successful thriller writers Paul Cleave and Paddy Richardson—to Frankfurt, to plug their books to German publishers and booksellers. The eurozone economic crisis will not go unnoticed at the book fair. Boos’ team admit that publishers from debt-stricken nations such as Italy and Spain have cut back their fair presence. To save money, companies which formerly booked elaborate booths the size of a room every year in Frankfurt, are likely to downsize to just a desk or two in forum spaces – rented by their national book publishing federations. u

US Start-Ups And Immigrants

{ Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }


new study has found that around a quarter of all new technology companies started in the US are founded by immigrants. The study—entitled America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Then and Now—found that the role of newcomers in Silicon Valley is even more pronounced than previously believed, with about 44 per cent of all tech start-ups in the country’s high tech capital having at least one immigrant founder. The study’s co-author, Vivek Wadhwa of Duke University, said that the findings should spur US legislators to encourage the immigration of highly skilled foreigners. “The US risks losing a key growth engine just when the economy needs job creators more than ever,” said Wadhwa. “The US can reverse these trends with changes in policies and opportunities, if it acts swiftly.”   Wadhwa urged the creation of a startup visa for entrepreneurs, and an expansion of the number of green cards granted to skilled foreigners to work in startups.    “Many immigrants would gladly remain in the United States – to start and grow companies that will lead to jobs,” Wadhwa said. The study, which examined a random sampling of 1,882 of the more than 100,000 engineering and technology companies founded in the past six years, found that immigrants from India represented the largest group of foreign founders, at 33.2 per cent, followed by China (8.1 per cent), the United Kingdom (6.3 per cent), Canada (4.2 per cent), Germany (3.9 per cent), Israel (3.5 per cent), Russia (2.4 per cent), Korea (2.2 per cent), Australia (2.0 per cent) and the Netherlands (2.0 per cent). u

Steering Safety { Essen, Germany/ DPA }


rivers will be familiar with the sound of squealing tyres when they take a corner too quickly, yet few are aware of the potentially dangerous repercussions. Drivers who enter a corner too fast can lose control of the car, since the extreme dynamic forces at work can easily divert the vehicle from its chosen path, say experts from Germany’s Tuev Nord testing body. Understeer is what happens when a car steers less than that commanded by the driver – that is, when it negotiates a turn with a wider radius than planned.

By reducing speed and moving the steering wheel towards the destination, a driver can usually regain control of a car which starts understeering. Oversteer occurs when the rear tyres reach the limit of adhesion in a corner, before the front ones. This leads to the back of the car sliding out as the vehicle starts to rotate. Opposite lock steering is the most effective countermeasure, although untrained drivers will find it hard to react quickly enough to prevent a spin. Most cars suffer from a degree of oversteer, although rear-drive cars are the worst offenders. Fortunately, ESP systems prevent understeer and oversteer in most modern cars. u

12-18 October 2012

Home & Castle

{ Jenny Kallenbrunnen /

Saarbruecken, Germany / DPA }


einz Schoenewolf has a knight’s castle in his garden. He’s been building it for the past 37 years, using rubble from neighbouring communities. The grey brick-built tower in the city of Saarbruecken, in South-West Germany, can be seen from afar. The district where Schoenewolf lives is an area of detached family houses – and the castle draws a lot of attention. The pensioner’s private fortress is just a few steps from the quiet street, behind a slender iron gate. The Lord of the castle, a retired bricklayer, has been working on his fortress every spare minute – for the past 37 years. Situated on a 350 square metre plot of land, his home is seamlessly joined to the castle, which is built on a scale of 1:10. The facade of the house has been matched with the grey of the castle, using acrylic paint. Spiral stairs—with over 100 steps in total—wind through the castle’s narrow corridors, around balustrades and battlements, a rain water well and toilets. The castle

has high towers, several rooms and chambers, a hunter's room, an open fireplace and a wooden Chapel. “The narrow corridors allow a knight to defend his fortress against foes,” explains Schoenewolf. For him, the castle is a beautiful alternative world right behind his house. The story of the castle’s construction goes back to 1975, when Schoenewolf had a garage

built in his garden. The soil and sand that had been pushed to one side was piled up as high as a wall. Building authorities approved the garage, but urged Schoenewolf to stabilize the wall of earth and sand. They wanted a concrete wall with a minimum height of five metres. “That would have looked awful,” Schoenewolf says dismissively. At first he did build a wall; only later, over time, did he turn it into a proper castle. “It simply grew over the years,” he says. “I just started building.” It took him years to collect the granite in the castle’s walls. Some of it came from old tram tracks, which were supported by granite blocks. News quickly spread, that a man was building a knight’s castle. Surrounding communities collected old bricks and donated them for his project. The highest point in the castle measures just over 15 metres. If he wants, Schoenewolf can easily look into the neighbours’ living rooms from his tower. That’s no problem for Kai Werner, a lawyer with the German Tenant Association. “That’s his private business. If the authorities allowed it, it’s okay,” he says. Schoenewolf’s neighbours have grown to accept him as just another resident who has a peculiar hobby. Occasionally he invites fellow hunters to his castle for a drink, before they head out. u

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1. I need a table for two.- Yao Liang Ge Ren De Zhuozi
 Yao - ya+O (sound of the alphabet ‘O’) Liang – li as in titli+ taang, ‘leg’ in Hindi, without the T Ge- sound of the alphabet G in Hindi Ren – as in ‘run’ in English De – as in ‘The’ in English  Zhuo – Chu, as in chhup, ‘quiet’ in Hindi+(sound of the alphabet O) Zi – the sound of Z in angrez, ‘Englishman’ in Hindi

2. Can I have a look at the menu?Wo Yao Kan Cai Dan 

Wo - ‘that’ in Hindi Yao - ya+O (sound of the alphabet ‘O’) Kan - as in Khan Cai – th, as in thunder+sa, as in salsa (both ‘th’ and ‘sa’ to be pronounced together)+the sound of the alphabet A Dan – tan, as in Tania

3. I am a vegetarian.- Wo Chi Su De

Wo - ‘that’ in Hindi Chi - sound of chi, as in chhilka, ‘peel’ in Hindi + sound of the alphabet R Su – Su, as in sun, ‘listen’ in Hindi De – as in ‘The’ in English 
 4. I don’t eat chicken.- Wo Bu Chi Ro

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Gurgaon reports 90% of the Dengue cases in the entire NCR. Wonder Why? prakhar pandey

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