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A Life Drawing

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olkata’s Picasso’, Jhupu Adhikari, was in town, for the release of a comprehensive volume of his art, A Life Drawing. His paintings can be seen at the Quill and Canvas Gallery. ...Pg 4

Big Boss

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meeting with T.K. Sharma, the Divisional Commissioner, in charge of 6 Districts (including Gurgaon). He provides a reality check for Gurgaonites; and in response to issues plaguing the city, is sanguine that human ingenuity will prevail. ...Pg 8

Not A Walk In the Park

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his Millennium City has been poor in civic infrastructure. It is important that the lungs, the green cover, remain in good shape. A look at some big parks that are beautiful too – and also well-maintained. ...Pg 9

Colour Power For You

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ntroducing a column on “what’s in store for you; what should you do”. ...Pg 16

Make The Right Choice

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ntroducing a column on personal grooming and image – making that good first impression. And what better than to start with the basics – making the right choice for your Make Up. ...Pg 17

Regular Features Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 5 The Week That Was ...Pg 5 Food Prices ...Pg 5 Learn Haryanvi ...Pg 5 Participate in the FG Republic Day Special Quiz and win a surprise gift!...Pg 23

or a City that has aspirations to match the country’s capital, the lack of electricity is akin to shackles on one’s feet. Gurgaon is a dreamland of industries, malls, high-rise residential complexes – but a serious deficit of electricity may not power its dreams for long. In recent times, the power crisis has only got worse. Even in winters, the city is experiencing power cuts of four to 10 hours. Even in the posh areas of the city— the DLF Phases—there have been repeated and prolonged phase-outs. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam’s (DHBVN) Senior Engineer Subhash Deswal, who is the General Manager (Operations) of Gurgaon Circle is forthright (and helpless). “We are a distribution company. We get the power, we distribute it. If I don’t get power, how will I spread it?” A power official says, “The truth is that nobody has an accurate idea of how much power is needed by the City. Many users have switched almost permanently to alternatives. An honest estimate would be that Gurgaon needs two crore units of elecricity on a daily basis. We can supply about half – leaving a deficit of a crore units. That is why there is the dependence on generators and captive power units,” the official says. Deswal counters, “The city needs about 150 lakh (one and a half crore) units of electricity. On this, there is a shortfall of 10-15 per cent.” In an earlier report, the DHBVN had claimed that the city would get 24x7 power supply by

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2013. Would that be a possibility? “As far as I am concerned, I had not made that statement,” says Deswal. “There is currently a shortfall in the power supply. We should note that the infrastructural failures account only for a

fraction of the power outage,” he says. Yes, the equipment needs to be upgraded or changed; but primarily the supply needs to be increased, he opines. Almost every power plant supplying electricity to Gurgaon is suffering a breakdown.

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one are the days when buying or renting a house meant numerous visits to the local real estate broker, who was cubby-holed in a 10 by 10 makeshift office in the neighbourhood. Most of the times this broker would also double up as a local tough. It was almost impossible to by-pass him, because he held almost exclusive information on property in the area. The advent of e-commerce and online real estate portals has changed the real estate scenario in the country – particularly in a booming city like Gurgaon, that has dedicated property websites and portals. Nowadays most of the buyers and sellers prefer to do an online property search, before they approach a broker/dealer, observe industry experts. Sanjay Sharma, CEO of QuBit Technologies, who runs

the popular Gurgaon Scoop and Qubrex realty portals, says that internet has made it very easy to search for property online. “The internet has acted as an enabler, as it allows for 24 hours access from anywhere in the world – and provides quick interaction, evaluation, and comparison of various properties available in different parts of Gurgaon or the country,” he says. Qubrex provides information

on latest projects, updated price data, and research reports on various aspects of this industry. “We help people to understand the entire process of the real estate business. We also guide buyers by assessing various projects,” says Sharma. His associate Sonia Vaid, who manages the database, and lead generation and management, says that people from across the world visit Qubrex. “There are a large number of NRI buyers who

Not one power plant is working to its full capacity. The thermal power plant at Yamuna Nagar has suffered critical turbine failure; the seven power-generation units at Panipat station have not worked simultaneously for ages; and the new unit at Jhajjar will start working only by midyear. Why is this infrastructure so prone to failure? “I’m not responsible for the generation part. I had also read in the papers that the Jhajjar plant has been set up. But what happened was a trial run. The plant is not generating power at the moment. It is also a matter of concern for me as well.” As far as infrastructure is concerned, has DHBVN made any arrangements to upgrade their equipment? “Of course. As of two days ago, over 40 new transformers have been sanctioned. They will be replacing the old ones, and the transmission capability will be increased greatly. Instead of replacing the 100 KV transformers, we are putting in 200 KV transformers in their place – to handle the increasing power load. Secondly, we are bifurcating the 200 KV lines. Contd on p 6 

love this medium, and approach us after going through various properties,” she says. While the online portals do provide the latest information, for assessment and evaluation of projects, they have not diminished the role of property dealers. The reason perhaps is that property transactions have become increasingly complex, the legal and related formalities are fairly specialised, and the brokers/dealers know their job well. “Like other industries, it was expected that property dealers will be vanquished by e-commerce in real estate; but nothing of that sort has happened. Most of the realty portals are brokers themselves, and also act as information store houses,” says Ashutosh Limay, Head of Research at Jones Lang Laselle. Limaye says that portals are useful, as they enable the industry to reach unknown demand – and customers that were inaccessible earlier. Contd on p 19 


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Agneepath, Agneepath, Agneepath F ans gathered in large numbers at the Ambience Mall, to catch a glimpse of Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, and Sanjay Dutt. The trio were here to promote their upcoming movie “Agneepath”. Hrithik, who visited the mall two times, had come all set to have fun. He shook a leg on the stage, and invited a few spectators for a rapid fire session. Talking about Sanju Baba’s Hulk Hogan look in the movie, Hrithik said “Sanjay’s character—Kancha Cheena— will surely join the league of super villains, like Gabar Singh and Mogambo.” “Gabbar Singh had a heart but Kancha doesn’t,” added Sanjay.

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30 people from the Chinese community and ZTE headed to the popular restaurant Hao Shi Nian Nian, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The host played some of the hottest tracks of the year. The foodies had their pick of 23 traditional Chinese dishes. We caught a glimpse of ZTE’s CFO Li and his family rocking the last night away.

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hojpuri star Manoj Tiwari performed for Gurgaonites at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium. He sang popular Bhojpuri songs, and spoke at length about the development of the City. Bhojpuri music reverberated across the grounds, where thousands of people poured in, to attend the rally of a political party. The performance of Manoj Tiwari played a crucial role in attracting a number of people to the rally,and also kept them seated for long hours.

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head of the 201213 budget, the finance ministry hired Bollywood actor Chitrangada Singh to lift the mood of 70 senior babus of the ministry. The officials were on a three-day and two-night retreat in the City. After spending the first day in the Kingdom of Dreams, the officials headed to the Westin resort in Sohna; where they enjoyed cricket matches, a yoga session, and poetry sessions – with Chitrangada and lyricist Javed Akhtar. The resort also offered a wide range of treatments – like Chinese, Balinese, Thai, and ayurvedic massages – to refresh their body, mind, and soul.

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unjabi sensation Honey Singh performed live for the very first time in Gurgaon at the Zygo club. Fans turned up in large numbers, and the club was jammed after 10. The night started with the DJ’s rocking chartbusters, followed by the much awaited Honey Singh performance. “We are thrilled to see such an amazing response; we plan to host many evenings like this, for all music and dance lovers,” said Nitin Chawla, Managing Director, Zygo Club.


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me, it is actually quite fun. What I end up creating for my lunch is a dish t is difficult, almost imthat is crunchy, creamy, possible, to find authenmeaty, and spicy―a tic Mexican food in Delhi kaleidoscope of tastes. I NCR. In the recesses of try the crisp taco combo, building 10C Cybercity, with lamb in one, and the is a Spartanly done up, two varieties of chicken in clean, functional, and the rest – with just about friendly, new restaurant. everything on it. All three Young Akshay Mittal, are delicious and fresh. an IIT alumnus and the Picante Mexican Grill proprietor, is there himself Building 10C, DLF Phase 2, Gurgaon Little wonder, considering Picante makes to greet diners, and take Phone: +91 9810770201 each ingredient every them through the choices. Phone: +91 9810770201 two hours. Akshay takes me to Cuisine: Mexican Next I try the caja the counter, behind which Timing: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Spanish for box) menu. is the open kitchen, and It has the veg Mexican explains the concept. It gumbo (Rs. 80), a stew with origins in southis a three step process. First, I have to ern Louisiana; served with rice, this dish choose the format – either a burrito roll, or has a familiar yet exotic taste to it. The veg naked burrito―which is without the tortilla stew is thickened with the addition of okra wrap, or tacos―which are crispy or soft (like (bhindi), which gives it a wholesome flavour our rotis), or go light with a salad. Then, I and texture. The arroz con pollo (Rs. 90) is need to decide the filling. There is fajita grilled chicken, in excitingly spicy gravy. (peppers and onions; Rs. 130), paneer For dessert, I order arroz con leche (Rs. (added especially for Indian vegetarians; Rs. 70), a typical and popular dessert served in 150), pollo blanco (white, traditional Mexihouseholds all over the Spanish world. I am can filling; Rs. 150), pollo oscuro (spicier pleasantly surprised to discover how similar chicken; Rs. 150), and lamb (Rs. 170). Step it is to our own phirni. It is indeed a three involves the toppings. Here I can small world. take one or all, at no extra cost, from a huge Picante Mexican Grill is just the place choice – ranging from beans, pico de gallo to head to when you are in the mood for (like our kachumbar), three kinds of salsa, something other than the routine culinary cheese and sour cream. A home-style guaexperience. Also one that is light – on both camole is extra at Rs. 25. your stomach and your pocket. u It might sound confusing, but believe

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he formidable actor, Anupam Kher, in his book ‘The Best Thing About You Is You’ motivates you to live a life full of passion, peace and purpose. Anupam has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood, with patience and perseverance. He draws from his experiences in the film industry, and talks about some simple philosophies. The book encompasses fifty short chapters – each enabling you to live a life with greater courage, abundance, balance and joy. The chapters ‘Don’t fear Change’, ‘Chasing Happiness’, ‘Thought Central’, ‘Learn to Laugh at Oneself’, help the reader to nourish relationships; and develop positive, happy thoughts. Anupam cites his own example, and narrates how a humble background should not be a

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hindrance to achieving the dizzying heights of success. He goes on to talk about the phenomenon of change, the anger syndrome, the importance of forgiveness – and shares valuable nuggets on how to nurture healthy relationships in life. This volume is by no means path breaking – but is a collection of soothing, insightful guidance, and practical lessons on life. In many ways Anupam writes what has been already chronicled by the likes of Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma and others. It is a relatively thin book, where every alternate page is an illustration or a picture. I have to add that in an age when authors are pricing their books to suit the pockets of young college-going readers, this self-help book by Anupam is slightly over-priced. However, if you are a reader who gorges on self-help books, this one is for you. Given Anupam’s acting experience, and the various upheavals in life, the book inspires – and enables the reader to follow life’s mission and calling. The pearls of wisdom from this Anupam book aim to help you live your dreams – and lead a rewarding life. As you turn the last page, you do come to realise that the best thing about you is YOU. u

Kolkata’s Picasso On View: Jhupu Adhikari { Srimati Lal }

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he eclectic painterly talent of contemporary India is exemplified by its vast range of skilled artists – some deliberately less high-profile than others – but certainly no less gifted. ‘Kolkata’s Picasso’, Jhupu Adhikari, is an ingenious veteranartist, with a background in advertising. He is in the Collection of Gurgaon’s Quill And Canvas Gallery. All art-lovers should take a look at the 18 Adhikari artworks stocked here, as examples of painterly sophistication: fine documents of India’s modern aesthetic heritage. Jhupu Adhikari recently visited the Gurgaon gallery, in connection with the release of a comprehensive volume of his art, A Life Drawing. Artists such as Adhikari have consciously maintained a distance from mainstream commerce, ‘image-building,’ arttamashas, melas and melees. There is perhaps  too much of a ‘method’ in the modern art-mill madness. True  Art is intended to convey the Truth  with spontaneous feeling. The 1927-born Adhikari participated in India’s very  first national-level art exhibition after Independence, in 1948, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta. He was exhibited there along with M.F Husain, his senior

by 10 years. As he merrily reveals, “I won the Maharaja of Darbhanga’s Gold Medal, while Husain only won a silver there. I also sold two of my paintings for Rs. 100 and Rs. 50; while Husain only sold one of his for Rs. 100. That was a lot of money in 1948!” Interestingly, Adhikari is among India’s first generation of painters to receive their Art and Graphic training outside of India – in England in 1951. After studying Fine Art at Calcutta’s Government College of Arts and Crafts in 1950, Jhupu earned a Design Diploma from England’s Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1954.  There is a European element in much of his art – from the chic sartorial style of all his elegant ladies in Parisianinspired Portraits, to the rather obvious influence of Picasso. Jhupu considers the work of Pablo Picasso his foremost inspiration; but he instils his own Bengaliurban elan-vital and joie de vivre  into his paintings – which are worthy of display in any museum of 20th C. art.   Adhikari explains his inspirations thus: “A teacher in London first showed me the art of Picasso in 1951. He explained that whenever you look at an image, it always has two dimensions – one is  frontal, and the other is from its side. Picasso’s attempt at making twodimensional images definitely changed my entire approach towards painting. However, although my passion for Picasso is ap-

parent in many of my drawings as well as paintings, my art does not follow any one rigid ‘pattern’ or ‘style’. I choose to paint in the style that comes most naturally to me at a moment in time. I look to portray the Truth in subject and object. It is my inspiration that creates the painting.” An initial glance at Adhikari’s paintings reveals his Picasso obsession – as in the twodimensional blonde and white canvas Lady In Red – which also bears evident Matisse elements in its painted-wallflower-backdrop. The oil-pastel  Woman In Black, an angularly-tilted lady’s head in a 1940’s ‘flapper’ hat with a pink corsage,  even  bears an uncanny facial resemblance to Picasso’s Parisian Muse Francoise Gilot. Clearly, no Jamini Roy Bengali doe-eyed

ladies in saris are portrayed here. We have suited, jacketed, white European women—in hats and scarves—with determined, stern expressions. Adhikari’s more evolved artworks are his later images, such as the striking yellow and black acrylic portrait of 2006 – an advanced version of his earlier Europeanised ‘women in black’. These enmesh a more interesting, sharp-edged Oriental aesthetic, inspired by Japanese and Indian woodcuts. They are less academic, more free, original and inventive. I would evaluate Jhupu’s more recent art (in an Oriental idiom) as stylistically superior to his prior work. His  quirky recent pen-and-ink linear drawings (from 2004-2006), seem to bear a subliminal Bengali Kalighat-Pata stamp on his varied Picassoesque ‘double-

faces’. Extending this genre further could be a significant contribution by the artist – perhaps titled ‘Kalighat Cavorts With Cubism’. The artist’s graphic skill harks back to his career in advertising-design. From 1959 to 1968, he was the the Art Director and Manager of ASP (‘Advertising and Sales Promotion’), in Bombay, Calcutta and Bangalore. Technically skilful, he displays a joyous Indian colour-spectrum. He works in a wide media-range – from inks, water colours, pastels, and acrylics, to traditional oils. His approach to what defines great art is correctly uncompromising: “Art must convey a clear message. It must have immediate visual appeal, and reflect the artist’s personality. When I went to see our Triennales, I was frankly very disappointed. I could see a shallow approach, even in ‘senior’ artists’ works. While working as a designer in advertising, I was often briefed to ‘add some gimmick to my works’ – now, it seems, the same is happening in Fine Art!” A ‘smooth, pleasing finish’ in art seems to be more important than conveying the difficult  truth of an artist’s soul. In this scenario, our younger artists—in an ever-tearing hurry to be viewed as ‘cool’, ‘trendy’ and ‘cutting-edge’— would greatly benefit from some silent introspections – after a careful viewing of the personal nature of genuine artwork such as Jhupu Adhikari’s. u Artist, Writer, & Curator


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CINEMA

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PVR: Ambience Gold Agneepath Time: 10.55 am, 12.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.50 pm, 6.05 pm, 7.25 pm, 9.40 pm, 10.55 pm THE DESCENDANTS Time: 10.00 am PVR MGF: MGF Mall AGNEEPATH Time: 11.10 am, 11.50 am, 12.30 pm, 1.10 pm, 2.40 pm, 3.20 pm, 4.00 pm, 4.40 pm, 6.10 pm, 6.50 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.10 pm, 9.40 pm, 10.20 pm, 11.00 pm, 11.40 pm SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Time: 10.40 am UNDERWORLD 4: AWAKENING (2D) Time: 10.00 am CONTRABAND Time: 10.20 am THE DESCENDANTS Time: 10.00 am, 12.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 7.00 pm, 9.15 pm, 11.30 pm UNDERWORLD 4: AWAKENING (3D) Time: 4.45 pm

Big Cinemas: Ansal Plaza Agneepath Time: 10.30 am, 11.15 am, 12.00 noon, 2.00 pm, 2.45 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 6.15 pm, 7.00 pm, 9.00 pm, 9.45 pm, 10.30pm Address: 3rd floor, Ansal Plaza, G Block, Palam Vihar Website: www.bigcinemas.com PVR: Ambience Premier Agneepath Time: 10.15 am, 11.35 am, 12.55 pm, 1.50 pm, 3.10 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.25 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.05 pm, 9.00 pm, 10.20 pm, 11.40 pm CONTRABAND Time: 10.00 am, 4.45 pm, 10.55 pm HAYWIRE Time: 12.35 pm, 2.30 pm, 7.05 pm, 9 pm THE DESCENDANTS Time: 12.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 7.00 pm, 9.15 pm, 11.30 pm UNDERWORLD 4: AWAKENING (3D) Time: 10.45 am J. EDGAR Time: 4.25 pm SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Time: 10.20 am Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com

PVR Europa: MGF Mall AGNEEPATH Time: 10.30 am, 2.00 pm, 5.30 pm, 9.00 pm HAYWIRE Time: 10.40 am, 2.50 pm, 7.00 pm, 11.10 pm CONTRABAND Time: 12.40 pm, 4.50 pm, 9.00 pm Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall AGNEEPATH Time: 9.00 am, 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 9.00 pm, 10.55 pm Address: Sahara Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4048100 Website: www.pvrcinemas.com DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Agneepath (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 11:40 am, 01:20 pm, 03:00 pm, 04:40 pm, 06:20 pm, 07:15 pm, 08:00 pm, 09:40 pm, 10:35 pm, 11:20 pm The Descendants (A) - English Time: 02:45 pm, 05:00 pm DT City Centre: DLF Phase II Agneepath (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 01:20 pm, 02:10 pm,

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I need to book air tickets Manne jhaaj ki ticket karani hai 2. Where can I book it? Ticket book kade hogi 3. Can I book tickets online? Computer pe ticket kara sake hai 4. The flight has been delayed Jhaaj der te aawega 5. Will I get a message onmy phone?

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THE WEEKTHAT WAS ♦ CM was in town, to attend Pedicon 2012, and review status of projects in Gurgaon. Promises better health services. ♦ HUDA to take up repeat encroachments in Sadar Bazar with MCG.Also working for a no vehicle, parking facility plan. ♦ HUDA is looking into the shifting of mobile towers from residential areas. ♦ DLF Phase V to have an advanced security cover – through men, vehicles, and high technology (camera). ♦ Gurgaon Police has procured a special emergency service vehicle, for Rs 18 lacs. It is fitted with a pressure jack (can be lifted upto 30m) that houses a zoom camera (can capture photos upto 1000m), and specialized cutters (for trees, buildings, and hard material). ♦ Gurgaon Civil Hospital has also procured an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance. It will provide emergency service -contact number 102. ♦ 2 cases of girls, taking lifts from strangers, being beaten and raped. ♦ A local NGO owner (son and mother) has been charged with the rape of girls in their custody. The girls were allegedly AIDS infected. ♦ A boy was rescued promptly, from his kidnappers. ♦ A runaway couple is given shelter and protection. ♦ A call girl racket, operating from a guesthouse, is busted. ♦ Arms racket busted - 2 arms dealers caught. ♦ Armed men loot Rs. 1.5 lacs from a Reliance Fresh store, on Railway Road. ♦ A Tata Sumo is snatched at gunpoint. ♦ Employees of a Chinese mobile tower maintenance company are arrested, for non-payment of dues.

Police ............................................. .......100 Fire Station ......................................... 101 Ambulance........................................... 102 Gurgaon Traffic Police....................................... 1073 Railway Enquiry ...................................... ............139 Women Helpline................................................ 1091 Children Helpline............................................... 1098 Senior Citizens Helpline.................................... 1291 LPG Helpline.......................................... 011-155233 Weather Helpline............................... 18001801717 Car Breakdown Helpline..................... 011-43676767 Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway Helpline................................0124-4787828/817/853 DMRC Helpline....................................... 011-155370 Disaster Management Helpline......................... 1077 Municipal Corporation (MCG).............. 18001801817 Ambulance Service for Animals............. 9873302580

As of January 25, 2012 All Prices in Rs/kg.

Food Take Area/ vegetables

Palam Vihar

Sector 54

South City 1

DLF City Phase 5

Sadar Bazar

Sector 23

Safal

Reliance Fresh

Potatoes (old/new)

10

12

5

10

5

8

6.90

4.25

Onions

16

16

12

16

10

12

12.90

9.90

Tomatoes

15

22

12

20

12

14

12.90

15

Cucumbers

20

30

24

30

20

24

28

20

Spinach

20

22

12

20

10

16

12

15

Radish

8

10

7

16

6

6

9.90

2/piece

Carrot

20

20

16

16

14

16

15

15.90

Cauliflower

16

20

16

20

13

14

13

8.90

Mushroom

20

25

20

25/30

20

17

25

20/pkt


06  Contd from p 1 That means there will be two lines instead of one for power transmission. This work is being sponsored by the World Bank, and a total of Rs. 100 crores is being pumped into the project. It will be completed by April, or maximum by May, to take on the summer requirements.”

Industrial Demands

The city of Gurgaon gets its impetus from its industries. Whether it be a heavy-weight like Maruti, or small and medium operators, everyone needs electricity to operate. Due to the poor power situation, almost all industries have diesel gensets, or large captive power units, to ensure constant power supply. Factories and small units are facing survival issues, because they cannot work round the clock. Adding to their woes is the extra charge for peak power usage. They are paying almost Rs. 10 per unit for such power supply – which is equal to what a diesel genset would cost. A power official replies, “The answer is the same. We’re not hoarding power, are we? On our part, we want to make something clear. If every factory and industry pays their electricity bill on time, there would not be such an issue. We buy power from the generation compa-

27 Jan–2 Feb 2012

Civic/Social

Power Less Mangat Ram Bagri, Ward 9 Councillor

We have power breakdowns every hour. But that is old news, and everyone has this problem in this City. In my Ward, there is an acute danger of power lines; they hang so low that a child might touch them. We have gone on numerous demonstrations, but to no avail.

Kalu Ram, Ward 24 Councillor

My Ward does not have power outages. Instead, we have brief spells where people get electricity! I know neighbourhoods where only two to three hours of power supply is received. The good part is, the power lines are being changed; but what good will that do?

BD Pahuja, JAFRA Vice-president and spokesperson

On behalf of JAFRA, and as a common man, I want to let the power department know that such a state of affairs will not be tolerated for long. What will we do with transformers and new lines when there is no electricity to supply to us? When examinations are nigh for children, they have to study under failing inverter back-up and candles – even in a city like Gurgaon. And every time we go to the power authorities to complain, we get the same refrain – that they cannot increase the supply. nies, and supply it to the people, industries and agriculturists. If we don’t get paid, how can we supply uninterrupted power? Pay the bill, and get better power.” On the issue of raised peak power usage charges, Deswal answers, “Does anyone know we have to pay increased charges

creating a list of top 200 power defaulters. We’re coming down hard on them – and so far, we’ve collected around Rs. 26 crore payment,” Deswal says seriously.

Summing Up

for getting electricity during peak power times? We’re just transferring the costs,” he says. He also counters that the per unit normal charge is around four rupees. “We charge an extra two rupees (so, Rupees 6, not 10) for peak power usage; and even then it is still cheaper than other modes of power generations.”

For summers, we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure that the people get decent power supply, says Deswal. The discom is upgrading its infrastructure, and things will be a lot easier this time round. The DHBVN has a lot of work to do in the months ahead; and the officials are optimistic that with the World Bank grant, the coming summer will fare well.

Nabbing Power Defaulters

The district has recently set up an exclusive police station in Sector 15 for power issues. Earlier, there used to be a lot of delay in bringing power defaulters to book. “Now, there will be a lot less delay in the process. The filing of FIRs will take place quickly,” says Deswal. What is being done to bring power thieves to book? “In each zone, we are

Points To Ponder

 According to DHBVN’s records, the City does get uninterrupted power supply on some days.  On New Year’s Day and January 15, there was no power cut (in the company’s books).  On the other hand, records also show that there is loadshedding of an average of four to six hours all over the city.

With respect to the new sectors coming up, what is being planned by the power department? A official says, “Actually, quite a lot. There will be a sub-station for every Sector. Then, new tech will be used to make the equipment fail-safe. Gas-insulated transformers and equipment will be used, instead of the current oil-based ones. That in itself is a big leap forward. Earlier, power sub-stations needed a minimum area of three acres for set up. Now, the same results can be obtained with just one acre.”

 Including the power supply to agricultural and industrial areas, Gurgaon receives an average of 125 lakh units of electricity everyday. u

‘Connect With The City’

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he Haryana Government will have to ensure corruption free governance, if it wants to deliver on the twin fronts of infrastructure and growth – particularly in the Millennium City. This is the opinion of Major General (Retd) S.K Dewan, who has been living in Gurgaon for the past eight years, and has seen its metamorphosis into a cosmopolitan city, from what seemed to be a pensioner’s paradise. Major Dewan joined the Indian army in 1966. Having specialised in combat vehicles, he participated in the 1971 War – as part of an armoured regiment. He retired from DRDO as Director, Management Services. Major General Dewan told Friday Gurgaon that for proper civic development to take place, the administration has to be corruption free. “In the army there is a lot of work happening, goals are met and targets achieved, because the organisation is relatively corruption free – and there is no political interference,” he says. He admits that no system is perfect, and there are flaws everywhere. He along with his brothers, decided to settle in Gurgaon after retirement – because the land was cheaper here, the city was peaceful, and there were open spaces. In 2003 it seemed to be an ideal place for senior citizens. The entire character of this place has changed in the past couple of years, with popu-

lation expanding – exponentially putting a lot of pressure on infrastructure and other perishable resources, says the former army general. “The state failed to foresee the changes. But now that the things are clearer, and we know the direction in which the city is moving, the government must take action,” he says. “It is political will and priorities that decide things in this country.” If one man in HUDA can challenge the system, then there is no reason that an organisation will not be able to improve the lot of the city, he says. The former army official points out that there are systemic flaws in the administrative process, that lead to disruption in the deliv-

To know the health of a city, Dewan suggests, one should visit the local civil hospital, the collectorate and the vegetable market. ‘You just visit these places in Gurgaon, and you would be shocked by the pathetic conditions that exist there’

ery of services.“The drainage and sewage system in the city is incapable of handling the load, because it has design flaws. The capacity and slope of the pipes is not appropriate, and the system does not function naturally”, says Dewan. “The solutions adopted by HUDA are also ad hoc.” Roads in Gurgaon are built and repaired in an unplanned manner. There is no quality control and monitoring, and within months these roads are

wasted – although a lot of money is spent on the same, he asserts. The government has allowed construction of a large number of malls on MG Road but there has been no thought given to parking, movement of people, and their commuting. “In America most of the malls are connected underground, and the same can happen here. This will reduce the incidents of accidents”, he suggests.

PRAKHAR PANDEY

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

However, one good thing that has happened in the last three months is that the MCG has also been inspired by a proactive HUDA, and is taking some effective action. The election of the Mayor and Councillors, he says, should have actually galvanized the MCG. To know the health of a city, Dewan suggests, one should visit the local civil hospital, the collectorate and the vegetable market. “You just visit these places in Gurgaon, and you would be shocked by the pathetic conditions that exist there,” he says. Having stayed in Chandigarh for a long period, and in other important cantonments, he says that accountability and responsibility has to be brought into the system to get results. “If Chandigarh can be managed and maintained in an excellent manner, then why not Gurgaon,” he wants to know. When asked how has he managed to jell in the civil society after working so long in the services, Dewan says that human beings are very adaptable and flexible, and they learn things easily. “I made it a point to make friends from different backgrounds, and this has helped me a lot in adapting to the civil life,” he says. To fellow citizens, his suggestion is that they become more active, and take interest in what is happening around them. “We must connect with the city and the people to become a part and parcel of the phenomenon called Gurgaon,” he avers. u


27 Jan–2 Feb 2012

C ivic/S ocial

{Sector 15 Part-II }

PRAKHAR PANDEY

Setting RWA Standards { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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n a city like Gurgaon, where government agencies are known to work at cross-purposes, all it needs is a dedicated and hardworking Resident Welfare Association (RWA)—like the one functioning in Sector 15 (part II)—to make things happen on the civic front. Led by a former technocrat R.P Tayal, who retired from the state electricity department, this RWA wants more action on its plate. It already has led a number of initiatives, that have improved the living conditions in the area. The Sector is surrounded on one side by the Old City, and on the other

M.K Midha

dition of the Jharsa Bund. RWA members say that the road along the bund is in a shambles, and people can not drive on it as it is full of potholes. “The problem is particularly aggravated in the rainy season. Estimate for the construction of the road, and widening of the walkway of the bund, have been passed – but the work has not been allotted”, allege the RWA members. They also want the Jharsa Bund to be converted into a beautiful green belt, that acts as a green lung to the City. In addition, the RWA members also say that they are ready to adopt the green belt along the National Highway, and maintain it like the other parks in the sector. “A lot of people visit this green belt in the morning and evening. Presently it looks like a jungle. If HUDA agrees, we can develop and maintain it on its behalf,” says Tayal. The encroachment along the Bund should also be removed, he says; adding that it would be

R.P Tayal

side by National Highway 8. Speaking about the positive actions taken by the RWA, Tayal says that his dedicated team was responsible for the construction of a Community Centre in the Sector. “We took up the matter with HUDA, and persuaded them to set up the Community Centre – that is now helping the local residents immensely,” says Tayal; adding that this facility has come up in 1.5 acres, and provides spacious accommodation to carry out two functions simultaneously. Another feather in the cap of this RWA is the nine well maintained parks that fall in this Sector. Raja Ram Yadav, General Secretary of the Association, says that sub-groups

of local residents have been created to manage the parks. “We contribute from our own pocket to maintain these parks, in addition to the funds given by HUDA. We have set up playing areas for kids, seating facilities, and umbrellas – to ensure people can enjoy the time spent in the parks,” says Yadav. At the Central Park in the Sector, the RWA has set up an office, that is also used as a recreation centre by senior citizens. “We also maintain a complaints register, to en-

sure that problems faced by residents are noted down, and resolved by the concerned authorities,” says another member S.P Ahuja, who takes an active interest in the functioning of the Association. The RWA has also been able to upgrade the transformers and damaged power cables, says Tayal, with the help of the power department. “Our job is to push the officials and make them realise the problems faced by the residents,” adds Ahuja.

Huda's Ghost Incumbent { Maninder Dabas / FG } Parveen Kumar

Suprabha Dahiya

Parveen Kumar

IAS officer, joined HUDA Gurgaon as the Administrator, edia is said to on November 8th. be the fourth Nobody, not even pillar of the a bird outside the state; and over these HUDA office, got years of evolution, it has come good – 1-11-2011 to 7-11-2011 8-11-2011 to 16-11-2011 17-11-2011 to Present a glimpse of her – and it was stated has now become a household and become a force that not only plays the role name in Gurgaon, took over by HUDA officials that of a bridge between the state the reins of HUDA, on 1st Kumar had gone on leave. and the masses, but also of a November, 2011 – after the Ms. Dahiya left on the 16th. watchdog that keeps an eye on transfer of then Administrator, Dr. Praveen Kumar again the movements of the state. Nitin Kumar Yadav. But there joined as Administrator on Yet, time and again, it has is a twist. The incumbency 17th November. And since been proved that if the state board in the Sector-14 HUDA then he has had a fairy tale states the reality. run – much to the delight of decides to keep something office secret, it can efficiently do so. Praveen Kumar joined HUDA Gurgaonites. Yet... it may not have been. on 1 November, 2011 but was Until media strikes. And who was that lady, Dr. Praveen Kumar, the transferred on 7th November. In HUDA Administrator, who his place, Suprabha Dahiya, an and why didn't we see her? u

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S.P Ahuja

Raja Ram Yadav

Interestingly, a large number of senior bureaucrats and former defence officers live in this Sector, in addition to affluent businessmen and industrialists of the City. The composition of the neighbourhood also helps in improving its lot, admits one of the members. M.K Midha, a retired IAS officer and patron of the RWA, says he is generally satisfied with the civic conditions; but wants action on specifics – like improving the drainage and sanitation system, and removing high tension power cables. Midha says that the planning as well as working of the sewerage system is faulty, and needs immediate improvement. “In the rainy season the roads are waterlogged, and this happens every year. I want the agencies to take action in this regard. The sewerage pipes in some places are narrow, and not according to the required capacity,” says Midha; adding that the increasing population in the area will compound the problems further, if not resolved now. Residents of this Sector are also suffering due to the inability of the government agencies to improve the con-

quite useful if HUDA allows them to set up security gates at two critical points. The RWA members also want the Sector roads to be repaired on priority. “The new HUDA Administrator is doing a commendable job, and we want him to take initiative and ensure the roads in Sector 15 are repaired at the earliest. New roads should also be built keeping quality in mind,” avers Midha. To ensure that the life beyond is also taken care of, the local residents also want a temple to be built in the area. “We are ready to pay for the land, and the construction of the temple, but HUDA is not listening to us,” they complain. They say that a large section of the local population wants a religious place to be built nearby. In addition, the RWA members have asked the authorities to ply local buses in the area, so that people can use the public transport system. “If the transport authorities connect this Sector with the Metro station, then the use of private cars will be reduced to a large extent,” says Yadav, who has been actively involved in the working of the Association. Anticipating the movement of buses in the area, the RWA has already set up bus shelters in the sector, informs Midha. “If the authorities cooperate with us, this could be the best HUDA Sector in the City,” he asserts. u


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27 Jan–2 Feb 2012

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n a sun-soaked Saturday morning, Gurgaon’s Divisional Commissioner T.K Sharma talks about the city’s road to development, its problems and the possible solutions. For someone who manages six districts of the state (and was the District Commissioner of Kurukshetra and Rohtak in his career), Sharma admits that the city’s administration has not delivered as it should.

The Handover

The handover of Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (HUDA) sectors to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has been a drawn-out topic for the city’s elders for some time now. When would the ‘stalemate’ end, in his opinion? “Despite what people say, it is an administrative issue. The handover will happen when the respective financial commissioners agree, and work out the details. HUDA has anyway handed out a few sectors.” What about the issue of maintenance and the transfer of unsold land? “There should be no dispute on handing over of the unsold land. It is HUDA’s land, as the developer. However, HUDA can share most of the charges that they receive for vacant plots (as non-usage charges), with MCG.” But people and officials are of the opinion that there is lack of synergy between HUDA and MCG, and the responsibilities and territories are blurred, causing a lag in development work. He retorts, “Multiplicity of agencies is no excuse (for not doing development work). This is not a situation unique to Gurgaon,” he reassures, “I administer six districts, and Faridabad, Jhajjar and other places are also developed by HUDA. Faridabad has the oldest municipality, and

HUDA developed that area as well on the same principle. Both agencies co-exist peacefully.”

Two Swords In A Scabbard?

PRAKHAR PANDEY

Reality Check For Millennium City Can we predict a future in which HUDA will have handed all of its sectors to MCG? “HUDA will remain a key player in Gurgaon for years to come,” he says. “MCG has the responsibility of developing the areas under its jurisdiction, and it is a big task in itself. We should see worthwhile progress in that area first. With requisite manpower and skills they can then take on more. Also the issue of ‘illegal/unregularised’ colonies should be looked at practically.”

Future Sectors

Why is the development of new sectors (58-115) being handed over to private players? He denies that HUDA is trying to wash its hands off these projects, saying, “We’re just following a model. Every development takes place under the supervision of HUDA officials. The builder, or developer, has to give an undertaking that the required civic infrastructure would be put in place. The licensing body (Town and Country Planning) takes a complete stock of the situation before issuing the completion certificate. Terms and conditions of the contract include maintenance. ” What if there are lapses in the work? “Then, it is the responsibility of the licensing department to enforce the contract,” he shoots back.

Transportation Nightmare

Commuting from home to office and back is probably a Gurgaonite’s worst nightmare multiplied ten times over. Whether it is a case of traffic jams or a lack of a solid public transportation network, the average Gurgaon

Reality Check This is for the “new Gurgaonites”. The Administration believes/ knows that you have high expectations – that Gurgaon should not just be the best Indian city – but also like some foreign city. They would like you to understand/appreciate, that: Gurgaon is a part of Haryana. Gurgaon is far better than other Haryana towns/ districts – in water, power, roads, sewerage You must be patient. citizen is neck-deep with road troubles. There are hundreds of thousands of commuters, with vehicles or without, who curse the city’s transportation problem. The officials have also launched plan after plan, that was canned at regular intervals. Is the administration going to do anything? “Yes, there is a public transport problem,” Sharma admits candidly, “but I believe it is only a matter of time before a long-lasting solution is found.

‘Human ingenuity will prevail’ What do you see as the future of Gurgaon? The basis is always a development plan, sanctioned by the State government. Gurgaon has its Master Plan 2025. What is the purpose of the External Development Charges (EDC) and the Internal Development Charges (IDC), when there is so little development to be seen in the city? There is a paucity of good roads, schools, and civic amenities. Where is the money being used? The EDC/IDC charges are collected to be used for building the city’s basic infrastructure. The money is disbursed for building roads, master sewer lines, water connections, schools, police stations and the like. How does the government get its monies for projects? From these levies. The developer builds inside his limits, and the administration has the responsibility to connect that area with the above-mentioned civic utilities. Your take on what HUDA Administrator Dr Pravin Kumar is doing? He has concentrated more on demolition. There is also a promise to use the encroached land for the benefit of the under-privileged. It is a matter of one’s priority. If he feels that he can do his job far better this way, so much the better. Land utilisation is decided by the TCP Department.

As of now, only Faridabad has a worthwhile bus service; and those are the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) buses.”

Higher Education Near Home?

Is there any chance that we’ll see higher education institutes (like a University) in Gurgaon? With a large youth population, the city sees almost all of them moving towards the capital for their degrees. Senior officials don’t seem very interested in setting something like DU in Gurgaon. Professing his interest in basic education, Sharma says, “We have a regional higher education centre (REC) in Rewari. In basic education, we have many government schools. These schools in posh areas like DLF flopped because children in those areas have access to better options. What I’m looking for are offers from high-end schools and NGOs

to take in poor kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, and help them get a decent education.”

Plans For 2012

“I’m looking for transparency (from officials) when they deal with the public. We will have more projects, more development,” he says simply. “Gurgaon should be greener, and should concentrate on water conservation. Unfortunately, we have destroyed some natural basins (Ghata, Kadarpur), and the natural flow of rainwater has also been effected. We should protect all current green areas. An artificial lake, feeding off the water from the Aravallis, should be envisioned- it currently gets wasted into the Najafgarh drain, flooding it.” How does he rate Deputy Commissioner PC Meena’s performance? “He has done well, with a commendable mix of work and restraint.” u

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27 Jan–2 Feb 2012

C ivic/Social PRAKHAR PANDEY / JIT KUMAR

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

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eople living in crowded cities know the importance and sanctity of good parks. Amidst the razzle-dazzle of the city, parks are the only source of peace and fresh air. Gurgaon has been baptised into the fire of evolution at a rapid pace. On paper, Gurgaon has 300 plus parks. A few of them are still good and green – the rest are struggling to maintain their sanctity, due to lack of maintenance. We have a large number of big and small parks in Gurgaon, yet most of them have not been taken care of. I have instructed the Horticulture department to maintain parks properly, so that people of the city can take advantage of these green open spaces. We have plans to plant at least 5 lakh flower plants in the next 3-4 months; and I hope these initiatives will bring some change to the poor state of parks in the city. Plantation is not the only problem here. Some parks are left with no outer boundary ,which results in the invasion of stray animals like cows – who harm the whole plantation work

Botanical Garden

Maintaining The Green Spaces No Walk In The Park

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parks inside the Sector that are maintained by the RWAs; we need help from the Administrator to maintain the greenery, as well as the non-green infrastructure of the park. Boundary walls are damaged, and the iron grills have been stolen; the authorities need to instal these things back so that the greenery can be protected,” says Alok Wadhwa, a resident and avid contributor to the maintenance of parks in Sector-52. “This park is extremely good, and on Sunday, you can see hundreds of people, from all age groups, enjoying the sun here. This has been maintained very well by HUDA; and if they can do it here, why are they shying away from smaller parks inside the Sector. None of the small parks have been taken care of in this fashion,” said Rishi Kumar, a senior citizen having a stroll in Tau Devilal Park in Sector-22. Sector-15 is perhaps one of the best sectors in Gurgaon; and certainly the best HUDA sector. Wide roads, nice bungalows and a good number of big and small parks add feathers to its glittering cap. This sector is known as the sector of bureau-

have already been handed over to their respective RWAs, and they are responsible for their maintenance,” explained Nirala.

So why can’t all parks be maintained well?

Leisure Valley done by the department, or RWAs, of the various colonies. I have instructed HUDA officials to get those broken walls re-made,” said Praveen Kumar, Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). Kumar’s words seem to be iron clad – not because, under his guidance, HUDA has transformed itself into a formidable working mechanism; but because people believe in him, and his capabilities to bring in change.

The Five Best Parks

“Gurgaon has a substantial number of good parks; yet if you ask me for the best maintained parks, I would

name five: Leisure Valley Park in Sector-29; Tau Devilal Park in Sector-22; Botanical Garden, Sector-53; Netaji Subash Park, Sector-14; and Citizen Park, Sector- 15 (1). They are the best parks of the city – both in terms of size, as well as maintenance,” said V.K Nirala, Executive Engineer, Horticulture Department, HUDA.

Why and how?

“Leisure Valley is being maintained by the Horticulture department itself; the rest we have given to contractors. We are trying our level best to make all of them as beautiful as we can. Small parks in all HUDA sectors

“Look at this park, there is hardly any boundary wall left. Stray animals have destroyed all the plantation done by the residents. The Administration should be more responsible for such infrastructure, as the parks have been handed over to us to maintain the greenery, and not the infrastructure,” said Dhani Ram Yadav, the former

The City’s Best Parks 1. Botanical Garden, Sec-53 (HUDA) 2. Tau Devilal Park, Sec-22 (HUDA) 3. Citizen Park, Sec-15 (HUDA) 4. Leisure Valley, Sec-29 (HUDA) 5. Netaji Subash Park, Sec-14 (HUDA)

Citizen Park President of Sector-9 (A) RWA. V.K Nirala explains, “ Yes, we are responsible for maintaining the infrastructure, including the provision of plants, and we are constantly in touch with various RWAs. If they face any problem we are always ready to take care of it. Last week, we have given around forty thousand flower plants to various RWAs for plantation in different parks; and another batch of forty thousand has been ordered. As far as the broken boundary walls are concerned, we have been instructed by Administrator sahab to mend whatever is broken and not in good shape. And we are on it,” explained Nirala.

Thus spake the people

Netaji Subash Park

Tau Devilal Park

“Gurgaon has a good number of parks, and some of them are good too. This botanical garden in our Sector is indeed one of the best in the city. Yet, there are a few problems here. Apart from this park, there are

crats, as most the retired bureaucrats have chosen it as their home. The Citizen Park situated on the thresholds of NH-8 is one of the biggest parks of the city and it has been taken care of by the contractors of the horticulture department. “Citizen park is good, yet its biggest enemy is the damaged sewer lines of the Sector. The authorities have installed many pumps inside the park, to get the blocked sewage water out – and this is the main reason why this park has bad odour. Otherwise it is a nice park. Our Sector has a large number of parks maintained by the Sector RWA,” said S.K Dewan, the former President of Sector-15 RWA. However, M.K Midha, a retired IAS officer, has some valuable suggestions for the betterment of the parks of the Sector, “Citizen Park is a good one, but it also needs improvement. Yes, sewage water in one problem that has drawn our attention. Along with that, we have asked the authorities to handover this park to the RWA completely. You can see how beautifully we have maintained our small parks inside the Sector; and we can do the same for this big park,” said Midha – while standing in front of a well-maintained inside park. u (Back Page: Tau Devi Lal Park)


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Mortal Morals

e spend a lot of time berating the Government, and various public sector organizations. Implied in all this is that we are very different – in our personal, as well as professional/occupational, capacity. We know it is not true – definitely as citizens. There is precious little civic sense around. And it is getting worse. What has reared its head disconcertingly is something perhaps as alarming - Private Sector Corruption. There, it’s been said! A few people, in a few companies, in a one-off department (say purchase and/or administration) were always talked about. But it is today in more than a few companies and departments. When it reaches the Human Resource department, it is time to really worry.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Corruption thrives on 2 basics. First, a person wanting something done in his favour, is normally more than happy to pay for it (to beat others to it, and/or to save time and other costs) – and in fact is happy to find an accepting decision maker. The bribe giver, fairly uniquely in India, will not take no for an answer easily. Second, the bribe taker has, due to temperament or environment, no qualms in taking a bribe. He does not see it as an offence – it is normally given “happily”, and he gives a “special” service in return. Over time, such conditioning has made this process the accepted, if not official, norm. Indians have been habituated to bribery, for getting work done from the government/public agencies – for personal, or official, work. Only, in this case, the bribe taker is pushier than the bribe giver. The private sector, the “professional” one, was fairly clean – it stood out. Efficiency, effectiveness, sincerity, integrity were private sector hallmarks (of course there were, and are, some worthy exceptions in the public sector, government). The private sector, and its leaders, could take the high moral ground, sit on a pedestal, and adopt a holier than thou attitude. Not much longer though, if the current trend continues.

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am reading your magazine with great interest. It is very rich in content and makes a very interesting reading for a Gurgaonite. Dr. Rajesh Bhola 842, Sector 4

have gone through your IJan. paper, in particular the 20-26 2012 issue. I am impressed

by the informative features published exclusively for and by Gurgaon. I am further impressed by the illustrative/ extensive exposure given to the ground level services and contributions being made by the HUDA Administrator, Dr Praveen Kumar. I also agree with the title of the feature published ..” Agar saare afsar ..........”. Inspite of the visible work

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done and rightly exposed for the benefit of the residents of Gurgaon, still there are several issues which continue to worry, and irritate the local population. I would like your paper to highlight them specifically: ...the visible damage to the repaired roads (Sector Road/ crossings, opposite RD City/ Sushant Estate/Kanhai Village, and further towards Genpact crossing meeting Golf Course Road, has been disappointing, and the claims of the local departments have gone down the drain. The concept of removal of gole chakkars at Huda City Metro Station is ill-conceived, and not practical...Further any designing of intelligent traffic system at the junctions, as proposed, by HUDA, will not help, as long as the road users have no traffic as well as fear sense...One way concept of traffic concept is well conceived, but again not practical at certain points. No proper signage/ awareness programme, proper roads marking, these are missing

links. Imagine, in Gurgaon, various Sector/Link Roads are not even named/coded. O.P Ratra eep it up Gaje Singh you K are working for public; all public will support you.

Not (only) in this matter, but wherever you work for the public. Excellent work Rajeev Gupta, on the article ‘Supreme Justice’

od bless you Mr. Kablana! G Hope to get good news very soon, so that construction

The bribe givers were always there – waiting for the change, waiting for someone to give in. It is some private sector managers that have changed – from bribe nayers to bribe takers. And it seems to have pervaded multiple departments and companies. What has caused this? Greed, brashness, excessive vendors, big budgets, more purchasers and purchase points, a wink from the boss, an accepted culture…? It clearly is an erosion of good, middle class values - of good education and upbringing. The tipping point has been reached and breached. Most bribe givers would not want it to stop. They prefer the certainty of a defined input and output. The “private corruption” also allows them a convenient excuse. If most are now shades of grey, who will call whom black? The institutions that should question are also losing their moral authority. We are all unashamedly naked in this collective bath. Who then can/will bell the cat? Make us feel some shame? Who can engage the masses? A political authority seems distant. A moral authority like Anna definitely could, and still can. Unfortunately, we have helped sideline him; by expecting him to have all the answers – by wanting him to cleanse all our sins at one go. All we should have expected, and discussed, was the Lokpal Bill – and ensured that it was passed in the winter session. Clearly the obstructionists, like the bribe givers, had their way - by diverting and expanding the issue, beyond the Bill. We need to have Anna back - focused. And if there is final and poetic justice, maybe the Supreme Court would step in – as it has commendably done in many instances. Or is that being idealistic? u Dear Reader We are happy to have received good response and feedback on a regular basis. With this issue, we have incorporated some changes, to offer a crisper and more varied Friday Gurgaon - in content, layout, pages and size. Of course, this is an on-going process. Thank you.

Famous Quotes My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner

could be completed, and (we) get an opportunity to stay under your benevolent hands. Joginder Singh, on the article ‘Supreme Justice’

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

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The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhowe


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Solutions Spot The Difference 1. Bottle on shelf missing. 2. Drier plug changes 3. Flower appears on dress 4. Stripe on teatowel 5. Spoon changes to fork 6. Man’s thumb changes 7. Housewife gains watch 8. Man’s shadow vanishes 9. Knob on kitchen cupboard 10. One less stripe on mat

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Green Parivartan

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onning the role of environment protectors, kids in Greenwood City, Sector 46, gathered in large number – and displayed posters with an aim to create awareness about the importance of trees, and the ill-effects of deforestation. The programme was a part of a community project ‘Parivartan’, run by the kids of the society.

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n Inter-School Poster Making competition held at the CCA school, saw enthusiastic participation from many renowned schools of the city. While Ritika of DPS Sector 45 bagged the first title in Group A (Class VI to VIII), Surbhi of Amity International School, Sector 46 won the first prize in Group B (Class IX to XII). The program began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest Col. Kr. Pratap Singh, Chairman CCA School. It was followed by a vibrant group dance by CCA students. The competition was organised under the aegis of Indus Quality Foundation (IQF).

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otus Valley School conducted a seminar to help students know about first aid, and to act thoughtfully during an emergency. The students were shown video slides on various first aid methods. Renonwed Dr. KK Agarwal, and Dr. Akshay Malholtra, a visiting faculty from UK, gave live demonstration of how to provide medical aid in case of any emergency. The workshop ended with a sharing of experience, and an interactive FAQ session with the medical experts.

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he Banyan Tree World School celebrated its annual festival – Vidyotsav 2012 on Saturday. Showcasing different skill sets, the students made interesting dishes and craft using waste material. They made tasty snacks out of bread corners, beautiful bag and pouches out of waste cloth. The students used the event to espouse new themes with strong messages and values. The event was well attended by the parents.

verybody loves a good story, but not everybody can be a good storyteller. Keeping this in mind, Intellitots early learning centre in DLF Phase IV organised a special workshop for tiny tots – in collaboration with the volunteers of a non-profit organisation – Katha. The volunteers of Katha, and school teachers left the tale hanging enticingly at “How will we reach the moon if Ramu is on the moon…”, and urged students to end the tale. Apart from storytelling, kids also got a chance to showcase their creativity. They participated in the painting, and art and craft competition.

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lue Bells Model School organised a workshop called 'PEDICON 2012' to orient the Paediatricians on life skill education for school children. The workshop, that was taken by Dr. Swati Bhave, Adolescent & Healthcare Expert, saw active participation by students. They were taught about life skills using lecture, power point presentations, and interactive discussion. The students shared their concerns on various issues like self-esteem, selfawareness and effective communication. It was an informative workshop for all the participants.


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Literary Flourish

FG Creative Writing Competition

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he students unleashed their creativity, spontaneity and wit in a creative writing competition organised by FG at Lancers International School. The event was open to the students of Grade II to Grade VII. The students demonstrated that ingenuity of thought, and dexterity with words are of utmost importance in creative writing. They have written on various topics – ranging from kings to vacations and their favourite cartoon character. The best article will feature next week.

Examination Examination Examination You need concentration English is full of composition Maths is full of calculations SST is knowledge of nations Science tells about generations Examination Examination We will send an applications To the minister of education To abolish examination.

Vrinda Agarwal Class V, Jiwan Jyoti Senior Sec School

My Mummy and Papa

Energy Conservation Workshop At Ryan

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r. Megha Gore, a well-known clinical psychologist, carried out a parenting workshop at Ridge Valley School, DLF Phase IV. She spoke about assertive versus authoritative parents, and their developmental expectations from children. She also discussed the do’s and dont’s of parenting; and concluded by saying that each parent should ask himself or herself each day, “Have I hugged my child today?”

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he young Ryan Eco Club students of Ryan International School, Sec 40, attended the energy conservation workshop conducted by Panasonic. The most exciting and enthralling part of the workshop was when all the 30 students were given the opportunity to share their ideas of different types of energy they use in their daily life. The school head Ms. Peeya Sharma emphasised that the school always strives for a greener environment, and everyone must make use of solar energy – so that our dependence on conventional sources of energy is reduced.

Parenting Workshop At Ridge Valley School

Charulata, VII A Govt. Sr. Sec Girls School, Civil Lines

My Mummy and Papa, Where will we be without you? We always thank God, For creating you You wipe our tears, When we cry. We can’t live without you, Even if we try.

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Friends are our most valuable possession – that is the lesson these Jataka tales impart. The wise, like Nigrodha Kumar, cherish their companions. Pottik’s selfless loyalty is rewarded by unexpected riches. On the other hand, for the selfish ingrate Shakha there awaits only a shameful loneliness. Rich or poor, ugly or handsome, powerful or helpless, a friend is one whom you can trust. And for this luxury, you should repay your friend with respect and honour.

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revention is the best cure for a hangover. However if you have been unable to do so, get plenty of rest and water. Physical symptoms of a hangover include fatigue, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, redness of the eyes, muscle aches, and thirst. Signs of increased sympathetic nervous system activity can accompany a hangover – including increased systolic blood pressure, rapid heartbeat (i.e. tachycardia), tremor, and sweating. Mental symptoms include dizziness, a sense of the room spinning (i.e., vertigo), and possible cognitive and mood disturbances – especially depression, anxiety, and irritability. It is imperative to know that alcohol is considered a toxin by the body. The breakdown of alcohol in the liver produces acetaldehyde, which is again a harmful compound. When you continue the intake of alcohol, you overwhelm the body’s ability to break down alcohol. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it leads to dehydration of the cells. The dehydration leads to a headache. Replenishing the body with water and rest restores the disturbed balance. Dr. Paul Cesar, the Director of

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ow often do we suffer from heartburn (acid-tasting burps), bloating, belching, and feeling full even after eating small amounts of food? Or have insomnia, water retention, migraines, constipation, fatigue, a burning sensation on the tongue and in the mouth, and halitosis (bad breath)? Could there be a choice we make daily, that might explain the chief underlying cause for these common symptoms? It is a choice many never consider – yet one of the most important for overall health and fitness. In our bodies, all cells produce acid – as they burn fuel to generate energy. The more strenuous the exercise, the more acid tends to get produced. However, the acid our body produces is relatively weak, and usually does not cause any problems – as it is gets neutralized or excreted. Each food or drink we consume produces either an acidic or an alkaline residue in our body( this is sometimes referred to as ‘ash’). Thus it is not the intrinsic acidity ( eg. sour tasting foods) or alkalinity, but the effect the food or drink has on our body.

headache medicine at New York says, “Basically you need to detoxify. And sleep and water make the most sense.” Plan to sleep uninterrupted for at least 8 hours. The longer you rest, the more your body and brain will be able to recover from the effects of what has taken place. There are also folk-cures. Many of them will help you cope, by replenishing the vitamins and liquid you lost overnight. Some remedies, like avoiding caffeine, are very important to a quicker recovery. While it may seem tough at first, when you get out of bed, having some food is good for your body. Taking aspirin can help you to reduce some symptoms – such as a headache. Never take it on an empty stomach though, as that will increase the risk of you feeling nauseated. The side effects of Aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be magnified when alcohol is in your system – so it is best (even though it may be the first thing you reach for) to avoid them. Being a blood thinner, aspirin can intensify the hangover; and Tylenol (or acetaminophen) can cause more damage to your liver. Ibuprofen can also cause stomach bleeding. So be cautious when going for the quick relief, for severe hangovers.

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We need an acidalkali balance to remain healthy. Exercising choice every time we reach out for food, can definitely help us achieve this. Yet as high as 90% of a general population is overly acidic , leading to a variety of negative health effects. The acidity and alkalinity of the food is measured through the pH or the “potential hydrogen”. A food with an acid ash after digestion contributes hydrogen ions, making the body more acidic; and a food with an alkaline ash after digestion removes hydrogen ions, making the body more alkaline. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline. The human body maintains an optimal pH of 7.4. The pH of water is 7 (i.e. Neutral); and in the body, the range is pH from 1 in the stomach, to 7.4 in blood. The blood pH balance, as well as urine or saliva pH balance, can all be tested in different ways. The evidence is stacked in favor of retaining our body’s pH

between neutral and slightly alkaline. Even a slight shift up or down has a dramatic effect on our metabolism. To ensure optimum pH, our body has developed an efficient buffering system. When acidyielding foods lower the body’s pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. In the absence of alkali-ash foods and water, bones release calcium and magnesium, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia – which is strongly alkaline. All this results in large mineral losses, as they tend to get excreted out of the system. Too many acid-producing foods cause a chronic condition called acidosis — meaning the body becomes too acidic. Normal aging tends to increases acidosis, bone loss, and muscle wasting. Excess alcohol consumption, dehydration, and strenuous exercise can aggravate the situation. When we tilt toward greater acidity, we have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, inflammation, weak muscles, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases – and a host of other health problems. Chronic acidosis can occur if we eat primarily animal based diet, or highly processed foods laced with sugar, salt and fat. These foods lack the alkaline-

buffering minerals that we find in fruits and vegetables. For good health, our body should be slightly alkaline.

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It is not as if all acid-forming foods have to be avoided. It is not a black or white issue. Nature has provided both the poles of acidity and alkalinity, and we must consume foods from both ends of the spectrum. It is the over-consumption of white flour, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, dairy products, meats , fish, cranberries ,over-cooked vegetables, coffee and sodas that we must watch out for. A good balance would to consume 75-80% by weight from the alkaline ash-forming foods, and 20-25% from the acid ash-forming foods. For less active people, the proportion of the latter can be slightly higher. A common misconception is that if a food tastes acidic, it has an acid-forming effect on the body. Very often, the opposite is true. As an example, citrus fruits are actually alkalizing, because the minerals they leave behind after digestion help remove hydrogen ions – decreasing the acidity of the body.

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Taking a hot shower can help you clear your mind. This is one of the least known hangover remedies. Getting into the shower may be the last thing you want to do, but it is going to make you feel better. For some people mild exercise works wonders. A quiet environment is very helpful. Allow a bit of sunlight to come in through the window; put on some soft music, or turn the volume way down on the TV; turn off your cell phone, and stay away from the computer. u

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of lactic acid. There are a wide variety of alkaline food choices that are beneficial. Some good examples are: Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Citrus, Mango. Melons, Papaya, Grapes, Pineapple, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Figs, Dates. The pH level of apples is 8, grapes and pineapple is 8.5, and citrus is as high as 9. Vegetables : Sprouts all types, Alfa alfa, Asparagus, Beets, Leafy green Lettuce and Spinach, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Onion, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Carrots ,Peas, Cayenne, Cucumber, Mint. Garlic has a pH of 8, and cayenne is 8.5. Natural fruit juices – derived from fresh fruits and vegetables, contain natural sugar compounds or fructose that does not form acidic compounds in the body. Fresh fruit juices have a pH level of 8.5. Beverages: Mineral Water, Green Tea, Herbal Teas, Coffee(black), Dandelion Tea, Kombucha Other Alkalizing foods: Agar agar ( an organic gelatin derived from seaweeds), edible flowers, organic Yoghurt, Apple cider vinegar, raw Almonds , Coconuts, Flaxseed, raw Honey or Molasses, seeds of Pumpkin, Sesame or Sunflower, Ginseng.u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition)

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he Vedic Kal (Time) does not begin from any historical event – like the birth or coronation of a great person or ruler. It is based on astronomical science. Vedic astrologers practiced the time system that continues till date. In the Vedic system, years are given names (details given in Table 1). There are sixty names. These names are repeated after the sixtieth year ends. Samvatsar is a Sanskrit term for year. In Vedic tradition there are 60 Samvatsars. They are divided into 3 groups of 20 Samvatsars each. The first 20, from the first Prabhava to Vyaya, are attributed to Brahma; the next 20, from Sarvajit to Parabhava, are attributed to Vishnu; and the last 20 are attributed to Shiva. The 60 Samvatsars are as given

in TABLE-1. Beyond the years, there are four Yugas – known as Satya Yuga (Krita),Treta Yuga, Dwapar Yuga and Kali Yuga. In its daily rotation, the earth rotates on its axis. The illuminated half of the earth is called aah (day); and the dark half of the earth is called ratri (night). Another system for measuring time was introduced by Varah Mihir. It is known as Hora System. Aaho and Ratra made Hora. Varah divided the day and night in 24 horas. Many people believe that the Hora system is practiced the world over, because day and night are divided by 24 hours. The Sanskrit word hora, the English hour and the Greek ora mean the same unit of time. Units of time larger than the day and week are Paksh (Fortnight) and Maas (Month).

The 7 week day names were coined by Vedic astrologers. Raviwar (Sunday) is named to accord the highest place to the Sun, the giver of life. It is followed by Somwar/Chandrawar (Monday), named after the queen of the night – the Moon. Mangalwar (Tuesday), named after the son of Earth (Mars), comes next. Budhwar is for Budh-Mercury (Wednesday), the son of Chandrama (Moon).Brahaspatiwar/ Guruwar (Thursday) is named after the Guru(Jupiter) of the Suras/Devtas. Shukrawar (Friday) is for the Guru (Shukra) of the Asuras; and Shaniwar (Saturday) is for Saturn the seventh planet. Nothing is named after Rahu and Ketu.

1. Prabhava 2. Vibhava 3. Shukla 4. Pramoda 5. Prajāpati 6. Āngirasa 7. Shrīmukha 8. Bhāva 9. Yuvan 10. Dhātri 11. Īshvara 12. Bahudhānya

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.

Pramāthin Vikrama Vrisha Chitrabhānu Svabhānu Tārana Pārthiva Vyaya Sarvajit Sarvadhārin Virodhin Vikrita

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he use of colour therapy as a healing aid is centuries old, and fascinating – as each colour has unique properties and energies, for solving problems. The energy can help awaken our awareness of not just a physical imbalance or disease, but also of the psychological, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves. This is often apparent when someone, who has no experience in colour healing, will instinctively choose a colour that really suits him/ her. You too can heighten your awareness of the energy of colours, and see it transform your life – by using different colour frequencies. RED: Red is the colour of energy, vitality and power. It can warm up cold areas of your body, and even reduce pain. Wear red to feel confident, and improve your will power. But remember, that red should not be worn by people who are susceptible to high blood pressure and anxiety. ORANGE: If you are going on a date, use orange combined with a dash of some earthy brown – this will make you

Table-1: Samvatsars 25. Khara 37. 26. Nandana 38. 27. Vijaya 39. 28. Jaya 40. 29. Manmatha 41. 30. Durmukha 42. 31. Hemalambin 43. 32. Vilambin 44. 33. Vikārin 45. 34. Shārvari 46. 35. Plava 47. 36. Shubhakrit 48.

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According to Rigveda, the Moon is the creator of months and fortnights. In Sanskrit, the Moon is known as Chandrama.The word Maas has been derived from parting the syllable ‘mas” of chandramas. It appears during the Vedic period, when people counted months and fortnights from the phases of the moon. According to modern standards, 24 hours make a day and night. In Vedic system, 1 nadi or danda is equal to 24 minutes. 1 vinadi is equal to 24 seconds. 1 asu or prana (respiration) is equal to 4 seconds. 1 nimesh (twinkling of an eye) is equal to 88.889 milliseconds.1 tatpara

Shobhana Krodhin Vishvāvasu Parābhava Plavanga Kīlaka Saumya Sādhārana Virodhikrit Paritāpin Pramādin Ānanda

49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60.

Rākshasa Anala Pingala Kālayukti Siddhārthin Raudra Durmati Dundubhi Rudhirodgārin Raktāksha Krodhana Kshaya

Colour Power more approachable, modest and friendly towards your partner. If you are seeking balance in your life, and want to lift your mood, try lighting a peach-coloured candle—a blend of orange and white— for about ten minutes every evening. GREEN: Because green is the colour of trees and grass, it is a wonderful colour choice to wear anytime you wish to feel more in-tune with mother nature. Green represents the spring season, and new growth. Choose this colour to wear whenever you are embarking on something new, or wish to turn over a new leaf. A stylish way to absorb green is to wear sunglasses with green tints. You can also assimilate the benefits of green by eating green foods—such as cabbage, spin-

ach, beans—and cooking them in the most effective green essential oil – cinnamon oil. BLUE: To keep yourself calm and soothe your mind, wear a lot of blue – as it has a cooling, reconstructing and calming effect on your mind.

is equal to 2.96296 milliseconds. 1 truti is equal to 29.6296 microseconds. Indian astronomers long ago could measure a tiny unit of time such as truti. Sixty nādis make a sidereal day and night. Of thirty of these sidereal days is composed a month; a month consists of as many sunrises. A lunar month, of as many lunar days (tithi); a solar (saura) month is determined by the entrance of the Sun into a sign of the Zodiac; twelve months make a year. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the TABLE-2: MONTHS WESTERN NAME VEDIC NAME March-April Chaitra April-May Vaisakha May-June Jyaistha June-July Ashadha July-August Shravana August-September Bhadra September-October Ashvina October-November Kartika November-December Magashirsha December-January Pausha January-February Magha February-March Phalguna (leap month)* Adhika*

PURPLE: Wearing purple will help you connect with your spiritual self, and make you feel adventurous and spontaneous as well. Disorders that can be treated with the colour violet are kidney diseases, nervous disorders and skin diseases. SILVER: Wearing silvercoloured jewellery, or light gray clothes, can bring in stability – even purge out toxins from your body, and curb destructive tendencies. It can help in meditation, develop your psychic powers, and neutralise any

Lucky Tint For This Week ARIES: Make a bold fashion statement by wearing warm colours like red,rust and yellow. TAURUS: Dressing in shades of candy pinks, clear blues or cream will help you. GEMINI: A touch of mauve, green or navy blue will calm you. CANCER: Wear turquoise, yellow or peach to make an impact. LEO: Incorporate warm shades of red, orange and gold. VIRGO: Wear calm cream, gold and blue hues, for better luck. LIBRA: Indigo, silver or royal purple are just right for you. SCORPIO: Add shades of lavender, or sapling green, to your attire. SAGITTARIUS: Wear shades of olive, white and black. CAPRICORN: Reveal your taste for your favourite colours, like blue, primrose yellow and grey. AQUARIUS: Provide an edge to your personality with rust, red and beige. PISCES: Go for shades of pink, ivory and sapphire blue.

L ifestyle rotation of the sun, the Vedic calendar is based on the lunar calendar; or the calendar based on the moon’s cycle. Many cultures, races, and religions have adopted their own versions of the lunar calendar. In the solar calendar, the day is based on roughly twentyfour hours. Through the solar calendar, 12:00 AM is marked as the start of the new day. With the Vedic calendar, the day is defined by sunrise to sunrise (of the next day). Each day is not necessarily twenty-four hours, nor is each day of the year of the same length. The Vedic day is known as the tithi. Due to the pre-calculated time of the start of the tithi not matching up with sunrise times, a few tithis may be lost in each month. The Vedic astrology is able to determine which days will be missing from the calendar. Generally, there are twelve months of the year. Each month on the Vedic calendar contains thirty days on an average. Due to the loss of days accumulated through each lunar year, an extra thirteenth month is added. It is known as the “adhika” month. This is equivalent to the Western Leap Year, with an extra day on February 29. Each Vedic month is divided in two approximate halves. The first approximate fifteen day period of a month is known as the krishna-paksha, or the phase of the waning moon. The other half of the month is known as the shukla-paksha, or the phase of the waxing moon. The full moon (purnima) marks the end of the shukla-paksa, while the new moon (amavasya) ends the krishna-paksha. Each day is named for its ordinal placement, with respect to the start of its paksha. This name is known as the tithi. TABLE-2 compares the Western months and the Vedic months. u situation – either in relationships or in the workplace. PINK: You can use a lot of pink when you are seeking friendship, affection and romance in your life. Wearing pink clothes or crystals can also banish depression and negativity from your aura. It can build up your awareness of the beauty around you – in order to dissolve gloom, despondency and negativity in your life. BLACK: When you need to bring in more grace into your life, and keep negativity away, wear black attire. It can also help you as a leader, a pacesetter, who thrives on the radical and the unconventional. GOLD: This colour will help you increase your intuition, bring you luck – if circumstances are out of control. Lighting gold candles can also bring you luck in financial matters. YELLOW: When you want to feel more confident and creative, and improve your concentration levels, wear some yellow – to enhance your energies. u Tarot Card Reader bhavanasharma89@ yahoo.com


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Catering With Care and the US. “At that time, we couldn’t get many ingredients here, and one always had to improvise. Philadelphia cream cheese was unheard of, and I remember I used to make cheese cake with paneer,” she says. The well-stocked baking sections of the Moscow stores were a revelation. But even that paled in comparison to the infinite variety of products on US supermarkets shelves. “My family was very willing to be experimented on, and I had great fun with all the different types of chocolate chips,” she says. Back home in India, Minocha sank into life as a stay-at-home mother; but word about her extraordinary food got around, and soon she found herself catering for friends – and then friends of friends. “Tasha’s Artisan Foods grew just by word of mouth,” says Minocha, whose business philosophy is centred on using the opposite of the cookie-cutter approach to food. “The word ‘artisanal’ indicates something that’s handmade. It’s the opposite of the factory produced – no two things are the same. So, be-

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t’s Sunday morning. While others are still dragging themselves out of bed, Natasha Minocha is busy mixing flour, squeezing out mascarpone, dusting with cocoa powder, and throwing in lemon pulp and ground poppy seeds – to create the softest, airiest batches of cupcakes you’ve ever eaten. Minocha is Chief Artisan at her small, incredibly interesting catering outfit called Tasha’s Artisan Foods – that she runs out of a spotless kitchen at her home in Greenwoods City. I first chanced to sink my teeth into her food at a Kunal Basu reading at the Quill & Canvas Gallery. The chicken and cheese bread rolls and quiches were so good that I abandoned the author, to engage the chef in conversation. I’ve been dreaming of her food ever since. “I’ve been baking since I was 13 years old,” says Minocha, whose culinary adventures took off when her mother—to keep her from being bored—gave her a book on baking, and allowed her to experiment in the kitchen. “She said ‘Do what you want, just don’t bother me’,” Minocha reminisces. Her interest grew through her student years at SRCC, where she studied Economics; and later when she travelled with her husband to Russia

cause I use freshly-squeezed lemon juice, you might find lemon pulp in some of my cupcakes; and no two loaves of bread that I bake will come out exactly the same,” says Minocha. She now takes orders for one-off events, and also supplies to smaller corporates who want wholesome food. “Because I’m small, I’m able to customise,” she says, revealing that she uses gluten-free atta in the cupcakes she sends to a particular office, as she knows someone there is allergic to gluten. Another company orders

Make-up Evaluation

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ost of us spend a lifetime trying to look more beautiful. And it does not come cheap. To purchase a good make-up kit comes on top of the list. However, no matter how great it looked while shopping, we later find it just wasn’t the right choice. Do you... • Buy make-up you don’t later wear – some are still around, with their price tags? • Buy products you later find that don’t go with your skin type, skin colouration and clothes? • Still keep buying the same or very similar items again and again? You are not alone. Let us try and help.

Make-up Shopping

The best way for appropriate make-up shopping, and to eliminate costly mistakes, is to gain a clear understanding and evaluation of your skin type and colour, your lifestyle – and of course your age. Surveys reveal that many people—men as well as women—have no

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idea about their type of skin. Some have extremely delicate, dry skin and yet use a foundation for normal skin – and a toner for sensitive skin. Skin type also keeps changing with the change in weather, age and lifestyle. So first up, please determine your skin type, and choose products like a foundation, moisturizer, and toner that are suitable to your skin type. The next important step is to know whether your skin is cool or warm. Using the incorrect shades can make your look shallow; and the colour of your clothes can look unflattering. You need to become a part of your personal colour scheme with your make-up products. You will look terrific wearing colours that match your hair, eye and cheek colouration; in a variety of tints and shades. Alternatively, you can match the colour of your clothing on, or near, your face – by using make-up products such as eye shadows, lipsticks and blush. The analysis of lifestyle and personal style is an important factor in determining make-up

needs. The lifestyle of a person is expressed in activities, attitudes, interests, opinions, values, and income. It also reflects your personal style. The process of making up has a logical order about it. You have to learn the right application of the make-up product and process. With time and experience, you can do it quickly – it becomes a habit. You do not have to follow a set number of steps rigidly; and you need not use all of your make-up all of the time. You may choose to use more make-up

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Minocha. She sticks to using ingredients that are in season, and are locally available. This means she avoids lettuce leaves in her salads in summer, as they wilt in the northern heat; and avoids making chocolate fudge and truffles too, for the same reason. “We get a lot more things in India now, but you still have to be careful about expiry dates – and always have to check to see if things are infested,” she says. She does occasionally have bad days in the kitchen. Like the time she popped in two perfect loaf cakes into the oven. “They looked very good, but when I turned

executive lunches that are hi-protein and low-carb, with lots of veggies – and meat preparations that use only chicken breast. “These things are challenging on a tight budget, but they are interesting too,” says Minocha. “I have to think of the many ways to cook chicken breast. So, one day, I might give them meat balls, the next Thai chicken curry, grilled chicken on the third day, roast on the fourth, and chicken cooked in a different marinade on the fifth,” she says. Like a true professional, she is very particular about the ingredients she uses. “When you use good products, you don’t need frills, and this or that frosting. The food comes out good,” says

around I saw that I had forgotten entirely to put in any oil!” she exclaims. But even her kitchen disaster stories have happy endings. “Afterwards, I sliced them and put them back in the oven on low heat, and made rusks for the family,” she laughs. My Sunday is off to a great start. Those coffee cupcakes, with a delicious topping of mascarpone dusted with cocoa, literally melt in my mouth. Go make your appointment with Tashas – it may become a habit. Natasha Minocha, Chief Artisan, Tasha’s Artisan Foods Mobile: 9999038885 Email: info@tashasfoods.com u

on a special occasion, and use less, and appear casual, for active sports – or an at-home occasion. List your make-up need as per your lifestyle, personal style, occasion, season, day, night... The right make-up can aid you in uplifting your self-image. You should be smart enough to choose the right make-up prod-

ucts. You do not have to like every product suggested by a sales person, friend or an advertisement. Your challenge is to recognise what works for you, according to your need and type. A good evaluation of your make-up need is an investment you can always draw upon. u Certified Image Consultant


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o me, acting is the most logical way for people’s neuroses to manifest themselves; in this great need we all have to express ourselves”said James Dean, a great Hollywood actor. Gurgaonites pride themselves on having been there, and done that. And then, for a while, slip into boredom. It’s a diminishing return cycle. Nautankibaaz productions is here to break this monotonous stylecycle – for good. Started about 7 months ago in Gurgaon, Nautanikibaaz is a theatre group started by Ankur Saradana and Abhinav Tickoo – when both decided to move from Bangalore to Gurgaon. “Nautanikibaaz actually started in Bangalore, about a year and half back – when 6 or 7 of us, theatre enthusiasts, came together to form a group ,and staged our first play – One Latte Please. Then the two of us decided to move up North. It was partly good co-ordination and partly luck, that both us moved to Gurgaon, and then decided to start a theatre group here. We started by letting people know through – Facebook and word of mouth, and soon started getting responses”says Ankur Sardana, founder of Nautankibaaz productions and design researcher. The newly formed Nautankibaaz productions staged their first play “Yeh Ho kya Raha Hai”, at LTG auditorium, Mandi House in New Delhi, last month. A total of about 20 members, most of Nautankibaaz members live in Gurgaon, and hold practices and workshops in the city itself. “I had heard about Nautankibaaz from an acquaintance, and so got in touch with them. I have never done acting before, or even thought about it. And most of us in Nautankibaaz were amateurs, and that was a challenge for Ankur. I just wanted to do something interesting, and got inclined towards theatre. Our first play, where I got to play my first role, was a great experience. By doing something other than your profession, you learn different things and overcome some fears – what you might not

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get to achieve in your job. What I’ve learnt is how to face an audience; and my confidence has gone up immensely, after performing in front of 180 people. Also, at that time all 14 of us were strangers; but now we are friends, and are so comfortable with each other” says Shruti Mehrotra, Product Designer with Philips, and member of Nautankibaaz. Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai is a comic thriller, based around the life of Delhi University; with a twist of a supernatural element, and taking you through varied emotions of horror and laughter. The script of Yeh Ho Kya Raha Hai, written and directed by Ankur Sardana, has been taken up by IIT students – and the play is scheduled to be staged by them in the end of February. The play

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will be next performed on the 7th of April in Mandi House – this time with a larger production, better lighting and sound system, and a bigger stage. “We are looking forward to, and would love to, perform in Gurgaon – and for the same reason, have approached the Epicentre several times. But every time we have talked to them, the place seems to be busy with other big theatre groups. We are hoping to get the place soon. Gurgaon is such a big city, and it’s sad that we have only Epicentre where we can stage plays. We need centres like the Alliance and the American Centre to come in, so that groups like ours have more options in the city itself. And with most of our members being from Gurgaon, we would prefer

to stage our plays in Gurgaon.” Nautankibaaz’s upcoming play ‘The Urban Apple’ is an English play, and is scheduled to be showcased in the month of July. The Urban Apple is a story about corporate life, where the female lead is struggling to make a mark in the corporate world. “We are trying to question equality. We here talk about equality of gender and propagate it, but does it really exists in its true sense – especially in the corporate world. We would ideally like to stage this play in Gurgaon, because Gurgaon is the corporate hub,” says Sardana. Although there is no age cap to its membership, an adult is preferred – as the workshops, practices and plays are sketched for adults. There will also soon be a chapter or a play for the

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tain kind of food groups – they can see what is going inside”. Chef Sumit Sinha says “the endeavour is to promote a healthy lifestyle.” Specialising in wood fire pizzas, the Deck Kitchen overlooks a serene lake. It also serves Teppanyaki Ice-cream, and has introduced Udon food, a Japanese speciality. “The whole concept of Deck Kitchen is great, especially for

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t looked like a scene from one of Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen shows, where you see him tossing veggies and meats in flames, in an open kitchen stationed on a deck of a house. The setting was the launch of ‘Deck Kitchen’, at the DLF Golf and Country Club, on Saturday, 21st January. It gives a new definition to inhouse hospitality. Ritu Singh, interior designer and member of the Club said, “I love the concept. You can pick your own food and ingredients, and see it being prepared in front of your eyes. The whole trouble of placing orders, and asking them to not put a particular ingredient—or to add some—is avoided. Also, live cooking is beneficial to people who are perhaps allergic to cer-

kids; but that will be separate, informs Sardana. The membership to the group is free of cost, and the costs of the play are paid by the members of the group themselves. “The contribution we need is in terms of time; the members should have the time to give to the group, to practice, and be a part of the plays. Right now we are funding it ourselves. Our tickets to the show are about Rs. 150 – that just about cover the cost. Some of the proceeds are used in the production of our next play. We would also like to get some sponsorship, because the minimum cost of production for a play is Rs. 50,000. That is the reason I like the model of Epicentre. They buy half your tickets, and the other half is your profit.” The members meet on the weekends for practices. Ram Dutt Sharma, Freelance designer and member of Nautankibaaz, says, “I heard of them via Facebook, and got in touch. I have been acquainted with this field before, as I’ve been doing animation and video editing – and so got interested in theatre. The experience of being a part of the first play was great; it was so overwhelming, and I loved it.Now we are doing more plays in the coming months, and I am looking forward to it.” After shifting from Bangalore to Gurgaon—two very different zones of India, not only in distance, but culture, work, environment, people—Sardana definitely notices the difference. “People in Gurgaon have a lot of desire for theatre, more so than people in Bangalore. I was surprised at the number of phone calls I received after our first play was staged. It was on a weekday, and we still had an audience of 180 people at the centre. It’s a corporate city; and apart from work, people want to do something creative or interesting. Many people are stuck in their jobs, and may not enjoy it – and that have urge to do something that has no boundaries. Theatre is that medium, concludes Ankur Sardana. u To be a part of Nautankibaaz, email them at 910kibaaz@ gmail.com

the evenings. It’s definitely a great addition to DLF Club’s hospitality” says R.K Mangat, an entrepreneur and a member. The Deck transits to a lively scene at night, with psychedelic lights and music highlighting the flora and fauna that surrounds it. Freshly cooked food on an open deck, with this beautiful scene forming the backdrop, is an experience that will definitely impress any date. The highlight of the evening, at the launch, was the live performance by international comedians Papa CJ and Azhar Usman. With a large turnout of members, the evening started at 8:00 pm and ended late – with guests feeding their stomachs with ‘live’ food; and holding their stomachs with laughter. u


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The main objective of the portals is make deals happen, by listing the properties. Generating the leads and converting them happens through the neighbourhood broker only. “Another issue is that most of the portals concentrate on residential space, and there are no credible options for commercial and retail properties. Secondly, the properties are not updated regularly,” says Limaye. He of course, appreciates the easy flow of information ensured by the portals. Sanjay Sharma of Qubrex recalls that there was a time when it was difficult to get information on projects. A couple of years back, collecting brochures was an industry by itself. But the

Real & Virtual Estate of a substantial annual fees. “I think the portals will have to develop revenue models in both the virtual and offline modes to make profits. We also develop micro-sites for real estate companies, and promote their projects to earn revenue,” he reveals. However, it is this kind of surrogate advertising that Ashutosh Limaye of JLL is not comfortable with. Limaye says that some property portals hide grim realities. “The sites can be beautiful, show great buildings, promise the moon but in the end the people want real houses and not virtual homes on the net,” he asserts. Sanjay Sharma of Qubrex also supports this contention, and wants some regulation in this aspect. He however says that portals have made this sector more open, and people can now access information far

Ashutosh Limaye spread of information has only strengthened the broking business; brokers realised they were not earning money just because they withheld data. Ankit Raghawa, CEO of notjustflat.com says that the consumer visits the dealers and consultants because they offer specialised business process knowledge and its interpretation – and not just the data. “We can offer expert opinion on legal documentation, price of a property, the location, and future projects around it. All this can be customized around an individual budget,” he says. His own portal concentrates on original bookings. Most of the industry experts agree that real estate is a business about relationships, and IT alone can not replace the human factor. World over there has been an increase in the number of property portals, websites, and search engines – but the income and deals happening through brokers has only increased. Rakesh Bhardwaj started Zameen-Zaidad.Com, a real estate portal in 2003, to take advantage of the online medium. The site has enabled Bhardwaj to spread his wings across the country—and even abroad— while he has a local team of professionals to cater to the clients in the National Capital Region. Bhardwaj says it is important to have an offline presence, as it helps in converting leads and making sales – that form a major chunk of revenue. He has also developed a franchisee model, where his sub-dealers are given a micro-site and leads – in lieu

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more easily. In fact a large number of real estate professionals in Gurgaon have embraced the internet, to reach out to the masses – like Narinder Juneja of Gurgaonproperties.net. There are also real estate bloggers like Vikas Rikhye and Pradeep Mishra, who regularly write about the various facets of the property business in Gurgaon. Juneja says his site is used by a large number of people to get information – on not only property, but related services like architects, plumbing, painting and so on. Internet, he says, helps in making deals; but also marketing themselves, and making them acceptable among people. Sanjay Sharma says that virtual visits of properties, and alluring deals and discounts are another attraction of the real estate portal. “People sitting abroad can watch videos, and tour properties – and this allows for instant gratification,” he says. In addition to the portals, the internet has also fathered phenomenon like online forums – where people can discuss about the pros and cons of various projects, the latest developments, new launches, and the nitty gritty. India Real Estate Forum (IREF) is a leading real estate forum in the country, that helps the user get more information on the real estate scene in the country – and particularly the NCR. Ravikant Singh who man-

ages IREF says that the site has 80,200 registered members, who act as a community, and share quality information and drive the discussion to meaningful conclusions. IREF is open to guests and registered members, and it allows users to post messages, share experiences, clear real estate uncertainties, do a comprehensive search, and use the private messaging system to communicate with other members. A positive aspect of this forum is that it clearly states on it’s homepage that Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF) is not meant for buying or selling property. Advertisements, or solicitations for real estate services or business, are strictly prohibited. While IREF makes it clear

Sanjay Sharma that it is a platform for real estate buyers and professionals, there are sites like Groffr and Igotmydeal.com that use the power of online medium to bring customers together on a single platform. These sites then use the power of collective bargaining to get large discounts directly from builders, by eliminating the real estate brokers. Vikhyat Shrivastva, CEO of Groffr.com told Friday Gurgaon, “The beauty of the online medium is that buyers from across the world can together buy a property, and get discounts – say in Mumbai, Noida or Gurgaon.” His site has been funded by some of the top venture capitalists, and Shrivastva says that he also building an offline platform – to ensure that deals happen soon enough, and on a large scale. Pertinent to mention here is that the increasing availability of online transaction management systems—that enable easy management of transaction schedules, documentation and payment—are also helping build the steam in the online real estate market. A large amount of corporate money is also being pumped into the websites in India; and industry watchers say that this will help in improving the product offerings to a great extent. Sharma says that this will help in boosting both the virtual and real services (the last mile delivery). Most of the industry experts say that this will also help online platforms revolutionize the industry – as they offer 360 degree tours, original listings, world class designs, new property notifications etc. What happened in days can now happen at the click of the mouse – and this is keeping in demand with the market. The new age buyer, not the realtor, is driving the market and not the realtor and this is what should be happening, says Sharma of Qubrex. IT will enhance the visibility and efficiency to new levels, in an industry that has been inherently opaque. u


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Kabir, a Class VI student of Delhi Public School, Sec 45, took Karate as a hobby some six years ago – to learn the basics of self-defence, and become fit in the ever increasing competitive era. It has now become his passion, as he studies more about the nuances of martial arts. “At a young age of 5, when other kids his age would be busy watching cartoons and imitating their favourite action figures, Kabir had started taking interest in Karate. He has been very disciplined and active, and we wanted to channelise his energy productively,” says his father Ravi Saund. Motivated by his coach Sumit Virman, Kabir gave the state level contest a shot – and succeeded in his maiden attempt. He was in Class I when he won

Favourite Book – The 39 Clues Favourite Movie – Harry Potter Favourite Actor – Aamir Khan Favourite Sport – Karate Favourite Video Game – FIFA

two gold medals in the Gurgaon City Annual Karate and Kickboxing Championship. Since then, Kabir has never looked back. In 2007, he bagged the coveted title of Tournament Champion, in the Third NCR Gurgaon Karate and Kickboxing Championship. “As he was on a winning streak, we extended all possible support, to see him to win laurels in the game of Karate," says Kabir’s mother Noor Jahan. She firmly believes that kids should not be overburdened with many extra-curriculum activities – they should focus on just one or two. The state championships were followed by the national championships, and Kabir got selected for the prestigious National Sahota Cup Karate Championship, wherein he won by an outstanding 9-0 points, and came home with a Gold Medal in KATA.

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ust like most kids of his age, this 11-year-old spends his free time playing football, and chatting with friends on the internet. But what sets him apart is that he gives lessons to students—and even adults—in Kaishogun Tiger Karate Institute Of India, Gurgaon. He is Kabir Saund, a resident of Sushant Lok I, with many national championships and medals to his credit.

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5th NCR GURGAON KARATE & KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, 2011  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KUMITE  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KATA  BEST FIGHTER TROPHY

4th NCR GURGAON KARATE & KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, 2010  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KUMITE  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KATA

1st NATIONAL SAHOTA CUP KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2009  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KATA  SILVER MEDAL –2nd PLACE –KUMITE

ALL INDIA S.K.I KARAT-DO INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2008  SILVER MEDAL –2nd PLACE –KUMITE

3rd NCR GURGAON KARATE & KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, 2007  TOURNAMENT CHAMPION  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KUMITE  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KATA

GURGAON CITY ANNUAL KARATE & KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, 2006  TOURNAMENT CHAMPION  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE – KATA  GOLD MEDAL – 1st PLACE –KUMITE

Haryana Starts Well In National Football Haryana Under-19 football team is off to a good start in Cuttack (Odisha). The Team defeated Pondicherry 4-0 on 22 January.Haryana defenders performed really well, giving no opportunity to their opponents to score a single goal. A wellknown national player, Team Coach J.S.Parmar, and Manager Manish Yadav have been working hard with the team, to achieve their goal of winning this Championship. COACH - J.S.PARMAR MANAGER - MANISH YADAV

PLAYERS: 1 JATIN ARORA 2 ABHIMANYU DAYMA 3 DHANRAJ AMBAWAT 4 AKASH SANGWAN 5 AJAY SANGWAN 6 PRATEEK KASHYAP 7 PRATEEK SHAH 8 RAVI THAKRAN 9 GAURAV DESHWAL 10 VIKAS 11 ADITYA CHAUDHRY 12 DIVANSH GERA 13 HARJIT SINGH 14 MANISH KUMAR 15 NAVEEN 16 VIKRAM SINGH

The Championship is being organised from January 18th to 29th 2012.

For Kabir, Karate is not just about overpowering the opponents and winning titles. He says that the sport also helps in instilling the virtues of discipline, and respect for others. “I have learnt many things from the sport of Karate. Karate helps one lead a disciplined life, and helps in defending ourselves and others from attackers,” says the little champ. He aspires to be an International Karate Champion. It is hard to miss his confidence and aggression. It is these traits that also help him on the field, when he displays his brilliant martial art skills. With this attitude, Kabir now has found a place in the select band of young karate champions who take part in national championships. He hopes to continue training in martial arts, learning new forms and techniques, and aims to participate in international level competitions. With the hard work and the dedication Kabir displays, he is bound to go a long way, and win many more such awards for himself and the nation. “This is just the beginning. We are sure he will make it to the top spot,” proudly says Sumit Virman. u


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orting e-mails, moving around stacks of documents, aimlessly going through files -- trying to look busy is hard work. So hard, in fact, that it can wear you out, and even lead to "boreout" – a syndrome affecting the under-challenged. "Our society is divided, as it were," said Wolfgang Merkle, a Frankfurt-based psychotherapist. "Successful people get burnout and attract all the attention. b." According to Merkle, boreout symptoms include despondency, a lack of drive, insomnia, and an inability to enjoy life. "At first there's often a vague sense in the back of your mind that something isn't right," he said. Boreout sufferers can also

experience physical symptoms such as stomach problems, dizziness, tinnitus, headaches or fatigue. The complaints result, in contrast to burnout cases, from being under-challenged or under-worked – not overchallenged or overworked. An under-challenged person is someone with too few—and insufficiently meaningful—tasks. "It's as if an excellent chess player always has to play Nine Men's Morris and draughts," Merkle said. The discrepancy between the person's abilities and activities, combined with a lack of recognition for his or her efforts, is extremely stressful. Peter Werder, a Swiss management consultant and coauthor of a book on boreout, described a typical chain of events leading to boreout. "A job applicant expects, on the

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oogle posted increases in revenue and profit, but its shares plunged, as it missed Wall Street expectations – even as other tech heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM and Intel saw better-than-expected gains. Investors sent the web search giant’s shares down some 9 per cent in after hours trading. They frowned on Google’s increased spending on employees and infrastructure, that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with rivals such as Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Microsoft had better news for investors, who had been wor-

ried about how the slump in PC sales would affect the company, that still relies on its Windows operating system for much of its revenue. Microsoft rode out the decline in PC sales largely thanks to strong demand for its Xbox 360 video game console, and the Kinect motion controllers. “We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft – referring to a hoped-for boost from the launch of Windows 8 later this year; as well as the company’s partnership with Nokia, that

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outh Korea’s Samsung Group said that it is planning investments worth a record 47.8 trillion won (41.7 billion dollars) this year, a 12-per-cent rise on last year. 13.6 trillion won would go to research and development. The conglomerate also said it plans to hire a record 26,000 new staff in 2012, de-

spite uncertainty in the world economy. The group is extending its operations to new sectors. It is already the leading maker of memory chips and flat-screen television screens. Samsung announced two years ago that it would invest 23 trillion won in new areas such as health and green technology. The technology is to include solar cells, biopharmaceuticals, batteries for hybrid cars, light-emitting diode technology and medical equipment. u

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Job "Boreout" WORK ENNUI: Boring work can make people mentally ill

basis of the job advertisement and interview, a position as a project supervisor with international experience. But at the job it turns out that (the new hire) doesn't supervise the project, but only a subdivision of it; and only sometimes has to speak a little English." Such a person is both quantitatively and qualitatively under-challenged. This is not a bad thing in the beginning; and the person even enjoys the free time at work, and gets used to it. "Still, the person is under-challenged. And is expected to spur sales of Windows smartphones. Intel also shrugged off sluggish PC demand, as strong corporate purchases made up for a weaker consumer sector – and allowed the tech bellwether to post record annual revenue. The company, whose chips power over 80 per cent of the world’s PCs, is under pressure to perform – as its market position comes under threat from the growth of smartphones and tablet computers. “2011 was an exceptional year for Intel,” said Paul Otellini, Intel President and CEO. “With outstanding execution the company performed superbly, growing revenue by more than 10 billion dollars, and eclipsing all annual revenue and earnings records. Technology giant IBM also beat Wall Street’s estimates in its first quarterly results, under the leadership of Ginni Rometty, who took over the company on January 1 – from longtime IBM boss Samuel Palmisano. “We had a strong fourthquarter performance, capping a year of record earnings per share, revenue, profit and free cash flow,” said Rometty. “We delivered outstanding results in all four of our strategic initiatives for the quarter and the year, as we continued to realize the benefit of our long-term investments in growth markets, business analytics, Smarter Planet solutions and cloud.” u

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the real difficulty is realizing that this is the reason for being tired in the evening," Werder said. Employees who always have to do sub-tasks can also suffer from boreout – because in the long term it is psychologically important to have a sense of achievement by completing things, noted Joerg Feldmann of Germany's Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Being qualitatively and quantitatively under-challenged go hand in hand, Werder pointed out. "After all, if you're not quantitatively under-challenged, you don't have to adopt behavioural strategies characteristic of boreout," he said, referring to ways of feigning activity to conceal idleness. One way, paradoxically, is the burnout strategy of simulating overwork, by being in the office from early in the morning until late in the evening. It is "absolute nonsense" that boreout sufferers are simply lazy, Werder said. "Someone with boreout wants to work but can't, and therefore suffers." Merkle advises employees who see their office routine drifting toward the boreout zone to do something about it as soon

as possible. Working only part-time could be a solution, Werder suggested, explaining that someone feeling under-challenged could tell the boss that the officially full-time position is actually just an 80 per-cent one. The person would have to take a pay cut, but would be busy during office hours – and could put the extra time off work to better use. If fatigue depression has already set in, Merkle said, affected persons should describe their symptoms to their family doctor – who will probably refer them to a specialist in psychosomatic medicine. "It can be cleared up with one or two talks per week," he said, adding that in some cases even the best therapist can do nothing. "Sometimes only quitting helps." Burnout is diagnosed about three times more often than boreout. Merkle said this could be due to the reluctance of many boreout sufferers to seek help. "It's easier to say, 'I'm swamped', than 'I'm twiddling my thumbs,'" he said. Werder said he suspected that boreout and burnout occurred with roughly equal frequency, "but boreout hasn't been researched as much." u


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Fun Fashion Week { Helen Maguire / Berlin / DPA }

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esigner Michael Michalsky, one of the stars of the Berlin Fashion Week (midJanuary), set out to counter the doom and gloom of the euro crisis with outfits based on the “principle of fun.” Flashes of pink punctuated his show, under the German motto “Lust” - which translates as a mixture of fun, desire, and yes, lust - alongside more demure shades of beige, silver and gold. “As I was making my new collection, all I heard on the radio was reports of horror - the collapse of the euro, state bankruptcy, budget deficits,” Michal-

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here is a lot less bare flesh on Australian beaches than there used to be - and we are not talking about the women. Men in shorts that hide their thighs—and sometimes even their knees—now outnumber blokes in standard bathing costumes 10 to one. The switch to boardshorts, or boardies, from what the locals call budgie smugglers or speedos, troubles some of the regulars on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. Budgie smugglers is an Australian expression for a pair of tight men’s briefs, where the bulge of the genitalia is humorously supposed to resemble a budgerigar – a small Australian bird. “Who wouldn’t want to see a fit young bloke in speedos?” Vania Dauner asked, bemoaning the trend for men’s swimwear to become less and less revealing. Suanne Hunt sniffs a new conservatism, an attack on casual dress and the laid-back lifestyle. “It’s part of the culture not to think too much about what you look like,” she said. Australians are devoutly egalitarian, proudly protective of the notion that the great outdoors is the great leveller. Banker or bartender, on the beach all are equal; and self-consciousness has no place. Dressed up equates with being stuck up. There is a parallel with footwear. Visitors are sometimes shocked that locals can go barefoot in shops, in cafes, on the train. Being shoeless, for some Australians, is a celebration of

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sky, 44, told dpa. People had to learn again how to enjoy life, he said. “We have subjugated ourselves to the treadmill, have adjusted our lives towards success, the fulfilment of other people’s expectations and so forth - that is idiotic.” In a move aimed at challenging stereotypes, the designer sought out curvy models, and ensured that Berlin’s multiculturalism was reflected on the catwalk – drawing applause from an audience that included former tennis star Boris Becker. Michalsky, whose show is always a Fashion Week highlight, was not the only one to veer from the usual gaunt, fresh-

faced models; as fellow German designer Anja Gockel sent Veruschka, a 1960s supermodel, down the catwalk - at the age of 72. “Style never ages,” Gockel pointed out. German countess Veruschka von Lehndorff was a fashion icon, who went on to achieve fame with a role in the movie Blowup. Still tall and slim 50 years after her heyday, she still offers little comfort to women who have less than a model’s figure. At the other end of the spectrum, Miss Piggy - who was in town for the German release of the Muppets film - put in a brief appearance to meet Michalsky, –

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freedom - or, at least, of being away from work. “I don’t know whether it has come from the States – this issue of prudishness or covering up,” said Paul Ellercamp, the owner of oceanswims.com, an open-water swimming website. He admits that “some women find looking at blokes in budgies obscene”, but he champions budgie smugglers for their functionality. For businessman Adam Linforth, who sells a range of traditional men’s costumes under the brand name Budgy Smuggler, brief swimmers combine functionality with libertarianism. “It’s part of a great Australian tradition,” he said. “And, anyway, swimming in a pair of boardshorts is like swimming with a set of curtains tied round your waist.” An oddity is that wom-

en’s swimwear has hardly changed in 30 years; there is no parallel shift to more modest garb there. It is just the men that are caught up in the great cover up. Not until 1961 were bikinis officially acceptable on Bondi Beach. That same year, infamously officious beach inspector Aubrey Laidlaw was getting his picture in the papers, shooing men off the sand – because their costumes were too brief. The ruling was that swimming costumes should have legs, and that they should start just below the navel. Laidlaw carried a measuring tape to see whether men’s bathers had sufficient fabric. Ellercamp warns against reading too much into what he reckons is just a fashion fad. Years from now adolescents in budgie smugglers might be

Designer Michael Michalsky with Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen

each year. Organizers estimate that Berlin’s summer and winter Fashion Weeks each earn the city about 100 million euros (130 million dollars). However, Berlin struggles to boast the same calibre of celebrities as fashion shows in Paris or New York. The biggest names in Berlin included actors Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore - and many labels are considered niche outside Germany. Nevertheless, the city is establishing itself on the international fashion circuit, as well as reflecting global trends. Some of the shows drew on inspiration from Asia, as upand-coming Wang Yutao was the first Chinese designer to present a collection. Meanwhile, Germany’s Guido Maria Kretschmer drew on inspiration from Mongolia, and fellow German designer Dorothee Schumacher incorporated Japanese designs into her sensual, feminine styles – after visiting the archives of the fashion museum in Kobe, Japan. After heavy days of shopping around for next year’s trends, the audience were treated to the biggest show of all, by Argentinian performance troupe Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force). Their gravity-defying spectacle included water-fuelled dance acrobatics far preferable to the endless rain awaiting Berlin’s fashionistas between events. u

embarrassed by their fathers sporting boardies at the beach. The wheel may have turned full circle. Now, though, shorts are in. Adam Brown, London-based proprietor of top-shelf fashion label Orlebar Brown, does not feature swimming costumes in his range at all – only shorts. “People responded to the concept of shorts that you could swim in, which is at the heart of the label,” he told fashion writer Damien Woolnough. Take-home message: throw out your lycra bathers, and buy cotton shorts – or face ridicule for a fashion faux pas at trendy better beaches. A backlash may be building. Bondi Icebergs, the club-

house and restaurant at the southern end of Bondi Beach, is Sydney’s celebrity central. Hang around outside and watch the A List sashay in. At Bondi Icebergs at New Year the national water polo team struck a blow for conventional swimming trunks. Tom Whalan arranged a friendly with the US team. “It’s time we were a bit more proud about wearing them, so blokes are not afraid to put them on,” Whalan told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I don’t have an issue with it, but when you go to the beach now, plenty of other people do. “It’s almost as if wearing budgie smugglers has become an underground movement – when a few years ago it was the norm.” u

who saw in her a role model for women everywhere. “She has assertiveness, she won’t let herself be stopped and she is pretty self-confident,” the designer said. “Many women don’t dare to do certain things - that wouldn’t happen to Miss Piggy.” Despite Europe’s economic gloom, the 10th Berlin Fashion Week - held each year in summer and winter - drew tens of thousands of people to the German capital. Alongside the main catwalk, set up at the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, other fashion events - most importantly the Bread & Butter streetwear trade show - turn Berlin into a fashion mecca for two weeks

Journalists Win Palme Prize { Lennart Simonsson / Stockholm / DPA }

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ournalists from Mexico and Italy were Monday named cowinners of the 2011 Olof Palme Prize, for their “extraordinary courage” in exposing corruption and organized crime. Lydia Cacho of Mexico has written about human trafficking and paedophile networks with links to high ranking politicians in her native country.She has also formed an organization for the protection of women. Last year her book, Los demonios del Eden (Demons of Eden), was translated into Swedish. Co-winner Roberto Saviano of Italy has lived under death threat after publishing a book on the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. In the book Gomorra ,he named members of the criminal gangs that cash in on illegal dealings. The prize, worth 75,000 dollars, was created in 1987 in memory of the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was slain in 1986. Previous winners include former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the late Czech President Vaclav Havel, Amnesty International, and UN weapons inspector Hans Blix. u


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