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Thrice Blessed

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hree generations of the Sonal family,

residing at Nirvana Country, recount their Gurgaon experience. ...Pg 8

Shape of Things to Come?

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could have far-reaching implications in Gurgaon. ...Pg 9

Inner Vision of an Artist

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Gurgaon Failing On All 3 Counts

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In the strangest of co-incidences, Friday Gurgaon had already commissioned a story on Sahara Mall and the pubs, for the week.

aesthetic concerns. ...Pg 17

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Regular Features Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was ...Pg 7 Learn Haryanvi ...Pg 8 Food Take ...Pg 9

urgaon’s MG Road, aka Mall Mile, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Even though over 50 pubs, bars and discotheques line the street, the Sahara Mall and surroundings, on MG Road,

have been in the spotlight – with news of clashes between groups, drunken brawls, and assault on women. Earlier this week, a young woman (a temporary employee of the pubs in Sahara Mall) was going home late night with her brother, when her taxi was stopped by seven men in a Maruti 800. They kidnapped

So who is to blame? Has word gone out that life is in this Millennium City is a hedonistic mix of drinking, sexual pleasure, and carefree entertainment? How does this stop? We can’t hold our drinks. We believe an open-air concert is licence for hooliganism. We can’t handle our libido. Should we ban pubs, and concerts - and women? Or is there a role for each - the pub owners/concert organizers; the police; and yes, us, the citizens - that we are

not playing too well? And while rape is the most abhorrent crime, the cases of car snatching, jewellery snatching, and molestation are dire warnings too. More than anything, we need an iron fist – and fast. Nothing succeeds like strong deterrence – and swift and strong punishment. The police also can surely play a more preventive role. There seem to be some clear patterns – of crime, criminals, victims, crime spots. And it is time women prefer not to take a lift, or a taxi off the road – especially after dark.

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and raped her. Earlier in the year, on New Year’s eve, a couple was assaulted by a mob. Fortunately, the police intervened in time. These cases underline the dangers posed by intoxicated groups roaming the Mall Mile. Cases like these have been reported for over two years now.

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Case 1: A temporary employee at Sahara Mall is dragged out of her taxi and gang-raped by seven men. Case 2: A staff supervisor is severely beaten by bouncers of a pub, when he asks them to step aside - to avoid debris from renovation work. Case 3: A youth from a nearby village is shot at, and beaten to an inch of his life, by bouncers from pubs in Sahara Mall. When he comes back with his goons, there is more fighting. Contd on p 6 


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Comedy Nights with Monty Singh @ Pub Nirvaan, 2nd Floor, MGF Megacity Mall, MG Road Date: March 19 Time: 8 pm

Nightlife

of its annexe in Gurgaon.
The ceremony will include a photography exhibition – “I am my parents’ eyes”, by Douglas Vanherpe, and a dance show performed by Mauritian students, and presented by the Embassy of Mauritius.

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Nasha – The Sufi Rock Band Live @ Guvment, The Bristol, MG Road Date: March 17 Time: 9 pm Entry Fee: Rs. 1,000 Delhi-based Sufi rock band, Nasha, will perform live at the newly opened alternative disc – Guvment.

Nightlife

Lucky Ali Live @ Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29 Date: March 17 Time: 4 pm

Vibrations @ Ground Floor, The Gallery Mall, MG Road Date: Till March 30 Time: 11 am to 7 pm

oin a one-day Workshop on Angel Healing. It will focus on how to connect with angels, how to develop intuitive abilities with the help of angels; working with the power of the archangels; using angel oracle cards as a divination tool; and much more. The Workshop will be conducted by Ravinder Singh, an Angel Therapy Practitioner, certified by Doreen Virtue, PhD.
Angel Healing is an alternative healing concept, involving communication and/ or connection with angels and archangels.

Stand-up Comedy

Dance

Third Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 21 Time: 7:30 pm

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Theatre

Miss Julie (English) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 23 Time: 7:30 pm Entry Tickets: Rs. 350, Rs. 250 & Rs. 150

ottery artist Anju Kumar presents a collection of contemporary abstract artworks – displaying a powerful range of vibrant oils, acrylics, and pastels.

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Music & Dance

Inauguration of the Cultural Centre of Alliance Française de Gurgaon @ Alliance Française de Gurgaon, S-24/8, DLF Phase III (Near Neel Kanth Hospital) Date: March 20 Time: 7 pm

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arnataka-based artist L.N Tallur showcases his work, inspired by his own artworks at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Tallur re-fabricates some objects from the museum’s collection, especially the 19th century cabinets. Tallur’s sardonic sense of humour is evident in his works.

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he harmonious symphony between humans and flowers was brought alive at the two-day annual Ikebana Exhibition, at The Westin Hotel. Over 24 participants of the Ikebana International, Gurgaon chapter, participated in the Exhibition. Three schools of Ikebana—Ikenobo, Sogetsu, and Ohara— brought forward their styles, mesmerising the visitors with the Durantas, Liles, Gypsophylia, Heliconias, Dahlias, Carnations, and Linoleums arranged artistically and aesthetically. Mrs. and Mr. Hajime Hayashi, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan inaugurated the Exhibition. Mr. Doi from the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, was the Guest of Honour.

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DTV Good Times hosted the second edition of the Gadget Guru Conclave & Awards event at the Kingdom of Dreams. The event saw Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Gul Panag, and the star cast of Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen  - Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Jacquline Fernandes, Asin, and the Director Sajid Khan, in attendance. Awards were given across 18 categories – for the most innovative and clutter breaking gadgets and gizmos in 2011. The event was hosted by NDTV's Tech Gurus Rajiv Makhni and Vikram Chandra. 

Raghu Bash @ Attitude Alive

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t was a charged up bash, as the City’s party revellers made their way to Attitude Alive, one of the famous night clubs in Gurgaon, to experience the blend of folk and contemporary music by Raghu Dixit. They grooved their way to the stage, and thoroughly enjoyed the music. Keeping the party on a roll, Raghu, who is famous for his self-composed music, enthralled the guests with his electrifying mixes.

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he City music lovers were in for a treat, when renowned Sufi Singer Dr. Madan Gopal Singh, and famous Qawwali artists Qutubi Brothers performed at the newly-built Amphitheatre, at the Bio Diversity Park. The festival was organised by Arts, an initiative towards promoting performing arts; and was supported by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, and I am Gurgaon, an NGO. “We plan to create an invigorating atmosphere, initiating informal interaction between the performing arts and the people of Gurgaon,” said the Director of Arts, Uma Prakash.

ujuta Diwekar, the nutritionist for Kareena Kapoor’s diet, took time off her busy schedule and visited Quill and Canvas. She spoke extensively on her book “Weightloss Tamasha”, and also gave a few fitness tips to the guests, who made it to the venue early morning. Some valuable tips – “Give up your salads and soups, and start eating rice, rotis, milk, and bananas”; and “Don’t have anything packaged.”

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Dark And Deep

BOOK

CINEMA

Kahaani Mein Twists { Vijay Kumar }

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fter a long time, we see a Bollywood production that has a strong story base; and therefore it should come as no surprise that this Sujoy Ghosh directed venture has been titled Kahaani. And what a whodunit this turns out to be! Through a rather intricately woven plot, replete with twists and turns, Sujoy Ghosh manages to cloud the narration with an ambience of mystery and the unknown. As a viewer, you are continuously teased. You know something is amiss, from the time the female lead lands in Kolkata; but it is difficult to guess what it KAHAANI is about. Sujoy draws on the Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh amazing talent pool of West CAST: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Bengal – to construct his tale, dle class milieu, Chatterjee and make it riveting. the colours and GENRE: Thriller/Drama We have the lead artiste smells of the byplayed brilliantly (once again) lanes, the Kichhu by Vidya Balan; and this should fetch Hobe Na sentiments, and the delirium of another National Award. As the pregnant Durga Pooja celebrations. Sujoy is also Vidya Bagchi, coming into town to find out the writer; and his creation is more like the whereabouts of her husband, she is the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – with just perfect. Expressions and displays of a female Sherlock Holmes trying to unravel frustration, anger, excitement or parental the truth. And the unraveling does not emotion, are brought on with consummate come easy; many would need to see ease. She clearly is the most versatile this movie twice, and with rapt attenactress we have in Bollywood today. It is a tion, to understand the layers of deceppity that she is ill at ease in ‘formula’ movtion! Even at the end, when all the pieces ies. The rest of the cast also deliver admifall into place, it takes the viewer—who rable performances. The only song is the has watched the movie without blinking— background number rendered by some effort to fully comprehend. The movAmitabh Bachchan. ie’s failing is in the insistence of hand-held Sujoy and the photographer have cameras; and that, compounded by the also managed to capture the essence of intricate plot, makes it less taut than what it Kolkata: the bureaucracy, the typical midcould have been. What a Kahaani! u

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the maze of horrifying traps. f you have a penchant for horror, Arnab As much as the twists in the tale, which Ray’s second offering, The Mine, will make you gobble this book at one go, it grip you in more ways than one. As psyis the minute details—the footprints— chological thrillers and mind game fictions which the copious chronicler leaves, go, Ray’s book is as gory as it is gripping. that catch your attention. What struck Arnab Ray, popularly known as ‘The Great me was the author’s Bong’, is acknowledged for his skillful play with wit, and contemporary, slick light and darkness, writing. His first novel ‘May I his interpretation of Hebb Your Attention Pliss’, a human emotions, breezy book, was generously and the masterly sprinkled with humour. In this juxtaposition of new book, Arnab has substithe suspense-filled tuted his trademark humour prologue that merges with a generous dose of well with the end. spine-chilling horror. In an interview, The book opens quietly, Arnab has said, and builds up the story of “I could probably its main protagonist Samar say that cinema Bose, a specialist in industrial has influenced security systems and electronic my writing style – surveillance. A missing there are a number daughter, a prodigious of events that brother left half-witted by occur in the book brain seizures, a dead wife, The Mine at the same time. and a house inhabited by Author: Arnab Ray Flashbacks are ghosts of the past, form the PUBLISHER: Westland woven in with the crux of Bose’s existence. PRICE: Rs. 195 present times, to give Then there are five experts, the reader a clearer who have led fairly successful GENRE: Fiction/Horror picture of lives, but are hiding skeletons what is happening in in their cupboards. These the book.” experts, from specific fields, are called in The readers, who are not inclined to investigate an ancient place of worship, buried deep in the ground – with grotesque towards horror as a genre, are warned – as the book has some explicit narration of carvings on its dome. The miners who unpleasant scenes. But to be fair to Arnab, come in contact with the dome get he has made no bones about the fact that entangled in dreadful nightmares. After the the book is a horror thriller, and is aimed at Chief Operations Officer gets killed, it is up a mature reader. u to the five experts to find their way out of

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A Cool Joint { Aalok Wadhwa }

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n entering this restaurant, intriguingly named The Joint, situated at a corner of the Galleria market, the mood hits me. The shack-like interiors, the posters of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Che Guevara, groovy music, and a proprietor with a beatific bearded visage seated in a corner – make you relax instantly. As I lazily find myself a seat, I am approached by the owner Sunil Memotra, duly armed with a menu card. Joining the ever-increasing tribe of foodies-turned-amateurrestaurateurs in Gurgaon, Sunil (recently returned from Dubai) decided to start an adda of likeminded people. “This is a place for chitchats, or just hanging out on your own. One of our patrons sits here to prepare for her CAT exam, because she says she likes it here,” he says with quiet satisfaction. The food—that consists of an all-day breakfast, sandwiches, shakes, pasta, and some main courses—fits this frame of mind well. I start with Sunil’s favourite, the humble chicken soup (Rs. 89) – which is light, flavourful and comforting. Next is the Greek salad (Rs. 169). This is the American version, significantly

different from the chunky summer salad that the Greeks are used to. It has loads of lettuce, tomatoes, smaller bits of feta, chopped olives, cucumbers and bell peppers, with a mustard vinaigrette dressing – not quite original Greek, but a crunchy and tasty salad nonetheless. The only disappointment of the afternoon is the fish and chips (Rs. 209), a popular English takeaway meal. The fish fillets are too thin, and are consumed by the

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batter. The accompanying chips and tartar sauce are well made. The restaurant bounces back with a bang with the next dish – grilled sea bass in caper sauce (Rs. 319). It’s simply exquisite. Here we have fresh fillets of fish cooked to perfection; allowing them to retain their juices, and deliver a soft, flaky bite. The mild caper sauce adds a creamy dimension to the taste, and the accompanying veggies are grilled just right. As I wash down the meal with a pineapple shake (Rs. 99) I think pleasant thoughts. As Sunil says, this is the mood the food and the ambience are meant to deliver. The Joint is a good place to chill with friends; or just be alone reading a book, or thinking of world peace! u

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Master Recipe Masterchef (Season 2): Top 4 Vijaylaxmi

Spanish Omelette With Spinach And Mushrooms Ingredients 2-3 Medium-sized

potatoes, peeled

1 Onion 3-4

Leaves of spinach

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½ cup Mushrooms 4-5

Large eggs

1 cup

Olive oil, for frying

1cup

Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

 Cut potatoes in half, length-wise.  Peel and chop the onion. Put potatoes and onion into a large mixing bowl, and mix them together.  In a frying pan, add half a cup of olive oil. Cook potatoes and onion till done. Let them cool and transfer to a bowl.  In another bowl, beat eggs. Add chopped spinach, mushrooms, cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix well.  Mix egg mixture with potato/onion mixture.  Heat pan. Add the remaining oil. Pour the mixture and cook on low flame, for 10 minutes. Turn the omelette over. Cook the other side for 10 minutes.  Serve with any sauce and vegetables.


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Gurgaon walks with Sheikh

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o mark the beginning of the World Glaucoma Week, Gurgaonites participated in a special W,alk to spread awareness about Glaucoma, an eye disease that causes gradual loss of sight. The walk was flagged off by actor Farooq Sheikh and the HUDA Administrator Praveen Kumar. “Small measures like this Walk go a long way to help fight the disease,” said Sheikh, while addressing the gathering.

Guet t a DJs Gurgaon

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ver 6,000 fans of David Guetta gathered at the Leisure Valley Park, and enjoyed the first ever performance of the French DJ in India. Guetta churned out his chart-topping numbers like “Without You”, “When love takes over”, “Gettin over you”, “Sexy Bitch”, “Where them girls at”, and “I got a feeling”. The crowd sang in unison, as the DJ, many times, lowered the volume of his tunes and let the crowd sing along. “When I left for India, I didn’t know what to expect. It is wonderful to see that it’s a crowd of 6,000 plus,” said Guetta.

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06  Contd from p 1 Police sources have their own version of why such blatant crimes occur. “Last year, 18 assault cases were registered at our police station; and all occurred in and around MG Road,” says Jagdish Prasad, the Station House Officer of Sector-29 police chowki. “We try to resolve maximum cases between the warring parties amicably. Once they sober up, this happens,” he says. On the flip side, this means many more cases go unreported. “You have to consider the whole situation,” SHO Prasad explains, “On a weekend, you have 1,000 people per mall who are coming to drink. Among these, there are always some inebriated youth, who have too much cash, attitude and firearms. These are the people who create trouble for everyone, especially women. On any day, we have 20 to 25 personnel manning the MG Road. On New Year’s Day, I had over 100 men for that stretch.” And Sahara Mall pubs have been at the centre of the storm of drunken brawls. Only Sahara Mall has six bars and pubs in a row (on the third floor). This substantially increases the chance of drunken violence, say authorities. “Our duty is to maintain the peace, but we do far more than that on MG Road. I have positioned a permanent PCR at the Sahara Mall. Come midnight, my men do the rounds of the bars, to make sure that no one exceeds their allowed timings. Even when the incident happened (the gang-rape), the CCTV camera footage has verified that my men closed up Last Chance at 02:04 hours. Even the victim verifies that,” SHO Prasad claims. But as of now, the police seems to be more reacting to the incidents. When will the police act such that the perpetrators, however drunk, think twice before stepping out of line? “We maintain the peace, and we do a good job of that. When such incidents happen, it is our responsibility that the criminals do not get away,” says Police Commissioner KK Sindhu. He reasons, “See, I cannot guarantee the safety of every citizen. People have to proactive in their attempts to ensure their, and their family’s, safety. If incidents happen, then it is the police’s responsibility, and we will do our duty.” In light of the gang-rape, the Commissioner has ordered for more frequent patrolling of business, telecommunications and entertainment hubs in the City. There are two more reasons why such incidents are clustered around Sahara Mall. One, that these bars/pubs are small to medium operations. The cover charges range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,500 per person and slightly more for a couple; which is not all that much for an average Gurgaonite. Any classy bar would charge between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 6,000 for the same – restricting the entry. “Places like Ignite and Prison in Sahara Mall are okay for

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Gurgaon Failing On All 3 Counts guys like us,” says Vikas, an engineering student. “A night out will not burn a hole in our pocket, and these places provide enough of music and booze for the likes of us,” he says. “But seeing the type of crowd coming here, I come with my male buddies only. Bringing my girlfriend here is inviting trouble.” The second reason is the clustering of the six bars and pubs on the same floor in this mall. “On a week-end, the total crowd can go up to 700-800,” says Rajesh, a part-owner of the discotheque Prison. That means 800 inebriated youths on a single floor. It would be unrealistic to expect that everyone will be well-behaved when tipsy,” Rajesh states. “Why did the excise department give all of us permission to set up our operations? Did they not foresee any trouble?” he asks. On their part, excise officials say that their responsibility lies in making sure all the rules are followed in the setting up of bars; and that there is no rule that stipulates the number of bars in a particular place – even floor. An excise official says, “A person acquires a licence to operate a bar in Gurgaon for Rs 6 lakh. That licence also limits his operating hours to midnight. If the owner so wishes, he can extend his operating hours to 2 AM, by paying an additional Rs 5 lakh. That means the last order for that bar has to be placed before the deadline.” “Time and again, we have asked the bar operators to wind up their operations by 2:30 AM, but they have a habit of not listening to us,” the official sighs. So, according to him, what can be the reasons for the regular tumult at Sahara Mall? “Bars in New Delhi close by midnight. At that point of time, some revellers move towards Gurgaon, where they can have two more hours of fun. The drunk get more sozzled, and brawls and accidents are the order of the night. But everything can still be orderly if everyone follows the rules; and that includes the pubs and the patrons.” Anil Kadyan, the District Excise And Taxation Commissioner (DETC), says, “Out of the six bars and pubs in Sahara Mall, four (Last Chance, Addiction, Prison, Blue Eyes) have acquired the licence to operate till 2 AM. Ignite and Ipsa (restro-bar) have the regular licence, which limits operations till midnight.” In the light of what happened, what steps are the authorities taking? “As of now, the District

Administration (Excise, Labour, Police, Deputy Commissioner) are making sure the rules are followed to the letter. Even if this is a reaction to what happened at Sahara Mall, the rules will be equally enforced on all the bars, discotheques and pubs across the District. For one, all patrons coming in will have to provide valid identification. CCTV coverage is a must, and should be accessible to the authorities whenever required.” Going on, Kadyan says, “We are also going to ask the police to conduct extended drunken driving check-drives around these hot-spots. For all these pubs, the owners have to collect identification of all their employees, and issue ID cards. From the excise point of view, operating hours will be enforced, and heavy penal action will be imposed on flouting the law. We have fined and issued notices to almost every place.”

From the viewpoint of the mall management, the branding of Sahara Mall has taken a beating time and again, from the brawls and bloodladen fights emerging from the third floor. Hefting thick folders overflowing with papers, the Manager of Sahara Mall Gagandeep Saini says, “This represents the number of injunctions and notices we have served the pubs and bars on the third floor. As of now, we have given them final notices. We’re an international group, and these incidents are trashing our image. Any more such incidents, and we will evict them.” “If managed properly, every bar and pub can work peacefully. These particular ones are owned by youth with too much money and political clout, who think they can get away with anything,” says a mall official. Citizens too are fed up. “It is intolerable,” says Atul Mittra, a financial consultant and a resident of nearly Galleria. “A few days ago, a diesel genset operator was slapped around by a bouncer of Galleria Mall. The poor man was beaten so badly that his ear-drum ruptured. This is the scene all over MG Road and nearby malls. These guys run their business like fiefdoms, and

care for nothing.” The owners of the bars have their own story to tell. Rajesh says, “Who says we’re rich? Each of the bars here is owned by five to six youths like us. We invested whatever money we had in these places, hoping to make a living. Some of us took loans. If anyone says we’re loaded with money, I say come to our homes and find out. We’re normal, middle-class youth who have put in their family’s savings to start a business.” Sitting in a small back-office Mukesh, the part-owner of Blue Eyes, says, “When we met with the Deputy Commissioner PC Meena, I said that the employees of Blue Eyes have never been booked or even charged for anything. Then why are we being penalised? Every bar in Gurgaon and around has unruly customers. But if anything untoward happens, we’re painted as the bad guys. Even if there is a fight in any other club, everyone starts pointing fingers at us. Please look at the facts before judging us.” Another owner says, “What happened with the girl was very unfortunate. But it happened outside the club premises, and even the mall premises. How can we have a hand in this? She wasn’t even an employee. We have a standing rule that no women are employed - considering the crowds.” “Look at the measures we are taking to ensure our patrons’ safety,” says Vishal. “There is only one entry and exit, that is manned at all times. We ask our guards and bouncers to escort every patron, especially girls, to their vehicles.” “The bars on this floor have come to an agreement that we will not shut at one go. The timings are staggered, so as not to cause an overflow of customers. When people after watching a movie come down, we ask our guards and bouncers to clear a way specially for them. We clamp down on anything that might cause fights,” says the owner of Ipsa, the restro-bar. What about the regular flareups which Sahara Mall is known for? “Why would we beat up our customers?” asks Rajesh. “Due to our location and cover charges, we are accessible to most of the populace. We have rules that if a drunk party comes to our club, the bouncer will tell them that there is a corporate party and ask them to go somewhere else.” Mukesh chips in, “There are people who come up, put a wad of cash and a gun on the table, and demand entry. So many of our bouncers have

been slapped around for following the rules. Only if people get offensive and physical, do we allow our bouncers to exert force and restrain them. One time, a drunk group threatened us and beat us up with a fake pistol. The bouncers threw the party out, and we were charged for assault. Is that justice?” In a bar with zero customers, Rajesh says, “We have a business to run, and our reputation is important. See what bad news has done for our business? We anyway get a zero crowd for 5 days. Even then, we’re the ones who stick to our timings. At 2 am, we’re closed. Why don't you check where they go then?” They allude to pubs in a mall further down the road, that seemingly are open upto 4 am! So what can be done to alleviate the circumstances, and make sure violent incidents (like fights, shootings, rape) do not happen? “Make sure all the bars follow the rules, and shut down according to their permits,” says Vishal promptly. “We are being penalised for every crime – inside or outside; while other bars are allowed to break the rules.” There have been incidents in which the bouncers of Sahara Mall have been implicated for assault and thuggery. Are the bars doing nothing to curb them? “Our bouncers have one standing rule. Leave your ego at home,” says Mukesh. “Our bouncers are college-going youngsters, who are trying to supplement their income. And they face flak for every drunk, or inconsiderate customer, who thinks he’s king.” Monty, a bouncer at Blue Eyes, says, “I’ve been working here for almost a year now. Why would I want to beat up my establishment’s customers? Instead, the people here take us lightly. If a girl is drunk and trying to dance while smoking, I can only ask her to smoke outside, or in the smoking lounge. If we ask sternly, they go to the cops and complain of harassment.” In the maelstrom of violence on MG Road, everyone has an iron-clad reason for being 'the injured party'. But at the end, it is the people who end up getting hurt. The government is happy with the crores it is getting – as taxes and levies from the bars. It is only when a woman is gangraped, and the news splashed across, that it wakes up to its moral responsibility. The police has increased its patrolling on MG Road, and permanent pickets are being stationed at Sahara Mall. The mall owners have been reprimanded, and ordered to follow rules. Weekends will see more hiring of temporary bouncers, to maintain decorum. The mall management is already chafing to get rid of the pubs, and the bad publicity. The administration has also asked the pubs to co-operate with the police, and provide all data (CCTV footage, employee details, etc.) whenever needed. Also, girls are indirectly being advised against working late. But does locking the gate only after the fact do any good? Especially when it is opened soon enough; or the lock is easy to pick. u


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CINEMA

Time: 12.40 pm, 2.40 pm, 7.20 pm, 9.20 pm Paan Singh Tomar Time: 10.00 am, 4.40 pm, 11.15 pm Chaar Din Ki Chandni Time: 11.00 am Address: 3rd floor, MGF Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4530000 Website: www.pvrcinemas. com

THIS WEEK Big Cinemas: Ansal Plaza Chaar Din Ki Chandni Time: 6.00 pm Kahaani Time: 11.15 am, 1.45 pm, 4.15 pm, 7.00 pm, 9.45 pm John Carter Time: 7.45pm Address: 3rd floor, Ansal Plaza, G Block, Palam Vihar Website: www.bigcinemas.com PVR: Ambience Premier Kahaani Time: 10.30 am, 11.20 am, 1.00 pm, 1.50 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.20 pm, 6.00 pm, 6.50 pm, 8.30 pm, 9.20 pm, 10.55 pm The Iron Lady Time: 2.30 pm, 9.30 pm Paan Singh Tomar Time: 10.35 am, 3.10 pm, 8.20 pm, 10.55 pm John Carter (3D) Time: 10.00 am, 2.30 pm, 7.00 pm, 11.30 pm Indian Panorama Film Festival Time: 6.30 pm Chaar Din Ki Chandni Time: 12.00 noon London Paris New York Time: 1.10 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Time: 5.45 pm This Means War Time: 10.05 am, 12.35 pm, 5.05 pm, 9.35 pm, 11.15 pm The Vow Time: 4.30 pm Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, NH-8 Website: www.pvrcinemas .com

PVR Sahara: Sahara Mall Kahaani Time: 10.00 am, 12.25 pm, 2.50 pm, 5.15 pm, 7.40 pm, 10.05 pm Nidra (Malayalam) Time: 10.45 am Second Show (Malayalam) Time: 6.00 pm Paan Singh Tomar Time: 12.45 pm, 3.20 pm, 8.15 pm, 10.50 pm Address: Sahara Mall, MG Road Ph: 0124- 4048100 Website: www.pvrcinemas .com DT Mega Mall: DLF Phase I Chaar Din Ki Chandni (U/A) – Hindi Time: 10:00 am, 12:25 pm, 07:10 pm, 11:30 pm John Carter 3D (U/A) – English Time: 10:30 am, 03:35 pm, 06:05 pm, 11:10 pm Kahaani (U/A) – Hindi Time: 11:00 am, 01:25 pm, 03:50 pm, 06:15 pm, 08:40 pm, 11:05 pm Paan Singh Tomar (U/A) – Hindi Time: 01:00 pm, 08:35 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) – Hindi Time: 02:50 pm London, Paris, New York (U/A) – Hindi Time: 05:15 pm, 09:35 pm

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Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) – Hindi Time: 01:40 pm, 11:00 pm London, Paris, New York (U/A) – Hindi Time: 06:35 pm Website: http://dt-cinemas.com SRS Omaxe Mall, Sohna Road Kahaani (U/A) Time: 10:30 am, 3:20 pm, 5:40 pm This Means War (A)-Eng Time: 10.00 am, 2.25 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.40 pm John Carter (2D) (U/A)- Hindi Time: 12.00 pm, 10.40 pm John Carter (2D) (U/A)English Time: 4.20 pm Paan Singh Tomar Time: 12.50 pm, 8.10, 10.35 pm SRS Celebration Mall, Sohna Road Kahaani (U/A) Time: 11:00 am, 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20, 10:40 pm Chaar Din Ki Chandni Time: 12.30 pm, 5:30, 10:30 pm Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (U/A) Time: 10.00 am, 3:00 pm, 8:00 pm

THE WEEKTHAT WAS

♦ The Finance Minister inaugurates the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the SBI Staff College, Hyderabad, from the SBI Academy at Gurgaon. He exhorts SBI and public sector banks to provide more efficient and cost effective customer services, leveraging technological capabilities. Also, to pay special attention to Human Resource Development. The SBI Academy in Gurgaon is the second apex training institution, after the SBI Staff College, Hyderabad. ♦ MCG Budget for 2012-13 proposes a Revenue of Rs. 1,016 crores; and an Expenditure of Rs. 533 crores. ♦ Haryana Director General of Police Ranjiv Dalal lays the foundation stone of a Traffic Tower in the City. The 7-storied building will be used for traffic control. ♦ Directions issued by the DC, PC Meena, to all shopping mall owners and those running shops and commercial establishments – for the safe transportation of women employees on duty after 8pm. PVR: Ambience Gold DT City Centre: DLF Phase II There is now grave concern over cases of eve teasing, molestation Kahaani John Carter 3D (U/A) – and rape, in Gurgaon. Time: 12.10 pm, 2.40 pm, 5.10 English pm, 7.40 pm, 10.10 pm The general public can file complaints against violation of these rules, Time: 10:30 am, 01:00 pm, This Means War 06:05 pm, 11:10 pm or creation of nuisance, to dcgrg@hry.nic.in, or dcgrg@nic.in. Time: 10.15 am Chaar Din Ki Chandni (U/A) ♦ Pub worker gang raped – forcibly taken out of a car on MG Road; 6 John Carter (3D) – Hindi persons arrested (residents of Rohtak) – mastermind arrested in Delhi. Time: 11.00 am, 4.30 pm, Time: 10:35 am, 03:30 pm, A 7th person, believed to be a minor, has also been identified. A group 10.00 pm 10:55 pm Paan Singh Tomar of NGOs and citizens took out a protest against such growing crime. Kahaani (U/A) – Hindi Time: 1.45 pm, 7.15 pm ♦ A constable is killed, when a truck rams into his bike. Time: 10:45 am, 01:10 pm, 03:35 pm, 06:00 pm, 08:25 ♦ An engineer hangs himself at his residence. PVR MGF: MGF Mall pm, 10:50 pm ♦ Acid thrown on a woman. Kahaani Paan Singh Tomar (U/A) – ♦ A 10-year-old girl is molested in a lift, by a security guard. Time: 10.00 am, 12.30 pm, Hindi ♦ Caretaker molests a tenant, a girl from the NE. 3.00 pm, 5.30 pm, 8.00 pm, Time: 01:05 pm, 03:40 pm, 10.30 pm ♦ Alert driver averts robbery of car. 08:35 pm John Carter (3D) The Vow – English ♦ 3 men hit car driven by 2 women, and then snatch car from them. Time: 10.00 am, 3.20 pm, 6.00 Time: 06:15 pm, 08:50 pm ♦ 3 men forcibly take car from driver, near Signature Towers. pm, 11.20 pm ♦ A Rs. 3 crore loan fraud case nipped in the bud; the person is also Paan Singh Tomar DT Star Mall: Sector 30 wanted by the CBI, for an earlier Rs.11 crore fraud. Time: 12.40 pm, 8.40 pm Kahaani (U/A) – Hindi ♦ A woman’s pick-pocketed credit card used for shopping worth Time: 11:00 am, 01:20 pm, PVR Europa: MGF Mall Rs 3 lacs. 03:40 pm, 08:30 pm, 10:50 pm Kahaani Chaar Din Ki Chandni (U/A) ♦ Gurgaon rail connectivity to improve – newer and/or better links with Time: 1.30 pm, 4.00 pm, 6.30 – Hindi Chandigarh, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Ranikhet, Ajmer, and Haridwar. pm, 9.00 pm, 11.30 pm Time: 11:10 am, 04:05 pm, ♦ Gurgaon needs to work urgently to ensure that sewage that This Means War 06:00 pm, 08:30 pm flows into the Najafgarh drain, does not further pollute the Yamuna. The Supreme Court is monitoring actions taken to ensure cleaner Yamuna waters. ♦ Ikebana show in Gurgaon. Police ............................................................... .......100 ♦ Tenders for liquor shops, left after Fire Station ............................................................. 101 renewals, fetched Rs 357 crores – from Ambulance............................................................... 102 172 IMFL and 145 Country Made Liquor White Express Auto..................................0124-4811111 shops; the Sahara Mall group fetched Gurgaon Traffic Police................................................ 1073 Rs. 13.85 crores; and the Galleria Market group Rs. 12.5 crores Railway Enquiry ............................................... ............139 ♦ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Women Helpline......................................................... 1091 Haryana is planning to provide mobile Children Helpline........................................................ 1098 food testing laboratories to Gurgaon. Senior Citizens Helpline............................................. 1291 ♦ MCG brings more businesses under LPG Helpline................................................... 011-155233 “trades” list – call centres, gyms, training Weather Helpline........................................ 18001801717 institutes, property dealers etc. Car Breakdown Helpline.............................. 011-43676767 ♦ 6 new Volvo buses to run Gurgaon Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway Chandigarh - Gurgaon. Helpline.........................................0124-4787828/817/853 ♦ Many MG Road encroachments DMRC Helpline................................................ 011-155370 cleared. Disaster Management Helpline.................................. 1077 ♦ A funeral complex coming up in Municipal Corporation (MCG)....................... 18001801817 Sector 52.

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slice of life in the Sonal family. It is seven o’clock in the evening: time for Shilpa Sonal, a social worker and mother of three, to drop her elder son to a tuition class. Her mother-in-law, 75, is engrossed in writing her next novel; while her father-in-law, a sarod player, works on an ambitious project to preserve the age-old musical notes. Three generations of the Sonal family live together in a house at Nirvana Country. Shilpa and her husband Ashish Sonal, moved from Ghaziabad to Belvedere Apartment some ten years ago; and in 2006, they shifted to a spacious villa at Nirvana Country. “Settling down in this part of Gurgaon was not a piece of cake. When we moved to Nirvana, people used to call it ‘Virana’,” laughs Shilpa. “However, our quest for a spacious house brought us here. Our three children required a lot of space, in and around the house. Also, my parents-in-laws needed space of their own, since both are from a creative background. Moreover, we wanted accessibility to parks. We wanted safety above everything else. And we have got it all here. We couldn’t expect this anywhere in Delhi or Ghaziabad,” says Shilpa, who runs an NGO Bagia, that provides education to the underprivileged children.

For The Elderly

For Shilpa’s mother-in-law, Sumanlata Saxena, moving to Gurgaon came as a blessing – as she found many like-minded people here. “Being a writer, I was always looking for an intellectual peer group. In Ghaziabad, it was difficult,” says Sumanlata. She has been writing since her college days, and recently got her work published. She proudly shows her publication “Chand, Kachnar Ka

Thrice Blessed Ped Aur Tum,” and gives credit to her peers and daughter-in-law for getting the book published. Sumanlata, however, complains about the unavailability of Hindi books in the City’s book shops and libraries. “Firstly, there is no good public library in Gurgaon, especially in this part of the City. Secondly, I am surprised no book shop in the City keeps Hindi publications. How would my grandchildren learn Hindi literature? How would they develop interest in their national language? They have access to Hindi books only in schools,” says Sumanlata. Her grand-daughter Ishika, however, enjoys reading “Nandan”, and gives due credit to her grandmother for encouraging her to read Hindi books. Ashish and Shilpa also acknowledge the efforts put in by Sumanlata and Chandra Mohan (Shilpa’s father-in-law) to inculcate the right moral values in their children. “The benefit of being in a joint family is that there is an emotional support system for the children. Unlike other kids, my children don’t spend

hours in front of the TV and computers, because they have a lot of people in the family to talk to. Plus, having three children also helps in transfer of knowledge. There is a constant transfer from the elder to the younger,” says Ashish proudly. He took pre-mature retirement from the Indian army, and decided to do an MBA – to start his own business and live with his family. Presently, he runs a management consultancy, Orkash Services Pvt. Ltd., in Udyog Vihar. Like Ashish’s mother, his father Chandra Mohan also seems to be in love with the City. He appreciates the way Gurgaonites adapt to other cultures. “I am a Sarod player. A couple of decades ago, being a Sarod player was looked down upon. But now with the commercialisation of music in cities, I see many kids learning Sarod – which is great.” Chandra Mohan is documenting the age-old Sarod notations.

Living in g’City

When asked what is the best thing

{Sector 40}

Good Amenities, Bad Maintenance

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ituated in the shadow of Unitech’s Cyber Park and other big business houses, Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (HUDA’s) Sector 40 reaps the dividend of being near a booming tech-hub. A fully-functional, lively Community Market, and a large, well-maintained Community Centre are proof of that. Being close to Cyber Park, the Sector also doubles up as a Paying-Guest accommodation haven, for professionals who have come from other states. R.K Dhiman, a real-estate consultant who has his office in the Community Market, says, “The Sector is well-planned and maintained as such. But the spike in new constructions have drastically increased the debris spread out in the colony.” Large tracts in the Sector are littered with debris and garbage. “The sanitation people perform their duties from time to time, but the Sector’s residents should be more civic-minded. When they know that their construction work is ejecting a large amount of debris and garbage,

What’s good

 Planning, set-up of Sector.  Presence of business houses gives a fillip to market, and housing.  Community Centre stages regular activities from time to time, and the market has good number of shops, services and banks.

What’s not so good

 Condition of roads  Construction debris lying at every vacant plot and tract of land.  Sanitation condition.  Electricity infrastructure (needs to be over hauled urgently).

they should also think of a solution to dispose it – instead of dumping it here and there.” Poonam, a resident, says, “This Sector has good enough amenities for me and my family. My kids go the school nearby, and the market has clinics, general stores and restaurants that are good for any family. It would be better if the police perform some extra rounds of the Sector. Even though we have a police station nearby, we don’t see a reassuring police presence.” A policeman on duty in the Sector says, “The crime scene in the Sector is low. We have enough PCRs making rounds, and the area is quiet and peaceful. Yes, there are some car thefts and minor incidents. The Market could do with a functional public toilet. The shop-owners, workers and visitors have nowhere

about living in a city like Gurgaon, Shilpa says, “I would call it the Singapore of India. I have travelled all over the country; not even Bangalore and Hyderabad have this culture. Southern India has a culture of its own. They have their own distinct code of dress and dance. There is something distinctive about it. In Bangalore, there is something typical Bangalorean; and in Hyderabad, there is something typical Hyderabadi. But like Singapore, there is nothing typical about Gurgaon.” She, however, feels strongly about the builder nexus, and lack of civic infrastructure in the City. According to Shilpa, when her family moved to Nirvana, there was no power supply at all. “For four and a half years, we were on generators. There was no State power supply at all. There was a continuous humming noise 24x7. From 2003 to 2010, Unitech made 800 villas, but couldn’t provide any electricity and water to the residents. There is also no water body that Gurgaon can rely upon. Builders are draining water out of mother earth, causing damage to the environment. This is due to the builder nexus in Gurgaon. Moreover, the sewerage system in the area is not connected to the City system. The Maintenance department sends suction pumps, to pull out the waste from each villa,” she says.

The Way Out

“Despite the many civic issues in the City, we can’t get away by blaming the authorities and builders. I think it is time for RWAs to join hands. I recently put across a suggestion to all the RWAs, to help provide a shuttle service from South City II and Sohna Road to the HUDA City Centre metro station. RWAs should work to provide transport to the residents, and also fight against the builder nexus,” suggests Shilpa. u

to go to relieve themselves.” The HUDA public toilet behind the Market has not been cleaned for several months. Cobwebs, empty bottles and filth, carpet the toilet area – making it unusable. Satish, husband of Ward Councillor Saroj, says, “I’ve given numerous applications to the HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar for development issues. The Community Parks need to be maintained regularly, and I’ve asked the Administrator saab to put up some children’s swing sets in the parks. The inner roads need to be maintained;

they have not been relaid in a long time. I’ve also submitted an application to have it widened,” he says. “The Housing Board nearby has many more residents now, and the sewer lines are not able to cope,” he says. A shopowner says, “The electricity infrastructure in the Sector is going from poor to pathetic. Besides the lack of toilets, the electricity lines in the Sector are hanging dangerously low. The transformers spark from time to time, but the RWA is toothless in whatever they attempt to do.” u

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I want to learn driving Main gaadi chalana

seekhna chahun sun

2. Is there a driving school nearby? Dhore sek koi gaadi sikhanala

schooll sege ke?

3. How much does it charge? Kitne rupaye le se? 4. Will they help me get a licence? License dilwa denge ke?


16–22 March 2012

C ivic/S ocial

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ven as the battle of attrition between the World Spa residents and realty major Unitech continues, the Gurgaon district Court on Wednesday heard the arguments from both the sides. The decision on the plea filed by Unitech, that has termed the unilateral takeover of World Spa residential complex by the RWA as illegal, will come on the next date of hearing on March 21. The contention of Unitech in the court was that World Spa Residents Welfare Association has wrongfully taken over the maintenance of the complex. Secondly, the builder claimed that it had a right to maintain

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the complex, and take service charges, as per an Agreement signed by the buyers of these apartments. Both these contentions were however opposed by the RWA lawyer Pooja Aganpal, who told Friday Gurgaon that the Service Agreement mentioned by the builders has already expired in May 2010 – and is not legally tenable. Secondly, as per the Haryana Ownership of Apartments Act 1983, the builder has to hand over the apartments to the RWA, as the builder has already filed the deed of declaration with the concerned authority, she asserts. The Court, she says, now has to decide upon the main-

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Shape of Things to Come?

tainability of the suit filed by Unitech, to restrain the residents from taking over the complex. Meanwhile, the World Spa residents, who took over the complex on March 11, say that they will not let Unitech manage this residential complex – as it has failed to service the community as it should have. RWA President, Gautam Gulati says that they are fighting this issue in a proper manner, backed by sound legal counsel, and in close coordination with the Administration. “The builder had filed a complaint against us, that we had forcefully taken over the complex; but when the police investigated the issue, no such thing came out,” he asserts. The residents, he says, want to take control of their lives, and do not want an external agency

to intrude into their day to day living. “We want to live safely, in a comfortable environment, that the builder has failed to provide us – and hence this action had to be taken,” he reveals. Not only the RWA representatives, but also the residents of this condominium are unhappy with the functioning of the builder, who they say had ‘promised the moon’ while selling the project. Kuko Kapoor, who used to stay in Laburnum apartments, says that Unitech had sent architects to their home, to motivate them to invest in one of the best projects coming up in the country. “But when we bought the apartment, we were shocked, as for one year the family had to live in a single room of a relative – as the delivery was delayed by over a year,” says Kapoor. She adds that the quality

of construction was also shoddy; not up to the mark. The swimming pool has leaks, the basements are crumbling, the false ceilings were not proper when we came here, she says. Kapoor suggests that it would be appropriate for the builder company to give up maintenance as it has not been able to deliver the goods. World Spa residents thus also seem to be dissastified that Unitech has not been able to create the international style and ambience that it had initially promised. The situation has come to such a pass that residents are maintaining a 24 hour vigil, to ensure that the maintenance staff of the builder are not able to force their way back into the complex. Sonali Kocchar, another resident, says that high profile people bought apartments in the complex, because they were promised a certain standard of living. “The quality of life that was promised has not been delivered. The handover of the apartment was too late; and some houses are still to be completed. We paid hard money to live in a certain style, but all that has been denied,” she says, while adding that builders should not ‘promise the moon’ when they sell a project. World Spa residents have a very strong community of likeminded individuals, who are ready to take a stand against a powerful builder, says Kochhar. She points to many RWAs that don’t have the spirit and the gumption to do so. She insists that people must unite, to oppose wrongdoings by builders. The immediate provocation, for the World Spa residents to revolt against the builder, was the recurring incidents of gas leaks that were not addressed by the maintenance staff. “Despite repeated reminders, no action was taken by Unitech; and ultimately we were forced to take over the maintenance,” says former Ambassador Satnam Singh, a former high-ranking diplomat who lives in the condominium. The reduction in the security staff was also a major bone of contention between the two sides; as also the failure of the builder to pay timely salaries to the staff. The RWA members are also demanding that money lying with Unitech, that is meant for maintenance and amounts to crores, should be returned. “We want to manage this complex ourselves, and do not need the builder for that”, they aver. Some of the top ranking CEOs, corporate officials and former bureaucrats live in the World Spa Condominium, in Sector 30 of Gurgaon. A few weeks back these residents had even carried out a protest demonstration against the poor maintenance services of the builder company. Friday Gurgaon tried to contact Unitech for their side of the story, but a call and a message to a senior public relations official remained unanswered. u


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Strengthen Local Bodies “The key officials in the districts should be appointed by the CM himself, and enjoy his confidence – as it allows the smooth functioning of the administration, and better performance,” says Asthana. “The condition in and around Kapashera and Dundahera is pitiable, and the authorities must take corrective action soon,” he asserts. He adds that the security situation in the City is poor – while mentioning the recent gang rape incident that has shocked the City. The traffic situation, encroachment, poor sanitation and lack of drainage are in particularly bad condition in this area, he says. No one can safely venture out in Gurgaon, as people are scared of the criminals moving without any fear. “The administration

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urgaon has a large number of former bureaucrats who have completed eventful tenures as part of the State’s administrative set up. Being a part of the bureaucracy is a great privilege in India; but even the bureaucrats do not live in a vacuum. The bureaucrats also feel helpless about the living conditions in the City. M.D Asthana, a senior IAS officer of the 1965 batch, who had joined the erstwhile Punjab state, is also unhappy with the poor state of governance and delivery of services in the Millennium City. Asthana has served as Director Agriculture, Haryana and at several other crucial posts. He is of the opinion that nonperformance of the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon and other local bodies, is behind the civic failure staring us in the face. He is unhappy with the poor state of sanitation, cleanliness and traffic management in the city of Gurgaon. It is surprising that the Gurgaon Mayor does not have powers to order and execute any project; it is embarrassing that he is often lamenting about the non-availability of personal staff, says Asthana. “What is even more surprising is that the Municipal Commissioner Sudhir Rajpal has limited powers. The authority that he would have enjoyed as a Deputy Secre-

M.D Asthana joined the IAS in 1965 in erstwhile Punjab state. Subsequently he was allotted the Haryana cadre in 1966. He has served at key positions in the State, and served under different Chief Ministers. He went on deputation to the Government of India and served as Secretary, Food, and Managing Director, Food Corporation of India. tary appears to evade him as the MCG Commissioner,” says Asthana. He adds that the only solution to the urban nightmare here is to empower the local bodies. The items coming under the 74th amendment of the Consti-

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{ Rajiv Mishra } urgaon is facing a massive problem of medical waste disposal. Several hospitals in Gurgaon have a laid-back approach towards medical waste management. They are directly disposing of or burning, used needles, syringes, anatomical human waste, contaminated bandages, cotton gauzes and expired medicines. A recent study conducted by ASSOCHAM stated that Gurgaon is certain to face a problem with regard to management of medical waste by 2020 – even as it emerges as a hub for quality healthcare services. The ASSOCHAM study noted that that most hospitals, nursing homes and primary health centres, in and around Gurgaon, do not have the facilities required for the treatment of clinical waste. According to the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, hospitals should collect waste— such as human body waste, and waste from lab cultures— in yellow plastic bags; and wastes like discarded needles

tution of India should be transferred to the Municipalities and Panchayats, so that the delivery becomes effective. The decision making power needs to be delegated and decentralised, and Chandigarh needs to give up micro-managing things, suggests the former IAS officer. One of the reasons that local governance has failed to take off in Haryana is that the government has not notified a single item covered by the 74th amendment. During his stay in the Haryana administration, Asthana says that politicians played a key role in development, and also supported the bureaucrats strongly. He is particularly appreciative of Ch. Bansi Lal, the former Haryana CM, who he says used to defend his officials – thus deflecting the pressure and boosting productivity.

Gurgaon Faces A Massive Problem Of Medical Waste and syringes, in red plastic bags. This segregation, and proper disposal, of waste is essential, to control environmental pollution. It poses a grave threat to the health of the common man, and the residents of the area, as they may come into contact with blood soaked cotton pieces, used syringes, and remnants of flesh generated at the time of surgery – and other medical waste. Generally, all this medical waste is collected in a bin; and once this bin is filled, it is transferred to the dumping site. In most cases today, this dumping is done on open grounds, and burnt. Even hospitals having their own incinerators, were found dumping and burning such waste on open grounds. Rag pickers are very vulnerable, as they can get infected when they come into contact with such waste. Though there is no record being maintained

by the Gurgaon health authorities, sanitation workers and rag pickers reportedly complain of frequent health problems. A high tendency to contract intestinal, parasitic and skin diseases is found in workers engaged in collecting refuse. In India, about 15 lakh tonnes of healthcare waste is generated each year. The rate of generation is 1.8 kilograms per day per bed; and 28 per cent of the total output is not being treated by registered facilities, on a daily basis. Hospital Waste Management means the management of waste produced by hospitals, using such techniques that will help to check the spread of diseases caused by it. Hospital wastes are categorised according to their weight, density and constituents. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classi-

must become pro-active, and instill a sense of security among the residents,” he asserts. Action should be taken against officials who fail to take timely action against criminals. Recalling his stint as Director, Agriculture, Asthana says that during his tenure several steps were taken to improve agricultural productivity in the state. “It is due to the steps taken at that time that Haryana’s productivity is amongst the highest in the nation,” he says with pride. He continues to work for this sector, and has been pursuing the government to get a Krishi Vigyan Kendra set up in Mewat. He feels strongly that the backward areas of the state need to join the development bandwagon. u

fied medical waste into six different categories.  Infectious: Material containing pathogens in sufficient concentrations or quantities that, if exposed, can cause diseases. This includes waste from surgery and autopsies, on patients with infectious diseases.  Sharps: Disposable needles, syringes, saws, blades, broken glasses, nails – or any other item that could cause a cut.  Pathological: Tissues, organs, body parts, human flesh, fetuses, blood and body fluids.  Pharmaceuticals: Drugs and chemicals that are returned from wards – spilled, outdated, contaminated, or no longer required.  Radioactive: Solids, liquids and gaseous waste contaminated with radioactive substances, used in diagnosis and treatment of diseases like toxic goiter.  Others: Waste from the offic-

es, kitchens, rooms – including bed linen, utensils, paper, etc. Infectious waste can cause diseases like Hepatitis A & B, AIDS, Typhoid, Boils. When waste containing plastics are burnt, Dioxin is produced, which can cause cancer, birth defects, decreased psychomotor ability, hearing defects, cognitive defects, and behavioral alternations in infants. It is indeed imperative that authorities managing hospitals in Gurgaon should take immediate and concrete steps for the minimisation of hospital waste. Imposing segregated practices within hospitals, to separate biological and chemical hazardous waste, will result in a clean solid waste stream – which can be recycled easily. If proper segregation is achieved through training, clear standards, and tough enforcement, then resources can be turned to the management of the small portion of the waste stream needing special treatment. Workers’ safety should also be ensured, through education, training and the usage of proper personal protective equipment. u (CEO – Lok Sabha TV and a Resident of Gurgaon)


Spot The Difference

Kids Brainticklers

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Solutions Spot The Difference 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

One more note Door knob appears Shirt pocket pen. Flower pattern missing Steam rises from dishes Man’s nose shorter Biscuit on plate Cat’s face appears Magazine on floor ‘For’ changes to 4

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KG Graduation @ MRIS

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anav Rachna International School, Sector 51, held its Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony in the school premises, with much aplomb and grandeur. The event marked the graduation of kids from the Pre-primary wing to the Primary wing. The ceremony witnessed a welcome song. The students were looking gorgeous in their graduation robes, and proudly showcased their talent.

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yan International School, Sector 40, organised the “Colour Toons” competition. The kids of Montessori I came dressed in their favourite colours, and spoke on why their colour is the best. Dressed in vibrant pink, Ananya Joshi spoke at length on why her colour cannot be missed, while Arnay Mazumdar of M I A spoke on why his colour was the best. The activity was designed to inculcate oratory skills, and encourage the students to think ‘out of the box’.

DPS Rang Holi

he students of Delhi Public School, Primary Wing, celebrated the festival of colours – Holi– with a series of activities. The children enacted the myths and legends of Hiranayakashyap, Holika, and Prahlad – to hail the victory of good over evil. This was followed by a scintillating dance performance. Also, a special assembly stressed on the need to play a safe Holi, with eco-friendly colours.

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t was a riot of colours, as the students of the Panchatantra School celebrated the festival of Holi with bright organic colours, and flower petals. The programme started with a puppet show, based on the life of Krishna. There were also dance and music performances. The students feasted on a traditional meal of ‘Aloo-Puri’ and ‘Gujiya’.

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ith an aim to boost the children’s memory power, and stimulate their vivid imagination, Hands-On Learning School, DLF Phase III, conducted a programme – ‘Young Explorers’. The programme included a range of quizzes and activities. Children answered interesting questions like ‘Why are the flamingo feathers pink?, How is Ganesha connected to Mahabharata?, What is special about our thumb?’, and so on. Conducted by Bhavna Rastogi, Young Explorers is an after-school enrichment programme, for 6 to 8 year old children.

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he Pre-Primary Wing of Chiranjiv Bharati School, Palam Vihar, put up an enthralling performance during the Annual Day, which was themed as ‘Constellation’. It was wonderful to see the tiny tots tapping their feet to the music, and enjoying the event. The lamp was lit by the Principal Mrs. Saxena, and Headmistress Mrs. Lahiri.


16–22 March 2012

Literary Flourish

K id Corner

FG Contest @ Blue Bells

A Mouse and A Lion

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everal centuries ago, on the planet of Pandora, there was a huge population of Pandorasoos. They were big, blue coloured with white, black, and pink stripes all over their body. The water was black in colour on Pandora. The fish weren’t fish as we know today, but mermaids! One day, in the forest, a scampering mouse hit against a sleeping lion. The infuriated lion woke up. The lion got angry and threatened to gobble up the mouse. The mouse trembled and begged the lion to not to eat him. The mouse flattered the lion and said, “Oh great lord, if you eat me you will still feel hungry. I beg you to leave me, I am sure I will help you someday.” The lion lifted the mouse with his tail and began to laugh and said, “How can you help me, you are so petite! Ha!Ha!Ha!” Nevertheless, the lion let off the mouse and went back to sleep. The petrified mouse went to his hole. One day, the Pandorasoos decided to have the meat of a lion. They went to the forest with quivers and bows in search of a lion. One of the groups found a lion and shouted ‘Ankrapinka’ (which means “we found the lion”). All other Pandorasoos came running and quickly put the lion in Sambida, a cage made of wood. The lion roared out for help. The mouse sprinted as fast as he could. When mouse saw the encaged lion, he started cutting off the cage and called other mice to join him. Within five minutes, the lion was free. The lion was speechless as what the mouse had promised was true. He and the mouse became very good friends. After hundreds of years, the planet of Pandora became the planet Earth. But, the truth that never changed was – being small, too, can make a big difference!

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creative writing contest was organised by Friday Gurgaon in the Blue Bells Model School, Sector 4. The competition saw the participation of around 400 students from Classes III to V. Forty minutes were given to children to write a short story, or a poem, on the topic of their choice. Also, the students were told about the special 4-page section –“Kid Corner” – in Friday Gurgaon. The winner of the competition will be announced in the next edition.

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ore than 4,000 students from 102 schools participated in an English Language Test 2011-12, organised by Gurugram Public School (GPS), in association with the Institute for Scholastic Evaluation. 
GPS’s Madiha Bakshi, a student of Class IV, won a Global Gold Rank at 17th position, and Urvi S Ghatpande of Class VIII attained the 19th position.

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oung models dressed in trendy designer clothes exuded confidence, as they walked the ramp at Shalom Hills International School. Students dressed up as Spiderman, Barbie dolls, and angels, and enthralled the audience.

Pranam Lohia, Class I, Ridge Valley School

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K id Corner

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In ancient India many teachers taught lessons to their students through stories, just as it is done today. In fact, a teacher called Pandit Vishnu Sharma wrote all the stories of the Panchatantra just to teach four young princes about kingship! Amar Chitra Katha tells you some of these stories that were written very long ago.

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– Atullya Purohit, V B, Blue Bells Model School


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Cruciferous Powerhouse { Alka Gurha }

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he word broccoli is derived from the Latin word brachium. Broccolo is its Italian name, and means – cabbage sprout. It is a member of the cauliflower family; while a cauliflower is creamy white in colour, the broccoli is a bright green or a purple-green. It is identified by its dense clusters of green flower buds, and is easily available in the supermarkets of Gurgaon. Considering its health benefits, it makes sense to include broccoli as one of the cruciferous vegetables in our diet. Care should be taken while buying broccoli; see that it is a fresh green colour, and the leaves are fresh. Yellowish heads mean an over-mature broccoli, and not good. The stalks should be firm and fresh. If cooked suitably, even kids like broccoli; and one way to ensure that they enjoy the health benefits, is to cook it by using the Healthy Steaming method. Over-cooked broccoli becomes soft and mushy – an indication that it has lost both nutrients and flavour. Begin by cutting broccoli florets into quarters, and let sit for several minutes before cooking – to enhance its health-promoting benefits. Broccoli should be steamed only for 5 minutes, so that it retains its health benefits.

History

Broccoli has been around for more than 2,000 years. It has been grown in Italy and France since the 16th century. About 2 decades ago, researchers first suggested a possible link between diets

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high in cruciferous vegetables (a group of plants including cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) and a lower risk of cancer. However, it was not until the 1990s that certain chemicals found in broccoli were identified as possible cancer-preventing compounds.

Health benefits

Broccoli is considered a good source of nutrients, because it is rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (Vitamin A-like substances), fibre, calcium, and folate. Broccoli is also beneficial for pregnant women as it is a rich source of folic acid. Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits, if you will cook it by steaming. The fibre-related components in broccoli do a better job of binding together with

bile acids in your digestive tract, when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted; and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system. Broccoli may help us solve our Vitamin D deficiency epidemic. When large supplemental doses of Vitamin D are needed, to offset deficiency, ample supplies of Vitamin K and Vitamin A help keep our Vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both Vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and Vitamin K. Broccoli is also a rich source of calcium and Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of calcium, which improves bone density. Thus it is good to eat broccoli, to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

Cooking Options

While it may take time to get used to eating raw broccoli, the use of French onion—or other dips—helps bring broccoli to life. Overall, to get the health benefits of broccoli, it can be boiled, steamed, eaten raw, or baked, with accompaniments such as creamy cheese. Broccoli also decorates casseroles, rice dishes, and is an excellent addition to a salad. This versatile vegetable is also used to make delicious soups, including the Broccoli Cheese and Cream of Broccoli commonly served at high end restaurants. Also, the next time you’re shopping for vegetables, note that some broccoli tops appear more purple

than others; meaning they possess a higher level of carotenoids, which is better for your health. The anti-cancer effects of any single food cannot be completely understood, without looking at it as part of a bigger dietary picture. A balanced diet that includes 5 or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables – along with foods from a variety of other plant sources such as nuts, seeds, whole grain cereals, and beans – is likely to be more healthy than eating large amounts of one food. u

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oriander (‘dhaniya’) is one of the earliest plants to have been cultivated. We have probably used it for more than seven thousand years, for its medicinal and culinary properties. Coriander seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun – one of the famous Egyptian pharaohs. Coriander is also known as Cilantro, or Chinese parsley, or Mexican parsley. It resembles parsley, but has flatter and lighter-coloured leaves. It has a spicy, exotic, fresh flavour, and is an important part of many traditional cuisines – including Indian, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Mexican, African and Middle Eastern. There are many uses for cilantro in cooking—as a seasoning, or in salads, salsas, appetizers, main dishes—and even in desserts. All parts of the coriander plant are edible. The seeds and leaves are most commonly used in cooking. The leaves contain proteins, carbohydrates, water, and of course fibre. Rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids (which help prevent cancer and other diseases), it also contains minerals, vitamins and essential oils (borneol, coriandrol, linalool, terpinene, camphor, pinene). As per the “The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants”, medicinal uses of cilantro include treatment for internal and external inflammation, indigestion, nausea, mental stress, intestinal gas, cramps and bloating. Cilantro may help stimulate circulation, encourage digestive assimilation, and

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Humble Wonder Herb relieve constipation. In addition to being a common spice, coriander seeds are one of the traditional bitter herbs used at Passover (a Jewish festival celebrated around mid-April). Mixed with cumin and vinegar, it has been used to preserve meat.

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When wrapped with a damp cloth, or a perforated plastic bag, fresh cilantro leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Coriander juices are easy to prepare. Simply boil dry coriander seeds in water, and then strain out the seeds. Drink the water after it cools. When coriander juice is mixed with turmeric powder, it may be able to reduce acne, blackheads, and dry skin. For skin issues like acne and dry skin, this mixture may be applied once a day, after the affected area has been washed. It can also be used topically as a compress or poultice, to soothe rashes, itchiness and inflammation.

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Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Coriander

The fibre content of coriander seeds improves digestion. A onefourth cup of cilantro has just one calorie, and provides 16 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K – as well as significant amounts of thiamine, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese – and Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6. Although it has a long history as a digestive aid, recent studies have supported its use as a stomach soother – for both adults, and babies with colic. Coriander contains powerful antioxidants, that combat free radicals, and help reverse the damage they do to blood vessels. Coriander contains Chlorogenic acid, which helps reduce blood sugar levels, by promoting the release of insulin from the pancreas – so that glucose can be used by the cells. Additional uses include eating dry seeds to treat diarrhoea. A natural component of coriander, called Dodecenal, has been shown to be very effective at killing Salmonella. Excessive use of coriander can have a narcotic effect. There have been very rare reports of allergic reactions to coriander. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions


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We The Pundits

unditry. Yes, it is a national pastime. We believe we are the most learned race. Come an event – political, sport, business, entertainment, even personal – and we know the answer. We are know-alls. Who needs the real pandits? Post the event, we are normally wrong. But we find a way to “prove” that we were almost right, but for… We find solace behind our fig leafs.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Gurgaon is the most literate district in Haryana – 84.4% (Haryana 76.6%).

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A substantial part of the current work force in Public Sector banks has joined in the 1970s, and is in the process of superannuating. In the next few years, 80% of the General managers, 65% of the Deputy General managers, 58% of the Assistant General managers, and 44% of the Chief Managers would be retiring. To replace the existing workforce, which has basically been trained in traditional banking, with personnel having specialized financial service delivery skills, is both a challenge and an opportunity.

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ouple of weeks ago, the newspapers had a news of rape almost everyday. It brings tears to my eyes reading the plight of the victims and their parents. But a few questons arise which need to be addressed too. Whenever I read or hear any discussion related with rape I see who the speaker or author is. Invariably it is always a woman. Several questions crop up in the mind. The society, the humanity is made up of both the man and the woman. Then why is it that even after so many

We see the business punditry every day. We have daily predictions for the day after; and daily ‘analysis’ for the day before. The same pundit who got yesterday wrong, is gushingly asked to predict the tomorrow. At least he may finally get 51% right! Who is counting anyway? The sensex is nifty – it prides itself on its unpredictability. No wonder men continue to chase it – and, always not knowing better, to predict it. The learned sure need do unlearn – and unwind. When would Sensex (again) breach 20,000? What will Budget 2012 highlights be? We always have answers; and are always ready for interpretations of those – alongwith the most innovative excuses. “Forget the short term; actually even the middle – but long-term, guys, India rocks!” So said the Vedas. The same logic is now being applied to Gurgaon, whenever some disaster or realization strikes. We see it in sport also – cricket anyway. We know why India did not do well in Australia; and we knew that Dravid would resign. So, when Laxman? When, Tendulkar? Will we win the Asia Cup? Yes, the sports pundits know all the answers – we have already been told in private. And anyway there is always the betting mafia to blame, either way. The most interesting is our tryst with politics. Here, genuinely, we have crores of wannabe pundits. The media anoints a hundred a day. In UP, we pundits knew who would win; we could even predict by how much. We just did not (have the guts to) say anything concrete till the results came in. Come the results, and we search for some part of

rape cases, not a single man, be it a politician or from any other field, comes out with criticism or ways to handle these. Is only a women’s issue or a problem of the entire society? Can these quiet men tolerate if such a thing happened to their wife, daughter or sister? Then why are the men quiet? Secondly, it is always about the character of the women. Why not question the character of the boys/men involved in the crime. In some cases the women’s character can be questioned, but most of the attacks are on unsuspecting women. Does a five year old girl or a 60 year old lady invite sexual assault?

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Thirdly, we talk of counselling and rehabilitation of girls, why don’t we talk of the upbringing of our sons. Why don’t we talk of bringing up and educating our boys in a way that they respect women as equal humans and not just objects of desire. Why don’t we inculcate the old Indian values of ‘Bhramcharya’ till a certain age and other values like controlling our animal instincts, focussing on constructive activities  and working for the welfare of the world? Just talking of rehabilitating the victim means, its okay for boys to rape women! Is it? Anita Chanda Palam Vihar Gurgaon

them to back us up - somewhere. However, the issue here is not just of we, the “normal” pundits, not getting it. Unfortunately, nowadays the politician pundits, of the grand old party (gop) specially, do not seem to get it. First Bihar, now UP. They start by talking of strengthening the cadre, and choosing the right candidates. It starts as a mid-term exercise. Suddenly HQ pundits (Cabinet Ministers, PMs-in-waiting, Higher Authorities, other Netas) descend on the plain, on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In the heat of battle, and on hearing their own voice, and the triggered applause, stridency takes over. Old Hindi film dialogues and acts become a rage. They sense (as political pundits exclusively do – no pun needed) that the time for glory has come. They play to the gallery – which has now been taken over by the media. Bits and bites are placed diligently across this gallery. Not so subtle predictions are made. The gop starts believing their gup. There is first talk of forming a govt., that too on their own. However, reality soon bites. A supposedly safe statement is made; that at least a hundred seats will be delivered. The chickens once again have been prematurely counted. Talk first, think later, retract finally – the foot has been shot to smithereens. Come counting day, and seeing the numbers, the spin pundits take over. Forget a majority, even a 100 seats, forget even a token increase – “what we were working for is the long term - sorry, 2014”. Some cardinal principles are ignored. If you wish to take credit for the upside, be accountable for the downside. And the leader is always more accountable. No leader and/or pundit from HQ stood up to be counted; though they were all waiting in the wings for the expected applause. They are now out for the count. The chickens have come home to roost. As always, and as it should be, we, the people, reign supreme.

Wonder why we, the pundits, look down at our brethren – the people who make all sorts of predictions, and conduct and partake lotteries, satta, betting…They probably get it right more times than us.

FAMOUS QUOTES It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. W. Somerset Maugham Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at

forty the judgement. Benjamin Franklin It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding. Kahlil Gibran Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. Cicero To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad. Oliver Wendell Holmes


16–22 March 2012

Between Faith And Fear

{ Srimati Lal }

‘FAITH: Manu Parekh in Benaras, 1980-2012,’ is a powerful retrospective of over three decades of the 73-year-old leading painter’s visionary work, now on display at Art Alive Gallery. This highly-significant collection of Parekh’s work—his first solo show in NCR in over six years— manages to combine raw, sensual figuration with Expressionistic abstraction, in a uniquely Indian manner – quintessential to Parekh’s painterly idiom. There are over thirty vast, magnetic and blazing canvasses, and early drawings dating as far back as the 1960s. The display veritably hurtles the viewer into a cosmic, spiritual Indian odyssey. More importantly, these vivid masterpieces confirm the lasting power, depth and truth of painting as an Art:  as opposed to a current obsession with motivated, trendy and facile theatrical-Installation modes. In a riveting personal interview, Manu Parekh, an artist whom I have always admired as a genuine Indian visionary, explained his sources of inspiration, the private journeys of his inner mindscape, and his aesthetic concerns.

Srimati Lal: Manu-ji, why are such a vast body of your paintings centred around Benaras?

Manu Parekh: I could never really adjust to Delhi, after I was transferred here from Calcutta in 1975 by the AllIndia Handicrafts Board, where I then worked. Delhi was somewhat spiritually disorienting for me. It lacked the organic, human feeling which I had become accustomed-to in Calcutta, from 1965 to 1975. And so, I needed a place where I could sense the natural, human energy that I craved and missed deeply. I found this organic energy again in Benaras in 1980; and so I returned there repeatedly, for visual and spiritual inspiration.  I was lucky to have been transferred from Bombay to Calcutta in 1965. Benaras and Calcutta were not mechanical cities: they embodied a profoundly human energy – a crowded, natural, warm and organic way of life. I think such energies are essential for the artistic temperament, and they are certainly vital for me. Hence I have visually elucidated my Benaras visions, ever since my visit there in 1980.

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common man – whom I have described as being permanently suspended in a state “between faith and fear”. In design and in art, the feminine aspect of repetition is something I have come to visually celebrate. In fact, I have titled two of my paintings as ‘CHANT: Japa’, or a chanting of Mantras. It is right to hold on to certain ‘repetitions’. Faith is the most important thing in life.

SL: In your series ‘GLIMPSES FROM A BOAT’, one sees the presence of a ritual grey phallic stone, nestling everywhere in the Benaras Ghats – another innovation in your work. And your ‘erotic-spiritual’ landcapes are bursting with vulva-like floral forms, and sexually-explosive sunbursts. 

MP: Yes, I am fascinated by how Faith can convert even a simple stone into the Godhead. A rounded stone— decorated simply with a tilak—actually ‘becomes’ Shiva. This is another new form repeated in my work, called  ‘ENLIGHTENED STONES’. Alchemical Faith can bring the sacred into one’s everyday life. It can reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary. In Benaras, one sees the same marigolds everywhere in full bloom, repeatedly ornamenting both the living and the dead.

enjoyed watching Bengali films. One of my first inspirations were also the Bombay film-banners in the 1960s, which were then meticulously hand-painted. I wanted to be a theatre actor as well as a painter, but had to give up theatre once I took up a job. I was never a typical Gujarati. But the colours of Gujarat are bold and flamboyant; whereas in Calcutta, my palette became very muted—the colour of Calcutta is brown. I was inspired by   Calcutta’s sense of contrast—the struggle, the contradictions, that are so ever-present in the east. My palette has changed now, towards more celebratory colours, ever since my move to north India.

SL: Your Gujarati origins also contain a

high sense of aesthetics and design. Gujarat is very rich in colour and visual tradition.

MP: For me as a young boy, Gujarat’s colourful festivals and temples were visually-inspiring – although I was not interested at all in the conventional rituals of ‘religion’. Ahmedabad’s Shiv Mandirs, and its gardens where I used to play, had a strong visual impact on me.

SL: In your FAITH Series, I see a certain design-element – a sense of repetitive ‘pattern-forming’. And also, the presence of a dark cosmic ‘bindu,’ that seems to ‘bind’ many paintings centrifugally. Your palette, too, has become more vivid and saturated. These elements were not so evident in your previous work.

SL: You acknowledge Souza and Tagore as your two strongest visual inspirations: an interesting pair of modern aesthetic Gurus. I have been witness to your special friendship and bonding with Souza throughout the 1990’s. How would you describe the great Indian Modernist Souza’s impact on your oeuvre?

MP: Souza, whom I admired very much, told me that he could invent original forms of landscapes with elements taken from any place in the world. Souza was initially inspired by his Goan Catholic churchscapes, and its vibrant green fields. Tagore’s abstract, poetic landscapes, too, energised me. I have been moved by my native village’s Shivmandirs. But my intention has been to transfer Souza’s international landscapes, and Tagore’s abstract energies, onto my canvas in a more specif-

SL: And how had Calcutta’s aesthetic environment shaped your vision, prior to Benaras?

MP: I was always very interested in Bengal. In fact, I designed the sets and acted in Rabindranath Tagore’s play Muktadhara (Free Flow), in a Gujarati translation in Ahmedabad, in my youth. Even though I was born in Ahmedabad, I read Tagore voraciously, from an early age. I specially

MP: My background as a designer has made me understand the value of repetition, which is never viewed as a negative in the Indian visual aesthetic. I used to go deep into the villages of Orissa, Madhubani, Bihar, and Rajasthan to create new textile-patterns with the rural craftspeople. This extended my visual sense greatly. And colour, for me, has become a necessary celebration.

SL: In fact, these visual ‘repetitions’ seem to evoke chants, or artistic mantras – which are, to me, a vital aspect of the act of prayer.

MP: Yes, you are absolutely right in observing this. In the collective, as well as in personal faith, repetition is a ritual element: an aspect of spiritualism. Far from being a bad thing, repetition is a path to Faith – which is most important for life. Such patterns are not only appropriate, but necessary for the normal,

ically-Indian landscape. I wanted to create a new particularisation of place in my landscapes.

SL: Have you had any other significant Gurus guiding your path as a painter?

MP: Yes, in Ahmedabad, my very first drawing teacher Mukund Shroff was vital to my development. I didn’t come from an artistic background, but Shroff recognised the strong artistic instinct within me. I did my Matriculation under Shroff, and then gained admission into Bombay’s JJ School of Art, where Prof. S.B Palsikar was another excellent teacher who guided me. Now, in my maturity, Faith is integral to my Art. The spiritual is not a transcendental or ‘other-worldly’ experience for me, but an experience that is sensory, visual – very much of the earth. u Artist, Writer, & Curator


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{ Bhavana Sharma }

flawed porcelain. You could place a bowl of fresh fruits on the dining table; its energy signifies that abundant food is always available in the house.

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he kitchen is an integral part of our homes. A lot of us, however, make the mistake of treating the kitchen as a utility room. You can convert your kitchen into one of the most appealing corners of your abode. Here are some useful tips to spunk up your kitchen and harness the elements, to create a comfort zone for you and your family.

Clean Cooking, Lean Cooking

Locating Light

To be Feng shui compliant, the kitchen should be situated in the inner half of the house, and not near the entrance. Ideally, the kitchen should be on the left or the right-hand side of the entrance; this keeps the energies under control. One should not have a back door located in the kitchen, that leads to the house – as this could lead to misunderstandings and quarrels.

Colour me Right

The ideal colours for the kitchen are yellow and white; this colour combination is excellent for digestion and well-being. Colours like brown and white are also a good choice for kitchen interiors. Try and avoid strong dark colours—like black and blue—because they bring down the fire element, and have destructive influences in the kitchen. Use stained glass on the kitchen doors, as this increases the aesthetic value – and also improves the light quotient – promoting positive chi. Lighting in the cooking area should be calm and peaceful, because this helps to conserve energy; and is a positive

Telly Talk { Alka Gurha }

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elevision has come a long way; from the incredibly popular—yet unassuming—‘Hum Log’, to the glitzy reality shows hosted by super stars of the big screen. Television continues to be the most accessible form of entertainment - the panacea for boredom. No wonder the small screen cooks an assortment of dishes on the gentle fire of emotions – to produce a delectable smorgasbord of serials that have it all - glamour, drama and intrigue. If you are not a soap junkie, and prefer to stimulate your grey cells, Discovery aired a thrilling programme – ‘Massive Engines’. And indeed it was scintillating to watch the Napier Lion, a World War II car fitted with an aero engine. The informative show, with the amazing Blower Bentley, was good enough to whet the appetite of any auto enthusiast. If information is not your cup of tea, just press the remote, and switch gears— from information to fun—almost seamlessly. Allegedly the most popular youth channel, MTV ‘Hero Roadies’, continues to grab eye balls; and provides a colourful canvass of communication. Apart from the slew of beeps, and the charisma of its condescending twin hosts, it is the participants in the auditions who make the show riveting. The youth, I am told, prefer watching the unedited version on the net – indicating an insatiable appetite for abuse?!

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influence on the food that is cooked there.

Mirroring Magic

If you have a dining table in your kitchen, then place a large mirror facing it. This brings out the positive chi, and also symbolically doubles the food on the table. Placing this mirror in the North energises the essence of protection and abundance – for the household livelihood.

Curtain Magic

Curtains in the kitchen bring luck to the household members. If the kitchen is located in the Northern side of your home, then blue curtains are advisable. Tiny wavy printed curtains create a water-like effect, that complements the theme of the north element. If your kitchen is placed in the West zone, then white curtains are excellent. For the Eastern or SouthThe promos, that ran the entire week, had Raghu grill a participant regarding his sexual orientation. If you happen to be a health aficionado, consider tuning into Zee Trendz, which has the age-defying heart throb, Dr. Mehmet Oz, dispensing valuable health nuggets. Considering the fact that no other channel airs any informative programme regarding health, this one is a must watch for its sheer insight. So you are neither a tech freak, nor a health buff? Try the new prime time show on Colors, ‘Tata Prima Ring ka King’. This one is strictly for the WWF fans, albeit with a desi twist. After creating a splash, by airing rustic feudal sagas and questioning the forbidden, Colors continues to presumably discharge its social responsibilities. This time, by airing a new show on remarriage and divorce. The fact that the protagonist is a widow, sans make up, is a welcome change from the bejewelled bahus and carefully coiffed mother-in-laws – tending kitchens and opening doors. Even though the adorned bahu has morphed into a confident woman with a mind of her own, the impediments in the soaps still come from nasty women. Strangely, conspiracy is the fine art that the telly women seem to have perfected. Even more strangely, the middle aged tycoon, ‘The Ram Kapoor’, while able to clinch business deals easily, fumbles when he has to confess his love to his wife – in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. Then there is ‘Kuch To Log Kahenge’, based on the Pakistani serial Dhoop Kinare. It started off well, but struck a jarring note when Dr. Nidhi’s father publicly announced her engagement, without informing her. Filmi? Absolutely! The middle-aged heart throb, Mohnish Behl, will no longer be a part of the refreshing serial. It has become popular with urban women, due to its mature handling of the subject. Since the audience is accepting new concepts, the producers are now toying with new story ideas. Yes, even without the ubiquitous malevolent matriarch! u

Eastern direction, light yellow drapes are best suited to energise the area. Curtains with a triangular pelmet design can be used in the Southern corners – as south represents fire. For the Eastern direction, long rectangular curtains are suitable – as they represent the wooden element.

Glittering Touches

Suspend a chandelier, with all its crystals hanging, above the dining table – as this creates positive yang energy. It brings luck for family relationships, married couples are happier with each other, and younger members are never short of friends. Also make sure you do not serve tea or coffee from chipped crockery. This drains out luck and health, and brings in stale chi into the house. It is advisable to go through your kitchen cabinets once in a while, and discard pieces of

If you want to control your weight, here is a simple tip. Laminate your kitchen cabinets in blue or white colours. Blue is excellent for those who want to lose weight, as it aids in bringing down your appetite. Also, keep your kitchen clean and clutter free – as this will bring in positive chi. This is applicable to both, the countertops, as well as the areas that are usually hidden – like your cupboard. Improve your dietary habits by placing a large picture of fruits and lime on the Northern side of your kitchen. On Fridays, light a green candle, to symbolise health.

Fusing Hot –n- Cold

Placement of the sink and the oven are very important aspects of Feng shui; as any incorrect placement could lead to health problems. The sink should be ideally placed on the Southern wall of the kitchen; and the stove should be placed facing the Eastern side. You could also place a wooden plank or partition between the sink and the stove, to avoid any clash of the fire element and the water energies. The fridge should be located in the Northern side of the area; it should always be kept clean and well-stocked. u Tarot Reader bhavanasharma89 @yahoo.com

Smelling Good { Sarita Maheshwari Sharda }

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melling good is as important as looking good. Even the best of clothes and makeup cannot mask body odour. Today, fragrances are available in many different forms – such as deodorants, body mists, perfumes, colognes. It is the long-term odour/smell that a fragrance gives you that really counts – not what you think of it, or feel, at first. You may have noticed that a particular perfume is smelling good on someone else, but not on you; or nice at nine, and nasty at ten. That’s because everybody has different body chemistry, and their own natural body odour. The same fragrance can smell different on different people. In fact, your skin chemistry can even change, and the changes are not always apparent. When these changes occur, your fragrance may go from smelling wonderful on you, to not being a very pleasant smell at all. There are a variety of reasons that can contribute to/cause a change in your skin chemistry. Some of them are: Stress: Anxiety will often effect your heart rate, and produce body heat and perspiration. This will throw a fragrance

off the skin faster, and result in your fragrance smelling different. Diet: A change in diet can initiate a change in the make-up of your skin. For example, too much garlic and onion consumption can cause an aroma that may not mix well with your fragrance. Age: There are a number of significant hormonal changes that occur in men and women. The first change is the shift from a child to a teen. Puberty can be a hard time on a teenager’s body and skin. Pregnancy, Menstruation and Menopause: These are the events that can cause a major hormonal upheaval, which can cause fragrances to smell different on/to you. Medical reasons: There are also certain medications, and even medical conditions, that can play a role in how a fragrance will be altered by your body chemistry. For example, individuals with diabetes will have a harder time finding a fragrance that works well for them. To help you in deciding which fragrances will work the best with your skin chemistry, always apply them to your pulse points. Pulse points are where the blood vessels are closest to the skin surface, and therefore give off more warmth. Throughout the day, smell the fragrances you are trying; and even apply more on the same pulse point – but on a different day, for comparison. If the fragrance has a scent that you enjoy each time you test it, you may have just found a new perfume for your collection. It may take some time to work out how your skin chemistry works with fragrances; but it is definitely worth the effort. u (Certified Image Consultant)


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Vaastu For Schools E

ducational institutions are foundation stones for building character, personality, career, and the physical and mental health of students. Social interaction, qualities of character such as honesty, hard work, courage, sports man spirit, team spirit, comradeship, sense of responsibility, discipline and countless other qualities, are developed and refined in schools of learning – from pre-schooling to post-graduation level. In the Vedic period, schools of learning were established in the lap of nature, where ‘panch-mahabhoot’ were ideally balanced. An institution established with due consideration of the principles of Vaastu ensures growth, success, knowledge – and all-round favourable ambience for the teachers, the taught and the administrative set-up. All the directions play an important part. Let us see the ruling gods of various directions. Poorva (East) is ruled by Indra – the king/ruler of the Devtas. East is known for the long life of the head of the family/organisation. East promotes name, fame and success. Head of HR/personnel, and classrooms, should be located in the East. Pashchim (West) is ruled by Varun – the lord of rains/ Water. Its Vaastu lord is Varun, and astrologically the direction is ruled by Saturn. This direction brings success, glory and a rise of fortune in business/career. Business related education may be centered in this direction. Sun, the source of energy is the weakest in remitting light and energy as it moves into the Western direction. Therefore, rooms in this direction should have East/North openings. Windows may be made in the West only for light, and not for air. Uttar (North) is ruled by Kuber – the lord of wealth and prosperity, business, trade, finances. We receive magnetic energy and positive vibes from the North. Dakshin (South) is ruled by Yama – the lord of death. This side also can bring success, happiness and peace. Agneya (South East) is ruled by Agni – the lord of Fire. Astrologically, this direction is ruled by Shukra (Venus). Agni is a symbol of energy and heat. The pantry/canteen/ kitchen/auditorium are best placed here. This sector translates energy into the work force, if located properly. A faulty SE construction leads to quarrels, disputes and general unrest. Ishan (North East) is ruled by Shiva – the lord of wellbeing and wisdom. It is the zone of water, and lord Shiva is the deity. No construction in this direction—except a bore well/well/swimming pool—is desirable. If this direction is energised, it leads to growth, brightens image, and

brings prosperity. Vayavya (North West) is ruled by Vayu – the lord of Air. This zone is for wind or vayu. Vayu and Moon move fast, and don’t stay static. This sector makes relationships – friends as well as enemies. It also represents the growth of business partners, and business in far-off communications. This direction should have electronics, communications, tour travel, and foreign relations-related centres. Nairut (South West) is ruled by Nairut. Nairuty or Putna is the main deity of SW direction. It is the astrological direction of Rahu. The element here is the Earth. This direction should be high and heavy. No wells, water tanks, septic tanks should be located here. This direction gives the capability to fight odds, and develop endurance, analytical approach and will power. Military science, strategic studies, physical ex-

Playgrounds

grounds, open meeting places, swimming pool. Construction can be undertaken in an L or U shape. Construction in the East or North should be avoided. Classrooms should be made with an entrance in North-East, North or East; while SE, SW and NW should be avoided. Windows should be constructed in the North, East and NE. In rare

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cases, windows may be made in the West. No windows should be made in the unfavourable directions of South, SW, and NW. Beams in the classroom must be constructed carefully, ensuring that no student sits under the beam. The building may be raised upto three floors. No classrooms should be established in a basement or underground construction. Owner or Principal’s office must be constructed in the South-West or South direction only; so that she/he can sit facing North. Staff Room must be made in the North-West. Pantry or Canteen should be made in the South-East corner. Meeting Rooms must be situated in the North, with an East-facing door. Reception and Cashier Room must be located in the Eastern or Northern zone. Library is desirable in the East/NE. However, it can be

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South ercise equipment, and indoor gym are best suited in this direction. The owner/head of the organisation, and the director formulating policies, should retain SW sector.

Shape & Size of the Plot

Its shape should be square or rectangular. Vaastu shastra prescribes that a centre of learning should have a large and a well laid out campus – with sprawling lawns, gardens, shady and fruit bearing trees, lanes of thick foliage for a captivating ambience; and a pleasant environment for the learning and physical growth of disciples. It should be built with an East, North or North-East orientation. East promotes name, fame, intellectual and professional growth; North promotes wisdom, oratory, memory, arithmetic, calculations, logic, knowledge, and intellectual brilliance. More space should be left open towards the East and North-East; while other parts, like South, West and South-West must be used for construction. Open areas may be used for play

Window  Windows should cover no more than 1 /4 of wall  If the height of a window is 6 ft or less, it should have three equal divisons of 2’  Windows should be in N, E, NE and NW direction. None in the SOUTH

made in the Western portion, in an exceptional case. Open Playground should be constructed in the Northern/ Eastern portion. A gym however, is desirable in the South/ West zones. Swimming pool, whether indoor or open air, should be in the NE direction. Science and other Laboratories should be located in the South West direction. Toilets should also be built up in the North-West direction. Administrative establishments could be in the East or North. Auditoriums should be constructed in the SE direction. Class rooms should be established in the South. If rows of classrooms are made on wings of a gallery/corridor, it must be ensured that two classrooms should not have doors facing each other.

Doors and Windows

wood/timber. The timber of two variants should never be used. Doors should not be established in the centre of the room. Length and Width of Class Rooms. It is desirable to make large-sized class rooms, for a healthy environment, and circulation of fresh air. The recommended width may vary from 16’to 20’, or 28’; and length from 16’ to 32’, or 39’. An educational institution should have a compound wall that is heavier, thicker and higher in the South and West zones. Heavy equipment, machines should be located in these zones. Land should slope from the South to North and East. The school should have a massive and imposing main building; a main gate, fully decorated with floral backdrop; and inspirational quotes and illustrations along the approach road. The doors in a school should be well painted, brightly lit, and present a cheerful outlook. The width to height should never be more than 1:3. Doors in each block of school should be even numbered.

Plantation

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{ V.K Gaur }

A class room should have two doors, preferably in different directions. The doors should have two panels, made from the same

In Puranas, it is mentioned that auspicious trees should be planted in the campus, as under: 1. Nariyal in Ishan (NE or Poorva). 2. Aam in Poorva (East). 3. Bel, Neenbu, Kathal and Ber in Dakshin (South). 4. Jaamun, Anar, Kela and Amla in Poorva (East) and Dakshin (South). Besides, Ashoka, Palash and flowering trees should be planted. Imli,Vatbraksha, Semal, Khajoor and wild plants should not be planted in a school campus. Floral plants should be planted along the entrance to the main campus block, as follows: 1. Poorva (East) and Dakshin (South) – Malti, Juhi, Madhvi, Ketki, Nageshwar, Mallika, Maulsiri, Tulsi and Aparajita. 2. Dakshin (South) – Gulab (Rose beds) 3. Colourful seasonal plants are also recommended in the East and South. u V K Gaur (e mail: v.kgaur@yahoo.in)

Get Answers To Your Astrological Queries Mr. V.K Gaur will be happy to answer your questions. Along with your question, you may scan and send us your horoscope; or alternately, you could provide your Name, Place of Birth, Time and Date of Birth, and mail it to us at q&a@fridaygurgaon. com. Mr. Gaur will directly reply to you.


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The results yielded by IBSA

{ Maninder Dabas / FG }

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Boxers’ Day Out

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t’s often said that boxing belongs to those who not only have nerves of steel, but the desire and zeal to hit and get hit. Till a few years ago, the Cubans were the undisputed champions of the game; and even today their dominance has not been really challenged. A few challengers have come to the fore, and India certainly features in that tiny list. Over the last half a decade, and after the Beijing Olympics in particular, the game has shown great promise in India – and to a large extent the credit goes to Haryana. Be it Vijender Singh’s Silver medal at Beijing, or Akhil Kumar’s dream run till the quarters, Haryana ruled the Indian hopes – for a medal in a tough game like boxing. “Haryana certainly holds the edge over other states, because boxing is a game for tough people; and Haryanvis certainly have the breeding for it. And the reason is that, in Haryana, there is the much required ambience for sports; and boys here love to hit and get hit. Bhiwani is today known as the nursery for medal hopefuls. There are several boxing academies in Bhiwani, and each one of them has at least 200 budding boxers,” says Rajkumar Sangwan, an Arjun Award winning boxer from Bhiwani, and a two-time Asian Gold medallist.

The State’s Apathy

Although the Haryana Government always claims that it is trying its best to give sports the much needed support from all possible quarters, the ground reality is quite astonishing and disappointing. Rajkumar Sangwan says, “For the last two years I have been trying to get written permission for a place inside the Sports Complex, or any other place in Gurgaon, to place my boxing ring. However, I have got nothing but false promises from these unfruitful tours of Chandigarh. Once, the file did reach Chandigarh,

but it was sent back to Gurgaon; and I was told that officials here would take the final call. The officials told me to put the ring in the Stadium, but refused to give any written permission. Dronacharya Government College too asked us to leave, once their inter-college tournament was over. Now, I am done with all these useless adventures, and have placed my ring back in the Academy. The support from the State is nothing but a sham,” rued a dejected Sangwan. (HUDA's new Administrator, Praveen Kumar, has asked for the file to be put up anew.)

IBSA: Gurgaon’s lone Boxing Academy

Apart from Bhiwani, Haryana doesn’t have many academies; and even the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres are not doing that well. “I started Indian Boxing and Sports Academy (IBSA) in 2002, in Delhi, and brought it here to Gurgaon in 2008. Till now, near about a 1000 boys have been instructed by me. I started the Academy here for southern Haryana; it is the perfect place to breed talent for the sport, because it has the proper mixture of urban and rural talent. At present we have around 45 kids here, and some of them have also been provided hostel facilities by us, at a very reasonable rate (Rs. 3,600 along with food),” says Sangwan. Sangwan, though himself a very good boxer, says that neither fortune nor the Federation supported him for the betterment of the game, “The biggest nemesis of sports in India are the Federations. In 2006, in association with some of my friends, I started an Academy of professional boxing. Indian Professional Boxing Academy (IPBA)

{ Yashasvi Diptivilasa }

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eaders have many ways of leading. Some lead by pushing those around them to do well, some by not being afraid of giving you an earful, while yet others lead by not being afraid of giving competition a torrid time. However, once in a generation comes that rare breed who leads by possibly the most important virtue of a leader –

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got an affiliation with the World Boxing Council (WBC); but the non-supportive attitude from the National Federation forced us to give up this initiative,” rues Sangwan. Now IBSA is the tool by which Sangwan desires to change the face of the game. “Coach Sahab has been a constant support. I have been here for the last

three years, and we have never felt that we are in the wrong hands. He teaches us with passion, and we too try our level best to return this favour in the form of a good showing at various levels of competition,” says Vikas Malik, a young pugilist who hails from Sonipat, and studies in the 12th standard.

There is no dearth of academies in the country; yet, those capable of bringing change and fruitful results are only a handful. IBSA certainly features in that list. “Already, a few of our kids have made their mark at the national and international level. Currently, our Academy’s Sumit Sangwan has been selected in the Indian team; he will soon compete in the Boxing qualifiers for London Olympics, at Kazakhstan. Jaideep, another boy from Haryana, won the Gold Medal in the Senior National Boxing Championship held in Tamil Nadu. Jasbir and Balbir, two of our boys participated in the World Series Boxing (WSB) last year, and performed reasonably well. As we speak, Kamal Kant has qualified in the quarter finals of the AK Mishra All India Boxing Championship, that is going on in Chandigarh. Krishan Thakran, the Gurgaon boy who won the Gold medal in the State Olympics Games held in Gurgaon in October last year, is also from our Academy,” says Sangwan proudly.

The Challenges

Haryana too has its share of problems; and the lack of resources for the rural population (the backbone of sports in Haryana) is one of the main ones. “People have money here, but it’s not used for sports. The boys coming into sports are either not good in studies, or their financial status is not that great. Today, Boxing is the only game, after Cricket and Tennis, that returns the favour of hardwork instantly to the players – in the form of money and fame. Haryana has seen many examples of this. So boys either come here for the money, or a job. Urban Haryana is still not interested in sports; and that’s one big area of concern. In Gurgaon itself, I know many boys who were good – but they left the game to join their family’s business (which is property dealing in most cases),” elaborates Sangwan. “I am from a middle class peasant family, and we all know how hard it is to get a government job today. Sports certainly helps in getting one; and if we win medals at the national or international level, it becomes very easy to get a job – either in the police or railways. Most of our Haryana players have got jobs in the same manner. Both Akhil and Vijender are DSPs in the Haryana Police – just because they performed well in the last Olympics,” said another young pugilist. u

Captain Fantastic example. Over the past decade, Steven Gerrard has become the very embodiment of that. It is not hard for any football fan to remember the times Steven Gerrard has grabbed the Liverpool Team by the scruff of the neck, hauled them back into games, and eventually dragged

them past the finishing line. Whether it is hammering a last gasp 25 yard intervention into the top corner against Olympiakos, making last ditch tackles at right back against Milan – in the probably most miraculous final ever, producing another last second equalizer against West Ham, or coming off the bench at half-time to slam a hattrick past a hapless Morgan de Sanctis in the Napoli goal, Gerrard has been there, done that. On Tuesday night, he added another feather to his already brilliantly-coloured cap. Gerrard’s brilliant hat trick against an Everton side, on his 400th appearance in the League for Liverpool, was the first in this fixture—since Ian Rush scored four against them in 1982—and the first at Anfield

since Fred Howe’s in 1935! The Everton side had no answer to Liverpool’s high tempo, high energy, and a high pressing game. After three straight defeats in the League, Liverpool were looking at the derby game to raise their focus. And at the forefront of it all was Steven Gerrard. He seems to be much more a threat further up the pitch, when he is paired with Jay Spearing, rather than with Charlie Adam – owing to Adam being pretty much a defensive liability. Spearing, however, seems to offer the skipper the cover he needs, to move further up the pitch. Luis Suarez definitely needs to be credited for unselfish play, for Liverpool’s third goal, bearing in mind that he would have definitely been hankering for a goal himself. In Steven Gerrard, Liverpool have a player with

a vision few players in the modern game have, and an ability even fewer do. In any team, his presence will lead to more goals being created, as well as scored. After over a decade of fantastic service, in which he has single handedly led the Club to at least two trophies, Liverpool definitely owe their 31 year old captain a happy swan song. They must aim to become a team whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts; and then deliver to the man, who is among one of the best in the world the one trophy that he craves the most – a League title. “Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, but yes, I think he just might be. He has great passing ability, can tackle and scores goals; but most importantly, he gives the players around him confidence and belief. You can’t learn that. Players like him are just born with that presence.” Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard u


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The Key 21st Century Challenge

Kliksberg describes the emergence of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, as one of “the most clearheaded episodes in recent history”.

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rgentinean economic analyst Bernardo Kliksberg maintains that redressing inequity on a world scale is the main challenge humanity faces in the 21st century. “Just like in the 19th century the fight was against slavery, and in the 20th century human rights was a big issue, in the 21st century the central theme is social in-

equality,” Kliksberg told the German Press Agency, dpa, in an interview. Klikspberg says that it seems incredible that 43 per cent of the Global Gross Domestic Product is held by one per cent of the world’s population. He’s also upset that the chasm between the rich and the poor continues to increase, in regions experiencing economic growth. he average income of the wealthiest 10 per cent of the

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hen the days grow longer, and the sunshine gets warmer, it is time to start a spring fitness programme. Nordic walking, whose movements and health benefits are very similar to those of ordinary walking, is one good way to get exercise – along with some fresh air. “Walking, when extended and regular, activates circulation and blood flow, lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes, strengthens the immune system, improves mood, and promotes emotional stability,” said Thomas Wessinghage, an orthopaedic surgeon and professor at the German University of Applied Sciences for Prevention and Health Management in Saarbruecken. The walking done in Nordic walking is aided by two poles, used in synchronization with the walker’s strides. “The poles seem to be highly stimulative, and have a lot to do with the popularity of this trendy sport,” noted Theodor Stemper, a sports scientist at the University of Wuppertal. Petra Mommert-Jauch, Managing Director of the German Walking Institute, added: “If the poles are used correctly, and planted on the ground firmly, back and shoulder muscles are strengthened as well.” The health benefits of walking are enhanced in Nordic walking, due to the longer strides and use of the arms. “You expend about 5 to 10 per cent more energy in Nordic walking than in ordinary walking, or hiking at the same pace,” Stemper said. “As a rule of thumb, you burn about a kilocalorie per kilogram of body

Unease In Hong Kong { Hazel Parry / Hong Kong / DPA }

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olice in Hong Kong were investigating reports of attempted kidnapping, as rumours of child abductions swept the city. Kidnappers from mainland China were said to have attempted to grab a young girl in the Kowloon district; while three boys from an elite primary school were reportedly approached by men, as they walked to their bus. A police spokesman said the Kowloon incident last week was “a misunderstanding”, that involved no crime – and police had found no evidence so far of an attempted abduction at the primary school. Fears over the incidents have spread citywide, and 9,000 Facebook users signed an online petition calling on the government to reveal how many children have been abducted. Parents made claims of

population in OECD countries is nine times greater than the poorest 10 per cent. In Mexico, the ratio is 25 to one. Kliksberg said that inequity not only has a “nefarious” effect on the quality of life of individuals – for example suicide rates in Greece increased by 40 per cent among professionals and displaced small savers – but also prevents a country from creating national savings, and leads to the concentration of economic power – and therefore also of mass media ownership. A pioneer in the so-called Ethics for Development movement, Kliksberg is certain that it will be citizens’ action that will forge future societies. Kliksberg believes that in the Europe crisis, the focus should be elsewhere. “Regardless of the debt problem, the real underlying issue is inequality; and what must be analyzed is whether the measures being promoted contribute something in favour or against those practices,” he said. Together with 1998 winner of the Noble prize in

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Economics, Indian Amartya Sen, Kliksberg co-authored a book called “People First.” The book, which has recently been translated in China, posits that greater attention must be paid to the stability achieved by countries such as Norway, with an egalitarian society. In line with other Nobel laureates in Economics, such as Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, Kliksberg feels that austerity plans applied in Europe are “economic suicide” – as they will, in the short run, deepen recession and social injustice.”Why is it being done like this? It is at the behest of the large financial groups, who demand their dues regardless of who might get hurt. They sank the U.S. economy, the most powerful on the planet, that today has 50 million poor,” Kliksberg said. He described the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the United States, and parallel protests in Spain by “the indignant ones”, as one of “the most clearheaded episodes in recent history.” This, Kliksberg said, was because activists were not demanding jobs, but rather that policy makers apply an ethical approach to economics. In fact, the occupy Wall Street move-

Nordic Walking

weight in a kilometre of Nordic walking.” Nordic walking is a comparatively simple fitness activity - hardly any accessories or knowledge of technique are required. The poles are the central element, and it is very important to select the right length. Poles that are too long prevent full extension of the arms, negatively affecting the shoulders. “For beginners, the length should be two-thirds of the person’s height, and seven-tenths for advanced practitioners,” Stemper said. “Special walking shoes aren’t necessary,” Wessinghage said. “The footwear has to be appropriate for the wearer, the purpose and the terrain. Comfortable, flexible street shoes, or normal running shoes, are also suit-

earlier, unreported incidents of alleged abductions, triggering rumours that gangs may be targeting children for trafficking in mainland China. “These stories are spreading because they reflect many Hong Kong people’s anxiety about the relationship with the mainland,” anthropologist Joseph Bosco, of Chinese University, wrote in a newspaper commentary. “Rumours can be dangerous. Incidents of ethnic violence always begin with rumours that one group is about to attack the other; it happened in Sri Lanka and Rwanda” Many local residents are particularly angry about the thousands of mainland Chinese women who cross the border to give birth each year – a practice that gives babies Hong Kong citizenship ,and access to its schooling and health services. Antagonism towards mainlanders has grown, with accusations that they drive up prices, and display uncouth behaviour. u

ment slogan, “We are the 99 per cent”, refers to the fact that in the United States one per cent of the population holds 40 per cent of wealth, Kliksberg pointed out. “The only way to revert this, is to recover ethics in economics,” Kliksberg said, quoting Adam Smith – who had warned about how markets can turn into “monsters”. Kliksberg believes that the path to change is to be found in each community. He points encouragingly to new policies being followed in South America: Brazil, with its anti-poverty program that managed to pull 40 million people into the middle class; Argentina, with a similar program based on aid for children; and the Ceibal plan in Uruguay, that allowed schoolchildren to enter the digital world. Progress in redressing social ills in these countries proves that “inequality is not invincible.” “If the model is rectified, the situation changes,” Kliksberg said. He is a firm believer in the power of citizens to choose leaders who offer egalitarian policies, and stick to them. “The population is vigilant that they (elected officials) apply what they promised. And they do not accept resignations.” u

able.” Shoes with waterproofed leather or a membrane lining are ideal for dampness or rain. Clothing should be comfortable. The proper pole technique is a bit tricky, though, and can be learned by watching an experienced Nordic walker – or by taking an introductory course. Such courses have other benefits, too. “It’s more fun to Nordic walk in a group - it’s motivating,” Wessinghage remarked. “What’s more, meeting at fixed times has a disciplining effect.” Beginners should start slowly, and gradually increase their pace. Health benefits are achieved when Nordic walking is practiced at least about three times a week, for three-quarters of an hour each time, he said. u


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3D Printers { Christina Horsten / Berlin / DPA }

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lastic? Metal? Cement? Take your pick - 3D printers can manufacture actual objects from these materials. 3D printing has leapt from the pages of science fiction to actual production lines; with some even coming within the grasp of private customers. These printers are now spitting out replacement car parts, architectural models, or simple salt shakers. “You can even print out body parts from organic materials,” says Hartmut Schwandt, head of the 3D laboratory at Berlin’s Technical University. Such a feature can come in handy in case of a broken shoulder. “If you’re missing a part of the bone, the patient goes into the CT scanner, and the replacement part pops out of the printer!” The technology was developed in the 1980s, and continuously refined over the

Transluscent wings for mechanical insects printed by a 3D printer

years. Printing methods depend upon the material. Thus, plastic is melted and then sprayed through a nozzle, to create the desired object – or laid down layer by layer upon a frame. Schwandt’s printer is about as tall as a man, and resembles an oven. A cement printer looks more like a washing machine. Before printing starts, a vat is filled with cement powder. With the assistance of a binding agent ,the object is then created layer by layer.

Shape Changing Cars { Irena Guettel / Bremen, Germany / DPA }

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he purchase of a motor car requires careful consideration. Do you need a little city nipper that can squeeze into any parking space, or a roomy family saloon, or perhaps even a van? Unfortunately, you cannot have all three, in one. Not yet, anyway. But researchers in Bremen, Germany have designed an intelligent electric car that can change shape as needed. Shape-shifting vehicles, that smack of science fiction today, have been made possible in large part by the development of electric cars. Since they have no engine bay, there is more room to experiment with technology and design. “We’re revolutionizing the concept of an automobile, by splitting it up,” says Frank Kirchner, head of the Robotics Innovation Centre at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen. The DFKI’s e-car prototype bears little resemblance to a conventional car. With its higher chassis and dome-like passenger cabin, it looks more like a futuristic lunar vehicle. A two-seater with a flexible chassis, the e-car has four wheel hub motors and wheels, that can turn 90 degrees. This allows it to spot-turn, as well as move sideways and diagonally – which makes parking a lot easier. And if the parking space is still too small, the car can be shortened by a half-metre, by telescoping the chassis.

The ability to shrink is even more important for the car’s central feature, namely vehicle-transforming add-ons. If the driver wants to take the children along, he or she attaches a passenger cabin module. For a trip to the hardware store, a loading ramp is added. The car always consists only of the parts needed for the task at hand, which saves energy and increases the car’s range, Kirchner says. For longer journeys, multiple cars can be linked in a train, which also conserves battery power. The driver, meanwhile, can relax and read the newspaper – because the intelligent car organizes the link-up itself, by communicating with other cars. In a further step envisioned by researchers, the car will be able to travel, park and dock at a charging station automatically. The German automobile club ADAC, however, remains sceptical about a car’s ability to act by itself. “Humans, with their manifold sensors, have thus far been technologically irreplaceable,” said ADAC traffic expert Christoph Hecht. German luxury automaker BMW presented a shape-shifting car in 2008, called the GINA Light Visionary Model. The Bremen e-car prototype, too, is primarily a research platform for the time being, to test innovative technologies. “It won’t be running on public roads until the next decade,” Kirchner predicted. His research team intends to test the car soon under real conditions – for example on trade fair grounds, and at airports. u

Larry King, Carlos Slim Team Up Online TV Venture { Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }

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ormer CNN talk show host Larry King is teaming up with billionaire Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, for a new internet-only TV channel that will go online later this year. The network, called Ora.TV, joins a growing number of online television ventures such as YouTube.com and Hulu.com, that are seen as an ever-stronger challenge to traditional television. Ora.TV will create highquality video programming, that will be available on phones, laptops, tablets, connected television and other devices,” said the announcement on the company’s website. “We are also the new home for Larry King, who will bring his trademark interviews of the

world’s leading voices – from politics to entertainment.” Slim was named the world’s richest man by Forbes magazine last week, in its annual listing of billionaires – thanks to his sprawling telecommunications empire in Latin America. He is also one of the largest shareholders of the New York Times, with over 8 per cent of the company’s common stock. Ora.TV will rely on online advertising rather than subscriptions, for revenue, and will be targeted at audiences in the US and Latin America. King, 78, was a major star at CNN, where his show Larry King Live, ran from 1985 to 2010. “I run into people everyday, who tell me they miss my show. And a lot of times I miss it too,” he told the New York Times. u

The initial product has to be inserted into a special machine, to remove excess cement powder. The final product is then coated with a resin, to keep it from breaking. Rapid prototyping creates a model. “Today you’re just pushing something around the computer, but you need something that you can touch – and that’s a lot easier with a 3D printer,” says Schwandt. This approach is favoured for architectural models, and car prototypes made out of cement or plastic. Rapid manufacturing focuses on preciseness. “These are production quality objects. They can be mass-produced items or custom-made individual pieces,” says Schwandt. But this kind of manufacturing is in its infancy. “This is the newest development. It’s impossible to see what’s still coming.” Model cars, toys, pieces of art or dishes: entire runs of such products could one day be made with 3D printers – instead of by special manufacturing machines or tools. It sounds like science fiction and Schwandt admits that “it’s partially still a dream.” Cost is one drawback. A professional 3D printer, like one used in the auto industry or by sporting shoe manufacturers, costs “well into six figures.” “It’s only worth it if the printer is in use around the clock,” Schwandt says. Semiprofessional versions cost between 40,000 and 100,000 euros (54,000 and 135,000 dollars). They turn out good products, but the choice of materials is limited. There are also entry models, for pri-

G lobal vate individuals with the right level of interest. US company Desktop Factory produces one for about 3,600 euros. “Our goal is to one day make 3D printing as common in offices, factories, schools and homes as laser printers are today,” according to the company’s website. But experts like Schwandt remain sceptical. “That’s not foreseeable. I think it will remain an extreme niche product, and stay that way for a while. But it is a fun toy.” And a really expensive one. On top of the printer costs are the costs of materials for each print job. A container of cement for a 3D printer costs about 2,500 euros. Per cubic centimetre, 3D printing costs cost about 3 or 4 euros, says Schwandt. That means an architect who orders a small model of a house can expect to pay between 100 and 300 euros. Then there’s the time it takes for the print job to complete: up to 40 hours. Schwandt advises hobbyists against buying their own printer, but to use drafting and printing services. For example Sketchup helps customers to create a plan, while Fabberhouse and Sculpteo allow users to upload their plans for printing. Schwandt recommends professional assistance before taking that step, since planning a 3D print job can be intense. “The client has to provide useful 3D data. A lot of people are not able to do that and need help.” The process though, has its advantages. For example, you can get your item printed in Schwandt’s favourite material: potato starch. “Theoretically, you could eat it after the printing.” u

Cameron’s Titanic Dive { Andy Goldberg / Los Angeles / DPA }

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ames Cameron, the director of the record-breaking films Titanic and Avatar, is eyeing a new record for himself. The billionaire filmmaker announced his plans to voyage to the deepest ocean trench in the world, aboard a state-of-the-art mini-submarine that he has spent millions of dollars developing. Cameron, 57, said that he plans the voyage to the Marianas Trench in the coming months; hoping to explore the Challenger Deep area in the western Pacific Ocean, some 11 kilometres below sea level. Only two people have ever been that deep. They were aboard a US Navy submersible in 1960. Cameron would be the first solo diver to reach the spot. The new effort comes as Cameron prepares to release a 3D version of Titanic in cinemas worldwide, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the cruise ship tragedy. His voyage calls for him to conduct science experiments on the ocean floor,

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unlike his predecessors who just briefly touched the lowest place on earth before returning to the surface. Earlier in the week, Cameron set the record for the deepest ever solo dive, when he took the DeepSea Challenger submersible down to 8.1 kilometres, during testing off Papua New Guinea. Cameron, who is embarking on the project in collaboration with National Geographic, said he hopes the project will help answer basic scientific questions about ocean trenches; such as whether fish can live in the sea’s deepest reaches. “We’re going to go down there with our cameras, our lights, and find the answers to some of those questions,” Cameron said, in announcing the mission. Cameron has long been known for his fascination with ocean depths. Besides his record-breaking 1997 movie Titanic, he also made The Abyss in 1989, and the documentaries Bismarck (in 2002), and Ghosts of the Abyss, – a 3D tour of the Titanic’s interior, (in 2003). u

IAAF Hall Of Fame

amine Diack, the President of IAAF, Athletics’ world governing body said that the organization was creating a Hall of Fame. “As part of the celebrations to mark the Centennial Year of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the IAAF is proud to announce the inauguration of the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012,” Diack told a press conference in Istanbul. The IAAF has established strict criteria which athletes need to fulfill, before being considered for membership to the Hall of Fame. Athletes

need to have won at least two Olympic or World Championships gold medals, and set at least one World record – and they must have been retired for at least 10 years at the time of election to the Hall of Fame. Diack announced 12 of the 24 founding members – amongst them are American superstars Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, as well as Finnish long distance runner Paavo Nurmi. Others are Al Oerter, who won the Discus gold medal for four consecutive years, and Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who set world records in the high and long jump. u


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Canan Sevil

It’s Always Party-Time In Taksim

NIGHT OF FUN: Nights out in Taksim are fuelled by beer and raki - the cafes and restaurants also serve plenty of local fare.

{ Canan Sevil / Istanbul / DPA }

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inding somewhere to party in Istanbul does not start with a venue. Those in the know just set off and have fun, says local expert Varol Doken – as he strides through the crowds in the Taksim district. Taksim is calling, and the motto is: ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are looking for – just get over here!’” The famous three-kilometre-long shopping street, Istiklal Caddesi, is the backbone

of the party zone; it is packed with cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants, taverns and pubs. “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of bars and clubs,” said Doken. New ones spring up almost every day. The Istiklal, as the locals call it, stretches from Tuenel Square to Taksim Square, and has been a pedestrianized zone since the 1990s. It is a venue for shopping, carousing, and dancing until the early hours. The pavements are crammed with people every day. At night, that

number seems to swell to thousands – as music of all kinds reverberates through the narrow streets. Aromas from the many eateries fill the air, mingling with the salty sea breeze from the Bosphorus. “The city may go to sleep but Taksim never does,” says Doeken, gazing at the every growing mass of people making their way along the Istiklal. “Things get going on Thursday, around 10 o’clock at night,” he says. The fun usually continues until around 6 am, as the revellers trawl the bars and move from one tavern to the next. “Thousands of people are on the move, and they need to get around as well. In Istanbul there are 17,000 taxis, and 14,000 of them are carrying fares in and around Taksim alone,” says Doken. “The evening begins with going out for something to eat,” explains the expert, as he deftly

PARTY-GOERS: Come evening, the Old Quarter of Istanbul reverberates to the sound of music – be it jazz, punk or Turkish rock.

squeezes drops of lemon juice over the fresh filet of bream on the plate in front of him. Many people like to eat out at Turkish taverns—the so-called Meyhane—in Nevizade, one of the most lively thoroughfares in Beyoglu. A maze of narrow, twisting alleyways link some of the party hotspots in Taksim, which branch off the Istiklal. These venues are popular with students, intellectuals and artists alike. To reach the “in” destinations, visitors often have to make their way through dingy hallways, and onto the top floors of buildings – many of which have seen better days. Doors open here to reveal some of the most lively and colourful clubs. Most have large balcony terraces, offering spectacular views of the Bosporus and the city lights. The sun rises slowly above the roofs of Istanbul, and the loud nocturnal clamour gives way to snatches of conversation from partygoers heading home on the Istiklal. Before they drop into bed, most tuck into a snack. A Taksim Burger - a meat rissole drenched in a fiery tomato sauce, with lashings of garlic - goes down particularly well. “After you have been out drinking, the garlic in the burger tastes really good,” says Doken, smiling. Taksim is a place with a genuine feeling of freedom. Everyone celebrates here – be they Turks, Germans or French,” he says. “If you haven’t had a good time in Taksim then you don’t know what having a good time means.” u


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