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For The Other Half




he third in our astrology series – featuring Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius. ...Pg 16

Tantric Art


e feature Shobha Broota, a 68year old ‘young’ and energetic artist. ...Pg 17

Master Recipe


asterchef Top 5 Vijaylaxmi shares a Recipe exclusively for FG readers.

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }


urgaon is a paradox. It lives in two unequal halves, wherein the National Highway-8 acts as the Great Divide – like the Berlin Wall. The core of the City is rotting; but the new suburbs shine like stars – with malls, gated colonies, golf courses and clubs setting a standard of life never before seen in India. It is this flux of extreme forces that is threatening to unravel the balance – a balance that is natural and helpful for great cities to evolve with; and for civilisations to develop and attain glory. Gurgaon’s rotting urban core, the concretised villages within the City, and the vast rural hinterland that once comprised Guru-gram, is under threat of being submerged – under the new identity of a Millennium City, with its capital in ‘New Gurgaon’. It is here that the role of the State comes into play; to ensure that the forces of development touch all the populace. Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner P.C Meena, who is the point man of the State Administration in the District, concurs that Gurgaon is much more than the City itself. The District includes 3 sub-divisions viz. Gurgaon (North and South) ,and Pataudi; 5 tehsils (Gurgaon, Sohna, Pataudi, Farukh

Let’s Be Civil


Regular Features Food Take ...Pg 6 Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was ...Pg 7 Laughing Stock ...Pg 7

Nagar, Manesar); and 210 Panchayats that cover 291 villages. Friday Gurgaon spent a week with Deputy Commissioner Meena, checking how the State’s will is executed – in this historic area, that has known some form of governance since the time of Guru Dronacharya. Being close to Delhi, the capital seat of power, the District has also been influenced by the political and social developments taking place there.

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Emergency Servicemen

...Pg 18

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

prakhar pandey


We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. { Hritvick Sen / FG }


lmost every significant service worth its salt has a telephone call-in. Whether it is food (or liquor) delivery, information services, bookings and reservations, civic facilities, grievance cells... there is a line on which people can call in. But when there is an accident, a robbery or a fire – there is only one type of service that people dial in a hurry. Emergency Services. Most people count themselves fortunate that they haven’t had a situation in which they had to ask for help; but for the people who work in these services, helping distraught people is an everyday affair. Whether it is Police (100), Ambulance (101), or Fire (102) – receiving a call usually means it is a life-ordeath matter.

Express Service at your Doorstep 

Ativa Auto Services has launched ‘White Xpress’, an auto-on-call service with the support of Bajaj Auto Ltd.  The autos are available from 6.30 am to 10 pm.  Make online bookings at or call 0124-4811111.  Autos will charge Rs. 40 for the first two kms, and thereafter it would be Rs 8 per km.



100 – Police Emergency Line

Location: The main Police Control Room (PCR) in Gurgaon’s Mini-Secretariat. Wireless sets chirping, phone lines ringing as soon as they’re set down, staff rushing about with papers – the very air hums with activity. Inspector Rishipal, who is the senior in-charge of the Operations, says seriously, “On any given day, we receive between 2,500 to 3,000 calls.” In a closed glass cubicle from which he can survey all activity, he manages the day-today operations of the PCR. “We have stateof-the-art servers and equipment, and I can safely say that Gurgaon has one of the most advanced PCRs in the country.” Contd on p 6 


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Coming Up

THEATRE  WORKSHOP  HOLI CELEBRATION  ART  NIGHTLIFE  FOOD artists playing electronic music, and presenting an art festival. Relish some mouth watering Holi delicacies.

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painting exhibition by eminent painters – Chandra Bhattacharya, R Balasubramaniam, Birendra Pani, Pratul Dash, Alok Bal, and George Martin, among others. The Exhibition is an outcome of the workshop held at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, where the emphasis was on the revival of the “GuruShishya” mode of learning. Eleven artists from all parts of India travelled to Cambodia to study the Angkor temples – and laid down their experiences on canvas.

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hem Clones, an alternate/ rock band from New Delhi, will perform at Brix Street Bar & Rock Cafe.
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Vexed In The City (English) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 3 and March 4 Time: 7 pm Ticket: Rs. 300


he former Bharatnatyam dancer Raghu Dixit will give a 'rocking' performance. For booking and further details, call 9650180404.


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group painting exhibition by artists
Naresh Gupta, Bhoop Chandra, Usha Takhoor, Rita Sud, Ramoji Ravindra, and Sahaj Nagaraj.


Angkor Wat: An Indian Perspective @ Gallery One, 4105, DLF Phase IV


njoy traditional floral Holi with the artistes from the Charkula Arts Academy of Mathura.

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Rang Festival @ Lillywhite Hotel, MG Road Date: March 8 Time: 10 am to 10 pm


njoy Holi, with some of the best Indian and international

enonwed singer Shanker Sahney will enthral the guests with his melodious Ghazals and Sufi music. Entry is by invitation only. For invitation, call 9811366489.

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Tea at Twinings I

t may have been the second day of a busy week, but that didn’t stop the City’s tea lovers. They made their way to the Tea Tasting ceremony hosted by Stephen Twining, of Twinings Tea. The idea is to expand the tea market across India, with a focus on the subcontinent. Stephen said, “When I was eight years old, I was asked by my geography teacher to talk about one of India’s largest exports – tea. Today, I am glad to interact with tea consumers in India.”

Hard Rap n Ramp R

apper Hard Kaur rocked at the Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen, with her power packed performance. Hard Kaur treated the revellers to a mix of Bollywood, Western and rap numbers. Before Hard Kaur arrived, former Mrs. India Aditi Govitrikar walked the ramp, at Siddharth Oberoi’s fashion show; and DJ Mudit enthralled the audience with his scintillating music. The event was organised by the leading real estate developer AMR Infrastructures Ltd.

New Hockey Wizards A

s a prelude to the World Series Hockey Championship 2012, the team of Delhi Wizards visited the Kingdom of Dreams, to watch the Bollywood musical Zangoora. The Delhi Wizards interacted with sports lovers present, and clicked pictures with their fans. Excited before the Championship, Roelant Oltmans from Netherlands, Head Coach, Delhi Wizards, said, “This is a great platform for fans of the game to engage with their own city team, and to build a strong support base. We are overwhelmed with the response here, at the magical Kingdom of Dreams”. World Series Hockey is all set to begin from the 29th of February, to delight the hockey fans – with 34 days of live entertainment and hard hitting encounters.

Bhangra with Jassi B

hangra lovers made the most out of the evening, as the Bhangra singer, Jassi Sidhu, hit the floor of Zygo Club on Saturday. Jassi matched steps effortlessly with the pulsating music. With a melodious mix of his top busters and Bollywood hits, the party revellers enjoyed the evening. It was the first performance of Jassi Sidhu in the City.


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Walk the Art

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Emporio later. n what is being termed as ‘India’s While most participating artists first Art Walk’, a 3 km stretch are young students from the Colwill be dressed with canvases lege of Art and the Shri Ram School, and sculptures, made by upcoming there are a few who have already artists. The walk is through a lush successfully put up shows in India green stretch at the luxurious Aralias, and abroad – such as Anil Kohli, Asit DLF Golf and Country Club, on Poddar, and Bipasha SenMarch 3 and 4. gupta. It is a great opportuHaving executed five nity for budding artists, as exhibitions in the past, the it will be inaugurated by the organiser, The Renge Art Chairman of DLF Group, gallery, aims to continue its Mr. K.P Singh; and a huge support to upcoming artists, elite crowd is expected to with this art walk. “We wantturn up. ed to do something out of Renge is an initiative the ordinary. Thus, the conto promote emerging cept of the art walk came up. artists, by giving them a During the walk, we will put platform to showcase their more than 2,000 artworks on work. Renge’s aim is to display,” says Shalini Vig revive the enjoyment Wadhwa, Co-founder of Shalini Vig and practice of creating The Renge Art. Wadhwa with art for personal fulfilment; “The participating artists Gopa Kumar to put up exhibitions and will be present to share (sitting) experiences that resonate their thoughts on their with diverse audiences; artworks. The extensive and to bring people together range of paintings showcase through art. The Renge Art brings the artists' exceptional skills Date: March 3 and 4 artists and art-making to the and pioneering methods,” Time: 11 am to 4 pm public, by providing studio spaces, informs Gopa Kumar, Venue: DLF Golf and and presenting the artists works the Co-Founder, and Country Club, DLF Phase V via exhibitions and events. The Promoter of The Renge For further information, call endeavour of this art hub is also to Art gallery – adding that 9810422292 or log on to advise, source, trade, and assist – the selected artworks both the art lovers and buyers. will be exhibited at DLF

Venue of The Renge Art Walk

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Rapid Strides

00 amateurs golfers competed in the regional qualifier 12th edition of the Mercedes Trophy, at the DLF Golf & Country Club. The Mercedes Trophy is one of the world’s largest amateur golf tournaments, involving over 58,000 golfers in 43 countries. Mercedes-Benz has been a strong patron of golf, with a prominent presence at amateur and professional tournaments across the world – including The Masters, The British Open and the US PGA Championship.


he early birds of the City gathered at Leisure Valley Park, to participate in a walkathon, organised by IL&FS. While the first Asian woman marathon runner, Sunita Godara, gave some insights about the innumerable health and environmental benefits of walking, the HUDA Administrator, Dr. Praveen Kumar, appreciated the presence of the elderly and children. He presented plants to them. The aim of the walk was to encourage commuters to 'walk from home', from the Metro. IL&FS would present Gurgaonites the Rapid Metro, in 2013.

Meet The Author

Play Day


he City had a chance to interact with the renowned author-cum-politician, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, at Epicentre. Dr. Tharoor spoke at length about his 12 prize-winning books. The talk was followed by a question-answer session. He autographed some of his books, for the enthusiastic book lovers.


he sixth edition of the IIM Masters Golf Tournament was held at the Golden Greens Golf Resort, on Saturday. Around 100 golfers played with great spirit and mirth. The tournament was won by IIM Calcutta. Introduced in 2004, the tournament is keenly awaited every year.

06  Contd from p 1 Talking about the infrastructure and the work-schedule, Rishipal says, “Our workforce is evenly divided into eight-hour shifts (06:00hrs to 14:00hrs, 14:00hrs to 22:00hrs, and 22:00hrs to 06:00hrs). At any given moment, there are 10 operators manning the lines.” “As soon as the phone rings, the operator notes down the number from our tracking software, and takes down details of the type of emergency,” says Omvir Singh, an official in the PCR. “The operators get months of training for the proper handling of calls; and it usually involves calming the individual, so that he/she can talk coherently, and give the maximum detail – as that will help the police force on the streets. Then, the operator finds out the Police Station nearest to the scene, and urgently assigns an Interceptor (Bike) or a police van to the crime scene. It is the control room’s responsibility to co-ordinate information and logistics with the police team. Finally, the operator has to call up the police force, and make sure the incident has been resolved properly; and check that protocol has been followed.” What if the police reaches late, or doesn’t reach there at all? “Nobody is unaccountable. In case we find that a team did not reach the scene as we requested, the Station House Officer is informed, and an explanation is sought. This comes directly from the DCP (Headquarter’s) office,” another official says. “We manage with what we can,” says an operator. “We get one day off a week, and we work in shifts. Often we have to put extra hours; but then who will do the work if not us? Nobody can get the training to handle calls at a moment’s notice.” A very surprising feature is the number of crank calls the PCR receives. “About 20 per cent of the calls we handle are crank calls, and misdirected calls. Everyday, we take calls in which an inebriated person hogs the line, just to berate the force,” says an operator. Even on ‘normal’ calls, the people are scared, furious, or both. Our shift manager told us at the beginning of our training that we won’t ever receive a pleasant call; that our job is to take on other people’s problems. It’s been four years for me, and I haven’t had an incident that can contradict what he said.”

101 – Fire Service

Hanuman Chandra Sihag has worked in the Haryana Fire Services for over four decades. Retired on Thursday this week, Sihag thumps his chest while speaking for the fire service. “In the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, every policeman and armyman was provided bulletproof vests before stepping into the field of fire. But firemen were sent first, and they went without any kind of protection. In our line of work, duty comes before personal safety.” The Chief of Sector-29 fire station since 2007, and recently Additional Divisional Fire Officer (ADFO), Sihag says, “We are the only emergency service that is prepared to go at a second’s notice. When a call comes for fire service, the go-team is sent to start the bowser, or a fire-engine. The person taking the call asks the type of fire involved (chemical, gas, petrol, etc.), and writes out a form in triplicate. By the time a copy of the form is torn and handed out to the go-team, the latter is almost out of the gate. That is how fast we function”, Sihag says. At any given time, there are fire teams on the go, at the three fire-stations spread across the City (Sector-29, Bhimnagar village, and Udyog Vihar). The fire service suffers from a

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We shrugged and went in anyway. It took us around three days to control the fire, and extricate the bodies.”

102 – Ambulance

At last count, the City has 619 high-rises, and only 139 of us (and 22 fire-engines and bowsers) to take care of emergencies. debilitating problem of under-staffing, and work overload. A fireman said, “The go-team usually needs to have at least four to five people to tackle any emergency. Right now, we’re lucky to have three. Plus, we’re strained on finances. We have to mind the diesel spent, the wear and tear of the machinery, tyres; and the fatigue of the men. The bowsers are getting old, and it is a fact that the traffic of the City does not allow for quick transportation. The summers are coming, and it means more incidents of fire for us.” Sihag says, “The problems ailing our department are many. First, the equipment is prohibitively expensive, and our needs are put at the back of the list almost every time. At last count, the City has 619 high-rises, and only 139 of us (and 22 fire-engines and bowsers) to take care of emergencies. From where will we get the hydraulic lifts to raise our firemen to the heights, when the situation so requires? We always are asked to manage; but some issues need to be settled by the authorities in the Municipal Corporation. When we ask for funds, the decision is postponed indefinitely.” Firemen claim that they haven’t been paid for two to three months at a stretch; and the under-staffing means fewer leaves/vacations. “When we put our lives at stake for the people, the least the Administration can do is to make our lives a little easier,” says a fireman. Isham Kashyap, Sihag’s colleague, says, “We receive 15-20 minor calls a

week. In the summers, the numbers double, or even triple. And some of the fires we control are killers in the real sense. When the godown of Orient Craft went up in flames, we were the quickest to reach the scene; and controlled the blaze in just a couple of days. We still have the warm commendation from Orient Craft’s owner, Mr. Dhingra, for doing our duty flawlessly,” he says. “A year ago, an Adidas storehouse caught fire in Gurgaon. No one was ready to go within a 100 metres of the blaze, as there were deoderants and perfumes exploding like rocket shells.

Food Take

In medical emergencies, it is nearly impossible to recall the phonetically-simple helpline numbers of big hospitals. What comes to mind is 101, the government helpline for calling an ambulance. The Civil Hospital in Gurgaon takes the entire District’s medical emergency calls. Ekta, the supervisor of the Medical Referral Unit (MRU), as it is called, smiles and says, “It is a tough job, but it’s also our responsibility that these people get succour as soon as possible.” The Centre has a fleet of eight ambulances – including a new stateof-the art Jeevan Raksha ambulance. “For Below Poverty Line (BPL) people and pregnant women, the service is free of charge. For the rest, we generally charge seven rupees a kilometre, to the nearest government hospital,” says Ekta. She admits that while calling for 101, the service is only for delivery and referral to government hospitals. “If one desires to be treated at a private hospital, that has be taken care of by that institution’s ambulance service,” she says. Vikram Singh is a satisfied man. “The scheme the government has launched for pregnant women is indeed appreciable. When my wife was in childbirth in December, an ambulance took us to the Pataudi hospital in no time. And they even dropped us back home, without charge. The quality of the ambulance should be improved, but the service is good enough by government standards,” he says. Karamvir, a businessman, had his nephew admitted in the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, when the latter lost too much blood. “After the treatment was over, he was still weak, and had to be transferred back to the government hospital in Rohtak. We hired the new ambulance to take us there; and the service as well as the equipment was top class.” A driver of one of the three ambulances says, “We are overworked. Besides me, there are just two more drivers for managing the Civil Hospital’s need for emergency services. At most, we can carry out two transportations simultaneously. But more than that means cutting into our rest time; which happens more often than not.” Whether it is a question of fire, police or ambulance, the emergency services definitely need an injection of money, to boost operations. Yes, there are times when a police van, an ambulance or a fire engine reaches the scene after the emergency is over. But it is to be said that the will to work more than overpowers the hindrances these servicemen face, in their daily line of work. u

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QUOTES FROM ACTUAL EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS: “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.” “This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won’t be.” “This young lady has delusions of adequacy.” “This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.” “If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he’s the other one.” “A prime candidate for natural de-selection.” “Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.” “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.” “This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better.” “He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.”

THE WEEKTHAT WAS ♦ 2012 has been designated in Haryana as the Year of the Youth, by the Governor. ♦ Hundreds, if not thousands, of Mobile Toilets, are being planned for the City. ♦ New Intra City and Inter-State buses coming – total 50 expected by month end. ♦ There was a nationwide strike of Trade Unions, on 28th. Feb. – asking for minimum wages, revision of labour laws, faster union registration, and abolition of the concept of contract workers (asked to be treated on par with permanent workers). ♦ All private schools in the State remained closed for a day, in protest against the govt. policy for EWS children. ♦ About 50% of unauthorized colonies may be regularized shortly. DC Meena has asked the grass root revenue officials (esp. patwaris), to give confidential reports to him, about illegal colonies coming up in their areas. Such information has already saved govt. land from land grabbers in many locations. It will also help new buyers not getting into trouble later, by buying illegal land. ♦ CAG raps Haryana power distribution companies for mounting losses – now cumulated to thousands of crores. ♦ A charred body of a policemen was found in a field – he had seemingly been tortured; woman killed as college bus rams into a mini-truck; software engineering graduate caught for the recent murder of an HR executive; a B.Tech. student hangs self. ♦ A maid is raped by a driver. ♦ A guard slapped, another run over by car driver, after they asked him to remove car from no parking area; and it was causing a jam. ♦ 4 guards beat up an executive, for “wrong parking”. ♦ Official of BMW dealership involved in a Rs.10 lakh plus fraud at a showroom – pertaining to 2011.

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At present, Meena says, the primary role of the State is to act as a facilitator for balanced development and economic growth. He also asks us to look at Gurgaon as a whole, and not through the prism of urban areas alone. He speaks softly, but exudes authority – sitting behind a large table that is stacked with files and official stationery. Meena   works both from his Camp Office in Civil Lines, and the Mini-Secretariat in Gurgaon – where a large number of official meetings and public dealings happen. One of the most important days in the week is Tuesday, when he holds Court. Land disputes, revenue cases, bank cases and other cases are put before him, as the District Collector. “I read all the cases thoroughly, and take into account all the legal aspects, before deciding upon them,” he says. That even pertains to the quick solemnising of marriages, that takes place in his Court. Meena says, with a smile, that it takes only two minutes to officially declare a couple as man and wife in Gurgaon – perhaps the quickest marriage ceremony   in the entire country. After quickly disposing of the nuptials, Meena hears cases that involve encroachment of Panchayat land, non-payment of bank loans, encroachment of State land, and non-payment of stamp duty. One of the interesting cases that came to his Court that day was a plea by a leading real estate company of Gurgaon. They wanted the state to withdraw a notice seeking payment of Stamp Duty. The legal luminary representing the company contended that there was no legal transfer of title taking place between two real estate companies, as such there was no case for paying the stamp duty. The Collector heard his arguments and fixed the next date for hearing, while commenting that the State exchequer was at a loss in the case – while both builders were in a win-win situation, using this stratagem. Meena says that during his tenure he has given special emphasis to the management of the land revenue department – as land has become a precious commodity in the District. As a judicial officer, Meena says, he disposes around 30 to 35 cases in a month; and that is more than the number of new cases initiated. After hearing the Court cases, Meena sits in his office, where

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For The Other Half people from all over the District come for the redressal of their grievances. During the public meetings, a poor woman comes to him; her son is suffering from cancer, and she has lost the official card that allows help from the State Health Department. Taking note of her plight, the DC calls the concerned officials to take note, and issue a new card. She thanks the DC profusely; she knows things have moved her way. It is very difficult to move officialdom in India, particularly if you are from the weaker sections of the society, she knows. Another delegation of residents from Mayfield Garden calls upon the DC, asking him to allow the registration of sale deeds, for sales that have already

ficial visits and tours of senior government functionaries. The next day, Meena is scheduled to visit Pataudi and Hailey Mandi – to get first hand information about the developments taking place in these two towns. He will also assess the status of unauthorised colonies, that are scheduled to be regularised as per the State Government policy. The caravan moves to Pataudi, and we meet the Deputy Commissioner at the (Pataudi) Mahal – that has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Pataudi clearly is a city frozen in time – development seems to be non-existent. The roads are poor, sanitation is non-functional, the streets are filthy. Despite the poor civic conditions,

areas that do not come in the ambit of the state policy are not recommended to be regularised by mistake. The first to be visited is Baghwali Colony, where a large number of houses have been constructed on agricultural land. Here he asks the revenue officials to show him the plots on the shajra (the state map that is made on cloth, plotting the land with khasra numbers). In between, he visits a Musilm family that has lost two women members, as the roof of the house in which they stayed came down. Meena asks the local officials to help the family, and even extend help through the government schemes meant for providing housing to

the people look healthy and hardworking, though resigned. Meena takes us to the local SDM’s office. A delegation of workers from the Marketing Committee call on him, to present a memorandum; thereafter a motley group of residents from a nearby village complain against a local tough who has occupied a part of the common path. Meena listens to their woes and issues directions – many of which involve meeting with the concerned field staff. However, some of them complain that this movement from one official to another is so slow, that it takes years to get things resolved in the country. Meena now asks the SDM to take him on a tour of the unauthorised colonies. He personally wants to check the status, so that

weaker sections of society. He also orders the local revenue officials to survey the colonies, and instruct residents for strengthening their houses, in case these were not built as per the building parameters. “Such kind of accidents should not happen again,” he tells the accompanying officials. In another unauthorised colony, Meena finds development work taking place, using government funds. He says that this is not allowed, and orders an enquiry as to who was responsible for this. The entourage, after surveying around 6 colonies, moves to Hailey Mandi, a suburb of Pataudi. Fancy cars vie for space with tractor trolleys, as equally magnificent homes are shamed by dumps of garbage, broken drains and swamps of sewage. A colony near the Hailey Mandi railway station stands testimony to government apathy, as a plaque laid by a former Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner in 2001 lords over a swampy portion of land – that was destined to

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taken place. Recently, the DC had stopped new registrations in the area, due to the violation of building bye-laws. The DC enquires about the issue, and thereafter instructs the land revenue officials to register the deeds where sales has already taken place, and does not involve the builder. “Why should all the people suffer?” says Meena to the officials. Even as he disposes of their case, a senior citizen, who lives abroad, complains to him about the high-handed manner in which the DRO has behaved with him. He is insistent that the DC should call the officer and take him to task. Meena smiles and tells him about the pressure faced by government officials. He also calls up the DRO and asks him to be polite with the citizens. The matter is resolved. After meeting a number of officials, Meena says that he is going to ‘New’ Gurgaon, as the CM is scheduled to come. As the Deputy Commissioner, he is also the ceremonial head of the City and as such needs to be present during of-

be a children’s park. He asks the maps to be revised, so that recommendations can be made on the basis of right information. The tour of the twin towns has clearly rattled the local officials, as they did not expect the visit to be so intense. “Arrey yeh tour aisa hoga aisa to nahin bola tha,” says one of the officials, as the DC decides to call it a day. On the way back, we decide to take the Old Gurgaon-Pataudi route. The road is broken and pot-holed, but green fields on both the sides make it a pleasant drive. The very next day, an important meeting   of the District Task Force, on the issue of tubewells, is scheduled. Gurgaon has been christened as a ‘dark area’, due to the alarmingly low level of ground water – due to unabated exploitation. In this meeting it is decided, as per CGWA directions, that new tubewells in Pataudi, Sohna and Farrukhnagar would be registered; and the same must be used only for farming and domestic use. Meena also assures an industrial delegation that clarifications would be sought from CGWA about the use of water in industrial areas – but asserts that commercial exploitation of underground water would not be allowed. After this important meeting, the DC calls for regular visitors. Meena says that people from all parts of Gurgaon, particularly rural areas, come to him seeking redressal of grievances. They also come asking for recommendations to different private companies in Gurgaon for jobs, says Meena with a smile. There are more meetings in store, and the agenda includes provision of space, pre-fabricated structures for setting up liquor shops; and the Advisory Committee is set to meet. When asked what he does on a weekend, he smiles and says that he prefers to spend time with his family. Meena has a daughter and a son; and his wife prefers to stay at home, being a full-time parent. A new agenda for Monday – the DC will meet the beneficiaries of 100 square yard plots in village Ghamroj; thereafter the District Level Clearance Committee is scheduled to meet in the evening; there is also a meeting in connection with the regular Chaitr Mela, to be held at the Sheetla Mata Mandir; and the DC will also hold a meeting to take stock of the unauthorised construction in the City. Meena says that he quite enjoys this role of a DC. u

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.C. Meena, who hails from Rajasthan, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering. It was in 2004 that he joined the Indian Administrative Service – a decision that he says has been quite fruitful, as it has given him a chance to serve the society and weaker sections. Meena has been serving as Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner since February 2011; and he says that this posting has been quite challenging, as this City is expanding at a very fast pace, and new challenges crop up every day. Speaking to Friday Gurgaon, he dwells on issues that are important to the Millennium City, and the civil society. The Gurgaon model   is an experience for the entire State, as this City has emerged as the fastest growing destination of Haryana – witnessing unprecedented growth in industry, IT and real estate. The speed of development did not give adequate time to the government agencies to react. The intentions of the government are quite clear; and that is to create world class infrastructure in the City. Of late, we are seeing positive developments on infrastructure development. HUDA is speeding up its work; MCG has become more active, and other government agencies have also learnt from the past mistakes. In

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n the road to the Palladians Apartments, there is a ramshackle thatched hut, where the Apartments’ laundry is done. Leaning against the hut are whiteboards, and a flex-board, proclaiming ‘Jagriti- The Banyan Tree School’. Every day, from 11:30 am onwards, small children troop into the makeshift shamiana, for two to three hours of learning. The teachers are greeted with an asynchronous ‘Good morning’, the whiteboards are put upright, and notebooks are opened for a day’s session of learning. The children studying here are the progeny of the construction workers – who work in the multi-storeyed buildings coming up on that stretch. “They work here for a little less than a year, so we get only six months or so with a child,” says Neerja Pahwa Sardana, the founder of the Banyan Tree School. “Within that time, we try to inculcate as much learning as possible in the child.” As Rajni, another member of the teaching group, puts it, “We try to instil the craving for education as early as possible; so that wherever the child goes next, he/she will want to continue studying.” According to Sardana, “We have this initiative on-going for nearly four and a half years now. We started out with teaching the slum children under a banyan tree (that’s how we got the name). We had some problems with the

‘New Gurgaon’, it has been ensured that the minimum width of roads is 12 metres, and there are adequate sanitation and sewerage facilities. We are ensuring that EWS schemes are implemented in letter and spirit. Recently, EWS schemes launched by a couple of major real estate developers in Gurgaon were rejected, as these were not following the rules and regulations. The MCG election was a prime objective, and it was conducted during my tenure; and despite several challenges, it was conducted successfully. Since I have a special interest in land revenue adminis-

tration and management, I began with the digitisation of the land records in the entire District. Demarcation of land is a major problem here; to resolve this issue, we have decided to super-impose the Aks Izras (Land Maps) on images obtained through the satellites and GIS data. This is helping us to get accurate land maps, and the data of the District will be later put online – so that people get actual land data realtime, and without any hassles. The Shajras that depict the land records on maps are being scanned as well, and indexed. The computerisation of the Jamabandi records has also

taken place, and it is due to this reason that registration process of property has become streamlined. We want to ensure that land records are easily made available online, so that land disputes and frauds are minimised. As far as saving government land is concerned, we have prepared a a digital record of all the Panchayat land in the District; it has details of every inch of the State and common lands. We have been able to recover hundreds of acres of Panchayat land, that was encroached illegally by anti-social elements – in connivance with certain revenue officials. Action has been taken against all those involved in criminal activities. The State government has sanctioned Rs. 1,500 crores for the improvement of sanitation, roads, and setting up of Sewerage Treatment Plants. The focus would be on improving the existing infrastructure, and augmenting the transport facilities – so that people can move seamlessly in and out of the City. The Administration has also proposed bringing the Metro to Old Gurgaon, for mitigating the problems faced by commuters here. A new Inter-State Bus Terminal will also come up near Manesar, and it will be a world class facility. The development of infrastructure in Gurgaon will take place as per the Masterplan that has been envisioned, taking into account the increase in population, and spread of the City. The State Government has also sanctioned an additional Rs. 10 crores each for Patau-

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The Learning Tree temple management, and had to shift from there. The Resident Welfare Association here didn’t have a problem with us using the small lawn outside, so we just started teaching here.” The school has six teachers who “make sure the children learn the three Rs (Reading, ‘Rriting and ‘Rithmetic),” says Suman, another volunteer. “Each day, we teach them a separate subject. That ensures variety; and the children are eager to learn,” she says.

Right now, the NGO is looking for a permanent place. “Although we have received several donations for the children—like school-bags and water-bottles— we are now looking for a place that will give a semblance of protection from the summer sun,” says Sardana. R. Sharma, who was a Kendriya Vidyalaya Principal before retirement, nods his assent. “It’s nice when people come up and offer stuff we need. We work with these children because, one, it is

a pleasure; and secondly, they need it.” Suman, who is also an engineer, began teaching here when she shifted to Gurgaon from Bengaluru. “When my children go to school, I can’t think of a better way to utilise my time than to help these children learn. It is such a satisfying experience; and these youngsters learn fast. They have excellent grasping power. That is heartening. We vary the teaching schedule. One day it’s


di, Sohna and Farrukhnagar, to boost the infrastructure. In addition, we are trying to push industry to rural and backward areas, because development takes place with business and commerce. A Masterplan for Pataudi has been developed, and it will soon be finalised – to develop this town into a modern city. It is imperative that MCG functions in a proper manner, in the days to come, for Gurgaon to become a better city. Right now, the Corporation should concentrate on existing areas that it has, and work upon improving the infrastructure and services. It should think of taking over the new areas when it has developed adequate abilities and manpower. The government plans to regularise 56 unauthorised colonies in the District; and this is likely to happen within a month. I am visiting the tehsil headquarters, and getting the status update on these colonies. There are colonies in Pataudi and Hailey Mandi also, that will also be regularised, if they fulfill the criteria. u

Rs. 195 crores sanctioned for water supply and sewerage systems in Sohna, Pataudi, Hailey Mandi and Farrukhnagar. Water supply will be ensured through canals. Presently there is no organised sewerage system in these towns.

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Mathematics; the next day Hindi; the next English – and so on .” Director of Creo DesignWorks Radhika Sawhney, puts in weekend hours with the children. “Saturday is when the kids learn to colour and sketch,” she says, showing artworks done by the children. “It’s been a few months for me here, and I’ve seen that the kids are very, very talented.” How did she get to know about the initiative? “Through an acquaintance. Once I started working here, it’s been life-changing for me. I give these children whatever time I can spare.” The School focuses on educating the parents of the children as well. “We call them over, and help them in whatever way we can. It’s wonderful when our children make their parents learn about hygiene and cleanliness. Also, we offer counselling for the mothers,” Bringing forward a child, Sardana says, “Raju lost the use of his thumbs when his father poured acid over his hands. We’re getting surgery done on his incapacitated limb; but that hasn’t stopped him from writing and sketching flawlessly.” Raju smiles uncertainly, showing his notebook – where he has neatly written out Hindi words he has learnt. Sardana concludes, “Of course, there are problems, but that doesn’t deter us from doing what is right. What we do may just be a drop in the ocean; but I do believe that every drop counts.” u


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Private Lessons

he good times they do not, alas, last. The Kingfisher drama provides a good opportunity to take stock; and offers some very valuable lessons - specially to us in the private sector, the corporates.




ust saw the website of the Weekly Very good Also read some of your editorials The insight you offer is worth looking for every week Amitabh Shukla


ell done Pallavi very good insight for parents Sangeeta on the article ‘Choosing the right school’

FAMOUS QUOTES Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.  Robert Orben If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.  Malcolm S. Forbes The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.  Arnold Toynbee What is it that you like doing?  If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it.  Lee Iacocca


We have derided the Nehru economic model of public sector preference (with scant respect to the times); and we have held up Software as an example of how great we are when government is not in the picture (never mind the land sops, asked for even till today). We strut, award ourselves, look down on the public sector, and lecture everyone on performance and productivity – and sometimes professionalism. When Air India, or a public sector unit, is offered help, we smirk. We believe we know how best to manage adversity. In fact, it supposedly brings out the best in us (if we were to actually operate under the constraints that a public sector leader/ manager faces – forget the scale – we may find ourselves out of our depth). We even lecture the West, for the financial mess of the past few years; and praise ourselves for our prudence and foresight. Again, the credit is all ours, and we did it despite a weak government. After all, we have world class leaders and managers – and private economists. We have not been tested for some time now. Demand has not been a problem for over a decade. We increase prices within 24 hours, when excise or duties, or costs, go up; but cite ingenious reasons not to reduce, when the same go down. And we get away with it . We have earned well; and have solid reserves. Yet, at the first sign of serious trouble, we balk. When the going gets tough, we get going to clutch the government’s coat-tails. We find scapegoats. The problems are always external. We ask for duty cuts, tax cuts (or holidays), incentives, freebies. We do not want to dig into our reserves – that is for posterity. We rarely put our money where our mouth is. We respond petulantly – sometimes with blab and bluster. The government surely has an obligation to help us out when we need it. It is our birthright, and we shall have it. That is why we also pay our taxes (at least some of us) ! Over the last decade or so, we have smugly asked the government to just provide a good investment climate – and then leave it to us. Open spectrum, exploration, skies were presented to us. We took off in sunny weather, with not a care in the world (nor a hole in our pocket after all, it was mainly loan-funded.) Having hit severe turbulence, we now want a mid-air rescue. We want to continue to soar; we don’t want to come to ground level. We ask for a level playing field; and when we get it, we find fault with the game itself. Nobody forced us in. We went with eyes wide open – in fact bulging, with anticipated mega profits. Nobody asked us to play the big game. Many are happy playing the niches. If we want to make it large, we

need a big heart (for failures) too. When we can take benefits from being a conglomerate, why do we fight shy/cite governance when an individual entity, that too a prima donna, in a group needs help? Specially when, the bigger we are, the higher the perception to reality ratio – for both the good and bad times. More importantly, we all proudly state that people are our most important asset. Then how can we not pay salary for months ? And also delay payment of statutory dues. Our smirks have come home to roost. We may face this in telecom tomorrow. We have reaped enormous profits and benefits. Aggressive pricing was seen as a virtue. Demand was sky high. With urban volumes drying up, with 3g investments hard to recoup, and with the 2g shadow, we could have a telebust. The response of the government is confounding. Is it due to the size, the stature, the politics? Are the West “too big to fail” lessons now suddenly the new acceptable mantra ? This will be a very critical precedent. There is no parallel with Satyam. Maybe it is a point to prove to the big honchos in the private sector; and keep them on the backfoot. There has lately been strong demand for action, performance and accountability from the government. Which top corporate would be able to look the government in the eye, and lecture it now? As it is, we are all good boys every Budget Day. We are critical only in private ! Or when there is no “monitor” around. Unfortunately, this has come at a time when the words Private, Wealth, Profit should have had very positive vibes – and respect. Such episodes should teach us to be less judgemental and harsh on others – especially those outside of our cocoons. Friends, Businessmen, Corporates, welcome to the real world.


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Solutions Spot The Difference

Sudoku Kids


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Window on left changes Mower loses wheel. Another brick on wall. Pot Plant smaller Curtain loses stripe. Dog’s tail appears Man loses shirt pocket Apples on tree House qains chimney Caterpillar vanishes

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Tilak Bharati


special Tilak ceremony for the Class V students was held at Chiranjiv Bharati School, Primary Wing, Palam Vihar. The students were accorded a special welcome. Chanting from the Rig Veda gave a special spiritual dimension to the significant assembly. Head Mistress Shoma Lahiri, along with all the primary wing teachers, applied the Tilak on the forehead of the students; and gifted them book marks made by the arts department. Also, prize winners of inter-house competitions were given certificates and prizes.

Lotus Blooms

Scientific Intellitots


ith an aim to spread environment consciousness among children, Lotus Valley International School adopted three parks – one on the Golf Course Extension Road, and two on the Gold Souk Road. The School organised a tree plantation drive, wherein the school staff and students planted Ficus, Ashokas, and Date Plams in the parks. While Anandi Ray of Class IV felt that planting trees helps combat pollution, Saniya Kapoor of Class IV found the plantation drive really relaxing.


ntellitots Learning celebrated Science Week, in the memory of C.V. Raman. A variety of innovative science programmes—including painting, science talk, model making, and science quiz—were held. The newspaper tower, made by the little ones—without any glue or tape—was the highlight of the event.

Administering Children


Shalom Sports


halom Hills International School organised an Annual Sports Meet in the school premises. It was a fun-filled activity, as the students were involved in various sport events; and fun games such as Save Your Tail, See My Score, and Balancing and Running.

tudents of CCA School were in for a pleasant surprise, when Administrator HUDA, Dr. Praveen Kumar, IAS visited the School with his team. In his lecture, spanning over half an hour, Dr. Kumar touched upon general psychology, perception of things, drishtisrishti concept – what we see is what we create for ourselves, positivity of life, and the ability to discern and react accordingly in a situation. He also visited a few classrooms, and asked the students some Mathematical questions, which were enthusiastically answered. He then invited suggestions from students, to make Gurgaon a better city.

Ryanites Belt Up


71 karate learners of Ryan International School, Sector 40, were given the Orange, Yellow and Green belts. The Belt Test was conducted for adjudging students at various belt levels, under the guidance of Sensei Kalicharan Singh, Fourth Dan Black Belt from World Karate Federation, and the President of Defence Karate – Do Association of India. School Head Peeya Sharma congratulated the children, and motivated them to reach the Black Belt level.

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Galli Galli Brush Brush

Literary Flourish


he Galli Galli Sim Sim Radiophone School Program organised a health and hygiene assessment camp at the Govt. Primary School, Dhanwapur. Attended by about 180 children, the camp was conducted by doctors from SGT Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute. The children asked various questions regarding oral hygiene habits. The interaction also included a poetry recital, with reference to hygiene. Raghu, a student of Class 3, said his parents do not brush regularly; and after attending the camp he’ll be able to teach them the importance of dental hygiene.

My Naughty Puppy Mintu is a naughty puppy Tell him ‘stand’, he is sure to sit He laps up milk without a trace But give him biscuits, he will turn his face! Mintu is a naughty puppy Tell him ‘come’ and he will just quit Tell him run, he will sleep all day Call him and he will run away!

Heritage Tiger Vidhi Walila, Class V, Vivek Public School

Disadvantaged Yet Able


lass IV students of The Heritage School celebrated Tiger’s Day. The students were taught about the need to save our national animal – the Tiger. Some interesting projects, and journals made by the students on the issue of tiger conservation, were displayed. The students also presented an educational play “Ek Tha Tiger”.


District-Level Sports and Cultural Competition for Handicaped Students took place at the SGC School. The competition saw the participation of primary and junior students from across the City. The students enthralled the audience with their outstanding performance. While addressing the children, Deputy Commissioner Pushpender Chauhan said “You are special children. You are blessed with more talent than ordinary individuals.” School Coordinator G. S Malik thanked Pushpender Chauhan, and the District Sports Official Sohanlal Saurat, for their presence at the ocassion.

Gurugram to Qutub Minar

n an educational trip organised by Gurugram Public School, the students of class VI and VII learnt about the Qutub Minar. The students, along with their teachers, were fascinated to see the the tallest minaret in India. The teachers spoke at length about the scripts inscribed on the monument. This was followed by a question and answer session, between the teachers and students. Later, the students were asked to prepare a project, on the architecture of the Slave Dynasty.

Rote Creativity idea, and implementing it to become a reality. If you do not act on your ideas, then you are just imaginative – but not creative. Daniel Pink in ‘A whole New Mind’ (2005) says that logical and precise left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age (knowledge workers). The twenty first century is the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion; which is the domain of the right side of the brain, namely the creative side. According to him, this century will be of designers, inventors, counsellors, ethnographers, social psychologists, and other right-brain folks; while lawyers, engineers, accountants, and other left-brainers will see their jobs migrate to Asia. The last statement is referring to the rigid education system which is majorly prevalent in this sub-continent. Our education system still focuses on the development of logical and precise thinking. George Land, in 1968, conducted a longitudinal creativity test used by NASA, to select innovative engineers and scientists in 5-year-olds and re-tested the same children at 10 years of age, and again at 15 years of age. The results were astonishing. He found that 98 per cent of 5-yearolds were innovative, and capable of DHIRESH KUKRETI


lato said ‘The direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future in life’. In layman’s language, the objective of education is to train us for a future that we have not seen. With the highly volatile economy, and ever changing technology, we are racing against time to catch up with the growing demands. We, as parents, perceive that formal education in today’s schools will train our children to enter the best universities, and get the right degrees – so that they can lead a comfortable life. If we understand the origin of the formal education in our ecosystem, we will find its roots at Lord Macaulay’s Minute to the British Parliament in the 1830s. The objective was to produce people (or ‘Commodity’ in economics) who would read and write, and be skilled enough to keep the government or capitalistic machinery running smoothly. Paulo Freire, in his ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ calls this kind of education as the narrative education where the emphasis lies on the sonority of words, rather than working on transforming their powers. He states a very simple example: “Four times four is sixteen”. The student records, memorises, and repeats these phrases without perceiving what four times four really means; and how did this sixteen come into existence. Education thus becomes an act of depositing – in which the students are the depositories, and the teacher is the depositor. Sir Ken Robinson states further that this education system has been developed to strip off the creative intellect from our minds (like we have strip-mined the earth). We grow with this kind of ‘banking education’, and live with it all our lives – believing in its merits, and making sure our children also learn this way. We have been educated to grow out of such creative thinking. We can experience the perils of this system when we are at work. We are stigmatised if we think creatively. The next logical question arising in our minds is, what is creative thinking? It’s defined as the process of thinking a new and imaginative

achieving NASA’s requisite; but by the time they became 15 years, only 12 per cent of them retained their innovative skills. He concluded that we are made to learn this non-creative behaviour; or educated to grow out of it. Creativity requires whole-brain thinking; right-brain imagination, artistry and intuition; plus left-brain logic and planning. It’s easy to stimulate creativity among children, provided we are ready to think beyond the horizons of the structured thinking that we have been primed in. Children need time to explore their world and encouraged in the experimentations they do with their ideas; to explore new things and invent novel solutions to their problems. Though today’s schools are accepting some of the ways of enhancing creativity, they are stuck in a Catch 22 situation. On one side they ensure that the child is not placed under too many restraints and structures; while on the other, the desire and compulsiveness to evaluate learning and encourage excellence, limits the creativity. One can see this problem leading to a discrepancy in a child’s mind. Till he is in the primary classes, he’s leading a world free of any pressures, and constraints of structured and excellence-based learning; and as he moves to higher classes, he’s condemned for his creative thoughts, and made to learn the rote method of learning – which believes in a grade system. The schools constrain and conform children to such an extent, that originality, innovation and discovery are not valued as much as they should be. The need is not to develop new curriculi; but as parents and teachers to understand the need of developing creativity in our children – so that when they grow up, they are able to lead a life that is of pure independence from the shackles of rigid and restricted thinking. u Surekha Waldia is a researcher and you can follow her on http://www.


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2–8 March 2012

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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Star Fun

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Baby Blues

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2–8 March 2012

A Bacteria A Day? { Alka Gurha }


hen Kajol comes on your television screen promoting a probiotic yogurt drink, do you ever wonder what exactly she is promoting? Well, she promotes probiotics for a healthy family. But what exactly are probiotics? Probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning ‘for life’) are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to beneficial micro-organisms found in the human gut. They are also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria.” Probiotics

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are available to consumers mainly in the form of dietary supplements and foods. The best known example of a probiotic is yogurt. The bacteria that live in the intestines make up a very large and very diverse population. But since bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem farfetched. However, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat—and even prevent—some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. The numbers of each kind of bacteria change depending on age, diet, health status, and the use of drugs and supplements. The bacteria thrive because they are able to adhere to the intestinal wall, and use the semi-digested food that is passing through the intestines. Also, the bacterial population in the intestines of vegetarians is much different than that of meat-eaters; because some bacteria have specific nutrient requirements.

Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial micro-organisms, due to their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. Probioticlaced beverages are a big business in Japan. The common Japanese brand ‘Yakult’ is available in Indian markets.

What Are Probiotics Used For

Probiotic supplements – pills, capsules, powders, and beverages – containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and other live bacteria, as well as some fungi, are said to strengthen the immune system, counteract the side-effects of antibiotics, and decrease diarrhoea. In addition, these supplements are said to be safe for infants, as well as pregnant and nursing women. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine – such as irritable bowel syndrome.

of turmeric with ½ tsp of salt. Add mustard oil to make a paste. Rub the teeth and gums with this paste twice daily.

How Safe Are Probiotics

Probiotics are generally considered safe—they’re already present in a normal digestive system—although there’s a theoretical risk for people with impaired immune function. Be sure the ingredients are clearly marked on the label, and familiar to you or your health provider. There’s no way to judge the safety of

unidentified mixtures. It is best to consult a practitioner familiar with probiotics to discuss your options. As always, let your doctor know what you’re doing. u

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lax seed (also known as linseed or ‘alsi’) is one of the earliest domesticated plants. The beneficial properties of this wonder food have been appreciated in Ayurveda , as well as in ancient Greece and Rome. Interestingly both the fibre as well as the oil in Flax Seed possess excellent nutritional characteristics. Upto 42 per cent of flax seed is oil; and 70 per cent of that is the healthy polyunsaturated fat. Flax is also very high in fibre – both of the soluble and insoluble kind. Just 28.4 gm (1 ounce) contains 32 per cent of the recommended daily amount. Eating high fibre foods, such as flaxseed, have numerous benefits. Being low energy density, these foods translate to fewer calories. At the same time high fiber foods can help stabilize blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, help relieve constipation, and reduce exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in the intestine. Flaxseed reduces resistance to insulin, and may help protect against diabetes. The omega-3 essential fatty acids and fibre content in flax seed assist us in weight management. Fats play a very important role in our diet. Acting as the ignition for burning calories and maintenance of the metabolic processes, fats also help give a “satisfied” feeling after a meal. Yet some weightwatchers mistakenly eliminate all fats from their diet. This can be self-defeating in the long run. Polyunsaturated fats should never be cut from our diets. Learning what is “good fat” and “bad fat” for our body’s health is essential, for long-term weight management. Omega-3 fats can help reduce inflammation, that is a significant factor in conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis. In contrast, Omega-6 fats, found in animal fats, margarine, and many vegetable oils—including corn, safflower, sunflower, palm, and peanut oils—can

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produce series 2 prostaglandins, which are pro-inflammatory molecules. Both omega-6 and omega-3 fats are essential fatty acids: We need both types of fats to be healthy, and must derive them from our food. Most nutrition experts believe that a robust ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats should be no higher than 4:1; and many recommend an optimal ratio of 2:1. However, most of our dietary practices take us dangerously away from these ranges – laying the basis for rising rate of inflammatory disorders. To improve our omega 6 to omega-3 ratio – we must swing the balance in favor of flaxseed oil, sesame oil, walnuts, and cold-water fish like wild salmon. And at the same time, decrease our consumption of foods rich in omega-6 fats – such as corn oil, peanut oil, butter, and the fats found in meats.


longer shelf life. Like any oil, flaxseed oil may turn rancid if it is not refrigerated. Flaxseed oil requires special packaging, because it is easily destroyed by heat, light, and oxygen. The highest quality flaxseed products are made using fresh cold pressed seeds, bottled in dark containers. When purchasing flaxseed oil supplements, it is better to rely on brands from reputable companies – who certify that their products are free of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. When possible, certified ‘Organic’ oils should be preferred.

The best dosage of flaxseed oil depends on a number of factors, and should be determined in consultation with your physician. The general usage averages to 1 - 2 tablespoons daily(about 260 calories), or 2 capsules daily. Recommend dividing your daily flax fibre intake into three portions, taking a little bit with each meal. Flax can be helpfully added to all sorts of nutritious foods, like bran muffins and wheat bread. People who are on blood thinning medications (anticoagulants), blood sugar lowering medications, or cholesterol lowering medications should take flaxseed oil or other sources of omega-3 fatty acids in consultation with their health care provider. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

Iron deficiency – anemia – children { Dr. Arpan Gandhi }


nemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells bring oxygen to body tissues. There are many types of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is a decrease in the number of red blood cells in the blood, due to a lack of iron. This article focuses on iron deficiency anemia in children. Causes: Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia. You get iron through certain foods; and your body also reuses iron from old red blood cells. Iron deficiency (too little iron) may be caused by:

♦ An iron-poor diet (this is the most common cause) ♦ Body not being able to absorb iron very well, even though you’re eating enough iron ♦ Long-term, slow blood loss – usually through menstrual periods, or bleeding in the digestive tract ♦ Rapid growth (in the first year of life, and in adolescence), when more iron is needed Babies are born with iron stored in their bodies. Because they grow rapidly, infants and children need to absorb an average of 1 mg of iron per day. Since children only absorb about 10% of the iron they eat, most children need to receive 8-10 mg of iron per day. Breastfed babies need less, because

iron is absorbed 3 times better when it is in breast milk. Cow’s milk is a common cause of iron deficiency. It contains less iron than many other foods; and also makes it more difficult for the body to absorb iron from other foods. Cow’s milk also can cause the intestines to lose small amounts of blood. The risk of developing iron deficiency anemia is increased in:  Infants younger than 12 months, who drink cow’s milk rather than breast milk – or an iron-fortified formula  Young children who drink a lot of cow’s milk, rather than eating foods that supply the body with more iron u Senior Consultant Heamatologist


2–8 March 2012

Know Your Rashi – III

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ach of the 12 signs of the zodiac have a specific appearance, and a habitat. Their impact on a jatak (person) born in the concerned lagna rashi are shown in italics. From this point in Rashichakra, a shift becomes obvious – as the last six signs focus on the individual’s contact with the world. The earlier ones—upto Virgo—concentrate on themselves.

Tula (Libra) Rashi has a symbol of a man holding a balance in his hands. It represents the lower abdomen of the Kaal Purusha, and lives in the places of merchandise, and lands yielding good vegetables. The seventh Sign of the Rashichakra, Tula is the charmer. Jatakas of Tula (Libra) Rashi are the first to socialise; since, by order, they hate to stay alone. Their foremost focus is on others, and how they relate to them. The motto of Tula jataks: a pair will do it much better than an individual. When paired, they fare better – since they epitomise balance, harmony and a sense of fair play. While it is true for their work, Tula jataks pair up more favourably for a home and marriage. They are complete when they are in love, forever. Tula (Libra) is symbolised by the scales, and, just as that balancing act, the jatakas of this sign too want to remain on an even keel. Their greatest strength comes from their quest for fairness, peace and harmony. They make life a beautiful journey, from their inimitable sense of style. They are objective, just, and want to do what is best for everyone. Inclination for fairness often stems from a personal need – to avoid conflict and confrontation. They work for achieving peace and harmony. Tula jatakas are keen strategists, organisers of groups (with poise), and get things done. Always balanced, most pleasant, and beautiful, they possess natural charm in abundance; and have an easygoing manner, that makes things they desire quite easily accessible to them. Compassionate, generous and diplomatic, they return favours too; and can be equally helpful. However, indecisiveness is their (the scales’) biggest drawback; which often leads to delays, as they keep weighing the pros and cons. They tend to defer difficult decisions. Their emotional relationships are based on an equal give and take. Often misunderstood for their extra affection and friendship, they tend to be involved in

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home is about expressing your aspirations – your dreams. The idea is to enhance and balance the positive chi of the house – to bring love and happiness for the family members. Here are some tips to spruce up your bedroom with the right kind of Chi energy. It will give your space an instant lift.

Duck Tales

For a lasting romance, place a pair of ducks made of rose crystal in the South-West corner of your bedroom. Hold the crystal in the palm of your hand and affirm, ‘I enjoy being who I am’. The rose crystals will balance the yin and yang energies of the room. Do not place real flowers in the bedroom, as it signifies

a number of affairs. They tend to get attracted to the opposite sex quite frequently. In the game of love, they are a bundle of energy – romantic and loyal to the core. Tula jatakas are cultured, suave, refined, and lovers of beautiful things – most of all beautiful people. They are artistic, stylish, and enjoy creating a beautiful world. They always have the right thing to say, and know how to make others feel comfortable. At times they are quarrelsome, restless, superficial, confused – or even depressed. They admire physical beauty. Their easygoing nature, charm, sense of humour, tact, and personality win new friends and admirers. However, sometimes they also invite trouble, to win popularity. They can spend hours debating each side of an argument. They usually make good lawyers, judges and diplomats. However, they are also very artistic, and hence can do very well as fashion designers and artists, writers and journalists. They perform their best only when they are mentally at peace. They are lucky in financial matters. They go all out to be amiable, and keep all members happy and contented. Their home is comfortable and neat, with possibly a garden full of flowers and indoor plants. They like to put their mind to good use, and enjoy communicating their thoughts to others. Ideal matches will be with those born under Mithun, Tula, or Kumbh.

Vrishchika (Scorpio) Rashi represents the private parts of the male and female. It dwells in places like caves, water bodies, and poisonous shrubs; and places fit for venomous snakes, insects, animal excreta and pythons. Fixed, even, mild, grey-coloured, amphibious, free from disease, and powerful during the day, Vrishchika—the 8th sign in the Rashichakra—is the deepest and most intense. It resembles a scorpion

in appearance. Serious, fearless, stubborn at times, intense, and passionate, jatakas of this sign live life on their own terms; and are in ultimate control of their destiny. They are serious in their mission, intent to learn about others, and concentrate on the essential questions. They have an insatiable curiosity, investigative nature, love to probe, and have a remarkable sense of intuition that gives them an insight into others’ lives. They have a sense of purpose and inner strength, and the capacity to endure hardships. They are brave, ruthless, energetic, passionate, and committed to their goal. They can be very loyal friends; at the same time, they can turn into arch enemies. They have complex and secretive natures, that makes them suspicious. Vrishchika (Scorpio) is ruled by the planet Mangal (Mars) – the God of war. Intense, dominating, Vrishchika jatakas lead the battle of life with wisdom, intellect, and admirable qualities of valour, patience and creativity. They devote considerable time and energy in developing strategies; and plot revenge against their enemies. They do extremely well as physicians and surgeons, architects and mechanics. They make excellent commanders; and some excel in the fine arts, literature, and journalism. Fame, fortune and success come easily to them. In business too, they are able to plan their investment strategies well. They also make intelligent manipulations, to get what they want. They are intense, passionate lovers, who are hard to forget. They instinctively know what their partners want. They make ideal life partners to the fellow water signs— Kark,Vrishchika and Meen—as they understand Vrishchika jatakas the best.

Dhanu (Sagittarius) Rashi has legs like those of a horse. It is radiant, and holds a bow and arrow. This Rashi represents the thighs of the Kaal Purusha, and dwells in the forests infested by elephants, stables, armouries, vehicles of war etc. It is odd, masculine, cruel, fiery, of light yellow colour, and biped. The ninth sign of the Rashichakra is the eternal wanderer. Dhanu rashi jataks are seekers of truth; and they travel, talk to others, and get the answers to the internal quest. Knowledge holds the key to re-fuelling their broad-minded approach to life. Dhanus are fun loving, carefree, thinker

B on V ivant philosophers, and religious. They are clear thinkers, argumentative, blunt – though not rigid. They are intent listeners, so as to collect all the information they so require, to quell their thirst for knowledge. They love fun and social outings. During travels, they learn about the culture and people of each area they visit. They are seekers of knowledge and wisdom; bold, dashing, spirited, optimistic and easygoing; have a strong sense of justice and truth, are often tactless and blunt. They are outgoing, enthusiastic, and tend to overstep their bounds as a result. They are talkative, and at times hurt others’ feelings. However, their words also inspire people, as they are forward-thinking people who are curious, spiritual and true believers. They love to socialise, but change groups. They hate claustrophobic situations – physically or emotionally. Honest, a little tactless, they are also ambitious – and ooze with energy. Although they view themselves as sportspersons (than as intellectuals), they also enjoy reading, writing, and exploring unknown subjects – and are good learners, and do extremely well as academicians. Though unconventional, they are quite popular, and are loyal to friends. Many also enjoy the patronage of influential people. Most Dhanu jatakas do well in outdoor occupations. They also succeed as teachers, lawyers, politicians, businessmen and bankers. As Brihaspati—the symbol of good fortune, riches, and status—rules the Dhanu rashi, they will achieve most of this; though somewhat late in life. This is because of their tendency to be carefree in the early stages. However, they learn from mistakes; and even when financially well-off, they hardly crave for landed property and assets. Devaguru Brihaspati, the ruling planet of Dhanu, makes them generous and just – like a noble leader. They are also expansive in their thoughts and attitude, and are forever looking for knowledge and understanding, and base their opinions on their unflinching optimism. Apart from Dhanu jatakas, the ideal life partners are found in Mesh and Simha. u (In the article, he is used for he/she) To be continued

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House Of Chi

too much yang energy – and may lead to discord. Instead, placing artificial flowers would be better. Hang a picture-frame of yourself and your spouse on the wall behind the bed. You can keep your favourite family photograph, music system and books in the cabinet – as this will reflect your style. Large, heavy mirrors should be avoided, as they carry disturbing energies that will affect your mind while sleeping at night.

Curtain Call

You can generate good luck by hanging the right coloured curtains. If your bedroom is in the West, then white coloured curtains are ideal. Also, make sure there are layers of curtain

cloth, as this will deflect the excess yang energy of the setting sun. Likewise, if your bedroom is located in the North, then blue curtains would be ideal. For the South and East directions, you can drape your window with earthy colours, that create warmth in the bedroom.

Positive vibes

Shift the bedroom furniture around, and rearrange any artefacts, to avoid stagnating chi or life energy patterns in your bedroom. Change bedsheets and covers regularly, to promote peace and contentment in relationships. If your bedroom overlooks a beautiful garden, fill a wooden terra-

cotta bowl with pebbles, shells and lotus flowers – to bring in positive energy. Add some leaves (earth element) to this bowl, to boost your social life. Generally, bedroom walls should be painted in pastel shades, to bring in a soothing and calming effect. Bright colours will make one feel uneasy,

and affect the vibrations of the room. Avoid abstract paintings on your bedroom wall. You can also have a striking wallpaper, a great piece of art, or some fabric with a strong pattern – that evoke inspiration and romance. A sleep-inducing bed, with adequate storage and good lighting is a dream. Include family photographs, a TV, a sound system, a desk ; whatever you are comfortable with. Expand a small room, with light colours and filmy curtains; and cozy up a big room, with warm tones–such as raspberry or periwinkle—and patterns such as gingham, toile, or stripes. To make the most of every inch of space, station the bigger pieces of furniture parallel to the room space. u Tarot Card Reader

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2–8 March 2012


Tantric Art~Darshan

ANTRA is a spiritual movement that arose in medieval India, and developed into a fully-articulated aesthetic, mystical and philosophical tradition by the Gupta Period. As one of India’s greatest schools of thought, aiming to bring about freedom from ignorance and rebirth, Tantra also evolved into one of the world’s first-ever genres of Abstract Art.  Centuries before Modernist Abstraction came about in the west, Indian Tantric art had identified the intricate microcosmic design of the smallest particle, the indivisible ‘anu,’ with the larger infinite macrocosm. Tantric art thus discovered a set of magical ‘abstract’ symbols that could cut through the illusory figurations of a veil of Maya, to express the abstract, joyous, Divine Consciousness.  In the words of the Tibetan Buddhist Tantric master, Lama Thubten Yeshe – “Everything that we need in order to be complete is within us at this very moment. The Tantric approach is simply a way to recognise it.” As an apt continuation of my special series on Gurgaon Artists’ Studios, I met one of the world’s senior Tantric painters, Shobha Broota, in her hi-rise studio at DLF Phase 5’s Princeton Estate. My Guru Shobhaji, as I call her, is one of the calmest, most compassionate beings I have ever known; and her art finely refelects this. Shobhaji’s corridor-like studio-atelier lurks quietly, like some mystical phoenix’s nest, high-up in the Gurgaon sky. You enter her Zenlike space of a few simple, uncluttered rooms, surrounded by her subtle geometrical canvasses on every wall. In Shobhaji’s words: “Society needs to respect art as a medium which contributes to spiritual growth. Art helps society to see the finer aspects of living.”  With an artistic career spanning 5 decades, Shobhaji is a very young and energetic 68-year old. She studied at the Delhi College of Art from 1959 to 1964, and is also a highly-revered art teacher. Travelling extensively for her recent exhibitions to locations as diverse as California and Singapore—apart from exhibiting widely all over India—she is currently working for a solo show in Sydney.  In 2007,Indigo Blue Art of Singapore showcased her

work as EDGE OF INFINITY. In 2008, Peter Nagy and Patricia Hamilton curated her work in the Los Angeles show CONTRADICTIONS AND COMPLEXITIES. Other titles of her exhibitions speak as vividly as her cosmic Tantric paintings: APART, BEYOND (2008, Aicon Gallery, California); MAHAVIDYA  (2008, Curated by Ravi Kumar); MUSIC OF THE SPHERES (2003, Visual Art Gallery); and SONG OF THE DIVINE (2006, Palette Gallery).  In an exclusive interview, Shobha Broota answers some pivotal questions about her oeuvre. Srimati Lal: You are equally well-known for your great skill in realistic portraiture; and yet, you chose its opposite style—abstract Tantra—as your defining leitmotif. How and why did you grow away from the human form? Shobha Broota: All change and evolution is an effort. I was in search of something new. I had become saturated with figuration. After more than 20 years of painting, by 1987, I arrived at a centralised, nonfigurative element. The focus of my painting was in the centre. And I’ve evolved from this, too: I know I am moving, searching; I hope this search never ends. I keep changing my forms, colours, mediums. SL: Tantra, in Sanskrit, literally means ‘loom,’   ‘thread’ or ‘warp’ – connecting with Tano-

ti—‘to stretch, to expand’, and Trayati—to ‘liberate’. It is interesting that you also choose to work with threads and wool, creating unique ‘woven paintings’ and Tantric thread-art. Very few artists have done this in your manner... SB: That connection is true. You see, the tactile qualities of thread, wool, crochet and knitting impress me. Art is a physical  medium; pigment, canvas, wool, are all a physical means to an end. I take these

Self Portrait in Oil (1962)

Shobha Baroota is equally well-known for her great skill in realistic portraiture; and yet, she chose its opposite style—abstract Tantra— as her defining leitmotif.

materials beyond, towards abstraction. The simple is always complex. SL: Refinement, elegance, and finesse require a heightened simplicity, would you say? SB: My work as an artist is to reduce the complexity: to reach a heightened intensity. I have learnt from my work that what you do not need, you must discard. Cleansing is a lifetime process. One sheds one’s childish things, as one grows. And the main point of learning, really, is that one must not give importance to ‘things’.  Every day is a new challenge, with your vision getting sharper, clearer, deeper – else, how do you improve, or change? Through the very grace of nature, you are being changed.  SL: Your art is quite distinct from that of other Tantric painters such as S.H. Raza, Ghulam Rasool Santosh, and Biren De. In your paintings I find greater concentration, stillness, and transparency. SB: The more you reduce, simplify, the deeper you reach. My perception and experience is very different from theirs. That is what makes every artist unique. I find that when I carve-away the unwanted, the lesser I ‘fiddle’, the deeper and more powerful the work becomes. SL: Concentration and Transcendence are what I see in your art: almost like a ritual-bath; a puprakhar pandey

{ Srimati Lal }


rification-process that is sacred. SB: Those two words you have used contain all that I have said. SL: Shobhaji, life has not always been pleasant or easy for you: in a sense, you have ‘seen through’ all the follies and foibles of human behaviour. And yet, your art depicts no bitterness, anger or negativity. In fact, your paintings are lambent with serenity, even optimism; many of your works seem to— literally—‘shed light’. How do you connect your artistic attitude to your actual experience of life? What are your current visual developments? SB: Art is the stem of life; it stems from life. Art comes from experience, not from a void. My work has been my teacher. Just as I have removed the excess from my life, so do I remove excess, physicality, the sensory, from my work. My work is a reflection of my life. Abstraction is a keen, sharp ‘seeing’; that is not only inner, but outer too. If I am truthful to my own experience, and my perception is clear, it will reflect in my work. Reflections are now often appearing in my recent works. Reflection is everywhere in Prakriti: as in shadows. Glow, Brilliance, Goddess, are some recent names of my paintings. SL: Perhaps Art, then, is an opening of the Third Eye? SB: Yes – the ‘third eye’ is, for me, looking within. God gave us two eyes to look ‘out,’ and an inner eye to look deeper within. So art doesn’t have just a tactile purpose, but also the power to transcend, via vision. I can’t say I have personally reached Nirvana—the Buddha was not a painter—but my work is my own ritual. We all play our physical roles—but with a detached vision comes real understanding. You transcend tragedy—to realise that life is beautiful. All negativities are only a door towards the positive. Light can only be expressed by its opposite: darkness. I must use physical, gross paint and threads to express formless, transparent, pure light. Life is actually about help from all quarters. One must be able to perceive this. One life is like one spark, and there is no beginning or end. This is what I depict in my art. u Artist, Writer, & Curator


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Master Recipes Masterchef (Season 2): Top 5 Vijaylaxmi

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Bread Rollatini with Zucchini and Pesto sauce



emp Brew Pub and Kitchen is an outpost of the Lemp Brewing Company of St Louis, Missouri, USA. Their claim to fame is the introduction of lager beer to the Wild West, circa 1840. Now they are the seventh micro-brewery to open shop in Gurgaon – making our city the undisputed micro-brewery capital of northern India. Lemp’s menu, available on the internet, has some interesting dishes. I ask Chef Gopi Kirupananthan, a cruiseline cooking veteran, on the kind of food he dishes up. Tactfully he replies “we serve fusion cuisine – food for the pleasure of people”. I start off with the prawn and bacon lemp salad (Rs. 180). What I am served is lots of greens, with crisp bacon and prawns grilled just right; and an unusual dressing made from the mixing of vinegar, chilly flakes, salt and pepper, with their freshly brewed Cherokee beer. Quite a heady combination. The service here is languid. As I wait for the next dish, I do have the time to notice the lavish interiors, and the giant vats (brewing beer) sitting on a mezzanine above the dining area. I have been looking forward to Coq au vin (Rs. 325), a French classic. Loosely translated as

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chicken with wine, legend has it that this was the favourite of the ancient Gallic warriors; and also the legendary Julius Caesar. Te standard recipe calls for a chicken, red wine (often Burgundy), bacon, button mushrooms, onions, and garlic. The dish I am served, alas, has skipped the bacon – which is like skipping the butter in butter chicken. The dish lacks the smoky taste that is so necessary in this iconic dish. To be fair, if the dish had been called chicken in red wine sauce, it would have made for

a tasty experience. The chef says that this is a concession they have made for their diners. A while later the mixed meat sizzler (Rs. 475) arrives. It has an interesting mix of lamb kidneys, liver, chicken sausage, chicken breast, meat balls and bacon – sizzling amongst a lot of veggies, topped with a fried egg, and with French fries on the side. This is a nice carnivore treat. I especially like the smoking hot lamb kidneys, and meat balls. The food here is good. And the different freshly brewed beers would surely add another dimension to the enjoyment. u



Genial Love Story { Vijaya Kumar }


andeep Kumar’s directorial debut in Bollywood, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (TNLHG), not only has its heart in the right place, but also has the right heart! It is made on a low budget, with most of the movie being shot in rural locales. The treatment is a little amateurish. The story line is straightforward and simple, and the newlyweds in real life—Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza—do form an endearing pair on screen as well. Genelia scores simply by underplaying her ebullience. Normally well-suited for the role of the gutsy, bindaas female lead, she has successfully overcome that temptation – and a tendency to display her teeth. She needs to work on her dialogue delivery, and facial expressions. Riteish Deshmukh’s image is even more firmly planted – that of an actor who is very much at home playing me-too roles in multi-star cast inane comedies. He appears to be in discomfort when the camera focuses primarily on him. Fortunately, the script demands that he play second fiddle to Genelia; and he seems to be very happy doing that! The twist in the second half, and the character of the professional kidnapper played excellently by thespian Om Puri, add to the attraction – and a few

Tere naal Love ho Gaya Directed by: Mandeep Kumar CAST: Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Om Puri GENRE: Romance comic sequences are also refreshing. The team of Sachin-Jigar scores with two hummable songs; one of which—“O Re Piya”—certainly has potential to be a hit number. These positives are partly offset by the irrelevant introduction of an item number by Veena Mallik. Her fairly vulgar movements mar the complexion of this family-oriented presentation. The freshness of the movie will appeal to audiences in the hinterland as well; and therefore TNLHG will provide good returns for the makers. u

{ Alka Gurha }


For Bread Roll 1 ½ cup Flour ½ tsp. Sugar ¼ tsp. Salt Warm water 1/3 cup Dry yeast 1tbsp. For Stuffing 1 can Tuna fish (oil drained) ½ cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded) ½ cup Cheddar cheese (shredded) ½ tsp Dry Oregano herb ½ cup Béchamel sauce (white sauce) 1 tsp Black pepper ½ tsp(or to taste) Salt For Pesto sauce 1 ½ cup Fresh Basil herbs ½ cup Olive oil ½ cup Pine nuts or walnuts 1 clove Garlic ½ tsp Salt ½ cup Cheddar cheese For Sautéed Zucchini 1 cup Zucchini Green 1 cup Zucchini Yellow 2 tbsp Olive oil ¼ tsp Salt For Tomato Relish 3 Big red tomatoes 1 Big onion 2 cloves Garlic ½ cup Capsicum 2 tbsp Olive oil 1tsp. Dry dill herb 1tsp Salt


 Mix all the ingredients of the bread dough, and leave aside for ½ hour.  Mix all the ingredients of the stuffing (tuna fish mixture) and keep ready  When the bread dough is ready, roll it, and stuff the tuna mixture in the desired shape. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, and bake for 1/2 hour.  Grind together all the Pesto Sauce ingredients, and keep aside.  Grind together all the Tomato Relish ingredients. Make a paste, then cook it on the stove for 20 minutes. Keep aside.  Sauté Zucchini in olive oil; cook for 5 minutes (take care not to overcook), and keep aside.


Arrange the Bread Rollatini on a plate; serve with Tomato Relish, Zucchini and Pesto Sauce. Drizzle with Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar; top with oregano (optional).

East vs West

s traditional Chinese parenting superior to the more liberal Western parenting? This debatable question forms the subtext of ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’, already a best seller. The book, penned by Amy Chua, was the talking point at the Jaipur Literature Festival. A pre-publication excerpt in the Wall Street Journal (titled ‘Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior’) initiated a ferocious buzz, when the online version was read by more than a million people – and attracted more than 7,000 comments. ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ negotiates parenting with a deftness of narrative skill that is distinctly amusing. Being a mother, I simply devoured the book. Written in an engaging style, the first chapter, aptly titled as ‘The Chinese Mother’, talks about the author’s Chinese origins. She says, “Once when I was young, and was extremely disrespectful to my mother, my father angrily called me “garbage” – in our native Hokkien dialect. But it didn’t damage my self-esteem, or anything like that. I didn’t actually think I was worthless, or feel like a piece of garbage.” The second and the third chapters are dedicated to her daughters, Sophia and Lulu. Chua claims that her stern parenting style—of criticising her childrens’ mistakes—is superior to traditional American parenting. She does not approve of Westerners allowing their kids to waste hours on Facebook and computer games. Imagine a mother rubbishing a card made lovingly by her little daughter,

and saying, “I don’t want this. You could have put some thought and effort into making this birthday card.” Throwing the card back at her daughter, the mother says, “I deserve better than this. So I reject this.” In part two of the book, there is a hilarious incident – when Ms. Chua’s daughter laughs uncontrollably at two Asian names, Parminder and Jasminder. That is when she reprimands her daughter, “Never judge people by their names”. She then goes on to reveal her own mothers name, ‘Go Ga Yong’. If the author sounds a jarring note, it is when she narrates rather excessive stories of her never accepting a grade lower than an A; of compulsory piano and violin practice; of not allowing play dates, sleepovers, television, computer games – or even school plays. “If I had to do it all over again, I would raise my kids the same way,” declares Chua. “I’m a proud, strict mom.” This alluring tome of ‘clash of cultures’ on parenting is worth debating. And for this reason alone, it must be read. u

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Author: Amy Chua PUBLISHER: Penguin/ Bloomsbury Publishing PRICE: Rs. 866 Imported edition/ Rs. 350 Indian edition GENRE: Non-Fiction

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mearing everybody with Gulaal, throwing water balloons at each other, and exchanging gifts is – Holi. The festival of colour offers a good time to send wishes to the ones we love. There is an old world charm to receiving a printed greeting card. Mr. Ranjit Kumar Chadha believes so, and has even given a twist to them. Personalised greeting cards are offered by his portal – www.; wherein users can upload their photos, use handwritten fonts to design a card; and get the printed copy of the card delivered at a loved one’s doorstep. “People from all over the world can express their sentiments through creativity; as they can play with colours, and unique fonts, upload personal images, and pour their heart out with personal messages,” says Mr. Chadha, Founder and Director, Introduced in August 2011, has about 7,200 users in India, of which 633 are in Gurgaon. Besides, the portal has 1,255 users abroad.

How it works?

“We have about 50 templates for Holi, and 1,700 templates in total – which are broadly classified under categories such as Anniversary, Birthday, Care and Concern, Festivals, National Days, Seasonal Greeting, Special Days, and Thank You. They are all carefully designed by our designing and software team,” informs Mr. Chadha. Besides, a user can select from a range of designer en-

Virtual Design, Real Delivery velopes, and gifts available on the portal. Thus, it offers a host of customisation options, introducing the concept of bespoke greetings in India. “I made a Postmygreetings account in September; and since then, I have been sending cards to my relatives quite regularly. The tools on the portal are pretty simple. I have never faced any issue with the

Pamper Your Face:

Obviously, it is important to keep your face clean. You can be also well groomed with

The portal is planning to provide a free welcome card to users, as soon as they register

Holi Nature H

Herbal Colours

Synthetic dyes and colours make children particularly vulnerable. Their usage can lead to severe skin allergies and eye problems. It is safer to opt for natural substances such as turmeric (haldi), henna, and herbal colours – that are now available in markets. If you wish to prepare herbal colours at home, here are a few ideas. usage of tools. However, in case you are stuck, they have video tutorials, and online chat to assist you,” says Suparna Deshpande, a Gurgaon-based user of

Use your own handwriting provides a few tools that allow users to upload their signatures and handwritten fonts. The designing team of the portal will create a special font for the user –


Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, twice a day (morning and before going to bed) is a must. It is also important to visit a dentist every six months. It is unappealing to talk to someone, and see builtup plaque or food stuck between their teeth.

Future Plans

oli, the festival of colours, heralds the arrival of spring. As winter fades away, the effervescence of spring adds fresh colours to nature. With nature thus blooming in all its hues, the time is perfect to drown in the cheerful revelry of the festival of colours.

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Do not mess with the mouth:

card, but a card that contains photographs to cherish, along with a personalised tag line. It touches one’s heart,” says Aniket Pal, one of the users of

online. The aim is to help users know the print quality of the card. Also, plans are afoot to offer the same services for photo albums. So this Holi, as you go shopping for a greeting card, there is an additional choice on offer. A card that enhances and personalises your love and affection. can also complement your Holi wishes with a pack of Gulaal and sweets – at extra cost, of course. u

{ Alka Gurha }

Cometh The Man

or years, the realm of skin care belonged to women. Now, with men wanting to take care of their appearance as much, the skin care industry and grooming experts are responding fast. No matter if you spend hours the gym, are a successful professional, or have recently acquired a swanky car – if you are dressed shabbily—with food stains on your clothes, and with two days’ growth of stubble on your face—then you will be judged poorly. People look at your face and clothes first. However much you protest, it cannot be denied that people instantly judge you, based on how you look. Time to get a grip on how to make a great first impression.

what they call “My Font”. This font will appear in the list of fonts thereafter. “If you send an SMS to a friend, you will get an SMS back. If you send an e-greeting, you may get an e-mail. But, if you send a personalised greeting card, I’m sure you will get a call,” smiles Mr. Chadha, the brain behind the project.


Delivery of cards will get the printed copy of the card delivered to your loved ones anywhere in India, within two to three week days. The cards are printed on FSC certified paper. Any debit or credit card holder can make an online payment of Rs. 75, for the card. “It is an amazing feeling when a courier rings the door bell and hands over a greeting card to you. That too not an ordinary without any cologne, is having a regular bath with soap. Besides soap, there are many body washes available in the market, that are formulated for men – and attack dirt, grit, and sweat. After cleansing with a good body scrub or body wash, or after a good soak in bath salts, you might want to moisturize with a lotion, oil, or gel – to soften and protect your freshly cleansed skin.

Care For Your Hair

good skin care. So follow CTM (Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing). A mild soap or face wash, as per your skin type, can take care of this. A good facial cleaner is one that is mild, yet removes dirt without removing moisture. Next are Facial toners, also known as after-shave, that clean your face and tighten the pores. A good toner will not dry out your skin – in fact, it should hydrate and smooth it. Male skin is about 20 per cent thicker than female skin. As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, and more prone to dryness and wrinkles. A good moisturizer is crucial to a good skin care regimen. Moisturizers help keep skin elastic.

Maintain a Clean and Healthy Body:

Keeping your body clean is as essential as diet and exercise.The basic step to staying clean and smelling good, even

Keep your hair clean and conditioned, to ensure it stays healthy, strong, and in good shape. Regular haircuts help portray a clean and trim appearance. Set aside one day a week to look after your ear, nose, armpit and chest hair.

Lip Balm, Not Stick

It is also important to nourish and moisten your lips. Apply a good lip balm regularly.

Don’t Overdo Fragrance

Pick a fragrance that identifies with your personality. Stick to one scent, rather than combining multiple fragrances. Don’t use different smelling soaps, lotions and cologne – because the scents could mix badly, resulting in a weird smell. Take all products of the same fragrance. Don’t overuse perfume. Have a shower instead. The main idea is that your body smell should be neutral and natural. u (Certified Image Consultant)

Bright Reds

Dry some red hibiscus flowers in the shade, and powder them to make a lovely red color. Gulal can also be made at home, by mixing red sandalwood powder with a bit of maida or atta. For fragrance, mix some talcum powder. You can also boil the red sandalwood powder with water, to make red coloured water.

Gorgeous Greens

Use mehendi/henna powder (without amla), with an equal quantity of any flour, to attain a lovely green shade. Dry mehendi will not leave colour on your face, as it can be easily brushed off. Remember that mehendi mixed in water might leave a slight colour on your face. You can also dry, and finely powder, the leaves of a Gulmohur tree, to get a green tinge. For wet colours, crush the tender leaves of palak/ coriander, to obtain a natural safe green Holi colour.

Amazing Magentas

Slice or grate one Beetroot. Soak it in 1 litre of water, for obtaining a wonderful magenta. Leave overnight for a deeper shade. Dilute with water before use. Pomegranate juice also gives a bright magenta colour.

Startling Saffrons

According to legend, Lord Krishna used to play Holi with Tesu flowers, which has medicinal properties. The Flame of the Forest, known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak in different Indian languages, is the source of traditional colour for Holi. The flowers are soaked overnight in water. They can also be boiled to obtain a yellowishorange coloured water. For fragrance, add the dry stalks of Harashringar flowers, or talcum powder. Mix a pinch of sandalwood powder in 1 litre of water, for an instant, beautiful and fragrant saffron colour. Soak a few stalks of Saffron/Kesar in 2 table spoons of water. Leave for a few hours, and then grind to make a fine paste. You can dilute it with water, for the desired colour strength.

Stunning Yellows

Mix two teaspoons of haldi/turmeric powder with double the quantity of talcum powder or besan (gram flour). You can use the ordinary haldi, or “kasturi” haldi – which is very fragrant, and has enhanced therapeutic effects. Flowers like Amaltas, Marigold/Gainda, and Yellow Chrysanthemums yield different shades of yellow. Dry the petals of these flowers in the shade, and crush them, to obtain a fine powder. For wet colour, soak 50 marigold flowers in 2 litres of water. Boil, and leave overnight. Play, and also motivate others to play, with safe, eco-friendly colours this Holi. Wish you all a happy and natural Holi. u


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ight years ago, Pavan Choudhary came to Gurgaon from Delhi, because this City offered him much more than the national capital. He liked the idea of going to malls for shopping, living in condominiums , having a power back-up, and watching movies in the multiplexes. He likes it even more today, despite the civic issues. Choudhary says that he wants Gurgaon to become a model for the entire country. Choudhary is an author of multiple books, writes columns for newspapers, and hosts a TV show – in addition to being the Managing Director of Gurgaon based French multinational Vygon. His books are on the best seller lists; his personal favourite is his own book ‘When You Are Sinking Become A Submarine’. Gurgaon becoming a role model, can be done in two ways – firstly, by improving the hygiene standard, and secondly, by improving the manners of the residents – particularly in public places. Incensed at the habit of spitting, that is endemic throughout the country, he says the local authorities and the MCG should carry out a campaign against those indulging in this act. “Spitting has assumed an art form in this country; but people must realise that it is a source of Tuberculosis, that regularly affects thousands. These are small things – but when acted upon, can change the face of this City. Every RWA in the City should appoint a person who can keep a watch on the offenders, and discreetly send a mail to them – informing them about their bad behaviour, and how that is affecting others living in the area. Likewise, Choudhary wants the government to provide public lavatories, so that people stop urinating and defecating in the open. In Gurgaon, he says people can be seen relieving themselves against walls, and

Let’s Be Civil trees – and when these are not available, in full public view. “The government, especially the police, must be involved in this act. First, the facilities need to be created; and thereafter the police must enforce discipline. Anyone found indulging in the act should be punished, irrespective of status,” asserts Choudhary. He says that it was the French police, in the 17th century, that forced the people to use commodes in public areas. People living in condominiums and gated colonies must realise that they have to be a part of transforming the City; because if this does not happen soon, the air and water would be pol-

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Pavan Choudhary on how ‘to become a submarine when you are sinking’ Being a manager and expert practitioner, Choudhary expounds the theory of becoming a submarine, when the conditions are not favourable. His research says that most of the times people who are unscrupulous and bad win the battles of life; whereas those who are inherently good lose. His book and management philosophy aims to correct this anomaly, and tries to empower the good – so that they can triumph. “I have given a practical way for good people to win in life,” he asserts. “I believe that a good leader should have the courage of a general, and the compassion of a saint. When I am giving my talks on leadership, I wear a commando trouser, and an orange Kurta. The Commando Trouser signifies the courage of a general; and the orange Kurta signifies the compassion of a saint.” He believes that by sharing his ideas through books he helps in improving lives, as well as standards of governance. In the world of power, Choudhary’s book says, there are two kinds of people— those for whom only the ends matter; and

those for whom the means are also as important. The first type he calls the vile; and the second ones as naive; in the struggle for power mostly the former win. Vile, he says, have lots of ambition, but little conscience—they are free of moral constraints, free to act as they please. Their overriding concern is to attain their objective; and they are faithful to their own ambition all the time. The naïve, on the other hand, are kind and compassionate, and modest about their achievements. Means as well as ends matter to them. Over time they understand the viles’ schemes, but believe that their (vile) Karma will catch up with them, and God will punish them for the wrongs. But this is the time the naïve become super naïve, and allow the vile to win. This book is for the naïve to understand the game played by vile; and provides remedies to cope with them. It also challenges the Machiavellian belief that ‘a good man does not stand a chance, and comes to ruin among the many who are not good’.

luted so much that the stench would permeate the air-conditioned rooms, and the water in bathrooms would be beyond use. Another important thing that needs to be taught to the Gurgaon residents is the use of mobile phones in public spaces. “Many times I have been to a cinema where people from all sections of society use the mobile phone incessantly. When asked to stop they often misbehave,” he rues. The people must be made to realise that they cannot swing their fist, or trample on others’ feet, without serious consequence – else we will have lawless mobs that just follow the dictum of Jiski Lathi Uski Bhains. Choudhary also wants Gurgaonites to be more polite while driving, not use horns unnecessarily, and follow traffic rules. “The traffic laws need to be implemented, and people made more aware of their duties on the road,” he says. At Vygon, he ensures that every employee that joins the company is made to undergo the Groom and Broom programme, to make them more aware of their duties and responsibilities towards the company, as well as the society and the country. Choudhary says he has three passions in life – his company, his companions, and the country. “I want to ensure that the company I am working for is run in a proper manner, my companions are happy, and I contribute towards the development of my nation. If I am able to do this I am happy,” he asserts. u

A poem by Pavan Choudhary Dusre ki fikr nahi sirf apna hi khayal hai Ham aise kyun hain aaj khada yeh sawal hai Apni hi padi hai, beparwah hamari chaal hai Ham aise kyun hain aaj khada yeh sawal hai Gyan ki kami nahin, samajhdari ka akaal hai Ham aise kyun hain aaj khada yeh sawal hai.

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ife in the real world can be so ordinary, compared to the wonders and visions available through the modern miracle of cyberspace. But fear not, there’s an app for that too; and its made by Google (rather than Apple). According to a report in the New York Times, some of Google’s top brains are working on a new type of glasses, that will project content in the user’s field of vision – and automatically offer facts about the places, people and experiences encountered in everyday life. Powered by a version of Android—the goggles will be equipped with GPS and motion sensors, as well as a camera and audio ports. The glasses look similar to the Thump glasses made by Oakley, that double as an MP3 player with connected earbuds. The user interface is said to be driven by head gestures. The glasses would be able to augment

Google’s Goggles + your experiences, by connecting over the internet to Google’s all-knowing servers. They would give you information about places, shopping deals or sports games, for instance. They could use facial recognition technology, to help you remember people; while advertisers will be able to pump you with ads. wherever you go. They also could be used for augmented reality games, “that use the real world as the playground,” the report said. The company already has most of the technology to make this happen. A program called Google Goggles, for instance, is able to recognize images snapped on a camera, and provide relevant information

about them. According to PC World, the glasses will cost between 250 and 600 dollars for a pair, with one computerized lens. You might expect the gadget-worshipping blogosphere to be going gaga over Google’s latest invention. But some of the initial reactions are ones of creeped-out skepticism – that maybe this whole mobile internet thing has really gone too far this time. “We all knew this augmented reality product was eventually coming; but it is now looking literally like a disaster (or more) waiting to happen,” wrote Damon Brown in PCWorld. “Glasses are actually the final piece to Google’s mission: To know what a user is doing every single moment of the day,”

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he case for reform is compelling, because China has now reached a turning point in its development path,” said Robert Zoellick, the World Bank’s president. Zoellick and Chinese officials launched a joint World Bank report, titled China 2030: Building a modern, harmonious and creative highincome society. The report identified six “strategic directions” for China to maintain rapid economic expansion – including the

need for structural reforms, to “strengthen the foundations for a market-based economy.” It said the structural change should involve “redefining the role of government;” restructuring state banks and state enterprises; promoting the private sector; and extending reforms of land, labour and financial policies. The five other pillars for China’s continued growth were: encouraging innovation, introducing environmental technology, expanding social security,

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{ Andrej Sokolow, Renate Grimming / Barcelona / DPA }


obile phone manufacturers vied to unveil the most powerful devices, featuring fast processors and big displays, at Mobile World Congress. Google said 850,000 new Android devices - mobile phones and tablet computers made by independent manufacturers - were being activated every day. That number would scale up to 77 million per quarter. This marks a big lead over rival Apple. In the final quarter of last year, Apple sold 37 million of its iPhones, plus 15 million iPads. US search giant Google said daily activations - in which new devices connect online to Google’s servers - were up 250 per cent from a year ago. More than 300 million Android devices were in use worldwide, the company added. Its download platform, which offers application pro-

grams for Android smartphones and tablets, at prices starting from zero, had increased its product range – from 150,000 to 450,000 apps over the past year. Nokia began the day by unveiling the 808 PureView phone, which comes with a built-in 41-megapixel digital camera, offering a much higher sensor resolution than most consumergrade cameras. Most smartphones now follow Apple’s lead – eliminating menus and keyboards, and relying instead on touch-screens. Many competitors have boosted screen sizes to 4 inches, ignoring Apple’s dictum that 3.5 inches is the maximum for a phone. With Android and Apple’s iOS operating system being used by an estimated three quarters of smartphones, Microsoft has to work hard to catch up. Microsoft sees China and Brazil as key new markets. Mobile phones are now a

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he Padfone, a new-style product, that is a combination of tablet computer and mobile phone, is to come to market in April, the Taiwanese manufacturer, Asus, announced in Barcelona. The Padfone won an award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, when it was first unveiled. The smartphone is inserted into the back of the tablet case. u

strengtheningthefiscalsystem, and playing a wider role in the global economy. “This strategy builds on China’s considerable strengths: high savings, plentiful and increasingly skilled labour, large markets, a record of solving problems to keep growth on track, and the potential for further urbanization,” Zoellick said in a speech on Monday. He noted China’s “exceptional” growth; averaging 9.9 per cent annually over the last 30 years – and said more bigger global hardware sector than personal computers. Industry analysts say there are 6 billion mobile phone numbers in use worldwide; while nearly 1.8 billion handsets were sold to end users last year - of which nearly one third were smartphones. u

Brown writes. Information Week pointed out potential problems of liability, radiation health risks, and battery issues; and the device will have clear privacy challenges. “Like so many of our ‘living in the future’ gadgets and connections, the possibilities are both amazingly exciting and a bit troubling,” wrote Kate Cox of the game site Kokatu. “Perhaps we’ll all end up as brainless addicts, like they did in Star Trek.” Still, Cox was pretty excited about what the glasses would mean for games. “If you literally saw the Joker disappearing around the corner ahead of you, would you chase him?” There are also the safety challenges of, say, driving while wearing the glasses. But maybe these can be overcome easily. We can all just switch to the self-driving cars that Google is also hoping to introduce in the not too distant future. u

than 600 million Chinese people had escaped poverty. The World Bank said China’s growing importance in global trade, and its position as the world’s biggest creditor nation, also made the internationalization of China’s renminbi currency “inevitable.” “Acceptance of the RMB as a major global reserve currency will depend on the pace and success of

financial sector reforms, and the opening of its external capital accounts,” it said. The report, and Zoellick’s speech, did not advocate any democratic reform in China over the next 20 years. The report highlighted the problem of corruption over land rights, but did not mention wider corruption in the Chinese economy. u

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Friday Gurgaon, March 2-8, 2012  

Gurgaon's Own weekly Newspaper

Friday Gurgaon, March 2-8, 2012  

Gurgaon's Own weekly Newspaper