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A Different High

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NGO – Haryali

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eaturing a genuine green warrior – the founder and chief of an NGO, that has been working incessantly to save the environment in the Millennium City. ...Pg 8

EWS Housing

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eaturing the scam and the scourge of EWS Housing – that is yet to fully play out. Surprisingly, no demolitions of any of the “illegal” ones yet. ...Pg 9

Art

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eaturing a walk in the park, with a difference. The 3 km long Renge Art Walk, that showcased over a 1000 artworks. ...Pg 17

Sohna Road

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eaturing the new destination; the worthy successor to MG Road? ...Pg 18

Manisha Ahlawat

Rupali Kalra

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hen launching into a career, most of us have a simple method of choosing the best job for ourselves - take the first one! Of course, at the back of our minds, we do consider if – it ‘feels right’; or ‘meets convention’. But Gurgaon, being the modern Guru City now, has to be different. This City offers some great opportunities and unique, empowering professions. The corporate boom here has brought in people from all parts of India, and the world. There are IT professionals who have tasted the quality of life abroad; BPO staffers who are young and ready to explore; rich industrialists and businessmen with a taste for the good things in life;  CEOs of all hues who play hard and party hard; and a large greying population that has its own needs to survive in this City – that lives on the extremes. This diverse population and its demands has given an opportunity to some people - to shun

Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was ...Pg 7 Learn Haryanvi ...Pg 7

the mainstream, and succeed in niche professions that were considered mere hobbies. Yes, they have managed to survive in this City - without being a software engineer, a real estate dealer, an auto company employee, or a BPOite. Friday Gurgaon met a unique sample, engaged as golf course managers, yoga practitioners, master brewers, cookery experts and health club managers. We profile six such professionals - who chose to be different, and attained success their own way.

Golf In My Veins

The story of Rambir Sehrawat can be the story of many Indians who have gone from rags to riches – thanks to the liberalisation witnessed by the Indian economy. Gurgaon’s success is also in a way the by-product of the freedom granted to Indians to become entrepreneurs, earn wealth, and compete with the world. Sehrawat today drives a Maruti Swift car, and runs

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a firm of about 100 people. They maintain golf courses in Gurgaon. Sehrawat is also involved in gardening and horticultural work; and has won contracts from major multinational companies, for taking care of their premises. He recalls, with misty eyes, the time when he was a young kid – and it was difficult for his family to ensure two square meals a day. A resident of Hassanpur village, on the outskirts of Gurgaon, he says that his father had to work as a security guard after retiring from the defence services – because the income was meagre. “It was at this juncture that I decided to join the Resort and Country Club as a caddie. I worked there for three years, and realised that I had a good talent for golf,” says Sehrawat. He learnt the nuances of the game while helping the guests at the resort. His next stint was at the Classic Golf Resort, where he joined as a range supervisor. “I served there for three years. I

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played golf, and learnt the basics of maintaining a course. That has come in handy for me”, says Sehrawat. He presently has maintenance contracts for two courses in the City – including the prestigious NSG Golf Course in Manesar. The biggest break for Sehrawat came when a senior Gurgaon official spotted his talent, and asked him to join the HUDA Gymkhana Club as a coach. “This was a major break for me, but my family refused to let me go. I had to twice run away from home, to come to this job. My mother did not want me to travel on the NH 8, as my elder brother had lost his life a couple of years ago at the Hero Honda Chowk,” he says softly. But the hope of improving the family’s financial condition brought him to Gurgaon; and Sehrawat says the decision proved to be momentous. During his seven years stint as a coach, he cleared the Professional Golf Trainers of India Contd on p 19 

HUDA Phase II - Beyond Demolitions { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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Regular Features

Ishan Grover

ill not so long ago it was evidently believed that Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has not only stagnated the development of the City, but also degraded it to its nadir – where the civic amenities were at the brink of extinction. Yet, as is all too familiar in India, a change at the top can sometimes change a lot. Since the ar-

rival of Administrator Praveen Kumar, HUDA seems to have gone through a transformation; where Kumar is playing the role of Darwin – writing a new course of evolution for a City. But before further lauding Kumar, we decided to check whether the spot actions have endured; and the dreams talked of by him, have started taking shape. “My aim is to make this City a perfect place to live in; and to

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achieve this goal I can go to any extent. It is not correct to say that before my arrival HUDA was not working. Indeed it was; but yes, some changes have taken place, and now it is more agile. We have started many works in the City – from removing traffic circles, to improving the condition of city parks. Yet, there are some major works to be carried out, with dedication and seriousness. Rehabilitation of

the homeless poor, installation of water harvesting projects, development of the new nurseries (in order to increase the greenery in the city parks), and the betterment of main roads – are a few of the key works that need to be accomplished in the coming months. And I hope we will be able to meet the expectations of the people,” said Dr. Praveen Kumar, Administrator, HUDA. Contd on p 6 


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n annual highlight of the golf calendar, the Madhavrao Scindia Golf Tournament, took place at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday. Golf lovers from across the country—Kapil Dev, Robert Vadra, Tikka Shatrujit Singh, Murali Kartik, Nikhil Chopra, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pankaj Munjal, Rohit Rerlan, Amrit Mathur and others—took out time from their busy schedule, to come play. The event was a fund raiser organised by The Madhavrao Scindia Foundation, which works for the development of the underprivileged.

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asya, a fusion rock band based in Delhi, enthralled the local audience with a blend of Sufi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi folk and rock, at the SPOT Lounge and Bar. “Their performance is a fine balance of traditional Hindustani vocals with Western elements of jazz, blues, and rock music,” said one of the fans. Nasya has won several music competitions across the country – at Jamia Hamdard, PGDAV, Dyal Singh and CVS, to name a few.

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he scorching sun didn’t deter the City’s art lovers from making their presence felt at India’s first Art Walk, at the DLF Golf and Country Club. The Chairman of DLF Group, K.P Singh, who inaugurated the show, was seen appreciating the brightly coloured paintings on one side, and abstract art on the other. He was gifted a portrait painting of his, with a theme ‘Building India’. K.P Singh revealed some interesting anecdotes about M.F Hussain’s longstanding association with DLF.

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Maple Pre-Holi Bash T he Maple Town and Country Club organised a Pre-Holi Bash for all their staff, along with their families. The evening rocked, as singer Shankar Sahney belted out popular numbers, that made most people hit the dance floor.


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BOOK

CINEMA

A Fresh Journey

An Ode to a Legend { Alka Gurha }

{ Vijay Kumar }

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ondon Paris New York (LPNY) is under two hours long; its lead actors Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari are in every frame of the movie (almost); they get to they are regular now, the kissing sequencspeak all the dialogues in the movie – es are not really necessary. and this contributes in no small measure But despite these observations, LPNY to the movie turning out to be … well, I am does exude a certain freshness not afraid you will have to read a little more to often seen in Bollywood; and the chemget a hang of what I feel about the movie! istry of Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari is LPNY is a sort of family venture, sizzling. This is Aditi’s first film as a lead with members of one family (rather, two actress, and she carries out her role with families) playing dominant roles. Goldie consummate ease. Ali Zafar, who has Behl (son of Ramesh Behl, been recently seen in Mere who produced the hugely Brother Ki Dulhan, is just London, Paris, New successful college romance as outstanding; his playful York JAWANI DIWANI about 40 mannerisms remind one of Directed by: Anu Menon Shah Rukh during his early years back) is the producer; his sister Srishti Arya is days. The songs, composed CAST: Ali Zafar the co-producer, and her and sung by Ali Zafar, are Aditi Rao Hydari husband Samir Arya is the peppy – and fit the ambience GENRE: Comedy cinematographer. The other very well. The director’s out‘family’ is that of the Pakistanding achievement is in not stani actor Ali Zafar: he, besides being allowing distractions to come in the way of the lead actor, is also the lyrics writer, storytelling; keeping the length short, and the music director and singer. I can’t having the minimum number of characters recall any person other than Kishore on the screen. That allows her to define Kumar who filled in all these roles! the lead characters with depth, and exAnu Menon’s directorial debut could be ecute the scenes to near perfection. Even better. The story sounds hollow, and is the ending does not look contrived. not plausible; the foreign locales are So what if LPNY does not have the best not really relevant; the cinematographer shots of London, Paris and New York; it could have used better looking backenvelopes you with that fresh feeling that grounds – while shooting in places like will stay with you well after the credits London, Paris and New York. And though start rolling. u

This heartfelt ode by a talented writer, Srimati Lal, an artist, poet, curator and a designer – is a scintillating tribute to lowers for My Father’, compiled and a father, who remains atop a literary edited by Srimati Lal, is a defining pedestal even after his demise. The book tribute to her father Purshottam Lal, a opens with Srimati’s bouquets for her literary legend. The formidable writer, poet, Baba, and a few selected poems penned translator and publisher, P. Lal, founded by P. Lal. Srimati reminisces, “The long Writers Workshop in 1958 in Calcutta – poem, The Man of Dharma; and the Rasa and spearheaded the movement of Indoof Silence, written in his maturity, Anglian Writing. Since then, at a time when father was awarded P. Lal published over 3000 a Nehru Fellowship, has been one volumes by Indian literary of my greatest inspirations.” authors – mostly in the This compilation, ‘ Flowers for English language; including my Father’, has several literary poetry, fiction, educational luminaries like Shashi Deshpande, texts, screenplays, drama, Ruchir Joshi, Amitava Roy, children’s books, and audio James Wyatt Cook, Dr. Karan books. Writers Workshop is Singh and Suhel Seth offering the renowned publishing rich tributes to the house that has published legend of literature, several celebrated writers; P. Lal. While each often providing them a tribute celebrates the prestigious launch pad. The FLOWERS FOR MY FATHER illustrious journey of list includes Vikram Seth and Author: Srimati Lal the legend, it is the Pritish Nandy. PUBLISHER: Writers Workshop personal anecdotes P. Lal is perhaps best PRICE: Rs. 300 that reveal P. Lal known for his translation as a real life hero – of the Mahabharata. It is GENRE: Non-fiction Anthology touching the both poetic and swift to read; lives of his followers and oriented to the oral/ across nations. musical tradition in which the work was Since the book is a tribute, it disregards originally created. P. Lal was also the any critical evaluation, and tends to border recipient of the Padma Shri award in on hero worship of a father by a loving 1970. In addition to the Mahabharata, his daughter. However, it remains a stirring translations from Sanskrit have included a tribute, and an intimate portrayal of the number of other religious works – including world inhabited by the literary genius, 21 of the Upanishads, as well as plays and P. Lal. u lyric poetry.

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he Eurail pass allows you to traverse 21 countries in Europe – each with a strong culinary tradition of its own. Naturally then, as I enter the Eurail restaurant— named after the pass —at Golf Course Road, I hope to savour some of the wonderful tastes that the European continent offers. “We serve Europe on a plate,” reassures the young and enthusiastic management professionalturned-restaurateur Aditi Goel. And I begin a journey, in this spacious and ornate restaurant, which has been meticulously designed by her. The table has fine glassware and cutlery. My first food stop is the amuse bouche – a small, daintily-plated potato croquette, with strawberry compote. It has a palate-tingling appeal. A handsome bread

platter follows. Four home baked breads—pesto roll, whole wheat roll, raisin bread and crispy knackebrot —served with good quality olive oil and oregano, make for delicious bites through the rest of my meal. Station two is the Provencal sounding bocconcini berry salad (Rs. 450); it is a disappointment. The arugula leaves are overgrown, and their rich texture and peppery taste have gone fibrous – and the flavours bitter. The dressing is a

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weak vinaigrette, with too much olive oil and too little seasoning. The bocconcini is not fresh. The strawberries, caper berries and asparagus are sufficiently succulent, but unable to lift this salad. For the main course I have ordered a grilled chicken cacciatore (Rs. 625). Cacciatore, meaning hunter in Italian, is a classic Italian sauce cooked the rustic way. What’s on my plate is roasted chicken on the bone, with an adapted sauce of roasted tomatoes, olives and bell peppers; with flavoured couscous and baked potatoes on the side. It is a tasty dish. The perfectly prepared couscous, I make a note, is amongst the best I have had in some time. The final destination arrives, all dressed up and attractive. It’s an Anglo-Italian duet—carrot cake and tiramisu (Rs. 450). The tiramisu is light and ricotta creamy, and the oh-so-English carrot cake (voted as United Kingdom’s favourite cake in a Radio Times 2011 survey) is a pleasant mouthful. Now in its third month of operation, Eurail is Gurgaon’s first truly European restaurant. Its menu boasts variety, and a fine collection of wines and single malts. I am sure that the food will settle into being consistently good over time. So whenever you do feel like having some Hungarian goulash or authentic Portuguese vinha d’alhos, you would know which way to go. u

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HUDA Phase II - Beyond Demolitions

Rehabilitation of the Poor

Demolition drives carried out by HUDA in the months of November and December last year, had not only disrupted the illegal structures, but also the homes of many poor people who had been living there for a substantial period of time. At that time, HUDA had promised them rehabilitation in ‘pucca’ houses; but the poor did not buy this. However, now the promise made by HUDA seems to be taking some shape. Some houses made for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) people are almost ready for allocation. “Both the SDOs had been ordered to carry out a survey of the poor families who need to be rehabilitated; and, if I am not wrong, surveys are almost complete. HUDA has made onebed room cemented houses for the poor, in Sector-47, and at a few other places. The Sector 47 houses are ready to be allocated, and we will soon take out the draw – after the completion of the survey process,” said Kumar. However, Kumar didn’t go into the legalities and other conditions for the allotment of the houses. Mahinder Singh, ADO (Survey) added, “The Survey has been done, and we have identified 2,500 such families, who would be allotted cemented

{ Alka Gurha } Sir,

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urgaon, a happening enigma of contrasts, has been struggling with developmental pangs and civic negligence. The Gurgaon model of development is akin to bright sequins being stitched on a fabric that is decaying. The decaying fabric continues to be the civic mess, the pot-holed roads, the abysmal garbage collection, the widespread encroachment, and the bureaucratic hassles. The lack of co-ordination between various agencies, the leadership lacuna, and the blame-game has become the nemesis of the urban mess called Gurgaon. To imagine that one diligent administrator can solve all the problems plaguing Gurgaon is a far-fetched idea. However, when I read about the various initiatives taken by HUDA under your leadership, there is a

houses at the minimum rate – which is based on a noprofit-no-loss policy of HUDA. We were instructed that the family should be a BPL family, having lived in Gurgaon for at least 10 years. After a survey of almost a month, we have selected these 2,500 families. However, currently only the houses in Sector-47 are ready for allotment,” elaborated Singh.

Nurseries for a Greener Gurgaon

“Gurgaon has a dearth of greenery in its parks and other places, and we are committed to make it more green; because greenery directly effects people’s health in a positive manner. We have planned to make at least 45 more nurseries, which will help in increasing the green cover of the City. For this purpose, various teams of experts have been sent to places like Saharanpur, Farukhabad and Jhansi, to get plants that consume less water – because in Gurgaon’s soil, ordinary plants need more water. In a year or so, we expect to plant at least 2 crore new (big and small) plants, in various parks and green belts of the City,” said Praveen Kumar. Later V.K Niralam, Executive Engineer, HUDA Horticulture Department, also confirmed HUDA’s efforts, “Administrator Sahab has instructed to establish 45 new nurseries; but till

now only 21 have got the final nod, and the places for these have been allotted. Plans for some have already been set in motion, and our JEs have started their work,” informed Nirala. However, ground realities seem different. “Although 21 nurseries have been sanctioned by the department, yet most of them have not started yet. I have been allotted 5 nurseries to work on, and till now we have only started planting stem plants. As far as teams visiting other States for

different plants, they have not brought anything significant,” said Narender Singh Yadav, JE, Horticulture.

Water Harvesting Projects

Water harvesting is another issue Gurgaon seriously needs to deal with, because it is the only hope that can resurrect the already depleting water table. “Water harvesting is a necessity for Gurgaon. As the City’s water table is getting worse with each passing year, rain water

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Open Letter To Huda Chief sense of hope and renewed optimism among the residents. The following headlines in the newspapers come as a breath of fresh air. “Kumar empowers officers to fine offenders.” The announcement that challans will be issued to people who dump garbage in the open, or waste water, is a welcome initiative. However, the drive needs constant surveillance and thrust, because—like other initiatives—it has a good chance of fizzling out. We hope that strict action is taken against those who are responsible for garbage collection from, and around, the MG Road. The entire stretch is littered with polythene bags and construction debris. “HUDA vows to make the city green.” During an inspection carried out by HUDA, it was found that the horticulture department

had failed to discharge its duties in several sectors. More such surprise checks are required, to pull up errant officials — for a greener Gurgaon. The fact that you are meeting RWA representatives on a regular basis to improve the green cover is encouraging. “HUDA administrator vows to revive City’s dying lakes.” At a time when the water table is fast depleting, the promise of reviving old lakes is a welcome step. I would like to bring to your attention a natural water body adjacent to the Bestech Business Park in Sector 48. Last year, attempts were made to level the lake with truck-loads of mud. I would request you to ensure that this water body escapes the clutches of the land mafia. Since there are no sewer lines, the rain-water harvesting pits are being used as sewer lines in some apartment com-

plexes. The residents claim that they have spotted the developer’s maintenance team dumping the sewerage in storm water drains. Please take strict action against such errant builders. “HUDA promises to take strict action against encroachers.” I see your pictures tackling the land mafia. I do comprehend that such actions need guts and gumption. While it is difficult to fight the powerful lobbies, why is it so difficult to remove encroachers and vendors from the MG Road metro station – near the Metropolitan Mall? I also hope that the area near Subhash Chowk, that has been grabbed by the encroachers, becomes a much needed green belt for Sohna Road – which is permanently enveloped in a dust haze. “HUDA Seeks authority to approve local projects worth up to Rs. I cr”.

harvesting would help maintain the water level. If we are able to maintain the status quo, it would be a great achievement. I have instructed our engineers to make estimates, and I hope that by the arrival of the monsoon, we would be able to put at least 50 water harvesting units across the city,” said Kumar. “As of now there is no water harvesting unit being installed, yet the department is not sitting idle; we are busy in transforming the green belts into permanent rain water harvesting units. We are digging green belts at least one feet below the level of the road, so that the rain water gets stored there – instead of getting into the sewers,” informed an official.

Repairing of roads

“In the last two months we have spent a hefty amount on repairing roads. I know that the condition of roads inside the City is not very good; and we realise our responsibility towards a common commuter who uses the road on a daily basis. We have not built any new road, but most of the potholes on the main roads have been filled by now. Most of the roundabouts have been removed, and traffic lights have been installed,” said R.K Kakkar, Superitending Engineer, HUDA. u

At present the local purchase committee has powers to take decisions involving expenses up to Rs. 5 lakhs only. However if the city wing of HUDA gets authority to approve works costing up to one crore, more projects can be cleared at the local level. I am not sure if Sohna Road comes under the jurisdiction of HUDA or MCG, but the road needs immediate carpeting and repair. Kindly expedite the process of repairing the stretch from Rajiv Chowk to the Badshapur crossing. “Councillors, residents gain a lot from HUDA chief’s work.” Apart from accountability, Gurgaon needs strict laws and stricter law enforcers. As a resident, I applaud the steps taken under your leadership. I hope that the Mess City transforms into a glorious ‘Millennium City’. u With Be st Wishes A Gurgaon Citizen


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Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Will you go out with me? Meri gella bahar chalega? 2. We can go and see a movie Film dekhna ja sake hai 3. I will pick you up from your house Tanne tere ghar te le lyunga 4. We can have dinner together Raat ne roti galle kha lenge 5. When do you have to get back? Ulta kis taem aana hai?

THE WEEKTHAT WAS ♦ The Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said that, in order

to promote medical tourism, the State has decided to give the status of Industry to any project with an investment of Rs 100 crores or more, in the Health sector. This is as per the new Industrial and Investment Policy 2011. He also said that the Govt of India has also chosen Haryana for setting up of a Pharma Industrial Park and Bio Technology Park – in the Global Economic Corridor, along the KMP Expressway. Also, the AIIMS – 2 project (an expansion of AIIMS, Delhi), was being set up at Barsa, in Jhajjar District. ♦ The Inspector General of Police (Vigilance) Sheel Madhur addressed a seminar on “Social Awakening and Public Relations”, organized by the Samajik Jagriti and Jan Sahyog Manch, in collaboration with NGO Sadar

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India and Vigilance Bureau, Gurgaon office. Mr Madhur asked for mass co-operation against corruption. He said that a complaint box would be kept in every Ward, in consultation with RWAs. The single member State Police Complaint Authority heard the complaints of the general public, about serious misconduct of police personnel in Gurgaon. The Chairman of the Authority, H.S. Rana, a retired IAS officer, has received about 50 complaints. The recommendations of the Authority are binding on the govt. An enquiry will normally be completed in 2 to 3 months. ♦ A sum of Rs 60.70 crores has been sanctioned, for the construction of roads and buildings, for 4 blocks of Gurgaon District, through the PWD (B&R), and Haryana State Agriculture marketing Board (HSAMB). For Gurgaon City, this includes a multi-purpose hall in Govt. College, Sector 14. ♦ There was an earthquake, 4.9 on Richter scale, on Monday, with the epicentre in Bahadurgarh. ♦ The Chaitra Mela at the Mata Sheetla Devi Temple, would be held between March 9 and April 12. ♦ A call centre staff commits suicide. ♦ Pub security supervisor beaten up, by bouncers. ♦ A bomb hoax call in Genpact. ♦ Arti Gupta is main accused in Rs 10 lakh credit card fraud. ♦ A new union comes up at Maruti Suzuki, Manesar plant. ♦ Toll Plaza relief plan put forward by the HUDA Administrator. ♦ Cyber Cafes being authorized for facilitating online queries, and resolutions for multiple services/ issue of Certificates, of MCG. ♦ 3D Laparoscopy camera was used for the first time in a surgical conference in India. It was organized by the Association of Surgeons of India, Gurgaon City Branch, and Asian Bariatric, Ahmedabad. The Conference was inaugurated by the Health Minister, Haryana, Rao Narendra Singh. India is only the second country, after Germany, where this technique is being launched. Keeping the Climate Change threat in mind, the Department of Civil Engineering, ITM University, in association with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Centre for Water and Society, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA organised a two day Indo-US bilateral workshop on “Global challenges: Climate change, Water, Environment and Society” - sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. The objective of this workshop was to identify new areas for collaborative research - like integrated hydrological cycle, and watershed management.

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n a City that offers precious little, by way of public conveniences, the Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (HUDA’s) initiative to instal new portable toilets is a pleasant surprise. Gurgaon has sadly ignored the common person’s need to attend the call of nature in public spaces. There has been no relief to bursting bladders. Inevitably, the bushes and dark spaces, in and around bus/autostands, have been the main solace for the man in need; and now most of these spaces stink of faeces and urine. Women, alas, stand discriminated here also. A brainchild of the HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar, a few portable toilets have been installed on a trial basis at IFFCO Chowk. Built and maintained by a private company, ‘Shramik’, these brand-new red lavatories are clean, basic, and require minimum maintenance. Having a capacity of 200 litres, these new toilets are just what the doctor may have ordered. But the sad truth is that, after decades of habitually relieving themselves on the streets and walls, commuters are having difficulty in shifting to a proper facility. Even if it is free. Even now, the area behind the toilets in IFFCO Chowk is getting most of the business! A man who

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was urinating on the pavement right next to the new toilet, was astounded to know that he was standing beside HUDA’s new toilets. “I never figured out this was a toilet,” he said. Amitabh Manocha, the NCR Head of Shramik, says, “When HUDA Administrator Dr. Kumar approached us, we immediately set up four toilet stalls at IFFCO Chowk, on a trial basis. We are in the process of setting up 100 more such toilets, all around the City. Right now we are installing them in Sector-31; and more locations will follow. Shramik will provide full maintenance of these units, for a monthly cost of Rs. 4,500 per unit. We are geared up to provide

A HUDA Contractor says, “These new-fangled contraptions will not last the summer. When we had made the toilets, we had used the best-grade material available, as per the budget. The toilets we made had 300-litres capacity. Even then, the lavatories were misused – used like trash; and there was no maintenance undertaken. The new toilets are made of plastic; and there’s no guarantee of their longevity. Once one person urinates besides the toilet, others will follow suit. The truth is, people here do not know how to use public amenities. And they probably do not feel the toilets will be as ‘clean’ as an open land under the open sky!”

Green Crusader JIT KUMAR

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evelopment should not come at the cost of environment, as there is already enough concrete in our lives. This is a firm belief held by Vivek Kamboj, the founder and chief of Haryali-an NGO, that has been working incessantly to save the environment in the Millennium City; particularly its trees and green areas. “The people in Gurgaon think that the heat and dust in the City will not affect them, as they have the money and resources to control the elements”, says Kamboj with a wry smile. In his fight to save trees in Gurgaon, Kamboj had to fight with his neighbours, powerful bureaucrats, rich businessmen and industrialists. He was even threatened by some of them, but he says nothing can stop him. Kamboj says he has become an irritant for his neighbours, for taking up the cause of the voiceless trees. But his efforts have borne fruit, as his NGO Haryali has been able to plant around 48,000 trees, save hundreds of them from being chopped, and transplanted several others to safer areas. Instead of blaming the government, Kamboj says the citizens of Gurgaon need to understand the importance of trees, and the contribution they make in keeping the environment clean, cool and dustfree – in addition to supplying

life-giving oxygen. “The people here cut trees just because the crown of their houses is not visible; the marble on their plaques cannot be seen; or their imposing iron gate loses its sheen,” he avers, pointing to an instance where a neighbour of his chopped a tree just because it barred the view of the building. Haryali, he says, was formed in 2005, by a group of like minded individuals, who have passion for the environment – as well as for the Millennium City. “We fund this NGO from our own money, and take no donations. We prefer to work on the ground; plant more trees, and save them from being cut,” he asserts. Haryali has also pioneered the transplantation of trees; and

The water table has gone down, the City is fast moving towards desert-like conditions, the average life span of the trees has reduced, and the Aravallis are in danger of being deforested this has saved quite a number. “We have ample expertise in transplanting large trees, and people from all parts of the City call us for doing this. Earlier, people from outside had to be called for this job,” he reveals. Haryali is also proposing that the toll plaza in Gurgaon, as well as other parts of the country, should become paper free – as a large amount of paper is wasted in the form of slips. He

says that the government must come out with a solution to this problem. Citing an incident that speaks of the government apathy towards the environment, Kamboj says that the Gurgaon Forest Department recently gave permission to chop Alastonia trees in Charmwood village in Faridabad, on the plea that these were once banned by the Noida authority due to some specious reason. “I spoke to the Conservator Gurgaon; I even approached senior officials and a Cabinet Minister, and told them that the Haryana government was itself distributing the Alastonia saplings to people, so why were they chopping the trees,” reveals Kamboj. No action was initiated by any of them. It was only after he approached former Union Minister and current MP Maneka Gandhi, that the forest officials in Gurgaon were forced to rescind the order – and the trees were saved. In Gurgaon, and even in Haryana, the Forest Department is a toothless tiger; as the range officers do not have resources and equipment to save trees and forests in the City as well as in rural areas. The picture of urban forestry is also poor in the City. The offenders are not punished; and even if they are, the challan amount is compounded to a couple of hundred rupees – that has no affect on the Gurgaon residents, he says. The green belts in the entire City have been encroached by anti-social elements; and even affluent residents cut the trees to make way for parking. “If the

maintenance across the City.” An official in the HUDA Administration says, “We had installed many toilets in the HUDA markets. Most of them have fallen into disrepair, and forgotten. This new concept certainly has its virtues. A hard-body plastic urinal would be of no interest to vandals; and is long-lasting. If this trial works out, we would be more than happy to place a tender for 250-400 more toilets – to be stationed all over the City’s public places.” MCG is still lagging in this matter. MCG’s Sanitary Officer Aruna Sagwan says, “Right now, we don’t have any plans to construct public lavatories in the City. However, we do construct them on a request basis.” The public seems to take a pessimistic view of the new development. “Everything in Gurgaon starts off with a bang,” says Umesh. “I’ve seen these toilets being set up, and it is certainly a welcome development. But that said, the authorities have always fallen flat when it comes to the question of maintenance. Even now, I don’t see too many people using the new toilets,” he says. “Instead, the people actually go around the toilets, to relieve themselves behind the said structures!” “It will take time,” says another. “Once more people are aware of the toilets, they will gravitate towards them – instead of the sidewalks.” u

green belts in the City are reclaimed, we can plant at least 2 lakh trees in Gurgaon. You can imagine the change that will happen,” says Kamboj. He will meet the HUDA Administrator in this regard. If this does not happen through the normal routine, his NGO is likely to file a PIL with the court, seeking directions in this regard. “I have made some wise investments, to ensure that home and hearth can run smoothly,” he says. His only grudge is that the citizens of Gurgaon do not share his passion for saving the trees; and this, he warns, could be detrimental for the future of this fast expanding City. The water table has gone down, the City is fast moving towards desert-like conditions, the average life span of the trees has reduced, and the Aravallis are in danger of being deforested, he says. The fight, he says, is not his alone, but of the entire City; and the country. He points to the ancient Indian values that respected nature and its elements. “We must save the environment, else the City is doomed,” says Kamboj. He was inspired to save the trees after he cut a Neem tree in his locality, and felt quite remorseful for that act. To make up for that mistake, he planted a number of Neem trees, and took care of them until they grew strong and became a member of his street’s ecosystem. Pointing to the Neem trees outside his house, he says that these inspire him daily; and push him to work harder and honestly, to save the trees in this City. u


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n the week gone by, a 60-square yard tract of land in Gurgaon’s chaotic U-Block in DLF’s Phase-III was reportedly sold for Rs. 83 lakhs. In that area stands a five-storey building, inhabited by tenants working in DLF’s Cyber City. Places like U-Block, S-Block in DLF Phase-III, Unitech’s Q-Block in Sector 40, Ansals’ Palam Vihar, and the area behind Nirvana Country, are the hottest spots for rentals in the City. What is interesting is that these very areas were developed as residences for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of the society. Called EWS plots, these areas were designated by the government as places that the EWS people could buy, at subsidised rates – and build a home of their own. The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) says that 15 per cent of the area developed by the builder has to be left/kept for affordable housing to the EWS. The provision of the Completion Certificate, by the DTCP to the developer, is affected by this requirement in a major way. Once demarcated, these plots of land are to be handed to the poor – by draw of lots, or a lottery, or any suitable medium as decided by the authorities. This was the case when developers like DLF, Ansals and Unitech released their properties for sale. Each EWS unit, in the demarcated areas, was snapped up for prices as low as Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 60,000, for a standard 60-square yards of land. Fast-forward to 2012. In

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The 60 Sq Yd Scam

many of those small pieces of land, rise four to five storeys of commercialisation. In the back-drop of the gleaming glass-and-steel expanse of Cyber City, small lanes snake amidst precariously-built residences. Only a few hundred plots in Gurgaon’s EWS areas are the standard two-and-a-half storey format. The rest vie for more floors, to put up tenants. Mohit Aggarwal (name changed for security reasons) says, “I was one of the first to apply for the EWS units in Gurgaon; and I’ve seen the people come and go. As of now,

New EWS Housing In Sector 47, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is working to complete 22 four-storey buildings, designed to provide living accommodations to 528 EWS families. “Each building will have 24 flats each, having an area of 302.69 sq feet (or 33.5 sq yards) – with attached kitchen and bathroom,” says a HUDA official. “The cost per unit is coming to Rs. 3.5 lakhs to Rs. 3.8 lakhs. Instead of giving plots, we’re giving away ready-made flats, so as to avoid the current EWS scenario.” This project is being built under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM), and the project is worth Rs. 18.90 crores. “We’re dedicating six acres of land for this project. The flats will be ready by May, and will be allotted by the Assistant Divisional Commissioner’s (ADC’s) office – either by lottery or draws, says the official. From 60 square yards of land earlier, is not 33 square yards too small for human habitation? The official replies, “We are developing the land and handing out ready-made flats. Even our costs have to be kept in mind.”

We have recently seen demolitions of various structures, uprooting of many weaker section folk. HUDA has taken due credit. Why are unlawful EWS plot buildings still standing? Why are the owners not from the EWS? I can safely say that there are no EWS people living in EWS societies in Gurgaon. I had no inkling that this area would have a growth rate similar to a wild weed. The people who had bought the plots originally, sold them off when they got offers ten to fifty times of what they had invested.” Now, almost all the EWS plots have been taken over, and converted to Paying Guest homes. Each floor offers nothing more than a small studio apartment, and stairs to the next floor. Payel, who has just started working in Gurgaon as a call-centre employee, says, “U-Block offers me a ten-minute ride to my office; though it is very expensive, compared to the space and amenities. The water supply is sporadic, and the roads are dusty

at every hour.” A floor in these EWS buildings is available for Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 a month, for semi-furnished studio apartments. Aggarwal says, “The DLF maintenance agency takes care of the EWS units as well. When I settled here, our house got two hours of water twice a day, and faultless electricity supply. Now, we get 20 minutes of water supply instead of two hours, and the electricity fails often. The sewer system is not enabled to

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building norms are being flouted in our area. Then, it’s their call.” “On Tuesday, we carried out an extensive anti-encroachment drive, to free up the roads in U-Block; and we had demolished several structures,” Singh claimed. But even then, it doesn’t make much of a difference. “Unless the authorities crack down on these illegal constructions, the situation is going to get messier by the day.” Ward 30 Councillor Nisha Singh says, “A woman came to me once, complaining about the high-rise being built in Q-Block of Unitech’s EWS area in Sector-40. She said that the building being constructed next to her house was blocking the air and sunlight, besides the unbearable noise levels of construction of a six-storeyed apartment building in 60 square yards of land. She then complained to the DTCP, wrote them letters, met officials – all to no avail.” An official of the DTCP puts his hands up and says, “We don’t pass the architectural plans of these buildings. It is a law in Haryana that no residential building should be above twoand-a-half storeys in height, excluding a basement. These constructions do not have permission from us to build, but still they go on.” But the DTCP is empowered to take action against such illegal constructions. Why does it not do the needful? “We have issued several notices to the owners of these apartments. Apart from that, drives and demolitions have to be sanctioned by sev-

Assistant Town Planner Mandeep Sihag clarifies, “Regardless of condominiums or plotted colonies, 15 per cent of the developed area has to be demarcated for EWS units. The Town and Country Planning (TCP) allots the units to deserving people.” How does the allotment procedure work? “Once the TCP gets the EWS units in its control, we instruct the builder on how and where to give advertisements, so as to inform the people. Then, when we get the applications, we separate the applicants into three tiers. The first tier consists of people who have valid identification in Gurgaon, and live in the City. Then come the people who have Gurgaon IDs, but live outside the City. And the third tier consists of people who work in Gurgaon, but have identification of other cities such as Bhiwani, Hissar, etc.” Sihag continues, “Once we have completed the verification of the documents, we forward the details to the ADC’s office, so they can perform the on-ground check of the applicant families. Only after they validate the claims, do we allot the EWS units.” In light of the rampant selling of EWS units, how is the TCP tacking the issue? “Once EWS units are allotted, it is mandatory for the people to stay in the dwellings for at least eight years, before selling or renting it,” he says.

Many EWS flats built in private builder condominiums still lie vacant. Waiting for a Bonanza? handle the current load of waste. But that is not the maintenance agency’s fault. When people per house unit has gone up by seven times, it is a credit to the maintenance agency that we’re getting amenities at all.” Baljeet Singh, the General Manager of Maintenance in DLF, says, “We are fighting a constant battle in providing amenities to these areas. As a developer, DLF cannot take any action against these illegal constructions. At best, we can give information to the DTCP that

eral senior officers,” says the official.What is the scenario of EWS housing in the new sectors 58-115? The President of the Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (Haryana) B.K Dhawan confirms, “The Apartment Act states that a certain percentage (15 per cent) of the area being developed has to be given for EWS housing. That means, if the builder develops 1000 units, area for 200 units has to be kept aside for EWS housing.”u


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EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

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The NGO

e have little trust in government. We are not enamoured by the nongovernment – NGOs - either. We believe they have hidden agendas. Until we or our family (or maybe a friend) do something, it is not credible. Now even the govt. (read, the PM) is not enamoured by the non-govt. – the NGOs against his nuclear commitment. Actually, not now really. It all began with Anna. Yes, he is the cause for this too.

No, most don’t ask for lakhs. Thousands is more the call. Of course, we also have in our midst those that cannot part with any amount; normally those that have too much anyway. We earned it the hard way, and we are not just going to dole it out; let the other person earn it from me. Crass are also those of us who would think of setting up NGOs to save tax; and launder “black money”. How does such a person look himself in the mirror ? Maybe he doesn’t – maybe he looks, but does not see. There are none so blind as those who will not see (“Butterflies are Free’).

We come across all kinds of NGOs. It would be hard to imagine certain activities/ initiatives without them. With many Govt Organizations (GOs) failing for over 6 decades - on providing basic food, water, health, shelter, clothing, to we, the people – it has been left to the NGOs to pitch in and deliver. And they are all over – in every village, tehsil, district, town and city of India. Over 3 million of them…. Most providing good, selfless service.

The least that we can do, is not find fault. Of how inefficient they are; how limited impact they have; how publicity hungry they are; how they have other agendas – how we could do it so much better, and of course bigger – if only we had the time ! They may meet, party, get photographed; but if they purposefully add some value/provide some comfort to any underprivileged living being, they are better than us. Just ask the beneficiaries; and if they can’t speak, just feel it ! Yes, there will always be exceptions – and that is precisely what they are. They never prove the rule.

Some corporates too have been doing “NGO work” for long. The Tata Group clearly has been the most consistent. And now of course there is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mantra. Matched to/by the Inclusiveness political mantra (of course those are more outlays, than any outcomes). Other countries have NGOs that debate policy, and items higher up the Maslow ladder. We will get there – somehow. However, let us get back to the NGOs at the base of the pyramid. The ones that work with the under-privileged and/or the over-exploited – in the animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds. Let us laud each one of them. For simply their willingness to have thought of another – of a life outside of their normal lives. Of spending time that they could have used for more selfish purposes. And even if time had hung on them when they started, they surely used it wisely. They have given a part of themselves to their cause; to other less-privileged lives. For many of us who “really have no time” – not even for family sometimes – we should at least acknowledge, and actively support, a few of these NGOs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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ood job, you’re doing great work. Avinash Singh, on the article ‘Supreme Justice’

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ood work done by you. Keep it up Sir. Amit Bagga, on the article ‘Supreme Justice’

What is most heartening is the attitude of the new generation, the youth. There seems a genuine concern, and sensitivity. It can be clearly seen in Gurgaon. Somehow a cosmopolitan culture helps. It is said that what they, the NGOs (the dogooders), do, is not “writeable” or “readable” – does not have inquisitive or entertainment or dramatic value. What sells is bad man and negative. We have happily carried an NGO entity of Gurgaon (from individuals to companies) in every issue this past 6 months. And shall continue. The Non Govt. Organization is an asset to society, and to the nation. It will yet play its role - even more, and more varied - as India becomes a “developed” nation. It will go where governments fear to tread – where no government has gone before. In fact, it is already there. Perhaps the time has also come to change their nomenclature. They are not Nons. They are Positives, they are Doers. Some already call themselves Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); or Social Benefit Organizations (SBOs). May their tribe flourish. Apne liye jiye to kya jiye.

FAMOUS QUOTES I want to know God’s thoughts... the rest are details. Albert Einstein

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too. Robert Half

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Henry Ford

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock. Benjamin Franklin

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight Eisenhower

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. Jesse Jackson The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot

read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Alvin Toffler The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment. T. H. White Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think. Niels Bohr


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Maple Cubs Annual Day

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apleBear Pre-school celebrated its Annual Day; the theme of the function was ‘Unity is Strength’. The event was inaugurated by Hazel Siromani, Managing Director of the School, and Kalpana Chaudhary, Centre Head of the School. The students participated in a skit; and that was followed by scintillating dance performances. The show concluded with the distribution of session completion certificates.

Banyan Leap Art

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tudents of The Banyan Tree World School participated in a fun and educative art activity, on the occasion of the Leap Day. Grades Nursery to III used the wax resist technique, to create the magical drawings.

DPS Slogans

Spring Carnival @ Fastrackids

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elhi Public School, Sector 46, organised a slogan writing competition for the students of Classes III and IV. The students wrote meaningful slogans on the topic, ‘Oil and Gas Conservation’. The winners of the competition were Rishti Lakhanpal, Abhinav Mankotia, and Mayra James from Class III; and Urjashi Laha, Eknoor Singh, and Vinayak Mittal from Class IV. The awards were given by Mr. Mittal, from Indian Oil Corporation, along with the Principal Ms. Aditi Misra, and the Junior School Headmistress, Ms. Guneet Ohri.

astrackids celebrated a spring carnival last week. Kids participated in various events – such as fashion show, Cute Kid of The Year contest, drawing competition, and much more. Besides, the kids enjoyed a range of games, rides, and delicacies. The contests were sponsored by Apollo Munich Health Insurance, Coochi Coo, and Aviva.

Ryanites Show and Tell

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oung Ryanites were provided an opportunity to display their narrative skills, at a Show and Tell activity organised by its Montessori section. The students recounted experiences of their visit to a shopping centre, with the help of props.

The DPS Parade

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he Primary Wing of Delhi Public School organised a lively parade of characters, as part of its Book Week celebrations. Several students, dressed as their favourite story book characters, participated in the Parade. The lively procession was followed by an Assembly, that included an interactive quiz and storytelling sessions.


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Literary Flourish

A Chocolate Planet Once upon a time, there was a young boy – Aryan. He lived alone in America, and was very poor. The government of America asked Aryan to go for a trip to Pluto. Aryan agreed, and went to the spaceship terminal. He sat in the spaceship and carried a few bullets and bombs. He took 3 orbits of the Earth, and then started his journey. When he reached Mars, some aliens attacked his spaceship. Aryan shot bullets at the aliens. They got scared and went back to Mars. After one year, Aryan went out of the Milky Way. He saw a new planet that had a rectangular shape. He landed his spaceship on the rectangular planet and saw aliens made of chocolates and candies. He took two of the aliens along and came back to Earth. Aryan became famous, as he had taken 1000 special chocolates from the space. Later, Aryan took up the profession of astronaut and lived happily ever after.

Scottish High ‘Graduation’

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cottish High International held its Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony for the children moving to the Primary Wing. The celebrations included songs, and the distribution of certificates, by the Initial School Head, Ms. Rupa Chauhan.

Workshop for the students of Shalom’s Musical Notes C Classes VI to X, at the Shalom Hills asio Love organised a Music

International School. The Workshop began on a musical note, when Devyansh of Class VIII played a musical instrument, as well as sang a lilting number—‘A Hundred Miles’— on the stage. This was followed by a game, in which the children had to hear and then identify the different musical instruments played. Also, a digital dictionary was shown to the children, and they were then asked to articulate certain words.

Shivang Mittal, Class 3, Lancers International School

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CA School bagged the first prize in the Inter-School Floral Rangoli Competition, held at Leisure Valley Park. The series of competitions, which form a part of the prestigious Annual HUDA Flower Show, have attracted notable schools of Gurgaon for the past several years. CCA claimed the first position in the Rangoli Competition for the second time in a row. While last year CCA Rangoli highlighted the “Year of Forestry”, this year the theme was based on Education. The vibrant colours of the Rangoli, carrying the slogan "Har Bacha Likhe Padhe, Haryana Aage Badhe” conveyed the significance of Education.

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tudents of Shakuntalam Shiksha Kendra enjoyed a day out at the Leisure Valley Park. They participated in various activities – including three-legged race, singing competition, poem recitation contest. The children were served chocolates, snacks, and fruits.

Artistic Strokes

Muskaan Saund, Class I, The Shri Ram School – Aravalli

Naisha, Class I, The Banyan Tree World School

Tanya Jain, Class V–C, Delhi Public School, Sector 45


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

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Beri Beri Good

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e all know strawberries are delicious. They are also a nutritional powerhouse. Courtesy Gurgaon’s supermarkets, and the local vegetable vendors, fresh strawberries are available in the market this season. Since the fruit has various health benefits, adding fresh strawberries to a diet – whether in salads, smoothies, or on their own – is a great way to achieve a healthy immune system. A key benefit is the fruit’s high water content. This means that you feel fuller on a smaller amount of calories imbibed. Strawberries, therefore, are an excellent food for losing weight; or maintaining your current weight. Another health benefit is that they help keep your skin hydrated; which leads to healthy, glowing skin. Unfortunately, strawberries are quite perishable as well. So purchase fresh strawberries only a few days before they are to be eaten. Choose strawberries that are plump, firm, free of mold, and have a deep red color. Unlike other fruits, strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked; so be sure to choose the ripest, reddest strawberries – as they will provide the best taste and the highest nutrient density. Many people find that medium sized strawberries are sweeter and more flavourful than larger ones. When buying pre-packaged strawberries, be sure that the berries have not been packed too tightly; as this could cause them to be crushed, or otherwise damaged.

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Handle strawberries properly, and store them well after they have been purchased. Like all fruit, strawberries should be washed thoroughly, prior to eating or storage. Any strawberries that show signs of mold should be discarded at once; as they will contaminate the remaining strawberries. The strawberries should be placed in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and kept in the refrigerator. Fresh strawberries will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Health Benefits

These potent little packages have various benefits, apart from protecting your heart, increasing HDL (good) cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, and guarding against cancer. Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols. Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red colour

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to the fruit. The most obvious benefits of strawberries are their high Vitamin C content; which helps boost immune systems and prevent diseases. One cup of strawberries contains 21 per cent of manganese, an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The manganese content helps in fighting the battle against free radicals and oxidative stress; and is said to lessen cellular inflammation -- another cause of numerous cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries are also very good in potassium and magnesium content, both of which are very effective in lowering high blood pressure caused by sodium.

Joints

The degeneration of muscles and tissues, drying up of the fluid that helps mobility of the joints, and accumulation of toxic substances and acids (such as uric acid) in the body, are some of the ill effects of free radicals present in our body. These are primarily responsible for arthritis and gout. Strawberries, with their team of anti-oxidants and detoxifiers, can effectively help push away joint problems.

Eyes

The Archives of Ophthalmology recently published a study, in which they contend that three or more servings of strawberries (and other fruits) per day can decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third. The primary reasons for almost all the

problems of the eyes are free radicals, and deficiency of certain nutrients. With age, and lack of these protective nutrients, the harmful oxidants or free radicals cause heavy damage to our eyes; such as the drying up of our eyes and the degeneration of optical nerves. The anti-oxidants, such as vitamin-C and flavonoids present in strawberries, can help avoid this situation to a great extent. One more factor is ocular pressure, i.e. the pressure of the eyes. Any disturbance in it is also harmful for the eyes. Here too, strawberries are helpful, as they contain potassium – which helps maintain the right ocular pressure. u

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For relief from a stomach ache, boil 1 tsp. of chopped ginger in 1 cup of water; add a pinch of salt, and drink.

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enugreek stems, leaves and twigs are used for their nutritional value – in cooking as well as in medicinal formulations. In particular , the leaves and seeds of the plant pack a solid punch. The earliest mention of this wonder herb is around 1500 BC, in Egyptian literature – for various dietary and medicinal uses. It has been known in India (as Methi ) since the 10th Century A.D. Fenugreek extract was originally used as an analgesic, anti-pyretic, and in phlegm disorders. Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a widely used Ayurvedic herb. It is reported to have anti-carcinogenic properties , can help reduce blood cholesterol levels, and has been used as a laxative. Over the centuries, fenugreek has had quite a reputation as a cure for a long list of ailments – such as indigestion, respiratory infections, skin wounds and inflammation, kidney disorders and arthritis. Today, fenugreek seeds are mostly used to ease digestive-tract disorders; and externally to soothe and promote the healing of minor skin wounds and infections. It is also used to relieve bronchial congestion, calm coughs, and to ameliorate menstrual and menopausal complaints. The list of benefits of fenugreek continues to grow, as more studies yield data. The seeds of fenugreek are hard brown, red, and yellow. Fenugreek seed powder in regular diet reduces blood and urine sugar. This leads to improved glucose tolerance, and management of diabetic symptoms. It also

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A Bitter Wonder Herb lowers raised levels of cholesterol and triglyceride. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of fibre - mucilaginous fibre and total fibre - to the extent of 20 per cent and 50 per cent .

Tip of the week

Fenugreek decoction can be made with a tablespoon of powdered fenugreek seeds, mixed in a cup of warm water, simmered for ten minutes, and strained. This extract, when used for gargling, gives relief to a sore throat.   For relief from sinusitis; one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds can be boiled in 300ml of water, and reduced to half. Drinking this mixture regularly for ten days can provide relief from sinusitis. It is always better to use fenugreek at least 2 hours before or after oral drugs.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are rich sources of carbohydrates, proteins, diosgenin, Vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and other minerals. Fenugreek is one of the richest sources of selenium and magnesium – which are among the most im-

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portant antioxidant micro-nutrients. Apart from providing energy and roughage, fenugreek prevents constipation, improves digestion, stimulates the liver and spleen, purifies blood, and serves as an appetizer. Due to the cooling and soothing effects of fenugreek seeds, they are considered beneficial in skin irritation and inflammation. The twigs and leaves of the plant can also be used as a poultice for ulcers, boils and abscess. Fenugreek seeds can

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be boiled and made to a thick paste, and applied on skin injuries—like rashes, wounds and boils—as a first-aid measure. The seeds of fenugreek have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used for relieving pain. Fenugreek is one of the richest sources of phytoestrogens, and is thus a very useful spice for women who have low estrogen levels – especially in early menopause and surgical menopause cases. As fenugreek is shown to partially reverse both the metabolic changes in the lens, and to reduce the density of the cataract, it could be effective as a prophylactic agent against cataract formation in diabetics. The seeds of fenugreek are beneficial for diabetic patients. When regularly given in varying doses, they reduce reactive hyperglycemia  in diabetics. Clinical studies have found 25 grams a day of fenugreek seed can lower blood-glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. A word of caution: Some people have reported nausea as a side effect, while others have reported gastrointestinal discomfort. Also, when using fenugreek topically on the skin, it is important to watch out for skin irritations and rashes. In Ayurveda, fenugreek seeds are considered hot; hence patients suffering from high blood pressure and haemorrhagic disorders are advised not to take it in high doses, and for a long period. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions


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Know Your Rashi – IV mind, as well as their eyes. Money matters never bother the Kumbh jatakas. They are charitable, and often indulge in charity; and love travelling. They are apt to suffer serious losses too. They do well in artistic pursuits. Most of them are brilliant scientists and physicians. Law is another field they can pursue, without serious difficulties. Apart from fellow Kumbh jatakas , Mithun and Tula jatakas are ideal partners for them.

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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.

Makar (Capricorn) Rashi has the front part like a deer, shoulders like a bull, eyes of an elephant, and the rear part of an alligator. It dwells in the water. The Rashi represents the knees of the Kaal Purusha, and its favourite places include rivers, watery resorts, forests etc. The tenth sign of the Rashichakra, Makara (Capricorn), is all about hard work. The Rashi makes Jatakas true workaholics, who see the world as a harsh and exacting arena – with no shortcuts. Often tending to be cold and snobbish, they are also lazy; but prove dependable friends. They are calm, practical and serious. They aim to reach the top; and their ambition and determination gets them there. Practical, meticulous and realistically pragmatic, they are extremely dedicated to their goals – almost to the point of being stubborn. They reap the benefits of success – fame, prestige and money. Diligent, conscientious, hardworking, ambitious, cautious, tolerant, patient, disciplined, calculating, and confident, Makar jatakas seldom allow any sort of permissiveness – which makes them the most reliable people to work with. They withstand hardships. With a deep sense of duty, selflessness, and devotion, they are admired for their tenacity of purpose, and strong will power. They are lean and thin, have long necks, fragile teeth, strong bones, and a huge body. They have hard hair on their scalp, and a sharp chin. However, they suffer from ailments associated with allergies, hypertension, and backache problems. Ruled by the Shani, the spiritual Saturn, the Makar jatakas set high goals. They make shrewd business people, and avoid rash decisions. Academics, industry, agriculture, and antiques open successful avenues for them. Saturn, like an interfering parent, puts a rein on them. They are romantics, yearning for true love. Vrishabh, Vrischika and Kanya make good partners for Makar jatakas; who love a stable home, and are fiercely loyal towards their spouse. Kumbh (Aquarius) The image of Kumbh (Aquarius) Rashi is like a man holding a pitcher on his shoulder, and wearing wet clothes. It represents the thighs of the Kaal Purusha. Kumbhs are progressive, and have many friends and acquaintances. Shallow areas, lands producing coarse vegetables, gambling dens, mar-

kets of bird, alcohol, and women, are the places of its dwelling. Its colour resembles a camel. Its shape and size is mediocre. The eleventh sign of the Rashichakra dream to improve the world around them. Jatakas of Kumbh (Aquarius) Rashi are humanitarian, philanthropic, and keen to make the world around them a better place. They are cold, detached and devoid of emotional attachment; as well as ruthlessly impartial. They believe in the freedom of movement, thought and life. They love research and invention projects. They are technical, and their ideas at times change the world. They are forever changing ideas, and cannot go with the people who do not think like them. They are modern in their outlook. They forever expand the horizons of their knowledge; and their analytical minds draw them towards science. Though not easily agitated, being patient and persevering, it is difficult to change their opinions. Sympathetic, sensitive, philosophical, equipped with strong intuitive powers, friendly yet distant, they make it very difficult for others to get involved with them. They often end up being lonely. They admire beauty, but their behaviour is unpredictable. They love their privacy, and intrusions are not very welcome. The ones to fall in love with them will most likely share their artistic and intellectual interests. Their approach to love and marriage is logical and intellectual; therefore they love with their

Get Answers To Your Astrological Queries We are starting a Q&A section on Astrology, where Mr. V.K Gaur will be answering your questions. Along with your question, you may scan and send us your horoscope; or alternately, you could provide your Name, Place of Birth, Time and Date of Birth, and mail it to us at q&a@fridaygurgaon.com. Bring in plants with large round-shaped leaves; as according to feng shui, soil chi will help to calm the fire chi in the room.

Flower Power

Living Room Inspirations { Bhavana Sharma }

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rom the staid brown-maroon plastic covered, dust gathering artefact kind of preprivatised India, to the more streamlined European-inspired contemporary one of the 21st century, the living room has been the centre of much family camaraderie. With a few tips, you can ensure good Chi to this living space, and allow your energy to grow and bring you happiness.

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The layout of the living room should be such that the furniture is not pushed

against the walls. The living room should ideally face the main door, to give the area an ‘outdoorsy’ feel. The furniture can be arranged in a circular fashion, so that your guests can face each other – and hold conversations. Create more Yin atmosphere, if you want to bring more comfort, and reduce arguments and tension at home. Use a large cushy sofa, long rich curtains, soft natural materials, and carpets – in any combination of deep green, light brown and golden colours. Try to buy only furniture and sofa sets with nicely flowing round corners. Decorate with curvy items and round shapes.

Pick out real flowers to bring in positive energy; steer clear of artificial arrangements. A huge glass bowl can be placed in the middle—on the table—perhaps filled with floating candles and rose petals every evening. This will add a gentle glow, and boost the positive chi in the room. For displaying family photographs, choose a mix of metal and glass frames; and keep them in the south west corner of the living room.

Success in Profession

Place a horse in the SouthEast corner of your living room. Just make sure the horse doesn’t look wild; have one that preferably does not have its front legs raised – as this can make you ruthless in your pursuits. To increase the aesthetics of your living room, place a wind chime in the North-West corner, and hang it on the window—or on a door—that opens out into the garden.

Aroma Magic

You could also stimulate the chi of your living room by tak-

Meen (Pisces) Like a pair of fish, the last Rashi of the Rashichakra, Meen (Pisces), denotes the feet of the Kaal Purusha – and it dwells in the holy places of religious, divine and social importance. As it is also the final sign in the Rashichakra, this Sign brings together many of the characteristics of the eleven preceding signs. Meen Rashi, the twelfth of the signs, is the most intuitive of all in the Rashichakra. Meen jatakas are selfless, spiritual, and focused on their inner journey.They are compassionate, unless pushed to the wall – when they can be very caustic. They are spiritual, charitable, compassionate, empathetic – and love to help others in the most imaginative of ways. Kind and sympathetic, they possess a charming and carefree approach. At times they pour out their emotions in creative arts; or in poetry or short verse. But they seldom open up to those around them on a personal basis. Meen are brave, and prefer a lot of independence. They are fascinated by the occult-tantra-mantra. Meen jatakas do well in performing arts. In science, they tend to work in the fields of either physics or medicine; and also do well in ocean-based occupations, or working with animals. They normally have talents that get them money and fame. They never like to lean on others for happiness or professional growth. They are ever ready to help the needy, without being much concerned for reciprocation. They, however, can also be unnecessarily suspicious and jealous; and this might cause a lot of heartache. Although their unpredictable moods are the reason for some tension at times, their gentle, sensitive, and romantic nature establishes a loving relationship. Meen jatakas can be very romantic. They are generally gentle and relaxed people, and modest to the point of impracticality. Loving and caring, Meen are extremely creative. They value fidelity in a marriage, and will be kind and affectionate to the spouse – and let the partner take on a dominant role in public; but at home, they rule the roost. Vrischika (Scorpio), Kark (Cancer), and Meen (Pisces) make ideal partners for Meen jatakas. u (In the article, he is used for he/she)

ing equal parts of olive oil and lemon juice, and add a dash of your favourite aroma oil. Rub this mixture on your polished furniture; and immediately feel the difference.

Candles

Light up pink, orange and yellow candles, in decorative glass votives – as this will add romance, and improve your so-

QUICK FIXES  Choose paintings that appeal to you.  Use frames of a single texture and colour, to provide cohesiveness.  To attract the right kind of people into your life, and boost your social circle, use the right kind of light in the South-West area – to give your space an instant lift. Go for paper mesh lanterns of orange, yellow, and red only.  Hang a decorative crystal chandelier in the middle of the living room.  Keep an idol of a deity directly facing the main door of your house.  To keep negative chi away, keep your house clean, open the windows every day, and let the natural light in.

cial life as well. Make sure you light them, and keep them burning, in the South-West corner of the room. Floating candles with fresh rose petals can be kept on the centre table; as this brings in a lot of positive vibrations.

Arts in Motion

Choose paintings with a single theme for your living room; be they animals, flowers portraits, or anything else. And do not purchase art because a particular artist is making waves. Buy art that touches you, one that you can relate to. Avoid abstract paintings as these may leave people a wee bit confused. Try choosing a single arresting painting; frame it ornately, and hang it under a spotlight – to bring out the positive effects and aura of the colours. Avoid previously owned items, as these can have accumulated bad chi from their past owners. Many times powerful negative energy radiates for years; and if kept close to you and your family, it can cause all types of difficult problems, illness or bad luck. You can also keep a family photograph in the living room, as this will give you a feeling of ownership. u Tarot Card Reader bhavanasharma89@yahoo.com


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he ‘Renge Art Walk’, held on 3rd and 4th March 2012 at the DLF Golf Club, was inaugurated by the venerable DLF Moghul K P Singh. He was presented a surprise gift – ‘A Portait Of K P Singh As A Street-Labourer’. This startling 5.5 ft x 3 ft Charcoal on Paper artwork, by the young painter Vikas Bhardwaj, depicts K P Singh as a humble, elderly mazdoor – in a torn t-shirt, his head laden with mitti and bricks. The ship-shape DLF Gateway Building acts  as a dramatic backdrop. As the daring artist Bhardwaj explained to me, “I wanted the world to see that many humble hands have built Gurgaon: that we must all respect one another.” Amid gasps, a wave of approving laughter, and a sharp, apt comment from the audience - “those must be gold bricks !” - the 80-year-young KPS mockingly complained that he was not that old. He then proceeded to entertain his audience with apocryphal anecdotes about his meeting and association with artist M F Husain.  After the revelry at the inauguration, it was time to face some harsh realities, in the form of Nature’s relentless energies - forces that affect even art-kismet.  In the course of Day One at the 3-km-long Art Walk - that contained over a thousand artworks in the open - on a

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blazing hot day, the windspeed was so strong that many beautifully-painted canvasses were swept off ! Art is a precious commodity. Simple cloth tents, awnings, and gazeboes could have been constructed for the 2-day display. Day Two of the Walk had some of the artworks laid out on the grass. There were powerful sculptures and hundreds of sensitive paintings, created by many divinely-gifted, humble, visionary minds. While most of the artists were young, emerging art-students, there were seniors too. Rearing Horse and Elephant, two 300-kg-weight deep

balck sculptures, constructed painstakingly from recycled metal and rubber car-tyres, by Sukhant Parigrehe from Mumbai, stood as a striking centrepiece.  Adira Andlay’s stylised, dark bronze sculpture, Death by Silence, was no less powerful.  Young sculptor Gauri’s bright-yellow acrylic pop-art statue of a girl was rivetting.  And there were scores of eloquent and beautiful paintings, in a myriad styles, showing immense promise. There was the 13-year old student, Meher Singh’s, wonderful garden-scapes; and the deaf, impaired artists - the Shukla brothers’ - intricate, realistic collages from Mumbai.  Among the most skilful draughtsmen at the show was young and unassuming Meena Devi - a tribal art-student from Manipur - whose vivid, romantic and figurative portrayals of her childhood days bore the panache and emotion of a mature painter.

From Kolkata, senior maverick painter Asit Poddar presented three of his quintessential Expressionist landscapes, inspired by Souza and other leading Modernists.  Alan Dougans, an Australian engineer domiciled in Gurgaon, sportingly showed his Indian heritage-photos, subtly transferred onto canvas. From the Emirates, Jyoti Nagpal displayed lovely Impressionist-inspired landscapes, in a vintage French mode. An MA in French Literature from Boston, Mrs Nagpal is a selftaught artist, who applies a unique mode of ‘wet-on-wet’ layers to her oil-paintings.  Pooja Manchanda’s charming, colourful tileartworks brought a touch of Mediterranean whimsy to the dusty walkways. A bright-yellow abstract canvas by the Triveni student, Sangeeta Singh, was picked-up as a purchase by K P Singh, on his walk.     The timing (more in winter), and the “props”, I am sure would be better the next time round.  The concept of an open-air Art Walk (specially featuring young artists) was interesting. u Artist, Writer, & Curator

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The New Destination

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tanding at the top of a high-rise, I view a 7-km long Sohna Road, surrounded by golden dusty lanes. The movement of vehicles reflects the mood of the road. The construction sites on both sides of the road reveal its future. The sun is shinning on Sohna Road; it is on its way to becoming the next hotspot of Gurgaon. Friday Gurgaon takes you on the journey of Sohna Road.

From Crops to Road

Three decades ago, the land around Sohna Road was just another verdant paddy land. Areas such as Malibu Towne, South City II, and Uppal South End were cloaked in expansive groves. But by the time the late 1990’s had rolled in, residential complexes began to sprout. Townships, offices, and malls made their way. People from all parts of the City were beginning a move towards Sohna Road – that offered economical

“As you drive from the National Highway to the Sohna Road, the first thing that strikes you is that everything is in disorder. Roads are bad, medians are broken, there are no street lights, no pedestrians sidewalks, no signals, inadequate parking, and no public transportation. One hardly finds a traffic constable on the road. It is only the real estate boom that Sohna Road is cashing on; that too is a product of the private sector (to overcome the inadequacies of the government),” says Rajender Yadav, Councillor of the area. residential space. “The Road was like a muddy pit where man, beast, and nature engaged. There was hardly any vehicular movement. During the rainy season, we used boats to travel to areas like Badshapur and beyond. Gradually, trees were mowed down, and the land was flattened, to make way for life around Sohna Road,” reveals Nawab Singh, a resident of Islampur village, who has been living in the area for the past 45 years.

An Unplanned Boom

Over the last decade, shiny new buildings, townships, shopping malls, and schools sprouted along the Road. There has been no plan for facilitating the easy movement of traffic; or for creating better living conditions around the road. Some five years ago, the one-lane road

was divided to make a two-lane road. In May 2011, HUDA announced a plan for Sohna Road; and then a Master Plan this year. There is a long way to go, as not even the first phase of the project has been initiated. “As you drive from the National Highway to the Sohna Road, the first thing that strikes you is that everything is in disorder. Roads are bad, medians are broken, there are no street lights, no pedestrians sidewalks, no signals, inadequate parking, and no public transportation. One hardly finds a traffic constable on the road. It is only the real estate boom that Sohna Road is cashing on; that too is a product of the private sector (to overcome the inadequacies of the government),” says Rajender Yadav, Councillor of the area. As per the new Master Plan, Sohna Road will be upgraded to a 6-lane road. Also, there will be bus stops, foot bridges, zebra crossings at various intersections, and iron fencing on the median. More-

over, the stretch between National Highway and Badshahpur will cut across the Southern Peripheral Road. This stretch will have more high-rises and shopping complexes. However, till the time these projects come on the floor, the lack of proper planning and the shortcuts taken by builders, will result in nightmares on the road. “There has been a constant increase in vehicular movement on Sohna Road. Trucks and dumpers, loaded with construction materials, make the situation worse. If you look at the figures, on an average this road witnesses one accident per day. Not only traffic remains a difficult task, but even finding clean air to breath has become impossible,” says Raman Sharma, President of the Progressive Forum of Gurgaon. Raman has filed an RTI application for providing civic amenities to Gurgaonites.

MG Road vs. Sohna Road

As a new road, Sohna Road may

not have the character and soul of the roads like MG Road and Golf Course Road; but it is well on its way. That is why Sohna Road is now marketed as the future MG Road. “In the area around Sohna Road that barely existed 10 years ago, there are now over half a dozen shopping malls, and some of the most popular restaurants. The advantage of Sohna Road, over MG Road and Golf Course Road, is that there is stiff competition among multiple builders. This has helped in keeping the property price low, and consequently a higher rate of occupancy,” says a property dealer. The arrival of renowned brands, such as Shoppers Stop, McDonalds, Pizza Vito, and Bikanerwala, are likely to bring a lot of shoppers. When asked about the customer response to the newly opened Shoppers Stop on the Sohna Road, a manager reveals, “Since the launch, the store on Sohna Road has seen unprecedented flow of customers – from nearby townships like South City II, Nirvana, and Malibu Towne. While most of the customer base has been within the four km radius, we have also started receiving an inflow of shoppers from Manesar and Sohna town.” For Priyanka, a resident of Vatika Tower, the influx of the top brands and restaurants on Sohna Road has proved to be a blessing. “We always felt cut-off from the rest of the City, due to the unavailability of some basic stuff in this area. Thankfully, the situation is getting better. But, lack of hospitals and schools in this area is still an issue.” While the arrival of new townships and more brands bodes well for the people of nearby areas, those living in villages like Islampur, Badshahpur, Fazilpur, and Khatola, are upset over the infrastructural development. “Swanky malls and luxurious cars don't bring any business for us. We are, in fact, losing in terms of civic amenities. The arrival of townships has cast a gloom over the development of villages. There is no sewerage system. Builders are encroaching our lands. Recent development around the Sohna Road has added to our woes,” says Nawab Singh. The developments of the MG Road and Golf Course Road are both a model, and a cautionary tale. Sohna Road must emulate the growth, but avoid the dysfunction. Also, the authorities can't bring about lasting reform overnight. “The major reason why authorities are dysfunctional here is the lack of initiative by residents. People don't have the time to file complaints. It is important to realize that the will to change rests with us. The solution is present in us. Let us begin by raising our voice,” guides Raman Sharma. u


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A Different High

 Contd from p 1 exam, and obtained professional certification to become a coach. “I also played professional golf for four years, and enjoyed the game as a player,” he says. “Golf has given me everything. If it was not for golf I would have been working in one of the factories in Gurgaon,” he asserts. He says his family and friends, including his wife, have been a great support in his journey; although no one believed that he could become a successful man through golf. “Golf is in my veins. You come and see the world class machines and trained manpower I have, for coaching and maintaining courses. I believe we can be the best in the world, provided we get the opportunities; and we are ready to struggle for what we want”, says Rambir Sehrawat.

Brew my passion

Ishan Grover wanted to stand out from the crowd of doctors and engineers, that he feels are typical of the Indian middle class. His father, who works in Pepsi, also wanted him to work in the production industry – specifically into the quality aspects. “When I came to know about the course in brewing being offered by Herriot Watt University in Scotland, I decided to pursue it. I had an interest in spirits and enjoyed drinking; so I decided, why not become a brewer,” he says. During the course, he says, the students were taught the basics of brewing, and how to ensure that the quality of produce remains the best. Presently working at the newly opened Lemp micro-brewery at Star Mall. “The raw materials come from Europe and USA, to ensure the quality is at par with Lemp USA – as we are a franchisee,” he says. A beer takes at least 21 days to get ready. The concept of fresh beer that has been brewed in a day is complete hogwash. “The beauty of a micro-brewery is that we can create as many flavours as we want, (he has 6 as of now), while keeping the quality top class. The bottled beers cannot compete with us, on account of quality and variety,” It is very important for micro-breweries to maintain quality. The Lemp brewery also has a laboratory, where he carries out tests and chemical analysis – to ensure the quality of the brew is top class. His passion for brewing has also led him to double up as an online evangelist for his brewery. “I spend a lot of time online, and promote beer, and create awareness in the people,” he says. On a brewing day he spends an average 12 to 13 hours in the brewery; as the entire process of milling, malting, fermentation is manual – and requires him to oversee it through out the day. “The expressions on the faces of the customers, who sip and appreciate our beer, is my greatest kick,” says Grover. He enjoys this job, as he can start the day with a beer and close it with another one!

Cooking My High For Rupali Kalra cookery runs in her blood – as her mother also runs cooking classes in Delhi, and is quite famous. Kalra, however, started reluctantly; and it was only after her marriage that she realised her inherent talent, and decided to work on it. After working on her cooking skills for some months, and taking classes with her mother, Kalra started on her own in 2002 – when she and her husband Vipin Kalra moved to Sushant Lok in Gurgaon. “I started with a few courses, and never thought that cooking classes would become such a big part of my life,” she says with a smile – sitting besides her husband, who has constantly supported her in this role. Today she has 50 courses in her repertoire, and teaches around 300 students in a month. “I generally take 12 to 15 students in a class, and teach them five to six recipes – depending on the course on that day,” she informs. “Most of the Gurgaon women want to cook exotic dishes and cuisines, that are normally available in restaurants. In the coming days I am thinking of starting a class for the young girls interested in cooking. I am also surprised by the eagerness of girls who are just-getting-married, to learn some fine dishes – as they want to impress the in-laws,” she says with a smile. She asserts that the recipes she has fine-tuned can be learnt in a matter of days. Cooking has also given her stardom, as she has been presenting a television programme on cooking for a TV channel, for the last 2 years. “I am the host as well as the cook on this show; and it is watched by a lot of people,” she says. Cooking has given her a chance to touch the lives of people with the aroma of spices. She says that being at the right place at the right time (in the Millennium City) gave her so much of the success.

kids. “Yoga can help students to become more centred, fit and grounded,” she says. “The concentration and motor skills of the special kids improves greatly. After three months of practice, parents can witness subtle changes in their wards,” she asserts. The fees of her one-on-one class is Rs. 500 per sitting; and the fees is different for group classes. For her, yoga has been a source of fitness as well as professional satisfaction – as it gives her a chance to work at her own pace. She is currently learning a specialised form of yoga from a Chennai based school, that uses yoga for curing diseases. “I want to use my skills, for curing the diseases, to help the residents of Gurgaon,” she says.

My Yoga Mission

Inspired by her father, who was an Air Force pilot, Smita Bhavnani initially took to yoga to keep fit. But her passion soon turned into a profession, as she observed that a large number of people could be helped though this ancient technique, to stay fit and healthy. She specialised in Yoga from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, and went through an intensive course. “I spent time with experts and the learnt finer points – that helped me to help the clients,” says Bhavnani. She decided to teach yoga to children most in need i.e the differently-abled kids who are suffering from Autism, nerve and motor disorders, and Attention Deficit Syndrome. “After moving to Gurgaon I found that there are a large number of ‘special kids’ who need help. Since Yoga can help them, I set up a studio here – and also take oneon-one classes with these kids,” says Bhavnani. She teaches around 50 kids in a month, and also visits a number of schools in Gurgaon to teach yoga to the

My Gender Fitness

The idea of women having their own gym and health club had few takers – till Manisha Ahlawat came up with Vivafit, a Portugal based fitness studio company that caters exclusively to the fair sex. Ahlawat, who has worked in leading retail companies in India and the United States, says that she wanted to do something on her own. “I got my MBA from Atlanta in USA. Despite working for the corporate sector, there was an inherent desire to become an entrepreneur,” she says. Doing something different, and with passion, was her criteria for branching out. Surprisingly, it was her father who inspired her to work in the fitness space – as he observed that there was need for such a service in Gurgaon. “I explored various options, and it was only after discovering Vivafit that I finalised my future game plan. I went to Portugal, and understood this new concept,” she says. The firm provides world class customer service, sales and support to its franchisees. Vivafit caters to the specific needs of women – from as young as 14 years, to those who are as old as 80 years. “We have trained physiotherapists who personalise and customise the fitness regime for the members, so that they do not suffer injuries during the programme. We also take into account the medical history of members,” says Manisha. “Our members have to do just 30 minutes of specialised circuit training thrice a week, and that is enough for them. But they are also advised on eating properly, and adding proteins – while restricting fried foods,” she suggests. Manisha says the Gurgaon residents need to become more aware about their health, and learn to spend more on themselves. “Women, especially, must spend more on living healthy – whether it is going to a gym or coming to Contd on p 20 


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Education As Infrastructure PRAKHAR PANDEY

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fter making a successful foray into the coaching industry, Career Launcher – India’s premier educational corporate – is now trying to redefine the mainstream education. It would set up schools that have a blend of traditional values and holistic education. Satya Naryanan R, the young and dynamic CEO of the company, who found Career Launcher in 1995, told Friday Gurgaon about how he sees education as a transforming force for the country. “I look at education as a means to systematically transform the students, so that they can realise their potential. The broad purpose is to discover the real talent, and help a student become a better musician, painter, or an engineer,” says Satya. He has ridden the growth of the education industry quite successfully in the last 16 years. The core purpose of Career Launcher is to help people realise their potential, and achieve their goals, he says. Likewise, the Indus World Schools, being set up by his company, try to help students – by being very child-centric. When a child comes to school, he/she has to undergo three phases – Ananda, for kids at beginning of school life; Jigyasa, for students in grade 3 to 8; and Sadhna, for students in higher grades. “Students in the Gurgaon campus were recently taught the working of a ceiling fan, as part of this programme. They were taught how to repair and assemble a fan. This helps students to explore new things, and become more aware of the things around

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Vivafit. They don’t mind spending thousands on family, but when it comes to themselves, the Gurgaon women (as all women!) become stingy,” she says with a smile. Vivafit, she says, will slowly change this perception, and bring more fitness into the lives of women here. The fees at Vivafit is around Rs. 2,000 per month. Helping

us,” says Satya. He wants education to move away from rote learning, and put more emphasis on building skills that are useful for life. Satya says theirs is the only school that concentrates on lifecentric teaching, and the knowledge and skill to do so comes from the years of experience and hardwork done at Career Launcher. “We have done a lot of research at Career Launcher, and have come to know the weaknesses and strengths of Indian kids,” he asserts. Education as of now, in his opinion, is more attuned to creating clerks – as nothing much has changed since the time Macaulay created the framework for education here. The times have changed, and so have the needs of the economy. In such a scenario, education needs to become more realistic, says the CEO. “I am happy that the pattern of entrance for IITs and IIMs has changed; and there is more focus on testing the aptitude of a candidate,” says Satya. He emphasises that change will

come slowly, but definitely – as the social milieu is changing in the country. When asked about his expectations from the government, to bring about a transformation of the education sector, Satya says that the role of the government should be reduced, and more reforms be initiated. “In my view, the investment in education should be treated as creation of social infrastructure, and given special support. The companies and schools operating in this sector must be given tax rebates, as is being done to promote IT,” says Satya. He also wants the government to ensure that the entry in the education sector is made easy for entrepreneurs. Opening a school, running and managing it, should be freed from red-tape – as there is need for 20,000 schools every year in India, he says. “The Government must spend at least 5 to 6 per cent of the GDP on education; else we will be left behind,” he says. He refers to a scheme of launching 6,000

model schools in India, that has remained a non-starter. In addition to the ITI institutes, there is also need for bringing vocational education to the schools. Satya says the drop-out rate in schools is very high, because the children—especially in rural areas—do not learn skills that are essential for families to earn a livelihood. Many new developments can take place in education, if we focus on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), he says. “The private sector has the skills and ability to transform education; but the government must come up as a worthy partner, to make such programmes successful,” says Satya. When asked about the recent fiat by the Haryana education authorities, to ensure that 25 per cent of students come from weaker sections of society, Satya says that this directive is welcome, but the authorities must give the schools some leeway in implementing it. “The schools cannot shun their social commitments; but the government must not micro-manage things. We must provide education to students from the weaker sections, but there are some limitations. What the schools can do is run evening shifts for these students, using the same facilities and faculty – and ensure quality education for them,” he suggests. It is important to give options to school managements. They have to cater to parents who come from diverse backgrounds, and have very exacting demands. At the Indus World School, a lot of attention is also given to parents – so that their expectations from their wards are redefined.

Satya says that generally the parents in Gurgaon want their kids to speak fluent English, and become geniuses in Maths. “We tell the parents to take it easy, and let their children learn with the flow. Our teachers are highly trained and experienced, and they are called mentors,” he says. They are expected to bond with the children. At Indus World School, Satya says that children are treated as competent partners in learning. “We refrain from prescribing to them, and try to create a secure environment – where children can explore new things in life,” he says. The fast-changing social mores also demand that students are keen observers in life. In the coming weeks, the school is taking them to a survival camp in a village, where they will be asked to survive on Rs. 26. Why this amount? Satya says that this is the rate at which an average Indian is known to survive; and below which he is termed as living below the poverty line. “I want the kids to respect the dignity of labour, and understand the importance of small things in life – that come to some very easily; but to others are as difficult as climbing Mount Everest,” he says. An interesting point that he makes is that it is easier to deal with children, as they do not have any prejudice – as compared to some parents, who are deeply conditioned. “We have to work more with parents, and tell them to let their children be free,” he says. It is time for the education system to move away from entrance systems, and become more child-centric. “I am waiting for the day when students stop killing themselves for at least 2 years, to enter the IITs and other medical schools,” he concludes. u

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people lose weight and becoming more confident, she says, is the greatest kick she gets from this profession.

Trained To Protect

Krishan Shokeen joined the BSF to serve the country, and secure its frontiers; but due to family reasons he had to leave the force. Shokeen, a trained sol-

dier, thereafter decided to serve the society as a Personal Security Officer (PSO) – and joined the growing private security industry in Gurgaon. Presently serving at the City-based SLV Group, Shokeen has been in this profession for the last seven years. He has served with top corporates, expat CEOs, celebrities, and rich industrialists – who dot the landscape of the Millennium City. Shokeen says that every individual has different needs; and they are trained by the forces, as well as SLV, to assess an alarming situation and act accordingly. “We get trained for physical fitness, driving, and communicating with clients. This helps us immensely, and has kept me in good stead,” he says. An average day for him starts at 6 am, and ends around 7 PM. It includes picking and dropping the client to office, driving him around the City, and ensuring that he is not taking unnecessary risks. Harish Popli, Vice President, Operations, SLV Group

says that the first priority for a Personal Security Officer is to protect a client – and evacuate in case of emergency. “This is a high pressure job. The PSO needs to take care of his weapon, himself, and the client – and this requires quick thinking and action.” His company employs around 65 PSOs; who are hired by high profile clients, as well as celebrities who come to Gurgaon during events. Shokeen says that the average salary of an PSO is between Rs. 28,000 to 40,000. Most of the PSOs are ex-servicemen, who are trained at NSG or with the Special Task Forces, he informs. The greatest kick that he gets while being on the job is the comfort that he sees in his employers when he is protecting them. “Those who hire my services feel comfortable and confident, and this is our greatest reward,” he says – without removing his ‘black glasses’, as he assesses us without giving an inkling of his emotions. All part of the job, he says. u


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iz Bernina in Switzerland glints majestically in the moonlight. Like a sleeping giant, the 4,049-metre peak - the highest in the eastern Alps stands out against the backdrop of a jet black sky. The lunar light, and the stillness of the night, create an almost mystical atmosphere at the Diavolezza Berghaus hut – which lies 3,000 metres above sea level. Five times a year, skiers can sample these slopes – on the border between the Engadin valley and the Italianflavoured valley, Val Poschiavo. The impressive experience is known as “Gluena Plaina”, or Romansh for “full moon.” These days, any mention of “Gluena Plaina”—around St. Moritz and Poschiavo—is bound to refer to the nocturnal ski events, which take place on the trendy snow slopes and downhill runs of the Engadin. The night owls come out to enjoy the glistening magic. They descend the Diavolezza slopes, to the valley, under the bright light of the moon. “Skiing when there is a full moon, and without any artificial light at all has a fairytale quality to it,” says mountain guide Angelo Baggenstos – recounting the tale of “the beautiful she-devil”, after whom Diavolezza is named. Once those taking part have

Moonlighting Swiss Style Bernhard Krieger

{ Bernhard Krieger / St. Moritz/ Poschiavo, Switzerland / DPA }

SKI COURSE: Skiers can whiz down the glacier to the valley, and catch the Rhaetian Railway – for a trip to the Swiss town of Poschiavo.

CREATING MAGIC: Until springtime arrives, it is possible to ski right into the centre of the Swiss resort, St. Moritz.

got used to the pale light, and the remarkably loud sound of skis blades scraping on crisp snow, the moderately challenging course is a joy to negotiate. On cold nights, skiers might like to warm themselves up behind the Berghaus, in the loftiest outside whirlpool in the alps. The hut also offers comfortable accommodation. After a good night’s sleep, skiers can get up at sunrise, and then whiz down the glacier to the valley. They can catch the Rhaetian Railway, for a trip

to the Italian-speaking Swiss region of Val Poschiavo. In springtime the contrast between the two areas could hardly be more pronounced. Sweeping down from the fields of eternal ice on the Diavolezza, the visitor is whisked—within the space of an hour—into a little town with almost Mediterranean flair. Poschiavo nestles among the snow-capped peaks, and visitors tuck into generous portions of locally made ice cream at the

MOONLIGHT TREK: Nocturnal skiing is a big favourite on the slopes of Diavolezza.

Europe By Rail { Ingo Senft-Werner / Berlin / DPA }

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urope’s extensive and modern rail network means it can be easily explored; and for the past 40 years the InterRail ticket has offered young and old alike the cheapest method of experiencing the many high-

An indication of how accessible the InterRail ticket made Europe for budget travellers, is evidenced by the achievement of German Manfred Weis – who 25 years ago managed to travel 36,000 kilometres by rail in just four weeks. “It’s the best thing I have ever done, Uli Deck

TRAVEL LIGHT: German Manfred Weis managed to travel 36,000 kilometres by rail in just four weeks.

lights the continent has to offer. Launched on March 1, 1972, the first InterRail ticket was targeted towards backpacking students under the age of 21, travelling around Europe on a limited budget – and cost around 118 euros (158 dollars). The new concept offered freedom and adventure, as well as a cheap way to visit the great European metropoles of Paris, London, Madrid and Rome. Over 85,000 tickets were sold in the first few months of its existence, and it is estimated that around 8 million Europeans have enjoyed an InterRail holiday in the past four decades.

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alongside my eight-month long trip around the world,” he explains. The Eurail Group last year sold 248,000 tickets; but the variety of options on offer is not comparable with the original concept. Prices are based on the number of countries being visited, as well as the amount of days a person wants to travel by train. The number of countries that can be explored on an InterRail ticket has also increased over the years. The figure has risen to 30 countries today; and since 1985 it is also possible to travel by ferry in the Baltic and Medi-

terranean. There are now over 40,000 railway stations in the InterRail network, spread across the length and breadth of Europe. The advent of high-speed trains means, for example, it takes just under two hours to get from London to Paris; while Barcelona can be reached in less than three hours from the French capital. “The trains certainly travel much faster today,” agrees Weis. He is surprised that his InterRail record, which is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, has stood for so long. The arrival of low-budget air travel has seen the InterRail holiday lose its unique status; but it still remains a popular way for young people to explore Europe on a limited budget. According to the German rail company Deutsche Bahn, four out of five InterRailers are under the age of 27; while the over 60s make up just four per cent of the total. However, some young people believe that the new zoned tickets have destroyed the original InterRail concept, which allowed unlimited travel over a set period. Not surprisingly, an InterRail community has grown up over the years, and there are annual meetings across Europe. For many, travelling by rail between cities, towns and villages, and watching the world go by, also offers a much better way to explore a country than air travel. “I think it’s terrible to simply arrive at night in some airport, without actually knowing where you are,” says Weis. “I need to experience the slow arrival at my destination.” u

numerous street cafes which line stone-paved squares. These are surrounded by handsome, shuttered mansions, painted in various pastel hues. In the evenings the local speciality – Pizzocheri, a flat-ribbon pasta – is a must for gourmets. Suitably fortified guests might like to try a hike, or else hire a mountain bike, for an energetic excursion around the alpine meadows that ring Poschiavo. On the way, they can pay a daytime visit to “the beautiful she-devil.” u

Algal Bloom Spotted In Antarctica { Sid Astbury / Sydney / DPA }

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now blown into the Antarctic Ocean, from the frozen continent, has triggered an algal bloom so large—and so vividly green— it can be seen from space, media reports said Monday. The bloom, captured by Australian scientists monitoring a NASA satellite 650 kilometres above the earth, is about 100 kilometres north-tosouth, and 200 kilometres wide.

times called the “foam algae”, that is present in all the world’s oceans. Curran told Australia’s AAP news agency that the bloom had lasted 20 days so far, and would eventually dissipate. “They die off; things like bacteria come through there, and feed on the material, and then the material eventually will sink to the bottom of the ocean - whatever hasn’t been consumed by predators

UNUSUAL BLOOM: Images of the bloom were captured by Australian scientists (taken from the Modis instrument on the Terra satellite)

The snow contains minute quantities of iron, that stimulates the growth of nutrients. University of Tasmania glaciologist Mark Curran said the monster bloom had sparked a food chain, starting with krill and plankton, and going all the way up to seals and whales. The bloom is thought to be phaeocystis algae, a single-cell photosynthetic algae some-

higher up the food chain,” he said. Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division, aboard the Aurora Australia research vessel, hope to reach the bloom before it disappears. The ship left the Tasmanian port of Hobart for Australia’s Mawson Station in Antarctica, and will pass through the bloom en route. u


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What Could Upset The Apple Pie? { Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA }

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he Apple Express just keeps rolling on. This week the company, founded by Steve Jobs in 1976, became one of only six companies in history to pass the market valuation of 500 billion dollars – just a month after passing the 400-billiondollar mark. Apple is almost universally expected to keep growing. Only a third of the world’s major cellphone carriers currently offer their customers iPhones; leaving plenty of space for Apple to further expand sales, say analysts. Apple also has only a relatively muted presence in China, which it sees as its main avenue for growth; and is also devoting almost 1 billion dollars to an ambitious expansion of its high street stores. Then there are the products. Apple’s latest iPhone 4S, introduced late last year, proved to be the company’s most popular device ever. But it will be

Tech analyst Carmi Levy notes that Apple’s current success is the direct result of the vision of Steve Jobs.

superseded this year by a completely redesigned iPhone 5 – that will further spur sales. Apple fans are also squirming with anticipation about the expected announcement of the iPad 3. There’s increasingly plausible speculation about Apple’s plans to do to the TV market what it did to the markets for cellphones and PCs - completely revolutionize it with a new product that re-imagines how users interact with their device, and how

A Familiar BRIC Issue { Diana Renee / Brasilia / DPA }

Chinese Democracy { Michael Kirner and Andreas Landwehr / Beijing / DPA }

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he National People’s Congress, according to China’s constitution, is the highest state body, and the country’s only legislative house. In actuality, it is an instrument of the ruling Communist Party. - The National People’s Congress first convened in 1954, and promulgated the first constitution of the People’s Republic of China. - The body has about 3,000 members, making it the world’s largest parliament. It meets for 10 to 12 days every March, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. - The delegates are not freely elected, but chosen every five years by provincial people’s assemblies. Ethnic minorities are to receive equitable representation in the Congress. - The National People’s Congress approves laws, amends the constitution, confirms the government, approves the

budget, and discusses China’s problems. - Lively debates or controversial votes occur seldom. Important decisions are made before the Congress meets; by the party’s Central Committee and its powerful Politburo, led by party leader and state president Hu Jintao. - The Congress has yet to reject any legislation. In 1992, however, at least a third of its delegates refused to approve the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. - But the party claims it is developing “socialist democracy”, and trumpets the increasing openness of the National People’s Congress to minor debate and media access over recent years. - An annual advisory body, the 2,250-member Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, meets around the same time as the Congress, and makes recommendations to the higher forum. The Congress and the Conference are popularly known as the “two sessions.” u

Of the others, Microsoft is now worth 267 billion dollars, GE about 200 billion dollars, and Intel and Cisco about 100 billion dollars each. Tech analyst Carmi Levy notes that Apple’s current success is the direct result of the vision of Steve Jobs. While his replacement, Tim Cook, has proved an exemplary manager, he’s not known for the kind of groundbreaking innovation that Apple needs to continue its growth. “Cook can’t simply continue to extend legacy products; he needs to create legacies of his own,” Carmi told dpa. “It risks being eclipsed by hungry Android vendors with nothing to lose,” says Carmi. Add to that the organizational challenge facing Cook, in preserving Apple’s DNA and inspiring its legions of workers, and Apple could quickly lose its shine. u

Shoot And Earn { Peter Zschunke / Berlin / DPA }

lion photos. “Fotolia is good for people who want some money, as recognition for their photographic skills and publication of their work in the media; and not just virtual confirmation in social networks or communities,” explains marketing manager Murat Erimel. At Fotolia, the commission for non-exclusive pictures is between 20 and 46 per

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flood of digital pictures is taken globally every second. Some have strong personal meaning. Many others have commercial potential. It’s easier than ever for amateur photographers to try to make some cash from their snapshots – even if it’s just a small honorarium. But it’s not as easy as just snapping a picture. Different agencies have different standards, and each knows exactly what it wants. The practice of linking hobbyists with professional agencies is known as micro stocking. These internet agencies, where pictures are offered for sale, let shutterbugs get a small sum - sometimes just a few cents, but usually a few euros. And there are cases where the money is a lot better. One of the biggest movers TAKING STOCK: Taking your own digital photos of stock in the business is the Canasubjects can be a money earner. dian picture agency iStockphoto, which has belonged to Getty Im- cent of the price: with exclusive deals, it ages since 2006. Getty in itself one of the falls between 35 and 63 per cent. world’s biggest photo agencies. There are countless other similar agen“The original idea was very simple,” cies – like Dreamstime, Aboutpixel, says Sven Ole Schubert, an iStockphoto PantherMedia, Zoonar or Crestock. manager based in Berlin. “Profession“Basically, it’s important to read the al, amateur and casual photographers participation instructions thoroughare given a global platform to offer up ly, and check who keeps the copytheir work.” right,” advises Constanze Clauss of the Clients are usually small and mid-sized German Photo Industry Association. companies, bloggers, non-governmental Photographers can set their own price organizations, clubs or educational asso- for their pictures on websites like www. ciations. The basic fee for non-exclusive fotocommunity.com, where they display pictures is about 15 per cent of the sale it as one of the millions of pictures fightprice. Depending on the deal, this might ing for attention. Membership of these rise to 45 per cent, says Schubert. exchanges is generally free, but there Fotolia, a New York-based agency, may be a fee for additional functions like has a database with more than 14 mil- offering pictures for sale. u Kai Remmers

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razilian authorities announced new measures aimed at halting the appreciation of the country’s real currency against the dollar. “We are indeed worried about this monetary tsunami caused by developed countries, which are not using fiscal policies to expand investment capacity – but instead pour 4.7 trillion dollars onto the world,” said Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. She complained further about a “currency war based on an expansionist monetary policy.” Rousseff accused industrialized nations of compensating their “fiscal rigidity with a monetary policy that is absolutely inconsistent from the point of view of its repercussions in international markets.” Earlier, the Brazilian government announced that tax on financial operations, which currently imposes a 6 per cent levy on foreign funds that leave the country within two years, will from now on be applied to funds borrowed abroad that exit Brazil within three years. “We are discouraging the entrance to Brazil of short-term capital. This is because today there is excessive li-

quidity in the international market. There is too much money,” said Finance Minister Guido Mantega. Mantega noted that Rousseff would keep defending the country from an international environment that stimulates imports, and provokes a loss of competitiveness for Brazilian exports. “Monetary expansion policies devaluate the currencies of other countries, and cause an appreciation of Brazil’s currency. The government will not just stand there watching the currency war. We have to defend ourselves,” Mantega said. He said, however, that now restrictive measures would be adopted to halt the arrival of foreign funds, either to productive activities or the stock exchange. “The government has no plans to tax foreign direct investment. We have not done it now and we have no intention to do it. It is healthy to have foreign direct investment in Brazil, because it creates jobs and pays taxes. We also think that the capital market is positive to grant firms cheap financing,” Mantega explained. He also stressed that the Rousseff government intends to stick to the floating exchange rate that is currently in place, for all its shortcomings. u

content providers serve them. The company’s efforts so far with the iTV have certainly been underwhelming; but Jobs hinted before his death that he believed he had cracked the TV conumdrum. Such initiatives have prompted giddy predictions about the company’s future. Yet, for all the cheering, there are some worrisome clouds in Apple’s blue sky. Due to a combination of hubris, changing markets, and insularity, many previous giants have fallen from peaks that at the time seemed unassailable. Exxon is the only previous company to pass the 500 billion mark and retain anything even close to that value.

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It’s not city up to 500 cusecs (approxithe Gurgaon Water Channel. tankers. In short, private water coming back any time soon. mately 323 mgd). That should be The Basai Plant has four minsupply. iature lakes or ‘tanks’. From the The situation is the same enough to supply all the city’s tanks, the water undergoes exwhen extracting groundwa- water demands.â€? tensive treatment and chlorinaOf course, there are many ter. It’s like we’re ‘waterThe scenario tion, to purify it for human conAll of this means that the mining’. So if the city con- assumptions here. First, that sumption. “The plant pumps out groundwater level of Gurgaon tinues to get water from the there will be enough water in 45 mgd, or near about 170 milis depleting at an alarming rate. ground, it’s going to hit ‘rock- the canal, to provide the inlion litres of water a day (mld), As Treasurer of the Society for bottom’. 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