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Happenings

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Chat

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Foodie

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News You Can Use: What’s in today

In conversation with Maxwell Pereira

An Italian style cafe at your service

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Resident Corner

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Getaway

Visit the heartland of Buddhism: Leh-Ladakh

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Happenings

NEWS YOU CAN

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RESIDENTS’ CALL The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has come up with a novel scheme to involve residents in developmental work being carried out by it. The Corporation will constitute citizen supervisory committees to monitor the process and execution of development work in their areas. Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Khullar said instead of calling Detailed Notice Inviting Tenders for development work in Gurgaon.

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With a frequency of 20 minutes, the bus will surely prove a boon for the residents

DLF starts shuttle bus service for Phase V GURGAON: DLF has launched an air-conditioned shuttle bus service for residents of Phase V. Inaugurating the service, Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) asked residents to avail themselves of the bus service to reduce traffic chaos on the roads. Two buses will ply on two routes, connecting all residential buildings in Phase V to South Point mall. Each bus has a capacity of 20 people. Offered free of charge to the residents of DLF Phase V, the shuttle service will operate at a frequency of 20 minutes. A detailed route map has been provided to residents for this. The service will be available from 11am to 8pm. GURGAON: DLF has launched an air-conditioned shuttle bus service for residents of Phase V. Inaugurating the service, Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) asked residents to avail themselves of the bus service to reduce traffic chaos on the roads. Two buses will ply on two routes, connecting all residential buildings in Phase V to South Point mall. Each bus has a capacity of 20 people. Offered free of charge to the residents of DLF Phase V, the shuttle service will operate at a frequency of 20 minutes. A detailed route map has been provided to residents for this. The service will be available from 11am to 8pm.

Hi-tech surveillance system in place Gurgaon’s DLF Phase V will soon have high-powered cameras installed at various locations, which will keep an eye on public movement and provide live coverage to the police. DLF Limited on Wednesday unveiled a hi-tech electronic surveillance system of about 18 cameras backed by wireless systems, the feeds from which will be monitored at a 24-hour control room. The company plans to expand the surveillance to other DLF areas in the future. Interestingly, DLF’s surveillance scheme comes at a time when the much-hyped project of the Gurgaon Police to install CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) cameras.


Mock drill in Gurgaon A mock drill was conducted in Gurgaon on July 20 by the Haryana state and district administration in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to test the level of preparedness for an earthquake, an official said on Saturday. A mock drill was conducted in Gurgaon on July 20 by the Haryana state and district administration in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to test the level of preparedness for an earthquake, an official said on Saturday. A mock drill was conducted in Gurgaon on July 20 by the Haryana state and district administration in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to test the level of preparedness for an earthquake, an official said on Saturday.

Haryana allocates ` 900 crore for Metro work in Gurgaon

The Haryana government Monday approved allocation of ` 900 crore (` 9 billion) for metro rail-link project in the IT city of Gurgaon. The metro-link will connect Delhi’s Sikanderpur station to national highway no.8 in Gurgaon. The total length of the line is 1.2 km on double track and 3.7 km on single track. There will be six stations on this stretch, an official said. Gurgaon, a suburb of Delhi, is linked with the national capital through two major roads - the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (MG Road) and Delhi-Jaipur highway.

11 new tourism projects for Haryana Aiming to boost tourism prospects in Haryana, the state government has decided to establish 11 new projects under public-private partnership at various places, including famous tourist destinations like Surajkund and Karna Lake near Karnal.

Corporates fuel radio taxi business

Radio taxi business is booming in the national capital region (NCR) and Delhi as a result of increasing demand citizens to commute between the Capital and its satellite towns. Taxi service providers say that corporate culture of NCR is driving their businesses to new heights. Meru Cab Pvt Ltd, which has its office in Dwarka said that they have grown almost three times in the past.

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Chat

THE OTHER SIDE OF

A highly decorated former officer of the elite Indian Police Service, Maxwell Pereira has been at the forefront of managing tough law and order situations, disciplining frenzied traffic situations, and even teaching in prestigious national institutions in India and elsewhere. Known for his no-nonsense approach to curbing anti-social elements and rioters and for bringing order to chaotic conditions on city roads in Delhi, he belongs to the Union Territories Cadre of the prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS). He has worked with the Delhi, Sikkim, Mizoram and Puducherry police in various capacities, specialising in criminology, administration, traffic management/ road safety, and in management of public offices, productivity and personnel. When he retired, he had nine national and four regional awards adorning the lapel of his uniform, making him one of the most highly decorated police officers in India. A thoroughbred field officer with a reputation for taking the bull by the horns, he is the recipient of the Indian Police Medal for Gallantry (1979), the Police Medal for Meritorious Services (1987) and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services (1995).

POLICING In conversation with retired IPS officer Maxwell Pereira who brought semblance to the roads of the National Capital WO RD SACHIN KUM A R

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Chat You have done a lot for managing traffic in Delhi and yet, it doesn’t seem enough. What problems do you encounter in managing traffic in the city? Problems are immense on many fronts that sometimes we feel handicapped for solutions. Delhi has got more vehicles than all three metros combined. About two million vehicles come in the city every day from outside leading to congestion on the roads, parking issues and problems keep multiplying. The length of the roads mostly remains inelastic, of course infrastructure keeps developing in the form of flyovers or metro but it is not sufficient for the city. However, the biggest problem we face is low fines for traffic rules violations. Commonwealth Games (CWG) was a high point for traffic management in recent history. Despite the claim by the traffic police and the government in Delhi, CWG was as big a failure as it was a success because people did not venture out of fear. No, I would beg to differ. We were working on the penalty system since three to four months before the Games. We received the notification around September 20 allowing us to impose fine from September 22. Before the notification came, we had prepared our staff and people by extensive trials of the lane movement before the Games actually began. For trials we started with a strategy of least dislocation in the beginning. Deliberately we commenced trials on a Sunday between 11am

It is correct that despite appreciable decline in overall accidents, fatal accidents involving DTC buses have gone up. We have communicated to DTC that being a government owned public transport agency, its track record on safety has to be of the highest standards. The DTC staff, particularly bus drivers, has to observe all traffic rules and possibility of accidents should be virtually non-existent. They have been given a strict warning by DTC management that if drivers make mistakes, the responsibility lies solely with the drivers in their personal capacity

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and 1pm when the traffic is minimum to have least disruption. The idea was to familiarise people about the way the traffic would move during the Games. But commuters complained… I would say that to an extent our message of difficult situation on the roads was deliberate. After trying out our trials on Sundays, we moved to Saturdays – again a lean period and then, to non-peak hours on weekdays. It worked. Ultimately, after three to four weeks we graduated to morning-evening peak hours on selected roads. It definitely had effect because once you take away one-third of the road, the roads naturally get congested. There were absolutely difficult situations where everything was cramped while the Games’ lane was virtually empty. But the trials made people realise that at least for three weeks during the Games and one week before that, things will be difficult. Our strategy was to educate, give people alternatives, start with lean day and give a lot of information through advisories. We never prosecuted anybody for games lane violation till virtually the Games started. It was more of education and information. We also worked for closure of educational institutions, commercial complexes and court complexes during the time of the Games.

Because of extended holidays many people moved out of Delhi. That reduced the base volume of traffic for us. When you came, you also started placing your traffic cops at intersections which wasn’t happening earlier. Does the effort continue? Yes. My emphasis is on better traffic management and reducing fatality on roads. It has come down by 10% last year and we are targetting 10% again this year. Yet, DTC buses have led to 21 fatal accidents from January to March this year… It is correct that despite appreciable decline in overall accidents, fatal accidents involving DTC buses have gone up. We have communicated to DTC that being a government owned public transport agency, its track record on safety has to be of the highest standards. The DTC staff, particularly bus drivers, has to observe all traffic rules and possibility of accidents should be virtually nonexistent. They have been given a strict warning by DTC management that if drivers make mistakes, the responsibility lies solely with the drivers in their personal capacity. Having said that, I would also like to draw attention to the point that DTC fleet has virtually doubled as there was a large scale induction of buses and drivers during the CWG. n

The two major reasons for road fatalities are drunken driving and rash driving of private commercial vehicles that enter the city at night

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Foodie

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ITALIAN STYLE CAFE AT

YOUR SERVICE The verb mangiare means ‘to eat’ in Italian. Bahi The Pub is an apt name for an Italian style cafe. It’s a cafe in every sense, which is first ref lected in the casual, cool decor with wooden f loors and hot pizzas WORD S AC H IN K U M AR

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hey start off with breakfast with a variety of eggs to order, available till 7 pm. Prices are ludicrously low with egg dishes starting at Rs 100. The deli section consists of sandwiches and burgers on home-made breads (whole wheat/ white/ panini/baguette) with exotic and traditional fillings as well as the alltime favourite fish and chips. Pizzas are cooked in a brick oven fired with mango and rubber wood. The fast selling barbecue chicken with roasted bell peppers and jalapenos is quite a winner. They also have a very good four cheese pizza and one with Italian sausage as well as calzone — a folded stuffed pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, onion, mushroom and roasted zucchini. We had the rucola salad with roasted bell peppers asparagus and pears in a balsamic dressing and the watermelon and feta salad. Both were freshly tossed and portions


quite generous. Most of the anti pasti dishes are quite heavy but the mushroom aglio olio was quite flavourful. Despite being an ‘Italian’ style cafe, they take liberties with dishes like fondue and Jamaican jerk shrimp. Do try their unusual risotto, one cooked with beer and Italian sausage, another flamed with prawn and lobster and yet another vegetarian flamed with champagne. Plus & minus The main course menu is brief with a competent stuffed chicken breast and grilled

polenta for vegetarian. Dessert is more international that Italian with (predictably) Philadelphia cheesecake reigning supreme. The only place I can really fault this trendy young cafe is on their espresso. Perhaps they need to look at sourcing of the beans. Italian cuisine has developed over the centuries. Although the country known as Italy did not unite until the 19th century, the cuisine can claim traceable roots as far back as the 4th century BCE. Through the centuries, neighboring regions, conquerors, high-profile chefs, political upheaval and the discovery

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Bahi The Pub 3rd floor, South Point Mall, Near GENPACT, Golf Course Road, Sector 53, Gurgaon Tel: 0124-6468201, 9971091022 Timings: 1 pm-12 midnight Cost: Approx ` 2,000 for two (without alcohol), VAT and service charges extra Facilities: • Live music • Outdoor seating • Smoking area • Wi-Fi

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of the New World have influenced one of the premiere cuisines in the world. The first known Italian food writer was a Greek Sicilian named Archestratus from Syracuse in the 4th century BCE. He wrote a poem that spoke of using “top quality and seasonal” ingredients. He said that flavors should not be masked by spices, herbs or other seasonings. He placed importance on simple preparation of fish. This style seemed to be forgotten during the 1st century CE when De re coquinaria was published with 470 recipes calling for heavy use of spices and herbs. The Romans employed Greek bakers to produce breads and imported cheeses from Sicily as the Sicilians had a reputation as the best cheese makers. The Romans reared goats for butchering, and grew artichokes and leeks. Food preservation was either chemical or physical, as refrigeration did not exist. Meats and fish would be smoked, dried or kept on ice. Brine and salt were used to pickle items such as herring, and to cure pork. Root vegetables were preserved in brine after they had been parboiled. Other means of preservation included oil, vinegar or immersing meat in congealed, rendered fat. For preserving fruits, liquor, honey and sugar were used. Each area has its own specialties, primarily at regional level, but also at provincial level. The differences can come from a bordering country (such as France or Austria), whether a region is close to the sea or the mountains, and economics. Italian cuisine is also seasonal with priority placed on the use of fresh produce. Simplicity is central to the Tuscan cuisine. Legumes, bread, cheese, vegetables, mushrooms and fresh fruit are used. A good example would be ribollita, a notable Tuscan soup whose name literally means “reboiled”. Like most Tuscan cuisine, the soup has peasant origins. It was originally made by reheating (i.e. reboiling) the leftover minestrone or vegetable soup from the previous day. There are many variations but the main ingredients always include leftover bread, cannellini beans and inexpensive

The first known Italian food writer was a Greek Sicilian named Archestratus from Syracuse in the 4th century BCE. He wrote a poem that spoke of using ‘top quality and seasonal’ ingredients vegetables such as carrot, cabbage, beans, silverbeet, cavolo nero (Tuscan kale), onion and olive oil. A regional Tuscan pasta known as pici resembles thick, grainy-surfaced spaghetti, and is often rolled by hand. White truffles from San Miniato appear in October and November. High-quality beef, used for the traditional Florentine steak, come from the Chianina cattle breed of the Chiana Valley and the Maremmana from Maremma. The region is well-known for its rich game, especially wild boars, hares and pheasant that often are used to prepare pappardelle dishes. Regional desserts include panforte (prepared with honey, fruits and nuts), ricciarelli (biscuits made using an almond base with sugar, honey and egg white), and cavallucci. n


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Resident Corner

HEARTLAND OF

BUDDHISM DLF Phase V resident Mrityunjay Jha’s maiden visit to Leh-Ladakh was eventful. Not only did the graphic designer get to experience the beauty of the place, he also met some wonderful and helpful people in the hills W O RDS NE HAR IKA M ATHUR

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rik, Shozeb and I set off on our two day trip to the Nubra Valley early the next morning - around 7 am. Nubra means green and it’s a very fertile valley. It was to be a five hour drive going all the way up to Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world then down to the Valley. We were all excited about it. You need a permit to go to most places from Leh, there are a couple of checkpoints along the way. Erik’s permit showed him traveling with a Swede and two Canadians! I guess they don’t read these things too closely. The permits are organised by the taxi guys. I had heard so much about Khardung La that I couldn’t wait to get there. We set off driving up a mountain, quite slowly as the narrow road encircling the mountain began to get lined with snow. What makes this journey treacherous in winter is that the snow makes the tires slip. Most of traffic at this time consisted of trucks, regular and plenty of army ones. It was good we left early or we would have been stuck behind lots of traffic as most of the trucks begin to slip and cannot cover the incline easily. Despite that, we had our fair share of stopping as vehicles kept stalling along the way. Our own vehicle swung 40 degrees to the left ie the edge of the road at one point due to the slush and since I was sitting in front, it was scary! Chains on tyres are a must. Throughout the climb, we could feel the air getting thinner and the temperature dropping. The bends are all hairpin but thankfully traffic flows one way on one day and the opposite way on the next. Ultimately, we reached the top! From

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The Destik Monastery

11,000 feet (Leh) to 18,380 feet, Khardung La (La means pass) is snow covered and the temperature that morning must have been zero or just below zero! Even I couldn’t resist having a glass of hot chai – that’s all one get there in an army run canteen. The souvenir shop plus museum (yes, there was a shed with a sign) was closed since it was off season. I did envy the army guys with their snow boots because I slipped and fell flat on my butt at one point. After spending 10 odd minutes there (since it’s basically a pass, there isn’t anything to do there), we began the descent to head to the valley.The landscape changed, and soon we were out of the snow, heading towards the valley just below, passing along the Shyok River. We stopped at Khalsar village for lunch. Driving down into the valley, we were now on a huge river bed that had dried up many, many years ago. The river does flow, but not as wide as the bed is. There are actually two rivers, Nubra and Shyok and soon enough, there we were, at the sand dunes! Yes, Nubra Valley has sand dunes and double humped camels though we didn’t see any at the time. The mini desert has camel safaris in summer. It was quite a view, snow capped mountains around and the wide expanse of the valley with the sand dunes and sea buck thorn bushes. If it wasn’t for the snowy mountains, you could believe you were in Rajasthan. From here we headed to our stay for the night, Hotel Yarob Tso in Tiggur village in Nubra Valley. Highly recommended, it’s a lovely place, the family lives in an extension of the guest house and we had dinner and

breakfast the next morning in their beautiful living room. Before heading Yarob Tso though, we stopped off at the Deskit monastery, the oldest and largest in this area, built in 1420 AD. We also headed to Panamik, near Tiggur, for the hot water springs. They have two bathing rooms into which the hot water has been channelled. The two “boys” headed off for their natural water shower. I didn’t do this, I know the water is hot, but it’s still very cold outside! We even walked over the hill to see the other side of the hot water spring, where it’s much hotter and according to Rigzin, one can boil eggs in that water. After heading back to the hotel, Shozeb and I went for a walk, Erik was in his room meditating (yes, he has learnt it). We tried unsuccessfully to find a bottle of mineral water and a packet of chips. Most of the smaller towns and villages don’t stock mineral water in winter as the water freezes and the bottle bursts. We all stayed up late, chatting about everything from Dalrymple to Tibet to scientific research (Shozeb is a doctor involved in cancer research in England, Erik is a tree planter and works in parks as also in a cemetery in Canada, his home). It was quite refreshing, especially since both of them had very different points of view. The next morning, we set off at six to see a monastery that Shozeb had spotted. He is also writing a book on monasteries so he is really interested in seeing them all and taking tonness of photos. This particular monastery in Charasa village has almost been abandoned.

Before heading Yarob Tso though, we stopped off at the Deskit monastery, the oldest and largest in this area, built in 1420 AD. Then on, we headed to Panamik

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The monastery itself had an old world charm, and like the older ones, it blended with its surroundings as it was predominantly beige and white It’s situated on a rock across the river bed, and in several places the river is frozen but in the places where it’s flowing, the locals have constructed make shift bridges made of twigs. And they begin to shake as soon as you step on them. It’s quite a balancing act! I needed help from the locals both to and fro as the swaying got to me. While the water isn’t that deep, it’s extremely cold and I didn’t fancy death by hypothermia. The monastery itself had an old world charm, and like the older monasteries, it blended with its surroundings as it was predominantly beige and white. The newer ones shout out yellow and red and don’t quite

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Thikse Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect

have the same charm. Driving back through Charasa village, I also took what I thought was the best photo of the entire trip, a villager out with his herd in the morning, the animals kicking up dust and catching the sun rays. From there it was back to Leh via Khardungla. More trucks stalling and slipping, some needing to be pushed, and eventually we arrived back safely. The driver was extremely calm through all the winding roads and the slipping tyres, must say we were lucky to have him. After a 20-minute chat we continued, downhill this time. At one point we had run out of drinking water, and asked Trashi to stop

at the next shop. He did better. He stopped at the next stream instead, where we collected water in our bottles. Trust me when I say that water doesn’t get purer than this. And it is plentiful in Ladakh! Who needs mineral water. We were now getting into Tangtse valley. We started getting glimpses of the wildlife here – wild ass, horses and ibex. The landscape started showing hints of sand in addition to the normal streams and mountains. We even saw a small frozen lake. We rolled into Pangong by noon (well, not literally). I almost lost my senses when I saw the beauty of the place. I didn’t know whether to take snaps or take in the scenery or to shout


The statue of Maitreya Buddha

out aloud with sheer exhilaration of seeing this unimaginably scenic place. There was a half hour photo session here when the cameras must have been breathless, poor things. Most tourists make a day trip to Pangong. After a few hours by the lake, at the “main area” (I don’t know what else to call it), they return back to Leh. Not us. We had booked ourselves at the Water Camp which is a 20 minute ride further down the lake shore. On our way there, we helped a Tata Safari that was stuck in the sand to break free. Our good deed for the day done, we arrived at the camp around 1, just in time for lunch. Our accommodation consisted of a single tent with attached bathroom – a luxury I say! Lunch and a short rest later, we set out for a long walk along the lake. It was the most amazing experience – taking in the multiple shades of blue and green that the lake assumed, the absolutely bare mountains on the other side, the cotton-white clouds hovering just above, the breeze. What I loved most about it was the isolation. Not a soul in sight, no fixed “destination” to walk to. Just three friends in the lap of mother nature. It turned out to be quite a long walk. We returned to camp only around 6:30. The light was still strong. But about an hour later as the sun started going down, it started getting really chilly. The wind was picking up by now and that only sent the mercury further down. We got into our warm clothes and were enjoying the serenity when dinner was ready. The dinner tent was surprisingly warm on the inside. There’s nothing like a bowl of steaming hot soup in these conditions, I tell you. We wanted to mingle with the others in the camp but were too tired. In what would be a “trend” for most of the trip, we turned in pretty early and by 10 we were fast asleep. n www.dlf.in  November 2012

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REAL TASTE OF

INDIA

Want a break from the hustle-bustle of city life? Then head to Pratapgarh Farms and enjoy your weekend in its serene and cool rural environs WORDS NEH ARI K A M AT H U R

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ocated just 46 km away from Gurgaon, Pratapgarh Farms is a welcome refuge from the city madness. Spread over an area of 12 acres of lush green, it presents rural life in its colorful best. It gives you an opportunity to break free from the mundane urban lifestyle and experience the real India which, it is said, resides in the villages. It’s like surrendering yourself to the enticing natural beauty and rediscover your roots. Just the ideal place to bring a breeze of fresh air in your busy life. Get to taste the real flavour of rural India with activities like adventure, entertainment, sports, heritage, cuisine, dresses, handicraft… let your students witness the myriad hues of rural India under one roof. Facilites at Pratapgarh include field volley ball, badminton and kite flying, village games like kanchee golee, gulee-danda, pithoo, stappoo, soccer, cricket, shooting gulel, air gun, darts, archery, tug-of-war, singing and dancing, mud and

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Visitors can indulge in various activities at Pratapgarh Farms

tube well both, camel and bullock cart riding and tractor rides, spider net, Burma bridge and valley crossing.

project works. We have the infrastructure to assist students hone their skills in varied subjects.

Day picnic At Pratapgarh Farms, there’s no room for boredom. Take your pick from a wide range of fun and adventure facilities and make every moment memorable. Pratapgarh Farms also organised birthday party, family get together parties, wedding parties, get-togethers and lot of fun with natural and enjoyble enviornment.

Facilities at a glance At Pratapgarh Farms & Resort there’s no room for boredom. Take your pick from a wide range of fun and adventure facilities and make every moment memorable.

Learn while you have fun More than fun and adventure, Pratapgarh Farms & Resort offers a platform to carry out

Dining Relish food served with warmth and love. Chakki-fresh atta (freshly ground flour from

Projects Gardening and nursery, agricultural activities, crop rotation, horticulture, dairy farming, poultry farming, mushroom cultivation, bee Feast for your heart Chakki fresh foods, pure desi ghee, farm fresh keeping, waste management, organic farming vegetables and milk served hot from traditional and manure production, brick making, pottery chulhas- a completely different gastronomical making with master craftsman, fishery, weaving, clay modelling, art and sculpture. experience is in the waiting for you.

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the best local grain), farm fresh vegetables, combined with local favourites - Makkhan (white butter), chhach (butter milk), desi ghee(clarified butter) and selected masalas (spices) produce a treat of fresh flavour and a uniquely different taste -- a culinary experience you would like to savour for a long time. The farm is located in close vicinity of Delhi within the National Capital region and yet in the countryside that has retained its typical rural flavor for centuries. The cuisines are a combination of the simple and yet nourishing food of the hard working farmers, the enterprising migrant Punjabi business community and influences from Rajasthan. No alarms Wake up to the cooing of a rooster. For a change, you don’t have to run with time. Go for a barefoot jog, feed the pigeons, warm up in an akhara, visit the dairy or paddle down the muddy alleys on a bicycle. n www.dlf.in  November 2012

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Sporting Events

TEEING OFF IN

NEW STYLE Gurgaon has emerged as a special destination for the sport which has resulted in a number of international tournaments being held here WO R D SAC H I N K UM A R

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Country Club Manesar Club Classic Resort

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HAT does it take for a city to be dubbed as a golf destination? Acres of lush green courses dotting the city; citizens passionate about the game; recurring PGA (professional golfers’ association) championships or; 24X7 facilities for swinging the club? Gurgaon boasts of it all, and what more the Millennium City will soon be the first hub of golf tourism in the country. “Golf is an important tourism product and we are planning to promote it in a big way,” says SN Roy, director of the Haryana State Tourism department. Already, Gurgaon attracted close to 30,000 golf tourists last year and the number is increasing by close to 10 percent annually. This number includes all the walkins and tournament participants who are not members of the clubs.

No. of Holes: 18 Par: 71 Designer: Arnold Palmer Address: DLF City, Phase-V, Gurgaon Phone: 0124-4525274 Email: contact-golf@ dlfgroup.in Website: www. dlfgolfresort.com

No. of Holes: 18 Par: 72 Designer: Richard Hawtree with Ranjit Nanda Address: Village Sakatpur, Gurgaon Phone: 0124-2394101 E-mail : marketing@ goldengreensindia. com website: www. goldengreens.in

No. of Holes: 27 Par: 72 Designer: Jack Nicklaus Address: 11 km drive towards Manesar from Rajiv Chowk Phone: 011- 2378841 lbase@vsnl.com www.cgronline.com

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Sporting Events

Gurgaon has a few of the best golf courses in the country, each quite different from another and yet in close proximity. This variety is one of the main features that attract golf enthusiasts to the city XXX (explain what is walk-in) XXX It is the number of golf courses and the variety that is attracting umpteen golf tourists from across India and other countries to the city. The term ‘Golf Tourism’ finds mention right at the top of state tourism department’s website among other destinations and highlights. “Gurgaon has a few of the best golf courses in the country, each quite different from another and yet in close proximity,” said Aakash Ohri, director, DLF Golf Resort, one of the three 18-hole courses in the city. “This variety is one of the main features that attract golf enthusiasts to the city to experience different kinds of courses.” DLF golf resort has been rated among the best in the country and is the only golf course in the country that offers the option of night golfing, Mr Ohri adds. A few kilometres from DLF is the ITC Classic Golf Resort, a 27-hole golf course and also the oldest one in the city. Designed by world-renowned Jack Nicklaus ITC Resort

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has close to 1,500 members and receives approximately 12,000 walk-ins a year. “In the last five to six years, the activity has gone up impressively,” says Arjun Singh, marketing and golf operations manager of the resort. Apart from the world class ITC Classic Golf Resort, DLF Golf Course and Golden Greens, there are several international standard golf courses in Delhi and Noida as well, which are form a part of golf itineraries in North India. “It is in the winter season when most golf tourists visit India. October to March is the time when we see most number of footfalls,” says Mr Singh. “International tourists mostly come from Europe, South East Asia and Middle East. If you seek my opinion, Koreans and Japanese are the keenest golfers around,” he adds. One of the main reasons for the increase, observers point out, is the increase in the globally exposed corporate presence in Gurgaon. “A lot of top executives working for

multinational companies prefer to fix the deal over a round of golf,” says Saurabh Chopra, senior manager, Golden Greens Golf and Country Club. “And this has undoubtedly increased the walk-ins. We are also going to start corporate memberships in near future,” he says. Golden greens, another well-known golf course, has been designed by Richard Hawtree and Ranjit Nanda. Apart from the availability of courses, the environment for golf to thrive has also improved in the city. “The most promising development is the availability of so many good quality hotels at more reasonable prices,” says Rishi Narain, Asian Games gold medallist in Golf and MD of Rishi Narain Golf Management. “Five years ago, there were only two good hotels in Gurgaon-The Bristol and The Tridentand hotel room tariffs had gone over $300 per night which was too high for golf tourists in Asia. n


In and around DLF Phase V

MOVIE OR A PLAY? It is never easy for you to decide where to go on a weekend. While you would want to visit an art show, your kids would opt to watch the latest f lick. We offer a few options for you WO R DS S U D HI R PARAS H AR

Ode To Women Friday, September 28, 7:30 PM Ladies, it’s your night. Dress up in your best, collect your gang of girlfriends and be there as the venue is all set to take away your Monday blues. To keep your spirits high, there will be a live band performance. Turquoise Cottage, First Floor, DLF Phase II, Gurgaon

Salsa Night 9 PM onwards on Saturdays Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn perfect salsa moves. You can learn Rock’n’Roll, Cha Cha, Jive, Salsa, Tango, Rumba, Samba and much more. Fulfill your dream of becoming a dancer and dance in style. DLF Cyber City, Building 9B, Ground Floor, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon 0124 2715000

The Barry John Acting Session Friday, September 12, 12 noon If your child dreams of becoming an actor then this is the right time to give the training. Polish your child’s acting skills and remove all his/ her stage fears through this workshop. Select Citywalk A-3, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi

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Kidzone

LEARN’N’PLAY Besides gorging on ice cream and making regular trips to the neighbourhood pool to cool off, here are a few options to make the day interesting for your child

Toddler’s Junction

Contact Sushant Lok 3, Near Rail Vihar, Sectopr 57 Gurgaon Mobile +91-98182 46325, 9958563484 About Swim, Sing, Dance, Play, Jump, Paint, your own things and do what you love to do. Dance Bollywood, Free Style, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary. Music Guitar, Keyboard. Art & Craft Painting , Pencil Spray Painting, Glass & Thumb Painting, Clay Modeling.

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Path of Music

Contact 98, Sec- 23, Near HP petrol pump Palam Vihar Raod,Gurgaon. Mobile 9810880136 Landline number +91-124-438 2495 Activities Music, Dance, Art Institute, Dance ‘N’ Drawing (Hobby) classes Date 17 May - 25 June Email mail@pathofmusic.com, pathofmusic@gmail.com Website www.pathofmusic.com

Little Footprints Summer Camp Contact Little Footprints, # 4106, Ashoka Marg, Near DLF Galleria, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon. Landline number +91-124-257 7084 From 17th May – 12 June, 2010. Age Group 4 – 10yrs. Fees Rs. 5,000.

Ebony Ivory Music Classes Contact K-13/15, Phase II, DLF City, Gurgaon. Mobile +91-98114 08408 About Ebony Ivory music classes – Enrol your child for piano lessons throughout the holidays. Classes can be once or twice a week. (Wednesday, Saturday – Noon – 7 PM). Age Group 6 upwards Fees Rs. 1,000 per class


Summer Camps At Kara 4 Kids

Location DLF Phase I, Opposite Bristol Roundabout, Gurgaon, Haryana, India Contact Maala Mobile 91 99100 45969 Email gurgaon@kara.in About Kara4Kids, Gurgaon, is conducting its successful KiNDERkamps programme this summer for all children aged 1-8 years. This summer the Kara Team has put together a variety of fun activities designed to stimulate your child’s creativity, self-confidence, problem solving skills.

Arts, Crafts and Theatre Workshop

Contact Ibambini School, Sushank Lok Phase II, Sector 56, Block C, Near Sushant Tower, Gurgaon. Landline number +91-124-411 2130 About A theatre workshop by Feisal Alkazi for 7 to 15 years old and a creative theatre workshop for 2 – to 6 – years olds is being organized by Ibambini School. Both workshops will culminate in a grand play at the Epicentre mail auditorium on 21st June. From 14th May – 21 June, 2010. Fees Rs 4,750/-

Summer Camp at Fastrackids Contact Nursery Plot # 11, W block, Nirvana Country, South City II, Golf Course Extn Road, Gurgaon - 122002 Contact No +9717890208 Email anshu@fastrackids.com About FasTrack Camps® – Having trouble finding a camp that is constructive, engaging and fun? FasTracKids® has a day camp that fills all of those needs. For three hours a day, camps can be offered as a one week or one day program to provide the flexibility in length and curriculum. This is a fun, simple option for children that are on holiday break or out of school for a substantial amount of time. Schedule and age groups vary according to the center.

MyWebERA Camp

Contact Sector 4, Gurgaon Mobile +91-99998 97869 About The total course is designed on professional way to provide the best learning and understanding for students. The winner will get exiting prizes from MyWebERA and all the paintings from the competition will be featured at MyWebERA web portal (www.mywebera. com). The summer camp will also include classes on Basic Photography, Animation and Digital Painting and Design. Duration April to June 2010 Days Tuesdays/ Thursdays/ Saturdays & Sundays. Time (between): 9:00- 11.00 am & 6:00 – 8:00 pm Location Gurgaon and Delhi Contact Mr. S. Goswami Website www.mywebera.com

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