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Creating a Value Based Society
India is now ready to welcome Wal-Mart, Tesco and Star Bucks. What better news for young Indians? And the seniors too; their numbers will soon be swelling to gargantuan proportions down the years even as we transform from a nation of 70 percent youngsters to 70 percent seniors in about four decades from now. Large sections of the population, especially the young are ready for importing western cultures, in its entirety, in a big way despite the fact that it has not proven good even for its own country. The ‘I, me, myself,’ culture is now here to stay. And the upshot of it too. Retail chains and BPOs (read call centres) have made inroads into our society for a decade now providing financial independence to a huge number of youngsters, especially girls who are school drop outs or have mustered enough courage to wade through school leaving. Young girls have come to realize the benefits of financial independence and would like to enjoy the fruits of their labor. This said, there is a large section of the Indian population, more in the rural areas so to say, that is conveniently holding on to the chauvinistic tradition and gender superiority tenaciously , if only for the benefits that they have been amassing for centuries now. Raw animal power and primal instinct of man have always subjugated the frail Indian woman, however qualified, intelligent and contributing she has been. In a society where all whims and fancies of a man have been met by women folk and every nuance of her behavior has been subjected to the control of unqualified and undeserving men, the sudden implications of cultural change portend dangers. If women go out, earn their monies and live the way they want, who will cater to the needs of men? Timely food, children well looked after, house well kept, large sections of male workforce working sporadically but living off their wives for their food, alcohol and sex? The result is for all to see. Skeletons are tumbling out every day as reams of newsprint are spurning out horror rape stories across the country. How India has been treating its women is now out in the open, for the entire world to see. The Indian woman has seen it all……Life snuffed out before the girl child can even see the light of day, middlemen cheating on hapless women who are renting out their wombs or selling their kidneys for the benefit of their children and families, fathers raping daughters (which seems to be a regular feature now), girls sold by relatives, beaten, abused by alcoholic fathers, brothers, husbands and sons, honour killings, khaap panchayats doling out anti women justice, girls deprived of education, food, basic necessities of life, overworked, with every shred of respect and dignity denuded…… The time has come for us to reinvent our values based on respect for human life and dignity. If we don’t do this now, we are going to face more difficult days ahead. The weak will continue to be subjugated by the physically, economically, politically and socially strong. So where are the messiahs? Ciao!
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CREATING GLOBAL EDUCATION- VICE CHANCELLOR DR. SALUNKHE SPEAKS OUT. 25|
29| STUDYING IN GREEN PASTURES- All you wanted to know about studying abroad 33| UNDERGRADUATION
40| UK POST GRADUATION
LOVE TO LOVE YOU
Feature stories on all facets of love
43| E- LEARNING
PERCEPTIONSShubha Krishnan on her experience in pursuing her Masters abroad
9| LOVE TRIUMPHS BOLLYWOOD CELEBS SPEAK OUT 11| LOVE ACTUALLY
47| SAFE AND SOUND IN AN
ALIEN LAND- Tips for women studying abroad on accommodation
621 Jus’ Ask Brinda 631 Salt n Pepper Korner 641 Health File- Vote for Oats 781 Health and Fitness 801 Exotic destinations- Greece 841 Art Nook- living alive 851 Citizens’ Voice 861 Events and Product
What love actually means to gen next.
541 Desperation day
12| LONG DISTANCE
RELATIONSHIPS How viable are they?
551 Jest for Laughs 561 Canteen banter 571 Graffiti 611 For your eyes only
13| TEEN RELATIONSHIPS
What can go wrong?
14| VARIED ORIENTATIONSInterviews with people born with varied orientations
691 Recipes of frozen yoghurt 721 Khanna sutra- Vikas Khanna 741 Helping hands- Rajinder
17| LOVE, DATING AND
WISDOM A critical analysis.
19| LIVE –IN RELATIONSHIPS
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The Rage of Young Indians
It was a very bold move on the part of Eve’s Times to commence the New Year with the cover story, ‘India Outraged’ on your first issue of the year. This shows the level of seriousness about your publication to raise the awareness among the citizens on critical issues our country is facing. I find Eve’s Times one of the few magazines that does not cater to popular sentiments, populist measures and towing the line of the so called bigwigs and influential quarters. The cover story was hard hitting, bringing out the gruesome details of the shameful incident and highlighting the apathy of our nation’s keepers of law, political leaders and others. Yes, we young Indians are ashamed about all the crimes against women that are happening in our country and we would like to pledge our support for the cause of women. We want to be different from our older generations in not defining boundaries on the basis of gender, caste, religion etc. We would like to build a new, young India on the basis of equal respect, justice and opportunities for all. Our fight against all social evils will continue until this is realized.
Your Voice is our Inspiration
in our efforts to create an inclusive society. It is time, given the high caliber of young Indians, to redefine humour and show the world that it is possible to make people laugh in a clean, fun way. A lot can be learnt from our RJs like Ophelia, Balaji and others, but they too fall prey to humour based on sex, toilet, and distortion of language, gender and caste bias (imitation of Brahmins, which is great fodder for many of the Tamil FM channels! The best part is, those imitating the brahmanical way of speaking are not even perfect! So we get a combination of all dialects). Time to see some mature, funny stuff. Arvind , Chennai
Naan Resident Indian
I am proud to say that I am a resident Indian. Good to read about all the fine things NRIs contribute to our nation. Today not many criticize NRIs for being unpatriotic and leaving their mother country for personal enhancement. Good for them. But it is also time some of them had a change of outlook as far as our country is concerned. These exclusive mortals leave the Indian shores and continue to harbor the same attitudes that India had when they were in their school/ college years. They continue to believe that relatives and friends expect them to come laden with ‘phoren’ goods like chocolates, dairy products, electronic gadgets, textile
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Letters to the editor
What’s so funny after all?
A very interestingly put together compendium of humor articles covering diverse facets of Indian humor, especially in movies. It is sad that we lack stalwarts like Johnny Walker, Mehmood, and unsurpassable Tamil comedians like Nagesh, Manorama, Chandra Babu, Cho Ramaswamy and others. The south Indian film industry has contributed a lot in this respect throwing up a huge line of comedians and remaining largely unaffected by sex, toilet and sick humor from the west or north Indian influence for that matter. Even Vivek’s comedy tracks, barring a few, are satirical critiques on social issues and elicit belly quivering laughter. Unfortunately, aping the west, sex and invariably toilet related issues form the fodder for a lot of comedy tracks we find that are gripping the Bollywood and southern cinema in a big way. Thankfully, we have also moved away from the grossly unjust evil of ridiculing corpulent (which may be due to medical conditions!) or disabled people, which were impediments 6
etc. Little do they realize that today all gadgets are launched globally and nothing is available elsewhere which is not available in India. The extra cautious approach to be distant and clandestine about disclosing details of their employment, home and life abroad springs from the fact that they are worried that some of their ‘predatory’ relatives may thrust their CVs under their noses and expect them to be launching pads for their careers. Here again they are sadly mistaken because India seems to be far above other countries in term of providing opportunities, jobs and salaries.We resident Indians sincerely hope that NRIs come home for their holidays and spend fun time with family and friends, dispelling their unfounded fears about their relatives and their suspected ulterior motives. A concerned resident Indian, Chennai
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For You and Yours!
LOVE TO LOVE YOU
Putting your love, trust, and understanding in each other little by little, day by day is the perfect recipe for a stronger relationship.
HOW TO BUILD A LASTING RELATIONSHIP: 1.Cut on dotted line. 2.Rotate 180 degrees.
ere is only one kind of love, but there are thousands of different copies,” says a French Proverb. It is human to fall in love and celebrities are no exception. It is a different matter that their love culminates in marriage or the marriage lasts or not. Here are a couple of celebrities from the small screen, who talk about their successful marriage to their sweethearts.
have a live-in relationship or marriage.” Gurmeet also agrees, “I would say ‘to each his own’. Who am I to comment on somebody’s life and way of thinking? I believe in the motto of live and let live.”
On a concluding note Sara says, “Nothing better than getting married to the one you love! Love is a beautiful feeling. Go ahead, fall in love, even if it does not work out, at least it is better to have loved and lost rather than never experiencing it!”
Sara Khan is famous for her role as Alka Tiwari in Dhoond Legi Manzil Hamein. She met her husband Arfeen in Mumbai, which she finds strange. Gurmeet Choudhary calls himself an Indian from Bihar. He is famous as Ram of the recent Sagar Arts’ The Ramayan (new), which started in 2008 on NDTV and was later dubbed into other Indian languages. He met his co-star in the serial, Debina Bonnerjee (she actually did play the role of Sita in the same serial) in Mumbai at a friend’s place. And during the first meeting itself he felt something special for her. Made for each other It was Sara’s gut feeling that told her, she and Afreen were made for each other. Gurmeet and Debina realized that they were missing each other a few days after they stopped meeting. He recollects, “We wanted to see and talk. We were both very happy when we were together. It didn’t take us long to realize that we were made for each other. I am so happy we had that chance meeting.” Sara went on to get married to her Prince Charming in the Islamic tradition. ‘Ram’ and ‘Sita’ had their marriage first registered and then followed it up with Hindu traditional rituals. He reminisces, “We had the regular sangeet and then had a dinner party for all the friends and family.” Commitment While Sara finds first love innocent, Gurmeet is very conservative about it. He insists, “The first is the last which lasts forever.There is nothing like second love or a third love. I believe that love is for keep’s sake. If it changes then it never was love in the first place.” People, today, have been found to fall in and out of love often. Relationships have become transient. That is why many people go for live-in relationships to test their love. Sara doesn’t approve of it. According to her, “I don’t approve of it simply because I don’t agree why people would plan and fall in love! If it happens, it happens and if it does not work out, then that’s different. I think it is you who have to decide if you want to
Gayatri T Rao
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ut of sight, out of mind. Long distance spells doom, et al. We’ve heard them all. There’s always been a debate on this kind of romance. Couples living apart in different cities have a different story to tell. They spilled their beans on the nuances of being in a long distance relationship and what kept them going. Vinay*, a 27 year old research scholar from Hyderabad has been with his girl for almost three years. According to him it doesn’t take much to keep the romance alive. “When you are not with each other most times, it really helps us understand how much we mean to one another,” says Vinay. His girlfriend lives in Mumbai and unless they see each other every three months or so, they start getting very cranky and moody. According to Dilip*, a degree college student communicating frequently is the key ingredient in sustaining a relationship. “My girlfriend and I talk a lot, whether it is online or on the phone,” adds Dilip. Says content writer, Pallavi* about her relationship with her boyfriend of five years, “The first two and a half years of our time together was spent in different cities. Every free moment we got we spoke on the phone or texted. We tried to meet up every now and then.We took pictures if we missed out on something important and shared it with each other. This way we stayed totally involved,” she adds.
Not for the Faint Hearted
Don’t they feel left out when they hang out with other couple friends? “To see what you want right in front of you in that way makes you wish you could have it too,” answers Dilip. Vinay and his girlfriend found a logical solution to this situation. “We are always in touch; we keep sending messages to each other throughout the day with a dose of sweet nothings every now and then. It’s something that couples living in the same city would be jealous of!” adds Vinay. Initially Pallavi avoided hanging out with other couples as much as possible. “I explained to my friends about how I felt and they were quite understanding. But it got easier with time and I was able to go out with all of them,” says Pallavi. Commitment problems are common in long distance relationships. That is what most people would like to believe. But not for Pallavi. “I’ve always stood by the phrase – absence makes the heart grow fonder. We also knew that the distance was only temporary and before long we would be together again. That way we did not have to encounter commitment issues,” she says. Says Vinay on this subject, “We stay in two different cities. We are not married, but still we treat each other like husband and wife. We share every aspect of our lives and that has helped us a lot.” Couples in long distance relationships agree that there have been tough times but got over them with their respective partners. They all agree that it calls for a lot of sacrifice from both sides. “It means that you know you can’t be there physically on difficult days for your sweetheart. It is a real test of faith in oneself and your relationship,” adds Pallavi. Giving many birthdays, one or two Valentines’ Day and other similar occasions a miss is part and parcel of long distance relationships. At the end of the day, Vinay says that he and his girlfriend have never taken each other for granted. This funda has kept them going for three years. Dilip’s relationship mantra is commitment, communication and patience. Well, we wish these young all the best for the future and a happy Valentines’ Day. *Name changed to protect identity
THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG
Kirthi Gita Jayakumar
was in class ten, he was
in class twelve. He was every girl’s dream, with his chocolate brown eyes and creamy smooth skin, floppy hair and a penchant for sports and music. The teachers wouldn’t chide him, but look at him with a mild amusement and zero anger when he fell out of their good books- such was his charm. She was at the top of her class, ready to take on the world as her board exams loomed before her. Scoring straight A‘s and with laurels aplenty to her credit, she was the perfect role model for young girls. And then one fine day, he swept her off her feet, and she fell for his charm. For eight months, they were the Brangelina of school, the cynosure of all eyes. In those rose-tinted eight months, she put everything on hold, as her “relationship” “burgeoned and bloomed”. Come home to meet my parents, no? She asked, many a time. No, I’m busy. Nope… What for? Eh, come on now don’t be a child! Her feather head didn’t notice any of the signs- this was nothing serious, this was barely anything important for him. Distracted as she was, down went her grades, down went her laurels. He was her world, her “everything”. And then he dropped the bomb. I’m off to the US next year after the Boards, we should break up. She begged, she pleaded, she cried. Her studies went in the opposite direction, her grades plummeted. Her ambitions slept, remaining dormant and rotting. A gregarious youngster can whittle down into a timorous parody of the real person he or she was, believing that being in a relationship is sublime, and even assuming that all else has an equal place, or something about that extent is nothing short of profane. Are you the kind of person that is hooked onto the idea of Mills and Boon, or sweet sixteen romances packaged and presented in the leaves of a book? Here’s a simple caveat before you fall headlong into one of the toughest pits of your life- it is perhaps interesting to say the least, as long as it remains just a recreation; and most definitely troublesome, if you let it lead the way you live your life. Albeit sounding like an unholy cross between good ol’ Scrooge and The Grinch, the strong support of experienceperhaps the best teacher in the University of Life- coupled with a brief perusal of varied literature and media of different forms backs me up. Technically, man being a social animal, is in need of “relationships”, “associations”, “alliances”. He builds these connections around him to ensure that he lives in a state of collectiveness, rather than isolation. And who wants to live in an ivory tower? Right? So as time and people evolved, culture and tradition decided to precede every endeavour that man came up with, by seeking to streamline it with the appropriate modus operandi- rules were made, accepted behaviour was established as including this-and-that. And man lived happily, at least for some time. When the winds of the new and modern blew, these traditions were thrown into disarray by the advent of something terrible: the era of precociousness. Suddenly, young people were beginning to say, see, read and do things beyond what was acceptable for their age. You have the rules, we have the exceptions. This became their buzzword, their cherished war cry, as they pounced into relationships and began “falling in love”. Gone were the days where movies dispensed with kissing scenes to show a suggestive picture of two birds together, or two roses leaning over one another. Sex, sleaze and indecency began selling like hotcakes, while youngsters began donning skimpier clothing, drinking and smoking, and acting like seasoned “spouses” in the twilight days of their “marriage”. Do I sound like someone from the 1930s? Maybe. But do I make sense? I believe so. The bottom-line is simple. No matter what the era, what the culture or the region, youngsters are youngsters, and toeing the line is definitely not acceptable.
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e says he’s gay’ and we call him different. ‘We say we’re straight’ and he calls us different! Raised eyebrows, sniggers physical abuses, taunts , these are some of the physical and mental torments differently oriented minority section of the community is subject ed to and ironically Section 377 has legalized homosexuality while we, the seemingly ‘straight’ forward sections of the society do not see eye to eye with it.
It is a sad plight to see that most of this minority section is scared to come out into the open about their sexual orientation due to fear of rejection from society, profession, friends and family. They stay in the dark living a lie, lying to friends and family, people around them and most importantly to themselves.
Statistics quote that there are over 7500 people in Tamil Nadu who are differently oriented. Moreover over 7.5% of India’s population belongs to this minority. Why is it that society views them with tinted glasses? Why are they not granted equality or treated the same as us?
On taking up a survey for a talk show on this issue, I had conducted a survey on why these people are treated differently. The answers were very disturbing.
Homosexuality has been legalized by the court of law but how much does society see eye to eye with it? Why are these differently oriented people treated differently? Why does society judge them with tinted glasses?
Some say that it is an abomination and something that should not be practiced. They perceive it in the same league as incest, bestiality and pedophilia. The latter do not harm anyone but are still disgusting. Some find it sinful and an abomination in the eyes of god. Some find it harmful and bad for medical reasons while others are plain scared of being associated with such people.
Love and DatingSharing Wisdom
recollect not too long ago, certain reservations expressed by readers as to the emotional toll multiple dating might inflict on its practitioners. I gather that it is never easy too when two people who are so attached have to separate, notwithstanding who takes the decision to call it quits. Ever so often, the toll inflicted by such separation even reaches a point, where one might resort to extreme measures such as stalking, assault and murder. But to what extent can we blame dating for this behaviour and is westernization the source of this evil?
First of all, be advised that in so far as the happiness index is concerned, Denmark with its liberal culture, ranked on top followed by predominantly western nations such as Finland, Netherlands, Canada, etc. In my recent interactions with people from the west, I have noticed a strong commitment to spirituality in them contrary to our own obsession with wealth, career,
real estate assets, etc. The traditional dichotomy of western culture and Indian culture, which arrogantly proclaimed the deeper, more superior nature of the latter, is no longer as relevant. Because Indian culture is no longer Indian culture, given just how consumerist we have become. We have retained the worst of both aspects of that dichotomy and left ourselves in a very complicated place. So, first and foremost, let us stop looking at westernization in the context of consumerism alone and dig deeper to really see reality for what it is. As bitter as the truth is, ladies and gentlemen, the western countries seem much happier than us and one really needs to introspect about the aforementioned dichotomy thanks to this fact.
Having said that, I am a strong subscriber of dating and see no harm or foul in multiple dating whatsoever. Going a step further, I will even argue that it is not only harmless but even necessary to truly achieve growth as a person
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lthough Indian law is very staunch in its stand on the question of marriage, and does not mention anything about Live-In relationships under the ambit of family laws, the relationship has not been beyond the scope of Law. Section114 of the Evidence Act 1872 notes that certain facts can be presumed – therefore, marriage may be presumed if a man and wife live together for a stipulated period of time, sharing conjugal relations. This legitimizes livein relationships. No law at present deals with the concept of live-in-relationships and their legality. Even in the absence of a specific legislation on the subject, it is praise-worthy that under The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, all benefits are bestowed on a woman living in such kind of arrangement by reason of being covered within the term “domestic relationship” under Section 2(f). Couples prefer to choose it only to have no responsibility of any sort, but if it is guided by some law, then it would not be so readily preferred. The need for a legal provision is felt to secure the future of a child born from a relationship which has not taken the shape of marriage. The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 accords legitimacy to every child whether result of void, voidable or valid marriage. But no laws grant property and maintenance rights to a child of a live-in marriage. In case the parties to a live-inrelationship decide to move out of it, to secure the rights of a child whom none of the parents want to keep, there must be a provision that any of them would be responsible to look after the child. To ensure that his rights are actually given, Court may appoint a guardian. The child is entitled to get a share in the property of both the father as well as the mother.
LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIPS UNDER INDIAN LAW
Kirthi Gita Jayakumar
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Law, Love and Marriage in India-A Provocative Critique
Ashok G V
be fairly honest, the name of the topic itself invokes utmost contempt in me. For love to be regulated either by law or any kind of regulatory framework, social, ethical or moral, is to me, entirely unacceptable and a gross breach of my right and need for privacy in my life. Personally, I believe that law or social norms can only impose regulations which prevent absolute wrongs such as abuse, violence and non-consensual behaviour. But beyond this non-negotiable thresholds and within the ambit of consent, whatever said and done between two people is entirely their business and no one has the right to interfere. Also evolving any absolute standards for this area of human behaviour is next to impossible because each individual is unique in his/her capacity to form individualistic ideas of love, sex and marriage making it difficult to generate a mean value for assessment.And given I live in a country that believes in the exact opposite of that thought, it is not easy being yours truly.
fundamental rights. But did it stop there? No, it went on to equate long term live in relationships to marriage thereby making it clear that marriage was a higher and more acceptable form for an unrelated man and woman to enjoy love and sexual relations than any other form. Plus isn’t it also patronizing when you overwhelm the intelligence and informed consent of two adults in a live in relationship saying they had no idea what was right or wrong for them and therefore it is for the state to give them marital status? If one tries to justify it in the name of “protecting women’s interests”, it is nothing but an insult to the intelligence of those members of the fairer sex who have taken a conscious decision to not marry and just “live-in” with their partner. I, being a staunch liberalist, have a grouse with the judiciary’s two faced approach to live in relationships. I realize I am picking a bone with the traditions and morals most consider sacred through what I will be writing, but these morals
I loathe, are an anathema to human nature and the burdens they impose lead to unintended consequences, including deviant behaviour. But then again I ask myself, before blaming the judiciary’s flawed approach to live in relationships, isn’t it only reflective of our own society’s notions of love, marriage and family being hypocritical, skewed and plain wrong? I am seriously annoyed by those loose statements that say that Indians are morally upright and have family values, when a good lot of us have a highly calculative and materialistic approach to relationships and love based on wealth, power and control, far less virtuous than the western man.
The Law on Love, Marriage and Sex
Even when we seemingly become liberal, the conservative sub-texts in that approach are all too apparent. Take for example, live in relationships. The Judiciary accepted the same as being perfectly legal and within one’s
A recent jewellery ad on a popular radio station, carried the voices of girls of different ages, including a perceptibly little girl child and an old woman, all saying they want to get married because of a newly designed stock of wedding jewellery hitting their stores. Are
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IS A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP AN EASIER OPTION THAN MARRIAGE TODAY?
YOUNG INDIA VOICES THEIR VIEWS Alexandreena Sneha Radhish
No. Not in my opinion.I think women lose their value in live-in’s, but in today’s urban lifestyle who am I to judge people’s choices? If the people involved are in search of companionship and compatibility before tying the knot then i guess it is acceptable at some level. But in my view marriage is the right way to go. - Rohith Sarcar I don’t think it is the easier option but it could be a more comfortable one.With marriage there are so many things that have to be put into place; with a live-in, it is a lot easier. You rent a house, you move in and you starting living together. Same as a marriage only without it being official. Plus today more and more married couple are living apart for career or other reasons so,I feel that it totally depends on the mindset of the people and their lifestyle requirements. - Vishnu As an educated, intellectual and independent woman of this generation I feel that living in with your partner will create a better understanding about each other which will in turn reduce the distance and lapse of communication that may take place in the initial stage of living together after marriage.We will know exactly what we want from one another, we can define our space, learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and then take a decision on whether one’s partner is the ideal person to spend the rest of one’s life with. Even the smallest thing like buying vegetables can help you decide whether he/she is the right person. However I do think that marriage is very important and ideally a live-in relationship should end in a marriage. :) - Shruti Sudhakaran I feel marriage is the right way to go about this. Especially in a country like ours where traditions and culture holds so much value in our lives, going against those beliefs would not be correct. Although western culture has set-in, I still feel that we should hold on to the values and traditional systems that India has grown with over many many years. I am not against live-in relationships but I would rather not get into one myself. It is definitely a convention in the west but I don’t think we are truly ready for it. - Deepak Singh I believe that marriage is a celebration of an existing relationship however, if people cannot live together then they shouldn’t consider marriage in any case. I feel that a live-in gives the two a chance to experience life together as a couple and as individuals as well. I mean that we need to be able to be ourselves with our partners no matter what the situation so, a live-in gives one an opportunity to experience and assess the situation as a whole. So whether you choose to get married or not is secondary but a live in is a must in my opinion before taking the leap. - Arun Bhattacharya I think when you are married you put up with so many things before really thinking of calling it quits.When one marries, we don’t just marry the person, we marry the entire family; so when we aren’t happy with something in a marriage, we try talking but if that doesn’t work we try working around it and if that doesn’t work we try overlooking it and thus begins the downfall of the marriage. But in the case of a live-in, if you are not happy with the way things are and you rather not deal with what’s happening you can simply say “bye bye,” and walk away with a clean slate. A marriage however has its own benefits.You have the support and security of your spouse and your family as well, in a live-in there is no guarantee that your partner will try 10 times at working something out before giving up. He/she may call it quits in the very first attempt and there wont be much you can do to stop them.
- Divya Dinakar
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Creating Global Education System in India
rof. (Dr.) Manikrao M. Salunkhe, ViceChancellor, Central University of Rajasthan is an eminent educationist with 29 years of experience as a Teacher and Academic Administrator with an enviable academic background of having worked in a College, University Department, Institute of Science, Mumbai and as Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kolhapur . Prof. Salunkhe is of the opinion that in the 21st Century, coordinated and collaborative efforts of institutions will go a long way in improving quality and standards of teaching and research.This necessitates inter exchange of faculty and students, joint collaborative R & D efforts, more industry–academia inter exchange. A man of far sighted vision is in the field of education, Prof Salunkhe’s journey however commenced from a humble home in Maharashtra. He was born and brought up in a small village near Sangli in Maharashtra. Even though his father was a farmer, he encouraged his son to excel in academics and thus, Dr. Salunkhe went on to procure his B Sc, M Sc and finally his doctorate from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. After procuring his doctorate, he joined Vivekanand College, Kolhapur as a lecturer in Chemistry and later was selected as a lecturer in Shivaji University, Kolhapur. His guide, Dr. Professor Jagdale encouraged him to continue his
research in order to gain national and international acclaim. So, Dr. Salunkhe ventured into a hitherto unexplored field of polymer supported reagents in Organic Synthesis. This helped him to interact with internationally renowned Prof. Patchornik who invited him later on to work with him at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. There Dr. Salunkhe was honored to be able to work in the lab of Prof Weizmann himself, the first President of Israel. After that, there was no looking back for him and Dr. Salunkhe was able to work with eminent professors like Prof Latsinger at Northwestern University, USA. Dr. Salunkhe’s consistency and dedication to work earned him a letter of appreciation from theVice Chancellor himself. Later, he was selected as Prof. of Organic Chemistry at the Institute of Science, Mumbai and subsequently he became the head of the department of Chemistry. In the year 2000, he was appointed as the Director of the Institute. In June of 2004, Dr. Salunkhe was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kohlapur. His extensive interactions with academic fraternities for colleges and universities at national and international levels have helped him to develop a keen insight which stands him in good stead to serve the community with a sense of purpose and meaning.
A highly noteworthy and bold decision of Prof Salunkhe has been to commence B Tech and M Tech courses in a traditional University system with the founding of the International School of Engineering and Technology. As the academic head of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Dr. Salunkhe has tried to inject transparency, openness and policy based administration to make the system more student and society friendly and useful. Eves Times is privileged to have Dr. Salunkhe exchange his views with us on education, globalization of education and academics in general. Here are the excerpts. How does Indian higher education compare with that of other nations in terms of quality and standards?
When we look at other nations such as Korea and China, we are at a decided disadvantage. Korean and Chinese Universities are very good, creative and they have excellent infrastructure in place. Combined with that is interesting academia, diversity in the campus, i.e., there are lots of students from other countries, and this helps the students to mingle and get to know and vibe with one other better. But when compared to Universities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, we do definitely rank better. In countries like Korea and China, corporates like Samsung and LG invest in their universities. They, the Koreans and the Chinese are keen to know that their children get the best of education. Even if they go abroad to pursue their higher studies, they are keen on returning back to the country of their origin. A positive side these days is that reverse brain drain has started in India. Since the US economy is not doing too well, countries like Japan, Korea and India are able to secure good manpower. The trend is catching on all too fast; even in Indian Universities, the western module of education is being adopted. Grades are issued instead of marks.The system of FDI in education is catching on, say for instance in Australia, where students from all over the world come there to study in their universities.
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Do you think globalization has led to a drastic change in the character of students?
Well, if you go to a university or college in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai or Pune, the atmosphere is totally different; in the sense it is conducive for students from all over the world. Globalization is a healthy trend, and this helps to attract students from different countries to come to India and study in our colleges and Universities. Even though cultural exchange at times can pose problems, it is not a grave scenario. In fact, our students too get to interact with students from differing countries and communities and in the long run, it only turns out to be advantageous to students. It helps to develop a broader outlook on life and create a more tolerant outlook and promotes a sense of belongingness at a global level.
Education should transcend all borders. All universities should have all branches; there shouldn’t be separate universities for medicine, engineering and so on. Everything should be brought together under one roof and there should be frequent interaction among students from all disciplines. People should have knowledge sharing and that is the only way innovations can be made possible. When people from varied disciplines interact more often, differing and creative ideas will emerge.
In order to have quality in higher education, we need to start right from the grass roots level, right from the primary and secondary education levels.
What can be done to place Indian Universities and colleges at a global level?
There should be more interaction between teachers and students. In institutions like IIM, of course, there is a lot of interaction among students and teachers. I must stress that the interaction between teachers and students is of utmost importance. Well, to place India on a global plane, our universities must expand. We need to concentrate more on quality rather than quantity. If I were to pin point the factors needed to enhance our quality of education, I would stress on these factors: Student- teacher ratio in colleges and universities. Curriculum development. Proper assessment of the students based on how they interact with others in the society. And how firmly rooted are the values inculcated in the student.
Prof. (Dr.) Manikrao M. Salunkhe,
Central University of Rajasthan
Moral values are very essential. What is the use of a technocrat without social and moral values? He would be a hindrance to the society.
tudents aspiring to study abroad have many options and choices and this can make it difficult for them to decide where to study. Most students already have an idea of what is important to them. However this can often be based on what their friends have decided or sometimes it is their parents’ choice. The first endeavor is to understand what is important for the student and his/her parents. Also the student’s academic and other achievements have to be considered. Factors such as cost of study, rankings of institutions, entry criteria as well as specific factors such as a preferred location etc. are taken into account. After all this exercise, the students are usually better focused and clear about best options.
cost of living in the U.K. The British Government offers a scholarship for promising leaders through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Over 2,000 post graduates who are pursuing master’s degrees in any field can apply. However, the courses they take should be relevant to the development of their country, and their home country must have an economic affiliation with the United Kingdom.
Courses that can be pursued in UK, among others, are
Computer Science and IT Engineering and Technology MBA and Management Medicine and Health Care Aviation,Travel and Hospitality
Most students already have a fair idea regarding the country where they want to study although there are a few who are still exploring options. The traditional destinations such as the UK, the USA, and Australia are still popular but alternate destinations are also coming up. Asia is becoming a hub for international students. Dubai, Malaysia and even China could become the next destination for international students. Statistics for certain countries may change from year to year but overall the numbers seem to be growing every year.
Other scholarships offered are Reach Oxford Undergraduate Scholarships for Developing Country Students, Brendish Family Foundation Scholarships and Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship. To get a scholarship, there are many things that a student can do to increase chances to get a scholarship in the UK. Every applicant is different just as every school has different requirements for granting scholarships to international students. When you apply for a scholarship, schools will rarely grant that scholarship based on a single qualification. Many UK colleges offer aid to foreign undergraduate students. Some schools do offer scholarships for international students, or have special programs to help foreign students / international students.
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Besides the fact that America offers the very best, both in terms of educational facilities as well as lifestyle, there are certain things about America that makes it undeniably one of the most sought after educational hubs in the world. To begin with, America has more than 10 campuses per country than any other country in the world. At the undergraduate level, the US provides excellent programs both in the traditional as well as professional subjects. Apart from variety, some of the advantages of studying in the US are exposure to cutting edge technology,
Let us run a rain check on the countries and the courses offered along with study benefits in terms of scholarships.
STUDYING IN GREENER PASTURES
Students from all over the world use scholarships to pay for studies in the U.K each year. The British government funds many grants, scholarships, and fellowships for various institutions and fields of study. There are many scholarships provided to students if they want to study in the U.K. Institutions. Organizations offer funding schemes to help students to pay the fee and the
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welfth Standard and the tension mounts not just on the student but on his/her parents as well. What next? Where next? Are the two big questions which keep vibrating in their minds all along. Till the turn of the new miilenium the most sought after professions were engineering, medicine, law and chartered accountancy. It was stereotypical and aimed in one direction. Undergraduation was done in India and only a chosen few who were intelligent or lucky enough to grab a scholarship, left the shore to pursue higher education abroad. And higher education was usually in the field of engineering, medicine and law. However, the setting in of the internet age has revolutionized the entire concept of education.With the world at your fingertips and global knowledge shrinking into one small tablet on your study table, students today are having access to information of each and every
university across the globe. Added to it is the improving economic conditions of parents who can now afford to send their children abroad to study and education loans offered by financial institutions and banks have encouraged students of the 21st century to think beyond their own country. They are now eager to get into foreign universities at the undergraduate level itself. And the courses can be anything from engineering to finance to hotel management, design, fashion, photography to even subjects as vague as museum & art gallery management. And tapping on to this opportunity is a huge industry targeting countries like India, China and other South East Asian countries where education fairs are constantly held. Top universities from across the world gather at a venue where prospective students can go and interact with the faculty members and get first hand information of the respective universities they are interested in.
Students can also check out the world rankings of universities from reputed websites but the best of them all is the ‘QS World University Rankings ’. The
rankings vary for different subjects but you get first hand information of the best universities across the globe. http://www.topuniversities.com/ university-rankings Here are some well researched tips which can aid students interested in pursuing their undergraduate studies abroad. Start planning your undergraduate destination from year 10 itself.
If you are aiming at American universities then SAT is a must. You
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can start preparing for SAT from your high school days itself. There are a lot of institutes in almost every Indian city offering SAT coaching.
Universities in the rest of the world don’t require SAT marks but English language test scores are very essential. You can take TOEFL or English test from British Council and submit the scores along with your application.
of start up companies in your city and try approaching them and learn about their success/failures.If you want to get into bio medicine work in some clinic for a while. If interested in catering, then work in a hotel, fast food joint. To get into technical field, spend a few hours in the production department or manufacturing department of any company- could be your own father’s company or your father’s friend who can offer to help you. If you are aiming to get into architecture and design, then visit some of the classic monuments and do a case study and try to get it approved by an architect who can give you some inputs on your research. Internship always adds value to your applications.
Even if you don’t get the subject of your choice, get into the best university because brand name does matter when it comes to recruitment. Names like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, NUS, LSE, and Imperial College do matter.
Another point to consider is campus selection. Check out universities which have a higher rate of campus recruitment and what are the kind of companies recruiting them. Ultimately the lakhs you spend on your foreign education need to pay back.
Some international schools do offer tailor made internships as a part of their curriculum but it is yet to be introduced to rest of the schools in India. Foreign universities don’t go by pure academic marks.They look into other factors like sports, music, extracurriculars which get in some vintage points during selection. Also if you are involved in cross cultural programmes, charitable NGO work, leadership workshops, it adds value to your resume.
Fees for foreign students if applying from the general category is almost twice as that for localites. For e.g., most reputed universities in the U.K charge somewhere between 13 to 15,000 pounds per annum for foreign students as compared to 9,000 for localites.
Also important is your personal statement. It can be a 500 to 1000 word document explaining why the university you are applying to must choose you; why you think you are suited for the course you have applied for and how you are going to make use of that course in future.
Scholarships will usually reduce the fees to half along with other benefits like concession on boarding and lodging as well. However there is cut throat competition and to get in, your performance needs to be top notch.
Many universities even consider awards from International/National Math, Science and English Olympiads. Even participation in District or State level sports add some weightage.
During summer vacation you can also enroll for an internship maybe in a departmental store, a bank, a cooperative society, a fast food joint, hospital, school, in fact, any institute which can give you an exposure to real life situations.
Check out the websites of the universities you are applying to and clarify your doubts by writing to them directly. Many universities have interactive websites where you can talk to past students and get to know about the university on the whole including curriculum, faculty and hostel facilities. This first hand information helps a lot in making your decision.
While choosing your University, also take into consideration other factors like boarding and lodging, how far is the hostel from the campus, and the charges per annum. Usually the accommodation combined with utility, food and transport expense far exceeds the tuition fees.
It is better to do the internship in your chosen subject. For e.g.:-If you are planning to get into finance, do an internship in a bank or work under a chartered accountant ; if you are aiming at entrepreneurship do a case study
If you are considering the US, then aim for the Ivy League. In fact this applies to every country-always aim for the top colleges and work towards getting into one.
Usually the tuition fees doesn’t include books and stationary. So the overall expense will be tuition fee+books +accommodation+food+utility like gas,electricity,+transport.The Fee structure keeps changing every year and is put up on the university website for that particular year.
Getting into a top notch colleges is not easy and needs immense hard work.
Most foreign universities provide hostel facilities only for freshers or first year students.Returning students need to arrange for their own accommodation.
Why study in the UK?
Education in the UK is your passport to an exciting future and a world of opportunities. You gain skills and qualifications respected by employers all over the globe.The UK’s educational institutions are renowned globally for innovative teaching techniques and high academic standards. Most UK degree courses are not as long as those in the US which means you are committing less time and money to your studies without compromising on quality.
There are 5 main types of higher education in the UK:
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Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND):
These are one and two year career oriented VOCATIONAL courses which are equivalent to the first stage of a degree.You can choose top-up to a degree by transferring to the second or third year of a degree course.
It depends on your country and the courses you are applying for. 3. Prepare your information: you will need your qualifications and employment history, a reference and your own personal statement. 4. Register with UCAS- Fill in the registration form on the UCAS website to generate your own user name and password. 5. Fill in online form-click on “Apply” on the UCAS website and complete the seven information section. 6. Check your application: Read through your completed application form by checking on ‘View all’. 7. Pay for your application: It costs11 pounds to apply for a single course and 22 pounds for up to five courses 8. Submit your application: Once UCAS has received your application it will send you an e-mail to acknowledge it. 9.Track your progress: Click on “Track” on the UCAS website to find out whether your chosen institution has offered you a place. 10. Make your choice: If you have offers from several institutions UCAS will ask you to name a firm choice and an insurance choice. 11. Send in your results: If your offer is conditional you will need to let your chosen institution know your exam results when you get them. 12. Accept your offer: As long as you get the results your institution will make your offer unconditional and you will be able to take up your place.
vary between subjects and institutions.
English Language Skills: Your English Language skills must meet certain requirements to study in the UK. They will consider factors such as your IELTS score. (International English Language Testing System), Visit www.ielts.org Extra -curricular activities, your
personal statement and references will also be considered. Some universities and colleges require you to pass an admission test.
Foundation Degrees or Access Courses:
These are two-year career related higher education courses which are equivalent to the first stages of a degree. This can be used as a good foundation for a career or a basis from which you can progress to a degree course.
When do the courses begin?
Most Undergraduate courses in the UK start in September/October. Some institutions could also have a January/ February take.
Diplomas and Certificates of Higher Education:
This is a university level course available in subjects usually related to the social sciences. They also provide a foundation for higher education courses in the same area.
Help with your Visa
If you plan to study in the UK for more than 6 months you may need a Tier4 visa.
Under graduate degrees are called bachelor’s degrees. They are usually studied over three years and in most cases awarded ‘with honours’ depending upon the marks scored.
How to Apply for a Tier4 (General) Visa:
1. You will have to provide a ten digit finger scan and digital photograph. This biometric data is standard part of the application process for British embassies and visa application. This is usually done at the Application Centre. 2.You need to complete the application form-VAF9-PBS Migrant Appendix8 (General Student). You can download them from www.ukvisa.govt.uk . At the time of writing it costs 289 pounds payable in your local currency to apply for a student visa from outside UK.
Postgraduate Qualifications Undergraduate degrees: Applying to Study
The wide variety of subjects, levels and methods of study means there is a huge range of qualifications for you to choose from when you go to do undergrad in the UK. 1.The best way to apply is through UCAS (The Universities and College Admissions Service. Go to UCAS website: www.ucas.com .You can select up to 5 courses you’d like to apply for. 2. Check the Application deadlines.
What Qualifications will I need?
It depends on the course you want to study. Most UK institutions accept Indian School Leaving qualifications like The Central Board of Secondary Education and The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination for admission to Undergraduate courses. The State Matriculation Boards are considered on a case to case basis. You will need to meet the minimum mark requirements. These
3. Complete your application and your supporting evidence and application fee. Go to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov. uk and click on where to apply- which visa application centre you should use and how to apply in your country of residence. Then go to the centre and
o you want to be challenged to think critically and independently? Do you want to develop excellent teamworking skills? Do you want valuable hands on experience? Do you want to be part of cutting-edge research which will help you tap your potential? You should head to UK like hundreds of international students every year. The UK post graduate courses are recognized worldwide for their excellence, range and quality together with the academic staff and facilities on offer mean students have access to some of the best teaching in the world. There is a huge range of postgraduate opportunities, you can choose between studying a taught course and carrying out an original piece of research. It can be academic or related to a particular career or industry.
Post graduate courses
To take a post graduate degree in the UK, you usually need an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from the UK, or the same level of qualification from your home country in a relevant subject area. Some post graduate courses specify that you must have completed one or two years’ professional experiences between your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
the UK Border agency’s online points calculator to check whether you are eligible. To qualify you’ll need CAS (Confirmation Acceptance for Studies).
English Language Skills:
One of the criteria you must meet is a minimum level of proficiency in English. Institutions will expect English language skills of about 6.5 on the IELTS (International English language Testing Systems) scale.
This unique Reference number provided by your future university college confirms you have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsors. It includes details of the course of your qualifications and is worth 30 points towards your visa. We have already seen how to apply for a Tier 4 (general) visa in the article “Destination UKCollege and Undergrad.”
Valid supporting Documents for Postgraduate study:
Documents that you submit to support your visa application must be original. They will include certificates of your qualifications and the results of any English Language test you have passed to be accepted for study in the UK. You must also show you have held the money the UK Border Agency estimates.
You need a Tier 4 (General visa) to study in the UK. Visit www.ukba.homeoffice. gov.UK. As a Tier 4 (general) student visa rules for most higher education courses, you will be able to stay in the UK for a maximum of five years. When an institution offers you a place on a course it becomes your Tier 4 sponsor.
How do I enter the UK on a These are 3 main levels of postgraduate studies in the Tier 4 (General Visa)?
The UK’s point based systems is objective. You need 40 points to qualify for a Tier4 (General Visa) you can use
UK: Certificates and Diplomas Master’s degree and Doctorates.
Certificates & Diplomas: Are
anbir Kapoor was the latest actor to share his experiences with students of Anupam Kher’s acting school, Actor Prepares. It was part of the continuing series of discourses on ‘AN ACTOR PREPARES: BEHIND THE SUCCESS’. The initiative has been very popular with the students as it gives them a ring-side view to the behindthe-scenes stories of the hard work and struggles of the actors, and also directors, in the industry. Introducing Kapoor, Kher said that the actor had emerged as the fastest growing talent among the main stars in the business. ‘The unique aspect of Ranbir as an actor is that in each of his films he has emoted different characters, and with a great deal of credibility, yet maintaining his star status,‘ said Kher. In keeping with the format of the programme, Kapoor had a freewheeling and candid conversation with Kher, who quizzed him about his early days in the industry, his style of acting, how he researches his characters and his advice to budding actors. While confessing that he was basically a shy person, Kapoor acknowledged that he would lose that shyness in front of the camera.‘When the cameras roll, I get a sense of purpose. I start thinking that I am doing a job, so that is how I overcome my shyness,’ he revealed. ‘Family lineage or connections do not matter in the long run........There is no substitute for hard work,’ was Kapoor’s advice to the students. ‘I am glad that Ranbir took out time to share his thoughts with my students. He is young and talented and a lot of the students aspiring to become actors would want to emulate him. Interaction with him on his career and his passion for cinema will only help the students get an insight into Ranbir’s beliefs and approach to acting,’ said Kher. Actor Prepares is India’s finest acting school for talented individuals who wish to pursue careers as actor-performers in the entertainment industry. Established in 2005 by Anupam Kher, it is the only school for actors in the world, to be founded by an actor who is professionally active. The intensive professional-level course provides specialized training in acting. The classes at Actor Prepares are conducted by competent in-house faculty members who passionately teach the craft through practical, theory classes, games, exercises and extensively filmed practicals. In addition, there is a roster of Bollywood celebrities, which comprises the school’s visiting faculty, who share with students their invaluable on-the-job experiences and tips to success in the BEHIND THE SUCCESS discourses. Above all, each student receives individual guidance and counseling from the country’s most successful, trained teacher-actor, Anupam Kher, throughout the programme.
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From Kirthi’s Desk
Indians love embracing patriarchy – whether as in mythological stories or in daily living. Patriarchy teaches you to believe in this disgusting notion that a woman out on the streets at night is valueless, this filthy understanding that even a five year old girl is a sex tool, this cheap rule that a woman cannot do something or should not do something because she is a woman. And it isn’t just the men that believe this, but some of the women too, because patriarchy makes women afraid for themselves, for their daughters, for their sisters, for their nieces, for their mothers and for their grandmothers. So they inadvertently reinforce patriarchy – teaching their girls not to get raped, rather than teaching their sons not to rape. This patriarchy is a sword that hangs on the woman’s head, because anything that assaults their virginity – which, mind you, is saddled with the honour of their whole family – assaults the honour of their family. This enforces a brutish mentality that if she is raped, if that honour is violated, she has nothing left to live for. It is this blind attitude that makes us all see our women as chattels and property of men. We endorse this in an unabashed fashion – whether in our movies or in our social practices. A woman represents the honour of the three-tiered hierarchy that commands her life: her husband, her family, and the community she represents. A sense of zealous self-righteousness prevails among some Indian men. They dominate, violently, in the name of making a woman “understand the importance of her honour. If a woman continues to display her vulnerability, she is welcome, she is acceptable. The moment she asserts herself, throws an open challenge to the ‘accepted stereotypes’, she sends a subliminal slap to the ego of the male. What I want to say to all of you is very simple. Respect women. Every woman you encounter. And because of the proximity involved, doubly make sure that you do not deprive the woman you have a relationship with of the respect that she deserves – your sister, your mother, your aunts, your cousins and your friends. Each of them is a person with as real feelings as yours. She is a human being with aspirations. She has her own dreams, her own wishes, and her own fears. Be a beacon of light and stand up for her rights. The 23-year-old’s friend did his best he could . He is a good example for the values you should exhibit. No girl deserves treatment of such a horrific kind – and you can help prevent this from happening.
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his time, I speak to you on a painful point of view. The 23-year-old girl passed on as we were just welcoming the New Year, reminding us of the shoddy undercurrent of patriarchy that prevails in our country.
Kirthi Gita Jayakumar
You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it is raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus: An old lady who looks as if she is about to die. An old friend who once saved your life. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about. Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that there could only be one passenger in your car? This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. * You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; * or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. * However, you may never be able find your perfect mate again. The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. Guess what was his answer? He simply answered: “I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.” Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to “Think Outside of the Box.”
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What will you do if I run away with your sister?” The candidate who was selected answered... “I will not get a better match for my sister than you sir”
For Your Eyes Only
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for - Allan K. Chalmers Oh the battle of the heart and the head! Well I can’t say I can relate to your situation but I can surely understand it. I’m sure that when you both were in your respective hostels’ and college, life would have been different, easier back then. You get to see each other most days, hang out all day and then reach home just in time for some assignment followed by sleep, only to wake up a few hours later well within the reach of each other. And while that was great, according to you things seem better now. I’m not saying the college romance that you enjoyed was not good. But considering only you for a moment, you must feel that your life and I want to point out ‘your life’ is better now. I totally accept the feeling and agree with it too. The feeling of having your independence and being able to stand on your own two feet must feel amazing. However as you have stated in your question, your situation is related and different at the same time.,well your needs are also related and have changed at the same time. i.e. you love your boyfriend (of course) and spending time with him feels like you both have escaped to a different world But from most Mondays to Fridays you are happy and enjoy being in the sanctity of your work environment. I’m also quite sure of the fact that while in college you both would have spoken about a time when you would be living with each other and well now the dream has become a reality and you have to deal with it. So let’s try and solve this little situation we have. Let’s place the facts before us – 1. You both love each other very much 2.You both enjoy your respective space 3. Are you ready to take on the responsibility of taking care of yourself as well as him and also the house? 4. How will he react if you were to say no to this offer? Now let’s try and figure out your plan of action. I feel that you should tell him how you feel right now.Your state of mind and your plan. I know people say ‘be honest with him, tell him exactly what’s on your mind…’ but believe me, I don’t think that’s always the right move, especially with guys who are so involved
Alexandreena Sneha Radhish
I’ve recently started working after completing my degree and it’s been quite thrilling. Moving out of the hostel, getting a place of my own which I’m sharing with a friend, it feels so good to be able to pay your own bills for a change and do all those other things that you didn’t want to do because you would end up wasting your parent’s money. Though my problem is related to this but it’s also a totally different situation. My boyfriend who was my classmate has also got a job in the same city and he too is now living with a couple of his friends at his house because his parents have moved abroad for good. Recently his housemates found a job in another city and so they all slowly moved out. That left us living in the house during the weekends. It was great at first but suddenly something he said has got me thinking about life in a totally different way. He asked me to move in with him. I am not ready for this. I enjoy my freedom and don’t know what to tell him because an answer but ‘NO’ is going to cause a rift between us. Please help!
in a relationship. I say this because when a guy gets involved so deeply, it’s a make or break his heart situation, so take my advice and don’t hit him with the honest raw truth. Now let me be a little clear, I’m not asking you to lie or mince your words but what I am advising you to do is sugar-coat what you want to make him understand.i.e. tell him that you want to move in but probably in a while because it will be frustrating for both of you, as you both have just started working. Working all week is hard enough, you don’t want your relationship to go sour just because you are unable to deal with the fact that you will be sharing personal space and your‘me’ time will become shared time. Explain to him that the few hours away from each other actually helps, it makes you miss him more and you look forward to seeing him again. Being in each other’scompany 24X7 won’t help your relationship move forward because right now you both are in a crucial stage of your life, the foundation stage, where you both are trying to get established. Therefore it will be much better if you move in about six to eight months but definitely not now. Tell him how much this relationship means to you and that you wouldn’t want anything to spoil it, especially each other. Finally you should reassure him that you’re doing this so that your relationship remains strong and that this best for both of you. Make him feel that the weekends you spend together are so amazing and that you look forward to the weekend all week long. You look forward to enjoying uninterrupted quality time together. So for the betterment of your relationship you should push the moving-in to a little later date. I’m sure he will understand what you’re trying to convey and will also agree with it. Riya, the last thing you should do is to get frightened or scared. It’s just love and a little extra love never hurt anyone. So put on your thinking cap and get ready to have a serious yet loving conversation with your boyfriend. Remember that you can’t afford to make him feel as if you may be losing interest in this relationship. Instead your task ahead is to reassure him that this move may just be a little too soon. So don’t worry! Be happy! Things will be wonderful after all. ‘Love conquers all’
Hi Riya! The Grand essentials of happiness are:
JUS’ ASK BRINDA
Hi, I am a 23 year old girl working for an IT firm. Nowadays, when everyone is into relationships, I just don’t seem to be able to hold any man’s interest or attention for long. For all this, I am not a bad looking person at all. I do get men to be interested in me, we continue to chat, call, sms but no relationship or friendship with men continues for a longer period. Nowadays I have developed a complex and keep shunning men and console myself thinking that anyway within a few days, they will drop me like a hot cake. A best friend of mine says it is because “I am too nice”! Now what does that mean? And I am really confused and worried to the point it is affecting my work and peace of mind. I feel so lonely and lost. I would love to befriend a nice man, and get settled with him in wedlock. But with the complex that I hold in my mind, how do I get anyone to be interested in me? Please do help me Ma’am. girlfriend to allow sexual relationship before marriage, which may not be the right thing to do, according to you.
3. It could be the other way too. Men
may want their partner to fit into the stereotypical role, while you may be progressive not wanting to fit into a typical ‘woman’s role’. In such cases men would discard girls like you!
Eve’s Times is happy to announce that Family Therapist and Parent-Teacher educator Brinda Jayaraman will answer any query you want to ask relating to family and interpersonal interactions. Send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our office directly.
4. Do you have a low self esteem
which makes you shun away from any comment from men and feel inferior? Low self esteem would not let you talk what you feel too. This behavior would keep the boyfriend wondering why you are not open, and it could affect intimacy.
5. You are that superb material to whom
a good match may not be possible. The boyfriend feels uncomfortable in your very presence!
Jus’ Ask Brinda
For a girl of 23, not having a steady companion would surely be of concern. May be you need to examine why this is happening, before reinforcing negatives in you. I am going to put forth some questions to enable you to think on those lines.
1. Are you a person with a rigid belief
system? For an individual with a rigid belief system, right and wrong are what they believe and they will not be able to accept another person’s point of view! For example, if according to you drinking is ‘bad’, you would never agree with the other person for whom occasional drinking is not ‘bad’. Your rigid belief system would interfere with every issue in that case, which could have made him disinterested in you.
To stay married demands many compromises from both sides. The success of a marriage does not necessarily lie in finding the right partner, but in being the right partner. Even after loving each other for years, some love marriages end in disaster, because the focus is on changing the other partner. Kindly analyze yourself or take professional help so that you don’t get depressed because of a sense of rejection. If feedback from boyfriends were mentioned in the letter, I would have had an insight of ‘why’! Wish you good luck.
With warm wishes Brinda Jayaraman
2. Today’s men by and large expect a
‘modern’ girl, not only in the way she dresses up, but also in her outlook. If you don’t measure up to that level of modernity, men may be disappointed with you. To explain my thoughts further, some men may like their
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Salt ‘n’ Pepper korner
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gravy without using corn flour?Arudra, Kerala Most of the gravies are coconut based in South India and in the North, most gravy are thickened using onions. When you need to cook a gravy using dal, ground and add more onions and tomatoes to it. This will help to thicken it. Yet another method is to add a small piece of potato, mash and add to the gravy. There is no need to add corn flour at all. While making cutlets, what can I do if I run out of bread crumbs to dust the outer coating? Raveena, Madurai If there are no ready to use bread crumbs at home, look around for some slices of bread at home. Crumble them lightly with your hand and then lightly powder it in a mixer. Use this instead of bread crumbs. Or else, if you have oats at home, take some, powder them lightly in a mixer. Use this to dust the cutlets with and deep fry.This is healthier than using bread crumbs. The cutlets would be tastier and crunchier as well. I always get my dishes saltier than they need to be. What can I do the next time it tastes salty?-Rathi Ramakrishnan, Chennai Try to add less salt to your dishes. Be very conscious about it. But despite that you end up adding more salt, add a raw potato or a raw banana stem (a piece) to the dish.The excess salt will get absorbed. Also, if there is excess oil floating on top of your gravy, take a slice of bread, dab the bread on top of the floating oil and throw it off. Now you are well rid of the excess oil in your gravy.
Can you please give me some ideas on how to make oil- free channa masala?-Shambhavi Mitra, New Delhi.
It is very simple. In fact, a whole lot of dishes can be made literally oil free. To make channa masala, soak the channa overnight, wash out well the next day, and pressure cook well. Once it is done, in the stock remaining after cooking channa (do not throw it out), add onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger paste, chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and again pressure cook the whole thing for five minutes. Once the steam is let off, open the pressure cooker and you would notice that all the ingredients are well blended. If you feel it is not blended well to suit your taste, crush it lightly in the mixer (just a twirl) and then boil again for two minutes. Now you have your channa masala ready without having used even a single drop of oil. You can cook rajma, white peas and green peas too this way. Most often I run out of corn flour or forget to stock it. How can I thicken
The name “Mallika Badrinath” is familiar to most homemakers in South India. Till 1988 , she too was a homemaker ; now she is an internationally acknowledged culinary expert, with an eager audience latching on to every word she has to say about food and cooking in her television shows. Her books are sold like hot cakes across the world. She is a symbol of women achievers of India. Hers is a success story that has been an inspiration to many women.
Make your kitchen experience exciting using Mallika Badrinath’s wise counsel. Mallika has recipes for everyone; even bachelors and children can turn out a delectable meal using her guidance. So go ahead with your kitchen queries and prepare healthy, tasty meals with the help of the Cuisine Queen of South India.
Glow of good health
How are oats beneficial to our body? How does oats help in reducing cholesterol levels?
We get to see a lot of TV ads and commercials on oats. People are still unsure as to how oats would be helpful in reducing cholesterol. Oats has a soluble fiber called betaglucon which is helpful in reducing cholesterol.Anything that is slimy, SUCH as in fenugreek, has soluble fibers. Oats has a very high content of these soluble fibers. Due to the slimy property of these soluble fibers, once you take oats, the soluble fiber betaglucon in oats sticks to the fat deposits floating in the blood. And later on, it gets ejected from the body as human waste. Hence, oats not only helps to reduce cholesterol levels, but also helps to reduce weight. All the butter and vanaspati we consume each day, is a major contributing factor to cholesterol levels. affected by high or low BP, make sure to reduce your intake of salt, and avoid over indulgence in pickles and pappads. Shift to taking green tea and as much as possible, reduce drinking coffee. Add plenty of garlic and onions to your dishes.Your daily intake of oil should be restricted to just 3-4 tsp per day. Munch on fruits and vegetables; drink plenty of orange juice and lemonade. Lemon is a welcome panacea for all ills.
Vote for Oats
What produces acidity and how can it be balanced?
There are two types of foods- acidic and alkaline. Acidic foods include cereals and legumes. Alkaline foods include fruits and vegetables. Our blood is alkaline and we need to balance our food. Acidic foods are toxic and most often deposited some place in the body. If there is a weak spot in our body, acidic foods tend to get accumulated there. To prevent this and to create a balance, our diet should include 2/3 alkaline foods and 1/3 acidic foods. Ensure that you take at least five helpings of vegetables and fruits in a day. If you do so, you will have the correct balance in your body and acidity won’t be a problem at all.
Is low BP more harmful and fatal than high BP?
Definitely yes. A person diagnosed with low BP or hypotension needs to be doubly careful. He or she can be confronted with sudden giddiness. BP of all kinds afflicts people who are over stressed and do not have a proper and positive attitude to life. Lack of exercise too can contribute to BP. Most often, it is noticed that people who have low BP are unusually sensitive and not very forthcoming or open to interaction. Whether you are
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n Smile Easy R ecipes
ere are some exclusive easy to make recipes that you could use to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Master Chef Vikas Khanna along with Om Books International get these mouth watering, delicious dishes that will surely help you woo your partner.
Valentine Special Recipes
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Frozen Yogurt – A Healthy and Yummy Concept
ere is a great story about a dynamic entrepreneur from New Delhi, GS Bhalla. He broke new grounds by introducing a concept—the frozen yogurt chain in India. He claims to follow the sun, and this is no flippant remark, but his inspired way of saying that he lives in the moment and tends to move at lightning speed. After graduating from Delhi University, Bhalla opted to forego studies at a business school and set up his own business venture in 1994—a corporate gifting company. In the year 2000, he realized that there was a huge opportunity in the Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) space. He started catering to the healthcare companies in the US with back end services. Around this time he traveled across the globe for his KPO business. During one of his visits to South Korea, he sampled frozen yogurt for the first time and subsequently tasted it very frequently in the USA. When he thought of entering into the fast growing foodand-beverage industry, he thought of introducing something for the young, health conscious urban Indians. Keeping the extreme hot weather in mind, he thought of this cold treat as a viable business option and launched Cocoberry, India’s first frozen yogurt store. He opened the store with the dream of creating a niche market. The first store was opened at the posh South Delhi locality—Defense Colony. It took the business a few months to gather momentum. There also were innovations and transformations along the way. Today it has outlets across the NCR and has extended its footprint in Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Goa and Ahmedabad as well. What was the thought process for the inception of Cocoberry?
On what shopper insights did the inception took place? Cocoberry, the name is a blend of two words- “Coco” from Cocoa beans and ‘Berry’ from the assortment of fruits that the company serves along with freshly made non-fat frozen yogurt. It is India’s first premium frozen yogurt chain. The objective when we launched it was to create a brand around the health and wellness proposition - which was contemporary and fun. The brand is about guilt free indulgence. How has the shopper accepted Cocoberry? What are the strengths that make Cocoberry stand out differently and emerge as a chosen brand among many other brands in the same category? Cocoberry was the first to bring the concept to India. Its acceptance can be judged from the fact that we have 1.75 million fans on Facebook - It is the largest fan base of its category outside the US. They have become fans entirely through viral communication and not through any organized effort to build a fan base. The majority of our fans are under 25. More than half our customers visit our stores at least once a week. You started out with Rs 5 crore of investment and are planning to raise the investment to 100 crore in 5 years to come, please share the shopper insights based on this decision. I would not like to comment on planned investments, suffice to say that there is a lot of scope for growth of the brand and we will continue to pursue opportunities for profitable expansion. Why do you think that Cocoberry has started to market and expand
itself aggressively around this time? Is this a calculated move to be present in the shoppers’ mind? Our pace of marketing or expansion has not really changed. As I mentioned, most of our marketing is viral, so we do not need to spend significantly to be present in the shoppers mind. How much focus do you give to instore activations and how much of your budget is planned for the same? Our stores are relatively small so there is limited scope for in-store activities, as compared to other retail formats. We have had co-branding partnerships which have been well received and we are currently pursuing other such opportunities. Share details of your associations with NGO to save the children and DILF. What made you partner with two different sectors of social activations and share with us your thoughts on that? It’s just a part of giving something back to the community, in a way that is relevant to our brand. These are not activities where we would want to measure any benefits. Apart from expansion plans, what are your future goals? Any innovations that you have taken up in retail space? This is a business where one has to constantly innovate - particularly if one has to retain the loyalty of a young and highly aware customer base. There are several new products which will be launched over the next few months. Do visit our stores to learn more! Any in store promotions you have carried out which have resulted in
positive response? We are about to launch our loyalty program - Cocoberry Club, which would offer our customers more benefits than any other programs in the category and would further strengthen our relationship with our customer. Here are some easy to make healthy and quick recipes of Frozen Yogurt that the dynamic entrepreneur of Cocoberry shares exclusively for our readers.
Peach Frozen Yogurt
1½ cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder (optional) ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sliced fresh or frozen peaches that have been thawed
Combine yogurt and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Freeze for 2 hours. Transfer frozen yogurt to a food processor and add peach slices. Pulse a few times until peaches are broken but still chunky and incorporated with the yogurt mixture. Transfer back to medium bowl and refreeze for another 1-2 hours depending on how hard or soft you want it. Enjoy easy frozen treat guilt free!
Gingersnap-Banana Frozen Yogurt
2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt, softened 6 gingersnap cookies, chopped 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
Layer equal portions of frozen yogurt, chopped gingersnaps, bananas and pecans into 4 small dessert cups or glasses. Freeze until the yogurt is firm, at least 10 minutes.
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ikas Khanna is a New York based award winning, Michelin Starred Indian chef who garnered a lot of popularity as the host of the TV Show Master Chef India. He is a multi-tasking man involved in a number of activities including the responsibilities that go with a restaurateur, food writing, filmmaking and humanitarian. Brought up in Amritsar, Vikas Khanna was born with mangled legs and he bravely overcame it and reached the zenith. It was at his grandmother’s side that he began to learn the intricacies of Indian cuisine and started his own banquet and catering business, Lawrence Gardens, even when he was a teenager of 17 years. Based in New York, Khanna figured among the list of the Sexiest Man Alive by People’s magazine in 2011. He has also been referred to as ‘The Hottest Chef in the World.’ He has worked with many honored global chefs in New York. He has authored a few books, including “The Spice Story of India”, “Flavours First” and “Modern Indian Cooking”. His latest launched book is “Khanna Sutra”. Read on as Vikas Khanna shares about his transition from being a chef to an author, his latest book, his journey as a chef and much more…Excerpts from an exclusive interview by Rishi Wadhwa:
From Chef to author, how has the transition been? I have been writing books since 2004. I think literature is a great tool to create awareness about your cuisine and culture. I love it when people cook from my books and spread the word. The transition has been amazing.
Tell us about your latest book Khanna Sutra. We always use the words like “Cook with your heart” and this book captures the essence of it. But, I go one step further and say “Let your heart cook for you”. This book is an essence of love, passion and food. That’s everything that binds
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Dr Rajinder Johar and Jayalakshmi Saroj Dr Rajinder Johar was a successful occupational therapist before Fate rendered him a quadriplegic in 1986. Six years later, he founded Family of Disabled (FOD) and published India’s first magazine on disability.
r Rajinder Johar is a man with a warrior’s spirit. On March 30, 1986, miscreants entered his home and he received bullet injuries in the scuffle that ensued during his efforts to protect his family. An injury to his neck resulted in quadriplegia, or paralysis of all four limbs; he was to be bedridden for life.
only penniless and with dysfunctional hands but was also new to the place [Delhi] and its people.After my brother made me a writing device my urge to work increased.
As an experienced physiotherapist, Dr Johar drew from his inner reserves of inspiration, grit and determination to turn a personal tragedy into an opportunity to serve society. By 1992, he had worked his way beyond the physical limitations by establishing a charitable trust to provide sustenance for people with disabilities. Let’s hear it from the hero, in his own words…
“To run any organisation, there are three key necessities: personnel space and funds; if one has funds the other two can easily be arranged. Of the three I had only space to work — my bed and the room to which I am confined to for more than 26 years. Most of my visitors, looking at my paralysed body [neck downwards] and bedridden state, forbade me from starting a venture like FOD lest I had to shut it later. But my education, training and experience as senior occupational therapist saved me from a purposeless existence. Even if I failed in my mission I had nothing to lose as my doctors in Lucknow, where I was treated initially, had declared me almost a vegetable.
“During the first year, my immediate family and relatives helped FOD financially. The organisation, in its quest to solve the problem of funding, located Shivani Gupta — an artist who had taken to painting after becoming a quadriplegic — and bought four small designs from her, which were marketed as greeting cards.
Q Looking back, what were
the obstacles you faced “Ignoring the negative advice of people, and how did you overcome I advertised on cable TV and managed them? to get two lady volunteers, each helping
When I thought of launching an NGO, Family of Disabled [FOD], I was not me for a couple of hours whenever they found time. We began with publishing The Voice — the country’s first magazine on disability.
“FOD’s service towards the disabled was reported by a section of the media which drew public attention and a trickling of funds. FOD has never availed any grant from the government. We generate funds through donations, sponsors and monthly disposal of waste material, which we collect from various sources [since 2006].Today, FOD has 12 paid staff members and seven projects in its kitty. FOD has been introducing a new project every third year, the next [and the biggest] being the construction of a multipurpose rehabilitation centre for the disabled [due this year].
What was the attitudinal approach of society towards the disabled and how has it changed now?
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providing them interest-free soft loans. The attitude of the society towards disabled people has certainly changed over the years though the pace is extremely slow — from that of sympathy to empathy. Many opportunities are available to the disabled, be it education, employment or technology.
“Promulgating pro-disabled laws has also played a crucial role in the welfare of people with disabilities. Recently, the government created a department for the disabled with an exclusive budget. The media too has played a significant role in sensitising the masses about the needs of special people.
It has been organising exhibitions of paintings and sculptures made by disabled artists/sculptors in Delhi every year, offering them a means of livelihood. The artworks are received from all parts of the country. Starting with a dozen artists in 2001, FOD has located 140 artists to date. It is the only endeavour of its kind in the country.
inclusiveness. He placed a person with a sound mind (physically disabled) and another person with a sound body (intellectually challenged) together on a job, thereby creating one healthy individual. The results obtained were amazing. This formula needs to be replicated more often, and in more places.
Eve’s Times salutes the indomitable spirit of this awe-inspiring achiever. Visit: familyofdisabled.org
FOD has provided a range of assistive devices to more than 900 people, making their daily routine comfortable and convenient.
Have the chances of employment for the disabled improved over time?
Definitely. Apart from the 3 per cent reservation in government jobs, which is likely to be enhanced, corporates and PSUs are showing an interest in employing people with different disabilities. The Prime Minister has urged the private sector to reserve jobs for the disabled, adding that employers will be offered incentives. The newly formed department of skill development will also create more opportunities for the disabled. Besides, NGOs like FOD also provide openings for self-employment and refer jobseekers, registered with them, to relevant HR agencies.
The organisation has received 19 awards including two national awards for its service to the disabled fraternity. It was also one of the two organisations portrayed in Satyameva Jayate, a show on social issues, hosted by Aamir Khan. A documentary titled Still Standing, produced by Pennywise Films and directed by Pankaj Johar [my son], was adjudged the best film in two film festivals.
What should be done to bring about an inclusive society?
Talking about an inclusive society has become a trend today. However, inclusiveness should not be limited to teaching institutions alone. It has to spread to employment and other sectors too.The word ‘inclusive’ should not mean coexistence, on equal terms, of the disabled and the non-disabled.
Tell us about the achievements of FOD.
FOD pioneered the country’s first magazine on disability in 1992.
FOD has encouraged 640 disabled persons towards self-employment and raised their socio-economic status by
It is also essential that people with different disabilities work together, rather than being segregated in groups. This concept is not a new one. The late Mr N Swaroop, founder of Pt Deendayal Institute for the Physically Handicapped [Delhi], successfully proved way back in the early 1960s that by engaging people with different disabilities, together, under sheltered conditions is also
Gayatri T Rao
“Support is something that needs to come from within,” opines Arnab Kanti Mishra. An IIT Guwahati post-graduate in Physics, Arnab started his career in the corporate sector where he worked with companies like Jet Airways, Sutherland and i2m Management services. Post which, he learnt film making and did a stint with production houses, before starting his own venture, AKM Communications, which offers 360 degree brand communications services across the verticals of Films, Photography, Design and Content. His clientele includes GE, Hamleys, BSE, PVR, Reliance, DHL, Microsoft, Epigram advertising, IL&FS, Aamir Khan Productions, UHP Technologies, among others.
interesting thing about Arnab is that he gave up a secure job to learn the technicalities to hone his passion, followed it with a freelancing stint, before eventually getting into entrepreneurship. Asked, why he quit a secure job, he says, “During my stint in the corporate world I realized the many barriers corporate hierarchy can pose; this affects the pace of work too. I also realized that my creativity was getting limited and biased while following the norms. Considering all these together I decided to start out on my own.” He freelanced as a photographer as well as made documentaries and short films. When asked about his passion, he says, “I am a film maker, photography is something that comes along with me. During my days at IIT I only used to watch films and gradually I developed interest in film making; photography has been a hobby. I personally like abstracts and nature most. But have also done product shoots, fashion shoots, publicity stills and promotional shoots, as and when there has been work requirements.” He has also conducted a workshop on film making recently for the students of IIT Guwahati, which received a good response. He plans to conduct similar workshops across other colleges too. “I believe, whatever I have learnt, it is my duty to pass on the knowledge to
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Health & Fitness
Balance – The perfect mix up
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The land of islands, beaches and architectural marvels-
nown for its rich cultural heritage, Greece is considered to be the birth place of the European civilization. During the fifth century BC Mediterranean art, drama, sculpture and literature developed in Athens and several other cities in Greece. Modern Greece is a unique country where remarkable technological advancements have happened, still retaining the cultural flavour of its quaintness and the richness of its archaic civilization. Greece offers its tourists all the modern day luxuries. Moreover, one can regress back in time and enter into the bygone era by savouring the unique experiences visiting the architectural marvels and ruins of the antediluvian era.
The Greek Islands are one of the favourite tourism destinations in Europe. They are the most popular Greek holiday destinations, particularly during summer. Big or tiny, green or infertile, the islands are ideal for all types of visitors offering excitement for the adventuresome and relaxation
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The Future isn’t so bright!
Kirthi Gita Jayakumar
women must maintain their maryada (Hindi - which translates to mean morality), or face the consequences. So men have no morality? They can rape in the name of righteousness? The worst of the worst is Asaram. I will not call him Bapu, he doesn’t deserve it. It is absolutely intolerable to speak ill of women. To say that this is such a disturbing trend is not saying enough. If those in leadership roles themselves have irrational comments and ideas to offer, how can Indian society hope to improve? Their myopic ideas of the ideal appear to stem from a very deeprooted and parochial mindset. It is this mindset that allows the continued perpetration of sexualized crime and discrimination based on gender. mudslinging. On the flipside, Aditya Patlurry, a techie, says, “Politics is a game. It doesn’t matter if it is Rahul Gandhi, Gadkari, you, or I. To be up there needs some degree of power, and the stomach to surge forward to demand that power as a matter of right. Anyone who can do that is fine enough.” Rampant corruption remains a concern for some, though. Young medical student Prathishta Nambi says, “I will be voting in the next general election. I am torn in a dilemma of sorts – on the one hand, I must vote because it is my duty as an Indian citizen. On the other hand, I have no choice – except between corrupt and corrupt.” Monisha Mehra, an engineering graduate, echoes the same sentiment, but says that she will not go forth and vote, because no matter what her choice, only corruption will be the winner.
sk the youth of the country about the political scenario in India. Anger greets you – the emotion flying in your face raw and thick. Most of India’s youth, academia and activists suggested that the Delhi gang-rape incident was the hardcore evidence of a prevalent undercurrent of patriarchy. And they were absolutely right. Just proving them right was Asaram Bapu, a person seen as a spiritual guru by many in the country. His (un)wise words were that had the girl called her rapists brothers, and had begged them to leave her alone, while chanting mantras repetitively, she would not have suffered. He’s not the only one to belt out such nonsense.
What these leaders have professed is nothing more than impute that what a woman does or does not do, is enough to determine that she can be raped.
Abhijit Mukherjee, the President’s son, decided that the women who fought for the cause in the protest rallies in Delhi were painted and dented. Botsa Satyanarayana, the Chief of the Congress in Andhra Pradesh, thought he had sense when he said, “Just because India got freedom at midnight, is it necessary for women to move on the streets at midnight?” I’m not even bothering to say anything here – it has to be the daftest reasoning I’ve heard, ever. Mohan Bhagwat of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh claimed that such incidents don’t happen in Bharat, but in India – ‘the globalized Bharat that is corrupted by the west.’
Speaking of leadership, there is a lot of conversation bouncing off the walls about Nitin Gadkari and Rahul Gandhi taking on key roles in their political parties. Ask the youngsters about it, and they have nothing appreciative to offer. Gadkari made a mess of a comparison of Swami Vivekananda with the absconding underworld donturned-terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. Rahul Gandhi is walking into a shamefaced Congress Party that is facing abject disrepute.
What does India’s youth think of either leader?
The ignorant man fails to realise that violence against women has been inherent in the ethos of rural India as much as it is in urban India, and affects all women of all classes. I’d like to ask him if he’s read the Ramayana. And then there was Kailash Vijayvargiya, of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, who said that
Divya Gupta, a young architect says, “I think it is time to revisit the Indian political scenario with a complete change. It is in no one’s interest to continue with the prevailing leadership, and with the opposition. It is an open secret that the country has tainted fingers anyway!” She adds that she is upset at the cavalier attitude in which Rape is treated in the country – as waves of headlines only narrate new incidents, with the government and the opposition still indulging in shameless
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AND THE WINNER IS…..
Rishi Wadhwa Filmfare celebrates 100 years of Hindi Cinema at the 58th Idea Filmfare Awards ceremony
Offbeat cinema turned out to be the toast of the season with Barfi!, Kahaani, Vicky Donor, Gangs of Wasseypur and English Vinglish being nominated for the best movie at the 58th Filmfare Awards. The award was won by none other than the favorite of the masses,’ Barfi!’ Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan were back as the masters of ceremony along with Karan Johar at the 58th Idea Filmfare Awards 2012. Together, they mesmerized the audience with their brimming wit and humour. The stars came out in their glamorous best as they walked down the red carpet to witness the much awaited awards function of the year. The show was kicked off by Shah Rukh Khan wishing a very happy birthday to Bollywood with his entertaining and energetic act which he specially sung for his entry performance. He charmed everyone as he sang and danced to some evergreen tracks. Stunning and svelte Anushka Sharma swayed to the romantic tracks of fifties and sixties along with her latest movie’s number ‘Oh boy oh boy charlie’. In the midst of all the glitz and entertainment, the envelopes were opened on stage to reveal super talents and award winners of 2012. The winners accepted the coveted black statuette with excitement and fervour. This year the black lady was embellished with a golden plate to celebrate the 100 years of Hindi cinema. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Late Yash Raj Chopra for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema as director, producer and script writer. A leading lady in some of his films, Madhuri Dixit presented this prestigious award to his wife Pamela Chopra. Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan won the Best Actor Male and Female Award for Barfi and Kahaani respectively. And they both repeated last year’s history, when Ranbir won for Rockstar and Vidya for The Dirty Picture. “I feel blessed to be associated with the kind of films I’ve been doing. I thank Sujoy (Ghosh) for all the madness that led us here, and Sethu (cinematographer) for making a pregnant woman look beautiful. As a child I would stay glued to the TV to watch Filmfare. As the bible says ask and you shall receive,” said Vidya on winning the award. Backstage she said, “This is the first time I am coming with my husband (Siddharth Roy Kapur). Interestingly I met Siddharth for the first time at the backstage during Filmfare Awards some years back. So it is a very nostalgic feeling for me today.” Ranbir Kapoor’s thanksgiving speech was the highlight of the evening. His speech was only through expressions, just like his deaf-mute character in the movie, ‘Barfi!’ “Yash ji came to Bombay with Rs 200 in his pocket, dreams and his mother’s blessings. He was the humblest person I have known in my life. Three things he loved - films, food and family - in the same order,” said Pamela Chopra, wife of Yash Chopra when she recieved Yash Chopra’s Award 90
THE THE WINNERS WINNERS
Best Director: Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male): Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi! Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female):Vidya Balan for Kahaani Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Anushka Sharma for Jab Tak Hai Jaan Best Music Director: Pritam for Barfi! Best Lyricist: Gulzar for Challa from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Best Playback Singer (Male): Ayushmann Khurrana for Pani Da Rang from Vicky Donor Best Playback Singer (Female): Shalmali Kholgade for Pareshaan from Ishaqzaade
Best Actor (Male): Irfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar Best Actor (Female): Riccha Chaddha for Gangs of Wasseypur Best Movie: Gangs of Wasseypur
Debut Director 2012: Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish Debut Actor (Male): Ayushman Khurrana for Vicky Donor Debut Actor (Female): Ileana D’Cruz for Barfi!
What’s New in the Market?
SYMETREE LAUNCHES THEIR EXCLUSIVE BEJEWELED NATURE COLLECTION
The Collection is inspired by nature’s poetry on exotica. Symetree redefines the term adornment, where jewelry is given new meaning. A brand which tries its best by way of nonstop innovation in jewelry designs. Symetree presents jewelry with an aura of its own. It is the proportional equivalent of luxury and creativity, a tribute to design aesthetics and artisanship on metal. Symetree, a brand synonymous with creative luxury designs, introduces a range of rare and exquisite brooches- the first ever series inspired by Lepidoptera or simply, butterflies, the ‘social insects’. Butterflies have always been popular motifs in visual and literary arts; the bejeweled Butterfly collection by Symetree is truly a priceless possession.These brooches are perfect to pin on to your ensemble, or you can wear them on your purse or in your hair, these brooches double up as pendants too and the superlative use of mother of pearls, diamonds, emeralds and tourmalines makes it a perfect accessory for the winter afternoon, polo matches as well as late night bonfires. The irresistible combination of colors, styles and designs are definitely eye catching. Upholding the Lepidoptera designs along with the contemporary trends, the nature collection by Symetree is all set to gather applause not only for their class and designs, but for their finesse and ultra-sharp finishing. Elaborating further on the collection, Abhishek Haritwal, Managing Director, Symetree, says, “I was looking for a new form that I could adapt into a signature series – Butterflies are nature’s poetry on exotica and I think the unique forms of brooches we’ve created capture and hold the intensity of the gaze far more than the standard approach to circular designs involving precious stones”.
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Gear up to experience the authentic and alluring ensembles embodied with just the right touches of style and drama of doué couturier Mrunal Yangad at her newly launched fashion store ‘MALACHA DESIGNS’ in Juhu. You will fall in love with the striking collection available at the store. ‘MALACHA DESIGNS’ known for its extravagance yet subtle, traditional yet contemporary, Indian yet western silhouettes, designed and crafted with precision. This collection at display is an exquisite mix of Bridal/Festive and western wear. The designs are an amalgamation of two complete different cultures! Glamorous and ethereal collections are designed through her creative mind for the everyday woman, the brides and an exquisite bridal trousseau, evening wear and prêt couture line! Intricate embellishments and embroideries are used to complete and enhance each ensemble. Her work is an expression of herself, her style and her passion for innovative and exquisite designs. The architecture of this store is a fusion of the classic and modern era. Gold and cream are the colors used aptly to reflect the positivity and élan, making the ensembles look out of the box. Mirrors are used prominently to reflect the light. Motifs in the interiors are inspired from the Victorian and byzantine period. “With god’s grace we have come up with our second flagship store. For this I have pooled in my best resources to create a fabric magic, fusing together the richest and most unattained material, now even available at the second store in Juhu,” excitedly shares designer Mrunal Yangad. Unblemished and effervescent silhouettes and style are synonymous with Designer Mrunal Mistry Angad. Her belief in perfection and success, led her to have a second flagship store MALACHA DESIGNS. The road had been laid carefully and it is surging towards elevation since launch.
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‘The Gold Nile’ Collection by Audelade Rishi Wadhwa
Combining the ancient weave technique with handcrafted gold artisanship, the Gold Nile collection is inspired by art and engraved with creativity. A black canvas is illuminated with a fine 1822K gold smoothened to perfection. Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian ancient culture, this collection features the Gold Nile Envelope clutch purse, pumps, and delicate strap-ons for women. The men’s collection features a jet black formal with gold buckle detailing.
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Combining luxury and comfort the Gold Nile Collection brings to you these glamorous heels with a delicate strap which are hand crafted & hand woven in 18Kt gold Price: INR 2,64,000
The Cleopatra Clutch
As the name states this Hand woven & Hand crafted 18kt gold Cleopatra Clutch depicts strength, beauty and elegance. Price: INR 3,13,500
Men’s leather and Gold shoes
These Hand woven & Hand crafted formal 18Kt gold combined with the finest genuine leather men’s shoes, redefines Luxury. Price: INR 3,55, 000
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omewhere in the sleepy fishing village of Egypt, corals of myriad colours suddenly washed ashore. Carefully picked up and shining in dazzling light, these pretty stones inspired many an artisan and craftsmen to create precious jewels. Metro’s ‘Essence’ collection is an ode to those. The carnival of colours, magnetic energy and various styles like ballets and flats make this collection befitting for all fashionistas. Wear these to the next party or dress it down with slim pants and a hobo for the perfect office look. Colour palette ranges from earthly tones like browns and rusts to bright and fun like sky blues and canary yellows Make these your perfect substitutes for accessories! Pick your pair from the nearest Metro Shoes outlet in your city. Available at all Metro Shoes outlets Price Range: Rs 990/- onwards
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Elegant yet simple, just right for an evening out Style your summer with jeweled foot accessories
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A perfect Valentine’s Day treat
The Cupid flavors at the Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon
Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon, introduces gourmet delights for your beloved ones on Valentine’s Day. Stir in the special ingredient of the day, love, with dearly loved ones with a lavish buffet dinner and spirits at Red Zen featuring an array of foods. The exotic menu includes fresh lobsters, plump oysters and decadent chocolate desserts over an over a candle-lit table. Cost: Rs. 3500/- + taxes per person (one complimentary glass of wine for the couple.) Timing: 6:30 pm up till midnight Guests can also enjoy dining at all day dining restaurant, MoMo Cafe where the buffet would be priced at INR 1495 plus taxes per person. You can buy beautiful gift hampers with an array of delicious cupid treats like chocolates, cakes, goodies at MoMo 2 Go from 10am to 10pm. Guests can also become the part of the draw; the lucky ones may win exhilarating gift vouchers. To make the soiree unforgettable, the courtyard ambience livens up with mesmerizing music by a live band performance enchanting on the rhythm of romantic melodies.
aui Jim, the world’s fastest growing, premium polarize sunglass maker, launched Pearl City, a sporty, feminine sunglass style in India. Pearl City’s high-grade injected nylon frame is lightweight, tough offers superior fit and comfort. The modified, rectangular frame of Pearl City compliments a wide range of facial shapes and comes in three different colors.This new offering from Maui Jim is priced at Rs. 9,740/- and is available at all leading stores across the country.
Neutral Grey for bright, sunny days, HCL® Bronze for variable light conditions and Maui Rose™ for the sharpest contrast and image resolution. Pearl City has MauiGradient™ lenses that have a darker tinting at the top that gradually gets lighter moving down the lens. With its SuperThin (ST) Glass lenses that are 20 percent thinner and lighter than conventional glass lenses, 99.9 percent of glare and 100 percent of UV rays are blocked by Maui Jim’s patented PolarizedPlus2® technology. Only Maui Jim lenses use three rare earth elements to significantly enhance colors seen through the lenses. Each lens has nine layers of protection against the sun, as well as waterproof and oleophobic coatings and a CLEARSHELL® scratchresistant treatment. MauiGradient lenses are available in prescription also.
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Pearl City is an ideal choice for those who love spending time on water, driving to work and everything in between. This midsize high-grade nylon frame is lightweight and comes in three different colors namely Black with Blue Interior, Tortoise and Chocolate Fade. While customers have a range of lens tints to choose from -
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artavya Healtheon has launched its Disease Management Services for HIV patients for the first time in India. Kartavya Healtheon is one of the leading disease management companies in India that was established in June 2008 with its corporate office located in Mumbai. With its unique concept of Health back a program positioned to deliver savings and quality of life improvement by empowering individuals with information to make decisions that are evidence-based and enhancing individuals’ skills for self-care and selfmanagement, Kartavya offers Patient Management service to individuals suffering from HIV by focusing on disease awareness, medication adherence and maintaining healthy lifestyle. The program is designed to target the elements that support the best clinical and financial outcomes: The Right Health Care Provider, The Right Medications, The Right Care and The Right Lifestyle. HIV/AIDS is now viewed as a chronic disease, in which patient management is an integral component. Kartavya Healtheon is a disease management company with a patientcentric service model, where all services which a patient requires are provided at their doorstep. The servicing team ensures that each individual is given assistance and support on a regular
basis through telephone calls, SMS, pill reminder machines and even personal visits by field based counsellors. It addresses issues of therapy compliance, medication adherence, prevention, disease awareness and management. Vikram Srivastava, CEO and CoFounder, Kartavya Healtheon says -We educate and support HIV positive patients to seek early, preventative care in order to prevent HIV transmission and stay compliant to treatment. DM plays a vital role here as it helps to overcome the scepticism and strengthen the courage of the patient so that he lives a normal life.” To achieve efficacy, the company is leveraging on its technical prowess to make disease management more effective and efficient and to take it to the next level with its innovative technology. In addition to that, it is in the process of rolling out day care centers and family doctor services to address the needs of primary health care in major cities of India in near future and become a pioneer in patient care management across the country. The company has spread its operations in 21 cities across India in merely 4 years. Kartavya’s prime focuses of chronic condition are diabetes, cancer and Hepatitis B, but now they are also highlighting the dark side of HIV and thus helping HIV-AIDS patients to grow in a healthy environment with respect, helping them to manage the disease in the right manner.
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