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APRIL (FIRST) 2009

Vol 36, Issue No. 848


CONTENTS
BUILDS HAPPY HOMES
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(1917-2002)

SUMMER & TRAVEL SPECIAL


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STAY FIT BEAUTIFUL
LITTLE KNOWN
LYTTELTON
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

GETTING THERE WHILE TRAVELLING CRUISING IN ALASKA


Kasturi Rangachari Suman Bajpai Amrinder Bajaj

86 JAKARTA AND SRI LANKA: DALADA AND SRI


PARATHAS MAHABODHI TEMPLES
Dr Beena Rani Goel Zareen Myles

ARTICLES
CAIRO DIARY
D. B. N. Murthy

7
ENJOY STAYCATIONS
Sudha Chandrasekaran

12 BEAT THE HEAT WITH


32
TRAVEL THROUGH 56
COOL TOUCH REIMS
Suman Vats Ameeta Sharma A SPECTACLE
64 WHY MASS COMM OF BEAUTY &
EDUCATION? GRACE
Suman Bajpai

76 HOW ABOUT BORN


IN INDIA
Rajib Sen

90 AN ARTIST FORESEEING
COOKERY
THE 22ND CENTURY 48 BAISAKHI FESTIVITY Chicken
in peas

40
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● Indian Bread
all the spices. aside. The
s. Keep
2-3 minute be spicy and tasty.
ghee and

93 HELL IN PARADISE PAIN


filling should salt and
Sift the flour, water to knead so
enough dough stir gently
add just Divide the each lauki and to mix into
is a time into a dough. s. Roll out
the grated
Baisakhi lauki beginsthe curd and

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portion chappati that the
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while adding low flame,

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sooji is evapor
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the top
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cubes
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and the small pieces. oil to taste pieces in

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leaf into and cook


1 bay cut and salt chicken
have been of water oil in a kadhai
half cup in the filling: Heat the
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2 chilli powder bring the gravy
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EDITORIAL
REGULARISING SURROGACY FALL OF FREE MARKET ECONOMY

O B
ver the years, business of surrogacy has ritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown had declared
mushroomed throughout India. Just take a look to take full responsibility for his role in the
at the statistics. At present there are about banking failure that led to global recession. He
17000 fertility clinics all over India. Mostly serving to the claims that the downturn marks the end of the era of
foreign clients, these clinics churn out an annual laissez-faire government.
business of about Rs 2000 crore in surrogacy. In an interview, he concedes that in retrospection
Certainly, quite impressive figures. But strangely he wishes he had mounted a popular campaign 10
enough, at present there are no rules and regulations years ago to demand more responsible regulation of
or laws to govern this vast business, which is sure to the world’s financial markets. Then, Asian countries
grow further in the years to come. were facing similar problems and Western nations
Nowadays, newspapers and magazines openly thought they would go away on their own. Brown claims
carry advertisements for the services of the surrogate that the 40-year-old prevalent orthodoxy known as the
mothers. Huge sum of money is involved in the entire Washington Consensus in favour of free markets has
business with, of course, assured secrecy for the come to an end. Laissez-faire has had its day. People
women desiring to rent out their wombs. But lack of a on the centre-left and the progressive agenda should be
proper governing law means, that there confident enough to say that the old idea
is every possibility of cheating or being that the markets were efficient and could
cheated. work things out by themselves are gone, he
Taking note of the vastness of the says.
business and associated complications, Reasons are simple. Most people want
the outgoing Central Government had the business to adhere to the same values
proposed a law and drafted legislation as they practise in their daily life. People
for the same. But it could not frame it, will rather reward hard work rather than risk-
as by then general elections had been taking and rash driving, they want to support
declared. enterprise and not excess. They want to
So the country will have to wait till the support people that take responsibility and
formation of next Lok Sabha. Experts in not run away from it. This eye-opener has
fertility business are hopeful, that the come in wake of the revelation that
new government will frame the laws as soon as unemployment in Britain passed the two million mark in
possible after assuming power. Then, they maintain, the three months by the end of January, 2009 reaching
there will be no room for the legal complexity in the its highest level since 1997, according to the official
business. figures. The jobless total reached 2.03 million, pushing
Whether the government keeps their expectations or the unemployment rate further to 6.5 per cent.
not, only the time will tell. But one thing that highlights This rapidly rising number of unemployed youths is
in the whole scenario is an unpardonable negligence definitely going to put enormous pressure on the
on the part of the government. country’s government. Already demands have begun
It allows certain activities to grow unchecked and to be raised there to deport the foreign nationals
comes round only when some ambiguity surfaces. working in Britain and deny visa to freshers. What is
General understanding among the public is that you more, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
cannot start your business legally, for at every step predicted earlier this month that unemployment would
the government machinery will interfere with your climb to 3.2 million by the end of 2010. These
working. revelations are coming amidst the International
Yes, if you have the guts, you can start anything by Monetary Fund (IMF) prediction that Britain’s recession
greasing the palms of local authorities. When you begin would last longer than that of anywhere in the world’s
to flourish, government will come itself to grant your other major economies. All these developments point
work a legal recognition. Sadly, this is how business to the fact that in near future, governments in western
grows in India. countries will meddle more with day-to-day business
And sadly this is how the whole picture has become activities. There will be more regulations making it hard
so haphazard, where an honest and hard-working for the youth from Third World countries to settle there.
person hardly gets an opportunity to grow. Hopefully India and other developing nations will have to put their
with new Parliament in place, a new system will stakes in correct perspective in G20 meeting that is
emerge where business regularisation will not mean going to start in London from 2nd April, 2009.
under-cloth dealing. write to: letters@womansera.com We

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ENJOY
STAYCATIONS A look at a frugal
and relaxing modern
concept!
By Sudha Chandrasekaran

re you suffering from and return to work with a

A
vacation envy as you see relaxed, refreshed and
your plans vanishing due to positive outlook. With soaring
the skyrocketing prices of petrol prices and financial
petrol and airline tickets? meltdown, staycations are a
Vacations carry important new reality in the West. In our
benefits for stress country, too the staycation is
management, productivity attracting workaholics and very
and health. Unfortunately, frequent travellers who travel too
many people do not avail munch on work.
of vacations because of time or I do enjoy travelling a lot but of
money constraints. Luckily, there are late this idea of holidaying at home
ways you can enjoy many of the seems to appeal to me. People may that combines “stay” and “vacation”
benefits that a vacation would bring think it is a good idea to save on and refers to a holiday that takes
without spending as much time or costs during these hard times. But place either at or near home.
money as you would on a “formal whether recession or otherwise, a According to The New York Times, it
vacation”. vacation at home is indeed most is “a neologism used by those who
Recently, we have been hearing welcome. prefer to unravel the mysteries of the
a lot about ‘staycations’. It is the new world from the comfort of their living
buzz word which encourages people room couches”. The recent emerging
to take a vacation at home and be a STAY AND VACATION vacation trend, staycation is a holiday
tourist in their own city. Go on a “Staycation” was coined by minus the stress associated with
frugal staycation filled with old Canadian comedian Brent Butt in his travel and it is a period of time
favourites and new adventures! famous television series Corner Gas. wherein an individual or family stays
Chances are that you have not It became popular with the soaring at home and relaxes or takes day
experienced everything in your local gas prices and economic slowdown. trips from their home to area
region. Save money, avoid crowds, The staycation is a portmanteau word attractions.

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RECENTLY, WE HAVE behavioural shift caused by a rapidly-
changing travel-cost structure. There
The answer to all these queries is the
staycation! On taking a walk
BEEN HEARING A LOT are no logistical worries related to somewhere you normally drive
ABOUT travel. “You can switch to sloth mode
and simply be yourself, unlike travel,
through, you might be surprised at
the things you notice for the first time.
‘STAYCATIONS’. IT IS where you put yourself through a There are plenty of ways to find
THE NEW BUZZ demanding schedule to get your
money’s worth,” explains financial
culture and excitement in your
hometown without spending much
WORD WHICH consultant Sushma Agarwal. money.
ENCOURAGES PEOPLE People take staycations for many
reasons – including but not limited to Tips for enjoying your
TO TAKE A VACATION saving money, avoiding travel are staycation: First and foremost,
AT HOME AND BE A taking advantage of and enjoying remember that a staycation is just for
what is available in their own city. It is you or your family. So guests are
TOURIST IN THEIR not just fuel costs that make people unwelcome!
OWN CITY. unwilling to travel. Threats of Change your routine: It will not
terrorism have made local and feel like a vacation if you do the same
Staycations have become a trend international travel much more things. Shake up the routine! Be
as people attempt to go easy on their agonising, as vacationers deal with spontaneous and give yourself
wallets. More and more people are added security, long lines and new unscheduled time for fun. Do the
opting for staycations forgetting far- visa requirements. A romantic unexpected. Your usual routine will
flung journeys to exotic locales and evening in a hotel just down the be there waiting when you are back
these staycations can be more street from a couple’s home, could to work!
memorable than distant vacations. be a lot less stressful than planning
There have been a few terms tossed and taking that holiday abroad. Become a local tourist: You can
around regarding the idea of enjoying “The staycation is a choice we are play ‘hometown tourist’, and enjoy
your summer at home. We have making,” asserts techie Srinivas the fun things that your city (or
heard the terms: staycation; surrounding areas) have to offer
fitcation – enjoying some time off which you normally might go out
while focussing on your fitness; of your way to experience.
daycation – taking day trips Rediscover the things you love
usually on one tank of petrol or about your hometown. There is
less. sure to be some local attractions
In some ways, it can be even you have been meaning to visit for
more stress-relieving because it years. Pick up a guidebook and
typically involves less planning discover what visitors enjoy in
and expense. The staycation is your town. The staycation is
just one example of a actually a very good idea In fact, I
have lived for 10 years in
Colombo, Sri Lanka, but have
never visited the museum there
which was about five minutes’
Ramachandran. He continues, “We drive from my residence. Our
work and travel 24x7. The staycation relatives who visited us took the
is an opportunity for us to reconnect opportunity to visit entire Colombo
with ourselves and our homes. It’s city which we ourselves had not
the only time when my done!
overscheduled family forgets the
clock and makes day trips to the ECR Unplug: After all, we have a
or simply chills out in the backyard. staycation is life unplugged as home
Bliss – without depleting our the place where we are most
savings!” connected. To name a few of them:
Has your leave balance risen to the phones, computers,
absurd levels? When is the last time Internet–enabled gadgetry etc.
your family had a meal together? Turn off the cell phone, take off
Have you visited the nearest park, the watch, put the Blackberry in a
strolled on the beach or hopped to drawer, stay away from e-mail and
area attractions in recent months? screen your telephone calls. Resist

8 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


YOU CAN PLAY downtime and let yourself do
whatever you feel like. You have the
use this staycation as an excuse to
document your native environs.
‘HOMETOWN luxury of time to sit back, relax and
TOURIST’, AND immerse yourself in great books
which you have been gazing at
Immerse yourself in nature:
Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of
ENJOY THE FUN longingly as they sit taunting you on a staycation. Slow down. When was
THINGS THAT YOUR the shelf wishing you had time to
read them.
the last time you laid back and
watched the clouds roll by, enjoyed
CITY (OR the chirping of birds early in the
SURROUNDING Try something new but do not
over-book yourself: After your
morning, had a relaxed swim in your
club, and took a leisurely stroll talking
AREAS) HAVE TO staycation is over, your fond sweet nothings with your spouse?
OFFER WHICH YOU memories will be triggered and you Now is the time to reconnect with
can relive the fun. You may also be nature and renew your romantic life!
NORMALLY MIGHT more inclined to do such fun things Plan an overnight camping trip, which
GO OUT OF YOUR during the rest of the year when you will be fun too.
are not vacationing, which might
WAY TO provide a wonderful escape that can Set the time and date: Give your
EXPERIENCE. help stave off burn-but. staycation a start and end date –
otherwise, it runs the risk of feeling
the temptation to check in with work. like just another string of nights in
Pretend you are too far away for front of the television. So co-ordinate
anyone to reach you. The biggest your calendars, synchronise your
challenge of your staycation is to watches, and settle on specific days
keep work at bay. when you can officially be on
staycation.
Eat out: Dining out is part of any Though environmentalists support
holiday. Go on a gourmet hunt. Invite the trend as a “sustainable” vacation
some friends for dinner or join some because you save on fuel, avid travel
get together of your friends in a good bloggers dismiss it as “sad”. The best
restaurant. Your expense will not be way to maximise the benefits of a
much when compared to the savings staycation is to draw up a strategy. It
you have made by enjoying a cannot become an extension of your
staycation! regular life. It has to be absolutely
stress-relieving.
Relax: It is best not to over- Decide up front what you want to
schedule oneself. Leave time for have at the end of the vacation.
Staying productive can help you
refresh and recharge yourself, for,
too much downtime can actually
drain energy. For some, the
Pamper yourself: Be bold strangeness of different cultures or
enough to splurge and treat yourself languages, figuring out foreign
kindly. Visit a day spa. Spend the currencies or worrying about lost
entire afternoon lounging in one of luggage can take a toll and hence the
those glorious robes while you get a staycation appears to be a boon for
massage, facial, pedicure and them.
manicure done. It makes all the This concept is yet to take root
difference between a staycation and and the majority of the travel lovers
just a week hanging around the feel that nothing replaces the renewal
house. that comes from going physically
away from our daily life. Anyhow, a
Take staycation pictures: Why staycation need not be the second-
is it that most of the pictures we have best to a get-away. With a little
of ourselves are taken when we are planning, your frugal week could be
far away from home, in unfamiliar everyone’s favourite “trip”. So why
surroundings, wearing very casual not give staycation a try this
clothes? So get out your camera and summer? We

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ummer is here again with

S
the heat and humidity
keeping us hot and troubled.
No matter, how much effort
we make to avoid the sun’s
rays and scorching high
temperature, the energy
crunch will affect us all
through the summer.
According to the eminent
observers the “summer heralds the
arrival of sweat, drainage of energy,
dehydration, characteristic diseases,
harsh sunburns, deep tanning and
myriads of skin and hair problems.
One must have the required
knowledge and skill to combat this
problem at its earliest stage before it
becomes aggravated. However,
survival can be ensured by following
the saying, ‘better late than never.’
Extra time and attention is demanded
for giving everyone a glowing fresh
look, confidently bearing the
scorching heat and the merciless
impacts of heat waves on the skin,
hair and health. Food intake needs
to be taken care of for sustaining the
glow and as for maintaining good
health.”
Basically we tend to expose more
of our body to the sun especially

BEAT THE
HEAT WITH
COOL TOUCH
By following the
advisory mentioned
there in depth, you can
surely beat the
scorching summer.
By Suman Vats
during summer which results in the breathable fabric like cotton should
loss of water from our body by the be used.
DO NOT GO OUT
process of draining (sweat) and so Besides this, make a habit of INTO THE SUN
there is a lack of resistance and
energy. So maintaining the body
splashing your face gently with water
for instant freshness (try and use
SUDDENLY FROM A
water level is very important. mineral water). It is important to COOL OR AIR-
Increase the intake of liquid foods like
juices, sodas, shakes, nibu paani
cleanse your skin properly in the
summer to cool yourself. Wash your
CONDITIONED ROOM,
(lemonade) and water. Drink at least face four-five times a day with cold OR DO THE OPPOSITE.
eight glasses of water and
intersperse these with fruit juices,
water and a soap-free cleanser. This
removes the build-up of sweat, dust
LEARN TO BECOME
including citrus, apple, apricot and and make-up from your skin and ACCUSTOMED
pineapple – also vegetable juices, keeps the pores clean. Since facing SLOWLY. WHEN OUT
especially carrot, tomato and celery the sun cannot be avoided, exfoliate
It is better to avoid heavy and fatty twice a week and get a facial every IN THE SUN, MAKE
foods especially those which are oily. fortnight to maintain a healthy and SURE YOU USE AN
Fruits are the best active energy balanced skin. Exfoliation removes
agents that keep you ever active. Eat dead skin cells, tones and adds a UMBRELLA OR A HAT.
fruits like grapes and watermelons glow to your face. Your skin loses its
that keep the body cool and help in natural moisture in summer. Hence,
regulating the heat. Try to eat fresh you must use a moisturiser daily
and green vegetables as much as irrespective of your skin type. Apply it
possible during the day. on duly cleansed skin before going
With a little care and precautions, to bed at night, so that your skin
you can beat the heat. As you step regains the moisture it has lost during
out of the house, make sure to apply the day.
a sun screen lotion on your face,
neck, hands and other exposed parts
of the body. Use a sunscreen of SPF ROSE WATER
15 or higher. In this way, you can Rose water is one of the natural
protect your skin from getting burnt. If skin-care products immensely useful
you do burn, apply aloe vera or during this hot-wet season. Equal
lotions containing it. This will cool and quantities of rose water and
soothe your skin and help you heal cucumber juice have to be bottled
faster. For the lips, the best and refrigerated. This soothing lotion
protection against sun damage is a can be refrigerated for seven days.
water-resistant lip balm that keeps To treat heat rash apply home-
the lips moist and has an SPF of 15 made yogurt all over your body
per cent or higher. If your skin tans before bath or add turmeric to the tomato are very effective in removing
easily, then wear clothes that cover yogurt and apply it. If you have any suntan. These natural products
your arms and protect your skin from skin-related problems you can add should not be used directly on your
harmful rays of the sun. neem juice to the pack and apply it. skin but should be applied with a
Do not go out into the sun Natural bleaches like lemon and base. If your skin is sensitive to
suddenly from a cool or air- lemon and tomato juice, apply a
conditioned room, or do the opposite. mixture of cucumber and
Learn to become accustomed slowly. turmeric juice three-four
When out in the sun, make sure you times a day.
use an umbrella or a hat. A hat gives Do not go out during the
ideal protection from the burning hottest part of the day,
effects of the sun. It is effective in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
cutting out the sun’s rays from A thin mixture of red
reaching the scalp and reduces the sandalwood powder and
damage to a large extent. Mesh rosewater applied to
hats are translucent and allow your skin two-three
the sun’s rays to penetrate times a week can
through it thereby rendering help it become more
it useless in its supple. Take an
duties. Hence, hats of aromatherapy
floral water or hydrosol along for the hair. The hair wash after swimming
day to stay refreshed. Each evening, rinses away the chemicals that might
splash lots of cool water on your linger in the hair.
eyes. You can soak some cotton During this season your make-up
pads in cool water or rose water and should be reduced to the minimum
place them over closed eyes for 10 and the emphasis should be on
minutes. Keep your feet clean and naturalness. Avoid using foundation
cool. Wear sandals when you can to creams and lotions of any sort
let your feet breathe and stay odour- because heat may cause them to run
free. down your face. Use a lipstick of a
The hot sun’s rays not only harm pastel shade and use rouge
the skin but also affect the hair. Thus, sparingly. Finish your make-up with a
hair too requires special care and light puff of powder. Switch to
attention during the summer. The products that can handle the heat
most important point in summer hair- and sweat.
care is to adopt a manageable Look for a long-wearing eyeliner
hairstyle for the seasons. It is most which is also water-resistant. If it’s
really hot and you don’t want to go
to the trouble of applying full make-
up, a touch of waterproof mascara
and a little eyeliner will open up the
convenient to sport short hair during eyes and bring your face to life. Use a
the hot days, as it is hassle free and cooling pack comprising cooling
does not frizzle. Summer heat makes agents such as cucumber, rosewater,
our hair brittle leading to hair sandalwood, Fuller’s earth, camphor
damage. Try to use hair moisturisers powder, neem leaves etc.
if you don’t use alternative hair
polishers like coconut oil, cream, gel
etc. COOL PACKS
“It is imperative to use a mild ● Apply one spoon each of honey
shampoo specific to various hair and lemon juice to your face every
types to cleanse and preserve its day. It will noticeably lessen the
lustre. A clarifier should also be used darkening of skin due to sun exposure.
to wash away dirt and other ● Prepare a green tea brew.
chemicals from the scalp and the Freeze the brew to form ice cubes.
hair. A conditioner enriched with Rub the cubes gently all over your
sunscreen should be used that will skin for a cooling effect.
form a protective layer ensuring a ● Application of mashed unripe
longer living shine. A pinch of papayas as a face mask is an
sunscreen may also be applied on excellent way to prevent premature
the hair and scalp to be washed ageing that comes with constant
away later, for that extra protection. exposure to the sun.
Hair colouring and highlighting ● Aloe vera is the perfect cooling
causes dryness that makes the hair remedy for a sun-burnt skin. Pluck a
appear dull and coarse to touch. fresh aloe vera leaf and extract its
Hence, control experimenting with gel. Apply it to the face and rinse it off
your hair in summer months.” after it dries for a cooling effect.
Even though summer calls for ● Apply a paste of freshly ground
swimming and playful splashing in green mint all over the face. Leave it
water, one must not overlook the on for 15 minutes and then wash it
harmful effects of chlorinated water off. This pack will absorb the internal
on the hair. The best action would be heat of the skin.
to rinse the hair before and after ● Take one tablespoon or some
swimming. The hair wash preceding quantity of besan as required by you.
swimming enables the hair follicle to Mix double the quantity of curd and
soak up fresh water that minimises apply the mixture on your face for 20
the intake of chlorine or salt water minutes. It has a cooling and relaxing
that causes intense damage to the effect on the skin. We
A promoter introduces
Samsung’s new
Tristar 7.9 millimetre
thick liquid crystal
display (LCD)
television which the
company plans to
produce in China.
Meanwhile, a Chinese
court recently ordered
South Korean
electronics giant
Samsung to pay
compensation to a
local cellphone
manufacturer Holley
Communications $
7.3 million for alleged
patent infringement. New-age marvel

Nothing left for imagination


Sofiya Rud’eva
participates in
a swimsuit
competition
before being
crowned “Miss
Russia 2009”
in Moscow.
She will vie for
Marathon voyage ‘Miss World’
British rowing adventurer Sarah Outen leaves the title in the next
lights of Fremantle harbour behind at sunrise to start her competition.
marathon voyage on the Indian Ocean heading for Mauritious.
She hopes to make the 5,000 kms trip in 100 days.

Aamir Khan celebrated his 44th


birthday on March 14, with his fans at
his residence in Mumbai.
Aamir turns 44
Australian model Erika Heynatz (centre R),
touches a 2.1 metre high Barbie Doll chocolate
mud cake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
world’s most popular doll on the foreshores of
Sydney Harbour on 9 March. (Inset) The Japanese
actress Akina Minami shows off the Barbie model.

Barbie Doll’s 50th anniversary

Love for animals


Animal party organisers Rima
Parikh (L) and Yasmin Waskow
(R) pose with a fully grown
National symbol

miniature horse called “Willow”


at the “Woofstock 90210” pet
show in Beverly Hills.

A swan-shaped
boat is moored at
a pier on Lake
Inawashiro in
Inawashiro. The Here is Denmark’s national symbol the statue of
boat started Little Mermaid which sits on a rock in the
operating from this Copenhagen harbour in Churchill Park with one
spring as arm missing. The sculpture is likely to head for
sightseers have China next year in nearly a century to be exhibited
started visiting in 2010 Shanghai World Expo, while most Danes
the lake. are opposed to its going out of Denmark.
Swan-shaped boat
DUBAI EPISODE -1

The roads have lawns and flower beds edging them.

he process for an Indian there is also a resident visa which an


All sorts of

T
(and people belonging to individual working in Dubai can use
several other countries) to to sponsor his family. A married man
people want to get a visa to visit Dubai is a can sponsor his wife, his unmarried
little strange. One cannot just daughters and sons who are either
reach Dubai for all apply for a visa as one can under 18 or still studying. An
when one wants to visit most unmarried man can sponsor his
sorts of reasons. other places. Instead one parents. A man can sponsor his
has to be sponsored by a family only if he is earning more than
Here’s what person or organisation in Dh3000 and gets accommodation
Dubai. That person or organisation from his employer/company or if he
happens to those will then be issued the visa. People earns more than Dh4000. A woman
working there can sponsor visas for can sponsor her family only if she is a
travelling relatives and friends. If one gets a professional – a doctor, engineer,
job there, one’s employer will nurse, teacher, etc – but women who
as tourists. sponsor one’s visa and if one is a earn enough are often allowed to
tourist, the hotel one is booked at bring their families in on humanitarian
By Kasturi Rangachari does the needful. grounds.
However, people from America, The government announced some
Europe, etc. can get a visa by just time ago that they were going to raise
asking for it on arrival at Dubai the amount that a person had to earn
airport! to bring his or her family to live with
This is to visit the emirate, but him or her to Dh10,000 because they

18 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


The Marhaba lounge at Dubai airport.
A MARRIED MAN
CAN SPONSOR HIS
WIFE, HIS
UNMARRIED
DAUGHTERS AND
SONS WHO ARE
EITHER UNDER
18 OR STILL
STUDYING. AN
UNMARRIED MAN
CAN SPONSOR HIS
PARENTS.

The skyline of Dubai. The city is full of imposing buildings.

felt that the city was getting too printouts and waited with our hearts take-whatever-you-can-get-free style
crowded, putting an enormous in our mouths. We had provided two (this middle-class attitude of mine
pressure on the infrastructure. But copies of each visa printout. In greatly embarrasses my whole
the current financial crisis has put all hubby’s case, both printouts were family!) I said I did – to the great
those plans on hold. faint but legible to a person with surprise of my husband who looked
We were being sponsored (for sharp eyesight. But in mine, my at me as if I had gone crazy. OK,
visitor visas) by our elder son who name was clear in one copy and the breakfast at 5am is crazy, especially
works in Dubai and he had applied visa number in another! I prepared to if one has hogged in the lounge just a
for visas for us. Once he had got point this out to the immigration while earlier, but I was not going to
them, he had scanned them and sent official but it wasn’t necessary. The pass up on any freebies I was
them to us by both e-mail and fax. man just checked our faces against entitled to!
This is what he had done on earlier our passport pictures and stamped
visits too. But for some reason, this our papers and handed them back to
time, the printouts of both the e-mail us. We were through! AIRPORT WELCOME
attachment and the fax just weren’t We still had an hour or so before Once the plane rolled to a stop on
clear enough. So we were rather take-off time and just had the security terra firma, we exited with our hand
nervous. The original would be check to go through. But, because luggage and there, as we came out
waiting for us in Dubai but Indian we were travelling business class, we of the aerobridge, stood a smart,
immigration authorities would have to could use the business class lounge neatly-dressed young lady holding up
accept our visas and let us leave! to wait in comfort. a placard with our names on it. This
When our turn came, we went We went on board and were was the Marhaba service welcoming
together to an immigration counter, served a welcome drink and asked if us to Dubai!
handed over our passports and visa we wanted breakfast. In true Indian The Marhaba (the word means

20 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


welcome or hospitality) service is a Marhaba girls will whisk you eyed. Anyway, my son and daughter-
Meet and Greet service which is through immigration, iris check and in-law have decided – in the
meant to ease a passenger’s way baggage collection as they are disconcerting way grown children
through Dubai airport – a place so entitled to jump queues with their often do – that their middle-aged
huge that a plane-load of passengers charges and so, they get you out of parents/parents in-laws (both of
can easily get lost in it never to be the airport pretty fast. They will also, whom hold down jobs and lead pretty
seen again! The Marhaba girls, who if you want them to, take you to a full lives) are so fragile, vulnerable
are all identically dressed in black Marhaba lounge to relax, deliver and downright foolish that they need
stockings, black skirts, white shirts flowers and visas and arrange for a to be looked after and escorted from
and yellow jackets, know the shortest limousine service. the plane to where they would be
routes to take, where the elevators, The Marhaba Diamond service waiting for us!
escalators and people movers are ensures that you are met as you Our Marhaba girl had our original
and the routes that the golf-cart-like come out of the aerobridge, while the visa papers and we jumped a queue
vehicles you can use to spare your Marhaba Standard service meets you of about a hundred people at
feet, take. farther along the way. immigration and were rushed
through. We were also spared the iris
THE MARHABA A NEEDLESS LUXURY identification procedure that
passengers usually have to go
GIRLS, WHO ARE You can of course manage through. Finally, we were helped to
ALL IDENTICALLY without paying for this service (only get our checked-in cases and
two Marhaba girls had been booked brought out to where my son and
DRESSED IN BLACK for our flight), and I suppose the daughter-in-law were waiting for us.
STOCKINGS, BLACK service is an unnecessary luxury. But We drove home along clean, wide
it is nice to be cosseted and looked roads with impressive buildings on
SKIRTS, WHITE after when you have been up the either side. I looked around with
SHIRTS AND whole night and are pretty bleary- interest. How was the worldwide
YELLOW JACKETS, recession affecting Dubai, I
wondered. My son had told
KNOW THE me that construction activity
SHORTEST ROUTES had slowed down, that many
people had lost their jobs
TO TAKE, WHERE and that real estate prices
THE ELEVATORS, were plunging.
Yes, many of the
ESCALATORS AND construction sites along the
PEOPLE MOVERS. way were deserted though it
wasn’t a holiday. And there
were fewer cars on the road
too. Dubai had always
seemed a city that was
growing at a hectic pace. But
it no longer did.
However, the city seemed as well-
planned, clean and well-regulated as
it always had been. Everything was
spic and span and even in this desert
city, one could see a lot of greenery
in the form of edging to roads and
parks.
As we drove along Sheikh Zaheed
Road, we saw on one side, the raised
track of the Metro that Dubai is
building to ease its traffic problem. At

A vast amount of construction is


constantly going on in Dubai. 70-75 per
cent of total employment is under the
construction.

Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009 21


intervals along the track were the caught you are fined and the news
steel frameworks of stations and of the fine is faxed, e-mailed or even
over-bridges for passengers. But, in SMSed to you with disconcerting
an emirate which prides itself on the promptitude. You are then expected
speed at which projects are to pay the fine within a week.
completed, work on the Metro has If you haven’t given a fax number,
slowed down dramatically – thanks e-mail identity or cell number to the
again to the worldwide economic authorities, you are expected to pay
crisis. There is even talk that the your fine(s) first when you go to
Metro, like many other projects in renew your car registration,
Dubai, has been bought up by oil-rich something which you have to do
and cash-heavy Abu Dhabi. every year.
This puts a big question mark on
the future character of Dubai. Of the
seven emirates that make up the FINE ON THE FREEWAY
UAE, Dubai has always been the You are fined if you run out of
least conservative and most outward petrol on the freeway too because
looking. But this may change if you are causing inconvenience to
traditionalist Abu Dhabi gets the other drivers. Cause an accident or
upper hand. Abu Dhabi has always be involved in one, and you have to
disapproved of Dubai’s openness, stay put till the traffic police arrive
but Dubai has always known that and check the accident scene and
Marhaba girls welcome arriving visitors.
unless it is open and all-embracing, it talk to the driver(s), the injured and
will not be able to attract the tourists other witnesses. If the accident has
who are the life blood of this emirate AND IN BETWEEN THE caused injury or death, the driver at
that has no oil and depends on
construction, retail, trade and tourism
MAIN ROAD AND THE fault is promptly taken into custody.
Every accident or infringement of
for its growth and prosperity. INNER ONE ARE STRIPS traffic rules earns drivers black marks
Except for the traffic, it’s a OF LAWN AND FLOWER on their licences. Too many black
pleasure to drive in Dubai. Most marks can result in a licence being
roads, not just the freeways or BEDS. IF ONE GOES ON revoked for a certain length of time.
arterial roads, but also the main AN EARLY MORNING About a year and a half ago, the
roads in residential neighbourhoods, Dubai government started levying
are four- or six-lane ones, with inner WALK, ONE CAN SEE tolls at four points on three busy
roads on either side allowing DOZENS OF roads in the city – the Garoud Bridge
approach to shops, residences and Road, the Mahqtoom Bridge Road
parking. GARDENERS WATERING and Sheikh Zaheed Road. Owners of
THESE LAWNS. vehicles have to buy Salik tags and
put a sticker on the windscreens of
STRIPS OF LAW test are routinely failed a few times their vehicles. The toll is
And in between the main road and before they are given their licences) automatically deducted from the
the inner one are strips of lawn and and the traffic police come down hard amount they paid for their Salik tags.
flower beds. If one goes on an early on any infringement of traffic rules. Trials, not just for traffic violations
morning walk, one can see dozens So people tend to drive carefully. but for all infringements of the law,
of gardeners watering these lawns, If you want to cross the road where proceed quickly and punishments are
weeding and watering the flower there is no pedestrian crossing (only severe, but fair. A prison sentence is
beds and transplanting flowering possible if it is a narrow, inner invariably followed by deportation.
shrubs and plants into the beds. Most neighbourhood road), cars will stop In fact, constantly hanging over
of the gardeners I saw while on my and drivers will gesture to you to the heads of the 3.23 million-strong
morning constitutionals were South cross and wait patiently for you to do expatriate (called expats for short)
Asians. so! community which forms nearly 80 per
As we drove along home we could Radars on all the main roads cent of the population of Dubai, is the
see cars of every possible make all check each passing vehicle for speed threat of deportation not only for
around us. The traffic was very limit violations, jumping red lights, violations of the laws of the land, but
orderly. Traffic always is in Dubai. It’s etc. Erring vehicles are immediately even for losing their jobs or having
very difficult to get a licence here (the photographed and the photographs their visas cancelled. And that’s a
process for getting a licence is long clearly show the licence numbers and great incentive to keep them on the
and people appearing for their final the drivers of the vehicles. If you are straight and narrow! We

22 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


To you with Hope
Covert police work brought sanity to a family wrecked by domestic violence.
By Neelam Chandra

W
hen Sameera returned from her school that an angel would come to her one day, sit with her,
day, she could hear her mother again find out her grief and with some magic make her
shouting and pleading for mercy, right happy.
from the entrance. She knew her father Sameera entered her home to find one of the
must again be hitting her mother. In fact, violent scenes. Her father was pulling her mother’s
this had become a regular activity in their hair and sometimes hitting her and at other times
house. She was only eight years old, but touching her body with a hot cigarette butt. Her
the circumstances in her house had made her more heart bled. She shouted and started hitting her father
mature than her age. At times, her father would be with her small, timid hands. At this juncture, she was
very loveable, caring and cuddling and speaking not even afraid of what her father would do to her.
softly to them all. At other times, he would suddenly Her father suddenly stopped hitting her mother
get violent. Of course, he rarely troubled her and started laughing. He took her in his lap and
directly, but during such times, her mother would be said sweetly, “Sameera, you are a darling daughter.
his object of hatred and violence. And this was a Do you know, darling, that I am Lord Ram and your
scene she dreaded the most. mother Sita who had run away with Ravana? That is
While she was smaller, she would hope that why I was hitting her. Since you are stopping me, I
either her nana or mama or chacha would come will not do it.”
and save her and her mother. But with experience She literally jumped down from his lap and
and time, she learnt that relatives come and go and reached out to her mother who was lying on the
nobody had a solution to her father’s violence. floor with dishevelled hair. Sameera straightened
While she would go and sit on her mother’s lap later her mother’s sari and took her to the bedroom of
to show her love, her mother’s tears seemed to tell their two-room flat. She got Burnol and applied it on
her that this was their fate and they had to endure her mother’s burns. Later, both of them cuddled and
this all their lives. But her infant mind would always cried for hours.
feel that there was some solution to these problems, If Sameera could hear the cries and wails of her
although she did not know what it was. She hoped mother from so far, she was sure that her neighbours
She defends herself from the onslaught of her husband, must also be hearing them. She wondered why her
suffering from schizophrenia. neighbours never came to help her mother, although
normally they would talk to her so nicely as if they
were her best friends. She felt that the rasogullahs
shared by Mrs Ghosh, their next door neighbour, or
the puran-poli shared by Mrs Kulkarni below, had
no meaning if they could not share her grief. At this
instant she hated them all and was angry at her
mother for even speaking to them.
Although she knew it was of no avail, she was
again asking her mother why they don’t leave the
house and run away somewhere. Amidst tears, her
mother asked her where they could go. One by
one, Sameera started suggesting all the relatives’
names. Her mother kept giving her some reason
or the other why they couldn’t go to those
people’s houses. This questioning had become a
routine and so had the answers. But today Sameera
made one more suggestion.
She told her mother, “Mummy, we will run away
interest to you, so I have
just kept it.” Now that
Mala was a pragmatic
SHORT

STORY
and you can work as an ayah in my school. My lady Piyush always valued her judgement.
teacher is very angry with the present one. We can He read this letter from a girl, Sameera, and
then stay in the school. Since I always get the instantly liked the girl. Although it was not
highest marks, my principal loves me a lot. She will strictly a part of his duty, such cases always
give you the job.” What her mother could not tell her aroused his interest, for he was also a
was that she was qualified enough to be a teacher writer. Moreover, as DCP he could help
herself. But she was not allowed to work and that such cases. Mala must have sensed his
she didn’t have the courage to stay alone in this interest in them.
society which was full of wolves.

O
Sameera remained dissatisfied. Although her n first thoughts, he thought of sending
mother had accepted all the domestic violence, she the girl and the lady to an NGO
could not. She wanted to do something for her home, but then, on second thoughts,
mother, to save her from all these problems. She was decided to meet Sameera himself.
not able to digest why her mother wanted to After the VIP visit, he decided to see her on a
continue staying with such a devil. Sunday evening. He decided to dress up simply and
not as a police officer. He also preferred the Maruti

S
he switched on the TV. There was some news car to the police Jeep and reaching there all alone.
regarding a boy who had bravely run away When Piyush knocked at the door, a little girl
from the clutches of a gang of kidnappers. The opened it and asked, “Whom do you want to meet?
kidnappers had locked him up in a bathroom of one My father is not at
of the general class coaches from Kolkata and were home and we do not
taking him to Mumbai. The boy had started shouting entertain visitors.” He
seeing some policemen at a big station despite did not feel like
knowing the fact that the gang was sitting near the revealing his true
door of the toilet. The policemen were alert and identity, since he
sensitive to his call and had caught three members would not get to the
of the gang and also rescued him. Sameera root of the problem if
suddenly got an idea. She decided to write a letter he did so. He instantly
to the head of the police, DCP Ashthana, whose decided to pose as an
interview was being shown on television. She old friend of
scribbled: Sameera’s father,
Respected Ashthana Uncle, whose name Yash
Uncle, I am Sameera and stay in your city. I am Mishra was written on
studying in St Michael High School in Std: 3. I see the name plate at the Cleanse your face twice daily with a
you catching so many thieves and goondas every entrance of the flat. good cleanser. Give your body skin a
day. Uncle, can you please save me and my The curly hair and full moisture treatment.
Nutrition plays a big part in improving
mummy. Uncle, my papa is a devil. He hits my fair round face of the the condition of your skin. Spring
mother all the time. Today he has burnt her with little girl had an time is time when fresh, green
cigarette butt at many places. Uncle, I have tried innocent beauty in vegetables and fruits come in handy
for maintaining a glowing skin.
telling all my relatives and all my neighbours also them and the In case you are habitually using a
know the problem. But nobody helps us. expressive almond- foundation, then choose the light-
If you help us Uncle, I will give you my doll, like eyes seemed to weight one with SPF protection of
minimum 15.
Pinky. I normally do not let even Tanisha and Anita tell a hundred stories. Spring season triggers many
touch her, although they are my best friends. Hearing the noise, her allergies. A cool compress before
mother also came applying cosmetics can help prevent
Waiting for you, minor allergies.
Your small friend, near the door and, Use Vitamin E oil before you sleep.
Sameera. fearing that her This will freshen the skin which has
grown dull after winter.
Piyush Asthana was in a great rush in the office daughter must have
that day. There was a VIP in the town and he had to said something
take care of the entire bandobast. His steno, Mala, awkward,
brought the dakpad with the important letters. She immediately
also handed him one letter saying, “Although this apologised and
letter is not exactly important, I thought it may be of asked Piyush who he

Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009 25


was. He replied that he was Piyush Tripathi, a asked her what these were. She kept silent. But he
college friend of Yash. He added that he was a wanted her to speak out and he made a statement,
bank officer and had been recently transferred to the “But Yash was never like this.”
city and decided to meet Yash. She was serving him the namkeens she had
Mrs Mishra welcomed him inside. She told him brought and simply uttered, “Yeah, this is what
that her husband had gone out on a tour for two- everybody tells me. What to hide from you, my life
three days, but asked him to stay back for a cup of has become a hell. But what worries me is the
tea. Mrs Mishra was also a beautiful lady with big tension Sameera goes through.”
expressive eyes just like her daughter. She was He asked her, “Bhabhiji, you yourself look quite
wearing a full-sleeved blouse with a colourful sari educated, why do you bear all this?”
which covered her head. Although the sari was torn She replied, “Yeah, I am a BEd and was in fact
at places, she had neatly mended it so that the cuts teaching in a primary school when this proposal
were invisible. came. Since I was already 23 and there were two
more sisters to get married, I decided to go ahead

W
hile her mother went inside to get a cup of with the proposal from Yash’s family for Yash. He
tea, Sameera sat on her cycle looking had told me that I will not be allowed to work and I
apprehensively at Piyush. She was biting her had agreed. It was all right in the beginning but then
lower lips. It was evident she was not used to having these dark shades of his personality started
guests. He wanted to be friends with her and started appearing. At times he is so soft, so loving that I feel
asking her questions to which she was replying in as if I am in a heavenly bliss, but then at other times,
monosyllables. Since Sameera was holding a doll he is a real devil — hitting me, cursing me,
tightly, he understood that this must be the doll threatening me. Sometimes, he gets illusions that he
Pinky, about whom she had mentioned in is some famous personality. Actually, I am
her letter. He asked her if she would give yet to understand his behaviour. I just don’t
him the doll, to which her reaction was
Uncle, can know where I have gone wrong. I cannot
sudden. She shouted, “I will not even allow you please go anywhere because my parents are
you to touch it.” He looked at the doll. The save me and dead and my brother is in Dubai.”
doll had blue eyes, one of which was my mummy. Piyush decided to dig further, but there
broken. However, the hair was neatly Uncle, my was no reason for Yash’s unhappiness. No
done in a ponytail. Her pink dress was papa is a devil. affair, no other vices. He decided to talk to
also very beautiful and neat. Piyush asked Jharna, his doctor wife, regarding the
her why she wouldn’t part with it to which
He hits my problem and requested Mrs Mishra and
she shouted again, “Because you will hit it mother all the Sameera to keep his visit a secret at
and pull her hair.” He asked her if anyone time. Today he present, since he did not want them to
hits her too to which she replied, “No, but has burnt her know that there was no Piyush Tripathi, a
my papa hits my mummy.” with a classmate of Yash. He also decided that it
Mrs Mishra entered the room with some cigarette butt. would not be correct to reveal his true
snacks and tea and must have overheard identity now.
their conversation, for she said, “Bhaiya, When he gave the details of the case to
please do not pay attention to this girl.” But, being a Jharna, who was a psychiatrist, she immediately told
writer, he was quite observant and immediately saw him that it appeared to be a case of schizophrenia.
the cut on her left hand and swollen right hand. He Since Jharna saw Piyush’s interest in the case, she
decided to take it up herself. She asked Mrs Mishra
about the details telephonically and these
discussions further confirmed her doubts. Her
husband’s case was a paranoid schizophrenia,
always suspicious of others, and had grand schemes
of persecution at the root of his behaviour. He would
have hallucinations quite often. Since he had had
this problem for long which had remained
undiagnosed, the treatment would be difficult but not
impossible. Before starting the treatment it was
The violent necessary for Jharna to meet Mr Yash Mishra at
behaviour of her least once.
father is wrecking
the innocent life of
When Piyush and Jharna reached Sameera’s
Sameera. house, they introduced themselves correctly this time.
Mrs Mishra and Sameera were surprised, but Yash Theirs seemed to be a completely different home this
got extremely angry with Mrs Mishra for revealing time from Piyush’s visit about 10 months ago. The
so much to strangers. He got violent suddenly and doors were open when they reached. Yash was on
was about to hit Mrs Mishra right in front of them — all fours as a horse on the floor and Sameera was
but they intervened and Piyush told him sternly that sitting on his back riding the “horse.” Mrs Mishra
he was the chief of police and in case he was laughing sitting on a sofa watching the father
misbehaved, he would put him behind bars. It was and daughter play. She was wearing a nice salwar
one of the rare times when he enjoyed using his suit and her head was not covered this time.
powers. Convinced of the family’s happiness, Piyush and
Jharna were about to leave, when Sameera saw

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eekly, Yash agreed to start taking medicines them and ran to Piyush shouting, “Police uncle,
as suggested by Jharna. She also put him police uncle.” She was no longer an apprehensive
under regular counselling sessions. The and silent person, but a bubbly and naughty girl.
initial response of Yash was of reluctance, but then, She told him a hundred and one stories in the next
seeing the benefits, he started cooperating. During 10 minutes. They learnt that her mother had taken
the counselling sessions, Jharna had noted that Yash up teaching again. Mr and Mrs Mishra thanked
also loved his wife and daughter a lot. It was his them profusely. They made them stay back for
problem which had made him what he was. He dinner and Piyush and Jharna thoroughly enjoyed
understood how difficult it must be for his family to the family atmosphere in their house. When they
bear him. With strong will-power, regular were about to leave, Sameera quietly came and
medicines, counselling sessions and an gave a gift to Piyush and asked him to promise that
understanding family, Yash started showing an he would always keep it with him wherever he went.
improvement very soon. When Jharna informed When Piyush reached home, he opened the box.
Piyush about his progress, he decided to visit the It contained Sameera’s favourite doll, Pinky. He knew
family once again. that this doll would always occupy a special place,
They reached their home suddenly one day. not only in his showcase, but also in his heart. We
STAY FIT &
BEAUTIFUL WHILE
TRAVELLING
Healthy practices on the go.
By Suman Bajpai

t can be a challenge to stay ‘in

I
shape’ while away from home.
Each kind of travel – business,
vacation, or personal – has its
own stresses and temptations.
Plan ahead and make sensible
choices while on the road. Be
realistic. Don’t try to lose weight.
Instead, try not to gain any. Don’t
aspire to a greater level of
fitness. Instead, try not to lose what
you have already achieved.
Travelling takes its toll on the
body, especially if you are travelling
abroad. Jet lag has adverse effects
on the body. Try and eat as much
fresh food as possible on your trip.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
throughout the journey. Apples,
bananas, unsalted peanuts, dried
apricots, etc. have the nutrients that
are necessary for your body and
helps in keeping you alert and active.
Pack nutritious food for the road
which includes water, green tea,
almonds, apples, bananas, and
juices. Avoid unhealthy high-fat foods
on airplanes and at business
meetings by carrying a couple of your
favourite types of simple healthy it. Spend waiting time walking. Take
snacks like one or two handfuls of the stairs instead of the lift.
mixed nuts and/or dried fruit. Travel with a ‘maintenance
Don’t get tempted by the mindset’. Stick to your plan, and
sumptuous food of the hotel, look for you’ll return home without gaining
things like oatmeal, wholewheat any fat or losing any fitness.
toast, fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt.
If there is a grill, you might be able to
get an egg white-based omelette SKIN CARE
stuffed with veggies.If you know you It is important to maintain your
won’t be able to avoid the sweets, beauty and look great while you
pack a bowl and some wholegrain are travelling. For that, pack
cereal. cleansing products which you
Don’t wait too long between can use regularly to clean
meals or you may find that you are off the dust and dirt.
too hungry to make sensible choices. You can also
You might find yourself eating take with you some
handfuls of chips or several pieces refreshing wipes to remove the dirt
of bread before your meal even just by a wipe at any time. Carry with PACK NUTRITIOUS
arrives. Drink a glass of water. Order you moisturising cream and apply it
a soup or salad to begin your meal. before you leave your boarding
FOOD FOR THE ROAD
Eat slowly. Let water be your main place. You can skip the foundations WHICH INCLUDES
beverage. Carry a bottle of water
around with you during the day. It will
for the make-up and just use
moisturisers to get your skin wet.
WATER, GREEN TEA,
help you stay hydrated; you will feel Avoid heavy make-up while ALMONDS, APPLES,
less empty and less tempted by
unhealthy snacks.
travelling as stuffy air may make you
get tired soon if you have on heavy
BANANAS, AND JUICES.
make-up. So you can do minimal your hair wet and avoid the dry hair in
make-up, so your skin does not get the bright sun.
THE HURDLES affected too much. Try not to apply Your eyes may be strained due to
After nutrition, simple laziness is bright-coloured nail polish which may bright lights or pollution in the air. So
the next hurdle you have to chip off soon and give an unfinished keep eyedrops with you to clean your
overcome while travelling. It’s easy look very quickly. Skip long-lasting eyes whenever required. Whether it’s
to talk yourself into skipping a lipsticks. Rather, you can apply light sub-zero temperature or tropical
workout if the hotel gym shades of lip stain. weather, it always makes sense to
doesn’t have the Apply good condi- pack your sun block. Wiping your
equipment you’re used tioners to your hair face and neck with a bit of cotton
to. Schedule exercise before you start wool soaked in a gentle cleanser will
into your day just as you the journey. The leave you feeling refreshed and
would at home. If you conditioners can squeaky clean.
exercise early in the day, help in maintaining If you can sleep during your
you won’t have to worry journey, use a little eye cream under
about fitting it in later your eyes and a small amount of light
when you really would night cream. This will ensure that
rather take a nap. your skin is refreshed and relaxed
Schedule your workouts when you wake up.
with as much dedication To avoid looking like you just
as you schedule your woke up, wear fabrics that don’t
business meetings. wrinkle easily. This will allow you to
When you book your emerge from any airport looking fresh
hotel, make sure you and rested, not frustrated and
have access to an frumpy. Because you’ll be on your
adequate hotel gym or nearby fitness feet before, during and after your
establishment. In that way, you can business matters, you’ll want a pair of
continue with your regular exercise shoes that scream comfort for your
routine. Take advantage of whatever tootsies. Avoid wearing your social
time slot is available for exercise business heels and fancy boots
during your travels. And don’t miss when you’re not on the job. We
TRAVEL THROUGH
REIMS
rance has a beautiful mix of

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natural beauty through the
countryside and a cache of
man-made artistic paintings,
sculptures, buildings and
other artifacts right in the
If Paris is capital – Paris. But the beauty
of France is not limited to just
charming, there’s Paris or even Cannes – these
might be more written about
much more and visited by more tourists but it is
worth any traveller’s while to think of
enchantment destinations beyond these while in
that part of the world.
beyond its bounds. Reims (pronounced as if in rhyme
with chance, if you get the ‘n’ as a
By Ameeta Sharma soft sound or think of the Hindi tele-
serial Saans and then say “Raans”) is
less than 90 miles east-north-east of
Paris and was originally founded
during the Roman Empire. It is
approachable by road or by rail.

History: Reims is considered the


capital of the Champagne region –

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REIMS IS
CONSIDERED THE
CAPITAL OF THE
CHAMPAGNE
REGION – AN OLD
PROVINCE OF
FRANCE FAMOUS
FOR ITS SPARKLING
WINE BY THE
SAME NAME.
an old province of France famous for The best way to know Reims is to
its sparkling wine of the same name. get an audio guide and walk around
While protecting their appellation, at your own pace. At the end of the
the CIVC has ensured that only tour, just return it to the tourist office.
champagne from the region That, actually, is the best part of
Champagne may be called France; they have packaged every
champagne. But the history of Reims tourist site well and offered it as best
and the region is older than this as it can be. There are tourist offices
sparkling wine. in every town that has something to
It is the largest city of the region offer and Reims definitely has a lot
but its roots are deep and, yes, it is to offer.
as old a city as the Roman times. If
you have seen the Hollywood Beauty of the region: The
production Joan of Arc and admired countryside is very conducive both
the acting of beautiful Mila Jovovich for children and the elderly. The
then you might remember the church rolling landscapes are just perfect for
of Reims that they show briefly where summer but spring and autumn are
the king is being anointed. This is good too. Winters do not lend
where the kings of France were themselves well for kids to play
crowned. The Cathedral of Reims around in parks, but if it is just before One could take a short cruise on
which was damaged during World Christmas, then Reims has a street the river Marne which has a leisurely
War I has since been restored. It is to market which has a most amazing pace to it. As we were in a small
France what the Westminster Abbey quality and spirit of sharing in it. group of four and no children or the
is to England. The preserved If city dwellers visit this area, elderly, we opted for just a short walk
buildings and Roman ruins remain doing the rural thing can have its in the town square, soaking in the
monumentally impressive sections of advantages. Duck-breeding farms atmosphere and then decided to
historic buildings do something are a great visit for kids as it is the spend our days following the trail of
special for you. In May 1945, General possibility of discovering animals in good food in and around Reims but
Eisenhower and the Allies received a farm, in their natural habitat and only after enjoying all the pieces of
the news of the unconditional friendly with visiting kids. Or a coypu art and history at the Saint Remi
surrender of the Wehrmacht here. (another little animal) farm could be a Museum.
The façade of the cathedral place of interest to visit for kids and If you have ever admired the
reminds one of the more defined and adults alike. There is also a chocolate twisted rare beech tree in pictures,
celebrated Notre Dame of Paris. factory here just 30 odd kms south here is your chance to see a whole
Inside, some might consider it a lot of Reims. For the car lovers there is park which has the maximum
more austere as compared to other an automobile museum with over 200 concentration of these trees
cities of France but it has character vehicles dating from 1908 until now anywhere in the world. They look
and some beautiful windows of and thousands of miniature cars to gnarled but are so beautiful that you
stained glass. keep you busy. forget to wonder why they are the

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than to Reims. If you like food,
natural beauty of well-laid-out
gardens, the possibility of getting lost
in the period furniture and high-class
service is very real here. And be
prepared to be convinced by whoever
is accompanying you to stay a day
there. The rooms are well appointed
and absolutely delightful.
There is the promise of a
massage in their spa and
little quirks of the place
are enticing, truly
delightful.
As for the food, take
your senses for a journey
way they are. But then, that is nature that you might not want to
for you, sometimes without reason end. The oysters we ate
that can be understood by science. here were like a dream come true,
Due to the high concentration of so fleshy and fresh that even their
grape vines in the countryside, it is memory is rewarding. No, it is not
the champagne region after all, any as reasonably priced as some of
time of the year that has a different the smaller restaurants in Reims
look. It could be green in summer, or Epernay, but then some
red and gold in autumn and stark with experiences are worth the money
soil showing through, as it did when and this is one of those.
we were there, through the winter The food presentation here is
and later I am sure it looks quite an art, service prompt and
picturesque covered in snow. attentive and the décor of the
appreciated jazz music event held in place – all extremely rewarding. With
Special shopping: The best- November for the past 10 years. But a real fire burning in the waiting area,
known item of Reims that the whole we were late for it, though just in time the dining room is warm and has high
of France likes and the rest of the for the Christmas bazaar. This is windows and doors that open out to
visitors always stock up here are the located in the city square and there is bring the beauty of the gardens in
pink biscuits with a dusting of sugar a mini-train that shuttles between the when the weather permits. Just one
on them. They are called Rose Christmas market and the railway problem: if you do not know French –
biscuits and it is advisable that you station. you would need to rely on your
buy them in sturdy tins, otherwise It is the kind of market that is waiter. Probably because the staff
they are so fragile that in cardboard enjoyed by kids, adults, and the here speaks such impeccable
boxes they would only reach back elderly as it has something for English they do not think it necessary
house as almost powder! These have everybody. Street food, candy floss to have an English translation of the
been made here since 1756 and being made right there, even African menu. However, there is a way out.
Fossier is the great name behind it. woodwork and delicate French lace You can check the place on the
If you hanker for Paris-style – it’s all there. I really enjoyed seeing Internet and even get the English
shopping there is a smaller – much families enjoying themselves with translation of the menu at
smaller than the original – version of kids perched on their fathers’ www.labriqueterie.fr and there are
the Galleries Lafayette with their shoulders just as we see them in some lovely pictures to drool over of
usual staple of big-shop contents – Indian fairs and melas . And the the restaurant, the waiting area and
some designers, their in-house stock younger ones were in their prams, the rooms.
and, of course, cosmetics. The usual half asleep while the parents were And if you do go there, do check
nationwide chains are also available enjoying fresh hot crepes or maybe out their comments book – I posted a
here and if you arrive in the sale just coffee. comment in Hindi during the month
season, then, of course, you could of December 2007, praising the
pick up some real bargains. Cuisine par excellence: If there experience. You need to be Indian
is just one meal you intend enjoying and be able to read Hindi to be able
Seasonal offerings: There are while in this region, drive out a bit to read it though. That was my gift to
various events in the city during and go right up to Hostellerie La the place, and those who go there
different months including the much- Brigueterie, as it is closer to Epernay now… We

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QA &
treatment, everything becomes fun.
You can select the products (either a
adapt a colour use or just use a
toned down version to suit your skin
readymade branded one or a home- and lifestyle. Better still, when experi-
made version) depending on your menting with a product try it in a shop
skin and hair type but this is the best and think about its function before
sequence. Massage your hair with you buy it outright and then feel
warmed oil. Then use an exfoliator for constrained to use it.
the face and neck. Tone it and leave.
Also, do a pedicure by soaking your
feet in warm water and apply cream. How do I select a face pack from all
Massage the body with cream or oil the ones available in the market? I
(you can do this for each other) and have normal skin and like to use
relax with some good music and put a something on a weekly basis at home
face pack on. Shower with the use of and often do not have the time to go for

Q&
a loofah to get the blood circulation a facial or make my at home facial kit?
going well – and enjoy your pam - Well, it is always possible to select
pering throughout. a readymade product that is almost
My dandruff is really bothering me. as good as a tailor made one just for
After using home products it reduces you! If you are dusky complexioned,
and then again comes back, especi- Do anti-wrinkle creams really work? pick up something that is a purifying
ally in winter. What do I do? My mother is 46 and recently became mask with if you are over the age of
Using some products – home- aware of fine lines. She wants to be 32 select a product that promises
made or cosmetic company-products assured before buying all the skin tightening. Selecting a product
– reduces the dandruff and then it expensive creams and lotions. should be on your age and skin
comes back, probably because you Yes, they do work, but on the requirements. Consult the therapist
stop using the right products and go other hand they might not be totally to ask what are the benefits of the
back to a wrong choice. Certain effective on your mother’s skin as it product and you can select more

A
products like curds is difficult to use depends on the condition of the than one to use it alternatively to give
in winter because it is cold and you individual. She must try the product best results.
do not wash your hair that often in for a minimum number of weeks
winter and build up on scalp prescribed before deciding whether it
happens. Do consult a dermatologist suits her or not. These are not magic I am a total hair colour junkie at age
to confirm you do not have a fungal potions but do fill out the fine wrinkles 26. I spend a lot of money on my hair
infection or some other problem. But a little for a smoother appearance. colour and care. What is the latest
be consistent in using the right international trend about hair colour?
product to keep it under control not Many international colour crazes
just to treat symptoms and going I like to experiment with my make-up do not work with our skin tone, so
back to improper product use. and hairstyles. Sometimes what is in whatever you select should be
fashion does not suit me, but I have suitable to your skin colour and your
already invested in it so I continue to hairstyle as well as your lifestyle.
I want a spa-like pampering weekend use it and hate it. What is wrong with Shades of chocolate and wine are
at home. How do I plan the whole two me? said to be big this year and even
– to three-hours event for myself and Actually nothing is wrong with you. classic black (though that looks too
my sister as we are low on money You like to experiment which is good stark). The heavy streaks seem to be
but high on love? but you do not have to follow every phasing out though it will always
When two girls are doing a beauty trend to be fashionable. You need to have its own followers.

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A Modern Love Story
How a busy, highly ambitious executive found her “match.”
By Veena Adige

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hilpa drummed her fingers on the table. The time to cook or look after a house. You know my
diamonds on her fingers shone as her hands hectic schedule.
moved. She was frowning. ‘Why am I feeling “Besides, ma, I cannot spare a couple of years of
so depressed?’ she asked herself. She had my life at this stage creating a family and looking
everything that money could buy – a lovely after them.”
house, two chauffeur-driven cars, name and “The boy should match our Shilpa in education,
position. Yet there was something lacking. looks and salary,” her parents had insisted. They
‘A personal life,’ she muttered to herself, had started looking for a match when she was 25
‘Someone to give me a big hug when I come home.’ and now, a decade later, they had still not found a
She was in office from early mornings till late suitable boy.
evenings, working and earning more money. She Shilpa had climbed the ladder of success and
was always on the move, always having her bags reached the top.
packed to fly off at a moment’s notice, whenever ‘Oh, but it is so lonely at the top,’ she said to
duty called. herself now. ‘Have I missed the bus?’
Her ambition, her career, always won over her Then she called out to her secretary ”Cancel all
parents’ insistence on marriage and family. my appointments for a week and book me a nice
“Ma, papa, where do I have time for all that?” beach house in Goa,” she ordered.
she had said to her parents umpteen times ever since Early the next morning, even before the golden
she had completed her MBA and landed an sun made its appearance, Shilpa was out on the
excellent job. “I hardly have time to eat, leave alone beach, the cool breeze playing with her hair and the
soft sand trickling between her toes.
So engrossed was she in her thoughts that she did
not see the pony cart speedily coming her way.
“Hey,” shouted the cart driver just as a pair of
male arms snatched her to safety.

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ooking into the warmest brown eyes she had
ever seen, Shilpa just muttered a “thanks” and
pushed away.
That evening she met the man again and
exchanged smiles. In the days that followed they met
several times as he too was in a similar position as
she. Pramod too was a top executive in his firm, one
foot in India and the other anywhere in
the world that his business took him.
He, too, was dissatisfied despite all the
worldly goods, and had come to Goa
for a short break.
“Sailing in the same boat,” they said
together and smiled. They had a lot in
common and they spoke endlessly over
business matters, political topics and other
topics of common interest.
But on the personal front they retained
their mysteries.
Shilpa returned home to Mumbai and
picked up the strands of her life again.
She had a whirlwind of meetings, of tours and
conferences. But somewhere at the back of her mind
was Pramod and his warm brown eyes, his attractive
SHORT

STORY
looks.
A routine medical check-up told her that stress
and a hectic schedule, together with an unbalanced
diet, had taken its toll leading to complications. The
ubiquitous high BP was making an appearance in
her life. Slight sugar problems, and more worrying
was the lethargy of her ovaries.
“Shilpa,” said her doctor, “if you want to marry
and start a family, I suggest you do it right away. I
am not saying that it is not possible but at your age
it is difficult and there are risks involved.”
Her mother too voiced her worries.
“Shilpa, there is an eligible man who is quite your father and came to pay my
ready to marry you,” she said, “but his position and condolences. I was in the USA, otherwise I would
income are not on a par with yours. Is it okay?” have come earlier,” he said . As Shilpa introduced
him to her mother, she could feel the vibrations. Her

S
hilpa shook her head, knowing that she could mother was matchmaking in her mind.
not compromise. She needed to respect the man “No, ma,” said Shilpa. “I know nothing about
she married. And respect came from position, him. He may be married and, anyway, he may not
from income and qualifications, she thought. ‘What be interested in me that way. Besides, I cannot offer
about love?’ whispered her heart. She had no time him a child because of my condition and no man
to socialise or meet someone she could fall in love will like that.”
with. There was just no time. It was office, Yet, when Pramod invited her, she went
office, work and more work. That’s why “Shilpa,” said to a film, to a club, anywhere and
she was where she was. Career-wise on her doctor, “if everywhere.
top of the ladder but personally at the you want to One fine evening, over a cup of coffee,
bottom. marry and start Pramod went down on his knees and
A couple of months later, Shilpa’s world a family, romantically popped the question.
came crashing down. Her beloved father, I suggest you “Shilpa, I love you, will you marry me?”
her support and guide, met with an do it right he burst.
accident which had been fatal. away. I am not As she hesitated, he misunderstood and
Her mother was inconsolable. They had saying that it is continued, “Think about it. Consult your
always been together, done everything not possible but mother. I will call you tomorrow.”
together, going on picnics, and to films, at your age it is Shilpa spent a sleepless night. What
dramas and parties. They had led an active difficult and was she to do? She definitely wanted to
social life, especially after his retirement. there are risks say yes, but she had to be fair and tell him
Shilpa’s mother sold off the beautiful involved.” about her age and her medical condition.
apartment, the cars and all the luxuries and “The doctor has not said that you can’t
prepared herself to migrate to their village have a baby,” scolded her mother. “Why
home where family servants and warm neighbours are you imagining things? She has only said that
would keep her company and look after her in the there are risks. And you re not an old woman.”
evening of her life. “Ma, I am 35,” Shilpa replied. “If I had met
Shilpa insisted that her mother stay with her. Pramod five years ago, I would have had no
“But, Shilpa dear, what will I do the whole day? hesitation in saying yes.”
Your bungalow is too big and there are no

T
neighbours with whom I can socialise. No, I would he next day, Pramod rang her up and invited
rather go to my village.” her to his house. “I have something to confess,”
On Shilpa’s insistence and a bout of tears, she he said ominously creating panic waves in
decided to stay a month at her house. Shilpa. Now, what did that mean?
“Then I will go to the village,” she declared firmly. As she entered the grand house, she felt that it
A few days later Shilpa was pleasantly surprised was cold and not very friendly.
when Pramod landed up on her doorstep. Pramod came, a bit hesitantly and sat near her.
“Hello,” he greeted her anxiously, “I read about “Shilpa, I have kept my personal life a secret from

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you. There is something you must know,” he said. why I am asking you to marry me,” he said hastily,
“Yes, I too have something which I have to tell “My son, Dheeraj, is a smart child. I have had to
you, a confession to make.” leave him with my brother and his family as I cannot
They looked at each other wondering what they look after him, and we miss each other.”
were concealing from each other. Dheeraj entered the room silently and looked at
“You first, Shilpa,” he said after a brief hesitation. Shilpa with big, innocent eyes.
“Pramod, you know that I am 35 years old,” she “Oh, he is so sweet!” cried Shilpa getting up and
began. “And with age and the tensions of my life, I trying to gather him in her arms. The child
have problems with sugar and BP.” responded eagerly and they held each other for a
“Oh, that’s okay,” said Pramod relieved. “It while.
happens to everyone. I am also over 35, so I also “I think that all our problems are solved if we
may be having such problems.” marry each other,” said Pramod happily.
“Pramod, that is not all,” Shilpa “We love each other, that is the main
continued. “I may not be able to conceive.” Shilpa spent a reason for our marriage. Your age and
Pramod kept silent. your problem, which I still don’t
sleepless night.
“I too have a confession,” he said, “I understand, will not be a problem as I
What was she
was married six years ago to a beautiful already have Dheeraj. We might well have
woman whom I loved with all my heart. to do? She a brother or sister for him.”
Unfortunately, she died two years ago...” definitely Shilpa blushed and smiled.
He was emotional while thinking of his wanted to say “That will solve my mother’s problem of
wife. Shilpa was stunned. That Pramod yes, but she getting bored the whole day at home. She
could have married was in her thoughts but had to be fair can live with us, look after Dheeraj when
that his wife had died was tragic. and tell him we are away and it will be one big happy
“Oh,” she said touching his hands in a about her age family, won’t it?” she looked at Pramod,
comforting gesture. and her her eyes shining.
“There is one more thing that you should medical And thus the modern story of busy
know. I have a three-year-old son who condition. executives and their work culture was
needs a mother. Oh, that is not the reason solved. At least for this couple. We

becoming their Bali ka bakra. for him. I think of him on every 1st
My telephone bell rang. My friend April (Fool’s Day). He has played a
Preeti was on the line. After the usual big prank on all his family members
greeting, she said; “Praful is no more.” and friends. He has set out on an
My immediate reaction was “Preeti, do eternal journey... never to return.
not play such a serious joke. At least — Ulrica Pinto, Mumbai.
definitely not with Praful’s life.” I
could not believe it. She confirmed the
A miserable joke on 1st April news by giving further details about
Praful, Preeti and I along with what happened. I had to believe Preeti.
Has something
some more friends, used to attend the She spoke to me convincingly: “Why happened in your life
same tuition classes. We were don’t you believe me? I am not joking. that has left an indelible
studying in an exclusively girls Forget the fact that today is Ist April impression on your mind? Some
school and therefore mingling with (i.e. fool’s day).” experience that gladdens your heart
boys was a ‘no’ ‘no’ us. But Praful’s I could understand that her news or which makes you shudder with
nature was different. He was a nice was correct, but Praful had expired. I pain or embarrassment even after
easy-going guy. I never felt odd in wondered how could a young 16-year- years! Why not share it with the
his company. Ours was a healthy and old boy, who had just finished SSC readers of Woman’s Era? All
normal friendship. Our birthdays fell board exams and was free of all published incidents will be paid
in the same month. So, we have been worries, and who had no sickness, could Rs 200. Send your entries to:
wishing each other for five years. suddenly die of cardiac arrest. I could THE INCIDENT I CANNOT FORGET
On the 1st of April, I was well not get the answer to my questions.
E-3 Jhandewala Estate, New Delhi-110055.
prepared to counter-attack all those Every year, when I think of that 1st Womansera.com
who thought they could play a silly April, I remember Praful. His thoughts
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s more and more women

A
are venturing out and
holding responsible
positions in the work area,
the need for travelling
alone for office work or for
leisure has increased.
They want to break the
monotony of the daily
routine and get out of the
stress and work pressure for some
days. They want to be on their own,
enjoying every bit of the moment and
pleasure of being alone. For these
women, travelling alone is also a
thrill, a rush of excitement and
empowerment of being completely
independent and in control of their
own situations.
If a woman travels with her family,
she is generally managing the family

THE LONE
TRAVELLER
New highs come for solo
women on the go.
By Suman Bajpai
and does not get time to enjoy
herself. In such scenarios, women
are more concerned about whether
the kids have eaten properly or are
seated comfortably. So special
packages for women relieve them of
such family tensions and they can
enjoy themselves.
Women are looking forward to a
trip where their phone won’t ring and
there’s no e-mails to check at all. No
deadlines, no rush. A complete
vacation for the body, mind and soul.
More and more women are
discovering the adventure and
excitement of travelling solo. “I didn’t
know solo travelling could be so
much fun until I started going on
business trips. I started to enjoy them
and today I actually look forward to
them,” said an executive Pallavi provides a videophone in each room
Mehta. to check from inside who's at the THE MENU
The temptation of travelling alone door. All calls are screened.
offers countless possibilities and The Inter continental in South OFFERS SPECIAL
opportunities for adventure and is Delhi offers specific rooms with HEALTH-
becoming more popular than ever special touches like personal kits and
before – and the number of women magazines. Their CCTV cameras are ORIENTED
opting for solo trips in recent years placed in strategic locations in the DELICACIES AND
has increased even more sharply public areas of the hotel and calls are
than the number of men. Around 45 monitored by their operators. The LOW CALORIE
per cent of solo travellers are now Park, New Delhi, ensures that calls OPTIONS
women, a sign of the times are screened, VIP treatment is
undoubtedly, and an encouraging meted, rooms are near elevators and, KEEPING
one for those with a thirst for perhaps in the near future, a floor WOMEN IN
adventure but a fear of the big might be dedicated to women
unknown insecurity With the number travellers. MIND.
of women business travellers Many hotel rooms have been
shooting up in recent years, the sensitised to women’s needs – with
hospitality industry in India has begun provisions for sunscreen lotions,
to catch up with international trends – moisturisers, deep cleansing milk,
sensitising their services to meet the scrubs, soft textured towels, satin
women travellers' specific needs. bathrobes and silk slippers. There
Leading Indian hotels are offering are skirt hangers in the cupboards,
exclusive wings, separate floors and
specialised services to protect and
pamper them – a new concept in the
country.

ONLY WOMEN-FLOORS
Keeping these and other concerns
in mind, hotel chains like the Marriot,
Hilton and ITC Welcome group have
introduced women-only floors. “Some
of the properties have special floors
only for women where even the
housekeeping and room service staff
are women. Sometimes, the hotel
leaves behind little gifts in the room
to make women feel special; the soft
touches do a great deal in making
you feel safe,” says a spokesperson vanity mirrors for make-up, flowers,
of the Marriott Group of Hotels. international women's magazines
The ITC hotel chain, for instance, and a well-designed cosmetics boxes
has Eve Floors – floors dedicated to in some of the hotel rooms.
women where men are simply not Women travelling alone are often
allowed. The lifts don't stop at the given rooms close to the elevator so
floor unless you swipe the lift board that they don’t have to walk down a
with your room key card. Even hotel dark corridor in case of a momentary
staff such as butlers and power shut-down. If this isn’t your
housekeepers are women on these preference, advise the hotel in
floors. The Taj Mahal Hotel in New advance. Some chains also have a
Delhi has a separate ladies' wing. It person from the guest relations office
also employs women butlers or check with each female guest on her
chauffeurs who assist guests while own to be certain that she feels
shopping or travelling in the city. The comfortable and to let her know that
ITC Maratha, Mumbai, which has 18 the hotel is aware that she is by
rooms exclusively for women, also herself in a room.
Travel tips for women travellers
Don’t wear clothes that are not to take part. You can watch
revealing or very body-hugging. It from a distance and move on when
is best to cover yourself up to avoid it has passed you.
unwanted attention. Do not panic. Try and gain
Don’t try to be friendly with control of an unpleasant situation in
people unnecessarily. Keep a a calm and decisive manner.
The menu offers special health- distance from men. Some people However, if you feel in extreme
oriented delicacies and low calorie might just take it in the wrong sense danger, do not hesitate to draw
options keeping women in mind. and not like it. attention to yourself.
There is a ladies-only lounge. And for While roaming on beaches, it is Always carry a personal safety
that there is no need to step off the best to be clothed. Indian society device with you. A whistle or an
exclusive floor. Ladies can also does not allow people to be in their alarm may provide the extra time
indulge in beauty treatments and spa swimwear even in beaches. Wear needed to escape to safety. Carry
facilities which are available at a a cotton pant and a tee shirt. all your necessities with you.
discount. To ensure optimum While in a pub, Feminine hygiene products are
security, most hotels these days at discotheque or sometimes difficult or expensive to
least offer free pick-up and drop-off bar, it is acquire. Carry supplies to last the
services from the airport and rooms advisable to entire trip.
are offered near well-lit elevators take a friend Don’t carry too much of luggage.
where guards are present. along. Do not Flight delays and late-night
Realising this standard shift, travel venture there alone arrivals need planning. Keeping
agencies and even other countries’ as it may not be very emergency numbers handy, asking
tourism boards are doling out special safe. If you happen to the hotel for an airport pick-up, and
packages just to cater to these come across a street messaging the cab number to a
womenfolk. Now women are more party or a festive contact in the city, are good rules
confident to venture out on their own. procession, it is best to keep you safe.

the shores of my native place, my joy handed over the bundles safely. I felt
knew no bounds. I picked up my travel very grateful to him. I will never
bag and got down hurriedly without forget his act of kindness!
realising that I had left behind the — Nirmala V. Rao, Mumbai.
bundles of answer sheets in the boat.
That evening I met an old friend of
mine, who was also a teacher. Casually
she asked me, “What is the quota of
Every one of us has,
answer papers for assessment?” A bolt sometime or other in
Selfless Service from the blue! Then I remembered that one’s life, received help,
In the nascent stage of my I had forgotten the bundles in that boat. guidance, sympathy, understanding
teaching career of 38 years, I was I just gave her one word answer, and love from some fellow human
staying alone in a rented room. Every “seven”. So many thoughts engulfed being. Can you recall any such event
or occasion in your life, when you
Saturday I used to visit my parents my mind. If I would not get the received such consideration and for
at a distance of nearly 36 kilometres bundles, I would not only lose my job which you are grateful? Each
by crossing the river Sharavati, as but also the headmaster would give a published anecdote will be awarded a
there was no bridge over it in those bad remark on my discharge certificate. prize of Rs 200. Send your
days. It was 11 p.m. and I could not get contribution to:
Navaratri holidays had begun in sleep. I heard a knock on the door. GRATEFULLY YOURS
the month of October. I was going to There stood the contractor of the boat
E-3 Jhandewala Estate, New Delhi-110055.
my native place with a travel bag full service with a bag full of my seven Womansera.com
of clothes. I had kept seven bundles bundles of answer sheets. Tears of joy
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A STORY OF
SUCCESS
A successful doctor usually sticks to his profession. But
for a genius there are many more destinations. Here is
Dr. Vishnu Kr. Agarwal an account of such a genius who is successfully
MBBS, DCH, MBA
Chairman
managing a mega technical, educational organisation
IET Group of Institutions too, all set to blaze a new trail. By Our Correspondent
Just in a span of ten years you established a series of high-class How do you go about the
have made tremendous progress educational institutions which placement campus? What are the
and emerged as one of the North comprises of Engineering Colleges, steps involved? How it is done?
India’s largest educational group. PG level professional institution, This is what it all boils down to.
What are your plans for further Pharmacy institute, Biotechnology Four years of learning, training,
expansion? institute etc. grooming and one interview can
Our Group is in continuous I also want to say that our Group make it all worth the effort, and give
process of enhancing the is also in process for private you a head start in life. Since the
infrastructural facilities within the university in Alwar within 3 years to entire teaching methodology at IET
campus, updating the laboratories as cater to the need of the students of revolves around creating industry-
per present and future needs of the the region. ready professional, the college has
industries. made soft-skills, hands on
From the coming session our You have quite a large number industry training and constantly
Group is going to start three projects, of students in various sections. upskilling of teachers a part of year-
first MBA, BBA & BCA Institute at Don’t you think that you can round routine. So, by the time
Singapore in a big Campus with the attract more students if some students reach the pre-final year, they
affiliation of Australian/UK/ Canada more innovative courses are are ready to confidently face interviews
University, second new B.Tech offered? and GDs, and impress potential
Degree Engineering College in Distt. Yes, we will be able to attract both employers with their personality as
Mewat, Haryana, and third B.Tech greater numbers of students with much as their technical prowess.
Degree Engineering College for greater potential because of creative
Women at Alwar (Rajasthan). students are looking forward Any problems in the R&D
engaging themselves and creating a Department?
How do you see future of new avenues in new technologies, Our work in R&D is driven by
vocational institutes? businesses and fields. simple word Affordable Technology.
India has what is called Thus if more innovative courses We believe that we need to find
‘Demographic Advantage’. The specially which allow students to technology solutions for local
advantage refers to the fact that India learn new emerging technologies and problems.
has youngest population in the entire allow them to use their creative skills
world and is getting younger. It is we see more quality students getting Global technology is marching
estimated that in next five years, 65% attracted. at a fast pace. Where do you see
of our population will be in age group Our Group also hosts the your organisation in the next
16 – 35 years. Knowledge Dissemination Center decade?
(KDC), a highly regarded initiative of We believe in providing world-
You are equipped with state-of- Government of Rajasthan under its class education for promoting
the art technology and showcase programme of E- research in technology and producing
infrastructure of world standard. Governance. KDC brings together competent & versatile professionals
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The Group, taking a leap to keep enhancing the quality and MIA, Alwar (Raj.) India
pace with international requirements, employability of budding technocrats. www.ietalwar.com

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Straight and simple

The long hair


falling over the
shoulders has its
own appeal,
enhancing feminine

Longer
allurement, and
adding to the
facial beauty.

& Sexier
Capping the long,
beauteous hair

Long and enticingly curly

Investing a commanding charm

What hairstyles can do to the


face is simply amazing – lighting
Bewitching encirclement.
up passion, giving free rein to
Crowning glory
emotions and moving the
senses to visual romance.
Cutting long hair perfects the
magnetism of an attractive face,
rendering it even more
attractive.
Blend of the
ancient with
the modern
DELICIOUS DISHES
IN A FLIP
The guests drop in suddenly and you wish
to pass as much time with them as possible. Knorr
ready-to-eat packs come handy in such situations,
leaving you with much time to share with your
guests. Try some of these recipes.

You may serve this Punjabi


PUNJABI Channa Masala with puris, parathas,
CHANNA roti or rice also.
For two people
MASALA
INGREDIENTS
1 packet Ready-to-eat Punjabi
Channa masala
CHINESE
3/ cup soaked grams
4
SCHEZUAN
11/2 cups of fresh water INGREDIENTS:
1 tsp oil 1 packet ready-to-eat Chinese
METHOD Schezuan
For this recipe you will have to use 150 gm cheese cut into pieces
pre-soaked grams (soaked up to 6-7 2 tbsp capsicum cored and cut
hours). along the length
Put soaked grams in pressure 1 cup finely chopped spring onion
cooker and boil on high flame. 2 tbsp corn flour
Turn the flame low after two 1/ cup finely chopped broccoli
2
whistles and allow cooking for 30 2 tbsp refined oil
minutes. 1 tbsp vinegar
noodles recipe mix
100 gm noodles
150 gm chopped cabbage
1 big chopped carrot
1 medium size chopped onion
1 capsicum chopped
1 litre water
oil for frying
For garnishing:
onion swirls
METHOD
METHOD Boil noodles with little oil in 1 litre
Mix corn flour with 2 spoons of water. Drain off excess water and put
water to make a paste of running aside the noodles to cool. Fry
consistency. Heat oil in a non-stick chopped onion, carrot, cabbage and
pan and fry cheese pieces in it after capsicum together in some oil for 2
dipping them in corn flour paste. Fry minutes.
all the vegetables in the remaining oil Add one cup of water to the fried
for 2 minutes and then add 4 cups of content and then add 1 pack of
warm water. Add ready-to-eat Chinese Knorr Hakka noodles recipe
Schezuan powder. Add cheese mix and boil with continuous stirring.
pieces when the mixture begins to Now add boiled noodles to the
boil. Stir the mixture for 2 minutes on boiled recipe mix and cook thoroughly
low flame. Add vinegar and your on low flame till all the contents are
delicious Chinese Schezuan is ready mixed fully.
to serve. Garnish with onion swirls and
(Time to prepare: 2-minutes. Time serve hot.
to cook: 6-minutes. Ready in: 8- Definitely, your guests will lick their
minutes) fingers. Don’t forget to tell the secret
of your delicious recipes.
(Time to prepare: 5 minutes. Time
CHINESE HAKKA to cook: 7-8 minutes. Ready in: 12-
NOODLES 15 minutes)

INGREDIENTS:
1 Pack of Knorr Chinese Hakka
Baisakhi is a time
for celebration, time
to entertain
guests who may
come along. We
bring you three
meals with different
flavours to savour
during the festivity.
By Roma Ghosh Pineapple fish

BAISAKHI
festivity
PINEAPPLE FISH fish pieces a few at a time. Turn
the fish pieces once or twice so INDIAN BREAD
INGREDIENTS:
6-8 pieces of rahu fish
that both the sides are golden
brown. Remove and keep aside.
STUFFED WITH
4 slices of pineapple
1 large sized onion – sliced
In the same pan, fry the onion RICE
slices till golden brown. Lower the (Chawal parantha)
100 gm of aam papad – cut into heat and mix in bay leaf and the
cubes spices and fry till a fine aroma INGREDIENTS:
4-5 tbsp of mustard oil rises – this should take 2-3
1 bay leaf For the parantha:
minutes. Mix in the tomato puree
2 chillies 1 cup of wheat flour
and the pineapple slices which
1/ tsp of haldi powder 1 tbsp of ghee
2 have been cut into small pieces.
1 tsp of red chilli powder oil or ghee for frying
Also add half cup of water and
3 tbsp of tomato puree salt to taste
bring the gravy to boil. Mix in the
salt to taste fish pieces and aam papad pieces For the filling:
METHOD and continue to cook for a few 1 cup of cooked rice
Sprinkle salt and half the minutes till the gravy begins to 2 tsp of oil
quantity of the haldi powder over thicken. You could adjust the 1/ tsp of red chillies powder or
2
the fish pieces and leave aside for consistency of the gravy to your more
10 minutes. Heat the mustard oil choice. Serve with chawal ka 3-4 pinches of aamchur powder
in a non stick pan and pan fry the parantha. 1 tsp of roasted jeera powder

48 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


Chicken in peas

METHOD
To prepare the filling: Heat
the oil and and fry the rice adding
all the spices. Fry on low heat for
2-3 minutes. Keep aside. The
filling should be spicy and tasty.
Sift the flour, salt and ghee and
add just enough water to knead
into a dough. Divide the dough
into 3-4 portions. Roll out each
portion into a small sized chappati
. Hold this chappati in your palm
and keep a portion of the HEALTHY the grated lauki and stir gently so
that the lauki begins to mix into
prepared filling in the centre of the
chappati and close it from all ends SNACK the rava/sooji. Beat the curd and
also mix into the rava mixture.
to obtain a round ball. Roll out this (lauki and rava snack) Add the spices and add oil a little
ball into a thick chappati and fry at a time while adding each of the
INGREDIENTS:
this parantha with oil or ghee on ingredients. Cook on low flame,
1 cup sooji
low fire till crispy and brown. stirring all the time till most of the
1 cup rava – broken rice
Prepare the other paranthas in water is evaporated. Bake in a pre
2 cups of grated lauki
the same way. heated oven at 160 degree C for
2 cups of dahi
Indian bread stuffed with rice 3/ spoon of red chillies powder
4 atleast an hour till the top of the
1/ tsp of amchur powder cake is golden brown. Remove
4
3-4 tbsp of oil from the oven, cut into squares
salt to taste and serve as a snack.
METHOD
Dry roast the
sooji and the rava CHICKEN IN
till a light golden
brown. In the same PEAS
kadhai, once the INGREDIENTS:
sooji and rava are a 11/2 cups of coarsely grated
light golden brown, add peas
3 tbsp of oil
1/ tsp of garam masala
Healthy snack 2
1/ tsp of red chillies powder
4
2 tsp of lemon juice
400 gm of boneless chicken
pieces
salt to taste
For the marinade:
2 tsp of ginger garlic paste
3 tbsp of dahi
1 tsp of green chillies paste
salt to taste
METHOD
Mix all the ingredients for the
marinade and marinate the
chicken pieces in this for 1 hour.
Heat the oil in a kadhai and cook

Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009 49


the marinated chicken pieces with kadhai and melt the jaggery over centre. Fold up the sides and
all the marinade on low fire. Cover low fire. Mix in the desiccated make a crescent shape or long
with a lid and cook till the chicken coconut and keep stirring on low shaped dumplings. Prepare all the
pieces are half done. Now mix in fire. Mix in the condensed milk dumplings and keep aside.
the ground peas and all the and continue to stir and cook and Heat the milk in a thick
spices. Cook on low fire, stirring allow the mixture to dry up. Put bottomed pan. Low the heat and
from time to time so that the peas off the heat and keep aside. drop the dumplings a few at a
gets mixed with the chicken To make the dough: Mix time into the milk and cook on low
pieces. Cover with a lid and cook together the rice flour, sugar and heat for 3-4 minutes. Crush the
on low fire, adding oil a little at a ghee. Mix with your fingers to jaggery and mix into the milk. Stir
time. Once the chicken pieces are resemble bread crumbs. Add just gently so that the dumplings do
tender remove and serve. enough water to knead into a not break. Remove from fire, cool
dough. Keep beating the dough and serve as a dessert.
with your fingers so that it is

STEAMED pliable. With your palms roll out


the entire dough into a long roll. CHOCOLICIOUS
DUMPLINGS IN Place this roll on a rolling board
and cut half inch sized pieces.
INGREDIENTS:

MILK Roll each of these pieces into a


1 litre of milk
1 cup of condensed milk
circular round ball. Roll out each
INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp of sugar – optional
of these balls into a two inch 11/2 tbsp of drinking chocolate
For the dumpling crust: circular chappati. Hold the small powder
200 gm of rice flour chappati in the left palm and place
1 tsp of powdered sugar a portion of the filling in the For garnishing:
3 tbsp of ghee Chocolicious cherries
For the filling: METHOD
1 cup of desiccated Mix the drinking powder
coconut in half cup of luke warm
50 gm of date palm milk and keep aside.
jaggery Bring the milk to boil
3 tbsp of condensed in a thick bottomed
milk pan and cook and
stir till the milk is
For the milk syrup: reduced to less
1 litre of milk than half its
150 gm of jaggery quantity. Mix in the
METHOD chocolate powder and
To prepare the filling: Heat a continue to stir so that the
milk does not stick to the bottom.
Steamed dumplings in milk
Mix in the condensed milk and stir
gently. Continue to cook and stir
for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the
sugar at this stage if you need it.
Stir till the milk and condensed
mixture is thick. Put off and cool
the mixture in a fridge. Serve
garnished with cherries. The
consistency can vary according to
your needs. If you like it thinner
than you need not reduce to the
milk to half its quantity before
adding the chocolate.

50 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


Bell peppers stuffed with couscous

BELL PEPPERS STUFFED


WITH COUSCOUS
INGREDIENTS:
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
3 tsp of olive oil
For the filling:
1/ cup of couscous or any other macaroni
2
2 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp of rosemary
pepper to taste
salt tot taste
METHOD
Make a slit across each bell pepper and remove
the seeds but leave the bell pepper whole. In a non
stick pan heat the olive oil and place the bell
peppers and fry these on medium heat turning over
so that all the sides of the bell pepper get cooked
slightly. Once the bell peppers are charred/cooked
lightly on all sides remove and keep aside.
Prepare the filling: Place the couscous in a pan of
hot water and leave aside for 3-4 minutes. Drain
and keep aside. Heat the oil in a non stick pan and
fry the couscous adding the spices. Stir fry for 2
minutes and remove from fire. Use this filling to fill
the bell peppers. Place the bell peppers in the oven
for only 5-6 minutes just before serving so that these
are warm. One bell pepper per person or even half
would add variety to the plate of the festive meal.

OKRA AND COTTAGE


CHEESE
(bhindi stuffed with paneer)
INGREDIENTS:
400 gm of bhindi medium sized
Okra and cottage cheese
TRI-LAYERED Bengali sweet

PINEAPPLE
DELIGHT
INGREDIENTS:
For one serving:
1 slice of pineapple
3-4 tbsp of kiwi preserve – you
can use any other fruits sauce
or preserve
red grapes
3-4 tbsp of oil for frying the bhindi METHOD For the filling:
1 tsp of garam masala powder Place the pineapple slice on a 1 cup of desiccated coconut
1/ tsp of jeera powder 50 gm of date palm jaggery
2 serving plate. Spread the kiwi
1/ tsp of red chillies powder 3 tbsp of condensed milk
2 preserve over and garnish with
salt to taste the red grapes and serve it at METHOD
For the filling: once. This is a refreshing desert To prepare the filling: Heat a
150 gm of grated cheese and can be prepared with little kadhai and melt the jaggery over
2 tsp of oil time. low fire. Mix in the desiccated
1/ tsp of jeera powder coconut and keep stirring on low
2
1/ tsp of amchur powder fire. Mix in the condensed milk
4
1/ tsp of red chillies powder
4 BENGALI and continue to stir and cook and
allow the mixture to dry up. Put
salt to taste
METHOD
SWEET off the heat and keep aside.
To make the dough: Mix
Wash the bhindis, dry with a (Puli petha) together the rice flour, sugar and
napkin and cut the top edges. INGREDIENTS: ghee. Mix with your fingers to
Keep the bhindis whole, making 200 gm of rice flour resemble bread crumbs. Add just
a slit in the centre and removing 1 tsp of powdered sugar enough water to knead into a
as many seeds as you can. 3 tbsp of ghee dough.
To prepare the filling: heat the oil or ghee for frying Keep beating the dough with
oil, and fry the paneer adding all 300 ml of sugar syrup your fingers so that it is pliable.
the spices. Fry on low fire for 2-3 Tri-layered pineapple delight
With your palms roll out the entire
minutes. Remove and keep dough into a long roll. Place this
aside to cool. roll on a rolling board and cut half
Fill each of the bhindis with the inch sized pieces. Roll each of
paneer filling. Heat oil in a non these pieces into a circular round
stick pan and fry the bhindis ball.
over low fire. Cover with a Roll out each of these balls
lid and stir gently from into a two inch circular
time to to. Mix in all chappati. Hold the small
the spices and chappati in the left palm
sprinkle over the and place a portion of
bhindis and cover the filling in the centre.
with a lid and cook Fold up the sides and
so that the masala make a small round
is mixed into the cake. Prepare all the cakes
bhindis. Cook till the in this way. Heat ghee or oil
bhindis are tender. and fry over medium heat for 3-4
Remove and serve hot. minutes and then reduce the heat

52 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


and fry till the cakes are crispy
Bread biryani
and golden brown. Fry a few
cakes at a time. Once each lot of
cakes is ready, drop these into
the prepared sugar syrup and
leave in the syrup for 30-40
minutes before serving.

SALT PEPPER
TOFU AND
VEGETABLES
INGREDIENTS:
200 gm of tofu
200 florets of broccoli
50 gm of cherry tomatoes
3 tsp of olive oil
BREAD BIRYANI and the ginger garlic paste. .
Cook on low fire for 3-4 minutes
INGREDIENTS: add 2-3 tsp of water if required.
1 tsp of pepper powder
6-8 slices of bread cut into Cook till a fine aroma rises from
salt to taste
quarters the cooked spices.
METHOD ghee or oil for deep frying the Now mix in the biryani masala
Cut the broccoli in florets, the bread pieces and the lemon juice cook for 1
tofu in cubes and keep aside. 1 medium sized chopped onions minute more. Add the fried bread
Heat the oil. Fry the tofu for 2 2 chopped tomatoes pieces. Toss gently and serve at
minutes in oil and remove and 1 cup of green peas once before the bread pieces get
keep aside. In the same pan add 1 cup of corn niblets soggy.
the broccoli and fry till a light 3 tbsp butter
golden brown in colour adding salt 1 tsp of cumin seeds
to taste. Mix in the fried tofu and
the cherry tomatoes. Check for
1 tbsp of garlic and ginger paste
1 tsp of chilli powder GOOSEBERRY
the salt. Add the pepper powder
and toss gently. And serve at
2 tsp of lemon juice
2 tsp of biryani masala powder
CURRY
once. salt to taste INGREDIENTS:
250 gm of gooseberry
METHOD
Salt pepper tofu and vegetables For the gravy:
Fry the bread pieces in oil till
golden and crispy. Alternately, 3 tsp of oil
you could oil roast the bread 3-4 tbsp of tomato puree
pieces or you could even 2 tsp of ginger garlic paste
toast the bread slices in 1 tsp of red chilli paste
1/ tsp of haldi powder
case you want to avoid 2
the oil. 1/ tsp of jeera powder
4
Heat oil in the kadai 1/ tsp of garam masala powder
2
and add cumin seeds salt to taste
and allow the seeds to
crackle. for garnishing:
Add the onions and fry coriander chopped
till translucent. Now mix in METHOD
the tomato pieces and fry for Wash the gooseberry after
a further 2 minutes. Mix in the removing and discarding the
peas, corn and the haldi powder leaves. Cut a few into halves and

Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009 53


Gooseberry curry prepared soup in individual bowls
and top with crispy fried noodles
over each portion.

RABRIE WITH
FRUITS
INGREDIENTS:
1litre of milk
sugar to taste
1/ tsp of cardamom powder
2
for garnishing:
fresh fruits
METHOD
Bring the milk to boil in a heavy
bottomed pan and reduce the milk
to half its original quantity. Add
leave the others whole. Keep METHOD
aside. the sugar and stir till the sugar
Par cook the vegetables in
Heat the oil in a kadhai and fry melts. Once the milk is thickened,
salted water till just tender but not
the ginger garlic paste for 2 cool the sweetened milk. Place in
over cooked. You could boil the
minutes. Lower the heat and add a fridge to cool. Serve with fresh
lotus stem separately so that all
the tomato puree and the spices fruits and serve.
the dirt can be removed. Place all
and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the par boiled vegetables in a large
one cup of water and salt to taste.
Bring the gravy to boil and add
sized pan. Add the vegetable stock
and one cup of water and bring the CARROT
the gooseberries. Allow the
berries to simmer in the gravy for
soup to boil. Mix in the chillies
sauce and the agino mato and
STUFFED
2 minutes. Add the garam masala allow the soup to simmer with the INDIAN BREAD
and boil for another 1 minute. vegetables for 2 minutes. Remove INGREDIENTS:
Serve garnished with coriander and place in a deep serving dish. For the parantha:
leaves. Top with the fried noodles and 1 cup of wheat flour
serve at once. You could place the 1 tbsp of ghee
Chinese chopsuey
CHINESE
CHOPSUEY
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of French beans cut
into long pieces
1 cup of carrots cut into long
pieces
1/ cup of lotus stems cut
2
into diagonal pieces
1 zucchini cut into thin circles
300 ml of vegetable stock
1 tsp of chilli sauce
1/ tsp of agino mato – optional
2
2 cups of crispy deep fried noodles
salt to taste

54 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


oil or ghee for frying
Carrot stuffed Indian bread
salt to taste
For the filling:
2 cups of grated carrots
2 tsp of oil
1/ tsp of red chilli powder or
2
more
3-4 pinches of aamchur powder
1 tsp of roasted jeera powder
METHOD
To prepare the filling: Heat
the oil and and fry the grated
carrots, adding all the spices. Fry
on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Keep
aside. The filling should be spicy
and tasty.
Sift the flour, salt and ghee and
add just enough water to knead
into a dough. Divide the dough
into 3-4 portions. Roll out each
EGGS ON
1/
2 teaspoon turmeric powder
portion into a small sized 1 tbsp of ghee
chappati. Hold this chappati in
your palm and keep a portion of SPINACH 1/ teaspoon chilli powder
2
4-5 eggs
the prepared filling in the centre INGREDIENTS:
salt and pepper
of the chappati and close it from 1 kg spinach
1/ cup finely chopped fresh Clean the spinach and discard
all ends to obtain a round ball. 2 the thick stalks and chop the
Roll out this ball into a chappati coriander
tender stalks and the leaves into
and fry this parantha with oil or 2 medium onions, finely sliced
one inch pieces. Heat the ghee in
ghee on low fire till crispy and 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
a thick bottomed pan and stir fry
brown. Prepare the other 3 tsp of ginger garlic paste
the onions till a light golden brown
paranthas in the same way. Serve 2 tsp of green chillies paste
in colour. Mix in the ginger garlic
garnished with a bit of the filling 11/2 tsp sugar
and chillies paste. Mix in the
and some spicy aachar. 11/4 tsp salt spices and the coriander leaves
2 tsp oil or and stir fry for a further 2 minutes.
Rabrie with fruits Mix in the chopped spinach
leaves and cook on medium heat
for a further 3-4 minutes, add the
sauce, sugar and salt to taste.
Cover with a lid and cook for
another 2-3 minutes.
Place the prepared spinach in
a baking dish and spread it evenly
on the base of the dish. Carefully
break one egg at a time on top of
the cooked spinach. Break the
eggs all over the spinach base so
that the eggs yolks are distributed
all over the spinach base.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the
eggs and bake in an oven till the
eggs are set. Serve at once. We

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gra ce
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MEET
PREETI DESAI
ou can take an Indian out of in her parents’ company G2

Y
India but you can rarely Fireworks. However, her heart was
take the India out of an always set on something else. She
Indian. Many young British has become the first Indian-origin girl
passport holders who are to be crowned as Miss Great Britain.
first-generation British but She recently walked the Lakme
whose parents were Indians Fashion Week in Mumbai.
have this long-distance love Apart from all these catwalks,
with their country. The modelling and advertising, she is the
annual holidays instill a adventurous kind of young girl who
sense of belonging and their roots loves swimming and dancing and is a
are watered by the parents who keen practitioner of the martial arts
might live elsewhere but their hearts and yoga. In this encounter, she
are still as Indian from the day they shares her memories, her ideas and
left their country. plans with the readers.
Preeti Desai too was born in UK to
parents who left India a long time Tell us about your journey of
ago. She has worked as a beauty being crowned Miss Great Britain?
therapist after a rigorous three-year I was crowned in November 2006
training, and went on to be a partner after a public vote. Actually, the

60 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


competition was earlier in the year Tell us a little about your family supportive in whatever I do as long
and I came in 5th. Then the top 12 – how many siblings and what as I am happy doing it.
girls got recalled as the winner was they do. What do your parents do?
disqualified for being in a relationship How did you balance out being of It is often said that beauty and
with one of the judges and this got Indian origin and growing up in brains do not go together (I do not
found out. After this, there was a Great Britain? believe that) but what do you prize
public vote; and I received the most I have a younger sister Anjlee who more – your beauty or your
public votes to be crowned. is a singer and in a girl group in brains?
England, ‘The Madam Project’. My Brains and personality make you
What did this crown mean to parents have a company G2 beautiful. Of course brains and
you as an Individual? Fireworks. The rest is all routine and beauty go together, so many beautiful
It gave me a platform and voice to normal. women are also great academic
think loudly about what I wanted to achievers and even homemakers are
do; but most of all it made my mum What does the company G2 so smart to manage it all.
so happy. Fireworks do?
It is one of the biggest Firework What are your hobbies and how
Did your being of Indian origin display companies in the UK. My do you balance your work with
play any role in getting this mother, sister and I look after the these?
crown? retail side of the business while my I love going on long walks in the
Well, I was the only girl of Indian father designs and does the countryside with my dogs back in the
origin to have made it to the final and execution. I was made a partner by UK, I love watching movies, I love
the first Indian girl in history to win my parents after years of working for seeing different places in the world, I
the title. So, although I am sure the business and after the relevant love eating out. Now I am spending a
others will carry on in years to come experience had been garnered. lot of time in India and do other things
to be of Indian origin and win this that I enjoy.
title, I will always be the first to have What were your dreams as you
achieved it. were growing up? What did you What are future plans?
want to do and how did Considering you are visiting India
your family support you? so often and participating in the
While I was growing up, beauty and fashion business, do
I believe I was a big day you plan to pursue that career?
dreamer. In many ways I I tend not to plan the future and
still am. When I was just go with the flow. Currently, I am
young, I wanted to be a vet enjoying modelling in India and let’s
as I love animals so much. see what else comes my way.
My parents are very
What about romance? What do
you look for in a man you want to
love and hope to marry?
The most important thing is
respect for each other. Yes, I
would think romantically for
someone that can make me
laugh. Humour is important
As a growing child what was in life.
your experience in Great Britain -
which part do you live in and did What is your
you face any discrimination while opinion on love
you were growing up? vs arra nged mar -
I was born and raised in riages?
England in the North East and have It is totally up
not experienced any discrimination to the individual.
in my social or work life. I always felt As long as both
part of where I was partners are happy,
growing up and then either is fine. It
had a normal, is not really for me to
ordinary, growing-up be judgmental either
experience. way. We
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A
industry is the latest trend media management, advertising, PR,
of the faculty are in among many youngsters in
India. Today the strong
corporate communications, event
management and related areas. It is
touch with the influence that the media
holds over people’s lives
one of the best-equipped media
schools in the country in the private
changes taking has also attracted many to sector.
start a career in Media. Situated in Noida, in the NCR
place in the media The business opportunities region, it has a capacity to
in Indian media and accommodate 750 students with two
world, and inculcate entertainment industry are enormous. complete industry-standard TV
There is untapped potential along studios, non-linear editing suites,
in students media with the good creativity talent. The radio studio, photography studio, e-
study that is media industry is very vivid and one
of the most versatile industries and
classrooms and commercial content
development.
modern and hence finding the right kind of
institute is no easy task. But in this
The institute has started a fresh
intake for one-year master and
relevant, there respect and for a proper guidance in
journalism, you can trust upon the
diploma programmes, after graduation
and 12th class respectively in the
is no doubt about MassCo Media. above-mentioned streams and six-
MassCo Media is an established month certificate programmes in TV
achieving newage communication institute for production and anchoring, radio
the study of print and broadcast jockeying, programming and
one’s goal. journalism, TV production, production. Also being launched is a
By Suman Bajpai
special master programme in media and mass communications. kind of course as we get a chance to
electronic media and advertising. For Ravikant who has come from explore in terms of field work and
The Institute has a well-qualified Gorakhpur, a student of media and placements.”
faculty of academics and industry communication, it is a platform to For Sri Raj Ray who has come
experience. Besides, many augment his public-speaking skills. “I from Kolkata, it is like dream come
professionals from all over the was looking for an animation course true. He is doing the photo journalism
country and outside keep coming to but seeing this course, I thought I will course. He has a great regard for his
deliver lectures on emerging areas in get the better chances to learn many professor. “My professor is
media and communications. This related things in one course itself. competent techniquely, but his life
institution also provides solutions in Apart from the incredible learning experiences are so extensive which
broadcasting and TV software today I can say that I feel more help us enormously. Even the
production, graphics and animation. confident than before.” environment is very good and
Second year students of the three- friendly. We have the latest
year degree program of arts in media equipments and technology.”
and communication think that here CAREER PANORAMA The best part of this institute is
they can get much more A student of MassCo Media not that it provides a career panorama
opportunities in comparison to other only gets the opportunity to absorb a for each student who is talented and
institutes. “Here the focus is on the true media experience, but can creative. For Payal Singh who is now
practical-based work and the most explore his or her talents in many working as an account manager with
encouraging part is that the faculty is ways. Rather than just textbook iAvatarZ Digital, an Australia-based
very competent and efficient. This education, here students learn ad network, primarily into online
place is a good platform for working through their practical experiences marketing and advertising, MassCo
in the media industry,” note the which enhance their growth so that Media has been a great learning
students. when they reach industry experience for her as a student. “I am
MassCo Media has a tie-up with placements, they are ready with the glad that I took the step of joining
universities in Australia and the US enriched thoughts and experience in MassCo Media and could enrich
for imparting undergraduate versatile media projects under their myself and today have a job with an
programs. The foreign university belt. ad network. MassCo Media is just not
affiliates allow students to study in Richa Sharma who is pursuing her about theory and classrooms it's
India and get a credit for the years first year PG diploma in event more about infield knowledge.
of study to finish the degree. Each management and PR from this On the job training they provide
student is empowered to finish his or institute has come all the way from makes you professional in your
her degree in Australia or the US. Rourkela, Orissa. She came to know chosen field. I think the best part is
There is also a tie-up with an Indian through the net about this institute. the facility, which this institute
university for a graduate degree in She feels, “This place is ideal for my provides to its students not only in
include a stunning and industry-
standard facility.
When the students like me
graduate from the institute, they do
not get awe struck to see the media
environs. Studying in MassCo Media
is not like studying, it’s actually
working, working towards your goal.”
When the members of the faculty
are in touch with the changes taking
place in the media world, and
inculcate in students media study that
is modern and relevant, there is no
doubt about achieving one’s goal and
develop creative passion. When the
faculty challenges the students to
consider the media world from new
MASSCO MEDIA HAS When Sarika Tirkey came to know perspectives and the students benefit
about this institute through a career from the faculty's vast experience,
TWO COMPLETE fair organised in Ranchi, Jharkhand, then the possibility of success
INDUSTRY-STANDARD TV she knew this was the place for her. increases.
She is pursuing her master program Md. Shujauddin Khan has written
STUDIOS, NON-LINEAR in TV production. “When I came here one such success story. He did his
EDITING SUITES, RADIO the star attractions were equipment diploma in television production and
and studios. broadcast journalism from MassCo
STUDIO, PHOTOGRAPHY I am lucky to have a supportive Media and is presently working with
STUDIO, E-CLASSROOMS faculty and any student who wants to Jan Sandesh Hindi news channel as
prosper he or she can fulfill their a production executive. He considers
AND COMMERCIAL dream here,” declares Sarika with his days at MassCo Media the
CONTENT DEVELOPMENT. confidence. precious moments of his life.
Each student who is studying here “The days at MassCo Media were
terms of the latest industry or was a student of this esteemed the best days of my life as I identified
equipments and infrastructure but institute has something positive to my passion for mass media and
also the personal attention that each share in terms of experiences, in groomed to become a professional.
student avails from the faculty. Apart terms of guidance and in terms of Mr Mani Kandan is a teacher that I
from excellent in-house faculties, placements. Suposh Sharma, an ex- would remember my whole life who
they provide us with visiting faculty student of this institute is now introduced us to the world of
from the respective industry. working with the Jan Sandesh Hindi Cameras and other TV production
This was a great help as we used news channel as a production techniques. I had great time
to get trained according to the executive. He shared his experiences reading news through the tele
requirements of the industry. I had all with us. “There is a saying which prompter and anchoring for in-house
the freedom and access to use the goes like, ‘Better late than never’. programmes.
library, computers and studio any This is how my tryst with the media Documentary making was another
time of the day as per my industry has begun and thanks to great experience as we explored the
convenience. The training module, MassCo Media and Prof Avinash art of story telling through the lenses.
which requires every student to give Singh in particular. It was with the help of my professors
a presentation with a proper set-up that my documentary titled Jeena Isi
and live audience, has sure boosted
my confidence, which today I
FREEDOM TO Ka Naam Hai won the First Frame
2008 award for the best director
consider is the most important asset STUDENTS category. I feel it is among the best
for any beginner. Appearing for the MassCo Media has given the kick- institutes in India that provides us
campus interviews held almost every start to my long impending craving to with the latest equipment that are of
week helped me to sharpen my get into media. This began when I industry standards,” enthuses
communication skills and knowledge stepped into MassCo Media. The Shujauddin.
as per industry requirements. All I best thing about the institute was the This is one institute which
can say that it helped me shape my freedom to students in terms of changes the perception and provides
career and personality,” beams creativity, implementation of their direction and opportunities to grow in
Payal. concepts among others, which the respective media fields. We
OVERCOMING
200 nominations received for the
award, seven will finally receive
various awards. The names of the

THE STIGMA CALLED


winners would be announced at a
gala event in early March, said
Janaki Pillai, director (operations) of

DISABILITY
the Ability Foundation.
The other prominent jury members
also shared their thoughts on the
nominees. Director Radha Mohan,
whose film Mozhi–ITAL portrayed the
emotional journey of a deaf and
Efforts and achievements of dumb girl Archana, said he was
inspired by the work done by Ability
people afflicted with disability will not go Foundation and that he had learnt
sign language for making the movie
unnoticed, thanks to the pioneering work of at the foundation.
Actress Revathy, also a trustee of
Ability Foundation and support the Ability Foundation, said these
by CavinKare. awards played an important role in
removing the stigma attached to
disability. “The words ‘I cannot do’
should not be uttered by a person
with disability. That is our aim,” she
said.

A HUMBLING
EXPERIENCE
N. Murali, managing director, The
Hindu–ITAL, said it was a humbling
experience for him to meet the
nominees shortlisted for the award.
He said the nominees had
demonstrated that they could not only
overcome their disability, but also
achieve much more than what the
persons without disability could. He
said the selection process was tough
A. R. Rahman receiving a memento from C. K. Rangnathan.
and it was not easy to arrive at a
enerally, society looks CavinKare Ability Award by a jury decision as to who was eligible for

G
upon disability as a stigma. that comprised eminent personalities the award.
Persons afflicted with like Oscar winner music director A.R. Former chairperson, National
physical and mental Rahman. Commission for Women, V. Mohini
disability are taken as Later, speaking to the Giri said ability and disability were
curse on the family. But mediapersons, Rahman said he was synonymous and attitudes towards
now, you don’t need to see deeply touched by their efforts to persons with disability were changing
everything in shades of overcome challenges posed by in society. “It is not a stigma any
black and grey. Disabled disability. “All of us think we have a more,” she stressed.
people are scaling new problem. We complain how we are Director of Ability Foundation
heights everyday and creating new fat or thin, fair or dark. But there is a Jayshree Ravindran said the awards
records. lesson for us all to learn from persons were aimed at breaking the
This was evident at a function held with disabilities,” he said. He also stereotypes surrounding the abilities
recently in Chennai by the Ability said that their stories show how of persons with disability. C. K.
Foundation, an organisation working persons with congenital disabilities Rangnathan, CMD of CavinKare,
for the uplift of disabled people. At could become achievers with which sponsors the awards,
the function, 12 disabled people were consistent efforts. presented mementos to all the jury
shortlisted for the prestigious Of the 12 shortlisted people from members. We

67
These apparels
present a fusion of
oriental and
occidental fashion.
Keeping in touch
with the taste of
urbane woman,
these fashionable
ensembles adorn
the lady on the go,
accentuating her
charm. However,
the obvious drive is
towards a perfect
and presentable
you to your friends
and admirers.

Graceful
Trendy & Stylish
The allure of black
& white: This
attractive skirt with
all-white top is
bound to shake up
even the ascetic.
What a befitting
ensemble?: The
shimmering churidar
has a fit combination in
the top worn with a wide
ornamental belt. The
modernistic hairdo is an
added attraction to
present a winning
personality.
A reflective pose:
This modern
dress blends well
with the garland
of round glass
beads.
Delightful look:
The short pants with
the trendy top with
an engaging hairdo
is sure to set the
house on fire.
Adding to a
glamorous look: The
floral skirt with
equally matching
top is sure to make
the intended
conquest.
Accentuating the
assets: Dressed in
stylish trousers with
a contrasting top,
the target seems to
be someone very
close to her.
Eyes on style:
This floral pants
synchronises
temptingly with a
top and garland
of beads.
Dressing to kill:
This tapering churidar
with stylish kurti makes
the lady all the more
charming with a
outshining necklace.

Dresses, Accessories and styling by:


Anomitro Ganguli
Photography: Hemant Kedar
Make-up: Amit Sawant
Hair: Minakshi
Model: Parvati Nirban
?
HOW ABOUT
BORN IN INDIA
A tongue-in-cheek look at a
“minor issue” that’s quietly
becoming a mania. By Rajib Sen
ON-STATUTARY WAR - delivery service of the medical matters. I can’t see our cousins, the

N
NING: READING THIS profession. apes, having a gorilla monkeying
MAY BE INJURIOUS TO After all, it’s always been just a about at such delicate moments. And
DOCTORS’ HEALTH. Born matter of the doctor bringing home can you imagine the whale of an
in the USA, Bruce Spring- the bacon by bringing home the underwater income that an
steen’s huge 1984 chart - babies although, lately, it’s been in a obstetrician of that breed is missing
buster became an anthem maternity ward. But, in the past, there out on after graduating from the
for American anti-Vietnam was no fuss with no one getting school of fish?
war protesters. But India’s hyper, building tension about the So when and how did this human
new-age newlyweds sing small matter that was about to make mania for hospital delivery by an
another tune – without any idea of an appearance. Come to think of it, obstetrical stork rear its mystifying
the original’s lyrics. Their big dreams no one ever did make a fuss about head? And what makes it so much
for families they are yet to start? The something like that for something like superior in the US of A? Are babies
prized US passport – as their kids’ the previous 40,000 years of human born there s-o-o much more better
ticket to travel to worlds the would- evolution. That is, till some time in off than those born even in our
be parents can’t without visa hassles. the mid-twentieth century. After that, shanty towns and remote villages?
But there’s another big factor: their hype overtook common sense. Let’s face it. From the evolution of
perception that there’s a big differ - In fact, among the billions of humankind, those embryonic speci-
ence in American hospital facilities at species of life on Earth, has anyone mens of humanity have literally been
the time of delivery. Big deal! Are wondered why it’s only been people born fighters. They have been born
Indian hospitals less well equipped? who have paid to be pampered by while being borne sky-high in
Not so long ago, in fact, people would obstetrical attention? Plants have transcontinental jetliners as success-
wonder what one needed a hospital their own mysterious ways of going fully as in down-to-earth jhuggis and
for only to have a baby. Those were about reproduction. The birds and the jhompris. They have all been born to
the days when childbirth was consi- bees have long been proverbially live.
dered nothing more than a home- reputed to be self-reliant in such And they have lived, survived and

76 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


also flourished even amid the utmost Still, if today’s Indian couples have are always prepared to attend to
of deprivation. Despite their birth the choice between India and the US, people in urgent need but you have
circumstances, so many thousands what’s better than doing so where to wait depending on their assess -
have grown up all over the globe to their parents are? No matter how ment of the seriousness of your
conquer the world in wide-ranging medically ignorant they are, can any- problem. For instance, if someone
fields – from astronautics to agri - thing match those parents’ support with a gunshot wound is brought in
culture (besides other lands!). when a new generation appears? while you’re waiting, your wait just
Let’s not forget one of the most That’s how it’s always been from time gets longer – sometimes by hours! –
famous conquerors in the world (of immemorial. It doesn’t matter how far no matter how serious you think your
the then-known world): Gaius Julius apart they are in India, the elders are case is.
Caesar (100-44 BC). His name is forever within reach. What can beat
inextricably linked with – ahem! – a that advantage?
section of obstetric practice (to boost Then again, once the mother gets MAHA INDIA
it in more ways than one?). He too home with her baby in the US, how Finally, let’s not forget the
was surgically extracted by the soon can she have access to the immeasurable cost benefits of the
Caesarian procedure as it’s since same doctors – without an appoint- Indian medical system. It’s not for
become known. Yet he was still born ment for a date that’s something like nothing that patients from America
at home – not stillborn in a hospital two months later? Sure, she could and all over the world make a beeline
as happened with my US-based talk over the phone, but is that ever for this country. But they’re not dupes
relative’s daughter there recently. as good as a face-to-face consul - or cheapskates running after the
Even in the twenty-first century, tation, especially if a physical exami- cheapest bargains. They’re hard -
what about the thousands born in our nation is called for? That’s what headed hunters of top-quality delivery
small towns and remote villages? So access to medicine is out there – just from pains far removed from labour
many appear on the scene with the check that out with anyone who’s (child-labour – hmm ;-)! And they’re
help of nothing more than, perhaps, a undergone any kind of Yankee-style simply delighted that India makes the
midwife or semi-literate dai? None of medical treatment for anything. standards they are used to at home
their mothers – like their mothers and Back here, there’s a friendly available at costs not even their
their mothers’ mothers for gener - neighbourhood doctor with an open insurance policies can pay for in their
ations back – needed anything door for anybody to walk through at own countries. (And we manage our
remotely like an operating table, a any time of day or night. medical bills without
recovery room and all the parapher- Of course, you pay more insurance!)
nalia that seem so crucial to modern if he or she sees you at LET’S NOT Our medical tourism
urban childbearing. non-regular times or at FORGET THE has added a healthy
your home. But that’s IMMEASURABLE dimension to the
okay – the treatment is COST BENEFITS Incredible! India image
OTHER OPTIONS always prompt, OF THE INDIAN already – bringing
Statistical percentages would professional and MEDICAL foreigners to this country
definitely vary but not as drastically invariably successful.
as die-hard supporters of today’s What more do you want?
SYSTEM. IT’S NOT through a healthy level of
medical tourism. So all
medicine – especially in the US – will And that’s the case with FOR NOTHING those people travel all the
contend. Remember, especially in medical practitioners THAT PATIENTS way here for anything but
India, even among the better across the country in FROM AMERICA childbirth for world-class
educated and better-off segments of small towns and big AND ALL OVER treatment at a bargain.
society, there are so many who never metro politan sprawls. THE WORLD ( Paisa vasool? ) Yet our
trust allopathic medicine. They Even the shantytown MAKE A BEELINE youngsters fly all the way
normally prefer every alternative from poor have some kind of there for that very
FOR THIS
homoeopathy and naturopathy to daktar sahib, vaid or purpose and pay a bomb!
ayurveda and unani, instead. All hakeem who dispenses COUNTRY. (Kharcha fazool?) Isn’t
quacks? How many ducks have they relief soon enough and that funny?
scored in their diagnoses without without charging the earth. But, jokes apart, I doubt this article
modern diagnostic support? Thanks Only in real emergencies does will strike the funny bone of our
to their fan following, some have one visit one of our super-speciality esteemed medical fraternity. They’re
become self-proclaimed godmen and five-star medical malls for a taste of unlikely to rest in peace (RIP?) with-
godwomen! Do you think followers of their high-cost, multi-menu hospit - out ripping this article to pieces. If so,
such persuasions would trust a ality . It’s the same in the US from so be it. But can anyone deny the
hospital where the underlying disci- what I have understood. Agreed, like fact that the facts given here haven’t
pline is allopathic medicine when it the OPDs of our public and private been doctored – even though in
comes to delivery? Who knows? hospitals, the US emergency facilities humour? We

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LITTLE-KNOWN
LYTTELTON
Countries down under
have many big attractions.
But a visit to this little town
would be an exciting
experience.
By Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

holiday in New Zealand is beautiful with views of the harbour on

A
never complete without a every side.
trip to Lyttelton, port of The harbour is an inlet on the
Christchurch, which offers north-western side of Banks
us one of the most Peninsula, extending 18 km inland
fascinating views of the from the southern end of Pegasus
extinct volcanoes in the Bay. It is surrounded by steep hills
world. Lyttelton is located formed from the sides of an extinct
on the north shore of volcanic crater which rises to a height
Lyttelton Harbour on Banks of 500 m. Several smaller settlements
Peninsula, 12 km by road from are dotted along the shore of the
Christchurch on the eastern coast of harbour, notably Governor's Bay and
the South Island of New Zealand. Diamond Harbour. A small island,
The quaint town consists of small Quail Island, sits in the upper harbour
cottages and is very picturesque and south-west of Lyttelton.

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probably reached a height of over
4,500 ft. Estimates of its original
height are uncertain, since they
cannot be based solely on the
projection of existing lava slopes
upwards for the reason that
volcanoes of this type often have
domed profiles with a falling off in
gradient towards their tops. As sea
levels rose and fell, the old volcanoes
were at different times an island, a
landlocked mass of hills and a
peninsula.

WORLD'S OUTSTANDING
GEOGRAPHY
Lyttelton looks calm and serene 15,000 years ago. They now form the Lyttelton and Akaroa, the principal
and is famous for its Banks Peninsula harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa. settlements on the peninsula, lie
which consists of eroded remnants Originally, Banks Peninsula was inside the eroded craters of the old
of 2 ancient volcanoes. Banks an island, but it became tied to the volcanoes, now flooded by the Pacific
Peninsula is situated in about the Canterbury Plains at some late stage Ocean. These sea-invaded craters,
middle of the east coast of the South in geological history when the the twin harbours of Lyttelton and
Island on the margin of the growing alluvial plain reached its Akaroa, are among the world's
Canterbury Plains. It is approximately base. The Lyttelton volcano began outstanding examples of eroded and
450 sq miles in area and its highest erupting perhaps 15 million years flooded craters. Colourful cliffs of
point is Herbert Peak, 3,014 ft. A trip ago. The last eruptions on the flanks layered lava and ash deposits can be
on the gondola which takes one to of the younger Akaroa volcano seen around the outer coast. The
the top of the sightseeing spot from occurred less than 6 million years cliffs provide havens for wildlife and
where we can view those famous ago. “Banks Island” was eventually form stunning coastal scenery.
volcanoes was really very joined to the mainland by sand and In the course of his
fascinating. The volcanoes were gravels eroded from the Southern circumnavigation of the South Island,
breathtaking and are really a sight to Alps by the enormous glaciers of Captain Cook sighted the peninsula
behold. Their craters have several ice ages. The sand and on 16 February 1770. On the
subsequently been enlarged to many gravels were washed seawards to following day he concluded it was an
times their original size by stream form the Canterbury Plains. The two island and named it in honour of
erosion; they were then invaded by extinct volcanoes were active less Joseph Banks. On that day he also
the sea during the post-glacial world- than half a million years ago. saw the entrance to Akaroa Harbour.
wide rise in sea level beginning about Akaroa is the larger volcano and In the early years of the 19th century

Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009 81


interesting legacy and the people are
charming and very friendly.
Banks Peninsula has a somewhat
more salubrious climate than
Canterbury Plains, with a higher
rainfall and fewer frosts, particularly
on the lower slopes. Snow is
common on the highest slopes during
the winter months and often lies for
several weeks on the tops, although
the thickness is not great.
Lyttelton is linked to Christchurch
by railway and road tunnels through
the Port Hills. At 1900 m long, the
Lyttelton Road tunnel (opened in
1964) boasts of being the country's
longest road tunnel, and the railway
tunnel is the country's oldest, dating
sealers and whalers appeared on the from 1867. And that's not all; Lyttelton
scene and they found Maori ( Ngai has more in store for one. Lyttelton is
Tahu) settlements near where also famous for its wildlife which
Lyttelton and Akaroa now stand. comprises dolphins, seals, penguins
During the 1830s, French, and sea birds. It also offers ferry
American, and British deep-sea services which offer visitors views of
whalers were frequent visitors and wild life at a very close range and also
they all traded with the Maoris, a chance to swim along with them.
particularly for flax and foodstuffs. No doubt, a trip to Lyttelton was
Lyttelton definitely has a very definitely worth the trip. We

Tell me,
TELL ME... Find life so wonderful,
Why, when you are with me, Cannot just stop smiling?
The skies seem bluer, What secret do you hold,
The breeze more cool, What magic do you weave,
The flowers smell sweeter, To drive the bogeys away,
Birdsong’s full of cheer? When you are with me?
Tell me, Just promise me one thing
Why, when I am with you, Come what may...
My heart sings with joy, That you will never leave my side
I am loving and gentle, Or let me leave yours...
Compassionate and giving, Ever.
So at peace with myself? – Romola Shanbhag
Tell me,
Why, when we are together,
I like myself better,
Feel so blessed, so hopeful,

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QA &

TEEN ACHE
TEEN CHE
My boyfriend and I are both 19 years
old and plan to get married in five
years when we are settled in our
A
careers. The problem is that although
will not matter. If you do not see eye
to eye on major issues like money,
children, future goals etc., it is a good
thing to sort these out before
we love each other, we are deciding to marry.

Q&
constantly arguing with each other. Perhaps you are both short
Sometimes, we don’t speak to each tempered and egoistic. In this case, if
other for days on end. you love each other, it does not really
My friends tell me that marrying matter if either of you gives in to the
him is a bad idea as we will surely other’s wishes to avoid a
I am an 18-year-old girl belonging to divorce each other soon. I, however, confrontation to avoid bitterness in
an orthodox family. I have always feel that we will stick together even if the relationship. If neither of you is
wanted to become a doctor and my we constantly fight. What do you willing to compromise, constant
father has been quite supportive – till advise? bickering can take a toll. So, think
last week, when he visited an What are the issues you quarrel carefully before taking the plunge.
astrologer to show him my about? If these are trivial, your fights
horoscope. This man told my father
firmly that I should not study further – I feel completely devastated and
or I will jeopardise all my chances of I am a 15-year-old shocked. I have always had the
having a good marriage. According girl. My hands and greatest respect for my father
to him, if I study further, I will remain feet are always because of the good values he
unmarried. This has scared my father sweating, even in upheld but when I saw him browsing
who is, naturally, keen to see me cold weather. This is through some porn sites on the net, I
married and happy. So, now, he is very embarrassing was horrified. How can he do this?
refusing to let me go to medical when I shake hands He does not know that I found out but
college. I am so desperately with anyone, for my clasp is I have lost all affection for him.
unhappy. Is there any way out? clammy and sticky. Even my exam Should I tell my mother, who is a

A
It is a very difficult situation for answer sheets get smudged and gentle loving soul? Please help me
you, but you should know that grubby with my sweat. Please gain my peace of mind.
astrologers and their predictions are advise. My parents are of no help, Although it is understandable that
all bunkum. How many of their and my friends only make fun of you are shocked, perhaps you should
forecasts have proved true? Haven’t me. face reality and accept that your
several astrologers given conflicting Are you of a nervous father is a normal human being and
predictions? All the same, you will not disposition? High strung persons not a saint. Looking at porn sites is
find it easy to convince your father often perspire a lot, and in fact, not a wicked thing but a harmless
who is, anyway, doing what he thinks their sweat exudes a peculiar activity for many men, who are good,
is best for you. You can ask some unpleasant odour. But then, their loyal husbands and fathers. Children
close relatives or friends he trusts to sweating is not confined only to hate to know that their parents have
speak to him. Even your teachers their hands and feet. If this sexual feelings! Many are even
could try to make him change his problem bothers you, consult your extremely uncomfortable and
mind. family doctor. He can suggest unhappy to think that their parents
As a last resort, you can simply remedies and medication if have sex with each other. You should
put your foot down and state that you needed. In the meanwhile, wipe definitely continue to respect your
are determined to follow your dream your hands frequently with father for he seems to have earned it.
– even if it means that you will remain perfumed tissues, and powder Even if you confide in your mother,
single as your father believes. This your feet before wearing your chances are that she will not be
might bring him to his senses. You footwear. This can help. Also try shocked but amused by your
cannot let any astrologer jeopardise some relaxation exercises. revelation. In fact, she may know this
your future with such impunity. already!

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hues and centre table with a glass top create a
feeling of harmony in the living room. The stair

Cosy Nest
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Relaxing zone: An entertainment unit with TV,


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Study time:
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book case.
Orange rug on
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ish you luck, and take Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia,

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care. Jakarta is always is home to over 10 million people.
in the news for all wrong Forest fires and land clearance
reasons", my friend produce thick haze over Jakarta. It
remarked when I told of seems there is no easy solution for
my impending trip to the Indonesian haze that has blighted
Jakarta. So it was with Southeast Asia every year for the
a certain amount of past decade. Children under five
apprehension that I years and people who work outdoors
started my journey. suffer from haze-related ailments.
Wasn't I in for a surprise? The majority of Indonesians are
Everyone who met us in Jakarta Muslims, but Indonesia is not an
had a warm smile and talked niceties Islamic state. It is a Pancasila state,
to us. Later I came to know that the ideology of which is "belief in the
Indonesians are known as the one Supreme God". This means that
friendliest people in the world the different religious systems must
towards foreigners and they are very be respected. You can see many
tolerant of their behaviour. But there Moslem prayer houses in the city
are some things that one has to take beside many churches and a few
care while interacting with temples.
Indonesians. Patting on the head is Jakarta, one of Indonesia's
not done among adults since they designated tourist areas, is a
consider the head as sacred and gateway to other destinations in the
must be respected. It is considered country. It has the largest and
impolite to call someone by crooking modern airport in Indonesia, as well
the index finger. as the most important harbour in

JAKARTA AND
PARATHAS
Though the majority of Indonesians
are Muslims, Indonesia is not an
Islamic state. Moreover, the people
are most friendly to the foreigners.
By Dr Beena Rani Goel

High rise building and the adjacent modest houses.


Indonesia, and is well connected by what a huge collection of clothes we
rail and good roads to other saw there! There are food courts in
destinations in Java, Sumatra, and most of these shopping malls, which
Bali. Jakarta is truly a city of offer delicious Indonesian food.
contrasts; where traditional and the Chaotic street names and poor
modern, the rich and the poor, the signs make finding places in Jakarta,
sacred and the worldly, often stand especially smaller buildings, difficult.
side by side. Since the same name is used for
Prince Fatahillah from different streets in different parts of
neighbouring Cirebon conquered the city, without the postal code, it
Sunda Kelapa, a small 16th century would be a tough job to find the
harbour town and renamed it correct street address.
Jayakarta, meaning glorious victory.
In 1619, the Dutch East Indies
Company captured the town, THE CONTRAST
destroyed it and changed its name to The contrast between the obscene
Batavia. It was made the centre for wealth of the opulent and the
the expansion of their power in the appalling poverty of the urban poor Beautiful statue in the Jakarta
East Indies. During the World War II, is incredible. During our drives Convention Center
Batavia fell into the hands of the through the city, every five minutes,
invading Japanese forces that we could spot begging women and
changed the name of the city to children on the pavements. Also the LATELY, JAKARTA HAS
Jakarta as a gesture to win the many BMWs that were speeding by! BEEN BOOMING
sympathy of the Indonesians. The The city's traffic is in a perpetual
name was retained after Indonesia The classy dining experience in Jakarta.
WITH SUPERSIZE,
achieved independence MEGAMALLS WHERE
after of the war ended.
Lately, Jakarta has YOU CAN FIND
been booming with EVERYTHING UNDER
supersize megamalls
where you can find ONE ROOF.
everything under one roof.
Then there are the pasar gridlock. The traffic jams
or markets. Pasar Baru, become more acute after the
which literally means the rains. Our conference venue
New Market, is where was five minutes’ drive from the
locals shop for various hotel in the morning, but while
things like fabrics. A local returning at night, due to the
friend took us there and traffic jams, it used to take
around 40 minutes.
Performers with angklung, If one can stand its pollution,
the traditional bamboo and afford to indulge in its
musical instrument charms, Jakarta is one of Asia's most
exciting cities. From cosmopolitan
shopping at Plaza Senayan to one of
the hippest nightlife scenes in
Southeast Asia, there are plenty of
things one can do. Jakarta boasts of
the region's best skyline and it has
one of Asia's best bus systems, the
Transjakarta Busway. The building of
a monorail and MRT is currently
under way.
The Jakartan equivalent to
Thailand's tuk-tuk is the Bajaj
(pronounced "badge-eye"), orange
mutant scooters converted into
tricycles that carry passengers in a

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Indonesian dance cultures found within the many
islands contained in the Republic of
Indonesia, and this open-air museum
comprises the different architectural
forms of arts and traditions of all
Indonesian provinces.
I was really captivated by the
music performed by a group, with the
angklung, the traditional bamboo
music equipment. Angklung music is
made by playing a set of at least 14
hand-held bamboo instruments, each
of which produces a particular note
when shaken or "trembled". Bamboo
tubes of varying widths are cut to
certain lengths so that they make the
same note in different octaves, and
two, three or four tubes are secured
on a frame.
When the frame is shaken, two
small cabin at the back. Then there projections at the base of each tube
are the motorcycle taxis, Jakarta’s ''sound'' as they knock against the
ojek services that consist of guys with ends of the slots in the bamboo base
bikes lounging around street corners. into which they are suspended.
They usually shuttle short distances Members of an angklung orchestra
down alleys and roads but will also hold the angklung in their left hand
do longer trips for a price. and shake it with their right when it is
Jakarta's architecture reflects to a their turn to play that particular note.
large extent the influx of outside Cooperation and concentration are
influences. The old Portuguese needed to produce this delightful
Church and warehouse have been music. The most exciting thing was
rehabilitated into museums. Old that two kids aged five and seven
Batavia, one of the oldest sections of years played this instrument to
Jakarta, was restored by the Taman entertain our group and what a
Fatahillah Restoration Project. The flawless performance it was! And
old town hall is now the Jakarta they were so confident.
Museum, displaying such rare items
as Indonesia''s old historical
documents and Dutch period
THE MODERN MUSIC
furniture. The old Supreme Court Another beautiful statue at the Jakarta GROUP
building was converted into museum Convention Center. The modern music group which
of fine arts, which also houses part of performed for us, participants from
the excellent Chinese porcelain collection of former Vice-President different countries, astonished us by
Adam Malik. A collection of over calling some of us to the stage and
327 kinds of textiles from all singing songs of his or her country.

Winner over the country; hand-woven


cotton, silk and batik cloths,
When the performer started with
“Savan ka mahina, pavan kare” there
of both of the ancient and
contemporary productions are
was a huge applause from the
Indians. Then she folded her hands
Friendship put on display in an authentic and said, “Kuch kuch hota hai”, and

Quiz Betawi house which is the


Textile Museum.
explained, “It is the name of an Indian
movie”. The people of Jakarta are so
Contest - 72 A main tourist attraction of
Jakarta is Taman Mini
fond of Indian movies that one
theatre shows only Indian movies on
Aneeta Salaria Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Sundays. Our tourist guide told us
556-A, 1st Floor, "Indonesia in Miniature" Park) “There is a small shop near my
Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, popularly called TMII. It was house run by an Indian and he sells
J&K. Pin-180 004 built to portray the variety of rotis and parathas.” We

88 Woman’s Era ● April (First) 2009


Q
I am 20 years old. I have got a lot of easily transmitted from one sexual
hair in my upper lip, chest and partner to another. It would be
abdomen. This is causing me lot of advisable for you to get this treated
embarrassment. Please help. properly and check your partner also
Your problem is related to to prevent reinfection.

Q
hormonal imbalance. Very often a
growth in the adrenal glands is
responsible for this condition called I am 32 years old and married for the
hirsutism. You should see your last seven years but I have not
doctor who after examining you will conceived so far. I have normal
investigate and treat you accordingly. periods at regular intervals with normal
In the meantime, you can either blood flow. Then what is the reason
bleach, shave or pluck those hairs. that I am infertile? Please advise.
But please remember that these are Having normal periods in any

Q&
only temporary measures. woman of child-bearing age does not

Q
confer on her automatic fertility. It only
means that your body is adhering to
I am 35 years old. My husband is 40 the normal hormonal pattern which
year. Recently his father aged 60 governs the release of ovum. But
died of a heart attack. It has left us there can be other causes like
shaken. I am worried about my blockage or impaired movements of
husband since heart attacks run in your fallopian tubes. In addition, some
families. Please advise. women have endometrioses which
Your fears are well founded. Heart might be the cause of infertility. But
disease does run in families. It would help in your case can come only from
I am 30 years old and my husband is be better if you get your husband your doctor who has to investigate
35. Both of us are overweight. Will checked medically. In the meantime, you thoroughly for your problem.

Q
our children also be overweight? We take care of his weight, diet, blood
are both worried. Please help. pressure and cholesterol levels. But
Obesity/fatness has been linked do not get panicky. Adopt a positive I am 20 years old. It is quite a fashion
to a number of factors which range attitude with a healthy lifestyle. to get a tattoo. I am thinking of

Q
from heredity, the environment, diet getting one. Is there any risk
and lack of physical activity to involved? Please advise.
hormonal influences. Whether your I am 30 years old and married. I get Getting a tattoo depends more on
offspring will be obese will be guided quite a pain when having sex. This the whims of the person. Medically
by a number of factors as already problem has arisen only for the last the only problem is introduction of

A
elucidated. Heredity is only one of the few months. Please advise. infection (if the instruments are not
factors. What you suffer from is called properly sterilised). The main risk is
vaginismus where the sex act catching hepatitis, AIDS and tetanus
becomes painful. It is due to chronic from contaminated needles. So be
I am 25 years old and I have recently pelvic inflammation, lack of lubrication cautious and take proper precautions
noticed small vesicles on my private in the vagina and the use of certain before you go for tattooing.

Q
parts. These vesicles have turned drugs. Your doctor can check for any
into blisters and there is oozing from such problem like chronic infection
them. Please help. which might be lingering there and I am 30 years old and slightly on the
What you have got is genital treat you accordingly. obese side. I recently read that coffee

Q
herpes which is usually transmitted can help reduce weight. Please
by sexual contact. No doubt, these advise.
lesions are painful and are likely to I am 30 years old and recently Coffee drinking has its own
heal within a week. But the problem noticed a small swelling on my benefits, provided it is taken in
will be that the whole area will private parts. My doctor says they are moderation. It is a mild stimulant and
become painful and may leave genital warts. What are they? Please may suppress your appetite but this
behind a burning sensation. You advise. is only temporary. If your are really
should consult your doctor who can Genital warts are sexually interested in reducing your weight,
advise you accordingly. In the transmitted and are caused by the you have to follow the routine of diet
meantime, keep the part clean with human papilloma virus. These may control and an exercise programme.
frequent washing. Also no sex till you appear alone and/or in clusters. There is no short cut to it.
are cured of the disease. These are caused by viruses and are — Dr S. N. Khosla, MD.
An artist who
progresses with
the process of
introspection.
By Our Correspondent

AN ARTIST FORESEEING
THE 22ND CENTURY
assing era is witnessing is just a creation of nature like all

P
great changes as time has other creatures.
been seeing it since nobody How are humans becoming
in existence. By the machines – more or less – it is well
development or (advancement shown by Pratibha Singh with her
of complexities) in living and brush. And her art works are not only
nonliving, humans appeared of juxtapositions of man and material
and so their witty or confused but this also reflexes the power of the
mind generated nonliving combination and loneliness of man-
men representing machines. machine entities. The paintings
Thereafter mankind’s closeness with showing greenery depicting nature is
nature (sincere and genuine) had around us like a mother’s lap for a
begun to far to farther. Though man baby.
Pratibha’s recent series, Shape of
things to come rightly spreads
imagery amalgamation of man and
machine in realistic form. Under this
theme she evolved some future shots
that might be far from us but not from
our coming generations.
Pratibha’s work is neither futuristic
nor science fiction but she has used
a vision to compound contrary
elements. In her hands the organic
and the inorganic are brought into
bedlock apart from human-cum-
animal forms. After all, art is for our
introspection, retrospection, so that
we float with our emotions of fear and
wonder, and what not in order that
our awareness expands in freedom.
We humans are speculative
creatures, and especially so our

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In own style: Lord Shiva’s creature worshipping by heart only.
vanguard, the artists who resemble. It’s not a
exercise their imagination negative idea disse -
to the hilt. It is so this artist mi nating work. At
invents, not superrealistic last, it is evaluated in
images, but an evolutionary the beholders eyes.
artistic designs. So I let it on to you to
Born and brought up in analyse.
Varanasi, Pratibha has well “Shapes of things
realisation of “Vedic mantra to come” is the theme
enchanting” and brass bells that’s the folder
with drums enthralling contains the imagery
sound. visuals about much
Pouring the energy of incantations mechanical mankind.
into society, Pratibha spread out the
visuals on the mantras in unique 3-D How did you get into the field
forms under the theme Mask of of art or painting?
Tranquillity . The visuals with this My childhood was spent in
theme are like multicoloured carvings Varanasi’s spiritual-ritual-maintaining
that communicate with us how rich family so I grew up in the vibrations
our spiritual culture and art are. In of sloka chanting. It was enthralling
addition, it propagates that when art, as my tender mind began to mull
imagination, technologies and over energetic elements present in
spirituality are added up excellence the environment. Imaginary unseen
emerges. And it spreads out but deeply realised matters opened
enthusiasm and tranquillity. to arise in my mind.
She isn’t a graduate in the art. But
the most vital tender heart of How did you get a grip on a
imagination was with her since brush despite having no degree in
childhood. Later, joining Triveni Kala art?
Sangam and getting guidance under Practice makes one
Guruji Rameshwar Broota helped her Metal human and perfect. After marriage I
in shaping the lines and refining the animals! What does it spent a long time in greens
imagination’s visuals on canvas. mean to commoners? of North-eastern India. Living
She takes out some time from It’s a cultivation of my in a naturally rich and calm
busy schedule for Woman’s Era. imagination about place infused inner sense of
Excerpts of the talk: humans and their coming art and I took out time to do
up of mechanical nature. painting. Wandering in hills
It’s neither a future and bays filled me up with a
prediction like an lot of energy and vitality.
astrologer nor about After settling in Delhi I
morphological changes joined Triveni Kala Sangam
that is going to happen to and got training by
us. It is rather an outcome of mental Rameshwar Broota. I am greatly
reading of people around us in cities obligated to Broota-sir. I learnt
who are not a machine but their pragmatism and fine class of art from
mode of working and sorting out Broota sir. So I didn’t need a degree
matters is like a machine. But, at last to splash my thoughts.
it is you the beholders to understand
it. One thing I am quite clear about it What about other works in art?
is that the essence of particular My last series was Mask of
visuals are much realised if one mulls Tranquillity in which inscriptions of
over oneself and coming generations. mantras with the image of Lord Shiva
have been shown. It radiates rays of
Joints and heavy metal look energy and calmness. I depicted
giant and robust! And what is the mantras in different shapes and the
theme of your works? radiation. Naturally, I had to give
It propagates a large quantum of back what I took from spirituality and
energy. Enthusiasm and boldness art; and I did so. We

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About the artist

HELL IN PARADISE
Asif Iqbal Khan
Ph: 9419547993, 0194-2428151
E-mail:asifoart@yahoo.mail.com
B.F.A. from Kashmir University

PAIN OF ARTIST
B.Sc.-I from Kashmir University
6-month course in documentary films
from Wide Angle Films
Production House.
Participation:
Annual State Art Exhibition, Jammu ...Yet the artist sees a silver lining
and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture
and Languages from in every cloud. By Puja Sharma
Art competition organised by NZCC
(North Zone Cultural Centre),
Srinagar.
AIFACS, New Delhi.
Art Teachers’ Corner, Delhi Public
School, Ranipur and Hardwar
Awards:
First Award by North Zone Cultural
Centre, Srinagar 1987.
J and K Academy of Art, Culture and
Languages 1998; calligraphy 1997
Funkar Cultural Organisation 1998
Appreciation Award for poster on AIDS
Academy of Art, Culture and
Language 2000
Best Exhibit in Art Teachers’ Corner
2005, 06, 07
Contribution to art by Education
Minister (J&K), Best poster by Chief eautiful is the city when one to nurish the soul of some and at the

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Minister (J&K), Medal for best painting talks of colours. A vast same time kills the desire to live, of
by Vice-Chancellor (UK) variety of flowers, chinar other heartless people, who want to
Solo shows: leaves, range of hills and destroy nature and its creation, Asif
Government Boys Higher Secondary mountains and multi - very successfully portrays both the
School, Srinagar coloured gardens of never- angles of the events taking place in
Paintings, drawings and still-lifes, ending spring. Orange, his surroundings in the vale of
Delhi Public School, Srinagar ochre, red, yellow, crimson, beauty.
Group shows: scarlet, and numerous Nature is the best source of
Contemporary Art Foundation, shades of grass and leaves inspiration for an artist to express his
Srinagar, Kashmir. of autumn. White, grey, feelings and emotions.
Collections: hazy and transparent – We can not create or
India, England, Denmark, Croatia. so many shades of snow draw natural objects or
Scholarships: on mountains. things as perfectly as
Merit scholarships from Fine Arts So vast a variety of they had been already
College, Srinagar unseen hues, comprising created. However, we
Presently working at DPS, Athwajan, an enchanting place can appreciate nature
Bypass-Chowk, Srinagar (J&K) India. none other than Kashmir or beauty on the basis
– a paradise on earth is of our own interpre -
proved by the paintings tations and percep -
of Asif Iqbal Khan a very tions.
young and sensitive But for every type of
artist from Srinagar in work or meditation, we
Kashmir. Born and definitely need to have
brought up in such a peace of mind which is
lovely place, where very important. When
beauty is the good food this peace of mind gets
Disturbance – painting by Asif Iqbal Khan.
disturbed by any means it of time...” comments Arshia
disturbs an artist’s mind. When Malik.
the mind gets disturbed, the Excerpts from an interview:
situation becomes unbalanced.
So it becomes a big issue for an What is your philosophy of
artist to revolt against these art?
disturbing and unbalancing Art for me is the source to
circumstances. control and balance the internal
A very young artist Asif Iqbal energies with the help of
Khan paints whatever he speaking lines and colours. Art
observes spite of the fact that an acts as a second arm of a
artist, who is the real lover of balance or a scale to equalise the
nature, always tries to create a cultural feelings and emotions...
piece of art which gives pleasure
rather than pain and agony. Which are your favourite
The artist says, “I’m feeling colours and mediums of paint?
very sorry for the prevailing Blue and white and I paint in
conditions of my valley. My valley, prevailing conditions of our valley.” oil and acrylic.
once upon a time, was known as the “One can see and observe clearly
paradise on earth, the symbol of love, the impressions of disturbance, How do you react to criticism?
peace, brotherhood, and what not! disorder of colours, lines and forms. I For me criticism acts as a strong
Everyone is sad, worried, tense and am feeling that the original, real and energy source. It makes a person
trapped in anxiety. beautiful shape of our valley is lost more confident and presentable
It is said that an artist is more and de-shaped. Let’s hope and pray provided you are constructive and
sensitive than a normal person, he for the best and peaceful future of positive.
quickly gets the impressions of any our valley.”
incident. “My works are actually the Asif is deeply pained and brings How do you develop an idea for
expressions and reflections of the that out in his paintings yet feels a composition for your painting?
happiest when he Deep study and observation click
makes his paintings my mind to develop an idea for my
speak for him. He loves composition on the basis of my
to see the figurative perception and interpretation. But I
paintings of Raphael still remember it was a long way back
and Dutch artist Vermeer in my childhood, when I often used
and the sculpture of to scribble with my charcoal pieces
Michelangelo the taken from the kandi (fire-pot) on the
legendary old master of walls of my classroom. I was often
art a good ideal. punished for this as they thought I
“Asif’s drawings, was making the walls dirty. That
especially the hand and piece of desire developed in me
the feet imprints, bring earnestly and till today it has made
up the minds and the me a developed artist – an artist with
desperation that each of creation. I think a painting without
us feels in the valley emotion is a body without soul.
today, but at the same
time it gave hope that Is art for art’s sake?
they were not missing at If your really paint with dedication
all from his works or and a strong feeling, people will
their size had not automatically appreciate you and
decreased as had the purchase your painting. Art should be
figures in his paintings for art’s sake if you are a real painter.
like tiny beings My dream is to make my own identity
powerless before the as a painter at international level.
tides of time. For this in
itself is evident that Anything for the new artists?
despite all the turmoil The only secret is to spend more
he still wants to leave time in nature, love your colours and
his mark on the sands play with them. We

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About the artist
Bhumika Takshak
Qualifications: B.F.A., (International
College for Girls, Jaipur, 2005.
M.F.A., Rajasthan School of Arts,
Jaipur, 2007).
Participation:
National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala
Akademy, New Delhi 2006.
Annual Art Exhibition, Rajasthan Lalit
Kala Akademy, Jaipur 2005-07.
All India Art Contest and Exhibition,
South Central Zone
Cultural Centre, Nagpur 2003-05-06.
All India Exhibition of Arts, the Indian
Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar 2007.
‘SAMHITA’, a national-level seminar-
cum-workshop, New Delhi 2006.
Students’ art competition, Rajasthan
Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur 2003.
Ravi Jain Annual Exhibition, ON THE TRAIL OF
GREAT MASTERS
Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006-08.
117th All India Annual Art Exhibition,
Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.
80-81th Annual All India Art
Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi 2009. “To be with the painting” – great masters
Award:
Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, of olden days enable me to connect to
Jaipur, 2007.
Solo shows: that period, feels the artist, Bhumika
AIFACS, New Delhi 2008.
Triveni Kala Sangam, Takshak. By Puja Sharma
New Delhi , 2009. magination beyond limits – no thankful to him as he helped me in

I
Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, boundaries – paintings in which; choosing the right profession. And
Mumbai, 2009. you travel to a place one can only my mother, who is a housewife,
Two-person shows: dream of. An artist none other always supported my father and me.
Sukriti Art Gallery, Jawahar Kala than Bhumika Takshak, a very She would not let me do my
Kendra, Jaipur 2006. young and egoistic, person, living household chores if my show is very
Welcom Art Gallery, Rajputana in the world of dreams, close! And my parents’ and sisters’
Palace Shereton, Jaipur 2007. accompanying the most famous love and support enabled me to
Group shows: art world of the masters of the become a good artist.
‘Aabha’, Ankan Art Foundation past. An artist whose dream is to I have four older sisters and all are
(Mumbai), AIFACS, New Delhi 2008. be in the Arts News of the London married. I did my MFA from
Samanavi Art Gallery, Jaipur 2005- Times . May her dreams come true Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur in
06-07. one day. Excerpt from an interview: 2007 under our head of the
Gallery One, Gurgaon 2007. Say something about department and well-
Camps: your life. known artist Vidhyasagar
Organised by Shangrila Art Gallery I belong to an artistic Upadhyay, who has
(Trivendrum) at Samrat Hotel, family. My father, really helped me in
New Delhi. Rameshwar Singh, is a developing new ideas.
Email:bhumi_takshak@rediffmail.com renowned artist from
Website:www.studiorameshwaram.com Rajasthan. Since child - What is your
hood, I had a keen philosophy of art?
interest in painting Art is the expression
because my father always of ‘self’. My works
used to give me small consist of experiments
canvases, paper, paints on the works of famous
and brushes. I am very western artists like
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Bhumika with Monalisa and her sister.
Pablo Picasso, vanGogh, Leonardo which is very different or something
Da Vinci and others accompanied by that is not real or you have never
my self-portraits. Since the seen before!
beginning, I have been attracted to Why should I paint something
the works of these artists. And to be common like what is around us. I
with the greatest artists of the world don’t like to paint poor and hungry
and affection for them really gives me people or terror because these things
pleasure and my dream of their always scare us. Then why should
company takes me to those centuries we paint it? Paintings should give
or brings them to this century. It’s a peace or make us smile!
unique and eternal experience My father always encourages me
indeed! whenever I paint. I always have
We have so many great Indian interactions with my father on art.
artists. But since the very beginning I
am attracted to western masters who What is your source of
created history in the world of art. inspiration?
And their tragic lives inspired me to My first inspiration is, of course,
study more about them, and to begin my father. As in every painting of
my paintings with the elements of mine you will see a ‘newspaper’ kind
world popular paintings. of script, an important element of my
paintings. This gives textural effect
Which are your favourite as well as my interest in writing
colours and mediums? something about the western artist
I like bright colours in my paintings and me. And sometimes, I make their
which are, of course, derived from famous paintings’ drawings in it.
our Indian culture! I like all the
colours especially red, green, black How do you gather ideas to
and white and I paint in acrylic. compose a painting?
I love making self-portraits! As I
What is your style of painting? love fashion, I try to make it very
My work takes forth from the ‘pop creative with flowery hair-styles,
art’ technique, which attempts to tattoos and fashionable dress or
reinterpret and reproduce works done something!
by other artists. The Introduction of Some faces are even mask-like or
old masters in my works is linking me funny to give a smile onto the face of
with the glory of the past and with the viewer and myself! I give coats
today’s touch of modernism. I wish and coats of paint on the canvas till it
to create highly imaginative and gives textural effect and depth. I paint
dramatic space both for my whatever strikes me. I love flowers.
satisfaction as well as for the And they are always part of my
spectators. Flowers, scripts, drawings compositions.
and self-portraits form valuable I just want to become a good artist
elements in my paintings which knowing I’ll have to work harder and
intend to blend the past and the harder. And I’ll do it. When I was
present, the east and the west... I three or four years old, my father
wish to stay forever with my art stuffs gave me paper and a pencil. And I
like colours, palettes and brushes used to make forms with scratches!
and the love for the masters! He used to get very happy. And as I
grew younger I developed an interest
How do you react to criticism? in painting.
When people criticise my works
as very similar to my dad’s, I just When and where are your
smile and say ‘when you work with coming shows?
another artist in his studio for long, I have two solo shows this year.
his impression would definitely be One is from 25 March – 4 April 2009
seen in your works!’ And I don’t feel at Triveni Gallery, Delhi. And the
bad about it. second is from 20 to 26 April at Hirji
I always wish to create something Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. We

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CAPITAL
Ch i t - C h a t
AAHAR – FOOD Italian word for somebody who
makes coffee! So, we had two
stuffed with goat cheese from Austria
and other products from Germany. It
MATTERS Baristas, one a young man in his late is definitely a gourmet’s delight to
Food is not simple any more, twenties and the other a more mature visit such places and the four day
technology has overtaken many man who had won many international event, just before Holi was indeed
aspects of it, yet international competitions, showcasing their art in well attended.
exposure is something we all need. making coffee designs in a
Not just for cuisine but the machines
that make many things simpler and
cappuccino. But coffee in Italy and
France is not just that frothy
ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
for products constantly launched cappuccino but there are other ENTHRALLS
internationally. The recently organi- options. Including the espresso shot Anoushka Shankar is a lucky
sed Aahar exhibition which is an which is barely a mouthful, dark, young girl to have Ravi Shankar for a
annual affair now, at the India aromatic, and so satisfying as to father. Yes, she too is a talented
International Trade Fair Centre was invigorate the most flagging spirit. sitarist with other attributes of being
bigger than ever before and had lots These Baristas know how to make an actor and a dancer as well, but as
of stuff for the businessman to select over a hundred designs over the a sitar player, her support from her
from. cappuccino froth with just a shake of father is indeed her good fortune.
For the consumer, though the a hand and sprinkle of the powder. The father and daughter duo often
charm lay not in the refrigeration and They will hopefully train the guys who play to a packed audience and the
cleaning machines and other work for Indian chains and we will performance in Delhi at the open-air
equipment but in a different hall soon have a smiling panda in our Nehru Park was organised by Spic
which had all kinds of food on display cup. Other imported goods like Macay and attended by almost two
– ranging from coconut products from olives, pates, sauces and pasta were lakh people who were enthralled by
India to internationally made gold showcased by respective importers the evening.
varq and gold plated balls and other to make them more popular. At the The event was soon followed by
shapes to put on your food to make it counter of Rodaji who supplies these her solo performance. Anoushka has
visually appealing. goodies to many hotels and been nominated twice for the
Barista – the coffee place we are restaurants, the crowd got to taste Grammy and will surely rise further
all familiar by now – is actually the artichokes and cakes from Italy, fruits in her career. For her performance
Overview of the hall with the food exhibition. without her father, Anoushka kicked
off the evening with a song dedicated
to women as it was the “International
Women’s Day”. There was an
uplifting flamenco number, a song
written in collaboration with Nitin
Swanhey titled Charu Keshi Rain ,
and a host of songs based on ragas
composed by her father all
culminating in a track based on raga
jog.
For all those who believe that any
shopping mall is just a place for
shops and restaurants and about
money, this was an interesting
change. The line-up that played in
citywalk night was a truly
multinational one, consisting of
musicians from Delhi, Kolkata,

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the material used and the style of the ballroom dancing is something we
arrangement. An ikebana arrange - have all admired in English films.
ment strives to perfect the balance However, to enjoy it in India is a
between the various materials used dream come true. Austria and India
to give a pleasurable view from all are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic
angles. relations in 2009 and as part of that
The Delhi chapter was formed in an event held in Delhi and Mumbai
1965. Its members have participated won many a sight of pleasure.
in various national and international On this special occasion the
conferences and exhibitions. It also Austrian Embassy together with the
organises an annual exhibition, which Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi
has become a major event in Delhi’s invited the Vienna Chamber
Anoushka Shankar enthralls.
cultural calendar. Its annual show in Orchestra (35 musicians) with the
Bangalore, California and Michigan. Delhi allowed a larger number of conductor Joji Hattori for a concert
While playing, they had the crowded people to enjoy the arrangements. tour through India performing in
entrance enough to get them a With a theme of Spring is in the Air, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai,
standing ovation at the end of the the exhibition featured the use of a Shillong, Bangalore, Mysore, Goa
show even Pandit Ravi Shankar, was large variety of flowers and blossoms and Pune. In addition to the concerts,
full of praises for his daughter and which are available at this time of the Viennese balls were held in Delhi and
her band members. year. Mumbai featuring the Vienna
The two-day exhibition allowed Chamber Orchestra.
IKEBANA – THE ART many people to admire it and the
President-Ikebana International,
In Mumbai they went ahead with a
special package including overnight
WITH FLOWERS Delhi Chapter, Neera Makhija, and and airport transfer arranged with the
Flowers are the easiest way to the exhibition chairperson Asha Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, though in
add beauty to any space. Wadhwa, were very happy with the Delhi it was simply at the Hyatt.
Arrangement of cut flowers in a entries and the response they got People could get a pass for a
beautiful manner is definitely an art from admiring women, men and even donation of INR 3,500 per person.
that has been established by the children. The charity ball was organised for the
Japanese and is called ikebana. To benefit of the Austrian project "ZuKi"
popularise this art there is the
Ikebana International , which is a
GALA BALL (Future for Children) project for street
children in Kolkata, so it was all for a
worldwide organisation founded in DANCE EVENT good cause as well.
Tokyo, Japan, in 1956. With a motto Dance is some thing that might In order to prepare for the
of “Friendship through flowers” this take years to practise if you follow Viennese ball and enjoy the ballroom
non-profit cultural organisation now the traditional and classical form but dancing with the Vienna Chamber
boasts of over 10,000 members in the formal dance of waltz and Orchestra and a dance orchestra
more than 50 countries. Its members from Austria, a workshop was
are dedicated to the promotion of arranged which offered free dance
mutual understating and friendship lessons by the Austrian dance
through ikebana, the art of Japanese instructors Heinz and Karin
flower arrangement. Traditional Grossmann from Vienna for those
ikebana , an ancient Japanese art who were interested. There was the
form of flower arrange ment, is option of a refresher course for
extremely formalised, following rigid dancing for guests who had prior
rules. How ever, modern ikebana , knowledge of dancing as well as
which began about a hundred years beginner courses.
ago, allows more spontaneity. A Traditionally the Viennese ball
skilled ikebana arranger can create should be opened by debutants,
compositions of utmost simplicity though in reality this formality had
through the use of flowers along with to be done away with in India. Yet,
branches, leaves and dried it’s a charming event, unusual for us
materials. The emphasis is on in India but an annual event in a
creating beautiful, symmetrical lines world where it was a place for the
and harmony of colour, combining young to meet and arrange
them with a container appropriate to courtship followed by marriage for a
lucky few.
Ikebana - the art with flowers – Sona Sharma.

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FACELIFT AND
Dr. Vijay Kakkar
M.S, M.ch, F.I.C.S
NECK-LIFT
How does the face age? placed within the natural creases in a deep-plane facelift is the same as a
As we age, our skin loses its front, within, and behind the ear. After mini-lift or S-lift, and bruising is often
elasticity and gives in to gravity. This adequate tightening of the deeper less, since the work is being
causes sagging of the neck and jaw structures, excess skin is removed performed at a deeper level. This
line as well as loose folds of skin from both sides and the incisions are type of facelift may also be combined
around the mouth. Some people may carefully repaired. The finest sutures with other facial procedures such as
also develop fatty collections under is used for closure of incisions, which blepharoplasty, brow lift, or laser
the chin, and others get thick cords in most individuals will usually fade resurfacing.
under the skin of the neck. Today, to a barely visible thin line.
men and women in their 50s and 60s What is a mini-lift or s-lift?
are healthier, more active, and more An S-lift or mini-lift is a technique
productive than ever before. of lifting the face with limited incisions
and minimal skin removal. Patients
What can a facelift achieve? with relatively minimal laxity (typically
A facelift can reverse many early to mid 40s) may be good
features of the ageing face and neck. candidates for this procedure.
Before After
The most dramatic improvement is However, because of the limited
seen in the jawline and the neck. A What is the best age to have a incisions and more conservative
facelift may be combined with other facelift? tightening and skin removal, this
procedures to help maintain facial One of the biggest questions our technique is not as effective as a
balance and harmony. patients ask is about timing of this deep-plane facelift for rejuvenation of
procedure. Some worry that if they more advanced sagging of the lower
have the procedure too soon they face, jaws, and neck. Most
may want to repeat it again later in individuals in their 50s and 60s with
life, while others worry that if they more advanced laxity are therefore
wait too long they may be beyond not good candidates for this
help. Most of our patients coming in procedure as they will not receive the
for face and neck-lift procedures are lasting benefits of a facelift. Because
in their late 40s to late 50s. They of its relative technical ease and
have started to show early sagging minimally invasive nature, the S-lift
Before After of the face and neck and are trying to or mini-lift is popular among many
be proactive about maintaining their non-surgeons who perform plastic
youthful appearance. Typically, face surgery.
and neck-lift procedures can set back
the clock by about 8-10 years. What is a ‘weekend lift’?
Although aging will continue, you will This procedure allows the sagging
always look better for your age than if neck tissues to be tightened through
you had not had the surgery. Face a very small incision under the chin.
Before After and neck-lift procedures can be Excess fat can be removed and
After adequate tightening of the safely repeated in 8-10 year intervals. neckbands can be improved.
deeper layers, the skin is redraped Because no skin is removed, there is
and excess skin is carefully trimmed What is a deep-plane facelift? no need for incisions around the
and meticulously sutured along the It is ideal for most individuals in ears.
incision lines. This results in their late 40s or older who wish to Dr. Vijay Kakkar
improvement of the laxity of the have a long-lasting improvement of M.B.B.S, M.S, M.ch, F.I.C.S
jawline and contour of the neck. their ageing face and neck. The Is a Senior Consultant plastic and
procedure involves a thorough cosmetic surgery with
Where exactly are the facelift tightening of the sagging muscles of Max hospital and Mata Chanan Devi
incisions made and how visible the lower face and neck, and can be hospital, New delhi.
are they? custom tailored to the specific needs Email: kakarclinic@hotmail.com
Mobile:0-9811079483
Facelift incisions are carefully of each person. The recovery time for
WHEN A
JOURNEY
BECOMES
UNCOMFORTABLE!
Scared to travel otion sickness is a extreme conditions.

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nightmare for travellers Some groups seem particularly
because of motion who are susceptible to it. It
can occur when the
susceptible to motion sickness
including children aged three-12
sickness? Follow sensory inputs about body
position contradict what is
years, people who experience
migraine, and women particularly
these tips. expected. Motion sickness
can be provoked by abrupt
during menstruation and pregnancy.
A large study (535 subjects) done in
By Dr Kiran Bala changes in movement India, found the prevalence of motion
such as occur during sickness was about 27 per cent.
bumpy rides, turbulent flights and The first documented evidence of
rough seas. It can also occur when motion sickness is in ancient Greek
one is exposed to moving visual literature from the early days of
scenes while the body is in a seafaring history. And it is interesting
relatively fixed state. to note that the English word nausea
According to experts, almost comes from the Greek word for ship
everyone will get motion sickness if (naus), which is also the origin of the
the conditions are extreme enough. word “nautical”.
But generally about one-third of the Features: All of us have probably
population is highly susceptible to had some form of motion sickness at
motion sickness, a third experiences one time or the other. It is an acute
it in fairly rough conditions and the condition of medical distress that
other third becomes sick only in results in skin pallor, restlessness

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and cold sweat. It often starts as occupation where he or she uses
stomach discomfort. In later stages, machinery. In such cases,
nausea, excessive salivation and biofeedback training and relaxation
vomiting occur. The degree of and cognitive behaviour therapy can
symptoms depends upon the be useful.
susceptibility of the person and Biofeedback training and
intensity of stimuli. relaxation: In a study of 55 pilots who
had to stop flying due to symptoms of
motion sickness 76 per cent of them
AETIOLOGY successfully overcame their motion
The precise aetiology is a mystery sickness and returned to work after
but there are some theories: food, drink and alcohol before and
● Classic sensory conflicts: during travel. Eat a light meal no less
Motion sickness occurs when there than three hours before exposure.
is a mismatch of messages delivered Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking
by vestibular receptors, eyes and and disagreeable odours. Avoid dairy
proprioreceptors in the skin muscles products and foods high in protein
and other tissues. Sensory signals calories and sodium before starting
conflict with each other and the the journey.
brain’s positional memory. ● Stay occupied to distract your
As an example, if you are mind from thinking about motion
travelling in a car and reading a book, sickness.
your inner ear and skin receptors will ● Avoid visual stimuli (reading,
detect that you are moving forward. watching videos) as they make you
However, your eyes are looking at a more prone to motion sickness.
book that isn’t moving and your ● Choose a seat where you will
muscle receptors are telling your experience the least motion. Do not
brain that you are sitting still. So the sit facing backwards from your
brain gets a little confused. Things direction of travel. When travelling by
may begin to appear a little car, it helps if you keep your gaze
scrambled inside your head – and fixed on the horizon or look at a
you get motion sickness. distant point. participating in a biofeedback training
● Reduce anxiety and fear. Some and relaxation programme. Pilots
● Postural instability theory: In individuals are naturally prone to were exposed to a stimulus that
experiments, it was found that motion motion sickness but fear or anxiety caused motion sickness (sitting in a
sickness was usually preceded by a can promote symptoms. tilting rotating chair). While sitting in
statistically significant increase in ● Isolate yourself from others the chair the pilot performed various
several indices of postural sway. In who may be suffering from motion relaxation techniques such as deep
these cases, motion sickness sickness. Hearing about motion muscles relaxation and mental
symptoms were not linked to sensory sickness or seeing others becoming imagery.
conflict, but rather to a decreased ill can sometimes make you feel ill After some time when the pilots
ability to actively control body’s yourself. were habituated to the rotating chair,
postural motion. ● Limit head movements (for they no longer felt sick because they
example pressing your head into the learnt to relax in it.
headrest). Cognitive behaviour therapy: The
HOW TO HELP ● Increase ventilation or goal of this therapy is to alleviate the
While medication may be an exposure to cool, fresh air. anxiety that some people experience
acceptable treatment for travellers simply thinking about motion
who experience motion sickness
occasionally, the goal for individuals
CAUTION ABOUT sickness. In a study of 50 pilots who
occasionally experienced motion
who experience motion sickness on a MEDICATIONS sickness, 86 per cent of them
regular basis or whose work is Medications should be taken after successfully overcame their
affected by their symptoms is to learn consulting your physician: symptoms after cognitive behaviour
to control and eventually prevent Medications for motion sickness may therapy.
these symptoms. cause drowsiness and impair Breathing technique: Taking slow,
judgement and therefore should be deep breaths can reduce symptoms.
How to prevent motion sickness avoided by pilots, astronauts, ship
● Watch your consumption of crew-members and any person in the Have a safe and happy travel! We

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MESA VERDE:
EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE
CULTURAL
LANDSCAPE
hile checking for the when it was warm in the daytime and
These ruins of

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history of the American cool in the evening.
Indians, I came across
the ancient the word ansazi and
saw some spectacular CLIFF DWELLINGS
dwellings of pictures of a Stone Age We drove from Colorado to the
civilisation that existed Mesa Verde National Park. The
American between 650 AD and entrance to the park is nine miles
1300 AD. My knowledge east of Cortez on the US Highway
Indians give one of Spanish was enough 160. On day one, we decided to visit
to tell me that Mesa Verde meant the two most important ruins, Balcony
a fascinating “green table.” House and Cliff Palace. After
The Mesa Verde National Park is breakfast, we started to climb the
glimpse of a one of the oldest national parks in the mountains after first going to the
world and celebrated 100 years as a visitors’ centre where we bought
unique culture. National Park in June 2006. tickets costing $3 per person. The
It is the first site to be included as tour started at 11 am and our guide
By Partha De Sarkar a Cultural Heritage Site National Park was ranger Pete Morrison.
in the UNESCO list of 1976. The The culture represented at Mesa
Mesa Verde National Park consists Verde reflects more than 700 years
of mountain valleys and at times of history. From approximately 600
viewpoints reach the height of 8,500 AD through 1300 AD people lived
ft. We were in Mesa Verde in May and flourished in communities

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throughout the area, eventually notable and best preserved in the trailhead for the Farming Terrace
building elaborate stone villages in USA. To reach Cliff Palace, we first Trail. Along the trail we saw a good
the sheltered alcoves of the canyon had to descend via a number of example of an ancestral Puebloan
walls. Today, most people call these ladders. farming terrace. On taking this walk
sheltered villages “cliff dwellings.” We could see that the Cliff Palace we learnt more about how farming
The cliff dwellings represent the last was larger than the Balcony House. It was accomplished 800 years ago.
75 to 100 years of occupation at has 217 rooms and 23 kivas. There Our next destination was the Sun
Mesa Verde. In the late 1200s within was however no running water as in Temple. According to modern Pueblo
the span of one or two generations, Balcony House. Inhabitants had to Indians, the Sun Temple’s features
the people left their homes and climb down to the river to fetch water. classify it as a ceremonial structure.
moved away due to drought. Leaving Cliff Palace was also via a The symmetrically planned D-shaped
Balcony House is built under a number of wooden ladders and building was never completed, yet its
rock at an altitude of 600 feet above narrow stone steps. size alone points to the amount of
the canyon floor. It consists of about From Cliff Palace we went to the labour that went into its construction.
35 to 40 rooms where people lived Spruce Tree Terrace where we had The stones were shaped and given
around 1200 AD. As with most cliff our lunch. Then we descended to a dimpled, flat surface by the builders
dwellings in Mesa Verde it was only Spruce Tree House, another cliff of the structure.
inhabited for about 75 to 100 years. dwelling. This was built between Although never completed, the
Balcony House’s stones, cement 1200 AD and 1276 AD and it has 114 Sun Temple reflects a great
and plaster are still the original ones. rooms and eight kivas. A number of construction effort by the people who
This holds true for all cliff dwellings. them have roofs and one is open for once lived at Mesa Verde.
The most important places in an the tourists. We went back the same The Mesa Verde National Park
Anasazi community is the Balcony way we came and we drove to the gave us a really fascinating look into
House or the so-called kivas. In the Far View Ruins. These were the the lives of the ancestral Pueblo
language of the Hopi Indians, kivas. houses of the Indians before they people. Twenty-four native American
means ceremonial room.” started to build the cliff dwellings. tribes in the south-west have an
A kiva is a circular room within the At the museum near the park ancestral affiliation with the sites at
ground with a roof made of wood and headquarters, we learnt that in its hey Mesa Verde.
clay. In the middle of the roof there is day, Mesa Verde supported over For more information regarding
a hole that serves as a chimney. This 50,000 inhabitants. By way of facilities and centennial, visitors can
hole also holds a ladder to enter and comparison, at the same time in write to:
leave the kiva. Europe, London and Paris only had Mesa Verde National Park
The kivas were used by the about 30,000 inhabitants each. PO Box 8
Indians for all kinds of ceremonials On day two, we went through the Mesa Verde National Park, CO
and social meetings and also as a rest of the ruins that we saw while at 81330-0008
sleeping place. They also prayed Mesa Verde. The Badger House Email: Mesa Verde National Park
there for rain, good crops, successful Community Ruins hike was very Getting to Mesa Verde National
hunts and early healing when pleasant as it went through the Park: The closest international airport
someone fell ill in the community. woods. Pueblo Indian ruins here are is Denver, Colorado, and there are
The water supply in Balcony old and really weather-beaten. smaller airports in Cortez, Durango,
House is via a seep-through spring, Then we travelled to the top Pueblo and Colorado Springs. One
that is caused by rain and the of the mesa where we reached has to travel to Mesa Verde National
water seeps through the soft Cedar Tree Tower, one of the Park by car from these airports.
sandstone. The exit from Balcony several towers discovered at Several roadway networks connect
House was as spectacular as the Mesa Verde. the National Park with the rest of the
one to enter it. After the tunnels Adjacent to the Cedar USA.
we had to climb a number of Tree Tower area was the Places to stay: At the closest town
ladders again to resurface. of Cortez the Sand
Canyon Inn
THE CLIFF At Durango, the
Spanish Trail Motel
PALACE At Dolores the
Before we left for the Laughing Coyote Lodge
Cliff Palace, Pete again At Mancos the
explained that the Enchanted Mesa Motel
archaeological sites There is a camping
found in Mesa Verde ground inside the
were some of the most park. We
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Kuttan’s Parents
When 10-year-old Kuttan unexpectedly learns he is
an adopted child, he undergoes a near-traumatic experience.
By Betty Paul Thottam

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uttan’s world lay shattered. In his 10 years Kuttan saw with a feeling of familiarity, the face
on this earth, his life had been normal in of the stranger. It suddenly struck him that the man
every way, or so he thought. There were the looked familiar because he resembled Kuttan
usual tiffs with friends, trouble with his himself. So it was true, what he had overheard!
parents over small misdemeanours and very, Without a coherent thought, Kuttan ran out of his
very rarely an upset with his little sister room, out of the house and followed the man. He
Ammini. thought he heard his mother’s voice calling out to
Now that was all over. By overhearing a him but he paid no heed.
conversation, his secure world had tumbled. He had When he caught up with the stranger, he
returned home early from school with a slight fever. slackened his pace. So they proceeded for some
He heard voices in his father’s office and nearly time, the stranger in front and Kuttan following him,
entered, when he heard a strange voice say, “Well, until they reached a poor locality.
after all, Kuttan is my son.” He stopped short and The stranger suddenly whirled around and
instinctively hid behind the door. grabbed Kuttan by the arm. “Did they send you to
He listened with bated breath, praying that his spy on me?” he demanded roughly. Kuttan tried to
daddy would deny the statement. With a sick pull away but the vice-like grip was too strong.
feeling, he heard his father say, “Yes, but...” Not “No, I did on my own,” he replied.
able to bear any more he slipped away to his room. Seeing Kuttan’s expression of candour, the
There, he sat unhappily on the stranger decided to change his tactics. In a soft
window sill and looked out onto voice be asked, “Do you know who I am? Why did
the road, his mind in a whirl. He you follow me?”
did not know what to think. As Kuttan was taken aback by the change of tone, “I
he sat looking out, he saw the overheard you say that you are my father and
stranger open the gate and daddy agreed with you. So I just came.”
walk out of the The stranger patted Kuttan on the head, “Yes,
compound. Kuttan, I am your father. I am a poor man, your
daddy’s cousin. I had borrowed money from him
and could not return it. He threatened me and
demanded that I give you up or return his money.
You were only a month old when I gave you up.
Your mother and I long to see you, but they don’t let
us. If you come with me, you can see your amma”.
The stranger continued in a serious tone, “I have
nothing against your daddy and mummy. However,
call us appen and amma, for we are your real
parents and we prefer the native ways of speech. Let
us leave westernisation to the rich.”
Changing the topic, the stranger said that his
name was Verghese and described his job and
spoke charmingly and humorously of the rigours of
The revelation to Kuttan that he was the adopted
son, magnified the conviction of his ill-treatment by his foster parents.
poverty. Kuttan was completely mesmerised. He
thought Verghese to be the most marvellous person
he had ever known.
hastily took Kuttan
around the house, all
along keeping up a
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STORY
Verghese then brought the topic around to string of cheerful talk.
Kuttan’s life with his daddy and mummy. He hinted When dinner was ready the woman
that they must be more loving to Ammini, since called Verghese and Kuttan. She served them
Kuttan was only an adopted son. and did not have much to say to Kuttan.
Verghese also hinted that Kuttan’s foster parents After dinner, Verghese told Kuttan that he
had not told him that he was an adopted child for must be tired and should rest. “We can
some dark and evil reason. Subtly, he poisoned the discuss serious matters in the morning. Go to
child’s mind against his foster parents, painting sleep now. You are safe with us. Are we not
himself at the same time in heroic hues. your real parents?” So saying, he showed
Kuttan the room he was to sleep in.

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nfluenced by this talk, Kuttan now viewed his

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foster father’s sterness and strict demands to uttan’s foster parents were in misery in
discipline in a new light. Yes, it was due to lack the meanwhile. His stern but loving
of love, he decided. daddy was pacing the floor. His mummy was
To Kuttan’s mind, all the little incidents that occur weeping and had Ammini in her lap. The little girl
in every family, where one child feels another is had cried herself to sleep. None of them were in a
more loved, became magnified. He was convinced mood to eat and the dinner was hardly touched. The
that he had been treated badly. police was informed and they were hopefully
Kuttan felt he would be happy to follow Verghese waiting for the phone to ring.
to the end of the world. Impulsively, he put out his Kuttan for his part lay on the mattress laid out for
hand, with a smile. Verghese held on to Kuttan’s him on the floor. Though exhausted by the events of
hand. So, hand in hand, they walked till they came the day, he was too excited to relax and fall asleep.
to a little house. He found he was desperately homesick and missed
Though small, the house was clean and neat. his daddy, mummy and Ammini.
Verghese knocked on the door. A thin, short woman His wounded heart kept crying silently, “Why
with a harassed expression on her face, opened the didn’t you tell me I was adopted? How can I ever
door. Without noticing Kuttan she started a tirade, trust you again? Mummy, daddy, why did you do
“Why are you so late? Did that good-for-nothing this to me?”
cousin of yours give you any money?” He heard the door to his room creak, someone
Kuttan was shaken by the woman’s tone and was coming in. He lay quietly and appeared to be
expression on her face. Could this be his own fast asleep. “Kuttan,” Verghese called in a soft
mother? He thought of his mummy, her sweet face voice. Getting no reply, he whispered, “He is
and charming voice. She too can get terribly angry asleep.” His wife then said in an angry voice, “All
– but what a difference between the two!. right, I have been patient long enough. Now tell me
Verghese made a warning sign to his wife and why you have brought this brat here – don’t we have
then said in a joyful tone, “See, I have brought you enough troubles without an extra mouth to feed?
something more precious than money! This is Kuttan, What is all this talk of ‘our own dear son’? Since
our own dear son. Kuttan, this is your amma.” when were your paternal instincts roused? After all,
The woman struggled to put up a pleasant front we had him for the sole purpose of selling him to
and pretended to be happy to see Kuttan. Her your rich cousin who is incapable of producing a
performance was not very convincing, so Verghese child.”

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At this point, Verghese interrupted her and said, tried to run faster. He turned a corner and ran smack
“Keep your voice down or he may wake up. Do you into a policeman.
think I am a fool? By now you should know that I The policeman held on to him and demanded,
don’t do things without good reason. By pretending “Where are you running to so fast, you rascal?”
to be a loving father, I have gained Kuttan’s Then, noticing that it was not a street urchin as he
confidence. I shall use him as a lever to extract first thought, he asked, “What are you doing in an
money from my cousin. I shall go in a little while and area like this and that too at 10 o’clock at night?
tell them that Kuttan is with us and does not want to Where do you live?”
go back. Then I shall say that for a monetary Before Kuttan could answer Verghese came on
consideration, I am willing to persuade him to go the scene. When he saw the policeman, he tried to
back. The fools will pay up, their love for this brat is turn back. The policeman called out, “Hey, you,
genuine.” come here. Do you know this boy? Are you trying to
Kuttan was struck dumb when he heard this. harass him in anyway?”
‘What a fool I have been!’ he thought. Verghese glanced at Kuttan. Seeing that the boy
The woman said, “I must say this is a very clever did not intend saying anything, he said, “I don’t
plan of yours. I hope it works. Do you think Kuttan know him. I caught him peeping through the window
will do what you say?” of my house and chased him. I think he is a little
“I am sure Kuttan will fall in with us – he seems to thief.”
have inherited our wonderful nature,” The policeman found this hard to believe
Verghese said and laughed. Kuttan’s very and told Kuttan, “Don’t be frightened. If he
soul revolted. was bullying you, tell me.” Kuttan shook his

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uttan’s very soul revolted. He felt head.
He felt ashamed
ashamed of his foolish behaviour. “You may go,” said the policeman to
He did not want to be a pawn in this of his foolish Verghese. Turning to Kuttan, he said,
dirty game. He decided to run away and behaviour. He “Come with me. At the station, we can talk
somehow earn a living and stay alone, for did not want to and I will take you home once you tell me
how could he go back to his daddy, be a pawn in your address.”
mummy and Ammini? They too would this dirty game. When they reached the police station,
judge him as bad and ungrateful. He decided to the inspector in charge was happy to see
Kuttan got up and silently walked to the run away and the policeman with Kuttan, “Ah! you have
door, he opened it a little and peeped out. somehow earn a found him very quickly I must say.”
No one was around, he took to his heels living. Seeing the policeman’s puzzled look,
and was out of the house in a second. the inspector continued, “Don’t you know
On hearing the sound of that there is an all-out alert for this boy?
the front door open, The complaint that he is missing and a full
Verghese and his wife rushed out. description came in four hours ago. The parents
“Stop, Kuttan,” they shouted. He have also made radio announcements offering
paid no heed and ran with all his rewards for news of his whereabouts. I will phone
might. up your parents now. Don’t worry, boy, they will be
Verghese was furious. “Get here in 10 minutes.” With that, the inspector rang
me my shirt,” he told his wife. up and, within 10 minutes, Kuttan’s daddy and
“That brat will help me in my mummy arrived.
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not. I will bring him back here was a tearful reunion. Kuttan tried to
and lock him up in the explain matters and asked forgiveness but his
room for tonight.” fosterparents were too relieved and happy to
Struggling quickly into listen. “We will talk things over at home,” they said.
his shirt, Verghese gave After thanking the policeman and the inspector
chase. Kuttan seemed to and duly rewarding them, they left with Kuttan.
have wings on his feet as On reaching home, they asked Kuttan what had
he ran. His heart was happened. He explained and ended, “If you had
pounding. Verghese told me I was an adopted child it would have been
was catching up with
him. Sobbing he The realisation to Kuttan that he was merely a
pawn in the hands of his greedy real parents,
made him ashamed of his foolish behaviour by
leaving the sweet home in a huff.
so much better than knowing it this way. I wife were the natural parents.
have behaved badly, I know, but I was There was a “Daddy, mummy, what can I say? How
shocked at the revelation.” tearful reunion. can I ever be worthy of your love?”
“Kuttan,” his daddy said, “We are also Kuttan tried to “Son, we want you to do one thing for
to blame. We wanted to tell you but explain matters us,” said his daddy.
decided to do so when you are 10 years and asked “Whatever you ask, I will do willingly.”
old. A month before your birthday, you forgiveness but “Tell Ammini the whole truth. Coming
came from school and told us about a his fosterparents from you, it will be easier for her. Let her
friend of yours whose aunty and uncle had were too relieved not run the risk of ever coming to know the
adopted him. You said, ‘Poor chap, how and happy to truth as you did. Will you do this for us?”
sad to be an adopted child. I am so glad listen. “We will “Yes.”
you both are my real parents.’ After talk things over “Well, son, now you better go to bed.
hearing that, we decided not to tell you You must be very tired. You sleep in
at home,”
anything till you are an adult. Now, I feel Ammini’s room tonight. She has cried
they said.
that we should have told you. Then the hurt herself to sleep and may wake up in the
would have been much less to what you middle of the night. If she sees you next to
have undergone. Now, coming to the part of loving her, she will be happy.”
Ammini more, I want you to read your adoption “Good night, daddy, good night, mummy.”
papers and see for yourself what trouble we went “Good night, son.”
through to get you.” Kuttan went to sleep next to Ammini. She woke up
Kuttan found that his daddy had paid and, on seeing Kuttan, exclaimed, “You are back!”
Rs 20,000 as compensation for taking Kuttan from “Yes, now sleep, Ammini.”
his father. Kuttan was then shown another paper and As he fell asleep, Kuttan decided that he must tell
was stunned to read that Ammini too was Ammini how lucky they are to be adopted by their
adopted on the same terms and Verghese and his mummy and daddy. We
CRUISING
IN
he stark beauty of this icy
The largest and coldest state in the

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wilderness as viewed from
the deck of the Golden
US offers breathtaking vistas of beauty. Princess was a gift I would
treasure for the rest of my
And a cruise can be unforgettable. life. Alaska, the name
conjured up freezing cold, a
By Amrinder Bajaj
snow-submerged landscape
and little else. The weather
was surprisingly mild, for it
was summer and the peak tourist
season; the ice had melted in most
parts and covered distant mountains
in a most enchanting manner. Our
ship, the Golden Princess, was a
floating palace that glided smoothly
over blue waters, leaving a frothy trail
behind. I had never been on a cruise
before and such opulence took my
breath away. Maybe, this was the
best but I had no precedent to
compare it with. It had 17 floors. Up
to deck 4 was reserved for a staff of
1200 people while the 2,800 high end
tourists, chiefly Americans, occupied
the state-rooms with private
balconies from decks 5 to 12. Our
rooms were comfortable though the

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disappointing. shows, musicals and
Of course, there was no deck 13 movies. A discotheque, a
and the 13th floor which was bar and a casino was
superstitiously called deck 14 was available for those so
the dining area that served an inclined to indulge. The
abundance of food of all varieties duty-free shops were a
round the clock. Salmon was aplenty shopper’s delight
in early August as they were making especially, the grand sale
their journey back from the sea to on the last day. The
spawn at their birthplace and we shops closed each time
feasted on salmon cooked in many we docked for they could
ways. There were cuisines catering not remain duty- free at
to all tastes and cultures, mounds of ports.
exotic fruits and an array of desserts There was an art
and drinks. In fact, some of the rich, gallery that held an auction where one could walk around the ship
fat wheelchair-ridden tourists came beautiful paintings were sold at taking in the fresh air and the endless
on cruises just for the food and fresh exorbitant prices. There were sea in its various moods. It was a
air. playrooms for children who were kept deep rich blue in the daytime, a
busy with fun-filled activities so that shimmering sheet of silver at sunset
their parents could pursue their own and had an inky darkness about it at
AN EXCELLENT VIEW pleasures. The library was well night. The engines of the ship
The topmost deck gave an stocked and the most peaceful of all churned the sea to a boil at the rear.
excellent view of receding ports, pursuits was to recline on a deck The vessel was indeed a moving city
passing ships, hazy hills, chair facing the sea with an bustling with activity.
approaching land and most of the engrossing book. The first day was spent in
time a deep blue sea without Besides the main dining area acquainting ourselves with our
horizons that threw up an occasional ,there were restaurants on various surroundings, swimming, unwinding
surprise in the form of whales and decks that catered to delicate tastes in the Jacuzzi, feasting on the rich
dolphins! There were four heated where we sampled fresh mountain repast and laughing our guts out at
swimming pools, two of which were snails, calamari, caviar, foie gras , the comedy show in the theatre.
indoors and a pair of Jacuzzis beside squids and mussels. The 7th floor Being a vomity sort of a person I
each pool. At the theatre were was called the promenade deck and expected to be sea sick but the

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THE PARLIAMENT ABOARD A SLEDGE trip. There would be no docking today
but we were to experience something
HOUSE BY THE INNER Soon we were aboard a sledge to infinitely beautiful. We were entering
HARBOUR WAS A which were harnessed 14 dogs and
the musher took us downhill at break
Tracy’s Arm an arm shaped fjord
lined by forest-clad, snow-capped
SPLENDID PIECE OF neck speed! The experience was mountains that harboured bears and
ARCHITECTURE WITH exhilarating to say the least. Later
sauntering down Franklin streets we
other animals. Waterfalls plunged
into the deep blue sea bespattered
BRIGHT HUED TOTEM entered a jeweller’s shop and bought with cobalt blue icebergs that lay
POLES AND the famed Alaskan blue diamond. strewn about its bosom like the
Our ship set sail from Juneau at 9.30 fragments of a broken heart.
MANICURED pm even as we dined at the On one iceberg, like a couple
GARDENS. Donatanello Restaurant on French reclining on a sofa, a pair of seals
onion soup which I did not quite fancy sailed past! Seals were aplenty in
though the duck I ordered as the May when it was their breeding
motion of the ship was barely main course was excellent as was season and we were lucky to see
perceptible and I could enjoy its the orange souffle with honeydew I these two at this time of the year. In
pleasures to the fullest. had for dessert. this uninhabited, untampered
It seemed as if I had barely closed wilderness we breathed in the purest
my eyes when it was another day in air on earth. Thousands of miles of
THE FIRST TOWN yet another Alaskan city, Scagway. untouched paradise stretched before
Juneau was the first Alaskan city A narrow-gauge toy train took us up our eyes. These blue seas flecked
we docked at. We took a coach uphill the mountain along the path the with icebergs, lined with granite rock
through temperate rain forests that stampeders took for the gold rush. face, and mountains with hanging
had neither snakes nor poisonous We passed a cantilever ridge rated gardens that were home to osprey,
plants, past an abandoned gold mine in the category of the Eiffel Tower bald eagles and bears. These in turn
where tourist still panned for gold to a and the Statue of Liberty and saw feasted on salmon rich waters. Of the
mountain top where an unusual site Dead Horse Pass where hundred of 8000 eggs laid by a salmon only two
greeted our eyes. One hundred and overburdened, underfed horses fell make it to the sea! Their life’s job
twenty Alaskan huskies chained to to their deaths in a snow blanketed done, they give themselves up to
blue kennels were barking their winter. The stench of dead flesh was death and decay so that other
heads off! so strong that it could be smelt at animals could feed on them and
There was a smell of wet dog in Scagway 17 miles away! Summit nurture their own young.
the air for we were told that it rains Lake was a freezing body of water
361 days in the year and we were into which every new train recruit was
lucky enough to visit the city on one made to take a dip as a sort of A FROZEN RIVER
of the four dry days! The dogs initiation ceremony! Then came the piece de
appeared smaller and mangier than The next morning we were up and resistance - a river frozen in mid-
their Siberian counterparts – beautiful about at dawn for the most cascade – the beautiful blue Sawyer
furry creatures with blue eyes. picturesque of all visual treats on this Glacier tinged pink by the rising sun.
Unmindful of the freezing cold we
stood on the open topmost deck and
gaped with wide-eyed wonder at
such unsurpassed beauty. It was a
tidal glacier 26 miles long, one mile
wide and 300 feet deep of a delicate
blue hue. On the mountains on either
side were hanging glaciers so called
because they do not reach the sea;
instead, they give birth to waterfalls.
To our amazement we saw a ship
emerge from between the mountains
where the stretch of water was so
narrow that it was barely discernible.
To our disappointment, we could not
go as near the glacier as the other
ship because of the sheer bulk of our
luxury vessel.
laughter and, last but no least, the seaplanes and motor boat and we
champagne fountain. 741 had the good fortune to watch a
champagne glasses were arranged dramatically vivid sunset at the
in the form of a pyramid over which harbour. Viewed by over a million
hosts and guest alike poured bottle visitors each year the garden has
after bottle of champagne till the become a National Historic Site of
amber fluid tricked down to fill every Canada. The parliament house by
single glass after which they were the inner harbour was a splendid
served generously to one and all. piece of architecture with bright hued
Our final stop was at Victoria in totem poles and manicured gardens
Canada - one of the most beautiful and resplendent with lights at night.
cities I had seen. It is not without
reason that it has been given various
epithets like ‘The Perfect Eden’, ‘The
THE LAST DAY OF
City of Gardens’. The Butchart CRUISE
Gardens, situated 21km from the city On the last day of the cruise we
and spread over 55 acres is most sat long at the dining table going over
famous of all its gardens. the enriching journey, our hearts
It has been in bloom for a hundred already filled with the mild, sweet
years and was the brainchild of pain of nostalgia.
Jennie Butchart. She began by By tomorrow morning the
beautifying a worked- out limestone wonderful experience aboard the
Our next stop was Ketchiken quarry that supplied her husband’s Golden Princess would be a mere
where we went in a semi-submerged cement plant. The wide variety of memory and all that I’d have to show
boat and sat below sea level to watch shrubs and flowers got all over the for it would be a handful of
the denizens of the sea. Our guide world and planted in the dug-out pit photographs and mementoes.
even had some in a pail and passed gave birth to the famed sunken Sooner or later, Cinderella had to
sea urchins, sea cucumbers and gardens. The hobby became a return to terra firma and drudgery, but
starfish around so that that we could passion and there followed the no one could take away the
hold them though the more queasy Japanese, Rose and Italian splendour of this experience from my
amongst us declined. They were all Gardens. life.
over the sea bed as were huge white Their grandson Ross added the I did indeed feel blessed for being
spotted brownish seaweeds called Ross Fountain where a colourful play allowed to live like a queen, witness
Turkish towels. Another sea weed of waters rising up to 70 feet provides such profound beauty, and returned
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Dalada Temple.

SRI LANKA:
Two of the DALADA AND
SRI MAHABODHI
most sacred
places for
Buddhists raise
some interesting TEMPLES
the 6 pm ritual service and got room with walls lined with glass
questions. special permission required to cases where gold ornaments and
participate to enter the sanctum other offerings of the devotees are
By Zareen Myles sanctorum for a darshan of the on display. We then climb a narrow
sacred casket holding the relic. staircase to the second floor another
o the Sri Lankan Buddhists At the time of the evening service tiny room.

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nothing is more sacred than ritual, 3 drummers and one pipe Leading from this is another,
the Tooth Relic in Kandy, or player take their place in front of the smaller room, the threshold of which
the Bodhi Tree in Anuradha- door leading to the sanctum is made of pure silver. One must not
pura. The Tooth Relic is the sanctorum, and start playing on their step on it, but go over it so our feet
left canine tooth of the instruments. This signifies that the do not touch it. Inside the sanctum
Buddha, and had been sent door, hidden by a huge cloth with a sanctorum is the glittering dome
to Sri Lanka by King batik painting of the Buddha, is about shaped casket made of pure gold.
Guhasiva of Kalinga, India, to be opened and the rituals ready to Inside this casket are six more
in the 4th century AD for begin. caskets of gold and the tooth relic is
safekeeping. Since then Sri Lankan inside the seventh, innermost casket.
kings have safeguarded and revered
the Tooth Relic. It had first been sent
GATHERING This innermost casket is never taken
out.
to Anuradhapura, the flourishing REVERENTIALLY Two priests stand on both sides
capital at that time. Only after the fall People start gathering around, of the casket, in front of which is a
of Anuradhapura did it come to waiting reverentially, while those who large silver tray filled with fresh
Kandy, about 500 years ago. have taken permission to go inside, sweet-smelling jasmine flowers,
It is said that about 300 years ago, stand in a line at one side. After which are given to the devotees to
there was a period of continuous some time priests come, remove the offer. There is also another tray in
drought for three years. The relic was cloth painting and the door made of which devotees put their offerings.
then taken out in a procession, and it pure solid silver is opened. There is no way that anyone can
not only rained, but also flooded. A little later when signalled, the even touch the casket. The room is
Since that time it has never been devotees who have prior permission, very tiny and the long line of
taken out. go in one by one. As we enter the devotees waiting to come in, makes it
We visited the Dalada Temple for little door we find ourselves in a tiny impossible to really look around at

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The sanctum sanctorum. Quiet Meditation.
the rest of the room. We have to wide, tree-lined road to reach the Sri We join the milling crowds on the
quickly turn and go out. Mahabodhi Tree. There is a small platform around the mighty and
Outside on the second floor there temple in front of the Bodhi Tree majestic bodhi. It is an awe-inspiring
are many devotees sitting on the floor while there is a huge platform or sight, more so when we realise it is a
in quiet meditation, while on one chabutra built on three sides of it. 2,300-years-old tree. That it is truly
large altar other devotees come and In the 5th century AD when the venerated is seen from the fact that
put offerings of lotus flowers and Chinese monk Fa-Hsein visited no one is allowed to wear a cap on
incense, and light lamps. In another Anuradhapura, he recorded that the the platform. One of the tourists was
small side room with another altar, tree had bent over to the south east, wearing his sun cap to shade his
are preserved many old manuscripts and fearing it would fall, the king eyes, when a guard came up and
(900 to 1000 years old) written on ola placed a prop to support it. Over the politely asked him to remove it. No
leaves. These manuscripts pertain to ages, successive kings have made one is allowed to go near the tree or
the lives of the Buddha. I was many other props to support the touch it. There is a brass rail all
surprised to learn here that the branches, with additions and around and one can only give the
Buddha had actually visited Sri Lanka alterations to the site. Today there offerings to the monks standing
3 times during his lifetime. are more than 20 such props covered there, who take these, put them near
As we go out we admire the by brass holding up the branches. the tree on one side, and then
beautifully painted walls of the halls remove them. The tree is thus well
and passage. Outside it is quiet as protected and no stress put on it.
people leave the temple talking SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE It had been interesting visiting
quietly, still filled with reverence. As we walked to the tree, we saw these two places. At the end of the
Our second visit was to the many people, specially women and day I could not help thinking how
venerated Sri Mahabodhi Tree or the children, carrying the usual lotus easily the gullible people are ready
sacred Bodhi Tree. This temple is flowers, and trays with incense but to believe anything blindly the minute
situated in the ancient sacred city of also small coconut saplings to offer to it is wrapped in a religious coating.
Anuradhapura about a hundred and the Bodhi Tree. On enquiry we found There is absolutely no proof that a
thirty kilometres from Kandy, and is that there is a belief that if pregnant child will be enlightened if she or he
regarded as the first of the eight women or a family member, and offers a coconut sapling to the
sacred places in Anuradhapura. children offer coconut sapling to the Mahabodhi Tree, otherwise would
It is said to be the only tree in the tree the child will be an enlightened not have had many more enlightened
world with the longest written history, one. beings in this world? How wonderful
and is 2,300 years old. Written Of special significance is the full that would have been!
records show that this sacred Bodhi moon night in June when hundreds If only the Tooth Relic really could
Tree is the right branch of the Sri and thousands of Buddhists throng make it rain, I thought, we would
Mahabodhi Tree in Gaya, under here to pay their respects and offer have no droughts. How wonderful
which the Buddha attained thanks to their ancestors who fought that would have been. Yet it is the
enlightenment. This sapling was sent at the risk of their lives to protect this many unfounded beliefs such as
here in the 3rd century by the sacred tree, from both the ravages of these, in all religions all over the
Emperor Asoka through his daughter, nature and devastation by wild world, which can even cause wars
the Buddhist nun Sangamitra, at the animals. It is easy to believe this as and political upheavals. In the end it
request of the king of Sri Lanka. when we went there on an ordinary is the poor gullible devotee who goes
No vehicles are now allowed day, there were still hundreds of back empty handed, while the perpe-
within a kilometre of the temple, so people coming there to pay their tra tors of these myths and beliefs
one has to walk along a beautiful, respects. fulfil their own ulterior motives. We

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CAIRO DIARY
on’t be surprised when any for it. “Be an Egyptian in Egypt,” is a paintings we wanted. He assured us

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service provider requests, or good piece of advice. in his impeccable English, “Don’t you
rather demands, baksheesh worry, sir! I shall give you a good
in Egypt! That became clear price.” He then drew our attention to
when my wife and I landed CONDUCTED TOUR a striking painting of the Last
at the Cairo International Without losing much time, the next Judgement where a person’s heart,
Airport recently. I had to buy morning we were off on a whirlwind after his/her death, would be weighed
a phone card, costing 17 tour of the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, against a feather in the presence of
Egyptian pounds (about 6 Saqqara and Memphis. Our cab God Anubis and God Thuth who
Egyptian pounds = 1 US driver, Ahmed, a part-time employee writes down the result. God Horus
dollar) just to make a phone call, but of the hotel, acted as our guide. He would lead those who had passed
there was no other way. I recalled had a smattering of English, which the test into paradise.
how easy it was to use a coin- helped us to communicate. The first Time and again he asked us to
operated phone or a manned stop was not ours but Ahmed’s. He buy it because “it gives you an idea
STD/Local call booth back home. ushered us into a posh shop selling of ancient Egypt.” Seeing our
The hotel I had booked in papyrus. It was called the Egypt hesitation on looking at the price tag,
downtown Cairo had not sent a Papyrus Museum. he gave us a deal. He’d give us two
vehicle, though I had requested for The smartly dressed manager for the price of one, if we bought the
it. The person at the car park had a greeted us with a smile. “First of all, Last Judgment.” I looked at my wife
smattering of English. let me extend our Egyptian hospitality who looked confused too. “Sir, this is
“I shall give you the receipt,” he to you. What would you like to drink?” genuine stuff. I shall give you our
said seeing my hesitation when he We settled for a soft drink which was certificate of guarantee. You will not
demanded E£55 (prepaid) for a taxi refreshing in the sweltering heat. We get such a wonderful painting
trip to hotel. I paid him the money but were invited to watch the process of anywhere else. The long and the short
he asked, “What about my tip, sir?” preparing papyrus — from the raw of it was that I fell for the deal and had
The silent cab driver drove us plant to the final sheet on which to part with E£ 500. The touts offering
safely and to the correct address. painting is done. My wife wanted a camels and horse-drawn vehicles
When I tipped him E£2, he said, “Sir, picture to be taken of her holding a pestered visitors right in front of the
that’s too small.” So I had to shell out papyrus plant “grown on our own policemen who were supposed to
E£3 more to satisfy him. That farm,” as that gentleman put it. prevent such harassment. In fact,
became the “normal” practice and Then it was time for a tour of the some of the law-enforcers would pose
soon I was tipping left, right and museum with a card in hand to make for photographs with the visitor and
centre without anyone even asking a note of the numbers of the ask for baksheesh later on! We

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son gets bitten by a mosquito, he
gets infected in the bitten part. That
particular area becomes as big and
thick as a table tennis ball.
We have shown him to various
paediatricians and skin specialists
who treat him with some antibiotics
but the problem recurs with another
bite. Other treatment modalities like
vitamin B and eucalyptus oil are of
no use. Despite the use of coils,
mosquito nets, socks and gloves,
there is no escaping mosquitoes in
India. Is there any way in which

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you can help so that I can return
doctor will prescribe. Once the to India permanently?
vicious cycle of infection-medication Some people are hypersensitive
My son is 16 months old and quite is broken you can concentrate on to mosquito bites, especially when
an active child. He was a chubby improving his appetite and health. there is a change of region as in the
child in the first year of life and used Once his health is regained, his case of your son. Others develop
to eat properly. Of late, he has resistance will improve and he will be hypersensitivity when there is a
repeated bouts of some ailment or able to combat diseases better. Do change of season for the species of
the other which makes him feel not force-feed him. mosquito changes with the season.
nauseous and he loses his appetite. Meticulously prevent mosquito bites
Sometimes, he gets gastrointestinal by liberally smearing the exposed
symptoms and at others high fever I am an NRI working in Saudi Arabia. parts with mosquito repellents. Anti-
with malarial symptoms. Then there I would like to come back and settle allergens and most other drugs are
is the usual cough and cold no matter in my own country with my wife and of no use. Some children do
how much care I take of him at home two children - a son aged six and a overcome this hypersensitivity by and
and while going out. All this has three-year-old daughter. A serious by. If not, as your doctor says, stay
resulted in loss of weight. By the time problem arises when we come to away from places that cause such a
he feels all right and regains his India even for a visit. Whenever my severe reaction.
appetite he falls sick again. I have
begun to force-feed him since I am I have a son who
worried about his health. I am worried is three years and My six-year-old daughter has
that repeated medication along with three months old. developed caries in a couple of teeth.

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lack of proper nourishment will further He drinks milk Could you tell me why this has
lower his resistance. Please tell me only with the occurred and what should be done to
what to do. addition of cus - prevent further destruction of teeth.
First and foremost you have to tard. In this way Please tell me what I should do to
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Keep him away from areas where he thrice a day. I Caries occurs due to poor dental
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good protective bacteria too. These you are following. consult a dentist at the earliest and
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people. Except Shabana Azmi, no and learns the Ten Ancient Rituals
body took interest to fight for slum for Radiant Living in three years from
dwellers. According to Shatrughan the sages of Himalayas. He takes a
Sinha, film stars become members of single night to teach the same to
parliament to avoid income tax raids. another character named John who
They are not interested in any happened to be his colleague and
national work. subordinate in his earlier law
– I. P. Gandhi, Karnal. profession. I had felt exhausted at the
end of the novel because it was
circuitous. In analogy, the author of
EDITORIA
L
TARGETIN G WOMEN A
GAIN
on the fringe
EXAMS: the above said article Monidipa
PREDICAMENT
country was Day, moral
when our
t a juncture, g her 60th Republic once again
EXAM PHOBIA winter is fast giving
TACKLING
time again.
As the
students
are burning
ns A of celebratinHindutvav adi forces
brigade
of
described
what is being in Mangalore, a fast
as women’s
liberty.
developing

Sharma has listed 16 rituals in a


t is exam millions of of a

I way to spring,
midnight
for class
oil with the
X and XII,
which begin
this, exam-rela
in the
ted stress
among the
examinatio
ensuing board first week of
and anxiety
students,
are The
but also
trounced place
incident took , where around fortyand bashed up
city in Karnataka barged into
right-wing
group
women just
a pub
two days
members

before the
Republic

March. With several young


rise not only those women
openly
also on the parents. reasons our
due to many alleged that – a practice that

THE POWER OF
Day.

OF STUDENTS
among their on the students is percentag e marks. The attackers wine there brought Sri
Pressure high parents and in drinking The attack also n’s chief,
to secure indulged
like targetingpressure from the
peers, It culture forbids. Arrest of
organisatio Bharat
to the students. great Hindu
Sometime
s,
dose of stressbecause of such into limelight. its links with Abhinavgaining
give an extra Ram Sena revealed on
that step of

mind-appealing way. Practically


teachers Muthalik, organisati
to be ignoredtake the extreme not Pramod – another Malegaon bomb
blasts.
is also not could after that the
many studentsthey feel that they notoriety n so far reveals behind
pressures
suicide, when of others. Investigatio people
committing ns and of the
expectatio motive now Mangalore
keep up the their anxiety phase blasts and a Hindu
To overcome stress, the first Malegaon is to create
from 1st India.
pub incident the precincts of

POSITIVE THINKING
n-related
examinatio g began new
counsellin till 2nd April, Rashtra within indication that
of CBSE continue e year It is a clear Taliban mindset
are
It would
February. is the 12th consecutiv g
perpetrato
rs of
in the country
counsellin
2009. This providing heads
has been during raising their

The editorial in WE
that CBSE students and parents

speaking, I have implemented these


of
to again. beating
to say,
services e Needless hit the eye
examinatio
ns. programm the pub has all
CBSE Outreach the women inside The people from
In fact, the designed keeping and are
How to get of the storm. the youth
is carefully of students’ population of especially
eity modes sections, over the country
Multiple NGOs all in
s heterogen
cal spread. infuriated. against this vandalism is
positive result geographi as telephonic in this
ation such columns out protest
marches to them,
communic Question-Answer
e Voice Response
are taking policing.
According
rights have black
been

through positiv
g, CBSE of moral
counsellin as a
rs, Interactive counselling through more the namefirst time that women’s this incident
newspape and online out to more and
thinking.
not the also terming

The article Get rid of


(IVRS) are

of February II 2009 things in my life for the last couple of


System to reach They not
is used attacked. rights. is simply
website
during this
phase. , trained spot on women’s of moral policing Also,
as 43 principals nt and such kind c society.
Ramakrishnan examinees as many governme Of course, and democratimembers of the
By Sheela This year affiliated will in a civilised and in bad
s from CBSE ists and social scientists tolerable ministers only

NEGATIVE
of are not
counsellor psycholog and abroad. some comments n for Women wounds.
y in India
private schools; help line
individuall the cities of Delhi, Commissio salt on the e

GET
in National a progressiv
operate this centres in India Gurgaon, also rubbing the fact that in
39 Jaipur, taste, but far greater
There are h, Meerut, Jamnagar, There is no denying women are playing and must
Chandigar ar, Vishakhapatnam, from six that of India, tion. They should be male

RID OF
Noida,
Bhubanesw the first time society like used to

THOUGHTS
transforma
Faridabad, e and for Guwahati, in social that once
Bangalore There are roles

Negative Thoughts is
Coimbator those rights

Tackling
,

entitled years and I feel terrifically disciplined


Jabalpur, Nagpur, enjoy all
of Bhopal, of Kerala. by womenfolk
new cities Kollam in the state India at Kuwait, prerogativ
es only. g drinks tely,
Baroda and centres outside g intoxicatin practice. Unfortuna is
help line Consumin healthy and libertine to
lly, also four Sharjah. can take
good is not a being liberal
successfu Qatar and however, high time
his project only Dubai, Doha , students and parents , it is the line between by day. Isn’t it
to complete within budget with Therefore s. Ultimately cool dividing
blurred day
was counsellor . Keeping the two? m We
view everything on time and His boss the CBSE So, getting mansera.co
ll of us mistake. work, advice from have to tackle everything always work.
te between
write to: letters@wo
our prevailing one minor satisfied with his differentia

A
who
through If our and was happy students exams positively of young
mental attitudes. that pleased in the team facing the All the best
to millions
to magnify mind and boldly.
are positive, are everyone
thoughts He began The face the exams
but if they and except himself. unnecessarily. (Second) 2009

inspiring and thought


is fine,

Exam Phobia made


by his

and I look much younger than my


mistake minds.
our lives the small minimised Era ● February
negative,
ces will probably project was Woman’s
circumstan thoughts. We entire attitude. back and
mirror these negative taken a step a
thoughts Had Rahul thought to
all have negativethen. This his negative at the whole
and
every now as we might reverted one and looked he
behaviour t positive and positively, the
is normal unpleasan objectively
through some too thing not only have completed also
have gone lives. But would ily, but wouldfuture
es in our are bad and project satisfactor for
experienc thoughts a mentor
many negative become should be
ctive. to be have

provoking. It reminded
Small mistakes to

interesting reading. The stress and


can be self-destru

actual age. Along with these 16 steps


thinking appears projects. and efforts
Negative thinking. from our minds, again should
than positive effort, erased such mistakes can
more prevalent requires some prevent thought
thinking comes A positive and turn
Positive thinking made.
negative much be positive
action
whereas This has initiate a
easily and
uninvited. and the that her
education in. things around. Meena realised
to do with one has been living One day, and she wanted
nt in a mess
environme to undertake house was aning project
assigned
Rahul was his manager. to begin a house-cle
project by
an important he was able
hard months,

me the words of anxiety faced by the students and one can add one more ritual which is
After three

Norman Vincent Peale who parents is on the rise. Millions of ‘Reading’. Reading habit is a good
advocated positive thinking. He said, students will be burning the midnight habit which the younger generation
“Change your thoughts and you oil with the ensuring board examin- has failed to develop. In my opinion
change your world.” No one can ations for class X and XII. the story ‘Homecoming’ was simply a
expect to achieve perfection or to Pressure on the students is due to disaster. I continued reading it in
solve satisfactorily every difficult many reasons-reasons like targeting search of some actual story or some
problem that arises throughout life. to secure high percentage marks. thing at least at the end. When I
But a positive attitude and Sometimes pressure from the peers, finished, I was puzzled and uttered
constructive approach help us to parents and teachers give an extra “Hmm...was it a fiction?” We all are
tackle troubles optimistically, by using dose of stress to the students. familiar with the traditional weddings.
our talents and skills in ways directed Because of these pressures, many Also, young people who work/study
towards success rather than failure students take the extreme step of abroad don’t prefer to come back and
To acquire the positive outlook we committing suicide, when they feel settle down in India is a century-old
have first to eliminate from our that they could not keep up the fact. There is no story in it to tell!
personality the negative thoughts that expectations of others and secure Only thing I can say good about this
hold us back, make it harder to high marks. To overcome their is that the author is ingenious
secure good relationship with others. anxiety and examination related regarding the language he has used.
The positive and constructive stress, the first phase of CBSE – Beena Ramesh Hegde,
approach to life demands energy, counselling began from Ist February, Ahmedabad.
action and enthusiasm to accomplish and it will continue till 2nd April 2009. The prize is awarded to:
worthwhile things in life. This is the 12th consecutive year that Beena Ramesh Hegde, Ahmedabad.
– Beena Mathur, Pune. CBSE has been providing
counselling services to students and WOMAN'S ERA
invites readers’
parents during examinations.
FILM STARS opinions and
– Anthony Sanders, Mumbai. reactions on
AY F I L
M D O M SELF-CENTRED?
B O M B
articles, short stories
This refers to
Slumdog
R
ahul Bose
feels that
was the
best comm
-
Rahul's adopted
the Mumbai Andaman and Nicobar Foundatio n,
trust, The
after charitable d in the Mumbai
children from his
Islands for
the

Marathon.
any sort of and features published
GOOD WAYS
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ags-to-rich at the to happen He feels runs to eradicate He feels
hit the jackpotwinning unity event terror attacks.
R Millionaire
66th Golden
Globe Awards,including the
recent
even after
the recent and in
The trust
attacks the discrimination from
society.
the Andaman
children from don't feel
coveted awards up in that spirit die ly that these
not let its

Bombay Filmdom
Islands

in Woman’s Era. The best


four of the give it a leg city should more aggressivefor and Nicobar be a part of mainland
drama to come forward s to
best film Oscars. demand think
's race for young fact support and themselve don't really
Hollywood " which tells of a show their e. ”We can
demand as Indians a part of India.
com- to - India to be
"Slumdog, love and governanc a corruption of the
looking for game better a cleaner and where the Andamans a part
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and
money on for director in times ial. These
peting for Mumbai uncongen I scholarship provided at the Rishi
also earned awards er Simon free re seemed of WE. studying

TO ENERGISE
show, .
screenwrit atmosphe think in terms in a city are currently in Bangalore
Danny Boyle,composer A.R. Rahman We needed to niece Aalia minds Valley School
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(February II). Slumdog


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his but a
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Anil Kapoor, Boyle of a negative a Salman
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