28 March 2014
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The Pulse of Kiwi Indians Auckland • Hamilton • Palmerston North • Hastings • Invercargill
28 March 2014
he stage is set for the second Kiwi Indian
Hall of Fame and entries have started
The prestigious event, which celebrates the
successes and achievements of New Zealand
Indians, will be held in Auckland in May.
“It’s all very exciting,” the man behind the
inaugural event, Giri Gupta, said.
“There’s a good vibe in the air, and people
are talking about the Hall of Fame.
“Since the success of the frst event, last
year, people are so looking forward to honour
and celebrate the achievements of the members
of our community,” Mr Gupta said.
Local MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was the
frst recipient to be honoured with the induction
at the inaugural event last year, where Prime
Minister John Key was chief guest.
Following on from the success of last
year’s glittering, black-tie event attended by
more than 200 guests, Mr Gupta expects the
May 1 function at the Pullman Hotel to be
even bigger and better.
Mr Gupta, co-publisher of the Indian
Weekender with Bhav Dhillon, was driven
to initiate the Hall of Fame when he realized
that while Indians in New Zealand were
achieving and making valuable contributions
to the progress of this country, there was no
signifcant means to honour and celebrate their
“Through this Hall of Fame, generations of
New Zealand Indians will look back in pride at
the achievements of their community pioneers
and hold their heads high.
“New Zealand has been good to us Indians
for more than 150 years, and I’m proud that
our people are achieving and contributing to
the success of this country, our home.”
Nominations for the second Kiwi Indian
Hall of Fame opened to the public more than
a month ago, and were scheduled to close on
Friday, March 28.
Hall of Fame gears up for
another glittering bash
Established 2013
Ethnic Affairs’ EPICNZ partners
with Export NZ
Goverdhan Mallella, CFO C.P.
Group speaks to IWK
UPA, NDA and 3rd Front all
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Naag Temple continues to attract
India starts World T-20 campaign
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Shirley Setia, rising singer
28 March 2014
I believe, Labour looks set to make a return
and relieve the public from a controversy
ridden second term of Mr. Key? Do you
share that confdence?
I do, the more that I go around our
communities, the more I feel that the National
government has been out of touch down with
the problems and controversies surrounding
them. I feel that they are out of touch with what
most New Zealander’s want.
People are looking for an alternative and the
challenge for us is to look like we are ready to
take on the government.
How do you propose, as a shadow Minister
for Foreign Affairs, to strengthen ties with
We can do much more with India; I am
surprised, for example, in terms of trade.
Also, we should recognize that strategically,
India is a very important player on the world
stage. And, in terms of defense, we don’t have
a defense attaché in Delhi. Given the size and
infuence of India’s forces, we should be much
more connected to India. I would like to try
and build that connection on a greater variety
of levels.
With a large number of people coming to
New Zealand, I would want to make sure that
their experience here is enjoyable and one that
they can share; you should never underestimate
the people to people links.
I think we have a lot of commonalities and
we should build on them.
In terms of Indian qualifcations, and
businesses, how can we expect the future
New Zealand government to help promote
I think we must take that into consideration
when people come here. If there is any
suggestion that we are not doing that, then
we should go back and take another look.
Sometimes within NZ, there is a tendency for
businesses to not employ Indian graduates,
over Pakehas, but I think it is changing slowly.
We do assess qualifcations according to our
standards, but if a qualifcation is recognised
internationally, then there isn’t any reason why
we should be differentiating.
Leadership issues are still being asked of
Labour; do you think that is an unsettling
question, even at this stage of the election
It isn’t helpful and I hope the leadership
elections that we had last year would have
put the issue behind us. We have one leader,
certainly in the caucus and I am a part of that
too. There isn’t any doubt that David Cunliffe
will lead us to the elections, and we are
completely behind him.
Anyone who ignores the Indian community,
should not be in politics: David Shearer
Vaibhav Saklani
continued on Pg 7..
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28 March 2014
PIC NZ signed a partnership agreement
with ExportNZ and the Employers and
Manufacturers Association to provide a new
platform for local businesses
The Offce of Ethnic Affairs signed a
partnership agreement with Export New
Zealand and the Employers and Manufacturers
Association on March 14, at the BNZ Business
Centre in the CBD. The partnership agreement
aims to bring together mainstream and ethnic
businesses providing another platform for New
Zealand’s potential for economic growth.
Minister for Ethnic Affairs Hon. Judith
Collins attended the signing ceremony, and
delivered a congratulatory speech, addressing
the assembled parties. Berlinda Chin
(Director, Offce of Ethnic Affairs), Catherine
Beard (Executive Director, ExportNZ), and
Bruce Goldsworthy (Acting CEO of EMA)
represented their respective organizations at the
signing ceremony.
Frank Cui, Head of Migrant Banking, BNZ
delivered a powerful closing speech to embrace
the new partnership.
Under the new agreement, OEA, Export
NZ and the Employers and Manufacturers
Association will co-arrange and co-fund a
major joint conference combining elements of
Export New Zealand’s Go Globalconference
and OEA’s Ethnic People in Commerce
(EPICNZ) conference.
Berlinda Chin, the new Director of the
Offce of Ethnic Affairs, stated her priority will
be to promote the benefts of ethnic diversity in
New Zealand.
Speaking at the signing event, Berlinda,
highlighted how the partnership will give
thrust to trust and relationship building within
the country. She added this is a fabulous
opportunity for local businesses to utilize the
human capital, expertise, and resource base of
the migrant communities for mutual growth.
Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins
said the partnership agreement signed by the
Offce of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) will build
more connections between new migrants and
established businesses in New Zealand.
“Partnership organisations have been
working together since late last year on this
agreement and I’m pleased today to have
witnessed this signing which is a testament to
their dedication to New Zealand businesses
growth,” Ms Collins said.
“OEA’s EPICNZ conferences are run in
the country’s main centres with participation
having doubled over the last year, providing
networking opportunities and promoting the
social and economic benefts of ethnic diversity.
“ExportNZ also currently works with a range
of organisations in the regions to promote and
support exporters through networking events,
conferences, seminars and exporter training
such as its Go Global annual networking
“This agreement will enable the partnership
organisations to develop a collaborative
programme working towards a joint conference
and other networking events.
“The EMA’s expertise and business
membership will also help to expand the reach
of the EPICNZ conferences and it’s fantastic
that the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has
signed up to be this year’s major sponsor.
“New Zealand is a great country in which to
do business. The social and economic diversity
of our population is one of New Zealand’s
biggest strengths when it comes to growing
businesses internationally.
“It’s crucial that New Zealand’s business
community is well connected and working
together and these organisations are working
closely to enhance this”.
The frst initiative under the partnership
will be a joint EPICNZ GoGlobal International
Business Forum to be held in Auckland on 2
Berlinda, remarked that this was a marathon,
and they are setting the pace, it is for the
businesses to participate and make best use of
the platform that the offce of Ethnic Affairs is
Photo caption: The signing, with Catherine Beard, Executive
Director of ExportNZ (left, front row), Bruce Goldsworthy, Acting
CEO of EMA (middle, front row) and Berlinda Chin, Director of
OEA (right, front row). Back row: Minister of Ethnic Affairs Hon.
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he Manukau Indian Association has
appointed Mr. Veer Khar as their President.
In news received from close sources Mr
Veer Khar will replace outgoing President Mr.
Manish Tanna.
Mr. Veer Khar has taken over, effective
immediately, being entrusted with the
leadership duties on March 23.
The Manukau Indian Association, is an
association for people of Indian origin in New
Zealand, specifcally in Auckland. This began
as South Auckland Cultural Society.
Manukau Indian Association, welcomes
Indians from any origin, whether from any
part of India – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kashmir,
Punjab, Bengal, Malayalam, Karnataka or any
state, any country – Fiji, England, South Africa,
USA, Africa, – say any country of the world.
We are all Indians and our doors are open to
all. There are no qualifcations and conditions
based on caste, creed, state, origin or fnancial
Veer Khar to lead Manukau
Indian Association
28 March 2014
ational List MPs Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
and Claudette Hauiti recently organised a
“walking bus”, inviting members of the public
to join them on a march through Papatoetoe to
raise awareness of being street-safe after local
woman Praveet Kaur was attacked in January.
“New Zealand and its citizens are among the
most peaceful people in the world – it is natural
people should feel safe on their streets at any
time of the day,” says Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi,
National List MP based in Manukau East.
“Since the attack in January some residents
reported that they were scared to go walking
in the evening and that worries me,” says Mr
The march demonstrated the strength of our
community to support street-smart practises. It
was also an opportunity to recognise National’s
strong focus on law and order. Recorded crime
in now the lowest in 33 years, we’ve passed
new laws on sentencing, parole, gangs, and
proceeds of crime. And we’ve put 600 more
Police on the beat.
“National has a good story to tell and I want
to be part of that. People need to be assured that
Papatoetoe’s crime rate has dropped and to be
encouraged to speak up if they witness acts of
violence,” said Mr Bakshi.
We have fve bills underway to support
victims. We want to keep the most serious,
high-risk, repeat offenders behind bars, and
keep offenders away from their victims. We
will create a civil enforcement regime and
take-down orders for cyber-bullying, and
create harsher penalties for the sexual abuse of
children online.
The “walking bus” started on the corner of
Portage Rd and Station Rd and marched down
Station Rd and St George St before ending at
the Papatoetoe Library. More than 50 people
attended the event.
“As National’s List MP based in Manukau
East I thank the community for their support
and welcome them to contact me if they need
support or guidance on matters big or small.
Walk claims back streets, says Bakshi
28 March 2014
As an international statesman, what do you
think, NZ needs to do, to make an impression
for the United Nations Security Council seat?
Our strengths are that we are a transparent
and honest country and we stick to our word. So
what we have been saying to the other countries
is that if you vote for us, we will stand by our
commitments that we make to you now. We will
also try and give 104 of those small countries a
I think we are doing quite a good job at
the moment. We are up against some tough
competitors who are in our group, like Spain
and Turkey.
I was in New York last year, where I met a
number of representatives from other countries;
my message to them was that irrespective of
which government comes in to power, it is a bi-
partisan approach; it’s about New Zealand and
about doing the right thing.
Coming back to issues here in New Zealand;
Do you think that National raising the issue
of a referendum for the fag, is more of a
means to take the attention away from the
real issues?
I think, it was used as means, of John
Key raising it at a particular time, to keep
the attention on himself, so it was more of a
political technique.
But personally I think, it is time to change
the New Zealand fag. At this point, it looks
very much like the Australian fag, with the
fag of another country in the corner; the only
difference is the number of stars.
I look at the fag of Canada, and it’s instantly
recognisable. So, I think it’s time we changed
What is your message for the Indian
community, during the election year?
Anyone who ignores the Indian community,
should not be in politics. I think, from Labour’s
point of view, the Indian community have
always been supportive of us and we will be
supportive of the Indian community, when in
government. We see the Indian community
as a vibrant, hardworking, highly educated
community that pushes our GDP well beyond
their numbers on average.
If you don’t take them seriously, then you
shouldn’t be in politics!
..continued from Pg 3
David Shearer : Interview
28 March 2014
he beginning of a Journey:
It was a small beginning. I came to New
Zealand as a student and I did my Year 13 here.
Pretty much like every other student, my life here
was a combination of part time work and study.
In the 1980s, while I was doing electronics in
computer technology, I started working for Apple
as an apprentice. I started off, with Apple as an
engineer, and then went to work as a tech support
specialist. After that, I progressed to the position
of a training manager. I started training Apple’s
reseller technicians, authorising them to become
certifed technicians. Currently, I might be the only
Apple engineer in NZ who has worked with Apple
systems at the component level.
I then became the service manager for a
company called CDL systems. Over there I had
about 10 presale and post-sale engineers reporting
to me, along with a number of corporate clients,
as all of their head offces in New Zealand, itself.
In 1994, I bought a small company based
in Orewa, called Logical Systems. After that I
acquired Apple accreditations, which is getting
Apple authorisation with serviceman support. I
then went on to open up a branch in Takapuna;
then we moved to Ponsonby in 2000, as our
business grew. By then I had employed 20 people.
In 2004, with a number of changes in Apple
policies, the industry changed too. But, I got the
opportunity to become an Apple reseller for all of
Fiji. Besides that, we also had our own premises in
Eden Terrace in 2003.
It is 10 years later, and I have now acquired
Youbee, the only authorised Apple fagship store
in New Zealand. Including Fiji, we have 7 stores
now. Main centres in Auckland, New Market,
Manor Street, Base in Hamilton, Riccarton mall
and Blenheim Road in Christchurch. So we have
taken over all the Youbee stores in New Zealand.
And considering, that there aren’t any other
resellers, we don’t have any competition.
We are calling you the Apple man of New
Zealand, clearly because you are the only
supplier of Apple products in the country, not
only that, as you have said, you are the only
Apple engineer left in the country. You have
now been the Apple man of New Zealand for
20 years; so, holding on to the philosophy “Be
ready to change”, how did you work your way
around it and grow within your channels?
I mentioned external environments affecting
business; in New Zealand, in the early days,
distributors would make certain changes that
would greatly affect a business. It would not have
been possible for me to grow to this extent in the
past due to certain diffculties.
In the past I had to reduce the size of my
business, because of diffculties with the suppliers;
but I could overcome that because I had my
technical knowledge on my side. I will always
have my technical abilities, which can never be
And because of the demise of Renaissance, the
right opportunity came about for us to grow. So, I
guess the right opportunity came about at the right
What is your strategy going forward?
Our strategy is to stay focused and to keep the
brand in the forefront and use our retail side of the
business to develop our B2B. We have 50+ staff,
full time part time weekend staff. We are a mid-
sized business now.
So our strategy is to integrate the specialist
and the retail side, which is the front end of the
business, so we can start looking after larger
organisations, where they deploy Apple systems,
and subsequently get them to make use of our
resources and skills.
I think it is too early to say whether or not we
will open up more stores, but the focus for now is
corporate clients. The keyword here is integration.
Story of migrant success:
Although I’ve spent a huge amount of my
life in New Zealand and not Fiji, and I consider
myself a Kiwi, I understand that we are a minority
here, so I do the best that I can to help the Indian
community here and in Fiji. We are just trying to
create a good example for the younger generation.
Tell us a little bit about the Friends for Fiji
Health Charity:
Friends of Fiji Health, which started almost
3 years back, is a charitable organisation made
up of about six doctors – all specialists, a few
businessman like myself, one politician Dr
Rajindra Prasad, and Ex-Governor general, our
patron, Sir Anand Satyanand.
Basically, what we do is, we take medical
missions to Fiji free of cost. We provide medical
care to the less fortunate in Fiji, at no cost at all. All
the costs are covered by the trustees of the charity.
Apart from that, we fund our meetings here, in
Auckland, ourselves; nothing comes out of the
charity fund.
In a nutshell, for every dollar that we collect,
we deliver $18 worth of services, unlike other
charities, where they deliver 30% if the dollar
collected. The whole purpose is to give back to the
community where we came from.
What about the personal side of Mr Daven
I am a keen sportsman. In the past, I have
played hockey, at a premier level, for New Zealand
Indians and New Zealand Masters. Apart from that
I am a keen Golfer. I even won the Indian golfer of
the year, about two years back.
I also used to play squash; playing sports has
always helped me deal with any frustrations and
work related tensions. These days, sadly, I don’t
get time, with work and my MBA.
What would you suggest to budding
Well you have got to take a certain amount of
calculated risk, take that leap, and you basically
just stay at it.
Do the right thing, get things done, and the
money aspect will fall in to place. Always be ready
to change; if tomorrow things don’t turn out the
way I want them to, I should be ready to face the
Nobody could have predicted the recent
economic downturn; a lot of people, who were
unwilling to change, suffered. The ones, who were
willing, progressed. That is exactly what we did;
waited for the correct opportunity to take the next
Personally for me, I have never run after money.
I believe that, you have to get your priorities right.
You have to set your goals and targets; do the right
thing, and money will follow.
If you can’t give it your all, don’t do it. I have
always done that, with my work, with sports. You
have to be prepared to work hard and be dedicated.
You have to be committed to whatever you
want to do.
I don’t believe in luck; it’s just hard work.
Apple-man of New Zealand: a story of living without fear of loss
Daven Naidu, managing director of Yoobee Retail, speaks to the Indian Weekender of his growth, and how adapting
and being ready for change has been his key to success. Vaibhav Saklani reports.
28 March 2014
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Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi NATI ONAL LI ST MP
28 March 2014
hat has been the highlight of your
journey in New Zealand? What has
given you a sense of achievement?
I came to NZ, 16 years back. I did chartered
accountancy here and have been practicing for
over 15 years now. My company, TAS NZ Ltd,
(Tax and Accounting Services), a chartered
accountancy frm is fourishing with a majority
of our clients being from the Indian community.
I would say, my practice of 15 years, as well
as, my association with the Indian community,
since day one has been very rewarding. We
have gained recognition amongst the Indian as
well as non – Indian community here in NZ.
So that, I guess, is our biggest achievement, the
fact that we are recognised here, within New
Zealand, because of our good work.
Talking a little bit about your role as
Chief Financial Controller of the Pullman
I am the Group Financial Controller of the
entire CP group; out of all the other properties,
Pullman is one of the properties that our group
It’s basically a leadership role within the
accountancy line. My role at the group entails,
fnalising accounts, analysing these accounts,
fling of tax returns for the group companies,
to coordinate and liaise with external chartered
accountants where ever it is required..
I have been associated with this group since
the day I came to New Zealand.
Where do you see yourself within the next
fve years?
The C.P. group is growing, and expanding
to more countries, and I see myself growing
with the group; if the group grows then I grow.
I think of myself as a team player.
In terms of your work, have you ever
received any recognition from the Indian
community in New Zealand?
I have never participated in any award
ceremonies or any other event, as such, but I am
known within the community organisations and
various political circles. So, I have been able to
garner recognition in that sense.
I have in the past been closely associated
with Helen Clarke, Phil Goff, and now John
Key for various organisations. My interaction
with all of them, and other politicians, has
always been on a more personal level, rather
than professional.
Whatever, work that I have done in the past
and will do the future; I haven’t done it with the
expectation of only gaining recognition. But
the fact that we have, is defnitely satisfying.
Not only my business, but my close
association with other groups and voluntary
organisations within the community has helped
me gain social recognition.
How about your family, are they very
supportive of your busy schedules?
I am extremely proud of my family,
especially my wife. She runs the house, the
family and her own school. My work life is
extremely demanding, requiring me to put in
more than 12 hours a day, so the fact that my
wife can take care of everything else, is very
My wife and my two grown up children;
a daughter, who is studying at university and
my son, he is in year 12 make my family life
My wife is an Indian classical music teacher;
we run a music school called Sangeetha
Bharathi and my daughter, is also a trained
Could you tell us a little more about
Sangeetha Bharathi?
It is a Carnatic music school; my wife
teaches about 40 to 50 students, ranging from
5 to 25 years. The school has now been running
for the last 10 years, and I feel like this is our
way of contributing to the Indian community in
New Zealand.
Owing to our music school, we are closely
associated with a number of musical and
cultural shows by prominent over seas and
local artists..
Finally, what would be your message for
the Indian community here in New Zealand?
I believe that whatever we do, we have to do
it to make our community proud. We have to
stick to the right path and follow that.
People anyway hesitate in asking me to
do something wrong; and even if they do, I
wouldn’t. It affects the name of our community
here, and I believe that doesn’t leave a good
impression, at all.
The system, here in New Zealand, is very
clean and I, personally, have never gone array.
So, I think we should stick to the system and
maintain the right approach.
Unfashionably righteous, and, a man who goes by the book
Govardhan (Gordy) Mallela, Group Financial Controller of the C.P. Group, and a Chartered Accountant in TAS NZ
Limited takes time out to speak to the Indian Weekender
-Vaibhav Saklani
28 March 2014
rene Joseph’s spiritual journey over the past
thirty years has been dedicated to helping
people create a more fulflling and meaningful
life. Over the years, her search led her to
becoming a practitioner of Yoga, graduating to
become a qualifed instructor with one of the
foremost teachers in India. Irene’s fascination
with the Mind/Body/Spirit connection led her
to the study and practice of a number of healing
modalities. Her knowledge and experience has
included study under the tutelage of various
Masters of the East and West in Yoga, Reiki,
Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga, Transcendental
Meditation, Magnetic & Pyramid Healing,
Naturopathy, Christian Science, Metaphysical
Healing and clinical Hypnotherapy. She is
a Usui Reiki Master and Healer, and under
the guidance of Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui,
became a certifed Pranic Healer and Arhatic
Yogi. She is also a certifed NLP Practitioner.
In 1995, Irene attended a Silva Seminar.
She then trained to become a Certifed Silva
Instructor. She consequently became a Silva
Master at Laredo, Texas, headquarters of the
world wide Silva Method. The simplicity,
authenticity and effectiveness of the training
prompted Irene to choose the Silva Method
as her preferred teaching method. She
has been instrumental in bringing about
transformational changes to New Zealanders
for over a decade. She is a charismatic and
dynamic teacher, passionate about sharing the
Silva methodology with everyone who desires
to live a more joyous and fulflling life. Irene
takes great pleasure in conducting the Silva
Seminar programs for adults as well as the
Youth Lecture series in New Zealand.
Irene is the Instructor and Director for the
Silva Method in New Zealand. For her, life is
about continuous learning and sharing gifts of
knowledge and wisdom to all who are ready
to receive.
Since 1966, the Silva Method has helped
over 6 million people in 110 countries harness
their minds and improve their lives in various
meaningful ways. Through a scientifc and
time-tested curriculum based on the fndings
of the late founder Jose Silva (the man widely
credited with bringing modern meditation to
the West), the Silva Method has helped its
graduates spark profound and lasting positive
change in their careers, fnances, health,
emotional wellbeing and relationships.
What is the Silva Method?
The Silva Method training is a set of
unique simple guided exercises, creative
visualizations, and positive programming
methods. Students learn how to get into a
relaxed state, frst physically and then mentally.
It then progresses to simple yet highly effective
guided mental techniques,
Using visualisation, imagination, positive
thinking and meditation. it guides the
student to the alpha and theta levels of mind,
which activates the creative, intuitive, and
healing power within. It has been endorsed
by various thought leaders and scientists,
including personal growth icons such as Jack
Canfeld, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Shakti Gawain;
bestselling author Richard Bach, award-
winning neuroscientist Mark Robert Waldman
and oncology research pioneer Dr. O. Carl
How does it work?
The Silva Method teaches you how to
consciously reach and sustain a specifc state
of mental functioning, called the alpha state,
where brainwave frequency corresponds to
7-14 cycles per second.
This is a state you usually experience while
meditating or in light sleep and is associated
with both physical and mental relaxation.
Reaching this state you begin to attain better
control over your mind and you can start
programming this for specifc outcomes
using advanced visualization and imagination
By reprogramming the mind, people use
their inner subconscious mind to overcome
limiting beliefs and negative habits, cultivate
a positive mindset and achieve personal and
business goals. Scientifc studies have since
demonstrated that alpha brain wave activity is
associated with inner levels of mental activity,
tranquillity, rest, inspiration, accelerated
healing, creativity, intuition, learning and
The Silva Method is a step by step proven
program of easy to learn techniques that give
you the essential mental tools for personal
success, health, happiness and spiritual well
“You see, I began with the idea that
a patient’s attitude played a role in
his response to any form of treat-
ment and this could infuence the
course of his disease, I found the
(Silva) Mind Control concepts gave
me a tool to use in teaching the pa-
tient how to begin the interaction
and become involved with his own
health process.” He said The Silva
Method is one of the most power-
ful single tools that I have to offer
the patient.”
Dr. O. Carl Simonton, founder of the Simonton
Research Institute, award winning specialist
and pioneer in imagery therapy for patients
said:“It reduces physical and psychological
stress and boosts immune functioning”
Visit the websites:www.thesilvamethod.co.nz
and www.silvamethod.com
Contact Irene at ijoseph@thesilvamethod.
co.nz or phone on (09) 6279123
In 2010, Mark Robert Waldman, the world-
famous brain researcher and bestselling author
of How God Changes Your Brain said:
“Based on the newest fndings from
Harvard’s recent genetic study on the effects of
relaxation, breathing awareness, and positive
guided imagery, I feel confdent that many of
the methods, as taught by Silva International,
can stimulate gene expression in the brain
that are involved in reducing physical and
psychological stress and boosting immune
functioning .”
The Silva method
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alaysian Airlines, the fag carrier airline
of Malaysia, on Tuesday confrmed
that its fight MH370 is now lost for ever in
the Southern Indian Ocean and there are no
Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Md Nor
Md Yusof said: “As you will be aware, last
night the Prime Minister ofMalaysia, Najjib
Razak, announced new evidence regarding the
disappearance of MH370 on 8th March.”
“Based on this evidence, the Prime
Minister’s message was that we must accept the
painful reality that the aircraft is now lost and
that none of the passengers or crew on board
survived,” he said.
“This is a sad and tragic day for all of
us at Malaysia Airlines. While not entirely
unexpected after an intensive multi-national
search across a 2.24 million square mile area,
this news is clearly devastating for the families
of those on board. They have waited for over
two weeks for even the smallest hope of positive
news about their loved ones,” said Yusof.
The Malaysia Airlines fight, which was
carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew and went
missing since Mar 8.
MH370 is lost, all dead: Malaysia Airlines
ichael Woodhouse should ask how
information which would normally be
available only to Immigration New Zealand has
ended up in the hands of scammers, says Labour’s
Immigration Spokesperson Rajen Prasad.
“The Police say they have received complaints
from at least eleven immigrants who have fallen
victim to these scams. So far the police have no
clues on who the scammers are, but all the victims
known to them are from India.
“There can only be two sources of private
information on immigrants and their applications
for visas - either Immigration New Zealand
or the Visa Application Centres that process
all applications. Visa Application Centres
are businesses operating under contract to
Immigration New Zealand. They are located in
12 countries and, for a fee, receive and process all
applications for visas.
“The Visa Application Centres need to be
organisations held in high trust as they have access
to passports and other private details of applicants.
Similarly immigration New Zealand must also
guarantee private information is thoroughly
“There were over 37,000 applications lodged
through Visa Application Centres in the 2012-13
fnancial year and therefore they urgently need to
ensure the security of the system and applicants’
private information on applicants.
“We need an urgent examination of all
potential sources of the information on applicants
that could be being leaked to the scammers.”
Minister must stop scammers
trong growth in manufacturing saw gross
domestic product (GDP) rise 0.9 percent in the
December 2013 quarter, Statistics New Zealand
said today.
Manufacturing activity grew 2.1 percent,
driven by increases in food, beverage, and tobacco,
and machinery and equipment manufacturing.
Manufacturing activity is now at its highest level
since March 2006.
“While dairy activity fell this quarter, exports
were up strongly, as production from last quarter
was sold overseas,” national accounts manager
Michele Lloyd said.
Wholesale trade, including machinery and
equipment wholesaling, increased 3.2 percent this
quarter. Strong machinery and equipment sales
also led to a 7.5 percent increase in investment in
these goods. Investment in plant, machinery, and
equipment is now at its highest level since the
series began.
The volume of spending by New Zealand
households in the December 2013 year grew
3.4 percent, driven by a 7.4 percent increase in
spending on durable goods. This is the largest
annual increase in spending on durable goods
since June 2005.
NZ GDP up 0.9 % for the last quarter of 2013-14
oreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
has named diplomat Grahame Morton as
New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to
Mr Morton will be based in New Delhi and
cross-accredited to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and
“As members of the Commonwealth New
Zealand and India have a close relationship,”
Mr McCully says.
India is our largest source of skilled migrants
and our second largest market for international
“Two-way goods and services trade exceeds
$1.5 billion and the government has high
expectations for the development of India as
a key economic and political partner for New
Zealand,” Mr McCully says.
Mr Morton is currently the Director of
North Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, and has previously served in Beijing
Morton is new High Commissioner to India
visit :
28 March 2014
he Government and New Zealanders
have worked together to face the
challenges of a country left in recession
by Labour, a global financial crisis, and
devastating earthquakes in Canterbury.
There is still more ahead of us, but our hard
work is paying dividends. As the economy
continues to grow, we are seeing new jobs
being created and unemployment falling.
New Zealand’s annual economic growth of
more than 3 per cent puts us among the top
handful of countries in the developed world.
Our exports are growing as are our
construction and service industries as they
catch up on house building in Auckland and
Christchurch, and that’s spreading around
the country.
Our two-way trade with China is booming
– up from around $9 billion five years ago to
more than $18 billion today. Prime Minister
John Key and Chinese President Xi Jinping
have just set an ambitious new goal for two-
way trade of $30 billion by 2020.
Business confidence is approaching a 20-
year high – with a strong showing for hiring
intentions and investment for growth.
Average wages are increasing faster than
the cost of living, with around 66,000 extra
jobs created in the past year and the outlook
is for further job growth.
Manufacturing activity is now at its
highest level since March 2006. Labour
productivity increased 2.1 per cent in the
year to March – well above the average
annual rate of 1.6 per cent since 1996.
Investment in plant, machinery and
equipment is up 7.5 per cent, confirming
businesses are investing for the long-term to
support productivity and higher wages.
Consumer confidence is running at a
nine-year high. People are not getting carried
away but they are spending a bit more
because they feel more secure about their
jobs and incomes.
Consumer prices rose just 1.6 per cent in
2013 and food prices were up just 0.2 per
cent in the past year.
Interest rates, while increasing, remain
near 50-year lows.
The Government is on track to surplus
next year which we will build on in the
coming years so we can repay debt and
buffer New Zealand from any future shocks.
Providing we stick with the National-led
Government’s successful programme, New
Zealanders can lock in the economic gains
we’re starting to see through more jobs and
higher incomes
We’re on the right
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
ew Zealand cities are dominating the
country but as Kiwis we must remember
that the regions matter. The fact is that the
workers in the regions produce the bulk of our
Returning from the South Island’s West
Coast I couldn’t help thinking about Warner
Bros, SkyCity and Rio Tinto. Imagine the smirks
on their faces when the National Government
shovelled millions into their pockets.
They went on to make billions in profts, but
they didn’t bother returning our investment.
The Government of course made a big hoo-
ha about jobs and investment when they opened
the purse to these giant foreign corporations.
What skilled, well-paid jobs were created by
the huge concessions given to SkyCity? Rio
Tinto got $30 million but we got no guarantee
it won’t close the Bluff aluminium smelter
despite the hand-out.
Why hasn’t the Government made a similar
‘investment’ in the regions where it is a tough
battle, one being the high dollar which makes
their goods rather expensive on the world
market. The sphagnum moss industry is a
typical example, a great niche industry, that’s
suffering through no fault of its own. New
Zealand First’s changes to the Reserve Bank
Act will bring relief to exporters.
The sad fact is the regions have been
neglected, passed over by a Government
backing multi-nationals.
Meanwhile, in the regions industries have
been shutting up shop on a regular basis –
clothing manufacturers, sawmills and mines.
West Coast shop owners are feeling the effects
of less money being spent as jobs are lost and
workers drift away, many to Australia. It is the
same everywhere – jobs go, spending reduces,
businesses close.
On the West Coast we spoke about the need
for New Zealand governments to be fairer in
the way they hand out money.
New Zealand First wants 25 per cent of the
royalties paid for the mining of minerals, such
as coal, limestone, lignite and gold to stay in the
regions. That’s fair.
If this had been in place in 2012-13 more
than $80 million would have gone towards
regional development.
We will let the regions put their share of the
royalties into development. Decision making
would stay local, the regionals would be in
charge of the fund and not politicians in the big
It’s not all doom and gloom on the West
Coast, where the people’s resourcefulness has
seen them through tough times. An example
is a new fsh processing plant is being built in
Greymouth. But even in the fshing industry
there is room for big change in favour of New
Zealand’s welfare. Our fsh should be caught by
Kiwis, we want it processed here, then we can
sell it. It is madness that we allow foreign boats
to scoop up one our prized resources.
The regions matter, let’s support them.
The regions matter
Winston Peters
ne of Labour’s top priorities is to make it
easier to run a business in New Zealand.
Our future depends on healthy small
businesses. When our businesses do well, we
all do well and we create better opportunities
for our children.
That’s why Labour has a suite of policies
that will modernise our economy and enable
our businesses to grow and fourish.
We’re looking at ways to simplify the
tax system because our small businesses are
spending too much time and money on tax
compliance. If small business owners could
simply and easily do their taxes, they’d be able
to focus on what they do best: contributing to
the economy.
We also need a pool of investment that
businesses can draw on to expand and export,
upping our national income. A universal
Kiwisaver will provide this.
A capital gains tax will encourage people to
invest in productive New Zealand businesses
rather than speculating on property (this tax
will exclude the family home).
We’ll give tax breaks to businesses
that invest in research and development,
encouraging breakthroughs and innovations we
can market to the rest of the world.
The New Zealand of the future will require
an energetic, high-skills workforce so our
young people are central to our plans: we want
to get them into work, education or training.
A procurement policy is a necessity. Kiwi
businesses should always be at the front of the
queue when the government is considering a
big purchase. Taxpayer money should never be
spent on overseas products that could be made
here by Kiwi businesses for a fair price.
China, the USA, Singapore and many other
countries have procurement policies, but in
New Zealand, statistics aren’t even kept on the
proportion of government contracts awarded to
our own businesses.
Meanwhile, we will not let the high dollar
strangle New Zealand businesses. We will
overhaul the Reserve Bank Act to give proper
weight to important economic considerations
such as jobs and the exchange rate, not solely
to infation.
New Zealand’s small and medium-sized
businesses tend to be good corporate citizens
that pay their obligations, yet it’s been estimated
that Facebook would pay about 100-times more
tax here than it does if it were based in New
Zealand and a good corporate citizen. We’re
looking at options for a fairer system.
National is the party of big business,
not small and medium business. When they
introduce additional compliance like requiring
employers to collect child support, it’s easy
if you have an HR department, but every
small business-owner knows the true cost of
that kind of regulatory creep. Since 2008 on
average 2500 fewer small businesses have been
established every year.
Labour will keep things simple. From small
business, big businesses are born. Our future
depends on healthy small business.
We’re a hardworking and smart nation
that deserves an effcient economy, so our
businesses can fourish and leave a legacy of
prosperity for the next generation.
David Shearer
Our future depends on healthy small business
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28 March 2014
he uncertainty faced by businesses and
tourists in the adventure tourism industry
over safety audits has been created by the Prime
Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key, and
he needs to fx it, Labour’s Tourism spokesperson
Darien Fenton says.
“It was John Key who ordered a review of the
risks and safety of adventure tourism operations
back in 2010. He promised tourists and families
that he intended to make this industry safe.
“The then Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson,
made a big song and dance about implementing
new standards, while current Minister Simon
Bridges jumped on the bandwagon to announce
that there would be at least three providers doing
the audits.
“What we weren’t told was these were not-
for proft-organisations and no funding would be
made available to assist them to do this important
“Two of those providers dropped out, and the
remaining one, Outdoors New Zealand, was left
to do all the work. It has now been forced to put
all audits on hold because of cash fow problems.
“Adventure activity providers are obliged
under the Health and Safety (Adventure
Activity) regulations to complete a safety audit
by November 1, yet no-one seems to know what
will happen if it can’t be completed.
“These people have no certainty about
forward bookings, or for that matter the survival
of their businesses, and users have no certainty
that safety standards are being implemented.
“This shambles has the Prime Minister’s
fngerprints all over it. He needs to clean it up
before our international tourism reputation is
seriously affected.”
Darien Fenton, Tourism Spokesperson for
Labour Party
Adventure tourism
shambles has PM’s
fingerprints all over it
n accord between the newly established
$100 million NEXT Foundation and
the Government was signed in Nelson by
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.
“The NEXT Foundation is an incredible
deed of generosity which has the potential to
deliver huge steps forward for conservation in
New Zealand. This Accord is about providing
the right framework for DOC to partner with
the Foundation and to ensure we maximise the
conservation gains from this huge investment,”
Dr Smith says.
“There are two key elements to the Accord.
The frst is in ensuring these funds go to new
projects that are out and above the work the
Government would have ordinarily done. The
second is in providing a commitment that the
conservation gains are maintained into the
“This Accord builds on the very successful
partnership of Project Janszoon. We have
shown what is possible in the Abel Tasman
National Park through that project and now
want to formalise the partnership to enable
other game-changing conservation initiatives
around the country.
“This Accord with the NEXT Foundation is
part of DOC’s new direction of partnering with
businesses and community groups to protect
New Zealand’s special places and species for
future generations.”
Minister signs new
conservation accord
lectricity demand has fallen 2%, yet prices
still continue to rise, says Labour’s Energy
spokesperson David Shearer.
“If National’s electricity market was
working, prices would be falling. The fact is the
market is broken.
“Despite National’s support for more
transparency for electricity consumers, it’s
moving in exactly the opposite direction.
“Energy Minister, Simon Bridges’ decision
yesterday to change the way electricity price
increases are calculated is designed to disguise
the fact that electricity prices are rapidly going
up. It is clear the Minister wants to hide that
“Mr Bridge’s decision to change the way
electricity price increase methodology means
that increases cannot be compared with previous
years, so we won’t be able to see just how much
prices have increased since the market came
into operation. This is designed to minimise the
impact of price increases.
“This new method of calculation will come
into effect for the June quarter - just in time for
the election. How cynical is that?
“I call on Mr Bridges to guarantee the
transparency that consumers deserve.
“In the past two months tens of thousands of
households have received their bills with steep
price hikes. Those latest increases will come
through in the next round, just in time for the
new calculations. The new way of measuring
electricity price increases will make them seem
smaller than they really are.
“Electricity prices in the last quarter have
continued their upward climb promising a hard
winter for most New Zealanders.”
-David Shearer
Power charge
changes cynical
ational must restart contributions to the
Super Fund when it gets the books back
into surplus as the government books would
be $2.2 billion better off if contributions had
not been stopped, says Labour’s Finance
spokesperson David Parker.
“New fgures show that the Super Fund –
one of the great successes of the last Labour
Government – continues to go from strength to
“But it could have been much better. The
Guardians of the New Zealand Super Fund say
that as of 30 June 2013 the NZ Super Fund was
$10.8 billion smaller than it would have been if
contributions had continued, with $2.2 billion
of foregone investment gains.
“The fund returned $4.51 billion in the past
twelve months at a rate of over 21 per cent.
That is half a billion more than the National
Government raised from its failed asset sales
“Given those fgures it is astonishing that
National still refuses to resume contributions to
the Fund until around 2020.
“That’s six years away. By then National
would have suspended contributions for 12
years while trying to maintain the pretence they
are pre-funding superannuation.
“We will have foregone billions of dollars
in returns by then. New Zealand can’t afford
to lose that sort of money with the ballooning
cost of New Zealand Superannuation forecast
to exceed the cost of education in just three
years’ time.
“Labour will restart contributions to the
Super Fund when the books are back in the
black, ramping them up over time,” says David
Super Fund
contributions must
restart on surplus
ustice Minister Judith Collins today
announced appointments to the Alcohol
Regulatory and Licensing Authority, Customs
Appeal Authority,
Weathertight Homes Tribunal, Private
Security Personnel Licensing Authority and
Real Estate Agents Authority.
Roger Gill of Kapiti has also been
reappointed as the Private Security Personnel
Licensing Authority for a term of three years.
The Authority considers applications for
licences and certifcates for people working in
the security and private investigators industries.
Rotorua District Judge James Weir has been
appointed deputy chairperson of the Alcohol
Regulatory and Licensing Authority for a term
of one year. Ms Collins also announced the
appointment of Wellington Barrister, Grant
Pearson, to the Customs Appeal Authority for
a term of fve years.
Denese Bates QC has been appointed a
member of the Real Estate Agents Authority,
the oversight body of the real estate industry.
Her appointment is for three years.
Ms Collins also announced the reappointment
for two years of Peter Andrew, Paul Cogswell
and Martha Roche of Auckland as members of
the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.
Ms Collins congratulates Judge Weir, Mr
Pearson, Mr Andrew, Mr Cogswell, Ms Roche,
Mr Gill and Ms Bates on their appointments.
Minister announces
new appointments
28 March 2014
Auckland celebrates fun-filled Holi
his past weekend, the Waitakere Indian Association (March 22)
and the ISKCON Temple (March 23) hosted Holi festivities for the
community to come and enjoy with their family and friends. The fun and
frolic that ensued is very visible in the moments captured below.
At the Waitakere Indian Associations’s Holi celebrations even the Hon,
Minister Paula Bennett could not resist the call for Holi fervour. The
community gathered at the Trust Grounds in Waitakere enjoyed the music
and the performance and as the day grew the colors were shining bright.
“ Holi is celebrated by playing with colours
and we may have different complexions
but once we are covered with the barrage
of colours we all look the same. That is the
wider message of Holi, that we are all the
same if we put away the differences and for
once we enjoy with the young and the old.”
This was so prevalent at Waitakere Holi
that even Hon. Minister was seen chasing
her daughter and pasting them with co-
lours and the girls returned the favour.
President of WIA
Waitakere Ward Councilor and President of Waitakere
Licensing Trust Linda Cooper Commended Waitakere
Indian Association For their Hardwork.
Minister Of Social Development Paula Bennett and MP
for Waitakere commented that Waitakere Indian Associa-
tion did the best Holi Celebrations.
Waitakere Indian Association Offcials were frequently ambushed by Holi Revellers
Courtesy Waitakere Indian Association
28 March 2014
Auckland celebrates fun-filled Holi
he Radha-Krishna temple in Riverhead, Kumeu was the venue for the holi on Sunday, March 23. Unlike
the previous weekend haunted by cyclone Lusi and overcast conditions, the sun was shining bright
for Holi this weekend. A mix of youngsters, families and elderly were all gathered here to play holi. The
common element was a youthful exuberance and the zest to greet one and all with ‘gulaal’ (coloured dye).
The water canon went off at regular intervals and people broke into a rain dance of sorts. The music was
almost reminiscent of Krishna putting his disciples in a trance. Nothing could topple the joy, but then a
nibble of the heavenly blessed food satiated the celebrants.
At the end of the evening, beautifully painted faces emerged, one face indistinguishable from the other,
the colours that the society here in New Zealand celebrates as multi-culturalism, wrapped the people playing
holi in its band.
A beautiful day drew to a close with long hours in the shower and a bagful of colorful whites.
Photo credits: Ashima Kang and
Vasant Koli
Courtesy ISKCON Temple
28 March 2014
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ama means the indweller, the Atma (Self,
Absolute Consciousness) or the Atma
Rama. Rama can only be born as the son
of Dasaratha, (Dasa - ten, Ratha - chariot
or body). Why? Dasaratha is one who has
conquered all his ten senses (senses of action
and perception). Rama can only be born in
Ayodhya (Yudha - ‘confict’, Ayodhya - ‘no
confict’) as it signifes a place where no confict
can enter the human mind. The three wives of
Dasaratha (Kaushaliya, Sumitra and Kaikeiy)
represent the three Gunas (Qualities): Satwa
(purity), Rajas (activity) & Tamas (indolence)
respectively. The four sons Rama, Lakshmana,
Bharata and Shatrughana represent the four
Vedas: Yajur Veda, Rig Veda, Saama Veda &
Atharva Veda respectively. They also represent
the four Purushaarthas (Goals of Life):
Dharma (Right Conduct), Artha (Prosperity),
Kama (Desires) and Moksha (Liberation).
Sita represents Manas (Mind) and Brahma
Janana (Awareness of the Universal Absolute),
which the individual must acquire and regain
through undergoing efforts in Life. Rama
(Atma) cannot enter into any active participation
in life unless wedded to Sita (Mind). She came
from the Earth and at end entered into the
Earth too. No one knows from where the Mind
comes and where it disappears during Samadhi
(Trance). This is Maya (Delusion). Sita gave up
the luxuries of Ayodhya to be with Rama, in the
period of “exile.” But when she casted longing
eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she
lost the Presence of Rama. This means Janana
(wisdom) is let down by desires of sense objects.
The result was separation. Renunciation leads
to joy and attachment brings about grief. Be in
the world, but not of it.
During the search for Sita (Brahma Janana),
Rama met Sughriva (Viveka - Discrimination)
and Hanuman (Sahaas - Courage) in a
mountain Rishhyamukha (Detachment). He
destroyed Vali (Kroorta - cruelty). Hanuman
crossed the ocean of delusion by chanting
Rama’s Name. Later, the Setu (Bridge) was
built over the Ocean of Delusion. Vibhishana,
Ravana and Kumbhakarna represent three
Gunas (Qualities): Satwa, Rajas and Tamas
respectively. At end, Ravana representing
ego, lust & desires was killed. And so his son
Indrajit and brother Kumbhakarna.
The Ramayana should not be treated merely
as the story of Rama. The frst requisite is
to know what is right, and then it has to be
practised. There is no meaning in merely
repeating the name, “Rama, Rama, and Rama”.
The Rama Principle has to be fully understood,
which is a combination of the Divine in the
human and the human in the Divine. Rama
is the embodiment of Dharma (Codes of
Morality & Righteousness) that hold mankind
together in Love and Unity. HE exemplifed
how people should conduct themselves in the
world, how a country should be governed, how
the integrity and morality of human beings
should be protected. He exemplifed the ethical
codes governing the individual, the family and
the society. Rama is the embodiment of Good
actions, ideal qualities and sacred thoughts
which are basic foundations of character. He
acted upon the injunction: ‘Speak truth. Practise
The Ramayana gives the key to human
liberation: the value of Detachment from
objective pursuits, and the need to become
aware of the Divine in every being. All
scholarship and religious observances are of no
value without such a mental transformation.
(From the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
The Spiritual Essence of Ramayana
Ravinder Grover
The Ramayana should
not be treated merely as
the story of Rama. The
frst requisite is to know
what is right, and then
it has to be practised.
There is no meaning in
merely repeating the
name, “Rama, Rama, and
28 March 2014
hen Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj,
the Guru and his teachings arrive here
in Auckland, on 15th April for 5 days, it will
be your chance to bathe in the splendor.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, of ‘Science of
Spirituality’ will speak at a seminar and
address two public meetings. The Seminar,
on ‘Meditation,’ will be held on April 16
at 2 pm, followed by the public lecture on
‘Peace through Spiritual Growth’ at 7 pm
at Langham Hotel in Auckland city. Sant
Rajinder Singh Ji will deliver his second
public address on ‘Explore Inner Treasures’
on April 18 at the same venue at 6 pm.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s life and
work can be summed up as a continuous
journey of love and selfless service. He has
helped people from all walks of life connect
to their true selves by teaching them the art of
meditation. Follow his travels throughout the
world and you will discover that his message
gleams with the principles of human unity,
spiritual fellowship, and selfless service.
As head of Science of Spirituality, Sant
Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is internationally
recognized for his work toward promoting
inner and outer peace through spirituality.
Among his many awards and tributes are
five honorary doctorates in recognition of
his tireless efforts.
Born in India and educated as a
scientist, he has a keen understanding of
both mysticism and science. He received
his spiritual education from two of India’s
greatest spiritual Masters: Sant Kirpal Singh
Ji Maharaj (1894–1974) and Sant Darshan
Singh Ji Maharaj (1921–1989).
He earned his master’s degree in the United
States and had a distinguished twenty-year
career in science and communications. His
training in both of these disciplines has helped
him express age-old mystical teachings in
clear, logical language. Sant Rajinder Singh
Ji Maharaj says it is our birthright to know
God. He travels the globe giving talks, holding
meditation seminars and offering initiation into
meditation on the inner Light and Sound, all
free of charge. He is a constant support amid
the ups and downs of life and a guide and
companion on the spiritual journey.
A true spiritual Master seeks nothing for
himself. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
lives on his own earnings and accepts no
donations. His only wish is to help connect
people with their true essence as soul.
Further information about his visit and the
public meetings can be obtained from:
Andrew Murray on 027 4767674 (in English),
(in Hindi and Punjabi):
Baljinder Kaur on 021 08361606 / 09 2780775
Neeraj Sabharwal on 021 2997410 / 09
Email: nzinfo@sos.org;
Website: www.sos.org/nzl/NewZealand
“We live in an age
which is very scientifc.
We’re not living in an
age where people be-
lieve things because of
blind faith. In this day
and age, whatever we
believe in, we need to
experience. We call our
organization the Science
of Spirituality because
we feel that spirituality
also has a scientifc bear-
ing. We do not want to
believe unless we experi-
ence something, unless
we can have a verifable
- Sant Rajinder Singh Ji
Like the rays of the sun,
the teachings will shine on you
28 March 2014
wise man told me that the reason we
move to new countries is because we are
either running from or running to something.
I laughed and thought he was crazy. I just
wanted a change; there was no rationale to my
choice. The more I thought about it, the more I
realized he was right. I wasn’t just running from
something, I was sprinting as far as I could.
What I didn’t realize was that this choice has
now started the foundation of my future. Just
like a tattoo, that frst little taste and you want
more and more. No turning back.
After spending almost half of my life in
India, I decided to travel, “settle down”, or take
part in the “real world.” I wanted to see what
else the world had to offer. So I tagged along
with my hubby and moved from Auckland –
City of Sails. Being an inherently optimist, I
was all ready to take on to life with open arms.
It’s been 3 years now since I took that leap &
dived into the unknown world, and I’ve learned
more than I could ever condense into one
article. Moving to another country alone allows
you to see new parts of this amazing planet,
meet interesting people from all over, immerse
yourself in new cultures, try new things, gain
new skills, and overall better yourself as a
human being. What they always fail to mention,
however, is that not every moment of your
journey will be awe inspiring, life changing,
Instagram-worthy magic. While there are a
plethora of those magical moments, let me drop
some truth bombs on you.
1. There is SO. MUCH. PAPERWORK.
So you’ve decided to move to another
country? Great! Now you just need to sign
your life away to two different governments.
Getting a work visa was the most frustrating,
time consuming, redundant, and expensive
ordeal. The process included very specifc
guidelines, a lot of fne print, a lot of fees, a
lot of poorly maintained websites, and a lot
of long phone calls to various offces (where
I received all sorts of contradicting answers to
my questions). It was the biggest relief of my
life when I received that big envelope, though.
The courier man did not understand my tears
of joy and relief, or my attempts to hug him…
(Well, not quite really)
2. Long distance is hard.
At this point in time, I think everyone
knows that long distance relationships aren’t
easy. While this is painfully true, what no one
ever tells you is how diffcult long distance
friendships can be. When you’re living on
different continents, there won’t be any of
those wine, chocolate, and life-chat kind of
nights. That type of comfort can’t always be
felt through a staticky Skype call. You’ll lead
very different lives in very different places;
your daily gossip will no longer coincide. The
people with whom you once shared every detail
may become the people who only “like” your
Facebook statuses, but never ask about your
day. Don’t forget that though they may not
have moved across the world, your friends are
on their own journey. Ask about their day.
3. You can’t escape yourself.
People always talk about how much
traveling changes you. I think people often
forget that no matter how far away you go, you
can’t escape yourself. Moving far away doesn’t
guarantee a dramatic transformation. If you’re
hung up on an ex in Chicago, you’ll be hung up
on him in Italy. If
you have crippling anxiety in Mumbai,
you’ll be anxious in Morocco. If you hate
being alone in Georgia, you’ll hate being alone
in Germany. Moving abroad will change you,
but you can’t expect it to solve your biggest
problems. Being alone in a new place forces
you to face yourself and your problems head
on. Moving abroad isn’t a simple solution for
the deeper problems plaguing your mind. Even
if you were to move to the moon, you always
take yourself with you. As a fortune cookie so
insightfully once told me, “No matter where
you go, there you are”.
4. You still get sick.
Nothing makes you feel more like a helpless
child than sickness. Being sick while your
mother is on the other side of the world is
simply unfair. I’m supposedly a fully formed
adult, but when I’m sick I still want my mommy
to make me soup and clean up after me. My
mother is now a 24 hour plane ride away, which
doesn’t exactly make it practical to go home
and be taken care of when I’m sick. Therefore
I must make my own soup (read: microwave
store bought soup) and clean up after myself.
Adult life is rough sometimes.
5. Life at home goes on without you.
Moving to another country requires
sacrifce. You’ll miss holidays, birthdays, your
brother getting a puppy, and Friday happy
hours, just to name a few. You’ll be off having
your own adventures, and hopefully having the
time of your life. Sometimes, though, you’ll
see that one picture on Facebook of all your
friends at your favourite bar, and your heart
will shatter. You’ll realize that everyone’s lives
don’t actually revolve around you, and that they
are all carrying on without you. Life is moving
on, and you’re missing a chunk of it. You’ll be
missing in the pictures, you’ll be on the outside
of the new inside jokes. In this age of social
media, it’s impossible to avoid reminders of
what you’re missing back home. Some days it
won’t affect you. Some days a simple Snapchat
can send you into a chocolate-binging cry-fest
of homesickness. Hey, but its not that bad,
thanks to the technology boom, SKYPE &
WHATSAPP have become our soul savers.
6. The Conversion Factor
Apart from the cultural shock, there is also
a conversion shock. You suddenly realise that
every dollar counts more & your mind boggles
with converting every penny from NZD to
Indian rupee. I suffered a minor heart attack
every time I did that, till I realised that I had to
STOP, in order to save my sanity.
Well, ultimately there is nothing much you
can do but ACCEPT the reality & live on. For
after all, “the best thing one can do when it is
raining is let it rain.”
7. No matter how you plan to avoid it, you
do grow up.
One of my main reasons for running away to
Auckland was to avoid growing up. Somewhere
along the way, when I wasn’t looking, I grew up
(and I guess it wasn’t as bad as I expected). I
may have avoided the 9-5 “real world” for now,
but I’m a fully functioning adult out on my own
in a very real world. This whole process forces
independence and responsibility on you. Your
mom and dad and roommate are on another
continent, in another time zone, (probably) not
reminding you to clean your room and eat your
vegetables. There’s no one to nag you until you
wash your dishes, and you’ll have to buy your
own toilet paper no matter where you move.
You’ll fgure out all the subtleties of adulthood
that they never teach you in school (that’s what
the Internet is for, right?), and you’ll realize
that maybe being an adult isn’t the worst thing.
Moving abroad is not always a vacation, but
it is always a journey. It certainly has both
its positive and negative aspects, but living
abroad will change you and your life in the
absolute best way.
If you feel this article deeply resonates with
you, then remember I am all ears to hear back
from you!
Stuff No One Ever Tells You About Living Abroad
Random strangers smile at you or better
yet, start a conversation. Do not take it as
an invitation that they like you. Everyone
thanks the bus driver when they reach
their destination. Kebab is not a sheesh
kebab, it’s a shwarma. Taking a cab is
a luxury! You’d rather walk! Prices for
products change from shop to shop. “Wh”
is pronounced as “Fuh”. For example:
Whakatane is pronounced as Fuh-ka-tah-
nay. ‘Bring a plate’ refers to bringing food
to share, not just an empty plate. Kiwi
slang: Togs – Swim wear, ta – thanks, suss
– to sort out, jandals – slippers/fip fops,
etc. Wearing socks and ‘jandals’ are cool!
When people say ‘sweet as’, they are say-
ing “it’s good”, and not talking about your
- Selina Nihalani
Migrant Tales
Zee Shah
Despite the outer beauty there is a dark side to New Zealand when you’re a student. Here
are 10 things I did not know about this charming country. Lack of jobs. Illegal payment to
employees (Not via IRD and not the minimum wage). Whether a degree from Auckland
Uni or any college/institute no one really cares. Full medicals is a must. Buying a car is
cheaper than public transport. There are more clothing brands in a 3rd world country but not
here. Feminine pampering is way too expensive. Immigration NZ is as slow and ignorant as
government organizations in India.New Zealand experience is only taken into account even
if you have worked for three years in a reputed frm in India. The only booming careers here
are teaching, nursing and farming.
- Fiona Dpenha
Looking forward to the rosy picture set as I packed my bags to leave for New Zealand. As
you arrive you are awe struck with the beauty of the country and the ever friendly kiwis.
However eventually life hits you with a bang, as your money depletes and the bills keep on
increasing and you realize you cannot really depend on your parents to support you with
money thanks to the always falling rupee rate. The herculean task of searching for a job
grows slimmer as all the jobs look out for New Zealand work experience. Well how will
I gain experience if no one is ready to give me a job? Even if you do get a job your visa
permits you only 20 hours and as soon as you realize your salary is over the day it arrives in
your account. However in time you do realize how to manage your fnances and take life as
it comes anyway no one ever said life is easy.
-Rochelle Diaz
Reader Speak
28 March 2014
I was given a much better impression
of the universities than they actually are.
I wasn’t impressed with the education
system here. That said, I know that some
technical courses are taught really well
here. I was told TradeMe will help me fnd
accommodation. Every post in TradeMe
mentioned how well connected and close
to the bus stop the house was. I wasn’t told
that bus frequencies are the worst. I also
wasn’t told that the New Zealand defni-
tion of ‘close’ differs from the rest of the
world. Some people told me there are NO
jobs. That is not true. I agree though that
the ideal job is very, very hard to come by.
I was given an impression that it is not very
expensive. Because international education
here is cheaper than going to other parts of
the world. However, I wasn’t told that the
cost of living is extremely high. My friends
in the US have a huge slice of pizza with a
drink for $2. ;)
- Alisha Iyer
NZ the safest country in the world .... far
from what I thought it would be, especially
talking about life in Auckland CBD. The
city is full of drug taking beggars who
would not request but demand money out
of you for help and when the help is not
extended we start hearing racist comments.
Dark lanes in the city are dangerous to
cross from as you often see females being
touched and troubled often scared to go out
late in the evening. Anyhow NZ is not what
I thought it would be especially when it
come to safety for the coloured.
-Kapil Anand
Clear night sky, with brilliant full moon,
stars as near as clear twinkling at me!!!
Gush of spine chilling touching my cheeks
playing with my hair my frst acquaintance
with NZ. I landed with my partner, to start
a new journey a new phase, in December
2012. After fghting with month long jet
lag, fnally I admired the unmatchable
beauty around me, I originally belong to
the Himalayas, greenery, peaceful, natural
things were always my cup of tea. And
now here I am enjoying every bit of it. NZ
always made me feel home away from
home. Whenever I miss the Indian spicy
snacks, Sandringham just vanishes that
urge. Friendly shop owners with warm
welcoming smiles, delicious Indian food.
That is the million dollar happiness you
get to fnd it somewhere you least expect.
It’s diffcult to sum up my story but I had d
most amazing time here till now and expect
it to remain full of excitement adventure n
- Meghna Baloonie
The ‘Kiwi’ people are as good as any other people I have come across in my life. The work
place is here is rather casual. I felt a bit odd wearing suits and dress shirts at the offce where
my bosses were in Jeans and T-shirts. I guess one gets used to everything with time and that
is what happened with me as well. For someone working and earning in New Zealand, I think
house rents are not too absurd. Apart from the leaky homes, lack of good clothing brands and
extremely expensive tomatoes in the winters, New Zealand is a wonderful place to live spe-
cially for a couple. However, I am not sure if this is a place your kids would want to grow up.
-Shanzey Shah Hassan
Moving to a new country can truly be an experience like none other. For most people, it is
one of the most important decisions of their lives, perhaps even more important than decid-
ing whether to get married or not. Having spent a few years in the UK, I was not as nervous
as someone moving abroad for the frst time would be, however fear of the unknown was still
visiting my mind every now and then. Trying to be as pro-active as I could be, I started ap-
plying for jobs a few weeks prior to my departure to New Zealand. I was then working as an
International Marketing Offcer in Pakistan for one of UK’s best Universities. After arriving
at the very picturesque Auckland, I soon started to realise that life in New Zealand was not as
calm and tranquil as the place itself. It took me two months to fnd a job that I thought was a
considerably better start in a new country as compared to the ‘Call Centre’ offers I had been
receiving. -
- Hassan Tariq
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over three
years since I bought a one-way fight to
Auckland. I had heard mysterious rumors
of the friendliness of the Kiwi people, and
when I was backpacking around the world.
I met many people from New Zealand, and
I was struck by how kind they were. That
being said, I was not prepared for just how
friendly and sweet everyone is in New Zea-
land. And I mean EVERYONE! Not even
exaggerating. From the shopkeepers to the
bartenders to the average person walking
down the street, if there is one thing you
can always count on in New Zealand is
just how lovely and friendly everyone is.
Moving abroad is scary. Moving abroad to
a new country without knowing a single
person is absolutely terrifying. However,
picking a place with super friendly people
has made all the difference. New Zealand
is ridiculously beautiful. No matter where
you are in the entire country, you are likely
a stone’s throw away from a place that will
make your jaw drop open in awe. This is
probably my favorite thing about NZ. I
need beautiful landscapes and lush natural
spots to feel comfortable and at peace.
Lucky for me, New Zealand has just that.

-Kunal Haridasani
Well I was told that jobs are not a problem
at all and you will get a minimum of wage
of NZD20. Also the consultant told me
that Indian experience gets counted, when
you apply, but nothing seems to be true
here. The diffculties are plenty, but its up
to oneself to make something out of the
- Charu Kathait
Every time a relative, friend or an acquaintance is planning to move from your
native country to New Zealand, one is plagued by hundreds of queries and a
constant need for attention. Indian Weekender has a few solutions to those woes.
For people migrating to New Zealand, just send them the checklist of what not to
do. Let them know not to get any ethnic food and spices and ‘masalas’, they are all
easily available here. Definitely tell them to shed their shyness and be willing to ask,
as people here are more than happy to help. The cultural amalgamation in NZ might
give a few people, a culture shock, but let them know its ‘Sweet As Bro...’
The place, the people, the food, the language...nothing is alien as long as you are
willing to appreciate what New Zealand has to offer.
While there are a lot many positives that we would want to share, a few warnings
are a must, and we decided it is better they come from the horses mouth. We have
a mix of students, professionals, young families who have recently moved to New
Zealand sharing how their expectations were met or thwarted by NZ’s reality. So we
let the readers have a say, read on to reminiscence your own experiences.
To be honest, my decision to study in New
Zealand can at best be described impulsive
if not just random. It was one day that I
read about the country in Lonely Planet,
and decided to come here and study, the
next. And unlike most impulsive choices,
I can say with confdence that this one
changed my life for the better! Besides the
scenic beauty, the amazing landscapes, the
plethora of options for outdoor activities &
adventures, what I love about New Zealand
is that, it has given me time, time to refect
– on who I am, things I want to do and the
places I want to go. It is a place that has
given me a lot of exposure, amazing con-
versations with some truly brilliant people
that I met on the way and the opportunity
to do things I’d never thought I’d do. -
-Nikhita Khanduri
28 March 2014
JP veteran L.K. Advani will contest the
Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar in
Gujarat while prime ministerial candidate
Narendra Modi will fght from a second seat
from Vadodara in the same state, the party
Modi is also contesting from Varanasi in
Uttar Pradesh, while senior leader Dr. Murali
Manohar Joshi will contest from Kanpur.
The decision was taken after a long meeting
of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s central election
committee, which was not attended by Advani.
Reports said Advani was keen on contesting
from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal.
Among other senior leaders BJP has felded
Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha constituency
in Madhya Pradesh, party President Rajnath
Singh, from Lucknow, and Sadhvi Uma Bharti
from Jhansi.
Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
was given a ticket from Jaipur Rural while
Bollywood actress Hema Malini will contest
from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Smt. Kirron
Kher from Chandigarh and General Retd. V.K.
Singh from Ghaziabad.
Varun Gandhi , sitting MP will contest
from Sultanpur.
Dushyant Singh, son of Rajasthan Chief
Minister Vasundhara Raje, will fght from
Jhalawar in the state.
Jagdambika Pal, who joined the BJP
Wednesday, will contest from Domariaganj in
Uttar Pradesh. He represented the constituency
as a Congress member in the 15th Lok Sabha.
In Bihar, party leader Ashwini Kumar
Choubey will fght from Buxar.
This was the ffth list announced by the BJP
in which 67 candidates, including 10 women,
were named.
Advani gets Gandhinagar, Modi to also fght
from Vadodara
wo dimpled beauties from Bollywood will
be taking on the controversial and four-
time Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal
here in the Lok Sabha battle.
Actress Kirron Kher, 58, has been felded
by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has added glamour
quotient to the Chandigarh contest by felding
actress Gul Panag, 35.
Facing them will be Bansal, 65, a former
railway minister who quit Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh’s cabinet after his nephew
was caught with Rs.90 lakh, meant to secure a
lucrative post for a railway offcer.
There is a third woman candidate too in
Chandigarh: Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP)
Jannat Jahan, 34, a local municipal councillor.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Chandigarh
saw just one woman contestant.
At the outset, both Kher and Panag will have
to fght out the charge that they are ‘outsiders’
in Chandigarh.
Even though Kher was born and brought
up in Chandigarh and her sister lives here
and Panag’s father too is settled here, both
celebrities live in Mumbai.
Kher could face opposition from three
top BJP leaders -- Chandigarh BJP president
Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain and
former union minister Harmohan Dhawan. All
three wanted the Chandigarh ticket.
“The ladies have just about 25 days to
prove their credentials as serious politicians to
the electorate in Chandigarh. They will have
to ward off criticism that they are parachute
candidates who don’t really have a link to
Chandigarh,” Shrieya, a student and frst-time
voter, told IANS.
Outgoing MP Bansal, who won from
Chandigarh in 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2009 but
lost in 1996 and 1998, will have to toil hard this
time with the union territory’s electorate of over
5.80 lakh.
In 2009, Bansal defeated his BJP rival by
nearly 60,000 votes. Nearly 65 percent of the
city voters exercised their franchise in 2009
compared to a dismal 50 percent in 2004.
Even though Bansal was not named in
the case registered by the Central Bureau of
Investigation in the scam involving his close
family members and associates in May 2013,
he was forced to resign as the railway minister.
The taint continues to haunt Bansal. This is
his frst major election after the episode.
“Bansal became quite a villain after his
relatives were caught red-handed taking huge
sums of bribes. His otherwise clean image
has taken a beating. His family and relatives
prospered in recent years as his political stature
grew. The voters could teach him a lesson
this time,” businessman Arun Bharadwaj told
Both Kher and Panag are sure to woo the
45.7 percent women voters in Chandigarh. The
young voters (18-25 years) constitute over 19
percent of the electorate. Voters 25-to-40 years
old form nearly 40 percent.
“I am happy the BJP has given me the ticket
to contest. I was born and brought up here.
My family still lives here,” Kher said after her
name was announced by the BJP late Saturday.
A former Miss India, Panag was propped up
by the AAP after the party’s original candidate,
Savita Bhatti, wife of the late Jaspal Bhatti,
refused to contest saying the local AAP unit
was not cooperating with her.
Chandigarh seat: Two heroines and a ‘villain’
-Jaideep Sarin
hushwant Singh, author, journalist,
commentator, wit and raconteur par
excellence, died at his home here Thursday
morning, in his 100th year of birth, after having
led a life that, in the words of his son, “touched
the stars” and left an indelible and acerbic mark
on Indian journalism and contemporary writing.
A recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s
second highest civilian honour, Khushwant
Singh authored some internationally renowned
books like “Train to Pakistan”, many short
stories, essays and countless commentaries.
His last work: “The Good, The Bad and The
Ridiculous” was published in October 2013.
A self-confessed lecher but honest and
upright, Khushwant Singh always enjoyed his
evening drinks.
Born in Hadali, now in Pakistan, he had,
among others, served as the editor of The
Illustrated Weekly of India, where his column,
“With malice towards one and all”, fagged with
the bulb symbol with his caricature inside, made
him an iconic fgure.
Known for his colourful writings, sharp sense
of humour and love for the good life, Khushwant
Singh’s writings weren’t just limited to novels
and short stories, and his oeuvre ranged from
political commentary to contemporary satire.
He was also very close to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh whom he supported through
thick and thin. “A gifted author, candid
commentator and a dear friend. He lived a
truly creative life,” the prime minister said in a
Khushwant Singh
dies at 99
he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected
Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik’s
induction into the party, hours after he joined
the country’s main opposition earlier in the day.
Muthalik on Sunday joined the party at a
function in Hubli which was attended by BJP
leaders including state party chief Prahlad Joshi
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told
media, “The central BJP has clearly rejected the
admission of the head of the Sri Ram Sen…this
message has been conveyed to the state party.”
Muthalik had earlier protested against
Valentines Day celebrations n the country.
His group had carried out an attack on young
women at a pub in Mangalore in 2009.
AAP leader Ashutosh earlier in the day
tweeted: “ Muthalik admission in BJP shows
that girls were beaten up three years back at the
behest of BJP and RSS endorsed that act.”
“BJP and RSS by its ideology is anti women
party and organisation it is proved today
#muthalikBJP,” he said.
Ashutosh posted on Twitter homepage:
“Modi wants to become PM at any cost and he
can make any compromise for that. Muthalik
joining proves that.#muthalikBJP.”
BJP does a U-turn on
Muthalik rejects his entry
lmost 80% remains in Infosys shares, with
1.45% of the company’s shares owned by
Nilekani and 1.3% by his wife.
Making his wealth public a day before
stepping into the fray, Infosys co-founder and
Congress candidate from Bangalore South,
Nandan Nilekani declared that he and his wife
Rohini have assets worth Rs 7,700 crore.
In an offcial statement he said they have
assets worth Rs 7,700 crore on account of the
success of Infosys, which they were involved
with from its founding stages in early 1980s.
Most of the wealth, almost 80% remains in
Infosys shares, with 1.45% of the company’s
shares owned by Nilekani and 1.3% by his wife.
Nandan Nilekani, wife
declare assets worth
Rs 7,700 cr
nion Agriculture Minister and Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad
Pawar on Sunday triggered a controversy by
suggesting his party workers to vote twice in the
upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Pawar asked his party workers to take
advantage of the multi-phase polling to take
place in Maharashtra and cast their votes twice
in two venues.
Addressing a conclave of ‘mathadi’ (head
loaders) workers here, Pawar said, “This time
polling in Satara will take place on April 17 and
in Mumbai on April 24.”
He asked workers to go to their villages in
Satara district to vote there and then return to
Mumbai and cast their votes in the city again.
However, he cautioned them to erase the ink
mark on their fngers before casting their second
“Do erase the ink marks,” he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Maharashtra
unit on Sunday condemned Pawar’s remark and
said it would write to the Election Commission
over the issue.
“AAP will write to the Election Commission
and ask them to take strict action against Mr
Pawar and his party NCP. Such brazen calls to
indulge in corrupting our democratic processes
must not go unpunished,” it said.
Pawar’s ‘vote twice’ remark triggers row
28 March 2014
he BJP seems to be losing its cool just
before the last hurdle, the senior party
members are unhappy and the leader of the
ship Rajnath Singh is no where to be seen. The
infghting within the BJP has ruptured through
the cracks.
Shifting sitting party vetrans like Murli
Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh from the
constituency, add Navjot Singh Sidhu to the list
to make way for Arun Jaitley, forcing former
party President Mr. L.K. Advani to fght from
Gandhinagar against his wishes.
Further allowing verbal pitching across
media lines by Arun Jaitley is a failure on the
part of Rajnath Singh to keep the growing
ambitions of the leaders to over shadow that of
the party. The poll pundits say this might come
back to haunt the BJP when the fnal numbers
are tallied.
Earlier amid media speculations that
Jaswant Singh will fle nomination papers
as an independent candidate from Barmer
constituency in Rajasthan, senior Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said
political leaders may have to take “no” as an
answer to his desires.
“Membership of political party is a
privilege. It is also an act of self oppression
where personal views and ambitions are
subjected to the collective wisdom of the party.
At times, the party may food leaders with
privileges and positions. On other occasions,
the leader may have to take “no” as an answer
to his desires. How does a politician or a leader
react to such “no”? He must accept the decision
with a smile. This becomes a test of his loyalty
and discipline. Restraint and silence are always
a preferred option. Over-reaction may prove be
a transient storm in a tea cup. Silence is always
dignifed and more gracious,” Jaitley said on
his offcial website.
Jaitley said that a leader must accept a ‘no’
from his political party and it is in such situation
when his discipline and political loyalty are to
be tested.
“In the election season, many political
persons desirous of being candidates succeed
in getting a party nomination. Many more
get left out. A political party is built upon the
support of millions of political workers who
have sacrifced their time and energy without
ever aspiring to hold elected offce. What does
a politician do when after a successful political
career the party is unable to accommodate him
once? That is when his discipline and political
loyalty are to be tested,” Jaitley wrote.
On being denied a ticket by BJP to contest
the Lok Sabha polls from Rajasthan’s Barmer
constituency, Jaswant Singh expressed his
displeasure over the party’s working style.
Media reports also said that Jaswant Singh
will fle nomination papers as an independent
candidate from Barmer constituency in
The BJP, in its sixth list of candidates, has
instead given the ticket to Colonel Sonaram
Singh had reportedly told the BJP leadership
that he wanted to contest from the Barmer
constituency in Rajasthan. He has been felded
from Dahod in Gujarat.
Rajnath fails to appease Jaswant
he General elections are going to be
historic; the largest democracy is like a
battlefeld. The third election of the century is
in a swing. There is a certain natural play on the
number three at work here.
Three fronts are taking shape, the incumbent
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) lead by
the Indian National Congress (INC) party, the
rampant National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
lead by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), and
the formative 3rd Front which doesn’t have a
leading party.
In a single line statement, the UPA, the NDA
and the 3rd Front are relying on a confused
voter to pull through their share of voting
The UPA is relying on a muted appeal of
Rahul Gandhi as a future leader, wishing people
will see the bad in the opposition’s Prime
Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and that
the Indian voters will hold onto their promise of
delivering to the poorest of the poor.
The NDA has their job made easy, 10 years
of mis-governance and scam after scam from
the ruling UPA has brought them a golden
opportunity. Their constant appeal to the voter is
to think about growth, shun out the Congress’s
dynastic rule and hoping against hope that the
voters will forget Godhra like they forgot (not)
the 1984 riots.
The 3rd Front has been propelled before
every election in the last decade, but slowly
the idea has gathered steam and this election
they look more stable and seem to be building
some kind of threshold energy to offer the voter
a non-Congress, non-BJP government. Their
appeal to the voter is to vote for change and
give the regional voices, a collective sensible
voice, a chance to represent the country.
The three coalition setups, have the voter
fgured out or so they believe. The NDA wants
the Congress haters to make their journey
friction less. The Congress is poking the voter
to not let India’s secular image get blemished in
haste. The third front is positioning themselves
to the voter as the substitute to the tried and
tested quagmire setups of the Congress-led and
BJP-led governments.
IWK speak: The voter seems to be blown
away by the marketing of Modi, but will he
won’t he be able to pull through the required
numbers, is yet to be seen.
hree women who will make the
The play on 3 continues with the King-
maker, being played by 3 Queen’s of Indian
politics in 2014. The Prime Minister will not
be a unanimous choice, if recent elections
are anything to go by. Multiple rounds of
mathematics, will go into the selecting (not
electing) of the next Prime Minister, provided
a single party does not get the numbers.
Mayawati, (of the BSP) will be trying to
crack the numbers in Uttar Pradesh the biggest
electorate in the country, J Jayalalitha (of
the AIADMK) will be holding her fortress
in Tamil Nadu, while Trinamool Congress’s
Mamata Banerjee will keep her cards close
in Bengal to retain her upper hand over the
routed Left parties.
Assuming that Mayawati, Banerjee and
Jayalalithaa manage 30-odd seats each or
more in their respective states, they can run up
a tally of 90-100 seats which will make them
an enviable bloc with added muscle.
Such a possibility cannot be dismissed out
of hand since Banerjee and Jayalalithaa have
agreed in principle to work in tandem.
Jayalalithaa has since invited Banerjee to
Chennai after the results to assess the situation
and work out their strategy afresh. This
assumes signifcance in the ongoing efforts
to have a non-Congress, non-BJP front and
using women power as a bargaining chip in
the stakes for the prime ministership.
Banerjee is backed by anti-corruption
crusader Anna Hazare. Preferring to steer
clear of political parties and groups, he has
made an exception in the case of Banerjee and
her Trinamool Congress. He has also assured
her to campaign selectively for the party.
Then, if they rope in the Bahujan Samaj
Party’s Mayawati too, the triumvirate of
women leaders can form a formidable bloc
and indeed call the shots. Mayawati too has
fancied herself as a prime ministerial candidate
in the past. UP contributes the maximum
number of 80 seats to the Lok Sabha. Pollsters
see Mayawati doing better this time than
Samajwadi Party arch rival Mulayam Singh
Yadav. The SP has suffered inexorably because
of the riots in Muzaffarnagar. This has badly
hurt the SP’s Muslim vote base.
Lok Sabha Elections 2014: 3 on 3
General Elections
2 0 1 4
Vaibhav Saklani
Maya, Jaya and Mamata:
Three women who will make the government
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Investing in community
support systems
OST of us move to New Zealand because we have a desire to live in a country free
from corruption, with little community strife, and for a less stressful lifestyle. The
older migrants want to see their children grow up in a clean, green environment and are
prepared to face the diffculties all migrants face – adapting to their new country.
And so we come to this new country trailing bits of our previous lives with us, along
with hopes of better circumstances, the best wishes of our kin and kith and the anxiety,
as well as the joy, of the explorer.
But even if you have visited before, the actual moving to a country on a permanent
basis comes with its own particular issues – the stamped passport that shows that you
are now beholden to yet another set of rules and regulations; the city or town you have
to familiarise yourself with to an extent where you can navigate it, if not with ease, at
least without anxiety; the new people and their idiosyncrasies you have to deal with on
a daily basis; the bouts of homesickness that hit you at the oddest times.
Establishing new routines, curing old habits, learning new ways of doing things – the
pressures of settling in a new place are enormous, especially in the frst few months.
Fortunately, New Zealand has a number of processes in place to build relationships
between migrant and host communities, ranging from providing local knowledge and
contacts to identifying social needs and gaps in service.
Studies have found that a migrant’s early settlement experiences contribute
signifcantly to their subsequent economic and social outcomes. So, these processes
are in place to help migrants and their families to more easily adapt to their new home.
A study on Migrants’ Settlement Experiences and Outcomes states: “The successful
settlement of the whole migrant family is integral to New Zealand’s ability to attract and
retain the migrants needed to contribute to the country’s growth and diversity.”
Well put. We are invited to join the ever-growing pool of resources needed for the
country’s growth. And while the programmes the New Zealand government and other
agencies offer are pretty good, they don’t actually help deal with the grittier stuff of life.
In March 2013, the media reported that India had overtaken Britain as the main
supplier of skilled migrants. Yet ‘Indian migrants still have more trouble fnding work
in New Zealand in line with the level of their qualifcations than do their counterparts
from Britain and South Africa’.
The reality of the situation is that many have to take lower status jobs, some due to
problems with credential recognition, others due to a lack of suitable job opportunities
and, most importantly, due to a lack of supporting networks.
That brings to the fore the grim reality of life: we do not have the support systems that
most New Zealanders - and most other migrants - have.
Informally we know enough people to learn the ropes of living in a new country,
even for hooking that job interview. But in most cases it will not be enough, it will not
be what we want.
New Zealand has many and varied business networks, but it seems to be closed off to
professionals, to skilled tradespeople, or to industry-related personnel. Eventually, and
with luck and hard work, migrants can end up belonging to them.
But not the new arrival, for a long and tedious road lies ahead for their professional
wellbeing, one very much made more diffcult by the lack of good mentoring and
support networks.
Isn’t it time that the Indian business and professional community put in place a
support network for new arrivals to this country? It will, if nothing else, be an important
indicator that we care about the economic viability of our community. Investing in higher
professionalism in the community can only help it grow in prosperity and infuence.
NE of the major challenges facing iTaukei
(indigenous Fijian) business is separating
business from culture.
Mixing the two has been the main cause of
the demise of many iTaukei businesses.
The training of iTaukei chiefs in the Northern
Division in business and fnancial management
is welcome and long overdue. Fiji’s chiefs and
their clans communally own 82 per cent of the
country’s land mass and its natural resources.
In the past, they have been left to the whims
of some fy-by-night business entrepreneurs
who went into their provinces with their own
sinister agenda to exploit their resources.
Government now has legislation in place to
ensure that all investors are properly vetted
and the interests of the local land and resource
owners are safeguarded.
But understanding basic business concepts
and commercial practices will help chiefs make
sound business decisions that will beneft their
people in the long term.
They are involved in discussions to use
their land for commercial projects and they do
an important balancing work to protect their
environment and the sustainablity of their
natural resources.
iTaukei landowners who have large tracts of
their land leased out, collect millions of dollars
every year from the iTaukei Land Trust Board.
It begs the question: What do they spend this
money for? We hear of reports that part of the
money is frittered away through meaningless
and wasteful social functions. Hopefully, this
chiefs’ training will help landowners invest
their money in worthwhile projects that will
generate income.
It’s an interesting coincidence that today
and tomorrow, the Fiji Indigenous Business
Council will hold a symposium focusing
on strengthening the iTaukei entrepreneur’s
The council likes to share and discuss ideas
on how iTaukei business people can make
strong, informed and sound decisions.
Gaining an inroad into a new market is
usually tough, if you are starting or developing
a new business.
Whether it’s business in urban or rural
areas, the principle is the same. If a commercial
venture is to survive it must run strictly on
business principles. There are no exceptions.
- Nemani Delaibatiki is managing / training of
Fiji Sun, based in Suva
Nemani Delaibatiki
Business and culture not compatible
Thought of
the Week
“Concern for man and his fate must always
form the chief interest of all technical
endeavours. Never forget this in the midst of
your diagrams and equations.”
-Albert Einstein
28 March 2014
he’s no longer the docile cow; subservient,
quiet, omnipresent, yet barely there. The
new Bollywood heroine isn’t just the maa or the
behen or even the biwi anymore; she’s actually
as good as the hero himself – considering
that the hero has always been the bench mark
of, well, everything, as far as hindi flms are
The focus of the lens has now shifted to
the woman; Mind you, she still is the skimpily
clad ‘item girl’, but she’s also the ferce Vidya
from Kahaani, the seductress Beghum Para
from Dedh Ishqiyaan, or the innocent yet
adventurous Rani from Queen. These characters
are well written and performed; best of all,
these characters have a certain level of depth to
them, and are not just frivolous or empty.
I am personally, quite impressed by this
change, which is not to say that women have
managed to achieve an entirely new status in
the industry. Item songs and item girls are still
the most popular marketing tool for movie
makers, right across the board, the most recent
being Sunny Leone’s Baby Doll for the flm,
Ragini MMS. But there’s a sense of attraction
surrounding this new woman of Hindi cinema.
It is probably a refection of the changing role
of the urban woman, or maybe a hope that the
urban woman will change.
Busier lifestyles, forward thinking,
open mind sets and sexual awareness, are
all contributors to this new wave in Hindi
flmmaking. I remember writing about a new
wave in Hindi cinema, as far as the content of
the flm was concerned. Women centric movies
too, I think are a part of that new wave. Social
realism is the main focus of these flms, and the
urban woman is a signifcant part of that social
What is amazing is that women centric flms
work; these strong female characters are loved
and appreciated. Take Kahaani for example;
Vidya Balan carried that flm on her shoulders.
Yes, Nawazudin Siddique played an important
role, but he just provided good support, the star
of the flm was Ms. Balan.
Even flms like, Ishaqzaade, Gangs of
Wasseypur, Shanghai, Talaash, Chak de India,
all of which have strong male characters, had
strong female leads too, without whom, I feel,
the flms would have lacked quite a bit of
It is more than likely, that the new woman
of Bollywood is a refection of the change in
the attitude of women as well as about women.
Especially, post the December 16th rape which
shook the entire nation. It was as if something
clicked in everyone’s minds, men and women.
People are more cautious now, but also more
aware. Women are aware of themselves, their
sexuality, their being as a whole, and cinema
refects that.
These new women centric movies focus on
characters that can hold their own. They’re no
heroes of the past, but heroines of the present.
Although the higher level of attention given to
female characters does surprise me, as far as
Bollywood is concerned. It was impossible to
think of mainstream Hindi flms without a male
protagonist, let alone that would be accepted. A
flm industry, so heavily reliant on the need for
a male protagonist has certainly done well in
changing focus.
The focus here is particularly on mainstream
flms because art house Hindi flms have been
women centric; flms like Hazaar Chaurasi Ki
Maa, Arth, Khamosh Paani and B.A. Pass, are
all examples of such flms. Mainstream cinema
is slowly catching up.
That said, the sudden change still intrigues
me. Why things are changing are somewhat of
a no brainer; though. I do hope the change lasts
Social Realism: Bollywood reflects on its women
Shreya Bakshi
Gadgets of attraction vs relations
Rajesh’s Rainbow
Dr. (Ms.) Rajesh Joshi
was super excited as I was going to
visit my uncle, auntie & my cousins
after a gap of about 10 years. Although we
had always remained connected due to the
competence of the device called phone but
the anticipation of meeting them face to
face had rather keyed me up beyond words.
I started preparing days before; purchasing
gifts for everybody; painting bright pictures
in my mind of the fond interactions in the
kitchen as usual with my auntie, family time
at the dining table, some serious talk with
my uncle while sipping morning tea in the
corridor, loud banter over a game of Ludo or
Snakes & Ladders with my cousins and late
night endless gossip. The thrill kept me in
ruptures for days before my soon-to-be visit.
Finally the day arrived when I reached
the destined place that had been the centre
of my childhood activities during vacations
for many years and thus reserved a special
place in my heart and fond memories. I
was welcomed in the warmth of my uncle’s
family. Quickly I was ushered into the living
room by my uncle & auntie. I was very
pleased to see them and wanted to have a
tete-a-tete with them while gorging on the
delicious pakodas & tea but I received a
tough competition from the T.V. set present
there. Uncle & auntie although encouraging
me to eat & drink, were hooked on to T.V.
They were in the mid of watching a movie.
I asked, “Where are Chinky and Mintu (my
cousins)?” “Mintu is watching Cricket
match in his room and Chinky is chatting
with her friend in U.S.,” replied uncle. “Oh!”
that was all I could say and thought that they
can’t even spare a moment to come and say
hi to their didi (sister). My auntie showed me
into a room and switched on the T.V. “You
change and relax. You must be tired. We will
meet at dinner time.” Hurriedly she left lest
she should miss the movie.
I quickly unpacked, changed and felt
refreshed. I decided to see my loving cousins
in their rooms. I peeped into Chinky’s room
and expected her to run over to me and
smother me with her kisses and hugs. Here
she was on her laptop furiously punching
in the keys on keyboard. She looked at me
and uttered a faint “Hi Di!” reluctantly stood
up, hugged me and went back to her chair.
“I am chatting with my friend in U.S. I will
catch you a little later.” Not quite amused, I
knocked at the door of Mintu’s room. “Who
is this?” he shouted. Just to tease him, I
knocked again; this time louder. He yelled,
“I am watching match” and then he came
pouncing to open the door. “I told you......!
Oh! Hello didi! When did you come?” he
said while standing in the doorway. I forced
myself into his room. T.V. was in full volume.
“Oh damn! Dhoni is out!” His attention was
undivided in favour of the ongoing Cricket
match. I ventured into asking him about his
studies and other such matters to which he
answered half-heartedly; mainly in mono-
syllables- yes or no. He seemed to be much
relieved when I left his room soon enough.
I went back to my room; my feelings
somewhat subdued.
Later in the evening, the maid called
me for dinner but not as usual at the dinner
table; rather in the living room in front of
the ghastly T.V.. Uncle and auntie had been
joined by Chinky. They were engrossed in a
serial drama. I asked about Mintu. Chinky
replied, “Di, when he is watching Cricket
match, he eats, drinks and does every possible
thing in his room only.” We sat there and
ate mechanically like robots without saying
much to each other. All my enquiries had
the shortest possible answers and those too
during commercial breaks only. Post dinner,
when I presented hem the gifts I had spent
many evenings purchasing and wrapping,
they just pushed them aside, as another serial
had already begun. Crestfallen, I returned to
my room leaving them with that menacing
machine of so called entertainment.
Tossing restlessly in my bed, involuntarily
I felt sad and unwanted. The rush of thoughts
numbed my mind. Did I travel this far to
give them company in their T.V. serials,
Cricket match and chatting? Are these the
same people who I had lovingly spent my
vacations with for years and years? I wanted
to spend some quality time with them to
refresh my memories but here I have a bunch
of people who look rather strangers to me
cocooned in their ‘gadgets of distraction
or attraction?’ Has technology invaded our
sense of belongingness? Relations have
taken a backseat in the pursuit of keeping
abreast of the latest on the Idiot-box. Has
slavery to T.V. turned us into virtual robots?
Things/gadgets are created for our
convenience and comfort but what if they
start interfering with our relationships,
feelings and life?
Bricks & Bouquets: What was your most
unforgettable journey? Please share it with
me at rajesh@rainbow.org.nz
‘Rajesh’s Rainbow’ column is based on day-to-day sundry experiences of the author or
the people around her that provide us food for thought. However small an incident may
be; still can have the power of generating ideas and thoughts. Read through and share
your own experiences with us.
“These new women
centric movies focus on
characters that can hold
their own. They’re no he-
roes of the past, but hero-
ines of the present. “
28 March 2014
ALL it a freak of nature or a religious
marvel, the Naag Mandir in Labasa, Fiji,
continues to awe and inspire devotees of Naag
Baba after almost a century of existence.
Nestled at the base of the majestic Nagigi
hills, the enigma and mystery of the “growing
stone” in the shape of the cobra snake,
continues to draw thousands of devotees every
year to its humble abode, approximately 20km
from Labasa Town in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second
largest island and the northern capital.
Most come to worship and seek blessings
from Naag Baba – be it a celebration or a prayer
for assistance and guidance for an impending
“At least up to 200 people could have visited
the mandir every day, says resident priest
Pundit Kamlesh Maharaj.
Pundit Maharaj should know, as he has been
tending to his fock for the past 20 years since
when he was in aged in his early 30s.
“People have a lot of faith in the growing
stone and many devotees have had their prayers
answered,” Pundit Maharaj told the Indian
Weekender recently.
“It depends on the faith and belief an
individual has for the Gods.
“People who have been longing for children,
business progress, education or a better health
come and pray here, be it locals or from
abroad,” Pundit Maharaj said.
“Newly-wed couples also visit the temple to
seek Naag Baba’s blessings.”
A good portion of visitors to the Mandir
are former Fiji citizens who are now living
overseas, mainly from United States, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand.
The visits are so popular that most taxi
drivers who pick up a fare from Waiqele
Airport, ask whether the passenger(s) want to
go to the Naag Mandir. They even have a fxed
service fee from the airport to the mandir and
back to the airport – all for just F$25. The taxi
driver will usually wait for his fare to fnish
prayers at the mandir or may return to pick
them at a later time.
The process of praying and making offerings
at Naag Baba at the Mandir is that devotees are
required to follow a rigid protocol.
Explains Pundit Maharaj: “As at any Hindu
religious function, the devotee is required to
have followed a vegetarian diet for several days
before entering the mandir.
“They all do and devotees must come with
a clean mind and heart and then are able to ask
for blessings and guidance.
“Come with a pure heart and mind and all
your desires will be fulflled.”
When devotees arrive, Pundit Maharaj
dutifully advises them of the procedures and
then takes them through the rituals while seated
at the base of the towering rock form of Naag
Baba, which currently measures at about 5.4
metres (18 feet). Sometimes several devotees
can participate in the rituals simultaneously,
and the garlanding of Baba is usually done with
the help of a long pole with a hook at the end
of it.
At the end of the offerings to Baba, devotees
then climb 108 steps to the abode of Shiv and
Parvati, situated beside Naag Baba residence.
On the day I visited (returning to my
hometown after 26 years), there were almost
20 devotees at various stages of prayers, and
Pundit Maharaj attending to the needs of his
“We come here almost every year,” local
devotee Chandar Deo said. His wife, Anita, said
they came to ask for blessings and good fortune
for their family.
Anita was actually born on Taveuni, another
northern island, where snakes have been sighted
in the bushes of the “Garden Island of Fiji”.
“It brings so much peace and comfort to the
mind,” Mrs Deo said of her visit to the Nagigi
Naag Mandir.
The Deos, who lived in Wailevu, close to
Waiqele Airport, said they would miss coming
to the Naag Mandir as Chandar, who is a
Land Transport Authority offcer, was being
transferred to Lautoka, in Viti Levu, the largest
island in the Fiji Group.
“But we’ll be back, I’m sure.”
Power of the Naag continues to draw devotees in Labasa
Naturally Naag: The Nagigi Naag Mandir Complex just outside Labasa, Fiji’s northern capital
Arvind Kumar
The imposing Naag Baba growing stone inside the Nagigi Naag Mandir in Labasa, Fiji.
28 March 2014
Legend has it that a man called “Algu” is
believed to be the frst to have worshipped the
stone when news of the growing cobra shaped
stone spread in the community.
Legend also has it that while Fiji was under
colonial rule in the 1930s, a European engineer
who headed a Government road construction
project ordered a bulldozer operator to
destroy the stone because it was blocking the
construction route.
The bulldozer operator, a Hindu, disagreed,
citing the stone’s religious signifcance. He
feared ill fate if he damaged the stone.
The engineer then tried to dislodge the
stone himself but could not budge it. Folklore
has it that the engineer died that night. News
of the incident spread like wildfre and it has
since been left untouched, attracting hordes of
In 1969, when the stone reached a height of
1.8m, a shack was built over it to protect it from
intruders, harsh weather, and to provide shelter
for devotees while performing prayers.
Three years later that shack had to be
dismantled as the growing stone had now
reached a height of almost 2.6m. 1975, and the
stone had grown to risen to 3.6m. This led to
another expansion of the Mandir.
The committee of people looking after the
up-keep of the mandir and surroundings then
made a special plea to Naag Baba to slow its
growth as it was becoming diffcult to keep
pace with it by constructing new structures
every few years.
There has been a long association of Hindus
with snake. Lord Shiva always has a venom-
ous cobra coiled around his neck, and the bat-
tle Lord Krishna had with the poisonous snake
Kaliya in Vrindaban is well known.
It is said that long before Aryans arrived
in India, a clan named Nagaas lived in India.
It was a highly developed clan. It is said
that the snake-worship among the Nagas,
was extremely popular and it can be proved
according to the evidences derived from the
Indus Valley civilisation of 3000 BC.
It is also a popular belief amongst people
in Hindu religion that the 1000-headed Shesh
Naag, who symbolises eternity, holds the entire
spherical earth on its head. Also, that it is the
resting couch of Lord Vishnu, one of three most
important gods of Hindu religion.
In Jainism and Buddhism, snake is regarded
as sacred creature with divine qualities. It is
because some ancient texts say that a cobra
snake saved the lives of Buddha and the Jain
Muni Parshwanath.
Stories of snakes association with Hindu
gods also enhance the stature of these reptiles
in Hindu culture.
A popular legend says that the elder brother
of Lord Krishna, Balram was the incarnation
of Sesh Naag on earth. Snake is also given
due importance because it is considered to be
the ornament of Lord Shiva around his neck.
The celebration of Nag Panchami in the month
of Shrawan (considered as the month of Lord
Shiva in Hindu religion) also explains the deep
association of Shiva and commemoration of
snake as his companion.
It is believed that even the ancient
architecture exhibit the evidence of the
importance of snakes in the Indian culture. On
the caves of Ajanta, the images of the rituals of
snake worship have been found.
Even Indian literature is full of stories of the
virtue of snake. The famous author Kautilya,
in his “Arthashastra” has given detailed
description of the cobra snakes. It is said that
it was also the wide belief of people in ancient
India that if they worship snake, they won’t
cause harm to them and their family.
So, there is no one specifc legend to why
the Naga Panchami started in India, it is being
for too long due to the religious signifcance
and social importance of this unique reptile.
Degei or Kaliya?
Fiji has almost no snakes (except for the
sea snake Dadakulaci, and a rare few spot-
ted around the outer islands) but the Fijians
believe there is a big snake, Degei, living up in
a cave in the Nakauvadra mountain range, in
the north west of Viti Levu.
Degei is believed to be the ancestral god
who brought the Fijians to Fiji leading them
through the ocean and landing in Vuda, near
Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city.
Viseisei village in Vuda is believed to be their
frst settlement. From Vuda, Degei travelled
north reaching the Nakauvadra mountain range
and decided to make it his permanent home.
Interestingly, Indians have a similar story.
According to Hindu mythology, Kaliya, a
poisonous snake lived in the river in Vrindavan
where Sri Krishnan spent his childhood among
the cowherds. The water of the river became
poisoned and when the cattle drank it they died.
People lived in fear of Kaliya. So Sri Krishnan
decided to solve the problem.
One day he climbed a big tree on the bank
of the river, jumped in and started swimming.
When Kaliya heard the noise he came up to
check and saw what was happening. He told Sri
Krishnan to get out at once. But Sri Krishnan
ignored the warning and continued to swim.
Incensed, Kaliya came up to Sri Krishnan and
started to bite him but his bites had no effect
on the little boy. Soon Sri Krishnan jumped on
to the hood of Kaliya and started to dance. The
rhythmic pounding with the feet caused Kaliya
to vomit out all his poison. Still Sri Krishnan
did not stop. As he continued Kaliya became
thoroughly exhausted. Then Kaliya’s wives
came and pleaded with Sri Krishnan to spare
their husband’s life to which Sri Krishnan
agreed on one condition.
The condition was that Kaliya should leave
the river at once and go to a beautiful island,
in the middle of the ocean, called Ramanaka
Dweep (dweep means island). When Indians
frst came to Fiji they believed that was
the Ramanaka Dweep where Sri Krishnan
had sent Kaliya. In commemoration of this
belief the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON) better known as the
Hare Krishna Movement, when they built their
frst temple in Fiji, they made it the Krishna
Kaliya Temple in Lautoka where the deity is Sri
Krishnan dancing on Kaliya. Hindus believe
that the snake that the Fijians call Degei is
actually Kaliya.
- extract from a 2009 article written
by former Fiji school teacher and Indian
Weekender contributor Padmini Gaunder (now
The most exciting association of Indians
with snakes is that of the Ichchadhari Naag,
meaning a snake which can take any form it
desires, although they are known to prefer
human form.
Legend has it that the cobra, which live up to
100 years, can then take any form they desire.
They are the Ichchadhari Naag – deadly and
They are also said to have in their possession
a gem stone more valuable than a diamond,
called Naag Manni, which, some say, is the
unused venom which solidifes into a precious
stone over the years. Many people have been
known to hunt down the Ichchadhari Naag for
this special stone, and died in the effort.
It is said that the Ichchadhari Naag have
special powers and if the female’s mate is slain
in attack, vengeance becomes the priority.
If a male mate is killed in front of the female
Naag (Naagin), then the image of the killer(s)
is then emblazoned in the eyes of the Naagin.
That way she can hunt down the killers of her
mate and punish them.
Many Bollywood movies have been made
on this subject. See the 1976 flm starring
Reena Roy (Naagin). This is the best Naagin
flm I have ever watched, but then there is also
one by Sridevi in 1986 (Nagina).
Power of the Naag continues to draw devotees in Labasa
Devotees: Chandar Deo and Pundit Kamlesh Maharaj relaxing after rituals in the Nagigi Naag
Mandir complex. Chandar now lives in Lautoka with his family, while Pundit Maharaj is still
tending to his fock at Nagigi.
Higher connection: Anita Deo at the Shiv Parvati Mandir at the end of the 108 steps atop the
Nagigi Naag Mandir. All devotees end their rituals and prayers here after the initial pooja.
Pundit Kamlesh Maharaj
28 March 2014
wo more cases of alleged police brutality
were reported to this newspaper yesterday,
just days after the suspension of two Lautoka
policemen believed to have been involved in
the alleged assault of a minor.
Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan
has promised all cases of alleged police
misconduct would be thoroughly investigated.
Zamir Khan, a 20-year-old Fiji National
University student of Ba, claimed he was
assaulted at the Lautoka Police Station on
February 17 by a policeman and a civilian
while being questioned about a rental car
“They said I stole the vehicle, yet it was
sitting right there in the premises of the owner,”
he said.
A doctor’s certifcate presented to this
newspaper stated his injuries were consistent
with injury inficted by fsts.
The student also has a recorded video of the
injuries inficted that day.
“They took me off the street and assaulted
me at the station. I have come to the media
because there is no progress on the report I fled
against the offcer who assaulted me and the
rental car owner.”
In the second incident, the family of a
25-year-old man presently in remand at the
Natabua Corrections Centre is demanding an
investigation into how Feroz Ali, a suspect in
a robbery case, received injuries while in police
His mother Nasram Begum claimed they
were refused visits for a month since his
arrest and were only allowed to see Mr Ali on
Wednesday afternoon.
Fiji Corrections Service media offcer Kuini
Waqasavou said they had consulted Mr Ali who
said he suffered his injuries while in police
Mr Narayan said they would investigate
both cases before further comments could be
“My earlier statement that we will not
tolerate any such behaviour in the force still
stands,” he said.
– Fiji Times
Police brutality alleged
olice investigations have begun into the
discovery of a body outside a service
station at Samabula in Suva yesterday.
Police spokesman In¬s¬pector Atunaisa
Sokomuri said the deceased, an elderly man,
was believed have been homeless and living on
the streets of Suva for some time prior to his
Insp Sokomuri said foul play had been
momentarily ruled out until the post-mortem
examination tomorrow.
“We are doing our own investigation as well.
The body of the man is at the CWM Hospital
morgue,” he said.
Two Way Service Station owner Rishi Ram
said he saw the man alive around 9am yesterday
when he came to the service station.
“But an hour later, I was informed by my
boys that he had stopped breathing. I went and
saw that he was dead,” Mr Ram said.
Mr Ram said before the man died, he called
the Samabula Police Station to tell them the man
was sleeping by the service station. However,
he added, the police could not come because
there was only one on duty in the station then.
“The rest were attending to a robbery
incident,” Mr Ram said.
He said a policeman arrived at the scene
after the man had died and assisted by lifting
the body and putting it at the back of the service
Mr Ram urged social welfare offcers to
remove such homeless people from the streets
because they were a threat to people.
-Fiji Times
Body discovered in Samabula
wo tourists who were guests at a resort on
the Coral Coast have found that heroes
with supernatural abilities can be found in Fiji.
This after an activities attendant from the
Outrigger on the Lagoon dived in to rescue
them when their kayak capsized in huge waves
close to a reef.
Jonacani Masi was on duty at the resort
beach when he noticed two guests from a
neighbouring hotel paddling towards the reef.
“I kept watching them because they were too
close to the reef and I was wondering what they
were up to,” he said.
A few seconds later, he saw the kayak fip.
Mr Masi called a colleague to take over from
his bay watch duties, grabbed a lifesaving tube
and swam out to the reef.
“I knew they were in trouble.
“I didn’t think about myself or hesitate for
a second.”
When Mr Masi reached the kayak, he found
an uninjured boy.
He then instructed the boy to hold on to
the kayak while he went and searched for the
second paddler, the child’s father, Stephan.
Mr Masi said 12-foot waves were pounding
on the reef and this prevented him from
swimming past the breakers. “I called out
Stephan’s name but I didn’t get a response. I
managed to swim out past the breakers and
I was in the water for a good 15 minutes
swimming around and calling out his name.”
He eventually saw Stephan holding on to a
“He could barely put his head up. He said his
left leg was injured and it looked like deep coral
grazes from the reef. He said his chest and head
were OK but then he started vomiting blood. He
must have swallowed a lot of sea water.
“I had a life jacket on and strapped Stephan
to my back using a life-saving tube. With an
injured leg, Stephan was unable to swim so I
asked him to kick with one leg.”
They were dragged toward the reef when he
tried to swim through an opening. By then, two
other Outrigger staff members arrived to help.
Father and son were rushed to the Sigatoka
District Hospital where they were treated.
-Fiji Times
Tourists tell of heroic tales
ormer attorney-general and prominent
lawyer Qoroniasi Bale died on Saturday
evening at his home in Sigatoka.
According to family members, Mr Bale had
been sick for some time.
Reguregu and family gatherings will be held
this week in Sigatoka with the funeral expected
to be held in Suva on Friday.
Mr Bale served twice as Justice Minister and
He was educated at Queen Victoria School
and then University of Otago in New Zealand
where he graduated with an LLB degree in
Upon returning to Fiji, he was appointed a
Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Offce and
subsequently became a Crown Prosecutor in the
offce of the Director of Public Prosecutions in
In 1975, he became Principal Legal Offcer
in the Crown Law Offce, before being
promoted to Solicitor General in 1979, a post
he held until 1984. He was the frst native-born
Solicitor General; his predecessors had all been
from the United Kingdom.
Mr Bale had his frst foray into politics in
1984, when the Governor General appointed
him to the Senate at the nomination of prime
minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.
He frst became the attorney-general in 1987
and then later in 2001.
Former AG dies in Sigatoka
spiring independent candidate, Roshika
Deo, was one of 10 women from 10
countries who recently received the 2014
American Secretary of State’s International
Women of Courage Award.
First Lady, Michelle Obama joined Deputy
Secretary Higginbottom and the award winners
as a special guest at the morning ceremony at
the US Department of State.
The Secretary of State’s International
Women of Courage Award annually
recognises women around the globe who
have demonstrated exceptional courage and
leadership in advocating for peace, justice,
human rights, gender equality and women’s
empowerment, often at great personal risk.
Ms Deo’s citation said: “Ms Deo has been
a vocal advocate for Fiji’s return to democracy
and for the participation of women and youth in
her country’s democratisation process.
“She was one of the very frst candidates in
the country to announce her intention to stand
in Fiji’s 2014 elections, the frst since a military
coup in 2006.
“Despite intense criticism and threats of
violence and fnancial diffculties, Roshika
and her ‘Be the Change’ political campaign are
inspiring a new generation of Fijian women and
youth to believe in democracy and the power of
civic participation.
“Roshika has also been one of Fiji’s most
outspoken critics of violence and discrimination
against women and girls, and has publicly stood
up for government accountability.”
Since the inception of this award in 2007,
the Department of State has honoured 76
women from 49 different countries.
Following the award ceremony and
meetings with US government offcials and
NGO counterparts in Washington, DC, the
winners will travel as a group to Pittsburgh,
then separately to cities across the United States
to engage with the American people through an
International Visitor Leadership Programme.
They will visit Denver, Des Moines,
Indianapolis, Portland, Dallas, Minneapolis,
and Syracuse on their individual programmes.
The women will reconvene in Chicago to refect
on their visit and discuss ways to work together
to improve the lives of women and girls around
the world.
The 2014 awardees are:
- Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Director, Malalai
Maternity Hospital Kabul (Afghanistan)
- Roshika Deo, Feminist and Political
Activist, Be the Change Campaign (Fiji)
- Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop,
Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia
- Dr. Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar,
Tribunal President, High Risk Court,
- Laxmi, Campaigner, Stop Acid
Attacks (India)
- Fatimata Touré, Community activist
and Executive Director, Groupe de
Recherche, de’Etude, de Formation
Femme-Action (Mali)
- Dr. Maha Al Muneef, Founder and
Executive Director, National Family
Safety Program (Saudi Arabia)
Awarded in absentia
- Oinikhol Bobonazarova, Director,
NGO Perspektiva Plus (Tajikistan)
- Ruslana Lyzhychko, EuroMaidan
volunteer and People’s Artist of Ukraine
- Beatrice Mtetwa, human rights
lawyer (Zimbabwe)
-Rosi Doviverata
Courage award for Roshika
28 March 2014
ijian international and Wellington Phoenix
striker Roy Krishna is Fiji Football’s First
He was honoured during the Global Flight
Centre/Fiji FA Awards at the Waterfront Hotel
in Lautoka last week.
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel praised
Krishna for making Fiji Football proud.
“We are proud of Krishna’s achievement.
He is different from other Fijian players as he is
a professional footballer,” Patel said.
Labasa native, Krishna, last week was named
A-League’s player of the week following his
superb performance for his 10-men Wellington
Phoenix side in the 2-2 draw against Melbourne
Other winners: Team of the Year- Ba;
Coach of the Year- Kamal Swamy;Nadi;
Administrator of the Year- Rishi Kumar- Ba
(Super Premier),Administrator of the Year:
Zahid Hussein – Taveuni (Premier), Referee
of the Year: Rakesh Chandra (Lautoka),
Footballer of the Year: Beniamino Mateinaqara-
Nadi, Women Footballer of the Year: Adiela
Kurukaba- Ba, Popular Footballer of the Year:
Rusiate Matarerega- Nadi, Junior Footballer
of the Year: Iosefo Verevou – Rewa, Fair Play
Award: Munit Krishna – Nadi, Media Award:
Irfaan Khan – Fiji TV, President’s Award:
Paresh Kishore.
-Fiji Sun
Krishna is Fiji soccer’s first envoy
urrent champions Mumbai Indians will
start the Indian Premier League (IPL)
campaign this year against Kolkata Knight
Riders (KKR) next month.
The frst match of the cash-rich tournament
will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in
Abu Dhabi on April 16.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson
welcomed the decision of the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI) to stage Indian
Premier League (IPL) matches in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE).
“The BCCI’s decision to stage the frst
part of the IPL 2014 season in the UAE is
great news for the people of the UAE and the
region. It will complete a remarkable season of
cricket in the UAE, which has already seen the
successful staging of the ICC World Twenty20
Qualifer 2013 and the ICC U19 Cricket World
Cup 2014,” Richardson said.
“Recognising the importance of the integrity
of the competition, the ICC will provide its full
support for the matches in the UAE, including
through the provision of anti-corruption
services. It will also be a good opportunity for
both the BCCI and the ICC to share knowledge
and experience as we both strive to deliver
memorable events to cricket fans around the
world,” he said.
The frst leg of the tournament will be played
in the UAE.
“At its meeting in Chennai earlier today, the
IPL Governing Council confrmed that the frst
phase of the Pepsi IPL 2014 season matches
will be played in the United Arab Emirates,
from Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday
30th April,” Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a
“A total of 20 matches will be played in
three stadiums: the Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
Abu Dhabi; the Sharjah Cricket Association
Stadium, Sharjah; and the Dubai International
Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The opening match
on Wednesday, 16 April, will be in Abu Dhabi,
between the defending champions, Mumbai
Indians and the 2012 IPL champions, Kolkata
Knight Riders,” he said.
The board said the schedule for the
remaining 40 matches will be announced later.
IPL opening match in
Abu Dhabi
Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni has moved the Madras High Court
seeking Rs 100 crore as damages from the
private television network Zee for allegedly
linking him to the Indian Premier League (IPL)
betting scandal.
Admitting his complain, the court restrained
the Zee network from publishing or telecasting
any news content about Dhoni in connection
with allegations in the IPL match-fxing case
or in any manner insinuating about his integrity
and honesty.
“The reports that were broadcast by the news
networks revolved around IPL team Chennai
Super Kings
of which
Dhoni is the
captain and
the alleged
of him
in fxing
devas t at ed
t h e
reputation and image of the Dhoni and his
image in the eyes of millions of fans all over
the world,” the petition read.
Dhoni sues Zee network for Rs. 100 cr
achin Tendulkar was voted the cricketer
of the generation by a 50-member jury of
current and former cricketers and journalists.
Tendulkar beat strong competition from
Shane Warne and Jacques Kallis to win the
award, presented to mark the frst generation of
the existence of ESPNcricinfo, which has been
online since 1993.
The jury that decided on the award included
Michael Holding, Ian Chappell, Martin Crowe,
Mark Taylor, Younis Khan, Kumar Sangakkara,
Mahela Jayawardene, Barry Richards, John
Wright and Jeff Dujon, among others.
Mitchell Johnson’s series-defning 7 for
40 in the Ashes Test in Adelaide won the Test
bowling title for 2013.
Shahid Afridi won the ODI bowling award
with his 7 for 12 against West Indies. It was
Afridi’s second ESPNcricinfo Award; he won
in the same category for 2009.
Shikhar Dhawan won the Test batting award
for his rollicking 187 on debut against Australia
in Mohali. Rohit Sharma’s ODI double-century
in Bangalore, also against Australia, was picked
as the ODI batting performance of the year.
Rahul Dravid won the Cricket for Good
award for his mentorship of junior and
paralympic athletes in India in his association
with the GoSports Foundation.
South Africans AB de Villiers and Dale
Steyn dominated the Statsguru Awards, which
are adjudged based purely on statistical data.
De Villiers won Batsman of the Year, Best Test
Batsman, and Most Consistent Batsman. Steyn
was the Bowler of the Year and the Best Test
The ESPNcricinfo Awards are now in their
seventh year. Past winners have included Dale
Steyn, Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag
and Lasith Malinga.
Sachin Tendulkar
receives ‘Cricketer
of the Generation’ at
ESPNCricinfo Awards
World T20: Indian team
on sign wave
ndia’s performance in the opening matches of
the World T-20, is not refective of the form
they came into the tournament with.
An up and down, sign wave like pattern
has emerged from India’s recent results. Going
into the latter stages of the tournament, this
inconsistency might emerge as a
India registered their second victory in the
ongoing World T20 by beating current champions
West Indies by seven wickets here on Sunday.
After restricting Darren Sammy’s side to 129
for seven, India reached 130 runs by losing three
wickets and two balls to spare.
India got off to a poor start and lost the wicket
of Shikhar Dhawan (0) who returned to the
pavilion in the very frst over without disturbing
the scorers.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma remained the
top scorer for India with his unbeaten 62. He
smashed fve boundaries and two sixes in his 55-
ball knock.
Sharma and Virat Kohli (54) added 106 runs
in the second wicket partnership and helped India
get closer to the target.
India at one point of the game lost two quick
wickets of Kohli and Yuvraj Singh (10) to stand
at 129 for three after 19.3 overs.
But Sharma and Suresh Raina (1*)
comfortably reached the target without any
further damage.
After India won the toss and elected to feld
frst in their second match of the ICC World T20,
Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled
brilliantly and prevented the West Indies batsmen
from playing big shots at the beginning of the
Kumar did not pick up a wicket but gave only
three runs in his three overs.
Gayle smashed two huge sixes and a boundary
in his 33-ball knock before he was run out in the
13th over of the game to give Indian fans some
Amit Mishra continued his good form in
the tournament so far picked up two wickets of
Dwayne Bravo (0) and Marlon Samuels (18).
Mishra was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’
for the second time in the tournament.
Earlier India commenced their World T20
campaign in style by registering a convincing
seven wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan.
Chasing Pakistan’s 130 for seven, India’s
Virat Kohli (36*) and Suresh Raina (35*) added
66 runs in the fourth wicket partnership to reach
the target of 131 runs by losing three wickets and
nine balls to spare.
Indian openers- Shikhar Dhawan (30) and
Rohit Sharma (24)- gave India a good start by
contributing 54 runs on the frst wicket before
Saeed Ajmal bowled out Dhawan in the eight
over of the contest.
Sharma got out to Umar Gul in the 10th over.
India were soon reduced to 65 for three after
Bilawal Bhatti bowled out Yuvraj Singh for a
Kohli and Raina took charge of the innings
format that point and ensured India win the
match without giving Pakistan any chance to
bounce back in the game.
Pakistan earlier posted 130 for seven against
India in the World T20 match.
India bounced back soon as Ravindra Jadeja
picked up Hafeez in the eighth over. Amit Mishra
soon got rid off Ahmed Shehzad as he deceived
the Pakistani opener with his turn and MS Dhoni
did not mistake in stump him out.
Mishra, who was adjudged the ‘Man of the
Match, was picked up two wickets in the match.
I did some hard work, I am very happy we
won this match,” Mishra said.
He said he always think about picking
“I am always thinking of going for wickets,
and building up pressure. MS (MS Dhoni) gave
me a lot of support today, the sort of support you
need as a bowler,” he said.
28 March 2014
he Southern Institute of Technology
is proud to present Arts on Tour to
Invercargill in 2014. Arts on Tour is an exciting
cultural event that has a plethora of nationally
and internationally accomplished New Zealand
artists that will be touring around New Zealand.
From classical violin to stand-up comedy the
tour provides a variety of unique shows that
will have something for everyone’s taste.
SIT’s decision to support this cultural
extravaganza is to promote the growth of arts
in the region and also give a strong taste of the
professional arts industry to SIT arts students.
SIT’s Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds said
“SIT’s range of arts and creative media courses
develop the skill and ingenuity of our very
talented students. Our involvement in Arts on
Tour will also provide a unique opportunity
for our students to meet the artists and learn
frst-hand about the demands of becoming a
professional in the creative industries.”
Arts on Tour will bring down a different
act each month between the months of April
and September for performances in an around
Invercargill. The frst act will be critically
acclaimed violinist Fiona Pears who will be
performing at SIT Centre Stage on April 24. In
regards to one of her recent performances the
New Zealand Herald reviewer said “banish from
your minds all preconceptions of orthodoxy in
the world of the violin. Fiona Pears has largely
rewritten the script” (Bills, Peter Jan 09, 2012,
Effervescent Kiwi soloist grabs life by its violin
strings, NZ Herald)
The evening will kick off at 7.30pm with
Fiona Pears performing alongside UK pianist,
Ian Tilley and talented gypsy-jazz guitar duo,
La Petite Manouche. Tickets can be purchased
from Ticket Direct or Cue TV.
For more information about arts on tour
please visit www.aotnz.co.nz or like the SIT
face book page for updates www.facebook.
SIT proud to present Arts
on Tour
he Southern Institute of Technology gave
195 Year 11 Southland Girls High school
pupils a taste of the trades industry. The girls
were given the opportunity to choose one of the
following programmes ;Airbrush, Automotive,
Carpentry, Electrical, Engineering, Furniture/
Joinery, Painting and Decorating and then
spend a day in one of these area’s in SIT’s new
5.5 Million dollar trade facilities.
Russell Finlay Programme Operations
Manager for trades said “There are some
great career opportunities in trade’s areas
offering real job satisfaction and higher wages.
Although women have historically been under-
represented in many trades, they often excel
in what might be considered male dominated
roles. Some of our best trade’s people are
women, and they often bring skill sets that
allow them to move onto management roles
within the industry.
SIT courses offer students the industry
knowledge and practical skills required to
capitalise on the many career opportunities that
trades offer. It is great to see Southland Girls
High School taking such a positive approach
to introducing their year 11 students to trade
Southland girls High School Pupils said
“it opened up a new career pathway that they
would not have thought of doing before”. They
also commented that it was “ fun and something
different”. The girls were also given a tour of
the new Multi-Million Dollar Trades facilities
and discussed potential career planning options
with tutors and programme managers.
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28 March 2014
hey say that your language is the one that
you speak when you are angry, the one
that you speak in your dreams. How can you be
ashamed of it?
I have no regrets telling people that I come
from a land, where people speak in at least 850
different languages and 1,683 dialects or their
“mother tongues”. Our Indian constitution
recognizes 15 regional languages (Assamese,
Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri,
Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit,
Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu). Ten of the
major states of India are generally organized
along linguistic lines.
So what generally causes us to lose touch
with our native language & prompts us to join
the ranks of liberal English speaking with thick
North or South Indian Accents?
I know of some people who went abroad
(US, Canada, Australia etc.) and stayed there
for many years. When they returned here,
they were already unable (or did not want to)
speak our native language. What they do is just
speak in English and try to imitate an accent
which they think that sounds cooler. It’s kind of
annoying. But the question still remains that, if
you go to another country and stay there for a
long time, will you eventually forget about your
native language?
I often fnd people who are Gujaratis but
are hesitant of speaking in Gujarati when
conversing with their fellow Gujaratis, hesitant
of their revealing their own identity. I am
dumbstruck when I fnd that they are proud
not to know their mother tongue, and I get
frustrated when two Gujaratis speak in Hindi or
English. (Ever heard two Bengalis speaking any
language other than Bengali, or two Malayalis
speaking anything other than Malayalam?)
I do not understand any of this. There is
nothing wrong in learning, liking and adapting
other languages. But why refrain with your
I searched & found out that, that it has all
started with a kind of “Acceptance Complex”.
Someday someone went out somewhere, a place
where he was surrounded by people speaking
English fuently. He was not able to join the
conversation because he did not know English.
The feeling of segregation overpowered. He put
his kids in an English medium school, and took
away everything from the kids that will make
them love their mother tongue: Gujarati Books,
Gujarati Songs, History of Gujarati Language
and Gujarati environment.
“His kids grew up with a detachment with
their own language, yet it was not completely
wiped off from them. So, they were torn
between Gujarati and English, East and West.
They chose English over Gujarati, because
“America ma badha English bole (In America
everyone speaks English)”.
One grad student studying for a management
degree and have spent close to 4 years here tells
“My friend just came in the New Year
(about 2 months back for his undergrad) and
has already put up an accent!!! His explanation
is that, in the past few weeks he has made so
many American friends that he has forgotten
the Desi English which he spoke for 20 years.
His English is excellent but the pseudo accent
is very annoying. On many occasions I mistook
his calls to be telemarketing calls. It’s like
speaking to a different person altogether. Now
he admires everything American and despises
anything Indian. Hope I am not next in line”.
I understand developing an accent is a
natural process. But do people really have to
put up an accent and talk when they talk to their
old pals whom they have known for years ???
I fnd this blind aping of any culture extremely
Personally, I have no problem with people
putting accent. It’s funny when people put on
accent with wrong English. Let me give you
some real life examples here (source courtesy
Times of India):
Arunima, a 19-year-old English Hons
student who was born and raised in Texas,
says, “It’s funny when people back home tell me
that I sound like Hannah Montana. Everyone
in Texas sounds like Hannah Montana!” Akhil
Chopra, who runs his own advertising agency,
lived in England till he fnished school, and
has been told he sounds like Harry Potter. “It’s
funny, because everyone in England ‘sounds
like Harry Potter’, and I never thought that
someone would actually ever say that to me!”
Julia Tirkey’s maid, Pyaari, seems to be
awestruck every time Julia speaks. Says Julia,
“Every time I’m speaking, she just stops to
listen. Even though she doesn’t understand a
lot, she says I sound like the “angrezi madams”
on TV.”
There are of course, people on both sides
of the spectrum. On one end is the Kannada/
Tamil/Gujarati/Bengali speaking super
exclusive group, who converse in their mother
tongues, eat traditional food and have been like
a rock with respect to the people they are and
the environment they are in. They are mostly
happy with things, their friends, and so on, and
don’t really feel like they are missing anything,
or that they should be doing something else.
On the other end of the spectrum are those
who avoid fellow nationals at all costs to ‘move
away’ from who they have been.
I would say that a good 70% of the diaspora
are swimming somewhere between these
extremes, not wanting to appear ‘clannish’ or
exclusive, but ending up in an all-desi group
At the end of the day, you’re going to
end up mimicking the accent you’re most
surrounded by. We humans tend to do that, not
just so that people around us can understand
us better, but also so that we can understand
them better. So please don’t consciously mimic
people’s accents while talking to them. Other
than imitation still being the sincerest form of
fattery, it’s helpful for your own cognition of
what people around you are saying.
Thanks for reading folks!
Pardesi Land, Phoren Accent!
New fnancial reporting standards: simplifying business in New Zealand
ignifcant changes are being made to the fnancial
reporting standards from 01st April 2014. What
does this mean to you as a small business owner?
Basically the changes are being made in the way
your end of year accounts are prepared. The whole
idea is to make it simpler to prepare end of year
accounts so you will have less compliance cost
and can focus more on growing your business. The
initial draft suggested that fnancial statements were
not required for all businesses with less than $30
million turnover, but the IRD objected to that and
suggested fnancial statements are required with a
minimum standard level. The requirement for the
IRD is to have a basic set of accounts on which they
can rely upon in the event of auditing a business.
To refect those changes The Tax Administration
(Financial Statements) Order 2014 has been passed
which is effective from 01 April 2014, which means
your frst set of accounts prepared on this basis
would be for the year ending 31st March 2015.
These are important changes to all proft entities
for fnancial reporting purposes. A company is not
defned large if it has a turnover of less than $30
million or $60 million assets.
Entities not large in size (representing 95%
New Zealand businesses) will not comply with
GAAP but must at least follow IRD’s minimum
requirements. Section 21B and 21 C are inserted
in Tax Administration Act 1994, which states a
company must prepare fnancial statements in
accordance with prescribed applicable minimum
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Minimum requirement from the Inland
Revenue Department:
1. A business with less than $30,000 either
income or expense and the business is not a part of
group of companies, does not need to follow even
minimum requirement, which means do nothing
except fling return.
2. Non-active company exempt from the
minimum requirements.
3. Minimum requirements also apply to
Look Through Companies.
4. The fnancial statements should consist
of a balance sheet which sets out the assets,
liabilities, and net assets, and a proft and loss
statement which shows income and expenditure.
5. The fnancial statement must be prepared
applying double-entry method of recording and
principles of accrual accounting.
6. Where reasonably possible, either
historical costs, or market values, or tax values
can be used for the determination of income and
expenditure, fxed assets and depreciation, and the
balance sheet.
7. A statement of accounting policies and
changes thereto that is suffciently detailed that a
user can understand the material policies that have
been applied or changed in the preparation of the
fnancial statements.
8. Comparable fgures for the last year
should be disclosed.
9. The fnancial statements or supporting
schedules should show:
a) The relevant (for that taxpayer) IR 10
key points.
b) A reconciliation of the company’s
fnancial statements and taxable income for the
income year.
c) A reconciliation of tax losses and
movements therein for the year including loss
offsets and subventions, if any.
d) Related party transactions except for
immaterial irregular transactions.
e) Notes should detail (qualifying
companies are exempt from the frst two
requirements, look-though companies are exempt
from all three of these requirements):
i. the available subscribed capital
(shareholders’ funds that can be returned tax-free to
shareholders in qualifying circumstances) per class
of shares issued;
ii. any amount of realised capital gains that
could be distributed tax-free upon the liquidation of
the company; and
iii. a reconciliation of opening to closing
imputation credits.
f) A reconciliation of movements in
shareholders’ equity, and loans or current accounts
to/from the owner and related parties.
g) An appropriate note detailing
“Exceptional items” – box 26 of the IR 10.
h) An appropriately detailed taxation-based
fxed asset and depreciation schedule.
i) Interest should always be grossed up for
resident withholding tax.
j) Dividends should be grossed up for
imputation credits to the extent that the dividend
is taxable and the credits are usable to reduce the
taxpayer’s tax liability for that year.
k) All realised and unrealised gains and
losses that are recorded in the fnancial statements
should be recorded in the proft and loss.
10. Associated persons transactions
a. this is one of the new and most critical
requirements for Small and medium size companies
as they will be required to provide details of all
associated persons transactions such as:
b. Interest expense, rental and lease
payments, wages & salaries, management fee,
royalty payments, and loans between the company
and associated persons.
We believe these changes are signifcant for
the small and medium size businesses as they will
save on compliance cost, but for the very small
businesses it may not bring savings in compliance
cost as they still have to prepare fnancial statements
in a prescribed format described by the IRD. In a
next article we will write about changes being made
to Goods and Services Tax Act effective from 01-
04-2014, which will allow non-resident entities
to register and seek GST refund. Until now non-
resident businesses could not seek GST refund.
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Information above is provided for general use
only, if you are intending to rely on any of the
information above please consult with us or seek
a professional advice. We accept no responsibility
of what so ever if above information result in any
kind of loss to you, tax laws differs and varies for
individual circumstances.
28 March 2014
unning the rat race and struggling through
the chores, is for the ordinary. Stars are
born with the lords special gift, of making
things happen. A young girl in New Zealand
dreams of becoming a Bollywood singer and
the melody in her voice has taken her many a
step closer to that dream.
Singer and Radio Tarana RJ Shirley Setia,
needs no introduction, her voice is her identity,
or so a popular Lata song goes.
Shirley, a 20-something, Indian girl, living
in Auckland has harboured a passion for
singing, and has been making waves on various
social media platforms with people getting
enamoured by her voice.
Currently, a student at the University of
Auckland, studying B.Com, she works part
time as a Radio Jockey on Radio Tarana. Her
own show ‘Showtime with Shirley’ airs on
Sundays between 1- 4:30pm, on the channel.
On speaking to the shy and dreamy eyed
Shirley, she said, “I really wish to become a
playback singer in the Bollywood industry. I
will hopefully make it big, I will, one day sing
my way there.”
Taking small steps in her direction, Shirley
recorded an original song along with Abhas
Joshi (of Star Voice of India, fame) and Shreyas
I have been doing various Bollywood cover
videos on YouTube for a year now. In this
period, I have gained over 22, 000 subscribers
on YouTube, 23,000 likes on Facebook and
close to 4,000 more on Twitter, she added.
Shirely, ranks amongst the Top 100, in the
‘Most Subscribed’ channels list in New Zealand,
when last checked she was climbing the ladder
at number 60. (Most subscribed NZ channels:
She was invited by YouTube as a ‘YouTube
Creator’ to attend
an event named
Nokia Music
Connects, held
in Mumbai in
November. She
was only one of
4 people invited,
and only one
from outside of
Her cover
version of the
song ‘Tum
Hi Ho...’ was
selected by
T-Series, the
music label,
as one of the
winners of their
worldwide held
competition on
YouTube. The
cover now has
close to 1million
views on YouTube.
Her cover
of the song
‘Manmarziyan...’, a personal favourite, was
recognised and appreciated by Lootera movie’s
offcial twitter page and also by T-Series.
Many of her other covers have also been
acknowledged by the label, over their social
media platforms. They have shared the song
covers for the listener to hear.
Her recent cover for the song ‘Baarish...’
also featured on YouTube India. The cover has
done well in a very short span of time.
She has also performed on various platforms
like the ‘Rock On’ event organised and managed
by UA International, a charity concert; with a
band called ‘Indigenous’, here in Auckland.
Among other notable recognition her cover
for the song ‘Tera chehra...” was recognised
and appreciated by Adnan Sami, the original
singer of the song, on Twitter.
She will be performing in the cross-over
event ‘Nasha’, to be held in May, this year here
in Auckland.
A young girls dreams being put on the
backburner, is a story of the old, now woman all
over are multi-tasking and leaving an indelible
mark on their chosen felds of work. Rising
singer Shirley Setia is one of those voices that
will fnd her way to your heart.
Watch out Shirely is here to sing her way to
To be able to enjoy Shirley Setia’s music
do visit her YouTube channel, and subscribe to
her other pages to give wings to this budding
Facebook:www.facebook.com/ shirleyse-
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShirleySetia
Shirley Setia: A melodious voice, and
the face of a rising star
ri2 Hair Extensions has been plaiting
hair, for the beauty queens, the girls are
winning pageants and Ritu Bhargava owner of
Ari2 cannot be prouder.
“Reason for my success is simple. I am not
scared of failures. I have been at the bottom and
seen the worst. From there, I only had to go up
and rise and stand back on my feet,” said Ritu
“I am a diehard optimist. I have treated my
enemies, as teachers and every obstacle as a
learning experience,” she added.
Ari2 Hair Extensions was the offcial
sponsor and the judge at Miss Bikini Heat 3
NZ. After a successful campaign, with Amalina
Bunyasacgi, who got the full head of extensions
done from Ari2 winning the heat. Next up, they
will be sponsoring Miss World 2014 which will
be at Rendezvous Hotel on 26th April.
Also, the Miss Bikini Grand Final which
will be in May and the winner will be going
for the international competition to be held in
India. Ari2 will be a sponsor and will be in the
judging panel of the fnal event here in NZ.
Talking about her struggles, Ritu says,
“I remember having a vision, no experience
in business, or lack of money did not stop
me. Everyone, including my parents told me
starting a business in the midst of recession was
the worst idea.”
She laughed, “Had I listen to them I would
not be here today!”
“All I want to say to people is to follow
their dreams, listen to your gut and have trust in
yourself. I am sure success will follow.”
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Ritu Bhargava crowns Amalina Bunyasaegi,
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28 March 2014
Ali Fazal to join ‘Fast & Furious 7’ team in Abu Dhabi
he shooting of Hollywood flm “Fast &
Furious 7”, which had been postponed
following actor Paul Walker’s sudden
demise in a car crash, will be resumed with
a schedule in Abu Dhabi. Bollywood actor
Ali Fazal will join the team.
“Yes, I will be joining the ‘Fast &
Furious’ gang soon. We have to fnish the
flming,” said the actor, who has earlier
featured in Hindi flms like “3 Idiots”,
“Always Kabhi Kabhi” and “Fukrey”.
Though the dates have not been sent to
Ali, he has been told to keep himself ready
to leave for Abu Dhabi at the end of this
The shooting will resume in the frst
week of April.
Ali also plays the romantic lead opposite
Vidya Balan in “Bobby Jasoos”. Since he
would be required in Mumbai for promoting
the flm which is expected to release
around June, he is hoping that the shooting
schedules of “Fast & Furious 7” don’t clash
with the promotion of “Bobby Jasoos”
Saif charged with assaulting SA businessman
aif Ali Khan was charged
for assaulting South African
businessman Iqbal Sharma in 2012,
reports said.
A local court here framed charges
against the Bollywood actor under
Section 325 (voluntarily causing
grievous hurt) and 34 (acts done by
several persons in furtherance of
common intention) of the IPC for
assaulting South African businessman.
The trial in the case will begin on
Apr 30.
Khan was arrested in February 2012
for assaulting Sharma, who was a guest
at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, following
which a case of assault was registered
against him on the basis of a complaint
filed by the businessman.
Sharma accused him and his aides of
breaking his nose after a scuffle inside
the Taj Hotel here.
Khan was then having dinner with
actress Kareena Kapoor, now his wife,
her sister Karisma Kapur and their
friends Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita
Arora, her husband Shakeel Ladak and
producer-actor Bilal Amrohi.
Ladak and Amrohi have also been
charged with assault.
Bollywood Diary
omic book legend Stan Lee, co-
creator of some of the world’s
leading superhero characters like
Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, has
joined hands with Graphic India to
launch a new superhero - “Chakra the
Created by Lee, Graphic India
and POW! Entertainment, the new
series of animated shorts is available
globally in English and will also be
released in Hindi specifcally for the
Indian market, the two US companies
announced Tuesday.
Launched on Rovio’s ToonsTV, a
streaming video platform, Chakra is
also available to audiences around the
world through the immensely popular
Angry Birds game apps, at Toons.TV
and on selected connected devices.
“Against the spectacular backdrop
of the great Indian metropolis of
Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga
of Chakra, one of my latest and most
exciting superhero creations, whose
adventures will captivate audiences
around the world,” said Lee.
“Chakra - The Invincible,” tells the
story of Raju Rai, a young Indian boy
living in Mumbai.
Stan Lee launches new superhero in English, Hindi
n onscreen marriage between the two
actors, who have both risen from indie
roots, is fnally on the cards. Filmmaker
Pritish Nandy’s son, Kushan, has signed
Chitrangada Singh and Nawazuddin
Siddiqui, for a comedythriller which will
be directed by him.
The flm, which will go on foors around
June this year, will be shot extensively
in West Bengal and Bihar. It will mostly
be during the monsoons as the rains are
integral to the plot of the yet-untitled flm.
Nawaz-Chitrangada’s Bong connect
28 March 2014
Tarannum Shaikh
‘I will go on’ : Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is out to play a ghost again … in Bhootnath Returns. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in
conversation with the megastar in Mumbai on his latest project
Tell us something about Bhootnath Returns.
As you all know the ghost Bhootnath went back to
heaven in the frst flm (Bhootnath, 2008). In the
second part, the flm opens with everyone in heaven
laughing at him as he has failed to scare a child and
has caused embarrassment to the ghost community.
And so he comes down to earth once again to prove
that he is a scary ghost.

There is a dialogue in the flm that says if songs
become hit, the flm becomes superhit. Do you
I think so, if the songs become popular, the flm
also proves successful at the box offce. But then, it
is just a dialogue in the flm. If it works for us, then
it will be great
You have not changed your costume throughout
the flm. Why is that?
Well, I am a ghost. Where will I go to change my
Didn’t you feel you should try out more costumes
to make your character look better?
No, I did not. Because, think about it … where will
a ghost go to get his clothes?

In the flm, you, as a ghost, is out to contest
elections. Do you think, given by the present
political situation, our country too needs a
supernatural candidate this Lok Sabha polls?
I don’t know what the motive was in Nitesh’s
(Tiwari, director) mind while drafting the script. But
I do wish you see the flm and then you might not
require to ask me this question as you will get the
answer there.

You seem to be amazed with your co-actor Parth.
Could he match up to your acting prowess?
The small kid Parth is the hero of the flm, I am zero.
He is a natural actor.

Why is that you dislike the term Bollywood
given to the Hindi flm industry?
It’s an Indian flm industry and we would like to be
known as that. I fnd it a little derogatory as to why
have a synonym which sounds similar to what we
have in the West.

What is cinema to you?
Cinema brings people together. When we sit inside
a dark theatre, we don’t really bother about which
caste or religion the person sitting next to us belong
to. We enjoy the same movie, hum the same songs,
laugh at the same jokes and cry at the same emotion.
In this disintegrating world today, cinema is that one
medium that integrates people rather than separating
them. I am happy to be a small part of the fraternity.
Do you like multi-tasking or you are compelled
If there is time and if my health permits me, I would
like to do as many things as possible. As long as
people keep loving me and caring for me, I will go
What do you think of brand endorsements?
My association with endorsements has been there
for several years now. When we started out as
actors, brand endorsements or becoming brand
ambassadors were not something that we were
interested in. Many offers were also made at that
time. But somehow, we kept ourselves away from
it as we thought it was not in our line of activity. But
in the last 45 years that I am here, the industry itself
has grown where marketing, your evaluation have
become very important.
Trans World Features (TWF)
ne of Auckland’s most popular Indian
takeaway restaurants had a remake to
really make the kitchen come alive.
Paradise Takeaway on Sandringham Rd
opened a live kitchen earlier this month for
customers and passers-by, alike, to get a
glimpse into their kitchen.
Paradise owner Salauddin Mohammed, 39,
says it’s all in a bid to stand out from the rest.
“We’re always thinking to do something
new at Paradise. Not only the live and open
kitchen but even the food that we do. Our
cuisine is different to most restaurants in
The live kitchen will mostly showcase the
cooking of kebabs, naans and rumali rotis by
Paradise’s experienced chefs.
Mr Mohammed, who has been a chef for
over 20 years, opened this restaurant around
three years ago and never looked back.
The restaurant, specializing in Mughlai
cuisine, is a family business managed by Mr
Mohammed along with his brothers Sami and
Wasim Mohammed.
“I always had a plan to open a live kitchen.
It just happened earlier than expected.” He
Having so many years’ experience, meant
the Hyderabadi-born chef was confdent
enough to venture out and try something new.
Before migrating to New Zealand he
travelled around the world working at different
restaurants. His travels included working for
the Hilton Hotel in Saudi Arabia; getting a
Hotel Management qualifcation in Toronto;
and having a restaurant in Sydney for around
fve years.
“We were expecting to [open a live kitchen]
in four to fve years’ time. But it’s been going
good so far. I just never expected this much
this fast.” says Mr Mohammed.
But he does not plan on stopping there.
“We do have plans to open more restaurants
around Auckland in the future. But not until
we’re satisfed with this live kitchen. Once this
is perfect, we’ll think of the future.”
His perfectionism comes from his passion
of food and cooking, which is why keeping his
customers satisfed is crucial to him.
“Whenever customers give me feedback I
think about it before I go to bed. If I ever get an
unsatisfed customer I can’t sleep. I try to think
of any improvements I can make.
“My desire is to make good food. It’s
simple, humans need food the most and they
like good food. That’s where my happiness is.”
Paradise comes alive
“I love the live kitchen. I love the food here, I come here three
times a week.”
“My favourite dish has to be Chicken 65. Or Chicken Makhani
and an extra buttered naan.”
-Hillary Cole, Howick
“It’s good that they expanded it, there’s more space to eat.”
“I love biryani, that’s what I come for. I’m going to come tonight
as well with my dad!”
-Reena Singh, Hauraki.
Paradise Takeaway owner Saladdin Mohammed, 39, opened his live kitchen in early March.
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Sri Sri Radha
Damodar Temple
Govinda Restaurant OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM - 10PM
11 Pleasant View Road, Panmure
For more information please call Damodar Das on 021 2703424
Lunch Special
Bhakti Centre Hall available for hire
FREE of charge*
(*conditions apply)
100% pure
PH: (09) 5278146
Modern Spacious 500 seater Hall for Hire
In-house catering for all occasions available
Ample 200+ secure parking
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Community Self Defence
The workshops are a friendly, educational
environment, where instructors know that
some of the participants may have already
been a victim, they know not to spend too
much time talking and utilise as much time as
possible demonstrating and practising.
You learn the vital parts of the body - parts of
the body that are vulnerable & easy to attack
Learn how to defend yourself against slaps,
punches, pushes & grabs
When: Saturday 5 April & Sunday 6 April,
10:00am – 4:30pm
Where: The Gardens School, 101 Charles
Prevost Drive, Auckland
For inquiry: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)
Website: www.selfdefencecourses.co.nz
Hot Tips: Top 10 Do’s and
Top 5 Dont’s for Parents
Unfortunately children don’t come with an
instruction manual, but this presentation
might help. We look at the top 10 parenting
skills that work, and the common mistakes
we often make. Learn practical steps to
develop happy, healthy, children that you can
enjoy and be proud of. You’ll go home from
this event with new ideas, a heap of tips to
try and a big dose of optimism.
When: Wednesday 2 April 2014, 7:00pm –
Where: Helensville Christian Life Centre,
118 Commercial Road, Auckland
Admission: Tickets $10-15. Tickets can
be purchased from Helensville Christian Life
Centre and Noah’s Ark Playgroup.
For details:Ph (09) 420 8911
Email: admin@hclc.co.nz
Onehunga Festival
Live stage performances, free kids
entertainment and market stalls, the
Onehunga Festival returns with a new
temporary home at Jellicoe Park. Children
can enjoy the bouncy castle and jousting
arena, pedal cars, Old Macdonalds Mobile
Farm and backyard games. There will also
be food and craft stalls, as well as live music.
When: Sunday 6 April 2014, 11:00am –
Where: Jellicoe Park, 131 Trafalgar St
For inquiry:Ph (09) 301 0101
Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
The Very Vintage Day Out
New Zealand’s favourite vintage festival, The
Very Vintage Day Out (VVDO). Returning
with a fabulous day of vintage celebrations
with lots of entertainment, shopping and
interactive activities, there is plenty to
offer young and old all day. Transforming
Alexandra Park into a mecca of all things
When: Saturday 5 April 2014, 10:00am –
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway,
Greenlane Rd West, Auckland
For inquiry: Ph (09) 361 1000
Admission: $18.00- 25.00
Website: www.veryvintage.co.nz
Mushaira and Kavi
Urdu Hindi Cultural Assosiation of New
Zealand Inc. presents 3-in-1 ghazal
programme evening, in New Zealand.
Help promote and preserve the two
most prominent languages of the Indian
subcontinent. Come one, come all. ‘Mazedar
Hydrabadi Biryani’ and other vegetarian
stuff will also be available. So don’t miss this
special entertainment opportunity, which
will also provide a glimpse of the cultural
richness of Indian and Pakistani plethora to
your children.
When: Saturday 24 May, 6:30pm onwards
Where: Fickling Convention Centre,3Kings
Admission: Free
Contact:Syed Mujeeb 0211602135 or
This training will give your child the ability to manage stress, become a stronger and more
resilient individual, become calmer, master their innate ability to remain healthy, highly
motvated, accomplish homework and goals easily, increase their focus and concentraton,
spark their innate creatvity to fnding solutons and ideas, develop healthy self-esteem,
self confdence and self assertveness.
In the workshop the children will learn the following :
• The ability to relax physically and mentally.
• The Alpha level and how to reach it and functon there at will.
• Manage stress and let go of anxiety, worry and fear
• Developing positve thoughts and habits
• How to achieve goals easily
• How to become a beter speller, improve memory, learning and
• listening skills
• How to say no to peer pressure and stll have friends
• Learn to communicate easily with friends, family and peers
• How to be an A student and excel in studies
• Learn study techniques and use the “3 Fingers Technique” to improve memory,
• Recall and problem solving skills.
• Learn how to replace unwanted habits and negatve beliefs with positve ones.
• Learn how to obtain informaton using all their facultes
• Create a healthy self-image
• Learn how to solve problems and fnd answers with their dreams
• Learn how to energise themselves afer a long day and have Alpha breaks
• How to become more creatve and inventve using visualisaton and imaginaton
• How to obtain informaton intuitvely, using their subjectve senses
The Silva Children’s Seminar
Creatvity is one of the great assets of the human mind when you learn to think and solve
problems at the right brain frequency, the Alpha level. Your child will learn how to help
themselves and humanity in a positve way and make a positve contributon to the world.
April 21st - April 24th
(4 days Seminar)
Email: ijoseph@thesilvamethod.co.nz
Tel: 09-6279123
The Seminar will run for 4 Days from
10 am to 5 pm
(Hours are fexible depending on ages of
the Children)
Tuiton fee: $ 900
Tuiton fee for brother/sister
$ 750
If there are more than two children
atending please contact me.
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class apart, Auckland’s premiere Bollywood fusion
club, has been drawing the crowds. The music is
electric, a sophisticated ambience adds glamour, service
and the bar is top notch as well. This was some common
feedback from party-goers, and regulars of No.1 High
Street, also the destination for Bollywood Affair.
“I have been a regular at No. 1 High Street, this place
has so much more energy now, I was appalled at visiting
Bollywood clubs in Auckland earlier, but this place is
nothing like that,” said Sanchit Gupta, an Auckland
University student.
Not just the Indian patrons, but the Kiwi youth has taken
an instant liking to the club, “the feel is not at all ethnic,
but rather very glam and pumped up” said Liz, a regular
party goer.
The club has indeed received an amazing response and
I am glad that the crowds have shown so much adulation.
It is the place to be for the young Indian professional. Once
the crowd is in, it is only the music that can hold them there,
said DJ Areeb.
The dance foor is still tapping in, be there to have an
enthralling evening, Saturday nights at No.1 High Street,
Bollywood Affair will be there to sweep you off your feet.
Bollywood Affair opened to rave reviews
28 March 2014
• 1cup- wheat four
• 1/2cup- jaggery (gur) or you can take sugar if you like.
• 1/2tsp- baking powder
• 1tbsp- ghee (refned butter)
• 1tsp- cardamom powder
• 1cup- warm water
• Oil for deep frying
• In a pan melt ghee on a medium heat. When the ghee melts, add besan Add
warm water to the jaggery and stir until dissolved. Keep it aside.
• In a bowl add the 1 cup of wheat four.
• Strain the dissolved jaggery and add the strained syrup to the wheat four.
• Add ghee, cardamom powder and add more water to make it into a pouring
• Use electric hand blander for better result and keep the batter covered for 6
to 8 hours.
• Heat oil in a wok/karahi.
• Add baking powder to the batter and mix properly.
• In the hot oil in the wok, add a spoonful of batter into the hot oil.
• Deep fry until its brown in colour.
• Serve hot.
Ruby’s Kitchen
By Ruby Dhillon
If you like crispy then fry them until the edges are brown and if you like it soft take
it out before it is dark brown in colour.
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