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Give nothing to Racism
We can stop casual racism from growing into something
more extreme.  We can give it no encouragement.
No respect.  No place.  No power.  We can give it nothing.

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On 21 March 1960, at a police station in the South African That’s Us is about the kind of people we want hearts and minds. In an attempt to change
township of Sharpeville in Transvaal (today part of Gauteng) to be, as well as the kind of country we want this narrative – the Human Rights Commission
a crowd of about 5k to 7k protestors had gathered against our kids growing up in. New Zealanders need calls on each one of us to “Give Nothing to
apartheid law. The Police opened fire killing 69 people including to understand that the way we treat each other Racism”. The message is clear - Racism starts
10 children. There are said to have been 289 casualties in total is crucial to our future so we are highlighting small.  Sometimes it lives in everyday actions and
including 29 children. Many of these are said to have sustained instances where we have not treated each other comments that we laugh off, nod in agreement
back injuries from being shot at while trying to flee. This incident with dignity and mana. to, excuse, and therefore accept.  But we don’t
is known as the Sharpeville Massacre. have to.  We can stop casual racism from growing
HRC says “We trust that New Zealanders will into something more extreme.  We can give it
In present-day South Africa, 21 March is marked as a public recognise injustice and unfairness when they no encouragement.  No respect.  No place.  No
holiday in honour of human rights and to commemorate the hear the true stories of what fellow Kiwis have power.  We can give it nothing.
Sharpeville massacre. gone through it’s time for us to work actively at
peaceful race relations”. The message this Race Relations Day is that by
UNESCO marks 21 March as the Day of Elimination of Racial giving nothing to racism we refuse to indulge it,
Discrimination. In New Zealand, we mark this day as Race 1 in 3 complaints to the Human Rights we refuse to let it florish, we refuse to welcome
Relations Day. Every year there are numerous celebrations of Commission are about racial discrimination it. Lets challenge our own prejudices, because
this day across the length and breadth of the country. This but we know most people never complain. In they are passed on to the next generation with
year too more than 35 separate Race Relations celebrations in her speech on Race Relations Day Celebration the subtlest of teachings. We’ve lost count of
communities from Northland to Invercargill, Gisborne to Hawkes at Government House, speaking of the That’s times parents have told their children to endure
Bay will be taking place throughout March. Events range from Us Campaign, Dame Susan Devoy said the racist taunts everyday. Prejudice starts small, on
food festivals to debates, colour runs, cultural performances and campaign is about “sharing the real stories the streets we live in, at the places we shop in,
speech competitions. of real New Zealanders. Letting other New and it grows when good people allow it. Hate
Zealanders know what it feels like to be racially starts small but so does hope. We want New
We live in not just the most ethnically diverse but also one of the abused or discriminated against. Zealanders to challenge ourselves and our loved
most peaceful countries in the world. Race Relations Commissioner ones to treat each other with respect and mana.
Dame Susan Devoy says she’s proud to see all corners of Aotearoa From the moment we began we knew that many Lets make this Race Relations Day about taking a
New Zealand celebrating Race Relations Day. “More and more of Kiwis didn’t think we had a problem with racism stand about the kind of country we live in and the
us are appreciating the richness that different cultures bring, and or prejudice here. They thought we weren’t as kind of people we are. We hope you will join us.
celebrating the relationships we can have with one another. And it’s bad as America or Australia, so we were all good.
happening in both cities and smaller centres. Word is spreading.”
But the reality is that when we talked to Maori
While being a melting pot of numerous diverse cultures and people New Zealanders, Asian New Zealanders, Pasifika
is rather unique and beautiful, it brings with it several challenges. Kiwis, Muslim Kiwis: every one had a story to
Racism can be one such challenge. Noting that racial intolerance is share. A story of prejudice, a memory of being
on the rise overseas and closer to home and the NZ Attitudes and humiliated, a time when they were made to feel
Values Survey, as well as HRC’s own complaints data showed clearly less than everyone else.”
that we as a country need to start talking openly about intolerance.
Given this, in 2016 the NZ Human Rights Commission announced Each of us can relate to this. Looking back at
its first anti-racism campaign that asks Kiwis to start sharing their our own journey of migrating to a new country
own personal stories about racism, intolerance and hatred as well and starting a new life, we can recall stories of
as our hopes for the future. The campaign was called - That’s Us discrimination that are perhaps etched in our
The Indian News | Page 4 March 20, 2018

NZ Story
New Zealand signs up to
International CleanSeas Campaign
live in them by 2050. source on land. we take resources, use them, then
dispose of them. That is the focus
“By signing up to the CleanSeas Measures included banning of the latest round of the Waste
campaign, we are making it clear products containing plastic Minimisation Fund which I also
that New Zealand wants to be part microbeads – this will come into announced today.”
of the solution to this problem.” effect in June, developing options
to get rid of single use plastic bags, At the launch Minister Sage will
Johan Salén, Volvo Ocean Race supporting data gathering on meet New Zealander Bianca Cook,
Co-President, welcomed the marine debris along our coastlines who is a crew member aboard the
commitment. and oceans, funding initiatives Turn the Tide on Plastic boat. Cook
through the Waste Minimisation is the first Kiwi woman to sail in the
“I would like to congratulate the Fund (WMF) including Keep New Volvo Ocean Race since 2001/02.
New Zealand Government on Zealand Beautiful, Sustainable
joining the United Nations-led Coastlines and the Packaging During the race, the Turn the Tide
CleanSeas campaign to address the Forum, reviewing implementation on Plastic crew members hope to
New Zealand has joined the United being killed by litter in our oceans.
impacts plastics are having on our of the Waste Minimisation Act to raise awareness of plastic pollution
Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to Also the issue of microplastic in our
oceans,” he said. use its powers better and promote in the world’s oceans and are testing
rid our oceans of plastic, Associate oceans and its effect on the food
waste minimisation. salinity, dissolved CO2, algae and
Environment Minister Eugenie chain is a concern for all species
“By individuals, businesses, NGOs microplastics levels in the ocean.
Sage announced. and is a potential risk to human
and governments, such as New “This Government has pledged
health. New Zealand is proud to be
Zealand’s, working together we to significantly reduce waste to “It’s great to see the Volvo Ocean
Ms Sage signed a pledge showing joining this campaign to stop this
can find innovative solutions to landfill by 2020. It’s an ambitious Race supporting the CleanSeas
New Zealand’s commitment to from happening,” Ms Sage said.
educate, innovate and leave a goal and will take a concerted campaign. We all need to work
the global CleanSeas campaign
lasting legacy that will help address effort. together to stop plastic going into
at the Volvo Ocean Race Village “Scientists estimate that there are
this plastic problem.” our oceans. We can all play a part
in Auckland. More than 40 other over 150 million tonnes of plastics
“We need to move to a circular by kicking the plastic bag habit and
countries have already signed up. in the ocean today. If nothing
Ms Sage said the Government economy where we make, use and not buying drinks in plastic bottles.”
changes then plastic in oceans will
was taking steps to prevent litter return products and materials
“Turtles and other wildlife are weigh more than all the fish that
entering oceans by hitting it at its instead of the current model where

Time to join the conversation on the


Zero Carbon Bill
New Zealanders can now
register their interest in being The Zero Carbon Bill will be a
“I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in being part of the
part of the Government’s cornerstone of New Zealand’s discussion on the Zero Carbon Bill to sign up at the Ministry for
consultation on what the Zero transition to a low emission
Carbon Bill should look like, climate resilient future that will the Environment’s website:
Climate Change Minister James
Shaw has announced.
help us achieve our international
commitments. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/have-your-say-zero-carbon
And tell your friends to sign up too.
“We know many New Zealanders “This whole transition
want to be part of the discussion
on how we reduce our emissions
has to be shared by
and want to be kept updated all of us. Consultation
in the lead up to formal has to be with New
consultation starting around the Zealanders across the
end of May. country; from farmers
“So we’ve set up an online and factory workers,
registration process on the to iwi and innovators.
Ministry for the Environment We want everyone’s
website for individuals or thoughts and ideas.”
organisations who want to be kept
informed between now and then. The consultation will also cover
the role of the new independent
“You don’t have to register to Climate Change Commission.
be part of the consultation. The Commission is intended to
Anyone can make a submission. take a long-term non-partisan
And we’re planning lots of view, provide independent
activities before and during the advice to the government of the
consultation process to ensure day, and ensure New Zealand
everyone knows how they can stays on track to meet its climate
make submissions and be part change goals.
of the national conversation on
climate change and the Zero
Carbon Bill.”
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 5

NZ Story
New Zealand
Youth Awards 2018 Launch
Nominations are now open for
the New Zealand Youth Awards “The categories in 2018
2018. These annual awards recognise crucial skills and
recognise and celebrate young personal qualities such as
New Zealanders who have leadership, empathy, working for
achieved outstanding results, as the benefit of others and caring
well as those who have made a for our environment. As Minister
significant contribution in their for Youth, I want to take the
communities, Minister for Youth time to honour our rangatahi on
Peeni Henare announced today. behalf of the communities they
serve and represent.

“It is great to see young people


at the forefront of leading
“The New Zealand initiatives and supporting their
Youth Awards 2018 communities in areas such as
the arts, culture, education,
builds on the success business and the environment.
of previous years, who have tirelessly worked “New Zealand is awash with they will continue to achieve
and in 2018 we “I want to encourage more young to advocate for and make committed, creative and talented nationally and internationally,”
people to develop their natural a demonstrably significant young people who, through their Peeni Henare said.
will recognise 18 leadership skills and mana. These contribution to address the own desire for social good, are
rangatahi, nominated Awards are both to inspire and current needs of young people in leading innovative change and Applications close midday 26
give confidence to other young their community. developing creative solutions April 2018.
by their peers and people that it could be them right on our doorstep. The New
communities, across receiving an award next.” “I want to encourage all New Zealand Youth Awards are our
Zealanders, across every opportunity to place the spotlight
six distinct award “This year, I am also excited to community from Kaitaia to on these rangatahi and show off
categories,” introduce the junior and senior Bluff, to nominate someone who their leadership achievements
Supreme Awards to recognise deserves recognition for their and contributions to their
- Peeni Henare two outstanding young people achievements.” communities. With our support,

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NZ Story
Employment reforms will lead to business failures
One of the Labour-led businesses and employers choose Since the 90 day trial has been in New Zealand currently has one of extra rewards for doing new things
Government’s main priorities to employ people. place we’ve seen a big move into the highest performing economies in order to be more efficient than
is to strengthen unions’ rights the labour market from groups in the world for job growth and their competitors.
at the expensed of vulnerable The 90 day trial period was who have traditionally been left the most important thing to a
rolled out nationwide in 2011 worker is that there’s someone In the end, it will be families who
workers and the health of New out. As a result our participation
by New Zealand National Party who’s prepared to take a chance pay the price for these changes
Zealand’s economy. In the process rate of adults in the labour market
to encourage all businesses, and give them a job. through higher prices for the stuff
of strengthening those rights it is the highest it’s ever been.
small and large, to grow their they buy, lower pay packets due to
is clear that the Labour party
workforces and take a chance The biggest single group of new We know that the employment poor productivity, or not having
wants to ignore the 82.3 per cent
on new workers and long-term workers is sole parents. We now settings we have created 10,000 new goods or services to buy that
of workers who do not belong to
unemployed people. have the lowest number of sole new jobs a month for the last two they want.
a union.
parents relying on a welfare benefit years. And making changes like
The changes from Labour will make reforming the 90 day trial will only I am not sure if this is what we New
The Government wants to since the late 80s because tens
it much harder for young, unskilled slow that growth. Zealanders signed up for in the
bring in significant changes of thousands have successfully
and vulnerable workers to find secret coalition agreement between
to employment laws without moved into the labour market.
employment and make it too risky The new laws also impose extra Labour and its coalition partners.
consulting the people who will be
for mid-sized employers to take a Larger businesses are often the requirements on businesses, in
most affected.
chance on a new worker with no ones who take on vulnerable order to advantage unions, when Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (MP)
The previous National-led track record of employment. workers, including people like negotiating agreements. The
Government worked hard to ex-prisoners and people who are existing law already ensures that
consult employers and employees These changes will only reduce recovering from difficult health businesses must negotiate new
before formulating legislation that job opportunities and wage situations, because they have the agreements in good faith.
was positive not just for employers growth, especially for those training systems in place to work
vulnerable workers on the edges with them. Labour will force businesses into
but employees and the New
of the labour market. negotiating the same employment
Zealand economy as well.
We want every New Zealander to contracts across multiple
Changes such as eliminating 90- The law as it stands encourages have a chance to work. Valuable companies in an industry, if that is
day trial periods for all firms except all businesses, small and large, to workers are like gold to a business what the union wants. This means,
small businesses will without grow their workforces and take a but many of them just need the for example, an employer cannot
doubt have a major impact on how chance on new workers and long- opportunity to prove themselves. innovate by offering their workers
term unemployed people.

Nationals 20/20 Vision


Will Generational Change be
enough to be back in power
National unveiled it’s new shadow cabinet Zealand was one of the key stakeholders
on 27 February 2018, and there were some in the TPP which later became CPTPP
definite winners and losers – from the and was signed in Peru by Trade Minister
backbench to front bench and vice versa. David Parker earlier this month and was
described by the Minister as a ‘Fair Deal
Simon Bridges seems to have paid heed
for New Zealand’.
to the saying ‘Keep your friends close,
and your enemies closer.’ But there are those who were given a
demotion as well. Gone are the ‘Brat
The most notable rise which may have
Pack’ and ‘Boys Brigade’ of the 1990’s.
surprised many was Judith Collins, who
Only two remain from that – namely
took up the housing portfolio – meaning
Smith and Brownlee. For Brownlee and While denying that some of the MP’s know how painful it is sometimes to
she may face off with Phil Twyford over
Smith, the message is clear – It’s time to were punished for openly supporting be in the opposition, wait, watch and
what is possibly New Zealand’s biggest
step aside, generational change is here. other leadership bidders, Leader Simon not just react, but react promptly and
issue. That’ll be a battle and a half to
Bridges said the line-up reflected an competently as possible.
watch in the days to come. Gerry Brownlee now sits outside of
intention to make use of new talents and
the top ten, his major role now being Hence it was important for Bridges,
Another surprise was Mark Mitchell who ministerial experience. “This team of MPs
the Shadow Leader of the House. Nick as he prepares the largest party in the
also was promoted to the front bench as is an alternative Government in waiting.
Smith took a dive as well, losing his parliament yet in opposition, that there
he took justice, defence and disarmament. It will effectively hold this weak Coalition
environment portfolio, and now he only is fresh blood in any Shadow Cabinet
It’s clear his leadership campaign did Government to account and ensure the
holds the State Services and electoral reshuffle. Coming from the backbench
not go unrewarded. Mark’s experience National Party earns the trust of New
law reform roles. Other significant means that you are generally hungrier,
in Police and in private security will Zealanders and the right to govern in
Generational Changes for 2020 are Jami- less battle weary and more driven to not
certainly be of value to his portfolio. their interests in 2020.”
Lee Ross, Sarah Dowie who are both up only be on top of any issue of the day but
Todd McClay was another definite 19 places while Maggie Barry and Nicky The reshuffle showed that the National to also make the right noises about it.
winner – taking Gerry Brownlee’s Foreign Wagner also dropped places with the Party is a real opposition party and Strategically sound but is that enough to
Affairs, as well as tourism and trade, latter, the biggest looser sliding down holds the government to account. It’s take them to victory in 2020.
he’s up to fifth in the rankings. Todd has from 18 to number 40 in the list. called a Shadow Cabinet for a reason and
been instrumental in ensuring that New those who have been in the government - Bikram Acharya
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India
President Kovind,
PM Modi extend New Year greetings to nation
As the beginning of the Hindu strengthen the bonds of fraternity year ahead be a wonderful one,” and giving gifts, and preparing religion of Manipur. While festive
New Year is being celebrated among people in various regions he tweeted. and sharing a special dish called food, offerings and prayers are a
with great zeal across the nation, of our country,” he tweeted. ‘pachadi’, which combines all part of the festivities for the day,
President Ram Nath Kovind on Furthermore, in a series of flavours ñ sweet, sour, salty, it is believed that the feast for
Sunday extended his greetings. Meanwhile, Prime Minister tweets, Prime Minister Modi bitter. It is believed that in the the occasion is usually prepared
Narendra Modi also took to the also extended his greetings to Telugu and Kannada Hindu by the men in the family, while
“Greetings and good wishes to micro-blogging site to extend his the people of Manipur on Sajibu traditions, the dish is a symbolic women assist them in chopping
fellow citizens on the occasion best wishes to the nation. Cheiraoba, Maharashtra on reminder that one must expect and washing the ingredients.
Gudi Padwa and Southern India all flavours of experiences in the
(Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, coming new year. Today also marks the beginning
Telangana) on Ugadi. of the Chaitra Navratri and the
-Gudi Padwa is a spring- transition of the spring season
A number of festivals are being time festival that marks the to summer.
celebrated today, as the day traditional new year for Hindus
marks the beginning of a new in Maharashtra and is celebrated As in case of Sharad Navratri
year in the Hindu calendar. on the first day of the Chaitra which is celebrated in
month of the lunisolar Hindu September-October, celebrations
-Ugadi, also known as Kannada for Chaitra Navratri also involve
and Telugu New Year, is calendar. Similar to Ugadi, the
festival is observed with colourful worship of Goddess Durga and
celebrated primarily by the her nine forms. Over the next
Hindus of Karnataka, Andhra floor decorations, a special Gudhi
flag garlanded with flowers, nine days, devotees offer their
Pradesh, Telangana, and parts prayers to Goddess Durga and
of Maharashtra on the first day mango and neem leaves, and
topped with upturned silver or observe fasts.
of the Hindu lunisolar calendar
month of Chaitra. copper vessel, street processions, While the tenth day of Sharad
dancing and festive foods. Navratri is celebrated as
of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi “Several people across the nation The day is observed by drawing
are celebrating the start of the -Sajibu Cheiraoba is the lunar Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the
Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh colourful patterns on the floor ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is
and Sajibu Cheiraoba. May these New Year. I convey my greetings (Rangoli), hanging mango leaf new year festival of the people
to all those celebrating. May the who follow the Sanamahism celebrated as Ram Navami or
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India
India supports multilateral trading system
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend an informal meeting of
on Monday reiterated that India Ministers of WTO.
is a strong supporter of the
multilateral trading system. Earlier, Roberto called on
Prime Minister Modi thanking
The Prime Minister made this Government of India for taking
statement after meeting Roberto the initiative of starting a
Azevdo, Director General of conversation to explore ways to
World Trade Organisation in reinvigorate multilateral trading
Delhi. system.

“PM Narendra Modi MEA in its statement further


reiterated that India stated that it is imperative to
is a strong supporter prioritise the WTO’s activities so
of multilateral trading that it addresses the concerns of
developing countries.
system. He stated
that it is imperative Prime Minister Narendra
to prioritise World Modi also urged Azevdo to
Trade Organization’s make special efforts so that
activities so that the benefits of free trade and
it addresses the globalisation become more
concerns of developing visible in developing countries.
countries,”
the Ministry of External Affairs
(MEA) said on Monday.

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International
Trump taps Brad Parscale to run his 2020 re-election campaign
presidential bid, the formal digital director Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
was a constant, quiet presence.
Parscale gave private testimony to the
He bought Facebook employees into House Intelligence Committee last year
the campaign to better take advantage as part of its investigation of Russian
of social media to promote the then meddling into the 2016 election.
Republican candidate and tear down his

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser With Putin's re-election,
hired Brad Parscale, the digital media Jared Kushner said Parscale was expect rising tensions with West
director of his 2016 campaign, as the “essential in bringing a disciplined
The West should expect rising tension with As infighting over the country's domestic
campaign manager for his 2020 re-election technology and data-driven approach to
Russia as President Vladimir Putin took the course continues at the top, Putin will have an
bid, the campaign said. how the 2016 campaign worked”.
stage on a square outside the Kremlin to claim interest in intensifying the conflict with the
The unusual move for the sitting The release said the announcement victory in Sunday's national election. West, The Washington Post quoted analysts
President to hire a campaign manager would be involved in the 2018 midterm as saying.
three years before the election was election pivotal for the future of Trump’s In the weeks leading up to re-election to six
announced as Eric Trump, one of the presidency by “providing candidates more years in power, the President hardly Escalation abroad helps Putin consolidate
President’s sons, touted Parscale as an with general support, endorsements campaigned and offered few concrete plans power at home. As a power struggle within
“amazing talent” who was “pivotal to our and rallying the support of the political for major domestic reforms. the ruling elite over his succession looms, he
success in 2016”, CNN reported. grassroots by engaging Trump supporters may need it, the daily said.
in districts and states”. He, however, awed Russians with displays
“He has our family’s complete trust and of fantastic new weaponry while state- With his win of another six-year term on
is the perfect person to be at the helm of The Kansas native has remained an active controlled television reported about the Sunday, the road is clear on paper for the
the campaign,” he said in a release from force in his political operation -- America threats allegedly posed by the US and its allies. 65-year-old President to rule until 2024 -
the campaign. First -- since the President stepped into something that would give him close to a
the White House. His Florida-based firm, The unified storyline: Russia is under attack, quarter-century in power.
Trump’s bid for re-election -- filed shortly
Parscale Strategy, has a contract with the and it needs a strong leader to survive.
after his 2017 inauguration -- did not come
Republican National Committee to help How Putin manages succession will be
as a surprise as White House Press Secretary As Putin assembles his next government in
grow its database of small donors among seen in May when the leader puts his next
Sarah Sanders in June 2017 had said the the coming months, he needs to manage the
other things. government together. Keeping Prime Minister
President would run for a second term. competing interests of a ruling elite angling Dmitry Medvedev in his current post will
Even as he went through three campaign for influence in a post-Putin era that will
“Of course, he’s running for re-election,” be a sign that Putin wants to minimise the
managers during his tumultuous someday arrive.
Sanders had said. speculation about his successor.

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Technology
Say Namaste to your
Google Assistant
Google on Thursday announced the launch and understands the things you care about,
of Google Assistant in Hindi. The Assistant from finding biryani recipes, to pulling
in Hindi is rolling out to Android phones up the latest cricket score, or finding
6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) and soon directions to the nearest ATM. In order
coming to Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones as to make it even more useful to Indians
well as Android Oreo (Go edition) devices. over time, developers and businesses can
now build Actions for the HindiAssistant
Over the last year, Google has launched
through the developer platform Actions
the Assistantin Hindi in Allo, brought
on Google. Once an action is built, you can
the English Assistant to more phones,
just say “Ok Google, talk to” and access the
and made a special version available for
service or content straight through your
Reliance Jio feature phones. Now, more
Google Assistant,” said Technical Program
Indians can get help from their Hindi
Manager, Assistant, Purvi Shah.
Assistant starting today.
Powered by machine learning, the Google
The Google Assistant lets you have a
Assistant is built on two decades of
conversation with Google to help you get
experience in Search as well as natural
things done in your world from telling
language understanding, computer vision, Here are some examples of questions you With today’s update, the Google Assistant
you about your day, to finding the fastest
and understanding user context. can ask your Google Assistant: in Hindi is now available on Android
route to work, or just setting an alarm
• Sabse kareeb Punjabi restaurant phones 6.0+ (Marshmallowand above), in
for the next day all in Hindi. To try it out, That’s how your Assistant is able to
kahaan hain? Allo and soon on Android 5.0+ Lollipop,
just touch and hold the Home button or understand intent behind words to handle
• Dadar tak pahunchne mein kitna Android Oreo (Go edition), and iPhones
say “Ok Google” on eligible smartphones follow-up questions and complex, multi-
samay lagega? (iOS 9.1 and above). To access the Hindi
and your personal Google Assistant will step tasks. And it’ll get better over time
• Cricket ka score kya hain? Google Assistant, set your device language
be ready to help you throughout your day. -- with your permission, it can learn your
to Hindi and update your GoogleSearch
Even when your hands are full, you can preferences, your likes and your dislikes -- You can even instruct it
app to the latest version. For more
quickly send text messages, set reminders, all done in a private, secure way that puts • Kal subah mujhe saat baje jagaao
information please see the Google
or get directions with the Google Assistant. you in control. • Selfie kheencho
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Business
E-Commercing
their way to success
Kiwi Start-up ‘AllGoods’ leading the way for Gen-next
Levi Fawcett Bradley Meredith Caleb Honiss Nathan Taylor Mark Song
FOUNDER, CEO CTO SENIOR ADVISOR COO DESIGN & MARKETING

AllGoods was formed in early 2017 and was revolutionize our front end design. Due framework, security flaws, poor design, feed which is a great way to find out about
born out of frustration with high listing to our rapid scaling and transition into horrible user experience, no innovation or a new products, promotions, and sales. Stores
and success fees on Trade Me and the lack our marketing phase we soon outgrew the combination of some or all of these. can also offer promotions such as ‘$20 off if
of viable NZ alternatives. Our dream was confines of the caravan and upgraded to an you spend $100 or more’ or ‘Free shipping
to create an innovative and modern online office. We now have had a steady stream of AllGoods however, has been completely if you buy 3 or more items’ which are
marketplace for New Zealanders to buy and sellers listing products on our site and we will designed from the ground up with a fully completely handled by our system. AllGoods
sell without it costing them an arm and a leg. be ready to launch to the general public in flexible framework that enables us to also automatically handles cancellation and
early April. rapidly make changes to suit our sellers and refund requests, making it easy for stores to
The 4 founders Levi, Mark, Nathan, and Brad buyers. A core feature of AllGoods is the split manage these with a few clicks of the button.
were all University of Canterbury graduates. The hole in the marketplace we will be filling between brand new products and second-
For the first 7 months we worked out of a is the need for a modern and quality Kiwi hand auctions. We offer all of our product All of this makes AllGoods the easiest and
caravan that Levi built, which Brad also lived e-commerce platform which Trade Me just sellers the full benefits and features of a quickest way for people to set up an online
in at the same time. The others all slept in isn’t filling anymore. Trade Me has an old store including a customizable storefront, an store from scratch, and one of the only ways
garages or cars to save money so that they and clunky website, doesn’t listen to it’s inventory management system, and a chat that will immediately allow you to start
could spend less time away, and devote more sellers, and is largely overrun by overseas function that enables customers to connect selling on a platform so you don’t have to do
attention to the project. Mark and Nathan sellers which crowd local New Zealanders directly with sellers on-site. We only charge all of your own marketing. This is important
focused on user experience and design while out of the marketplace. This hardly justifies $4 a month + a 2% success fee which is much because there are thousands and thousands
Brad focused on implementation of the front their horrific fees! The frustration in the lower than Trade Me’s 7.9%. On top of that of New Zealand stores who will be looking to
end of the website. Levi, the original creator marketplace is evident due to the amount of we have always believed that it should be sell online in the next few years in order to stay
and director of the project, used his wealth of sellers that are trying their luck on Facebook completely free for New Zealanders to list relevant in an increasingly competitive market.
experience at Rocket Lab to engineer cutting or through their own website. and sell their second-hand items, which is We understand that e-commerce is still in its
edge server side and database designs that exactly what we have done! infancy in New Zealand and we are excited to
allowed for high speeds and tight security. There have been some TradeMe alternatives be able to help it grow into its next stage!
over the years that have failed to pose a We have also added in-site social media
In the last quarter of 2017 we hired our significant threat. The sites that we have concepts. Stores create posts and can be
first employee, a developer who helped us studied have either had an inflexible followed. Posts will show up in a users news-

How to transform your business with 4. Scalability


Cloud migration The beauty of cloud computing lies
in scalability, that comes off as a
great aid. With cloud computing,
businesses can easily expand
existing computing resources;
2. Storage space the ability to optimise resources
CEO, Yitsol Technologies, from the cloud enables them to
Ram Punamaraju lists down Storage space has always been an escape the constant large payments
five reasons why businesses issue that organisations had to of hardware and software. The
should migrate to cloud: fret their minds over, and regular flexibility of the cloud-based model
constraints have hindered the assumes thereís always some
1. Cost efficient process. With cloud, businesses will shared resources to tap into as
Since the midst of 21st century, There is no denying the fact that no longer require file storage, data needed, making it adaptable to
the focus on building more and cloud computing has transformed Moving to the cloud is an backup and software programs various business needs.
more brands with more and more the way one obtains services, economical option as it saves which take up undue space, as
products has left the market in an bringing a transparent yet flexible the direct cost of purchasing, most of the data would be stored 5. Lean Management
unstable state. More competitors medium that connects the world. managing, and upgrading the in remote cloud servers. Cloud
in the market mean more available Majority of all operations take Information technology (IT) frees in-house space, owing to its With cloud, businesses can perform
options for the customer. place in cloud at the behest of a systems on a regular interval. As expandable framework. their processes in an efficient
decent web connection, making it we all know, maintaining a well manner; keeping the variability
Hence, the dynamics between the a profitable place for business to oiled IT system involves a greater 3. Fault resilient of the market in mind. Cloud
customer and provider is drastically thrive. expenditure in its upkeep. Using migration streamlines work,
evolving today, necessitating the the one-time-payment, ‘pay as Migrating to cloud not only adds helping the workforce to focus on
need for technology to play its role. This solution is augmenting the you go’ model, along with other reliability to the systems but their core task of monitoring the
various functions of otherwise customised packages helps convert also keeps information highly infrastructure and improving them,
From harnessing consumer stagnant operations to maximise capital expenditure to operational available, reducing redundancy leading to lean management that
preferences to streamlining on efficiency, a goal that every expenditure, significantly lowering and increasing accountability. Also, drives profitability. Cloud can be
processes, technology has elevated business aims to achieve. IT costs. Also, one only pays for cloud service providers have inbuilt accessed over the Internet from any
how business is conducted today the resources that are consumed; recovery and backup systems in device, as opposed to using private
and cloud computing is the leading making it an efficient solution to place, which helps business avoid connections for accessing an on-
instigator to that. invest in. significant up-front investments. premises solution.
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Spirituality
Ramayana - Glimpses and Life Lessons from Ramayana
“If the Inner significance of Ramayana is properly understood, it will serve as a manual of Ideal living for all mankind. It presents the formula
for the spiritual path, enlightenment of every human being and for establishing World Peace for all generations to come”
- R Grover

Parenting through Ramayana


Ramayana can be used for teaching moral values and ethical values to
children, such as:
• Ideal relationship amongst siblings (Episode: Love for Rama for his
siblings and vice versa)
• Value of promise (Episode: Rama fulfils father’s promise)
• Discrimination power (Episode: What is right and what is wrong?)
• Respect for parents (Episode: Rama’s equal love for his mothers)
• Beware of Bad counsel (Episode: Manthra’s bad association with Kaikeiy )
• Protecting the weak (Episode: Jatayu trying to save Sita)
• Establish good & lasting Friendship (Episode: Rama’s friendship with
Sughriva, Vibhishana, etc)

The Difference between Rama and Ravana


Rama and Ravana both were equally reputed intellectual and great
scholars. Ravana was a great man. Rama was a good man. The difference
between greatness and goodness should be understood. Ravana, out of
egoism and uncontrolled desires, misused his knowledge and brought
about his ruin. Rama used his knowledge for the benefit of the people
and made them happy.The difference between Rama and Ravana was that
between Dharma (righteousness) and Adharma (unrighteousness). Rama
and Ravana are present in each human being. Ravana was the master of 64
The Importance of Rama symbolizes Idealism types of knowledge, but he could not receive God’s grace. Rama also learnt
Ramayana in Modern Times all the 64 types of knowledge and he put them into practise. Ravana was
There is a special profound message in interested only in aggrandizement whereas Rama practiced all his wisdom
The Rama story holds forth many ideals. Today the Ramayana: Man must lead the life of a human he possessed.
world needs the message of the Ramayana. Why? being and seek oneness with the Divine. In every
Children do not pay attention to the words of parents. human being, all the three natures - human, divine
Ravana’s Lament
Parents do not set worthy examples to the children. and demonic are present. Man should harmonize the
Even parents do not show great concern for nurturing three qualities in him (Satwa, Rajas, and Tamas). But Ravana taught a great lesson to the world. He exclaimed: "Oh men! Do not
ideal children. Teachers do not teach the right course of most men today ignore their humanness and divinity live as I have lived and ruin your lives." What is the root cause of Ravana’s
conduct to students and students do not offer the due and foster only their demonic nature. ruin? Unable to conquer his desires, unwilling to get rid of his impulses, he
respect to the teachers. Kinship itself is robbed of bonds ruined his entire clan. His sons were killed, his brother and other kinsmen
of affection. Pollution has sullied every sphere of activity Rama chose to go to the forest to fulfill the pledge
were killed, and ultimately his country itself was reduced to ashes. Ravana
– business, education, politics, etc and caused general of his father, and thereby subjected himself to many
confessed, "In the end I ruined myself." This was Ravana’s message to his
degradation in society. In every sphere, demeaning difficulties. Rama demonstrated the spirit of
countrymen in his last moments.
ideals and actions are rampant. People have forgotten equanimity. He showed that pain or pleasure, profit or
the great message of Rama. They have poisoned life at its loss, victory or defeat were the same to him. In human
life pleasure and pain, happiness and sorrow alternate all
True Purpose of Ramayana is to install the path
source. They have forgotten the Divine, with the result
the time. It is not a good quality to welcome pleasure and
laid down by Rama in our hearts
that they are immersed in misery.
turn away pain. We need to learn to live in equanimity.
The need of the hour today is for a man to live like a true human being.
In such situations, the Ramayana provides the ideas
Without humanity, a man cannot be truly called a man. The message is
and examples for reforming society. People lead In every act Rama set the example. In individual
clear: Adhering to Truth, practicing Righteousness, spreading Love
artificial lives today. When they understand the conduct, in the discharge of duties to the family and in
everywhere, remaining ever peaceful, life should be sanctified.
Ramayana they will know what is right. Then it has to fulfilling the obligations to society Rama demonstrated
be practiced. There is no meaning in merely repeating the ideals to be followed. High minded actions, ideal
the name “Rama, Rama, Rama”. The Rama principle virtues and sacred thoughts are basic foundations
has to be fully understood, and one has to live up to it. of character. Rama is the very embodiment of these
This is possible only if there is love. three attributes. This means that human being should
cultivate sacred thoughts, right actions and good
qualities. Rama demonstrated by his words,
thoughts and actions, how such a life can be lived.
Rama acted upon the ancient injunctions: “Speak the
truth. Practice dharma” Eschewing harsh words,
Rama pleased everyone by sweet speech. He countered
harsh speech by others with composure, patience and
sweetness and smile.

Rama story presents the triple ethical code relating


to the individual, the family and the society. If society
is to progress properly, the family should be happy,
harmoniums and united. For unity in the family, the
individual composing it must have a spirit of sacrifice.
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Book Review
Andrew Harris:
Making The World A Better Place
Andrew Harris moved from the United Kingdom Thrillers with a Social Conscience writer Andrew
to New Zealand in 2008. He was born in Liverpool, Harris is on a mission to make the world a better
survived a grammar school education and place. New Zealand based Harris wants to celebrate
graduated with a first class honours degree from the progress we have made through science &
the University of Leeds. He had a successful career technology and make better use of the wealth we
in people management before running his own have created for the benefit of all humanity. His
executive search consultancy. latest book - A Litany of Good Intentions – is set in
India and takes a long, hard look at the root causes
One of his passions is crime fiction. Andrew of poverty and how they can be addressed.
strongly believes this genre provides the perfect
vehicle for changing the world. He writes thrillers Why set your book in India?
with a social conscience, putting fictional
characters into real life situations. I’ve fallen under the spell of India. Indians see life
as a gift and genuinely believe that things will work
Andrew has created The Human Spirit Series; crime out. My book looks at poverty and its horrendous
thrillers designed to be Provocative – Informative – human consequences – trafficking, crime,
Entertaining. Why isn’t there a cure for cancer? How prostitution, child slavery, disease and premature
do we end world poverty? What causes addictive death. It is written to be uplifting, inspirational and
behaviour? How are we going to feed 9 billion people thought-provoking. If any country can eradicate
without destroying our precious planet? poverty, India can do it…..and is doing it.

The first book in the series, The C Clef, was published How do you change the world through crime
in April 2016 and is an action packed thriller for the fiction?
lovers of crime fiction, conspiracy theorists and free
spirits looking for a really gripping read. I believe the world is changed Bottom-Up not Top-
Down. People change the world not politicians. To
A Litany of Good Intentions, the second book in mobilise people power there is greater opportunity
the series, sees the same two protagonists fighting today than ever before. I love the popular appeal of
poverty and injustice in India. It was published in crime fiction in its various formats. I want Litany
October 2017. to stimulate a world-wide debate on how we can
eradicate poverty.
The third book, More, will explore global food
production, obesity and the spread of diabetes. It The book features some strong Hindu
is set in New York and South America and will be characters. How did you research Hinduism?
published at Easter 2019. Are you a spiritual person?

I spoke to Hindus, read extensively on Hinduism,


For media enquiries, images or to speak to Andrew visited numerous temples and watched many films
Harris for more information, contact: and documentaries on this fascinating religion. The
concept of Moksha and the importance of Samsara
Andrew Harris
feature strongly in the book. I am becoming more of
Faithful Hound Media
a spiritual person as I write these books.
M: +64 210 296 9891 | E: andrew@faithfulhound.net
Website: www.andrew-harris.net The book is the second in your Human Spirit
Series. What’s the message you want your
readers to understand?

Very simply that we are a unique and wonderful


creation capable of doing anything we set our
minds to. The Human Spirit is irrepressible. But
we have a dark side that, left unchecked, can cause
unimaginable suffering and destruction. My first
book The C Clef looked at why there is no cure for
cancer. This book addresses the issues surrounding
poverty. Together we can find solutions.

Tell us about your next book, More. Where does


the action take place?

Over the next thirty years there will be more food


produced and consumed than throughout our
entire history. Already we are seeing some of the
consequences of agriculture on an industrialised
scale. My next book – More – will look at diabetes,
food addiction and why the craving for more A LITANY OF GOOD INTENTIONS
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Community
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homes and vehicles. burglaries and thefts. and keeping photographs of stolen, and can also provide proof Board Member
property that can’t be engraved. of ownership when making an
One way you can make it more Every year Police recover thousands Police suggest keeping valuation insurance claim.
difficult for criminals to dispose of of dollars' worth of stolen He has been a member of the
certificates or purchase receipts New Zealand Police for 13
or sell property is to keep a record property. Unfortunately, many and descriptions of your valuable The recording of serial numbers
of your valuables. items cannot be returned because and unique identifiers can assist years, and for the last 8 years
items in a safe place for future he has been working as the
the owners did not record the serial reference. in the recovery of stolen goods and
The importance of numbers or mark the property identifying of burglars and thieves. Community Constable and
Property identification so that it could be identified as SNAP (Serial Number Action For more information and to Community Liaison Officer
belonging to them. Partnership) is an initiative of register your goods, visit for the Onehunga and
Property crime continues to be the Maungakiekie community.
the New Zealand Police, aiming
most common crime reported to People who can provide the serial www.SNAP.org.nz
to prevent burglary and property
Police, accounting for around 70% numbers of stolen goods to police Constable Allan’s work
focusses entirely on
Please contact me for Prevention initiatives
working closely with
further information on
community groups,
either operation SNAP or
businesses and residents for
Neighbourhood Support.
the purpose of empowering
If I cannot help you directly, people, increasing vigilance
I will put you in contact with and reducing victimisation.
your local Police Liaison Officer
for assistance.

Thousands throng at Police Open Day


Auckland City, Waitemata and Police teams and recruitment, of the Physical Competency test
Counties Manukau Police joined our ever popular Police Dog and recruit testing plus a few
forces to host a public Open Day teams, is there, along with our more activities through the day.
at the ASB Showgrounds Sunday Armed Offenders Squad and
11th March. Police Horse team.” “We’re planning for a great day
and I would encourage anyone
The Open Day had something for “Our colleagues from Fire, St keen on having a behind the
everyone, according to Assistant John, Airport Rescue, and the scenes look at Police or joining
Commissioner (Districts) John Westpac Rescue Helicopter will us as a recruit to come along and
Tims. be joining us, along with our very meet some local officers,” says
own Eagle helicopter”. Assistant Commissioner Tims.
All three police districts in
Tamaki Makaurau had come There were also have cultural There was a lot of enthusiasm
together to host this Open Day performances from local school and curiosity among the people
there was a range of activities and community groups, the especially young children who
showcasing the diverse roles and Police choir, Police Indian dances queued up to have a look and to
teams within Police. and our Police Hip hop dancers. sit inside the Eagle Helicopter
parked at the ground.
“This isn’t your standard Open There was also a chance for
Day event, along with the displays anyone interested in a career in
and information on different the Police to have a go at aspects
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 19

Community
Bharatiya Mandir preparing to celebrate
Silver Jubilee in June
community. As a result, the Bharatiya “The planning & preparations are already
Mandir was built at a site purified with on for over three weeks long celebration -
blessings of Vedic mantras recited by Saints programmes starting from 1st June to end in
and Acharyas. 24th June with the Patotsav Maha Yagna.”

Several community members identified Food or Prasad will be served On all days of
the need for a proper Temple in the spirit programmes. Revered Swami Nalinanand
of “Sanatan Dharma”. A committee was set Ji will be doing Bhagavad Katha discourse
up and to be known as Bharatiya Mandir from 1st to 10 June, and each day there will
Indian Temple Inc. be programmes through the participation
of various temples and community
Today, Bharatiya Mandir has become organizations” informed Mr. Prashar.
the most prominent landmark and a
community center for the people of Indian Recently the High Commissioner of India
origin. In this long journey of 25 glorious Mr Sanjeev Kohli, his deputy Mr Sandeep
years, Bharatiya Mandir now has also Sood and Honorary consul Of India in
acquired four properties, adjacent to the Auckland paid a visit to Mandir. They were
temple and just recently The Presbyterian welcomed by the Mandir President MR.
The first purpose-built temple in New building a temple to serve the purpose of
Church property which is only one property Hemant Prashar, Trustee Chairman MR
Zealand for Hindu Community “Bharatiya feeling home away from home. There was
away from the Temple. These properties are Roshan Nauharia and other office bearers.
Mandir” is completing 25 years of its great demand from within the migrant
being developed for the benefit and usage of The guests were taken around the temple
existence this year in the month of June, as community for spiritual support for the
the wider community. and other part of the property and Mr
per the Management committee President new Aucklanders. It is important for them
Kohli was very impressed with the work
Mr. Hemant Prashar. “We have come a to have a place where they can express Mandir is providing all sort of services and and services being provided by the Mandir
long way, and I have been fortunate to themselves, speak their languages, practice facilities to the community like celebrating and offered all possible assistance in any
be associated with the Mandir from day and celebrate their festivals, link their religious festivals, all kind of Vedic rituals way he could do for the community. There
one,” says Mr. Parashar. Bharatiya Mandir values with their adopted home and feel & poojas, wedding ceremonies, library and is lots of excitement and buzz among the
started as a dream in 1986 was finished as proud of who they are and where they have JP services. A group of dedicated teachers community members and devotees, and
a reality in June 1993. In the year 1986, a come from. is running Sunday classes for community they look forward to the festivities to begin.
group of Auckland based Hindu community children which include teaching Hindi,
members led by Mr. Roshan Nauharia using Religion is part of the identity and existence
Gujarati, and Telugu language, yoga, dance,
a futuristic approach realized the need for of most immigrants from the South Asian
music & religious for over 20 years now.

INDI talk changes the narrative for the Indian community


India Association of New Zealand in thought leadership; and the ‘India million Diversity Centre at Papatoetoe. This when it comes to Indians, 50% of us have
organised its first ever Indi Talk. The event Rising’ event was one of those pioneering multi-storey edifice to diversity is already a tertiary degree, which is incredible! The
has been a red-letter day for the association activities that defines the association. This in its final stages of completion and will be Kiwi Indian is successful, aspirational and
as it marked a change in the thought is a first in a permanent series of Indi Talks. up and running before the year-end. The part of the body politic, which is reflected
paradigm for our Indian community. President of IANZ, Suresh Ramji mentioned Diversity Centre will be the cauldron in in the Indi talk.
The Indian community is known for its that, “As part of this series we will invite which the rich ethos of Indian values will
thought leaders, who have an opinion and meld with the diversity of Aotearoa. The second half of the programme was
business acumen, for its resilience, work
a viewpoint, to share it with the wider an uplifting spiritual refreshment by ace
ethos and education. But the reality is to
community. This, we hope, will spark a Ram Lingam pointed out that the Indian singer Neerja Pandit, a well-known semi-
be recognised as thought leaders. Real
debate and discussion on topics that affect Association has truly moved on from the classical singer who has performed all
empowerment lies in thought leadership.
the community and which in turn will ‘migrant’ mindset. As New Zealanders of over the world. Neerja was ably assisted by
The star attraction of this first Indi Talk empower the community”. Indian origin. Indians are well represented Manjit Singh on the Tabla, Navneel Prasad
was the renowned film maker and social in all walks of life be it business, industry, on the dholak and Hemant Thaker on the
activist Shri Ashoke Pandit whose dynamic It is well known that the Indian diaspora academia, research, finance, the public keyboard. Neerja’s rendition of the sufi
oratory and views on the new India ignited in New Zealand is an eclectic mix, who sector, politics and spirituality. We make songs using classical ragas and popular
the minds of the audience. Ashoke Pandit cannot be slotted into pre-defined political, up a little over 4% of the New Zealand songs took the mood of the audience to a
talked about how India is transforming social or economic groupings. Veer Khar population but we contribute 8% of the sublime level.
rapidly under the able leadership of summarised this point by saying “Due to nation’s GDP. Also while only 7% of all
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While he this diversity of opinion, we need consensus New Zealanders have a university degree,
extoled the achievements of the current and a collegial approach to confront issues
government, he urged the Indian diaspora that affect us. The Indi Talk series is one of
in New Zealand to being an ambassador those efforts to bring various viewpoints on
of a rising India. His talk was followed by a common platform”.
a panel discussion chaired by Veer Khar,
the Chair of the Diversity centre, Roy Roy Kaunds remarked that “India is a
Kaunds, the communications in-charge continent disguised as a nation and our
and Ram Lingam, the Vice President of association represents the largest number
the association. The panel discussed how of the various cultures that are called by the
a change in narrative is happening at the generic term ‘Indian’. In the last five years
macro level by the government of India we have broad-based our membership
and how we could rise up. Questions and welcomed younger and talented
from the audience were entertained and professionals to join our team”.
satisfactorily answered by Ashoke Pandit. The India talk complements one of the
With this event, the Indian Association of association’s greatest achievements, in
New Zealand continues to be a trailblazer the past year, has been the building of a $5
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Editorial 
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember,
you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to
reach for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman

Kia Ora, Namaste and Greetings from the The bottom line is the same. Whether
editor and the team at The Indian News of this waste is dumped in New Zealand or
this inaugural issue. elsewhere, it is destroying our beautiful
planet Earth.
We are joining the news media arena at a
time when the world is marred with lots of As we went about talking and
chaos, clashes, war like situations, natural interviewing prominent community
disasters and political uncertainties. We members, one thing stood out clearly,
in New Zealand are fortunate to be living a there is a lot of effort going behind the
relatively much comfortable and peaceful large businesses especially hotels as well
life as compared to some other parts of as community projects that are gearing up
the planet. and focusing on understanding the link
between consumption and waste. And the
In New Zealand, we have two very young impact this has on sustainable living and
Turks sitting in the saddle both of the our environment.
power and in the opposition. We have a 37
years old suave, very charismatic and soon On a personal note, I would be happy
going to be mum Jacinda Ardern as our to see not just corporates but also the
Prime Minister while we have a 41 year old government stepping in with quick,
just christened leader of National Party practical measures to create a Plastic Free
Simon Bridges as the opposition leader. New Zealand.

The policy makers in either party do On the other hand, it is extremely


not seem have much concern about heartening to see a lot of youngsters
migrant communities’ grievances or other involved in environmental friendly
important issues hence these matters do practises and standing up to understand
not get as much attention as it requires. the need to be more mindful of our actions.

Hence the need of a very strong voice who A lot of people don’t recycle. And a lot of
can put the migrant issues in a effective people are used to the old ways of buying
manner to the concerned authorities plastics and disposal of wastes. Human
in government, increases lot more. beings are creatures of habit and it will not
What can be better way of doing it then be easy to make the change in beginning.
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Par-excellence 
Par- excellence is an exclusive interview series with unparalleled achievers from within the Indian Community who are legends in their own right.
Their achievements not just make us proud but are also stories of inspiration to those who may want to follow in their footsteps.

The Exhilarating Journey of Nirvana


Mrs. Ranjna Patel (ONZM, QSM, JP) talks to us in the first serving of this series.
Was your interest in business a result of your Behind every successful man is a woman,
husband’s successful career? what is your percentage in terms of this
contribution?
When it started it was like – Kanti was
the doctor, he was the clinical expert and I don’t believe that it is only my effort.
I had to do everything else. Which meant I believe that the 1000 people working
I was the cleaner, I was the typist, the behind the scenes silently are deserving of
receptionist. the accolades. I did not go to University,
never got tertiary education and so for
I enrolled for a course and taught myself me to believe that one person can do it,
excel, and soon figured it out. Gradually is wrong. This is a professional service
we grew into 45 centres. Maybe that industry so we have our professionals,
can-do attitude is something that came the nurses, the receptionists, the doctors,
naturally to both of us. the other people who are delivering
the service to the patients. They are the
Looking back, are there any regrets or ones following what our visions and our
mistakes along the way? values are from day one. Our service has
to be accessible, affordable, professional
When I look back in retrospect, I and trustworthy. Being innovative
remember all the positive and beautiful and how we deliver things is not the
things. If I keep harping on all the standard module. And even now with
turbulence and how difficult the journey the migrant population, we have got to
was, I would be defeating the whole be adaptable and flexible. The success
Tell us a little about yourself? When Mr Patel (Kanti) first came to New is in understanding human needs with
process of how we evolved. So, we have to
Zealand, did he have any preconceived empathy and delivering it as a team.
take the plusses with the minuses which
My Grandfather came to Fiji in 1920 from notions about what life was going to be are very important because people get
Gujarat, India on the boat. Both our sets like here? bogged down with the baggage of why this
of parents came from humble beginnings
happened to me in the past. And one can
with a different perspective towards life.
In those days it was very hard for Kanti never grow and move ahead until we can
My parents getting married early in 1940’s
because he was a qualified Doctor and shed that baggage.
transferred their knowledge from India,
the Medical Council would not allow
in exactly the same way for us, so we were
registration without a job. Also, one could What were the toughest moments?
brought up quite strictly. The perception
get a job only if one had registration.
of what was in the village in India was
So after 10 months, Kanti being the In the beginning, we had no money. The
what they brought back here, which was
determined man that he is, made up his bank would not give us any loan to buy the
very different.
mind to take the exam instead and he business. We had no cash to even pay the
cleared it. lawyer. Then a friend came and gave us
What are your fondest childhood memories
some cash and said – “just use this to pay
and how different was your growing up in A very wise Doc told him that New the lawyer’s bill”. Even then we thought
those times? Zealand is not ready for a coloured how we are going to do it. But then things
Doctors, a speciality Doc of his skin colour, gradually just started happening.
There were only one hundred families of with an accent - so the other GP s would
not refer to him. And said that he would What is your inner strength? Do you believe
similar origin back then and everybody The hardest time at that point was being
knew everybody. Every Sunday we would not survive even if he was the best of the audited because we were doing things in something higher in the spiritual context?
get dressed up in our best and go visiting best. Very harsh words, but worlds of pure differently. But to the bureaucracy, it didn’t
family and friends. Unlike children now, wisdom. He told him to go to an area that matter. It is a high needs area and people Yes, I do believe that everybody works
our entertainment was either going to looks like him and sounds like him. And don’t come between 9 to 5 not because hard but there must be somebody above
Westhaven, play on the rocks or going to that made him set up his first clinic in they didn’t care for their health, but to that you are connected to for that divine
Mission Bay and play in the park. South Auckland where nobody wanted to them, it was far more important to bring guidance.
work because it’s was a very high needs bread on the table for their families. And
community, a tough community where that’s how we changed our timings and For example, There was a vision of a
How did you meet your Husband?
none of the others wanted to go. But Kanti the clinic work hours. And thus we grew, temple. Roshan Nauhria our very dear
had a very different take. He had no hard with understanding their needs, which family friend set about raising funds
I had an arranged marriage. It was all
feelings and said I have got a career and apparently was considered different from to build this temple. He came to Kanti,
very quick. I thought I had never met him
that is what matters most to me. the industry norms. shared his dream and Kanti immediately
before but to my huge surprise, Kanti
handed over a cheque for donation. But to
remembers that he met me 20 years
Kanti has a lot of determination and a can- We were always being audited, all the gather more funds, it was decided to call
before our wedding when we were both
do attitude that can turn any obstacle into time and we still are, because we are very Morari Babu and they managed to secure
children, maybe six or seven years old in
something better in life. From the day he different from how things are normally more funds for the building. They went
a restaurant in Mumbai. I even told the
started, the barriers have been enormous. done. The concept of perception and reality all out putting in their efforts, bought the
grandchildren about the story, the place
But he does not let these affect him in any are far apart. Since the customer wants land, built the temple and were the first
where grandfather and grandmother first
way. He is mentally so resilient that he can and needs are very different to the ones in trustees of the Bhartiya Mandir.
met.
do anything once his heart is set on it. He the high needs list, what is important to
believes that if we keep dwelling on all the us is to create a whole business module Then Kanti saw that there was no
How was the transition for you as a newly Hindu temple in the south, so the
negative, we get lots of reasons why not around what the needs of our patients.
married couple? to do something but it’s far better to just Swami Narayana Temple was founded
go ahead and keep moving on in life. He We have always done things differently in Papatoetoe. But by the time the
The Wedding was planned in just ten days. always thinks of breaking it down to the community had grown so much that
and not followed how everyone else does
There just 12 people and the wedding was core - what are these issues and how can even that was too small from day one.
the same thing. That is because doing it
in my uncle’s house. We had to go to Delhi I overcome them. So, he focussed on his It is 10 years now and the next stage of
the same way does not suit everybody and
to get our Visa and then we left for New speciality and worked on how he could the Community Centre is coming up
never guarantees success. That is the only
Zealand after meeting his dad. Personally, start with this practice. which will be able to cater to the bigger
way we can continue to provide for our
I feel it was a much bigger adjustment for population here. So, to me, it is all guided
patients – by understanding their needs.
him as a person coming from a different by a supreme higher power that makes
country, leaving all his relatives and things happen through these powerful
starting a new career. visionaries, probably the chosen ones.
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Par-excellence 
What is the most important ritual that you believe in as a it gives me the satisfaction. I am the organiser and I love How will you know if your work as an Advisory Board
spiritual person? to look at all the organising part. I can’t cook, I can’t member of the Police, both as an activist and as a change
photograph but when I am in the Temple, I can peel the initiator, was successful?
I believe that in religion, the big thing for me is Seva potatoes, I can wash the dishes I can do the organising I
(service). I am not as knowledgeable as Kanti, he is an can do the things that need to be done and that gives me One in three women are abused and I have six
ocean of deep knowledge. But for me going to the temple, the joy. So someone tells me to put the pink flowers first granddaughters. So if I personalise it, then the chances
understanding the jobs that need to be done and doing and the white flowers next and I go about just doing that. are too high for me. In the first year from 100 families
being managed from one home, all done with personal
funding, we are now handling 400 cases, we have funding
and have expanded from one to three houses with the
other two houses coming up in Te Atatu and Papakura.
The project support from the police has been amazing,
the government support has been outstanding, but it
has been a hard sell because the question we are always
asked is - why are you dealing with the perpetrators?
Why are you not helping the victims? But my point is the
man is going from one woman to the next to the next.
And until he changes his behaviour, nothing will change.
My biggest success is 80 men have gone back to their
homes and they have realised that with counselling and
getting anger management skills they can avoid putting
their wives and children through this danger. They have
been empowered with the tools to deal with what triggers
their anger and that’s a sustainable change to me.

I feel empowering women who will make a difference,


creating a safer tomorrow and helping them strengthen
their environment for their families is the foundation
work we have to do. Seeing them integrating with their
You have drawn a lot of attention to Gandhi Niwas, to protect women against domestic family violence and your public
families fills my heart with joy. Whether the change has
efforts to confront and correct what many immigrant women are going through both at the macro and micro levels. How did happened or not only the time can tell. And in terms of
you become sensitized to this issue and why has it been such a priority for you? intellectual ambition of our programme, we are giving
them powerful tools to wield their lives for a much better
In 2013, in a population of 5 to 6 counselling for the men because he she has done it and someone makes
tomorrow.
percent Indians in New Zealand, then recognises that he can change contact within 24 hours then it helps
4 out of 5 deaths were reported his behaviour. Now the Police, to resolve things much faster. But
which is a shocking 29 percent. So counsellors and the families work as the biggest challenge to this day is
I decided to do a domestic violence a team. The logic being if someone the impact on the children who will
course at MIT. The Police say, that has a heart attack and if he is a carry these scars. The boy grows up
in mainstream society only 12% smoker then you tackle it there and thinking its ok to do this to a woman
women actually made the call to the then because they understand the as mom tolerated it and the girls
Police if they were involved in family impact at that time. think it is normal as dad did it. But
violence. Most calls never happen to make them understand it’s not
with the fear of immigration related 95% of the cases have alcohol as okay in any scenario is the biggest
results that may hamper the final the trigger point so they get quite challenge.
outcome for the family. Based on shocked when the wife actually
this, we have created resources to get makes that call. But if the man knows

One best memory or the best thing that has happened in


your life?

My grandkids are the biggest joy in my life. My seven


grandchildren, six girls and a boy are my happiness. My
You’re a popular and respected community member, and Do you think at some point you would want to slow down? son lives next door and my daughter lives close by so I get
you’ve taught a lot to anyone who has crossed paths with
to see them every day.
If I choose to slow down I will lose all the wealth of all this ( Her eyes moisten up with joy at the mention of her
you. To what do you attribute your success and which
knowledge that has been collected in so many years. All grandchildren’s name.)
strategies have you found that work for you or that people
that doesn’t happen when you are young, it happens when
most respond to? Being the humble person that she is – Ranjana did not
you’re mature and if I think this is the time to retire and
that I should enjoy my life, then all that these 45 years, easily share this information with us. But the list of
We had lots of obstacles and we had lots of challenges, but this journey has given me will be of no avail. accolades and awards that this legendary woman has
we turned them into opportunities. We had the tall poppy to her name, need to be mentioned. She only shares this
syndrome but no matter what the obstacles, our results Quite often it’s intimidating to sit on the board where information to be able to inspire other women ( and
show because we have always been patient focused. the ex-prime minister has been sitting along with people anyone else) – to go for their dreams.
who own the biggest organisations in New Zealand and
I think just having the positive attitude is not enough. And I wonder what I am doing here. Sometimes we tend to
when you get to a certain space in a certain time in your undermine our potential as women. I have especially
life and if you have the ability to talk at the front level noticed that we have an imposter syndrome, of not
you should use it. As a woman, I have a role to encourage accepting the accolades but collecting the brickbats on
more women to stand up for themselves. To integrate the way. Even as I go about winning awards, I feel hollow
their business with the mainstream, to have a lens of the or an impostor taking the credit. But then I realise that
multicultural society and being more poly-centric in their I am the face of this change. We as women have always
approach. been here but this is a platform for making a point of
difference. Women have to be creative in a lot of ways to
be able to use their medium to make a big change. So, the
slowing down now will be a complete waste.
Continued on page 38
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 23

Vedic Sun Signs


Horoscope 20 Mar 2018 – 2 April 2018
(www.ravindergrover.com)

Note: There is Astronomical difference Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, aligns The difference in the point of orientation the correct Sun sign. To my experience,
between Vedic (Sidereal) and Western with the first constellation Aswini. In of both the Sun signs is called Ayanamsa. the interpretations are often more precise
(Tropical) Sun signs. In Vedic Western Astrology, whenever Sun crosses and accurate in Vedic Astrology than
Astrology the Zodiac is aligned with the Earth’s equator, which is taken as the The below given analysis is based on Vedic Western Astrology.
27 constellations (Nakshatras), hence. beginning point of the Zodiac, i.e., Aries. Sun signs. So please make sure you read

Know about your Horoscope


Future! Aries (Mesha Rasi): 13 April - 14 May
Name Syllable: Chu, ChAE, chO, lA, lee, Lu, lAE, lO, Aa
venture between for three weeks from 25 March 2018. Avoid excessive
drinking and take care of your Liver. Skin problems may erupt. Time to
Solve your personal Assertive nature will be on peak and decision making
ability seems to be eclipsed. Overall health seems to
renovate your home is on the cards but control the expenses. Duality in
relationship cannot be ruled out. Eventually romantic life will improve

problems... be good but regular head relates issues cannot be ruled


out, possibly due to stress and exertion. Expect some
from 26 March 2018 but after some hiccups.
Eventful Dates:27 March 2108 regarding career/business
improvement in financial goals added with a condition Self Improvement Tips: Give your spouse more time to understand
of cutting down on lavish life. Monetary help may be given secretly. you
Health of elders may bother you. Priority should be “Home first”. Love Libra (Tula Rasi): 17 October -16 November
One stop shop to your Queries & romance would take priority over everything. Take some wisdom Name Syllable as: rA, ri, rU, rAE, rO, ta, tee, tU, tAE
from your spouse.
Discover yourself and live your life to New motivation to live balanced life will start from next
Eventful Dates: 23 Mar’18; Stressful time & communication “Held week. Do not think too much to miss the opportunity in
full potential with Spiritual Awareness back”. career. Career can be at peak with the Grace of Divine
Self Improvement Tips: Please check the facts and data before being but done be workaholic. Drink lot of water to give more power
through scientific application of Vedic signing any documents. Refrain from being over aggressive that may to kidneys. Finances may improve a bit but be careful while spending
affect your job & health. Always speak softly and lovingly. unnecessary. Your spouse may give very good financial advice. Don’t
Astrology and other Occult Sciences laugh but believe/Relationship will take a new turn from 27 March 2018.
Taurus (Vrishabha Rasi): 15 May - 14 June Do not explode, keep calm under stress. Pet lovers; take care of your
Name Syllable: ee, uu, Ai, O, vaa, vee, vu, ve, vO pets.
Some significant communication/activity with spouse/
If you need help with: business partners may take place. From 23 March 18
Eventful Dates: 27 March 2108 regarding travelling, change of
residence and finances.
income/progeny related issues may arise. Introspection Self Improvement Tips: Keep away from drugs. Praise the Lord daily
• Love Romance & Relationships would be required. Hold any significant financial decisions for a while.
Health improves from 26 March 2018 but appropriate care must be taken
Scoprio (Vrischik Rasi): 16 Nov - 16 Dec
• Marriage & Couple of knees. Refrain from unwanted arguments at home. Communication
Name Syllable as: tO, nA, nee, nU, nAE, nO, ya, yEE, yU
with family members may improve from 31 March 2018 but there is no
Romance is in air for last few days but resulting in
Compatibility harm in keeping tongue under control. Long distance relatives/friends
may visit to boost up your relationship with spouse. Progress with career
stress, good income, lavish style living and excessive
sex Dr. Being secretive is your nature. Some interest
would be slow but consistent; some spiritual practice might excite this.
• Career Planning with person of opposite sex from overseas sex will sprout at
Eventful Dates: 23-27 March 2018, backward moving Mercury beginning of this week but would be short lived. From 1 April 2018,
• Business Issues demands more control on finances and tongue. You should inspect all
your important documents. Some stressful time between 24-27 with
you will feel like living in seclusion. Subsequently this will help
you for spiritual development and expansion in life. Work/Business
respect to relationship and/or career cannot be ruled out.
• Legal Problems Self Improvement Tips: Think and weigh your words before you
related travel will uplift career. Take advantage.
Eventful Dates: from 30 March 2018; lady luck smiles at career
speak
• Past Life/Karmic Astrology Self Improvement Tips: Praise the Lord daily

Gemini (Mithun Rasi): 15 June - 14 July


• Education & Potential Name Syllable as: kA, ki, kU, gHa, ṅA, cha, kAE, Ko, hA
Sagittarius (Dhanu Rasi): 16 Dec - 14 Jan
Name Syllable as: yAE, yO, bhA, bhee, bhU, dhA, phA, ḍha,
Improvements or change of place at work is on the bhAE
• Positive Direction to Life cards. Debts, enemies and legal battles will occupy Lord of Dhanu-Sagittarius is already in backward motion.
portion of your mind most of the time. Some changes in Enjoyment party at home will exert in physical stress,
• Personal Image & Self Analysis domestic//property front cannot be ruled out. Demands of backward adding challenges at work and person relationships. Though some relief
moving Mercury will make you repent for your past mistakes. Better comes by mid next week but grapevine communications may spoil
• Money & Finance Matters learn lessons now. You will be worried with relationship issue but
trust all will be well at end with guided divine intervention and
the fun. Do not play with electrical wirings at home. Communication
breakdown is on cards. You will be in two minds at work hence
spiritual practice. If planning to get married, delay it. Take care of prioritizing your day would be helpful.
thighs as they are subject to some injury. 27 Mar 18 is the day of
mental complexes, fear and unrest. Fix your attention on your Goal. Eventful Dates: 26 March 2018; stressful day.
Self Improvement Tips: Do not speak ill of others
Eventful Dates: Some stressful time on 24, 27 and 28 Mar 2018.
Self Improvement Tips: Silent sitting is the key to calm the mind
Capricorn (Makara Rasi): 14 Jan - 13 Feb
Name Syllable as: bhO, jA, jee, khee, khU, khAE, khO, gA,
Cancer (Karakata Rashi): 16 July – 17 gee
August Some news from overseas could motivate you to incur
Name Syllable: hee, hU, hAE, hO, ḍA, ḍee, ḍU, ḍAE, ḍO heavy. Do not burden your chest with unnecessary
Your mind will be very positive as you are a person of thinking; positive thinking is the key for happy and skillful living.
absolute faith on self. Any further Investments must be Some friends might pop in after a long time but may create havoc
held back for a while. Some new relationships is on the way but hold on, under the influence of alcohol and smoking.
remember extra effort and patience would be required to make your new
Eventful Dates: 24-31 March 2018; Looking for peace
relationships work. Finances are on the rise. Some religious/spiritual
Self Improvement Tips: Avoid excessive drinking and smoking
activity may take at domestic front bringing more cleansing. Long
distance travel cannot be ruled out
Aquarius (Kumbha Rasi): 13 Feb - 14 Mar
Eventful Dates: From 28 March you will be energized to move Name Syllable as: GU, gAE, gO, SA, see, su, sAE, sO, DA
forward in life with a new enthusiasm Extraordinary vitality would be conferred upon you.
Self Improvement Tips: Chant Gayatri Mantra daily Enemies would be fearful of you. Some gifts containing
beauty products may come your way. Professional
Leo (Simha Rasi): 17 Aug - 17 Sepr goals can be achieved by being emotionally stable this
Name Syllable: mA, mee, mU, mAE, mO, ṭA, ṭee, ṭU, ṭAE fortnight. You could face challenges in realizing expected material gains.
This may be time to avoid any legal issues. Unexpected Dealing with governments bodies could be frustrating. Romantic life
expenses related with long distance places are on the could bloom after 26 March 2018 provided you give attention to your
cards. Introspection needed in the domain of finances. spouse.
Career may take new turn or new venture may start with positive note. Eventful Dates: 22-23 March 2018, Some Gain expected
Love and Romance may take back seat but do not ignore advice given Self Improvement Tips: Take pride in your work
by your spouse. Take care of injury to feet and toes. Your ego and
sense of self respect might increase your blood pressure. Check your
blood pressure regularly Pisces (Meena Rasi): 14 Mar - 14 Apr
Name Syllable as: di, du, thA, jhA, trA, dAE, dO, chA, chee
Eventful Dates: 27 March 2108; rash expenses; avoid spending
Now you can ask question online Self Improvement Tips: Introspect your inner self & uproot ego
This is a spiritual fortnight for you. New meaning to
life would start sprouting from here on. Business deal
www.ravindergrover.com may change, spouse may argue without your fault,
OR Virgo (Kanya Rasi): 17 September - 17 friends may not understand your emotions but be calm and patient.
October Great time to express your leadership qualities, extra hours of work
Contact Ravinder Grover Name Syllable as: ṭO, paa, pi, pU, ṣA, ṇa, ṭhA, pAE, pO need to be put but end result would be rewarding. Kidneys might
You are a practical person with good communication give some problems but nothing to worry as such.
Tel/Fax: 09 815 1670 | Mob: 021 774 724 skills with opposite sex. Down to earth is your approach. Eventful Dates: 24-26 March 2018, relationship obstacles.
E: rgrover@xtra.co.nz Computer & Mobile devices may malfunction. Make sure you run anti Self Improvement Tips: Improve your intuitive powers
viruses. To avoid further frustration, do not start new trade or new
The Indian News | Page 24 March 20, 2018

Entertainment TIN Exclusive

Padmavat
A lavish pageant from the eyes of the Designer Duo
Exclusive for Indian News, an interview with the Designers of Padmavat
the Epic Boolywood Story of Honour, Valor & Obsession
- Rimple & Harpreet

How did working on the film “Padmaavat” Mughal/ European influences from the garments and enter a ‘pure-
zone’ that Mr. Bhansali envisioned for the character. Initially, our design
evolved you as designers? team started research by delving into various travellers' accounts and
manuscripts to get an idea of how the lifestyle of the royals used to be
There is a metamorphical muse that inspires the design process- which is
back then.
further layered with romanticism and nostalgia. Working on a project of
this stature can prove to be quite challenging since the garments play a
The old garments of that period…the jama, the farji, the turban, the
significant role in bringing to life the personas of these historical figures,
pajama underwent certain changes that are not easy to date so we relied
the cultural influences as well as maintaining the authenticity of period.
heavily on old manuscripts/ travelers’ accounts and the writings of court
Over a period, these characters became our muses and the entire process
left an indelible mark on our own signature aesthetic. Was there any pressure historians and sufi saints such as the 16th century historian Abd-ul-Qadir
Bada'uni for reference when it came to the ornate styling and layering of
to live up to his the looks. Remarkably, we discovered that the costumes of Awadh were
This was you first full-fledged film and what expectations in terms very different from the ones that were popular in Delhi and we tried to
a dream debut. How was it working with of right clothes? integrate these small distinctions in our designs.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is known for
Sanjay sir has a very beautiful way For the court looks, we got specialist weavers to develop the fabrics that
making impossible possible with his films and of orchestrating the extremely are gilded with real metal wires. Old archived samples of brocades of
presentations? detailed and spectacular canvases Aurangabad that we found in various museums were commissioned to
he has envisioned on screen. various master weavers of today for replication. A lot of the embroidery
Mr Bhansali is a perfectionist in the truest sense. Working with him has and motif references came not only from what all old clothing samples
Thankfully, we were always on
been a fabulously inspirational experience for us as designers. He had we could get our hands on but also vintage textiles in the form of
the same page as him and never
a vision and it was fascinating to see how the characters he envisioned manuscript holders and covers, canopies, wall hangings and bichhonas.
really had a clash. His in-depth
translated to real people who we interacted with on the sets. Moreover,
knowledge and research on the
our perception of drama in clothes has also undergone a change while
period formed the guidelines
working on the project; how at times 'less is more,' or 'more is less', given
which we followed while creating
the moment in the storyline; or how various elements need to be layered
each look, and each outfit we
for cohesive look that is in sync with the director’s vision.
created seemed equally important
as well as an opportunity to leave
no stone unturned.

Would you like to


take us through the
journey that went
into finding the best
clothes for all three
characters in the film?
Given that we are dealing with
13th century royals and not much
is documented of that era, we had
to shift and isolate key elements
that might have been prevalent
then and eliminate all modern/
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 25

TIN Exclusive Entertainment


Every garment was speaking for itself with the
character off course making it more powerful.
How the research work was done keeping in
mind this was the periodic film?
There is a lot of ambiguity given the period we were dealing with as
not much documentation nor actual textiles/ garments from the period
have survived through the ages. The Calico Museum in Ahmedabad and
the Jaipur museum were a source of great inspiration and study when it
came to the old textiles that were prevalent in the region. We decided to
stick to only organic, natural fabrics such as cottons. mal-mails, silks and
wool; and commissioned weavers from various crafts clusters, especially
in Kota to develop the yardages. The fabrics were then printed in Bagru
and Sanganer(traditional centres of block printing in Rajasthan). Some
of them have motifs which have up to 12 different colours (based on our
research from the museum archives and as many blocks had to be hand
crafted to achieve the effect) while the multi-hued leheriya prints were
based on some 16th century samples archived at the Victoria & Albert
Museum in London. There is a lot of play of surface ornamentation on the
printed textiles which were layered with Varq ka Kamm and traditional
embroideries such as Mukke ka Kaam.

Would you like to share some inputs on how you


visualised the clothes of every character and was
there any reference taken from the real incidences?
Padmavati, as the legends say was renowned for her great poetic beauty
and elegance. A lot of techniques have gone into creating the detailed
looks that are reminiscent of the era and each look had numerous
processes that were used to achieve the overall effect. Our teams got
special Prints developed from Sanganer and Bagru for the textiles that
were used. Some prints have up to 12 different colours in one motif and as
How this film has transformed your life and
many blocks had to be created and sourced from Farrukabad to achieve how you would you like to continue with this
the desired effect. The block prints were further worked upon with hand- journey?
painting and intricate hand embroideries for detailing and improvisations,
to bring out a certain organic and aged dimension to them. Every garment that we created was a journey of techniques and
detailing. What we enjoyed most was the layering of different crafts and
Mr Bhansali did not want us to follow any vague generalisations of their juxtaposition in one outfit to create a wholesome cohesive look.
costumes that have been depicted in cinema till now and wanted us it was almost akin to a person having different layers and facets, each
to step in with a clear mind and create garments for Shahid’s character, whole, yet complementing the others. The most fascinating thing in the
that not only carried forward the narrative but also expressed the whole process was creation of the artworks wherein we mixed geometric,
emotional turmoil and complexities the character under goes as the flora and fauna and figurative motifs that have a deep symbolic meaning,
Rawal of Chittor. His royal court looks were achieved over a long period according to the given point of the narrative, to bring out the nuances of
of intensive research. We had to get the various shades and tones of royal the story arc as well as the character's feelings and emotions. This entire
dressing right. In order to do so, our teams made various trips across process of layering and mixing has gotten deeply ingrained in our design
Rajasthan studying murals, frescoes and wall paintings of various forts ethos and will reflect in our future work for sure.
and havelis in Bundi, Udiapur, Kota and Nathdwara, along with samples
of Pichwais and other vintage textiles in the Calico and Jaipur museums. We also have a Hollywood movie coming up that is in the early stages of
talks. More soon.
Given Khilji's nomadic Turkish origins, we did a lot of research on the
costumes and textiles of the belt, right from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan
to the central Asia belt around Turkey. Our own travels also came in
handy as we have, over the years, collected samples of various old
textiles such as Suzanis and Tapestries from flea markets and auctions,
which were great reference points for getting the styling and the look
and feel just right.

What next for Rimple and Harpreet Narula as a


brand?
Now that the movie is out, our plan is to travel, bond with our son,
seek new inspirations and come back recharged. Since our designing
is more intuitive than trend based, we are looking out to do something
new within our own signature aesthetic. As we hail from Punjab, in the
pipelines are collections that will try to imbibe and revive the crafts of the
region, going back to our roots and and offering our audience something
that is a part of our core value system as designers.
The Indian News | Page 26 March 20, 2018

Entertainment
AR Rahman & Saira 23rd anniversary
AR Rahman and Saira celebrated just returned home after a quiet family after his string of shows
their 23rd Anniversary at a quiet sabbatical in their Los Angeles celebrating 25 years of music all
family dinner in Raintree Hotel home where AR Rahman goes over the world in which he had
in Chennai, India. The close away for short breaks. This was also performed in New Zealand
family members including a much needed retreat for the for the first time.
Saira’s sister Meher Rahman
and her family were also there
to celebrate. The couple have

Celebrating

23 rd
Anniversary

Celebrating
25
years of music
all over the world

Irrfan Khans tumour can be removed surgically


In what could bring respite to Irrfan Khan’s He had tweeted, “Life is under no obligation to
fans, who are in a state of shock after the actor give us what we expect” - Margaret Mitchell. The
revealed that he is diagnosed with Neuro unexpected makes us grow, which is what the
Endocrine Tumour, a doctor said that former is past few days have been about. Learning that
a rare disease but is curable. I have been diagnosed with Neuro Endocrine
Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult,
Dr. Saumitra Rawat, HOD, Surgical but the love and strength of those around me and
Gastroenterology & Liver Transplant, Sri Ganga that I found within me has brought me to a place
Ram Hospital, talked to reporter on the matter of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of
and gave some insights about its nature and the country, and I request everyone to continue
medication. sending their wishes. As for the rumours, that
Dr Rawat said, Neuro Endocrine Tumour is an were floated NEURO is not always about the brain
abnormal growth of Neuro-endo cells which are and googling is the easiest way to do research ;-)
present in bodies. When there is an abnormal To those who waited for my words, I hope to be
growth, then it forms a tumor ñ Normally seen in back with more stories to tell”.
intestine, pancreas, lung, thyroid and other parts The 51-year-old-actor had taken to his Twitter to
of the body. break the news to the world of him contracting a
On commenting on Khan’s case, he said, it rare disease.
depends on the location of the tumour, its size, Khan had tweeted on Monday, “Sometimes you
and what is its mytotic index. wake up with a jolt with life-shaking you up. The
He further noted that such kind of tumours can last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense
be taken out surgically. story. Little had I known that my search for
rare stories would make me find a rare disease.
Depending on where the tumour is localized, you I have never given up and have always fought
can take it out surgically and the chances of cure for my choices and always will. My family and
are very high, Dr Rawat explained. friends are with me and we are working it out
the best way possible. In trying times, please
He added that once the procedure is done, the don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my
patient is required to have regular check-ups for story within a week - ten days when the further
any recurring tumours. investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis.
The actor had tweeted about his diagnosis and Till then, wish the best for me”.
broke the news to the world through micro- A bevy of fans has since been wishing the actor a
blogging site, earlier in the day. speedy recovery.
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 27

Entertainment
Marvel 'Black Panther' hits $1 billion mark
Marvel's "Black Panther" has officially made over $1 earnings, above analysts' expectations of $35 million,
billion at the global box office in less than a month, and raising its cumulative ticket sales to $562 million,
thereby continuing with its record-breaking streak. according to the measurement firm ComScore.

With this feat, it becomes the first film of this year to Marvel chief Kevin Feige has underscored openly about
hit $1 billion worldwide. the inevitable Black Panther sequel, stating "there
are many, many stories to tell" about these characters
It is now the fifth Marvel film in history to cross that considering how long the Black Panther comics have
mark, after The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Avengers: been around.
Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Winter Soldier,
reported the Vanity Fair. Debuting in second place, Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time"
came in soft with $33.3 million, slightly lower than the
That Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster maintained $35 million some analysts had expected heading into
its box office dominance for the fourth week running, the weekend.
adding an estimated $41.1 million to its domestic

Twitter reacts to Miley Cyrus, Gaga, Ed Sheeran set for


Hawkeye missing from Elton John tribute albums
Infinity War teaser

Some of the biggest artists have project and he’s a huge country in one genre. From day one
come together to celebrate fan,” while Revamp “was more we borrowed from everything
Elton John’s musical legacy with my project.” that’s good about American
The latest trailer and poster for Avengers: Infinity War have something two albums - ‘Revamp’ (Island musicówhether it’s blues,
for just about every superhero fan except for Hawkeye as the arrow- Records) and ‘Restoration’ ‘Revamp’ features songs country, gospel, pop, pure
slinging superhero is absent from the business. (Universal Music Group reimagined by Mary J. Blige, rockóeverything got thrown in
Nashville). Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Miley the mix. I think that’s why our
The occurrence has upset Hawkeye’s fans across the world who have Cyrus, Florence and the music over the years has been
taken to Twitter to show their displeasure. The albums, which will be Machine, Lady Gaga, The Killers, so varied,” Taupin said. “It would
out on April 6, will celebrate Mumford and Sons, Pink and be tiring if you just got stuck in
A fan posted, Crazy to see Letitia and Danai’s names on an Avengers
John’s decades of hits, which Logic, Q-Tip and Demi Lovato, one niche your entire career,
poster. CRAZIER to not see Jeremy Renner’s name anywhere in sightî.
he produced with songwriter Queens of the Stone Age, Ed especially when it’s one as long
Another fan tweeted, Hawkeye is in Avengers Infinity War, right? Bernie Taupin. Sheeran and Sam Smith. as ours.”
Right...?
John said in a statement, “We The album has a pop art
A tweet read, “Hawkeye is important in Infinity War”. have two completely different cover, based on a Terry O’Neil
albums; Revamp being the pop photograph of John, and it was
I’m guessing that this is one large fold-out poster and we just haven’t one and Restoration being the recreated in neon.
seen the bottom half yet...î, wrote another fan while attaching a country one. God, we have so
picture of Hawkeye below the original poster. many great artists doing our ‘Restoration’ features country
songs, it’s quite incredible,” covers by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne
A photoshop genius posted fixed it #AvengersInfinityWar #Hawkeyeî Cash and Emmylou Harris,
Rolling Stone reported.
along with a version of poster, replacing every superhero’s face with Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley,
Jeremy Renner’s the actor who portrays Hawkeye on screen. “On Revamp I wrote out a wish Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town,
list of people that I would love Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves,
Despite all this major missing, Marvel hasn’t made it particularly
and asked them,” he added. Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne,
obvious that Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is not a part of the
“To my surprise most of them Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent
installment.
said yes, and we have quite an and Dolly Parton, and Lee Ann
The latest poster and trailer were released on March 16 and went viral astonishing eclectic crew.” Womack.
soon after.
The 70-year-old singer said “Because of our love of all
The action flick will be released on April 27 with or without Hawkeye. that ‘Restoration’ “was Bernie’s kinds of music, we’re not stuck
The Indian News | Page 28 March 20, 2018

Razzle Dazzle
Some tips to start working on to
make a positive change.
Grooming and Hygiene: Knowing Which Colours work:
Removing unwanted body Not everyone can wear all the
hair and odour is a good colours, and sadly the biggest
start. Anything that you find misconception out there is Black
cringeworthily can be on the and White are the safest options.
list - monobrows, hairy armpits,
overgrown nose or ear hair and Soft pastel ivory (over white),
even something as simple as a light blue, pink and grey work
decent haircut. better than yellow, reds and
greens. Another trick is to choose
For men, a clean-shaven or short the colour palette that blends
stubble look is far more attractive with your eyes. If you have blue
than growing a bees’ nest on your eyes, then go for different shades
chin, although the recent Hipster of blue; if you have brown or
trend to grow thick beards seems dark coloured eyes, then choose
to be throwing that logic out of darker shades or earthy tones in
the window. I tried it myself for a browns and burgundy.
few weeks, and the feedback was
that I look tired, lazy and worried. There is no such thing as Over:
Dressed Many times I do hear
Perspiration in summer is a people say that it’s best to be
concern, and those that suffer under- dressed. Yes, you can be
from extreme sweating need to over-the-top in your dressing if
wear the right clothes and take you don’t know how to match
certain precautions, so they don’t things properly, and some
smell of body odour which is a people seem to go heavy by
major turn off. turning themselves into display
mannequins for brands than
Keeping teeth clean and achieving a decent look.

Improve your Personal Brand by


having fresh breath is also very
important. It’s an instant turnoff The Signature Look for
to meet someone with poor Men and Women:

Dressing Up for Success


mouth hygiene as it’s a direct For Men: Start with a dark blazer
reflection of poor overall hygiene. or jacket preferably navy or black,
You need to be that good that you matched with a light-coloured
are ready to be kissed. shirt (blue or white) with a
The purpose of life is to seek knowledge and elevate yourself to a better nice set of jeans (dark denim).
Footwear: The shoes and belts need to
position than you were than yesterday. That’s the meaning of progress Wearing nice clean shoes that match, and you can choose to
and it can be financial, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Through blend with the outfit show that accessorise with the right set of
you see every detail and want to cufflinks and watch.
intelligence comes the tools of success and the best way to get this is by make that effort in showing your
best. Unclean, unmatched and For Women: Start with the right
asking the right questions, of yourself and of those around you. old shoes can misrepresent you set of heels and match it with
by showing you as untidy. Pay the black dress that both casual
What is Personal Branding? attention to socks by choosing and comfortable. If not, then
the right colour palette to match wear a set of ivory or soft pink
Personal branding is a cumulative It is not about what you’re worth If you’re not presentable to the occasion and blend the outfit shirt matched with charcoal
exercise of making that effort on in the eyes of others and what others, then it can imply negative with the shoe. grey trousers or skirts. This is
a regular basis to improve your people say about you. traits such as laziness, poor self- the most neutral colour option
brand with your own hands. It worth, and lack of confidence, Choosing the Right Outfit: for women as it’s universally
is what you do every moment It’s got more to do with depression, anxiety and anti- Every occasion demands a suitable for everyone. Black
of every day to influence the credibility and integrity social behaviour. These aren’t the specific look and wearing the and white can be too much of
perception of others of you as a than the net worth of you. kind of badges you want to wear right outfit to the right place can a contrast and may not suit all
person, as a friend/ colleague, to work or social life and they are be a game changer. This is where skin types or occasions.
you can rely on your partner,
within your family with each It is what you work hard to on many occasions a project of
flatmate or friend to decide on
of your family members and at improve subconsciously but it’s how you feel inside.
which style works, and use that to
work including people you meet even more effective when it’s
your advantage.
through networking in business. done consciously.

To find out more, visit our website


www.azrim.co.nz
or follow him for the latest tips on
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@azrim.man
March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 29

Sports
India clinches Nidahas Guptill called in Kiwis squad as
Trophy in last-ball thriller cover for injured Taylor
However, it should be noted that Taylor has been
progressing pretty well after aggravating the thigh
injury he suffered during his game-changing 181 not
out in the fourth ODI against England.

Guptill, who had struggled at times during the side’s


home 3-2 defeat to England in the ODI series, has 47
Test caps to his name, but he played his last match
in the longest format of the game during the tour of
India in October 2016.

The New Zealand squad is as follows:


Dinesh Karthik’s last ball six helped India beat Bangladesh in the
finals to win Nidahas Trophy Twenty 20 Tri-series, 2018 at Premadasa Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross
Wellington [New Zealand], March 19: New Zealand
Stadium at Colombo last evening. India pulled a sensational four- Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ
opener Martin Guptill has been called in the 13-
wicket victory over Bangladesh with Dinesh Karthik hitting a six off the Watling (wk), Todd Astle, Tom Southee, Neil Wagner,
man squad for the opening day-night Test against
last ball of the match from Soumya Sarkar. Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill.
England, beginning at the Eden Park in Auckland.
Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten at 29 from only eight balls which
included two boundaries and three sixes. Needing five runs off the last The 31-year-old, who smashed a crucial 73-run
delivery, Karthik smashed Soumya Sarkar over extra cover for six as knock for New Zealand XI against England XI in
India held their nerves in the tense situation to chase 167. a practice match in Hamilton on Friday, has been
added to the squad as a batting cover for injured
Earlier Indian skipper Rohit Sharma shaped India’s innings with his Ross Taylor.
42-ball 56 run half-century. The Indian skipper got going by launching
a flighted ball over deep midwicket, followed with a cut past backward
point and completed the assault with a ferocious six wide long on to

All England Open:


get India off to a flier.
The final score at the end of the match was as under.
India 168-6(20 overs) | Bangladesh 166-8(20 overs)
India beat Bangladesh by four wickets. Sindhu loses in semi-final
Rio Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu lost With the win, Sindhu had clinched her fifth victory

Boxer Pinki Rani set against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in womenís


singles semi-final match of All England Badminton
over the world number six Japanese, who had also
robbed the former of a gold medal at the World

for CWG challenge Championships on Saturday.

After winning the opening game 21-19, Sindhu lost


Championship in Glasgow.

It should be noted that Sindhu is the lone Indian


the second game 19-21 against Akane Yamaguchi. shuttler left in the tournament after HS Prannoy
Boxer Pinki Rani has said she game of aggression to eye medal
missed by a whisker from making it to the last-four
would aim to change the colour at the CWG Games. The Japanese shuttler defeated Sindhu 19-21, 21-19, of the men’s singles event.
of her 2014 Commonwealth 21-18 to book her berth for the final where she will
Games bronze medal as she “I have always adopted the
take on World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying. After comfortably winning the first set, Prannoy
prepares herself for the 2018 game of aggression. I have all
failed to capitalise on the same and slumped to a
Gold Coast challenge. the medals by keeping myself On Thursday, the fourth-seed produced a spirited 22-20, 16-21, 21-23 defeat at the hands of China’s
in a dominant position. I have performance as she bounced back from a game Yuxiang Huang to knock out of the tournament.
“I enjoy taking tough challenges. sharpened myself on that only. down to register a 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 win over 2016
We double our hard work seeing I have worked on my speed, champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a nail-biting
a tough challenge. Last time, I stamina,” Pinki said. quarter-final clash that lasted an hour and 24
gave my 100 per cent and this minutes here at the Arena Birmingham.
time I will give 120 per cent to The Indian contingent for the
change the colour of the medal,” 2018 CWG Games also includes
Pinki said. MC Mary Kom (48kg), Laisharam
Devi (60-kg) and Lovlina
Pinki will spearhead India’s Boroghain (69-kg).
challenge at the CWG 2018 in
women’s 51 kg weight category Pinki hailed the Indian boxers,
after her dominating run to the saying that they have the skills to
gold at the India Open. outplay any boxer on a world stage.

Talking about the competition “Indian doesn’t lack in any


in the category, Pinki said, “Last skill if we compare to other
year also the CWG had 51 kg countries. When we go for
category, so definitely this year training in other countries,
we will have a bigger competition. they consider us as strong
The Olympics also have this contenders. Foreign players may
weight category. Countries field outlay us in terms of speed but
very strong contestants in this we excel in aggression and will
category, so, I have prepared power, which eventually helps
myself according to that.” us in scoring medals,” she said.

The 27-year-old boxer added that The 2018 Commonwealth Games


she would continue to play her will begin from April 4.
The Indian News | Page 30 March 20, 2018

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Local Stories
ASB Polyfest celebrates 43 years of talent

The 2018 ASB Polyfest continues such a wonderful event to be a Auditors William Sid said “I see
to highlight the raw talent of part of. It’s not about others it’s the festival as a symbol for New
the young people, with this year about us.” Zealand that we can celebrate
marking 43 years of successful the strength of our youth and
festivals, Pacific Peoples Minister She visited all the island sections their diversity of languages and
Aupito William Sio says. and said that she has visited cultures. That this diversity of
the Polyfest several times in the languages & cultures is a strength
Indian News had the privilege of earlier years. She was also given we need to all fully embrace.”
meeting the Prime Minister and the title of the daughter of Niue
a number of their parliamentary and the mother of Niue when
colleagues as we visited the she was invited at the Niue stage
Polyfest this year. function area.

The ASB Polyfest has grown in Priyanka Radhakrishnan


43 years to become the largest shared the Prime Minister’s
Maori and Pacific students’ sentiments when Indian News
cultural festival in the world. asked her about her thoughts
More than 10,000 secondary for the event. She echoed the
school students attended, with ideology of Jacinda Arden at
242 performing groups entered the event by applauding all the
by 69 schools. young high school students
who have eagerly participated
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said in the Polyfest. They have come
“My heart was so filled up after having learnt those traditions,
the pacific mission after visiting the language, the culture from
Samoan, Tongan, Niue and the their earlier generations. This is a
Cook Islands. New Zealand has rich heritage and we must treat
such strong relationships with that diversity as our strength. At the Polyfest, Deborah from the labour Party was delighted to meet
every single one of those islands. The Indian News team. She congratulated the new tabloid for embarking
Priyanka also stressed on the
But this is because actually, we on this journey and being present with the mainstream media at the
importance of empowering our
are part of the Pacific. That is cultural fest. She particularly applauded the fact that there were women
young people, their thoughts,
at the frontline of an ethnic background newspaper. It is very heartening
who we are. So it is not just about their strengths, encouraging
to see the change with Indian News Team comprising of not just men at
others but it is who we are. This participation from them to be the helm of the affairs but having an equally informed women force and
is one of the reasons why this is successful leaders of the future. she wished everyone the very best for the launch edition.
The Indian News | Page 32 March 20, 2018
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two successful years of amazing parties and providing Bollywood party
goers with something new and different with every event.

They claim that Bombay Talkies is the new era for your best Bollywood
experience. From the service when you walk in, the music throughout the
night to the time you leave, they want is to make sure you have a great
night.

Bombay Talkies is operated by a team of friends and is led by DJ Charlie,


New Zealand’s best Bollywood DJ, social influencer and one of the biggest
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March 20, 2018 The Indian News | Page 35

Ladies and Gentlemen! Hold your breath for This is unique because it’s a first of its Mela is an alcohol-free family-friendly
Mela -The Great Indian Carnival is due to kind event. Vibrant and colourful, Mela event that can be relished and savoured
open in Auckland shortly. A pop-up event will be operating across 90 days with with family, companions, classmates,
organized by Trading Karma brings to our 180 performances including artisans, schoolmates, comrades, work-mates,
city this slice of India within New Zealand instrumentalists and vocalists that are confidants or solo with your alter-ego.
in its complete colour, festivity, flavour and arising and accepted from Australia, India,
grandeur. Cuba, South Africa and China. You can tackle this event as a one-off for
a few hours, spend an entire day, or visit
Mela - The Great Indian Carnival is an Key kiosks at the event include Indian Street multiple times throughout the 90 day period
original and premier fusion event designed Food, Chai & Coffee Stall, Henna, Candy as you please.
to exhibit and showcase the distinctive, Floss, Imitation Jewelry, Bangles, Customized
involved culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand. T-shirts and copious additional counters.

Delving into the back story and the passion huge value of giving back to the community. event together. We were informed that all
behind the tireless efforts and perseverance The organisers feel that this is an ideal place artists are New Zealand artists and Mela
of the entire team at Mela, we learnt that to show the new generation of Kiwi Indians has brought together artists from different
even though it might have started as a what the real culture back home is like. Not genres – like graffiti artists, Maori artists,
concept it has taken on a shape of something just that, it is also the best way to invite other psychedelic artists and so on. All art is based
that reaches out to the community at large. cultures and showcase our culture to them. on Indian and Maori motifs denoting the
The idea of having it as a Pop-up event with “It is like we want to leave the door open, so coming together of the two cultures. In our
a finite life cycle is that – it stays fresh in people feel they are welcome to come into upcoming issues, we will share with our
peoples mind and people cherish it knowing our home and then discover – we aren’t much readers more of what the spirit of Mela is all
it will not be around forever. The flip side of different from them at all”. about.
it is that many a struggling artists who have
found work, appreciation and employment The hand-painted walls each have a story to The team at Trading Karma say “Approach,
through Mela will have something new to tell, they have a spirit of their own should Acknowledge, Advance, Appreciate, and
work on after Mela has run its course. you bother to feel and listen. We were Adore MELA - The Great Indian Carnival and
mesmerised by the detailing of artistic talent don’t forget to devour, dance & drink at our
Behind all the festivity and frivolity, is the and thought that has gone into putting this very first jamboree.
Rendezvous @ 1947
Three friends with deep rooted passion for food and
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1947 eatery presents you with some of the city’s most


contemporary yet authentic Indian cuisine.

Taking inspiration from all facets of Indian cuisine, be


it deep fried street vendor snacks or authentic tandoor
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Leaning heavily on fragrant, traditional flavours, the


menu is broken into sections, so whether you feel like
stopping in for a quick ‘Bombay Mule’ and a samosa
chat or an ice-cold beer and lightly spiced lamb chops.
Don’t worry though there’ve got your curries sorted too,
from the creamy cashew butter chicken to tender dry
goat curry, you’re covered.

Lajja, Jolene & Mit

Harry, Angela & Areeb

Varsha, Farhein & Ritu

Suryavandan, Sheela, Heena, Kushbu, Karishma & Pranesh


Manik, Vinny, Noor & Sumit

Prerna, Pradnya, Shirlee, Catherine, Shannon, Pauras, Rushab

Open from lunch till late, it’s Indian cuisine, but not
necessarily as you know it. Innovative menus and an
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The Indian News | Page 38 March 20, 2018

Par-excellence 
Continued from page 22

Being the humble person that she is - Ranjana did not easily share this information with us. But the list of
accolades and awards that this legendary woman has to her name, need to be mentioned. She only shares this
information to be able to inspire other women ( and anyone else) – to go for their dreams.

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2017 2016
NEXT Woman of the Year- Business and Innovation ONZM – Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of your
services to health and the Indian community
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2016 White Ribbon Awards Finalist in two categories- Individual and Program **
Deloitte’s Top 200 Awards – Winner for Visionary Leader
District Commander- Certificate of Appreciation **
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year: Master category winner

2015 2012
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Westpac and Fairfax Media:
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QSM, Service to the Indian Community (New Years Honours, 2009)

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• Winner of ANZ and EEO Diversity Awards NZ 2014 for
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1996 to date
Justice of the Peace
Westpac and Fairfax Media - Finalist Business Entrepreneur category of the
Women of Influence Awards 2014
1996 to date
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Working with the perpetrators to change behaviour, and working with the
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2011
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2010
Finalist - Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards for Excellence in
Service Delivery Award
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Excellence in Innovation and Strategy Award

2009
Best Business Innovation Award sponsored by IBA. This award recognised
innovation that leads to improved company performance.

Best Professional Services Business sponsored by IBA. This award


recognised a successful professional services business, which exceeded
customer expectations.

Supreme Business of the Year, sponsored by Waitakere City Council and


Waitakere Enterprise. This award recognised the very best of the category
winning companies from the 2009 Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards.
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